What’s on around the district - from April 28

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

l If you want to get away from all the Royal Wedding coverage, the Trades Club is offering an alternative. A ‘Not the Royal Wedding’ street party will run throughout the day on Friday April 29.

l Glasgow-based folk musician Alastair Roberts, part of the resurgence of British folk music, will perform on Saturday April 30. For more information, call 01422 845265 or visit www.tradesclub.info.

l Harley and Hobson present textile exhibition ‘Woolworks’ at the Arts Festival Shop from April 29 until May 4. The exhibition is open daily from 11am until 5pm.

l Heptonstall Social and Bowling Club is hosting a ‘Not the Royal Wedding’ party on Friday April 29 from 7pm until late. Fancy dress is optional at the event, which will feature a disco and prizes. Families welcome. For more information, call 01422 843149.

l Enjoy a walk through the woodland from Gibson Mill with Hardcastle Crags’ expert medicinal herbalist and countryside warden on Saturday April 30 to discover a wealth of natural foods and other beneficial plants. To book a place (adults £5, children free), call 01422 844518.

l An exhibition of unique works of 3D art by Hebden Bridge artist Harry Ward runs at Brooklyn Gallery from April 30 until May 2. The exhibition is open from 11am until 4pm each day. There will be a preview evening on Friday April 29 from 6.30pm until 8.30pm.

l Join members of Midgley Community Forum on a guided walk around 11 decorated wells in the village on Sunday May 1, starting at the Pinfold in Chapel Lane at 11am. Walkers are advised to bring appropriate footwear for what can be uneven ground in places.

l Oscar-winning best actress Natalie Portman stars in ‘Black Swan’ at the Picture House on May 1 and 2. The dark psychological thriller is set within the ruthlessly competitive world of the New York ballet.

l Dominic Cooper and Gemma Arterton provide voices for characters in animated film ‘A turtle’s tale’ about the adventures of Sammy the sea turtle as he searches the ocean for his one true love.

l Also showing in the coming week is ‘Howl’, the tale of Ginsberg’s masterful poem and the subsequent obscenity trial that ensued.

l Paddy Considine stars in ‘Submarine’, which tells the story of a boy nosing his way forward through the murky and perilous waters of adolescence For more information and film times, call 01422 842807 or visit www.hbph.co.uk.

l Mytholmroyd and District Gardeners’ Club is going on a trip to the Harlow Carr plant fair on Sunday May 1. For more information, call 01422 883494 or 01422 243568.

l Helen Watson returns to Hebden Bridge with Leeds-based musicians Dave Bowie Jnr and Mark Creswell for a performance at the Hole in t’Wall on Sunday May 1 at 7.30pm as part of a short tour across the North of England. The programme includes some lesser known American R n B, jazz, folk and blues songs. To reserve tickets priced £6, call 07988 885724.

l Calderdale Heritage Walkers will explore the lower Colden Valley on Monday May 2, looking at the early mills, their use of water power and, later, steam. Boots recommended. Meet Justine Wyatt by Hebden Bridge Parish Church at 2.15pm.

l The Back Door will host a watercolour taster session with Mark Burgum on Tuesday May 3 from 1.30pm until 4.30pm. Mark will teach a step by step approach suitable for beginners and those with some experience. To book a place, call 01422 843519.

l The Friends of the Unitarian Church are inviting the citizens of Todmorden to celebrate the Royal Wedding on Friday April 29. The ceremony will be shown on a big screen at the church at 11am, followed by a champagne reception and buffet in the gardens. Guests are invited to dress for the occasion. Tickets priced £5 are available from the tourist information centre, Todmorden News Centre and the Unitarian Lodge. Proceeds will go towards the restoration of the church floor.

l Mancunian comedian Tony Burgess, known to fans of the BBC sitcom ‘Ideal’, will perform at this month’s Jack’s House of Comedy event on Friday April 29. Also on the bill is Newcastle’s Andy Askins, who left the music business after 15 years to become a comedian. The show will also feature resident MC Rob Riley. Tickets priced £10 are on sale at Jack’s House.

l ‘Signs’, an exhibition of new work by Clare Pearl, runs at the Bear cafe until April 30. The exhibition is open from 9am until 5pm.

l A 1940s evening hosted by the Stroke Association will take place at Todmorden Town Hall on Saturday April 30 from 7pm until midnight. Tickets priced £7.50 are available on the door or in advance by calling Barbara on 01706 819724. All proceeds will go to the Stroke Association.

l ‘Todmorden – A brief history’ is the title of a Calderdale Heritage Walk on Sunday May 1. Walkers will see some of Todmorden’s landmark buildings and learn how the town developed over the centuries. Meet Linda Croft at Todmorden Town Hall at 2.15pm. For more information, email CdaleHeritageWks@aol.com.

l The Rotary and Inner Wheel Clubs of Todmorden are holding the 29th annual Todmorden Boundary Walk on Sunday May 1. The 22-mile walk, which starts from Bellholme Sports Centre at 8am, closely follows the old borough boundary of Todmorden. Alternatively, walkers can take part in the 12-mile Pike Hike. Entry forms for both walks are available at Todmorden Tourist Information Centre, Margaret’s China Shop on Burnley Road or online at www.todrotary.org.

l The next Todmorden Walkabout will take place on Monday May 2, 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 The Halifax and Calder Valley Multiple Sclerosis Society is holding a coffee morning at Central Methodist Church on Thursday May 5 from 10am until 11.30am. The society is looking for local volunteers to help on the day. For more information, contact the society on 01422 206692.

l One of Todmorden-based Northern soul DJ Ginger Taylor’s favourite venues is the Brighouse Ritz. Ginger will be hosting Sunday Afternoon Soul at the ballroom on May 1, from 3pm until 8pm. Entry is just £1 before 5pm, rising to £5 after.

l One of Britain’s best-loved comedians, Ken Dodd returns to the Victoria Theatre with his popular ‘Happiness’ show on Sunday May 1. For more information, contact the box office on 01422 351158 or visit www.victoriatheatre.co.uk.