Shepley Spring Festival 2019

Spring Festival is an annual 3 day celebration of traditional music, song and dance.

The event started in 2007 and has developed a national and international profile as well  as being a community led and community based event.Shepley Spring Festival

The festival is moving this year from its previous location in Shepley village to a new home at Storthes Hall Park, Kirkburton with the concerts, bar, food stalls, craft fayre and children’s activities all based at ‘The Venue’.

Camping for weekend ticket holders is in the grounds adjacent to the site and other activities spill out into the pubs in local villages.

For more information check out – www.shepleyspringfestival.com

Shepley Spring Festival is a small, friendly, family orientated event expecting to attract about 1000 visitors this year.

Our aim is to celebrate the very best of traditional music and dance from Britain and beyond, showcasing some of the most well own artists of the folk music genre but also offering a platform for aspiring young musicians to perform on the same stage. In 2019 we are inviting groups and individuals from Lancashire, London, Cornwall, Scotland and France as well as performers who live in Shepley and other villages and towns in Yorkshire.

As organisers we are passionate about the music, the dance, the tradition, keeping it alive and passing it on to the next generation.

The annual event is organised by a small group of volunteers, none of whom benefit financially from the event. Members of the group all have daytime employment and planning the festival is an enjoyable but time consuming activity.  However like all other arts organisations and events we rely on grant funding and sponsorship to be able to stage the event.

There are a number of ways that you can help support the festival is you are an organization; sponsorship, advertising or having a stand at the event are a number of ways that your business could benefit from exposure and we welcome the opportunity to reduce our costs by receiving work in exchange of tickets.   If you would like more information please email info@HD8network.co.uk

However the best way you can support the festival is to buy a ticket and come along for a brilliant time, listening to a variety of traditional music and dance in a family friendly atmosphere.

The Welcome Centre. Food Bank and more …

Welcome Centre Food Bank and MoreWith the Main centre – for visitors and parcel collections is Lord Street, Huddersfield and the Donations centre – to drop off donations – on Queens Mill Industrial Estate, Queens Mill Road,  Lockwood, the Welcome Centre in Huddersfield is one of the largest food banks in the north of England.

 

The number of people using food banks across the UK has risen from tens of thousands to millions since 2010.

There are many factors contributing to the rise of food poverty, including national welfare reforms, the rise of zero hours contracts, and struggling local economies. The Welcome Centre provides food, toiletries and other essentials alongside a one-to-one advocacy, guidance and support service tailored to people’s needs.

The food packs that the Welcome Centre give out contain enough food for seven days.

They try to provide a good quantity of nutritious, high quality food in our food packs, and tailor each pack to meet people’s dietary requirements and preferences. They believe in respecting people’s food choices no matter what financial predicament they find themselves in.

They’re more than just a food bank.

The Welcome Centre offer clients advocacy, guidance and support to help them address any underlying or ongoing issues which prevent them getting back on their feet.  You can find out more about the additional support they provide here advocacy, guidance and support.

As an independent, local charity, they rely on the support of local people like you; please help if you can.

The Welcome Centre accept donations of most dried, fresh and tinned foods as long as they are unopened and in date.

If you want to discuss a donation of surplus stock from your business, please contact emma.thewelcomecente@gmail.com

The Christmas appeals currently for food etc are – https://www.thewelcomecentre.org/pages/32-christmas-shortages

Donations of Christmas items should be with the Welcome Centre by Friday 21st December.

Other ways that you can get involved can be found here – https://www.thewelcomecentre.org/pages/2-support-us

To get contact details of the Welcome Centre, please visit  our organisation listing for them.

Secret Santa Christmas Shopping List for a Teenager

This Christmas, throughout the UK, nearly 500 teenage cancer patients will be waking Christmas morning in a hospital bed far from home, family and friends.

Please be a Secret Santa and buy an extra gift today for a teenager spending their Christmas day fighting cancer.

Help the Laura Crane Youth Cancer Trust make a big difference to the lives of young cancer patients.

  • Notebooks
  • Pens, Pencils/colouring pencils
  • Colourng Books – Arts & Crafts items
  • DVDs / CDs (suitable for teenagers)
  • Books & Games (suitable for teenagers)
  • Beanie Hats
  • Gift vouchers
  • Gift Sets (male & female)

NB – No hair products!

Laura Crane Youth Cancer Trust thank you for joining the fight against cancer in young people and send you their very best wishes for a peaceful Christmas.

 

If you would like to donate a gift to a young cancer patient this Christmas the Laura Crane Trust will be at our December HD8 Network Mmmmm networking event and will bring a donation bag along.

To find out more about the Laura Crane Youth Cancer Trust please visit their business listing on our directory.

our Top 5 things blog

If I had a top 5 top thing, to celebrate our 5th anniversary, I would have to pick my favourite surprise organisations …

Number one – Boom, it has to be Think Forensics.

Wow what a business.  What a concept.  What an amazing woman behind it.

Number two – The Pigs in the Woods.

I must confess I have never visited or made contact, however I LOVE driving past it.  Perhaps a bit dangerous trying to point out the pigs to the kid while driving …. But makes my heart sing a bit.

Number three – Shepley Spring Festival.

I have stolen the description “a mini Glastonbury”.  I mentioned above, an amazing woman, but this Festival is also a credit to the amazing team work that can pull off an international 3-day music festival year on year, despite council and other funding cuts and other obstacles – including the weather in some years!!

Number four – There are so many that I could choose from it is so hard to single out, but I would have to pick the community amenities –

  1. The community libraries seem to have been a great success and popular and have been an impressive response to “the cuts”.
  2. Emley Community Centre, Football Club and Wentworth rooms was a delight the other year and is an impressive community area with so much potential. However, there are also many other sports and recreation clubs across the HD8 area it seems so harsh to single any out.
  3. Cliffe House is an adventure I know will continue to grow for me. I love the history of it – my MiL (Mother in Law) has stayed here … sorry that’s misleading, she’s not that old – she went on here school trip …. My little one isn’t just old enough for the adventure play equipment, but I can’t wait to give it a try.  I did a stewarding session at Shepley Spring Festival the other year and the acoustics in the stables, I kept being told, where amazing!
  4. Scissett Baths – This has been my second office over the last year … not necessarily working, instead working out. It is great facility, but hard work to get to grips with timetables and the classes are so popular, it’s tricky to book.  You must be dedicated, but the facilities are amazing (not forgetting the history) – and it’s one of the longest pools in Kirklees …
  5. Now I am torn between the great facilities for kids or just plummeting for Springfield Mills; especially after Jelly Beans and the transformation she has made (along with support from the other units) …. Leapfrogs too has recently gone through an amazing transformation, as has Kirklees Light Railways – have you been to their outside park in Clayton West recently? And of course, there are the other amazingly run community playgroups, stay and plays, etc, without forgetting the little parks dotted everywhere … However, Spingfield Mills, essentially should be your retail dream … a perfect way to spend your time …. The variety of shops/units in there, the service that is provided (most of the time) the quality and variety that is available, however ….

Number five – I have run out of numbers! Can I lump together in one all the other amazing organisations in the area?

  1. The back-bedroom businesses
  2. The (wo)man with a van services that keep our house, gardens, family and all other sorts of elements in our lives and business in working order
  3. The shops, beauticians, restaurants and entertainment activities, as well as events
  4. The employers, the national and international companies, the manufacturers, fabricators, engineers, ecommerce …
  5. The non-profit organisations that organise our social lives

Wow, I never thought it was going to be so hard to leave out so much.  My mind is racing with the number of organisations and people that I haven’t mentioned, however I mean no offence when I do so.

Can you do better?  What are your top 5?

It doesn’t have to be so far reaching as mine #coverallangels #anglesaswell

Post on our social media, email your articles to info@HD8network.co.uk or just generally tell people what is great and what is happening in the area.

Lawrence Batley Theatre Annual Report 16/17

The Lawrence Batley Theatre recently sent us an email and we thought you might be interested in reading it.  It said –

“As we come to the end of the year we wanted to share our Annual Report 16/17 with you. Please click here to view the report.

We hope you enjoy it and please feel to share it with your contacts, friends and colleagues.

Wishing you all the very best for the festive season and the new year!

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Barking Mad are Dogs for Good

Local Dog Lovers Help Change and Enrich Lives

 

Dogs for Good charity talk HD8 Network MemberLocal dog sitters, Barking Mad Huddersfield & Halifax, are asking fellow dog lovers to join them in helping to change lives.

The dog holiday specialists have officially partnered with Dogs for Good, a life transforming charity which creates partnerships between people living with disability and specially trained assistance dogs.

 

BarkingMad dog sitters conference HD8 Network Member

Mark Abbott of Huddersfield & Halifax enthused “We are so proud to announce that Dogs for Good is Barking Mad’s chosen charity for 2018! Dogs for Good train assistance dogs to support adults and children with a wide range of disabilities and also children with autism, in order to enrich and improve lives. This is particularly relevant to the work which we undertake with our own dog sitting Host Community. We offer the opportunity to care for someone else’s dog whilst its owners are away and through this initiative, we witness the amazing difference that canine companions can make in terms of improving social interaction and fitness every day.”

Cathryn Simpson, Corporate Partnerships Manager for Dogs for Good said ‘We’re absolutely delighted to be working with Barking Mad in 2018, there’s obvious synergy between the two organisations in respect of the dogs but more importantly the ethos of both organisations is closely matched and this is important to ensure a successful partnership. Thank you to everyone for getting involved!”

How can you get involved?

Barking Mad Huddersfield & Halifax’s ultimate wish Barking Mad support Dogs for Good HD8 Network Memberwould be to raise enough money to fund the training of a Dogs for Good puppy and would really appreciate your help!

Throughout 2018 they plan to hold fundraising events including and would love to hear from you if you would like to get involved.

Mark Abbott can be contacted on 01484 599420 and you can also visit https://www.barkingmad.uk.com/franchisees/huddersfield-halifax/ to find out more.

In the new year they will also be introducing an initiative to enable customers to make a voluntary donation of a pound, with every booking made with their dog home boarding service.

Barking Mad is part of the Franchise Brands plc group of companies and is the UK’s favourite dog holiday company, as verified by TrustPilot. Contact Barking Mad at www.barkingmad.uk.com to find your dog’s home from home today.

 

Want to find out more?

Visit Barking Mad’s listing on the HD8 Network – https://www.hd8network.co.uk/local-businesses/barking-mad-huddersfield-halifax/

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