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Christmas Lights Switch On

Christmas Lights Switch On - 24 Nov

Guardian Northerner reports that Hebden Bridge needed no prompting to join the so-called Big Society ? it was already a paid-up member with its "plethora of clubs, groups, societies and courses available, catering for just about every interest."

Halifax Civic Trust oppose latest plans to move Central Library - "The demolition of the purpose-built library, archives and meeting room facilities, the newest and finest of their kind yet constructed within West Yorkshire...) Read more (22 Nov)

Slaughter on the tops

Dead moles and rabbits pictured strewn alongside footpaths on tops, hanging from barbed wire fences. See photos and forum. (21 Nov)

Backing for rebuilding bid for Calder High about which Education Secretary Michael Gove had said, "one of the worst school buildings I've seen". More

Hundreds turn out for Remembrance Sunday Parade in Mytholmroyd - see this YouTube clip from the Mytholmroyd Net.

Bill RofeBill Rofe exhibition of landscapes and vegetables: vibrant landscapes of Hebden Bridge, alongside tomatoes, marrows and Big Max the pumpkin. Read more (15 Nov)

Hebden Bridge Town HallLabour Candidate for Calderdale: Hebden Royd Town Councillor Susan Press has been selected as the Labour candidate, opposing Cllr Janet Battye. See Forum thread: Lib Dems Can win once more (9 Nov)

Hebden Bridge Fireworks

Fireworks over Hebden Bridge on 5 Nov. Click photo to enlarge, from Andy Spencer

Guardian Northerner article on "latest chapter in teacher Leonora Rustamova's fightback . . . the judge asked why no-one had a list of the allegations and he said it was like Stalinist Russia." Read article - 5 Nov

MISS RUSTY WINS COURT RULING. Case now returns to Employment Tribunal. Read report of the hearing. Employment Appeal Tribunal agreed with Ms Rustamova's counsel that the Tribunal had not given sufficient reasons for their decision that her dismissal was fair.

Picture House survey results. Strong support for the Town Council to take over the Picture House. Read more - 2 Nov

Radio Four Drama tells the story of Liam Jones - "a play written full of gut-wrenching love, determination and the hope that one day there may be a full stop." Starring Maxine Peake.

Ian Coates

Ian Coates - latest, wending his way back to Hebden Bridge after 12 years riding round the world on his Honda - update from the Czech Republic - See HebWeb Feature. (31 Oct)

Steve Tilston and Becky Unthank talk about living in Hebden Bridge and the upcoming Folk Roots Festival. Read and hear more - 23 Oct

Calderdale Council's Cabinet to look at improving recycling, broadband and bad weather services. Read more - 21 Oct

Miss Rusty's reading cancelled after council row. See report in Guardian's Notherner. See also Hebweb Feature for the background to the issue. - 20 Oct

The Guardian Northerner's Hebden Bridge correspondent Jill Robinson looks forward to a busy weekend at the annual Ted Hughes Festival. Read article

Details of dozens of other local events on our What's on page

Mytholmroyd memorial statue: See reports and videos of the ceremony on the Mytholmroyd Web

Calderdale's green fields ? in peril! - See HebWeb Forum thread

New green cleaning businessNew green business cleans up - A new cleaning service has arrived in the Valley, offering eco-friendly cleaning to homes and businesses. Read more - 17 Oct

Proposed Rail Improvements - more trains, extra platform at Halifax, Manchester Victoria to be rebuilt, direct connection to Manchester Airport and more. Read details - 11 Oct

People's Town Hall of 21st century - "The picturesque Calderdale town of Hebden Bridge has always innovated, as might be expected of somewhere once named the funkiest town in Europe, and this extends to local politics." Read full Yorkshire Post article - 10 Oct

Book launchSuccessful book signing for novel set in Cragg Vale - Bestselling local author Linda Green signed copies of her new novel And Then It Happened at The Book Case in Hebden Bridge on Saturday. Read more - 10 Oct

Picture House: Have your say - Hebden Royd Town Council are seeking views about the future of the Hebden Bridge Picture House. Read more - 7 Oct

Dog Control Orders Consultation - See news and Forum discussion

Quiz Team Required - more info

Reflections on the Labour Party Conference from Cllr Susan Press who has just returned from Liverpool where she was a local Labour Party delegate. Read more - 29 Sept

Pennine Horizons Digital Archive team

Hebden Bridge based Digital Archive awarded accreditation. Just after news that Pennine Horizons has received Heritage Lottery funding of £524,000 comes the news that its Digital Archive has now been awarded accreditation by West Yorkshire Archive Service. Read more - 24 Sept

Cycle!Transition Town group seek ideas for improving sustainable transport. Read more - 21 Sept

Hebden Bridge Local History Group

New gallery of old photos posted on the Hebden Bridge Local History Group website - the one above is of a picnic in 1910 - 16 Sept

CONSTITUENCY CHANGES: it is proposed that Calder Valley constituency take 10,300 voters from Keighley (Worth Valley area) and 4 from Shipley!

Cycling up the buttress

Up the Buttress - by bikeUp the Buttress - by bike! More photos Timed hill climb from the the centre of Hebden Bridge up the cobbled Buttress (it's a one in three gradient in places) towards Heptonstall. More info.

Craig Whittaker MP supports Nadine Dorries' attempt to amend abortion law. See Guardian and Parliamentary report

Hebden Bridge Station threat - ticket office is on the list of 675 ticket offices threatened with closure. See news item on TSSA website - 5 Sept

Programme of local history evenings: local volunteers against Franco, temperance in the Upper Valley, sexing chickens in the 30s and much more - see Local History Group or the HebWeb What's on section

Hebden Bridge and the HebWeb feature in the Guardian's Northerner blog by Berringden Brow's Jill Robinson: "You can celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee if you want to, but Hebden Bridge Town Council isn't joining in."

Hebden Bridge to London by train? - plans have been submitted to link Huddersfield, Dewsbury, Hebden Bridge and Todmorden to Londonl via a new service, which would also see increased direct trains being offered between Leeds, Bradford and Halifax. See Yorkshire Post story -

Newly elected Town Council - minutes of its first 4 meetings, and 8 committee meetings including the new Picture House and Young People committees, are now available online. (3 Aug)

Julian Cope

Pop visionary Julian Cope to make a rare trip to Yorkshire playing classics from across his hit studded career at the Trades Club in Hebden Bridge on Friday 28 October. More info (2 Aug)

Profile on Mytholmroyd and Hebden Bridge in Yorkshire Post. 'It's the wild, wild west of Yorkshire. Hippies and highwaymen, murderers and Methodists, artists and alternative healers . . . Glyn Hughes . . . insisted its character was determined by geology, the millstone grit, whose blackened outcrops he likened to "the bones [that] press through the flesh of a hungry cow".'

The Wombles go skipping in Hebden Bridge - Guardian's The Northerner - another piece from Berringden Brow author Jill Robinson.

Regional newspaper sales were down in the last 6 months of 2010. According to ABC, sales of the HB Times were down 18.2% to 2766 copies. (Making the HebWeb a much better prospect for advertisers!)

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

Jazz Club

Highly acclaimed London band Just East visit Hebden Bridge’s HX7 Jazz Club on Thursday November 24th. Read more

HebWeb Forum: Albert the Moleman joins the debate about dead moles and rabbits; Central Library; Hebden Bridge Bonfire; Is politics boring; Can we end male violence against women? And more

Latest Town Council Minutes now online - read about whether Hebden Bridge still a Fairtrade Town, opposition to building next to Little Park in Victoria Road and more

'Adopt a Length' of Rochdale Canal - residents, community groups, schools and companies are being invited to 'adopt a length' of the Rochdale Canal, and to help give the canal some TLC. More

John SiddiquePoet John Siddique goes naked - John has shed his clothing to raise funds for seeking a cure for younger sufferers of Diabetes. More (14 Nov)


See our What's on page for info on Christmas Lights Switch on in Hebden Bridge and Mytholmroyd, comedy, theatre, film, coffee morning, local history evenings, folk, craft fair, visiting artists, exhibitions, day of strikes and rallies, and much more.

Have your say on canal boost bid - Improvements to the experience for visitors enjoying the Rochdale Canal through Calderdale could be on the way, as regeneration partners put together a bid to the Lottery this month. Read More (11 Nov)

Time Capsule being buried

Time Capsule, carrying contributions from children at Riverside School in Hebden Bridge reflecting life in 2011, was buried last Friday under what will eventually become the Town Hall's riverside courtyard. Read More (9 Nov)

Hebden Bridge Town Hall

Sarah is Town Hall's first executive director - and will oversee the effective management of the Town Hall under community ownership. More info (3 Nov)

Peter Harvey of Studio Seven Art Shop in Market Street to retire. Read more - 1 Nov

Recent HebWeb Forum threads: pavement clutter; dogs; the future of the Lib Dems; tree felling at the Crags; blog from St Pauls.

Hebden Royd Town Council reports of meetings up to the end of September now online - click here to see.

Apple Day

Apple Day at the Stubbing Wharf.
Click photo to enlarge

Inside Parliament - free workshop. One of a series of free workshops designed to give practical and useful information on how groups can engage with Parliament's processes for the benefit of their communities. Read more

Insulation grants: most Hebden Bridge residents lose out despite the fact that they are subsidising these grants through their bills at a rate of around £90 a year. Read more

The Hebden Doula - Mums-to-be in the Calder valley and surrounding area can now use the services of a properly qualified doula during their pregnancy, labour, and after the birth of their baby. Read more - 17 Oct

Unknown faces

Do you recognise un-named faces of soldiers and nurses who went to war. See news article and all 115 faces - 12 Oct

Miss Rusty to give library talk: Come and listen to Leonora Rustamova's own account of the Miss Rusty saga. See What's on section for 19 Oct.

Men Against Patriarchy Group? Some men in Hebden Bridge are looking to start a group. Read more - 11 Oct


Hanging baskets come down
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Hebden Bridge building site

Hebden Bridge building site. Scaffolding covers the old Packhourse Bridge which is being repointed. Behind that is the Town Hall re-building. Just out of site is the Shoulder of Mutton also closed for building work. - 29 Sept

Calderdale Libraries threat - see Forum thread

Campaign to protect Calderdale's green fields launched by Friends of the Earth. As the political battleground over planning reform intensifies, FOE is drawing attention to how our local countryside is "in peril" if controversial proposals are pushed through by the Coalition Government. Read more - 28 Sept

University of Third Age - Report of meeting about Walking the Pacific Crest Trail as recounted by Ray Riches. Read more - 27 Sept

Ted HughesTed Hughes Festival 2011: Experts on Ted Hughes? work will be coming to Mytholmroyd over the weekend of 21st - 23rd October to take part in this year's Festival. Read more - 26 Sept

Forum discussion includes wind turbines, rights of way at Calder High and the digital switchover. - 23 Sept

HebVegHebVeg plan ambitious step forward - HebVeg are now planning to emply their own grower, produce food directly on land in and around Hebden Bridge, and sourcing more food from growers in the area. Read more - 21 Sept

Small Ads currently include places to rent, English and Biology tuition, other services, requests for cleaner and dog walker.

Digital Switchover - Second stage was on 21st Sept. More digital channels available. Analogue TV goes. See Digital UK for more info. And this forum thread

Keep Ticket Office Open says Town Council: Hebden Royd has written to Transport Secretary Philip Hammond to voice its opposition to the closure of the ticket office at the station. Read more - 19 Sept

Canal towpath improvements in Hebden Bridge: Calderdale Council have recently completed a scheme to improve the towpath on the heavily used Blackpit Aqueduct stretch of the Rochdale Canal in the centre of Hebden Bridge. Read more - 16 Sept

Linden Mill plans revived: see Forum thread and Planning Watch

Greenest Town in the Land: Bear v BernardGreenest Town in the Land: Bear v Bernard. Fierce reaction to Bernard Ingham's scathing attack on Hebden Bridge Transition Town and renewable energy. Read more

Walk The Treesponsibility Trail - A new walk has been established by Treesponsibility, the local group whose work combines reforestation and ecological restoration with awareness-raising about climate change. Read more - 9 Sept

The Book Case to have new owners: read more details about the shop's new chapters and its latest Book News - 5 Sept

Job vacancy: administration and office support at Hebden Royd Town Council. More info - 5 Sept

Job vacancy: Executive Director, Hebden Bridge Community Association. More info

Eastwood Recycling Centre: Have your say. Local residents are being offered the chance to have their say about how improvements to the Centre can be made. Read more

Thanks to Hebden Bridge, Calderdale leads the way with asset transfer. Read more - 26 Aug

Betty UnthankThe best of folk at Hebden Bridge's Folk Roots Festival in November. Two generations of the leading lights of the folk world come together for a one off show at Hebden Bridge’s Folk Roots Festival in November. Steve Tilston, who’s songwriting was praised by John Lennon, will be joined on stage by Becky Unthank. Read more

John HollandLocal Paintings Online: Calderdale has now put online what the council describes as some of the finest oil painting collections in the country with work dating from the 17th to 21st century. Read more (11 July)

Hanging baskets

Hanging Basket Fever Hits Hebden

This week over 300 baskets and planters have been put up across Hebden Bridge and Mytholmroyd. Read more

Small Ads - I just wanted to let you know that through my small ad on your site I found my ideal new home, meeting all my requirements. Thank you very much for such a great resource - Message received 6 July

Now BBC covers the discussion about the 'So Hebden Bridge' sign on the HebWeb Forum

Steve Cann'Inspirational' Teacher Steve Cann cleared - The General Teaching Council for England has confirmed that there was no case to answer. Steve was the union rep suspended from Calder High in early 2009 along with Leonora Rustamova (Miss Rusty) Read more (5 July)

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.

Small Ads - "We placed a job ad on the Hebweb recently, intending to keep it there for 2 weeks, but we had to take it down after 3 days due to the huge response generated"

Glyn Hughes: local author and poet Glyn Hughes has died. Glyn was the author of Millstone Grit and the award winning Where I used to Play on the Green, and a contributor to the HebWeb, including 11 poems - see our Features section. Add your comments on our Lives Remembered page

Ian McMillanHebden Bridge a "GREAT TOWN" - Ian McMillan writes poemabout 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


Radio 4 comes to Heptonstall - iPlayer link to Ramblings

Life in a Northern Town: 1980s Hebden Bridge footage featured in an 80s pop video - more info and discussion

500 faces

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

500 Faces

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  • Accommodation - from bed and breakfast to self catering, a range of places to stay in our area
  • Archive - news and discussion going back to the mid 90s
  • Bloggers and columns - a section where you can read regular pieces by selected local bloggers.
  • Books - of interest to people living in Hebden Bridge and area
  • Contact info
  • Discussion Forum - hundreds of messages every year on matters of concern to those who live in Hebden Bridge and the surrounding hills, villages and valleys
  • Emails - a directory of local email addresses
  • Events: a selection of local events
  • Features
  • Five hundred words on Hebden Bridge - one of the 500 years of the Hebden pack horse bridge projects
  • Green Pages
  • Hebden Bridge info - some basic information about Hebden Bridge with links to some features which have been written about our town.
  • Hebden Bridge 500 - celebrating 500 years of the bridge
  • History pages - links to local history websites, together with a selection of articles remembering times past.
  • Lives Remembered - thoughts and comments on the death of a selection of local people
  • Mailing list
  • Maps - several maps of the town and area, including Google maps.

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