The Methodist Church is preparing for its 250th anniversary celebrations and all are welcome. Ellane Male Voice Choir will sing on Saturday, 11 October, at 7.30pm, and the President of the Methodist Conference, the Revd Kenneth Howcroft, will lead a circuit service on Sun, 12 October, at 3pm
More dates for your diary include:
Wed, Oct 15, 2pm, Ladies Evening, speaker Mrs Linda Powell. Gifts for stall begin with letter N.
Sun, Nov 9, 9.15am, at St Thomas’, Village Remembrance Service.
Wed, Nov 12, 2pm, Ladies Evening, speaker Revd Christine Perry. Gifts for stall begin with letter O.
Sat, Nov 15, 11am, in the Methodist Sunday School. Christmas Fair. Lunches from 12 noon. Stalls, games etc.
Early Dec, Ladies Evening Christmas Party, date and time tbc.
Sun, Dec 21, 10.45am, Nativity Service at Methodist Church. Children needed. Details later.
Sun, Dec 21, 6.30pm, Village carol service at the Methodist Church.
Thurs, Dec 25, 9.15am, at St Thomas’. Joint village Christmas Day service.
The Sunday School Anniversary service will be held on Sunday, June 15, at 10.45am. The service will be led by well-known local preacher (and much-loved former pantomime dame) Roger Munday. There will be items by the children and all are welcome.
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 annual ten-mile sponsored walk and tea starts today (Saturday) at the Heptonstall Methodist Chapel at 1pm.
Lifts are available at the half-way mark for those who feel five miles is enough! The walk is followed by a traditional tea in the Sunday School. Everyone is welcome.
It includes Victorian photographs of the chapel and its celebrations, as well as pictures from the many popular pantomimes held in the Sunday School until the 1990s.
A new website featuring more pictures and videos has also been launched as part of the celebrations. If you have more pictures or memories you would like to contribute, please get in touch through the website.
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.