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Hebden Bridge events

Monday 20 February 2017

Emmeline Pankhurst and the suffragette census boycott across Calderdale.

Hebden Bridge Town Hall, Waterfront Hall 7.30pm.

On census night, 2 April 1911, suffragettes urged women, all still disenfranchised, to boycott the government’s census. Some did, hiding away in darkened rooms to evade the enumerator. Other women disagreed with this civil disobedience tactic, preferring to provide census information that could be used for the Liberal government’s health and welfare reforms. Suffragette leader Emmeline Pankhurst came up and spoke to a packed meeting in Halifax, urging women to boycott. So how did Hebden Bridge and Halifax respond on census night?

Tickets: £4 on the door (for non-WI members). Everyone welcome

Suffrage bookstall: provided by the Book Case.
Organizers: Hebden Bridge WI.  
Includes tea & WI cake.
Further details: www.hebdenbridgewi.com

20-25 February 2017

Spring and Port Wine

Hebden Bridge Little Theatre
7.30pm. Saturday Matinee, 2.30pm


Spring and Port Wine at the Little Theatre this February. Thanks to Bruce Cutts for photos of the cast.

Read HebWeb News item.

22 February 2017

Hebden Bridge Local History Society

Great Uncle Percy: Inventor of 'Cats' Eyes': The story of a Yorkshire icon and how he gave me my 15 minutes of fame.

Glenda Shaw

Great Uncle Percy

Glenda Shaw is married with two grown up children and one grandson. She practised accountancy – but never quite got it to add up! Her hobby is criticising Rugby league referees and her husband. She is one of Calderdale Council's Living Books and enjoys talking about her famous relative Percy Shaw.

Local History website

Friday 24 February 2017

Shaggy Dog Storytellers

Our guest at The Shaggy Dog Storytellers this month is the lovely Liz Weir, Ireland’s greatest ambassador. Taking as she does her vast store of stories around the world, with us she'll be sharing dreams and delights from her homeland that will make you smile and make you frown, but never ever get you down.

Join us upstairs at The Stubbing Wharf on King Street at 8pm on Friday 24th February for an evening of 'Love & Legends.'

(Entry Fee £ 7)

24 February 2017

An Evening of Soul at Todmorden Town Hall

Featuring The Kommitments Tribute Band and Duo Little & Often.

Todmorden Town Hall
Doors Open at 7pm.

Tickets can be purchased here

Saturday 25 February 2017

CVOG Potato Day

Calder Valley Organic Gardeners Potato Day 2017. Saturday 25th February 10.00am to 3.00pm at Church of the Good Shepherd, Royal Fold,New Road, Mytholmroyd, Hebden Bridge, W. Yorks. HX7 5DZ

Admission £1 includes entry to Potato Raffle

  • 36 varieties (organic & non-organic) @ 14p per tuber Pre-order service for 15 varieties
  • children’s activities
  • information
  • jams
  • organic cheese
  • compost stall
  • onion sets & shallots
  • CVOG Plant/Sundries stall
  • food & drink@ Cafe

More information, catalogue and order form for
postal pre-orders for collection at the event.

Tel 01422 846173 email info@cvog.org or visit www.cvog.org

Saturday 25 February 2017

Friends of the Picture House Poster Sale

The Friends of the Picture House will hold their popular poster sale in the foyer of the Picture House on Saturday, February 25 from 10.30am to 12.30pm.

Cinema posters from 2016 will be on sale from about £5.

There will also be the chance to buy the book Hebden Bridge Picture House: the Life and Times of a Local Treasure, with proceeds going to the Friends to help them support the cinema, advance tickets for live arts screenings and refreshments.

Saturday 25 February 2017

Laser-Cutting introduction - free

10am - 4pm

At Bridge Rectifier, Hebble End Works,
Hebble End, Hebden Bridge, HX7 6HJ

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, . . . .
  • Materials include: acrylic sheet, wood, cardboard, paper, . . . .
  • Produce your own piece to take away, free of charge.
  • Once trained, yoComposts and Growing Mediau can continue your own projects for a very low charge, with a group of enthusiasts working on diverse projects.

To book, or for more info, phone: Carolyn on 07502 599580 or email

(1 hour slots starting 10 - 3 pm)

Bridge Rectifier is a not-for-profit community hackerspace/ makerspace - see www.bridgerectifier.org.uk

Saturday 25 February 2017

Dead Good Disco

A place where you'll find a heady and rather eclectic mix of disco, soul, afrobeat and party vibes!

DJ Haze will providing the sounds every last Saturday of the month at The Shoulder of Mutton, with the odd guest DJ thrown in for good measure.

Come check it out and kick up some dust off the dance floor!

Saturday 25th February
8pm until late

The Shoulder of Mutton
Bridge Gate
Hebden Bridge

Free entry

Sunday, 26 February 2017

The Lost Chord Ensemble

7:30 pm in The Little Theatre, Holme Street, Hebden Bridge

Christopher Irvin, who conducts the local Little Theatre Choir has a wealth of light music including some of his own compositions. He has formed The Lost Chord Ensemble which 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.

Monday 27 February 2017

Phoenix Poets and Writers Poetry, Tales & Songs

The Albert, Albert Street, Hebden Bridge, Monday 27th February 7.30 p.m. Open Mike. All welcome to contribute of just listen.

Contact: David & Pam Stringer 01422 846146
Email: uni.alli@btinternet.com

Monday 27 February 2017

Flood Alleviation Scheme for Hebden Bridge

Hebden Bridge Town Hall between 4pm – 7pm

The scheme will also aim to address surface water issues in the town, and wish to gather knowledge and anecdotal evidence from the community.

Read HebWeb News item

9 February 2017 to end of March

Paintings and Organics Exhibition by Alex Horswood

Thursday to Sunday 11 am - 4pm

Railway Station Platform 1 Gallery

Admission Free!

Thursday 2 March 2017

Cafe culture

Local Stories & Local Speakers - 1st Thursday each month at 2pm

Around the Flower Shows

Enjoy an armchair tour around the UK flower shows.

Digitally illustrated talk by Roger Burnett

Thursday 2nd March 2017 @ 2.30pm

Join us at The Waterfront Hall, Hebden Bridge Town Hall

Doors open 2pm for tea & cake

£5 (£3 concessions) - All Welcome - Pay on the door

For enquiries telephone Helen Meller on 01422 417373

Arts Festiva;

Thursday 2 March 2017

Composts and Growing Media

The next Meeting of Calder Valley Organic Gardeners takes
place at Church of the Good Shepherd, Royal Fold, New Rd, Mytholmroyd, Hebden Bridge HX7 5DZ on Thursday 2nd March when there will be a talk on ‘Composts and Growing Media’ with
Stuart Jackson.

Entry is £2.00 for non-members.

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

Thursday 2 March 2017

Citizen Science

As work progresses with our river surveys around the catchment and the pilot Natural Flood Management project scheme soon to be started in Hardcastle Crags, we are also developing another project around 'River Level Monitoring' along a number of rivers in Calderdale. These will provide us with real time data which will be provided by and for the community for the benefit of everyone in the area and for agencies such as Calderdale Council and The Environment Agency. It will also help us to monitor the levels in Hardcastle Crags to see how these new alleviation schemes are working to 'Slow The Flow'.

At our next meeting on the 2nd March we will be illustrating this new project and discussing the advantages of this 'Citizen Science' project. Please come and find out what we will be doing and the progress made so far.

Doors will open at 7.15 for a prompt start at 7.30pm.

Mytholmroyd Community Centre


Friday 3 March 2017

Women's World Day of Prayer

Am I Being Unfair to you?

Church of the Good Shepherd, New Road, Mytholmroyd, HX7 5EA

Refreshments 7pm, service 7.30pm

3-5 March 2017

Women in British History

Event Details: Women in British History
Friday, 3rd March, opening 7 to 9pm,
Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th, 11am to 4pm,
Workshops on Saturday 11th March and 25th

Northlight's Art Studio's will be celebrating International Women's Day this March with a new exhibition in ArtSpace.

This work in progress exhibition, uses traditional commemorative ware to look at just a small selection of amazing women who left their mark throughout British history. Their contribution to society is immense but often over shadowed. These trailblazers and visionaries on display are just a thumbnail of the women who helped make a change to society.

Commemorative-ware has been used to document events from political satire to a holiday souvenir and was used as a social indicator of the times. This collection has been part of an on going project and has been selected by friends, family and through social media.

This work in progress exhibition has been made by Katch Skinner who is a tutor in ceramics and printmaking at Northlights Art Studios. She uses hand built ceramics and speciality design plaster moulds for slip casting to form plates and manipulated moulds. Each earthenware piece is unique, using hand painted underglazes, slips for mono printing, engobes, and lusters, she also produces silkscreened and digital decals, this means the work can take in excess of four kiln firings. There will be a Image to Clay workshop the following weekend at Northlight Art Studios.

Katch would like to hear from you do you have a relation in your family history with an amazing story or do you know any local women who helped their community or lived a great life. If you do please leave a comment in the book over the course of the exhibition or email katchskinner@gmail.com

Saturday 4 March 2017

Percy Copley - Free live folk, blues & jazz (with Ukulele)

Talented multi-instrumentalist Percy Copley will be coming to Hebden Bridge to do a free performance (taking a break from 20 years performing in the Dixieland Jazz & Country bands at Disneyland).

In the early evening he'll also be putting on a workshop that is free to residents of Hebden Bridge and £5 for everyone else.

Opening for Percy will be young local star, Isaac Hughes-Dennis. He's only 13 years old but has already written a fair few original, fun, catchy songs!

This is made possible through support from Calderdale Council, Grand Northern Ukulele Festival (where Percy will be performing in May).

As it's free, there are no tickets. If you need to pay for a space at the workshop you can pay on the day.

See Facebook page

Saturday 4 March 2017

Woodland Women Day

Spend time in a beautiful woodland setting with other women.

Enjoy learning new skills such as whittling, campfire cooking and foraging.

Come and get away from the stresses and strains of life to be immersed in nature and good company.
March 4th 2017
Knott Wood, Saville Road, Hebden Bridge.
£45 low waged £60 waged.


Sunday 5 March 2017

Elliotts Antique Fair

9am to 3pm

Mytholmroyd Community Centre, Caldene Ave.

Now in its thirty seventh year, it offers something for everyone.

On site cafe offering good home cooked food all day.

Entry £1 all classes.

Monday 6 March 2017

FestivalsFestival Open Evening

where the first big name will be announced. Monday 6 March will also be a chance to discuss last year’s festival, and hear plans for the future. Read more

Tuesday 7 March 2017

Women's DayCelebrate at the Fox and Goose over 3 days for International Women’s Week 2017

Sylvia Pankhurst

Margaret Boyle outlines the long campaign to get Sylvia Pankhurst recognised and celebrated with a public statue and the continuing need to get more women visible in public art.

6.00pm to 6.15pm followed by discussion to 7.00pm

Tea and cake also available

Not suitable for very young children

Wednesday 8 March 2017

Women's DayCelebrate at the Fox and Goose over 3 days for International Women’s Week 2017

Working with refugees

Mim Goldstein shares her experiences as a volunteer working with Refugees and the impact on women and families.

6.00pm to 6.15pm followed by discussion to 7.00pm

Tea and cake also available

All welcome but not suitable for very young children

8 March 2017

Hebden Bridge Local History Society

The Stench of Victorian Indecision

Tony Boughton

earth closets

Nineteenth-century England lurched from one pollution crisis to another as public health officials, borough engineers and politicians failed to deal with the human waste associated with the ever burgeoning population! This evening's presentation will illuminate the arguments and debates faced by the sanitary engineers as they strove to establish sewerage systems to satisfy the ever progressive Victorian demands.

Tony is a production engineer who has spent all of his professional life within the manufacturing environment. However, the last six years have witnessed a personal change from that of the production manager to that of an historian: reading History at Oxford Brookes and achieving a BA and MA.

Local History website

Thursday 9 March 2017

Women's DayCelebrate at the Fox and Goose over 3 days for International Women’s Week 2017

White Ribbon Campaign

Chris Green OBE founder of the White Ribbon Campaign explains the male role in combating violence against women.

6.00pm to 6.15pm followed by discussion to 7.00pm

Tea and cake also available

All welcome but not suitable for very young children

Friday 10 March 2017

An Evening with Paralympic Cyclist Steve Bate MBE

An inspirational talk from Rio double gold medallist Steve Bate MBE. About 3 years ago, Steve was diagnosed with a condition which meant his vision would significantly deteriorate, and that he would very likely go blind. After the initial shock and trauma, instead of feeling sorry for himself, he decided he would attempt to be selected for the Paralympics on the back of a tandem, despite never having ridden competitively before.

If you've ever felt like your life was lacking meaning or missing a challenge, then Steve's story is well worth listening to.

7:00pm - 9:30pm

Craggies Cafe, Craggs Country Business Park, Cragg Vale HX7 5TT

Adults £10 Children £6. Includes Pie and Pea Supper and a complimentary beer from Little Valley Brewery (beer included with adult tickets only)

Wednesday 15 March 2017

CNDCalder Valley CND for Peace and Justice AGM

7.30 pm, Hebden Bridge Methodist Church, Market Street, HX7 6EU

At this AGM we shall also be discussing the future focus of the group in the light of recent political and world events. Please come along and bring your ideas!

Newcomers are always welcome and there will be refreshments provided.

15-18 March 2017

Goodnight Mister Tom

Book and film (starring John Thaw) have been turned into a musical. Hebden Bridge Light Opera Society proudly presents this show at the Little Theatre 15th-18th March 2017, nightly at 7.15, matinee Saturday 2.15. Tickets on sale at Bonsall's or from Susan Lee 01422 250181, or text her on 07741 460868.

Saturday 18th March 2017

Fundraising for Médecins Sans Frontieres in Syria

Flamenco Show followed by Old School Reggae for everyone to dance at 3 Wise Monkeys, Todmorden, 8pm on Saturday 18th March. Limited places. Tickets are £6 in advance.

You can just donate any amount, nothing too small; or book a ticket by donating online and leaving your name and the word 'TICKET' to go on the guest list.

Tickets will also be for sale soon at Todmorden Tourist Info centre, or you can donate direct


Saturday 18 March 2017

Hallfall Down with support

Saturday 18th March, Wadsworth Community Centre, Doors 6:45 Show 8:00

Introducing Nick Hall and Des Horsfall - two fine singer songwriters at the top of their game, in a new alliance to perform their own original blend of Country, Folk and Rock.

Des and Nick are no strangers to the music fans of their native Yorkshire and far beyond, having toured many countries between them. They have over sixty years combined gigging and recording experience.

Nick is one half of award winning duo 'Plumhall', one half of Folk rockers 'The Hall Brothers', and former guitarist with Folk luminaries Magna Carta. Des has worked recently with Rock legend Pete Townshend, is Kuschty Rye front man and an occasional member of Slim Chance.

This could be the start of something beautiful not to be missed!
In support we have Bella Gaffney, another emerging talent from the vibrant folk and acoustic scene of West Yorkshire, writing folk-inspired songs which she performs along with her own arrangements of traditional pieces.

“Great singer, great guitarist, really interesting songwriter” - Mike Harding.

Cask ale - hot food - warm welcome

Tickets £9 from Derek on 07890 205980 or


Saturday 18 March 2017

Hebden Bridge Literary & Scientific Society 2017 Lecture

with Angie Hobbs will not now be on this date but has been re-arranged for 24 March - see below.

Saturday 18 March 2017

Indie rock band night

Able's Army (Huddersfield)
The Maitlands (Manchester)
Bare Bones (Rochdale)

Downstairs at the Golden Lion, Todmorden

Doors 8pm
Free entry - suggested donation £3

Tuesday 21 March 2017

John ShutteworthJohn Shuttleworth says farewell at Picture House

Comedy legend John Shuttleworth brings his farewell tour to Hebden Bridge Picture House next year and he is promising to play all his hits as he hangs up his cardigan.

Read HebWeb news item

Wednesday 22 March 2017

Hebden Bridge Local History Society

The Artisan Naturalists

Rob Trueblood

The Artisan Naturalists

Local groups of self-taught botanists were a particular feature of South East Lancashire in the early decades of the 19th C, and there were certainly contacts in adjoining areas of West Yorkshire. The modest memoirs of two figures – whose graves are in Prestwich Parish Church - portray their development and achievements. John Horsefield, a handloom weaver, led a local society and the wider Manchester regional network while Richard Buxton, a shoemaker, compiled a Guide to the Flora around Manchester.

Now retired, Rob is a Prestwich resident with interests in  'history-from-below' and our surrounding environments.

Local History website

Thursday 23 March 2017

Alice In Westminster

Rachel Reeves MP (Leeds West) will be talking about the life and career of Alice Bacon, Yorkshire's first female MP, whose biography she recently published.

Tickets £1.00, which can be redeemed against purchase of the book on the night.

Thursday 23rd March 7pm.

The Book Case. 29 Market Street. 01422 845 353

Friday 24 March 2017

Hebden Bridge Literary & Scientific Society 2017 Lecture Series

The Spirit Level

Philosophy, Democracy and the Demagogue – or how Plato can help us deal with Donald Trump

Professor Angie Hobbs

The UK’s only Chair in the

Public Understanding of Philosophy

Tickets, £10 - £8 Concessions.
On sale at Hebden Bridge Town Hall or from HB Lit & Sci , The Birchcliffe Centre, Hebden Bridge HX7 8DG. Please make cheques payable to HB Lit & Sci. Tel: 07860 164422

Please note: change of date.


Friday 24 March 2017

Punk / Rockabilly / Scuzzy Fuzzy Blues

Upstairs at the Golden Lion, Todmorden

Cosmic Slop (Todmorden)
Snakerattlers (York)
Bones Shake (Manchester)

£3 on the door
Doors 8pm

Live, original, quality music.

Music for Anti Heroes

Saturday 25 March 2017

Contact Improvisation - From the Ground Up with Charlie Morrissey

This workshop explores some of the fundamental principles of Contact Improvisation and is an opportunity to dive deeply into the practice. It is applicable to, and will work well for, people with varying levels of experience of the form as well as for beginners.

We will work with how the body is always in relation to gravity and different ways of giving and taking weight with a partner.

Charlie’s classes and workshops are practical explorations of movement and attention. They attempt to develop and tune kinesthetic and perceptual awareness as a means of expanding our experience and ability to engage with what is available to us when we move, and how we might be available to it.

These classes are about developing our ability to listen in the body and applying that listening to the activity of moving.

Saturday March 25th from 11 to 5pm
Union House, Todmorden
£30 (£25 concessions)
Booking via email: robdothopper@aol.co.uk

Wednesday 29th March 2017

The Trials and Tribulations of the Railway Pioneers - at work!

A second history talk by Peter Jeffrey organised to raise funds for The Friends of Hebden Bridge Station. Suggested minimum donation of £1
Wednesday 29th March 2017

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm in The Ebenezer Room in Hope Baptist Chapel, Hebden Bridge, HX7 8EW (use side entrance)


Friday 7 April 2017

Megson at Wadsworth Community Centre

Three times nominated in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and double winners of the Spiral Earth Awards, Megson draw heavily on their Teesside heritage to create a truly unique brand of folk music.
The husband & wife duo bring an infectious mix of heavenly vocals, lush harmonies and driving rhythmic guitars. Comprising Debs Hanna (Vocals, Whistle, Piano Accordion) and Stu Hanna (Guitar, Mandola, Banjo) Megson have gained fame on the British folk scene, not only for their arresting & intelligent songwriting, but for their exquisite musicianship and northern humour.

As fRoots Magazine puts it, 'If you don’t like the music here then you have a problem.'

Cask Ale - Hot food - Doors 6:45 - Show 8:00

Tickets £14

For tickets call Derek on 07890 205980 or wegottickets.com

Easter Monday 17 April 2017

Duck Race

The annual Duck Race organised by Rotary Club of Hebden Bridge will be held on Easter Monday 17th April 2017.

Tickets will be on sale at outlets in Hebden Bridge from March 1st onwards and also online.

21-23 April 2017

Piano FestivalHebden Bridge Piano Festival

Following another highly successful weekend in April 2016, programming for the 5th annual Hebden Bridge Piano Festival, which starts on April 21st 2017 at Hebden Bridge Town Hall, is now almost complete. As always, the weekend will be packed with exciting and wonderful concerts, masterclasses, free gigs, and family-friendly events.

The 2016 Festival had a distinctly international flavour to the line-up with performances by pianists from China, Russia, Poland, India and Greece. 2017 looks set to better this, with artists originally from Romania, Israel, Portugal, Scotland, Jordan, South Korea, Belgium and the USA performing at the Festival.

Tuesday 25 April 2017

Have a go at fell-running

Calder Valley Fell Runners are running their “Have a go" nights again this spring. So if you are nervous about off road running, don't know any routes, or just want to make some new running mates, this is for you!

It’s not for complete beginners - we ask that people should be able to run 3 miles/5km already (eg park run).

Turn up at Mytholmroyd Community Centre 6:45pm on Tuesdays, starting 25 April 2017

More info

12-14 May 2017

Hebden Bridge Folk Roots Festival

Folk RootsAlready confirmed for 2017:-
O Hooley & Tidow
Flossie Malaiville
Jess Morgan Band
Bella Gaffney
Harp and a Monkey
Bluegrass: Kentucky Cow Tippers, Thunderbridge Bluegrass band

Folk Roots Festival website

Sunday 4 June 2017

Boundary Walk

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

Runners are welcome to join in but we do ask them to check in and start their run as early as possible.

Walk commences at Community Centre, Mytholmroyd

More info and registration

Friday 23 June - Saturday 2 July 2017
7-9 July 2017

FestivalsFestivals team up for Open Weekend.

The Arts Festival has joined forces with the Open Studios and is bringing back Open Gardens for a special open cultural weekend this summer. Meet 100 local artists and visit 50 gardens. Read HebWeb news item

5-6 August 2017

Hebden Bridge Vintage Weekend

Hebden Bridge will, once again, be the place to be on the 5th and 6th August 2017 when the Rotary Club of Hebden Bridge hosts the iconic charity fund raising Hebden Bridge Vintage Weekend.

This will be the 35th year for the event which is now well established as a premier attraction for the display of some 800 veteran, vintage and classic cars, motorcycles, military & commercial vehicles. Last year’s event was our best ever, breaking all records in entrants, spectators and funds raised. With your help we can make this year’s event even bigger.

Held in the heart of Hebden Bridge, at Calder Holmes Park, the open plan layout of the site allows members of the public to get up close to the exhibits and chat to their owners. This is an event with something for the whole family ~ it is far from being merely a show for collectors. Not only will there be splendid vehicles on display but also varied entertainment including live music, fun rides for children, craft & product stalls, together with a wide range of quality catering and refreshment outlets.

More info and registration