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My Sweet Patootie will perform at the Trades Club, Hebden Bridge, on September 7
My Sweet Patootie will perform at the Trades Club, Hebden Bridge, on September 7

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



Three films will be showing at the Picture House. Ewan McGregor stars in ‘Beginners’ at 10.45am. The film follows Oliver, who meets the irreverent and unpredictable Anna only months after his father has passed away.

At 1.30pm catch children’s fantasy ‘Arrietty’, a tale of a girl who lives under the floorboards of an old house with her father and mother. Their peaceful life is dramatically changed when she accidentally allows herself to be seen by Sho, a 12-year-old boy.

‘Bal’, winner of the Golden Bear award at the Berlin Film Festival 2010, is showing at 7.45pm. The film tells the story of the bond between Yusuf and his father, who works as a honey gatherer in remote north east Turkey, a risky trade which involves climbing up trees to reach the hives. For more information, call 01422 842807 or visit www.hbph.co.uk.

Visitors to Gibson Mill can take part in a den building session from 1-4pm. No booking required.

A zumba class is held at Waterside Gym from 8-9pm. No experience required. Admission is £4.50. For more information, call 07843 263714 or 01706 559671.


Youngsters and their families can enjoy storytime with Picklejack at Gibson Mill. Join Picklejack the elf and storyteller Ursula Holden Gill for woodland tales, a picnic and a fairy trail. Sessions will run at 1.30pm and 3pm. Bring a picnic and something to sit on. To book a place, call 01422 844518. There will also be a pond dipping session from 1-4pm.

A women’s self defence class is held at Waterside Gym from 6-7pm. For more information, call 01422 846088.

Greens Vegetarian Cafe hosts an evening of three course vegetarian dining at 6.30pm. Bring your own wine. To book a place, call 01422 843587.

Viv Albertine will be joined by special guests at the Trades Club at 8pm. For more information, call 01422 845265 or visit www.tradesclub.info.


Spizzenergi come to the Trades Club at 8pm. Also on the bill are The Objects and The Victims. For more information, call 01422 845265 or visit www.tradesclub.info.


Learn how to make sense of clothing patterns and adjust them to fit your form during a workshop at Word of Mouth from 10am until 1pm. Entry £15. For more information, contact Jinny on 01422 648299

The summer season of concerts at Wainsgate Chapel resumes with a return visit by acclaimed acoustic/folk band The Outside Track. Hailing from Scotland, Ireland, Cape Breton and Vancouver, its five members are united by a love of traditional music and a commitment to creating new music on its foundation. The concert will start at 3pm and should finish around 5pm. Tickets priced £8 (concessions £6) are available on the door. Refreshments will be available beforehand and during the interval. For more information, contact Dave Nelson on 01422 843315 or visit www.wainsgate.co.uk.

Renowned Canadian roots urban quartet Po’ Girl will be on stage at the Trades Club at 8pm. Formed in Vancouver in 2003, the band weaves a blend of musical influences, sweetness, grit and soul into its fresh and original sound. It has built up a devoted following across four continents and many countries. For more information, call 01422 845265 or visit www.tradesclub.info.


A ten-week painting, drawing and mixed media course begins at Word of Mouth as part of its autumn/winter workshops programme. The Valley Art Group will gather weekly from 1-3pm to discover and explore various artistic techniques. There is a £70 fee for the course. For a term work plan, contact Jude Hall on 07902 039339.

Following a summer break, Chatty Crochet returns at Hope Baptist Church from 1.30pm until 3.30pm. Admission £2 which includes tea, coffee and biscuits. Everyone welcome to attend and learn a new skill.

A lantern and imagery workshop will take place at Dodnaze Community Centre at 4pm. A session will also be held on Tuesday at 2pm. For more information, contact Caroline on 07913 162452 or visit www.dodnaze.org.


Hatha yoga classes run at Calderdale Yoga Centre from 9.10am until 10.30am. For more information, call 01422 844402.

The Young at Heart Singers meet at Mytholm Court, Church Lane, from 1-2pm to sing for health, fun and companionship. No experience is needed and the sessions are free (tea and biscuits £1). Men are particularly welcome. The group for people aged over 50 is supported by Northern Orchestral Enterprises Ltd. For more information, call Carole on 01422 842093.

Dansworks Dance Academy runs an adult ballroom and Latin class at the Salem Centre from 6-7pm. No partner required. There is a £5 fee per person. For more information, call 07795 165082 or email info@dansworks.co.uk.

A five-week course teaching people the art of making stained glass will begin at Simcha Gallery, Bridge Mill. Sessions will be held on Tuesdays from 6.30pm until 9pm. There are eight places available on the course, which is suitable for beginners and those at an intermediate level. To book a place, contact Stephen on 07967 750588 or email info@simchagallery.co.uk.

A beginners’ burlesque dance course with Lady Wildflower starts at the Salem Centre. The six-week course will be held on Tuesdays from 8-9pm. For more information, call 07766 495291 or email lady-wildflower@hotmail.com.


Canadian acoustic roots/swing duo My Sweet Patootie will perform at the Trades Club at 8pm. Guitarist/singer Terry Young and fiddler/singer Sandra Swannell bring what they jokingly call their ‘Three countries divided by a common language’ show to Hebden Bridge. For more information, call 01422 845265 or visit www.tradesclub.info.

The Stubbing Wharf holds an open mic night from 9pm. For more information, call 01422 844107.


People are invited to a free taster session with Calder Valley Voices when the group begins its new term at the Methodist Church Hall, on Bridge Lanes, at 7.15pm. The group sings for fun and sometimes performs at community events. For more information, call 01422 843321.



An exhibition of textile paintings by Ian Emberson opens at the Bear cafe, Rochdale Road, at 6pm. Drinks will be available. There will also be music by Daniel Bath and a poetry reading. Free entry. All welcome. The exhibition will run throughout September.

A zumba class is held at DC Dance, the Old St John Ambulance Hall, Victoria Road, from 6.30pm until 7.30pm. No experience required. For more information, call 01706 839113 or email info@dcdance.co.uk.


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


Families can try some of the activities offered by Robinwood Activity Centre at the Dobroyd Castle Family Day from 10am until 4pm. Youngsters can have a go at archery, canoeing, climbing, caving and more at the event. Free entry but there will be a small charge for activities. All profits will be donated to local charities. No parking at the castle. Parking is available at the Eddingbrooke’s car park, on Bacup Road, and the Hare and Hounds car park, on Burnley Road, from where a minibus shuttle service will run at 15 minute intervals.

Dr Michael Sanders, senior lecturer in Victorian literature at the University of Manchester, will give a talk titled ‘Who made the Chartist hymn book – and why?’ at Todmorden Library at 2pm. Free entry. All welcome. For more information, contact Anna Turner on 01422 392606.

Cheeky Sew and Sew runs a craft group on Saturday afternoons with a different weekly theme. For more information, call 01706 816181 or visit www.cheeky-sew-and-sew.co.uk.


Icon, an exhibition of paintings and sculpture, is running at Water Street Gallery until September 25. The exhibition is being held to link in with the launch of the new Paulinus Way pilgrimage route from Todmorden to York. For more information, call 01706 839714 or visit www.waterstreetgallery.co.uk.

Get some help, advice and ideas for your projects during the weekly Sunday surgery at Cheeky Sew and Sew. Refreshments available. For more information, call 01706 816181 or visit www.cheeky-sew-and-sew.co.uk.


The next Todmorden Walkabout will start at 11am from the reception area at Todmorden Community College. The short walk on level paths and pavements is ideal for getting started. New walkers are asked to arrive at 10.45am. For more information, contact walk leader Karen Andrews on 01706 819118.

Visitors to Todmorden Town Hall 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.

The Dawn Chapman School of Dance runs an adult cheer fitness class from 6.30pm until 7.30pm. For more information, call 01706 839113.


B’DZ runs jewellery making workshops from 10am until noon and from 7-9pm. For more information, call 07903 655662.


A painting, drawing and mixed media workshop is held at the Fielden Centre from 10.30am until noon. For more information, call 07902 039339.

An adult ballet class runs at the old Conservative Club at 3pm. For more information, call 07929 576785.



Alice’s Run, a multi-terrain 10km race and celebration of the life of Alice Redmond, will set off from Brearley Field at 10.30am, finishing at Calder High School. Entry is £10 for members of a UK Athletics affiliated club, £12 unaffiliated. Entries will be accepted on race day, subject to the race limit. All finishers will receive a medal. All proceeds will go to Epilepsy Action.



Halifax Thespians present ‘A woman of no importance’ at Halifax Playhouse at 7.30pm. In Oscar Wilde’s play, Lord Illingworth discovers that the young man he has employed as a secretary is in fact his illegitimate son. The production runs until September 3. For more information, contact the box office on 01422 365998.


The Cavern Beatles, from Liverpool, will perform at the Ritz Ballroom, Brighouse, at 8pm. Admission £15. For more information, call 01484 720058.


The Ritz Ballroom is hosting a ballroom party night at 7.45pm. It will feature ballroom, Latin, sequence, rock ‘n’ roll and disco dancing. Admission £7. For more information, call 01484 720058.


The next Calderdale Heritage Walk will cover the Ryburn area. Walkers will explore the area downstream of Ryburn Reservoir, the former industrial activities there and other interesting buildings. One steep ascent. No dogs. Meet Anne Kirker at Ryburn Reservoir, off the A58, signed Swift Place, at 2.15pm. For more information, visit www.CalderdaleHeritageWalks.org.uk.

Ginger Taylor and guests will provide the music for a Soulful Kinda Sunday at the Ritz Ballroom from 3pm. Admission is £2 before 5pm, £5 afterwards. For more information, call 01484 720058.


Halifax Amateur Operatic Society presents ‘Chess’ at the Victoria Theatre, Halifax, at 7.15pm. The musical tells the story of two of the world’s greatest chess masters as they battle it out at the world championships and compete for the love of one woman. For more information, contact the box office on 01422 351158 or visit www.victoriatheatre.co.uk.