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WHAT WAS ON:
PAST EVENTS

in Hebden Bridge and the surrounding area
Monday 4 July 2022

"Not in our name"

Join this meeting organised by Halifax Friends of Palestine, discussing how "we can reject Israel's ongoing racist colonial project."

7pm to 8.30pm

Hebden Bridge Town Hall

1-3 July 2022

Open Studios

More info

Saturday 2 July 2022

Waiting For Wesley

1pm. Heptonstall Museum, Church Yard Bottom, Heptonstall, HX7 7PL.

Tickets via Eventbrite

Waiting For Wesley is set in the Calder Valley in the summer of 1842 when a wave of strikes engulfed Lancashire and Yorkshire. As well as demanding a reversal of wage cuts, many workers also demanded the government give way on the People's Charter and introduce universal male suffrage.

Supporters of 'physical force' Chartism were numerous in the Halifax area. Hebden Bridge Radical Association declared its belief in "the justice and right of the people to possess arms in their own defence." Thousands of troops confronted 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. There will be a Q and A after the performance and a progress report on the future of Heptonstall Museum.

Saturday 2 July 2022

Co-operatives Work!

Join us on Saturday 2nd July 2022 - UN International Day of Co-operatives - for a multi-event day in Hebden Bridge showcasing the past, present and future of co-operation in Calderdale. The daytime events are all free.

There will be a co-operative history walk around Hebden Bridge in the morning, culminating in the laying of flowers on the graves of local co-operators who helped shape the wider co-op world. This will be followed by a conference in the afternoon at Hebden Bridge Town Hall showcasing the past, present and future of co-operation in Calderdale. 

Calderdale co-operatives (you'd be surprised by how many there are) ranging from the retail, wholesale, hospitality, environmental, care and publishing sectors will give you a flavour of how co-operatives provide sustainable economic and social solutions now and into the future. 

In addition, keynote speakers include Tracy Brabin (West Yorkshire Mayor), Councillor Jane Scullion (Deputy Leader of Calderdale Council), Rose Marley (Chief Executive of Co-operatives UK) and David Burch (Senior Researcher at the Centre for Local Economic Strategies).

The Commoners' Choir at the Trades Club in the evening will round off the day's events.

See calderdale.coop for more details, including booking information.

Saturday 2 July 2022

Open Air Concert

ZAREBI - Georgian Folk Ensemble

Open 1pm, Singing 2pm

Landfarm Gardens, Colden HX7 7PT

Refreshments available - Bring your own blankets or chairs.

£5 entrance cash only.

www.zarebi.co.uk - 01422 845875

Parking limited

Saturday 2 July 2022

Hepton Singers' summer is one of ice and fire

Hepton Singers' summer concert: Hepton Singers, the chamber choir based in the Calder Valley, will present an early evening concert in Heptonstall on Saturday 2nd July.

Entitled Ice and Fire. Read more

Sunday 3 July 2022

Festival in Mytholmroyd offers chance to try out an e-bike

Try out an e-bike: A new family-friendly festival takes place in Mytholmroyd on Sun 3 July. The event will give people chance to try out electric bikes free of charge on a traffic-free section of Cragg Road, the longest continuous ascent in the country. See HebWeb news item

Sunday 3 July 2022

Dark Matter presents

Professional comedy night: Sam Serrano , Simon Lomas and special guest Alfie Carter

Doors 7.30pm
Tickets via Skiddle and on the door
Golden Lion, Todmorden (upstairs)

20-25 June 2022

The Little Theatre

Things I Know to be True The Little Theatre's June production is this intense family drama by Andrew Bovell and directed by Rachel Doyle-Richards, from Mon 20 June till 25 June. See HebWeb news item

Saturday 25 June 2022

Hebden Bridge Arts

Crossings Exhibition

Unwind and celebrate the unique features of our local landscape as the Crossings Exhibition passes through Hebden Royd in June!

Check out the free exhibition featuring prints and a slide show of 100's of photographs submitted by the public of crossings found around Calderdale. Open 11am to 4pm:

Saturday 11 June at Hebden Bridge Town Hall
Saturday 18 June at St John's Church Cragg Vale
Saturday 25 June at Mytholmroyd Community Centre

While you appreciate the photographs, hear a SOUNDWALK captured by local sound artist Jo Kennedy, inspired by the pictures that people have taken, and by time spent listening and recording in 6 Hebden Royd locations.

In addition, on its first release is the official CROSSINGS MAP, beautifully designed by local maker and illustrator Kerith Ogden, influenced by some of the entries.

Together with Hebden Bridge Walkers Action this project has created a massive repository of local crossings which fill our landscape allowing us to explore - stiles, gates, tunnels, bridges, gaps in the wall, tracks and stepping stones.

See web page

Saturday 25 June 2022

Come and join us for...

  • The Great Tea Party
  • The Great Hebden Bake Off
  • The Human Library
  • Local organisations information stalls
  • Sounds of Summer with local DJs
  • A range of activities for young people provided by CLOUD, inc: skateboarding, football competition, frisbee, hula hoops, Diablo, stone painting, street art.

All activities are FREE

Mobiloo accessible toilets will be on site

For more info contact reach4ward4@gmail.com or 07707 449223

An event brought to you by Reach4wrd Community Project

Saturday 25 June 2022

Picture-house

Helen of Four Gates

with score performed by live string quartet 

Don't miss a rare chance to see Cecil Hepworth's melodrama, Helen of Four Gates (1920), which was filmed on the moors around Hebden Bridge and Heptonstall. A silent film, on the evening of Saturday 25th June, it's being screened at Hebden Bridge Picture House with new live accompaniment scored by Ben Burrows and performed for the first time by the Treske Quartet. 

The film was adapted from a popular novel of the same name by Ethel Carnie Holdsworth and was shot on location on the Pennine moors around Heptonstall and Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, which Carnie Holdsworth had used as the setting for her novel. The film's intertitles were written in the original Yorkshire dialect of the novel.

For over 80 years Helen of Four Gates was believed to be irretrievably lost, until an original 35mm print was discovered in a film vault in Canada in 2007. It's been screened locally only 5 times since the rediscovery of the sole surviving copy of the film. This is the last event in the cinema's centenary year calendar of celebrations.

Introduction by Heptonstall filmmaker Nick Wilding, who was instrumental in finding the surviving copy of the film 15 years ago. 

Tickets via www.hbph.co.uk


Read this HebWeb News item from 2011 telling the story of how this classic silent film was tracked down to once again enthrall audiences at the Hebden Bridge Picture House.

Sunday 26 June 2022

Concert of words and music to welcome in Summer with Cantorelli

At St. Thomas the Apostle Parish Church, Heptonstall (in the old church, weather permitting, or in the new church)


Cantorelli, a vocal octet based in the Calder Valley, is performing a programme of words and music to welcome in summer in the ruins of the old church in Heptonstall (or in the new church if it is wet) in aid of Parish Church funds on Sunday 26th June at 3.30pm. Admission is free.

The programme includes 17th century madrigals from across Europe, songs by Henry Purcell including choruses from the Fairy Queen and 20th century songs by Stanford, Finzi and Vaughan Williams.

For more information visit the choir's website.

Thursday 23 June 2022

Heptonstall: The Far Side

A walk and talk led by John Billingsley for Heptonstall Historical Society. Thursday 23rd June 7pm, meet @ Heptonstall Bowling and Social Club. 

John Billingsley, resident in the valley since 1975, is convenor of the Folklore Section of the Hebden Bridge Local History Society, and has written or edited ten books, mostly on folklore and magical tradition locally and beyond; his most recent is Charming Calderdale (2020), an introduction to magical protections of buildings in the borough. He has also been editor of Northern Earth, the neo-antiquarian journal, for over thirty years.

The evening's walk will take in some of the more unusual and less talked-about aspects of Heptonstall history, as well as more familiar locations. Mostly on paved ground, one short stretch of footpath will take us down to the edge above Hell Hole Rocks. Please wear appropriate footwear. It can be slippery underfoot. It is expected to take around two hours, depending on the progress of the group. 
Places are limited to 18

To book a place, please email maryrellen@yahoo.co.uk 
Free for HS members, £4 non members. 

Friday 24 June 2022

Shaggy Dog Storytellers: Stories from the Floor

All good things come to those who wait, so we hope you good things, who have been very patient, will join us for the relaunch of the Shaggy Dog Storytelling Club. We're kicking off with stories from the floor, so whether you've a story to tell, or want to sit and listen to tales well told in the recently refurbished Stubbing Wharf Pub, Hebden Bridge, we'd love to see you.

Starts at 8pm, tickets £7 on the door.

Monday 20 June 2022

Hebden Bridge Disability Access Forum regular monthly meeting

Hebden Bridge Disability Access Forum, HBDAF 

Ordinary Meeting next Monday 20th June, 3pm to 5pm, by Zoom video link.

HBDAF Aims to improve access for disabled people in the Hebden Bridge area, and we meet on the 3rd Monday of each month by Zoom video.

All disabled people who live in, work in or visit Hebden Bridge and the surrounding parishes are extremely welcome to attend the meeting, or to contact us about membership.

We welcome new members with any kind of impairment, difference or health condition, so we can know what barriers we all face in access to places, events, information or services.

You are welcome to attend regularly, occasionally, or for only part of the meeting, to suit your needs. You are also welcome to raise any access issues by phone or email if you don't want to come to a meeting. Please join us!

For further info contact sechbdisabilityaccess@gmail.com 01422 844914

Thursday 16 June 2022

Resolutions and Superstitions

Speaker: Chris Helme

Todmorden u3a Meeting at the Central Methodist Hall in Todmorden at 1400 on the 16th June with the Talk entitled 'Resolutions and Superstitions' by Chris Helme.

This talk looks at the origins of those New Year resolutions that many of us start with the best of intentions, but do they last. Why do some people worry about Friday the 13th? What is its significance? Why do we send Valentine cards? Who started it all and why is a four-leaf clover supposed to be lucky? All these questions and many more will be answered by Chris and there will also have a few laughs along the way.

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 June 2022

Rise up - Mytholmroyd Free Music Festival

Free to attend one day music festival on Gala Field next to Mytholmroyd Co-op and in Dusty Miller, Barbary's Bar, St Michael's Church Hall, Shoulder of Mutton, Mytholmroyd Working Men's Club on June 18th from 12 noon until 9.00pm.

Do and Foodstalls. 

See website

Saturday 18 June 2022

Hebden Bridge Arts

Crossings Exhibition

Unwind and celebrate the unique features of our local landscape as the Crossings Exhibition passes through Hebden Royd in June!

Check out the free exhibition featuring prints and a slide show of 100's of photographs submitted by the public of crossings found around Calderdale. Open 11am to 4pm:

Saturday 11 June at Hebden Bridge Town Hall
Saturday 18 June at St John's Church Cragg Vale
Saturday 25 June at Mytholmroyd Community Centre

While you appreciate the photographs, hear a SOUNDWALK captured by local sound artist Jo Kennedy, inspired by the pictures that people have taken, and by time spent listening and recording in 6 Hebden Royd locations.

In addition, on its first release is the official CROSSINGS MAP, beautifully designed by local maker and illustrator Kerith Ogden, influenced by some of the entries.

Together with Hebden Bridge Walkers Action this project has created a massive repository of local crossings which fill our landscape allowing us to explore - stiles, gates, tunnels, bridges, gaps in the wall, tracks and stepping stones.

See web page

Saturday 18 June 2022

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 Sunday 19 June 2022

Midgley Open Gardens & Studios

11.00am to 5.00pm. 

15 lovely private gardens open to view over the weekend. Gardens display a range of styles and sizes, all suited to the challenging conditions of gardening on a windy hillside - often with a greaat view.

Artists' studios open this year too. Home made refreshments & lunches, and a warm welcome throughout the village

Friday 10 June 2022

The return of … The Open Mic

White Lion Pub, Heptonstall

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.

10-12 June 2022

Hebden Folk Roots Festival

The award-wining Hebden Folk Roots Festival is back for 2022 on 10th, 11th and 12th June. This year we have our most exciting line-up yet! Over these three days, we will be welcoming some of the best contemporary folk musicians in the business to Hebden Bridge. From Celtic rock to trad tunes, and everything in between.

See website for more info and early bird tickets.

Saturday 11 June 2022

Hebden Bridge Arts

Crossings Exhibition

Unwind and celebrate the unique features of our local landscape as the Crossings Exhibition passes through Hebden Royd in June!

Check out the free exhibition featuring prints and a slide show of 100's of photographs submitted by the public of crossings found around Calderdale. Open 11am to 4pm:

Saturday 11 June at Hebden Bridge Town Hall
Saturday 18 June at St John's Church Cragg Vale
Saturday 25 June at Mytholmroyd Community Centre

While you appreciate the photographs, hear a SOUNDWALK captured by local sound artist Jo Kennedy, inspired by the pictures that people have taken, and by time spent listening and recording in 6 Hebden Royd locations.

In addition, on its first release is the official CROSSINGS MAP, beautifully designed by local maker and illustrator Kerith Ogden, influenced by some of the entries.

Together with Hebden Bridge Walkers Action this project has created a massive repository of local crossings which fill our landscape allowing us to explore - stiles, gates, tunnels, bridges, gaps in the wall, tracks and stepping stones.

See web page

Sunday 12 June 2022

Wadsworth Walking Market

11am-4pm

Join us for the Wadsworth Walking Market where our 3 hubs Wainsgate Chapel, Old Town Cricket Club and Wadsworth Community Centre will host our Makers Market, featuring local crafters, jewellers, authors and artists. 

In between the hubs you can wander around the Table Top Trail where residents set up stalls outside their homes.

Trail maps will be available from Old Town Post Office for £1, with all sales being donated to Wainsgate Chapel for their community garden project.

Parking may be limited so please use public transport where possible, we are on the 595 bus route.

Thursday 2 June 2022

A Reet Royal Jubilee for All: Mask making, Bhangra dancing and Curry Night

Wadsworth Community Association and friends have organised a wild weekend of fun for all. On Saturday we start our Festival with a Parade (12.30 p.m.) so there is a Mask Making workshop at Old Town Community Centre at 3.00 p.m. on Thursday 2nd June.

Also at the Centre, there will be a free Bhangra Dance workshop for Under 16s round about 3.00 p.m. led by Hardeep Sahota of the World Bhangra Council. 

Free Bhangra workshop for Over 16s at 4.30 p.m.

Contact Pat on 17731 475100 to book a place.

Bhangra Performance at 5.30 p.m.

Delicious Curry Night from 6.00 p.m.

Adults £5.00; Children £2.50. Bar Everyone welcome.

Thursday 2 June 2022

Thursday 2 June 2022

A Reet Royal Jubilee for All: Jubilee Quiz

Robin Hood Pub, Pecket Well: Thursday 2nd June 2022

Start time: 9.00 p.m.

Come and test your knowledge or just enjoy the beer and good food.

2-5 June 2022

Platinum Jubilee at St James' Church

St James' Church (Church Lane, Hebden Bridge HX7 6DS) has organised the following for the local community with thanks to a grant from Hebden Royd Town Council.

2nd to 5th June, anytime between 11 am and 3 pm - Exhibition about Mytholm during the last 70 years, charting the changes in the life of the local community since 1952 and changes during that time in areas such as fashions, toys, games, food, drinks, sweets, weddings, memories. Hebden Royd School will also be marking their postponed 150th anniversary with an exhibition of the history of the school.

5th June between 12 pm and 2 pm - A pot-luck picnic where local people bring their own picnic to eat on their own blanket or chairs either at the church or on the nearby field. For those who may not be able to provide their own picnic, there will be some "Food Share" items available. In the event of wet weather, St John's room at the church will be used. There will be a professionally-made cake in the shape of a 2D Coronation Crown on display until about 1 pm. On arrival at the church, people will be asked to collect a ticket for a free slice of either sponge cake, fruit cake or vegan cake in exchange for their ticket after 1 pm. (100 tickets available).

The colour theme for the Platinum Jubilee is purple, which the church will be using for decorations and flowers, together with the union flag. We encourage you to wear something purple or dress in 1952 fashions. Email for more info

Friday 3 June 2022

A Reet Royal Jubilee for All

Nature Play and Art Workshop

Come and join this free Art workshop

From 10.30 am - 12.00 pm at Wadsworth Community Centre, Billy Lane, Old Town HX7 8RY

Using natural materials to create Parade flags and lanterns.

Booking highly recommended

Contact Louisa on 07985 490419

Parade on Saturday Old Town Green 12.30 p.m.

Friday 3 June 2022

A Reet Royal Jubilee for All

Music & Dance evening

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

Doors open 6.30 p.m.

Come and join us for a fabulous evening of music with Hebden Bridge based youth folk band: Jiggerie Folkerie - 7.00 p.m. Then get ready to swing your partners in a traditional Ceilidh with Peaceworks from 8.00 p.m.

Entrance £5.00 - book early as numbers limited to allow space to dance.

Contact Carol on 07584 137128

We will be serving our legendary Pie and Peas from 7.30 p.m.

Real ale at our excellent bar. 

Saturday 4 June 2022

A Reet Royal Jubilee for All

Drumming workshops and Performance

Free Drumming Workshops with the amazing Drum Machine

Old Town Green

10.30 a.m. Under 16s
11.45 p.m. Over 16s

Stay for their Performance on the stage on the Green at 3.00 p.m. - see our Festival details for other events on the Green on Saturday afternoon.

Contact Molly on 07472 535853 to book a place or just come along and make a noise!

Saturday 4 June 2022

A Reet Royal Jubilee for All

Jubilant 5k Jog

Registration at Old Town Cricket Club. Register on the day 8am to 8.45.

9am start. Well-marked moorland route. Walkers welcome. No dogs please.

Cancelled if very bad weather.

Runners aged under 18 must have a responsible adult present & parental consent. Under 12s must run with an adult.

Limited space to park outside the venue.

More information on Facebook

Saturday 4 June 2022

A Reet Royal Jubilee for All

Circus Skills Workshops

Free Circus Skills Workshop from 11.00 a.m. at Pecket Well Playground - All welcome

Dmitri Ogden from FlameOz will be sharing his many skills including juggling, Stilts, plate spinning, Devil Stick, Hula Hoops, Unicycle and more.

Also on Old Town Green on Saturday afternoon

Contact Julia on 01422 843873 to book a place or just come along.

Saturday 4 June 2022

Hebden Bridge Arts workshops

Free taster workshops launched: Hebden Bridge Arts invites you to book one of their free workshops or walks happening on Saturday 4th June at the Open Space 70 launch at Hebden Bridge Town Hall. Including stalls, live music and tetrapak printing. More info on this HebWeb news page

Saturday 4 June 2022

A Reet Royal Jubilee for All

Festival

Come to the Festival - Old Town Green

12.30 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.

12.30 p.m. Parade - all welcome - prizes for best Fancy Dress
1.00 p.m. Bring your picnic to the Green or enjoy our BBQ
1.30 p.m. Old Town Junior Band

Races, games, stalls, great Beer Tent, Giant Slide
Drum Machine and Circus skills performances

Brilliant live music from 3.00 p.m. starring Reggie and the Crayfish, Pepperjam and the legendary Owterzeds

Saturday 4 June 2022

Hebden Bridge Arts: Open Space 70 launch party

Open Space 70: Hebden Bridge Arts invites you to join them on Saturday 4 June at Hebden Bridge Town Hall for the launch of Open Space 70 – their exciting, new, year-long project.

See HebWeb news item


Saturday 4 June 2022

Jubilee Celebration

1pm. Heptonstall Methodist Chapel and Sunday School. 

Fantastic local folk group Ghost Train are returning with local food producers and yummy lunches. Family fun with children's storyteller, face painting and crafts.

Plant sale too!

Sunday 5 June 2022

Jubilee Celebration

10.30 - 1.30 Hebden Royd Methodist Church, Market Street, Hebden Bridge.

Celebration Service at 10.30am, refreshments, stalls, children's activities 11.30 - 1.30.

All welcome to join the party.

Sunday 5 June 2022

A Reet Royal Jubilee for All

Musical Afternoon

Wainsgate Chapel, Old Town HX7 8SU

Come and join us for a restful end to our Platinum Jubilee celebrations

2.00 p.m. Old Town Primary School Choir

3.00 p.m. Accordion and Harp music.

All welcome to this free event.

Thursday 26 May 2022

Free Craft Workshop

26th May, 3 pm to 5 pm at St James' Church, Church Lane, Hebden Bridge HX7 6DS – Free Craft Workshop - accompanied children are invited to drop-in to this workshop and make their own memorial book to complete during the Queen's Platinum Jubilee Weekend.

Friday 27 May 2022

Benefit for St Augustine's Centre

At the Trades Club on 27 May, a benefit for St Augustine's Centre – offering support to those seeking asylum in Halifax and Calderdale. Read more

Saturday 28 May 2022

Bentley Rhythm Ace (live)

West Midlands duo Mike Stokes and Richard March (former Pop Will Eat Itself) with a manic beat assault overladen with sampled kitsch. Their live performance is 'serious with a smirk'. These boys are wicked fun and very entertaining.

Plus DJ Glenn Evans who is making a name for himself with some great house sets from acid to Disco

Golden Lion, Todmorden
Saturday 28th May, 8pm
Tickets via Skiddle

Sunday 15 May 2022

Hebden Bridge Junior Band Spring Fair

The band's next performance is at our Spring Fair on Sunday 15th May between 11.30am and 3pm at the Town Hall in Hebden Bridge.

There will be refreshments, including homemade cakes, tea and coffee, some stalls and of course not forgetting great brass band music!

Hope you can come along and support us. Entry is free.

Sunday 15 May 2022

Voices unite for Ukraine

Three Valleys Gospel Choir are presenting an afternoon of song from various Calderdale singing groups including Calder Valley Voices, Todmorden Choral Society and many more to raise money for the crisis in Ukraine.

You can pay £8 adults, £5 concessions or £3 children on the door at Todmorden Unitarian Church at 2.30pm on May 15 or get your tickets on Eventbrite.

Sunday 22 May 2022

Cream Tea and Plant Sale

Come and enjoy a traditional Cream Tea and bring and buy plant sale at: John's house and garden, 5, The Hollins, Todmorden OL14 8B

Cream Tea - £5.00 .
Raffle with great prizes

All proceeds will go to the Survivors of Torture Activity Fund (STAF)

If you have any plants to donate, please contact John to arrange for collection or bring on the day. Mob 07789 264770

Parking information
You can park on Stansfield Hall Road but no access for cars up our short track. Lifts can be arranged however if you have mobility difficulties.

Saturday 14 May 2022

Dark Matter Band Showcase

Presenting fresh talent
Golden Lion, Fielden Square Todmorden

Doors 4.30pm

Kyogen, Gdansk81, Legs on Wheels, Bingo Harry, Rubes, The Matchbox and The Masochists plus DJ glenn evans

Tickets via Skiddle or on the door

Wednesday 11 May 2022

A Celebration of Wellbeing and Mental Health

10 am until 2.30 at Halifax Minster

Free Vegetarian and vegan lunch

Workshops and drama presentation

The conference is open to everyone, especially the faith communities and mental health agencies

Key Note Speakers

Jim McManus
Director of Public Health Hertfordshire

Jonny Richardson Glenn
CEO Healthy Minds Calderdale

Register for free here to ensure you get your lunch

Thursday 12 May 2022

Dark Matter and Slomanmusic

Music Open Mic

Golden Lion, Todmorden - downstairs
Thursday 12th May 7.30pm - 11pm (free)

We would like to support and encourage people that would love to play live, music, spoken word, etc but may have struggled a little with confidence or nerves in the past , we would be happy to chat prior and offer some techniques and reassurance that may help.

If you would like a slot, we are pre booking by contacting Andy Sloman or Lou Wowski on FB .. plus you can just turn up, but we do recommend booking early.

Sunday 8 May 2022

Cragg Vale Community Association

Spaw Sunday Celebration and Community Picnic

2.30-4pm

Meet at St. John's Church with Ryburn Longswords and join the procession to the Spa for Traditional Spa Blessing. Or you can join the procession when it passes the Robin Hood at around 2.45pm.

Free Community Picnic followed by Music and Dancing with Ryburn Longswords at the Robin Hood.

For further information call Marianne Hood on 01422 885224

Sunday 8 May 2022

Dark Matter, Slomanmusic and the Golden Lion present

Ukraine fundraiser for DEC Humanitarian Appeal

Music and spoken word to fill your boots

Golden Lion, Todmorden - downstairs
Sunday 8th May 4.30pm - 10.30pm
Suggested donation £5

Line up:

10 - 10.30pm Thee Windom Earles (equal parts garage scuzz, rockabilly lunacy and fever-dream surf-a-go-go)
9 - 9.30pm Dead Sea Apes (psych noise)
8.15 - 8.45pm Hazel's Maze (4 piece psychedelic rock)
7.30 - 8pm The Hazy Janes (Acoustic set) 
6.20 - 6.30pm Guest Speaker
6.10 - 6.20pm Trixxi Corish
5.40 - 6.10pm John Haycock (electronic kora)
5.30 - 5.40pm Trixxi Corish (Irish a cappella folk)
5 - 5.30pm Les Gillon & The Agents of Karma

Sunday 8 May 2022

The Lost Chord Ensemble

7 pm to 9:30 pm, in the Little Theatre bar,
Holme Street, Hebden Bridge.

The Lost Chord Ensemble meets about once a month and supports the Little Theatre. Musicians (with their music stand) are invited to come and play some light music selections, such as Fiddler on the Roof, In a Persian Market, Smiles, then Kisses.

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 30 April 2022 - Monday 2 May 2022

Through Alice's Eyes

Saturday 30 April - Monday 2 May 2022 10 am - 4 pm
Birchcliffe Centre, Hebden Bridge, HX7 8DG

Exhibition showcases the work of Hebden Bridge photographer Alice Longstaff, whose career spanned most of the 20th century. Alice is well known for her portrait photography, but this exhibition shows a different side to her work, focusing on pictures taken out and about in the community. These pictures are honest, affectionate, and often humorous, combining fascinating social history with incredible creativity and technical skill. Some are unidentified so you may be able to help!

Sunday 1 May 2022

Playing For Grown-Ups!

Creative groups for adventurous spirits

Come and enjoy relaxation, self-expression and connection with others through drama, mindful movement, and making. 

All welcome, no experience necessary 

£3-10 All profits to Freedom from Torture

Booking required. 

First Sunday of the month, 2-4pm, Salem Mill, Hebden Bridge

To reserve a place or for more information:

mo.movingmatters@gmail.com / 07837 684394

Saturday 30 April 2022

Hebden Bridge WI Spectacular Spring Rag Market

10:30am - 4pm

Venues;

The Waterfront Room, The Town Hall

Northlight Studios, Hangingroyd Lane

Additional stalls at the Word of Mouth workshop on Valley Road.

Entry £1 for Adults  - Crafty young things under 16 Free Entry. 

Well behaved waggy tails welcome.

Calling All Crafters! After a two year hiatus due to Covid we are thrilled that finally we're back!

The Rag Market is a twice yearly event run by Hebden Bridge WI to raise funds for our Charity of the Year which this year is Mothershare Halifax. It also pays for an Educational Bursary which is offered to members of the Hebden Bridge Branch in keeping with the Women's Institute's aims in providing women with educational opportunities and the chance to build new skills.

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

Many of the fabrics are vintage, one offs and from private collections so you can pick up many items that are not available in the shops for amazing prices.

Our stall holders are generally crafters themselves, reluctantly selling items from a treasured hoard that has become too large to store, but some of our regular stallholders also include local small businesses selling beautiful (Yorkshire!) woven wool tweeds and plaid fabrics and a ceramicist selling unique and unusual hand crafted ceramic buttons. 

We look forward to seeing you there!

Saturday 30 April 2022

Handmade Parade Spark day

Can you spare a few minutes on Saturday 30th April between 2-3pm? We'd love to see you at our Spark Day at the workshop - Unit 5, Victoria Works, Victoria Rd, Hebden Bridge, HX7 8LN

We're still chasing funding for a possible Hebden Bridge Parade on Sunday 18th September, and in the meantime we need to get cracking with a theme!

Bring your lovely faces and clever ideas to the workshop and let's get the creative juices flowing…

25-30 April 2022

Wife After Death - The Little Theatre's April production is the hilarious comedy, Wife After Death by Eric Chapell. Comedian and national treasure Dave Thursby has died, and on the day of his funeral, friends and colleagues gather beside his coffin to pay their last respects. See HebWeb News item for more info

Friday 29 April 2022

Dark Matter presents...

Black Doldrums and Bones Shake

London's Black Doldrums play a dark psych, contemporary form of gothic post-punk. With Bones Shake, a scuzzed fuzzed blues three piece from Manchester.

Golden Lion, Todmorden
Doors 8pm
Tickets via Skiddle

Saturday 30 April 2022

The Hippy Film

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Hebden Bridge Picture House

The Hippy Film explores the arrival of the hippies in Hebden Bridge. It creates a space for the voices, memories and perspectives of all who lived through that time. We hope it will be a film that celebrates all the people who make this town an amazing place to live.

29 March 2022 - 23 April 2022

After the Coal Dust Photographic exhibition

Photographs of post-industrial Britain by Bridget and John Gill.

After the Coal Dust reflects the changes and challenges to life in the North since some of the major industries have closed down, and shows the experiences of those left behind.

Hebden Bridge Town Hall 29th March 23rd April

Opening Evening: Friday April 1st 6pm to 9pm (free)

Thursday 21 April 2022

What Have Volcanoes Ever Done for Us?

Todmorden u3a Meeting at the Central Methodist Hall at 1400 on the 21st April with the Talk entitled 'What Have Volcanoes Ever Done for Us'.

On April 21st, at the Central Methodist Hall in Todmorden, the Todmorden u3a is hosting its regular monthly meeting and the speaker is Chris Freeman with his talk entitled, 'What Have Volcanoes Ever Done for Us'.

Chris takes a look at the fascinating subject of volcanoes and the role they've played in the history of the earth. From the very birth of our world, volcanoes have played a major role in shaping not just the landscape, but every life form as well. They may appear to be destructive, but they are also the very cradles of civilisation.

1816 was the Year without a summer, caused by volcanoes and did super volcanoes kill off most of life on earth, or even assist in the demise of the dinosaurs? These and many other volcanic questions will be answered in this exciting talk.

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.

Friday 22 April 2022

Reflections on a career in BBC commissioning

On 22 April, Cheryl Taylor will tell the Lit & Sci about the development and commissioning of television programmes that have helped to sculpt the cultural landscape of our lives since 1997.

More info

Friday 22 April - Sunday 24 April 2022

Hebden Bridge Arts Festival

Land Marks Exhibition at Gibson Mill

Hardcastle Crags

Hebden Bridge Arts Festival has been working with some fabulous groups over the last few months to create art work in various media on the theme of 'land marks' as part of our Engaging Neighbourhoods project. We've partnered with Todmorden Children's Centre, year 10 pupils at Rastrick High School, St Augustine's Centre, Time Out (part of Healthy Minds Calderdale), Calder Community Cares and Hebden Bridge and Mytholmroyd Walkers Action groups. 

We're really looking forward to sharing the amazing art work with everyone and invite you to visit Hardcastle Crags over the penultimate weekend in April (the last weekend of the school holidays) to see the exhibition, which is being held within and around Gibson Mill (where café is). 

Everyone is welcome, and entry is absolutely free (but any donations are always appreciated!).

The exhibition is open: 
Friday 22nd April 2-4pm
Saturday 23rd April 10am-4pm
Sunday 24th April 10am-4pm 

Monday 25 April 2022

Disability Forum to focus on Mental Health

and has its next ordinary meeting is on 25 April 2022, 3pm by Zoom video link. The meeting will start with our regular Focus on Mental Health. We are happy to have Deborah Corbyn of Calderdale Healthy Minds with us for the meeting. Read HebWeb news item for more info

Tuesday 19 April 2022

Locating Sylvia: Sylvia Plath in a 20th and 21st Century Context

Heptonstall History Society Talk, Tuesday 19th April, 7 pm, Heptonstall Bowling Club. Speaker: Sarah Corbett. 

Sylvia Plath emerged from both an American Literary context, influenced by major poets such as Marianne Moore and Robert Lowell, as well as an English literary tradition reaching back to Chaucer and Shakespeare. At the same time, along with Ted Hughes, Plath is seen as ushering in a new mode of modern poetry in English that continues to influence writers, especially women poets, across the world today. This talk will give an introduction to the range and richness of Plath's writing - her poetry, fiction and letters - and discuss Plath's position within a 20th and 21st Century literary context.

Sarah Corbett has published five collections of poetry, most recently, 'A Perfect Mirror' (Pavilion Poetry/ Liverpool University Press, 2018), and has won two Northern Writer's Awards for fiction. Her work has been shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot and Forward Poetry Prizes and is widely translated and anthologised. She is Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at Lancaster University and will direct the first Sylvia Plath Literary Festival in Hebden Bridge in 2022. She lives in Hebden Bridge.
Free to HS members; £4 to non-members. 

EASTER MONDAY 18 APRIL 2022
Thursday 14 April 2022

Trades Club Quiz

Good Friday 15 April 2022

Pace Egg Plays

See HebWeb news page for info on the 2022 Pace Egg Play

See HebWeb Feature on the Pace Egg plays

Saturday 9 April - Sunday 10 April 2022

SNAP! a photowalk and workshop for 4-8 year olds

Hebden Bridge Arts Festival and Hebden Bridge Walkers Action present SNAP!

SNAP! is a Crossings photowalk and workshop for 4-8 year olds.  

For this 2.5 hour event, children will be given an explorer's kit – camera, bag and hat. We'll set off from our base on a short walk to photograph some crossings we find along the way, and to collect nature samples. Back at base, we'll look at our photos and choose our favourites for an exhibition at Hardcastle Crags in April. We'll then experiment with exciting ways of making our nature treasures into beautiful backgrounds for our photos.

SNAP! will run four times (with space for 6 children and their grown up at each time):

  • Saturday 9th April at 10.00am-12.30pm
  • Saturday 9th April at 1.30pm-4.00pm
  • Sunday 10th April at 10.00am-12.30pm (accessible walk)
  • Sunday 10th April at 1.30pm-4.00pm (accessible walk) 

We want you to be part of this exciting project to get out walking, explore the local landscape and take PHOTOS of some of the many accessible crossings you will see along the way. Your photos will form part of an exhibition and slideshow that will be shown in venues across Hebden Royd, and will help us to map our local landscape, celebrating its unique features and the people who are part of it.​

NB: Everyone welcome on this walk, but for the two Sunday 10th April walks priority will be given to people with access needs since this walk is wheelchair and pushchair accessible.  Please book your child + adult space below:

Saturday 9th April walks

Sunday 10th April walks: (wheelchair accessible walk)

When you have booked you will be sent details of the walk's location and meeting point. 

Sunday 10 April 2022

Writing Anne Lister

Happy Valley Pride event as Series 2 of Gentleman Jack launches To close the Anne Lister Birthday Festival 2022, Happy Valley Pride is proud to welcome Dr Jill Liddington to talk at the Little Theatre. See News item

FRIDAY 8 APRIL 2022

The Lost Chord Ensemble

7.00-9.30pm in the Little Theatre bar, Holme Street, Hebden Bridge.
The Lost Chord Ensemble meets about once a month and supports the Little Theatre. Musicians (with their music stand) are invited to come and play some light music selections.

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

Saturday 9 April 2022

Picture-house

Friends of the Picture House Present

Local Hero (PG)

April's Friends of the Picture House screening is one of the best British films ever made - 1983's Local Hero.

A Houston oil executive (Peter Riegert) travels to the west coast of Scotland to convince the village of Ferness to sell up and make way for a new refinery. From his perspective he is faced with a struggle against small-town pride and tradition, but the wily villagers see an opportunity. 

Funny, sweet and beautiful as a film can be, the cast includes Denis Lawson, Peter Capaldi and Burt Lancaster.

Saturday April 9th, 4:30pm, 111 mins

Saturday 9 April - Sunday 10 April 2022

Feelgood Festival

The Feelgood Festival is a free weekend-long event being with stalls in the Waterfront Hall, and workshops and taster sessions upstairs in The Space and The Terrace Room

From eating, sleeping and living well to helping the planet and saving money – it's time to feel good again!

We've got local and ethical businesses with the perfect 'feelgood' products, plus some great organisations to listen to, learn from and perhaps even get involved with - a bunch of good people you might just be glad to meet.

More info

Tuesday 5 April 2022

Calderdale Green Party public meeting

Green Jobs: preparing for the employment of the future

The public meeting on Tuesday 5th April at 7:30 pm at Todmorden College will have two interesting speakers: Julie Thorpe and Barbara Jones.

Julie is the centre manager at Tod College and Barbara is director of School of Natural Building. You will also be able to ask questions and make comments plus announce other events.

There is disabled access.

Calderdale Green Party website

Saturday 2 April 2022

Fundraiser gig for Todmorden Food Drop In

Valley Musicians organise 'varied musical feast' in aid of Food Bank

8-piece vocal harmony acapella group 'Waiting for Dawn' have teamed up with swing & klezmer collective 'Manouche North' for a varied musical feast at Fielden Hall, Todmorden at 7pm on Saturday April 2nd. There will be refreshments and a bar. 

Sat April 2nd
Doors 6.40pm
Show 7pm 
Fielden Hall
Ewood Lane, Todmorden OL14 7DD
Tickets are £8, pay on door, advance reservation recommended, e-mail samstelling@hotmail.co.uk

'Waiting for Dawn' formed in 2019 and are a 8 piece acapella group that weave harmonies in a range of musical genres including folk, world music and pop songs, singing harmonies that will touch your heart

'Manouche North' are a musical collective with American Swing, East European & Klezma influences that came together in 2019 enthused by this expressive and infectious genre

Todmorden Food Drop In
Is a completely independent food bank that provides food for people who cannot afford to buy it- whatever the reason. It is open at Tod college in the centre of Todmorden every Saturday from 10am – 12 noon using the entrance at the side next to Aldi

Donate to Tod Food Drop here

Website: todfooddropin.org/ 

Saturday 2 April 2022

Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage

Wadsworth Community Centre
Doors 6:45.

Since emerging in 2016, Hannah & Ben have been defying all conventions of style, genre and compartmentalisation. A touch of 'Americana', yet quintessentially English. Traditional, yet contemporary, with their individual writing style. Playful and instinctive, they make music with such panache and natural chemistry it makes perfect sense.

Hannah has an alluring mystique and a voice of disarming purity that massages your senses. Ben is a bubbling ferment of energy and infectious enthusiasm, seemingly able to play any instrument you put in front of him with grace and favour.

"Spellbinding, Hannah and Ben were born to play & sing together" - fRoots

Check them out here
Doors 6:45. Show starts 7:45
Tickets: £13/£6.50 - 07731 661053   07890 205980 or www.wegottickets.com 

Saturday, 2 April 2022

Quiz for Ukraine

There will be a general knowledge quiz for Ukraine on Saturday 2nd April from 7.30 to 9.30pm at Mytholmroyd Community Centre.

There'll be a bar, and books and new dvds for sale. The cost will be £5 per person, all proceeds going to Ukrainian refugees (probably via DEC).

Saturday, 2 April 2022

Dark Matter presents...

TENSHEDS + Locean + The Short Causeway

"Imagine if Tom Waits had formed the White Stripes"

Rock punk drum/piano duo Tensheds with special guests Locean (Manchester experimentalists) and Hebden's The Short Causeway

The Golden Lion, Fielden Square Todmorden

Doors 8pm

Tickets via Skiddle or on the door

Sunday 3 April 2022

Vigil for Ukraine

12 noon, Todmorden, top of Halifax Road/Water Street opposite roundabout by Town Hall.

Everyone welcome to show solidarity with those suffering and to oppose this devastating war. Please bring banners, flags etc.

Organised by Calder Valley CND for Peace and Justice

31 March 2022

Crossing Town - 90 minute accessible photo walk

10:30am-12pm

Hebden Bridge Arts Festival and Hebden Bridge Walkers Action present Crossing Town: an accessible, 90 minute, guided photo walk, tailored to meet the needs of wheelchair users, families with pushchairs and individuals with limited physical mobility.  This is part of our Crossings project, in which we invite everyone – of all ages, novices and professionals alike, to take part in a giant outdoor photo project for Spring 2022.  

We want you to be part of this exciting project to get out walking, explore the local landscape and take PHOTOS of some of the many accessible crossings you will see along the way. Your photos will form part of an exhibition and slideshow that will be shown in venues across Hebden Royd, and will help us to map our local landscape, celebrating its unique features and the people who are part of it.​

This Crossing Town guided walk will take us along some of the pavements, accessible pathways and back streets of Hebden Royd, taking photos and finding new ways of seeing our local landscape.

​Bring your own camera – phone cameras, SLRs, polaroid etc – all welcome.

NB: Everyone welcome on this walk, but priority will be given to people with access needs.

Places (free) must be booked via this link

When you have made your booking you will be sent an email including information about where to meet and directions for getting there.

Friday 1 April 2022

Dark Matter presents...

Callum Easter and HANN

Ferocious… thrilling and deliciously invigorating musical talents playing at the Golden Lion, Todmorden.

Friday 1 April
Doors 8pm
Tickets via Skiddle

1-26 March 2022

Hebden Bridge Local History Society Exhibition

Who Built Hebden Bridge?

Hebden Bridge Town Hall

This exhibition by Hebden Bridge Local History Society looks at the growth of the town but in particular the architects and workers who built it. The shape of the town had been largely decided by the 1920s and that is the focus here. The displays examine the growth of different areas around the centre of the town and some of the problems which that created.

Friday 18 March - Sunday 27 March 2022

Spring Clean

Spring Clean - the Town Council is inviting budding litter pickers to tidy up an area. In return, they will help your community group with a donation of £60. See HenWeb news item

Saturday 26 March 2022

Pop-up Shop at Egg Factory

Saturday 26 March 2022

The Brothers Grin

Brothers Antony and Chris present an evening of music, humour and satire, carefully constructed from two brothers, one piano and a whole heap of percussion.

Expect music ranging from Bach to contemporary percussion, from a song about Pharaohs to xylophone music from West Africa. Expect the unexpected too - Chopin's Cowbell Concerto and a preview of the new musical "Boris and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamvote"

Hebden Bridge Little Theatre

Tickets here, £10

Saturday 26 March 2022

Support for Ukraine gig

Wadsworth Community Centre - Doors 7:30.

On Saturday 26th March local rhythm and blues band The 844s will give their services for free for this fundraiser. 

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.

We also hope to have a support act.

Food and cask ales will be available, and the band's new CD – "On The Top Floor" - will be available for sale. There will be a raffle, probably an auction of sorts, a collection bucket and all proceeds from the event will go to the D.E.C. Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal. We aim to raise £1,000. Please help us do this.

Attendance will be limited to 100.

Tickets are £5 and can be reserved by contacting Derek on 07890 205980

Doors open at 7.30pm. 

To make a donation to this appeal please visit this page

Saturday 26 March 2022

Dark Matter presents...

Wyndow

Cancelled

23 March 2022

REMEMBERING CRAGG HALL 1820-1921

Shirley Daniel and Roy Collinge

The story of Cragg Hall begins with the large and industrious Hinchliffe family, arguably the biggest influence on Cragg during and after the Industrial Revolution. Intended to be the most magnificent house built in the area, Cragg Hall was acclaimed as one of the finest buildings in Yorkshire, but survived for less than 20 years as the valley's most impressive mansion, falling victim to a disastrous fire on 11th August 1921.

Memories of Cragg Hall and its splendid ornamental gardens have faded into scant awareness with no living person left to tell the tale, though in its hey-day it was a huge part of local life and a legacy of the growth and decline of the Cragg Vale cotton mill industry. The centenary of that tragic fire seemed a fitting opportunity for Cragg Vale Local History Group to look back, lay to rest the myths and misconceptions, and re-discover the real story of Cragg Hall – Cragg Vale's "stately home"!

Both Shirley and Roy are enthusiastic founder members of Cragg Vale Local History Group. Roy is originally from Colden but has been a "Cragger" for much of his life, and Shirley has lived in Cragg almost long enough to no longer be an "off-cumden"!

Organised by the Local History Society. Meetings will be held at Hebden Bridge Methodist Church, which has now been equipped with chairs to replace the pews. It is also hoped to make recordings of the live talks available to members for two weeks following the event. See www.hebdenbridgehistory.org.uk for more info.

Saturday 19 March 2022

Dark Matter presents...

Attila the Stockbroker 40th Anniversary Tour

With special guest Isaac Hughes-Dennis 

A journey through 40 years of Attila's work. Spoken word, dub poetry, acoustic songs, early music.

Golden Lion Todmorden

Doors 7.30pm

Advance tickets via Skiddle

19-20 March 2022

A Capella workshopswith Deke Sharon

Deke Sharon is coming to West Yorkshire!

Two fabulous singing workshops over one weekend with Deke Sharon, music director and vocal producer for the Pitch Perfect films and Pentatonix.

Singers Day: 19 March.

Choir Leaders Morning: 20 March, 2022

Workshop 1: Saturday 10.30am - 4.30pm for choral and group singers of all abilities. A whole day of singing with one of the top a cappella specialists in the world. Enhance your vocal skills, make your performance shine and find even more joy discovering what your voice can do in collaboration with others. Hope Baptist Church, Hebden Bridge

Workshop 2: Sunday 10am - 1pm for choir and vocal group directors.
The Fielden Centre, Todmorden
Deke will be showing particpants how to create a strong, emotive performance and how we can assist our singers to connect to the song, grow our singers' confidence and improve pitching, blend and musicality and incorprate movement.

Deke has over 30 years experience working with singers of all abilities around the world imparting his knowledge and cutting edge contemporary a cappella training.

How to book:

Tickets available via Eventbrite - click here to go to ticket sales

Sunday 20 March 2022

Vigil for Ukraine

12 noon, Hebden Bridge, main junction of New Road/Holme Street.

Everyone welcome to show solidarity with those suffering and to oppose this devastating war. Please bring banners, flags etc.

Organised by Calder Valley CND for Peace and Justice

Sunday 20 March 2022

Ultraviolence

Film showing and Q&A
Free/donations
Doors open 2pm
Trades Club

A film about the struggles for justice by the families of people killed by the police in the UK and the need for resistance to state violence.

The silence over the police killings of Black people is now broken. Since 1969, over two thousand people have died at the hands of the police in the UK. Shootings, chokeholds, batons, gassing, suffocation, restraint and brutal beatings are some of the methods used. The numbers of deaths is escalating. Inevitably police officers involved are not convicted for these killings. In this documentary, the families of the victims of police violence demand justice. They ask why society ignores human rights abuses by agents of the state. This reflection on resistance is poignant and political, capturing the brutality and trauma as well as the unrelenting fightback of those who will not be silent about state violence.

75 minute film followed by a Q&A with Janet Alder & the director Ken Fero.

More info about the film

Organised with Calderdale Trades Council

Thursday 17 March 2022

Todmorden u3a Meeting

Working for Auntie – Behind the Scenes at the BBC

Central Methodist Hall at 2pm

On March 17th, at the Central Methodist Hall in Todmorden, the Todmorden u3a is hosting its first face to face monthly meeting for over 18 months, and the speaker is Christine Green who is sharing her memories about her time at the BBC with a talk entitled, "Working for Auntie – Behind the Scenes at the BBC."

Daughter of graphic design parents, niece of a photographer, painter and printmaker, granddaughter of a wedding photographer and painter, Christine's destiny was set very early on and on graduating from Kingston Polytechnic, Christine's dream became a reality and she joined the BBC Graphic Design Department. Working on programmes such as 'Our Friends in the North, 'Hamish Macbeth', @fire in the Blood' and many more. 

Christine stayed at the BBC for thirteen years after which she left, and turned her hand to crafting in particularly typographic paper cuts and latterly quilting. She now teaches crafting courses, regularly give talks and has her own range of craft merchandise.

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 12 March 2022

Canal and River Trust Open Day

Hebden Bridge Canal and River Trust Open Day is happening on the 12th March 2022 at Lock 9 next to Blackpit Bridge - from 10am until 2pm.

We are carrying out important water saving repairs to this historic lock. The public footbridge provides a perfect viewing platform down into the drained lock, and the our specialists will be on-hand to describe the work taking place and to host some fun family canal-themed activities such as have-a-go canoeing, a heritage walk, a stone masonry workshop, and the Canal and River Trust Explorers (the Trust's educational programme aimed at 5-11 year olds to inspire children's learning by connecting them to our canals and rivers).

Coincide the event with a visit to the town's quirky, independent shops, galleries and cafes for a great family day out.

Saturday 12 March 2022

Lit & Sci Lecture

Kate Lycett: Telling Stories. Painting a Narrative. Hebden Bridge Lit & Sci's first in-person lecture for 2 years will be on 12 March. when Kate Lycett will talk about her work. Read more 26 Feb

Sunday 13 March 2022

The Lost Chord Ensemble

7.30pm, in the Little Theatre bar, Holme Street, Hebden Bridge.

Musicians (with their music stand) are invited to come and play some light music selections with The Lost Chord Ensemble which supports the Little Theatre. 

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.

Tuesday 8 March 2022

Blackshirts and Anti-Blackshirts in 1930s Manchester

A zoom talk for Heptonstall Historical Society, March 8th 7 pm. Speaker: Michael Crowley

The British Union of Fascists attempts to win support in Manchester and the resistance they met from the Jewish community of Cheetham. In 1934 British Union Fascists leader Oswald Mosley opened a BUF headquarters in Cheetham, the Jewish quarter of Manchester. Soon Blackshirts began marching through the area intimidating and attacking local people and daubing synagogues with swastikas. Above a workshop on Herbert St, the Challenge Club was established. A place for Sunday dances, film shows, meetings and self-defence classes. From there the defence of the community was organised and much more besides.

Michael Crowley's talk draws on memoirs and interviews with contemporaries. Free to members of Heptonstall Historical Society; £4 non-members

Book through Eventbrite

Tuesday 8 March 2022

Calder Valley CND for Peace and Justice AGM and Open Meeting

7.00 pm at Todmorden Community College, Burnley Road,
Todmorden, OL14 7BX.

Do join us to hear our speaker: Richard Outram, of Mayors for Peace and Nuclear Free Local Authorities.

There will also be an opportunity to hear what we have been doing in the past year and to discuss future activities.

Hope to see you there – there will be refreshments!

9 March 2022

A Notable Epidemic: the 1880-81 Scarlet Fever outbreak in Halifax

John Brooke

More than five hundred people were affected by this outbreak of scarlet fever and over a hundred people died. This was no ordinary epidemic and John will explore how a farmer, a hired man and a local milk round were all involved.

John Brooke was a headteacher for 25 years and a part-time school inspector for a further seven. Most recently he has lectured for the WEA and has a number of publications to his name, including Cruel Lives: a history of some West Yorkshire epidemics. He lives in Lightcliffe where he is secretary of the local history society, president of the cricket club and leader of a litter-picking group!

Organised by the Local History Society. Meetings will be held at Hebden Bridge Methodist Church, which has now been equipped with chairs to replace the pews. It is also hoped to make recordings of the live talks available to members for two weeks following the event. See www.hebdenbridgehistory.org.uk for more info.

Saturday 5 March 2022

Shazia Mirza: Coconut

7:30pm

Hebden Bridge Little Theatre, Holme Street, Hebden Bridge, HX7 8EE

Following the success of her critically acclaimed recent shows, award-winning comedian Shazia is taking on the burning (and infectious) issues of our time in her latest show; 'Coconut'.

Saturday 5 March 2022

Celebrating Women Everywhere

Celebrating Women Everywhere on 5th March, Inter-Arts Festival is celebrating Women Everywhere at The Trades Club ahead of International Women's Day.

See HebWeb news item

26-27 February 2022

Ice Skating in Hebden Bridge

The Rotary Club of Hebden Bridge, in partnership with Hebden Royd Business Forum and Hebden Royd Town Council brings you FREE ice skating this February in Mytholmroyd & Hebden Bridge.

Get your skates on, and get down to our free ice skating rink, where you'll find fun for the whole family. 

When and where? 

Hebden Bridge Town Hall 
Waterfront Hall & Courtyard
Saturday 26th & Sunday 27th February 2022 10am-6pm

Book your free tickets at lutvhx7.co.uk

Sunday 27 February 2022

STOP The Nationality and Borders Bill

"We want you to join us," say These Walls Must Fall, Calderdale Stand Up to RacismMigrants OrganiseCalderdale Valley of Sanctuary and more as they gather together this Sunday to say NO to the harsh Anti-Refugee Bill.

They want to urge MPs to support reforms to the Nationality and Borders Bill by the time it returns to the Commons towards the end of March. Come take a stand and listen to speakers including Alison Lowe,  Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime (DMPC) in West Yorkshire.

No need to book, just turn up! All welcome, please share the word.

WHEN:  Sunday, 27 February, 1:00 pm
WHERE:  Halifax Town Hall, Crossley Street

Sunday 27 February 2022

The Lost Chord Ensemble

7 pm to 9:30 pm, in the Little Theatre bar, Holme Street, Hebden Bridge.

The Lost Chord Ensemble meets about once a month and supports the Little Theatre. Musicians (with their music stand) are invited to come and play some light music selections.

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

Until Sunday 27 February 2022

Artsmill Gallery exhibition

Moorland, Myth & Lore Exhibition

Artsmill Gallery is hosting the 'Moorland, Myth & Lore' exhibition. Featuring excellent artwork from talented local artists, this exhibition explores the folklore of the surrounding Moorland of the Calder Valley.  The Gallery is open Fri, Sat, Sun 11am - 4pm and the exhibition runs until 27th Feb.

Artsmill Gallery, 46 Market Street, Hebden Bridge, HX7 6AA.

@artsmill.hebden.bridge 

Artsmill Gallery is a not for profit charity.

Mon to Sat 21-26 February 2022

A Touch of Danger

Little Theatre: A Touch of Danger Hebden Bridge Little Theatre's February play is A Touch of Danger, a deft thriller by Francis Durbridge, directed by Steve Hirst.

From Monday to Saturday, 21-26 February 2022. See news item 7 Feb

Wednesday 23 February 2022

Watery Woodland Wander

 At Hardcastle Crags this half term, join the National Trust's rangers to learn more about the woodlands. Grab your wellies to join an adventure discovering the secret streams and waterfalls among the trees. Go wildlife spotting, pretend to be beavers building a dam and find your favourite nature treasure. Get ready to get muddy."

Suitable for children aged 7+ (not suitable for buggies)

Dogs on leads welcome

Meet at Gibson Mill. 10am- 12noon, 22nd Feb. Free.

More information

23 February 2022

WILLIAM MORRISONS, A YORKSHIRE SUCCESS STORY

Janet Senior

From humble beginnings to a national enterprise, the story of Morrisons is an example of the successful merging of Scottish canniness with Yorkshire determination.

Janet is a former special educational needs teacher in Bradford who took early retirement and began working as assistant librarian at the Yorkshire Archaeological Society in Leeds. Now fully retired, she continues to work as a volunteer at Markenfield Hall, North Yorkshire, cataloguing and transcribing the Grantley Archives held there.


Organised by the Local History Society. Meetings will be held at Hebden Bridge Methodist Church, which has now been equipped with chairs to replace the pews. It is also hoped to make recordings of the live talks available to members for two weeks following the event. See www.hebdenbridgehistory.org.uk for more info.

23-24 February 2022

Ice Skating in Mytholmroyd

The Rotary Club of Hebden Bridge, in partnership with Hebden Royd Business Forum and Hebden Royd Town Council brings you FREE ice skating this February in Mytholmroyd & Hebden Bridge.

Get your skates on, and get down to our free ice skating rink, where you'll find fun for the whole family. 

When and where? 

Mytholmroyd Community Centre 
Jubilee Room
Wednesday 23rd & Thursday 24th February 2022 10am-6pm

Book your free tickets at lutvhx7.co.uk

Thursday 24 February 2022

The History of St Thomas the Apostle Church, Heptonstal

Heptonstall History Society Talk 

Speaker: Graham Kidd 

7 pm @ St Thomas the Apostle Church, Heptonstall. Free to HS members; £4 to non-members. 

In 1847 a violent storm blew down part of the church tower of St Thomas a Becket Church in Heptonstall; a building that had stood since the 13th century.  The people of Heptonstall decided to raise money for a new church and two gifts of land were made by Richard Sutcliffe of Lumb Bank and William Cockcroft of Mayroyd.

In 1850 the foundations were laid. Almost all the stone used for the building was quarried nearby at Hell Hole Rocks. Four years later, the completed church was consecrated...

Wednesday 16 February 2022

What can we do on climate change?

The Calderdale Green Party is hosting a meeting to discuss what next

The meeting will feature Cllr Scott Patient, Anthony Rae from Calderdale Friends of the Earth and Hazel Draper from Calderdale Green New Deal. All three speakers will talk about what we can do on climate change.

The meeting takes place on Zoom on Wednesday 16th February at 7:30 pm. You will have to request the Zoom link by Monday 14th February by emailing info@calderdale.greenparty.org.uk.

Thursday 17 February 2022

Growing Old Disgracefully

The Todmorden u3a is hosting Linda Sawley, a local author and raconteur, to talk about 'Growing Old Disgracefully' on their monthly Zoom sesssion.

When asked if her talk was based on any of her books Linda said, "No, it's not based on any of my books. It's a combination really - things from the internet, my own observations, tales people have told me and a great variety of comments on ageing looking at its funny side. It's bound to get everyone laughing; a change from the doom and gloom that is the news!"



There is an extra special ending so if you're not a member go to www.u3atod.org.uk or e-mail info@u3atod.org.uk.

Friday 18 February 2022.

The return of …  The Open Mic

Open Mic - White Lion pub, Heptonstall

White Lion Pub, Heptonstall -  

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.

Monday 21 February 2022

Hebden Bridge Disability Access Forum regular monthly meeting

3 to 5pm by zoom video link.

We meet on the third Monday of each month.

We also have an informal drop-in chat meeting on the first Monday of each month, also at 3pm.

Email sechbdisabilityaccess@gmail.com or phone 01422 844914  for details and the meeting link.

Everyone is welcome to raise disability access issues with us.
New members always welcome too.

Weds 9 February 2022

MANAGING SPACE, MANAGING PEOPLE: Constables and highways in seventeenth century Sowerby

Murray Seccombe

The chance survival of Sowerby’s book of constables’ accounts for this period – the best from any part of Yorkshire – opens a window onto a formative stage in the way townships managed social welfare, access and mobility. The crisis years from the 1630s to the 1660s saw social and governance changes, including a precocious use of taxation for highways. The legacy was a network of tracks and causeys connecting the parish to a wider world.

Murray has lived in the area for 36 years, and is on the home stretch (he hopes) of a PhD at Lancaster University, researching manorial and township governance of highways in the parish of Halifax, c.1550-1700. Before retirement, he worked in the community-based transport sector. Given half a chance, he’d rather be out walking or reading very long books.

Organised by the Local History Society. Meetings will be held at Hebden Bridge Methodist Church, which has now been equipped with chairs to replace the pews. It is also hoped to make recordings of the live talks available to members for two weeks following the event. See www.hebdenbridgehistory.org.uk for more info.

Saturday 12 February 2022

What is happening to General Practice?

Hebden Bridge Lit & Sci launch their new season on Saturday 12 Feb with a lecture entitled What is happening to General Practice?

The speakers will be Prof Aneez Esmail and Dr Sharon Spooner. Due to ongoing concerns about Covid this lecture will be Zoom only.

More info

Friday 4 February 2022

Kerouac Lives!

Kerouac Lives! tour is to be launched in "the north's capital of Bohemia: Hebden Bridge" on Friday, 4 Feb at Wadsworth Community Centre. 2022 marks the centenary of the birth of the American novelist and poet Jack Kerouac.

See HebWeb news item for more info

Sunday 30 January 2022

Climate Change: March to Halifax Town Hall

It's 3 years since Calderdale declared a Climate Emergency. The Calderdale Green New Deal and Calderdale Extinction Rebellion say not much has changed since then. See HebWeb news

26 January 2022

THE HISTORY OF THE HOUSE OF THORNBER

Ann Kilbey

Starting with a few broody hens in orange boxes, the Thornber family went on to become world leaders in the hybridisation of poultry. Ann’s talk explores the quest for the perfect egg laying machine!

Ann Kilbey has been active in local history for many years, doing valuable work with Hebden Bridge Local History Society and the Pennine Horizons Digital Archive. She is also well-known for her fascinating talks on aspects of our local history.


Organised by the Local History Society. Meetings will be held at Hebden Bridge Methodist Church, which has now been equipped with chairs to replace the pews. It is also hoped to make recordings of the live talks available to members for two weeks following the event. See www.hebdenbridgehistory.org.uk for more info.

Thursday 27 January 2022

Holocaust Memorial Day

Thursday 27th Jan is Holocaust Memorial Day when we remember the victims of all genocides and persecution. St Thomas 's church Heptonstall is holding a time for reflection, prayer and acknowledgment at 7pm on Thursday evening. The Theme is 'One Day' and there will be poetry, music and prayerful reflection. People of all faiths and none are very welcome.

Sunday 23 January 2022

Our Responsibilities at this Time - Climate Emergency Action

The Trades Club, Holme Street, the history of Thornber Hens
2pm – 4pm

We all know it's no time for empty promises: with no carbon budget left and ecological systems in free fall: we have to act decisively!

COP26 shows international meetings cannot stop climate collapse. History shows that Civil Resistance movements, country by country, can. Together, we can.

Come and hear about Just Stop Oil, the new campaign from the people behind Insulate Britain and why some have chosen to step up into high stakes action.

Come and hear climate and civil resistance experts and local people tell the truth about the climate crisis, and what we can do about it.

This session will discuss many things including how resisting injustice and standing up for what is right is a visceral, beautiful experience and part of what it means to be human at this time.

Lets make history!

More info

Saturday 22 January 2022

Film Poster Sale

10am - 12 noon

Join us at the Waterfront Hall in the Hebden Town Hall for the Friends of the Picture House poster sale.

We will be accepting a 'pay what you can' approach for many of the posters, so come and grab yourself a piece of cinematic artwork and help raise funds for the Hebden Bridge Picture House.

12 January 2022

This talk will be held via Zoom and is for members only on this occasion.  Members will receive instructions by email on how to join the talk.

CINEMA IN HEBDEN BRIDGE: A HISTORY

Kate Higham

The history of cinema in Hebden Bridge spans over 120 years, and takes us from silent flickering images projected onto the walls of travelling theatre tents to the sharp digital images we enjoy today in the Picture House. Kate will discuss the old Royal Electric Theatre, and the local people who have played their part in the story too.

Kate lives locally, loves going to the cinema, and has enjoyed being on the committee of the Friends of the Picture House for the last 10 years. Along with her father, she has also written a book about the history of cinema in Hebden Bridge - Hebden Bridge Picture House, the Life and Times of a Local Treasure.

Organised by the Local History Society. Meetings will be held at Hebden Bridge Methodist Church, which has now been equipped with chairs to replace the pews. It is also hoped to make recordings of the live talks available to members for two weeks following the event. See www.hebdenbridgehistory.org.uk for more info.

Saturday 15 January 2022

Picture-house

Friends of the Picture House Present Brokeback Mountain (15)

4:30pm, 134mins

January's Friends of the Picture House screening is the Oscar-winning 2005 drama Brokeback Mountain.

Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal are young and unassuming farm hands Ennis and Jack, hired to herd sheep through the mountains of Wyoming, 1963. While alone and isolated, they enter into a love affair that extends over decades of secrecy.

Raising much publicity on its release for, even as recently as 2005, the frankness of its themes in a mainstream film and the nationality of director Ang Lee, any such issues are secondary to how powerful the film is, both emotionally and visually. Heath Ledger gives one of the most significant performances of his short career.

Sunday 16 January 2022

The Lost Chord Ensemble

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

The Lost Chord Ensemble meets about once a month and supports the Little Theatre.

Musicians (with their music stand) are invited to come and play some light music selections. If you are coming for the first time, please contact chris.browne@tiscali.co.uk with details of your instrument so that a pad of music can be made available.

Chris, who conducts the local Little Theatre Choir, has a wealth of light music including some of his own compositions.

Thursday 20 January 2022

The Wonderful World of Art Deco by Sheila Antrobus

The Todmorden u3a welcomes Sheila Antrobus, a well-known speaker and expert in antiques & collectables, to give her wonderfully illustrated talk on the Art Deco Era by Zoom on Thursday 20th January at 1400.

Sheila looks at the design style that influenced everything from architecture, transportation, fashion and household goods. After the First World War people's spirits needed uplift and the art deco movement did just that. Sheila's talk covers every aspect of the art deco period and states that the art deco period danced to a jazz rhythm.

The talk is available to fully paid up members of the Todmorden u3a. If you are not a member and would like to see this talk you can request an invitation to this zoom event by visiting www.u3atod.org.uk or contacting info@u3atod.org.uk

Thursday 6 January 2022

Trades Club Quiz

Start the new year with friends and comrades at the Trades Club's Online Quiz at 8pm on Thursday 6 January on Facebook

Questions on what's in the news, music and what scoundrels Tories are ...in the virtual company of good people - plus the mystery prize.