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Eileen O'Brien performing in Hebden Shorts, 2010 Arts Festival Sarah Mason, Zebra Photography

ARTS FESTIVAL LATEST AND OPEN EVENING - Get your knitting needles out and get ready to party!  This summer will see the 18th consecutive annual Arts Festival in Hebden Bridge and organisers are busy ensuring this year’s event is one to remember. Read more - 16 Feb

New Town Council Website - Hebden Royd Town Council has now launched their brand new website. The website will become the one stop shop for all you need to know about Hebden Royd Town Council. Read more - 14 Feb

Small ads - recent ads include: lifts wanted/ carreer advice; houseboats for sale; cleaner and decorator; acting lessons; online shoes; double room to rent; rubbish cleared; software developer wanted; house needed; Steiner School. "It was the best £10 I've spent!" - Liz

Photos and film from Northern Towns against Cuts rally on Saturday, 12 February

BBC News features Hebden Bridge's commmunity takeover of Town Hall as example of Big Society but those interviewed, Andrew Bibby and Tom Greenwood, express their doubts. Watch now - 5 minutes in - 14 Feb

Picture House

PUBLIC MEETING: TO DISCUSS FUTURE OF OUR CINEMA - All who love the Hebden Bridge Picture House and care about its future are being invited to a meeting being held at Riverside School on Thursday, March 3 from 7.30pm. Read more - 9 Feb

Insulation and emergency heating for local households - Residents are being encouraged to make their homes warmer and cheaper to heat with help from the Council's Home Energy Action Team. Read more - 7 Feb

Pub closures - With the Shoulder and Inn on the Bridge closed, Justin Pringle of The Hole in t'Wall writes to HebWeb: 'Hebden Bridge is slowly becoming a Ghost Town' - see forum thread

Book news - Top ten bestsellers for the month of January, and the latest news from the Book Case. Read more - 3 Feb

Hebden Bridge Blues Festival

Over the Spring Bank holiday weekend, Hebden Bridge will be hosting the first Hebden Bridge Blues Festival. Up to 50 bands from across Britain, Europe and the USA will be playing. Read more - 28 January

Resistance grows to Sweet and Maxwell redundancy threat - Employees at the major legal publisher Sweet and Maxwell are consulting unions to defend jobs against management redundancy plans at its offices in Mytholmroyd, West Yorkshire, and London. Read more - 24 January

What's on? - Jazz Club, HB Partnership, Potato Day, Fair Votes launch meeting, Lancashire & Yorkshire railway, Northern Towns Against Cuts, "Little Twitchers" at Hardcastle Crags, Jazz and Blues Festival, Arts Festival and much more.

Calderdale Budget Consultation - Calderdale Council's Cabinet has unveiled its proposed Budget for the financial year from April 2011, as agreed at their meeting last night (Monday). Read more - 18 January

Leonora Rustamova

Miss Rusty: Tribunal Hearing: Saturday's Indpendent: We should hire more people like Miss Rusty, not fire them. Report of Friday's proceedings by Hetha Duffy, Calder High School parent who is attending the Tribunal and writing reports for the HebWeb. Report of Raise the Roof benefit. Read more - updated 18 Jan

Creative Quarter Plans to be unveiled - Hebden Bridge’s growing reputation for creative and digital businesses is set to be enhanced,  under plans to create a new Hebden Bridge Creative Quarter as part of the Town Hall development. Read more - 7 January

HEBVEG - Ambitious local, community-run, organic veg box scheme to launch this month. First chance to pick up your own HebVeg selection on January 15th - The aim is to produce everything in the box from within 3 miles of Hebden Bridge town centre within 3 years. Read more

HEBWEB NEWS HIGHLIGHTS OF 2010 - including 500 years' celebrations, General Election campaign, community takeover of the Town Hall, Arts Festival, the launch of Hebden Bridge as a Transition Town, the threats from cuts including our Picture House and student demonstrations against tuition fees. Read more

Treasure Hunt

The Annual New Year's Day Treasure Hunt, held in Mytholmroyd has raised a total of £147.36 in aid of The Fire Fighters Charity. Read more

Carols in the Square

Carols in the Square 2010
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Ian Coates

Ian Coates - latest, still riding round the world on his Honda - "I told my wife I was going for 4 months in 1999 and I am still riding". See HebWeb Feature for December update.



Boots = Tax Dodgers Protest - Approx 30 people gathered at 11am outside Boots in Halifax today to protest the cuts, support the student resistance, and highlight the tax avoidance practices of Boots. Read More - updated 11 December

Calder Valley MP Craig Whittaker comes second in MPs' expenses league. See Guardian report and forum message.

The Good Ship "Calder High" and Other Tales from the 1950s. As a follow-up to the very popular 'From Rationing to Rock'n'roll', Peter Thomas' latest offering takes another backwards glance at the 1950s. Read More

Student Protest: See below: Hundreds of students from Hebden Bridge and the Calderdale area took part in protests against public sector cuts, particularly cuts in education and rises in tuition fees - organised by local sixth formers who go to college in Mytholmroyd, Halifax and Huddersfield. (Photo: Mike Barrett) Read more - 24 November

Dead BelgianDead Belgian at the Trades - and, with folk riding an unprecedented wave of popularity, the Trades Club welcomes the Hut People who are gaining a reputation as one of the hottest acts to come out of the Yorkshire scene in a long while. Read more - 22 Feb

Launch Of Civil Ceremony Company - Hebden Bridge resident, Lita Hallyburton, is launching Civil Ceremony NorthWest delivering ceremonies for all life events. Read more - 18 Feb

Cutting Carbon in Hebden Bridge - An innovative energy efficiency project is now underway in Hebden Bridge. Local residents in the project areas are receiving comprehensive energy surveys of their properties and advice on how to save energy costs and cut down on carbon emissions. Read more - 16 Feb

Huddersfield Literature Festival

Wednesday 16 ? Sunday 20 March

Hebden Bridge Handmade Parade 2011 - ideas sought. Knitted zebra crossings, sheep on skateboards. . . Handmade Parade is calling for ideas for this year's Hebden Bridge parade on Saturday, June 11. Read more - 9 Feb

Wind turbine controversy - see Forum

Five hundred words on Hebden Bridge - "We have more coffee shops, hairdressers and accessories shops than you could toss a stick at, yet struggle to keep an electrical goods store open and even to kickstart a cobblers." Read more from Angie Cairns' 500 words.

Get registered and have your say - 2 Feb

Mytholmroyd Net shows dramatic video footage of car on fire following a recent accident.

Hebden Bridge Theatre Group, Square Peg Productions, help launch new exhibits at Bankfield Museum. Read more - 31 January

Helen of 4 Gates

Helen of Four Gates: the HebWeb talks to film-maker Nick Wilding about how this classic silent film was tracked down to once again enthrall audiences at the Hebden Bridge Picture House. Read more

Don't Bulldoze Central Library - The campaign has been resurrected following further threats to Central Library and Archive from Calderdale Council. Read more - 24 January

Spring Clean

Dates for Spring Clean Up - Residents asked to put the dates in their diaries and think about how they could get involved - clean up their street, garden and yards or a community group could raise sponsorship for cleaning up a certain area or for each bag of litter retrieved. Read more - 21 January

New road building in Mytholmroyd leads to protests - see Mytholmroyd Net news item - 17 Jan

David Chaytor jailed for parliamentary fraud. David Chaytor is a former Calderdale councillor, former Labour parliamentary candidate for the Calder Valley and still lives in the Upper Valley.

Cutting Carbon in and around Hebden Bridge - Local residents in two small areas in and around Hebden Bridge will receive advice on how to save energy costs and cut down on carbon emissions. Read more - 4 January

Quake - A small earthquake, with it's centre near Ripon was felt in Hebden Bridge just after 9pm, Monday 3rd January.

Hebden Bridge Flamenco

Flamenco Dancers beat the winter cold
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Flamenco dancing in Hebden Bridge

Gibson Mill by Chris Zimnoch

See Facebook Group, I Love Hebden in the Snow. Young photographer, 22 year old Chris Zimnock sent us some stunning photos for our Snow Gallery - now updated - if you have any good shots email them to the Hebweb or if you have any snow stories, see this Forum thread.

Eddie Carr dies - see Lives Remembered Page with memories from Jonathan Timbers who would like to hear others' memories of Eddie. - 20 Dec

Town Hall plans

TOWN HALL PLANS GET GO AHEAD - work to start in April 2011 "By this time next year the building should be close to completion" Read more - 17 Dec

Ian McMillanHebden Bridge a "GREAT TOWN" - Ian McMillan writes poem about Hebden Bridge which has won the 'Great Town Award' given by The Academy of Urbanism. Hebden Bridge has previously been voted the 4th funkiest town in the world and the UK town with most local identity. Read More


Student protest

COOP MAKES CHANGES AFTER MEETING - regional manager of the Co-op, Tim Coulson writes to HebWeb with a report of the recent meeting and outlining the changes which have already been made. Read More - 17 November

CO-OP MEETING REPORT - Coop Regional Manager Tim Colman admitted, "We failed dismally" when asked about issues raised in the Hebweb Forum, and promises changes - Read report

BBC Inside Out - Jamie Coulson was in Hebden Bridge - "the hippy town which is being forced to confront its drug demons". Listen on iPlayer and see Forum thread

Late Night Christmas Shopping - For a week from Thursday 16th December and Thursday 23rd December, shops in Hebden Bridge will remain open until 8pm. Read More - 9 November

Helen of  Four Gates

HELEN OF FOUR GATES to show again next month. After the great success of the showing of Helen of Four Gates in June, there is going to be another rare opportunity to travel back in time and watch Hebden Bridge's famous lost 1920 film. Read More


LIGHTS SWITCH ON - more photos

Local fluoride campaigner Dennis Edmonson has died - see Courier report

Electoral Reform Debate

PUBLIC MEETING VOTES FOR ALTERNATIVE VOTE SYSTEM - Local politicians Cllr. Nader Fekri, Kate Sweeny, Craig Whittaker MP and Cllr Susan Press were the speakers at the public meeting on electoral reform in Hebden Bridge on Friday 15 October. Read report

Pool and community centre

Swimming pool Views and opinions sought on latest plans (above) for a swimming pool in our area. See also: forum thread

Miss Rusty talks to the Yorkshire Post one year on. Read article and see HebWeb coverage of her and Steve Cann's unfair treatment by Calder High School.

Shed your Tears and Walk Away - reviews in the national press. See 6 reviews of this film about Hebden Bridge. Hebden Bridge is a "madhouse fuelled by drink and drugs" … is a haven for achingly trendy bohemians. Read the full reviews from the Telegraph, Guardian, Mirror and Financial Times -

500 faces

Jason Elliott's 500 Faces of Hebden Bridge is now complete. See web gallery of all 500 faces

500 Faces

DIGITAL SWITCHOVER DATES: The change from analogue to digital TV will happen next year, 2011 Read more - 11 October

Coalition Government's Spending Plans are a 'Body Blow' for Calderdale, say Labour. Cllr Swift has told the HebWeb that the Government's plans to go all out for big cuts could see over 1,000 people lose their jobs. Read more

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