Coach Trip to The Garden Centre Of The Year!

Barton Grange Garden Centre in Brock, Preston!!

sl-sep14We will pick up at The Bowling Club Mytholm Meadows, Elphin Court.

Enjoy the day out with a Cook Shop, Farm Shop, Plants, Gifts, Home Décor, Clothing, Cafes, and much more.

Tuesday, 18th November.   Pick up from 11.30am   Return 4.30pm.

£10.00

Book: Jane Hartmann

01422 846675

Organised by:  The Heptonstall Village Team

 

Festival Update: What a day!

A fun time!

Despite the sun deciding not to shine (until Sunday morning!) the mood wasn’t dampened and the 2014 Heptonstall Festival went off with a bang! Reports of spontaneous fun and frivolity breaking out across the village were followed by confirmed sightings of amazing music, fabulous costumes and unbelievable magic.

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The children’s parade was fantastic, with some properly scary and magical costumes in equal measure.

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All were very pleased when between them the White Witch, Wizard of Oz and children were able to banish the particularly scary Wicked Witch.

All about the music
The Heptonstall Festival team are committed to bringing you the best in local music, performance and general entertainment whilst giving new artists a platform to perform alongside their more established peers. The mission was accomplished again this year with returning faces and new joining to give us a performance to remember.

The Lottery Winners closed the afternoon band performances for us, and confessed that this was “the weirdest place we’ve ever played”. By the end of their performance both the band and the audience were having the best time with everyone getting involved.

Last Chance Saloon Band on Weaver Stage

Last Chance Saloon Band on Weaver Stage

Tim O'Connor and Doc Rossi on Ruin Stage

Tim O’Connor and Doc Rossi on Ruin Stage

James Paul on the Weaver Stage

James Paul on the Weaver Stage

Neil Bob Herd on the Ruin Stage

Neil Bob Herd on the Ruin Stage

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2099_HeptonstallFestival2014_craigshaw The Tiny Minds

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The Lottery Winners

The Lottery Winners

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OK, not all about the music after all
There was plenty to see and do around the village on the day, with craft stalls, some delicious food and drink available.

It wan’t just the humans who had fun either, with the Scruffs Fun Dog Show drawing the crowds at the Social and Bowling club where kids and canine activities kept the crowds amused – pictures to follow!

A big thank you

We wouldn’t be able to put on the festival without the volunteers and helpers who come out on the day to help with stewarding, putting up marquees, setting up temporary steps, carrying heavy things and generally being awesome! You know who you are, and we really appreciate you!

If you’d like to get involved with next year we’re looking for people with all sorts of skills to help out throughout the year, as well as on the day. If you are interested in helping out or performing at the 2015 festival get in touch by emailing us here.

Big thanks to Craig Shaw for the wonderful photos from the day.

Lumb Bank open to the public

Ted Hughes’ former home at Lumb Bank will be open to the public as part of the national Fun Palace day on Saturday, 4 October.

There will be a range of activities for all ages, including an interactive writing treasure trail, lantern-making, drop-in art and nature workshops, music, tea and homemade cake, tours of the house including the chance to meet Arvon writing tutors, an open mic reading and a fire garden finale. Entry is free.

The idea of a Fun Palace was conceived in the late 1950s by radical theatre director Joan Littlewood as a laboratory of fun, combining populist and high culture, art and science. Despite years of development, no Fun Palaces were ever built. But they didn’t stop being a great idea, as writer Stella Duffy realised when she began encouraging venues across the UK to become pop-up Fun Palaces to celebrate the centenary of Littlewood’s birth.

Already 100 Fun Palaces are on the map, from the RSC to the Southbank Centre and the People’s History Museum in Manchester, spreading the ethos that ‘culture’ is by and for the people – and if it’s not, then it should be

Programme:

Take a tour of Ted Hughes’ former home
Meet Arvon’s creative writing tutors and the Lumb Bank team
Discover our interactive writing trail around the grounds and meet the writers

Drop into our family friendly artist led workshops

Enjoy the music and try our tea, cake and Lumb Bank lemonade
and more…..

Call in any time from 2pm, with a short film about Lumb Bank and tours starting at 3pm.
2.30pm Hebden Bridge Junior Brass Band
2.30pm – 4.30pm Drop In Workshops
Making A Lantern with Kerith Ogden & Making A Giant Iron Man Comic with Lou Crosby
3.30pm Norden Saxophone Quartet
4.30pm ‘Oh What A Lovely War’ songs by Halifax Thespians
5.30pm Open Mic. Perform your own creative work.
6.30pm Fire Garden Finale and Farewell created by Kerith Ogden Handmade Parade and Walk The Plank.

This is a free event.
Please no cars down the lane.
Call 01422 845718 for more info.

Artist Update: Hebden Bridge Hill Millies

It wouldn’t be the festival without this bunch – so we’re really pleased that they’ll be dancing for us again this year.

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The Hebden Bridge Hill Millies are a Women’s Morris Dancing side based in Hebden Bridge, dancing in the Cotswold tradition infused with their own special magic. Accompanied by 4 fantastic fiddlers. They can sometimes be seen in Nora Batty disguise!

Flight Brigade to play at Heptonstall Festival!

Flight Brigade to play at Heptonstall Festival!

UPDATE: Sadly due to recording commitments, Flight Brigade will no longer be able to appear at Heptonstall Festival this year.  We hope to welcome them to the festival in the future, and look forward to hearing their new material!  Continue reading