Summer Trail Series by Ultra X 2023

I am writing to inform you of our plans to hold a series of trail running races in the Calderdale and City of Bradford areas of West Yorkshire on Saturday 15th July 2023.

There will be three races: a 25km, 50km, and 75km. Race headquarters will be at the Stubb Playing Fields, Mytholmroyd (grid reference SE 00636 25993), which will also be the start and finish location for all races.

We are expecting approximately 200 runners for the 25km event, 200 runners for the 50km event, and 100 runners for the 75km event. There will also be approximately 30 crew members in attendance, including directing staff, safety staff, an experienced expedition medical team, an osteopathy team, and a team of volunteers.

All three of the races’ head West from Race HQ through Hebden Bridge and towards Slack Top along the Rochdale Canal Path. At the top of Colden Road, at the 5km point, the routes separate with the 50km/75km courses heading East along the Calder Aire Link towards Penistone Hill Country Park and the 25km route continuing East to loop around Stoodley Pike before returning to Race HQ.

From Penistone Hill Country Park the 50km route will turn and loop back following the Bronte Way and the Pennine Bridleway to connect with the Half Marathon course near Colden. The 75km route will continue along the Pennine Way towards Cowling before turning Southeast towards Oldfield to rejoin the 50km course at the Ponden Reservoir and continue onwards as above.

There will be six checkpoints/aid stations on the route (six for the 75km route, four for 50km route and one for the 25km), where runners will be able to refuel with food and water. The checkpoints will be situated at grid references SD 99553 32410, SD 99828 36722, SD 98520 42589, SD 94666 31253 and SD 96806 24171.

The full routes (including proposed checkpoint locations) can be viewed online here. These may be subject to minor alterations in the lead up to the event which will be communicated to stakeholders as appropriate.

All races will be run on public rights of way (predominantly the Pennine Way), and other permissive paths with prior permission granted from landowners.

Runners will be required to cross the A646 at grid references SD 98867 27203 and SD 96807 26087, Slack Road at grid reference SD 97795 28677, Moorside Lane at grid references SE 01851 36105 and SE 01791 36281, Badgers Lane at grid reference SD 96752 27457. We will have fluorescent “Caution Runners in Road” and “Crossing Point” signs on the approach to these crossing points to warn vehicle traffic, runners, and other road users.

The routes will be marked using a combination of small red flags (staked into the ground on either side of the trail), ribbons (tied to trees, branches, fence posts etc), and laminated signs (cable tied to lampposts, fences etc) depending on terrain. All signage will be labelled to identify each item as belonging to our organisation and all markings will be removed within 24 hours of the end of the event.

Copies of additional information can be seen via the links set out below.

Key Locations

Project Plan

Emergency Action Plan

Risk Assessment

Environmental Risk Assessment

I would welcome any comments or advice regarding any oversight relating to these documents.

If you have any queries regarding this event, please don’t hesitate to contact me,

Regards,

Seb Moulding
Ultra X Summer Trails Series Race Director
Email seb@ultra-x.co Phone 07837 787784

Film – Bridge across the Generations

‘Bridge across the Generations’ is a film that is going to be screened at Heptonstall Social and Bowling Club this coming Saturday 3rd December at 11am.

Many local people and local children from the school feature in this intergenerational film that began before the pandemic in January 2020 and features conversations between younger and older people, who met twice in the Social and Bowling Club before the first coronavirus lockdown caused everything to stop.

However, Marguerite Eccles and Nick Wilding managed to hang in there and create a story that starts with the Boxing Day floods of 2015 and ends with this year’s drought and the end of the reign of Queen Elizabeth II. You see children reacting to being taught at home and not at school, then children at school sending cards with messages to lonely older people, organised with presents compiled by Calder Community Cares.

Post pandemic, there are scenes with Hebden Royd children walking in the Colden Valley, being inspired by the history and Colden School, Old Town School and Scout Road Academy all look in various ways at the story of ‘The Coiners’.

There are scenes from the play of ‘The Coiners’, performed both in Heptonstall St Thomas’s Church by Old Town and in Blackshawhead Chapel, performed by Colden School.

General comments from audiences of the film have described the content as both ‘inspiring and truly inspirational and well worth seeing’.

This coming Saturday 3rd December 2022 at 11am in the Social and Bowling Club, it lasts 50 minutes with Q&A at the end.

Please come if you can.

Event – Stepping Thru Time

Please come and support this fundraiser.

Tickets are being sold in advance (£7.00) at Heptonstall Post Office, or by calling 07745 790490 or pay on the door (£8.00).

The event not only supports St Thomas Church but through the venue hire the Bowling Club and the village itself.

Bar opens at 8.00pm.

Parish Council Annual and May Monthly Meetings

The Annual and Monthly meetings of the Parish Council will be held on Tuesday 10 May 2022 at 8.00pm and Tuesday 17 May 2022 at 7.30pm at Heptonstall Social & Bowling Club, Acre Lane, Heptonstall

The agendas for each meeting can be seen here and here respectively.

Minutes from the April monthly meeting can be seen here.

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Plans to hold a series of trail running races

I am writing to inform you of our plans to hold a series of trail running races in the
Calderdale Area of the West Yorkshire on Saturday 4th September 2021.

There will be three races: a half marathon, 50km, and 100km (the 100km race is two loops
of the 50km route: one counter-clockwise and one clockwise). Race headquarters will be at Mytholmroyd Community & Leisure Centre (grid reference SE0111325974) which will also be close to the start and finish location for all races (Hebden Royd Playing Fields grid reference SE0065526055)

All three of the races head West from Race HQ through Hebden Bridge and towards Slack
Top along the Rochdale Canal Path. At the top of Colden Road, at the 5km point the routes separate with the 50/100km courses heading East along the Calder Aire Link towards Penistone Hill Country Park and the half marathon continuing East to loop around Stoodley Pike before returning to Race HQ. At Penistone Hill Country Park the 50/100km routes will turn and loop back following the Bronte Way and the Pennine Bridleway to connect with the HM course near Colden.

There will be four checkpoints/aid stations on the route, where runners will be able to refuel with food and water. The checkpoints will be situated at grid references SD9956632427, SD9960636309, SD9466931247 and SD9647124434.

The full routes (including proposed checkpoint locations) can be viewed online here. All races are run on entirely public rights of way (predominately the Pennine Bridleway and
Calderdale Way with sections on the Calder Aire Link and Bronte Way), aside from a short
section which follows permissive paths along the Rochdale Canal managed by the Canal and River Trust.

Runners will be required to cross the A646 at two points at grid references
SD9753626601and SD9851127339. Traffic marshals will be stationed at each crossing and
we will put out warning signs at these locations to warn vehicle traffic, runners, and other
road users.

I cam send across a copy of our Risk Assessment, Project Plan, Emergency Action Plan and
Key Locations, so that you can see how we intend to safeguard competitors, members of
the public and race staff.

Specific sections of these documents also detail how we will deal with an emergency and how we will interact with the emergency services.

I would welcome any comments or advice regarding any oversight relating to these
documents.

Do let me know if you have any questions or concerns so that we can ensure to address them appropriately. Further, we would like to involve the community in the event as much as possible and would be interested in a discussion as to how we might be able to use the event to support local businesses.

Happy to jump on a call to discuss further if easier.

Regards,
Sam Heward
Ultra X Co-Founder
sam@ultra-x.co
07585707521

Parish Council Meeting – 3 May 2021

The Annual and Moonthly meeting of the Parish Council will be held REMOTELY and ON-LINE (via Zoom) on Monday 3 May 2021

The Anual Meeting will take place at 7:00pm, and the monthly meeting will commence at 7.30 pm.

The agendas for the meetings and how to take part on-line can be seen here and here.

Minutes from the April virtual meeting can be seen here.

Parish Council Meetings – March 2020

Click on the following link to see the agenda for the March Monthly Meeting of the Parish Council to be held in The School Hall, Heptonstall J I & N School on Monday 2 March 2020 commencing at 7.30 pm.

Minutes arising from the February 2020 meeting can be seen here.

Click here to the see the Agenda for the Annual Assembly of the Parish Meeting, to be held at 7.00pm on the same day, , and here to see the Parish Council’s Annual Report for 2020.

Parish Council Meeting – 4 November 2019

Click on the following link to see the agenda for the November Monthly Meeting of the Parish Council to be held in The School Hall, Heptonstall J I & N School  on Monday 4 November 2019 commencing at 7.30 pm.

Minutes arising from the October 2019 meeting can be seen here.

Bell ringing at St Thomas’ Church

As most residents will be aware, St Thomas’ church possesses a fine ring of 8 bells, which were originally installed in 1912 and were fully refurbished in 2012. They are rung regularly for Sunday service (at least once a month), for practice/training of new ringers (most Tuesday evenings), full peals (once a month) and by visiting ringers from various parts of the country (occasional).

We are always looking for new ringers and currently rely on help from ringers from other churches in the area. As many will be aware, our oldest ringer and tower captain for over 50 years, Colin Ashworth, passed away in October 2013 and we have in recent years also lost two other longstanding members, Nick Helliwell and Geoff Cheetham. To ensure that the bells continue to ring out into the future, we do now need more local people to come forward and join us. Anyone who would like to learn more about bell-ringing and may be interested in becoming a member of our team, please feel free to contact George Campling for further information (details below).

Refurbished bells

We are also very keen to keep residents informed about our ringing activities and we recognise that  people would appreciate advance notice of any prolonged periods of ringing, such as the monthly peals, which last for approx. 3 hours at a time. These are already posted on the weekly notice of church services and activities in the church porch, but in an attempt to reach a wider audience the details are also published on this website.

Ringing planned over the next few months is as follows:

Sunday mornings (10.30-11.30):  1 September, 22 September, 17 November, 1 December

Tuesday practices (19.45-21.00): most Tuesdays (generally not the first Tuesday in the month)

Peals (approx. 3 hours’ continuous ringing):

Friday 20 September 15.00-18.15 approx

Friday 4 October 14.30-17.45 approx

Saturday 19 October 14.30-17.45

Please note that all timings are approximate, owing to the fact that generally ringers are travelling to the church from outside the area. There is however regular liaison with the local Environmental Health Department, to ensure that the overall level of ringing is kept within agreed guidelines.

A further update will be provided in November

Many thanks for your support……and look forward to hearing from you!

George Campling

Ringing Master, St Thomas’ church

01200-429344