News, Features and forthcoming Events
Two years on from the floods: Over the past 2 years the local community, Calderdale Council and partner organisations have been working hard to recover from the floods that hit our area on Boxing Day 2015. For more information on progress made, flood resilience schemes and works to be carried out in 2018, see this news page (21 Dec)
Reservoir drawdown trial starts 21st December 2017 through to the 31st March 2018.
Carol singing along the Calder Valley Line: 34 young singers from the local primary schools met at Mytholmroyd station and sang carols on the train to Sowerby Bridge - where their own Santa was waiting for them. More info and photos (11 Dec)
Dave Nelson's Christmas Singalong You’re invited to start the Christmas weekend in festive style at Hebden Bridge Town Hall when local pianist Dave Nelson presents his annual Christmas Singalong on Saturday 23rd December. More info
Handmade Parade Launches Book Celebrating Ten Years Joyful Streets: Ten Years of Handmade Parade, written by author Linda Green and artistic director Andrew Kim. The 96-page book tells the story of the parade and is illustrated by local photographers. More info.
Hebden Bridge discuss the revolution in medicine Medicine is about to undergo the biggest single change there has ever been, which will see our individual healthcare potentially transformed. That's the argument which Prof Tony Freemont advanced on 9 Sat Dec, at a lecture at the Town Hall. More info (4 Dec)
Power cuts: for the second time in a week several streets in Hebden Bridge suffered loss of power this evening. (3 Dec)
Town Council co-option: this week, Hebden Royd Town Council co-opted Cragg Vale resident and Labour Party member Chris Phillips for the Cragg Vale ward, filling the vacancy which followed Luke Daber's departure. The Council now has 11 Labour, 5 Lib-Dem & 2 Independent members. (1 Dec)
Lamplighter Festival Hundreds of revellers lined the streets to watch a light and fire extravaganza when the fifth Lamplighter Festival took to the streets of Todmorden on Saturday, organised by Hebden Bridge's Handmade Parade, made by local artists and community including a host of fire shows, installations and street theatre. Photos and report (27 Nov)
Roleplay by Alan Ayckbourn is the next Little Theatre production from 27 Nov until 2 Dec. Justin and Julie-Ann, mismatched in love, are about to introduce their parents to each other over dinner – Justin’s upper-crust alcoholic mother from Surrey and Julie-Ann’s bigoted Yorkshire father and prim mother. Photos and more info
People’s Assembly demonstration against Austerity on eve of budget. Calderdale People’s Assembly Against Austerity organised a vigil in Hebden Bridge to remember all those people killed by austerity cuts. Read report (22 Nov)
Struggling to buy your first home? With the Government’s budget this week expected to boost the housing market, Richard Edwards from BBC Radio Leeds is looking for those struggling to buy their first home. Call him on 07711 349084 or email (21 Nov)
Christmas tree lights switch on. Click photo to enlarge. See more of Craig Shaw's photos of the Hebden Bridge and Mytholmroyd lights events on Craig Shaw's website (20 Nov)
Christmas tree lights switch on - and markets On Friday 17th Nov, Hebden Royd Town Council held its annual Christmas light switch on. Mytholmroyd's lights were switched on - with markets - on Saturday 18th Nov. Read more.
Floods: trial of reservoir 'drawdown' to begin shortly. Yorkshire Water have agreed to trial the drawdown of some of the reservoirs above Hebden Bridge over autumn/winter 2017. Read more.
Hebden Bridge commuter stirs up Northern Rail A Facebook group has been set up by frustrated commuter, Kate Anstee. With over 1500 members already, rail travellers report being delighted to find a group where they can share frustrations, problems and info. Read more
Lindsay Rimer Re-Appeal for information - 23 years after she was last seen. "Someone somewhere knows what happened to Lindsay. It is a weight that they have carried for twenty three years. A secret they may have shared with others who feel obliged to protect them." Read more. (7 Nov)
Accessible public toilet now permanently open in the evening. (7 Nov)
Pumpkins at the Town Hall.
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Pioneering plans for reducing flood risk in the Calder Valley are launched: Yorkshire Water intends to trial a change in how some of the reservoirs above Hebden Bridge are managed this winter. And Calderdale is thanking communities for their fantastic efforts during and after the near-flood of Saturday 21 October. Read more (28 Oct)
Pumpkins in Hebden Bridge: photographer Bruce Cutts of the After Alice Project has sent the HebWeb photos of BBC Breakfast filming in the square Friday morning. See photos and more info about pumpkin events on Sunday, 29 October
Accessible Hebden Bridge: this 7 minute video shows the work of the Making Hebden Bridge Accessible for All project and how accessibility can be good for business. (27 Oct)
Five years ago in the Guardian, Martin Wainwright wrote, "Witness current comments on the community website, the Hebweb, which is one of the best of its kind in the country. No, world." 25 Oct 2012
After Saturday's near-flood The flood siren went off in Hebden Bridge just before 7pm on Saturday, 21 October 2017. The Environment Agency issued flood warnings for our area, indicating "Flooding is expected. Immediate action required". Read more
Todmorden Old Pub Trail- Barbara Rudman told the recent meeting of the Local History Society how her passion for the history of twentieth century pubs led her to explore the stories of the pubs in Todmorden and how they reflect social change. Read report (17 Oct)
HebWeb discussion: are mountain bikes damaging our paths and countryside?
Slow the Flow shortlisted as 'Community Group Of The Year' by Yorkshire Post Rural Awards 2017. Read story (4 Oct)
Hebden Bridge Station Café voted best in country "The Coffee Station", the cafe on Hebden Bridge railway station, is the first ever winner of a national award from Railfuture - the passenger organisation that campaigns for better and more trains and a bigger and better railway. Read more (28 Sept)
Sally Wainwright in conversation. On Saturday evening, Sally Wainwright was on stage with her former teacher, Jenny Gore for a benefit for the Little Theatre. She revealed her next TV drama series about Anne Lister, Gentleman Jack, will not now show until 2019 but will star Suranne Jones. Read more. (24 Sept)
Hebden Bridge Camera Club winners: At the club's recent exhibition at the Town Hall, people came from all over to view the photos and take part in the ‘People’s Choice’, where they voted for their favourite 3 images. Read more and see larger versions of the above photos. (15 Sept)
The After Alice Project launches online Yorkshire photo archive - with a difference! Based at the Birchcliffe Centre in Hebden Bridge, the After Alice Project's photos are all shot on old fashioned film. More info and links (6 Sept)
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.
From Crime Scene to Holiday Camp: The first thing that Freda Kelsall had to deal with when she bought Hawdon Hall near Hardcastle Crags, was the tangle of names: Howden or Howdon – Hole, Hoyle or Hall? But the house also came with many stories, most famously the Hawdon Hall murder. Report of recent History Society talk. (20 Dec)
Gritting: Mytholm Steeps with its 1:5 gradient was a sheet of ice during the cold spell last week. Residents say "they've not seen the hill this treacherous for over 20 years.” See HebWeb discussion (17 Dec)
Picking Sticks, Patents and Power Looms 132 members of the now 497-strong local U3A enjoyed a stimulating talk by Ian Gibson about key developments in the machinery that drove the UK textile industry forward. Read report (16 Dec)
Town Hall Job Vacancy: Hebden Bridge Town Hall is looking for a committed and enthusiastic person to assist in the day to day running of The Town Hall cafe, bar and events catering. More info (16 Dec)
Above: Gertrude Grouse enjoying the snow this morning, 8 December. Photo with thanks to Andrew Smith. Click photo to enlarge.
Great Rock Co-op Christmas Markets this December will showcase local artists and artisans every Saturday and this year the Co-op will be packed with superb food and crafts, a café, kids activities and everything you need for a sustainable Christmas! More info
Former Calder high student, Thomas Nelstrop, now an actor, appeared on tonight’s R4's The Now Show, doing an impersonation of Donald Trump! (8 Dec)
Barclays Branch closing, reports HebWeb Forum correspondent (8 Dec)
Safer homes for birds, bugs and bicycles: Earlier in the year Friends of Hebden Bridge Station smartened up the 10 cycle lockers at the station. More bird and bug boxes have also been put up around the station. Read more. (6 Dec)
Tour de Yorkshire comes to Hebden Bridge In May 2018, the Tour de Yorkshire cyclists will pass through Hebden Bridge having started the fourth and final day, 6 May, at Piece Hall, Halifax. Read more (5 Dec)
Help needed to Slow the Flow After nearly a year working with The National Trust at Hardcastle Crags, Slow The Flow Calderdale have now built 117 leaky woody dams using over 100 volunteers. More info about future volunteering dates. (4 Dec)
Judith Weir Lecture Report: A Composer’s Life Judith Weir, one of the country’s leading composers, was appointed to be Master of the Queen’s Music in 2014. She spoke to the Literary and Scientific Society about the importance of music. Read report (29 Nov)
Hebden Bridge Arts Festival are inviting people to meet Ronja at the Town Hall. A new sculpture by Hannelora Johansson in the Town Hall courtyard. Click photo to enlarge and see more detail. More info and photos (29 Nov)
Twenty thousand descend on Hardcastle Crags: Using photos from the Archive, David Taylor conducted a virtual walk for the Local History Society, following the route taken by visitors who arrived in Hebden Bridge by rail, and then walked to and around Hardcastle Crags, Whitsun, 1897. Read report. (26 Nov)
Hebden Bridge Flood Marks: the Local History Society has commissioned a set of flood marker plaques commemorating the major floods of the past century. The one at the Picture House was unveiled yesterday, in the pouring rain. Read more (24 Nov)
The Station Building, Mytholmroyd: update - for some years, volunteers from the Mytholmroyd Station Partnership have been meeting with building owners (Network Rail) with a view to converting the station building for community use. Read more. (23 Nov)
Town Council Bye-election for Caldene ward in Mytholmroyd on Thursday, 23 November. Both candidates, Barnaby Neale for Labour and Stephne Harrison for the Liberal Democrats have now sent the HebWeb statements. Read more (updated 22 Nov)
A week in the life of Hebden Bridge Rotary Club: Collecting for Marie Curie Foundation, and shoeboxes from schools, planning next year's Duck Race and Vintage weekend, and much more. Read story (17 Nov)
Free Saturday parking from 9 December till Christmas in the Garden Street carpark.
History Report: The Withins Farms Historian Steven Wood told the local history society about the Withins Farms, including Top Withins, which provided Emily Brontë with her inspiration for Wuthering Heights. Read more. (16 Nov)
Artsmill: Winter Open Exhibition: 45 artists and designer makers from around the Calder Valley are coming together and showcasing their work at The David Wright Gallery at Artsmill, Hebden Bridge. Read more. (15 Nov)
Hepton Singers' Autumn concert will be tribute to former Musical Director, Roger Scaithe, including several pieces which have long been firm favourites of both choir and audience alike. Heptonstall Parish Church at 7.30pm on Sat 25 November. Read more
The New Mytholmroyd Gala: The Mytholmroyd Gala has been a feature of the village for nearly 60 years. At its best, it was a vibrant, colourful and hugely well-attended event that celebrated the community and brought visitors from many miles away. Now it's coming back! Read more. (7 Nov)
How the hippies shaped Hebden Bridge: Report of the talk given by Chris Ratcliffe and Jenny Slaughter to a packed meeting of the Hebden Bridge Local History Society, telling of communal living, revolutionary politics, alternative lifestyles and more. Read report (2 Nov)
Charity Fashion Show raises money for Watermark Flood Fund Ten Hebden Bridge businesses came together on Thurs 26 October 2017 in a fashion extravaganza to raise money for the Watermark Flood Fund. More photos and info (30 Oct)
Hebden Bridge Twinning: Visit from Warstein The Twinning Society hosted a visit from our friends in Warstein (plus a small number from St Pol). Saturday evening's theme was 'flooding' which proved too topical for comfort. Read more (26 Oct)
Walkers are Welcome Conference in Hebden Bridge The three towns of Hebden Bridge, Mytholmroyd and Todmorden played host to keen walkers from across Britain when the Walkers are Welcome Annual Meeting was held here. Read more (24 Oct)
Hebden Bridge Signal Box: today the Telegraph and Argus reports that it is to close. The signal box is a listed building and the HebWeb understands that Friends of Hebden Bridge Station are in talks with Network Rail. (20 Oct)
Bob Deacon, who died 1 October, was a former chair of the Hebden Bridge Partnership, a regular contributor to the HebWeb and a tireless volunteer in the aftermath of the Boxing Day flood. His funeral was at Wainsgate Chapel, Friday 20 Oct.
Hebden Bridge Twinning featured on BBC Radio Leeds The mid-morning programme is doing an exciting range of pieces on twinning in West Yorkshire – and we in Hebden Royd were included! Read more (17 Oct)
Train disruption after the gales between Hebden Bridge and Bradford. Now back to normal - more info (updated 18 Oct)
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NHS Cuts: local MP refuses calls for public hearings All Calderdale patients will have to travel to Huddersfield for planned operations and cancer treatment. Read more about the closure of hospitals and protests against the cuts. (Updated 12 Oct)
Before the Big Bang: Lit & Sci lecture report. Jeff Forshaw, Professor of particle physics gave his talk to a packed Waterfront Hall. Read report about the Big Bang, the growth of the universe, and the possibility of other universes. (10 Oct)
Greenwode to Gibson to National Trust Trevor Moody, a National Trust volunteer, told a recent University of the Third Age meeting about the history of Gibson Mill in Hardcastle Crags. Read report (10 Oct)
New poetry book celebrates Mytholmroyd: Poet Winston Plowes and artist Hannah Greenwood have collaborated to create a booklet which will be launched at this year’s Mytholmroyd Arts Festival. Read more (6 Oct)
Re-vamp of paths in Hardcastle Crags: Yesterday, CROWS volunteers finished uncovering the causey stones on the new Slurring Rock path in the Crags. The Current waymarked routes will all be renamed and a new improved map will be introduced. More info (5 Oct)
Memories from Hebden Bridge Pharmacies. The apothecary’s bottles, jars and scales on display at the recent meeting of the Local History Society seemed redolent of an ancient craft; in fact they were an essential part of the working life of Linda Powell. Read report (4 Oct)
Accessible Venues guide - a brief guide to which venues for hire, might be suitable for community groups, classes, meetings, events or activities, to be accessible to disabled people. From the Disability Access Forum (3 Oct)
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Accessible public toilet to open in the evening. Hebden Bridge Disability Access Forum (HBDAF) is working with Calderdale Council to re-open the accessible toilet on New Road, Hebden Bridge, in the evenings. Read more. (22 Sept)
Hebden Bridge in the media: The Observer reports that part of Mike Leigh’s film on Manchester’s Peterloo massacre of 1819, and starring Maxine Peake, was filmed in Heptonstall. Meanwhile, The Mirror reports that the Hangingroyd Lane house used as Sarah Lancashire’s home in Happy Valley is for sale at £250k.
Dig deeper inside the HebWeb There's much more on the HebWeb than you may think. This website has become a unique resource of local activity over the past twenty or so years. Read our brief summary of some of these less obvious features. (29 May)
Parking charges to be introduced in currently free parking areas in Albert Street, Crown Street, Valley Road and elsewhere. See Planning Watch (8 June)
Craig Whittaker wins Calder Valley for the Conservatives, by 609 votes. See HebWeb General Election section for Calder Valley results (9 June)
General Election section 2017 of the HebWeb is now online. We will post updates as they are received. The first discussion is on the question of a possible "progressive alliance". See the Election section.
Lindsay Rimer: a second Bradford man has been arrested on suspicion of her murder. See BBC report for more details, and this recent HebWeb News page for the background to this terrible crime. Update: man released on police bail. (25 April)
Calder Valley Community Land Trust receives major grant to the value of £88,000 to enable it to develop and to attract investment for its proposed affordable homes developments. Read more. (24 April)
General Election 2017 - as the General Election, gets under way, have a look back at HebWeb coverage of the 2015 election in the Calder Valley.
Duck Race madness attracts thousands - "Can you see owt?" Not everyone could. Every vantage point was several people thick. All desperate to see the plastic ducks floating along the Hebden Water for five minutes. Click photo to enlarge. Read more
SHIBDEN HALL is the new Sally Wainwright eight part drama series: After Happy Valley, Last Tango in Halifax, Scott and Bailey and others, the first few episodes of Sally Wainwright’s next drama is based on the book Nature's Domain by Mytholmroyd writer Jill Liddington, published by Hebden Bridge publishers Pennine Pens. Read more. (5 March)
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No place for young men: Alex Kostyakov has written a moving piece on work chances for young men in Hebden Bridge. Why do you never get served a latte by a young man, and is there a connection with break-ins at the park and station cafes? Read more.
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
Floods: HebWeb Gallery - 24 photos taken on the morning of Boxing Day, 2015.
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Happy Valley wins BAFTA as best TV Drama. Written by Sally Wainwright, much of the series was filmed in and around Hebden Bridge - see above at the back of Hanginroyd Lane. Sarah Lancashire won best leading female actor. (15 May)
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.
Tourism Guide - 2017 With sections on this year's festivals and events, visiting Hebden Bridge, eating, drinking and shopping independently, attractions, getting and staying here, and links to more information about our 'intriguingly, creative' town.
How the Hippies Changed Hebden Bridge: An exhibition organised by the Local History Society aims to showed how those who moved into our area in the 1970s - the locals called them 'hippies' - kick-started the cultural renaissance which is today so Hebden Bridge. Read more.
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HEBDEN BRIDGE WINS! - Great British High Street Award in the Small Market Town category. Almost one year after our town was wrecked and shut down by the Boxing Day Flood.
HebWeb Feature on the Boxing Day Flood, gathering together many of the articles, news, links, photos and videos. Updated reguarly.
Reasons 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
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.
Happy 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
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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.
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