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Flood warnings no longer in place. 22 Oct

Flood warning from the Environment Agency "Flooding is expected. Immediate action required" 7.25 pm 21 Oct

Flood siren foes off in Hebden Bridge just before 7pm, Sat. 21 October. Check for updates on Calder Valley Flood Support Facebook page. For the current height of the river, click here. 7.15 pm 21 Oct

Dance FestivalSecond Hebden Bridge Dance Festival set for a swinging start! Tickets available online for a vibrant array of 26 dance events in 4 Hebden Bridge venues. More info - updated with Flash Mob Dance video

Todmorden Old Pub Trail- Barbara Rudman told the recent meeting of the Local History Society how her passion for the history of twentieth century pubs led her to explore the stories of the pubs in Todmorden and how they reflect social change. Read report (17 Oct)

Tod College

Fantastic turnout as Tod College sets out plans Upper Valley residents, businesses and community groups came out in force on Sunday to help save the town’s college. Read report (11 Oct)

Hebden Royd Town Council vacancies have arisen due to the resignation of Councillors Robin Dixon (Caldene ward) and Luke Daber (Cragg Vale ward). Bye Elections may be held. Read more (10 Oct)

HebWeb discussion: are mountain bikes damaging our paths and countryside?

Slow the Flow

Slow the Flow shortlisted as 'Community Group Of The Year' by Yorkshire Post Rural Awards 2017. Read story (4 Oct)

‘We Shall Overcome' gig at the Trades

‘We Shall Overcome' gig: The Trades Club staged their annual We Shall Overcome gig joining venues across the country who are raising money for local food banks. Read more (3 Oct)

Best railway cafe

Hebden Bridge Station Café voted best in country "The Coffee Station", the cafe on Hebden Bridge railway station, is the first ever winner of a national award from Railfuture - the passenger organisation that campaigns for better and more trains and a bigger and better railway. Read more (28 Sept)

Sally WainwrightSally Wainwright in conversation. On Saturday evening, Sally Wainwright was on stage with her former teacher, Jenny Gore for a benefit for the Little Theatre. She revealed her next TV drama series about Anne Lister, Gentleman Jack, will not now show until 2019 but will star Suranne Jones. Read more. (24 Sept)

Local NHS under increasing threat - on Friday, 22 Sept, a letter signed by more than 250 people called on West Yorkshire and Harrogate Councillors’ joint health scrutiny committee to urgently defend the area’s NHS and social care services from over £1bn cuts. Read more. (25 Sept)

Camera Club

Hebden Bridge Camera Club winners: At the club's recent exhibition at the Town Hall, people came from all over to view the photos and take part in the ‘People’s Choice’, where they voted for their favourite 3 images. Read more and see larger versions of the above photos. (15 Sept)

After Alice ProjectThe After Alice Project launches online Yorkshire photo archive - with a difference! Based at the Birchcliffe Centre in Hebden Bridge, the After Alice Project's photos are all shot on old fashioned film. More info and links (6 Sept)


One hour from hb9

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.

Help Tod Food Drop-in boost funds

Tod Food Drop-in

Around 80 to 100 people visit each Saturday morning, but more money is needed as numbers grow. Read more

Hebden Bridge in the media: The Observer reports that part of Mike Leigh’s film on Manchester’s Peterloo massacre of 1819, and starring Maxine Peake, was filmed in Heptonstall. Meanwhile, The Mirror reports that the Hangingroyd Lane house used as Sarah Lancashire’s home in Happy Valley is for sale at £250k.

Lit and Sci

Lit & Sci lectures - five more speakers announced. Five eminent speakers will be coming to Hebden Bridge over the coming autumn and winter months, continuing the successful lecture series by the Literary and Scientific Society. Read more.

Hebden Bridge Station car park to expand: Calderdale Council is working with Network Rail, which owns the land to the east of the existing station car park to create 46 extra places. Read more.

Small Ads - "Choosing to advertise the house for rent on the Hebweb was incredibly effective. The perfect tenants were found within 48 hours"

Protest in the SquareProtest in the Square: Calderdale is again attempting to move Chris Drake who displays posters concerning Palestinian rights in the Square. Read about allegations of assault

Report: the Amazing 10th Hebden Bridge Handmade Parade

See Photo Gallery of photos of the Parade. And read the News Report with more links and photos (27 June)

Hebden Bridge Signal Box: today the Telegraph and Argus reports that it is to close. The signal box is a listed building and the HebWeb understands that Friends of Hebden Bridge Station are in talks with Network Rail. (20 Oct)

HorseScottish singer Horse rides back to into the Trades Club and on Thurs 9 November and she is promising new songs alongside the classics they love at the Trades Club. More info (17 Oct)

Bob Deacon, who died 1 October, was a former chair of the Hebden Bridge Partnership, a regular contributor to the HebWeb and a tireless volunteer in the aftermath of the Boxing Day flood. His funeral will be at Wainsgate Chapel, 3 pm, Friday 20 Oct and Old Town Cricket Club afterwards.

TwinningHebden Bridge Twinning featured on BBC Radio Leeds The mid-morning programme is doing an exciting range of pieces on twinning in West Yorkshire – and we in Hebden Royd were included! Read more (17 Oct)

Train disruption after the gales between Hebden Bridge and Bradford. Now back to normal - more info (updated 18 Oct)

Fallen treesFallen trees on paths: If people come across a fallen tree blocking a route would they let CROWS know and they will sort it out. Read more (17 Oct)

Small Ads: Message received 15 Oct: Very good service, result achieved in only 4 days.

NHS Cuts: local MP refuses calls for public hearings All Calderdale patients will have to travel to Huddersfield for planned operations and cancer treatment. Read more about the closure of hospitals and protests against the cuts. (Updated 12 Oct)

Winter Showcase Exhibition and Artfair brings local and regional artists to The Town Hall, Hebden Bridge to await shoppers searching for gifts, creations and festivities! More info (12 Oct)

Big BangBefore the Big Bang: Lit & Sci lecture report. Jeff Forshaw, Professor of particle physics gave his talk to a packed Waterfront Hall. Read report about the Big Bang, the growth of the universe, and the possibility of other universes. (10 Oct)

Gibson MillGreenwode to Gibson to National Trust Trevor Moody, a National Trust volunteer, told a recent University of the Third Age meeting about the history of Gibson Mill in Hardcastle Crags. Read report (10 Oct)

New poetry book celebrates Mytholmroyd: Poet Winston Plowes and artist Hannah Greenwood have collaborated to create a booklet which will be launched at this year’s Mytholmroyd Arts Festival. Read more (6 Oct)

CrowsRe-vamp of paths in Hardcastle Crags: Yesterday, CROWS volunteers finished uncovering the causey stones on the new Slurring Rock path in the Crags. The Current waymarked routes will all be renamed and a new improved map will be introduced. More info (5 Oct)

YakWin tickets for Yak at the Trades Club – Hotly tipped powerpop trio Yak play Hebden Bridge Trades Club on Tuesday 10 October and the Hebweb had two pairs of tickets to give away. More info (4 Oct)

Memories from Hebden Bridge Pharmacies. The apothecary’s bottles, jars and scales on display at the recent meeting of the Local History Society seemed redolent of an ancient craft; in fact they were an essential part of the working life of Linda Powell. Read report (4 Oct)

Jemima FoxtrotWainsgate Concert: Jemima Foxtrot: The Wainsgate concert series came to an end on Sat 7 October with the return of former Calder High School student Jemima Foxtrot performing her recent Edinburgh Fringe hit show. Read more

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 (3 Oct)

Great Rock Co-opGreat Rock Co-op: at their general meeting this Saturday (7 Oct), the Great Rock Coop are inviting food producers to give short presentations about their work. There'll also be a chance for a chat, a drink, and something to nibble from 1pm onward. Read more

CalderlandCalderland: A new folk opera celebrated the Calder Valley’s tempestuous relationship with water premieres the weekend of 29 Sept-1 Oct in the recently restored Piece Hall in Halifax. Read more

People's FairThe People’s Fair: Calderdale’s talented creative community took over The Piece Hall as The People’s Fair storms into Halifax, 30 Sept - 1 Oct. Parades and processions, street theatre, market stalls, exhibitions, food. Read more

Accessible public toilet to open in the evening. Hebden Bridge Disability Access Forum (HBDAF) is working with Calderdale Council to re-open the accessible toilet on New Road, Hebden Bridge, in the evenings. Read more. (22 Sept)

The BreathWainsgate Concert: The Breath This Mancunian jazz-fusion quartet is headed up by former The Cinematic Orchestra guitarist Stuart McCallum, and Irish singer Ríoghnach Connolly. Read more (21 Sept)

Keighley Road water outage - residents woken in night to move cars. See Forum messages (21 Sept)

Man with Movie cameraMan with a Movie Camera Silent film with musical accompaniment. The film met with bewilderment on its release but now recognised as a cinematic milestone. Sat 23 Sept. Read more

Local Plan: have your say There are just over two weeks left for local people to have their say on the draft plans for housing, employment, infrastructure and open spaces in Calderdale over the next 15 years. Read news item and see Forum thread (14 Sept)

Quakers in Hebden Bridge prepare for Quaker Week: Quakers have now been meeting every Sunday morning for worship in Hebden Bridge for 30 years. Read more about the Quakers and Quaker Week, starting at the end of the month. (14 Sept)

Hope Baptist ChurchHope Baptist Chapel reopens its doors after an investment of nearly £1m. One of the few remaining non-conformist Pennine chapels that is largely intact and still in use. More info (11 Sept)

New Halifax Central Library opened Tuesday 5 September as the old one closed. Situated next to the Piece Hall and Square Chapel it will be part of a vibrant cultural, heritage and learning quarter. Read more 

Saph Wright

Saph Wright died on 9 August 2017 after a long and courageous fight against a rare illness. See Saph's obituary on this Lives Remembered page.

Handmade Parade 2017

Hebden Bridge centre

The June 2012 Flood: See HebWeb News from five years ago. Click photo to enlarge.

Craig Whittaker wins Calder Valley for the Conservatives, winning by 609 votes. See HebWeb General Election section for Calder Valley results (9 June)

Painting the tops

Painting the tops: Walking on the tops around our area you are likely to come across trig points on the tops of hills. CROWS volunteers intend to repaint all the trig points in our area. They need donations to buy paint. Read more (7 June)

Street SundayStreets of Fun on Street Sunday: This event is the traditional end of the Arts Festival. Some of Britain's best street performers joined local acts in 4 venues on Sun 2 July.

Dig deeper inside the HebWeb There's much more on the HebWeb than you may think. This website has become a unique resource of local activity over the past twenty or so years. Read our brief summary of some of these less obvious features. (29 May)

Bob UttleySearch and Rescue Team welcome MBE for their honorary president, Mr Robert (Bob) Uttley for services to the community. (19 June)

Parking charges to be introduced in currently free parking areas in Albert Street, Crown Street, Valley Road and elsewhere. See Planning Watch (8 June)

New Co-op store, Mytholmroyd. See Planning Watch (8 June)

Wuthering BytesWuthering Bytes Festival back for a fifth year over ten days. The opening keynote will explore developments and people in the history of computing, from Maurice Wilkes and Max Newman to Alan Turing. More info (7 June)




Jeremy Corbyn in Hebden Bridge

Jeremy Corbyn in Hebden Bridge. Hundreds packed into the Town Hall on Monday (15 May) to support and hear the Labour leader. Photos, videos and report. (15 May - updated)

General Election section 2017 of the HebWeb is now online. We will post updates as they are received. The first discussion is on the question of a possible "progressive alliance". See the Election section.

Lindsay Rimer: a second Bradford man has been arrested on suspicion of her murder. See BBC report for more details, and this recent HebWeb News page for the background to this terrible crime. Update: man released on police bail. (25 April)

Calder Valley Community Land Trust receives major grant to the value of £88,000 to enable it to develop and to attract investment for its proposed affordable homes developments. Read more. (24 April)

General Election 2017 - as the General Election, gets under way, have a look back at HebWeb coverage of the 2015 election in the Calder Valley.

Duck Race

Duck Race madness attracts thousands - "Can you see owt?" Not everyone could. Every vantage point was several people thick. All desperate to see the plastic ducks floating along the Hebden Water for five minutes. Click photo to enlarge. Read more

Pace Egg

Heptonstall Players Pace Egg Play: Once again, the Heptonstall Players performed their unique version of the Pace Egg Play on Good Friday. More photos and details of the £955 raised.

Hebden Bridge Market moves to Lees Yard on Thursday 13 April - new Saturday Artisan market, a weekly Sunday local produce market and the Wednesday market moved to Fridays. More info

Sara PascoeStand-up comedy comes to Hebden Bridge… but for kids. Thanks to Hebden Bridge Arts Festival, kids can enjoy some top class comics… but without the rude bits. (10 April)

Piano Festival Piano Festival’s events for families and children This year’s children’s concert is Saint-Saens' The Carnival of the Animals, performed by the Willshire Piano Duo. More info

Sara PascoeSara Pascoe is an animal: Fearless comic Sara Pascoe is on the road with her new show Animal and Hebden Bridge Arts Festival have tempted her to stop off for a gig at the Picture House on 27 June. (28 March)

Alan PetfordLocal Historian Remembered. A new book published by the Local History Society, History in the South Pennines, will be a memorial to gifted local history lecturer, Alan Petford who died 2 years ago. Read more.

SHIBDEN HALL is the new Sally Wainwright eight part drama series: After Happy Valley, Last Tango in Halifax, Scott and Bailey and others, the first few episodes of Sally Wainwright’s next drama is based on the book Nature's Domain by Mytholmroyd writer Jill Liddington, published by Hebden Bridge publishers Pennine Pens. Read more. (5 March)

Small Ads: "House successfully rented through Hebweb. Fantastic posting wall!"

No place for young men: Alex Kostyakov has written a moving piece on work chances for young men in Hebden Bridge. Why do you never get served a latte by a young man, and is there a connection with break-ins at the park and station cafes? Read more.

Selling my house on HebWeb was "extremely successful - I hope to complete on the sale in 2 weeks time, and I think I could have sold it a few times over."

Smll Ads: "I had so many wonderful responses to my ad for someone to help me re-organize my house post-flood, I wanted to employ everyone! Thank you." - Susan

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."

Happy Valley

Happy Valley wins BAFTA as best TV Drama. Written by Sally Wainwright, much of the series was filmed in and around Hebden Bridge - see above at the back of Hanginroyd Lane. Sarah Lancashire won best leading female actor. (15 May)

Hebden Bridge HippiesHebden Bridge Hippies Exhibition: The main panels from the exhibition are now upstairs in Hebden Bridge Library. They're there for the next couple of months. The online version of the exhibition will remain available here on the HebWeb.

Slow The Flow - Hardcastle Crags: Slow The Flow Calderdale, with The National Trust and the Environment Agency, will shortly begin a programme of activity in Hardcastle Crags aimed at slowing the flow in the river and its feeder brooks. Read more. (26 April)

Small Ads success - "Hi there I have found lovely tenants for my house in less than 24 hours. Amazing!" Re house to let in Mytholmroyd.

Tourism GuideTourism Guide - 2017 With sections on this year's festivals and events, visiting Hebden Bridge, eating, drinking and shopping independently, attractions, getting and staying here, and links to more information about our 'intriguingly, creative' town.

How the Hippies Changed Hebden Bridge

How the Hippies Changed Hebden Bridge: An exhibition organised by the Local History Society aims to showed how those who moved into our area in the 1970s - the locals called them 'hippies' - kick-started the cultural renaissance which is today so Hebden Bridge. Read more.

HebWeb Small Ads - The HebWeb is brilliant. Found tutor within 3 days… We have found a candidate. The response was excellent as was the calibre of the candidates.

HEBDEN BRIDGE WINS! - Great British High Street Award in the Small Market Town category. Almost one year after our town was wrecked and shut down by the Boxing Day Flood.

Market Street

HebWeb Feature on the Boxing Day Flood, gathering together many of the articles, news, links, photos and videos. Updated reguarly.

Happy ValleyReasons to Visit Happy Valley's Hebden Bridge "Happy Valley comes to an end. You probably won't spend much of the last episode cooing over Hebden Bridge, which is a shame because it's well worth a visit." Read Radio Times piece 15 March

From Steve Farrell, now living in Mysore, India: "As someone who lives abroad, the Hebweb site has always been critical for keeping in touch 'back home' in Hebden. I've just needed to re-advertise my home for rent, so where to turn to? The Hebweb, of course. The Ad was up within minutes and there were 10 enquiries within 24 hours. Superb!" See Small Ads.

Calder Valley Voices

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

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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Small Ads - "We placed a job ad on the Hebweb recently, intending to keep it there for 2 weeks, but we had to take it down after 3 days due to the huge response generated"

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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