News, Features and forthcoming Events
A&E: Craig Whittaker challenged to debate:Labour's Josh Fenton-Glynn asked our MP to debate the issue in response to an article by Whittaker in last week's Courier. Read more on this, including the 'sticks of celery' jibe. (21 July) Update: Craig Whittaker accepts challenge
Sainsbury's Plans resubmitted - without the Retail Impact Assessment requested by Calderdale Council. Sainburys have submitted amendments to their planning application for the Old Fire Station site on Valley Road. Read more (15 July)
New Environment Secretary was Calder Valley candidate for the Conservatives in the 2005 General Election. Liz Truss was narrowly beaten by Christine McCafferty, and then moved on. See Forum comments from March 2005. (15 July)
Volunteers help to reduce flood risk - Local volunteers have been helping to keep the River Calder in Mytholmroyd clear of vegetation to reduce the risk of flooding, and there are still lots more chances to take part. Read more (15 July)
Two Hebden Bridge co-operative pioneers honoured in a ceremony on Saturday. In the late 19th century Hebden Bridge was as well-known for productive co-operation as Rochdale was for retailing, says this report in Co-operative News
Eastwood Recycling Centre will be closed today until further notice due to a man running amok with a JCB, causing extensive damage. See ITV video
Ambulance response times increase by over a minute and a half in a year: Labour candidate Josh Fenton-Glynn has voiced alarm after figures reveal the average time patients in our region wait for an emergency ambulance has shot up by 100 seconds in a year. Read more (14 July)
Stop 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. (4 July)
Arts Festival hits the streets of Hebden Bridge. Today, the town was was buzzing with smiling and bemused faces as various groups of musicians, artists and street entertainers brought our streets alive - once again. See more photos (29 June)
Get Hebden Bridge Buzzing: Help our bees with the new bee partnership which launches this weekend. Read more about the new group and saving bees and other pollinating insects such as butterflies, moths and hoverflies.
Cycle path upgrade - Route 66 to Sowerby Bridge - Improvements have been taking place along the off-road sections of the Calder Valley Cycleway – the Route 66 cycleway running between Sowerby Bridge and Hebden Bridge. Read more (26 June)
Cragg Vale's Tour de France bunting makers are in line for a world record - over 10 kilometres!The bunting will be put up this weekend along Cragg Road, the longest continuous incline in England. Read more and see larger photo. (24 June)
Floods: "We need an MP who will stand up for Mytholmroyd, Todmorden and Hebden Bridge"
The House of Commons Select Committee has just reported on the winter floods and Labour's Josh Fenton-Glynn has told the HebWeb that the Government isn't facing up to the longterm risk of flooding. Read more
A northern Banksy? Sylvia Plath on a bike. The drawing above on the side of the Shoulder of Mutton was one of several by street artist Stewie which were featured on BBC Look North.
HEBDEN BRIDGE HANDMADE PARADE: Another superb Handmade Parade. Hundreds took part with their wonderful costumes and creations. Thousands watched with smiles and amazement in the June sunshine.
Recycle Radio has now finished its four days of broadcasting but you can still listen to the shows again
Watch Blue Peter on the Handmade Parade
Cragg Vale is gearing up for Le Tour. Mayor Cllr Timbers helped start off the mammoth task of hanging bunting along Britain's longest continual incline and one of the biggest challenges for the cyclists on the 6th. Read more (1 July)
The Cycle Exchange connects young of France and Yorkshire - the latest project by Outta Place, a Calderdale-based youth arts organisation headed up by Hebden Bridge's Clare Donegan. Read more (16 June)
BBC's Rip Off Britain needs volunteers when it films at Hebden Bridge Arts Festival on Sunday 29th June
Schoolchildren remember Bob Leedham by voting to name new retirement development in Victoria Road, 'Leedham Court'. See Calendar news report.
PEOPLE'S COMMISSION on Health services: with the A&E crisis still unresolved, Calderdale Council wants people to give their views on how health and social care services should be provided in the future. Read more
Oxfam need volunteers, or else they may close. Call in at the shop if you can help.
Craggs Country Business Park set to expand. See Yorkshire Post piece on local businessman Chris Bingham.
Tour de France: Hebden Bridge Hub at Calder Holmes Park - With a capacity to host 8,000 spectators, the hub will feature a big screen, spectator entertainment and locally produced food. More info (29 May)
LABOUR WIN CALDER WARD covering Hebden Bridge. Alison Miles takes the seat with 1547 votes 15.08 Kate Sweeny for the Greens comes second.
Women take valley seats in Hebden Bridge, Todmorden, Mytholmroyd, Sowerby Bridge and Elland. Conservatives win Luddenden Foot, covering Mytholmroyd, with Jill Smith-Moorhouse, beating Labour by 17 votes! More election results.
Town Hall restoration project - New trustee sought. Hebden Bridge Community Association, the charity that manages The Town Hall, is seeking a new trustee to help manage its restoration project. Read more (22 May)
John the Barber, and artist: a video portrait
Arts festival - 2014 programme published - George Monbiot, Martin Parr, John Shuttleworth, Simon Amstell, Kevin Rowland, and Tiger Lillies are just some of the artists helping Heben Bridge Arts Festival celebrate its 21st birthday. Read more
A New Mayor for Hebden Royd - The Annual Meeting of Hebden Royd Town Council was held at the Hope Baptist Church in Hebden Bridge and saw Mayor Elect, Cllr Jonathan Timber take the chain for the Mayoral year of 2014-15. Read more
HEBWEB LOCAL ELECTION HUSTINGS: we invited local candidates to tell us why we should vote for them. We have received four responses from Calder candidates (Hebden Bridge) and two responses from Luddenden Foot (Mytholmroyd) - read them here.
Comedian Simon Amstell to play Picture House: Arts Festival Director Helen Meller told the HebWeb, "After Daniel Kitson's astonishing gig last year we wanted something equally unique and Simon Amstell fits the bill perfectly. Read more (8 May)
Hole in the Wall plans withdrawn. Calderdale councillor Dave Young has this afternoon told the HebWeb that the planning application is now showing as 'withdrawn'. See Planning Watch and Forum (4 June)
Labour win contested Hebden Royd Town Council bye-election. Results details.
Wadsworth Boundary walk will take place on Sunday, 1st June. The walk goes through spectacular scenery, including the wooded valleys of Hardcastle Crags and the moors above the Luddenden Valley. Read more
Above, Stoodley Pike bicentenary: More photos
"Happy Valley: The dark side of Hebden Bridge" - article in Yorkshire Post. "The idea came to me after I watched Shed Your Tears and Walk Away", says writer Sally Wainwright. (2 May)
Tour de France timings now confirmed
Craig Whittaker MP makes the case for HS2 and cross Pennine rail investment. See feature
Duck Race 2014: When Hebden Bridge has so many great events, attractions and countryside, just why do hundreds and hundreds of people crowd into the town for the annual Duck Race? Read more. And see photo gallery
Hebden Bridge Blues Festival 2014 - at the end of May - is gearing up for its biggest ever event with an unprecedented 52 acts across 9 stages over three days. Read more and find out events, venues and times.
Lift at station: the HebWeb has learned that Hebden Bridge has been selected as 1 of 3 stations in Yorkshire to get Access for All funding. Should mean, finally, a new lift! See announcement
Pace Egg Madness 2014
This year, with sunshine - more photos
Pace Egg 2014 - More info about the Heptonstall and Calder High Pace Egg performances this Good Friday.
A and E closure: Calderdale councillors, in an extraordinary meeting on Weds 16 April, united in passing a motion asking NHS Trust to withdraw hospital proposals to close Halifax A and E. Read more (17 April)
Minibus Review - see HebWeb Forum
HAULING A GRAND PIANO UP CRAGG VALE BY BIKE - Cyclists pulled the piano up the longest incline in the country on Sat, 5th April. Read more about this audacious musical and cycling adventure. And see the HebWeb photo gallery
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 (11 March)
See our feature on MP Craig Whittaker for his reaction to the proposed closure.
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HebWeb Review of 2013 - a year when it was announced that the Tour de France will pass through our town, co-ops were formed to run the Fox and Goose and Valley Organics, the Bernard Ingham column in the local paper was ended by popular protest, Burlesque was banned, a swimming pool promised, the Arts excelled yet again and Hebden Bridge was still the "coolest place to live." Read more
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.
HebWeb archive: quickly view HebWeb home pages of the past few years.
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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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