News, Features and forthcoming Events
Dave's Marvellous Quiz - raising funds for Overgate Hospice. 8 Jan. See What's on.
HebWeb Review of 2014 - the year the Tour de France passed through Hebden Bridge, Sainsburys threatened to build a supermarket, the closure of Halifax A and E feared, Hebden Bridge suggested as the UK's 2nd city, Stoodley Pike was 200 and Bridge Mill 700, it was the 20th anniversary of Lindsay Rimer's still unsolved murder, and much more
Carols in the Square. On a fine Christmas Eve evening, hundreds and hundreds packed the square to sing, accompanied by the Junior Band
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Happy Birthday Stoodley Pike. Local film-maker and historical researcher, Nick Wilding shared his filmed collection of reminiscences about the Pike, and its 200 years, with the Local History Society. Read more (16 Dec)
Eastwood Recycling re-opening: following discussion and questions on the HebWeb Forum, councillors have now informed HebWeb readers that the recycling centre will re-open on 23 December.
Arts Festival: John Shuttleworth to play Picture House on Friday 6 March. The man dubbed 'The king of retro and old-school England' returns with his show, 'A Wee Ken to Remember'. Read more
Save our Shops, no Sainsburys demo in the square, Saturday 29 November. Photo, thanks to Craig Shaw. Click to enlarge.
Outer Zeds Benefit for Carol Lewis, wife of Trevor Lewis, currently serving a 3 year jail sentence for wrecking the recycling centre. 30 Nov. See What's on for details and Forum for discussion. Update: benefit raised over £500.
Hebden Bridge Group Practice report - good and average except for appointments, according to Care Quality Commission (CQC) - see Forum
Sand Sculpture succumbs to elements and has had to be dismantled earlier than the planned date of 1st December.
Grants for local community groups available. Calderdale has made a total of £5,000 available for the Calder ward to be spent by March 2015 - similar amounts are available for Luddenden Foot and other wards. Read more
Hebden Bridge and Mytholmroyd Christmas Lights switch on. On 20th and 21st November, Santa will be joined by the Mayor of Hebden Royd and the Mytholmroyd Gala Queen to push the button. See What's on for more info.
Lindsay Rimer: Friday, 7 November will be the 20th anniversary of her murder. Detectives have launched a fresh appeal to catch the killer. More info, police video appeal and links to today's pieces in the Yorkshire Post and ITV News
Upper Calder Valley Renaissance 10th anniversary exhibition and conference will take place at the Town Hall on 21 November and entitled 'Taking stock and looking forward' to celebrating the the scheme's achievements, and looking to the next phase. Read more
Floods - Environment Minister visits Hebden Bridge to see examples of recovery work. Dan Rogerson visited Hebden Bridge and other parts of the Upper Calder Valley affected by the 2012 floods. Read more (4 Nov)
A Heavenly Coup for the Trades Club as legendary independent music label Heavenly Recordings stage their 25th birthday bash weekender in the New Year. Tickets available Tuesday, 4th. Read more (3 Nov)
Heritage project will bring Todmorden Town Hall's past to life - Hebden Bridge's Town Hall has received great attention over the past few years. Now it's the turn for Todmorden. Volunteers will bring the heritage of Tod Town Hall to life by teaching people about its fascinating history. Read more (31 Oct)
Show Your Bike Some Love - Big Bike Revival campaign, cycle:recycle will be running activities: bike assessments, use of the public stand, with support, info on local cycling activities, and electric bike rides. Read more
Outbreak of War in 1914: how it was seen in Hebden Bridge and Hanau near Frankfurt in Germany. Report of latest meeting of History Society addressed by Mike Crawford, Wolfgang Hombach and Nick Wilding (27 Oct)
Craig Whittaker MP boasts about the size of his walk-in wardrobe in this YouTube clip put online yesterday - it's apparently not much smaller than an NHS staffroom. (24 Oct)
Calderdale Lib-Dems call for Yorkshire Parliament - they argue that Yorkshire should take advantage of the government's offer of "devolution on demand" in England in the wake of the failed vote for Scottish independence. Read more
Parliamentary Candidates debated the NHS on Thursday, 9 October at Calder High School. Josh Fenton-Glynn (Lab), Alistair MacGregor (LD), Jenny Shepherd (Gn) and MP Craig Whittaker (Con) were on the panel.
National Trust remove Gibson Mill pavilion: Following discussion on the HebWeb Forum, the National Trust has sent us a statement about the demolition of the Pavilion near Gibson Mill in Hardcastle Crags. Read more (2 Oct)
Let residents petition for items on Calderdale Council agenda. Liberal Democrats are calling on Calderdale Council to allow any petition signed by 1,000 or more residents is placed on the agenda of the next Council meetings. Read more (29 Sept)
Labour Campaign begins with the opening of the constituency office on the ground floor of the Trades Club.
Calderdale throws out Sainsbury's plans. Objectors to Sainsbury's application to build a supermarket on the site of the old Fire Station turned out in force at the Planning Committee meeting in Halifax Town Hall tonight. Read report and see more photos
Hebden Royd Town Council - latest minutes of council meetings and committees now online.
Eastwood Recycling Centre: "A man has pleaded guilty to wrecking a council recycling centre near Todmorden causing damage put at £300,000." - ITV News
Happy Valley tops Radio Times critics' poll. The magazine's TV editor Alison Graham called the Yorkshire-based programme (filmed in Hebden Bridge and upper valley) "bitingly raw" and said its writer Sally Wainwright and lead actor Sarah Lancashire had "never been better". See BBC news item
2015 Wish List - see Discussion thread
Station carol singers raise money for Railway Children charity - organised by the Friends of Hebden Bridge Station Read more.
Summit tunnel fire 30 years on. This Manchester Evening News page remembers 20 Dec, 1984 when a freight train carrying petrol derailed in the railway tunnel near Walsden.
International Day of People with Disabilities - Hebden Royd Town Council is marking the International Day of People with Disabilities by developing a local access group with the Hebden Bridge Partnership. Read more (2 Dec)
NatWest Hebden Bridge branch to close on 24 February. NatWest blame falling numbers and say the cash machine will remain for now.
Yorkshire Post article: What happened to all those yellow bikes (23 Nov)
Scotland Now article - Learning Gaelic in Scotland by distance, featuring John and Ailie Kerrane in Hebden Bridge. (23 Nov)
Fears of further landslides following submission of plans for 14 apartments on the Heptonstall Road. See Planning Watch
Colden hydro project - single objector leads to stoppage - read forum discussion
Thingumajig Theatre Company brings national tour to Hebden Bridge: As part of their UK tour, Thingumajig Theatre will be performing their acclaimed A November Day for 2 performances on Sat 15 Nov. Read more (7 Nov)
The Calder Valley Community Land Trust, which is campaigning for more affordable housing in Todmorden and Hebden Bridge, is inviting local people to workshops in the 2 towns on Sat 15th November to discuss possible sites for community-led housing. Read more (7 Nov)
HB Partnership Review of the Year Each year, the review is attended by representatives of local organisations, each of whom have up to 180 seconds to share news of their past activities and their plans for the future. Read a summary of what this year's groups reported.
Search and Rescue Fundraising Calendar - a great present. The aim is to raise £5000, which will go towards replacing an ageing emergency response vehicle. Read more and see some sample photos. (29 Oct)
Listed Buildings around Hebden Bridge: In the 1980s, Peter Thornborrow was given the task of suggesting buildings which should be Listed in Stansfield, Heptonstall and Wadsworth - latest Local History Society talk. Read more
Equinox Kombucha has won the Veg Fest national award for best vegan drink, in a public vote. Hebden Bridge's Equinox Kombucha is a fermented tea drink with roots in the east. Read more (9 Oct)
The 'Handmade Parade' of 90 years ago. See 2 min video of the 1924 Hebden Bridge Carnival from Yorkshire Film Archive, together with background info.
Old Town Mill Chimney safe for now, thanks to the efforts of local residents, one parish Councillor and support from English Heritage. See Forum thread (27 Sept)
Happy Valley, based around Hebden Bridge and Sowerby Bridge, wins Best New Drama award, at the TVChoice Awards, hosted by David Mitchell. See report in Daily Mirror.
Bridge Mill at 700: the Peace Artistes led the music for the party on Saturday, 6 September.
President of German Parliament praises Mayor of Hebden Royd's speech. Cllr Jonathan Timbers, won praise for a speech he made at a twinning event in Warstein, Germany, from the President of the Bundestag, Dr Norbert Lammert. Read more (5 Sept)
Twin Town Liberation Celebrations: Wreaths will be laid, and an artwork received, to mark the occasion 70 years ago when British troops, including at least one man from Hebden Bridge, pushed the Nazis out of the St Pol. Read more (1 Sept)
eBook from Pennine Pens - Theatre in a Time of Change - by Hebden Bridge's Michael Prior. This is not a book about stars and plays, but about the rise and fall of the theatre as a cultural and economic art-form since 1945. Read more. (11 Aug)
HebWeb photos - see photos from some of this year's great events - Handmade Parade, Stoodley Pike at 200, Pace Egg and more.
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Scheme to insulate attic rooms in Hebden Bridge terraced houses. Local ineligibility for green grants has been raised over the years on the HebWeb. Now some residents have started benefiting from a new scheme which can cost as little as £1. More info and how to apply
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
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)
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.
Recycle Radio has now finished its four days of broadcasting but you can still listen to the shows again
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.
Schoolchildren remember Bob Leedham by voting to name new retirement development in Victoria Road, 'Leedham Court'. See Calendar news report.
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)
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