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/

Wow! I didn’t know all that was available!

HD8 Network Wow! I did not know all that was availableDo you know how often we are told this when we finally get a chance to speak to people and explain what we offer?

So many people have a preconception of what it is we do and do you know how hard it is to overcome a preconception?

Most people know us for our networking events and we realise that this is probably entirely our fault, as we need to regularly promote them to make sure that we get the bums on seats … especially now they are happening twice a month!

But I think the association to these type of events is due to us having #Network in our name (Even my daughter calls it HD8 Networking Event – but I think she does it to wind me up).

But a Network is exactly what we are.
We are a platform for communication in the HD8 area of Huddersfield.

Other people think that we are just Facebook Groups and many possibly don’t realise that we manage a range of them. We have recently changed our posting policy in the Facebook Groups, so that now only members of the HD8 Network can promote their business in there … but do you know how much confusion that has caused? LOADS!! Especially, we think because you can be a member of a Facebook Group, as well as a member of the HD8 Network. And we often have people tell us they are a member of the HD8 Network when they are not even subscribed to our mailing list – possibly haven’t even visited our website.

One of the things that nearly everyone thinks that we do – which we definitely don’t – is publish and distribute the magazine through your door #DefinitelyNotUs

What most people don’t realise is that we ALSO have an online events calendar, business directory, share content via our news page on our website and on our social media channels, have a mailing list of engaged subscribes, offer a range of membership packages for businesses to promote themselves, as well as provide account management to help our members get the exposure they desire.

We are also developing packages for the larger businesses in the area, to compliment their CSR and employee benefit policies and we go out of our way to help community groups and charities.

Did you know we did all of this?
What did you think we did?
I would love the opportunity to discuss this further with you.

#WhereinHD8

Let us have some fun and play a game to point out where in HD8 these images are.

#WhereinHD8 HD8 Network #JustforfunWe are going to post some pictures on our Instagram and Facebook Page with the tag #WhereinHD8 and we would love it if you would respond, letting us know where in the HD8 area it is.

You get extra points #justforfun for naming any items featured in the image and our unlimited admiration if you can tell us some facts and history about it.

For example, you might like to use the hashtags #ClaytonWest #DenbyDale #Skelmanthorpe #Scissett #Kirkburton #Highburton #Lepton #Shelley #Shepley #Cumberworth #Emley #FenayBridge

Want to join in? It would be great if you would also play along by sharing your photos on your Instagram and Facebook profiles, tagging @HD8network and including the hashtag #WhereinHD8 on them.

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

Membership could be part of your CSR policy

Have you considered that membership of the HD8 Network could be as part of your CSR policy and your way of supporting the local community?

Are you a big business in the #HD8 area of Huddersfield?

For many businesses, the HD8 Network provides them a way to promote their services and products locally.

Many people know us for our networking events, others know about our social media groups and channels, however there is much more that we offer.

Whilst big businesses in the area might think that the HD8 Network and our membership is irrelevant to them – as their customers are not here – their other key stakeholders are; for example their employees, their neighbours, their councillors and other authorities making decisions which affect their business, all of whom are part of the surrounding communities.

The HD8 Network membership, used as part of your Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) policy, would enable you to communicate effectively with these other groups that impact on your business.

By becoming a member and paying the membership fees, you enable us to run our website and free online events calendar, as well as manage our social media communities.

We have many hopes and dreams for the HD8 Network and taking large profits is not one of them (despite my husbands frustrations).

Everything we have so far earnt (and more) has been reinvested into building the ‘business’ and we have no intentions of stopping there!

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

In the past we have

  • given discounted membership to charities and non-profit organisations, enabling them to come to our meetings and promote their messages.
  • sponsored a toddler group’s sign – by paying for and organising a vinyl banner to be printed, which let more people know where they met.
  • communicated a local rugby club’s campaign  for sponsors and trustees to enable them to acquire their desired new changing rooms.
  • provided space for a local newsletter to be accessible online.
  • annually supported a internationally recognised music festival that happens locally.

This is just a few examples of how we have helped the locally community. And we want to do more and to help more.

If you would be interested in learning how your membership could help the local area please get in touch.

West Yorkshire Police and the Rural Neighbourhood Policing Teams

West Yorkshire Police and the Rural Neighbourhood Policing Teams

West Yorkshire Police and the Rural Neighbourhood Policing Teams are committed to providing continued reassurance and a high level of service during these difficult times.

Society has changed with the current climate and the Coronavirus pandemic.  The Police would appreciate being kept up to date with any issues/concerns from any of the public which can be addressed by them to increase public confidence.

The Neighbourhood Policing Team are focused on Coronavirus related issues, whilst dealing with other emergencies.

The West Yorkshire Police and Rural Neighbourhood Policing Team receive daily briefings with regard to – changes to the way in which they police the area, what progress is being made, and what the Government are expecting of them.

The Police are updating the public constantly, giving constituents the most up to date information and advice as they come into contact with them, and are patrolling constantly to ensure that Government restrictions are being adhered to.

The Sergeant at Holmfirth is sometimes working in another office and may not be able to answer the phone at that time, so please refrain from phoning this number.

Please continue to ring 999 in case of an emergency and 101 for all other incidents.

Read our News section for other articles with updates on the Coronavirus situation.

Coronavirus – Kirklees Council Community Response – Holmfirth/Kirkburton/Denby Dale

Its Lawrence here from the Community Hubs team at Kirklees Council.

I just wanted to give you an update on how the Council will be working to offer support to communities through this period.

We’re working alongside our citizens and local organisations to make sure that together we can all support our neighbours and communities over the coming weeks. We’re working especially closely with local voluntary sector organisations through our partners at Volunteering Kirklees (part of Third Sector Leaders).

Together we’ve developed a co-ordinated Community Response, including a Kirklees Council helpline and online forms that anyone can use to either request help, or to offer support to others. Our response teams in local places will be matching requests for help with offers of support, so that we can work together to support the most vulnerable in our communities.

Anyone can let us know about the things they need help with, or that someone who they are concerned about might need help with. Individuals, organisations and businesses can also tell us about the support they may be able to offer to others, via the forms and number below.

The helpline is managed by Kirklees Direct and opened at 9am on Wednesday 25th March. It will initially be open from 8am to 6pm weekdays. We will review this daily. Citizens and organisations can share information with us online at any time.

Also, locally, the key community organisations offering and coordinating community support are:

  • Holme Valley:

Holme Valley Mutual Aid Community Group.

Tel: 01484 212056

E: support@holmevalleymutualaid.co.uk

Info: www.holmevalleymutualaid.co.uk.

  • Denby Dale/Kirkburton:

Denby Dale Centre

Tel: 00441484860077

E: hello@ddc.org.uk

Info: https://www.ddc.org.uk/virus

If you are a local organisation that is either offering support, or are aware of support being offered locally by individuals, organisations, or businesses, it’s crucial that we are aware of this so we can factor that in into finding the right support on the ground, so I’d ask you to please fill out the form following the link above. Also, feel free to let me know directly, so I have a better overview of local groups offering support, and I can feed this in on the ground. It would also be advisable to make contact with either of the local key community organisations, to ensure coordination of efforts as much as possible.

Please can you share this information through your networks.

Thank you all for all of your efforts to support your communities so far.

Do not hesitate to get in contact with any further questions or issues.

 

Best wishes to you all,

Lawrence Dodd

Community Hub Co-ordinator – Holmfirth Family Hub and The Bridge Hub

Kirklees Community Hubs Team

Coronavirus – Help and Advice for Businesses

Kirklees Council understands that the COVID-19 pandemic is a time of great uncertainty and difficulty for business of all sizes and in all sectors.

It is important that we provide consistent and up to date information to enable businesses to access the support available – and to reach as many affected businesses as we can.

I would be very grateful if you would circulate the attached flyer to your members.

It provides an overview of the support package, a link to the Council website which is being regularly updated and the relevant contact details.

If you have any queries please don’t hesitate to contact the Business Team.

 

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

 

 

 

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

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 WINS BRITISH CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE SMALL BUSINESS OF THE YEAR AWARD

Chamber of commerceStorthes Hall Park near Huddersfield has won the British Chambers of Commerce Small Business of the Year Award for Mid-Yorkshire, following its transformation over the last 12 months.

This win, the SHP team hope, is the first of many following four nominations this year alone in the business, tourism and hospitality sectors. The spotlight has been put firmly on the  country venue set in 44-acres of parkland, after a £2m investment helped convert the popular student accommodation site into a top hospitality and wedding venue.

Storthes Hall Park has already been nominated for Business Events Venue of the Year and New Tourism Business awards, as well as a prestigious White Rose Award, due to be announced later this autumn.

Storthes Hall Park Business Development Manager Miriam Pedersen-Smith said: “We are delighted to gain this recognition for the team who have worked incredibly hard throughout the year to turn Storthes Hall Park into a real destination venue for West Yorkshire.

“We can now look forward to the National Chambers’ finals, as well as our other award nominations in the tourism and hospitality sectors due to be announced later this year.”

Storthes Hall Park is now in the running for a National Chambers Award to be held at the Chamber Business Awards Gala Dinner on Thursday 28th November at the Tobacco Dock, London. The Chamber Business Awards is one of the showpiece events in the business calendar, recognising and promoting the best of British business.

 

SHP is up against nine other regional winners from across England, Scotland and Wales.

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

The Venue – Storthes Hall Park

STORTHES HALL PARK REINVENTED AFTER OWNER’S SEVEN-FIGURE INVESTMENT

Historic venue reaps rewards following new business & marketing strategy  

 Storthes Hall Park near Huddersfield has successfully reinvented itself as a top corporate and wedding venue after adopting a new business and marketing strategy, backed up by a significant investment.

Building: Storthes Hall
Location: Huddersfield, Huddersfield University
AHR

Turnover has increased significantly over the last 12 months as bookings for weddings and corporate events have surged following owners, South Street Asset Management, investing more than £2m in the venue and parkland.

Traditionally been known as offering only student accommodation, in 2018/19 its corporate and team building bookings have grown by an incredible 80 per cent.

Following on from the investment Storthes Hall has since been nominated for four tourism and business awards this year and created further full and part-time roles on the site. As well as a major revamp of the conferencing facilities and accommodation within Storthes Hall, the decision to bring catering provision in-house has proved to be a winning formula.

Storthes Hall Park Operation Director said: “This is been a transformative year for the venue and we anticipate further double-digit growth next year. With that we will create further employment opportunities at the Hall and hope to work with more local businesses and suppliers as part of our community-first ethos.”

Business Development Manager Miriam Pedersen-Smith added: “The award nominations have already helped put Storthes Hall Park on the map as a top business and wedding destination in West Yorkshire, but bringing our catering function in-house also allowed us to source and use local producers which is helping to boost the local economy.”

Storthes Hall Park currently has plans to recruit further staff for the accommodation, marketing and hospitality teams later this year.  It currently offers 83 well-appointed bedrooms including a family/bridal apartment, executive rooms, five contemporary meeting rooms with restaurant and bar facility, all set in 44 acres of parkland.

The new-look website can be found at www.stortheshall.co.uk.

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

Residential Flats Available To Let

One of our members has asked us to let you know that there are Residential Flats available To Let

PENNINE HOUSE, BARNSLEY ROAD, SCISSETT

First floor 2 bedroom flat with main bathroom and en-suite bathroom.

Kitchen with fitted washer/dryer, oven and hob plus fitted fridge/freezer.

Asking Rent – £525.00

Bond – £605.00

Other flats available from £275 pcm

 

If this is of interest to you, please contact Vickers Carnley on 01924 291500 or isobel.smith@vickerscarnley.co.uk

https://www.vickerscarnley.co.uk

 

Summer Activities 2019 at Cliffe House

Cliffe House is pleased to announce its 2019 Summer Programme of Activities –

What is on summer 2019 Cliffe House HD8 Network· Archery (suitable for ages 6+) Mondays & Thursdays £5.00 – Located in our indoor range, so don’t worry about the weather

· Little Cooks Bushcraft (suitable for ages 7+) Fridays 1pm – 3pm £14.00 – Want to try making some wild garlic butter, pizza’s or bread on an open fire? Then give this a try!

· Climbing Tower – Wednesdays 10.30am – 4pm £3 for 4 climbs or £5 for unlimited– Can you get to the top of all 4 climbs?

· Cliffe House Club – Limited Spaces – £30 – An all day session running from 9am – 5pm – includes walking, canoeing, climbing, archery and bushcraft

· Adventure Playground (Monday – Friday 10am – 4pm) – Free access

· Kiosk (10am – 3pm) – Delicious homemade food available all day

· Woodland Walks (ask at the Kiosk for a pack) – Family Fun for only £5, includes outdoor play equipment to enjoy once you have completed the walk

All equipment provided and sessions run by fully qualified and enthusiastic instructors.

BOOK ONLINE AT tickets.kirklees.gov.uk

ALSO WATCH OUT FOR SPECIAL EVENTS BEING RUN THROUGHOUT THE SUMMER MONTHS

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