Friend to Friend Newsletter May 2012

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Friend to Friend Newsletter May 2012Queens Diamond Jubilee 60 Yearsyears) in 2002. Facts about the Queen: Did you know The Queen is the second longest serving monarch. Only five other kings and queens in British history have reigned for 50 years or more. They are: Victoria (63 years) George III (59 years) Henry III (56 years) Edward III (50 years) James VI of Scotland (James I of England) (58 years) Marking 60 years of The Queen's reign, the Diamond Jubilee celebrations will centre around an extended weekend in 2012 on 2, 3, 4 and 5 June. The Queen came to the throne on 6 February 1952 and her coronation took place on 2 June 1953. She celebrated her Silver Jubilee (25 years) in 1977 and her Golden Jubilee (50 The Queen is the fortieth monarch since William the Conqueror obtained the crown of England. Over the reign, Her Majesty has given regular audiences to 12 Prime Ministers. They are: Winston Churchill 1951-55 Sir Anthony Eden 1955-57DIAMOND JUBILEE DENBY DALE GROUP HONLEY GROUP 1 2 3 4

Harold Macmillan 1957-63 Sir Alec Douglas-Home 1963-64 Harold Wilson 1964-70 and 197476 Edward Heath 1970-74 James Callaghan 1976-79 Margaret Thatcher 1979-90 John Major 1990-97 Tony Blair 1997-2007 Gordon Brown 2007-2010 David Cameron 2010 - present Tony Blair was the first Prime Minister to have been born during The Queen's reign. He was born in early May, 1953 - a month before the Coronation. The Queen has owned more than 30 corgis during her reign, starting with Susan who was a present for her 18th birthday in 1944. A good proportion of these have been direct descendants from Susan. Her Majesty currently has three corgis Monty, Willow and Holly.

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The Queen also introduced a new breed of dog known as the "dorgi" when one of Her Majesty's corgis was mated with a dachshund named Pipkin which belonged to Princess Margaret. There have been 11 dorgis - Tinker, Pickles, Chipper, Piper, Harris, Brandy, Berry, Cider, Candy and Vulcan.



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Denby Dale Walking GroupSpring is sprung, or so some say. Seemingly you have to be out on the right day or under the right bit of sky, to avoid the April 'showers' or downpours - however you want to put it. But we were certainly under the right bit of sky for our first walk this year. We were booked to go to Cawthorne Park and on the Monday I thought we would just be looking round the farm shops and going for our tea in the cafe. But no! We were able to do all that and take a walk round the garden and watch the ducks on the pond. There only seemed to be drakes about so we wondered if the ladies had better things to do than swimming up and down the pond. The garden was lovely with loads of tulips actually standing upright and bluebells coming on the path sides. As I said Spring is sprung, so if you would like to join us, just get in touch with the office. Julie Barber

Honley GroupIn May, we had a lovely trip to Cannon Hall which was organized by Shirley. We met at 11.30 and arrived in perfect time for lunch. The portions have to be seen to be believed as Eileens chip butty shows! Unfortunately, the weather was not too kind to us and only a few of us braved the rain to see the rhododendrons. Others spent some time in the farm shop. We later decided to move on to a warmer environment and travelled to Armitages Pennine Garden centre at Shelley for afternoon tea and some retail therapy. It was a lovely afternoon though and everyone seemed to enjoy it. Thank you Shirley for sorting it all out for us! Suzanne


Meltham GroupThe Training of Guide Dogs Our speaker today was Margaret Kenworthy with trainee guide dog, Tia, who was a Golden Labrador. The puppies are taken from their mothers & siblings at 6 weeks old. The puppy trainer keeps the puppy for 12 months before the puppy goes onto further training in Lancashire. The guide dog has to have a good character & ability to lead. People are pack leaders & they have to obey. The puppies are now trained to go on the underground in London. As puppies they are carried around in rucksacks so they can get used to the busy streets & the noise. In supermarkets & at bus stops they have to sit patiently. Flashing lights, lifts & bridges with water flowing, the puppies have to develop concentration. Most dogs dont care for lifts. If there are steps, they put their front paws on the first step, this means steps up. To sit at the top means steps down. The dogs are fed on dried food so the blind person hasnt to open tins. They are also not allowed on furniture. No begging for food is allowed. Not allowed to fire work displays or fairgrounds. To match a dog to a person is very difficult. The cost of training a dog is 10 a day. 11 children a week will lose their sight. Brown harnesses are worn whilst in training & white harnesses when trained. Margaret & Tia were thanked by Richard to great applause. Our members enjoyed a lunch of Chicken Supreme with vegetables. Fresh fruit salad & cream for dessert. The raffle was drawn by Arnold & Richard. In April two of our members celebrated birthdays. Dorothy Lodge celebrated her 90th & her husband, Arnold celebrated his 93rd birthday. A big thank you goes to all the volunteers who helped on the day. Jenny Allgood


We all have a story to tell Mosaic ExhibitionAn exhibition of work produced by members of the Friend to Friend groups is now on display at the Northlight Gallery in Armitage Bridge. It is well worth a visit! On Friday May 4th, the exhibition opened with a lunch for the ladies involved and other Friend to Friend members. Artist Anna Todd assisted members with a series of unique mosaic pictures reflecting their life stories. Anyone who can get along should really try as the work is a wonderful example of what can be achieved even when you think you are too old to learn! It is open to the public on Fridays and Saturdays from 10am to 4 pm. Well done to all those involved. You should be very proud of your achievement.

There is still time to go along and see the exhibition.


Holmfirth ProjectHolmfirth Project 18th May After an enjoyable trip on the 4th to North Light Gallery it was back to work at the Phoenix. The group was divided into two, so that two small groups worked in turn on making tiaras ready to celebrate at our Jubilee party on 1st June. Shirley Boardman , with a bit of help from Janet, had cut strips of silver card which members glued together & decorated with sequins & tinsel jewels. They look very effective though a certain amount of glue went where it shouldnt! When not getting all stuck up, the other group worked with Jill and Shirley to get prepared for the Diamond Years producing artefacts to do with fashion and getting ready for taking oral histories from each other and other people.

Mens Group

Due to the Queens Jubilee celebrations on Tuesday the 5th June, there will be no Mens Group meeting on this day. The next one will be on the 19th June as usual.

Meltham Old History GroupOur theme for this month was travel and transport and we were reminiscing about our holidays from the 1950s to the1970s. We talked about day trips and holidays to the coast and the how popular holiday camps were such as Butlins. You can see what sort of holiday this was like if you can get hold of a few episodes of a BBC TV series from the 1970s/80s called 'Hi de HI'. It was after the end of world war two that holiday camps really had their golden era. People hadn't been on holiday for many years and some children had never seen the sea. Life had been incredibly hard and the public were in need of fun and entertainment. The holiday camp provided all this and more. With swimming pools on site, entertainment in the evenings, competitions including Glamorous Granny' and Knobbly Knees'. The camps offered all the right ingredients for an excellent and affordable family holiday. We then finished the session with an, identify the 1950-1980s cars quiz.

The traditional British holiday is a seaside holiday. Children used to watch a Punch and Judy show and ride donkeys along a beach.


Marsden GroupHello and best wishes to everyone from the Marsden members and volunteers Liz and Cynthia. We at Marsden are absolutely delighted to hear of Shirleys nomination, from the Holmfirth and Honley groups, for the Huddersfield Examiner award of Friend of the Year 2012. The Marsden group take great pleasure in wishing you every success Shirley; your work with us has always been innovative, interesting and very good fun! Our scrapbook project has now come to an end. Our members have created some really wonderful books; each one is different and equally creative. The scrapbooks include memories of the past, paper craft designs, news items, holiday scenes and much, much more. They will always serve as a happy reminder of the fun sessions we had producing them. Unfortunately lack of space prevents us from including all our members photographs.

Mary, Ena and Margaret happily displaying their completed scrapbooks We had a good workout in our exercise session this month. We started with warm up exercises and then used scarves tied together being passed around the circle of members. It was quite invigorating and also a good laugh, everyone seemed to enjoy it (see below).

We also used a beach ball to exercise our legs by kicking it to each other and throwing it around the room. Members did individual exercises with the beach ball and others members copied the exercise and then passed the ball on to the next person who again created an exercise for everyone to cop