Heptonstall Family Day 2017

The Village Team is organising a wonderful Family Day from 3pm to 9pm on  Saturday May 20th.

This is going to be a day that truly includes all ages and generations. If possible your help with some of the jobs would be much appreciated.

The event will take place in and around Weaver’s Square, the Church, and the field at the end of Church Street.

The schoolchildren will have been working on a 100 years ago theme in school the week before, and will then start the afternoon off for us with Maypole Dancing in the Square. Cloggers will also entertain and the high point will be the crowning of the May King and Queen, who’ll then lead a Children’s Parade along Church Street to the field, accompanied by the Hebden Bridge Junior Brass Band. The children will have been working on flags and costumes for the parade in school.

In the field there will be loads of activities and entertainment, games stalls, Punch & Judy, Organ, old time games like egg & spoon races etc., farm animals, music, dancing and much more…

In the Church – the After Alice project, try out old time crafts (like rag rugs and peg dolls) stall led by some of our senior ladies, displays of the village through time, teas and coffees, dress up clothes for the children from times past.We hope to include the Museum as an integral part of the day too.

Then at teatime we will bring picnic tables and chairs out for a ‘Jacob’s Join’ where families can bring food to share and we’ll enjoy a big picnic together.

After that the evening will see entertainment from two local bands – the Hand Made Samba Band and Mr Wilson’s Second Liners Band. Our amazing local storyteller and entertainer Ursula Holden Gill will lead a storywalk around the village, culminating in a finale in Weavers Square at dusk from the incredible FlameOz – again local, and internationally renowned – who wowed the crowds last year with their flame show and lightshow juggling.

Our local Guides and Scouts will be helping out with lots of jobs, but we need more helpers so that no-one becomes over tired and can enjoy the day alongside helping out.

No money will be exchanging hands so that will not be an issue when helping with stalls etc. (Instead we will have donation buckets.)

Jobs that will need doing will include:

  • Cordoning off parts of the field for race area etc  .. (morning)
  • Set up (morning) & man a games stall, possibly in partnership with a scout or guide.
  • Help with the organisation of the races & give out trophies and stickers to the children who’ve taken part.
  • Be a  ‘bin monitor’ – setting them up beforehand, having a stock of black bags, keeping an eye on them and emptying where needful.
  • Set up the tables for the Jacob’s Join (they will have been brought over from the church) – tablecloths & simple decoration.  (Later in the afternoon)
  • Set out the chairs for the Jacob’s Join.(Later in the afternoon)
  • Put up the bunting in Church (morning)
  • Support the craft ladies’ stall in the Church.
  • Organisation of Jacob’s Join food – collecting and placing in Church to bring out later in the afternoon. (This would include making sure people’s tins/containers have their names on etc. on so that their later collection runs smoothly!.)
  • Donation buckets – wandering around shaking them, being stationed at the entrances with them, and keeping an eye on them. (There will be arrangements for collecting and keeping money safe).
  • Putting up general signage around the village (morning).
  • Clearing up in the field at the end of the Jacob’s Join. We are hoping to harness the strengths of some younger residents to carry tables and chairs back to the Church.

If you would like to join in, please call contact Beth Hardman,

Beth.hardman@gmail.com phone 07796 265027