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WHAT'S ON: LOCAL EVENTS

in Hebden Bridge and the surrounding area

Hebden Bridge events

Past events: While we're still socially distancing, why not check out some of the hundreds of incredible events which have been listed on the HebWeb over the past few years:

2020 - 2019 - 2018 - 2017 - 2016 - 2015 - 2014 - 2013
2012 - 2011- 2010 - 2009 - 2008 - 2007 - 2005-2006

Sunday 23 January 2022

Our Responsibilities at this Time - Climate Emergency Action

The Trades Club, Holme Street, the history of Thornber Hens
2pm – 4pm

We all know it's no time for empty promises: with no carbon budget left and ecological systems in free fall: we have to act decisively!

COP26 shows international meetings cannot stop climate collapse. History shows that Civil Resistance movements, country by country, can. Together, we can.

Come and hear about Just Stop Oil, the new campaign from the people behind Insulate Britain and why some have chosen to step up into high stakes action.

Come and hear climate and civil resistance experts and local people tell the truth about the climate crisis, and what we can do about it.

This session will discuss many things including how resisting injustice and standing up for what is right is a visceral, beautiful experience and part of what it means to be human at this time.

Lets make history!

More info

26 January 2022

THE HISTORY OF THE HOUSE OF THORNBER

Ann Kilbey

Starting with a few broody hens in orange boxes, the Thornber family went on to become world leaders in the hybridisation of poultry. Ann’s talk explores the quest for the perfect egg laying machine!

Ann Kilbey has been active in local history for many years, doing valuable work with Hebden Bridge Local History Society and the Pennine Horizons Digital Archive. She is also well-known for her fascinating talks on aspects of our local history.


Organised by the Local History Society. Meetings will be held at Hebden Bridge Methodist Church, which has now been equipped with chairs to replace the pews. It is also hoped to make recordings of the live talks available to members for two weeks following the event. See www.hebdenbridgehistory.org.uk for more info.


Friday 4 February 2022

Kerouac Lives!

Kerouac Lives! tour is to be launched in "the north's capital of Bohemia: Hebden Bridge" on Friday, 4 Feb at Wadsworth Community Centre. 2022 marks the centenary of the birth of the American novelist and poet Jack Kerouac.

See HebWeb news item for more info

9 February 2022

MANAGING SPACE, MANAGING PEOPLE: Constables and highways in seventeenth century Sowerby

Murray Seccombe

The chance survival of Sowerby’s book of constables’ accounts for this period – the best from any part of Yorkshire – opens a window onto a formative stage in the way townships managed social welfare, access and mobility. The crisis years from the 1630s to the 1660s saw social and governance changes, including a precocious use of taxation for highways. The legacy was a network of tracks and causeys connecting the parish to a wider world.

Murray has lived in the area for 36 years, and is on the home stretch (he hopes) of a PhD at Lancaster University, researching manorial and township governance of highways in the parish of Halifax, c.1550-1700. Before retirement, he worked in the community-based transport sector. Given half a chance, he’d rather be out walking or reading very long books.

Organised by the Local History Society. Meetings will be held at Hebden Bridge Methodist Church, which has now been equipped with chairs to replace the pews. It is also hoped to make recordings of the live talks available to members for two weeks following the event. See www.hebdenbridgehistory.org.uk for more info.

Saturday 12 February 2022

What is happening to General Practice?

Hebden Bridge Lit & Sci launch their new season on Saturday 12 Feb with a lecture entitled What is happening to General Practice?

The speakers will be Prof Aneez Esmail and Dr Sharon Spooner. Due to ongoing concerns about Covid this lecture will be Zoom only.

More info

23 February 2022

WILLIAM MORRISONS, A YORKSHIRE SUCCESS STORY

Janet Senior

From humble beginnings to a national enterprise, the story of Morrisons is an example of the successful merging of Scottish canniness with Yorkshire determination.

Janet is a former special educational needs teacher in Bradford who took early retirement and began working as assistant librarian at the Yorkshire Archaeological Society in Leeds. Now fully retired, she continues to work as a volunteer at Markenfield Hall, North Yorkshire, cataloguing and transcribing the Grantley Archives held there.


Organised by the Local History Society. Meetings will be held at Hebden Bridge Methodist Church, which has now been equipped with chairs to replace the pews. It is also hoped to make recordings of the live talks available to members for two weeks following the event. See www.hebdenbridgehistory.org.uk for more info.

Sunday 27 February 2022

The Lost Chord Ensemble

7 pm to 9:30 pm, in the Little Theatre bar, Holme Street, Hebden Bridge.

The Lost Chord Ensemble 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.

Saturday 5 March 2022

Shazia Mirza: Coconut

7:30pm

Hebden Bridge Little Theatre, Holme Street, Hebden Bridge, HX7 8EE

Following the success of her critically acclaimed recent shows, award-winning comedian Shazia is taking on the burning (and infectious) issues of our time in her latest show; 'Coconut'.

9 March 2022

A Notable Epidemic: the 1880-81 Scarlet Fever outbreak in Halifax

John Brooke

More than five hundred people were affected by this outbreak of scarlet fever and over a hundred people died. This was no ordinary epidemic and John will explore how a farmer, a hired man and a local milk round were all involved.

John Brooke was a headteacher for 25 years and a part-time school inspector for a further seven. Most recently he has lectured for the WEA and has a number of publications to his name, including Cruel Lives: a history of some West Yorkshire epidemics. He lives in Lightcliffe where he is secretary of the local history society, president of the cricket club and leader of a litter-picking group!

Organised by the Local History Society. Meetings will be held at Hebden Bridge Methodist Church, which has now been equipped with chairs to replace the pews. It is also hoped to make recordings of the live talks available to members for two weeks following the event. See www.hebdenbridgehistory.org.uk for more info.

23 March 2022

REMEMBERING CRAGG HALL 1820-1921

Shirley Daniel and Roy Collinge

The story of Cragg Hall begins with the large and industrious Hinchliffe family, arguably the biggest influence on Cragg during and after the Industrial Revolution. Intended to be the most magnificent house built in the area, Cragg Hall was acclaimed as one of the finest buildings in Yorkshire, but survived for less than 20 years as the valley's most impressive mansion, falling victim to a disastrous fire on 11th August 1921.

Memories of Cragg Hall and its splendid ornamental gardens have faded into scant awareness with no living person left to tell the tale, though in its hey-day it was a huge part of local life and a legacy of the growth and decline of the Cragg Vale cotton mill industry. The centenary of that tragic fire seemed a fitting opportunity for Cragg Vale Local History Group to look back, lay to rest the myths and misconceptions, and re-discover the real story of Cragg Hall – Cragg Vale's "stately home"!

Both Shirley and Roy are enthusiastic founder members of Cragg Vale Local History Group. Roy is originally from Colden but has been a "Cragger" for much of his life, and Shirley has lived in Cragg almost long enough to no longer be an "off-cumden"!

Organised by the Local History Society. Meetings will be held at Hebden Bridge Methodist Church, which has now been equipped with chairs to replace the pews. It is also hoped to make recordings of the live talks available to members for two weeks following the event. See www.hebdenbridgehistory.org.uk for more info.

Friday 1 April 2022

Dark Matter presents...

Callum Easter and HANN

Ferocious… thrilling and deliciously invigorating musical talents playing at the Golden Lion, Todmorden.

Friday 1 April
Doors 8pm
Tickets via Skiddle

Friday 29 April 2022

Dark Matter presents...

Black Doldrums and Bones Shake

London's Black Doldrums play a dark psych, contemporary form of gothic post-punk. With Bones Shake, a scuzzed fuzzed blues three piece from Manchester.

Golden Lion, Todmorden
Doors 8pm
Tickets via Skiddle