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Until 6 November 2016

Under the Same Sky

Under the Same Sky

Julia Ogden is one of our local artists painting some new work for Under the Same Sky. Her walks to Gibson Mill, Heptonstall and Stoodley Pike looking across the valley or hills have informed the colours of her paintings; watching the seasons change under the same sky! The changing skies show a new side to our valley's character and the landscape welcomes visitors to Yorkshire. Wherever you are you are always under the same ever-changing yet faithful sky.

Under the Same Sky will also showcase complimenting work by ceramicists, sculptors, printmakers and jewellers.

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Public Meeting on Schools

Calderdale Trades Council will be holding a Public Meeting with the title: 'Hands Off Our Schools' on Tuesday 20 September at Trades Club, starting at 7.30pm. Read HebWeb News

Saturday 22 - 24 September 2016

Calderdale Beer & Cider Festival 2016

Following the success of last year's event - despite the awful weather! - the Halifax & Calderdale branch of CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale, will once again be holding its annual beer and cider festival in Hebden Bridge Town Hall.

This year's event will take place on Thursday to Saturday 22nd - 24th September, a couple of months earlier than last year in the hope of having better weather! The festival will have a railway theme in celebration of the 175th anniversary of the opening of the Manchester and Leeds Railway through the Calder Valley. About fifty different cask-conditioned ales will be on sale, along with a selection of traditional ciders and perries.

Full details of opening times and entrance charges will be found at www.hxcalderdalecamra.org

Saturday 24 September 2016


Alison Rayner's Quartet, ARQ - "deliciously upbeat, groovy and thoughtful jazz" (Jazz UK). Saturday 24 September at 3pm at Wainsgate Chapel.

ARQ's concert is on Saturday 24th September at 3pm. Tickets, which are only available at the door, cost £10 and £8 with a special £3 rate for under 18s.

Read HebWeb News

Sunday 25 September 2016

Wadsworth Festival of Harvest & Food

Join in this day of celebration on Sunday 25th September, with an informal Harvest Service of verse & song at Wainsgate Chapel at 11am. The service will be led by Marianne Pollard, with Mrs Pearce and the Old Town School choir providing music and songs of the harvest season.

Wadsworth Festival of Harvest & Food

A farmers market will be held at the Community Centre from 12 noon – 4pm, featuring various stalls selling local produce, grown, created and produces in our area. Plus, due to last year's success 'Apple Bobbing' will feature as one of our FREE outdoor activities.

The highlight of this day will be the produce competition, where all will be able to enjoy the labours of our young and mature growers. The categories are:
1. Garden Selection Box
2. Home Made Bread
3. Preserves

Adults and juniors can enter in all three categories, with the cost of 50p per entry. There will be 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes for both adults and junior entries. All entries must arrive at the Community Centre on the day by 11am.

We hope you and your family will come along and join in the days fun, food and festivities.

28 September 2016

'Calder' goes on tour

Unearthing surprising stories of a community coming together in adversity, 'Calder' documents the transformative impact of the 2015 Boxing Day flood and the personal challenges faced by individuals attempting to make positive changes in its aftermath.

19:00, Wednesday 28th September
(includes Nick Wilding's film 'Give us back our Catchment')
Blackshaw Head Chapel
Old Shaw Lane, Blackshaw Head HX7 7JY

28 September 2016

Hebden Bridge Local History Society

The Brontë Family

Isobel Stirk


The story of the Brontë family, from the father's humble beginnings, in Ireland, to his death eighty four years later- the sole survivor of his large family- with everything that happened in between.

Isobel Stirk's particular interest is 19th C English Literature and she has lectured extensively on the Brontë family- telling the story of their lives, their writings and the influences which may have caused them to write as they did. She also aims within this particular lecture to show that in the writings of the Brontë sisters fact and fiction come very close together.

29 September 2016

'Calder' goes on tour

Unearthing surprising stories of a community coming together in adversity, 'Calder' documents the transformative impact of the 2015 Boxing Day flood and the personal challenges faced by individuals attempting to make positive changes in its aftermath.

19:00, Thursday 29th September
Midgley Community Room
4B Town Gate, Midgley, HX2 6UE

29 September to 2 October

Recycle RadioTune in to Recycle Radio

Hebden Bridge's very own Community Radio Station takes to the airwaves from 29 Sept till 2 October. On FM radio and the internet: 4 days of non stop music and talk.


Read HebWeb News story

Friday 30 September 2016

Shaggy Dog Storytellers Club: Ursula Holden Gill

Stubbing Wharf: Blackburn's finest - now HB's adopted daughter - Ursula Holden Gill performs Romance and Ragamuffins.

A one woman tour de force, Ursula's performance celebrates the bizarre, the off centre and the wallflower through storytelling, dance, music and song. Featuring 'Ladies Who Live Together' - love against the odds..."the stories skilfully communicate the importance of living an open life, free of fear and hostility within a framework of laughter and entertainment. It is an excellent piece." (Geraldine Mahon, ASW North Yorkshire)

..."The show itself is performed in an incredibly high octane stye by a lady of great charm." (Gill Doherty, Reviewer for Settle Storytelling Festival, April 2016).

As the nights draw in...warm the cockles at Stubbing Wharf. Ursula always brings in the crowds, so get your seats in plenty of time for the 8pm start.

Following Ursula's performance, the club will have its AGM.
Prior notice: We will have a whole evening of Stories from the Floor in October… entitled Fright Night!

Friday 30 September 2016

'Calder' goes on tour

Unearthing surprising stories of a community coming together in adversity, 'Calder' documents the transformative impact of the 2015 Boxing Day flood and the personal challenges faced by individuals attempting to make positive changes in its aftermath.

12:30, Friday 30th September
Todmorden Library
Rochdale Road, Todmorden OL14 7LB

Friday 30 September 2016

Martin Simpson plus support

Wadsworth Community Centre

Our next show at Wadsworth Community Centre is another special one with Martin Simpson supported by Two's Company. Widely acknowledged as one of the finest acoustic and slide guitar players in the world, Martin Simpson's interpretations of traditional songs are masterpieces of storytelling. His solo shows are intense, eclectic, spellbinding and deeply moving.

His career includes collaborations with Richard Thompson, Jackson Browne, Martin Carthy, Steve Miller, Dick Gaughan, and many more.
Martin has been nominated an astounding 27 times in the fifteen years of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards - more than any other performer.

As support, we have Two's Company stopping off on their "Go Together" album launch tour. We are really pleased they are sharing the stage with Martin.

This show is selling well so don't delay if you want to see Martin at our intimate venue.

Tickets are £15. Contact Derek on 07890 205980, Martin on 01422 344458 or www.wegottickets.com
Doors 6:45 Show 8:00

Saturday 1 October 2016

Book sale and refreshments

We may be surrounded by scaffolding and front steps being realigned after floods but we are still working away inside.

Book sale Saturday 1st October 11am-3pm bag a bargain at our sale of new and second hand books at Hope Church Hebden Bridge (opposite Picture House). In garden if fine inside.

Saturday 1 October 2016

HBLISciHebden Bridge Literary & Scientific Society

Are conductors really necessary?

Hebden Bridge Literary & Scientific Society, founded in 1905, has been relatively quiet for a number of years, but this autumn it will burst back onto the Hebden Bridge scene with a new logo, a new image, and a short series of lectures by high profile speakers.

We are delighted to announce the first of these lecturers will take place at 7:30pm on Saturday 1st October at the Town Hall, Hebden Bridge, when Sir Mark Elder, the renowned conductor and musical director of the Hallé Orchestra, will talk on the challenging subject of "Are conductors really necessary?"

Mark Elder

Tickets are £10, £8 concessions, and available now from Hebden Bridge Town Hall.

Bar/Café opens at 6:30 PM

For your diary:

November 12th - Dr. Nicholas Cullinan - Title to be confirmed

February 4th - Professors Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett - Inequality and Social Anxiety

March 18th - Professor Angie Hobbs - Philosophy and the Public Good

See HebWeb News

3-8 October 2016

Little Theatre

Moonlight and Magnolias

Little Theatre photos from Bruce Cutts

Moonlight and Magnolias, currently in rehearsal. Photos: Bruce Cutts

Legendary film producer David O. Selznick is five weeks into shooting Gone With the Wind when he realizes the script is awful, and that the director doesn't have a clue. He has five days to replace them, and restart the shoot, or the production will shut down.

A fast paced comedy set in the office of film producer David O. Selznick.

Tickets available here

6 October - 2 November 2016

'Place': Paintings and Photographs

An exhibition of work by three artists based at Hebble End Works in Hebden Bridge. The paintings are by Anna Gibson and photographs by Sarah Halstead and Angie Rogers. To be shown at Nelsons Wine Bar on Crown Street from 6 October until 2 November. Free entry.

More info from www.annagibson.info

Thursday 6 October 2016

Calder Valley Organic Gardeners Monthly

Woodlands and the Woodland Trust

Meeting takes place at the Good Shepherd Centre, Royal Fold, Mytholmroyd on Thursday 6th October at 7.30pm when a there will be a talk on Woodlands and the Woodland Trust by Brian Ashworth of the Woodland Trust

Entry is £2.00 for non-members.
Further information can be found
at www.cvog.org or by phoning 01422 846173

Sunday 9 October 2016

Quakers Public Meeting

Working together for a new vision of security. Sunday 9th October from 1.30-4.30pm to discuss what security means for us, for society and for our planet.

Read HebWeb news item

Sunday 9 October 2016

1st Hebden Bridge​Dance Festival

Dance Festival

Dance Festival website

See this HebWeb News item for links and more info

Sunday 9 October - Thursday 13 October

British BattalionRemembering the Spanish Civil War at the Trades Club

The Trades Club marks the 80th anniversary of Spanish Civil War with an exhibition paying tribute to the men and women who volunteered to fight fascism.

Read HebWeb news item

11 October 2016

Luddendenfoot Ward Forum and Police Update meeting

Erringden Room, St. Michael's Church, Mytholmroyd, HX7 5DS
Tuesday 11th October 2016

6.30pm arrival for 6.45pm start

Healthwatch Calderdale will be giving a presentation, there will be a chance to talk with the acting Ward Police officer and nominate someone for the Calderdale Citizens award as well as raise any issues with your Ward Councillors that are important to you.

An online version of the forum is run from 7pm on the night for those unable to attend in person - more details at www.tinyurl.com/luddfootwf

Wednesday 12 October 2016

CNDCalder Valley CND for Peace and Justice

Our next meeting will take place on Wednesday 12 October, 19.30.
Venue to be announced nearer to time.

Newcomers are always welcome to join us.

Please ring 07980 291478 or email Kathy for further information or see our web page for our previous activities.

Wednesday 12 October 2016

Hebden Bridge Local History Society

Buried Alive? Past funeral customs in Calderdale

David Glover

Buried Alive? Past funeral customs in Calderdale

A light-hearted but informative survey of funeral customs from early times down to about 1900 with stories which are spooky, quirky, and even amusing. Learn who was buried alive in Halifax Parish Church, and hear about the burial of eccentric Jonathan Walsh in his own Southowram field. Where did the drunken gravedigger choose to sleep?  Were Quakers once buried standing upright, as recorded by Oliver Heywood? Which part of a man's body was given its own burial?  This presentation is not likely to cause melancholy!

Born in suburban London, David has lived in Halifax since 1986.  He has worked in Local Government, Commercial Stationery retail, at a Bookshop, and as a Family Historian.  He has had a lifelong fascination with national and royal history.  However, it has been his more recent studies into Local History, which have established him as a regular contributor to the Halifax Courier, and as a speaker around West Yorkshire. He is currently Chair of The Friends of Lister Lane Cemetery (Halifax), Vice-Chair of Halifax Civic Trust, and Publications Officer for Halifax Antiquarian Society.

Local History website

Thursday 13 October 2016

Public transport: have your say:

Local people are being asked to have their say on public transport in West Yorkshire, with a number of drop-in events being held in Calderdale.

10.30am – 1.30pm

Read HebWeb news item

Friday 14 October 2016

Buds, Berries and Leaves Survey Training

This free training event will provide you with the skills and knowledge to undertake surveys for our Buds, Berries & Leaves phenology study. The session will incorporate a presentation on moorland plant ID with a focus on four species that are the targets of our long-term surveys, along with methods to survey those four species.

Following the presentation will be an outdoor session along a fixed route transect on nearby moorland where we will practice the methods described and ID some plants in the field while looking at their growth stages. This event is aimed at all skill levels from beginner to advanced.

Hosted by Moors for the Future Partnership Community Science
From 10:30 to 15:00
Jerusalem Farm Education Centre - Jerusalem Lane, Booth, Halifax, HX2 6XJ

You can book your free place here

Friday 14 October 2016

Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin

Wadsworth Community Centre

Winners of 2014's BBC Radio Two Folk Award for Best Duo, we are lucky to have Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin perform for us at Wadsworth.

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.

Hailing from Devon, Hannah Martin is an exceptionally good singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist with a voice that is "Rich and complex… strong and flexible". (R2 magazine)

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 are now available and are selling well so don't delay in ordering yours.

Tickets are £13 available from Derek on 07890 205980 or Martin on 01422 344458 or www.wegottickets.com

Doors at 6:45, show at 8:00

14-16 October 2016.

Mytholmroyd Arts Festival

This year, the Festival will explore the four elements with workshops, exhibitions, music and spectacular events taking place between 14th and 16th October 2016.

Further details about these and other upcoming events will be posted on the Festival website.

Saturday 15 October 2016

Hebden Bridge WI Awesome Autumn Rag Market

The fabulous Hebden Bridge WI Rag Market is the place to grab a bargain on all your favourite haberdashery and craft goods.

If you're a crafter, sewer, knitter, crocheter or a vintage lover, this is the place to be. We have an eclectic mix of fabric, buttons, ribbons, yarn, vintage pieces, books and anything else you could possibly need to inspire your creative mind! Now held on two sites -The Waterfront Hall in the Town Hall and the Egg Factory on Victoria Road, even more Bargains to be had! We will also be selling WI Cake and refreshments at the Egg factory!

The Town Hall cafe will be open for refreshments.

Rag Market

Venues: The Waterfront Hall, The Town Hall. St George's Street and The Egg Factory, Victoria Road, Hebden Bridge.

Entry; £1 gains entry to both venues. Proceeds to Hebden Bridge WI and Calder valley rescue.

Open; 11am-4pm

Saturday 15 October 2016

'Calder' goes on tour

Unearthing surprising stories of a community coming together in adversity, 'Calder' documents the transformative impact of the 2015 Boxing Day flood and the personal challenges faced by individuals attempting to make positive changes in its aftermath.

11:30, 14:00 and 16:30, Saturday 15th October
(Arts Festival screenings)
Mytholmroyd Community Centre
Caldene Avenue, Mytholmroyd HX7 5AF

Sunday 16th October 2016

The Lost Chord Ensemble

Sunday 16th October at 7:30 pm in The Little Theatre, 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. Musicians (with their music stand) are invited to come and play some light music selections.

Monday 17 October 2016

Hebden Bridge Women's Institute

Craft evening with Ginny from Word Of Mouth.

Come along and learn some new crafting skills in time for Christmas.

Doors open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start
Venue: Hebden Bridge Town Hall in the Waterfront Hall

More details

Wednesday 19th October 2016

The Trials and Tribulations of the Railway Pioneers - getting them to work

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm in The Ebenezer Room in Hope Baptist Chapel (side entrance in Hope Street).

This is the first of four railway-themed talks by Peter Jeffery organised by the Friends of Hebden Bridge Station. Suggested minimum donation of £1

Monday 24 October 2016

Hebden Bridge Partnership AGM

Our Town 2016

Anyone who has been to the Partnership's AGM ("Hebden Bridge: Our Town") will know that this is a special occasion. Last year, no less than 39 local organisations and groups took advantage of the invitation to say a few short words about their activities and future plans. In fact, we had so many groups that we had to shrink the traditional three minute slots to two-and-a-half minutes.

We hope that you will make sure that any organisations you are involved with take up our offer of a slot – and that you will help swell the numbers by being with us in person yourself. The key information to give you at this stage is the date: Monday October 24th, with a 7pm start. We have booked the Town Hall's Waterfront Hall for the occasion.

26 October 2016

Hebden Bridge Local History Society

AGM & Members Research Reports

Members and guests are equally welcome to the short AGM, which will be followed by the chance to hear from members of the society about their ongoing research. These will include Murray Seccombe on Transpennine Crossings: Transport and Identity in the South Pennines c.1550-1800 and Hywel Lewis looking at Woodland Use in the South Pennines: 1600 – present.

We are keen to hear more about local members' research projects – so please let us know if you would like to contribute a short report in the future.

Local History website

Saturday 29 & Sunday 30 October 2016

The Original Hebden Bridge Ghost Walk

Beyond the Veil of Calderdale is the all new Original Hebden Bridge Ghost Walk brought to you by Award Winning Storyteller Ursula Holden Gill.

Join her for 75 minutes of mystery, magic, murder and mayhem on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th October. Meet at 4pm on the Wavy Steps (HX7 8EX). Adults £5 Children £3. No need to book, just turn up. For more information please contact Ursula on 07811 646 479 or visit ursulaholdengill@gmail.com

Wednesday 9 November 2016

Calder Ward Forum

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

Wednesday 9h November 2016 - 6.30pm arrival for 6.45pm start

There will be a presentation on Healthwatch Calderdale, 5. Proposed increase to Parking Charges in Hebden Bridge and a chance to talk with the Ward Police Officer and nominate someone for the Calderdale Citizens Award as well as raise any issues with your Ward Councillors that are important to you.

An online version of the forum is run from 7pm on the night for those unable to attend in person - more details at www.tinyurl.com/calderwf

9 November 2016

Hebden Bridge Local History Society

Traditional Farmhouses and Buildings in and around the Lancashire and Yorkshire Pennines

Kevin Illingworth

Traditional Farmhouses

The presentation will feature vernacular buildings mainly from about the C15th until the late C18th, with a few from the period up to 1880. There will be a focus on building materials and architectural features – especially regional variations of these.

Kevin was born and educated in Lancaster and for thirteen years worked for Civil Engineers Sir Alfred McAlpine Ltd operating excavators and bulldozers on the M6, M1, M62, and M61 motorways. His varied career includes obtaining an Art degree, working for the Cotswold Pig Development Company and then as `Hard landscaper' or `Garden Builder'. The study of vernacular buildings has been an interest for many years, and Kevin is a member of several societies, including the Yorkshire Vernacular Buildings Study Group, the Vernacular Architecture Group and Cumbria Vernacular Buildings Group.

Local History website

Monday 21 November 2016

Hebden Bridge Women's Institute

An evening of wine tasting. Learn to tell your chardonnay from your chablis.

Doors open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start
Venue: Hebden Bridge Town Hall in the Waterfront Hall

More details

23 November 2016

Hebden Bridge Local History Society

Women, down tools! The women machinists' strike in Hebden Bridge, Autumn 1916

Andrew Bibby

Women, down tools! The women machinists' strike in Hebden Bridge, Autumn 1916

For six weeks in November-December 1916 more than two thousand Hebden Bridge sewing machinists and garment workers were on strike, the vast majority of them women. It was the first time local women had taken industrial action, two years into a war which had seen rampant inflation and a rapid fall in living standards. Exactly a hundred years on, Andrew Bibby will discuss the context to the dispute, what happened in the town during the strike, and what took place thereafter.

Andrew Bibby is a freelance writer, who has lived in Hebden Bridge for 28 years. He is the author of several books on the Pennine landscape and the outdoors. His history of Hebden Bridge's famous Nutclough co-operative fustian mill All Our Own Work was published last year (Merlin Press).

Local History website

Saturday 3 December 2016

Ripponden Community Christmas Market

12 noon-6pm, at St Bartholomew's Church.  Food, crafts, gift stalls; live festive music; donkeys and reindeer. 

Something for all the family. 

See www.rippondenfestival.uk for more information.

14 December 2016

Hebden Bridge Local History Society

A local view of Carols and Christmas

Diana Monahan

A local view of Carols and Christmas

Using mainly local materials, Diana will provide a brief history of carols including the history of the Cragg Carols and a look at past local Christmas traditions.

Health Warning!! Diana's interest in local history began through investigating the history of her house in 1992. The extent of her research widened to include the houses and past inhabitants of her neighbourhood and has continued expanding ever since. She soon found herself on the Local History Committee and she is still there! (Luckily for the Society!)

Local History website

11 January 2016

Hebden Bridge Local History Society

Did I see Marilyn?

Alan Stuttard

Did I see Marilyn?

An amusing look at Alan's time as a National Serviceman, defending Hong Kong and peace-keeping in Korea.

Alan is a retired textile manager and former Parish Councillor who now enjoys telling tales about his varied experiences in different walks of life.

Local History website

25 January 2016

Hebden Bridge Local History Society

Hebden Bridge Literary & Scientific Society AGM, from 6.45 to 7.15. This will be followed by the talk at 7.30.

Mytholmroyd – The Development of a Pennine Village

Mytholmroyd – The Development of a Pennine Village

Rodney Collinge

The talk will describe the development of Mytholmroyd from the earliest times, and will be illustrated by around 80 slides.

Rodney taught Chemistry at Calder High School for around 30 years, and before that was a pupil there. He thinks his old history teacher would doubtless be turning in his grave if he knew that his beloved Lit. and Sci. Historical Society was being 'defiled' by an illiterate scientist!

Local History website

8 February 2016

Hebden Bridge Local History Society

People, Puzzles and Earning a Living

Mike Crawford - The Alan Petford Memorial Lecture


Blow the dust off the wills and inventories, unroll the parchment or paper and get a glimpse of the people, the families and their worries. Why was Henry Crabtree's pig lonely and were widows raking in the cash as money lenders? We can have some idea of how to answer these crucial issues with this peep into the lives of local people on the eve of the industrial revolution. 

Mike is a member of the group started by the much missed Alan Petford with the ambitious aim of transcribing the probate documents from the parish of Halifax at the end of the seventeenth century. Two volumes of these local documents have been published by the society, and Mike's study has revealed some fascinating details about the lives led by those who lived and died in this valley.

Local History website

22 February 2016

Hebden Bridge Local History Society

Great Uncle Percy: Inventor of 'Cats' Eyes': The story of a Yorkshire icon and how he gave me my 15 minutes of fame.

Glenda Shaw

Great Uncle Percy

Glenda Shaw is married with two grown up children and one grandson. She practised accountancy – but never quite got it to add up! Her hobby is criticising Rugby league referees and her husband. She is one of Calderdale Council's Living Books and enjoys talking about her famous relative Percy Shaw.

Local History website

8 March 2016

Hebden Bridge Local History Society

The Stench of Victorian Indecision

Tony Boughton

earth closets

Nineteenth-century England lurched from one pollution crisis to another as public health officials, borough engineers and politicians failed to deal with the human waste associated with the ever burgeoning population! This evening's presentation will illuminate the arguments and debates faced by the sanitary engineers as they strove to establish sewerage systems to satisfy the ever progressive Victorian demands.

Tony is a production engineer who has spent all of his professional life within the manufacturing environment. However, the last six years have witnessed a personal change from that of the production manager to that of an historian: reading History at Oxford Brookes and achieving a BA and MA.

Local History website

23 March 2016

Hebden Bridge Local History Society

The Artisan Naturalists

Rob Trueblood

The Artisan Naturalists

Local groups of self-taught botanists were a particular feature of South East Lancashire in the early decades of the 19th C, and there were certainly contacts in adjoining areas of West Yorkshire. The modest memoirs of two figures – whose graves are in Prestwich Parish Church - portray their development and achievements. John Horsefield, a handloom weaver, led a local society and the wider Manchester regional network while Richard Buxton, a shoemaker, compiled a Guide to the Flora around Manchester.

Now retired, Rob is a Prestwich resident with interests in  'history-from-below' and our surrounding environments.

Local History website