Newsletter – May/June 2021

Events are beginning to happen—get your diary out!

At last things are beginning to get started again. A group of us have been gardening in the Heritage Memorial Garden for an hour each Thursday morning for the last few, carefully distancing. There is a lot to do but it is amazing what few enthusiasts working together for just an hour once a week can achieve. We also have the help of members of the Good Gym. A group of them come to the Garden periodically after a run and get an amazing amount of weeding and clearing done.

The small individual garden that is to be a Colour Garden in the Kirklees Woven Project is now almost cleared and some plants whose leaves or flowers were once used for dying are being planted. Hopefully by the Woven Exhibition Weekend at the end of June we will have a colourful display for visitors to enjoy. There will also be information describing what uses these plants played in the process of dying to create colourful textiles. Other beds in the garden are also being worked on.

If you have an hour from 10am on a Thursday morning do come and join us.

It is wonderful to see that Tolson Junior Parkrun has been able to start again and the last couple of Sunday morning at 9am there has been a large group of children up to the age of 10 taking part. It is hoped to extend the age of participants to the usual age of 14 soon.

The picture is of Louise Galvin who is the Run Director of Tolson Junior Parkrun. She sees that there is a full compliment of volunteers there each week to make sure that the event can run safely. Refreshments at the end are not at the moment being organised but that will come when restrictions are further relaxed.

During lockdown improvements have been made in the Park. The footpaths that had been in need of attention have been repaired and are now much safer, which was particularly appreciated by Parkrun. Also the flags on the wall surrounding the performance area have been repaired so the wall can be safely used as seating for events in the Garden.

We are looking to getting back to holding events once again in the Garden and Park this summer. The first event will be the Woven weekend on 26/27 June.

Growing Together Woven Weekend 26th – 27th June

The Friends are thrilled that the ‘Growing Together’ project is holding their last event in a fortnight of activities throughout Kirklees in Ravensknowle Park. We will be providing refreshments. Growing together is a natural dyeing project that explores the techniques and processes involved in natural dying and how they can be applied to textile and art making.

You are invited to visit Ravensknowle Park in this final weekend of the Festival to find out more about how to make natural dyes, the kind of suitable plants and materials used and how the dyes can be used in textile artworks and fashion. The ambition of the project is to build a network of colour gardens across Kirklees, and the Friends, in creating a colour garden, are proud to be part of this.

Do come along and pick up a copy of the family friendly workbook of natural dyeing activities to follow as you wander through the Park on this weekend.

Mikron Theatre are back!

Atlanta Forever – The story of Women’s Football

12 noon Saturday 4th September

To attend the show you need to get a ticket. To do this visit Micron website:

Other events this summer

1st August Yorkshire Day.

5th September 11am – 4pm Motorcycle Show.

2pm Sunday 16th May on Zoom Friends of Tolson & Ravensknowle AGM – Please join our annual meeting. For details to access the meeting contact Ann.

About Friends of Tolson & Ravensknowle

The Committee of Friends of Tolson & Ravensknowle meet once a month to plan the programme for the local community and support the work of the Museum. We look after the Heritage Memorial Garden. We would welcome any one who is interested in working with us.

For more information please contact Volunteer Ann, Friends of Tolson & Ravensknowle. m: 07803159506 email: