Newsletter – Nov/Dec 2021

Getting back to normal? Let’s hope so!

First I would like to thank all of you that responded to the ‘Friends’ request to tell us what you thought we should do after the vandalism of the ‘There, but not there Soldier’. The overwhelming view was that we should get the soldier repaired and put back. This will happen. There was also a request for a bench in the Garden and we will look into this but clearly the priority is to get the Soldier repaired.

A very supportive local resident launched an online collection towards the cost of repairing the soldier. I understand the ‘Friends’ are going to receive this collection at the Remembrance Service in the Heritage Memorial Garden at 10.45 on Thursday 11th November. It is good to be able to hold the service once again and we are delighted that the Rev Margaret Fossey will lead the service.

The Museum will open after the service to serve coffee. We will also be joined by by pupils from at least one local school.

Until last month we had not been able to have events in the Museum however we had been able to start up the Junior Parkrun and we have kept on with gardening in the Heritage Memorial Garden. The Friends help provide marshals at the Parkrun and afterwards provide refreshments in the hut on the bowling green. The hut is not in good condition and we are starting once again to explore a suitable replacement.

The Junior Parkrun is for children aged 4-14 and is held at 9am every Sunday morning. It is lovely to see the youngsters once again able to enjoy exercise in the open air.

We have also been regularly working in the Heritage Memorial Garden, there has been a lot of weeding as were not able to work in it last year. There have regularly been seven of us working for an hour on a Thursday morning. We finished last week by planting lots of bulbs so there should be quite a show in the spring.

We were delighted to welcome David Collins as our speaker at the first T&C meeting in October. He gave us a very entertaining talk about the establishing of the Skelmanthorpe Heritage Textile Centre.

I am really thrilled to announce that we are able to hold the Victorian Christmas Fair on Sunday 28th November. It will be rather different as we are not able to use the Morning Room and Study in the Museum. This will mean some of the stalls will be outside in gazebos or a marquee! However Father Christmas will as usual be in his Grotto in the school room.

Remembrance Service

10:45. Thursday 11th November.

Heritage Memorial Garden.

Led by Rev. Margaret Fossey.

Museum will be open for refreshments afterwards.

Tea & Cake

Huddersfield Film Society Show

2pm. Wednesday 10th November.

Tolson Memorial Museum.

More local pictures for you to enjoy.

Christmas Miscellany

2pm. Wednesday 8th December.

Tolson Memorial Museum.

Poems and music to celebrate the season.

The Woodheads of Huddersfield

2pm Wednesday 12th January.

Tolson Memorial Museum.

Family influences. By Pam Cooksey

Victorian Christmas Fair

11am – 4pm. Sunday 28th November.

Tolson Memorial Museum

Craft Stalls, unique gifts, home made goodies, Refreshments.

Free entry.

Visit Father Christmas in his grotto.

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: