Denby Dale co-working and meeting space now open

Your local co-working and meeting space in Denby Dale is now open.

Jayne Adamson creator of the Flex CollectiveThe Flex Collective was set up by Jayne Adamson who had been working at home since starting her marketing business (she helps product led businesses with their strategy and marketing) in February 2019.

She decided that working from home all the time was not good for her, she found it lonely and missed collaborating with her ex colleagues, customers and suppliers.

Well many of us have had a taste of that now and there are not a lot of people who have actually enjoyed working from home for the last 4 months, whilst home schooling kids or with the other half under the feet or maybe just being alone all that time.

Yes, many of us have discovered the power of the online video meeting even for our social lives as well as work but let’s be honest, we are so over that aren’t we?

The fact remains that nothing can beat being around people, the banter, having someone make you a brew and generally just being somewhere other than your own house.

As pubs and restaurants reopen and people get back to some sort of normality, the government are set to change the ‘work from home’ advice that they have been dishing out since March and are now saying we can go to work.

It still remains to be seen whether employers will force their employees to go to the office (yes, by law they can do this), or whether they will be open to more flexible arrangements, or even will tell their employees to carry on working from home for the foreseeable future.

If you are one of those being told to continue to work from home or you are your own employer and you can do what the hell you like then it may be time to consider visiting The Flex Collective to chat about the co-working space.

It is a friendly, comfortable and fully equipped office where you can chat with like minded people whilst cracking on with your work without the distractions that we have all had to put up with the last few months.

And best of all, you can try it out for free for a day, see if you like it.

If you want to book a free day you can do that here http://theflexcollective.co.uk/make-a-booking/ using code ONEDAYFREE. Jayne would be happy to welcome you and show you around.

The space works on a flexible membership basis where you can sign up for 5, 10 or 15 days a month or you can just pay as you go, the more you go the more you save. Details of pricing for all the services can be found on the website here http://theflexcollective.co.uk/pricing/

Over the last few weeks they have had quite a few people trying out the space and all have said they will be back once they can properly get their lives back, so that is looking like it will be September time as many still have childcare issues and many are just not ready to come out of their homes yet. However, over the next month or so hopefully people will grow in confidence and we can all get back to work properly (whatever properly means!)

Flex Collective workshop

As well as the space for co-working there is also a large meeting room which can be hired out by the hour, half day or full day for private meetings, training workshops and networking events, whatever you need it for really.

There have been a couple of workshops run in this space already with very limited numbers so that they could maintain a social distance but both were really well received and there will be more to come.

Amongst others there will be another wordpress workshop for those of us with wordpress sites that we don’t know how to update, a social media strategy workshop to help local businesses define what their strategy should be and how to reach their target customer and also a facebook ads workshop.

If you have any suggestions of something you would like to see then just pop an email to jayne@theflexcollective.co.uk who will be very open to discussing any ideas with you.

Jayne really wants The Flex Collective to be a place where our community can collaborate and support each other so that we can all see each other, and therefore the HD8 area thrive in the long term.

You can follow The Flex Collective on

Facebook here – https://www.facebook.com/The-Flex-Collective

Instagram here – https://www.instagram.com/theflexcollective/

or on Linkedin here – https://www.linkedin.com/company/theflexcollective 

 

Or visit the Flex Collective’s listing on our directory 

The Flex Collective

 

Apply for the second round of the Local Authority Small Business Discretionary Grant Fund

Kirklees Council has made a second and final round of the Local Authority Discretionary Grant fund available to help small businesses that have been impacted by COVID-19.

Kirklees discretionary grant fundGrants of up to £10,000 are being made available to businesses with ongoing fixed property-related costs that have not received funding in round one and are not eligible for other Government grant schemes, including the Small Business Grant Fund and the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund.

This fund is available to the following types of businesses:

  • Manufacturing businesses with their own business rate assessment with a ‘Rateable Value’ of over £15,000 and less than £51,000
  • Businesses that wholly or mainly supply the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Sector with their own business rates assessment with a ‘Rateable Value’ of over £15,000 and less than £51,000
  • OFSTED registered childcare providers

Businesses must also meet the following criteria to be eligible:

  • Be a small or micro business
  • Have relatively high, ongoing fixed property-related costs
  • Be able to demonstrate they have suffered a significant fall in income due to the COVID-19 crisis
  • Have been trading on 11th March 2020
  • Occupy property, or part of a property, with a rateable value or annual rent or annual mortgage payments below £51,000

Applications are open now and you can apply online via our website www.kirklees.gov.uk/coronavirusbusiness .

Further information including full eligibility criteria and detailed guidance can also be found on their website. The application process will close at midnight on Wednesday 19 August 2020. The Council reserves the right to amend the closing date and will publish any changes on its website

SlingLibrary bring new offering to HD8

SlingLibrary have started to run walks with parents in the local area, providing companionship and information exchange while enjoying the great outdoors

Slinglibrary.com are all about helping you make life easier.

And now they are helping you to get stuff done while being out in nature together.
Hands free cuddles
Helping reduce colic symptoms
Simply allowing you to eat a meal with a knife and fork.
slinglibrary.comSlingLibrary.com have been run from Library’s, playgyms and public halls and have supported thousands of families in Huddersfield and Halifax over the last 10 years.
Then Coronavirus happened and everyone was told to stay home, stay safe, avoid people and not take unnecessary journeys.
Rachel from SlingLibrary.com says “It feels like a lifetime since our last libraries ran. And for our newborns it is!
We recommend all parents of new babies attend our bump to baby session which we’ve moved online for now. We’ve been managing coronavirus safe collections and drop offs of slings.
But we’ve not been having the impact on our community that we love to give.
We’ve heard of parents isolated, unable to make the lasting friendships that help you transition to the parent you want to be.
We’ve heard of loneliness and fear being a double edged sword.
Keeping parents stuck and the loss of people contact increasing their fear of catching the virus.
We’ve seen the smouldering smoke as a larger problem of maternal mental health begins to decline and we’ve decided to make a stand!”

One thing coronavirus has taught us is simplicity, slowing down and appreciating the now. It’s also reminded us of humanity’s ability to adapt and survive.

SlingLibrary Sling Walks outside
So, moving forwards, as part of the SlingLibary.com’s covid-19 recovery plan, they are looking forward to regular walks. Bringing parents and families together in a socially distanced way, enabling contact without putting ourselves in a situation that feels unsafe or that we’re not comfortable with.
SlingLibrary Sling Walks UmbrellasThey are introducing summer holiday walks, taking socially distanced parents out for walks.
Bringing parents together in the fresh air which is well documented to improve mental wellbeing.
Regardless of weather!
But it will be more than that, each week they will discuss a theme, bring the world to life for your little ones and give play ideas to use throughout the week with your babies and young children.

At the moment there are regular walks planned in Scissett and Wyke, with travelling walks as our family life allows.

They are starting a 3 month project; to record the impact this has on families at the end of August.
After then sessions will cost £6.  It is advisable to block book to get the most out of the play ideas and learn about helping your baby develop.
While the SlingLibrary.com are fine tuning their walks they are offering their time and expertise in exchange for donations.

Walks in Scissett weekly on Tuesday.

Walks in Wyke every other week on Fridays.

Pop up walks – look out on Facebook.

For more information and contact details please visit the SlingLibrary’s directory listing

Sling Library

Do you know we have a Events Calendar?

I thought I would remind you about our Events Calendar on the website.

It is free for organisations to list their events on our online events calendar.

Ordinarily you would have found lots of interesting things to do … however a small pandemic had us delete all pre-standing events and now it is looking a bit empty and boring.

Currently we only have some business networking events and the sling library socials.

But we know that there is a lot more happening than that!

List your event or activity now for free – https://www.hd8network.co.uk/add-your-event/

You do not need to be a member of the HD8 Network to make use of the calendar.

We say if it is of interest to those who work, rest and play in the HD8 area it is okay to upload your event.

So, you might also find events further afield too.

HD8 Network Events CalendarCome and find different events for you and your family.

Whether you are looking for activities for the kids, a new skill you want to learn or a day out.

Normally there would be groups, events and fairs listed all the time and we want to get back to this.

So please tell everyone about the events calendar, add your events and keep checking back to see what else is going on.

We offer promotional packages for events who want further promotion outside of the events calendar.  If this might be of interest to you, please get in touch.

If you were a member of the HD8 Network, we would remind you to send us content to share on your behalf and offer you the opportunity to work with us to help you find your story

To find out more about our listing and membership packages please visit – www.hd8network.co.uk/join/

HD8 Network Social Meetup

We are well known for holding events for businesses Meetups, however our Social Meetup will purely be a social event and have a strict no selling policy.

This event is focused on those who rest and play in the area.

To talk about what we have been up to for leisure and pleasure. Or how homeschooling is going. What walks people have been on. The wonderful sights they have seen in the HD8 area.

Perhaps you might want to talk about the places you have been able to buy things, however this is not a promotional event – by all means let people know if you run a business. But think about this as the pub or church coffee morning – this is purely a social event.

Icebreaker

It is always easier to start a conversation with an ice breaker.

It would be good if you came prepared to the Social Meetup with an ice breaker.  A suggestion from literature is to share 1 very interesting thing, 2 moderately interesting things, 3 very dull things

… or more simply you could have an example of why you love the HD8 postcode area of Huddersfield, and share positive news and stories.

If, however, you fancy joining, but do not wish to participate other than listening, that is okay too.

Format

We have the option of having one big conversation, or splitting into groups. Depending on number of attendees.

We also have the option of holding a speed social (similar to speed dating or speed networking – but we are not looking for proposals for marriage or business!), just to talk to some different people.

Speed Social would allow you to have lots of mini conversations, instead of open discussion in front of everyone at the same time.

Feel free to message us either through Facebook or email if you would like to understand more or express any preferences.

Tickets

Book your ticket here – hd8networksocialmeetup.eventbrite.co.uk

Our first Social Meetup event on Thursday will be free to join

We have created a JustGiving Page for you to be able to donate a contribution. www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/hd8network

Our suggested ticket price is £5-10 but please give what you can.  Your generosity will be much appreciated.

Our aim is to build a community fund which can be used to provide support to local groups and organisations in the area.
Whether it is to help groups go back to normal or provide services in the meantime.

Future Social Meetup events

We would love to host lots of other social Meetups.
Would you like to volunteer to be part of it?

Did you previously run a mother and baby group? We are actively seeking volunteers to tune in and help run Mother With babies session.  These are aimed at mums getting together and not the activity of the child.

We have also considered Parents with homeschooling chat.

Perhaps a book clubs, or movie review night.

Would you like to volunteer to be part of it?

You can be demonstrating or passionately talking about your business which can help promote it.

We are hatching a plan for a HD8 Network Show and Tell, where we are inviting people to provide content for our event …. If you are an entertainer, dancer or gym instructor, or a Painter, Builder or Plumber giving DIY tips, or reading poetry or stories, exhibiting a photo collection … what would you like to watch or maybe offer?

You can be promoting a business (but don’t be too salesy, as no one likes being sold too) or just passionate about what you do.

Never used Zoom before?

Get in touch before the meeting and we can do a practise run and talk you through it.

Support charities in the 2.6 Challenge

As many of you will know, Sunday 26th April was supposed to be the London Marathon but instead it’s now the 2.6 challenge day.

The Huddersfield Giants Community Trust are asking for support in the 2.6 challenge to help UK charities, like themselves, through the pandemic.

Huddersfield Giants Community Trust 2.6 challengeThe idea is to create a 2.6 challenge using the numbers 2 & 6 whether its walking 2.6 miles, 26 star jumps or having a zoom call with 26 people doing an activity 26 times.

HGCT is asking everyone to get involved and share their challenges on social media, donating to help keep us continuing our good work in the community.

Please take a look at their website for more information – https://hgct.co.uk/be-a-2-6-hero/

Huddersfield Giants Community Trust is a registered charity and non-profit making organisation.  Using the influence of professional sport, the trust is responsible for all community sports and educational activities on behalf of Huddersfield Giants Rugby League.

The charity uses the power of sport to inspire people of all ages and abilities through four key areas: Sport, Education, Health and Social Inclusion. The Trust engages with over 200,000 people every year through sports coaching within The Zone, local schools, grassroots clubs and the wider community.

Within their home The Zone, the Trust also provides further opportunities for the community, including their own post 16 Education facility which provides students with the opportunity for further study. HGCT also delivers the NCS programme to hundreds of youngsters across the region every year.

For Huddersfield Giants Community Trust’s contact details please check out their listing on our directory

Huddersfield Giants Community Trust

Virtual Meetups now free for Silver Members

It is an unprecedented world at the moment and because of this, we are having to be ever evolving.  We are trying to adapt so that we can continue to support the local area.  One of the ways that we have been doing this, is by transferring our business networking events to Virtual Meetups – which are now FREE for Silver members, as well as Gold members.

Our virtual Meetups give local businesses the opportunity to introduce their products and services.  However we have also found the Meetups are having a positive impact on attendees social life as well as mental health.

Virtual Meetups on Zoom are free for Silver MembersThe Meetup sessions are held on Zoom on Thursday mornings starting at 10am

We had initially agreed to hold the events fortnightly – more regularly than our normal monthly events.  However, it was not as easy to set this up on Eventbrite (how we process the ticket purchasing).  So we have decided to hold these weekly.

Once a month these events will be supported by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), whereby their members can attend our virtual Meetups for free.

These Virtual Meetups will cost

  • £10 to non members,

  • £5 for Bronze members and FSB members (if it is not the ‘Supported by FSB’ Meetup),

  • Free for Silver and Gold Members.

At our Virtual Meetup on Thursday 16th April, we were able to replicate our unique Speed Networking format, as seen at our physical Meetups over the past 7 years.  All agreed that they liked the format and it had been productive for them.

Survey results showed that attendees thought these events were –

  • useful for their business, enjoyable and that they will attend further ones.

  • also beneficial to attendees social life and mental health.

If you would like to join us for one of our Meetups please visit our Eventbrite profile to book your ticket – HD8network.Eventbrite.co.uk

However if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us (during reasonable hours) on 07790705223.

If you would like to find out more about our membership packages and to sign up please visit – www.HD8network.co.uk/join

Flood support in West Yorkshire

FSB Members will have recently received this information by email about the recent flooding and the support available for small businesses affected

Following the flooding incidents that have followed Storm Ciara over the weekend, local authorities are working to help businesses and communities. 

If your business has been affected there is some practical advice from the FSB about what you can do before, during and after a flood.

If you are affected in any way the following details may be of use.

Get help: The Environment Agency has specially trained Flood Support Officers across the country who provide information and advice during and after floods. Call Floodline (24-hour service) on 0345 988 1188.

Check the Government’s National Flood Forum or speak to a Floodline adviser to find out how to stay safe during a flood, 24/7 on: 0345 988 1188.

You can also report a flood or possible cause of flooding via the Environment Agency incident hotline: 0800 80 70 60.

Insurance: If you have been flooded, contact your insurance company and follow their advice. Members can take advantage of the FSB Insurance Service, including the advice line and business continuity planning kit. For further advice on making claims insurance claims click here. If you haven’t got insurance, the National Flood Forum can offer help and support on 01299 403055 

Prepare for more flooding: Further rainfall is expected in the next 36 hours with weather warnings issued across England. Keep up to date with the government flood alert service.  

Health: If you are concerned about any health related issues following the flooding call the NHS 111 service. In an emergency call 999. 

 

About FSB
As experts in business, FSB offers members a wide range of vital business services, including advice, financial expertise, support and a powerful voice in Government. Its aim is to help smaller businesses achieve their ambitions. More information is available at www.fsb.org.uk. You can follow us on twitter @fsb_policy.

Shepley Spring Festival asks for your support

Shepley Spring Festival 2020

Shepley Spring Festival are asking you to support their Spacehive Fundraising Bid (https://www.spacehive.com/shepley-spring-festival) this week.

By pledging just a small amount you can help make a big difference and make this happen!

In 2019 Shepley Spring Festival moved to a great location just a couple of miles from Shepley to Storthes Hall Park.

The Venue offers a great indoor space ideal for an intimate friendly folk festival.

It is set in secure woodland and offers indoor accommodation as well as extended camping space in 2020.

It is a great place to bring the children for the weekend.

Now Shepley Spring Festival are looking for your support to make the event even more family friendly.

Panic Circus at Shepley Spring FestivalTo help bring back Panic Circus and music workshops for the children, opening up more opportunities for our local community to come along and get involved, the festival is using the ‘Spacehive’ crowdfunding initiative – which will also hopefully receive the needed backing from Kirklees Council – to raise some of the money to pay for these family friendly attractions.

Spacehive support our campaign

However! There is only a week left to raise the funds needed to make this happen.

Click here for details of how you can help – https://www.hd8network.co.uk/shepley-spring-festival-asks-for-your-support/

The Shepley Spring Festival are not asking for large sums of money, just a small pledge from lots of you will make this project part of the 2020 festival!

 

Festival Tickets

Tickets are on sale for Shepley Spring Festival 2020.

Early bird tickets are sold out.

Tier 1 tickets at £90 for the weekend are selling fast.

Youth and student reduced prices, all accompanied children are free.

Get yours now.

Available by post or online.

For details of all the artists booked so far look on Shepley Spring Festival website – www.ShepleySpringFestival.co.uk/artists

 

 

 

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

 

 

Six week beginner Hatha yoga course

Start your yoga journey with this six week beginner Hatha yoga course starting Monday 6th January 2020.

Hatha Yoga works at a slower pace and works with individual postures so it’s ideal for beginners and those wishing to perfect their practice. Each posture will be broken down so you will learn how to get into them correctly and safely.

Pura Vida HolisticsLearn how to connect your mind with your body, breath and soul by working through beginner asanas (postures) whilst connecting with your breath both statically in postures and also by learning ujjayi breath to ease dynamically from one posture into another and bring a sense of calm to the body.

Each class will begin with some Pranayama (breath work) to arrive, settle and ground you on the mat connecting your mind with your body and your breath followed by a nourishing warm up leading into an energising asana practice (postures) to improve your flexibility, stability, strength and muscle tone. The classes will finish with a guided restorative savasana (relaxation) to awaken your senses and cultivate a calm, steady mind and help you to connect with your inner-self and boost feelings of wellbeing and happiness.

Benefits of yoga:

*Time and space just for you to relax, rejuvenate and heal

*Support weight management and increase muscle tone

*Boost feelings of wellbeing and happiness

*Increase confidence levels and self awareness

*Increase strength and flexibility

*Cultivate a calm, steady mind

*Increase energy levels

*Aids a restful night’s sleep

*Relieve symptoms of stress, anxiety and mild depression

Investment: £39.00 non refundable, payable in advance.

To book your place call Amanda at Pura Vida.  For contact details please visit Pura Vida listing –   

Pura Vida Holistic Therapies and Yoga

Meetup Speaker

Simon MonaghanWe are pleased to announce that we have a last minute speaker added to our Meetup agenda on November.

Simon Monaghan will be talking to us about common grants available from Leeds LEP, and how we can make grants work for our businesses and our clients.

The world of grants is both confusing and frustrating, and Simon is well-equipped to guide and advise business owner through the ever-changing maze of grant opportunities.

Simon is a well-established business coach primarily operating in West Yorkshire who has 30 years of management experience and entered the world of coaching from a successful family business.

Simon is Leeds-based and over the last seven years he has worked with hundreds of local businesses and has assisted many clients to help fund growth through grants, a service which he now also offers to non-clients.

Book your ticket for our Meetup by visiting – https://hd8networkmeetup-nov.eventbrite.co.uk or it will cost you more on the door.

For more information about our Meetups please visit https://www.hd8network.co.uk/meetup/  or call me on 07790705223.

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.

Christmas Parties at The Woodman Inn

This year the Woodman Inn is feeling extra festive, and off the back of their highly successful parties in 2018, they are planning this year to be the best yet!

If you are considering hosting your party at the Woodman this year, you might like to know –

Both of their Private & Shared Party Nights will be £29.00 per person, and includes the following:

– A delicious 3-course festive meal
– All decorations, crackers & Christmas novelties
– Evening DJ Entertainment
– Dancefloor to crack out all your favourite festive dance moves on

If you would like the Menu & more information please contact 01484 605 778 or email hello@woodman-inn.com & speak to Chloe.

Chloe advises that “Each guest can choose 1 option per course from the choices in a pre-order, which we collect around 1 month before your party, and all dietary requirements can be catered for.

Party Nights will be held on Thursday’s, Friday’s & Saturday’s throughout some of November & all of December 2019, giving you a choice of either Upstairs in the Woodman Inn or across the road in Thunderbridge Gardens in our Glass Marquee.”

In addition, the Woodman Inn has 19 beautifully furnished en-suite rooms on-site, which can be booked, taking away the stress of transport logistics & you will also receive a hearty Yorkshire breakfast the next day. Please call or email us for pricing.

Provisionally places can be held for up to two weeks, and on completion of the booking they require a deposit of £10 per person to secure your places.

Call 01484 605 778 or email hello@woodman-inn.com & speak to Chloe to book!

STORTHES HALL PARK SHORTLISTED FOR TWO HOSPITALITY & TOURISM AWARDS

White Rose Awards 2019 Y Finalist - Storthes HallStorthes Hall Park near Huddersfield has been nominated in two awards for the prestigious White Rose tourism awards that recognises the very best that Yorkshire has to offer.

This is the third award nomination Storthes Hall Park has attracted in less than two months , coming on the back of an extensive refurbishment programme.

SHP will be hoping to lift a trophy after being shortlisted in both the Business Events Venue of the Year and New Tourism Business award categories.

Storthes Hall Park Business Development Manager Miriam Pedersen-Smith said: “This is turning out to be a transformative year for the Storthes Hall Park and the award nominations are fantastic news for the team who have worked so hard over the past 12 months.”

White Rose Award chair Elaine Lemm said: “This year’s panel of prestigious industry-wide experts have been well and truly put through their paces shortlisting for the recently revamped White Rose Awards. With the standard of entries continuing to rise, competition was fierce, and choosing finalists not easy. With the attention to detail, passion and sheer hard work seen from so many superb businesses, it is easy to see why Yorkshire has an outstanding reputation for tourism and hospitality.”

The glitzy awards ceremony, which celebrates the very best in food, drink, accommodation and attractions in Yorkshire, will take place at the Leeds First Direct Arena in November.

 

Find out more about Storthes Hall Park British Chambers of Commerce Small Business of the Year Award for Mid-Yorkshire.

For contact details and more information about Storthes Hall Park please check out their directory listing here –

The Venue – Storthes Hall Park

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

Light Up the Woods 3 in Cliffe Woods

Do you/your group want to get involved?

On behalf of the event organisers (Cliffe Woods Conservation Group, Made in Clayton West and Upper Dearne Navigators & a number of local residents), you are invited to take part in the third LIght up the Woods event which will be held on Saturday 9th November in Cliffe Woods, Clayton West.
Whilst the event is located in Clayton West, it is a wonderful opportunity for the communities of the Upper Dearne Valley to come together.
Vicki Stratford from Made in Clayton West said “This event has been successfully run for the last two years and has grown each year. We would love you to get involved whether you have done so before or for the first time.”

To be involved you/your group simply need to create some amazing lanterns using appropriate safe materials.  Please note – containers made from glass are not suitable.  The lanterns will need to be lit by other means than naked flames & the lighting will need to be effective. Glow sticks are great on their own, but if diffused by paper or plastic their light diminishes considerably. It would not be good for young people making lights and lanterns to be disappointed by poor lighting.

Last year Navigators stepped in and helped out a couple of displays to ensure they had bright lights throughout the event. They do not always have the resources to hand out free lights, so please, take a look at the various options – some of these are re-useable.
Cheap battery light chains, LEDs, LED sticks, LED Candles, etc, but please make sure they will work in the environment of the woods at night.  What works in a darkened room may be lost in the open woods.
If you would like to be involved in this winter spectacular you must email by the end of WEDNESDAY 25th SEPTEMBER 2019. 
It would be great if you could inform roughly what you are planning on doing so it can be factored when allocating available spaces. 
If you were involved last year & would like the same space again you can request this.  However it can’t be guaranteed that you will be allocated the same space. 
Please note after 25th September space cannot be guaranteed.

Here are a few important things you need to know.  Apologies if you know them already, if so they can act as a reminder:

  • This is an organic gathering run by volunteers where each participating group/individual will be responsible for themselves;
  • The Cliffe Woods Conservation Group & Made in Clayton West have insurance cover for the event;
  • The Secret Garden area will be used as an arts arena by the Upper Dearne Navigators & will be closed off;
  • There will  be no sparklers, fireworks, glass or naked flames;
  • The route will be a circular walk;
  • No amplified music is permitted;
  • People coming to the event will be encouraged to walk to the Woods & bring a hand torch.  The car park at the entrance to Cliffe Woods will be closed for the evening.  As in previous years in this area there will be a central hub for questions, lost children & first aid.  There will be adult marshalling throughout the event, including setting up & at closing;
  • Refreshments will be available again to purchase at the Clayton West Bowling Club by the Clayton West W.I.;
  • To ensure everyone’s safety there will be an Event Management Plan in place which includes an emergency evacuation plan.  An overall site risk assessment will be carried out on the day & just prior to the event starting;
  • Your group will need to carry out your own risk assessment for the creating & making of your lanterns & delivering them to & from Cliffe Woods on the day of the event;
  • Children under the age of 10 will need to be accompanied by an adult.  We will be making this clear when promoting the event.  If you promote the event & its details (whether internally or externally of your group) we would expect you to state this fact so everyone coming is clear;
  • This is a public event in a public space & there will be no control over who is taking photos or how or where they will be used;
  • There can be assistance available for help with design & ideas. Please just ask us.
  • ON THE DAY you will need to display your lanterns/light display in the Woods by 4.00pm & switch on the lights at dusk (which will be around 4.00pm).  Please allow plenty of time to put up the displays.  It is also a requirement that you take them down at the end of the evening (from around 8.30pm) & take them away. 

By saying Yes to being involved in the event, you are agreeing to all of the above.  Thus ensuring a successful event for all.

Ewan Scott from the Navigators said “If you have any questions please get in touch, we are more than happy to help.  We want to make this event even more creative and fun for everyone involved.”

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

Photoshoot with John Steel Photography

Earlier this month the HD8 Network organised a photoshoot with the amazing John Steel Photography, inviting members and other organisations that are involved with the HD8 Network or who ‘Work’ in the HD8 area to come along and have their picture taken.

We used John Steel Photography in 2015 when we built our website, however recently, when designing a pop-up banner for the She Means Business Instagram Workshop that we hosted in June – delivered by Social Progress – we noticed that some of the images were out of date; One business has recently retired and closed their company, another has relocated to Sheffield and others had pursued different avenues in their careers.

So we realised that we needed new images that were representative of the people who currently Work, Rest or Play in the area.

To provide continuity from the previous photoshoot and existing catalogue of images, we asked our ‘models’ to bring props that illustrated their business.  For some this was incredibly easy – for example the Roofer and the Marquee Hire Company – however the services, particularly the online services, were much harder and required much more creative, out of the box thinking, but we got there.  Can you can guess correctly what they do …?

HD8 Network Photoshoot 2019 John Steel PhotographyWe also asked our models to bring their amazing smiles and told them this was a fun shoot, with lots of energy and not your typical ‘professional’ corporate headshot.

The morning was VERY busy, with some people just being able to pop in, squeezing it into their busy working day and others staying for longer and using the time to network and build relationships with the other people that came along.  Jo Cove from ‘Made in Clayton West‘, a local community organisation, said the atmosphere was buzzing and that there was a great bunch of people.

Member and regular attendee of our monthly Meetup networking events, Paul Campbell from the Effective Group, was kind enough to let us the use their new offices at Westleigh House in Denby Dale for our studio.  This was the perfect venue and we thank them enormously.

We are very grateful to everyone involved who came along and made the day super special and more importantly for creating such fantastic images.

However, of course we give all our thanks to the very talented John Steel, who used his own unique personality and banter to get the best out of the models and produce the most amazing photos.  Thank you.

We will be using these photos in our future promotions and literature, so keep a look out for this.  We had so much fun organising and arranging the day, and have a long list of people that would have loved to have been involved but weren’t able to, that we would like to do another soon.

The people and businesses featured, in no particular order, include –

If you would like to feature in these photos or even arrange for a photoshoot at your own premises then please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Want to become a member of the HD8 Network please visit our Join area for more information or get in touch.

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