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Susan OwensGhosts in Art and Literature is the topic of next lecture organised by the Lit & Sci with Art historian Susan Owens who will be reflecting on the place that ghosts have in our culture - on Sat 26 January. More info (17 Jan)

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

Lost housesLost Houses of the South Pennines. There was standing room only when artist Kate Lycett came to speak to Hebden Bridge Local History Society about the stories behind her hugely successful paintings of the Lost Houses of the South Pennines. Read report (15 Jan)

Dawson City cabins of Mytholmroyd to be removed as part of the flood alleviation scheme. Some of the timber will be returned to the land once occupied by Dawson City. More traffic lights will be installed, this time for 2 weeks on New Road. Read more (13 Jan)

The Harmony Jar Lunchtime Live was on Saturday 12 January from 1-4pm at Hope Baptist Chapel. Organised by Dave Boardman, Fiona Pattison and Sarah Courtney featured punk poet Keiron Higgins, Birds and Beasts, Ava Burgess and The Harmony Jar. More info

u3aChristmas Music and Quiz – Dee Ashworth conducted the Tod Community Adult Learners Brass Band in a fine medley of tunes. Impromptu quiz groups were set fiendish seasonal questions by Myrna Beet of the Quiz Group. Read report (11 Jan)

Battle of Heptonstall

The Battle of Heptonstall - a play and public lecture is being prepared for February 2019, to remember this 1643 battle of the English Civil War. The play is being produced with local actors and with the help of local residents. Read more, along with photos from Bruce Cutts and video from Nick Wilding. (7 Jan)

Managing Calderdale’s woodland - A new tree and woodland strategy is being discussed by Calderdale Council’s Cabinet, helping to guide tree management in the borough and for the proposed Northern Forest. Read more (5 Jan)

Happy New Year to all HebWeb readers - events coming up early in 2019 include the Film Festival, Potato Day, Cafe Culture, Trades Club Quiz, Quadrophenia, Ceilidh at Mytholmroyd, the Battle of Heptonstall, Remembering Peterloo, a talk on the Lost houses of the South Pennines by Kate Lycett and much more. See What's On (2 Jan)

Floods 2015

FLOODS: BOXING DAY 2015. Three years ago, all shops, cafes, most pubs and hundreds of homes were wrecked. Over the past 3 years, the town has largely recovered and is thriving once again. See more photos and read the HebWeb feature on the great flood. (Photo: HebWeb)

Hebble Hole bridge repairs: Contractors have started to repair the old stone clapper bridge at Hebble Hole. They will rebuild part of the pier and then hoist up the broken sections of the bridge. Read more (12 Dec)

Preparing for bad weather: The Met Office issued an amber warning for freezing rain across the region for Saturday 15 December. This is in addition to an existing yellow warning for snow/ ice. Read more.

'England's worst primary schools revealed' - an official list of schools that did not meet the Government's floor standard for performance in 2017/18 has been released, and includes Hebden Royd CofE school. See Telegraph and Argus report (16 Dec)

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 (6 Dec)

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)

TRAINS: End the strike and invest in our line, says leader of Calderdale Council, Tim Swift. "Strikes, delays and cancellations on the Calder Valley line are having a severe impact on businesses and commuters." Read more

Updated web directory listing: ABC Coaching and Counselling Services

Continued Rail Strikes hit Hebden Bridge badly - see Look North report

Calderdale to charge for recycling plasterboard, hardcore and rubble from 3 December, and residents' permits are being trialled for Household Waste Recycling Centres. Read more


Lamplighter Festival lights up Todmorden Hundreds of revellers lined the streets to watch a light, fire and sound extravaganza when the sixth Lamplighter Festival took to the streets of Todmorden on Saturday. Produced by Hebden Bridge's Handmade Parade. Read more

WW1 Centenary

PiperPiper at Mytholmroyd Memorial A piper played at Mytholmroyd’s war memorial at 6am, Sun, 11 Nov, marking 100th anniversary of Armistice Day.

White Bird project

Hebden Bridge firm wins best artisan cheese award - See Great British Cheese Awards

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

Loop the LoopLoop the Loop - a new guide - Thanks to funding from Calder Ward Forum, Hebden Bridge Walkers Action have produced a new route guide for a great circular walking route which joins together the Pennine Way and The Loop (“the best walk in the area” one walker has said). More info (26 Oct)

Over 30 local groups spoke about their activities - the Hebden Bridge Partnership once again invited local community organisations and groups to talk about what they do. Nearly 30 groups accepted the invitation. More info

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 (4 Oct)

Mytholmroyd flood protection scheme - Info on latest progress and details of Wednesday's meeting of the Flood Scrutiny Panel at Mytholmroyd Community Centre. Read more (9 Oct)

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 (9 Oct)

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)

Visitorsw CentreVisitors' Centre under pressure again. In Feb, 2018 the HebWeb reported that the Hebden Bridge Visitors' Centre risked being closed. Calderdale relented but is once again reviewing its Visitor Centre services. Read more

Hebden Bridge Practice appointments - follow the discussion on this HebWeb Forum thread, including a link to an interview with the Practice Manager by Jenny Shepherd. (21 Sept)

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

Water Burst in Mytholmroyd closes the main Burnley Road - Cllr Tim Swift: "Due to the severity of the damage to the road and utility cables, we expect this closure to last a few days."


BurstThe Burst has stopped all traffic through Mytholmroyd and has cut water supplies to a large area, including many parts of Hebden Bridge. Police and Calderdale advising people not to try and travel through. More info and links

Handmade ParadeThe 2018 Handmade Parade was as colourfully creative as ever. With warm June sunshine, blue skies and our town full of smiling faces of all ages, it was another great success. More photos

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 running from 23 Jan until 10 Feb. More info (15 Jan)

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. (15 Jan)

Artist's work selected for Open Exhibition. Two paintings by Hebden Bridge artist Julie Rose Clark have been chosen for this year's up and coming Ferens Art Gallery’s 2019 Open Exhibition in Hull, from 2 Feb to 14 April.

Murphy's Lore

No 3 - George Murphy's third piece for his HebWeb column includes thoughts on the cormorant and the shag, insurance, home truths, a guilty secret, constabulary duties, Belle Vue cinema and more on the birds and the bees. Read now. (9 Jan)

Nutclough Housing Co-op needs new members - the co-op based at the Nutclough Tavern is in need of a new cohort of members to take on the Co-op and the 8-bedroom building with community room. More info

Hebble Hole

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

Comedy ClubComedy Cop & Robber On Sunday, 13 January, the Comedy Club presents Alfie Moore who swapped his truncheon for a microphone, and ex-convict Gary Little with his un-flinching honesty and openness. Read more

Mytholmroyd StationMytholmroyd Station latest news: good progress is being made to prepare the station building for social and community use. Work will soon start on a car park for more than 200 places. Read more.

Town Council outlines some of the work they've been 'proud to be involved in this year'. (20 Dec)

George MurphyGeorge Murphy's Sideways Look at Hebden Bridge. George is going to be writing a regular slot for the HebWeb. In this first piece, he talks about New Year, Christmas, the aged, Acre Mill and more More info (18 Dec)

Disability Access Forum issues more rampsDisability Access Forum: more ramps help make Hebden Bridge even more disabled friendly, bringing the total number of ramps given out in Hebden Bridge to fourteen. Read more. (15 Dec)

Rotary ducksRotary Club says thanks and Merry Christmas: The Vintage Weekend and Duck Race, raised a total in excess of £40,000 this year for local, national and international charities and good causes. Read more. (12 Dec)

Kirsty AlmeidaWin tickets for Kirsty Almeida Wintersongs gig at the Trades on 16 Dec. Since moving to Hebden Bridge, Kirsty Almeida has found her new home has been an inspiration to write new material. “The Trades is one of the best venues in this country", she says. Read more

Great RockGreat Rock Co-op Christmas Market: Blackshawhead's community owned shop, a hub for all things produced in the Upper Valley, is looking forward to keeping Christmas local this year. More info (4 Dec)

Lunchtime LiveChristmas Lunchtime Live was on Saturday, 8 Dec. Performers: Magdalen Bath, Socs Blakely, RockSalt Acoustic, Stephen Shulman's jazz quartet and Isaac Hughes-Dennis - at the Hope Baptist Chapel from 1-4pm. Read more


The story of the Fustian Co-operative at Nutclough Mill was the subject of the talk given by Andrew Bibby to the History Society. This Hebden Bridge landmark was home to a worker-run co-op which ran, at a profit, for almost 50 years achieving national and international fame. Read report

Signal boxHebden Bridge Signal Box Preservation Group is the name of the group created yesterday at the meeting to discuss how the now decommissioned signal box can be passed into community custodianship. Read more (26 Nov)

WreathsWreaths: an exhibition from Di Seymour - Hebden Bridge artist Di Seymour has an exhibition at the Upstairs Gallery at Dean Clough in Halifax until 20th January. More info (21 Nov)


Friday (30th) and Saturday (1st), Wallflower came to Square Chapel in Halifax. Produced by Quarantine whose director is Hebden Bridge's Richard Gregory, it features local people remembering dances. More info

Anne ListerAnne Lister: the life and loves of a local landowner With the newly filmed story of Anne Lister about to launch on TV, the Hebden Bridge Local History Society heard something of her story from a long serving volunteer at Shibden Hall. More info (19 Nov)


Christmas Lights switched on - watched by a large crowd packed into the square. Photo from the gallery shot by Craig Shaw.

Picture House Vacancy Hebden Royd Town Council is seeking an experienced duty (shift) manager for the Hebden Bridge Picture House,10.5 hours per week. Read more.

Grants available for community groups - Each year, the Town Council welcomes applications from community and voluntary groups to apply for a grant from the Council’s community funding budget to support projects, activities and events. More info (14 Nov)

Kate HowardChoir leader Kate Howard returned to the Calder Valley Kate, a former resident of Hebden Bridge, is a performer and teacher of singing with an international reputation. On 17 November, she returned to lead a day of singing which was hosted by Calder Valley Women Singers the group she set up over 25 years ago. Read more

Hepton SingersHebden Bridge Choir supported Overgate with concert in Stainland. Highly regarded chamber choir, the Hepton Singers crossed the hills on Saturday 17th November to stage a charity concert in Stainland in aid of Overgate Hospice. More info

Controversial Sub-station installed next to Market Following unhappiness over original plans to put the sub-station on the grass verge opposite the White Lion (See HebWeb discussion), the upgraded electricity substation is now being installed next to the market area. Read more

Garden Street car park - free parking on Saturdays in December, till Christmas

Warstein’s Autumn FestivalHebden Bridge Twinning Society in Warstein for their Autumn Festival. Excellent Warsteiner beer was served on both days and members watched the “Brewer’s Baptism” on Saturday. More info and photos

Pumpkin Festival

Pumpkin Festival Report, pictures and video from ITV. "Visitors from far and wide have been flocking to Hebden Bridge for the second annual pumpkin festival." And see gallery of Pumpkin Festival photos from local photographer Craig Shaw (28 Oct)

Labour leader Tim Swift calls for an end to austerity for local councils joining councillors nationwide in a campaign which exposes the crisis in council finances - Calderdale Council has been forced to find cuts of over £100 million since 2010. Read more (22 Oct)

Hebden Bridge Writer wins Outdoor Book of the Year award - Andrew Bibby’s insight into southern English landscapes, Back Roads through Middle England has won the prestigious award from the Outdoor Writers and Photographers Guild. More info


Above: Heron flying under the Packhorse Bridge against the backdrop of the weeping willow! Photographer Andrew Smith captured this image this morning, 1 October. Click photo to see enlarged, complete photo.

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

Recent HebWeb Small Ads: brewery assistant; home decorating; graphic design; yoga; cottages/ campervan for sale; reiki; office space; Spanish; massage; stress management; music lessons and much more


Dismantling the old bridge at Waterside Fold, next to the Little Park. Click image to enlarge. See Forum

Hebden Bridge Medical Centre appointments changes. From 30 August, there will no longer be a telephone duty doctor system for urgent appointments. Replaced, from Mon - Fri, 8am - 10.30am, by a walk-in surgery at the Mytholmroyd Medical Centre. Read more and see Forum

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 

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

Lloyds Bank to close in January 2019, making Hebden Bridge a town without banks. Over the years, the HebWeb has reported the closure of Barclays in April 2018, NatWest following the 2015 flood and the Yorkshire Bank in August 2005.

RampsDisability Forum launches Access Map showing wheelchair friendly pavements, accessible toilets, bus stops and parking spaces. For link to download the map and news about the new portable ramps, Read more (12 July)

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

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!"

Handmade Parade

Canal£1.5m facelift for canal towpath: A section of the Rochdale Canal towpath between Hebden Bridge and Todmorden is to benefit from a £1.5m scheme to improve cycling and walking access More info.

TwitterHebWeb on Twitter - join our 3500+ followers.

Northern Rail: Manchester Evening News headline - "Crowded carriages, cancelled trains and 'aggressive tweets' - just what is going on with Northern Rail?"

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

Guardian features Incredible Edible with a full page in the main paper. "You can do nothing and obey the rules, or you can say 'I'm going to make a difference regardless'" See article (10 May)

"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. (3 April)

Mytholmroyd Flood Scheme from May: traffic slowdown for up to 2 years, whilst further essential flood defence work is carried out. New measures are being implemented this time to make sure the temporary traffic lights are as effective as possible. Read more

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.

Ackley Bridge, Channel 4’s school drama, was filmed in Halifax, particularly the old Catholic High School, and in Hebden Bridge. (6 June)

Air Quality: Friends of the Earth are opposing the new strategy and action plan as they say it's not going to solve Calderdale’s (and Hebden Bridge's) air pollution problem. See HebWeb Forum

'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 (17 May)


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.

20 mph means fewer casualties - and saves money. The 20mph limit implementation will have prevented 30-40% of casualties over three years. The reduction in injuries means a public saving in the region of £3m Read more (1 May)

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

Hebden Bridge in Yorkshire crowned best place in the UK - 'Machine learning' used millions of data points to discover top locations. Read more (20 March)

From the archive: five years ago today The Times listed the 30 coolest places to live in Britain. Number one was Hebden Bridge. (19 March)

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!"

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

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

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

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.

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

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."

HebWeb also available on the slightly shorter as well as

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

HebWeb uses Google ads to help cover its costs and they vary for each user. This has worked well for many years. However, please let us know the url of any ad thought to be inappropriate. If we agree, the ad will be blocked.

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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