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Hebden Bridge events

2-30 September 2017

'Extraordinary is my Ordinary' by Victoria Shone

Victoria Shone

- upcoming new exhibition at ArtsMill for the month of September.

HebWeb News item

4 September - 2nd October 2017

Exhibition: Fawcett, his life and legacy, locally and world-wide

'Fawcett, his life and legacy, locally and world-wide'.

Hebden Bridge Local History Society.  

9.00am to 5.00pm at Hebden Bridge Town Hall, St George's St, Hebden Bridge HX7 7BY

9 - 24 September 2017

The South Pennines Walk and Ride Festival 2017

The South Pennines Walk and Ride Festival 2017 9th - 24th September. Various walking, cycling (road and MTB) and horse riding events throughout the stunning South Pennines. Pocket guides of events available mid July and listings on Walk and Ride Festival website.

13 September - 1 October 2017

Seven Impromptus and other works by Simon Manfield

Wednesday to Sunday (closed on Mondays and Tuesdays)
11am - 4pm The David Wright Gallery

This series of paintings and drawings by artist Simon Manfield illustrates the poem 'Orcadians: Seven Impromptus' by George Mackay Brown, which was published in his first collection, The Storm, in 1954.

Brown’s vision of an Orkney community fuses stillness with drama and the characters of Orkney's people are described with wit, anger, suspicion and melancholy, much like in the telling of a tale or saga.

The collection visualises Brown’s depictions and is a celebration of the poet, the poem and Orkney itself. It is accompanied by a limited edition book published by Kettillonia. Also included in the exhibition are new works, some giving hints to future drawing projects.


16-17 September 2017

Hebden Bridge Steampunk Weekend 2017

2 day Steampunk Market at the Town Hall. 

Music at the Shoulder of Mutton 2-6.
Family fun from Noisy Toys at the Egg Factory. 
Evening gig at The Trades Club featuring:
Professor Elemental and Captain of the Lost Waves 
(tickets from thetradesclub.com)

Music at The Railway 2pm with The Forgotten Sons. 

Daytime both days: Professor Cornelius Nocturne at The Arts Mill. 

Sunday 17 September 2017

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. 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 18 September 2017

Anne Lister talk at Hebden Bridge Women's Institute

Chris Booth presents Anne Lister - the diary revelations and life of the local heiress, mountaineer, business woman and traveller.

Guests welcome at £4. 7.30pm, Monday 18th September at Hebden Bridge Town Hall.

We meet on the 3rd Monday of every month. New members welcome. 

Thursday 21 September 2017

Happy Valley Gay Men's Social Group

Meeting in Nelson's Wine Bar, Crown Street, HX7 8EH from 7:30pm.

A fortnightly Social Group open to all gay, bisexual or curious men. Come and join us for a drink and chat and to make new friends.

Email Greg at happyvalleygay@hotmail.com

Friday 22 September 2017

Fire & Ice Exhibition

Enjoy and be inspired by new work from local artists exploring themes of Autumnal woods, the magic of Winter landscape and the local townscape.

Expressed in a range of media from paint and ink to ceramics and glass. 

Preview Evening Friday 22nd September 5:30-8:30pm - join us for drinks & nibbles.

The ArtRoom upstairs at Spirals

11-13 Market Street, Hebden Bridge, HX7 6EU

Friday 22 September 2017

Open Mic - The Cross Inn, Heptonstall

The Cross Inn, Heptonstall (NB -note change of venue) from 8.30pm

Come along and perform, or simply watch and marvel. 

A friendly sound engineer (Mark) is on hand to plug you in!

Saturday 23 September 2017

Grow Wild

Date: Saturday 23rd September
Time: 1pm – 3pm
Venue: Halifax Fire Station, King Cross Halifax

Creating corridors of colour in urban spaces can really help to engage, excite and inspire the local community to participate in activities which help to protect your garden, back yard, allotment and any green space as well as encouraging them to care for and delight in the nature around them.

The project also offers excellent opportunities for education, improving health and well-being and raising awareness of environmental issues in the local areas and beyond.

1.00pm:  Introduction and welcome
1.15 – 1 45pm:  What we have done in Calderdale – what we want to do within the community
1.45 – 2.15pm:  Seed sowing and harvesting workshops with free seeds from Kew Gardens!
2.15 – 3.00pm:  Walk and talk sessions around the Calderdale Corridor of Colour within King Cross

Saturday 23 September 2017

Hidden Voice 

Giving a voice to Dementia through a ‘Hidden Voice’ The Trades Club, Hebden Bridge, 7.30pm                                    

Acclaimed Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and composer John McHugh's unique UK tour lands in Hebden Bridge with two landmark multimedia pieces based on the power of speech. 

Musicians from the award-winning Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and acclaimed composer John McHugh bring their highly commended and unique Hidden Voice to the Trades Club next month alongside legendary American composer Steve Reich’s 1988 masterpiece ‘Different Trains’. 

'Hidden Voice' captures the individual stories of people living with dementia and uses the melodies and rhythms in their speech to create a beautiful and emotional musical experience. 

“The effect is incredibly emotional. There’s something about setting speech patterns to music that raises the everyday speech to a poetic and profound level. The words take on a singing quality that speaks directly to the audience.”

Hidden Voice is touring the rest of the UK throughout the autumn. 

Tour Dates and Tickets
‘Hidden Voice’ promo film

Saturday 23 September 2017

Man with Movie cameraMan with a Movie Camera

Silent film with musical accompaniment

Hebden Bridge Picture House. Doors will open at 4.15pm and the film and performance will start at 5.00pm.

The film met with bewilderment on its release but is now recognised as a cinematic milestone. Sat 23 Sept.

See HebWeb News article

Saturday 23 September 2017

Fawcett 200 Weekend

Hope Chapel, New Road, Hebden Bridge HX7 8EW.

Refreshments from 9:30am - 10am when talks by Anne Mealia, Diana Monahan and Amy Binns will start.

Fawcett networking with led walk at 2.00pm 'Hebden Bridge in Fawcett’s Day and his legacy in the town'.

Hope Chapel Open Day 12.00pm – 4.00pm Children’s activities, historical displays and afternoon teas.

23-24 September 2017

Hebden Bridge Vintage Fair

This popular busy fair returns to the wonderful Hebden Bridge Town Hall on September 23rd and 24th, 10am - 4.30pm (Entry £1 / U 16s Free).

Find nearly 20 stalls of bona-fide vintage items from the 1920s to the 1980s including, gents and ladies vintage fashion, vintage furniture, home-wares, jewellery and accessories.  Live vintage music and fabulous pop up cocktail bar to boot!

Sunday 24 September 2017

Fawcett 200 Weekend

Hope Chapel, New Road, Hebden Bridge HX7 8EW

10.30 am – 11:30 am   Fawcett 200 service, led by Rev Dr K Jones, President of the Baptist History Society.

10.00am Walk from Hope Chapel to Wainsgate or meet at Wainsgate from 11.00am. View the Art Mile, an exhibition and children’s competition spread over three locations, Chapel, Community Centre and Hare & Hounds Pub. 'What Wainsgate means to me' and final opportunity for more Fawcett networking. 

For more information on Fawcett 200 events: fawcett200.org.uk

Tuesday 26 September 2017

Business Breakfast - Retail Special

The Business Breakfast at Hebden Bridge Town Hall is on a recess over summer and returns in September with a Retail Special at which the following guests will be present:

Helen Meller will talk about Festive Fandango and The Town Council will talk about Christmas Lights and associated event

Tea/coffee and breakfast butties are provided. Please secure the date in your diary and if you'd like to attend, please email the the Town Hall to let them know.

27 September 2017

Memories from Hebden Bridge Pharmacies

Linda Powell

Memories From Hebden Bridge Pharmacies

The Co-op chemist in Albert Street was an essential part of community life. Having worked there in the 1960s and in other pharmacies in Hebden Bridge in a career spanning forty years Linda has many memories to share. Being behind the chemist counter was rewarding, sometimes sad and often funny as the assistants dealt with many and varied medical conditions. 

Linda describes herself as 'very much a local' having been born in Mytholmroyd and after her marriage moving along the valley to Hebden Bridge. She qualified as an Apothecary Hall Pharmacy technician in 1966 and continued this career in Hebden Bridge. Now she is enjoying a happy and busy retirement.

Methodist Church, Market Street, Hebden Bridge at 7.30pm

Local History website

Thursday 28 September 2017

Hebden Bridge station celebrations

Thursday 28th Sept. 11.00am at the Parcel Bar Café.

Station Friends group celebrating their 10th anniversary plus publication on this day of book: 'Britain's Best 100 Railway Stations' by Sir Simon Jenkins - features Hebden Bridge

Thursday 28 September 2017

Dark Matter Promotions presents

An evening of stunning live psychedelia

Golden Lion, Todmorden (upstairs)
Doors 7.30pm
£6 otd / £5 via ents24

We are thrilled to present Hurricane Heart Attacks (Wrong Way Records) straight off the stage from their appearance at Liverpool International Festival Of Psychedelia. They play heat-hazed roadtrip soundtracks that draw from every era of psychedelia with their own strand of clangorous, melodic drone & shoegaze.

With support from the massively popular and Todmorden's very own Featherteeth playing their beautiful chilled out psych.

28-30 September 2017

Calderdale Beer and Cider Festival 2017

Hebden Bridge Town Hall

Thursday 28th Sept - 2 - 10pm (CAMRA members free entry/non-members £1), Friday 29th Sept -12 -11pm (CAMRA members £1 entry/non-members £2), Saturday 30th Sept - 12- 5.30pm (CAMRA members £1 entry/non-members £2), Saturday 30th September - 5.30-10pm (Free entry for all).

Over 50 beers, ciders and perries from both sides of the Pennines and around the UK. Beers ordered from breweries only, some specially commissioned ales and ales in wooden casks. Food available from the Town Hall Cafe.

Entertainment Thursday evening- Hebden Bridge Hill Millies. This year's charity is the Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team.

From July onwards details of the beers ordered will appear on the Halifax and Calderdale CAMRA website

Friday 29 September 2017

Macmillan Coffee Morning

Hope Baptist Church. 10 - 1pm.

Lots of Homemade Cakes, Tea & Coffee.

All are welcome to support us in our Chatty Cafe.

Friday 29 September 2017

Tristan Langlois at The Shaggy Dog Storytellers

This month at the Shaggy Dog Storytellers we welcome storytelling’s best kept secret, Tristan Langlois, with his brand - new show ‘Silence and the Wizard’s Laugh.’ 8pm, Friday 29th September. Upstairs in the Stubbing Wharf, King Street, Hebden Bridge. Entry ££7.

Tristan isn’t exactly a newcomer to the art form. He ran the award-winning heritage theatre company Past Pleasures for many years, during which time he told tales in (and was occasionally slung out of) most of the great castles and manor houses of England).

Tristan says he now continues to work for museums and galleries as a storyteller whether they want him to or not! However, (as yet) Tristan is practically unheard of on the club circuit, so when he joined our team of tellers shortly after moving to Hebden Bridge last year, we rubbed our hands with glee knowing that we’d stuck gold.

This chap (and he is a chap) is nothing shy of brilliant! Witty, well-polished and very, very funny.

In his own words, Tristan specialises in ‘the epic, the obscure, the scurrilous and the obscene delivered with relish and what he hopes is engaging charm’. Come and be amongst the first to hear him before he’s wanted everywhere and you’ll see exactly what we mean…..

Friday 29 September 2017

King Lear Retold

Shakespeare for everyone: With this explosive retelling of King Lear, Debs Newbold channels her love of Shakespeare's language to whip up a great storm that will snatch you from your seat and send you hurtling into its centre.  

"Tell me my daughters...which of you shall we say doth love us most?"

Debs Newbold is one of the UK’s leading performance storytellers, who effortlessly brings together the poetic and the irreverent, the epic and the everyday. Deeply felt and often uproariously funny, King Lear Retold makes Shakespeare accessible to everyone.  

Created for a sell-out show at The Hay Festival, toured internationally and performed to acclaim at Shakespeare's Globe this compelling solo performance is a storytelling event you will not want to miss.

Friday 29th September, 7.30pm
Square Chapel Arts Centre
Halifax, HX1 1QG
Tickets £12 (£10 concessions)
Box Office: 01422349422
Online: Square Chapel website

Trailer clip:
More information

Fri 29 September to Sun 1 October 2017

National Prayer weekend

Hope Baptist Church is a last open again, we are part of this event find out more  at www.national-prayer-weekend.com

Fri 29 September to Sun 1 October 2017

Calderland - The People's Opera

A marvellous musical and visual journey through the Calder valley's watery past, present and future, performed by local musicians and singers. 

7 - 8.30 pm.

Tickets free but places limited, so book via www.thepiecehall.co.uk or call at the box office - open daily 10 am - 6 pm.


29-30 September 2017

Wyrd Sisters

To be presented on 29th and 30th September at 7.30pm at the Todmorden Hippodrome.

The team that brought you Under Milk Wood and The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, return to present Wyrd Sisters by Britain’s favourite and much-missed fantasy author, Terry Pratchett®. Directed by Andy Fraser.

As with previous productions, this Hippodrome Foyer Play is based on an original radio script dramatized by Vince Foxall for BBC Radio 4 and will be performed script-in-hand with live sound effects and a large cast of players old and new. Featuring strolling minstrels, fools, ghosts, murderers and diverse alarums...

Lots more info at www.todhip.org

Sunday 1 October 2017

Elliotts Antique Fair 

Mytholmroyd Community Centre

Caldene Avenue, Mytholmroyd. 9am to3pm, This well established and popular event is now back to normal after the flood disruption of recent times. Dealers from all over the north showing and supplying a full range of antiques and collectables.

On site cafe providing good home cooked food.

Entry only £1 all classes.

Monday-Saturday, 2-7 October 2017

Hebden Bridge Little Theatre presents

'Proof' by David Auburn

Tony Award winning play about love, trust, genius and madness in the world of mathematics! Funny, touching and a great night out at the theatre! 

Buy tickets online here.

Tickets can also be purchased in person at Innovation, Hebden Bridge. The play runs from Monday-Saturday, 2-7 October, 7.30pm, with a Saturday matinee at 2.30pm.


Thursday 5 October 2017

Calder Valley Organic Gardeners

Plants for Problem Places

The next Meeting of Calder Valley Organic Gardeners takes place at Mytholmroyd Community and Leisure Centre, Caldene Avenue, Mytholmroyd, Hebden Bridge HX7 5AF.  on Thursday 5th October 2017 at 7.30pm when there will be a talk on ‘Plants for Problem Places’ with John Foley of Holden Clough Nursery (plants for sale)

Entry is £2.00 for non-members.

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

Thursday 5 October 2017

Poetry - Ginnels and Snickets: Portals to Other Places

Caldergate poets meet in Hebden Bridge every month to workshop their poetry.

Coming up on 5th October at 9pm is a chance to see six of them plus musician (Steve Anderson) perform free at the Ilkley Literature Festival Fringe.   More details:

Thursday 5 October 2017

Luddendenfoot Ward Forum

Thursday 5th October 6:30pm arrival for a 6:45pm start in the Erringden Room, St. Michael's Church Hall, Mytholmroyd HX7 5DS

There will be a presentation and update on flood works.

In addition there will be a Police Update and a chance to decide on what should be the priorities for your local area.

There will also be an opportunity to give your views in the Open Forum section of the meeting.

Friday 6 October 2017

Dark Matter promotions presents...

An evening of live stoner rock, doom & fuzz bands

Upstairs at the Golden Lion £5 otd; £4.40 via ents24
Doors 8pm

If you like your music dark and dirty, you will love this ....stoner rock, doom & fuzzed out desert sounds - it will be loud with riffage aplenty.

Witch Tripper 3 piece Rock band from Nottingham - Stoner/Groove Rock and Roll 

Sound Of Origin are a fuzzed out riffing machine from Huddersfield, create music with the ability to both 'chill you out' or hit you with mammoth sized concussive soundwaves and bury them deep inside your brain.

FD - Instrumental subsonic doom laden stoner rock from Todmorden

Saturday 7 October 2017

Hebden Bridge WI Awesome Autumn Rag Market

Rag Market

The Hebden Bridge WI Awesome Autumn Rag Market is the place to grab a bargain on all your favourite haberdashery and craft goods.

If you're a crafter, sewer, knitter, crocheter or a vintage lover, this is the place to be. We have an eclectic mix of fabric, buttons, ribbons, yarn, vintage pieces, books and anything else you could possibly need to inspire your creative mind!

Once again we have spread over on two sites - The Waterfront Hall in the Town Hall and the Egg Factory on Victoria Road, even more Bargains to be had! 

WI Cake and refreshments at the Egg Factory, Cafe at the Town Hall.

Entry is £1 for adults and free for crafty young things under 16. Proceeds go to our Charity of the Year, Overgate Hospice and The Hebden Bridge WI Bursary for educating and inspiring women.

We are very Dog Friendly!

Wednesday 11 October 2017

Calder Ward Forum

6.30pm arrival for 6.45pm start in the Waterfront Hall, Hebden Bridge Town Hall, St. Georges Street, Hebden Bridge, HX7 7BY. 

Police Update and local Police priorities and an open forum. 

Wednesday 11 October 2017

The Whittakers and The Holme at Cliviger

Roger Frost

The Whittakers And The Holme At Cliviger

This is the story of a house and the family who lived there for several generations. In its heyday, it was a two-star listed building but subsequently fell on hard times and was burnt to the ground. However, this was not the end of the story!

Roger Frost is a retired teacher and lecturer who was awarded an MBE in 2000. He is a former mayor of Burnley and the author of about 30 publications including many looking back at the history of the Burnley area. 

Methodist Church, Market Street, Hebden Bridge at 7.30pm

Local History website

Thursday 12 October 2017



Hebden Bridge Town Hall, Thursday 12th October, 8.00 pm

Methera string quartet has its roots planted firmly in English traditional music. Their national tours and Radio 3 broadcasts have established them as a scintillating live act blazing a trail between folk and chamber music. 

Tickets £12 (child £8) from the Town Hall, wegottickets.com, or 07816 445255

Saturday 14th October 2017

Wadsworth Litter Pick

Gathering at 10.30 am at Wadsworth Community Centre.

Supervised children welcome as helpers.

High Viz vests, pickers and gloves provided.

Free soup for helpers afterwards at the Centre.

14-15 October

Mytholmroyd Arts Festival

Wednesday 18 October 2017

The Speed Sisters

7.45pm doors open 7.30pm,
Hebden Bridge Picture House

£5/6/7 entry - cash on door only please


The Speed Sisters are the first all-woman race car driving team in the Middle East. Against the backdrop of the turbulent West Bank — where tense military occupation and restricted civil liberties are the norm — meet the five extraordinary young women who have determinedly driven their way into the heart of the gritty, male-dominated Palestinian street car-racing scene.

As fast and as furious as the cars, Amber Fares‘ first feature-length documentary is a lively yet layered portrait of modern womanhood, exploding stereotypes as it intervveaves exhilarating racing footage with personal perspectives; and offering a much-needed glimpse into Palestinian lives.

Director Amber Fares, 2015, 78 mins, PG

Arabic with English Subtitles

See website

20-22 October 2017

Treesponsibility Autumn Gathering

Help us plant 2,000 trees!

Two days tree planting at Gorpley reservoir. Pick ups from Todmorden railway staion 10:20 Saturday, 11:00 Sunday

Two nights accommodation at Hebden Hey Hostel, great vegan food, celebration with cake on Saturday. Mini bus pick ups from Hebden Bridge station Friday night at 18:15 and 20:30. Cost for the weekend: £25 to cover hire of hostel and food. It's free if you are just coming the day and you will get home made soup with bread and hot drinks with biscuits (all vegan) on site.

Lots of warm layers of clothes, waterproofs and stout footware essential

 Email or ring Christina on 07709 690368 for more details and to book

20-22 October 2017
Dance Festival

Dance Festival to return for second year:

The Hebden Bridge Dance Festival has received a grant of £3,150 to organise a second festival on the weekend 20-22 October 2017.

See HebWeb news item (5 March)

25 OCTOBER 2017

Local History Society AGM followed by

How the Hippies changed Hebden Bridge

Chris Ratcliffe and Jenny Slaughter

The 1970s was the decade when people seeking an alternative lifestyle - the 'hippies' - began to move to Hebden Bridge in significant numbers. The town started earning a reputation for having a radical edge, attracting kindred spirits and eventually being declared the 4th funkiest town in the world.

Hippies Talk

Chris and Jenny will cover topics ranging from the Queens Terrace Squat, Aurora wholefoods, new forms of spirituality, the renovation of derelict properties and the wider creative counter culture.  Chris is a former Queens Terrace squatter and now editor of HebWeb. Jenny bought Latham Farm as a ruin in the 1970s and has lived there ever since. Both were involved in gathering material for the recent very popular History Society exhibition with the same title.

Methodist Church, Market Street, Hebden Bridge at 7.30pm

Local History website

Friday 27 October 2017

Dark Matter Promotions presents...an evening of 

An evening of ethereal and atmospheric sounds

Max Lilleyman is joining us on his Vagrant Heart Acoustic tour, playing songs that blend atmospheric Americana with fuzzy dreamscapes and a hint (or heap) of melancholia.

With very special local guests Indigo Rose delivering ethereal vocals, unearthly melodies, shimmering guitars, atmospheric soundscapes, warm bass tones and a hint of 80s charm.

8pm, £5 on the door.

Upstairs in the Golden Lion, Todmorden

Weds 1 November – Sat 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

8 November 2017

Pennine Prospects' Annual Conference

The South Pennines in the 21st Century – its landscape and cultural heritage

9am-4pm, Mytholmroyd Leisure and Community Centre.   

Booking through Eventbrite. Tickets £29.50 including a locally sourced lunch from Craggies and The South Pennines 'Through the Lens' calendar.

  • The South Pennines Regional Park
  • A thriving economy and local distinctiveness
  • A landscape for the future - their heritage in our hands
  • A space for everyone

Check www.pennineprospects.co.uk for more details nearer the date

Email to be added to the mailing list


The Withins Farms

Steven Wood

The Withins Farms

The ruin of Top Withins on Stanbury Moor is internationally famous as the supposed inspiration for the site of Emily Brontë's Wuthering Heights. In real life, it was one of three Withins farms carved out of the moor in the sixteenth century.

The history of these farms provides a fascinating study of the hill farming economy of the Pennine moors from the sixteenth to the twentieth century.  Steven Wood is an independent historian who has been studying the Haworth area for some thirty years. He has published seven books on Haworth and its neighbouring villages of Oxenhope and Stanbury.  The most recent is his collaboration with Peter Brears on the history of the Withins farms.

Methodist Church, Market Street, Hebden Bridge at 7.30pm

Local History website

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

More info

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

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

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

10 JANUARY 2018

Todmorden Old Pub Trail

Barbara Rudman

Todmorden Old Pub Trail

This talk illustrates the speaker's passion for the history of twentieth century pubs, which she believes, reflects our social evolution very closely. The memories of earlier generations have been captured to save a vital part of our local history.

Born in County Durham, Barbara has lived in Todmorden for over fifty years and has been involved with various community charities.

Methodist Church, Market Street, Hebden Bridge at 7.30pm

Local History website

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

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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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