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

23 Jan
Howlands Dewsbury

Howlands Featured Lots at Auction.

As you all know we’re busy here preparing for the transformation of the Howlands and you know what that means – clearing out every last nook and cranny in the Centre.
We’ve certainly done that and we’ve collected that much we’ve sent several lots off  to C. W. Harrisons & Son Auctioneers, Ossett.
China crockery, catering pans and kitchen equipment, toys, brick-a brac, collectables, paintings, you name we’ve found it and they’ll be in forthcoming auctions shortly – keep looking at the auction website for information.
19 Jan
Presentation at the Howlands

We’ve been mentioned in the Dewsbury Press!

Read our mention The Press newspaper which reported on four Batley schools taking part in an art project alongside Batley Rotary Club.

Children from St Mary’s Primary, Lydgate Junior and Infant, Batley Girls High and Upper Batley High School were asked to work on a piece of art for our centre.

The unveiling of the artwork was attended by the Mayor of Kirklees, Coun Jim Dodds, Rotary D1040 Governor Philip Poole, along with approximately 100 Rotarians and members of Howlands.

13 Jan
handmade arts and crafts for sale at Howlands

Buy Howlands Artwork and Crafts

FOR SALE Handmade lighthouse tapestry £30. Handmade 3D collage £25. Handmade crochet blanket £20.

Pick up from Howlands Dewsbury. To buy please contact us:

handmade arts and crafts for sale at Howlands

The items for sale have been handmade by our members. They are one-off truly unique designs and creations which can not be found anywhere else.handmade crafts and art for sale

Art work for sale at Howlands

Art and crafts for sale at Howlands

9 Dec
Helping Howlands in many ways at Christmas.

Bespoke Festive Knitting at Howlands

Just look at what one of our supporters, Joan Townend has knitted for us!
Festive knitting at Howlands.

Festive knitting at Howlands.

Joan’s hobby is knitting bespoke toys and this very festive donation is very gratefully received. Thank you Joan.
I’m sure many people will want to get their hands on this one-off festive toy which features tiny individual knitted carrots for the reindeer and knitted toys in Santa’s Sack. Providing you all with the opportunity we’ll be entering this into our raffle, so don’t forget to buy your tickets!
You can support Howlands in many different ways, all efforts are really appreciated.
1 Dec
Thank you to the Whittuck Charity and the Dewsbury Guild of Help for your kind donation.

Thank you for your generosity

We’d like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the generosity of the Trustees of the Whittuck Charity and the Dewsbury Guild of Help who have donated £100 to the Dewsbury and District League of Friends towards the costs of our Christmas Party.

Everybody at Howlands is grateful for their generosity and looking forward to the party.

Thank you to the Whittuck Charity and the Dewsbury Guild of Help for your kind donation.

Thank you to the Whittuck Charity and the Dewsbury Guild of Help for your kind donation.

22 Nov
Howlands Centre dewsbury

Golden Wedding Anniversary Celebrations

Brenda and Ronnie Jackson celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary with an afternoon tea at the Howlands.
The happy couple invited members, volunteers and staff to celebrate with them and their guest of honour, Brenda’s mother, Rita Newsome.
Brenda has been a long time member at Howlands and has developed many good friendships and connections. She thanked everyone for sharing her and Ronnie’s happiness.
We are all really happy to be part of their lives and we wish the couple well for the future.
22 Nov
Howlands auction update

Successful Christmas Fair at Howlands

dewsbury community hub lowlandsOn Wednesday the 9th of November Howlands had its annual Christmas Fair. It even snowed that day which made it extremely festive.
Due to the dedicated and huge efforts of our volunteers, members and staff we raised a massive £751.00.
“Thank you to all our coffee morning customers who braved the difficult weather conditions to support us.
“An extra special mention goes to Waqaar, Moosa and Abbas who work at Lidl, Dewsbury. Out of their own pockets they supported us by supplying 24 dozen mince pies, the donation was gratefully received and we thank them for their kindness which added the finishing touches to our fair.”
5 Nov
Big Lottery win at the Howlands

Big Lottery Win Celebration

Take a look at further photographs from our Big Lottery win celebration event held at the Howlands for members, volunteers, staff, friends and supporters.

Big Lottery win at the Howlands

Coming together and toasting the future success of the community hub that is the Howlands.


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