Click here to see the agenda for the September Monthly Meeting of the Parish Council to be held at Heptonstall Social & Bowling Club, Acre Lane, Heptonstall on Monday 6 September 2021 commencing at 7.30 p.m.
Minutes arising from the July 2021 meeting can be seen here.
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
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
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.
Ultra X Co-Founder
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.
Minutes from the April virtual meeting can be seen here.
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.
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).
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!
Ringing Master, St Thomas’ church
Click on the following link to see the agenda for the August Monthly Meeting of the Parish Council to be held in The School Hall, Heptonstall J I & N School on Monday 5 August 2019 commencing at 7.30 pm.
An address on Mountain Biking by Dave Anderson will precede the meeting at 7:00pm.
Minutes arising from the July 2019 meeting can be seen here.
Click on the following link to see the agenda for the July Monthly Meeting of the Parish Council to be held in The School Hall, Heptonstall J I & N School on Monday 1 July 2019 commencing at 7.30 pm.
Minutes arising from the May 2019 meeting can be seen here.
Minutes of the Annual Meeting held at the same time can be seen here.
Click on the following links to see the agendas for the 2019 Annual Parish Council Meeting and for the May Monthly Meeting of the Parish Council to be held in The School Hall, Heptonstall J I & N School on Monday 13 May 2018 commencing at 7.00 p.m.
Minutes arising from the April 2019 meeting can be seen here.
Click on the following link to see the agenda for the Annual Assembly of the Parish Meeting to be held in The School Hall, Heptonstall J I & N School on Monday 4 March 2019 commencing at 7.00 pm.
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 4 March 2019 commencing at 7.30 pm.
The Brutish Multitude are a voluntary group that was formed in early 2018 in the ancient village of Heptonstall West Yorkshire, to research and produce a community play based upon the 1643 English Civil War battle, the Battle of Heptonstall.
The Battle of Heptonstall is a fast moving community play with a cast of sixteen local actors. It tells the story of the 1643 battle of the same name through a family of clothiers, the Cockcrofts as they struggle to keep the Civil War at a distance, to carry on making cloth, surviving without taking one side or another.
Accompanying the narrative there is both period and original music by arranger and composer Katie Chatburn, all performed in the majestic setting of St Thomas the Apostle Church Heptonstall.
The play is written and directed by playwright Michael Crowley and funded by Sky Arts as part of their Art 50 programme. The show is the culmination of a year long process of research, writing, composing and rehearsal and produced by The Brutish Multitude, a company established specifically for the project.
In November 1643 a royalist army travelled the upland road from Halifax through the night and gathered at the river’s edge in Hebden Bridge. In Heptonstall taking up siege positions, were around 750 roundheads led by Colonel Bradshaw. Bradshaw and the roundheads knew the local terrain. As the royalist soldiers and cavalry began the 500ft climb to Heptonstall at dawn, they were met with a cascade of falling rocks followed by the roundheads. Men were trampled underfoot by panic stricken horses running back down the buttress. The army beat their retreat over the narrow bridge some plunging into the river to escape, only to be swept away by a raging torrent following heavy rain.
There will be a public lecture on the project in Hebden Bridge at 7:00pm on 4 February 2019, in Hebden Bridge Town Hall.
Secretary of Hebden Bridge Historical Society Murray Seccombe will set the scene with an introduction: Dangerous times: life in Halifax parish before the Civil War, followed by historian John Spencer who will talk about the local battle in detail. After the break playwright Michael Crowley will talk about the English Civil War’s place in drama and the forthcoming community play The Battle of Heptonstall which will be produced in St Thomas the Apostle Church Heptonstall at the end of February. A few scenes from the play will be performed as part of the lecture.
There will be bar available and time for a Q and A.
More details and opportunity to purchase tickets are available on the Eventbrite website.
The play itself will be performed at 7:30pm on 28 February 2019 in St Thomas the Apostle Church in Heptonstall – (please use bowling club car park – Heptonstall HX7 7LJ), with additional performances at the same venue each night on Friday 1 March and Saturday 2 March 2019.
More detail and tickets for these performances of the play on the Eventbrite website.
A final performance is planned for 7:30pm on 9 March 2019, this time at Halifax Minster, Causeway, Halifax HX1 1QL. Once again, more details and tickets are available on the Eventbrite website.
Additional information about The Brutish Multitude and the development of the play, including a short film, can be found on the groups own website.
Click on the following link to see the agenda for the January Monthly Meeting of the Parish Council to be held in The School Hall, Heptonstall J I & N School on Monday 7 January 2019 commencing at 7.30 pm.
The meeting will be preceded by an opportunity for public discussions with Ward Councillor Sarah Courtney at 7.00 pm – see associated public notices for more info.
Minutes arising from the December 2018 meeting can be seen here.