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Twin Town visitSt Pol-sur-Ternoise and Warstein visitors. On 27 August, 70 visitors from Hebden Bridge's twin towns of St Pol-sur-Ternoise (France) and Warstein (Germany) arrived to celebrate many years of twinning together. Read more 2 Sept

What's on in September - over 25 events now listed in our events section. Up the Buttress, workshops, talks, village fete, storytelling, open days, ward forum, steampunk and much more. What's on

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.

Vacancy for Town Councillor filled White Lee Ward: Tony Hodgins has been selected by co-option following disqualification of Conservative Councillor, Nicola May. Read more

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)

Hebden Bridge Arts Festival is hosting the world premiere of postman turned auteur Kevin Boniface's debut short, The Rookery.World premiere for Arts Festival first short film commission By day Kevin Boniface was posting letters, but after his shift he was making his half hour long film, The Rookery. Read more (9 Aug)

The First Film - with Q&A. Was the film industry born in Yorkshire? That's the question asked by David Wilkinson in this enthralling documentary into the origins of cinema. Picture House. 9 Aug. See What's on.

Owen JonesSold out: The talk by Guardian Columnist Owen Jones on The Politics of Hope, organised by the Hebden Bridge Arts Festival, 13 Sept, Baptist Church.

Vintage Car weekend

Vintage Car Weekend: 1-2 August. The Rotary Club of Hebden Bridge hosted the annual charity fund raising event. More info

Jeremy Corbyn's bid to be Labour Leader now has the support of Calder Valley Labour Party. (28 July)

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

Arts Festival seeks new blood. The Festival Board has launched a search for a new Chair and new Board members who can help the organisation continue to flourish. Read more

Supermarket protestSAINSBURYS FIGHT BACK with a judicial review. Despite the application to build a Sainsbury store in Hebden Bridge being rejected by Hebden Royd Council, by Calderdale Council and by the Planning Inspectorate the developers are not giving up. Read more

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

Street Sundae Week2

FESTIVAL STREET SUNDAE: 2nd weekend. Some of the nation's top street performers joined in the fun, including Phoenix Nights star Janice Connolly. Read more and see more photos from Paul Clarke

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

Car Park Closes: Calderdale councillor Janet Battye has told the HebWeb that she thinks the old Fire Station land should continue as a car park. Read more 29 June

Free Arts Festival Street SundaeArts Festival Street Sundae Hebden Bridge threw open its doors on Sunday, 28 June for the annual Street Sundae festival. See some photos from the afternoon

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

BBC News: West Yorkshire Police to get £1.5m to review 'cold case' murders, including that of Hebden Bridge's Lindsay Rimer

Craig WhittakerCalder Valley MP's snub to climate change delegation. Craig Whittaker refused to meet a delegation from his constituency at Parliament, as part of the national Climate Coalition lobby of Parliament on Weds 17th June, despite previously having said that he would. Read more

Living wage employerFollowing Hebden Royd Town Council's lead, Calderdale Council has now also become a living wage employer. Employees will receive a minimum hourly wage of £7.85, instead of the national minimum wage of £6.50.


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)

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

Magna Carta - A (Mostly) Light-hearted look at 800 Years of History by the University of the Third Age (U3A). Read report 1 Sept


Northlight Art launch new Autumn term programme of Art and Craft courses. Classes for all - from the terrified to the gifted! Read more

Vote for Riverside! 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

Hebden Royd and hilltop parishes - there's still time to have your say. Online consultation.

Drew WhitworthKilimanjaro challenge - Earlier this month, Drew Whitworth from Hebden Bridge climbed the highest mountain in Africa to raise over £1000 for Calder Valley Search and Rescue. Read more

Blackshaw Head's Annual Village Fete

Blackshaw Head's Village Fete: Homegrown and homemade produce, a bouncy castle or Punch and Judy for the kids are some of the great things happening on Sat 5th Sept. Read more

Local History Talks - the winter programme starts in September and includes: when Oxford University came to Hebden Bridge, the lost Kingdom of Elmet, the further history of Calrec, the suffragette census boycott, connections to the Magna Carta, conscientious objectors of the First World War and much more. See What's on

Chris GreenChris Green completes The Big Ride for Palestinian Children Chris cycled from Edinburgh to London, 1st-9th August and helped raise over £55,000. Read more

Nagasaki peace declaration

Mayor Karl Boggis read the peace declaration on the 70th anniversary of Nagasaki atomic bomb, 9 August, by the Old Bridge. The white dove flew in, right on cue. More info with brief report and photos of the event.

Overgate Hospice Furniture Shop Opened, at Shepherds former car showroom. Saturday 1 August.


Young actors on set in Heptonstall during the making of new 8 part ITV drama series, Jericho. Photo by Rob Costello, part of the After Alice Project. (28 July)

The Bicycle Den seeks bikesThe Bicycle Den seeks bikes If your bike is useable and you don't need it, consider taking it to the Bicycle Den. It would help a charity which is working to change girls' lives. Read more (24 July)

Blackshaw Head Methodist Chapel

Blackshaw Head Methodist Chapel is 200 years old. On Sunday, 12 July, a photo from around 1908 was recreated. Read more and see larger versions of both photos.

Drum TrekDrum Trek: On July 2nd, Hebden Bridge drummer Paul Dear left John O'Groats on a rhythmical odyssey, taking in 27 locations in 26 days, finishing at Lands End. Read more

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.

All Our Own Work, Andrew Bibby's history of the HB Fustian Manufacturing CoopBook Launch: All Our Own Work, Andrew Bibby's history of the HB Fustian Manufacturing Coop at Nutclough Mill. Launched Sunday 5 July. Read more

Lemn Sissay   Trees

Arts Festival - Above: photos from Craig Shaw of first couple of days of Arts Festival: Poet Lemn Sissay and part of the trail of decorated trees throughout the town centre 28 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)

Peter RileyHebden Bridge writer, Peter Riley, short-listed for for this year's Forward Arts Foundation prize for Due North, worth £10,000. Read more (12 June)


HebWeb Quirky Small Ads:
As well as services, and houses and homes offered and wanted, recent ads have included campervan, Mediterranean apartments, smallholding for sale, meditation for modern life, squash coaching, yoga, massage and fiddle tuition. See our Small ads page.

Calderdale Planning Committee has turned down an application to build 14 apartments towards the bottom of Heptonstall Road. See Planning Watch.

Handmade Parade 2015

Handmade Parade report - in the sunshine - more photos

Nicola May, the only Conservative councillor elected to Hebden Royd Town Council has been disqualified for not accepting the post within the prescribed time period.

Rainbow over Hebden Bridge  -  photo: Mike Barrett of Frogs Design

Rainbow over Hebden Bridge
5am, Saturday morning, 30 May
photo: Mike Barrett - click to enlarge

Craig Whittaker a Mormon? At the swearing in of MPs, our MP requested the Book of Mormon to pledge allegiance to the Crown, according to this BBC News report (21 May)

Hebden Royd Town Council: Update: Labour retain control with 10 seats, Lib-Dems have 5 seats, Greens and Conservatives have one seat each. Full results

Green Councillors in the Calder Valley: Penny Marrington and Dave Wardell will take their places on Todmorden Town Council and Elizabeth King, who topped the White Lee ward poll, will join Hebden Royd Town Council. Read more from Calderdale Greens

Calderdale Council Elections: Dave Young is returned for Labour in Calder ward (Hebden Bridge) with nearly double the vote of his nearest rival. (Turnout: 76%) Nicola May wins for Conservatives in Luddendenfoot ward, covering Mytholmroyd. See full results.

Conservatives hold Calder Valley with a reduced majority of 4,427. UKIP in 3rd place with 5960 votes. Lib Dem vote down 20%. Greens in 5th place with 2090 votes. Turnout: 69.18% (up 1.9%). See results details in the Hebweb Election Section

Distasteful Craig Whittaker tweet row

Craig Whittaker tweet

Following uproar on Twitter and Facebook, the row has reached ITV, the Mirror and the BBC. See BBC news item (5 May)


Hebden Bridge Hustings

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.


Local election candidate statements: So far, five candidates have sent the HebWeb summaries of why they want your vote, and photos. Read them here. (updated 20 April)

Local election candidates: following the close of nominations, the HebWeb is now able to publish lists of candidates for Calderdale and Town Council elections. Surprises include a first UKIP candidate for the Calder ward covering Hebden Bridge, and far fewer candidates for the Town Council. Read more (10 April)

General ElectionGeneral Election - at the close of nominations, 7 candidates have put themselves forward. See our election section for photos, links, views and discussion. (10 April)



HEBWEB ELECTION QUESTIONS: The HebWeb wrote to each of the six Parliamentary candidates, posing six questions, designed to help voters understand the differences between the parties. Each of the candidates has now responded and you can read their replies here, in our Election Section.

George MonbiotStop subsidies to sheep farmers and grouse moor owners - Guardian columnist George Monbiot gave a powerful speech to a packed audience at the Baptist Church yesterday evening, as part of the Hebden Bridge Arts Festival. Read more.

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

HebWeb also available on the slightly shorter as well as

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.

Car park to close? The owners of the old Fire Station land have stated that they intend to close the 39 space car park on 25 June. Read more

Karl BoggisNew Mayor for Town Council: The Annual Meeting of Hebden Royd Town Council took place at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Mytholmroyd. Cllr Karl Boggis was elected as the new Mayor of Hebden Royd. Read more (22 May)

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)

Council Minutes online: Hebden Royd Town minutes prior to 7 May election now available.

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)

Lindsay RimerLindsay Rimer: 20 years after Lindsay's body was found in the Rochdale Canal, her sister Katie, has spoken publicly. "From the beginning we have been filled with grief and we cannot stop the grief and instead, remember her with love until this comes to an end," she said. See BBC report and HebWeb Feature

Pace Egg play

Pace Egg Play 2015 - read more
More photos

Australian View of Hebden Bridge: from The West Australian - "This once-dying mill town reinvented itself as a beacon of alternative living; a quirky commuter hub where artists, writers, hippies and new-age gurus rub shoulders with teachers, estate agents and earthy Yorkshire folk". Read the article. 16 Jan

Theatre in a Time of Change - by Michael PrioreBook from Pennine Pens - Theatre in a Time of Change - by Hebden Bridge's Michael Prior. This is not a book about stars and plays, but about the rise and fall of the theatre as a cultural and economic art-form since 1945. Read more. (11 Aug)

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

Hebden Bridge features in The Times list of trendiest cities, villages and market towns in which to live. 10 March

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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