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Hebden Bridge events

Christmas Eve 2015

Carols in the Square

Gather sometime after 6pm for a 6.30pm start.

20 November 2015 – 10 January 2016

Calder Carol Festival Programme of Events and Workshops

View or Download programme of events

17-20 December 2015

Christmas Popup Emporium

Shop and Café

Town Hall 10-4pm

Full of gifts and lovely things from local makers Jane Revitt and Lizzie and Louise Lockhart.

Also there will be a Crafty Christmas Tree, where anyone can make a paper bauble and write their wish on it.

Sunday 20 December 2015

Candlelit Carol Service

Hundreds of Candles

Lots of Carols

At St Michael's Church Mytholmroyd


Sunday 20 December 2015

Hebden Bridge Winter Solstice Celebration

with Dances of Universal Peace

From 7pm, the doors will be open for a celebration of the return of the light.

At 7:30pm the dancing with peace dances accompanied by guitar, drum and viola will begin, including a little winter-solstice ritual. The evening will be led by Jilani, Vitalija, Robert & Ralph and will finish with socialising over some nibbles and drinks people are asked to bring and share.

All proceeds will go to Hope Baptist Chapel towards repairing their roof damage.

Cost: £10 (concessions possible)

Email Ralph rainbowralph@gmail.com​ or phone ​07909 488272.

More info on this web page

Venue: Hope Baptist Chapel, (first floor, Hope Street entrance), Hebden Bridge (opp. Picture House), HX78EW

25 November - 18 December 2015

Artsmill Winter Fair


An exhibition of work by various artists

Wednesday to Sunday (closed on Mondays and Tuesdays)

See poster

Wednesday 16 December 2015

Carols for Travellers

Do come along and join in the singing, with the Friends of Hebden Bridge Station, local choirs, Hebden Bridge churches and support from Northern Rail for this annual event.

Collection in aid of Railway Children Charity

Date: Weds. 16th December
Time: 5.30 - 6.45pm
Venue: Hebden Bridge Station

Wednesday 16 December 2015

John Hegley & Friends

A fundraiser for CND's Coaches for Peace, subsidising transport from Calderdale and across Yorkshire down to the big Stop Trident demonstration in London on February 27th

Doors 7.30pm
£7 or £10 concessions
Hebden Bridge Trades Club

www.thetradesclub.com or 01422 845265 for tickets

John Hegley

Saturday 12th December 2015

Christmas Fayre

Stubbings Infant School


10:30am - 12:30pm

Raffle, tombola, games, crafts, face painting, refreshments, Father Christmas and lots more - Come along and join in the fun!

Saturday 12th December 2015

Butch CassidayThe Friends of the Picture House present

These are a few of our favourite films! The first Friends of the Picture House monthly film slots - showing favourite and much-loved movies - will be on Saturday, December 12 at 4.30pm when Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid will be screened.

The 1969 classic western stars Paul Newman, Robert Redford and Katharine Ross and won as Oscar for screenplay writer William Goldman.

12-13 December 2015

Eggsmas at the Egg Factory!

Made in the Valley are hosting their 3rd Meet the Makers Market this Christmas at the Egg Factory. This year it's running over 2 days to fit in even more local makers and businesses and there'll be plenty for all ages to do. You could create something at the Making Station, dress up and take a selfie, indulge in mulled wine and cake, or hot soup from Incredible Farm's cauldron. And for the first time there'll be live music from Catfish Skillet, the Pennine Appalachian String Band.

It will be an "egg-cellent" place to buy your Christmas presents, from organic cheese to prints, lighting to jewellery, cushions to paper goods, ceramics to paintings and textiles, there will be something for everyone. And it's all very local, something which is very important to Made in the Valley, the local co-operative of makers who run the creative coworking space housed in the old Egg Factory on Victoria Rd.

"Now that Made in the Valley live at the Egg Factory we had to have an Eggy name - Eggsmas!" plus we've got plenty of parking! So please join us for some fun on December 12th and 13th from 11 until 4"
Egg Factory 01422 846082


Sunday 13 December 2015

Hebden Bridge Championship Brass Band Concert

Hebden Bridge Championship Brass Band are in concert on Sunday 13 December at the Good Shepherd Church, Mytholmroyd, at 7.30pm.

Tickets available on the door priced at £8. Under-16s are free.

The concert should get everyone in the festive spirit so do go along and give your support to this great local band. You'll have a wonderful evening and soon discover why they are a championship band!

Monday 14 December 2015

Shaggy Dog Storytellers Christmas Party

On Monday, 14th December at Stubbing Wharf. Come along and enjoy a festive feast of storytelling with local storytellers, club regulars and visiting tellers, musicians and singers from far and wide.

Hosted by genial Geordie host, Keith Donnelly. Stories and entertainments start at 8pm. Why not order sumptuous Stubbing food and share a glass or two from 6.30? (Landlord Matt advises ordering your meal in advance - see the pub website).

Remember, this is a Stories from the Floor session. Come and tell your own tale, true or false, on festive or other themes or just sit back and enjoy hearing other tellers.

£7 on the door.

Monday 14 December 2015

Annual Service of Remembrance

Valley Funeral Service and Robertshaw Greenwood Funeral Directors are holding their Annual Service of Remembrance at Hebden Bridge Town Hall on Monday 14th December 2015 at 7.00pm.

This year the service will be of open faith and led by Celebrant Zetta Bear with contributions from Reverend Howard Pask, Reverend Cathy Reardon and Celebrants Chris Berry and Sheila Dent.

There will be readings, carols and you will be invited to light a candle during the service in remembrance of your loved ones. There will be refreshments served afterwards.

From Sat 28 November 2015

Tony Wright Art Exhibition

Tony Wright presents an Exhibition of Drawing-Print-Painting at the Fox and Goose Inn

Meet the artist opening 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm Saturday 28 November 2015.

All welcome. Contact the Artist 01422 843398.

Thursday 10 December 2015

Calder Valley Voices' Concert

Calder Valley Voices' Charity Christmas Concert - the community choir has arranged a seasonal concert of new songs collected from around the World for Thurs 10 Dec. Read more 

11-13 December 2015

After Alice Exhibition of 1000 photos

The Upper Calder Valley recorded on film for future generations - by After Alice members. The After Alice Project is taking the 'old photos' of the future and shooting them on film which will may well outlast digital by generations or centuries.

Make a date in your diary now! First edition photos will be on sale (they're bound to become collector's items).

There will be lots of other goodies on sale (for Xmas stockings?) and the opportunity to join the project.

1000 photos

See HebWeb News piece

Saturday 12th December 2015


  • Meet Santa
  • Lots of Stalls
  • Bacon Butties
  • Drinks

St Michael's Church Hall, Mytholmroyd on Saturday 12th December 9.30am to 12.30pm

Saturday 12th December 2015

Christmas Fayre

Central Street Infant & Nursery School

Central Street

10:30am - 12:30pm

Raffle, tombola, games, crafts, face painting, refreshments, Father Christmas and lots more - Come along and join in the fun!

Monday 7 December 2015

Making Comedy and Drama

This playful session will include improvisation activities and share techniques to create comedy and drama performance material. Art with Heart are an award winning company whose work has toured nationally and been featured on BBC Television and Radio.

They create performance, participation and education projects. At the heart of everything they do is a commitment to providing meaningful, authentic and accessible artistic experiences. Compelling, compassionate and candid, their work is created with humour, hope and a lot of heart. For more info visit their website.


The workshop will take place on 7th December 2015 from 12-4pm in the Waterfront Room at the Town Hall in Hebden Bridge.

9 December 2015

Vanishing for the Vote: the suffragette census boycott in the Calder Valley - and beyond

Jill Liddington

Vanishing for the Vote
Vanishing for the Vote tells the story of what happened on census night, Sunday 2 April 1911.
Despite decades of suffrage campaigning, the Liberal government refused to give women the right to vote. Yet this same government demanded households all provide them with accurate census information. So suffragette organizations urged women to boycott the census, proclaiming 'No Vote, No Census!'

Come census night, many suffragettes did evade.  The most celebrated evader, Emily Wilding Davison, hid in a cupboard in the Houses of Parliament. In Bradford, local suffragettes staged a well-reported mass evasion. In Halifax, a similar mass evasion undoubtedly included  Hebden Bridge-born Lavena Saltonstall, now working there as a weaver. Yet other equally committed campaigners decided to comply with the census. In Hebden Bridge, button-hole machinist Elizabeth Berkley of Bankside, a one-time active suffragette, decided to comply. Why?

This talk will illustrate the wide diversity of suffrage campaigners in Calder Valley and beyond.

About the speaker

Jill Liddington is an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Leeds.

Rebel Girls: their fight for the vote (Virago 2006) told the story of suffrage campaigns across the three Yorkshire Ridings.

Vanishing for the Vote: suffrage, citizenship and the battle for the census (MUP 2014) looks at what happened on census night 1911 - and why.

Copies of both titles are available from the Book Case, Market Street.

Methodist Hall, Market Street, 7.30 pm

Hebden Bridge Local History Society

Saturday 5th December 2015

Christmas Fayre

Mytholmroyd Community Centre. , 1-4pm.

Crafts, cakes, plants, quality good as new for all the family- including, men's, women's, children's , teenage prom dresses, scarves, bags, jewellery etc.

Entertainment by The Northowram Singers.


Free admission & parking

In aid of the White Windows Leonard Cheshire Home for people with disabilities in Sowerby Bridge. Sponsored by Bluebird Care.

Sunday 6th December 2015

Elliotts Antique Fair

7-30am to 3-30 pm at Mytholmroyd Communlty Centre.

Admission £1 all classes accompanied children free.

Over thirty well known and respected dealers offering a complete range of antiques and collectables something for everyone. On-site cafe serving good home cooked food all day. Find that unusual Christmas present for someone special.

Friday 4 December 2015

Christmas Fair

Old Town Primary School


Christmas Crafts, Silver Jewellery, Sweet & Savoury goodies, refreshments, games & much more.

All welcome

Friday 4 December 2015

Music makes the world go round

Shoulder of Mutton - Hebden Bridge
From 7.30pm
Free entry

A triple bill spectacular featuring three local chanteuses, each with their own unique flavours.

Locally acclaimed singer songwriter, AKA party diva, Terry Logan will be leading on acoustic guitar with her own brand of soulful originals and classic songs.

Winner of Best Small Band at the Buxton Festival, Holly Marland plays traditional African songs,original songs and inventive reworkings of pop songs accompanying herself on a beautiful West African harp called the kora.

Multi-instrumentalist Becca Ryan sings a mixture of original, jazz and pop songs whilst playing bass and guitar. They throw it all into the pot for a gumbo of delicious sounds.

Special guests Jazz guitarist Angus Barclay and percussionist Bob Follen.

4-6 December 2015

BBC and Leach Pottery partner with Northlight Winter Art Fair

This year Northlight is joining forces with The Crafts Council and BBC Get Creative to present Hey Clay! a national celebration of clay, giving everyone the chance to unleash their inner potter. Northlight Art Studios will become an official Hey Clay venue on 4th, 5th and 6th of December so, if you have been inspired by the BBC's 'Great British Pottery Throw Down', come along and join in and help us link up with The Leach pottery in St Ives by making a waving figure in clay and another clay figure in St Ives may well wave back to you!

On Friday 4th December 10.00am – 12.00pm we will be having a free drop in session to start our waving people installation that will continue over the Winter Art Fair weekend. We are very excited this year to be using our new Artspace to welcome you all to our first bumper Christmas Fair. Come along and find out how we make our wares, talk to artists about their work and buy unique Christmas presents directly from the makers.

Friday the 4th 10am to 12 pm clay drop in session.

Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th December 11am to 4pm Winter Fair.

Free admission and everyone welcome!

Northlight Art Studios, Valley road, Hebden Bridge, HX7 7BZ


Sat-Sun 5-6th December

Rustic Xmas gifts - Salem Garden

Festive open weekend of Salem Garden on Sat-Sun 5-6th December between 11-4pm. Come for tea and cake, buy rustic xmas gifts- everything handmade: cards/ arty goods/ on spot portraits/ natural foliage wreaths/ paintings and prints. A warm welcome awaits!

Rustic gifts at Salem

Directions: 5 mins from the Town Hall towards Hebden Water and footpath to Hardcastle Craggs- opposite the archery and cricket club.

Everybody welcome

Saturday 5 December 2015

Critical Paris climate change talks

Calderdale Friends of the Earth are organising a 'Climate Drop-in at the Minster' during the critical Paris climate change negotiations, on Saturday 5th December 10-2pm in Halifax Minister.

It's intended as an informal opportunity to find out more about what's happening, show a commitment to taking action, and to collect support for our 2016 next campaign on fossil fuel divestment. Speakers so far including Holly Lynch MP for Halifax and ex-MP John Battle.

You can find the programme so far here and the Facebook event page. But in the run-up to the Paris conference, during the event and afterwards we'll be posting information every day here about climate change and energy issues so you can know exactly what's going on: will there actually be an agreement this time (after the failure to get this in Copenhagen 2009)? Will it be strong enough? Who are the climate 'heroes' and 'villains'? What has our government been doing to help get an agreement?

And if people want to have a discussion on Hebweb we'll be happy to take part.

Saturday 5 December 2015

Christmas Fayre

Hope Baptist Church. Saturday 5th December 10 - 4 pm.

Handmade Christmas Gifts to buy. Cake Stall Create A Garden for children. Coffee Tea and mince pies. Come and join us!

Saturday 5 December 2015

An Introduction to Islamic Geometric Design

Saturday 5th December at Birchcliffe Centre, Hebden Bridge.

From 10:00 to 16:00

Learn how to create beautiful geometric compositions with only a pencil and a ruler.

Author and educator Eric Broug will show you how. Using dozens of photos and illustrations from Islamic art and architecture, you'll be amazed by what you can make. No prior skill or experience needed.

Tickets: £49.50

Book here

Saturday 5 December 2015


Saturdays 5, 12 and 19th December 2015

Great Rock Coop Christmas Specials


At Staups Lea Farm, Blackshaw Head, OL14 8RR

Come and enjoy a glass of mulled wine, some craft activities and meet the turkeys before doing a little bit of fair trade Christmas shopping.
Local produce including free range meat, cakes and puddings, wine, cider, beer, cheese, ice cream, veg and preserves are all available. There are also many handmade cards and crafts.

We welcome new members, volunteers and producers to our coop.
Contact us at info@greatrockcoop.co.uk or on Facebook.

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Enjoy Singing Carls and Christmas Songs

Join 'Young-at-Heart' singers for a Carol Workshop at 1.00pm on Tuesday, December 1st. (This event is part of the Calder Carol Festival.)

The group was formed to promote the health benefits of singing for people over 65. The group meets in the residents lounge at Mytholm Court, Church Road, Hebden Bridge on Tuesdays from 1.00 - 2.00pm. There is a charge of £2 that includes tea ands biscuits afterwards.

For further information, please contact Jill Robinson (secretary): 01422 883473 or Jonathan Browne (accompanist): 01422 845688.

Thursday 3 December 2015

Café Culture

Thursday 3 December 2pm for 2.30pm, Hebden Bridge Town Hall.

£5 (£3)

Cafe culture

Noel Nostalgia

How The Victorians Influence Our Christmas Today

By Jennifer Stacey

A delightful talk and slideshow about Christmas celebrations which were invented during the Victorian era including robins, mistletoe, cards, crackers, decorations and the tree to get you "in the mood" for the festive occasion.

Tea & Cake included!

Organised by Hebden Bridge Arts Festival

Thursday 3 December 2015

Calder Ward Forum

Hope Baptist Church, New Road, Hebden Bridge, HX7 8EW

6.15pm arrival for 6.45pm start (please use the Hope Street entrance)

Presentations on: Feedback from Budget Consultation & 20mph roll out in Calder Ward Police Update - your priorities for your local area; Consultations including Engagement Champions - community views in Health Commissioning; Update on local transport issues, gritting and other issues you have raised.

Open Forum - come tell us what matters to you and what you think...

Online e-Forum from 7pm

Thursday, 3 December 2015

Radical Mycology - Calder Valley Organic Gardeners

Monthly Meeting takes place at the Good Shepherd Centre, Royal Fold, Mytholmroyd on Thursday 3rd December at 7.30pm when a there will be a talk on 'Radical Mycology' - methods and uses of mushrooms for food, health, environmental management and regeneration - by Beth Austin of Rooting and Fruiting.

Entry is £2.00 for non-members.

Further information can be found at www.cvog.org

or by phoning 01422 846173

Thursday, 3 December 2015

Quiz and Curry Evening

The Mayor of Hebden Royd, along with the Calder Ward Labour Party, will be holding a Quiz and Curry Evening at Hebden Bridge Trades Club on Thursday, 3rd December from 8.30pm.

Tickets cost £5 each which include quiz entry and a delicious curry supper. There will be raffle tickets on sale during the evening for a chance to win some wonderful prizes. All takings from the evening will go towards the Mayor of Hebden Royd Town Council, Cllr James Fearon's chosen charity 'St Augustine's Centre'.

St. Augustine's Centre, based on Hanson Lane in Halifax, is a community centre for anyone who needs help, advice or support. Based on the Christian faith which respects and values individuals, the Centre welcomes the vulnerable and cares for all, regardless of faith, ethnicity, background or any other factors. For over 40 years they have offered a warm and welcoming environment for people to access support and advice from friendly workers and volunteers. They aim to help with basic needs and hope to build confidence to encourage participation within the community and to prevent isolation.

All are welcome to join in the fun, whilst helping raise money for this fantastic cause. We hope to see you there.

Saturday 28 November 2015

Cragg Vale Christmas Fair

Cragg Vale Fair

Saturday 28th - 11am - 2pm at Cragg Vale School. Great community event with stalls, Father Christmas, games, hog roast, mulled wine, face painting and glitter tattoos and much more ... Please come and support us.

Saturday 28 - Sunday 29 November 2015

Floating Festive Fayre


Come aboard Crafts Afloat Narrowboat for unique Christmas gifts, arts and crafts.

Choose to support small businesses, artists and crafts people. In return for mulled wine, mince pies, smiles and fabulous handmade loveliness!

Moored at Hebble End Studios (behind Co-op)

Saturday 28 November 2015

Christmas Open Studios in Todmorden

In support of the Lamplighter Festival in Todmorden on Sat 28th November 2015, Platform One Gallery, at Todmorden Railway Station, will be opening its doors, from 11am until the late hour of 9pm.

In addition, some of its adjoining artists' studios will also be open. Step off the train and straight in to see us for mulled wine, mince pies and plenty of pre-Christmas cheer!

The following works will be on display ....

Gallery: An exhibition by Stella Hill - Original hares, landscapes, nudes and surreal portraits. Oil on canvas, framed giclee prints & photography.

Studio: (Naomi Neale) - Handmade silver and gemstone jewellery.
(JCK Pastel Portraits will be sharing this space to show her original pastel portraits and paintings, fantasy and figure work prints and greeting cards).

Studio: (Mike Acton) - A contemporary artist working in oil and painting mainly local scenes around Hebden Bridge.

Studio: (Barbara Hill) - Paintings, prints, felts and 3D pictures.

Saturday 28 November 2015

5 Hours of Boxing Fitness Fundraiser

We need your support to raise funds for our female boxers' development programme at Hebden Bridge Boxing Club.

We're opening up the gym doors from 9-2pm on Sat 28th November for a five hour fundraiser comprising half hour taster sessions plus mothers v daughters Boxercise and a Jane Fonda workout thrown in for fun.

It's an opportunity to come and see the gym, try out a class and meet our boxers and the women who train with us.

To be guaranteed a place you must book and turn up at least 10 mins before the start of the session. Otherwise, try your luck on the day, there will be spaces in at least some of the sessions.

Details on our website Box4fitness.co.uk.

Sunday 29 November 2015

Morning Star gig

East Leeds MP Richard Burgon, Shadow Treasury Minister in Jeremy Corbyn's team, will be guest speaker at a fund-raising gig for the Morning Star at the Trades Club at Hebden Bridge on the afternoon of Sunday, November 29, 2pm to 6pm.

There'll also be music from Peader Long, Creedy, Tim Moon and others, plus curry and stalls.

Entry is a fiver.

Peter Lazenby says, "As well as being a socialist, Richard Burgon is a right nice bloke!"

25 November 2015

Fundraising event - Calder Valley Supports Refugees

7.30p.m. Hebden Bridge Trades Club.

Fundraising event for local charity The St.Augustine's Centre, who work with asylum seekers and refugees.

Performers include Mr Wilsons Second Liners, Armani Platnet, Kirsty Almeida and others.

Tickets here

25 November 2015

Widdop and the Shackletons

John Shackleton


It all started when the Yorkshire Water Board ranger told me that many people visited Widdop and asked him ''Who lived here? Was there a village? What did they do stuck up here in the middle of no-where?'' I discovered  that my Shackleton family came from Widdop and that they had lived at the farm where there were still two barns left standing--now one. Now after years of trawling through many documents the full picture is emerging.

About the speaker

John Shackleton was born in Nantwich, Cheshire, now living in Crewe. He is a former primary school teacher, now retired for 8 years and has been interested in all things historical since as a child he used to ask- ''What DID you do grandad?'' His researches led to him establishing web-site on Widdop three years ago, which to his surprise, has now attracted 17,000 + hits!

Methodist Hall, Market Street, 7.30 pm

Hebden Bridge Local History Society

Friday, 27th November 2015


Raymondo and Sparky have been locked in the cellar underneath their house for six years. An accident involving a pigeon enables their escape. But do the brothers have the requisite skills to survive a haphazard and cruel world?

Raymondo is a story of brotherhood, loss, incarceration, escape, survival, desire, art and resilience. Simply told by a woman with a microphone and an atmospheric live score of guitars, loops and keyboard, Raymondo is a raw, dark, funny and tender lyrical narrative that will sear through your defences straight to your heart.

See Annie Siddons' Raymondo at Square Chapel Centre for the Arts, Halifax Friday 27 November, 8pm.


Friday, 27th November 2015

Speake and Lowe perform: Tolkien was our Neighbour!

Well he was born a few miles away from Birmingham's own Malcolm Speake and Chris Lowe.

Often regarded as Butch Cassidy and Sundance Kid lookalikes, these twin darlings of storytelling clubs, folk festivals and WI knees ups have both won Biggest Liar competitions.

As well as tall tales they will entertain with spooky stories and accomplished balladry on Friday, 27th November at The Stubbing Wharf pub.

Doors open at 7.30 for a prompt 8pm start.

10pm: Stories from the Floor provides an opportunity to tell, sing or recite your own story (7 minute limit, please).

"The best storytelling club in the country." Ben Haggarty.

28 November 2015

Charity Baby and Toddler Nearly New Sale

On Saturday, 28th November between 12 and 3pm there will a baby and toddler nearly new sale at Hebden Bridge Town Hall to raise funds for St Augustine's Centre in Halifax.

For more details please check out our Facebook Page - Hebden Bridge Baby and Toddler Nearly New Sale - where I'll be listing some of the items that will be for sale and will provide details of how to donate things.

28 November 2015

Lamplighter set to dazzle Calder Valley


The Calder Valley will be treated to a fire and light extravaganza when the Lamplighter Festival returns to Todmorden next month.

Read HebWeb News item for info, timetable, map and links

28 November 2015

The Hepton Singers directed by Alison West

Winter Journeys

The Hepton Singers present a concert of a cappella music from the Baltic to the Black Sea: performing a programme of stirring song by Rachmaninov, Pärt, Bruckner and others:

St Thomas's Church, Heptonstall.

Tickets £9/£6/£1 (under 18s), available on the door and online


Alison West, the director of the Hepton Singers said, 'In November 2012 the Hepton Singers performed a concert entirely of Russian music. For our St Cecilia concert this year we are re-visiting some of the gems from that concert, in particular a group of four pieces by the contemporary Ukrainian composer Galina Grigorjeva from her exquisitely beautiful composition 'On Leaving'.

"Although this music is recent, the influence of the music of the Russian Orthodox church, and of earlier composers such as Rachmaninov, shines through her work, and some of her harmonies are spine-tingling. We shall accompany these pieces with works by Sergei Rachmaninov, Alfred Schnittke, Arvo Pärt, Josef Rheinberger; and an old favourite of ours, Three Graduals by Anton Bruckner.

'The result is a heady mix to warm the toes and heart in the darkness of November.'

Wednesday-Saturday, 25-28th Nov 2015

Jane Eyre

Mytholmroyd St Michael's Amateurs proudly present ...

Jane Eyre A musical drama
from the novel by Charlotte Brontë

Wednesday - Saturday, 25th - 28th November 2015

In the Parish Hall, Mytholmroyd

7.15pm Saturday matinee 2.15pm

Tickets £10 Concessions £8 Children £5

Ticket hotline: 07717 128210


20-22 November 2015

Winter Beer Festival

The Fox & Goose Winter Beer Festival will run from Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd November 2015. The festival starts at midday and runs through to midnight each day and the Fox & Goose is located at 7 Heptonstall Road.

There will be a selection of over 20 real ales, as well as ciders, wines and soft drinks. Bar snacks will be available on the days of the festival and we'll be running a token system for payment.

The theme for this festival will be "Old Friends and New", we're planning to include some beers for breweries we've liked for many years as well as a few from some newer breweries that we've only just stumbled across.

Sunday 22 November 2015

The Lost Chord Ensemble

7:30 pm in The Little Theatre, Hebden Bridge.

Christopher Irvin, who conducts the local Little Theatre Choir and also the White Rose Orchestra in Leeds, has a wealth of light music including some of his own compositions. He is inviting musicians (with their music stand) to come and play some light music selections. We will also be providing music before and after the Annual Service of Remembrance at the Town Hall on 14th December.

Saturday 21 November 2015

BRing the Noise!

On Saturday 21st November there will be hosting two events dedicated to the pursuit of noise:

12:00-16:00, Contact Mic Workshop & Open Day

Bring along things that make interesting sounds which deserve to be given an audience.

Those with a wider interest in noise and noise machines are also invited to come along, along with anyone who would just like to find out more about Bridge Rectifier and hackerspaces.

Unit 1B, Hebble End Works (by canal, behind the cycle cafe), HX7 6HJ.

20:00-late, Noise Orchestra Performance & Social

Join us for the inaugural performance of the Bridge Rectifier Noise Orchestra, a few drinks, some delicious thai food and an opportunity to find out more about Bridge Rectifier and hackerspaces — and how you can get your geek on.

Have noise? BRing it along!

There is no charge to attend, but donations are welcome and will go towards the running costs for the space.

Midgehole Working Mens Club (The Blue Pig), Midgehole Road, HX7 7AL.

Saturday 21 November 2015

Mytholmroyd Christmas Market and Lights Switch-On

Royd Regeneration invite you to attend their ever-popular Christmas Market which is taking place on Saturday 21 November (12 noon-5.30pm) in St Michael's Church Hall and square, Mytholmroyd - lights switch-on at 4.30pm (thank you to Hebden Royd Town Council).

There are many new stalls this year both inside and out (which are all booked up), and we hope you enjoy the free mulled wine, free mince pies and free face painting.

Close-up magician/ balloon man Paul Dawson will be there to entertain and Santa will be joining in the festivities mid-afternoon.

There's hot food in the square, children's rides (sadly not free) and Hebden Bridge Championship Brass Band will be playing during the afternoon.

At 4pm they will accompany Burnley Road Academy Choir and the lights will be switched on at 4.30pm. We hope you have a great time!

Friday 20 November 2015

Hebden Bridge Christmas Lights Switch On

Hebden Bridge Christmas Lights
 Switch On

Friday 20th November, 5.00pm - 5.30pm

St Georges Square

Featuring; The Mayor of Hebden Royd, Hebden Bridge Junior Band and Father Christmas

Friday 20 November 2015


Autumn Feast @ The Blue Teapot

Join us on 20 November for some delicious seasonal food and drink! 2-courses for £13 or 3-courses for £16. Click here for more details and the menu. Contact us on 01422 883504 or by email to book! (5 Nov)

Friday 20 November 2015

Climate change: is time running out?

6.30pm – 8pm

Key note speaker - Linda McAvan MEP, Chair of the European Commission for International Development and Climate Change

The Minster Church of St John the Baptist, Church St, Halifax, HX1 1QL

Free event

19 November 2015

Hebden Bridge School Event

Get to know us night at Hebden Bridge Town Hall 19th November.
Come and meet the people behind this project.

The evening is open to any parents of children of any age who may be interested in our school. Click here for more information.

10 November 2015

Jacob's Join and AGM of Hebden Bridge Women's Guild

2 pm – 3:30pm

St James' Church, Church Lane, Hebden Bridge.

Annual Membership £5

11 November 2015

CalrecHistory of Calrec: Part 2

Stephen Jagger

The first part of the history of Calrec was told to the Society in 2014, and now Stephen returns to finish the tale of how this audio company founded in Hebden Bridge grew to prominence in the audio industry.

About the speaker

Stephen Jagger joined Calrec in 1972 straight from college, was made a director in 1979, and was managing director from 1989 until 2009.

Methodist Hall, Market Street, 7.30 pm

Hebden Bridge Local History Society

Thursday 12 - Saturday 14 Nov 2015

Calderdale CAMRA Beer & Cider Festival

In celebration of their 40th birthday,the Halifax & Calderdale branch of CAMRA - the Campaign for Real Ale - are proud to announce their first ever beer & cider festival in Hebden Bridge Town Hall.

From Thursday 12th to Saturday 14th November, customers will be able to sample at least fifty different cask-conditioned ales from all over the UK and a selection of traditional ciders and perries in the Waterfront Hall. Opening hours are:

Thursday: 2 pm - 10 pm
Friday: 12 noon - 11 pm
Saturday: 12 noon - 10 pm

Admission: £2 (£3 after 6 pm on Friday)
Card-carrying CAMRA members: £1
Free admission to all after 6 pm Saturday

Glasses can be hired for £2 (refundable deposit).

Regrettably dogs, other than guide/hearing dogs cannot be admitted.

All proceeds will go towards CAMRA's national campaigns to obtain a fair deal for pubs and breweries, but a collection for local charities will also be made.

Saturday 14 November 2015

Diabetes DayWorld Diabetes Day

Drop-In Coffee Morning Saturday 14th November 11am-1pm @ X-PERT Health, Linden Mill, Linden Road, Hebden Bridge, Free Handbook and Free Course Available. For more info: 01422 847871 or email (21 Oct)

Saturday 14 November 2015

'New Monasticism' Northumbria Community

New monasticism, as with traditional monasticism, is about taking people, through a rule of life, to stop and listen to the heartbeat of God.

Saturday 14th November 10.30am-3.30pm
Led by Roy Searle from the Northumbria Community
Hope Baptist Church, Hebden Bridge
Details at www.hope-baptist.org.uk

Saturday 14 November 2015

Bradford Women's Singers and She Choir Manchester

Bradford Women Singers

Methodist Church, Market Street, 7.45pm

Pay on the door – £4/£6 to cover costs, but please bring more for our collection bucket

In aid of First Chance Nepal - supporting a long-term residential home for people with disabilities

Tea and home made cake in the interval

Saturday 14 November 2015

Harp and a Monkey

On Saturday 14th November the acclaimed folk trio "Harp and a Monkey" will be playing at Wadsworth Community Centre and bringing to a close a season which has hosted sell out gigs from Phil Beer, Martyn Joseph and recently O'Hooley & Tidow.

The folk storytelling of Martin Purdy (vocals, glockenspiel, accordion, harmonica and keyboards), Simon Jones (harp, guitar, viola) and Andy Smith (banjo, melodica, guitar and programming) is imbued with a deep Lancashire sensibility that shines through in their beautifully crafted vignettes of northern life, love and remembrance.

Renowned for their modern twist on traditional storytelling, Harp and a Monkey will take on some unusual themes during a two-set performance, including songs from their first two albums and new World War One material. Formed in 2008, they are regulars on the national festival circuit.

Harp and a Monkey have enjoyed national radio support from the likes of Steve Lamacq, Mike Harding and Mark Radcliffe on BBC Radio 2, FolkRadioUk and many more, and the Lancastrian's most recent album, 'All Life Is Here', saw them described by the influential fRoots magazine as "Undoubtedly one of the most vital and charismatic things happening in English folk music right now"

Tickets are £10 Contact Derek on 07890 205980 or www.wegottickets.com

Doors at 6.45pm. Show starts at 7:45.

Saturday 7 November 2015

Art Fair Planned for early November

Art Fair

The Town Hall's Waterfront Hall will host 20 unique stalls, highlighting an innovative mix of local art, craft and photography available to purchase.

See HebWeb News

Saturday 7 November 2015

"Dancing into the Darkness" - Dances of Universal Peace

With Vitalija & Ralph from 3-6pm.

It is the time of the year where it feels good to connect with others in the community in song and dance, warming not only the heart, and sharing food.

These chants and dances are uplifting, joyful and easy to pick up.
The Dances of Universal peace are a join-in activity where all hold hands and sing while dancing in a circle.

Rhythm is life: every step - every heartbeat - breathing in and out.
The human voice is a gateway to the soul.

Forming a circle is a symbol and reminder of us being part of a community.

In synchronised movements of the group the separated individuality may dissolve into a blissful state of oneness.

Please bring some nibbles for the tea break - and some food / drink for a shared evening meal (optional).

Cost: £12 - £5 (sliding scale)

Contact Ralph on 01422 647157 or 07909 488272

Venue: Nutclough Tavern, 6-8 Nutclough / Keighley Road, Hebden Bridge, HX7 8HA

More info

Saturday 7 November 2015

Autumn Ceilidh

There will be a Ceilidh on Saturday 7th November, from 6.30-10pm at the Birchcliffe Centre, Hebden Bridge.

Music for dancing by Peaceworks band. More music from the Nine Bright Shiners and the Four Hoarsemen.

There will be a bar and food. This is a fundraiser for Freedom From Torture - a human rights organisation which cares for survivors of torture and campaigns for an end to torture throughout the world.
Tickets £7 adults, £3 children

Come and join the fun!

Sunday 8 November 2015

Remembrance Sunday in Mytholmroyd

Remembrance Day procession starts at Elphaborough at 2.15pm,
followed by an act of Remembrance at the war memorial.

A service follows in St Michael's church at about 2.45pm.

Everyone welcome to come and remember.

Monday 2 November 2015

Washday Monday workshops

Calder Valley Cocktails cast member, Susan Quick will lead a workshop in the Forum Theatre method, devised by Theatre of the Oppressed innovator Augusto Boal.

Audience members become spect-actors, replacing the lead character to show how they would combat his/her oppression.

Since 1993 Susan has trained regularly with Boal, who she invited twice to Hebden Bridge to work with her company, Enabling Theatre.

Washday workshops

4 November 2015

Ted Hughes and Gallipoli

Nick Wilding

Ted Hughes and Gallipoli

Nick researched Ted Hughes unpublished material in the British Library in order to prepare this talk on the experience of the poet laureate's father William Hughes in Gallipoli. It had a traumatic impact on his father and was the inspiration for various of Ted's poems. Nick discovered Ted's father's letters to the Hebden Bridge Times about what he was going through and reveals the historical context of the poems and what William had witnessed to become so traumatised.     

About the speaker

Former BBC producer Nick founded Excalibur Productions in 1986 and became the first independent film company to produce a regional programme for the BBC. They have also produced television commercials, documentaries and campaign and training videos, which have featured locations throughout the UK, Europe, the Americas, Asia and the Middle East.

His local history documentaries continue to bring the past to life.

Plus Literary & Scientific Society AGM

Methodist Hall, Market Street, 7.30 pm

Hebden Bridge Local History Society

Thursday 5 November 2015

Cafe Culture

Hebden Bridge Arts Festival Presents: Yorkshire True Crime & Uncle Albert: Yorkshire Short Stories by Stephen Wade, author of 'Unsolved Yorkshire Murders' & 'Hanged at York'

Also, 'Uncle Albert': A nostalgic look at life in a small Yorkshire village when Tetley's Yorkshire bitter was still made in Yorkshire and a pie 81 a pint with ketchup was at least two of your five-a-day.

Town Hall, Hebden Bridge, HX7 7BY

Thursday 5 November, 2pm for 2.30pm

£5 (£3) including refreshments

Transport can be arranged - 01422 417373
Tickets available from:
Hebden Bridge Arts Festival
TheTown Hall,
Hebden Bridge, HX7 7BY

Thursday 5 November 2015

The Trades Club Labour Quiz


Dave Boardman's world famous Trades Club Quiz brings socialism to the core of your thoughts. "A quiz in which Tories are always wrong (Oh just like real life then...eh?) and bringing equality to the world of quizdom - everyone gets the same number of points for a right answer!

"There will be questions on stuff in the news, a music round you'll want to take home with you, photographs of the vaguely famous - and you'll be surrounded by lovely comrades.

"Your £5 gets you Dave's slightly challenging and mildly enjoyable quiz and top quality food prepared prepared by honest labour of members of the working class (oh yes, we can reclaim our language now too)"

Thursday 5 November 2015

Growing Organic Vegetables

Calder Valley Organic Gardeners Monthly Meeting takes place at the Good Shepherd Centre, Royal Fold, Mytholmroyd on Thursday 5th November at 7.30pm when a there will be a talk on 'Growing Organic Vegetables' by Pippa Chapman

Entry is £2.00 for non-members.

Further information can be found at www.cvog.org or by phoning 01422 846173

Friday 6 November 2015

Charity Fashion Show

We at Mytholmroyd Playgroup have teamed up with Faye Knowles foundation (cervical cancer) and we are holding a fashion show (all high street stores with up to over 50% off).

We are using a company called "colours fundraising fashion shows (this is different from most of the schools are using variety after all is the spice of life or so they say)

The event is to take place on Friday 6th November at 7pm at the Community Centre in Mytholmroyd,

Tickets are £6.50 which includes a free drink on entry and nibbles
For more information please contact myself Sarah Ottaway on 07854 768550

Please help to raise awareness of cervical cancer and also raise funds for a local charity.

Friday 6 November 2015

Tim Wheater & Cherub live in concert

Positivity and Sound Healing concert with internationally known flautist, and sound healer Tim AreWheater & Cherub.

At the Yoga Centre, Hangingroyd Lane, Hebden Bridge - Friday 6th November at 7.30 pm

Tickets £20 from www.deepsong.org hosted by Kath Reade

Saturday 31 October 2015

Gezellig presents: A special Halloween screening of Vincent Price in The Last Man on Earth with live soundtrck by Animat

A special Halloween screening of Vincent Price in 'The Last Man on Earth' with live film score by ANIMAT.

'Nightmare on Holme Street' after party with the Gezellig DJ's and CP (Inkfolk / What the Freak?)

The Trades Club
Hebden Bridge

£7 members / £8 others.

Tickets: www.thetradesclub.com

Doors 8pm
Film 9.30pm - 11.00pm
After party 11.30pm - late

Join us this Halloween for a very special screening of the Vincent Price film 'The Last Man on Earth' with live film score by ANIMAT.

In the year 1968, every day is the same for Dr. Robert Morgan: he wakes up, gathers his weapons, and then goes hunting for vampires. Morgan lives in a world where everyone else has been infected by a plague that has turned them into undead, vampiric creatures that cannot stand sunlight, fear mirrors, and are repelled by garlic. They would kill Morgan if they could, but fortunately, they are weak and unintelligent. At night, Morgan locks himself inside his house; during the day, he kills as many vampires as he can, burning the bodies.

The Last Man on Earth is a little known B movie made in Italy and is the first screen version of Richard Mathieson's novel, later remade as The Omega Man with Charlton Heston and I Am Legend starring Will Smith. The film is a major influence on George A Romero and it is the first film to portray the now familiar grey skinned, slow moving "zombie" seen in countless examples of the genre.

Animats re-score will incorporate specially written music, dialogue, effects and remixed themes from the original score and carefully chosen tracks from Animat's eclectic DJ archive.

Following the film we will be heading deep into unchartered dance floor 'terror-tory' with our 'Nightmare on Holme Street' after party with local selector CP (Inkfolk / What the Freak) and the Gezellig residents.

"Do you dare to imagine what it would be like to be... the last man on earth... or the last woman?"

Tickets available at the Trades Club and on their website..

Saturday 31 October 2015

Hebden Bridge Picture House - Halloween Film Festival (18)

Halloween Film Festival

Join us this Halloween as we screen five feral films as part of a day long film festival to celebrate the launch of our new monthly screenings, Surreal Reels. Hosted by director and actor Dominic Brunt, and with music from Was Ist Das? Soundsystem, the fearsome feast of horror classics are sure to thrill, chill and excite!

Tickets £13 for as many of the 5 films as you would like (cinema prices not applicable) available in advance here or in person during box office hours. Re-entry on the day will be possible via wristbands, given at point of first entry. Entry will be for 18s and over only, due to the BBFC certificates of the films being screened.

The deadly line-up includes The Evil Dead, Santa Sangra, The Shining, Living Dead at Manchester Morgue and in tribute to the great Sir Christopher Lee, the classic horror, The Wicker Man.

Film start times with introduction are as follows (we recommend arrival at least 15 minutes prior to the film you wish to start your day with):

The Evil Dead 2.00pm
Santa Sangre 3.50pm
The Shining 6.15pm
Living Dead at the Manchester Morgue 9.00pm
The Wicker Man 10.50pm

For more information please visit our website

Saturday 31 October 2015

HeroicaJoan Eardley: drawings

an illustrated talk on the artist and her extraordinary life and works

Scottish art historian Matilda Mitchell FRAScot has generously donated her time and expertise to Heroica to in order to present – here in Hebden Bridge - Joan Eardley: drawings, an illustrated talk on the artist and her extraordinary life and works.

Amongst Joan Eardley's prolific work were literally hundreds of drawings – in pastel, chalk, pen and ink and pencil – chiefly of her beloved Catterline on the east coast of Scotland and of the children of the Townhead slum district of Glasgow.

Matilda was commissioned after Eardley's death to catalogue over 700 of these drawings and she is able to bring a poignant immediacy to our appreciation of these works.

Do join us! - the Terrace Room, Hebden Bridge Town Hall, at 2.30pm on 31 October 2015.

We attach our promotional leaflet for the event which provides all details. Further enquiries may be directed to Heroica Theatre Company

Heroica Theatre Company website

Leaflet - PDF

Sat 31 October and Sun 1 Nov 2015

Open Art Exhibition at Todmorden Town Hall

Todmorden Town Hall again hosts, Todmorden Art Group's annual Open Art Exhibition, on Sat 31st Oct & Sun 1st Nov 2015 (from 10am - 4pm).

A wide range of artists, some local and some from further afield, will be displaying their work; including mixed media paintings, photography, 3D exhibits, hand made jewellery, textile art and a variety of craftwork, greetings cards and gifts.... There is also a dedicated section for exhibits by young artists from the local primary schools.

(Todmorden Art Group is based at Platform One Gallery, Todmorden Railway Station).

23-26 October 2015

Food Soveriegnty Gathering

Food gathering

Inspired by the efforts of farmers and social movements around the world as well as action in the UK, we're working to build a movement for a democratic, sustainable and fair food system – food sovereignty. Join us for all, or part of, the four days of discussions, organising, skill sharing and action planning.

There will be amazing food, visits to local projects and a chance to connect with people from all of the UK that share a passion for transforming our food systems. 250 participants expected.

October 23-26 Birchcliffe Centre, Hebden.

Please register here

Can you provide a bed or camping space for participants?

This event is now full and there is a waiting list. Please do not turn up if you are not registered. Look at the UK food sovereignty website to see how you can get involved.

23-30 October 2015

Halifax Comedy Festival

Halifax Comedy Festival

Taking place from 23rd to 31st October, the 50-event strong 14-venue wide Festival features 12 shows direct from the Fringe circuit, many of which have gone down a storm with the critics and audiences alike.

It's going to be funny. Seriously funny. Expect big names, the best in up-and-coming comedy, free film screenings, family comedy and hefty dose of the unexpected. With multi-buy packages available and many events featuring two or three top comedians, not to mention plenty of free events and impromptu fun, it's also seriously good value.

See website

Monday 26 October 2015

Children's Canal Nature Discovery Walks in Mytholmroyd

Canal I Spy

Come and play I Spy along the Rochdale Canal and learn all about nature on your doorstep in this fantastic free family walk. 1pm-3pm, meet at the main car park in Mytholmroyd, near the Russell Dean shop. To book your free place call Laura on 07894 572171

See website for more information.

Canal & River Trust are working with Oakapple Environmental to run the sessions as part of the Canal Festival, South Pennine Ring.
Generously supported by Hebden Royd Town Council.

28 October 2015

What's in a name?

Barbara Atack and Keith Stansfield

What's in a name?

Join Keith and Barbara for a tumble through the ages by way of the family names of West Yorkshire, especially those specific to the Upper Calder Valley; from Aykroyd to Widdop via the omnipresent Greenwoods and the sadly extinct Fixbys. Keith will provide examples of local nicknames/placenames remembered from his youth along with a few illustrations of the way dialect words were used in everyday conversation.

About the speakers

Keith Stansfield and Barbara Atack are two local family historians who founded the Family History group in 2008 and have been helping members and visitors to unravel their families history regularly since then. They encounter a wide, and sometimes intriguing, variety of surnames as part of their work.

Methodist Hall, Market Street, 7.30 pm

Hebden Bridge Local History Society

29 October 2015

Psychedelia and Other Colours

Rob Chapman, author of the acclaimed new book on the influence of LSD on culture, Psychedelia and Other Colours, will be at The Book Case on 29th October.

'Will take its rightful place as the standard text'. Rob Young, The New Statesman

'A fantastic, exhaustive history of the genre: comprehensive but gripping'. Alexis Petridis, The Guardian

The event starts at 7 pm and admission is free.

For more details call us on 01422 845 353

30 October 2015

Sketch Crawl Hebden Bridge

Friday 30th October, 10.15-12.15.

Meet at 10.15 outside Sauce Cafe in St. George's Square, Hebden Bridge.

Admission free.

Draw in Hebden Bridge with award-winning children's book illustrator Lynne Chapman.

Lynne has published 30 picture books, is founder of SketchCrawl North, and is Artist in Residence at the University of Manchester's Morgan Centre.

This event is open to anyone who would like to come along and sketch. We will be sketching in cafes around Hebden Bridge, and outdoors if weather permits.

Suitable for adults and accompanied children. You will need to bring a small sketchbook and drawing materials, and clothing to keep you warm and dry in the October weather!

You can peek inside Lynne's sketchbooks at Lynne Chapman's website with the 'Living the Weather' project at the University of Manchester.

Friday, 30 October, 2015

Dark Tales from India - by Peter Chand

From shape-shifting to cunning seducers, and sadistic mother in laws to sensual spirits; British storyteller Peter Chand has brought together a collection of truly dark and disturbing stories from India, several told here for the first time!

Shaggy Dog Storytellers proudly present Pete Chand - one of Europe's most renowned storytellers, who specialises in stories from the Indian subcontinent - the land of his parents - at the Stubbing Wharf Pub on Friday, 30th October, 2015.

Doors Open 7.30 for 8pm start.

Friday, 30 October, 2015

Tom Hingley at the Fox & Goose

Tom Hingley, ex Inspiral Carpets, returns to the Fox & Goose on Friday 30th October from 8pm. Tom will be bringing some of his beer along too.

Saturday 31 October 2015

British Legion Coffee Morning

Mytholmroyd British Legion Coffee Morning
In aid of the Poppy Appeal

At St Michael's Church Hall on
Saturday 31st October 10-11.30am

23-24 October 2015

Experience new ways of making with Make:Shift:Do

The Alternative Technology Centre in Hebden Bridge is one of thirty make spaces across the UK, opening our doors to the public for Make:Shift:Do.

Read HebWeb News

Saturday 24 October 2015

Hebden Bridge WI Rag Market

The Waterfront Hall
Hebden Bridge Town Hall.
From 11-4 Entry £1 – Children Free - proceeds go towards the WI Charity.

Do you have a hankering for haberdashery? Do you yearn for yarn? Dare you titillated by textiles or a beggar for buttons and beads? Then our Awesome Autumn Rag Market is the place for you!

One preconceived idea of a Rag Market is a street market where old or second hand clothing is sold, or, if you check out the definition of 'Rag' dictionaries state;

1. A worthless piece of cloth, esp. one that is torn or worn.

2. Rags; ragged or tattered clothing, but, as regular visitors to our popular Rag Markets will confirm, products at our market is far from that! It is a treasure trove of textiles, a faberdashery of inspiration and crafty customers have flocked to enjoy the bargains!

Our Rag Market has to be the perfect place to source not only a bargain, but original and quality crafting, dress making and tailoring materials buttons, ribbons, yarn, vintage pieces, patterns, books and anything else you could possibly need to inspire your creativity!

Many of the fabrics are vintage, one offs and from private collections so you can pick up many items that are not available in the shops for amazing prices. Our stall holders are generally crafters themselves, reluctantly selling items from a treasured hoard that has become too large to store but some of our regular stallholders also include local small businesses selling beautiful (Yorkshire!) woven wool tweeds and plaid fabrics and a ceramicist selling unique and unusual hand crafted ceramic buttons.

Come along and bag a crafty bargain!

There will also be a WI produce and book stall, raising funds for our charity of the year, The Halifax Women's Centre.

Saturday 24 October 2015

Awesome Jumble Sale


Hebden Bridge Town Hall
Saltonstall & Terrace Rooms

Mostly clothing.

Lots of good quality menswear, ladies wear and clothes for kids.

Buy one of our carrier bags for £1.
Fill it with lovely stuff.

Free entry

All proceeds to St Augustine's, Halifax

Saturday 24 October 2015

Fungi Foray with Anne Bowers, secretary of the Mid Yorkshire Fungi Group and Drew Marsh

Starting at 10 am from Clough Hole carpark, the woodland walk will explore the fascinating world of fungi.

Details on the website and booking essential

Saturday 24 October 2015

Grand Accordion Concert of international music

The Hebden Bridge Twinning Society is proud to present an evening of international music on Saturday the 24th October at 07.30 pm at Hebden Bridge Little Theatre.

The concert features Bradford Accordion Band, vocalists Kaye & Dani, John & Judith Holt (trombone & keyboard) and Nigel Coates (bass).

Tickets for unreserved seats are available from Innovation, St George's Square, Hebden Bridge, HX7 8ET, 01422 844160, at a price of £8.00/ticket.

Sunday 25 October 2015

Apple DayApple Day at Valley Organics Valley Organics is hosting another Apple Day on Sunday 25th October 4.30 - 6.00 to tie in with the Food Sovereignty gathering this weekend.

Read more

Sunday 25 October 2015

Jemima FoxtrotWainsgate Concert: Jemima Foxtrot and Louis Scott: returning to Hebden Bridge, two former students of Calder High School. Sun 25 Oct.

Read HebWeb News

Sunday 25 October 2015

Hang / Handpan concert

Come and join us for a chilled out Sunday afternoon session of original hang / handpan music with Emily Hodson and Kim Metcalf.

Sunday 25th Oct 1:00pm Blessingways Yoga Studio, Birchcliffe Centre, Birchcliffe.

Entrance £3 on the door.

16-25 October 2015

Mytholmroyd Arts Festival

The festival will run from Friday 16 to Sunday 25 October and a wide-ranging programme is on offer including an open art exhibition, heritage exhibition, digital photography competition and craft fair plus much more to be announced at a later date. There will also be activities in the evenings during the week. It is hoped the whole community will be able to get involved in this project.

Wednesday 21 October 2015
Wednesday 21 October 2015

Hebden Bridge Ladies Circle Halloween Social

Spooktacular Fun and Ghostly Games is the theme for our next social at the Stubbing Wharf, Hebden Bridge at 7:30pm on Wednesday 21st October.

Come and see what Ladies Circle is all about, bring your pumpkins and have a fun evening of making Halloween themed decorations!

Free entry, donations to Chair's charity welcome (Healthy Minds).

Take a look at the Ladies Circle Facebook page for more details or email.

Saturday 17 October 2015

Calder Valley Community Land Trust AGM

Fielden Centre in Todmorden (11am-1pm).

All will be welcome and we are hoping for an enjoyable and stimulating morning.

More info on this HebWeb news item

Calder Valley Community Land Trust website

Sat 17 October - Sun 18 October 2015

Horseboating on the Rochdale Canal

Canal & River Trust kindly funded by Hebden Royd Town Council present a weekend of heritage boat trips along the Rochdale Canal

See this web page for details and to book your free place.

Saturday 17th October Hebden Bridge to Mytholmroyd

Sunday 18th October Mytholmroyd to Hebden Bridge

One trip per person.

Part of the Canal Festival, South Pennine Ring.

Sunday 18 October 2015

Children's Canal Nature Discovery Walks in Mytholmroyd

Autumn Colours

Join Laura for a fantastic free family walk and nature activity along the Rochdale Canal with an Autumn theme. 1pm-3pm

Meet at the main car park in Mytholmroyd, near the Russell Dean shop.

To book your free place call Laura on 07894 572171

See website for more information.

Canal & River Trust are working with Oakapple Environmental to run the sessions as part of the Canal Festival, South Pennine Ring.
Generously supported by Hebden Royd Town Council.

Sunday 18th October 2015

The Lost Chord Ensemble

7:30 pm in The Little Theatre, Hebden Bridge

Christopher Irvin, who conducts the local Little Theatre Choir and also the White Rose Orchestra in Leeds, has a wealth of light music including some of his own compositions.

He is inviting musicians (with their music stand) to come and play some light music selections.

14 October 2015

The Lost Kingdom of Elmet

Dave Weldrake

The Lost Kingdom of Elmet

History tells us that Elmet was a small British Kingdom which was annexed by the Saxons in the early 600s. The rest is shrouded in mystery. However there are hints and glimpses of evidence here and there. Gather them all together and it's possible to shine some illumination to the Celtic Twilight.

About the speaker

Dave Weldrake has lived and worked in West Yorkshire for most of his life. He was formerly with the West Yorkshire Archaeology Advisory Service for nearly twenty years and now works as an archaeologist and freelance heritage educator. His principal role is providing a range of archaeological talks and presentations to both schools and adult groups.

Methodist Hall, Market Street, 7.30 pm

Hebden Bridge Local History Society

Wednesday 14 October 2015

Conflict In The Uplands

Mark Avery talks about his new book on the grouse moor industry

A Ban the Burn fundraiser event

Admission by Donation

7.30pm Start.

Hebden Bridge Trades Club, Holme St.

Dr Mark Avery is an author, blogger and environmental campaigner who used to work for the RSPB as Conservation Director. His latest book, Inglorious, makes the case for banning driven grouse shooting and mentions Hebden Bridge, its floods and the nearby Walshaw Moor in some detail. You can sign his e-petition on the at Westminster Parliament website

From 14 October 2015 - 1 November 2015

Exhibition: Queen of Good Sitting

October 14th till November 1st , 11am - 4pm,
Wednesday to Sunday (closed Mon and Tue).

"Mary's work draws upon the archetypes and mythic imagery that she finds in everyday life. Her large expressive paintings explore the dark stories of childhood and their implications upon society. The vulnerability of a child or of an old person becomes a metaphor for the vulnerability of society." (quote from Carole Kirk writing about Mary).

Mary Loney

Mary's large paintings involves the viewer in everyday images of children, observed local people, older people or situations but often have an intriguing unsettling slant, that all things are not quite right. Many of the painting involve her family as models and inspiration to create effecting images. They are beautifully and expressively painted and show an unrecognised talent.

Mary is popular and well known locally, running painting courses for Northlight Art Studios and before this responsible for creating the successful Access to Art and  BA Art Course at Todmorden College. She even has an MBE to her name although would never tell anybody about this and remains very humble about her exceptional contribution to Art education and wonderful talent for painting.

This is an exhibition not to be missed especially with its intriguing title.
The David Wright Gallery, Artsmill, Linden Mill, Linden Road, Hebden Bridge, HX7 7DP.

Artsmill apologise that at present we do not have full wheelchair access.

Thursday 15 October 2015

Right to strike

Calderdale Trades Council Public Meeting
Thursday 15 October 7.30pm
Hebden Bridge Trades Club
Holme Street, HX7 8EE

Speakers include Bill Adams, Regional Secretary,
Yorkshire and the Humber TUC

  • Oppose agency workers breaking strikes.
  • Stop unnecessary restrictions on protests and pickets.
  • Keep union reps working for their members.
  • Tell your MP to vote against the Trade Union Bill and protect
    the right to strike
Thursday, 15 October 2015

Talk is on Anne Lister of Shibden Hall by Pat Osborne

The next general meeting of Todmorden University of the Third Age (U3A) is at 1.30 pm on Thursday, 15 October at Central Methodist Hall, Todmorden.

Friday 16 October 2015

Kid's Charity Art ExhibitionKid's Charity Art Exhibition

By the children, for the children. Exhibition of art created by children attending a Hebden Bridge art class will raise funds for children's charities, Fri 16 Oct.

Read HebWeb News item for more info.

12 October 2015

Hebden Bridge Partnership - how things get done

The Partnership is an umbrella organisation which brings together community groups. At its meeting of 12 October, around 30 groups will speak for 3 minutes explaining just what they do.

Read more

13 October 2015

Open meeting of Hebden Bridge Women's Guild

Hebden Bridge History, a presentation by Diana Monahan, Secretary of Hebden Bridge Local History Society.

St James' Church, Church Lane, Hebden Bridge

2 pm – 3:30pm.

Men welcome too.

Sunday 11th October 2015

Visit by representatives from Paratico (Italy) to Hebden Bridge

On October 11th representatives of the town council of Paratico (Brescia, Italy) will be in Hebden Bridge to discuss the development of friendship links between the two towns.

They are particularly interested in encouraging contacts between youth groups, especially as regards sporting and cultural exchanges. The Hebden Bridge Twinning Society (HBTS) is already speaking to a number of youth groups in Hebden Bridge and Mytholmroyd about joining the meeting.

However, if there are any groups we have missed we would be delighted to tell them more about the visit. Please ring HBTS secretary Philip Dean on 01422 882 567 or 07779 455 004 for more information.

Sunday 11th October 2015

Hebden Bridge Comedy Club

Wes Zaharuk, Danny McLoughlin, Tom Little, MC Andrew Ryan

The Old Gate, 1-5 Old Gate, Hebden Bridge, HX7 8JP

£8.50 Doors 7.30pm Show 8pm 07874 152 338


Wednesday 7 October 2015

Death Café

At a Death Café people, often strangers, gather to eat cake, drink tea and discuss death. Join us for contemplation, conversation, coffee and cake!

Hosted by the Calderdale Dying Matters Partnership on Wednesday 7th October, 6:30pm - 8pm at the Overgate Hospice Furniture and Vintage Shop on Valley Road

Thursday 8 October 2015

Budget Consultation Meeting in Mytholmroyd

The Budget Consultation is your chance to have your say on how the Council spends its budget. Calderdale Council wants you to tell them what you think of their vision and priorities for the future. Throughout October there will be a number of events happening across the borough to allow you to come along and join the conversation.

On Thursday, 8th October starting at 6:30pm at the Gloucester Room, Mytholmroyd Community Centre, Caldene Ave, Mytholmroyd, HX7 5AF there will be a dedicated Council Budget Consultation meeting held where you will have the opportunity to have your say on how the Council spends its budget.

You will have a chance to tell them what you think of their vision and priorities for the future, complete the survey and have a say about how the Council can make savings and shape Calderdale's future.

Thursday 8 October 2015

Café Culture

Thursday 8 October 2.30pm, Hebden Bridge Town Hall. £5 (£3) Transport can be arranged.

Andrew White is local writer, film-maker and broadcaster, specialising in the great outdoors.

Cafe Culture

He was written the AA guide to Yorkshire and is the editor of the country's only walking website with video walks and podcasts - Walks Around Britain.

Andrew will give an hour's illustrated talk including some top tips about how to get your message across - whether that be digital or analogue!

Organised by Hebden Bridge Arts Festival

Thursday 8 October 2015

Citadel, a new epic mountain film

Premieres at Hebden Bridge Picture House - hosted by Calder Valley Search and Rescue.

Read HebWeb News item for details.

Thursday 8 October 2015

Book Launch: Guide to Civil Resistance Vol 2, A Bibliography Of Social Movements and Nonviolent Action

The University of Bradford Peace Studies is pleased to announce the public launch of this new book A Guide to Civil Resistance Vol 2, A Bibliography Of Social Movements and Nonviolent Action, by April Carter, Howard Clark and Michael Randle. It is published by Merlin Press in Association with the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations at Coventry University.

The Launch takes place on Thursday 8 October in the Common Room, Pemberton Building, University of Bradford, Richmond Road, from 17.15 to 19.30. 

The speakers will be Professor Paul Rogers who will give a welcome address, April Carter and Michael Randle, and Professor Caroline Hughes, Professor of Conflict Resolution, and Academic Director Bradford Rotary Centre for International Studies who will chair the meeting.

Light refreshment will be available.

5 October 2015

Washday Monday

Washday Monday

For two years running our group have been creating home-made theatre in the Calder Valley. We have been asked to perform our recent show Calder Valley Cocktails for the Mytholmroyd Arts Festival on 23rd October. We would love you to join us for our rehearsal workshop, just to watch or even to join in. We are looking for performers and help backstage. By 'audition' we'd like you to join us and participate in some drama activities - no pressure, we are all about enjoying every minute.

5th October 2015. 12-4p.m.

Hebden Bridge Town Hall. Waterfront Room.

How much: £3 donation if you can afford it to help pay for the room hire.

19 Sept - 23 Oct 2015

Great British Walk

The Great British Walk in association with Cotswold Outdoors will run from 19 Sept - 23 Oct. Hardcastle Crags will be promoting their favourite Ranger walks: The Railway walk at Hardcastle Crags which is available to download on our website alongside other National Trust Walks.

26 September to 2 October

Danielle GeorgeWuthering Bytes

The annual Hebden Bridge one week technology festival at the Town Hall includes exciting events and speakers, including Professor Danielle George who presented the BBC's 2014 Royal Institution Christmas Lectures.

More info about speakers and events.

Thursday 1st October 2015

Heart Gallery: Meet the Artists Angela Smyth And Kirsty Elson

Heart Gallery

Heart Gallery in Hebden Bridge has managed to bring two amazing artists together in one inviting space to showcase new work never before seen in West Yorkshire!

Thursday 1st October is the date for your diary with doors opening at 6pm… please form an orderly queue!

Angela Smyth works in an old mill building in Sowerby Bridge creating illustrative paintings that are inspired by her home town and the people she meets. Angela is a painter of fun, life-affirming and poignant images. She is a lover of people & animals, a watcher from cafe windows, an interpreter of the every day, a fan of the gentle smile and the knowing wink and an imaginer of things that aren't usually there, but quite possibly could be! Angela's 10ft map of The South Pennines took 6 months to complete but now adorns the exterior of the Hebden Bridge Visitor and Canal Centre.

Kirsty Elson lives in the beautiful and inspiring County of Cornwall and loves searching for driftwood and other found objects to turn into one-off sculptures. Beachcombing and treasure hunting with her family is one of Kirsty's favourite and simplest of pleasures. Once back in her studio she allows the materials she finds to guide her and suggest what the final piece will be. Kirsty's signature pieces include rows of driftwood cottages, lighthouses and ships.

Both Angela and Kirsty will always say 'I hope my work makes you smile' and actually it really does!

Thursday 1 October 2015

The Trades Club Quiz

Thur 1 Oct 9pm will be celebrating Jeremy Corbyn's win in the Labour leadership election.

£5 gets you the quiz, excellent curries, a chance to meet others who were excited by Corbyn's campaign and the possibilities it brings. This is the first chance to get together with others who are either in the Labour Party or are the 'entry-ist, loony lefties' the Daily Mail is so scared of… "Let's give them good reason to be scared by ganging up on them and the rest of global capitalism… starting here."

Dave Boardman's quiz is great fun too

Thursday 1 October 2015

Calder Valley Organic Gardeners

Lessons from the Hanging Gardens of Arabia for the Calder Valley and Beyond

Calder Valley Organic Gardeners Monthly Meeting takes place at the Good Shepherd Centre, Royal Fold, Mytholmroyd on Thursday 1st October at 7.30pm when a there will be an illustrated talk on 'Lessons from the Hanging Gardens of Arabia for the Calder Valley and Beyond' ("Four Decades Learning the Principles and Practices of Sixty Centuries Successful, Yemeni Traditional Husbandry, Flood and Drought Management.") by Anthony G Milroy.

Entry is £2.00 for non-members. Further information can be found
at http://www.cvog.org or by phoning 01422 846173

Friday 2 October 2015

COWSPIRACY: The Sustainability Secret

The film that environmental organisations don't want you to see!
2nd October, 7,30pm, Roomfield Baptist Church, Todmorden.

COWSPIRACY: The Sustainability Secret is a groundbreaking feature-length environmental documentary following an intrepid filmmaker as he uncovers the most destructive industry facing the planet today – and investigates why the world's leading environmental organisations are too afraid to talk about it. As eye-opening as Blackfish and as inspiring as An Inconvenient Truth, this shocking yet humorous documentary reveals the absolutely devastating environmental impact large-scale factory farming has on our planet.

For more information about this American film, see www.cowspiracy.com

3 Valley Vegans will be showing Cowspiracy (90 minutes approx) at Roomfield Baptist Church, Halifax Road, Todmorden, OL14 5BE on Friday 2nd October starting at 7:30pm.

Afterwards there will be a discussion about the film along with soup, bread and tea. Donations to defray costs will be welcomed.

See website for more details.

Saturday 3 October 2015

Simon DavisonThe Spirit of the Matter:
The Primary Authority of our Humanity

A one day seminar with Simon Davison

  • Learn the importance of our humanity in navigating our spiritual and material life.
  • Learn how our humanity authenticates and validates the choices we make.
  • Learn to recognise our humanity as our primary means of insight.

Cost: £60 (Concession available for the genuinely hard up!)

10am register for 10.15 am start to finish 4.30 pm.

Venue: Hebden Bridge Therapy Centre, 9 Wragley House, Valley Road, Hebden Bridge, HX7 7BN

Please book your place by sending an email giving your name and telephone number. Bring packed lunch or enjoy lunch venues of Hebden. Questions call: 07477 958143

Download this PDF for fuller information

3 October 2015

The Bobby Pins

Wainsgate Concert: The Bobby Pins

A performance on Saturday 3rd October by May Lester, Gina Walters and Debra Ann Finch – aka The Bobby Pins.

Read more

3-4 October 2015

Protest songs:

Local musicians have volunteered for a special We Shall Overcome weekend (3-4 Oct) at Hebden Bridge Trades Club to challenge the austerity agenda.

See HebWeb news item

16 September - 4 October 2015

Artsmill exhibition: Repetition and Permutation

Roger Lee


Roger Lee in front of P30

Roger Lee's work is subtle and delicate providing a calming, clean and thought provoking atmosphere. Standing in front of a large canvas the faint changes in the surface colours and the considered grid marks makes intriguing viewing. We are so used to viewing 'subjects' whereas this provides an alternative to considering art. 

In talking to Roger the following was his comment: "My work is very simple, a contemplation in form, consisting of the repetition and the subsequent permutation of marks and the combination of marks.

"The resulting images contain no narrative, as a viewer you do not see any subject but are invited simply to experience them. I am very grateful to Artsmill in Hebden Bridge for giving me this, my first solo exhibition since gaining a degree in visual art in 2010."

Roger's exhibition at the David Wright Gallery, Artsmill, Linden Mill, Linden Road, HX7 7DP,  is open from 16th September till 4th October, Wednesday to Sunday (closed Monday and Tuesday).

For more information please email: artsmill@lindenmill.co.uk or ring: 01422 647072. Website: www.artsmill.org

30 September 2015

Packhorse Trails walk

10am from Midgehole carpark.

A 6 mile medium to hard walk ending at Gibson Mill and which will explore the heritage of the ancient paths which were used to transport anything and everything from salt to lime and cloth: they were constructed to be used by Galloway horses which are now extinct.

See website for more info.

Saturday 26 September 2015

The Garage Sale Trail comes to Hebden

The Egg factory have announced a jumble sale of epic proportions at the Egg Factory on Saturday 26th September!

The sale will also be happening in Hackney, Brighton and Todmorden as part of a trial run of this clever idea which has taken off big time in Australia.

IET are the local organisers and they have graciously allowed us Hebdenites to take part (as we are but a suburb of Todmorden obviously) There will be all sorts of curious, beautiful and interesting items at Bargain Prices so pop along and have a root, why not? From 11 am onwards

More info on the Garage Sale Trail website

Saturday 26 September 2015

The Garage Sale Trail comes to Todmorden

The UK Garage Sale Trail on 26 September in Todmorden is coordinated by Incredible Edible Todmorden in collaboration with Calderdale Council and organised centrally by the Garage Sale Trail, and is open to everyone by registering on the website. Through the website all sellers can choose to donate part or all of their proceeds to a charity of their choice, or donate to Incredible Edible Todmorden's chosen charity, Todmorden Food Bank.

More info on the Garage Sale Trail website

Saturday 26 September 2015

Mindfulness for Wellbeing and Resilience

4 day Mindfulness course at Beehive Mill, Hebden Bridge.

Saturdays: September 26th, October 10th, 24th, November 7th 2015

Cost: £130

Contact: Keri Stephenson 07803 171319 or Louise Marley 07779 517863 for information /booking.

Sunday 27 September 2015

Wadsworth Festival of Harvest and Food

On Sunday 27th September 2015 the parish of Wadsworth will be celebrating the annual harvest at 11am at Wainsgate Chapel, Old Town - with choir and organist.

Then onto Wadsworth Community Centre where we will be having a celebration of food including food stalls, soup, bar and corn dolly making.

Further details will be available at www.wadsworthcommunity.co.uk

Sunday 27 September 2015

Eliza Carthy and Saul Rose plus The Fireman's Blame

Leeds No Borders presents legendary folk musician Eliza Carthy at The Unitarian Church in Todmorden on Sunday September 27th.

All proceeds to Leeds No Borders.

Tickets from Eventbrite

Sunday 27th September 2015

Walking with History - Ancient Township of Midgley, and Luddenden

Launching Pennine Horizon's latest e-Trail
Starting Time: 2pm
Meeting Point: Luddenden Lane car park, by the bus stop(route 574 from Halifax).

Two Options - 3 miles or 5 miles. Circular.

Visit valley, village and moor, to discover the development of rural Pennine settlements from their earliest beginnings, and spectacular views

If you can't make the walks, then why not Download the App, containing historical commentary, images, walk directions etc, for these and other e-Trails. Paper guides also available.

12-27 September 2015

South Pennines Walk and Ride Festival

Walk and Ride

The programme for this year's South Pennines Walk & Ride Festival which takes place between Saturday 12th September and Sunday 27th September is now available! You can stroll through all the events on our events pages on this site or pick up a copy of the Festival brochure at information points across the South Pennines.

Download here

Wednesday 23 September 2015

Hebden Bridge Business Forum: Speed Networking Event!

Wednesday 23 September 2015 - 6 to 8 p.m.

Upstairs at Old Gate Bar & Restaurant, Hebden Bridge

Come and join us for a fun evening where you will meet everyone in the room, rather than just 3 or 4 people - a great way to promote your business to other local businesses. Tell your friends too!

Event free of charge.

Please email the Business Forum if you can make it or if you would like to be informed about future events.

Wednesday 23 September 2015

When Oxford University came to Hebden Bridge: how Hebden Bridge embraced the University Extension Movement

Andrew Bibby

All our own workThe University Extension movement, according to the President of Hebden Bridge's Fustian Manufacturing Co-operative Joseph Craven, was an attempt to bring the learning of the Universities within the reach of the working classes: "As it was impossible for working-people to go to Oxford, the Scheme tried so to speak to bring Oxford to the working classes."

With the idea strongly supported administratively and financially by the co-operative, Hebden Bridge rapidly became one of the northern towns where university extension took off most successfully.

This presentation is based on material in one of the chapters of Andrew Bibby's new book on the history of Hebden Bridge Fustian Manufacturing Co-operative (the Nutclough) All Our Own Work, which will be available at a discounted price at the meeting.

About the speaker

Andrew Bibby is a writer and journalist who has lived in Hebden Bridge for the past 26 years.  He has a particular professional interest in co-operative business and social enterprise, and has written on these themes for a wide range of national and international organisations. His new history of the Nutclough co-op All Our Own Work puts the story of one of Britain's most celebrated and successful manufacturing co-ops within the context of later nineteenth century developments in the co-operative and working class movements.

Methodist Hall, Market Street, 7.30 pm

Hebden Bridge Local History Society

24 September 2015

Public consultation on the proposed hospital cuts

The Clinical Commissioning Groups' Governing Body meetings to decide whether to go ahead with public consultation on the proposed hospital cuts are on 24 Sept, 11.30am-1.30pm, Briar Court Hotel, Halifax Road, Huddersfield HD3 3NT

Info about the meeting is not yet on either Greater Huddersfield or Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group website, but at the most recent Greater Huddersfield CCG Governing Body meeting, they said in reply to a question from a member of the public that both CCGs will meet in parallel to make the decision. They said this does not mean a joint meeting but they will both be in the same room and having joint discussions about them but deciding separately.

The meeting is open to the public. Papers for the meeting should be uploaded to the CCGs' websites 7 days before the meeting. If they're not, people can email Judith.Salter@calderdaleccg.nhs.uk and ask for them

Friday 25 September 2015

Andy Harrap Smith presents "The Waterloo Smile"

Friday, 25th September at The Shaggy Dog Club Night, at Stubbing Wharf.

Andy Harrap Smith presents "The Waterloo Smile"

A soldier's journey from Waterloo to The Final Frontier, in story, song and poetry. Includes a brief history of tooth extraction, some political incorrectness and the possibility of mild nausea.

£7 on the door. 7.30 for a prompt 8pm start.

Alternative title: "How I Saved Ursula Holden Gill's Life Without Her Realising!"

Monday 21 September 2015

Experience playing the Hang

Join the intimate Hang workshop at the Birchcliffe Centre

Sept 21st 7-9 pm. Instruments provided, spaces limited.

See https://www.facebook.com/playthespace


To book call Kim on 07803907517 or email kim@kaudio.co.uk.

Tuesday 22nd September 2015

Shamanic Drumming Journey

7pm to 9pm in The Energy Centre, 2nd floor, Burlees House, Hangingroyd Lane, Hebden Bridge, HX7 7DD

Riding the sacred rhythm of the drumming to journey to connect with timeless wisdom and animal guides for spiritual growth and insight.. It is grounding and brings us fully into the now. £5.

With Sound Healer Kath Reade

Sunday, 20 September 2015

Hebden Bridge Centre Heritage Walk

The town grew up around an old bridge crossing a tributary of the River Calder. The textile industry expanded rapidly during the industrial revolution and many buildings from that period survive. We'll also trace developments after textiles went.

Meet David Cant at 2.15 pm on Sunday, 20 September 2015 outside the Information Centre on New Road. Cost £3 per person.
Organised by Calderdale Heritage Walks

Saturday 19th September 2015

Sleepy Fest Fundraiser

The Sleepy Fest Fundraiser will take place at the Fox & Goose, Hebden Bridge on Saturday 19th September from 6.30pm to 11.00pm. Jake "Sleepy" Segrave, Ben "Blue" Waters & "Green Owl" will be playing.

Free Entry

Saturday, 19 September 2015

Walking with Women's Suffrage:

Meet Jill Liddington at 11 am at Hebden Bridge Station for a 4.5 mile walk in the footsteps of Lavena Saltonstall, Calderdale's best known suffragette. The route skirts the Hebden hillsides, visiting homes of local campaigners and the fustian clothing factories where they worked. It ends in the town square where Emmeline Pankhurst addressed a tumultuous crowd on Votes for Women in January 1907. Easy-moderate level walk.

For both walks, please bring packed lunch.
Walking boots or shoes advised.
Suitable for children aged 12+.

19-20 September 2015

Hebden Bridge Steampunk Weekend

Saturday 19th

Steampunk Market 11am to 5pm at Steampunk HQ (Holme St Arts Centre)

Steampunk films Steampunk film at the Picture House, The Elephant Man.

Evening: bands at the Trades Club: Drum Machine and BB Blackdog.

Sunday 20th

Market plus Tea Duelling at Steampunk HQ. And much more going on round town.

Evening: (Trades Club) band: Biscuithead and the Biscuit Badgers.

Wikipedia: Steampunk began as a subgenre of science fiction and fantasy literature, but has developed in recent years to become a craft and lifestyle movement that commonly features some aspect of steam-powered machinery. Although its literary origins are sometimes associated with cyberpunk, steampunk is often inspired by industrialized Western civilization during the 19th century.

Hebden Bridge Steampunk Website

Thursday 17th September 2015

Hebden Bridge WI present - The Blues Brothers (15)

Hebden Bridge Picture House
7.45pm (Doors at 7.00pm)

Hebden Bridge WI proudly presents The Blues Brothers in aid of the Women's Centre Calderdale and Kirklees. Celebrating their 30th year, funds raised on the night will help them continue to provide valuable emotional and practical support on issues such as debt, benefits, mental or physical health, domestic violence, counselling, training and development and much more to vulnerable women in Calderdale.

We'd love as many of you as possible to come dressed up, dressed down & more than prepared to sing, get up and shake your tail feathers!

Tickets are £10 each (there's no booking fee) and can be purchased here or at Ribbon Circus, Market St, Hebden Bridge.

More info

Thursday 17th September 2015

University of the Third Age (U3A)

The next general meeting of Todmorden U3A is at 1.30 pm on Thursday, 17 September at Central Methodists, Todmorden. The talk is by David Whatmough, entitled Gallivanting on Public Transport – A Bus Pass from Berwick to Land's End. Details of group meetings are on u3atod.org.uk or phone 01422 844713 or 01706 839176

Friday 18 September 2015

Book Launch: Tara Guha - Untouchable Things

Tara Guha

See HebWeb news item

Tuesday 15th September 2015

Heben Bridge Ward Forum

The next meeting of the Calder Ward Forum will on Tuesday 15th September (please note change of date) at Hebden Bridge Town Hall (Waterfront Hall), St. George's Street, HX7 7BY (please use the St. George's Street Entrance). The meeting will begin at 6.45pm with a chance for a chat from 6.15pm.

There will be presentations on CMBC Budget Consultation (It's Your Council, Your Voice), Community Alcohol Partnership / Calder Holmes Park, a report on Care Closer to Home as well as Police update and an Open forum section for you to discuss matters that concern you with your ward Councillors and Council officers.

For those unable to attend, there is also an online e-forum running on the night from 7pm on to allow you to raise issues at the meeting.

In addition, the Calder Ward Forum Grants have relaunched. Constituted community group working within the ward can apply for up to a £500 grant provided it directly benefits the residents of Calder ward. The next funding deadline is set for Midday, 25th September. Please contact jae.campbell@calderdale.gov.uk for an application form.

Wednesday 16th September 2015

GONG SOUND BATH - Wednesdays Weekly

Experience the amazing vibrations of gongs, tibetan & crystal singing bowls, shruti box, chimes and more every Wednesday lunchtime 1 pm to 2 pm in the Yoga Centre, Hangingroyd Lane, Hebden Bridge, £5 or £3. Just come along... mats, cushions, blankets. Rest, restore, reach for your dreams. All welcome.

Gongmaster and Singer Kath Reade. See all sound events on www.deepsong.org

Sunday 13 September 2015

Fungi Foray with Anne Bowers,secretary of the Mid Yorkshire Fungi Group and Drew Marsh

Starting at 10 am from Clough Hole carpark, the woodland walk will explore the fascinating world of fungi.

Details on the website and booking essential

Sunday 13 September 2015

Walk & Ride Festival: The Montane Spine Race with Q&A (12A)

Hebden Bridge Picture House
Sun 13th September
4.30pm (Doors 4.15pm)

As part of the Walk & Ride Festival the Hebden Bridge Picture House is screening The Montane Spine Race Film, a documentary on "Britain's most brutal race", which covers the 268 miles of The Pennine Way, and is held each year in January. The film follows the competitors as they battle through extreme winds, snowstorms and torrential rain as they race along the Spine of England.

The film will be introduced by film maker Matt Green and Ellie West followed by an audience Q&A session.

Sunday 13 September 2015

Wainsgate Chapel Open Day

2-4.30pm on Sunday 13th September. 

Share and Scan your photos session with Frank Woolrych and Ann Kilbey of Pennine Horizons. Bring in old (and oldish!) photos of Wadsworth, people and places to be digitised for the Birchcliffe Archive.

Professor David Baker, and some of his students, will play the Organ.

Friends of Wainsgate are having a relaunch/ membership drive. 

Wadsworth Environment Group will be selling Tea and Cakes.

Sunday 13 September 2015

Hebden Bridge Comedy Club

Rich Wilson, Gordon Southern, Chris Washington, MC Alex Boardman

The Old Gate, 1-5 Old Gate, Hebden Bridge, HX7 8JP

£8.50 Doors 7.30pm Show 8pm 07874 152 338


Thursday 10 September 2015

The 700 story

Local film producer, Nick Wilding's popular 'Hebden Bridge - A 700 Year Story' is to receive another showing next Thursday, 10 September. Nick is also adding a new short film on the creation of the Pennine Way Loop. With Q and A session.

Read more

10 September and 12-13 September 2015

Heritage Open Days: Trains Tea and Tourism

NT Event (FOC) As part of Heritage Open Days, the National Trust at Gibson Mill, Hardcastle Crags will be hosting an exhibition in partnership with Pennine Horizons.

The archive will be on display from 11-4pm on 10 September and 12-13 September where there will be an opportunity to meet some of the staff and share experiences from a bygone age when the mill and the valley was used for entertainment rather than as a working mill.

There will also be a short trail to see where the original buildings were located and learn all about them in situ.

The opening of the Manchester - Leeds railway in 1840 allowed people to travel to Hebden Bridge in huge numbers, creating the opportunity for local entrepreneurs to sell refreshments and provide visitors with opportunities to dance, go roller skating and go boating at Gibson Mill in Hardcastle Crags.

10 Sept and 12 - 13 Sept: Trains Teas and Tourism: 11-4 pm. Heritage Open Day with Pennine Horizons, exhibition and short trail. Entry FOC

8 Sept - 1 Oct Trains Teas and Tourism exhibition: 11-4 pm except Fridays. Exhibition in Gibson Mill normal admission applies except for the Heritage Open Day event.

More info

Friday 11 September 2015

Rejoice Regardless! By Laura Simms

Stubbing Wharf, Friday 11th September.

New York storyteller, Laura Simms, starts by describing encounters with a Tibetan monk in Manhattan, a Roma mother in a Zoo in Romania, and a woman in a tent in Haiti after the earthquake. The centrepiece is an Iraqi Kurdish Jewish tale. Rejoice is sprinkled with folk stories, wisdom tales and events from Laura's life.

2 Acts of 45 minutes.

'Irresistible. A major force in the revival of American storytelling,' The New York Times.

Doors open 7.30. Please be seated - and fed! - for a prompt 8pm start.

Friday 11 September 2015

Izzy Brittain Poet

An hour (or so) of Poems, written and delivered by Izzy.

Parcel Bar at Hebden Bridge Train Station

Friday 11th September from 7pm


Saturday 12 September 2015

Heritage Open Day

10.00am -3.00pm Saturday 12th September
Hope Baptist Church (opposite the Picture House)

  • Lantern Lecture 'A Tale of Hope'
  • 'Elegy' a film from the 1960s
  • Cream teas by the church ladies
  • 'In the Pulpit' selfie photographs
  • Bring your photos and memories

More info at www.hope-baptist.org.uk

Saturday 12 September 2015

Luddenden Mayor Making

A family fun day out. Watch the inauguration of the village Mayor, take part in the Annual Straw Bale Race or sit by the river and watch the Duck Races. Many stalls and attractions, children's entertainer, music, food and fun.

Saturday 12th September starting at 1pm. At The Lord Nelson, High Street, Luddenden and Luddenden Churchyard.

Free entry, charity fund raiser.

12-13 September 2015

Todmorden Open Studios

On 12th and 13th September from 11 am to 5 pm,local artists and craft makers will open their doors to the public. Guides are available from tourist information centres and libraries

Saturday 12 September 2015

Laura Simms Storytelling Workshop

Saturday, 12th September, 12.00 to 1700, at the Stubbing Wharf.

Laura Simms

The Storyteller And The Fairytale.

Of all the tales in the vast ocean of stories, the fairytale offers the richest rewards for contemporary audiences, and the largest challenge for storytellers. There is a quarry of information about the psychological and social value of these special tales.

However, little is discussed about the way in which a fairytale comes to life in the mind/ imagination/ heart of the engaged listener. Laura will offer tools, practices and insights about the way to prepare a fairytale for live performance; distinguishing the unique role of the storyteller.

The telling of a story is a dynamic and reciprocal event. More akin to the unfolding process of being on a journey than a theatrical presentation or a recitation of text. A fairytale has meaning in performance. It is deeply personal and indirect. The special magic of image felt and visualised in the moment is enriched by a practice of voice, speech and realisation of the nature of symbol; and the structure of the event itself enhanced by the attunement and presence of the attentive storyteller.

Be prepared to work together on a single story told by Laura. Be sure to bring a journal and file so that she can work with you to create a step by step exploration and harvest individual storytelling styles for each participant. £35 (with £25 concessions).

Numbers will be limited. To book a place, contact George Murphy (see Shaggy Dog website), with your own contact details, etc.

Please note: a number of subsidised places are available, for local, non professional storytellers. Contact Christine for details on 07581 706795.

Saturday 12 September 2015

Up the Buttress

Start: 12pm, The Buttress, Town centre, Hebden Bridge HX7 7BY

Duration: 3 hours/ 0.25 miles

Leader: Singletrack and Bill Brady (www.singletrackworld.com)

Brave riders will once again take up the momentous challenge to cycle our fearsome cobbled track. Booking to take part essential.

HebWeb YouTube video

HebWeb Up the Buttress Photo Gallery 2013

HebWeb Up the Buttress Photo Gallery 2012

Saturday 12 September 2015

Hebden Bridge Picture House Heritage Open Morning

Saturday 12th September

Tours (Bookable in advance) 10.00-13.00, Tours 10.30, 11.20 & 12.10

The Hebden Bridge Picture House opens its doors to the public for a behind the scenes historical tour guide of the 1920s cinema. Book an exclusive tour or explore the auditorium and foyer at leisure and purchase your favourite film poster from the Friends of the Picture House Poster Sale. Join the celebration of England's fantastic architecture and culture and discover what makes the cinema so special.

More details here

Monday 7 September 2015

Washday Workshop

Washday Workshop

Monday 7th September at Hebden Bridge Town Hall, 12-4pm

Welcome to the Dark Side! - a cheeky peep behind the theatre curtain. The art of concealing the art. A practical look at the difference between clothes and costumes and an opportunity to find out how some of the illusions and quick changes are created and to try a few things on.

Adele Mitchinson is a leading costume designer with over 25 years professional experience working on everything from opera to pantomime; from the London Palladium to Coronation Street.

Monday 7 September 2015

Space to Talk about Suicide

6-8pm at Todmorden Community Resource Centre, George Street Todmorden (near Lever Street car park)

An opportunity for people who have been bereaved through suicide to meet each other in a supportive informal group, to share feelings and experiences. We hope this may become a regular event.

Contact Gillian - if you'd like to come or for more information.

Monday 7 September 2015

Chatty Crochet

Monday 7th September. Hope Baptist Church. 1-30 -3 30pm.

Crochet, knitting & other crafts. £2 including materials to use, share & swap.

Tea coffee and biscuits provided. Never tried crochet before? Don't worry! There are friendly and helpful people here to help you learn with a library of possible patterns. Come and join us. As our group is called Chatty just come and chat!

Tuesday 8 September 2015

Alignment and Healing

Rainbow Light Foundation invite you to come along and experience an Emerald Alignment and relax to some music from the Harp.

Tuesday 8th September at 7.30-9.00pm at the Hebden Therapy Centre, Wragley House, Valley Road, Hebden Bridge, HX7 7BN.

Please arrive at 7.20pm. £4 on the door.

Experience an Emerald Alignment and relax to some music from the Harp.

Find out about the:

Emerald Alignment Clinic - Simple, Safe and Effective:

  • Strengthen the Immune System
  • Protect from Bullying and Abuse

Harp Alignment Clinic - Musical Medicine from the Harp:

  • Calm the Mind and Restore Peace
  • Bathe the Body in Soothing Music
Wednesday 9 September 2015

Calder Valley CND for Peace and Justice

Calder Valley CND for Peace and Justice meeting, Weds 9 September, 19.30 at Hope Baptist Church, Hebden Bridge. Further information about our group and activities on our Facebook page.

Saturday 5 September 2015

Blackshaw Head's Annual Village Fete

Blackshaw Head's Village Fete: Homegrown and homemade produce, a bouncy castle or Punch and Judy for the kids are some of the great things happening on Sat 5th Sept. Read more

Saturday 5 September 2015

Hebden Bridge Arts Festival is hosting the world premiere of postman turned auteur Kevin Boniface's debut short, The Rookery.World premiere for Arts Festival first short film commission

By day Kevin Boniface was posting letters, but after his shift he was making his half hour long film, The Rookery.

Read more

Saturday 5 September 2015

Charlie Carr and Dave Roberts Music

Free music from 7pm at Parcel Bar, Hebden Bridge train station on Saturday 5th September.

Singer Charlie Carr and Festival Director Dave Nelson started working together last year and have produced some unusual jazzy arrangements of tunes not normally found in the jazz repertoire. These include songs sung by Roy Orbison, Elvis Costello, Robert Wyatt, Judy Collins, Alicia Keys, the Beatles and Oasis and many more.

Saturday 5 September 2015

"Spirit of '45" - a film directed by Ken Loach

Spirit of 45

An impassioned documentary about how the spirit of unity which buoyed Britain during the war years carried through to create a vision of a fairer, united society.

Being shown at

The Trades Club, Hebden Bridge.
on Saturday 5 September 2015

Doors open 7.30pm. Film starts 8pm

Entry by donation.

Come & be inspired!

Order the DVD or watch online

Sunday 6 September 2015

The Lost Chord Ensemble


Hebden Bridge Little Theatre

Enthusiasts for Light Classical Music with music stand and instrument are invited to come and play selections from the repertoire.

Email chris@christopherirvinmusic.com

Sunday 6 September 2015

Women's Green Woodworking

Free Open / Taster Day

Sunday Sept 6th Old Town Hebden Bridge. 11am - 3.00pm

Come and find out about Greenwoodworking & have a go on a shave horse.

Refreshments and cake provided.

Also, new 6 week Introductory course starting Sept 15 th 10.00 - 12.30 pm.

For further info contact Julie 01422 292552

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

The Park needs you.
After a good break The Friends of Calder Holmes Park are set to meet on Tuesday 1st of September at Park Life Cafe at 7pm. If you value your park and free public spaces now is the time to get involved. We are now beginning to see the effects of council cutbacks on our park so to all those who want a park that is welcoming and well looked after, to all those who think having a free space in which to socialise and feel part of the community is important come down and see if you think you can contribute in any way.

There is lots of room for innovation and creativity within this space and the time is now.

The Friends of Calder Holmes Park are a small but diverse group of committed individuals who have big plans for the park. We are few in number though, and would like to take this opportunity to ask more members to come forward. The park, as it stands has so much potential which if realised will make a huge contribution to the community. The park offers exciting opportunities for people with passion and enthusiasm to get involved and make a difference. 

Friday 28th August 2015

Clive Hopwood performs, "All my stories are true, (but some are truer than others).

On Friday 28th August, Master Storyteller, Clive Hopwood returns to Stubbing Wharf, home of the Shaggy Dog Storytellers, with a sparkling and varied collection of gem like tales.

Amongst his many pioneering projects, Simon developed the brilliant Storybook Dad/Mum project by supporting imprisoned parents in prisons across the country.

He was the subject of the Radio 4 documentary, 'The Goodnight Tales' and winner of the Lord Longford Prize in 2004 and the British Awards for Storytelling Excellence Community Project 2012.

This evening he returns as an oral storyteller, but this author of more than 100 books, mostly for children, with more than 20 performed plays to his credit, may - as the title suggests - weave some fascinating personal recollections into his performance. £7. Doors open at 7.30 for 8pm start.

Bank Holiday Monday 31 August 2015

Cragg Vale Artisan Market and the Cragg Country Show

A market of stalls with a plethora of artisan goodies for you to peruse and the chance to enter our Cragg Country Show.

www.cragg15.uk for more details

Email contact

Details and entry forms will be on our website by Friday 10th July 2015

Saturday 22 August 2015

Car Boot and Table top sale

At Heptonstall Bowling Club, Saturday 22nd August

All welcome!

Saturday 22 August 2015

An evening with the Guiseley Brothers

An evening of almost unplugged classic songs from the 60s to the 90s. From Steely Dan to Elton John.

Saturday 22nd August at the Golden Lion, Fielden Sq., Todmorden, from 9pm.

Sunday 23 August 2015

Tea Dance

Join Dapper Dan and DJ Windy for an afternoon of Jive, Hip Hop and dance.

At Heptonstall Bowling Club, Sunday 23rd August, 2-5pm.

Adults £5, children free

Bar will be open!

Sunday 23 August 2015

Resisting apartheid in Palestine

Presentation from Ron Taylor

Trades Club, 7.30 pm, admission free

The presentation will focus on the work of the activists of Ta'ayush, the Arab-Jewish partnership, which challenges Israel's discriminatory policies in the West Bank. Ta'ayush is a small but determined group of Jewish Israelis who work with rural Palestinian communities whose very existence is under threat.

Ron told the HebWeb, "I have been fortunate enough to have spent a good deal of time with the group and have seen at close quarters how the system operates.

"As one of the leading activists told me, 'The experience of Ta'ayush and the Palestinian communities we work alongside shows there is clear evidence that settlement building, land seizure, house demolitions, denial of access to lands and eviction of the Palestinian population are all connected and part of a policy, not just of the extremist settlers, but of the Israeli government and the occupying mechanism.'

My presentation includes photos and video clips of army and settler violence as well as background information on how Israel's occupation of Palestine is sustained. Little of this appears in our media and I feel it is important that more people get to know what is really happening there."

See also: Ron's Postcards from Palestine

13 August 2015

Return to Homs

A film by Talal Derki

19 year old Bosset is goalkeeper for national Syrian soccer team and 24 year old Osama is media activist and pacifist. When the army cracks down and their beloved Hom becomes a bombed-out ghost town, both peaceful protesters take up arms and transform into renegade insurgents with devastating results.

Trades Club. Free 7.45pm

Winner: Sundance Film Festival 2014

More info: 07761 1066 549

Return to Homs

9 August 2015

Nagasaki Day

Sunday 9 August 2015

Mayor to read peace declaration on 70th anniversary of Nagasaki atomic bombingMayor to read peace declaration on 70th anniversary of Nagasaki atomic bombing. 3pm, 9 August, at the wavy steps by the Old Bridge. More info

9 August 2015

The First Film - with Q&A (PG)


Was the film industry born in Yorkshire? That's the question asked by David Wilkinson in this enthralling documentary into the origins of cinema, the fruit of a decades-long quest to prove to the world that the birthplace of motion pictures was not America or France but rather, Leeds; and the first true filmmaker not Edison or the Lumière brothers, but rather the enigmatic Louis Le Prince.

Hailing Le Prince the father of the moving image, Wilkinson investigates his career, his projection machine and mysterious demise: in 1890, shortly before he was due to travel to America and demonstrate his discovery, he boarded a train from Dijon to Paris: and never seen again.

Doors open 15 minutes prior to the film start.

Tickets will be priced as normal.

Visit the Picture House website for more details.

11 August 2015

Hebden Bridge Women's Guild

The Work of Overgate Hospice - Open meeting of Hebden Bridge Women's Guild. Men welcome too.

Event Details: 11th August 2–3:30pm at St James' Church, Church Lane, Hebden Bridge

Friday 7 August 2015

Blue TeapotOPENING PARTY AT THE BLUE TEAPOT Join us on the 7 August from 7.30-10.30 to celebrate the launch of this brand new vegetarian café-bar! Free welcome drink and canapés for all guests with the option to purchase more drinks from the bar on the night. Grange Dene, Mytholmroyd

See this Facebook page for more event details.

Saturday 8 August 2015

Maxine PeakeMaxine Peake to read from Shelley's Masque of Anarchy

Trades Club on Sat August 8, a fund-raiser for the Morning Star newspaper.

Read more

Monday 3 August 2015

Hebden's Happy Hounds

Car Holmes Park

Monday 3rd August, 12-3pm

Fun day for both you and your dog.

Microchipping, fun dog agility, facepainting, information and dog classes including cutest puppy and waggiest tail.

Monday 3 August 2015

Washday Workshops

Drama and creative company for people 60+ and friends.

A series of monthly workshops held on first Monday of
each month at Hebden Bridge Town Hall.


Next workshop - Monday 6 August at 12-5pm. Admission £5

Hello Hollywood!!

Be part of a Hollywood style script team.

Create, pitch & perform your own movie ideas!!!

Transport available for people 60+ who need it.

Call Joe for more information on 07941 234313

Wednesday 5 August 2015

Summertime in the woods

Back by very popular demand Tinderwood Trust will once again be running family forest school sessions all through the holidays at

Eastwood - Friday mornings 10 -12 for children 0-5 and parents/carers every week throughout the summer holidays

Wedneday mornings in August 10 - 12 for children 0-7 and parents carers.

First Saturday of each month at Brick Shack, Midgehole road 1-4pm for over 4's with parents and careres too!!

All welcome - no booking required.

£3 per child per session.

WEdnesday 5th August 2015

Wadsworth Women's Institute

Old Town Cricket Club. 7.30pm

Speaker: Roger Benn, Things I have Collected on My Travels.

Visitors welcome. £4

Friday, 31 July 2015

Macmillan Coffee Morning

Raising funds for Macmillan Cancer Support

Luddendenfoot Civic Centre, Station Road HX2 6AD
Friday 31 July 2015 10.00 - 12.30

Refreshments, home-made cakes and old photos of the Luddendenfoot area.

Friday, 31 July 2015

Feargal Lynne: Songs and Tales from The Glens of Antrim and Beyond

Shaggy Dog Storytellers welcome the warm and wonderful Feargal Lynne to Stubbing Wharf on Friday, 31st July.

Through his tales, spoken and sung, he keeps alive the stories of those that have gone. Feargal grew up under the feet of the characters visiting his parents' shop and was transfixed by their tales from the glens and the stories they told about each other in a time when no one was in a hurry. Intertwines stories with his own songs and songs rarely heard.

Now in its 21st year, the Shaggy Dog Club continues a strong programme of acts from top line performers. Doors open at 7.30, performance at 8pm, £7. 'The best storytelling club in the country," Ben Haggarty.

Saturday 1 August 2015

Overgate Hospice Furniture and Vintage Charity Shop Opening!

Overgate's twelfth charity shop will officially open on Valley Road, at Shepherds former car showroom, on Saturday 1st August, with the ribbon being cut at 11am.

We will have balloons, refreshments, music, special guests in the form of Miss Eco United Kingdom and Harold the Hospice Hare, and of course bargains galore!

All are welcome to come along, meet the team and grab a bargain.

Saturday 1 August 2015

Gay Night at the Crown Inn

Gay men, gay women and gay friendly people invited to a night of music and dancing this Saturday, 1st August 2015, from 8pm. Song requests taken by our popular DJ. Let's see some great body moves and possibly try your hand at karaoke…

… and feel free to join us even earlier, for some chilled live music, from 4pm, with Angus Barclay on acoustic guitars and special guest, Becca Ryan (Flugel Horn, vocals).

1-2 August 2015

Vintage Weekend for vintage, veteran and classic vehicles

Vintage car rally

Huge display of over 600 cars, motorcycles, military and commercial vehicles, with different classes and vehicles on each day.

Calder Holmes Park, Hebden Bridge

See HebWeb news item

See website for more info

24-25 July 2015

Outside Theatre returns to Hardcastle Crags

Four men, four bikes and a 1500 mile adventure will stop en route at Hardcastle Crags to perform A Midsummer Night's Dream and Hamlet on 24 and 25 July.

See HebWeb News item for more info

Saturday 25 July 2015

The Nearly New Designer Sale

The Nearly New Designer Sale

All proceeds to Calder Valley Youth Theatre

11 am to 4 pm Saturday 25th July 2015

The Waterfront Hall, Hebden Bridge Town Hall

Entry 50p

New and Pre-loved luxury designer clothes, hats, shoes & handbags plus other exquisite items at affordable prices. Cash Only

Saturday 25 July 2015

Car Boot and Table Top sale

At Heptonstall Bowling Club, this Saturday, 25th July. 10am -2pm.

Breakfast in a bap, tea and coffee available.

£8 per pitch, just turn up!

25 - 26 July 2015

Open Gardens In Mytholmroyd

St Michael's Church Mytholmroyd is holding an 'Open Gardens' event with 12 gardens open for viewing in the Mytholmroyd area. Viewing is from 1-5pm on both days and entrance is by program only. Programs cost £3 which covers all 12 gardens.

Programs from J.M.D. Hardware Store, Burnley Road or tel 01422 883911 or 01422 883480. Plants for purchase and refreshments available.

Saturday 18 July 2015

Women's Green Woodworking

Saturday 18th July 10.00am - 3.00pm
Free Open / Taster Day. Old Town Hebden Bridge.

Come and find out about Green Woodworking, have a go on a shave horse and make a spatula to take home with you.

Tea and cakes provided!

For more Info contact Jules on 01422 292552

Email Julie.sullivan@lineone.net

Sunday 19 July 2015

Open Mic Night @3 Wise Monkeys

Open Mic night every Sunday at the 3 Wise Monkeys, 15 Water st, Todmorden, from 7pm.

Musicians and performers of all genres and abilities are welcome, if you like to sing, play or perform then call in and join in.

There's a free drink for every act and a warm reception from our regulars and 'audience'. If you'd like to get in touch in advance rather than call in on the day then call us on 01706 817010.

Thursday 16 July 2015

Calder Valley Voices' Charity Summer ConcertCalder Valley Voices' Charity Summer Concert: Calder Valley Voices has arranged a concert of beautiful, restful and rousing songs from around the World - on 16 July. Read more

Thursday 16 July 2015

Mytholmroyd Arts Festival Launch

Thursday 16 July at Mytholmroyd Community Centre. Doors open at 7 for a 7.30pm start.

Entertainment will include two 15 minute musicals from Storybag Theatre: 'A Very Brief Encounter' and '15 minute Sound of Music', with music from our own Jim Jarrett. Entrance is free, but to help us with numbers please book a place by either joining the event on Mytholmroyd Arts Festival's Facebook page or by emailing

Saturday 11th July 2015

Crossley Mill Nursery Fun Day

Crossley Mill Nursery is opening its gates to the public on Saturday 11th July for a day of fun.

Saturday 11 July, 12.30pm-2.30pm

Admission free

Crossley Mill Nursery Fun Day

There will be free children's entertainment, face painting, stalls, refreshments and games for both children and adults to enjoy.

Gates will be opening at 12.30pm, and all families are welcome.

During the open day the nursery will be open and staffed and Crossley Mill is inviting any parents interested in a place at the nursery to come and look round the rooms and outside play area between 12.30 and 2.30pm.

Address: Crossley Mill Nursery, New Road, Hebden Bridge HX7 8AD, telephone 01422 845820

Saturday 11th July 2015

Table Top Sale

The St. Michael's Wives Group are organising a Table Top Sale in St. Michael's Church Hall on Saturday 11th July from 9.00 am until 12 noon. Come along and grab a bargain! Refreshments will also be served.

If you require a table contact Mrs. J. Robinson on 01422 883480 for details.

Saturday 11th July 2015

Vigil: 1st Anniversary

Chris Drake has written to the HebWeb: "July 11 2015 is the first Anniversary of the vigil in the square started to express my horror at the Israeli bombardment of Gaza, Summer 2014.

"Since then nothing has changed in the largest open air prison in the world where Palestinians try to live their lives under a murderous occupation.

"Together lets celebrate the beauty, the strength and the resilience of the Palestinian people living their lives against all the odds.

"Bring a placard and join me in the square on July 11 between 12.30pm and 3.00pm
In Solidarity
Chris Drake "

Saturday 11th July 2015

Solutions to Austerity: Public Meeting

A small group has been discussing the next five years of austerity measures, and the way they are likely to affect those who can afford it least. Others will share our concern about the impact on neighbours and the wider community in which we live.

Hope Baptist Church has agreed to provide a venue to meet and explore thoughts to help create a vision of what we can do to ensure that Hebden Royd remains a secure community for all.

A Public meeting will be held on Saturday 11th July 2015 at Hope Street Baptist Church, Hebden Bridge at 2.30- 4.00

Saturday 11th July 2015


CommuniTEA at The Town Hall is an opportunity to find out about what's on in and around Hebden Bridge.  A whole host of groups, businesses and charities will be around to talk about their events with information about how to take part and get involved.


You'll be able to come and find out more about the neighbourhood plan, After Alice photography project, Hebden Bridge Cubs, Calder Valley Youth Theatre, Alzheimer's Society, creative arts for Dementia, Heptonstall Village Team, Overgate Hospice, Forget Me Not Hospice, Hebden Bridge Arts Festival, IT training and many more.

They'll be free taster sessions of Zen Tone (a yoga based exercise class) and Rhythm Time (a music and multi-sensory class for babies and toddlers) too.

Come and join us from noon - 3pm on Saturday 11th July 2015 at The Town Hall, Hebden Bridge.   Oh, and there's free tea!

Saturday 11th July 2015

New Hebden Bridge Scout Group

Fridays… tarting 10th July, 6-8 pm Meet us and sign up at CommuniTEA, 12-3pm, 11th July, Town Hall

With our rivers, woodland, footpaths, cliffs and wild places, Hebden Bridge must be one of the best places in the country for being a Scout.

Building on the thriving Hebden Bridge Beavers and Cubs Groups, this is your chance to join the newly formed 18th Hebden Bridge Scout Group and start turning every day into an adventure.

Scouting is for ages 101⁄2 to 14. You don't need to have been a cub or a beaver - you only need to be prepared to do your best!

Call Anastasia Ververidou on 07900 715170 or email

Sunday 12th July 2015

NGS Gardens Open for Charity - Warley Village

National Gardens Scheme - Gardens Open for Charity in Warley Village on Sunday 12th July 2015, 11am - 5pm
Edgeholme and Green Hill House
Please park in Stock Lane, HX2 7RW
Map available for village walk between gardens

Admission - Adult: £5 Child: Free


Refreshments & Plant sales for Overgate Hospice

Sunday 12th July 2015

Blackshaw Head Methodist Chapel

Blackshaw Head Methodist Chapel is 200 years old. Help recreate this photo from around 1908 this Sunday, 12 July.

Read more and see larger version of the photo.

Sunday 12th July 2015

Springhead Cottage Open Garden

Help raise funds for Alzheimers Society and Hope Baptist Church Hebden Bridge by visiting this magnificent hillside garden. Refreshments available.

Springhead Cottage, Hathershelf Lane, HX2 6JQ
Sunday 12 July 2015 1 - 5 pm

14 July 2015

Hebden Bridge Women's Guild

Do it Ourselves - Hebden Bridge Women's Guild meeting

Event Details: 14th July, 2–3:30pm at St James' Church, Church Lane, Hebden Bridge

Monday, 6 July 2015

Summer General Meeting of Hebden Bridge Partnership

is next Monday, July 6th, in the Terrace Room, Hebden Bridge Town Hall, 7.30pm.

All welcome.

Agenda items include

  • An introduction to the work being led by the town and parish councils towards a Neighbourhood Plan for our area: what it means, why it matters, how the consultations will take place.
  • The former Fire Station site
Tuesday 7 July 2015

The Lure of the Lost

Birchcliffe Centre, Tuesday 7th July, 18.30 - 21.30

Creative Scene comes to Calderdale for this special summer's evening of artists talks.

Creative Scene is the Arts Council England's 'Creative People and Places' project in West Yorkshire. We are working with a cluster of towns and a huge range of artists and people to make art a part of every day life in North Kirklees. Our SceneMakers - enthusiastic advocates and ideas people , who shape and commission projects - will be joining artist Anthony Schrag as he walks through Calderdale, to find out more about his participatory practice.

Anthony is spending the next three months walking to Venice, and in the process questioning the value of the Venice Biennale. 'The Lure of the Lost' will see Anthony walking for 2,500km and 450 hours, collecting small relics which he will leave at the "sacred site" of the festival.

'The town is the venue' is the motto for Deveron Arts, an arts organisation based in Huntly, a seemingly ordinary market town in the north east of Scotland - where the contemporary pilgrimage will begin. We'll be joined by collaborator Claudia Zeiske, Director of Deveron Arts, who works with the history, context and identity of the town to run an ongoing programme of truly remarkable public art in some unusual and ordinary places. Every artist who works with Deveron must also contribute a piece of work to the Town Collection – a permanent and growing exhibition housed by the shops, hotels, cafes and garages of Huntly. Claudia will share some of the stories and successes of their anchor project The Town is the Venue.

It's also worth knowing that the Famous Dewsbury Pie Shed will be providing Pie and summer Salad for all – let us know if you have dietary requirements when you book

Please book here by Thursday 2nd July

Wednesday 8 July 2015

Trades Club Quiz

The Trades Club will be hosting a fundraising quiz for Cancer Research UK on Wed 8 July (this week) at 9pm. There will be Dave's Marvellous Quiz and a raffle and auction.

27 June - 5 July 2015

Artists and Craftspeople of the Upper Calder Valley

Daily 10am – 4pm, 27 June – 5 July.
Admission:  Free

Word of Mouth, Valley Road

After Alice

After Alice - the UK's first community-wide project dedicated to exploring the possibilities of vintage film photography - has been out and about capturing the valley's sculptors, stitchers, potters, painters, printers, and jewellers, together with their studios and workshops. And where better to host an exhibition of the resulting candid portraits than at Word of Mouth, Hebden's hub for arts and crafts materials of every sort. There will be faces, places, and spaces you recognise, and others you don't yet know in After Alice's intimate celebration of the artistic life of the Calder Valley. Supported by: Hebden Bride Arts Festival micro-commission 2015

And also:

Candid Street Photography Exhibition

Street photography

Until July 5th 2015

ArtsMill Exhibition of Louise Bourgeois prints

Autobiographical Series and set of 11 Drypoints

Louis Bourgeois

Wednesday to Sunday (closed on Mondays and Tuesdays except during the Arts Festival) 11am - 4pm

A Hayward Touring exhibition from Southbank Centre, London

Hayward Touring's latest print exhibition features two collections of works by one of the most influential artists of recent decades, Louise Bourgeois (1911-2010).

Best known for her powerful emotionally charged sculptures - enclosed 'cell' or cage-like installations and fabric figures - she was also a prolific printmaker and draughtswoman. Most of the French-American artist's work dealt with strongly autobiographical themes, invoking her childhood emotions of loneliness, desire, anxiety and jealousy.

Autobiographical Series (1994) consists of 14 etchings illustrating some of her deepest thoughts and memories whilst the 11 Drypoints (all from 1999) brings her obsessions into more vivid focus. Recurrent themes, such as a woman giving birth, a cat, ladders, long hair, feet, clocks, scissors, bathtubs and a pregnant mosquito all contain references to her emotional biography. An apt example of this is the memory of her mother sewing – her family ran a workshop restoring tapestries in Paris – evoked in 'Sewing', in the Autobiographical Series.

David Wright Gallery, Artsmill, Linden Road, Hebden Bridge, HX7 7DP

26 June - 5 July 2015

Hebden Bridge Arts Festival

Arts Festival

Festival website

Wednesday 1 July 2015


Activism often conjures up quick signing of petitions, clicktivism and loud and aggressive ways to demand justice. Craftivist Collective provide 'slow' activism that uses craft to act on injustice in a transformative and gentle way.

Join Craftivist Sarah Corbett at the Egg Factory to hear about how to change the world one stitch at a time. Wednesday July 1st 6.30-9pm


Thursday 2 July 2015

Café Culture

2pm Thursday 2 July at the Town Hall

The first event will include tasters of what we're doing this festival and how what we are doing connects to the town and its different communities, past, present and future. We are also looking ahead to next year's 'Trouser Town'.

2.45 - I will do an introduction, followed by:

2.50 - H doing a presentation about After Alice

3.20 - Sarah Shooter talking about how Pennine Horizons collect and collate the town's histories

3.40 - Polly Thomas giving us a glimpse of 'The Woman on the Hill' and how she has created the work using real and imagined stories. She will also do a demo with the talking sewing machine.

There will be the chance for people to record or share their stories afterwards and tea and cake will be served.

Thursday 2 July 2015

Lois SmithThe Lois and Lindsay Dilemma and the birth of 'cinemocracy' at HB Arts Festival. 95 year old Lois Smith, local artist now living in Hebden Bridge, talks with Nick Wilding about how in 1948 in Wakefield she produced the very first film made by then unknown director Lindsay Anderson.

Read more

3-5 July 2015

Hebden Bridge Open Studios 2015

Open Studios

Hebden Bridge open Studios will take place on
July 3rd, 4th and 5th. 11 am to 5pm.

Visit over 80 local artists and craftspeople in Hebden Bridge, Todmorden, Heptonstall and Mytholmroyd.

Visit website for more information.

Saturday 4 July 2015

Heptonstall Festival

Heptonstall Festivl

Heptonstall Festival is on Saturday July 4th this year. Live music on two stages starts from midday. The Heptonstall Festival Fell Race starts in the morning, with family and children activities throughout the day staring at 11am. All for a donation!

Saturday 4 July 2015

UN International Day of Co-operatives

11 am Meet at the gates to Sandy Lane burial ground. Hebden Bridge. Flowers will be laid at the graves of Jesse Gray (former General Secretary, Co-operative Union) and Joseph Greenwood (manager, Hebden Bridge Fustian Manufacturing Co-operative, and first Treasurer, International Co-operative Alliance).

12 noon Co-operative Conversazione at The Egg Factory, Victoria Road. Speakers: George Kidd, Woodcraft Folk (others to be announced! and refreshments. Plus time for all local coops to share their news and progress. All invited.

2pm - launch of Hebden Bridge Cooperative Trail guided walk with Bob Deacon.

Saturday 4 July 2015

Skye Darkwoods - Monster Exhibition

Park Life Cafe, Calder Holmes Park, Saturday, July 4th. 8pm

Final exhibition and story behind the art piece "Monster" based on carrying around memories. I have been carrying this piece of work around in public with me since May. I will share the story of the work via Live Performance, Video Installation, and much more. Please invite everyone!!

I have been going out in public since May with a child's cot. It is an art piece based on carrying your traumatic memories with you and how hard it is to get into places that you want to be with so much baggage.

I am sure a lot of Hebden folks have seen me and are curious about the project.

Sunday 5 July 2015

Street Sundae Week2

FESTIVAL STREET SUNDAE: 2nd weekend. 5 July. Some of the nation's top street performers will also join in the fun, including Phoenix Nights star Janice Connolly. Read more 1 July

Sunday 5 July 2015

All our own workAll our own Work by Andrew Bibby

The story of the cooperative pioneers of Hebden Bridge.

Book launch
Sunday 5th July, 1pm
HB Trades Club, Holme St, Hebden Bridge

Andrew Bibby's book, the story of the Hebden Bridge fustian workers who ran their own mill, is published by Merlin Press.

All welcome at the book launch. Light refreshments.

30 June 2015

Calder Ward Forum

The next Calder Ward Forum will take place on Tuesday 30th June 2015 at Hope Baptist Church, Hebden Bridge (Please use the Hope Street Entrance), 6.30pm arrival for 6.45pm start.

There will be a presentation on Upland Management, consultations on Community Banner Policy, Neighbourhood Planning and Ward Forum Grants as well as Police update and an Open forum section for you to discuss matters that concern you with your your ward Councillors and Council officers.

For those unable to attend, there is also an online e-forum running on the night from 7pm on to allow you to raise issues at the meeting.

Friday, 26 June 2015

Sarah Rundle performs at Shaggy Dog Storytellers Club

At the Stubbing Wharf on Friday, 26th June, to coincide with the start of the Arts Festival, Sarah Rundle performs The Forest of Chance Encounters, or: She Gave Me Pizza With Murder In Her Heart.
Melded from stories drawn from Italo Calvino's Italian Folk Tales, four boys go into a wood, but not all of them come out again. This show cunningly combines love, unsuccessful love, and run for the hills, they're a psycho love.

Not all the tales have happy endings: poison, pistols, prison and skulls will feature. There are 5 narrators, two of them dead. Not every hero gets his just desserts. There is love, there is money, there is murder...there is an interval. Doors open at 7. 30 for an 8pm start. Suitable for age 10 plus. £7.

Friday, 26 June 2015

Up My StreetBook Launch - Up My Street by Louise Lockhart

Local illustrator Louise Lockhart will be launching her first book Up My Street at her exhibition opening in The Arts Festival.

Up My Street is a concertina book that folds out into a delightful high street celebrating the traditional shops that are disappearing from British towns. The book is printed by old-fashioned spot lithography in London and is published by Design For Today.

Louise has grown up in Hebden Bridge and it seems fitting to launch her book in the 'town of little shops'.

The launch will take place in The Shed Gallery on 26th June from 6pm.

See HebWeb News: The Shed Gallery, Hebden Bridge's newest pop up exhibition space!

Friday, 26 June 2015

Alan Fowler: "Daddy, what did you find to laugh about in the Great War?" - The Cotton Cartoons of Sam Fitton

Wadsworth Community Association AGM at 7.30 p.m. on Friday 26th June. Billy Lane, Old Town HX7 8RY

Motion to amend constitution to become a CIO (Charitable Incorporated Organisation).

Guest speaker, Alan Fowler, is a celebrated historian of the cotton industry; prinicpal lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University for several years and prolific writer of many books and and articles will share his insights into Sam Fitton's cartoons, produced in the cotton mills of Lancashire in the First World War.

Free entry - great supper for only £2.00.

All welcome.

Saturday 27 June 2015

Mytholmroyd Walkers Action - Guided Walk

The Gnome House Walk - Saturday 27th June - 10-30am start from Memorial Gardens Mytholmroyd. Suitable for families or singles or anyone who wants another view of this wonderful valley. You might even catch the Gnomes at Home.

Saturday 27 June 2015
Sunday 28 June 2015

Food Festival

See HebWeb News: Blackshaw Food Festival takes off on 28th June

Thursday 25th June 2015

Forest School Open Day

This Thursday, June 25, please consider yourself invited to Tinderwood Trusts open day supported by Hebden Royd Town Council. Come to help us celebrate and share our successes from the last 4 years and find out how you can get involved and be part of Forest School revolution!!

Brick Shack Forest School Site,
Midgehole Road,
Hebden Bridge,

The kettle will be on (there may even be a marshmallow or two), so please drop in between 3.30 and 6.30 to hear all about it, share your experiences and start your own Forest School adventure.

Thursday 25th June 2015

Public meeting

Organised by Blackshaw Environmental Action Team

This public meeting will take place at Blackshaw Head Methodist Church, starting at 7.30pm. We have two speakers:

1. "The Birds and the Bees" – Hugh Firman, Conservation Officer for Calderdale Council, will give an illustrated talk, explaining why grasslands are so important for a range of species and what can be done to conserve and restore them.

2. Beth Morgan from Rooting and Fruiting, will be speaking on 'What is radical mycology?' Her talk will cover what she does, integrated food-fungi gardening, mycore mediation and benefits to our local community with questions and answers. It will tie in nicely with her report released for the Winston Churchill Trust.

Until 24 June 2015

Camera Club 2015 Exhibition

Hebden Bridge Camera Club are pleased to announce the opening of our annual exhibition at the Hebden Bridge Town Hall. The exhibition is free and will be running from Saturday 13th June until the 24th, 10am to 4pm daily.

Members from the club will be present to answer any questions you may have and will invite you to vote for your favourite photographs.

We hope to see you there!

Until 21 June 2015


Kate Lycett at Heart Gallery

The Big Park - Kate Lycett

A Solo Exhibition with local artist Kate Lycett at Heart Gallery.

Kate walks and runs between the river and the canal and is often struck by the contrast of the power of one, and the stillness of the other. The water mirrors the changing colours; the colours change with the light.

There is nowhere quite like Yorkshire for that fast changing light that leaves you in the gloom one moment and in luminous, saturated colour the next.

In the vastness of the landscape you can see the patches of light heading towards you across the hills, or the shadows coming ready to drain everywhere of colour.

Kate couldn't live anywhere where the sun shone all the time. The brilliance of those technicolour moments takes her breath away.

Water and Light runs until 21st June 2015.

Heart Gallery, The Arts Centre, 4a Market Street, Hebden Bridge, HX7 6AA. 01422 845845.

19-21 June 2015

Reggae Festival CANCELLED


See website

Saturday 13 June 2015

The After Alice Project Open Day

The After Alice Project Open Day

See HebWeb News, 10 June

Saturday 13 June 2015

Midgley Village Fete

Midgley's popular biennial village fete is set to go ahead on Midgley Rec on Saturday 13 June, starting at 1.00pm.  

Midgley Village Fete

There will be lots of traditional family fun and entertainment including brass band, children's races, bar and tea tent, fell race, tug of war, straw race, stalls and games, food, terrier races and live music into the evening.  

Entry is free and everyone is assured of a warm welcome.

For more information contact Jennifer Vale, 01422 885466.

13 June to 24 June 2015

Hebden Bridge Camera Club Annual Exhibition of Photography

Camera exhibition

The exhibition will be held at Hebden Bridge Town Hall, Hebden Bridge, from 13 June to 24 June 2015, inclusive.

The images can be viewed at any time that the venue is open but the exhibition will be staffed by club stewards between 10am and 4pm daily.

The exhibition is held to showcase the work of members and to encourage new people to join the club. Admission is free and all are welcome. We ask visitors to vote for their favourite images and anyone doing so will be given a money-off voucher for use in the Town Hall Café.

Sunday 14th June 2015

Sunday Open Mic @ 3 Wise Monkeys

The Three Wise Monkeys, based on Water St in Todmorden, are relaunching their Open Mic night, now on a Sunday evening. A great way to round off your weekend in a relaxed atmosphere, with appreciative like minded people, a great selection of world beers and some fantastic Thai food.

Open Mic will run from 7pm every Sunday starting on 14th June. It's a great way to showcase your talents, or just show your appreciation of music. There's generally a wide range of skills and musical tastes, and it's open to all. All acts get a complimentary drink too.

For the open mic launch on Sunday 14th June, there will be a Thai buffet available for £5 per head.

if you'd like more information please call into the Three Monkeys, at 15 Water St, Todmorden. Or talk to Isaac on 01706 817010.

Sunday 14th June 2015

Hebden Bridge Comedy Club

Could This Really Be Any More 'Hebden'?

A Perrier Award nominated comedian, a transgender American one man sketch troupe and a former circus acrobat? We really couldn't be more 'Hebden' if we tried! Sunday 14th June is the date for your diaries and The Old Gate is the destination.

John Gordillo is a Perrier Award-nominated comedian who has directed shows by both Eddie Izzard and Reginald D Hunter. He also made the final short list of two comics being considered by the BBC as a full-time replacement for Angus Deayton as host of Have I Got News For You, although he had never guest-hosted the show. John's brand of intelligent comedy never lets the clever get in the way of the funny and not only will he make you laugh until it hurts but he will leave you with plenty of things to think about too.

"a grown-up comic who combines emotional intimacy with high-quality gags" The Guardian

With a shady past in Greenwich Village's alternative theatre scene and a passion for all things English it will come as no surprise that transgender US comic Will Franken has been compared to the Pythons. The most obvious difference between them is there were six Pythons and only one Will making his hilarious one man multi-character sketches even more impressive.

"an erudite wit and a highly developed sense of the absurd" New York Times

Geordie comic George Zach is the middle spot and Todmorden's Martin Mor will be compering and, quite possibly, balancing selected objects from the audience on his nose! The show starts at 8pm prompt and tickets are priced at £8.50 from the Old Gate or online at www.hebdenbridgecomedy.co.uk

9 June 2015

Renewable Energy film and discussion

8pm Trades Club
The Future of Energy.
More info

Inspiring renewable energy film show and discussion

Saturday, 6th June 2015

St James' Parish Church Coffee Morning

Coffee morning at St James' Parish Church, Hebden Bridge on Saturday, 6th June at 11.00 am (between the Fox and Goose and Stubbing Wharf pubs).

Sunday 7 June 2015

Come Fly With Us!
Sunday 7 June. Thousands are expected to watch aviators in crazy flying machines, space rockets, giant dragon-flies and washing lines of enormous pants blowing in the wind. More info, map of route and timetable.

Sunday 7 June 2015

Hebden Connections

Two-hour walk to look at the historic transport links - the tracks, roads, canal and railway which all squeeze through the narrow Calder valley here. We'll look at how transport helped industry develop and prosper - from textiles to tourism!

Meet David Cant by the Tourist Information Centre on New Road at 2.15 pm on Sunday 7 June 2015.

Cost £3 per person.

Part of the Calderdale Heritage Walks programme.

Sunday 7th June 2015

The Lost Chord Ensemble

7.30-9.30pm Hebden Bridge Little Theatre

Enthusiasts for Light Classical Music with music stand and instrument are invited to come and play selections from the repertoire. A donation towards the cost of the rehearsal space and refreshments would be appreciated.


Sunday 7 June 2015

Canal Market with Crafts Afloat and the Herb Boat

Sunday 7th June -10.30am - 5.30pm (weather dependant)
Hebden Bridge canal side, opposite the park.

Crafts Afloat and The Herb Boat will be setting up an exciting sale of handmade art and craft items, jewellery, fresh herbs, spice mixes, tea and much more!

The Crafty Snail narrowboat will be open for visitors to come aboard and discuss the art and craft workshops on offer.

For more information check out - www.craftsafloat.com

Until 31 May 2015

Phil Withersby Exhibition

Stoodley at Sunset

At Calder Gallery

Friday, 29th May 2015

Stories from the Floor at the Stubbing Wharf

from 8pm

Shaggy Dog Storytellers hold one of their renowned open floor nights.

Come and tell that tale you've been longing to share. There's always an appreciative audience. Or just come and listen and enjoy.

Expect visiting tellers and stories told through prose, song and rhyme.

Doors open at 7.30. Attendances are at record highs this season, so please arrive early!

Saturday, 30th May 2015

Fair For Youth

Happening on Saturday, 30th May at Calder Holmes Park, Fair For Youth is an event for young people to explore different activities and opportunities which they might not be aware of or are unavailable to them.

Fair for Youth

On the day, there will be a stage (playing live music throughout the day), different workshop tents including arts and crafts and circus skills, a market area and information stalls on higher education, employability, and drug and alcohol awareness.

The aim of this event is to change the negative stigma associated with the young people in Calder valley by showing that they are an active part of society with strong yet positive talents, interests and ideas but do not have a platform to express them.

Fair For Youth is a fun day out for the whole family, with activities being aimed both at young adults, teenagers and children.

See HebWeb News item for more info

Saturday, 30th May 2015

Salem Fields Fun Day

Salem Fields

Saturday, 30th May 2015

Stuart TownsendAn evening with Stuart Townend

Performance, chat and worship from one of today's leading worship songwriters.

- How deep the father's love for us
- In Christ alone my hope is found
- The power of the cross
- Who is there like you
- The Lord's my Shepherd
- There is a hope

See Stuart Townsend website

Order tickets (£12)

31st May 2015

Boundary WalkWadsworth Boundary Walk

The Rotary Club of Hebden Bridge has organised the annual Wadsworth Boundary Walk every year since 1999, with this year's event taking place on Sunday 31st May. The route follows the scenic boundary of Wadsworth Parish - the second largest parish in the country.

The Boundary Walk takes in some of the most spectacular scenery in the South Pennines and, in walking terms, is described as moderately difficult. It is approximately 21 miles long and includes the beautiful wooded valleys of Hardcastle Crags and the commanding heights of moors above the Luddenden Valley.

Runners are welcome to join in and run the course but we do ask them to check in and start their run as early as possible (registration opens at 8.00am). This year, to accommodate leisure ramblers and families, we are offering two options for walkers to choose from; the full 21 mile walk, with check points at 9 miles and 16 miles, or a short, family friendly, 4 and a half mile walk through the beautiful wooded valley of Hardcastle Craggs.

The Full Walk, of approximately 21 miles, is as near the Wadsworth Parish Boundary as existing footpaths permit and is in an area of outstanding natural beauty. You can terminate your walk at each checkpoint and transport back into Hebden Bridge will be available, free of charge.

Details of the 2 options, with drinks available at each checkpoints, are: Full Walk (includes a packed lunch) 1: Start at Mythlomroyd then up on to Midgley Moor, Luddenden Dean, Limers Gate to Keighley Road, Lumb Falls, Walshaw Dean reservoirs, Widdop, Hardcastle Crags and back to Hebden Bridge, and a walk along the canal bank back to Mytholmroyd.

The Short Walk, (without packed lunch) A fabulous 7 mile family walk. Transport is provided from Mythlomroyd to Widdop and walk down the beautiful Hardcastle Crags wooded valley to Mytholmroyd, via Hebden Bridge. There are reduced rates for the short walk, as shown below, but no packed lunch is provided.

Under exceptional circumstances, such as bad weather or restrictions imposed by landowners or DEFRA, the route may be changed at short notice.

All relevant details & registration forms (with an on-line option available for the first time this year) are available on www.hebdenbridgerotary.org.uk.

Please email with any comments or queries you may have.

2015 Walk Registration fees

In Advance On The Day
Full route (all ages)
£8.00 £10.00
Short Family Walk - Adult (15*) £5.00 £6.00
Child 4 to 14 years £3.00.

The location for registration / start & finish has changed from last year and is now at: Mytholmroyd Community & Leisure Centre, Caldene Avenue, Mytholmroyd, Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, HX7 5AF - thus offering plentiful car parking for all involved.

So get your walking boots on and join in the fun on Sunday, 31st May!

31st May 2015

Heptonstall Shadows

You can expect a mediaeval village to hold memories that you might not find in standard local histories. With John Billingsley you'll learn about wart-curers, protective charms, rural gangsters, ghosts, mummified cats and more.

Meet John at Heptonstall Bowling Club car park at 2.15 pm on Sunday 31st May 2015. Charge £3 per person.

Part of the Calderdale Heritage Walks programme.

31st May 2015

Colden School Duck Race and Fair

Summer must be coming because it's time for the annual Friends of Colden School DUCK RACE!

Sunday 31st May, New Delight Inn, Jack Bridge HX7 7HT

Ducks released 2pm, fun & games 1 - 3pm

Ducks will be available for sale on the day for £1
1st prize £50
2nd prize £25
3 x 3rd prizes £10 each

And it's not just a duck race, we've got loads of other fun activities:

  • West Yorkshire Fire Service Crew will be bringing their fire engine!
  • Test your cycling skills on Bikeability's cycle track (bikes will be provided)
  • Win prizes on our traditional fair games
  • Caravan cafe with tea, coffee, cakes & savouries
  • Lucky dip
  • Name the duck
  • Sweetie stall
  • Second hand book stall
  • Duck themed childrens crafts
  • Face painting, nail bar & glitter tattoos
  • And much, much more..
31 May 2015


Wainsgate Concert: Irish duo Zrazy

A new summer season of concerts at Wainsgate Chapel starts with the sensational Irish duo Zrazy returning to Hebden Bridge. Read more

Thursday, 28 May 2015

Arts Festival

Calling All Young Playwrights

Calderdale Young Shorts is running a drop-in session on how to turn ideas into play, this Thursday, 28 May.

Read more

Sunday 24th May 2015

The Lost Chord Ensemble

7.30-9.30pm Hebden Bridge Little Theatre

Enthusiasts for Light Classical Music with music stand and instrument are invited to come and play selections from the repertoire. A donation towards the cost of the rehearsal space and refreshments would be appreciated. Email

Sunday 24th May 2015

Dying Matters; let's talk about it!

Hebden Bridge Town Hall, 10am - 4pm

This event will take the form of a mini festival which aims to dispel the myths around death and dying and encourage open talking and future planning with a view to living life to the full!

As the late, great Terry Pratchett said; 'It's time we learned to be as good at dying as we are at living.'

In addition to advice from professionals such as bereavement counsellors, solicitors and funeral directors we will be hosting live music, guest speakers, craft workshops, and a Death Cafe as well as encouraging people to create their own bucket lists and to look at the more spiritual side of death.

With informative art exhibits and an interactive workshop for children this is an event for all the family and we would love to see you there!

Sunday 24th May 2015

Funeral Home Open Day

Valley Funeral Service will be having an open day as part of the Overgate Hospice 'Dying Matters' week.

This event will take place on Sunday 24th May 2015 from 11am till 3pm.

All are welcome to come and have a look around and have a chat and a cuppa in a relaxed and informal atmosphere.

All enquiries to Valley Funeral Service on 01422 842683.

Monday 25 May 2015

Midgley Village

A 2 hour walk to look at the historical village of Midgley. There are many fine old buildings, former pubs, a revived co-op and some quiet corners. We'll also look at the remains of extensive quarry workings on the moor edge - with the bonus of some fine views.

Start 2.15 from Midgley school car park on Monday 25 May 2015. Guide David Cant. Cost £3 per person.

Monday 25 May 2015

Spring Fair

Hope Baptist Church.

Monday 25th May 2015

11 am. - 4pm.

Craft stall bric a brac, books, plant stall.

Teas and a cake stall.

15-17 May 2015

FolkrootsHebden Folk Roots weekend

  • My Sweet Patootie from Canada
  • Terry Logan Band
  • Des Horsfall's Kuschty Rye
  • Last Chance Saloon Band
  • Will Kaufman
  • and lots more to come.

HebWeb News - May 2015

Hebden Bridge Folk Roots website

Sunday, 17 May 2015

Tea for Tigers

Heptonstall 1st Brownies are hosting Tea for Tigers. There will be sandwiches, cake and tea, and arts and craft activities, story telling and facepainting.

Hebden Bridge Town Hall, The Waterfront Hall

Hopefully the sun will shine and you can enjoy a sandwich lunch/high tea by the river and children can enjoy a host of activities.

Perhaps a tiger will come and tea with you?

Suitable for all ages.

All funds raised go towards anti poaching patrols in Sumatra (through FFI) and a tiger health programme (through WVI).

Sunday, 17 May 2015

Storytelling at Hebden Bridge Folk Festival

The Rod and George Show: Secret Histories 8pm at Stubbing Wharf, doors open at 7.30.

George Murphy reveals more secrets from hidden Hebden and beyond, including Le Grand Depart or Mrs Pomfret's Pomme Frites, in tandem with master dialect storyteller, Rod Dimbleby. £5 on the door.

See the Festival website for further details

Monday 18th May 2015


Hebden Bridge based Made It Theatre Company, reprise their debut play, Valedictory, at Todmorden Unitarian Church as part of the Pushing Up Daisies Festival on Monday 18th May at 7.30pm. Tickets are available at the nominal price of £2 with all proceeds going to Pushing Up Daisies.


Play details here

Pushing Up Daisies website

Monday 18th May 2015

Creative Memories

Todmorden unitarian church monday 18th may 10-3pm. Human or animal ashes transformed into seed bombs, make a shoe box shrine , see other creative up cycling of loved ones remains. light a candle , make some lists start the conversation. Part of the pushing up daisies festival of death and dying.

See web page

Tuesday 19th May 2015

Calderdale's Big Clean

Hebden Bridge Area, meeting at Calder Holmes Park cafe at 10am.

Tuesday 19th May 2015

Dying Matters - Dispelling the Myths Seminar

As part of the Overgate Hospice 'Dying Matters' Week in Hebden Bridge, Valley Funeral Service will be holding a 'Dispelling The Myths' Seminar at Hebden Bridge Town Hall. The seminars are an excellent opportunity for people to ask questions about the workings within funeral home and also find out what really happens when someone passes away.

The Seminar will take place on Tuesday 19th May 2015, starting at 2.30pm in the Waterfront Hall. The seminar is open to everyone and refreshments can be obtained at the Town Hall Cafe until 3.pm. Enquiries can be made to Valley Funeral Service on 01422 842683.

Thursday 21 May 2015

Charity Screening of 'The Diving Bell and the Butterfly'

Raising funds for the Calderdale Dying Matters Partnership, this screening of the inspirational 'The Diving Bell and the Butterfly' will take place on Thursday 21st May at the Hebden Bridge Picture House; doors from 7pm to be seated for 8pm. A special guest speaker and entry to our raffle are included in the ticket price of £10. Tickets available from the Overgate Hospice Shop on Crown Street, from the library or at wegottickets.com/event/317125

Thursday 21 May 2015

Extremes and Opposites - Impressions of India

Todmorden U3A Monthly General Meeting

Talk by Sally Pulvertaft

Central Methodists Todmorden

1.45 Admission Free. Guests welcome

Thursday 21 May 2015

Happy Valley Gay Men's Social

Come along to this newly forming social group and contribute to its development. Meeting at Nelsons Wine Bar on Crown Street in Hebden Bridge on Thursday 21st May 2015 at 7.30pm.

Saturday 23rd May 2015

Print Fair

The Town Hall, Hebden Bridge is organising the town's first Print Fair which will take place on Saturday 23rd May.

Are you a local print maker who would like to take part? There's limited places and we're keen that artists based in Calderdale get the first option on stalls, so please email Kerry for an application form.

Saturday 23rd May 2015

Hebden Bridge Zine In A Day

The Town Hall in Hebden Bridge, in partnership with the Footprint Worker's Co-Op, will be creating Hebden Bridge's first ever Zine In A Day at the Print Fair on Saturday 23rd May.

Zine in a Day

"We are looking for people who live, work and play in Hebden Bridge to come and create their own page in the Hebden Bridge Zine in a Day," explains Amy Leader, Director of The Town Hall in Hebden Bridge.

"We're holding a print fair to celebrate the talented printmakers in the north of England and wanted to use the opportunity for visitors to get their hands dirty too. Creating a community zine in a day seemed the perfect activity for Hebden Bridge."

The Print Fair is a free event on Saturday 23rd May from 11am – 4pm in The Town Hall and will showcase printmakers from the Calder Valley and throughout the north.

Saturday 23rd May 2015

Todmorden Carnival

Todmorden Carnival is on Saturday 23rd May 2015, a day out for all the family.

The event will start with a parade through the town. This parade will start at 12:30pm from Sanworth and in Centre Vale Park. A large Fun Fair from Thursday 21st May 2015 to Monday 25th May 2015.


Saturday, 16th May 2015

Spectacular Spring Rag Market

11:00 – 4:00. Entrance £1
The Waterfront Hall,
The Town Hall.

Hebden Bridge WI

On Saturday 16th May, stall holders will fill the Waterfront Room in Hebden Bridge Town Hall with an amazing selection of textiles, haberdashery, and materials perfect for a diverse range of art and craft projects.

Rag Market

With the continuing trend for 'make do and mend' and rise in the popularity of homemade furnishings and clothing the Hebden Bridge WI Rag Market is becoming quite well known amongst the crafting and home sewing and tailoring community, many of whom are inspired by programmes such as The Great British Sewing bee.

Facebook page

Saturday, 16th May 2015

Mytholmroyd Historical Society's Heritage Day

The Church of the Good Shepherd, Mytholmroyd

The day's programme:

Doors open at 10am

10.30am- first talk will be from pre-history until the end of the 19th century, Rodney Collinge

11.30am- walk- there are 2 walks, one along Cragg Road with Pam Jordan, the other heading east through Mytholmroyd with Iain Cameron. The short walks will include lots of historical information, they are repeated in the afternoon so you are able to do both.

12.30pm - lunch, we are selling refreshments-drinks, sandwiches and home made cakes.

2pm - talk - Industry and the 20th century. Ann Kilbey and Frank Woolrych.

3pm - walk - repeats of the morning walks.

The cost for the full day is £6.00 or £2.00 per event. Visitors not wanting to walk will have time to peruse the many displays around the church showing cricket, football, Methodist Church, Calder High School, railway, gala, industry. We will also be selling ex-library stock.

Saturday, 16th May 2015

Spoken Word at Hebden Bridge Folk Festival

Teddy Bears' Picnic. Storytelling in the park by fabulous performers, Christine McMahon and Ursula Holden Gill. Starts at 3pm.

8pm at Stubbing Wharf, My Mate Rumpelstiltskin. Ursula Holden Gill delivers her hilarious but poignant tales. £5. Please see the festival website for further details.

Wednesday 6 May 2015

Free dance classes and arts festival performance

What: Outta Place are offering a free program of 10 weekly contemporary dance classes and creative workshops. The sessions will focus on technique, creative work and performance skills, building up to an outdoor public performance for the Hebden Bridge arts festival. This is a fantastic opportunity to take on a new dance style and also to bring your own ideas and moves into to the mix. Come along to get active, creative and become part of a skilled and sportive dance group.

Who: Ages 11-16, all abilities welcome.

When: Every Wednesday starting 6th May - 1st July 2015

From 6pm- 7.30pm

Where: The Waterfront Hall, The Townhall, Hebden Bridge

Performance: Sun 5th July 12-5pm TBC part of the Hebden Bridge Arts Festival 2015

Cost: Free

Please email to secure your place


6th, 7th and 8th May 2015

PoshPOSH by Laura Wade
- Beacon Actors Company

Filthy. Rich. Spoilt. Rotten.

In an oak-panelled room in Oxford, ten young bloods with cut-glass vowels and deep pockets are meeting, intent on restoring their right to rule. Members of an elite student dining society, the boys are bunkering down for a wild night of debauchery, decadence and bloody good wine. But this isn't the last huzzah: they're planning a takeover. Welcome to the Riot Club.

POSH marks the return of Beacon Actors Company, made up entirely of young actors from every corner of the Calder Valley. Following on from the sold out success of Private Peaceful (Orangebox 2013, Square Chapel 2014), this exciting, original and wholly independent group of young actors return to Calderdale for election week.

Little Theatre

Performances – 6th, 7th and 8th May @ 7.30pm

Tickets - £10/£8

Book online here

Or in person at Innovation, Hebden Bridge.

7 May 2015

General Election

And election of all 18 members of Heben Royd Town Council Election

And election of councillors to Calderdale

See HebWeb Election Section

7 May 2015

The Aqua Project

Calder Valley Organic Gardeners Monthly Meeting takes place at the Good Shepherd Centre, Royal Fold, Mytholmroyd on Thursday 7th May at 7.30pm when a there will be a talk on 'The Aqua Project' (preceded by CVOG AGM).

Entry is £2.00 for non-members.

Further information can be found at Calder Valley Organic Gardeners website or by phoning 01422 846173

7 May 2015

A Gospel Workshop with the fabulous Una

Una May led vibrant, joyous, life-affirming singing workshops at the national Street Choirs Festival in Hebden Bridge last July.

3Valleys Gospel Choir have invited her to lead a day of joyful, uplifting, participatory song at Todmorden Central Methodist Church on Saturday 7th May 10-4.

Tickets: £30 full; £25 early bird (before 14th Feb) £25 concessions.

Book at www.3valleysgospelchoir.org.uk

Saturday 9th May 2015

Helen Blackwell's Plant Sale

19 Oxford Street (next to the canal past WireForm).

A great selection of beautiful plants grown by Helen herself, and a few from her friends. Also willow wigwams.

Interesting tough herbaceous perennials, some annuals, some veg, the odd shrub plus succulents and exotics from Joel.

There'll also be good coffee and cake.

See you there, come rain or shine!

Saturday 9th May 2015

Blackshaw Head Plant Sale and Spring Fair

Plant saleA wide range of locally-grown hardy perennial flowering plants will be on sale, as well as vegetable seedlings from local growers. And if gardening is not your 'thing', there's an exhibition of children's art, craft stalls and games, a home produce stall with tasty cakes, jams and chutneys, and delicious lunches and teas being served, all at Blackshaw Head Chapel from 12 to 4pm. Service 596 busses leave Hebden Bridge at a quarter past the hour and stop near to the chapel, returning from there just after half past.

Volunteers have been dividing and potting up hundreds of plants from local gardens, which have then been tended and nurtured through this recent windy and sub-zero weather to be ready for Saturday. As organiser Pat Munday says "If they'll survive and thrive in Blackshaw Head you know they'll romp away in your garden".

The event is in aid of the chapel's building fund. "The chapel is an important resource for the community." Pat explained, "It is used by many local groups as well as for village activities, but it costs over £250 a week to keep it open. Fund-raising events like this are a way for the local community to help to make sure that the building is maintained and improved, so that its future can be assured. And it's also a great way for people to get together, whether gardeners or not."

Saturday 9th May 2015

Good Shepherd Mytholmroyd Spring Fair

Opens at 10am
Closes 2.30pm

Fun for Everyone

Sunday 10 May 2015

Hebden Bridge Comedy Club

The Hebden Bridge Comedy Club returns to The Old Gate on Sunday 10th May with an old favourite, the official face of Tena Lady (hopefully you'll need some!) and a local lad who is fast making a name for himself...

Rob Rouse has appeared on a myriad of TV shows including 8 Out Of 10 Cats and Celebrity Juice often fills in for Clint Boon on XFM Manchester. Described by the Sunday Times as 'A latter day Stan Laurel' Rob's high octane performances often reduce audiences to tears of laughter!

Vikki Stone's unique mix of stand up and music has made her one of the fastest rising stars of British comedy. Her Phillip Schofield Song became an internet hit and was listed in The Huffington Post as The Top Ten Viral Videos in 2012. You may also recognise her from fronting major ad campaigns for Yakult, Fiat and… ..Tena Lady! As musically talented and exciting as she is funny, expect big laughs from this girl with a big voice.

The show comes complete with local lad done good Jack Carroll and compere. The show starts at 8pm prompt and tickets are priced at £8.50 from the Old Gate or online

12 May 2015

Hebden Bridge Women's Guild

Bits and Pieces by Joan Laprell - speaker at the Hebden Bridge Women's Guild.

Event Details: 12th May 2–3:30pm at St James' Church, Church Lane, Hebden Bridge.

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Calder Valley CND for Peace and Justice

Monthly meeting Weds 13 May, 19.30, venue Hope Baptist church, Hebden Bridge (to be confirmed).

29 April 2015

Calder Valley Election candidates


The HebWeb is organising an opportunity for the voters of Hebden Bridge to meet six of the 7 candidates standing for Parliament. 29 April at Hope Baptist Church.


Read more

29 April 2015

Hebden Royd Town Council Annual Town Meeting

This year the Annual Town Meeting for Hebden Royd Town Council, the meeting for electors, will be held on 29th April 2015 at Waterfront Hall in the Town Hall, Hebden Bridge at 7:30 pm.

From 29 April 2015

The Mystical Physiology of the Body

Wednesdays for 7 weeks 7-9.30pm Todmorden.

Start 29th April but not consequtive so please enquire.

Cost £85 Earlybird by 31/3 £75. A pioneering course using sound healing and meditation tecniques to revitalise the body with Astrologer Alison McCabe and Neuroscientist and Healer Dr Jen Altman

30 April - 3 May 2015

Hebden Bridge Burlesque Festival

Hebden Bridge Burlesque Festival is 4 days and nights of fun-filled fabulousness held in the Calder Valley in West Yorkshire

2 Towns, 4 Venues, 8 Live Events, 12 Workshops, and over 30 Performers

Full schedule here

HebWeb News item here

1-3 May 2015

Beer and Cider Festival

The Town Hall, Hebden Bridge is holding another Beer and Cider Festival on 1, 2 and 3 May, with the Sunday coinciding with stage 3 of Tour de Yorkshire coming through Hebden Bridge.

See HebWeb news item

Saturday 2nd May 2015

Hebden Bridge's Woodland Heritage - Walking with History

A walk around Hebden Bridge town and surrounding woodland to meet some of our native British trees (plus a few of their close relatives from abroad) and find out about their local and traditional uses. 3 miles.

Start: Birchcliffe Centre, Birchcliffe Road, HX7 8DG - front steps, 1.30pm.

As part of Walking in the Woods Month.

This is a Pennine Horizons e-Trail - if you can't make the walk please download the App to do it in your own time: search Pennine Horizons in your App Store, or see: our website.


Saturday 2nd May 2015

How Hebden Bridge was nearly Lost

A new film from Nick Wilding, 2 May at the Picture House, tracing 700 years, and the role of the Civic Trust in preventing further demolition.

Read more

Saturday 2nd May 2015

The History of the Rochdale Canal in Hebden Bridge

10am Diana Monahan from Hebden Bridge Local History Society will be leading an easy, accessible stroll or "lecture on legs" starting at Hebble End Canal Bridge (near the Co-op) and finishing near Fallingroyd Tunnel on the A646 where either a bus can be caught to Hebden Bridge or there is a choice of walks back taking about 20 minutes.

Saturday 2nd May 2015

Blackstone Edge Gathering 2015

An annual walk, picnic and sing to remember the Chartists. Come and join us on Blackstone Edge on Saturday 2nd May, setting off to walk from Todmorden at 09.30 or from the carpark below the White House pub at 12.30.

Information at blackstoneedgegathering.org.uk

Sunday 3 May 2015

Cratts Afloat - Felting and Embroidery Demonstation

Crafts Afloat Felting and Free Motion Embroidery Demo aboard the Crafty Snail Narrowboat Studio.

Sunday 3rd May during Le Tour de Yorkshire Boat Gathering at Hebden Bridge Park. 1pm - 4pm

Come along for a free demonstration of wet felting, needle felting and free motion embroidery aboard the lovely craft boat. Visitors will receive a 10% voucher off workshops.


Sunday 3 May 2015

Alternatiba Todmorden

Free Festival of Climate Change Alternatives

11am til Late Todmorden Town Centre

Various venues - Live Music in Pubs and Bars, Stalls and Displays, Talks, Debates, Street Party-Global DJs, Poetry, Children's Activities, Local Food.

Sunday 3 May 2015

Tour de Yorkshire passes through Hebden Bridge on Sunday 3 May.

More info and links 21 Jan

Tour de Yorkshire

Sunday 3 May 2015

Rochdale Canal Boat Gathering for Tour de Yorkshire

Volunteers from the Rochdale Linear Park Group in conjunction with the West Riding Branch of the IWA have been asked to organise moorings where the Tour de Yorkshire, a new cycle race, follows the canal between Mytholmroyd and Hebden Bridge. Team Wiggins with Sir Bradley Wiggins, Team Sky and also the Alpecin Team with Marcel Kittel are all participating. A Sportive amateur race will also be following the same route earlier in the day.

Boats can reserve a free mooring between 25th April and 10th May as required. Form available here or email or 07813 501743

4th May 2015

A Market for Artisans, a Spring Fete and a Duck Race

This is an invitation for you to come along to an Artisan Market being held at

The Hinchliffe Arms Car Park
Church Bank Lane
Cragg Vale
11am - 3-45pm

A fantastic day out for the whole family.

There will be 25 Superb Artisan Market Stalls of Food, Drinks, Arts and Crafts for you to browse and enjoy. Enjoy your purchases over a drink at the stunning Hinchliffe Arms next to the Market.

There will be Face Painting, Body Glitter Art, a Bouncy Castle Slide, Fire Juggling, Balloon Twisting, Maypole Dancing, and much much more. Anyone can enter the Fancy Dress Competition and the Marvellous May Hat Competition judged by Chrissie King fromHat Therapy in Hebden Bridge.

Entry is on the day - criteria details on website

Skittles, Shove-Halfpenny, Tin Can Alley and many other traditional games will be on offer throughout the area. Fantastic musicians will enhance and complete the day so get those feet tapping and tootle along to Cragg Vale on Bank Holiday Monday 4th May!

A very warm welcome is waiting for you

Email craggroyd15@gmail.com for programme or see website


Sat 25 April - sun 26 2015

Pennine Way Loop launch weekend

The Pennine Way was launched on April 24th 1965 so it is 50 years old this year.

The launch walk of the route starts at Hebden Bridge railway station at 10.40 am, 25 April.

Details of the Loop event can be found on the Hebden Bridge Walkers Action website

Download launch leaflet

The timings are estimates and may need to change a bit on the day.

About 10.40 Introduction to the Loop and the day
We walk up to the start of the Loop via Wood Top, Old Chamber, Kilnshaw Lane and the Pennine Bridleway – about 4km
About 12.00 we start the Loop, walking down Beaumont Lane, heading down Horsehold Road to arrive at Hebden Bridge Co-op – a walk of about 2km.
About 12.30 as we go on to the canal there is a short performance of songs by Calder Valley Voices.
Heading along the canal, then down Holme Street we cross the road into Bridgegate to arrive at the Packhorse Bridge.
From about 12.45 we break for lunch for about 45 mins - a chance to explore the town to get food in one of the many outlets or have a look at the 1965 exhibition in Crown Street.
About 1.30 starting at the packhorse Bridge we walk 2 km to Heptonstall, going through Hebden Bridge (Oldgate, Market Street and the Cuckoo steps) on to Heptonstall Road. We then walk up to Hell Hole rocks.
At Weavers Square in Heptonstall there will be a performance of the Pace Egg play at about 2.30pm. If there is a large group we will go along the top side of the church to avoid walking up the narrow main street.
About 3.00 we walk up the main street led by the Peace Artistes street band.
We take a path off for 2 km heading towards Hebble Hole (where the Loop ends) arriving at about 4.00. We pass Windy Harbour, Five Ways and go down to the Colden Valley.
We cross the river Colden where there is a choice:

  • A led walk down to Hebden Bridge (about 30 mins)
  • Going on to the New Delight (10 minutes away) for a drink and a set by the Peace Artistes
  • There is a bus to Hebden Bridge from the New Delight or at 6pm there will be a led walk down to Hebden Bridge
Saturday 25 April 2015

Votes for Women

Walk in the footsteps of Lavena Saltonstall around Hebden Bridge and hear about the suffragette movement in the area.

Meet Jill Liddington at 2.15pm at Hebden Bridge railway station on Saturday 25 April 2015. This 3-hour walk includes hillside paths which could be muddy.

Cost £3 per person.

Part of the Calderdale Heritage Walks programme

Sunday 26 April 2015

Radical History eTrails launch

Riots and Protests - Radical History around Todmorden.

8 miles. 10am, Todmorden Train Station. Introducing sites associated with the early radical social movements (Chartism and the Anti-Poor Law Movement ) of the Upper Calder Valley while enjoying its unique topography and scenery.

Cooperatives and Visions - Radical History around Hebden Bridge

4 miles. 1.30pm start HB train station. Introducing sites associated with the early radical social movements of the Upper Calder Valley (cooperative, trade union and women's struggles).

If you can't make the walk, then why not download the Apps, containing historical commentary, images, walk directions etc. for these and other e-Trails.

See website for more details. Or email

01422 844450

See HebWeb News of 21 April - Radical History Walks in the Calder Valley Launch

2-26 April 2015

Platform One Gallery Open Exhibition

Platform One Gallery (Todmorden Railway Station) is having an Open Exhibition from Thursday 2nd April 2015 - Sun 26th April 2015). Any visual artists are welcome to exhibit their work during this period.

The Gallery is open Thursday - Sunday, 11am - 4pm.

Fees: £3 per piece, for works up to 20" and £5 per piece, for works over 20". 20% commission charged on sales.

Please phone 01706 816 070 or e-mail for an application form and more information.

Platform One Gallery is a non-profit making group run by local artists, working to provide an inexpensive space for local artists and crafts people.

Friday, 24th April 2015

Soul Space

An informal, inclusive and thought-provoking mix of songs, poetry, spoken word and images on the theme of:

'Time & Change'

7.30pm Friday 24th April
Free Admission

Hebden Bridge Methodist Church Hall
Market Street HX7 6EU

Friday, 24th April 2015

Maidens, Mayhem & Murder

On Friday, 24th April, Ruth Kirkpatrick makes her first visit to the Shaggy Dog Club at Stubbing Wharf with a programme of stories drawn from traditional and traveller lore.

Ruth Kirkpatrick

Ruth has performed for audiences in India, Iceland, Singapore and across Scotland. She creates a warm rapport with audiences and gives a personal, feisty sparkle to tales, whilst retaining the magic of the original material.

The performance starts at 8pm, but you are advised to arrive early. £7 on the door.

After the performance there will be an opportunity for audience members to share their own tales.

Saturday 25 April 2015

Picture House poster sale

The Friends of the Picture House has organised another of its popular poster sales. It's at the Picture House on Saturday April 25 from 10am to noon, posters on sale from £1 to £8, refreshments will be available.

Chair of the Friends group, Paul Knights, said, "This is our fourth movie poster sale, and they help us raise valuable funds for projects to improve the cinema for all its users.

"I can't think of a better way to spend a Saturday morning than wandering around the auditorium - with a coffee and a slice of the famous Picture House cake - browsing for a bargain movie poster, with the satisfcation of knowing they have all been displayed in the lightboxes outside the cinema that previous poster sales helped fund."

From 14 April 2015

Fell-running open sessions

Calder Valley Fell Runners will be running free, open sessions for six weeks, from the 14 April.

Tuesday nights, 6:45pm, meet at Mytholmroyd Community Centre

If you'd like to try fell running in a safe, supportive environment, this is your chance - get fit, have a laugh and make friends!

You need to have a fairly good level of fitness, e.g. do a gym session/ cycling / football twice a week.

Bring the grippiest trainers you have and a cagoul, it gets cold on the tops!

Drinks in the Shoulder of Mutton afterwards.

Thursday 23 April 2015

Hebden Bridge Community Association Annual General Meeting

Hebden Bridge Community Association is the charity that owns and manages The Town Hall, Hebden Bridge. The AGM is a chance to meet our Trustees, ask questions and hear about our plans for the future. We will also present our audited annual accounts for September 2013- August 2014 and reflect on a successful year for The Town Hall.

6:30pm, Hebden Bridge Town Hall

More info here

Wednesday 15 April 2015

Calder Valley CND - For Peace and Justice

is the working title of the new group which had its first meeting on 11th March. Speakers included Chair of National CND and Mayor of Hebden Royd.

The next meeting is Weds 15th April at 7.30 pm in Hope Street Baptist Church, Hebden Bridge.

Read report of first meeting

Thursday 16 April 2015

Summat a' Nowt - A History of the Upper Calder Valley

A Conversation with Steve Murty

Todmorden U3A General Meeting


Central Methodists Todmorden

17 April 2015

Nutclough City Limits

A night of music, dancing beer and WI cake! What's not to love? Join us to raise funds for Smart Move and Hebden Royd Primary School PTFA. Tickets available in advance from Ribbon Circus for £6 or £7 on the door.

More info

17-19 April 2015

Hebden Bridge Piano Festival

Piano Festival

See HebWeb News - Piano Festival programme launch party (Jan 2015)

See HebWeb News - Piano Festival will entertain children and families (7 April 2015)

Saturday 18 April 2015

Great Rock Co-op's Fun Day and AGM

Everyone welcome to join us for refreshments, lots of activities, lambs and piglets to meet, tasters, recipe swaps and a chance to air your views at Great Rock Co-op this Saturday.

Starts at 10am, with the business bit for Co-op members from 2pm. Think about becoming a Board member, Co-op member or volunteer.

And don't forget to do your weekly local food shop while you're with us. Fun not formal! More info on our Great Rock Co-op Facebook page or email info@greatrockcoop.co.uk

Saturday 18 April 2015

Jumble for the Jungle

Holme Street Arts Centre (below the Trades Club), 10am to 2pm

Come and have a rummage through the jumble; clothes, pictures, books, CDs, DVDs, and other miscellaneous items.

Take a break or observe the frenzy with tea/coffee and cake.

Proceeds go towards saving the smallest and stripiest of tigers; the Sumatran tiger.

Sunday 19th April 2015

World Dock Pudding Competition

Mytholmroyd Community Centre


25 March 2015 - 12 April 2015

Ambiguity - a solo exhibition by Dorothy Ann Simister

Exhibition of the works of Dorothy Ann Simister, resident artist at the Artsmill in the newly refurbished David Wright Gallery.

25 March 2015 - 12 April 2015

11am - 4pm Wednesdays to Sundays

David Wright Gallery
Linden Road
Hebden Bridge

Tel: 01422 647072

A chair lift allows access to Artsmill, however wheelchair access is not available at present.

Thursday 9th April 2015

Plant Hunting in China and Taiwan

Calder Valley Organic Gardeners Monthly Meeting takes place at the Good Shepherd Centre, Royal Fold, Mytholmroyd on Thursday 9th April at 7.30pm when a there will be a talk on

'Plant Hunting in China and Taiwan' by Julian Harber.

Entry is £2.00 for non-members. Further information can be found
at www.cvog.org or by phoning 01422 846173

Sunday 12 April 2015

Morning Star Readers' and Supporters' fund-raiser Morning Star Readers' and Supporters' fund-raiser - Performers, including Tim Cook (right), will join comrades, friends and supporters at the Trades on Sunday afternoon Read more (7 April)

Monday 13th April 2015

Beautiful RoomMonday Book Club

4.45-6pm, Tod Library.

Drag King Dreams, by Leslie Feinberg.

All welcome.

14 April 2015

Hebden Bridge Women's Guild

Chiropodist/Podiatrist, Mrs Jean Wilding - speaker at the open meeting of Hebden Bridge Women's Guild. Men welcome too.

Event Details: 14th April at St James' Church, Church Lane, Hebden Bridge, 2 pm – 3:30pm.

Good Friday 3 April 2015

Pace Egg

Pace Egg Play 2015 - read more

Sunday 5 April 2015

Easter Sunday Treasure Hunt

Starting at The Lord Nelson, Luddenden between 12pm & 2pm.

A Treasure hunt around Luddenden Dean.

Approx 2 hours walking with option refreshment en route at The Cross Roads Inn and The Cat i th'well.

Walking Boots recommended.

Entry fee, £5 per quiz sheet.

Easter Monday 6 April 2015

Duck RaceEaster Monday: The return of the yellow duck:

Duckmania will return to Hebden Bridge this Easter Monday for the annual Charity Duck Race, organised by the Rotary Club.

See HebWeb news item

Duck Race

Tuesday 31 March 2015

Tax justice campaignPublic meeting


Hebden Bridge Trades Club Holme St. Hebden Bridge HX7 8EE

Collecting the UK's missing tax?

How to pay for Britain: an alternative economic policy for the UK?

Speaker: Richard Murphy anti-poverty campaigner and tax expert

Over the last decade chartered accountant and political economist Richard Murphy has developed an alternative economic strategy for the UK. He argues that if only the UK government was to collect a significant part of the £120 billion of tax revenue that goes astray in the UK each year, and if only it were to use its ability to print money for public benefit, then this country and everyone who lives in it could enjoy the prosperity, services, and security they deserve. Richard will explore these ideas, and more, during this meeting.

Richard was principal researcher of the Tax Justice Network from its inception until 2009 and he helped put the tax haven issue on the international agenda. His latest book is The Courageous State: Rethinking Economics, Society and the Role of Government.

Leading up to General Election, tax justice is a hot and topical topic.

Come to be inspired, to debate and ask questions.

Organised by Hebden Bridge Quakers

Wednesday 1 April 2015

What's it Worth?

The Overgate Hospice Charity Shop in Hebden Bridge will welcome TV antiques expert Tim Hogarth on Wednesday 1st April from 11am – 2pm as he hosts a fundraising event entitled 'What's it Worth?'

Tim, who is known for his appearances on television shows such as 'Dickinson's Real Deal' and 'Secret Dealers', will value customers antiques, jewellery and other precious items for £1.50 per item which will be donated to Overgate Hospice.

Customers will also have the option to sell their items, and 5% of the commission price will again be donated to the Hospice.

2 April 2015

Knowing Mothers - more than a book launch

April 2nd, 7-8.30pm
The Bookcase, Market St.,

Join the author and friends to launch 'Knowing Mothers: Researching Maternal Identity Change' (London: Palgrave, 2015);
Be introduced to the findings and ideas;

if you are a new, or experienced or prospective mother, or father, grandparent, other carer or simply curious; if you would like to think about the identity changes involved in becoming a mother (or a father)

Join in planning a regular group led by the author Wendy Hollway to think and talk about becoming /being a mother.

27 March - 21 June 2015

Water and Light - Kate Lycett exhibition

A Solo Exhibition with local artist Kate Lycett at Heart Gallery, The Arts Centre, 4a Market Street, Hebden Bridge.

Kate Lycett exhibition

Kate walks and runs between the river and the canal and is often struck by the contrast of the power of one, and the stillness of the other. The water mirrors the changing colours; the colours change with the light.

There is nowhere quite like Yorkshire for that fast changing light that leaves you in the gloom one moment and in luminous, saturated colour the next.

In the vastness of the landscape you can see the patches of light heading towards you across the hills, or the shadows coming ready to drain everywhere of colour.

Kate couldn't live anywhere where the sun shone all the time. The brilliance of those technicolour moments takes her breath away.

Preview night Thursday 26th March 2015, 6-9pm. Water and Light runs until 21st June 2015. 01422 845845.

27 March 2015

The Hero Light by Dominic Kelly

supported by The Arts Council England

Performance storytelling at Shaggy Dog Storytellers Club, Stubbing Wharf pub on Friday, March 27th at 7.30pm.

A "Master storyteller", (BBC Radio), Dominic Kelly, comes to Hebden Bridge with a brand new take on a story which has its roots in ancient Irish mythology. This epic adventure has been told in Irish homes for many generations. Dominic has spent two years researching the Ulster Cycle and selects some of the most dramatic stories to shape his show. He describes it as an epic adventure across the wild Irish landscape, with bloody battles and mysterious characters, "but there's plenty of fun in it too."

Dominic Kelly

From an empty stage he conjures fallen kings and warrior queens, lovers, tricksters and troublemakers, giants and demi-gods, bloody wars and beasts of legendary proportions; creating a living, breathing landscape before our eyes.

Director Michael Harvey
Lighting design: Brent Lees
Musical consultant: Mikael Oberg.

£7 on the door. Note the early starting time of 7.30pm. Suitable for age 12+, with concessions for under 18s.

27 March 2015


In the basement of the 3 Wise Monkeys, Todmorden

8pm till late


Garth Be (Sweet Sticky)
Jimmy Gezellig
Auntie Ju Ju

"A basement, a red light and a party"

27 - 28 March 2015

Big Spring Concert

Calder Valley Youth Theatre's Big Spring Concert will be held at The Ted Hughes Theatre, Calder High School, Mytholmroyd on the 27th March and 28th March in the evening with the dress rehearsal on the 26th March.

See our website www.cvyt.co.uk for more information on us at CVYT. You will find lots of news, events, photos of previous shows and information on us and our talented members.

Monday 30 March 2015

World War 1 Lunchtime Talk

Down with the War!

Resistance to World War One before conscription: The Independent Labour Party in Hebden Bridge and Mytholmroyd, 1914-15

Cllr Jonathan Timbers (Mayor of Hebden Royd)

Monday 30th March: 12.30 to 1.30pm

Central Library, Halifax

Admission is free. Booking is advisable but, subject to availability, you will be able to turn up on the day.

You are welcome to bring a packed lunch.

Telephone: 01422 392631 reference.library@calderdale.gov.uk

Download poster

26 March 2015

Happy Valley Gay Men's Social

Come along to this newly forming social group and contribute to its development.

Meeting at Nelsons Wine Bar on Crown Street in Hebden Bridge on Thursday 26th March 2015 at 7.30pm.

March 24-29th 2015

Walking with History Apps launch - Guided Walks

March 24-29th - a week of guided walks to launch the local history walk Apps, now available from Pennine Horizons.

Tuesday 24th March - Colden Clough - Power in the Landscape, 6 miles, or 2 x 3miles.

Friday 27th March - Cragg Vale - Mills & Dynasties, Wilderness & Traditions. 5 miles.

Saturday 28th: Hebden Bridge's Woodland Heritage. 3 miles
Cooperatives and Visions - Radical History around Hebden Bridge. 8 miles.

Sunday 29th: Todmorden Tops - Forged by the Fielden Dynasty. 8 miles. A Walk Around Todmorden with the Fieldens. 3.5 miles.
Charlestown and Jumble Hole. 3 miles.

Please see our website for more details or email: katie@pennine-horizons.org.uk

Tuesday 24 March 2015

Royd Regeneration Meeting

Royd Regeneration's next meeting takes place on Tuesday 24 March in the Erringden Room, St Michael's Church Hall, Mytholmroyd at 7.30pm.

These are open meetings and all are welcome.

We will be welcoming Stephen Curry, Chair of Upper Calder Valley Renaissance, who will be giving an update on the progress and direction UCVR is undertaking this year.

Copies of the full agenda can be requested from the Secretary: hazelscriven@btinternet.com

25 March 2015

AGM Hebden Bridge Action Flood Group

The Hebden Bridge Flood Action group are holding their annual AGM on Wednesday 25th March at 5.30 pm in Hebden Bridge Town Hall.

All are welcome to come along. There will be drinks and cake.

We will be sharing our progress to date with this voluntary organisation which has been formed to assist in case of flood.

We are always looking for volunteers to attend meetings or help us and become familiar with the local flood stores and to be available in case of flood, or to sign up with the Environmental Agency as Flood Wardens.

Contact us on 07580 168254 if you would like to know more or be involved.

Everyone welcome .

25 March 2015


Dave Smalley

Life between the wars

In the late 1930s as the storm clouds gathered over Europe they also did over the upper Colden Valley. A catastrophic collapse of the neglected Noah dam released a wall of water down the valley and depositing the core of the Dam downstream. Or did it?

This lecture revisits the earlier research of Thornber and Uttley and with the aid of new and more comprehensive material suggests a slightly different scenario that additionally provides possible insights into the original construction of the Dam.

Dave Smalley has been a member of the Local History Society since his retirement in 2006 and a resident of the upper Colden Valley since 2000.  With a background of Earth Sciences, building and civil engineering, followed somewhat eclectically by Cultural Diplomacy, he now continues a lifelong interest in the evolution of the landscape and the history of man's impact on it.

Methodist Hall, Market Street, 7.30 pm

Hebden Bridge Local History Society

Tuesday 17 March 2015

Public Meeting - Science Week

During Science Week we have a public meeting on Tuesday 17th March at Blackshaw Head Methodist Church (the Chapel). Blackshaw Environmental Action Team (BEAT) have two speakers:

Roger Munday will talk about Science and religious belief - conflict or common ground? How can a rational, scientifically-literate person today sincerely believe in a supernatural, interactive God? Surely science will ultimately be able to explain everything. Are there not now more grounds than ever for doubting the existence of God? But if so, why are some significant scientists also devout Christian believers? Roger is the lay pastor/preacher at Blackshaw Head and a former architect with a particular interest in the conjunction of the physical and the spiritual in church architecture."

From Durham University we have Ben Campbell, who will be speaking on 'Climate Change, Energy and Culture: global lessons for local practice'. Ben is an anthropologist with a strong interest in mountain and upland societies around the world. He has worked in the Himalayas on subsistence agro-pastoralism, and indigenous environmental knowledge. He is a lecturer at Durham University, and has made two films on 'Shamanic Pilgrimage' and 'The Way of the Road' in northern Nepal. He brought two friends from Nepal to Cornholme in 1998, where they made terraces which he continues to cultivate as a WWOOF farm.

18th March 2015

Barefoot Boogie Disco - Early Evening free dancing


Holme Street Arts Centre, Holme Street (under The Trades Club)

A place where you can be yourself and dance like nobody's watching to a wide range of music provided by Francis (aka 5 Rhythms guru). A celebration and a place to hang out, party, socialise and enjoy the creative Spirit in our community without drugs. Children and any age group are welcome - the music will not be too loud.

Debbie, Francis and Ralph are three local dance enthusiasts, who are launching a "Barefoot Boogie Disco - Early Evening free dancing" in Hebden Bridge.

Ralph Nimmann says, "Barefoot Boogie Discos are popular in Berlin, New York, London, Manchester... we love them - that's why we're launching one here in Hebden Bridge. If the event will be successful, we hope to repeat it regularly."

Contribution: DONATION - please bring food (ideally vegetarian) and non alcoholic drinks to share.

We'd love to get help with decorating the hall and creating a warm welcoming atmosphere.

See Facebook page

18th March 2015

Calder Ward Forum

Event Details: Waterfront Hall, Town Hall, Hebden Bridge, Wednesday 18th March 2015, 6.30pm arrival for 6.45pm start.

Presentations include:
Broadband Roll-Out, Staying Well Project & Calder Holmes Park.

There will also be a Police update – your priorities for your local area & Open Forum.

There will be an Online e-Forum at www.tinyurl.com/calderwf from 7pm

Wednesday 18th March 2015

Fox & Goose Co-opearative birthday music event

From 9pm
Shabby Cats, acoustic duo.
Fox & Goose Co-operative Pub,
Heptonstall Road, Hebden Bridge.
Part of the first anniversary celebration programme.
All welcome.

Thursday 19th March 2015

Landscapes of Helping: Fostering kindliness in our communities

Hebden Bridge Town Hall

You are warmly invited to the launch of research by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation which focuses on informal helping. The study was based in and around Hebden Bridge and highlights the ways in which kindliness and mutual aid can be fostered in communities and neighbourhoods. The research was carried out by a team from the University of Central Lancashire and red consultancy.

Find out more about the research, ask questions and discuss what the research might mean for you, your organisation and your community.

Light lunch, cake and refreshments will be provided – please let us know if you have any dietary requirements.

If you would like to attend please respond by Tuesday 10 March by emailing Anne-Marie.Stewart@jrf.org.uk or telephone Phillipa Fairburn on 01904 615967.

12 March 2015

Happy Valley Gay Men's Social

Come along to this newly forming social group and contribute to its development.

Meeting at The Crown Inn on Crown Street in Hebden Bridge on Thursday 12th March 2015 at 7.30pm.

Thursday 12 March 2015

Local Community invited to Forget Me Not Children's Hospices' Open Meeting

Forget Me Not Children's Hospice welcomes everyone in the community to attend their open meeting in Hebden Bridge Town Hall on Thursday 12th March at 1:30pm.

12 March 2015

Hope Street Poets Anthology Launch

Launch of our new poetry anthology Hope Street 3 with readings from contributors.

Thursday March 12th
7pm -9.30pm
Hebden Bridge Town Hall
Space room

Free event.
Supported by the Worker's Educational Association.

13-14 March 2015

Valedictory and Midnight Sun

Two brand new one act plays by writers Stephen Dodwell and John Clarke featuring locally based actors.

Made itMade It Theatre Company formed in 2014 with the purpose of bringing more new writing to audiences in Hebden Bridge and beyond.

Valedictory explores the topical debate surrounding assisted dying with pragmatism and humour whilst Midnight Sun is the story two neighbours, how they try to understand each other and how they try to move forward with their lives.

Venue: Hebden Bridge Little Theatre
Dates: 13th and 14th March 2015
Time: 7.30pm
Tickets: www.madeittheatre.co.uk

Saurday 14 March 2015

Spring Fair - Hebden Bridge Junior Band

10 am to 2.30 pm Hebden Bridge Junior Band's Spring Fair at Holme Street Arts Centre, Hebden Bridge (opposite Riverside School).

Please come along and hear us play, see what we are about - and consider joining! We offer lessons and instrument hire to young people aged between 8 and 18.

As well as wonderful brass music, the Spring Fair offers home-made soups and cakes, hot drinks, book and DVD sale, great raffle prizes. We are raising funds for this summer's tour to Poland - please come along and support us.

Saurday 14 March 2015

Pushing up the Daisies

Open meeting

10-12 noon

The Golden Lion, Fielden Square, Todmorden

We all know someone who has died, someone who has been bereaved and someone who will miss us when we're gone. And yet, nearly all of us struggle with thinking about, planning and talking about death. Especially with the people we love the most.

In conjunction with the 6th national Dying Matters Week, a small group of Tod folk are creating a mini festival to make space for those conversations. In lots of different ways. This is about fellow citizens, mucking in to the difficult stuff together, in the hope of making things
a little softer.

See Facebook page

Monday 16th March, 2015

Hebden Bridge WI: Mental Health First Aid with Sarah Long

Hebden Bridge WI member, Sarah Long will be explaining what Mental Health First Aid entails and teaching us some practical techniques to deal with stress.

16th March, 7.30pm, Hebden Bridge Town Hall.

Free to HBWI members and £3 for visitors.

11 March 2015

Gruelling experiences

Peter Higginbotham


A look at the evolution of the workhouse from its origins in the seventeenth century to its final demise in 1948. Focusing on the local area to look at buildings, how the workhouses operated and what life was like for the inmates. Did they really exist on gruel?

Peter Higginbotham is a writer and researcher best known for his extensive study of the workhouse and related institutions. He is the author of a number of books including The Workhouse Encyclopaedia, The Workhouse Cookbook, Voices from the Workhouse and A Grim Almanac of the Workhouse, and the creator of the website www.workhouses.org.uk. He has also contributed to many radio and TV programmes including Who Do You Think You Are? Heir Hunters; Coming Home and Secrets from the Workhouse.

Methodist Hall, Market Street, 7.30 pm

Hebden Bridge Local History Society

11 March 2015

Hebden Bridge Arts Festival Open Meeting


The evening is an opportunity to share your ideas and to hear our plans for 2015 over a glass of something nice in the Town Hall cafe.

Wednesday 11 March 201

CNDInaugural Meeting of New Upper Valley Peace and Justice/CND Group

7.30 pm on Wednesday 11th March in the Ebenezer Room at Hope Baptist Chapel, Hebden Bridge. See HebWeb news item for full details.

See HebWeb News item

Monday 9 March 2015

Beautiful RoomMonday Book Club

LGBTQI interest reading group, Monday 9th March in Tod Library 4.45-6pm.

This month reading The Beautiful Room is Empty, by Edmund White.

All welcome.

Thursday 5 March 2015

Vegetative Propagation

Calder Valley Organic Gardeners Monthly Meeting takes place at the Good Shepherd Centre, Royal Fold, Mytholmroyd on Thursday 5th March at 7.30pm when a there will be a talk on Vegetative Propagation by Sim Cramer.

Entry is £2.00 for non-members. Further information can be found
at www.cvog.org or by phoning 01422 846173

Thursday 5 March 2015

Trades Club quiz and curry

Raising funds for Freedom from Torture Campaign

9pm, £5

Dave's Marvellous Quiz with rounds on the news, music and other stuff


Friday 6 March 2016

Women's World Day of Prayer

Praying for The Bahamas

Women's World Day of Prayer is an international, interchurch organisation which enables us to hear the voices of women, from a different part of the world each year, expressing their hopes and concerns and bringing them before the rest of the world in prayer.

Friday 6th March 2015 7.30 pm at Hebden Bridge Methodist Church, Market Street.

Everyone is welcome to attend the service, men, women – people of all ages. For further information: www.wwdp.org.uk

Friday 6 March 2016

Education Question Time

Hosted by Calderdale National Union of Teachers and Calder High School

Chair: Gill Goodswen, former National President of the National Union of Teachers

  • The Panel Parliamentary Prospective Candidates, Calder Valley
  • Penny Brown Calder High School Head Girl
  • Alisdair Calder-McGregor - Lib Dems
  • Josh Fenton-Glynn - Labour
  • Jenny Shepherd - Green
  • Paul Rogan - UKIP
  • Craig Whittaker - Conservative

Ted Hughes Theatre

Calder High School

For tickets, contact Sandra Bell on 01422 883213

Tickets will be available in office hours from Monday, 23 Febbruary until Thursday, 5 March and will be allocated on a first come first serve basis, limited to 2 per person.

6-8 March 2015

Treesponsibility's 17th Birthday Tree planting

On the weekend 6th-8th March we are celebrating our 17th Birthday

You can join us for the whole weekend. We will be staying at Height Gate. The cost for accommodation and our famous home cooked vegan food is £25. You can join us for the day for free, you will be served home-made vegetable soup and bread and hot drinks on site.

We will planting at Laneside, Long Causeway, Blackshaw Head, HX7 7JB.

Mini bus pick up times:

Friday 6pm and 8pm Hebden Bridge railway station.
Saturday 10.30am Hebden Bridge railway station.
Sunday 10.30am Hebden Bridge railway station

Do let us know if you are coming, email us or ring Christina on 07709 690368

Sunday 8 March 2015

Mapping the Foot - Heritage Walk

As part of a long-running dispute between local families around 1600, maps were drawn up which show the lower Luddenden valley in some detail. We'll look for the features shown and use later maps to trace the development of the area.

Meet David Cant at the Civic Centre, Station Road at 2 pm - refreshments available here afterwards. Cost £3 per person. Part of the Calderdale Heritage Walks programme.

3 March 2015

Toads on the Roads Meeting


Queen Hotel, Rise Lane, Todmorden OL14 7AA

Exciting project across Calderdale, looking for new volunteers to help patrol toad crossings. The toads need your help!

Spend a couple of evenings a week to patrol your local toad crossing and help the toads cross the busy roads!

If you are interested in taking part in this project, please attend the meeting for more information and to meet other volunteers!

Monday 2 March 2015

Public Meeting: Biological Control of Himalayan Balsam in Colden Clough

BalsamHeptonstall Bowling Club

2nd March 7-8pm

For a number of years Himalayan Balsam has been spreading, out-competing our native plants and causing soil erosion. There is now the potential to use biological control to help us to control it.

This meeting will be delivered by CABI, the research organisation responsible for research in to the biological control of Himalayan Balsam using a rust fungus. If we are successful in getting enough funding, this project will see CABI run the first northern England field trials for this management technique here in Colden Clough Local Nature Reserve.

At the workshop, CABI will explain the science, and the safety and efficacy testing that has gone into this control agent.

More information can be found at: himalayanbalsam.cabi.org

Thursday 26 February 2015

Celebrate the Green Surge

Members and non-members alike are invited to celebrate the Green Surge and the successful crowd funding for the Green Party's Calder Valley and Halifax Constituency candidates.

The evening will begin at 7pm with a shared meal.

Venue: Nutclough Tavern, Keighley Road, Hebden Bridge, HX7 8HA
Contact: Ralph 07909 488272 - rainbowralph@gmail.com

Thursday 26 February 2015

Happy Valley Gay Men's Social

Come along to this newly forming social group and contribute to its development.

Meeting at Nelsons Wine Bar on Crown Street in Hebden Bridge on Thursday 26th February 2015 at 7.30pm.

Friday 27 February 2015

Shaggy DogXANTHE GRESHAM: Baba Yaga and Other Stories

On Friday, February 27th at 8pm. Shaggy Dog storytellers are proud to present a performance from one of our top line storytellers. Xanthe Gresham summons goddesses and heroes to take centre stage, not from some long forgotten past, but emanating from here and now, you and me.

'She unfolds each tale like the petals of a lotus. At the end, you leave with something beautiful - created in your own mind.' (British Theatre Review)

One is Baba Yaga - once a goddess of fire and fertility, now just a witch in Russian folklore. With her iron teeth and cannibalistic tendencies, she scuttles through the forest in a hut balanced on a pair of hairy chicken legs.

Friday 27 February 2015

Fox & Goose Co-hoperative Birthday Beer launch

From 7pm Friday, February 27

Fox & Goose Co-operative Pub, 7 Heptonstall Road, Hebden Bridge.
Come along and be among the first to taste the new Co-hoperative beer created specially by Mallinsons brewery to celebrate our first anniversary as West Yorkshire's only Co-operative pub.


See HebWeb News

Saturday 28th February 2015

CVOG Potato Day

10am to 3pm

Church of the Good Shepherd, Royal Fold, New Road, Mytholmroyd, Hebden Bridge HX7 5DZ

Admission £1 includes entry to Potato Raffle

30 varieties (organic & non-organic) @ 14p perTuber

Pre-order service for all varieties.

  • children's activities
  • information displays
  • organic cheese
  • compost stall
  • onion sets & shallots
  • food & drink @ the Cafe*

More information, catalogue and order form for postal pre-orders for collection at the event.

Tel 01422 846173 email info@cvog.org or visit www.cvog.org

Saturday 28th February 2015

Benefit for Greenpeace

Greenpeace benefit

Sunday 1 March 2015

Community Orchard

Organised by Blackshaw Environmental Action Team (BEAT), planting of fruit trees on the land belonging to Carol & Garry King will take place on Sunday 1st March at 10 am. You are very welcome to come and give a hand for an hour or more. Children are welcome too if supervised by an adult.

If you have not planted trees before there will be people present to show you how to do it. BEAT is covered by an insurance policy.

In case the site is covered by heavy snow or it is raining heavily on the day we will postpone the tree planting. If you want to check in advance email finn.jensen@rocketmail.com or phone 01422 846863.

After the tree planting BEAT will be providing vegan soup with bread and a drink (beer, wine, tea, coffee, hot chocolate or juice) at the New Delight as a thank you and to warm you up again. This will also give you a chance to ask questions to experienced fruit growers if you are considering planting fruit trees and bushes in your garden.

See HebWeb news item for more info

Sunday 1 March 2015

Supermarket protestSay "No" to Sainsbury's. Say "Yes" to Hebden Bridge.

Save our Shops (SOS) are hosting an event at Hebden Bridge Town Hall on Sunday 1st March at 1.30pm to remind people that the Sainsburys issue could still reignite.

More info

Until 1 March 2015

Art Exhibition - Platform One Gallery, Todmorden

Platform One Gallery, Todmorden Station (31st Jan - 1st Mar 2015, open Thurs - Sun only, 11am - 4pm) - Open Day Party: Sat 7th Feb 2015, 12noon - 4pm.

An interesting/surprising, exhibition of paintings, prints, textiles and greeting cards by 5 local artists. (Some works donated to support Parkinsons):

Paul Mac Prints - Quirky, spontaneous and lighthearted monoprints and brushpen drawings to chase the winter blues away.
Francis Charlton - a collection of originals and discounted prints under the umbrella title of 'Portraits and Politics.'
JCK Pastel Portraits - Original pastel portraits, bird paintings, fantasy prints and greeting cards.
Katie Amos - Regional landscape and equine photography.
Janet Nash - Textile art.

Until 1 March 2015

Collaborative art and individual work

David Anthony Kennedy and Paul MacDonald

Inspired by meeting one another in November 2014 these two very different artists present their recent work including paintings they have worked on together.

Nelsons Wine Bar, Crown Street, Hebden Bridge

5 pm till late Tues - Sun

Until 1 March 2015

Creation - Neglect - Recreation

An exhibition about the Rochdale Canal in the Calder Valley
Monday 2nd February 2015 - Sunday 1st March 2015.

In Hebden Bridge Town Hall Foyer and café .

25 February 2015

A long time ago, but not that far away  

Some insights into the first people who lived in the Calder Valley

David Shepherd


David has been involved in archaeology for over fourteen years and his fieldwork has led to the location and recording of numerous prehistoric features in the South Pennines. With an academic background in social psychology his preoccupation is with the ways that people come to express their relationships with places.

Methodist Hall, Market Street, 7.30 pm

Hebden Bridge Local History Society

16-17 February 2015

Half Term Self Defence Workshop for Girls

5 hour workshop for 11-15 year old girls covering safety at school, on public transport and on the streets.

Hands-on workshop, all female environment, delivered by Level 2 Sports Coach and Child Welfare Officer, CRB checked and insured.

Date: Either Mon 16 or Tues 17 Feb (half term)
Time: 10am till 3pm
Venue: Hebden Bridge Boxing Club (Mytholmroyd HX7 5LR)

Booking only, visit box4fitness.co.uk or contact Kate 077 3243 3243

Wednesday 18th February 2015

Labour Councillors' Surgery

Calder Ward Labour Councillor's Dave Young & Ali Miles will be holding their Monthly surgery on Wednesday 18th February

From 10-00am to 12 Noon at Hebden Bridge Town Hall. All constituents are welcome to pop in.

Thursday, 19 February 2015

Father to Son: from Cloth to Poetry in Lament for the Mills.

The next general meeting of Todmorden U3A is at 1.30 pm on Thursday, 19 February at Central Methodists, Todmorden.

The speaker will be Robert Cockroft on Father to Son: from Cloth to Poetry in Lament for the Mills.

Details of group meetings are on u3atod.org.uk or phone 01422 844713 or 01706 839176.

11 February 2015

Growing up in Sowerby

Jean Illingworth

Sowerby Towngate from St Peter's tower

Sowerby Towngate from St Peter's tower

This talk will look at the background details of Sowerby and the historic buildings lost with the building of corporation housing estates. Some childhood memories and nostalgia for village life in the late 40s and 50s.

Jean worked in retail over the years including as an Avon Lady, then spent twelve years in the media library at the Halifax Courier. Writing letters to the paper was a starting point to a later writing career which involved making herself computer literate to enable a more serious approach.

Methodist Hall, Market Street, 7.30 pm

Hebden Bridge Local History Society

Sunday 15th February 2015

Todmorden and Calderdale Older LGBT Social Group

Calderdale and Kirklees AgeUk and Todmorden AgeUK. are setting up a new social group for older (50+) LGBT people in Calderdale.

Called Over the Rainbow, the new group is being launched on Sunday 15th February.

It is being held at an accessible venue in Todmorden and will run 1-4 pm every Sunday thereafter.

For more information please contact Todmorden AgeUK 01706 817926 or email

Monday 16 February

Hebden Bridge WI: Recipes Of Resistance: A Palestinian cookery demonstration

Come along and taste authentic food from Palestine and learn how it's made, while hearing the stories and poems of the women of Gaza. Includes a short film about Jameela's Kitchen, a women's cooperative in Gaza.

There will also be a stall selling Palestinian oils, dates, soaps, textiles, crockery and a cookbook of the recipes.

16th February, 7.30pm, Hebden Bridge Town Hall.

Free to HBWI members and £3 for visitors.

Saturday 7th February 2015

Cub Scouts Jumble Sale - Fundraising to help Children Society

Jumble sale - Hebden Bridge Junior Band

Hebden Bridge Cub Scouts is holding a jumble sale on Saturday February 7th, 1 till 3 pm, at the Salem Methodist Church, (opposite Coop), to raise funds to help abused and neglected children. Half of the funds will go to Children Society and half of the money will go to an activity for Cubs

Coffee, tea and home-made cakes will be available too

Saturday 7th February 2015

Anne Lister dayLGBT History Month: Anne Lister Day

As part of LGBT History Month Calderdale Library Service are putting on an Anne Lister Day at Todmorden Library.

The morning programme, beginning at 10 am, will consist of presentations by Jan Bridget, David Glover and Helena Whitbread as well as a screening of the 1994 BBC documentary A Skirt Through History: A Marriage.

After a break for lunch the BBC film, The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister will be shown.

The event is free.

Thursday 5th February 2015

Happy Valley Gay Men's Social

Come along to this newly forming social group and contribute to its development. Meeting at Nelsons Wine Bar on Crown Street in Hebden Bridge on Thursday 5th February 2015 at 7.30pm. One of our members, local artist David Anthony Kennedy, will also be having an exhibition of his work in the bar the same evening.

Thursday 5th February 2015

Medicinal Wild Plants

Calder Valley Organic Gardeners Monthly Meeting takes
place at the Good Shepherd Centre, Royal Fold, Mytholmroyd on Thursday 5th February at 7.30pm when there will be a talk on 'Medicinal Wild Plants' with Jesper Launder.

Entry is £2.00 for non-members.

Further information can be found at www.cvog.org or by phoning 01422 846173

Thursday 5th February 2015

Trades Club Communtiy Quiz

9pm Thur 5 Feb

Dave Boardman's usual monthly quiz - lots of fun, solidarity and rubbish prizes. £5 for quiz and curries. This month raising money for Hebden Bridge Labour Party, Trades Club landlords

Tuesday 3 February 2015

Calder Ward Forum

With the cancellation of the planned Ward Forum and Budget Consultation due to adverse weather, the Calder Ward Forum and Council budget consultation for the Upper Valley has been rescheduled and will now be on Tuesday 3 February at the Waterfront Hall, Hebden Bridge Town Hall.

6.15pm arrival for 6.30pm start (use St George's Street entrance)

  • Police update – your priorities for your local area
  • Ward Forum Grant Awards for 2014 – 2015

From 7pm

Tuesday 3 February 2015

Green Party Public Meeting

Public meeting Tuesday 3rd Feb, 7.30pm Nutclough Tavern, Keighley Road, Hebden Bridge. It's going to take Voting and direct democracy to end the war on the poor and the planet. That's why the Green Party supports Occupy. We'd like to hear what others think too. All are welcome, this is an open public meeting.

Sunday 1st February 2015

Elliotts Antique Fair

8-30am to 4pm. at Mytholmroyd Community Centre, Caldene Avenue, Mytholmroyd.

Over 30 established dealers offering a complete range of antiques and collectables something for everyone. On site seated cafe offering good home cooked food throughout the day.

Entrance fee £1.

27 January 2015

BEAT - Blackshaw Environmental Action Team

The next public BEAT meeting is on Tuesday 27th January at 7.30pm at Blackshaw Head Methodist Church (the Chapel). We have two speakers:

Steve Blacksmith, the chair of Halifax Scientific Society/Calderdale Wildlife will talk about Autumn Crocus.

Olivia Walter, Wildlife Vets International, will be speaking on The Role of Zoos in conservation. As wild lands are under ever increasing pressure, the boundary between wild and captivity diminishes and endangered species face new threats. "Zoos" play an important role in saving endangered species in multiuse landscapes.

28 January 2015

PATTERNS IN THE LANDSCAPE - The evolution of settlement and enclosure in the Upper Calder Valley

Nigel Smith

Horsehold from Edge End Moor

Horsehold from Edge End Moor

The familiar landscape of the Upper Calder Valley is defined not only by its topography but also by its scattered farms and field patterns reaching up to the moors. This talk considers the evidence for the origins of settlement and its associated enclosures in the Valley and the various factors that influenced its spread up to the nineteenth century.

Nigel has spent the last few years studying the historical development of the Upper Calder Valley landscape as part of his research for a PhD at the University of Lancaster.

Methodist Hall, Market Street, 7.30 pm

Hebden Bridge Local History Society

Friday, 30 January 2015

Wine Tasting Evening for Epilepsy Action

7:30pm to 9:00 pm

In aid of Epilepsy Research


Linden Road
Hebden Bridge

Introduction to Wine Tasting by Roger Lee.

Music provided by Linden Music Studios

Posh nibbles, Raffle, Viewing of works by Artsmill Artists

All for £7.50

RSVP: Catherine

Mobile: 07921 903846
Email: catherine@leedham.com

Friday, 30 January 2015

Katie Cawkwell performs The Falcon Bride for Shaggy Dog Storytellers

Friday, 30 January at the Stubbing Wharf from 8pm:

Katie Cawkwell tells episodes from the great Icelandic Saga of Njal, bringing before you the passionate queen who curses the lover half her age, when he leaves her and the poignant, finally devastating stories that unfold. Darkly comic, tragically romantic and a fascinating insight into a pagan world of fire and ice. Please arrive before the starting performance time. It's £7 on the door.

The final set will be given over to performances from the floor. See the M.C. for the night to book your slot. Storytellers should be prepared to perform without scripts. Please keep it short! Be assured of a supportive audience.

The very honoured performers of monologues and narrative songs are allowed the privilege of having a script to hand (as a back up - so you still need to know your stuff!).

Join us in enjoying this ancient, intoxicating genre of entertainment and we'll warm your cockles against the winter storms.

Thursday 22 January 2015

Happy Valley Gay Men's Social

Come along to this newly forming social group and contribute to its development. Meeting at the White Lion pub on Bridge Gate in Hebden Bridge on Thursday 22nd January 2015 at 7.30pm.

Friday 24 January 2015

The Stallies

"Great local band" playing at Crown Inn Hebden bridge 9pm 24th January. Free Entry.

Saturday 17 January 2015

Jumble sale - Hebden Bridge Junior Band

Hebden Bridge Junior Band is holding a jumble sale on Saturday January 17th, 10 am till 2 pm, at the Holme Street Art Centre, (opposite Riverside School), Holme Street, to raise funds for its forthcoming tour to Poland.

Please come along to support us - and bag yourself a bargain. Coffee, tea and home-made cakes will be available.

Saturday 17 January 2015

Appreciating Contemporary Art

A 1 day WEA course

The Town Hall, St George's St, Hebden Bridge

Are you intrigued by contemporary art? Would you like to understand it more? A friendly, relaxed day with DVD clips, lectures with powerpoints and time for discussion.

This course will help you to appreciate different types of art and the contexts in which they were made

Fees: Free (subject to status) or £18.99

You can enrol now online at enrolonline.wea.org.uk
or by calling 0113 245 3304.

Saturday 17 January 2015

Gezellig "Resolution Breaker"

Gezellig "Resolution Breaker"
3 Wise Monkeys, Todmorden
8pm till late in the basement

Adam H (Stayfree, Manchester)
Jimmy Gezellig
Auntie Ju Ju

Shun the mid January blues, rejoice in the freedom of dance, break all your resolutions and also raise some money for Galgos Del Sol rescue center in Murcia (www.galgosdelsol.org)

Wednesday 21 January 2015

Labour Councillors Surgery Dates

Labour Councillors Dave Young & Ali Miles will be holding Surgeries for Calder Ward Residents on the third Wednesday of each Month in the Customer First Room at Hebden Bridge Town Hall.

The first is on Wednesday 21st January from 10-00am to 12 noon.

Wednesday 21 January 2015

Calder Ward Forum

6.15pm arrival for 6.30pm start (use St George's Street entrance)

  • Police update – your priorities for your local area
  • Ward Forum Grant Awards for 2014 – 2015

From 7pm

Cancelled due bad weather

14 January 2015

Wakefield Court Rolls for Family History

Seven centuries of evidence for the family historian

Sylvia Thomas

Court Roll of the Manor of Wakefield

Court Roll of the Manor of Wakefield

The Manor of Wakefield was the largest in the country, covering a huge area of West Yorkshire, including the Calder Valley.  The Yorkshire Archaeological Society holds records of the manor going back to 1274 and, because the manor court was at the heart of everything that happened on the manor, its rolls are a mine of information about the tenants who lived in the area from the 13th to the 20th centuries.  This illustrated talk will show what the rolls are like, and demonstrate how they can be used to find out more about the history of families who lived on the manor, from hostile mothers-in –law to controlling fathers.  Of course, there are 670 rolls to go at, so no shortage of evidence!

Sylvia Thomas is the president of the Yorkshire Archaeological Society, which owns the court rolls.  She is also a former County Archivist of West Yorkshire.

Methodist Hall, Market Street, 7.30 pm

Hebden Bridge Local History Society

14 January 2015

Freedom from Torture

There will be a meeting of supporters of the Calderdale FfT group on Wednesday January 14th at 7pm to 8.30 pm.

This will be held in the Terrace Room Hebden Bridge Town Hall . Everyone is welcome you need not have attended these meetings before.

Monday 12th January 2014

Book clubMonday Book Club


LGBTQI interest reading group meeting to chat about Colm Toibin's The Blackwater Lightship. All welcome.

For further information email mondaybookclub@riseup.net

Tuesday 13 January 2014

Dance Over The Rainbow

New Beginners LGBT Ballroom & Latin Classes.
Tuesday's Tasters throughout Jan 2015.
Salem Community Centre
Centre/Central St
Hebden Bridge HX7 6HB
7pm to 8pm.
1st Class free.
No partner required.
For men that wish to follow and ladies who like to lead or vice versa.

Tuesday 13 January 2014

Public Meeting China's Food Future - and ours?'

and Global Justice Now AGM

Global Justice Calderdale invite you to public meeting which will followed by our AGM

Global Justice Now was formerly known as the World Development Movement (WDM)

Tuesday 13 January: 1930 hours
White Lion Hotel, Bridge Gate, Hebden Bridge
(Upstairs Meeting Room)

Speaker: local food politics expert Geoff Tansey
China's food future - and ours? Reflections from recent visits

Followed by a discussion on this important topic

Saturday 10 January 2015

Free songwriting workshop

with Plumhall

St Michaels Church Hall, Mytholmroyd


Plumhall Gig 7.30pm £3

Plumhall are Michelle Plum (Chumbawamba, Waking the Witch) and Nick Hall of the Hall Brothers.


They won the Yorkshire Outstanding Songwriters award and featured in the Guardian /Observer Hidden Gems for 2015 feature over Christmas.

New songs will be performed as part of the evening event.

Supporting The White Ribbon Campaign, supported by Hebden Royd Town Coiuncil

To register for the workshop: dave@doddnaze.co.uk.

Evening tickets on the door or at We got tickets.

Thursday 8th January 2015

A walk on the wild side

Calder Valley Organic Gardeners Monthly Meeting takes place at the Good Shepherd Centre, Royal Fold, Mytholmroyd on Thursday 8th January at 7.30pm when there will be a talk on 'A walk on the wild side' with Steve Warrillow, Nature Reserve Warden at Denso Marston Nature Reserve, Baildon.

Entry is £2.00 for non-members. Further information can be found at www.cvog.org or by phoning 01422 846173

Thursday 8th January 2015

Happy Valley Gay Men's Social

Come along to this newly forming social group and contribute to its development. Meeting at Nelsons Wine Bar on Crown Street in Hebden Bridge on Thursday 8th January 2015 at 7.30pm.

Thursday 8th January 2015

Dave's Marvellous Quiz

Raising funds for Overgate Hospice

Trades Club 9pm

£5 for quiz and food from Lhamo's Kitchen.

Raffle and auction too.

There is a quiz on the first thursday of every month raising funds for local groups, campaigns etc. To benefit contact Dave Boardman

2 - 4 January 2015

Treesponsibility New Year tree planting

Treesponsibility New Year's Gathering 2nd-4th January.

£25 for 2 nights accommodation at Height Gate Farm. Great home-made food, two days tree planting at Windy Harbour Farm near Heptonstall.

You can just join us for the day. There will be mini-bus pick-ups at 10.30 am on Saturday and Sunday from Hebden Bridge railway station.

Email for inquiries or phone: 07709 690368

Sunday 4th January 2015

Red Shed Players' Socialist Christmas Pantomime

along with music from The Sentimentalists, a performance from Wakefield's mummers, home-made curries and raffle prizes from Cuba...

It's another Morning Star benefit gig at the Trades Club, Sunday 4th January, 2-6pm.

Includes the panto Snow White and the Seven Pit Closures.

Snow White wakes up after 30 years to see how things have developed since the Great Strike, Thatcher may be dead - but her spirit lives on in the ConDem coalition , and, sadly the Labour Party is not very hearty. Nevertheless through the power of panto working class solidarity is reawakened and the struggle for workers' rights continues.

Craig Whittacker MP features in a panto monologue, and appears again as the Tory Knight in the Wakefield Mummers' play where he is defeated by the Working Class Knight- who also defeats Nigel Farage. Plus there's The Sentimentalists, local volunteer performers, curries, and raffle prizes from Cuba. Fine ale and friendship too. 2pm to 6pm at the Trades.

Admission £5/4.