Honley - Latest Good News Stories

General update on Positive actions taking place

“Honley has to date successfully handled  30% of  all referrals received in the Holme Valley thanks to the support of our kind volunteer team, which remains the largest by far.


We’ve adopted 43 Honleyers for whom a regular chat, shopping, and prescriptions happen just as they would for anyone we cared about . Real friendships have developed which we believe will run the test of time and outlive COVID “

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Sylvia - Lead Co-ordinator

Our Latest Good News Stories are below, if you would like to look at some of our older stories just click the section at the bottom of the page

Business kindness continues

Many people live in a pretty village with shops, but in Honley we live in a community of businesses and so we weren’t surprised when the Punch team offered to cook for more than just the NHS. Wayne & Rick heard that Honley volunteers were supporting isolated folk, and started supplying tasting oven-ready suppers every Monday. One isolated beneficiary said “I used to hate Monday’s but now I call them Marvellous Monday’s as this is the day when my volunteer delivers my supper. I don’t have to cook but more than anything, it gives me something to look forward to”.


And if that wasn’t enough, this week, Punch has gone the extra mile again – hearing that Honley Junior is to increase its support to pupils, Wayne and Ric have added the School to their list of Monday munchers. “We understand how hard the teachers, assistants, cleaners and the rest of the team will be working and we just wanted to do our bit” said Wayne. “We plan to help get the school up and running, whilst helping the isolated villagers alongside the NHS staff, until 12 June. We’re enjoying doing our bit”.


Linda Goodall, Head of Honley Junior & Infants, commented “We’re just blown away by the kindness of the people and businesses in Honley. These meals are just perfect for the circumstances in which we find ourselves. Thank you to the Punch team!”

It's a wonderful place to live

Jane Woodage is appreciative of everything the village is doing to help the community in these strange times but she is concerned about the beauty salons that have had to close. Like many of us she has taken to wearing a hat to cover up the neglected hair do and is missing her weekly treatments.

“These salons used to be part of my weekly structure and they have been so kind to me over the years, I only hope that they survive the economical impact that the virus has had. I live with my husband who has vascular dementia and my appointments at the salons used to help relieve some of the stress. If they had special offers on they would call me to let me know and cheer me up enormously. I cannot praise all salons enough for their consideration and care. I really worry for them; all of the lovely staff at Tracy Peto, Lash Lounge and Taylor Hughes in particular.”

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Jane has lived in the same house for 22 years, she is an active member of the community and she has been overwhelmed by the kindness showed to her in recent weeks both from Sylvia, our volunteer coordinator and the wider community. “It’s a wonderful place to live, lets hope all of our local businesses can get back to normal soon, they are going to need all of our support when they do so.”

Eliza’s Daily Album in Lockdown

Eliza is 15 weeks old and has spent the past five weeks of that time in lockdown with her Mum Georgie. In order to share the joy of her baby’s first few weeks, Georgina committed to taking a photo of Eliza every day so that she cold share these precious milestones with family and friends, especially grandma.


Georgie explains, “I've been doing something on my personal social media profile with Eliza. Because she's not been able to meet a lot of the people I'd have taken her to see otherwise, I've posted a photo of her every day wearing a different outfit; beautiful clothes she was gifted and other bits I've bought her. My mum sends it to friends and relatives who aren't on social media and lots of people have said it's brightened their day and asked for me to carry on. One day I can show her these photos and tell her all about the unique times she was born into.”


Jill keeps on giving

You will all know Jill Swire (and her husband Ian) as the kind sponsor of the Feed the NHS project run through Punch Bar and Tapas. But Jill’s giving nature does not stop here. An avid seamstress who has made clothes for her grandchildren and complex quilts for many years, Jill tasked herself with making ten sets of scrubs for workers in care homes after she was inspired by the ‘Your Sewing Machine Needs You’, a national sewing campaign producing scrubs for the NHS.


Jill spotted an opportunity to download free patterns for the scrubs locally but when she discovered that the patterns were split into A4 sheets that needed to be taped together, she felt it would slow her down and she turned to two local businesses to help her print out A0 sized patterns in one piece. Daniel Knight, a local automotive sign writer printed one for her for free and Ben Whitham from Gate 9 delivered the rest at cost. She paid for all of the fabric herself and spent many hours at her machine to make the twin set protective clothing.


When the scrubs were completed she gave five sets to Susan Gledhill at Enfield Down nursing home and a further five to an NHS acute ward in Penistone that cares for people with dementia. Jill’s husband Ian even delivered the scrubs himself by taking the empty train to Penistone and walking all the way back home to Honley. The last set went to a nurse in Sheffield who was struggling to find petite scrubs to fit her. Jill has now stopped sewing the protective clothing for the time being as she is expecting her third grand daughter any day now, and as her daughter is struggling to buy clothes, Jill is being kept very busy making outfits for the new arrival in the family. What a star she is.


VE day in Honley

VE Day in Honley was a glorious affair in every way. From the colourful flags and bunting displayed in peoples gardens, outside businesses and in People’s Park to the singers and street parties all over the village.


VE Day, or Victory in Europe Day, marks the day towards the end of World War Two when fighting against Nazi Germany came to an end in Europe. It is traditionally held on a Monday but this year celebrations took place on Friday 8 May.


Honley celebrated in style. After the country wide 2 minutes silence at 11am a trumpeter played live from Peoples Park in Honley via the Honley Community Facebook page. The splendid decoration was designed by Tess Willis, a newcomer to the village who has a background in Art, design and textiles. Tess was the person who first co-ordinated the making of thousands of poppies for Honley Remembers. When she saw a post on social media saying that the original street parties had been cancelled due to Covid, she decided to decorate the park as a surprise for volunteer Carol Roberts. It took her over a week to reconfigure the design but it was well worth all of her efforts.


Many people enjoyed social distancing street parties; sitting out at the end of their gardens and drives to enjoy the day. On Croft Court Paul Jackson and daughter Abigail did a live music performance for their neighbours for well over two hours. And there were many more out singing and entertaining.


At 9 pm there was a nationwide sing a long from the doorstep, when Abe Richards, a Honley Volunteer and dad by day time, and a sax player by night, played "we'll meet again", - there wasn't a dry eye in the village


Our local postman Graham spent two weeks doing his rounds dressed in uniform to commemorate VE day and raise money for the NHS. In the week prior and after VE Day he was out and about in uniform and raised an astounding £500. Although the costume he wore was, in the most part, a fancy dress costume, the stripes were his own from Graham’s regiment. Well done Honley, you did our heroes proud.


Getting to know you

Jacqui Armitage one of our Honley volunteers has been really uplifted by the community supporting each other. She said the residents of Honey Head  have “all supported the NHS clap for our heroes on a Thursday night” She has found the village spirit really strong, in that  neighbours are supporting and helping each other. She added “It’s been lovely as the neighbours are all getting to know each other, houses have the rainbow pictures in their windows and teddies are on display. Families are keen to spot these on their daily walks. Another wonderful example of the fantastic Honley Village Community Spirit.

​Previous stories from launch to Friday 22nd May - click Here

  • Fantastic progress being made across all the Volunteer Groups

  • Punch have prepared over 3000 meals.

  • Savaro: A family favourite helping out in a crisis.

  • Friend to Friend continues through pandemic.

  • Sally Sew and Sew needs more volunteers

  • Thongsbridge Food Bank are sending out 160 packages a week

  • Taylors are doing a fantastic job supporting the Community.

  • The Phone Buddy's are doing a great job helping people  

  • Read all about Martyn Crouch and his fantastic volunteer efforts.

  • Our fantastic villagers are keeping  the village looking good.

  • The Schoolar family have been dog walking