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Hebden Bridge events

Tuesday 21 March 2017

John ShutteworthJohn Shuttleworth says farewell at Picture House

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

Read HebWeb news item

Wednesday 22 March 2017

Hebden Bridge Local History Society

The Artisan Naturalists

Rob Trueblood

The Artisan Naturalists

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

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

Local History website

Wednesday 15 March 2017

CNDCalder Valley CND for Peace and Justice AGM

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

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

Newcomers are always welcome and there will be refreshments provided.

15-18 March 2017

Goodnight Mister Tom

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

Thursday 16 March 2017

The Riddle of Humpty Dumpty and other Nursery Rhymes

Todmorden U3A's next meeting will be held on Thursday, 16th March in the Central Methodist Church in Todmorden at 1.45 when our speaker will be Alan Hemsworth whose subject will be 'The Riddle of Humpty Dumpty and other Nursery Rhymes'.

Our contact details are (website) www.u3atod.org.uk, (email) enquiries@u3atod.org.uk or (phone) 01706 839175.

Saturday 18th March 2017

How the Hippies Changed Hebden Bridge

Come along to the Town Hall in between 2pm and 4pm on Saturday 18 March with your memories and stories. There will be a scanner available to capture photographs.

Saturday 18th March 2017

Fundraising for Médecins Sans Frontieres in Syria

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

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

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


Saturday 18 March 2017

Hallfall Down with support

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cask ale - hot food - warm welcome

Tickets £9 from Derek on 07890 205980 or


Saturday 18 March 2017

Hebden Bridge Literary & Scientific Society 2017 Lecture

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

Saturday 18 March 2017

Indie rock band night

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

Downstairs at the Golden Lion, Todmorden

Doors 8pm
Free entry - suggested donation £3

10th-12 March 2017

Disabled Access Day

Raising awareness of the need for better disabled access in Hebden Bridge, and the importance of putting Access available on to an access information site eg. Go or Ewans list, so disabled people can go somewhere with confidence of not being turned away/ unable to get up a stair etc.

People are encouraged to go somewhere new on this weekend and ask for what you need to enjoy that activity or place.

Promoted by the Disabled Access Forum, Hebden Bridge

Saturday 11 March 2017

Hope Baptist Book Sale

12-4. It's that time again. Hope Baptist pre-loved books (second hand to you and me) come and browse, knitted items, jigsaws and refreshments also on sale, we've got a roof now need to pay for our floor.

Saturday 11 March 2017

The Friends of the Picture House present: Midnight Cowboy

The next Friends' screening will be the Oscar-winning 'Midnight Cowboy' on Saturday, March 11 at 4.30pm.

This heart-rending film from 1969 stars Jon Voight and Dustin Hoffman, in one of his best roles, and has a great soundtrack by John Barry as well as Harry Neilsson's song 'Everybody's Talking'.

Free snacks, prepared by members of the Friends, will be available.

Saturday 11 March 2017

Handmade Parade

Handmade Parade Spark Day: Would you like to see giants in George’s Square, Bridge Gate awash with crazy inventions or Calder Holmes Park transformed into a intergalactic playground? If so, now is the chance to make it happen. See HebWeb news item

9 February 2017 to end of March

Paintings and Organics Exhibition by Alex Horswood

Thursday to Sunday 11 am - 4pm

Railway Station Platform 1 Gallery

Admission Free!

Sunday 12 March 2017

Folk Roots at the White Swan

Folk Roots Folk Club At The White Swan, Hebden Bridge. Monthly folk night at this cosy local venue, featuring the wonderfully talented Kate Radford. Floor spots available. Sunday 12th March at 8pm. Free entry. Guest hosted by Sarah Courtney.

Thursday 9 March 2017

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

White Ribbon Campaign

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

6.00pm to 6.15pm followed by discussion to 7.00pm

Tea and cake also available

All welcome but not suitable for very young children

Friday 10 March 2017

An Evening with Paralympic Cyclist Steve Bate MBE

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

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

7:00pm - 9:30pm

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

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

Tuesday 7 March 2017

Let Calderdale Breathe

Calderdale Air Pollution public discussion

organised by Calderdale Green Party, 7.30pm, Tuesday 7th March, Hipperholme

All are welcome to a public discussion with local people at Christ Church, Leeds Road, Hipperholme HX3 8AA.

We need to cut air pollution in Calderdale. In seven areas, called Air Quality Management Areas, traffic-caused air pollution exceeds legal limits for Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) and Particulate Matter (PMn).

Biomass/Wood burning and incinerators are also becoming an air pollution issue.

We are trying to get an idea of people's views on air pollution in Calderdale - here is a 2 minute brief survey that it would be great if people would complete.

Tuesday 7 March 2017

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

Sylvia Pankhurst

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

6.00pm to 6.15pm followed by discussion to 7.00pm

Tea and cake also available

Not suitable for very young children

Wednesday 8 March 2017

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

Working with refugees

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

6.00pm to 6.15pm followed by discussion to 7.00pm

Tea and cake also available

All welcome but not suitable for very young children

8 March 2017

Hebden Bridge Local History Society

The Stench of Victorian Indecision

Tony Boughton

earth closets

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

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

Local History website

Monday 6 March 2017

FestivalsFestival Open Evening

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

Thursday 2 March 2017

Cafe culture

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

Around the Flower Shows

Enjoy an armchair tour around the UK flower shows.

Digitally illustrated talk by Roger Burnett

Thursday 2nd March 2017 @ 2.30pm

Join us at The Waterfront Hall, Hebden Bridge Town Hall

Doors open 2pm for tea & cake

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

For enquiries telephone Helen Meller on 01422 417373

Arts Festiva;

Thursday 2 March 2017

Composts and Growing Media

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

Entry is £2.00 for non-members.

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

Thursday 2 March 2017

Citizen Science

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

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

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

Mytholmroyd Community Centre


Friday 3 March 2017

Women's World Day of Prayer

Am I Being Unfair to you?

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

Refreshments 7pm, service 7.30pm

3-5 March 2017

Women in British History

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

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


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

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

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

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

Saturday 4 March 2017

Car Wash - Mytholmroyd Fire Station

10am to 2pm, Car Wash at Mytholmroyd Fire Station, Burnley Road. Proceeds for the Firefighters Charity and Hebden Bridge Junior Band.

Saturday 4 March 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

See Facebook page

Saturday 4 March 2017

Woodland Women Day

Spend time in a beautiful woodland setting with other women.

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

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


Sunday 5 March 2017

Elliotts Antique Fair

9am to 3pm

Mytholmroyd Community Centre, Caldene Ave.

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

On site cafe offering good home cooked food all day.

Entry £1 all classes.

Monday 27 February 2017

Flood Alleviation Scheme for Hebden Bridge

Hebden Bridge Town Hall between 4pm – 7pm

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

Read HebWeb News item

Tuesday 28 February 2017

Live Cinema Broadcast: The Royal Ballet Presents The Sleeping Beauty

Enter an enchanted world of princesses, fairy godmothers and magical spells as The Royal Ballet presents The Sleeping Beauty screening Tuesday 28th at 7pm (doors 6pm) LIVE at Hebden Bridge Picture House.

The Sleeping Beauty holds a special place in The Royal Ballet’s repertory. It was the ballet with which the Company reopened the Royal Opera House in 1946 after World War II, its first production at its new home in Covent Garden. Margot Fonteyn danced the role of the beautiful Princess Aurora in the first performance, with Robert Helpmann as Prince Florimund. Sixty years later, in 2006, the original 1946 staging was revived by then Director of The Royal Ballet Monica Mason and Christopher Newton, returning Oliver Messel’s wonderful designs and glittering costumes to the stage.

The masterful 19th-century choreography of Marius Petipa is combined with sections created for The Royal Ballet by Frederick Ashton, Anthony Dowell and Christopher Wheeldon. Together they create an enchanting sequence of gems in the ballet repertory – from the iconic Rose Adage, when Aurora meets her four royal suitors, and the lilting Garland Waltz to the Vision Pas de deux, as Florimund sees Aurora for the first time, and the celebratory divertissements and final pas de deux that bring the ballet to its glorious close. Throughout, Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky’s masterful score takes ballet music to a height of passion, sophistication and intensity that arguably has never been surpassed.

Monday 20 February 2017

Emmeline Pankhurst and the suffragette census boycott across Calderdale.

Hebden Bridge Town Hall, Waterfront Hall 7.30pm.

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

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

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

20-25 February 2017

Spring and Port Wine

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


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

Read HebWeb News item.

22 February 2017

Hebden Bridge Local History Society

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

Glenda Shaw

Great Uncle Percy

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

Local History website

Friday 24 February 2017

Shaggy Dog Storytellers

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

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

(Entry Fee £ 7)

24 February 2017

An Evening of Soul at Todmorden Town Hall

Featuring The Kommitments Tribute Band and Duo Little & Often.

Todmorden Town Hall
Doors Open at 7pm.

Tickets can be purchased here

Saturday 25 February 2017

CVOG Potato Day

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

Admission £1 includes entry to Potato Raffle

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

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

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

Saturday 25 February 2017

Friends of the Picture House Poster Sale

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

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

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

Saturday 25 February 2017

Laser-Cutting introduction - free

10am - 4pm

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

Laser cutting

  • Fancy learning a new skill? Want access to a high quality laser-cutter?
  • No previous experience needed.
  • Come along to a free workshop at Bridge Rectifier to learn basic computer-aided design & laser-cutting.
  • Laser-cutting can be used for: artwork, attractive cases, mechanical components, special mountings, . . . .
  • Materials include: acrylic sheet, wood, cardboard, paper, . . . .
  • Produce your own piece to take away, free of charge.
  • Once trained, yoComposts and Growing Mediau can continue your own projects for a very low charge, with a group of enthusiasts working on diverse projects.

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

(1 hour slots starting 10 - 3 pm)

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

Saturday 25 February 2017

Dead Good Disco

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

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

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

Saturday 25th February
8pm until late

The Shoulder of Mutton
Bridge Gate
Hebden Bridge

Free entry

Sunday, 26 February 2017

The Lost Chord Ensemble

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

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

Musicians (with their music stand) are invited to come and play some light music selections.

Monday 27 February 2017

Phoenix Poets and Writers Poetry, Tales & Songs

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

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

Friday 17 February 2017

Travels with Isolda - from Ijmuiden to Cleveland, USA by freighter via the St Lawrence and the Great Lakes

7:30pm at Hebden Royd Methodist Church.

Illustrated presentation by Maureen Readle in aid of Christian Aid's project in El Salvador.

Free admission.

In June 2016 my husband, John, and I travelled from the Netherlands to Cleveland, Ohio, on board a bulk cargo ship carrying steel from Europe to the US car industry. This talk is about our journey down the English Channel, across the Atlantic Ocean, down the St Lawrence seaway and across Lakes Ontario and Erie to Cleveland.

Friday 17 February 2017

Book Launch

Calder Valley Poetry are publishing Scaplings, Star Jelly and a Seeming Sense of Soul by Michael Haslam.

The launch will be held at the Stubbing Wharf, Kings Street, Hebden Bridge on Friday 17th February at 7.30 pm. Guest readers will include former Forward prize nominee, Peter Riley and one other.

Read review of the book from Jonathan Timbers.

Saturday 18 February 2017

French music/dance event with Duo Montanaro-Geoffroy

Les Panards Dansants proudly present Duo Montanaro-Geoffroy playing French traditional folk music on 18th February in Hebden Bridge.

Baltazar and Laurent have played at our festival many times with their wonderful band Zef. They are returning to Yorkshire as a duo.

There will be an ensemble music workshop between 4-6pm (all instruments welcome) with a Bal/Concert at 8pm.

It will take place at Hebden Bridge Methodist Church, Market Street HX7 6EU (near the Co-Op).

Information and music clip links on: www.frenchdanceleeds.co.uk

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Town Council Bye-Election candidates:

On Thurs, 16 Feb, bye-elections will take place in Fairfield and West End wards of Hebden Royd Town Council. Eight candidates are competing for the 2 seats. This news page give details. The HebWeb will post candidate messages and photos as they are received.

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Todmorden U3A February 2017 Meeting

Our next meeting will be held on Thursday, 16th February in the Central Methodist Church in Todmorden at 1.45 when our speaker will be Maria Glot whose subject will be ‘Titus Salt and Saltaire’.

Our contact details are (website) www.u3atod.org.uk, (email) enquiries@u3atod.org.uk, or (phone) 01706 812015.

Thursday, 16 February 2017

High & Dry? Hebden's Future Housing


Nido, 14 Market Street, Hebden Bridge

We might want the housing in Hebden Bridge to be high and dry, but that doesn't mean our young people have to be left that way too!

We'd like to speak to people looking to take their first steps on the housing ladder. We know there are fewer people aged between 18-40 in Hebden Bridge than in the surrounding areas. We think it's partly to do with a lack of good, affordable housing options for people leaving their family home.

Calder Valley Community Land Trust are planning to build new housing opposite the Fox and Goose. We want it to be predominantly aimed at the younger end of the market. Let us know what sort of housing you'd like to see there: Flats? Houses? Should there be some shared space or facilities?

Come along and let us know - The bar's open!! :)

Friday 10 February 2017

The strange tale of the Internet Fridge - New Technologies and their impact

Food for Thought series

Wadsworth Community Centre, Old Town HX7 8RY
Guest speaker: Richard (aka Wally) Woodcock

Free entry

Doors open: 7.00 p.m. Delicious supper £2.50: 7.30 p.m.
Talk starts 8.15 p.m. Great bar.

Wally worked for most of his career in higher education. At the University of Bradford he was Associate Dean, Learning and Teaching in the School of Informatics between 2002 and 2005, and the Director of Combined Studies until his retirement in 2008. Both posts enabled him to combine his interests in the arts, humanities and technology.
He also worked with experimental company IOU Theatre where he chaired the Board of Directors between 1988 and 2007.

Nowadays he does a bit of cooking, walking, reading and gardening, tries to convince himself his brain still works by solving cryptic crosswords, and writes, sings, plays and records lots of music.

Saturday 11 February 2017


Blackshaw Head Chapel
From 1 to 4

Bric-a—brac/books/good as new, etc.

Refreshments in Pat’s Pantry

In aid of Cancer Research UK

Saturday 11 February 2017

Second Hand Booksale

Hope Baptist second hand book sale and chatty café

Noon till 4pm (not dusk till dawn) have a good read and a brew.

Saturday 11 February 2017

Friends of the Picture House present

Ken Loach's Raining Stones

After the recent success of veteran film-maker Ken Loach's 'I, Daniel Blake', the Friends of the Picture House are pleased to screen the director's 1993 witty and eloquent story 'Raining Stones' on Saturday, February 11 at 4.30pm.

The film won the 1993 Cannes Jury Prize and stars Ricky Tomlinson and Bruce Jones. The Friends will serve free snacks before the film.

Tuesday 7 February 2017

Calder Ward Forum

6:30pm arrival for a 6:45pm start

In the Chapel, Hebden Royd Methodist Church, Market Street, Hebden Bridge, HX7 6EU

(Please note that there is no parking available in the church car park that night)

Ward Forums are for people in Calderdale 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. Ward Forums are open to anyone who lives and/or works in the ward. It is your chance to tell us what you think and make a difference to your neighbourhood.

There will be presentations on the work of Healthwatch Calderdale and the Council Budget.

We hope to have a Police Update - where you can help set local Police priorities for your local area. This is followed by an open forum section where tell us about what local issues matter to you.

Wednesday 8 February 2017

Hebden Bridge Local History Society

People, Puzzles and Earning a Living

Mike Crawford - The Alan Petford Memorial Lecture


Blow the dust off the wills and inventories, unroll the parchment or paper and get a glimpse of the people, the families and their worries. Why was Henry Crabtree's pig lonely and were widows raking in the cash as money lenders? We can have some idea of how to answer these crucial issues with this peep into the lives of local people on the eve of the industrial revolution. 

Mike is a member of the group started by the much missed Alan Petford with the ambitious aim of transcribing the probate documents from the parish of Halifax at the end of the seventeenth century. Two volumes of these local documents have been published by the society, and Mike's study has revealed some fascinating details about the lives led by those who lived and died in this valley.

Local History website

Sunday 5 February 2017

Elliotts Antique Fair

8-30am to 3-30pm at Mytholmroyd Community Centre. On site cafe serving good home cooked food.something for everyone.entry £1 all classes.

18 January-5 February 2017

ArtsMill Exhibition: Morphing in Stone and Paint

Artist, Paul Ormerod is showing his latest work of paintings and Sculpture 'Morphing in Stone and Paint' Exhibition at The David Wright Gallery, Artsmill, Hebden Bridge this January 18th to February 5th 2017.


See HebWeb News item

Saturday 4 February 2017

3 Valley Vegans Fair 2017

Todmorden Methodist Church

1pm - 4.30pm

Want to know more about veganism? Come along to the 3 Valley Vegans Fair for free food tasting, films and talks, health info, art and crafts and children's activities. Find out everything you have ever wanted to ask about a plant-based lifestyle.

The first 25 people to pledge to go vegan for a month will get a free goody bag!

£1 entry - children free

Saturday 4th February
1pm - 4.30pm
Todmorden Methodist Church
Union Street
OL14 5AW

Saturday 4 February 2017

The Spirit Level

Inequality and Social Anxiety

Professors Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett, co-authors of the book 'The Spirit Level' speak about 'Inequality and Social Anxiety'.

Kate Pickett is Professor of Epidemiology the University of York.

Richard Wilkinson is Professor Emeritus of Social Epidemiology at the University of Nottingham, (having retired in 2008).

Their book inspired the much acclaimed documentary film ‘The Divide’ directed by Katharine Round.

Tickets, £10 - £8 Concessions, will go on sale at the Hebden Bridge Town Hall from Thursday 5th January


Wednesday 1 February 2017

Happy Valley Pride Social Group

Open to everybody regardless of gender and sexuality, the group meet on the first Wednesday of each month, 7pm, upstairs at the Old Gate, Hebden Bridge. it is a lovely social group, a lot of fun and we raise funds for our non for profit organisation whose primary aim is to provide workshops and forums for children and young adults with LGBTQ issues.

Thursday 2 February 2017

The History of Cartoons


From cave paintings to modern art, the whole world draws & always has done.

Talk by Ian Barclay

Thursday 2nd February 2017 @ 2.30pm

Join us at The Waterfront Hall, Hebden Bridge Town Hall

Doors open 2pm for tea & cake

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

For enquiries telephone Helen Meller on 01422 417373

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

Thursday 2 February 2017

Physiotherapy for the Gardener

Calder Valley Organic Gardeners meeting takes place at the Good Shepherd Centre, Royal Fold, Mytholmroyd on Thursday 2nd February 2017 at 7.30pm when there will be a talk on ‘Physiotherapy for the Gardener’ with Steve Clegg

Entry is £2.00 for non-members.

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

Tuesday 31 January 2017

Royd Regeneration’s Annual General Meeting

Erringden Room, St Michael's Church Hall, Mytholmroyd, at 7.30pm, and everyone is welcome to attend.

Although all officers will be standing for re-election, please e-mail if you wish to put your name forward for any of the following positions within Royd Regeneration:
Vice Chairman

You may nominate yourself in advance (a seconder will be required), and these will need to reach the Secretary no later than Sunday 29 January 2017.

We are happy to have an informal meeting with anyone who may be interested in any of the above roles.

The committee always welcome new volunteers.

23-29 January 2017

Trades Club backs Independent Venue Week

Richard Hawley

See HebWeb News item

Friday 27 January 2017

Dave NelsonJazz Café with Dave Nelson

Friday 27th January sees the start of a new series of informal jazz events at Hebden Bridge Town Hall.

Read HebWeb News item

Friday 27 January 2017

Keith Donnelly guesting at The Shaggy Dog Storytellers

Guest at The Shaggy Dog Storyteller's this month is none other than the inimitable Keith Donnelly. Join him on Friday 27th January upstairs in the Stubbing Wharf, King Street at 8pm.

Everyone knows there're only seven stories in the world, so....Keith's written seven new ones! Interspersed with Keith's off the wall banter, zany guitar playing and songs this show is suitable for adults and young people alike. 'Wizards, Witches & Wings' promises something for everyone. A truly magical evening. Not to be missed!

"Keith Donnelly - the funniest thing to happen to storytelling since the chicken crossed the road!"

Friday 27 January 2017

John Verity Band

John Verity (former frontman of 70s groups Argent and Phoenix) and his Band

Supporting: local band RAM

Upstairs at the Golden Lion,
Fielden Square, Todmorden

Doors 8pm £5 on the door or via ents24

Saturday 28 January 2017

French music & dance event with Les Cailloux

Les Panards Dansants start the year with a session with a difference - Morvan (France) workshops run by the band Les Cailloux with a bal the same evening.

Here is a link to their home video

Morvan music workshop, 1.30 - 3pm, £5.
Morvan dance workshop, 3.30 - 5.50 pm, £5.

Refreshments during break, £2 or bring and share a dish.

Evening Bal with the Panards band and Les Cailloux, 7 - 10 pm, £5.

Venue: Methodist Hall in Hebden Bridge, HX7 6EU. Near Co-Op.

Saturday 28 January 2017

Burns' Supper

On Saturday 28th January, Heptonstall Social & Bowling Club presents Burns' Supper, starting at 7:30pm. Tickets £8.

Enjoy a fantastic night with haggis, bagpiper, dancing & the Scottish poet! Entry includes a full evening, with 2-course supper, and disco later. Proceeds are being donated to the newly formed Heptonstall Girl Guides.

Heptonstall Social & Bowling Club, Acre Lane, Heptonstall, HX7 7LT

Email for info

25 January 2017

Hebden Bridge Local History Society

Hebden Bridge Literary & Scientific Society AGM, from 6.45 to 7.15. This will be followed by the talk at 7.30.

Mytholmroyd – The Development of a Pennine Village

Mytholmroyd – The Development of a Pennine Village

Rodney Collinge

The talk will describe the development of Mytholmroyd from the earliest times, and will be illustrated by around 80 slides.

Rodney taught Chemistry at Calder High School for around 30 years, and before that was a pupil there. He thinks his old history teacher would doubtless be turning in his grave if he knew that his beloved Lit. and Sci. Historical Society was being 'defiled' by an illiterate scientist!

Local History website

Thursday 26 January 2017

Central Street drop-in session

Calderdale Council will be holding a drop-in session to discuss proposals to bring the road surface of Central Street and connected streets up to standard.

The drop-in will be in the Community Room, Riverside School, Holme Street, Hebden Bridge on Thursday the 26th of January from 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Saturday 21 January 2017

Jumble and Nearly New Sale

11 am to 3pm Jumble and Nearly New Sale, Hebden Bridge Methodist Church (opposite Co-op). Also book and cake stalls, refreshments, and music by Hebden Bridge Junior Band.

Sunday 22 January 2017

The Lost Chord Ensemble

2pm 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.

Thursday, 19th January 2017

Todmorden U3A January Meeting

Todmorden U3A's next meeting will be held on Thursday, 19th January in the Central Methodist Church in Todmorden at 1.45 when our speaker will be Alan Pugh whose subject will be ‘Dei Goes to War’.

Our contact details are (website) www.u3atod.org.uk, (email) enquiries@u3atod.org.uk, or (phone) 01706 812015.

Saturday 14 January 2017

High StreetAffordable housing project

Local charity Calder Valley Community Land Trust has fixed on Saturday 14th January as the date for its public consultation on the proposed affordable housing project in Hebden Bridge. Read more.

Saturday 14 January 2017

George Michael & Wham Open Mike Night

At Tra7es Club, Hebden Bridge - 8pm to 1.30am

As a tribute to the great songwriting and singing talent of George Michael, this open mic night is going to be focused on him and his work, and any artists associated or related to him. There will also be DJs and dancing at our very own Club Tropicana (although drinks won't be free!)

Entry is by donation with all profits going to Todmorden Food Drop In.

To add your name to the list of performers contact Sarah Courtney via The Facebook events page.

Sunday 15 January 2017

PlaqueWalking through Hebden Bridge’s past: Award winning local storyteller Ursula Holden Gill is leading a free story walk celebrating the lives of people who lived in Hebden Bridge a century ago, including those killed in WW1 and suffragette Lavinia Saltonstall. Read more.

Sunday 15 January 2017
Sunday 15 January 2017

Hebden Bridge Comedy Club

The show starts at 8.30pm prompt and tickets are priced at £8.50

Acclaimed comedian Jason Cook wrote and starred in cult BBC sitcom “Hebburn” alongside Vic Reeves and Chris Ramsey. He has also written and performed in two highly successful Radio 4 shows 'Happiness' and 'School Of Hard Knocks'

“Jason Cook has more funny in his middle toe than most comics do in their whole body”. Chortle

Within months of first picking up a microphone Blackburn's Tez Ilyas found himself in the finals of no less than eight comedy competitions, within a few years he won the BBC New Comedy Award, has produced numerous film shorts for both the BBC and Sky as well as his own Radio 4 series 'TEZ Talks'. 2017 will seeing him embark on his first national tour!

“Blackburn-born Ilyas has a slickness more reminiscent of US comics, and the gags to back it up, though his most prized asset could yet be his bold, subversive streak” The Guardian

Todmorden's Martin Mor returns to compere and middle act is London based Ria Lina.

Old Gate Bar and Restaurant, Old Gate, Hebden Bridge HX7 8JP

Monday 16 January 2017

Hebden Bridge Disability Access Forum

Are you disabled? Can you help to improve access to life in The Hebden Bridge Area?

Please join us. Come to our meeting on Monday 16th January 2017 at 2.30pm to 4.15pm in the Terrace Room, Hebden Bridge Town Hall.

We are a new group which really needs more members with any type of disability (such as hearing, vision, mobility, mental health, learning disability.)

If you can’t come to meetings you are very welcome to join in by email, telephone or any other way you would like to.

Call June 01422 844914 for information.
Or email Jason on
to join the email list.

11 January 2017

Hebden Bridge Local History Society

Did I see Marilyn?

Alan Stuttard

Did I see Marilyn?

An amusing look at Alan's time as a National Serviceman, defending Hong Kong and peace-keeping in Korea.

Alan is a retired textile manager and former Parish Councillor who now enjoys telling tales about his varied experiences in different walks of life.

Local History website

Thursday 12 January 2017

Slow The Flow Calderdale - next public meeting

Mytholmroyd Community Centre at 7.30pm.

Come along to hear about the plans we have to start work on leaky dams / log jams / attenuation projects at Hardcastle Crags with The National Trust / Environment Agency due to start in 2017.

We will be presenting our work to date and details of this project in Hardcastle Crags. We would love to see you there.

Thursday 5 January 2017

Cafe culture

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

The History of Pantomime

History of panto

A Humorous Talk by Michael Cullingworth
Thursday 5th January 2017 @ 2.30pm

Join us at The Waterfront Hall, Hebden Bridge Town Hall
£5 (£3 concessions) including tea & cake

All Welcome - Pay on the door

For enquiries telephone Helen Meller on 01422 417373

Thursday 5 January 2017

Cut Flowers

Calder Valley Organic Gardeners Monthly Meeting takes place at the Good Shepherd Centre, Royal Fold, Mytholmroyd on Thursday 5th January 2017 at 7.30pm when a there will be a talk on ‘Growing cut flowers for the Calder Valley’ with Sally Barker

Entry is £2.00 for non-members.

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

Thursday 5 January 2017

New Year Quiz at Trades Club


Everyone seems to think 2016 was a bad year...many people died, others brought voting into disrepute and 'post-truth' became a thing.

So, let's get 2017 off to a great start with a new year quiz raising funds for our Folk Roots Weekend in May ... the questions are put together by that nice Dave Boardman chap and, as ever, includes the always enjoyable music round - with the chance to take home some cool music.

There is little chance of this changing your life financially, but it may provide you with a cultural and emotional high.

Your £5 gets you fantastic food and an enormous sense of wellbeing - as well as Dave's slightly challenging and mildly enjoyable quiz.