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Hebden Bridge events

13 January - 4 February 2018

Exhibition of Jason Foster’s Immersion 2

Immersion 2

The preview of Jason Foster’s show ‘Immersion 2’ is happening at the Gallery Lounge at Artsmill at 12pm on Saturday 13th of January and then the show continues till February 4th. Enjoy a 360 experience whilst looking at his stunning work on show.

Jason Foster says, “Due to the overwhelmingly positive feedback, Immersion 2 follows hot on the heels of the very successful and well received Immersion 1. This exhibition plugs you into something very primeval. The amazement of travelling without moving. Utterly transforming the whole gallery experience.“

Jason is using high quality 360 photography that requires ‘patience, skill, determination and practice to use.’

“With this new creative ‘tool in the box’ I saw the opportunity to break new ground and push the emerging technology even further. Enabling the audience to become completely surrounded by sketches and paintings.” Jason Foster

Jason Foster
Immersion 2
Gallery Lounge
Linden Road,
Hebden Bridge.

17 January to 4 February 2018


24 JANUARY 2018

The People of the Parish Of Halifax: 1539 to 1670

Parish registers and the reconstruction of the population

David Cant

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

Friday 26 January 2018

Tales from the Blender

To kick of 2018, The Shaggy Dog Storytellers proudly presents Michel Schellekens who will be bringing us his ‘Tales from the Blender’ on Friday 26th January 2016, upstairs in the Stubbing Wharf Pub, King St, Hebden Bridge at 8pm.

He promises to take us on a journey of epic misunderstanding, tragic betrayal, impossible romance and sublime theft. Wow! 

Michel cooks up stories or brings original takes on traditional tales, served fresh and wrapped around a core of unexpected twists.

Being a scientist, a storyteller and a writer, he simply loves to make stuff up, any combination of which sets his creative juices flowing. Michel is a regular guest at “The Gab” - Blarney’s vibrant storytelling scene. Can’t wait to see him in action. Save the date now!

Friday 26 January 2018

Dark Matter Promotions presents: AK/DK 

This is a huge opportunity to experience Brighton synth/drums duo AK/DK's blisteringly exciting performance.

AK/DK are a band most at home on stage and their stream of largely improvised layers of fizzing arpeggios and crushing motorik drums has earned them places at many of the stages and festivals all around the UK and Europe, including Latitude, End of The Road, ArcTanGent and Green Man. Don't miss their tour stop in Tod!

Golden Lion, Todmorden (downstairs)

**Free Event**
Suggested donation £5

Saturday 27 January 2018

Mike CooperMake prehistoric pottery at Gibson Mill in Hardcastle Crags Join Dr Mike Copper from the University of Bradford in preparing pots at Gibson Mill as part of an on-going exhibition on the woodland archaeology of the Crags.

More info

Saturday 27 January 2018

Lit and Sci

27-28 January 2018

Free exhibition in stained glass with live demonstrations!

Northlight Art Space
Hangingroyd Lane, HX7 7BZ

Calderdale once produced more fustian clothes than anywhere else on earth. Over the past hundred years the mills have gradually been converted into homes, offices, workshops and, particularly in Hebden Bridge, into artist studios.

Yet the cacophonous churn of the textile mill and ammoniacal tang of the tanneries has not vanished completely. Even today, echoes of industry can be found in artwork produced under the same roofs.

This exhibition continues that theme. Commissioned by the Worshipful Company of Dyers and designed and produced by two local artists, it commemorates the vast Yorkshire textile dyeing industry that dominated our valley 150 years ago.

Shown through a series of large stained glass panels, visitors will learn how North Sea kelp, Yorkshire shale and London urine ( ! ) were combined to form alum, the essential fixative used for dyeing clothes and indeed, stained glass windows.

You will also be able to see stained glass manufacture in person as the glazier constructs the final window of the series in the gallery itself.

For more information visit soo.gd/dyeing

Sunday 28 January 2018

Dance for Life

2:30pm to 5pm at Salem Community Centre, Central Street, Hebden Bridge, HX7 6HB. (Next to the co-op). We meet in the Les Siddall Hall on the first floor.

Fun dance afternoon with no fixed steps, dance like nobody is watching. Beautiful, varied music. All welcome.

£3-£5 as you can afford. Please bring fruit to share.

Any queries to Roger 07776 426168

Sunday 28 January 2018

Blameless Hussies - Singing Workshop and Fundraiser

The Hebden Therapy Centre - Valley Road, HX7 7BN
Workshop 10:30am - 1:30pm
Afternoon Tea Fundraiser 3pm by donation
(or £25/£20/£15 for both)
Proceeds are to support The Hebden Therapy Centre CIC
Phone Louise 01422 842424 
or Jenny 07984 584 923 to book

Sunday 28 January 2018

Webster to West End

Join the students & friends of Ursula Holden - Gill, upstairs in The Stubbing Wharf, King St, Hebden Bridge on Sunday 28th January at 5pm for a fantastic showcase of drama, verse & song.

Featuring current National Youth Theatre members, Drama School attendees & jobbing Actors as well as prospective & first time applicants this is a rare, golden opportunity for all local theatre enthusiasts to view some exciting, new & innovative work.

Entry £5 / £3 Cons. (All Proceeds towards Tim Kinneally's M.A. Funding for Drama Centre.)         

Thursday 1 February 2018

Growing at the margins

Calder Valley Organic Gardeners meeting takes place at Mytholmroyd Community Centre, Caldene Avenue, Mytholmroyd, Hebden Bridge HX7 5AF on Thursday 1st  February 2018 at 7.30pm when a there will be a talk on ‘Growing at the margins: adaptation to severe weather in marginal land of the British Isles’

Entry is £2.00 for non-members.

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

Mon 5 Feb – Sun 4 Mar 2018

Animal Contemporary Exhibition

Animal Contemporary Exhibition

The Town Hall, St Georges Street, Hebden Bridge, HX7 7BY Mon 5 Feb - Sun 4 Mar 2018. Opening Times: Mon to Fri 9am – 5pm; Sat 10am – 3pm; Closed Sundays.

For more information about ARTbound, visit the ARTbound website

See HebWeb News item

Wednesday 7 February 2018


Royal Opera House: Tosca (12A)


Advance tickets priced £15/£13/£11

The performance lasts about 3 hours, including two intervals


The painter Mario Cavaradossi helps a fugitive escape – and so attracts the attention of Scarpia, the sadistic Chief of Police. Scarpia captures Cavaradossi and has him tortured within earshot of his lover, the singer Tosca.

Scarpia sentences Cavaradossi to death – but promises Tosca that her lover can be saved if she gives herself to Scarpia. Tosca consents but as soon as the order has been given kills Scarpia. Scarpia’s menace continues even in death: betrayed by a double-cross, Cavaradossi dies and Tosca leaps to her death.

Saturday 10 Feb 2018

think masqueradeHandmade Parade Presents a Masquerade Ball,

a fundraising event in Hebden Bridge in time for Valentine’s Day on Saturday 10 Feb at Hebden Bridge Town Hall. Dress Code: think masquerade.

More info

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

Wednesday 14 FEBRUARY 2018


RSC Live: Twelfth Night (12A) (12A)


Advance tickets priced £15/£13.50/£12

Twelfth Night

‘I am all the daughters of my father’s house,
And all the brothers too.’

Twelfth Night is a tale of unrequited love – hilarious and heartbreaking.

Two twins are separated in a shipwreck, and forced to fend for themselves in a strange land. The first twin, Viola, falls in love with Orsino, who dotes on OIivia, who falls for Viola but is idolised by Malvolio. Enter Sebastian, who is the spitting image of his twin sister…

Saturday 24 February 2018

Calder Valley Organic Gardeners Potato Day

10.00am to 2.00pm at Mytholmroyd Community Centre, Caldene Ave, Mytholmroyd, Hebden Bridge HX7 5AF

Admission £1 includes entry to Potato Raffle                  

36 varieties (organic & non-organic) @ 15p per tuber

Pre-order service for 15 varieties

  • Children’s activities
  • information
  • jams
  • organic cheese
  • compoststall
  • 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

Sunday 25 February 2018

The Vagina Monologues

Vagina Monologues

Trades Club

A group of local women have come together to join a global movement to rise, resist and unite. In the month of February the Vagina Monologues is being performed all over the world to raise awareness and money for local groups working to end violence against women and girls. The sprit of the play is one of celebration and humour.

The Vagina Monologues introduces a wildly divergent gathering of female voices, including a six year old girl, a septuagenarian New Yorker, a vagina workshop participant, a woman who witnesses the birth of her Granddaughter, a Bosnian survivor of rape, and a feminist happy to have found a man who ‘liked to look at it’.

‘No wonder male religious leaders so often say that humans were born in sin—because we were born to female creatures. Only by obeying the rules of the patriarchy can we be reborn through men. No wonder priests and ministers in skirts sprinkle imitation birth fluid over our heads, give us new names, and promise rebirth into everlasting life.’

– Gloria Steinem, The Vagina Monologues

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

Friday 2 March 2018

Hebden Bridge Twinning Society Benefit

with ZEFR and Terry Logan & Chris Manley and Creedy and the Colour

Trades Club

Saturday10 March 2018

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 10 March 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 

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

Local History website

Monday 2 April 2018

Easter Monday Duck Race

Organised by the Hebden Bridge Rotary Club

22 June - 1 July 2018

Hebden Bridge Arts Festival

Arts Festival

See website

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