Not for Profit Lunch on Festival Day

In order to support families on the day of the Heptonstall Festival, there will be a ‘not for profit’ lunch service from 1pm till 4pm down at the Social and Bowling Club.

A self help childrens lunch platter will be available for £1.50 per child, whilst adults can enjoy a beef or cheese pie with beans for £2.00 a head.

There will be a low cost 20p raffle for the littlies as well, so please come on down and support us during these hours.

Finally, there will be a ‘managed’ bouncy castle, also run  just to recoup hire and insurance costs.

For more info…contact Jan Lymer

01422 847979 / 07772 168812

The Village Team – Recent Event Updates

The Village Team -Lunch at The Cross – Wednesday 27 August 2014

Our fourth Lunch Club event went very well last week, one resident said it was a fantastic opportunity to meet up with friends she had not seen in a while, whilst another commented on the fabulous Steak and Ale pie and chips for £4.00. Bargain!

Terry asked us to remind the village that this deal is available to ALL (young and old alike) from 12.00 til 3pm. Every Wednesday.

IF IFNext date Wed 24th September.  Come along and join in, the food is good and the atmosphere is warm and inviting.

Don’t forget!  …..It is only 2 weeks until our poetry morning. This will be more than just poems from ww1,  with 3 local published poets on hand to read from there works as well.

 

The Village Team -Lunch at The Cross – Wednesday 13 August 2014

IF‘Wonderful food, lovely atmosphere’ –  just some of the comments from our guests at this event.

The day was rounded off with the arrival of local resident and published poet Michael Crowley who came to talk through the next Poetry and Cake event organised by Eileen Barnes 87.

Pop it in your diary Sunday 7th of September 1.30 at the Bowling Club.

See fliers for details.

Many thanks to The Heptonstall Village Team for arranging transport to those who require it.

 

 

Cake and Conversation with the Shaggy Dog Storytellers – Sunday 10 August 2014

There were over 70 people present on the day… it was pouring with rain outside… but warm and welcoming in the Bowling Club as guests were entertained with songs and music from the Shaggy Dog Storytellers.  Nora 92…. stole the show with her wonderful voice and even more outrageous sense of humour.

Young and old (Paige 6 months,  Phyliss Walstow 100 and 2 weeks!) enjoyed the cake and sandwiches prepared by The Heptonstall Village Team,  and we all laughed at the wonderful tales told by the Shaggy Dog Storytellers.

This was one of a series of events designed to provide a varied, interesting and entertaining calender of social events for our elderly.  If you want to find out more, suggest ideas for us for the future, volunteer or help us with raffle prizes look at the team’s web pages.

Village Team Volunteers on sandwich duty

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lunch Club at the Cross Inn – July 2014

 

 

Lunch Club at The Cross Inn – June 2014

 

 

Cake and Conversation – March 2014

 

 

Christmas Lunch – December 2013

 

Cake and Conversation – 10 August 2014

To further promote the forthcoming Cake and Conversation Event on 10 August, Jan Lymer of the Village Team has the following message…

“Dear All,

Cake and Conversation

Click for a poster sized image

Most of you know me well enough by now to realise my heart is in the right place when it comes to things to do with our village.!

I really enjoyed helping to raise money for the Festival, and having considered that I have completed that task to my satisfaction, have turned my ever enthusiastic spirit to setting up something for the older community of Heptonstall. 

The Parish Council,  has been wonderful in granting us some cash to help us get up and off the ground, and the events we have arranged so far have been much appreciated by those who attended. 

In particular,  those residents in Elphin Court, Mytholm Meadows and Mytholm court,  who were moved down to Hebden when the old folks home in Heptonstall was closed down are really enjoying whizzing back up to The Cross and The Bowling Club, and meeting up with old friends and making some new ones.

What they would really like to do too, is to mix with the younger generations, and share stories from when they used to live up here. Hence this Sundays Cake And Conversation event 1.30, at the bowling club.

PhyllisAndTonyAtXmasLunchPhyliss Walstow, (100) pictured left, will be sitting by the door, ready to great you when you come (anyone fancying surprising her with a birthday card, would be most welcome!)

If you can’t attend, but would like to support us, we would be grateful for raffle prizes.

It would be great if it was a knockout event for families and the older generation. Could you please let me know if, you think you will be able to come so we can butter enough bread for sarnies!

PS – Any raffle prizes, that could be dropped with Tony at the Post Office or to May’s shop would be appreciated! “

Jan Lymer

01422 847979 / 07772 168812

 

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.

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 boattart@gmail.com, 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

Poetry and afternoon tea 7 9 14 300Another 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 boattart@gmail.com

 

The Heptonstall Village Team                                                                       

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.