WHAT'S ON: LOCAL EVENTS
Hebden Bridge Burlesque Festival
More info on the website
Special Event with The Shaggy Dog Storytellers
This month, we welcome The 3 Troubadors who will be bringing their 'Mobile Dreams' to the Shaggy Dog Storytelling Club on Friday 28th April 2017.
8pm upstairs in The Stubbing Wharf on King Street.
“Mobile Dreams” is a poetic, funny and warm storytelling show for adults about the everlasting human search for truth and connection, freedom and beauty. In a playful stream of English spiced with their native tongues (Norwegian, Finnish and Dutch) the three performers behind “Mobile Dreams” tell a string of tales both mythical and personal all connected by the language of dreams.
The 3T's are Markus Luukonen (Finland),Tom van Outryve (Belgium) andTorgrim Mellum Stene (Norway).They met as part of LABO, a yearly laboratory for research and development for professional European storytellers. The group was formed in Ghent in Belgium in May 2015. The boys are currently touring a number of UK story clubs and we're really excited to be one of them! Hope to see you there!
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.
The Hepton Singers presents Kilts and Clogs
Popular local chamber choir The Hepton Singers presents Kilts and Clogs, an evening of Scottish and English song.
The concert, which takes place on 29 April at Heptonstall Parish Church, marks the second leg of the choir’s exchange with Scottish choir Rudsambee Company of Singers, with whom it performed a two-choir concert in Edinburgh last year.
Rudsambee is a 20-strong choir based in Edinburgh and directed by Derrick Morgan. The choir sings a wide range of modern, world and renaissance music. Regular performance venues include St Giles Cathedral, Rosslyn Chapel and the National Portrait Gallery of Scotland.
“Rudsambee Company of Singers is a brilliant choir, full of talent and spirit,” says Hepton Singers’ director Alison West. “We loved singing with them last year. For lovers of distinctive choral singing performed with panache, this is an evening not to be missed.”
The concert will feature music from Scottish and English composers, both sacred and from the folk tradition. Pieces include those from James MacMillan, Tom Cunningham and Thea Musgrave, with two folk song arrangements by former Hepton Singer Geoff Adams and the premiere of an exciting new piece by Alison West.
The concert starts at 7.30pm and tickets are £9/£6/£1 (under 18s), available on the door and online from www.heptonsingers.co.uk
Dead Good Disco
Dead Good Disco every last Saturday of the month at The Shoulder of Mutton.
A place where you'll find a heady and rather eclectic mix of disco, soul, afrobeat and party vibes!
Come check it out and kick up some dust off the dance floor!
Saturday 29th April
The Shoulder of Mutton
Guided Walk - Hebden Hikes
A guided walk starting at 10.30am, Hardcastle Crags, approx 6.5 miles, some steep hills.
Numbers limited so please book by email or text 07775 670096.
More info on the website.
Hebden Bridge Walkers Action annual open get together
Hebden Bridge Walkers Action invite anyone interested in walking to come to an informal get together to hear about their activities, including the Heart of the Pennines project. At the same time, they would like help in planning what else needs doing. The get together is at the Stubbing Wharf, 7.30pm on Tuesday May 2nd. All welcome.
Local Stories & Local Speakers - 1st Thursday each month at 2pm
THE PLAGUE DOCTOR
Hilarious & Informative One Man Show
by David Bell
Thursday 4 May 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
Trades Club Quiz
Raising funds for Labour Party General Election Campaign
"It is essential that we get rid of this government. Whoever you prefer generally, it is time to remove Tories from parliament this time. We are raising funds for the local Labour Party's campaign to remove our local Tory - no one else will achieve this here ... May the fourth be with us."
As usual the quiz will consist of a picture round, questions on events in the news and will take a sideways look at life - and the ever popular and appropriate music round. All presented by that lovely Dave Boardman chap
Your £5 gets you the quiz, great food and an opportunity to have a splendid night out showing off your stunning ability to remember largely pointless information...
Calder Valley Organic Gardeners
Four Seasons and a Flood
The next Meeting of Calder Valley Organic Gardeners takes place at the Church of the Good Shepherd, Royal Fold, New Road, Mytholmroyd, Hebden Bridge HX7 5DZ on Thursday 4th May at 7.30pm when there will be a talk on Four Seasons and a Flood - 4 years creating, growing, restoring & photographing our allotment by Ed Chadwick.
Entry is £2.00 for non-members.
Further information can be found at www.cvog.org or by phoning 01422 846173
for major event in Hebden Bridge on 5 May. A new “lively, fun and inspiring” event designed to enable charities, businesses and individuals to support each other.
Willy Porter & Carmen Nickerson
Friday 5th May. Wadsworth Community Centre, Billy Lane, Old Town, Nr. Hebden Bridge.
Doors: 6.45pm. Tickets: £12.10 Tel: 01428 344458
On 1st May they appear in Vienna, Virginia, USA. On 5th May their first gig in the UK is at Wadsworth Community Centre – They must have heard of us!
Guitarist and singer/songwriter Willy Porter joins forces with vocalist Carmen Nickerson to form a duo made in heaven - two unique artists, one unforgettable sound.
Porter Nickerson are a duo that embody the best of what live music has to offer: heart, grit, and the kind of raw musicianship that transforms listeners into lifelong fans. Willy Porter’s searing finger-picking guitar style deftly blends with Carmen Nickerson’s lush vocals to create an unforgettable sound that resonates long after the last chord fades.
A virtuoso guitarist, Porter has more than ten albums to his catalogue and has shared the stage with rock and pop luminaries such as Jeff Beck, Sting, Paul Simon, Tori Amos and Jethro Tull. Nickerson is an accomplished Jazz, R&B, and Rock vocalist from the Midwest who has also contributed her talents to studio and voice-over work in L.A. The pair met following the release of Porter’s 2010 album How to Rob a Bank and, finding their musical sensibilities a quick match, began collaborating soon after. The result has been a rich experience of performing and writing:
This is a rare chance to catch them whilst on a brief visit from their native U.S.A.
In support is Nick Hall, no stranger to Wadsworth. Nick is one half of award winning duo 'Plumhall', one half of Folk rockers 'The Hall Brothers', and former guitarist with Folk luminaries Magna Carta.
As usual cask ale and a tasty supper will be available.
For tickets contact Derek on 07890 205980 or wegottickets.com
Friends of the Picture House present
The Long Good Friday
Completed in 1979 but not released until 1980, The Long Good Friday is reckoned to be a great 'state of the nation' movie.
It captures London's docklands on the eve of massive change with Bob Hoskins in his breakthrough role as a Cockney crime boss trying to turn legit. Co-starring Helen Mirren, it has a terrific screenplay by Barrie Keeffe. The Friends of the Picture House are pleased to present The Long Good Friday on Saturday, May 6th at 4.30pm.
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
Elliotts Antique Fair
Sunday 7th May 2017 8-30am to 3-30pm. at Mytholmroyd Community Centre, Caldene Ave, Mytholmroyd now in its 39th year and reborn after recent devastating floods.
Antiques and collectables for everyone plus on site cafe serving good home cooked food all day.
Entry £1 all classes.
Pushing Up Daisies festival, Todmorden
The new programme is now launched
This year we have an incredible 70 different events happening throughout the Festival week.
As in previous years, there's plenty going on in the Library and throughout the town. We also have a Town Hall Hub this year, Wednesday and Thursday, 10am-9pm and Friday 10am-4pm.
There is a full programme of events in there throughout those days or you can just pop in for a chat, coffee and cake, soup and bread and some free craft activities. All welcome.
We all know someone who has died, someone who has been bereaved and someone who will miss us when we’re gone. And yet, nearly all of us struggle with thinking about, planning and talking about death. Especially with the people we love the most. Each May, a small group of Tod folk create a festival to make space for those conversations. In lots of different ways.
This is about fellow citizens, mucking in to the difficult stuff together, in the hope of making things a little softer.
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
Helen Blackwell’s plant sale.
19 Oxford Street, Hebden Bridge, a short walk along the canal from the Co-op
An eclectic and robust mix of annuals and hardy perennials, as well as attractive willow plant supports, from an experienced gardener and plantswoman
Guest appearance from Joel, the succulents man
Delicious tea and cakes on sale.
Baby and Kids Stuff Second Hand Sale
Second hand sale of baby and kid's clothes, toys and equipment. Flying Saucers Pottery will be there too!
10am - 12pm
Crossley Mill Nursery, New Road
Debs Newbold's 'King Lear'
As part of the 3rd Hebden Bridge Folk Roots Festival, on Friday 12th May the jaw droppingly talented Debs Newbold will be performing her innovative version of Shakespeare’s King Lear, upstairs in The Stubbing Wharf Pub at 8pm for a mere £7 (or Free Entry for Festival Ticket Holders)!
Those of you who attended her ‘Bawdy Bardess Tales’ in January 2016 will know well how Debs can pack out a room and why I can’t urge you enough to put this date in your diary and encourage everyone you know to come along and see her in action; she is absolutely spellbinding!
Dark & challenging, epic and shocking, human and uplifting, the piece is aimed at adults and older children alike (and so is perfect for those studying Drama GCSE or A Level).
Created for a sell-out show at The Hay Festival and performed to great acclaim at Shakespeare’s Globe, this is an event that’s not to be missed.
“Terrific...brilliantly igniting our imaginations” (Patrick Spottiswoode, Director of Globe Education, Shakespeare's Globe.)
“One unfeasibly talented woman” (Views from the Gods)
The Original Hebden Bridge Ghost Walk
Naked races, witchcraft, the Black Death, Robin Hood and a host of other horrible histories await in 'Beyond the Veil of Calderdale'; a spine tingling, grizzly ghost walk first commissioned by Hebden Bridge Arts Festival and led by Nationally Award Winning Storyteller Ursula Holden Gill.
Following its repeated sell out success in 2014, Ursula further developed these deliciously dark authentic collections into an annual Hebden Bridge Ghost Walk which currently runs every weekend throughout the month of October.
However, as a special Folk Roots Festival event she'll be leading 'The Original Hebden Bridge Ghost Walk' from the Wavy Steps in the centre of town (HX7 8EX) at 6pm on Saturday 13th May 2017. Aimed at adults and older children but suitable for families, prams, wheelchairs and dog lovers alike this promises to be a magical evening of murder, mystery and mayhem… (Festival wristbands or £5 at the event.)
“A unique force in storytelling. Ursula is a gem” (BBC 2 Folk Award Nominees O'Hooley & Tidow.)
“A one woman whirlwind able to inhabit any number of characters at the drop of a usually invisible hat” (Gill Docherty, The Craven Herald for Settle Storytelling Festival)
For more information or festival tickets please visit hebdenfolkroots.org
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
Juliet Barker at Cragg Vale History Group
On Thursday 18th May 2017 we welcome back Juliet to Cragg Vale to speak to us on 'The Life of Branwell Bronte' followed by a Q & A session and refreshments.
Our meeting will be held in the newly refurbished St John's Centre in Cragg Vale.
Starting at 7.30pm. All visitors welcome £3.
Tickets available call 01422 884470
Heptonstall Family Day
Family event from 3pm till 9pm at St Thomas Church Heptonstall.
Free entry, and a bring your own picnic, 'Jacobs join' around 4pm.
Entertainment includes Flame Oz, maypole dance, maypole king and queen parade, and lots lots more.
The Bentley Effect Screening
3-6pm· Trades Club, Holme St, Hebden Bridge.
This film is important and inspiring as they come! A unique opportunity to see what fracking does to people – and what people do to frackers when community awakens.
With fracking now on its way to our backyard… all the way from Australia, our guests are coming to Hebden Bridge on their national tour to answer questions on what it means for real.
£3/£6 entry with good food available - vegan, gluten-free and generally a wholesome worthwhile outing.
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
Calder Ward Forum
Now cancelled due to General Election
7.30pm at Calder Holmes Park
Enter online at www.race-results.co.uk
£5 or enter on the day £6
Registration at Machpelah, Burnley Road, Hebden Bridge HX7 8AU
A delightiul 10K fell race run over trail and open moorland starting in Hebden Bridge, with a climb up to Stoodley Pike and back, suitable ior experienced fell runners and newcomers to the sport. A generous
prize list ior all categories.
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
Art and Photography Exhibition and Sale
On Friday 16th to Sunday 18th June, we will be holding a high profile Art and Photography Exhibition & Sale at the Dean Clough Galleries in Halifax.
We’ll be showcasing the very best of local and national talent, and exhibits will be available to purchase.
In addition to enjoying the exhibition, you’ll be supporting a terrific local cause too.
All proceeds from the event will be going to Ravenscliffe@Spring Hall – a purpose-built Sixth Form College and Community Centre, track-side at Spring Hall, Halifax. Due to open 2018, the centre will offer exciting and innovative learning opportunities for up to 70 young people with learning difficulties and/or physical disabilities. It will be a true asset to Calderdale and help students of Ravenscliffe High School thrive to the best of their abilities.
Festival of Alternative Education
Hebden Bridge School, The Birchcliffe Centre, 9-6 pm.
In keeping with our democratic principles this is an open-space festival where any delegate can offer to lead a workshop.
Already signed up are creative workshops on yoga, dance, meditation, democratic education, politics, philosophy, flood prevention, foraging, art, and much much more. Food and music too!
For more information click here:
Dark Matter Promotions / Wrong Way Records Showcase
Psych rock/ garage / shoegaze label showcasing 3 up and coming bands:
Control Of The Going (Manchester)
The Valkarys (Edinburgh)
The Goa Express (Burnley)
£5 on the door / less via ents24
Upstairs at the Golden Lion, Todmorden
Friday 23rd June
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
The South Pennines Walk and Ride Festival 2017
Event Details: The South Pennines Walk and Ride Festival 2017 9th - 24th September. Various walking, cycling (road and MTB) and horse riding events throughout the stunning South Pennines. Pocket guides of events available mid July and listings on Walk and Ride Festival website.