The Holmfirth Tiger

Making the most of a local story

A number of different resources were created by Holmfirth Library and Huddersfield Local Studies Library for Early Years and KS1/2 children, inspired by the story of Fenella the tiger.

You might have an interesting story from your area and we hope our resources about Fenella will give you ideas to create similar ones yourself.


Recording memories and creating a 'digital' story

Memories of anyone who could recall seeing or meeting Fenella, the tiger were recorded and these are available to listen to at Huddersfield Local Studies Library. Pictures were added to one of the stories to create a 'digital' story and this can be viewed on the My Yorkshire  website.

Some people preferred just to write down their memories.

An interview with Kassie Hiles, nee Overend, about Fenella was recorded and is also available at Huddersfield Local Studies Library.


Creating a memory book

From all the recollections that were gathered a booklet 'Memories of Fenella, The Holmfirth Tiger' was produced. This includes photographs of Fenella and her family at various stages of growth. It is available at all Kirklees libraries and can be borrowed by members of the library.


Children's picture book of the story

Staff from the libraries worked with the children of ‘The Nabb’ school looking at the story of Fenella. An artist, Tim Curtis, helped produce artwork by the children to illustrate a picture book re-telling Fenella’s story from the viewpoint of a tiger. This book has text written for early readers and is also suitable for more advanced readers or adults to read to young children. It is available for purchase from the Local Studies Library or for loan in Kirklees Libraries.


Lasting memorial to Fenella

Another artist, Morwenna Catt, was employed to produce a lasting memorial to Fenella in the form of a mosaic illustrating the key events in her life. This is on permanent display in Holmfirth Library.


Curriculum links:

This resource is suitable for:

Early Years/Foundation Stage
Citizenship KS1 and 2 - Unit 3: Animals and Us
History KS1 and 2 - Unit 18: What was it like to live in the past?

Learning outcomes:

Understanding of the world/your locality
Empathy with others, including animals

Early reading skills
Learning through play

Map of Holmfirth, West Yorkshire, where Fenella the tiger lived»

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