7th - 8th July
As part of the Hebden Bridge Arts Festival Open Gardens, come and visit the site of Fawcett’s canal side garden 11.00am - 4.00pm (black gate opposite 12-16 Machpelah, Hebden Bridge, HX7 8AU) and find out about this Georgian 'celebrity'.
Hope Chapel garden will also be open 2.00 - 5.00pm, serving teas and coffees.
10.30am Special service celebrating the life and legacy of John Fawcett, led by Rev. Gaynor Hammond at Hope Chapel.
2.30pm Songs of Hope. Join in favourite hymns in the garden at Hope Chapel, including the famous hymn by John Fawcett 'Blest be the tie that binds'.
4th Sept - 2nd Oct
Exhibition, 'Fawcett, his life and legacy, locally and world-wide'. Hebden Bridge Local History Society. 9.00am to 5.00pm at Hebden Bridge Town Hall.
9th & 10th Sept
Heritage Open Days. Sat & Sun 2.00 - 5.00pm at Hope Chapel.
Find out more about chapel life in the past with historical displays, children’s activities, afternoon teas.
Sun 2.00pm – 4.00pm Wainsgate Chapel.
'The Revd Dr John Fawcett and England's 18th-Century Evangelical Corridor'
11.00am Hope Chapel
A talk by Dr. John A. Hargreaves, Halifax Antiquarian Society, Local Historian, General Secretary of the Wesley Historical Society and author of the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography article on John Fawcett and other evangelicals who contributed to the remarkable evangelical vitality of the Calder Valley in the Eighteenth Century.
Two Men who left their mark on Hebden Bridge. Starting at 1.00pm and lasting about 4.5 hours – circular 7 mile walk from Hebden Bridge Station (HX7 6JE) led by Mick Chatham. Walking shoes recommended. In wet weather there may be some muddy sections. Exploring the legacy of John Fawcett and Dan Taylor, two Baptist ministers and visiting the places associated with them.
Fawcetts at Luddenden. Starting at 1.30pm, a 2 mile walk from Peel House led by Clive Lloyd. Tour of Peel House (Stocks Lane, Luddenden, Halifax, HX2 6SP) and the site and remains of 2 nearby mills, including Peel House Mills with explanation of the Fawcett family’s involvement of the development of the mill. The afternoon will be dog/family friendly. If a volunteer with a car is available to take people who may have problems with steep terrain to meet in the bottom of the valley, then the tour of the former mill sites would become a gentle walk. Some parking is available at Peel House. Nearest bus services are 574 Halifax – Midgley circular (0.5 mile uphill walk) or frequent services on A646 at Luddenden Foot (1.5 mile uphill walk) or stop on Mount Tabor Road by Stocks Lane and walk down.
Fawcetts at Wainsgate and Brearley. Starting 10:15 am (to fit in with bus time), a 4 mile walk lasting about 2.5 hours led by Ian Vickridge.
After looking at the Wainsgate Chapel and Fawcett graves in Wainsgate Lane, the walk follows some of Calderdale Way before dropping down to Brearley via Midgley using footpaths and farm tracks. After looking at the Fawcett connections in Brearley, walkers could either take one of the frequent buses back to Hebden Bridge and catch the 595 bus in Commercial street (2 minutes past the hour and half hour) or there is an option of a circular walk of a further 6 miles. If wished, bring lunch to eat at Brearley. Walking shoes recommended. In wet weather there may be some muddy sections.
Hebden Bridge in Fawcett’s Day. Meet 1.45 pm, leaving at 2.00pm, a 1.1 mile accessible (including wheelchairs), circular, mostly flat walk on tarmac lasting about 2 hours led by Diana Monahan. Starting and finishing inside Hope Chapel (HX7 8EW), there will be frequent pauses for walkers to use their imagination as Fawcett’s life in Hebden Bridge between 1777 and 1817 is described.
Hope Chapel to Wainsgate Chapel. Meeting at 9:50 am, leaving at 10.00am, a 2 mile uphill walk lasting about 2.5 hours led by Ian Vickridge. Walk from Hope Chapel (HX7 8EW) to Wainsgate via the old packhorse route to Birchcliffe Chapel, visit to Wainsgate Chapel, then join in with lunch and other events at the nearby Community Centre. Walking shoes recommended. Return to Hebden Bridge on the 595 bus from Wainsgate Community Centre on the hour every hour.
23rd & 24th Sept
Fawcett Weekend. Talks, walks, displays and networking for anyone interested in the story of Rev Fawcett and the surname Fawcett.
Sat 23rd at Hope Chapel. Refreshments from 9:30am - 10am when talks will start. 12.00pm – 4.00pm Children’s activities, displays, afternoon teas, Fawcett networking with led walk at 2.00pm 'Hebden Bridge in Fawcett’s Day and his legacy in the town'.
Sun 24th 10.00am Walk from Hope Chapel to Wainsgate or meet at Wainsgate from 11.00am and then to the Community Centre, to purchase lunch and view exhibition 'What Wainsgate means to me' and final opportunity for more Fawcett networking.
Sun 24th 10.30am Special service, led by Rev Dr K Jones, President of the Baptist History Society.
9th - 24th Sept
South Pennines Walk and Ride Festival will include Fawcett-themed walks around Hebden Bridge, Wainsgate, Brearley, Peel House.
An evening of entertainment including songs composed to celebrate Fawcett sung by Old Town Primary School students past and present.