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Lamplighter Festival

Lamplighter Festival to dazzle Calder Valley this Saturday with its fire and light extravaganza Info, map, timetable and links all available here on the HebWeb. Read more

White Ribbon Campaign lights

Christmas Lights in Hebden Bridge, thanks to the White Ribbon Campaign - HQ in Mytholmroyd.

Job vacancyJob Vacancy: Office Manager at Little Valley Brewery. Do you want to come work with a great team surrounded by a load of lovely beer? Of course you do! More info 20 Nov

Ceiling collapse: Baptist church hopes to keep chapel open for Christmas programme. A large patch of newly-plastered ceiling crashed to the floor last Tuesday just moments after a singer left the stage during a practice session. Read more 16 Nov

Hebden Royd Town Council wins Living Wage Employer Award. Read more

Gibson Mill

Gibson Mill celebrates 10 years, OffTheGrid - not connected to the National Grid, all energy comes from wood, sun and water, and all waste is recycled. More info here

Have your say on future development - consultations are taking place online and at drop-in sessions are taking place from 6 November to 18 December. More info here (5 Nov)

Little Park latest: residents and council officers meet. Read Cllr Battye's contribution to the Forum discussion today (5 Nov)

Little Park to be fenced off for 10 months: Little Park Friends, Hebden Bridge, have learned that from February 2016 a large part of the Little Park playground is to be fenced off for approximately 10 months during weekdays.The developer is Phil Bradby who gave us Chainsaw Tuesday. Read more. And see Forum discussion

The Lost Kingdom of Elmet: Local History Society meeting report with speaker Dave Weldrake who used evidence from place names and archaeology to illuminate this lost kingdom from the Celtic twilight. Read more 1 Nov.

Josh Fenton-GlynnLabour choose Josh Fenton-Glynn for Calder Ward which includes Hebden Bridge. Josh was Labour's parliamentary candidate for this year's general election. In May's council elections, he will be opposing Cllr Janet Battye (Lib-Dem) 30 Oct

Fair for Youth: how it changed me. A personal account by Alex Kostyakov of his involvement with Fair for Youth, now that he has stood down as its Chair. Read more 26 Oct

Will KaufmanMusicians raise £1000 for Foodbank Gigs at the Trades Club and Tod Social Club, part of the nationwide 'We Shall Overcome' campaign raising awareness of the effects of austerity and benefit cuts, raised money for Tod Food Bank. Read more 20 Oct

Calderdale NUJ condemns merger of Hebden Bridge Times and Todmorden News as another sign of the way that the local media in Britain is being starved of resources and professional skills. Read more t

Guardian on HB Times and Tod News merger - at the last audit in 2012, the HB Times was selling a little more than two and a half thousand copies a week. (The number who visit the HebWeb each week is much much more)

Hebden Bridge community groups sparkle, shine and entertain. Two to three hours of pure entertainment with flashes of live theatre. 40 groups spoke for 2-3 minutes, contributions delivered with enthusiasm, energy and humour. Read more

Ted HughesTed Hughes - a major new BBC documentary on the life of Ted Hughes includes Mytholmroyd, Heptonstall, the Picture House, the Calder Valley and the Sylvia Plath graffiti in Hebden Bridge. Available here for 4 weeks


2016 Festival theme: Trouser Town Hebden Bridge is set to become one big Trouser Town as the Arts Festival's 2016 programme celebrates the community's rich industrial heritage. Read more

Electrification of a Trans Pennine route - but not the Calder Valley line. The Upper Valley Transport Group has called on the Government to go further and commit to electrifying the line through Hebden Bridge, Todmorden, Brighouse and Halifax. Read news item and see Forum thread 1 Oct

Valet Stores

Durtanczyc Jewellers and Valet Stores close after many years of business in Hebden Bridge. See HebWeb Forum. Photo thanks to H Gregg of the After Alice Project - click photo to enlarge

Calder Valley Community Land Trust celebrates its first birthday. This October will see its first AGM and 4 test digs in the now deserted High Street (above Bridge Lanes) Read more 29 Sept

Second New Mayor this year for Hebden Royd Town Council. Deputy Mayor Cllr James Fearon has taken over from Cllr Karl Boggis who has stood down for family reasons. Read more 25 Sept

Riverside need a few more votes! Riverside School in Hebden Bridge has been shortlisted for an Award from the M&S Energy Fund. Riverside have asked for £12,500 to buy solar panels. Read more - updated

H Gregg of the After Alice Project

Hebden Bridge Steampunk Weekend. 19-20 September. Photo thanks to H Gregg of the After Alice Project - click photo to enlarge

Filming Happy Valley

Major new TV drama comes to Calderdale: In the week when more filming has been taking place around Hebden Bridge for the next series of Happy Valley (see above), another major new TV drama is announced for Calderdale. Read more

Community Funding grants Hebden Royd Town Council is keen to hear from local community organisations who need financial support. Read more 18 Sept

Owen Jones photographed by Craig ShawOwen Jones, columnist for The Guardian, spoke at a sell-out event organised by the Arts Festival, packing one of Hebden Bridge's largest venues, the Hope Baptist Church. As a supporter of Jeremy Corbyn his visit to Hebden Bridge was very timely. Read report 14 Sept

Hebden Bridge Collection point

Refugee Crisis: Hebden Bridge Collection point opened at the Town Hall at 9am Monday 7 Sept. Read more and see Forum thread 7 Sept

Hebden Bridge floodsFlood defence schemes update. A programme of work to reduce the risk of flooding in the Upper Calder Valley is making progress. Read more

Janet BattyeCalderdale moves Customer First back to the Library. Lib Dems ask why. Cllr Janet Battye gives her reasons why it is a bad move. Read more and see Forum

Little Park to be overshadowed as council gives permission for 8 more flats next to the McCarthy & Stone development - with parking over the river. See Planning Watch and Forum.

Maxine PeakeMaxine Peake event raised £1,200 for Morning Star at Trades Club, Sat August 8. She read verses from Shelley's epic poem Masque of Anarchy, which Shelley was inspired to write by the Peterloo Massacre. Read more (10 Aug)

Arts Festival thanks HebWeb for its support. "On behalf of the Hebden Bridge Arts Festival board I would like to thank Hebweb for its continued support which helped us attract people… " Read more (27 July)

Hilary WainwrightHappy Valley writer loves Calderdale. "Hebden Bridge is vibrant; there's a lot going on artistically and it's also got great galleries, pubs and restaurants." Sally Wainwright talks of our "dramatic and awe-inspiring" landscape and the influence of local historian Jill Liddington's Anne Lister book. Read her Guardian article

Camera Club winner

Camera Club Annual Exhibition winning pictures: visitors were asked to vote for their 3 favourite images in order of merit. Read more and see the 3 winning photos. 6 July

Hebden Royd Town Council annual report and councillors' attendance records both now online.


Move Parliament to Hebden Bridge, argues Professor Tony Travers in today's London Evening Standard. "With both MPs and peers in Parliament and the Queen in Buckingham Palace facing the possibility of decamping while renovations are made to their historic homes, is it now the time for power to shift in the UK?" To Hebden Bridge? Read article 25 June

Handmade ParadeHandmade Parade flies into Hebden Bridge sunshine: Hebden Bridge was blown away by Sunday's Parade, with thousands lining the streets to watch colourful creations soar above their heads. Read more and see photos (8 June)

Photos from 50 years ago

Photos from 50 years ago: Terry Roberts grew up in Hebden Bridge and has been in touch with the HebWeb to make available some of his old photos. Read more and see photos. (17 June)

FestivalArts Festival is looking for a new Chair: After 3 years as Chair of the Hebden Bridge Arts Festival, Sara Robinson is stepping down. The Festival is now looking for someone new to take on the role of Chair. More info 24 Nov

Defibrillator for the Co-op: The Rotary Club has donated a defibrillator to the Co-op on Market Stree and have arranged for training of staff by the Yorkshire Ambulance Service. Read more 24 Nov

Friends of the Picture House Christmas Raffle. Tickets will be on sale in the cinema foyer at many screenings in the run-up to Christmas and in St George's Square on selected Saturdays in December. Read more 23 Nov

Hebden Royd Flood Group's first test Over the weekend of 13th-16th November the storms, rains and floods became for the Hebden Royd Flood Group (HRFG) the first test, or blooding for our community flood containers. Read more 22 Nov

Boxing for girls and women fundraiser: Boxing Coach at Hebden Bridge Boxing Club, Kate Dakers has told the HebWeb, "We need support to raise funds for our female boxers' development programme. Read more 20 Nov

Calderdale climate drop-in event, Saturday 5th December during the critical Paris global talks. See What's on.


The History of Calrec: part 2: Local History Society report with Stephen Jagger who told how the company learnt from mistakes, takeovers and technological challenges to establish a leading brand of audio mixing desks. Read more

Budget consultation results: Over 12,000 people took part in Calderdale Council's largest ever budget consultation. Read more 18 Nov

Hebden Water, Sun am, 15 Nov - updated
With thanks to Ralph Nimmann

Town Hall Job Vacancy: The Town Hall in Hebden Bridge are looking for someone to manage and direct The Town Hall in Hebden Bridge and support the trustees in their collective leadership of Hebden Bridge Community Association. More info 15 Nov

Local school take top prize for honey. Local student JD and his school, Scout Road Academy, both took prizes at this year's National Honey Show in London. Read story

Flood warning sirens were tested at 2.45 pm on Thursday. 12 Nov

What's in a Name: Local History Society meeting report with speakers Keith Stansfield and Barbara Atack. An insight into local dialects and surnames of the Calder Valley. Read report

Lobbying Craig Whittaker MP

"Many thanks Hebweb, the Small Ad asking for Volunteers to cook and help at Wadsworth Lunch Club has already had success. We now have someone coming to help cook. We'd still welcome a washer up, and occasional helpers please."

Local People's Assembly brave storms to lobby Craig Whittaker MP. Three members of the group spoke to Mr Whittaker to ask that he lobbies the Chancellor, George Osborne, to fully reverse plans to cut Tax Credits. Read report 8 Nov

Hundreds sign petition to Stop A&E closure - according to campaigning group 38 degrees, the threat of closure hasn't gone away. It's got worse. Read article and sign online petition

First Green Gold Award for our area goes to Croft Mill - for demonstrating excellence in environmental practice and promoting sustainable tourism. Read more 5 Nov.

Air pollution in Hebden Bridge breaches EU air quality standards but new government plans will not stop this. Take action now - see forum discussion.

Geoff TanseyCameron has 'abandoned' hungry children: Local journalist, broadcaster and writer, Geoff Tansey has for the past 12 months chaired the The Fabian Commission on Food and Poverty which launched its report on Weds 28 Oct. Read more

Nutclough Mill

When Oxford University Came to Hebden Bridge: When the Nutclough Mill was a co-op, it hosted an annual series of lectures, given by Oxford University dons and others on history, politics, literature and science - report from the local History Society. Read more 29 Oct

Apple DayApple Day at Valley Organics Valley Organics hosted another Apple Day on Sunday 25th October 4.30 - 6.00 to tie in with the Food Sovereignty gathering at the weekend. Read more

Planning Watch - An appeal has been made against refusal of planning permission for the construction of 14 apartments on Heptonstall Road - read resident's fear of a further landslip like that in 2000. 22 Oct

Market Street - night time road repairs for three weeks - work will begin on the A646, Market Street and Bridge Lanes, on 26 October from 10pm till 4am from Monday to Friday. Read more 21 Oct

Experience new ways of making with Make:Shift:Do - The Alternative Technology Centre in Hebden Bridge is one of thirty make spaces across the UK, opening our doors to the public for Make:Shift:Do. Read more 20 Oct

Jemima FoxtrotHow drawings from Nazi Concentration Camp turned up in Hebden Bridge: Michael Prior tells the HebWeb how he discovered them, and what he did with them.

Jemima FoxtrotWainsgate Concert: Jemima Foxtrot and Louis Scott: returning to Hebden Bridge, two former students of Calder High School. Sun 25 Oct. Read more

Kid's Charity Art ExhibitionKid's Charity Art Exhibition: By the children, for the children. Exhibition of art created by children attending a Hebden Bridge art class raised funds for children's charities. Read more

Calderdale opposes plans to close down Halifax courts Proposals to close Halifax County Court and Halifax Magistrates and Family Court have been firmly rejected by Calderdale Council. Read more 8 Oct

St Augustine Centre in Halifax, who help settle refugees, is the Mayor's Charity this year. Read more 9 Oct

Mytholmroyd author short-listed for £10,000 Literary Prize Benjamin Myers has been short listed for the £10,000 Portico Literature Prize for his novel Beastings. 8 Oct

Boundary sign

Six new boundary signs have been installed featuring photographs of Calderdale, using Calderdale's pretty gritty branding, featuring phrases such as 'ruggedly sophisticated'. Click image to enlarge.

HebWeb Forum - current threads include plastic bags, local newspaper, flats by Little Park, closing of shops - including a message of thanks from Durtanczyc Jewellers - and more.

CitadelCitadel, a new epic mountain film, premiered at Hebden Bridge Picture House - hosted by Calder Valley Search and Rescue. Read more 23 Sept

HebWeb Quirky Small Ads:
As well as services, and houses and homes offered and wanted, recent ads have included Jewellery workshop, bycycle maintenance classes, English, French, Italian, Spanish and Voice tuition, Hawaiian massage and Mindfulness. See our Small ads page.

Minutes of latest Town Council meetings and committee meetings now online.

Gallivanting on Public Transport: A Bus Pass from Berwick to Land's End - latest talk from the University of the Third Age, with speaker David Whatmough. Read more 30 Sept

Hebden Bridge Business ForumSpeed networking comes to Hebden Bridge. Forty three diverse local businesses attended the Speed Networking event organised by the Hebden Bridge Business Forum. Read more 28 Sept

SITA becomes SUEZ and keeps council waste contract. Residents in the Hebden Bridge area will be seeing some changes next year, including more recycling options and new vehicles. Read more 22 Sept

Art Fair Planned for early November: The Town Hall's Waterfront Hall will host 20 unique stalls, highlighting an innovative mix of local art, craft and photography available to purchase.

New Alternative Secondary School

Alternative Secondary School proposed for Hebden Bridge. Hebden Bridge School will be a small, alternative secondary school 11 to 16 year olds, planning to open in the Hebden Bridge area in September 2016. Read more 21 Sept

Acre Mill asbestos siteAcre Mill asbestos site could become a caravan and campsite: Update: The HebWeb has been informed by one of our readers that the scheme will not now go ahead. Read more Updated 22 Sept

Book Launch: Untouchable Things by Tara GuhaUntouchable Things by Tara Guha was launched to a packed crowd at the Town Hall on Friday, 18 Sept. The novel's quirky characters and literary references will appeal to many readers in Hebden Bridge. Read more

Launch of Haworth - Hebden Bridge Walking GuideHaworth - Hebden Bridge: Launch of Walking Guide. Hebden Bridge Walkers Action has produced a guide to walking between the two towns. Read more 16 Sept

Save Cragg Vale School

Cragg Vale School saved: A short and sharp campaign to save Cragg Vale Junior & Infant School has halted plans by Calderdale Council to launch a consultation in relation to proposals to close down the school and 'relocate' it to a new site at Calder High School.  Read more 15 Sept

Blackshaw Head's  Village Fete

Blackshaw Head's Village Fete: Photos by H Gregg as part of the After Alice Project. See more photos and read background to Saturday's fete

Calder Valley voicesCalder Valley Voices welcomes anyone interested in joining in for a 'taster session' and consider membership for this term. No audition, so no worries on that score. Read more 2 Sept

Charity collectors break rules: Radio 4's You and Yours has highlighted how fundraisers for the RSPCA in Hebden Bridge broke charity rules by failing to reveal how much they charge the charity for the service. Read more 1 Sept

Norman HurstNorman Hurst: Graham Packham and others remember their friend, Norman Hurst, who died at home Friday, 3 July. If you wish to add your memories of Norman, who lived round here for over 40 years, see this Lives Remembered page.

Handmade Parade 2015

Handmade Parade report - in the sunshine - more photos


Hustings Around 230 people turned out to question 6 of the 7 candidates standing for election in the Calder Valley constituency.

Read report of meeting.

HebWeb Election Section: for news and discussion of the May 2015 General Election in the Calder Valley

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650 Years on the South Pennine Moors650 Years on the South Pennine Moors by David Nortcliffe: an account of life over the centuries on the moors above Hebden Bridge. A brief history of what was the western end of the ancient township of Wadsworth - a Pennine Pens eBook. Read more (19 May)

Tourist GuideNew 2015 Hebden Bridge Visitors' Guide Published: The 2015 Guide, which points out all the places and sites visitors should not miss, is available throughout the town and for download here on the HebWeb. More info

All our own WorkAll Our Own Work, new book from local writer, Andrew Bibby - how Nutclough Mill was home to one of the first Workers' Coops. The fustian workers' co-operative started in 1870 and ran for 50 years, each year profitable. More info about the book and its launch. (3 June)

TwitterHebWeb on Twitter - The HebWeb now has over 2000 followers.

launch of Pennine Way loop

Pennine Loop Launch: The launch, Saturday 25 April, of the Hebden Bridge Loop fn the Pennine way was a huge success. Over 200 people joined the series of walks through the day. More info, photos and audio clip from Will Sutcliffe (89) Click photo above to enlarge

Steve TilstonLong-lost letter from John Lennon to Hebden Bridge's Steve Tilston inspires an Al Pacino movie. Sent to the folk-singer in 1971, the letter didn't arrive for 34 years but now the story has inspired Hollywood film Danny Collins. Read Daily Mirror article (7 May)

Guardian Northerner: What the UK can learn from Hebden Bridge? The BBC's Mind the Gap asks how London's success can be replicated elsewhere: Claire Donnelly argues that our small town could have the answer. Read more

Hebden Bridge, the UK's second city, BBC article by Evan Davis. "Hebden Bridge is an inverted city with a greenbelt centre and suburbs called Manchester, Leeds and Liverpool." Read the article

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Hebden Bridge: more plaudits - Last year's Valley of Lights won APSE's best community and neighbourhood initiative, and the Old Gate pub restaurant is Yorkshire Post's "Pub of the Week".

Britain's favourite market town? Hebden Bridge has been shortlisted in the 'Britain's favourite market town' category in the BBC Countryfile Magazine Awards 2013. Read more

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Guardian Northerner: Hebden Bridge the UK's coolest place? The Yorkshire Paradise has won its fourth accolade in a decade. Born, brought up and living here, Rachel Pickering is loyal, but has one or two cautionary thoughts.

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