4 Apr
Yorkshire Building Society Helps Out at Howlands

Yorkshire Building Society Helps Out at Howlands

Many thanks to the Yorkshire Building Society for allowing two of their employees to spend  a day at Howlands under their Community Involvement scheme.
Faye and Leanne were really helpful in supporting our members in a variety of activities.
They were very positive in their interaction with the members and they were both a credit to their organisation. We were delighted to have them with us!
31 Mar
Howlands has left the building

Howlands has left the Building

Howlands has left the building for planned refurbishment work to begin.

We’ll keep you informed of progress but don’t forget we’ve moved to Staincliffe Park Pavilion, for approximately 12 weeks.
Our new temporary telephone number is 07521 653710 and the address is Staincliffe Park Pavilion, Dewsbury Gate Road, Staincliffe, Batley WF13 4AX.We look forward to returning in three months time to a building that Dewsbury can be very proud of.
17 Mar
Howlands Centre

Important Information – we’re moving!

Howlands will be moving temporarily while the complete refurbishment of the building takes place.

The Friends of Staincliffe Park have been very generous in offering us the use of their premises, Staincliffe Park Pavilion, for approximately 12 weeks.

Howlands will close its doors on School Street on Friday the 24th March at 4pm and re-open activities at our new base on Monday the 3rd of April at 9.30am. For anyone wishing to call please note we now have a new temporary telephone number 07592 409507.

The address at Staincliffe Park Pavilion is Dewsbury Gate Road, Staincliffe, Batley WF13 4AX. 

Looking forward to seeing you all there.


16 Mar
£244.25 raised for Howlands

Fundraising Evening for Howlands

A recent evening out for the members and volunteers of Howlands raised £244.25.

Held at at Zucchini’s Restaurant, Batley it was nice to see so much support, not to mention eat some very nice food.

Many thanks to Christine Sykes for organising the event and to everyone who supported it.

A special thank you to the staff at Zucchini’s who looked after us so well.

6 Mar
Howlands refurbishment Dewsbury.

The Pancake Dog Features in Howlands Refurbishment

The Pancake Dog might be jumping down from his perch for while the Howlands  refurbishment goes ahead.
Howlands refurbishment Dewsbury.
He is currently at the back of the building looking a little worn. He was taken from the vicarage in the 1880’s and it is alleged to jump down for his pancake when the bell is rung on Shrove Tuesday.
Didn’t look like the dog moved last week to me, but who knows!
Hopefully the dog will be cleaned up and placed at the front of the building where more people will be able to see him when we open our refurbished centre.
28 Feb
Howlands auction update

Thank you to English Framing Co.

Many thanks to the English Framing Co. who did such a wonderful job with our members’ pictures.
They always have a wide selection of frames and a very subtle choice of mounts.
We strongly recommend that you give them a call on 01924 455903  for some excellent service and directions to their new premises in Dewsbury.
Thanks again English Framing Co.
24 Feb
Howlands Dewsbury

Unique Crocheted Animals For Sale

Unique Crocheted Animals For Sale. Chirpy Chicken, Gorgeous Giraffe or a Handsome Hippo – which one would you have?

Splash out and buy all three.
Our very own Howlands member Becki is a crochet whizz and now spends all of her waking, and some sleeping moments, crocheting colourful and cute animals, for sale in aid of Howlands.
Unique Crocheted Animals For Sale

Crochet creations by Becki.

Anybody interested in buying these incredible unique creations should speak to Becki at Howlands for details and pricing.
Colours will be vary from the attached photographs.
20 Feb
Howlands Dewsbury

Artistic Talent at Howlands

Here are a few new pieces from our talented artists.
Howlands Dewsbury

Poppies (Mixed Medium) by Rebecca Moore.

Howlands Dewsbury

A Tapestry of Flowers (Wool on Canvas) by Aisha Ghanchi.

Howlands Dewsbury

Seahorse (Tapestry on Hessian) by Marlene Rhodes.

Howlands Dewsbury

Sunset (Acrylic on Canvas) by Brenda Sunderland.

If you like what you see we do take commissions – contact us.
9 Feb
Howlands night out.

An Evening Out With Howlands

Howlands members are very much looking forward to an evening of socialising and great food at Batley’s   Zucchini’s Italian restaurant, Bradford Road,  Batley on Friday 10th March 2017 at 7.00 p.m..

We would love to meet up with members and volunteers past and present for an evening of friendship and conversation.
If you would like to book a spot please get in touch with Christine Sykes on 01924 463693
6 Feb
Temporary building appeal


Did you see our appeal in the Dewsbury Press last week?

The Dewsbury & District League of Friendship is appealing to the people of Dewsbury for help.

We desperately require temporary accommodation to continue to provide a community hub for people looking for companionship and friendship through events, courses, and social gatherings.

As many of you know we have been incredibly fortunate to have been awarded a grant from the Big Lottery Building Communities Fund to pay for a complete refurbishment of our building, The Howlands on School Street Dewsbury.

However the refurbishment is expected to take 20 weeks to complete, leaving us without a base to continue the valuable service we offer across the District.

The Dewsbury & District League of Friendship chairman, Tom Ellis, says: “Building work is due to start at the end of March but unfortunately we have a minimal budget and haven’t been able to source suitable temporary accommodation. For many the Howlands is a real lifeline so we’re really hoping we will be able to continue to support those members. As you can image we’re very concerned about our predicament and would like to appeal to the generosity of the people of Dewsbury for help.”

If you can help please contact Tom Ellis or Deborah Hall on 01924 463693 or email