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Martha WainwrightThe Martha Wainwright Visit: with a picket threatened because of her recent visit to Israel, breaking the cultural boycott, the Trades Club explains. Read news and see Forum discussion. (19 Nov)

Trades ClubTrades Club just misses out in prestigious NME Small Venue of the Year award but the club has had a record year for attendances. Read latest

Hebden Bridge Group Practice report - good and average except for appointments, according to Care Quality Commission (CQC) - see Forum

Sand Sculpture succumbs to elements and has had to be dismantled earlier than the planned date of 1st December.

Grants for local community groups available. Calderdale has made a total of £5,000 available for the Calder ward to be spent by March 2015 - similar amounts are available for Luddenden Foot and other wards. Read more

SandWW1 centenary: Sand in your Eye project - Watch the 7 minute video illustrating how the sculpture was planned and built at the Town Hall, as a World War One centenary project. Read more

LightsHebden Bridge and Mytholmroyd Christmas Lights switch on. On 20th and 21st November, Santa will be joined by the Mayor of Hebden Royd and the Mytholmroyd Gala Queen to push the button. See What's on for more info.

Lindsay RimerLindsay Rimer: Friday, 7 November will be the 20th anniversary of her murder. Detectives have launched a fresh appeal to catch the killer. More info, police video appeal and links to today's pieces in the Yorkshire Post and ITV News

Upper Calder Valley Renaissance 10th anniversary exhibition and conference will take place at the Town Hall on 21 November and entitled 'Taking stock and looking forward' to celebrating the the scheme's achievements, and looking to the next phase. Read more

Flloods vistFloods - Environment Minister visits Hebden Bridge to see examples of recovery work. Dan Rogerson visited Hebden Bridge and other parts of the Upper Calder Valley affected by the 2012 floods. Read more (4 Nov)

Heaven in Hebden Bridge

A Heavenly Coup for the Trades Club as legendary independent music label Heavenly Recordings stage their 25th birthday bash weekender in the New Year. Tickets available Tuesday, 4th. Read more (3 Nov)

Tom Hingleyindie legend Tom Hingley to play at Fox and Goose: the former lead singer of Manchester indie band Inspiral Carpets will perform at the pub co-op on 16 Nov. Read more (3 Nov)

Tod Town HallHeritage project will bring Todmorden Town Hall's past to life - Hebden Bridge's Town Hall has received great attention over the past few years. Now it's the turn for Todmorden. Volunteers will bring the heritage of Tod Town Hall to life by teaching people about its fascinating history. Read more (31 Oct)

Big Bike RevivalShow Your Bike Some Love - Big Bike Revival campaign, cycle:recycle will be running activities: bike assessments, use of the public stand, with support, info on local cycling activities, and electric bike rides. Read more

History reportOutbreak of War in 1914: how it was seen in Hebden Bridge and Hanau near Frankfurt in Germany. Report of latest meeting of History Society addressed by Mike Crawford, Wolfgang Hombach and Nick Wilding (27 Oct)

Craig Whittaker MP boasts about the size of his walk-in wardrobe in this YouTube clip put online yesterday - it's apparently not much smaller than an NHS staffroom. (24 Oct)

The Egg Factory Hatches Again! Crowdfunding campaign launched to create a comfortable and flexible workplace for creative start-ups and the self employed. Read more

Calderdale Lib-Dems call for Yorkshire Parliament - they argue that Yorkshire should take advantage of the government's offer of "devolution on demand" in England in the wake of the failed vote for Scottish independence. Read more

Calder Valley VoicesCalder Valley Voices: Come and Sing Your Heart Out. Join them. You don't have to be able to read music or have sung in a choir before – they don't audition. Read more (22 Oct)

Chainsaw TuesdayCHAINSAW TUESDAY: 10 years on. 19 October was the tenth anniversary of the Battle of the Mill Pond: street-fighting in a back street of Hebden Bridge. See new HebWeb feature


Free Trevor Lewis? Was a sentence of three years right for the man who wrecked the Eastwood Recycling Centre? See Forum thread

Parliamentary Candidates debated the NHS on Thursday, 9 October at Calder High School. Josh Fenton-Glynn (Lab), Alistair MacGregor (LD), Jenny Shepherd (Gn) and MP Craig Whittaker (Con) were on the panel.

Birthday cakeNational Trust remove Gibson Mill pavilion: Following discussion on the HebWeb Forum, the National Trust has sent us a statement about the demolition of the Pavilion near Gibson Mill in Hardcastle Crags. Read more (2 Oct)


Mytholmroyd HawkTop award for Rochdale Canal community project: Rochdale Canal Connections has won the Art and Interpretation category in the Living Waterways awards Read more (1 Oct)

Hebden Royd Town Council Vacancy: Neighbourhood Manager needed to manage and develop the Town Council projects. Initially for 6 months due to maternity leave. Read more (2 Oct)

Let residents petition for items on Calderdale Council agenda. Liberal Democrats are calling on Calderdale Council to allow any petition signed by 1,000 or more residents is placed on the agenda of the next Council meetings. Read more (29 Sept)

Hope Baptist Church renovation and events: Having completed a £500,000 repair project on the chapel, attention is now turning to the toilet block. Read more (29 Sept)

Labour Campaign begins with the opening of the constituency office on the ground floor of the Trades Club.

Calderdale throws out Sainsbury's plans. Objectors to Sainsbury's application to build a supermarket on the site of the old Fire Station turned out in force at the Planning Committee meeting in Halifax Town Hall tonight. Read report and see more photos


Demonstrators at Halifax Town Hall
Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Not so Hebden BridgeThe Alternative to Sainsburys in Hebden Bridge: On Tuesday (16th), Calderdale Planning Committee will decide the future of the former fire station site. Campaigners are calling on people to attend the hearing, as there is an alternative. More info (8 Sept)


Bridge Mill at 700

Bridge Mill went eco-powered to celebrate 700th birthday: Street Party on Saturday afternoon, 6 September. Birthday Cake, Candles, Music. See news item and new feature. (1 Sept)

Neighbourhood Plan Application: Hebden Royd Town Council, with Blackshaw, Erringden, Heptonstall and Wadsworth are applying to develop a Neighbourhood Plan. The consultation period starts 22 August. Read more.

20 mph throughout Calderdale

20mph policy will still be implemented in spite of the coup at Calderdale - but for Hebden Bridge and surrounding villages, not for 18 months. Read more. (20 Aug)

Hebden Royd Town Council - latest minutes of council meetings and committees now online.

Bring our railway into the 21st Century. Local survey results show that we want later trains back from Manchester and Leeds; earlier and more trains on Sundays; a direct service to Huddersfield; and new trains to replace the old, dated ones, currently used on the Calder Valley line. Read more

Green Party Leader visits Upper Valley

Green Party Leader visits Upper Valley: Natalie Bennett visited the Upper Calder Valley and gave support to the Save the A&E and Save our Shops campaigns. Read more (12 Aug)

Eastwood Recycling Centre: "A man has pleaded guilty to wrecking a council recycling centre near Todmorden causing damage put at £300,000." - ITV News

Calderdale Coup - Labour ousted from power: Yesterday evening, Liberal Democrat councillors stopped backing the Labour Administration and changed to supporting the Conservatives. A vote of no confidence in the Labour administration was carried by 24 votes to 22. Read more and see Forum thread

Tour de FranceHebden Bridge was at its most wonderful for the Tour de France. Read brief report of the weekend along with a selection of Tweets.

Arts FestivalStreet Video: The Arts Festival have given the Hebweb the first public showing of a new video of two days of street entertainment this summer. See video and info (25 Nov)

Yorkshire Post article: What happened to all those yellow bikes (23 Nov)

Scotland Now article - Learning Gaelic in Scotland by distance, featuring John and Ailie Kerrane in Hebden Bridge. (23 Nov)

Young arts producers win national awardsYoung arts producers win national awards: for #Yourfest in Calder Holmes Park this summer, part of the annual Hebden Bridge Arts Festival. Read report (20 Nov)

Local History ArchiveLocal History Archive: those attending the latest History Society session were treated to a sample of some of the treasures to be found in the Society's archive. Read report (19 Nov)

Deaf SchoolWin tickets for Deaf School at the Trades - Hebweb has a pair of tickets to give away. "They revived Liverpool music for a generation." Who said it? Read more (18 Nov)

CROWSA year's work by CROWS volunteers - since they formed a year ago, CROWS volunteers have repaired miles of local footpaths, and even created new paths and steps. Read more (17 Nov)

The Hole in the Wall's future was decided by Calderdale's planning committee on Tuesday 18 November. Permission was granted for change of use. See Planning Watch and Forum for background.

Fears of further landslides following submission of plans for 14 apartments on the Heptonstall Road. See Planning Watch

Postcard from PalestinePostcard from Palestine postscript - More photos from Hebden Bridge's Ron Taylor, a regular visitor to Palestine, part of an international movement of supporters. Read more

Operation Get CrackingCrowdfunded project: Operation Get Cracking is nearly halfway there. Local co-op Made in the Valley still need more help reach their target. Read more

Thingumajig TheatreCanal and River Trust highlights Hebden Bridge: The Canal River Trust's latest members' online newsletter focuses on the stretch of the waterway that passes through Hebden Bridge. Read more (10 Nov)

Colden hydro project - single objector leads to stoppage - read forum discussion

Thingumajig TheatreThingumajig Theatre Company brings national tour to Hebden Bridge: As part of their UK tour, Thingumajig Theatre will be performing their acclaimed A November Day for 2 performances on Sat 15 Nov. Read more (7 Nov)

The Calder Valley Community Land Trust, which is campaigning for more affordable housing in Todmorden and Hebden Bridge, is inviting local people to workshops in the 2 towns on Sat 15th November to discuss possible sites for community-led housing.  Read more (7 Nov)

Lamplighter Festival

Lamplighter Festival to brighten December in the Calder Valley. The successful Todmorden Lamplighter Festival, organised by Hebden Bridge's Handmade Parade, is being repeated. Read more (3 Nov)

Living WellLiving Well welcomes new volunteers: non profit making Community Group, supporting women affected by cancer is open to new volunteers. Read more (4 Nov)

The Circus comes to Market Street: Small knitting, sewing and haberdashery shop, Ribbon Circus is moving from Albert Street to a new, bigger shop on Market Street. Read more (31 Oct)

HB Partnership Review of the Year Each year, the review is attended by representatives of local organisations, each of whom have up to 180 seconds to share news of their past activities and their plans for the future. Read a summary of what this year's groups reported.

CVSRT calendar

Search and Rescue Fundraising Calendar - a great present. The aim is to raise £5000, which will go towards replacing an ageing emergency response vehicle. Read more and see some sample photos. (29 Oct)

Apple DayApple Day 'Success': Valley Organics Workers' Coop hosted an Apple Day event in their shop on Tuesday, 21 Oct. 20 British organic apple varieties to taste and buy. See photos and report

Listed buildingsListed Buildings around Hebden Bridge: In the 1980s, Peter Thornborrow was given the task of suggesting buildings which should be Listed in Stansfield, Heptonstall and Wadsworth - latest Local History Society talk. Read more

Equinox Kombucha has won the Veg Fest national award for best vegan drink, in a public vote. Hebden Bridge's Equinox Kombucha is a fermented tea drink with roots in the east. Read more (9 Oct)


The First Flush of Autumn in Hebden Bridge: Short YouTube video of photos of Hebden Bridge and local area from Jason Elliott. See video 

Protest at Sainsbury's Mytholmroyd: On Saturday, 4 October, campaigners protested against Sainsbury's policy of sourcing fruit and veg from Israel's illegal colonies. Read more

Hebden Bridge Carnival 1924

The 'Handmade Parade' of 90 years ago. See 2 min video of the 1924 Hebden Bridge Carnival from Yorkshire Film Archive, together with background info.

Tories have lost 'Ambition for Mytholmroyd', according to Labour Councillor, Simon Young. Project is stalled following the recent Tory/ Lib-Dem coup at Calderdale. Read more (2 Oct)

Birthday cake25 Years of Artisan Organic Bread: On Saturday 27th Sept, Saker had a celebration in their shops in Hebden Bridge and Tod to celebrate the anniversary. Read more (30 Sept)


Old Town Mill Chimney safe for now, thanks to the efforts of local residents, one parish Councillor and support from English Heritage. See Forum thread (27 Sept)

Happy Valley, based around Hebden Bridge and Sowerby Bridge, wins Best New Drama award, at the TVChoice Awards, hosted by David Mitchell. See report in Daily Mirror.

Wainsgate ChapelWainsgate Chapel Heritage Open Day on 13 Sept. Grade 2 listed building. Readings were by by Eileen O'Brien, organ recitals, art and sculpture, historic photographs, afternoon teas. More info

Bridge Mill

Bridge Mill at 700: the Peace Artistes led the music for the party on Saturday, 6 September.

President of German Parliament praises Mayor of Hebden Royd's speech. Cllr Jonathan Timbers, won praise for a speech he made at a twinning event in Warstein, Germany, from the President of the Bundestag, Dr Norbert Lammert. Read more (5 Sept)

Twin Town Liberation Celebrations: Wreaths will be laid, and an artwork received, to mark the occasion 70 years ago when British troops, including at least one man from Hebden Bridge, pushed the Nazis out of the St Pol. Read more (1 Sept)



PZ MyersThe Day PZ Myers came to Hebden Bridge, outspoken critic of intelligent design and the creationist movement, and active in the American creation–evolution controversy. Read more (14 Aug)




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Theatre in a Time of Change - by Michael PrioreBook from Pennine Pens - Theatre in a Time of Change - by Hebden Bridge's Michael Prior. This is not a book about stars and plays, but about the rise and fall of the theatre as a cultural and economic art-form since 1945. Read more. (11 Aug)


HebWeb photos - see photos from some of this year's great events - Handmade Parade, Stoodley Pike at 200, Pace Egg and more.

Where to Stay - latest additions and updates: Old Town Cottage, Stag Cottage, Towngate Cottage, Bottoms Farm, Beech House, Croft Mill and The Old Co-op.

HebWeb Directories: latest updates include Thinking Further, ABC Coaching and Counselling, Ecoheat and Waterside Gym

Twitter: Join the 1500 plus now following the HebWeb.

Gaza Vigil

Gaza Vigil in Hebden Bridge , in support of blockaded Palestinian people.

National Street Choirs Festival 2014 came to Hebden Bridge again the weekend of 11-13 July. Above, they packed our square, singing Nkosi Sikelel' iAfrika. Read more

HebWeb uses Google ads to help cover its costs and they vary for each user. This has worked well for many years. However, please let us know the url of any ad thought to be inappropriate. If we agree, the ad will be blocked.

Attic insulationScheme to insulate attic rooms in Hebden Bridge terraced houses. Local ineligibility for green grants has been raised over the years on the HebWeb. Now some residents have started benefiting from a new scheme which can cost as little as £1. More info and how to apply


Eastwood Recycling Centre - closed for 4 months! The Centre is expected to be closed until November 2014, as extensive repairs are needed after man ran amok with JCB. Read more

Two Hebden Bridge co-operative pioneers honoured in a ceremony on Saturday. In the late 19th century Hebden Bridge was as well-known for productive co-operation as Rochdale was for retailing, says this report in Co-operative News

Tour de France, Hebden Bridge

George MonbiotStop subsidies to sheep farmers and grouse moor owners - Guardian columnist George Monbiot gave a powerful speech to a packed audience at the Baptist Church yesterday evening, as part of the Hebden Bridge Arts Festival. Read more. (4 July)

Festival music in Bridge Gate

Arts Festival hits the streets of Hebden Bridge. Today, the town was was buzzing with smiling and bemused faces as various groups of musicians, artists and street entertainers brought our streets alive - once again. See more photos (29 June)

A northern Banksy

A northern Banksy? Sylvia Plath on a bike. The drawing above on the side of the Shoulder of Mutton was one of several by street artist Stewie which were featured on BBC Look North.

HEBDEN BRIDGE HANDMADE PARADE: Another superb Handmade Parade. Hundreds took part with their wonderful costumes and creations. Thousands watched with smiles and amazement in the June sunshine.

Read report of Saturday's Parade and see HebWeb photos

Recycle Radio

Photo: Chris Zimnoch. Click to enlarge

Recycle Radio has now finished its four days of broadcasting but you can still listen to the shows again

Calder High Students deliver #yourfest Arts Festival: Local Students delivered #yourfest when they took over Calder Homes Park for #yourfest on Saturday as part of their work towards a national award. Read more. (2 July)

Get Hebden Bridge Buzzing: Help our bees with the new bee partnership which launches this weekend. Read more about the new group and saving bees and other pollinating insects such as butterflies, moths and hoverflies.

Andrew KerslakePeople's Commission: Calderdale Council has appointed Professor Andrew Kerslake as the Independent Chair of the People's Commission on Health and Social Care. Read more

Valley Organics

Workers' Coop celebrates first successful year - free cake and drinks were given out to Valley Organics customers on Saturday. Read more about what workers told the HebWeb (9 June)


Schoolchildren remember Bob Leedham by voting to name new retirement development in Victoria Road, 'Leedham Court'. See Calendar news report.

PEOPLE'S COMMISSION on Health services: with the A&E crisis still unresolved, Calderdale Council wants people to give their views on how health and social care services should be provided in the future. Read more

Oxfam need volunteers, or else they may close. Call in at the shop if you can help.

Handmade Parade

Labour win contested Hebden Royd Town Council bye-election. Results details.

Allie MilesLABOUR WIN CALDER WARD covering Hebden Bridge. Alison Miles takes the seat with 1547 votes 15.08 Kate Sweeny for the Greens comes second.

Women take valley seats in Hebden Bridge, Todmorden, Mytholmroyd, Sowerby Bridge and Elland. Conservatives win Luddenden Foot, covering Mytholmroyd, with Jill Smith-Moorhouse, beating Labour by 17 votes! More election results.

Stoodley Pike

Above, Stoodley Pike bicentenary: More photos

"Happy Valley: The dark side of Hebden Bridge" - article in Yorkshire Post. "The idea came to me after I watched Shed Your Tears and Walk Away", says writer Sally Wainwright. (2 May)

May Local elections: Five candidates are competing in the Calder Ward which covers Hebden Bridge and four candidates are standing in the Luddenden Foot Ward which covers Mytholmroyd. Read more

The Grand DepartsHAULING A GRAND PIANO UP CRAGG VALE BY BIKE - Cyclists pulled the piano up the longest incline in the country on Sat, 5th April. Read more about this audacious musical and cycling adventure. And see the HebWeb photo gallery

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 (11 March)

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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Stoodley PikeBicentenary Celebration on Stoodley Pike: Pigeons, puppeteers, samba and brass bands are to perform at the summit of our local "peace monument" on Sat 3rd May. More info


The Bad StepeBook Launch - The Bad Step by Andrew Bibby. Nick Potterton died in an accident while fell running in the Lakes. But was it an accident? 6.30pm for an hour this Thurs, 1 May. Read more

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

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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