The Hebden Bridge Trades Club needs your support. Our doors are closed for the first time in decades as a result of the Covid 19 pandemic, and we need your help to ensure they open again.
We are asking you to contribute to this appeal so that we can guarantee a secure future for the Club and to make sure that we come back stronger.
As a Socialist, not-for-profit, community co-operative, we do not have huge reserves to draw upon to ensure that we get through this period. Even with potential help from the government, we face uncertain and challenging times, and as we write this, do not know the precise extent of the financial support that we might receive.
Any money you can donate to us will help ensure the future of the Trades and will be gratefully received.
Where your money will go
Your donations will primarily be used to pay our running costs until we are able to re-open. After securing our future, we would use any additional funds to undertake long-overdue refurbishments, which includes potential works to make the Trades Club more accessible and inclusive.
About the Trades Club
The Trades Club was built in Hebden Bridge in 1924 as a joint enterprise by half a dozen local trades unions. The building was equipped with a fully sprung dance floor for the purposes of ballroom dancing.
As the cotton industry declined and the factories closed down, the building fell into disuse. It was taken over by the local Labour party, and the Club has leased the first floor since 1982 from where we operate as an independent socialist members club and co-operative. We now have a thousand members and welcomed over 50,000 people through our doors last year.
The Trades Club is a celebrated venue for live music and has, for several years running been voted into the finals of the Music Week Awards and NME Small Venue of the Year. The Club has helped nurture the next generation of live music from the Calder Valley with The Orielles, Working Men's Club and The Lounge Society all cutting their teeth on the Trades Club stage.
Celebrated artists to have performed on the club's stage include Patti Smith, Buzzcocks, Laura Marling, Mark Lanegan, IDLES, The Fall, The Orb, Anna Calvi, Fairport Convention, Lee Scratch Perry, Mary Gauthier, and many, many more.
It has become very clear recently that music venues will be one of the very last businesses to be able to reopen and the possible restrictions that come with it could be severely damaging to the long term future of our much-loved Club.
Please help us to make sure we reopen the club's doors when the time is right and keep them open for many years to come.
Lots of love to you all, and stay safe x