Huddersfield Licensed Victuallers



Past and president… former leaders of Huddersfield Licensed Victuallers Association are pictured at their annual dinner at the Rosemary Lane Bistro in Beast Market, Huddersfield. Seated is Mr Keith Brook, the oldest past president of the association. He was president in the early 1960’s and kept several pubs in the Huddersfield area. Also pictured are (from left): Mr John Kay. Mr John Moran, Mr Michael Sykes, Mr Roy Godfrey, Mr Barry Bonds, Mr Douglas Hirst, Mr Danny Darnborough and Mr Stuart Woodhead. Mr Kevin Harty started the presidential dinner six years ago.




Charities say cheers to lady licensees
Women licensees in Huddersfield have raised £2000 for local charities. The Huddersfield Ladies’ Auxiliary Group, which is made up of women pub and hotel licensees, raised the cash by holding events over the past 12 months.

Events included outdoor darts, coffee mornings, quiz nights, pub crawls and fancy dress. The £2000 has been divided between five charities – the Huddersfield Royal Infirmary Chest Clinic, Huddersfield cancer Support, the carers charity Crossroads, cerebral palsy charity Scope and the West Yorkshire Forget Me Not trust, which is raising cash for a children’s hospice in Kirklees. Cheques for £400 were given to representatives of each charity by Auxiliary president Janice Marsden.

The presentation took place at the Huddersfield Central lodge in Beast market which is owned by Mrs Marsden’s husband, Joe, and brother in-law, John. Joe Marsden said: “All the money they raised they try and give to local charities. The women put in a lot of hard work and go out of their way, because they have to run their own venues and look after their families on top of the charity work.”

GOOD WORKS: At the presentation are (back, from left) Mike Cotton, of Cancer Support Auxiliary treasurer Anne Brogden, Joan Peel, of Crossroad, and Scope’s Brian Horton. At the front are (from left) Auxiliary officials Nicola Woodstock, Madge Woodcock, Janice Marsden and Richard Smith, of Scope.

Thursday 13th January 2005


Award for Railway
A BERRY Brow pub has been voted autumn pub of the season by Huddersfield real ale lovers.
The award for The Railway comes from the town’s branch of the Campaign for Real Ale, Camra.
It is the first time The Railway has won a Camra award, although it has featured in the organisation’s annual Good Beer Guide.

Licensee Margery Woodcock has run The Railway, on Station Lane, for six years.
When she took over, the pub served Tetley and Stones bitter. But Margery has always done her best to serve beers from small, independent breweries, such as the Old Mill at Snaith, near Hull.
Margery, who is also President of the Yorkshire Licensed Trade Association runs “meet the brewer” evenings where real ale lovers can quiz the makers of their favourite beers.

Her partner Jim, also helps make the pub success. His spicy cooking is loved by regulars.
The couple’s family help with the bar work and even their two Dalmatian dogs, Ziggy and Cassie, are popular members of the pub “team”.

Huddersfield Camra official Bob Tomlinson said: “The Railway was voted pub of the season for its promotion and commitment to real ale.” “This is Margery’s first Camra award – and is well justified.”

GOOD PUB: Licensee Margery Woodcock with her Camra Pub of the Season award.





President Janice Marsden
A Lindley woman has become president of a charitable group. Janice Marsden took on the role at the annual general meeting of the Yorkshire Federation of Women’s License Trade at the Albert Hotel in Huddersfield...

Mrs. Marsden is pictured with Secretary Jackie Parker, outgoing President Madge Woodcock and Treasurer Jill Heppenstall.

The organisation consists of present and former female licensees, who raise money for charity.
Mrs. Marsden, licensee of the Huddersfield Central Lodge, said “It’s quite an accolade and I hope we can keep going forward.”

Some 20 members in Huddersfield raise money through coffee mornings, raffles and tombolas for charities including the Huddersfield Royal Infirmary Chest Clinic, Huddersfield Cancer Support, Crossroads, Scope and the West Yorkshire Forget Me Not Trust.

The 52 year-old-mother-of-one will be president for two years.


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2004121903 - Mr Peter Midwood, licensee of the Golden Cock, Farnley Tyas, toasts his chefs for their efforts in producing a top class buffet to mark the opening of his refurbished PJ bar. Pictured with the celebratory fare are Chefs John Norcliffe, Diane Shaw, Christopher Lee, Lee Ridgeway, Wayne Beardsell and Simon Baker.





2004121831 - 1980, This bottle full of money will buy new instruments and uniforms for the Linthwaite Church Scout and Guide Band.
Club owner Mr. Johnny Marsden opened the bottle. He is seen here with (left) landlord and landlady Mr. Jack and Mrs. Irene Rodgers, and supporters of the band.