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.   

Pennine Spring Music – 25-30 May 2015

Pennine Spring Music returns to Heptonstall 25-30 May, with a varied programme of classical music for everyone.

We endeavour each year to encourage young musicians from music schools and colleges to join us on a bursary scheme.

Could anyone willing to accommodate (B&B) one of these young people please contact Jean Leach on 01422 843995 or by email.

Many thanks.



took place on Saturday October 11th at 10 30 am. Members were kindly assisted by the Chair of the Parish Council, Cllr. Adrian Baldwin and Mr Derrick Palmer.

Much of the village and outlying area has been planted. But inevitably there are replenishments when bulbs cease to thrive. This year this was required on the garden area of Hepton Drive Park. However we also planted crocuses and snowdrops, for the first time, around the wooded area.

The new area we planted with daffodils was on the perimeter of St. Thomas’ old church.

This was a trial area, as there is a possibility that the weed killer used on the ground may inhibit the survival, or flowering of the bulbs.

Requests for bulbs were made for Heptonstall School and for Pinfold Lane. Half a bag of bulbs was supplied for each. Mr Norman Bailey is thanked for his offer to add to the planting of the latter.

Heptonstall Forward was pleased to donate and plant a bag of daffodils in the Methodist Churchyard in celebration of their 250th centenary.

The cost of this year’s bulbs was £105.39. We would like to thank anyone who contributed to the collection box in the post office, £8.61 was donated.

Mary Livesey. Secretary. Heptonstall Forward.