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FOLKFEST AT THE TRADES - The inaugural Hebden Bridge Folk Festival kicks off this coming weekend featuring legendary The Men they Couldn't Hang and folk royalty Robin Williamson. More info - 12 July

Robin Williamson

Festival Fever in Heptonstall: This year's Heptonstall Festival will be on Saturday 17th July, showcasing local performers in an afternoon of magic, music and storytelling. The event starts at 12 noon on Weavers Square and will continue after 6pm in the Cross Inn. More info - 8 July

GARDEN STREET AGAIN? Revised planning application? But the development agreement with the Council is definitely cancelled! More info - 5 July


Below: 500 VOICES - choirs from our region gathered around the bridge today to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Packhorse Bridge. The rain held of most of the time but arrived on cue for Calder Valley Voices' Singing in the Rain. The event ended with new song by Daniel Bath: Crossing the River. More photos


Stolen leopard

Leopard stolen from a local children's Sculpture Trail. Head teacher Ms Gretyl Young appeals for the leopard's safe return. Read more - 12 July

Civil War at the Bridge

Above: The Battle of the Bridge - the local Civil War was re-enacted today, thanks to the Hebden Bridge History Group. Read more - 11 July


500 voices

Tributes for Sarah Royle

Flowers and candles in the square for Sarah Royle whose death has saddened our whole town. See Yorkshire Post, Hebweb Forum and Lives Remembered

Book News - Top ten bestsellers for June, and all the latest news from our independent Hebden Bridge bookshop, along with featured titles. Read more - 2 July

THOUSANDS TURN OUT FOR HEBDEN BRIDGE HANDMADE PARADE and launch of the Hebden Bridge Arts Festival 2010.
See photos
Read News Report - 28 June

All Aboard the Festival Bus!-   During this year’s Festival, audiences will get on board a 1965 Routemaster bus for daytime events by local writers and performers. More info - 28 June

Festival bus

2nd July is Action Mesothelioma Day - locally hundreds have died from this asbestos disease. See Mytholmroyd Net news and the Hebweb Feature

500 faces

Jason Elliott's 500 Faces of Hebden Bridge is now complete. See web gallery of all 500 faces - 30 June

500 Faces

EcoTeams project: Calderdale and the Alternative Technology Centre are once again running an EcoTeams project in our area to help people reduce their impact on the environment.  More info - 28 June

Handmade Parade

Miss Rusty talks to the Yorkshire Post one year on. Read article and see Hebweb coverage of her and Steve Cann's unfair treatment by Calder High School - 24 June

Hebden Bridge Arts Festival First week - If the drone of vuvuzelas or the din of roadworks are getting too much for you, sweeter sounds are available in the first week of Hebden Bridge Arts Festival. Read more - 21 June

Festival Bus needs a driver - see news

500 voices - score and audio available of Daniel Bath's Cross the River which will be sung by 500 voices on 4th July

Hebden Bridge Library: Talks, writers, publishers and ecological walk - Read more - 22 June

Below - celebrating 500 years of the Packhorse Bridge. See more photos. See also news report: Birthday party draws crowd of hundreds

Linda PattersonHebden Bridge doctor elected Vice President of the Royal College of Physicians. Dr Linda Patterson OBE who has lived in Hebden Bridge since 1984 has been elected as the Vice President of the Royal College of Physicians. Read more


Ginger Genius and Festival events at the Trades Club - Read more - 22 June

500 years ot the Packhorse Bridge

Hebden 500

HAPPY BIRTHDAY BRIDGE - with buns, bangs and bands. On June 19, to mark the 500th anniversary of the Packhorse Bridge, the streets of Hebden will be ringing to the sounds of mediaeval music, horses' hooves and some loud bangs. More info - 14 June

Arts Festival line up of top comic talent - 16 June

Festival News: ill health forces Hilary Mantel to withdraw. Read more - 14 June

Handmade Parade

Hebden Bridge Handmade Parade: Giant feet, tiny cars and a menagerie of migrating animals start to take shape. Read more - 14 June

Hebden 500 - Visitors from Hebden Bridge's twin towns have presented local people with birthday gifts to mark the 500th anniversary of the packhorse bridge. Read more - 13 June

Craig WhittakerCraig Whittaker's maiden speech - included mention of Chris McCafferty, Donald Thompson, Bernard Ingham, Ted Hughes and his MP's charity, which will be established to to help improve the educational achievement of children in care. Read the whole speech - 11 June

Yet more from Studio Baad: this time it's Mayroyd again. See Planning Watch

Studio Baad strike again, this time with plans for Walkleys Clogs - part demolition and part "what passes for modern architecture grafted on to a traditional building" - See Forum and Planning Watch

Hebden Bridge Town HallTOWN HALL ASSOCIATION TO HONOUR COOPERATIVE PIONEER - on Monday, 21st June, the Town Hall committee room is to be renamed the Greenwood Room, in honour of one of the town's forgotten heroes Joseph Greenwood. More info - 18 June

Five hundred words - see latest entry from Gill Smith, "aging hippie from the Isle of Wight"

Mytholmroyd Memorial Gardens Planting

Mytholmroyd Memorial Gardens Planting
Read more - 18 June

Project XProject X will be holding their first drop - in at the Hope Baptist Church opposite the cinema on Thursday 17th June. Read more

Shed your Tears and Walk Away - reviews in the national press. See 6 reviews of this film about Hebden Bridge. Hebden Bridge is a "madhouse fuelled by drink and drugs" ... is a haven for achingly trendy bohemians. Read the full reviews from the Telegraph, Guardian, Mirror and Financial Times - updated 13 June

Handmade Parade

Parade Classes and Workshops - making a giant puppet, sculpture or mask, trying your hand at drumming or learning how to stilt, then Read more - 1 June

Guardian covers screening of Helen of Four Gates - see news

Ian Coates

Vladivostok to Blackshaw Head - Ian Coates is "Russian Hero" as TV crews queue to interview him. See Hebweb Feature - 1 June

HEBDEN 500 - Glimpses into the past and present of Hebden Bridge are on show as part of the HB500 birthday celebrations, in exhibitions by an up-and-coming local photographer and a world-renowned Magnum photographer. Read more - 31 May

Big Green Weekend and Transition Town launch

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Craig Whittaker Above: the Big Green Market. Left, Craig Whittaker formally opens the Big Green Weekend and, in his first public appearance since being elected MP, recognised the role Hebden Bridge has made in setting the green agenda. - 29 May

Report of the Hebden Bridge
Transition Town launch

Big Green Weekend

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Dogs: crackdown on dog fouling "hot spots" across Calderdale. Read more

Keighley Road disruption for a month from 21 June - more info

SECRET DIARIES OF ANNE LISTER Calderdale was the focus of a brand new BBC Two drama on Bank Holiday Monday: The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister stars Maxine Peake as the Yorkshire landowner, industrialist, traveller and diarist, and is followed by a documentary which tells the story of Anne Lister and decoding her diaries. Local historian Jill Liddington contributes. More info

HELEN OF FOUR GATES - film ‘lost’ for 90 years, used Hebden Bridge as a location. Heart-rending tale returns to its local roots. On June 10, local people will be flocking to the Picture House to watch the film - Helen of Four Gates - as it shows on a public screen for the first time in 90 years. More info - 26 May

Fair for Youth

FAIR FOR YOUTH - see video and photos - The Fair for Youth in Calder Holmes Park had exhibitions, demonstrations and workshops from some of the many providers of youth activities in the area. Read more and see photos

Festival News: Highlights of opening weekend - 19 May

Trains to London from Halifax - The first direct train to London will run from Halifax on Sunday 23 May. The new West Riding service will restore direct trains to London for the first time in over 30 years. Read more - 17 May

FILMED IN COLDEN: Sound of the Bell - An award-winning film shot at Colden School and in the surrounding area is to be screened during the HB500 film festival. Read more - 12 May

Calderdale Election - Nader Fekri and John Beaucroft-Mitchell have been elected as Lib Dem councillors for Calder and Luddenden wards. See detailed results - 8 May


Craig Whittaker wins seat with 39.4% of the vote. Followed by Lab (27%) and Lib Dem (25.2%) See detailed results

So Hebden Bridge

HEBDEN 500 - Eye-catching new signs have gone up at both ends of Hebden Bridge, welcoming people to our creative hotspot and to the 500th anniversary celebrations. Read more - 3 May

CrossELECTION VIDEOS: Jason Elliott has interviewed three of the four main election candidates: Green candidate Kate Sweeny, Conservative candidate Craig Whittaker and Lib Dem candidate Hilary Myer. Watch them here on the Hebweb. Labour's Steph Booth is "too busy" to be interviewed. - updated 27 April

CrossCANDIDATES FOR CALDERDALE ELECTIONS - As well as the general election, on 6th May each of the 17 wards in the Calderdale area will have the opportunity to vote for a Calderdale councillor. Read more - 20 April

Guardian's Northerner blog - refers to Hebden Bridge's "excellent local website, HebWeb"

Cross ELECTION 2010 - as we have done for the past three general elections, the Hebweb has created a section for election news, editorial, comments and links. Update: news, links and video clips now added.



Friends of Hebden Bridge Station - Inspired by the Incredible Edible Todmorden project Friends of Hebden Bridge Station volunteers have planted over the last two weeks some 50 fruit bushes along the edge of the station car park by the rail track and spread 20 tons of compost around them. More info - 21 May

Hebden Bridge Arts Festival 2010

2010 Programme launched
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New: book festival tickets online now

Lost Boys of Hebden Bridge: Hebweb correspondent forces The Times to correct its facts in respect of suicide and Hebden Bridge, with the active help of the Press Complaints Commission. More info - 22 April

Letter from Palestine - Ron Taylor of Hebden Bridge is once again in Palestine, and has sent the Hebden Bridge Web this report - 14 April


Pace Egg Play - Heptonstall Players

Pace Egg Play - Heptonstall
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now revealed to be lower "than the Calderdale and UK average" thanks to the diligence of Anthony Rae and other Hebweb correspondents. Headline claims made in recent features in The Times and Independent on Sunday now shown to be "not true; and not even remotely so". See Hebweb Forum thread on the Lost Boys of Hebden Bridge

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  • History pages - links to local history websites, together with a selection of articles remembering times past.
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