Lottery gives boost for Town Hall

HEBDEN Bridge’s landmark Town Hall has been given an early Christmas present, with an award from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

Trustees for Hebden Bridge Community Association, the charitable trust which runs the grade II-listed building, have expressed their delight at the Heritage Lottery Fund decision, which includes a grant of £29,900.

The award opens the way for the Association next year, under the HLF two-stage funding applications, to submit a more substantial funding bid of £338,900 for the restoration of the building and commemoration of its heritage.

Trustee Andrew Bibby, said: “We are delighted that HLF has endorsed the project in this way. Hebden Bridge is one of very few communities in Britain where the Town Hall is owned and run directly by the community, and we’re determined to protect this important part of our local heritage. The Town Hall has served our town for over 110 years, and our responsibility is to make sure it can fulfil its role for the twenty-first century as well”.

The Town Hall passed to the Community Association from Calderdale council under a pioneering ‘asset transfer’ agreement last year. Since then, the trustees have focused primarily on the £3.2 million extension.

With the work now well under way, the trustees have turned their attention to the Town Hall building, erected in 1897 and 1898. The application to HLF focuses on work to restore the fine Victorian features of the building, including the mosaic floor tiles and the stained glass windows. The works on the building will be linked to a community-based heritage project.