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Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Heritage Open Day: Hebden Bridge Town Hall's Fire Station

Town Hall

On Saturday September 8th members of the public will be able to see for themselves a heritage fire tender unit which would have been typical of its type when the Hebden Bridge fire station opened as an extension to the Town Hall in 1898. 

Before the advent of the combustion engine, burning buildings were often attended to by a local fire service using a horse drawn fire tender. The fire tender unit is being hired especially for the day from the Fire and Police Museum and will be on display  outside the Town Hall on the Market Place car park from 10.00am until 4.00pm.

The event will also act as a public consultation opportunity that will contribute towards a bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund  from the Hebden Bridge Community Association.  If the bid is successful there will be some important restoration to the old Town Hall building to reflect the pride which those who were responsible for its construction, had in their town.   It will also see a range of heritage based community engagement activities that will bring new understanding and insight into the history of the Town Hall and of its key role in the developing story of local democracy.  

Images displayed on Saturday which highlight some of the possible key heritage themes have been kindly donated by Pennine Horizons Digital Archive, as well as by Calderdale Council Museums, both of which will play key roles in partnership working for the project.

Chris Mackins, Project Development Officer confirms that "it's important to us as an organisation that we consult with members of the community so that we can gauge opinion and shape the project.  On Saturday, we'd love to use this opportunity to talk with the public about the development of heritage project"

Hebden Bridge Community Association have timed the event to coincide with the national Heritage Open Days weekend, aimed at encouraging the public to explore the heritage within their communities. 

Chris can be reached at the Town Hall, by telephoning 01422 845261 or by email


Previously, on the HebWeb:

How this groundmaking project has developed since 2007

Organic House gets the Hebden Bridge Town Hall catering franchise (30 Juy 2012)

BBC's Any Questions? to be recorded in Hebden Bridge (19 July 2012)

Making the Town Hall a creative place for business (3 May 2012)

New choral work to mark opening of community hall (1st April 2012)

Hebden Bridge to host national Ambitious Communities conference (27 March 2012)

Town Hall team seek café and catering operator (19 Feb 2012)

Town Hall looks for enthusiastic project officer (2 Feb 2012)

Town Hall gets Heritage Lottery Fund backing (Dec 2011)

Sarah is Town Hall's first executive director (Nov 2011)

Job vacancy: Executive Director, Hebden Bridge Community Association Ltd (Aug 2011)

Town Hall will Open Doors as part of National Heritage Weekend
(2nd August 2011)

Chance to find out the latest about Town Hall construction on Saturday (June 2011)

Chance to find out about Town Hall offered on Thursday (May 2011)

Pennine Quarry will supply stone for Town Hall (April 2011)

Town Hall Development gets go ahead
(Dec 2010)

Calderdale planners give green light to Town Hall plans

Calderdale Council give 125 year lease for Town Hall (26 October 2010)

HebWeb Forum discussion

Town Hall Development Plans go to Calderdale (16 July 2010)

Community-run Town Hall to honour co-operative pioneer (June 2010)

Public consultation on Town Hall plans (May 2010)

Hebden Bridge Town Hall passes into Community Ownership (March 2010)

Association seeks Treasurer to take on Town Hall role (2 March 2010)

Invitation to see plans for Town Hall (Feb 2010)

Weddings and civil partnerships at Town Hall (Jan 2010)

Town Hall Future Secure (Dec 2009)

Open Doors at Town Hall attracts hundreds

One of England’s smallest parishes makes big contribution towards plans for Hebden Bridge’s Town Hall

Two major grants boost Town Hall Project

Town Hall Group seeks ‘Friends’ (April 2009)

Hebden Bridge Town Hall project: Transfer of Town Hall to community ownership one step closer (March 2009)

HebWeb News: New Charity created to manage Town Hall (Jan 2009)

HebWeb News: Government gives thumbs up to Hebden Bridge Town Hall plans (July 2008)

HebWeb News: Plans to put Town Hall once again at the heart of local life (October 2007)

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