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Friend to Friend Newsletter May 2012
Queen’s Diamond Jubilee 60 Years
years) 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 1955-57

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 Group
Spring 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 Group
In 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 Eileen’s ‘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 Group
The 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 mother’s & 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 don’t 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 hasn’t 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 Exhibition
An 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 Project
Holmfirth 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 shouldn’t! 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.

Men’s Group

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

Meltham Old History Group
Our theme for this month was travel and transport and we were reminiscing about our holidays from the 1950’s to the1970’s. 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’-1980’s 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 Group
Hello and best wishes to everyone from the Marsden members and volunteers Liz and Cynthia. We at Marsden are absolutely delighted to hear of Shirley’s 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 copy.


We then finished our session with ‘warm down’ exercises. It was a stimulating and amusing session which everyone enjoyed.

Shelia creates an exercise while the members look on with interest! Those of us who went to the North Light Gallery to see the Friend to Friend Mosaic Exhibition enjoyed ourselves. The members were very proud of their work which was displayed in the Gallery Cafe; indeed all the mosaics in the exhibition were excellent. Well done everyone! It was also was nice to see the other Friend to Friend groups.

Some of Marsden Friend to Friend members at the Mosaic Exhibition Finally, we have some very sad news. Our good friend and member Elsie Lingard has passed away. Elsie was a member from the start of the Marsden Friend to Friend group. She participated in the sessions with much enthusiasm, good humour and a helping hand when needed. Elsie will be very sorely missed by everyone.


Olympic Torch relay. The Torch comes to Huddersfield on Sunday June 24th
The Torch Relay arrives on New Hey Road (A640) in convoy mode (when it is driven and the Torch is not on display) and changes to Torchbearer mode (when the Flame is being carried by a Torchbearer) at approximately 11.51am. It continues down Trinity St, passing Greenhead Park crossing the ring road and into the town centre, turning left onto Railway St and into St George's Square. The Torch then turns left onto John William St, then left onto Bradford Rd (A641) before it changes back into convoy mode for its journey to Brighouse. After the Torch has left Huddersfield join the celebration at PARKFEST 2012 in Greenhead Park from 12noon -6pm. Olympic-themed fun for all the family.

Rag rug making
A reminder that starting on the 12th June at Kirkroyd Infant School New Mill, we will be working on the Olympic Games themed Rag Rug with the children. The sessions will run on a Tuesday. Any more interested members should call the friend to Friend office and ask to speak to Jane. Telephone number is: 687773

Annual trip to Skipton Meltham On Friday 6thJuly, the Meltham group will be making their annual trip to Skipton. This year, there are spare places available to any other groups who may be interested in going along. A 51 seater bus needs to be filled! The trip leaves from Meltham and anyone joining will have to make their own way to Meltham for the coach. The total cost of the trip is £17-00 and this includes:
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Narrow boat ride Fish n Chips Raffle number Tips for the bus driver, café and boat.

If anyone is interested and would like to book a place, please call the Friend to Friend office on 01484 687773 for a booking form.


Answers to last month’s riddles:
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A man builds a four-walled house. Each of the walls, on the outside, face due south. The man looks out the window and sees a bear. What colour is the bear? Which is greater - half of quarter or quarter of half? How do you write 1000 with eight 8s? I have a tail, and I have a head, but I have no body. I am NOT a snake. What am I? There's an electric train travelling south. The wind is from the north-west. In which direction would the smoke from the train be blowing? While driving a father and his son had a car accident and then were rushed to two different hospitals. The son was about to be operated on when the surgeon said "I can't operate... This is my son!' Who is the surgeon? What does an Island and the letter T have in common? What falls, but does not break, and what breaks but does not fall? What's the missing letter? J?MAMJJASOND If you drop a 10 kg iron bar and a 10 kg bag of cotton from a height of 50 meters which will reach the ground first? ******************************************

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White The only place you can build a house with all walls facing south, is directly on the North Pole. The only bears in the Artic (where the North Pole is) are white polar bears. Both are equal. A 1/2 multiplied by 1/4 is 1/8. Likewise 1/4 multiplied by 1/2 is 1/8 888+88+8+8+8 = 1000 A coin An electric train has no smoke. His mother They're both in the middle of wa'T'er Night falls and day breaks The letter F (all letters represent the months and February is the missing one) Both will reach at the same time because both weigh the same

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Quiz about the Queen

The Queen has attended every opening of Parliament except those in 1959 and 1963. Why was this? The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh have sent approximately 45,000 what over the last 60 years? There have been how many popes during the Queen’s 60 year reign? The Queen has sent how many telegrams to centenarians in the UK and the Commonwealth during her 60 years: a) 50,000+ b) 100,000+ c) 175,000+ Royal Yacht Britannia was decommissioned in which year? In 1974 the Queen’s trip to Australia and Indonesia was interrupted and the Queen had to return to the UK. The Duke continued with the programme in Australia and the Queen rejoined the tour in Indonesia later. Why did she return? Why was the Queen’s visit to the Republic of Ireland in May 2011 such an important and historic one? In which year did the Queen attend her first FA Cup Final? How many ships has the Queen launched during her reign? In which year was the first royal walkabout? In which year of her reign did the Queen NOT make a Christmas broadcast? What is the significance of this address for the Queen? 17 Bruton Street, London W1 What did the Queen learn to do in 1945? What is the date of the Queen’s birthday? Which item of the Queen’s jewellery came from the Clogau St David’s mine near Dolgellau in Wales?
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