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Climate Action Roadshow Organised by Slow the Flow, a Climate Action Roadshow will visit Hebden Bridge and neighbouring towns this summer to raise awareness about climate change and encourage people to take action to prevent major flooding events, given the increasingly extreme weather. Read more 10 March

What's On in March? Who Built Hebden Bridge exhibition, Blackshirts and Anti-Blackshirts in 1930s Manchester, CND open meeting, Lit & Sci Lecture with Kate Lycett, canal open day, Behind the Scenes at the BBC, the Big Spring Clean, Attila the Stockbroker, Remembering Cragg Hall and much more. See What's On 3 March 2022

Covid numbers locally are rising again. Hebden Bridge 25 new cases (270 per 100k), 20 cases in Mytholmroyd (234 per 100k) and 31 cases in Tod (184 per 100k) for the week to 4 March. The rate per 100K for Calderdale as a whole is 195 and for England 350. Read more. 9 March 2022

Vigil for Ukraine Members and supporters of CND (Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament) gathered at the main crossroads in Hebden Bridge. Report and more photos 28 Feb

Ukraine solidarity in Hebden Bridge - The Ukraine Flag colours appear on the electric substation where visitors approach our town. Photo: Paul Clarke

The HebWeb Interview: Andrew Leatherbarrow Meet the team leader for Canal & River Trust Volunteers - a Lancastrian, who has lived round here for forty years, Andy exudes energy and has spent his whole career working outdoors, setting himself challenges and supporting younger people who wanted to follow him up mountains, kayak down rivers and ramble across moors. See all George Murphy's 27 HebWeb Interviews 21 Feb

Flood Alert was place for the Upper Calder Valley. River levels were expected to peak around 4pm to 6pm Sunday and remain high into Monday. More info 20 Feb

Berringden Brow: On Days Like These: 20 years after the publication of Jill Robinson's first Berringden Brow story, the popular series has reached its 6th instalment, On Days Like These. Struggling single parent Jess has by now retired and her family has grown up, but her life continues with an array of quirky misadventures and scrapes. Read more 13 Feb

The World of Art Deco At a recent meeting of the University of the Third age, Sheila Antrobus, presented 'The Wonderful World of Art Deco', a movement which began and grew in the 1920s and 1930s. Read more 8 Feb

Climate emergency march - report: On Sunday 30 January, Calderdale Green New Deal, Extinction Rebellion and Friends of the Earth marched to Halifax Town Hall to mark the 3rd anniversary of the Council's Climate Emergency Declaration Read more

A History of Thornber Chicks A rags to riches story about this family firm told to the local History Society by Ann Kilbey, who worked for the company in the 1960s. What began with just a few broody hens in orange boxes became a company who were world leaders. Read more

Holocaust Memorial Day From the archive: In 2003, The Mytholmroyd Net interviewed Thea Gersten, about her diary of a Jewish teenager growing up in Nazi Germany and who came to live in Mytholmroyd. Read the interview.

The January Daily Dip comes to an end raising over £20K for homeless charity, Crisis. On Sunday, 30 January, the finale will take place at Gaddings Dam, Todmorden, the UK's highest beach - where this year's January Dip started. Read more

Gibson Mill

Freezing canal, Hebden Bridge, morning, 20 Jan 2022. Photo: Andrew Smith - click to enlarge

The History of Cinema in Hebden Bridge Speaking to the Local History Society, Kate Higham told how cinema has been at the heart of the town since the early days of the travelling theatre tents. Possibly the first travelling cinema to reach Hebden Bridge was in 1898. Read report 14 Jan

The HebWeb Interview: Michael Ryan, publisher, photographer, climber and wild swimmer, is the subject of the latest interview by author and storyteller George Murphy. Read about Mick's passion for climbing, alongside his superb photographs of the moors, cloughs and crags of upper Calder. Read more 6 Jan

The January Dip on New Year's Day at Gaddings Dam and elsewhere - raising money for Crisis and to support those facing the worst forms of homelessness. Read more and see photos and video

The HebWeb Interview - see all of George Murphy's interviews with some of the many fascinating personalities who live in our area. This section of the HebWeb started in the autumn of 2020 and there are now 24 interviews. Read them here. And watch out for more in 2022.

New Year's Day Swim The January Daily Dip will kick off with a swim at Gaddings Dam (Britain's Highest Beach) - above Todmorden, helping to raise money to end homelessness. Read more 22 Dec

Bookshop Heroes 2021 announced by the The Bookseller magazine, include Kate Claughan, owner of Hebden Bridge's The Book Case. Read article

Storm Arwen bought snow to Hebden Bridge and left hundreds of homes, especially in the hilltop villages, without power and water. Chapter 17 and Marco's in Hebden Bridge and St Michaels in Mytholmroyd are among the many offering refreshments to those without power.

Recent power cuts – building resilience. See HebWeb discussion

Hebden Bridge in the National Media - this HebWeb feature looks at how our town and its issues have been reported over the past 20-25 years, including greatest town accolades, 4th funkiest town in the world, UK's second city, Have I got News for you, Any Questions at the Town Hall and much more. Read the article

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Energy Crisis leads to Citizen Advice Service in Hebden Bridge - funded by Hebden Royd Town Council. It will launch in Hebden Bridge on Wednesday 3 November in addition to the Thursday drop-in sessions at Mytholmroyd Community Centre. Read more

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Former Tory candidate for Calder Valley now Foreign Secretary. Liz Truss lost to Labour's Christine McCafferty in May 2005 but according to this Daily Mail report, had local Tories known of her affair with MP Mark Field, she would never have been selected.

Mytholmroyd Station Partnership - plaque unveiled the blue plaque for the Railway Heritage Trust Award was unveiled at the beginning of this month, after being delayed by Covid. Read more and see photos

Hebden Bridge Camera Club Annual Exhibition 2021 - the winners


Hebden Bridge Camera Club's annual exhibition returned to the Town Hall this year.  Mayor, Cllr Rob Freeth opened the exhibition, over 800 visitors viewed the 56 prints on display, and almost 600 votes were cast. Click photo above to enlarge.   More info and photos 12 Sept 2021

The Interview

Richard Carter Steve Tilston is one of the country's most celebrated singer songwriters, renowned for his lyrics, arrangements and brilliant guitar playing. You may also recognise him as the inspiration for the Hollywood movie, Danny Collins and in this latest HebWeb interview, George Murphy asked about John Lennon's 'lost letter'. Read all 20 Interviews (27 Aug)

Another pub closes: The Packhorse Inn, aka The Ridge, is to close - after 400 years! Regulars have been expressing their sadness on the pub's Facebook page.

Walking around Tod - "The industrial past blends with nature, the community runs on kindness and it's home to England's highest beach" See Guardian article

Visitor Centre Closure: Walkers Action Group produce leaflets In November 2020, Calderdale Council, having funds seriously cut by central Government, decided that Hebden Bridge Visitor Centre should remain permanently closed. Now, Hebden Bridge Walkers Action have made sure that locally produced leaflets about all kinds of walks in our area are available. More info

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Nearly £100K grant to help preserve Signal Box: Calder Valley Community Land Trust has received the news that it is to receive a £99,600 grant from The National Lottery Heritage Fund for a project focused on preserving the building and creating a heritage centre. Read more 6 July 2021

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Heptonstall: "The beautiful medieval village an hour's drive from Manchester with no cars on the cobbled streets" - see article in Manchester Evening News 28 June 2021

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Coiners' story set to be BBC Drama, based upon local author Benjamin Myers' book, The Gallows Pole. UK filmmaker Shane Meadows is to make the drama with UK-Irish producers Element Pictures. Read full article in Screen Daily

Town Council expresses solidarity with Ukraine The Mayor of Hebden Royd, Cllr Rob Freeth said, "I would like to take the opportunity to express our support and send sympathies to the people of Ukraine during this difficult time." And the Picture House is showing a charity fundraising film, Olga to support Ukraine. Read more 10 March

Mind your Head announce new events Mind Your Head, a campaign promoting better LGBTQ+ mental health and wellbeing in Calderdale and beyond, has announced two new online events. Read more 8 March

Crossings for Spring A photo project for all. The Arts Festival invites everyone of all ages, photography novices and professionals alike, to take part, by submitting photographs for a touring exhibition in June. Read more.

Growing Old Disgracefully Linda Sawley told u3a's recent meeting about 'Growing Old Disgracefully': A Guide to the Golden Years - 45 minutes of jokes, advice, pertinent observations and a singalong. Read Report. 2 March

Spring Clean - the Town Council is inviting budding litter pickers to tidy up an area. In return, they will help your community group with a donation of £60. Read more 28 Feb

Forum discussion: Craig Whittaker, Donating to Ukraine, Volunteering opportunities, Little Park plans, Fluoridation and more. See Forum 27 Feb

Kate Lycett: Telling Stories. Painting a Narrative. Hebden Bridge Lit & Sci's first in-person lecture for 2 years will be on 12 March. when Kate Lycett will talk about her work. Read more 26 Feb

William Morrisons: A History - Janet Senior told the Local History Society how William Morrison was left an orphan at the age of 9, and eventually moved to Bradford where he became an apprentice grocer. In 1899, he opened the first Morrison's shop. Read report 25 Feb

Celebrating Women Everywhere on 5th March, Inter-Arts Festival is celebrating Women Everywhere at The Trades Club ahead of International Women's Day. Read more

Theatre Workshops for Everyone Out in the Valley have received a grant from the Town Council to fund 4 workshops on consecutive Saturday mornings starting on 19th March. Read more 23 Feb

Bad Week for Calder Valley MP Craig Whittaker was just about the only member of the government to lose his job as a Whip last week in Boris Johnson's mini-reshuffle. And now he is under investigation for his use of Parliamentary headed notepaper. See article in The Spectator

Messages to HebWeb: ". . . after months of procrastinating, we've cancelled the Hebden Bridge Times (no journalists left!) and going to rely on Hebweb - much more professional and useful!" 23 Feb 2022

And this reply received 25 Feb: "Cannot agree more with the comment about HB Times. No longer a local paper, ruined by the present publishers. HebWeb is so much better"

Little Theatre: A Touch of Danger Hebden Bridge Little Theatre's February play is A Touch of Danger, a deft thriller by Francis Durbridge, directed by Steve Hirst. From Monday to Saturday, 21-26 February 2022. Read more

Heptonstall to Stoodley Pike. Repeat showing of BBC Walks programme with Shanaz Gulzar visiting Heptonstall Church ruins and walking along the Canal talking about the arrival of hippies in the 1970s. Watch now 17 Feb

Ice Skating in Hebden Bridge and Mytholmroyd See What's On

Constables and highways in 17th century Murray Seccombe told the Hebden Bridge Local History Society of his explorations into 17th century records to discover more about the ways that townships and manors organised and administered the highway. Read report 15 Feb

Ask The Question thanks Rotary Club for grant Ask The Question provides one-to-one tuition and mentorship to children and teenagers in Calderdale who have experienced adverse childhood experiences. Read more 15 Feb

£2 Trillion for Storm Arwen damage Gareth Hughes from Hebden Bridge has received a compensation cheque for more than £2 trillion in what Northern Powergrid has called an "oversight". See ITV report 14 Feb

Summer events to follow Lottery funding for High Hirst Woodmeadow. The money will be spent on developing new habitats on the site, improving access, and running a series of events and training. Read more 10 Feb

Arts Festival 2022 project is LAND MARKS Hebden Bridge Arts Festival has hand-picked some 'amazing local artists' to deliver workshops across 6 projects. A public sharing of the work will take place later in the year. Read more 6 Feb

May's Shop is featured on the BBC. May Stocks has been running her store in Colden, 6 days a week, since 1974. See this short video clip from the BBC.

Climate emergency – three years on Calderdale Council outline how they are "Building a sustainable and resilient future" More info

Climate change: March to Halifax Town Hall on Sunday 30 January. It's 3 years since Calderdale declared a Climate Emergency. The Calderdale Green New Deal and Calderdale Extinction Rebellion say not much has changed since then. Read more.

Happy Valley Series 3 Filming has begun in in our area of the third and final series of Sally Wainwright's smash hit, the multi Bafta Award-winning BBC drama Happy Valley. Read BBC report

Flooding, fluoride and changing Hebden Bridge - See discusssion

Grants for COVID-affected businesses A range of Calderdale businesses can now apply for grants to soften the impact of the COVID-19 Omicron variant.  Read more 17 Jan

Gibson Mill

Gibson Mill, Hardcastle Crags,
early morning,15 Jan 2022 - click to enlarge

Silly Billy's to close after 25 years. "Sorry boys and girls," says Bill on Silly Billy's Facebook page 13 Jan

'Grotty' trains with 'filthy' seats Reporter Vicki Grimshaw spent over 24 hours travelling on our railway, with passengers complaining about delays and high costs. A man described the trains as 'a nightmare' Read Daily Mirror report 12 Jan

Help the National Trust learn more about flooding at Hardcastle Crags. As part of their ongoing work to slow the flow of water in the woodlands and the wider Calder Valley, fixed point photography posts have been installed alongside many paths. Read more 27 Dec

Flood alert issued by the Environment Agency, 30 December, for the Upper Calder Valley is no longer in force. 31 Dec 2021

Piano Festival to close With the continuing uncertainty, and after much careful consideration of all practical and financial factors, Hebden Bridge Piano Festival Board has taken the difficult decision to close the Festival. Read more

The collapse of Colden Dam Dave Smalley told the Local History Society of a local legend of how the dam had failed catastrophically in 1936 and that a giant floating plug of the dam wall could still be found in the landscape. Read report



Snowfall following Storm Arwen. Click photo to enlarge. Photo with thanks to Mike Shillabeer

No Film Festival for 2022 - Hebden Bridge Film Festival will be taking a break in 2022 but there will be a full festival in 2023. However, HBFF still plan one-off presentations with special screenings and Q&A events in 2022. Read more

There are 92 episodes to browse, all still on the HebWeb. And a book! They give a captivating offbeat view of our town and its goings-on from the mind of story-teller and writer, George Murphy. Series 1 first appeared here on the HebWeb in 2019. It tracked a politically charged and polarising year in the Upper Valley in the lead up to Brexit. Little did we know what was to follow.

85.2% vaccinated in Hebden Bridge with first dose, aged 12 and over, compared with 80.4% for the rest of Calderdale and 88.3% nationally, of those aged 12 and over. More vaccination numbers. 23 Nov

Where to stay

WHERE TO STAY in Hebden Bridge. See the extensive HebWeb listings of accommodation, self catering and bed and breakfast options for when you visit our wonderful area.

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Midgley Climate Group's Solar Project The Climate Group has just completed one of its first projects, installing a Solar system on the roof of the old Co-op building. Right: Cllr Scott-Patient pulls the lever. Read more


Climate – What's all the fuss about? David Ramsden told the recent meeting of the University of the Third Age that ice loss is accelerating, crop failures and droughts are increasing, wildlife decline is accelerating, fish stocks are declining, air pollution currently kills 8.7 million people each year, and the sea level is rising fast. Read report 7 Nov

Bestselling English language writer in Germany: According to Der Spiegel, The Offing by Hebden Bridge writer, Benjamin Myers, is expected to be the best selling English language novel in Germany this year, ahead of Sally Rooney and Stephen King and is currently third in their overall fiction best sellers list. Ben was featured in The HebWeb Interview recently. 5 Nov

Pennine Finch endangered or Twite is on the brink of extinction. Burning of the moors is condemned in the report into a bird that once thrived around here. See Guardian article 6 Nov

It Takes A Flood… ITV programme shown on Tuesday evening (2 Nov) features Hebden Bridge, our community Town Hall and Khalsa Aid, all towards the end of the programme. Watch now

Former Mayor praises health workers In this article, Nader Fekri, former Mayor of Hebden Royd and Calderdale, explains why he's supporting the Fair Pay For Nursing campaign after meeting RCN members at a recent rally, and commends the great support health workers gave his father who has died from Covid. Read article

Jude Walker completes 200 mile walk to Downing Street by handing in a letter to the Prime Minister calling for charges on carbon emissions. See this YouTube video and sign petition  15 Aug

Helen of Four Gates author, former local resident Ethel Carnie Holdsworth, features in a Guardian feature today. "Thought to be the first blue-collar female novelist, Holdsworth once outsold HG Wells." See Guardian article and also previous HebWeb coverage of the writer.

Yorkshire Water halts grouse shooting on its moorland above Hebden Bridge, and is seeking a partnership with a conservation agency or a sustainable farming operation for the future management of Baitings, Turley Holes and Higher House Moor. See Yorkshire Post article 30 July 2021

CROWS - repairing and improving our local footpaths

Volunteers from CROWS - our local Community Rights of Way Service  - continue to improve and repair footpaths in our area and the rest of the Upper Valley. See video and read about some of their recent work 27 July 2021

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One-woman campaign in support of the Palestinian people. Local journalist Peter Lazenby interviews Christine Drake about her solo demonstration held in the square since 2014 - the abuse, the threats and the reasons for her continued protest. Read Morning Star article.

Blocked pavements exclude disabled people from our streets. Disabled people in Hebden Bridge and throughout Calderdale are stepping up their campaign for the banning of A boards and other obstructions on our narrow pavements. Read more

Palestine Demo

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Hebden Bridge trends on Twitter Once again, Hebden Bridge is in the news following extensive posting on Twitter and Facebook about this notice which appeared in Cornholme's free library. Read more - Updated with media reports and Hebden Bridge response notice

Small Ads: Message received 20 April - "We have now found a home.  Thank you for a fantastic service."

The Interview

George Murphy interviews Benjamin Myers, the award winning writer who lives in Mytholmroyd with his wife, novelist Adelle Stripe. His novels include The Offing and The Gallows Pole, which won the Walter Scott Prize. Ben describes his early start as a writer, playing in a band, music journalism, the influence of Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath, his reaction to Lockdown, the scope and theme of his new short story collection, and much more. Read all HebWeb Interviews

Maxine Peake reads poem celebrating The Picture House

Maxine Peake

Hebden Bridge Film Festival patron Maxine Peake has recorded a specially commissioned poem, written by Hebden Bridge based poet and performer Clare Shaw, that celebrates the power of cinema, as part of the 2021 Festival. More info, and video of Maxine Peak reading the poem

Canal at Hebden Bridge, February 2021, photographer: Andrew Smith

Snowy Canal at Hebden Bridge, with thanks to photographer, Andrew Smith. Click image to enlarge. More photos from Andrew Smith and others. (12 Feb)

Misty Morning

Misty Morning, with thanks to photographer, Andrew Smith. Click image to enlarge. (12 Jan)

HebWeb Small Ads - received today: Please take this ad down as we have been indundated, and now have the perfect person.


Flooded six times since 2000 - there have now been six major floods, and many more smaller ones in the past 20 years. Links to HebWeb reports of previous floods.


Hidden in the valleys around Hebden Bridge

Family of former councillor and journalist Philip Round win £300,000 in case against Hebden Bridge asbestos factory. See Yorkshire Post article. (In 2017, Philip Round wrote to us: ""HebWeb is by far the best community website I've ever seen online; I check in almost every day even though I live on Vancouver Island in Canada".) See also: HebWeb feature on Acre Mill

Progress continues at High Hirst Woodmeadow On Saturday 1 May, a team of 20 volunteers helped with hedge planting on the Town Council's High Hirst Woodmeadow site. A total of over 900 varieties of hedging were planted, including crab apple, rowan, rosehip and blackthorn. Read more

Have I Got News for You This prime time BBC 1 programme featured the Cornholme library notice story, and its reference to 'the cesspit that is Hebden Bridge'. Click here for the 35 second clip.

Crystal Wilde: Finding peace in hippie Hebden Bridge: "Hippies, hikers, kooky cafes, drugs and lesbians: my home town of Hebden Bridge is notorious for many reasons, some more surprising than others." See feature in The Independent

Small Ads response received: "Can you please remove my ad for the house at Tod as it's now been let, the response has been amazing"

"HebWeb is our 'go to resource' that allows us to stay up to speed with all things Hebden Bridge." - from message received this week.

Tree Felling in Crimsworth Dean Following the controversy about the National Trust's tree felling in the Crags, local residents have this morning told the HebWeb of more mature beech woodland being felled. This time in Crimsworth Dean. Read more & see photos (27 Jan)

Brearley Fields flood overflow does its job Storm Christope last week turned Brearley Fields into a lake. The new measures will benefit birds, fish and other local wildlife, attract visitors to the area and provide educational opportunities. Read more

Preserving our Woodland Heritage at Hardcastle Crags - An Alternative Approach

In a powerful Forum message, L Jackson argues for a review of the Woodland Management Plan at Hardcastle Crags, public consultation, and a suspension of work which involves "cutting down or otherwise killing between 40-60% of all the trees across two-thirds of the whole Hardcastle Crags estate." See this Forum article (22 Jan)

Tree Felling on a Commercial Scale "Mr Henry (Lord Savile's brother) proudly told me over two decades ago that when the land was originally given to the Trust it was on the strict instruction that they would never cut a living tree." See forum discussion (16 Jan)

Cloud and snow

Cloud and snow

Cloud and snow mingle over Hebden Bridge. Thanks to photographers, Andrew Deas, and Sara Swindells for sending their photos to the HebWeb. Click on photos to enlarge. (15 Jan)

Murphy's LoreMURPHY'S LORE

Murphy's Lore, the book, from the popular HebWeb column, is finally published. Read the weekly record of a dramatic year in the life of the UK. 52 episodes, viewed from Hebden Bridge. More info, and how to buy the book

Small Ad house sale response: "offer received within a week of listing on HebWeb. Brilliant, thank you!"

HebWeb Small Ads positive feedback: 1. "Brilliant as ever. Thank you. Ads fulfilled". 2. "We've been inundated with enquiries from potential tenants."

Craig WhittakerCraig blames BAME In an LBC interview, MP Craig Whittaker claims that the vast majority of people breaking the lockdown rules are from the "iimmigrant and Asian population". Listen here

HebWeb Small Ads. Message received about ad for 2 bed house: "I've had so many people message about this I can't keep up with replying."

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HebWeb coverage of the 2019 General Election is at along with info on general elections back to 1997.

Mytholmroyd Station PartnershipMytholmroyd Station Partnership… simply outstanding That was the verdict of the National Association of Community Rail Partnerships, in awarding Mytholmroyd Station Partnership the 2019 Community Rail Award. More info and background

Yorkshire Post on Hebden Bridge: "A Yorkshire town with an independent streak… Hebden is a striking town in an even more striking location."

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Hebden Bridge on Woman’s Hour (from around 28 mins in) - our area is praised for being friendly to lesbians the liberal minded, creatives and progressives, for its co-operatives, hippies and Sylvia Plath’s grave. And they plan to do a Woman’s Hour from Hebden Bridge. (27 Nov)

"Britain at its best: Hebden Bridge where Ed Sheeran was born is a true northern star,” declares Mail Online article. Apparently, our town is  'just right side of gentrified’. Read article

Paul BarkerPaul Barker's obituary in The Guardian. Paul Barker was a paper boy at Jones' Newsagents, went on to edit New Society from 1968-86 and wrote the book about Hebden Bridge: A Sense of Belonging. See also: HebWeb report of his book launch in April 2012.

Parade 2019

Above: Hebden Bridge Handmade Parade - 30 June 2019. 40+ more photos here

More tree cover still needed in Hebden Bridge, say Friends of the Earth. The organisation claims trees can act as effective flood defences, helping to reduce peak water levels by as much as a quarter. See ITV report.

BBC1 Countryfile at Hardcastle Crags "We're in West Yorkshire and this is one of its true hidden gems." And featuring the work of Slow the Flow Calderdale. (17 June)

Banking in Hebden Bridge: 'The only banks left in Hebden Bridge are grass ones down by the river'. See this weekend's article on the bankless town of Hebden Bridge in This is Money

The National Geographic’s Cool List for 2019 has West Yorkshire at number 7. The Calder Valley is highlighted - "with hippyish Hebden Bridge as its epicentre" - as a "burgeoning hub for restaurants and independent shops." )

Gentleman Jack

Gentleman Jack

The first episodes of Gentleman Jack, the new drama from Happy Valley writer Sally Wainwright, are based upon a book written about Anne Lister by local writer, Jill Liddington and published by Hebden Bridge publishers, Pennine Pens. More info, links and trailers

CNDTown Council votes to support a ban on nuclear weapons: Hebden Royd became only the third UK Council to support the ICAN Cities Appeal and the Treaty for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. Read more.

Small Ads: "Hebweb scores again! I have sold my electric lawnmower today"

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Small Ads - 3 two bed houses to rent, all announced the same day, on the HebWeb Smalls Ads page

Small Ads message - "Once again, great success by placing my house to rent on HebWeb!"

Huffington Post on Hebden Bridge: "You will find a town that was almost abandoned, but brought back to life by hippies, artists and lesbians looking for a place to make a life." Written by Sean Pert, who continues: "The town doesn't just tolerate its LGBT+ community, it values and embraces us." Read more

Climate Emergency declared!

Climate Emergency declared

Hebden Royd Town Council has declared that Hebden Royd should be carbon neutral as soon as possible. Both our Town Council and Calderdale Council have agreed to face up to 'the issue of our time’ - the climate emergency. Read more


No banks. No petrol. Lloyds Bank was the last bank left in Hebden Bridge. It closed this month. Shepherds was the last petrol garage still open in Hebden Bridge. It stopped selling petrol this month.

Hebden Bridge artist Kate Lycett featured in Yorkshire Post feature

Hebden Bridge: How a thriving town lost its last bank: This Guardian article reports that, "Residents feel angry and let down as Lloyds departs, but one man (David Fletcher) has a plan to fill the gap." Only a few years ago, Hebden Bridge had five full time banks. The last one, Lloyds, closed last week. Read article (26 Jan)

Handmade Parade

Hebden Bridge is Cool - Hebden Bridge has made National Geographic's Cool list. "The Calder Valley - with hippyish Hebden Bridge as its epicentre - is a burgeoning hub for restaurants and independent shops." See article.

Save Hebden Bridge Signal Box

Saignal Box

After more than 125 years as a familiar sight in the town, Network Rail have pulled the levers for the last time. Two community groups have put forward proposals for the building to be saved and restored to its former Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway glory. More info and leaflet

Fox and Goose one of top 50 pubs according to The Guardian

Hebden Bridge features in The Spectator "The Yorkshire town that’s gone from dirty old buildings to New Age nirvana" by William Cook.

Swimming pool latest. It's still going ahead but, because of the 2015 Flood, not yet. And not in Hebden Bridge. Read the latest statement from the Swimming Pool Association, and follow the links for how the HebWeb has covered this controversial issue over many years. More

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One hour from hb9

Less than an hour from Hebden Bridge: try these halls, houses and galleries which many may not have heard about. Yet they are just on our doorstep. If you can't find anything to do locally (see What's On), have a look at this new HebWeb Feature.

Hebden Bridge, the UK's second city, BBC article by Evan Davis. "Hebden Bridge is an inverted city with a greenbelt centre and suburbs called Manchester, Leeds and Liverpool." Read the article

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Selling my house on HebWeb was "extremely successful - I hope to complete on the sale in 2 weeks time, and I think I could have sold it a few times over."

Smll Ads: "I had so many wonderful responses to my ad for someone to help me re-organize my house post-flood, I wanted to employ everyone! Thank you." - Susan

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Britain's favourite market town? Hebden Bridge has been shortlisted in the 'Britain's favourite market town' category in the BBC Countryfile Magazine Awards 2013. 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.

Small Ads - "I am very pleased to say the response was terrific and both properties are now let." (Less than a week)

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"In a world where style often triumphs over substance, Hebweb is reassuringly informative, reliable and clear. An invaluable community resource and public information forum reflecting the independent spirit of Hebden Bridge. Lesley at Elmet Farmhouse.

Floods: HebWeb Gallery - 24 photos taken on the morning of Boxing Day, 2015.

Small Ads: "Amazing but my house in Tod got rented out within 30 minutes after putting the house on Hebweb."

HebWeb Feature on the 2015 Boxing Day Flood, gathering together many of the articles, news, links, photos and videos. Updated reguarly.

Small Ads success - "Hi there I have found lovely tenants for my house in less than 24 hours. Amazing!" Re house to let in Mytholmroyd.

Small Ads - "Choosing to advertise the house for rent on the Hebweb was incredibly effective. The perfect tenants were found within 48 hours"

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.

'Greatest Town in Europe' - as well as being the 4th funkiest town in the world, Culture Trip gives 12 Reasons why Hebden Bridge 'is known as the greatest town in Europe'. Read article


Far more than a large home page, the HebWeb is now an essential local resource. It has been around for nearly 23 years, covering local news, events, opinions, tourist info, small ads, where to stay and much, much more. Updated every day. Read more and go deeper into the HebWeb.

Hebden Bridge in Yorkshire crowned best place in the UK - 'Machine learning' used millions of data points to discover top locations. Read more

From the archive: The Times listed the 30 coolest places to live in Britain. Number one was Hebden Bridge.

Let's move to Hebden Bridge From the Guardian. If the roots of its liberal and creative image are a mystery, its appeal is obvious. See also: HebWeb report from Sept 2005

HebWeb Small Ads message: "Please could you close the advert? We've been overwhelmed with the response and quality of applicants! Thanks so much!"

Small Ads: Very good service, result achieved in only 4 days.

Hebden Bridge Station car park to expand: Calderdale Council is working with Network Rail, which owns the land to the east of the existing station car park to create 46 extra places. Read more.

Some years ago in the Guardian, Martin Wainwright wrote, "Witness current comments on the community website, the Hebweb, which is one of the best of its kind in the country. No, world." 25 Oct 2012

Hilary WainwrightHappy 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

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

"Many thanks Hebweb, the Small Ad asking for Volunteers to cook and help at Wadsworth Lunch Club has already had success. We now have someone coming to help cook. We'd still welcome a washer up, and occasional helpers please."

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