The Cross pub

Unfortunately, the Cross pub is closed until further notice. A sign has been put on the door by bailiffs saying they have taken possession of the property.

For further updates see the facebook page .

Meanwhile, the events planned for the Cross, particularly the open mic night on Friday 22 December at 8.30pm, will be held in the White Lion.

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


Spanish Menu at the Cross

A Taste of the Mediterranean event featuring Spanish food will be held at the Cross Inn on Friday 30 October from 6pm onwards.

The event follows their last successful Greek evening. It costs £15 per person including a set starter, choice of main and dessert courses. Spanish wines and beers are available. Call in to the Cross for a menu and to book a table or telephone 843284.

Set starter of typical Spanish aperitivos (selection of snacks and dips to whet your appetite), including olives, artichoke hearts, Manchego cheese, crusty bread, salted almonds, etc
Main courses (all served with paella-inspired vegetable rice, mini roast potatoes and mixed salad)
Bacalao con tomate Fresh cod cooked with tomatoes, onions and red peppers
Cordero en Rioja Rich and flavoursome, slow-cooked braised lamb in Rioja, with chorizo and baby carrots
Pollo al pimentón Chicken cooked in creamy paprika sauce
Pimientos y tomates rellenos A Spanish twist on stuffed peppers and tomatoes, using paella-inspired vegetable rice and typical Spanish herbs
Desserts (served with fresh cream or ice cream)
Dulce de leche cheesecake – A favourite Spanish confection combined with cheesecake
Pastél de naranja y almendras – Orange and almond cake

Halloween Lunch at The Cross

Guy and Jan HallowenGuests at the Heptonstall Village Team lunch were surprised and a little taken aback when they were served by witches, skeletons, Draculas and other spooky creatures.

There were over 20 guests at this fun event. Anyone is welcome to come and join in the fun….. You won’t be discriminated against…. even if you think you are under age! Honest!

These events are lively, intelligent fun and aim to get the generations to mix up a bit. We often get old friends up from Mytholm Court and Mytholm Meadows as well as Elphin Court.

Our next 2 are :

Wed 19th November and Wed 10th December

Appeal for volunteer marshals – The Heptonstall Grand Depart Fell Race – Sat 5th July 19.30


Tour de France excitement will reach fever pitch on the evening of Saturday July 5th when the village hosts its annual summer fell race.  This year’s race has been renamed the Heptonstall Grand Depart Fell Race, and is likely to attract a large influx of visitors arriving for the Tour de France the following day.

The race promises to be a spectacular start to the Tour de France weekend.  After the success of the Germanic themed race-catering last year, the obvious theme for this year’s event will be Le Tour, and all things French.

The 6 mile race (full details at the Festival Fell Race Website) takes place at 19.30 on Saturday evening, by which time we expect hundreds of runners and visitors to be gathering for the an evening of sport, food, music (plus les biėrres et les vins).  The race HQ will be at the CROSS INN.  There will be French style catering and music back in the pub’s decorated court yard. All proceeds from the race and catering will go to support village causes.


The race can only take place with the enthusiastic involvement of the people of Heptonstall.  The generous support of so many people from around the village is much appreciated and has proven to be key factor in runners coming back to take part in the event year after year.

The organisers would be very grateful to volunteers willing to give up around 90 minutes of  their time, whilst cheering on the visiting runners.


No experience is required.  A marshal is simply there to keep an eye on the race at the given point, advising runners of any hazards, and reporting back to race organiser to confirm all is going well.  There are many points along the route where marshals will be stationed to make sure runners don’t  head off in the wrong direction, or alerting runners to approach road crossings safely.  Your position can be organised to suit your preference – either in the village and surrounding fields, somewhere around the Blue Pig, or up around Peckett Well.

We usually team you up with a friend or neighbour, providing you with instructions, timings, hi-viz bib, and contact numbers.  No experience is required but we will explain everything you would need know for your position. You might need to head off to your position at around 19.00-15, and should be finished before 21.00 (earlier if you are up at Peckett Well).  The runners will be pleased to see you and will be thanking you as they run by – hopefully you can cheer them on!


Anyone interested in helping out with marshalling duties (easy and fun lasting 90 mins maximum) please call race organiser; Stephen Grimley on 07710 015560 / email


All marshals will receive a free pint of beer as a thank you.

Heptonstall Village Team – Lunch at The Cross Inn – 17 June 2014

LunchClubAtCross_17JuneJoin The Heptonstall Village Team for a leisurely lunch at The Cross Inn, Heptonstall.

Tuesday 17th June 12pm til 3.00

Transport available.

You are cordially invited to join the landlord of the pub for the first of our lunch club events. The pub will be providing a special, good value lunch every Tuesday,  and The Heptonstall Village Team will support one of these events each month with additional entertainment and transport.

The menu is £2.95 and you have a choice of:

Ham and Leek Pie, Steak and Ale Pie or Cheese and Onion Pie,

All served with veg and chips.

The Heptonstall Village Team,  will be on hand with scrabble, dominoes,  music and bingo to entertain.

Or just use this as a chance to catch up with your old friends from the village and Mytholm Court and Meadows.

To book a place, arrange transport or if you need assistance or an escort on the day, ring…..

Jan Lymer  01422 847979 or 07772 168812.


Bush Tucker Trial and Barbeque

The Cross Inn is following up Thursday’s haggis supper with a family event “Bush Tucker Trial” event from 5pm on Sunday, 26 January.
Try your stomach with a large and wacky variety of strange foods. There are prizes to be won with all proceeds to local charities.
For the more “traditional” palate, there will also be a family barbeque. Terry looks forward to seeing you there.

Burns Night at the Cross Inn

A traditional Burns Supper Night will be held at the Cross Inn in aid of the Heptonstall Festival on Thursday, January 23, with bagpipes and the address to the haggis.

The menu is haggis (or veggie haggis), neeps and tatties (mashed turnips and potatoes), followed by sticky toffee pudding with whiskey sauce, all for £7.50. Please reserve your place at The Cross Inn- 01422 843284.

Robert Burns’ address to the haggis, together with a translation, can be found here.

New take-away

The Cross Inn is now doing take-aways as well as eat in menus on Friday and Saturday evenings, as follows:.

Home made pizzas from 5pm-10.30pm eat in as an addition to the menu or take out £6.50 Fri & sat
Curry night on a Tues, curry + a pint/med wine £6.50
Fish & chips on a Fri take out or eat in £5.25

The new landlord is planning several events, watch this space for further details.

Do you think The Cross is a valuable asset to the Village?

Cross InnDo you think The Cross is a valuable asset to the Village?

Do you think it’s important to keep two pubs open in Heptonstall?

If so, you could support our campaign to register The Cross as an Asset of Community Value!

This is about showing community support for an important part of village life and history.

How does this help?

  • IF the owner wants to sell the asset (or apply for change of use) they must inform the local authority of their intention.
  • IF the owner decides to sell, this triggers a 6 week moratorium for a community organisation to decide if they would like to bid for it.
  • After this, there is a further 6 month moratorium to develop a proposal and raise funds.
  • Basically, it gives the village time to do something about it and an opportunity to be involved.
  • BUT there is no obligation or commitment, even once the property is listed. It just gives the option.

There is a working committee (open to anyone willing to help) planning to submit an application to Calderdale Council to list The Cross public house as an Asset of Community Value. To do this, we need a minimum of 21 local people (registered on the electoral role) to sign the nomination form. Copies can be found at The White Lion pub, Towngate Tearooms and in the Post Office. We want as many villagers as possible to show their support by signing up.

We also need to gather evidence that the pub furthers the social wellbeing and social interests of the local community. We would love to hear of any events that have taken place in the past that have been important to you, your friends or family as well as any quotes on your memories of the pub. You can email details or post them through to us at the address below.

If this is important to you, please take the time to show your support. This does not commit you to any involvement in the project – it simply means you support the idea and would like the listing to be approved by the council.

On behalf of The Cross Asset Working Group (T’CAWG)

If you would like any further information or to add any comments, you can contact

Nic & Steve Corrigan at 6 Church Street, by email at niccorrigan(at) or on 01422 843397.


New Chef at Cross Inn

A new chef is starting work at the Cross Inn with a themed night of food from his native Thailand on Thursday.

Landlord Simon Fancy said: “Tatts wants to show people what he can cook.

“Every month we will have one night a week with a special. Thai nights will run for a month, then steak nights, etc.

“Tatts is a very good chef who can cook Italian, French and other continental dishes so I am sure we won’t short of inspiration for our speciality nights.

“The food we will be serving will all be freshly prepared and cooked on the premises all from local suppliers so I can guarantee the food should go down a storm.”

On offer from 5pm will be a choice of 3 starters, 3 mains and 3 desserts. Two courses are £13.99 and three courses are £14.99.

The regular menu will start on Friday serving 12noon – 3pm, then 5pm – 9pm on weekdays; and from 12noon – 8pm on Saturday and Sundays.

Pub update

Details on The Cross page have now been updated with a message from Simon and Sophie. aims to have up-to-date details of all groups and businesses in the area. If you think yours might be wrong, or if you want to be included, please get in touch through the comments section.

Let us know if you’re planning a special event too, and we’re always happy to give you a shout out!

Cross Inn: update

The owners of the Cross Inn, WJ Turnbull and Sons, have confirmed that the pub will be re-opening in June.

Builders are starting on some repairs and the pub will open again as soon as they are complete.

A spokesperson for WJ Turnbull said they didn’t know an exact date yet but would know more as works commenced.

Cross Inn: Community Asset?

Customers at the Cross Inn have been considering applying for the historic pub to be listed as a Community Asset by Calderdale Council.

Sarah Manfredi, local school governor and council officer, explained would give the community the “right to bid” if the pub was put on the market, and an extra six months to raise the money.

She said: ” It does not mean that he/she has to accept the bid, but it does delay any sale by six months and gives the community the chance to put the money together to try to buy it themselves.

“If an owner is thinking about selling something rather than running it as a successful business, this kind of impediment to selling might make them think again.

“It might also be something a planning committee could take into account when considering change of use.”

Applying for registration has to be done by a community group or parish council – not by an individual. The group would then have to explain why this asset is important to the community.

Full details are here: .

If anyone would like to take this forward, Sarah can email them a simple form to fill in.

Future of the Cross: Public Meeting

The landlords of the Cross, Owen and Lisa, say they have been given less than two weeks’ notice to quit but wish to continue.
Many local people want to see the Cross continue unchanged, and are supporting them. There is a public meeting on Wednesday at 8pm at the Cross, all are welcome to attend.
For more information, see the group’s facebook page.