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Holmfirth’s Meridian Care Home in first ever National Open Day Move


Meridian Healthcare’s care homes in Huddersfield and Holmfirth are taking part in the first ever National Care Home Open Day on Friday 21st June.

Meridian Healthcare’s Care Home Managers have decided to host Afternoon Tea between 2pm and 4pm to encourage people to come and have a look at life in a care home setting.

If you have wondered what it’s like to live in a care home, this is an ideal opportunity. Come and visit with an open mind and hopefully we will surprise and delight you with what’s on offer in 2013. Afternoon Tea will be served at The Oakes on Willwood Avenue in the Oakes area of Huddersfield and White Rose House in Holmfirth.

Christine Evans, Care Centre Manager of White Rose House in Holmfirth, encourages people to come and have a look around:  “This is a great opportunity for us to give something back by opening the doors wide for our local community. I’m sure we can dispel any myths out there, once people pop in to see us. Tea and cake is always in ready supply here”

Both homes are an integral part of their local community with residents taking an active part in what’s going on in their local community. White Rose House in Holmfirth and The Oakes in Huddersfield offer Day Care and Respite Care alongside their residential, nursing and dementia care services. If you are thinking about this as an option but aren’t sure, this is an ideal opportunity to come in for a cuppa and find out for yourself.

Pop in to either The Oakes or White Rose House between 2pm and 4pm on Friday 21st June and have a cuppa with us.

Willow Lodge – a New Non-Medical Cancer Care Centre

Willow thanks local writer Dave Walker, of Holmfirth, for compiling the following article about the help provided by the nearby Willow Lodge centre  just over the hill in Penistone, which includes Holmfirth and the Holme Valley in its wide catchment area.

The broad sweep of medical history has been about reacting to and managing large and small doses of infectious disease (epidemics and individual illness) which often resulted in death. The medical role, when and if affordable, was confined to listening to individual patient’s stories. Consumption (TB), pale and interesting, was the first disease with which sufferers lived. Since the days of Keats (1795-1821), who died of consumption, torn between poetry and medicine, our ability to diagnose and treat illness in the west has mushroomed and shows no sign of slowing up.

Cancer is a large part of this scene. Medical research has produced better cancer treatments made even more effective with early diagnosis and prevention. As the population ages, and there are less deaths from smoking and other lifestyle-related diseases (emphysema, blood pressure, heart attacks and stroke), so the proportion of the population living with and dying from cancer increases.

We mostly live our lives in the domains of home, work and leisure. When serious illness arrives, sometimes manageable, sometimes chronic and disabling, we have to cope with another domain which impacts hugely on the others. In addition, the treatments for cancer almost constitute another domain. People need to make sense of all the new stuff around relationships, work, finance, insurance and leisure and whatever else.

Willow Lodge Willow Lodge offers a memorable experience for people with cancer and a partner, sharing three days with five other couples. It is a haven of peace for reflection and sharing, getting in tune with the self, aided by skilled empathic facilitators and the experiences of other people with similar diagnoses and similar situations. From this emotional foundation people can start to move toward the programme outcome – practical planning for finances, work, relationships and leisure.

The programme design follows the Penny Brohn, Bristol, model. Our facilitator, Caroline Smith, already an experienced hypnotherapist, will be fully qualified in the Bristol method within the next eighteen months.

Willow Lodge will be expanding their services within the next 3-4 years to include day care which will support people after their programmes.

Willow Lodge is sited out in the country above Penistone with extensive gardens and an allotment for home-grown vegetables and free-range chickens.

Whilst Willow Lodge takes unselected referrals, it is uniquely situated to provide for the rural population who might struggle to reach town centre services.

The next courses dates are 15th to 17th April, 8th to 10th July and 30th Sept to 2nd October.

Book by telephone -  01275370111 or email –

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Folk Dancing Wooldale Way

Fancy a little folk dancing in Wooldale this July?

A Public folk dance is being organised by Holmfirth Folk Dance Club to promote social dancing of and preservation of traditional dances.

The event takes places in Wooldale Community Centre on Wednesday, July 4, from 8pm.

More details from Barry Evans

Summer Opening Hours Announced for Local Tips

The good weather must be just around the corner! The five Kirklees Household Waste Recycling Centres will move to summer opening hours from Monday, March 26.
The nearest ones to the Holme Valley are Bent Ley Road, Meltham, HD9 4AP, and Bromley Farm, Upper Cumberworth, HD8 8NN.

All the sites will be open as follows from March 26:
Weekday opening – 8am to 5pm
Saturday – 8am to 4pm
Sunday – 9am to 4pm

A spokeswoman told the Holmfirth website:

“The sites can be used to recycle a wide range of materials including: glass, paper, cardboard, Tetrapak (drink cartons), plastic and metal containers, old clothing, garden waste, batteries, engine oil, cooking oil (with the exception of Bromley Farm), metal, paint, and electrical and white goods such as washers and cookers.

“When using the sites residents should take their residents permit, or commercial vehicle permit if transporting household waste in a commercial vehicle.  Rubbish should be sorted into the clearly marked skips for each type of waste.  Please do not leave any material on
the ground.”

Lost Cat Appeal from Holmfirth TIC

Many thanks for the email today (Wed) from the team at Holmfirth Tourist Information Centre (pictured) who have found a friendly black and white cat, and trying to reunite it with its owner.

Leah Clark, of Holmfirth TIC said:
“We found a young, male black and white cat on Huddersfield Road, Holmfirth. He is not micro-chipped and has no collar but is very friendly and tame and we believe that he belongs to someone local. He is currently staying at a member of staff’s house.

“If anyone in the area has lost a cat matching this description then please give us a call at Holmfirth Tourist Information Centre on 01484 222444 during office hours.”

Award Winning Play in Holmfirth this March

Young People in Kirklees who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender will be championing anti-homophobic bullying messages across Kirklees in two events this March, starting in Holmfirth, aimed at raising awareness of the effects of homophobic bullying.

Members of the Yorkshire Mixtures Youth Group run by Kirklees Young People’s Service will be performing their award winning play that features a young man driven to suicide by homophobic bullying, based on real life experiences within the group.

The Holmfirth Roadshow will take place this Tuesday March 8 from 7pm to 9pm at the popular Phoenix Youth Centre on Dunford Road.

Kerrie Clark, Area Youth Worker for Kirklees Young People’s Service said: “These roadshows highlight all that is positive about the impact young people can have in making change happen.  Their performance of “I’m gay, so get over it” is a perfect example of the determination and courage I see young people demonstrate each and every day in my role as a youth worker.”

Cllr Cath Harris, Cabinet member for children and young people, said: “This award-winning play is hard hitting and right to the point.  I hope many people take the time to see it.”

Mazazik Egyptian Dance

Enjoy a Mazazik Egyptian Dance in Wooldale on Thursday, Sept 3, at 7pm.

It’s a fun evening of Egyptian Dance at Wooldale Community Centre. This isn’t belly dancing (no sparkly bras!). You’ll get fitter, meet new people and escape into the music. Evening classes for women only.

Enjoy these benefits:
Excellent workout for all the body
Improve muscle tone, posture, and flexibility
Help relieve stress
Sociable and great fun

Suitable for all ages – regardless of height, weight or body shape
More details email mazazik_uk@hotmail

Mazazik Egyptian Dance


What are you doing on Thursday 26th March 2009, from 7pm?

Come to our Egyptian Dance evening at Wooldale Community Centre. This isn’t belly dance (no sparkly bras!). You’ll get fitter, meet new people and escape into the music. Evening classes for women only.

Enjoy these benefits:
Excellent workout for all the body
Improve muscle tone, posture, and flexibility
Help relieve stress
Sociable and great fun

Suitable for all ages – regardless of height, weight or body shape

For more information, contact:
Jane Wass     Tel: 07950 531917
Email: mazazik_uk@hotmail

Holmfirth Tourism Centre Success in “Tourism Oscars”

After a record number of entries, several local businesses – including our very own Holmfirth Tourist Information Centre pictured left – have made the finals of the Yorkshire Tourist Board White Rose Awards, otherwise known as Yorkshire’s “Tourism Oscars”.

The four finalists are Ackroyd House, Holmfirth, (luxury five star bed and breakfast accommodation) in the Best Newcomer to Tourism category; Standedge Tunnel and Visitor Centre, Marsden in the Visitor Attraction of the Year (under 50,000 visitors) category; Summer Wine Classic Cars, Holmfirth in the Best Tourism Experience of the Year category and finally Holmfirth Tourist Information Centre in the Tourist Information Service of the Year category. Holmfirth TIC won the award in 2007 and they are hoping to be successful again this year.

There are 17 categories altogether and judges will spend the next three months reviewing the short-listed businesses. The winners will be announced at a glittering award ceremony on September 25 at Bridlington Spa and will go on to represent Yorkshire in the national Enjoy England Awards for Excellence in 2009.

Jess Newbould, Senior Tourism Officer, Kirklees Council said: *Tourism is a key part of our local economy, worth an estimated £385.6 million each year in Kirklees. Local businesses recognise the
value of providing visitors with great customer service and a high-quality, memorable experience. It is a pleasure to see their hard work rewarded through these nominations.”

Cllr Ken Sims, Cabinet Member for Regeneration, said: “We are very pleased and proud to have four local tourism businesses nominated for these awards. They have worked hard to be nominated and we wish them
every success in the final.”

View our YouTube video interview with Holmfirth TIC staff

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