What’s on around the district - from May 5

John Otway
John Otway

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

l ‘Retro Roo’, an exhibition of paintings of ordinary things by artist Roo Waterhouse, is running upstairs at The Bear cafe until May 31. The exhibition is open from 9am until 5pm Monday to Saturday and from 11am until 5pm on Sundays. For more information, visit www.roowaterhouse.co.uk.

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

l Todmorden Library will host a talk by author Caeia March on Saturday May 7 at 2pm. She will speak about her book ‘Letters to Charlotte’. Free admission. All welcome.

l The next Todmorden Walkabout will take place on Sunday May 8, starting at 11.15am outside Morrison’s main entrance. New walkers are asked to arrive at 11am. 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 An Age Concern lunch club is held at Walsden Cricket Club every Tuesday at 12 noon. A two course meal, tea and coffee is available for £3.25. For more information, contact Rachael or Catherine on 01706 817926.

l The Jane Dale Readers’ Group will be discussing ‘Book of clouds’ by Chloe Aridjis at its next meeting at Walsden Library on Tuesday May 10 at 7pm. For more information, call 01706 815602.

l The Upper Calder Valley Walking Group is going on a seven-and-a-half mile Litton circular walk on Wednesday May 11, exploring Pen-y-Ghent Gill and Foxup. For more information, contact walk leader Alan Bolton on 01422 883490 or for general details about the group, contact David Rawson on 01422 884748.

l Local Scouts, Guides, Brownies, Cubs and their leaders will get together to present Todmorden Gang Show at the Hippodrome Theatre from May 11-14. For more information, visit www.todhip.org.

l Michele Martin, a professional garden designer and lecturer, will give a talk titled ‘Designer secrets’ at the next meeting of Calder Valley Organic Gardeners at the Church of the Good Shepherd, Mytholmroyd, tonight (Thursday) at 7.30pm. Entry is free for members and £2 for visitors. New members welcome. For more information, call 07977 929684.

l The folk rock combination of John Otway and Wild Willy Barrett comes to the Trades Club on Friday May 6. Otway’s vocals and slightly manic stage antics are combined with Wild Willy’s guitar and fiddle playing in this live show.

l Following the success of the first Mixtape in March, DJ Campbell returns to turn the club into a big indie disco on Saturday May 7.

l The Hole Note Acoustic Club, a natural meeting place for musicians and performers to play among friends, will be held on Sunday May 8.

l The next True Stories Told Live event, at which people gather to tell and listen to true stories, will take place on Tuesday May 10. For more information, call 01422 845265 or visit www.tradesclub.info.

l A quiz night will be held at the Community Room in Midgley on Friday May 6 at 8pm. Tickets priced £5, including a home-made supper, are available from the shop.

l A toddler and baby goods sale will be held at Hope Baptist Church on Saturday May 7 from noon until 3pm. Tables can be hired for £5. For more information, call 01422 885946 or 01422 884221.

l James Marsden and Kaley Cuoco star in ‘Hop’ at the Picture House on May 7 and 8. Blending state-of-the-art animation with live action, the film tells the comic tale of Fred, an out-of-work slacker who accidentally injures the Easter bunny and must take him in as he recovers.

l ‘Oranges and Sunshine’ recalls the story of Margaret Humphreys, the social worker from Nottingham who uncovered the scandal of organised deportation of children in care from the United Kingdom to Australia.

l Also showing in the coming week is ‘Route Irish’, which focuses on an investigation into the death of a private security contractor killed on a deadly stretch of road in Iraq. For more information and film times, call 01422 842807 or visit www.hbph.co.uk.

l The next Calderdale Heritage Walk will be ‘Poets and Popples’ in Heptonstall on Sunday May 8. Walkers will take in some of the scenic views on the outskirts of the village. Meet John Billingsley at Heptonstall Bowling Club car park, off Valley View Road, at 2.15pm. For more information, email CdaleHeritageWks@aol.com.

l The White Lion hosts An evening of Oxfam in Hebden Bridge on Monday May 9. People are invited to attend and find out about Oxfam’s work including its programme in Nepal and how people can get involved locally. The event, in the function room, starts at 7pm. For more information, contact Heather on 07787 180194.

l Photographer Tony O’Connell will lead two half-day photography sessions at the Back Door Education Project at Northlight Art Studio on Tuesday May 10. The sessions will cover both 2D and 3D photography. For more information or to book a place, call 01422 843519 or visit www.northlightstudio.co.uk.

l Mytholmroyd Station Partnership will meet at the Church of the Good Shepherd on Tuesday May 10 at 7.30pm to discuss plans to improve the village railway station. For more information, contact Geoff Mitchell on 01422 885154.

l A new ten-week series of circle dance classes will begin at Riverside Junior School on Tuesday May 10. Sessions will be held on Tuesdays from 7.30pm until 9.30pm. A series of classes for women only will run at New Oddfellows Hall in Todmorden on Thursdays, starting on May 12. Sessions will run from 10.15am until 12.15pm. For more information, contact Sophia on 01422 843000.

l ‘Over the hill to Hebden’, a five-mile linear walk from Mixenden Outdoor Centre to Hebden Bridge via Midgley Moor, will take place on Friday May 6. Walkers are asked to meet outside the centre, on Clough Lane, Mixenden, at 10am.

l The Cooking School at Dean Clough, Halifax, is running an intermediate pasta making course on Friday May 6. The ‘Absolutely Italian’ session will give advice on how to cook a range of dishes including linguini with tomato and basil sauce, and a traditional Venetian tiramisu. For more information, call 01422 383192 or visit www.thecookingschool.co.uk.

l More than 60 cask conditioned ales and real ciders will be available at Mayfest 2011, running at Square Chapel on May 6 and 7. Organised by the Calderdale branch of the Campaign for Real Ale, the festival is open from noon until 11pm on both days. Admission is £3 before 6pm and £4 after that time. There is a £1 discount for CAMRA members. For more information, visit www.hxcalderdalecamra.org.uk.

l Popular entertainer Jane McDonald brings her new show ‘The Tour 2011’ to the Victoria Theatre on Saturday May 7. Together with her 15-piece orchestra and backing singers, she will present an evening of music and laughter. For more information, contact the box office on 01422 351158 or visit www.victoriatheatre.co.uk.

l Halifax Thespians presents ‘My Boy Jack’ at the Playhouse from May 10-14. Based on a true story, the play follows Rudyard Kipling’s son Jack as he joins the army to fight in France in 1914. For more information, call 01422 365998 or visit www.halifaxplayhouse.org.uk.