Parish Council Meeting – 15 May 2017

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 Monday 15 May 2017 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 2017 meeting can be seen here.

Chapel sponsored walk

The annual Methodist chapel sponsored walk starts at 1.00pm on Sat 13th May from St Thomas’ Church, as the chapel is closed for refurbishment.

It is about 10 miles with a stop for crisps and orange juice at half- way and the chance of a ride back if it has got too much. We also finish at St Thomas’ where there will be the usual “Sunday School” tea. It will probably take about 4 hours.

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.

Grant for new Friends group

The new Friends of Heptonstall Chapel and Sunday School has received a grant of £3,000 towards a feasibility study of conversion of the Sunday School from Calderdale Council, plus a further £1,000 from Heptonstall Parish Council.

Although this is not sufficient for a full feasibility study, it is a very good starting point towards the kind of level of detail that would be required for a large Heritage Lottery Grant application. A full study would cost about £6,000, and the group is looking at additional sources of funding.

The Friends group will be spending part of this money on financial projections for a holiday let on the lower floor and public hall upstairs in the Sunday School, and on architect’s sketches for creating this with disabled access to both floors. When these are available they will be made public for comment.

The Friends group is also looking at ways of forging stronger links between the Chapel and community. To this end, with the Church Council’s support, three local textile artists will display their work as part of the Hebden Bridge Open Studios event in July.If the Chapel renovations are not completed by then, they will use the Sunday School.

The group is also hoping to organise a Gala production of an unusual version of Handel’s Messiah to be performed in the Chapel in Spring 2018.  This will incorporate Easter sections of the piece not often performed and use young local soloists for a brighter sound than the traditional Christmas version.