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March 18, 2020 Malcolm Struthers0

In line with new measures introduced recently regarding the Covid-19 virus, we will be rescheduling all programmed activities including the ‘Big Night Out’ series of events.  

Our focus at the moment is the safety of all our supporters and volunteers.

Please stay safe and take care of one another during these difficult times.

Thank you from all at Happy Valley Pride.


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February 19, 2020 Malcolm Struthers

UPDATE – THESE EVENTS HAVE BEEN CANCELLED OR POSTPONED

Happy Valley Pride announces a ‘Big Night Out’ series of community events. 

These special one-off activities will take place all year round to complement the main festival at the end of July. They will be focussed on bringing the community together for a special night of entertainment. 

The first three ‘Big Night Out’ events have been announced. 

Writing Anne Lister: An LGBTQ+ History 

Hebden Bridge Town Hall on Wednesday 18 March at 7pm. Tickets £3 here or on the door. 

Writer and academic Dr Jill Liddington, whose research into the diaries of Anne Lister inspired the BBC/HBO series Gentleman Jack, will provide an insight into the life and times this pioneer. The 19th-century businesswoman, mountaineer, world traveller, and science enthusiast is often called “the first modern lesbian”. Her edition, Female Fortune: land, gender & authority: the Anne Lister Diaries 1833-36 (1998, 2019), inspired scriptwriter Sally Wainwright to write Gentleman Jack.

And Then We Danced

in partnership with Hebden Bridge Film Festival 

Hebden Bridge Picture House on Sunday 29 February at 5.30pm. Tickets available here.

A special screening of the award-wining LGBT+ film. This passionate and beautiful coming-of-age tale about forbidden love in the Georgian ballet caused violent protests during screenings in Georgia. It will bring the 2020 Hebden Bridge Film Festival to a close.

Kirsty’s Poptastic Piano Singalong: Gay Anthems Special!

Drink, Market Street, Hebden Bridge on Friday 17 April at 8pm. Free entry

Join Kirsty for a special singalong and lots of laughs where the audience pick the songs. Kirsty is a veteran performer on the musical comedy scene, having toured with award-winning comedians Paul Merton, Rich Hall, and dozens more

Tim Whitehead, Happy Valley Pride Chair said:

“We are thrilled to announce a new series of nights out, bringing the same high-quality events that Happy Valley Pride festival has become renowned for to the rest of the year. An eclectic mix of performance, club nights, talks and film screenings, each ‘Big Night Out’ will bring the community together for a very special night of entertainment.”


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February 15, 2020 Malcolm Struthers

Monthly social events have been a key part of Happy Valley Pride since we started back in 2016. Through these get-togethers many friendships have formed and continue to flourish.

This year we will be doing things a little differently. We will be running exciting, year-round events, as well as the main festival in July and we will share these as soon as possible. 

Our friends at the brand new Out in the Valley will be hosting regular socials. We hope many of you can attend their kickoff on Thursday 20 February (8pm at the White Lion) and take part in future activities. We also encourage you to attend the Flood Fundraiser at The Trade Club on Friday 28 February. There is a lot going on, and now more than ever it is important we get together and celebrate the fantastic place we call home. 

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March 15, 2019 Nicola Jones0
We are now recruiting for Volunteer Trustees to sit on the board and take part in planning and running the festival.
Applications from all would be very happily received, though we would particularly welcome applications from those who identify as trans, lesbian and members of the BAME community, to ensure our board is as widely representative as possible. Candidates with some daytime availability would be particularly welcome.
We are particularly seeking people with strong skills relating to
  • – project and/or event management experience;
  • – fundraising bid writing;
    – creative and artistic flair;
     – arts management;
    –  education/working with young people
    –  technical IT experience;
     – book keeping and finance skills.
    Please apply by 4pm, Wednesday 17 April 2019.
    We are aiming to appoint by end of April.

    APPLY NOW


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    January 25, 2019 Nicola Jones0

    Happy Valley Pride is an eclectic, alternative and inclusive, week-long festival for everyone. Celebrating LGBT+ life in Hebden Bridge and surrounding areas.  This year, it will be taking place earlier than in previous years, during the week of 22 to 28 July 2019.

    Founded in 2015, the festival has rapidly grown in size and stature – last year we attracted over 3,000 attendees across 15 events and 7 days. Set in the stunning location of the Calder Valley (recently recognised in National Geographic’s Cool List 2019) we’ve built an enviable reputation for creating a distinctive, LGBT+ arts-focused programme.

    The decision to move the festival was taken to guarantee the calibre of artists and performers now expected of Happy Valley Pride, as the previous dates were close to other key festivals, notably Edinburgh Festival.

    Our Chair and Festival Programmer, Tim Whitehead:

    “In the last couple of years, we have managed to attract an incredibly diverse and reputable range of artists. Camille O’Sullivan (recently voted in the Top 25 Jools Holland’s performances) headlined last year, due to an unusual change in schedule. In 2016, BBC Radio 4 regular, Zoe Lyons was another coup and a total sell out. We were aware of other artists we’d loved to welcome to Happy Valley Pride, yet missed out simply because they were booked for Edinburgh. We’re now planning a superb week, which we’re excited will offer something special for everyone and offer our best Pride yet.

    At the heart of this, we owe a huge debt of gratitude to to the local community and businesses who have supported us in funding the festival, such as local artist, Kate Lycett, whose unique artwork donation attracted national interest via our art auction.”

    Which brings us on to the first confirmed event for 2019 – the auspicious return of legendary London-club night, Duckie. Having lured them to Yorkshire from their Vauxhall Tavern residency – last year’s inaugural visit to The Trades Club sold out in 48hrs post-announcement. Its cult cabaret line up of renowned performance artists is bound to guarantee Happy Valley Pride will stand above the Pride crowd.

    With a growing Committee of volunteer trustees and loyal festival team, we’ve quickly built a strong reputation and year-round profile via social nights, community involvement and regular Trades’ Club fundraiser nights. Working alongside local schools and other community groups, we seek to raise understanding and acceptance of the LGBT+ community via art projects.

    With plenty still to do, those interested in getting involved please visit the ‘Get Involved‘ page for more info.

    Camille O’Sullivan performed at Hope Baptist Church for Happy Valley Pride 2018

    Kate Lycett’s – Tree of Life which raised funds via our art exhibition and auction in  2018


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    July 26, 2019 Tim Whitehead0

    During this very special week of Happy Valley Pride, we are thrilled to announce Kate O’Donnell has become our new patron.

    Kate is an award winning transgender performer, activist, theatre and cabaret maker. She brought her fantastic show “Hayley and Me” to the festival last year and also worked with us when we adopted her #StandByYourTrans campaign to help spread the message of diversity and tolerance throughout Calderdale.

    In 2016 Kate she founded Trans Creative, a trans arts company whose aim is to help trans people tell their stories. As Artistic Director, Kate has just completed her second, hugely successful, Trans Vegas festival, the UK’s first Trans Arts Festival.

    Her work is autobiographical, entertaining and political showing pride and strength in being transgender and includes; the award-winning Big Girl’s Blouse with its successful twitter campaign #StandByYourTrans ( winning Manchester Pride’s, “Spirit of the Parade” Award, 2018) she has also created several well received cabaret performances; “A Short History of My Tits”, “No Pride” and “Hayley and Me”. With support from Arts Council England, she is currently touring her critically acclaimed one woman show “You’ve Changed” in the UK and across Europe, following its premiere at the Edinburgh Festival.

    Happy Valley Pride Chair, Tim Whitehead said

    “Having just worked with Kate on Trans Vegas, I know how lucky we are that she has agreed to be our second ever patron along with Peter Tatchell. As one of the most committed and visible Trans people in the country, I hope Kate’s involvement with us sends a positive message to the Trans community in our LGBTQ+ family. Kate will be joining us for the weekend events at Happy Valley Pride.”

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    It’s been a busy year for Happy Valley Pride and local schools. Thanks to a generous grant from the Hebden Bridge Rotary Club we were able to extend our annual Art Competition to four schools, Riverside Junior School, Central Street Infant and Nursery School, Stubbings Infant School, Calder High School and Todmorden High School.

    Riverside Junior School held special assemblies as part of their Rainbow Week. The children learn about anti-bullying and the diversity of families in our local community. The message that ‘Everyone Matters!’ is prominently featured on one of the winning Top Hats for Pride featured in the photos, below. Mrs Taylor chose eight winning hats, one from each class. As you can see, the colourful rainbow designs show how creative the pupils are. The school’s excellent engagement with diversity has been recognised by Stonewall.

    Ms Tregellas has been busy with the children at Central Street Infant and Nursery School, with a mini parade and more fantastic art. Ms Tregellas is also a volunteer for Happy Valley Pride and uses her creative talents to include local children and families in the festival.

    Stubbings Infant School has joined in the fun for the first time this year and we hope to have the children help us to make impressive and colourful artwork for the festival each year from now on.

    Todmorden High has formed a group for young people at the school. The group held their own assembly about LGBT+ in the school and hope to inform and educate pupils and staff about issues affecting them. I was fortunate to meet the group and talk about LGBT+ equality over the recent past and how to develop allies amongst their peers. Mr Freeman has facilitated impressive LGBT+ themed artwork with the help of Mrs Greaves.

    Calder High has an established Barnardo’s Equality Ambassadors (BEAMS) group. Calder High students have produced impressive art based on the theme of diversity along with bunting. We aim to visit the BEAMS team next autumn and offer ideas and support.

    Many thanks to all the staff and pupils who have contributed art work to Happy Valley Pride this year. We are so impressed with the hats, drawings, paintings and awareness of LGBT+. We will be displaying some of the art works as part of our Information Fair on Saturday 27th July 2019 on Bridge Gate, Hebden Bridge near the main stage. So, come along and admire the remarkable artistic talent of our local children and young people.


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    May 17, 2019 Nicola Jones0

    I wanted to share my thoughts on why May 17 – International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia #IDAHOBIT matters in 2019.

    I’ve put a short video together, sharing my experiences as a straight ally and on supporting the LGBT+ community since the mid-80’s. Standing up and calling out those who cannot understand that #loveislove is key to stamping out prejudice.


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    May 3, 2019 Nicola Jones0

    Happy Valley Pride is an eclectic, alternative and inclusive, week-long festival for everyone. Celebrating LGBT+ life in Hebden Bridge and surrounding areas it will be taking place, earlier than in previous years, during the week of 22 to 28 July 2019.

    Founded in 2015, the festival has rapidly grown in size and stature – last year attracting over 3,000 attendees across 15 events and 7 days. Set in the stunning location of the Calder Valley (recently recognised in National Geographic’s Cool List 2019) they have built an enviable reputation for creating a distinctive, LGBT+ arts-focused programme.  

    Having already announced the crowd-pleasing return of legendary London-club night, Duckie as early as January (after last year’s hugely successful sell out in just 48 hrs!).  Further performances are now confirmed and creating one huge LGBT+ buzz about Hebden Bridge town and beyond.

    Straight from being a smash success of Edinburgh Fringe 2018, Jonny Woo’s All Star Brexit Cabaret, will bring Jonny Woo and Richard Thomas’s ‘sequins and satire’ to Happy Valley Pride, in their uproarious, yet seriously glamorous satire about the referendum of 2016. Jonny Woo, the ‘king and queen’ of London’s alternative scene, and musical theatre’s ‘enfant terrible’ and creator of ‘Jerry Springer The Musical, Richard Thomas have created a brilliant score, full of unforgettable songs including ‘Referendum-dumb’, ‘Swivel Eyed Loon’ and ‘The Ballot Box Ballad’.

    Continuing the comedic theme, Suzi Ruffell makes a stop-off from her extensive UK tour and various tv and radio appearances to join the Happy Valley party.  Regarded as one of best up and coming acts on the circuit Suzi’s innovative style captivates audiences with her engrossing tales of social ineptitude. Lauded as ‘a real stand up gem’ by The Guardian, this young independent woman celebrates her working class roots with a sideways look at the world.

    Once again, Happy Valley Pride have aimed to please with this exciting mix of of the uplifting and alternative and are promising even more to come with another crammed-campful of week-long entertainment.

    With new dates and a committed team of volunteer trustees, we couldn’t be more delighted at how the festival is coming together this year and will be continuing to work with the whole community, particularly local businesses and schools to create a unique atmosphere of LGBT+ understanding and acceptance across the Calder Valley”.

    Tim Whitehead Chair

    With a growing Committee of volunteer trustees and loyal festival team, they’ve quickly built a strong reputation and year-round profile via social nights, community involvement and regular Trades’ Club fundraiser nights.  With plenty still to do, those interested in getting involved email [email protected]

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    Tickets will be on sale mid/end June