Temporary base for Howlands charity

A LOCAL charity has found a temporary base to work from while their current home is refurbished.

Following an appeal in The Press for new premises, the Dewsbury & District League of Friendship – now known as Howlands – will spend the next three to four months at Staincliffe Park Pavilion.

Howlands won a large grant for a full refurbishment of their School Street community hub in Dewsbury town centre.

The group were successful in a bid to the Big Lottery Building Communities Fund, who awarded them a grant of £459,818 for a major overhaul of the building.

The Friends of Staincliffe Park community group contacted Howlands officials after they appealed for a temporary new home and an agreement was reached.

Many of Howlands’ members are people with a wide range of disabilities. It is an important social venue and also provides regular arts and crafts classes for the community.

The last classes and meetings at the centre will be held this afternoon (Friday), and staff and volunteers will spend next week clearing the building to allow the architect and builders to take over.

The first classes at their temporary base on Dewsbury Gate Road begin on Monday April 3.

League of Friendship chairman Tom Ellis said: “We are looking forward to seeing everybody at Staincliffe Park Pavilion, which we think will provide us with a good temporary home.”

There is plenty of car parking at the pavilion and the area is well served by local buses.

Numbers 212 and 282 drop off on Dewsbury Gate Road outside the building and the 268 and 268a routes have stops just around the corner on Halifax Road.

Howlands have a temporary phone number for use while the group is based in Staincliffe: for all enquiries, call 07492 409507.

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