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.
As part of our ‘Preserving the Past for Future Generations’ initiative Pennine Horizons Digital Archive will be hosting a ‘Scan-2-Save’ event.
Local residents have a wealth of old photographs which we would love to make copies of and save in our collection.
If you have anything that you would like to share then please get in touch with us or just bring the item(s) along to one of these events, where we will have the facility to make a copy right there and then, meaning that you will be able to take the originals home with you.
Saturday 23rd August drop-in between 10 am & 2 pm
Heptonstall Museum, Church Yard Bottom, Heptonstall HX7 7PL
This is a crucial part of what the PHDA is about, which is preserving our past for the benefit of future generations.
We are already indebted to so many local residents for allowing us to copy what is often, to them, a cherished possession, adding as it does to this fast growing Community Archive.
The Community website regularly receives enquiries from people researching family history which typically ask if we can assist with information about relatives that may have lived in the Heptonstall parish area in the past.
We in turn would be interested to know where such information may be found, and what arrangements are in place for such information to be accessed, in order that we can respond to the enquiries in the fullest way possible.
If anyone has any knowledge on this subject, please get in touch using the Contact Us page.
Some interesting early aerial photographs of the building of the Gorple reservoirs and Hebden Bridge are available on the Britain From Above website.
Taken in 1929, the Gorple pictures show the building of the dams with the navvies’ huts close by. The Pack Horse pub is visible in the distance of one of the 13 pictures. To find the whole set, search for Heptonstall, one is shown below.
The four Hebden Bridge pictures, taken in 1931, show the many mills in the valley bottom with Heptonstall Road leading up above it, the now demolished Cross Stones Methodist Chapel at the top of the buttress is also visible.