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HEBDEN BRIDGE IN 2020.
HB Partnership proposals include: rebuilding the iconic Buttress Brink; removal of traffic lights from the centre, the market's removal to Lees Yard, lifts at the railway station, new pedestrian bridge from Holme Street to Fairfield, bandstand in the park and much more. More info (16 May)
Lee Mill Road: limited access for two weeks from Monday, 20th May due to resurfacing.
Small ads: Received Sat 18th - "I've had an overwhelming response and the property is now let"
Chris Mullin: Thatcher and Me: the Arts Festival has booked Chris Mullin, author of 'A Very British Coup', former MP and Government Minister, campaigner for the Birmingham Six, and diarist, to discuss Margaret Thatcher's legacy. Read more (13 May)
West Yorkshire and Greater Manchester firefighters battled moor fires above Mytholmroyd and Cragg Vale. See BBC news item (8 May)
"Unbelievable result Hebweb. So many enquiries in response to the small ad on your site and now have lovely new tenants. What a success - Thank you Hebweb." Message received 6 May.
Hebden Bridge traders complain that food festival stalls had a negative effect on their sales, - takings were significantly down. See Forum
The Mummyfesto: author Linda Green's new novel is based in a Hebden Bridge at the centre of a political revolution. She talked about her book at The Book Case on Thursday (May 2).
Calderdale Coalition breaks down over welfare cuts. Calderdale Council's coalition of Labour and Liberal Democrats lasted three years. It has now ended. The HebWeb was first to break this story on the afternoon of 24 April. Read more
Myths, Mysteries and Mayhem is the theme of the 2013 Hebden Bridge Handmade Parade. Pigs might fly, sea monsters could be spotted and trolls may appear from under the bridge in this year’s Parade. Read more.
Bedroom Tax: Labour asks Calderdale to condemn Government’s Bedroom Tax
Where to stay: Over a dozen bed and breakfast and self catering listings have been added or renewed in the past month.
Calderdale, including Hebden Bridge, was on Countryfile, Sunday 21st April
On-street charity collectors in Calderdale will have stricter guidelines to follow. In St George’s Square, a maximum of four charity fundraisers are allowed, on two days a week.
HebWeb Listing a-z
Alison Grant Architects Ltd. Experienced local architect skilled in renovations, conversions and extensions, including work to traditional and Listed buildings. See Listings
National Theatre Live: at The Picture House. Starting with The Audience, broadcast live on 13 June from the Gielgud Theatre, London. See What's On
Calder Holmes Park Action Day: on Thursday 23rd. See What's On for more info.
Upper Valley Neighbourhood News - with items on the Bridge Gate Bollard, dealing with dog fouling in Fairfield, Mytholmroyd Young People's Centre and more.
It’s national Bee Cause Day this Saturday; sign this petition and sign the Friends of the Earth postcards to David Cameron in Spirals, 39 Market St. First 10 get a free Pollinator Beebom (nectar-rich wildflower seeds to plant).
Vodafone mobile coverage disruption ends after a week's outage; one HebWeb reader offered 5p in compensation - See Forum thread
The Fall at The Trades: review from Anne Ward. Stepping on to the stage one by one, Smith last, burping slightly as he picks up the mic to a rapturous welcome.
Blackshawhead Plant Sale and Spring Fair. It has been cold and it has been wet, and there was a covering of snow on the tops over Easter, but the Blackshawhead Plant Sale and Spring Fair goes ahead this Saturday. Read more (13 May 2013)
Hole in the Wall sold to a tap water pressure group. See Forum
Order your Hanging Baskets! Each year over 300 baskets and planters are put up across Hebden Bridge and Mytholmroyd. With a drop of sunshine, by summer the baskets are overflowing with colour. Read more (7 May 2013)
Click photo to enlarge. Cycling from Lands’ End to John O’Groats, and passing through Hebden Bridge this lunchtime, in aid of Cycle for Work: A Community Foundation project to raise money for youth apprenticeships in Calderdale. Background and more photos.
HebWeb Listing a-z
Canal Narrowboat holidays - Shire Cruisers boating holiday. Explore the Pennine waterways, canals and rivers in a narrow boat. See Listings
Protesting against the Thatcher legacy. Above: George's Square (17th April). Below (Click to enlarge) 16th. See also: Forum
Tour de France - Cragg Vale photo competition - Before the Tour de France cycles into Cragg Vale next year, the village is calling on all amateur snappers to find some pedal power and capture a cycling image. Read more (16 April)
Commemorative Memorial to those harmed by exposure to Asbestos. This morning, 13 April a commemorative memorial plaque, to remember those who have died or been harmed by asbestos exposure, was unveiled with a ceremony in Pecket Well. Read more
Blenheim Street: the Planning Inspectorate has rejected the developers’ appeal. See Planning Watch
Ken Loach's Spirit of '45 - after three showings at the Picture House of this impassioned documentary about how the spirit of unity which buoyed Britain during the war years carried through to create a vision of a fairer, united society, continue the disussion on the HebWeb Forum
The Book Case, re-opened 9 April following a refit made necessary by last summer's floods.
Vote Trades Club: Music lovers along the valley are being asked to rally behind the Trades Club to help them get nominated as NME small venue of the year for the second year running. Read more (8 April)
Handmade Parade 2013 launches in style: Organisers were bowled over with the quality and quantity of ideas from visitors of all ages. Vegetable hats (see above) were just one of the creations at the Spark Day on Sunday, 14th. Read more (16 April)
Giant ten foot map of the South Pennines, with Hebden Bridge at its centre. Internationally-acclaimed artist Angela Smyth has created a spectacular new artwork to encourage visitors to seek out the hidden treasures of the South Pennines. Read more and see photos (8 April)
Bridge Mill: History on our doorstep. Justine Wyatt, with the support of the mill’s current owner David Fletcher, has uncovered more of the story of the building, and gave a fascinating talk to the Hebden Bridge Local History Society. Read more (3 April)
The sun comes out for the Pace Egg Plays
Good progress made at Riverside: Following an HMI visit this month, Riverside School has been judged as making good progress in areas identified by Ofsted in January 2012 as needing improvement. Read more (26 March)
Spring Snow in cool Hebden Bridge: Photos On Friday 22nd March and Saturday 23rd March, snow fell constantly and heavily. Most roads on the tops were blocked by drifts caused by a strong easterly wind. Bus and train services were disrupted. Here are a few photos.
Hebden Bridge: the coolest place to live in Britain, according to the Times. Read about what The Times said.
Calder High Student Walkout - ten years ago. As Britain was about to invade Iraq, Calder High students led local protests. Headteacher David Scott was forced to close the school on the day of the invasion and subsequently suspended 13 students. Calder High students demonstrated all day in Hebden Bridge. Read the HebWeb news reports from March 2003.
Bernard Ingham column ended: campaigners have learned that Bernard Ingham has been told his longrunning column in the HB Times has ended. They had been calling on Ingham to apologise for what he said about Hillsborough. Read more (27 Feb)
Horsemeat: Todmorden slaughterhouse raided and closed by food standard officials. See Guardian report
While Parliament, including MPs of all parties, voted for a historic social change on 5 February, our MP Craig Whittaker voted against the right of gay and lesbian people to marry. See Forum thread. Update: read what Craig Whittaker said in Parliament.
See more snow photos in the Facebook group: Hebden Bridge in the Snow
Ian Coates rides back into Hebden Bridge on his Honda, after leaving to travel round the world in 1999. The HebWeb has been following his travels for the past 12 years and the coverage on the HebWeb helped to make his incredible trip famous worldwide. See our feature. Photos above: Howard Holmes
Thousands turn out for the Easter Monday Duck Race - all 7000 yellow ducks sold.
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. (25 March)
Hebden Bridge woman refuses to pay taxes for war. Peggy Thomas, a retired teacher, living in Hebden Bridge, is refusing to pay the Inland Revenue some of her income tax. She is a conscientious objector, against taxes being used for warfare. Read more (22 March)
Guardian Northerner: Jill Robinson's last column reflects on how, arriving in Hebden Bridge 30 years ago, she felt immediately at home, even though the "Tories were gunning for single parents."(20 March)
Working from home in 1825; Working from home is not a new concept, Malcolm Heywood told members of the Hebden Bridge Local History Society. William Greenwood's described his several different occupations. Read more (20 March)
HebWeb archive: quickly view HebWeb home pages of the past few years.
Guardian Northener: A Dark Water - remembering Sylvia Plath in Hebden Bridge and how she and Ted Hughes might have fared better in the Hebden Bridge of today. (1 Feb)
Maxine Peake at the Trades Club, Saturday evening, 19th January. Photo: Bev Manders
REVIEW OF THE YEAR 2012: Many thanks and Happy New Year to all those who read and support the HebWeb, especially those who have sent their news items, event details and photos, shared their views on the Forum and submitted their Small Ads.
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Hebden Bridge and its Co-op featured in this Radio Four programme - about 11 minutes in
TOUR DE FRANCE: on Sunday 6 July 2014, the eyes of the world will be on Hebden Bridge when the 200 competitors of the Tour de France cycles through our town, and Cragg Vale's famous five-and-a-half mile incline, the longest in England. Read more
Small Ads - "I am very pleased to say the response was terrific and both properties are now let." (Less than a week)
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"
Five hundred words on Hebden Bridge - "Everything in the house was heated by the fire, all the old terraced houses used coal for heat and cooking back then, the valley had a serious smog problem." Read more from Dave Bridges' 500 words.
Jason Elliott's 500 Faces of Hebden Bridge
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