Help the Laura Crane Youth Cancer Trust Fuel the Sleigh

Laura Crane Trust Logo HD8 NetworkCancer does not take time off over Christmas and so the Laura Crane Youth Cancer Trust’s Christmas appeal ‘Fuel the Sleigh’ aims to spread a little cheer to young people forced to spend the holidays in hospital away from their family and loved ones.

The gifts that you donate to the nationwide campaign organised by The Laura Crane Youth Cancer Trust will be given to young people between 13- and 24-years old spending Christmas in hospitals across the UK to open on Christmas morning

team santa laura crane youth cancer trustGifts wrapped by volunteers are delivered to around 500 young people, being treated at the 43 hospital units nationwide.

In Yorkshire there are only 6 specialist hospitals available for young cancer patients – LGI, St James’, Weston Park, Sheffield Children’s Hospital, The Royal Hallamshire in Sheffield the Castle Hill Hospital in Hull – meaning that these young people have to travel far for their treatments and are potentially separated from their family and loved ones on Christmas morning.

Over the coming weeks the Laura Crane sleigh will travel from Aberdeen down to Plymouth and across to Dublin and Belfast – covering approximately 5,970 miles. Last year a staggering 1,281 gifts were delivered to patients across the country and the charity are hoping to do the same again this year.

Young people staying at these specialist hospitals will be amongst those receiving a bundle of gifts from the charity including an Amazon voucher, chocolates and a distraction therapy game.

Sarah Dransfield, Ambassador for the Laura Crane Youth Cancer Trust, has put together a list of personal gifts, inspired by the gifts she received herself as a teenage cancer patient.

Please use this list to help you buy and donate gifts to support this campaign –
• Cosy gifts such as fluffy socks, slippers and pyjamas, hats, scarves and gloves or microwavable wheat-bag warmers
• Gifts to help pass the time – trivia quiz, card games, adult colouring books, fidget spinners, books, and arts and crafts
• Practical gifts such as power banks – to charge devices or Bluetooth speakers
• Pampering gifts such as wash sets, make-up and beauty products, eyebrow kits or nail-varnish.

HD8 Network Laura Crane Youth Cancer Trust Pam Thornes, Charity Manager at The Laura Crane Youth Cancer Trust told us about how the campaign started “We became aware that because teenagers are often treated on adult wards they were missing out on any special surprises at Christmas and certainly weren’t receiving any gifts. All are waking up on Christmas morning in a hospital bed, away from the comfort of home and loved ones.

“Every child, however, deserves to wake up to a special gift at Christmas. And thanks to the ongoing kindness and goodwill of volunteers – and the generosity of all who continue to support the appeal – we are able to make that a reality for the young patients spending the festive season in hospital – a message that we are all thinking of them.”

Laura Crane Youth Cancer Trust is the only UK charity focused on funding research specifically into cancers affecting the 13-24 age group. The charity also funds measures to improve the quality of life for these young cancer patients, during their frequent and often debilitating stays in hospital.

Mum, Andrea, whose son received a gift from Laura Crane at Christmas last year explains what it meant to their family: “When my son woke up in hospital on Christmas morning, he was so touched to receive a bag of gifts from your organisation. It not only made being in hospital at Christmas time more bearable, but it also made it feel more special knowing that people were thinking about him and actually cared that he was away from family and friends at a time when he felt most isolated.”

If you would like to get involved in this year’s campaign you can do so by making an online donation to the charity’s virtual Christmas Gift tree.

Instead of sending Christmas cards this year why not light up the Laura Crane tree with lights, presents and baubles and your own special Christmas messages.

All donations will go towards buying gifts, wrapping paper and of course fuelling the sleigh.

Companies have the opportunity to become one of the charity’s Corporate Santas and make a real difference this Christmas.

For more information or to make a donation via the virtual Christmas tree visit http://www.lauracranetrust.org/.

or visit their directory listing on the HD8 Network here –

The Laura Crane Youth Cancer Trust

 

 

Light Up The Woods Thank You All

“On behalf of the event organisers, I would like to say a BIG thank you for taking part in this year’s Light up the Woods (LUTW) event. Without you, we wouldn’t have had an event!” said Vicki from Made in Clayton West.
In total Light up the Woods 3 had 26 different community groups, schools, businesses and individuals involved.   Making it a real community event, involving participants from Upper Denby, Skelmanthorpe, Denby Dale, Scissett, Clayton West, Huddersfield and even Chester taking part (Andy with his balloon tether)!

There has already been lots of lovely feedback received and despite the rain, there was still a great turnout!

The organisers felt that this Facebook comment summed it up perfectly and made it all worthwhile – “It was our first time tonight and we thought it was absolutely fantastic! Our children loved finding their lanterns & it made us proud to be part of this community. Thank you so much.”

Made in Clayton West would love it if you were able to send a few words to them about your involvement –

What was your favourite part of being involved in LUTW3?
Could we do anything better?
Besides your own display – did you have a favourite display & why?
What did you think about the early bird preview (between 4.00-6.00pm)?
Any other ideas/thoughts?
Using this information Made in Clayton West plan to put together the words/comments/feedback & share it between everyone involved.

Would you be up for LUTW4?

We hope so!  And we can confirm the HD8 Network will be taking part in some way.  If you are interested in helping us please get in touch and if you are interested in taking part in LUTW4 in your own right please get in touch with Made in Clayton West so they can put your name down on the interested list 🙂

The official video is being edited and will be released shortly.

The official #hashtag for the event was #LUTW3, so if you have posted or planning to post images, please make sure this is included in your post so people can see them.

Cliffe House October Half Term

Looking for something to keep the kids busy over the October Half Term?

Cliffe House October 2019 Half TermThen look no further as we have lots of fun activities going on every day, activities include

– Cliffe House Club – Running 9am – 5pm – For those 8 years plus – Activities include Bushcraft, Climbing, Archery, Team building plus lots more

– Climbing wall sessions – For those who are 6+, all equipment provided and full tuition given by our instructors

– Archery – Run in our sheltered range so don’t worry about the weather, full hour session with all the equipment provided

– Fancy Dress Competition – Who has the best costume? Is it you? If so you could win a birthday party worth £200, why not join in??

– Pumpkin Picking – Come along join the fun and pick your own and carve it on the carving station

– Pumpkin Trail – An hours family fun in the grounds of Cliffe House finished off with a Halloween treat if you complete it

– Arts and Crafts in the woods – Halloween themed fun

– Food and Drink available from our kiosk every day

Most activities are pre-bookable here – https://tickets.kirklees.gov.uk/

Cliffe House October 2019 Half Term October

Cliffe House October 2019 Half Term

The kettle is always on

Clayton West Baby and Toddler Group is the place where the kettle is always on!

Clayton West Baby and Toddler Group is a fantastic playgroup for little ones from birth up to 4 years old.

Held every Friday between 1-3pm during term time at the Clayton West Darby and Joan Club, there is something to do for everyone (even us Mums and Dads!).

Clayton West Baby and Toddler Group
Clayton West Baby and Toddler Group
Photo taken by John Steel Photography

The lovely ladies that run the group are always warm, welcoming and very friendly. Great for a chat while your little one is off exploring and playing!

The playgroup is held in a bright, clean and well maintained hall, the perfect environment to take your little ones to have a play.

There is a sensory area for babies, toys for all ages and even a craft area with different activities and things to make each week. There has been colour sand picture making, lollipop people, sensory bottles, magic bean planting and lots more! Not forgetting seasonal crafts and card making for all occasions through the year.

Clayton West Baby and Toddler Group also provide learning through song as everyone sits down together to sing (and have a dance!) along to well known and much loved nursery rhymes as well as throwing in some new ones too! This is always followed by snack time where a wonderful variety of healthy snacks and drink is provided. There is also Tea and Coffee provided along with the occasional piece of yummy cake for us Mums and Dads to enjoy!

It’s a fantastic place to meet up with new friends and for the kiddies to run around and play together.

Clayton West Baby and Toddler group really is a fantastic place to make new friends and let your little ones run around and play together!

Janene and Kay look forward to welcoming you each Friday afternoon at the Clayton West Darby and Joan Club.

Want to find out more please visit their listing on our directory –

Clayton West Baby and Toddler Group

Five Years’ Growth for Navigators

Upper Dearne Valley Navigators was created five years ago at the request of parents and young people after Ewan and Fiona Scott left the local Scout Group that they’d run for the best part of 20 years.

Ewan Scott said “We had no intention of starting anything else, we felt that we deserved a break. However, within a week of us resigning we had calls from parents and young people asking could we do something for them.

“We trialled a non-uniformed group doing the same activities as we used to do with Scouts and the demand was there, so we set up Upper Dearne Valley Navigators. We are considered by some as competition to the established uniformed groups locally, but in reality, we offer something slightly different that appeals to a different set of young people, only a handful of our current members were ever in Scouts or Guides.”

The new group started officially in September 2014, and the Leadership team was joined by James Drainer, Leanne and Maria Glover and Carol Power, all of whom had previously been part of the team at the Scout Group.

Since then Navigators has grown to offer two age ranges, covering in all, from 7 – 18 years. Across the Group there are 40 youth members and demand is growing.

Activities offered include archery, canoeing, cooking, camps, climbing, games, crafts, fire skills, circus skills, kayaking, laserquest, axe throwing and just about anything else you can imagine.

The group has run two international trips for its older members, one to the Ardennes and the other to Alsace – both included visits to war memorials, visits to The Menin Gate, canoeing, city visits, and much more. A third trip is proposed for 2020.

Additionally, Navigators sponsored a funding application to allow free two hour sports sessions at the Skelmanthorpe Community Centre, with two trained coached for 39 weeks during term time. The Group is open to similar packages that help offer activity to the wider youth and children’s community in the Upper Dearne Valley.

About Upper Dearne Valley Navigators

We are a non-uniformed youth group following the basic principles of scouting as laid out over 100 years ago.  Navigators is non-religious, non-political and we are open to any young person who comes to us with parental support and a real interest in being part of the group.

We are one of around five Navigator Groups in the UK, but interest is growing.

Navigators started in New York City in 2003 when a Scout Troop sponsored by a Unitarian Church found itself at odds with the attitudes displayed by Boy Scouts America towards minorities. The Navigators movement now has 257 Chapters in the USA, it has a group in France, at Toulouse and another in Uganda, plus of course, the UK Groups in Huddersfield, Lincoln, Dover, Teignmouth, Newton Abbot, with another two expected to open by September.

 

To get in touch with the Navigators please visit their listing on the HD8 Network

Upper Dearne Valley Navigators

What’s on at Cliffe House this February Half Term!

Monday 18th to Friday 22nd February 2019


Cliffe House

Climbing Wall – Tuesday 19th February

Our climbing wall will be open from 11am until 3pm.

30 minutes session £3 per person

All day access £5 per person

Collect your wristbands from the Kiosk. (Weather dependent)


Try it! Archery – Wednesday 20th February (pre-bookable)*

11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm (10 mins induction 50 mins session)

£3 per person suitable for ages 6yrs+



Little Cooks Kitchen – Wednesday 20th February ( pre-bookable)*

9am until 12pm £20 per child, for ages 8yrs+

Includes ingredients and tutoring from an experienced qualified chef.



Cliffe House Club – Thursday 21st February (pre-bookable)*

9am until 5pm £30 per child including packed lunch (£5 Early drop off available from 8.00am) for ages 8-12 years

Spend the day doing a variety of outdoor activities such as; archery, team building games, orienteering, etc.



Adventure Playground & Kiosk

Why not enjoy a hot coffee from our kiosk whilst the children play in the adventure playground.

Open throughout Kirklees School Holidays (excluding Bank Holidays).

Our adventure playground is free to use, however, we rely on your kind  donations of £1 per child to ensure that we can keep this playground open for our local community to enjoy.

Kiosk open 11am-3pm — Adventure playground 10am-4pm


*Pre-bookable activities

To book go to https://www.kirklees.gov.uk/beta/town-halls/events-and-tickets.aspx and search Cliffe House.

Limited spaces available, book now to avoid disappointment.

 

Cliffe House, 140 Lane Head Road, Shepley, Huddersfield, HD8 8DB               T: 01484 225083 option  3

E: cliffehouse@kirklees.gov.uk              www.cliffehouse.co.uk

Meet Gary Wood and Trojan Karate

Hi I am Gary Wood, from Trojan Karate, and I am a 7 Dan Karate instructor and have been training in martial arts and fitness for over 48 years.

Earlier this year Gary Wood opened another location of Trojan Karate in Clayton West.  An Afterschool Karate Club in the Darby and Joan Club, starting at 3.45pm, for one hour on Wednesdays. Check out our online events calendar for more details.

This is a place that your 5-year olds and older can take their first lessons in Karate.

The first session is free.

So, you have nothing to lose trying it out.

As well as Karate, Gary also teaches Judo, Boxercise and is a Personal Fitness Trainer.

During his years of being in the sport he has met and trained with many of martial arts greats and have been all over the world sparring and teaching.

Gary wood is fully qualified N A K M A S governing body // D B S /// First aider and all relevant qualifications

Any questions please phone Gary on 07818437517 or visit his listing – https://www.hd8network.co.uk/local-businesses/trojan-karate/

 

Jake and Joy’s January 2018 Sale

Jake and Joy Member of HD8 NetworkJake and Joy Childrenswear are pleased to invite customers to the January 2018 Sale which sees 50% off all items in store with the exception of socks and bibs.

Major brands including Toby Tiger, Little Green Radicals and Piccalilly have items in the sale which will make space for an exciting new Spring and Summer range that will include newcomers to Jake and Joy – Frugi.

Jake and Joy a HD8 Network MemberThey also stock gift vouchers and will be launching our Organic Childrenswear Resale Agency later this month.

It’s an exciting time at Jake and Joy but sale items are selling fast!

Opening times are Thursday 09:30 – 16:00, Friday 09:30 – 16:00 and Saturday 11:30 – 16:00.

 

Want to find out more?

Visit Jake and Joy’s listing on the HD8 Network – https://www.hd8network.co.uk/local-businesses/jake-and-joy/

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Faster Fitness Kids and Teens Programs; New for 2018

In January 2018, Faster Fitness Solutions will be launching a brand-new kids and teens fitness incentive designed to get the young people of HD8 more active (Click here to find out more about the founder, Darren Thomas).

The Faster Fitness kids and teens programs are based around the most up to date and cutting-edge strength and conditioning protocols that are designed to give growing kids and teens a strong movement foundation, before progressing them into safe and effective weight lifting and sports conditioning strategies.

How will the courses work?

Small group fitness sessions will be at the facility in Denby Dale, taking place after school at 4:15pm and on Saturday mornings at 11:30am and 12:30pm and cost just £5.

The aim is to develop a variety of more specialist coaching options to aid sports specific development for young athletes to further enhance their sporting development.

Who are they for?

They are not just for young athletes who play sport. They are for any young person who just wants to get more active and develop improved co-ordination, flexibility, balance and body awareness.

Faster Fitness Youth Strength and Conditioning Certificate

The sessions will be fun and engaging and involve a mixture of

  • Functional games
  • Bodyweight training drills
  • Kettlebell training
  • Dumbbell training
  • Speed and agility drills
  • Olympic weightlifting techniques (this is the ultimate and the kids will have to earn the right to do this by being competent at all other lower level drills)

All sessions will be taught in a private facility by a Youth Strength and Conditioning Coach with full DBS check and child welfare training, so you can rest assured the environment will be safe.

 

First Session Is Free

If you would like your child to come along to any of the sessions, then please click on the link below and fill out the short form. I will then be in touch to confirm you place.

Want to find out more?

Check out Faster Fitness website – http://www.fasterfitnesssolutions.com/youth-strength-and-conditioning.html

Or visit Faster Fitness’s listing on the HD8 Network – https://www.hd8network.co.uk/local-businesses/faster-fitness-solutions/

 

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Light Up the Woods – Cliffe Woods

This Saturday evening, between 6-8.30pm, in Cliffe Woods the community of Clayton West will come together to create a lantern-lit woodland walk, a firestaff display in the Secret Garden, singing from the Clayton West Chorus and storytelling.

Light up the woods 11th NovemberThe organisers of the event consist of Cliffe Woods Conservation Group, Made in Clayton West and Upper Dearne Valley Navigators; however the following organisations will also be providing the light installations.

  • All Saints’ Church
  • Bikeshed Digital Media
  • Children from Kaye’s First & Nursery School
  • Clayton West Baby & Toddler Group
  • Clayton West Cubs
  • Joseph Norton Academy
  • Kidz Klub

The HD8 Network has sponsored the event by donating glow sticks for attendees and Clayton West Chorus will be performing.It is a firework free zone and you are asked to bring your torch and wellies.

You are also asked to leave your cars at home and walk to Cliffe Woods (obviously this might be difficult if you are coming from further than Clayton West or Scissett, so please be considerate to residents when parking).

Cliffe Street will be the main route for people to access the Woods entrance.  It’s the first event of its kind, so we don’t know how many people will come along – if everyone and their family that has contributed to the event turn up then the woods will be buzzing.  The weather will be larger contributing factor to success and turn out of the event, but the forecast so far looks good!

The event will be basic in that there will be no refreshments available or toilet facilities provided however there will be an information stand at the entrance of Cliffe Woods, for first aid, lost children, etc.

Come and see what a community can do when they work together!

Connect with the event on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/events/1979090045704109/

 

Christmas Angels | Lawrence Batley Theatre

This year for the first time in 10 years LBT are producing our own show for Christmas and it will be a traditional family pantomime – Cinderella.

As always at LBT we want to do all we can to make sure as many local people as possible can have access to, and benefit from, our activities and so this year we are launching our Christmas Angels project. We are asking local people and businesses if they could give small amounts of money to enable us to give local children in need an unforgettable Christmas experience at the pantomime. It’s a particularly good time to make a difference as the Arts Council of England will give us an additional pound for every pound donated.

Download a leaflet for more information

Box Office: 01484 430528
online: www.thelbt.org
facebook: www.facebook.com/theLBT.org
twitter: @theLBT
Lawrence Batley Theatre, Queen Street, Huddersfield, HD1 2SP

 

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A visit to Jelly Beans in Springfield Mills, Denby Dale

On Thursday I spent a lovely long lunchtime in Springfield Mills in Denby Dale.  After my daughters Swinbabes swimming lesson at Inkermann Pool in Denby Dale, I thought I’d take her to Jelly Beans as her Grandparents, who usually look after then, were on holiday.

Jelly Beans Springfield Mills Denby DaleIt is the first time we’d been since the new owners took over and we were really impressed with the changes that they had made.  It seemed so much bigger.  When I say seemed, it actually was.  There are no longer the double doors to get in and what I assume was a storage area is now an imaginative play area with wooden kitchens and other role play toys.

New Owners Jelly Beans Springfield Mills Denby Dale

 

 

The counter has been extended and there seemed to be more tables.  There is a new structure in the middle with different ways to climb and explore, although I think it is definitely too small for adults to join in, but they can be right by the little ones at all times.

The other massive change is the addition of the party room; there have been more walls removed, which again I assume must have been a storage area.  The party room is sectioned off area with low walls and a gate and there is a low table with little chairs seated around it.

The menu has had a bit of a jig, but is near enough the same, basically sandwiches, jacket potatoes and salad, with numerous cakes on the counter.  The salmon and cream cheese bagel seemed to be popular order, as I noticed a few people were served it and the kid’s picnic meals are served in mini shopping baskets.

Tracey Bongo Beats Jelly Beans

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An added bonus was that Tracey from Bongo Beats came along for a half an hour session included in the price of play; this apparently happens every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon.  It was a great introduction to what she offers, other than a birthday party, we’ve not had the chance to experience her sessions as my daughter has always been at nursery when they are on elsewhere.

Jelly Beans Springfield Mills Denby Dale

The other massive improvement the new owner of Jelly Beans has made is the small touches added to the toilets, transforming the experience.  A pile of nice soaps, hand creams and air freshener, as well as toddler toilet seat, a step and I think there was even a cushioned changing mat on the fold down one.  The extra special touch was the toys hanging from the ceiling above, to distract them when they’re having their nappies changed.

While we were in Springfield Mills we also popped in to say hello and see how Crafty Kids were getting on – what an excellent concept she’s got! Messy creative play for under 8’s!  It is perfect if you want to keep your carpets and walls safe and let someone else do the tidying up whilst not denying your children this vital learning experience.

Of course we also bought some cut off portions of the amazing wedding cakes on offer from Joanna Rose … they are so amazing they are irresistible!  We also had a brief nosey in the Denby Dale Centre’s second hand shop and I had to retrieve nosey britches from wandering into the Curtain Shop – Ashley Interiors.  I did also nip into Hand in Hand Nutrition & Fitness but she had a client with her, so I said I’d comeback another time and she gave me a leaflet detailing the Pilates, Yoga, Boot Camp, Mother and Baby fitness and Metafit classes.

Springfield Field Mills is a great amenity for the HD8 area and Denby Dale in particular; admittedly the building needs some love but the retail units contained within provide enough for you to over look the tired entrance and walkways.

There are many other units not listed above which has no reflection of their appeal, but there is only so many that you can visit with a nearly 3 year old who just wanted to go on the Postman Pat and other rides situated in the corridors.  Why not visit and see for yourself what there is for you.

We have also uploaded the photos to our Instagram and Facebook accounts come and connect with us there.

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