Ideas for New Book

Hi,

I’m a writer from Sowerby Bridge, who has previously made a film about Branwell Bronte’s Calder Valley years, and who is now developing an idea for writing a book about the disused church of St Thomas a Becket in Heptonstall.

The basic premise is for a local history book, but with plenty of scope for creative interpretation, and I am hoping to interview knowledgable local people who may be able to help me fill in some of the gaps in what I know about the building’s history.

It struck me that there may be people in Heptonstall who might be interested in being interviewed, and if so I wondered if you would care to email me on zonenblick_95@hotmail.co.uk?

Simon Zonenblick

 

Request for Information

John Mainwaring, currently residing in Fareham, is looking for one or more images of the Pace Egg play painted by his father George Mainwaring of Rochdale during or around 1976.

He is keen to be able to see the painting(s) and produce high quality scans for a website he is developing.

It is believed that main painting of interest was sold to a Mrs Higson who lived at the time in or around Todmorden – a low res image of the painting concerned, along with a pencil drawing of the doctor are shown below.

Copyright in these images rests with John Mainwaring.

If anyone has any information on the current whereabouts of Pace Egg Play images created by George Mainwwaring, please post a comment so we may put you in contact with John Mainwaring.

 

Parish Council Meetings – March 2020

Click on the following link to see the agenda for the March Monthly Meeting of the Parish Council to be held in The School Hall, Heptonstall J I & N School on Monday 3 February 2020 commencing at 7.30 pm.

Minutes arising from the February 2020 meeting can be seen here.

Click here to the see the Agenda for the Annual Assembly of the Parish Meeting, to be held at 7.00pm on the same day, , and here to see the Parish Council’s Annual Report for 2020.

 

Education & Training Grants

Young people living in the Parish may be eligible for a contribution to the costs of university or college education, or training or employment, from the Heptonstall Exhibitions / Richard Naylor Charities. 

They have provided support to people within the parish for over 125 years. This is the area bounded by Pudsey Rd in Todmorden, Midgley Rd in Mytholmroyd and Turvin Rd in Cragg Vale. It includes, Hebden Bridge, Heptonstall, Blackshaw, Wadsworth, Stansfield, Erringden and Langfield.

The Heptonstall Exhibitions Charity was begun on June 26th 1893 as the result of the death of Albert Law of Green Leas, Midgehole, Hebden Bridge. The Charity of Richard Naylor was begun on 14th May 1897

“For the purpose of the assistance of persons, whose parents are bona fide residents in the Ancient Chapelry of Heptonstall, who are under the age of 21 years by means of Exhibitions consisting of either a payment of the tuition fees at the school or a yearly payment by way of a maintenance allowance tenable at any public secondary school or exhibition tenable at any university, university college or other like institutions of higher education (including professional or technical),and for the training for persons intending to enter any profession within the scope of the Charities.

The Heptonstall Exhibitions and Richard Naylor Charities are two entirely separate Charities which for the purpose of administration are administered together by the same group of Governors and Trustees.

Applications must be made by 12:00 noon on the second Saturday of September.

For further details of eligibility and how to apply visit the website https://heptonstallexhibitions.wordpress.com/

Parish Council Meeting – 4 November 2019

Click on the following link to see the agenda for the November Monthly Meeting of the Parish Council to be held in The School Hall, Heptonstall J I & N School  on Monday 4 November 2019 commencing at 7.30 pm.

Minutes arising from the October 2019 meeting can be seen here.

Bell ringing at St Thomas’ Church

As most residents will be aware, St Thomas’ church possesses a fine ring of 8 bells, which were originally installed in 1912 and were fully refurbished in 2012. They are rung regularly for Sunday service (at least once a month), for practice/training of new ringers (most Tuesday evenings), full peals (once a month) and by visiting ringers from various parts of the country (occasional).

We are always looking for new ringers and currently rely on help from ringers from other churches in the area. As many will be aware, our oldest ringer and tower captain for over 50 years, Colin Ashworth, passed away in October 2013 and we have in recent years also lost two other longstanding members, Nick Helliwell and Geoff Cheetham. To ensure that the bells continue to ring out into the future, we do now need more local people to come forward and join us. Anyone who would like to learn more about bell-ringing and may be interested in becoming a member of our team, please feel free to contact George Campling for further information (details below).

Refurbished bells

We are also very keen to keep residents informed about our ringing activities and we recognise that  people would appreciate advance notice of any prolonged periods of ringing, such as the monthly peals, which last for approx. 3 hours at a time. These are already posted on the weekly notice of church services and activities in the church porch, but in an attempt to reach a wider audience the details are also published on this website.

Ringing planned over the next few months is as follows:

Sunday mornings (10.30-11.30):  1 September, 22 September, 17 November, 1 December

Tuesday practices (19.45-21.00): most Tuesdays (generally not the first Tuesday in the month)

Peals (approx. 3 hours’ continuous ringing):

Friday 20 September 15.00-18.15 approx

Friday 4 October 14.30-17.45 approx

Saturday 19 October 14.30-17.45

Please note that all timings are approximate, owing to the fact that generally ringers are travelling to the church from outside the area. There is however regular liaison with the local Environmental Health Department, to ensure that the overall level of ringing is kept within agreed guidelines.

A further update will be provided in November

Many thanks for your support……and look forward to hearing from you!

George Campling

Ringing Master, St Thomas’ church

01200-429344

Walton Family History…?

I wonder if you can help me or indicate who might be able to help further?

Over a number of years I have been interested in my “Walton” family history. The family lived in Heptonstall for many years. Leaving for Cornholme sometime after 1851 and before 1864. I have now traced the family back to my 4 X Great Grandfather, Moses.

He was born around 1740 and died 12th July 1801. It would appear that he was married to Mary Greenwood on 16th March 1758, they had at least 3 children, William, Henry and Jimmey. Mary died and he remarried Annah Greenwood a widow at Heptonstall St Thomas on 8th February 1781. They had at least 3 children, Tommy, William and Joseph, b. 6th April 1788. Joseph being my 3 X Great Grandfather.

Joseph appears in the 1841 census with his family living at Broadstone.
My 2 X Great Grandfather John married Betty (nee Pickles) at Heptonstall Parish Church on 30th December 1841. They lived next door to each other in Broadstone in the 1841 census.

I am interested in any further information about Moses. Is it possible to trace his family any further back?

There is a family rhyme indicating that Moses father is Harry and Grandfather Fred.
I wonder if you can help me or point me in the right direction to discover further information?

Many thanks…

Howard Walton

Please respond to Howard’s enquiry by way of a Comment below.  Any such responses will be forwarded to Howard by email.

Hebden Bridge Disability Access Forum planning consultation leaflet

Hebden Bridge Disability Access Forum, which covers the surrounding hill top parishes as well as Hebden Royd, has produced a leaflet offering consultation to applicants and potential applicants for planning permission/builiding regulations/listed building consent. Calderdale Council planning department are now giving this out to applicants for projects in our area.

A copy of the leaflet can be seen here.

Please can you pass it on to anyone you think it may interest, especially anyone who approaches you about planning issues. It is designed in A5 size to print out, but of course it can also be distributed electronically.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any queries.

Best wishes,

June Eaton

for Hebden Bridge Disability Access Forum

01422 844914

Annual Assembly of the Parish and March Parish Council Meetings

Click on the following link to see the agenda for the Annual Assembly of the Parish Meeting to be held in The School Hall, Heptonstall J I & N School on Monday 4 March 2019 commencing at 7.00 pm.

Click on the following link to see the agenda for the March Monthly Meeting of the Parish Council to be held in The School Hall, Heptonstall J I & N School on Monday 4 March 2019 commencing at 7.30 pm.

Minutes arising from the 2108 Assembly Meeting can be seen here and for the February 2019 Parish Council meeting can be seen here.

 

The Battle of Heptonstall – by The Brutish Multitude

The Brutish Multitude are a voluntary group that was formed in early 2018 in the ancient village of Heptonstall West Yorkshire, to research and produce a community play based upon the 1643 English Civil War battle, the Battle of Heptonstall.

beckThe Battle of Heptonstall is a fast moving community play with a cast of sixteen local actors. It tells the story of the 1643 battle of the same name through a family of clothiers, the Cockcrofts as they struggle to keep the Civil War at a distance, to carry on making cloth, surviving without taking one side or another.

Accompanying the narrative there is both period and original music by arranger and composer Katie Chatburn, all performed in the majestic setting of St Thomas the Apostle Church Heptonstall.

The play is written and directed by playwright Michael Crowley and funded by Sky Arts as part of their Art 50 programme. The show is the culmination of a year long process of research, writing, composing and rehearsal and produced by The Brutish Multitude, a company established specifically for the project.

In November 1643 a royalist army travelled the upland road from Halifax through the night and gathered at the river’s edge in Hebden Bridge. In Heptonstall taking up siege positions, were around 750 roundheads led by Colonel Bradshaw. Bradshaw and the roundheads knew the local terrain. As the royalist soldiers and cavalry began the 500ft climb to Heptonstall at dawn, they were met with a cascade of falling rocks followed by the roundheads. Men were trampled underfoot by panic stricken horses running back down the buttress. The army beat their retreat over the narrow bridge some plunging into the river to escape, only to be swept away by a raging torrent following heavy rain.

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There will be a public lecture on the project in Hebden Bridge at 7:00pm on 4 February 2019, in Hebden Bridge Town Hall.

Secretary of Hebden Bridge Historical Society Murray Seccombe will set the scene with an introduction: Dangerous times: life in Halifax parish before the Civil War, followed by historian John Spencer who will talk about the local battle in detail. After the break playwright Michael Crowley will talk about the English Civil War’s place in drama and the forthcoming community play The Battle of Heptonstall which will be produced in St Thomas the Apostle Church Heptonstall at the end of February. A few scenes from the play will be performed as part of the lecture.

There will be bar available and time for a Q and A.

More details and opportunity to purchase tickets are available on the Eventbrite website.

The play itself will be performed at 7:30pm on 28 February 2019 in St Thomas the Apostle Church in Heptonstall – (please use bowling club car park – Heptonstall HX7 7LJ), with additional performances at the same venue each night on Friday 1 March and Saturday 2 March 2019.

More detail and tickets for these performances of the play on the Eventbrite website.

A final performance is planned for 7:30pm on 9 March 2019, this time at Halifax Minster, Causeway, Halifax HX1 1QL.  Once again, more details and tickets are available on the Eventbrite website.

Additional information about The Brutish Multitude and the development of the play, including a short film,  can be found on the groups own website.

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Parish Council Meeting – 9 April 2018

Click on the following link to see the agenda for the April Monthly Meeting of the Parish Council to be held in The School Hall, Heptonstall J I & N School  on Monday 9 April 2018 commencing at 7.30 p.m.

Minutes arising from the March 2018 meeting can be seen here.

Minutes of the Annual Assembly meeting can be seen here.

SUPPER IN THE CHURCH

A celebration of all that is wonderful about our church.

Come and enjoy our newly refurbished church!

We would love to invite you to our celebration supper (£12.50 pp). There will be table groaning with good food, great company and a little wine to smooth things along.

Book a full table for you and your friends and help to raise a little money to support the ongoing maintenance of our church building.

To reserve a place contact Graham or Margaret Kidd on 845810.

Saturday, 30th September 7pm.£12.50 per head. Fabulous full buffet service, and a glass of wine.

Making a short film…

Polly Thomas is a local drama director and am working on a short film about the Hebden Bridge area.

“The basis for the film will be short audio interviews with local people about living here and their views for the future. I can send more information, but does this sound of interest in principle? If there are any groups that meet regularly who might be interested, we could come and record them, or it would be great to advertise via your website”.

“Interviewees can be anonymous and we only need their voices – a photo is optional. The film will be screened at Nutclough Mill on 7th and 8th July then again at the Piece Hall in Halifax on 30th September and 1st October. it will also be available on websites and social media. The project is funded by Calderdale Council and Arts Council via the Landlines and Watermarks scheme”.

“Please do contact me at this email if you would like to discuss”.

Polly Thomas – 2 May 2017.

 

More details can be found on the Project Facebook Page.

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