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Welcome to Longwood Mechanics Hall

A true community building set in the Colne Valley of Huddersfield, West Yorkshire HD3 4UU United Kingdom. This Victorian building is held in trust by the Longwood Village Group for the residents of Longwood.

Past & Present

Our site features many articles about Longwood's interesting history over the years and also has a 'Future Events' page to keep you updated with future plans.

150th Anniversary

A view of the Mechanics Hall taken from Longwood Gate. The porch and disabled entrance were completed in 2008 to mark the 150th Anniversary of the Hall.

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Queens Diamond Jubilee


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LCiara D'arcy's Irish dancers triumph in first competition
(Featured in 'The Examiner')

Their dresses cost hundreds of pounds, they wear wigs, full make-up and have spray tans. Welcome to the energetic and glamorous world of Irish dancing. HILARIE STELFOX reports. THE Irish dancers in Ciara D’Arcy’s class look and move like gymnasts. Years of dance practice have made them lithe and supple.

As they leap and twist through the complex jigs and reels it’s clear to see that they are not only good at what they do, but they enjoy it as well.

Irish dancing itself has been enjoying a revival over the past decade – fuelled by the popularity of stage shows such as Lord of the Dance and Riverdance.

Ciara, 29, who began Irish dancing as a toddler and now runs her own academy in the Huddersfield area, says iconic figures such as Michael Flatley have given the artform a new lease of life.

Read more: Examiner


Longwood Hall features in 'The Examiner'

COOK-in-residence Jill Morrisseau Clough is serving up a treat for the tastebuds in Longwood. Jill, 41, took over the kitchen at Longwood Village Coffee Shop in June and hasn’t looked back since. The not-for-profit coffee shop puts everything it makes back into Longwood Mechanics Hall. And the big winners are local people who get to sample wholesome, healthy and creative food at a value-for-money price.

“All our produce is locally-sourced from local suppliers right down to the milkman,” said Jill.

“I cook everything myself so I know exactly what’s in each dish.

“Healthy eating is very important.”

The coffee shop is open on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays between 10am and 2pm. Jill can call on a team of 15 volunteers who work on a shift basis. Everyone must pass hygiene level one before they are allowed in the kitchen. The coffee shop has 30 covers but the kitchen can cater for up to 80 people for special events, at weekends and outside of the normal opening hours.

Read more: Examiner



Longwood Village Horticulture and Handicrafts Show 2011

Another good year of entries. This years' horticultural main prize category was largest sunflower head. The handicraft category main prize was best Christmas card.


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