The Cross pub update, by Nic Corrigan

Approximately 40 people attended a meeting at The Cross to share information and discuss the proposed sale of the pub.

Nic Corrigan was point of contact for the group who previously worked on listing the pub as an Asset of Community Value (ACV) and explained the implications this now had on any future sale of the pub.  A flow diagram is attached which summarises the options that are now available to the local community and supporters and the key critical deadlines.

Terry, the current Landlord, advised that the owner was due to retire and is therefore selling several of his properties.  The likely sale value of the pub is offers over £200k.  He is planning to sell it as a going concern to be run as a pub.  Terry and Andrew are currently investigating the option of purchasing it themselves which was widely supported within the meeting.

A question and answer session followed and it was generally agreed that a Steering Group needed to be formed to investigate the levels of support within the local area for the pub and whether there was a need for a Community Group to be formed to bid for the pub to be owned and run as a community enterprise.  The deadline to make this decision is 23rd December. Some people have offered to take part in this Steering Group but ideally a few more volunteers are needed due to the very tight deadlines we are working towards.  A volunteer to lead this first stage of the process is also being sought.

A provisional meeting date was set for Tuesday 15th December for the Steering Group to present their findings and proposal regarding the intention to bid.

Time is now very tight but there is still time to be involved and any help would be greatly appreciated.  At this stage, it would only mean a commitment to being involved until 23rd December.  If you think you could help, please contact Nic Corrigan on 01422 843397 or by email to




The Council is preparing a new Local Plan and a Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL).

The Local Plan will set out a framework for how the District should grow, over the next 15 years, to meet the need for new homes and jobs, and will also identify sites for proposed development, and areas that will be protected.

Consultation starts at 12 noon on 6 November 2015 and runs for 6 weeks until 5pm 18 December 2015. Residents and other stakeholders will have the opportunity to comment on potential sites, and other aspects of the Local Plan, and the Preliminary Draft Charging Schedule for CIL.

Mapping will be available on the Council’s website, at a series of drop-in sessions and in due course in all Calderdale’s libraries. You will be able to view the location of possible development sites and consider information from detailed site assessments. There will also be the opportunity to comment on a document which presents other aspects of the Plan, including an explanation of how the future housing requirement has been assessed.

To make your comments, please use the links below:

Potential Sites and other aspects of the Local Plan
Preliminary Draft Charging Schedule (CIL)

Seven drop-in events will be held around Calderdale and each will provide information covering the whole of the District. There is no need to register for these events; you can come along to the venue that is the most convenient for you.

The timetable of the drop-in events is given below.

Hebden Bridge Town Hall, St George’s Street – 16th November 4 – 7 pm
Halifax Town Hall, Crossley Street – 17th November 4 – 7 pm
Todmorden Town Hall, Halifax Road – 19th November 4 – 7 pm
Elland Library, Coronation Street – 21st November 12 – 3 pm
Sowerby Bridge Youth and Community Centre, Foundry Street -,24th November 4 – 7 pm
Brighouse Mulberry Suite, Parsonage Lane – 26th November 4 – 7 pm
Halifax ThreeWays (formerly the Ridings School), Nursery Lane – 8th December 4 – 7 pm

Heptonstall Village Team seeking funding for Getting to Know You Tea Party

galaxy-hot-chocolate-fundThe Village Team have applied to the Galaxy Hot Chocolate Fund for one of eighty five donations of £300.oo to local community good causes, and need as many votes as possible over the next week (from 3 November) to stand a chance of winning!!

Please support us by voting on line and by passing on details of our bid to your friends and family, so that they can vote too!


Click here to vote for the Heptonstall Village Team “Getting to Know You Tea Party bid.

More information on the Galaxy Hot Chocolate Fund can be found here.

Heptonstall Village Team – Heptonstall Family Day – Easter weekend 2016

Heptonstall Family Day – Easter weekend 2016

Saturday March 26th – the day after Pace Egg – will be our first Heptonstall Family Day!

This is being planned and organised across the generations and is so far going to include:

  • a giant egg rolling competition from the school to Weavers Square
  • opportunity for you to have your photo taken on a reproduction of the see-saw shot from the Alice Longstaff Collection (courtesy of the After Alice Photographic Group)
  • an Easter Bonnet and Cap parade
  • fun and games for all at The Heptonstall Social and Bowling Club
  • maypole dancing
  • a vintage bus trundling from venue to venue in Heptonstall so that you can ride in comfort to see everything with ease

This event is being sponsored by Heptonstall Junior and Infant School, Calderdale Events and Festivals Fund, Hebden Bridge Arts Festival, local businesses and private donations.