The Open Mic is Back at the White Lion

Play, sing, cavort or just watch and marvel when the Open Mic returns to the White Lion, Heptonstall on Friday, December 23rd, at 8.30pm.

Performers of all kinds are wanted, including singers, poets, instrumentalists, jugglers and ice sculptors.

Organiser Geoff says: “We have a lot of regular acts but we welcome new performers with open arms. If you fancy a go, come along. We will guarantee you will get a slot and an enthusiastic and appreciative response.

If you want to discuss further, call him on 01422 842629.

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Car Park Proposal Cancelled

The following has been received from John Scarborough of Heptonstall Parish Council:

Following the Consultation Exercise carried out in November 2016 the Parish Council has decided not to proceed further with a possible new car park on Valley View Road due to lack of community support.

All households in the Parish of Heptonstall received details of the proposed scheme together with a questionnaire designed to establish the level of support for it. Some 42% of you returned the questionnaires (47% in the Village) but fewer than 50% were in favour of proceeding (46% in the Village and 43% in the Parish as a whole).

Although  74% of you thought that Heptonstall Village needed additional off-street parking and 57% of you thought that the proposed lay-by would make a worthwhile addition, only 43% and 45%  of you respectively thought the proposed scheme would deliver Value for Money and were willing to pay extra Council Tax to finance it.

You the Community “have had your say” and have come out clearly against proceeding with the scheme, the Parish Council and Traffic Group have accordingly closed down the Project. We will however continue to maintain what pressure we can on Calderdale Council to maintain and improve car parking facilities in the Village and the rest of the Parish.

Meeting about changes to Chapel

The Parish Council planning meeting tonight (Wednesday 15 June) will begin as planned outside Stone Slack, near Drapers Corner, at 7.30pm but will move to Green Slack house, just behind Drapers Corner, if a longer discussion is needed.

The first item on the agenda is plans for two houses to be built on the empty land near Stone Slack. The meeting will continue with discussion about changes to the Heptonstall Methodist Chapel as detailed below. Members of the public may attend.

Disposal of Sunday School and changes to Methodist Chapel

Comments are invited on plans for a new kitchen, toilets and meeting room in Heptonstall Methodist Chapel as part of plans to dispose of the Sunday School, and create modern facilities in the chapel.

The public consultation is being organised through the central Methodist Church. Listed building consent has been applied for to the central Methodist Church because they deal with applications through the Ecclesiastical Exemptions Act, instead of Calderdale Council.

Members of the public can comment by emailing conservation@methodistchurch.org.uk

The kitchen and toilets would be in the vestry and storage rooms at the back of the church. Pews would be removed on either side of the pulpit to create a servery area and exhibition space on either side of the pulpit. Pews between the two entrance doors would be removed to make space to build a meeting room. Repairs to the roof are also planned.

The parish council has been invited to comment, and will be discussing the plans as part of a planning meeting outside Stone Slack at 7.30pm on Wednesday, June 15. The public are invited to attend.

English Heritage, the Victorian Society, the Ancient Monuments Society and others have also been invited to comment.

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Pace Egg 2016

Times as follows:

Good Friday, 25th March in Weavers Square

11:15 Heptonstall Pace Egg

12:30 Heptonstall Pace Egg

2:00 Heptonstall Pace Egg

3:00 Calder High Pace Egg

4:00 Heptonstall Pace Egg

Pace Egg

The Juggler capers in, dodging rain from the West

St George has a brolly and a star on his breast

Bold Slasher likes rain, he’ll not hide with the rest

The Doctor has a topper, he knows what is best

The Black Prince of Paradise, his robe’s put to the test

The Egyptian King’s slaves keep him dry. Not a jest!

Hector The Champion is snug ‘neath his crest

But what of poor Tosspot, his coat’s not the best

Ah he’s safe from the floods, he’s found an old life vest!

If you, like the others, want to be well impressed

Good Friday! The Pace Egg! Make Heptonstall your dest…..(ination)!

With thanks to Andy Carter for the words and Frank Sutcliffe for the original photograph. This year we will be collecting for the: Community Foundation for Calderdale Flood Relief Fund and East African Playgrounds project to build safe play areas for village children in East Africa.

Please come by foot or public transport. Parking in the village is very limited.

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 niccorrigan@yahoo.co.uk.

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