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HebWeb Interview: David Kennedy

Terry Logan is the focus of the latest HebWeb interview. Mytholmroyd's dynamic soul, reggae and folk musician, and Black Pride counsellor and activist, answers George Murphy's questions about her performances, her reflections on lockdown and her hopes for the future. Read all 22 Interviews (19 Oct)

Robin Ince at The Bookcase on Tuesday, 19th Oct. See What's on

Half term at Hardcastle Crags Join in with a ranger day and learn more about reducing flood risk. A special event will give the public a chance to find out more about the woodlands and natural flood management work in our area. Read more 14 Oct

I Am Belmaya at The Picture house An inspirational tale of rebellion, courage and hope was a Picture House fundraising event on Sunday 17 October. More info

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HebWeb Interview: David Kennedy

The latest HebWeb Interview focuses on local artist David Anthony Kennedy. Read about David's sometimes "wonky" progress through life and marvel at his determination to overcome tragedy and setbacks, his love for Hebden Bridge and the motivations behind Me, myself and why, his current exhibition at the Town Hall, as told to George Murphy. Read all 21 Interviews (8 Oct)

Save Heptonstall Post Office With news that the postmaster would retire, the community came together to try and save their valued shop and formed Heptonstall Community Assets Limited - a community share offer was created.  Read more

Linden Mill Planning Application Passed - see HebWeb Forum comment

Pumpkin Festival 2021 The Great Pumpkin Festival, brought to you by Hebden Royd Town Council and Sand in Your Eye, is back for its fourth year in Hebden Bridge on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th October, from 10am – 4pm. Read more

Redacre provides food for thought ahead of COP26 Since early this year, local photographer Gerard Liston has been recording plants and people through the seasons on the Redacre Growing Project in Mytholmroyd. Read more and see photos and video

Anne Lister sculpture unveiled Actress Suranne Jones, who played Anne Lister in the TV series, unveiled the sculpture with Gentleman Jack creator, Sally Wainwright, yesterday at The Piece Hall in Halifax. See BBC report

The Real-life Sherlock Holmes The guest speaker at the recent meeting of the University of the Third Age was Joe O'Neill, who spoke about the life and times of Jerome Caminada, a 19th century policeman and detective in Manchester. Read more 26 Sept

George MurphyMURPHY’S LORE: Lockdown Diary 40 - In this final episode of Lockdown Diary, there’s a botanical investigation, a Fosbury Flop, refrigerator mothers, beasts and blondes, mind matters and a spiritual laxative, Emma and Aubrey, Old Sodbury and his brother, a Hebden centurion, JS Bach and Horatio Clare, a man and two women, a cat in a carriage and a fancy man to avoid. Murphy's Lore 40 (20 Sept)

Former Tory candidate for Calder Valley now Foreign Secretary. Liz Truss lost to Labour's Christine McCafferty in May 2005 but according to this Daily Mail report, had local Tories known of her affair with MP Mark Field, she would never have been selected. 15 Sept

Mytholmroyd Station Partnership - plaque unveiled the blue plaque for the Railway Heritage Trust Award was unveiled at the beginning of this month, after being delayed by Covid. Read more and see photos 14 Sept

Hebden Bridge Camera Club Annual Exhibition 2021 - the winners


Hebden Bridge Camera Club's annual exhibition returned to the Town Hall this year.  Mayor, Cllr Rob Freeth opened the exhibition, over 800 visitors viewed the 56 prints on display, and almost 600 votes were cast. Click photo above to enlarge.   More info and photos 12 Sept 2021

Happy Valley Pride Weekend Festival from Friday 10th to Sunday 12th September, including an exhibition of a specially commissioned collection of portraits of members of the local queer community taken by photographer Bruce Cutts of the After Alice Project. More info on the Festival events

Staying safe as school starts As children and young people start returning to education, Calderdale Council is encouraging families to keep doing the five big things that help protect us all from COVID-19 Read more 7 Sept

Floods Minister chairs roundtable at Hebden Bridge Town Hall Floods Minister Rebecca Pow has today visited Hebden Bridge as she brought together a roundtable of MPs, local authorities, flood experts and water companies to examine the issue of flooding along the River Aire and River Calder. Read more 1 Sept

The Interview

Richard Carter Steve Tilston is one of the country's most celebrated singer songwriters, renowned for his lyrics, arrangements and brilliant guitar playing. You may also recognise him as the inspiration for the Hollywood movie, Danny Collins and in this latest HebWeb interview, George Murphy asked about John Lennon's 'lost letter'. Read all 20 Interviews (27 Aug)

Twinning Society garden party raised £122. This will help entertain our friends from twin towns St Pol-sur-Ternoise and Warstein when they visit us in 2022 for their postponed visits to celebrate 40 years of twinning. Read more 24 Aug

Calderdale joins anti-racism movement Calderdale Council is one of nearly 500 organisations to join the Root Out Racism movement being launched to emphasise commitment to equality, diversity, inclusion and the regional anti-racism movement. Read more 23 Aug

Hebden Bridge in the National Media - this new HebWeb feature looks at how our town and its issues have been reported over the past 20-25 years, including greatest town accolades, 4th funkiest town in the world, UK's second city, Have I got News for you, Any Questions at the Town Hall and much more. Read the article

Planning Watch - objections to plans for new houses at Palace House Road should be received by 18 August.

Another pub closes: The Packhorse Inn, aka The Ridge, is to close - after 400 years! Regulars have been expressing their sadness on the pub's Facebook page.

Walking around Tod - "The industrial past blends with nature, the community runs on kindness and it's home to England's highest beach" See Guardian article 1 Aug

£1million Climate Emergency Fund Local community groups, charities and schools can now apply for funding from Calderdale's £1million Climate Emergency Fund, to support projects aimed at reducing carbon emissions in the borough. Read more 30 July 2021

Visitor Centre Closure: Walkers Action Group produce leaflets In November 2020, Calderdale Council, having funds seriously cut by central Government, decided that Hebden Bridge Visitor Centre should remain permanently closed. Now, Hebden Bridge Walkers Action have made sure that locally produced leaflets about all kinds of walks in our area are available. More info 28 July 2021

Hardcastle Crags ceremony for Slow the Flow award Lord Lieutenant of West Yorkshire, Mr. Ed Anderson, visited Hardcastle Crags this week to award Slow The Flow the highest honour a voluntary group can achieve. The Queens Award for Voluntary Service is equivalent to an MBE in volunteering. Read more 21 July 2021

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The Hebden Royd Valley Story

On 24 July at The Picture House, Nick Wilding chronicles the Hebden Royd Valley and the hilltop villages through the fascinating tales from his own and other people's films. A hundred years of movies and several centuries of historic inspiration - A Picture House Centenary Celebration. More info and trailer

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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

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

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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

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

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

Possible Caravan site at Cross Hills Heptonstall - see Planning Watch

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

COVID numbers: for Hebden Bridge, the past 4 days have seen the worst figures since the pandemic started with 89 cases - 963 cases per 100K compared with 1016 yesterday. Once again, higher than any single local authority in the UK. Mytholmroyd 44 cases, and Tod 127 cases for the 7 days to 14 Oct. More info. (Tues 19 Oct)

Who put the hall in Old Town Hall? Daid Cant told a recent meeting the the Local History Society about the story of Old Town Hall and took the audience on a virtual tour of the outside of the building, noting features that could point to its history and the changes it had undergone. Read more 16 Oct

Community Association seeks Treasurer to join the Board of the charity that owns and runs Hebden Bridge Town Hall. The Association has told the HebWeb that it is at an exciting stage and this is great time to join.  Read more 15 Oct

COVID: Schools advised to introduce further health measures With rates of COVID-19 in Calderdale currently higher than they've ever been, schools in Calderdale are being advised to consider additional measures. Slowing the spread will help ease the severe pressures on health and social care services. Read more 13 Oct

Electric vehicles help with Flood Alleviation Scheme The Environment Agency and BAM Nuttall have introduced electric vehicles to carry out early flood defence work in Hebden Bridge and the wider Calder Valley, as part of the project's ambition to cut carbon emissions. Read more 7 Oct

Out in the Valley provides safe social spaces for the LGBTQIA+ community. They believe that social activities that are inclusive and diverse help to build a strong, safe, visible community. Read more

Book Launch: Backward Glance Paul Degnan hosted a Book Launch at Wadsworth Community Centre on Wednesday evening to promote his new publication Backward Glance – a collection of short stories Read more

What's On in Hebden Bridge Great American Songbook, Pumpkin Festival, Half term at Hardcastle Crags, Sylvia Plath in Yorkshire, more live music at Wainsgate, When We Are Married, by J.B. Priestley and more See What's On

Car park charges extended to 8pm and bank holidays in Hebden Bridge, starting soon. Parking tariffs to remain the same. 29 Sept 2021

Flood siren test Eight flood warning sirens were sounded across the upper Calder Valley at 1pm on Thurs 30 Sept to ensure they are working effectively.

Citizens Advice Hebden Royd Town Council-funded advice drop-in session for HX7 residents at Mytholmroyd Community Centre on Thursday mornings between 10am and 1pm. Advice also given by phone on 0808 278 7879.

Summit Tunnel improvements will mean rail disruption

From Saturday 23 to Sunday 31 October rail replacement buses will be in operation between Hebden Bridge and Rochdale as Network Rail carries out improvements to the 180 year tunnel. Read more

Open Studios was on from 1-3 October, the weekend is a great chance to visit a wide range of artists and makers, working in many different media. From enthusiastic amateurs to internationally exhibited, professional artists at the top of their game. Hebden Bridge has a flourishing artistic community. See website

Hebden Bridge Loop Walk was on Saturday 2 October 2021 in memory of the originator, Dave Brooks (aka Dave Weirdigan) More info 28 Sept

Great Big Green Week The Town Council are inviting residents and businesses to join Hebden Royd's Great Big Green Week. The nationwide event ran from 18th - 26th September and will see the community celebrate how Hebden Royd is taking action to tackle climate change. Read more

How can artists' livelihoods improve post-COVID? Calderdale artists online meeting organised by Artists' Union England was on Tuesday 21 September by Zoom. More info

Former Mayor praises health workers In this article, Nader Fekri, former Mayor of Hebden Royd and Calderdale, explains why he's supporting the Fair Pay For Nursing campaign after meeting RCN members at a recent rally, and commends the great support health workers gave his father who has died from Covid. Read article 13 Sept.

Community Land Trust appoints first Executive Manager Paul Branigan will lead the development and transition of CVCLT from a volunteer-led, project driven organisation to a fully financially sustainable organisation More info 13 Sept 2021

Hebden Bridge Little Theatre - postponed due to Covid


The Extraordinary Revelations of Orca the Goldfish Read more, and see rehearsal photost

LGBTQ+ Mental Health Campaign Launched A new campaign, Mind Your Head, has been launched to promote better mental health and wellbeing for LGBTQ+ communities in our area and beyond. Read more 9 Sept

History Talks Details of the Hebden Bridge Local History Society lectures for 2021-2022 are now on the HebWeb "What's on" section

Live music at Wainsgate this autumn Wainsgate Chapel's Concert Series returns this September after a two-year absence with a diverse programme of 6 afternoon concerts. From classical to jazz, flamenco to contemporary folk and from the sublime to the downright quirky. More info 3 Sept

Secret Wartime Britain At the recent U3A meeting, the speaker was journalist and author, Colin Philpott. Among the secret locations mentioned was the 'Avro' factory near Leeds/ Bradford airport, once producing 695 Lancaster bombers. Read more 9 Sept

Job Vacancies at Hebden Bridge Town Hall Two jobs available: Duty Officer to join our staff team with a closing date of Monday 6 September and Casual Catering Assistant with a closing date of 4 October. Read more

HebWeb Forum - current discussion includes local healthcare provision, the high Covid rate, recycling collections and more

'A Day In The Life' Photo Exhibition - Hebden Bridge Based African children's charity launches 'A Day in the Life' Photography Exhibition at the Town Hall from 2-8 October. Read more 2 Sept

Picture House becomes the first Cinema of Sanctuary In the year in which it celebrates its centenary the Town Council owned Hebden Bridge Picture House has proved that not only is it thriving but that it continues to put its audience first, as it has been officially recognised as the UK's first Cinema of Sanctuary. Read more 26 Aug

Tod Town Hall improvements completed Work to improve the magnificent ballroom at Todmorden Town Hall is now complete, with the addition of new acoustic panels and specialist redecoration.  Read more 22 Aug

Councillors Create New Climate Emergency Role as part of its commitment to tackle climate change. The Town Council declared a climate emergency in 2019 and has since submitted a climate emergency action plan outlining steps to reach carbon neutrality by 2030. Read more 18 Aug

Jude Walker completes 200 mile walk to Downing Street by handing in a letter to the Prime Minister calling for charges on carbon emissions. See this YouTube video and sign petition  15 Aug

Picture House Heritage Open Day on Saturday 11 September from 10-5. Look around, sculpture, info boards, old projector demo, meet the Friends, see model of old Electric Theatre, oral history project and much more. See HebWeb News 11 Aug

HebWeb Discussion latest - Recycling mess, Acre Mill, obituaries and seeking like minded people. See HebWeb Forum 1 Aug

Helen of Four Gates author, former local resident Ethel Carnie Holdsworth, features in a Guardian feature today. "Thought to be the first blue-collar female novelist, Holdsworth once outsold HG Wells." See Guardian article and also previous HebWeb coverage of the writer. 31 July

Yorkshire Water halts grouse shooting on its moorland above Hebden Bridge, and is seeking a partnership with a conservation agency or a sustainable farming operation for the future management of Baitings, Turley Holes and Higher House Moor. See Yorkshire Post article 30 July 2021

CROWS - repairing and improving our local footpaths

Volunteers from CROWS - our local Community Rights of Way Service  - continue to improve and repair footpaths in our area and the rest of the Upper Valley. See video and read about some of their recent work 27 July 2021

Climate change: Boy, 11, starts 200-mile walk Jude Walker of Hebden Bridge has begun a 200-mile walk to Westminster to raise awareness of climate change. Jude said he wanted to lobby ministers about the need for a carbon tax. Read BBC News report. 25 July 2021

Lives Remembered: Steve Sweeney Steve was a Hebden Royd councillor for 4 years, and a Calderdale councillor for Tod for 9 years. "Everyone will remember him as a warm and generous person who was committed to making the world a better place." See Lives Remembered 19 July 2021

Disability Groups call for continued mask wearing Local disability groups have written to Tracey Brabin, the Mayor of West Yorkshire, and Tim Swift and Jane Scullion, Leader and Deputy Leader of Calderdale Council to encourage continued mask wearing and social distancing, and to improve ventilation on public transport. Read more 16 July 2021

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

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.

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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

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 was open to the public from Monday 19 July at Hebden Bridge Town Hall, before moving on to Mytholmroyd. Read more

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

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

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

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

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

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Coiners' story set to be BBC Drama, based upon local author Benjamin Myers' book, The Gallows Pole. UK filmmaker Shane Meadows is to make the drama with UK-Irish producers Element Pictures. Read full article in Screen Daily 18 May 2021

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

Palestine Demo


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

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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)

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)

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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

Maxine Peake reads poem celebrating The Picture House

Maxine Peake

Hebden Bridge Film Festival patron Maxine Peake has recorded a specially commissioned poem, written by Hebden Bridge based poet and performer Clare Shaw, that celebrates the power of cinema, as part of the 2021 Festival. More info, and video of Maxine Peak reading the poem

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

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

Misty Morning

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


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

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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.


Hidden in the valleys around Hebden Bridge

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

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

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

Have I Got News for You This prime time BBC 1 programme featured the Cornholme library notice story, and its reference to 'the cesspit that is Hebden Bridge'. Click here for the 35 second clip.

Crystal Wilde: Finding peace in hippie Hebden Bridge: "Hippies, hikers, kooky cafes, drugs and lesbians: my home town of Hebden Bridge is notorious for many reasons, some more surprising than others." See feature in The Independent

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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)

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

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)

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)

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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

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HebWeb coverage of the 2019 General Election is at along with info on general elections back to 1997.

Mytholmroyd Station PartnershipMytholmroyd Station Partnership… simply outstanding That was the verdict of the National Association of Community Rail Partnerships, in awarding Mytholmroyd Station Partnership the 2019 Community Rail Award. More info and background

Yorkshire Post on Hebden Bridge: "A Yorkshire town with an independent streak… Hebden is a striking town in an even more striking location."

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Hebden Bridge on Woman’s Hour (from around 28 mins in) - our area is praised for being friendly to lesbians the liberal minded, creatives and progressives, for its co-operatives, hippies and Sylvia Plath’s grave. And they plan to do a Woman’s Hour from Hebden Bridge. (27 Nov)

"Britain at its best: Hebden Bridge where Ed Sheeran was born is a true northern star,” declares Mail Online article. Apparently, our town is  'just right side of gentrified’. Read article

Paul BarkerPaul Barker's obituary in The Guardian. Paul Barker was a paper boy at Jones' Newsagents, went on to edit New Society from 1968-86 and wrote the book about Hebden Bridge: A Sense of Belonging. See also: HebWeb report of his book launch in April 2012.

Parade 2019

Above: Hebden Bridge Handmade Parade - 30 June 2019. 40+ more photos here

More tree cover still needed in Hebden Bridge, say Friends of the Earth. The organisation claims trees can act as effective flood defences, helping to reduce peak water levels by as much as a quarter. See ITV report.

BBC1 Countryfile at Hardcastle Crags "We're in West Yorkshire and this is one of its true hidden gems." And featuring the work of Slow the Flow Calderdale. (17 June)

Banking in Hebden Bridge: 'The only banks left in Hebden Bridge are grass ones down by the river'. See this weekend's article on the bankless town of Hebden Bridge in This is Money

The National Geographic’s Cool List for 2019 has West Yorkshire at number 7. The Calder Valley is highlighted - "with hippyish Hebden Bridge as its epicentre" - as a "burgeoning hub for restaurants and independent shops." )

Gentleman Jack

Gentleman Jack

The first episodes of Gentleman Jack, the new drama from Happy Valley writer Sally Wainwright, are based upon a book written about Anne Lister by local writer, Jill Liddington and published by Hebden Bridge publishers, Pennine Pens. More info, links and trailers

CNDTown Council votes to support a ban on nuclear weapons: Hebden Royd became only the third UK Council to support the ICAN Cities Appeal and the Treaty for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. Read more.

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Huffington Post on Hebden Bridge: "You will find a town that was almost abandoned, but brought back to life by hippies, artists and lesbians looking for a place to make a life." Written by Sean Pert, who continues: "The town doesn't just tolerate its LGBT+ community, it values and embraces us." Read more

Climate Emergency declared!

Climate Emergency declared

Hebden Royd Town Council has declared that Hebden Royd should be carbon neutral as soon as possible. Both our Town Council and Calderdale Council have agreed to face up to 'the issue of our time’ - the climate emergency. Read more


No banks. No petrol. Lloyds Bank was the last bank left in Hebden Bridge. It closed this month. Shepherds was the last petrol garage still open in Hebden Bridge. It stopped selling petrol this month.

Hebden Bridge artist Kate Lycett featured in Yorkshire Post feature

Hebden Bridge: How a thriving town lost its last bank: This Guardian article reports that, "Residents feel angry and let down as Lloyds departs, but one man (David Fletcher) has a plan to fill the gap." Only a few years ago, Hebden Bridge had five full time banks. The last one, Lloyds, closed last week. Read article (26 Jan)

Handmade Parade

Hebden Bridge is Cool - Hebden Bridge has made National Geographic's Cool list. "The Calder Valley - with hippyish Hebden Bridge as its epicentre - is a burgeoning hub for restaurants and independent shops." See article.

Save Hebden Bridge Signal Box

Saignal Box

After more than 125 years as a familiar sight in the town, Network Rail have pulled the levers for the last time. Two community groups have put forward proposals for the building to be saved and restored to its former Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway glory. More info and leaflet

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

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

Swimming pool latest. It's still going ahead but, because of the 2015 Flood, not yet. And not in Hebden Bridge. Read the latest statement from the Swimming Pool Association, and follow the links for how the HebWeb has covered this controversial issue over many years. More

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

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

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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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