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Friend to Friend August 2012 Newsletter
The Paralympic Games
Inside this issue:

The Paralympics Oscar Pistorius


Denby Dale Group Honley Group


Old Meltham History Group Denby Dale Walk Meltham Lunch



Meltham Coffee Morning Holmfirth Project Marsden



Editor In Chief Quiz Answers August Quiz

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The Paralympic Games are a major international multi-sport event where athletes with a physical disability compete; this includes athletes with mobility disabilities, amputations, blindness, and cerebral palsy. There are Winter and Summer Paralympic Games, which are held immediately following their respective Olympic Games. All Paralympic

Games are governed by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC). The Paralympics have grown from a small gathering of British World War II veterans in 1948 to become one of the largest international sport events by the early 21st century. Paralympians strive for equal treatment with non-disabled Olympic athletes. The present formal explanation

for the name "Paralympic" is that it derives from the Greek preposition παρά, pará ("beside" or "alongside") and thus refers to a competition held in parallel with the Olympic Games. The Summer Games of 1988 held in Seoul was the first time the term "Paralympic" came into official use.

Oscar Pistorius
Oscar is probably one of the most well known of the Paralympian athletes. He was born in South Africa in November 1986 with a congenital absence of the fibula in both legs. At only 11 months old, his legs were amputated below the knees. This has never stopped him from taking part in sport and he went on to be known as the Blade Runner— “the fastest man with no legs”. He runs with Jshaped carbonfibre prosthetics. His sporting motto is: "You're not disabled by the disabilities you have, you are able by the abilities you have.”

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Denby Dale Group
As it is holiday time, and a few people are away, we decided to have a DIY day this month. We started with Bingo, of course, and our favourite caller David, did the numbers for us, and eventually we had a few winners, but the ball 'machine' was not of the best so things went a bit slowly. Not a good start, but it did make time for chatting in between. Then came the proper chatty bit, where we were asked questions like 'What would you have liked Jimmy to have fixed for you?' Leaking pipes did not count. We do not seem to be a very adventurous lot, so there were not a lot of ideas put forward. Everyone must have managed their dreams so far. I wanted to be made a bit taller but I was told that did not count, like leaking pipes, as Jim could not do anything about it. Another question was ' What do you dislike most about modern life?' Well... supermarket checkouts and the change in our language and dialect were high on the list. Tea and cakes came next, and then we got the Beetle sheets out. Well, trying to get a 6 is like pulling hens teeth and then when you get one, like buses, three come at once! You can't win can you? Well, there were plenty of raffle winners as we did not have time for a quiz. Julie Barber

Hope Bank Honley

Honley Group
This month we were all treated to a very interesting and informative talk given by David Cockman. David has a special interest in local history and the subject of his talk this month was Hope Bank in Honley. place now of course! Many of the ladies in the group had fond memories of trips to Hope Bank and were able to join in the discussion. We were particularly intrigued by the hats worn by everybody. We were treated to many lovely pictures of There were some fantastic ladies crethe park including some views from today. ations. Our thanks to David for such It is a very different an interesting presentation. After the talk, we had a little discussion about the Olympics and generally, people were most impressed and proud of what we had achieved in Britain. Well done to the athletes, volunteers and the supporters! Suzanne


Old Meltham History Group
On Thursday August 16th, the Old Meltham History Group had a trip to the Bradford Industrial Museum. Moorside Mills was built around 1875 as a small worsted spinning Mill by John Moore. Ownership of the mills changed many times, and they developed and grew. In 1970, Bradford Council bought Moorside Mills from Messrs. W & J Whitehead to create an innovative museum The museum has permaFriend to Friend Revised Office Opening Hours nent displays of textile machinery, steam power, engineering, printing machinery and motor vehicles, along with an exciting exhibitions programme. You can enjoy the splendour of Moorside House where the Mill Manager lived, or visit the Mill-workers' terraced houses dressed to reflect three different time periods.

Denby Dale Walk
One of our favourite walks this time - Newmillerdam and a garden centre. There's nothing better than strolling round a lake in the warm, brightish sunshine, looking at the ducks and geese, guessing their names and then going on for a nice cup of tea to Hampsons where you can watch the cook make pies in front of your nose and then you can go and buy them for your tea knowing they are fresh from the oven. There were also bargains to be had in the plant department, so it's a good job the bus had a bit of spare room this week. Julie Barber

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Meltham Lunch
We had a record number of members, new and old for our lunch today. Everyone must have enjoyed their lunch of Salmon & vegetables with parsley sauce as we had no food leftovers. The same was said for the dessert which was Trifle. The raffle prizes where drawn as the members enjoyed a tea/ coffee after their meal. Today’s speaker was Gareth Hunt who is a Police Community Support Officer. Gareth covers areas in Golcar and Milnesbridge. Each PCS Officer covers one area alone. Their office is in Holmfirth Police Station. The PCS Officers work shifts and they are on foot patrol. PCS Officers only carry radios. Crime in Meltham and Honley is very low. Slaithwaite and Marsden have a lot of problems with the Real Ale trains every weekend. Golcar and Milnesbridge have problems with burglaries. So as you see each area has their own problems. bank which has untraceable accounts, so beware.

Part of PCS Officer’s work is visiting schools. Dealing with Gareth’s role is to deal children aged 10/11 with Minor Damages. years, especially re 101 is the phone num- drugs, knives and antiber for Non Emergen- social behaviour. cies. 999 is always for Gareth organises sports tournaments for emergencies. the children so he can get to know them betBe on the lookout for ter. Bogus Callers. Make The Meltham Group sure you check everyone’s ID before allow- must say THANK YOU to the family of the late ing them into your home. The main Bogus Fred Hirst who donated a cheque for £113 Callers say they are from the Gas/Electric/ from the collection at the funeral. Water Board. If a Bogus Caller or any susI would like to say a picious persons calls at your door the more big THANK YOU to all the volunteers today details about size, for their help and supgender, clothing and colouring you can give port on preparing and serving the lunch. the police helps with catching the criminals. Jenny Allgood Western Union is a

Right: PCSO Gareth Hunt

Left: Meltham Members enjoying a brew!

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Meltham Coffee Morning
The Meltham Coffee Morning was a great success. We made a profit of £267-82p. There was a Raffle with seven prizes which included a basket of fruit, a bunch of flowers, a plant, bottles of wine, a tin of chocolate biscuits, box of chocolates and an offer of two hours gardening plus ten pounds worth of garden plants. Arnold Lodge and Neil Craven took coffee and biscuits round the village shops. As usual the cake and marmalade stall, tombola and book stall were firm favorites, along with Liz’s potted outdoor plant stall. A big THANK YOU to everyone who helped, we couldn’t do it without you all. Jenny

Another successful coffee morning!

Holmfirth Project Group
3rd August Jill continued with her Diamond Years work with the members drawing and painting their 50s dresses. While this was going on Shirley S did a 50s TV quiz which led members and volunteers down memory lane – between us we got most of the answers. Shirley also took a few photos of members to make sure everyone has a good photo for the front of their scrapbook. 17th August Jill was with us for morning and afternoon sessions and so she worked with all the members on fabric printing for their 50s model dress. While Jill worked with one half, the other half started their scrapbooks by writing or talking about ‘their story’ or about their life in the 50s. These were read out and recorded. Some fascinating stuff came out such as Hazel’s experience of on the job training in the mill. She asked her boss if she could learn to weave and was told “there’s the machine – gerron with it!”. It did work – she later made her son’s wedding suit. Janet Potter



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Hello everyone we hope that you are all well and thoroughly enjoying your Friend to Friend sessions. In our last two sessions we continued reminiscing about ‘playground rhymes and old sayings’. Talking about these has been interesting, amusing and nostalgic as many of the sayings and rhymes are seldom heard today. Sadly Yorkshire dialect seems to be on the wane in our village. The previously ‘tightknit' community of Marsden has gradually changed over the years with the closure of the mills and lots of new families moving into the village from other areas. Marsden is a lovely friendly place to live and we believe that the good natured ‘old sayings and rhymes’ of the district should be recorded for posterity before they are lost in the mists of time. Happily the members and volunteers have now collected enough material to create a small booklet of ‘playtime rhymes and local sayings’. It is also interesting to note that other people are also of the same mind. Recently the bus company Arriva said it wanted to ‘preserve Yorkshire heritage’ by including Yorkshire sayings on their fleet of ‘17 brand new buses.’ They asked bus passengers from all over Yorkshire to nominate their favourite Yorkshire sayings. On Yorkshire Day (1st August 2012) Arriva announced the top ten Yorkshire sayings as nominated by their passengers. Arriva’s top ten Yorkshire sayings were: 1. Sit thissen dahn an' tell me abaht it 2. See all, 'ear all, say nowt. Eat all, sup all, pay nowt. An' if th'ivver does owt for nowt, allus do it for thissen 3. Ee, by gum 4. Tha’ can allus tell a Yorkshireman, but tha’ can’t tell ‘im much 5. Well, Ah'll go to t’foot of ahr stairs 6. It’s neither nowt nor summat 7. Put t'wood in t‘oil 8. Wheere ther’s muck, ther’s brass 9. Ey up 10. An' Ah'll tell thi that fer nowt ‘The sayings were launched at Batley Mill on Saturday, 1st August along with two of the 17 new buses being introduced into service.’ Arriva said they wanted to ‘showcase the wit and wisdom of Yorkshire’ on their new buses which will run in Dewsbury, Batley, Birstall and Bradford. Interestingly, the Arriva top ten Yorkshire sayings are all in the Marsden Friend to Friend sayings collection. A Yorkshire Dialect Joke. A Yorkshire vet had finished for the day and to check there was no-one waiting shouted from his surgery into the waiting room "Is there anyone left in there?" A man replied "Only me, vet" Vet asks "What is is?" "Cat's reet poorly" came the reply. Vet asks "Is it a Tom?" "No, I brought it wi' me Cynthia Phillips

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Editor In Chief
FtF Editor in Chief, Suzanne Nicholas is away on a well deserved trip to France this month (hence the shorter than usual newsletter!) We would like to take this opportunity to let you all know a little bit about Suzanne and thank her for all her efforts. Suzanne was Head of Languages at Colne Valley High School for many years. She then went on to work part time for a doctors surgery as a receptionist before retiring to care for her parents. Suzanne is part of a rock choir and recently performed at Huddersfield Town Hall as well as taking part in a ‘flash mob’ at Junction 32 Castleford!. Rock Choirs wowed shoppers by giving impromptu performances of ‘dancing in the street’ and ‘something inside so strong’. I am sure you will join us in saying a huge thank you to Suzanne for all her hard work and time she gives to Friend to Friend.

Below: Huddersfield Rock Choir’s performance at Huddersfield Town Hall, July 2012 Suzanne in action!


Answers to last month’s quiz: 1. How often do the games take place? Every 4 years 2. When and where did the original Ancient Olympic Games take place? Over 2,000 years ago in Greece 3. What does IOC stand for? International Olympic Committee 4. What do the 5 coloured rings represent? The 5 Continents 5. Where does the Olympic flame start its journey? Olympia in Greece (original home of the ancient games) 6. What metals are used for the medals? Gold, Silver and Bronze 7. What are the names of the London 2012 mascots? (Hope you have read the first page!) Wenlock and Mandeville 8. What does the Olympic motto ‘Citius, Altius, Fortius’ mean? Faster, Higher, Stronger 9. How many sports will be at the 2012 Olympics? 26 10. Who is the Chair of the London 2012 organising committee? Sebastian Coe

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August Quiz

Do you remember the following adverts? Fill in the missing words: 1. You’ll wonder where the yellow went when you brush your teeth with ………………………... 2. Go to work on an ………………………. 3. And all because the lady loves …………………………………..! 4. For mash get ………………………….. 5. Have a break, have a ……………………………….. 6. The milk chocolate that melts in your mouth not in your …………………… 7. Polo, the mint with the ……………………….. 8. The sweet you can eat between ……………………(Milky Way) 9. Too good to ……………………….. mint. (Murray Mints) 10. Opal fruits, made to make your mouth ……………………….. 11. A finger of …………………………. is good enough to give your kids a treat 12. Cadbury’s Roses ………………….. on you. 13. Bounty, the taste of …………………………….. 14. Happiness is a cigar called ………………………….. 15. ……………………….. refreshes the parts other beers cannot reach.