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Hebden Bridge events

27 November 2019 - 20 Dec 2019

Winter Exhibition at Artsmill

Winter ExhibitionWinter Exhibition at Artsmill Over 40 artists and designers from around the Northern Counties are coming together and showcasing their work in The David Wright Gallery at Artsmill from 27 Nov, with a preview this Sunday, 24 Nov. More info

Winter Exhibition

Tuesday 10 December 2019

Halifax Chamber Choir

Charity Concert and Audience Carols

8.00pm, St.Jude's Parish Church
Holy Trinity and St Jude's,
Free School Lane, Halifax

With David Baker, organ

Directed by Aljosa Skorja

Free admission

Donations in aid of St Augustine's Centre, Halifax

Information and photos

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

Thursday 12 December 2019


Branagh Theatre Live: The Winter's Tale

Live Arts Broadcast, 7.30pm (doors 6.30pm)

Live: Present Laughter

Due to phenomenal demand, The Winter’s Tale, Shakespeare’s timeless tragicomedy of obsession and redemption, returns to cinemas this festive season. This beautifully reimagined production, co-directed by Rob Ashford and Kenneth Branagh, features a remarkable cast including Dame Judi Dench as Paulina, alongside Tom Bateman, Jessie Buckley, Hadley Fraser, Miranda Raison and Sir Kenneth Branagh as Leontes.

King Leontes appears to have everything: power, wealth, a loving family and friends. But sexual jealousy sets in motion a chain of events with tragic consequences…

Captured live before a theatre audience, this critically acclaimed production was the first in the hugely successful Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company Live season that was broadcast to cinemas from London’s Garrick Theatre over the course of a year in 2015.

Advance tickets and further information available here

Friday 13 December 2019

Christmas Carol Service

6:30 pm at St James' Church, Church Lane, Hebden Bridge

A family friendly service with choir, Hebden Royd Primary School Choir, readings and carols followed by home-made mulled wine, mince pies, tea and coffee.

Saturday 14 December 2019

December’s Lunchtime Live

Lunchtime Live

December’s Lunchtime Live this Saturday, 14 December at Hope Baptist Church from 1-4pm featuring Blanty, Ruth Neilson, Raintown Seers and Jamie Ferguson. More info

Saturday 14 December 2019

Xmas Concert

2-5 pm: An Afternoon of Czech Music

Walshaw Lodge, Hardcastle Crags, Hebden Bridge

Tickets £30 including a full meal with wine available from www.MargaretBruce.com (no booking fee) or 01422 843937

Saturday 14 December 2019

Christmas with Ghost School

Wadsworth Community Centre - Doors 7:00pm.

Weaving together a mix of traditional and original material, Ghost School create a rich musical tapestry which comes to life in their dynamic live performances.

Andy Greaves (Vocals/Mandolin/Guitar), Les Gillon (Vocals/Guitar) and Jen Trott (Vocals/Fiddle) are pleased to be returning to Wadsworth Community Centre with a festive event, introducing you to some of the more obscure carols and wassails, along with some new winter themed songs.

Supporting Ghost School is the fantastic Calder Youth Folk Band, who despite their tender years have been wowing Calderdale audiences throughout 2019.

And of course a Christmas event wouldn't be complete without mulled wine and hot food.

Tickets £5 under 16s £2.50 from Jen on  07759 869162

Doors 7:00 and show from 7:30 onwards

Tuesday 17 December 2019


Royal Ballet: The Nutcracker

Live Arts Broadcast, 7.15pm (doors 6.15pm)

Royal Ballet

This is a recorded broadcast, recorded live at the Royal Opera House Thursday 8 December 2016.

Peter Wright’s interpretation of The Nutcracker has been enchanting children and adults alike since its first performance by The Royal Ballet in 1984. Lev Ivanov’s 1892 ballet combined with Tchaikovsky’s sumptuous, iconic score are presented in a festive period setting with vivid designs to make this a charming and magical production.

Advance tickets and further information available here

Thursday 19 December 2019

University of the third age

Radio Pantomime and Christmas Quiz

U3A Todmorden’s next members’ meeting will be on Thursday, December 19th, 2019 in the Central Methodist Church Hall in Todmorden at 1.45. The meeting will feature our traditional quiz and our unique Radio Pantomime, written by the Creative Writing Group and performed by the Concert Party and Friends.

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

Friday 20 December 2019

Shaggy Dog Storytellers

'Tales from the Festive Table'

This year, the Shaggy Dog Storytellers Christmas Party falls on Friday 20th December. It's free entry to our 'Tales from the Festive Table' session at 8pm but we're hoping you'll want to join us earlier for tea at 7pm (No set menu. Just buy your meal downstairs in The Stubbing Wharf and have it sent up to our club room.) Hope you can make it! Merry Christmas one and all...

Sunday 22 December 2019

Morning Star Fundraiser

Morning Star benefit

See HebWeb news article

Tuesday 24 December 2019


It's a Wonderful Life

Christmas Eve Screenings, 11:30am, 3:30pm

Wonderful Life

Enjoy our annual Christmas Eve tradition, watching It’s A Wonderful Life on the big screen!

Morning: Doors open at 10.30am and the film will start at 11.30am. Ends around 1.45pm. Afternoon: Doors open at 2.30pm and the film will start at 3.30pm (or shortly after!). Ends around 5.45pm, in time for carols in the Square.

Frank Capra’s 1946 Christmas classic follows the tribulations of small town everyman George Bailey (James Stewart), who, at the end of his luck and deep in debt, contemplates suicide one snowy, bleak Christmas Eve. But when George wishes that he had never been born, his guardian angel Clarence (Henry Travers) takes a trip from the heavens to persuade him otherwise. After a nightmarish journey through an alternative Bedford Falls, George realizes the difference he has made to the people around him, learning lessons of love, loyalty and what it means to lead a wonderful life.

“Capra’s Dickensian masterpiece […] A genuine American classic” ***** Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

Advance tickets and further information available here

Monday 24 December 2019

Christmas Eve: Carols in the Square



Saturday 28 December 2019


NT Live: Fleabag

Live Arts Broadcast, 8.30pm (doors 7.30pm)


See the hilarious, award-winning, one-woman show that inspired the BBC’s hit TV series Fleabag, broadcast live to cinemas from London’s West End. Saturday 28th is an encore screening: the show was recorded live on 12th September.

Advance tickets and further information available here

Tuesday 31 December 2019


Berliner Philharmoniker Live:
New Year's Eve Concert

Live Arts Broadcast, 4.30pm (doors 3.30pm)

New York concert

Celebrate the conclusion to 2019 with the Berliner Philharmoniker’s glittering New Year’s Eve Concert. This fantastic event will be conducted by Chief Conductor Kirill Petrenko and features a lively American programme including the star soprano Diana Damrau as guest soloist.

Broadcast live from Berlin there are sure to be fireworks as the orchestra takes the audience on a journey through George Gershwin’s An American in Paris and Leonard Bernstein’s Symphonic Dances from West Side Story as well as works from Cole Porter, Carl Loewe, and Kurt Weill.

Advance tickets and further information available here

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

Saturday 11 January 2020

Heptonstall Repair Cafe

10am - 1pm Heptonstall Junior School Friendly volunteers at Heptonstall Repair Cafe can advise and help with repairs to electrical, mechanical, computer, clothing & textiles, toys and bikes. Tool & knife sharpening also available.

List of professional repair shops/alterations services for repairs too complex/large to undertake on the day. Donations welcome.

Tea & Coffee and delicious cakes on sale. Taking place every 2nd Saturday of the month (except Dec/Aug) at Heptonstall School 10 - 1.00. Supported by Calderdale Council Small Grants.

Let us know what you plan to bring along on Facebook @Heptonstall Repair Cafe.

If you are coming up from Hebden Bridge, rather than drive, if what you're bringing is small enough to come on the bus, there are 2 buses an hour number 596 leaving cinema bus stop at 12 past and 42 past the hour. Parking and disabled access available at the school. 

Friday 17 January 2020

Canalside Comedy: Numéro Dix

Rarely gigging in the north of England Marcel Lucont is bringing his latest Edinburgh show, Numéro Dix, to Hebden Bridge. 

Marcel Lucont Numéro Dix

Undoubtedly the Nation’s favourite Frenchman, Marcel Lucont is bringing his exquisite new show (and live band to abuse) to Hebden Bridge.  

Canalside Comedy

Expect wit sharper than a pint of English wine, poems sexier than an art déco brothel and jibes more devastating than an ill-judged referendum. 

Catch the Gallic symbol at the height of his imperial phase on Friday 17 January at Hebden Bridge Little Theatre.

Doors open at 7pm and the show will start at 8pm.

Tickets are on sale now price £15 (plus booking fee). Book early, to avoid disappointment.

For more information and tickets go to www.canalsidecomedy.co.uk

Saturday 18 January 2020

Hebden Bridge Lit and Sci Society

Lit nd SciThe struggle between faith and reason in modern Islam

Lit and Sci lecture with Christopher de Bellaigue, writer and journalist, specialist on Iran and the Middle East. Christopher is a frequent contributor to The Guardian, New York Review of Books, Granta, and The New Yorker, among other publications. He was formerly the Tehran correspondent for The Economist. He lives in London with his wife Bita Ghezelayagh, who is an Iranian architect, and two children.

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

Saturday 1 February 2020

A Day of Yantra & Mandala

Learn to draw Gayatri Yantra with yoga teacher and artist Helena Turner. A sacred symbol representing wholeness, they can be used as a meditation tool when complete. Suitable for all, you will be guided step by step through the construction & painting of Gayatri Yantra. All equipment will be provided. Saturday 1st February 10:00-4:00pm @ The Todfellows Space, Todmorden. Cost is £45.

More info

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

Saturday 22 February 2020

Hebden Bridge Lit and Sci Society

Lit nd SciPeterloo and its aftermath - A Yorkshire perspective

Lit and Sci lecture with Malcolm Chase, Emeritus Professor of Social History at the University of Leeds and one of Britain’s most renowned social historians. His lecture will be on what took place in Yorkshire in the period between the Peterloo massacre in Manchester (1819) and the start of the Chartist movement (c. 1838).

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

Saturday 29 February 2020

Cultivating a Yoga Home Practice

Want to practice yoga at home? This is a great way to start. A practical and interactive day, there will be guided practice along with time to discuss and share ideas. Key elements of a home practice with handouts to take away. Suitable for students with some experience of yoga. Saturday 29th Ferbuary 10:00-4:00pm. Hope Baptist Church, Hebden Bridge. Cost £40. 

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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