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CND vigil: Today, the Calder Valley CND group held a vigil at the crossroads in Hebden Bridge to "protest the shameful war in Ukraine" and call for support for its people. 11 June 2022

WHAT'S ON? Mytholmroyd Free Music Festival, Cantorelli Concert in Heptonstall, Midgley Open Gardens and Studios, Hebden Bridge Open Studioes, The Great Get Together and much more. See What's on. 8 June 2022

The Great Get Together on Saturday, 25 June in Calder Holmes Park with The Great Tea Party, The Great Hebden Bridge Bake Off, The Human Library and lots more. See What's on.

Murphy's Lore Series 3 - In Episode 7, there's Old and New Town takes on the jubilee, Seth and the princess, the severed head of ET, the meaning of 'blan a hoolie', a May blossom tour, opinions on immortality, a toast to Tolstoy, a city of culture, the roots of coincidence, a shop shutting and Teepie City. Read the latest Murphy's Lore 7 June

Things I Know to be True The Little Theatre's June production is this intense family drama by Andrew Bovell and directed by Rachel Doyle-Richards, from Mon 20 June till 25 June. Read more. 6 June 2022

Covid numbers locally: 10 cases in Hebden Bridge (108 per 100k), 4 cases in Mytholmroyd (47 per 100K) and 12 cases in Tod (64 per 100k) for the week to 4 June. The rate per 100K for Calderdale as a whole is 48 and for England 68. Read more. 9 June 2022

Calrec walkers to raise money for Ukraine Calrec's hikers are to walk the 50-mile Calderdale Way in a day - for the people of Ukraine. More info.

Where to stay

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

Lives Remembered: Tirpitz: Today, around 1 o'clock, Tirpitz, the female goose who has waddled slowly around the College Streets for as long as anyone can remember, was run over and killed by a car. See Lives Remembered. 28 May

Save the bees: A giant 195ft-wide piece of land art has been created opposite the turning circle by artists from Sand in your Eyes to highlight the threat to bees from parasites and pesticides. See BBC report 20 May

Centre for Folklore, Myth and Magic finds a permanent home in Tod. It opened on 21st May, adding to the former printworks, on Halifax Road, a vibrant space for exhibitions, workshops, storytelling and conferences. Read more

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Hebden Bridge Arts needs Chairs: Hebden Bridge Arts Festival is now Hebden Bridge Arts. Are you the next Chair or Co-Chair of Hebden Bridge Arts? Wanted: Chair or two Co-Chairs of the Board. More info 8 May

Elections: all 3 seats go to Labour
Cllr Sarah Courtney has been re-elected Councillor for the Calder Ward (covering Hebden Bridge) with over 3000 votes - more than any other candidate in Calderdale.

Cllr Scott Patient has been re-elected Labour Councillor for the Luddendenfoot Ward, (including Mytholmroyd). Cllr Helen Brundell has been elected for Labour in Todmorden. And Calderdale now has its first Green councillor. See details.

Land Trust seeks Trustees - Calder Valley Community Land Trust is looking to strengthen their Board, by bringing in up to two new members. More info 4 May

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Call for 'right to grow' food in UK's unloved public spaces. Todmorden's Incredible Edible says new law could give people better health, wellbeing and access to fruit and vegetables. See Guardian article. 3 May

Reflections on a career in BBC commissioning: On 22 April, Cheryl Taylor told the Lit & Sci about the development and commissioning of television programmes that have helped to sculpt the cultural landscape of our lives since 1997. More info

Ray Riches has died. 1946-2022. Former teacher at Calder High and for many years active in the Little Theatre and as St George in the Pace Egg play. Pictured left above in 2011. Cheers were given for him at last week's performances by the Heptonstall Players. 19 April

Pace Egg

Pace Egg Play back live for the first time since 2019. Good Friday. Click image to enlarge. More photos and info

Green Pages Archive 2000 - 2005, a collaboration between the HebWeb, Frogs Design, the HB Times and the former Alternative Technology Centre, now once again available - see here.

Fox and Goose to raise money for Ukraine with rescued craft beer Raise a glass and money for the people of Ukraine this Thursday 14th April at 6pm after 30,000 pints-worth of Kyiv-based Varvar Brew's craft beer was rescued from the country and brought to the UK for fundraising purposes. Read more

Demolition of former weaving shed and new carpark at Calder Mill, Stubbing Holme Road, Hebden Bridge. See Planning Watch. 4 April

Heptonstall Postmaster passes Post Office to Community Community ownership 'best possible result', says retiring Heptonstall Postmaster. Tony Spink is retiring after 22 years, with the local community banding together to buy his branch. Read more 11 April

Hanging Baskets! Are you a business in central Hebden Bridge or Mytholmroyd? Spring is here. Order your basket and help cover Hebden Bridge and Mytholmroyd in beautiful summer blooms and colour! More info

Creative solutions to reduce flood risk An exciting new project has now launched to create a series of artworks within our area, not only raising awareness of the damage caused by climate change, but also helping to reduce its impact. Read more 25 March

Council success in Climate Engagement bid Hebden Royd and Todmorden Town Councils have been successful in applying for a new training and support scheme that will help local authorities deliver projects on climate change. Read more 22 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

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

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

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Flood Alert was in 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


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 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

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.

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

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

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

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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

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

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

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

The Interview

Jill Robinson: Discover the tale of a woman who escaped a life of drudgery to pursue her dream of entering higher education and her goal of becoming an author. It's the story of a single mother who became a Community Service Volunteer, journalist and writer of popular fiction. Find out what she thinks of life in the Upper Valley in the latest HebWeb Interview by George Murphy. Read all 29 Interviews (10 June)

Swimming - natural lido: with fading prospects of a pool in Hebden Bridge or Mytholmroyd, local swimmers may be interested in plans for a natural lido just a few miles away, on the moors above Oxenhope. See Guardian article. Read more. 8 June

The Match Girls Strike was the subject of a recent talk by Michael Astrop to the University of the Third Age, and how it was a pivotal event in the history of industrial relations and Union Representation. Read report 4 June

Free taster workshops launched: Hebden Bridge Arts = free workshops or walks on Saturday 4th June at the Open Space 70 launch at Hebden Bridge Town Hall. Included stalls, live music and tetrapak printing. More info here

Forum discussion Platinum jubilee in Hebden Bridge, drinkers taking over the square, and mowing wild flowers. See Forum. 2 June

Twinning with St Pol: 40 years! Hebden Royd Town Council entertained guests from St Pol, France celebrating the delayed 40th Anniversary of Twinning between St Pol and Hebden Royd. Read more 30 May

Sylvia Plath Literary Festival will take place this October. The weekend festival will feature talks, readings, workshops and events at venues across Hebden Bridge and Heptonstall. Read more 29 May

The New Mayor Cllr Jane Hoyle takes the chain for the Mayoral year of 2022-23. Her husband Mr Kevin Hoyle will join her as consort, with Cllr Bernice Hayes as Deputy Mayor. 30 May

Survivors of Torture £1213 was raised for Survivors of Torture (STAF) at a Cream Tea and Plant Sale on 22 May. Organisers wish to thank to all those who came. 27 May 2022

Benefit for St Augustine's Centre

At the Trades Club on 27 May, a benefit for St Augustine's Centre – offering support to those seeking asylum in Halifax and Calderdale. Read more

Mayor praised for role in leading recovery Retiring Mayor Cllr Rob Freeth was thanked for his year in office. Colleagues praised him for his vision and supporting the community to recover from the impact of Covid and regain its vibrancy. Read more 20 May

Sweeping up the Street Mytholmroyd's Jim Jarratt's new book is set in 1990 where a former Countryside Warden is looking for a permanent job! He's just blown the whistle about MSC schemes in the Guardian. Read more 19 May

Widdop moorland blaze More than 50 firefighters managed to put out the fire after a short while, yesterday evening. See BBC report. 16 May

Filming in Calderdale

A new website, showcasing the magnificent architecture and landscape available to be used for filming in our area, has now launched. The website also includes info on how residents or businesses can offer-up their premises for filming. More info 9 May

Heptonstall Pace Egg raised £1225 for charity. Half was donated to The Royal Halifax Hospital Children's Ward. And half to Save the Children's Ukraine and Afghanistan Appeals. Pace Egg photos and info

What Have Volcanoes Ever Done for Us? The guest speaker at the recent U3A monthly meeting was Chris Freeman, whose interest in volcanoes began when he was an apprentice in the Royal Navy. Read report 2 May

Spaw Sunday Celebration and Community Picnic was on Sunday 8 May in Cragg Vale, starting at St John's Church for the procession, short walk, picnic, music and dancing. From medieval times to the 19th century, many hundreds would join in. More info and background.

Lives Remembered: Colin Crossley was a civil engineer turned handyman who had formidable practical skills. Often a friend to his customers, Colin was "the sort of person whose life forms part of the glue that binds small communities like ours together." Read more 26 April

Wife After Death The Little Theatre's April production (25-30) is the hilarious comedy by Eric Chapell. Comedian and national treasure Dave Thursby has died, and on the day of his funeral, friends and colleagues gather beside his coffin to pay their last respects. Read more

Wainsgate concerts The 2022 Wainsgate Concert Series gets underway the weekend after Easter with a series of events. Read more

Filming the next series of Happy Valley

The Ducks were back in Town! Rotary Club member Roger Benn and organiser of the Duck Race, told the HebWeb, "The fantastic news is out! Our Totally Quackers ducks are coming down from the hills to race once again on Hebden Water in Hebden Bridge Town Centre. Read more

MP believes PM should go: It's reported by Sky and Channel 4 News that Craig Whittaker, Tory MP for Calder Valley, believes Boris Johnson and Chancellor Rishi Sunak should resign over partygate, but will not be writing a no-confidence letter to the 1922 Committee. 7.30pm, 13 April 2022

Artists In Exile The HebWeb has been advised that Artists In Exile urgently need a sponsor for a Ukrainian couple who both work in the film industry. She works with  film festivals and in project management. He makes music videos. More info 11 April

The HebWeb Interview: Helen Baron Featuring the prestigious DJ Helen Baron, who has made lots of people happy with her disc spinning. Now read about what she she does for a day job, how she got started as a DJ, her choice of all time favourite records, her shop, what she would save from a shipwreck and lots more. See all of George Murphy's 28 HebWeb Interviews

Happy Valley Pride event as Series 2 of Gentleman Jack launches To close the Anne Lister Birthday Festival 2022, Happy Valley Pride is proud to welcome Jill Liddington to talk at the Little Theatre. Read more 5 April

Have your say on proposed bounday changes to the Calder Valley Parliamentary Constituency. Make your views known by 4 April. There is disagreement over what shape our constituency should take, and whether the proposed changes favour a particular political party. Read more 30 March

Remembering Cragg Hall 1820 – 1921 On 12 August 1921, the residents of Cragg Vale woke to find the magnificent Cragg Hall, part of the fabric of the community, was a smouldering ruin. Shirley Daniel and Roy Collinge told the Local History Society about one of the finest buildings in Yorkshire. Read report 28 March

Twinning Society Meet for Meal: On Sunday, 20th March, the Hebden Bridge Twinning Society finally held their New Year Meal at La Perla. More info.

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A Notable Epidemic: The 1880-81 scarlet fever outbreak in Halifax. John Brooke, local historian and author, told a meeting of Hebden Bridge Local History Society the story of an epidemic 140 ago. Read report 16 March

Ukraine: Refugees and War See HebWeb Forum discussion

Volunteers wanted in Hardcastle Crags The National Trust is looking for volunteers to help welcome visitors and look after the Crags. As a welcome volunteer, you'll help greet visitors. Read more

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

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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

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.

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

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"

£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

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

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

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.

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

Gibson Mill

Gibson Mill, Hardcastle Crags,
early morning - click to enlarge

'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

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

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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

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

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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

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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

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

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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

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."

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

HebWeb Small Ads - The HebWeb is brilliant. Found tutor within 3 days. The response was excellent as was the calibre of the candidates.

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

Small Ads: "Please can you remove small ad. I had a response within an hour of the ad going live and the first viewer took the house. I had 8 requests to view in 24 hours. Brilliant!"

Small Ads message - "Just to say that my cottage has now been let. Thanks once again to HebWeb!"

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

Small Ads: "House successfully rented through Hebweb. Fantastic posting wall!"

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

Small Ads - I just wanted to let you know that through my small ad on your site I found my ideal new home, meeting all my requirements. Thank you very much for such a great resource

Small Ads: "Ad posted Monday, lease to be signed Saturday and tenant moving in Sunday. Thanks HebWeb."

"Unbelievable result Hebweb. So many enquiries in response to the small ad on your site and now have lovely new tenants. What a success - Thank you Hebweb."

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Small Ads - "We placed a job ad on the Hebweb recently, intending to keep it there for 2 weeks, but we had to take it down after 3 days due to the huge response generated"

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)

Small ads: "We've successfully rented our house. Thanks for an excellent service - I'll heartily recommend Hebweb, as our house was previously listed through an estate agent who didn't manage to get us a tenant in 3 months - through Hebweb we had 4 prospective tenants within a week."

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Small Ads: We had a prospective buyer view it, she loves the house and has put in offer we've accepted. So, thank-you!

"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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