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WHAT'S ON: LOCAL EVENTS

in Hebden Bridge and the surrounding area

Hebden Bridge events

Coronavirus: Please check with organisers to be sure the events haven't been cancelled - the HebWeb will update listings as and when we receive info.

Past events: While we're still socially distancing, why not check out some of the hundreds of incredible events which have been listed on the HebWeb over the past few years:

2019 - 2018 - 2017 - 2016 - 2015 - 2014 - 2013 - 2012
2011- 2010 - 2009 - 2008 - 2007 - 2005-2006

Sunday 1 November 2020

Happy Valley Pride Bourgeois & Maurice

- exclusive live show

Critically acclaimed musical satirists Bourgeois & Maurice make a triumphant return to Happy Valley Pride, beaming on to your devices live via the digital realm! Riotous original songs meet hyper surreal, high fashion. This exclusive show promises to be a provocative, thought-provoking and hysterical catwalk through the quagmire of current affairs.

All the events are free and will be broadcast on Facebook and/or Zoom with more details on the (Happy Valley Pride website) and Facebook page

Sunday 1 November 2020

Picture-house

Theatre: Uncle Vanya

Doors open at 6.15pm and the event starts at 7.00pm.

The expected finishing time is 9.40pm.



Filmed at the Harold Pinter Theatre, London in August 2020

Sonya (Aimee Lou Wood) and her Uncle Vanya (Toby Jones) while away their time on an isolated estate, visited occasionally only by the local doctor Astrov (Richard Armitage). However, when Sonya's father Professor Serebryakov (Roger Allam) suddenly returns with his restless, alluring, new wife Yelena (Rosalind Eleazar), polite facades crumble and long repressed feelings start to emerge. As the conflicted family are forced to confront their despair, loneliness and each other, can the beauty of life help them find new hope?

Following its critically acclaimed opening in London earlier this year, Sonia Friedman Productions' stunning 5-star production Uncle Vanya, a new adaptation of the Anton Chekhov masterpiece by Conor McPherson, directed by Ian Rickson, was abruptly halted as the world went into lockdown.

Now, as the majority of theatres across the world remain in darkness, Uncle Vanya's exquisite ensemble overcome the considerable challenges of working in a global pandemic, returning to the Harold Pinter Theatre to film the 'perfect' (5-star The Guardian) production, which is currently nominated for four Olivier Awards. Marrying the intimacy of the screen with the electricity of live performance in an exciting new hybrid of film and theatre, this Sonia Friedman Productions/ Angelica Films co-production is far more than simply a capture of the play. Full of tumultuous frustration and hidden passions, but brimming with hope and optimism for the future, Uncle Vanya is a must-see event for our times.

Tickets

Tickets must be purchased in advance and are priced £15 / £13 / £10. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, all our seating is in seating blocks 2 metres apart from other seating blocks, so capacity is much reduced. We advise you to book your tickets early to avoid disappointment. Please try to select a seating block the same size as your group size.

Seating

Due to current coronavirus situation, we have revised our refund policy so you can request a ticket refund if you are ill or have concerns about coronavirus. We simply ask that you please contact the cinema by emailing manager@hebdenbridgepicturehouse.co.uk at the latest by 9am on the day of the screening giving your name and booking reference. Thank you!

Thursday 5 November 2020

Picture-house

Idiot Prayer: Nick Cave Alone at Alexandra Palace

Doors open at 7.15pm and the event starts at 8pm. The expected finishing time is 9.40pm.

Nick Cave play his songs at the piano in a rarely seen stripped back form, from early Bad Seeds and Grinderman, right through to the most recent Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds album, Ghosteen.



The film features tracks including Into My Arms, The Mercy Seat, Higgs Boson Blues and Girl In Amber. Recorded in June 2020 and initially imagined as an online only event, fans will now be able to watch the film in cinemas as an extended cutfeaturing four unseen performances.

Recorded as the UK slowly emerged from lockdown and conceived as a reaction to the confinement and isolation of the preceding months, Idiot Prayer is a souvenir from a strange and precarious moment in history. The performance was filmed by award winning Cinematographer Robbie Ryan (The Favourite, Marriage Story, American Honey) in Alexandra Palace's stunning West Hall. It was edited by Nick Emerson (Lady Macbeth, Emma, Greta) and the music was recorded by Dom Monks.

Tickets must be purchased in advance and are priced £15 / £13 / £10. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, all our seating is in seating blocks 2 metres apart from other seating blocks, so capacity is much reduced. We advise you to book your tickets early to avoid disappointment. Please try to select a seating block the same size as your group size.

Due to current coronavirus situation, we have revised our refund policy so you can request a ticket refund if you are ill or have concerns about coronavirus. We simply ask that you please contact the cinema by emailing manager@hebdenbridgepicturehouse.co.uk at the latest by 9am on the day of the screening giving your name and booking reference. Thank you!

Wednesday 11 November 2020

The Alan Petford Memorial Lecture
The Fieldens and their legacy in Todmorden

Anne Mealia

Lecture 2

There's hardly any aspect of life in nineteenth-century Todmorden that the Fielden family didn't influence: work, religion, education and even sport. They commissioned a number of very striking buildings by architect John Gibson. The Fieldens' influence is still felt in the town today. This talk explores the colourful characters that built up the Fielden enterprise from small-scale weaving, through radical politics and an unhappy marriage to untold wealth and success.

Anne Mealia is a professional genealogist and historical researcher who runs her own research business, Evergreen Ancestry. She carries out research for individuals, academics, and TV companies as well as teaching family history. 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.

Hebden Bridge History Society talks, until at least Christmas, will be held via Zoom. See the History Society website for more info.

Thursday 12 November 2020

Picture-house

National Theatre Live: Present Laughter

Doors open at 6.15pm and the event starts at 7.00pm. The expected finishing time is 9.51pm.



Matthew Warchus directs Andrew Scott (BBC's Sherlock, Fleabag) in Noël Coward's provocative comedy Present Laughter.

As he prepares to embark on an overseas tour, star actor Garry Essendine's colourful life is in danger of spiralling out of control. Engulfed by an escalating identity crisis as his many and various relationships compete for his attention, Garry's few remaining days at home are a chaotic whirlwind of love, sex, panic and soul-searching.

Captured live from The Old Vic in London, Present Laughter is a giddy and surprisingly modern reflection on fame, desire and loneliness. Note this production is filmed in front of a live audience, rather than broadcast live.

Tickets must be purchased in advance and are priced £15 / £13 / £10. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, all our seating is in seating blocks 2 metres apart from other seating blocks, so capacity is much reduced. We advise you to book your tickets early to avoid disappointment. Please try to select a seating block the same size as your group size.

Due to current coronavirus situation, we have revised our refund policy so you can request a ticket refund if you are ill or have concerns about coronavirus. We simply ask that you please contact the cinema by emailing manager@hebdenbridgepicturehouse.co.uk at the latest by 9am on the day of the screening giving your name and booking reference. Thank you!

Saturday 14 November 2020

Picture-house

National Theatre Live: War Horse

Sat 14th November: doors 1.15pm, event at 2pm, ends at 4.45pm

Based on the novel by Michael Morpurgo and adapted by Nick Stafford, War Horse has delighted millions of people around the world on stage since it was first performed at the National Theatre in 2007. This will be the first time since its original broadcast in 2014 that War Horse will be able to be viewed on cinema screens.

Telling the story of young Albert and his beloved horse Joey who, at the outbreak of World War One, is sold to the Cavalry and shipped to France. Though still not old enough to enlist, Albert embarks on a treacherous mission to find him and bring him home.

This powerfully moving and imaginative drama is a show of phenomenal inventiveness. At its heart are astonishing life-size puppets by South Africa's Handspring Puppet Company, who bring breathing, galloping, charging horses to thrilling life on stage.

Tickets must be purchased in advance and are priced £15 / £13 / £10. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, all our seating is in seating blocks 2 metres apart from other seating blocks, so capacity is much reduced. We advise you to book your tickets early to avoid disappointment. Please try to select a seating block the same size as your group size.

Due to current coronavirus situation, we have revised our refund policy so you can request a ticket refund if you are ill or have concerns about coronavirus. We simply ask that you please contact the cinema by emailing manager@hebdenbridgepicturehouse.co.uk at the latest by 9am on the day of the screening giving your name and booking reference. Thank you!

Sunday 15 November 2020

Picture-house

National Theatre Live: War Horse

Sun 15th November: doors 6.15pm, event at 7pm, ends at 9.45pm

Based on the novel by Michael Morpurgo and adapted by Nick Stafford, War Horse has delighted millions of people around the world on stage since it was first performed at the National Theatre in 2007. This will be the first time since its original broadcast in 2014 that War Horse will be able to be viewed on cinema screens.

Telling the story of young Albert and his beloved horse Joey who, at the outbreak of World War One, is sold to the Cavalry and shipped to France. Though still not old enough to enlist, Albert embarks on a treacherous mission to find him and bring him home.

This powerfully moving and imaginative drama is a show of phenomenal inventiveness. At its heart are astonishing life-size puppets by South Africa's Handspring Puppet Company, who bring breathing, galloping, charging horses to thrilling life on stage.

Tickets must be purchased in advance and are priced £15 / £13 / £10. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, all our seating is in seating blocks 2 metres apart from other seating blocks, so capacity is much reduced. We advise you to book your tickets early to avoid disappointment. Please try to select a seating block the same size as your group size.

Due to current coronavirus situation, we have revised our refund policy so you can request a ticket refund if you are ill or have concerns about coronavirus. We simply ask that you please contact the cinema by emailing manager@hebdenbridgepicturehouse.co.uk at the latest by 9am on the day of the screening giving your name and booking reference. Thank you!

Wednesday 25 November 2020

Laura Annie Wilson: Suffragette, Builder, Engineer

Laura WilsonAnne Kirker

Laura Annie Wilson was no ordinary woman. During her lifetime she was trade unionist, suffragette, indus-trialist and engineer, MBE, house builder and President of the Women's Engineer-ing Society: often at the same time! Hers was truly an extraordinary life.

Anne Kirker's interest in Laura Annie Wilson began in 2018, when the Calderdale Industrial Museum was asked to collaborate on an exhibition of her life to celebrate the centenary of women obtaining the vote and the foundation of the Woman's Engineering Society.

Anne has been studying aspects of local and family history for 25 years. She works as a guide for Calderdale Heritage Walks and volunteers for Calderdale Industrial Museum.

Hebden Bridge History Society talks, until at least Christmas, will be held via Zoom. See the History Society website for more info.

Wednesday 2 December 2020

Mind Your Head – LGBTQ+ Mental Health Panel

7pm.

Join Happy Valley Pride for this special panel session looking at mental health from an LGBTQ+ perspective. As we approach the festive period, find more about how to improve your resiliency, how to stay connected and engaged and how mental health connects with fitness, nutrition and general wellbeing. Hear from a range of experts and champions. Share your experiences and stories. Stay connected and be part of the conversation.

All the events are free and will be broadcast on Facebook and/or Zoom with more details on the (Happy Valley Pride website) and Facebook page

Wednesday 9 December 2020

Common Problems: The history of common land in northern England

Angus Winchester

Northern England contains the largest expanses of common land in the country, but this is only a fragment of the extent of the communally used land which existed before the wave of moorland enclosures in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

Commons were an integral part of the rural economy, providing not only essential grazing for livestock but also fuel for the hearth, building materials and other resources. This lecture explores how past societies tried to achieve sustainable management of these shared resources on which they depended for their livelihood.

Angus Winchester is Emeritus Professor of History at Lancaster University. He has longstanding research interests in the history of upland landscapes and of common land in particular. His publications include The Harvest of the Hills: rural life in northern England and the Scottish Borders, 1400-1700 (Edinburgh University Press, 2000). He is currently working on a book on the history of common land in Britain.

Hebden Bridge History Society talks, until at least Christmas, will be held via Zoom. See the History Society website for more info.

Saturday 12 December 2020

Kinky Boots the Musical

1.45pm

Happy Valley Pride and Hebden Bridge Picture House present a screening of the hit, West End Musical Kinky Boots at this December. A huge worldwide hit with music by Cyndi Lauper and a book by legendary LGBTQ+ playwright Harvey Fierstein this unmissable show takes you on a journey from the factory floor of Northampton to the glamourous catwalks of Milan.

All the events are free and will be broadcast on Facebook and/or Zoom with more details on the (Happy Valley Pride website) and Facebook page

Wednesday 13 January 2021

Journeys between the worlds

John Billingsley

Journeys between the worlds

The centralised system of mediaeval parishes meant a soul still had a long journey to take before it passed out of this world, to the nearest consecrated ground. Certain routes – corpseways – became established. They can be seen as ancestral trails for our communities, and are thick with folklore and custom – and can often still be traced today, many centuries after their origin. John looks at the characteristics of corpseways, and walks us through three that were oriented on Heptonstall.

John Billingsley is convenor of the Society's Folklore Section, author/editor of several books on folk tales, folk-magic and ritual protection marks, and editor of Northern Earth magazine.

See the Hebden Bridge History Society website for more info.

Wednesday 27 January 2021

The History of Social Housing in Heptonstall

Mary Ellen

Heptonstall housing

2019 marked the 100th anniversary of British social housing, a revolution in house-building that remains as testament to a democratic drive to enable working-class people (especially those 'Heroes' returning from WWI) to live in healthy, affordable, family-friendly communities. Heptonstall has one such planned estate, whose history offers up some fascinating insights into modern housing and its inhabitants.

Dr Mary Ellen calls herself a cultural historian. She was Head of English at a Norfolk school before moving to Heptonstall. She has lived in the area for five years now and has immersed herself in its local history and landscape. She was a founding member of the Heptonstall Historical & Heritage Society and played Colonel Robert Bradshaw in last year's production of 'The Battle of Heptonstall'.

See the Hebden Bridge History Society website for more info.

Wednesday 10 February 2021

Who built Hebden Bridge?

Michael Peel

This talk is designed to complement an exhibition planned by the Local History Society on the subject of "Who Built Hebden Bridge?" It will concentrate on the area known as "The Croft" between Commercial Street, New Road and Bridge Gate, which was an open field until the 1860s. It eventually encompassed many of the town's most important and iconic buildings including the Co-op Hall, Hope Chapel, the library, mills, pubs, clubs, a bank, a surgery, a wood yard, nurses home, police station, lodging houses, numerous shops and a reservoir!

Michael Peel has lived in the Calder Valley all his life, firstly at Blackshaw Head, Edge Hey Green and more recently in Sowerby Bridge. He was a senior reporter for the Hebden Bridge Times, the Todmorden News and the Halifax Courier for 40 years. He has had a life-long interest in local history and has been actively involved with Hebden Bridge Little Theatre since he was a teenager.

See the Hebden Bridge History Society website for more info.

Wednesday 24 February 2021

John F Bateman

Britain's foremost reservoir engineer and local lad. The making of Hebden's earth embankment reservoirs.

Michael O'Grady

Britain's foremost reservoir engineer

John F Bateman, born 1810, from the Moravian settlement in Lower Wyke, Halifax, revolutionized Britain's reservoir infrastructure and the science of data around geography and rainfall, as well as establishing procedures for structural design and control of flow between and from linked reservoirs. Responsible for more than twice the reservoir projects than those of his nearest rivals, Batemen started in Manchester then established offices in London in order to consult world-wide.

The three Upper Calder Valley projects (Widdop, Walshaw Dean and Gorple) were all designed by Bateman. He enjoyed the common touch with contractors, engineers, landowners, industrialists and Parliamentary regulators alike, never losing sight of the needs of the people, while rising to pre-eminence in his field and in public life. There's a lot to tell about the water that comes out of Calderdale's taps.

Dr Michael O'Grady is a Senior Lecturer and Course Leader in Web and Digital Media in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Huddersfield. He is currently mixing his interest in local history, a past career in civil engineering and the day-job (digital visualisation) to investigate the processes and details of building the six reservoirs at Widdop, Walshaw Dean and Gorple valleys.

See the Hebden Bridge History Society website for more info.

Wednesday 10 March 2021

Lloyd George, Spanish Flu, and the 1918 General Election in the Calder Valley

Alan Fowler

Celebrating our woodland heritage

In September 1918, Lloyd George fell ill in Manchester Town Hall, and spent a week in the Lord Mayor's Parlour. Despite his illness he managed to intervene in the major industrial dispute in the cotton industry. He returned to London for further recovery, to plot the end of the war and a general election. The latter posed a particular problem given the nature of his coalition.

The 1918 General Election saw the Labour Party leave the government and fight independently, while only a minority of Liberal candidates had Lloyd George's support, unlike a majority of Conservative candidates. The election in the Calder Valley was unusual in that when the Liberal candidate, Higham, got Lloyd George's support, much to the surprise of local Conservatives, the Conservative candidate, Simpson-Hinchcliffe, was forced to retire. Then a new candidate emerged. Major Barker was a 'soldiers candidate' though clearly an independent conservative. Labour also had a candidate for the first time: J W Ogden, a leading cotton trade unionist and President of the TUC in 1918.

The Calder Valley illustrates many of the key issues of the election but in an unusual context, as well as future trends.

Alan Fowler taught economic and social history at Manchester Polytechnic and Manchester Metropolitan University for 40 years. He has given many memorable talks to the Society.

See the Hebden Bridge History Society website for more info.

Wednesday 24 March 2021

Sylvia Plath in Yorkshire

Heather Clark

Sylvia Plath

We often hear about Ted Hughes' links to Mytholmroyd and the Calder Valley, but Sylvia Plath also had local West Yorkshire links. These local places had an impact on her and feature memorably in her poetry.

Heather Clark is Professor of Contemporary Poetry at the University of Huddersfield and author of Red Comet: The Short Life and Blazing Art of Sylvia Plath (Knopf, 2020); Her Kind: The Boston Years of Sylvia Plath, Anne Sexton, Adrienne Rich and Maxine Kumin (Knopf, under contract); The Grief of Influence: Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes (Oxford University Press, 2011); and The Ulster Renaissance: Poetry in Belfast, 1962-1972 (Oxford University Press, 2006). She lives in America.

Thursday 15 April 2021

Dark Matter presents...

Live music - Meatraffle + guests

Big vocals, racy snare action and left-wing idealism galore. Bald heads, fishnet vests and some seriously scuzzy delivery. 

The Golden Lion, 7.30pm
Todmorden
Doors 8pm
Tickets via Skiddle

Saturday 15 May 2021

Dark Matter presents...

The Hanging Stars & Philip Quinn

The Golden Lion,
Todmorden
Doors 8pm
Tickets via Skiddle