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Image Gate entrance to Magdale Fields

IN 1993 A group of Honley residents met to discuss how to maintain the character and improve Honley village and local environs. After several meetings a formal constitution was adopted and Honley Village Communtiy Trust was born.  

In 1994 H.V.C.T registered with the Charities Commision (No. 1033021).  stating that it's main objective is to promote the conservation, protection and improvement of the physical and natural environment of Honley Village and the surrounding area.

The Trust is a non-political, non-sectarian organisation whose aim is to advance public education in environmental matters, and also to provide facilities and equipment for recreation and leisure time occupation with the object of improving the conditions of life for the inhabitants of Honley.

One of the first things which the newly formed committee did was to arrange the purchase of Magdale Fields, a local beauty spot on the edge of the village to save it from becoming a housing development.
    Fortunately for the village the purchase price was offered by an anonymous donor as a long term loan with extremely favourable terms.

Current Committee

Ian Blagborough - Chairman
Steve Hemming - Secretary
Dennis Roberts - Treasurer
Margaret Wadsworth - Vice Chairman
Caitlin Hartley - Dep. Treasurer
Jo Bonds
Peter Bonds
Maisie Belcher
John Murray
Marcia Murray
Carol Roberts
Viv Rayner
Margaret Rayner

Custodial Trustees

David Hardy
Jenny Lockwood
Chris Moorhouse
Rodney Sheard

Annual Reports

The Trust now has over 1,000 members. Annual membership is still 1 and life membership only 20. Membership application form

In June of 2017


The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service has been given to Honley Village
Community Trust


The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service is the highest award given to local volunteer groups across the UK to recognise outstanding work done in their own communities. It is the equivalent of an MBE for volunteer groups.

Trust Chairman Ian Blagborough and committee member Marcia Murray were chosen to represent the Village Trust at a Garden Party held at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday May 23rd. The award was officially announced in The London Gazette on June 2nd.

Ian Blagborough says “This award is given to all those volunteers past and present, who turn out to help to make Honley a great place to live; whether it’s working on Magdale Fields and footpaths, or the Mag dam and waterways. Also those who deliver the Honley Flyer four times a year and those who help at Trust events like the Craft Fair. It also includes those who become members of the Trust and help maintain it by paying their subscription once a year! You all have played a part and share in this group MBE. Well done and congratulations.”

The QAVS gives us the right to use the Queen’s Award official logo on our stationary. (see above). An English Crystal with the official logo and a citation about the work of the Trust inscribed on it, will be presented locally by the Queen's representative at a later date.