New Home for Rural Charity

HD8 Network People in their environment April 2021 Denby Dale Centre Westleigh HouseDenby Dale charity who coordinated the local Covid Community Response has moved it’s Head Office and Transport Office up a hill for a commanding view of Denby Dale and the famous viaduct.

The Denby Dale Centre has operated it’s offices, a drop-in-centre and charity shop in Springfield Mill for the past 15 years; it is only the offices that have moved to this wonderful welcoming site at Westleigh House.

The charity shop and drop in centre remain in Springfield Mill, however the charity shop has down-sized into just one unit in the mill, making it more manageable as a shop, and making a larger space for the drop-in-centre, so games and fitness groups can run from the mill.

Read more here – https://www.ddc.org.uk/post/new-home-for-rural-charity

New Shop in Skelmanthorpe – Grow Refill Store

GROW is a minimal waste store in Skelmanthorpe offering store cupboard essentials, eco homewares and self care products without the unnecessary packaging.

Our ethos is to promote a relaxed shopping experience where you buy as much or as little of your chosen product as you like – meaning less food waste as well as less plastic packaging going to landfill.

We sell a wide variety of wholefoods including pasta, rice, flour, pulses and beans as well as some delicious treats!

We have a separate area for gluten free products too.

If there is something you’d like to see stocked at Grow, just let us know.

In store you will also find some beautiful items such as hand poured soy candles, handmade soap and reusable make-up wipes which are locally sourced from small businesses.

We encourage you to bring your own clean containers to refill (after all we are a refill store!) but don’t worry – we also stock paper bags that you can fill as well as a range of quality jars and bottles that you can buy to refill again and again.

Grow Refill Store Skelmanthorpe (1)

Simply put, weigh your empty container,  fill it, re-weigh, and pay!

Plastic-free isn’t about being perfect, it’s about making small, sustainable changes that promote our wellbeing and the health of the planet.

Scams and Frauds Education for Residents

West Yorkshire Trading Standards would like to tell you about the fantastic, cost free SCAMS AND FRAUDS EDUCATION FOR RESIDENTS workshops they are still delivering via Zoom across West Yorkshire.

With only 5 months left of the project they are hoping to reach as many residents and partners as possible.

Workshops can be tailored to requirements and are suitable for ages 12+.

Scam attempts are increasing and now due to the Covid19 pandemic they’ve also taken on a new disguise.

The workshops are delivered to groups that come together on a regular basis.    Types of groups they have recently delivered their courses to have been (but not limited to), loneliness outreach, Dementia Carers, Community Volunteers, Charity staff and groups with learning difficulties.

The workshops are booked usually by the group organisers by contacting a member of the SAFER team who then attends to deliver the information.

Currently due to lockdown they are delivering these using online platform such as Zoom.  Whereas Pre-covid they used to attend community hubs and deliver this face to face.

The courses they deliver include –

 

SCAMS & FRAUDS WORKSHOP 1hr

Aim: To make residents aware of the most common types of scams and frauds in circulation, how to avoid them and where to report them to.

Content: An Interactive workshop focusing on the most common scams in circulation covering social media, online, phone, text, email and postal scams. We shine a light on scam tactics and share tips on how to protect yourself and others.

DOORSTEP CRIME WORKSHOP 1hr

Aim: To give residents key advice and top tips on dealing with rogue traders, distraction burglary, and bogus callers.

Content: An Interactive workshop with varying doorstep scenarios identifying simple key strategies for dealing with bogus callers, rogue traders and other unwanted callers.  Also includes information about Cold Calling Control Zones.

CONSUMER SAVVY WORKSHOP 1hr

Aim: To give residents key advice and top tips on how to spot counterfeit and unsafe goods and we explore the risks, dangers and consequences of the fake market.

Content: Can you spot a fake? An Interactive workshop exploring the counterfeit market, helping participants make informed choices when purchasing goods.  We also look at some of the risks, dangers and consequences of the fake market.

SAVVY SAVINGS WORKSHOP 1hr

Aim: To enhance residents key skills for budgeting, providing money saving tips and how to avoid high cost credit.  We explain APR and compare loans as well as provide information about how to live healthily on a budget.

Content: The session is fun and interactive, allowing participants to share their cost savings tips, we explain APR, compare the costs of food brands and also explain loan shark activity and money muling.

ENERGY SAVVY WORKSHOP 1hr

Aim: To encourage residents to think about their energy usage, how to try and reduce their monthly bills and practical tips on how to look for the best genuine deals on the market.

Content: An Interactive myth busting ‘True or False’ challenge looking at energy wastage and
appliances, as well as practical energy and money saving tips.

PARTNER TRAINING 2hrs (can be split into 2 x 1hr sessions)

Aim: To educate professionals to spot the signs that a person maybe the victim of a scam, where to signpost, how to safeguard and work in partnership with West Yorkshire Trading Standards.  This training session will provide you with information that you can apply to both your Professional and Personal lives.

Content: Explaining different types of scams,  tell-tale signs that a person may be a victim of a scam, tactics used by cold-callers (over the phone and on your doorstep), how to safeguard victims, how West Yorkshire Trading Standards can help, further action to safeguard residents in your locality.

Workshops and training are currently being delivered live and online and can be booked as a one off or a series.  The same workshops can be delivered more than once to different groups and evening workshops can be accommodated.  Workshop/ Training settings are informal to encourage conversation and questions between participants.

West Yorkshire Trading Standards logo 422x154If you would like to discuss this or arrange workshops please do not hesitate to contact West Yorkshire Trading Standards.

Startup in a Pandemic

The pandemic has, and still is causing so many disruptions and difficulties within businesses, you probably wouldn’t think to even try and start up a new venture, in these uncertain times.

Half Inch Seam Faye at her machineYet this is exactly what Faye from Half Inch Seam, has done.

After being made redundant in July 2020, she started making face masks for family and friends, soon, through word of mouth the demand increased and she began to sell them online.

Having an academic background in textiles and a love for sewing she started to offer other sewing services and realised that the demand was out there, and that’s how the business began.

Half Inch Seam offer all kinds of sewing services,

  • Clothing and Curtain Alterations and Repairs
  • Made to measure Curtains, Roman blinds and cushions,
  • Small production runs of handmade goods for other businesses.

If there’s anything to learn from the pandemic within business, it is that we have to be adaptable to change.

Find contact details and more information here on her directory listing – 

Half Inch Seam

 

Your feedback is important to us

For us to make continual improvements, we need to hear from you.

Would you like to –

  • Email or message us your thoughts?
  • Have a chat on the telephone or Zoom?
  • Fill in a survey?
  • Take part in observational learning?
  • Take part in peer groups?
  • Other?

These are some of the many ways that we are considering collecting feedback from you.

We are currently asking –

What do you know about the HD8 Network?

Complete your answer here – https://survey.zohopublic.com/zs/FiCsFG

Find us onIf you would like to book a telephone or Zoom call, we have started using Calendly to book the sessions, if you are comfortable using that please click here

However otherwise please email info@HD8network.co.uk or message us through social media (or whatsapp if we are already connected).

Clayhouse Interiors provides a totally bespoke service

Over 20 years’ experience in the Kitchen & Bedroom industry,  Marc provides a totally bespoke service, from concept to completion.

No two designs are the same.

With access to beautiful showrooms and direct accounts with major manufacturers.

From traditional designs to Italian inspired contemporary design, whatever you choose, Clayhouse Interiors deliver to the highest of standard.

Aconbury Porcelain Establishing Shot

Clayhour Interiors  use ArtiCad 3D design to help you visualise your space and deliver innovative design.

With a choice of over 150 different cabinets in any colour, together with a full range of doors, with the option of bespoke creations.

They pride ourselves on the quality and workmanship of our service.

 

Marc offers a full personalised client led service getting to know you and your vision.

“Having already worked with Marc on our new kitchen, we had no hesitation in engaging him to design our bespoke bedroom furniture. We are not disappointed with the results and again benefitted from Marc’s attention to detail and fantastic customer service.”

Simon, Huddersfield

 

Visit Clayhouse Interiors directory listing for contact details and more here –

Denby Dale Commemorative Plate

Denby Dale Pie Plate artWhoever would have thought that a Denby Dale commemorative plate from nearly 100 years ago would have a role, albeit a minor one in helping us through these troublesome pandemic days? 

But it did.   Kathy Howard’s initial thoughts at lockdown number one were ‘What can I do that is positive both for the community and myself?’.

Using the Denby Dale Huddersfield Royal Infirmary plate of 1928 as her inspiration, Kathy used her practical skills to make a wooden replica plaque, painted in original colours to boot. 

But significantly her 21st century creation bears a message of hope ‘when this is over, let’s eat pie’ coupled with the reminder ‘stay at home, protect the NHS, nurture communities, save lives’. 

In no time at all Kathy’s plaque was on its travels, to the Denby Dale Pie Hall to be united with a ‘big brother’ in the shape of one of the original pie dishes and surrounded by a floral feast of lavender. 

Denby Dale Pie Plate next to framed imageEnter fellow Denby Daler Louise Studd who considered the scene worthy of inclusion in Denby Dale Gossips Facebook page, and at that stage a polite enquiry as to the identity of the plaque creator. 

Of course, Kathy owned up and many other people responded with their contribution of painted stones which has made this corner of Denby Dale a real ray of sunshine in these dark days.

Furthermore, as owner of ‘Old Dairy Creatives’ bespoke picture framing service, Louise was able to use her Facebook picture to raise money for ‘Reuben’s Retreat’ charity, with a limited edition of fifty framed prints.   Talk about a community effort snowballing! 

And Denby Dale efforts have been recognised further afield.  On Instagram Kathy spotted Stanford University’s appeal for artists to submit their work exploring the pandemic, and now her plaque has taken its place on the universities online exhibition. 

A small number of the framed limited edition prints of Kathy’s plaque are still available, £30 each from Old Dairy Creatives: 07793 130031 / louise.studd@gmail.com 

£10 from each sale will be donated to ‘Reubens Retreat’, a charity supporting families bereaved of a child and for children with life limiting or threatening conditions and their parents and siblings.

Denby Dale Walkers are Welcome

Denby Dale Walkers WelcomeDenby Dale Walkers are Welcome are a community group of local volunteers, formed in 2009 by local residents with the support of Denby Dale Parish Council.

They aim to promote walking in and around Denby Dale and are affiliated to the national Walkers are Welcome movement – see  www.walkersarewelcome.org.uk .
Like the HD8 Network, the Denby Dale Walkers are Welcome believe that this is an area of beautiful countryside with a rich & fascinating heritage and an excellent network of footpaths – a huge potential asset to our area, not only to the well-being of residents but to many local businesses.

On their informative website there are 19 wonderful walk leaflets which can be downloaded – printed copies available from local libraries & supporting businesses.

Denby Dale Walkers are Welcome always welcome new supporters!

For more information and to access some of their walks locally, please visit their directory listing on our website –

 

Buy a Ko-fi on Mad Friday 2020

3 acres December 2020It’s Mad Friday 2020 and the pubs are not allowed to open.

We have been out over the last week, hand delivering our Christmas Postcards – because nothing says Christmas like a postcard … And it’s broken our heart not being able to go into the pubs, restaurants and cafes to hand deliver our postcards.

Many other organisations have been affected, either being able to, or restricted in how they are able to trade.

The situation was especially heightened when trying to deliver to churches and community centres – most of whom don’t appear to have letter boxes by the way.

Please support these organisations wherever you can.

Earlier in the year we inspired by the Unpretentious Network, who have run superb networking events throughout #thistime and asked for you to simply buy them a coffee via @kofi_button.

So, we created our own Kofi button and welcome you to donate to a fund to be used to support these organisations.

ko-fi.com/hd8network

Buy HD8 Network ko-fi appTo support this campaign please buy the organisation at the heart of our communities a coffee, a pint, maybe a round.

If you are one of the #affected organisations, please get in touch and let us know how we can support you during these extremely hard times. Tell us why you deserve it and what you can do in reciprocation and we can talk free membership during these tough times.

 

Want to shop local and buy amazing Christmas gifts?  Visit our Virtual High Street and watch our HD8 does QVC on our YouTube Channel.

Or catch up with us on the variety of social media platforms we chat and share on.

 

 

How different is your Christmas going to be?

SinterklaasWe understand that Christmas is all about traditions, but when I (Merewyn, creator of the HD8 Network) lived in the Nederlands, I learnt about different Christmas traditions and found out about Sinterklaas.

This guy is a bishop that rides a horse through the towns, with his ‘helper’ giving out sweets.  If you want to find out more about that, it is an interesting tale, especially the Dutch attempts to normalise it.

The legend has it that Sinterklaas sets off on a boat from Spain on the 11th November, and the children (when I lived there) watched the journey on the tv – now I guess it will be apps on phones ….  and he comes to the houses of the children who put a shoe by the front door.

When the child hears the knock at the door, they race to see who is there and then by the fire place in the main room, they would find a chocolate, in the shape of the letter of the child’s first name …. Or something like that … and this all happens on the 5/6th December.

We know our Christmas this year is going to be different, so how are you going to make the best of it?

Let us celebrate, but in moderation up until Christmas Day – The Dutch have their big dinner on Christmas eve – but there is no way I am giving up my Christmas Dinner, all 75 courses of it!

However, lets spread-out the Christmas cheer.

Yes, throughout December, but also amongst our local community as well.

Shop local, buy less, but buy more into the local people that produce these items, and provide the services we all depend on to have a comfortable life.  Because that is what important; being comfortable and surrounded by others who also are.

Black Friday and Cyber Monday are great for deals, but while you are shopping online this Christmas, why don’t you also check out the amazing things available in our local area at the moment, which are available for delivery or click and collect locally in the HD8 area.

The HD8 Network offers you a platform for communication and we have a plethora of businesses who want to tell you about what they have to offer.

The Christmas Virtual High Street has, and would love to have businesses like –

New businesses are being added all the time and will be featured on our social media as well.

Plus

 

  • Also look out for other wonderful events and promotions happening this Christmas.

If you are organising any of these wonderful events, please feel free to add them to our events calendar and reach more people.

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

Denby Dale Walkers are Welcome

Denby Dale Walkers are Welcome logoOne positive side-effect of lockdown is that many more locals have discovered the pleasures of walking in the beautiful countryside of the Denby Dale district, which has an excellent network of public rights of way.

Denby Dale Walkers are Welcome Group works to promote walking in the area.

You can download 18 splendid walk leaflets, of different lengths from their website –

www.denbydale-walkersarewelcome.org.uk