Bring and Buy

The Heptonstall School PFA is holding a Bring and Buy sale at St Thomas’ Church on Friday, February 6, from 3.30pm to 6pm.

Headteacher David Perrin said: “The Church have kindly offered us the use of their space and will be running a cafe with refreshments and cakes for sale. Please have a rummage and see what items you have at home that may be suitable.

“Good quality used clothing, books and toys would be appreciated. We will also be selling school uniform, so if you have any your child has grown out of please bring it along. Any unsold items will be donated to a local charity shop.

“Arrangements for where and when to bring in donations will be available later.”

Heptonstall School Christmas Fair

Don’t miss the Heptonstall School fair, run by the Parents and Friends Association, this Sunday from 2pm to 4pm.

hep school fairFather Christmas will be visiting and there are also plenty of stalls and games for the children, along with refreshments and gifts. Stalls confirmed include Mel’s hats, Jilly’s bags and Joan’s frocks & jewellery, plus sweets and goodies from Aimee, toys to be won, cakes to be decorated and jolly jam jars. Children can choose and wrap presents for their parents and grandparents in the secrets room for £2.

PFA chair Jayne Benson said: “The raffle has some fantastic prizes – vouchers from Zeitgeist, Boden, Climb Rochdale, Able & Cole, Northern Rail, plus beer from Little Valley, chocolate and a calendar from the Post Office, copies of Acquilla magazine, a Fair Trade hamper from the Co-op, a big Teddy, something enticing from Hat Therapy, more chocolates, wine and a few other promises in the pipeline. And, if that wasn’t enough, a consultation with To The Max Fitness and a fitness class pass from Waterside Gym to help kick start your post Christmas detox. Many many thanks to the generosity of these businesses for their support! Tickets for the raffle will be on sale during the fair only and all prizes will be won on the day.”

Please note none of the stalls are able to accept card payments, so you will need to bring cash and cheques to pay on the day.


Recycling for cycling

Heptonstall School PFA (Parents and Friends Association) are hoping to raise some money this term to support the school in activities linked to the Grand Depart‘.

We’re asking for donations of unwanted CD’s, DVD’s and electronic games (in working order and no copies please) for resale.

If you have any that you no longer need, please drop them off at the school office.

Heptonstall School Fair

pfa school poster

This weekend is a busy one in Heptonstall. On Saturday, Christmas trees will be on sale in Weavers’ Square from 3pm, with all proceeds to the Heptonstall Lights and Planting Group.

Hebden Bridge Brass Band will play from 5.30pm for the switch-on of the Christmas tree lights. At 6pm they will move into the White Lion, where pie and peas will be served.

On Sunday, Heptonstall School’s Christmas fair runs from 2pm to 4pm in the school hall, with attractions including Santa’s grotto, games for the children, face painting and many other stalls.

Further ahead, Christmas events include:

Sunday, 15 December, 3pm, Christingle Service at St Thomas’.

Sunday, 15 December, time tbc, a concert of Klezmer music at the White Lion.

Sunday, 22 December, 10.45am, Nativity Service in the Methodist Chapel. Children from the village and school are invited to take part in this enjoyable event. We also need a baby to play Jesus – contact Margaret Coupe on 01422 842550 if you want to put your baby on the road to stardom.

Sunday 22 December 6.30pm, Village Carol Service at St Thomas.

Wednesday, 25 December, 9.30am, Joint Christmas Day Service at the Methodist Chapel.


Heptonstall Festival in Pictures

red queen 1Were you caught on camera? Check out the beautiful pictures taken by Rory Prior on Flickr, with more pictures of the procession and children’s events in the ruins by Amy Binns.

All Amy’s pictures are free to download, print and share for personal and non-commercial use.

If you took some pictures of the day, why not add them to the Flickr Heptonstall pool and share them with us all?

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School Sports Day: a report

The sun finally shone for Heptonstall School Sports Day, the first for three years due to poor summers.

A huge turnout of spectators cheered on the children at Heptonstall park, who competed in traditional races including shuttle runs, hurdles, sprints, sack races, egg and spoon, skipping and balancing.

sports day

Some of the events proved challenging for the younger competitors. The skipping race was particularly difficult for those who were turning the rope backwards whilst trying to run forwards.

Balancing a coit on the head even whilst waiting at the start line was problematic for the Class One boys. After a slow start to the race, teacher Peter Jenel assisted some by holding the coits on their heads for them as they walked over the finish.

The sack races were also speeded up by teachers carrying several competitors over the line in their sacks.

Egg and spoon techniques varied between double handed, single handed, or simply holding the egg onto the spoon. During some races, eggs changed ownership. Some older boys experimented with using the spoon as a racket to knock the egg over the final yards, which produced impressively close finishes.

The Heptonstall Parish Website’s “One to Watch” award goes to Isla Lee-Grant, of Class 2, who won every race she entered.

The eventual winners were the Festival team.

Big Night Out at Heptonstall School

Dig out those dancing shoes – Heptonstall School is hosting a Big Night Out with Phoenix Ceilidh Band on Friday, November 9.

Everyone’s welcome to have a nosey in the new Heptonstall School hall at this family friendly event. Bridestones Brewery will be supplying hand-pulled beer for a fully stocked bar.

Tickets are available in advance only from the school and Tony’s Post office, priced at £20 for a family of up to 2 adults and 3 children, £8 adults, £6 OAPs and £4 children.

The event is to raise funds for the school’s Parents and Friends Association and the Out of School Club.

Celebrations at Heptonstall School

Heptonstall school celebrated the handover of the new building extension with a week of events including a visit from history re-enactment group the Sealed Knot.

David Burnop from the Pace Egg Society visited Class 3 on Tuesday. The children in the class had spent the previous day making props – swords, shields and crowns.

Classes One and Two had a visit from a “Grandma” on Wednesday. Suzie from the theatre company “Tempus Fugit” was, in
turn, a granny form the 1940’s, 1950’s and 1960’s. The children dressed up and learnt songs from yesteryear.

On Friday the Hepton Singers came into Class 4 for a singing workshop. The children then performed their pieces at an assembly at the end of the day, attended by members of Calderdale Council who had made the build possible.

Wanted – Old Photos of Heptonstall School

The Heptonstall community are making a small contribution to the reopening of the school.  Celebrations are planned for the week 14 – 28 September 2012.

We thought it would be good to develop a collection of photos from the school in the past years and creating a time line display.  We can copy the photos rather than use originals.

If you have photos that we can copy please contact Judith Parrish (Tel: 847911) or email electronic versions to the website.

Many thanks…..