Merry Christmas from all of the team at Wyedean This year, instead of sending Christmas cards the company made a donation to our nominated charity: Airedale Hospital Neo-Natal Clinic. To read more about the unit click here. We close for Christmas on Friday 22nd December and will reopen on Tuesday the 2nd January.
The annual Haworth 1940s weekend this year took place between Friday the 19th of May and Sunday the 21st of May. This famous annual event sees Haworth transformed into a traditional World War II version of itself with locals and visitors dressing in 1940s attire to celebrate and commemorate the war, but to also help raise money for Armed Forces and local charities. This year’s chosen charity was the Pilgrim Bandits Charity, which was formed by veterans of the Special Forces in order to inspire wounded soldiers to live life to its fullest, in spite of often dreadful injuries. To date, the 1940s weekend has raised almost £100,000 for charities. 2016’s focus was on the strategic importance of the airborne forces, while 2017’s theme was on the contribution made by Special Forces. The 1940s weekend attracts over 25,000 visitors a day but this year, however, due to the wet weather, the footfall on Saturday was significantly reduced. 2017 is the final year that Wyedean will be able to open up its carpark for the weekend due to forthcoming developments but many thanks go to Skipton Properties and Airedale Springs who allowed the use of a huge space in front and behind the mill. This year Wyedean volunteers and friends of Wyedean managed to park over 975 cars across the two days and raised £5,675 for the Pilgrim Bandits and other local charities. £800 of the total amount was from the selling of programmes, while on Sunday the carpark was full to capacity and we had to turn people away. Well done to all who helped to make this year’s 1940s Weekend a huge success. Visit our store to buy your military accessories ready for next year.
Wyedean is hugely proud of its deep roots in Haworth, and in addition to supporting the local community by employing many people from the village, it also supports various local charitable causes. From the Haworth 1940s weekend to Oxenhope Straw Race and more recently Haworth Primary School. Wyedean’s Managing Director, Robin Wright took great delight, this week, in visiting Haworth Primary School, to see first-hand, the positive impact an interactive learning aid that Wyedean donated has had on the pupils there. The school was recently inspected by Ofsted, the results of which concluded that it was outstanding in two categories and good in three others. But in order to maintain this level of excellence – which is a particular challenge given the current economic climate, and government cuts - the school has reached out to local businesses with a project called ‘The Business Friends of Haworth Primary School’. This project sees the school attempting to gain financial support from local businesses to help promote and improve the school’s facilities. The project features numerous proposals of varying degrees of size and complexity, which will be undertaken over the coming years. For instance, one such proposal is that Haworth Primary School wishes to update its play and sports equipment. It wants to ensure its pupils are using only quality educational toys and equipment to promote learning. The second requirement, and one that Wyedean helped realise, relates to the use and importance of interactive learning aids. Research has shown that pupils learn better when able to use their hands – adding interactivity helps greatly with understanding and comprehension. With this in mind, and with the school’s existing equipment, broken or obsolete, Wyedean donated a new interactive smart board to help with the children’s learning. The final and largest proposal is that Haworth Primary School hopes to build an Eco Classroom in the school grounds. The environment in which the students learn has a significant impact on the quality of their learning. The school aims to develop a strong environmental ethos in its children and focusing on providing a quality environment is central to this. We received many letters thanking Wyedean for the donation with many children expressing how the smartboard will help further their education. “You have made our lessons more fun.” “Our teacher can move words and images which develops faster thinking skills” “There are so many things we can do with the new whiteboard that we couldn’t do before.” “We no longer have to stand on chairs to turn the board on. We now have a remote control instead.” “As it has built-in speakers we don’t hear a buzzing sound that affected our learning.” Wyedean is delighted with the overwhelming positive responses it received from the children and encourages other local business to support this worthy cause.
On Saturday 14th November 2015 a team of volunteers from Wyedean gave their time to take part in a local tree planting session at Mould Grieve Farm, Marsh Oxenhope. The project is one of many organised by the Forest of Bradford organisation who have now planted over half a million trees locally. In spite of very wet weather and muddy conditions, a 180m section of hedgerow was planted comprising approximately 900 saplings. Species planted included Hawthorn, Blackthorn, Hazel, Guelder Rose, Field Maple, Crab apple and Rowan. As well as capturing carbon from the atmosphere, hedgerows are an invaluable habitat which support insects, birds and mammals and often provide links between other otherwise isolated pockets of wildlife. Forest of Bradford will be holding many more planting days over the winter and Wyedean staff are keen to take part again. Fingers crossed for better weather though! Wyedean is an environmentally friendly company and holds ISO 14001 certification.