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Hebden Bridge Camera Club Annual Exhibition 2021


This year's Hebden Bridge Camera Club Exhibition will be taking place at the Town Hall – - restrictions allowing. It will be open 10am - 4pm from Saturday 28 August to Saturday 4 September (closed Sun 29 August). More info and photos (15 July)

Hebden Bridge Picture House celebrates its 100th birthday and played host to a reduced capacity audience on Sat 10 July, inviting them to travel back through the decades with a re-enactment of the 1921 opening ceremony, and a screening of Charlie Chaplin’s The Kid. Read more

Three Peaks challenge to raise cash for Overgate Hospice - Fifteen hardy hikers from Calrec in Hebden Bridge are hoping to raise £10,000 for Overgate Hospice by completing the Yorkshire Three Peaks challenge in under 12 hours. Read more 12 July 2021

The Interview

Nicola JonesThe latest George Murphy interview: Discover Sarah Courtney's fascinating past and present: musician, comedian, language teacher, lorry driver, scuba diver, botanist, fundraiser, foster carer, mother, bar tender, ASD support worker, photographer, open mic enabler, office manager and Calderdale Councillor! But what does she do in her spare time? Read all 17 HebWeb Interviews (8 July)

What's On in Hebden Bridge - Open Studios, Nico celebration at the Trades, Picture House centenary, Circus Montini, Steampunk, remembering Cragg Hall exhibition, Slow the Flow exhibition, how the brain works, wartime Britain, and more. See What's On

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

A rare film event at the Picture House: Guerilla Docs will complete production on their feature length Holocaust documentary Getting Away With Murder(s) on Friday 9 July and on Sunday 18 July the film will have a test screening at Hebden Bridge Picture House. Read more

Small Ads successes: "We have been successful at finding accommodation through Hebweb" and "Successful sale to someone who will enjoy using the van. Excellent result from Hebweb."

Open Studios weekend was during the weekend of 9-11 July - over 80 artists' studios and workshops throughout the Upper Valley. From Tod to Mytholmroyd, Old Town to Cragg Vale and the surrounding villages. More info

The rediscovery of Parlington Hall, once the home of the Gascoignes, a noted Yorkshire family, situated near Aberford, the other side of Leeds. Speaker, Brian Hull told a recent U3A meeting how he had spent 10 years investigating just what happened to the Hall. Read more (30 June)

Fallen tree blocks Hebden Water path beyond Salem but before the bowling ground. Update: the tree has now been cut to open up the path again. Photo: Michael Prior. Click photo to enlarge. 28 June 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

Remembering Cragg Hall 11 August 2021, marks the 100-year anniversary of the fire that burnt down the mansion, Cragg Hall. Supported by the Town Council, local people and businesses, the Cragg Vale Local History Group will be holding a series of events to mark the anniversary. More info

Todmorden and UFOs: with the impending release of a Pentagon report on UFOs, Todmorden is attracting national interest. The Guardian today says the town has been the site of a number of unexplained events and sightings – "earning itself a reputation as Britain's answer to Roswell". See Guardian article. 21 June 2021

Local Mental Health Service to continue. Following concerns raised by local councillors, funding has been found to continue mental health services based in Todmorden and Hebden Bridge. Read more 15 June 2021

Old Town Post Office re-opens: Wadsworth Post Office re-opened yesterday following temporary closure to modernise to one which offers Post Office services in a modern open plan retail environment alongside a new café. Read more and see photos.

Volunteers needed to help look after 112,000 new trees: The National Trust is appealing for volunteers to help look after a special area of moorland, sitting above Gorpley Reservoir, which is owned by Yorkshire Water, and has undergone a major transformation, with 112,000 new trees planted. Read more 9 June 2021

Calderdale Refugee Week is from 14-20 June. Some events are online and some are in person but they are all free to attend. Organised by Calderdale Valley of Sanctuary. More info

Possible Caravan site at Cross Hills Heptonstall - see Planning Watch

Mytholmroyd Station Partnership wins the Queens Award - and they are also (slowly) advancing towards having a Community Hub from what used to be a derelict station building. Read their latest news. 6 June 2021

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.

Town Council to tackle pollution with a superplant Research by the Royal Horticultural Society has shown that a hedging plant is efficient at trapping harmful particles emitted by vehicles. This shrub will be planted in strips of land bordering the A646. More info 27 May 2021

George MurphyMURPHY’S LORE: Lockdown Diary 35 - there’s birthday memories, a famous correspondent passes by, tips for armchair sports fans, a reader recalls a royal, the battle for Batley, how storytellers rule the world, a Covid denier, a changing view of changelings, Covid cases rising and a tour of Open Studios. See Murphy's Lore 35 (12 July)

Walking to prevent Extinction: Inspired by Extinction Rebellion, Jude Walker, aged 11, from Hebden Bridge is walking the 200 miles to London over three weeks to raise awareness of the campaign for harsher taxes on corporations who emit the most greenhouse gases. See Yorks Post article 11 July 2021

Covid numbers: still high - Weds 14 July: Hebden Bridge, 16 cases, Mytholmroyd, 21 cases and 42 cases in Tod for the week to 9 July. There were 163 new cases in Calderdale in the past 24 hours. That makes 375 per 100k, compared with 342 per 100k for England, and still rising. More info. (14 July)

Artsmill at Hebble End Works: After a successful meeting last night there will be a AGM for new Trustees for Artsmill. More info 9 July 2021

Small Ads: message: "Could you take down my ad? I had an overwhelming response. Hebweb is fantastic! Thank you."

A multimillion-pound 'Growing Resilience' project to reduce flood risk. Hundreds of hectares of landscape restored, and thousands of trees planted as part of an ambitious environmental project to reduce flood risk. Read more. 7 July 2021

Town Hall Exhibition: The Flow Project: An exhibition celebrating 18 months of collaboration between Calderdale artist Anne Fox and Slow the Flow is taking place at Hebden Bridge Town Hall for 6 weeks from 13th July. More info

Community Land Trust seeks Executive Manager who will lead the development and transition of CVCLT from a volunteer-led, project driven organisation to a fully financially sustainable organisation More info 2 July 2021

Local schoolchildren create an exhibition of 1000 Postcards

An exhibition of 1000 postcards made by 3 – 16 years olds from 15 local schools and nurseries will open to the public from Monday 19 July at Hebden Bridge Town Hall, before moving on to Mytholmroyd. Read more

Help save Artsmill: Artsmill meeting Wednesday 7th July, 6.15pm, Hebble End Works for site visit, then 7pm at Innovations Cafe for meeting. See Facebook page

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. 26 June 2021

Hebden Bridge Flood Alleviation Scheme: the St Pol car park in Hebden Bridge will be closed from 7am on Monday 28th June and is expected to re-open by 5pm on Tuesday 29th June. More info

Mytholmroyd plans for an enhanced library and community hub: An exciting new project is fast gaining support in Mytholmroyd. Since hearing the news that the library was scheduled to close, action has been taken to see if the original building can be transformed to provide both a library and community hub. Read more 22 June 2021

Pennine Heritage Open Day on Saturday, 9 July. See "What's on" section for info.

Lives Remembered: Dongria Also known as Penny Eastwood, Dongria Kondh died peacefully after a long illness on Monday 14th June 2021. See Lives Remembered page

Amplified busking - see HebWeb Forum discussion. 15 June 2021

Launch: Ted Hughes’s trail: On Saturday 3rd July, 1.00-3.00pm. Discovering Ted Hughes’s Yorkshire literary and heritage trail (with maps from Chris Goddard) will take place at Mytholmroyd Community Centre, with poetry readings by poets Carola Luther and David Morley, and a short talk by Hughes expert, Dr Steve Ely. Read more

The Interview

Rob CollinsGeorge Murphy interviews Rob Collins, Hebden Bridge's very own luthier! Chemical engineer turned musical instrument maker, Rob Collins sells ukuleles and other musical instruments to buyers from all round the world. A man who can make sweet music from a tin can and who invites you, once lockdown is unlocked, to make music with him and a friendly crowd of pluckers at a famous local hostelry. Read all 16 Interviews (8 June)

Who is it? This photo, on the front of many newspapers yesterday, is of a young Keir Starmer. Photo taken by Hebden Bridge photographer, and former fellow student, Andrew Smith. Around 1983. Andrew's photos often brighten up the HebWeb and social media. 3 June 2021

Guardian article: Why I escaped to Hebden Bridge. When landscape designer Jack Wallington and his partner saw a certain farmhouse in Pecket Well, they knew it was time to swap London for the countryside. Read article 29 May 2021

Career Support for young people: Young People facing additional employment challenges due to the pandemic have been given additional careers and employment support in a package agreed by Hebden Royd Town Council. More info 27 May 2021

Save Heptonstall Museum: Latest info following the survey by the Friends of Heptonstall Museum. Read updated report (26 May)

Small Ads: Message received Sun 30 May: "Delighted by the response and now happily accommodated."

Queen's Award for Slow the Flow, the group of volunteers from the Calder Valley. They have been honoured with The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK. Read story

Old Wireform buildings - plans to demolish the "no longer fit for purpose as industrial units" while retaining the mill chimney have been rejected by Calderdale council. See Planning Watch 24 May 2021

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 18 May 2021

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 20 May 2021

Palestine Demo

Above: Palestine Demos will continue in Hebden Bridge, according to organisers. This Tuesday afternoon's demo (18 May) in support of Palestinians followed a similar one at the weekend.

Support for Palestine - a large crowd of people assembled near the traffic lights at the centre of Hebden Bridge on Sat, 15 May to listen to speeches and demonstrate their support for the people of Palestine. Many passing cars hooted support. 15 May 2021

Keighley Road Closures in May Weekday, daytime closures are scheduled on the A6033 from Hebden Bridge to Oxenhope, during May, to allow for resurfacing works - the last part of extensive safety improvements. More info

Twinning Society: three towns meet for online Quiz: A tri-partite Online Social event between Hebden Royd, St Pol and Warstein took place on Saturday evening, 8th May. Read more

Lives Remembered: Jane Brierley. Jane died on Thursday, 29 April 2021 surrounded by her family. Add your memories of Jane and her life. Read more

Small Ads response received: "I have found a tenant. Many thanks for this fantastic service."

Calderdale Council Election Results:

Hebden Bridge, Calder Ward - Josh Fenton-Glynn retains his seat with a thumping majority and a 55% turnout polling nearly twice as many votes as all the other candidates put together. 16.40pm, 8 May 2021

Luddendenfoot Ward including Mytholmroyd. Jane Scullion retains the seat for Labour 14.15pm, 8 May 2021

Todmorden: Labour hold Todmorden increasing their majority by 55% when compared to the 2019 election. More results this afternoon. 1pm, 8 May 2021

Labour retain control of Calderdale.

More info and W. Yorks mayor results

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 (1 May)

Trades Club to bring back jazz: As Hebden Bridge Trades Club puts together its post pandemic line-up they've decided to bring back jazz and harpist Alina Bzhezhinska opens the jazz season. Read more

Libraries are back open - Hebden Bridge and Todmorden Libraries are now open for you to choose your books/DVDs (hooray), to return or collect items, use the computers and for limited study space. More info (22 April)

New technology to help monitor flood risk Camera technology is being installed along watercourses in the Calder Valley to help monitor drainage and assess flood risk. Read more (21 April)

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

300 Egg and Daffodil Surprises - Calder Community Cares secretly delivered 300  Easter eggs and 300 bunches of daffodils to the elderly, the vulnerable and young families dropping into poverty for the first time in Hebden Bridge, Mytholmroyd and Tod! Read more (4 April)

The Interview

Kate LycettGeorge Murphy interviews artist Kate Lycett, well known for her captivating portrayals of Hebden Bridge and its surrounding towns, villages and countryside.


Kate discusses her latest project, explains the lasting influence of textile design on her style, how she is coping with lockdown and why the Pennines inspire her work. Read all 12 Interviews (30 March)

Celebrating the life of Nico - TV star Maxine Peake joins an all-star line up for an all day event at Hebden Bridge Trades Club celebrating the life of Velvet Underground singer Nico who played a legendary gig at the club. Read more.

Lives Remembered: Neville Sharp remembered by Calder Valley Search & Rescue Team. In a celebration of his life, they have shared stories and memories of someone who will be remembered for "being an inspiration", a man full of enthusiasm and dedicated to everything for which he was passionate. Read more (26 March)

Film Festival Prize Winners Announced The Best Narrative Feature and the Audience Award winner was Luna: A Yak in the Classroom. Read more on prizes and festival highlights. (25 March)

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 (17 March)

Eat Together Stay Home - Calder Community Cares was set up over a year ago to swiftly respond to the needs of the community and the impact of Covid-19. It has grown to an army of volunteers who provide practical and social support. Read more (11 March)

A Community Arts Centre at Callis Mill? Money is being sought to help bring Callis Mill back to life. It is to cover start-up costs and equipment required to make Callis Mill into a fully accessible arts centre for Hebden Bridge and the Calder Valley. Read more and watch video (9 March)

Ted Hughes by Reginald GraySix illustrated Ted Hughes Walks illustrated by Chris Goddard, are now available online and through bookshops and libraries. Produced by the Ted Hughes Network with the help of our Town Council and the Elmet Trust. More info and links to the literary and heritage trail maps. (5 March)

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

Snowy Canal at Hebden Bridge, February 2021, with thanks to photographer, Andrew Smith. Click image to enlarge. More photos from Andrew Smith and others. (12 Feb)

Feb2020-Mike Barrett

One year on from Storm Ciara Tuesday 9 February 2021 marks the first anniversary of Storm Ciara, which caused Calderdale’s fourth major flood in just eight years and brought 10 miles of damage across the borough. Photo thanks to Mike Barrett - the centre of Hebden Bridge. Click photo to enlarge. Read more

Heavy snow blocked most travel on Tuesday, 2 Feb. National Rail tweeted that there were no trains through Hebden Bridge because of "multiple trees blocking lines", and no replacement bus service. (2 Feb)

Response to Storm Christoph - Slow The Flow Yet another major storm which, due to effects of our changing climate, are becoming more intense and significantly more frequent. In their reponse to Storm Christophe, Slow the Flow argue for investment in the prevention of flooding, not just dealing with the impact once flood water gets into our towns and villages. Read report (26 Jan)

Covid vaccination: Calderdale Council have tweeted, "Every elderly care home in Calderdale has now had their first COVID19 vaccination."

Nuclear Ban Treaty - news updated with local CND celebration video. On 22 January, the 2017 UN Treaty for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons  will come into force, making nuclear weapons illegal. Hebden Royd Town Council was the 3rd UK Council to support the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons Cities Appeal and the Nuclear Ban Treaty. Read more updated (22 Jan)

Town Council announces High Hirst Wood Meadow Project: The Town Council has leased some of the land between High Hirst allotments and Sandy Gate to utilise the land for the benefit of the community and the natural world. Read more (20 Jan)

Work continues on woodland at Hardcastle Crags: Contractors will be working to fell trees throughout Hardcastle Crags over the next few months. And the Crags management say that "Thousands of new trees will be planted to help create a healthier woodland." See press release from the National Trust (18 Jan)

Misty Morning

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

Small Ads Message received 31 Dec. "Lots of response, as usual from hebweb, and found a great tenant...many thanks, keep up the good work!!"

Boxing Day 2015 - Five years ago the rain didn't stop and our town was devastated by floods. See reports from back then on the HebWeb Boxing Day Flood feature


Handmade Parade: We are Here - a collaborative film made by over 1400 participants, from the UK and further afield. A story of hope and healing for 2020, brought to life by handmade artwork from all over the world. See video - updated 2 Dec


Lockdown Street Art, Valley Road, Hebden Bridge, Sunday, 15 November 2020. Click image to enlarge.

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

Free School Meals: Our MP for the Calder Valley, Craig Whittaker voted against funding free school meals over the school holidays until Easter 2021. More info


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.

Nelson's Wine Bar re-opened after 16 months. Following the floods of February 2020 and the Covid Pandemic, Hebden Bridge institution, Nelson's Wine Bar, reopened on Wednesday 19 May. 
More info

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 12 May 2021

Lives Remembered: Frances Minto - Frances was a founder member of Hebden Bridge Disability Access Forum in 2016. She will be remembered for her involvement in many and various local causes. Add thoughts and memories on this Lives Remembered page. Updated with details of funeral arrangements

The right to vote Is it under threat form new photo ID proposals? See this HebWeb Forum thread 14 May 2021

Big Spring Clean from 28 May until 13 June. Teams of up to 6 litter pickers will be sponsored by the Town Council for £60 for their charity of choice. See What's On

Cllr Rob Freeth is the new mayor of Hebden Royd. Cllr Freeth has lived in Hebden Royd since 1981 where he was Headteacher of Scout Road Primary School and now lives in Wadsworth in the Birchcliffe Ward. More info 11 May 2021

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.

Job Opportunities at Town Hall The Town Hall (and Café) plans to re-open 17 May and is currently advertising for key roles to join the staff team. More info

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"

The Biscuit - the History of a Very British Indulgence Dr Lizzie Collingham told U3A members about her research into the History of a very British indulgence, from near prehistoric breads and biscuits in the Middle East to tales of British naval supremacy, colonial life and industrial food production. Read more (22 April)

Calder Valley Radio on Meet the Richardsons Calder Valley Radio, along with presenters Guy Parry and Dave Moses, feature this week and next week on Meet the Richardsons on the TV channel Dave. Read more (22 April)

Councillor to Run the Mayor's Charity Challenge A Hebden Royd Councillor is running 17 kilometres in a bid to raise money for the Mayor's chosen charity, Hebden Bridge & District Old People's Welfare Committee. Read more (21 April)

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

Gibson Mill opens doors for Weddings With restrictions on weddings beginning to lift slightly from the 12 April, the team at Hardcastle Crags are preparing to launch Gibson Mill as a fully off-grid, sustainable wedding venue  More info (16 April)

Hanging Basket scheme for local businesses Hebden Bridge and Mytholmroyd are set to be transformed by colour as the Town Council once again invites local businesses to join the hanging basket scheme, ensuring our towns remain as attractive as ever.  More info (15 April)

Stoodley Pike

Snow covered Hebden Bridge and the Calder Valley early Sunday morning (11th). Thanks to Jenny Slaughter for this photo of Stoodley Pike, taken from the opposite side of the valley, above Hebden Bridge. (11 April)

Improvement Works at Old Town Playground - Wadsworth Parish Council is undertaking improvements at a number of facilities including the playgrounds at Pecket Well and Old Town Green. Read more (8 April)

Wadsworth backs the Climate and Ecology Emergency Bill which aims to ensure that Britain has a comprehensive strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and restore our natural world. Read more (8 April)

Nurses Not Nukes: Outrage as Government announces increase in nuclear stockpile but offers health workers a pitiful pay rise. CND staged a demo outside Tod Health Centre on 1 April to protest, and declared that Boris is the April Fool. Read more

Map identifies opportunities to Slow the Flow: Many small‐scale interventions, taken together, can result in a significant amount of water being temporarily stored, or attenuated, during storm events. And Slow the Flow is developing maps to help landowners identify opportunities. Read more (1 April)

Pace Egg Play 2021 online - more information, links and photos.

Around the UK in classic railway posters - Jane Ellis of the Railway Ramblers' Club told members of the Local History Society, who were gathered around their screens for the final Zoom of the season, about the 'golden age' of the railway poster. Read report (28 March)

Neighbourhood Plan: Transport and accessibility - Transport is the largest generator of carbon emissions and Hebden Bridge still has unlawful air quality. Public transport, train, bus, cycling, and walking - all need encouraging. With transport and parking always lively areas for debate, read this article, make your comments and join the next online Q&A on Tues 23 March, 7pm (12 March)

The Future of Mytholmroyd Library A recent meeting convened by Royd Regeneration & ward councillors saw over 50 people attend to show their support and ideas for a community hub library run by the community for the community. Read more

10 things to know about the Neighbourhood Plan - This 2nd HebWeb news item about the new Neighbourhood Plan, which launched Wednesday, 17 Feb, summarises some key points to consider. Read more. (18 Feb)

Hebden Bridge woman swims in frozen lakes every day to help homeless. Professional artist Rachel Bull has swum in the icy waters around Hebden Bridge every day in January. Read report (1 Feb)

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)

The Old Bridge and Wavy Steps
at 1.15pm Weds, 20 Jan

Storm Christoph hit the Calder Valley from 19-21 January. Once again, our area faced serious risk of further flooding, from heavy rain falling on already saturated ground, along with melting snow. The level of the river peaked Weds afternoon at 5:15pm at 1.94m and was down to 1.32m by 11pm. (updated 21 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)

"Pecket Well Clough destruction" - "The beech trees are beautiful and it would be very sad to see them go. It also seems perverse in a time when we need to have more trees to reduce CO2 that they would take down those magnificent trees" - See discussion forum (5 Jan)

Frank McManus has died aged 93 - former councillor, and Labour Party activist and letter writer. More on this Lives Remembered page. (3 Jan)

Magical scenes light up Town Hall - with colourful animations featuring magical scenes including snowy rooftops, a sparkling Christmas tree and a glimpse of the main man himself - Santa and his reindeer. Come and see after sunset until 19 Dec. More info

BBC Look North: Flooding in the Calder Valley: Rainfall could double if greenhouse gas emissions keep rising at the present rate, with much more flash flooding. See this report from Hebden Bridge and Mytholmroyd.

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 (27 Nov)

Four thousand trees at Hardcastle Crags: Work begins again to plant thousands of trees at Hardcastle Crags, to benefit wildlife and reduce flood risk. Read more (10 Nov)

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."

New car park at Stubbing Holme, 44 new parking places at Hebden Bridge Station, 200 places at Mytholmroyd Station and the abolition of the proposed one-way system in Hebden Bridge are the latest changes announced by Calderdale Council.

Raw sewage discharged into rivers Storm overflow spilled into the Hebden Water 27 times in 2019 (65 hours) and 60 times into Cragg Brook (417 hours). There were significant spills into the Calder at Cornholme, Todmorden and Brearley. See this interactive map.

Flood News During Storm Ciara, more than 100mm of rain fell between 11pm on Saturday 8 and 11am on Sunday 9 Feb - the second highest flood event recorded in the Calder Valley, second only to the Boxing Day flooding of 2015 - more than a month's rainfall over 48 hours (129.8mm). Read latest news.

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


Hidden in the valleys around Hebden Bridge

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."

Small Ads - "We filled the vacancy thanks to the Hebweb, brilliant service"

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"

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

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. (4 Dec)

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!"

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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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