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Hebden Bridge events

7-22 September 2019

Explore! The South Pennines Walk and Ride Festival 2019

Lots of free outdoor events across a 16 day festival - 7th-22nd September 2019.  Everything from pop-out walks to music in the Craggs, Quests to den- building, major hikes and cycle rides. There really is something for everyone!

Please check Pennine Prospects website for listings and our Facebook page, South Pennines and Pennine Prospects.  The event pocket guide will be available mid-July.

8-29 September

Artsmill Exhibition: Coastal Connections

Coastal Connections

For more info, see this HebWeb News Report

15-29 September 2019

The Body In Space - Exhibition

The Body in Space Exhibition from Abi Lupton-Levy at the Gallery Lounge, ArtsMill until 29 Sept with a preview this Sunday, 15th. Abi is self taught with a background in yoga, meditation and dance and movement.

See HebWeb news article

Monday 16 September 2019

Hebden Bridge Disability Access Forum

Hebden Bridge Town Hall, the Terrace Room, 2.30pm to 4.30pm.

We meet on the third Monday of each month.

We aim to improve access to life in general in the Hebden Bridge area.
We warmly welcome anyone who considers themselves disabled for any reason, including chronic illness, mental health issues, neurodiversity (including autistic spectrum), neurological impairment, mobility issues and sensory impairment. We are always very keen to have new members.

Please come to our meeting or contact us on sechbdisabilityaccess@gmail.com if you would like to raise any access issues, or to join us without attending a meeting.

(See also: Access in Hebden Bridge)

Monday 16 September 2019

Sloth Racket at Golden Lion Todmorden

at Golden Lion Tod. From 8.00pm

Sloth Racket is An internationally acclaimed improv band visiting Todmorden as part of their UK tour . Exciting avant- grade music . Better than telly on a Monday evening.

Sloth Racket

See slothracket.co.uk/tour

Thursday, 19 September 2019

U3A Todmorden September 2019 Meeting

Royal National Lifeboat Institution

U3A Todmorden’s next members’ meeting will be on Thursday, September 19th when our speaker will be Roy Meakin, whose subject is the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI).

Our contact details are www.u3atod.org.uk (website), info@u3atod.org.uk (email), or 01422 886021 (phone).

Friday, 20 September 2019


Comedy Club

At Sowerby Bridge Working Mens Club, 13 Bolton Brow, Sowerby Bridge, HX6 2AL.

Doors open at 8pm, show starts at 8.30pm. 

Quality award winning stand-up comedy from Karen Bayley, Matt Rees, Mike Manera & Clay Burnage. Early Bird tickets only £5 from Calder Comedy Club website (22 Aug)

Saturday 21 September 2019

Open Day at the Birchcliffe Centre

The Birchcliffe Chapel building in Hebden Bridge is 120 years old this year and to celebrate, we’ll be opening our doors to visitors on 21st September from 11-4pm. There'll be something for everyone! 

Birchcliffe open day

See our website for details including how to win a mounted print of your choice (subject to permissions) from the Alice Longstaff collection. 

This activity is part of a wide-reaching consultation and is funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.  

Saturday 21 September 2019

Smith & McClennan

Emily Smith & Jamie McLennan with special guests Plumhall

Doors 6:30 – Show 7:45

Wadsworth Community Centre

Smith & McClennan

Multi award winning Scottish singer Emily Smith and New Zealand born songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Jamie McClennan have been making music together for over fifteen years. Wadsworth is very proud to have lured them away from Scotland for this special one-off gig.
Emily (vocals, guitar, accordion) and Jamie (vocals, guitar, viola) produced the album 'Unplugged' which was released to great acclaim in April 2018. With rich vocal harmonies, accordion, fiddle and sublime guitar backing they are one of the most vibrant duos on the UK folk scene today.

Smith’s many accolades include BBC Radio Scotland’s Young Traditional Musician of the year and two BBC Radio 2 folk awards nominations. They met in 2002 with Jamie soon becoming an integral part of Emily’s sound, taking on the role of lead guitar and backing vocals and producing several of her albums. They have performed throughout Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Russia and North America.

“One of Scotland’s most distinctive voices….simply entrancing” R2 *****
Check them out at https://emilysmith.org

Special Guest support is Yorkshire duo Plumhall  who will be showcasing material from their forthcoming album. Plumhall are Michelle Plum (ex Chumbawamba, Waking the Witch) and has supported Capercaillie, Ralph McTell, Texas and Shane MacGowan to name but a few, and Nick B Hall, a member of the Hall Brothers band nearly all his life, and has supported Fairport Convention, Show of Hands, Kate Rusby, and many more. 

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

Tickets £15   Tickets £13  07731 661053   07890 205980 www.wegottickets.com

Sunday 22 September 2019

The Cragg Challenge 2019

Cragg Challenge

The Cragg Vale Festival of Running And Cycling

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Full closed road events on the world famous Cragg Vale hill

Entries now open at www.craggchallenge.co.uk

Sunday 22 September 2019


Solidarity - film screening and Q+A

Hebden Bridge Picture House, 4.30pm


Blacklisting in the UK construction industry impacted thousands of workers who were labelled ‘troublemakers’ for speaking out and secretively denied employment.

Activists uncovered alarming links between workplace blacklisting and undercover policing. Solidarity attentively follows meetings between activists and law students, brought together for the film, revealing the determination of a community working together to find a route to justice. 

More info

Wednesday 25 September 2019

Mapping Elmet: Ruth Crossley Ted Hughes’s childhood and family roots in the Upper Calder Valley

Ruth Crossley

Elmet TrustRuth will talk about the work of the Elmet Trust and will draw from letters exchanged between Donald Crossley and Gerald Hughes and held at the University of Huddersfield. Hughes’s poems are often closely related to specific places, and associated with autobiographical incidents and childhood memories, as well as his love of nature.

Ruth Crossley is currently the Head of Geography at Stonyhurst College, Lancashire. She is also a Director of the Elmet Trust, a Mytholmroyd-based charity organisation founded by her father, Donald Crossley, aimed at promoting the life and work of Ted Hughes in the Upper Calder Valley and beyond. She helps to organise and run the bi-annual Ted Hughes Festival and poetry competition. She is in the third year of her part-time PhD, Mapping Elmet, at the University of Huddersfield.

Methodist Church, Market St. Hebden Bridge. 7.30.

Free to members; £3 for visitors.

Hebden Bridge Local History Society

Thursday 26 September 2019


National Theatre Live: One Man, Two Guvnors

Hebden Bridge Picture House - Live Arts Broadcast 
at 7.00pm (doors 6.00pm)

Featuring a Tony Award-winning performance from host of the The Late Late Show, James Corden, the hilarious West End and Broadway hit One Man, Two Guvnors returns to cinemas to mark National Theatre Live’s 10th birthday.

Fired from his skiffle band, Francis Henshall becomes minder to Roscoe Crabbe, a small time East End hood, now in Brighton to collect £6,000 from his fiancée’s dad. But Roscoe is really his sister Rachel posing as her own dead brother, who’s been killed by her boyfriend Stanley Stubbers.

Holed up at The Cricketers’ Arms, the permanently ravenous Francis spots the chance of an extra meal ticket and takes a second job with one Stanley Stubbers, who is hiding from the police and waiting to be re-united with Rachel. To prevent discovery, Francis must keep his two guvnors apart. Simple.

Advance tickets and further information available here

Friday 27 September 2019

Macmillan Coffee Morning

Hope Baptist Church. From 10am.

Cakes Tea and Coffee.

Come, visit, and enjoy. 

Saturday, 28 September 2019

Conscious Clubbing

A sober (no alcohol) night of dancing to an eclectic mix of dance music from live DJs and happening club music from the global mega party. A first exploitation of the great dance space that is the Waterfront at Hebden Bridge Town Hall.

'Kicks Off' at 7:30pm and carries on until you or we drop.

Don't forget! "God is a DJ", so let's take it HIGHER.

Check our Facebook Page for your 'Boarding Pass' 

Wristbands on sale at Town Hall Reception Now.
The Early Bird catches the ......

Wednesday 2 October 2019

Jess Morgan and Nels Andrews - Songs and Books Tour 2019

8.30pm.  (Seated). Hebden Bridge Trades Club, Holm Street, Hebden Bridge. HX7 8EE. Tickets: 01422 845 265.

Jess Morgan from England and Nels Andrews from the US have joined forces because they both - for the first time - have illustrated books to accompany the new music they want to bring to audiences in 2019.

Jess and Nels wanted to showcase something on tour which would satisfy the most avid record sleeve-readers, comic book-worms, or just about anyone feeling lost in the digital age. Their co-headlined show promises an atmospheric concoction of songwriting, spoken word and fun visuals. They will tour in England and Scotland, through September and October. 

Wednesday 2 October 2019

Friends of the Mill Pond AGM

This is to confirm that the AGM of Friends of the Mill Pond will take place at 7.30 pm on Wednesday 2 October at 36, Windsor Road.

The agenda will include the management of the Mill Pond, finances, membership and the choice of a new treasurer.

If there are other issues you'd like to discuss, please let me know.

Neighbours have made valiant efforts to reduce the balsam, but it would be great if more could be pulled up/cut down before the seeds pop - which will be very soon!

Thursday 3 October 2019

Cafe Culture

Local Stories and Local Speakers
- 1st Thursday each month at 2.30pm

Immersed In Nature
A Wildlife Photographer's Journey

A Fascinating Story by Paul Miguel

Cafe Culture

Doors open 2pm for tea and cake


Waterfront Hall, Hebden Bridge Town Hall

Enquiries: 01422 417373

A Hebden Bridge Arts Festival event

Thursday 3 October 2019


Wise Children

Hebden Bridge Picture House - Live Arts Broadcast 
Thurs 3rd October at 7.30pm (doors 6.30pm)

Wise Children by Angela Carter

Wise Children

Adapted and Directed for the stage by Emma Rice

This is a recorded broadcast, filmed live at York Theatre Royal in March 2019

Multi-award-winning director Emma Rice brings her unique, exuberantly impish vision to Angela Carter’s great last novel in this brand-new theatre production. A big, bawdy tangle of theatrical joy and heartbreak, Wise Children is a celebration of show business, family, forgiveness and hope, with a generous dash of Shakespeare, scandal and mischief, taking the audience on a rollercoaster ride of emotion.

In Brixton, Nora and Dora Chance – twin chorus girls born and bred south of the river – are celebrating their 75th birthday. Over the river in Chelsea, their father – and greatest actor of his generation – Melchior Hazard turns 100 on the same day. As does his twin brother Peregrine. If, in fact, he’s still alive. And if, in truth, Melchior is their real father after all…

Performed by a talented ensemble cast, this entertaining, all-singing and dancing show opened to a raft of 4 and 5-star reviews at London’s Old Vic in 2018. Adapted and directed by Emma Rice, the former Artistic Director of Kneehigh and Shakespeare’s Globe, it was filmed for the cinema screen at York Theatre Royal and is ‘pure, unadulterated theatre.’ (★★★★★ Broadway World)

Advance tickets and further information available here.

Thursday 3 October 2019

Calder Valley Organic Gardeners

Primal Cut

The next Meeting of Calder Valley Organic Gardeners takes place at Mytholmroyd Community Centre, Caldene Avenue, Mytholmroyd, Hebden Bridge HX7 5AF on Thursday 3rd October at 7.30pm when there will be a talk on ‘Primal Cut- pioneers of their all-natural free-from sausages with Michael & Kate Oliver’ (Samples to taste/Packs to buy)

Entry is £2.00 for non-members.

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

Friday 4 October 2019

Raising funds for the Survivors of Torture Activity Fund

Manouche North


Wednesday 9 October 2019

A monastic flock in medieval Malham?

Mike Spence

Lecture 2

A chance discovery in the Lancashire Records Office has brought to light previously unknown information about Malham at around the time of the Black Death.

Mike Spence’s historical interests centre on medieval record keeping of all kinds, usually relating to the north of England.

Methodist Church, Market St. Hebden Bridge. 7.30. Free to members; £3 for visitors.

Hebden Bridge Local History Society

Thursday 10 October 2019

Billy Connolly: The Sex Life Of Bandages

Hebden Bridge Picture House - Live Arts Broadcast 
Thurs 10th October at 8.00pm (doors 7.00pm)

Billy Connolly

Hailed as the UK’s most influential comedian of all time, legendary Scot Billy Connolly is coming to cinemas with this brilliant show from his final stand-up tour. Recorded in 2015, during the Australian leg, this whip smart routine is a riotous journey filled with outrageous tales and blistering observations of everyday absurdities. Screening as a special one-night-only event, Connolly will also muse upon his career, life and legacy in a deeply personal interview filmed exclusively for cinema audiences.

Prior to retiring in 2016 following his diagnosis with Parkinson’s Disease, Connolly toured worldwide continuously for 50 years, performing to an audience of over 10 million. The Sex Life of Bandages is a big screen tribute to an iconic funny-man whose sharp wit and anarchic storytelling is still as hilarious as ever.

★★★★ ‘Can he still hold an audience in his thrall – warm us, cheer us, tickle us? Abso – Billy – lutely!’ The Telegraph
★★★★ ‘Beautifully funny’ The Guardian
★★★★ ‘Connolly has still got his funny bones’ The Evening Standard

Advance tickets and further information available here:

Saturday 12 October 2019

Door to Door in 81 Days - Roger Gill

1.00 pm onwards at The Bookcase

Roger Gill, a Hebden Bridge resident, will be reading from his newly published book Door to Door in 81 Days, an account of his amazing walk (for charity) from his front door in Hebden Bridge to his front door in Santa Vittoria, Italy - some 1326 miles.

He carried everything he needed in a rucksack on his back and had not long  recovered from a serious heart operation. It was 2016 and he was just two years off 70.

Roger worked as teacher and educational consultant in West Yorkshire for many years.

Thursday 17 October 2019


National Theatre Live: A Midsummer Night's Dream

Hebden Bridge Picture House - Live Arts Broadcast 
Thurs 17th October at 7.00pm (doors 6.00pm)

‘The course of true love never did run smooth.’

Midsummer Night's Dream

A feuding fairy King and Queen of the forest cross paths with four runaway lovers and a troupe of actors trying to rehearse a play. As their dispute grows, the magical royal couple meddle with mortal lives leading to love triangles, mistaken identities and transformations… with hilarious, but dark consequences.

Shakespeare’s most famous romantic comedy will be captured live from the Bridge Theatre in London in summer 2019. Gwendoline Christie (Game of Thrones), Oliver Chris (Green Wing, NT Live: Young Marx), David Moorst (NT Live: Allelujah!) and Hammed Animashaun (The Barber Shop Chronicles) lead the cast as Titania, Oberon, Puck and Bottom.

Directed by Nicholas Hytner, this production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream will build on the success of his immersive staging of Julius Caesar (NT Live 2018). The Bridge Theatre will become a forest – a dream world of flying fairies, contagious fogs and moonlight revels, surrounded by a roving audience following the action on foot.

Advance tickets and further information available here.

Saturday 19 October 2019

Hebden Bridge WI Awesome Autumn Rag Market

Hebden Bridge WI Awesome Autumn Rag Market at the Town Hall, the Egg Factory and Northlight Studios on 19 October - a twice yearly event run by Hebden Bridge WI to raise funds for their Charity of the year - ‘Healthy Minds, Calderdale’

Rag market

See HebWeb news article with map and more info

Saturday 19 October 2019

When the Rain comes by Mary & Bryan Talbot

Illustrated talk by Mary and Bryan Talbot followed by Q&A

Entry: £5 Free entry 7pm

8pm Book Signing

The Space, Town Hall, St George’s St, Hebden Bridge 

19 – 20 October 2019

Mytholmroyd Arts Festival: Building Bridges

Building Bridges

Open Art Exhibition and Children’s Art Exhibition

St Michael’s Church, Mytholmroyd

This is an exciting opportunity to see the work of local artists selected by a judging panel. Visitors will be able to vote for the People’s Prize sponsored this year by local business Factorylux. Work by pupils from local schools will also be exhibited. The exhibitions are part of a weekend of arts events in Mytholmoryd, including storytelling, facepainting, children’s art workshops and musical events at local venues.

“This is the fifth year that we have brought great arts events to Mythomroyd. It is an opportunity for the community to come together along with our neighbours throughout the Calder Valley. Our theme of Building Bridges reflects the reality of life in Mytholmroyd but also our belief that the challenges of the last few years have strengthened us as a community.” Annie Harrison, Festival Director

More info on the website

Tuesday 22 October 2019

David Ford at the Trades Club

8pm, Trades Club, Hebden Bridge

As an artist Ford still defies classification or comparison. These days, David Ford feels much more at home operating on the fringes of the music business, not trying to be famous, not trying to get rich. It might be an unconventional way to conduct a musical career, but this is not a conventional guy, as evidenced by his most recent album, Animal Spirits, a surprisingly accessible, even soulful collection of songs about economics.

As well as playing sold-out headline shows on both sides of the Atlantic, he has toured with and supported artists such as Elvis Costello, Allen Toussaint, Ray LaMontagne, Aimee Mann, Sara Bareilles, Gomez, Aqualung, Richard Ashcroft, Suzanne Vega, Augustana, Ingrid Michaelson and Jakob Dylan.

Wednesday 23 October 2019

Local History Society AGM

followed by

70 years old and still going strong - A celebration

President and members

Local History logo

The Upper Calder Valley has a great history of groups whose aims were ‘to carry out the further education of the inhabitants and so to stimulate the public interest in educational facilities.’ So wrote Colin Spencer, local headmaster and one-time president of the Society. This aim is still evident today in our society as it has been throughout the last 70 years of its existence.
Barbara Atack (President) together with Frank Woolrych (Past President), and with contributions from other members of the society, will celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Local History Society. They will look at our many achievements and activities during these years and the variety of people who have contributed to the continuing success of the society.

Methodist Church, Market St. Hebden Bridge. 7.30. Free to members; £3 for visitors.

Hebden Bridge Local History Society

Thursday 24 October 2019


Royal Opera: Don Pasquale

Hebden Bridge Picture House - Live Arts Broadcast 
Thurs 24th October at 7.30pm (doors 6.30pm)

New to the Royal Opera!

Sung in Italian with English subtitles

Approximate running time: about 2 hours 30 minutes

Don Pasquale, a wealthy old bachelor, is outraged when he hears his nephew Ernesto intends to marry the impoverished widow Norina. He determines to marry himself and disinherit Ernesto. Ernesto and Norina despair, but their friend Doctor Malatesta promises to help them – and teach Pasquale a lesson. Malatesta persuades Norina to disguise herself as his sister, then presents her to Don Pasquale as a potential bride. Pasquale is so delighted with the young woman’s docile behaviour that he demands they marry at once.

The marriage takes place – witnessed by a fake notary – after which the young bride becomes utterly overbearing and unpleasant, tormenting her ‘husband’. When Pasquale discovers a note from his ‘wife’ arranging a rendezvous with a lover, he determines to confront her and end his misery. The conspirators are now set to reveal their trickery, but will Don Pasquale forgive them?

Royal Opera favourite Bryn Terfel heads the cast for this new production of Donizetti’s comedy of domestic drama across two generations. The witty story of a middle-aged man whose supposed young wife runs rings around him – with her own ulterior romantic purpose in mind – has long delighted and surprised audiences, not least as presented with the sparkle of its music and the virtuoso skill of its performers. Damiano Michieletto’s exhilarating production shows how contemporary the characters still are and how immediate and touching the story remains.

Advance tickets and further information havailable here

Saturday 26 October 2019

Great Pumpkin Festival

Pumpkin Festival

The Great Pumpkin Festival, brought to you by Hebden Royd Town Council, will be back in Hebden Bridge on Saturday 26th October from 11am - 5pm.

More information on our pumpkin-extravaganza will be added once confirmed so please like our Facebook Page for up to the minute news and updates, or visit the website.

Thursday 31 October 2019


Northern Ballet: Dracula

Hebden Bridge Picture House - Live Arts Broadcast 
Thurs 31st October at 7.15pm (doors 6.15pm)


Broadcast live to cinemas for Halloween, Northern Ballet’s thrilling adaptation of Bram Stoker’s classic horror story is a unique blend of gripping theatre, Gothic sets and sensuous dancing.

With darkly Gothic sets and costumes, Northern Ballet is resurrecting Bram Stoker’s classic horror story for special LIVE screenings in cinemas this Halloween. The haunting tale of passion and immortality is played out through ​a unique blend of sensuous dancing​ and​ gripping theatre​ – ​this is ballet with a dramatic bite.

Created by Northern Ballet’s Artistic Director David Nixon OBE, with atmospheric ​music ​by Alfred Schnittke, Arvo Pärt, Michael Daugherty and Sergei Rachmaninov, Dracula is a thrilling adaptation that will leave you thirsty for more.

Advance tickets and further information available here

1-9 November 2019

Todmorden Book Festival

Tod Book Festival

Todmorden Book Festival celebrates the written word, with book-related events that stimulate, inspire and challenge audiences.  The programme focuses on the work of new and established writers from across the region and the UK, as well as the work of international authors, with fiction, non-fiction and poetry events for adults and children, reflecting the rich industrial and cultural heritage of the region and exploring individual and collective stories.

Simon Armitage, Sally Wainwright and many more.

See programme

Saturday 2 November 2019

Big Sing with John Bell

An afternoon with John Bell of the Iona Community at St Mary's Church Todmorden. Saturday 2nd November 2019 at 2.30pm. Admission £6.

Tickets from Judith Parish 01422 847911

Wednesday 13 November 2019

Memories of Foster Mill

Allan Stuttard

Lecture 2

This will be an evening looking at life at Foster Mill in the fifties, sixties and seventies. Allan is hoping that as well as recounting his own memories of the time, others who worked in the clothing industry in Hebden Bridge will join in the conversation and share their memories too.
Allan began work at Foster Mill in 1950 and worked as a cutter, pattern-maker and designer until his retirement. He furthered his education both at night school in Hebden Bridge and at Leeds College of Technology. He is very active locally and has made an impact as an entertaining and interesting speaker.

Methodist Church, Market St. Hebden Bridge. 7.30. Free to members; £3 for visitors.

Hebden Bridge Local History Society

Wednesday 27 November 2019

The saving of Hardcastle Crags

Grant Lowe

Hardcastle Crags

Photo: Grant Lowe

An examination of what the Crags have meant to past generations and the lengths people from far and wide have gone to save them for us all.

Grant is the Visitor Operations Manager for the National Trust at Hardcastle Crags. He has worked alongside community groups to improve knowledge and understanding of the environment.

Methodist Church, Market St. Hebden Bridge. 7.30. Free to members; £3 for visitors.

Hebden Bridge Local History Society

Sat 30 November & Sun 1 December 201

Christmas ARTfair 2019

Join us across TWO DAYS this winter for our family-friendly, Christmas shopping experience in Hebden Bridge, celebrating wonderfully affordable gifts by local and regional artists, jewellers, sculptors and more!

With Christmas shopping in mind, they'll be something for everybody located within the picturesque Waterfront Hall of The Town Hall, including an onsite Cafe brewing warming drinks and serving tasty treats!

An accompanying 'Winter Showcase' exhibition throughout the foyer and cafe area runs Tuesday 26 November to Saturday 21 December 2019.

ARTfair Dates: Saturday 30 November & Sunday 1 December 2019 Venue: The Waterfront Hall, The Town Hall, St Georges St, Hebden Bridge, HX7 7BY Exhibition Times: 11am - 4pm (Free entry!)


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Wednesday 11 December 2019

House Histories: How to begin

Barbara Atack, Hilary Fellows and Robert Stevens

House Histories

The talk will start with an examination of the resources available for researching the history of a house. Then two people who have explored the histories of their houses will tell the fascinating stories of two very different properties and shed light on life in Hebden Bridge over the time these buildings have existed. The speakers are all members of the Hebden Bridge Local History Society who have a passion for historical buildings and experience of researching the history of different properties.

Methodist Church, Market St. Hebden Bridge. 7.30. Free to members; £3 for visitors.

Hebden Bridge Local History Society

Wednesday 8 January 2020

A Victorian artist paints Hebden Bridge

Discovering the landscape, paintings of John Holland

Diana Monahan and Justine Wyatt

Lecture 2

In 1869, at the White Horse in Hebden Bridge, there was an exhibition and sale of sixty-one paintings of the area by established landscape artist John Holland. This talk will focus especially on ‘View of Hebden Bridge from Fairfield’ which captures Hebden Bridge at a time of considerable change.

Both Diana and Justine are long-standing and active members of HBLHS. Their interests include walking the local landscape, and this has fed their historical researches. Diana began by researching the area around her own house, but has expertise in many areas; Justine has published her research into local water-powered industry and Fustianopolis.

Methodist Church, Market St. Hebden Bridge. 7.30. Free to members; £3 for visitors.

Hebden Bridge Local History Society

Wednesday 22 January 2020

Glee Unions

Singing and Socialism in 19th and 20th century Yorkshire

Dr David Baker

Glee Clubs

The formation and spread of glee clubs in the north of England, especially Halifax and district in the late Victorian and Edwardian period, provided arenas where people could socialise and democratise.

David has had an illustrious career as a musician and academic. He founded the Halifax Organ Academy and now focuses on teaching the organ.

Methodist Church, Market St. Hebden Bridge. 7.30. Free to members; £3 for visitors.

Hebden Bridge Local History Society

Wednesday 12 February 2020

The Alan Petford Annual Memorial Lecture

Causes and cawseys

Making and repairing highways through the Wakefield manor court, 1550 – 1700

Murray Seccombe

Causes and cawseys

It can be difficult to find out much about local roads and how they were looked after before parish and turnpike trust records in the 1700s. The Wakefield court leet records provide an exceptional – possibly unique – record of complaints, repairs and local office holding in the townships of Halifax parish in the turbulent years of Elizabethan and Stuart England. This lecture will discuss the place of highway policy and practice in the transition from manorial regulation to governance through the parish and county.

Murray is Secretary of Hebden Bridge Local History Society, in the throes of doing his PhD at Lancaster University, researching road administration in the South Pennines, c. 1550-1800, with a special emphasis on aspects of social development and local governance. His background was in the not-for-profit transport sector, and he has lived and walked in Hebden Bridge area for 35 years.

Methodist Church, Market St. Hebden Bridge. 7.30. Free to members; £3 for visitors.

Hebden Bridge Local History Society

Wednesday 26 February 2020

Skipton’s First World War POW Camp

Anne Buckley

Skipton’s First World War POW Camp

Anne will share the fascinating stories she discovered in translating a book written by sixty German officers after their release from the POW camp in Skipton. The men included naval captains, U-boat officers and airmen as well as foot soldiers. The project has attempted to include the story of the camp in the history of Skipton, including archaeology in residents’ gardens.

Anne Buckley is a Lecturer in German & Translation Studies at the University of Leeds. She has been working with the Heritage Lottery Funded project ‘Craven and the First World War’, based at Craven Museum in Skipton, where she lives, close to the site of the First World War training and POW camp.

Methodist Church, Market St. Hebden Bridge. 7.30. Free to members; £3 for visitors.

Hebden Bridge Local History Society

Wednesday 11 March 2020

Celebrating our woodland heritage

Chris Atkinson

Celebrating our woodland heritage

Woodlands in the South Pennines have until now received only minimal attention concerning their development and use through human history. Since 2017 communities across the South Pennines have been working to change this. Led by Pennine Prospects as part of the National Lottery Heritage Funded project and supported by the University of Bradford, volunteers have undertaken 38 archaeological woodland surveys and 5 excavations, all of which have aimed to improve our understanding of the role of woodlands in human history.

Chris Atkinson is an archaeologist with many years’ experience in community archaeology and landscape surveys. As Heritage and Landscape Development Manager at Pennine Prospects, he has played a leading role in the ‘Celebrating our woodland heritage’ project. He is also Honorary Visiting Lecturer in the School of Archaeological and Forensic Sciences at the University of Bradford.

Methodist Church, Market St. Hebden Bridge. 7.30. Free to members; £3 for visitors.

Hebden Bridge Local History Society

Wednesday 25 March 2020

Common Problems

The history of common land in Northern England 1851 – 1901

Professor Angus Winchester

CommonsNorthern 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 18th and 19th 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.

Methodist Church, Market St. Hebden Bridge. 7.30. Free to members; £3 for visitors.

Hebden Bridge Local History Society