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.
The Parish Council planning meeting tonight (Wednesday 15 June) will begin as planned outside Stone Slack, near Drapers Corner, at 7.30pm but will move to Green Slack house, just behind Drapers Corner, if a longer discussion is needed.
The first item on the agenda is plans for two houses to be built on the empty land near Stone Slack. The meeting will continue with discussion about changes to the Heptonstall Methodist Chapel as detailed below. Members of the public may attend.
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.
Get in the festive spirit with a Christmas fair at the Methodist chapel on Saturday, November 15. Pie and pea lunches from 12.30pm, children’s games, stalls etc.
The Methodist Church is preparing for its 250th anniversary celebrations and all are welcome. Ellane Male Voice Choir will sing on Saturday, 11 October, at 7.30pm, and the President of the Methodist Conference, the Revd Kenneth Howcroft, will lead a circuit service on Sun, 12 October, at 3pm
More dates for your diary include:
Wed, Oct 15, 2pm, Ladies Evening, speaker Mrs Linda Powell. Gifts for stall begin with letter N.
Sun, Nov 9, 9.15am, at St Thomas’, Village Remembrance Service.
Wed, Nov 12, 2pm, Ladies Evening, speaker Revd Christine Perry. Gifts for stall begin with letter O.
Sat, Nov 15, 11am, in the Methodist Sunday School. Christmas Fair. Lunches from 12 noon. Stalls, games etc.
Early Dec, Ladies Evening Christmas Party, date and time tbc.
Sun, Dec 21, 10.45am, Nativity Service at Methodist Church. Children needed. Details later.
Sun, Dec 21, 6.30pm, Village carol service at the Methodist Church.
Thurs, Dec 25, 9.15am, at St Thomas’. Joint village Christmas Day service.
The Sunday School Anniversary service will be held on Sunday, June 15, at 10.45am. The service will be led by well-known local preacher (and much-loved former pantomime dame) Roger Munday. There will be items by the children and all are welcome.
A Rare Opportunity!
Your chance to experience this amazing chamber choir from the Royal Northern College of Music as they perform original music from local Heptonstall composer Katie Chatburn, alongside works by Elgar, Arthur Sullivan, Stanford, Monteverdi, Gesualdo and more..
The Alchemy Consort
The Alchemy consort is a close harmony octet which was originally formed to perform in a series of Spotlight concerts at the Royal Northern College of Music. In those early performances they showcased a selection of madrigals by Claudio Monteverdi and Carlo Gesualdo. The group consists of mainly RNCM third year undergraduate vocal students but has recently expanded with members from various years. Since their début in the Autumn 2012 their list of repertoire has expanded to include not only Madrigals or Renaissance choral works but any work for choir or vocal ensemble spanning from the Medieval to the contemporary. They have recently explored the world of Romantic English choral music as well as experimenting with arrangements by modern groups such as the King’s Singers and the Swingle Singers. Having performed many times at RNCM and taken part in the 40th anniversary ‘RNCM in the City’ concert series with a successful concert at St Ann’s, Deansgate they went on to make their Bridgewater Hall debut in a lunchtime concert. They sang an eclectic programme ranging from their signature Monteverdi madrigals, through Mozart, Elgar and American Spirituals all the way to contemporary pop song arrangements. Most recently they premièred David Liggins’ “My heart is like a singing bird” at Didsbury’s Emanuel Church as well as receiving a master-class from The King Singers’ Alastair Hume.
Sunday 22nd June 1.30pm Heptonstall Methodist Chapel
Tickets cost only £5 and are available from the Heptonstall Post Office and on the door. Money raised will be donated to both the Heptonstall Methodist Church and Heptonstall Festival.
The Alchemy Consort Live at the Methodist Chapel