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'It's Not Lord's' and progress with Honley CC renovations

'It's not Lord's': A West Yorkshire  Cricket Anthology

How we started

By accident.

In the later noughties, a colleague from The University of Huddersfield, Peter Davies, suggested a creative writing group within the annual Pennine Cricket Conference, part of Peter's history of cricket in Kirklees and Calderdale. The group didn't thrive, but with Peter's energy we began to put together selected pieces from the history website ( Peter was then off work for a while. We had no access to the university press, so, early in 2011, we kept the momentum going by starting up a new small publishing company, working with local printers, Riley, Dunn and Wilson. Finance came from a personal loan.
  Whilst Peter has now retired from teaching, he is still very active in local cricket circles and writing.

About the book

It can be enjoyed on a number of levels.
First, it praises the players, professionals and amateurs.
  Second, it pays tribute to the efforts of the men and women who, from behind the scenes, enable players to perform at their best. Persistence in the face of stiff opposition, otherwise known as Yorkshire bloody-mindedness. Some articles touch on external pressures: commerce, church committees and vicars, league and cup administrators, sponsors and benefactors. The major theme remains, however, success through people, mostly unpaid, at the sharp end. This relentless bottom-up pressure helps create personal identity; the interplay between individuals and their social environment. Who am I? How do others see me? How am I the same or different to others?
  Third, it is a short journey through history. How informal games of bat and ball grew into organised cricket. Despite professionalism, commerce, gambling, and wealthy patrons. Despite efforts by middle-class vicars to improve bodies as well as minds. Despite landowners, railway companies, house-builders, racists, war and a hundred and one other things, cricket clubs thrived and achieved. The influx of top overseas players, amateur immigrants, ladies in administrative roles, computers and bowling machines also hint at the eras in which cricket has developed.
  Fourth, it is a celebration of mostly local, university and amateur writing. Guys who just love to search around and understand stuff.
  Fifth, I would like to think that the articles are not purely about informing, but are also to be enjoyed.

Edited by Dave Walker in collaboration with ‘The Cricketing Heritage of Calderdale and Kirklees’ and Peter Davies.
ISBN   978-0-9569814-0-0
£7.50  plus p&p
Available 30 Victoria Springs, Holmfirth, HD9 2NB

About the social enterprise

Autumn 2012, Chris Humphries, a friend from Honley and now Holmfirth, bought a couple of cricket books and mentioned he was part of a group hoping to raise money to help renovate Honley CC's pavilion. It was a natural response to offer the proceeds of 'It's Not Lord's' to the fund.
As of summer 2013 the pavilion remains at the planning stage.

Update on the social enterprise - December 2013

The group have met thirteen times in all. The guys are: Dave Hutchinson (Treasurer), Malcolm Ellis (Aedas architects), Bill Parker (Chairman), Charles Greaves, Chris Farrell, Peter Green, Rob Moore and Chris Humphries.
 Progress has been steady. A development plan is 90% complete. It contains a history of Honley CC and the project, including cricket achievements, community interaction and fund-raising successes. It lists the problems that have been encountered and their solutions. Support has come from sports clubs, including Holmfirth Harriers and local institutions such as Holmfirth High School. Steve Archer from the Yorkshire Cricket Board has been both consultant and link with the English Cricket Board.
 The group are keen to retain the pagoda as part of the new build.   The options include a grant-funded top of the range facility for all (disabled access as well) through to a less ambitious locally funded scheme. £10k is already in the bank from the local council, and book sales have topped £600 with more to come from the group.
  Once the development plan is complete, the group can go ahead with formal fund-raising. 

Richard Green, Dave Walker and Dr Bill Parker in front of the pavilion

April 2015 Dave Hutchinson writes 

In the last 12 months the Cricket Club have;
  • Repaired the balcony on the Pavilion which included removing the old score box and new wood to most of the area. Helped by Andy Birkhead and his company Huddersfield Joinery.

  • Replaced the lean-to roof on the shower which backs onto the Recreation Ground plus lots of painting by Peter Green.
  • Replaced certain tiles on the Pavilion roof.
  • Built/repaired new changing rooms in downstairs of Pavilion for use by visiting team.
  • Present project to create two new Artificial Wicket lanes (mainly for the Juniors) in the corner of the Ground - old garage remove and groundwork completed. Expected overall completion mid-May. We've lots of spare top soil if you need some?

Total cost of property repairs in 2014 accounts was £3,838 which reflects the fact that a lot of this work was carried out by players and members (including those well known local roofers Chris Humphries and Bill Parker !) with free/low cost assistance from local plumbers, joiners, electricians and builders.

Members of the renovation group - Chris Humphries (CWH) (Chairman), Rob Moore (RM), David Hutchinson (DJH) (Secretary and Treasurer), Peter Green (PBG), Malcolm Ellis (ME), Charles Kaye (CK)Bill Parker (BP), Charles Greaves (CG), Chris Farrell (CF)

New Mill MVC goes to Cornwall

New Mill Male Voice Choir set off for Cornwall later in this week. A contest and sundry other concerts including a return fixture with St Buryans MVC, who visited with us in 2014.

Our contest pieces are Ave Verum, In Flanders Fields and Swing Low. They have been composed or arranged by local guys: Alan Brierley (our MD), Robert Cockroft and Jim Morgan.

The concert venues include St Pol, Land's End, Liskeard and Truro Cathedral.

Truro Cathedral

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The original post came from a happy accident - you don't expect a sailing ship just there. It will be brilliant if there is a flood, albeit small for all the people and animals that would queue up to get on board.

Paul Clarke
Paul Clarke3:09pm Apr 24 
Well Upper Denby isn't as high as Mount Ararat so yes - he may be into long-range weather forecasting!!
Comment History
David Brook
David Brook12:31pm Apr 24
More to the point ,does he know something we don't !
Adam Judd
Adam Judd11:23am Apr 24
Nahh he's alright is chris
Paul Clarke
Paul Clarke11:20am Apr 24
The man must be a bit mad?!
Adam Judd
Adam Judd11:12am Apr 24
I helped in building that and moved it twice
Paul Clarke
Paul Clarke10:08am Apr 24
Upper Denby?
Original Post
David Walker
David Walker8:55am Apr 24
shallileyblog: A 21st century ark?
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A 21st century ark?

There's a wooden sailing ship moored above Denby Dale. You can't get much higher. It does make you wonder, even if it rained a lot? Mind you there was a pirate on hand. Where was Noah?

Students Shine at University presentation

EDKA Consultancy
Elina, Dominic, Kathryn, Alex.  

Representatives from New Mill Male Voice Choir attended a research presentation last Tuesday. The second year business students worked on our relationship with supporters and general audience and came up with some challenging yet common sense suggestions which we need to take forward.
  They were very attentive consultants and communications were excellent.
  The group came to our Christmas concert at Christ Church, New Mill and gave a spendid rendition of Four Calling Birds in our version of The Twelve Days of Christmas. New Mill Club was the venue for the concert afterglow and earlier this year, the focus group of 6 singers from the choir.
  Otherwise consultations took place at the university -  great coffee.
  We all wish them well in their next real world projects and look forward to renewing our relationship with the university once we have developed an action plan from the current research.

Honley Ladies entertain

A welcome return for Cliff Matthews whose arrangements are still in Honley's songbook.

Honley is now a large choir and produces a rich powerful sound.

Whilst Cantorion Gele is small, their second half showed great control and harmony.

Credit to all who took part. Apparently everyone was well fed.

The raffle went okay too.

New Mill Choir 'afterglow'

The Rock in Brockholes, any time after 9.00pm. Tuesday 14th April.

New Mill Male Voice Choir informal sing after our Town Hall concert.

Be there!

New Mill Memorial Room - Open Night

We had around 20 turn up on the night. A couple of great nephews of WW1 casualties and the rest simply interested, wanting to find more and respectful. Many didn't know there was a memorial room within a local club which is known more for its bar, pool, snooker and crown green bowling. The room is taken very seriously, a quiet place away from the rest of the club. Unusually, the cenotaph is indoors.
  This was phase 1 of Tom Ashworth's plan.
1. Find relatives of 34 men commemorated in New Mill Club.
2. Book launch 'Photos on the Wall', a short history of New Mill and the Great War
                 13th May 7.00pm New Mill Club
3. Photograph the 34's final resting places.

This is from behind. Some people don't like the donkey, so ignore if you want.
The original house/club is two storeys with white concert room, brown brick extension and patio on stilts added later.

New Mill Memorial Room

This is the WW1 cenotaph. I'm told it is one of the few indoors. It was the main reason behind the purchase of the building. Few people realise there is a memorial room there as it is mostly a club for the local village

Andrew Arnold
Andrew Arnold10:31am Mar 18
Andrew ArnoldTry searching for the men in family trees on Ancestry. If there is a match contact the tree owner. I made contact with many relatives of the men on my local memorial by doing this
Gillian Talbot
Gillian Talbot9:30am Mar 18
Your local paper would write an article. Ours helped us time and time again when we were researching Uttoxeter's names. A website helps too. Ours brought in people from Canada and New Zealand! Good luck! it is a fine thing you are doing.
Sarah Smith
Sarah Smith9:11am Mar 18
Start a facebook group, have an open day at a local library or somewhere. That's what we did for the Conisbrough and Denaby 100 Project, and we've found /been found by quite a few relatives

Andrew Arnold
Andrew Arnold11:03pm Mar 18 
Try & put in as many details as possible - year of birth, place, year of death, parents names etc. Of course there may not be a tree at all...

Heather Lamb12:38am Mar 19 
If you would like any help pm a name to myself and I will happily research for you :-)
Josh Timlin
Josh Timlin12:46pm Mar 19 
Hi David. I'm a journalist from the Holme Valley Review and I'm keen on doing a story about this for the next issue. Could someone email some details over to please?

Jason Brook
Jason Brook11:45am Mar 18
Would he be interested in doing something for the war weekend in September
Original Post
David Walker
David Walker8:59am Mar 18
Tom Ashworth, a Holmfirth military historian will soon publish a book about 34 men from New Mill (near Holmfirth, Huddersfield)) who were killed in WW1 and who are commemorated in the memorial room of New Mill Club. We do not know the whereabouts of any friends and relatives who could hook up with this project. Any ideas as to how we find them?

David Walker
David Walker5:28pm Mar 18
Brilliant all of you - we are having an open night and there is some pr. Tom had a Facebook page. Andrew, locating just a name in Ancestry hasn't worked - can you guide me in the process? Thanks

An update for all of you. We have held an open night. 20 or so turned up, mostly interested people rather than relatives, but a success nevertheless. Our next date will be the book launch on May 13th.

Tom, the author of the book, met Josh last week and an article is out soon.

We have something on Facebook -

The publisher's website -

Andrew - I have copies of biographies now of the 34 men - I might have a go at Ancestry.
Heather - how would you search and would there be a fee involved?
Jason - What is happening in September?

Storthes Hall

David Walker - I worked my late 1960s student summers here. It's a ruin now.
8:43am Mar 26

Heather Frear - Where is it?
8:56am Mar 26

Gemma Pickup - Storthes Hall
9:20am Mar 26

Heather Frear - Thought it might be, thought it was supposed to be converted                                into flats when the built on the land!!!
9:53am Mar 26

Nev Duke - I painted that some years ago for a lady who worked                                     there…..Mary…..
8:58am Mar 26

RichandDeb Thorpe - Must have got through a few hundred gallons of                       undercoat on that!
9:19am Mar 26

Syvet Finch - I worked there from 1975 to 1988.
9:29am Mar 26

Karen Bottomley - Stories Hall.

9:51am Mar 26
Denise Batler - Such a shame they let beautiful buildings go to rack n ruin x
10:21am Mar 26

James Webster - storthes hall
10:24am Mar 26

Momo Milenovic - My mum worked there.
10:52am Mar 26

John Purves - Kirklees council refused planning permission re its conversion to a                     residential area, now it's a wreck !
11:35am Mar 26

John Purves - Still alive (just) and hope you are keeping well. Some brilliant photos, and great memories on this site !
12:58pm Mar 26

Patricia PoolenowTaylor - I worked there in 1976
6:42pm Mar 26

Sheila Maureen Bell - Any pictures of the mansion hospital
7:48pm Mar 26

Rebecca Wood - This is a stunning building, I can't understand how councils come to all their decisions and let the building become a ruin also how they have allowed the buildings which were previously on the former St. Luke's hospital site to be demolishes and now just stands as a waste site
7:46pm Mar 27

Elizabeth Bower - Kirklees like to demolish interesting old buildings and create carparks
8:29pm Mar 27

Ralph Holliday1:29am Mar 30 
because there all pissed on the council tax we pay lol

Tracey Bennett8:28am Mar 30 
This is how it is now. I had a walk past it the other weekend. It's such a shame it's been left to crumble!

Thought I would thank you all for contributing to the thread. A friend and I just happened on the site at the end of a walk. Eric Gehlhaar to be precise, who also worked there for two years - as a psychiatrist. It's a mess as you can see. I spent my time there as an auxiliary, filling in for holidays, mostly on the acute ward, though I visited the locked and other wards occasionally. Wiki has a good entry.
It was shut in 1991 by other friends of mine from NHS days - John Rotchell, David Whalley and David Devlin.