Archive for February, 2013

British-Made and Local Too! That’s Harrisons Interiors!

Where can you find quality British-made products alongside high quality locally-produced ones too? The answer is Harrisons Quality Interiors situated right in the centre of Holmfirth, near to the traffic lights.
The fascinating Huddersfield Road shop is the latest to advertise on – see their button top right of this page which links direct to their very busy website. They have kindly compiled the following introduction to tell readers about their exciting range of items, and you must really pop in to take a look.

“We have re-introduced the linens as this place used to be the Old Linen Cupboard, the difference being our linens are British made luxury linens/bedding, with a choice of Egyptian cotton, Satin Stripe, Percale in many colours. We also have luxury Microfibre pillows and duvets, quilted cotton 3oz mattress protectors, luxury white cotton towels etc…

“We support local artist and sculptors and have works by artists Keith Mountain, Jeff Beaumont, Mick Kirkby Geddes, David Cooke, Brendan Hesmondhalgh and so on…

“In-house made to measure furniture using a range of woods including Oak, Pine, Mahogany, Driftwood, reclaimed wood etc, the list includes fitted kitchens, fitted bedrooms, wardrobes, drawers, chests, beds, dining tables, consoles, sideboards, radiator covers, bookcases, storage trunks and many more.

“See our British-made Chesterfield sofas, suites, chairs, foot stools and chaises, bespoke options, choice of leather quality and colours. All materials down to the springs are sourced in the UK (Sheffield Steel) and our  solid beech frames come with a lifetime guarantee. We have gift-ware and accessories plus a large range of furniture available to purchase off the peg.”

Hats off to Holmfirth Farmers’ Market: Named Top Award Winners

We all know the busy, bustling Holmfirth Farmers’ Market has been a huge success for Holmfirth. But now its been officially recognised as a top award winner.

The popular little market has been named as a runner up in a national awards scheme which closely follows Queensgate Market being named as Market of the Year.

See our photo right of winners and runners-up.

Holmfirth Farmers Market was the first in the North of England and has now been running for 15 years. It has been an accredited with FARMA since the scheme was started 10 years ago and this certification means shoppers can buy with confidence knowing that all produce is from a 40 mile radius of the market.

 The market was selected as a finalist in the FARMA awards because of the quality of stallholders, the excellent partnership working between the council and the stallholders and the importance of the market to the wider town centre. Almost 100 entries were submitted for the awards.  Holmfirth was visited by the judging panel in October 2012 and then selected as one of six finalists in January.

Cllr Peter McBride, Kirklees Cabinet member for Investment and Regeneration, told the Holmfirth website: “The Awards, known collectively as the ‘FARMAs’, recognise farm shops, farmers’ markets, pick-your own and farm destination sites, which stand out from the crowd in 2013. They exemplify a passion for local food, a commitment to farming and the environment, a talent for retail, and the fruits of a lot of hard work.  Holmfirth Farmers Market was the first in the North of England and is still amongst the best.”

 The FARMA awards are judged by the farm retail sector itself, and awarded to those businesses who they believe to be outstanding in what they have achieved and how they have achieved it.

 The Holmfirth Farmers Market takes place on the third Sunday of each month  from 9am to 2pm.

Feast on a Bacon Butty & Talk Wind Power

FARMERS in Holmfirth are invited to feast on a bacon butty and talk about renewable energy tomorrow (Tues).

Windcrop, market-leaders in small-scale wind turbines, will be speaking to visitors at the Holmfirth Cattle Market, in Woodhead Road, on Tuesday, February 19, from 10.30am to 2.30pm.

Site assessors from the company, which currently has nearly 500 turbines installed in the East of England and Yorkshire, will be available to show people their wind speed and what savings could be made with a small-scale 15 metre-high turbine, while enjoying a cup of tea and bacon butty.

For more information call 0113 372 0152 or visit

Valley Cyclists Urged to Support “Joined up” Think Tank

Are YOU into cycling up and down the hills round Holmfirth and the Holme Valley? All set for the massive Tour de France? If you’re an enthusiast, a meeting is coming up for you which could help to promote and join up cycling throughout the region.

The special “think tank” is taking place to share information and find out if there is a desire for the wide range of cycling activity in the district to be co-ordinated.

The meeting will take place on Wednesday February 27 in the Reception room of Huddersfield Town Hall.  Refreshments will be available from 6pm and the meeting will start at 6.30pm.

The event is being organised by the West Yorkshire “go:cycling” project, an initiative of Metro and local authorities to encourage and support more adults to take up cycling.

Supported by Department for Transport through the Local Sustainable Transport Fund, go-cycling offers a range of free cycling services, including one to one and group training, bike maintenance and group rides.

The special guest will be John Dennis, the original chair of ‘Cycle Bradford’, who will explain the background and how grass-roots cycling activity has taken shape in Bradford.

The organisers of the meeting would like to attract a wide range of interests from cycle sport to cycle training, and cycle safety to cycle route design and so on. Non-cyclists and ‘would-be’ cyclists are also invited as the organisers would like to know what will persuade people to give up their cars and travel by bike.

Please contact the Kirklees Cycling Officer if attending to give the organisers an idea of the numbers of people attending.

Holmfirth’s Big Bus Probe: Public Advice Drop-in this Thursday

Bus passengers across the Valley will be only too aware of the possible changes ahead to services in and out of Holmfirth. And there will be a chance to find out more details, as well as ask questions, at a special session at Holmfirth Library this Thursday, February 7.

The open session will be run between 10 and 3pm and representatives of both First and Metro will be on hand to answer individual queries.

Holme Valley Bus Review spoke to around 135 people last year and the changes will come into effect this April.

Main themes were:

  • The need for a fast, direct bus service between Holmfirth and Huddersfield – planned is a half-hour service which will also speed up journey times from Hepworth and Scholes.
  • Four buses per hour passing Holme Valley Memorial Hospital so providing more services to all parts of the Valley.
  • Possible loss of a direct link from Netherthong and Oldfield to Huddersfield.
  • Planned reduction to hourly of a through bus to Huddersfield from Thongsbridge Village.

More details along with contacts are on the Holme Valley Bus Review page on the Metro website.

Holmfirth Youngsters Fund-Raising Plea to Area Committee

 A special delegation of young people are to attend the next meeting of Holme Valley Area Committee, which is open to the public, this coming Thursday February 7.

The meeting will take place at 7pm in the Trinity Church, Moorbottom, Honley. It will start with a presentation from the youngsters who are raising funds to pay for extensions to the Sands Skateboard Park in memory of Isaac Atkinson, see poster right promoting a previous event.

 Kirklees Chief Librarian Carol Stump will also attend the meeting to give feedback on the libraries consultation as well as discuss local involvement in the development of next steps in the review.

 Library and Information Centres have been consulting in all of the district’s 26 libraries as well as on the mobile libraries. Consultation is taking place with disability groups and more general consultation will take place at various locations on National Libraries Day on February 9. The results of this will be published and local discussions will also take place in service points.

It looks set to be a very busy meeting as next on the stand is Neale Wallace from Metro will outline the outcome of the Holme valley Bus Review which will be implemented from April.  A summary of the changes can be found at

 Alun Ireland, Kirklees Communication Manager, will be present to outline details of the route of the 2014 Tour De France through Kirklees, the council’s involvement to date, and the next steps in preparations aimed at ensuring that the Holme Valley gains the most benefit in terms of the local economy and tourism.

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