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Handmade Parade

Handmade Parade: Thousands of people will make their way to Hebden Bridge on Sunday June 26 to watch the 9th Handmade Parade with the theme this year Muck In! More info, links, galleries and map of route

Jo Cox vigil

Vigil in memory of Jo Cox on Monday, 20 June 2016 at 6pm. Click here to see video from Jason Elliott

Inside out

Made in Hebden event launches Arts Festival next Friday 24 June. Local craftspeople and businesses are joining forces to help open Hebden Bridge Arts Festival. Read more

Alternative Christmas Day is 25 June - three large Christmas trees are on their way. See this video.

Handmade Parade

Handmade Parade: Last week of workshops - last chance to come and create a head-turning show stopper costume for this year's Handmade Parade, with open workshops entering their final week. (15 June)

Arthur SmithVigil: We stand with Orlando. George's Square, Hebden Bridge. 9pm. A walk of solidarity and a candlelit vigil took place on Wednesday 15th June. See this Facebook page

Rob HoldenTories punish Cllr Rob Holden for whistleblowing: founder of vital floods Facebook Group is removed from Conservative Party on Calderdale, and from the Flood Steering Group! Read more (13 June)

Six months after the Floods: Where are we up to? A Friends of the Earth briefing identifies "some significant weaknesses that need to be corrected now, in June-July" if the process leading up to the publication of the Calder Catchment plan in October is not to be substantially compromised. Read more (11 June)

Questions re police raid on Calder Valley Conservatives. The journal which broke the original story has now published an update, raising serious questions of public concern. Read more. (10 June)

University of Third AgeUniversity of the Third Age: Gill Russell was Todmorden U3A's recent guest speaker. 129 members listened to her account of 4 years in Japan. Read story (12 June)

ElphaboroughFloods: Elphaborough Hub video - Sheila, was flooded during the Boxing day floods, losing everything she owned. The Community Foundation talk with her about what happened and how residents have been supported by the Flood Fund. (8 June)

Wild!Win a pair of tickets for WiLd! Hebweb has a pair of tickets to give away to WiLd! a new show by Tutti Frutti coming to the Hebden Arts Festival on Sunday 3 July. Read more

WarsteinWarstein concert raises funds for flood relief Our twin town Warstein organised a benefit concert with The Band of the Royal Logistics Corps to raise funds for flood relief work in Hebden Royd. Read more

Jane ScullionLet locals have their say in flood work, says councillor. The Environment Agency must listen more to the locals when planning its flood defence work in Mytholmroyd, says Cllr Jane Scullion. Read more

Community orchard seeks help on 11 June, spreading the wood chip - already bagged - around the fruit trees and fruit bushes

Police seize documents at Calder Valley MP's HQ. On Wednesday, police seized the accounts of the Calder Valley Conservative Association in connection with enquiries they are currently undertaking. The Party Chair has resigned. Read more (27 May)

20mphLove our Streets: 20mph speed limit from Friday. One hundred and eleven streets in Hebden Bridge will have a 20mph speed limit from Friday, as part of the Love our Streets campaign. Read more (26 May)

Together We Grow

Asylum seekers and refugees work with Together We Grow which aims to promote the social and emotional wellbeing of asylum seekers and refugees in our area. "We want them to feel welcome in our community," says Finn Jensen in his piece for the HebWeb. Read more (21 May)

Art Deco clockArt Deco clock for Picture House foyer. The timepiece, which had been hidden away in a cupboard in the cinema, has been given a new lease of life by clock repairer, Jonathan Cope. Read story (17 May)

Alternative Christmas DayAlternative Christmas Day on 25 June - HRAX‬ aka Hebden Royd Alternative Christmas in Hebden Bridge and Mytholmroyd. All welcome, residents and visitors alike. Latest news (18 May)


From Hebden Bridge in May, bluebell woods in every direction. Click to enlarge

Trouser Town themeYorkshire Festival backs Hebden Bridge Arts Festival by sending four of their acts to Hebden Bridge as part of county wide tours and they have also commissioned an original piece. Read story (10 May)

Trouser Town themeHebden Bridge Arts Festival launches Trouser Town theme Artistic Director Helen Meller said, "The response to the Trouser Town theme from the community has been amazing. We've created a series of events based on the impact of the town's textile trade. Read story (9 May)

Labour win Hebden Bridge's Calder ward. Josh Fenton-Glynn won 2310 votes, against 1424 votes for the current councillor, Janet Battye (Liberal Democrats). Jane Scullion (Labour) won the Luddendenfoot ward which covers Mytholmroyd. More results and figures (Updated 8 May)

Shape the future of the Valley Road Town Centre site Now that Sainsburys will not be building their store, there is a consultation about the future of the land. Post your views online about the development of the wider area around the old Fire Station premises. Read more

GreensAfter the Floods: Greens Vegetarian Café reopens Four months on, after support from Calderdale Council, Flood Aid and the landlord, the Café has now been refurbished and reopened on Saturday 7th May Read more (1 May)

Linda GreenLinda Green launches her latest novel in Hebden Bridge Already on the Amazon top ten for Kindle, with more than 500 reader reviews, Linda Green is launching the printed version, 29 April at the Town Hall. Read more

Handmade ParadeTheme announced for Handmade Parade 2016: "The 'Muck In' theme aims to capture the spirit of the Boxing Day floods, celebrating the heroic super-human effort from everyone to rebuild our local communities," said Andrew Kim. Read more

Retired Head walks to Italy. Roger Gill, 69, is walking 1,200 miles from Hebden Bridge to Italy. Read the article in the Yorkshire Post 21 April

Juliet RimerLindsay Rimer's murder 21 years on: DNA clues revealed, and Lindsay's sister Juliet (pictured right) speaks publicly for the first time. Detective Superintendent Simon Atkinson tells of "new forensic leads which we hope may lead to the identification of Lindsay's killer." Read more and watch Juliet Rimer's video 12 April

Floods Meeting Report - report of Monday's public meeting, called by the Hebden Bridge Partnership. 7 April

Boxing Day Floods

Boxing Day Floods - Economic Impact Report published: Businesses in Calderdale have lost £47 million so far as a result of the Boxing Day floods. Just 61% of Hebden Bridge businesses are back open after 3 months. 30% of businesses affected (nearly 300) were in Hebden Bridge. Read more and see report 6 April

Early April, on the tops

Early April, on the tops
Photo from Mick Ryan - click to enlarge

Trouser Town in Happy Valley - scroll down to see the item on Hebden Bridge in The Observer. "The picturesque town of Hebden Bridge was once better known for producing menswear than providing the set for Happy Valley. 3 April

Twin Towns St Pol and Warstein make generous donations to flood relief work

Picture House floods

Our twin towns have already donated nearly 4000 euros. St Pol is now making a further official contribution of 2,000 euros, specifically for post flood repairs to the Picture House. Read more 29 March

Fighting back after the winter floods: BBC news item includes report of Ian McMillan re-opening The Book Case. 26 March

Happy ValleyReasons to Visit Happy Valley's Hebden Bridge "Happy Valley comes to an end. You probably won't spend much of the last episode cooing over Hebden Bridge, which is a shame because it's well worth a visit." Read Radio Times piece 15 March

Duck Island saved as Hebden Water dredged: Today Jos Wattam, who is managing the dredging by the Environment Agency of Hebden Water gave a reassurance that the Duck Island would be preserved Read more 11 March

Kate RusbyFolk star Kate Rusby to close this year's Arts Festival. As well as hits from a twenty year career, 'The Barnsley Nightingale' will also be showcasing songs from her last studio album Ghost. Read more 9 March

After the floods: Hebden Bridge Partnership has called for more transparency in the way the Environment Agency and Calderdale plan flood resilience schemes. Read more 28 Feb

Hebden Bridge reservoirs to be considered for floodwater storage. See BBC report

Insurance for businesses hit by floods. See this Look North snippet from Wednesday, 9 February 2016.

Old posters discovered at Deli

After the floods: at The Deli on Market Street, Hebden Bridge, these posters were uncovered during refurbishment. They all seem to date from May 1882 - photo thanks to After Alice Project. Click photo to enlarge. 5 Feb

Floods: HebWeb Gallery - 24 photos taken on the morning of Boxing Day, 2015.

Hebden Bridge Market wins Best Small Outdoor Market award:
Hebden Bridge Market has been crowned one of Britain's best markets in a prestigious national competition. Read more 3 Feb

BBC's The One Show - came live from Hebden Bridge, Tuesday evening (2 Feb).

Books for schools

Floods funding

Hebden Bridge is Open for Business - see video of shopkeepers, café owners and more, filmed by Jason Elliott on Monday, 18 January, telling us they are back open for business.

Boxing Day Floods - photo:HebWeb

Briony and TimAfter the floods at the Town Hall hub: "This is a community building - your town hall - and your efforts have shown what can be achieved when a strong community works together." Read more 12 Jan

Boxing Day floods

The Impact of the Boxing Day Floods on Hebden Bridge's Economy: the Hebden Bridge Partnership have produced a report seeking to raise the profile of Hebden Bridge in the clamour for flood funds, showing that 80% of town centre shops, cafes, pubs, services were hit by the flood. More info and link to report

The Hebden Bridge Picture House is too special to lose. Now that new seats have been installed, and the foyer is back open, the Picture House urgently needs to increase the numbers attending. Read more and download leaflet. (21 June)

Plants and people wanted for Station Have you any spare seedlings, seeds, plants, or small shrubs? Can you give some away to further beautify Hebden Bridge Station? Read more (20 June)

Mincemeat: Valley Organics step in, offering mincemeat for Alternative Christmas Day. See Forum thread

Christmas in JuneChristmas in June With help from Santa, dozens of groups have rescheduled Christmas day to 25th June. Events all over Hebden Bridge and Mytholmroyd - Christmas Dinner, Fair for Youth, Arts Festival, Mytholmroyd Gala and more. Read story

Debate Cancelled Old Town Remain or Leave debate cancelled, as part of the suspension of referendum campaigning in the light of the tragic killing of MP Jo Cox.

Wild!Win a pair of tickets for Arthur Smith Veteran comic Arthur Smith is playing a Hebden Bridge Arts Festival gig at the Picture House on Friday 1 July and Hebweb has a pair of tickets to give away. Read more

Convoy to Calais Some people from Blackshaw Head will be going to the refugee camps in Northern France with donations from local people in Calderdale, as part of a national convoy leaving from London. Read more (13 June)

Project Jam SandwichWainsgate Chapel Concerts: Project Jam Sandwich: A welcome return to Hebden Bridge Sunday, (19 June) for Project Jam Sandwich, who delivered a sensational set at the Great Folk Roots Party in 2015.

Socialist Tour gig at TradesSocialist Tour gig at the Trades: A top comedian and a leading young singer - Josie Long and Grace Petrie - have joined forces for a three-gig Northern Socialist Tour which includes the Trades Club. Read more (9 June)

BridgestockCrime writing couple to visit The Book Case Crime writing duo Carol and Bob Bridgestock, better known as RC Bridgestock, will be at The Book Case in Hebden Bridge on Weds 22nd June. Read more (9 June)

Hebden Bridge 1916 - On Saturday 25th June it is your opportunity to experience what life was like 100 years ago. Hebden 1916 is an event for children to learn about Hebden in WW1 looking at toys, photographs and clothes.

HebWeb Forum discussion includes noise, charity collections at the Co-op, floods, the Hebden Bridge Suffragette, the fustian needle and amplified busking. (7 June)

Trouser Town themePostman Kevin delivers love letters to Yorkshire Postman Kevin Boniface's observations of life on his postal round has won him a major commission from the Yorkshire Festival. Read story

Picture HouseAfter the Floods: Picture House Friends to help boost audience numbers: The Friends of the Picture House will be out in force on Friday to hand out cinema programmes and leaflets at railway stations in the Calder Valley, in a bid to boost numbers. Read more

Sustainable Business Awards: Hebden Bridge company runner up Based in Hebden Bridge Town Hall, Pennine Pack have been awarded runner up in the Supply Chain category, Guardian Sustainable Business Awards 2016. Read more (27 May)

Alternative Christmas Lunch 'Thank you' for Flood Volunteers - and HebWeb readers are urged to help track down those who gave their time in the aftermath of the Boxing Day Floods. Read more (26 May)

Floods: Mytholmroyd Action Plan released by the Environment Agency (26 May)

Small Ads: "Amazing but my house in Tod got rented out within 30 minutes after putting the house on Hebweb." From message received, Thursday, 26 May 2016

Trades Club becomes a Co-op. Trades Club members unanimously agreed to turn the Holme Street venue into a co-operative at their AGM. The Club spent 18 months considering the proposal that gives each member an equal £1 share. Read more (25 May)

Convoy to Calais on Saturday 18 June 2016. The People's Assembly has organised a convoy of vehicles to take supplies to refugee camps near Calais and Dunkerque. Food donations needed. Read more (24 May)

Pay As You Feel Café in Hebden Bridge. The Real Junk Food Project Calderdale is to officially open a Pay As You Feel Café on Thursday 26 May at Midday. Read story

Folk Roots reviewHebden Bridge Folk Roots Festival review. Organsers told the HebWeb that crowds came in from Huddersfield, Bolton, York and as far as Australia to catch some of "our amazing talent we have here in the Valley". Read story (20 May)

>New MayorNew Mayor for Hebden Royd Town Council - Cllr Tony Hodgins is the new Mayor of Hebden Royd with his partner Hazel Scriven as his Mayoress Latest news (18 May)

Fly tipping

Massive fly tipping in Cragg Vale over the weekend: Residents and visitors to the beautiful moors above Cragg Vale were horrified to find a huge amount of household clearance items dumped roadside over the weekend. Read more (19 May)

Banner bags from the Arts FestivalBanner bags from the Arts Festival, recycling their old publicity banners, turning them into shoulder bags, £15 from the Arts Festival box office. Read story (17 May)

Hebden Bridge to have its own Radio Station: Launching in June, designed specifically for the people of Hebden Bridge, Hebden Radio will play music with local presenters and news, local gigs and events and much more! Read news item (14 May)

Amplified Busking: What do you think? See our HebWeb Forum discussion

The AlbertThe Albert Pub Facade preserved: Planning has been refused and the Victorian frontage of one of our last few traditional pubs will not be changed. Read more 10 May

Dance FestivalHebden Bridge will have its own Dance Festival On Sunday, 9 October 2016, Hebden Bridge dancer Ralph Nimmann is organising this new festival and he's looking for others willing to help Read more (8 May)

Children strike

School children's strike against SATs in Hebden Bridge this morning (Tues 3rd May) - click to enlarge. Photo thanks to the After Alice Project

Community First RespondersYorkshire Ambulance Service needs Community First Responders CFRs are volunteers who provide immediate life-saving care to members of their local communities in an emergency medical situations. Read more (2 May)

The Rainy SeasonThe Rainy Season by Jill Robinson. Many will be familiar with Jess, the put-upon heroine of the popular Berringden Brow series of books. The Rainy Season chronicles Jess's teenage years in the 1960s, abuse, the social changes and escape. Read more 22 April

DonovanDonovan to play at the Trades Club Folk Legend Donovan will be playing all his hits when he plays two intimate shows at Hebden Bridge's Trades Club in July. Read more 20 April

After the floods: Rotary Clubs offer support to community groups. They want local community groups who were affected by the floods to get in touch, as they have some funds available. Read more 19 April

Last Night A Venue Saved My Life. One local resident Nick Rice's personal account of the Boxing Day flood, and ending up at the Trades Club. Published this week in the award winning music magazine Clash Magazine. "There's no food, heat or water at home and I'm caked from head to toe in toxic slurry after attempting to clean up." Read the article. 15 April

FloodsLook North in Hebden Bridge to talk about a new scheme which allows some flooded home owners the possibility of getting insured again. 5 April

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. 1 April

Tosspot gets a kiss

Above: Tosspot gets a kiss
More Pace Egg photos.

Pace Egg Play 2016. Hundreds turned out for the Heptonstall Pace Egg play in the Good Friday sunshine. More photos. £1144.94 was raised which will shared between Calderdale's Flood Relief Fund and the East African Playgrounds project.

The floods: taking stock three months on: Public Meeting, called by Hebden Bridge Partnership on Monday, 4 April 2016. See What's on

2016 tourism leaflet

2016 Hebden Bridge Tourist leaflet.
More info here

Dance Hall DaysDance Hall Days: Do you have any memories, stories, photos, programmes or posters from those dancing days of the 1930s 40s and 50s? Read more 21 March

Budget: Calder Valley Flood Defences. The Chancellor has allocated £35 million to the Calder Valley for flood defences. See this short clip from Look North. 16 March

The Manchester and Leeds Railway: 175th Anniversary - 1st March 2016. Read story (PDF) from Friends of Hebden Bridge Station.

Craig says yes to Europe: Calder Valley MP Craig Whittaker has said on his website that he will be voting to stay in the European Union. 24 Feb

HebWeb Feature on the Boxing Day Flood, gathering together many of the articles, news, links, photos and videos. Updated reguarly.

BBC Look North reports on the floods in Hebden Bridge and Mytholmroyd, one month on.

Mytholmroyd floods

The Floods in Mytholmroyd. A selection of remarkable video footage from Raphael Pavel. Click here to see.

After the Flood: Hebden Bridge Library - Library services are getting back on their feet after the Boxing Day floods caused over £100,000 of damage to books, equipment, fixtures and fittings. Read more 8 Jan

Flood volunteers

The real story of the Calder Valley floods: restored communities and faith in humanity - Eight days on from the devastating Boxing Day floods that swamped Calder Valley, the real story is that people came together and have been magnificently supported by a wide range of groups from all backgrounds, some of whom have travelled long distances to help. 3 Jan

Bridge Gage on Boxing Day

Funding for residents and businesses, Army on the streets; video of Town Hall hub co-ordinating support; businesses needs support; help from Halifax mosque; George Monbiot - "warnings disregarded"; message of support from twin town, and more. News and photos updated 3 Jan

Guardian article: "When we opened the (Town Hall) doors on the 27th we just weren't expecting the sheer volume of people wanting to volunteer. We thought maybe we'd be able to provide hot drinks and somewhere for people to charge their phones… it soon became apparent that it was going to be much, much bigger than that." Read full article 11 Jan

Craig Shaw

The Guardian used this photo from Craig Shaw for the above article - see more of Craig's photos of the floods aftermath and cleanup

Crown Street on Boxing Day

Sainsburys' latest court action thrown out. See court ruling here. The High Court has dismissed Eshton Gregory's/ Sainsbury's judicial review challenge to the Planning Inspector's refusal to grant an appeal to Calderdale Council's refusal of planning permission 30 Dec

Boxing Day Floods 2015

See HebWeb Forum thread for floods discussion.

FLOODED AGAIN!  More video added.
Worse than 2012 - see our news page with more photos and info. Offers of help are being co-ordinated by the Calder Valley Flood Support Facebook group. At least two Sunday papers have Mytholmroyd on their front page. Read and see more 26 Dec

'Calder Valley under water: Sacrificed to indifference and political ideology': an open letter from Calderdale Friends of the Earth to Craig Whittaker MP challenges the actions, inaction and political ideology that contributed to the floods. Read letter 27 Dec

Sunday 27th: Picture House is appealing for people to help. Bring a headtorch as no electricity. Free gas check offer. See our flood news page

Flood Sirens went off at 9.30pm Christmas Day in Hebden Bridge and again throughout the length of the Upper Valley at 7.30am Boxing Day morning. Updates can be found on the Calder Valley Flood Support Facebook group. An Environment Agency flood warning is in force. Main roads remain closed, Boxing Day, 8.30pm.

Hydro-power scheme in Hebden Bridge

Hydro-power scheme in Hebden Bridge: Situated in the Colden Valley, Jane and Bede Mullin's Water Turbine installation will produce enough power for 40 houses. However, recent cuts in government subsidies for renewable energy means that similar projects in the future would no longer be economic. Read more. Updated 20 Dec

Arriva awarded Calder Valley rail franchise with the promised of the phasing out of Pacer trains, new services and routes, better stations, smart ticketing, free wifi and air-conditioned carriages. The new franchise has been welcomed by the Sustainable Transport Group. Read more. 9 Dec See Forum message

Gibson Mill

Gibson Mill celebrates 10 years, OffTheGrid - not connected to the National Grid, all energy comes from wood, sun and water, and all waste is recycled. More info here

Fair for Youth: how it changed me. A personal account by Alex Kostyakov of his involvement with Fair for Youth, now that he has stood down as its Chair. Read more 26 Oct

HebWeb Quirky Small Ads:
As well as services, and houses and homes offered and wanted, recent ads have included Jewellery workshop, bycycle maintenance classes, English, French, Italian, Spanish and Voice tuition, Hawaiian massage and Mindfulness. See our Small ads page.

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

Clear up

The big clear up began in earnest yesterday (27th) with hundreds of helpers all over town. Photo of Market Street: Sara Robinson.

Carols in the square

Carols in the Square: Our town square was overflowing on all sides as hundreds congregated for the annual Christmas Eve carol singing.

Flood siren went off in Hebden Bridge just before 4pm, Sat 12 Dec. Road and rail problems reported along the valley. See Facebook group, Calder Valley Flood Support for latest info. Market Street was flooded again but was clear later in the evening.

"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."

Camera Club winner

Camera Club Annual Exhibition winning pictures: visitors were asked to vote for their 3 favourite images in order of merit. Read more and see the 3 winning photos.

TwitterHebWeb on Twitter - The HebWeb now has over 2400 followers.

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

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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

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