What’s On around the area - from April 7

Hattie Hasan with her book The Joy of Plumbing
Hattie Hasan with her book The Joy of Plumbing
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THINGS to see and do and places to go around the district over the next few days.

Live music at Barearts Studio Bar in the coming week includes The Free Sandwiches tonight (Thursday) at 8pm and acoustic guitarists Azah and Bazah on Sunday April 10 at 4pm. For more information, visit www.barearts.com.

Hattie Hasan with her book The Joy of Plumbing

Hattie Hasan with her book The Joy of Plumbing

There will be dancing, Tai Chi, crafts and several other activities at the next Oak over 50s ‘Drop-in Friday’ at Central Methodist Church on April 8 from 10am until 3pm. Dru Yoga sessions are held at Roomfield House on Tuesdays at 2pm. For more information, call 01706 813969.

The next Todmorden Walkabout will take place on Sunday April 10, 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.

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.

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.

Todmorden Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society presents ‘Rent’ at the Hippodrome Theatre from April 12-16. The musical, which has won more than 20 awards over the years, follows the lives of a group of friends in the East Village, New York, as they struggle with poverty and prejudice in the early 90s. Tickets priced £12 for adults (£10 for opening night) and £10 for concessions (£12 on the Saturday) are available from Todmorden Tourist Information Centre on 01706 818181, the Hippodrome box office or by visiting www.todhip.org.

The Jane Dale Readers’ Group will be discussing ‘Indemnity Only’ by Sara Paretsky at Walsden Library on Tuesday April 12 at 7pm. For more information, call 01706 815602.

The Upper Calder Valley Walking Group is going on an eight-mile walk at Doe Park Reservoir on Wednesday April 13. For more information, contact walk leaders Anne and Harry Edney on 01422 246630 or for general details about the group, contact David Rawson on 01422 884748.

Todmorden Family Support Group will meet in the community room at Todmorden Fire Station, Stansfield Road, on Wednesday April 13 between 12.30pm and 2pm. The group, which meets on alternate Wednesdays, aims to offer access to a wide range of support services including legal advice in relation to family problems, emotional and practical support, advice on domestic violence issues, counselling or just somewhere to drop in and have tea and a chat. For more information, contact Ann or Jenni on 01706 839787 or Margaret on 01706 814922.


Dave Boardman will set the questions for the Trades Club quiz and curry tonight (Thursday).

By popular demand Daz and Dave return with a disco about fun and dancing on Friday April 8.

Dogan Mehmet will perform a diverse mixture of Southern English and Turkish folk songs, self-penned material and tunes from English Morris and Cypriot traditions on Saturday April 9. For more information, call 01422 845265 or visit www.tradesclub.info.

Catch ‘Tangled’, a twist on the classic fairytale ‘Rapunzel’, at the Picture House on April 9 and 10. The animated film tells the story of Rapunzel, a princess stolen from her parents’ castle as a baby, who is locked in a hidden tower and longing for adventure. She takes off on a hair-raising escapade with the help of a dashing bandit.

From April 8-10 Matt Damon narrates ‘Inside Job’, a film which features interviews with major financial insiders and gives an insight into the global financial meltdown.

‘Confessions’ is showing on April 11 and 12. When a middle school teacher, whose four-year-old daughter is murdered, finally returns to the classroom, she becomes convinced that two of her students were responsible for the death.

Matthew Rhys and Duffy star in ‘Patagonia’ on April 13 and 14. The film follows the journeys of two women - one looking for her past, the other for her future. One travels through the Welsh springtime, the other through the Argentinian autumn. For more information, call 01422 842807 or visit www.hbph.co.uk.

Following the success of last year’s event, Calder Food Hub will hold its second ‘Seedy Saturday’ plant and seed exchange at Hope Baptist Church on Saturday April 9. Visitors are asked to bring any unwanted seeds or plants, particularly fruit, vegetables and herbs for swapping. Calder Food Hub will be running its popular ‘How does your Garden Grow?’ competition and will also unveil its new and improved membership scheme offering discounts from local suppliers, courses and access to resources. Home-made soup, cakes and refreshments will be available throughout the event, which runs from noon until 4pm. Admission is £1. For more information, contact Calder Food Hub on 01422 846540 or email calderfoodhub@ymail.com.

The ‘Big Spring Clean’ will take place on April 9 and 10. People are invited to place rubbish in the skips provided throughout the area and then local projects will have the chance to turn trash into cash. For more information, contact Emma on 01422 842181 or email emma@hebdenroyd.org.uk.

Photographer Tony O’Connell will lead a workshop at the Back Door on Saturday April 9. The full-day practical workshop is aimed at people who have a digital SLR and want to better understand how to use it. On Sunday April 10, he will give a workshop on essential camera techniques which are critical to taking good pictures. For more information, call 01422 843519 or email info@northlightstudio.co.uk.

The next in a series of simple lunches provided by Churches Together in Hebden Royd will be held at Hebden Bridge Methodist Church on Sunday April 10 from noon. Donations are requested and all proceeds will go to Christian Aid.

‘Hope Street 2’, a poetry anthology reading, will take place at the White Lion on Sunday April 10 from 4-6pm. The event has been organised by the Workers Education Association poetry group, whose members wrote the anthology.

Hattie Hasan, author of ‘The Joy of Plumbing’, will give a talk titled ‘Live the life you really, really want’ at Hebden Bridge Library on Wednesday April 13 at 7pm. Free admission. All welcome.

The Anarchist Knitting Circle meets at the Stubbing Wharf on Wednesday April 13 at 8pm. For more information, call 07513 359164.


St Michael’s Parish Church will host ‘Music for Passiontide’ on Sunday April 10 at 6.30pm. The service, compiled by Donald Crossley, will include anthems, hymns and readings. John Sayle will lead St Michael’s augmented choir and Professor Davie Baker will play the organ. For more information, call 01422 331130 or 01422 343862.


Halifax Thespians present ‘Men of the world’ by John Godber at Halifax Playhouse from April 7-9. For more information, contact the box office on 01422 365998 or visit www.halifaxplayhouse.org.uk.

The final walk in the Calderdale Heritage Walks winter season will be ‘Under the Norwood Greenwood trees’ on Sunday April 10. Walkers will find about the history in and around Judy Woods. Meet Mary Twentyman by the war memorial at the end of Village Street, Norwood Green, at 2pm.

Comedian Milton Jones brings his stand-up show ‘Lion Whisperer’ to the Victoria Theatre on Sunday April 10. For more information, contact the box office on 01422 351158 or visit www.victoriatheatre.co.uk.