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.

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The Open Mic is Back at the White Lion

Play, sing, cavort or just watch and marvel when the Open Mic returns to the White Lion, Heptonstall on Friday, December 23rd, at 8.30pm.

Performers of all kinds are wanted, including singers, poets, instrumentalists, jugglers and ice sculptors.

Organiser Geoff says: “We have a lot of regular acts but we welcome new performers with open arms. If you fancy a go, come along. We will guarantee you will get a slot and an enthusiastic and appreciative response.

If you want to discuss further, call him on 01422 842629.

Car Park Proposal Cancelled

The following has been received from John Scarborough of Heptonstall Parish Council:

Following the Consultation Exercise carried out in November 2016 the Parish Council has decided not to proceed further with a possible new car park on Valley View Road due to lack of community support.

All households in the Parish of Heptonstall received details of the proposed scheme together with a questionnaire designed to establish the level of support for it. Some 42% of you returned the questionnaires (47% in the Village) but fewer than 50% were in favour of proceeding (46% in the Village and 43% in the Parish as a whole).

Although  74% of you thought that Heptonstall Village needed additional off-street parking and 57% of you thought that the proposed lay-by would make a worthwhile addition, only 43% and 45%  of you respectively thought the proposed scheme would deliver Value for Money and were willing to pay extra Council Tax to finance it.

You the Community “have had your say” and have come out clearly against proceeding with the scheme, the Parish Council and Traffic Group have accordingly closed down the Project. We will however continue to maintain what pressure we can on Calderdale Council to maintain and improve car parking facilities in the Village and the rest of the Parish.

Pace Egg 2016

Times as follows:

Good Friday, 25th March in Weavers Square

11:15 Heptonstall Pace Egg

12:30 Heptonstall Pace Egg

2:00 Heptonstall Pace Egg

3:00 Calder High Pace Egg

4:00 Heptonstall Pace Egg

Pace Egg

The Juggler capers in, dodging rain from the West

St George has a brolly and a star on his breast

Bold Slasher likes rain, he’ll not hide with the rest

The Doctor has a topper, he knows what is best

The Black Prince of Paradise, his robe’s put to the test

The Egyptian King’s slaves keep him dry. Not a jest!

Hector The Champion is snug ‘neath his crest

But what of poor Tosspot, his coat’s not the best

Ah he’s safe from the floods, he’s found an old life vest!

If you, like the others, want to be well impressed

Good Friday! The Pace Egg! Make Heptonstall your dest…..(ination)!

With thanks to Andy Carter for the words and Frank Sutcliffe for the original photograph. This year we will be collecting for the: Community Foundation for Calderdale Flood Relief Fund and East African Playgrounds project to build safe play areas for village children in East Africa.

Please come by foot or public transport. Parking in the village is very limited.