The Heptonstall Grand Depart Fell Race – 5 July 2014

TDF Race BuntingThe village celebrated the Tour de France weekend in Grand style, attracting visiting cyclists and runners from across the UK to the annual summer Fell Race. This year’s race, renamed the Heptonstall Grand Depart Fell Race, was a huge hit with cycling fans arriving in the area for the Tour de France the following day. Runners from London, Edinburgh, and the Midlands were among those taking advantage of the temporary Tour de France campsite at the bowling club, as 30 tents and camper vans pitched on the fields adjacent to the club. On a perfect summer’s evening, it was hard to imagine a better venue for pre-Tour de France celebrations; Heptonstall’s historic cobbled streets were decked out in bunting, hanging baskets, and of course, yellow bikes, whilst excited runners gathered in their colourful club vests on the Weaver’s Square Start-Line.

Organiser Stephen Grimley said: “The Heptonstall Hurriers and the village volunteers are getting quite a reputation for putting on races, our 100 visitors were full of praise for the beautiful village, its landscape, and well organised races, but above all, the community spirit, and warm welcome of the people of Heptonstall. The event was another big success. We raised around £400 for Heptonstall Festival and were delighted that so many of our friends, neighbours, and families got into Le Tour spirit, volunteering their support so generously. We could not have achieved any of this without their help”

TDF Party“The organisers and  runners would like to say a big thank you to the 30 marshals (mostly from the village), we hope they enjoyed their free pints! A massive thanks to Terry at The White Lion for hosting the race and generously providing all the prizes, we are also grateful to Anthony Holt for letting us use his field for parking/ race route. Hazel Noble and Penny and Mark Wharton also kindly allowed the race to pass through their fields. Mark Wigg and Mark Holman gave up a huge amount of their time helping us to set up and organise the race. Steve Hoyle form Blackshaw Head Fete provided the tents, whilst Alpine Outdoors of Hebden Bridge supplied race numbers”

TDF CakeThe wonderful post-race party was laid on by Jan, Guy, and the Village Team. The team set up French themed catering in the bunting-decorated court yard behind The Cross. Hundreds of locals and race goers gathered after the race to enjoy Tartiflette and wine under the bunting, whilst prizes were awarded to the race winners. Else Evans stole the show; she created a magnificent Tour de France chocolate cake which quickly disappeared, devoured by hordes of hungry runners.

Courtesy - The Woodentops

Courtesy – The Woodentops

In the race itself Calder Valley Fell Runners pair Karl Gray (England International) and Heptonstall’s own Holly Page (who also runs for England) demolished the men’s and women’s course records. Gray, tackling the race for the first time, sped round in 49 mins 37 seconds, smashing Christopher Smale previous best of 52:09 set in 2012. Joe Washington made it a 1-2 for Calder Valley with Richard Meade, an elite marathon runner who was part of a contingent of runners from Edinburgh in the area for the bike race, third. All three beat the previous record of Smale, who was 12th this time. Heptonstall based Holly Page came ninth of the 94 runners and won the women’s race for the third year in a row. Her time of 54:58 bettered the 55:42 of Holmfirth international runner Katie Walshaw in 2011.

International Mountain Runner Karl Gray, who is used to scaling The Three Peaks with the minim of fuss, remarked how tough the course had been. The 6 mile route, which has more than 1,600 feet of ascent, starts by heading up the cobbles, then plunges down to the Blue Pig before finding its way up 1000 feet of ascent to High Brown Knoll, the highest point on moors above Pecket Well. The race then returns in similar fashion, including a gruelling climb back through the woods from the Blue Pig.

That test wasn’t enough for Sikobe Litaba who ran approximately 30 miles from Glossop before taking part the race and beating 12 other runners back to the pub.

The next Heptonstall Fell Race will be the long, 15 mile race, which takes place in March 2015. We look forward to seeing another spectacular day for the village.


Steve Grimley.

Blackshaw Village Fete – Saturday 30 August 2014

Blackshaw feteBlackshaw Head Village Fete – 30 August 2014

Our neighbours will be providing amazing entertainment, lovely food, a Dog Show, a Fell Race, and the wonderful Produce Tent..

Start planning which cakes and veg you’re going to enter!!

You can download programmes and entry forms for this year’s fete by clicking the links below:-

Fete Programme 2014

Adult Produce Competition 2014

Children’s Produce Competition 2014

Dog Show 2014

Children’s Games 2014



Charity Gala Supper at the Bowling Club

This is your chance to dress to impress and be served food from a Michelin trained Chef – Iain Tiller has trained under Raymond Blanc and worked throughout Europe in ‘three rosette kitchen’ teams, achieving a Michelin Red M and an International MARCH award along the way, as well as appearing on TV & radio shows.

Saturday 27th September from 7.30 pm.

Tickets £25. The menu will be promoted well in advance – so you can marry up your food with your own wine..

All proceeds will be shared between the Heptonstall Village Team and a local pet rescue charity.


Alice’s Run – Sunday 31 August 2014

Alices run Flyer - july 14A multi-terrain 10km race in celebration of the life of Alice Redmond.  Starting in Brearley Field, Mytholmroyd and finishing at Calder High School.

All proceeds donated to Epilepsy Action.

Click on image to see more details….

Print out a copy and put in you local notice board.

We hope that as many of you as possible can make it for what will be a lovely day’s run or walk around the Calder Valley.

Looking forward to seeing you there.

Steve and Liv Redmond.

Gospel choir at St Thomas Church


The 3 valleys gospel choir

Allow us to take you through a journey of soulful heartfelt songs from traditional to pop!

At St Thomas The Apostle Church, Heptonstall, Saturday 19 July at 7.30pm

Tickets £7.50 or £5 concessions. Pay on the door. For more info call Dawn: 01422 843856


The event is to raise funds for Heptonstall Festival . Other planned events include:

A Jazz brunch – a late lazy brunch to ease your way into a relaxing day – Saturday / Sunday in August – exact date tbc.

Pre-festival disco – Heptonstall Bowling Club – Saturday 6 September – from 8pm

New events arranged by the Heptonstall Village Team

The Heptonstall Village Team aims to provide our older generation with a varied, interesting calendar of social activities. However, guests want to mix up the generations, and run events appealing to young and old alike.

We have 4 new events for your diaries:

Lunch at The Cross Inn: 12:00 – 2:30pm on Wednesdays 23rd July , 13th Aug, 27th Aug & 24th Sept

Gillian Whitaker and Jan Lymer

Gillian Whitaker and Jan Lymer

After the great support shown for the first lunch event, we now have 4 more for your diary. We will continue to take feedback and develop ideas for future. For these, we are also offering a range of home-made soups and sandwiches, as well as Sean’s amazing pie and fabulous chips! Scrabble, dominoes, whist drive etc will also be available.

If you need support to get there, please phone:

Jane Hartman 01422 846675/ Georgina Sutcliffe on 01422 845837/Jan Lymer 01422 847979


Cake & Conversation, with the Shaggy Dog Storytellers – Sunday 10th August: 1 – 4pm at the Social & Bowling Club.

Cake and ConversationThe ladies and gents of Heptonstall would love to invite ALL people who love living here to a wonderful day of storytelling, music and reminiscences about Heptonstall.

The average age of the team developing and delivering this event for your entertainment is 95, with one lady of 100 and a couple more knocking on the door to 100!

£5 including afternoon tea of sandwich & cakes.

This will be a wonderful family day for all age ranges, with professional story-telling

from Calder Valley’s very talented bunch. Please encourage your family, friends and neighbours to attend. This will be a day to remember for some time to come, as well as a chance to meet up with old friends, or make some new ‘old’ friends.

To reserve a place, email, or ring Jan on 01422 847979.

Click on image to see full size poster version you can print out and put up in your window of on your local notice board.


Coach Trip to Knaresborough: Wednesday 17th September

The trip is on a Knaresborough market day, leaving Heptonstall at 10:30am, & picking up at, or near, Mytholm Court at approx. 10:40. En route, we will stop for a comfort break, arriving in Knaresborough around 1pm. After a leisurely look around the shops etc, we will stop at a fish and chip restaurant for tea on our way back, and arrive back in Heptonstall by 6:30 – 7:00. Coach cost is £10 (to be collected ahead of the day). Please phone Jane Hartman on 01422 846675 to secure your place ASAP, and no later than 1st Sept. For transport to and from the Bowling Club, if needed, phone Jan on 01422 847979


Poetry Reading with Eileen Barnes – Sunday 7th September – 1pm onwards at The Bowling Club

Eileen Barnes

Eileen Barnes

Another amazing Heptonstall Village family day; three local poets will be reading a selection of First World War poetry as well as work from their own publications.

Award winning Sarah Corbett, who has been shortlisted for the T.S.Eliot and Forward prizes, will be joined by Simon Rennie and Michael Crowley, as well as poetry from the floor by many current and former residents of the parish area.

£5.00 entrance including a sandwich, cake and refreshments.

This social event, open to all, is being organised by Eileen Barnes, 85, who lived in Heptonstall Parish for most of her life, and now resides in Mytholm Court.

Once again, to reserve a place contact Jan on 01422 847979 or email


The Heptonstall Village Team                                                                       

Flight Brigade to play at Heptonstall Festival!

If you haven’t already heard, the Heptonstall Festival is returning in 2014 on Saturday 20th September. The organisers are keen to build on the fantastic event of last year and aim to bring you first class live music from the local scene and further afield. The music will kick of in the old church ruin at around midday after the much anticipated parade extravaganza.

Over the next few weeks we’ll be announcing some of the amazing music you’ll be able to enjoy for free at the event this year, and to kick things off, here’s the first announcement:


Flight Brigade.

Flight Brigade to play at Heptonstall Festival 2014

Flight Brigade to play at Heptonstall Festival 2014

With ‘glorious folk-tinged stadium anthems’ (Record of The day), Flight Brigade is the coming together of two families. Ollie Baines (lead singer) grew up in Ohio on a farm before eventually ending up back in the UK in Hampshire, where he first met fellow band member (and also now his wife) Miriam when they were kids. Her sister Dorry plays violin and joins Miriam in harmonies, the girls having been steeped in the 70′s British folk scene, thanks to their musician parents who supported the likes of Paul Simon, John Martyn and toured with Roxy Music.

Having supported Grouplove, Dry The River, Stornoway, King Charles and Seth Lakeman, Flight Brigade also won two live competitions to play main stages at Hop Farm and Blissfields festivals. Alongside live sessions for BBC Radio 2, BBC Introducing, TOMS & Lee Cooper the band’s EP has been played on national radio in Canada (CBC Radio 2) as well as BBC 6 in the UK (Steve Lamacq & Tom Robinson) and Bob Harris (BBC Radio 2). The band were also commissioned to compose the music for an ITV documentary about Syria and Haiti as well as the International World Cup campaign for Unicef. They are currently finishing their debut album, co-produced by Gavin Monaghan (Kings of Leon, The Editors). Recently (June 28th 2014) Flight Brigade’s new single Siren’s was Vimeo Staff Picks gaining over 100000 views in its first week.

These guys are superb musicians, and it’s not just us that think so, check out these reviews:

‘Accomplished and assured, this is real music for people who know quality on the very first listen’ Record of The Day

‘Astonishing’ Janice Long, BBC Radio 2

‘It really really is good…I will definitely be playing them again’ Bob Harris, Radio 2

‘Not sugary sweet or a product of the times, theirs is a rare talent’. God is in the TV

‘With transcendent compositions, they demonstrate a firm grip on the skill of song-writing’ Indie Bands Blog

‘They have a ‘knack for crafting a tune. It is music which manages to feel delicate whilst at the same time still packing a punch…. it immediately demands and holds your attention.’ The Mixtape Shed

‘Full of youth, hope and nostalgia for a time they shouldn’t be able to remember. It’s an infectious mix’. Tom Allen CBC Radio 2 (Canada)

‘It was one of those conversations, talking about music, when someone says, check this lot out, and  you discover something you think is wonderful. They’re coming to play a live session for us on the show’ Janice Long BBC Radio 2

Brilliant’ Phil Jackson, BBC Introducing, The South

‘Graduation Day is the kind of song that, if the world were fair, would achieve ubiquitous status and end up all over everything’ Single Review, Music Reload UK


We literally can’t wait for this!

Check back soon for more festival surprises…

A note from David Burnop of the Heptonstall Pace Eggers

“Many thanks to all in the village and beyond for their support and enthusiasm for this years Pace Egg.

It was yet another great day blessed with good weather for all.

Thanks to the Calder Valley Search and Rescue for collecting and St Johns Ambulance for being on hand plus the Hill Millies for dancing on.

With a combination of good weather and an enthusiastic following the collection was up this year and I am please to announce we collected £1200 pound and 10p. Thus this year we were able to donate £600 to Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team, £600 to McMillan Cancer Support and 10p to Toss Pot for some thread to mend his pants.

We look forward to next year.”

David Burnop – for the Heptonstall Pace Eggers.

Appeal for volunteer marshals – The Heptonstall Grand Depart Fell Race – Sat 5th July 19.30


Tour de France excitement will reach fever pitch on the evening of Saturday July 5th when the village hosts its annual summer fell race.  This year’s race has been renamed the Heptonstall Grand Depart Fell Race, and is likely to attract a large influx of visitors arriving for the Tour de France the following day.

The race promises to be a spectacular start to the Tour de France weekend.  After the success of the Germanic themed race-catering last year, the obvious theme for this year’s event will be Le Tour, and all things French.

The 6 mile race (full details at the Festival Fell Race Website) takes place at 19.30 on Saturday evening, by which time we expect hundreds of runners and visitors to be gathering for the an evening of sport, food, music (plus les biėrres et les vins).  The race HQ will be at the CROSS INN.  There will be French style catering and music back in the pub’s decorated court yard. All proceeds from the race and catering will go to support village causes.


The race can only take place with the enthusiastic involvement of the people of Heptonstall.  The generous support of so many people from around the village is much appreciated and has proven to be key factor in runners coming back to take part in the event year after year.

The organisers would be very grateful to volunteers willing to give up around 90 minutes of  their time, whilst cheering on the visiting runners.


No experience is required.  A marshal is simply there to keep an eye on the race at the given point, advising runners of any hazards, and reporting back to race organiser to confirm all is going well.  There are many points along the route where marshals will be stationed to make sure runners don’t  head off in the wrong direction, or alerting runners to approach road crossings safely.  Your position can be organised to suit your preference – either in the village and surrounding fields, somewhere around the Blue Pig, or up around Peckett Well.

We usually team you up with a friend or neighbour, providing you with instructions, timings, hi-viz bib, and contact numbers.  No experience is required but we will explain everything you would need know for your position. You might need to head off to your position at around 19.00-15, and should be finished before 21.00 (earlier if you are up at Peckett Well).  The runners will be pleased to see you and will be thanking you as they run by – hopefully you can cheer them on!


Anyone interested in helping out with marshalling duties (easy and fun lasting 90 mins maximum) please call race organiser; Stephen Grimley on 07710 015560 / email


All marshals will receive a free pint of beer as a thank you.

Plant and Hanging Basket Workshop

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!

The Alchemy Consort at the Methodist Chapel

A Rare Opportunity!

Your chance to experience this amazing chamber choir from the Royal Northern College of Music as they perform original music from local Heptonstall composer Katie Chatburn, alongside works by Elgar, Arthur Sullivan, Stanford, Monteverdi, Gesualdo and more..

The Alchemy Consort

The Alchemy consort is a close harmony octet which was originally formed to perform in a series of Spotlight concerts at the Royal Northern College of Music. In those early performances they showcased a selection of madrigals by Claudio Monteverdi and Carlo Gesualdo. The group consists of mainly RNCM third year undergraduate vocal students but has recently expanded with members from various years. Since their début  in the Autumn 2012 their list of repertoire has expanded to include not only Madrigals or Renaissance choral works but any work for choir or vocal ensemble spanning from the Medieval to the contemporary. They have recently explored the world of Romantic English choral music as well as experimenting with arrangements by modern groups such as the King’s Singers and the Swingle Singers. Having performed many times at RNCM and taken part in the 40th anniversary ‘RNCM in the City’ concert series with a successful concert at St Ann’s, Deansgate they went on to make their Bridgewater Hall debut in a lunchtime concert. They sang an eclectic programme ranging from their signature Monteverdi madrigals, through Mozart, Elgar and American Spirituals all the way to contemporary pop song arrangements. Most recently they premièred David Liggins’ “My heart is like a singing bird” at Didsbury’s Emanuel Church as well as receiving a master-class from The King Singers’ Alastair Hume.

Sunday 22nd June 1.30pm Heptonstall Methodist Chapel

Tickets cost only £5 and are available from the Heptonstall Post Office and on the door. Money raised will be donated to both the Heptonstall Methodist Church and Heptonstall Festival.

The Alchemy Consort at the Methodist Chapel

The Alchemy Consort Live at the Methodist Chapel


Heptonstall Village Team – Lunch at The Cross Inn – 17 June 2014

LunchClubAtCross_17JuneJoin The Heptonstall Village Team for a leisurely lunch at The Cross Inn, Heptonstall.

Tuesday 17th June 12pm til 3.00

Transport available.

You are cordially invited to join the landlord of the pub for the first of our lunch club events. The pub will be providing a special, good value lunch every Tuesday,  and The Heptonstall Village Team will support one of these events each month with additional entertainment and transport.

The menu is £2.95 and you have a choice of:

Ham and Leek Pie, Steak and Ale Pie or Cheese and Onion Pie,

All served with veg and chips.

The Heptonstall Village Team,  will be on hand with scrabble, dominoes,  music and bingo to entertain.

Or just use this as a chance to catch up with your old friends from the village and Mytholm Court and Meadows.

To book a place, arrange transport or if you need assistance or an escort on the day, ring…..

Jan Lymer  01422 847979 or 07772 168812.


New Hope – Slack Cultural Centre

The following comment was sent to Heptonstall village website by Brian Hemsworth, Trustee of New Hope, the organisation connected with Slack Chapel.

“We were asked by people at the meeting on the 9th of April to give an update of what our intensions were after we met as a committee. below is our response.

“A meeting had been arranged at Colton Primary School [sic] to appraise residents of New Hope’s vision to restore the building for use as a ” Recovery Centre” for those recovering from various addictions.

“The meeting was attended by around 100 people but sadly did not afford those representing New Hope the courtesy of being allowed to present the proposed use,due to constant disruptions.
We were asked at the end of the meeting to let those who attended, know of our future intentions.

“At our New Hope committee meeting on Friday 11th April it was decided that we would continue with the proposal.
It is therefore intended to submit a planning application in due course.

“This process will ensure that local residents can submit their views on the application to the planning authority.”

Brian Hemsworth. New Hope Trustee.

Heptonstall Lights and Planting Group (HeLP)

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.


Good Friday, 18th April in Weaver’s Square, Heptonstall

Pace Egg 2014

The crowds are parting, giving Neil Hope-Collins a wide berth. He’s clearing the path for the combatants behind him, as they make their way slowly up the hill.

Stuart Hought is leading in the white jersey with his famous star motif, closely followed by Jimmy Green in his now familiar grey jersey (or did he just mix his whites with his coloureds in the wash?).

David Burnop in his highly experimental headwear is making the most of it’s aerodynamic properties as he closes on the front runners. He pauses for a quick swig of his own recipe medicinal brew to help him on his way.

Andy Carter in the black jersey with the gold trim isn’t pushing at all, almost ambling along, laid back in his signature sunglasses. Sydney Roper in his long white jersey and cap follows next, sharing good natured banter with the public as the group pass by.

The young blood of the group Rowan Carter is vying for position, his red jersey flashing in the sunlight. Tailing, last but definitely not least, is the ladies’ favourite Dean Gash, pausing to entertain the crowd as the group weave up the hill narrowly avoiding a bus. What’s this you say? Le Tour has arrived early? No, of course not. This is the traditional procession of Heptonstall Pace Eggers making their way to their next performance in Weaver’s Square this Good Friday.

They would welcome your attendance, especially if you also weave up the hill to Heptonstall by foot or public transport. Or yes, for the fittest amongst you, even by bike!

Please avoid bringing your horseless carriage, parking is very limited.

This year collection will be for: McMillan Nurses and Calder Valley Search & Rescue Team. Members of the search and rescue team will be collecting.

Pace Egg 2012

Pace Egg play 2012 – photo: HebWeb

Performance times are as follows in Weaver’s Square:

11.15 am Heptonstall Pace Egg

12.30 pm Heptonstall Pace Egg

2.00 pm Heptonstall Pace Egg

3.00pm Midgley Pace Egg (Calder High Players)

4.00pm Heptonstall Pace Egg

The cast are:

Compare MC Juggler Neil Hope-Collins

St George Stuart Hought

Bold Slasher Jimmy Green

The Doctor David Burnop

Black Prince Andy Carter

King of Egypt Sydney Roper

Hector Rowan Carter

Toss Pot Dean Gash


Above details courtesy of Hebweb –

2014 Fell Race Results

Fell race results courtesy of Stephen Grimley. Well done to all who took part. Provisional results are below – please let us know if you spot any errors, typos etc.

Position Name Club Category Time Number
Position Name Club Category Time Number
1 Adam Osborne Leeds City AC m 1:54:10 418
2 Joe Mercer Horwich RMI m 2:00:27 464
3 Chris Farrell Horwich RMI m 2:00:55 461
4 Kim Collinson Borrowdale Fell Runners M 2:01:09 358
5 Tom Brunt Dark peak V40* 2:04:20 507
6 Colin Walker Pudsey and Bramley V40 2:06:34 376
7 David Jackson Horwich RMI V40 2:10:51 460
8 Jonny Mclean Holmfirth Harriers m 2:11:10 542
9 Graeme Brown Calder Valley Fell Runners m 2:11:13 555
10 Michael Hyde Stadium Runners m 2:12:06 530
11 Jason Hemsley Wharfedale Harriers V40 2:12:33 508
12 Kev Folan ua10 V40 2:13:34 521
13 David Haygarth Wharfedale Harriers V40 2:14:14 366
14 Will Buckton Ilkley Harriers m 2:14:16 549
15 Matt Huxford ua5 m 2:14:17 399
16 Kevin Hoult Calder Valley Fell Runners m 2:15:03 425
17 Daniel Shaw Holmfirth Harriers m 2:15:37 397
18 Garry Wilkinson Clayton Le Moors V40 2:15:42 351
19 Jonathan Collins Stainland Lions m 2:17:14 463
20 Gary Pearse Blackburn Harriers V40 2:18:57 481
21 Steve Coates East Hull Harriers V40 2:19:14 469
22 John Marsham Valley Striders m 2:20:01 451
23 Ben Crowther Todmorden Harriers V40 2:20:03 553
24 Liam Bough Calder Valley Fell Runners m 2:20:24 466
25 Leigh Hinchcliffe Pudsey Pacers V40 2:20:28 457
26 Rob Weir Barlick Fell Runners m 2:21:03 511
27 Mark O’Connor Calder Valley Fell Runners m 2:21:28 509
28 (lady 1) Jo Buckley Calder Valley Fell Runners l* 2:21:32 477
29 Bill Johnson Calder Valley Fell Runners V40 2:21:48 491
30 Ian Furlong Abbey m 2:21:58 501
31 Andy Berry Barlick Fell Runners m 2:22:09 510
32 Ian Rowbotham Harrogate harriers V50* 2:22:24 437
33 Stephen Booth ua3 V50 2:22:36 382
34 David Bagot Clayton Harriers m 2:22:54 419
35 Paul Booth Pennine Fell Runners m 2:23:08 484
36 Jon Tinman Rossendale V40 2:23:37 387
37 Charlie McIntosh Pudsey and Bramley V40 2:23:44 367
38 Chris Whiteoak Wharfedale Harriers m 2:24:00 415
39 Adam Holloway FRA V40 2:24:35 398
40 Scott Smith Holmfirth Harriers m 2:24:41 543
41 Jake Turnbull Harrogate harriers m 2:25:03 438
42 Iain Glendinning Calder Valley Fell Runners m 2:25:13 506
43 Peter Hughes Queensbury V50 2:25:16 379
44 Giles Bailey Meltham AC V40 2:25:28 427
45 Mark Ellithorn Chorley V40 2:25:30 371
46 Mick Loftus Valley Striders V40 2:25:57 411
47 Tristan Sheard Stainland Lions V40 2:26:04 462
48 Ben Clare Queensbury m 2:26:26 498
49 Jonathan Emberton Calder Valley Fell Runners V50 2:26:35 499
50 Mark Wharton Calder Valley Fell Runners V40 2:26:45 426
51 Jamie Hutchinson Ilkley Harriers V40 2:27:23 475
52 Greg Weatherhead Abbey m 2:27:32 504
53 Martin Kitchin ua1 M 2:27:44 360
54 Jerome McAllister FRA m 2:28:04 514
55 Patrick Brennan Rossendale M 2:28:11 372
56 Simon Vallance Valley Striders V40 2:28:12 409
57 Graham Hill Calder Valley Fell Runners V40 2:28:34 395
58 Clive Bandy Valley Striders m 2:29:11 439
59 Rob Gray Todmorden Harriers m 2:29:14 552
60 Michael Griffin Wharfedale Harriers V40 2:29:47 546
61 Tim Culshaw ua8 m 2:30:02 496
62 Mike Nelson Macclesfield V40 2:30:23 488
63 David Ralphs Newburgh Nomads V50 2:31:05 403
64 Ross Bibby Valley Striders m 2:31:33 456
65 Dan Marsden Stainland Lions m 2:31:43 458
66 Rob Grantham Cheshire Hill Racers V40 2:32:05 431
67 Jonathan Frost East Hull Harriers m 2:32:08 472
68 Carl Bedson Glossopdale V40 2:32:42 355
69 Richard Sunderland Calder Valley Fell Runners V40 2:32:51 476
70 Andreas Mayer Valley Striders m 2:33:09 447
71 Greg Carns St Helens Sutton AC V40 2:33:16 468
72 Steven Foley Newburgh Nomads V40 2:33:35 391
73 Iain Powell Calder Valley Fell Runners m 2:33:40 407
74 Phil Hobbs Holmfirth Harriers V40 2:33:50 413
75 Rob Parker ua2 V40 2:35:42 368
76 Adrian Kenney Fellandale m 2:36:01 517
77 Robert Bolton ua9 V40 2:36:14 516
78 Craig Neville ua7 V40 2:36:27 417
79 Paul M Crabtree Wharfedale Harriers V40 2:37:02 450
80 John Taylor Mercia V40 2:37:13 536
81 Simon Taylor ua6 m 2:37:17 410
82 Richard White Glossopdale Harriers m 2:37:21 500
83 (lady 2) Renee Saxton Otley AC L 2:37:22 558
84 Kevin Smith ua4 V40 2:37:33 396
85 David Cooper Pudsey Pacers V40 2:38:26 448
86 Robert Tyson Todmorden Harriers m 2:38:53 422
87 Phil Wells Calder Valley Fell Runners V40 2:39:17 486
88 Adrian Phillips ua11 V40 2:39:33 540
89 Richard Ingram Calder Valley Fell Runners V40 2:39:34 522
90 Luke McQuade Pudsey Pacers m 2:39:53 494
91 (lady 3) Joanne Worboys-Hodgson Denby Dale Travellers LV40* 2:40:18 388
92 Paul Fearns Holmfirth Harriers V50 2:40:35 526
93 Carl Heron Queensbury V50 2:41:02 412
94 Richard Sample Saddleworth m 2:41:05 544
95 John Minta Calder Valley Fell Runners V40 2:41:26 380
96 David Webb Calder Valley Fell Runners V40 2:42:05 441
97 Graeme Tiffany Pudsey Pacers V50 2:42:30 525
98 Duncan Ritchie Todmorden Harriers V40 2:43:31 465
99 Martin Finn Pudsey and Bramley V40 2:44:10 375
100 Nick Murphy Calder Valley Fell Runners V50 2:45:05 442
101 John Boothman Barlick Fell Runners V50 2:45:06 537
102 David Copping Keighley and Craven AC V40 2:45:48 489
103 (lady 4) Katherine Kirkham Wharfedale Harriers l 2:45:58 467
104 Luke Meleschko Halifax Harriers M 2:46:21 359
105 Robert Pritchard FRA V50 2:46:48 420
106 Michael Cooper ua V40 2:46:49 362
107 Richard Barnes ua V40 2:46:51 445
108 Mark Woodhead Valley Striders V50 2:46:55 423
109 Michael Mills ua V40 2:47:05 534
110 Timothy Jacobs Abbey V40 2:47:37 482
111 Wally Coppelov Newburgh Nomads V50 2:47:39 446
112 Micheal Coe Queensbury V40 2:47:40 377
113 Mark Nolan Pudsey and Bramley V50 2:47:43 383
114 Ben Bedsmith Todmorden Harriers m 2:47:57 429
115 Mick Bray Wharfedale Harriers V40 2:48:57 548
116 Jake Ackroyd ua m 2:49:02 535
117 Ian Greenwood ua m 2:49:03 532
118 Ian Sanderson Valley Striders V40 2:49:20 485
119 Jon Osborne ua M 2:49:40 357
120 Simon Galloway Todmorden Harriers V50 2:49:41 436
121 (lady 5) Alison Wainwright Staffordshire Moorlands LV40 2:49:43 529
122 Nigel Hodson Clayton Harriers V40 2:50:02 479
123 Fred Duenbier ua V50 2:50:08 444
124 Mike Vinegrad East Hull Harriers V40 2:50:15 470
125 Nick Andralojc Harrogate harriers V50 2:50:17 452
126 Justin Vogler Valley Striders V40 2:50:33 414
127 Graham Kay ua M 2:50:52 373
128 Nick Dewell Keighley and Craven AC V40 2:52:06 539
129 Mark Culshaw Newburgh Nomads V40 2:52:09 392
130 Peter Shelley ua V40 2:53:51 459
131 David Halliday Barlick Fell Runners V40 2:54:03 513
132 Nicky Bolton ua m 2:54:10 556
133 Richard Foster Abbey m 2:54:12 520
134 (lady 6) Liz Taylor Stainland Lions LV40 2:55:11 473
135 Brook Chambers Stainland Lions m 2:55:17 519
136 Stuart Hayton Bowland Fell Runners V40 2:56:24 430
137 Chris Alborough ua M 2:56:31 386
138 Toby Sycles Calder Valley Fell Runners V40 2:57:58 353
139 (lady 7) Marion Dixon Clayton Le Moors LV40 2:58:21 505
140 Brian Melia ua V40 2:59:08 474
141 (lady 8) Anna Smith Queensbury LV50* 2:59:09 406
142 Philip Robinson Queensbury 59,2:59:40 421
143 Charlie Eaton Glossopdale M 2:59:51 356
144 Steven Hemingway SPEN V50 3:00:14 527
145 (lady 9) Adela Reperecici Ilkley Harriers LV50 3:01:09 374
146 Andrew Combs ua V40 3:02:52 497
147 Richard Buckle Leeds Bradford Tri Club 1,3:03:07 541
148 Graham Jower ua V60* 3:03:08 378
149 Raj Madhas Wharfedale Harriers V40 3:03:58 364
150 Nathan Kennaugh Calder Valley Fell Runners m 3:04:30 523
151 Paul Taylor Calder Valley Fell Runners V40 3:06:16 503
152 Sam Fugill Nidd Valley Road Runners m 3:08:17 402
153 Edwin Sherstone Southport Waterloo V40 3:09:34 478
154 Simon Caldwell FRA V50 3:09:53 492
155 Dave Culpan Calder Valley Fell Runners V50 3:10:03 361
156 Paul Sheridan Esk Valley Fell Runners V40 3:11:57 354
157 Steven Moss FRA V60 3:13:05 524
158 (lady 10) Jenny Cooper Pudsey Pacers l 3:13:41 449
159 Simon Beverley ua m 3:13:42 531
160 Shaun Benham Pudsey Pacers V40 3:13:43 385
161 Ian Martin France Bowland Fell Runners V50 3:14:13 352
162 (lady 11) Amy Lomax Chapel Allerton L 3:15:13 384
163 Tim Whitcombe Idle AC V50 3:15:38 490
164 (lady 12) Jacqueline Redmayne Chorley LV40 3:17:40 370
165 Phil Hancock Fellandale V40 3:18:12 550
166 Philip Jones Baildon V50 3:19:34 416
167 Peter Fleming ua V50 3:20:05 428
168 Patrick Garland ua V50 3:20:39 424
169 Andrew Pigg Stadium Runners V50 3:21:28 538
170 Mick Fowler ua V50 3:21:29 528
171 Carl Prendergast Fellandale V60 3:23:33 455
172 (lady 13) Michelle Morris Baildon L 3:24:14 557
173 Russell Geraghty Military 1st Runners V40 3:24:35 401
174 Alun Davies Valley Striders V50 3:25:04 493
175 (lady 14) Gillian Wisbey Calder Valley Fell Runners LV40 3:25:23 404
176 (lady 15) Ceri Baker Pensby Runners LV50 3:25:47 369
177 Krzysztof Swedrowski Halifax Harriers m 3:27:50 551
178 Andrew Biddle West Pennine Runners V60 3:30:06 363
179 (lady 16) Rachel Johnston Calder Valley Fell Runners LV40 3:30:10 502
180 Shaun Beggs ua V40 3:30:12 432
181 (lady 17) Rachel Lowther Barlick Fell Runners l 3:30:53 512
182 Charles McKinney ua V40 3:31:01 454
183 Jean Du Plessis ua V40 3:31:13 389
184 Richard Blakeley Todmorden Harriers V70* 3:31:32 515
185 Michael Smith Bingley Harriers V50 3:31:33 480
186 (lady 18) Bev Holmes Todmorden Harriers LV40 3:32:09 440
187 (lady 19) Lisa Parkinson ua l 3:32:10 443
188 Colin Grime Spectrum Striders V60 3:33:38 408
189 (lady 20) Jo Miles Macclesfield LV50 3:33:42 393
190 Julian Brown Macclesfield V40 3:33:46 394
191 (lady 21) Fiona Armer Todmorden Harriers LV40 3:34:24 533
192 (lady 22) Linda Hayles Calder Valley Fell Runners LV60* 3:34:52 381
193 (lady 23) Tracey Apperley Newmarket Joggers LV40 3:36:11 495
194 Rich Smith ua V40 3:43:15 453
195 (lady 24) Laura Skelton ua L 3:44:02 435
196 James Alastair ua m 3:44:02 433
197 (lady 25) Camille Askins Keighley and Craven AC LV40 3:51:01 547
198 Robert Shirlaw Halifax Harriers V50 3:51:02 405
199 Martin Skelton FRA V40 3:51:04 434
200 Anthony Brown ua m 3:55:20 554
201 (lady 26) Sonja Ingrid ua LV50 3:59:48 545
202 Peter Ehrhardt Todmorden Harriers V60 4:04:57 390
203 (lady 27) Julie Laverock Salford Harriers LV40 4:16:29 365
204 John Swift Chorley V70 4:16:30 518
205 Reg Czudek Todmorden Harriers V60 4:19:42 400
206 David Danbury ua V60 5:00:55 483

Environment Agency Flood Risk Planning Meeting – 9 April 2014

Have your say on new flood risk reduction plans

Calderdale Council and the Environment Agency are consulting residents in the Upper Calder Valley about new plans to reduce flood risk.

A public drop-in meeting will be held at Hebden Bridge Town Hall on Wednesday 9 April 2014 between 3pm and 7pm to outline details of proposed schemes for the Todmorden, Hebden Bridge and Mytholmroyd areas.

These include plans for managing water running down the hills into Hebden Bridge, Todmorden and Midgley, overtopping from the canal in Todmorden and highway flooding in Todmorden and Eastwood.

The £3 million programme will be funded by the Environment Agency and Calderdale Council and work on the first of the schemes will start this autumn.

The Environment Agency wants to hear what local people have to say about the initial proposals before drawing up detailed designs during the summer.

There will also be an opportunity to learn about the work done so far by the local flood action groups in the Upper Calder and visitors to the Drop-In will be invited to give their views on plans to establish stores across the valley which will contain equipment to be used in the event of flooding.

Local people will also have a chance to share their views on the development of a new website to provide up to date community information and advice in times of flooding.

Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Economy and Environment, Cllr Barry Collins, said: “This is an opportunity for local residents to find out more about the planned works and to make their opinions known. The £3 million programme demonstrates the commitment of both the council and the Environment Agency to flood prevention in the Upper Calder Valley. The various schemes are part of the Calderdale Flood Investment Plan, designed to help local people and businesses become increasingly flood resilient.”

EA project manager Andrew Coen said: “A lot of work has gone on behind the scenes in the last year to develop projects that will make a real difference to the risk the communities in the Upper Calder Valley face from flooding. Over the next 12 months, we will be implementing these projects on the ground. However, before we do that, we would like to invite local people to have their say on these plans.”

Pennine Spring Music – Something for everyone. Come and enjoy…

All evening concerts are held in Heptonstall Parish Church

Tuesday 27 May 7.30

Orchestra and Chorus, 

Mozart :      Symphony 35 “Haffner”

Hummel :    Trumpet Concerto– soloist Christian Barraclough

Rutter :       All things bright and beautiful, God be in my head,

For the beauty of the earth.

Poulenc :     Sinfonietta


Wednesday 28 May

The Bell Ringers are contributing to the festival by ringing a full peal – (1pm- 4pm). The chosen piece is ‘Heptonstall Surprise Major’ and was performed for the first time, on the bells of St Thomas’, in 1988


Thursday 29 May  7.30    Chamber Concert


Verdi :        Chorus of Hebrew Slaves,   Anvil Chorus,

Chorus of Scottish Refugees

Hughes:      Spirituals – Jonah and Norah

Due Voci:

Selection from Dvorak and Monteverdi

Wind Chamber Group:

Selection from Ibert, Vinter and Dvorak


Saturday 31 May         7.30  

Orchestra and Chorus, 

Brahms:`     Variations on a Theme by Haydn

Mendelssohn:       Lobesang

soloists include: Louisa Stirland (BBC Chorister of the year 2012)

Linda Harvey and Tom Morrs


Tickets £10, (£8 concessions), £1 (under 16’s) to all concerts.

Available on the door or bookable in advance at Hebden Bridge, Todmorden and Halifax Tourist Information Offices.


Full Programmes will be available at the Post Office, Tourist Information Office, Libraries and several outlets locally.




Heptonstall Slack Cultural Trust, Slack Top , Heptonstall

STCOver the last couple of years you may have been aware of some changes at Slack Top Centre which you may know as Slack Chapel.

External renovations were completed two years ago but the trust subsequently had administrative problems which resulted in the building being closed. These problems have now been resolved and we find ourselves looking to the future and endeavouring to use the building in keeping with our trust deed, which is to provide low cost temporary accommodation for people of limited means, encouraging care and concern for the countryside, and for the promotion of the Christian Faith. Previously these aims were met in the form of a self-catering hostel primarily for young people alongside the work of Mount Zion Baptist Chapel, the church which met on the premises. For various reasons this is no longer a viable plan for the building and we have been looking at alternative uses.

The trust is now negotiating a partnership with another charity, New Hope, who will work with us to renovate the internal fabric of the centre and establish a new use for the building still in keeping with our trust deed, which brings us to the reason for this letter.

We have been working closely with the Calderdale planning department which includes the conservation officer as the building is grade2 listed. The charity we are working with supports people with addictions and wishes to establish a residential rehabilitation centre. In order for this to go ahead we need to apply for a change of use on the building and in doing so wish to consult with the local community.

To facilitate this we have organised an open meeting on Wednesday 9th April at 7.30pm, in Colden School, the trustees of the building will be there as well as the director of New Hope to answer your questions and concerns. For those of you who cannot make this meeting we welcome your input either by mail to the above address or e-mail to

We know some of you may be concerned about the impact this will have on the church that has met in the building. The leadership of Mount Zion Baptist Chapel have been working closely with the trustees and are long term supporters of the New Hope charity. They are fully behind this change in direction, and are looking forward to the opportunities it will bring to serve the local community alongside New Hope. In the meantime they continue to meet at Heptonstall Bowling Club.

Please feel free to contact us for further information and we look forward to meeting some of you on the 9th. It would be good to see this building restored and used then to help restore people, a cause we are sure the original congregation of 1878 would have considered worthy.

More information on New Hope can be seen below.

The Slack Top Centre Trustees

Slack Top Vision

We are a charity and have been running a non residential rehab for people with addictions in Leeds for 14 years. We have had over 2500 people come through our doors in that time and have had some success in seeing people come of their addiction and returning to normal life. We work closely with doctors and government agencies to see that the people we deal with will get the best help they need.

In the past few years we have seen the need for a residential centre and have been actively looking for the last year. We have known Jason and Joanne for 12 years and met them to discuss the use of the Slack Top Centre for that purpose.

Our Purpose:

To accommodate up to 8 people in the centre for a period of 3 months at a time. They would have to be detoxed before coming to us.

When they arrive there will be a very controlled environment for them with full time staff and part time staff on site at all times. The people would have to remain free of drugs in the facility for the complete duration of their stay.

Each person would have an individual care plan and would have to agree to do work in the community while here. There will be very strict rules of conduct in and outside of the centre, any one breaking them will be sent home immediately. The people coming here will be put through an entrance check so that only those serious will be allocated a place.

What would this entail for You

There would be opportunities for you to come into the facility on open days to see what happens. There would also be an opportunity for any practical work you would need doing such as gardening or small decorating jobs.

We will be arranging meetings for you to put your point of view across in case you have any issues or fears.

Or you can have as little as possible to do with us.

Have there been any other places like this in a small community:

Yes there are. We have two who we know very well, one down in Norwich called Hebron; the other is in Northern Ireland called the Stauros Foundation.

Both have facilities in small hamlets and have very good relationships with the local people who have had no problems at all.