Summer Newsletter – July 2016

Commemoration of the Somme – July 1st 2016

Summer-Newsletter-01The Bishop of Huddersfield led the service of Commemoration with the Deputy Lord Lieutenant, Squadron Leader David Dinmore, Mayor of Kirklees Cllr Jim Dodds, Huddersfield Army Veterans, the Royal British Legion, the Sea Cadets and local school children.

At the service the Mayor blew a whistle and a Huddersfield veteran with two school pupils laid a poppy at the foot of the sculpture. This was done 20 times. Each poppy laid represented 1000 soldiers who were killed on the first day of the Somme. 1st July 1916. Robert Huntress Tolson was one of these soldiers. His brother James was killed in the last months of this war.

Tolson Memorial Museum – the future in your hands

Tolson Museum is the museum of Huddersfield. It is under threat.

The house and park were given to the people of Huddersfield by Legh Tolson. Dr Woodhead, curator, amassed a collection showing the history of the people of Huddersfield and its nature and geology. This is for all to access, particularly local people, in perpetuity.

This house is part of our history. It was build by a man from humble beginnings. He was a weaver who through his creative skills and application became rich enough to have this ‘brass castle’ built. In this building for all to see are artefacts that remind us of the skills and creativeness of the people of Huddersfield.

The future of Tolson Museum is in the balance. However all is not lost. Your view is crucial. If you are passionate about it’s future please , please go online and fill in the questionnaire. This has to be done by Sunday 24th July.

Tolson Junior Parkrun

Every Sunday 9am.

If you are aged 4—14 come and join us.

Summer Programme


Heritage Memorial Garden

2pm Sat 16th July. Chol Theatre present Tales from Hudd

2pm Sunday 17th July. Jazz in the garden by Colne Valley Big Band

2pm Sunday 7th August . Toots Brass play Brass in the Garden

1pm Sat 24th Sept. Mikron Theatre present Canary Girls, heroes on the Home Front

Tolson forecourt

Motorbike Show. 11 – 4pm Sunday 11th September. Also tombola and plant stall. Donations welcome.

Tolson Museum

Tea & Cake. 2pm – 3.30pm. 2nd Wed in month.

Free events

13th July. Bee Keeping Talk.

10th Aug. Puzzle Club.

14th Sept. Family History Society.

12th Oct. Community Policing.

9th Nov. An item of history.

14th Dec. Christmas Quiz and party.

Victorian Christmas Fair

11am – 4pm.

Sunday 20th November

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: