The Trades Club, Holme Street, Hebden Bridge HX7 8EE
The Trades Club was built in 1924 as a joint enterprise by half a dozen local trades unions. This was back in the days when Hebden was a thriving centre for the cotton industry. The unions levied a one penny contribution from each member per week, and when finally built, the building was equipped with a fully sprung dance floor for the purposes of ballroom dancing. It’s still there, though probably used for more energetic dancing than its designers originally envisaged.
As the cotton industry declined and the factories closed down, the building fell into disuse. It was taken over by the combined Hebden Bridge and Luddendenfoot district Labour parties, who appointed a Building Management Committee to administer the building. The Trades Club Social Club has leased the first floor since 1982 from where we operate as an independent socialist members club. In May 2016 the Club was formally constituted as a members’ co-operative.
The Trades Club is a celebrated venue for live music and has for several years running been voted into the finals of the NME Small Venue of the Year Awards. The last few years have seen the club updating its facilities with a new stage, PA system, mixing desk & LED lighting rig. Alongside the live music the venue is a community hub that is committed to hosting political events and fundraisers for local and international campaigns.
The Town Hall, St. George's Street, Hebden Bridge HX7 7BY
The Town Hall is one of a handful of community-owned Town Halls in the UK and is a symbol of what a community can do when it pulls together with a common ambition and vision.
The Town Hall receives no grant funding and is proud to generate all its income through trading. The organisation is supported by around 600 Friends of The Town Hall.
Grade 2 listed and dating from 1897, the original council office is a Victorian building with a rich history. The building has had many functions over the years and once was used as the local fire station.
In 2008 the Hebden Bridge Community Association was formed. Through an innovative Asset Transfer Scheme, the community association acquired the council offices from Calderdale Council on a 125 year lease. The vision was to transform, what was at the time, a barely used building falling into disrepair into a state-of-the-art centre for community and creative enterprise – putting it back at the centre of the town’s civic life as the Town Hall.
The Hebden Bridge Community Association went on to raise £3.7m for a major development to sit alongside and complement the original building.
In 2012, a large new contemporary community and business building was opened offering a range of spaces for community, enterprise and recreational use. The new Town Hall combines a range of services for local people and crucially, creative businesses that reflects the town’s dynamic, independent spirit. Offering state of the art fibre optic wi-fi, a range of office units for businesses, a light and airy cafe and one of the largest conferencing and event venues in the Calder Valley, the new Town Hall buzzes with activity – rightfully taking its place again as the beating heart of Hebden Bridge’s rich community life.
The Fox & Goose Inn, 9 Heptonstall Road, Hebden Bridge HX7 6AZ
The Fox and Goose is a real community pub.
We serve real ales from microbrewers, real ciders, craft lager on draught, a range of continental bottled lagers and beers plus craft beer in cans. We also serve quality wines, spirits, pork pies, vegan pasties, quality teas, barista coffees and tempting fresh cake.
We pride ourselves in being at the centre of the community. The pub is owned by its users – over 300 of us. We are the first co-operative pub in West Yorkshire and proud of what we do.
The Famous Albert, 1-3 Albert Street, Hebden Bridge HX7 8AH
A pub renown for its live music, as well as 6 cask marque accredited fine cask ales! Sensational wines, vodkalicious menu! 50 gintastic gins! New Rum Revolution Selection & Cocktails galore.