This Saturday the place to be is Blackshaw Head for the 2014 Village Fete!
This will be eighteenth consecutive “Country Fair” since the event was first planned by a small group of villagers, with the support of Blackshaw Parish Council, and it has just got bigger and better.
The fete is held in the fields next to Blackshaw Head chapel from 1.30pm, with stalls and sideshows, dog shows and exhibitions.
The exciting locally-based band The Peace Artistes (“rocking with rhythm and pulsating with passion”) will be playing spots throughout the afternoon, alongside the beer tent which will all no doubt contribute to the festive atmosphere, whilst Punch and Judy and magic shows, and a bouncy castle, will keep the kids entertained.
Jiffy the clown is also reputed to be making an appearance, and will no doubt be helping to raffle off the generously donated food hampers.
One of the organisers said: “This scattered hilltop village has developed an amazing community spirit, thanks to events like the fete which bring people together, and to which many people contribute.
“A number of local clubs and groups have sprung up over the years, and many of these get involved in one way or another.”
This year, local history group SHED are mounting an exhibition in Blackshaw Head Chapel entitled ‘World War One Centenary: Blackshaw Remembers’.
The chapel also hosts an exhibition of this year’s artwork from local schools, and the ever popular ‘Pats’ Pantry’.
As the fete has grown in size over the years so there has been a corresponding need for more accommodation.
The fete organisers have acquired a new tent this year with the aid of a much appreciated grant from the Community Foundation for Calderdale.
The provision of hot food has also been expanded to meet demand and to try and avoid the queues which result from the increased popularity.
One of the organisers said: “You can never predict the weather for the fete; some years it’s a bit damp and breezy and everyone queues for hot food, which goes in no time; other years it’s hot and sunny and everyone wants cold drinks and ice cream.
“But whatever the weather, everyone has a great time!”
The 596 bus for Blackshaw Head is an hourly service which leaves Hebden Bridge at a quarter past the hour and stops outside the fete field, returning from there just after half past.