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8 Nov
Hand made Christmas nativity

Don’t miss the Howlands Christmas Fair this week

Don’t miss the Howlands Christmas Fair this week!

Join us on the 10th November between 9.30am and 2.00pm and sample the delights on offer.

From homemade gifts, to mince pies and a tombola, there will be plenty to keep your interest.

Take a look at this photo of a crib knitted for the Centre by one of our supporters. Hand made Christmas nativity

If you like hand made creations like this you can buy similar sets from one of our stalls – now wouldn’t that be a unique Christmas decoration!

The fair will be our first big fundraiser for nearly two years so we are aiming to make it a great one!

Tickets are only £2 each and include a tea or coffee and mince pie.

Please come and celebrate the festive season with us at Howlands and help us raise funds so we can keep our doors open into our seventieth year. Can’t wait to see you!

The Howlands Christmas Fair will take place on the 10th November between 9.30am and 2.00pm.

29 Oct
The Howlands Christmas Fair will take place on the 10th November between 9.30am and 2.00pm.

Christmas Fair Announced.

The Howlands Christmas Fair will take place on the 10th November between 9.30am and 2.00pm.

 

The fair will be our first big fundraiser for nearly two years so we are aiming to make it a great one!

Tickets are only £2 each and include a tea or coffee and mince pie.

We’ll also have stalls for those last minute gift ideas, and a tombola for those of you who feel lucky!

Please come and celebrate the festive season with us at Howlands and help us raise funds so we can keep our doors open into our seventieth year.

Can’t wait to see you!

27 Oct
Busy once again at Howlands

Busy Once Again!

We are so pleased to share with you this picture that perfectly illustrates that Howlands is back in business.

Busy once again at HowlandsIsn’t it just fantastic to see members together again participating in those much loved activities.

We are hoping this is one of many more busy afternoons to be had at Howlands.

Come down and join us.

It would be great to see some new faces.

 

27 Oct
Annual General Meeting

Annual General Meeting

Announcing the Dewsbury & District League of Friendship Annual General Meeting

We are very please to announce our annual general meeting will be taking lace this year.

All are welcome to join us on Friday the 12th November 2021 at 1.30 p.m.

See you there.

Annual General Meeting

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28 Jul
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Howlands Opening Soon.

Hi Everyone,

We hope that you are keeping well.

Howlands will be opening soon!

Like many other organisations we had to close due to the Lockdown. However we are now doing our very best to get Howlands back up and running ready for our members and volunteers to return soon.

We must make it a priority to ensure that everyone is safe when they do return and they are not at risk of catching or spreading the infection.

We will need a little more time to prepare so that you will feel confident to come back to Howlands.

We are really looking forward to seeing you all again so please check this website and our Facebook page for further news, and notification of when we are re-opening.

See you all soon.

9 Jul
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An amazing £905.00 raised for Howlands

Last month Christine Sykes, who is one of our class room assistants, organised a social evening at Old Bank Working Men’s Club in aid of Howlands.
Well over 100 people attended to be entertained by singers Tony Styles and Linda Senior.
Linda, who is Christine’s sister-in-law and a former professional singer, is in the UK on holiday from Australia, and as soon as she heard about the evening she volunteered to take part.
Everyone had a great time and an amazing £905.00 was raised for Howlands.
Many thanks to Old Bank WMC and their staff for their help and to Tony Styles and Linda for their very professional entertainment.
But specials thanks to Christine for making the evening such a great success.
1 May
Dewsbury Soup

Dewsbury Soup – Dewsbury’s Version of Dragon’s Den

Dewsbury Soup – Dewsbury’s Version of Dragon’s Den comes the the Howlands on May the 16th from 7pm.

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It’s simple, come along, make a small donation, we suggest a minimum of £5 which includes a bowl of soup, a vote and the opportunity to listen to four local people pitch their ideas.

The winning pitch receives 100% of the donated door money, its then up to them to use their micro-grant to help make their idea a reality. The only stipulation is they live in North Kirklees or benefit North Kirklees with their idea, do not use technology during their pitch (props are allowed), and that they come back to a future Soup to let the audience know how they are getting on.

To submit an application to pitch, download and complete the application form here. To attend the event receive your place here.

The audience can live anywhere – they just sign up to say they are coming along, and pay a minimum of £5. The first Dewsbury Soup will be at Howlands on 16th May from 7pm. Pitchers can be from a charity, a community group, a business, anywhere so long as they live in North Kirklees or have an idea/project which would benefit and be delivered in North Kirklees. They are asked to complete an application form, which is reviewed by a panel of judges, and on the night 4 ideas are pitched, for 4 minutes each, with 4 questions from the audience. The only criteria are that they need to be people who need our help to get an idea, project or business off the ground, or support an existing project or business to fund something they need.
The judges also need to live in North Kirklees, and can nominate themselves. They will be sent all the application forms and select the top 4 for them, based on their own criteria. The combined judges scores determine who gets to pitch on the night.

Really looking forward to seeing you there.

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“.
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 ?
17 May
Taking a close look at the Pancake Dog with Andy Matley the site manager for HB Projects.

Taking a closer look at the Pancake Dog

Look at Thomas Ellis taking a close look at the Pancake Dog with Andy Matley, site manager for HB Projects.

Taking a close look at the Pancake Dog with Andy Matley the site manager for HB Projects.

Taking a close look at the Pancake Dog with Andy Matley, manager for HB Projects.

“Sorry my hand is in the way but I am not too good with heights!” Says Tom.
The visit to the roof was part of taking in the progress and getting a closer look at the success of the refurbishment.
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The Pancake Dog pictured is a bit of a local legend known for jumping down from his perch
for his pancake when the bell is rung on Shrove Tuesday.