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WDH supports emergency food banks13 December 2018

Published 13 December 2018
WDH and Outwood Grange Academy Trust have donated £1000 each to make sure foodbanks are stocked in the lead up to the Christmas holidays.

Working with Older People: The Open Heart Memory Café 10 October 2018

Published 10 October 2018
Janet Ward runs the Hemsworth Open Heart Memory Café each month. The café is run by a group of volunteers and is regularly attended by 30 to 40 people from across the South East of Wakefield. The café is for people with Alzheimer’s and their carers and provides a place where they can come along and socialise with others. They provide a number of activities suitable for people with dementia and older people including boccia, jigsaws, bean bag activities and regular sing alongs. The group also hold another weekly session for older people which aims at reducing social isolation amongst the older community and are looking at organising some trips for them.

St Patrick’s Day celebrations20 March 2017

Published 20 March 2017
Youngsters from St Helens Primary School choir celebrated St Patrick’s Day by singing songs, playing bingo and taking part in craft activities with residents at WDH’s Ashfield House Independent Living Scheme in Hemsworth last week.

West End Terriers will be playing grrrrr-eat this season thanks to WDH29 November 2016

Published 29 November 2016
The West End Terriers football club based in Hemsworth will be playing great this season thanks to a community grant from WDH.

WDH apprentices give Hemsworth students careers advice10 February 2016

Published 10 February 2016
Two WDH apprentices recently visited a group of Year 11 students in Hemsworth to help promote the start of our 2016 apprenticeship scheme.

Our Christmas competition winners – week one 7 December 2015

Published 7 December 2015
Our 2015 Christmas competition has started, and we’ve already contacted our first five winners!

Want a job but don’t know where to start?25 November 2015

Published 25 November 2015
Do you live in a WDH property, are you over 16 and are you looking for a job but don’t know where to start?

Wrays Homes celebrate 100th birthday5 August 2015

Published 5 August 2015
Residents, trustees and guests of the almshouse charity, Wrays Homes, in Ossett celebrated the building’s 100th birthday recently with a garden party.

WDH apprentices help students build new skills11 March 2015

Published 11 March 2015
Two WDH apprentices visited a class of construction students in Hemsworth to promote the start of WDH’s 2015 apprenticeship scheme.

WDH supports children’s Halloween party4 November 2014

Published 4 November 2014
A play group in Hemsworth held its annual Halloween party with the support of WDH last week.
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Plans for camera obscura in Pontefract


Plans for camera obscura in Pontefract

Published 24 September 2015

An old bird aviary in Pontefract’s Valley Gardens has been renovated as part of WDH’s Love Where You Live project, an initiative which aims to transform and improve local green spaces.

The aviary, which was dismantled in the 1990s, is being renovated as part of plans by the Friends of Friarwood Valley Gardens to transform it into a camera obscura next year.

A camera obscura is a device that led to the invention of photography and, once installed at Valley Gardens, will project an image to the viewing gallery for visitors, local groups and schools to enjoy.  

As part of the group’s efforts to complete the project, Colin White, the group’s chair, recently approached WDH for support. As a result WDH tradesmen and apprentices completed four days’ work last week re-pointing brickwork with a traditional lime mortar.

Dave Heptinstall, WDH Team Leader, said:  “The building now looks fantastic. By doing the work we’re not just helping a great community project, we’re also developing our apprentices who got the opportunity to work with limestone mortar, something that’s not used in modern-day building techniques.

“It’s the first time I’d been in the park, and I’ve learnt a lot about it from Colin and the group. The site’s got a lot of history, and everyone who’s been involved is really proud to be part of the aviary’s journey towards its completion.”

Colin said: “We’re really pleased with the work that’s been carried out. All the tradesmen have done a fantastic job restoring the building, and it’s now preserved for the future. At the moment we’re using the building’s shutters to display artwork from local schools, and in July we installed new paving, so we’re slowly working our way towards completing the project.”

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