The origin of the Trust was the result of the efforts of its three founders, David Shutt, David Ellis and David Fletcher and their ‘3D’ campaign to save the magnificent Birchcliffe Baptist Chapel, Hebden Bridge, from demolition. As is often the way - the only way to save it was to buy it!
This was achieved with assistance from the then Joseph Rowntree Social Service Trust (Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust today) for conversion to a northern base for a wide variety of voluntary groups.
Restoration and conversion work also received generous assistance from the Rowntree Trust as did the foundation of Pennine Heritage Trust as managers and landlord of the newly launched Birchcliffe Centre.
Inserting a new floor at balcony level in the chapel created an expansive conference, exhibition and events venue. This was matched a year or two later by conversion of the adjacent Sunday School to a well-appointed hostel with accommodation for up to about three dozen residents.
Upstairs at the Birchcliffe
Upstairs at the Birchcliffe is a 200+ seater auditorium… and a multi-purpose stage/classroom/teaching area… and a beautiful mezzanine meeting / conference room.
Each zone can be hired separately or altogether.
Discounts are available for block bookings and non-profit/charitable groups.
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This impressive space is ideal for events such as conferences, meetings, weddings, dance and fitness classes and exhibitions.
The original fixed pews seat 80 with good sight-lines plus an extra 50 with restricted sight-lines of the stage.
The floor space seats 110 theatre-style or up to 75 cabaret-style or it can be cleared of all chairs and tables for other activities.
The Stage or ‘Education Room’ offers a self-contained heated space, suitable for smaller events. The room can be set up in a variety of ways using tables and chairs or bean bags, perfect for children and adults alike.
The room contains all the amenities needed for any meeting or conference, with internet access, an interactive white board and full blackout facilities.
The Stage space lends itself as the ideal rehearsal, presentation space and photographic studio, seating up to 50 people lecture style or 30/40 people classroom style.
Main Hall/Education Room Combined
The Main Hall and Education Room can be combined to provide a fantastic performance area with auditorium/audience seating. A sound system with microphone, mixing desks and a portable back projection system are available to complete the visitor experience.
The combination of event space also provides the perfect backdrop for any children’s party with plenty of space to play games, and have a children’s tea party.
Situated above the Education Room/Stage, this fabulous space has a glass wall with a view of the downstairs area. Ideal as a meeting room, break-out training room, for board meetings or workshops. This room also has 5 computers that are available for use, networked and connected to the internet.
The Mezzanine seats 20 boardroom-style, 35 as a training room and 45 theatre-style. NOTE access to this space is via 10 steps.
We have a fully fitted kitchen with cutlery, crockery and limited cooking equipment available.
The kitchen features a double oven and hob combination, ideal for reheating and serving food. We welcome outside caters and can also help you source local suppliers.
Equipment Available for Hire
We also have some equipment that can be hired for use in the space. Some of this can be hired externally in some situations. Please contacts us if you are interested.
- Back Projection System
- Small Projection Screens
- Large Projection Screen
- Sound system and microphones
- Oral History Recording Equipment
Space to let at the Birchcliffe Centre
The Birchcliffe Centre offers fantastic office or studio space.
We have several spaces available at a range of rents, from £125 to £475 per month, depending on size, aspect and decor.
We also have a 'rent-a-desk' scheme which allows tenants to share a larger office space for just £75 per month.
Included in the monthly rental is free broadband internet (wired and wifi), use of tea and conference rooms, free car parking and fully inclusive heating and electricity. We also offer 24/7 access.
Other amenities for non- and ex-tenants include a Mailbox Service and a Mail Forwarding Service,
The Birchcliffe Centre is only 5 minutes walk (downhill) into the centre of Hebden Bridge, but is also nestled into woodlands at the edge of Nutclough. Walks into the countryside direct from the car park are a major feature of some of our lunchtimes.
Please contact us on 01422 844450 or email firstname.lastname@example.org