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Carols & Christmas Songs in the Conservatory

Gledholt Male Voice Choir

The Friends of Greenhead Park and Gledholt Male Voice Choir have got together to put on a free concert of carols and Christmas songs in the attractive surroundings of the Greenhead Park Conservatory.  The concert is on Saturday 5 December from 4pm to 5pm and everyone is welcome to come along and get in the Christmas mood.

Mince pies & mulled wine will be on sale to raise funds for the Friends and there will be a collection in aid of the Choir.

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Christmas treats at The Park

Treat yourself to a delicious Christmas lunch at The Park café – available on Thursdays 3 & 10 December and Fridays 4 & 11 December.  The Christmas menu will be served from 12.30pm to 1.30pm and costs £11.95 for two courses or £14.95 for three courses, including tea or coffee.  Advance booking is essential (£5 deposit per person). For more information call 01484 221515 or e-mail GHPark.conservatory@kirklees.gov.uk.

Please note that there will be no café menu available on these dates.

Other Christmas treats in store at The Park are a Festive Party Night on Friday 11 December (booking required) and Breakfast with Santa on Sunday 20 & Monday 21 December. After all the excitement, The Park will be closed for a few days – from 2pm on Christmas Eve, reopening on Saturday 2 January 2016.

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New way to get orientated in the park

Greenhead Park now has a permanent course, designed by East Pennine Orienteering Club, to give you the chance to try a non-competitive or leisure form of this popular activity.  Orienteering is an exciting outdoor sport that exercises both the mind and the body.  The aim is to navigate in sequence between control points marked on a unique orienteering map and decide the best route to complete the course in the quickest time.  It doesn’t matter how young, old or fit you are, as you can run, walk or jog the course and progress at your own pace.

The new course in  Greenhead Park has four options to choose from – two short courses (A & B) which can be completed by wheelchair users or people with buggies, scooters etc; one medium length (C); and one which takes in all the controls (D).

The downloadable map includes guidance on how to complete the course, and you can find out more about orienteering on the East Pennine Orienteering Club website.  EPOC also run occasional coaching sessions in Greenhead Park for anyone who’d like to have a go at orienteering or improve their skills and there are Xplorer sessions specially for children too.  Look out for details in our monthly events listings.

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Come on down and have a bowl!

Greenhead Park’s bowling greens opened in June 1927, and the Bowling Club formed that year has been going ever since, so there’s a long tradition of bowling in the park.

Anyone is welcome to bowl on the greens when they are not in use for matches.  There is almost always at least one green free for public use, even when the Club is playing at home.

If you don’t have your own, you can borrow bowls from the Friends of Greenhead Park on Wednesdays from 1.30pm to 2.30pm – and other times by arrangement. Contact us for more details.

Greenhead Park Bowling Club currently plays in the Huddersfield & District Veterans League on Monday and Tuesday afternoons, and holds club competitions on Thursdays too.   New members of all ages are always welcome – contact Geoff on 07445 994791 or Richard on 07813 738162 for more details.

Everyone wants to see the greens well-used, and individuals or groups who would like to bowl regularly in the park, especially in the evening or at weekends, are particularly welcome.

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Huddersfield’s best address

From Tudor times until the early 20th century, one of Huddersfield’s grandest houses stood where Greenhead College is today.  A century after its demolition it is largely forgotten, but the imprint of its extensive grounds lives on in the great open space of Greenhead Park.  It was home to some of the town’s most prominent citizens, always at the centre of local affairs and sometimes linked to great events of national and even international history.  The English and American civil wars, the Jacobite rebellion of 1745, revolutionary stirrings in the early 19th century, slavery and anti-slavery all come into its remarkable story.

Now you can read all about four centuries of life at Greenhead Hall in a new Friends of Greenhead Park publication by local historian, David Griffiths.  David is a member of the Friends and author of our popular history of the park, Secured for the Town, published four years ago to celebrate the park’s restoration.

Huddersfield’s Best Address costs just £4 from The Park cafe (adjoining the conservatory) and local bookshops.  You can also buy it direct from the Friends at our Wednesday drop-in session and at Friends’ meetings and events.  It’s available by post too – at £4.95 including P&P – from Friends of Greenhead Park, c/o Refreshment Rooms, Greenhead Park, Huddersfield HD1 4HS.

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It’s summer at The Park!

Lovely surroundings for a meal or snack

The Park cafe in the conservatory has moved to new summer opening hours – Monday to Sunday, 9am to 5pm. This is the first time the cafe has been open for breakfast at 9am – a treat for the earlier riser! Food orders are taken up to 3pm, with drinks and cakes served until 4.45pm.

A recent addition to the menu is a range of smoothies and frappes, and other new menu items are planned soon.

Also on sale at The Park are Friends of Greenhead Park publications including our new range of greetings cards and an illustrated history of the park by local historian, David Griffiths. A new publication by David will be on sale soon, chronicling four centuries of life at Greenhead Hall, which stood where Greenhead College is today.

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Find your way around!

East Pennine Orienteering Club are offering coaching sessions in Greenhead Park for anyone who’d like to have a go at orienteering or improve their skills.

Orienteering is an exciting outdoor sport that exercises both the mind and the body. The aim is to navigate in sequence between control points marked on a unique orienteering map and decide the best route to complete the course in the quickest time. It does not matter how young, old or fit you are, as you can run, walk or jog the course and progress at your own pace.

The next sessions are on Wednesday 27th May, 11.30am to 12noon and Thursday 23rd July, 11.30am to 12noon. Participants will learn to navigate quickly and accurately using a detailed map of the Park, use orienteering techniques and develop new skills.

Meet at the Xplorer table (look for the banner) in the main playground. The session is free although children can then put their skills into practice using an Xplorer map (£2- includes 2 courses, questions to answer, certificate and stickers)

You can find out more about orienteering at www.eastpennineoc.org.uk or contact Coach Viv Barraclough on 07906 500541 or viv.barraclough@cantab.net

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Greetings from Greenhead Park