Network Rail – Calder Valley Route Upgrade – forthcoming work and information sessions

As part of the rail investment in the North, Network Rail are investing over £1 billion on targeted upgrades to the rail network, helping to support and grow the regional economy.

The Calder Valley Route Upgrade is part of this investment programme. The route upgrade will deliver faster services and improve connections between key towns and cities across the North.

As part of the upgrade plan, we will be carrying out track and signal upgrades along the Calder Valley route, this will pave the way for faster journeys.

We have already completed the upgrade to signals and track between Manchester Victoria and Littleborough. We are currently working on upgrades between Littleborough and Bradford Interchange.

From 19 March until 15 May 2017 (excluding Easter and Tour de Yorkshire weekends), we will be working weekends to renew and lower track in locations along the route. We’re working closely with train operators to communicate changes to services with passengers and advising passengers to check before you travel at www.nationalrail.co.uk

We understand that our work will also impact on communities (especially people who live and work nearby the railway); we will notify in advance of working, explain what work is planned and when we expect our work to be noisy.

We’re working with businesses, local authorities, media and politicians to make sure the general public know what is happening and when.

We are holding a series of community information sessions about the Calder Valley Route Upgrade; we would like to invite you to attend. Representatives from Network Rail and our contractors will be on hand to answer any questions about this planned work.

Date / Times Venue
Wednesday 01 March 2017
16:00 – 19:00
18:00 – presentation
The MBI Shay Stadium, Shaw Hill, Halifax, HX1 2YT
01422 264751
Wednesday 08 March 2017
16:00 – 19:00
18:00 – presentation
Mytholmroyd Community & Leisure Centre, Caldene Ave, Mytholmroyd, Hebden Bridge HX7 5AF
01422 883023
Wednesday 15 March 2017
16:00 – 19:00
18:00 – presentation
St Pauls Methodist Church, Tower Hill, Sowerby Bridge HX6 2EQ
01422 372104
Monday 27 March 2017
16:00 – 19:00
18:00 – presentation
Hebden Bridge Town Hall, St George’s St, Hebden Bridge HX7 7BY
01422 417300

To find out more information

Or see the attached document

January Parish Council Meeting

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 9 January 2017 commencing at 7.30 p.m.

Minutes arising from the December 2016 meeting can be seen here.

 

More information about the Parish Council can be found here.

The Open Mic is Back at the White Lion

Play, sing, cavort or just watch and marvel when the Open Mic returns to the White Lion, Heptonstall on Friday, December 23rd, at 8.30pm.

Performers of all kinds are wanted, including singers, poets, instrumentalists, jugglers and ice sculptors.

Organiser Geoff says: “We have a lot of regular acts but we welcome new performers with open arms. If you fancy a go, come along. We will guarantee you will get a slot and an enthusiastic and appreciative response.

If you want to discuss further, call him on 01422 842629.

Heptonstall Defibrillator Update

The external cabinet for the defibrillator on the wall outside Heptonstall Post Office has now been installed. Very shortly the Yorkshire Ambulance Service (YAS) will come and check all is OK.

A digital code will be set by YAS and will be given to anyone calling 999 in an emergency situation. This code will be used to open the cabinet housing the defibrillator itself which ‘talks you through’ the process of its use. Essential information is shown on the red strip on the outside of the cabinet.

Please use the links below for additional information…

Woofstock Event Tribute

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“The Woofstock Ground Crew” – photo courtesy of Craig Shaw Photography

Our logistics manager is 17 years old. Our Woofstock Dogs entertainment marquee was organised, run and managed by 11 year olds and our car park marshals , and other ground crew ranged from 11 to 17.

Most of them live in Heptonstall and they ALL stepped up, stepped out and did a truly professional job on behalf of The Heptonstall Village Team.

 Customer service and care were first class and taking responsibility for delivering a great day was clearly evident from this young team.

 PS – A big thumbs up to Adrian Baldwin and Amey for allowing us use of hi viz jackets on the day!!

 

Halifax Choral Society – The Armed Man

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For all music-loving Heptonstallers…. here is a date for the diary:

Sunday 16th October at the Halifax Victoria. It will be absolutely fantastic and features a number of villagers both young and old. Please do come, you won’t be disappointed!

More details of the event on the theatre website, and more information about the Society here.

Do you want a life-saving defibrillator in the Village?

The Parish Council is proposing to install a defibrillator on the outside of the Post Office in Heptonstall. It could save the life of someone – child or adult – suffering a cardiac arrest. No medical or special training is needed to use it.

Yorkshire Ambulance Service says:

“Think – If a Cardiac Arrest happened where you are now – where would the nearest Automated External Defibrillator (AED) be? If the answer is realistically more than 5 minutes away then you should start an AED or Community Responder programme. AEDs save lives…“

The Resuscitation Council UK says:

“The Resuscitation Council (UK) strongly recommends the implementation of early defibrillation. Increased provision of early defibrillation through the widespread deployment of AEDs is now considered a realistic strategy for reducing mortality from cardiac arrest due to ischaemic heart disease.”

Mr Mike Mongon has very kindly donated a suitable defibrillator, the Parish Council will purchase a weather-proof cabinet for it and the package will be supported by the Yorkshire Ambulance Service (YAS). No special training is needed to operate the device but an e-learning familiarisation course will be available on-line and, if preferred, it may be possible to arrange a ‘live’ course with YAS.

Before going ahead we wish to confirm that the project has Community backing, so please tell us:

  • Are you in favour of installing a defibrillator as proposed?
  • Would you like to attend a YAS familiarisation course if possible?

ADMIN Defib survey flyer June2016 (1) 300The period of consultation will be from 13 June to 27 June.

Questionnaires will be delivered to households as well as being available for pick up at Heptonstall Post Office, and can be downloaded here.

Once completed they should be dropped in the box inside the Post Office.

Do please let us know what you think.

Thank you for your help.

Roger Greenwood – Clerk to Heptonstall Parish Council

Heptonstall Social and Bowling Club

Heptonstall Social and Bowling Club has been running since the late 1960s, welcoming all members to benefit from our club. We offer bowling, snooker and pool to all members wishing to join, and have many of our own bowling and snooker teams.

The club is open on various nights, depending on the season and what social events are being hosted.

As a club, we can offer private functions such as wedding receptions, birthdays and funerals at reasonable prices. We have kitchen and bar facilities that can be used for your own individual requirements, and a stage big enough for live acts, bands and DJs.

The club is used for regular events throughout the year, which are suitable for all ages, including: playgroups, sequence dancing, exercise classes, and worship. Each year we hold our own events, such as: Burns’ Supper, the local pantomime in November, Heptonstall’s Got Talent, New Year Eve free party, our famous Bonfire Night, and the Heptonstall Village Team Xmas Lunch for our older residents. There are other events in between, according to the time of year.

The club has a new website site, which can be accessed via this link.

Village Team Trip to Bury Market

THE FAMOUS BURY MARKET

Bury Market remains the undisputed champion of the North so booking is essential for this first trip of this year.

World famous, Bury Market oozes charisma and atmosphere. The ambience and layout offers visitors the opportunity to seek out and visit every stall. The range of products and facilities is second to none.

Bury Market is a very large traditional market in a modern setting. It’s a unique shopping experience and great day out for all.

Community Rights Of Way Service (CROWS)

REPAIRING OUR FLOOD DAMAGED PATHS

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The floods and torrential rain this winter have caused a huge amount of damage to footpaths in Todmorden and the Upper Calder Valley.

CROWS have a list of paths they need to repair from all over the area, but they need the public’s help to identify problems that they know are out there. So make it easy, they have just introduced a new simple system for people to contact us.

From this week there are 4 ways to report a path problem to CROWS:

• Call their new Path problem line on 0784 964 0784 and leave a message (why not put this number in your contact list?)
• Send a message through the CROWS Facebook page
• Email crows-coop@outlook.com (a photo of the problem would help)
• Leave a note at Mountain Wild, Hebden Bridge or White Ribbon in Mytholmroyd or at Todmorden Visitor centre

Please tell them about any problem, not just those related to flood damage.
Why not put the number in your contacts and please share this with your walking friends.

CROWS
White Ribbon House, 1, New Road, Mytholmroyd, HX7 5DZ
Website http://www.crows-coop.co.uk/
Email crows-coop@outlook.com

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 niccorrigan@yahoo.co.uk.

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CALDERDALE LOCAL PLAN: Consultation

CALDERDALE LOCAL PLAN: Consultation
POTENTIAL SITES AND OTHER ASPECTS OF THE LOCAL PLAN – including
COMMUNITY INFRASTRUCTURE LEVY (CIL)

The Council is preparing a new Local Plan and a Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL).

The Local Plan will set out a framework for how the District should grow, over the next 15 years, to meet the need for new homes and jobs, and will also identify sites for proposed development, and areas that will be protected.

Consultation starts at 12 noon on 6 November 2015 and runs for 6 weeks until 5pm 18 December 2015. Residents and other stakeholders will have the opportunity to comment on potential sites, and other aspects of the Local Plan, and the Preliminary Draft Charging Schedule for CIL.

Mapping will be available on the Council’s website, at a series of drop-in sessions and in due course in all Calderdale’s libraries. You will be able to view the location of possible development sites and consider information from detailed site assessments. There will also be the opportunity to comment on a document which presents other aspects of the Plan, including an explanation of how the future housing requirement has been assessed.

To make your comments, please use the links below:

Potential Sites and other aspects of the Local Plan
Preliminary Draft Charging Schedule (CIL)

Seven drop-in events will be held around Calderdale and each will provide information covering the whole of the District. There is no need to register for these events; you can come along to the venue that is the most convenient for you.

The timetable of the drop-in events is given below.

Hebden Bridge Town Hall, St George’s Street – 16th November 4 – 7 pm
Halifax Town Hall, Crossley Street – 17th November 4 – 7 pm
Todmorden Town Hall, Halifax Road – 19th November 4 – 7 pm
Elland Library, Coronation Street – 21st November 12 – 3 pm
Sowerby Bridge Youth and Community Centre, Foundry Street -,24th November 4 – 7 pm
Brighouse Mulberry Suite, Parsonage Lane – 26th November 4 – 7 pm
Halifax ThreeWays (formerly the Ridings School), Nursery Lane – 8th December 4 – 7 pm

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

Busy Autumn Ahead

The nights may be drawing in but there’s plenty of fun events happening in the next couple of months, all listed on our Events page. A few highlights include:

A beer and cider festival at the White Lion on the weekend of 2 – 4 October, with an apple pie competition on the Sunday.

A service of blessing for pets at St Thomas’ Church on Sunday 4 October, followed by a peal of bells.

A concert at St Thomas’ by Hebden Bridge Brass Band on Saturday 17 October.

And then the village gears up for a busy season of Hallowe’en events at the Bowling Club, Christmas fairs at both church and chapel, and much more.