Friends in Action 2013 – 2014

In October on the afternoon of the second Wednesday, the first of a monthly ‘Tea & Cake’ event was held.

A wreath was laid in France at the at the graves of Lt Robert Huntress Tolson and Lt James M Tolson by Jenny Salton on behalf of Kirklees Council and Friends of Tolson & Ravensknowle.

A letter goes to the Examiner in support of Tolson Museum.

The Friends have a stall at Ravensknowle Gala and Bark in the Park.

Ravensknowle Gala

Ravensknowle Gala

On Heritage Weekend, the Committee, plus other Friends walk the Heritage walk starting at Tolson, through Almondbury to Castle Hill, with a visit up the Tower and returning down through the woods.

In September 2013 a bid is made to Heritage Lottery for funding for a Heritage Memorial Garden to the rear of Tolson Museum. Friends and Kirklees officers are invited to view the plans for the Heritage Memorial Garden in the newly refurbished rooms in the museum. On show were items that will feature in the proposed First World War events in 2014.
In October on the afternoon of the second Wednesday, the first of a monthly ‘Tea & Cake’ event was held.

At the Victorian Christmas event on 17th November ‘Friends’ dressed in Victorian dress and served refreshments. There was a variety of stalls. There was entertainment with music played by Hammonds Youth Brass Band and by readings from pupils of Moldgreen Community School. Father Christmas arrived in his vintage car.

Father Christmas Arriving In His Vintage Car

Entered the Examiner ‘Wish’ Scheme

January 2014

Heritage Lottery agreed to fund the Heritage Memorial Garden at Tolson Museum. The Friends of Tolson & Ravensknowle learned that they had been awarded £97,000 to create a memorial garden to remember those men and women of Huddersfield who died whilst serving their Country, in conflicts from 1914 to the present day. The ‘Friends’ had to raise a further £5000.

The Ravensknowle House, now Tolson Museum was given to Huddersfield by Legh Tolson as a memorial to his nephews Robert Huntriss Tolson and James Martin Tolson.

The award of this money meant that could develop the theme of a Memorial.

As part of the project, the Friends are collecting the experiences of people and their families, from Huddersfield, who have served in conflicts since 1945. They are collecting the memories of people who lived through the Second World War in Huddersfield.

An artist is working with young people, local community groups and the ‘Friends’ to create three pieces of art in the garden. The ‘Friends’ and local communities will also be involved in helping to build the stone walls and planting the beds in the garden.

The ‘Friends’ are undertaking research into the original layout of the gardens of Tolson House. There will be interpretation panels in the garden to illustrate findings from our research.

A unique part of the garden will be the space that is for small outdoor drama and musical events. This space can be used for events that illustrate the theme of Memorial or any other suitable creative events.

The ‘Friends of Tolson and Ravensknowle’ were thrilled that the application had been successful. It would provide a wonderful memorial to local people who have died in service of their country and add a new dimension to a visit to Tolson Museum.

Heritage Memorial Garden Plan

On 12th January a public consultation meeting was held at Tolson Museum regarding the Heritage Memorial Garden. There was also a consultation meeting with Kirklees officers.

See details of the development of the Heritage Memorial Garden project.

At the ‘Tea & Cake’ meetings it was planned that at the start of each meeting a museum curator would talk briefly about an item from the museum. This is an opportunity to hear an expert explain the importance of some items of our heritage.

See the ‘Tea & Cake’ meetings for further information about these events.