Film – Bridge across the Generations

‘Bridge across the Generations’ is a film that is going to be screened at Heptonstall Social and Bowling Club this coming Saturday 3rd December at 11am.

Many local people and local children from the school feature in this intergenerational film that began before the pandemic in January 2020 and features conversations between younger and older people, who met twice in the Social and Bowling Club before the first coronavirus lockdown caused everything to stop.

However, Marguerite Eccles and Nick Wilding managed to hang in there and create a story that starts with the Boxing Day floods of 2015 and ends with this year’s drought and the end of the reign of Queen Elizabeth II. You see children reacting to being taught at home and not at school, then children at school sending cards with messages to lonely older people, organised with presents compiled by Calder Community Cares.

Post pandemic, there are scenes with Hebden Royd children walking in the Colden Valley, being inspired by the history and Colden School, Old Town School and Scout Road Academy all look in various ways at the story of ‘The Coiners’.

There are scenes from the play of ‘The Coiners’, performed both in Heptonstall St Thomas’s Church by Old Town and in Blackshawhead Chapel, performed by Colden School.

General comments from audiences of the film have described the content as both ‘inspiring and truly inspirational and well worth seeing’.

This coming Saturday 3rd December 2022 at 11am in the Social and Bowling Club, it lasts 50 minutes with Q&A at the end.

Please come if you can.

Event – Stepping Thru Time

Please come and support this fundraiser.

Tickets are being sold in advance (£7.00) at Heptonstall Post Office, or by calling 07745 790490 or pay on the door (£8.00).

The event not only supports St Thomas Church but through the venue hire the Bowling Club and the village itself.

Bar opens at 8.00pm.

Parish Council Annual and May Monthly Meetings

The Annual and Monthly meetings of the Parish Council will be held on Tuesday 10 May 2022 at 8.00pm and Tuesday 17 May 2022 at 7.30pm at Heptonstall Social & Bowling Club, Acre Lane, Heptonstall

The agendas for each meeting can be seen here and here respectively.

Minutes from the April monthly meeting can be seen here.


Anyone interested in a job in Heptonstall?

New Post Office & Shop Manager role from Jan 2022.

The Post Office & shop is an important and valued village facility which is in the process of being bought by the community. It provides a great opportunity for a Post Office Shop & Manager who would start training in the new year.

Full details can be found at

Are you that special person with the skills and vision to help develop this exciting business? Please apply with a CV and covering letter showing how you would be our ideal candidate to

Please share this with anyone who you think might be interested.

Download a copy of this flyer to share with friends and neighbours in the village.

Plans to hold a series of trail running races

I am writing to inform you of our plans to hold a series of trail running races in the
Calderdale Area of the West Yorkshire on Saturday 4th September 2021.

There will be three races: a half marathon, 50km, and 100km (the 100km race is two loops
of the 50km route: one counter-clockwise and one clockwise). Race headquarters will be at Mytholmroyd Community & Leisure Centre (grid reference SE0111325974) which will also be close to the start and finish location for all races (Hebden Royd Playing Fields grid reference SE0065526055)

All three of the races head West from Race HQ through Hebden Bridge and towards Slack
Top along the Rochdale Canal Path. At the top of Colden Road, at the 5km point the routes separate with the 50/100km courses heading East along the Calder Aire Link towards Penistone Hill Country Park and the half marathon continuing East to loop around Stoodley Pike before returning to Race HQ. At Penistone Hill Country Park the 50/100km routes will turn and loop back following the Bronte Way and the Pennine Bridleway to connect with the HM course near Colden.

There will be four checkpoints/aid stations on the route, where runners will be able to refuel with food and water. The checkpoints will be situated at grid references SD9956632427, SD9960636309, SD9466931247 and SD9647124434.

The full routes (including proposed checkpoint locations) can be viewed online here. All races are run on entirely public rights of way (predominately the Pennine Bridleway and
Calderdale Way with sections on the Calder Aire Link and Bronte Way), aside from a short
section which follows permissive paths along the Rochdale Canal managed by the Canal and River Trust.

Runners will be required to cross the A646 at two points at grid references
SD9753626601and SD9851127339. Traffic marshals will be stationed at each crossing and
we will put out warning signs at these locations to warn vehicle traffic, runners, and other
road users.

I cam send across a copy of our Risk Assessment, Project Plan, Emergency Action Plan and
Key Locations, so that you can see how we intend to safeguard competitors, members of
the public and race staff.

Specific sections of these documents also detail how we will deal with an emergency and how we will interact with the emergency services.

I would welcome any comments or advice regarding any oversight relating to these

Do let me know if you have any questions or concerns so that we can ensure to address them appropriately. Further, we would like to involve the community in the event as much as possible and would be interested in a discussion as to how we might be able to use the event to support local businesses.

Happy to jump on a call to discuss further if easier.

Sam Heward
Ultra X Co-Founder

Parish Council Meeting – 3 May 2021

The Annual and Moonthly meeting of the Parish Council will be held REMOTELY and ON-LINE (via Zoom) on Monday 3 May 2021

The Anual Meeting will take place at 7:00pm, and the monthly meeting will commence at 7.30 pm.

The agendas for the meetings and how to take part on-line can be seen here and here.

Minutes from the April virtual meeting can be seen here.