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Hebden Bridge events

Friday 15 December 2017

Christmas Carol Service


St. James' Church, Church lane, Hebden Bridge, HX7 6DS

A family friendly service with Hebden Royd Primary School choir; carols and readings.

Refreshments afterwards including Mulled wine, coffee, mince pies.

Friday 15 December 2017

Piano Bar with Dave Nelson

Hebden Bridge Town Hall, Friday 15th December, 8pm.

Admission free, with a voluntary collection for Hebden Bridge Piano Festival.

The Town Hall café will dim the lights, open the bar, roll out the piano and transform into a warm and welcoming venue for a winter's evening.

Meet your friends for a convivial ‘pub-style’ night.

Saturday 16 December 2017

Terry LoganLunchtime Live at Hope Baptist Chapel

A special Christmas Lunchtime Live, featuring Terry Logan, Frank Leigh, Midnight Train and 14 year old, Isaac Hughes Dennis.

See HebWeb News item

Sunday 17 December 2017

Hebden Bridge Junior Band 

1pm to 3pm Hebden Bridge Junior Bandwill be playing carols on Hebden Bridge Market.

Junior Band

And in the evening, from 7.15pm they play at Mytholmroyd Working Men's Club.

All former members welcome to come along and play with us.

Sunday 17 December


Autism Friendly Paddington 2 (PG) (12A)


Our occasional autism friendly screenings provide opportunities for people with autism or sensory sensitivity to enjoy a trip to the cinema. We aim to programme a mix of family friendly films at weekends and those specifically for adults during the week. Adjustments at the cinema reduce over-stimulation and create a welcoming place for people with autism to enjoy films with their families, friends or carers.

This delightful sequel to the immensely popular Paddington features new cast members – including Brendan Gleeson, Hugh Grant, Joanna Lumley and others – and sees the adorable bear happily ensconced with the Brown family in Windsor Gardens, where he’s now a popular member of the community, spreading joy and marmalade wherever he goes. While searching for the perfect present for his beloved Aunt Lucy’s 100th birthday, he spots a unique pop-up book in Mr. Gruber’s antique shop, and embarks upon a series of odd jobs to buy it. But when the book is stolen, it’s up to Paddington and the Browns to unmask the thief.

Thursday 21 December 2017

 U3A Todmorden December Meeting

U3A Todmorden’s next meeting will be held on Thursday, 21st December in the Central Methodist Hall in Todmorden at 1.45.  

This will be our Christmas meeting with a festive fruit punch, a quiz and a presentation of light-hearted Christmassy entertainment by ‘Peter Sheldon Productions’ with monologue, story and song.

Our contact details are www.u3atod.org.uk  (website), enquiries@u3atod.org.uk (email), or 01706 812015 (phone).

Thursday 21 December 2017

Palestinian Christmas Stall

Palestine Market Stall

Hebden Bridge Open Market, St George Square

Stall selling Palestinian Christmas crafts, ceramics, glassware, olive wood products, soaps and more. All products are handmade in the West Bank and your purchases will support local Palestinian businesses. 

Friday 22 December 2017

Shaggy Dog Storytellers Christmas Bash

Shaggy Dog Storytellers are proud to present 'The Shaggy Dog Christmas Bash' on Friday 22nd December 2017 at the Stubbing Wharf, Hebden Bridge, 7.30 pm for a prompt 8.00 pm start.

£7 admission.

This will be a “Stories from the Floor” evening, so come and help celebrate a storytelling Christmas with the many talented tellers at the club.

There will be a spot for you to tell if you want one - or you can just sit back, relax and enjoy the variety of tellers and tales on offer.

Hope to see you there! Best, The Shaggy Dog Team.

Friday 22 December 2017

The Open Mic, Heptonstall

Open Mic night at The White Lion pub, Heptonstall

Fom 8.30pm.

Come along and play, sing, speak - or act. Or just come and watch and soak up the vibe. 

Friendly sound engineer (Mark) on hand to help plug you in to PA etc.

Saturday 23 December 2017

Dave Nelson's Christmas Singalong

Hebden Bridge Town Hall, Saturday 23rd December, 5pm. £10/£8/£3
Tickets available from 1st December at Hebden Bridge Piano Festival website and at the Town Hall.

The town's festive family singalong is a fixture in the Hebden Bridge Christmas calendar. Mince pies, mulled wine and other seasonal treats will be available at the bar. (Tickets usually sell out well before the event.)

See HebWeb News item

Sunday 24 December 2017


It's a Wonderful Life (U)

Wonderful LifeThis film has two showings, both on 24th December at 11am (Doors 10am)
3.00pm (Doors 2pm)

Early Bird tickets £6/£5/£4. Our early bird tickets are available online only throughout October and November.

Any tickets sold in December online or paper, will be full price.

Oscar-winning director Frank Capra’s (It Happened One Night) masterpiece, the profoundly charming It’s a Wonderful Life stars Jimmy Stewart (Rear Window) as everyman George Bailey, whose youthful dreams have been overwhelmed by responsibilities to his community; down on his luck and on the brink of suicide on Christmas Eve when a guardian angel (Henry Travers) arrives to show him how the sleepy town of Bedford Falls would have ended up if he’d never existed.

Set on Christmas Eve, this profoundly touching reverse-Scrooge fable is a seasonal classic.. 

Saturday 24 December 2017

Carols & Christingle at Hope Chapel


Sing-along carols, dramatised readings, reflective message and the simple symbolism of the Christingle. Informal, family-friendly ... and dog-friendly ... and a great opportunity to experience the ambience of the refurbished Hope Chapel by candlelight. 

Saturday 24 December 2017

Christmas Eve: Carols in the Square



29-31 December 2017

Snow White

Snow White

Family Pantomime at Hebden Bridge Little Theatre on the 29th,30th and 31st December 2017.

Performances at 11am (toddler friendly) and 3pm.

Tickets £10 adults and £7 children.

Available from Todmorden TIC 01706 818181 and www.storymagictheatre.com

Sunday 31 December 2017


Berlin Philharmonic New Year’s Eve Gala Concert (ADV.U)


Advance tickets priced £12/£11/£10

Purchase Tickets Online

With her flexible, slender but darkly timbred mezzo-soprano, Joyce DiDonato has already delighted audiences at the Philharmonie on several occasions. Now she is the star guest at Sir Simon Rattle’s side during the New Year’s Eve Concert, singing Richard Strauss’s lavishly beautiful orchestral songs.

The programme also includes works by Dvořák, Stravinsky, Bernstein and Shostakovich – full of virtuosity, gracefulness and humour. 

10 JANUARY 2018

Recognition, resilience and reward: Women and girls of the Upper Calder Valley during World War One

Julia Maybury

Women and girls of the Upper Calder Valley during World War One

Recognising the many roles and considerable contributions of women and girls in the home, the community, industry and nursing on the Home Front and abroad on the War Front. These four years had a considerable impact on social class and gender expectations, and offered new opportunities in education and industry and in the workplace and the Armed Forces, rewarding them with Votes for Women.

Julia’s professional life has been devoted to education at school level then at policy, academic and non-governmental levels in the Middle East, Afghanistan, Vietnam, Sri Lanka and the Philippines. She lived and worked for 15 years in conflict and post conflict countries and under military occupation.

Methodist Church, Market Street, Hebden Bridge at 7.30pm

Local History website

Wednesday 10 January 2018

Calder ward Forum

The Next Calder Ward Forum will have presentations and a change to ask questions about, Metro Bus Services in the Upper Valley, Calderdale Highways and Long-term plans for recycling. 

Ward Forums are an opportunity for you to get involved in what happens in your local area and discuss what is important to you. By working together we can talk about local issues and plan for the future.

There will also be a Police update - with an opportunity to raise your priorities for your local area, updates on Consultations and Open Forum - what matters to you?

Waterfront Hall, Town Hall, St George’s Street, Hebden Bridge. HX7 7BY.

Refreshments from 6.15pm, meeting starts at 6.45pm.

Tuesday 9 January 2018 for 10 weeks

Beginners' Family History Course

Family History course

Bookings for this course close 20 December

Do you want to know who your ancestors were, where they lived
and what they did? Do you want to discover the best sources and techniques for family history research?

Birchcliffe Centre, Birchcliffe Road, Hebden Bridge
Starts Tuesday 9 January for 10 weeks

For more information: see Local History website

or contact Anne Mealia

11 January 2018

Luddendenfoot Ward Forum

Ward Forums are an opportunity for YOU to get involved in what happens in your local area and discuss what is important to you. By working together we can talk about local issues and plan for the future.

There will be an update from previous meeting, Police update - with an opportunity to raise your priorities for your local area, updates on Consultations and Open Forum - what matters to you? 

Lower Hall, Luddenden Foot Civic Institute, Station Road, Luddendenfoot, HX2 6AD.

Times: Refreshments from 6.15pm, meeting starts at 6.45pm.

Tuesday 16 January 2018


Royal Opera House: Rigoletto


Advance tickets priced £15/£13/£11

Running time: The performance lasts about 2 hours 45 minutes, including one interval


Rigoletto, court jester to the libertine Duke of Mantua, is cursed by the father of one of the Duke’s victims for his irreverent laughter. When the Duke seduces Rigoletto’s daughter Gilda, it seems the curse is taking effect…

Rigoletto arranges to have the Duke assassinated. But Gilda still loves the womanizing Duke and sacrifices herself in his place. Rigoletto eagerly uncovers the corpse only to find instead his fatally wounded daughter, who dies in his arms.

24 JANUARY 2018

The People of the Parish Of Halifax: 1539 to 1670

Parish registers and the reconstruction of the population

Ian Bailey

During the Black Death of 1348, up to a half of the people of England died; it took two centuries before the country reached the same number of inhabitants again. Given that one single event can have such a dramatic impact on the social history of the nation, it is perhaps surprising that local historians have not devoted more time to understanding the size of local populations.  Whether it is in order to appreciate the impact of war, famine, disease, economic instability or political upheaval on a locality, it seems that the changing size of its population is an essential element of the local historian's evidential base.

This talk is the result of a group project run in Hebden Bridge by the Society. It aims to demonstrate how Halifax's legacy of parish registers can be used to discover the size of its population, where those people were living and what events impacted on them.

Methodist Church, Market Street, Hebden Bridge at 7.30pm

Local History website

27-28 January 2018

Free exhibition in stained glass with live demonstrations!

Northlight Art Space
Hangingroyd Lane, HX7 7BZ

Calderdale once produced more fustian clothes than anywhere else on earth. Over the past hundred years the mills have gradually been converted into homes, offices, workshops and, particularly in Hebden Bridge, into artist studios.

Yet the cacophonous churn of the textile mill and ammoniacal tang of the tanneries has not vanished completely. Even today, echoes of industry can be found in artwork produced under the same roofs.

This exhibition continues that theme. Commissioned by the Worshipful Company of Dyers and designed and produced by two local artists, it commemorates the vast Yorkshire textile dyeing industry that dominated our valley 150 years ago.

Shown through a series of large stained glass panels, visitors will learn how North Sea kelp, Yorkshire shale and London urine ( ! ) were combined to form alum, the essential fixative used for dyeing clothes and indeed, stained glass windows.

You will also be able to see stained glass manufacture in person as the glazier constructs the final window of the series in the gallery itself.

For more information visit soo.gd/dyeing

Wednesday 7 February 2018


Royal Opera House: Tosca (12A)


Advance tickets priced £15/£13/£11

The performance lasts about 3 hours, including two intervals


The painter Mario Cavaradossi helps a fugitive escape – and so attracts the attention of Scarpia, the sadistic Chief of Police. Scarpia captures Cavaradossi and has him tortured within earshot of his lover, the singer Tosca.

Scarpia sentences Cavaradossi to death – but promises Tosca that her lover can be saved if she gives herself to Scarpia. Tosca consents but as soon as the order has been given kills Scarpia. Scarpia’s menace continues even in death: betrayed by a double-cross, Cavaradossi dies and Tosca leaps to her death.

14 FEBRUARY 2018

Damn Your Eyes!

Protection against the evil eye in human society and local architecture Mytholmroyd Farm - the evil eye

John Billingsley

Damn Your Eyes!

John's recent research has been into the material remains of folk magic in our built environment, comprising carvings, deposits and customs aimed at protecting buildings and households. In this talk he suggests that the evil eye should not be seen as an aspect of witchcraft, but as an aspect of human personality aggravated by the growth of wealth disparity, especially in the 17th century. 

John Billingsley's interest in Calder Valley history has focussed on local folklore, particularly legends and aspects of traditional folk magic. He has written or edited seven books and organised or presented various conferences on such topics. He has also edited the antiquarian magazine Northern Earth since 1991.

Methodist Church, Market Street, Hebden Bridge at 7.30pm

Local History website

Wednesday 14 FEBRUARY 2018


RSC Live: Twelfth Night (12A) (12A)


Advance tickets priced £15/£13.50/£12

Twelfth Night

‘I am all the daughters of my father’s house,
And all the brothers too.’

Twelfth Night is a tale of unrequited love – hilarious and heartbreaking.

Two twins are separated in a shipwreck, and forced to fend for themselves in a strange land. The first twin, Viola, falls in love with Orsino, who dotes on OIivia, who falls for Viola but is idolised by Malvolio. Enter Sebastian, who is the spitting image of his twin sister…

28 FEBRUARY 2018

Seven Centuries Of Recorded Floods In The Calder Valley

Why are they getting worse? What can we learn from history? Has the Environment Agency learnt anything from history?

Nick Wilding

Seven Centuries Of Recorded Floods In The Calder Valley

Using evidence stretching back to the 14th Century, Nick Wilding compares the 2015 Boxing Day floods and other recent inundations to accounts of floods from previous centuries. In the course of doing so, he discovers some interesting analogies. He traces the course of the tributaries that feed the River Calder and finds that the origins of extreme flood events in the past were in many ways no different to the ones that cause them today. However, he finds that today's floods have been exacerbated by a range of late 20th Century and 21st Century factors that were not applicable in days gone by.    

Nick Wilding is an ex BBC producer, an independent filmmaker and historical researcher, who has made a string of documentaries on a wide range of local Calder Valley subjects and has prepared talks, interspersed with extracts from his films, based upon his recorded interviews with local people and his own research.   

Methodist Church, Market Street, Hebden Bridge at 7.30pm

Local History website

14 MARCH 2018

The Norman Conquest of Yorkshire

Dr. Paul Dalton

The Norman conquest of England is often associated with the year 1066, and with the battle of Hastings, fought on 14 October that year, in which the army of William, duke of Normandy, defeated and killed Harold Godwineson, king of the English. In fact, the Norman conquest took many years to achieve. There was much violent resistance to the rule of William the Conqueror after 1066, especially in northern England. This talk will discuss the nature of this resistance in Yorkshire and the brutal measures William used to overcome it, including his infamous 'harrying of the North'. It will also explore the dramatic, and in some respects catastrophic, impact of the Norman conquest on the aristocratic society, landholding, government, wealth, and landscape of power in Yorkshire between 1066 and 1087.

Dr Paul Dalton is a Principal Lecturer in Medieval History at Canterbury Christ Church University. He has published widely on Anglo-Norman history, including a book entitled Conquest, Anarchy and Lordship: Yorkshire 1066-1154, published by Cambridge University Press.

Methodist Church, Market Street, Hebden Bridge at 7.30pm

Local History website

28 MARCH 2018

The Alan Petford Annual Memorial Lecture

Township Boundaries and Commons Disputes in the South Pennines

Dr. Nigel Smith

The South Pennines

In upland areas, boundaries across moorland were frequently subject to dispute occasioned by disagreements over grazing and other rights of common. The definition of boundaries thus became an increasingly common issue that reached a litigious peak during the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. This talk will cover a number of disputes around the Calder Valley but will focus on two disputes: one between Midgley and Wadsworth that was still ongoing in the nineteenth century, and one involving protracted litigation by Langfield in the early seventeenth century. This litigation provides evidence of a long-lost boundary that sheds some light on certain early township territories within the Upper Calder Valley. Nigel's research interests focus on the landscape and agricultural history of the Upper Calder valley and the wider South Pennines. He has recently edited "History in the South Pennines: The Legacy of Alan Petford", a volume of essays dedicated to the late Alan Petford.

Methodist Church, Market Street, Hebden Bridge at 7.30pm

Local History website

Monday 2 April 2018

Easter Monday Duck Race


7 July 2018

Gala teamThe New Mytholmroyd Gala:

The Mytholmroyd Gala has been a feature of the village for nearly 60 years. At its best, it was a vibrant, colourful and hugely well-attended event that celebrated the community and brought visitors from many miles away. Now it's coming back! Read HebWeb report.

Saturday 4th - Sunday 5 August 2018

Vintage Car Weekend