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 Vicky@pennine-horizons.org.uk. 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:  info@pennine-horizons.org.uk or phone: 01422 844450 or visit the charity’s website at www.pennineheritage.org.uk

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 http://letour.yorkshire.com/road-closures).

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.

http://www.northernpowergrid.com/page/powercuts/priority.cfm 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.

A Celebration of Sylvia Plath

A Celebration of Sylvia Plath in music, poetry, and readings will be held on Sunday, 15 December, followed by a party with klezmer/gypsy music, including the first performance of a new piece by local musicians. Starts at 4pm at the White Lion pub, Heptonstall.

Heptonstall School Fair

pfa school poster

This weekend is a busy one in Heptonstall. On Saturday, Christmas trees will be on sale in Weavers’ Square from 3pm, with all proceeds to the Heptonstall Lights and Planting Group.

Hebden Bridge Brass Band will play from 5.30pm for the switch-on of the Christmas tree lights. At 6pm they will move into the White Lion, where pie and peas will be served.

On Sunday, Heptonstall School’s Christmas fair runs from 2pm to 4pm in the school hall, with attractions including Santa’s grotto, games for the children, face painting and many other stalls.

Further ahead, Christmas events include:

Sunday, 15 December, 3pm, Christingle Service at St Thomas’.

Sunday, 15 December, time tbc, a concert of Klezmer music at the White Lion.

Sunday, 22 December, 10.45am, Nativity Service in the Methodist Chapel. Children from the village and school are invited to take part in this enjoyable event. We also need a baby to play Jesus – contact Margaret Coupe on 01422 842550 if you want to put your baby on the road to stardom.

Sunday 22 December 6.30pm, Village Carol Service at St Thomas.

Wednesday, 25 December, 9.30am, Joint Christmas Day Service at the Methodist Chapel.


Do you think The Cross is a valuable asset to the Village?

Cross InnDo you think The Cross is a valuable asset to the Village?

Do you think it’s important to keep two pubs open in Heptonstall?

If so, you could support our campaign to register The Cross as an Asset of Community Value!

This is about showing community support for an important part of village life and history.

How does this help?

  • IF the owner wants to sell the asset (or apply for change of use) they must inform the local authority of their intention.
  • IF the owner decides to sell, this triggers a 6 week moratorium for a community organisation to decide if they would like to bid for it.
  • After this, there is a further 6 month moratorium to develop a proposal and raise funds.
  • Basically, it gives the village time to do something about it and an opportunity to be involved.
  • BUT there is no obligation or commitment, even once the property is listed. It just gives the option.

There is a working committee (open to anyone willing to help) planning to submit an application to Calderdale Council to list The Cross public house as an Asset of Community Value. To do this, we need a minimum of 21 local people (registered on the electoral role) to sign the nomination form. Copies can be found at The White Lion pub, Towngate Tearooms and in the Post Office. We want as many villagers as possible to show their support by signing up.

We also need to gather evidence that the pub furthers the social wellbeing and social interests of the local community. We would love to hear of any events that have taken place in the past that have been important to you, your friends or family as well as any quotes on your memories of the pub. You can email details or post them through to us at the address below.

If this is important to you, please take the time to show your support. This does not commit you to any involvement in the project – it simply means you support the idea and would like the listing to be approved by the council.

On behalf of The Cross Asset Working Group (T’CAWG)

If you would like any further information or to add any comments, you can contact

Nic & Steve Corrigan at 6 Church Street, by email at niccorrigan(at)yahoo.co.uk or on 01422 843397.


Bell-ringing at St Thomas’ Church

Refurbished bells

The recently refurbished bells back in place in the belfry

As most residents will be aware, St Thomas’ church possesses a fine ring of 8 bells, which were originally installed in 1912 and were fully refurbished in 2012. They are rung regularly for Sunday service (at least once a month), for practice/training of new ringers (most Tuesday evenings), full peals (once a month) and by visiting ringers from various parts of the country (occasional).

We are always looking for new recruits and currently rely on help from ringers from other churches in the area. As many will be aware, our oldest ringer and tower captain for over 50 years, Colin Ashworth, passed away in October last year and we have in recent years also lost two other longstanding members, Nick Helliwell and Geoff Cheetham. To ensure that the bells continue to ring out into the future, we do now need more local people to come forward and join us. Anyone who would like to learn more about bell-ringing and may be interested in becoming a member of our team, please feel free to contact me for further information (details below).

We are also very keen to keep residents informed about our ringing activities and, whilst the feedback we receive is overwhelmingly positive, we do recognise that not everyone likes the sound of the bells and in, particular, that some people would appreciate advance notice of any prolonged periods of ringing, such as the monthly peals, which last for approx. 3 hours at a time. These are already publicised on the weekly notice of church services and activities in the church porch, but in an attempt to reach a wider audience we are happy to respond to a suggestion from a resident and also publish details on this website.

The ringing planned over the next two months is as follows:

Sunday mornings (10.30-11.30): 6 April, 20 April, 25 May 2014

Tuesday practices (19.45-21.00) : most Tuesdays in April and May 2014.

Peals (approx. 3 hours’ continuous ringing):  Friday 4 April 2014 from 10:30am, Friday 2 May from 1.00pm, Weds 28 May from 1.00pm (in conjunction with the Pennine Spring Music Festival)

A further update will be provided in May.

Many thanks for your support……and look forward to hearing from you!

George Campling

Ringing Master, St Thomas’ church


An Invitation to Join “The Performance Ensemble”.

Plans are underway for an exciting community performance project for Calder Valley residents to be delivered in early 2014.

If you are close to 60 or above and have lots of stories to tell, this is for you. Set in a dance hall this quirky, romantic performance will include acting, singing, dancing, visual arts and live music. Local stories will be woven into the piece with volunteer performers, musicians and artists coming together to make this happen.

The Performance Ensemble is the brain child of Alan Lyddiard, an accomplished theatre director with a passion for creating community theatre with older people. Alan will be attending on September 14th to talk a little about the project, to answer any questions you might have and to listen to your ideas for the event too.

This informal get-together will take place upstairs at the church and there is a lift if you need one. Downstairs the infamous Mytholmroyd Marmaladies will be holding their ‘Marvellous Market’ so there’s plenty to do. There’s a café too.

Joe Standerline is the community Liaison Contact for the Performance Ensemble. Joe is a playwright and creative coach who’s helping to spread the word and ensure as many local residents know about the project as possible. If you’d like to know more, please give Joe a call on 0794 1234 313 or email joe’@’mycoachjoe.co.uk.

Mytholmroyd Methodist Church
Scout Rd. Mytholmroyd. HX7 5QD
Saturday 14 September 2013
11am to 12.30 pm.

If you can’t attend this time but would like to get involved in the project please let Joe know so he can keep you informed. Please feel free to forward this to friends and family.

See you there for the start of something wonderful.

Local family records

The Community website regularly receives enquiries from people researching family history which typically ask if we can assist with information about relatives that may have lived in the Heptonstall parish area in the past.

We in turn would be interested to know where such information may be found, and what arrangements are in place for such information to be accessed, in order that we can respond to the enquiries in the fullest way possible.

If anyone has any knowledge on this subject, please get in touch using the Contact Us page.