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Love our Streets: 20mph speed limit from Friday. One hundred and eleven streets in Hebden Bridge will have a 20mph speed limit from Friday, as part of the Love our Streets campaign. Read more (26 May)
Asylum seekers and refugees work with Together We Grow which aims to promote the social and emotional wellbeing of asylum seekers and refugees in our area. "We want them to feel welcome in our community," says Finn Jensen in his piece for the HebWeb. Read more (21 May)
From Hebden Bridge in May, bluebell woods in every direction. Click to enlarge
Yorkshire Festival backs Hebden Bridge Arts Festival by sending four of their acts to Hebden Bridge as part of county wide tours and they have also commissioned an original piece. Read story (10 May)
Hebden Bridge Arts Festival launches Trouser Town theme Artistic Director Helen Meller said, "The response to the Trouser Town theme from the community has been amazing. We've created a series of events based on the impact of the town's textile trade. Read story (9 May)
Labour win Hebden Bridge's Calder ward. Josh Fenton-Glynn won 2310 votes, against 1424 votes for the current councillor, Janet Battye (Liberal Democrats). Jane Scullion (Labour) won the Luddendenfoot ward which covers Mytholmroyd. More results and figures (Updated 8 May)
Election The HebWeb invited candidates to post messages on the HebWeb saying why we should vote for them. We 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
The Science of Floods: Hydrologists, practitioners and experts from universities and the world of consultancy joined in a 'hands on' workshop for residents and schools at Hebden Bridge Town Hall on 8-9 May. Read more (3 May)
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
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 reopened on Saturday 7th May Read more (1 May)
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
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
Fighting back after the winter floods: BBC news item includes report of Ian McMillan re-opening The Book Case. 26 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
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
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 reservoirs to be considered for floodwater storage. See BBC report
Insurance for businesses hit by floods. See this Look North snippet from Wednesday, 9 February 2016.
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
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.
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
Alternative Christmas Lunch 'Thank you' for Flood Volunteers - and HebWeb readers are urged to help track down those who gave their time in the aftermath of the Boxing Day Floods. Read more (26 May)
Floods: Mytholmroyd Action Plan released by the Environment Agency (26 May)
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Trades Club becomes a Co-op. Trades Club members unanimously agreed to turn the Holme Street venue into a co-operative at their AGM. The Club spent 18 months considering the proposal that gives each member an equal £1 share. Read more (25 May)
Convoy to Calais on Saturday 18 June 2016. The People's Assembly has organised a convoy of vehicles to take supplies to refugee camps near Calais and Dunkerque. Food donations needed. Read more (24 May)
Hebden Bridge Folk Roots Festival review. Organsers told the HebWeb that crowds came in from Huddersfield, Bolton, York and as far as Australia to catch some of "our amazing talent we have here in the Valley". Read story (20 May)
Massive fly tipping in Cragg Vale over the weekend: Residents and visitors to the beautiful moors above Cragg Vale were horrified to find a huge amount of household clearance items dumped roadside over the weekend. Read more (19 May)
Hebden Bridge to have its own Radio Station: Launching in June, designed specifically for the people of Hebden Bridge, Hebden Radio will play music with local presenters and news, local gigs and events and much more! Read news item (14 May)
Amplified Busking: What do you think? See our HebWeb Forum discussion
Hebden Bridge will have its own Dance Festival On Sunday, 9 October 2016, Hebden Bridge dancer Ralph Nimmann is organising this new festival and he's looking for others willing to help Read more (8 May)
School children's strike against SATs in Hebden Bridge this morning (Tues 3rd May) - click to enlarge. Photo thanks to the After Alice Project
Yorkshire Ambulance Service needs Community First Responders CFRs are volunteers who provide immediate life-saving care to members of their local communities in an emergency medical situations. Read more (2 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
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
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
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. 1 April
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
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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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
The Manchester and Leeds Railway: 175th Anniversary - 1st March 2016. Read story (PDF) from Friends of Hebden Bridge Station.
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
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
BBC Look North reports on the floods in Hebden Bridge and Mytholmroyd, one month on.
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
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
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
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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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
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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