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What's on this Friday 14 June? Free legal advice for businesses; new ME Awareness event; Creativitea - an afternoon of tea and wellbeing; Brooks Williams at Old Town and Open Mic at Heptonstall. See What’s on section for info

Green screen

Green screen for Burnley Road Academy To help absorb harmful pollutants, Calderdale Council has installed a plant-based perimeter fence around the school playground as part of its plans to tackle air pollution. More info (12 June)

Wilkinson WoodwardFree legal advice for businesses - New service launches 14 June 2019. Wilkinson Woodward have launched a free monthly legal advice service for businesses based in Hebden Bridge, Todmorden and the Upper Valley, at Welcome Independent Living's Community Hub in Market Street. More info

Calderdale's Clean Air Day is on Thursday 20 June. At the start of 2019, Calderdale Council declared a climate emergency. It is stepping up its action to improve air quality, cut carbon and protect our distinctive environment. More info

Arts FestivalArts Festival explores the digital world - Older and Wider podcasters Jenny Eclair and Judith Holder, BAFTA winning journalist Kirsty Wark and Kraftwerk legend Wolfgang Flur will among the acts helping Hebden Bridge Arts Festival celebrate the town’s contribution to the digital revolution. Read more

u3aTristram Shandy Patrick Wildgust told a recent meeting of the U3A about Laurence Sterne and Sterne’s novel, "or perhaps anti-novel", Tristram Shandy. Read report. (7 June)

MajidGreen Party thanks its voters Finn Jensen, Chair of Calderdale Green Party thanks local voters for helping to elect a Green Party MEP in Yorkshire - Magid Magid. Read letter. (7 June)

Hebden Bridge Group Practice - "no advance appointments". See HebWeb Forum message

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." (29 May)

Canal boatsHistoric Narrow Boat Club Gathering More than thirty boats belonging to members of the Historic Narrow Boat Club (HNBC), boatmen and their families, came to Hebden Bridge from all over the country at the Bank Holiday weekend. Read more. (28 May)

Desmond Tutu’s South African Children’s Charity launches Exhibition. On Saturday 8th June, the Hebden Bridge based charity Bishop Simeon Trust will launch the 'IzwiLethu: Our Voice' exhibition at Artsmill on Linden Road. Read more (23 May)

Canal by Andrew Smith

Historic Narrow Boat Club Gathering in Hebden Bridge, 24-27 May. See What's on for more info. Thanks to Andrew Smith for the photo - click to enlarge.

Gentleman Jack

Gentleman Jack
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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 (19 May)

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. (17 May)

XRIntroduction to Extinction Rebellion Talk and Meeting - Wednesday 22nd May, 7pm at the Town Hall. Local Extinction Rebellion organisers would like to welcome more people to the Rebellion and support them to make sense of, and take action on, the climate crisis and mass extinction. Read more

Small Ads: "Hebweb scores again! I have sold my electric lawnmower today" (12 May)

Take Back the LandTake back the Land - camp and occupation
The Land Justice Network is organising Take Back The Land: a camp and occupation near Hebden Bridge. Around Walshaw Moor. All welcome: they plan to protest, hold workshops, sing songs, and take action to call for land reform. More info

Pennine MusicHeptonstall's Pennine Spring Music Festival from 27 May to 1 June led by new orchestral Director, Orr Guy, featuring. This year you'll hear Prokofiev, Cole Porter, Mozart, Tchaikovsky and more. More info.


Dave Young retains Calder Ward for Labour.

Labour takes Luddendenfoot.

Labour now have overall control of Calderdale Council, for the first time in 20 years.

More details and list, profiles and photos of local candidates for Calder and Luddendenfoot wards.

Labour Labour retain control of Hebden Royd Town Council taking 15 of the 18 seats. The Liberal-Democrats took the remaining 3 seats. See below for details. More details (Updated 4 May) and list, profile s and photos of candidates.

Prospective Mayor of Hebden Royd Town Council, Stephne Harrison, was defeated. A new mayor for the coming year will have to be chosen. (4 May)

Hebden Bridge Burlesque FestivalHebden Bridge Burlesque Festival - from 2-5 May, has revealed that this year’s event has broken Box Office records, with over 1000 tickets sold so far for this year’s events. Read more about the Festival (25 April)

Kate RadfordKate Radford presented DROUGHT The Hebden Bridge based performance artist is at Hope Baptist Church on 17 May before taking her show on to California. More info and links (23 April)

Piano FestivalBig names sign up for highly-acclaimed Piano Festival - Hebden Bridge packs a surprisingly large cultural punch. On the music front, the Piano Festival (26-28 April) led the way with an annual action-packed celebration of the piano and piano music in all its varied forms. Read more

Wilkinson WoodwardFree Legal Advice Service Launches in Hebden Bridge. Solicitors Wilkinson Woodward have launched new drop-in sessions, from 1pm to 4pm on the last Friday of every month at Welcome Independent Living's Community Hub in Market Street. More info (9 April)

Climate protestCalderdale joins International Climate Rebellion - People from Hebden Bridge, Mytholmroyd, Todmorden and Halifax will be travelling down to London this week to join with thousands of others from across the UK in acts of mass peaceful civil disobedience. Read more

Hanging basketsHanging baskets for your business this summer! Organised by the Town Council, the price of one beautiful hanging basket is £40 including installation and removal, watering and feeding throughout the summer. More info (18 April)

Good Friday Pace Egg Plays - David Burnop: 40 years as The Doctor

Heptonstall Players would like to congratulate David Burnop on his 40th year as The Doctor, and invite you all to toast his health, and continuing endurance, in Heptonstall at The Pace Egg Play was on Good Friday 19th April 2019. Read more and download the poster and see details of showings of Midgley Pace Play.

Pace Egg 2019

Calling all gardeners

Calling all gardeners Hebden Bridge Arts Festival is issuing an appeal for gardeners to join their Open Gardens weekend in July. Read more.

Film Festival

With attendance over 2000 and a Picture House full house for Wild Rose, The first ever Hebden Bridge Film Festival took place from Friday 22 to Sunday 24 March and was an overwhelming success. It was announced at the end of the Festival that it will return next year. Read report (1 April)

May Local Elections: voters in our area will be able to choose one Calderdale councillor for the Calder Ward which covers Hebden Bridge, and one for the Luddendenfoot Ward which covers Mytholmroyd - and this year, all 18 councillors of Hebden Royd Town Council. Nominations close 4pm, 3 April.

Craig Whittaker votes for no deal. Our Calder Valley MP voted against 7 of the 8 options MPs were given last night to resolve the Brexit Crisis. He voted for the UK to leave Europe with no deal. More info. Update: our MP voted against all 4 options to resolve the crisis on Monday evening, 1 April (Updated 2 April)

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 (25 March)

HebWeb Small Ads We've been overwhelmed with the response and quality of applicants! Thanks so much!

Film Festival programmeHebden Bridge Film Festival was held over weekend of 22-24 March. The Festival showcased 12 exciting films, a film competition, Q+A's with the festival's patron Maxine Peake and Jessica Hynes who will talk about her new film. More info

Protecting your property from flooding Residents and businesses concerned about the heavy rainfall brought by Storm Hannah are being advised to take action now to prepare their property for any future incidents. More info (21 March)


Station Passenger Lifts take first passengers, this morning, Tuesday, 19 March 2019. Read more

PeterlooRemembering Peterloo with Alan Fowler A sunny Monday, 200 years ago, 16 August, 1819 in Manchester. A peaceful, lively meeting of 60,000 men, women and children, calling for the vote and political reform. The cavalry charged: 15 dead and 600 injured. Read report of Local History lecture.

Linda GreenLinda Green's new Hebden Bridge novel, set in Pecket Well, Hebden Bridge and Heptonstall, tells the story of 3 generations of women and a "babies at the bottom of the garden" confession. Linda signed copies at a launch event on 13th March. More info.

MytholmroydThe changing face of Mytholmroyd Ambitious plans to 'enhance' the appearance of Mytholmroyd centre are being discussed by Calderdale Council’s Cabinet. More info.

Grouse estates investigated over heather burning including our own local Walshaw Moor who wouldn't go along with the voluntary agreement other estates signed up to. See Guardian article

CanalCanal towpath - plans for walking and cycling: Work will start this Spring on a £2.1m scheme to improve cycling and walking access on a 6 km section of the Rochdale Canal towpath between Hebden Bridge and Todmorden. Read more

Community plans for affordable homes turned down - Calder Valley Land Trust has told the HebWeb that it is enormously disappointed at the decision by Calderdale’s planning committee to reject proposals for new affordable homes to rent in Hebden Bridge. Read more

Air Pollution is a serious problem in some parts of Hebden Bridge, along the A646. What can be done about it? See this HebWeb Forum thread.

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)

Europe: Craig Whittaker, our Calder Valley MP, voted with the 201 others who supported Theresa May's deal. (15 Jan)

Street SundayArts Festival: Street Sunday is back Some of the country’s best street performers are heading to Hebden Bridge as part of the Street Sunday on Sunday 23 June as the crazy crew join the cream of local talent on impromptu stages across the town. More info and photos.

Hebden Bridge to unveil blue plaques to its co-operative history Hebden Bridge will be remembering the story of one of the country’s most famous worker-run co-operatives when blue plaques are unveiled in the town centre on International Co-operatives Day, Saturday 6 July. More info

Murphy's LoreMurphy's Lore - No 24 includes, touring in the deep south, Larkin and Morris, B&B food, the art of complaining, treacle pudding and an early bird, storytelling in primary schools, Christine McMahon, a hidden child revealed and ways of executing moles. Plus readers write. Read more (11 June)

Meraki DuoWainsgate Concert: Meraki Duo - Wainsgate Chapel’s final music concert before the summer recess takes place on Sat 15 June, and features Latin American music plus works by Bartok, Messaien and Piazzolla performed by highly acclaimed Meraki Duo. Read more (10 June)

Agatha ChristieLittle Theatre: Witness for the Prosecution Not long to go now till the Jury brings in its verdict and tension is mounting in court! From 16 June at the Little Theatre. Will Leonard Vole be found guilty of the wilful murder of Emily French? More info. (9 June)

Handmade ParadeHandmade Parade Workshops started 8 June Organisers invite you on an adventure, to meet strange and magical creatures, in the deep dark forests of ancient Europe. The adventure started at the Handmade Parade open workshops which began on Saturday 8 June. More info, photos and links

Twin Town celebrations40 years of twinning between Hebden Royd and St Pol-sur-Ternoise At 6am on Thursday 30th May, a happy group of travellers boarded a coach in Hebden Bridge to travel to our twin town St Pol-sur-Ternoise (France) to celebrate 40 years of twinning. Read more (5 June)

Weed killer banCall for Weed Killer Ban: Liberal Democrat councillors are pushing the Council to ban the use of glyphosate-based weed killers because of safety concerns. Read more (3 June)

Wanted - Slow the Flow Events Officer: to manage forthcoming events and to provide support to the management team to promote and support Natural Flood Management. (31 May)

Three houses on Heptonstall Road - see Planning Watch

More Wall Tops Stolen on the Mayroyd Hall driveway. See HebWeb Forum (30 May)

Another electricity sub-station - with little warning, it is to be installed next week. See HebWeb Forum (29 May)

Hepton SingersHepton Singers are recruiting. If you enjoy singing and are interested in joining, please come along to one of their open rehearsals on Tuesday evenings in June. Read more (29 May)

Road closure: the main road through Mytholmroyd will be closed for the nights of 28-30 May from 11.30pm until 5am, as part of the Flood Alleviations works.

Little TheatreLittle Theatre invites you to tread the boards. Director, Ray Riches, is looking for 3 men and 2 women to take parts in Theft, the next production, as two suburban couples and the resourceful house burglar, Spriggs. More info (24 May)

Wadsworth Council needs your help Wadsworth Parish Council might be rural but in fact it's one of the largest parishes in England. Wadsworth Parish Council is looking to co-opt an additional five members. Read more (23 May)

Small Ads - 3 two bed houses to rent, all announced the same day, on the HebWeb Smalls Ads page (22 May)

Hebden Bridge Group Practice. Questions continue. " . . . as an ageing man do I feel safe with local medical provision and I have to answer, no" See HebWeb Forum

Dorothy SutcliffeDorothy Sutcliffe's community spirit rewarded in Blackshaw Head where she has been a councillor since 1979, when too few councillors stood for election that year, and she volunteered to be co-opted. Read more (20 May)

Magid MagidMEP Green candidate visited Blackshaw Head Magid Magid, Lord Mayor of Sheffield and the Green Party's MEP candidate for Yorkshire visited Blackshaw Head on Tues. 21 May, calling in at Pennine Community Power’s wind turbine, the PV solar panels at Colden School and the community orchard. Read more (19 May)

Bond cardsVintage Car Weekend - vote for a Bond film and car The Picture House will once again run the Rotary Club's great Car Film competition where the public get to vote on their favourite. This year’s theme is James Bond classic cars. Read more

Tony WalshWin tickets to see poet Tony Walsh at the Trades When performance poet Tony Walsh stood up to perform This Is The Place after the Manchester Arena bombing that took 23 lives, he'd no idea of the impact it would have.

Carol Stow Mayor for Hebden Royd Town Council - At the meeting of the Town Council on 15 May, Carol Stow was elected Mayor for the second year running (17 May)

James BakerHebden Bridge resident stands for election to European Parliament - Cllr James Baker is one of the candidates standing for election to the European Parliament next Thursday 23rd May, standing on the Lib-Dem's 'Bollocks to Brexit' Manifesto. Read more. (15 May)

European Elections - Question Time - now cancelled

George MurphyMurphy's Lore 20 - topics this week include caviar and chihuahua, rebel songs and words, Cyril Smith MP, poorly designed underpants, blaming parents for poorly children, the Grand Northern Ukulele Festival, Hugh Massingberd, a Scouser's guide to tawkin' Yorkshire and why buskers should run away! Read more (14 May)


Local healthcare faces further threats as NHS campaign group urges GPs to refuse contract that cuts patients’ access. Read more. (9 May)

Happy Valley PrideHappy Valley Pride 2019 announces main headliners - the Festival has grown rapidly in size - last year attracting over 3,000 across 15 events and 7 days. This year, the Festival will run from 22 -28 July and will maintain its reputation for creating a distinctive, LGBT+ arts-focused programme. More info. (8 May)

HebWeb Forum: concerns grow about the Hebden Bridge Group Practice, with doctors being urged not to sign up to the latest Primary Care Network contract

More job Vacancies at the Town Hall
A permanent position for a Catering Assistant, along with a casual Catering Assistant and Bar Assistants. For information about the positions and details for how to apply please click here. (7 May)

Folk Roots FestivalHebden Bridge Folk Roots Festival took place the weekend of 10-12 May. Now in its fifth year, the Festival d feature a wonderful mix of artists, dancers, storytellers and musicians. For the latest news about who, when and where, click here.

Martin WareIn Conversation with Martyn Ware One of the founders of British synthpop Martyn Ware is coming to the Trades Club to talk about his trailblazing career in The Human League and Heaven 17. Read more. (3 May)

Music Video made in Hebden Bridge: a short film by Lyla Rose featuring US group Spud Cannon, using local countryside and The Picture House. See short film. (1 May)

Hebden Bridge Cohousing Interest Day Calder Valley Cohousing group are holding a one day event on cohousing on Saturday May 4th at the Birchcliffe Centre, Hebden Bridge. More info

Crown Street JewellersCrown Street Jewellers to Close Owners of the family run jewellers, Riverstones Fine Jewellery on Crown Street have announced that they intend to close the store. Read more (29 April)

Hepton SingersHepton Singers concert celebrates European choral music. This year’s concert maintains the usual challenging programming of early music and contemporary choral works. Read more. (28 April)

Robbie ColtraneFrom HebWeb archives
Robbie Coltrane at the Dock Pudding Contest in 2007. On Sunday, it’s the 2019 Contest (See What’s On). Here's how it went in 2007 with HebWeb report, photos and video.

Calling cricketers Hebden Bridge Cricket Club's 2019 season is just getting under way. We play friendly matches most weekends throughout the summer at Salem and away and rate enthusiasm over skill. Contact club captain Richard Tranmer 07808 092101 or email (26 April)

John HegleyJohn Hegley’s Easter offer Poet John Hegley is back in Calder Valley thanks to Hebden Bridge Arts Festival with a gig at the Town Hall on Wednesday, 8 May. More info

Town Council to unveil WW1 Plaques in the Memorial Gardens in Hebden Bridge and Mytholmroyd on 8 May.

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 (14 April)

Warstein and St Pol celebrate 55 years of Twinning: A delegation from the Town Council and the Twinning Society (HBTS) visited our twin towns. Warstein (Germany) and St Pol-sur-Ternoise (France), to celebrate 55 years of twinning,last weekend in Warstein. Read more (12 April)

Life and Death in Hebden Bridge 1851- 1901 For those searching for clues about their family history, census returns are now available to search on-line. The records can give a picture of a community. Anne Mealia, a genealogist and historical researcher, shared the results of her analysis of records for Hebden Bridge from 1851 to 1901. with the Local History Society. Read more (3 April)

Liberal Democrat member and candidate suspended after "inappropriate posts and images on his Facebook profile." Timothy Weston Foulds has also agreed to withdraw his Lib-Dem canditure for election to Hebden Royd Town Council. Read more (29 March)

River by Andrew Smith

The River, photographed this bright sping day by Andrew Smith. Click to enlarge. (28 March)

HebWeb discussion: Canal towpath - should headphones be banned? Doctors - long waits for appointments and questioning by non-medical staff. Dogs: what’s happens to those plastic bags on pathways?

Pennine Heritage secures National Lottery support for a programme to restore and maintain the Birchcliffe Centre, new marketing campaign to get local groups, businesses, residents and visitors more involved and advice on improving working arrangements. More info (17 March)

STORM HANNAH: FLOOD WARNINGS AND SIREN in Hebden Bridge sounded around 3pm, 16 March. Flood warnings were in place for Hebden Bridge, Mytholmroyd and Todmorden. Tod flood siren went just after 5pm. The River Calder in Hebden Bridge peaked around 6pm at 2.11 metres (compared with 3.63 metres, Boxing Day 2015) and by 7.30pm had declined slightly. By midnight was down nearly half a metre.

See the Facebook Flood Support group for more info (16 March, 12 midnight)

WildflowersNew Wildflower Site in Mytholmroyd: Hebden Royd Town Council are adding a touch of colour to Mytholmroyd with a new project to plant a wildflower meadow at Hawksclough, a site currently full of dock weed and ragwort. Read more (14 March)

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 (28 Feb)

Hebden Bridge leaflet 2019

2019 Hebden Bridge leaflet:
On this Tourist Info page
, you can download a copy of the Hebden Bridge Tourism Guide 2019, and also a constantly updated separate and downloadable pdf list of Hebden Bridge’s 2019 festivals and events. (2 March)

Fined £100 waiting for appointment with the doctor at Grange Dene Medical Centre. See this thread in HebWeb Forum (22 Feb)

Climate Protest: "Around 100 schoolchildren from across Calderdale joined in Hebden Bridge this morning to protest against a lack of Government action on climate change." Read Courier report


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.

ArtsmillArtsmill Exhibition: Where Earth Meets Sky - Claire Murray's work embraces the rich and dramatic landscapes and seascapes of the North, concerning mainly ideas of memory and recall, and ru nning from 23 Jan until 10 Feb. More info

Crowdfunding for Waterside Fold, near the Little Park, to pay for legal representation against the developer. Many of the nearby residents are retired and elderly. See latest HebWeb Forum thread with links to previous discussions.

Hebble Hole

Repairs to Hebble Hole bridge now complete. Read more (4 Jan)

Flood measures will benefit Hebden Bridge and surrounding areas. "Work is under way on a £2.6 million project to plant woods, restore peat bog and slow water flow in streams to protect thousands of homes from flooding." See this ITV news report (28 Jan)

Petition for Electric Valley: A petition calling for the electrification of the Calder Valley line has been launched by Calderdale Council as part of its campaign for greater investment in the service. Read more.

Hebden Bridge In February

Hebden Bridge Film Festival

Maxine PeakeHebden Bridge Film Festival - with Maxine Peake as patron - Hebden Bridge is to host an international Film Festival, from 22nd- 24th March 2019 at the Picture House and the Town Hall. Louise Wadley, Director, of the Festival, told the HebWeb, "We are absolutely thrilled to announce Maxine Peake as our Patron." Read more

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. (4 Dec)

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

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

Nightfall o0n Canal

Hebden Bridge Camera Club Exhibition Results People from near and far viewed the 60+ images on display at the Town Hall and over 1000 of those took part in the voting for the “People’s Choice”. Read more (17 Sept)

Erly Morning Mist

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

Community toilet scheme launches in Mytholmroyd. The public toilets in Mytholmroyd have been demolished. While options for toilet provision elsewhere in the town are being investigated, Calderdale has been working with local businesses to encourage them to take part in a community toilets scheme. Read more

Crumbling Riverside School on Sky News "Room after room is damp or crumbling or flaking… The building is literally falling apart around them." Head Teacher Rachel Burton shows reporters around the school - 4 minutes into this report on lack of school funding. See report on YouTube (1 Oct)

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

Call for electrification of the Calder Valley line which would improve journey times, make services more reliable, be cheaper to run, help cut congestion on the roads and reduce impacts on the environment. Read more

Calder High 6th Form to Close: Calderdale Council's Cabinet will be asked to approve the decision of the governors at Calder High School to close its sixth form on 31 August 2019. Only Ryburn will offer 6th form provision in the Upper Valley. Read more 

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

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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.

Jeremy Corbyn

Jeremy Corbyn in Mytholmroyd speaking to a packed Community Centre, supporting Labour's candidates for the local elections. Click photo to enlarge.

Where to Stay in the Hebden Bridge area - many of the listings in this popular section have been updated over the past couple of weeks. And following several requests, there is now a new page which features only Bed and Breakfast listings.

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.

Accessible Venues guide - a brief guide to which venues for hire, might be suitable for community groups, classes, meetings, events or activities, to be accessible to disabled people. From the Disability Access Forum

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.

HebWeb Small Ads - The HebWeb is brilliant. Found tutor within 3 days… We have found a candidate. The response was excellent as was the calibre of the candidates.

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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.

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.

Ackley Bridge, Channel 4’s school drama, was filmed in Halifax, particularly the old Catholic High School, and in Hebden Bridge.

'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: five years ago today The Times listed the 30 coolest places to live in Britain. Number one was Hebden Bridge.

Hebden Bridge losing key shops? Following the news of the closure of Holts, our town's last greengrocers, comes the warning on this Forum thread that our last hardware shop, Bonsalls is struggling.


Signs of past times. Photo: HebWeb

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!"

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Five 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

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.

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

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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Camera Club

Hebden Bridge Camera Club winners: At the club's recent exhibition at the Town Hall, people came from all over to view the photos and take part in the ‘People’s Choice’, where they voted for their favourite 3 images. Read more and see larger versions of the above photos.

"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."

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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More from Hebden Bridge Web

  • Accommodation - from bed and breakfast to self catering, a range of places to stay in our area
  • Archive - news and discussion going back to the mid 90s
  • Bloggers and columns - a section where you can read regular pieces by selected local bloggers.
  • Books - of interest to people living in Hebden Bridge and area
  • Contact info
  • Discussion Forum - hundreds of messages every year on matters of concern to those who live in Hebden Bridge and the surrounding hills, villages and valleys
  • Emails - a directory of local email addresses
  • Events: a selection of local events
  • Features
  • Five hundred words on Hebden Bridge - one of the 500 years of the Hebden pack horse bridge projects
  • Green Pages
  • Hebden Bridge info - some basic information about Hebden Bridge with links to some features which have been written about our town.
  • Hebden Bridge 500 - celebrating 500 years of the bridge
  • History pages - links to local history websites, together with a selection of articles remembering times past.
  • Lives Remembered - thoughts and comments on the death of a selection of local people
  • Mailing list
  • Maps - several maps of the town and area, including Google maps.

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Please e-mail us to report dead links, inaccuracies, suggestions and comments. Thanks. The Hebden Bridge Web (Hebweb) is published by Pennine Pens and started in the summer of 1995.