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Murphy's Lore 34 - A Great Canal Journey remembered, when to let go of loved ones, writing radio plays, a blind piano tutor, an escape to Playtopia, comics aren’t what they used to be, Murray Halberg’s underpants and an appearance from Little Percy. Read more (19 Aug)
Hebden Bridge Camera Club Annual Exhibition is for the week from 24 August at the Town Hall. All visitors will have the opportunity to vote for their favourites from approximately 60 framed prints. More info
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 (9 Aug)
Peterloo: Actress Maxine Peake unveiled political banner created by a Calder Valley artist Joan Heath who lives in Todmorden and is a former resident of Hebden Bridge. The banner unveiling was part of a series of events remembering the massacre at Peterloo, 200 years ago. Read more (11 Aug)
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)
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)
Communities pull together during weekend flooding: Local residents, flood wardens, Council teams, the Environment Agency, West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service, West Yorkshire Police and Yorkshire Water were amongst those braving the bad weather on Sunday and working throughout the night to help flood-affected communities. Read more (30 July)
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)
Happy Valley Pride Festival: - the eclectic, alternative and inclusive, week-long festival for everyone took place from 22-28 July. The celebration of LGBT+ life in Hebden Bridge and surrounding areas. A Festival for everyone. More info.
Mytholmroyd flood works - more Burnley Road diversions. Diversion during August through Mytholmroyd Fire Station forecourt. Scheme won't now be completed before summer 2020. More info (15 July)
Steampunk weekend 13-14 July. Click photo to see more images. See What's On for more info
Hebden Bridge Group Practice. Worrying reports continue. "The fact is that people can die, perhaps are dying or suffering harm, as a consequence of the Valley (Practice) behaviour." See HebWeb Forum (12 July)
Flood Storage Container Slows the Flow with green roof - Work has been completed on a brand new Green Roof on the top of the Mytholmroyd Flood Warden Storage Container at The Shoulder of Mutton Pub on New Road. Read more (10 July)
Hebden Bridge Group Practice Survey: Patients are invited to complete a questionnaire about their experience of the Practice. This is being administered by the Patient Participation Group. Paper copies are available at the three surgeries (Valley Road, Grange Dene and Luddenden) or it can be completed online here. And see HebWeb Forum thread
Heptonstall Festival was on Saturday, 6 July. Various attractions including the Fell race, live music, crafts, open studios and entertainment throughout the day. A wide range of food and drink stalls to suit all tastes. More info
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
Job Vacancy at the Town Hall
Hebden Bridge Town Hall is looking to recruit an additional Duty Officer to join their staff team working on an annualised contract basis. For information about the position and details for how to apply please click here. (15 Aug)
More Comedy at The Little Theatre - on 8 Sept, featuring a brilliant impressionist in Danny Posthill, renowned for his hilarious take-offs. And Australian Mick Neven who loves British audiences, because he feels they are desperate for a laugh as a result of being so beaten down by Brexit. More info
Bradford Warriors – Suffragettes at Large The centenary-plus-one of women being given the right to vote in Britain. Or, as Helen Broadhead reminded U3A, a right for some women – those who were 30 or older and only if they, or their husbands, were ratepayers. Read report. (13 Aug)
Little Theatre: Bazaar and Rummage audition Director, Gil Burns, will be holding an audition for the Little Theatre’s November play, Bazaar and Rummage, by Sue Townsend, on Sat 7 September, 7pm, at the Theatre. More info. (11 Aug)
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.
Artsmill Exhibition - Inter-Arts Festival of Childhood During the 2 weeks of the Festival (4-18 Aug) there will be an Art and Word Exhibition, Workshops, Talks, Art Installations, Films and Performances. More info
Flood siren sounded for Hebden Bridge at 9.55pm, Sunday evening, 28 July. Flood wardens were out helping people much of the night. The river peaked around 11pm and the risk of further flooding has been averted - for now. More rain forecast over the next few days - see Environment Agency and Facebook's Calder Valley Flood Support. (29 July)
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)
Remembering the Hiroshima & Nagasaki nuclear massacres On Sunday 4th August, peace activists will gather on the wavy steps at the Packhorse Bridge in Hebden Bridge to remember all those who perished when nuclear bombs were dropped in 1945. Read more
Invasion by the Red Hatters. Inspired by Jenny Joseph's poem Warning, "When I am an old woman I shall wear purple. With a red hat which doesn't go and doesn't suit me," the Red Hatters will be invading Hebden Bridge on 1 Aug. Read more
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. (18 July)
Hebden Bridge farmer convicted of animal cruelty - A farmer from Hebden Bridge has been banned from keeping livestock for seven years, sentenced to 250 hours of unpaid work and ordered to pay over £36,000 costs. Read more. (12 July)
Grant funding brings warmth and quiet to Hope Chapel A grant from Community Foundation for Calderdale has enabled Hope Baptist Church in Hebden Bridge to replace windows that had been installed when the building was modernised in the 1950s. More info (8 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 (7 July)
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. (1 July)
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. (18 June)
Green screen for Burnley Road Academy To help absorb harmful pollutants, Calderdale Council has installed a plant-based perimeter fence around the school playground as part of its plans to tackle air pollution. More info (12 June)
Hebden Bridge Group Practice - "no advance appointments". See HebWeb Forum message
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." (29 May)
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. (28 May)
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" (12 May)
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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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
Council reviews weedkiller use and is exploring a range of alternative options, including manual techniques, to keep weeds at bay and which are kinder to the environment than is glysophate. Read more.
M.E. Support Group in Hebden Bridge - Hebden Bridge M.E. Support Group held their first awareness event on June 14th, after recently getting together as a Facebook group, and as part of a wellness and creativity event at the Town Hall arranged by the Arts Festival. Read more (19 June)
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.
40 years of twinning between Hebden Royd and St Pol-sur-Ternoise At 6am on Thursday 30th May, a happy group of travellers boarded a coach in Hebden Bridge to travel to our twin town St Pol-sur-Ternoise (France) to celebrate 40 years of twinning. Read more (5 June)
More Wall Tops Stolen on the Mayroyd Hall driveway. See HebWeb Forum (30 May)
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 (22 May)
Dorothy Sutcliffe's community spirit rewarded in Blackshaw Head where she has been a councillor since 1979, when too few councillors stood for election that year, and she volunteered to be co-opted. Read more (20 May)
HebWeb Forum: concerns grow about the Hebden Bridge Group Practice, with doctors being urged not to sign up to the latest Primary Care Network contract
Pennine Heritage secures National Lottery support for a programme to restore and maintain the Birchcliffe Centre, new marketing campaign to get local groups, businesses, residents and visitors more involved and advice on improving working arrangements. More info (17 March)
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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.
Air Pollution is a serious problem in some parts of Hebden Bridge, along the A646. What can be done about it? See this HebWeb Forum thread.
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)
Europe: Craig Whittaker, our Calder Valley MP, voted with the 201 others who supported Theresa May's deal. (15 Jan)
Hebden Bridge Film Festival - with Maxine Peake as patron - Hebden Bridge is to host an international Film Festival, from 22nd- 24th March 2019 at the Picture House and the Town Hall. Louise Wadley, Director, of the Festival, told the HebWeb, "We are absolutely thrilled to announce Maxine Peake as our Patron." Read more
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
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
Hebden Bridge Camera Club Exhibition Results People from near and far viewed the 60+ images on display at the Town Hall and over 1000 of those took part in the voting for the “People’s Choice”. Read more
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
Community toilet scheme launches in Mytholmroyd. The public toilets in Mytholmroyd have been demolished. While options for toilet provision elsewhere in the town are being investigated, Calderdale has been working with local businesses to encourage them to take part in a community toilets scheme. Read more
Crumbling Riverside School on Sky News "Room after room is damp or crumbling or flaking… The building is literally falling apart around them." Head Teacher Rachel Burton shows reporters around the school - 4 minutes into this report on lack of school funding. See report on YouTube (1 Oct)
Hebden Bridge features in The Spectator "The Yorkshire town that’s gone from dirty old buildings to New Age nirvana" by William Cook.
Call for electrification of the Calder Valley line which would improve journey times, make services more reliable, be cheaper to run, help cut congestion on the roads and reduce impacts on the environment. Read more
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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.
Jeremy Corbyn in Mytholmroyd speaking to a packed Community Centre, supporting Labour's candidates for the local elections. Click photo to enlarge.
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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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.
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.
HebWeb Small Ads message: "Please could you close the advert? We've been overwhelmed with the response and quality of applicants! Thanks so much!"
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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.
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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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.
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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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- Accommodation - from bed and breakfast to self catering, a range of places to stay in our area
- Archive - news and discussion going back to the mid 90s
- Bloggers and columns - a section where you can read regular pieces by selected local bloggers.
- Books - of interest to people living in Hebden Bridge and area
- Contact info
- Discussion Forum - hundreds of messages every year on matters of concern to those who live in Hebden Bridge and the surrounding hills, villages and valleys
- Emails - a directory of local email addresses
- Events: a selection of local events
- Five hundred words on Hebden Bridge - one of the 500 years of the Hebden pack horse bridge projects
- Green Pages
- Hebden Bridge info - some basic information about Hebden Bridge with links to some features which have been written about our town.
- Hebden Bridge 500 - celebrating 500 years of the bridge
- History pages - links to local history websites, together with a selection of articles remembering times past.
- Lives Remembered - thoughts and comments on the death of a selection of local people
- Mailing list
- Maps - several maps of the town and area, including Google maps.
- Neighbours/twins - links to websites of surrounding towns and our twin towns in France and Germany
- News: Dozens of news items are posted every month; many are unique to Hebden Bridge Web, coming from our growing number of correspondents. Others may also be covered elsewhere but can be found on HebWeb many days earlier.
- News Highlights of 2012
- Photos - many galleries of photos, including some by well known local photographers
- Planning Watch - details of controversial developments are posted here.
- Radio and video samples relating to our area
- Search HebWeb - search the thousands of news, features and discusssion on the entire Hebden Bridge Web in seconds.
- Small ads
- Tourist Info
- Useful sites - a range of site which we think local people will find useful, rail and bus timetables, ofsted reports, local doctors, etc.
- View from the Bridge
- Web Design from Pennine Pens
- Websites Listings A-Z: listings of a large selection of Hebden Bridge websites
- Websites List - by category: listings of a large selection of Hebden Bridge websites
- What's on/Local events: a selection of local events
- Where to stay - from bed and breakfast to self catering, a range of places to stay in our area