Shepley’s Got Talent for local RNLI fundraising concerts

You may have noticed that concerts and events held at St. Paul's Church Hall are becoming more regular.

This started when Tony Watson, Shepley resident and Secretary of the Huddersfield South East Fundraising Branch of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution recognised that there was a way to fundraise for the RNLI by holding live music events at the Church Hall, and at the same time this would also mean that the Hall was being used more.

To date, four concerts have featured "The Wild Murphy's" (from Darlington), "The Backbeat Blues Brothers" (from South Yorkshire), "The J B Goode Rock Band" (from Huddersfield – twice!) and on Sunday 3rd June 2018, the Canadian Root Folk group "Ritchie-Parrish-Ritchie" (formally 'Tanglefoot') played the Finale Concert of their 2018 UK Tour at St. Paul's Church Hall.

Fundraising for St Paul's Church Hall

Tony has now take the bull by the horns and is planning other concerts, dances and shows – all to be held at St. Paul's Church Hall. However, in addition to arranging fundraising gigs for the RNLI, Tony is also arranging events to raise money for the  Church Hall, to improve and upgrade facilities so that the Hall can be developed into a venue for various events and become a hub of village (and beyond) entertainment.

On Saturday 29th September, another folk concert is arranged to raise funds for the RNLI. The folk duo, "Fiddlers Green" from Chesterfield will be appearing, and tickets are priced at £10 each. Tickets or details for this event, and all RNLI fundraising events, please email:

Has Shepley Got Talent?

Tony also recognises that our village, and the Huddersfield area, have lots of talented performers and so he is keen to feature these artists in events planned for the future. A variety show is on the cards for late November, so if you are a solo singer, duo, group, comedian, magician, conjurer ....... or whatever, and would like to appear on one of these future variety shows, then please contact Tony on:

So rather than sit at home, watching the same old repeats, why not come along to a show and enjoy an evening of live entertainment?