A new cross set for Horsehold this Easter

From the left are Terry Ward of Wireform, Barry Geldard  of Churches Together, and Master Joiner David Foulger constructing the new cross for Horsehold, Hebden Bridge.
From the left are Terry Ward of Wireform, Barry Geldard of Churches Together, and Master Joiner David Foulger constructing the new cross for Horsehold, Hebden Bridge.

Thirty years ago the local Churches Together Group began the tradition of placing a giant cross on the hilltop site of Horsehold, which looks over Hebden Bridge, and that it should remain there over the Easter period.

Built from telegraph poles, it has unfortunately been subjected to attacks by vandals, said Barry Geldard, of Hebden Royd Churches Together.

It has also deteriorated to such an extent over the years, making a replacement long overdue.

A new cross has now been constructed by joiner David Foullger at the factory premises of Wireform in Hebden Bridge.

The owners, the Morley family, have generously supplied metal components and allowed the use of machinery to make the operation to go smoothly, said Mr Geldard.

They are also also arranging for transportation of the cross up to Horsehold.

The new cross will be raised on Palm Sunday, March 20, at 3pm.

For three decades the cross has played an important part in the Easter programme organised by Hebden Royd Churches Together.

Ttraditionally on Good Friday each year there is a traditional Walk of Witness which makes its way through Hebden Bridge Town Centre, and for the past few years Easter Sunday has also seen a special “Sonrise” service to mark Christ’s resurrection, which has been held at the giant cross at Horsehold on Easter Sunday.