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News 2015-2016


December 2015


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

ARTS FESTIVAL'S CAFE CULTURE IS LOOKING FOR STORYTELLERS! for a True Tales Special at the Town Hall in early February, tales told by the people who've lived them. Read more 23 Dec

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 19 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

HEBDEN BRIDGE MARKET ON THE MOVE: The relocation of Hebden Bridge market has taken a step forward as consultation gets underway to give local shoppers and traders the chance to help shape the new design and layout. Read more 8 Dec

1,000 PHOTO EXHIBITION in Hebden Bridge. From the After Alice Project at Salem Mill this weekend. What makes these photos really distinctive is that they have all been captured on old-fashioned film. Read more 7 Dec

WIDDOP AND THE SHACKLETONS: John Shackleton told the Local History Society how his family history search led him to the the remote hill-top settlement of Widdop. Read report 1 Dec

LOCAL LABOUR UNANIMOUSLY OPPOSES SYRIA BOMBING: Calder Valley Constituency Labour Party voted unanimously at its meeting this week to join Jeremy Corbyn in opposing the Prime Minister's plans to bomb Syria. Read statement 1 Dec

NEWS in BRIEF 2015

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 29 Dec

VANISHING FOR THE VOTE: At the recent talk, Jill Liddington told the Local History Society of the moment in history when, in 1911, suffragettes urged women, still without the vote at that time, to boycott the census. Read more 17 Dec

E-BIKES ON THE HILL TOPS: The Alternative Technology Centre is buying a dozen Raleigh Motus electric pedal-assisted cycles, or 'eBikes', for hire in communities and tourist accommodation. Read more 15 Dec

JOHN HEGLEY BACK IN THE VALLEY, fundraising for peace. Described as 'the Spike Milligan for our time', he is using his poetic and comedy talents to help CND raise money for coaches. Weds at the Trades. Read more

TERRACOTTA ARMY COMES TO HEBDEN BRIDGE! with the help of a massive community effort. Northlight Art Studios ran a marathon drop in workshop through their Winter Art Fair weekend to make an army of waving clay figures. Read more 8 Dec

'ALTERNATIVE' HEBDEN BRIDGE SCHOOL will open its doors on 5 September next year (2016) in the Birchcliffe Centre. There will be a series of monthly 'taster days' for interested parents and children from January. Read more 8 Dec

CALDER VALLEY VOICES' CHARITY CHRISTMAS CONCERT - the community choir has arranged a seasonal concert of new songs collected from around the World for Thurs 10 Dec. Read more 

MYTHOLMROYD AUTHOR WINS £10,000 PORTICO LITERATURE PRIZE The winner was announced on 26th November at a gala dinner hosted by Val McDermid at the Mercure Hotel in Manchester. 1 Dec

November 2015


LAMPLIGHTER FESTIVAL TO DAZZLE CALDER VALLEY THIS SATURDAY with its fire and light extravaganza Info, map, timetable and links all available here on the HebWeb. Read more

ARTS FESTIVAL IS LOOKING FOR A NEW CHAIR: After 3 years as Chair of the Hebden Bridge Arts Festival, Sara Robinson is stepping down. The Festival is now looking for someone new to take on the role of Chair. More info 24 Nov

HEBDEN ROYD FLOOD GROUP'S FIRST TEST Over the weekend of 13th-16th November the storms, rains and floods became for the Hebden Royd Flood Group (HRFG) the first test, or blooding for our community flood containers. Read more 22 Nov

THE HISTORY OF CALREC: PART 2: Local History Society report with Stephen Jagger who told how the company learnt from mistakes, takeovers and technological challenges to establish a leading brand of audio mixing desks. Read more 19 Nov

BUDGET CONSULTATION RESULTS: Over 12,000 people took part in Calderdale Council's largest ever budget consultation. Read more 18 Nov

TOWN HALL JOB VACANCY: The Town Hall in Hebden Bridge are looking for someone to manage and direct The Town Hall in Hebden Bridge and support the trustees in their collective leadership of Hebden Bridge Community Association. More info

LOCAL PEOPLE'S ASSEMBLY BRAVE STORMS TO LOBBY CRAIG WHITTAKER MP. Three members of the group spoke to Mr Whittaker to ask that he lobbies the Chancellor, George Osborne, to fully reverse plans to cut Tax Credits. Read report 8 Nov

GIBSON MILL CELEBRATES 10 YEARS, OFFTHEGRID - not connected to the National Grid, all energy comes from wood, sun and water, and all waste is recycled. More info here (6 Nov)

HAVE YOUR SAY ON FUTURE DEVELOPMENT - consultations are taking place online and at drop-in sessions are taking place from 6 November to 18 December. More info here (5 Nov)

THE LOST KINGDOM OF ELMET: Local History Society meeting report with speaker Dave Weldrake who used evidence from place names and archaeology to illuminate this lost kingdom from the Celtic twilight. Read more 1 Nov.

NEWS in BRIEF 2015

LAMPLIGHTER PARADE DAZZLES THROUGH THE RAIN Hundreds of revellers who braved the elements were treated to a light and fire extravaganza when the Lamplighter Festival took to the streets of Todmorden on Saturday. More info and photos 30 Nov

DEFIBRILLATOR FOR THE CO-OP: The Rotary Club has donated a defibrillator to the Co-op on Market Stree and have arranged for training of staff by the Yorkshire Ambulance Service. Read more 24 Nov

FRIENDS OF THE PICTURE HOUSE Christmas Raffle. Tickets will be on sale in the cinema foyer at many screenings in the run-up to Christmas and in St George's Square on selected Saturdays in December. Read more 23 Nov

BOXING FOR GIRLS AND WOMEN FUNDRAISER: Boxing Coach at Hebden Bridge Boxing Club, Kate Dakers has told the HebWeb, "We need support to raise funds for our female boxers' development programme. Read more 20 Nov

CEILING COLLAPSE: BAPTIST CHURCH HOPES TO KEEP CHAPEL OPEN for Christmas programme. A large patch of newly-plastered ceiling crashed to the floor last Tuesday just moments after a singer left the stage during a practice session. Read more 16 Nov

LOCAL SCHOOL TAKE TOP PRIZE FOR HONEY. Local student JD and his school, Scout Road Academy, both took prizes at this year's National Honey Show in London. Read story 12 Nov

WHAT'S IN A NAME: Local History Society meeting report with speakers Keith Stansfield and Barbara Atack. An insight into local dialects and surnames of the Calder Valley. Read report 9 Nov

HUNDREDS SIGN PETITION TO STOP A&E CLOSURE - according to campaigning group 38 degrees, the threat of closure hasn't gone away. It's got worse. Read article and sign online petition

FIRST GREEN GOLD AWARD FOR OUR AREA goes to Croft Mill - for demonstrating excellence in environmental practice and promoting sustainable tourism. Read more 5 Nov

Air pollution in Hebden Bridge breaches EU air quality standards but new government plans will not stop this. Take action now - see forum discussion.

October 2015


LABOUR CHOOSE JOSH FENTON-GLYNN FOR CALDER WARD which includes Hebden Bridge. Josh was Labour's parliamentary candidate for this year's general election. In May's council elections, he will be opposing Cllr Janet Battye (Lib-Dem) 30 Oct

WHEN OXFORD UNIVERSITY CAME TO HEBDEN BRIDGE: When the Nutclough Mill was a co-op, it hosted an annual series of lectures, given by Oxford University dons and others on history, politics, literature and science - report from the local History Society. Read more 29 Oct

FAIR FOR YOUTH: HOW IT CHANGED ME. A personal account by Alex Kostyakov of his involvement with Fair for Youth, now that he has stood down as its Chair. Read more 26 Oct

LAMPLIGHTER SET TO DAZZLE CALDER VALLEY: The Calder Valley will be treated to a fire and light extravaganza when the Lamplighter Festival returns to Todmorden next month. Read more 22 Oct

MUSICIANS RAISE £1000 FOR FOODBANK Gigs at the Trades Club and Tod Social Club, part of the nationwide 'We Shall Overcome' campaign raising awareness of the effects of austerity and benefit cuts, raised money for Tod Food Bank. Read more 20 Oct

HEBDEN BRIDGE COMMUNITY GROUPS SPARKLE, SHINE AND ENTERTAIN. Two to three hours of pure entertainment with flashes of live theatre. 40 groups spoke for 2-3 minutes, contributions delivered with enthusiasm, energy and humour. Read more

TED HUGHES - a major new BBC documentary on the life of Ted Hughes includes Mytholmroyd, Heptonstall, the Picture House, the Calder Valley and the Sylvia Plath graffiti in Hebden Bridge. Available here for 4 weeks

KID'S CHARITY ART EXHIBITION: By the children, for the children. Exhibition of art created by children attending a Hebden Bridge art class will raise funds for children's charities, Fri 16 Oct. Read more 9 Oct

2016 FESTIVAL THEME: TROUSER TOWNHebden Bridge is set to become one big Trouser Town as the Arts Festival's 2016 programme celebrates the community's rich industrial heritage. Read more

MYTHOLMROYD AUTHOR SHORT-LISTED FOR £10,000 LITERARY PRIZE Benjamin Myers has been short listed for the £10,000 Portico Literature Prize for his novel. Read more Beastings. 8 Oct

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 more 1 Oct

NEWS in BRIEF 2015

CAMERON HAS 'ABANDONED' HUNGRY CHILDREN: Local journalist, broadcaster and writer, Geoff Tansey has for the past 12 months chaired the The Fabian Commission on Food and Poverty which launched its report on Wednesday. Read more 30 Oct

LITTLE PARK TO BE FENCED OFF FOR 10 MONTHS: Little Park Friends, Hebden Bridge, have learned that from February 2016 a large part of the Little Park playground is to be fenced off for approximately 10 months during weekdays.The developer is Phil Bradby who gave us Chainsaw Tuesday. Read more 27 Oct

APPLE DAY AT VALLEY ORGANICS Valley Organics is hosting another Apple Day on Sunday 25th October 4.30 - 6.00 to tie in with the Food Sovereignty gathering this weekend. Read more

MARKET STREET - NIGHT TIME ROAD REPAIRS FOR THREE WEEKS - work will begin on the A646, Market Street and Bridge Lanes, on 26 October from 10pm till 4am from Monday to Friday. Read more 21 Oct

EXPERIENCE NEW WAYS OF MAKING WITH MAKE:SHIFT:DO - The Alternative Technology Centre in Hebden Bridge is one of thirty make spaces across the UK, opening our doors to the public for Make:Shift:Do. Read more 20 Oct

CALDERDALE NUJ CONDEMNS MERGER of Hebden Bridge Times and Todmorden News, as another sign of the way that the local media in Britain is being starved of resources and professional skills. Read more 13 Oct

HOW DRAWINGS FROM NAZI CONCENTRATION CAMP TURNED UP IN HEBDEN BRIDGE: Michael Prior tells the HebWeb how he discovered them, and what he did with them. Read more 12 Oct

WAINSGATE CONCERT: JEMIMA FOXTROT AND LOUIS SCOTT: returning to Hebden Bridge, two former students of Calder High School. Sun 25 Oct. Read more

ST AUGUSTINE CENTRE in Halifax, who help settle refugees, is the Mayor's Charity this year. Read more 9 Oct

CALDERDALE OPPOSES PLANS TO CLOSE DOWN HALIFAX COURTS Proposals to close Halifax County Court and Halifax Magistrates and Family Court have been firmly rejected by Calderdale Council. Read more 8 Oct

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

Minutes of latest Town Council meetings and committee meetings now online.

September 2015


WAINSGATE CONCERT: THE BOBBY PINS - a performance on Saturday 3rd October by May Lester, Gina Walters and Debra Ann Finch – aka The Bobby Pins. Read more 29 Sept

SPEED NETWORKING COMES TO HEBDEN BRIDGE. Forty three diverse local businesses attended the Speed Networking event organised by the Hebden Bridge Business Forum. Read more 28 Sept

CITADEL, A NEW EPIC MOUNTAIN FILM, premieres at Hebden Bridge Picture House - hosted by Calder Valley Search and Rescue. Read more 23 Sept

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. 22 Sept

BOOK LAUNCH: UNTOUCHABLE THINGS BY TARA GUHA: Friday 18 September at the Town Hall. The novel's quirky characters and literary references will certainly appeal to many readers in Hebden Bridge. Read more

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, another major new TV drama is announced for Calderdale. Read more 16 Sept

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

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.

REFUGEE CRISIS: Hebden Bridge Collection point opened at the Town Hall at 9am this morning. Read more and see Forum thread 7 Sept

POSTERS AND BANNERS BANNED IN GEORGE'S SQUARE - Christine Drake's 14 month one person Vigil in the Square has taken a new turn. She has been told by Calderdale not to use "posters, banners, flags and information". Read more 4 Sept

Local film producer, Nick Wilding's popular 'HEBDEN BRIDGE - A 700 YEAR STORY' is to receive another showing next Thursday, 10 September. Nick is also adding a new short film on the creation of the Pennine Way Loop. With Q and A session. Read more 3 Sept

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

NEWS in BRIEF 2015

GALLIVANTING ON PUBLIC TRANSPORT: A Bus Pass from Berwick to Land's End - latest talk from the University of the Third Age, with speaker David Whatmough. Read more 30 Sept

CALDER VALLEY COMMUNITY LAND TRUST celebrates its first birthday. This October will see its first AGM and 4 test digs in the now deserted High Street (above Bridge Lanes) Read more 29 Sept

PROTEST SONGS: Local musicians have volunteered for a special We Shall Overcome weekend (3-4 Oct) at Hebden Bridge Trades Club to challenge the austerity agenda. Read more 25 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: When houses were proposed for the site in 2009 the Planning Inspector expressed concern over contamination. Read more 17 Sept

HAWORTH - HEBDEN BRIDGE: Launch of Walking Guide. Hebden Bridge Walkers Action has produced a guide to walking between the two towns. Read more 16 Sept

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

WAINSGATE CONCERT: EMMA SWEENEY TRIO: acoustic music at Wainsgate Chapel on Sat 19 September when the Emma Sweeney Trio pay a visit as part of the Chapel's summer concert series. More info

CALDERDALE COUNCIL BUDGET - have your say. How do you think Calderdale Council money should be spent, and what do you think our priorities should be for the future? Read more 8 Sept

REFUGEE CRISIS: Calderdale Labour leader calls for action to help Syrian refugees. Read more and see Forum thread 4 Sept

HAPPY VALLEY COLLECTIVE: New Hebden Bridge label's first release to support Macmillan. Read more 4 Sept

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

Magna Carta - A (Mostly) Light-hearted look at 800 Years of History by the University of the Third Age (U3A). Read report 1 Sept

August 2015


HEBDEN ROYD AND HILLTOP PARISHES - there's still time to have your say. Online consultation. (20 Aug)

FLOOD DEFENCE SCHEMES UPDATE. A programme of work to reduce the risk of flooding in the Upper Calder Valley is making progress. Read more (19 Aug)

BLACKSHAW HEAD'S VILLAGE FETE: Homegrown and homemade produce, a bouncy castle or Punch and Judy for the kids are some of the great things happening on Sat 5th Sept. Read more (17 Aug)

LITTLE PARK TO BE OVERSHADOWED as council gives permission for 8 more flats next to the McCarthy & Stone development - with parking over the river. See Planning Watch and Forum. (12 Aug)

VACANCY FOR TOWN COUNCILLOR FILLED White Lee Ward: Tony Hodgins has been selected by co-option following the disqualification of Conservative Councillor, Nicola May. Read more

CHRIS GREEN COMPLETES THE BIG RIDE FOR PALESTINIAN CHILDREN. Chris cycled from Edinburgh to London, 1st-9th August and helped raise over £55,000. (11 Aug)

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)

NAGASAKI ATOMIC BOMBING REMEMBERED on the 70 years on, 9 August, by the Old Bridge. Mayor Karl Boggis read the Mayor of Nagasaki's peace declaration. The white dove flew in, right on cue. More info with brief report and photos of the event.

Sold out: The talk by Guardian Columnist Owen Jones on The Politics of Hope, organised by the Hebden Bridge Arts Festival, 13 Sept, Baptist Church.

NEWS in BRIEF 2015

Resisting apartheid in Palestine was the title of the presentation by Ron Taylor at the Trades Club this Sunday (23rd), on the work of the activists of Ta'ayush, the Arab-Jewish partnership, which challenges Israel's discriminatory policies in the West Bank.

NORTHLIGHT ART launch new Autumn term programme of Art and Craft courses. Classes for all - from the terrified to the gifted! Read more (21 Aug)

VOTE FOR RIVERSIDE! 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 (19 Aug)

KILIMANJARO CHALLENGE - Earlier this month, Drew Whitworth from Hebden Bridge climbed the highest mountain in Africa to raise over £1000 for Calder Valley Search and Rescue. Read more (18 Aug)

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 (14 Aug)

LOCAL HISTORY TALKS - 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. See What's on

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 (9 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.

MAYOR TO READ PEACE DECLARATION on 70th anniversary of Nagasaki atomic bombing. 3pm, 9 August, at the wavy steps by the Old Bridge. More info

Overgate Hospice Furniture Shop Opened, at Shepherds former car showroom. Saturday 1 August.

July 2015


VINTAGE CAR WEEKEND: 1-2 August. The Rotary Club of Hebden Bridge hosts the annual charity fund raising. More info

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)

DESIGNER SALE FOR CALDER VALLEY YOUTH THEATRE. The Youth Theatre group is holding a Nearly New Designer Sale in the Town Hall from 11am, Sat 25 July. Read more (23 July)

KILIMANJARO CHALLENGE will raise funds for Search and Rescue Team. Drew Whitworth plans to climb Kilimanjaro and donate £1500 to the Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team. Read more (21 July)

ARTS FESTIVAL SEEKS NEW BLOOD. The Festival Board has launched a search for a new Chair and new Board members who can help the organisation continue to flourish. Read more (15 July)

DRUM TREK: On July 2nd, Hebden Bridge drummer Paul Dear left John O'Groats on a rhythmical odyssey, taking in 27 locations in 26 days, finishing at Lands End. Read more

CALDER VALLEY VOICES' CHARITY SUMMER CONCERT: Calder Valley Voices has arranged a concert of beautiful, restful and rousing songs from around the World - on 16 July. Read more

NORMAN HURST: Graham Packham remembers his friend of 50 years. Norman died at home last 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.

FESTIVAL STREET SUNDAE: 2nd weekend. 5 July. Some of the nation's top street performers will also join in the fun, including Phoenix Nights star Janice Connolly. Read more 1 July

NEWS in BRIEF 2015

MAXINE PEAKE TO READ FROM SHELLEY'S MASQUE OF ANARCHY at the Trades Club on Sat August 8, a fund-raiser for the Morning Star newspaper. Read more (27 July)

THE BICYCLE DEN SEEKS BIKES If your bike is useable and you don't need it, consider taking it to the Bicycle Den. It would help a charity which is working to change girls' lives. Read more (24 July)

CHRIS GREEN TO JOIN THE BIG RIDE FOR PALESTINIAN CHILDREN. Chris will cycle from Edinburgh to London as part of The Big Ride for Middle East Children's Alliance, from August 1st to August 9th. Read more (22 July)

OUTSIDE THEATRE RETURNS TO HARDCASTLE CRAGS: Four men, four bikes and a 1500 mile adventure will stop en route at Hardcastle Crags to perform A Midsummer Night's Dream and Hamlet on 24 and 25 July. Read more

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 (10 July)

BLACKSHAW HEAD METHODIST CHAPEL is 200 years old. Help recreate this photo from around 1908 this Sunday, 12 July. Read more and see larger version of the photo.

CAMERA CLUB ANNUAL EXHIBITION WINNING PICTURES: visitors were asked to vote for their 3 favourite images in order of merit. Read more and see the 3 winning photos. 6 July

Crossley Mill Nursery is opening its gates to the public on Saturday 11th July for a day of fun. Read more

June 2015


ARTS FESTIVAL STREET SUNDAE Hebden Bridge throws open its doors on Sunday, 28 June for its annual Street Sundae festival that attracts thousands of spectators for a feast of free fun. Read more 22 June

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 20 June

THE GREAT FOLK/ROOTS PICNIC. Wainsgate Chapel's concert season continues on Saturday, 27 June with The Great Folk Roots Picnic, an all-afternoon event of traditional music from around the world. Read more (18 June)

OUR HILLS ARE ALIVE WITH THE SOUND OF NUNS. Nuns preparing for the Arts Festival's Sing-a-Long-a Sound of Music, alongside a screening of the classic Julie Andrews film. Read more (14 June)

AFTER ALICE PROJECT OPEN DAY on Saturday 13 June. Ask all your questions about old cameras. More info

THE RISE AND FALL OF A NORTHERN STAR Stella Grundy's one woman play uses some of her own experiences as front-woman of Manchester band Intastella - Arts Festival event. Read more (9 June)

Come Fly With Us!
Sunday 7 June. Thousands are expected to watch aviators in crazy flying machines, space rockets, giant dragon-flies and washing lines of enormous pants blowing in the wind. More info, map of route and timetable.

NEWS in BRIEF 2015

THE LOIS AND LINDSAY DILEMMA and the birth of 'cinemocracy' at HB Arts Festival. 95 year old Lois Smith, local artist now living in Hebden Bridge, talks with Nick Wilding about how in 1948 in Wakefield she produced the very first film made by then unknown director Lindsay Anderson. Read more 25 June

THE SHED GALLERY, Hebden Bridge's newest pop up exhibition space, launches 26 June. Their first outing will be part of the Arts Festival, showing work by Louise Lockhart of Printed Peanut. Read more 22 June

BLACKSHAW FOOD FESTIVAL: Live music in a marquee and stalls outside the New Delight Inn at Jack Bridge, 28 June. In the pub there will be talks on different aspects of food. Read more. (19 June)

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. (17 June)

HEBDEN BRIDGE WRITER, PETER RILEY, short-listed for for this year's Forward Arts Foundation prize for Due North, worth £10,000. Read more (12 June)

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)

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)

May 2015


WAINSGATE CONCERT: IRISH DUO ZRAZY: A new summer season of concerts at Wainsgate Chapel starts next week when the sensational Irish duo Zrazy return to Hebden Bridge.Read more (25 May)

NO SAINSBURYS will be built at the old Fire Station site. The HebWeb has learned this morning that the Sainsburys appeal against refusal of planning permission has been unsuccessful. More info about the Planning Inspector's decision, and links to news and discussion over past 18 months. (22 May)

Craig Whittaker a Mormon? At the swearing in of MPs, our MP requested the Book of Mormon to pledge allegiance to the Crown, according to this BBC News report (21 May)

ARTS FESTIVAL BACKS AFTER ALICE Local Artists asked to open their workspaces for new photography project and are seeking volunteers from the local artistic community to join in. Read more (19 May)

ARTS FESTIVAL PROGRAMME LAUNCHED: Culture lovers turned out in force as Hebden Bridge Arts Festival launched its 2015 programme in the Town Hall. Read more about what the 2015 Festival has to offer. (15 May)

FOLK ROOTS ACT WINS BBC FOLK AWARD: organisers are celebrating after Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker win BBC Folk Awards Best Duo. Read more (13 May)

PARADE WORKSHOPS START THIS WEEKEND! Fancy taking to the air in a flying machine, creating an alien space ship, learning to stilt, samba drum or joining a women's street dance ensemble? If so, get down to the Parade Open Workshops, beginning this Saturday 16th May. Read more

FOLK ROOTS FESTIVAL NEXT WEEKEND: Hebden Bridge Folk Roots festival brings together the community of folk music from the finest in Yorkshire talent to the deep South of the States. Read more (11 May)

CONSERVATIVES HOLD CALDER VALLEY with a reduced majority of 4,427. UKIP in 3rd place with 5960 votes. Lib Dem vote down 20%. Greens in 5th place with 2090 votes. Turnout: 69.18% (up 1.9%). See results details in the Hebweb Election Section

CALDERDALE COUNCIL ELECTIONS: Dave Young is returned for Labour in Calder ward (Hebden Bridge) with nearly double the vote of his nearest rival. (Turnout: 76%) Nicola May wins for Conservatives in Luddendenfoot ward, covering Mytholmroyd. See full results.

HEBDEN ROYD TOWN COUNCIL: Update: Labour retain control with 10 seats, Lib-Dems have 5 seats, Greens and Conservatives have one seat each. Full results

HEBWEB ELECTION SECTION - candidates answer questions, election links, news, over 150 contributions to election discussion, and more.

CAR PARK TO CLOSE? The owners of the old Fire Station land have stated that they intend to close the 39 space car park on 25 June. Read more

CALLING ALL YOUNG PLAYWRIGHTS Calderdale Young Shorts is running a drop-in session on how to turn ideas into a play, this Thursday, 28 May. Read more

NEW MAYOR FOR TOWN COUNCIL: Last night 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)

HEBDEN ROOTS FESTIVAL A GREAT A SUCCESS! One organiser told the HebWeb: "The plan of putting shows on all over Hebden Bridge really worked. There were a variety of shows on offer and we had people drifting in and out all day". Read report and see photos (21 May)

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)

FAIR FOR YOUTH 2015 is coming soon - on Saturday 30th May on Calder Holmes Park, showcasing the talents, abilities, interests and skills of local young people. Read latest news. (18 May)

FESTIVAL JEWELLERY AND FESTIVAL HAIR Local jewellery fans can bling up to help the Arts festival thanks to a ranges of rings produced by Element. Then on to Zeitgeist Hair who are running their own fringe festival. Read more (12 May)

GREEN COUNCILLORS IN THE CALDER VALLEY: Penny Marrington and Dave Wardell will take their places on Todmorden Town Council and Elizabeth King, who topped the White Lee ward poll, will join Hebden Royd Town Council. Read more from Calderdale Greens

HOSPICE SHOP NEEDS VOLUNTEERS. Hebden Bridge's local children's hospice is calling on residents to show their support and volunteer in their Valley Road shop. Read more (7 May)

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 (5 May)

RIVERSIDE RATED A GOOD SCHOOL: Staff, Pupils, parents are celebrating after Riverside School was rated good after a tough Ofsted inspection. Read more (5 May)

ARTS FESTIVAL IS LOOKING FOR NEW VOLUNTEERS! Do you fancy getting more involved in the local arts scene in this vibrant local community of ours? Then the Festival would love to hear from you. Read more (5 May)

April 2015


HEBDEN BRIDGE HUSTINGS REPORT: Around 230 people turned out to question 6 of the 7 candidates standing for election in the Calder Valley constituency. Read report of meeting.

SHADOW ENVIRONMENT SECRETARY HIGHLIGHTS LABOUR'S GREEN PLAN in Hebden Bridge. Maria Eagle joined Labour's Parliamentary candidate Josh Fenton-Glynn and White Swan landlady Liz Wood in Hebden Bridge on the day the Labour Party launched its Green Plan. Read more (27 April)

Next Sunday, 3 May, the TOUR DE YORKSHIRE will pass through Hebden Bridge. Plans are being finalised across the area. More info, maps and links.

I AM KLOOT join Hebden Bridge Arts Festival bill. Kloot recently sold out Manchester Apollo which is ten times the size of the Trades. Read more (23 April)

COME FLY WITH US is the theme of this year's Handmade Parade - your chance to take the streets of Hebden Bridge by storm on Sunday, 7 June. Read more (21 April)

RADICAL HISTORY WALKS IN THE CALDER VALLEY - to be launched this Sunday, 26 April. Riots and Protests, Cooperatives and Visions. Do the walks, download the apps. Read more (21 April)

LOCAL ELECTION CANDIDATE STATEMENTS: So far, three candidates have sent the HebWeb summaries of why they want your vote, and photos. Read them here. (15 April)

PIANO FESTIVAL: NEW WORK WITH CLIMATE DIMENSION - Now You See It is a brand new major work which explores climate change and more. (14 April)

MY CONVICT ANCESTORS: Todmorden University of the Third Age member Sue Hayter made no apologies for having convict ancestors when she spoke at the March general meeting, in a talk entitled My Convict Ancestors - A Genealogical Journey. Read more (12 April)

LOCAL ELECTION CANDIDATES: following the close of nominations yesterday, the HebWeb is now able to publish lists of candidates for Calderdale and Town Council elections. Surprises include a first UKIP candidate for the Calder ward covering Hebden Bridge, and far fewer candidates for the Town Council. Read more (10 April)

MORNING STAR READERS' AND SUPPORTERS' FUND-RAISER - Performers, including Tim Cook (right), will join comrades, friends and supporters at the Trades on Sunday afternoon Read more (7 April)

WIN TICKETS FOR LONELADY'S TRADES CLUB GIG: the Trades Club have given Hebweb a pair of tickets for LoneLady's only northern gig on Thursday night. More info

THE DAM THAT ISN'T AND THE GREAT FLOATING PLUG OF THE COLDEN - was the topic of the recent talk to the Hebden Bridge History Society. Read more - (1 April)

GLOBAL WAVE: On Monday, anti-nuclear campaigners linked up the Calder Valley with places around the world when they took part in the 'Global Wave', to mark the start of the review of the Non-Proliferation Treaty taking place in New York. Read more (29 April)

SUMMAT A' NOWT: Tod's University of the Third Age heard from Steve Murty about life in Stubb, the township of 17 cottages in which he was born and raised, old ranges with a pot hanging above. Read more (28 April)

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)

'POSH' FROM BEACON ACTORS COMPANY at the Little Theatre during Election Week. Posh concerns an Oxford University based dining club called 'The Riot Club' a fictionalised version of The Bullingdon Club. Read more about the play and the company. (24 April)

CALDERDALE LIBERAL DEMOCRATS LAUNCH LOCAL MANIFESTO, and to date are the only party to do so. They set out the policies and ideas the party would implement if they were running Calderdale. Read more (21 April)

HOW HEBDEN BRIDGE WAS NEARLY LOST: a new film from Nick Wilding, 2 May at the Picture House, tracing 700 years, and the role of the Civic Trust in preventing further demolition. The film also reveals 1960s plans to demolish extensive parts of Hebden Bridge for a flyover and big named national stores. Read more (updated 18 April)

HEBDEN BRIDGE ELECTION HUSTINGS - the HebWeb is organising an opportunity for the voters of Hebden Bridge to meet six of the 7 candidates standing for Parliament. 29 April at Hope Baptist Church. Read more

THE PINK BALLS OF HEBDEN BRIDGE CRICKET CLUB - To launch their new season with a swing the Club are to use pink cricket balls at home matches, supporting research into testicular cancer. Read more (13 April)

TOWN CENTRE 1965 'PHOTOGRAPHIC GALLERY' OPENS: As part of marking the 50th anniversary of the Pennine Way and the launching of the new Loop, HB Walkers Action and Pennine Horizons have put together an exhibition of photos of the town from the 1960s. Read more (11 April)

GENERAL ELECTION: the Sustainable Transport Group has posed three more questions to the candidates - and has received answers from five of them. Read the replies here in our election section. (8 April)

PIANO FESTIVAL WILL ENTERTAIN CHILDREN AND FAMILIES - The 2015 Hebden Bridge Piano Festival kicks off in ten days and includees many events which will entertain children and families. Read more - (7 April)

HOPE BAPTIST CHURCH A Heritage Lottery Fund award of £215,000 will enable urgent repairs to this important locally listed building. Read more

March 2015


GOT AN IDEA? THE ARTS FESTIVAL WANTS TO HELP The festival is inviting applications from new and established artists for 2 pots of up to £250 - Read more (30 March)

HEBDEN BRIDGE BUSINESS FORUM: the Social on 25 March at Old Gate was attended by 30 people who had the opportunity to network and hear about the new auto-enrolment pension scheme. Read more 27 March

NO PUBLIC HEARING FOR THE SAINSBURYS APPEAL The 500 or more objectors including Hebden Royd Town Council will have an opportunity to restate and amplify their objection by posting online. 24 March

NEW 2015 HEBDEN BRIDGE VISITORS' GUIDE PUBLISHED: The 2015 Guide, which points out all the places and sites visitors should not miss, is available throughout the town and for download here on the HebWeb. More info 23 March

KINDLINESS IN HEBDEN BRIDGE: Community is key in tackling loneliness - report launched Thursday by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation is based on research carried out in Hebden Bridge. Read more 21 March

MYTHOLMROYD STATION PARTNERSHIP bring together schools and local industry. Read more 19 March

MYRA JAMES IS AWARDED 20MPH CAMPAIGNER OF THE YEAR. The award recognises Hebden Bridge's Myra James' successful campaigning to win 20mph limits across Calderdale's streets. Read report 18 March

LABOUR CANDIDATE REFUSED BLAIR'S MONEY: in response to the Lib-Dem challenge, the Labour candidate Josh Fenton-Glynn has told the HebWeb, in a forum contribution, that he returned Tony Blair's cheque to the national party. 17 March

GRUELLING EXPERIENCES - IN THE WORKHOUSE: Peter Higginbotham's researches enabled him to to recount a complex and fascinating story to the Local History Society. Above: former workhouse: Stansfield View, 2-3 miles from HB. Read more 16 March

ELECTION: LABOUR CANDIDATE CHALLENGED OVER BLAIR DONATION: Alisdair Calder McGregor is asking Josh Fenton Glynn "if he has accepted Blair's Blood Money to fund his campaign". Read more 13 Mar

THE AFTER ALICE PROJECT, a new group devoted to non-digital photography, named after Hebden Bridge's most famous photographer Alice Longstaff, is encouraging experienced and novice photographers alike to have a go at capturing images on good old fashioned film. More info 11 Mar

GENERAL ELECTION: A lively Education Question Time with election candidates took place on Friday 6 March at Calder High. Read report

EASTER MONDAY: THE RETURN OF THE YELLOW DUCKS: Duckmania will return to Hebden Bridge this Easter Monday for the annual Charity Duck Race, organised by the Rotary Club. More info 4 Mar

NEW PEACE AND JUSTICE /CND GROUP: The first meeting will be held at 7.30pm on Wednesday 11th March. Speakers include Chair of National CND and Mayor of Hebden Royd. More info

VICTORIA ROAD RESIDENTS COMPLAIN ABOUT MCCARTHY AND STONE: residents have contacted the HebWeb after 15 months of "living on a building site". The development of 32 apartments was due to be finished in January. Read more 2 Mar

FLOOD ACTION GROUP - report. Formed in response to the floods of June-July 2012, the group has liaised with the Council and other bodies to look at actions in the event of further floods. Read more (31 March)

FESTIVAL OF BURLESQUE AND ALTERNATIVE CABARET - At the end of April, Heidi Bang Tidy and Lady Wildflower will be bringing the glamour of Burlesque to Hebden Bridge and neighbouring towns Todmorden and Mytholmroyd for the annual Burlesque Festival. 26 March

LOCAL STREET ACTS NEEDED FOR ARTS FESTIVAL Hebden Bridge Arts Festival has issued a call out for talented local performers to show off their skills during their two Street Sundaes events. More info 25 March

PACE EGG PLAY - more info, times of performances and cast.

HEBWEB ELECTION HUSTINGS: The HebWeb wrote to each of the six Parliamentary candidates, posing six questions, designed to help voters understand the differences between the parties. Each of the candidates has now responded and you can read their replies here, in our Election Section. 22 March

CALDER WARD FORUM GRANTS relaunched for 2015-2016. £5,000 available grants for activities and projects that benefit Calder Ward. Read more 19 March

DISMAY AT SAINSBURYS DECISION to appeal against Calderdale Council's refusal of planning permission for a supermarket at the Old Fire Station site. See statement from Hebden Bridge Partnership. Updated with statement from SOS Hebden Bridge. 19 March

MORE COMMUNITY SPACE IN MYTHOLMROYD? Hebden Royd Town Council would like to know if there is a demand for additional community space in Mytholmroyd, as it has been offered the use of the former Calder Valley Club building. Read more.

CALDER VALLEY CND - FOR PEACE AND JUSTICE is the working title of the new group which had its first meeting on 11th March. Speakers included Chair of National CND and Mayor of Hebden Royd. Read report 17 March

CRAZY AND COLOURFUL IDEAS WANTED FOR THE HANDMADE PARADE: Organisers of the Hebden Bridge Handmade Parade are holding a Spark Day on Sat 21 March. Read more 13 March

BETTER TRAIN SERVICES - BUT NOT YET: latest information from the Upper Valley Transport Group on electrification and what we should expect from the next franchise holder for our line. Read more 11 Mar

PRE-HISTORY ON OUR HILL TOPS: a period of time covering 7000 years before history was recorded was the topic of the recent talk to the Hebden Bridge History Society. Read more 9 March

TOWN COUNCIL ELECTIONS - Every four years, elections take place for the whole of Hebden Royd Town Council. This year, they coincide with the General Election - Read more 6 Mar

LAID BARE: LOVE SONGS from  juice vocal ensemble: In a brand new venture, Hebden Bridge musician David Nelson is putting on an event at St Michael's Church in Mytholmroyd on Thursday 19th March. More info 3 Mar

PHOTOGRAPHER STEVE MORGAN WINS AWARD: Hebden Bridge photographer Steve Morgan has won the "Work in the Community" section in the British Life Photography Awards for his photo of Foundrymen in Halifax. Read more 2 Mar

February 2015


CALDERDALE BUDGET - Council tax freeze confirmed, praise for ambitious energy target, Lib-Dems criticise Labour for not supporting energy reduction target, Labour say council statement glosses over cuts. Read more 25 Feb

SAY "NO" TO SAINSBURY'S. SAY "YES" TO HEBDEN BRIDGE. Save our Shops (SOS) are hosting an event at Hebden Bridge Town Hall on Sunday 1st March at 1.30pm to remind people that the Sainsburys issue could still reignite. More info 24 Feb

WALKING WITH HISTORY: E-trails from Pennine Horizons provide walkers with an opportunity to explore the area on foot and having information about the landscape, ecology or history at your finger tips. Read more about the walks and apps. 23 Feb

FAIR FOR YOUTH 2015 will be held on Saturday 30th May on Calder Holmes Park, showcasing the talents, abilities, interests and skills of local young people. Read more 19 Feb

LOCAL ACCOUNTANTS CRESSWELLS BACK ARTS FESTIVAL and will sponsor the Street Sundae event during the Festival in July. More info 18 Feb

SAVE OUR SHOPS (SOS) "POST BOXES" are appearing in shops and cafés this week so people can post pledges to oppose Sainsbury's in Hebden Bridge. Pledge cards are also provided. More info (17 Feb)

CROSSLEY MILL NURSERY RHYMES to a funkier beat. Nursery rhymes have been given a musical makeover thanks to parents, children and staff who have together created a CD of their favourite songs. Read more 12 Feb

CALDER HIGH LOSES OUT AGAIN in new school building programme. Labour's Josh Fenton-Glynn has expressed disbelief that Calder High has yet again been overlooked by the Government. Read more 10 Feb

YOUNG PRODUCER SAM BELL VISITS REUTERS Sam's dream is to be a journalist so, with the help of Arts Festival sponsors Thomson Reuters, he got to spend a day in the Reuters newsroom. Read more (10 Feb)

BENEFIT FOR GREENPEACE at the end of the month. 10 top comedy and variety acts, organised by Cabaret Heaven at the Trades Club. See What's on.

LOCAL HISTORY SOCIETY REPORT: Nigel Smith spoke about Patterns in the Landscape: the evolution of settlement and enclosure in the Upper Calder Valley. And revealed the origins of some local place names. Read more 5 Feb

WAR ON WANT SAY NO TO TRADE DEAL, War on Want Director John Hilary is to talk against the treaty at the Trades Club, 14 Feb - a treaty that threatens to undermine democracy, jobs and public services. Read more 1 Feb

TEA TOWELS MEAN CASH FOR WHITE RIBBON. The money was generated from the sale of tea-towels in Valley Organics shop. 50p from every Tea towel sold is donated to the campaign. Read more (1 Feb)

ALAN PETFORD The untimely death of local historian Alan Petford is a great loss for the Hebden Bridge Local History Society and other history groups he worked with. More info 27 Feb

FOX AND GOOSE'S CO-HOPERATIVE BEER to toast co-operative pub's first birthday. It will be unveiled at the pub in Heptonstall Road, Hebden Bridge, on Friday 27th from 7pm, kicking off a month-long programme of celebrations. Read more 26 Feb

PENNINE WAY LOOP IS ON ITS WAY: Since it was announced in January, Hebden Bridge Walkers Action has been busy. Work has started improving the route and the first waymarks (see right) are starting to go up. More info 25 Feb

BLACKSHAW ENVIRONMENTAL ACTION TEAM (BEAT) Forthcoming activities include the planting of a community orchard and public meetings on Science and Religious Belief, Climate Change, Energy and Culture and the Biological Control of Himalayan Balsam in Colden Clough. Read more 22 Feb

BURIED AT SANDY GATE: Two long-forgotten graves of leading 19th century co-operative figures have been made accessible to visitors, thanks to efforts taken by a community-based co-operative - CROWS. Read article in Cooperative News 19 Feb

LOCAL GREEN PARTY TO CELEBRATE GROWTH: The Calderdale Greens are celebrating the growth of their membership, which has increased five times within one year. In January alone over 100 people have joined as members. Read more 17 Feb

SCHOOL FUNDING SCANDAL: Labour warned last year that Government funding for schools was in doubt. Read more 16 Feb

GROWING UP IN SOWERBY: Jean Illingworth's love for, and fascination with, her home town of Sowerby was at the heart of her talk to the Hebden Bridge History Society. Read more 16 Feb

General Election: transport
The Sustainable Transport Group has asked candidates standing in our Calder Valley constituency a series of questions about transport policy and fare rises. The candidates have all replied. Read the questions and replies 10 Feb

BIG SPRING CLEAN Once again, Hebden Royd Town Council is sponsoring local community groups to clean up neglected corners of the Parish over its annual 'Spring Clean Weekend' on 21st and 22nd March 2015. More info

USE LIBRARIES TO ACCESS WIFI: Although the Hebden Bridge Library has had wireless access for some time, visitors to other libraries in Calderdale will soon be able access their laptops, phones and tablets using free wifi. Read more 9 Feb

Register to vote: To be sure you can vote in May's General Election, you need to check you are registered by Monday 20 April 2015. More info and links to register online. 4 Feb

SHARE YOUR FAVOURITE HAROLD CRABTREE SHOES! This was Harold Crabtree's final season. As everything flies off the shelves for the last time, there is a chance to share your favourite Harold Crabtree moments. Read more 1 Feb

January 2015


TEA TOWELS MEAN CASH FOR WHITE RIBBON. The money was generated from the sale of tea-towels in Valley Organics shop. 50p from every Tea towel sold is donated to the campaign. Read more (31 Jan)

PUBLISH PEOPLE'S COMMISSION REPORT NOW SAY LIB DEMS. Local Liberal Democrats have expressed dismay that the report of the Council's People's Commission into health and social care services is being kept under wraps until February 9th. Read more

IT'S TIME TO IMAGINE THE HEBDEN BRIDGE OF THE FUTURE: 2015 is the year for thinking about how to make Hebden Bridge an even better place to live, work and visit says the Hebden Bridge Partnership. Read more. (29 Jan)

UNIVERSITY OF THE THIRD AGE: Paulo Marini, enlightened his audience at the January U3A general meeting in a talk entitled, Open Farm Technologies - Aquaponics. Read more (26 Jan)

ROAD SAFETY: Mayor and local Heads address road safety concerns. Read more 26 Jan

BEER AND CIDER FESTIVAL at the Town Hall to coincide with the Tour de Yorkshire. Read more 22 Jan

TOUR DE YORKSHIRE - the route was announced today; it passes through Hebden Bridge on Sunday 3 May. More info and links 21 Jan

STREET LIGHTING UPDATE: following complaints about street lights not working (cable along Keighley Road has been stonlen) Calderdale Council apologise and promise to improve their condition, reliability and energy efficiency. Read more 19 Jan

TOUR DE FRANCE BROUGHT £12.5M BOOST to Calderdale, according to a report commissioned by Calderdale Council. 340,000 people watched the race in our area. Read more (15 Jan 2015)

TOWN COUNCIL WRITE TO FRENCH TWIN TOWN RE: CHARLIE HEBDO. The Mayor of Hebden Royd, Cllr Jonathan Timbers expressed the area's commitment to stand shoulder to shoulder with the people of France. Read more. 12 Jan

PENNINE WAY TO COME TO HEBDEN BRIDGE - a Pennine Way Loop, developed with the Walkers Action group, is due to open this Spring, in time for the 50th anniversary of the walkers' trail. Organisers expect the Loop to bring a major boost to our local economy. Read more 12 Jan

CALDERDALE BUDGET: The Labour group has challenged the Council's six Liberal Democrat members to say whether they are already committed to supporting the Conservative party's budget proposals, to be published next week. Read more. 7 Jan

COMEDY CLUB Portugal's Number One Reality TV Star Comes To Hebden Bridge? The Comedy Club returns to its second Sunday of the month slot this month. Read more (6 Jan)

Craig Whittaker's Wikipedia page edited anonymously from the House of Commons. A reference to our MP's arrest for allegedly assaulting his son outside a petrol station was deleted, along with his claim to not know about the future of A&E. See the Wikipedia edits and this page from The Political Scrapbook (26 Jan)

PIANO FESTIVAL PROGRAMME LAUNCH PARTY - Fast becoming a regular fixture in the town's social calendar, the Hebden Bridge Piano Festival programme launch party takes place at the Town Hall on Sat 7th February. Read more

ALTERNATIBA TODMORDEN! Musicians needed to play at a small one-day Festival of Climate Alternatives on Sunday 3rd May 2015. Read more 26 Jan

CAR CO-OP MAKES MOTORING CHEAPER AND GREENER: Hour Car offers an efficient, low cost alternative to private ownership: car sharing, manager Kevin Hogan tells the HebWeb. Read more. 25 Jan

ONE WOMAN PROTEST IN THE SQUARE - Christine Drake explains to HebWeb readers why she is there - "in solidarity with the Palestinians" - and recounts some of the abuse she has suffered during her 6 months of demonstrating. See HebWeb Forum thread 21 Jan

LOCAL HISTORY SOCIETY REPORT: president of Yorks Archaeological Society, Sylvia Thomas outlined how details about family relationships and everyday life may be gleaned from the Wakefield Court Rolls, which cover much of the former West Riding, including the Calder Valley. Read more. 18 Jan

JOIN THE NAVVIES: call for volunteers to help rebuild Stubbing Wharf canal moorings. Read more 14 Jan

CALDERDALE'S COUNCIL TAX FREEZE CONTINUES: Details of council's proposed budget, together with early salvos from Labour and the Lib Dems. Read more 12 Jan

MINUTERO VINTAGE PHOTOGRAPHY: After the HebWeb snapped them in action by the river on Bridge Gate, this unusual Minutero photography group has sent us some info and photos. Read more 9 Jan

NEW DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY grew up in Hebden Bridge. He also curated last year's successful Matisse exhibition at the Tate. Read more 8 Jan

HEBDEN BRIDGE TEENAGE CANCER APPEAL Mayor of Hebden Royd, Cllr Jonathan Timbers presented a cheque for £4,000 to the Teenage Cancer Unit,  Weston Park Hospital, Sheffield on behalf of a local charity. (5 Jan)