The Society organises a winter programme from September to March

New Year’s Day – Lee Dam Swim, Lumbutts.

New Year  – The Long Company perform at venues in Luddenden Foot, Sowerby Bridge, Cottonstones and Ripponden at the start of January.

Easter: Good Friday – The traditional mumming play, the Pace-Egg, is performed at various venues around Hebden Bridge on Good Friday. There are two teams: the Midgley Pace-Egg version is performed by students from Calder High School, and tours Midgley, Mytholmroyd, Luddenden, Blackshaw, Todmorden, Hebden Bridge and Heptonstall; the Heptonstall Players are an adult company performing in Heptonstall only. Times and venues of performances are available from Hebden Bridge Tourist Information Centre nearer the time.

Easter Saturday – Head a few miles over the border to the excellent Britannia Coconut Dancers of Bacup.

September – The first weekend of September is the occasion for the Sowerby Bridge Rushbearing, a processional route winding its way from Warley to Ripponden over the two days, accompanied by folk dancers. The same weekend sees the Norland Scarecrow Festival.

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Family History

The group runs a popular programme of workshops and drop-in sessions at the Birchcliffe Centre

Churn Milk Joan

Upper Calderdale's suitability for the preservation of local cultural tradition is nowhere shown as strongly as in its wealth of folk tales about places, many of which are still being passed on by word of mouth.

Midgley Moor

For some years now a small group of friends has been exploring the evidence for prehistoric activity in the South Pennines.