What’s on around the area - from May 12

Becky Unthank takes a singing workshop in Hebden Bridge
Becky Unthank takes a singing workshop in Hebden Bridge

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

l Calder Valley bands Owter Zeds and Fishing for Bishops will be on the bill on Friday May 13, as well as DJ Slackears.

l The club hosts a night of punk music on Saturday May 14 featuring Zounds, Eastfield and Andy T.

l There will be top quality jazz at the next Hxtra 7 Sunday afternoon jazz on May 15. Later in the day, Katherine Blamire and Jessica Davies, aka Smoke Fairies, will perform their brand of blues-folk Americana.

l Miles Hunt and Erica Nockalls from the Wonderstuff, festival favourites on and off for over 20 years, come to the club on Wednesday May 18. For more information, call 01422 845265 or visit www.tradesclub.info.

l Pennine Piperholics, a meet and play session of local pipers, will take place at the Fox and Goose Inn tonight (Thursday) at 9pm. For more information, call 01422 842649.

l Musicians are welcome to attend a Blues Jam at the Sportsman’s Arms, Kebcote, on Friday May 13 from 9pm. For more information, call 01706 813449.

l Jake Gyllenhaal and Michelle Monaghan star in ‘Source Code’ at the Picture House from May 13-15. When a bomb explodes on a Chicago train killing hundreds of people, Captain Colter Stevens agrees to take part in a government experiment that enables him to take over the body of one of the passengers in the last eight minutes of his life. Colter lives the incident over and over again, gathering clues each time in order to solve the mystery of who is behind the attack.

l Also showing in the coming week is ‘Hop’, the comic tale of an out-of-work slacker who accidentally injures the Easter bunny and must take him in as he recovers.

l Documentary ‘Benda Bilili!’ follows a band from the Congo as the musicians reach number one in the world music chart and become a global sensation.

l ‘Killing Bono’, which includes Pete Postlethwaite in his last acting role, tells the story of young Neil McCormick and his brother Ivan who are both desperate to become rock stars. For more information and film times, call 01422 842807 or visit www.hbph.co.uk.

l Visit Greenland, Scotland and Egypt in a day during a special event at Hardcastle Crags on Saturday May 14. An eight-mile circular walk in the upper Colden Valley will set off from the Clough Hole car park at 10am. Packed lunch and stout footwear are required. To book a place, call 01422 844518.

l Cragg Vale Junior and Infant School will host its annual May Fete at St John’s Church on Saturday May 14. The Fete will start at 1pm, with maypole dancing at 1.30pm. There will be a range of stalls and other activities including face painting and games. The main event - the traditional duck race - will begin at 2.30pm. Refreshments and a licensed bar will also be available throughout the day.

l Experienced bookbinder and book artist Katherine Bolton will lead a case binding workshop at the Back Door Education Project on Sunday May 15. People of all abilities are welcome at the session which will teach how to make a conventional style hardback book. For more information or to book a place, call 01422 843519 or visit www.northlightstudio.co.uk.

l Hebden Bridge Guitar Society meets at St James’ Church on Monday May 16 at 7.15pm. New members are welcome. For more information, call 01422 201148.

l Calder Valley Steiner School, at the St John’s Centre in Cragg Vale, is holding an open day on Wednesday May 18 from 2-4pm. Parents and children are welcome to attend. Refreshments will be available. For more information, contact Marilyn on 01422 885249.

l Folk musician Becky Unthank and Rose Hodgson will be the leaders of a community choir’s singing sessions during the summer term. The female only singing group meets at the Little Theatre on Wednesday evenings at 7.15pm to sing songs from around the world. For more information, call 01422 843349.

l Heptonstall is the location of a Calderdale Heritage Walk on Thursday May 19. The ‘Grave concerns’ walk will explore the stories beneath the headstones in the village churchyard. Meet Liz Watkins by the museum in Heptonstall churchyard at 7.15pm. There will also be a walk in lower Shelf on Sunday May 15. Meet Mary Twentyman by the Duke of York pub just above Shelf roundabout at 2.15pm. For more information, email CdaleHeritageWks@aol.com.

l The annual Todmorden Gang Show runs at the Hippodrome Theatre until Saturday May 14. The revue packed with music and comedy sketches will be performed by an 80-strong cast featuring members of the scout and guide movements in the Calder Valley. Tickets priced £8 for adults and £6 for children and senior citizens are available from Todmorden Information Centre in person or by calling 01706 818181, or calling the show’s own ticket hotline 01706 816568.

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 May 13 from 10am until 3pm. Refreshments are available. Dru Yoga sessions are held at Roomfield House on Tuesdays at 2pm.

l The next Todmorden Walkabout will take place on Monday May 16, 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 Visitors to Todmorden Town Hall on Monday afternoons can take part in a programme of popular sequence dances to tuneful music from 1.15pm until 3.30pm. Use the entrance facing the chemist. Bring your own refreshments. Admission is £2 and all profits go to charity.

l Age Concern Todmorden will run a coffee morning at Central Methodist Church on Thursday May 19 at which people can find out more information about the upcoming switchover to digital television. People can come along to have their questions answered, learn about the help scheme for older and disabled people, and find out more about aerials and recording equipment. There will be free tea and coffee at the event, which runs from 10am until 12.30pm.

l Kate Moreton-Deakin will give a talk titled ‘The West Yorkshire Lieutenancy’ at U3A Todmorden’s next monthly members’ meeting at Central Methodist Church on Thursday May 19 at 1.45pm.

l Mytholmroyd Station Partnership is having a ‘Dig-in’ on Friday May 13 to prepare the village station for the Yorkshire in Bloom judging. Everyone is welcome at the event, which starts at 1.30pm, and no gardening skills are required. For more information, contact Geoff Mitchell on 01422 885154.

l Mytholmroyd St Michael’s Amateurs present musical comedy ‘Below Stairs’ at St Michael’s Parish Hall from May 17-21. The show is set in Edwardian London at the outbreak of World War One. Tickets are priced £10 for adults and £8 for concessions. Money raised by the production will be donated to Yorkshire Cancer Research.

l The MsFits theatre company brings its latest touring production ‘Mad, bad and dangerous to know’, a show about growing old disgracefully, to Square Chapel on Friday May 13. For more information, contact the box office on 01422 349422 or visit www.squarechapel.co.uk.

l Kate Rusby, described by many as the defining voice of contemporary English folk music, returns to the Victoria Theatre on Saturday May 14. Together with her band, she will perform songs from her latest album and some much-loved favourites from her back catalogue. For more information, contact the box office on 01422 351158 or visit www.victoriatheatre.co.uk.

l ‘Hard graft: Yorkshire at work’, a new exhibition of illustrations and photographs by artist Terry Sutton, runs at Halifax Visitor Centre and Art Gallery until May 30. The exhibition explores a variety of industries including pottery, textiles and clock-making. The gallery is open daily from 10am until 5pm. For more information, call 01422 368725.