Heptonstall Exhibitions and Richard Naylor Charities


Grants are available for young people under the age of 21 years on first application who live within the area of the ANCIENT CHAPELRY OF HEPTONSTALL

This is the area bounded by Pudsey Rd in Todmorden, Midgley Rd in Mytholmroyd and Turvin Rd in Cragg Vale. It includes, Hebden Bridge, Heptonstall, Blackshaw, Wadsworth, Stansfield, Erringden and Langfield.

If you are going on to further education or entering a trade or profession you may qualify for a grant.
Application Forms are available here or from the Secretary,
Mr D.C.Kershaw, 2 Beaumont Street, Todmorden, Lancs, OL14 5JZ or from the Headteachers of local High Schools.


Please enclose a stamped addressed envelope

The Heptonstall Exhibitions and Richard Naylor Charities are two entirely separate Charities which for the purpose of administration are administered together by the same group of Governors and Trustees.

The Heptonstall Exhibitions Charity was begun on June 26th 1893 as the result of the death of Albert Law of Green Leas, Midgehole, Hebden Bridge.

The Charity of Richard Naylor was begun on 14th May 1897 – exact details not known.

Both charities were set up to provide finance to assist students of the time who in todays terms were entering into further education, and several other trades/professions etc.

Over the years. with the approval of the Charities Commission at which both charities are registered, (Heptonstall Exhibitions – Charity Number 529151, Richard Naylor – Charity Number 226255) the aims and objectives have been changed to be more in line with today and also with the charities limited finance.

Currently for both charities the aims and objectives are the same:

“For the purpose of the assistance of persons, whose parents are bona fide residents in the Ancient Chapelry of Heptonstall, who are under the age of 21 years by means of Exhibitions consisting of either a payment of the tuition fees at the school or a yearly payment by way of a maintenance allowance tenable at any public secondary school or exhibition tenable at any university, university college or other like institutions of higher education (including professional or technical),and for the training for persons intending to enter any profession within the scope of the Charities.

In addition the Richard Naylor Charities requires the Governors and Trustees to pay the Vicar of Heptonstall one moiety, currently £3.

The Governors and Trustees comprise Councillors from Blackshaw Parish Council, Erringden Parish Council, Hebden Royd Town Council, Todmorden Town Council, Wadsworth Parish Council and Heptonstall Parish Church Church Wardens. From some of these Councils generous grants are received yearly to supplement the charities meager finances.

A yearly meeting is held to administer the Charities this normally in late October or November, this is the only time when applications can be discussed/awarded and application forms can be obtained from the Secretary to the Governors – Mr. D.C.Kershaw, 2 Beaumont Street, Todmorden, OL14 5JZ prior to these dates.

It must however be pointed out that only applications from within the Ancient Chapelry of Heptonstall area can be considered – this is an area between basically Pudsey Road, Burnley Road, Todmorden and Midgley Road at Mytholmroyd to the north side of the main river through the valley as far over as the Lancashire border with Colne etc. but within West Yorkshire, this actually as far as Todmorden is concerned rules out residents from Rochdale Road and of course all others on the wrong side of the river (for example Kilnhurst, Woodhouse Road, Industrial Street area).