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 firstname.lastname@example.org?
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.
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.
The newly refurbished Heptonstall Methodist Chapel is hosting a concert by two local choirs, the Three Valleys Gospel Choir and Zarebi, on Saturday 24 March.
Tickets are £7 or £5 concessions (including under-26s) and are available from Tony’s Post Office.
This Friday sees the return of the Open Mic to the White Lion pub, Heptonstall.
All are welcome to play, sing, cavort, or just watch and marvel.
The fun starts at 8.30pm on Friday, 23 June. Don’t miss it!
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
|Wednesday 01 March 2017
16:00 – 19:00
18:00 – presentation
|The MBI Shay Stadium, Shaw Hill, Halifax, HX1 2YT
|Wednesday 08 March 2017
16:00 – 19:00
18:00 – presentation
|Mytholmroyd Community & Leisure Centre, Caldene Ave, Mytholmroyd, Hebden Bridge HX7 5AF
|Wednesday 15 March 2017
16:00 – 19:00
18:00 – presentation
|St Pauls Methodist Church, Tower Hill, Sowerby Bridge HX6 2EQ
|Monday 27 March 2017
16:00 – 19:00
18:00 – presentation
|Hebden Bridge Town Hall, St George’s St, Hebden Bridge HX7 7BY
To find out more information
Or see the attached document
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 6 March 2017 commencing at 7.30 p.m.
Minutes arising from the February 2017 meeting can be seen here.
Come and bag a bargain at Blackshaw Head chapel on 11 February from 1pm to 4pm.
Bric-a-brac, books, good-as-new, etc, with refreshments in Pat’s Pantry.
All in aid of Cancer Research UK!
The second set of Heptonstall’s advent windows. All photos by Christine.
Heptonstall locals produce real advent calendar windows throughout the village. Here are the first few days, all pictures by local photographer Christine.
Comments are invited on plans for a new kitchen, toilets and meeting room in Heptonstall Methodist Chapel as part of plans to dispose of the Sunday School, and create modern facilities in the chapel.
The public consultation is being organised through the central Methodist Church. Listed building consent has been applied for to the central Methodist Church because they deal with applications through the Ecclesiastical Exemptions Act, instead of Calderdale Council.
Members of the public can comment by emailing email@example.com
The kitchen and toilets would be in the vestry and storage rooms at the back of the church. Pews would be removed on either side of the pulpit to create a servery area and exhibition space on either side of the pulpit. Pews between the two entrance doors would be removed to make space to build a meeting room. Repairs to the roof are also planned.
The parish council has been invited to comment, and will be discussing the plans as part of a planning meeting outside Stone Slack at 7.30pm on Wednesday, June 15. The public are invited to attend.
English Heritage, the Victorian Society, the Ancient Monuments Society and others have also been invited to comment.
Click on the following link to see the agenda for the May Monthly Meeting of the Parish Council to be held in The School Hall, Heptonstall J I & N School on Friday 20 May 2016 commencing at 7.30 p.m.
The Annual Meeting of the Parish Council will also take place, starting at 7.00pm at the same venue. The agenda can be seen here.
Minutes arising from the April 2016 meeting can be seen here.
The Family day on Saturday, February 26, has been moved to St Thomas’ Church and the Bowling Club. Due to forecasts of poor weather, there will be no events in Weavers Square. Some alterations to the timetables have been made. New timetables below. More details including bus times on the Family Day page.
Towngate is due to be closed to traffic between Hepton Drive and Valley View Road from 5th to 11th April whilst Yorkshire Water/Morrison Utility Services replace a water hydrant opposite No. 19. During the closure the official diversion for traffic in and out of the Village will be via Lee Wood Road/Draper Corner/Smithwell Lane but local traffic is likely to divert via Hepton Drive, Longfield and Valley View Road. During the period of closure there is thus likely to be heavier traffic than usual on the Hepton Drive/Longfield/Valley View Road circuit. Thanks to John Scarborough for the information.
The annual Fell Race will begin at 10.30am on Sunday 20 March in Weavers Square, full details here.
A vintage bus will be picking up in Hebden and driving round the village all day on Saturday 26 March, delivering passengers to the family fun day events, see below for timetable.
FREE Easter Bonnet and Cap making workshops at The Heptonstall Social and Bowling Club 4-6pm Friday 4th March, 11th March, Tuesday 15th March and Friday 18th March.
Family Day Sat 26th March 10.30 til 6pm.
The Annual Chapel Sponsored Walk – 5 or 10 miles.
Everyone is welcome including well-behaved dogs.
Meet at Chapel from 1300 for departure at 1330.
Tea, sandwiches and cakes as your reward in the Sunday School.
The walk is one of the Chapel’s main fund-raising events and helps maintain this important, historic building.
Walkers can now fund-raise via Virgin Money Giving Website
The event name is ‘Heptonstall Chapel Sponsored Walk’.
News is spreading that thieves from as far afield as London are taking advantage of flood damage to local property where alarm systems are down, windows are boarded up etc, and where people are starting to refit or restock.
Everyone should remain vigilant and report anything suspicious to the authorities.
Don’t forget to get your pumpkins ready for the Hallowe’en party and disco at the Bowling Club on Friday 23 October.
Don’t forget tomorrow’s family picnic at Popples Common to help find out local people’s views on the future of the Slack Baptist Chapel. The Big Picnic will take place from 1pm to 4pm on Sunday, 12 July. Bring your own food and blanket, find out more about ideas for the future of the building, and share your own thoughts.
The chapel was sold by the Baptists several years ago and is currently owned by an evangelical Christian group, however services have had to be moved because of problems renovating the building. Suggestions to use it as a halfway house for those recovering from drug abuse were dropped after objections from local residents. Could the chapel become a community centre, or could there be other uses for the building? All are welcome to this picnic to talk and find out more.
The first load of teddies are washed and drying ready for the Teddy Tombola in the Bowling Club on Festival day! Come along with your ‘Wonka Winks’ and have a go at winning one!!! Beth Hardman is selling £4 bags of Wonka Winks in the Heptonstall school playground in advance of the festival for the bargain price of £2.50. The Winks can be spent in the bowling club on Festival Day, to take away the problem of giving children money.