WHAT'S ON: LOCAL EVENTS
How the Hippies Changed Hebden Bridge
An exhibition organised by the Hebden Bridge Local History Society at the Town Hall aims to show how those who moved into our area in the 1970s - the locals called them ‘hippies’ - kick-started the cultural renaissance which is today so Hebden Bridge.
Hebden Bridge Partnership’s Spring public meeting
7.30pm in the Town Hall.
See HebWeb news item
Alice In Westminster
The Political Life of Alice Bacon with Rachel Reeves MP
Leeds West MP Rachel Reeves will be talking and answering questions on her new book, Alice in Westminster, the political life of Alice Bacon. The talk will be chaired by Holly Lynch, MP for Halifax.
Alice Bacon was one of the twentieth-century's most remarkable female politicians. Born and raised in the Yorkshire town of Normanton, she defied the odds to be elected Labour MP for Leeds North East in the 1945 General Election. Her political career spanned some of the most momentous decades in Britain's post-war history and she played an integral part in some of the most significant social, educational and political changes which the country has ever witnessed.
Tickets £1.00, which can be redeemed against purchase of the book on the night.
Thursday 23rd March 7pm.
The Book Case. 29 Market Street. 01422 845 353
Hebden Bridge Literary & Scientific Society 2017 Lecture Series
Philosophy, Democracy and the Demagogue – or how Plato can help us deal with Donald Trump
Professor Angie Hobbs
The UK’s only Chair in the
Public Understanding of Philosophy
Tickets, £10 - £8 Concessions.
On sale at Hebden Bridge Town Hall or from HB Lit & Sci , The Birchcliffe Centre, Hebden Bridge HX7 8DG. Please make cheques payable to HB Lit & Sci. Tel: 07860 164422
Please note: change of date.
Punk / Rockabilly / Scuzzy Fuzzy Blues
Upstairs at the Golden Lion, Todmorden
Cosmic Slop (Todmorden)
Bones Shake (Manchester)
£3 on the door
Live, original, quality music.
Music for Anti Heroes
Open Mic - White Lion Heptonstall
The return of .......
The Open Mic at the White Lion pub Heptonstall - Friday 24th March 2017.
There's normally an interesting and varied blend of acts performing - come and have a go yourself if you like - a friendly sound engineer is on hand to help.
Or you can just come and watch. It's up to you!
Affordable housing for High Street - Public Consultation
Help shape the future of affordable housing in Hebden Bridge.
11 am Saturday 25th March 2017
Hebden Royd Methodist Church Hall
Market Street, Hebden Bridge, HX7 6EU
(By the Co-op)
Calder Valley Community Land Trust and BaumanLyons Architects will present a more detailed proposal for the High Street site.
Following the two informative and engaging public consultations held in February 2016 and this January, and some intensive work by the Trust and our architects we would like to present a our view of an exciting future for High Street.
As a Community Land Trust we want to provide housing that the community wants. We have listened to your feedback and would like to show you how our plans have evolved as a result.
Please come along, see proposals and let us know what you think.
More information on High Street and the summaries of the two earlier consultations are on the CVCLT website
Contact Improvisation - From the Ground Up with Charlie Morrissey
This workshop explores some of the fundamental principles of Contact Improvisation and is an opportunity to dive deeply into the practice. It is applicable to, and will work well for, people with varying levels of experience of the form as well as for beginners.
We will work with how the body is always in relation to gravity and different ways of giving and taking weight with a partner.
Charlie’s classes and workshops are practical explorations of movement and attention. They attempt to develop and tune kinesthetic and perceptual awareness as a means of expanding our experience and ability to engage with what is available to us when we move, and how we might be available to it.
These classes are about developing our ability to listen in the body and applying that listening to the activity of moving.
Saturday March 25th from 11 to 5pm
Union House, Todmorden
£30 (£25 concessions)
Booking via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Lost Chord Ensemble
7:30 pm in The Little Theatre, Holme Street, Hebden Bridge.
Christopher Irvin, who conducts the local Little Theatre Choir has a wealth of light music including some of his own compositions. He has formed The Lost Chord Ensemble which meets about once a month and supports the Little Theatre.
Musicians (with their music stand) are invited to come and play some light music selections. If you are coming for the first time, please email with details of your instrument so that a pad of music can be made available.
Parent & Baby Cinema Screening:
Viceroy's House (12A)
Hebden Bridge Picture House
Take time-out in a relaxed and comfortable environment, and enjoy a great movie with your baby for the reduced rate of £6, including a free tea/coffee or glass of squash.
Released to mark the 70th anniversary of Indian independence, Gurinder Chadha’s Viceroy’s House is a rapturously moving drama about the wrenching violence of Partition. Hugh Bonneville is last Viceroy of India, Lord Mountbatten; Gillian Anderson his empathetic wife; with Manish Dayal, Huma Qureshi, Simon Callow and Om Puri helping to tell the story of a vastly impactful and emotional moment in global history.
Folk Roots Singaround at the Albert
Monthly Singaround at the Albert Pub, Hebden Bridge.
26th March 8pm, free entry.
Come and sing, join in with others" songs, or just and listen at this very relaxed and friendly evening of songs and their stories. All styles welcome, a cappella or accompanied, on your own or with friends.
The Trials and Tribulations of the Railway Pioneers - at work!
a second talk by Peter Jeffrey organised by The Friends of Hebden Bridge Station. Wednesday 29th March 2017 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm in The Ebenezer Room in Hope Baptist Chapel, Hebden Bridge (side entrance).
Suggested minimum donation of £1
The Trials and Tribulations of the Railway Pioneers - at work!
A second history talk by Peter Jeffrey organised to raise funds for The Friends of Hebden Bridge Station. Suggested minimum donation of £1
Wednesday 29th March 2017
7:30 pm to 8:30 pm in The Ebenezer Room in Hope Baptist Chapel, Hebden Bridge, HX7 8EW (use side entrance)
Live Cinema Broadcast:
Royal Opera House Presents Madama Butterfly
Hebden Bridge Picture House
Doors open at 6.15pm and the live broadcast of the opera will commence at 7.15pm.
Antonio Pappano and Renato Balsadonna conduct two great casts led by Ermonela Jaho and Ana María Martínez in Puccini’s deeply poignant opera
Yarnsmith of Norwich at Shaggy Dog Storytellers
This month we welcome the Yarnsmith of Norwich to The Shaggy Dog Storytellers, Dave Tonge, who’ll be performing ‘Dame Fortune’s Wheel’ on Friday 31st March at 8pm in the Stubbing Wharf on King St (£7 Entry).
Dame Fortune's Wheel & The Three Estates is an exploration of the three 'classes' of men and women from long ago. Those who worked, those who prayed and those who fought.
The performance vividly illustrates the ups and downs of people’s lives as they rode upon Fortune’s Wheel. The stories also celebrate the use of the mystical number three, a motif commonly found in many traditional tales.
The performance promises a compelling mix of humorous and revealing tales, interwoven with crafty and relevant riddles. Tale telling that brings the distant past into the here and now.
Live Music at Mooch Cafe Bar
Enjoy local three piece folk band, "Outside the Box" at Mooch Café Bar, 24 Market Street.
From 8pm to last orders at 11pm.
Hope Chapel - Open Door
Over the past couple of years, Hope Chapel has been reopened for major community and music events, then closed due to flood damage, closed due to serious problems with repair work and recently surrounded by scaffolding.
Drop in to find out about plans for Hope Chapel:
- Rectifying problems with the chapel ceiling
- Refurbished community function rooms
- Setting up a local community enterprise
- Providing a community sanctuary space
- Plans to fully reopen the chapel in June
Saturday 1st April 10.00am - 2.00pm
Award-winning bluesy rocker Tensheds
Support comes from popular Hebden post-punk band The Liberators
& Todmorden doom band FD#
Upstairs at the Golden Lion
Music for Anti Heroes
Mayor’s 1940s Charity Event
Cllr Tony Hodgins will be holding the Mayor's annual fundraising event on 1 April. Music and 1940s buffet and classic drinks.
Open Mic at theTrades Club
Hebden Bridge Trades Club. Come and listen, come and play. The standard of performers has been outstanding at these nights - it's absolutely worth a visit!
If you want to play, sing, recite, read, or trump the Star Spangled Banner (yes really!) turn up early and book a slot with host Sarah Courtney.
Free entry, doors open 7.30pm - all welcome!
Would you like to become more active;
meet new people and enjoy some fresh air?
Then why not join the Practice Health Champions
for a gentle low level stroll?
Park Life Café, Calder Holmes Park, Hebden Bridge
Thursday 6th April 2017 10 am
Please arrive 9.45 am to register
Walk lasts about an hour.
Local Stories & Local Speakers - 1st Thursday each month at 2pm
A Trip Down Memory Lane to the 40s, 50s & 60s
Photos & Stories with Keith Barber
Thursday 6 April 2017 @ 2.30pm
Join us at The Waterfront Hall, Hebden Bridge Town Hall
Doors open 2pm for tea & cake
£5 (£3 concessions) - All Welcome - Pay on the door
For enquiries telephone Helen Meller on 01422 417373
Grow Your Own Vegetables and Herbs
The next Joint Meeting of Calder Valley Organic Gardeners & Mytholmroyd and District Gardeners Club takes place at the Church of the Good Shepherd, Royal Fold, New Road, Mytholmroyd, Hebden Bridge HX7 5DZ on Thursday 6th April at 7.30pm.
There will be a talk on ‘Grow Your Own Vegetables and Herbs’ with Sue Jeffries.
Entry is £2.00 for non-members.
Further information can be found at www.cvog.org or by phoning 01422 846173
Megson at Wadsworth Community Centre
Three times nominated in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and double winners of the Spiral Earth Awards, Megson draw heavily on their Teesside heritage to create a truly unique brand of folk music.
The husband & wife duo bring an infectious mix of heavenly vocals, lush harmonies and driving rhythmic guitars. Comprising Debs Hanna (Vocals, Whistle, Piano Accordion) and Stu Hanna (Guitar, Mandola, Banjo) Megson have gained fame on the British folk scene, not only for their arresting & intelligent songwriting, but for their exquisite musicianship and northern humour.
As fRoots Magazine puts it, 'If you don’t like the music here then you have a problem.'
Cask Ale - Hot food - Doors 6:45 - Show 8:00
For tickets call Derek on 07890 205980 or wegottickets.com
Hope Baptist Chapel. Spring Fair. Lots of craft items lovingly made by Chatty Crochet. Cake stall, Huge selection of books. Tea & coffee.
11am - 4pm.
We offer you a warm welcome at our Chatty Cafe.
Time to discover 'Haggadah'
‘Haggadah' is a chance to discover the message of Easter through stories, symbolism and sharing a meal together. (This includes a lamb stew, with a vegetarian alternative).
Hope Baptist Church, Weds 12th April, 6.00-9.00pm
This is part of a programme of Easter events: More info
Hebden Art Girls (HAGS) Art exhibition
Northlight Studios Valley Road Hebden Bridge.
Art Exibition eclectic mix of paintings by HAGS - Hebden Art Girls
The annual Duck Race organised by Rotary Club of Hebden Bridge will be held on Easter Monday 17th April 2017.
Tickets will be on sale at outlets in Hebden Bridge from March 1st onwards and also online.
Hebden Bridge Piano Festival
Following another highly successful weekend in April 2016, programming for the 5th annual Hebden Bridge Piano Festival, which starts on April 21st 2017 at Hebden Bridge Town Hall, is now almost complete. As always, the weekend will be packed with exciting and wonderful concerts, masterclasses, free gigs, and family-friendly events.
The 2016 Festival had a distinctly international flavour to the line-up with performances by pianists from China, Russia, Poland, India and Greece. 2017 looks set to better this, with artists originally from Romania, Israel, Portugal, Scotland, Jordan, South Korea, Belgium and the USA performing at the Festival.
Live Wild and Treesponsibility Weekend Retreat
Learn about foraging, whittling, have guided solo time in nature and have an opportunity to regenerate native woodland planting trees.
Tom Bell Hostel, National Trust Estate of Hardcastle Crags!
Delicious vegan food, comfortable accommodation and friendly expert facilitation included.
Cost £120: 21st-23rd April 2017
Come along to the Egg Factory on Saturday April 22nd and celebrate the spring in Hebden Bridge Annual style! We're having a day of Activities, all based on the content of the book.
We've collected 11 outdoor and 8 indoor things-to-do, something for everyone. Look for spirits in the woods of Mytholm, drift through the town looking for psychogeographic treasure, dabble in MUD, take a doggy selfie, or have your own photo taken as you would have been 100 years ago. And much more… so many Hebdenistic pleasures!
Look out for our yellow flyer with all the deets, coming soon. All free, due to generous funding from the Community Foundation for Calderdale, but you'll need a ticket for some of the goings on, search Eggstravaganza on Eventbrite to book.
A good day out, with refreshments, silly games and laughing!
Thee Telepaths / The Electric Brains
Event Details: Live pysch rock from 2 fantastic bands:
Telepaths are returning after a blistering performance for their 2nd run
Populatr Hebden band The Electric Brains support with their psychedelic garage punk trashcan horror weirdness
Upstairs at the Golden Lion, Todmorden
Music for Anti Heroes
World Dock Pudding Championship
The 2017 Championship will be held on Sunday 23rd April at Mytholmroyd Community Centre.
Stalls, a food and drink festival and live music will all run alongside this year's championship.
Dock Pudding is a local delicacy little-known outside the Calder Valley area of Yorkshire and the competition was founded in 1971 to help preserve it.
The Pudding is made from the leaves of Polygonum Bistorta (which is not the same as Common Dock, though they look alike) mixed with nettles, oatmeal, onions and seasoning, and served with bacon and eggs.
Competitors prepare a whole cooked breakfast including the Dock Pudding and the winner receives a cup; the judging takes place behind closed doors so that the competitors are unknown to the judges, while the audience can watch the cooking on stage in the hall, with traditional Yorkshire brass band accompaniment.
The Dock Pudding Championship will be a highlight of the food and drink festival on the day where local producers will be showing off a diverse array of tasty delights. There will also be stalls selling an assortment of goods from cosmetics, to candles, to handbags!
Have a go at fell-running
Calder Valley Fell Runners are running their “Have a go" nights again this spring. So if you are nervous about off road running, don't know any routes, or just want to make some new running mates, this is for you!
It’s not for complete beginners - we ask that people should be able to run 3 miles/5km already (eg park run).
Turn up at Mytholmroyd Community Centre 6:45pm on Tuesdays, starting 25 April 2017
The Hebden Bridge WI Spectacular Spring Rag Market
The Waterfront Room, The Town Hall, Hebden Bridge and The Egg Factory. Windsor Works, Victoria Road, Hebden Bridge.
The Hebden Bridge WI Spectacular Spring 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!
WI Cake and refreshments at the Egg factory, Cafe at the Town Hall.
Open from 10:30am – 4pm at the Egg Factory and 11:00am -4pm at the Town Hall
Entry is £1 per adult - Free for crafty young things under 16.
Hebden Bridge Vintage Fair
Hebden Bridge Town Hall
Enjoy free entry the Hebden Bridge Vintage Fair, with twenty stalls selling hard to find vintage fashions and homewares.
Refreshments available in the onsite café and fabulous terrace, plus live vintage music. For further information and to book a stall please visit www.yorkshirevintagefairs.com
Hebden Bridge Folk Roots Festival
Already confirmed for 2017:-
O Hooley & Tidow
Jess Morgan Band
Harp and a Monkey
Bluegrass: Kentucky Cow Tippers, Thunderbridge Bluegrass band
Sing with a Spooky
Singing workshop for men and fundraising for Watermark Flood Resilience. Led by James Sills of The Spooky Men's Chorale.
10 am - 4 pm
Hebden Royd Methodist Church, Market St HX7 6EU
£25 or £20 concessions
Book/further info: Phil Kelly 01422 847328 or email
The Carnival is taking place on Saturday 27th May 2017.
The parade will starts at Sanworth Street at approx 12:30pm going along Halifax Road pass the Town Hall and onto Burnley Road finishing at North Lodge Centre Vale Park Todmorden.
There is lots of Entertainment all day long. Market & charity stalls. You can book a stall by emailing.
All The Fun Of The Fair From Thursday From 6pm, Friday From 6pm, Saturday From 12 Noon Sunday & Monday From 12 Noon
The full walk takes in some of the most spectacular scenery in the South Pennines and, in walking terms, is described as moderately difficult. It is approximately 21 miles long and includes the beautiful wooded valleys of Hardcastle Crags and the commanding heights of the moors above the Luddenden Valley.
Runners are welcome to join in but we do ask them to check in and start their run as early as possible.
Walk commences at Community Centre, Mytholmroyd
Hebden Bridge Handmade Parade
Parade at noon; mini-festival in the park from 1-4pm
Open workshops from 3-22 June
Hebden Bridge Vintage Weekend
Hebden Bridge will, once again, be the place to be on the 5th and 6th August 2017 when the Rotary Club of Hebden Bridge hosts the iconic charity fund raising Hebden Bridge Vintage Weekend.
This will be the 35th year for the event which is now well established as a premier attraction for the display of some 800 veteran, vintage and classic cars, motorcycles, military & commercial vehicles. Last year’s event was our best ever, breaking all records in entrants, spectators and funds raised. With your help we can make this year’s event even bigger.
Held in the heart of Hebden Bridge, at Calder Holmes Park, the open plan layout of the site allows members of the public to get up close to the exhibits and chat to their owners. This is an event with something for the whole family ~ it is far from being merely a show for collectors. Not only will there be splendid vehicles on display but also varied entertainment including live music, fun rides for children, craft & product stalls, together with a wide range of quality catering and refreshment outlets.
More info and registration