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Electrification of a Trans Pennine route - but not the Calder Valley line. The Upper Valley Transport Group has called on the Government to go further and commit to electrifying the line through Hebden Bridge, Todmorden, Brighouse and Halifax. Read news item and see Forum thread 1 Oct
Minutes of latest Town Council meetings and committee meetings now online.
Durtanczyc Jewellers and Valet Stores to close this month, after many years of business in Hebden Bridge. See HebWeb Forum
Riverside need a few more votes! Riverside School in Hebden Bridge has been shortlisted for an Award from the M&S Energy Fund. Riverside have asked for £12,500 to buy solar panels. Read more - updated
Second New Mayor this year for Hebden Royd Town Council. Deputy Mayor Cllr James Fearon has taken over from Cllr Karl Boggis who has stood down for family reasons. Read more 25 Sept
Hebden Bridge Steampunk Weekend. 19-20 September. Photo thanks to H Gregg of the After Alice Project - click photo to enlarge
Major new TV drama comes to Calderdale: In the week when more filming has been taking place around Hebden Bridge for the next series of Happy Valley (see above), another major new TV drama is announced for Calderdale. Read more
Owen Jones, columnist for The Guardian, spoke at a sell-out event organised by the Arts Festival, packing one of Hebden Bridge's largest venues, the Hope Baptist Church. As a supporter of Jeremy Corbyn his visit to Hebden Bridge was very timely. Read report 14 Sept
Posters and banners banned in George's Square - 14 month one person Vigil in the Square - Christine Drake has been told by Calderdale not to use "posters, banners, flags and information". Read news and see Forum thread
Local film producer, Nick Wilding's popular 'Hebden Bridge - A 700 Year Story' receive another showing on Thursday, 10 September. Nick also added a new short film on the creation of the Pennine Way Loop. Read more
St Pol-sur-Ternoise and Warstein visitors. On 27 August, 70 visitors from Hebden Bridge's twin towns of St Pol-sur-Ternoise (France) and Warstein (Germany) arrived to celebrate many years of twinning together. Read more 2 Sept
What's on in September - around 35 events now listed in our events section. Up the Buttress, workshops, talks, village fete, storytelling, open days, film premiere, ward forum, steampunk and much more. What's on
Calderdale moves Customer First back to the Library. Lib Dems ask why. Cllr Janet Battye gives her reasons why it is a bad move. Read more and see Forum
Maxine Peake event raised £1,200 for Morning Star at Trades Club, Sat August 8. She read verses from Shelley's epic poem Masque of Anarchy, which Shelley was inspired to write by the Peterloo Massacre. Read more (10 Aug)
The First Film - with Q&A. Was the film industry born in Yorkshire? That's the question asked by David Wilkinson in this enthralling documentary into the origins of cinema. Picture House. 9 Aug. See What's on.
Jeremy Corbyn's bid to be Labour Leader now has the support of Calder Valley Labour Party. (28 July)
Arts Festival thanks HebWeb for its support. "On behalf of the Hebden Bridge Arts Festival board I would like to thank Hebweb for its continued support which helped us attract people… " Read more (27 July)
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
SAINSBURYS FIGHT BACK with a judicial review. Despite the application to build a Sainsbury store in Hebden Bridge being rejected by Hebden Royd Council, by Calderdale Council and by the Planning Inspectorate the developers are not giving up. Read more
Move Parliament to Hebden Bridge, argues Professor Tony Travers in today's London Evening Standard. "With both MPs and peers in Parliament and the Queen in Buckingham Palace facing the possibility of decamping while renovations are made to their historic homes, is it now the time for power to shift in the UK?" To Hebden Bridge? Read article 25 June
BBC News: West Yorkshire Police to get £1.5m to review 'cold case' murders, including that of Hebden Bridge's Lindsay Rimer
Calder Valley MP's snub to climate change delegation. Craig Whittaker refused to meet a delegation from his constituency at Parliament, as part of the national Climate Coalition lobby of Parliament on Weds 17th June, despite previously having said that he would. Read more
Following Hebden Royd Town Council's lead, Calderdale Council has now also become a living wage employer. Employees will receive a minimum hourly wage of £7.85, instead of the national minimum wage of £6.50.
Handmade Parade flies into Hebden Bridge sunshine: Hebden Bridge was blown away by Sunday's Parade, with thousands lining the streets to watch colourful creations soar above their heads. Read more and see photos (8 June)
Hebden Bridge Partnership - how things get done The Partnership is an umbrella organisation which brings together community groups. At its meeting of 12 October, around 30 groups will speak for 3 minutes explaining just what they do. Read more 2 Oct
SITA becomes SUEZ and keeps council waste contract. Residents in the Hebden Bridge area will be seeing some changes next year, including more recycling options and new vehicles. Read more 22 Sept
Art Fair Planned for early November: The Town Hall's Waterfront Hall will host 20 unique stalls, highlighting an innovative mix of local art, craft and photography available to purchase.
Alternative Secondary School proposed for Hebden Bridge. Hebden Bridge School will be a small, alternative secondary school 11 to 16 year olds, planning to open in the Hebden Bridge area in September 2016. Read more 21 Sept
Acre Mill asbestos site could become a caravan and campsite: Update: The HebWeb has been informed by one of our readers that the scheme will not now go ahead. Read more Updated 22 Sept
Untouchable Things by Tara Guha was launched to a packed crowd at the Town Hall on Friday, 18 Sept. The novel's quirky characters and literary references will appeal to many readers in Hebden Bridge. Read more
Cragg Vale School saved: A short and sharp campaign to save Cragg Vale Junior & Infant School has halted plans by Calderdale Council to launch a consultation in relation to proposals to close down the school and 'relocate' it to a new site at Calder High School. Read more 15 Sept
Wuthering Bytes: the annual Hebden Bridge one week technology festival at the Town Hall includes exciting events and speakers, including Professor Danielle George who presented the BBC's 2014 Royal Institution Christmas Lectures. More info about speakers and events.
Charity collectors break rules: Radio 4's You and Yours has highlighted how fundraisers for the RSPCA in Hebden Bridge broke charity rules by failing to reveal how much they charge the charity for the service. Read more 1 Sept
World premiere for Arts Festival first short film commission By day Kevin Boniface was posting letters, but after his shift he was making his half hour long film, The Rookery. Read more - Saturday, 5 Sept.
Hebden Royd and hilltop parishes - there's still time to have your say. Online consultation.
Local History Talks - the winter programme starts in September and includes: when Oxford University came to Hebden Bridge, the lost Kingdom of Elmet, the further history of Calrec, the suffragette census boycott, connections to the Magna Carta, conscientious objectors of the First World War and much more. See What's on
Mayor Karl Boggis read the peace declaration on the 70th anniversary of Nagasaki atomic bomb, 9 August, by the Old Bridge. The white dove flew in, right on cue. More info with brief report and photos of the event.
Norman Hurst: Graham Packham and others remember their friend, Norman Hurst, who died at home Friday, 3 July. If you wish to add your memories of Norman, who lived round here for over 40 years, see this Lives Remembered page.
Arts Festival - Above: photos from Craig Shaw of first couple of days of Arts Festival: Poet Lemn Sissay and part of the trail of decorated trees throughout the town centre 28 June
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Calderdale Planning Committee has turned down an application to build 14 apartments towards the bottom of Heptonstall Road. See Planning Watch.
Nicola May, the only Conservative councillor elected to Hebden Royd Town Council has been disqualified for not accepting the post within the prescribed time period.
HebWeb Election Section: for news and discussion of the May 2015 General Election in the Calder Valley
650 Years on the South Pennine Moors by David Nortcliffe: an account of life over the centuries on the moors above Hebden Bridge. A brief history of what was the western end of the ancient township of Wadsworth - a Pennine Pens eBook. Read more (19 May)
All Our Own Work, new book from local writer, Andrew Bibby - how Nutclough Mill was home to one of the first Workers' Coops. The fustian workers' co-operative started in 1870 and ran for 50 years, each year profitable. More info about the book and its launch. (3 June)
HebWeb on Twitter - The HebWeb now has over 2000 followers.
New Mayor for Town Council: The Annual Meeting of Hebden Royd Town Council took place at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Mytholmroyd. Cllr Karl Boggis was elected as the new Mayor of Hebden Royd. Read more (22 May)
Pennine Loop Launch: The launch, Saturday 25 April, of the Hebden Bridge Loop fn the Pennine way was a huge success. Over 200 people joined the series of walks through the day. More info, photos and audio clip from Will Sutcliffe (89) Click photo above to enlarge
Long-lost letter from John Lennon to Hebden Bridge's Steve Tilston inspires an Al Pacino movie. Sent to the folk-singer in 1971, the letter didn't arrive for 34 years but now the story has inspired Hollywood film Danny Collins. Read Daily Mirror article (7 May)
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
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