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Saturday 25 May 2024

Picture-house

'Bedazzled' - a celebration 

3-10pm

Local arts group Music Street present 'Bedazzled', a one off special event celebrating the comedy of Pete 'n Dud, coupled with the pizazz and toe tappin' jazz of Dudley Moore.

You are hereby invited to the world premiere and one off screening of the only feature length filmed concert of the Dudley Moore Trio. Then things hot up as the devil (Peter Cook) runs rings around Stanley Moon (Dudley Moore) as he chases the one he loves (Eleanor Bron) in the original cult classic, Bedazzled. The event then builds to a rousing crescendo as we welcome the Chris Ingham Quartet for a scintillating live performance of the jazz of Dudley Moore.

So why not join us at the dazzling price of £15/£10 concessions for the whole triple bill and even Moore! at this unique event.

More info

Saturday 25 May 2024

resonance 003 Drone Bath

Wainsgate Chapel

Join us upstairs at the captivating Wainsgate Chapel on Saturday May 25th from 3pm for a special event blending a mass drone bathing ceremony with a diverse lineup of artists. From ambient and folk to drone and psychedelia.

Further details

Saturday 25 May 2024

Ghosts I have Met - Steve Jones

4pm
The Folklore centre 
Todmorden, 
Tickets £5

Steve Jones will talk about 3 of the strangest ghostly encounters he has had, including walking into one...."

Steve Jones from Wakefield, is a Pagan Fortean and folklore enthusiast. He was also Britains only pagan magistrate for 21 years. He runs the oldest Pagan Moot in the UK and has appeared in books, national and local papers as well as TV and Radio.

He has had a lot of weird things happen to him....

19 May 2024

Repair Cafe Mytholmroyd

Bring out your repairs!

Repair Cafe Mytholmroyd will be up and running on Sunday 19 May from 1pm to 4pm 

Mytholmroyd Community Centre,
Caldene Avenue, Mytholmroyd HX7 5AF

Hot drinks and refreshments. 

We can look to repair, clothes, bags, furniture, toys, bikes electrical appliances (not microwaves) knife/tool sharpening

Come and see what its all about.

Contact us:
Email: repairmytholm@gmail.com
Facebook: Repair Cafe Mytholmroyd
Instagram: Repair Cafe Mytholmroyd

Saturday 18 May 2024

Open Doors Event at the Ground Floor of The Trades Club

12-2pm

Ground floor, The Trades Club, Holme Street, HX7

Northern Powerhouse Boxing Academy (NPBA) invites you to join us at the ground floor of The Trades Club

This drop-in session is a great opportunity to view the space, discuss our plans, and share your thoughts and ideas.

Everyone is welcome!

Access through the big blue doors to the left of The Trades. Please don't use the main entrance to the upstairs club.

We're excited to see you there and hear what you think! 

Saturday 18 May 2024

Happy Hounds

The RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield, Bradford & District branch are excited to be partnering with Hebden Royd Town Council (HRTC) to host their annual event - Hebden's Happy Hounds! The event will take place on Saturday 18th May, 11am - 4pm at Calder Holmes Park, Hebden Bridge

Saturday 18 May 2024

Hepton Singers' 50th anniversary concert

On Saturday 18th May, 4pm at Heptonstall Church, this year's Hepton Singers May concert will mark 50 years since the choir's first public performance in the Spring of 1974. See HebWeb news item for more info.

Saturday 18 May 2024

Hebden Bridge Arts

Kids' Illustration / Art Workshop

With Jimmy Dolan
Mytholmroyd Community Centre
Saturday 18 May 2-4.30pm
Ages 7 - 11, plus their grown up

Come and join Jimmy Dolan, artist and educator to help create a massive mixed-media illustration inspired by 'The Man Who Planted Trees' by Jean Giono, which is Hebden Bridge Arts' new community project  as part of Calderdale's Year of Culture.

We will listen to the story and then work collaboratively or individually on a section of a massive picture to create an amazing artwork for exhibition in one of our 'The Man Who Planted Trees' exhibitions, running across Calderdale from May to July.

Parents are welcome to stay and support their child.  Kids should wear clothes they are happy ​to get messy. 

This workshop is ticketed, and is on a pay as you can afford basis, with suggested donations from £1-£10.

Book tickets here

Saturday 18 May 2024

Ambient Bowling

By the Hebden Water, just beyond Salem Fields

Ambient Bowling returns for another season. Come try your hand at crown green bowling, have a drink at the Blue Pig bar, enjoy the ambient sounds emanating from the pavilion, and wonder at the idyllic location.

All welcome, including well behaved dogs on leads. All proceeds go towards the upkeep of the green and pavilion. Suggested donation £3."

Saturday 18 May 2024

Music at Wadsworth - updated

Wadsworth Community Centre on Saturday 18th May. Due to illness, Sam Carter will replace Granny's Attic. More details on this HebWeb news item

Friday 17 May 2024

We are (Nothing) Everything

- Anya Cloud & Makisig Akin

Wainsgate Chapel

8pm - £12

This dance duet is a queer reimagination of a creation story. With patience, tenderness, and prayer we epitomize the multiple ways that love can manifest. Intimacy facilitates straddling and queering notions of violence, care, pleasure, play, and gender.

Further details

Tickets via Ticket Source

Wednesday 15 May 2024

Calderdale Wind Farm - A Hostile Act? Public Forum to explore the Environmental and Cultural impact of De-Wilding Walshaw Moor at 7.30pm, Weds 15 May at the Birchcliffe Centre.

More info about speakers, etc.

Monday 13 May 2024

Dementia Friendly Cinema Screening The next screening at the Hebden Bridge Picture House is Mary Poppins, celebrating its 60th anniversary this year. Monday 13 May at 1pm. See this HebWeb news for more info.

Sunday 12 May 2024

Georgian Ensemble Amer-Imeri

Workshop and Concert A workshop and performance of beautiful polyphonic songs by singers from the Republic of Georgia, including traditional dance, costume and rituals. The visit is hosted by local community choir Zarebi. Part of a weekend of song in Hebden Bridge, with 7 local choirs performing on Saturday evening. 

Workshop: 2-5pm  £25/ 15
Todfellows Space, Oxford Street, Todmorden OL14 5PU

Concert: 7-9pm £15 /10     Combined: £32 / 20
Parish Church of St James, 4 Church Lane, Mytholm HX7 6DS

 More information

Thursday 9 May 2024

Vigil for Detained Asylum Seekers

Speak your anger.
Cry out your despair.
Sing, pray, hold each other
Stand in solidarity

Meet at St. Augustine's Centre at 4 pm

Or outside Wilko's at 4.30 pm

Saturday 11 May 2024

Hebden Bridge Arts

Community Singing Taster Workshop

With Charlie Rhodes
The Space, Hebden Bridge Town Hall
Saturday 11 May 2.30-4.30pm
Age 18+ 

Come along and engage in some fun and engaging community singing. At the end of the session, you can also find out about being part of our The Man Who Planted Trees production, on stage as part of the community chorus.

This singing session for those aged 18+, led by Musical Director Charlie Rhodes, will include singing games, rounds and simple harmony work, as well as an introduction to the story. Keen singers welcome, no prior stage experience is necessary.

At the end of the taster session you can find out more about being in the small community chorus for The Man Who Planted Trees and express your interest. Please note The Man Who Planted Trees is a professional production. The community chorus is a volunteer opportunity but travel expenses will be paid, and refreshments provided. 

This workshop is ticketed, and donations at time of booking requested on a pay what you can afford basis.

Book tickets here

Saturday 11 May 2024

Flamenco at Wainsgate: Making a return to Wainsgate on 11 May after his sell-out appearance in 2021 is the flamenco virtuoso Samuel Moore, with a musical journey to the many countries, regions and cities that have shaped flamenco evolution.

More info on this HebWeb news page.

Saturday 11 May 2024

Choirfest

To raise funds for local charity, Music for the Many

An evening of singing, with a selection of wonderful choirs (8 in total), of the upper Calder Valley has been organised by local acapella group 'Waiting for Dawn'.

The concert will be held at St James the Great Church on Church Lane, Hebden Bridge on the 11th May. Doors open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start.

Tickets are £5/£3  for singers and £7/£5 for non-singers which are available on Eventbrite, but cash on the door preferred.

In addition, there will be tea, coffee and delicious homemade cakes available for a donation.

Saturday 11 May 2024

In The Eye of the Beholder: imaging and imagining UFOs.

11 May 2024, 16:00 – 18:00
Todmorden, 65 Halifax Rd, Todmorden, 5BB OL14 5BB, UK

This insider's view of contemporary UFO analysis and debate includes a practical demonstration of UFO fakery and a participatory activity.

Tickets £5

Tuesday 7 May 2024

Poetry at The Dusty Miller

7.30 pm on Tuesday 7 May, in The Coiners' Room,
Dusty Miller Inn, Burnley Road,  Mytholmroyd HX7 5LH

Readings by:

Lucy Burnett - Geoff Hattersley - Martin Kratz  -  Kim Moore

Free. All Welcome

Hat passed round for poets - books to buy

Car Park at rear - bus stop outside - station 5 minutes away.

Sunday 5 May 2024

Dark Matter Promotions presents...

An evening of avant-garde ethereal folkish jazz

Awen Ensemble 
Mother Sugar
MENKO

Golden Lion Todmorden (upstairs)
Sunday 5th May 8pm
£8 adv Skiddle/£10 otd

Sunday 5 May 2024

The Trades 100th Birthday Weekend

May Day Rally with speakers and discussion

Free: Donations welcome 
Doors 1.30pm

With speakers on Karl Marx's birthday and his relevance to the labour movement today, the 1984-5 miners strike, the 100th anniversary of the Hebden Bridge Trades Club building, and more to be announced.

Sunday 5 May 2024

The Trades 100th Birthday Weekend

Daniel Bath and Friends - Music for the Many

£12 | £10 | £6 
Doors open 7pm
14+ seated event

Jazz pianist, ethnomusicologist and activist for equal opportunities in music, Daniel Bath is joined by a dazzling line-up of musical friends, the valley's finest, including Rosemary Howes (voice), Martin Davies (drums), Peadar Long (woodwind), Stephen Shulman (violin), Adam Medlock (bass) and a special guest appearance from Miss Airedale. Honouring the centenary of the Trades Club, this gig will celebrate traditions of activism, defiance, resistance and resiliance in a kaleidescopic journey through South African jazz, klezmer, socialist cabaret, Palestinian songs, the works of Joe Hill and some new, specially composed songs of protest.

All proceeds will go to Music for the Many, providing free instrumental tuition and musical opportunities for children, young people and families in Calderdale.

Saturday 4 May 2024

Friends of Hebden Bridge Picture House AGM

Are you interested in film? Are you keen to support Hebden Bridge Picture House? Would you like to know more about getting involved in the Friends of the Picture House?

If so, come along to the AGM of the Friends of the Picture House on Saturday, May 4 at 11am. 

The meeting will be held at the cinema and all are welcome.

Saturday 4 May 2024

Hebden Bridge Arts

Walk and Draw Workshop

1.30-4.30pm: Hebden Bridge (age 16+)

We will begin with a walk local to our workshop studio, really taking notice of the environment around us. On this walk we will consider the history of the valley, and how its remarkable industrial heritage wrought profound changes that has resulted in the nature we find here today.

As we walk, we will gather inspiration from the colours and contrasts, the textures and patterns and sounds that we encounter, and we will look out for and collect natural materials to use in the workshop, thinking about how and why we find them here, and about their physical properties and how we might use these to create our artworks. You will then draw, paint and print with these materials, using them together with natural inks. You will layer your drawings with words to create your own individual artwork that has grown out of and with the environment around us. With your permission, the drawing you produce will be shared as part of our open art exhibition.

​Suitable for those aged 16+. Please donate what you can afford when booking your ticket. 

Book tickets here

Saturday 4 May 2024

The Trades 100th Birthday Weekend

Commoners Choir and special guest Maddie Morris

£8 | £10 
Doors open 8pm
18+ event

A special event marking the Trades Club's 100th birthday sees Commoners Choir take to the stage, with special guest Maddie Morris followed by guest DJ Red Helen taking you into the early hours on the dancefloor!

Saturday 4 May 2024

Ripponden Bank Holiday
Spring Market

11am-5pm

In its usual location, opposite St Barts Church and at The Old Bridge Inn, the market will feature over 30 food and drink stalls to suit every palate bringing tastes from around the globe, and gift stalls for all ages.

Entertainment for all the family will also run throughout the day: vintage tractors, Punch & Judy, Friendly Brass Band and buskers' corner.

The church itself will be serving refreshments and all the shops and bars in the village will be open for business.

Look out for regular updates on the 'Ripponden Spring Market' Facebook page.

Saturday 4 May 2024

Bank Holiday Basement Party

Saturday 4th May 8:30 til 1am

Nelsons Wine Bar, Hebden Bridge, Crown Street

Free Entry

DJ Cutterz & J-Black play vinyl all night long. Disco edits, Funk, Soul, Dub, Deep House

Book Tickets

Thursday 2 May 2024

May election for Calderdale Council, and W. Yorks Mayor: Calderdale Council elections take place on Thurs, 2 May. See lists of candidates for Calder Ward which covers Hebden Bridge, Luddendenfoot Ward which covers Mytholmroyd and Todmorden ward. West Yorkshire mayoral candidates are also listed.

Sunday 28 April 2024

Hebden Bridge Arts

Needle Felting Workshop

1.30-4.30pm: Hebden Bridge (age 16+)

Make a felted wool landscape,
with Dani Lovett

The Space, Hebden Bridge Town Hall
Sunday 28 April, 2-4pm
Age 12+

Try out a new craft in a relaxed environment, working to together make a large textile landscape wall hanging for Hebden Bridge Arts' 2024 open exhibitions. 

Taking a section of a landscape art work for yourself, you will work on your section of the picture using the dry felting technique. Selecting and shaping your coloured wool to reflect the colours, textures and shapes of the section of landscape you're replicating, and using a felting needle to press the roving fibres into the base fabric, all the needle felted sections will be joined together after the session, and will form a collaborative artwork for exhibition as part of our three 'The Man Who Planted Trees' exhibitions, running in Calderdale from May to July.

This workshop is ticketed, and donations at time of booking welcome. Suitable for ages 12+ but 12-15 year olds need to be supervised by a parent / guardian.

Book tickets here

Saturday 27 April 2024

WI Spring Rag Market on Saturday 27 April. The Rag Market is a twice yearly event run by Hebden Bridge WI to raise funds for their Charity of the Year and for an Educational Bursary with the chance to build new skills. See HebWeb news item for more info.

Saturday 27 April 2024

Holly Elsdon- Moral Panic! The Folklore of Fearmongering

The Folklore of fear mongering. Tracing the influence of urban myths/legends and conspiracy belief through the moral panics of the late 20th century and early 21st century.

27 Apr 2024, 16:00 – 18:00
Todmorden, The Folklore Centre, 65, Halifax Road

Tickets £5

Saturday 27 April 2024

Resonance

John Haycock & DBH, Peter Lee & Ruf Dug

Hope Baptist Chapel, from 5pm

Are you listening?

We are excited to explore the fabric of the graceful Hope Baptist Chapel, in Hebden Bridge on Saturday, April 27th for the next resonance.

We have a special collaboration between John Haycock and Dan Brigwood-Hill showcasing their new work, as well as Indian drone and Bansuri flute player Peter Lee, interwoven with NTS host Ruf Dug playing ambient records together with our own DJs.

We are excited to light up the building with wonderful ambient refraction lighting from Jamie House too, this will be an exciting, multi-sensory experience! 

Donations are advised and welcomed to help support the series of events this year.

Friday 26 April 2024

The Shaggy Dog Storytelling Club

Fable, fairy tale, folk tale, myth, legend, or just a good old yarn - whether you've got a story to tell, or just like to listen, join us in the upper room of the Stubbing Wharf Pub.

8pm start, free entry.

Friday 26 April 2024

Dark Matter Promotions presents.... A new musical adventure and first airing from

Gnod members, blackened melodic rock… Born in a Headlock

With support

Golden Lion Todmorden (upstairs)

Doors 8pm

Tickets £7 + bf Skiddle/ more on the door

Thursday 25 April 2024

Those Cragg Vale Coiners

More info

Thursday 18 April 2024

Medieval Churches of West Yorkshire

A Talk by David Weldrake

Todmorden u3a Meeting at the Todmorden Learning Centre and Community Hub – Tod College at 2pm.

This talk focuses on the development of church architecture in West Yorkshire from c. 900 to c. 1500. It highlights the range of styles which can be seen in the county and seeks to place them into their historical setting.

The meeting starts at 14.00 at Todmorden Learning Centre and Community Hub – Tod College in Todmorden and is open to paid-up members of the Todmorden u3a, but if you would like to attend you can enquire by going to www.u3atod.org.uk or by contacting membership@u3atod.org.uk.

Friday 19 April 2024

Ceilidh for Medical Aid for Palestinians

Doors 7pm. Dancing starts at 8pm

Tickets £10

With Cahootenany Ceilidh Band

Saturday 20 April 2024

Historic Springs & Holy Wells of West Yorkshire

With Dave Weldrake

16:00 – 18:00
The Folklore Centre, 65 Halifax Rd, Todmorden, 5BB OL14 5BB
Tickets £5

Now that most people obtain their water from mains supply, the wellheads which once provided their only source of drinking water lie neglected by the sides of our busy main roads. However, their former importance cannot be underestimated. In times past wells and springs provided not only a source of clean water but also a meeting place, a site of religious veneration or a place to look for a cure for illness. In the 19th century this became big business as people sought to make their fortunes through the healing power of water.

Sunday 21 April 2024

World Dock Pudding Championship

Mytholmroyd Community & Leisure Centre

From 12 noon till 5pm

The Dock Pudding is a recipe unique to the Calder Valley. It uses the sweet variety of dock leaves which have a spinach like taste and grow quite widely round here - not to be confused with the more common form of dock leaves which grow throughout the country. Recipes vary slightly but they might include butter or oil, onions, oatmeal and seasoning. The World Championships take place each April in Mytholmroyd and have so since the early 1970s.

8-13 April 2024

The Long Road.

The next Little Theatre play (April 8-13) is by Shelagh Stephenson and explores the emotions of a family that has lost a member via a stabbing. Directed by Rachel Doyle-Richards.

Read HebWeb news story for more info

13-14 April 2024

Hand and Treasure Art and Vintage Fair

Do visit this gorgeous fair on the 13th and 14th of April at Hebden Bridge Town Hall. Open 10.30am to 4.30pm. A lovely mix of art, jewellery, paper cuts, vintage homewares and clothes.

Saturday 13 April 2024

Flashes of Inspiration - A Very FAE Day

16:00 – 18:00

The Folklore Centre, 65 Halifax Rd, Todmorden, 5BB OL14 5BB.
Tickets £5

Come and join an informal bunch of inkers, thinkers and amateur scribes as we dip our toes into short form story telling.

Over two afternoons we'll take phrases and themes as our mutual jumping off point, work at a leisurely pace alongside each other, then share our scribblings with the group (optional of course!) Flash Fiction is a purposefully petite literary form (in this instance, containing no more than 250 words) so there's no pressure to write the next Shakespearian epic.

Expect the nonsensical, the poetic, and the mundane. Everything has its place and no level of previous experience is expected or required. The workshops will be led by Stefanie Elrick of FAE Club which gathers on the first Fri of every month to celebrate art and oddness. FAE Club is a group of friendly cinephiles intent on working their way through the Centre's extensive archive.

Sunday 14 April 2024

Picture-house

Wizard of Oz, 85 years on

Charity Screening with the Mayor

On 14th April at the Picture House hosted by the Mayor of Hebden Royd, Cllr. Bernice Hayes. Immerse yourself in the timeless wonder of one of her cherished classics, The Wizard of Oz, as we celebrate its 85th anniversary this year. All profits to Calder Food Support. Read HebWeb news item for more info

Sunday 14 April 2024

Zarebi Choir Concert

Polyphonic songs from the Republic of Georgia by Hebden Bridge based women's choir Zarebi. The event is to raise funds for a cultural exchange with Pletenitza, an award winning Bulgarian choir, who hope to visit Hebden Bridge and the Calder Valley in the autumn. 

2-3.30pm Sunday 14th April, Fielden Hall, Ewood Lane, Todmorden.

Tickets £6, £5 concessions, from hil.taylor3315@gmail.com or cash only on the door.

Tea and cakes available during the interval.

Monday 15 April 2024

Consultation for 2nd screen at Picture House On Monday 15 April, a public consultation with the project team will take place at the Picture House from 5-6pm.

Read HebWeb news item for more info.

Tuesday 9 April 2024

Door to Door in 81 Days

Old Town Book Group Presents

Roger Gill Local Author

10-11.30am

A talk, readings and QA about Roger's solo walk from Hebden Bridge to Italy. 1327 miles through 6 countries. Be prepared to be fascinated.

Wadsworth Community Centre Old Town HX7 8RY

Free Entrance tea, coffee, cake - charity donation

Wednesday 10 April 2024

Hebden Bridge Local History Society

Hebden Bridge Little Theatre: an illustrated history 1924 – 2024

Speaker: Vaughan Leslie

The story of Hebden Bridge Little Theatre, from its origins in the Literary and Scientific Society, in 1924, to the present day. During its hundred years the theatre has performed plays almost without interruption – a total of nearly 400 full-length plays, to over half a million people. The talk will highlight the people and events that have helped to make the theatre an enduring and endearing feature of Hebden Bridge life.

Vaughan Leslie has been a member of the Little Theatre since 1987 as a frequent actor, director, and in numerous other capacities. Over the last seven years he has put together a comprehensive digital archive on the website, which includes a timeline of all full-length productions during the last century, with links to images for all but four of them.

Methodist Church, Market Street. Hebden Bridge. 7.30pm, free to members; £4 for visitors

Easter Monday, 1 April 2024

Duck Race

Buy tickets online now

All profits go to the Rotary Club of Hebden Bridge Trust Fund which gives grants to local, national and international good causes.

Thursday 4 April 2024

Stumbling Over Eden by Steve Bonham

7pm, Thursday 4th April at Hebden Bridge Library.
Free but via booking here preferred

Stories and songs celebrating the adventurer, explorer and vagabond within us all.

Stumbling Over Eden starts with an idea born on the top of Mt Toubkal the highest peak in North Africa - to walk from the roof of the High Atlas Mountains to the sands of the Sahara Desert.  

What results is a fantastical tale involving a Krupp cannon, arrest, being tailed by the secret service, the lairs of old warlords, a spirit dog, a lost tribe of dwarfs and an amorous camel.  But more than that, it is a story of resilience, companionship, independence, the strange weave of history and the true meaning of adventure.

Steve Bonham is an award-winning psychologist, a musician, an adventurer and a vagabond philosopher.  He is the author of A Little Nostalgia for Freedom, A Beautiful Broken Dream and How to Survive and Thrive in an Impossible World.

Friday 5 April 2024

Cantorelli

Cantorelli presents 500 years of English songs, madrigals and motets
Friday 5th April  7.30pm at St James the Great, Parish Church, Hebden Bridge, HX7 6DS

Free admission - donations in aid of Never Hungry Again pledging to end child poverty in Calderdale. www.cantorelli.co.uk


Saturday 6 April 2024

Synchronicity

Harry Wheeler is a filmmaker and storyteller who specialises in DreamWork, guiding people to process their night-time dreams and uncover valuable insights from their unconscious.

He believes that DreamWork is a powerful technique for steering one's life toward a more positive path by consciously shaping their own narratives. In his talk, Harry will delve into the phenomenon of Synchronicity, where events, symbols, and actions interconnect to reveal undeniable significance.

This presentation will trace the origins of the term and its integration into modern dictionaries, sharing compelling examples from history, as well examples from his is own life.

06 Apr 2024, 16:00 – 18:00
Todmorden Folk centre, Todmorden, UK
Tickets £5

29-30 March 2024

Mill Town Arts Easter Art Fair

Hebden Bridge Town Hall

Featuring 20 great artists work, ranging from Fine Arts, Illustration, Photography, Jewellery, Textiles, Metal work, Craft and Ceramics, all displaying high quality artwork, and all under one roof. 

Mill Town Arts are a diverse group of creatives working in and out of the Valley.  Mill Town Arts is a not for profit organisation supporting artists from the Calder Valley and beyond.

Free to enter and in support of Calder Community Kindness.

Keep an eye on social media for this and all up coming Mill Town Arts events: Instagram : @milltown_arts /  Facebook : Mill Town Arts HX7.

Mill Town Arts Summer Arts Fair is sponsored by the Print Bureau.

Wednesday 27 March 2024

Hebden Bridge Local History Society

Yorkshire moderates during a revolution

Speaker: Mike Crawford

Two local men, George Savile and John Tillotson, survived the hysteria and vindictive years of England in the 1680s. As the drama unfolded, they struggled to maintain their views, their positions and loyalty to their friends, not always successfully and not without raising doubts about their own motives. Ultimately, they played central roles in securing a new foundation after the revolution, but they paid a price for their moderation.

Mike Crawford was born in Halifax, and grew up in Midgley and Luddenden. He lived in Hebden Bridge for 30 years, teaching history at local schools before moving across the border to Lancashire. Formerly a member of the committee of HBLHS, he has worked on the transcription of 17th century probate documents from local townships, and with Stella Richardson, edited the Society's books of probate records.

Methodist Church, Market Street. Hebden Bridge. 7.30pm, free to members; £4 for visitors

Friday 29 March 2024

Pace Egg

More Pace Egg madness The Pace Egg Players hope to see you all on Good Friday (29 March) in Weavers Square, Heptonstall. Read this HebWeb news item and find links to background info and photos of previous years. Click poster above to enlarge it.

Friday 29 March 2024

The Shaggy Dog Storytelling Club

Fable, fairy tale, folk tale, myth, legend, or just a good old yarn - whether you've got a story to tell, or just like to listen, join us in the upper room of the Stubbing Wharf Pub.

8pm start, free entry.

Wednesday 20 March 2024

From Hebden Bridge And District Old Peoples Welfare Committee

Spring into to action

Hebden Bridge and District Old People's Committee are inviting older people the community to share a cuppa and share their views of living in the Valley. The event with a range of informative speakers giving health and activity tips will be held at Hebden Town Hall on Wednesday, March 20th at 10.30am. This date also coincides with Age without limits to combat ageism.

Ageism prevents older people living better in all areas of life. Many people have negative ideas about ageing including some older people.

This event aims to create a voice for older people in our part of the Valley to ensure that all policy developed by Calderdale Council and other agencies reflects the needs of older people.

This is a free event and we would like to encourage as many people as possible to attend.

To register, contact Nick Wilding by email or telephone 01422 843871

Thursday 21 March 2024

Crippen - A Case of Mistaken Identity?

A Talk by Dr Julian Sommerville - 'Crippen - A Case of Mistaken Identity?' to the Todmorden u3a Meeting at a new venue the Todmorden Learning Centre and Community Hub – Tod College at 1400 on the 21st March.

The talk describes how an attractive, adulterous actress turned her mild-mannered professional husband living a genteel suburban life in London into the most reviled criminal of Edwardian England; how an observant sea captain using the latest new radio wave technology of the day started a dramatic transatlantic sea chase culminating in the arrest of the fugitive Dr Crippen by a senior Scotland Yard detective disguised as a river boat pilot. 

The talk looks at how modern-day DNA analysis and a re-examination of the trial evidence both shed further interesting thoughts on the trial of Dr Crippen and the safety of his conviction.

The meeting starts at 14.00 at Todmorden Learning Centre and Community Hub – Tod College in Todmorden and is open to paid-up members of the Todmorden u3a, but if you would like to attend you can enquire by going to www.u3atod.org.uk or by contacting membership@u3atod.org.uk.

21-23 March 2024

The Brutish Multitude Theatre Company

Warp and Weft

Warp and Weft is a show of two one-act plays connected by theme and location: Waiting for Wesley and The House That Ethel Built.

Thurs 21 - Sat 23 March 2024
7:30pm evenings & Sat matinee 2:30pm
The Halifax Playhouse.

Tickets available here

Waiting for Wesley is set in the Calder Valley in the summer of 1842 when a wave of strikes engulfs Lancashire and Yorkshire. Thousands of troops confront strikers, killing five and wounding many more. In one family, tensions mount as a husband and wife are torn between allegiance to the church and organising the rebellion.

The House That Ethel Built concerns the life and work of Ethel Carnie Holdsworth (1886 – 1962). Ethel was the first working-class woman in Britain to publish a novel and is a rare example of a female working-class novelist. She was a former mill girl who also became a political activist producing possibly the world's first anti-fascist newspaper, The Clear Light.

Saturday 23 March 2024

Music at Wadsworth

Music at Wadsworth Community Centre with Lauren Housley and The Northern Cowboys on 23 March. At the 2024 Americana UK Awards, Lauren was awarded 'Song of the Year' as well as being nominated for 'Best Live Act.' Read HebWeb News item for more info

Saturday 23 March 2024

Dark Matter Promotions presents....

JuJu

Genre-bending experimentalism from Sicily

Corvus & the Morning Star psychedelic, melodic 5 piece

Golden Lion Todmorden (upstairs)

Doors 8pm

Tickets £9 + bf Skiddle/ more on the door

Sunday 24 March 2024

Heptonstall Charity Concert  for Survival International & Medical Aid for Palestinians

Local acapella group 'Waiting for Dawn' and 'Friends' will be showcasing their talents to raise funds to support two international charities in Heptonstall on Sunday 24th March. Tea, coffee and homemade cake are available.

The show starts at 2.30pm prompt, doors open 2.00pm, finishing at 4.30pm.

Octagonal Chapel, Northgate, Heptonstall HX7 7ND

Tickets are £7 & £5 concessions -  advance reservation recommended via Eventbrite:

Please come and support us raise much needed funds.


Sunday 24 March 2024

Repair Cafe Mytholmroyd

Bring out your repairs!

Repair Cafe Mytholmroyd will be up and running on Sunday 31 March from 1pm to 4pm 

Mytholmroyd Community Centre,
Caldene Avenue, Mytholmroyd HX7 5AF

Hot drinks and refreshments. 

We can look to repair, clothes, bags, furniture, toys, bikes electrical appliances (not microwaves) knife/tool sharpening

Come and see what its all about.

Contact us:
Email: repairmytholm@gmail.com
Facebook: Repair Cafe Mytholmroyd
Instagram: Repair Cafe Mytholmroyd

Sunday 24 March 2024

Six inches of Soil On 24th March, the Picture House, in partnership with Pennine Cropshare, will be screening Six Inches of Soil, telling the inspiring story of 3 young farmers standing up against the industrial food system and transforming the way they pro.duce food. Read HebWeb News item

Monday 18 March 2024

Hebden Bridge Disability Access Forum works to improve access for disabled people in the Hebden Bridge area, and they meet on the 3rd Monday of each month. The next meeting is just after the AGM on 18 March. See HebWeb News item

Wednesday 13 March 2024

Book Launch - A Place Apart: Hebden Bridge

Hebden Royd Methodist Church at 6.30pm, Wednesday 13th March, just before the Local History talk at 7.30pm.

A Place Apart:
Hebden Bridge

New book showing Hebden Bridge as seen through the eyes of the Spencer family in the late nineteenth century, written by Christopher Collier See HebWeb news item about the new book.

Wednesday 13 March 2024

Hebden Bridge Local History Society

The farm that moved: Hollin Hey in Cragg

Speaker: David Cant

At the end of the 19th century a farmstead was rebuilt a field's length downhill from the old site of Hollin Hey. The background of those involved and the survival of old plans and drawings present a vivid picture of changing farming life in the area.

David Cant needs little introduction as a speaker on landscape and vernacular buildings, having contributed many talks to Hebden Bridge and other local history societies. After more than 35 years living in the area, he is still fascinated by the landscape, buildings and history, and still sharing his enthusiasm and his knowledge.

Methodist Church, Market Street. Hebden Bridge. 7.30pm, free to members; £4 for visitors

15-17 March 2024

Film Festival 15-17 March Three Premieres, including World Premiere of The Appliance Of Science and showing the shorts competition line up in the Hebden Bridge Picture House for the first time. Read more about the Festival

Saturday 16 March 2024

Suzanne Owen: Is Druidry an Indigenous Religion?

16:00 – 18:00, The Folklore Centre, 65, Halifax Road, Todmorden,
£5 per ticket

Several contemporary Druid groups in Britain and Ireland claim that Druidry is a 'native spirituality' or that it is indigenous to these islands. While it would be difficult to argue that Druidry today has any continuity with ancient Druids, by employing a land-based definition rather than one based on ethnicity, Suzanne will discuss ways Druidry could be considered an indigenous religion as well as some counterarguments.

Although Druids do not claim to be indigenous people, can their emplacement activities – the way they relate to their environment and its past – provide a sense of belonging to the land found in indigenous cultures?

Sunday 17 March 2024

Foraging Experience

1pm-2pm
Location: Mytholmroyd

Join us for a Moonfull Foraging Experience, a unique and exciting hour-long walk where you can explore the wonders of nature with guidance and support.

We'll take you along well-maintained paths and easy terrain, therefore, children and dogs on leads are very welcome.

Tickets are available on a first-come basis from Eventbrite from 25/02/24. 

Free to attend, donations are also welcome. 

Book tickets

Sunday 10 March 2024

Ben Rushton and the Chartists: a walk and talk

A walk and talk from the Shepherd's Rest pub to Basin Stones. Sunday, March 10th at 11 am. Meet Shepherd's Rest car park.
Lumbutt's Road, Todmorden. £5  (children free)

This is a gentle ascent of roughly 30-40 mins. Sturdy footwear is advisable. Parking on the road, east side of the pub.

Ben Rushton was a handloom weaver who lived in Ovenden, Halifax. He became a leading figure in the chartist movement in the 19th century and was known across the West Riding for his inspiring oration. The Peoples' Charter supporters would often assemble at Basin Stones to hear him. It was here, in August 1842, that Rushton rallied forces during the general strike that engulfed the north. 

The Brutish Multitude Theatre Company presents Michael Crowley's play Warp and Weft, which dramatises the events of 1842,  showing at Halifax Playhouse from 21st to 23rd March. 

Join us at Basin Stones to hear the actor who plays Ben Rushton deliver a rousing monologue from the play. This will be followed by a selection of Chartist anthems sung by Jennifer Reid. Along the route, Michael will take us through a brief history of the chartist movement. 

Why not help us recreate this historical event by dressing for the occasion in 1840s attire (optional)?

Monday 11 March 2024

Stop Calderdale Wind Farm rally on Monday, 11 March, 2.30pm outside Halifax Town Hall. Campaigners will hand in a letter and lobby councillors at their meeting. See HebWeb news item

Friday 8 March 2024

Dark Matter Promotions presents…

Chemtrails and Gas Kunst

8pm, Golden Lion Todmorden, upstairs room

Showcasing two Manchester bands who are making waves on the music scene

Chemtrails - postgarage punk/ psychedelic power pop
Gas Kunst - Rock and/or Roll

£7 + bf via Skiddle / more on the door

Saturday 9 March 2024

Lit and Sci talk

Discovering the secret of sex - Professor of Zoology at Manchester University and a regular guest on Radio 4, Matthew Cobb will be addressing the Lit and Sci for their lecture on Sat 9 March at the Town Hall. See HebWeb news item 4 Feb

Saturday 9 March 2024

Organised by Halifax Friends of Palestine

Nabila Espanioly

Palestinian Israeli Guest Speaker from Nazareth

Founder of A/-Tufula, a women's centre that empowers Palestinian Israeli women in Israel using a feminist approach.

Nabila is a both a peace activist and a civil rights campaigner.
Named one of the 100 most inspiring women in 2011. Human Rights Award in 2022.

4.15pm for 4.30pm start
The Waterfront Hall, Town Hall, Hebden Bridge

Saturday 9 March 2024

Mayor's Charity Fundraiser - cancelled

We are sorry to announce that we have taken the hard decision to cancel the below event and apologise for any disappointment this may cause. This is due to low ticket sales, in addition to other events falling in the same week.

For more info, see this HebWeb news item

Saturday 9 March 2024

Demian Allan - The Magic of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn

16:00 – 18:00, The Folklore Centre, 65, Halifax Road, Todmorden,
£5 per ticket

Demian's fascination with The Golden Dawn ritual magic group was sparked by his study of the Tarot and his exploration of Celtic and Egyptian folklore, myths and legends.

In this fascinating talk Demian explores how this late nineteenth century group used a a mixture of Egyptian Magic, Christian Mysticism, The Kabbalah, Astrology and Tarot as tools to seek a balance in their spiritual development. He will also consider how their powerful influence has moulded contemporary new age thinking and will delve into the group's activities in Yorkshire.

Demian Allan is the resident Astrologer for 'Mind, Body, Spirit Magazine' and 'Kindred Spirit Magazine'.

Tuesday 5 March 2024

Poetry at The Dusty Miller

Readings by four wonderful poets

7.30 pm on Tuesday 5 March, in The Coiners' Room, Dusty Miller Inn
Burnley Road,  Mytholmroyd HX7 5LH

Ian Humphreys  - Tom Jenks - Saiqa Khushnood  -  Helen Tookey

Free. All Welcome

Hat passed round for poets - books to buy

Car Park at rear - bus stop outside - station 5 minutes away

Wednesday 6 March 2024

From Friends of High Hirst Woodmeadow

Want to get involved in a
local environmental project?

Friends of High Hirst Woodmeadow

Annual General Meeting

7-8pm, The Terrace Room
Hebden Bridge Town Hall
Hebden Bridge, HX7 7BY

Everyone welcome

Scything, Haymaking, Fungi talks, Coppicing, Learning, Grasslands, Fascines, Biodiversity, Ponds, Fungi surveys Wildflowers, Sheep Watch, Community, Moth surveys, Orchard Restoration, Ecologv

 

Email for more info

Thursday, 29 February 2024

Sermons in Wood and Stone: War Memorials and Their Purpose

Heptonstall Museum February 29 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

War memorials will always be subject to a variety of interpretations. Arguably it is hard to look back at the Great War – the trenches, mud, blood, poppies, and the memorials to a war to end all wars, without seeing it through the prism of 20th-century history: a Second World War, the ever-present threat of nuclear mass destruction etc, but memorials are always of their time. Mike's talk will be non-genealogical and has two main themes:

The Great War and its aftermath were catalysts for unprecedented social and political change as communities reflected on four years of death, suffering and grief. What had it all been for, what had it all meant? Questions are etched on the memorials that were erected to serve post-war communities. Mike will focus on specific memorials in the Upper Calder Valley. Secondly, the region's memorials, including figures of women, often depict a reaffirmation of pre-war gender roles. Still, noticeably, others acknowledge how the War had heralded a change in women's place in society.

Speaker Mike Edwards. Mike Edwards, a resident, was a volunteer for the War Grave Photographic Project for several years and a volunteer for the Imperial War Archive of War Memorials. He has recorded not just local war graves but family gravestones throughout the Upper Calder Valley, which record family members killed in war and buried elsewhere. Whilst many local chapels and churches have the names of those who fell in the Great War, Hebden Bridge's main war memorial does not. For the 1914 Centennial Mike researched over 400 names and created biopics of those from Hebden Bridge, Mytholmroyd, Erringden, Wadsworth, Heptonstall and Blackshaw Head who fell during the Great War. Funded by Hebden Royd Town Council they were compiled into a Civic Book of Remembrance now held in the Council Offices. He also compiled extracts for local churches, chapels, and schools for their books of remembrance.

Admission is free for Friends of Heptontall Museum
£5 Others

Saturday 2 March 2024

John Billingsley - Tales Along the Packhorse Way Part 2

16:00 – 18:00, The Folklore Centre, 65, Halifax Road, Todmorden,
£5 per ticket

Setting off from Heptonstall, we finish the journey from Burnley to Halifax that we began in January, with more stories and lore to share on the way...

Monday 26 February - Saturday 2 March

Hay Fever On Monday, 26 February Hebden Bridge Little Theatre starts its Centenary year with Noel Coward's Hay Fever – written 100 years ago in 1924! Directed by Hannah Stow and starring Judith Bliss.

Read HebWeb news item

Wednesday 28 February 2024

Hebden Bridge Local History Society

Jowett: the Yorkshire car

Speaker: Barbara Atack

Jowett cars were made in Bradford between 1910 and 1954 - the only Yorkshire car that was really successful. Benjamin and William Jowett formed the Jowett Motor Manufacturing Company in 1901 to undertake general engineering work and produced their first car by 1906. It was after WW2 that production flourished with over 40,000 Bradfords and 24,000 Javelins. Today many still survive and are lovingly looked after by their owners. The Jowett Car Club has just reached its centenary and is the World's oldest One Make Car Club.

Barbara Atack has long associations with HBLHS especially as its hard-working President. She is also the membership secretary of the Jowett Car Club. Barbara, together with her late husband, owned several Jowett cars over the years and travelled with them throughout the British Isles and as far afield as France and Spain.

Methodist Church, Market Street. Hebden Bridge. 7.30pm, free to members; £4 for visitors

Friday 23 February 2024

The Shaggy Dog Storytelling Club

Fable, fairy tale, folk tale, myth, legend, or just a good old yarn - whether you've got a story to tell, or just like to listen, join us in the upper room of the Stubbing Wharf Pub.

8pm start, free entry.

Friday 23 February 2024

Dark Matter Promotions presents

John J Presley Band

With special guest Fat Frances 

A fuzzy blues fest with a touch of woozy psych for good measure.

Golden Lion Todmorden (upstairs)

Doors 8pm

Tickets £10 adv Skiddle/ 12 on the door

Saturday 24 February 2024

Craft Fayre

11am - 5pm, Hebden Bridge Town Hall, Waterfront Hall

A celebration of craftsmanship, and artistry - our Craft Fayre promises a beautiful array of handmade treasures from talented local artisans and crafters.

20 stalls filled with a variety of creations.

Support local artists and discover talented people who create from the heart, ensuring that each purchase directly contributes to the growth of the artisan community.

Find one-of-a-kind, handmade treasures.

Enjoy an atmosphere where creativity flourishes, fostering connections and shared love for artisanal craftsmanship.

Please bring cash where possible. 

Saturday 24 February 2024

Mary Stark - Textiles and Magic

16:00 – 18:00, The Folklore Centre, 65, Halifax Road, Todmorden,
£5 per ticket

In the contemporary Western world, textiles are rarely linked to magic. But in ancient times, a key use of cloth was: "to invoke 'magic', to protect, to secure fertility and riches, to divine the future, perhaps even to curse…" (Wayland Barber, 1994).

Mary will talk about artefacts made from knitted yarn, ribbon, cord, rope and string at the Museum of Witchcraft and Magic in Boscastle.

She will examine their long association with women, voice, domesticity and craft, showing how textile practice has been, and continues to be, used in witchcraft and magic. She will highlight the idea that when we pick up thread or yarn with magical belief and intentions, powerful potential and ancient alchemy is in our hands.

There will be an opportunity to make a magical object with thread to close the session.

Sunday 18 February 2024

The Lost Chord Ensemble

7 pm, in the Little Theatre bar, Holme Street, Hebden Bridge HX7 8EE

The Lost Chord Ensemble is a small group of musicians who support the Little Theatre. They meet about once a month usually on a Sunday evening to play light music. Musicians (with their music stand) are invited to come and play.

If you are coming for the first time, please contact chris.browne@tiscali.co.uk with details of your instrument so that a pad of music can be made available.

Saturday 17 February 2024

Lit and Sci Talk

Artificial Intelligence "A Boffin's View" with Prof Lee McCluskey, a globally respected expert in AI. The aim of his talk to the Lit & Sci on 17 Feb is to give an insight into recent developments in AI, to help interpret news in a more balanced way. See HebWeb news item

Saturday 17 February 2024

Charlotte Coull - The Wandering Druid and his Time in India

16:00 – 18:00, The Folklore Centre, 65, Halifax Road, Todmorden,
£5 per ticket.

The Indian landscape is scattered with Megaliths of various designs. Some are associated with ancient human remains and some have been woven into local Indian folklore. But all of them were very confusing to the Victorian British archaeologists who rediscovered them and tried to explain them. So how did the druids fit into these explanations? How did this staple of British prehistory end up thousands of miles from home, building megaliths in the Indian sun?

Charlotte Coull is an independent scholar and public historian with a PhD from the University of Manchester. Her thesis examined the agency of stone in the development of British archaeological practice in India and Egypt and her research interests include materiality, environmental history, colonial knowledge creation and public engagement.

Wednesday 14 February 2024

Hebden Bridge Local History Society

Community led education in industrial West Yorkshire, 1820-1900

Speaker: Hebe Gilbert

Working-class adult learning was a significant feature of political agitation, industrial religion, and civic associations between 1820 and 1900. The importance of learning was such that all working-class political movements had stated educational aims, and most religious dominations used adult education to retain the loyalty of their congregations. The talk will explore the efforts of men and women in Huddersfield, Halifax, Leeds and the smaller towns and villages of the West Riding to educate themselves and attempt to explain the impact that this had on them and their communities.

Hebe Gilbert grew up in Birmingham before moving to Yorkshire to study history at Leeds University in 2011. She stayed in Leeds for her teacher training and continue to live and work here, currently as a history teacher at Roundhay School. The teaching of Malcolm Chase and Simon Green at the University of Leeds led her to fall in love with the history of industrial Yorkshire and in particular the story of working-class political and educational associations. Whilst working as a teacher, she studied for a research Masters in history, through the University of Leeds which she completed in 2019.

Methodist Church, Market Street. Hebden Bridge. 7.30pm, free to members; £4 for visitors

Thursday 15 February 2024

Does Colour Exist?

A Talk by Dr Stephen Westland

New venue: Todmorden Learning Centre and Community Hub – Tod College at 2pm.

This talk explores our modern understanding of colour and presents many visual examples, including those that are often referred to as illusions. Are we any closer to understanding the nature of colour and can we finally answer the question of whether colour exists?

The meeting is open to paid-up members of the Todmorden u3a, but if you would like to attend you can enquire by going to www.u3atod.org.uk or by contacting membership@u3atod.org.uk.

Saturday 10 February 2024

Jenny Sturgeon & Boo Hewerdene

"Outliers" Album Release Tour

Wadsworth Community Centre, Billy Lane, Old Town, Hebden Bridge, HX7 8RY.  BGR Events: 07841 842125.  Doors: 18:45.

Outliers is the new self-titled album from Jenny Sturgeon and Boo Hewerdine. Written between their homes in Glasgow and Shetland during 2020/21, Outliers came to signify a creative outlet which they would never have had the chance to explore otherwise.

Meeting up online for an hour or so every few weeks gave them an opportunity to write songs in a way they had never done before. Recording at home and pinging melodies, sounds, ideas to each other via email gave them the space and time to experiment without a usual studio setting. The evolution and method of creating this music led them to settle on the name Outliers. 

tuesday 6 february 2024

Poetry at The Dusty Miller

The first reading of 2024

Come along to hear four wonderful poets

Sarah Corbett  - Amanda Dalton - John Duffy  -  Jo Haslam

7.30 pm at the Dusty Miller Inn, Burnley Rd, Mytholmroyd HX7 5LH

Free, all welcome

Hat passed round for poets - books to buy
Car park at rear - bus stop outside 

Wednesday 7 February 2024

Lindy Hop with Calder Valley Swing

Whether visiting Hebden Bridge or you're a local resident, come to our weekly drop in Lindy Hop classes every Wednesday at The Town Hall, Hebden Bridge 8:15pm for beginners. 

You don't need a partner, just comfortable clothing, footwear and some enthusiasm. Suitable for complete beginners £6 per class
www.caldervalleyswing.co.uk

Friday 2 February 2024 - SOLD OUT

Cragg Vale Coiners - Wadsworth Community Centre, 2 Feb. an evening of words and music devoted to the Cragg Vale Coiners with author and descendent of Coiner 'King David' Hartley, Steve Hartley and Tom Kitching, musician, author, busker, and actor.

See HebWeb news item

Saturday 27 January 2023

Retrofit Workshop: Indoor Air Quality and Ventilation

If you care about the health of your home, this training is a must. You'll learn about ventilation, indoor air quality, retrofit basics, and receive practical tips to ensure that your project will be a success.

10am-12.30pm, Town Hall

Book your place by email or call 01422 842181

28 January 2024

Repair Cafe Mytholmroyd

Bring out your repairs!

Repair Cafe Mytholmroyd will be up and running on Sunday 28th Jan 2024 from 1pm to 4pm 

Mytholmroyd Community Centre,
Caldene Avenue, Mytholmroyd HX7 5AF

Hot drinks and refreshments. 

We can look to repair, clothes, bags, furniture, toys, bikes electrical appliances (not microwaves) knife/tool sharpening

Come and see what its all about.

Contact us:
Email: repairmytholm@gmail.com
Facebook: Repair Cafe Mytholmroyd
Instagram: Repair Cafe Mytholmroyd

Tuesday 23 January 2024

Hebden Bridge Children's Chess Club

A club for children who enjoy playing chess and would like to meet and play with local players in the cafe at Hebden Bridge Town Hall, every Tuesday at 4pm-5.30pm.

Free to attend with half time refreshments, please drop me a message if you would like to attend/ more info, call on 07710 533233.

Wednesday 24 January 2024

Calder Ward Forum

Dear residents and colleagues,

You are invited to participate in the Calder Ward Forum which will take place ONLINE over Microsoft Teams on Wednesday 24th January 2024 starting at 6:30pm.

This is to enable a representative from St. Ives Town Council to hopefully participate (awaiting confirmation that someone will be able to attend).

The meeting will include updates from the Police, on Culturedale and the Tourism Team re Rental Accommodation. Also under discussion will be the CMBC Budget, Ward Forum Grants and the Open Forum – where you can raise issues that matter to you.

If you have a question you would like to raise in the Open Forum section of the meeting please let us know by midday, Friday the 12th of January at the latest so we can try to have a response before the meeting if at all possible.

For login details contact jae.campbell@calderdale.gov.uk

Wednesday 24 January 2024

Calder Retrofit Support Group

You are invited to Calder Retrofit Support Group - All welcome

Come along and join us if you're wondering where to start or are
already on your journey to Retrofit / fully insulating your home. If you've got questions about insulation, ventilation or clean heating we'll do our best to help

Wednesday 24th January, 7pm, The White Lion, Hebden Bridge.

We are an informal group of local householders who come
together to share stories of the pitfalls and successes we've learnt on our retrofit journeys so far.

If you want support, some useful information or just to bend an ear for an hour or so we look forward to seeing you.

See you there!

Wednesday 24 January 2024 - postponed

Hebden Bridge Local History Society

Jowett: the Yorkshire car - postponed till 24 April

Speaker: Barbara Atack

Jowett cars were made in Bradford between 1910 and 1954 - the only Yorkshire car that was really successful. Benjamin and William Jowett formed the Jowett Motor Manufacturing Company in 1901 to undertake general engineering work and produced their first car by 1906. It was after WW2 that production flourished with over 40,000 Bradfords and 24,000 Javelins. Today many still survive and are lovingly looked after by their owners. The Jowett Car Club has just reached its centenary and is the World's oldest One Make Car Club.

Barbara Atack has long associations with HBLHS especially as its hard-working President. She is also the membership secretary of the Jowett Car Club. Barbara, together with her late husband, owned several Jowett cars over the years and travelled with them throughout the British Isles and as far afield as France and Spain.

Methodist Church, Market Street. Hebden Bridge. 7.30pm, free to members; £4 for visitors

Thursday 25 Janaury 2024

To Make Life More Joyous:

How Hebden Bridge & Heptonstall contributed to the early co-operative housing movement.

Heptonstall Museum, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm. 

The years before the First World War saw the development of a widespread housing movement in Britain, which developed working-class homes at affordable rents through co-operative endeavours. The upper Calder Valley, one of the heartlands of the co-operative movement, contributed to the growth of this movement, not least through the contribution of Heptonstall-born architect George Sutcliffe. 

Speaker Andrew Bibby. Andrew is a writer and journalist who has lived locally for over thirty years.  His latest book, These Houses Are Ours'(Gritstone Publishing 2023) explores the history of housing and complements his earlier book, All Our Own Work, on the Nutclough co-operative mill in Hebden Bridge. 

Read more about Andrew   on his website

Price is £5 for Non-Members and free for Friends of Heptonstall Museum

Friday 26 January 2024

The Shaggy Dog Storytelling Club

Fable, fairy tale, folk tale, myth, legend, or just a good old yarn - whether you've got a story to tell, or just like to listen, join us in the upper room of the Stubbing Wharf Pub.

8pm start, free entry.

Sunday 21 January 2024

This workshop will help you look back on the year just gone, reflect on your priorities and create a clear vision and purpose for the year ahead. Venue: Wadsworth Community Centre. Times: 10:15 - 5:15. Cost: £30 (concessions available). Contact: Pam Barmby or Christine Brown. 07977 462769 or click here to register.

Sunday 14 January 2024

The Lost Chord Ensemble

7 pm, in the Little Theatre bar, Holme Street, Hebden Bridge HX7 8EE

The Lost Chord Ensemble is a small group of musicians who support the Little Theatre. They meet about once a month usually on a Sunday evening to play light music. Musicians (with their music stand) are invited to come and play.

If you are coming for the first time, please contact chris.browne@tiscali.co.uk with details of your instrument so that a pad of music can be made available.

Wednesday 10 January 2024 - postponed

Talk Postponed - more details soon

Hebden Bridge Local History Society

Hebden Bridge Little Theatre: an illustrated history 1924 – 2024

Speaker: Vaughan Leslie

The story of Hebden Bridge Little Theatre, from its origins in the Literary and Scientific Society, in 1924, to the present day. During its hundred years the theatre has performed plays almost without interruption – a total of nearly 400 full-length plays, to over half a million people. The talk will highlight the people and events that have helped to make the theatre an enduring and endearing feature of Hebden Bridge life.

Vaughan Leslie has been a member of the Little Theatre since 1987 as a frequent actor, director, and in numerous other capacities. Over the last seven years he has put together a comprehensive digital archive on the website, which includes a timeline of all full-length productions during the last century, with links to images for all but four of them.

Methodist Church, Market Street. Hebden Bridge. 7.30pm, free to members; £4 for visitors

29-31 December 2024

Story Magic Theatre presents

Dick Whittington!

Little Theatre

Shows at 11am and 3pm on all dates

Tickets £8 children and £10 adults.  Book tickets here

Christmas Eve 2023

Christmas Eve Tractor Run

This year the Christmas Eve Tractor Run will be supporting The Candlelighters Trust charity, who support children with cancer. We will be lighting up our tractors with sparkly Christmas lights and parading up and down the valley.

Route: 4pm Bridgeroyd Yard, Eastwood > 4:15pm Todmorden turning circle > through 4:45pm Hebden Bridge and 5pm Mytholmroyd > 5:15pm turning around at Moderna, Mytholmroyd > Mytholm turning circle > 5:45pm Heptonstall > 6pm Colden > the tractors will then disperse via Blackshaw Head

Christmas Eve 2023

Carols in the Square

6.30pm

Carols in the Square 2022

24-25 December

Let's Celebrate Christmas Together

Sunday 24th December
9:15am Holy Communion at St. James, Mytholm
10:45am Family nativity service at St. Thomas, Heptonstall - come dressed up as any nativity character or animal and we will tell the story together.
6:00pm Christmas Eve carols at St Thomas, Heptonstall
6:30pm Carols in St George's Square, Hebden Bridge
11:30pm Midnight Mass at St. Thomas, Heptonstall

Christmas Day 
9:30am Service at Heptonstall Methodists
10:00 am Holy Communion at St. James
For more information contact:
ruthi.gibbons@leeds.anglican.org
07539128791

Christmas Day

You are invited to the

Calder Festive Grub Hub

Hope Baptist Church Hebden Bridge

Arrival 12.30 Lunch 1.00pm

Please arrive at 12.30 and lunch will be served in one sitting at 1.00pm so everyone can eat together.

RSVP to caldergrubhub@gmail.com

Let us know Your contact details and any dietary requirements c.g. gluten free and other requirements e.g. transport.

Sunday 17 December 2023

Community Carol Service

4:30pm Community Carol service at St. Thomas Church, Heptonstall

Wednesday, 20 December 2023

Carol singing at Hebden Bridge Station 2023

4-6pm

The Friends of Hebden Bridge Station invite you to come and sing, play or collect for the charity, or just listen or make a donation

14-16 December 2023

Out in the Valley presents:

No Sign of Dick

Little Theatre

Pantomime for anyone 14 years and up!

Tickets: £6/£10

Buy tickets here!!

Saturday 16 December 2023

Music At Walshaw Christmas 2023

2-5pm. Tickets are £38 each and include a full buffet meal with wine. Telephone: 01422 842275 or buy online here (no booking fee). Walshaw Lodge, Hardcastle Crags, HX7 7AX.

Friday 15 December 2023

Open Mic

White Lion pub, Heptonstall

The return of … The Open Mic

From 8.30pm.

Any performer guaranteed a slot! 

Friendly soundman (Mark) on hand to help you set up and sort out the twiddly bits on PA system.

Come on down and have a go, or just show up and drink in the atmos. And drink beer.

Thursday 14 December 2023

The Story of Tin Pan Alley With Christmas Feel

Todmorden U3A Event – 14th December Roger Browne and the Story of Tin Pan Alley With Christmas Feel.

Actor, singer, speaker, and musician Roger Browne will be informing and entertaining the Todmorden U3A at their Christmas meeting on the 14th of December about the Story of Tin Pan Alley with a Christmas Feel. He will look at the influence of jazz, blues, opera, and musical theatre through the two world wars and the golden age of radio on the great composers of the early 20th century.

In this talk, Roger traces the history and music of this genre, and, as with all his talks, he illustrates it with live examples on the piano, and the hilarious stories about the people, places, and events that fuelled the development of this unique milestone in Western popular music.

The meeting starts at 14.00 and is open to paid-up members of the Todmorden u3a, but if you would like to attend you can enquire by going to www.u3atod.org.uk or by contacting membership@u3atod.org.uk.

Thursday 14 December 2023

Singing in George Square

At 7:45 pm on Thursday 14th of December, Calder Valley Voices community choir will be singing a mix of songs in the square, some seasonal and some not!

We love singing to an audience so please do come and join us and sing along if you'd like to.

Wednesday 13 December 2023

Hebden Bridge Local History Society

A history of Town Twinning in Hebden Royd

Speaker: Jane Jackson

In the aftermath of the 2nd World War a powerful impulse in France and Germany that never again would they go to war initiated the twinning process between individual towns and cities in the two countries. This impulse was also felt in the UK. In 1965 St Pol-sur-Ternoise and Warstein became twins, and this was followed by the twinning of Hebden Royd with St Pol in 1979, and with Warstein in 1995. The basis of the twinning process is that families and individuals in one town host visitors from their twin in their homes. This can be a challenge, but also leads to long-term friendships.

Jane Jackson's first degree was a BA in History from Leeds University awarded in 1968. Although she subsequently worked for more than 45 years in management in the manufacturing industry, she has always retained her interest in history. She moved to Hebden Bridge in 2009 and joined both the HBLHS and the Hebden Bridge Twinning Society, of which she us now Secretary/ Communications Manager.

Methodist Church, Market Street. Hebden Bridge. 7.30pm, free to members; £4 for visitors

Tuesday 12 December 2023

CultureDale Networking event

Calling local creatives and community groups! Sign up to one of our CultureDale activation events to find out how you can get involved in Calderdale's year of culture 2024

What to expect:

  1. Meet the CultureDale Year of Culture team
  2. Networking and time to discuss your ideas
  3. A preview of the Year of Culture Programme
  4. Information about funding, eligibility criteria and how to apply

Hebden Bridge Town Hall

10 am – 12

Please visit our website to book: Culturedale

Friday 8 December 2023

I Feel Like a Bombed Cathedral plus Lines of Silence

The Trades Club, Friday 8 December.

£10 members / £11 non-members.

Amaury Cambuzat - guitarist in Krautrock legends Faust and post-rockers Ulan Bator - brings his immersive and moving solo project IFLABC to the Trades. Support from local experimental krautrockers Lines of Silence.

More info

Friday 8 December 2023

Dark Matter Promotions presents....

Duke Garwood and his band
on the Rogues Gospel tour

With Ellis Best (the Hazy Janes)

Golden Lion, Todmorden
Tickets £12 via Skiddle/ on the door
8pm

Saturday 9 December 2023

844s Band, beer and dancing! And food!

Local rhythm and blues band, playing at Wadsworth Community Centre (Old Town).

Saturday 9th December. 7.30pm.

£5 on the door.

Food and cask ales available.

Sunday 10 December 2023

Gaza Benefit At the Trades

From 3pm onwards

3.50pm - Screening of The Tower - A young girl living in a Palestinian refugee camp learns about her family's history through stories told by three previous generations of refugees.

5:45 – 6:45 pm – Q&A on the Palestinian Struggle with Dina Matar (Professor of Political  Communication and Arab Media at the Centre for Global Media and Communication at SOAS  (School of Oriental and African Studies)

Plus exhibitions

See this Trades Club page for programme of events

Wednesday 6 December 2023

Stop Calderdale Wind Farm

Public Meeting at Wadsworth Community Centre on Wednesday 6 December 2023 at 7.30pm Wadsworth Community Centre, Billy Lane, Old Town HX7 8RY

Come along and learn more about the environmental and ecological issues raised by the proposed Calderdale Wind Farm, a commercial scheme to build the largest on-shore wind farm in England on the Walshaw Moor Estate directly above Hardcastle Crags, Crimsworth Dean and Widdop Reservoir. This massive industrial development would consist of 65 huge 200 metre turbines - twice the height of York Minster and taller than the Blackpool Tower - dotted across Walshaw Dean, Widdop Moor and Wadsworth Moor.

The development will damage the blanket peat bogs on this sensitive moorland which act as a vital 'carbon sink' on a par with tropical rainforest. It will seriously affect wildlife on this Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and wipe out the moorland habitats of curlews, lapwings and other ground-nesting birds. As well as spoiling the beautiful countryside of the Upper Calder Valley, this enormous wind farm will dominate the landscape far and wide throughout Calderdale, Bronte Country and beyond.

The event will consist of a series of presentations on various aspects of the development, followed by the chance to air your views. All welcome but numbers limited to 150.

Organised by Stop Calderdale Wind Farm - An alliance of individuals and organisations opposed to the proposed Wind Farm on Walshaw Moor.

Tuesday 5 December 2023

Poetry at the Dusty Miller

A new series of poetry readings in the Calder Valley launches with readings by four outstanding poets: Steve Ely, Gaia Holmes, Andrew McMillan and Charlotte Wetton. 

7.30pm, Tuesday 5 December
The Coiners Room at the Dusty Miller, Burnley Rd, Mytholmroyd.

Free. All welcome. Hat passed round for poets

Books to buy

Car park at rear - Bus stop outside. Station 5 minutes walk

Join us for an evening of poetry and convivial company.

2-3 December 2023

Hebden Makes Christmas 2-3 December over 100 local artists will stage "Hebden Makes Christmas" - an art, craft and open-art-studios spectacle and festive gift shopping experience.

Read more in this HebWeb News item

Saturday 2 December 2023

Blackshawhead Village Christmas Fayre

The Blackshawhead Village Christmas Fayre, Blackshawhead Chapel, begins at 1pm on Saturday 2nd December.

With craft stalls, home produce, a tombola, bric-a-brac, pre-loved toys and books, games, prizes and a raffle, there are many things to do. Pat's Pantry is serving drinks, sandwiches and lovely homemade cakes while Santa's Glittering Grotto opens at 1-30pm.

Everyone is welcome at this friendly and accessible venue. Money raised from this event will support the Chapel Building Fund. 

Saturday 2 December 2023

Retrofit Workshop: Airtightness and DIY Measures

Identify and tackle draughts, explore DIY materials and techniques. Learn how to strike the right balance between ventilation and airtightness to improve energy efficiency.

10am-12.30pm, Town Hall

Book your place by email or call 01422 842181

Saturday 2 December 2023

The Iron People Family Creativity Days

The Old Post Office, Todmorden (OL14 7AA)

  • 10.30am - 11am The Iron Man Storytelling Session
  • 11am - 1.30pm Art Workshop
  • 1.30pm - 3pm Performance Workshop - bring the Iron stories to life All day Drop-in craft activities
  • Ends at 3.30pm
  • Embrace the magic of Ted Hughes' literary worlds as Halifax's Northern Broadsides Theatre Company invites families in Calderdale to participate in creativity days across the valley.

    The Iron People Family Creativity Days promise to ignite the imaginations of youngsters across Calderdale, bringing to life the enchanting tales of The Iron Man and The Iron Woman in unique and engaging ways, including storytelling sessions, performance workshops, drop-in craft activities and art workshops with The Iron Man illustrator, Chris Mould.*

    The days will also allow young people to explore the environmental themes in the books and create their own stories about the natural world.

    Each creativity day will run from 10am to 3:30pm. There is no need to book, and families can drop in and out of activities throughout the day. The event is aimed at ages 3 – 11 and their families.

    Find out more here

    Weekend 2-3 December 2023

    Nanholme Mill's Christmas Weekend

    Welcome to Nanholme Mill's Christmas Weekend on Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd of December. Open from 10 am until 5pm each day, this event combines art, Christmas and cake. Please visit us to meet artists and businesses, buy antiques and curiosities and have a relaxing break in our Christmas-ready cafe-shop.

    This friendly complex hosts a wide variety of local businesses, artists, skills and services. You can view and purchase sculpted stone artwork, crystal jewellery, ceramics, books and photography. Whilst here it is possible to visit the gym, book your pet into the dog grooming parlour or buy high-quality crafted items such as designer lamps and lino prints.

    Opportunities to purchase Christmas decorations, cards, craft items and supplies, as well as antiques and vintage curiosities, exist. Call in to the dog-friendly cafe, interesting Stuff, for lunch, coffee, cake and icecream. Here, three local artists - Linda Thomas, Janet Gledhill and Sue Cordingley - will be present to display and discuss their work.

    Whether searching for antique furniture, a gift for someone special or jam, there is something for you. All are welcome at this fully accessible, friendly venue.

    Nanholme Mill, Shawwood Road, Todmorden, OL14 6DA.

    Monday 27 November 2023

    Stained Glass Restoration: Meet the Artist

    The Birchcliffe Centre's largest and most intricate stained glass window has recently been restored by talented local artist Karl Percival. Be among the first to see the stunning restored window, and hear from Karl about the stained glass restoration process.

    Ever wondered how the complex images in stained glass are created? Or how they maintain their vibrant colours and detail through the centuries? Now is your chance to find out!

    When: 2pm, Monday 27th November (doors open 1:30)

    Where: The Birchcliffe Centre, Birchcliffe Road, Hebden Bridge, HX7 8DG

    Tickets: £3.50, available on the door or on Eventbrite

    Sunday 26 November 2023

    What can our local authority do on climate change?

    2pm at the Orange Box in Halifax.

    Don von Rohland from Climate Emergency UK is travelling from Glasgow to tell us about their Scorecard of local authorities action on climate change, which will be published in October. How will Calderdale be on these Scorecards?

    Louise Marix Evans has written reports for the Climate Change Commission and has just written one for UK100.

    Councillor Scott Patient is a cabinet member at Calderdale Council responsible for climate change, active travel and housing.

    There will be time for you to ask questions and make comments. There will also be stalls there.

    Sunday 26 November 2023

    Repair Cafe Mytholmroyd

    Bring out your repairs!

    Repair Cafe Mytholmroyd will be up and running on Sunday 26 Nov from 1pm to 4pm 

    Mytholmroyd Community Centre,
    Caldene Avenue, Mytholmroyd HX7 5AF

    Hot drinks and refreshments. 

    We can look to repair, clothes, bags, furniture, toys, bikes electrical appliances (not microwaves) knife/tool sharpening

    Come and see what its all about.

    Cost: A voluntary donation

    Contact us:
    Email: repairmytholm@gmail.com
    Facebook: Repair Cafe Mytholmroyd
    Instagram: Repair Cafe Mytholmroyd

    Sunday 26 November 2023

    Aerial Atlas of Ancient Britain

    Join us in Hebden Bridge Town Hall on Sunday Nov 26th for an evening of inspirational images from author and photographer, David R Abram.

    David has spent the past five years capturing views of Britain's most spectacular prehistoric sites from above in rare, sunrise light using drones and telescopic poles. Whether Neolithic tombs in Orkney, Bronze Age ceremonial sites in Snowdonia or the enigmatic earthworks carved by our ancestors over the Yorkshire Wolds, his images reveal astonishing forms invisible at ground level, and intriguing connections between the monuments and their varied landscapes.

    Lively and rich with archaeological insight, David's illustrated talk will cherry pick highlights from his book, the 'Aerial Atlas of Ancient Britain' (published by Thames & Hudson with a foreward by Professor Alice Roberts), which charts in 227 beautiful photos the arc of British prehistory from the end of the Ice Age to the arrival of the Romans.

    This is a rare opportunity to see his most acclaimed work projected at scale in the North of England – an experience that is sure to inspire visits to prehistoric sites you already know, and many you don't!

    Signed, embossed copies of the Aerial Atlas will be on sale after the talk, along with 2024 calendar and greetings cards..

    7.30pm (doors open at 7pm)

    Tickets £10

    17 - 25 November 2023

    Todmorden Book Festival

    Todmorden Book Festival, which runs over nine days each year, was established in 2018 by a group of volunteers and celebrates the written word, with events that inspire and challenge audiences.

    The programme focuses on the work of new and established writers from across the region and the UK, as well as the work of international authors, with fiction, non-fiction and poetry events for adults and children, reflecting the rich industrial and cultural heritage of the region and exploring individual and collective stories.

    See website

    Saturday 25 November 2023

    The Iron People Family Creativity Days

    Mytholmroyd Community Centre

  • 10.30am - 11am The Iron Man Storytelling Session
  • 11am - 1.30pm Art Workshop with The Iron Man illustrator Chris Mould
  • 1.30pm - 3pm Performance Workshop - bring the Iron stories to life All day Drop-in craft activities
  • Ends at 3.30pm
  • Embrace the magic of Ted Hughes' literary worlds as Halifax's Northern Broadsides Theatre Company invites families in Calderdale to participate in creativity days across the valley.

    The Iron People Family Creativity Days promise to ignite the imaginations of youngsters across Calderdale, bringing to life the enchanting tales of The Iron Man and The Iron Woman in unique and engaging ways, including storytelling sessions, performance workshops, drop-in craft activities and art workshops with The Iron Man illustrator, Chris Mould.*

    The days will also allow young people to explore the environmental themes in the books and create their own stories about the natural world.

    Each creativity day will run from 10am to 3:30pm. There is no need to book, and families can drop in and out of activities throughout the day. The event is aimed at ages 3 – 11 and their families.

    Find out more here

    Saturday 25 November 2023

    Harmonies of the Heart

    A one day singing workshop with Helen Yeomans

    10:00am

    The Birchcliffe Centre

    £28 full price and limited concessions at £21

    More information and bookings 

    Helen Yeomans is the founder leader of The Glorious Chorus. She writes and songs and leads workshops around the UK and abroad teaching her award-winning compositions. What sets Helen apart is being able to bring out the best in all singers - from the professional to the absolute beginner. Her ability to infuse groups with her passion and humour is a joy. Don't miss this rare opportunity to sing with Helen in Hebden Bridge in a workshop hosted by Calder Valley Women Singers.

    Friday 24 November 2023

    The Shaggy Dog Storytelling Club

    It's nearly that time again! Fable, fairy tale, folk tale, myth, legend, or just a good old yarn - whether you've got a story to tell, or just like to listen, join us in the upper room of the Stubbing Wharf Pub.

    8pm start, free entry.

    Thursday 23 November 2023

    Light up the Valley: Hebden Bridge

    • Town Centre including George's Square & Town Hall 3pm - 8pm
    • Festive Market
    • Santa's Grotto in the Town Hall Courtyard with suprises from Santa's helpers
    • Live entertainment with Blast Furnace, Halo Glow Show, Hebden Bridge Junior Band. Story Magic Theatre, School Choirs, the Battle of the Elves and much more, including the Christmas Tree Stilt Fairies and a special Frozen sing-a-long
    • Christmas Tree Lights switch on
    • Food & Drink
    • Competitions

    More info

    Tuesday 21 November 2023

    Hebden Bridge Group Practice Patient Participation Group

    Annual General Meeting 

    The Patient Participation Group  (PPG) at Hebden Bridge Group Practice will be holding its Annual General Meeting on Tuesday 21 November at 7.30pm in The Space, Hebden Bridge Town Hall.  

    There will be an update on developments at the Practice, and Dr Nigel Taylor will be giving a short talk, followed by a question and answer session. 

    Members of the public are welcome to attend: if you wish to do so please email ppg.hbgp@gmail.com to register your interest.

    All patients at the Practice are eligible to join the PPG - if you're interested, please email us at the above address.

    Wednesday 22 November 2023

    Hebden Bridge Local History Society

    Tenters in the landscape: a remarkable history

    Speaker: Dr. Graham Cooper

    The use of an outdoor frame with hooks to stretch and dry woollen cloth as part of the finishing process, would appear to be straightforward. Far from it! Complications included the weather, cloth theft, and the scourge of deliberate overstretching which brought parts of the industry into disrepute. In his well-illustrated talk, Graham will discuss the use, abuse, and control of tenters over the centuries. His survey of field tenters on 19th century maps suggests their prevalence in the West Riding and east Lancashire landscape. But a nationwide search for tenter remains revealed a very disappointing survival rate, with only one remarkable and largely complete set still standing (just!).

    Graham Cooper was a medical research scientist for forty years but upon retirement focused his research efforts on many aspects of landscape history such as early deer parks. He lives in the Forest of Bowland.

    Methodist Church, Market Street. Hebden Bridge. 7.30pm, free to members; £4 for visitors

    Wednesday 22 November 2023

    Charity Quiz Night

    £10 - includes food (+10% booking fee – also going to the charity)
    Doors open 8pm

    Gather your friends, family and co-workers for a delightful evening of brainteasers and delicious food! Our quiz isn't just about showcasing your intellectual prowess; it's about coming together to support a meaningful cause. All proceeds from this event will directly benefit a great local charity.

    STAF (Survivors of Torture Activity Fund) is a small charity that funds the well-being of survivors living in the North West. Our funds enable survivors to engage in activities that help their physical, mental and emotional recovery, such as gym membership, swimming, equipment for studies and hobbies. We also help to improve the quality of their daily lives, through the provision of winter clothes, daily living items, and toys for their children.

    Please book tickets through The Trades Club, Hebden Bridge

    Saturday 18 November 2023

    Light up the Valley: Mytholmroyd

    Mytholmroyd Community Centre Car Park, 12 Noon - 7pm

    • Festive Market
    • Santa's Grotto in the Community Centre + Christmas crafts with Santa's helpers
    • Live entertainment with Flame Oz, Hebden Bridge Brass Band, St Michael's Amateurs, School & Ukrainian Choirs, Children's Rides* (*fees payable) and much more, including the Christmas Tree Stilt Fairies and a special Frozen sing-a-long
    • Christmas Tree Lights switch on • Food & Drink
    • Competitions

    More info

    Saturday 18 November 2023

    Singing up a Storm

    ... songs of work, spirit and the sea!

    Todmorden Unitarian Church
    Doors 5pm, concert 5.30pm – 10pm

    Todmorden Folk Festival have enlisted the help of hauntingly brilliant Gallows Pole singer Jennifer Reid for a mini-festival in a day at the atmospheric Todmorden Unitarian Church on Saturday 18th November to sing away those winter blues with a celebration of songs of work, spirit and the sea. 

    Reid, who played Barb in the hit BBC series set in Cragg Vale and filmed largely in Heptonstall, will lead the audience through a cornucopia of work songs, mill songs, sea shanties and songs of spirit and determination. 

    She will be joined at the Singing up a Storm festival by The Ragged Trousers, Three Valleys Gospel Choir, She Shanties and local shanty legends Kimbers Men.

    There will be a bar serving local Eagles Crag beer, plus hot and cold food available throughout the gig so guests are invited to come hungry and wrap up warm as the Unitarian can be as cold as the sea!

    Tickets are available from Eventbrite, Todmorden Tourist Information Centre or on the door.

    Thursday 16 November 2023

    'Numbers'

    A Talk by Dave Calverley entitled 'Numbers' to the Todmorden u3a Meeting at the Central Methodist Hall at 1400 on the 16th November

    Event Details: Dave's talk asks the question what's the connection between Fibonacci Numbers and sunflowers? Just how did the Egyptians build their pyramids with exactly 90-degree corners? Why is 1+1 = 10? What is the sum of one each of the Roman numerals? When is a billion, not a billion?

    The meeting starts at 14.00 and is open to paid-up members of the Todmorden u3a, but if you would like to attend you can enquire by going to www.u3atod.org.uk or by contacting membership@u3atod.org.uk.

    Sunday 12 November 2023

    Remembrance Sunday

    An opportunity to remember the service and sacrifice of all those that have defended our freedoms. Organised by Hebden Royd Town Council.

    Hebden Bridge: Service of Remembrance at St. James' Church, Mytholm - 9:30am

    Act of Remembrance at Memorial Gardens -10:30am

    Mytholmroyd: Gather at Mytholmroyd Community Centre 1:45pm Remembrance Parade to Memorial Gardens -2:00pm
    Act of Remembrance at Memorial Gardens - 2:15pm
    Service & refreshments at St Michael's Church -2:45pm

    Sunday 12 November 2023

    Wadsworth Walking Market

    11-4pm

    £1 wrist band gives entry to all four venues

    Monday 13 November 2023

    Calder Retrofit Support Group 

    We're excited to launch our first ever Calder Retrofit Support Group meeting and you're warmly invited!

    Come along if you're wondering where to start or are already on your journey to Retrofit or fully insulate your home whilst also reducing carbon emissions.

    Monday 13th November, 7pm.
    The White Lion, Hebden Bridge.
    (small table at back, ask friendly bar staff for Meg)

    We are a small group of local householders, not experts, coming together in an informal space where we can all share information on the pitfalls and successes we've learnt on our retrofit journeys so far.

    If you want support, some useful information or just to bend an ear for an hour or so we look forward to seeing you.

    See you there!

    Friday 10 November 2023

    Dark Matter Promotions presents

    Déjà Vega

    Déjà Vega - psych alchemy at its most raw and powerful
    With 2 local bands in support: FADS (indie-rock that will get you dancing)

    FAKE (young punk rockers)

    Golden Lion Todmorden, upstairs live room

    Tickets £8 + bf via Skiddle or some on the door

    Doors 8pm

    Saturday 11 November 2023

    SOLD OUT!!!

    Folk gig: Steve Tilston and Hugh Bradley with support from Pete Dilley

    Wadsworth Community Centre, Old Town.

    Organised by BGR events.

    Buy tickets online from the "We got tickets" website. 

    (with Steve) "The more you listen the more there is to discover." Bob Harris 

    "Quite simply Peter Dilley is one of the very best players - songwriters from this new generation" Steve Tilston

    £13/ £6.50 (Under 18/student)

    Pie and peas available.

    See HebWeb news article for more info.

    Saturday 4 November 2023

    Ceasefire now

    4.30-5.30pm. Silent vigil in the Square, calling for a ceasefire now.

    Called by the Halifax Friends of Palestine

    Wednesday 8 November 2023

    Hebden Bridge Local History Society

    The Manchester Ship Canal: from quays to pier

    Speaker: Anne Kirker

    The Manchester Ship Canal celebrates its 130th anniversary in November 2023. This talk is a visual travelogue celebrating the story of the 'Big Ditch', one of the most important civil engineering projects of the late Victorian period, and the largest river navigation canal in the world when it opened to traffic in January 1894.

    Anne Kirker is a local historian and member of HBLHS. She also is an enthusiastic guide with Calderdale Heritage Walks, exploring the history of Calderdale preserved in the landscape, as well as being a volunteer at Calderdale Industrial Museum.

    Methodist Church, Market Street. Hebden Bridge. 7.30pm, free to members; £4 for visitors

    Saturday 4 November 2023

    High Hirst Woodmeadow Fungi Survey!

    Nature enthusiast or mushroom lover? Join the Town Council and National Trust mycologist and ecologist Steve Hindle for the annual fungi survey on Sat 4 November.

    More information here

    Sunday 5 November 2023

    Arvon Live Poetry Writing Day

    Join award winning poets Caroline Bird and Malika Booker for the next Arvon Live Writing Day at Hebden Bridge Town Hall on Sunday 5th November. 

    In a supportive and inspiring environment, you will explore the elements that create startling and luminous poems, including form, imagery and metaphor.

    This Writing Day will be fully catered, including tea and coffee throughout the day, and a sandwich lunch.

    More info and booking

    Sunday 5 November 2023

    Free Foraging Experiences

    A Moonfull foraging experience is an introductory session where you can learn about edible plants, fruits, mushrooms, and other wild foods from nature. You can also learn how to prepare and cook them and discover their nutritional and medicinal benefits.

    We've created a judgement-free and supportive experience for beginners and experts alike. 

    Our walks attract fun, curious, like-minded people, their children and their furry friends. Therefore, no prior knowledge is needed to join in, it's a wonderful opportunity to network, share and learn.

    The aim is to respect, explore and enjoy the biodiversity on our doorsteps whilst identifying what's in season and in abundance.

    We strongly discourage any harvesting during our walks and no eating is allowed. For identification purposes, we share a sample among the group and use plant debris where possible, as specially designed flash-cards. You'll also receive a foraging guide and pen to sketch and make notes in.

    Our priority is embracing the natural world, leaving no trace behind. 

    Tickets are free - first come, first served basis. 

    Tickets available here

    3 November 2023

    Dark Matter Promotions presents

    FLEX & Roller Boot Dogs & Geraldine Snell

    Flex - a collab between members of Fingathing - The Whip (techno/house and live drums)

    And local artists opening the show:
    Roller Boot Dogs - magical electro/acoustic loops and beats 
    Geraldine Snell - melodic marvelousness

    Golden Lion Todmorden, upstairs live room

    Tickets £8 + bf via Skiddle or on the door

    Doors 8pm

    3 November 2023

    Cantorelli

    Friday 3rd November 7.30pm

    St James the Great, Parish Church, Hebden Bridge

    Cantorelli performs

    Masses and Madrigals from the Renaissance

    Free admission - donations in aid of Calder Community Kindness

    Details: www.cantorelli.co.uk

    Wednesday 25 October 2023

    Hebden Bridge Local History Society

    The treasures of Hebden Bridge Local History Society Archive

    Speaker: Anne Mealia

    From archaeological investigations to Yorkshire dialect the HBLHS archive has a wealth of material relating to properties, people and activities in the Upper Calder Valley. We have deeds, diaries, maps and much more. There are even some artifacts such as fabric books and agricultural tools. Our oldest record, a deed, dates from the 16th century and we collect material up to the present day. Come and find out more about what we have and how to access our unique collections.

    Anne Mealia is a professional genealogist and historical researcher and runs her own research business, Evergreen Ancestry, carrying out research for individuals, academics and TV companies. She leads historical walks round Todmorden and the surrounding area and is a trustee of Hebden Bridge Local History Society and helps catalogue the society's collections. Her own research interests include the Fieldens and the Dobroyd area of Todmorden.

    Methodist Church, Market Street. Hebden Bridge. 7.30pm, free to members; £4 for visitors

    Thursday 26 October 2023

    Support is Everything

    Calder Community Kindness shop and Winnie Dot lingerie in Hebden Bridge have joined forces to launch 'Supporting the Women of Calderdale' at The Kindness Shop, Hebden Bridge marina on Thurs 26 October between 7-9pm.

    See this HebWeb news item for more info

    Friday 27 October 2023

    Saturday, 28 October 2023

    Authentic Mexican Street Food Pop-Up

    Terra Tacos is a new pop up Mexican food concept launching at the Fox & Goose on Saturday 28th October (follow socials for future events)... We'll be slinging the heat 4pm-sell out. Vegan, veggie and meat menu items - this is tasty, authentic Mexican food on handmade, freshly pressed corn tortillas!

    Saturday, 28 October 2023

    Moonfull Woodland Masquerade - Halloween Party

    Woodland Masquerade at The Trades Club, Hebden Bridge

    What's included?

    • Entertainment and live music
    • Raffle with prizes donated by local businesses
    • Fully stocked bar
    • Best dressed competition for adults
    • Best dressed competition for children

    Tickets
    Under 11s Free
    £12 Early Bird
    £15 Standard

    Due to the venue change under 18s are welcome until 8.30pm!

    Book tickets Heptonstall Museum

    Saturday 28 October 2023

    Saturday 28 October 2023

    The House That Ethel Built

    Heptonstall Museum

    Rehearsed reading of a one-act play exploring the life of poet, journalist, children's writer and author Ethel Carnie Holdsworth.

    Performance plus Q&A with cast & writer
    7pm The Old School Room
    Tickets: £6/£3 FOHM Members

    Saturday, 28 October 2023

    Julie Hesmondhalgh The next Lit & Sci talk will be on Sat 28 Oct: An Evening with Julie Hesmondhalgh, interviewed by Amanda Dalton.

    Read more on this HebWeb new page

    Sunday 22 October 2023

    Midgley Autumn Market

    10am-3pm

    Makers stalls and a walking market with food and drinks along Towngate in Midgley

    Sunday 22 October 2023

    Three Valleys Gospel Choir anniversary concert

    Three Valleys Gospel Choir are celebrating 15 years at the Unitarian Church in Todmorden at 2.30 on October 22.

    They will be joined by four other local choirs including Calder Valley Voices.

    All profits will go to the Todmorden Food Drop In.

    Sunday 22 October 2023

    The Lost Chord Ensemble

    7 pm, in the Little Theatre bar, Holme Street, Hebden Bridge.

    The Lost Chord Ensemble is a small group of people who support the Little Theatre. They meet about once a month usually on a Sunday evening to play light music. Musicians (with their music stand) are invited to come and play.

    If you are coming for the first time, please contact chris.browne@tiscali.co.uk with details of your instrument so that a pad of music can be made available.

    Thursday 19 October 2023

    A Solo Walk Across Africa

    After the Todmorden u3a AGM there will be a talk by Fran Sandham entitled A Solo Walk Across Africa at the Todmorden Learning Centre and Community Hub (Tod College) at 2 pm on the 19th October.

    Lecturer and author Fran Sandham will give an illustrated talk about his walk across Africa solo from coast to coast, from Namibia's Atlantic Coast to the Indian Ocean near Zanzibar. This three-thousand-mile journey was the first time on record anyone has crossed Africa solo entirely on foot by this route.

    The meeting starts at 14.00 and is open to paid-up members of the Todmorden u3a, but if you would like to attend you can enquire by going to www.u3atod.org.uk or by contacting membership@u3atod.org.uk.

    Saturday 21 October 2023

    Hebden Bridge WI Awesome Autumn Rag Market

    Hebden Bridge Town Hall
    The Making Mill, Valley Road
    Northlight Studios,
    Hangingroyd Lane
    10:30am - 4:00pm

    WI Autumn Rag Market A twice yearly Market event for crafters, run by the Hebden Bridge branch of the WI the Rag Market is the perfect place to pick up a bargain for the crafter, sewist, knitter and vintage lover.

    See this HebWeb news item for a map and more info.

    Saturday 21 October 2023

    QI Gong Practice Day for Well Being

    10am - 3pm at The Terrace Room Hebden Bridge Town Hall Community building St. Georges St., second gloor (lift)

    An ancient beautiful meditation movement practice meaning to cultivate your life force. Suitable for everyone. Gentle movements with Kath Reade. Please book your place on kath.reade@outlook.com

    Saturday 21 October 2023

    Folk gig: Jack Rutter and special guest, Chris Brain

    Wadsworth Community Centre, Old Town.

    Organised by BGR events.

    Buy tickets from "We got tickets" website. 

    (Jack is) "among Britain's finest traditional singers" Folk Radio UK

    Chris Brain "An acoustic gem" Tom Robinson, BBC Radio 6

    £14/ 7 (Under 18/ Student)

    Pie and peas available. 

    More info on this HebWeb News page

    Saturday 21 October 2023

    A Just Transition that protects both humans and the Environment

    1:30pm at Myholmroyd Community Centre, Caldene Ave,

    Free coffee, tea and cakes.

    Speakers:

    Samina Arshad, a leading member of the Pakistani community in Halifax, will speak about the environment.

    Dan Whittal, chair of Calderdale TUC and president of NEU, will speak of a just transition for workers to a economy.

    Finn Jensen, on what you can do it your local community to deal with climate change and biodiversity loss.

    Ayesha from Africa will be speaking on FGM.

    The meeting is organised by BEAT with the support of various environmental organisations and Calderdale TUC

    14-15 October 2023

    Eco-Fair at the Town Hall

    Eco-Fair at the Town Hall organised by the Town Council, will run together with the Pumpkin Trail Festival over the weekend of 14-15 October. See this HebWeb news item for more info

    Sunday 15 October 2023

    Dark Matter Promotions presents

    Hebble

    Traditional music, with bodhran, cello, and bouzouki, with three-part harmonies

    Benny Jones (freak folk)

    Joan the Wad (intricate alt-pop)

    Golden Lion Todmorden, upstairs live room

    Tickets £7 + bf via Skiddle or on the door

    Doors 7.30pm

    Wednesday 18 October 2023

    Calder Ward Forum

    Starts at 6.30pm 

    The Terrace Room,  1st Floor, Hebden Bridge Town Hall, St Georges' Street, (use the Hangingroyd Lane Entrance).

    Ward Forums are an opportunity for YOU to get involved in what happens in your local area and discuss what is important to you. By working together we can talk about local issues and plan for the future.  

    All welcome.

    Sunday 8 October 2023

    190th Anniversary of the Parish Church of Hebden Bridge, St James the Greater 1833-2023

    An invitation to our 190th anniversary at St James',  Church Lane, Mytholm HX7 6DS on 8th October. 

    The history of the church and the school will be on display during October so do call in on another day if you are not able to join us on 8th when there will be a service at 10.30am followed at about 11.30 am by refreshments and an opportunity to look at the story of the church and its school.  Wearing clothing redolent of 1833 is optional but encouraged. RSVP to event@machpelah.uk

    The Bishop of Huddersfield, Bishop Smitha, the Deputy Lieutenant of West Yorkshire, the Mayor and Mayoress of Calderdale and Mayor and Mayoress of Hebden Royd Town Council and a number of past vicars (going back as far as 1984) are coming to help us celebrate. 

    Sunday 8 October 2023

    Dark Matter Promotions presents....

    Tuppenny Bunters

    Garage, Psych, Baroque-Pop. Dirty Fender Rhodes with wild garage drumming. 

    Golden Lion, Todmorden
    Free
    5pm

    Details updated

    Wednesday 11 October 2023

    Hebden Bridge Local History Society

    A melting season: inside the mind of Oliver Heywood

    Speaker: Sheila Graham

    The Reverend Oliver Heywood, a prominent 17th century dissenter, was a prolific commentator on events and people in Halifax. Not one to be bound by the convention of speaking no ill of the dead, he was incisive and opinionated, with a marked preference for scurrilous gossip. But a study of his collected notebooks and diaries permits an insight into the mind of the man and his view of the world.

    Sheila Graham is a retired English teacher, member of HBLHS committee and transcription addict. A decade of transcribing 17th century probate documents from the parish of Halifax often involved checking the Heywood diaries to see if there was a mention of one of the testators. The suspended time of lock-down offered the chance to explore his diaries more systematically to discover what made him tick. Northowram History Society has published her booklet on the subject.

    Methodist Church, Market Street. Hebden Bridge. 7.30pm, free to members; £4 for visitors

    Thursday 12 October 2023

    Dark Matter Promotions presents....

    Throw Down Bones (Milan-London, IT-Fuzz Club)

    Callis (Todmorden)
    Holy Popes (Bristol)

    Golden Lion, Todmorden
    Tickets £10 via Skiddle
    7.30pm

    Friday 13 October 2023

    Do You Remember The First Time?

    Fundraiser for Tod Food Bank

    90s indie and alternative disco 
    DJ Gigantic Dan (Leeds Cockpit, Town & Country Club) 



    Doors open 9pm

    The Trades Club

    Tickets £5 + booking fee 

    Saturday 14 October 2023

    An Organ Revival

    At 2pm on 14th October 2023 the event is being held in the beautiful and historic Octagonal Chapel on Northgate in Heptonstall.  We are celebrating the revival of the organ with a very mixed programme of music designed to put the organ through its paces and performed by two expert organists, Professor David Baker and Mr Chris O'Gorman.

    Rarely will this instrument have been played like this so it will going to be a real experience.  Hits to hymns, Wesley to Williams.  

    Please email jean.crowther02@gmail.com or call 07947 612560 if you would like to secure advance tickets and join us for a real treat.  
    Homemade cake and tea will also be available. It is going to be good!

    Saturday 14 October 2023

    Red Hippo and Tongue & Groove are the next to perform in the Wainsgate Concert series, on Sat 14 October. Between them they play a notable array of instrumentsand combine Jazz, Folk and World music to create compositions which are accessible yet challenging.

    More info here

    2-7 October 2023

    The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams, is being performed at Hebden Bridge Little Theatre from 2-7 October. The director uses physical theatre in the style of Frantic Assembly, involving a lot of dance-like movement.  

     

    See this HebWeb news item for more info

    Thursday 5 October 2023

    Calderdale Food Gathering at Halifax Borough Market on Thursday 5 October, with Hebden Bridge groups including Pennine Cropshare and Grow and Graze taking part. See HebWeb news item for more info

    Saturday 30 September 2023

    Autumn Ceilidh

    St Thomas' Church in Heptonstall

    Event cancelled

    Saturday 30 September 2023

    Folk gig: Sam Kelly and Jamie Francis

    Wadsworth community centre, Old Town. Organised by BGR events. Buy tickets from the "We got tickets" website.

    "Sam has such a beautiful voice and sings with so much soul" Cara Dillon

    £14/7 (under 18/Student) 

    Pie and peas available.

    More info on this HebWeb news item

    Sat 30 Sept & Sun 1 Oct 2023

    Exhibition of Paintings by Jane Walker

    'Death of a Patriarch' - Age and regret up close

    Northlight Artspace, Hangingroyd Lane, HX7 7BZ

    11am to 5pm

    Opening night Fri 29th Sept, 7 to 9pm All welcome and Free

    These recent paintings began in response to a noticable societal resistance to women speaking out more about their experiences of misogyny and sexism.

    "I created a character who represented patriarchy and portrayed him through a period of his life to death. One aspect that emerged during the painting process was how ageing may or may not evoke regrets and self reflection, and it is these parts I particularly homed in on."

    Saturday 30 September 2023

    One Night With Elvis

    Mytholmroyd Community Centre.

    Doors Open From 7pm.

    Calder Valley Radio presents: Colin Paul

    Tickets available directly from Mytholmroyd Community Centre at £10 each. This includes pie & peas (please state if vegetarian). Also a disco with music of the era and a raffle. Bar open until late.

    Saturday 30 September 2023

    Born in Bradford

    On Saturday 30th September at 7.30pm, in the Town Hall, the Lit & Sci are presenting Professor John Wright, chief investigator in the long-term study of Born in Bradford, which asks the question – Can a research study change a city?

    See HebWeb news item for more info

    Saturday 30 September 2023

    Hebden Bridge Clothes Swap

    Buy less, swap more!

    Swap in your unwanted clothes, shoes and accessories for new (to you) items at Hebden Bridge Town Hall from 11am - 4pm.

    See this HebWeb news item for more info

    Friday 29 September 2023

    The Shaggy Dog Storytelling Club

    Fable, fairy tale, folk tale, myth, legend, or just a good old yarn - whether you've got a story to tell, or just like to listen, join us in the upper room of the Stubbing Wharf Pub. 8pm start, free entry.

    Friday 29 September 2023

    Anti-Fast Fashion Show

    Tickets are now on sale for The Anti Fast-Fashion Show at Hebden Bridge Town Hall on September 29.

    Buy your tickets now at www.antifastfashion.uk, and check out the website for more information.

    The Anti Fast-Fashion Show is being organised by a group of young volunteers at Oxfam Hebden Bridge to promote sustainable fashion while raising money for the charity.

    The fundraiser will showcase donated, upcycled and remade products at Hebden Bridge Town Hall on Friday, September 29.

    It's part of Oxfam's Second Hand September, an annual campaign to encourage all of us to shop second hand and donate, reuse, rewear and restyle during September – and beyond!

    The Anti Fast-Fashion Show will be on from 7pm-7.45pm and tickets cost £5 for adults and £2.50 for under-16s (plus fees).

    There will be the opportunity to buy the clothes that are showcased on the catwalk.

    The fashion show is being supported by HebTroCo.

    Wednesday 27 September 2023

    Hebden Bridge Local History Society

    The early co-operative housing movement: and how Hebden Bridge played a part in it

    Speaker: Andrew Bibby

    The years before the First World War saw a widespread co-operative and community-led housing movement across Britain at a time of great working-class housing need. Andrew Bibby describes the small but significant role Hebden Bridge played in how the movement developed.

    Andrew Bibby is a writer and journalist who has a particular interest in the history of the co-operative movement in Britain. A long-standing member of HBLHS, he has given talks to the society previously on Hebden Bridge's celebrated Nutclough fustian co-operative and on the 1916 garment workers' strike in the town. He has recently published These Houses are Ours - a history of the co-operative housing movement.

    Methodist Church, Market Street. Hebden Bridge. 7.30pm, free to members; £4 for visitors

    Sunday 24 September 2023

    Sunday 24 September 2023

    Poetry Workshop: Mike Crowley – Creating Dramatic Voices for Poetry

    Event cancelled

    Sunday 24 September 2023

    An Evening of Popular Light Music

    The Chris Irvin Concert Orchestra presents an evening of popular light music at The Good Shepherd Church, Mytholmroyd on Sunday 24 September @ 7.30pm.

    Admission on the door: Adults £10.00/ Children free

    Saturday 23 September 2023

    Smeekin Hill War Memorial 100 Year Commemoration Service

    Pecket Pike Memorial: Wadsworth Parish Council is inviting local residents to the 100 year commemoration of Smeekin Hill War Memorial above Pecket Well, at 2 pm on Saturday 23 September 2023. More info on this HebWeb news item.

    Saturday & Sunday 23-24 September 2023

    Pottery Pop-up Weekend

    We would like to invite you to our Pottery Pop-up Weekend at Feline Woodcraft and Cafe at Nanholme Mill, Shaw Wood Road, Eastwood, OL14 6DA.

    On Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th September, from 10 am 5.30pm, local potters, painters and ceramic artists are exhibiting their work. All items are available for sale.

    The cafe and shop are also open, with the latter launching a new range of gift items. Do come for coffee, tea, cake and ice-cream or try our excellent baked potatoes.

    Accessible toilet facilities are provided. Both the cafe and shop are dog-friendly venues.

    Thursday 21 September 2023

    Insectageddon or Where have all the insects gone?

    A Talk by Dr Christopher Hassall to the Todmorden u3a Meeting at the Central Methodist Hall at 1400 on 21st September.

    Dr Christopher Hassall has a strong interest in the biological impacts of climate change and urbanisation on insects and he looks at the capacity of different species to respond to the environmental change.

    This talk looks at the ability of insects to adapt to these environmental changes and examines why they are not as prolific as in the past. The talk will look at the importance of insects to humans and what will happen to us if they are no longer active in our environment.

    The meeting starts at 14.00 at the Central Methodist Hall in Todmorden and is open to paid-up members of the Todmorden u3a, but if you would like to attend you can enquire by going to www.u3atod.org.uk or by contacting membership@u3atod.org.uk.

    Friday 22 September 2023

    Poetry @ The Museum:
    Mike Crowley & Chris Preddle

    7pm. Continuing our series of Poetry @ The Museum, we are delighted to welcome back Michael Crowley who will be reading from his collection First Fleet.  Joining Mike, is Chris Preddle, another local and established poet who recently published his third collection The May Figures came from Eyewear in 2022; his second was Cattle Console Him (2010).  His translations Sappho: Songs and Poems also came out in 2022.

    Between 1787 and 1850 over 160,000 convicts were sent from Britain to penal colonies in Australia. First Fleet tells the story of the first eleven ships that sailed from Portsmouth on a 15,000 mile voyage to establish the first penal settlement at Sydney Cove. Drawing on surviving journals the poems inhabit the imaginary voices of convicts, crew, marines, and Aboriginal people to give voice to the poverty left behind and the 'starvation years' they faced when they reached Australia.

    'Crowley's uncompromising, spirited and highly original collection addresses issues of exile, identity, class and rebellion, incorporating meditative lyrics on personal and political themes and visionary re-imaginings of the convict colonisation of Australia, triumphantly fulfilling his "impossible ambition" of entering history to give voice to the silenced and the dead.'   – Steve Ely

    Tickets available here

    Michael will also be holding a workshop on Sunday 24 September.

    Sunday 17 September 2023

    Unfolding History at Wainsgate Chapel's Heritage Open Day

    Discover the secrets of Wainsgate Chapel at its Heritage Open Day on 17th September, from 2 to 6 pm. This Grade II* listed building and former Baptist chapel, nestled on a hillside above Hebden Bridge, is set to host an immersive experience of its rich history. 

    Read more on this HebWeb News item

    Sunday 17 September 2023

    Repair Cafe Mytholmroyd

    Bring out your repairs!

    Repair Cafe Mytholmroyd will be up and running on Sunday 23rd July from 1pm to 4pm 

    Mytholmroyd Community Centre,
    Caldene Avenue, Mytholmroyd HX7 5AF

    Hot drinks and refreshments. 

    We can look to repair, clothes, bikes, furniture, electrical and mechanical items (not microwaves) and knife sharpening

    Come and see what its all about.

    Contact us:
    Email: repairmytholm@gmail.com
    Facebook: Repair Cafe Mytholmroyd
    Instagram: Repair Cafe Mytholmroyd

    Friday 15 September 2023

    CND Benefit Night

    7 pm

    Come enjoy a night of great music for a good cause! This will also be a great opportunity to learn more about the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, and find out how to get engaged locally with the peace movement in Calderdale.

    Tickets: £10 / £8 for members of The Trades Club

    Who's our headliner?

    Dilettante is the brain-child of longtime BC Camplight member Francesca Pidgeon. Live shows are a genre-phobic loop-fest, featuring everything from fuzzy guitar licks to 5-part saxophone harmonies.

    Recently Dilettante have sold out headline shows in Manchester, Leeds, Halifax, London, Hull and Liverpool. They have supported the likes of Self Esteem, Caribou, Graham Coxon (Blur) and Philip Selway (Radiohead) plus festival appearances at Kendal Calling, Live at Leeds, Manchester Jazz Festival, Focus Wales and The Great Escape. Their debut album 'Tantrum' was released in October 2022.

    Support acts:Skydaddy, Beb and local singer-songwriter, Sweet Goose.

    Saturday 16 September 2023

    Heptonstall Museum and Calder Civic Trust

    A Celebration for Ethel Carnie Holdsworth

    Starting 1pm at The Undercroft, finishing at Slack Top at 3pm for a blue plaque at her former home.

    Saturday 16 September 2023

    Town Council to host Retrofit Workshop

    The workshop introducing Retrofit on Sat, 16 September at the Town Hall will provide in-depth info on how to reduce energy bills and make homes more energy efficient.

    See HebWeb News item for more info

    Thursday 14 September 2023

    The Offcumdens

    Light verse for dark nights.
    (Turn left at the graveyard).

    Doors 7:10, Seated: 7:25, Poets: 7:30, Finish: 9.30ish

    Heptonstall Museum


    Those familiar with Shaggy Dog Storytellers, the Trades Club, literary and folk festivals along the valley will  recognise these performers, who've come together as 'The Offcumdens' for a very special performance.  We welcome you to join us for a great evening, bringing their tales and talent to the Museum.

    The line up: one time, almost Scouser, George Murphy is the author of Hippy Valley & Murphy's Lore and a trader of new Folklore for old.

    From the deepest south, H (aka Heather Wilson) is a shopkeeper, hat maker, illustrator as well as hilarious versifier.

    From Manchester via Oxbridge, Theresa Sowerby, award winning poet, now residing in darkest Todmorden.

    Welcome drink and entry: £8/£5 Members

    Booking via Eventbrite 

    Tuesday, 12 September 2023

    Solidarity with Shu'fat Refugee Camp

    Hebden Town Hall, 7.00 pm

    Unite, the union, is bringing five activists from Shu'fat to the TUC conference and Halifax Friends of Palestine will host a meeting with them.

    Sat 9 September - or Sun 10 September

    Two Collage Workshops

    Sat 9 September or Sunday 9 September.

    Make a collage for a frame - frame supplied

    Make a set of coasters - bases supplied.

    Also - Tea, coffee and cake. Lunch - Vegetable Soup and local bread

    £38

    Lead by Alison and Biggle in Hebden Bridge.

    More info and booking - 07927 919996

    Don't think about making art - just do it

    Saturday 9 September 2023

    Picture-house

    Heritage Open Day at Hebden Bridge Picture House

    Hebden Bridge Picture House will open its doors for Heritage Open Day on Saturday, September 9th, 10.30am to 1pm.

    Visitors will be able to enjoy the screening of gala films, talks about the heritage projector, find out about the Friends of the Picture House and forthcoming films and learn about the history of the town's much-loved cinema.

    All welcome, no need to book, free event.

    Refreshments will be available.

    26 August to 2 september 2023

    Camera Club Annual Exhibition 2023

    Eaves

    The exhibition is a showcase for the work of club members and will open 10am-4pm from 26 August to 2 September at the Town Hall. Above: last year's winner, 'Eaves Wood' by Chris Scarborough. See HebWeb news item for more info and photos.

    Saturday 2 September 2023

    Laser-Cutting Introduction

    10am - 4:30pm
    At Bridge Rectifier, 2-4 Stubbing Holme Road, 
    Hebden Bridge, HX7 6EA (opposite scrapyard entrance)

    Laser cutting

    • Fancy learning a new skill? Want access to a high quality laser-cutter? No previous experience needed.
    • Come along to a free workshop at Bridge Rectifier to learn basic computer-aided design & laser-cutting.
    • Laser-cutting can be used for: artwork, attractive cases, mechanical components, special mountings,  lampshades, intricate paper cuts/ invitation cards, sliced 3D forms.
    • Materials include: acrylic sheet, wood, cardboard, paper, glass engraving, . . . .
    • Produce your own piece to take away, free of charge.
    • Once trained, you can continue your own projects for a very low charge, with a group of enthusiasts working on diverse projects.
    • Waiting list for later dates

    Bridge Rectifier is a not-for-profit community hackerspace/ makerspace.

    Open Evenings run 7 to 9 pm every Wednesday & Open Day first Saturday of each month.

    Book via website link

    Saturday 2 September 2023

    Blackshaw Head Fete

    The annual Blackshaw Head Fete, held in Blackshaw Head, a village just above Hebden Bridge.

    See Facebook page for more info

    25-27 August 2023

    Tech Festival returns to Hebden Bridge for the first time since 2019. Ten years of Wuthering Bytes! 25-27 August 2023. Talks, workshops and live demonstrations designed to feed the curiosity in technology. 

    Read HebWeb news item for more info

    Bank Holiday Monday 28 August 2023

    Heptonstall Jumble Trail

    Jumble Trail in Heptonstall on Bank Holiday Monday 28th August, 10 am till 2 pm.  Unwanted items for sale on stalls all around the village.  £5 to have a stall, £1 for a trail map with proceeds going to HeLP (Heptonstall Lights and Planting group).  Refreshments will be available in the church.  For more information, contact Chris Scarborough on 07787 523617 or email: cscarborough@btinternet.com

    Monday 21 August  2023

    Hebden Bridge Disability Access Forum

    Hebden Bridge Disability Access Forum meets on Monday 21st August in the Terrace Room, Hebden Bridge Town Hall at 2.30 to 4.30pm.

    You can also join the same meeting by zoom video link - a hybrid meeting.

    Contact sechbdisabilityaccess@gmail.com or 01422 844914 for details and the zoom link.

    Hebden Bridge Disability Access Forum welcomes all Deaf, disabled and/or neurodivergent people, and those with long-term health conditions. We also welcome non-disabled associates.

    Friday 25 August 2023

    The Shaggy Dog Storytelling Club

    Fable, fairy tale, folk tale, myth, legend, or just a good old yarn - whether you've got a story to tell, or just like to listen, join us in the upper room of the Stubbing Wharf Pub. 8pm start, free entry.

    Friday 25 August 2023

    Dark Matter Promotions presents...

    Music at Eagles Crag Brewery

    Eagles Crag Brewery, Todmorden

    Tap room opens at 5pm

    Free gig/ donations appreciated

    Chris Manley/ 3 decades of guitar work come alive through wild instrumentals, ambient loop experiments and songs of life. Featuring Tim Burwell on percussion. 

    Roller Boot Dogs/ acoustics and electronics travel together through dub-downbeat-4 on the floor and breakbeat.

    Thursday 17 August 2023

    The Sun and the Northern Lights

    A Talk by Martin Lunn

    - 'The Sun and the Northern Lights' to the Todmorden U3A Meeting at the Central Methodist Hall at 2pm on 17 August.

    Our local star, the Sun, dominates everything in the solar system. Worshipped as a god from the earliest of times, at one stage astronomers believed that people lived inside the Sun! 

    Today, our knowledge of the Sun has dramatically increased. The Northern Lights, or Aurora Borealis, are caused by flares coming from the Sun and striking the Earth. However, there is a potential danger because if these flares are powerful enough, they can overload the very sensitive electronic equipment we rely on today. It has happened in the past and will probably happen again in the future.

    The meeting starts at 2pm and is open to paid-up members of the Todmorden u3a, but if you would like to attend you can enquire by going to www.u3atod.org.uk or by contacting membership@u3atod.org.uk.

    Saturday 5 August 2023

    Picture-house

    Animal Magic!

    Hebden Bridge Picture House, 11:30am-12:20pm

    Music and film fun for children aged 5 and upwards, and their grown-ups!

    Dogs and cats, penguins and seals, bear cubs and more - experience the wonderful world of animals in silent film, brought to life with live music and sound.

    Animal Magic! is a relaxed, participatory live-music film show for children aged 5-12 and their adults - but all ages are welcome, including babes-in-arms. The audience is invited to join in with making sound effects and music to bring these wonderful animals to life!

    More info

    Saturday 5 August - Sunday 6 August 2023

    Vintage Car Weekend

    Classic and vintage cars, live entertainment, stalls of every description, a children's play area, food court and much more

    See Vintage Car Weekend website

    Organised by the Hebden Bridge Rotary Club

    Sunday, 6 August 2023

    Sammy Weaver, Poetry Workshop, Muses Within Museums II

    Buy tickets here

    Following the success of her last workshop, Sammy Weaver has kindly offered to return to Heptonstall Museum with a second poetry workshop on the theme of 'Muses Within Museums'.

    How can museums and their exhibits be starting points for new poems? How might song be found in the muted silences of museums? How can the poetic imagination help us envisage different stories, memories and futures for our museums?

    In an inspiring and supportive space, we will throw open the possibilities of how we see and write about museums. You will discover how different writers have approached this theme - its politics, curiosities and wonders. You will learn how to read a range of poems as a writer, discovering new tools and techniques as you go. Through generative writing exercises, you will come away with new writing and new ideas for discovering your own muses within both real and imagined museums.

    This workshop is open to both newcomers and people who attended the first 'Muses within Museums' workshop ~ it is not a repeat of that first workshop, but a deepening exploration into the themes with new prompts and poems to inspire you.

    Note: Workshops require a minimum of 8 for us to run. We will confirm to all participants as early as possible once confirmed numbers are reached.

    24-30 July 2023

    Happy Valley Pride Festival 2023

    Pride returns this year to celebrate the LGBTQIA+ community in Hebden Bridge, Mytholmroyd, Todmorden and throughout the happy valley and tickets have just gone one sale!

    This week is an opportunity to celebrate all that can be accomplished through uplifting and supporting one another. Pride will be celebrating some of the UK's leading, alternative, drag kings and queens – Drag Race UK stars Ginny Lemon and Sister Sister will headline the free, Big Day Out in the park and performance legend David Hoyle takes the stage at The Trades Club along with future star Ginger Johnson.

    See website

    29-30 July 2023

    Mill Town Arts Summer Arts Fair

    Featuring 20 great artists work, ranging from Fine Arts, Illustration, Photography, Jewellery, Textiles, Metal work, Craft and Ceramics, all displaying high quality artwork, and all under one roof.

    Featuring artists from the Calder Valley and beyond and showcasing a live 'Street Art' demonstration by Steve McCracken, one of the leading street artists. FREE to enter and a great free Art prizes draw!!! You just need to get your hands on a flier to enter!

    Mill Town Arts are a diverse group of creatives working in and out of the Valley. Mill Town Arts is a not for profit organisation.
    Keep an eye on social media for this and all up coming Mill Town Arts events:

    Instagram: @milltown_arts / Facebook: Mill Town Arts HX7, Mill Town Arts Summer Arts Fair is sponsored by the Print Bureau.

    Sunday 30 July 2023

    Hope Baptist Church - service and handover

    Hope Baptist Church in Hebden Bridge is inviting the local community to join members in a service on the 30th July, a date that marks the handover of its activities to a new team. This transition is the start in a new chapter in the life of a church that was founded in the town in 1777.

    Read this HebWeb news item for more info

    Thursday 27 July 2023

    Dark Matter Promotions presents....

    Helicon (Fuzz Club Records)

    Cinematic psychedelic rock group touring their third album.

    Sister Wives - bilingual dreamweavers 

    Golden Lion, Todmorden
    Tickets £10 via Skiddle/ on the door
    Doors 7.30 pm

    Friday 28 July 2023

    The Shaggy Dog Storytelling Club

    Fable, fairy tale, folk tale, myth, legend, or just a good old yarn - whether you've got a story to tell, or just like to listen, join us in the upper room of the Stubbing Wharf Pub. 8pm start, free entry.

    Friday 28 July 2023

    Three women, three cities, three voices

    Halifax Friends of Palestine, in association with the Camden-Abu Dis Friendship Association, invite you to come and hear three ordinary Palestinian women from different backgrounds speak about their lives.

    Everyone who believes in equality and human rights is welcome.

    3 - 5pm in the Terrace Room, Hebden Bridge Town Hall

    Saturday 29 July 2023

    The Cotton Factory Times and the cartoons of Sam Fitton

    with Alan Fowler

    Tickets £3 on entry/Free for FOHM members. 6pm

    We welcome Alan Fowler, a social and economic expert on the history of the cotton mills for a fascinating insight into the highly successful 'The Cotton Factory Times' and celebrating the centenary of its' famous cartoonist Sam Fitton.

    Alan will talk about the success of the newspaper between 1885 and 1914 and how, in 1907, Sam Fitton, a former cotton operative became the newspaper's first cartoonist.

    Sam Fitton drew 400 cartoons for the Cotton Factory Times, and the talk will examine his cartoons in the key year 1914. Fitton was an unusual cartoonist in that he was a working man and the subject of his cartoons was the cotton industry and the lives of the operatives who worked in the industry. The newspaper he drew his cartoons for was a paper that served the workers who worked in the industry and who supported the associated trade unions.

    The cartoons were also unusual in that each one also contained a dialect poem. This year, 2023, is the centenary of Sam Fitton's death and his life was celebrated by a recent exhibition at Gallery Oldham.

    Alan Fowler taught economic and social history at the Manchester Polytechnic and Manchester Metropolitan University for 40 years and has written about the history of cotton operatives. He recently wrote with Terry Wyke an essay that was published as a pamphlet, about Sam Fitton for the exhibition at Gallery Oldham described above.

    Sunday 23 July 2023

    Repair Cafe Mytholmroyd

    Bring out your repairs!

    Repair Cafe Mytholmroyd will be up and running on Sunday 23rd July from 12pm to 3pm 

    Mytholmroyd Community Centre,
    Caldene Avenue, Mytholmroyd HX7 5AF

    Hot drinks, delicious cakes and savouries, too. 

    We can look to repair, clothes, bikes, furniture, electrical and mechanical items (not microwaves) and knife sharpening

    Come and see what its all about.

    Contact us:
    Email: repairmytholm@gmail.com
    Facebook: Repair Cafe Mytholmroyd
    Instagram: Repair Cafe Mytholmroyd

    Saturday 22 July 2023

    The Tempest at the Town Hall

    Update: Indoors in main hall, due to weather

    The King's Troupe invite you to their performance of Shakespeare's 'The Tempest' adapted by Mary Coaten. Saturday 22nd July 2.30pm in the Courtyard at the Town Hall. Duration 1 hr 15mins.

    Thanks to Hebden Rotary Club for funding us and the Royal Shakespeare Company for inviting us to perform on their outdoor Dell stage earlier this month.

    WEDNESDAY 19 JULY 2023

    Book launch and double exhibition

    American Tony Wright – presents - his book launch of 'Reflections On Creation' - Images and Words on Fatherhood.

    The Fox and Goose Pub - Meet the Artist 7 to 9 pm.

    Including Painting and Print Exhibition.

    With food and live jazz folk music by 'Greenwood' – Rosemary Howes-Ben Crosland - Chris Brown

    Also: Art Exhibition at 11 Oxford Street HX7 6LL - JULY – Sat. & Sun. 15 & 16th - 10am to 5pm as part of Open Space 70.

    Thursday 20 July 2023

    A Talk by Colin Alderson

    'Chef to the Royal Household'

    University of Third Age Meeting at the Central Methodist Hall, Todmorden at 2pm.

    Hear about the preparation it takes to get ready for a State Banquet, making 2,000 canapés and 4,000 lobster tartlets, and many more intriguing stories of life in the palace kitchens. As well as an insight into the meals and the manners of the Royal family. 

    The meeting starts at 14.00 and is open to paid-up members of the Todmorden u3a, but if you would like to attend you can enquire by going to www.u3atod.org.uk or by contacting membership@u3atod.org.uk.

    Thursday 20 July 2023

    Calder Valley Voices

    Thursday 13 July - Sunday 16 July 2023

    Open Space 70 festival by Hebden Bridge Arts

    A weekend of 70 exhibitions, events, happenings, performances, workshops, and walks.

    More info on this web page

    Saturday 15 - Sunday 16 July 2023

    Open Space 70

    Weekend Arts Trail 

    10am – 5pm
    Various venues in and around Hebden Bridge 

    Hebden Bridge Arts' Open Space 70 environmental arts festival features a weekend arts trail for you to explore. Taking you to a variety of borrowed spaces in and around Hebden Bridge you'll experience creative work made locally on the themes of climate emergency, our environment, local nature and creative responses to the challenges the earth faces. 

    Work in the Arts Trail has been created by local people, whether at one of our workshops or courses; independently; as part of our Allotment Art groups; by local school children; or made by our members of our nine Engaging Neighbourhoods community groups working with local artists and environmental experts. 

    An open exhibition of work at Northlight Art Studios, selection of short film screenings, outdoor musical performances and an installation at the Hebden Bridge Bowling Club Pavilion are just some of the things you can look forward to as you choose which places on the Arts Trail map to visit over the weekend. 

    Register for a weekend Open Space 70 pass which admits you to all of the arts trail venues, which will be both listed with full details on our website and summarised on a map leaflet to be published in early July.  With most venues open from 10am to 5pm on both Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th July you'll be able to explore many spaces and creative responses at your own pace. 

    Arts Trail passes are free for under 18s and on a pay what you can basis for those aged 18 and over. Tickets for Open Space 70 workshops, courses, walks, talks and performances are sold separately.  

    Book your pass here

    Sunday 16 July 2023

    Percussion workshops: Bodies of Water

    A performance protest piece devised and led by Delia Stevens, percussionist.

    oin percussionist, composer and producer Delia Stevens as part of a small ensemble of people who want to be able to use our local waterways safely. Help to create sound pieces and soundscapes over two Tuesday evening workshops (20th and 27th June), to be performed as part of Open Space 70 festival in the Town Hall on Sunday 16 July (you'll be needed from 9am to 1pm on this day). 

    Are you concerned about the pollution of our rivers? An environmental champion that feels frustrated? A wild swimmer who understands the importance of nature? Or just someone who wants to make a difference?

    In the UK no river is currently safe to swim in due to pollution. 

    In 2022, the River Calder was reported as the UK's second most polluted. In 2021 alone, 30,000 hours of sewage was released into our river. 

    We think that this is unacceptable!

    Amplify your voice, create a splash and make some noise! It's time to use the power of music to start a movement. It's not too late to reclaim our rivers! 

    ​This short course is suitable for those age 16++.  

    Find out more and book your place (pay as you can afford) here

    Sunday 16 July 2023

    Free Foraging Experience

    Hebden Bridge: 1 - 2pm

    No prior knowledge is needed to join in, we aim to create judgement-free and supportive experiences for beginners and experts alike. 

    Our walks attract fun, curious, like-minded people and their furry friends. The aim is to respect, explore and enjoy the biodiversity on our doorsteps whilst identifying what's in season and in abundance.

    We'll take you along well-maintained paths and easy terrain, therefore children and dogs on leads are very welcome.

    What to Expect:

    • Your foraging guides Sherel & Dunc will explain how to keep you safe and within the law.
    • We'll take a 45 minute walk and help you identify trees, plants, mushrooms and more.
    • We end every experience with an original short story about the plants we've found.
    • Due to health and safety, we do not eat anything that we find during the interactive walk and there is no emphasis on picking.

    We will confirm the meeting point by email the week before your event date.

    Please help us grow by following us on social media: @moonfulluk

    Tickets here

    Sunday 16 July 2023

    Martin the Magician: Recycling, the Magical Way

    Hebden Bridge Town Hall
    Sunday 16 July 11.30am, 1.30pm & 3pm | Ages 4+

    Limited places - advance booking essential

    Made possible thanks to the support of the Environment Agency

    Sunday 16 July 2023

    Rural: The Lives of the Working Class Countryside

    Rebecca Smith, Book Signing & Q&A, Rural: The Lives of the Working Class Countryside

    Book tickets £3 on the door/Free for FOHM Members. 2pm

    We're excited to host author, Rebecca Smith, talking about her personal links and research into working class life.

    Just published, Rural: The Lives of the Working Class Countryside by Rebecca Smith (William Collins, Pub date: 8 June 2023) is an exploration that starts with Smith's own family history – foresters in Cumbria, miners in Derbyshire, millworkers in Nottinghamshire, builders of reservoirs and the Manchester Ship Canal – to survey our green and pleasant land, and the people whose labour has shaped it.

    Work in the countryside ties you, soul and salary, to the land, but often those who labour in nature have the least control over what happens there.

    Beautifully observed, these are the stories of professions and communities that often go overlooked. Smith shows the precarity for those whose lives are entangled in the natural landscape. And she traces how these rural working-class worlds have changed. As industry has transformed – mines closing, country estates shrinking, farmers struggling to make profit on a pint of milk, holiday lets increasing so relentlessly that local people can no longer live where they were born – we are led to question the legacy of the countryside in all our lives.

    Exploring the lives of farmers, foresters, miners, millworkers, builders it's a book about the working class people who have shaped the countryside. Why are they being forced out of the places they call home? Why are their stories so often overlooked? What is the future of land in rural areas?

    Friday 14 July 2023

    Dara McAnulty in conversation with Amanda Dalton

    The Lit & Sci is collaborating with Hebden Bridge Arts as part of their Open Space 70 festival for this event with young environmentalist and author Dara McAnulty, on 14 July. More info

    Saturday 15 July 2023

    Wild Child: Children's Nature Walk

    with Julia Ogden

    Hebden Bridge Town Hall 9.30am and 11am | Ages 4-11

    Limited places - advance booking essential

    Made possible thanks to the support of the Environment Agency

    Saturday 15 July 2023

    Jennifer Reid, Broadside Ballad Singer, 'Back @ Barb's'

    Tickets £10/£8 for Friends of Heptonstall Museum.

    Buy now from Eventbrite - Additional donations welcomed.

    Join us on Saturday 15th July, as we welcome Jennifer Reid back to Heptonstall Museum.

    Jenn was last singing at the Museum, when both were looking very different. As 'Barb' in the recent critically acclaimed BBC Drama, "The Gallows Pole" (directed by Shane Meadows). Heptonstall Museum was her very own Ale House, 'Barb's'.

    For one night, we're delighted to welcome back Barb to Barb's sharing stories from her time on set and singing a selection of pre-industrial ballads - this is one not to be missed.

    Jennifer is well known as a performer of broadside ballads – and is also a member of the Society for the Study of Labour History's executive committee. For more about her work, you can read more on her website www.jenniferballads.com

    This is a seated event and will include a welcome drink.

    Saturday 15 July 2023

    Wild Escape: Endangered Animal Art Workshop

    with Dara McAnulty

    Nutclough Woods
    11am | Ages 6-11

    Limited places - advance booking essential

    Made possible thanks to the support of the Environment Agency

    7-9 July 2023

    Open Studios

    The Upper Calder Valley is a hub of art and creativity so there's always plenty to see.

    See website

    See HebWeb news item

    Sunday 8-9 July 2023

    Weekend Plant Sale Plus

    Feline Woodcraft, Nanholme Mills.

    Open from 10am until 4.30pm each day, this event combines plant and garden trough sales with opportunities to buy crafted items and supplies, antiques and curiosities.

    Three visiting artists are displaying work and beautifully sculpted stone pieces can also be bought.

    Our cafe is open, serving cream teas, a range of hot and cold drinks and ice-creams.

    All are welcome at this friendly and accessible venue.

    Feline Woodcraft/Interesting Stuff, Nanholme Mill, Shawwood Road, Todmorden, OL14 6DA.

    Sunday 9 July 2023

    Heptonstall School PFA Colour Fun Run & Summer Fair

    The Heptonstall School PFA are excited to announce we are running a Charity Colour Fun Run and Summer Fair on Sunday 9th July from 1pm - 4pm.

    Registration for the race is required ahead of time, but all are welcome and spectators are free. So come and enjoy the food, drinks (including alcoholic beverages), games, prizes, music, stalls and much more.
    On Sunday 9th July at Heptonstall Junior & Infant School, Smithwell Lane, Heptonstall, HX7 7NX

    All details available on our website.

    Saturday 8 July 2023

    Family Fun Day On The Field

    Organised by Hebden Royd CE Primary School

    11-2, Mytholm Field Everybody Welcome Bouncy Castle, Benji's Balloons, Glitter Tattoos, Fire Engine, Police Car, Crafts, Spring Tuition Bar, Hebden Bridge Hummus, Mindful Kitchen, Duke Street Food, Hunky Dory Coffee, Cakes and more.

    Saturday, July 1, 2023

    Free Community Events Celebrating National Meadows Day

    Hebden Royd Town Council is excited to announce a vibrant line-up of free community events, celebrating National Meadows Day, on Saturday, July 1, 2023.

    Set amidst the breath-taking beauty of the ancient grassland, High Hirst Woodmeadow, the programme features a range of activities catering to diverse interests and age groups. Please see this HebWeb news story for more information and details on how to book your place.

    Saturday, 1 July, 2023

    Heptonstall Festival

    More info on this Facebook page

    Saturday, 1 July, 2023

    844s Band, beer and dancing! And food!

     

    The 844s are vocalist and harmonica player Dave Rigg, lead guitarist Martin McGroarty, bassist Jerome Dineen, drummer Jim Duffy, and rhythm guitarist and second vocalist Wally Woodcock. The band plays original compositions with one or two covers, ranging from slow-burn blues to high-energy rock.

    Treat yourself and come along, with your dancing shoes on!

    844s playing at Wadsworth Community Centre (Old Town) this Saturday 1 July, 7.30pm.

    Band at 9pm.

    £5 on the door. 

    Thursday 22 June 2023

    Proms and Parties clothing sale

    Oxfam Hebden Bridge is holding a Proms and Parties shopping event on Thursday, June 22, 5pm-7pm at Salem Mill.

    It will be a mix of brand new and donated items, of glamorous dresses and party outfits including accessories and shoes.

    Come and join us to find something fabulous for your summer wardrobe!

    If you need to find space in your wardrobe first, we'd love to receive your clothing donations - pop them into our shop on Market Street.

    See Facebook page

    Saturday 24 June 2023

    Open Space 70: Katherine Horrex poetry masterclass

    £15/£10
    1.30am-3.30pm
    Terrace Room, Hebden Bridge Town Hall

    'How like wishes to reveal themselves, even when they're buried - the way ripples on an ocean wheel like fins'
    (Katherine Horrex)

    Water features frequently in poet Katherine Horrex's work. From a social standpoint, she is interested in how water can become part of the process of gentrification, becoming a thing for which we have to pay.  For Open Space 70, Katherine will be inviting participants to look at Hebden and its waters in new ways, to draw from past and present-day local experiences and to put these into poetry which ebbs and flows.

    In this 3-hour poetry masterclass, led by Katherine, a range of techniques will be used to produce new poems for Open Space 70. We'll be brainstorming, reading, and looking at local history, as well as how water has shaped the town. 

    For more info and to book

    Saturday 24 June 2023

    Coffee and Cake 

    Join Hebden Royd Christian Aid group to enjoy Coffee and Cake in support of the Ukrainian Flood disaster

    10am to 1pm, Hope Baptist Church, Hebden Bridge

    Do pop in to enjoy some homemade cake, coffee and support thi cause 

    Saturday 24 June 2023

    Music at Walshaw Gala Summer Concert

    2pm Enjoy a wonderful afternoon of music and fun with performances by Leona Gogolicynova, Violin, Natalie Merandon, Flute, Margaret Bruce, Piano and The Three Pitches.

    The concert will include music by Chopin, Janacek, Martinu, and Herbert Howells.

    Tickets: £35 including a buffet with drinks of your choice.
    (Please advise of any special dietary requirements prior to the event)

    For ticket reservations telephone: 01422 842275
    Buy online at: www.margaretbruce.com (no booking fee)
    Walshaw Lodge, Hardcastle Crags, Hebden Bridge, HX7 7AX

    Thursday 15 June 2023

    Tales of a Customs Officer

    A Talk by Brian Topping on Thursday 15 June to the Todmorden University of the Third Age at the Central Methodist Hall at 2pm.

    Ever wondered what Customs Officers are looking for? Hear Brian Topping tell of his many years during the 1970s and 80s as a serving Customs Officer in the former department of HM Customs and Excise, at Heathrow Airport. He will provide an interesting, informative, and entertaining journey through the many situations he came across when dealing with passengers travelling through the airport and his involvement in apprehending and investigating smugglers.

    The meeting starts at 2pm and is open to paid-up members of the Todmorden u3a, but if you would like to attend you can enquire by going to www.u3atod.org.uk or by contacting membership@u3atod.org.uk.

    Thursday 15 June 2023

    TheyDunnit! - Meet The Mystery Men, David Stuart Davies and Matthew Booth

    Hebden Bridge Library, 7pm.  

    Free event. More info and booking

    Come along to a lively, informative and humorous overview of the development of the fictional world of murder, mayhem and mystery. Looking at authors who shaped the genre, from creator of Sherlock Holmes, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, to Ann Cleeves, the creator of Vera.

    Saturday 17 June 2023

    Open Space 70: Rag Rug Wall Hanging Workshop

    £40/£28
    10.30am-3.30pm
    Northlight Art Studio, Hebden Bridge

    Over the course of the day Emma Wilkinson will be teaching you how to use the ancient technique of rag rugging using a latch hook tool, to create a unique piece of art using recycled fabrics on the theme of climate emergency.​​​

    For more info and to book

    Saturday 17 June 2023

    Making Friends Community Kitchen

    There will be an opportunity to enjoy tasty Syrian food when the Friends of the Picture House host a Community Kitchen event at Hope Baptist Church on Saturday, 17 July from 12.30pm-3pm.

    Read this HebWeb news item for more info

    Saturday 17 June 2023

    Dark Matter Promotions presents....

    Live band showcase extravaganza - 5 bands

    Dark Matter Promotions and Slomanmusic are putting on another live band showcase.

    5 bands for £10 entry!

    Hazel's Maze | TOKEO | Slow Knife | Slab | Mother Sugar

    Golden Lion, Todmorden
    Tickets £10 via Skiddle/ on the door
    Doors 7 pm

    Sunday 18 June 2023

    Open Space 70: Clothes to Coiled Pots Workshop

    £40/£28
    10.30am-3.30pm
    Northlight Art Studio, Hebden Bridge

    Recycle your unwanted clothes using a technique used by ancient civilisations. Create coiled pots by wrapping, coiling and stitching strips fabric into beautiful bowls and sculptural pieces.​

    For more info and to book

    Sunday 18 June 2023

    Hebden Bridge March Contest

    Competing bands enjoy a traditional atmosphere as they march down the cobbled streets of Hebden Bridge, where they then play a chosen hymn and march.

    Bands shall be ranked on their performance by renowned musician Chris Binns, with awards given to high placing bands. Relevant information for entering your band or even sponsoring/advertising at the contest, can be found on Hebden Bridge Band's Facebook page

    Monday 19 June 2023

    Hebden Bridge Disability Access Forum Focus on Mental Health meeting

    Hebden Bridge Disability Access Forum will be meeting on Monday 19th June at the new time of 2.30pm to 4.30pm, in the Terrace Room, Hebden Bridge Town Hall and on Zoom video link - a hybrid meeting as last month.

    The meeting will include our periodic Focus on Mental Health. We are very pleased to welcome Sally Newby of Healthy Minds Calderdale, who will update us on their current services. We shall be happy to hear of any mental health access issues which people have, and general  disability access issues.

    We welcome all Deaf, disabled and neurodivergent people as members, and those with long-term health conditions. We also welcome non-disabled associates.

    Please drop into our meeting or contact sechbdisabilityaccess@gmail.com or 01422 844914 for details and the zoom  video link. 

    Until 12 June 2023

    Exhibition of Artwork

    Mill Town Arts 'New Work' exhibition is a collaboration of three very different artists. Comprising of Photography, Illustration and Fine Art, it is an eclectic and diverse collection with  broad subject matter, by local artists Francis Charlton, Robin Maurice Barr and Phil Taylor.

    The exhibition is currently running until 12th June, at Hebden Bridge Town Hall

    9-11 June 2023

    Folk Roots Festival

    For more info, events and tickets, please go to the Folk Roots website

    Saturday 10 June 2023

    Midgley Fete

    From 1pm on Midgley Recreation Ground, Green Lane, Midgley. A traditional village fete featuring a full programme of events and activities for all the family, including welly-wanging, children's races, tug of war, straw races, and Midgley's famous terrier races where doggy chaos is guaranteed.

    Plenty of traditional stalls and games will provide fun for all ages, and there will be a range of food stalls as well as plants and local crafts.

    Hebden Bridge Junior Band will play throughout the afternoon, and Hebden Bridge band Owter Zeds will continue the party atmosphere into the evening.

    The beer tent will serve real Yorkshire ale all day, whilst the tea tent will offer a chance for a quiet sit down with delicious home make cakes.

    This year sees the return of the Churn Milk Chase Fell race, starting and finishing in the fete arena and taking in a circuit of Midgley Moor.  

    Admission free.

    Sat 10 - Sun 11 June 2023

    Open Space 70: Ceramic Protest Plaque and Plates Weekend

    £60/£42
    10am-1pm
    Northlight Art Studio, Hebden Bridge

    Join Hebden Bridge Arts and Katch Skinner for this weekend course to create art on the theme of climate emergency for the Open Space 70 festival. 

    Through these two sessions you will be designing and making work inspired by your response to the festival theme, of climate emergency and more widely the environment.

    Over the two sessions you will be designing and learning to make plates using recycled clay slabs which will be decorated with slips and underglazes, using mono printing, stencilling and sgraffito to really immerse yourself in playful decoration of the ceramic surface. 

    Experience Level: All levels including beginners  ​

    For more info and to book

    10 June 2023

    Yorkshire Coiners: The True Story
    of the Cragg Vale Gang

    Steve Hartley has history with King David Hartley, literally. A direct descendent, he's spent more time than anyone researching the real story of the lives of his ancestors.

    He's put pen to paper to create a definitive guide to what went on in the times of David and his family and the economic context their coin clipping had on the families and much wider afield resulting in his eventual demise at the York Gallows in April 1770.

    There will be an opportunity to hear Steve's first hand account of his incredible ancestral discovery. Plus a chance to ask him questions about his extensive expertise on this fascinating part of Heptonstall history and buy copies of his recently published book and have it personally signed.

    After your afternoon in the museum, you should obviously complete your visit to David and wife Grace's graveside 'next door' in St Thomas' graveyard and explore the wonderful surroundings of Heptonstall, with so much of its early history beautifully preserved and evocative of the 18c residents.

    Steve Hartley's book, The Yorkshire Coiners: The True Story of the Cragg Vale Gang will be on sale for £16.99 and can be reserved via the ticket link for attendees.

    Note: The Museum will not be open to non ticket holders when live events such as this are taking place.

    Book tickets

    Sign up to be a Friend of Heptonstall Museum

    Sunday 11 June 2023

    Wadsworth Walking Market

    The 5th Wadsworth Walking Market - Sunday 11th June 11am-4pm

    Over 40 local artists, makers, photographers and producers will be taking part across four venues in Wadsworth. Find them at Wainsgate Chapel, Old Town Cricket Club, Wadsworth Community Centre and Old Town Primary School.

    Licensed bar, refreshments and food at the venues. Old Town Post Office Shop & Coffee House will also be open.

    There will be a £1 entry fee which covers all 4 venues, this will be donated to a local charity.

    Sunday 11 June 2023

    Charlestown Open Gardens

    Six beautiful Charlestown gardens open to the public.

    June 11 from 1 to 5pm.

    Free entry but donations to a range of charities welcome. Refreshments.

    No parking, so this is a walking tour.

    The gardens include woodlands, terraces, rockeries, vegetable plots and wildlife areas with plenty of inspiration and ideas.

    More info here

    Saturday 3 June 2023

    Ambient Bowling Day

    2pm till 8pm

    Come try your hand at crown green bowling, have a drink at the Blue Pig bar, enjoy the ambient sounds emanating from the pavilion, and wonder at the idyllic location.

    All welcome, including well behaved dogs on leads.

    All proceeds go towards the upkeep of the green and pavilion.

    Suggested donation £3. 

    Hebden Bridge Bowling Club (along Hebden Water past the archery and cricket clubs)

    Saturday 3 June 2023

    Dreaming Valleys 2

    Birchcliffe Centre 9.30-6.30

    All-day multi-media event around the theme 'Deep Topography: Exploring beyond the maps'.

    Featuring Gareth Rees, Richard Skelton, Mark Williamson (Spaceship), Emily Oldfield, John Billingsley, Kelly Starling, John McMahon, dbh, Nikta Mohammadi, Harry Wheeler.

    Tickets available at The Bookcase, Todmorden Folklore Centre, Eventbrite

    Saturday 3 June 2023

    Dark Matter Promotions presents....

    Knuckle + Hey Bulldog + Slap Rash

    Cancelled - due to train strikes

    2-4 June 2023

    Echoes of the Valley

    Exhibition of recent watercolour and gouache paintings  by Hebden Bridge artist Don Myers.

    Catch this short exhibition on Friday 2nd June 7-9pm and then Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th June 11am - 5pm at Northlight Art Studio's  Artspace Gallery, Hangingroyd Road Hebden Bridge HX7 7BZ

    Sat 3 - Sun 4 June 2023

    Bird Willow Lantern Making Weekend

    £60/£42
    10.30am-4.30pm
    Big Tin Shed, Valley Road, Hebden Bridge

    Join Hebden Bridge Arts and Sue Walpole for this weekend course to create art on the theme of climate emergency for the Open Space 70 festival.

    Through these two sessions you will create a moorland nesting bird (Curlew or Lapwing) which will become part of an artist Installation for Open Space 70 arts trail.

    As part of the environment and nature theme of the festival we're focussing on nesting birds, which are of significant interest to this area, with the moorland so close by.

    For more info and to book

    Sunday 4 June 2023

    Todmorden Cream Tea, Pottery and Plant Sale

    1.30 -5 pm

    Come and enjoy a traditional cream tea and bring and buy plant sale at 5, The Hollins, Todmorden OL14 8BJ

    Cream Tea - £6.00
    Raffle with great prizes
    Activities for children
    Bric a brac

    Donations of plants needed please (see below)

    All proceeds (cash preferred) will go to Survivors of Torture Activity Fund (Reg Charity)

    If you have any plants please contact John to arrange for collection or drop off at The Hollins - Mob 07789264770

    Tue 30 May, Wed 31 May & Fri June 2023

    Generation Hope: Free Environmental Zine Half Term Course

    with Cloud Youth for ages 11 to 16.

    Cloud Youth, Ground Floor, Machpelah Mill, Hebden Bridge, HX7 8AU
    1-4pm each day

    Hebden Bridge Arts presents a short zine making course as part of our Open Space 70 pre-festival activities.

    If you're aged 11-16 and like getting creative and sharing your passions, come along to Cloud Youth on three afternoons in May half term. You will work with others to collectively design and make your own zine about climate emergency and the environment. This is your chance to share what interests you, makes you angry or you want the world to know.  

    The world of Zine making is a largely underground. Zines are a perfect way to express ideas or feelings that are not fit for the main stream due to their personal content or unpopular ideas. Zines are the fastest way for writers and artists to produce self published works.

    Over three x 3 hour sessions you will work with Artist Alex Abel to develop your own 1 or 2 pages of zine content, in a format which will work when photocopied and assembled.  You will work with others to produce the whole zine, which will be printed and available to purchase at Hebden Bridge Arts' Open Space 70 festival, raising funds for both Cloud Youth and Hebden Bridge Arts. Your pages can be made via photography, illustration, text, collage or other techniques and can be about anything that interests you about green issues.

    This project is generously funded by The Rotary Club of Hebden Bridge which means it is free to join in with.

    For more info and to book

    Thursday 1 June 2023

    Jennifer Page - author event

    6.45 at Hebden Bridge Library

    Free event. More info and booking

    Jennifer Page is a local author, she has written her debut novel "The Little Board Game Cafe".

    An irresistible story of love, friendship and the power of games night, perfect for fans of Holly Martin and Christie Barlow, The Little Board Game Cafe tells the story of Emily who decides to pursue a life-long dream and buys a small cafe in a quirky Yorkshire town of Essendale.

    Friday 26 May 2023

    Girls Allowed each Friday from 5.30pm in the park. When women and girls feel unsafe, they're less likely to use, enjoy and benefit from parks. More info

    Friday 26 May 2023

    The Shaggy Dog Storytelling Club

    Fable, fairy tale, folk tale, myth, legend, or just a good old yarn - whether you've got a story to tell, or just like to listen, join us in the upper room of the Stubbing Wharf Pub. 8pm start, free entry.

    Saturday 27 May 2023

    Criminal Coiners: Life and Death in Wild West Yorkshire, is the first exhibition at the Heptonstall Museum when it re-opens on Saturday. See HebWeb news item for more info

    Saturday 27 May 2023

    Open Space 70 - Earth Deities - Nature Spirit Figure Workshop

    £15/10
    11am-2pm
    Hebden Bridge Nutclough area - workshop exact location tbc

    This Earth Deities workshop from Hebden Bridge Arts and Rachel Shore is an opportunity to be immersed in sensory art making by creating your own nature spirit figure inspired by the natural beauty of Nutclough Woods.

    In response to references of ancient earth worshipping traditions across world cultures, participants will spend time exploring a range of locally sourced organic materials to bring to life their own nature deity. 

    The created gods, goddesses and mythical beings will be installed in Nutclough Woods over the Open Space 70 arts trail weekend before naturally decomposing in their return back to the earth. 

    Under 16s to be accompanied. 
    Feel free to bring a packed lunch. 

    For more info and to book

    Saturday 27 May 2023

    ARK: Mapping The Beaten Track - creative writing workshop

    2pm-5pm, Hebden Bridge Bowling Club Pavilion​, off Lee Mill Road, HX7 7AB

    In this creative writing session suitable for everyone aged 16+, we'll be going for a short walk to collect ideas, images and objects. Then recreating the journey through a series of lively, accessible writing and free-form mapping activities, producing notes, maps and small pieces of text that will form a key part of ARK, an interactive installation for all.

    For more info and to book

    Saturday 27 May 2023

    Dark Matter Promotions presents…

    Blue Orchids & Furrowed Brow

    Adv tickets via Skiddle

    Golden Lion Todmorden, 8pm

    Sunday 28 May 2023

    Repair Café Mytholmroyd

    12-3pm, Mytholmroyd Community Centre

    Help, advice and assisted repairs with skilled volunteers plus tea/coffee and homemade cakes.

    We can repair: clothes, bags, furniture, toys, bikes electrical appliances (not microwaves) knife/tool sharpening

    Cost: A voluntary donation

    Email: repairmytholm@gmail.com
    Facebook: Repair Cafe Mytholmroyd
    Instagram: Repair Cafe Mytholmroyd

    20-21 May 2023

    Nanholme Mill Open Weekend

    Everyone is welcome at Nanholme Mill's Open Weekend on Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st of May. 10 am until 5pm.

    This friendly complex boasts a wide variety of local businesses, artists, skills and services. Call in to view sculpted stone artwork, crystal jewellery, poetry, books and photography. Crafted items, including lino mats and designer lamps, are available as are a great range of craft supplies. Look in on the dog-friendly cafe, Interesting Stuff, for lunch or perhaps coffee, cake and icecream. Here, two local artists- Linda Thomas and Sue Cordingley- will be present to display and discuss their work.

    Visit the friendly, accessible gym, book your pet into the dog grooming parlour and meet our resident clock-maker.

    Whether searching for antique furniture, a gift for someone special or jam, there is something here for you.

    11A Nanholme Mill, Shaw Wood Rd, Todmorden OL14 6DA

    Sunday 21 May 2023

    Open Space 70: Creative Collage Workshop

    £10/£7​​
    1.30pm-4.30pm
    Mytholmroyd Community Centre

    Let's explore the natural world and create a collage inspired by surface textures, rubbings and patterns from our local environment.

    We'll use leaves, tree bark, seeds and wild materials to make colourful artworks to celebrate where we walk, live and play with artist, Jeffrey Andrews. 

    The session will begin with an introduction and presentation. 
    Suitable for ages 11+ 

    The work made by participants will be displayed in an exhibition on 15-16 July as part of the Open Space 70 arts trail after which it is yours to keep.

    Materials and cold drinks / snacks are included. 

    For further details and to book:

    For more info and to book

    Sunday 21 March 2023

    Atar Hadari - Write Your Own Bible Poetry Workshop

    Heptonstall Bowling & Social Club

    Atar Hadari will lead this unusual poetry workshop with a religious theme.

    The story of Esau and Jacob is open to a range of interpretations and after reading the King James' Version translation together.

    Atar will work with participants to create an initial response Esau would have made as a starting point for a poem.  We'll look at examples of other bible poems and explore how they contrast with traditional attempts to explain difficult stories.  This will be followed by reading and sharing aloud work created on the day, plus a discussion of any other bible stories people want to discuss as problematic and whether bible commentators do or do not teach the bible as "an axe to break the sea of ice within us" in the words of Franz Kakfa.

    Depending on time, there will be another opportunity to write a poem on a bible story of your own choosing and read and share before we conclude the workshop.

    Workshops require a minimum of 8 for us to run. We will confirm to all participants as early as possible once confirmed numbers are reached.

    Tickets are priced at £15/£12 (Members/Concessions) with monies going to Friends of Heptonstall Museum.

    Sunday 21 May 2023

    Music at Wainsgate

    Sheffield pianist and singer Dale Storr who brings the sound of New Orleans to Wainsgate Chapel. Described by Jazz Journal magazine as the "piano man's piano man…" and "a national treasure", Dale Storr's musical journey has now brought him recognition as one of the UK's leading exponents of New Orleans piano. 

    See HebWeb news item for more info

    Sunday 21 May 2023

    The Lost Chord Ensemble

    7pm in the Little Theatre bar, Holme Street, Hebden Bridge HX7 8EE

    The Lost Chord Ensemble is a small group of people who support the Little Theatre. They meet about once a month usually on a Sunday evening to play light music. Musicians (with their music stand) are invited to come and play.

    If you are coming for the first time, please contact chris.browne@tiscali.co.uk with details of your instrument so that a pad of music can be made available.

    Thursday 18 May 2023

    Poetry at The Museum: Atar Hadari and Vicky Gatehouse

    Atar Hadari & Vicky Gatehouse

    Heptonstall Museum

    During our evening in May, we will be hearing the words of Atar Hadari. Atar's work references his theological interests and learnings and a very unique poetic perspective. 

    Atar will be joined by Yorkshire-based writer and researcher,  Vicky Gatehouse, whose pamphlet "The Mechanics of Love", published by smith|doorstop, was selected as a Laureate's Choice in 2019. 

    Hosted by Mike Crowley.

    Tickets are priced at £7/£5 (Members/Concessions) with monies going to Friends of Heptonstall Museum.

    Ticket link

    Friday 19 May 2023

    Girls Allowed each Friday from 5.30pm in the park. When women and girls feel unsafe, they're less likely to use, enjoy and benefit from parks. More info

    Saturday 20 May 2023

    Wainsgate Concert

    Wainsgate Chapel welcomes the extraordinary singer/ songwriter Sarah McQuaid. Born in Spain, raised in Chicago, holding dual Irish and American citizenship and now settled in rural England, she brings the eclecticism of her background to her "captivating, unorthodox songwriting" (PopMatters) and choice of material, spanning genres and defying categorisation.

    See HebWeb news item for more info

    Monday 15 May 2023

    Disability Access Forum resumes Town Hall meetings - They will continue to meet in the Town Hall on the third Monday afternoon of each month, from 15 May. See HebWeb news item

    Tuesday 16 May 2023

    Calderdale Placemaking & Design Guide

    You are invited to a series of events to help shape the new Placemaking and Design Guide for Calderdale.

    You can drop in to exhibition and workshop events to share your thoughts about the places you live, work and play in and help plan what well-designed streets, neighbourhoods, places and buildings should look like. The exhibition and workshop events are open to everyone. Drop in for as long as you can:

    Hebden Bridge
    11am - 5pm,
    The Town Hall

    Other events will be held in Halifax, Elland and Brighouse.

    Once finalised, the Placemaking & Design Guide will be used to ensure that all developments in Calderdale respond to and reinforce the distinct character of our Borough, so it's important we hear from as many people as possible as we develop it.

    For more information about the Calderdale Placemaking & Design Guide and the upcoming community engagement events please email community@jtp.co.uk or  visit the public website

    Sunday 14 May 2023

    ARK: Treasured - Little Pieces of the World

    11am-2pm, Hebden Bridge Bowling Club Pavilion​, off Lee Mill Road, HX7 7AB

    In this friendly art-based workshop for adults and children aged 11+, we'll be taking a short walk along the riverbank before playing with drawing, making and assembling gathered objects from the natural world, creating our own miniature treasure trove that will form a key part of ARK, an interactive installation for everyone. ​

    For more info and to book

    Sunday 14 May 2023

    Playing for Grown-ups

    2-5pm, Hebden Bridge

    Calling all adventurous spirits! monthly sunday afternoon workshops for creativity, connection and relaxation.

    We will explore myths and fairytales through drama, play and mindful movement.

    No experience necessary. Donation only, all proceeds to charity.

    Booking through Eventbrite

    Sunday 14 May 2023

    Jesmonite Home Accessories Workshop

    Spend a Sunday afternoon creating 3 unique homewares with Jesmonite, an eco-friendly alternative to resin and concrete.

    Sunday 14th May
    2.30- 5pm
    Central Hebden Bridge 
    Taught by Rachel, Dot Dot Disco

    £35  - Buy tickets here

    Friday 12 May 2023

    Girls Allowed each Friday from 5.30pm in the park. When women and girls feel unsafe, they're less likely to use, enjoy and benefit from parks. More info

    Saturday 13 May 2023

    Ialoni and Musikeli ensembles

    Two renowned choirs from the Republic of Georgia. 
    7pm for 7.30pm
    Birchcliffe Centre, HX7 8DG
    Cost £15 / £10 

    More details

    Until 8 May 2023

    Scarecrow Festival

    until 8 May, organised by Heptonstall School PFA.

    More info

    6-8 May 2023

    Coronation Weekend at St James

    St James' (Church Lane, Hebden Bridge, HX7 6DS) is celebrating the Coronation of King Charles III. The church will be decorated, including Coronation-themed flower arrangements and there will be an exhibition about Prince Charles' visits to Hebden Bridge and how Hebden Bridge has celebrated past Coronations. The church will be open every day for people to call in.

    If you have any photos or memories of Prince Charles' visits or past Coronations to share or want to get involved, please contact event@machpelah.uk or call at the church during the Foodshare (weekdays 2:30-3:30pm).

    6th May: St James' only has one bell which can be rung. If you want to try ringing, please go to the church after 10 am but before 11am (when the Coronation begins.)

    7th May: Join in with The Big Lunch from 11:30 am. This is a nationwide initiative and at St James' we are having a foodshare, a Potluck lunch and fun with our local community. Crowns available.

    8th May On this day there is a nationwide initiative called The Big Help Out. (thebighelpout.org.uk) If you are involved with a group and want to publicise it at St James' or run an activity in or from the church on that day,  please get in touch.

    28 April - 1 May 2023

    SPRING YOGA RETREAT: 28 April-1 May

    Fancy a weekend yoga retreat, in a fab private bunk bank in the picturesque Yorkshire Dales?

    Based in Grassington, the weekend will be a wonderful opportunity to take a break from day-to-day life, deepen your practice and connect with the growth of Spring. There will be asana, pranayama, meditation and deep relaxation. The weekend includes home cooked veggie food, optional walking and wild swimming. More info.

    28-30 April 2023

    A Bit Feral an Art Exhibition

    Rowan Dykewoods first solo exhibition 'A Bit Feral' - Paintings, prints, sketches and a conceptual work made from personal correspondence called 'Do I Deserve This'

    At Northlight Studio, Hebden Bridge, HX77BZ.

    Opening night Friday April 28th from 7pm. With wine. Open Saturday April 29th and Sunday April 30th. 

    Sunday, 30 April 2023

    The Lost Chord Ensemble

    Little Theatre, Holme Street, Hebden Bridge.7.00-9.30pm.

    This is a small ensemble which meets to play light music.

    Please bring a stand.

    Saturday 29 April 2023

    Music at Wadsworth Community Centre with Brooks Williams and Aaron Catlow on Saturday 29th April, with cask ales, pie and peas and a warm welcome.

    See HebWeb news item

    Friday 28 April 2023

    The Shaggy Dog Storytelling Club

    Fable, fairy tale, folk tale, myth, legend, or just a good old yarn - whether you've got a story to tell, or just like to listen, join us in the upper room of the Stubbing Wharf Pub. 8pm start, free entry.

    Friday 28 April & Saturday 29 April 2023

    Poetry @ The Museum 

    Friends of Heptonstall Museum are proud to present a brand new Poetry Series: Poetry @ The Museum kicks off on Friday April 28 April with Jodie Hollander and Sammy Weaver and a workshop to follow on Saturday 29 April with Jodie on the topic of Poetry, Memory & Childhood.

    We're very excited to be working with Dr Sarah Corbett, founder of the successful Sylvia Plath Literary Festival held last October who envisions the Museum as 'the place for poetry in the Calder Valley' and has lined up a stellar guest list from Sprint to Autumn of both readings and workshops. Read more about the events and the poets involved and links to ticket information

    For further information on forthcoming events, news and how to further support the museum, please click here

    Our latest news/subscriber info and social media via our Linktr.ee

    Sunday 23 April 2023

    Wainsgate Concert

    The Wainsgate Concert series continues on 23 April with Anglo-Alaskan duo Mike Freeman (guitar, percussion, vocals) and Tania Opland (violin, vocals - and a host of world-music instruments) who have been on the road together since 1995 in a unique collaboration which combines their distinctly separate musical backgrounds, bringing their exuberant music and wild tales to audiences around the world.

    Read more on this HebWeb news page

    17-22 April 2023

    Quartet at the Little Theatre

    By Ronald Harwood

    Directed by Hannah Stow

    7.30 pm

    Quartet is a gently comic and poignant look at the lives of four opera singers in a retirement home.

    Cecily, Reggie and Wilf are preparing a concert to celebrate the birthday of Giuseppe Verdi. However, the home's most recent arrival Jean is disturbing their peace and routine, and refusing to perform.

    It turns out that Jean and Reggie were once married, and a shared history is not helping the project. However – the show must go on!

    Quartet premiered at the Albany Theatre London in 1999 and as well as being filmed has been a staple of both the professional and amateur stage since.

    Tickets £11 / £9 - Book online

    See HebWeb news item

    Saturday 22 April 2023

    Hebden Bridge Arts Open Space 70

    Protest Lab: creative & environmental drop-in workshop

    Free to attend

    Open 10.30am-1.30pm

    The Terrace Room, Hebden Bridge Town Hall, St George's Street, Hebden Bridge, HX7 7BY

    With artist Michael Powell and environmental campaigner Zephie Begolo

    Join Hebden Bridge Arts at our third Open Space 70 inspirer workshop (1st April Mytholmroyd and 15th April Todmorden are the other two). 

    You are invited to this protest placard making session to explore your thoughts, feelings, and actions about climate change.

    What needs to change? What do you value the most? What are your concerns? What is your creative response?

    All materials provided just bring yourselves along! 

    The work made in this workshop will be displayed in an exhibition on 15th-16th July as part of our Arts Trail, after which it is yours to keep. More info at www.hebdenbridgearts.co.uk

    Saturday 22 April 2023

    Hebden Bridge WI Spectacular Spring Rag Market

    See HebWeb News item for more info

    Saturday 22 April 2023

    The World Dock Pudding Championship

    12 noon, Mytholmroyd Community and Leisure Centre

    Thursday 20 April 2023

    Dean Fraser - Metaphysical Poetry Event

    Hebden Bridge Library
    Thursday 20th April at 6.45pm

    Free but booking preferred via Ticket Source

    For more info about Dean Fraser - see www.alivetothrive.co.uk

    Thursday 20 April 2023

    Todmorden U3A Event

    The Moai of Easter Island

    A Talk by Susan Rogers will be given to the Todmorden u3a Meeting at the Central Methodist Hall, Todmorden at 2pm on the 20th April.

    Susan's talk covers places she has visited and she uses use photographs taken on her trips, in this talk, she is covering the enigma of the Easter Island figures and especially why the Moai were erected and even more intriguing why they were desecrated which is open to lots of theories. Having visited them and seen the remains she will offer one possible explanation.

    Doors open at 13.30 with the meeting starting at 14.00 and is open to paid-up members of the Todmorden u3a, but if you would like to attend you can enquire by going to www.u3atod.org.uk or by contacting membership@u3atod.org.uk.

    Friday 21 April 2023

    In memory of Jocelin Black

    Invitation to Meeting for Worship in memory of Jocelin Black Friday 21st April at 2.00pm.

    Waterfront Hall, Hebden Bridge Town Hall, St George's St, HX7 7BY. 

    The Quaker Meeting for Worship to give thanks for the life of Jocelin Black will be held on Friday 21st April at the Waterfront Hall, Hebden Bridge Town Hall, and will start at 2.00pm. Please arrive from 1.40.

    Anyone who knew Jocelin is welcome. During the Quaker Meeting all are encouraged to contribute from the silence: memories, poems, music, reflections. We look forward to sharing together our many and varied memories of our dear Friend.

    Afterwards there will be music and photographs from Jocelin's rich life to enjoy. Please bring any photos, poems that you may have. 

    All are invited to stay and have tea, coffee and refreshments after the Meeting and the bar will be open. 

    Jocelin loved bright colours so please do not feel that you have to wear black. If you would like to make a donation in Jocelin's memory, please make it to Shelter.   There will be a donations box at the Town Hall.

    There will be a funeral for Jocelin the day before on Thursday 20th April at Burnley Crematorium which is for family and invited friends.

    See also: Lives Remembered: Jocelin Black

    Friday 21 April 2023

    Twinning Society apero at Blue Teapot

    A flavour of France will be coming to the Blue Teapot in Mytholmroyd from 5pm and 7pm on Friday 21 April as the Hebden Bridge Twinning Society is holding an Apéro (drinks and canapés) there.

    Drinks (including cocktails) will be available for purchase as normal
    Contact Jane Jackson (by email or 07770 657 496) to confirm numbers.

    We look forward to meeting old friends and new!

    Wednesday 19 April 2023

    Picture-house

    The Climate of Change - film

    A film about resistance to new coal mining in Germany and Northumberland, with an introduction and Q&A with director Rich Felgate and local activists.

    "FINITE - The Climate of Change"

    Hebden Bridge Picture House, 19 April, 7.00 pm

    More info here (pre-booking of tickets encouraged)

    Trailer here

    Sunday 16 April 2023

    Playing for Grown-ups

    2-5pm, Hebden Bridge

    Calling all adventurous spirits! monthly sunday afternoon workshops for creativity, connection and relaxation.

    We will explore myths and fairytales through drama, play and mindful movement.

    No experience necessary. Donation only, all proceeds to charity.

    Booking through Eventbrite

    Friday 14 April 2023

    Loved Up

    DJs: Jane Angel, Pete Monsoon, Matty Robbo, Zac Greenwood, Martin Lucas

    Oldskool, Club Classics, Anthems

    The Golden Lion, Todmorden
    Preparty @ The Corner House, 3 Brooke St.

    Tickets @ Skiddle, £10+bf / (£15 on the door)
    Earlybird tickets sold out!

    Saturday 15 April 2023

    Hebden Bridge Arts Open Space 70

    Insect printmaking: creative & environmental drop-in workshop

    Free to attend

    Open 10.30am-1.30pm

    Todfellows Space, Oxford Street, Todmorden, OL14 5PU

    With artist Rachel Red environmental expert Martyna Krol

    Beginner printmakers welcome. Age 8 and above. 

    Join Hebden Bridge Arts for our second inspirer workshop in the Upper Valley. 

    Come and make an insect dry point etching using Tetra Paks, drawing needles, ink and a printing press. Let's celebrate the multitudes of different wonderful insects that are crucial in our ecosystems as pollinators and food for other creatures. Insects are seriously under threat from all angles, let us honour them and think how we can protect them.

    The work made in this workshop will be displayed in an exhibition on 15th-16th July as part of our Arts Trail, after which it is yours to keep.

    Allow around an hour give the activity a go, and the Hebden Bridge Arts team will also be there to help you explore ways to be part of our Open Space 70 July festival. ​

    Saturday 15 April 2023

    Ambient Bowling Day

    Noon till 7pm

    Come try your hand at crown green bowling, have a drink at the Blue Pig bar, enjoy the ambient sounds emanating from the pavilion, and wonder at the idyllic location.

    All welcome, including well behaved dogs on leads.

    All proceeds go towards the upkeep of the green and pavilion.

    Suggested donation £3. 

    Hebden Bridge Bowling Club (along Hebden Water past the archery and cricket clubs)

    Sunday 9 April 2023

    Easter Egg Hunt

    Celebrate Easter at St James' Church Lane, HX7 6DS

    Easter Service at 9:15 am, then refreshments & an Easter Egg Hunt for children (inside the church).

    Easter Monday, 10 April 2023

    Duck Race

    Trying to explain why up to 10,000 people from all over the North of England should descend on Hebden Bridge for 4 hours on an Easter Monday afternoon just to see some plastic ducks float down the river might be considered a hard task.

    See Hebden Bridge Duck Race website for more info and to buy tickets.

    Organised by the Hebden Bridge Rotary Club

    Monday 3 April 2023

    Birchcliffe Open Evening

    Neighbours of the Birchcliffe Centre, and anyone curious to learn more about us, are warmly invited to join us for this open evening on 3rd April, 6 to 8pm. We will discuss the exciting things happening at the centre, our plans for a sustainable future, and how members of the community can get involved.

    More info

    Good Friday 7 April 2023

    Pace Egg Play

    Heptonstall Pace Egg Play The usual "raggle taggle band of Players" will be at Weavers' Square, Heptonstall, Good Friday, 7 April. More info, photos and times

    Friday 31 March 2023

    The Shaggy Dog Storytelling Club

    Fable, fairy tale, folk tale, myth, legend, or just a good old yarn - whether you've got a story to tell, or just like to listen, join us in the upper room of the Stubbing Wharf Pub, 8pm start, free entry.

    Saturday 1 April 2023

    Hebden Bridge Arts - Reclamation, Open Space 70

    inspirer creative & environmental drop-in workshop

    Free to attend

    Open 10.30am-1.30pm

    The Gloucester Room, Mytholmroyd Community Centre, Caldene Avenue, Mytholmroyd, HX7 5AF

    With artist Gerard Liston and environmental expert Paul Knights

    Reclamation is a challenge to use our smartphones to take photographs of nature restored, instead of just seeing nature unravelling on our TV screens. It is an opportunity to open our eyes and see nature's ability to recover from man-made development in our own neighbourhood.

    A free drop-in workshop gives you an opportunity to talk through creative ideas about images with photographer Gerard Liston and to discuss environmental issues with nature conservation expert Paul Knights – both of whom live in the Upper Calder Valley. The collection of photographs will be published as a free online photo book, with a selection displayed as part of the Arts Trail during Open Space 70 festival in July.

    Submit photographs to gerard@objective.uk.com or Text/WhatsApp on 07973 837 342.

    If you can't make it this Saturday please visit this web page to download files for further information about joining in with the Reclamation photography project, which you can do even if you can't make our 1st April drop in workshop. 

    Saturday 1 April 2023

    IOU Two Rivers

    Sat 1st April 4-7pm Exhibition Preview with Open Studios and Eagles Crag Brewery bar

    This April experience IOU's atmospheric sculptural sound installation Two Rivers at the independent contemporary art space 9a Projects, Robinwood Mill, Todmorden

    Entry to Two Rivers is free from 12pm- 5pm every weekend from 1st - 30th April 2023 (excluding Easter Sunday 9th April)

    Special Events

    Sat 15th April 12-5pm - Family Day with artist Louise Oliver
    Sat 22nd April 4pm Artist Talks with IOU and Two Rivers Artists

    More information on all events and how to visit

    24-26 March 2023

    Hebden Bridge Film Festival 2023

    Hebden Bridge Film Festival is back!

    Put 24-26 March 2023 in your diaries and grab your passes now!

    See this HebWeb news item for more info

    Saturday 25 March 2023

    Back in the Day: Remembering Wadsworth's People and Past

    From 1 until 5pm the volunteers from Wainsgate Chapel welcomes all those interested in the past and present of Wadsworth and the surrounding area.

    If you have stories or photos of Wadsworth that you would like to share you are welcomed to take part in the first "Back in the Day" event of Wainsgate. On 25 March local residents are invited to look through the chapel's growing collection of archival photographs and help identify the people who appear in them.

    If you have historical photographs of Wadsworth or stories you would like to share with other local residents over tea and cake, than you won't want to miss Wainsgate's "Back in the Day" event this Saturday from 1 pm.

    Saturday 25 March 2023

    Dark Matter Promotions presents...

    An evening of alternative psych


    Doors 8pm, Golden Lion, Todmorden

    93MillionMilesFromTheSun, The Dirt, Callis

    Both bands are on the up, grabbing attention with rave reviews. If you love your psych presented with a difference, you will want to see these.

    Adv tickets via Skiddle

    Doors 8pm

    Sunday 26 March 2023

    Music at Wainsgate: A new season of concerts at Wainsgate Chapel kicks off on Sunday, 26 March with a double-header concert given by Alyssium and The Ruth Gardziel Trio. Read more on this HebWeb news page 11 March

    Sunday 26 March 2023

    Repair Café Mytholmroyd

    12-3pm, Mytholmroyd Community Centre

    Help, advice and assisted repairs with skilled volunteers plus tea/coffee and homemade cakes.

    We can repair: clothes, bags, furniture, toys, bikes electrical appliances (not microwaves) knife/tool sharpening

    Cost: A voluntary donation

    Email: repairmytholm@gmail.com
    Facebook: Repair Cafe Mytholmroyd
    Instagram: Repair Cafe Mytholmroyd

    Wednesday 22 March 2023

    Climate Change Demonstration

    50 Green Belt sites earmarked for development in Calderdale. Campaigners are calling for people to protest outside Halifax Town Hall on Weds 22 March at 5pm. See HebWeb news item

    Wednesday 22 March 2023

    Hebden Bridge Local History Society

    The 1922 General Election and the Calder Valley: the challenge of Labour

    The 1922 General Election transformed the Labour Party nationally, and this talk discusses events at a local level. Locally, the cotton industry was badly hit when a period of high profits led to speculation and gambling followed by depression and wage cuts as employers blamed workers for the industry's problems.

    The talk contrasts the failure of Labour to make a breakthrough in the Calder Valley (where the Conservative won and Liberals were second) with Oldham, where W J Tout, Secretary of the Todmorden Weavers, was elected the town's first Labour MP, following in the footsteps of John Fielden as MP for the town. Tout was later (1929) to be the Calder Valley's first Labour MP.

    Alan Fowler is a member of Hebden Bridge Local History Society and has contributed many memorable talks especially about Labour history. He taught economic and social history at Manchester Polytechnic and Manchester Metropolitan University for 40 years.

    Methodist Church, Market Street. Hebden Bridge. 7.30 free to members; £4 for visitors

    Friday 24 March 2023

    Electronic and experimental music at the Hope Chapel

    Fri 24 March: an evening of experimental and electronic sounds, featuring Scissorgun, Lines of Silence plus visuals from live:lab and Fire Tower 4; plus Muse DJs. Tickets: £7 adv; £10 doors. Book here. 15 Jan 2023

    Thursday 16 March 2023

    Todmorden U3A Event

    Barrie J Yates' Seven Magnificent Seven Women

    Engineer and speaker Barrie J Yates has created a talk around his magnificent seven women in science and engineering history.

    His talk is very visual with many sound and video clips. His seven magnificent women are: Gertrude Bell, Ada Lovelace, Hedy Lamar, Rosalind Franklin, Amy Johnston, Marie Curie, and Beatrice Shilling

    The meeting starts at 14.00 and is open to paid-up members of the Todmorden u3a, but if you would like to attend you can enquire by going to www.u3atod.org.uk or by contacting membership@u3atod.org.uk.

    Saturday 18 March 2023

    Laser-Cutting Introduction

    10am - 4:30pm
    At Bridge Rectifier, 2-4 Stubbing Holme Road, 
    Hebden Bridge, HX7 6EA (opposite scrapyard entrance)

    Laser cutting

    • Fancy learning a new skill? Want access to a high quality laser-cutter? No previous experience needed.
    • Come along to a free workshop at Bridge Rectifier to learn basic computer-aided design & laser-cutting.
    • Laser-cutting can be used for: artwork, attractive cases, mechanical components, special mountings,  lampshades, intricate paper cuts/ invitation cards, sliced 3D forms.
    • Materials include: acrylic sheet, wood, cardboard, paper, glass engraving, . . . .
    • Produce your own piece to take away, free of charge.
    • Once trained, you can continue your own projects for a very low charge, with a group of enthusiasts working on diverse projects.
    • Waiting list for later dates

    Bridge Rectifier is a not-for-profit community hackerspace/ makerspace.

    Open Evenings run 7 to 9 pm every Wednesday & Open Day first Saturday of each month.

    Book via website link

    Saturday 18 March 2023

    New Ways of Exploring The Universe – multi-messenger astrophysics:

    Lit and Sci lecture:  Prof Tim O'Brien from The University of Manchester  

    7.30-9pm (Bar open from 6.30, doors 7pm) 

    Hebden Bridge Town Hall

    Tim's talk will show you some of the most spectacular astronomical images and discoveries of recent times made using ingenious telescopes around the world and in space. He will show you things no eye can see and amaze you with the hidden universe of black holes, exploding stars and distant galaxies.

    Prof. Tim O'Brien – Associate Director of The Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics and Co-Founder of The Bluedot Festival - will reveal our universe as you never imagined it. 

    Tickets on sale at Hebden Bridge Town Hall and online at www.hblitandsci.org.uk

    Saturday 18 March 2023


    Sunday 19 March 2023

    The Lost Chord Ensemble

    7 pm to 9:30 pm, Little Theatre bar, Holme Street, Hebden Bridge

    The Lost Chord Ensemble is a small group of people who support the Little Theatre. They meet about once a month usually on a Sunday evening to play light music with titles such as Easter Parade (Irving Berlin), April Day, The Squirrel Dance, Crushed Petals, Lilac Time. 
    Musicians (with their music stand) are invited to come and play.

    If you are coming for the first time, please contact chris.browne@tiscali.co.uk with details of your instrument so that a pad of music can be made available.

    Friday 10 March 2023

    Film Festival Full Launch

    We are delighted to be invite everyone to the launch of the full programme of the Hebden Bridge Film Festival 2023 at
    6.00pm at Hebden Bridge Town Hall.

    It would be lovely if you are able to join us for drink (we'll provide nibbles), watch the festival trailer, book tickets and pick up your copy of the printed programme, which is looking fantastic!

    We are also very pleased to announce that Vocation has made us a festival beer! The HBFF Hope & Resistance pale ale will also be launched this week so come along and give it a try.

    If you can't come on the 10th, don't worry there will be all the information on our website about each film and trailers for most of them from next Friday. There's 3 UK premieres, a master class, Q and A's and a Panel amongst an amazing line up. We're sure you're going to have a lot of difficult choices about what to go to. 

    For anyone that can come along on Friday 10th, we'd love you to help distribute programmes if you have the time and take a poster to put in your window at home or work or at your friendly local cafe - please do pick some up.

    Looking forward to seeing everyone at the launch on the 10th or at the festival 24-26th March. 

    Tuesday 7 March 2023

    A New Cold War with Russia?

    A public meeting on 7 March will discuss the current unstable world of increased militarism and renewed global nuclear threats. And what can be done. More info on this HebWeb news page

    Wednesday 8 March 2023

    Hebden Bridge Local History Society

    Traditional food in Calderdale

    A wide-ranging look at food, its preparation and its place in the lives of the people of the Calder Valley.

    Peter Brears is a leading food historian, having published extensively on this subject and restored historical kitchens throughout the country. His interest in the traditional foods of Calderdale began in 1970 when he became curator of Shibden Hall. His recently published book draws together a wide range of sources and illustrations to tell the lives of the working people of nineteenth century Calderdale through what and how they ate.

    Methodist Church, Market Street. Hebden Bridge. 7.30 free to members; £4 for visitors

    Sunday 5 March 2023

    Celebrating Women Everywhere

    A celebration of International Women's Day on Sunday 5th March (ahead of time) at The Trades Club in Hebden Bridge with 'amazing' female talent. Earlier, in the afternoon: Well Women 'Drop in'. Read more in this HebWeb newsitem

    Wednesday 1 March 2023

    QI GONG FOR ALL

    Six weekly qi gong sessions for anyone from Wednesday 1st March from 9.30am to 10.30am in Hebden Bridge Town Hall, The Space on 2nd floor (lift) with Kath Reade. All welcome. 

    Thursday 2 March 2023

    Our Responsibilities at this time

    A talk on the climate crisis and direct action by Just Stop Oil

    7 - 9 pm

    The Todfellows Space, Oxford St, Todmorden OL14 5PU.

    Just Stop Oil is a nonviolent civil resistance group demanding that the UK Government do not issue any new oil, gas or coal licences. Current plans are for 130+ new licences.

    Just Stop Oil is inviting you to a talk and discussion about the climate crisis and how we drive social change. We will get to the heart of what climate change means for people we love and what we can do about it. We will also hear from ordinary people who are taking action and their reasons for doing so.

    Saturday 4 March 2023

    Preview & Performance at Heptonstall Museum

    Midday till 4pm

    Organised by Friends of Heptonstall Museum - now on the brink of community asset transfer - welcome you to the museum on Saturday 4 March for an afternoon to see and hear more about our plans and enjoy a flavour of what's to come. 

    Tickets are Free - book to save your seat

    We're proud to present a jam-packed afternoon of entertainment, giving you a flavour of the events we're planning throughout the year.

    Drop in for one or all the performances, or just to say hello and hear more or sign up to become a Friend of the Museum or future volunteer. 

    Midday (90 mins): Heptonstall: Village of Memories  

    Kicking off proceedings, we're offering a rare opportunity to experience local film-maker and Museum trustee - Nick Wilding's evocative film exploring our local history, with the help of humour, intrigue and pathos from some of the colourful characters of the past.

    2pm: Performance & Preview of Heptonstall Museum Forthcoming Events 

    • "The Ballad of King David Hartley" - composed and specially written for our forthcoming Coiners' exhibition by Michael Crowley & Porl Den-Man, exclusive first performance by Porl Den-Man.
    • "The Gallows' Pole" - an excerpt - reading by Mary Ellen from Benjamin Myers' award-winning novel*
    • Sarah Corbett, Plath Festival founder - poetry-reading and sharing her plans to bring a regular monthly poetry event to the museum.

    FoHM Chair, Tim Machin will also provide an insight to our re-opening exhibition and the year ahead - plus plenty of Q&A opportunities at our membership and information stalls while enjoying a cuppa and cake.

    *excerpt read with permission from FoHM friend and author, Benjamin Myers - thank you

    Saturday 4 March 2023

    Allotment Arts project launch

    Hebden Bridge Arts is delighted to launch its Allotment Arts projects, with a meeting for all interested allotment holders to come along and find out more, a week on Saturday, 4 March.

    More info on this HebWeb news page

    Saturday 4 March 2023

    Dark Matter Promotions presents…

    A frenzied night of hot garage punk and rockabilly

    Thee Windom Earles, The Sleazoids and The Mandelbrot Shakes

    £6. Adv tickets via Skiddle

    Golden Lion Todmorden, 7.30pm

    Friday 24 February 2023

    Disco-bedience

    9.30 pm – late, Trades Club.

    XR-Calderdale fundraiser: "A night of rebellious basslines and energising beats"!

    DJ sets from Annie, Danielle Moore, Flash Atkins, and Kev Original.

    Tickets £7 on the door.

    Friday 24 February 2023

    Dark Matter Promotions presents…

    Duke Garwood + special guests

    London's primary exponent of wheezy broke-down Blues is touring his new album Rogues Gospel album.

    Adv tickets via Skiddle

    Golden Lion Todmorden, 8pm

    Saturday 25 February 2023

    Chasing the Dram – the world of taste and whisky

    Lit and Sci lecture:  Rachel McCormack  

    7.30-9pm (Bar open from 6.30, doors 7pm) 

    Hebden Bridge Town Hall

    Author of Chasing the Dram: the search for the spirit of whisky, Rachel McCormack is a broadcaster and writer, known mostly as a panellist on Radio 4's The Kitchen Cabinet. Rachel will give us a chance to try some whisky and chocolate pairings whilst telling us all we need to know about the spirit.

    Tickets on sale at Hebden Bridge Town Hall and online at www.hblitandsci.org.uk

    See HebWeb news item for more info.

    Saturday 25 February 2023

    Belinda O'Hooley plays Wadsworth A gifted pianist, singer, song writer and composer who, with her wife Heidi Tidow, created the title song for Gentleman Jack. Belinda also appeared as DCS Liz Thornton in Happy Valley.

    See HebWeb news item for more info.

    Saturday 25 February 2023

    Hot Club of Halifax presents Winter Swing Dance

    Dance away those winter blues with 2 great bands - The Hot Club of Halifax and Red Hippo.

    Todmorden Working Men's Club, Halifax Road Todmorden

    8pm

    Tickets on door £10.

    Back by popular demand!

    Wednesday 22 February 2023

    Free Yoga Class Suitable for All

    Rachel Lightbird has been teaching yoga for more than 22 years. In this free yoga class she will teach you to tune into your body and listen to its messages, blending subtle body and physical body  techniques to restore, relax and revitalise your whole mind/body/soul energy system. 

    Although deep and intuitive in nature, this class is suitable for beginners, and more experienced students alike. No experience or a wealth of experience. All welcome.

    For more information  call Rachel on 07722 735218, or email r.lightbird@gmail.com.

    To book your place use this link

    Location:  Calerdale Yoga Centre, Unit 2, Hangingroyd Lane, Hebden Bridge

    Wednesday 22 February 2023

    Hebden Bridge Local History Society

    Calderdale Industrial Museum: a guide to its history from a personal perspective

    Peter's talk will cover some of the early history of the building in Square Road, Halifax before it was converted for use as an industrial museum. He will briefly examine some of the issues faced by the museum, forcing its closure, and the decision taken by a group of volunteers to attempt to re-open it for the public benefit. Finally, he will offer some insight into the areas within the museum that he has been most closely involved with and offer some glimpses of highlights yet to come.

    Peter Robinson is a founder member of the Calderdale Industrial Museum Association, and has been actively involved in the process of breathing new life into what had become a closed and almost forgotten part of Calderdale's heritage. He is a Vice President and long-time Treasurer of the Halifax Antiquarian Society who has written many articles on the industrial history of Calderdale.

    Methodist Church, Market Street. Hebden Bridge. 7.30 free to members; £4 for visitors

    Saturday 18 February 2023

    An evening of music at Tod Cricket Club

    Saturday 18 February 2023

    Dark Room Presents:

    JON DASILVA

    Dark Room presents acid house legend Jon Dasilva for a night of sleazy acid music supported by Dark Room residents Jimmy & Rubes at the Trades Club

    8pm - 2am

    Further info and tickets:

    Thursday 16 February 2023

    Todmorden U3A Event

    Roger Browne and the Great American Songbook

    Actor, singer, speaker, and musician Roger Browne will be informing and entertaining the Todmorden U3A at their next meeting on the 16th February about the Great American Songbook. He will look at the influence of jazz, blues, opera, and musical theatre through the two world wars and the golden age of radio on the great composers of the early 20th century.

    Composers such as; George Gershwin, Jerome Kern, Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, Harry Warren, Hoagy Carmichael, and many others, between them, wrote thousands of richly melodic masterpieces, with equally memorable lyrics. The output of this period became known as "The Great American Songbook"

    In this talk, Roger traces the history and music of this genre and, as with all his talks, he illustrates it with live examples on the piano, and the hilarious stories about the people, places, and events that fuelled the development of this unique milestone in Western popular music.

    The meeting starts at 14.00 and is open to paid-up members of the Todmorden u3a, but if you would like to attend you can enquire by going to www.u3atod.org.uk or by contacting membership@u3atod.org.uk.

    Wednesday 8 February 2023

    Hebden Bridge Local History Society

    Scandal! Local cases before the bawdy courts 1516 – 1848

    Local people appeared before the ecclesiastical courts for a wide variety of misdemeanours including adultery, brawling in church and slander.  The cases reveal some of the more scandalous aspects of life in our community in past centuries as well as details of people's lives, relationships and the things they argued about. Come along and find out about a long-running dispute over a pew, an attempt to frame someone for fathering an illegitimate child, a take-over bid by bogus churchwardens and much more.

    Anne Mealia is a professional genealogist and historical researcher and runs her own research business, Evergreen Ancestry, carrying out research for individuals, academics and TV companies. She leads historical walks round Todmorden and the surrounding area and is on the Committee of Hebden Bridge Local History Society. Her own research interests include the Fieldens and the Dobroyd area of Todmorden.

    Methodist Church, Market Street. Hebden Bridge. 7.30 free to members; £4 for visitors

    Friday 10 February 2023

    Do You Remember The First Time

    9pm-1:30am
    The Trades Club
    90s indie and alternative disco
    Fundraiser for Hebden Royd Primary School PTFA
    Tickets £5 (plus booking fee

    Trades Club website

    Friday 3 February 2023

    Folk Music at Wadsworth Community Centre. Two nationally acclaimed musicians play Wadsworth Community Centre, Old Town as part of Independent Venue Week.

    See HebWeb news piece for more info

    Friday 3 February 2023

    Dark Matter Promotions, Slomanmusic and the Golden Lion present, as part of Independent Venue Week 2023 and the 10th anniversary

    Large Plants + Jesus Knievel (IVW)

    Large Plants is the post-apocalyptic downer-fuzz-rock side project of Jack Sharp, former singer guitarist from psych-folk luminaries Wolf People. With support from Jesus Knievel, a psychedelic alt rock band.

    Golden Lion, Todmorden
    Friday 3 February
    Doors 8pm
    Advance tickets via Skiddle

    Saturday 4 February 2023

    Heptonstall Methodist Church, 2pm

    More info

    Saturday 4 February 2023

    Book Launch: These Houses Are Ours

    5pm-6pm,  in the Café area of the Hebden Bridge Town Hall.  Wine/soft drinks etc.

    This latest book from Andrew Bibby describes the early history of affordable working-class housing for rent in the years up to the First World War.  The years before 1919 saw the development of a widespread housing movement in Britain which delivered housing, generally on 'garden village' principles, through co-operative and community-led endeavour. 

    More info here.

    Saturday 4 February 2023

    Anne Lister talk at Wadsworth Community Centre (4 Feb) with Jill Liddington, celebrated Mytholmroyd author and historian, and Hebden Bridge's Rachel Lappin, a volunteer at Shibden Hall.

    See HebWeb news piece for more info

    Tuesday 31 January 2023

    Dark Matter Promotions, Slomanmusic and the Golden Lion present, as part of Independent Venue Week 2023 and the 10th anniversary

    Local bands & artists showcase (IVW)

    A selection of local bands and artists: Legs on Wheels, FADS, Stone Sister, Bridget Hayden, Benny Jones

    Golden Lion, Todmorden
    Tuesday 31st January
    Doors 7.30pm
    £7 advance (seetickets)

    Wednesday, 1 February 2023

    Philip Selway

    8pm, Trades Club, Hebden Bridge 

    Philip Selway is a member Radio Head. He tours with Independent Venue Week to showcase his new solo album Strange Dance.

    Wednesday 1 February 2023

    Dark Matter Promotions, Slomanmusic and the Golden Lion present, as part of Independent Venue Week 2023 and the 10th anniversary

    Mark Morriss (The Bluetones) + Nick B Hall (IVW)

    Mark Morriss, lead singer of 1990s indie favourites The Bluetones will be performing songs from the band's back catalogue as well as his own. With support from Nick, well-known for his excellent guitar-playing and his emotive, warm and powerful singing voice.

    Golden Lion, Todmorden
    Wednesday 1st February
    Doors 7.30pm
    £12.50 advance (seetickets)

    Thursday, 2 February 2023

     IVW x BBC Introducing present 

    English Teacher

    7.30pm, Trades Club, Hebden Bridge 

    Leeds post-punk four-piece English Teacher bring their alt-rock sensibilities and politically-charged lyricism to Hebden Bridge.

    Thursday 2 February 2023

    Trade Club Quizz

    Thursday 2 February 2023

    Dark Matter Promotions, Slomanmusic and the Golden Lion present, as part of Independent Venue Week 2023 and the 10th anniversary

    Open mic night (IVW)

    Dark Matter Promotions, slomanmusic and the Golden Lion present, as part of Independent Venue Week 2023 and the 10th anniversary:

    Solo performers, duos and 3-pieces playing original music (pre booking is essential via Dark Matter or slomanmusic social media pages)

    Golden Lion, Todmorden
    Thursday 2nd February
    Doors 7.30pm
    Free entry

    Friday 27 January 2023

    The Shaggy Dog Storytelling Club

    Fable, fairy tale, folk tale, myth, legend, or just a good old yarn - whether you've got a story to tell, or just like to listen, join us in the upper room of the Stubbing Wharf Pub. Starts 8pm, Friday 27th January, free entry.


    Wednesday 25 January 2023

    Hebden Bridge Local History Society

    17th century yeoman farmhouses and oak furniture of the Upper Calder Valley

    Peter's initial interest was the oak furniture of the 17th century, and he wanted the right house to display it. He tells a personal story of buying an old semi-derelict farmhouse on the edge of the moors above Hebden Bridge and gradually 'doing it up' to the point where it won an award for best house restoration in the North West of England in 1975.

    Well known as a speaker in the area, Peter Thornborrow was architectural historian for Calderdale undertaking a survey of listed buildings. Later as an inspector of historic buildings he advised on conservation and the listing of buildings. He is chair of the Yorkshire Vernacular Buildings Study Group and is currently working on a book Halifax in 50 Buildings.

    Methodist Church, Market Street. Hebden Bridge. 7.30 free to members; £4 for visitors

    Tuesday 24 January 2023

    Acclaimed folk acapella from USA Music lovers in the valley are in for a rare treat on Tues Jan 24th when acclaimed American folk harmony quartet Windborne perform at St Mary's Church, Tod.

    Read HebWeb news item for more info.

    Friday 20 January - Saturday 21 January

    Play or Sing - Bohemian Rhapsody in a Day

    The Calderdale Fantasy Orchestra and Choir is inviting singers and instrumentalists of all abilities to join us to sing or play Bohemian Rhapsody in a day.  The workshops and performance will take place at the Birchcliffe Centre, Birchcliffe Road, Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, HX7 8DG 

    Friday 20th January 7.00-9.30pm &
    Saturday 21st January 2023 10am - 5pm 

    Tickets from £15 from Eventbrite

    Saturday 21 January 2023

    Bridge across the Generations will be screened at Mytholmroyd Community Centre at 11am on Sat 21st Jan. The film is a collaboration between local older people and local primary school children. See this HebWeb news item for more info.

    Saturday 21 January 2023

    Writing for The Archers

    Lit and Sci lecture:  Liz John  

    7.30-9pm (Bar open from 6.30, doors 7pm) 

    Hebden Bridge Town Hall

    What is it about this 'everyday story of country folk' that makes 5 million listeners tune in daily? Have you ever wondered how the longest-running radio drama in the world gets written?

    Join The Archers' scriptwriter Liz John, for a fascinating in-depth interview by Libby Tempest, to discover how plot lines are decided, how writers and actors interact – and what really happened with the Rob and Helen story.

    Tickets on sale at Hebden Bridge Town Hall and online at www.hblitandsci.org.uk

    Sunday 15 January 2023

    Repair Cafe

    Community Centre Mytholmroyd, 12pm  to 3pm

    Enjoy a warm drink and a cake or savoury 

    Cost: Pay as you feel donation

    Skilled experienced volunteers will try to mend clothes, bikes, electrical and mechanical household (no microwaves) and garden equipment. Advice given and sign posting to repair professionals if appropriate.

    Come for a visit to see what its all about

    Sunday 15 January 2023

    The Lost Chord Ensemble

    7 to 9:30 pm, in the Little Theatre bar, Holme Street, Hebden Bridge, HX7 8EE

    The Lost Chord Ensemble is a small group of people who support the Little Theatre. They meet about once a month usually on a Sunday evening to play light music. Musicians (with their music stand) are invited to come and play.

    If you are coming for the first time, please contact chris.browne@tiscali.co.uk with details of your instrument so that a pad of music can be made available.

    Wednesday 11 January 2023

    Hebden Bridge Local History Society

    A Victorian artist paints the Upper Calder Valley: discovering the landscape paintings of John Holland.

    In 1869 at the White Horse in Hebden Bridge, there was an exhibition and sale of sixty one paintings of the area, by established landscape artist John Holland. This talk will give an overview of the life and work of John Holland who painted scenes in the Hebden Bridge, Mytholmroyd and Todmorden areas at a time of considerable change.

    Both Diana Monahan and Justine Wyatt are long standing and active members of HBLHS. Their interests include walking the local landscape, and this has fed their historical researches. Diana began by researching the area around her own house, but has expertise in many areas; Justine has published her research into local water-powered industry and Fustianopolis.

    Methodist Church, Market Street. Hebden Bridge. 7.30 free to members; £4 for visitors

    Thursday 5 January 2023

    Trades Club, 8.30pm for 9pm