Spring Newsletter – April 2015

Heritage Memorial Garden at Tolson Museum

The stone for the garden arrives

Heritage Memorial Garden - The stone for the garden arrives

is assembled

Heritage Memorial Garden - The stone for the garden is assembled

sand blasted

Heritage Memorial Garden - The stone for the garden is sand blasted

and wrapped – waiting to be finished!

Heritage Memorial Garden - The stone for the garden is wrapped - waiting to be finished!

The Heritage Memorial Garden has been planted and the walls completed for the several months now but unfortunately there have been delays with getting the sculpture and the seats installed. The latest date for their instalment is Easter week.

However a lot else has been happening. The ‘Friends’ have now started a Gardening Club and we have had a couple of meetings. During the last meeting we did some weeding and tidying up, planted some snowdrops and we planned some roses behind the ‘performance’ area. We will be improving the grass areas at our next meeting. The Sea Cadets have agreed to look after the main part of the garden. There are three smaller beds and pupils from Netherhall Learning Campus, King James High School and the ‘Friends’ are to look after each of these beds. The next meeting of the Gardening Club is 2pm 16th April.

The garden is to be Dedicated on Sunday 10th May by the Bishop of Huddersfield.

Spring Lectures at Tolson Museum

After the very successful series of lectures in the autumn by members of the English Department of Huddersfield University, we are delighted to announce a new series to be held this May. The talks are based around the themes and stories told in the museum and it’s collections.

Shakespeare and Renaissance Environmentalism

Thursday 7th May 18.30 – 20.00
by Dr Todd Andrew Borlik

Exploring the attitudes towards the natural world before more modern ideas environmentalism, Dr Borlik will show how the plays of Shakespeare serve as important landmarks in our understanding of the relationship between humans and the natural world.

Thursday 14th May 18.30 – 20.00 TBA

Victorians, Trophies and Taxidermy

Thursday 21st May 18.30 – 20.00
by Dr Merrick Burrow

Victorians used and displayed the bodies of animals in ways which have appalled and fascinated subsequent generations. In this talk Dr Merrick Burrow will explore the Victorian fascination with the animal displays and consider what it might tell us about them and the world they inhabited.

Thursday 28th May 18.30 – 20.00 TBA

The lectures are free but donations are welcome. Refreshments provided before the lectures by ‘Friends’.

Great Tolson Bake Off Winners

Great Tolson Bake Off Winners

Winners of the Great Tolson Bake Off. Stephen & Tracy Jackson of T&Cake judged. We plan to repeat this event next year.

Cream tea at the Tolson Museum

We had a very successful ‘Cream Tea’ event on Mothering Sunday. As a result we are planning to serve afternoon teas once a month in the lovely Morning Room. We have a sets of china cups, saucers and plates and some embroidered tablecloths. We do however need some china teapots and cake stands. If you have any of these items hidden away and not in use, please could you donate them to us?

Tea & Cake

2nd Wednesday every month. 2.00 – 3.30 at the Tolson Museum

8th April. Easter at the Great House. Come in your Easter bonnet or cap.

13th May. Memories of Whitsun Festivals. Were you a May Queen or page?

10th June. Canal boat trip. NB. TIME 1600 – 2000. Lovely trip on the canal in Lady Victoria or Lady Rhodes. Must be pre booked.

8th July. A good holiday read. Come and exchange ideas and choose from the book shelf.

Bowling green to the rear of Tolson available at all these meetings.

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: secretary@friendsoftolson.org