Past Events


 
Saturday 7th October 2017 - Fungi Walk

A rather damp day - both underfoot and with bits of drizzle, but it didn't dampen our enthusiasm.
Stuart and Varsha led us through Doctor Wood and into Low Wood where specimens abounded.

Sulpher Tuft

A Sulpher Tuft

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Varsha finds a perfect specimen of Fly Agaric

Impressed

We were all very impressed

 
Friday 8th September - Bat Walk

A change of format for our annual bat night proved highly successful and our 16 participants were well rewarded on their evening ramble into the woods. Ian Butterfield started the event by presenting an illustrated talk in the Harold Club and from there we walked up towards Park Dam where we picked up immediately, on our bat detectors, the sounds of noctule bats - one of the first to emerge in an evening. There were also good sightings of them flying around the trees by the dam. Things only got better as we progressed on our walk down to Judy's Bridge and we managed to identify 3 further species - pipistrelle, soprano pipistrelle and Daubenton's, the latter being present around the stream by the bridge. Bats seemed to be everywhere and sounds and sightings occurred continuously throughout the duration of our walk. An excellent evening thoroughly enjoyed by all.

Bat

A bat

 
 
Saturday 5th August 2017 Summer Tree Identification Walk

We were leased to have colleagues from the Clifton Beck Project with us on the walk.  As well as identifying trees we assessed the impact our balsam pulling has had over the years of the area of the Scout Field which is now almost free of the beast.

Tree ID
 
Wednesday 28th June 2017 - Ramble to Lightcliffe Tea Rooms

Our team room ramble day started with pouring rain and the 7 hardy souls who turned up wondered whether we should go ahead.  However being made of sterner stuff, the view was taken that we should continue and so we headed for our destination of Lightcliffe Tea Rooms where the proprietors greeted us warmly.  After partaking of their splendid cakes and scones, we left for home (still in the pouring rain!), our numbers now rather depleted as one caught the bus and two headed for home in their car.  Those who made it back to Station Road by foot were well and truly soaked through.  A heartfelt thanks to all of you who turned out in such dreadful conditions.

Wet tea room ramble
 
Saturday 17th June 2017 - Balsam Bash
Dead or Alive

Our "Wanted Dead not Alive" challenge attracted 16 people who set about ridding the stream side of that dastardly rascal Impatiens glandulifera alias Himalayan Balsam. It was a very hot and sultry day and the reward of a free lunch at the Pear Tree in Norwood Green was taken up by some of our helpers, who toasted his demise with glee. Thanks to all who took part.

grub up grub up too
 
 
Saturday 20th May 2017 - Wildflower Walk

Unfortunately our annual wild flower walk was hit by the weather and there were only six participants when we started.  As the rain increased the numbers gradually decreased and only three returned to the starting point.  We are greatly indebted to Alice Gingell for once again educating us in various aspects of botany - this year the accent was on ferns - and for being so enthusiastic in spite of the awful weather. The day did have a very positive outcome when one of the participants, Catherine, joined our Practical Tasks Group!

 
Wednesday 19th April 2017 - Ramble to the pits at Jagger Park Wood

We made a detour from our usual route through Jagger Park Wood to view the three pits left by the Low Moor Company's mining of coal and ironstone in the later part of the 19th century. The site of the pits had been surveyed as part of our Roots of Judy Woods project in 2004 and much interest was shown by our walkers as Denis explained what had been found.
We then continued across the fields and into Green Lane past Jacque Roy and made our way back into the woods using Sowden Lane. Thanks Stuart for a varied walk full of interesting snippets of information.


Ramble
 
Friday 7th April 2017 - Annual General Meeting

After the business part of the meeting, when all our officers were re-elected, Seonaidh Jamieson, of Yorkshire Wildlife Trust gave us a presentation about "the Clifton Beck Project".
For details of the area covered please see

http://ywt-data.org/inns-mapper/content/clifton-beck-source-river-calder

The Friends will be supporting this project as Royds Hall Beck which flows through the woods is part of the Clifton Beck system.  Some members are to undergo training for the Riverfly monitoring scheme and in June friend from Clifton Beck will be helping us with our Balsam Bash - see Events and News page.

Clifton Beck
 
 
 
 
 
 
Tuesday 27th December 2016 - Seasons Greetings

It looks like we've found a new home for this event at the Harold Club. Thanks to Chris and team for making us so welcome! It was slightly surreal to find ourselves sitting on patio furniture in the sunshine enjoying chilli or pie and peas in December.

Around 140 folks joined the walk up past Royds Hall Dam and down Royds Hall Lane towards Horse Close Cottages and the woods.

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The Thieving Magpies seemed to be in a very aggressive mood this year and treated us to some splendid bashing of sticks and nifty footwork.

Magpies Thieving Magpies

The Bradshaw Mummers continued their fine tradition of mystifying us with their plots and lots of cross dressing. This year it was the turn of the Witchfinder General to be the baddie and he eventually met his comeuppance by meeting the devil.  Splendid stuff.

Bras at dawn

Bras at dawn.

Devil

Watt the Devil?

Once inside, the Harold Club lounge provided us with space for all to sit down and enjoy a pint or two (or three, or four....) and join in the carol singing. Then followed a general sing around with items from Ruth and Sadie Price, The Bromley Family and the massed voices of the Mummers and friends.

Bromleys
 
Saturday 22nd October 2016 - Fungi Walk

Fungi Walk

A large group with a big age range followed Varsha and Stuart into Doctor Wood.  It was eyes down and see what's at your feet. Our younger members were especially useful in searching out fungi in unexpected spots.

Rotting bough


The council's policy of leaving felled boughs of trees to rot, is proving to be a good place to look for all types of fungi.

Varsha

Here's Varsha with one of the earth balls we found.

 
Friday 2nd September 2016 - Bat Walk

Panic - Ian Butterfield was double booked but Mary stepped in and gave a slide show and quiz! As usual the event attracted new people and we had eighteen, including some families. Despite the quiz being about what we had seen and heard, no team got all the answers right. Sally, Rose, Denise and Paddy got the most correct answers. Ian had managed to get some bat detectors to us and as usual the 7 youngsters heard (and saw) more than us older ones!

 
Sunday 7th August 2016 - A stroll to Judy's Gardens

Although part of the Calderdale Heritage Walks programme, many of The Friends came on Mary's "Stroll to Judy's Gardens." We approached the woods from the war memorial in Norwood Green using the path down past Greenroyd. Once we had crossed the field, unexpectedly full of cows, calves, a bull and three shire horses, and got everyone through the "squeeze" stile, we were able to relax and enjoy our stroll. Mary explained that in Judy's time, and up until the early years of last century, the woods were private property and there would have been no access from Station Road. To visit Judy's Gardens visitors would have had to use the lanes or paths across the fields. We heard about Judy being fined 5/- for Sabbath breaking when she sold a penny's worth of nuts to a young boy. This seemed very harsh considering most people at the time would be working a 6 day week and Sunday would be the only time they could come down to the gardens.

 
Saturday 9th July 2016 - Summer Tree Identification Walk

It was lovely to see some new faces for this interesting walk led by Stuart Tordoff. He explained clearly how much leaves vary even on the same tree, so identifying them by their summer foliage is not easy. We have records showing 33 different trees have been seen in our woods.
Our route took us round the perimeter of Low Wood with short diversions and then down to Judy Bridge. We got some extremely good tips how to decide if it is a pedunculate (English oak) or a sessile oak and to look for clues such as, are the leaves opposite to each other. We actually saw 27 different trees, most of the others on our species list are in Jagger Park Wood, so we saw almost all of them.

tree walk

Downy birch left and silver birch on the right

Stuart Tordoff

Stuart working out what it is

 

Wednesday 15th June 2016 - Ramble - Mary's Walk and beyond.

Poor weather and holidays had an effect on the turnout but even the rotten weather couldn't spoil the enjoyment of the woods and good company. Stuart took us along the route of "Mary's Walk" (Our latest free walk booklet.) and on towards Woodside and back via Jagger Park Wood. We came across this scaffolding that had been erected where Tinker's Trail passes under the overhead powerlines

Walk scaffold
 
Saturday 21st May 2016 - Wild Flower Walk

Despite the very wet morning ten hardy souls turned up for the 2.00pm start (or 1.30pm, depending on which notice you read!) and were rewarded by an improvement in the weather although muddy conditions kept us to the main paths. Once again Alice Gingell was our leader and she not only guided us to 67 species of plants and grasses in flower, 6 ferns and 17 species of trees, but also gave us a botanical lesson in flower parts aided by a very informative model which she had made for the occasion (see photo). The bluebells were of course the highlight of the show but we also caught the last few of the wood anemones and the distinctive aroma of ramsons, enhanced by the earlier rain, left us in no doubt as to their presence.

Many thanks to Alice for giving up her time to instruct us again and to Sally who faithfully recorded our sightings.

alice
 
Wednesday 27th 2016 - Ramble meeting up with the Practical Tasks Group

Sally led us on a gentle stroll through the woods and as it was a Wednesday morning, we kept coming across members of the Practical Task Group about their regular business. 

admiring the work

Denis and his crew were busy preparing the area near Judy's Cottage to be sowed with wild flower seeds and the party stopped to admire the work so far.

path

A little further on we came across Alan and his crew who had completed a footpath upgrade at the beginning of the red marker trail. Much litter picking going on in the background too.

The walkers eventually wended their way to the Pear Tree at Norwood Green where we were joined by the members of PTG and we all enjoyed a hearty meal of Pie and Peas.  Thanks to Danny and staff for putting this on.

 
Friday 15th April 2016 - Annual General Meeting

We had a good AGM followed by three members giving short presentations under the title "Building Bridges". Mary showed us the development of the bridge area using maps, old documents and photographs. Denis followed by updating us on the progress of the work in Judy's Field and Alan explained what the PTG hoped to achieve in the Scout Field plus a brief resume of their work over the past year. There's a lot going on and more to follow.

 
Sunday 16th January 2016 - Winter Trees Identification walk

It's the first time we've done a tree identification walk in winter and it was a great success.

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Stuart is explaining how different tree species have different shaped canopies - but it was all over our heads!

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Our happy walkers - which included Geoff who took the photograph.

 
Monday 28th December 2015 - Season's Greetings
Usual place - The Pear Tree Norwood Green
Dancing, mumming, eating, drinking, singing,

It says it all! 118 people joined the walk through the woods and listened politely as Mary explained about the missing ash tree at the bridge.

Ash Tree
Mary explains Bridge

You don't half meet some funny people in the woods! Oh....it's members of Thieving Magpie doing the warm up for their dancing

Magpies

The Mummers play this year was about Luddites - not sure what this bear had to do with it - but it appeared a lot.

Here's old Enoch - the hammer that is

Bear Enoch the hammer

..and here's mad King George

King George

We had our usual carol sing in the Pear Tree afterwards and thank members of the West Yorkshire folk scene for supporting us and making it such an enjoyable event. Same place next year Tuesday 27th December 1pm but without the mud - we hope.

We thank Thieving Magpie and Bradshaw Mummers for taking up a collection to help the people of the Calder Valley caught up in the recent floods. £251 was raised. Thanks to all who contributed.

 
Saturday 24th October 2015 - Fungi Walk
 

Stuart Tordoff welcomed us and our panel of experts led by Varsha, Nicky and John from BEES helped to identify a wide range of specimens. We were also joined by foraging expert Andrew.
 
Wednesday 16th September: Ramble to Lightcliffe Tea Room

The weather forecast had been promising heavy rain and winds but it was a glorious day! We paused for a photo opportunity by Nord Green Nurseries before heading towards Bailiff Bridge and cutting through the fields to Lightcliffe Old Church and on to the tea rooms where we enjoyed refreshments. Local Historian John Brooke happened to be in the Tea Rooms and he gave us a brief history of the area and its families. It took a bit of persuading the party to continue on the ramble back through Norwood Green to Station Road. Thanks to Sally for a well thought out route.

walk Tearooms
 
Sunday 26th July 2015 - The Woods in Wartime - Mary's Walk
Despite the atrocious weather we had a good turn-out for the launch of our new walk leaflet.  We assembled at Wyke Methodist Church where photographs were on display and 1940's music got us into the wartime mood.  We then followed in the footsteps of 21 year old Mary Eastwood and found that in the intervening 73 years although some landmarks had changed a great deal, the woods still held a charm and peacefulness she would have recognised. If you would like to follow  Mary's walk, pick up a your free copy of the 24 page leaflet from Wyke Library or Roy Waterhouse's bathroom showroom at BD12 8HT
Mary's walk plan
Mary's daughter Wendy Faulkner is standing on the back row, behind the man holding the dog
 
Wednesday 24th June 2015 - Summer Ramble to Jacque Royd

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Our ramblers pause on the lane from Jacque Royd to Norwood Green.

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On the way through Jagger Park Wood this Sulphur Tuft was spotted.

 
Wednesday 27th May 2015 - Wild Flower Walk

A record attendance for this popular walk.  Alice Gingell tutored us in the finer points of recognising ferns and grasses. She recorded fifty eight plants in flower, two new species for our woods and five species of ferns. Here's a holly flower from which the berries will develop later.

gingell holly
 
Saturday 27th December 2014 - Season's Greetings

We had snow, we had ice, we had water and of course we had MUD! but over around 75 folks joined us a on route past Greenroyd to Judy Bridge and up High Fernley Road to come back into the woods via the mineral line to enjoy spectacular views across Huddersfield and over to Coley.

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Huddersfield Coley

Back at the Pear Tree even more people waited with hot soup for performances by Thieving Magpies and The Bradshaw Mummers

soup Mummers mumming
 
Watch this space for more photos. See video HERE!
 

Tuesday 21st October 2014 - Autumn Ramble to the Seventeen Fields

Despite the horrendous weather forecast, people still planned to attend. In the end the sun came out and 7 of us went for a lovely walk. It did try to rain at one time, but in reality we didn't even get wet. We started from Station Road, into the woods to Judy Bridge and enjoyed the sunlight coming through the trees. Then out, up the field where Peter T used to sledge in his youth. Then South across the A58 next to the Garden Centre, down towards Bailiff Bridge and through the Memorial Gardens. We then went up towards Scholes across '17 Fields' and back by the Moravian Church Hall and other buildings in Lower Wyke. It was lovely to walk on paths that were new to most of us. SJL

Ramble
 
 
Saturday 11th October 2014 Fungi Walk

Another very pleasant autumn day for our Fungi Walk led by Varsha Patel with help from Nicky Kirby. Someone commented near the beginning of the walk that there had been far more fungi to see in the preceding weeks, yet we managed to spot 33 which included nine new species for our Judy Woods list. Varsha and Nicky identified the specimens - the rest of us flicked through illustrations in books! Our "rare" Old Man of the Woods made his first appearance since 2007 although he was in a pretty sorry state. The first time we spotted him was the Fungi Walk of 2002.

Nicky Kirby Varsha Patel
Nicky Kirby Varsha Patel with a Wood Wooly Foot fungus
Golden Scaly cap
Golden Scaly Cap
Friday 5th September - Bat Walk

It was a lovely evening for the bat walk on 5th September but, unfortunately, the bats weren't playing ball! We saw some Pipestrells shortly after entering the woods and in the area around Judy Bridge, the bat monitors which Ian provided picked up what may have been Noctule and Daubenton's bats but they managed to eluded us. The photo shows Ian with his bat monitor picking up the sound of the Pipestrells.

Bat walk
 
Saturday 2nd August - Summer Ramble

Alan Williams led the walk in a dry two hour interval between the rain showers. As the small group comprised exclusively of FOJW committee members, we diverted from the planned route several times and discussed possible future work for the PTG. It was an enjoyable and useful morning.

A recently felled tree at the bottom of the main steps by the bridge will be allowed to rot and provide a home for beetles and fungi like this nearby specimen.

Summer ramble Fun Guy
 
Saturday 19th June 2014 - Archaeology Walk

In a long stretch of hot, sunny weather, we were very unfortunate to catch the one wet and muggy day for our walk, but it did not deter Denis' enthusiasm.  Using Lidar Maps and results of his own surveys Denis explained current theories for the ground disturbances in the woods.  Lots of questions were asked and excellent answers given.  Thanks to those who came and braved the rain.

Archeology Walk
 
Saturday 21st June 2014 - Tree Identification Walk

You could have been mistaken in thinking there would be nothing but beech trees to spot in Judy Woods.  But believe it or not in the course of the two hours walk we encountered twenty seven different species of trees !  These included a Swedish whitebeam only recently added to the list and on the walk itself we realised there were some large leaved lime trees on the banking overlooking Judy's Field.  A big thank you to Stuart for all the work which must have been involved in tracking down all the individual specimens listed on our species list. The guelder rose evaded us - but there's always another day.

Lime Swedish Whitebeam
Yes, it's definitely a large leaved lime Checking the underside to confirm it's a Swedish whitebeam
 
Wednesday 21st May 2014 - Spring Ramble
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What more delightful occupation is there on a warm spring afternoon than taking a walk with good company in delightful surroundings?  Our select group couldn't agree more as they pause just above the Wheel 'Oile in Norwood Green before climbing the hill to Wynteredge and Coley and returning via Shelf Woods and Kester Hole.

Brian strides ahead through a meadow of buttercups on a perfect spring afternoon. 

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The mast at Emley Moor stands out amid the blossom and wild flowers.

The Sister's House at Priestley Green is looking its best with wisteria, lilac and laburnum in full flower.

 
Saturday 17th May 2014 - Wild Flower Walk

This year's season of walks got off to a good start on a perfect summer's morning.  The sun was out and the blue bells looked gorgeous as Alice Gingell led a dozen or so off to see a new species for our Judy Woods list.

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The marsh stitchwort might not look too exciting but it's the first time we've spotted one in our woods. 

pink Frog

On the same tree stump was a pink slime mould and this little frog who entertained us with his antics.

wall fern

Another diminutive "little white job" clinging to the wall on High Fernley Road - the three veined sandwort,

We were thoroughly briefed on the five different ferns which could be found in the woods, but some of the party could only identify the hart's tongue (1) with any confidence.  Never mind there's always next year!

 
Saturday 28th December 2013 - Season's Greetings

The theme of the walk this year was NEW things to look out for on the walk through the woods.

NEW old photos of Norwood Green Colliery
NEW QR code information posts
NEWLY fallen trees
NEW path improvementsAnd a whole batch of NEW mud to walk through

Around 130 people marvelled (or not) at the technology involved in the JAMES project QR codes. We were amazed at the destructive force of the fallen trees some of which had taken down robust metal fencing. 

Back at the Pear Tree even more people joined in to watch Thieving Magpies strut their stuff and to wonder once more about the deep meaning of the Bradshaw Mummers Play.  Soups, rolls and mulled wine accompanied the singing of carols which went on well into the afternoon. Thanks again to Yvonne and Tony of the Pear Tree for their hospitality.  See you all next year - Saturday 27th December - same times, same place!

 
Saturday 18th October 2013 - Fungi Walk

A bumper season for fungi this year and a good crowd of interested folks of all ages. Varsha did some sterling work identifying specimens with and we appreciated help from Nicky too.

Fungi 2013

Varsha and Nicky check whether it's edible or not!

Earthball

The inside of an earthball.

 
Wednesday 18th September 2013 - Autumn Ramble

Fourteen of us enjoyed a ramble through Low Wood, Norwood Green and across Lightcliffe Golf Course to a rather "grave" furthest point at old St Matthews church yard, Lightcliffe. The Friends of St Matthews Group should be congratulated on the work done so far in the yard. We dodged showers, horses and this sheep didn't look too pleased either.

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Autumn Ramble
 
Friday 6th September 2013

Sadly we had to cancel the Bat Walk as it was cold and had been raining heavily all day.  Not good weather for bats to catch insects in.

rain
 
Wednesday 17th June 2013 - Summer Ramble

At last some decent weather and what a scorcher for our walk to Jaque Royd, lead by Stuart. It turned into a very enjoyable nature ramble when he produced some tree spotting guides produced by the Woodland Trust.  We saw another slime mold and lots of fungi on trees.  A good sign for the fungi walk?

 

Pony

The assembled ramblers admire "my little pony"

willow

Here's Brian and Sally trying to discover what sort of willow it is.

 
Wednesday 22nd May 2013 - Wild Flower Walk

Alice Gingell (in the hat) is really getting into her stride as our wild flower expert.  We went around the perimeter of Low Wood and saw this .... on the wall in High Fearnley Road.  We left the woods via the path through the fields to Norwood Green and added lots of species to our list on this new route for the wild flower walk.

 

Wild Flower walk White Flower
 
Wednesday 15th May 2013 Spring Ramble

This was Sheila's first time as a FOJW walk leader and at least the weather managed to keep fine after a full morning's rain. The five of us had an enjoyable time and as you can see Sheila made a new friend.

Sprong Rumble Spring Ramble 2012
 
Saturday 11th May 2013 - Practical Task Group Walk


The idea behind this walk, led by Alan Williams, was to show FoJW members and those from other Friends Groups in the city what our Practical Task Group has done in the woods. We wonder if you can spot the people from the PTG??

PTG Walk
Thursday 18th April 2013 - AGM

After a short business meeting Alan gave us a splendid presentation on the work of the Practical Task Group - we were impressed we hadn't realised quite how much we had achieved !

 
Saturday 29th December 2012 - Seasons Greetings

The theme of the day was MUD!

It rained; it was muddy but still 65 people completed a bracing walk through Norwood Green, past the fruit farm and down Sowden Lane to Judy Bridge and back through Low Wood.  There were no casualties, but some members of the Practical Task Group were a little late returning as they insisted on stopping to clear a choked drain !

This year's Bradshaw Mummers play was "St George" and although some of the audience seemed to know the words better than the performers - it still made as much sense as usual.  Thieving Magpie have acquired a even more members and dancers had to queue up to perform supervised by a huge magpie wearing blades - yes honestly!

 

 
Saturday 6th October 2012 - Fungi Walk

We had perfect autumn afternoon for this year's Fungi walk led by our new expert Varsha Patel with encouragement and advice from "old hand" Joan Dobson.
In addition to dead man's fingers, witches butter and some slime moulds (urgh!) Finlay found a clay pipe in the stream. A delightful stroll with some good company.

pipe


Wednesday 19th September 2012- Autumn Ramble

Peter led the party through the delightful Seventeen Fields on the border of Lower Wyke and Scholes.  We encountered a few short sharp showers, a few frisky horses and a whole herd of inquisitive cows (and a bull?)

Frisky Ponies
Autumn Ramble
 

Friday 7th September 2012 - Bat Walk

Considering what a dreadful summer we've had, the weather for the Bat Walk was perfect for a change!  Around 30 adults and children enjoyed a presentation at the Woodside Community Centre by Ian Butterfield of the West Yorkshire Bat Group before venturing into the woods where the bats kept their part of the bargain and put on an impressive display.


Sunday 22nd July 2012, Archaeology Walk – A stroll to Judy's Gardens - part of The Festival of British Archaeology

Arch Walk

Mary asked walkers to image that they were workers at the Low Moor Company Ironworks on their Sunday off and taking a stroll to the pleasure gardens down at Horse Close Bridge run by Judy North.  On the way we studied old maps and photos and when we eventually reached the bridge Denis explained how a geophysical survey worked and what had been found to indicate where Judy cottage had been.  The afternoon rounded off with sampling some of Judy's famous ginger bread and old fashioned spice (sweets) were handed round.


Wednesday 18th July 2012, Summer Mystery Ramble


Monday 25th June 2012, Tree Walk

On a perfect summer evening we welcomed Bradford Council's Woodlands Manager,  Bob Thorp, who gave us a very enjoyable and informative talk as we strolled round the woods looking at them from a forester's point of view.  Most of us had walked past the felled tree by the side of the path from the kissing gate on Station Road and noticed how light it is there now.  But none of us had looked up and seen how the adjacent oak tree had reacted by sprouting leaves along it's trunk. 

Oak
treewalk

Saturday 2nd June 2012, Friends of Judy Woods 'At Home'.

There was plenty to see and do down at the bridge as we launched our Picture Trail (see downloads section) and attacked the balsam.
Membership Secretary Linda showed people our vast collection of Edwardian postcards and explained the Picture Trail, while Sarah Partington was on hand to explain about the decline of bio-diversity in the UK and what we could do about it. With mum and dad Carol and John she got stuck in pulling balsam.


Wednesday 16th May 2012, Spring Ramble to Riding Hill and Jaque Royd.

A lovely Spring Day in the midst of some gloomy rain brought out the walkers - and their  dogs!

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Wednesday 2nd May 2012

As wild flower walks go, this year's will be remembered for the fungi! The incessant rain has put the blue bells back a few weeks and although there were swathes of them to be seen a bit of sun will improve the display. We saw a lot of white flowers - much to the glee of Alice, our new flower walk leader - who took delight in naming each one as they were spotted to the amazement of some of us who couldn't tell then difference between them. At the top of the steps down to Judy Bridge Stuart pointed out a slime mold fungus on the rotting log. It was dayglow yellow, a collection of bacteria and had moved over three feet since he first noticed it last Friday. Where will it get to next?


Thursday 18th April 2012 AGM

At the AGM our Officers were elected

Chairman - Stuart Tordoff
Vice Chairman - Geoff Twentyman
Secretary - Denis Waudby
Minute Secretary - Linda Paul
Membership Secretary - Linda Paul
Treasurer - Mary Twentyman

plus committee members

We had a birthday piece of parkin complete with candles (in honour or Judy) and the meeting was followed by a presentation "Past, Present and Future" looking back on how the group started and forward to what we hoped to do in the future.



Sunday 18th March 2012 - Geology Walk

The first of this year's walks and a beautiful, if cool, spring day to explore one of the lesser visited parts of the woods off Manorley Lane. We saw the sandstone ridges far in the distance and in the stream the ripple effects of water action on the sandstone deposits. With the help of a spade Pat uncovered some coal - but only the lousy deposits! (This is the name for the poor quality coal near the surface)

looking

 

Patrick

Patrick

ripplemarks

Tuesday 27th December 2011 - Seasons Greetings

No complaints about the weather this year - but the MUD!! We counted 183 people over the stile into Doctor Wood at the beginning of the walk and there were lots more people back at the Pear Tree who preferred to take things at a more leisurely pace. The Thieving Magpies get better each year and the Bradshaw Mummers might get better one year. (We're only joking) This year's tale involved the crown heads of Europe, a dog what got shot, the Rock of Gibraltar and the hero was John Bull - who looked as though he was expecting - trouble? The singing inside afterwards was quite outstanding - the Mummers rendition of 'Hail Smiling Morn' is fast becoming a classic. Let's do it all again next year, but remember it will be on SATURDAY December 29th.

John Bull

John Bull Defiant

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Happy walkers en route

magpies

Thieving Magpies discuss who pays the bar bill.

mummers

Accordionist tries to appease various factions.

Rock

The Rock of Gibralter is moved to Norwood.


Sunday 18th December 2011

East Pennine Orienteering Club held an event in Judy Woods which gave the opportunity to learn how to navigate using a compass and so find out where you are in the depths of the woods.

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Saturday 8th October 2011 - Fungi Walk

The weather may have been awful, but the company was good and the fungi plentiful

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fungi chick
more fungi

Wednesday 21st September 2011 - Autumn Ramble

A record attendance for this enjoyable stroll to sample the delights of the Kester Hole waterfall in Shelf woods. We crept up on it by a circuitous route and saw it from the same angle as this Edwardian postcard.

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panorama

Friday 2nd September 2011 - Bat Walk

It was standing room only in Woodside Community Centre for the slide show before the walk set off. Ian led around 40 people aged from 5 to 70+ into the woods as dusk descended. There was more activity than usual and the bat detectors were kept busy. We saw noctule, pipistrelle and daubenton bats.


Sunday 31st July 2011 - Archaeology Walk

Around forty people turned up when Denis Waudby led a walk as part of the Festival of British Archaeology. We followed the mineral line through Low Wood and looked at various pits and other remains.

See Christine Johnson's excellent photos on Geograph

Dennis Arch

Wednesday 20th July 2011 - Summer Ramble to Riding Hill via Jagger Park Wood

Summer ramble
A select group for this ramble. We were lucky with the weather which stayed fine whilst much of Yorkshire had rain for much of the day.


Wednesday 18th May 2011 - Spring Walk

A lovely walk through the woods and on to Norwood Green and Shelf before coming back down Snoddy Mountain. A happy group enjoying the fine weather unaware that it's going to be more than the five miles Brian promised us!

Spring Ramble 2011

Friday 6th May 2011 - Wild Flower Walk



A record turnout and this year we saw bluebells in their full glory. We were concerned that the due to the drought many beech flowers had been shed which means there will be less beech nuts this year. Other trees were also showing signs of stress due to the lack of rain. A pair of woodpeckers confirmed that it was possible to squeeze into the the hole high in a tree - a delightful end to good walk.

Bluebells

Sunday 10th April 2011 - 'Under the Norwood Greenwood Tree'

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Mary in full flow

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Teaching of the multitude

On a hot Sunday, fifty people and the obligatory dog could be found in the woods learning all about the history of Judy Woods


Sunday 27th March 2011 - Geology Walk

Patrick Taylor led a party of eighteen along Royds Hall Beck, looking at the beds of sandstone, coal and mudstones. We were surprised to find that a substantial piece of rock had detached itself from the side of the beck by the small waterfall. Geology in action!

rock

A chip off the old block


Monday 27th December 2010 - Seasons Greetings

Although it was a bit dodgy underfoot the woods looked beautiful in their white covering of snow. Around 60 people and the occupants of a three seater pram followed part of the new marker path through Royds Hall Great Wood, and many more waited for us to get back in the warmth of the pub.

Back at the Pear Tree pub in Norwood Green the Thieving Magpies Morris Team delighted the assembled crowd and excelled themselves yet again. The Bradshaw Mummers were on form too - a compelling tale of the Seasons of the Year and what can befall poor Jack Frost if he meets up with the Green Man.

The crowd retired inside to partake of mulled wine and soup and many carols were sung and much ale drunk. See you all again next year!

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Unexpected event - Dragging the Pram.

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The Green Man in full flow

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An icy stream in slow flow.

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Mini-magpie looks and learns...

   
   
   
 
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Eight Magpies morrising

Jack Frost

Jack Frost lies dead, Bless!


Saturday 9th October 2010 - Fungi Walk

Another popular Fungi Walk attracted people of all ages - and stumped us too - on several occasions!

We now know the example oppsite is Helvella lacunosa, Elfin Saddle

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fungi walk

Wednesday 1st September 2010 - Autumn Ramble to Riding Hill and Jaque Royd

At last we had some lovely weather and what better way to spend the afternoon than checking that our new marker posts do indeed lead one safely through Royds Hall Great Wood. Then on through Jagger Park Wood to Jaque Royd and Norwood Green via a newly reinstated footpath past Ox Heys.

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Friday 30th July 2010 - Bat Walk

Woodside Village Centre was booked and the equipment set up for the pre-walk presentation but outside it was throwing it down! So we were amazed when sixteen children and adults turned up. Ian Butterfield gave us an informative introduction to bats in general and those which we might see in Judy Woods in particular. The rain had eased off, so we went into the woods via the new Tinker's Trail, but not expecting to see much.
Ian was amazed when we saw noctule bats emerge from a roost in a dead tree - the first time he'd witnessed this. Later on pipistrelle bats came from the same tree and gave us a splendid display. As we trudged out of the woods we had to dodge toads crossing the path. An unpromising evening turned into an unexpected treat .

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Batkids in training

Ian

"Ian was amazed.."


Wednesday 7th July 2010 - Walk to Lower Wyke

We never worked out what this structure was near the rec' at Bailiffe Bridge was!

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Wednesday 5th May 2010 - Spring Ramble to Wynteredge

Six men, five women and three dogs enjoyed a springtime saunter to Wynteredge Hall and back.

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Monday 3rd May 2010 - Bugs, Birds and Botany

The event took place on a very cold May Day, but enough sun kept coming through to warm us up as we watched the antics of Yan and Ann and some of their friends, including Mr Punch and his wife Judy. I hope our Judy and her husband got on better than they did!
Ian Butterfield of Bradford Environmental Action Trust took care of finding the BUGS. Suck on the green straw of a pooter and the insect lands in the jar - not everyone was convinced that this worked!
Brian and Sue had the messy task of showing people how to make BIRD feeding cakes.
Joan Dobson of the Bradford BOTANY Group had her work cut out as the bluebells haven't appeared in all their glory yet.
New FoJW Chairman Stuart Tordoff eventually mastered the art of constructing bird and bat boxes with assistance from John and Denis.
All in all a very enjoyable occasion to help celebrate the completion of our new Tinker's Trail path.

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Yan & Ann lead the entertainment

Well, they enjoyed it!

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Stuart, the apprentice bird box builder

Joan tries to coax up the bluebells

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Bird feeding cake production line

Mr Punch shows off

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bugs

Ian explains the techniques of "Bugsucking"

Centipede wrangling made easy


Saturday 17th April 2010 - Geology Walk

A perfect afternoon for a walk in the woods and yes, it was the Geology Walk not a knitting seminar! Alison Quarterman, of West Yorkshire Geology Trust explained how the different rocks had been laid down over millions of years with the use of this length of knitting. Each colour represented a different "age" only the last few centimetres represented the period when there had been life on earth.
We explored the stream bed, waterfall and small quarry by the sheep pool and were also treated to an explanation of the eruption of the volcano Eyjafjallajokull whose dust clouds were currently bringing the airports of Britain to a standstill.
A leaflet about the local geology is avaiable on the Downloads Page.

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Monday 28th December 2009 - Seasons Greetings Walk

The sun shone for this event for the first time in quite a while and as usual it attracted lots of people. The icy conditions underfoot meant that we had to do a shorter walk than usual, but 116 children and adults enjoyed the winter sunshine and just getting out in the fresh air.

Mummers

The Bradshaw Mummers entertained us energetically once again with "Robin Hood" but the finer points of the plot were lost on most of us - including the cast! A splendid Thespian event.

The Thieving Magpies Morris Team topped and tailed the mummers performance. They get better each year and seem to multiply in numbers.

The event was rounded off with refreshments in the Pear Tree and singing by the assembled folkies. Our thanks go to Tony and Yvonne and their staff for coping admirably with the crowds.

Thanks to all who support us year by year and make this THE event of the year.

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10th October 2009 - Fungus Foray

Joan Dobson led twenty three people on our fungi walk. Thirty three species were spotted, including a new one for Judy Woods; Brittle Cinder (Kretzschmaria deusta).

Fungus Foray

A Unique Event!

12th Sept 2009 - Friends of Judy Woods meet Judy Woods

The treasurer of Friends of Judy Woods, Mary, meets Judy Woods all the way from Victoria, Australia.
Judy was over here on a visit with husband Barry and came to see the woods that carry her name.
Pleased to meet you Judy!

Judy Woods

2nd Sept 2009 - Autumn Ramble

A small but select band were led around the woodland perimeter by Peter Walker.

Ramble

4th August 2009 - Archaeology Walk

Denis explains about the mining in the woods. Some of it dates back to the late 1700s, during the time of Edward Rookes Leeds.
Later there was full scale mining of the area by the Low Moor Company in the 1800s.

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24th July 2009 - Bat Walk

A good walk which got off to great start with a slide show at Norwood Green Community Hall by Ian Butterfield of the West Yorkshire Bat Group. We knew which bats to expect and armed with bat detectors we sallied forth. One exhibitionist bat entertained us for a long period but others were much shyer. It was too dark for photos!

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1st July 2009 - Summer Ramble

Our summer ramble to Lightcliffe old church and back took place on a very hot day. Here you can see thirteen walkers and Nellie the dog, resting in the shade before striding out to Lightcliffe Church and almost inevitably, The Sun Inn!

Ramble

21st May 2009 - Spring Flowers Walk

Once again ably led by Joan Dobson of Bradford Urban Wildlife Group and Bradford Botany Group. We caught the tail end of the blue bell season and found wood mellick and wood anemones – both indicators of ancient woodland.

Bluebells

6th May 2009 - Spring Ramble

Spring Ramble to Wynteredge and back Starting from Judy Woods we went via Norwood Green and Priestley Green to Wynteredge Hall for spectacular views of the surrounding area. We returned via Coley, and of, course Judy Woods.

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25th April 2009 - Geology Walk

Our walk this year was led by Patrick Taylor, one of the Friends of Judy Woods. Pat has a gift for explaining in simple language the complexities of our planet’s past. We even managed to find a band of coal near the stream – but it was very narrow. Not enough for a good blaze.

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Ancient wave marks Searching for evidence in the stream

12th March 2009 - AGM
Ian Butterfield

Formalities were kept to a minimum and following the AGM there was a presentation on Ancient Woodland by Ian Butterfield (left) of the Forest of Bradford and Bradford Environmental Trust.


22nd December 2008 - Seasons Greetings

More than 130 people joined our walk through the woods and even more watched the dance display by Magpie Morris and The Bradshaw Mummers and joined in the singaround in the Pear Tree afterwards (right)

Singaround

4th October 2008 - Fungi Foray

Joan Dobson led another successful walk and three species of fungi not spotted in Judy Woods before were noted.
Joan Dobson examines a log in Royds Hall Great Wood with a fine specimen of crampballs (daldinia concentrica) on it.

Cramp Balls

5th September 2008 - Bat Walk

Due to the dreadful weather the Bat Walk was cancelled. There will be another one in our 2009 programme.


12th July 2008 - Woodland Celebration Day

This was cancelled due to a clash of dates. FoJW attended Harold Park Gala instead.


2nd July 2008 - Summer Ramble

A fine day in the middle of some showery weather made for a splendid ramble through the fields to the old house of Wynteredge near Coley and back again. Opposite you can see the group at Norwood Green.

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20 May 2008 - Wildflower Walk

Once again our expert Joan Dobson helped with identification of flowers large and small.


7th May 2008 - Spring Ramble

A lovely sunny day for our walk to the Kester Hole waterfall.
Most people had no idea there was such a delightful place located in the woods, which can be found just below Berry Bottoms and Dean House Farm, on the path leading into Sun Wood, Shelf.

Kester Hole

5th May 2008 - Meet Judy Woods walk

Look who we met at her old haunt - Judy North herself. She even had refreshments ready for us.

Judy Woods walk

20th April 2008 - Geology Walk

Geology walk

Led by Alison Quarterman and Pat Taylor.
Despite the bad weather 12 hardy souls turned up. In the photograph you can see the group examining coal found in the beck.


11th March 2008 - AGM

“Judy Woods This is Your life…” 
Unfortunately we didn't have Michael Aspel to present it but we hope members were delighted by the guests and anecdotes relating to the Woods, as they were reminded of the events and people who have played a big part in the life of the woods over the past hundreds (and thousands?) of years.  A time machine was  necessary for transporting some of our guests to the event!


29th December 2007 - Season's Greetings

Mary Twentyman led about seventy brave souls through horrendous weather on a walk in the woods. They then returned for refreshments at the Pear Tree Inn and for the annual performance from the Bradshaw Mummers. Their play this year involved a Roman Legionary, King Caractacus and an elephant!

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Theiving Magpies sweeping the floor. Mary starts the walk.

6th October 2007 - Fungi Foray

Seventeen people joined local expert, Joan Dobson, for this walk in the woods. A very enjoyable and knowledgeable walk was had by all.
In the photo Joan shows a Shaggy Ink Cap.

Inkcap

18th September 2007 - The Friends of Judy Woods AGM

Thanks to all the members (about forty) who came along to the AGM. The committee gained three new members, which is fantastic news. Mary Twentyman finished off the evening with another of her entertaining and interesting shows - this time concerning the old postcards showing the woods.
Right shows High Fearnley Road in 1910 with Old Hanna Wood to the left, Low Wood to the right. If only the road surface was so good nowadays!

Postcard

5th September 2007 - Woodland Ramble

Geoff & Mary Twentyman led a small group on an adventurous and enjoyable walk through the woods. Fallen trees proved no obstacle but we would appreciate them moving from where they block the path.

Colin's Bum

4th September 2007 - Bats!

Ian Butterfield (Forest of Bradford and West Yorkshire Bat Group) led a group of forty on a walk through the woods, where it's bat population put on one of the best displays that our bat walks have seen.


25th July 2007 - Woodland Tale

The Treehouse Storytellers led a lovely walk in the woods - tales were told and story sticks were made.

Storytellers

21st July 2007 - A Day at the Beech with The Green Man

The weather was wet and so not many people (about 70) joined us for this event which had entertainment from a Green Man, face painting, refreshments, stalls and more to enjoy. Thanks to those that did make it out into the woods!

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Greenman
Melissa Johnson painted as a ladybird. The Green Man in Judy Woods
photo: Diane Charlton

4th July 2007 - Woodland Ramble

Eight people joined Brian Ellison on this walk in the woods, which unfortunately due to the poor weather was cut short.


22nd May 2007 - Wildflowers

Joan Dobson

Joan Dobson led a group of about twenty people on this enjoyable and informative walk in the woods looking at ferns, flowers and grasses.

Joan Dobson showing Creeping Buttercup Ranunculus repens  
Wood Mellick
Stitchwort
Wood Mellick Melica uniflora Greater Stitchwort Stellaria holostea

2nd May 2007 - Woodland Ramble

Peter Walker led this walk, which started from the Station Road entrance. Eight people joined Peter (see pic below) for a lovely walk admiring the wealth of wildlife in the woods, including fine displays of bluebells and other wild flowers.

Ramble

Missing events? Can you think of any other events that you would like to attend in Judy Woods? If the answer is yes, then please let us know - see the 'Contacts' page.

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