A Hebden Bridge Brass Band

It is not absolutely clear when Hebden Bridge Brass Band was founded but in 1978 they held their centenary celebration. For many years it was believed that 1878 was the founding year, but an appeal to the local community for any information on the band’s history a couple of years ago revealed that the band was in existence around 1850.

In the early days of brass bands, members were made up from the workforce of the local mills who sponsored them and they, the mill owners, in return got relatively cheap advertising for the mill and products, particularly if the bands performed well and won prizes and recognition at local and national contest.

Hebden Bridge Brand did very well in this respect and in 1911 saw its biggest contest victory becoming the 59th British Open Champions. They returned to Hebden Bridge to find the streets filled with crowds of well wishers wanting to share this great occasion with their band.

A more recent claim to fame was the band playing in scenes for the film "Fanny and Elvis" as part of the Millennium New Year celebrations in Hebden Bridge. The Film was released in October of 1999.

There have been a string of recent successes wince in the year 2000 the band gained best 3rd section band at Ashton, with some other good results in the open sections and later that year the band won 2nd prize in the 3rd section of Wilkinson's Northern Open. In 2001 the band won the third section of the Pogson Bray contest (Huddersfield).

In 2002 the band won the 3rd section at the Yorkshire area, the 3rd section at Rochdale contest, 3rd at Tameside and achieving a clean sweep of Hymn Tune, March and Test Piece at the Pogson Bray contest at Huddersfield Town Hall in 2002. 

Contact details:
Chairman :Ian Plant (07831833479) - E-mail chairman@hebdenbridgeband.co.uk
Secretary :Helen Tempest - E-Mail secretary@hebdenbridgeband.co.uk
100 Club Secretary : Tracy Plant - E-Mail 100clubsecretary@hebdenbridgeband.co.uk

The Hebden Bridge Junior Band

The band provides learning, development and playing opportunities for young people aged 7 - 19 in the Upper Calder Valley. We currently run a B Band and an A Band with 3 rehearsal sessions per week and play at up to 50 engagements each year and undertake an international tour every two ears - we visited and played in Strakonice in the Czech Republic this summer.

We currently have 50 young people actively involved with the band which is run entirely by the voluntary efforts of the parents of band members.

The Hebden Bridge Junior Band will be playing at the Carols in the Square this year on Christmas Eve.

Hebden Bridge Literary and Scientific

The Hebden Bridge Literary and Scientific Society was formed in 1905 with the aim "to carry out the further education of the inhabitants of Hebden Bridge, by means of assembling together to read and hear papers on subjects kindred to such an Association, and by arranging rambles for the study of natural history; and further to stimulate interest in educational facilities”.

The Society organises a winter programme from September to March on the second and fourth Thursday of the month usually at the Hope Baptist Church (entrance on Hope Street) at 7:30 pm. Summer walks and other activities are arranged for the rest of the year.

Lit & Sci: Local History Society Officers for 2005/6

Secretary Ann Kilbey,
1 Spa Terrace,
Cragg Vale, HX7 5RX
Membership Secretary
Pat Farthing,
54, Caldene Avenue, Mytholmroyd,
Hebden Bridge, HX7 5AJ
Librarian Diana Monahan,
7 New Road,
Hebden Bridge HX7 8AD
Programme Secretary Brian Hoyle,
7 Godley Close,
Sowerby Bridge
President Frank Woolrych,
8 Laburnum Way,
Littleborough, OL15 8LS

Hebden Bridge Film Society

Hebden Bridge film society is in its 27th season and going from strength to strength. Its interesting range of films are hosted by the Little Theatre and the Picture House.

For details of films see www.hebdenbridgefilmsociety.org.uk

Membership Secretary Margaret Pickering 01422 843365 and Chris Bragg 01422 844622.

Hebden Bridge Little Theatre

HEBDEN BRIDGE LITTLE THEATRE was formed in 1924 and has been producing plays almost continuously ever since, in places as various as the Co-operative Hall, the Picture House, the Band Rooms on the park, and for a prolonged period (1937 -1977) in the Ground Floor of the Trades Club.
This came to an end with a major fund-raising and building project that culminated in the opening of the present 120 seat theatre in 1993.

The theatre has a delightfully intimate atmosphere, and the bar and waterside patio make a visit to the Little Theatre a thoroughly enjoyable experience.

Tickets are available:
By Telephone: Ring 01422 843907 (evenings)

In Person: At 'Innovation', Bridge Mill, St. George's Square, Hebden Bridge (2 weeks before play) Please note 'Innovation' cannot accept telephone bookings.

Hebden Bridge Astronomy Club

The Hebden Bridge Astronomy Society is a section of the Hebden Bridge Literary & Scientific Society. More information can be found at www.hbas.org.uk

Hebden Bridge & District Round Table.

Hebden Bridge Round Table is a group of young men who meet for friendship, fun and to help others in the local community.

We draw members from all along the Calder Valley: from Hebden Bridge, Mytholmroyd, Luddenden, Luddenden Foot. Neighbouring Tables are Halifax and Sowerby Bridge. We welcome enquiries about membership from men aged between 18 and 45.

More information can be found at www.hbrt.org.uk