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.
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.
The 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.
HeLP is planning to hold a free workshop in Weavers Square – learn how to create a lovely hanging basket or planter and take it home with you. Everything you might need will be available, with plants to buy.
Saturday 14th June at 11.0 – 2.0 pm.
The Tour de France will bring us lots of visitors – we’d like to decorate the village together and make it even more attractive this summer.
We will also be running our annual Front of House competition to coincide with the race; judging will take place on the race weekend – so get your tubs and baskets ready and see if you can win a prize!
Pudding Night – 2 April
Thanks to everybody who supported the Pudding Night in The White Lion and made it a success.
Churchyard Clear up – 12 April
Thanks to everyone who helped with the churchyard clear up. We are beginning to make a difference.
The next clear up and planting session is on Saturday 26 April at 11.0 – 1.0 pm. Everybody welcome.
Plant and Planter / Hanging Basket Sale
HeLP are also planning to hold a Plant and Planter / Hanging Basket Sale in Weavers Square on Saturday 14th June at 11.0 – 2.0 pm. We want to help make Heptonstall even better for the Tour de France.
We will also be running our annual Front of House competition to coincide with the race, so get your tubs and baskets and see if you can win a prize.
HeLP’s next meeting is on Monday 7 April 2014 at 8.00 pm in the White Lion.
The next churchyard clear-up is on Saturday 12 April 2014 between 11.00 am and 1.00 pm. Bring tools if possible.
More details about HeLP can be seen here.