Churchgoers ready to walk this Easter

Churches in the upper Calder Valley will come together to celebrate Easter.

From noon on Good Friday, the annual Stations of the Cross walk from Hebden Bridge Town Hall to Horsehold will begin.

Church members will carry a small cross on the one-mile journey up to Horsehold, where a giant cross is traditionally erected to overlook the town. Refreshments will be provided at Hebden Bridge Methodist Church on Market Street.

Churches Together secretary Barry Geldard said: “The cross, which has been used for some 30 years is now somewhat the worse for wear.

“Several attempts to vandalise it have not helped.

“It was intended that a new one would be made for this Easter and two telegraph polls were donated for this purpose.

“Unfortunately, before work could commence they were accidentally appropriated by a third party and cut up. Next year there will definitely be a new cross.”

Before that, at 10.45am, the Todmorden Churches Together Walk of Witness will start from St Joseph’s Church, Todmorden.

The annual event will be followed by hymn singing and brass band music at the Peace Garden, Burnley Road.

Then from 11.15am at the Central Methodist Church, Bramsche Square, Todmorden, there will be a “messy church” event, featuring storytelling, cooking, crafts and games. All are welcome.

Meanwhile on Easter Sunday, the churches of Hebden Royd will unite once again for a “Son rise” service from 6am at Horsehold. They will also be running special Easter services, as well as their normal ones.