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Slow the Flow project maps local activity to reduce flooding risk Many small‐scale interventions, taken together, can result in a significant amount of water being temporarily stored, or attenuated, during storm events, reducing peak flows. More info (18 Oct)
Hebden Bridge WI Awesome Autumn Rag Market at the Town Hall, the Egg Factory and Northlight Studios on 19 October - a twice yearly event run by Hebden Bridge WI to raise funds for their Charity of the year - ‘Healthy Minds, Calderdale’ See map and more info
Murphy's Lore 42 - includes swift ways to lose weight, growth spurts in old age, a racist on a train, train surfing in Victorian times, death at Summit Tunnel, Jack’s Barbers, Robbie Burns and John Clare, Grace Poole, Mrs Rochester, Cary Grant’s mother and Topsy Legge. Read more (14 Oct)
Mytholm Mill Chimney Demolition - A demolition notice was issued by Setbray Properties Ltd for the demolition of the mill chimney on Mytholm Steeps (Savile Road). See HebWeb Forum
Electric charging points on their way. Calderdale will be installing an electric charging point in Hebden Bridge within five months, Cllr Scott Patient told the HebWeb. In the meantime, a new rapid charging point for electric vehicles has been installed in North Bridge car park, Halifax, and is free and ready to use. More info (9 Oct)
Created following the floods of Boxing Day 2015, the plan aims to reduce the impact of flooding and build resilience for future events. It was developed through workshops, drop-in sessions and meetings, and these have continued to develop and be shaped by the work as it has progressed. More info (4 Oct)
The Wainsgate summer concert series continued Saturday, 5 October with the Chester-based acoustic duo ME and Deboe making a welcome return to Wainsgate Chapel. More info
Salem Field Theft Stolen from White Rose Archers between 1pm Sunday 22 September and 9am Wednesday 25 September. This is the second of the pair of commemorative ornamental benches to be stolen from Hebden Bridge archery field. (30 Sept)
Doctors' Practice Manager to face the Council: Tony Martin was unable to attend so Dr Nigel Taylor answered councillors' questions about the many issues which have been raised on the HebWeb over the past couple of years. Read more
The Future of the Birchcliffe Centre Pennine Heritage has opened a series of consultation events to invite the local community to become involved in planning the Centre’s future use. And there is an Open Day this Saturday, 21 Sept. Read more
Sing for fun with Calder Valley Women Singers All women are welcome to join this friendly group, regardless of previous singing experience. Find your voice and discover something new in singing. More info (17 Sept)
Hebden Bridge Camera Club Exhibition Winners The Club’s annual exhibition was an extremely successful week as in previous years. Over 1200 visitors from near and far viewed the 66 prints on display at the Town Hall and almost 900 of those took part in the vote for the ‘People’s Choice’. Read more (11 Sept)
GENERAL ELECTION? To vote in any election in the UK you must be on the electoral register. Register to vote now. To see HebWeb coverage of the 2017 general election, and previous general elections, back to 1997, click here (5 Sept)
HebWeb Forum: Stop the Coup - other recent discussions include: Parking, Brexit and medicines, Caldene Avenue Bridge, Keighley Road closure, building next to the Little Park, new street lights, house break-ins and local Group Practice problems. It’s easy to browse and search the HebWeb discussions going back over many years.
Lives Remembered: Liz Cooper - Liz moved to Hebden Bridge in 1977 with the radical book and distribution coop, Publications Distribution Co-op at the Birchcliffe Centre. Liz was settled in Old Town until the late 1990s. Her obituary was in the Guardian recently. Read more.
Local History Talks - from September. Details now on the HebWeb What's on section. Talks include Ted Hughes childhood, Foster Mill, saving Hardcastle Crags, Singing and Socialism, our woodland heritage, common land in Northern England and more.
Paul Barker’s obituary in The Guardian. Paul Barker was a paper boy at Jones’ Newsagents, went on to edit New Society from 1968-86 and wrote the book about Hebden Bridge: A Sense of Belonging. See also: HebWeb report of his book launch in April 2012. (6 Aug)
Yorkshire Post on Hebden Bridge: "A Yorkshire town with an independent streak… Hebden is a striking town in an even more striking location." (5 Aug)
The aftermath of the Walkley Clogs Mill fire on the morning of 2 August, 2019, photographed by Craig Shaw. Click photo to enlarge
Hebden Bridge to Mytholmroyd - the road re-opened Satuday morning, 3 August after the Walkleys Clogs fire. Walking and Cycling routes via the towpath are also open. (3 Aug)
Community Greening of Victoria Road: - Local residents have improved their environment by collective effort and with assistance from business and local councils. What was an eyesore is now beginning to green again. Read more
Colour, music, dancing and smiles: The sun shone and the crowds gathered as the Handmade Parade’s 'Once upon a Time' tales wound through the streets of Hebden Bridge yesterday for the 12th annual Handmade Parade. Thousands of people from across the north and beyond watched the Parade of hundreds of people of all ages in as it filled the town with colour, music, dancing and smiles. See HebWeb photo gallery.
Wainsgate Concert Season: Saturday and Sunday of the weekend of 19-20 October, with acclaimed poets Clare Shaw and Ian Humphreys, and the talented and slightly anarchic Deep Cabaret, pictured above. More info
Mapping Elmet – the childhood and family roots of Ted Hughes: Ruth Crossley drew on powerful images of the landscape of the Upper Calder Valley when she spoke to the Hebden Bridge Local History Society at the first lecture of the new season. Read report. (17 Oct)
Win tickets to see The Rails - the group are on the road promoting their third album, Cancel The Sun, and HebWeb readers can win a pair of tickets for their gig at the Trades Club on Thursday 24 October. More info about the competition
Hebden Bridge Picture House Vacancy Hebden Royd Town Council is seeking to recruit proactive, efficient and experienced Front of House Manager, to work on an 0.5 FTE / 18.5 hour per week basis. Read more (11 Oct)
Council cracking down on bad behaviour Enforcement Action Week will focus on issues which blight our communities, such as fly-tipping, dog owners not using leads, dangerous parking and speeding, litter, anti-social behaviour, animal welfare and food safety issues, and more. More info.
The Magic Gang were at the Trades on Thurs 10 Oct. The group told the HebWeb, “The Trades is bit of a cult classic of a venue and we’ve heard brilliant things. We’ve never played Hebden Bridge, so it will be lovely to come along and see want all the fuss is about.” More info about the competition
Standing room only as Town Council questioned the Hebden Bridge Group Practice. Dr Nigel Taylor addressed widespread public concerns about patient safety and restricted access to appointments with Practice doctors. Read report (2 Oct)
Wuthering depths: the Brontë country graphic novel about floods and fracking, set in a fictionalised version of Hebden Bridge and featuring “industrialisation” of grouse-shooting. See Guardian review (2 Oct)
Saving Lives: the work of the RNLI - in a recent talk, Roy Meakin recounted the origins and development of the Society, from the very first boat for rescuing the shipwrecked in 1777, to the modern, Shannon class lifeboats of today. Read report (2 Oct)
Croquet at the Bowling Club, built 1898, which stopped being a bowling club around five years ago and is now owned by the Blue Pig. The pavillion has been renovated and vegetation cleared. Read more.(19 Sept)
Re-opening of the Rochdale Canal towpath on Sat, 14 Sept. at 11am. Important cycling and walking link to be officially re-opened following improvement works as part of a £2.9m package. Read more - updated with what speakers said.
Changes to the rail timetable - see HebWeb Forum
Filming in Hebden Bridge - for a BBC2 comedy series called The Other One. Photo: Chas Nicholson. Click to enlarge. (11 Sept)
Mytholmroyd Arts Festival dates announced. 19-20 October. More info in our What's on section.
Chronic Illness; Obstacles and Opportunities in Hebden Bridge Hebden Bridge Disability Access Forum (HBDAF) welcomes two growing campaigns: Chronic Illness Inclusion, and Not all Disabilities are Visible. More info
Calderdale Brexit Update: Josh Fenton-Glynn, one of Hebden Bridge's 3 Calderdale councillors, gives a personal report of the Council's Brexit discussions and how leaving Europe will affect Calderdale. Read more. (31 Aug)
Keighley Road Closures planned during September and beyond as part of a programme to increase safety on one of the top 50 of ‘A’ roads in England where the risk of road traffic incidents resulting in death or serious injury is the highest. Read more
Vintage Car Weekend 3-4 August 2019. The annual rally for vintage, veteran and classic vehicles with over 800 cars, motorcycles, military and commercial vehicles. Click photo above, taken Sat 3 Aug, to enlarge. See What's On for info.
Fire and barbecues banned on moors With the temperature in Hebden Bridge reaching 33C yesterday, action to reduce the risk of moorland fires continues in Calderdale, with new signs going up on moors across the borough to warn people that using barbecues and lighting fires is banned. Read more (26 July)
Free public toilets from 1 August This year Calderdale Council will mark Yorkshire Day by making all of its public toilets free of charge, initially for a trial period. So from Thursday 1 August, there’ll be no cost if you need to spend a penny. More info (19 July)
Mytholmroyd Arts Festival: Calling all artists The Festival, now in its fifth year, is inviting artists to submit work to the Mytholmroyd Open Exhibition which will be at St Michael's Church, Mytholmroyd on 19-20 October 2019. More info.
Walkleys Clogs building on fire - the road between Hebden Bridge and Mytholmroyd is now likely to remain closed until Saturday, according to Calderdale. The Fire Service say the fire is under control but are asking people to stay away from the area. See BBC report (1 Aug, updated 10pm)
Successful Workers' Co-op offers investment opportunity to help it expand, with up to 5% interest in return for loans. During a time Hebden Bridge has seen many shops closing, Valley Organics has had six years of steady growth. More info (15 July)
"Britain at its best: Hebden Bridge where Ed Sheeran was born is a true northern star,” declares Mail Online article. Apparently, our town is 'just the right side of gentrified’. Read article
Above: Hebden Bridge Handmade Parade - 30 June 2019. 40+ more photos here
More tree cover still needed in Hebden Bridge, say Friends of the Earth. The organisation claims trees can act as effective flood defences, helping to reduce peak water levels by as much as a quarter. See ITV report.
BBC1 Countryfile at Hardcastle Crags "We're in West Yorkshire and this is one of its true hidden gems." And featuring the work of Slow the Flow Calderdale. (17 June)
Schoolchildren bike across Yorkshire Over 100 pupils in Calderdale got on their bikes and took part in the Schools Yorkshire Tour. A baton is travelling 400 miles across Yorkshire, passed on by children on bikes from 160 schools, including, today, Hebden Bridge. Read more.
The National Geographic’s Cool List for 2019 has West Yorkshire at number 7. The Calder Valley is highlighted - "with hippyish Hebden Bridge as its epicentre" - as a "burgeoning hub for restaurants and independent shops." )
Historic Narrow Boat Club Gathering More than thirty boats belonging to members of the Historic Narrow Boat Club (HNBC), boatmen and their families, came to Hebden Bridge from all over the country at the Bank Holiday weekend. Read more.
Historic Narrow Boat Club Gathering in Hebden Bridge, 24-27 May. See What's on for more info. Thanks to Andrew Smith for the photo - click to enlarge.
The first episodes of Gentleman Jack, the new drama from Happy Valley writer Sally Wainwright, are based upon a book written about Anne Lister by local writer, Jill Liddington and published by Hebden Bridge publishers, Pennine Pens. More info, links and trailers (19 May)
Town Council votes to support a ban on nuclear weapons: Hebden Royd became only the third UK Council to support the ICAN Cities Appeal and the Treaty for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. Read more. (17 May)
Introduction to Extinction Rebellion Talk and Meeting - Wednesday 22nd May, 7pm at the Town Hall. Local Extinction Rebellion organisers would like to welcome more people to the Rebellion and support them to make sense of, and take action on, the climate crisis and mass extinction. Read more
Small Ads: "Hebweb scores again! I have sold my electric lawnmower today"
LOCAL ELECTION RESULTS:
Dave Young retains Calder Ward for Labour.
Labour takes Luddendenfoot.
Labour now have overall control of Calderdale Council, for the first time in 20 years.
More details and list, profiles and photos of local candidates for Calder and Luddendenfoot wards.
Labour Labour retain control of Hebden Royd Town Council taking 15 of the 18 seats. The Liberal-Democrats took the remaining 3 seats. See below for details. More details (Updated 4 May) and list, profile s and photos of candidates.
Prospective Mayor of Hebden Royd Town Council, Stephne Harrison, was defeated. A new mayor for the coming year will have to be chosen. (4 May)
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The weekend of 21-23 June saw the Hebden Bridge Arts Festival kicks off, the Great Community Get Together, KidsFest, garden party at the Fox and Goose, Alice Longstaff exhibition, Witness for the Prosecution at Little Theatre and its the summer solstice. See What's on for these and more events.
Road closure: the main road through Mytholmroyd will be closed for the nights of 28-30 May from 11.30pm until 5am, as part of the Flood Alleviations works.
Small Ads - 3 two bed houses to rent, all announced the same day, on the HebWeb Smalls Ads page
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Huffington Post on Hebden Bridge: "You will find a town that was almost abandoned, but brought back to life by hippies, artists and lesbians looking for a place to make a life." Written by Sean Pert, who continues: "The town doesn't just tolerate its LGBT+ community, it values and embraces us." Read more (28 Feb)
2019 Hebden Bridge leaflet:
On this Tourist Info page, you can download a copy of the Hebden Bridge Tourism Guide 2019, and also a constantly updated separate and downloadable pdf list of Hebden Bridge’s 2019 festivals and events. (2 March)
Climate Emergency declared!
Hebden Royd Town Council has declared that Hebden Royd should be carbon neutral as soon as possible. Both our Town Council and Calderdale Council have agreed to face up to 'the issue of our time’ - the climate emergency. Read more
No banks. No petrol. Lloyds Bank was the last bank left in Hebden Bridge. It closed this month. Shepherds was the last petrol garage still open in Hebden Bridge. It stopped selling petrol this month.
Hebden Bridge artist Kate Lycett featured in Yorkshire Post feature
Hebden Bridge: How a thriving town lost its last bank: This Guardian article reports that, "Residents feel angry and let down as Lloyds departs, but one man (David Fletcher) has a plan to fill the gap." Only a few years ago, Hebden Bridge had five full time banks. The last one, Lloyds, closed last week. Read article (26 Jan)
Grouse estates investigated over heather burning including our own local Walshaw Moor who wouldn't go along with the voluntary agreement other estates signed up to. See Guardian article
Hebden Bridge is Cool - Hebden Bridge has made National Geographic's Cool list. "The Calder Valley - with hippyish Hebden Bridge as its epicentre - is a burgeoning hub for restaurants and independent shops." See article. (4 Dec)
Fox and Goose one of top 50 pubs according to The Guardian
Hebden Bridge features in The Spectator "The Yorkshire town that’s gone from dirty old buildings to New Age nirvana" by William Cook.
Swimming pool latest. It's still going ahead but, because of the 2015 Flood, not yet. And not in Hebden Bridge. Read the latest statement from the Swimming Pool Association, and follow the links for how the HebWeb has covered this controversial issue over many years. More
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Save Hebden Bridge Signal Box
After more than 125 years as a familiar sight in the town, Network Rail have pulled the levers for the last time. Two community groups have put forward proposals for the building to be saved and restored to its former Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway glory. More info and leaflet
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"In a world where style often triumphs over substance, Hebweb is reassuringly informative, reliable and clear. An invaluable community resource and public information forum reflecting the independent spirit of Hebden Bridge. Lesley at Elmet Farmhouse.
Where to Stay in the Hebden Bridge area - many of the listings in this popular section have been updated over the past couple of weeks. And following several requests, there is now a new page which features only Bed and Breakfast listings.
Floods: HebWeb Gallery - 24 photos taken on the morning of Boxing Day, 2015.
Small Ads: "Amazing but my house in Tod got rented out within 30 minutes after putting the house on Hebweb."
HebWeb Feature on the 2015 Boxing Day Flood, gathering together many of the articles, news, links, photos and videos. Updated reguarly.
Accessible Venues guide - a brief guide to which venues for hire, might be suitable for community groups, classes, meetings, events or activities, to be accessible to disabled people. From the Disability Access Forum
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Ackley Bridge, Channel 4’s school drama, was filmed in Halifax, particularly the old Catholic High School, and in Hebden Bridge.
Far more than a large home page, the HebWeb is now an essential local resource. It has been around for nearly 23 years, covering local news, events, opinions, tourist info, small ads, where to stay and much, much more. Updated every day. Read more and go deeper into the HebWeb.
Hebden Bridge in Yorkshire crowned best place in the UK - 'Machine learning' used millions of data points to discover top locations. Read more
From the archive: five years ago today The Times listed the 30 coolest places to live in Britain. Number one was Hebden Bridge.
Hebden Bridge losing key shops? Following the news of the closure of Holts, our town's last greengrocers, comes the warning on this Forum thread that our last hardware shop, Bonsalls is struggling.
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Some years ago in the Guardian, Martin Wainwright wrote, "Witness current comments on the community website, the Hebweb, which is one of the best of its kind in the country. No, world." 25 Oct 2012
Less than an hour from Hebden Bridge: try these halls, houses and galleries which many may not have heard about. Yet they are just on our doorstep. If you can’t find anything to do locally (see What’s On), have a look at this new HebWeb Feature.
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Happy 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
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
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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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- Lives Remembered - thoughts and comments on the death of a selection of local people
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