A new ECC local group is starting in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire
Hebden Bridge is sometimes dubbed the ‘gay capital of the north’, and is well known for its tolerant and gay-friendly atmosphere. Conveniently situated on good rail links between Manchester and Leeds, it is increasingly popular with all kinds of alternative people and has a growing LGBTQ+ population.
Our aim is to create an activity-based monthly meeting for men living in the Calder Valley and across the North of England.
The initial aim is that the group will identify itself as a part of the wider Edward Carpenter Community and will uphold ECC values and practices. It will be an activity-based group, rather than a regular heart circle. Activities could be anything the members wish to offer, as on a traditional gay men's week. Examples might include games, meditations, dancing, cooking, art and creativity, sharing of favourite readings on a theme, or discussion topics. Occasionally, we might meet outdoors for a walk or a picnic. Meetings will probably last 2 hours to start with and be followed by drinks or a meal nearby, but we might also choose to organise day gatherings, trips or residential events if there is sufficient energy in the group.