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.

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.

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.

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.

Buses – Service 596 (Hebden Bridge – Heptonstall – Blackshaw Head)

Buses – Service 596 (Hebden Bridge – Heptonstall – Blackshaw Head)

From 27 April 2014….

All journey times on Service 596 will be amended by adding 2 minutes between Heptonstall and Blackshaw Head and removing 2 minutes between Heptonstall and Hebden Bridge.

06.35 Monday – Friday Service 596 from Blackshaw Head to run 10 minutes earlier throughout  – this meets requests to connect with the 06.52 Manchester train.

Service 596 to be registered as ‘Hail and Ride’ on High Court, Slack as requested.

The new timetable can be found on the following page.

Service 596 timetable from April 2014  (opens as new window).


More on local transport links…

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.”

Calderdale Voice Magazine

The April-May 2014 edition of The Calderdale Voice can be seen by clicking this link.

The Calderdale Voice magazine will provide information on local Health & Social Care services in Calderdale,  new national initiatives and news from the Healthwatch Calderdale team.

Hard Copies of the magazine are also available on request, whilst electronic copies of previous editions can be seen here.

More information available from:

Voluntary Action Calderdale
The Resource Centre
Hall Street

Tel: 01422 431099

Facebook:  Healthwatch Calderdale

Twitter: @hwcalderdale

Hit the trail! Calder Valley charity to launch innovative new e-trails next month.

PennineHeritageOn Saturday 12 April, from 10am to 4pm, Hebden Bridge based charity Pennine Horizons will be launching four new electronic trails to enhance four walks in the Calder Valley area. The launch will take place at a special open day at the Birchcliffe Centre, Birchcliffe Road, Hebden Bridge.

The e-trails (or audio commentaries) can be downloaded to a phone or mp3 player and include interesting stories of local events and people of note as well as information about of the awe-inspiring ecology and outstanding industrial heritage of the area. The trails are:

  • A walk around Charlestown – a three mile trail looking at the 18th and 19th century industrial history on a walk along the Rochdale canal and through the wooded valley around Charlestown.
  • The power in the landscape – a six mile trail through the beautiful Colden Valley looking at the early 19th century water powered industry.
  • Cragg Vale – a lovely walk through the vale exploring the fascinating history of the area
  • Sam Hill – Follow in the footsteps of Sam Hill, a great wool baron who lived around the beautiful Ryburn Valley in the 1700s

Visitors are welcome to drop in to the launch day between 10am and 4 pm to find out more about the new trails as well as a further nine trails which are currently being developed across the Calder Valley. This is likely to include a version of the Heptonstall Trail. They can also find out how they can get involved in the Pennine Horizons project and sign up for future guided walks in the area

As part of the launch, Pennine Horizons will also lead a FREE guided walk around Hebden Bridge on the group’s Tree Trail, looking at the fascinating history of how trees and wood were utilised in the area. This will start at the Birchcliffe Centre at 2pm. Spaces are limited so you will need to book in advance by contacting Vicky on The walk will take about 2.5 hours and involves some hills and muddy paths, so please come prepared with sensible footwear.

Frank Woolrych, Chair of the Pennine Horizons project said: “The stunning landscapes and striking remains of its industrial heritage have drawn walkers and historians to the Calder and its valleys for many years.

“To share this with more people, we have teamed up with a whole host of local volunteers, community groups and organisations to create 12 interesting and inspiring walks and trails. The event in April will provide visitors with a great opportunity to see the work we have been doing and we hope that some of them will join us on the free guided walk on the day.”

Anyone interested in volunteering to help to develop the charity’s walks and trails, support events, education groups or digital archive project can contact the organisation via email: or phone: 01422 844450 or visit the charity’s website at

Age UK Calderdale and Kirklees Winter Support Service


If you are worried about your home being cold or damp in winter, and rising energy costs, Age UK have a new FREE service that is available to any older person.

They can help with:

  • Checking your home’s energy efficiency
  • Tips on staying warm and well in winter
  • Installing practical equipment, such as draught excluders and radiator foils
  • Companionship visits
  • Days at Centres in Halifax and Huddersfield

To find out more, call us on 01422 262011 or visit the website.

Age UK Calderdale and Kirklees Online at Home Project


Want to get to grips with new technology and the internet but don’t want the outlay of a new computer straight away? Age UK may be able to offer:

  • Loan of digital equipment for 6 months
  • One-to-one support from an experienced IT volunteer
  • Access to the internet

If you would like more information or to see if you or someone you know is eligible, please call Anne Cuthbert at Age UK Calderdale & Kirklees 01422 252 040 or visit the website

Tour de France comes to Yorkshire, but not quite to Heptonstall !

YGD-members-bannerOn July 6th 2014, Calderdale hosts 22 miles of the the world’s biggest annual sporting event as the Tour de France comes to Yorkshire, generating an estimated £100 million for the regional economy.

Le Tour will not pass directly through any part of Heptonstall, Colden or Blackshaw, but the influx of visitors will have a huge impact on our communities. There will be many issues to consider such as parking, camping, bus service, road closures etc.

At a public meeting in Heptonstall on 27 January, Katie Kinsella, ‎Principal Officer-Tourism at Calderdale MBC, spoke about how the event will affect the locality.

On the day, Sunday 6 July 2014, Stage 2 of the Grand Départ enters Calderdale at Cock Hill passing over the summit of a climb between Oxenhope and Hebden Bridge. From there the riders will descend quickly as the road cuts through the open moorland, passing through Peckett Well and Wadsworth and onto the super-fast tree lined descent to Hebden Bridge.  The route then continues from Hebden Bridge to Mytholmroyd on the flat of the A646 for a short distance, before taking on England’s longest continuous road climb, Cragg Vale, as part of the 200km Stage 2 between York and Sheffield.

A great many visitors will come to the area over the weekend, and the A6033 Keighley Road and A646 Halifax Road from Hebden Bridge will be closed for much of the race day from about 7:00am (final details yet to be announced – updates at

Prior to the race itself, due through Hebden Bridge at about 1:30pm, the seven mile long “Caravan” will pass along the route from around 11:45am.  This cavalcade of floats, decorated cars and other vehicles moves along the route, throwing out goodies and free samples to the spectators, and is a massive advertising stunt. The Caravan, made up of the Tour’s official sponsors, is followed by a long line of official cars, technical vehicles, media and motorbikes, lights flashing, horns sounding, all warming up the spectators for the actual event itself.

All this will be a great spectacle for all, and is expected to bring a great deal of business for local traders and businesses.

More details about the event are available on the Visit Calderdale website event page, or on the Welcome to Yorkshire website.

Heptonstall’s own Fell Race is being planned to take place on Saturday 5 July 2014, adding more local interest to this exciting weekend.

Bush Tucker Trial and Barbeque

The Cross Inn is following up Thursday’s haggis supper with a family event “Bush Tucker Trial” event from 5pm on Sunday, 26 January.
Try your stomach with a large and wacky variety of strange foods. There are prizes to be won with all proceeds to local charities.
For the more “traditional” palate, there will also be a family barbeque. Terry looks forward to seeing you there.

Northern Powergrid: online registration for Priority Services Register (PSR)

Northern Powergrid has launched an improved online registration process for its Priority Services Register (PSR) for those customers who feel they are particularly vulnerable and would benefit from additional support during a power cut. New features now allow carers or relatives to register on behalf of a vulnerable person and also let those registering set the length of time they wish to be on the register. Reminders will be sent automatically to extend or end their registration. The PSR pages include tips on energy efficiency and contacts for organisations offering support and advice on heating and fuel bills. for more details…


Public Meeting about Fell Race and Tour de France

ADMIN.POSTER.Tour-de-FranceThere will be a public meeting about the Tour de France and the Fell Race at Heptonstall School Hall  on 27 January 2014 at 7:30pm.

Calderdale Council’s Head of Tourism will provide information and be available for questions

– everyone welcome.


Click here to download a copy of the poster.

Burns Night at the Cross Inn

A traditional Burns Supper Night will be held at the Cross Inn in aid of the Heptonstall Festival on Thursday, January 23, with bagpipes and the address to the haggis.

The menu is haggis (or veggie haggis), neeps and tatties (mashed turnips and potatoes), followed by sticky toffee pudding with whiskey sauce, all for £7.50. Please reserve your place at The Cross Inn- 01422 843284.

Robert Burns’ address to the haggis, together with a translation, can be found here.

New take-away

The Cross Inn is now doing take-aways as well as eat in menus on Friday and Saturday evenings, as follows:.

Home made pizzas from 5pm-10.30pm eat in as an addition to the menu or take out £6.50 Fri & sat
Curry night on a Tues, curry + a pint/med wine £6.50
Fish & chips on a Fri take out or eat in £5.25

The new landlord is planning several events, watch this space for further details.