Does the Civic Parish of Heptonstall need its community group?

hep_fwd_logoOver the last 10 or so years Heptonstall Forward has been active on behalf of all Residents, putting forward and supporting their views when it has really mattered.

Whether it be planning issues or concerns over speed limits, establishing a newsletter or bulb planting, Heptonstall Forward has taken the Residents’ views forward and represented them at meetings, arranging emergency meetings if a situation demands this.

In May 2016 the members of Heptonstall Forward will be retiring, as their brief to produce and oversee the Community-led Parish Plan will be ending, this role    being handed over to the Parish Council.

So is the community group now to fold?

OR should it continue representing the Residents, but with a fresh brief?

Does the Civic Parish of Heptonstall need a community group?

Come and have your say over a cup of tea and a biscuit, on Sunday 22nd November: 2pm at Heptonstall Social and Bowling Club



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.

Good Neighbour Scheme (+Volunteer Driver) Group Meeting

The next meeting of the Good Neighbour Scheme (+Volunteer Driver) Group will be held on Monday 19 March 2012 at 1:00pm.

If you are willing to help and/or would like to fnd out more about what we are trying to achieve, please contact – Phil Kelly Tel 01422 847328 or email to jacandphil*talktalk.net (change * to @).

Your community needs you …..

Come and find out more at Heptonstall Social and Bowling Club on Monday 5 March 2012 between 1 – 3 pm.

The newly formed Heptonstall Forward Good Neighbour and Voluntary Driver Group would like to invite you to an open afternoon.

  • Do you own/drive a car? Volunteer drivers wanted.
  • Could you spare time to help someone who’s just been discharged from hospital?
  • Do you ever need a lift to GP or hospital appointments, shopping trips or social events?
  • Do you know about the support services available in this area?

We’ve been in touch with the local Community Car Service and the Home from Hospital team about recruiting volunteers in our area – people from both organisations will be there on the day. You can also meet some of the local community volunteers involved in setting up various Good Neighbour activities. If you’re interested or want to find out more about the services available, why not come along to the open afternoon?

Please let us know if you’re planning to attend or if you need a lift on the day – ring Phil Kelly on 01422 847328.

We would also be interested to hear from you if you – or somebody you know – might benefit from receiving this kind of support.

Everybody needs good neighbours!

Our Community Needs You……

Update on Development of the Ten Potential Community-Led Plan Projects -:

Over the Christmas period you will have seen the first very obvious and practical achievements of the newly established community group The Floral + Festive Light Displays Group, with the introduction of a Christmas Tree and festive lights in Weavers Square and festive lights at Colden.

You will soon be able to see the outcome of work by other members of your local community in The Communications Group with the updating of the Heptonstall Website and a refreshed quarterly Parish Newsletter.

Members of The Traffic, Parking + Road Safety Group continue to be involved in discussions and negotiations with Calderdale Council and others, looking at possible action on those issues.

The Good Neighbour Scheme Group meets again on 23rd January to discuss options, including possible joint support service initiatives with Calderdale Council, the NHS and/or local voluntary organisations.

Progress has been made by community members in The Information Boards + Signage Group, with grant funding options identified and discussions underway with Calderdale, Pennine Housing and others to consider suitable content and siting of Visitor Interpretation (Information) Boards alongside improved tourist type signage in the village.

Whilst limited progress has been made to date, initial research is being undertaken by commmunity members in The Cobbling Side Streets Group exploring the possibility of re-cobbling one (or more) of our historic village side streets.

We had been disappointed by the lack of volunteer interest in The Clean-Up Group and had decided to put it ‘on the shelf’. Then, happily, a member of your community, seeing an amount of litter around the village following the recent strong winds (and recycling collection) has now taken it upon himself to initiate an impromptu village clean up. He is busy recruiting friends and neighbours to assist, whilst Heptonstall Forward is providing litter pickers and gloves.

A number of you will know Mark Simmonds, who was instrumental is setting up the Heptonstall Allotment Garden Society (HAGS) and agreed to take a lead role in establishing The Green + Environmental Group. Unfortunately, Mark’s many other commitments to local projects (including the local Orchards Group), as well as his own work commitments, have resulted in a delay getting started. He plans to set up a public meeting in the near future and is asking if anyone else might be prepared to help by taking on more of a lead role.

Members of The Annual Parish Event Group have been involved in preliminary discussions with Heptonstall Primary School to look into the possibility of holding a joint community event with them – an extension of their planned ‘school re-opening’. This has been received very positively, so further work will take place to plan an event, once the final completion date has been confirmed. Hopefully, if successful, this will provide a template for a more regular (annual) child and family focused celebration.

There have been only a few enthusiastic members of The Young People (+ Children) Group and, whilst establishing a new local Youth Club has been considered, numbers of available adult volunteers are currently too few to make this a realistic option – at this stage.

And so…………..

We now have about 2 dozen additional members of our community who are playing an active role in taking these various projects forward – but we still need more people to come on board. If you are willing to help with one or more of the projects above then please do contact Heptonstall Forward in the first instance, and we will put you in contact with the individual community groups.

Contact us on:-

Tel: 01422 845405

E-Mail: hepforward2000@talktalk.net


Thank you to residents who turned out on Saturday October 15th for the Annual Bulb Planting Event.   Over three sacks of bulbs  have been planted at Popples Common and another four for other  areas.  Residents have received bulbs to add to the ‘patch’ that  they have adopted both at Slack and the in the village.  Both  schools have also recelved some bulbs also and will bejoining in  the community planting.

Our thanks also go to Calderdale Metropolitan Borough  Council for awarding us a grant of £150 and to residents who made donations.

Roll on spring….!

Good Neighbourhood Scheme

The Good Neighbourhood Scheme emerging from the Parish Plan questionnaire needs information to secure its success.  If you know how any elderly or vulnerable neighbours could use a helping hand,  or you know of/organise facilities already in our community please drop your ideas in the boxes provided at Post Office/May’s shop (no names please).

Do  not leave this to others – we will sift out any duplication.

Thank you.