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in Hebden Bridge and the surrounding area

Hebden Bridge events

Wednesday 16 October 2019

Drawing for Health

Free Taster workshop in partnership with WEA.


With Mark Carey at Mytholmroyd Community Centre 

Enrol wea.org.uk or call 0300 3033464

Thursday 17 October 2019


National Theatre Live: A Midsummer Night's Dream

Hebden Bridge Picture House - Live Arts Broadcast 
Thurs 17th October at 7.00pm (doors 6.00pm)

‘The course of true love never did run smooth.’

Midsummer Night's Dream

A feuding fairy King and Queen of the forest cross paths with four runaway lovers and a troupe of actors trying to rehearse a play. As their dispute grows, the magical royal couple meddle with mortal lives leading to love triangles, mistaken identities and transformations… with hilarious, but dark consequences.

Shakespeare’s most famous romantic comedy will be captured live from the Bridge Theatre in London in summer 2019. Gwendoline Christie (Game of Thrones), Oliver Chris (Green Wing, NT Live: Young Marx), David Moorst (NT Live: Allelujah!) and Hammed Animashaun (The Barber Shop Chronicles) lead the cast as Titania, Oberon, Puck and Bottom.

Directed by Nicholas Hytner, this production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream will build on the success of his immersive staging of Julius Caesar (NT Live 2018). The Bridge Theatre will become a forest – a dream world of flying fairies, contagious fogs and moonlight revels, surrounded by a roving audience following the action on foot.

Advance tickets and further information available here.

Thursday 17 October 2019

U3A October 2019 Meeting

The Liverpool Cow Keepers

U3A Todmorden’s next members’ meeting will be on Thursday, October 17th, 2019 in the Central Methodist Church Hall in Todmorden at 1.45. Our guest speaker, Dave Joy, will be telling us about the Liverpool Cow Keepers who came from Yorkshire.

Our contact details are www.u3atod.org.uk(website), info@u3atod.org.uk (email), or 01422 886021 (phone).

Friday 18 October 2019

Creative Writing

Free Taster workshop in partnership with WEA.


With Sally Baker at Mytholmroyd Community Centre 

Enrol wea.org.uk or call 0300 3033464

Friday 18 October 2019

Gilmore & Roberts

Wadsworth Community Centre

Doors 6:45

Wadsworth Community Centre stage another in their series of Folk/Roots gigs on Friday October 18th.

Gilmore and Roberts

Contemporary folk/acoustic duo Katriona Gilmore & Jamie Roberts combine award-winning songwriting with their astounding musicianship and trademark harmonies to create a powerful wall of sound.

Nominated three times for the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, Katriona (vocals, fiddle, mandolin) and Jamie (vocals, guitar) met while studying at Leeds College of Music and released their debut album in 2008.
Katriona started her professional career with folk pop sensations Tiny Tin Lady and later worked with The Albion Band and the established folk-roots band The Willows. She has featured on many acclaimed albums as a session musician.

Jamie was brought up in Barnsley in a musical family – his sister Kathryn Roberts (who played Wadsworth last year) is a well-respected singer on the UK folk scene. Jamie has played with a number of bands, Kerfuffle, The Dovetail Trio, The Emily Askew Band and many others.
We are delighted Katriona and Jamie are about to pay their first visit to Wadsworth.

‘Capable of making you dance, cry and think…a masterclass in songwriting and a lesson in how to present songs’ – Folk Radio UK. Check them out here

In support is Yorkshire’s Becky Taylor, a talented multi-instrumentalist and one of the most respected female Uilleann pipers of her generation. Her unique sound, broad repertoire and all-round musical versatility ensure she is renowned both on the folk scene and beyond!

Tickets £12.00    Contact Derek on 07890 205980, Martin on 01422 344458 or wegottickets.com

Friday 18 October 2019

Dave Nelson's Piano Bar

Town Hall, 8pm

Dim the lights, roll out the piano, open the bar and the Town Hall café becomes the coolest lounge in town. Meet your friends for a convivial and relaxing evening with Dave Nelson on piano (free entry, with collection for Hebden Bridge Piano Festival).

Piano Bar

18-19 October 2019

Kerouac on Screen

50th anniversary of the death of Jack Kerouac

Square Chapel Arts Centre, Halifax

An event to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the death of Jack Kerouac, author of the classic novel On The Road, is being held at Square Chapel Arts Centre in Halifax. The two-day event will include films, discussion panels and a musically-set performance of Kerouac’s long poem, Mexico City Blues.

Kerouac on Screen has been organised by Simon Warner, a Calderdale-based Rock historian and co-editor of the book of essays, Kerouac on Record. It gets underway at 7:30 pm on Friday, 18 October with a panel discussion on “Kerouac and Culture”; covering the origins of the Beat Generation, its impact and legacy. Warner will chair the discussion and be joined by Hebden Bridge author and University of Manchester lecturer, Douglas Field and Heptonstall-based American writer Jay Jeff Jones. It will be followed by a screening of the documentary, Whatever Happened to Kerouac?

On Saturday, 19 October, beginning at 1:00 pm, the discussion will be on “Kerouac and Film”, with Warner, music journalist Simon Morrison and Hebden Bridge filmmaker and film lecturer, Krishna Francis. This will be followed by a screening of the 1959 movie Pull My Daisy.

At 3:00pm there will be a screening of Love Always, Carolyn.

A panel discussion on “Kerouac and Music” will begin at 5:00 pm, chaired by journalist, musician and poet Heath Common and including Simon Warner and Jay Jeff Jones. It will be followed by the live performance of Mexico City Blues.

At 7:45 pm the final event is a screening of the Walter Salles’ film On The Road.

Individual event tickets £7.00 each or £30 for all five.

Saturday 19 October 2019

Hebden Bridge WI Awesome Autumn Rag Market

Hebden Bridge WI Awesome Autumn Rag Market at the Town Hall, the Egg Factory and Northlight Studios on 19 October - a twice yearly event run by Hebden Bridge WI to raise funds for their Charity of the year - ‘Healthy Minds, Calderdale’

Rag market

See HebWeb news article with map and more info

Saturday 19 October 2019

Human Library

Human Library


Ground Floor, Hope Baptist Church

A WorldWide movement for Social Change. Listen to real people of all backgrounds sharing their extraordinary life stories. The Human Library is a place where real people are on loan to readers. We invite you to ‘borrow’ a Human book for 25 minutes of story/dialogue. The stories that are shared by the human books cover many subject areas.

The Human Library is in 70 countries and it builds a positive framework for conversation. The aim is to challenge our preconceived stereotypes and prejudices and encourage understanding and empathy.

Saturday 19 October 2019

When the Rain comes by Mary & Bryan Talbot

Illustrated talk by Mary and Bryan Talbot followed by Q&A

Entry: £5 Free entry 7pm

8pm Book Signing

The Space, Town Hall, St George’s St, Hebden Bridge 

Saturday 19 October 2019

Trades Club

Sunstone presents very special screening of

All is Lost with live re-score by Animat

All is Lost

About The Film

All Is Lost is a 2013 survival drama film written and directed by J. C. Chandor, starring Robert Redford as a man lost at sea. Redford is the only cast member and was nominated for a Golden Globe as well as winning the New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor.

Animat have composed and produced a new soundtrack which uses elements from the film's sound effects track in combination with their trademark dub-infused ambient electronica.

A triumph of pure cinema and wonderful visual storytelling from Chandor, who must now be considered the real deal, while Redford is sublime in what could well be the performance of his career (Empire)

After the show Sunstone DJ’s will be playing till close.

Saturday 19th October
Doors 8pm
Film 9pm (last train friendly)
Hebden Bridge Trades Club
Holme Street
Hebden Bridge

More info

19 – 20 October 2019

Wainsgate Concert Season

Deep Cabaret

Wainsgate Concert Season: Saturday and Sunday of the weekend of 19-20 October, with acclaimed poets Clare Shaw and Ian Humphreys, and the talented and slightly anarchic Deep Cabaret, pictured above.

See HebWeb news article

19 – 20 October 2019

Mytholmroyd Arts Festival: Building Bridges

Building Bridges

Open Art Exhibition and Children’s Art Exhibition

St Michael’s Church, Mytholmroyd

This is an exciting opportunity to see the work of local artists selected by a judging panel. Visitors will be able to vote for the People’s Prize sponsored this year by local business Factorylux. Work by pupils from local schools will also be exhibited. The exhibitions are part of a weekend of arts events in Mytholmoryd, including storytelling, facepainting, children’s art workshops and musical events at local venues.

“This is the fifth year that we have brought great arts events to Mythomroyd. It is an opportunity for the community to come together along with our neighbours throughout the Calder Valley. Our theme of Building Bridges reflects the reality of life in Mytholmroyd but also our belief that the challenges of the last few years have strengthened us as a community.” Annie Harrison, Festival Director

More info on the website

Tuesday 22 October 2019

Trades Club

David Ford at the Trades Club

8pm, Trades Club, Hebden Bridge

As an artist Ford still defies classification or comparison. These days, David Ford feels much more at home operating on the fringes of the music business, not trying to be famous, not trying to get rich. It might be an unconventional way to conduct a musical career, but this is not a conventional guy, as evidenced by his most recent album, Animal Spirits, a surprisingly accessible, even soulful collection of songs about economics.

As well as playing sold-out headline shows on both sides of the Atlantic, he has toured with and supported artists such as Elvis Costello, Allen Toussaint, Ray LaMontagne, Aimee Mann, Sara Bareilles, Gomez, Aqualung, Richard Ashcroft, Suzanne Vega, Augustana, Ingrid Michaelson and Jakob Dylan.

Wednesday 23 October 2019

Local History Society AGM

followed by

70 years old and still going strong - A celebration

President and members

Local History logo

The Upper Calder Valley has a great history of groups whose aims were ‘to carry out the further education of the inhabitants and so to stimulate the public interest in educational facilities.’ So wrote Colin Spencer, local headmaster and one-time president of the Society. This aim is still evident today in our society as it has been throughout the last 70 years of its existence.
Barbara Atack (President) together with Frank Woolrych (Past President), and with contributions from other members of the society, will celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Local History Society. They will look at our many achievements and activities during these years and the variety of people who have contributed to the continuing success of the society.

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

Hebden Bridge Local History Society

Thursday 24 October 2019


Royal Opera: Don Pasquale

Hebden Bridge Picture House - Live Arts Broadcast 
Thurs 24th October at 7.30pm (doors 6.30pm)

New to the Royal Opera!

Sung in Italian with English subtitles

Approximate running time: about 2 hours 30 minutes

Don Pasquale, a wealthy old bachelor, is outraged when he hears his nephew Ernesto intends to marry the impoverished widow Norina. He determines to marry himself and disinherit Ernesto. Ernesto and Norina despair, but their friend Doctor Malatesta promises to help them – and teach Pasquale a lesson. Malatesta persuades Norina to disguise herself as his sister, then presents her to Don Pasquale as a potential bride. Pasquale is so delighted with the young woman’s docile behaviour that he demands they marry at once.

The marriage takes place – witnessed by a fake notary – after which the young bride becomes utterly overbearing and unpleasant, tormenting her ‘husband’. When Pasquale discovers a note from his ‘wife’ arranging a rendezvous with a lover, he determines to confront her and end his misery. The conspirators are now set to reveal their trickery, but will Don Pasquale forgive them?

Royal Opera favourite Bryn Terfel heads the cast for this new production of Donizetti’s comedy of domestic drama across two generations. The witty story of a middle-aged man whose supposed young wife runs rings around him – with her own ulterior romantic purpose in mind – has long delighted and surprised audiences, not least as presented with the sparkle of its music and the virtuoso skill of its performers. Damiano Michieletto’s exhilarating production shows how contemporary the characters still are and how immediate and touching the story remains.

Advance tickets and further information havailable here

Thursday 24 October 2019

Trades Club

The Rails at the Trades Club

The group are on the road promoting their third album, Cancel The Sun, and HebWeb readers can win a pair of tickets for their gig at the Trades Club on Thursday 24 October.

More info about the competition

Saturday 26 October 2019

Great Pumpkin Festival

Pumpkin Festival

The Great Pumpkin Festival, brought to you by Hebden Royd Town Council, will be back in Hebden Bridge on Saturday 26th October from 11am - 5pm.

More information on our pumpkin-extravaganza will be added once confirmed so please like our Facebook Page for up to the minute news and updates, or visit the website.

Sunday 27 October 2019

Canalside Comedy

Hebden Bridge Little Theatre hosts another night of comedy.

MC Katie Tracey is joined by top comedians Sean Percival, Stephen Cookson, Danny Sutcliffe, Tony Basnett and Allyson June Smith.

Doors Open 7pm. Show Starts 8pm

Buy tickets

See website

28-29 October 2019

Handmade Parade Stilt Walking Courses

Complete beginners

Do something amazing this October half term...learn to stilt walk.
We are running this 2 day course from 10-1pm, for anyone ages 10 and over.


For people who want to brush up on their skills and learn some new moves from 2-4pm.

Booking is essential for both courses and can be done via Eventbrite. Look on our Facebook page for links and further details.

Places are limited so book on early to avoid disappointment.

Thursday 31 October 2019


Northern Ballet: Dracula

Hebden Bridge Picture House - Live Arts Broadcast 
Thurs 31st October at 7.15pm (doors 6.15pm)


Broadcast live to cinemas for Halloween, Northern Ballet’s thrilling adaptation of Bram Stoker’s classic horror story is a unique blend of gripping theatre, Gothic sets and sensuous dancing.

With darkly Gothic sets and costumes, Northern Ballet is resurrecting Bram Stoker’s classic horror story for special LIVE screenings in cinemas this Halloween. The haunting tale of passion and immortality is played out through ​a unique blend of sensuous dancing​ and​ gripping theatre​ – ​this is ballet with a dramatic bite.

Created by Northern Ballet’s Artistic Director David Nixon OBE, with atmospheric ​music ​by Alfred Schnittke, Arvo Pärt, Michael Daugherty and Sergei Rachmaninov, Dracula is a thrilling adaptation that will leave you thirsty for more.

Advance tickets and further information available here

1-9 November 2019

Todmorden Book Festival

Tod Book Festival

Todmorden Book Festival celebrates the written word, with book-related events that stimulate, inspire and challenge audiences.  The programme focuses on the work of new and established writers from across the region and the UK, as well as the work of international authors, with fiction, non-fiction and poetry events for adults and children, reflecting the rich industrial and cultural heritage of the region and exploring individual and collective stories.

Simon Armitage, Sally Wainwright and many more.

See programme

Saturday 2 November 2019

Big Sing with John Bell

An afternoon with John Bell of the Iona Community at St Mary's Church Todmorden. Saturday 2nd November 2019 at 2.30pm. Admission £6.

Tickets from Judith Parish 01422 847911

9 November 2019

Cragg Vale Arts Exhibition

Cragg Exhibition

The 6th exhibition of original watercolours by Chris Oliver.

The Robin Hood Inn, Cragg Vale, near Mytholmroyd.

These works take inspiration from the local area.

Saturday 9 November 2019


The Friends of the Picture House present

When Harry Met Sally...

When Harry met Sally

November's Friends of the Picture House screening will be the 1989 comedy When Harry Met Sally... (15) written by Nora Ephron (Sleepless in Seattle) and directed by Rob Reiner (This Is Spinal Tap).

A chronicle of the years-long courtship of two witty and acerbic young New Yorkers, the film's setting, dry existential humour and jazz soundtrack (for which Harry Connick Jr while forever be associated) present a clear influence of Woody Allen, while its fresh energy made When Harry Met Sally... a blockbuster that left most romantic comedies since then in its shadow or at least under its influence.

It will make you wish going to New York didn't cost a fortune nowadays.

4:30pm (Doors 4:15)

Friday 10 November 2019

Li and SciHebden Bridge Lit and Sci lecture

Can we trust the numbers
the media give us?

The Waterfront Hall
Hebden Bridge Town Hall ,
Bar/Café open at 6:30 pm.
Lectures start at 7:30 pm sharp
No admission to Lectures after 7:30 pm

Sir David SpiegelhalterSir David Spiegelhalter is Emeritus Professor for the Public Understanding of Risk at Cambridge University. In the 1990s Sir David led the Medical Research Council team that developed WinBUGS ("Bayesian analysis Using Gibbs Sampling") that only ran on MS Windows, and its successor OpenBUGS that runs on all operating systems. These are used to forecast the spread and progress of infectious disease outbreaks. Such as Flu, SARS and Ebola.

Earlier Bayesian software had only been able to forecast diseases that followed specific patterns of spread and was complex to set up. His innovations made the system applicable to more diseases and also much simpler to use. It is now widely used in epidemiology and has been found to be useful in other fields as well.

Luckily, but not by chance, he won't risk talking about any of this; sticking instead to commenting on the use of stats in the media. Hopefully, we will all be better able to distinguish between, lies, damn lies and reliable statistics after the talk.

Wednesday 13 November 2019

Memories of Foster Mill

Allan Stuttard

Lecture 2

This will be an evening looking at life at Foster Mill in the fifties, sixties and seventies. Allan is hoping that as well as recounting his own memories of the time, others who worked in the clothing industry in Hebden Bridge will join in the conversation and share their memories too.
Allan began work at Foster Mill in 1950 and worked as a cutter, pattern-maker and designer until his retirement. He furthered his education both at night school in Hebden Bridge and at Leeds College of Technology. He is very active locally and has made an impact as an entertaining and interesting speaker.

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

Hebden Bridge Local History Society

Friday 15 November 2019

Blue Orchids + Vukovar

The Mill, Hollins Mill, Rochdale Road
OL14 6SA

Doors 8pm

Blue Orchids, as a post punk psychedelic adjunct to Fall-world are well established in the music enthusiast’s consciousness, and yes, Martin Bramah was a founding father of The Fall, and as expressed recently might have reasonable grounds to even call himself The Fall, well, why not…but then he’s not daft.

Perhaps people could do with reconnecting with Martin’s oeuvre a little more deeply than obsessing over the ex Fall schtick, specially what with the recent albums being a succession of magick pop psych masterpieces choc stock (oh yes) with fabulous gems full of rich, resonant sounds and stinging, esoteric lyrics.

Saturday 16 November 2019

Trades Club

Town Folk

A fund raising event for Town Folk - Community Interest Group dedicated to getting high quality music into care homes and the community.

Bands all day and evening at the Trades Club with Manouche North, Damien Barber, Molly Tilston and many more! Pub Sessions, Street entertainment & Christmas Market.

Sunday 17 November 2019

The Lost Chord

7.30pm, in the Little Theatre bar, Holme Street, Hebden Bridge
The Lost Chord Ensemble which meets about once a month  and supports the Little Theatre by playing some pieces at their Christmas event (14th December).

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. Chris, who conducts the local Little Theatre Choir, has a wealth of light music including some of his own compositions. 

Sunday 24 November 2019

Quiz Night

Survivors of Torture Activity Fund at Kava cafe, Todmorden


Gather your own team of up to 6 people or join with others on the night to make this a successful as our last quiz.

£10 for the Quiz and Pie and Peas

Tickets: from Kava or by phoning John 07789 264770 or another member of the team.

Wednesday 27 November 2019

The saving of Hardcastle Crags

Grant Lowe

Hardcastle Crags

Photo: Grant Lowe

An examination of what the Crags have meant to past generations and the lengths people from far and wide have gone to save them for us all.

Grant is the Visitor Operations Manager for the National Trust at Hardcastle Crags. He has worked alongside community groups to improve knowledge and understanding of the environment.

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

Hebden Bridge Local History Society

Sat 30 November & Sun 1 December 201

Christmas ARTfair 2019

Join us across TWO DAYS this winter for our family-friendly, Christmas shopping experience in Hebden Bridge, celebrating wonderfully affordable gifts by local and regional artists, jewellers, sculptors and more!

With Christmas shopping in mind, they'll be something for everybody located within the picturesque Waterfront Hall of The Town Hall, including an onsite Cafe brewing warming drinks and serving tasty treats!

An accompanying 'Winter Showcase' exhibition throughout the foyer and cafe area runs Tuesday 26 November to Saturday 21 December 2019.

ARTfair Dates: Saturday 30 November & Sunday 1 December 2019 Venue: The Waterfront Hall, The Town Hall, St Georges St, Hebden Bridge, HX7 7BY Exhibition Times: 11am - 4pm (Free entry!)


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Wednesday 11 December 2019

House Histories: How to begin

Barbara Atack, Hilary Fellows and Robert Stevens

House Histories

The talk will start with an examination of the resources available for researching the history of a house. Then two people who have explored the histories of their houses will tell the fascinating stories of two very different properties and shed light on life in Hebden Bridge over the time these buildings have existed. The speakers are all members of the Hebden Bridge Local History Society who have a passion for historical buildings and experience of researching the history of different properties.

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

Hebden Bridge Local History Society

Wednesday 8 January 2020

A Victorian artist paints Hebden Bridge

Discovering the landscape, paintings of John Holland

Diana Monahan and Justine Wyatt

Lecture 2

In 1869, at the White Horse in Hebden Bridge, there was an exhibition and sale of sixty-one paintings of the area by established landscape artist John Holland. This talk will focus especially on ‘View of Hebden Bridge from Fairfield’ which captures Hebden Bridge at a time of considerable change.

Both Diana and Justine are long-standing and active members of HBLHS. Their interests include walking the local landscape, and this has fed their historical researches. Diana began by researching the area around her own house, but has expertise in many areas; Justine has published her research into local water-powered industry and Fustianopolis.

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

Hebden Bridge Local History Society

Wednesday 22 January 2020

Glee Unions

Singing and Socialism in 19th and 20th century Yorkshire

Dr David Baker

Glee Clubs

The formation and spread of glee clubs in the north of England, especially Halifax and district in the late Victorian and Edwardian period, provided arenas where people could socialise and democratise.

David has had an illustrious career as a musician and academic. He founded the Halifax Organ Academy and now focuses on teaching the organ.

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

Hebden Bridge Local History Society

Wednesday 12 February 2020

The Alan Petford Annual Memorial Lecture

Causes and cawseys

Making and repairing highways through the Wakefield manor court, 1550 – 1700

Murray Seccombe

Causes and cawseys

It can be difficult to find out much about local roads and how they were looked after before parish and turnpike trust records in the 1700s. The Wakefield court leet records provide an exceptional – possibly unique – record of complaints, repairs and local office holding in the townships of Halifax parish in the turbulent years of Elizabethan and Stuart England. This lecture will discuss the place of highway policy and practice in the transition from manorial regulation to governance through the parish and county.

Murray is Secretary of Hebden Bridge Local History Society, in the throes of doing his PhD at Lancaster University, researching road administration in the South Pennines, c. 1550-1800, with a special emphasis on aspects of social development and local governance. His background was in the not-for-profit transport sector, and he has lived and walked in Hebden Bridge area for 35 years.

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

Hebden Bridge Local History Society

Wednesday 26 February 2020

Skipton’s First World War POW Camp

Anne Buckley

Skipton’s First World War POW Camp

Anne will share the fascinating stories she discovered in translating a book written by sixty German officers after their release from the POW camp in Skipton. The men included naval captains, U-boat officers and airmen as well as foot soldiers. The project has attempted to include the story of the camp in the history of Skipton, including archaeology in residents’ gardens.

Anne Buckley is a Lecturer in German & Translation Studies at the University of Leeds. She has been working with the Heritage Lottery Funded project ‘Craven and the First World War’, based at Craven Museum in Skipton, where she lives, close to the site of the First World War training and POW camp.

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

Hebden Bridge Local History Society

29 February 2020

Human Library

Human Library


Ground Floor, Hope Baptist Church

A WorldWide movement for Social Change. Listen to real people of all backgrounds sharing their extraordinary life stories. The Human Library is a place where real people are on loan to readers. We invite you to ‘borrow’ a Human book for 25 minutes of story/dialogue. The stories that are shared by the human books cover many subject areas.

The Human Library is in 70 countries and it builds a positive framework for conversation. The aim is to challenge our preconceived stereotypes and prejudices and encourage understanding and empathy.

Wednesday 11 March 2020

Celebrating our woodland heritage

Chris Atkinson

Celebrating our woodland heritage

Woodlands in the South Pennines have until now received only minimal attention concerning their development and use through human history. Since 2017 communities across the South Pennines have been working to change this. Led by Pennine Prospects as part of the National Lottery Heritage Funded project and supported by the University of Bradford, volunteers have undertaken 38 archaeological woodland surveys and 5 excavations, all of which have aimed to improve our understanding of the role of woodlands in human history.

Chris Atkinson is an archaeologist with many years’ experience in community archaeology and landscape surveys. As Heritage and Landscape Development Manager at Pennine Prospects, he has played a leading role in the ‘Celebrating our woodland heritage’ project. He is also Honorary Visiting Lecturer in the School of Archaeological and Forensic Sciences at the University of Bradford.

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

Hebden Bridge Local History Society

Saturday 21 March 2020

Mayor’s Fundraiser Ceilidh 2020

You are invited to attend the Mayor of Hebden Royd Town Council's Charity Ceilidh at Mytholmroyd Community Centre on Saturday 21st March 2020. All funds raised on the evening are going to the Mayor's Charity this year, CROWs (Community Rights of Way Service).

The event starts at 7.30pm (with dancing from 8pm). The entertainment and ceilidh band are Peaceworks, joining us for a second year. Tickets include a Pie and Peas supper (note that vegetarian options are available). A licenced bar is available on the evening.

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

Tickets are priced £12 and include supper too, available via Ticket Source or Hebden Royd Town Council office, by emailing Hebden Royd Council or phone 01422 842181.

Mayor's Ceilidh

Wednesday 25 March 2020

Common Problems

The history of common land in Northern England 1851 – 1901

Professor Angus Winchester

CommonsNorthern England contains the largest expanses of common land in the country, but this is only a fragment of the extent of the communally used land which existed before the wave of moorland enclosures in the 18th and 19th centuries. Commons were an integral part of the rural economy, providing not only essential grazing for livestock but also fuel for the hearth, building materials and other resources.

This lecture explores how past societies tried to achieve sustainable management of these shared resources on which they depended for their livelihood.

Angus Winchester is Emeritus Professor of History at Lancaster University. He has longstanding research interests in the history of upland landscapes and of common land in particular. His publications include The Harvest of the Hills: rural life in northern England and the Scottish Borders, 1400-1700 (Edinburgh University Press, 2000). He is currently working on a book on the history of common land in Britain.

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

Hebden Bridge Local History Society