News

3 Oct
Tom Ellis stepped down as the Chair of Trustees

Tom Ellis Steps Down as the Chair of Trustees

At the recent Annual General Meeting of the the League of Friendship, Tom Ellis stepped down as the Chair of Trustees.

Tom Ellis stepped down as the Chair of Trustees

He said that he had been involved with Howlands for 17 years in various roles and felt that it was time for someone else to take a lead. He went on to say that he had really enjoyed his time working with the staff, volunteers and members.
Tom thanked his fellow trustees, and the manager Deborah Hall, for their hard work in obtaining  their recent grant from the Big Lottery.
Cath Longley who did much of the work on the grant has now taken on the role of Chair of the Trustees.
 
Cath said: “I am looking forward to building upon the fantastic work that Tom has done. With such a brilliant team of staff and volunteers and a brand new building, the future is looking bright“.
25 Sep
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Could you join our Board of Trustees?

come and join our board of trustees.

6968_066Are you interested in joining our small charity’s successful team?

The staff, members, volunteers and trustees of Howlands have worked hard to bring the charity into the 21st Century, and recently were successful in gaining a Big Lottery grant used for the refurbishment of the charity’s building.

Could you help Howlands maintain its place in Dewsbury and surrounding areas as an important provider of services to vulnerable people? Do you feel that you have the skills, experience and competencies which will assist planning for future stability?

If so please come and talk to us.

Call and speak to Tom or Deborah on 01924 463693 howlandcentre@aol.co.uk www.howlands.org.uk

25 Sep
Howlands open day

Howlands Invites you to an Open Evening

Howlands invites you to drop in on an opening evening on Monday 16th October 2017 between 5-7pm to learn more about what Howlands can do for you.

Howlands Open Evening

Come and look around our newly refurbished and modernised building on School Street, Dewsbury and see the transformational work for yourself.

 

Learn more about using our services which promote the welfare of adults with physical and mental disabilities through art based activities, or find out more about volunteering in a friendly relaxed organisation which offers opportunities to meet new people and make friends.

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New since the refurbishment are our adaptable and flexible spaces for hire. Hold a meeting, conference, training session or group activity here within the modern and refreshing interior of Howlands.

Contact us to enquire or learn more howlandcentre@aol.co.uk    01924 463693 www.howlands.org.uk

16 Aug
The mystery of the pancake dog solved, or is it ?

The mystery of the pancake dog solved, or is it ?

One of of our volunteers recently visited the town of Morzine in the French alps.
He visited the local church of Saint Guerin.
The interior was dominated by large statues of the 4 evangelists and their symbols.
The statue of St. Mark and his winged lion was of interest.
The mystery of the pancake dog solved, or is it ?
The beast had a strong resemblance to Howland’s Pancake Dog.
And the wings would explain the strange detail on the back of our dog.
But perhaps you might know better ?
2 Aug
New Howlands members

New Members for Howlands

Look what turned up on the busy road outside Howlands, new members. Our new centre is attracting visitors from all walks of life!
New Howlands members

New Howlands members

They were invited in for a relaxing paddle in a tray and then taken to a local canal to find a new safe home.
18 Jul
Howlands officially open

Howlands Officially Opens

Over 120 people attended the official opening of the newly refurbished Howlands to recognise and celebrate the centres re-birth.
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Pictured left-right Amanda Cunoosamy, Big Lottery; Deborah Hall, Howlands Manager; Barry Stephenson, Big Lottery; Kevin Keogh, HB Projects; Sam Cullingworth, Stakeholder; Tom Ellis, Howlands Chairman; Steve Voke, Voke Consltancy; Dewsbury Labour MP, Paula Sherriiff.

Special guests were Barry Stephenson and Amanda Cunoosamy from the Big Lottery, Dewsbury Labour MP Paula Sherriff, and Kirklees Deputy Mayor Clr Gwen Lowe.
Everyone who attended had in some way helped with the transformation. Whether it was with words of encouragement, donations, fundraising, or help in kind.
All the hard work for the grant was delivered by the local people of Dewsbury. Not just ordinary people, special people who had overcome their own varied abilities and difficulties to make the refurbishment a success.
Tom Ellis, Chairman, said that he had heard of the regeneration in other parts of Dewsbury but he believed the real regeneration in Dewsbury was happening in Howlands.
Our first morning back we received a surprise visit from Chris Clarke Managing Director of HB Projects, the company that made it all happen, and the opportunity to thank him directly for the high standard of work from his team who were keen to preserve the integrity of building and preserving many of the interesting aspects of the building whilst installing new facilities such as air conditioning, central heating, double glazing and black out blinds in the Community Room.
Howlands is now open watch the refurbishment time lapse video here Howlands Refurbishment Time Lapse Video and come along and join us.
23 Jun
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Embroidery project is completed

Keen embroiderer and Howlands member Pam Long has finally completed her much awaited embroidery project.
The incredibly detailed project features a wonderful characterful octopus in a variety of green shades an has been stitched to a shopper.
It took Pam quite a long time to complete but as you can see she is very pleased with the result!
Well done Pam, it looks fantastic.
9 Jun
Howlands centre to open

Stop press: Howlands centre to open soon

Howlands centre to open. Reserve this very special date in your diaries. On Friday the 14th of July at 1.30pm we will be holding a re-opening ceremony to mark the simply wonderful transformation our building has been through.
Looking forward to seeing our members, volunteers and friends on this very special day.
9 Jun
Howlands Refurbishment

Howlands Refurbishment update.

Our chairman Tom Ellis and centre manager Deborah Hall met with Steve Voke from the Voke Consultancy and site manager Andy Mately for HB Projects to look at the Howlands refurbishment progress.
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We have a few pictures to share with you:
The picture on the left shows the metal work needed to support the new room dividers. Each set of doors will weigh approximately one and a half tonnes hence the need for the structures.
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The picture on the left shows the double glazing that is being fitted to keep our building draft free. Notice the accessible bottom opening windows which will be a great help to the staff especially during summer when we want to feel the breeze.
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The picture on the left illustrates the huge amount of insulation behind the wall panels which will definitely help cut down the heating bills not mention keep us nice and warm during the cooler months – image that!
We’d just like to take this opportunity to say we are extremely impressed by the work and the sheer scale of the hands-on commitment, there are up to 30 men on site at any one time, ensuring targets have and are being achieved.

24 May
Howlands refurbishment

Refurbishment latest

Here are some latest pictures of the refurbishment. No hidden treasure but some equally amazing finds.
You may have noticed there was a slight dip in the car park as you drove in. HB Projects decided to investigate and just look what they found, a cellar.
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Discovered a cellar at the Howlands

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Revealed is a stunning fireplace

Take a look at the picture on the right, this magnificent fireplace was hidden behind wooden paneling and has now been stripped back to its original stone finish and former glory.

Take a look at the photo below of the wooden structure of the building. It’s such a joy to see, it’s starting to look like a church again!
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Massive reveal of the structure of the church.

Hope you like the update, we’ll keep sharing, just keep reading.