Denby Dale Walkers are Welcome – latest walk leaflet

Denby Dale Walkers Welcome Denby Dale Walkers Welcome Scissett CircularThe latest walk leaflet devised by Denby Dale Walkers are Welcome Group offers a choice of walks of different lengths starting & ending at The Crown in Scissett.

Denby Dale Walkers Welcome Scissett Circular

This is the group’s 19th trail leaflet and all can be downloaded at  www.denbydale-walkersarewelcome.org.uk .

The group was founded in 2009 by local volunteers  (supported by Denby Dale Parish Council and the Denby Dale Countryside Officer) who believed that the Denby Dale Area has beautiful countryside, a rich and fascinating heritage and an excellent network of Public Rights of Way; and they have tried to promote walking in and around Denby Dale ever since.

In 2012 they affiliated fully to the national Walkers are Welcome scheme – see www.walkersarewelcome.org.uk .

New supporters are always welcome – contact via the website.

Think Forensic Spot the Difference

Win a Children’s Crime Buster or Spy Kit.

Can you spot the 3 differences between the Christmas trees?

T&C’s apply.  Email answers to Hello@ThinkForensic.co.uk on or before 16th December 2020.

For T&C’s visit – https://www.thinkforensic.co.uk/competition-tcs-2

 

Find Think Forensic on our Christmas Virtual High Street

HD8 Christmas Virtual High Street

For more information and Think Forensic contact details please visit their listing in our directory here –

Think Forensic

Christmas Shopping Game

Let’s play a Christmas Shopping Game! Okay so we can’t go out.  We are stuck in.

Many have danced through lockdown to djs, I am sure we have all done a quiz and most certainly a meeting or other call using virtual technology.  Well here is your virtual christmas shopping experience.

Get yourself a drink, maybe a slice of cake and play along – What about a Baileys?  You know it is Christmas when you get the Baileys out! (Skip to short version)

Get comfy and let’s go Virtual Christmas shopping in your local high streets, lanes, back lanes and estates around where you live.

Well what’s the first thing about Christmas Shopping?  It’s your list!  Well don’t worry about not having a pad and pen, this is a virtual game!  Comment on our Facebook Instagram posts and help create a big collaborative list.

Ready?

Lets go Christmas Shopping HD8

on  Facebook and Instagram

If you could buy anything what would it be?

Chat with us on Facebook and Instagram and play our Christmas Shopping Game.

Share suggestions, wants and the products that are available.  Don’t spam though.  Get a listing.  Don’t be rude – unless you are giving me freebies.  In that case SPAM away!

Lets go Christmas Shopping ChildLets go Christmas Shopping WorkLets go Christmas Shopping Friends and FamilyLets go Christmas Shopping YourselfLets go Christmas Shopping hashtags

 

In this game we ask that you imagine you are shopping for certain items like for a child, or for a work connection, for a family member or for yourself.  Then we ask about the food and drink you would normally like to eat and share with your friends.

 

However there are hundreds and thousands of local businesses that we can give a shout out to instead, of the big guys.

That’s the beauty of small businesses, we aren’t after market share.  We want enough to sustainably grow our business, to sustain a good lifestyle for us and the people around us.

There are some local businesses that you see all the time, but there are many more behind them.

The legal people and others who providing professional assistance.

When you need to fix up the car, the delivery driver, the manufacturers and engineers producing good that are distanced to first depart our area.

There are so many millions of businesses behind the things we we shop and buy, so use us as a go to guide for all your needs whether you work, rest or play here.

Use our main directory to find local to HD8, businesses and organisations which want you to support.  Helping you to support local, to shop local and to support the local community of the HD8 area.

Chat with us and others who actually work, rest and play here on our Facebook Groups and other social media.

 

So, anyway, what about this Christmas Shopping? Where you going to shop now?

Check out our Virtual High Street in HD8 area of Huddersfield, West Yorkshire.

Lets go Christmas Shopping for a Child

In this imaginary shopping game …. (See previous post)

If you were buying presents for a child, what would you be looking to buy?

Maybe you have got some recommendations of what others could buy a child …. Obviously, it is all going to depend on age, interests etc

But we are playing make believe here, there is no right or wrong answers!

Maybe, if you can cast your mind back far enough #cheeky – what was your favourite gift as a child?

I always remember my baby brother only being interested in the boxes! It really did not matter what had been in there!

Lets go Christmas Shopping ChildFacebook

InstagramLets go Christmas Shopping Child

 

 

Christmas Shopping Game

 

HD8 Christmas Virtual High Street

Lets go Christmas Shopping Work Connection

So, continuing our imaginary shopping trip … (See previous posts)

If you were buying for a work colleague, supplier or even an employee, what would you be looking for or considering?

What have you bought in the past and what have you been given, that you could recommend to others as a suggestion?

Was it a novelty, small inexpensive item or a statement piece?

Did you simply opt for a bottle of something and Christmas nibbles?

Again, obviously, it all depends on who you are buying it for!

A few years back we did HD8 Network branded mugs for Meetup attendees and suppliers (of course the Mother in Laws got one as well) which went down very well!

FacebookLets go Christmas Shopping WorkLets go Christmas Shopping WorkInstagram

Christmas Shopping Game

 

HD8 Christmas Virtual High Street

 

Lets go Christmas Shopping Friends and Family

Are you up for more imaginary shopping? (See previous posts)

What about for the in-laws? Or wider family? Maybe for friends and neighbours?

Do you have a budget that you try and stick to? Are you just trying to tick them off the list or is it about finding the perfect gift for them?

Between me and my siblings, because we only have one little person to buy for, over the past few years we have been doing Secret Santa. This means we each get a present to open, but don’t have to go crazy buying for everyone.

We have also tried experience days and vouchers amongst the family, with the aim of bringing us together – which has had mixed response and success.

What is worked for you in the past and what would you recommend?

Christmas Shopping Game

 

HD8 Christmas Virtual High Street

Lets go Christmas Shopping Yourself

But what about for yourself?

Is it just me? But whenever I go out shopping for other people, all I can see is things that I want to buy for myself!

So, continuing this imaginary game of shopping …. (See previous posts)

Whilst we have been thinking about what we would buy everyone else, what have you put in your mental shopping basket?

Most years, while Christmas shopping for gifts, I’ll tend to try and buy a Christmas outfit for myself – but this year if we’re not allowed guests or to go visiting, will we be having a loungewear Xmas?

Do you write a list of presents that you want? Drop (massive, big) hints? Or do you just trust that they know what you want?

Chat with others in the HD8 area about it here on social media –

Christmas Shopping Game

HD8 Christmas Virtual High Street

HD8 Christmas Shopping Directory launched

HD8 Christmas Shopping DirectoryAt HD8 HQ we’ve always been really passionate about small business and buying local.

This year because of lockdown there seems to be even more demand and need to buy local.

Even though some shops on our amazing high streets in our wonderful villages such as Denby Dale, Skelmanthorpe and Kirkburton may be closed – we’re excited to be partnering with the Denby Dale Centre to create a virtual high street this Christmas.

We are offering local businesses the chance to to appear in the HD8 Christmas Shopping Directory.

Want to appear on the HD8 Christmas Shopping Directory?

Your listing will appear on the HD8 Christmas Shopping Directory showing your business name, image and business categories, along with a short description to introduce your business and symbols demonstrating whether you offer facilities such as delivery, click and collect or vouchers.

When clicked on, visitors will be taken to a full page for your business, which will also display your contact details, including links to your website and social media.

This HD8 Virtual High Street will be available until the end of 2020.

This Special Christmas Shopping Directory will be available

  • on our website – https://www.hd8network.co.uk/christmas-directory/
  • referred to directly by the Denby Dale Centre helpline call handlers
  • available as a printed version,
  • sent out to those contacting the Denby Dale Centre without internet access
  • of course promoted on our social media channels
  • emailed to our subscribers

Plus many more exciting promotional opportunities

 

Individual products and more details can also be added, however an admin charge may apply.

Sign up for the HD8 Christmas Shopping Directory Listing and take advantage of the benefits included in our Bronze package until the end of December 2020.

OR sign up for one of our other carefully created membership packages for the full year AND receive the benefits of the HD8 Christmas Shopping Directory!

Sign up to appear on our HD8 Christmas Shopping Directory

Kirkburton Hardware has moved

Kirkburton Hardware has moved to a new premises in Kirkburton.

Louise from Kirkburton Hardware said “Obviously the move was very big but worth every bit of blood, sweat and tears that we put in to it, with help from friends and family.  We now have a much bigger shop and are very happy we did it”.

Kirkburton Hardware premise moveThe move to a more central spot in the village has meant they are now seeing new customers, presumably because of increased visibility and ability to carry more stock.

Unbelievably, 90% of the shop was moved in this little french bike trailer, Rachel, one of Kirkburton Hardware’s much loved customers!  Louise and Glen have said that she was an absolute godsend!  That is definitely a customer worth keeping!

 

They are also now back to their normal hours too. 

Which are –

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 830 till 4pm

Wednesday 830 till 12

Saturday 830 till 2pm

 

Want to find out more about Kirkburton Hardware and find out where they have located to please visit their directory listing on our website

Kirkburton Hardware

Hello from James Houtby Travel Counsellors

HD8 Network member James Houtby Travel CounsellorsHello HD8 and beyond if you are reading from outside the area.  My name is James Houtby and I had been looking at starting my own business for the previous three years and the pros of doing so never outweigh the cons with having a young family and the security of a regular income every month from a secure job, or so I thought.

Back in April of this year I found my position at the company I worked for being made redundant.  At the time I did not realise however this was the best thing that could have happened to me and my life was about to change forever!

Fast forward to the 27th July and I launched my own Travel Management Company specialising in both leisure and corporate travel.

Airplane window - James Houtby Travel Counsellor

“You’re mad” I hear you saying.  Launching a travel business in the middle of pandemic when the travel industry is reeling!

I promise you I am not mad, having worked in the travel industry for approx. 15 years working my way up from a Junior Travel Consultant to Senior Management this was the right time for me.  Partnering with the award-winning travel counsellors, they have provided me with the platform from which to successfully launch my own business in the travel industry.

I offer more than a traditional travel management company and high street travel agency by providing a personal and concierge service.  I will get to know you/your business and your fellow travellers personally, understand your wants and needs and provide you with a VIP service without the VIP price tag.

My dream holiday I hear you all asking now …

SOUTH AMERICA-Peru-Macchu PichuI love history therefore there are various places I would love to visit:

Egypt – the Pyramids and the Sphinx in Giza,

Angkor Wat which is the largest temple complex in the world located in Siem Reap, Cambodia

and to travel the length and breadth of Peru including taking in Machu Picchu, this Incan settlement is set high up in the Andes Mountains above the Urubamba River valley this location absolutely fascinates me.

The final holiday would be to take a cruise through the Arctic Circle, travelling from Reykjavik in Iceland, Franz Josef Island and Spitsbergen which is the only inhabited areas of the Svalbard archipelago.

Thank you for reading, if this has inspired you please get in touch and let me help you create your next dream holiday!

For more details, including contact details please visit James Houtby’s directory listing on our website here

James Houtby – Travel Counsellor

Covid-19 Denby Dale Ward Update

Unfortunately HD8 remains an identified high risk area and we still have a high number of cases in Denby Dale Ward and in our surrounding areas.

Covid-19 Denby Dale Ward UpdateThe number of positive cases that have been reported back in Denby Dale ward has risen to 18.

This works out at a positive case rate, over the 7 day period, of 106 per 100,000 people. This is up from 76 in last week’s update.

This is higher than England’s average rate and is also a higher figure than the Kirklees-wide rate.

There is currently a delay in some test results being processed so the figure for this period may be higher.

This serves as an important reminder about how important it is that we all do what we can to follow the rules and take every precaution possible to protect against the virus;
– to regularly wash hands for 20 seconds – and/or use hand sanitisers;
– to not meet up with people outside your household/support bubble;
– to wear a face covering in indoor public spaces, where it is advised
– to follow social distancing rules by making 2m of space
– and to isolate if you have any symptoms and to try to get a test as soon as is possible.

You can find a summary of the local restrictions on the Government website here: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/local-restrictions-areas-with-an-outbreak-of-coronavirus-covid-19.

Personal Branding Photography by John Steel

Oliver James Sugar Craft, John Steel Photography

John Steel Photography has been in business for more than a decade and specialises in photographing people.  There are four different sides to his photography business, these are –

  • Weddings
  • Family
  • Commercial
  • Fitness

His photography captures personality and is absolutely not posed or boring – anything but!

This article focuses on Personal Branding Photography, however if you are interested to find out about the other aspects of John Steel Photography, please visit his website to find out more.

Personal branding seems to be a new buzz word, but what does it mean?

John Steel defines personal branding as “branding for small business owners.”

As business owners we live and breathe our businesses and to survive and flourish, each small business needs to attract exactly the right clients.

Personal branding establishes who you are, what you offer and who your customer is.

For many years John Steel Photography and the industry have referred to these types of images as Business Portraits, which included headshots and shots for press coverage.  But with developing online access to your business a new sector has been created, and so has the buzzwords “Personal Branding Photography”.

John Steel says “Branding images tell the story of you and your personal brand.  They are a selection of images that communicate with the people using your website, social media, print media and so on.”

 

John Steel vehemently believes that “People buy from people” and advises you to “make sure you stand out with fabulous pictures that show the real, authentic side of you.”

So, you have created your business; you have spent hours and hours creating your brand; but who you are and what do you represent?

Your business is your passion – it is your life; so, take time to show everyone how great you really are.

A personal branding photo shoot is so much more than a head shot.

John Steel is here to capture you in your true light; capturing your personality so that it will sell your product or service.

Who can have a personal branding shoot?

Well pretty much everyone; if you are a butcher, baker, candlestick maker, magician, personal trainer, or accountant…absolutely anyone can have one.

Interested to find out more or maybe even book a session with John Steel Photography? 

Then send him an email on John@JohnSteelPhotography.com

In the meantime, check out his HD8 Network directory listing –

John Steel Photography

HD8 is still Covid High Risk

HD8 is still High Risk CovidUnfortunately the HD8 postcode of Huddersfield remains a high risk area for the Coronavirus.

We still have a high number of cases in Denby Dale Ward and in all of our surrounding areas – with high rates in Shelley and Shepley at the moment, as well as Holmfirth.

In the last 7 days, the number of people who have tested positive for Covid-19 in Denby Dale Ward has been 76 per 100,000 people.

This is higher than the England average and is a higher figure than the Kirklees-wide rate when local restrictions were imposed.

This serves as an important reminder about how important it is that we all do what we can to follow the rules and take every precaution possible to protect against the virus;
– to regularly wash hands for 20 seconds – and/or use hand sanitisers;
– to not meet people outside your household/support bubble;
– to wear a face covering in indoor public spaces, where it is advised
– to follow social distancing rules by making 2m of space
– and to isolate if you have any symptoms and to try to get a test as soon as is possible.

You can find a summary of the local restrictions on the Government website here: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/local-restrictions-areas-with-an-outbreak-of-coronavirus-covid-19.

2 metres of free chocolate up for grabs!

Show the Denby Dale Centre how you and your family measure 2M to keep your social distance.

Take a picture, share it on your social media and email it to the Denby Dale Centre at: distance@ddc.org.uk.

Entries must be willing to be shared on the Denby Dale Centre Facebook page.

The most creative entry will win 2 metres worth of free chocolate.

Competition closes on 11 October.

Good luck!

Hats off to emerging HD8 business women

I don’t know if our word has anything to do with anything, but the HD8 Network would like to take its hat off to some amazing emerging business women in the HD8 area.

 

Ellen Wilkinson Sophia Rita BoutiqueEllen Wilkinson with her fabulous on trend clothes shop, Sophia Rita Boutique, featuring womenswear, footwear and accessories.

Ellen has adapted and pivoted like a dream during this time, whilst juggling homeschooling of TWO children under 5.

The Boutique can be found in Nortonthorpe Mills in Scissett, and was due to open just after the announcement of lockdown; after months of careful, strategic planning and organising.

Ellen Wilkinson Sophia Rita Boutique

So instead Ellen launched the business on Facebook and Instagram, selling items virtually and thankfully (well quite rightly) has so far made a massive success.

The doors of the boutique are now wide open and welcoming you to revitalise your wardrobe.

Well done Ellen you should be very proud of yourself!

 

HD8 Network member Jayne Adamson from the Flex CollectiveAnd of course, there is the force to be reckoned with – Jayne Adamson #hatsoff #massivefan

Jayne had embraced self empowerment (that was a mistype, but I like it, so it’s staying in) like myself.  If you’re going to set up a business, you might as well do two at the same time!

HD8 Network member Flex Collective

She has seen a gap in the market – a professional place to work and meet in the HD8 area – and gone for it and created the Flex Collective in Denby Dale.

Jayne has quite rightly remarked in the past that there are loads of nice cafes in the area with amazing views and refreshments, but they are not always the professional setting without distractions that is required.

The Flex Collective can be booked by the day and for meetings, and have been running training sessions recently to help local business owners.  Visit their listing on our website here

Well done ladies!

You’re doing an amazing job!  Especially “during this time”

 

PS – as new businesses they probably didn’t qualify for ANY OF THE GOVERNMENT SUPPORT available during Covid and lockdown.

Not the council led grants for businesses with PROPERTY, including possibly either of the discretionary grants (which again just offers support to businesses with property).

They won’t have had a history of accounts and so won’t be eligible for SEISS (Self employed income support scheme) if they are classed as self employed.

If they had the legal structure of a Limited Company, they still wouldn’t have got anything, apart from the option to furlough themselves – but like we mentioned there was no employment history to base this on and if they had of been able to take this option, it would have quite possibly kissed goodbye to any of their hopes and dreams, as under furlough you’re not able to do any work – especially not income generating.

Instead they have striven on admirably …

… despite the amounting costs of stock, furniture, property, legal fees, utilities and all the other endless bills associated with running a business, with reduced or diminished public confidence to go out and shop or be around others and both having children not at school that also need occupying.

((Btw – if you don’t agree about the situation of these ladies and other, let’s say the Forgotten. Please get in touch with your MP, the FSB and others that need to hear your voice and examples to help argue the case) rant over …)

Go on girls!

Please support these wonderful women and all the other local businesses by spreading the word, celebrate them publicly and most importantly spend your money with them!

 

Flying and going abroad in the current climate

Airport - flying in this current climateOur local representative from Travel Counsellors, Gemma Favager has recently travelled to Majorca with colleagues and her son, to test out what the new normal feels like when travelling abroad.

Gemma has blogged about her experience to help customers and others deciding whether to travel and what they might expect.

Hotels abroad in this current climateHer aim is to talk you through the process and truthfully answer questions on how it is.

The article covers the airport experience; flying and the things you need to be think about and do, including insight from a child’s point of view.  As well as what to expect when you get to the resort.

If you are considering whether to holiday this year or just inquisitive, please come and read Gemma’s experience of holidaying during the new normal – https://www.travelcounsellors.co.uk/gemma.favager/Profile-Blog/Myexperiencesofflyingnow

More information and contact details for Gemma Favager Travel Counsellors please visit her directory listing here

Gemma Favager – Travel Counsellors

 

#WhereinHD8 continues

You will be pleased to hear that we have decided to continue with our #WhereinHD8 campaign.

#WhereinHD8 HD8 Network

But this time we want to draw attention to the different villages in the HD8 area.

On our website there is a page for each village (found on our homepage) where we aim to provide details of the village, as well as a sample of the local events and business based there.

Each Friday we will be spotlighting the different #HD8 villages on social media linking to the pages on our website and ask you for contributions.

Do you have information that you would like to update the pages with?

Maybe you could recommend businesses and events that would benefit from featuring here.

If so, please get in touch and share your photos and stories, while sharing and engaging with our social media posts, to help us reach more people.

Where in the HD8 do you think is amazing and why?

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