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 LGBTQ+ population.

ECC members and other men living in Hebden Bridge and the Calder Valley have recently started a local group meeting 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 now meet on the third Sunday of each month. The next meeting is on Sunday 21st January 2018, at Salem Community Centre, Salem Street, Hebden Bridge HX7 6HB (next to the Co-op).

Friends in a rugby team

This month we have a open discussion on the subject of Friendship.

The way we relate to others is a fundamental part of being human, and we've probably all enjoyed many different levels of friendships in our lives, from Facebook friends, acquaintances and social friends, through to close intimate friends and lovers. ECC is about exploring those deeper friendships as part of personal development and community-building, developing connections and mutual trust with our fellow men, and this will be an opportunity for the Hebden Bridge group to think about how it would like to make this happen during the coming year.

There’s no particular agenda, so feel free to bring along your thoughts on the friendships you have, the kind of friendships you’d like to have, or the challenges of friendship we face as gay or bisexual men in the 21st century. If you can, please bring along a favourite poem or a song, a memento or artwork, a book recommendation or anything else you choose, loosely on this theme, to share with the group.

We'll play a few fun friendship games during the afternoon too, and everyone is welcome to suggest other ideas. Get in touch with Duncan beforehand if you'd like to offer something, or discuss at the beginning of the meeting.

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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