Steam comes to Blackshawhead Fete

2016 fete posterThis year’s Blackshaw Head Village Fete on Saturday 3rd September boasts a great new attraction! Brighouse and Halifax Model Engineers will be offering rides on one of their steam-powered railway trains, on a length of track specially installed for the occasion.

The Fete starts at 1.30pm and the steam train is just one part of an afternoon extravaganza which includes live music from the Peace Artistes; a variety of stalls and sideshows, two different dog shows, and the legendary Produce Competition. For the children there’s Punch and Judy and magic shows, bouncy slide, face painting and kids’ sports, whilst the adults can enjoy the beer tent, food stalls and and barbecue.

Lunches and afternoon teas will, as usual, be available in “Pats’ Pantry” in the next-door Blackshaw Head Chapel, and in addition the chapel hosts the local history group SHED’s exhibition and the schools’ art competition.

The Fete is also the start and finish point for the Blackshaw Head Fell Race, starting at 2pm, (category BS : distance 8.9km, climb 274m; entry on the day; full details at

FETE STEAM 2Admission to the fete is by donation at the gate. The 596 bus leaves Hebden Bridge at a quarter past the hour and stops outside the fete field, returning each hour just after half past.   Full fete details are available on-line at the website This contains the fete programme and entry forms for the children’s and adults’ produce competitions and the dog show. These can also be picked up from Hebden Bridge TIC, Heptonstall Post Office, Great Rock Coop, and May’s farm shop at Colden, which also has spare entry forms.

Up to date information can be found on Blackshaw Head Fete’s social media pages.

Village Team Jumble Trail Event

We are running a Jumble Trail Event in Heptonstall on Monday 29th August.

There will be things on at the bowling club for families, as well as bacon sarnies, a good value lunch and bouncy castle for the kids.

Anyone wanting to get involved will be given space in the bowling club, or the chance to ‘buddy up’ with some-one along the trail.

Please contact Jan Lymer on 01422 847979 or 07772 168812 so we can match you  up with someone local.

Anyone can come along and raise money for their own cause, or just get the chance to de-clutter the house!!

It is going to be a lovely way to while away a few hours over the bank holiday, and the village will be judging its best garden competition on that day too.

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Parish Council Meeting – July 2016

Click on the following link to see the agenda for the July Monthly Meeting of the Parish Council to be held in The School Hall, Heptonstall J I & N School  on Monday 4 July 2016 commencing at 7.30 p.m.

Minutes arising from the May 2016 meeting can be seen here, and for the 2016
Annual Meeting here.

Do you want a life-saving defibrillator in the Village?

The Parish Council is proposing to install a defibrillator on the outside of the Post Office in Heptonstall. It could save the life of someone – child or adult – suffering a cardiac arrest. No medical or special training is needed to use it.

Yorkshire Ambulance Service says:

“Think – If a Cardiac Arrest happened where you are now – where would the nearest Automated External Defibrillator (AED) be? If the answer is realistically more than 5 minutes away then you should start an AED or Community Responder programme. AEDs save lives…“

The Resuscitation Council UK says:

“The Resuscitation Council (UK) strongly recommends the implementation of early defibrillation. Increased provision of early defibrillation through the widespread deployment of AEDs is now considered a realistic strategy for reducing mortality from cardiac arrest due to ischaemic heart disease.”

Mr Mike Mongon has very kindly donated a suitable defibrillator, the Parish Council will purchase a weather-proof cabinet for it and the package will be supported by the Yorkshire Ambulance Service (YAS). No special training is needed to operate the device but an e-learning familiarisation course will be available on-line and, if preferred, it may be possible to arrange a ‘live’ course with YAS.

Before going ahead we wish to confirm that the project has Community backing, so please tell us:

  • Are you in favour of installing a defibrillator as proposed?
  • Would you like to attend a YAS familiarisation course if possible?

ADMIN Defib survey flyer June2016 (1) 300The period of consultation will be from 13 June to 27 June.

Questionnaires will be delivered to households as well as being available for pick up at Heptonstall Post Office, and can be downloaded here.

Once completed they should be dropped in the box inside the Post Office.

Do please let us know what you think.

Thank you for your help.

Roger Greenwood – Clerk to Heptonstall Parish Council

Meeting about changes to Chapel

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.