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November 2010

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New housing proposal for greenbelt

By Sandie Marshall GREENBELT land to the south of Honley could be used for a big new housing development. A report setting out the future of new housing in Kirklees is proposing releasing the greenbelt land for the development of 200 homes. In addition, the plan calls for 10 hectares of land in Brockholes and five hectares in Meltham to be made available for industrial and office development. Both sites are designated as ‘greenfield’ but only the Meltham land officially falls within the greenbelt. The proposals are set out in the latest Local Development

Framework report which was considered by the council’s Development and Environment Security Panel at the end of October. It looks at how the whole borough of Kirklees can accommodate 26,200 new homes and sufficient new industrial property to allow for 35,000 new jobs between now and 2028. The vast majority of building land is being identified in central Huddersfield and Northern Kirklees. However, the land identified for development in this latest report is significantly less than was originally proposed in 2009 – 1,700 new homes in and around Honley.

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Public consultation made the council think again, and as a result, almost all the proposed houses are to be accommodated elsewhere in the borough. The report also calls for the number of new homes to be built in Holmfirth to be reduced to avoid “overdevelopment” of the town, although a final figure is not provided. Following discussion by the council committee, the report will once again go to public consultation between December 3 and January 31. Information will be provided in the council’s newsletter for residents and the framework document will be made available at key information sites throughout the borough.

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Props from The Last of the Summer Wine are to get a permanent home in the Holme Valley. Among the many items given to the Holme Valley Business Association are pianos, a gorilla, a dinosaur, carriage, a scooter and even the bicycle that Marina often rode to her secret meetings with Howard. Business Association spokesman Greg Christoffi said: “We are considering different options for what to do with the props and scenery.”

Welcome to your Holme Valley Review WELCOME to the first edition of the Holme Valley Review – the new newspaper for everyone in this valley. Each month we’ll be bringing pages and pages of dedicated Holme Valley news direct to your door. We’d love to hear what you think of this first edition so why not contact us by email at news@holmevalleyreview.co. uk or call on 01484 420800 or 07747 447023. Most importantly let us know your news – perhaps you have a local issue you’d like to share, or an event to tell everyone about. If so, let us know for the next issue. Finally we’d like to thank all the local businesses who have placed an advert with us. The Review couldn’t exist without your support. In return you can be sure that your advert is being delivered through the doors of 15,000 homes within the Holme Valley, reaching the customers who mean the most to your business. If you would like to join these first advertisers and take advantage of our great launch rates, call our team.

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Review round-up Society in harmony with the Requiem HOLMFIRTH Choral Society will tackle Brahms’ German Requiem in its first performance of the 2010/11 season on November 13. The Society has considered the Requiem in the past but always steered away from it because of the large orchestra usually needed. However, they recently discovered an accompaniment written by Brahms himself which uses a piano duo rather than a full orchestra. The Requiem will be performed in English. Alongside the Brahms and in total contrast, the choir will perform Francis Poulenc’s joyful Gloria. This piece has been sung by the Society before and is a firm favourite with the choir. Soloists will be soprano Jenny Stafford and baritone Thom Meredith. The performance will be held at Holmfirth Civic Hall and will begin at 7.15pm.

Sparkling event Brownhill Reservoir

Water company defends decision to chop down trees at beauty spot By Sandie Marshall YORKSHIRE Water has defended its plans to chop down mature trees at Brownhill Reservoir in Holmbridge, saying the action is essential for improvement work at the beauty spot. Cutting down the 70 feet-long section of trees on the reservoir embankment is due to begin this month as Yorkshire Water begins phase two of its work at Brownhills. It is part of the company’s £60million project to maintain and modernise four reservoirs in the Holme Valley area. Removing the trees, it says, is essential to make way for a new concrete overflow. A Yorkshire Water spokesman told the Review: “We're replacing the existing old overflow with a modern wider version and as there are trees right next to the current version, we're going to have to remove some of these. We're also cutting them back so that they won't be right next to

Family matters IF YOU are interested in researching your family history but don’t know where to start, a free drop-in session at Huddersfield Library could be for you. On Wednesday November 10 from 10am to 12noon a member of the Huddersfield and District Family History Society will be available to help with family history enquiries. Beginners are more than welcome to this free session and refreshments will be available. For further information tel: 01484 221965.

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Calls for improvements to be sympathetic to surroundings

“If they can do it at Ridingwood, why can’t they do it for all four reservoirs?” Yorkshire Water says it has addressed local concerns following a drop-in information session at Hinchliffe Mill School in September. “It was a really successful event, well attended, and it enabled us to listen to any concerns from local residents and address them straight away,” added the spokesperson.

the new version as the last thing we would want is for tree roots to jeopardise the integrity of such an important structure.”

bridge and industrial-type railings. It’s completely out of character with the landscape and the rest of the architecture.

But while most local residents have now accepted the need to clear the trees, they are putting pressure on the water giant to make sure the end result is sympathetic to the surroundings – unlike, they say, the work just completed on nearby Ramsden Reservoir.

“Of the four reservoirs in this project, three – Brownhill, Ramsden and Yateholm do not need planning permission for the work and we believe Yorkshire Water will get away with using cheap materials there.

He would not confirm however, what materials would be used on the project.

“Ridingwood Reservoir, however, is in the Peak Planning area and up there they have been forced to make a much better job with real stone coping and elegant estate

All of the work at Brownhill is expected to be completed by next summer. At that point, says Yorkshire Water, new trees of all different sizes will be planted.

Jane Gledhill said: “We are very anxious they make a better job than at Ramsden where they have installed a very stark concrete

WRAP the family up warm and head down the Sands in Holmfirth for the annual giant bonfire and firework display. This year’s event takes place on Saturday November 6 from 6.30pm. There will be stalls and funfair rides for small children to enjoy as well as hot food and drinks. The event is being run by the Rotary Club of Holmfirth to raise funds for its charities.

Construction contractors Mott Macdonald Bentley have been at Brownhill Reservoir since late September scoping the work and finalising the plans.

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Picture perfect ...from January to December STUNNING views of the Holme Valley will be enjoyed around the world next year through the 2011 calendar produced by Holmfirth Camera Club. In the five years since it was first produced the calendar has become a local institution with demand growing every year. Copies are sent around the world to destinations as far as Australia, China,

America, Canada and Mexico. The latest calendar contains 12 memorable photographs submitted by camera club members plus a front cover shot taken by Steve Savage. Members are encouraged to photograph the valley during the seasons, taking in the landscape and traditional local events such as the Folk Festival. The club then holds a selection night

when club members vote on their favourite images and produce a shortlist of 30. From these, the final 12 are selected by a small committee. Steve Savage then managed the layout and compilation of the calendar and liaised with the printer and retail outlets. The calendar is currently available from Holmfirth’s Tourist Information, Kirkwood Hospice shop,

Charlesworth’s newsagent and Holmfirth and Honley Post Offices. Stocks of the 2010 calendar ran out just before Christmas so the advice is to buy early to avoid disappointment.  Holmfirth Camera Club meets every Monday night from September to April at St David’s Church, Holmbridge. The evenings consist of a series of competition nights plus

regular specialist speakers on subjects ranging from wildlife, travel and monochrome photography to using Photoshop and flashlights. Well known Peak District wildlife photographer Paul Hobson will be the guest speaker on November 8. For details of the full syllabus and events visit the club website www.Holmfirthcameraclub.co.uk

January’s image is a snow scene of Wooldale photographed by Pat Whalley and Colourful Holmfirth Folk Festival taken by Vince Cunningham is May’s subject

Pomp and Circumstance in Meltham OVER 200 people packed into St B a r t h o l o m e w ’s C h u r c h i n M e l t h a m t o enjoy "The Last Night of the Proms" with Meltham and Meltham Mills Band and soprano Rachel Crisp. T h e s h o w i n c l u d e d a l i v e l y p r ogramme of classical and light music as well as songs from shows and cinema theme tunes. T h e e v e n i n g c o n c l u d e d w i t h t h e t r aditional Proms finale, Fantasy on British Sea Songs, Pomp and Circumstance and Jerusalem. Audience participation was assured

with the finale pieces and union flags very much in evidence. Rachel Crisp, an accomplished young soprano from Brighouse, sang five solos accompanied on the piano by her mother Gail. Wi t h t h e b a n d s h e s a n g ‘ Yo u ' l l n e v e r walk alone’ and joined them in the finale. Three members of the band, Paula Spittlehouse, Adele Shaw and Chris Farrington also performed solos. The b a n d w a s u n d e r i t s n e w c o n d u c t o r, Robin Morgan.

T h i s w a s t h e b a n d ’s e i g h t h a n n u a l Proms concert at the church, and again it proved popular with the audience. The concert was jointly h e l d w i t h t h e c h u r c h a n d t h e p r oceeds of £994 have been divided equally between the church and the band. The band will be at the church again o n We d n e s d a y D e c e m b e r 1 5 p r e s e n ting its Christmas Concert. Ti c k e t s f o r t h i s e v e n t w i l l b e a v a i lable nearer the date from Scotty's Barbers, Market Place, Meltham.

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Council ready to battle the Holme Valley freeze By Sandie Marshall BRING on the freeze – we’re ready for it! That’s the message from Kirklees Council to Holme Valley residents worried that this winter could see a repeat of last year’s paralysing snow and ice conditions. Schools, shops and businesses all over the Valley were forced to close for a record numbers of days as council gritters failed to combat weeks of persistent snowfall and black ice in January and February – the worse conditions to hit the country in 30 years. But Kirklees says it has learned from the mistakes of last winter, and is fully prepared for the coming months. In particular it has stockpiled 25,000 tonnes of rock salt, over four times more than the government’s recommendation to councils to hold 6,000 tonnes in stock.

Flashback to last winter when Dunford Road, one of the main routes out of Holmfirth was at a standstill due to snow, black ice and abandoned cars.

In total during last winter, Kirklees used 19,000 tonnes, and in common with councils across the country, was in danger of running out as salt supplies reached worryingly low levels at peak demand. In addition, the council has checked and filled all its 1,250 public grit bins which local residents can use on public roads and pavements as and when needed.

As part of the Council's Winter Maintenance Policy, the Highways and Transportation Service grits 60% of the road network in Kirklees and says it can cover over 700 miles of road within two hours of starting to grit. These priority routes are main roads, main bus routes and steep roads that provide important links to

main roads. The policy adds: “Whenever possible, we try to make sure that town and village centres, doctors' surgeries, health centres, hospitals, bus stations, schools and the homes of vulnerable residents are treated and made as safe as possible.” The policy also states that once a 'full grit' has been completed,

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Danielle Goodhand, 26 from West Yorkshire, aka “the Cupcake lady!” Vogue magazine pronounced that; ‘Owning a Cupcake bakery is the career fantasy of our times.’ It certainly is… Like many graduates, after finishing University, Danielle had no idea what she wanted to do with her future career. “I guess it’s the same for a lot of young people, especially with the lack of real job opportunities in this difficult financial climate.” Graduate jobs seem to be very few and far between, so even for those with a clear direction – it can be a challenge. “I gained a position in a fashion environment, but it was an admin role, rather than design. After a while I decided I needed something creative to do in my spare time, so I enrolled on a cake decorating evening course at a local college.” Just a few lessons in, and she was hooked! “I started to take my creations into the office and my colleagues were happy to be my official taste testers!” Within just a few months, she began to receive orders, everything from character and novelty cakes, delicately iced cupcakes for parties to christening and even wedding cakes. Danielle decided to finally take the plunge about 2 months ago and start her very own home bakery, Crumbs Cupcakery. She still works part time and comments; “Some of my colleagues are my best customers!” “Cupcakes are such a joy to create and I always appreciate people who admire them – I love to make people smile. A Cupcake is such a creative little thing. It can be adorned with edible diamonds, glitter in a rainbow of colours and decoration to match any theme. They are perfect for parties and weddings – an individual portion of cake for guests to take home as a wedding favour or in a party bag from a birthday party. Wedding Cupcake

towers are becoming increasingly popular as a modern alternative to the traditional tiered wedding cake. They have such versatility and colours and themes can be matched to the bride and grooms individual needs.” Danielle offers no obligation wedding consultations by appointment to discuss your requirements and of course to sample her delicious cupcakes. Cupcakes are also perfect to give as a gift and have recently overtaken chocolates and flowers as the number one gift. Crumbs Cupcakery packaging will not let you down either – “if giving as a gift we can gift box your beautiful cakes with the prettiest ribbon and a blank tag so you can add your personal message.” Cupcakes are also

becoming increasingly popular for use at corporate events as promotional freebies with your company logo or branding printed on an edible icing topper. They are a fantastic way to promote an exhibition, product launch or company anniversary. Not only do these cakes look beautiful, they taste great too. “At Crumbs, we only use the very finest ingredients in our baking, quality Belgium chocolate, local butter and local free-range eggs. We have spent a long time developing recipes and coming up with a menu that has a variety of different flavours, with something that will hopefully appeal to everyone. From our traditional moist ‘Victoria Cupcake’, filled with sweet raspberry jam and topped with a generous swirl of vanilla butter cream, to our ‘Upside-down Raspberry Cheesecake Cupcake,’ a delicious raspberry sponge

with cream cheese frosting, sprinkled with crumbled biscuits and a fresh raspberry.” Gluten Free cakes and other dietary requirements can also be catered for. Some may question this industry to be just a trend. Research, however, suggests the cupcake industry is still growing at a rather speedy rate. In 2009, research showed the industry was worth £7.3 million to the UK, and sales have increased by 16% so far in 2010. “People just love cupcakes – I think it’s the fact that it’s a single portion indulgence, a little treat that is all yours to enjoy.” And the industry recognizes the craze too - last month was the second annual National Cupcake Week, an event organized by British Baker magazine to celebrate the nation’s fascination with this wonderful confectionary. Prices start at 80p per mini cupcakes and £1.50 for a large cupcake. Minimum orders apply. Layer cakes start at £15 and Giant Cupcakes just £35 (a giant version which stands approximately 20cm tall!) Prices are on quotation for novelty and bespoke cakes. “Please contact us on 07563 589 622 for further details or to place an order! See you soon!”

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Who’s got the brass factor? By Sandie Marshall THE contestants are rehearsed, the celebrity judges are sharpening their tongues and the audience is ready to scream. Welcome to the X Factor ... for brass bands. The hundred-year old tradition of brass band contests in the Holme Valley is about to be shaken to the core when it gets the full TV format treatment at a special event at Holmfirth’s Picturedrome. The Brass Factor is the brain child of Hade Edge band member Alex Bray who came up with it as a project for his university degree course. He wanted a way to re-energise brass banding and a new style of contest to appeal to a young audience. Alex’s project will become reality on November 12 when six local bands will take to the Picturedrome stage to perform 20 minutes of their best entertainment music. Each will then receive the comments – good or bad – from the judging panel. Taking the places of Simon Cowell and co will be ex-BBC presen-

Alex turns tradition on its head with new-look contest ter John Hammond, BBC Radio Leeds brass band presenter David Hoyle, and Les Beevers and Kevin Wadsworth, two highly respected adjudicators from the local brass band circuit. Alex explained how this breaks with tradition. “Usually the judging all takes place behind closed doors. The bands are not used to receiving live feedback after they perform so that should be interesting. “All our judges are known for their straight talking and so I don’t think they’ll hold back on what they think.” The audience also will have a say in who wins.

“Everyone will have a voting slip,” Alex continued. “Their votes will count with the judges’ scores to decide the winners.” Lining up in Brass Factor are Hade Edge Band, Skelmanthorpe B Band, Yorkshire Traction Honley Band, Holme Silver Band, Hade Edge Junior Band and Thurlstone B Band. Tickets for the event, which starts at 6.30pm are available from Andrew’s Greengrocers on Huddersfield Road, Holmfirth. Any money raised will go to the Holme Valley Brass Band Association which has supported Alex with the organisation of the event.

He’s got the Brass Factor – Alex Bray, organiser of the special event

Robbie swapping corners for cornets THE BRASS Factor has ignited an interest in brass band music from some unusual sources. None more so than rugby league player Robbie Paul who decided he wanted to have a go – he admits to having the odd blast on the trombone many years ago during his youth in New Zealand. Robbie is currently combining rugby with a sports marketing degree at Huddersfield University where he met Brass Factor organiser Alex Bray. He said: “I come from a strong musical background and many years ago myself, my brothers and a couple

of friends tried to set up a band – playing the trombone made up for my inability to sing! “Then rugby took over and I left the music behind. Meeting Alex and hearing about the Brass Factor made me want to pick up an instrument and give it another go.” Hade Edge Brass Band leader Simon Wood was only too happy to give the ex-Huddersfield Giants player a taster lesson on the cornet. And his verdict? The rugby player needs to ‘try’ harder!

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Cancer signs: don’t take the chance Church appeal is almost there MORE than 200 years of harsh Pennine winters and pollution have taken their t o l l o n H o l m f i r t h ’s H o l y Tr i n i t y P a r i s h C h u r c h s o t h i s month sees the start of restoration work costing around £200,000. Yo u c a n m a k e a c o n t r i b ution by joining the Adopt a Stone appeal. The massive repair project will replace damaged stonework on all four faces of the building, including the t o w e r. I n a d d i t i o n , e x t e n s i v e repairs will be done to the roof. This will be the most extensive work on the church since it was rebuilt following

the great flood of 1777. S c a ff o l d i n g a n d p r o t e c t i v e wrapping has been placed all a r o u n d t h e c h u r c h i n r e a d iness for the work to begin. The bulk of the money for the repairs has come from English Heritage which has provided a grant for £160,000.

stone for themselves, on behalf of someone else or in memory of a loved one. “ S o f a r, w e ’ v e b e e n s u p p o r ted by church members, f r i e n d s , v i s i t o r s , a n d c o m m unity businesses, including some gifts from overseas.”

In addition the church has raised £14,000 from other grants and £6,500 from its Adopt a Stone appeal.

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CAN you spot the suspicious signs of the most common cancers? Most importantly, would you visit the doctor straightaway or find reasons to delay? A new NHS report says people living in Kirklees are not taking the signs and symptoms of cancer seriously enough. The Cancer Awareness Measure (CAM) survey was carried out across the district earlier this year with the aim of understanding local adults’ awareness of the causes of cancer and symptoms that may indicate cancer. The survey also asked people how long they would wait before seeking medical advice and what factors would delay them in doing so. Overall, awareness of cancer symptoms was generally low with only 24% being able to name any apart from lumps, swelling, bleeding or pain. People were less likely to see

changes to skin, bowel or bladder habits as potential signs of cancer. Janet Cawtheray, Joint Cancer Lead across Calderdale and Kirklees said: “This report is really important in telling us what level of awareness and understanding there is about cancer locally. This is the first report of its kind and highlights the need for us to do more work to make symptoms more real in people’s minds. “We will be focusing future activities on the areas where there are significant misunderstandings or where limited information exists.“If people do have concerns about changes in their bowel, bladder habits, changes to skin or any worries then they should not be afraid to go and see their doctor. This is not wasting their time and it is important that symptoms are identified sooner rather than later.”

Key findings of the survey include:  Women are significantly more likely to mention a lump (68%) than men (51%)  Responders were aware of the connection between smoking and cancer but did not link factors such as sunburn to skin cancer  When asked what would delay them in seeking medical help if they were worried, 42% of responders said that wasting the doctor’s time and fear about what might be found  Young people were much less likely to respond to the symptoms of cancer than older people  91% of women correctly mentioned breast cancer as one of the top three most common cancers  55% of male responders thought that prostate cancer was the most common cancer in men when it is actually the second most common next to skin cancer  Men are much less likely to mention factors such as smoking (54% vs. 60%) and drinking (16% vs. 25%) as women.

Almondbury volunteers are sought to chop, cut and slay VOLUNTEERS are wanted to help carry out a major chop, cut and slay of over-growing scrub around Castle Hill, Almondbury. The first of two sessions to tackle the problem is being run by Conservation Kirklees on Wednesday, November 17, 9.30am to 3.30pm. Scrub is the term used to describe areas of denselygrowing trees such as gorse and hawthorn. The edge between it and open ground is an important habitat for birds and insects. The gorse flowers provide a

source of nectar which attract insects, and the deep thorny tangle of branches is ideal shelter for small birds to nest in. “Cutting back the scrub every seven years or so and allowing it to regenerate helps to maintain this habitat, and prevent it from taking over the open ground,” explained Kirklees Countryside Officer Simon Pedley. There is no charge for anyone wanting to help with this task but places must be booked in advance by contacting Simon, tel: 01484 234073,

email: simon.pedley@kirklees.gov.uk Training will be given and equipment provided; participants will need suitable clothing and strong boots as well as a packed lunch. Another session is being held in February next year. Conservation Kirklees is a volunteer group that supports the Kirklees Countryside Unit in its conservation and countryside management work. It is open to anyone aged 16 years and over. New members are always welcome, no experience is necessary.

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Laura has bags of ethical style Pencil in a visit to art market at Holmfirth HOLMFIRTH Market Hall will be alive with colour and creativity again in November when the much-acclaimed Art Market is staged over two Sundays. Now in its third year, the Art Market continues to go from strength-tostrength. Over 80 artists, some of them local to the Holme Valley, will exhibit and sell their wares on November 7 and 14 from 10am. The twice-a-year market is run by artists for artists and aims to stimulate interest, knowledge and sales of good quality art, craft and design. Each

artist has to go through a selection process to make sure the high quality of the exhibition is maintained. As well as showing their art, many will be demonstrating their craft techniques, giving visitors an opportunity to discuss the creative process and possibly commission unique pieces without having to worry about gallery charges and fees. This time the market will have its widest selection of goods yet with everything from homewares, garden sculpture, jewellery, paintings, fashion and photography.

Many of the artists use recycled products to make their wares, giving the market a creative and quirky feel. The team behind the Art Market, Holmfirth artists Victoria Robinson, Deb Price and Brendan Hesmondhalgh, have also organised live music, and food and drink stalls for visitors to enjoy, plus entertainment such as vanstallation – art displayed in a van, the Den Experiment and the Marvellous Tea Dance Company. Entry to the Art Market costs £2 which includes entry to the art raffle.

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earned her the title for Student Accessories Designer of the Year at the prestigious Drapers Awards. Now she splits her time between the Holme Valley, London and Nepal where she has three main manufacturing sites established through the Nepal Fair Trade Group. All her materials are sourced in Nepal and created directly in the country by local producers. One of her design trademarks is the way she mixes different materials such as buffalo leather, banana yarn and woven allo hemp cloth. She also works with the Nepal Leprosy Trust, an organisation which provides employment and support for people affected by disabilities which may otherwise lead to their segregation from the community. Laura told the Review why her links with Nepal are so important to her: “This is such a wonderful country with dedicated, hard

working and skilled people. The Fair Trade Group makes sure they receive the training and support they need to earn a fair wage in return for their work. In addition to our three main producers I work with small family units so when I’m there I become immersed in their local culture. I always jump at the chance to meet or stay with a local producer and it’s so good to become part of their family.” Laura is already busy with manufacturing her Spring/Summer 2011 collection and even with designs for next Autumn. Aura Que designs are sold mainly by small independent boutiques in locations ranging from West Yorkshire to Scotland, Norway to South Africa. In the future Laura has ambitions to develop her brand by introducing a new unisex and men’s range and even expanding into products for home interiors.

NHS Kirklees seeks a healthy Christmas message HEALTHY prizes for schools are up for grabs for winners of this year’s ‘Design a Christmas Card’ competition from NHS Kirklees. They are looking for youngsters to combine Christmas themes with the key messages of eat well, move more and live longer. The winning design will be printed and used by the authority to send its Christmas greetings. Posters advertising the competition are being

With over twenty years experience in landscape design and planning, Andrew Mansell Landscapes have a reputation other firms can only dream of. Their projects use only the highest quality products and, above all, maintain the high standards they have become known for over the years. Owner Andrew Mansell explains, “We are passionate about the quality of our work and are committed to delivering the standard of work people have come to expect from us. We like projects to run smoothly, on time, on budget and beyond our clients expectations. We have an enviable reputation for our work on both domestic and commercial projects throughout the Kirklees area and beyond, with attention to detail always being paramount.” Covering a wide range of gardening and landscaping services, the team offers a combination of traditional gardening techniques and cutting edge landscaping. “Our varied clients rely on us to design, create and maintain their outdoor spaces. Working closely with our customers, we work hard to maximise the potential of any space, whilst remaining conscious of the needs of the client and their budgets.” The Holmfirth-based company offers everything from landscape design and planting schemes, through to commercial landscaping and maintenance, water features, lighting solutions and even dry stonewalling. On a smaller scale, whether you are in need of domestic garden maintenance, turfing, fencing, block paving or a driveway, they can also help. Residential customers can rely on Andrew and his team of skilled professionals to design and construct beautiful and functional outdoor spaces with a real wow factor, bringing the outside in and expanding your living space into the garden.

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Ashley at 70 ... As he marks his 70th birthday with a major new exhibition, Holmfirth’s celebrated landscape artist Ashley Jackson talks to the Review about his life-long love affair with Yorkshire, his passion for his work and how he still wants to paint for the man in the street. How did it all start? When did y o u r e a l i s e y o u c o u l d b e a p r o f e ssional artist? I never actually set foot in England until I was nine years old. I spent the first years of my life in Penang, Malaysia and was then evacuated with my mother to India. My father was executed in a Japanese prisoner of war camp after which our family moved to Scotland and then back to Penang. It was when my mother remarried that we settled in Yorkshire. Thus began my lifelong love affair with

Yorkshire. The dark days of my childhood were to focus my determination to succeed in art. It seemed to me from a very early age that art for too long had been for the elitist alone, and not as it should be, for the man in the street. As a young boy growing up in Barnsley, I was passionate about the world of art, but unfortunately, as many children and adults still do today, felt intimidated by it. So today I am happiest when my peers, the working man in the street recognises my

paintings as it means that I have been successful in my campaign to make art accessible and not just the prerogative of the elite few. Yo u h a v e b e e n c a l l e d t h e ' Tu r n e r of the 21st century'. How do you feel about the comparison? To be given the title is a great honour as Turner was a great master who painted and sketched Yorkshire. My portrayal of the Yorkshire Moors follows the English School of watercolour technique of applying no white to the paper. The light that you see in my work is the surface of the paper. Yo u k n o w t h e l a n dscape around Holmfirth so well. Can you still find inspiration in it? As I reach 70 I am fortunate that I still have a love affair with Yorkshire and until that ends I will carry on painting her contours. I hope that this inner feeling lasts a lifetime and that the moorland never fails to amaze me; I still get that “wow” feeling when I step on to the moor. But, the moorland is not mine alone, she is

there to be enjoyed and appreciated by others, we are just looking after our heritage for future generations.” Yo u r w o r k h a n g s i n m a n y g r e a t houses and buildings. Which gives you the greatest satisfaction? Since opening my first Gallery back in 1963 I’ve been fortunate to have an extremely illustrious life in the world of art. My works have been exhibited worldwide and adorn the walls of many successful and famous people, from politicians to actors, from Princes to former Presidents of the United States of America. My paintings have been my passport to other countries and encounters, but among all of this, it is the paintings that hang in the homes of the man in the street that give me the most sense of accomplishment. Having L.S.Lowry walk through my Gallery door in Barnsley was such an encounter that was to develop into a lasting friendship and respect between us. I have worked hard to straddle the political divide between parties and unions and remain apolitical; this is due to the nature of my determination to make art accessible to all and not just the elite establishment. Art is a great communicator requiring few words to interpret. I will always joke that my paintings don’t need “This way up” written on the back for them to be hung – they

are transcripts of Mother nature’s love letters and as such what I capture is the atmosphere and dynamic passion of this love affair that has lasted over fifty years. Te l l u s a l i t t l e a b o u t y o u r l o n g association with The Prince's Tr u s t ? The Princes Youth Business Trust, now The Prince’s Trust, was and is a charity that I feel shares my belief that prevention is better than detention. I was asked in 1982 to be an advisor for one year, on a voluntary basis, to young people wanting to start a career as a professional artist. I remained with the charity for some twelve years and in this time was elected onto the West Yorkshire Board, becoming Chairman of fund raising for West Yorkshire, which incidentally at the time had no board; I alone was in charge of fundraising. This was quite a daunting yet challenging position. In one year, out of the £40 million raised by the country for the charity, West Yorkshire alone raised £6 million. I thought long and hard how I could raise money for the charity, and it occurred to me that if I donated a painting to the cause, then the money raised along with proceeds from the sale of limited edition prints could provide a continuous fund raising channel.

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Ashley Jackson: looking to the future as the artist celebrates his 70th birthday Continued from Page 12 This painting was ‘Merrick Priory’ which sold for £25,000 followed by considerably more for the Trust from the sale of the limited editions and tee-shirts. ‘Merrick Priory’ proved to be such a successful fundraiser that Prince Charles commissioned me to paint a depiction of his favourite Dale, Swaledale and Fremmington Edge. This association continued when I was privileged to have HRH Prince of Wales open my exhibition ‘Ashley Jackson’s Vision of Turner in Yorkshire’. The exhibition was a huge success and one third of the proceeds went

to The Prince’s Trust. In 1994 I resigned from the board feeling that it was time for ‘young blood’ to take over, but I have continued to fundraise on their behalf. Do you think it's easier or harder f o r y o u n g a r t i s t s t o b e r e c o gnised these days? Our children and our students are the future artists, and they will command the style of art to lead us well into the twenty first century. If we don’t encourage this group to understand, appreciate and enthuse about the art world, then art will bear no relevance to our children’s children, and this

would be a great tragedy. I’d like to place emphasis on skills – the word ‘ART’ derives from the Latin ARS, which roughly translates to "skill" or "craft” – for those who may not be academic but are creative and gifted in other areas. I see my role as inspiring confidence in those who find art is their creative outlet for life. We have a responsibility to pass on our knowledge, passion, inspiration and talent, for when we are called to leave this world, what legacy will we have left behind'. O c t o b e r s a w y o u r 7 0 t h b i r t h d a y. How did you celebrate? With an exhibition entitled ‘Power

and the Passion’ featuring over 35 watercolours from my private collection. The one-man exhibition ran at the Mall Galleries, London from the 3rd - 9th October and it has now returned to Yorkshire until May 2011. Through the exhibition we will once again be supporting The Yorkshire and Humber Prince's Trust with the sale of a limited edition brochure, the proceeds of which will be donated to the Trust along with 10% from any paintings sold. Prince Charles has most generously provided a foreword to this brochure. It is my aim to leave a lasting lega-

cy from the ‘Power and the Passion’ exhibition that will benefit Yorkshire well after the exhibition closes,, enriching the lives of the children through a schools programme and providing funding for youth initiatives through the work of The Prince’s Trust.  Ashley’s exhibition ‘Power and the Passion’ will be on view until May 8 2011 at Temple Newsam House, Leeds. House admission charges apply. Demonstrations will be available in November and February – please see website www.ashley-jackson.co.uk for further details.

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Street parties signal start of Christmas THE COUNTDOWN to Christmas will begin in traditional style with street parties to switch-on the Holmfirth and Honley Christmas lights. Throwing the switch in Holmfirth on Saturday November 27 will be Last of the Summer Wine policemen PC Cooper and PC Walsh, real life actors Ken Kitson and Louis Emerick. Father Christmas’ procession will set off from Crown Bottom car park at around 5pm on its way to the main party in Market Square. There to entertain the crowd will be music from school choirs and dancing troupes. The official lights switch on will take place around 6pm.

Hot food will be available from a barbecue on Victoria Bridge and there will be other stalls selling winter favourites like mulled wine and hot chestnuts. Honley’s party will take place the following Friday December 3. Again, Father Christmas, local musicians and children will provide entertainment and hot food will be available before the lights are turned on at around 6pm. Most of the entertainment will be centred around Honley Village Hall but many shops are expected to be open, tempting locals to do some Christmas shopping while they enjoy the party.

When is a beef burger not just a beef burger? When it’s officially one of the best burgers in Yorkshire! Holmfirth butchers Sharlands scooped third prize in the burger category of the 2010 Great Yorkshire Pork Pie, Sausage & Products Competition. Organised by the Confederation of Yorkshire Butchers Councils, the competition attracted 300 entries from 50 butchers across the county. Nick Sharland (centre) is pictured receiving his 2010 Great Yorkshire Butchers competition trophy from Yorkshire Butchers Councils’ president George Haigh of Meltham. Left is John Taylor, president of the National Federation of Meat & Food Traders.

Fundraising efforts at the Royal Oak Inn, Towngate, Upperthong resulted in landlady Elaine Wood handing over a cheque for £1,200 to members of Woodhead Mountain Rescue team.

Wrap up and stride down to winter events ... DON’T hide inside this winter – Kirklees Countryside Unit has produced a new booklet listing a huge range of walks, events, training days and volunteering opportunities to get people outdoors in the coming weeks and months. The booklet, ‘Winter Walks and Events’, contains information on

events up to May 2011. Included are details of walks marking celebrations in the ancient calendar, exploring the geology and natural history of the local area or simply enjoying its beauty. There are also opportunities to get involved in country skills such as coppicing, dry stone walling, tree planting and hedge-

laying as well as joining volunteer groups carrying out conservation tasks. The vast majority of the events are free – charges are listed where necessary. For a copy of the booklet contact Neil Windett, Countryside Unit, tel: 01484 234076 or email: neil.windett@kirklees.gov.uk

Partners ‘over the moon’at award success for fledgling business LESS than two years after starting up, a Holme Valley business which aims to get more kids into sports has been nominated for an award. Project Sport runs coaching sessions on behalf of schools across the valley as well as holiday sports camps for kids of all ages. They introduce youngsters to new sports as well as provide skills improvement in more established activities such as football, rugby and cricket.

Founders Andy Gledhill and Anthony Leech don’t know who nominated Project Sport for the Huddersfield Examiner Business Awards 2010 but were delighted to hear they had been shortlisted in the Community Business category. Andy said: “We are proud to be up for the Community Business award because this says we are not just running a business but we are making a contribution to the

Both events are being funded and organised by the Holme Valley Business Association with the support of Kirklees Council. Members will be out and about in both towns judging for the best dressed Christmas window competition. Association president Greg Christofi said: “The Christmas lights switch-on is one of the biggest events of the year. It’s important that Honley and Holmfirth look bright, colourful and welcoming so local people and visitors are encouraged to come and do their Christmas shopping here instead of going into the bigger towns and cities.”

local community as well.” Andy and Anthony met at Greenhead College and then stayed in touch while completing sports degrees at university. It was while they were both working in sports coaching roles at Kirklees Council that they spotted an opportunity to form a business. “Sports coaching for children was becoming more difficult because of tighter regulations.

“As qualified coaches who are fully insured, CRB checked and first aid trained we can provide a service that some schools can’t. “Through teaching sports and multiskills we can get kids active, thinking about a healthier lifestyle and developing their confidence and social skills.” Project Sport will find out if they have won at the awards presentation night on November 11.

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Parliamentary Corner WELCOME to my new monthly column in the first ever edition of the Holme Valley Review. It was an absolute honour to be elected as the MP for Colne Valley – yes, I know it’s not the best name for our constituency as it includes us in the Holme Valley, Meltham and Lindley. I’m proud I ran a positive campaign concentrating on what I’d already been campaigning on and what I wanted to do for our area. It’s been a fascinating and challenging first few months as one of 240 new MPs. It took six weeks before I was even allocated a Westminster office. Every day is different whether it’s meeting Bill Gates to discuss the eradication of polio or campaigning for

maternity services at the HRI. I made my maiden speech in the debate on Building a High Skilled economy giving a mention to many of our successful local businesses including the vineyard up at Holmbridge. I’ve been appointed the Vice Chairman of two All Party Parliamentary groups – Post Offices and Rail in the North. However, it’s being here in Yorkshire I love. I’ve set up my constituency office in Holmfirth, opposite Ashley Jackson’s gallery. It’s not too far from my home in Honley. Already my team and I have helped hundreds of constituents with a wide range of issues. I’ve enjoyed the Honley Show, the Meltham Memories

with Jason McCartney MP weekend, the Holmfirth Food and Drink Festival and many other wonderful community events. I helped open the new Fairtraders store in Holmfirth, visited many local businesses and community projects. I’m also trying to find time to cheer on Huddersfield Town down at the Galpharm. I’ll be paying my respects at Remembrance services across the constituency. As a former RAF Officer it’ll be very poignant for me this year with it being the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain. I was honoured to recently become the President of the Huddersfield Royal Air Force Association. I’m determined to continue to be a strong local

voice for our area. I’m not a partisan politician and will always put local people first. Only last week I twice voted against the government in the best interests of my constituents. Please keep a look out for this regular column and please do get in touch if you need my help. Email me: jason.mccartney.mp @parliament.uk or contact my office in Holmfirth – 24 Huddersfield Rd (opposite Ashley Jackson’s gallery) Tel: 01484 688378. Best wishes, Jason Jason McCartney Member of Parliament for Colne Valley

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Pick up a pressie with Pudsey THERE’S a chance to support Children in Need and get some Christmas shopping at a giant gift fayre being held at Holmfirth Civic Hall on Saturday November 20. Over 25 stalls have already been booked for the event, all selling good quality crafts and gifts – some of which are not available in shops.

Traders unleash their pink side MEMBERS of Holme Valley Business Association were feeling in the pink during October as they held events to support cancer research. The highlight of the month was a Pink Ball attended by over 100 people at the Northern Light Gallery which raised £1,500. Partygoers enjoyed a colourful night of music and dancing and an auction supported by many local businesses. Among these, Turner Brothers

garage sponsored the DJ and Nosh of Almondbury helped with the evening’s food. Also generous with donations were Huddersfield Self Storage and Honley businesses Gert’s florist, Mustard & Punch restaurant and Tickety Boo children’s clothes shop. Spearheading the organisation of the party was Elizabeth Wood of Gert’s florist. She said: “We were approached by Cancer Research UK to see if we would

Orchestral notes TRUMPETERS and string players are needed by the Holme Valley Orchestra. The group of musicians meets every Wednesday during term time at Holmfirth High School from 79pm. They would love new players of approximately grade 5 standard and above to come along and join in. No audition is necessary. For more information contact Paula on 01484 687518 or email: secretary@holmevalleyorchestra.co.uk

support the pink theme for their Breast Cancer Awareness month. We decided on the Pink Ball and it was a brilliant night, made successful because of the generosity of so many local business people – I’d like to say a great thank you to everyone who helped or made a donation. As well as the Pink Ball, business association members collected donations from customers and dressed up for the campaign’s Wear It Pink day.

Opening for budding fencers THERE’S a chance to try the Olympic sport of fencing at a new class at Holmfirth Sport Centre. The class is being held for young people aged 1116 on Saturday mornings from 10-11am at the Sport Centre on the Holmfirth High School site. It costs £3.50 per session and all equipment is provided.

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the sale of refreshments will a l s o g o t o t h e c h a r i t y. Doors open at 10am and the event is expected to close at around 4pm. The fayre is being organised by Fab4 Events, a group set up by local entrepreneurs to raise money for charity and a l s o t o p r o m o t e s m a l l b u s inesses. J u l i e B e e v e r, o w n e r o f g i f t company Out of Africa Gifts, is one of the founders. S h e s a i d : “ We w a n t e d a w a y of helping small businesses by giving them opportunities

to get their products to local people. “ S o f a r w e ’ v e s t a g e d s m a l le r e v e n t s s u c h a s a c o ff e e morning for Macmillan Cancer but this Christmas fayre will be our biggest event to date.” The group aim to create a fun and relaxed atmosphere at the fayre to help shoppers enjoy the experience. They have booked a singer for musical entertainment a n d a r e p l a n n i n g c h i l d r e n ’s activities as well.

New book published by local accountants to help the region’s entrepreneurs stress proof their businesses and their lives Balance accountants have published a book “Stress proof your business and your life” to help the region’s business leaders do exactly what it says in the title. Launching it Balance partner Ashley Barrowclough said: “Owning and running a business can be incredibly stressful. Cashflow challenges, difficult customers, financial uncertainty, long working hours, everybody wanting a piece of you personally, deadlines, bad debts, increased competition, and the state of the economy can all take their toll. And that’s before all the other causes of stress that have little or nothing to do with your business. So we decided to write “Stress proof your business and your life” specifically to help business leaders to: stress proof the business stuff, so they earn more, work less and have fewer hassles; stress proof the money stuff, so they are richer; and stress proof the personal stuff, so they enjoy life more. And we have worked hard to make it practical and quick to read, without being touchyfeely or “soft”. So it gives people the proven insights they need to reduce and prevent the stress caused by their businesses, their personal financial situation and the other things going on in their lives.” The first 5 readers to contact Ashley Barrowclough at Balance Accountants on 01484 685413 will receive a free copy of the book.

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THE FOURTH Holme Valley Fairtrade Fashion Show on November 9 will feature clothing from three main companies Nomads, Bishopston Trading and Black Yak. All have strict fairtrade policies in the production and manufacture of their clothes and all reinvest in some way into the communities producing the goods. Nomads use traditional block printing and handloom designs, which helps keep people in employment in rural areas. It also allows for people to work in their own homes and manage the family and farm without having to go to the cities for extra work. They use organic cotton, and produce beautiful, affordable clothes for a variety of tastes. Bishopston Trading’s entire range is fairtrade and organic cotton. They have a purpose built factory in India where all the clothes are made. They also have small tailoring units. Both have creche facilities. Black Yak is based in Driffield and imports knitted jumpers from

Nepal, again made in producers’ homes, keeping employment alive in rural areas. The show will also feature an ethical marketplace throughout the evening with a variety of ethical products such as fairtrade and eco toys from Imagine toyshop, clothing and accessories from the Fair Traders Cooperative, handicrafts from Nepal and Uganda, jewellery and gifts from Tearcraft, Aura Que bags from Nepal and reused and vintage fabrics from Tanya Palmer. All the clothes in the fashion show will be modelled by local people aged between 17 and 70. Tickets for the show, which will be held at the Huntsman Inn, Greenfield Road are priced at £4 and include a glass of Fairtrade wine. Tickets can be bought from the Fair Traders Cooperative shop in Holmfirth and all money raised from ticket sales will go to the Holme Valley Fairtrade Support Group.  Following much hard work by headteacher Anne Swaine and her team, Holme Junior and Infant School has been

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ty events. Their next meeting is at 10.15am on Saturday November 13 in the Community Room at The F a i r Tr a d e r s C o o p e r a t i v e shop in Holmfirth. This is an open meeting and anyone interested in promoting Fairtrade is welcome to come along. The Huddersfield F a i r t r a d e To w n C a m p a i g n is holding an exhibition in Huddersfield Art Gallery

at the Library in Princess A l e x a n d r a Wa l k . The exhibition is entitled “ O n e Ye a r O n ” s h a r e s t h e progress made towards gaining Fairtrade status for Huddersfield and is open to the public until Saturday November 13. T h e H o l m e Va l l e y achieved Fairtrade status in June 2006 and the award is displayed in the To u r i s t I n f o r m a t i o n O ff i c e in Holmfirth.

Sisters devoted to making clients look their best TECHNIQUES Beauty Salon in Holmfirth is under the ownership of sisters Gemma and Kym Firth. The two experienced beauty therapists took over the Hollowgate salon at the beginning of April and have carried out a complete refurbishment of the premises, which have been established in Holmfirth since 1996. Before taking over, Kym worked at Techniques and Gemma previously worked at a salon in Shepley. The salon has three luxurious treatment rooms decorated in the salon’s red and black décor, and also an upstairs spray tan room. A number of new beauty treatments have also been introduced by Gemma and Kym which include Hollywood

Lashes, semi-permanent eyelash extensions which aim to still give a natural look but with a ‘volume up’ effect without the need to use mascara. Also at Techniques is hd Brows, the new high definition eyebrow treatment favoured by top celebrities keen to define their brows to frame their faces. The treatment lasts several weeks and has already been used by three of the Hollyoak soap stars. In the upstairs tanning room, Techniques is offering Fantasy Tan, which is regarded as one of the best air-brush tanning systems. Techniques offers a full range of face, body and nail treatments including Darphin facials, Creative Nails and Bio Sculpture gel nails and also the Silhouette Dermalift non-surgi-

cal facelift which is proven to lift and contour the face, improve circulation and re-firm facial muscles. Any ladies wanting top class affordable nail treatments should make a note that a full set of Creative Nails is now available for just £35. Opening times at Techniques are Monday and Tuesday 9am to 5pm, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 9am to 7.30pm and Saturday 9am to 4pm. Parking is available close by on-street and in nearby car parks. Gift vouchers are always available, and Techniques can accommodate group bookings, pamper days and wedding parties. Techniques 6/8 Hollowgate, Holmfirth HD9 2DG Tel: 01484 689 777

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Health and beauty A haven of relaxation from top to toes ... BODY & Sole is a little sanctuary tucked beneath Kate’s Dress Shop and snuggled within ‘The Hair Dresser’ in Holmfirth. It is run by Philippa Harrington, who is qualified to offer the finest in Holistic & Alternative Therapies. Treatments include Clinical Reflexology, which is a therapy carried out on the feet that can aid any number of ailments from stress to joint pains. The entire body is mapped onto the feet, and by touching reflex points relating to organs, glands and systems of the body, reflexology can help a body back to working to the best of its ability. Other treatments include Hopi Ear Candling, Swedish Body Massage, Reiki Healing/Training, Indian Head Massage, Hot Stone Therapy Massage and Chakra Balancing with Crystals. Each treatment can be tailored to your own specific needs, so if you’re wanting relaxation, relaxing oils will be used, if you’ve booked for a back, neck and shoulder massage, but you find your arms are aching, just mention it and your treatment will be adapted accordingly. Whether you’re seeking relief for a medical condition or just looking for relaxation, Body & Sole has a treatment for you! A small salon with a friendly relaxed, professional approach. Nothing too much trouble. Phillipa is always willing to adapt her treatments for her customers. Body & Sole 586 Huddersfield Road, Holmfirth HD9 3AZ. Tel: 07598 834380

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Pilates. In November, the Beauty Rooms @ Target welcomes Faye Seymour-Ward, who will be introducing some new treatments such as Environ facials, lash extensions and Minx toes in addition to the numerous therapies already on offer. In our comfortable lounge area, we offer a complimentary breakfast for our members on Mondays to Fridays from 7.00am to 11am, incorporating toast, conserves and a range of cereals. This area is also available for corporate events and private parties. With a membership option to suit most people and special offers on joining why not call in to see and experience Target for yourself. Located in the centre of New Mill with generous private parking, it is ideally suited for access from all parts of the Holme Valley. For more information, call 01484 681000 or visit our web site at www.target-leisure.com

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Girls join national celebration C E L E B R AT I O N S t o m a r k 1 0 0 y e a r s o f G i r l Guiding reached a rousing peak when over 250 girls packed Holmbridge Parish Hall for a g i a n t s i n g - s o n g a n d p a r t y. T h e g i r l s , a l l f r o m t h e H o l m e Va l l e y ’s 1 3 d i ff e r e n t R a i n b o w, B r o w n i e , G u i d e and Ranger units, were taking part in a n a t i o n a l e v e n t w h i c h s a w B r i t a i n ’s g u i d e s join up across the country in a live link to m a r k t h e e n d o f t h e m o v e m e n t ’s c e n t e n a r y year and to look forward to the next decade. At exactly ten-past eight, the Holme Va l l e y g i r l s – a l o n g w i t h t h o u s a n d s m o r e a l l over the UK – stood and renewed their guiding promise. This was a significant moment, as Audrey Broadbent, divisional commissioner for the H o l m e Va l l e y e x p l a i n e d : “ I t a l l t o o k p l a c e at 20:10 on October 20 in the year 2010 – making it 20:10, 20.10, 2010. “It was wonderful to think of all the guides everywhere doing the same thing at that very moment.” Each girl who renewed her promise was presented with a special centenary year badge. As well as bringing the centenary year to a close, the event was an opportunity for the guides to look ahead to the coming y e a r s u n d e r t h e h e a d i n g Vi s i o n 2 0 1 0 . “It brought to a close a whole year of hard but very satisfying work,” said A u d r e y. “ I t w a s a n e x c e l l e n t w a y f o r t h e c e n t enary year to put its coat on and for us all t o m o v e o n t o n e x t y e a r. ” s h e a d d e d .

Lack of voluntary leaders leads to Rainbow waiting list WAITING lists of young girls wanting to join Rainbow groups in the Holme Valley are growing ever longer because of a serious shortage of volunteer leaders. Guiding divisional commissioner Audrey Broadbent would love to see at least two new Rainbow units starting

in the near future – but it won’t happen unless more people come forward to help. “We are developing massive waiting lists for all our three current Rainbow units and we could easily have enough youngsters to start more but we have such a shortage of lead-

ers,” she told the Review. “We need new people who are prepared to give up a few hours each week to help with a group. No previous experience is needed. It’s really good fun and leaders can get a tremendous amount out of their involvement.”

Choir thrills with Lloyd Webber NEW Mill Male Voice Choir once again showed its ambition to think big by welcoming special guest Julian Lloyd Webber for a packed concert at Huddersfield Town Hall. The world-renowned cellist entertained with his renditions of classic pieces accompanied by pianist Di Xiao. The choir delivered well known songs such as The Way You Look Tonight and They Can’t Take Away From Me. Also featured during the concert was Holme Valley’s own

soprano Sarah Ogden. This was the latest major concert by the Choir under musical director Elizabeth Hambleton. In 2006 they performed with world-renowned Jamaican bass baritone Sir Willard White and two years ago received praise for a similar venture featuring popular singer Aled Jones. The choir was formed in 1991 by 12 local singers and has since gone on to grow significantly in size, produce it own CDs and perform around the world.

Members of New Mill Male Voice Choir show their appreciation for Julian Lloyd Webber and Di Xiao

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Autumn fun at the fair T H E a n n u a l a u t u m n f a i r o r g a ni s e d b y t h e P a r e n t Te a c h e r s Association at Meltham Moor P r i m a r y S c h o o l w a s a g r e a t s u cc e s s w i t h l o t s o f s t a l l s , r e f r e s hments and games. The Junior Choir led by Sue Farrell performed twice and the Pennine High Flyers Majorettes also performed. T h e H o l m e Va l l e y N o r t h C h i l d r e n ’s C e n t r e , b a s e d n e x t door to the school had an Open D a y, g i v i n g v i s i t o r s a c h a n c e t o look around and take part in some activities. The children had taken part in a ‘Design A Pot’ competition a n d c a m e u p w i t h s o m e f a n t a s-

START clearing out your wardrobe – swishing is returning to Holmfirth. It’s back by popular demand on November 19 at the Y Bar on Dunford Road to raise money for BBC Children in Need. Made famous by model Twiggy through her television programme, swishing is an activity which sees people exchange good quality clothes and accessories while enjoying a glass of wine and a relaxed chat. It’s a great way of gaining new

wardrobe items, and seeing your things passed onto a good home. The first swishing evening in Holmfirth was held two years ago and was a great success with hundreds of clothes, bags, scarves and shoes exchanged. This year’s event will follow the same format with everyone invited to bring along up to three items, all of which should be good quality with plenty of wear left. You can then ‘swish’ and take away the same number of items

as you brought . Caroline Anstey of Holmfirth toy shop Imagine is part of the team organising the evening. She said: “It’s a really good way to recycle quality clothes. Particularly at the moment everyone is watching what they spend and so swishing can give you new items without having to pay lots of money. It will be a good evening with beauty, hair, wellness and jewellery stalls offering discounts, and we’ll be raising money for a very

good cause.” Tickets to the swishing evening cost £4 which includes a glass of fizz and can be bought from Imagine, Y Bar and other shops in Holmfirth.  Are you doing something for this year’s BBC Children in Need Appeal? If so, let us know or even better, send us a photograph and we’ll include you in our next issue. Email news@holmevalleyreview. co.uk or telephone 07747 447023.

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Occupying a magnificent near south facing position with delightful open views to the front and fields to the rear, is this highly desirable stone built family residence of great charm and character. The house offers generous family sized accommodation on 3 levels including conservatory, entrance hall, 2 reception rooms, dining kitchen, cloakroom/w.c., store, cellar, 4 bedrooms, luxury bathroom, shower room and large second lounge/sitting room with exposed roof frame work on the top floor. There is an attached double garage, utility and store. The house is attractively presented and has a gas central heating system, mostly Upvc double glazed windows together with exposed roof trusses and beamed ceilings. The property lies close to the Peak National Park and the nearby picturesque Digley reservoir. The property is a registered small holding.

This characterful property was formerly 3 cottages which are now combined to create one spacious detached home. It occupies a pleasant semi rural location between Cinderhills and Scholes and enjoys far reaching views. The accommodation comprises: dining kitchen, dining room, lounge, garden room, shower room / wc, sitting room and bedroom on the ground floor with a landing, 4 bedrooms, house bathroom and en-suite bathroom. It features a wealth of exposed beams, stonework, flagged floor and fireplaces alongside more modern fixtures and fittings. Externally there is a parking area and detached single garage with a garden area to the side and rear of the house. Opposite the house at the other side of it s driveway there is a large landscaped terraced garden which takes full advantage of the views.

This stunning stone built detached barn conversion occupies a pleasant position on the rural outskirts of Honley. It is sold with the benefit of a purpose built stable block and paddock of grazing land to the rear. The characterful accommodation comprises entrance hall, lounge, sitting room, dining kitchen, downstairs wc, study, galleried landing, 3 bedrooms, bathroom and en-suite shower room. It has the benefit of an oil fired central heating system, sealed unit double glazed windows, exposed beams and quality fixtures and fittings throughout. To the front of the house there is a small courtyard sitting area. At the side a driveway leads round to the rear where there is a lawned garden and a good sized yard area with parking for a number of vehicles, timber stable block and a paddock of grazing land.

This substantial detached property must be viewed to fully appreciate both the size of the living accommodation and gardens on offer. It occupies a tucked away location and enjoys fine views to the rear whilst remaining convenient for the villages many amenities and within close proximity to local schools. The accommodation comprises: entrance hall, lounge, dining / sitting room, breakfast kitchen, large conservatory, downstairs wc, utility, landing, 5 good sized bedrooms, superb en-suite bathroom and family bathroom. There is a good sized parking area to the front of the house leading to the integral double garage. To the rear of the house there is a particularly good sized mature enclosed garden which features an extensive lawn and terrace areas. Photo shows property from the rear.

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This unique stone built detached house features a stylish modern interior which must be viewed to be fully appreciated. It occupies a good sized plot with generous parking and a good sized garden to the rear. The accommodation comprises: spacious entrance hall, cloakroom / wc, lounge, stunning open plan kitchen, dining and living room, utility room, landing 4 double bedrooms, bathroom and en-suite shower room. It has the benefit of a gas central heating system, uPVC double glazed windows and contemporary fixtures and fittings throughout. To the front of the house there is a lawned garden area and block paved driveway leading to the integral garage. To the rear is a good sized enclosed garden with lawn, sitting areas and a vegetable plot. The property occupies a pleasant position in this sought after village opposite the village school.

A beautifully presented stone detached house occupying a delightful village location and enjoying open views to the rear and pleasant outlook to the front over the village park. The house features a splendid full length patio/sun deck to the rear from which to enjoy the views. The house itself offers attractively laid out accommodation including entrance hall, cloakroom/w.c., dining kitchen, lounge with French style patio doors giving access to the sun deck, dining room, 4 bedrooms, ensuite shower room and family bathroom. There is a wide driveway giving access to an attached double garage together with large gardens to both front and rear. The house has a gas central heating system, Upvc double glazing, burglar alarm system and attractive fittings. A delightful house in a much sought after village location - Viewing recommended.

This is an exceptionally rare opportunity to purchase a semi detached bungalow set in approximately half an acre of immaculately landscaped gardens. Located on the approach to Holme Village it enjoys outstanding views towards the Peak District national park. The accommodation comprises: entrance hall, lounge, dining room, dining kitchen, bathroom, master bedroom and porch on the ground floor with two further bedroom on the upper floor. It has the benefit of oil fired central heating, uPVC double glazed windows and has been well maintained throughout. There is a generous parking area and useful outbuilding to the front of the house. To the rear is an extensive lawned garden which is beautifully landscaped and well stocked with flowerbeds, trees, bushes, vegetable garden and a workshop.

This unique apartment style property offers a rare combination of spacious contemporary accommodation with approximately 1.5 acres of private grounds all located within close proximity of the centre of Holmfirth. The living accommodation is accessed via an external staircase and comprises: entrance hall, large open plan living, dining and kitchen (26'1" x 19'3"), 3 bedrooms and bathroom. It has the benefit of gas central heating, double glazed windows and attractive contemporary fixtures and fittings. At ground floor level below the living accommodation there is an integral double garage (25'9" x 20') and a games room / studio / workshop area (26'8" x 18'5"). There is a double driveway in front of the garage and large grounds featuring a garden area, level grassed area, woodland and a former mill pond beyond.

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Binn Royd, Far Lane, Hepworth, Holmfirth

29 Wildspur Mills, New Mill, Holmfirth

Offers Region £258,000 This immaculate three storey semi-detached property occupies a choice position on this popular development and enjoys delightful rural views to the rear. It offers spacious contemporary accommodation which will only be fully appreciated by an internal viewing. The accommodation comprises: entrance hall, cloaks / wc, dining kitchen, garden room, landing, lounge with terrace, sitting / bedroom 4, 3 further first floor bedrooms, house bathroom and en-suite. The property is immaculately presented throughout and has the benefit of a gas central heating system, uPVC double glazed windows, intruder alarm and contemporary fixtures and fittings throughout. To the front of the house there is a block paved driveway which leads to an integral garage and to the rear there is an easy to maintain enclosed garden with paved patio and timber decked area overlooking the river and enjoying the views beyond.

Offers Region £285,000 A beautifully presented stone detached house occupying a delightful village location and enjoying open views to the rear and pleasant outlook to the front over the village park. The house features a splendid full length patio/sun deck to the rear from which to enjoy the views. The house itself offers attractively laid out accommodation including entrance hall, cloakroom/w.c., dining kitchen, lounge with French style patio doors giving access to the sun deck, dining room, 4 bedrooms, ensuite shower room and family bathroom. There is a wide driveway giving access to an attached double garage together with large gardens to both front and rear. The house has a gas central heating system, Upvc double glazing, burglar alarm system and attractive fittings. A delightful house in a much sought after village location - Viewing recommended.

Shaw Cottage, 28 Uppergate, Hepworth, Holmfirth

Ashgrove House, 24 Water Row, New Mill, Holmfirth

Offers Region £285,000

Offers Region £284,950

This deceptive detached house must be viewed internally to appreciate the size of accommodation offer. It is laid out over 3 levels despite its bungalow like appearance from the front. The property occupies a choice position on the edge of the village of Hepworth with far reaching views to the rear. It comprises: entrance hall, kitchen, utility, dining room, lounge, conservatory, landing, 3 bedrooms, bathroom and a separate wc. It has the benefit of sealed unit double glazed windows and a gas central heating system. To the front of the house there is an attached single garage and driveway / parking area. To the rear there is a pleasant enclosed garden. Viewing recommended.

A rare opportunity has arisen to purchase this unique, spacious and characterful conversion. The property enjoys views over its garden and paddock of land which amounts to approximately quarter of an acre and a further 19 acres of beautiful communal woodland. It is situated in a prime position at the edge of an award winning development benefiting from the peace and tranquillity of a woodland environment and at the same time being in walking distance of the local village amenities and a short drive to the motorway network. It comprises: entrance hall, utility, open plan lounge, dining and kitchen, family room, landing, 4 bedrooms, bathroom and en-suite shower room. It is finished to an extremely high standard throughout and features quality contemporary fixtures and fittings, intruder alarm, gas central heating and double glazed windows and is sold with the benefit of a 10 year Zurich guarantee There is a block paved driveway to the front leading to the integral tandem garage and store with a parking area and garden to the side. There is a private enclosed garden to the rear and a grassed paddock to the side. No Vendor Chain.

25 Butterley Lane, New Mill, Holmfirth

39 Miry Lane, Thongsbridge, Holmfirth

Offers Region £212,500

Offers Region £205,000 This most deceptive of houses offers a rare combination of spacious well presented accommodation, garden and splendid views to the rear. The property features well planned accommodation over three floors and comprises entrance hall and two reception rooms on the ground floor; three bedrooms and a bathroom on the first floor and stunning open plan kitchen and dining room with utility and separate wc on the lower ground floor. It has the benefit of uPVC sealed unit double glazed windows, gas central heating system and attractive fixtures and fittings throughout. There is a small yard area to the front of the house and an enclosed garden to the rear with Yorkshire Stone flagged patio which takes full advantage of the far reaching views over the cricket field and beyond. Photograph shows the rear of the property

Offers Region £239,950

Offers Region £239,950

Situated in the much sought after village of Hepworth is this attractively presented and surprisingly spacious double fronted cottage. The cottage enjoys an attractive outlook with views to the front and has parking to the side. The cottage currently comprises entrance hall, lounge, dining kitchen, 2 large bedrooms, en-suite bathroom and separate shower room/w.c., but could easily be re-designed to provide additional bedroom accommodation. There is a useful basement workshop together with paved patio/seating area, parking. The cottage has a gas central heating system and Upvc double glazing. A delightful cottage - Viewing recommended. An early completion date available.

This characterful double fronted cottage occupies a pleasant location close to the centre of New Mill and its many amenities. The accommodation comprises entrance hall, lounge, dining room, kitchen, conservatory, landing, 3 bedrooms and bathroom. It features a wealth of original features alongside a gas central heating system. There is a garden and driveway / parking area to the front of the house which leads to the attached garage. To the rear there is a delightful cottage garden. Viewing is highly recommended to appreciate the character of accommodation and delightful gardens.

Offering great charm and character is this delightful stone end terraced cottage. Situated in a much sought after hamlet between Jackson Bridge and New Mill, this Grade II listed cottage features exposed beams and timber work and mullioned windows. The accommodation is arranged over 3 floors and includes entrance lobby, lounge and dining kitchen on the ground floor, 2 bedrooms and bathroom on the first floor and a large master bedroom and en-suite shower room on the second floor. There are small enclosed garden/seating areas to the front and rear. The cottage has a gas central heating system, sealed unit double glazed windows and attractive fittings including a joiner made kitchen. Internal viewing recommended.

29 Leyfield Bank, Woodale

4 Laithe Avenue, Holmbridge, Holmfirth

14 Dobb Top Road, Holmbridge, Holmfirth

Offers Region £199,950

Offers Region £194,950

Offering attractively laid out accommodation with great potential to improve is this spacious detached bungalow. The property occupies a pleasant position on a popular cul de sac and enjoys pleasant views. It comprises: entrance hall, lounge, dining room, kitchen, garden room, 2 double bedrooms, bathroom and a useful attic room. It has the benefit of uPVC double glazed windows and a gas central heating system but would benefit from some further modernisation and updating of fixtures and fittings. There are garden areas to the front and rear of the house along with driveway to the side leading to a garage. For sale with vacant possession and no vendor chain.

An attractive detached true bungalow situated in a popular much sought after residential area where bungalows rarely become available for sale. The bungalow occupies a delightful position close to the head of a small cul-de-sac, with fields to the rear and enjoying a splendid outlook to the front over the Upper Holme Valley. The bungalow offers well laid out accommodation on one level including side entrance hall, lounge, dining kitchen, 2 double bedrooms and bathroom. The bungalow has a gas central heating system, sealed unit double glazed windows and attractive fittings. There is an attached garage and garden areas to the front and rear. Viewing recommended.

38 Huddersfield Road, Holmfirth Huddersfield HD9 3JH

14 Station Road, Holmfirth

Offers Region £134,950

Offers Region £124,950

A beautifully presented inner terraced cottage with large garden, situated in a delightful village location with attractive countryside in the surrounding areas. The cottage is compact but provides light and airy accommodation with high sloping ceilings with exposed beams to the first floor rooms. The accommodation comprises kitchen, lounge, cellar, 2 bedrooms and bathroom. It has a gas central heating system, Upvc double glazing, fitted wardrobes and modern fittings. The delightful enclosed garden is situated nearby to the rear of the property and provides an idyllic retreat with seating/patio area, lawn, greenhouse and shed together with natural uncultivated garden area overlooking woodland. A delightful property which must be viewed internally to be fully appreciated.

Situated conveniently close to the popular centre of Holmfirth is this attractively presented inner terrace house. The house forms part of a mill conversion and the accommodation is arranged over 3 floors where the top floor lounge enjoys delightful views from the large bank of windows. It comprises entrance hall and dining kitchen on the ground floor, bedroom and bathroom on the first floor and lounge on the second floor. There is a garden/seating area to the rear with access from the lounge. The house has a gas central heating system, sealed unit double glazing and modern fittings. Internal viewing recommended.

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THE BARN, NEW CLOSES FARM, UPPERTHONG

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BEAUTIFULLY REJUVENATED OVER THE LAST FEW YEARS, WINDSOR FARM ENJOYS A TREMENDOUS RURAL SETTING, ITS BEAUTIFUL GARDENS AND APPROXIMATELY 12 ACRES OF GROUNDS AND FIELDS. This home is interesting both internally and externally. Served by a long driveway and garage block, the home has been fully updated and is guaranteed to please.With lovely views from all principal rooms the home has five large bedrooms and a superb array of living rooms, all of which are beautifully presented. Briefly comprising:- impressive entrance hall, w.c, superb lounge with mullioned windows, large fireplace and doors to gardens, study/office with a wall of glazing overlooking the property's courtyard, snug/day room adjoining the magnificent breakfast kitchen which is superbly equipped including Aga, family/play room, glazed doors from this room and breakfast kitchen lead through to the stunning oak framed garden room with beautiful flooring and views, utility room, first floor landing, five bedrooms, bedroom 1 with walk in wardrobe, separate w.c and open luxurious en-suite bath/shower area, house bathroom, driveway, garage with store over, well maintained family gardens, woodlands and 10.5 acres approx of green fields.All is just a short drive from New Mill's bustling centre.

THIS FINE EQUESTRIAN HOME HAS A STABLE/BARN AND APPROXIMATELY THREE ACRES OF LAND, ALL IN THIS FABULOUS SETTING JUST OUT OF THE VILLAGE AND WITH VIEWS DOWN THE VALLEY.The barn conversion is now nearing completion and offers a characterful three/four bedroomed home served by pleasant gardens, large driveway and having a location that is particularly enviable but also reasonably convenient for local villages' amenities.With ground source heating, the property is to be superbly finished, and choices of fittings are available at this stage. Being grade II Listed the home enjoys traditional features including beams, trusses, mullioned windows and the like.With a spectacular staircase it briefly comprises:hall (13'10" x 9'0" approx), lounge (19'2" x 16'0" approx), family room/bedroom 4, kitchen (17'6" x 8'5" approx), utility room, first floor landing, three large bedrooms, bedroom 1 measuring 16'7" x 11'9" approx with door to house bathroom, bedroom two with en-suite, large driveway, lovely gardens including adjoining walled sun garden and large agricultural barn built to a high standard offering barn/stable space with large loft over. Forming part of an exclusive small development neighbouring similar style homes, which are also for sale, the property is worthy of viewing.

STANDING IN APPROXIMATELY TWO ACRES OF GARDENS, WOODLAND AND PADDOCK, THIS SUPERB DETACHED FIVE BEDROOMED HOME WAS BUILT TO EXACTING STANDARDS FOR THE VENDORS JUST A FEW YEARS AGO. With stunning valley views, this stylish, exceptionally spacious home has two driveways, one being cobbled before the detached double garage with greenhouse to the rear and granary steps to a stylish studio over.The accommodation features fine floorings, mood lighting, solid ash internal joinery, high specification fittings and underfloor heating throughout. It comprises:- entrance hall being in part galleried with superb stone staircase, downstairs w.c, cloakroom, lounge (19'7" x 13'10" approx) with doors and views over the gardens, paddock and beyond, dining room, study, family/playroom, dining kitchen (16'7" x 13'10" max) with doors out to garden and being beautifully fitted with hand-built high specification units by local craftsmen and appliances, utility room, first floor landing with feature ceiling windows, five bedrooms (three doubles), bedroom 1 with en-suite wet room and dressing room, bedroom 2 and 3 sharing an en-suite, house bathroom and first floor office.The home has delightful gardens with lawns, flagged patios, vegetable garden, orchard, paddock and woodland.

O/A £1,250,000

O/A £725,000

O/A £689,950

BRECKENRIDGE, 2 BIRCH PARK BROCKHOLES

LINDEN HOUSE, SOUTH LANE, HOLMFIRTH

1 ST BARTHOLEMEWS COURT, MELTHAM

A BEAUTIFUL WELL PROPORTIONED FAMILY HOME IN A HIGHLY REGARDED LOCATION ENJOYING VIEWS OUT OVER ITS GARDENS AND PADDOCK/FIELDS THAT EXTENDS TO APPROXIMATELY TWO ACRES. Approached through broad gates, this welcoming stone built home is generously proportioned and has high quality fittings throughout.The superb conservatory and all the principal rooms enjoy fabulous views out over the gardens and rural views beyond up towards Thurstonland Bank, yet being particularly well placed for the family due to local schools and train service being just a short walk away.With the usual modern appointments, it briefly comprises:- spacious hall, sitting room (20'3" x 18'0" approx), conservatory (15'0" x 12'0" approx),TV room/study, downstairs w.c, cloakroom/computer room, dining room, superb dining kitchen (15'10" x 14'9" approx), large utility room, five bedrooms (bedroom 1 with dressing area, superb spacious en-suite and twin doors out to balcony/sun terrace), house bathroom, upper hall area, good sized driveway, double garage, delightful gardens with many features and paddock/field.

WITH INTERESTING VIEWS BOTH ACROSS AND DOWN THE VALLEY, THIS DETACHED FOUR BEDROOMED PERIOD HOME HAS ACCOMMODATION OVER THREE LEVELS, LARGE CAR PARKING AREA AND DETACHED DOUBLE GARAGE. With far more gardens than might first be imagined, this welcoming home has retained many period features whilst being sympathetically updated over the years.The well balanced accommodation has the usual modern appointments and comprises:- entrance hall with period staircase, lounge (16'2" x 14'2" approx) with stone flagged floor, and views in two directions, dining room, stylish breakfast kitchen, rear hall, lower ground floor office/playroom, first floor landing, bedroom 1 (16'3" x 14'2" approx), three further bedrooms, house bathroom, pleasant gardens with mature trees and shrubs, driveway and parking area for four/five vehicles and garage.All is a short walk away from Holmfirth's varied facilities making convenience one of this property's superb features.

A STONE BUILT THREE/FOUR BEDROOM DETACHED FAMILY HOME IN THE CENTRE OF THIS POPULAR VILLAGE WHICH HAS HAD A RECENT SCHEME OF MODERNISATION AND UPDATING WITH A GOOD STANDARD OF PRESENTATION THROUGHOUT. Offered with no upper chain involvement, the property has been recently decorated throughout including new kitchen and bathroom. It forms part of a small select courtyard style development.With a gas fired central heating system and wood grain effect PVCu glazing, the property comprises:- hallway with downstairs w.c., fitted kitchen with integrated appliances, "L" shaped lounge/diner, study/bedroom 4, three further first floor bedrooms and stylish house bathroom.There is a block paved driveway, integral garage, lawned gardens and seating/patio area.The property is in the centre of the village yet tucked away in a little known development. It requires an internal inspection to appreciate the presentation.

O/A £574,995

O/A £384,950

O/A £199,950

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FAR VIEW COTTAGE, 80 FAR LANE, HEPWORTH

8 EAST ST, JACKSON BRIDGE

A DOUBLE FRONTED AND LISTED SEMI DETACHED COTTAGE WITH A CHARACTERFUL INTERIOR IN THE CENTRE OF THIS POPULAR VILLAGE This stunning period cottage retains all the expected features with stone fireplaces, stone mullioned windows, timber beams and exposed stonework complemented with contemporary fixtures and fittings. With a garden and parking outside, the internal accommodation briefly comprises: Rear entrance porch; dining kitchen with a fabulous exposed stone fireplace; lounge with an external door giving access to the garden, stone fireplace housing a wood burning stove and an open spindle staircase rising to the first floor; two former keeping cellars with power and lighting which may be utilised as a study or for additional storage; double bedroom one; small double bedroom two; single bedroom three; and bathroom with white three-piece suite and shower over the bath. Outside the garden has a raised planted flowerbed and stone flagged seating area; and a gravelled parking area to the front.

PRESENTED TO A HIGH STANDARD THROUGHOUT IS THIS TWO BEDROOM TERRACED HOUSE IN KIRKBURTON VILLAGE Situated in a delightful and convenient location in Kirkburton village, the property is partly furnished and access is gained through the pretty garden to the front door. The accommodation briefly comprises: Lounge with exposed polished floorboards and feature red brick fireplace; kitchen with cream Shaker style cupboards; double bedroom; single bedroom; and bathroom with white three-piece suite with shower over the bath. Outside there is a lovely garden with patio area to the front of the property.

NEWLY REFURBISHED TWO BEDROOM STONE COTTAGE IN QUIET LOCATION WITH ATTRACTIVE GARDEN AND STUNNING VIEWS This delightful cottage has recently undergone a full scheme of refurbishment and is extremely well presented with characterful features throughout and neutral, modern decor. Situated in a quiet location within the semi-rural village of Hepworth the property comprises: Entrance hall with laminate floor; lounge with exposed beams and feature Inglenook fireplace with gas stove; modern kitchen with white gloss units; useful spacious upstairs landing area; a double bedroom; a second smaller double bedroom; and bathroom with three-piece white suite with Mira shower over the bath. Externally the property benefits from having an attractive garden area to the front and an outhouse for storage.

A DELIGHTFUL ONE BEDROOM COTTAGE WITH AN ATTRACTIVE FRONT GARDEN SET IN AN ENVIABLE RURAL LOCATION This cottage has been newly refurbished throughout and would make a lovely home for a mature or professional tenant. The property is located within walking distance for local bus routes and also commutable by car to surrounding towns and cities and an ideal location to enjoy walking. The accommodation briefly comprises: Lounge with timber beams and wall mounted gas fire; kitchen with a large useful pantry and store cupboard; double bedroom with built-in wardrobe; and bathroom with white three-piece suite, shower over the bath and heated towel rail. Outside there is a good-size cottage garden to the front of the property.

Rent: £565 pcm

Rent: £495 pcm

Rent: £395 pcm

APPLICATION PENDING A STUNNING FOUR BEDROOM COTTAGE RENOVATION IN AN IDYLLIC RURAL HAMLET LOCATION This cottage has been renovated to an exceptionally high standard throughout, the accommodation which can be furnished or unfurnished and incorporates characterful features with modern fixtures and fittings briefly comprises: Entrance porch with Oak flooring; lounge with stone fireplace housing a multi fuel stove; fabulous open plan living/family space including kitchen and spacious dining area with French doors opening on to a lovely good size lawned garden; utility/laundry room; master bedroom with fabulous views over open countryside; second double bedroom; third double bedroom currently used as a study; bathroom with underfloor heating and four-piece suite with a free standing bath and walk-in shower; and attic bedroom four with separate w/c.

Rent: £895 pcm

APPLICATION PENDING

Rent: £625 pcm

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Family business hits right note for Christmas MUSICAL Notes is a family run business in the centre of Holmfirth, providing a wide variety of new and second hand musical instruments, music books and novelty items. With Christmas fast approaching, you’ll find some fantastic gift ideas, from famous name guitars such as Gibson, Fender and Hofner, to banjos, mandolins and ukuleles. As a surprise present for a friend, how about a glass tie brooch, or if you are looking for an ideal stocking filler for an aspiring or experienced musician, there’s a great selection of must-have accessories to choose from.

Also available is a range of violins from 1/8 size to full size, along with a couple of electric violins. Larger string instruments include half-size double bass, three cellos and a viola. Look no further if you, or someone you know, perhaps a younger member of the family, needs a brass trumpet, cornet, flugal horn, baritone, trombone or euphonium. Musical Notes also offers a choice of woodwind instruments - flutes, clarinets and so on, percussion equipment and a couple of second hand drum kits. Special events include:  Monday 1 November, from 7.30pm, at The Old Bridge

Hotel, Market Walk, Holmfirth: Guitar Clinic, demonstrating a wide range of guitars and accessories. Admission free.  Thursday 25 November, from 7pm at The Lockwood, Woodhead Road, Lockwood, Huddersfield: Ukulele Evening – two rooms, one for beginners, one for advanced. Beginners will learn simple chords from 7pm – 8pm. Concert and ‘jam’ from 8.15pm onwards. Some ukuleles will be available for beginners. For more information, why not call in at Musical Notes, 7 Norridge Bottom, Holmfirth, or phone 01484 689747.

Nothing’s too much trouble for Andrew

Training the celebrity chefs of the future HOLMFIRTH chef Neil Hirst has spent the last 25 years working in the catering industry teaching and training the celebrity chefs of the future. Training chefs for Andy Nutter, Paul Heathcote and Brian Turner to name-drop a few! Having trained locally at Huddersfield Technical

College and Huddersfield University. He worked his way up the ranks in local restaurants, bars and hotels throughout his career. Having spent all this time in the catering industry he wanted to pass on the essential cookery skills to the chefs of the future. He started teaching at

Huddersfield Technical College in 1993 moving to Macclesfield College and South Trafford College. Neil, pictured above, now owns Café @ Penny Lane in Holmfirth where he continues to demonstrate his cooking skills doing demonstration dinners.

ANDREW’S Greengrocer is a household name in Holmfirth, supplying the finest fresh fruit, vegetables and fish – a proud tradition which can be traced back more than 60 years. The business started just after the Second World War as a florist, but became a greengrocer’s when the owner went to Manchester to buy bananas with vouchers he had been given – and came back with a selection of greengroceries. Many years later, on retiring,

he offered the shop to Andrew Bray, who was just finishing school. Andrew wanted to be a chef, but being from a family that had long been involved in greengrocery, he had been going to market since he was five years old and so decided to take on the shop instead. It is still very much part of the community, supplying local pubs and restaurants as well as residents throughout Holmfirth and surrounding villages. Andrew prides himself on

obtaining the more unusual varieties and all produce is locally sourced wherever possible. The shop also offers an organic and non-organic box delivery scheme – a completely flexible service, with no fixed order and free delivery for all orders over £10. Locally grown Christmas trees can also be delivered direct to your door – orders are now being taken on 01484 682787. As Andrew says: “You ask we supply – nothing is too much trouble.”

Pieces of inspiration VISIT Shades of China and find that little piece of inspiration perfect for that special gift or your home. Among the collection are these fabulous Holly and Ivy range from Portmeirion, ideal for the Christmas season. The Holly and Ivy makes a fabulous meal time accessory on festive occasions, from dinner parties to informal get-togethers. Shades of China also stock ranges by Emma Bridgewater, Susie Watson Designs, Portmeirion, Border Fine Arts, Poole Pottery, Jersey Pottery, Royal Scot Crystal and the World of Beatrix Potter Collection. Shades of China 23 Hollowgate, Holmfirth, Tel: 01484 687 596

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