Choral concert at Heptonstall Methodist Chapel

The newly refurbished Heptonstall Methodist Chapel is hosting a concert by two local choirs, the Three Valleys Gospel Choir and Zarebi, on Saturday 24 March.

Tickets are £7 or £5 concessions (including under-26s) and are available from Tony’s Post Office.

The Cross pub

Unfortunately, the Cross pub is closed until further notice. A sign has been put on the door by bailiffs saying they have taken possession of the property.

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Meanwhile, the events planned for the Cross, particularly the open mic night on Friday 22 December at 8.30pm, will be held in the White Lion.

Chapel sponsored walk

The annual Methodist chapel sponsored walk starts at 1.00pm on Sat 13th May from St Thomas’ Church, as the chapel is closed for refurbishment.

It is about 10 miles with a stop for crisps and orange juice at half- way and the chance of a ride back if it has got too much. We also finish at St Thomas’ where there will be the usual “Sunday School” tea. It will probably take about 4 hours.

Grant for new Friends group

The new Friends of Heptonstall Chapel and Sunday School has received a grant of £3,000 towards a feasibility study of conversion of the Sunday School from Calderdale Council, plus a further £1,000 from Heptonstall Parish Council.

Although this is not sufficient for a full feasibility study, it is a very good starting point towards the kind of level of detail that would be required for a large Heritage Lottery Grant application. A full study would cost about £6,000, and the group is looking at additional sources of funding.

The Friends group will be spending part of this money on financial projections for a holiday let on the lower floor and public hall upstairs in the Sunday School, and on architect’s sketches for creating this with disabled access to both floors. When these are available they will be made public for comment.

The Friends group is also looking at ways of forging stronger links between the Chapel and community. To this end, with the Church Council’s support, three local textile artists will display their work as part of the Hebden Bridge Open Studios event in July.If the Chapel renovations are not completed by then, they will use the Sunday School.

The group is also hoping to organise a Gala production of an unusual version of Handel’s Messiah to be performed in the Chapel in Spring 2018.  This will incorporate Easter sections of the piece not often performed and use young local soloists for a brighter sound than the traditional Christmas version.