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Friend to Friend Newsletter June / July 2013

English Pub Names

In this issue Pub names Denby Dale Walking Group May Denby Dale Walking Group June Denby Dale Group Diary Raffle Dates Fundraiser Holmfirth Project Group Honley Group Netherton Group Meltham Meal Saying Goodbye to Captain Mike Smithers Office details General Knowledge Quiz Answers to Football Team Teaser Quiz 9 10 8 5 6 7 1 2 3 4 Summers here and how many of us love a walk and a pub lunch with a nice cold drink? Have you ever thought where all our pub signs come from? The idea of the pub sign came to Britain at the time of the Roman invasion. Wine bars in ancient Rome hung bunches of vine leaves outside as trading signs but when the Romans came here, they found precious few vines in the inhospitable climate. Instead, they hung up bushes to mark out the inns and the names Bush or

Bull & Bush still survive. It would be centuries before the first recognisable pubs opened. Religious houses ran the earliest true inns to cater for pilgrims and knights on their way to the Crusades in the Holy Land. Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem, whose cellars are carved from the rocks beneath Nottingham Cas-

tle, is just such an example. Established in 1189, it claims the title of the oldest pub in England and was a stopover point for forces on their way to meet with Richard the Lionheart. Other signs on this theme are the Turks Head, Saracens Head and Lamb & Flag the lamb representing Christ and the flag the sign of the crusaders.

In the days of a largely illiterate population, pictorial signs were an essential way of advertising the inn or the type of entertainment on offer inside. Any pub called the Cock Inn or the Cock Pit would once have been a venue for cock fighting. As to other entertainments, the Bear denotes bear baiting, the Dog & Duck hunting, the Bull & Dog bull baiting and the Bird in Hand, falconry. Nowadays, the more modern sports are represented by names like the Cricketers Arms, the Anglers Rest or the Huntsman. Often the predominant trade of the area would give the pub its name. The Golden Fleece is a reflection of the local wool trade. The Coopers, Bricklayers, Saddlers and Masons Arms are commonplace signs. In the 18th Century, the population became more mobile and a need for coaching inns grew with predictable names such as Coach & Horses or Horse & Groom. Later the advent of steam gave every town its Railway Inn or Station Arms. Now, in Slaithwaite there is the Silent Woman. I wonder how this pub got its name? The mind boggles at the thought!

Denby Dale Walking Group May

Someone knows how to organise things - thank goodness! As there was no bus available this week David had planned a local walk in Skelmanthorpe and a visit to the Heritage Centre. He must have second sight, as the weather was certainly not good for a proper walk. A few of us managed to go downhill from the Darby and Joan meeting place with our brollies up, hoping to miss the puddles and met the others at the weavers cottage which is now The Heritage Centre. We were immediately taken back to our childhoods and our grandmothers days. Even as we crossed the step David was saying that he had donkey stoned it that morning so that it was clean to greet us. We were then taken in by the Sloans Liniment bottles and the wooden cotton reels and the Piggin? - an enamel jug to empty the hot water from the boiler. The coke fire was made by Bower and Childs which is still going in Huddersfield. There was a collection of irons which went from a hot iron to a steam iron to a gas iron, so we all thanked Faraday for electric irons. Brave souls then risked climbing the stone steps to the 'bedroom', which was also the weaving room. There is a loom in there which takes up most of the space, so where the Ma and Pa slept and the children is anybody's guess. David showed us a miniature of the hammock that they would have slept in - no thank you. As weaving technology progressed and mills were started, it is surprising

that home weaving carried on as long as it did, but home weavers were able to do small contracts whereas the mills needed larger contracts to keep going, so mill owners were able to make the best of both worlds. It was a very interesting afternoon out, especially for those who had worked in the industry locally or had ancestors who had. Thank you David and Ingrid very much. Julie Barber

Geoff Taylors account of the Denby Dale Walk in June

Different day, Different Venue, Different Bus OK so the different day was planned in advance, it being a Monday rather than the usual Tuesday. Alas the meant that some members were torn between Darby and Joan and Friend to Friend so numbers were down. Different venue: this was a last minute decision taken after picking up all members. We were due to go to Dunford Bridge but Ingbirchworth Nature reserve won the day. Paths had been improved, all the meadow flowers were in bloom including wild orchids and bluebells, and there were plenty of birds to play the game "what's that one". Some of the easy ones were coots and Mallard ducks swimming with their young on the reservoir. After an enjoyable walk in the sunshine we adjourned to Delph House Farm Ice cream Parlour when I heard said "why aren't you having an ice cream? You can always have a coffee at home." Some ice cream was even taken back for tea. Different bus: unfortunately the bus we were picked up in had to be returned to the Centre because of a slipping clutch. Good job we were in Denby Dale and good job there was another bus available! We had a different day out, full of incident that left us lots to talk about. Great! Geoff

Denby Dale Walking Group June by Julie Barber

This week the walk did not start off very well as Geoff had to take the bus back to Denby Dale and swap it for another as it wasn't behaving itself, but, fortunately there was a spare bus so we changed over and off we went - but not where we expected to go! Plan A was to go to Dunford Bridge and walk along the Pennine Trail, but Geoff had had a very good idea, to go somewhere new - to Ingbirchworth Reservoir. Excellent. The pathway has just been redone and was very easy to walk on; the seats had just been repainted and looked as though they may be still wet, but the sun was shining and had dried them out, so off we went. Water at one side, trees at the other - what more could you want - well at the end of our walk there were some wild orchids. Perfic! But, that wasn't the end of it - tea at Yummy Yorkshire Ice Cream Parlour, it couldn't get better. Well hopefully the cartons of ice cream taken home were still frozen when they got there. Excellent all round! -

Denby Dale Group

This month Mr Pinder came to tell us about his 28 years in the army. When he was a young lad he really wanted to join the RAF but as he had to take his Maths 'O' Level three times he thought he wasn't clever enough, so, as he didn't like school at all, he bunked off one day and signed on as a private soldier in The Duke Of Wellington's Regiment. He managed to get an 'A' Level or two, which his Commander didn't like (too clever for a Private) so he made him a Lance Corporal from the off. He went to Sandhurst for two years, which was very strict. The soldiers were not allowed out for the first 6 months - if all was well and everything was VERY neat and tidy they could have half a day off, but it never happened as there was always some little detail amiss. His further duties took him all over world until 1988 when on the very day our talk took place he was walking into Port Stanley and the Falklands War. He survived that, but many of his friends did not, and he went on to be Head of Public Information for NATO for a few years. He then transferred to the Foreign Office and so had to remain in the army for another year and that is why his 28 years in the army turned into 29. Riveting stuff. We then got our own brains going with a quiz on ladies names, which didn't tax us too hard - the winners were Marjorie Brown, Tony Fisher, Greta Hinchliffe, Gladys Kendal and David Lunn.

Diary Raffle Dates Friend to Friend Fundraiser

Jason McCartney drew the Diary Raffle for us at the Holmfirth project party. The other 5s were won by Audrey Fenwick for the 24th December and Muriel Stafford for the 18th April. The Walter Gale won the first last 5 was won by Gladys prize of 30. The date was the 27th February. Kendal for the 16th January. We would like to say a big The 2nd prize of 15 was won by Tom Arkwright, Anne thank you to the members Little's father. (Anne takes the and everyone else who bought a date The total sum Zumba classes). This date raised was 270!! was the 29th July

Holmfirth Project Group

Holmfirth Project Group held a party to celebrate the end of their Heritage Lottery project th The Diamond Years on Friday 7 June. This was the week, 60 years ago when Elizabeth II was crowned Queen. Everything including the weather was on our side. Our visitors included our MP Jason McCartney, Councillor Nigel Patrick, Jim Robison and students from Kirklees College. David Cockman who has spent so much time with us showed a DVD that he had made using photographs videos and recordings of the project. Thank you to him for all his efforts. Judy provided excellent food for all of us and the rest of the volunteers worked hard to keep everything working. More thanks go to our retiring Church Army cook, Mike. He has cooked for the main meal for approximately two years and well deserved the voucher we gave him. He also conducted Harvest Festival and Christmas services for us. We shall miss him for his care and his sense of fun. Anne has helped by producing desserts for the meals. She was presented with an orchid and although she is no longer going to contribute towards the meal she is going to join us a member. Stanley, Norman and Maggie entertained us musically. The whole session was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone. Shirley Simmonds

Honley Group
Once again, the Honley group decided to chance their luck at another Cannon Hall trip. The last time we went, the weather let us down so we were more hopeful for this June trip. The day started with a little drizzle but fortunately it fined up by the time we arrived and it stayed dry. Of course the ladies made a beeline for the restaurant where once again, rather large portions of fish butties, chip butties and jacket potatoes were consumed! After lunch, many people stocked up in the farm shop, checked out the rhododendrons and azaleas and it was soon time to leave. 1,2,3 9 only 9 ladies returned! Im sure we set off with 11? How is it possible to lose 2 octogenarians you may wonder? But, we did! No sign of the 2 nameless ladies but many (rather rude) suggestions about where they might be! Bushes and toy boys were mentioned but I really cant say more! The Cannon Hall staff were very helpful with their walkie talkies but after searching through the carparks, toilets, shops, caf and farm we were beginning to get a little concerned. The house was closed so no-one was in there. Where could they be? It was a mystery but thankfully, nothing more than getting a bit lost in the grounds! Alls well that ends well (but they are grounded for the next trip!) We did notice a lot of school children with high vis jackets and think we may investigate them for the next trip out. Either that or a ball and chain! No harm done and it certainly gave us all a chuckle. We did call in at the Garden Centre in Shelley on the way back but they had no water. It was on the TV that evening that this area of Huddersfield had lost water due to a large burst pipe. So we were not able to get a cuppa but had a look around the shop at least. The 2 ladies who got lost, showed that they still had a sense of humour as they threatened to hide from us before getting on the bus again then they thought better of it! It was a lovely, amusing day though and we all enjoyed the afternoon. It will be a talking point for weeks I guess. Suzanne, Shirley and Janet

Netherton Group
The group met, as usual, at the North Light gallery in Armitage Bridge, where they had a beautifully prepared ham, chicken and egg salad, with bread and butter, followed by trifle (which tasted as if it had an extra ingredient added) - yummy!! Afterwards, a few of the ladies discussed their journeys which they will put down on paper and, with photos / pictures will be displayed in the gallery along with others from different groups who attend the gallery. They then spent the rest of the afternoon either playing dominoes or scrabble although there were murmurs of cheating being heard around the room. Maggie

Meltham Meal

Last Will

This month, the Meltham Meal had a speaker who came to talk and about making a will. He also discussed Power of Attorney, Lasting Testament Power of Attorney and the difference between the two. It is important to get these things in order as we get older and especially if someone decides to go into a home. If you would like more information or if you would like him to come to your group to talk about this, his name if John Mumford and you can contact him on 01848 600589.

Friend to Friend Meltham Members enjoying a delicious lunch.

Saying Goodbye to Captain Mike Smithers

Captain Mike Smithers, Church Army evangelist, has been working as a Missioner in the Holme Valley for five years. Mike has been the Chef for our Holmfirth Big Meal since May 2011 and we have all enjoyed some fabulous meals which he has made. We would like to say a BIG thank you to Mike who will be moving on to pastures new. We wish him and his wife Linda all the very best for the future. If you would like to say goodbye to Mike there will be a service on Sunday 7 July at 4.30pm at Holmbridge Parish Church. The service will be followed with light refreshments. If any member would like to attend, you are cordially invited to share in this celebration. (No gifts please but donations can be made for Church Army Africa) RSVP to Mrs Sue Thomson on 01484 687359 and please let her know you are a member of the Friend to Friend group. You can also email her on:

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Bringing older people together to enjoy a healthier, more active and less lonely old age.

Unit 8, Bridge Mills Huddersfield Road Holmfirth West Yorkshire HD9 3TW

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General Knowledge Quiz This is a real mixed bag of questions this month. Good luck! 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. What were the first two words to be broadcast live from the House of Commons? ... In Tudor Britain, what was known as night soil because it was removed at night by Gong farmers? .. In endeavouring to keep up with the neighbours, what might your neighbours be called? . To what did the daylights refer in the expression it scared the living daylights out of me? What might you be doing up a wrong tree? . To react to a situation quickly and effectively, what might you be thinking on? . In what water sport do all the team members, except one, move backwards? . If you were sitting on a three legged stool busy in vaccimulgence, what M A C would you be doing? . What T means fool or idiot in Spanish and Italian and was the name of the Lone Rangers side kick?

10. What G is advertised with the slogan Not everything in black & white makes sense? 11. The opposite of nocturnal, what term is used for animals that are active by day and rest at night? 12. What so-called fish are made up of 94-98% water and have no sensory organs, or a brain? .. 13. What are otters spraints, deers crotties, foxs scats and hares currants? 14. Don Diego de la Vega, the masked swordsman who leaves the mark of the Z, is otherwise known by what name? 15. What does boxing champion Bombardier Billy Wells bang on film, that makes it likely you would have seen him quite a number of times? .

Answers to last months Football Team teaser quiz! The sun shone BRIGHTON (8) the day we left our VILLA (5) and set sail for the ORIENT (6), then aboard an ancient wooden ship which had a HULL (4) riddled with holes and a CREWE (5) made up of Scots, Welsh and others of the CELTIC (6) race. They were a rowdy bunch and did in fact WREXHAM (7) furniture after a heavy drinking session. The exception was the lad whose job it was to STOKE (5) the boilers. He won over peoples HEARTS (6) with his honest endeavour to conquer his lack of knowledge by practising his READING (7) alone as if he had been sent to COVENTRY (8). On the whole, the sea AYR (3) was good for the family and did my MOTHERWELL (10) as she had not had a holiday for so long. It certainly did her CHESTER (7) lot of good. Despite the weather we PRESTON (7) regardless heading for the island. We saw the hills, where the WOLVES (6) still roam freely and the natives BURY (4) their dead. For tea each night we had DUNDEE (6) cake, CHELSEA (7) buns and some rather OLDHAM (6) sandwiches which should have been better left alone!!
If you got all of these right, we are most impressed so well done! We struggled with a few of them. Many thanks to the member who sent in the quiz. We do not have your name but thank you anyway!

Well done if you managed to get 15 or more!

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