The Edward Carpenter Community
For men who love men

Hebden Bridge

An ECC local group in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire

View of Hebden Bridge

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 LGBT+ population.

ECC members and other men living in Hebden Bridge and the Calder Valley meet monthly, and we welcome men from across the North of England. It's an activity-based group, rather than a regular heart circle. Activities can be anything the members wish to offer, as on a traditional gay men's week. Examples might include games, meditations, dancing, art and creativity, sharing of favourite readings on a theme, or discussion topics. In the summer, we hope to meet outdoors for a walk or a picnic.

We meet on the third Sunday of each month. The next meeting is on Sunday 20th may 2018, at Salem Community Centre, Salem Street, Hebden Bridge HX7 6HB (next to the Co-op).

This time, our theme is Trust. What does trust mean to us? Trust in relationships, trust within sex and intimacy, trust in society. As a minority, it sometimes seems that many gay men have issues around trust, borne out of their life experiences. How do we learn to trust others, and how do we aspire to be trustworthy people ourselves? Bring your thoughts on trust to the meeting, and any ideas for short exercises or games where we can explore and build trust within the group.

We meet in the Blue Room on the 2nd floor. Arrive from 1pm for informal social time and refreshments, for a prompt start at 2pm. We normally finish by 4pm and then go for drinks or something to eat at a café or bar nearby. A small donation to cover the room hire is much appreciated. For more details, please contact Duncan, 07490 768518 | hebdenbridge [at]

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