Does the Civic Parish of Heptonstall need its community group?

hep_fwd_logoOver the last 10 or so years Heptonstall Forward has been active on behalf of all Residents, putting forward and supporting their views when it has really mattered.

Whether it be planning issues or concerns over speed limits, establishing a newsletter or bulb planting, Heptonstall Forward has taken the Residents’ views forward and represented them at meetings, arranging emergency meetings if a situation demands this.

In May 2016 the members of Heptonstall Forward will be retiring, as their brief to produce and oversee the Community-led Parish Plan will be ending, this role    being handed over to the Parish Council.

So is the community group now to fold?

OR should it continue representing the Residents, but with a fresh brief?

Does the Civic Parish of Heptonstall need a community group?

Come and have your say over a cup of tea and a biscuit, on Sunday 22nd November: 2pm at Heptonstall Social and Bowling Club

The Future of the Heptonstall Christmas Tree.

For the past 3 years Heptonstall Lights and Planting Group (HeLP) and other volunteers have provided the village with a Christmas tree.  A resident in Weavers Square has very generously let us use his electricity for the tree lights free of charge.

Understandably this arrangement is not sustainable indefinitely and so HeLP has applied for planning permission to have a power cable installed in Weavers Square to provide electricity for the tree lights and for other existing events.  We do not wish this to lead to a mushrooming in the number of events held in the square. HeLP, who will hold the key to the supply, will only grant any additional access to it after proper consultation with residents in the vicinity.

HeLP have received a Community Grant from Calderdale to cover the cost of running a cable from the centre of the road under the wall into Weavers Square by the litter bin.  Northern Powergrid tell us the work will be completed in half a day to minimise disruption.  The power supply will be housed in a small stone box which will be attached to the inside of the wall adjacent to the sign to the toilets, protruding above the wall at about the same height.  The box will be 2 ft x 2 ft x 1 ft 4 ins with a lockable door.

This can only go ahead with the approval of Calderdale Council.  As part of their consultation process they will inform the Parish Council of our application.

If you wish to actively express your support send an email Roger Greenwood, Clerk of the Parish Council.

We hope you will be supportive of this scheme so we can continue to enjoy having a Christmas tree in the square.   

Christmas Tree Sale and Lights Switch On

It’s all happening in Weavers Square on Saturday 6 December, with a Christmas Tree Sale from 3pm to raise funds for Heptonstall Lights and Planting.

Hot chocolate, warm fruit drink and hot chestnuts will be served. The sale will be followed at 5.30pm with the big lights switch on and raffle draw (tickets on sale beforehand in the pubs and on the night in the square.

Music will be provided by Hebden Bridge Brass Band. Pie, mince pies and mulled wine will be served.

Gala Dinner at the Bowling Club

Tickets are now on sale for our Gala Dinner at the bowling club on Saturday 27th September.
Food is being prepared by a Michelin standard chef, who has trained under Raymond Blanc, and worked extensively throughout Europe.
Dog lover, and talented chef Ian Tiller, has teamed up with Pennine Animal Welfare,  to raise money for this charity.
Organiser Jan Lymer said: “I would like to raise money to get one of the toilets in the Bowling Club converted to accommodate wheelchair users.  Ideally I would like to get the work done, in time for this year’s Christmas lunch at the club for our older generations.
“Tickets are only 25.00 each for a stunning 4 course meal, and it is just not possible to eat food prepared by a Michelin standard chef at this price.
“You can bring your own wine on the night too, so when we release the menu you can have fun matching it  with the food! This is a great chance to dress to impress too!
“There are only 50 places available, so please get in touch to reserve tickets.”
Jan Lymer
01422 847979
07772 168812

Heptonstall Traffic Group Report, July 2014

Following a request by the Traffic Group the police have taken action to enforce the Village 20mph zone. Results of this action have so far shown no significant infringement.

Calderdale Council have agreed a policy to introduce 20mph speed limits in all residential areas in the Borough over the next three years. The Council is currently considering how the policy is to be implemented. The initiative may resolve the question as to how we get the present 20mph zone in Heptonstall extended to cover all built-up areas in the Parish.

Traffic obstruction problems due to inconsiderate parking on Longfield/Southfield appear to have eased following the introduction of ‘mini-buses’ but problems caused by parking outside and above and below the Cross seem to be on the increase. This problem is under investigation to see how it may be resolved.

Preliminary work has been carried out to introduce ‘decorative’ Village entry signs welcoming visitors and requesting careful driving. This is another part of our campaign to slow drivers down and make the Village safer.

Planning has provided advice on how we might best obtain permission for a new off-road car park on Valley View Road. Preliminary proposals have been drawn up to obtain further feedback on feasibility from Planning and Highways. The proposals call for road widening to accommodate off-road parallel parking for up to 21 cars.

Heptonstall Lights and Planting Group Front of House Competition

DSC_1268The Heptonstall Lights and Planting Group Front of House Competition was won this year by David Flint of Townfield (see pic.) and a runner up prize was given to Bernice Briggs of Smithwell Lane.

The group would also like to make special mention of both pubs who have helped brighten up the village this year with their impressive displays of flowers.