1 Nov
Celebration cake at the Howlands

Building on 60 Years of Experience

Howlands members, volunteers, and staff invited friends and supporters to the centre to celebrate securing a Big Lottery win to refurbish the historical building it is based within.

Chairman Tom Ellis welcomed all who attended to the afternoon and introduced the architect’s team of Simon Cornell, Darren Bailey and Steve Voke to the members and volunteers.

Trustee June Salisbury and Cath Longley  of Good Fundraising cut the celebration cakes and a Bucks Fizz toast was raised to cement the future success of the Howlands.

Kirklees Council representative Councillor Eric Firth attended the event and was delighted that the Howlands was building on its 60 years of experience and refurbishing the building that would go on to serve the people of Dewsbury for a further 20 to 30 years.

To conclude his speech, Tom Ellis thanked Deborah Hall, the manager of Howlands for all her hard work during the bidding process.
He said that she had taken on more responsibility in co-ordinating the work on the bid and her tireless work led to its success .

We very much enjoyed the whole afternoon; it’s a positive time for the Howlands.

17 Oct

Thank You Dawn

Dawn’s BIG dance night was another successful event and an incredibly enjoyable evening.

A MASSIVE £391.00 was raised for The Howlands.

Thank you to all who supported and took part in the event – well done Dawn, thank you.

17 Oct

Table Top Sale.

In preparation for our forthcoming refurbishment we’ve been clearing out all the places we use for storage.

Attics, cupboards, rooms, no stone has been left unturned and you’ll be amazed at the objects we have discovered.

Not to let any of these wonderful items go to waste, or in the skip, we’re holding a tabletop sale on Saturday the 22nd of October at Howlands, School Street Dewsbury from 9.30 am.

There will be tea and coffee for sale. All proceeds in aid of Howlands. Any queries please phone 01924 463693

12 Oct
Dewsbury & District League of Friendship Awarded Lottery Grant

Dewsbury & District League of Friendship Awarded Lottery Grant

The Dewsbury & District League of Friendship have been awarded a grant of £459,818 by the Big Lottery Building Communities Fund to pay for a complete refurbishment of their building, The Howlands on School Street Dewsbury.

The Dewsbury & District League of Friendship chairman, Tom Ellis, says: “It has  taken two years of hard work by a dedicated team to achieve this. We must thank Deborah Hall our manager, Cath Longley of  Good Fundraising and Simon Cornell of Acropolis Design for their efforts in leading that team.”

The grant will be spent on a major overhaul of the School Street Building that is expected to be complete early 2017. The building works are intended to fully modernise the Victorian building to a state that will be able to accommodate community groups and a variety of uses for all the community to benefit from.

The League of Friendship will continue to support those members of the community who benefit from the wide range of activities they currently offer from the building, including arts and crafts sessions.

Tom continues: “We feel that our refurbishment is a very positive statement in the regeneration of Dewsbury and we look forward to being at the hub of the resurgence of local community involvement.”

The Big Lottery is the largest funder of community activity in the UK. It puts people in the lead to improve their lives and communities, often through small projects. It is responsible for giving out 40% of the the money raised by the National Lottery players for good causes. Every year it invests over £650 million and awards about 12,000 grants across the UK for health, education, environment and charitable purposes. Since June 2004 it has awarded over £8 billion to projects that change the lives of millions of people.

26 Aug
Howlands Pig Racing raises money.

Say “Oink” for the Pig Racing

Members, volunteers and friends of Howlands had an entertaining night out at Shaw Cross Boys Club for an evening of Pig Racing.
Alan was a great M.C. whipping up enthusiasm for the races running on a big screen and keeping his  audience of 85 well  informed.
Meanwhile Andrew Young was a enjoying his role as a “Bookie” as everyone was eager to bet on their favourite porker.
We must give thanks to Jeanette and Natalie behind the bar and Cheryl assisted by Alan who kept the tasty pork pies on heat.
We are sincerely grateful to Shaw Cross Boys Club for allowing us to use their premises as the evening raised a remarkable £660 for Howlands.
Finally three cheers for Dawn Field our enthusiastic fundraiser for all her efforts.
Dawn has two more events in the pipeline so mark them on you calendar.
Saturday 1st October Dawn’s Dance & More ! @ The Victoria Function Room, Batley.
Friday 2nd December Christmas Quiz Night with Pie & Peas at Shaw Cross Boys Club
Tell all you friends!  And if you would like to help at one of these events please get in touch.
Howlands Pig Racing raises money.
22 Aug
Howlands strawberry Tea

Strawberry Tea Thanks

We’d just like to take the opportunity fHowlands strawberry tea event in Dewsbury.or making this month’s Strawberry Tea at Howlands a huge success.
As usual there was a lively atmosphere and much socialising helping everyone to really enjoy themselves. We were also very fortunate to have had help and support from Leanne Townend and Faye Huckle from Yorkshire Building Society who happily assisted us as part of their “Helping in the Community” Scheme.
One of our members Linda Thwaites, led a vote of thanks to the Staff and Volunteers for making it a wonderful afternoon – one again, thank you everyone.
23 Jun
Audrey rock and rolling as a volunteer at the Howlands.

Rock and Rolling Volunteer at Howlands

Showing us you are never too old to rock and roll is Audrey our 92 year old coffee morning volunteer at the Howlands.
During the Volunteering Kirklees volunteers week event a competition was launched to find the best picture from the week.
Audrey rock and rolling as a volunteer at the Howlands.

Audrey rock and rolling as a volunteer at the Howlands.

Audrey wasn’t shy at coming forward and fashioning the volunteering Kirklees mascot; VIV – Very Important Volunteer she borrowed the rock and roll outfit from our creative assistant, Paul, to create a great picture of how diverse our team is.
Vote for our picture here and share what a wonderful inspiration Audrey is.
13 Jun
Queen's award for voluntary service 2016.

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service 2016

Read this very nice letter from the The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service Team commending our service. We didn’t win but we feel like winners. Thank you to everyone, we are incredibly proud to have been nominated.

“Dear Tom Ellis, Dewsbury and District League of Friendship

I am writing to inform you that Dewsbury and District League of Friendship was nominated for The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service 2016. This award was created by The Queen in 2002 to mark the occasion of her Golden Jubilee, recognising excellence in voluntary activities carried out by groups in the community.

The nomination of Dewsbury and District League of Friendship for The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service 2016 represents a tremendous achievement for your organisation. Everyone involved, and particularly your volunteers, should feel immensely proud of the recognition that a nomination for this Award represents.

The work your group does for the community was very much admired by the Independent Assessment Committee.

On behalf of The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service Team, please convey to your volunteers and other staff, our warm appreciation of the excellent work they do and of the enormous benefit it represents to the local community.

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service Team are pleased to recognise the value of your work and the significance of your nomination for this Award.

Yours sincerely,
For and on behalf of The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service Team”


7 Jun
Howlands receives cash boost.

Howlands Receive Cash Boost From Council

Howlands receives a cash boost in the form of a donation of £285.00 from the Mayor’s Annual Charity Appeal.
Our chairman,Tom Ellis, was invited to Huddersfield Town Hall, with other charity representatives from around the district, to receive a cheque from former Kirklees Mayor Councillor Paul Kane.
Tom Ellis said “We are delighted to receive such a generous amount of money to help us purchase quality materials that will allow our members’ to continue to create art work during our craft sessions.
“Councillor Kane has been a great help to us during his mayoral year. He started by  personally leading our relaunch a year ago. He has continued to give us help and advice throughout the year.
We are extremely pleased that he has been so thoughtful including us in his list of charities. “
17 May
woolcraft group dewsbury

New Woolcraft Group Dewsbury?

Is corking your thing? Crochet for fun? Like to chat as you tat? Join our new woolcraft group here in Dewsbury.

Does your tapestry work show off your style? Are you creative with wool?

If you like to be sociable and have ideas for designs you’d like to explore why not join our meeting, swap ideas, and meet others who share the same interests.

Join our Woolcraft group every Thursday morning from 9.30am – 12.30pm at the Howlands, School Street, Dewsbury.

Price per person per session is £2.50.

For further information please contact Becki on 01924 463693.