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A&E: Craig Whittaker challenged to debate:Labour's Josh Fenton-Glynn asked our MP to debate the issue in response to an article by Whittaker in last week's Courier. Read more on this, including the 'sticks of celery' jibe. (21 July) Update: Craig Whittaker accepts challenge

Children needed for summer theatre projectChildren needed for summer theatre project - Children aged 6-16 wanted to take part in free workshops that will result in a multi media theatre piece at the Birchcliffe Centre. Read more (20 July)

Sainsburys plansSainsbury's Plans resubmitted - without the Retail Impact Assessment requested by Calderdale Council. Sainburys have submitted amendments to their planning application for the Old Fire Station site on Valley Road. Read more (15 July)

New Environment Secretary was Calder Valley candidate for the Conservatives in the 2005 General Election. Liz Truss was narrowly beaten by Christine McCafferty, and then moved on. See Forum comments from March 2005. (15 July)

Volunteers help to reduce flood risk

Volunteers help to reduce flood risk - Local volunteers have been helping to keep the River Calder in Mytholmroyd clear of vegetation to reduce the risk of flooding, and there are still lots more chances to take part. Read more (15 July)

HebWeb Directory - latest update: Ecoheat, Committed to Energy Conservation, Renewable Energy and a Nuclear free zone.

The People's Commission on Health wants to hear from you!They'd like to know by 1 August our experiences and what services we want locally. Read more (10 July)

Rail consultation: the local Sustainable Transport group want your views on how train services could improve, to help them respond to the Gov consultation. See news item and questionnaire. 8 July

Two Hebden Bridge co-operative pioneers honoured in a ceremony on Saturday. In the late 19th century Hebden Bridge was as well-known for productive co-operation as Rochdale was for retailing, says this report in Co-operative News

Artsmill Gallery receives grant funding of £3,600 from Hebden Royd Town Council to help create disabled access to its Gallery, Studios and Art School. Read more (10 July)

Tour de FranceHebden Bridge was at its most wonderful for the Tour de France. Read brief report of the weekend along with a selection of Tweets. (updated 9 July)

Mytholmroyd Partnership

Mytholmroyd Station Partnership shows appreciation to retiring Headteacher who, since the Station Partnership was formed in 2006, has given her continual support. Read more (22 July)


Eastwood Recycling Centre will be closed today until further notice due to a man running amok with a JCB, causing extensive damage. See ITV video

Up the ButtressWalk and Ride Festival - Up the Buttress, family friendly rides, charity events, bike maintenance and much more; the South Pennines Walk and Ride Festival this September. Read more (18 July)

Ambulance response times increase by over a minute and a half in a year: Labour candidate Josh Fenton-Glynn has voiced alarm after figures reveal the average time patients in our region wait for an emergency ambulance has shot up by 100 seconds in a year. Read more (14 July)

Fundraising Gig at the Trades Club for the Mayor's Nominated Charity - St Augustine's Centre. Read more

National Street Choirs Festival 2014 came to Hebden Bridge again the weekend of 11-13 July. Above, they packed our square, singing Nkosi Sikelel' iAfrika. Read more


Life in La Serenissima, Venice was the subject of the recent University of Third Age session. The speaker was Kathryn Ogden, who winters there every year. Read more (9 July)

Tour de FranceRecycle Cycles: Wheel Power for All exhibition on display at Hebden Bridge Town Hall until 26 July, as part of the Hebden Bridge Arts Festival. Read more (9 July)


Tour de France, Hebden Bridge

George MonbiotStop subsidies to sheep farmers and grouse moor owners - Guardian columnist George Monbiot gave a powerful speech to a packed audience at the Baptist Church yesterday evening, as part of the Hebden Bridge Arts Festival. Read more. (4 July)

Festival music in Bridge Gate

Arts Festival hits the streets of Hebden Bridge. Today, the town was was buzzing with smiling and bemused faces as various groups of musicians, artists and street entertainers brought our streets alive - once again. See more photos (29 June)

Get Hebden Bridge Buzzing: Help our bees with the new bee partnership which launches this weekend. Read more about the new group and saving bees and other pollinating insects such as butterflies, moths and hoverflies.

Cycle path upgrade - Route 66 to Sowerby Bridge - Improvements have been taking place along the off-road sections of the Calder Valley Cycleway – the Route 66 cycleway running between Sowerby Bridge and Hebden Bridge. Read more (26 June)

Cragg Vale's Tour de France bunting makers

Cragg Vale's Tour de France bunting makers are in line for a world record - over 10 kilometres!The bunting will be put up this weekend along Cragg Road, the longest continuous incline in England. Read more and see larger photo. (24 June)

Flood Safety Project: Calderdale would like to offer no-obligation home flood safety checks to residential property owners that live in high risk flood areas. Read more (23 June)

Hebden Royd Town Council - latest minutes and reports now online, along with the attendance record (pdf) of Town Councillors (23 June)

Tour de FranceTOUR DE FRANCE: LATEST INFO FOR RESIDENTS - A 'clearway order' comes into force at one minute past midnight on 6 July - More info about the latest arrangements for the day. (19 June)

Floods: "We need an MP who will stand up for Mytholmroyd, Todmorden and Hebden Bridge"

The House of Commons Select Committee has just reported on the winter floods and Labour's Josh Fenton-Glynn has told the HebWeb that the Government isn't facing up to the longterm risk of flooding. Read more

Horses from Equestrian Centre to feature on TV. Three horses from Hebden Bridge Equestrian Centre are to star on the BBC programme 'Marrying Mum and Dad'. Read more (19 June)

A northern Banksy

A northern Banksy? Sylvia Plath on a bike. The drawing above on the side of the Shoulder of Mutton was one of several by street artist Stewie which were featured on BBC Look North.

Bike films

Tour de France: Films at the Picture House: a series of special films which will captivate the imagination, bring history to life and reveal the triumphs and tragedy of cycling. Read more (11 June)

HEBDEN BRIDGE HANDMADE PARADE: Another superb Handmade Parade. Hundreds took part with their wonderful costumes and creations. Thousands watched with smiles and amazement in the June sunshine.

Read report of Saturday's Parade and see HebWeb photos

Recycle Radio

Photo: Chris Zimnoch. Click to enlarge

Recycle Radio has now finished its four days of broadcasting but you can still listen to the shows again

Watch Blue Peter on the Handmade Parade

Calder High Students deliver #yourfest Arts Festival: Local Students delivered #yourfest when they took over Calder Homes Park for #yourfest on Saturday as part of their work towards a national award. Read more. (2 July)

Cragg Vale is gearing up for Le TourCragg Vale is gearing up for Le Tour. Mayor Cllr Timbers helped start off the mammoth task of hanging bunting along Britain's longest continual incline and one of the biggest challenges for the cyclists on the 6th. Read more (1 July)

Blue PeterHandmade Parade on Blue Peter Tune into Blue Peter on Thursday, 3rd July when a special film of the parade will be broadcast, along with presenter Barney Harwood's visit to the workshops. Read more.

Recycle RadioCommunity Radio Station takes to the airwaves next week. From 3-6 July 2014, Recycle Radio will be broadcasting to you from Hebden Bridge Town Hall. Read more.

The HandleBardsMacbeth in the Crags: A mad, fast paced production of Macbeth will be performed by a troupe of cycling players at the Hardcastle Crags on 3 July 2014. Read more.

Andrew KerslakePeople's Commission: Calderdale Council has appointed Professor Andrew Kerslake as the Independent Chair of the People's Commission on Health and Social Care. Read more

Northlight Studios: A Summer of Artistic opportunity with exceptional artists who are passionate about sharing their knowledge. Read more (19 June)

Tour de FranceTOUR DE FRANCE: ORGANISE YOUR TRAVEL PLANS - for more info about temporary car parks, park and ride, buses and trains on 6 July, click here (updated 18 June)

The Cycle Exchange connects young of France and Yorkshire - the latest project by Outta Place, a Calderdale-based youth arts organisation headed up by Hebden Bridge's Clare Donegan. Read more (16 June)


DODDNAZE: Music triumphs over storm: A potential disaster was turned into success at Doddnaze on Saturday when organisers went ahead despite the storm leaving them with no power. Read more (12 June)

Valley Organics

Workers' Coop celebrates first successful year - free cake and drinks were given out to Valley Organics customers on Saturday. Read more about what workers told the HebWeb (9 June)

BBC's Rip Off Britain needs volunteers when it films at Hebden Bridge Arts Festival on Sunday 29th June

Schoolchildren remember Bob Leedham by voting to name new retirement development in Victoria Road, 'Leedham Court'. See Calendar news report.

PEOPLE'S COMMISSION on Health services: with the A&E crisis still unresolved, Calderdale Council wants people to give their views on how health and social care services should be provided in the future. Read more

Oxfam need volunteers, or else they may close. Call in at the shop if you can help.

Craggs Country Business Park set to expand. See Yorkshire Post piece on local businessman Chris Bingham.

Handmade Parade

Tour de FranceTour de France: Hebden Bridge Hub at Calder Holmes Park - With a capacity to host 8,000 spectators, the hub will feature a big screen, spectator entertainment and locally produced food. More info (29 May)

Allie MilesLABOUR WIN CALDER WARD covering Hebden Bridge. Alison Miles takes the seat with 1547 votes 15.08 Kate Sweeny for the Greens comes second.

Women take valley seats in Hebden Bridge, Todmorden, Mytholmroyd, Sowerby Bridge and Elland. Conservatives win Luddenden Foot, covering Mytholmroyd, with Jill Smith-Moorhouse, beating Labour by 17 votes! More election results.

Jonathan TimbersTown Hall restoration project - New trustee sought. Hebden Bridge Community Association, the charity that manages The Town Hall, is seeking a new trustee to help manage its restoration project. Read more (22 May)

John the Barber, and artist: a video portrait

Arts FestivalArts festival - 2014 programme published - George Monbiot, Martin Parr, John Shuttleworth, Simon Amstell, Kevin Rowland, and Tiger Lillies are just some of the artists helping Heben Bridge Arts Festival celebrate its 21st birthday. Read more

Jonathan TimbersA New Mayor for Hebden Royd - The Annual Meeting of Hebden Royd Town Council was held at the Hope Baptist Church in Hebden Bridge and saw Mayor Elect, Cllr Jonathan Timber take the chain for the Mayoral year of 2014-15. Read more

HEBWEB LOCAL ELECTION HUSTINGS: we invited local candidates to tell us why we should vote for them. We have received four responses from Calder candidates (Hebden Bridge) and two responses from Luddenden Foot (Mytholmroyd) - read them here.

Manitoba Hal joins lineupBlues Festival 2014 - Organisers have told Hebweb the legendary Manitoba Hal will be joining them this year and will be putting on a free Blues Ukelele Workshop. Read more and find out events info.

Town Hall Job Vacancy: Events Coordinator needed to focus on growing the Town Hall's wedding and events business. Read more. (14 May)

Simon AnstellComedian Simon Amstell to play Picture House: Arts Festival Director Helen Meller told the HebWeb, "After Daniel Kitson's astonishing gig last year we wanted something equally unique and Simon Amstell fits the bill perfectly. Read more (8 May)

Josh Fenton\Support those who pay rent, says Josh Fenton-Glynn in a letter to MP, Craig Whittaker, calling on his support for amendment to the Consumer Rights Bill Read more. Now updated: 14 May

Hole in the Wall plans withdrawn. Calderdale councillor Dave Young has this afternoon told the HebWeb that the planning application is now showing as 'withdrawn'. See Planning Watch and Forum (4 June)

Labour win contested Hebden Royd Town Council bye-election. Results details.

Wainsgate Concert: Thursday 29 May saw the welcome return of The Outside Track - "one of the top Celtic acts in the world." Read more

901 bus walks901 Bus walks launch this Spring Bank weekend. The 901 runs through glorious landscapes of South Pennines between Hebden Bridge and Huddersfield. Read more

Handmade ParadeBBC's Blue Peter to film Handmade Parade: Participants will be able to say, 'Here's One We Made Earlier' when Blue Peter come to film at the 7th annual Handmade Parade on 8 June. Read more

Vacancy for Councillors by co-option: No poll has been claimed within the advertised period and as such these posts will now be filled by the Town Council by co-option. Read more

Jason Elliott and Paddy Maguire

Blues Festival: Organisers Jason Elliott and Paddy Maguire have told the HebWeb that this year's festival will be the last but they are going out with a bang, starting this week. Read more (19 May)

Hebden Bridge Picture House Vacancy: Hebden Royd Town Council is seeking to recruit a marketing officer for the Picture House, to work 9 hours per week. Read more. (14 May)

Arts festival short plays announced

Arts festival shorts plays announced: six plays have been selected for the Festival Shorts season showcasing local talent. Read more (12 May)

Boundary Walk

Wadsworth Boundary walk will take place on Sunday, 1st June. The walk goes through spectacular scenery, including the wooded valleys of Hardcastle Crags and the moors above the Luddenden Valley. Read more

A and E closure: Huddesfield Examiner report that proposals will be delayed following objections and pressure, especially from Calderdale MBC. Read story (11 May)

Old Town pathStairway to Old Town – Sponsors Wanted. CROWS are going to remake the wrecked path with at least 30 steps on it, providing a direct link from Old Town to Hardcastle Crags. Read more

Stoodley Pike

Above, Stoodley Pike bicentenary: More photos

"Happy Valley: The dark side of Hebden Bridge" - article in Yorkshire Post. "The idea came to me after I watched Shed Your Tears and Walk Away", says writer Sally Wainwright. (2 May)

Local bands headline Trades birthday bash: Local bands have rallied round to celebrate the Trades Club's 90th birthday at a special free open air street party on Saturday 3rd May. Read more

Tour de France timings now confirmed

May Local elections: Five candidates are competing in the Calder Ward which covers Hebden Bridge and four candidates are standing in the Luddenden Foot Ward which covers Mytholmroyd. Read more

Craig Whittaker MP makes the case for HS2 and cross Pennine rail investment. See feature

20mph for residential streets: Calderdale is the first West Yorkshire Council set to approve a wide area Total 20mph limit residential road policy. Read more (28 April)

Duck Race 2014: When Hebden Bridge has so many great events, attractions and countryside, just why do hundreds and hundreds of people crowd into the town for the annual Duck Race? Read more. And see photo gallery

Stoodley PikeBicentenary Celebration on Stoodley Pike: Pigeons, puppeteers, samba and brass bands are to perform at the summit of our local "peace monument" on Sat 3rd May. More info

Hebden Bridge Blues FestivalHebden Bridge Blues Festival 2014 - at the end of May - is gearing up for its biggest ever event with an unprecedented 52 acts across 9 stages over three days. Read more and find out events, venues and times.

Lift at station: the HebWeb has learned that Hebden Bridge has been selected as 1 of 3 stations in Yorkshire to get Access for All funding. Should mean, finally, a new lift! See announcement

The Bad StepeBook Launch - The Bad Step by Andrew Bibby. Nick Potterton died in an accident while fell running in the Lakes. But was it an accident? 6.30pm for an hour this Thurs, 1 May. Read more


Pace Egg Madness 2014
This year, with sunshine - more photos

Pace Egg play

Pace Egg 2014 - More info about the Heptonstall and Calder High Pace Egg performances this Good Friday.

A and E closure: Calderdale councillors, in an extraordinary meeting on Weds 16 April, united in passing a motion asking NHS Trust to withdraw hospital proposals to close Halifax A and E. Read more (17 April)

Minibus Review - see HebWeb Forum

The Grand DepartsHAULING A GRAND PIANO UP CRAGG VALE BY BIKE - Cyclists pulled the piano up the longest incline in the country on Sat, 5th April. Read more about this audacious musical and cycling adventure. And see the HebWeb photo gallery

Dancing for joy – as Fox and Goose becomes West Yorkshire's first co-op pub! Read more and see video.

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 (11 March)

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

See our feature on MP Craig Whittaker for his reaction to the proposed closure.

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"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.

Small Ads - "I am very pleased to say the response was terrific and both properties are now let." (Less than a week)

HebWeb Review of 2013 - a year when it was announced that the Tour de France will pass through our town, co-ops were formed to run the Fox and Goose and Valley Organics, the Bernard Ingham column in the local paper was ended by popular protest, Burlesque was banned, a swimming pool promised, the Arts excelled yet again and Hebden Bridge was still the "coolest place to live." Read more

Hebden Bridge: more plaudits - Last year's Valley of Lights won APSE's best community and neighbourhood initiative, and the Old Gate pub restaurant is Yorkshire Post's "Pub of the Week".

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.

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

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." (4 Jan)

Five hundred words on Hebden Bridge - "Everything in the house was heated by the fire, all the old terraced houses used coal for heat and cooking back then, the valley had a serious smog problem." Read more from Dave Bridges' 500 words.

500 faces

Jason Elliott's 500 Faces of Hebden Bridge

500 Faces

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CYCLING UP THE BUTTRESS: the hardest and steepest 350 metre climb out of Hebden Bridge took place Saturday 7th September. More photos and News item. And now the YouTube video

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