What’s happening around the district - things to see and do

Comedian Russell Kane appears in the first week of Hebden Bridge Arts Festival
Comedian Russell Kane appears in the first week of Hebden Bridge Arts Festival

THINGS to do and see and places to go around the district over the next few days.

l Blues rocker Walter Trout will perform tracks from his back catalogue and his latest album ‘Common Ground’ during a gig at the Picture House tonight (Thursday) as part of a UK tour. There will be support from P.A.U.L. and the Harper Woods Heroes. Doors open at 7pm. Tickets priced £20 can be booked by calling 0871 2301101.

l Roger Davies comes to the Trades Club tonight (Thursday). He will be joined by special guests Luke Hirst and Sarah Smout.

l DJ Wolfie and guests present an evening of electro swing at the club on Friday June 24. For more information, call 01422 845265 or visit www.tradesclub.info.

l A Kondaly children’s singing group meets at the Hope Centre on Fridays during term time at 1pm. For more information, call 01422 845469.

l Tales from the Wharf, an evening of traditional storytelling, will be held at the Stubbing Wharf Inn on Friday June 24 at 8pm. For more information, call 01422 844107.

l Tim Gibbons will lead a workshop titled ‘The clown and dance’ at the Hope Centre on Saturday June 25. The session from 2-5pm will look at improvisational and creative techniques, games and exercises of clowning to explore movement and dance. To book a place, contact Tim on 01422 842851.

l A holiday book swap event at Hebden Bridge Library on Saturday June 25 will give people a chance to exchange books they have already read for something new. The free event runs from 7-8pm. For more information, call 01422 392606.

l Johnny Depp returns to his role as Captain Jack Sparrow in ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: on stranger tides’, which is showing at the Picture House on June 25 and 26. In the action-packed adventure, Jack crosses paths with the enigmatic Angelica, who is searching for the fabled Fountain of Youth.

l Also showing at the Picture House in the coming week is ‘Hanna’ (June 24-26), a thriller about a girl whose upbringing and training have all been geared to making her the perfect assassin.

l In Oscar nominated drama ‘Outside the law’ (June 26 and 27), three brothers and their mother are scattered across the globe after losing their family home.

l ‘Win win’ (June 28 and 30) tells the story of a struggling attorney who becomes the legal guardian of an elderly client in an attempt to help keep his practice afloat. For more information and film times, call 01422 842807 or visit www.hbph.co.uk.

l An exhibition titled ‘Artists...by the way’ runs at Wadsworth Community Centre from June 25 until July 10.

l A beginners class teaching Sivanananda yoga and meditation is held at the Hope Centre on Mondays from 9.30am until 11.30am. For more information, call 01422 842424.

l Bring along your wool and a hook for an afternoon of ‘Chatty Crochet’ at Hope Baptist Church on Monday June 27 from 1.30pm until 3.30pm. For more information, call 01422 882221.

l Learn some Chinese martial arts at Holme Street Arts Centre on Mondays from 8pm until 9.30pm. For more information, call 01706 870071.

l Try out Kundalini yoga at Calderdale Yoga Centre on Tuesday June 28 at 11am. For more information, call 01422 844146.

l A beginners class for adults who would like to learn ballroom and Latin dancing takes place at the Salem Centre on Tuesdays at 6.30pm. For more information, call 07795 165082.

l An art and craft group covering all aspects of craftwork runs at Blackshaw Chapel on Wednesdays from 11.30am until 1.30pm. All welcome. For more information, call 01422 844893.

l Hebden Bridge Boxing Club runs a core/cardio/box class for women on Wednesdays from 10.30am until 11.30am. For more information, call 07732 433243.

l Word of Mouth hosts a wax batik workshop on Wednesday June 29 from 1-3pm. For more information, call 01422 648299.

l The Calder Gallery is hosting a solo show by internationally known printmaker Mychael Barratt, opening on Wednesday June 29. He draws inspiration from sources as varied as fairy tales and Shakespearean plays to paintings by ‘Great Masters’ and 1960s pop culture. For more information, visit www.caldergallery.co.uk.

l Calder Valley Women Singers meets at the Little Theatre on Wednesday nights at 7.30pm. The female choir meets to sing for fun and its repertoire includes songs from around the world. For more information, call 01422 843349.

l Watercolour and drawing classes are held at Machpelah Works on Thursdays from 7-9pm. For more information, call 01422 845415.

l The 18th Hebden Bridge Arts Festival gets underway with Hebden Shorts, six new short plays staged at the Little Theatre on Friday June 24 at 7.30pm. Performances will also be staged on June 25 and 26.

l A variety of family street entertainment will run in St George’s Square on Saturday June 25 from 11am until 4pm.

l Hebden Royd Town Council has organised Kidsfest, a children’s arts festival taking place at Holme Street Arts Centre on Saturday June 25 from noon until 4pm. The drop-in event is for youngsters aged four to 11 and their families.

l Hungarian vocal ensemble Le Vezzose will give a concert featuring mainly 17th century repertoire at St Thomas’ Church, Heptonstall, on Saturday June 25 at 1pm.

l Multi award-winning British trombone star Dennis Rollins and his Velocity Trio come to the Trades Club on Saturday June 25 at 9pm.

l Joe Richards presents a programme of mostly contemporary work written especially for the marimba at St Thomas’ Church, Heptonstall, on Sunday June 26 at 1pm.

l Ars Nova Sacra, a chamber choir from Budapest, and Glasgow Madrigirls will perform in a special festival double bill at Wainsgate Chapel, Old Town, on Sunday June 26 at 3pm. It will be preceded by a vocal workshop with Glasgow Madrigirls co-directors Katy Cooper and Catriona Hutchinson from 11am until 1pm.

l Singer/songwriters and guitarists Jason Feddy and Patsy Matheson will appear at the Trades Club on Sunday June 26 at 9pm.

l Writer Sarah Hall will talk about her novels at St Michael’s Hall, Mytholmroyd, on Monday June 27 at 8pm.

l The Collision, a new band featuring some of the best young musicians in the area, will be on stage at the Ted Hughes Theatre, Calder High School, on Tuesday June 28 at 8pm.

l Comedian Russell Kane brings his ‘Smokescreens and Castles’ show to the Picture House on Wednesday June 29 at 8pm. He will be supported by Chris Ramsey.

l For more information about any of the arts festival events or to book tickets, contact the box office on 01422 842684 or visit www.hbaf.co.uk.

l A variety of taster workshops including dance, yoga and singing will take place at the St John’s Centre, Cragg Vale, on Saturday June 25 from 9am until 2pm. Later in the day, the centre hosts the St John’s community celebration for the whole family with music and a cafe from 2.30pm onwards. For more information about either event, call 07504 693497.

l Cragg Vale Yorkshire Countrywomen’s Association is having a cream tea day at the St John’s Church Room on Saturday June 25 from 3-5pm. For more information, call 01422 884460.

l Mytholmroyd Gala will take place on Saturday June 25. The procession sets off from Orchard Park at noon and makes its way to White House Holme Playing Fields where the gala will be officially opened at 12.30pm. Pre-day tickets are priced £1.50 for adults and £1 for children and OAPs. Admission on the day will be £2 for adults and £1.50 for children and OAPs. Funds raised will go to local charities.

l ‘Summer Swing’, a fun afternoon of swing, jive, crafts, tea and cake will be held at St Michael’s Church Hall on Sunday June 26 from 2-6pm. For more information, call 07946 604551.

l Barearts Studio Bar hosts an acoustic evening tonight (Thursday) at 7.30pm. There will be live music from Chordial on Sunday June 26 and Blame Dave on Wednesday June 29. For more information, visit www.barearts.com.

l A range of activities including line and sequence dancing, singing, crafts and quizzes will take place at the next Oak over 50s ‘Drop-in Friday’ at Central Methodist Church on June 24 from 10am until 3pm. Refreshments are available. Dru Yoga sessions are held at Roomfield House on Tuesdays at 2pm.

l Duncan Oakley will perform his mix of musical comedy and stand-up with one of his trusty guitars by his side at the next comedy night at Jack’s House on Friday June 24. Also on the bill is Geordie comedian Kai Humphries, Midlander Paul Savage and resident MC Rob Riley. Tickets priced £10 are on sale now at Jack’s House.

l Philip Cheshire-Neal will give a free taster session of shiatsu massage at the Bear on Saturday June 25 from 10am until 4pm. For more information, call 07767 666467.

l ‘Emergence’, a summer show of work by HND Fine Art year one and 1.5 students, opens at Todmorden Community College on Saturday June 25 from 1-4pm. The exhibition then runs from June 27 until July 1, 10am until 4pm each day.

l Todmorden Civic Society presents National Civic Day on Saturday June 25. The society will host a guided walk through the town, setting off from Todmorden Town Hall at 2pm. The walk will take in a number of local landmarks and heritage buildings before finishing in one of Todmorden’s historic public houses at around 4pm. For more information or to book a place, contact Anne Cryer on 01706 813550.

l An open garden event will be held at Meadows Edge, top of Ashenhurst Road, on Saturday June 25. Visitors can view the two acre garden organically managed for wildlife from 2-5pm. It includes wild and tame flowers, ponds and a kitchen garden. There will also be plant sales and refreshments. Admission is £3 (concessions £1) with proceeds going to the West Yorkshire Forget Me Not Trust. For more information, call 07931 308048.

l A holiday book swap event at Todmorden Library on Saturday June 25 will give people a chance to exchange books they have already read for something new. The free event runs from 7-8pm. For more information, call 01422 392606.

l Todmorden Orchestra and Todmorden Choral Society present a Grand Opera Gala at Todmorden Town Hall on Saturday June 25 at 7.30pm. The orchestra and choir, conducted by Nicholas Concannon Hodges and Antony Brannick, will be joined by soloists Therese Vincent (soprano) and Gary Martin (baritone). Tickets priced £12 (£1 for children under 16) are available from Todmorden Information Centre or by calling 01706 817333. For more information, visit www.todmordenorchestra.org.uk.

l A Veterans’ Day parade and street party will take place on Sunday June 26. A short march will start from Stansfield Road at 11.45am and make its way to the Royal British Legion Club car park, White Hart Fold, for a street party. All welcome.

l The next Todmorden Walkabout will take place on Monday June 27, starting at 11am from the reception area at Todmorden Community College. New walkers are asked to arrive at 10.45am. For more information, contact walk leader Karen Andrews on 01706 819118.

l Enjoy lunch, bingo and conversation at the Monday Club, which next meets at Roomfield House on June 27 from 10.30am until 3pm. For more information, call 01706 817926.

l The Dawn Chapman School of Dance hosts adult cheer fitness sessions on Monday evenings at 6.30pm. For more information, call 01706 839113.

l Jewellery making workshops are held at B’DZ, Halifax Road, on Tuesdays from 10am until noon and from 7-9pm. For more information, call 07903 655662.

l A Healthy Minds drop-in for lesbian and bisexual women will be held in the community room at Todmorden Fire Station on Tuesday June 28 from 1-3pm. The group offers social and peer support, art and craft sessions, alternative therapies, guest speakers and a cuppa and a chat. For more information, contact Christine at Healthy Minds, Calderdale Well-being, on 07769 263620.