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Hebden Bridge events

Saturday 18 November 2017

Christmas Artfair

The Waterfront Hall, The Town Hall, St George's St, Hebden Bridge

11am - 4pm

Creative stall holders will be filling the beautiful Waterfront Hall for our 3rd Christmas Artfair, situated in Hebden Bridge Town Hall. Next to the superb onsite Café, we'll have stalls full of homewares, gifts, art, photography and festive magic during this one day, eclectic Christmas Shopping Experience!

Free entry for all

See HebWeb news item

Saturday 18 November 2017

mytholmroyd lights

Saturday 18 November 2017

Textile Exhibition at Artsmill Hebden Bridge by Elaine Hook

An exhibition of interesting and inspirational textile work using recycled, upcycled, found and antique resources by local Todmorden textile artist Elaine Hook. 

Elaine Hook Exhibition

Artsmill, Hebden Bridge, in the Coffee Shop Gallery 

Meet the Artist Saturday 18th November 2pm till 4pm

Exhibition opens Wednesday 22nd November till 17th December 2017 11.00am till 4.00pm

Look forward to seeing you there. 

Saturday 18 November 2017

Lit and Sci

Hebden Bridge Literary & Scientific Society

2017-2018 Hebden Bridge Lecture Series

Judith Weir
One of the country’s most distinguished composers.
Appointed Master of the Queen’s Music in 2014.

A Composer’s Life

Hebden Bridge Town Hall, The Waterfront Hall

Saturday 18 November at 7:30 PM

Bar/Café open at 6:30 PM

Tickets £10 – £8 Concessions 

On sale at the 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
Visit the website for more information 

Judith Weir

Sunday 19 November 2017

Subud - A Spiritual Path for All

11:45am for 12noon, until 1pm. Free.

Royd Square Centre, end of Bond Street (off Hangingroyd Lane), Hebden Bridge, HX7 7DE

Come and hear about the spiritual sister, and brotherhood of Subud, transcending religious boundaries, & the practice called "latihan". 

Ralph will give a little presentation with questions and answers. 

You are welcome to come 11:45 for tea, coffee and biscuits - we like to start on time. If you're late, please ring the door bell. 

You are most welcome to join the Quaker Meeting for Worship 10:30am (on time!) 

Contact Ralph, 07909 488272 

More info

Sunday 19 November 2017

Dance For Life

2:30 to 5pm.

Dance for Life in Salem Community Centre, Central Street, Hebden Bridge, HX7 6HB (next to the Co-Op)

Dance to joyful music designed to enhance your energy and mood. No steps to learn, all welcome. £3 - £5 as you can afford.

Contact Roger for information on 07776 426168

From 20 November 2017

Transcience - An Art Exhibition by Graham Hall and Tony Wright

Fox and Goose pub, Hebden Bridge, Monday 20th November 2017 to Sunday 7th January 2018.

Meet the Artists Viewing Friday 24th November 6:30 to 8:00 pm.

All Welcome.

Tuesday 21 November 2017


Parent & Baby Screening: Breathe (12A)


With the lights turned up a little (and the sound down a notch), we create a stress-free environment exclusively for parents/guardians to enjoy films with their babies (aged under 12 months).

Tickets are just £6 and include a free tea/coffee or glass of squash. 

Andy Serkis’s feature directorial debut stars Andrew Garfield and Claire Foy in an inspirational true story. Adventurous and charismatic, Robin Cavendish (Garfield) has his whole life ahead of him when he is paralysed by polio in Africa. Against all advice, his wife (Foy) brings him home from hospital where her devotion and determination transcends his disability.

Tuesday 21 November 2017


Exhibition on Screen: David Hockney (U)


Widely considered Britain’s most popular artist, David Hockney is a global sensation with exhibitions in London, New York, Paris and beyond, attracting millions of visitors worldwide. Now entering his ninth decade, Hockney shows absolutely no evidence of slowing down or losing his trademark boldness.

Featuring intimate and in-depth interviews with Hockney, this revealing film focuses on the two blockbuster exhibitions held in 2012 and 2016 at the Royal Academy of Art in London. Advance tickets (priced £12/£11/£10) are available via our website and in person during box office hours.

22 NOVEMBER 2017

Twenty Thousand descend on Hardcastle Crags

A virtual walk from the station to Hardcastle Crags and around, 50 to 100 years ago

David Taylor

Twenty Thousand Descend On Hardcastle Crags

By the 1850s, visitors were coming to Hebden Bridge for Hardcastle Crags from the mill towns on both sides of the Pennines, all thanks to the railway. By the turn of the century they were coming in their thousands – an estimated 20,000 over the three-day Whitsun holiday in 1897! Using many images from the Pennine Horizons Digital Archive we will follow in their footsteps to see how different it was all those years ago as they walked from the station to and around the Crags, enjoying all the facilities provided there.  David has lived all his life in the historic West Riding of Yorkshire, moving to Calderdale in 1988. A member of the History Society and a volunteer with Pennine Horizons, he was involved in co-producing an exhibition on the railway and the visitors to Hardcastle Crags, which was mounted at Gibson Mill and in the town.

Methodist Church, Market Street, Hebden Bridge at 7.30pm

Local History website

22 November - 17 December 2017

Artsmill: Winter Open Exhibition

Artsmill: Winter Open Exhibition

Preview 2-4 on Sunday, 19th November at The David Wright Gallery, Artsmill. Elaine Hook Textile Exhibition - Gallery Lounge

45 artists and designer makers from around the Calder Valley are coming together and showcasing their work at The David Wright Gallery at Artsmill, Hebden Bridge.

See HebWeb News item

Thursday 23 November 2017


1920s Gala Film (U)


The Picture House, the Friends of the Picture House and the Hebden Bridge Local History Society are delighted to screen the restored footage of the 1925 Hebden Bridge Carnival Parade and Gala.

The historic film has been transferred from celluloid to digital format after being discovered by the Yorkshire Film Archive and is being shown in the cinema this autumn for the first time since the 1920s.

The film is silent with accompanying period music, and is approximately 20 minutes long. Free admission. Doors open 15 minutes before the film’s start time.

Friday 24 November 2017

The Headless Woman & Other Delights

A Storyteller leaves Lancashire to spend three years on the Isle of Arran. This is what she found there.

Through storytelling performance, peep-boxes and improvised storytelling, the audience are drawn into a story circle where ancient tales of boggarts and mermaids hold hands with contemporary accounts of supernatural landscapes against a backdrop of Scottish island life.

Join us on Friday 24th November 2017, upstairs in The Stubbing Wharf Pub, King St, Hebden Bridge at 8pm where Jackie Harris will reveal all...

25 November 2017

Singing Workshop

Singing Workshop with Becky Owen

10am to 4pm at the Birchcliffe Centre, Hebden Bridge.

Tickets £25 or £20 concessions.

Lunch available for £3.

For further info and booking contact committee@caldervalleyvoices.org.uk

25 November 2017

Wainsgate Makers Bazaar

The Wainsgate Makers Bazaar offers a fresh, diverse and complementary mix of products, goods and experiences.

We seek out traders who can offer quality products and contemporary designs. Above all, we seek to champion independent and emerging craftspeople, designer makers, producers and musicians.

See HebWeb News article

Saturday 25 November 2017


Autism Friendly Screening - Earth: One Amazing Day (U)



Our new occasional Autism Friendly screenings create a sensory friendly and inclusive environment. Adjustments at the cinema reduce over-stimulation and create a welcoming place for people with autism to enjoy films, these adjustments include:

  • a relaxed environment where people understand the needs of children and families with autism
  • lights left on low
  • sound turned down a little
  • no trailers or advertisements (unless they are embedded in the film)
  • no introductory music whilst you wait for the film
  • disabled access
  • freedom to move around and sit where you like
  • bring your own food and drink
  • free entry for carers with valid CEA Card.

From BBC Earth Films comes this stunning sequel to Earth, an astonishing journey revealing the awesome power of the natural world. Over the course of a single day, we track the sun from the highest mountains to the remotest islands to exotic jungles. Breakthroughs in filmmaking technology bring you up close with a cast of unforgettable characters. Told with humour, intimacy and a jaw-dropping sense of cinematic splendour.

Saturday 25 November 2017

Todmorden's Lamplighter Festival Todmorden's Lamplighter Festival

The Calder Valley will be treated to a fire and light extravaganza when the Lamplighter Festival returns to Todmorden on 25 Nov.

See HebWeb News item

Saturday 25 November 2017

Fundraiser for kitchen refurbishment at Wadsworth Community Centre, Old Town

Local rhythm and blues band The 844s will be playing three sets at Wadsworth Community Centre on Saturday 25 November. The event is taking place to help raise funds for the refurbishment of the centre’s kitchen.

Admission costs £5, and doors open at 7.30pm.

Food and cask ales will be available.

The 844s are vocalist and harmonica ace Dave Rigg, lead guitarist Martin McGroarty - a great player with a long musical pedigree, bassist Jerome Dineen, drummer Jim Duffy, and rhythm guitarist and second vocalist Wally Woodcock. The band plays a mixture of original compositions and covers, ranging from slow-burn blues to high-energy rock.

Saturday 25 November 2017

The Hepton Singers: Byrd to Britten - a tribute to Roger Scaife

Heptonstall Church, Saturday 25th November 7.30pm


The Hepton Singers are revisiting some of their favourite repertoire in tribute to Roger Scaife who directed the choir for 25 years, and helped to make the choir what it is today. He introduced the choir over that period to a cornucopia of delicious music, spanning several centuries from the Renaissance to the present day.

The choir will sing music by Byrd, Palestrina, Purcell, Croft, Bach, Bruckner, Vaughan Williams, Britten, and Kodaly. More unusual repertoire will include music by Antonín Tučapský, a Czech composer whose thoughtful, beautiful and deeply spiritual music should be better known, and a new piece by Chris Legg, one of our basses, setting a poem by Emily Dickinson.

Don’t miss what promises to be a special evening!

See HebWeb News item

Sunday 26 November 2017

4 Hoarse Men and Friends

An autumn feast of a cappella acoustic music and dance, featuring:

Georgie & Phoebe - Vivid Appalachian harmonies and percussive dance

The 4 Hoarse Men - Male a cappella quartet from Calderdale 

The Remmingtons - Female barbershop a cappella quartet from Calderdale

Mark Chillery - Singer songwriter guitarist from Todmorden

Golden Lion, Todmorden, OL14 6LZ (upstairs)               
6.30 doors, 7.00 start                
Tickets £5 on the door or call Richard on 07940 850328

27 November-2 December 2017


Weds 29 Nov - Sat 2 Dec 2017

The Todmorden Hippodrome Theatre presents

Blithe Spirit

Blithe Spirit is a play full of laughs and love, mischievous ghosts and sparkling wit. Come and be spirited away this winter with the delightful comedy by The Master – Noël Coward.

Doors open 7pm, performance begins at 7:30pm
Tickets £10/£8 conc.  All £8 on opening night

Book tickets at online here or at the Todmorden Tourist Information Centre.

2-3 December 2017

Winter Art Fair

Our annual Winter Art Fair will be at Northlight Art Studio's on 2-3 December 11am to 5pm.

We wil be hosting this event all downstairs in our wonderful Artspace and main class room. 

So join us for lots of fab Art and Craft and meet the maker. Have a mullied wine or two and enjoy the activities! Fun for the whole family 

Free Event :)

Address: Valley Rd, Hebden Bridge HX7 7BZ
Phone: 01422 843519

Saturday 2 December 2017

Christmas Fayre

Hope Baptist Chapel. 10 until 4pm.

Festive stalls, cake, mince pies, tea & coffee.

Come and join us in the popular Chatty Cafe, and maybe get a Christmas present from our selection of handmade gifts. 

Saturday 2 December 2017


Battleship Potemkin with live pianist Darius Battiwala (U)

Battleship Potemkin

4.30pm (event starts at 5pm)

Yorkshire Federation of Film Societies (YFFS) together with Hebden Bridge Picture House present the Soviet silent film classic Battleship Potemkin projected from a 35mm film print, in the cinema’s monthly Reel Film slot; but with the added delight that is a live improvised piano accompaniment by celebrated silent film pianist Darius Battiwala.

Doors open at 4.15pm.

At 5pm, Keith Withall, of YFFS, will give a short presentation about the film before it commences

Saturday 2 December 2017

One Thousand Ways to Kiss the Ground

An evening of devotional songs and sacred poetry at the Calderdale Yoga Centre. On 2nd December 7 pm - 9 pm. 

We are asking guests to make a donation and the proceeds will go to a Palestinian/ Israel peace charity. 

No booking required. There will be some snacks and chai.

Any questions, email Kaye

Saturday 2 December 2017

O'Hooley & Tidow - Winter Folk Tour

Wadsworth Community Centre.

Doors 6:45.

We’re delighted to see the return of Belinda O'Hooley & Heidi Tidow for an evening of beautifully performed original, contemporary and traditional winter songs from their new album 'WinterFolk Vol 1', produced with BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winner Ben Walker.

They are a remarkable couple, both are singer/songwriters and both have Irish connections. Known for their exquisite harmonies and sublime musicality they invite comparisons with the most celebrated harmony duos, from early Simon and Garfunkel to the iconic Kate and Anna McGarrigle.

Belinda and Heidi’s powerful, deeply moving and soulful performances are infused with an honesty and empathy that will disarm the hardest of hearts.

BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2017 ‘Best Duo’ Nominees

‘One of British Folk's mightiest combinations' (MOJO)

As usual there will be cask ale, hot food and a warm welcome.

Tickets £12 available from Derek on 07890 205980

To 3 December 2017

Winter Showcase Exhibition 

The Town Hall, St George's St, Hebden Bridge

Opening Times: Mon to Fri 9am – 5pm | Sat 10am – 3pm | Sun Closed

As a new addition, ARTbound Community are showcasing the creative works of members and visiting artists, as part of a 4 week exhibition overlapping our annual Christmas ARTfair! Throughout the foyer and Cafe area, artists will be showcasing on the walls in aid of extending opportunity to artists and giving visitors chance to purchase more original and affordable art in the run up to the busy festive period.

Free entry for all

More info

Sunday 3 December 2017

Elliotts Antique Fair 

8am to 3-30pm at Mytholmroyd Community Centre, Caldene Avenue, Mytholmroyd.

This pre Christmas event is the most popular of the  year if you are looking for a special gift this the event for you.

On site Cafe serving good home cooked food all day

Admission £1 all classes.

Tuesday 5 December 2017


Royal Ballet Live: The Nutcracker (12A)


Advance tickets priced £15/£13.50/£12

The young Clara creeps downstairs on Christmas Eve to play with her favourite present – a Nutcracker doll. But the mysterious magician Drosselmeyer is waiting to sweep her off on a magical adventure.

After defeating the Mouse King, the Nutcracker and Clara travel through the Land of Snow to the Kingdom of Sweets, where the Sugar Plum Fairy treats them to a wonderful display of dances. Back home, Clara thinks she must have been dreaming – but doesn’t she recognize Drosselmeyer’s nephew?

Thursday 7 December 2017


National Theatre Live: Young Marx (12A)


Advance tickets priced £15/£13.50/£12

1850, and Europe’s most feared terrorist is hiding in Dean Street, Soho. Broke, restless and horny, the thirty-two-year-old revolutionary is a frothing combination of intellectual brilliance, invective, satiric wit, and child-like emotional illiteracy.

Creditors, spies, rival revolutionary factions and prospective seducers of his beautiful wife all circle like vultures. His writing blocked, his marriage dying, his friend Engels in despair at his wasted genius, his only hope is a job on the railway. But there’s still no one in the capital who can show you a better night on the piss than Karl Heinrich Marx. 

Friday 8 December 2017

Handmade Parade: Parading the North Symposium

Parading the North – A Symposium of Parade and Carnival Arts in the North of England

Todmorden Town Hall

11am-1:30pm and 1:30pm-2:30pm - free

Book here

Handmade Parade are delighted to invite you to this unique inspirational event that brings together the very best of world class parade and carnival art from across the North of England.

With guest speakers from our partners Walk the Plank, Hull Carnival Arts, Global Grooves, Brouhaha and Hull Carnival Arts, this event will inspire and ignite new opportunities for events in the North.

Session 1 11am-1:30pm
Parade Performance and Installations
Presentations by
• Handmade Parade- Andrew Kim and Alison Duddle
• Walk the Plank- Liz Pugh
• Hull Carnival Arts- Charles Huckvale

Session 2 1:30pm-2:30pm
Parade Performance and Installations
Presentations by
• Brouhaha- Giles Agis
• Global Grooves- Leon Patel,
• Handmade Parade Book Launch
• Panel Q and A 

We welcome you to come and enjoy what is set to be a fantastic day of high profile community parade and carnival sharing.

Saturday 9 December 2017

Lit and Sci

Hebden Bridge Literary & Scientific Society

2017-2018 Hebden Bridge Lecture Series


Tony Freemont
Professor of Pathology at the University of Manchester. 


Why is medicine about to undergo the biggest single change ever?

Hebden Bridge Town Hall, The Waterfront Hall

Saturday 9 December 6th at 7:30 PM

Bar/Café open at 6:30 PM

Tickets £10 – £8 Concessions 

On sale at the 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
Visit the website for more information 


Saturday 9 December 2017

Friends of the Picture House present

Dog Day Afternoon

Dogday AfternoonIn 1972, a Brooklyn bank robbery intended to fund a sex-change operation turned into a day-long stand-off.

Three years later, director Sidney Lumet turned that strange story into the film Dog Day Afternoon, an intense, gripping, and surprisingly funny crime film featuring one of Al Pacino’s best performances.

Dog Day Afternoon will be screened at Hebden Bridge Picture House on Saturday, December 16 at 4.30pm. The Friends of the Picture House will be on hand to serve appropriate refreshments and also sell tickets for the Christmas raffle. 

Saturday 9 December 2017

Music at Walshaw, Xmas 2017

Saturday December 9 at 2pm

Mary Nolan, Irish harp
Dearbhla Nolan, trumpet
Margaret Bruce, piano

Tickets £25 including tea from Kath on 01422 843937 or Margaret@lumley-savile.com

Sunday 10 December 2017


Royal Ballet Live: The Nutcracker (12A)


Advance tickets priced £15/£13.50/£12

The young Clara creeps downstairs on Christmas Eve to play with her favourite present – a Nutcracker doll. But the mysterious magician Drosselmeyer is waiting to sweep her off on a magical adventure.

After defeating the Mouse King, the Nutcracker and Clara travel through the Land of Snow to the Kingdom of Sweets, where the Sugar Plum Fairy treats them to a wonderful display of dances. Back home, Clara thinks she must have been dreaming – but doesn’t she recognize Drosselmeyer’s nephew?

Sunday 10 December 2017

Lost Chord Ensemble

7:30 pm in The Little Theatre, Holme Street, Hebden Bridge, HX7 8EE.

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.

Rehearsals have begun for the Concert on 16th December. 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.

Monday 11 December 2017

Carol Singing at the Railway Station

5:15 pm (for about an hour or so).

This is to raise money for The Railway Children Charity  

Come along and sing or bring an instrument. 

13 DECEMBER 2017

From Crime Scene to Holiday Camp

Stories of Hawdon Hall

Freda Kelsall

In February 1817, a small homestead near Hardcastle Crags, with a tangle of names - (Hawden - or Hawdon - Hole, Hoyle or Hall) was invaded by notoriety.   An aged man of no great fortune was found to have been murdered there;  just over a century later, it was providing a welcome for holiday-makers!  Local writer and artist Billy Holt may have inspired the idea of Butlins, before setting off with his horse Trigger in pursuit of adventure.   His benign influence on the historical record offsets the tragedy of death, detection and retribution.   

Freda Kelsall was born in Southport, where she worked for the Public Libraries, trained in speech and drama, and had a novel published, before moving to London to train as a teacher, also beginning to work in TV.  After teaching in London and Hampshire, and writing TV plays part-time, her on-going contract (1973-1995) with YTV to write the dramatised social history series, How We Used to Live, led her to make her home in Hebden Bridge, where she has lived since 1982.

Methodist Church, Market Street, Hebden Bridge at 7.30pm

Local History website

Friday 15 December 2017

Christmas Carol Service


St. James' Church, Church lane, Hebden Bridge, HX7 6DS

A family friendly service with Hebden Royd Primary School choir; carols and readings.

Refreshments afterwards including Mulled wine, coffee, mince pies.

Friday 15 December 2017

Piano Bar with Dave Nelson

Hebden Bridge Town Hall, Friday 15th December, 8pm.

Admission free, with a voluntary collection for Hebden Bridge Piano Festival.

The Town Hall café will dim the lights, open the bar, roll out the piano and transform into a warm and welcoming venue for a winter's evening.

Meet your friends for a convivial ‘pub-style’ night.

Saturday 23 December 2017

Dave Nelson's Christmas Singalong

Hebden Bridge Town Hall, Saturday 23rd December, 5pm. £10/£8/£3
Tickets available from 1st December at Hebden Bridge Piano Festival website and at the Town Hall.

The town's festive family singalong is a fixture in the Hebden Bridge Christmas calendar. Mince pies, mulled wine and other seasonal treats will be available at the bar. (Tickets usually sell out well before the event.)

Sunday 24 December 2017


It's a Wonderful Life (U)

Wonderful LifeThis film has two showings, both on 24th December at 11am (Doors 10am)
3.00pm (Doors 2pm)

Early Bird tickets £6/£5/£4. Our early bird tickets are available online only throughout October and November.

Any tickets sold in December online or paper, will be full price.

Oscar-winning director Frank Capra’s (It Happened One Night) masterpiece, the profoundly charming It’s a Wonderful Life stars Jimmy Stewart (Rear Window) as everyman George Bailey, whose youthful dreams have been overwhelmed by responsibilities to his community; down on his luck and on the brink of suicide on Christmas Eve when a guardian angel (Henry Travers) arrives to show him how the sleepy town of Bedford Falls would have ended up if he’d never existed.

Set on Christmas Eve, this profoundly touching reverse-Scrooge fable is a seasonal classic.. 

Saturday 24 December 2017

Christmas Eve: Carols in the Square



29-31 December 2017

Snow White

Snow White

Family Pantomime at Hebden Bridge Little Theatre on the 29th,30th and 31st December 2017.

Performances at 11am (toddler friendly) and 3pm.

Tickets £10 adults and £7 children.

Available from Todmorden TIC 01706 818181 and www.storymagictheatre.com

Saturday 31 December 2017


Berlin Philharmonic New Year’s Eve Gala Concert (ADV.U)


Advance tickets priced £12/£11/£10

Purchase Tickets Online

With her flexible, slender but darkly timbred mezzo-soprano, Joyce DiDonato has already delighted audiences at the Philharmonie on several occasions. Now she is the star guest at Sir Simon Rattle’s side during the New Year’s Eve Concert, singing Richard Strauss’s lavishly beautiful orchestral songs.

The programme also includes works by Dvořák, Stravinsky, Bernstein and Shostakovich – full of virtuosity, gracefulness and humour. 

10 JANUARY 2018

Recognition, resilience and reward: Women and girls of the Upper Calder Valley during World War One

Julia Maybury

Women and girls of the Upper Calder Valley during World War One

Recognising the many roles and considerable contributions of women and girls in the home, the community, industry and nursing on the Home Front and abroad on the War Front. These four years had a considerable impact on social class and gender expectations, and offered new opportunities in education and industry and in the workplace and the Armed Forces, rewarding them with Votes for Women.

Julia’s professional life has been devoted to education at school level then at policy, academic and non-governmental levels in the Middle East, Afghanistan, Vietnam, Sri Lanka and the Philippines. She lived and worked for 15 years in conflict and post conflict countries and under military occupation.

Methodist Church, Market Street, Hebden Bridge at 7.30pm

Local History website

Wednesday 10 January 2018

Calder ward Forum

The Next Calder Ward Forum will have presentations and a change to ask questions about, Metro Bus Services in the Upper Valley, Calderdale Highways and Long-term plans for recycling. 

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

There will also be a Police update - with an opportunity to raise your priorities for your local area, updates on Consultations and Open Forum - what matters to you?

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

Refreshments from 6.15pm, meeting starts at 6.45pm.

11 January 2018

Luddendenfoot Ward Forum

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

There will be an update from previous meeting, Police update - with an opportunity to raise your priorities for your local area, updates on Consultations and Open Forum - what matters to you? 

Lower Hall, Luddenden Foot Civic Institute, Station Road, Luddendenfoot, HX2 6AD.

Times: Refreshments from 6.15pm, meeting starts at 6.45pm.

24 JANUARY 2018

The People of the Parish Of Halifax: 1539 to 1670

Parish registers and the reconstruction of the population

Ian Bailey

During the Black Death of 1348, up to a half of the people of England died; it took two centuries before the country reached the same number of inhabitants again. Given that one single event can have such a dramatic impact on the social history of the nation, it is perhaps surprising that local historians have not devoted more time to understanding the size of local populations.  Whether it is in order to appreciate the impact of war, famine, disease, economic instability or political upheaval on a locality, it seems that the changing size of its population is an essential element of the local historian's evidential base.

This talk is the result of a group project run in Hebden Bridge by the Society. It aims to demonstrate how Halifax's legacy of parish registers can be used to discover the size of its population, where those people were living and what events impacted on them.

Methodist Church, Market Street, Hebden Bridge at 7.30pm

Local History website

14 FEBRUARY 2018

Damn Your Eyes!

Protection against the evil eye in human society and local architecture Mytholmroyd Farm - the evil eye

John Billingsley

Damn Your Eyes!

John's recent research has been into the material remains of folk magic in our built environment, comprising carvings, deposits and customs aimed at protecting buildings and households. In this talk he suggests that the evil eye should not be seen as an aspect of witchcraft, but as an aspect of human personality aggravated by the growth of wealth disparity, especially in the 17th century. 

John Billingsley's interest in Calder Valley history has focussed on local folklore, particularly legends and aspects of traditional folk magic. He has written or edited seven books and organised or presented various conferences on such topics. He has also edited the antiquarian magazine Northern Earth since 1991.

Methodist Church, Market Street, Hebden Bridge at 7.30pm

Local History website

28 FEBRUARY 2018

Seven Centuries Of Recorded Floods In The Calder Valley

Why are they getting worse? What can we learn from history? Has the Environment Agency learnt anything from history?

Nick Wilding

Seven Centuries Of Recorded Floods In The Calder Valley

Using evidence stretching back to the 14th Century, Nick Wilding compares the 2015 Boxing Day floods and other recent inundations to accounts of floods from previous centuries. In the course of doing so, he discovers some interesting analogies. He traces the course of the tributaries that feed the River Calder and finds that the origins of extreme flood events in the past were in many ways no different to the ones that cause them today. However, he finds that today's floods have been exacerbated by a range of late 20th Century and 21st Century factors that were not applicable in days gone by.    

Nick Wilding is an ex BBC producer, an independent filmmaker and historical researcher, who has made a string of documentaries on a wide range of local Calder Valley subjects and has prepared talks, interspersed with extracts from his films, based upon his recorded interviews with local people and his own research.   

Methodist Church, Market Street, Hebden Bridge at 7.30pm

Local History website

14 MARCH 2018

The Norman Conquest of Yorkshire

Dr. Paul Dalton

The Norman conquest of England is often associated with the year 1066, and with the battle of Hastings, fought on 14 October that year, in which the army of William, duke of Normandy, defeated and killed Harold Godwineson, king of the English. In fact, the Norman conquest took many years to achieve. There was much violent resistance to the rule of William the Conqueror after 1066, especially in northern England. This talk will discuss the nature of this resistance in Yorkshire and the brutal measures William used to overcome it, including his infamous 'harrying of the North'. It will also explore the dramatic, and in some respects catastrophic, impact of the Norman conquest on the aristocratic society, landholding, government, wealth, and landscape of power in Yorkshire between 1066 and 1087.

Dr Paul Dalton is a Principal Lecturer in Medieval History at Canterbury Christ Church University. He has published widely on Anglo-Norman history, including a book entitled Conquest, Anarchy and Lordship: Yorkshire 1066-1154, published by Cambridge University Press.

Methodist Church, Market Street, Hebden Bridge at 7.30pm

Local History website

28 MARCH 2018

The Alan Petford Annual Memorial Lecture

Township Boundaries and Commons Disputes in the South Pennines

Dr. Nigel Smith

The South Pennines

In upland areas, boundaries across moorland were frequently subject to dispute occasioned by disagreements over grazing and other rights of common. The definition of boundaries thus became an increasingly common issue that reached a litigious peak during the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. This talk will cover a number of disputes around the Calder Valley but will focus on two disputes: one between Midgley and Wadsworth that was still ongoing in the nineteenth century, and one involving protracted litigation by Langfield in the early seventeenth century. This litigation provides evidence of a long-lost boundary that sheds some light on certain early township territories within the Upper Calder Valley. Nigel's research interests focus on the landscape and agricultural history of the Upper Calder valley and the wider South Pennines. He has recently edited "History in the South Pennines: The Legacy of Alan Petford", a volume of essays dedicated to the late Alan Petford.

Methodist Church, Market Street, Hebden Bridge at 7.30pm

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Monday 2 April 2018

Easter Monday Duck Race


7 July 2018

Gala teamThe New Mytholmroyd Gala:

The Mytholmroyd Gala has been a feature of the village for nearly 60 years. At its best, it was a vibrant, colourful and hugely well-attended event that celebrated the community and brought visitors from many miles away. Now it's coming back! Read HebWeb report.

Saturday 4th - Sunday 5 August 2018

Vintage Car Weekend