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Tree felling in the Colden Valley. The Arvon Foundation seeks permission for felling 40 trees in the Colden Valley. Arvon at Lumb Bank is a former residence of Ted Hughes, former Poet Laureate who had a special reverence for nature, trees and the Calder Valley. Read more  (31 May)

Jo Harman

Hebden Bridge Blues Festival: See more photos from photographer Craig Shaw

SketchomaticVisual Artists wanted: The Arts Festival is looking for artists, illustrators and cartoonists, who can create portraits from within a unique photo booth. More info (24 May)

Calder Holmes Action Day report and photo (24 May)

Our MP Craig Whittaker voted in Parliament yesterday against gay marriages. (22 May)

Trades Club makes national final again: For the second year running the Trades Club has made the shortlist for the NME Small Venue of the Year award. More info (21 May)

Hebden Bridge Arts Festival

John Cooper Clarke2013 Arts Festival programme launched. John Cooper Clarke, Tracey Thorn and June Tabor headline this year's Festival. See HebWeb news item - updated with photos from launch

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HB Partnership proposals include: rebuilding the iconic Buttress Brink; removal of traffic lights from the centre, the market's removal to Lees Yard, lifts at the railway station, new pedestrian bridge from Holme Street to Fairfield, bandstand in the park and much more. More info (16 May)

Lee Mill Road: limited access for two weeks from Monday, 20th May due to resurfacing.

Small ads: Received Sat 18th - "I've had an overwhelming response and the property is now let"

HebWeb Listing a-z

Alison Grant Architects Ltd. Experienced local architect skilled in renovations, conversions and extensions, including work to traditional and Listed buildings. See Listings

HebWeb Listing a-z

Hebden Bridge Acupuncture Centre is a relaxing, quiet and safe therapeutic space offering Traditional Acupuncture which takes into account your unique situation and whole being. See Listings

End of an era at Artsmill: Hebden Bridge based artist and founder of Artsmill David Wright passed away on 14th May after a short illness. Read more  (30 May)

Salem Fun Day on Saturday, 1st June - What's on section

Cllr Karl Boggis, who represents Caldene ward in Mytholmroyd, is the new Mayor of Hebden Royd Council.

EpicEpic at the Picture House: is being shown at the same time it hits the big cinemas, so there is no need for people to go out of town to see the film this half term. See What's On

Duane Tougas

Parade attracts artists from across the globe: Next month’s Handmade Parade will have an international feel with artists from across the globe joining the celebration of Hebden Bridge’s unique creativity and culture. More info (23 May)

Abolition of the Agricultural Wages Board: Hebden Royd has written to Craig Whittaker, MP outlining its dismay at his decision to support the scrapping of the Board. More info

National Theatre Live: at The Picture House. Starting with The Audience, broadcast live on 13 June from the Gielgud Theatre, London. See What's On

Calder Holmes Park Action Day: on Thursday 23rd. See What's On for more info.

Upper Valley Neighbourhood News - with items on the Bridge Gate Bollard, dealing with dog fouling in Fairfield, Mytholmroyd Young People's Centre and more.

Handmade Parade 2013

Handmade Parade Workshops: try something new this year at the Skill Classes at the Victoria Road Parade Workshop. Read more (15 May)

Doddnaze ArtistsDoddnaze Artists: New music agency. Doddnaze Artists have many well known local acts on their books and help organise local social events. Read more (14 May)

Listings by category

The Ark and Space - Ofsted rated 'Outstanding' nursery & out of school club set in an amazing 4-acre site. See Listings

Listings by category

ABC Coaching & Counselling Services

Counselling from Dr Jim Byrne and coaching from Renata Taylor-Byrne. See Listings


Chris MullinChris Mullin: Thatcher and Me: the Arts Festival has booked Chris Mullin, author of 'A Very British Coup', former MP and Government Minister, campaigner for the Birmingham Six, and diarist, to discuss Margaret Thatcher's legacy. Read more (13 May)

West Yorkshire and Greater Manchester firefighters battled moor fires above Mytholmroyd and Cragg Vale. See BBC news item (8 May)

Blues Festival update: nominated again for British Blues Awards! Read more.

"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." Message received 6 May.

Fox and Goose

Fox and Goose Share Deal latest: Attempts to create a community pub co-op moved a stage further at Saturday's metting: there will be a share offer to raise £130,000. Read more Read more. (1 May)

Hebden Bridge traders complain that food festival stalls had a negative effect on their sales, - takings were significantly down. See Forum

Mark Steel Live at the TradesMark Steel Live at the Trades: Mark Steel won an award for his ‘In Town’ series where he mocks British towns so Hebden Bridge seemed the perfect place for him to visit. Read more. (30 April)


Linda GreenThe Mummyfesto: author Linda Green's new novel is based in a Hebden Bridge at the centre of a political revolution. She talked about her book at The Book Case on Thursday (May 2).

Calderdale Coalition breaks down over welfare cuts. Calderdale Council's coalition of Labour and Liberal Democrats lasted three years. It has now ended. The HebWeb was first to break this story on the afternoon of 24 April. Read more

Myths, Mysteries and Mayhem is the theme of the 2013 Hebden Bridge Handmade Parade. Pigs might fly, sea monsters could be spotted and trolls may appear from under the bridge in this year’s Parade. Read more.

Bedroom Tax: Labour asks Calderdale to condemn Government’s Bedroom Tax

Where to stay: Over a dozen bed and breakfast and self catering listings have been added or renewed in the past month.

Calderdale, including Hebden Bridge, was on Countryfile, Sunday 21st April

On-street charity collectors in Calderdale will have stricter guidelines to follow. In St George’s Square, a maximum of four charity fundraisers are allowed, on two days a week.

Record store day

Record Store Day on Saturday (20th April) and a queue of vinyl junkies patiently waited outside Muse Records. Read more

HebWeb Listing a-z

Canal Narrowboat holidays - Shire Cruisers boating holiday. Explore the Pennine waterways, canals and rivers in a narrow boat. See Listings

It’s national Bee Cause Day this Saturday; sign this petition and sign the Friends of the Earth postcards to David Cameron in Spirals, 39 Market St. First 10 get a free Pollinator Beebom (nectar-rich wildflower seeds to plant).

Vodafone mobile coverage disruption ends after a week's outage; one HebWeb reader offered 5p in compensation - See Forum thread

The Fall at The Trades: review from Anne Ward. Stepping on to the stage one by one, Smith last, burping slightly as he picks up the mic to a rapturous welcome.

Tourism network to help put Hebden Bridge businesses on the map, and a workshop is being held at Hebden Bridge Town Hall on Monday, 20 May. Read more

Blackshawhead Plant Sale and Spring Fair. It has been cold and it has been wet, and there was a covering of snow on the tops over Easter, but the Blackshawhead Plant Sale and Spring Fair goes ahead this Saturday. Read more (13 May 2013)

Burlesque Festival: see galleries of photos from local photographer Craig Shaw or read the lively discussion on the HebWeb Forum

Hole in the Wall sold to a tap water pressure group. See Forum

Dave GeeDave Gee's 18 years at the Trades Club: rewarded with lifetime free entry to gigs after. Dave performed every role possible steering the club through some tough times. Read more (8 May)

Order your Hanging Baskets! Each year over 300 baskets and planters are put up across Hebden Bridge and Mytholmroyd. With a drop of sunshine, by summer the baskets are overflowing with colour. Read more (7 May 2013)

Burlesque Festival

Thanks to Anne Ward for the above photo - click to enlarge. (6 May) See Forum

Domestic violence in Calderdale: Domestic abuse is a serious social problem, and Councillors in Calderdale are to ask questions of those involved in tackling it. Read more.

WI Rag Market, summer art competition and Pedlar's Day. Hebden Bridge WI do the rag market on an annual basis and the event has been growing over the past few years. Read more.

Holly HessonOnly forward? Exhibition by Holly Rowan Hesson, a visual artist based in Hebden Bridge. Her exhibition opens 1 May in Manchester. Read more. (30 April)

Arts Festival needs your undies

Arts Festival needs your undies: Hebden Bridge Arts Festival are working with schools and community groups to recycle old undies into fun and funky wonderwear. Read more. (29 April)

Cycle for work

Click photo to enlarge. Cycling from Lands’ End to John O’Groats, and passing through Hebden Bridge this lunchtime, in aid of Cycle for Work: A Community Foundation project to raise money for youth apprenticeships in Calderdale. Background and more photos.

Anti-Thatcher protest

Protesting against the Thatcher legacy. Above: George's Square (17th April). Below (Click to enlarge) 16th. See also: Forum

Protesting against the Thatcher legacy

The Spirit of 45Tour de France - Cragg Vale photo competition - Before the Tour de France cycles into Cragg Vale next year, the village is calling on all amateur snappers to find some pedal power and capture a cycling image. Read more (16 April)

Asbestos memorial

Commemorative Memorial to those harmed by exposure to Asbestos. This morning, 13 April a commemorative memorial plaque, to remember those who have died or been harmed by asbestos exposure, was unveiled with a ceremony in Pecket Well. Read more

Blenheim Street: the Planning Inspectorate has rejected the developers’ appeal. See Planning Watch

The Spirit of 45Ken Loach's Spirit of '45 - after three showings at the Picture House of this impassioned documentary about how the spirit of unity which buoyed Britain during the war years carried through to create a vision of a fairer, united society, continue the disussion on the HebWeb Forum


The Book Case, re-opened 9 April following a refit made necessary by last summer's floods.

Vote Trades Club: Music lovers along the valley are being asked to rally behind the Trades Club to help them get nominated as NME small venue of the year for the second year running. Read more (8 April)

John McNairA Celebration of the Life of John McNair, an educator, champion of the Spanish Language, a founder of the local University of the Third Age and long time Labour Party activist. Read more (17 April)

Spark Day

Handmade Parade 2013 launches in style: Organisers were bowled over with the quality and quantity of ideas from visitors of all ages. Vegetable hats (see above) were just one of the creations at the Spark Day on Sunday, 14th. Read more (16 April)

Mike HardingMike Harding at The Trades: fans from all the North snapped up tickets for this very intimate show to hear the usual mix of old gags, storytelling and daft songs. Read the review

Giant ten foot map of the South Pennines, with Hebden Bridge at its centre. Internationally-acclaimed artist Angela Smyth has created a spectacular new artwork to encourage visitors to seek out the hidden treasures of the South Pennines. Read more and see photos (8 April)

Bridge Mill in the 1960s

Bridge Mill: History on our doorstep. Justine Wyatt, with the support of the mill’s current owner David Fletcher, has uncovered more of the story of the building, and gave a fascinating talk to the Hebden Bridge Local History Society. Read more (3 April)

The Story of the Hebden Bridge Calendar: The University of the Third Age heard from speaker Geoff Boswell about photography and he came to produce his first calendar in 1992. Read more (6 April)

Pace Egg Play 2013

The sun comes out for the Pace Egg Plays

More photos of the 2013 Pace Egg play as performed by the Heptonstall Players. Background news.

Good progress made at Riverside: Following an HMI visit this month, Riverside School has been judged as making good progress in areas identified by Ofsted in January 2012 as needing improvement. Read more (26 March)


Spring Snow in cool Hebden Bridge: Photos On Friday 22nd March and Saturday 23rd March, snow fell constantly and heavily. Most roads on the tops were blocked by drifts caused by a strong easterly wind. Bus and train services were disrupted. Here are a few photos.

Hebden Bridge: the coolest place to live in Britain, according to the Times. Read about what The Times said.

Anti War Demo 2003

Calder High Student Walkout - ten years ago. As Britain was about to invade Iraq, Calder High students led local protests. Headteacher David Scott was forced to close the school on the day of the invasion and subsequently suspended 13 students. Calder High students demonstrated all day in Hebden Bridge. Read the HebWeb news reports from March 2003.

After decades of campaigns, it looks like a swimming pool may finally be built in our area, possibly by Christmas. View plans on 27 March.

Calder High Ofsted Report Feb 2013. Now available on the HebWeb. Download. And see Forum.

Bernard InghamBernard Ingham column ended: campaigners have learned that Bernard Ingham has been told his longrunning column in the HB Times has ended. They had been calling on Ingham to apologise for what he said about Hillsborough. Read more (27 Feb)


Ofsted remove Calder High from special category - The possibility of Calder High being forced into becoming an Academy was very real; it all hinged on last week's Ofsted visit. Read more (18 Feb)

Cllrs welcome Calder High news

Cllrs Nader Fekri, Simon Young and
Dave Young welcome the Calder High news

Mark ThomasReview of the Mark Thomas show at the Trades. 'I love it here. The shops are brilliant, this club is great and all you need now is to get rid of Bernard Ingham.' Read more

Floods aftermath: Spring drop-in sessions in Hebden Bridge and Mytholmroyd, and a letter from Calderdale. Read more (14 Feb)

Community Turbine

Harvesting the wind: Blackshaw Head community turbine starts making money. More details.

Horsemeat: Todmorden slaughterhouse raided and closed by food standard officials. See Guardian report

Craig Whittaker MPWhile Parliament, including MPs of all parties, voted for a historic social change on 5 February, our MP Craig Whittaker voted against the right of gay and lesbian people to marry. See Forum thread. Update: read what Craig Whittaker said in Parliament.

Hebden Bridge in the Snow

See more snow photos in the Facebook group: Hebden Bridge in the Snow

Ian Coates rides back into Hebden Bridge on his Honda, after leaving to travel round the world in 1999. The HebWeb has been following his travels for the past 12 years and the coverage on the HebWeb helped to make his incredible trip famous worldwide. See our feature. Photos above: Howard Holmes

Duck Race

Thousands turn out for the Easter Monday Duck Race - all 7000 yellow ducks sold.

906 bus906 launch went ahead on Sunday Hebden Bridge Walkers Action launched the 906 bus on Sunday (31st) with a guided walk. Read more

Boost for flood-hit communities

Boost for flood-hit communities: Calderdale Council is to receive Government funding to work with local communities to be better prepared for flooding. Read more (25 March)

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. (25 March)

Peggy ThomasHebden Bridge woman refuses to pay taxes for war. Peggy Thomas, a retired teacher, living in Hebden Bridge, is refusing to pay the Inland Revenue some of her income tax. She is a conscientious objector, against taxes being used for warfare. Read more (22 March)

Guardian Northerner: Jill Robinson's last column reflects on how, arriving in Hebden Bridge 30 years ago, she felt immediately at home, even though the "Tories were gunning for single parents."(20 March)

Working from home in 1825; Working from home is not a new concept, Malcolm Heywood told members of the Hebden Bridge Local History Society. William Greenwood's described his several different occupations. Read more (20 March)

Calling Green-Fingered Gardeners Who Love Railway Stations!

Friends of the Station are looking for a few more volunteers to join them on the odd Saturday for an hour or two. Read more (13 March)

Northlight ArtsThe Back Door - an Art Studio for the Community, now the leading adult education centre for visual arts and crafts in the area. Read more (12 March)

HebWeb archive: quickly view HebWeb home pages of the past few years.

Guardian Northener: A Dark Water - remembering Sylvia Plath in Hebden Bridge and how she and Ted Hughes might have fared better in the Hebden Bridge of today. (1 Feb)

Maxine Peake

Maxine Peake at the Trades Club, Saturday evening, 19th January. Photo: Bev Manders

REVIEW OF THE YEAR 2012: Many thanks and Happy New Year to all those who read and support the HebWeb, especially those who have sent their news items, event details and photos, shared their views on the Forum and submitted their Small Ads.

The Trades Club thanks the HebWeb: "The Trades has had a great year with more than 30 sell-out gigs and a huge part of that is the regular updates we get on Hebweb" Read more.

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Hebden Bridge and its Co-op featured in this Radio Four programme - about 11 minutes in

SwaledaleTOUR DE FRANCE: on Sunday 6 July 2014, the eyes of the world will be on Hebden Bridge when the 200 competitors of the Tour de France cycles through our town, and Cragg Vale's famous five-and-a-half mile incline, the longest in England. Read more

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