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  1. Lightcliffe Tower, Old St Matthews Church - Resting Place of Ann Walker

    Halifax

    Lightcliffe Tower, Old St Matthews Church - Resting Place of Ann Walker

    Ann Walker’s grandfather, William, largely funded the Georgian Lightcliffe Old St Matthew Church, which was erected in 1775 and replaced a...

    Ann Walker’s grandfather, William, largely funded the Georgian Lightcliffe Old St Matthew Church, which was erected in 1775 and replaced an earlier, Tudor foundation.

    William also built Cliffe Hill just a short walk away, where Ann Walker lived. Ann and her family worshipped at St Matthew’s Church and had family pews.

    After becoming the companion and wife of Anne Lister of Shibden Hall, the couple had a green velvet-lined pew installed at St Matthew’s so they could worship together there.

    Ann died in February 1854 and was buried in the church, according to her memorial plaque “under the pulpit”. The exact location of this pulpit is the subject of debate, as the church was replaced in 1880 with the current church building.

    The old St Matthew’s church was used as a mortuary chapel, but it fell into decay after suffering serious damage from a storm in the 1960’s. Vandalism and theft followed and the church was demolished in the early 1970s.

    Fortunately the ‘Friends of Friendless Churches’ rescued the memorials from the walls of the church and they are now stored in Lightcliffe Tower, the only remaining part of the old St Matthew Church.

    A memorial stone has been placed on the spot where it is thought that Ann lies and the brass memorial plaque to her now hangs high inside the tower. The plaque is hard to decipher but reads:

    In memory of Ann Walker of Cliffe Hill who was born May 20th 1803 and died February 25th 1854

    and is buried underneath the pulpit in this church.

    And of her niece, Mary who died June 6th 1845 and is buried in this churchyard.

    And of her nephews George Sackville (Sutherland) who died in 1843 aged 12,

    John Walker who died in 1836 aged 1 year and are buried in Kirkmichael, Rosshire,

    the children of George MacKay and Elizabeth Sutherland

    Sadly there are no known images of Ann Walker. Most of what we know about her comes from Anne Lister's diaires and letters. Ann Walker is portrayed by Sophie Rundle in the BBC ONE/ HBO drma Gentleman Jack.

    You will find Lightcliffe Tower along Wakefield Road, in Lightcliffe, Halifax. The tower is located on your left (as you are driving out of Halifax) just before Till Carr Lane, opposite the Sun Country Inn, HX3 8TH.

  2. Hebden Bridge Camera Club Annual Exhibition 2020

    Hebden Bridge

    Hebden Bridge Camera Club Annual Exhibition 2020

    Starting 29th Aug 2020
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    The August Bank Holiday weekend will see the start of the popular Hebden Bridge Camera Club Annual Exhibition a...

    The August Bank Holiday weekend will see the start of the popular Hebden Bridge Camera Club Annual Exhibition and, this year, owing to Covid 19 and the impracticalities of arranging a physical exhibition at the Town Hall, it will take place on our website.

    The exhibition will start on Saturday 29 August and is a showcase for the work of all our members. There will be both digital and film images, displaying a wide variety of categories, styles and techniques. We are hoping that visitors to our website will have the opportunity to vote for their favourites, which has proved so popular in previous years. The three winning images from last year's exhibition will also be on display.

    The club usually meets at The Masonic Hall, Hangingroyd Lane, Hebden Bridge, every Wednesday evening at 7.45pm, from the beginning of September to the end of April. However, during Lockdown, the club has remained active by meeting online via Zoom.

    New members are always welcome. Please contact us through our website for details of a free trial membership. Each year the club produces its own Hebden Bridge Calendar and the 2021 version will be available to purchase locally.

    For more information, please visit our website.

  3. Calderdale Heritage Walk: The North Side of Elland

    Elland

    Calderdale Heritage Walk: Central Elland

    6th Sep 2020

    In 1086 the town featured in Domesday Book. It has a fine old parish church. We’ll see how the town evolved and developed down the centuries. Me...
    In 1086 the town featured in Domesday Book. It has a fine old parish church. We’ll see how the town evolved and developed down the centuries. Meet Ian Philp at 2.15pm by the noticeboard in the front of St Mary’s church. HX5 0RJ This route is suitable for powered wheelchair users, though a short diversion may be needed at times.
  4. The Changing Face of Mytholmroyd

    Mytholmroyd

    Calderdale Heritage Walk: The Changing Face of Mytholmroyd

    20th Sep 2020

    Two hundred years of history in two hours. Meet David Cant at 2.15pm at Community Centre Car Park, Caldene Avenue, HX7 5AF This route is sui...
    Two hundred years of history in two hours. Meet David Cant at 2.15pm at Community Centre Car Park, Caldene Avenue, HX7 5AF This route is suitable for powered wheelchair users, though a short diversion may be needed at times.
  5. Hebden Bridge Film Festival

    Hebden Bridge

    Hebden Bridge Film Festival

    Starting 25th Sep 2020
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    After the success of its inaugural year, the Hebden Bridge Film Festival aims to return from 25th -  27th September 2020! 

    The...

    After the success of its inaugural year, the Hebden Bridge Film Festival aims to return from 25th -  27th September 2020! 

    The Festival will bring you a slimmed own version of what was originally planned for March this year. Please watch this space for details but rest assured, we will bring exciting new films that will engage, challenge and delight you!

  6. Brighouse Arts Festival 2020

    Brighouse

    Brighouse Arts Festival 2020

    Starting 2nd Oct 2020
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    Join us for our ninth-annual Brighouse Arts Festival from Friday 2nd October 2020 to Sunday 11th October 2020. This year our community festival wil...
    Join us for our ninth-annual Brighouse Arts Festival from Friday 2nd October 2020 to Sunday 11th October 2020. This year our community festival will open with choirs, dancers, and theatre makers! 10 days of family fun in Brighouse, Calderdale, West Yorkshire. Our headliners are Dame Patricia Routledge with Edward Seckerson, O’Hooley & Tidwow, and Roger Davies & His Band. Internationally renowned Martin Roscoe will be perfoming in Brighouse for the first time. With an extraordinary career spanning over four decades, Martin Roscoe is unarguably one of the UK’s best loved pianists. Martin Roscoe 250th Beethoven Anniversary Celebration Concert, Friday 9th October 2020, 7:30pm, St Johns the Divine Church, Rastrick, Brighouse, Calderdale, West Yorkshire. £18 Join us for musical theatre, dance, choirs, folk music, acoustic concerts, classical concerts, heritage talks and arts activities this October.
  7. Buddy Holly & The Cricketers

    Halifax

    Buddy Holly & The Cricketers

    5th Oct 2020

    7.30pm 28 Years of Rock ’n’ Rolling The World! This breathtaking show has rock ’n’ rolled audiences across the globe from Cardiff to Californ...
    7.30pm 28 Years of Rock ’n’ Rolling The World! This breathtaking show has rock ’n’ rolled audiences across the globe from Cardiff to California, Barking to Bangkok and Swindon to Sweden and is guaranteed to have everyone singing along to the music and dancing in the aisles. It stars some of the finest actor-musicians in the UK whose combined West End credits include Buddy, Lennon, Forbidden Planet and Jailhouse Rock and was endorsed as Britain’s most popular Buddy Holly act when the boys guested on BBC One's Saturday night live programme, “The One and Only”, hosted by Graham Norton. The show rarely pauses for breath and is, quite simply, the most compelling concert of its kind. The hits just keep on coming - That’ll Be The Day, Peggy Sue, Heartbeat, It Doesn’t Matter Anymore, Raining In My Heart, Oh Boy! – and much, much more. Tickets from £19.75
  8. Abbamania

    Halifax

    Abbamania

    7th Oct 2020

    7.30pm Celebrating Over 40 years of ABBA Europe's leading ABBA Tribute, ABBAMANIA, continue to entertain audiences with their outstanding voc...
    7.30pm Celebrating Over 40 years of ABBA Europe's leading ABBA Tribute, ABBAMANIA, continue to entertain audiences with their outstanding vocals and musical performance live on stage. ABBAMANIA's widely acclaimed tribute to ABBA is a sensational two hour show featuring record breaking and timeless hits from Waterloo to Dancing Queen which will have you dancing in the aisles. Tickets from £26.75
  9. Rob Beckett: Wallop

    Halifax

    Rob Beckett: Wallop

    10th Oct 2020

    8pm Rob Beckett is back on tour with a brand-new stand-up show. It’s been a busy few years for the Mouth of the South and he’s coming to see you...
    8pm Rob Beckett is back on tour with a brand-new stand-up show. It’s been a busy few years for the Mouth of the South and he’s coming to see you at the Victoria Theatre Halifax to fill you in and make you laugh. Rob Beckett has been re-scheduled to Saturday 10 October 2020 (from Saturday 18 April 2020) We're pleased to confirm that your existing tickets will be valid at the rescheduled date and we hope you can join us. If you have chosen to collect your tickets from the Box Office at the time of booking, your tickets will still be available for collection up to the date of the rescheduled show. Tickets from £24.75 Recommended age: 14+
  10. One Night in Dublin

    Halifax

    One Night in Dublin

    11th Oct 2020

    7.30pm ONE NIGHT IN DUBLIN will come to Halifax when The Wild Murphys will set up Murphy’s Pub at the Victoria Theatre, guaranteeing one gloriou...
    7.30pm ONE NIGHT IN DUBLIN will come to Halifax when The Wild Murphys will set up Murphy’s Pub at the Victoria Theatre, guaranteeing one glorious night of high-energy Irish Music and more than a little bit of Irish Craic. The multi-award-winning Irish band The Wild Murphys features the very best traditional Irish musicians playing a thrilling mix of traditional and contemporary tunes guaranteed to have the audience’s hands clapping and toes tapping all night long. Tickets from £23.75
  11. Frankie's Guys: A Celebration of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons

    Halifax

    Frankie's Guys: A Celebration of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons

    16th Oct 2020

    7.30pm After five years of touring the UK and countless global performances, Frankie’s Guys have earned themselves the title of the world’s numb...
    7.30pm After five years of touring the UK and countless global performances, Frankie’s Guys have earned themselves the title of the world’s number 1 celebration of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons and they certainly are the real deal! Singing for TV royalty and wowing the crowds at celebrity soirees is a weekly occurrence for this vocal super group. Loose Women’s Linda Robson said, ‘these guys certainly know how to entertain and gave my guests the best night ever’. The show features four leading men direct from London’s West End, several of whom have toured with the global smash hit musical ‘Jersey Boys’. Charming, cheeky and extremely charismatic, Frankie’s Guys are the epitome of great live-entertainment. Join the guys and their incredible band for an unforgettable night on which they will take you on a nostalgic trip down memory lane, performing timeless classics such as Big Girls Don’t Cry, Lets Hang on, Walk Like A Man, Sherry, Dec 63 and many more. Tickets from £26
  12. Chris Ramsey: 20/20 the Brand New Stand-Up Show

    Halifax

    Chris Ramsey: 20/20 the Brand New Stand-Up Show

    18th Oct 2020

    7.30pm 

    Critically acclaimed comedian Chris Ramsey is hitting the road for his biggest ever stand-up tour in 2020 and will be at th...

    7.30pm 

    Critically acclaimed comedian Chris Ramsey is hitting the road for his biggest ever stand-up tour in 2020 and will be at the Victoria Theatre Halifax. Having filled venues across the country including The Newcastle Metro Arena, twice, “Ramsey has the potential to be a mainstream hit, a cult favourite or almost anything in between” (Sunday Times)so don’t miss your chance to catch him live on stage while you can.  

    Chris has just announced his own live stand-up special which will be available to stream on Amazon Prime this summer. Alongside his wife Rosie he is also the co-host of the no.1 hit podcast Shagged. Married. Annoyed. which has been downloaded a phenomenal 4.5 million times.

    Recently seen hosting two series of his very own TV show The Chris Ramsey Show and Chris Ramsey’s Stand up Central (both Comedy Central), he has also been a regular face on many major comedy shows including Celebrity Juice (ITV2), 8 out of 10 Cats (C4), Live at the Comedy Store (Comedy Central) and Virtually Famous (E4) to name a few.

  13. The Noise Next Door: In Charge

    Halifax

    The Noise Next Door: In Charge

    23rd Oct 2020

    8pm A Victoria Theatre Green Room Bar Event - The quickest wits in comedy as seen on Britain's Got Talent are charging into their sixth nation...
    8pm A Victoria Theatre Green Room Bar Event - The quickest wits in comedy as seen on Britain's Got Talent are charging into their sixth national tour with a spectacular new show that will trample your expectations. The charismatic quartet have always astonished with their ability to spin audience suggestions into comedy gold, but for this show they’re putting you, the audience, in charge in brilliant and bombastic new ways. Join comedy’s unstoppable force for an evening like no other... Hilarious scenes! Mind-blowing songs! Finely tuned anarchy! The Noise Next Door are twelve time sell-out veterans of The Edinburgh Fringe and have appeared on BBC One, ITV1, BBC Three and BBC Radio 4. They have also appeared alongside the likes of Michael McIntyre, Katherine Ryan, Romesh Ranganathan and Harry Hill.
  14. Alan Carr: Not Again, Alan!

    Halifax

    Alan Carr: Not Again, Alan!

    25th Oct 2020

    8pm Recommended age: 14+ It's been four years since Alan last went on tour, and in that time he's managed to find himself in all sorts of dra...
    8pm Recommended age: 14+ It's been four years since Alan last went on tour, and in that time he's managed to find himself in all sorts of dramas. Between his star-studded wedding day and becoming an accidental anarchist, from fearing for his life at border control to becoming a reluctant farmer, three words spring to mind… Not again, Alan! Join Alan on tour as he muses upon the things that make his life weird and wonderful. Tickets from £26.75
  15. Frank Skinner - Showbiz

    Halifax

    Frank Skinner - Showbiz

    28th Oct 2020

    7.30pm Comedy legend Frank Skinner is adding extra dates to his latest UK tour and bringing his critically acclaimed stand-up show Showbiz to Th...
    7.30pm Comedy legend Frank Skinner is adding extra dates to his latest UK tour and bringing his critically acclaimed stand-up show Showbiz to The Victoria Theatre for one night only. UPDATE: Frank Skinner's Showbiz tour has been rescheduled to Wed 28 Oct 2020 (from Tues 21 Apr). We're pleased to confirm that your existing tickets will be valid at the rescheduled date & we hope you can join us. Tickets from £26.75
  16. Dick & Liddy's Comedy Club

    Halifax

    Dick & Liddy's Comedy Club

    Starting 30th Oct 2020
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    8.30pm in The Green Room Bar Laugh your way into the weekend with our regular and hugely popular comedy club. Held in our laid-back and intimate...
    8.30pm in The Green Room Bar Laugh your way into the weekend with our regular and hugely popular comedy club. Held in our laid-back and intimate Green Room Bar, Dick and Liddy's is a rare opportunity to get seriously close to serious talent. Let the fun begin! Seating is not guaranteed, so please arrive early to be assured of a seat. Tickets £11.75

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