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Witchcraft and Satanic Rites in Birdsedge

Will Roebuck discusses the strange curse of witchcraft and satanic rites in Birdsedge. A mysterious lead plaque discovered in a dry stone wall around 30 years ago revealed that Christianity wasn’t the only ‘religion’ practiced in Yorkshire’s remote Pennine hills. It’s well documented that the Quakers established early meeting houses at High Flatts and Lane […]

A Warm Welcome From Shepley Health Centre

Continuing our series of ‘Welcome to Shepley’ articles, the dedicated staff at Shepley Health Centre tell us about their services and what patients can expect from our local health professionals. Shepley Health Centre is a modern, purpose-built health centre close to the centre of the village, with ample parking for both patients and staff. There […]

A Warm Welcome From Shepley First School

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In this first in a series of ‘Welcome to Shepley’ articles, Mrs Frances Bowman, the new Head Teacher at Shepley First School introduces herself and the school. Shepley First School Shepley First School is a popular and successful primary school for pupils aged 4 – 10 years in the heart of the village. It is […]

June 2017 News From Shepley Library

Library manager Julie Redfearn provides her regular update on matters in Shepley Library Read Kirklees To promote reading by adults, Kirklees Library Service publishes each month, “read Kirklees”, a newsletter which includes information about author and book events, reading groups, creative writing groups and competitions, along with book collections. To join, email Currently with […]

SVA Chair thanks local community for May Day support

I would like to thank everyone who attended the May Day event, on the Village Green and the Church Hall, yesterday 1st May. This was truly the Village working together for the Villagers. We were so lucky with the weather in the end and it was so pleasing to see such a huge turnout. The […]

Shepley Litter Squad – Spring 2017

Shepley Litter Squad HUGE THANKS … to everyone who turned up for the litter pick today. Fantastic support from members of the Village Association and Shepley Hub. Plus our local councillors. Grass verges tidied up on the main road up to Birds Edge plus Holmfirth / Penistone Rd to top of Marsh Lane. And Carr […]


STEM AMBASSADORS HUB Future Skills Academy is proud to support the Shepley Hub and Shepley Library by hosting Employer Ambassador Training for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Apprenticeships. Further details of workshops will follow shortly. The programme has an ambitious target of training 50 ambassadors across West Yorkshire over the next few months to […]