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STEPH BOOTH: Fresh allegations - Union organiser John Rhodes tells how Steph Booth wrote to his employer demanding he be "dealt with" after John complained about her bullying to the Labour Party. See this Hebweb Forum thread. - 24 March

500 Words latest - The Bridge Parties from Brian Wellsfrom David Binns - 25 March

Council Tax down - Calderdale Council today claims to be the only Metropolitan Council in the country to have reduced Council Tax bills this year. Read more - 25 March

Clean Up

Spring Clean Up Report and Photos
Despite the return of terrible weather many community groups turned out this weekend to take part in Hebden Royd Town Councils annual Spring Clean. Read more - 22 March

ACRE MILL PLANS THROWN OUT - The Planning Inspectorate has ruled that houses should not be built upon the land across the road from the old Cape Asbestos factory, Acre Mil. Read more - 21 March

Transition Town

TRANSITION TOWN LAUNCH at the Big Green Weekend. Hebden Bridge is to become a Transition Town and will begin with working groups on issues such as food, transport, energy and health designing a blueprint of what a future sustainable Hebden Bridge would be like. Read more and get involved - 12 March

UK BIG FREEZE, HEBDEN BRIDGE - The UK Big Freeze is the largest flashmob ever to hit the UK, and took place in 25 UK towns and cities at the same time. Read more - 11 March

Hebden Royd Town Council vacancy for clerk and financial officer: Due to impending retirement, the Council seeks a dynamic and dedicated officer with a flexible approach. Read more - 8 March

News from Calderdale - new section giving news from Calderdale MBC as it may affect Hebden Bridge and the surrounding area. First items are Empty homes issue to be addressed and Check your Council tax band for free Read more - 9 March

Police and community report - details of crimes and concerns around Hebden Bridge, including dealing with anti-social behaviour in Old Town, Broughton Street and Valley Road areas,local crimes and police priorities. Read more - 8 March

Let's not walk away


Hundreds walked through Mytholmroyd, Luddenden and Hebden Bridge today on a fundraising walk in the memory of Liam and Sam Jones, and the other young lives that Hebden Bridge has lost in recent years. Read more - 6 March

STEPH BOOTH TRIBUNAL: while ruling that the Labour Party candidate was unfairly dismissed, the Tribunal found that Steph Booth did coerce a junior member of staff into posting messages attacking Hebden Bridge's Cllr Janet Oosthuysen to newspaper websites. See news item and latest Forum thread - 4 March

LET US NOT WALK AWAY. Let us walk together this Saturday, 6th March. The recent deaths of brothers, Liam and Sam Jones, both to drugs and alcohol has prompted their sister Belinda, to hold a charity walk for Lifeline Calderdale. Read more

Derelict Houses

Market Street shops which have remained derelict for years: concern and petition - Read more - 26 Feb

500 Words latest - "I want two queues!" from David Binns - 25 Feb

Bishop of Wakefield unveils sculpture in new Mytholmroyd Square - Read more and see report and video on the Mytholmroyd Net - 1 March

Public meeting on allotments, called by Calder Civic Trust with invited speakers and discussion. See What's On.

Potato Day - See What's On.

GREEN PARTY EXCLUDED FROM DEBATES. General election candidate Kate Sweeny writes to the Hebweb: "The wider issue here is whether the "main parties" should be allowed to carve up the political landscape as they please". See Forum

Hebden Bridge is number two hotspot for uninsured drivers - a list of towns based upon analysis of almost 3million car insurance quotes over 12 months. See news

ProjectXPROJECT X CALDERDALE - after successful launch evening, a workshop/ drop in day is planned for 18th February from 2pm to 6pm.
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More events planned for Hebden 500 - including Hebden Bridge in the Movies, Folk Roots Festival and a HB Band Heritage Weekend. Read more - 11 Feb

500 Words - those who have appreciated some of the creative contributions so far received will certainly enjoy the 500 words from Rachel Pickering, and from Chris Reason.

Labour Calls for Open Government Revolution in Calderdale. Read more - 9 Feb

Young people give their views to the working party set up by Hebden Royd. Read more - 7 Feb

Ted Hughes by Reginald GrayTED HUGHES PORTRAIT DONATED TO CALDERDALE. A portrait of Ted Hughes, by the distinguished artist Reginald Gray, will go on display for the first time as part of a new temporary exhibition, due to open at Heptonstall Museum in April. Read more - 5 Feb

Election meeting

GENERAL ELECTION MEETING REPORT - a general election meeting with candidates was held on 2nd February in Hipperholme and Lightcliffe. A coach was hired to take people from Hebden Bridge after the Labour candidate Steph Booth pulled out of a similar meeting planned to take place in in our town. Read more - 3 Feb

500 Words: Fascinating account of the area between Bridge Lanes and Heptonstall Road, once a busy community, now only a grassy slope with trees and bushes - "the graveyard of houses and shops which once covered this area". Read more - 31 Jan

STEPH BOOTH ACCUSED OF DIRTY TRICKS The HebWeb has seen a copy of the statement which David Sutcliffe made to the Employment Trubunal, alleging Steph Booth coerced him to post deregatory messages against rival. Read more - 21 Jan

accused of tantrums, teaching while unqualified and plotting against rival. Read more - 20 Jan

2010: A Year of Celebrations to remember 500 years of the Hebden Bridge bridge - Read more


Pace Egg play


CHUMBAWAMBA, HAZEL O'CONNOR and more at the Trades - a weekend of hits at the Trades this week as chart stars Chumbawamba, Hazel O’Connor and Chris Helme visit the valley. Read more - 23 March

Great bridges

Hebden 500 postcards - Why email when you can send a Hebden 500 postcard? As part of the Hebden 500 celebrations, a set of new postcards has been created to make sending and receiving a greeting a real pleasure. Read more - 18 March

Handmade Parade

HANDMADE PARADE: HELP DECIDE THE THEME - at an open community consultation meeting to which everyone is invited. Organisers are asking people to bring their ideas and enthusiasm to the meeting, which will be held in the upstairs room at Hope Baptist Church in Hebden Bridge next Wednesday March 24 at 7pm. Read more - 15 March

Google Street View comes to Hebden Bridge - see Forum - 12 March

Civic Trust public meeting on allotments - report of the meeting held to discuss allotment availability, ownership and management in the Hebden Royd area. Read more - 11 March

Library Talk on Palestine - Author Rich Wiles will visit Hebden Bridge Library on Wednesday 17 March at 6.30pm to promote his new book about life in Palestine. Read more - 10 March

Brass band fans in for a treat this weekend with Hebden Bridge Junior Band teaming up for a one-off concert with the Cambridge University Brass Band. Read more - 9 March

Junior Band

Pennine Horizons - The Pennine Horizons project has had several names - The Ecomuseum, the Pennine Museum and Pennine Inheritance have been ‘working titles’ for a new community resource and visitor attraction. Read more - 3 March

OuterZeds do benefit for Old Town Community Centre - See What's On.

Book News - Top ten bestsellers for February, and news and featured titles from our popular Hebden Bridge bookshop - 3 March

Hebden Bridge Community Association is looking for a new Treasurer to take on Town Hall role. Read more - 1 March

Shed Your Tears and Walk Away showing at the Picture House on 28th March as part of the Bradford Film Festival. - 25 Feb

Friends of Calder Holmes Park: - report of last meeting and latest plans for our park - Read more - 23 Feb

Cragg Vale Spa restored. See news

Big Green Weekend is looking for a Project Co-ordinator - application details

now revealed to be lower "than the Calderdale and UK average" thanks to the diligence of Anthony Rae and other Hebweb correspondents. Headline claims made in recent features in The Times and Independent on Sunday now shown to be "not true; and not even remotely so". See Hebweb Forum thread on the Lost Boys of Hebden Bridge - 16 Feb

Concerned about drug/alcohol use? See "What's On" for details of fortnightly support group. Next session, Tuesday, 16th Feb.

£350 raised for Haiti: Cass sparred for 120 rounds over 6 hours with more than 60 different people last Saturday, raising £350 for survivors of Haiti's earthquake. Read more - 10 Feb

THE LOST BOYS OF HEBDEN BRIDGE - another article on the dark side of Hebden Bridge, this time a 4 page feature in The Times: "So why does picture-postcard Hebden Bridge have one of the highest suicide rates in England? Local boy Mark Piggott, whose three best friends died in tragic circumstances, goes back home to find out what went wrong." See Forum thread to read Mark Piggott's reply to critics - 5 Feb

LET US NOT WALK AWAY. Let us walk together. The recent deaths of brothers, Liam and Sam Jones, both to drugs and alcohol has prompted their sister Belinda, to hold a charity walk for Lifeline Calderdale. Read more - 5 Feb

Hebden Bridge Library's LGBT Day - This Sunday (7 February), Hebden Bridge Library is hosting a series of events in celebration of LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) month and Anne Lister’s life. Read more - 3 Feb

Former councillor faces criminal charges. David Chaytor MP, former Calderdale councillor, faces criminal charges over his expenses. He was Labour candidate for Calder Valley in the 1987 and 1992 election and Calderdale councillor from 1982 until 1997. See BBC news

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Pay Freeze is a Pay Cut - "With inflation on the rise, a pay freeze becomes a pay cut." says Calderdale Labour leader, Cllr Tim Swift. Read more - 22 Jan

FIVE HUNDRED WORDS - send us your words as part of the Hebden 500 celebrations. They can be comic, moving, surprising, quirky, biographical, romantic, poetic - just keep it to 500 words. Read more - 20 Jan

Arthur Dolphin

Arthur Dolphin remembered - Hebden Bridge author, Tom Greenwood, launches book about the legendary rock climber Arthur Dolphin at the Trades Club on Saturday. Read more

Town Talk - the latest news from Hebden Royd Town Council, along with names and contact info of our Town councillors - 6 Jan

Arthur DolphinFIVE HUNDRED VOICES - Plans are under way to celebrate with 500 voices singing on and around the bridge. Read more - 20 Jan

Election Debate now cancelled after Labour candidate Steph Booth pulls out. Read more and see Forum - 12 Jan

NEWS REVIEW OF THE YEAR: 2009 Highlights of some of the main issues and events of 2009 as they have affected Hebden Bridge and been reported on the Hebden Bridge Web. Read more

Steph Booth: more bad press for controversial Labour candidate - two countty court judgements go against her, following row with builder. Read more- 10 Dec

ARTS FESTIVAL:  Read more about this year's festival


Ian Coates

Round the World on a Honda: If you think it's cold here, spare a thought for Ian Coates, fixing his bike at -34C in Canada, preparing for Siberia. See Hebweb Feature - 16 Dec

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