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Who are The Friends?

Kirklees Volunteers

Founded in 1988, the Friends of Oakwell Hall and Country Park are a voluntary support group for this wonderfully authentic 16th Century Manor House in Yorkshire - and for its surrounding 110 acres of country park. You can see some of us on this video, talking about our work.

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Past Projects

friends at the apple pressThe Friends have taken part in a large number of projects over the years, indoors and out.

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The Friends in Action

friends in actionThe Friends take on many and varied tasks in the house and grounds. Come and see some of our activities.

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Best of Friends

friends in costumeIf you're thinking of joining us and are interested in who we are perhaps you’d like to know a little bit more about us and our history-so here's a brief outline for you. We've never been short of Volunteers at Oakwell, even before the Friends were founded,  


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Membership of the Friends

join the friends of oakwell hallWhilst many people join the Friends simply because they appreciate the beauty and tranquillity of the Hall and Park, others join because of the 'hands on' opportunities available on site. Friends work closely with the dedicated staff at Oakwell and provide assistance both inside and outside the Hall.. 

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Friends Discounts

friends discountsTo celebrate their 20 years the Friends are pleased to announce the following membership extras which will apply to all existing and new members.

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Friends Newsletters



Friends of Oakwell Hall and Country Park are proud to announce another success in the BAFM newsletter competition.  We have been voted Runner-up this year.
This is our fourth award – we were winners in 1998 and 2001 and runner up in 2003.
Considering that we haven’t actually submitted our newsletter for the award over the past five or six years and taking into account that we prepare, edit, and print it ourselves, our newsletter team are extremely pleased with this success and hope we can, perhaps, go one better next year.
Thanks are due to everyone – staff and Friends – who have provided interesting and topical articles – without them our newsletter would not be!!
Added to the awards gained by Oakwell – their 10th Green Flag and Gold in Yorkshire in Bloom, we really are becoming a winning team !

Newsletters are sent out free of charge to members or can be purchased for 50p;get a taste of what they're like by looking at a past issue.

Issue 68

To get the latest edition and keep up to date with all our news, join the Friends.

The BAfM (British Association of Friends of Museums) Newsletter Award is an annual award open to all member groups. The judges are looking for a publication which reflects well on the group and the museum it supports: is written by and for more than a small ‘in crowd’: is informative both to members and prospective members and acknowledges that BAFM exists!
The award is split into two categories, those comprising groups with memberships over 500, and those with memberships below 500. There is one outright winner and two runners-up in each category.
The winners are announced at the BAfM AGM & Conference and are awarded a cheque for £250, plus a framed certificate. The runners-up each receive a cheque for £100 and a framed certificate.

Keeping in Touch

keep in touch with the friends of oakwell hallThe best way to keep in touch is to join the Friends and receive our hard copy newsletter on a regular basis! If you prefer to simply receive an email now and then, please join our mailing list.

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