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Big Music Evening at Holmfirth High – Download our Poster

Join an evening of music delight, coming up this April.

On stage are New Mill Male Voice Choir and Holmfirth High School Orchestra.

Full details – see the attached poster, right, click to enlarge.





History of Holme Valley Music: New Book on the Cards

Are you a history scholar? Are you interested in music? Are you into the history of music?
Are you especially interested in the history of Holme Valley music?

We at Shalliley Books ( are keen to produce a second edition of ‘A Musical Heritage: Musical meanderings of the Holme Valley’ by Charles Cocks which first came out in 1982. Brass bands, choral and orchestral music, folk and pop and anything else will find a place in the new publication.

We are already working with The University of Huddersfield and we are keen to develop other partnerships to produce a real community piece of work. Discussions are currently taking place with ’2valleys’ radio and ‘Keep Holmfirth Special’.

We would appreciate contacts from Holme Valley musical history devotees to explore recordings and articles.

Dave Walker
30 Victoria Springs
Holmfirth HD9 2NB
01484 683196

For King, Queen and Country – March 27

A free event – ‘For King, Queen and Country’- is being held on March 27 at Huddersfield Town Hall to mark the contribution of Kirklees residents who have served in military conflict overseas since 1945.

Since the Second World War, Britain’s armed forces have been involved in over 20 armed conflicts around the world. Some of these, such as the Malayan emergency and the Jewish insurgency, are relatively unknown whereas the Korean and Falklands wars and the recent conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq are more familiar.

The project was commissioned by Kirklees Community Covenant Board and has been funded by the Ministry of Defence.

 This free event will also include guest speakers, a military brass band and information stalls.  Refreshments will be available.

 The event will start at 7pm (doors open from 6.30pm.

 Booking is essential.  Please use the online Eventbrite booking system to book your place on or call 01484 414824 and select option 3.

Calling Holmfirth Bookworms – it’s National Book Day

Young people across Holmfirth  are being invited to celebrate World Book Day with a week full of fun and activities in schools and libraries throughout Kirklees and Calderdale.

 Pageturners Children’s Book Festival runs from Friday March 7 to Saturday March 15. The nine-day festival is the first of its kind across Kirklees and Calderdale and includes children’s authors, storytelling, puppetry, poetry, rhythm, rhyme and much more.

 The aim of the week is to bring the printed word to life for children and young adults and encourage a love of reading.

 The festival starts on Friday March 7 with a World Book Day Quiz for schools in Kirklees, followed by the official launch at the Central Library, Halifax on Saturday March 8. This will lead on to a week full of events in schools culminating in a spectacular finale at the University of Huddersfield at 10am on Saturday March 15.

Cllr Shabir Pandor, Cabinet member for Libraries, said: “The Pageturners festival is a fantastic way to encourage more children to pick up a book and develop a love of reading which will last throughout their life.”

 “The finale event on March 15 means all the family can get involved.  I want to encourage parents to go online and book their place and enjoy a fabulous day out.”

 Tickets are available:

Holmfirth Bid to Boost Apprenticeships during 100-Day Challenge

Businesses across the Holme Valley are being encouraged to help to boost the number of apprenticeships on offer by taking part in a Kirklees 100-day challenge.

To mark National Apprenticeship Week (3 – 7 March), the Council’s Apprenticeship Hub team, is looking for 100 pledges from businesses between now and June to explore taking on an apprentice.

The team’s Business Brokers will work with companies across the area to explain the benefits of having an apprentice to firms and provide support in recruiting a suitable candidate.

Kirklees is one of eight Apprenticeship Hubs in the Leeds City Region where businesses with fewer than 1000 employees, and who have not taken on an apprentice in the last year, can take advantage of a £1,500 grant to support their recruitment.

The Council will promote the businesses who sign-up during the challenge with recognition of the commitment online and in publications about the scheme.

To find out more contact the Business Brokers team on 01484 437075 or e-mail

Where are all those Holme Valley cricketers who would like to play social cricket?

Upperthong and Thongsbridge Sunday social cricketers 2013

By Holmfirth Writer Dave Walker

Calling all those who want to play social cricket? (1) Those youngsters who, when they mature beyond the junior ranks, are lost to the game. (2) Older guys who have lapsed from the game and who would like to return to a less competitive cricket experience.

The Holme Valley Sunday social cricket association took another step toward reality at Upperthong CC this week. Rob Oakley, chair of Upperthong, hosted the latest meeting of interested clubs, including Upperthong, Thongsbridge, Honley and The Sleepers (Linthwaite). Holmfirth and Thurstonland remain uncertain.

Rob has produced a fixture list which will need some fine tuning before publication, hopefully after the next meeting in March, when we also hope to advertise in the press arrangements for the launch of the association. Club contact information for those who wish to join the new venture will then be made available.

New Mill MVC Workshop – Destination Scarborough 2014

We have a weekend away every year where we learn new music and entertain each other, writes Holmfirth writer Dave Walker about New Mill Male Voice Choir.

The new music was as follows:
‘He Ain’t Heavy’. First recorded by Kelly Gordon and then The Hollies in 1969. For Rupert’s benefit, the title is an example of paraprosdokian in which the second half of the title causes the hearer to reinterpret the first half (wikipedia says so). See also The Justice Collective.
‘George Formby medley’.
‘No Arms Could Ever Hold You’. A hit for Chris Norman as a solo artist. He also had success as part of the band Smokie, an English Glam Rock band from Bradford.
‘Abide with Me’. Alan’s arrangement for his dad, originally written in 1847 by Henry Francis Lyte, sung to William Henry Monk’s Eventide. Frequently part of religious and military services, films and TV programmes. Integral to the Wembley RL cup final preliminaries since 1929.


Next Blood Session Announced for Holmfirth

Thanks for the email from the NHS blood donation agency about the next important collection session in Holmfirth.
“We will be holding a blood donor session at Holmfirth in March and we would very much appreciate your support in helping to raise awareness amongst your readers,” said a spokeswoman.
“Detail of the session are outlined below:
Wednesday 26th March, 2014
Methodist Church, School Street, HOLMFIRTH
13:15 to 15:30 and 17:15 to 19:30
“Both new and regular donors can make an appointment to donate, or to find out more information about giving blood, by calling 0300 123 23 23 or by visiting our website

Last of the Holmfirth Festive Deccies

Finally. Wave goodbye to the 2013 Festive decorations which are still visible in Holmfirth.They are about to be taken down in the next few days – weather permitting.

The good news came from a spokeswoman at HEAD, Holmfirth’s busy Enterprise and Development body, who said: “Here is some news you will be glad to hear!

All Christmas trees and lights will be removed on Wednesday 12th February, providing the weather doesn’t get in the way. We plan to complete the job by the end of the week.

“Thank you all for your patience. We apologise for leaving the decorations up as long as we have. Finally we have been kindly offered suitable storage.”

Nearby Denby Dale & Kirkburton Schools in WW1 Move

Nearby Denby Dale and Kirkburton Area Committee is to help support a WW1 commemoration project involving local schools in the Shelley area.

 2014 marks the 100 year anniversary of the outbreak of World War 1 and all the schools in the Shelley Pyramid will take part in school-based projects all related to the Great War.

 The school projects might involve researching the history and lives of both those that were killed in the Great War and those that survived or they may look at those that were left behind after the death of their loved ones, families and friends.

Representatives from each participating school will come together in a showcase event on June 11 at Huddersfield Town Hall and talk about their projects and receive a special plaque marking their school’s involvement. How each school presents their project is down to the individual school and might use a mixture of music, drama or poetry.

 The area committee is to pay for the hire of the Town Hall and commemorative plaques whilst the schools will fund the projects themselves.

 The next meeting of the area committee will take place on Thursday February 20 from 7pm to 9pm in the Upper Hall, Savoy Community Centre, 32a Elm Street, Skelmanthorpe, HD8 9BH.

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