Revamped summerhouse in Holden Park, Oakworth, set to re-open

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Andy Wade, of the Friends of Holden Park, outside the stone summerhouse known as the ‘bear house’ Buy this photo Andy Wade, of the Friends of Holden Park, outside the stone summerhouse known as the ‘bear house’

A ceremony will take place tomorrow to mark the official reopening of a park’s summerhouse.

The stone building, near the entrance to Oakworth Park, Keighley, has undergone an extensive £3,000 refurbishment.

The building will now contain historic displays including a timeline and a book listing the names of Oakworth soldiers who died in wartime.

It will also serve as a home for the Friends of Holden Park and will be open to the public as often as possible.

The summerhouse, which dates back to the time when it was in the grounds of mill owner Isaac Holden’s mansion, will be opened by Keighley town mayor Councillor Ian Wilson at 11.30am tomorrow. The public are invited to attend the ceremony.

The Friends have also invited people who grew up in Oakworth in the early part of the last century.

These include a 97-year-old woman who remembers exploring the ruins and grounds of Holden Hall as a child.

The summerhouse has been restored by the Friends group with funding from CNet’s Grassroots Fund.

Friends spokesman Jackie McGinnis said repairs had included a new roof, lighting and shutters on the windows.

She said: “We’re aiming to open to the public as often as we can. It used to be just a shell. When I was a child it used to have a chair and table made of stone.”

Mrs McGinnis said the building, known to villagers as the “bear house”, would have various historical artefacts."

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