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19th December 2010

The Big Ass Hebden Bridge Christmas Concert

Hosted by Billy Painter and Patrick McCallion, The Big Ass Hebden Bridge Christmas Concert features five local young bands, including the highly popular Fishing for Bishops and Small Words.

Under 18's are welcome and encouraged to come to the event at The Trades Club, Hebden Bridge as it will be the best club around this Christmas to see the best new musical talent and entertainment that the Calder Valley has to offer.

Ticket prices for this event will be £4 in advance and £5 on the night, so reserve early to save some pennies. All money raised will go straight to The Laura Crane Youth Cancer Trust, a fantastic local charity supporting young people who unfortunately suffer from cancer.

The concert will commence from 7pm and promises to be a great night, so come on down and enjoy the music! More details can be obtained from www.bigasspromotions.co.uk or by emailing Patrick on patrick@bigasspromotions.co.uk

Big Ass Christmas Concert

Sunday 19th December 2010

Wainsgate at Christmas

On December 19th Wainsgate Chapel is holding a Christmas concert in the Sunday School Hall in aid of the chapel's organ restoration fund.

The concert features seasonal songs from Calder Valley Voices and Corista, Dave Nelson at the piano doing a Christmas singalong, and other entertainment yet to be finalised.

There'll also be mulled wine, home-made cakes and other refreshments. The concert starts at 5pm (in order to be family-friendly) and will end around 7.30pm so you can go on to somewhere else if you want to. Tickets cost ?5 (?4 concessions, ?3 for children. Babies free) and are available only at the Hare and Hounds Pub (Lane Ends) and at Old Town Post Office. You can also email Dave Nelson if it's difficult for you to get to either of these. Judging by the enthusiasm already shown, it is unlikely that there will be many (if any) tickets available on the door.

More information is also available at www.wainsgate.co.uk

Friday, 24 December 2010

Christmas Eve - Carols in the Square

Assemble 6.15pm for 6.30pm start

14th November to 19th December

Glyn Hughes Exhibition of Paintings and Drawings

Linton Court Gallery in Settle.

Opens on Sunday 14th Nov., 11.00 am to 3.00 pm, with a preview on Saturday 13th, and runs to 19th December.

More information at Gavagan Art under "current exhibitions".

See Glyn Hughes website

Thursday 16th - Sunday 19th December 2010

Christmas Festival of Trees

Celebrate the festive season with a visit to Hebden Bridge's Christmas Festival of Trees.

An exhibition of twenty decorated Christmas trees will light up Hope Baptist Church, Hebden Bridge on Thursday 16th to Sunday 19th December 2010.

The spectacular displays are the creation of local schools, businesses, charities, and artistic individuals. Local groups using traditional crafts, such as crochet and knitting, and more conventional decorations of glitter and paint have designed some stunning trees to celebrate the season of goodwill.

The trees will be on display from Thursday 16th at 10am until 4.00pm at 7.30pm at the Hope Baptist annual carol concert, on Friday 17th from 2.00pm until 8.00pm and again on Saturday 18th from 11.00am until 8.00pm. On Sunday 19th the trees will be displayed at the churches regular services.

Entry to the Festival costs £1.50 per adult and is free for children. Refreshments and mince pies will be available. Hope Baptist's annual carol concert will be held amidst the trees on Thursday 16th at 7.30pm to music played by Hebden Bridge Brass Band.

For further event information contact Isabel Woznicki on 01422 884810 or Sybil Deegan on 01422 884221.

Saturday 18th December

Christmas Carols at Gibson Mill - cancelled due to weather.

1pm to 2.30pm - with the Hebden Bridge Junior Band. Join us for our joyful festive celebration of traditional carols in a stunning setting.

Saturday 18th December

French/Breton music & dance session

All musicians and dancers are welcome.

1-2.30pm music session for muscians to learn new tunes and brush up on old ones

3-5pm dancers join the musicians (beginners welcome - informal tuition will be given).

Venue: Holme Street Arts Centre, Hebden Bridge, HX7 8EE

Future sessions are planned in 2011 for 5 February, 5 March, 2 April, 7 may, 4 June and 2 July.

Saturday 18th December

Midwinter Harmony Open Mic

8.30pm Upstairs at the Stubbing Wharf Pub

Small group harmony acapella singing

Come along to listen or sing
We welcome groups of a minimum of 2 singers, no amps or mics

For more info, see our webpage

or call Richard 07940 850328

4th, 11th, 18th December

Saturdays in December at Gibson Mill

Enjoy a fascinating tour of our historic Mill with Free Entry to the Mill on 4th, 11th, 18th December. And why not treat yourself to a delicious warming soup for lunch at the Muddy Boots café? Café open 11am to 3pm Saturdays and Sundays. Closed on Christmas Day.

8th-9th December

Shakespeare's Macbeth

The King's Troupe, an inter-generational theatre company are performing the scottish play with the addition of a highland piper beforehand to attract the crowds.

We are keeping the shakespearian tradition alive and well with an adaptation by Director Mary Coaten.

Wednesday and Thursday, December 8th and 9th at 7pm, Hebden Bridge Little Theatre. Adults: £5 Children £3.

Tickets from Tourist Information (01422) 843831 and/or on the door.


Wednesday 8 December

Religion and the People in the Upper Calder Valley in the age of religious revival

Speaker: Edward Royle

The parish of Halifax played an important part in the religious revival which spread across England in the second half of the eighteenth century. This lecture will explore that revival locally and assess its impact on the nature and extent of religious observance in the century leading up to the 1851 Census of Worship.

Edward Royle is an Emeritus Professor of History at the University of York. He was born and brought up in the Colne Valley and has published extensively on the social history of Britain since the eighteenth century, with a special interest in Yorkshire religion.

Hebden Bridge Local History Society

Thursday 9th December



People are being asked for their views on the Hebden Bridge Conservation Area. Calderdale Council is holding a public meeting on Thursday 9 December, from 7.30pm to 9pm at Hebden Bridge Town Hall where you can find out more about the future management and preservation of the conservation area. Read More - 29 November

Sunday 12th December

Christmas Cracker

Wadsworth Community Centre
1 - 5pm

Christmas Stalls
Santa's Grotto
Secrets Room
Festive Music and Entertainment
Mulled Wine & Hot Food
Tasty Seasonal Treats
...and much more

For further information or to find out how you can get involved in the revival of our Community Centre, please contact: Su 07542 213817, Caren 07931 358514, Anna 07759 386687, Josie 07540 140730 or Jude 07979 452053

Monday 29 November

Connect With Your Canal

Hebden Bridge Library on Monday 29th November, 5pm - 7pm

Todmorden Library on Wednesday 24th November, 5pm -7pm

Pennine Prospects, The Waterways Trust and British Waterways are working together to bring the unique story of the Rochdale Canal to life.

Having secured funding from the South Pennines LEADER programme, the Waterways Trust is now asking for views about the design of exciting new interpretation features proposed in Hebden Bridge and Todmorden.

The project is called "Canal Connections" and it aims to make the canal and its amazing heritage more visible to the communities it passes through, using its potential for recreation and tourism more effectively. The steering group, which includes local volunteers who are passionate about the Canal, is poised to start the project installing signs, plaques and interpretation "gateways" at key town centre sites in Todmorden and Hebden Bridge.

The consultation events are open to anyone who has an interest in the Rochdale Canal and wants to make comments and vote on the design of interpretation features.

There will also be an opportunity to vote outside these times, as the designs will be on display in both venues from 24 - 30 November.

Tuesday 30th November - postponed due to weather

Find out how you can make a difference with Oxfam

Do you want to know how to:

  • Stop the spread of Cholera in Haiti?
  • Send a girl to school in Pakistan?
  • Increase harvest for a farmer in Malawi?

On Tuesday 30th November at 7pm in the Town Hall there will be the first meeting of a new Hebden Bridge Oxfam fundraising group.

Anyone in the Hebden Bridge area who is interested in the work Oxfam does is welcome.

Come along and find out how you can get involved.

To find out more about this meeting, or Oxfam's Community Groups in the North contact Harriet Roberts on 0161 234 2791 or at hroberts@oxfam.org.uk

Wednesday 1 December

Elephant Micah + Johnny Powell

Bar Place, Crown Street

Elephant Micah is music by southern Indiana, USA based singer and sound recordist Joseph O'Connell. Taking cues from 1970s songcraft (Townes Van Zandt, Joni Mitchell) as well as midwestern lo-fi rock (Guided by Voices), Elephant Micah has gradually built a cult audience over a decade of do-it-yourself releases and tours.

Also support from Johnny Powell, fingerpicking folk loveliness and a local favourite.

Thursday, 2nd December

Helen of  Four Gates

HELEN OF FOUR GATES postponed because of weather until 27 January.

4-5 December

Open Studios

Open Studios and our stunning Matryoshka exhibition, artists' individual take on the Russian doll, takes place the weekend of 4 and 5 December, 11am - 5pm at Northlight Studios in Hebden Bridge.

Do come and join the artists for a festive weekend - there will be a fantastic selection of paintings, ceramics, jewellery, prints, cards and more. Look no further for all your Christmas shopping needs!

And of course there will be mulled wine and mince pies on hand - and even a raffle.

Wednesday 24 November

Bridging Centuries

An evening focusing on the 500th anniversary of the Old Bridge but also looking at other bridges in the Upper Calder Valley on rivers and becks.

Various people will be making contributions which will include modern images as well as a chance to see the old glass lantern slides using the Local History Society original magic lantern.

Hebden Bridge Local History Society

Thursday 25th November

Hebden Bridge Community Association

2010 annual meeting

The AGM of Hebden Bridge Community Association (Friends of the Town Hall) will take place on Thursday November 25th, at 7.30pm in the Town Hall.

This is the time when the trustees who were elected last Autumn report back to the whole membership on what we have been doing. This is the time to ask us questions and to discuss the way ahead. Our AGM will be particularly important this year, both because we now have responsibility for running the Town Hall and because our ambitious capital-build plans look as if they will be able to progress.

There will be refreshments provided!

Thursday, 25 November 2010

Jazz ClubHX7 Jazz is back on Thursday November 25th with Troyka: an extraordinary trio featuring Kit Downes who, as a short-listed nominee for the Mercury Prize, has recently been featured extensively on national television.

Troyka are Chris Montague (guitars and loops), Joshua Blackmore (drums) and Kit Downes (organ); three young musicians based in London whose intense live shows have seen them hotly tipped to follow in the foot steps of Polar Bear & Portico Quartet to become the next young band to explode from the capital's fertile jazz scene.

Read more

Saturday 27 November

Anti-Wordsworth: New Ways of Responding to the Landscape

Saturday 27th November

Hebden Bridge Town Hall, Greenwood Room, 10.30am ? 3.30pm

A unique, one-off workshop with Watershed Landscape Project writer-in-Residence Andrew McMillan.

The workshop will examine new and exciting ways in which poets can respond to the landscape.

Are you a poet who always avoids landscape poetry?
Are your attempts at pastoral elegies always fraught with clich?s?
Do you simply find the landscape too vast to write about?

If so then this is the workshop for you!

Participants will come away with a new-found confidence about tackling the landscape and will be equipped with new ways of responding to the local environment.

Come and be a part of a session which will re-write the rules of landscape poetry and change the way you view the Pennine Watershed.

There will be a lunch break from 12.30 ? 1.30pm.

Tickets £5 (£3.50 concs) from Hebden Bridge Visitor & Canal Centre, Butler's Wharf, New Road, Hebden Bridge, HX7 8AF. Tel: 01422 843831. Email: hebdenbridge@ytbtic.co.uk

Sunday November 28th

Trades Club, 9pm

Uiscedwr £7/9

If music genuinely reflects the inner soul, it's little wonder Uiscedwr are such an amazing band. Passionate, irrepressible, vital, imaginative, sincere, sorrowful, joyous and supremely skilled, the exciting Welsh/Irish/Anglo box of tricks that is Uiscedwr.

They are one of Britain's most exciting contemporary bands. Featuring founder members Anna Esslemont on fiddle and vocals and Cormac Byrne on bodhran and percussion (of Seth Lakeman band fame), the result is the most thrilling modern folk music you're ever likely to hear. Much improved and mature form the youngster who won Underpinned by driving guitar, this folk trio promises a night you won't forget.

Hebden Bridge events

Weds 17th to Sat 20th November

Our House

Calder Valley Youth Theatre present their autumn show at Halifax Playhouse from Weds 17th to Sat 20th November. "Brilliant, boisterous entertainment", it features 15 Madness hits including Baggy Trousers, Driving in my Car, It Must Be Love and Our House.

Tickets are available from the Halifax Playhouse box office: 01422 365998

18th November 2010


The first step in a newly-launched campaign is a public meeting bringing together everyone concerned at the policies proposed by the Coalition Government. The meeting will be held at the Trades Club on Thurs Nov 18.

Read More

Friday 19th November

Auntie Irenes Bottom Drawer

Folk * Punk * Comedy * Cabaret starring:

Mik Artistik & His Ego Trip - punk/comedy
O'Hooley & Tidow - folk duo
Rosie Wilby - comedy
Auntie Irene - comedy/cabaret

Friday 19th November
Trades Club Hebden Bridge


20th November 2010


Charity Walk is part of White Ribbon Week and the lead up to White Ribbon Day on the 25th November.

Walk starts at 11:00am on 20th November 2010 at The White Swan.

See news item

Friday, 19 November 2010
20th November 2010


10am - 4pm
The Hope Centre, Hebden Bridge

This one-day course is for anyone who wants to learn how to understand their dreams and gain access to creativity, healing, and self-awareness.

You will learn how to interpret the secret language of your dreams and tap into the innate wisdom they provide.

Brenda Mallon has been researching dreams and using them in her therapeutic practice for over 25 years. Former Member of the Board of Directors for The International Association For The Study of Dreams, she runs dreamwork courses internationally.

Brenda is the author of seventeen books including major best seller 'The Dream Bible', and her recent Channel 4 TV series ‘In Your Dreams’ revealed the inner dream life of twelve celebrities.


To book a place for yourself, for your work team, or as an early Christmas present for a loved one, please contact:

Crystal Kershaw
07821 634 713

20th November 2010


gifts & goodies

Midday until 4 pm

Buskers' Corner
Mulled Wine
Roasted Chestnuts
Upcycling and Upholstery
Wikaniko - eco friendly products
Stripygreen: stitched *knitted* stuffed
LostBoys Clothing Sale

Wadsworth Old Town Community Centre

For more information please contact:
Anna 07759 386687, Caren 07931 358514,
Su 846934 or Jude 07979 452053

Saturday 20 November

Crossing Borders

Saturday 20 November
Crossing Borders
Hebden Bridge Library, 7pm

Andrew McMillan is the first writer of the five fantastic artists and writers who have been appointed to undertake residencies as part of the three year Inspired by Landscape Project. This is part of the Watershed Landscape Project run by Pennine Prospects, which aims to celebrate our upland heritage in the South Pennines.

Andrew will launch his residency at Hebden Bridge library with an exciting poetry event. You will hear brand-new collaborative poems from pairings of eight fantastic poets from Yorkshire and Lancashire, who will look at the landscape through the history of borders and see if it is possible to cross them. Please come, sip wine and hear some wonderful new work inspired by the local landscape.

FREE tickets are available from from Hebden Bridge Visitor & Canal Centre, Butler's Wharf, New Road, Hebden Bridge, HX7 8AF. Tel: 01422 843831. Email: hebdenbridge@ytbtic.co.uk

Tues 2nd - Sat 13th Nov

JB Shorts

Six More Fifteen Minute Plays by Top TV Writers including Hebden Bridge's Chris Reason, who writes for East Enders and who also has written extensively for Radio Four drama.

Tues 2nd - Sat 13th Nov
(not Sunday 7th)
7.00 p.m. (Doors 6.40pm)

At Joshua Brooks, 106 Princess Street, Manchester M1 6NG
(The junction of Charles St and Princess St, at the side of the BBC)

All Tickets : £5 (Pay on the Door)

As for JB Shorts, I can't recommend it highly enough' - Guardian.

More info

Wednesday 10 November

Yorkshire Dales Textile Mills

Speaker: George Ingle

Today the Yorkshire Dales' industries are farming, tourism and quarrying. However, towards the end of the eighteenth century, hand-spinners in most Dales villages were working for the Bradford and Keighley worsted manufacturers.

When cotton spinning was mechanised the Dales were scoured for suitable water power sites for the new mills. Worsted and flax mills followed, as well as silk and eventually rayon. Mills were built, for example, in Arncliffe, Burnsall, Blubberhouses and Malham, where today we see few signs of their industrial legacy. Over 70 mills will be described in areas around Skipton, Settle and Sedbergh, Wharfedale and Littondale, together with the Washburn Valley, Wensleydale and Swaledale.

After a career in vocational education George Ingle has written several books and articles on Yorkshire's textile history based on years of detailed research. He lives in Ilkley and is secretary of the Upper Wharfedale National Trust Volunteer Group, working with them as a dry-stone waller.

Hebden Bridge Local History Society

Wednesday 3 November

The Day the Sun Went Out: The 1927 solar eclipse in Yorkshire and elsewhere

Speaker: John Billingsley

Well-known local historian and long serving member of our Committee, John looks at the total solar eclipse of 29 June 1927. His latest book, West Yorkshire Folk Tales, will be available from the publications desk at the rear of the hall.

Hebden Bridge Local History Society

Thursday, 4th November

Quiz and Curry Night

Trades Club, Holme Street, Hebden Bridge
Thursday 4th November From 8.30pm Onwards
Cost ?4.00

The Trades Club is hosting a Fund Raising Event for Councillors Robin Dixon and Catherine Groves, Mayor and Mayoress of Hebden Royd Town Council. ?

Robin's chosen charity is 'Young Carers'. ?It is hoped at the end of his term of office the money raised will help to support many young carers in the Hebden Royd area. ?Please would you make every effort to support this worthy cause.

Friday 5th and Saturday 6th November

Hardcastle Crags: Crafts for Christmas

Looking for a unique gift? Avoid the crowded shopping centres; come and meet our handpicked selection of designers and makers offering a range of gorgeous gifts to tempt you. Have your purchases gift-wrapped while you enjoy refreshments in the Muddy Boots Caf?. 11 am to 3.30 pm. Free entry to Gibson Mill.

(Please note that debit and credit card payment facilities are limited due to the location of the Mill so cash is best to avoid a queue! Of course, a deposit will secure your chosen items for collection later if required).

Saturday 6th November 2010

Stubbings Infant School

Table top sale to raise funds for our school.

Saturday 6th November from 10am - 12 noon.

Saturday 6th November 2010

The Pits and the Pendulums

Art exhibition by Andrew Turner, and concert by Will Kaufman, at the National Mining Museum, Caphouse Colliery, between Huddersfield and Wakefield, 2pm Saturday, November 6.

Andrew will soon be living in the Upper Calder Valley. Will lives in Hebden. Andrew's work includes remarkable trades union banners. Will's music stems from the American labour movement. The exhibition is free and runs to January 23. Concert is ?2.

See news item

Saturday 6th November 2010

Hebden Bridge Bonfire

Calder Holmes Park

Attracting visitors from all over Yorkshire, Lancashire
and Greater Manchester, this is a family event which has been
thrilling crowds for over 50 years.

Gates open 4:00pm
Bonfire Lighting 6:30pm
Children's Fireworks 7:00pm
Main Fireworks 8:00pm

Adults - ?4,
Children (under 14) - ?2,
Under 2 years old - Free.

See Round Table website for latest news about the bonfire, and to see who won the Guy Competition

1st November 2010

Discussing the cuts - meeting called by the Green Party

7.30pm in the White Lion

All welcome - not a Greens only do!

Tuesday, 2nd November

Meeting to discuss Hebden Bridge Co-op

5pm - 7pm

The meeting has come about following the complaints made by customers on the Hebden Bridge Web Forum

See thread

28 October 2010

Jazz ClubJAZZ CLUB - Hebden Bridge’s HX7 Jazz Club continues to seek out the best in cutting edge, contemporary, non-mainstream jazz as it hosts an amazing concert by the Surinder Sandhu Band on October 28 - Read more

Friday 29 October

Halloween at Hardcastle Crags

- an evening of spooky tales for those who want to be scared?. Join Rowan and Magpie, World, Folk and Time Tellers, to hear tales of witches, boggarts and the terrors of the dark at the time of year when the veils between the worlds are thin.

Call 01422 844518 or 01422 846236 to book and for details. Cost ?5 includes refreshments at the caf?. Not suitable for children under seven.

29-30 October

Dale Street Arts Opening

Dale Street Arts, 4 Dale Street, Todmorden opens at the end of the month This new outlet for contemporary Arts and Crafts by local designer/makers has an opening offer of 10% discount on all purchases made Friday 29th and Saturday 30th October

29-31 October


A new Hebden Bridge bookshop is putting on a weekend Literary Festival at the Little Theatre, bringing many well-known writers to Hebden Bridge during the weekend of 29-31 October.

Read more

Thursday 21st October

Greens Vegetarian Café Opening Day

A brand new business in Hebden Bridge, Greens Vegetarian Café (formerly Relish) is totally independent and owned and run by Kim Green (formerly of The Veggie, Ilkley). At Greens we are passionate about vegetarian and vegan food and aim to offer simple, tasty, wholesome dishes in a welcoming and homely environment. All our food is homemade on site and we endeavour to source local, seasonal and organic produce wherever possible. We will be open as a café throughout the day Thursday to Sunday for light meals, snacks, tea, coffee & desserts and with a more bistro feel for evening meals on Friday & Saturday evenings. You are also welcome to bring your own wine or beer for evening dining (we will provide the glasses)!

Thursday 21st October 2010 will be our opening day, so please come along and see us between 12pm-3pm and try our delicious home cooked food and a free glass of wine! More info

Friday 22th October

Ol Town Jumble Sale

We are collecting jumble for our Jumble Sale which will be held on Friday 22th October at 3.00 p.m to early evening.

If you have any for us, to help support and sustain our Community Centre. We hope you'll join us at the Jumble Sale; come and enjoy our snacks, raffle and stalls

Also Children's Corner and art competition

Old Town Community Centre,
Billy Lane
Old Town HX7 8RY

We are raising funds to revive the centre and update facilities for our local community

23 October

Hardcastle Crags - Fungi Foray

Join us and our fungi expert for a walk in the woods to find some of the rare and fascinating fungi that Hardcastle Crags is famous for. Collect and identify amazing fruiting bodies and learn about the largest living organism on the planet. Call the estate office to book a place - Adult £4.50, child £2.50. Car parking charges apply; the walk is timed to meet the 906 bus service.

More info: 01422 844518

Saturday 23rd October

Stubbing Apple Day - Come and celebrate the apple on Saturday 23rd October 2010, when the Stubbing Wharf, Hebden Bridge, will be holding its annual Apple Day, with the fruit that makes a wonderful drink! Read more

Saturday 23rd October

French/Breton music & dance session

Event Details: All musicians and dancers welcome for a French and Breton music and dance session on Saturday 23 October at the Holme Street Arts Centre, Hebden Bridge.

Dance beginners welcome.

Music session (to learn tunes): 1 ? 2.30pm
Dance (with informal tuition): 3 ? 5pm

Future sessions are planned for: 20 November and 18 December 2010

Saturday 23rd October

Music at Wainsgate

Bristol Georgian Choir £8/£6


Supported by 'Menfolk'

The Bristol Georgian Choir is a mixed chorus for adults, learning, singing and performing three part harmony folk songs and sacred chants from the Republic of Georgia .

The choir began it's life in Bristol in 2004 and has been performing to delighted audiences in locations in and around Bristol such as Ashton Court Festival, the Watershed Theatre, the Venn Festival, Harbourside Festival, in Bristol University 's Wills Memorial Building as part of the University's Arts Based Educational Research Conference and the annual Georgian Studies Day. The choir performed last year at the Rudolf Steiner House Regents Park , as part of the Chveneburebi Festival.

More info

Wednesday 27 October

A Hebden Bridge Childhood
Joseph Greenwood's Reminiscences

Speaker: Justine Wyatt

Joseph Greenwood's reminiscences bring to life some of the social history of the valley. There are stories about local people and events, a description of visiting Halifax for the first time carrying his father's piece, and of how he began fustian cutting for a neighbour aged about 9. Written in the early 1900s when he had become well known as one of the founders the Nutclough Fustian Cooperative, the reminiscences provide a fascinating picture of life in the area going back to the 1830s.

Justine works at the Alternative Technology Centre and is the Co-ordinator of a lottery funded 'Our Heritage' project, looking at the development of the textile industry in the Hebden Bridge area.

Hebden Bridge Local History Society

Wednesday 13 October

Huge and Mighty Forms: The giant's castle in landscape tradition

Speaker: Jeremy Harte

Medieval people saw civilisation as something precariously built amongst the ruins left by giants. Traces of a former world revealed themselves in different ways - from greatness to monstrosity, from subtle craft to diabolical arts, from heroism to cannibalism. In the world of early antiquaries as in that of Beowulf, the word 'giant' was never an innocent reference to great size or strength, but spoke uncomfortably of fallen power and perversion. The legends of giants attached to Yorkshire's hillforts and megaliths have a long and unsettling prehistory.

Hebden Bridge Local History Society

Friday 15th October

Kevin Crossley-Holland

Kevin Crossley-Holland, award winning writer of the Arthur trilogy and poet, will be reading from his work and presenting The Ted Hughes Young Poets award 2010. "Crossley-Holland's familiarity with Legendary Britain and its landscape makes him a perfect guest". said John Billingsley, Local Folklorist.

At The Ted Hughes Theatre, Calder High School, Mytholmroyd, at 7pm

Tickets from Hebden Visitor & Canal Centre 01422 843831 email hebdenbridge@ytbtic.co.uk

Part of the 2010 Ted Hughes Festival

Friday 15th October


Local politicians Cllr. Nader Fekri and Craig Whittaker MP are to lead a public debate on the alternative vote referendum in Hebden Bridge on Friday 15 October. More info

Saturday 16th October


- Public meeting on Saturday 16 October, 10am at the Town Hall about Calderdale's controversial budget cuts consultation. Read more

Saturday 16th October 2-4pm

Gnoming in Nutclough

The storyteller, Ursula Holden Gill, will lead a walk through Nutclough woods and hunt for the hideouts of the little people! Children must be accommpanied by an adult. Please wear sturdy clothing and footwear. Booking essential £2 per child. Tickets from Hebden Visitor & Canal Centre 01422 843831 email hebdenbridge@ytbtic.co.uk

Part of the 2010 Ted Hughes Festival

Saturday 16th October

Walk 10am - 2pm

Johnny Turner, ecologist and botanist will look at the Ted Hughes landscape and the wildlife within it, and interpret what they have to tell us about local history, industry, habitation, climate and much more. This is a moderate/difficult walk of 4-5 miles. Please wear appropriate footwear/clothing.

This event is Free but booking is essentail as places are limited. Phone 01422 392606 or email anna.turner@calderdale.gov.uk

Part of the 2010 Ted Hughes Festival

Saturday 16th October

Falling Through Clouds

Local writer, Anna Chilvers, will read from her first novel, 'Falling Through Clouds' which is loosely based on the tale of 'Gwain and the Green Knight'.

Anna will also answer questions and sign books.

Erringden Room, Mytholmroyd at 3pm. Free.

Part of the 2010 Ted Hughes Festival

Saturday 16th October

Writers' Workshops

Erringden Room, Mytholmroyd 4-6pm

In this workshop the group will look at extracts from verse drama both from the past and contemporary theatre and attempt to write dramatic verse speeches of their own. Fun for all ages and experiences. The workshop is run by Charlotte Walker who is this year running writing workshops at Manchester College and for the Rambert Dance Company during their 'Awakenings' series.

Tickets £5-3 From Hebden Visitor & Canal Centre 01422 843831 email hebdenbridge@ytbtic.co.uk

Part of the 2010 Ted Hughes Festival

Saturday 16th October

Poet Fleur Adcock

Erringden Room, Mytholmroyd 4-6pm

The award winning poet, Fleur Adcock, will read from her work and present this year's Elmet Poetry Prize at The Ted Hughes Theatre, Calder High School, Mytholmroyd on Saturday 16th October at 7.30pm. £5/3

Tickets available from Hebden Bridge Visitor & Canal Centre 01422 843831 email hebdenbridge@ytbtic.co.uk

Part of the 2010 Ted Hughes Festival

Sunday 17th October

Walk 11am Heptonstall Museum

Local film-maker Nick Wilding will show a short film which introduces Ted Hughes and his earlier childhood years in Mytholmroyd and then lead a walk around Heptonstall visiting the places and landscape that inspired the poet. The walk will last one and a half hours. Tickets available from Hebden Visitor & Canal Centre 01422843831 email hebdenbridge@ytbtic.co.uk

Part of the 2010 Ted Hughes Festival

Sunday 17th October

Writers' Workshops

Erringden Room, Mytholmroyd 4.30-6.30pm

James Nash, poet and performer, will teach you how to make your poems come alive and loud. Bring some of your work along with you to learn how to perform. Workshop Tickets £5/3 From Hebden Visitor & Canal Centre 01422 843831 email hebdenbridge@ytbtic.co.uk

Part of the 2010 Ted Hughes Festival

Sunday 17th October

Poetry Slam

As part of the 2010 Ted Hughes Festival, poet and performer James Nash, will lead a Poetry Slam at The Erringden Room, Mytholmroyd 8pm on Sunday 17th October. Bring along a poem to perform or just come and listen. This is a free event. The bar will be open!

Part of the 2010 Ted Hughes Festival

Wednesday 6 October

Out On The Bridge

Women's Night at Inn On The Bridge, Hebden Bridge, on the first Wednesday in the month. Meet old friends and new in a relaxed and friendly environment. From 7pm onwards.

Thursday 7th October 11am - 6pm

Poet's house open

Erringden Room, Mytholmroyd 4-6pm

As part of National Poetry Day the childhood home of the late poet laureate Ted Hughes will be open to the public on Thursday 7th October 11am - 6pm. The house is at 1 Aspinel Street, Mytholmroyd HX7 5NL. This is a free event.

Part of the 2010 Ted Hughes Festival

Wednesday 29 September

Richard Oastler, Yorkshire Slavery and the Mill Owners of the Calder Valley

Speaker: Dr John A. Hargreaves

180 years to the day Richard Oastler penned his famous letter from Fixby to the Leeds Mercury on 'Yorkshire Slavery' highlighting the evils of child labour in the worsted mills of Bradford, and comparing conditions to those which had been experienced by slaves in the sugar plantations of the West Indies.

The letter reinvigorated the campaign for the regulation of child labour across the Yorkshire Pennines textile belt, and encountered strong opposition as well as support in the Calder Valley. The lecture also coincides with the publication of a new book on Yorkshire Slavery, which Dr Hargreaves is editing with Hilary Haigh for the University of Huddersfield and follows a well-attended conference at which John Hargreaves spoke in 2007.

Currently Editor of the Transactions of the Halifax Antiquarian Society and its Vice-President, John Hargreaves is also Chair of Halifax Civic Trust and Visiting Research Fellow in History at the University of Huddersfield and Visiting Lecturer at Leeds Trinity University College.

Hebden Bridge Local History Society

Wednesday, 29 September 2010

Hebden Bridge Friendship group

Hebden bridge Newbeginnings Friendship group is for 30 Plus Separated, Divorced and Widowed people to meet new friends.

It is not a dating agency. We meet on Wed evenings at 8pm at The Pennine Club, Albert Street Hebden Bridge and from 3rd October we will be meeting on Sunday evenings at 7pm. Anyone interested or needing more information contact 07980528183

30 September

Jazz ClubJAZZ CLUB - Hebden Bridge's HX7 Jazz club presents a unique opportunity to hear one of the great jazz legends of the 60s and 70s, when saxophonist John Tchicai's Trio visits on 30 September. Read more

Sunday 3rd October

Hebden Bridge Rag Market

12pm til 4pm.
Bridge Mill and the Town Hall.

Art and craft materials, including fabric, paints, wools, buttons, beads, books, new and used, recycled and vintage and everything else in between.

This is a fantastic opportunity to rummage through treasures, bits and bobs and inspiring items with like-minded knitters, sewists, crafters and artists. There'll be some real bargains as well as some one-off hidden gems.

Many more stalls than last time and tea and cakes to keep you going.

Sunday 3rd October

Memory Walk 2010

Event Details: Raise money to support Alzheimer's Society by joining the Memory Walk at 2pm on Sunday 3rd October at Ogden Water, near Halifax. Have fun, get fit and remember those with dementia.

Sponsor forms + info 01422 352789 or email or register online at memorywalk.org.uk

Monday 4th October 2010


A Course in Discovering and Recovering Your Creative Self

'Artist-to-artist, heart-to-heart help and support'

Join a new "creative cluster" in Hebden Bridge

Twelve-week course using the seminal 'The Artist's Way' by Julia Cameron

Weekly gathering to listen, share, encourage

All welcome: secret, fledgling, practising and established artists

Mondays 7-9pm
Beginning Monday 4th October 2010

Free, we'll all contribute to refreshments
Local location to be decided between the group

Facilitating will be local artist, Crystal M Kershaw
07821 634 713 / crystalmkershaw@gmail.com

Thursday 23rd September

The Birchcliffe Centre, 8.00pm, £5 entry on the door

P J?rgensen - a sound artist and composer for both ensemble and film currently based in Copenhagen, Denmark. Exploring the relationship between composition and chance, J?rgensen draws upon a palette of acoustic instrumentation and field recordings.

Seasons(Pre-din) - this shadowy northerner has been honing his craft for some time now, covertly issuing a slew of stunning albums while the world ticked on. He cut his teeth performing and collaborating with Richard Skelton and Xela, but over the last couple of years has busied himself prepping a range of hand-made releases on his own label.

Ithaca Trio - manage to cover a variety of styles in their music - ranging from slow burning deep ambient pieces to producing clear as a bell rythmic pieces based around real instrumentation.

Saturday 25 September

Harmony Open Mic

Small group acapella singing (no soloists please!)

Come along to sing or listen

7.30pm Saturday 25th September
upstairs at the Stubbing Wharf pub


or call Richard 07940 850328

26 September

Hardcastle Crags - Fungi Foray

Join us and our fungi expert for a walk in the woods to find some of the rare and fascinating fungi that Hardcastle Crags is famous for. Collect and identify amazing fruiting bodies and learn about the largest living organism on the planet. Call the estate office to book a place - Adult £4.50, child £2.50. Car parking charges apply; the walk is timed to meet the 906 bus service.

More info: 01422 844518

Sunday 26 September, 3pm

Music at Wainsgate - Late Summer Romance £8/£6

Due Voci is a local phenomenon - two sopranos and a pianist, three women friends who enjoy making stunningly beautiful music together. A programme of Early and Romantic music, full of love and passion. From Monteverdi to Tchaikovsky and Chausson, join them to hear how composers across the years have expressed these universal themes.

Sopranos: Mandy Doyle and Viv Burr, Pianist: Ailie Kerrane

More info

From 6 September

It's Only Words - Creative Writing at the Library

Event Details: Award-winning novelist Stephen May begins a new season of his popular, informal and friendly creative writing sessions at Hebden Bridge Library from Monday September 6. These 90 minute workshops take place every Monday 6.00pm-7.30pm and cover character, imagery, structure, dialogue, plot, memoir, setting and tone. Suitable for shy beginners as wells as the more experienced.

See news item

8 September

Hebden Bridge New Beginnings Club

for 30 plus Divorced, Separated or Widowed.

If you would like to find out more please come to meetings being held at the Pennine Club, Albert St, Hebden Bridge at 8pm on each Wednesday in September (this will change in October).

We look forward to meeting you

10-12 September

Treesponsibility Celebration Weekend
Join the group at the halfway point in their 25-year tree-planting programme. Meal and celebration on Friday, planting 500 trees on Saturday and a walk round previous planting sites on Sunday. www.treesponsibility.com or 01422 845418.

Sunday 12 September

Castle Carr Charity visit

Sunday 12 September 1pm - 4.30pm

Guided visit to Castle Carr estate including spectacular fountain display at 2pm. To support children in Romania through The Oak Tree Foundation

Tickets available from 1pm at Heights Lodge entrance, Castle Carr Road, Wainstalls HX2 7TR

Tickets: Adult £5 - accompanied children under 5 free, 5 -15 £3. Family Group (2 adults + children) £12. Dogs on a lead only.

More info 07710 042 088

16th September

Calder Ward forum Meeting

Town Hall, 6.45pm

17th September

British Recycled Products and Low Carbon Products Open Day.

10:00 - 17:00

Beehive Mills, Hebble End

Come and check out the whole range of products and ask us your questions. Join us for the Open Day on Friday 17th September, marking the opening of the showroom!

Among the items on display will be Hebden 40 porous paving for eliminating rainwater run-off from carparks and pathways, various types of fencing that will outlast wood by decades, vandal and weather-proof benches and picnic tables for tough environments, recycled plastic speed ramps, rot-proof signage, the acclaimed British Recycled Paint, a wide range of lumber sections made from mixed waste, recycled rubber flooring, post-consumer-waste bollards and much more....

Refreshments will be served.

Sunday 19 September

Jill Liddington will lead a "Walking with Women's Suffrage" 8-mile 6.5 hour walk from Mytholmroyd station (Manchester platform) at 10.30am. Book with Hebden Bridge TIC on 01422 843831.

Wednesday 22 September

10am, Mick Chatham leads a "Cragg Vale Coiners" 10-mile walk from Mytholmroyd Library: phone Mick on 01706 379318.

23rd September

NCT are now running antenatal classes in Hebden Bridge.

The course will be held at Dodnaze Community Centre on Thursday 23rd Sept 7.30pm - 9.30pm, Saturday 25 Sept, Oct 2nd, Oct 9th 9.30am - 1.30pm. Breastfeeding session on 7th Oct 7.30-9.30pm. Please contact our bookings person on Email: bookings7b@nct.org.uk
Telephone: 0844 243 6852

The course is open to all parents expecting a new baby, and is ideal for those expecting their babies in November.

23-29 August
Daevid Allen

DAEVID ALLEN AT THE TRADES CLUB - The godfather of British psychedelia makes a welcome return on Friday 27 August still flying the flag for love and peace well into his seventh decade. Read more

1-5 September
Richard Shindell

Latin Roots with Richard Shindell at the Trades Club - Richard flies in from South America to play a long awaited gig at the Trades after months of negotiation Read more

See also: Boon Army and other events at the Trades

4 September

Blackshaw Head Fete

From 1.30 pm

28 August - 5 September


Sat 28th August until Sun 5th September, inclusive

Opening hours each day 11am – 4.30 pm

Hebden Bridge Camera Club
Founded 1952

More info

4th - 5th September

Rushbearing Festival

Sowerby Bridge Rushbearing Festival

The focal point of the festival, the only one of its kind in Yorkshire, is a 16 foot high, 2 wheeled thatched Rushcart pulled by 60 local men dressed in Panama Hats, White Shirts, Black Trousers and Clogs with a Cart Maiden riding on top. They are accompanied by music and teams of Morris dancers, Clog Dancers and Mummers. The colourful procession is an unforgettable spectacle as it winds it’s way down from the village of Warley, through to Sowerby by Saturday tea-time. On Sunday after a Rushbearing Service at St. Peters Church, Sowerby, the procession continues to Ripponden via the hill top villages. The total distance covered is 9 miles.

More info

28 August

Freecycle event
Hope Baptist Church
Saturday August 28th from 12 - 2pm.

After running a successful clothes swap party "Pimp My Closet" during this years Big Green Weekend, I have decided to hold another like event but this time include all items and not just clothing. I am asking people to put things aside if they are having a clear out or have things they no longer use. I can collect items if necessary and if people just want to donate that is more than fine. The event will be entry by donation (any amount but suggesting around 50p) and after that everything is free to take if you think you can provide someones unwanted items a new and loving home.

All I ask is that any items donated or brought to the event are in decent working order. Items may include household items such as plates, cutlery, glassware, bed linens, baby toys, tools, basically anything that you think someone else might benefit from.

Any monies raised will go to the funds to help the repair of Hope Baptist Church and/or another local charity to be decided.

If anyone has items that need collecting then I can be contacted on my email or by mobile 07928 177737.

Joanne Johnson

14-27 August


A Play on the lives of Martha Crossley of Dean Clough, Halifax
and Lavena Saltonstall, Hebden Bridge and Halifax Suffragette.

By Anna Carlisle.

A promenade event from Square Chapel to Halifax Minster.

Times: 2 pm daily 14-22 August (excluding 16 August)
Venue: starts at Square Chapel churchyard, 10 Square Road Halifax HX1 1 OG and continues to Halifax Minster, Causeway Halifax HX1 1 OL

Tickets: £10 (concessions E7, under 5s free) to include refreshments. Tickets may be purchased by telephone or in person from Square Chapel box office: 01422 349 422 (information: www.halifaxfestival.co.uk)

Promenade performances: own seating permitted. Wheelchair access feasible (enquire upon ticket purchase)

From Square Peg Productions

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20-22 August

A weekend of exploration of
ecology and spirituality with
Satish Kumar

Public Talk: Friday 20th August, Chapel Hall, The Birchcliffe Centre, Hebden Bridge

Weekend Retreat: Friday 20th - Sunday 22nd August, The Birchcliffe Centre, Hebden Bridge.

Satish Kumar is internationally known as a leading spokesperson for the emerging vision of a holistic, non-violent and ecologically sustainable society built upon the ideas of M.K.Gandhi and E.F.Schumacher. A former Jain monk, he worked alongside Gandhi's spiritual successor, Vinobha Bhave, in the movement for social and economic justice in India before undertaking an 8000 mile Peace Walk to Europe and the USA.

Satish has been editor of Resurgence magazine for over 35 years, was the founder of the Small School at Hartland and Schumacher College in Dartington, where he was Director of Programmes for 20 years. His books include Earth Pilgrim; Only Connect: Soil, Soul, Society; Spiritual Compass; The Three Qualities of Life; The Buddha and the Terrorist: The Story of Angulimala; and two volumes of autobiography - No Destination and You Are, Therefore I Am - A Declaration of Dependence.

The weekend will be a rare opportunity to work in depth with this inspirational teacher, and will seek to make the connections between the work of inner and outer transformation that is needed to bring about a balanced, sustainable and non-violent workd. It will include meditation and yoga, talks, discussions and small group work, cookery and walking in nature. The weekend will commence with a public talk on in the Chapel Hall starting at 7 pm on Friday 20th August.

Weekend Course Including Public Talk: £150 Concessions £100

Public Talk Only One Price Only - £5.00

23 - 27th August

Get outdoors and go wild!
Monday 23rd to Friday 27th August from 12.00 until 4.00 each day - family fun at Hardcastle Crags — come along and have a go at lots of activities from art and craft to den building! All the activities are free and suitable for all the family — but be warned you might get dirty! Ask for details at Gibson Mill or phone 01422 841023. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

26 August
Jazz Club

Dagda Quartet

Hebden Bridge’s HX7 Jazz club kicks off its autumn season on Thursday August 26 by hosting a concert by the exceptional Dagda Quartet. The band is part of a unique, collaborative touring project which started in 2009, and is designed to bring together young musicians from England and Ireland in order to share ideas and develop their original compositions. More info

16-22 August

COMEDY AT THE TRADES - Stand up comedy used to be a male preserve but a new generation of female stand ups are taking on the testosterone fuelled circuit led by the Laughing Calves comedy collective. Read more - 16 August

19 August

The Birchcliffe Centre, 8.00pm, £5 entry on the door

Hibernate celebrates it's first birthday with a night of static, decay and bursts of melody featuring...

Ian Hawgood - enjoys making music using piano, pump organ, mellotron, vibraphone, rhodes, guitar, old tube amps and other mostly vintage equipment.

Talvihorros - experimental composer from London, UK exploring the possibilities of the guitar. His compositions venture into the fields of ambient, experimental, drone, post-rock and folk but dont fall into the cliches associated with any of these genres.

Tom White - a sound and visual artist currently based in London. Working with found sounds, tape collage, mic feedback and fragments of instrumentation, to create composition, sound art and film sound.

Was Ist Das Soundsystem - Spinning a mixture of ambient & drone between sets.

13 - Sun 15 Aug 2010

Summer Boxing Boot Camp

Women Only - Hebden Hey
Fri 13 - Sun 15 Aug 2010 -

Residential Boot Camp - The first of its kind in West Yorkshire. Led by Box 4 Fitness, female ABA Boxing Tutors, Summer Boxing Boot Camp kicks is a 2 day, 2 night programme built on killer outdoor circuits, woodland runs, boxing and metabolic training. For more information visit www.boxingbootcamp.org or call Kate 077 3243 3243

11-16 August
Jack Leven

Viva Morrissey and Jackie Leven at the Trades Club. "Jackie Leven has lived the rock and roll life including a spell living rough under the South Bank Centre but we welcome him as a criminally underrated songwriter and live performer." Read more - 8 August

28 July - 5 August 2010
Betty Unthank

The Stations and events at the Trades.
More info - 3 Aug

Singing with Becky and more events at the Trades. More info - 26 July

26 July - 27 August 2010

500 Faces exhibition. Arts Festival shop, Albert Street. A collection of 500 portraits of local people – the largest photo project of its kind being undertaken in the UK. www.500faces.co.uk

7 - 8 August 2010

Todmorden Centre Vale Park

Live Band Stage
House Music Tent
Dubstep Tent
Reggae Tent
Psytrance Tent
Acoustic Tent
Kids Activity Tent
Food Stalls
Craft / Market Stalls

Free admission. Donations collected on entry to support local charities

This event will showcase the best musical talent from around the region with a few names also. Please become a fan to support it.

More info

24 July - 1 August 2010

Rochdale Canal Festival 2010
24th July – 1st August

A walking, biking, wildlife-watching, canoeing, angling, boating, eating, relaxing week of fun!

Discover the Rochdale Canal through Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale and Calderdale and join a week of free activities including guided walks, bike rides, canoe and angling taster sessions, boat rides, wildlife safaris, lantern parades, story telling and much more.

A full programme available from www.thewaterwaystrust.org.uk

31 July and 1 August 2010

Crackers the Clown and his fun-loving friends will be crossing Hebden’s packhorse bridge 500 times over the weekend of July 31 and August 1 – dancing, telling stories and just being plain daft.


The event, part of the celebrations to mark the 500th anniversary of the bridge, will also be raising cash for mental health charities MIND and Soteria.

Weather permitting, Crackers, alias Tim Gibbons, will be attempting the 500 costumed crossings between 11am and noon and between 3pm and 4pm on both days.

Tim will also be running clowning workshops in the autumn. Would-be clowns can call him on 01422 842851 or email for more details.

Full details of all HB500 events are at www.hebden500.co.uk.

31 July and 1 August 2010

Vintage Car Weekend

The Hebden Bridge Vintage Weekend, organised by the Rotary Club of Hebden Bridge, will be staged at Calder Holmes Park on 31st July-1st August 2010. This popular family event attracts hundreds of vintage and classic cars, motorcycles, commercial, military and American vehicles as well as kit cars. For further information or for entry form contact Dave Bell on 01422 842597 or email

1 August 2010

Jive Hop with Hebden’s own
TC and the Swingcats

Hole int Wall Hebden Bridge. 2pm
Sunday Aug 1st. absolutely Free!

1 August 2010

Some Girls’ Mothers

5pm at Hebden Bridge Town Hall

One of the most successful and engaging literature tours of recent years will be arriving in Hebden Bridge in August with a very special performance. The event which takes place at the Town Hall, St George’s Street at 5pm, will be only the second time that all six featured writers will have performed together, and for Char March and Anne Caldwell, it will be a significant home town performance.

Best friend or bete noir? How does the mother/daughter relationship colour women’s lives? In Some Girls’ Mothers six authors share their stories on stage and in print.

"Touching, wounding and humbling," - Simon Armitage

Tickets: £3 on door

22 - 25 July 2010

Shazia Mirza

Comedy, Reggae and Strictly Come (Tango) Dancing at the Trades this week - 19 July

22 July 2010

Hole In t‚ Wall

8.00pm, free entry.

Jasper TX is the musical moniker of Sweden‚s Dag Rosenqvist. Using electric and acoustic guitar, piano, pump organ, melodica, glockenspiel, voice and various other instruments as a foundation for his compositions.

Canadian artist Mark Templeton utilizes a background in acoustic music and instruments such as the guitar, banjo and accordion to compose electro-acoustic music using said instruments and a variety of effects processes.

Danny Saul (guitar, vocal) has been an active part of a largely undocumented Manchester music scene for nearly 10 years. After playing guitar with the now-defunct Tsuji Giri (whose self-released Steve Albini-recorded album came out in 2005), Danny began developing a more personal compositional and performance method.

Was Ist Das Soundsystem
Spinning a mixture of drone, ambient & folk between sets.

17 July 2010

FOLKFEST AT THE TRADES - The inaugural Hebden Bridge Folk Festival kicks off this coming weekend featuring legendary The Men they Couldn’t Hang and folk royalty Robin Williamson. More info - 12 July

Robin Williamson

Hebden Bridge Folk roots festival. The Trades Club, Stubbing Wharf and Fox and Goose will host gigs, workshops and join-in sessions to celebrate the best of folk and roots music with a mixture of local, national and international talent on show. A celebration of Hebden Bridge’s creativity, especially in the field of music.

17 July 2010

Heptonstall Festival
An afternoon of live music, magic and storytelling, featuring actress and storyteller Ursula Holden Gill, Hebden Hill Millies, TC & the Swingcats, the Fat Rascals, children’s entertainment and much more. 12-6pm in Weavers Square, and then at the Cross Inn.

Friday 9 July 2010

Jill Liddington on writing suffragette: Lavena Saltonstall
Friday 9 July, Hebden Bridge Library, 7.30pm

Lavena Saltonstall, fustian tailoress from Hebden Bridge, is the most celebrated of all local suffragettes. We know about her through her vivid writing, in which she reflected back on her own confining growing-up. This evening, Jill Liddington, author of Rebel Girls, discusses Lavena’s own writing and the Votes for Women campaigns which took her first to Halifax, then down to London, then into Holloway. Tickets £2 (£1.50 concs) from Hebden Bridge Library

Friday 9 July 2010

Big Night In

After the success of the first ever ‘Big Night In’ back in January 2010, popular demand has led to the event being held again on Friday 9th July. The event is a unique initiative designed to entertain all audiences, with various acts of entertainment scheduled in to take place throughout the evening.

Performing on the night will be a total of four live acts, with extremely talented Patrick McCallion opening the evening, local bands Pink Elephant Fish and Frontier Psychiatrists and headlining the act will be an unmissable band… There will be plenty of audience participation too with a round of ‘Play Your Cards Right’ and a family quiz. A bar and BBQ will also be present.

If you’d like to reserve tickets please email Billy or call 07768863233

Saturday 10 July 2010

Festival Bus: 2pm

Take the bus to Berringden Brow, not far from Hebden bridge, where truth really can be stranger than fiction, renew your acquaintance with Carnal Claire, Unreliant Robin, Man-With-Mother, and the dastardly Donald Patterson, plus Mash the Dog, whose amorous adventures and other cannine escapades have been known to bring the entire village to a standstill ...

Saturday 10 July 2010

Hotfoot from Glastonbury where they regularly headline the ‘Blazing Saddles’ Stage, Mundo Jazz are the world’s only Comedy World-Music band, and preach peace, love and understanding with all the subtlety of a brick hitting butter. Superb musical and comic improvisers with ridiculously catchy songs, awful dancing and thunderously crass philosophising.

"A sort of live, Latino Spinal Tap. Very, very, very funny." Daily Express

" …combine genuinely thrilling harmonies and killer songs with side-splitting gags. Their solution to Third World debt is the best joke I’ve ever heard. Period." The Times.

"Ludicrously brave and truly unique. Kill for a ticket (but not with guns)!" The Scotsman.

Read more

10 - 11 July 2010

Festival Bus

Saturday 10th July at 4pm and 6pm
Sunday 11th July at 6pm

The last weekend of the festival sees the first performances of the brand new Contemporary Dance Theatre Company, DankDance. Instigated by local Dance Artist Nicholas Keegan, DankDance aims to make exciting contemporary dance work that challenges perspectives of public spaces, and explores the potential of collaborative art work.

The piece, Bliss is Ignorance, has been specially created for Hebden Bridge Arts Festival as a site specific performance. It is a collaborative work made by a collective of Dancers and Actors; Amelia Cardwell, Jessica Hothersall, Lindy Nsingo, Christopher Keegan, Nicholas Keegan, Dwayne Simms. Brothers Nicholas and Christopher Keegan (Dancer and Actor) grew up in Hebden Bridge and have gone on to pursue professional careers. This is their first collaboration together and they are thrilled to be able to present it in their home town. The Company therefore plans to develop and present workshop opportunities within local schools and open workshops to the community alongside their performance work.

10 - 11 July 2010

Relive the Battle of Heptonstall
The Battle of Heptonstall organised by Hebden Bridge Local History Society and Lt. Col. John Lilburne’s Regiment of The Sealed Knot.

11 July 2010

Writers’ Roadshow
Sunday 11 July, Hebden Bridge Library, 9am to 5pm

A day of talks, readings, workshops and discussions with locally based authors. Stretch your creative muscles, meet publishers and learn from other writers. There is also a chance for a one to one session on your own writing on the Saturday.
£20/£15 concs (including lunch). Extra fee of £10 for one to one sessions.

For more information and a programme/booking form, please email Anna Turner or phone 01422 392606.

22 - 27 June

Hebden Bridge Arts Festival



30 June - 18 July 2010

Contemporary Art Photography by Paul Croft, Sarah Halstead, Lee Richardson Foster and Angie Rogers, exploring the themes of nature and the local environment.

30th June - 18 July Open daily 11-4
Earth Spirit Gallery, upstairs at Earth Spirit
23 Market Street, Hebden Bridge Tel: 01422 847770

2-4 July 2010

Cider Festival

Cider Festival

The Stubbing Wharf will be hosting its 4th Cider Festival, from 2nd to 4th July 2010. As well as a range of over 70 different ciders from producers across the length and breadth of the UK and beyond; there will be canal boat cruises, live music from some popular local turns, a magician and children’s entertainment.

The Stubbing Wharf is located off the A646 on the west side of Hebden Bridge, sandwiched between the River Calder and the Rochdale Canal.

Sunday 4 July 2010

Festival Bus: 12 noon

Take the bus to Berringden Brow, not far from Hebden bridge, where truth really can be stranger than fiction, renew your acquaintance with Carnal Claire, Unreliant Robin, Man-With-Mother, and the dastardly Donald Patterson, plus Mash the Dog, whose amorous adventures and other cannine escapades have been known to bring the entire village to a standstill…

Sunday 4 July 2010

An afternoon of song involving 500 voices around Bridge Gate and St George’s Square. Pack Horse Bridge, Sunday, 4th July, 2pm. Spend an hour or so listening to songs in harmony and unison to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the packhorse bridge. Local choirs will sing a specially commissioned piece by Daniel Bath and charm you with songs from their own repertoire for this Festival event. Come and join in - be one of the 500 Voices!

Saturday 3 July 2010

Summer Music at Wainsgate

The acclaimed period performance group Arioso presents an exciting show of dance and vocal music to celebrate the opening of the Hebden bridge in 1510. This fascinating programme will include some of the best loved renaissance music from the first 100 years of the bridge’s life

More info

Saturday 3 July 2010

The Hepton Singers’ summer festival concert
Spanning 500 years: music from 1510 to 2010 in Heptonstall Parish Church at 8pm. A varied selection of sacred and secular music connected with the year 1510 by composers including Josquin des Pres, Clemens non Papa, and William Cornysh.  The programme will also include Delius’ To be sung of a summer night on the water and the premiere of Afresh, seven times by Alison West, which sets a sequence of haiku-like poems by Donald Atkinson in a musical composition of shifting moods – reflective, witty and watery! More info at www.heptonsingers.co.uk

Saturday 3 July 2010

Summer Music at Wainsgate: Strangeworld: A top class acoustic folk band, Strangeworld play what’s been described as haunting, energetic and exquisite music.- 1 June


1 July 2010

Drawn to Art

Drawn to Art – Todmorden Art College summer show
6-8pm - opening night

Todmorden art college summer show – Drawn to Art – showcases work from two courses, Art and Design Access to Higher Education Diploma and the Art and Design Diploma.

There will be over 40 artists with diverse work on display.

The Opening Night is Thurs 1 July 6-8pm and will be opened by Mary Loney OBE and then the show is open weekdays from 10-4 between 4 and 7 July.

For more info you can email Holly

Drawn to Art

Saturday 26 June 2010

George’s Square


Flamenco music and dance performance of the Hebden Bridge classes as part of the Handmade Parade and Arts Festival.

See website

26 June 2010

Handmade Parade 2010


5-24 June 2010

Handmade Parade Open Workshops
Come along to make costumes, giant puppets and parade art ahead of the Handmade Parade on June 26. www.hebdenbridgeparade.org.uk

24 June 2010

Go Dippy! at Hardcastle Crags 11-2

Come along and get involved with our pond surveys at Hardcastle Crags, help us to find and identify the bugs and beasts living in our old mill ponds.

We’ll be pond dipping from 11am at Gibson Mill so feel free to join us for as long as you like.

Admission to the event is free.
Gibson Mill is approx 1 mile walk from the main car park, disabled parking spaces available at the mill on request.

Location: Hardcastle Crags, Midgehole Road, Hebden Bridge

Contact: Gemma Wren on 01422 841020 or by email

19 June 2010

The Bridge Birthday Bash
Get your glad rags on for the bridge’s 500th birthday party. The fun starts from 1.30pm – who knows when it’ll end!

  • Packhorse procession over the bridge
  • Madcap mediaeval capers with Will Tease the Jester and the dramatic, dancing King’s Troupe of local children
  • Mediaeval music, dance and merriment
  • A chance to swot up on bridge facts and fiction with snippets to fascinate even the unfascinatable
  • A jolly big batch of birthday buns
  • Some jolly loud bangs
  • The Handmade Parade Samba Brigade
  • And some jolly surprising surprises!
19-20 June 2010

Hebden Bridge Band Heritage Weekend, beginning with a concert at the Picture House on Saturday evening featuring the Hebden Bridge Band and guest soloist Joe Cook on tuba. Sunday will see a whole host of traditional brass bands taking part in the third Hebden Bridge marching contest.

19 June 2010


Now in its third year, Luddfest offers a variety of musical performances in locations such as St Mary’s Church and the Lord Nelson Pub & Beer Garden. This year’s event is slightly smaller in size to last year but will still present around fourteen different musical performances.

17 June 2010
Project X

Project X will be holding their first drop - in at the Hope Baptist Church opposite the cinema on Thursday 17th June. Read more

16 June 2010


Wednesday 16th at 2.30 till 4.30

RefuTea at the Trades Club

Tea is supportive warm and welcoming - just how we want refugees to feel in the UK. Come along to the Trades club for afternoon tea to discover and celebrate the contributions refugees bring to the UK. Refugee and asylum seekers from Halifax who run a social enterprise with Janet Oosthuysen (called Cafe Wednesday) at St Augustines Centre will be around for a chat and infromation. Donations to St Augustines to help continue their work with refugees.

Tuesday 15 June 2010

Police and Communities Together Meeting (PACT)

The next police meeting will be part of Calderdale’s ward forum meeting on Tuesday 15 June, at 6.30pm for a 7pm start in Hebden Bridge Town Hall.

14-20 June 2010

Orkestra del Sol

Troubadours, folk and blues at the Trades Club this week. - Orkestra del Sol, Brooks Williams, Steve Tilston and The Stations. Read more - 13 June

11 June 2010

Ramble ‘N’ Rave

Throughout 2010 and 2011, various members of Mytholmroyd Scout Group will be carrying out a mixture of fundraising initiatives in order to take part in a variety of projects. On Friday 11th June our next fundraiser is scheduled to take place; Ramble ‘N’ Rave. This event will be taking place by popular demand due to the success of the New Year’s Day Treasure Hunt. The night consists of a family friendly treasure hunt, a barbecue and to finish the night off some live music from local talent. The evening will commence at 6.00 and the latest time for families wishing to take part in the treasure hunt will be 8.00. The barbecue will be available from 8.30, with the live entertainment starting from 9.00. Admission for this event will be just £5 per family or £2 per head. The treasure hunt starts and finishes at Mytholmroyd Community Centre.

Any questions; please email Billy Painter

6 - 12 June 2010

Jazz Club

England fans will have chance to watch the 1966 World Cup final at the Trades Club. Read more about what’s on at the Trades this week.

The Sam Crockatt Quartet

Read more about The Sam Crockatt Quartet at the HX7 Jazz Club this week.

10 June 2010

Helen of Four Gates

HELEN OF FOUR GATES - film ‘lost’ for 90 years, used Hebden Bridge as a location. Heart-rending tale returns to its local roots. On June 10, local people will be flocking to the Picture House to watch the film - Helen of Four Gates - as it shows on a public screen for the first time in 90 years. More info

Wednesday 9 June 2010

Hole In t’ Wall, Hangingroyd lane, Hebden Bridge

8.00pm, free entry.

Nicked Drake
Gareth Dickson is the tour guitarist for Vashti Bunyan and has worked with great musicians like Devendra Banhart, Juana Molina and Coco Rosie. In addition Gareth records under his own name and has releases on Drifting Falling, Slow Flow and Benbecula. Gareth will play Nick Drake‚s Pink Moon album, as close as possible to the way it was written.

Ian Hinton-Smith
Ian first made his name as the guitar player for Alfie [Twisted Nerve/Regal Records] but also played most of the drums on Badly Drawn Boy’s classic debut album "The Hour Of The Bewilderbeast". Since then, he went on to play with Jim Noir which lead to the formation of his last band The Beep Seals.

Johnny Powell
Deftly fingerpicked folk loveliness from a local favourite. During 2009, Johnny Powell began the creation of a large collection of alternative folk material for his new solo project using the harp, acoustic guitar, vocals and electronics. The songs also involve a variety of strange and unexpected recorded clips and the use of unexpected, yet meaningful objects (curtain rails, toy cars, high heels, graveyard noises etc…) all designed to have symbolic links to the lyrics, and add intentional atmosphere to the music.

6 June 2010

Boundary Walk

More info

6 June 2010

Hardcastle Crags - Balsam Bash

Come along and help remove the invasive Himalayan Balsam from Hardcastle Crags. Meet at Midgehole car park shed at 10am. Parking charges apply.

Information about how and why we remove the balsam will be given and work areas will be assigned. You are welcome to come for a short time and leave when you have had enough. Late arrivals are welcome to join the group, but we will be working throughout the site, so briefings cannot be given to late-comers.

More info: 01422 844518

6 June 2010

Summer Music at Wainsgate, 3pm

Strange World play what’s been described as haunting, energetic and exquisite music. A top class acoustic folk band formed in 2005 – they’ve performed at all sorts of weird and wonderful venues including music festivals, folk festivals and arts centres, countrywide - with a marvellous mix of instruments including cello and medieval rauschpfeifen. Very atmospheric!

More info

5 June 2010

Salem Fun Day

Gala/Fun day at Salem Fields

The event starts at 11am and runs until approx 7pm in which there will be various activities. These are;

  • Have-a-go Archery
  • 6-a-side cricket tournament
  • Various stalls
  • Croquet
  • Refreshments and food
  • Grand Raffle - this is one of the largest prize funds we have put together yet.

The raffle prizes include a star prize of a Helicopter ride for 2 people, accommodation locally, £100 cash prize, an archery course for 2 people, a case of wine, various meals for 2 at local restaurants and many other great prizes.

Organised by the Archery and Cricket Clubs

Friday 4 June 2010

Green Fingers and Question Time

Old Town Community Centre

  • people will bring cuttings from their gardens to swap;
  • plant stalls for people to by plants, cacti and succulents;
  • gardening books and tools etc to sell as well as eco-friendly products.

Doors open at 6.30 p.m. a at about 7.00 we are going to gave our very own home grown Hebden Bridge Gardeners Question Time with three brilliant local gardeners.

They are: Steve Blacksmith - famous for his column - Ear to the Ground in the HB Times, Joel Robinson who is a cacti and succulents specialist whose passion lies in planting tropical exotics in the local Yorkshire landscape. Finally Phil Gomersall will be there to share his expertise as the Allotments Regeneration Initiative Mentor for Yorkshire.

If that isn’t enough, we will have a Painting competition for children to be judged by the Panel topped off with a pie and peas supper, bar and raffle.

Raising funds for the Community Centre

4 June 2010

Hole In t’ Wall, Hangingroyd lane, Hebden Bridge

8.00pm, free entry.

The Declining Winter
The Declining Winter are a U.K. band based in Leeds, led by Richard Adams, the co-founder of Domino Records group Hood.

Also from Leeds, Fieldhead is P. Elam. He produces ambient/electronic music that delights in tape hiss, geography, bleak landscapes and decaying analogue loops.

Johnny Powell
Deftly fingerpicked folk loveliness from a local favourite. During 2009, Johnny Powell began the creation of a large collection of alternative folk material for his new solo project using the harp, acoustic guitar, vocals and electronics. The songs also involve a variety of strange and unexpected recorded clips and the use of unexpected, yet meaningful objects (curtain rails, toy cars, high heels, graveyard noises etc…) all designed to have symbolic links to the lyrics, and add intentional atmosphere to the music.

3 June - 31 July 2010

‘Bridges’ is a photographic project celebrating 500 years of history by local photographer Craig Shaw, in collaboration with members of the Hebden Bridge Local History Society. Commemorating the building of the old packhorse bridge in Hebden Bridge in 1510, the project brings together a collection of photos of the historic bridges in the area as they are today, their history and folklore, and old photos from the past.

‘Bridges’ can be found online at www.hebden500bridges.co.uk and will also be exhibited at Hebden Bridge Trades Club on Holme Street from June 3rd to July 31st 2010

2 - 6 June 2010

Warstein 15th anniversary twin town visit
Celebration at the bridge and civic presentation. Thursday, June 3 at 10.30am, performance by the Warstein choir.

29 - 31 May 2010

Big Green Weekend

Big Green Weekend

and Transition Town launch

27 - 30 May 2010
Demdike Stare

Dub, witches, double guitarist and Po’Girl play the Trades

More info - 23 May

30 May 2010

(11 am)

Flamenco in George’s Square as part of the Big Green Weekend

See website

28 - 31 May 2010

7th Annivesary Beer Festival
Fox and Goose

Friday 28th to Monday 31st May.

Each session starts at 12 noon and finishes at 12 midnight. The theme for this year’s festival is The People’s Choice, and will feature around 50 beers as voted for by our regulars earlier this year. Food is available at all session, and with our lovely hillside beer garden open it is set to be a great weekend.

25 May 2010

Tuesday 25 May (from 9.4am to 2.00pm)

Keep Safe and Keep Well

20 organisations, including Fire, Police and Ambulance services, Pennine Housing, Dept for Work & Pensions and Calderdale Council’s Home Energy, Home Improvements, Adaptations and Handyperson service, join forces at the old Council Office building, Hebden Bridge on Tues 25 May (from 9.4am to 2.00pm) to provide advice, information and freebies. 50 carbon monoxide detectors on offer.

First aid demonstations throughout event.

Free admission, hot drink and entry to prize draw.

20 - 23 May 2010
Jesca Hoop

Jesca Hoop, Mabel Blue and all that jazz at the Trades

More info - 17 May

22 May 2010

Fair for Youth

FAIR FOR YOUTH - has been arranged for Saturday. 22nd May. Calder Holmes Park will see exhibitions, demonstrations and workshops from some of the many providers of youth activities in the area. Read more - 13 May

20 May 2010

How we used to live

How we used to live

Little Theatre, 7.30 pm

£4 (£3)

with Freda Kelsall, writer of the series. A mixture of intriguing and funny stories with extracts from the programmes.

20 May 2010
Jazz Club

JAZZ CLUB - London-based jazz singer Sarah Ellen Hughes visits Hebden Bridge’s HX7 Jazz Club for what should be a superb concert on Thursday 20th May 2010. Read more

19 May 2010

Wednesday May 19th

Hole In t’ Wall,

8.00pm, free entry.

Simon Scott is the former Slowdive drummer. Through Simon‚s dimly-lit soundscapes, we encounter shimmering melodies that gather and disperse through apocalyptic rhythms, surrounded by layers of harmony that hover over found-sounds.

Machinefabriek (Rutger Zuyderveldt from Rotterdam, Holland) is amongst the finest experimental/electronic artists of recent years ˆ his ultra-prolific back catalogue showcases his ability to perfect classical ambience, organic drone soundscapes, electronic minimalism and cathartic noise, and he has been hailed as one of the most interesting new experimental musicians by the Wire magazine.

Clem Leek creates a beautiful mix of piano melodies and subtle instrumentation, all set to the crackle of a 78" record.

Relmic Statute is Leeds-based artist David Horner, who assembles lulling, grainy soundscapes based on the splicing of field recordings collected from cassettes and old 1/4-inch tape.

15 May 2010

Hardcastle Crags - Noah Dale
Meet Robert at 10am at Clough Hole car park for an 8 mile moderate circular walk in the Upper Colden valley. Visit Greenland, Scotland and Egypt in a day! Packed lunch and stout footwear required. More info: 01422 844518

Saturday 15th May
Hardcastle Crags - Bluebell Walk

The walk starts at 2.30pm from Midgehole carpark
A three mile walk following the riverside path to Gibson Mill. There will be time for drinks and a rest at Gibson Mill before returning along the main track. The riverside path is steep and rocky in places and if we have rain may be muddy. Stout footwear and waterproofs essential. Call the estate office to book a place (01422 844518) - Adult £2.50, child free. Car parking charges apply. There’s a 906 bus from HB station at 13.45pm, arriving at 13.55 at Hardcastle Crags.

7 May 2010

Tales from Gaza, 7.30pm.
Tickets cost £2 concessions are £1.50.
Hebden Bridge Library

Author Sharyn Lock will be at Hebden Bridge library on Friday 7 May to tell her gripping story of Gaza: Beneath the Bombs.

Travelling with the Free Gaza Movement, Sharyn believed that the greatest danger she faced would be making it past the Israeli sea blockade in a fishing boat.

Plunging into a nightmare as Israel attacked Gaza’s 1.5 million inhabitants by land, air and sea, Sharyn volunteered with Palestinian ambulances, assisting them as they were faced with overwhelming casualties.

Her story provides a view of Gaza difficult to glimpse from outside — of a people who face their oppression not only with courage but with humour.

Join Sharyn as she tells her story at Hebden Bridge Library .

6 May 2010


Calder Valley Election Forum

As well as the general election, on 6th May each of the 17 wards in the Calderdale area will have the opportunity to vote for a Calderdale councillor. Read more about local council candidates.

General Election night
Trades Club

After our usual quiz and frivolity, down to the serious business. Our big screen will show the election results as they come in, food will be available, as will any number of silly games, (participation entirely voluntary) and our license permits our bar to be open till 2. By which time will Saint Nick Clegg be prime minister? Or will it be business as usual?

3 May 2010

International workers day lunch and discussion
Trades Club

Start: 12.30
In celebration of International workers day, the Trades club is hosting a community lunch and discussion. After a hearty lunch, Paul Holmes, left wing candidate for Unison general secretary will speak, followed by our own Pete Lazenby and a green activist.

We will then see where the discussion takes us. As the election is only 3 days away Im sure that will crop up, but the most important subject under discussion is how best to promote workers’ rights in a time of recession.

All welcome - even if only for the lunch!

29 - 30 April & 3 May 2010
Dirty Fakirs

Cabaret and Dirty Fakirs at the Trades

More info - 26 April

29 April 2010

BATS - Join us for a batty evening to learn more about bats and how you can help. Thursday 29th April, 7pm at The White Lion Hotel, Hebden Bridge. For further information contact us on 01422 844518 or email

25 April 2010

Walking with Women’s Suffrage.

Feeling disenchanted with the coming Election? Perhaps thinking you may not even vote? Then step out into the beautiful Calderdale countryside this Sunday - and walk in the footsteps of the local suffragettes who fought so hard for women to win the right to vote.

‘Walking with Suffrage’ is an 8-mile circular walk skirting round the Upper Calder Valley hillsides. It visits the homes of local suffragettes, the clothing factories they worked in, and the Hebden Bridge square where Emmeline Pankhurst addressed a packed Votes for Women meeting in January 1907. Follow in the steps of Lavena Saltonstall, fustian clothing machinist - and Calderdale’s most celebrated suffragette.

The walk starts at 10.30 am on Sunday 25 April, meeting on the Manchester platform of Mytholmroyd Railway station. It finishes about 4.30 pm back in Mytholmroyd for a cup of tea, and is organized by Mytholmroyd Walkers’ Action. The walk is led by suffrage historian Jill Liddington, author of Rebel Girls: their fight for the vote (Virago).

Booking advisable - please email Julie Swift or phone 01422 393273 to reserve a place.

24 April 2010

at 2pm

Oyez! Oyez! Oyez!

Town Crier needed for Big Green Weekend

Big Green Projects are searching for the most vocal person in Hebden Bridge to act as Town Crier during the Big Green Weekend (May 29 - 31), the search is on and a competition to find our Crier will be held in St. Georges Square on Saturday April 24th at 2pm.

Do you think you have what it takes? Come along and join in the fun, write a short 100 - 200 word piece on why Hebden Bridge is the best town in the country and come out and test your loud voice!!

The winner will be our Big Green Weekend Town Crier (so must be available over the weekend of May 29 - 31) and expenses will be paid for the role. For more information contact Joanne

24 April 2010
Seedy Saturday

Seedy Saturday - Bring along any unwanted seeds or plants (or just yourself and a willingness to grow things) and swap them for new ones to fill up your garden. Read more - 18 April

23 April 2010

Friday April 23rd from 8 till late

An evening of Traditional Roots

Live Music at the Trades Club in Hebden Bridge.
Featuring PAPAJACA, a Brazilian led (Claudio Kron Do Brazil) ensemble kicking out fantastic Latin Vibes,THE KAJAMOR FAMILY, who will showcase the traditional rhythms and songs of the Casamance region of Senegal and DJ John Tree a Beatherder and Solfest regular who will see out the night with a set of fabulous Global Grooves.
£5 Trades members £7 Guests
See You There.

22 - 24 April 2010

World Music, Martin Stephenson, Rhythmbridge, and more at the Trades this week. More info - 18 April

16 April 2010

9 pm,
The Trades Club

Benefit for the Cambodia Youth Music Fund
with Gaia + Electric Brains + Revolver
A night of 60s & 70s rock and garage punk featuring the soaring psychedelic brilliance of rock trio Gaia - Hawkwind / Floyd for 2010! Irresistible garage punk pop mayhem from the Electric Brains ˆ „superlatives are in order - go see them‰ - Last FM. With superb covers band Revolver playing classic rock from the Beatles, Hendrix, the Stooges, the Stones and more. All proceeds to the Cambodia Youth Music Fund, a project to support and promote access to music, performance and the arts for disadvantaged children and young people in Cambodia.

15 - 16 April 2010
Henry Priestman

Grumpy old Christian and more at the Trades this week. Read more - 11 April

13 April 2010

at 6:30pm

Police and Community Meeting

Town Hall

8 - 10 April 2010
Outer Zeds

OUTER ZEDS HAITI BENEFIT, Bridget St. John, Reggae and more at the Trades this coming week. Read more - 4 April

8 April

FRIENDS OF CALDER HOLMES PARK - More members are always needed. Come along to the AGM on 8 April. All welcome. Read more - 29 March


5 April

Duck Race: Bank Holiday


2 April 2010
28 March

Shed Your Tears and Walk Away showing at the Picture House on 28th March as part of the Bradford Film Festival.

25 - 27 March

CHUMBAWAMBA, HAZEL O’CONNOR and more at the Trades - a weekend of hits at the Trades this week as chart stars Chumbawamba, Hazel O’Connor and Chris Helme visit the valley. Read more - 23 March

24 March 2010

Wednesday March 24 at 7pm

Handmade Parade

HANDMADE PARADE: HELP DECIDE THE THEME - at an open community consultation meeting to which everyone is invited. Organisers are asking people to bring their ideas and enthusiasm to the meeting, which will be held in the upstairs room at Hope Baptist Church in Hebden Bridge next Wednesday March 24 at 7pm. Read more - 15 March

24 March 2010

Methodist Hall, 7.30 pm

Issy Shannon
Infamy, Infamy, They’ve All Got It In For Me

Issy’s talk is based on research for her popular book Infamous Yorkshire Woman and her time as editor of Milltown Memories magazine.

Hebden Bridge Local History Society

20 - 21 March

Spring Clean around Hebden Bridge

Nutclough Woods: Saturday 20th March, 10.30-4

The Delph Allotments, Windsor Road, Saturday 20th March, 11-2pm
Open Day and Spring Clean, soup, biscuits, veggie sausages.
Planting potatos on community plot.

Mill Pond and Delph - Sunday, 21st March 2pm

More info and skip locations

All sponsored by Hebden Royd Town Council

18 - 20 March 2010
Simon Munnery

HX7 JAZZ, Tarantism, Simon Munnery, Clothes Swap and other events at the Trades this week. Read more - 14 March

17 March 2010

Library Talk on Palestine - Author Rich Wiles will visit Hebden Bridge Library on Wednesday 17 March at 6.30pm to promote his new book about life in Palestine. Read more - 10 March

14 March 2010

Sunday 14th March, 7.30pm

Group Acapella singing
Come to listen or sing
all welcome

upstairs at the Stubbing Wharf Pub
More info

10 February - 14 March 2010

Exhibition at ArtsMill
Wednesday 10th February – Sunday 14th March

12 Artists From the West Yorkshire Print Workshop

A selection of work by artists from the West Yorkshire Print Workshop showing a great variety of printmaking approaches and subject matter. This exhibition is conceived as a rich celebration of the versatility of print.

ArtsMill Gallery, Linden Mill, Linden Road,
Hebden Bridge, HX7 7DP
Open Wed-Sun 11am – 4pm
Admission Free

13 March 2010

Pennine Horizons

Consultation event for a new South Pennines project

Saturday 13 March 2010,
1pm to 5pm (drop in any time)
Erringden Room,
St Michael’s Church,

Read more

13 March 2010

Saturday 13th March

UK BIG FREEZE, HEBDEN BRIDGE - The UK Big Freeze is the largest flashmob ever to hit the UK, taking place in 25 UK towns and cities at the same time. Read more

13 March 2010

Saturday 13th March
Doors open 7.30pm, first set around 9 pm

OuterZeds do benefit for Old Town Community Centre

Tickets are priced at £6/£4 for concessions and available now by emailing Wadsworth Community Centre, or through the Community Centre Facebook Group. All money raised will go directly towards keeping the centre open, whilst we continue to secure longer term funding.

13 March 2010

Saturday 13th March 7.30pm
Ted Hughes Theatre, Calder High School

Junior Band

Brass band fans in for a treat this weekend with Hebden Bridge Junior Band teaming up for a one-off concert with the Cambridge University Brass Band. Read more - 9 March

11 - 13 March 2010

This week at the Trades

Jazz with Andy Sheppard and a barn dance with attitude courtesy of the Last Chance Saloon Band (see above) are among the offerings this week at the Trades - Read more - 7 March

11 March 2010

11th March at The Hole In T’ Wall, 8pm

Free Entry

Svarte Greiner - Dark soundscapes in a surrealistic world of sounds not far from that of David Lynch/Angelo Badalamenti.

Ithaca Trio - Processed acoustics, bells, glitches, found sounds and harmonics taking on an almost Steve Reich-like quality.

Jednota + Relmic Statute - Digitally processing natures sound to convey a gentle and serene atmosphere.

10 March 2010
Civil war in Calderdale

10th March 2010
Methodist Hall, 7.30 pm

John Spencer
The Civil War in Calderdale

In December 1642 Sir William Savile of ‘Calder Dale’ attempted to take Bradford for the King. Halifax men rallied to its defence, but the fortunes of war turned and by the summer of 1643 the West Riding had fallen to the Royalists. A small Parliamentarian garrison held out at Heptonstall - this is their story.

Since 1990 our speaker has been curator of Military Collections for Calderdale Museums Service with responsibility for the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment Museum at Bankfield.

Hebden Bridge Local History Society

6 March 2010

Saturday 6th March

LET US NOT WALK AWAY. Let us walk together. The recent deaths of brothers, Liam and Sam Jones, both to drugs and alcohol has prompted their sister Belinda, to hold a charity walk for Lifeline Calderdale. Read more

4 - 6 March 2010
Glenn Tilbrook

IT’S COOL FOR CATS AT THE TRADES - the coming week includes Squeeze legend and human jukebox Glenn Tilbrook, the Cabbage collective, Resonation and China Shop Bull. Read more - 1 March

28 February 2010

Sunday 28th February at 5pm

Poetry reading with Anne Caldwell and Sally Baker at Artsmill

28 February 2010

28th February, 2010
8pm-10pm, Trades Club

Come along to help raise money for Rethink - a national charity providing support and services for people with severe mental illness and their carers. There’s food for your brain with a quiz, for your belly at a cake stall, and a books and bric-a-brac sale too. Contributions for sale are welcome too.

If any local businesses would like to donate a prize for the Quiz, please get in touch: Pandoras Pages

27 February 2010

Saturday 27th February 2010

Potato Day 2010 will take place on Saturday 27th February 2010 from 10am to 3pm at Church of the Good Shepherd, Royal Fold, New Road, Mytholmroyd, Hebden Bridge HX7 5DZ. Admission £1 includes entry to Potato Raffle. There will be 41 varieties of seed potato 20 of which are organic @ 14p per tuber with a pre-order service for most varieties. In addition there will children‚s activities, information displays, crafts, plant sales plus food and drink at the Potato Café. More info on the Calder Valley Organic Gardners website

25 February 2010

Thursday 25th February at 7.30pm
Council Offices - Council Chambers


Organised by Calder Civic Trust

Chris Sawer, chair of the Hebden Royd Town Council Allotments committee, who will talk about the new allotment projects that the council are presently engaged in.

Mark Simmonds, mastermind of the new Heptonstall Allotment.

Kerry McQuade, long-time allotment holder, and chair of Birchcliffe Allotment society.

This will be followed by a general discussion with the three speakers. The meeting should be of interest to new and old allotmenteers.

Calder Civic Trust can be found online at www.caldercivictrust.org.uk

Or email: Calder Civic Trust

24 - 27 February 2010
Fay Hield

This week at the Trades - Sunfish, Fay Hield, Chris Lynam, Bethany Black and Quiz - Read more - 21 Feb

24 February 2010
Victorian and Edwardian Leisure

24th February 2010
Methodist Hall, 7.30 pm

Ian Dewhirst
Victorian & Edwardian Leisure

A not entirely serious look at how some of our forebears passed their leisure time, using quotations from minute books and other ephemeral sources.

We are delighted to welcome back this most entertaining speaker who has received an Hon.D.Litt. from Bradford University and an M.B.E., both for ‘services to local history’.

Hebden Bridge Local History Society

20 February 2010
Quinteto Mambo Jambo

Back Into the Valley for top DJs - this week at the Trades includes Quinteto Mambo Jambo, Luke Solomon and Voice of the Seven Thunders. - Read more - 16 Feb

19 February 2010
Hole in Wall

Hibernate present:

Friday February 19th 2010, 8.00pm, free entry
Hole In t’ Wall

I Concur formed in Leeds at the tail end of 2006 thanks to a shared love of American indie, slowcore and post rock

Former members of Hebden Bridge hereos Widykeff and Cool Piano Roll merge to create Hidden Bek, a slowcore inspired sonic paradise, where reverbed melodies effortlessly melt away into the ether.

Metonym are a refreshing pair of youngsters who take a less-travelled approach to the whole folk-pop thing, with acoustic guitars or pianos and soft voices drowning in a sea of noisy drones, hazy synths, glocks, horns, field recordings and whatever else they can get their hands on.

18 February 2010

18th February


PROJECT X CALDERDALE - after successful launch evening, a workshop/ drop in day is planned for 18th February from 2pm to 6pm, aworkshop/drop in day has been scheduled for the 18th February from 2pm to 6pm at Salem Ground Floor Project. Project X would like to extend an open invitation for residents to come and share their ideas and get involved. Read more - 15 Feb

16 February 2010

Tuesday 16th February

Parent/Family Support Group – Branching Out, Lifeline, Calderdale

Are you concerned about a loved one’s drug/alcohol use?

Please join us at the Halifax Fire Station Community Room on Tuesday 16th February 7 — 8pm and every fortnight afterwards.

We provide access to advice & guidance, information/education on drugs & alcohol related issues and peer support from others with your concerns.
Sessions will include guest speakers from different services, success stories, learning the relaxing technique of Indian Head Massage and much more.
For further information please contact Eleanor — 07889 250986

11 - 14 February 2010

Alternative Valentine’s Day at the Trades
14th Feb 2010

CUPID ON THE CHEAP - If you’re fed up with the cynical price rises every Valentine’s Day but still want to celebrate Cupid’s day with your loved ones then the Trades Club is the place to go on Sunday night. Read more

The Steals

This week at the Trades - Northern Soul with Johnny Boy, folk with Bob Fox and local recording artists The Steals.

Read more - 8 Feb

10 February 2010

10th February 2010
Methodist Hall, 7.30 pm

Paul Weatherhead
More Weird Calderdale: From Robin Hood and the Kirklees Vampire to the
Grim Reaper at the Square Chapel

Weird Calderdale

Paul Weatherhead presents more ghastly chapters from his book Weird Calderdale, including the day Death visited Halifax Square Chapel for a carol concert, the bloody death of Robin Hood and subsequent Vampire infestation of his grave and more unpleasant local legends.

Paul was born in Hebden Bridge and now teaches at Calderdale College in Halifax. He has spent the last few years documenting the weirder aspects of the Calder Valley.

Hebden Bridge Local History Society

8 February 2010

Monday, 8th February

Enterprise Conference in Mytholmroyd - free, friendly and informal event for confidential advice on becoming self-employed, starting a business and growing your business and much more. Read more

7 February 2010

7 February

Hebden Bridge Library’s LGBT Day - This Sunday (7 February), Hebden Bridge Library is hosting a series of events in celebration of LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) month and Anne Lister’s life. Read more - 3 Feb

6 February 2010

Saturday, 06 February 2010 9pm

Palestine evening with music, food and book launch

Fitting events around her midwifery degree, author and ISM volunteer Sharyn Lock will be at the Trades Club for a special night, including Palestinian music and food, as well as a silent auction

5 February 2010

5th February, Trades Club


we will be celebrating our launch with a benefit night including DJs and local Moroccan fusion band "Maghribibeat." The door price is £5 to all and proceeds will go towards the development of the project.

Read more

4 - 6 February 2010
Zoe Lyons

THIS WEEK AT THE TRADES: Maghribibeat, quiz night, Palestinian evening and book launch this week at the Trades. Read more - 31 Jan

4 February 2010

Thursday 4th February

Hebden Royd Town Council Working Party
on Youth Provision

The next meeting has been planned for Thursday 4th February.  This will be an open meeting to which members of the public and young people are invited to attend and the venue and time will be publicised nearer the time. 

More info

2 February 2010
29 January 2010
Zoe Lyons

HAITI BENEFIT AT THE TRADES - Hub DJ collective, Zoe Lyons, Frank Dapper and other events this coming week.

Read more - 24 Jan

29 January 2010

Friday, 29th January
The Big Night In
Ted Hughes Theatre

Big Night in

28 January 2010

28th January 2010

Grand Opening of HX7 Jazz Club

Rod Mason’s Elements
Rod Mason: Saxes, percussion
Richard Hammond: bass
Richard Wetherill: piano/keyboards
Dave Walsh: drums

Trades Club
8.30pm  (doors open 8pm)
Ends midnight (band finishes around 11pm)
£10.00 (full)   £7.00 (concession)

More info

27 January 2010

27th January 2010
Methodist Hall, 7.30 pm

David Nortcliffe
Akroyds and Ecroyds

The Akroyd family spread far and wide from Wadsworth. The talk looks particularly at the Lancashire Ecroyds (as they became), and the Halifax Akroyds ending with Col. Edward Akroyd. It will include a comparison between the activities of those two branches in the textile industry. Our speaker this evening will also include something about the family in North America stemming from the Lancashire line, looking at the period from approximately 1790 to 1920, though the earlier period will be included as background.

With a B.A. in History of Science & Technology, David has been a member of the Halifax Antiquarian Society for over 35 years, past Chairman of the Yorkshire Archaeological Society’s Industrial History Section and is Secretary of Calderdale Heritage Walks.

Hebden Bridge Local History Society

27 January 2010

Hibernate Recordings of Cragg Vale present an evening of modern classical ambience, with Library Tapes, Relmic Statute and Woodchucker

Wednesday January 27th 2010 @ Hole In t‚ Wall

Doors 7.00pm, free entry.

25 January 2010

Monday 25 January 2010, 4.30pm–6.30pm
Alternative Technology Centre

Education for Sustainable Development

Sense and Sustainability. Come to a fast paced briefing and dialogue with Ken Webster on Education for Sustainable Development. Read more

23 January 2010
Nancy Elizabeth

This week at the Trades: The Beat, Nancy Elizabeth and Love Music Hate Racism fundraiser. Read more - 17 Jan

22 January 2010

22nd January 2010

William Rofe exhibition

Paintings of Hebden Bridge: exhibition by William Rofe. At Festival Shop in Albert Street from 22-24 January. Read more

20 January 2010

Wednesday 20th January, 7.30pm, White Lion

Disaster at Copenhagen! What exactly happened, who’s to blame and what do we do next to rescue a fair and tough international climate change deal? Come along and find out from the Friends of the Earth perspective.

19 January 2010

19th January 2010 at 6:30 pm

(Formerly known as Ward Meetings)

PACT Meetings are open meetings for you to attend. They last for approximately 1 hour and this is your opportunity to be informed of what has occurred over the last 6 weeks in your area, what your local Officers have been doing and what the planned activity is for the next 6 weeks. You will also be given the opportunity to air and discuss any concerns you may have. Young people and teenagers would be particularly welcome.

See report of last meeting, and links to previous reports.

16 January 2010

Trades Club on Saturday 16th January at 3pm

Book launch

Arthur Dolphin

Arthur Dolphin remembered - Hebden Bridge author, Tom Greenwood, launches book about the legendary rock climber Arthur Dolphin at the Trades Club on Saturday. Read more

14 - 16 January 2010
Pete Coe

Dread Dub at the Trades - Dreadzone, Pete Coe, Mik Artistik, and Folk Against Fascism are among other events at the Trades this coming week. Read more - 11 Jan

13 January 2010
The Buildings of Hebden Bridge

13th January 2010
Methodist Hall, 7.30 pm

Alan Petford
The Buildings of Hebden Bridge

We investigate the rich variety of building in Hebden Bridge, from 18th century chapel to late nineteenth century railway architecture, including the fascinating diversity of houses built for ordinary people.

Our speaker tonight is a part-time Lecturer in Local and Regional History at the University of Leeds and a WEA lecturer.

Hebden Bridge Local History Society

8 January 2010
harpist Fiona-Katie Roberts

Nothing to Declare at the Trades: charity gig to remember Liam Jones. Mike Hancock in Cabaret Heaven Swap Shop for Transition Town, harpist Fiona-Katie Roberts and more at the Trades this week - 5 Jan

7 January 2010

Calder Ward Forum

Thursday 7 January - at 7pm (refreshments from 6.30pm)

Riverside Junior School, Holme Street, Hebden Bridge

Up for discussion

  • Hebden Bridge conservation area
  • Traffic, parking and the pedestrian experience
  • Open Forum discussion
6 January 2010

Creative Writing at Hebden Bridge Library

From Thursday, 6th January

More info

1 January 2010

The New Year’s Day Treasure Hunt! - Lose those festive calories!

The New Year’s Day Treasure Hunt is a gentle, brisk walk around the scenic countryside of Mytholmroyd, suitable for all the family. Families will receive a sheet of clues and a basic outline of the route to follow.

The route starts and finishes at Mytholmroyd Fire Station where tea, coffee and cakes will be served.

The walk will start at 10.30, but families can start whenever they arrive, the latest start time is 12.30.

Funds raised go to The Great Generation Project, with a donation also being made to the Firefighter’s Benevolent Fund for kindly allowing us use of their grounds. For more information visit www.calderhigh.org.uk or email Great Generation

Adult (£2), Child (£1), Family (£5)