Halloween Lunch at The Cross

Guy and Jan HallowenGuests at the Heptonstall Village Team lunch were surprised and a little taken aback when they were served by witches, skeletons, Draculas and other spooky creatures.

There were over 20 guests at this fun event. Anyone is welcome to come and join in the fun….. You won’t be discriminated against…. even if you think you are under age! Honest!

These events are lively, intelligent fun and aim to get the generations to mix up a bit. We often get old friends up from Mytholm Court and Mytholm Meadows as well as Elphin Court.

Our next 2 are :

Wed 19th November and Wed 10th December

Heptonstall Race Night!

It is all too easy to get caught up in a fast paced hi tech life.

What a wonderful, easy going funny evening at the Heptonstall Sports and Social Club recently.

Laminated board, square cardboard horses, and a pack of extra large playing Race Night cards was all it took to get people of their seats and shouting for their particular nag to win!

The evening was only a fiver and included a pie and pea supper.

Funds were raised for much needed running repairs, and to convert one of the toilets for wheelchair access in time for the Heptonstall Village Team Christmas Lunch.

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Heptonstall Gala Dinner – 25 September with Michelin Chef Iain Tiller

Gala Dinner - ChefAs a trainee chef, Iain worked under Raymond Blanc, who helped him hone his passion for blending taste, texture and flavours.

Once qualified Iain went on to work alongside Gordon Ramsey, who further helped him in developing his passion for food (along with a few lessons in advanced use of colourful language!).

It was with great pride when he agreed to come to the Heptonstall Sports and Social Club and belt out a stunning 5 course meal for 50 delighted guests.

Funds raised were to go towards dog charities, with Ian’s Charity receiving £160.00. PAWS received £250.00 and the Bowling Club took receipt of £400, which will be used towards converting one of the toilets for wheelchair users.

Iain and his beautiful Fiancé Sinead, have fallen in love with the people and the place, will be coming back for their honeymoon next April, and have promised to put on a big bash for us once a year from here on in!

A big big thank you, to all the wonderful volunteers who made the night go so well.

Jan Lymer

15 October 2014

HEPTONSTALL FORWARD ANNUAL BULB PLANTING EVENT

Bulb Planting October 14THE HEPTONSTALL FORWARD ANNUAL BULB PLANTING EVENT

took place on Saturday October 11th at 10 30 am. Members were kindly assisted by the Chair of the Parish Council, Cllr. Adrian Baldwin and Mr Derrick Palmer.

Much of the village and outlying area has been planted. But inevitably there are replenishments when bulbs cease to thrive. This year this was required on the garden area of Hepton Drive Park. However we also planted crocuses and snowdrops, for the first time, around the wooded area.

The new area we planted with daffodils was on the perimeter of St. Thomas’ old church.

This was a trial area, as there is a possibility that the weed killer used on the ground may inhibit the survival, or flowering of the bulbs.

Requests for bulbs were made for Heptonstall School and for Pinfold Lane. Half a bag of bulbs was supplied for each. Mr Norman Bailey is thanked for his offer to add to the planting of the latter.

Heptonstall Forward was pleased to donate and plant a bag of daffodils in the Methodist Churchyard in celebration of their 250th centenary.

The cost of this year’s bulbs was £105.39. We would like to thank anyone who contributed to the collection box in the post office, £8.61 was donated.

Mary Livesey. Secretary. Heptonstall Forward.

Three Valleys Choir to sing at Social and Bowling Club.

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A wonderful night of upbeat Gospel Music from the Three Valleys Gospel Choir will take place on 1 November at the Social and Bowling Club.

To find out more about this talented group visit their website.

A huge thanks you to the choir for singing for free, which will help raise much needed funds for essential maintenance required at the Social and Bowling Club in Heptonstall.

Click on the image to download a full sized poster for your window or local notice board.

 

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.