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Hebden Bridge events

Friday 22 February 2019

Shaggy Dog Storytellers:


Stubbing Wharf

Atalanta, retold by Ben Haggarty

A passionate retelling of the myth of Atalanta – a fierce tale of a remarkable virgin hunter and devotee of Artemis who sure as hell doesn't want to have anything to do with men... 

This provocative story is the latest episode from Greek Mythology to get Ben Haggarty's 'Myths Unleashed' treatment. Here the veneers of classical civilisation are stripped away and the challenging, and truly awesome, implications of the tales are made clear. 

Spend a night in the company of bears, rapacious centaurs, warriors and stark deities....

'a fresh dose of magic that you need in your life' Everything Theatre

Ben Haggarty

Ben Haggarty, Photo:Tanja-Steen

About Ben Haggarty:  Having been trained in mime, and in theatre direction at East 15, and apprenticed as an image-maker with Welfare State, Ben is one of the world's leading contemporary storytellers, renowned for his passionate and physical performances. He tours widely, has been a guest artist in over one hundred and fifty International Storytelling Festivals in 33 countries and was, for 10 years, the official storyteller with Yo Yo Ma's Silk Road Ensemble.  

Ben is a much sought after teacher and director of storytellers and artistic director of the legendary Crick Crack Club. He is Honorary Professor of Storytelling at the Arts University of Berlin (UDK). 

Please note: Stories from the Floor will start at 8.00. Intermission at approx. 8. 30 Ben's performance from 8.45.

£7 on the door. 16+

Arrive early to secure a good seat!

Saturday 23 February 2019

Calder Valley Organic Gardeners

Potato Day

10.00am to 2.00pm at Mytholmroyd Community Centre, Caldene Ave, Mytholmroyd, Hebden Bridge HX7 5AF

Admission £1 includes entry to Potato Day Raffle                 
31 varieties (organic & non-organic) @ 15p per tuber

Pre-order service for 17 varieties

  • children’s activities
  • information
  • jams & chutneys
  • organic cheese
  • compost stall
  • onion sets & shallots (to pre-order)
  • CVOG Plant/Sundries stall
  • recycled garden items
  • food & drink@ Cafe

More information, catalogue and order form for postal pre-orders  for collection at the event, Tel 01422 846173 email:  info@cvog.org or visit http://www.cvog.org

Saturday 23 February 2019

Brilliant Bryophytes Walk

Did you know Hardcastle Crags is a special place for Goblins Gold, Dog Lichen and Portuguese Feather-Moss? Join our ranger and local ecologist and bryophyte expert to explore the wonderful world of lichens, liverworts and mosses. 23 February 11am-1pm

Meet at Midgehole Car Park.

£5 per person, book online to secure your place. Places limited, dogs on leads welcome.

More info

23-24 February 2019

The Vagina Monologues

Vagina Monologues

Town Hall, 7.30pm

Sunday 24 February 2019

Find things to buy - Table Top Sale

10am to 4pm
@ the Old Fire Station, Hollins Mill Lane, Sowerby Bridge.
Tables £7

To book call 07923 588447  or email

Raising money for the Fire and Water Project.  Crafts, Arts and Second hand anything and everything.

Refreshments and cakes by Jean!  

Lots of books for sale too.  

Sunday 24 February 2019

The Lost Chord Ensemble

7.30pm, in the Little Theatre bar, 
Holme Street, Hebden Bridge.

Christopher Irvin, who conducts the local Little Theatre Choir has a wealth of light music including some of his own compositions. He has formed The Lost Chord Ensemble which meets about once a month and supports the Little Theatre.

Musicians (with their music stand) are invited to come and play some light music selections.

If you are coming for the first time, please contact chris.browne@tiscali.co.uk with details of your instrument so that a pad of music can be made available.

Wednesday 27 February 2019

Hippy Valley Book Launch

The Bookcase, Market Street, Wednesday, 27th February 7pm - 8.30: George Murphy reads from this expanded and updated paperback collection and discusses his time travelling comic Monologues and Songs about round here.

A celebration of flood and UFO defying, Gay, pagan, hippy invaded, tourist teeming Upper Calder. 

Wednesday 27 February 2019

Woodlands of the South Pennines - their industrial history

Hywel Lewis

history of farming

The steep unpromising woodlands of our local valleys played an important part in the industrialisation of the region, a legacy which can be seen to this day. Archaeological, ecological and historical methods have started to reveal the history of their use and significance.

Methodist Church, Market St. Hebden Bridge. 7.30. Free to members; £3 for visitors.

Hebden Bridge Local History Society

Thursday 28 Feb to Sat 2 March

The Battle of Heptonstall
A community play. 

St Thomas the Apostle Church, Heptonstall (HX7 7LJ)


Battle of Heptonstall

A fast moving community play that tells the story of the 1643 battle of the same name through a family of clothiers, the Cockcrofts as they struggle to keep the Civil War at a distance, to carry on making cloth, surviving without taking one side or another.

Accompanying the narrative, there is both period and original music by arranger and composer Katie Chatburn, all performed in the majestic setting of St Thomas the Apostle Church Heptonstall.

The play is written and directed by local playwright Michael Crowley and funded by Sky Arts as part of their Art 50 programme. Tickets £10 via eventbrite.co.uk

Saturday 2 March 2019

Hebden Bridge Lit and Sci lecture

Writing Yorkshire

Richard Morris

Writing Yorkshire is the topic of the next lecture (2 March) organised by the Lit & Sci with Prof Richard Morris who brings his skills as an archaeologist and historian to weave an account of Yorkshire’s past and present.

See HebWeb news item

Saturday 2 March 2019

An evening of clairvoyance

Wadsworth Community Centre

An evening of mediumship and clairvoyance run by Jilly Walstow is being held at Wadsworth Community Centre on Saturday 2nd March starting at 7:30pm.

As a keen runner and supporter of mental health charities, Jilly Walstow is doing this as a fundraiser for Healthy Minds (Calderdale well-being).

Healthy Minds are sponsoring her to run the London Marathon on 28th April and this event is part of Jilly’s fund raising programme.

All monies raised are for this local charity which supports people in Todmorden, Hebden Bridge and Halifax with mental health issues. 

Please come along to this interesting evening and to show your support for this worthy charity 

To book tickets please contact 07486 397798 

5 March 2019

Calder Ward Forum

Hope Baptist Church, New Road, Hebden Bridge, HX7 8EW (please use Hope Street entrance).

Refreshments from 6.15pm, meeting starts at 6.45pm.

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.

Presentations - Calder Ward Forum
Feedback on the A646 Corridor Improvement Scheme consultation & Plastic Recycling and disposal in Calderdale as well as a police update and an Open Forum.  

All welcome.

Thursday 7 March 2019

Cafe Culture

Local Stories and Local Speakers
- 1st Thursday each month at 2.30pm

The Circus: Past, Present and Future

with Steve Ward.


Doors open 2pm for tea and cake


Waterfront Hall, Hebden Bridge Town Hall

Enquiries: 01422 417373

A Hebden Bridge Arts Festival event

Thursday 7 March 2019

Growing Potatoes

The next Meeting of Calder Valley Organic Gardeners takes place at Mytholmroyd Community Centre, Caldene Avenue, Mytholmroyd, Hebden Bridge HX7 5AF on Thursday 7th March 2019 at 7.30pm when a there will be a talk on 'Growing Potatoes' with Gordon Nelson.

Entry is £2.00 for non-members.

Further information can be found at www.cvog.org or by phoning 01422 846173

Thursday 7 March 2019

Northern HarmonyNorthern Harmony from Vermont USA

Calder Valley Voices is hosting a workshop and concert at the Birchcliffe Centre on Thursday the 7th March given by the inspirational singers of Northern Harmony from Vermont USA.

They perform, teach and sing songs from across the world.

The workshop is from 7-8pm and the concert from 8.15-10pm.

The prices are listed below and how much you pay depends on what is right for your income:

Concert only: £15 or £10

Workshop and concert: £20 or £15

Please contact the organiser at: lizcuddington1@gmail.com

Friday 8 March 2019


Heptonstall Parish Church @ 7pm

Pie & peas supper, raffle , bar

Full price £5, children 5-10 yrs £3, under 5s free

Come & enjoy the fun.

There will be callers so you do not need to know the dances

Tickets available from Heptonstall Post Office, May's shop and gkiddeng@aol.com

Friday 8 March 2019


Doors 6:45, Wadsworth Community Centre.

Edgelarks, aka BBC Award winning duo Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin, make a welcome return to what, according to their website, is one of their favourite venues. Their spring 2019 tour is a very special run of preview concerts promoting their new album.

Phillip Henry is one of the UK's finest slide guitarists and harmonica players. His playing draws on diverse influences ranging from British Folk through Indian Classical to the music of the Deep South of America. All this is coupled with a truly unique voice which is “stunningly good” (Dick Gaughan) and “utterly captivating” (Steve Knightley).

Hannah Martin is a multi-instrumentalist and in the words of magazine R2 “has a voice that is rich and complex - there is something of June Tabor about Hannah's vocal performance - a voice that is strong and flexible.”

Drawing on the traditions of British Folk the alchemy of her ever-evocative songwriting, fiddle and banjo playing and the much extolled skills of Henry on dobro, harmonica and lap steel fuse into a wholly distinctive world sound.

Tickets £14 from Derek on 07890 205980 or Martin on 07731 661053 or wegottickets.com

Saturday 9 March 2019

Calderdale Compass event

Greening the economy? Yes we can

Climate change, air pollution, loss of biodiversity, public health, waste management, food production, etc all require a greening of our economy - reducing the use of coal, oil and gas, insulating all our buildings to the highest standard, expanding renewable energy, improve public transport, etc.

How can we do all that when Brexit creates an uncertain economic and political future? To debate this Calderdale Compass is organising a public meeting on Saturday 9th March at 1.30pm at the Waterfront Hall, Hebden Bridge town hall.

The speakers include Alan Simpson, who as a Labour MP played an important roll in setting up policies for the renewable energy sector. Councillor James Baker is the leader of the Liberal Democrats at Calderdale Council will also be speaking along with a speaker from the Green Party and Jane Speller from Compass.

There is free entry to this event but donations are welcome to cover the hire of the town hall and transport costs. So come and take part in the event.

Sunday 10 March 2019

Menstrual kits-making workshop

Period poverty is a worldwide issue.

We meet monthly in Hebden Bridge to make and sew menstrual kits that are sent overseas to enable young women to continue attending school during their periods.

Next workshop is 12.00 - 4.30 on Sunday 10 March 2019. For more information look at Freedom for girls website/contact Helen 07513 359 164 / or email

Sunday 10 March 2019

Fundraising quiz for Survivors of Torture

Quiz night and (veggie) Thai meal at Golden Lion Todmorden

6.30pm - £10

Full details
Wednesday 13 March 2019

Remembering Peterloo

Alan Fowler


A hundred years on from the deaths at the hands of the Manchester Yeomanry of 15 people attending a reform meeting, Manchester has no major monument to Peterloo. The talk explores both the event itself and Manchester's attempts to remember and also to forget Peterloo.

Methodist Church, Market St. Hebden Bridge. 7.30. Free to members; £3 for visitors.

Hebden Bridge Local History Society

22-31 March 2019

2019 Big Spring Clean

Big Spring Clean2019 Big Spring Clean - from 22nd -31st March, teams from community groups, schools, residents and businesses will be sponsored £60 to their chosen local charity or project, for taking part in the annual clean-up of our area. More info

22-24 March 2019

Hebden Bridge Film Festival

Hebden Bridge Film Festival

Maxine PeakeHebden Bridge Film Festival - with Maxine Peake as patron - Hebden Bridge is to host an international Film Festival, from 22nd- 24th March 2019 at the Picture House and the Town Hall. Louise Wadley, Director, of the Festival, told the HebWeb, "We are absolutely thrilled to announce Maxine Peake as our Patron."

See HebWeb news item

Wednesday 27 March 2019

Life and death in Hebden Bridge, 1851 – 1901

Anne Mealia


Who was living in Hebden Bridge in the second half of the 19th century? Drawing on census records, this talk will look at individual families and statistics to explore the lives of the people recorded there.

Methodist Church, Market St. Hebden Bridge. 7.30. Free to members; £3 for visitors.

Hebden Bridge Local History Society

Saturday 30 March 2019

Self Esteem Course

4 part self esteem course  held at The Hebden Bridge Town Hall.  

2pm - 4pm

All members of the community most welcome.

Free of charge to attend. Registration required for seating arrangements.

Please register online here.

For further information or queries please call Brahma Kumaris Leeds on 0113 275 7727

Hosted by Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University (UK) Registered Charity England and Wales (269971)

Saturday 30 March 2019

Mayor's Ceilidh

Support a fantastic charity and enjoy an evening of great music, dancing and food!

Mayor's Ceilidh

The Mayor of Hebden Royd Cllr Dr Carol Stow and Slow The Flow Calderdale are to hold a fundraising Ceilidh on Saturday 30th March at Mytholmroyd Community Centre at 7.30pm, featuring local Ceilidh band Peace Works. 

Tickets are priced £10 and include supper too, available via slowtheflow.net or Hebden Royd Town Council office, by emailing info@hebdenroydtowncouncil.gov.uk or phone 01422 842181.

All proceeds will support the work to Slow The Flow in the Calder Valley

Easter Monday, 22 April 2019

Hebden Bridge Duck Race

The annual duck race will take place on Easter Monday 22nd April.  This much-loved event organised by the Rotary Club of Hebden Bridge, will once again be supported by Jet2holidays and The Travel Centre. Mytholmroyd. First prize, will be a holiday to Disneyland Paris (Family Holiday?) 

Duck Race

The duck race is a family orientated event attracting vast numbers into the town, with entertainment, charity stalls and of course a fantastic array of food. Amongst the entertainment this year will be Hebden Radio? and the fabulous Kirsty Newton, a Hebden Bridge lass who has worked with many top comedians and describes herself as a multi-instrumentalist 'human jukebox', musical director, arranger, singer, songwriter, MC and comedy performer. 

26-28 April 2019

Hebden Bridge Piano Festival

Piano Festival

10-12 May 2019

Hebden Bridge Folk Roots Festival

Folk RootsDave Boardman says, "Looking forward to another great Folk Roots weekend here in Hebden Bridge,  kicking off with a Yorkshire night at Hope Baptist Chapel featuring Jon Palmer's Acoustic Band and Roger Davies supported by our own, Reggie and the Krayfish.

"The weekend also brings top singer songwriters like Reg Meuross, Steve Tilston and Ewan McLennan to the Hebden Bridge stage.  The Americana and Bluegrass event has become a regular for the Folk Roots and is happening at the Hebden Bridge Trades Club and we are revisiting 'The World on Your Doorstep', so expect anything from Latin to Klezmer.  Get your Hebden Folk Roots Festival weekend tickets and make sure you are ready for an amazing festival." 

See website

27 May - 1 June 2019

Pennine Spring Music Festival

Pennine MusicHeptonstall's Pennine Spring Music Festival from 27 May to 1 June led by new orchestral Director, Orr Guy, featuring. This year you'll hear Prokofiev, Cole Porter, Mozart, Tchaikovsky and more. See HebWeb News item. (15 Feb)

15 June 2019

Fast Track Raja Yoga Meditation Course

3 Part Fast Track Raja Yoga Meditation course held at The Hebden Bridge Town Hall.  

2pm - 5.30pm

All members of the community most welcome.

Free of charge to attend. Registration required for seating arrangements.

Please register online here.

For further information or queries please call Brahma Kumaris Leeds on 0113 275 7727

Hosted by Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University (UK) Registered Charity England and Wales (269971)

21-30 June 2019

Hebden Bridge Arts Festival

Arts Festival

See website

5-7 July 2019

Hebden Bridge Open Studios and Open Gardens

More info soon

13-14 July 2919

Steam Punk Weekend

Steam Punk weekend

22-28 July 2019

Happy Valley PrideHappy Valley Pride 2019 promises bigger, better and bawdy - an eclectic, alternative and inclusive, week-long festival for everyone. Celebrating LGBT+ life in our area, it will be earlier than in previous years, from 22 to 28 July 2019. More info. (24 Jan)

3-4 August 2019

Vintage Weekend

Hebden Bridge will, once again, be the place to be on the 3rd and 4th August 2019 when the Rotary Club of Hebden Bridge hosts the iconic charity fund raising Hebden Bridge Vintage Weekend.

Vintage car weekend

This will be the 37th year for the event which is now well established as a premier attraction for the display of some 800 veteran, vintage and classic cars, motorcycles, military & commercial vehicles. Last year's event was our best ever, breaking all records in entrants, spectators and funds raised. With your help we can make this year's event even bigger.

Held in the heart of Hebden Bridge, at Calder Holmes Park, (HX7 8AU), most of the famous British marques are represented at the rally, along with famous names from across the world. The open plan layout of the site allows members of the public to get up close to the exhibits and chat to their owners. There are different display classes over the two days offering visitors a completely different show each day. Prizes will be awarded to all the winning entrants.