News, Features and forthcoming Events
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Hole in the Wall plans withdrawn. Calderdale councillor Dave Young has this afternoon told the HebWeb that the planning application is now showing as 'withdrawn'.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
Handmade Parade: Workshops started Saturday (17th) Fancy exploring the ice as a woolly mammoth, swimming the oceans as a sea turtle or swinging through the jungle as an orang-utan? Get down to Handmade Parade open workshops. Read more
Above, Stoodley Pike bicentenary: More photos
Tour de France timings now confirmed
The Tiger Lillies will be sale this weekend in the Town Hall - a one off show at Hebden Bridge Arts Festival. Tickets are to be offered to local festival goers first at a pop up on Saturday 3 May. Read more
Craig Whittaker MP makes the case for HS2 and cross Pennine rail investment. See feature
Local and Euro Elections: Local election Day is 22 May this year, to coincide with the European elections. We will have the opportunity to vote for one of three councillors who represent our 'Calder Ward' on Calderdale. Read more
Fair for Youth 2014 will take place in Calder Holmes park on Saturday, 31 May. Young people are encouraged to attend the weekly meetings to help generate new ideas and shape the event.
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
"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)
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
Fantastical Cycle Parade in Tod on Saturday, 26 April. See gallery from Craig Shaw. Crazy wheeled contraptions, a good many of them pedalled by people from Hebden Bridge. See also: this YouTube video and a report from ITV.
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
A and E closure: On Monday, Josh Fenton-Glynn, prospective Labour candidate walked the 20 miles from Todmorden to Huddersfield A and E to highlight the distances local people will have to travel if the closure at Halifax goes ahead. (24 March)
Todmorden Curve, no trains till December? Labour's shadow rail minister Lilian Greenwood today raised in Parliament the ongoing debacle of the lack of available trains to run on the Todmorden Curve. (13 March)
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)
Calderdale Hospital A and E closure: public meeting launches Action Group and Liberal Democrats call on NHS bosses to explain. Labour's Josh Fenton-Glynn told the HebWeb that people in Hebden Bridge and Todmorden would be dangerously distant from an accident department. Read more - updated 5 March
See our feature on MP Craig Whittaker for his reaction to the proposed closure.
E-petition - over 6000 have signed.
Parking charges at station. The Yorkshire Post (25 Feb) reports that the the Dept. for Transport is seeking car parking charges at 18 stations in West Yorkshire, including Hebden Bridge and Todmorden.
Prime Minister challenged on flood relief funding for Calderdale. Labour council leader Tim Swift has written to the Prime Minister asking for a fair flood relief funding deal for Calderdale. More info and links to HebWeb coverage of 2012 floods
Co-op is the cheapest supermarket in Hebden Bridge. Save our Shops, the group campaigning against Sainsburys has surveyed prices at the Co-op, One Stop, Oasis and Sainsbury's. More info (13 Feb)
Path blocked near Salem: the waymarked path to the Crags has been blocked by the fall of a large beech tree, in between the cricket ground and bowling green. Click photo to enlarge. (9 Feb)
Handmade Parade events in 2014 - more info on the Fantastical Cycle Parade in Tod and dates for this year's Hebden Bridge Handmade Parade, Spark Day and workshops.
Hole in the Wall for sale again. Following the recent successful campaign against closing the cobbled route outside this former pub, the owners have put it on the market for £390,000 - see details
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
Calderdale A&E Closure threat: Parliamentary adjournment debate initiated by Halifax MP Linda Riordan and joined by Calder Valley MP Craig Whittaker and Jane Ellison for the Government. (13 Dec)
The former Mytholm Works: Calderdale Planning Committee has approved plans for a supermarket and hotel. See Forum thread
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The Rise of Real Bread in the Calder Valley. The Bakehouse is a coop of 7 members and 3 volunteers who share a passion for local produce and create loaves free from the additives. Read more (17 April)
Why Co-op's still matter, a Yorkshire Post article which features Hebden Bridge's own Valley Organics - takings up a quarter and employment of more people since it became a workers' co-op last year. Read more (10 April)
Historian Jill Liddington, who lives above Hebden Bridge, spoke on BBC Radio 4 today about the boycott of the 1911 census by suffragettes. Listen now (8mins). More info about Jill's book on the 1911 census. (3 April)
Keep the hospital and A&E in Halifax, say Lib Dems. Calderdale Royal Hospital should stay open with all its services. Janet Battye told us, "Weeks after the so-called Strategic Review Outline Case was published, there is still no news." Read more (2 April)
Holme Tunnel reopens: trains between Burnley and Hebden Bridge on the York-Blackpool line, should be operational once again today Monday, 24 March. See BBC report
Kerbside Lives On: After it was put out of operation by SITA, it still had some surplus funds, the Kerbside Fund, to provide work and training for the long term unemployed whilst recycling almost anything. Read more (22 March)
Calderdale Hospital A and E closure - Lib Dems call on NHS bosses to explain their plans and carry out a full consultation with local people about the proposals. (12 March)
Local History Talk: Industrialisation and the Calder Valley Dr Stephen Caunce described how the extraordinary way in which previously obscure communities of our area changed the world as the birthplace of industrialisation in the 18th and 19th centuries. Read more. (3 March)
Floods petition: calling upon the Government to extend grant offers to areas such as Hebden Bridge who were so badly affected in 2012
Save our Shops protest outside the Town Hall this evening. Hebden Royd Town Council are to urge Sainsburys to call a public meeting if they want to build a supermarket in Hebden Bridge. HebWeb report. (8 Jan)
Le Tour de France - new HebWeb section with links and latest information concerning next year's historic event. This page will be updated and developed as new info comes in. Update: public meeting in Wadsworth. 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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