Background

Hayfield Kinder Trespass Group (HKTG) was formed in 2011, as the Kinder Visitor Centre Group (KVCG). Its key purpose was to set up a visitor centre in Hayfield, which is where the 1932 Mass Trespassers assembled before setting off on their historic walk. It is also where  five of the leaders or alleged leaders were arrested that afternoon, at the end of their walk. Hayfield had for years been a very popular destination for Manchester ramblers, because of its convenient railway connection with the city. The Trespass was organised and publicised by radical young Mancunians, and it is believed that most of the 400 who assembled in Hayfield on 24th April 1932 were from the Greater Manchester area.

Information board at Hayfield railway station site car park

The name change was decided in 2018, to recognise that the group had other objectives relating to the Trespass, which could be pursued whether or not we succeeded in our goal of establishing a visitor centre to publicise and explain the importance of that event.

In 2012 KVCG received a grant from the Peak District National Park, via its Sustainable Development fund. This was for our Archive Project, and enabled us to develop a website to bring together a wealth of information not only about the Mass Trespass, but also about its context and about the contribution to countryside access made by so many other groups and individuals. A few years later another grant from the same source enabled KVCG to set up some permanent installations in and around the village to explain the Trespass to visitors, and residents. Together with some pre-existing interpretation boards these have been deemed to constitute a “Trespass Trail”, which was launched in 2017.

Kinder Mass Trespass plaque on Kinder Road

Other things the group has done over the past seven years include advising media representatives about the Trespass, giving talks to various groups and organizations, setting up a Friends scheme to help to raise funds, and developing merchandise to sell at village events and elsewhere, again to contribute to our running costs and fundraising.  While still working towards the long term aim of obtaining premises for a visitor centre, the next initiative of HKTG may be in the field of arranging more guided walks, utilizing our Trespass Trail, whereby we can simultaneously discuss the Trespass with participants, and perhaps also enable some people to access hill walking who might not otherwise do so without our assistance.

Kinder Mass Trespass information boards in Hayfield village centre

Hayfield Kinder Trespass Group:
Aims and Objectives

Overarching objective: to ensure the events of the 1932 Mass Kinder Trespass, including its methods, goals and lessons for current times, are kept alive in the public consciousness.

In pursuing this objective, we are mindful that the Kinder Trespass was not solely a single issue campaign for access to the countryside but was part of a wider political movement for greater fairness and justice within the whole of our society.

Strategies to achieve this goal include:

  1. Raise awareness of the Trespass and its significance, locally, regionally and nationally.
  2. Sustain a high physical profile in the village of Hayfield where the Trespassers congregated, including through information boards and other visuals.
  3. Take an active part in village organisations, events and campaigns.
  4. Secure permanent exhibition space to remember, and learn from, the Trespass (including the pursuit of a visitor centre should the opportunity arise).
  5. Sustain and develop walks and talks with a Trespass theme, to spread the message of the Trespass and to encourage wide diversity of participation.
  6. Identify opportunities to partner local (and where relevant, regional and national) groups, agencies, organisations and events-– to highlight the Trespass
  7. Work with educational institutions and professional associations to develop age appropriate information and teaching events/materials for the same end
  8. Liaise, as appropriate, with other access and campaigning groups who share complimentary objectives to the 1932 Trespassers, in a modern context.
  9. Develop and maintain a website and social media presence that informs users of all of these strategies

About this Website

Setback and related changes

Early in 2018, around the same time we were implementing the name change to HKTG, we had a mishap with our website, kindertrespass.com – we basically lost the domain name and the whole site because a renewal notice did not reach us. That domain name was subsequently offered for sale on a website called “Hugedomains.com”, for $3895.

New website

This website, kindertrespass.org.uk, went live in July 2018. Since then we have been working on transferring data from the original site. This is a detailed, time-consuming and on-going process. We’re taking the opportunity to update the material, modernise the structure and take advantage of new technology.

In the meantime, see our extensive archived website.