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Hebden Bridge events


3-31 August 2016

The Illustrated Jackass by Louis Benoit

The Illustrated Jackass by Louis Benoit

Artsmill, Hebden Bridge from August 3-21 – open 11am – 4pm except Monday and Tuesday.

See HebWeb News item

Friday 26th August 2016

Storytelling Double Header!

At Stubbing Wharf, Friday 26th September, Shaggy Dog Storytellers present a Summer Special, from two original performers.

First up is A Piper's Tale, from storytelling musician, Tom Hughes. The piper strolls through the folktales of Europe, sometimes the wise fool, at other times the trickster or prisoner of the underworld. Tom draws on tales from a range of countries and uses a variety of pipes to awaken old legends.

Part Two:Hippy Valley! George Murphy presents a selection of tales from his ebook that are based on the recent history of round here. Comic, satirical and sometimes bawdy monologues and songs, often influenced by news and views from HebWeb (See HebWeb News item, Books and Home pages for further details).

(Happy Valley eBook: Amazon Kindle version  Apple iBooks version.)

£7 on the door, please be seated before the 8pm start.

'The best storytelling club in the country,' Ben Haggarty.

Saturday 27 Aug - Sunday 4 Sept 2016

Hebden Bridge Camera Club Annual Exhibition of Photography

Sat/Sun 10am to 3pm
Mon - Fri 10am to 4pm

Hebden Bridge Town Hall
St George's Street,
Hebden Bridge.


Camera Club

This is an exhibition of the work of club members, there is no set theme so the printed images on display will cover a variety of subject matter and styles. There should be between 50 and 60 framed photos but also a video display of images that have been placed in our bi-monthly and annual competitions in the last year. Visitors are encouraged to vote for their favourite 3 pictures and last year's winners will also be on view.

There is disabled access and all ages are welcome.

Sunday 28 August 2016

Ramana Awareness Programme

A free NOCN Endorsed Course Introduction on Sunday 28th August 2016 at The Calderdale Yoga Centre, Unit 2 Hangingroyd Lane, Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire HX7 7DD.

The workshop will cover:

Goal Setting
Self Awareness Exercises
Group Work
Guided Visualisation

If you would like more information about this amazing course and how you can be involved then please do get in touch on 01706 561 833 or email

2 – 11 September 2016

Wuthering BytesWuthering Bytes Festival returns to Hebden Bridge. And will include Hebden Bridge hosting a stellar line-up of speakers and a conference normally held in Silicon Valley or Cambrdige.

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3 September 2016

Blackshaw Head Fete

Blackshaw Head Village Fete boasts a great new attraction! Brighouse and Halifax Model Engineers will be offering rides on one of their steam-powered railway trains. Plus many other attractions.

Read HebWeb News item

3 September 2016

Making Hebden Bridge accessible for all: new initiative to ensure shops, premises and public buildings are accessible for those with disabilities. To be launched at the Town Hall on 3 Sept.

Read HebWeb News item

5 September 2016

Relaunch of the Calderdale WayRelaunch of the Calderdale Way on 5 Sept. This 50 mile walk circling Calderdale is nearly 40 years old. Repairs are being identified and it has been waymarked to help people to find their way.

7pm (for a 7.15 start). The meeting will be at the Works, Hollins Mill Lane, (opposite the library), Sowerby Bridge, HX6 2QG

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9-11 September 2016

Todmorden Open Studios 2016

Visit Artists and Makers in their studios, galleries and other unusual places in Todmorden and surrounding area.

Brochures with a map are available from Visitor Information Centre's and Libraries.

9th, 10th, 11th September 11am - 5pm

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10 September 2016

Todmorden Food Festival

On 10 September UCCA (Upper Calder Charity Assists) will hold a Food Festival in partnership with Calderdale Markets on Pollination Square in the Centre of Tod. 11 am until 4/6/6 depends on weather.

Building upon the success of 2015 when we had 17 food stalls and 9 craft stalls 2016 see the festival almost double in space with 26 stalls booked in and a massive 31 stalls for arts and crafts - these will this year be in Todmorden Central Methodists – adjacent to the showground. New for 2016 will be kiddies rides, a massive flower show and classic cars.

Todmorden Food Festival

Upper Calder Charity Assists

10-25 September 2016

Pennine Walk and RideSouth Pennines' Walk and Ride Festival: from 10-25 September - nearly 150 events, historical graveyard tour, Happy Valley walks, Radical History of Todmorden, hidden gems of ancient woods and moors, Brontë Mountain Bike Challenge and more.

Read HebWeb news piece

Sunday 11 September 2016

WainsgateWainsgate Chapel - Heritage Open Day on 11 Sept. Friends of Wainsgate Chapel invite you to come and experience this stunning Grade 11 Listed Building and Burial Grounds.

2-4pm - entry free

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Wednesday 14 September 2016

Calder Valley CND for Peace and Justice

Our next meeting will take place on Wednesday 14 September, 19.30, at Aya Sophia restaurant (in their meeting room), Bridgegate, Hebden Bridge, HX7 8EX.

Venue to be confirmed 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.

Saturday 17 September 2016

Tod Urban is coming to Todmorden

On 17 September in partnership with Pendle Forest Orienteers UCCA (Upper Calder Charity Assists) will host the 'Tod Urban' an orienteering event through the town centre.

It's a first within the UK for an event of this type and as a world qualifying event entries are expected from all over Europe.

UCCA hosted a relatively minor event for PFO 2 years ago and such was the welcome Todmorden gave them they were keen to work with UCCA and Todmorden again and applied to host the event on that basis.

if you want to help volunteers are needed please contact us

UCCA aim is to build on the 'Destination Todmorden' ideal

Saturday 17 September 2016

Guided walks at Hardcastle Crags

Come and join us one Saturday each month for a guided walk in the countryside in and around Hardcastle Crags. Each walk starts and ends at Midgehole Carpark and has an optional refreshment stop at Gibson Mill.

Check the website for more details

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

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.

Friday 30th 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

Hebden 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?"

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

Sunday 9 October 2016

1st Hebden Bridge​Dance Festival

See this HebWeb News item for links and more info

Dance Festival


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

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.

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

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

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

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