Please help us welcome Clean Towels, who are based in Skelmanthorpe, as a new member of the HD8 Network
You will be pleased to hear that we have decided to continue with our #WhereinHD8 campaign.
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?
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
Huddersfield based company Think Forensic are offering free forensic and CSI workshops for people living in the Huddersfield area.
Six three hour weekly sessions, starting on 7th November, are to be held at Think Forensic’s crime scene centre at Skelmanthorpe. The centre itself is unique in that it contains fire, road traffic collisions and crime scenes ready for investigation by the participants in the course.
The programme is funded by the Wellcome Trust and WEA and run by Think Forensic’s experts who are made up of forensic scientists, CSI’s and crime investigators each of whom have worked in the field. It has been designed to give an insight into the real world of crime investigation and some of the topics it covers are:
• Techniques used by CSI’s at crime scenes including fingerprinting, casting footwear marks, recovering DNA etc.
• Microscopy and how forensic scientists examine trace evidence.
• The role of anthropology and archaeology in forensics.
• Uses of Psychology and profiling in crime investigation.
Participants will consist of a people of all ages and backgrounds. There is no limit on level of education and no prior knowledge of forensics is necessary. Applicants should be available and prepared to be involved for 3 hours per week, 10am to 1pm on Wednesday mornings, for 6 weeks from 7th November and must be able to make their own way to the venue at HD8 9DR.
Company Director Sue Procter said “This is a unique opportunity for anyone wishing to do something different. I can’t believe how lucky we are to be able to offer this free of charge to the people of Huddersfield.” “There are no requirements as to education levels in fact we would love people who don’t usually get involved in studying and education to come along, it’s really going to be great fun”
More details of the course outline can be found at https://www.thinkforensic.co.uk/festivals-and-events/wellcome-to-forensics/
or by contacting the company via email@example.com or telephoning 01484860599.
Think Forensic Ltd was set up in 2007 it is staffed by experts from crime investigation background including senior investigating officers, forensic scientists, CSI’s, etc. The company operates nationally but is based in Skelmanthorpe from where it runs CSI Experiences for members of the public, educational packages and corporate events around forensic science and CSI.