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May Election candidates: The HebWeb has invited candidates to post messages on the HebWeb saying why we should vote for them. So far, we had received response from Jenny Shepherd, the Green Party candidate, Cllr Janet Battye, the Liberal Democrat candidate and Josh Fenton-Glynn, the Labour Party candidate Read more updated 29 April
Shape the future of the Valley Road Town Centre site Now that Sainsburys will not be building their store, there is a consultation about the future of the land. Post your views online about the development of the wider area around the old Fire Station premises. Read more
Party with Prince at the Trades Club Journalist and Prince fanatic Simon Price will DJ a special party at the Trades Club in memory of the pop legend whose death sparked a worldwide wave of mourning. Read more 30 April
Linda Green launches her latest novel in Hebden Bridge Already on the Amazon top ten for Kindle, with more than 500 reader reviews, Linda Green is launching the printed version, 29 April at the Town Hall. Read more
Theme announced for Handmade Parade 2016: "The 'Muck In' theme aims to capture the spirit of the Boxing Day floods, celebrating the heroic super-human effort from everyone to rebuild our local communities," said Andrew Kim. Read more
Zeitgeist Hair: job vacancy: The Zeitgeist team is growing and we're on the hunt for two new team members.
Retired Head walks to Italy. Roger Gill, 69, is walking 1,200 miles from Hebden Bridge to Italy. Read the article in the Yorkshire Post 21 April
10 Years of Family Forest School at Eastwood: The family sessions at Eastwood were started way back in 2006 but the site was destroyed in the Boxing Day floods. After much very hard work, it is now back up and running. Read more 18 April
Hebden Bridge Community Association seeks new Chair. Amonst other things, the Association owns and manages the Town Hall, one of the first community-owned town halls in the country. Read more 18 April
Lindsay Rimer's murder 21 years on: DNA clues revealed, and Lindsay's sister Juliet (pictured right) speaks publicly for the first time. Detective Superintendent Simon Atkinson tells of "new forensic leads which we hope may lead to the identification of Lindsay's killer." Read more and watch Juliet Rimer's video 12 April
Order your Hanging Baskets! Each year over 300 baskets and flowers are put up across Hebden Bridge and Mytholmroyd. In an effort to support local businesses, this year Hebden Royd Town Council are pricing the baskets at just £23.50 each. Read more 7 April
Floods Meeting Report - report of Monday's public meeting, called by the Hebden Bridge Partnership. 7 April
Boxing Day Floods - Economic Impact Report published: Businesses in Calderdale have lost £47 million so far as a result of the Boxing Day floods. Just 61% of Hebden Bridge businesses are back open after 3 months. 30% of businesses affected (nearly 300) were in Hebden Bridge. Read more and see report 6 April
Hospital Cuts Consultation: Town Hall from 2-8 on Tuesday 5th April. Save our A&Es campaigners recommend people hold off on responding to the hospital cuts consultation survey until more information is available. Read more 4 April
Trouser Town in Happy Valley - scroll down to see the item on Hebden Bridge in The Observer. "The picturesque town of Hebden Bridge was once better known for producing menswear than providing the set for Happy Valley. 3 April
Our twin towns have already donated nearly 4000 euros. St Pol is now making a further official contribution of 2,000 euros, specifically for post flood repairs to the Picture House. Read more 29 March
Picture House fully open from Friday, 25 March. 3 months after the December floods, stalls seating and disabled access will reopen on Friday 25th March.
Fighting back after the winter floods: BBC news item includes report of Ian McMillan re-opening The Book Case. 26 March
Old fashioned portrait studio in Heptonstall: As part of the Heptonstall Family Day in Weavers' Square on Easter Saturday, the After Alice Project hosted a vintage-style photo-booth. Read more 22 March
Electric Bike Revolution Begins!: We:cycle, the community-based electric bike hire project had a 'Show and tell' of the new electric bikes from 2-4pm on Saturday (19th March) at the New Delight, Blackshaw Head. Read more 18 March
Reasons 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
Sally Wainwright to helped launch Happy Valley Pride, the brainchild of 4 local residents who were shocked and outraged by a piece of a homophobic graffiti they saw in Hebden Bridge in the summer of 2015. Read more 9 March
Duck Island saved as Hebden Water dredged: Today Jos Wattam, who is managing the dredging by the Environment Agency of Hebden Water gave a reassurance that the Duck Island would be preserved Read more 11 March
Folk star Kate Rusby to close this year's Arts Festival. As well as hits from a twenty year career, 'The Barnsley Nightingale' will also be showcasing songs from her last studio album Ghost. Read more 9 March
After the floods: Work begins on dredging canal in Hebden Bridge and Mytholmroyd - see Yorkshire Post article 9 March
NHS Bill: Craig Whittaker won't attend the debate or vote for the Bill - There is growing support among political groups in our area for a Parliamentary Bill which aims to fully restore the NHS as a publicly owned service and to reverse 25 years of privatisation. Read more 8 March
Big Calder Spring Cleanup It's time to put the wellies on again! A series of volunteer events have been organised this March to remove rubbish and debris from the banks of the Calder. Read more 7 March
Mental Health Jobs axed in Calderdale: Users of a NHS Art Psychotherapy service in Calderdale are fighting to save it from closure after the therapists were given compulsory redundancy notices over the Christmas period. Read story 23 Feb
Co-operative pioneer, Joseph Greenwood sees light of day again. The gravestone of a leading Victorian co-operator, which for many years been lying face-down in thick undergrowth, has now been restored. Read story 22 Feb
Hebden Bridge Group Practice wins Pride in Practice award: The staff at Hebden Bridge Group Practice had the award presented to them by Laurence Webb and Dale Maskell from LGBT Foundation for delivering fully inclusive health care services to their patients. Read story 19 Feb
Scout Road landslide: work to start soon - Work to enable the road and school to reopen and residents to return home at flood-affected Scout Road, Mytholmroyd, moved a step closer as Calderdale approved up to £400,000 of funding. Read more 17 Feb
Hebden Bridge reservoirs to be considered for floodwater storage. See BBC report
Waites to remain closed. The announcement was made today on their Facebook page. A decision has yet to be made about the Mytholmroyd shop.
Insurance for businesses hit by floods. See this Look North snippet from Wednesday, 9 February 2016.
Pennine Community Power supports flood victims. The community wind turbine at Blackshaw Head regularly has some of its surplus given to community projects, and PCP has just agreed that £1400 will go to flood victims. Read more 8 Feb
After the floods: at The Deli on Market Street, Hebden Bridge, these posters were uncovered during refurbishment. They all seem to date from May 1882 - photo thanks to After Alice Project. Click photo to enlarge. 5 Feb
Floods: HebWeb Gallery - 24 photos taken on the morning of Boxing Day, 2015.
Hebden Bridge Market wins Best Small Outdoor Market award:
Hebden Bridge Market has been crowned one of Britain's best markets in a prestigious national competition. Read more 3 Feb
BBC's The One Show - came live from Hebden Bridge, Tuesday evening (2 Feb).
Books for Schools success: Di Seymour and Michael Prior had little idea when they asked children's bookø publishers for help restocking flooded schools just how many they would get. A couple of hundred? They've now received more than 2500. Read more 1 Feb
Record buyers save local music shop: Record buyers from across the north converged on a one off record fair in Hebden Bridge raising £5000 to save Muse Music that was facing closure after the devastating Boxing Day flood. Read more. 26 Jan
Above - Floods Public Meeting: Causes And Solutions, 21st Jan, Birchcliffe Centre. Follow the discussion on the HebWeb Forum
Photo: Geoff Tansey
Hebden Bridge is Open for Business - see video of shopkeepers, café owners and more, filmed by Jason Elliott on Monday, 18 January, telling us they are back open for business.
Books for flooded schools: National publishers of children's books have responded to an appeal for books for our flooded schools. Hundreds of new books will be delivered to local schools over the next week. Read more. 17 Jan
Guardian article: "When we opened the (Town Hall) doors on the 27th we just weren't expecting the sheer volume of people wanting to volunteer. We thought maybe we'd be able to provide hot drinks and somewhere for people to charge their phones… it soon became apparent that it was going to be much, much bigger than that." Read full article 11 Jan
The Guardian used this photo from Craig Shaw for the above article - see more of Craig's photos of the floods aftermath and cleanup
The Impact of the Boxing Day Floods on Hebden Bridge's Economy: the Hebden Bridge Partnership have produced a report seeking to raise the profile of Hebden Bridge in the clamour for flood funds, showing that 80% of town centre shops, cafes, pubs, services were hit by the flood. More info and link to report
No Parking charges for the rest of the month All pay and display charges in Council car parks and on-street parking will be lifted until the end of the month to help alleviate pressure for residents and businesses in floodhit areas. Read more 7 Jan
Flood Recovery: Public Meeting: The Hebden Bridge Partnership has called this meeting jointly with the Town Council and the Business Forum - Sat. 16 Jan. Separate meeting on flooding causes & solutions Thurs, 21 Jan. Read more
THE FLOODS - AFTERMATH.
Funding for residents and businesses, Army on the streets; video of Town Hall hub co-ordinating support; businesses needs support; help from Halifax mosque; George Monbiot - "warnings disregarded"; message of support from twin town, and more. News and photos updated 3 Jan
After the Floods: Greens Vegetarian Café reopens Four months on, after support from Calderdale Council, Flood Aid and the landlord, the Café has now been refurbished and will reopen on Saturday 7th May Read more (1 May)
Electric Bike launch in Old Town We:cycle electric bike membership scheme is launching the first of the hubs at Old Town this coming Saturday, 30th April at the Hare and Hounds pub at 2pm. Read more 28 April
The Rainy Season by Jill Robinson. Many will be familiar with Jess, the put-upon heroine of the popular Berringden Brow series of books. The Rainy Season chronicles Jess's teenage years in the 1960s, abuse, the social changes and escape. Read more 22 April
Flooding the Picture House with films. Hebden Bridge and Mythlomroyd Arts Festival have joined forces to host a special screening of three short films reflecting on the Boxing Day floods that devastated both towns. Read more 21 April
After the floods: Rotary Clubs offer support to community groups. They want local community groups who were affected by the floods to get in touch, as they have some funds available. Read more 19 April
Last Night A Venue Saved My Life. One local resident Nick Rice's personal account of the Boxing Day flood, and ending up at the Trades Club. Published this week in the award winning music magazine Clash Magazine. "There's no food, heat or water at home and I'm caked from head to toe in toxic slurry after attempting to clean up." Read the article. 15 April
Alternative Christmas Day update: latest information about all the events planned for 25 June. Snow machines, Christmas trees, Fair for Youth, Mytholmroyd Gala, lunch for hundreds of flood volunteers and helpers. Read more 14 April
Labour say no to more Academies - Calderdale Labour councillors are joining forces with Halifax MP Holly Lynch to campaign against the Government's plans to force every school to become an Academy. Read more 12 April
Wainsgate Chapel Concerts: Cardboard Fox The Wainsgate Chapel 2016 concert seasons begins on Sunday 17 April. Winners of the 2015 Spiral Earth Award for Best Debut, Cardboard Fox are an exciting new four piece with a fast growing fan base. Read more 10 April
Arabic cooking class with asylum seekers on Saturday 16 April. See What's on
Look North in Hebden Bridge to talk about a new scheme which allows some flooded home owners the possibility of getting insured again. 5 April
Economic Impact of the Boxing Day Floods: An economic impact report on flooding in Calderdale is due for publication early this coming week, and it focuses on the impact the floods have had on local businesses. Read more 3 April
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Mytholmroyd Arts Festival presents premiere of short film Calder. Film-maker Paula Sutherland says, "The receding flood waters truly revealed the remarkable character of this community. We were astonished by the strength of connection that moved people to set aside their own troubles and extend help and support to others." Read more 30 March
Girls' Self Defence and Confidence Workshop - hands-on workshop aimed at girls aged 11-16 years focuses on day-to-day personal safety issues they may experience at school, on the street and on public transport. Read more 28 March
Joseph Wood, a Yorkshire Quaker - Pamela Cooksey told the Local History Society of his many notebooks which included accounts of his visits to the Calder Valley in the late 18th Century. Read more 28 March
Above: Tosspot gets a kiss
More Pace Egg photos.
Pace Egg Play 2016. Hundreds turned out for the Heptonstall Pace Egg play in the Good Friday sunshine. More photos. £1144.94 was raised which will shared between Calderdale's Flood Relief Fund and the East African Playgrounds project.
The floods: taking stock three months on: Public Meeting, called by Hebden Bridge Partnership on Monday, 4 April 2016. See What's on
2016 Hebden Bridge Tourist leaflet.
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Calderdale Conscientious Objectors in the First World War: John Rhodes told the Local History Society about what happened to those who opposed the war and those who sought exemption from military service on grounds of conscience. Read more 23 March
The Flood Recovery Art Auction earlier this month raised thousands of pounds. Unsold and newly received items will now be available at a silent auction and exhibition starting at the end of April. Read more 22 March
Re-opening the Co-op in Hebden Bridge. Keith Crabtree, flood warden, cuts the ribbon. Photo thanks to Craig Shaw 18 March
Budget: Calder Valley Flood Defences. The Chancellor has allocated £35 million to the Calder Valley for flood defences. See this short clip from Look North. 16 March
Schools' spokeperson slams Academy proposals: local schools will "be forced to join bureaucratic and undemocratic Academy chains, accountable to unelected sponsors and to civil servants in Whitehall." Read more 16 March
After the Floods: Ian McMillan re-opened The Book Case, on Wednesday 16 March. Ian said, "A bookshop is the social and cultural heart of any town and I'm proud to be able to declare the Book Case dried out, spruced up, and ready to delight the Calder Valley and beyond by purveying fine volumes!" See What's on
A Real Junk Food Café is coming to Hebden Bridge: a 'pay-as-you-feel' Café, opening in April, will work with local food producers and retailers, using products that would otherwise go to waste, turning them into healthy, nutritious meals. Read more 10 March
Hebden Bridge Parnership seeks new Chair, to take over from our current Chair, Bob Deacon - details here 10 March
Waites not re-opening: we reported a month ago that the Hebden Bridge shop would remain closed. An announcement on Waites' Facebook page says that the Mytholmroyd shop will not re-open either.
Funding boost for festivals: Calderdale Council is offering grants of up to £5000 for local voluntary and community groups organising festivals or events after the Boxing Day floods. Read more 3 March
The Manchester and Leeds Railway: 175th Anniversary - 1st March 2016. Read story (PDF) from Friends of Hebden Bridge Station.
After the floods: Overgate Hospice shop in Crown Street is re-opened on Thursday, 10 March at 11am.
Flood Fundraising Writing Competition: The Watermarks Writing Competition (on the theme of water) has been organised by Bluemoose Books, Helen Meller of Hebden Bridge Arts Festival and Anna Turner. Read more and how to enter 25 Feb
Craig says yes to Europe: Calder Valley MP Craig Whittaker has said on his website that he will be voting to stay in the European Union. 24 Feb
After the Floods: Alternative Christmas Day
On 25th June 2016, there is going to be an Alternative Christmas Day, 6 months after the floods, showing that our area is Back Open. Read more
After the Floods: Progress at the Picture House. The waters claimed all of the stalls seating and wrecked the basement boiler room, and damages the under-stage area, toilets, foyer and kiosk. However, the flooding has provided some great opportunities. Read more
HebWeb Feature on the Boxing Day Flood, gathering together many of the articles, news, links, photos and videos. Updated reguarly.
Ghost houses of Hebden Bridge. Can they be brought back to life? Public meeting and consultation being held at the Town Hall to discuss resurrection of the High Street, once crowded with early nineteenth century terraced houses. Read more 7 Feb
The 9th annual Hebden Bridge Handmade Parade will be on Sunday 26 June, the opening weekend of the Hebden Bridge Arts Festival, promising to once again bring celebration, colour and spectacle to the streets of our town. Read more 3 Feb
Liz and The White Swan is a short video of how the Boxing Day floods affected The White Swan. Interviewed by Jason Elliott, Liz tells what the Boxing Day floods did to her pub.
Environment Secretary Liz Truss promises flood prevention measures. It has been announced that new flood defences will be built in Mytholmroyd and possibly Hebden Bridge and a new flood prevention plan for the whole Calder Valley will be drawn up, and work started in October 2016. Read more
BBC Look North reports on the floods in Hebden Bridge and Mytholmroyd, one month on.
Council announces fund to prevent future flood damage: Up to £5,000 can be claimed for work that will help to protect buildings against future flooding. Read more 11 Jan
After the Flood: Hebden Bridge Library - Library services are getting back on their feet after the Boxing Day floods caused over £100,000 of damage to books, equipment, fixtures and fittings. Read more 8 Jan
Funding for residents affected by flooding: The Council is providing grant funding to support residents affected by flooding with a £500 hardship payment to householders who have been severely affected. Read more 6 Jan
The real story of the Calder Valley floods: restored communities and faith in humanity - Eight days on from the devastating Boxing Day floods that swamped Calder Valley, the real story is that people came together and have been magnificently supported by a wide range of groups from all backgrounds, some of whom have travelled long distances to help. 3 Jan
Flood disruptions latest: FAQs on what schools are opening; road closures; volunteering, donating, insurance and more. Updated 6 Jan
Sainsburys' latest court action thrown out. See court ruling here. The High Court has dismissed Eshton Gregory's/ Sainsbury's judicial review challenge to the Planning Inspector's refusal to grant an appeal to Calderdale Council's refusal of planning permission 30 Dec
See HebWeb Forum thread for floods discussion.
FLOODED AGAIN! More video added.
Worse than 2012 - see our news page with more photos and info. Offers of help are being co-ordinated by the Calder Valley Flood Support Facebook group. At least two Sunday papers have Mytholmroyd on their front page. Read and see more 26 Dec
'Calder Valley under water: Sacrificed to indifference and political ideology': an open letter from Calderdale Friends of the Earth to Craig Whittaker MP challenges the actions, inaction and political ideology that contributed to the floods. Read letter 27 Dec
Sunday 27th: Picture House is appealing for people to help. Bring a headtorch as no electricity. Free gas check offer. See our flood news page
Flood Sirens went off at 9.30pm Christmas Day in Hebden Bridge and again throughout the length of the Upper Valley at 7.30am Boxing Day morning. Updates can be found on the Calder Valley Flood Support Facebook group. An Environment Agency flood warning is in force. Main roads remain closed, Boxing Day, 8.30pm.
Hydro-power scheme in Hebden Bridge: Situated in the Colden Valley, Jane and Bede Mullin's Water Turbine installation will produce enough power for 40 houses. However, recent cuts in government subsidies for renewable energy means that similar projects in the future would no longer be economic. Read more. Updated 20 Dec
Arriva awarded Calder Valley rail franchise with the promised of the phasing out of Pacer trains, new services and routes, better stations, smart ticketing, free wifi and air-conditioned carriages. The new franchise has been welcomed by the Sustainable Transport Group. Read more. 9 Dec See Forum message
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The big clear up began in earnest yesterday (27th) with hundreds of helpers all over town. Photo of Market Street: Sara Robinson.
Carols in the Square: Our town square was overflowing on all sides as hundreds congregated for the annual Christmas Eve carol singing.
Flood siren went off in Hebden Bridge just before 4pm, Sat 12 Dec. Road and rail problems reported along the valley. See Facebook group, Calder Valley Flood Support for latest info. Market Street was flooded again but was clear later in the evening.
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