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3rd day running, a record daily rise
42 new cases in Calderdale is the largest the HebWeb has reported since starting to report daily numbers in early March. The total is now 1615 since the pandemic started, including 421 new cases this month. More info. (24 Sept)

Covid-19 in Hebden Bridge
For the first time since July, 3 cases have been reported in Hebden Bridge. More info (23 Sept)

Dr Zania Stamataki

Living with COVID 19 and how we can fight back The local U3A asked Dr Zania Stamataki, a Senior Lecturer in Virology, to give them a better understanding of what Covid-19 is doing in our bodies and an insight into how our bodies fight back. Read report of U3A talk (24 Sept)

Celebrate Anne Lister's legacy by taking part in a series of events to mark the 180th anniversary of her death. Click here to find out more about Anne Lister, Shibden Hall and Gentleman Jack. (21 Sept)

Calder Valley Restrictions
Local COVID-19 restrictions will be re-introduced in the Calder Valley from Tuesday 22 September, just 20 days after they were lifted, meaning that the local restrictions will apply throughout Calderdale, including Hebden Bridge, Mytholmroyd and Tod. More info and details. (18 Sept)

Delays as Mytholmroyd Flood Scheme completes final phase On Monday 21 September, work will begin on Burnley Road in Mytholmroyd to carry out repairs to the surface water drainage system. The work is expected to take 1-2 weeks. More info (19 Sept)


Hidden in the valleys around Hebden Bridge. Send the HebWeb your local photos and we will post a selection

Recent Hebweb Small Ads include: a log cabin, multifuel stove, artists’ studio, HB calendar, workshops to rent, shop to rent, carers and cleaners wanted, bar work, therapy room, video recorder, gardening and houses/ rooms wanted/ offered. (13 Sept)

The Big Autumn Clean-up from 11-27th September, with sponsorship for groups from Hebden Royd Town Council. More info

Keighley Road closure - update Progress has been delayed by a combination of poor weather and the discovery of a collapsed culvert. More information about closure dates (27 Aug)

Extinction Rebellion Calderdale Photo documentary. The past week has seen disruptive action by Extinction Rebellion in London and elsewhere. Over the past year, the activity of the local group - Extinction Rebellion Calderdale - has been recorded in a series of photographs. See the online book here. (Thanks to Gerard Liston) (7 Sept)

Handmade Parade's film project needs your artwork - This year, instead of making art in their Hebden Bridge workshop and telling a story on the streets, Handmade Parade organisers are asking you to make art in your homes, for a story told on screen: We Are Here - More info (2 Sept)

Winter Steam

Camera Club Exhibition online The August Bank Holiday weekend saw the start of the popular Hebden Bridge Camera Club Annual Exhibition which this year, owing to Covid 19, will took place on their website. Above: last year's winner - 'Winter Steam' by Graham Speak. Read more

Nuclear free Blackshaw Head

Blackshaw Parish Council supports nuclear weapons ban - Peace activists celebrated this week when Blackshaw Parish Council became the latest local authority to formally pledge support for a global ban on nuclear weapons. Read more (26 Aug)

Flood alert was in place Tuesday, 25 August for the Upper Calder catchment area following heavy rainfall from Storm Francis. The River Calder in Hebden Bridge peaked around 8.30pm at 1.7m.

Freedom from Torture cake stall

Freedom from Torture cake stall: The Calderdale Supporters Group of the charity Freedom from Torture held a very successful cake, plant and ceramics sale on Sunday raising over £595. See photos (25 Aug)

Red Sky at Night

Red Sky at Night at Nutclough Mill: Calrec Audio in Hebden Bridge was one of several Calder Valley venues who lit the night sky red to help raise the alarm for the live events and entertainment sector. Read more

Axe Drax Climate Campaigners Stage Protests in coordinated demonstrations across 10 locations in the North, including Hebden Bridge where Youth activists, artists, and climate campaigners joined together to create a colourful action at Hebden Bridge Station. Read more (14 Aug)

Artist "John the Barber" who cut hair (and painted) for many years at his premises in Innovation, Hebden Bridge has sadly died, having stopped work through illness earlier this year. See this video portrait from 6 years ago. Photo: Bruce Cutts. Add your memories to the Lives Remembered page. (10 Aug)

Family of former councillor and journalist Philip Round win £300,000 in case against Hebden Bridge asbestos factory. See Yorkshire Post article. (In 2017, Philip Round wrote to us: ""HebWeb is by far the best community website I've ever seen online; I check in almost every day even though I live on Vancouver Island in Canada".) See also: HebWeb feature on Acre Mill

Hebden Bridge in Bloom! "This year Hebden Royd Town Council provided a hanging basket for free to local businesses, to brighten up the streets and shop fronts around Hebden Royd," Emma Green, Neighbourhood Manager told the HebWeb. More info

Trades Club launches a crowdfunder Like many small music venues the Trades Club, our celebrated venue for live music in Hebden Bridge, is facing an uncertain future so they have launched a crowdfunder. Read about the Trades Club Crowdfunder (7 Aug)

Spectacular Sharks, Turtles, Crocodiles and Gannets was the title of the recent U3A talk. Wildlife and underwater photographer, David Keep spoke of some of his often hair-raising journeys to obtain some amazing sea-life photographs and videos. Read report (6 Aug)

HebWeb Discussion: current issues include local sightings of UFOs, Face Masks, Covid, blaming BAME, bullied cyclists, tree felling and Hebble End - see Forum

Craig WhittakerCraig blames BAME In an LBC interview, MP Craig Whittaker claims that the vast majority of people breaking the lockdown rules are from the "iimmigrant and Asian population". Listen here

Town Council Celebrates 25 years Twinning with Warstein A remote meeting was held on Friday 31st July 2020 to celebrate 25 years of twinning between Warstein and Hebden Royd.

Help the Trades Club finish the work: Much of the work following the 2015 Boxing Day Flood has been completed by volunteers. Now funds are needed for professional builders to complete the next stage, and make the club fully accessible. Read about the plans and how to help.

Hebden Bridge and Calder Valley football: A new book on the early history of soccer in Yorkshire's West Riding features many long-gone teams, leagues, and cup competitions, including those from the Hebden Bridge and Upper Calder Valley areas. A Noble Winter's Game (30 July)

Covid-19 data: what's the picture locally? The number of cases reported in Calderdale has jumped significantly during July and Calderdale is on the Government's Areas of Concern. What do we know about cases in Hebden Bridge and the Upper Valley? How does Calderdale compare? More info

Zooming into: pub and inn signs 100 members logged into the recent University of the Third Age Zoom meeting on Pub Signs. Why have signs? Speaker Michael Astrop suggested for reasons of taxes, illiteracy, and streetmapping. Read report (23 July)

Rochdale Canal

Thanks to Andrew Smith for this photo
of Hebden Bridge, July 2020.
Click photo to enlarge.

HebWeb Small Ads: "We've had lots of responses and have found some great tenants."

£12 million boost for flood protection in Hebden Bridge - The funding boost is part of the Government's new multi-billion-pound investment across the country, including an immediate cash injection to speed up flood scheme construction. Read more.

Happy Valley PrideHappy Valley Pride Presents Storytime! Happy Valley Pride has announced a series of videos featuring LGBTQ+ friendly stories for children across Calder Valley and beyond – as part of their series of digital events for 2020. More info

Survey Results from the Hebden Bridge Business Forum Survey show support for a moratorium on flood alleviation works planned for next year in Hebden Bridge. And for cancellation or delay of the Keighley Road roadworks. See results. (10 July)

CROWSCROWS started work again on 13 July. They've completed a risk assessment, developed a safe way of working and will be putting up signs to alert path users when they are working. Read more

Hebden Bridge Before the bug:
Tour de France in Hebden Bridge - 6 July 2014

2012 floods

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. (July 2014)

Hebden Bridge Before the bug:
Second summer flood of 2012

2012 July flood

Just over two weeks since the previous 'worst for 50 years' flood, came a another. And this was just 3 days after the river nearly burst its banks again on Friday during the royal visit.

Read HebWeb News on the July 2012 flood (9 July 2012)

More from Before the bug

EducationFantastic Reads on Classical Education - By the time we are four years old, some parents had already started educating us in a classical manner of speaking. They, and even ourselves, may not have even known it. Classical education is made up of three different stages of learning.. Read more (18 June)

Keighley Road Closures and Improvements The works are scheduled for weekdays from Monday 6 July until to Friday 20 November. For the first six weeks, the road will be closed between Hebden Bridge and Oxenhope with local access only between Hebden Bridge and Pecket Well. Read more

EducationBooks on Education you ought to read - It is no secret that the current model of formal education is outdated. There is barely any engagement between instructors and learners. A teacher will stand in front of the classroom, disseminate knowledge, while students absorb as much as they can. Read more (15 June)

Contact tracing

Contact Tracing in the Upper Valley: From Monday 1st June, people in the Upper Calder Valley who have Covid19 symptoms will be able to get help from a local Contact Tracing and Support pilot. Read full details here (1 June)

Town Council meetings go online Hebden Royd Town Council held its first official remote meeting on Wednesday 20th May. Local councillors, town council officers, and members of the public stayed at home and gathered around laptops and mobile devices. Read more (22 May)

Wild garlic

Wild garlic in May: many of our wooded valleys are revealing seas of wild garlic. Click photo to enlarge.

Recycle Radio

Recycle Radio is back. For more local community radio. Broadcasting to you live from Hebden Bridge. Tune in from 2pm every Saturday at Recycle Radio for tunes, chat, local acts and making a connection with your community. See What's on for more info


Bluebells: most of our valley woods are now swathed in bluebells. Click photo to enlarge.

BluebellsHimalayan Balsam choking bluebells Brearley woods is an area once renowned for its bluebells. Sadly, they are currently being choked by Himalayan Balsam. Walkers are being urged to helpbash the balsam. Read more

Hebden Bridge's Joan Pearce (100) recovers from Coronavirus - see YouTube video of Joan being clapped as she left hospital on Monday, 13 April. And see HebWeb Forum for an example of Joan's poetry.

Coronavirus: Frequently Asked Questions - from the Town Council on volunteering, accessing reliable information, contacting the council, foodbanks, extra support, who delivers locally, disability access forum, the Picture House and more. See FAQs.

Last chance for flood resilience funding Residents and businesses affected by the flooding in February 2020 now have until the end of October to express an interest in flood resilience funding. More info (24 Sept)

George MurphyMURPHY’S LORE: Lockdown Diary 14 - there's grannies and vicars, Ben Nevis and Petey the Snake, hippies posh and poor, Martin Parr and the mother of parliaments, dentists past and present, a second wave, Irish proverbs, testing and nesting, Marco Nizzardo and Italy's Robin Hood. See Murphy's Lore (21 Sept)

Discussion Forum: Face masks: Do you touch your mask? Why some people cannot wear a face covering. Do others exploit this? How wearing masks will help keep the virus at bay. Read more. And how do you like Crown Street?

Small Ad house sale response: "offer received within a week of listing on HebWeb. Brilliant, thank you!"

Flood Alleviation Scheme for Hebden Bridge. The Environment Agency is working with Calderdale Council to design and build a Flood Alleviation Scheme for Hebden Bridge. More info

9 new cases in Calderdale reported over each of the past 24 hours, taking the total to 1276 since the pandemic started, including 81 cases in the past week. More info. (8 Sept)

Local History Talks programme now available. Talks will be by Zoom for the time being and include Women of Property, the Fieldens, a local suffragette, common land in northern England, building Hebden Bridge, the 1918 General Election, Sylvia Plath and more. See What's On (4 Sept)

Hebden Bridge Library to re-open from Weds, 16 September, with restrictions to allow for social distancing.

Trident protestTrident Protest On Saturday, 29 Aug, Calder Valley CND joined in Extinction Rebellion’s autumn rebellion with a demo in Calder Holmes Park, protesting the huge amounts of money to be spent on Trident. More info (30 Aug)

Extra Restrictions in Calder Valley lifted from Wednesday 2 September. This of course includes Hebden Bridge, Mytholmroyd and Todmorden. The national restrictions remain as the virus is still very active. Preventative measures such as washing of hands and social distancing should be continued. More info (28 Aug)

Disability Access Forum updates Map and Guide - the group has issued the third edition of its Town Centre Step-free Access Map and Guide. More info (29 Aug)

No new cases in the Upper Calder Valley were reported for the fourth week in a row, according to figures released Thursday, 27 August - no new cases in Hebden Bridge, Mytholmroyd or Todmorden between 16 and 22 Aug. More info

Local restrictions continue in Calderdale. It was announced Friday, 21 August that the pandemic restrictions introduced at the end of last month are to continue. North of England: local restrictions.

Community grant applications welcomed - The Town Council welcomes applications from community groups to apply for a grant from the Community Funding Budget to support projects which benefit local residents. More info (20 Aug)

A Contemporary Home in the English Countryside - Stunning views, quiet road and peaceful surroundings. For many, living in the English countryside is the dream. This article explore the possibilities of creating a contemporary home in areas of the countryside. Read more (21 Aug)

Natural Flood Management Report Read all about what The Source Partners have been up to in the last 12 months. Flood alleviation, tree planting, biodiversity issues and more. (19 Aug)

HebWeb Small Ads positive feedback: 1. "Brilliant as ever. Thank you. Ads fulfilled". 2. "We've been inundated with enquiries from potential tenants."

Virus Restrictions remain in place - Calderdale's director of public health, Debs Harkins, said infection rates in Calderdale were increasing faster than in any other borough in Yorkshire. More info (14 Aug)

Picture House Donates to Tod Food Bank: The Picture House was left holding large amounts of non-perishable goods from the kiosk, since it's temporary closure in March, now donated to Todmorden Food Bank and Drop-In. Read more

7 Year Old's Letter impresses Mayor - Lottie Cliffe, a 7-year-old from Hebden Bridge, wrote a letter to Town Council Mayor Cllr Val Stevens, to express her concern at the amount of litter in Calder Holmes Park, Hebden Bridge. Read story (11 Aug)

The Guardian reports that Calderdale "has the sixth highest infection rate in England". The total number of cases in Calderdale is now 991, including 207 new cases in July. More info

Calderdale hit by new Covid-19 restrictions. Separate households are not be able to meet indoors from 31 July.

Lives Remembered - George Guest remembered by Matt Hilton.

What was your Storm Ciara experience? On 9 February, Storm Ciara caused severe flooding in Hebden Bridge and the Upper Valley, causing major damage to homes and businesses. Calderdale Council wants to hear from anyone whose property was affected by the flooding. Read more (30 July)

Calder Valley Books for Change

Calder Valley Books for Change: is a new fundraising campaign that seeks to raise £6000 to buy a range of diverse and inclusive books for each of the 60 primary schools across the Calder Valley​. Inspired by Books for Change Folkestone, who were motivated by the Black Lives Matter movement. More info (30 July)

Element Jewellery

Element Jewellery relaunch on 1 August When the owners of Element Jewellery announced that they were selling the business, local entrepreneurs Mark and Debbie Coup quickly stepped in to purchase it. More info

Slow The Flow harnesses the power of nature to reduce flood risk. Here's their response to the Government's policy statement on flood and erosion risk management, arguing that more of the £5.2 billion should go to natural flood management. Read more

Happy Valley Pride Festival Goes Digital - Festival organisers have announced a series of online events during the week the main festival would have taken place. From Thurs 23 to Sat 25 July, the mini digital festival will include special guests, live performances and more. More info

What's Behind the Green Door? With cases of domestic abuse rocketing during lockdown, Ann Brown seeks support to make a film of her play 'Green Door' and, with Hebden Bridge based charity, Verd de Gris to create a workshop. Read more (16 July)

BFI Boost for Hebden Bridge Picture House The Picture House has been awarded £8,500 to help the community arts venue to survive the ongoing shutdown due to COVID-19. More info

New car park at Stubbing Holme, 44 new parking places at Hebden Bridge Station, 200 places at Mytholmroyd Station and the abolition of the proposed one-way system in Hebden Bridge are the latest changes announced by Calderdale Council.

Calder Valley Radio Station launched - on Super Saturday by comedian, Jon Richardson who officially launched the Station and cut the ribbon, along with Mayor, Cllr Val Stevens. More info

Playgrounds and outdoor gyms to reopen All play areas and outdoor gyms in Calderdale are due to reopen by Friday 10 July, – but the Council has issued important guidance to ensure everyone can enjoy the facilities safely, as COVID-19 is still within our communities. More info

Coronavirus numbers in Calderdale: On 2 July, it was revealed that the figures published by the Government, and daily updated on the HebWeb, did not include home and drive through tests. Now they are included, the number of reported cases in Calderdale more than doubled. (2 July)

West Yorkshire Devolution: Deadline for comments 19th July. Leaders of the five West Yorkshire councils have secured a devolution deal with Government, which will see a transfer of powers and investment from Whitehall. See details and give feedback

Raw sewage discharged into rivers Storm overflow spilled into the Hebden Water 27 times in 2019 (65 hours) and 60 times into Cragg Brook (417 hours). There were significant spills into the Calder at Cornholme, Todmorden and Brearley. See this interactive map. (2 July)

Ask the QuestionCommunity tutoring fund goes from strength to strength. The 'Ask The Question' fund, set up in 2017, allows parents to 'donate a lesson' to enable a local disadvantaged child to have a free tutoring session. More info

Hebden Bridge Flood alleviation work delayed: Work is now expected to start in summer 2021, but it is not expected to be completed before summer 2024, taking three instead of the planned two years. Read BBC news report (30 June)

100 days of Lockdown in Calderdale As the country approaches its 100th day of lockdown, Calderdale Council has reflected upon the enormous joint effort and kindness that have defined the response to COVID-19 across the borough. Read more (29 June)

Toilets to re-open on New Road, near the bus stop, next Tuesday 7 July, from Tuesday to Saturday from 9.30am-4.30pm.

Trades ClubThe Trades Club, Hebden Bridge's living, vibrant, socialist club and music venue remains closed. Mal Campbell, the club's events manager, has written an article on the club and how people are missing communal live experiences. Read article (26 June)

Hebden Bridge Picture House to re-open in Autumn - Whilst our cinema remains closed due to the continuing risks of Coronavirus, they are re-assuring customers that they will be re-opening our doors in early to mid Autumn. Read Picture House statement

Hebden Bridge & District Old People’s Welfare Committee is the Mayor’s chosen charity - Read more (25 June).

EducationPhysical Books or PDFs: Which are better for education? A massive shift in the last two decades has seen institutions of learning preferring the use of a portable document format (PDF) to physical books to train students. This article discusses the merits and demerits of this. Read more (26 June)

Old Gate will be closed to traffic. Loading will be allowed before 10am and after 4pm. All parking bays on Crown Street will be closed off. This is to help social distancing as shops re-open, and will continue until at least the end of July. (13 June)

Workers' Co-ops Conference goes online - planned for July, two events to mark the 150th anniversary celebrations for worker-led co-ops will now be online from 3-4 July. More info

Black Lives Matter: Local trades unions call for justice West Yorkshire Association of Trades Union Councils (WYATUC) has expressed solidarity with those campaigning for justice and real, meaningful equality for Black people. Read more (16 June)

EducationDoes the Type of Books determine the Level of Education you will attain? The good thing nowadays is that you can search for any book from online sources and get them within the blink of an eye. Will online sources replace book? Read more (24 June)

EducationA Top Book Platform for Academic Success - Commonly, you might need guidance to ensure that you manage your education in the best way possible. Sometimes, such info doesn't necessarily have to come from academic advisors. A top book platform is one source that assists students in their education. Read more (21 June)

The Bookcase and other shops in Hebden Bridge re-opened Monday, 15 June.

Val StevensNew Mayor is Cllr Val Stevens: On Weds 10th June, the Town Council elected Cllr Valerie Stevens as the new Mayor of Hebden Royd Town Council for the coming year. See candidate profiles for 2019 Town Council elections

Carol StowTown Council Mayor Retires after two years in the post. This evening Wednesday 10th June, Hebden Royd Town Council will hold its Annual Meeting remotely and elect a new mayor. More info

Schools can consider wider re-opening from 15 June - Calderdale Council supports local schools to open more widely from Monday 15 June, provided that they are confident it is safe for children and staff to return. More info (9 June)

Flood Alleviation Scheme - survey work means pavement closures. The Environment Agency and Calderdale are designing a Flood Alleviation Scheme for Hebden Bridge. There will be a need for localised pavement diversions to close off access to specific areas. More info (9 June)

Boost for natural flood management New projects using nature to help reduce flood risk in Calderdale will soon get off the ground, thanks to a £112,000 funding boost from Calderdale Council and the Environment Agency. More info (8 June)

Re-opening of shops - see discussion on this HebWeb Forum thread (3 June)

Latest Flood News During Storm Ciara, more than 100mm of rain fell between 11pm on Saturday 8 and 11am on Sunday 9 Feb - the second highest flood event recorded in the Calder Valley, second only to the Boxing Day flooding of 2015 - more than a month's rainfall over 48 hours (129.8mm). Read latest news. (1 June)

New Caldene Bridge opened Monday The opening of the new bridge, at 10am, Mon 18 May, is a major milestone for the Mytholmroyd Flood Alleviation Scheme. The old bridge was a serious constriction to flood flows and contributed towards the Boxing Day 2015 floods. Read more.

Chartism in Calderdale. During the Lockdown, Sarah Rose from the Local Sudies Section in Central Library has been looking at Chartism in Calderdale. See video

Grants from Hebden Bridge Rotary Club The local Rotary Club awards grants to local, national and international charities and good causes. Income comes from running events such as the Duck Race and the Vintage Weekend. Each year, they distribute around £45,000 in grants. Read more, and how to apply

Channel 4 News - report from locked-down Hebden Bridge, on Weds, 8 April 2020.

Disability Access Forum, Coronavirus support Hebden Bridge Disability Access Forum remains active during the Coronavirus crisis, raising issues of access to all aspects of life, including services, financial benefits, care and support, and info about local support. Read more (25 March)

Letters of Support from Twinning/ Friendship Towns: Hebden Royd Town Council (HRTC) sent letters of support to our Twinning and Friendship towns in St Pol sur Ternoise, Warstein and Paratico, in light of the coronavirus pandemic. Read more (4 April)

Before the bug: In the absence of very much news during the lockdown, the HebWeb is taking the opportunity to celebrate our area by digging into our archives. Most days, our home page will be updated with HebWeb articles from the same date from the past 25 years. See articles posted since 1 April


The Heptonstall Players have decided to use 21st century technology to bring you the centuries old play and a one-off play was streamed online here at 11am on Friday 10th April 2020. Read more and see the video

Sand in your Eyes

Sand in your Eyes thank the NHS - with their latest creation, all 100 metres of it. Click image to enlarge. See ITV News report and Sandinyoureyes FB page.


Trades Club closes: "Following government advice issued on Monday 16th March, the Trades Club has temporarily closed to help slow the spread of coronavirus."

And the winner is… Calder Valley Community Land Trust! With first prize for Social Investment at the Awards ceremony in Leeds yesterday (March 12) organised by Social Enterprise Yorkshire and Humber. Read more


Extinction Rebellion Flashmob - Dozens of dancers took over Hebden Bridge, Saturday lunchtime, 7 March. See XR Facebook. Click photo to enlarge.


Film Festival Programme Launch - The full programme for the 2020 Hebden Bridge Film Festival has been launched with new films from the UK and around the world. The Festival takes place from Friday 27 to Sunday 29 March 2020. Read more

Funding for flood-hit communities The Calder Valley was the worst hit area in England during the recent floods. For details of grants, council tax relief and the flood resilience scheme, see this news page.

Flood relief The Government has now confirmed Calderdale Council will receive funding to help support residents and businesses affected by Storm Ciara. Read more (19 Feb)

Calderdale calls for Government response to support the Calder Valley – to ensure that flooded homes and businesses get the urgent help they need and to help manage the significant, ongoing risk of floods across the borough. Read more (18 Feb)

THE 9 FEBRUARY FLOOD Photos and links to info and support, news and media reports and HebWeb reports of five previous major floods since the millennium. This page will be updated with further info as it comes in.

Scott PatientChannel 4 News Report from Mytholmroyd - Cllr Scott Patient welcomed the help from troops, but said there was a need for substantial investment from the Government. "People are angry and frustrated". Watch YouTube video. (15 Feb)

Storm Dennis update Flood wardens have reported "a fairly quiet night with all rivers rising close to, but not above their banks. All "high risk" areas have peaked with EA advising that the storm appears to be easing off and rainfall turning to light showers throughout Sunday." (9.30, 16 Feb)

Army deployed to help support the ongoing recovery from last weekend's flooding and the preparations for Storm Dennis. Flood alert in place for Upper Calder catchment. River Calder at 1.7 metres in Hebden Bridge. (8.15pm, 15 Feb)

Hebden Bridge Group Practice - appointments by phone only Due to the emerging Coronavirus situation the reception areas have been closed in order to protect the population and prevent spread of the virus. All appointments have been converted to telephone consultations. Read more (18 March)

Hebden Bridge Picture House and Hebden Royd Council offices close. See statement from the Town Council.

Film FestivalHebden Bridge Film Festival cancelled. Louise Wadley, Film Festival Director: "We are very sorry to announce that we are postponing the 2020 Hebden Bridge Film Festival. Given the worsening situation with the Covid-19 virus we feel this is the right decision." Read more (16 March)

HebWeb Small Ads. Message received about ad for 2 bed house: "I've had so many people message about this I can't keep up with replying."

GretaGreta Thunberg: Giant work of art appears in the Mytholm area of Hebden Bridge. Artists from Sand in Your Eye worked with children from Hebden Royd School to produce a piece of art 60 metres long, in time for International Women's Day. See photos and video. (8 Mar)



New novel from best-selling author Linda Green - situated in the Calder Valley and selected for the BBC Radio 2 Book Club, the author signed copies at the Book Case on Wednesday, 4 March. More info (2 March)

Frank Woolrych died peacefully at home with his family on 14 Feb 2020. For many years, the President of our Local History Society, the preserving of the Alice Longstaff collection and the creation of the Pennine Horizons Digital Archive were among his many achievements. For details of the celebration of his life, see Lives Remembered: Frank Woolrych

Guardian Report "Mytholmroyd community members say slow progress left properties unprotected. . . . Sourena Jowkar was totting up the damage at his Persian cafe, Leila’s Kitchen, which opened four months ago. He was full of praise for local people who were helping him with the clear-up." (11 Feb)

Daily Mirror report "Labour MP for Halifax, Holly Lynch, said there was a 'sense of absolute devastation' as the Environment Agency comes under fire for taking so long to complete flood defences." (11 Feb)

Morning Star report: Calder Valley MP Craig Whittaker voted against extra funding for flood defences following 2015’s Boxing Day deluge

BBC report - Storm Ciara aftermath: Calder Valley assesses flood damage. Barry Greenwood said, "Something had to be done to stop repeat flooding." (10 Feb)

ITV report on Mytholmroyd: "Four years, millions of pounds, hundreds of men in orange jackets .... and look what's happened to the Calder Valley again."

Where to stay

WHERE TO STAY in Hebden Bridge. See the extensive HebWeb listings of accommodation, self catering and bed and breakfast options for when you visit our wonderful area.


Flooded six times since 2000 - there have now been six major floods, and many more smaller ones in the past 20 years. Links to HebWeb reports of previous floods.

Feb2020-Mike Barrett

9 February 2020 flood - photo: Mike Barrett of the centre of Hebden Bridge. Click to enlarge

FLOODED AGAIN! - Hebden Bridge, Mytholmroyd and the Upper Calder Valley are currently impassible. Sirens were sounded at 8am. See the Facebook Group Calder Valley Flood Support for latest info. The Environment Agency has issued flood warnings for the whole area. Rivers expected to rise until around midday. (9 Feb, updated 11am)


Misbehaviour to open Hebden Bridge Film Festival 2020 - the story of the 1970 Miss World competition, and how a group of women disrupted the pageant in front of a world-wide audience of nearly 100 million viewers in what has now become a famous Women’s Liberation Movement protest. Read more.

Helen MellerHelen Meller steps down from Arts Festival: After 7 successful years Helen Meller is stepping down. Helen became the Festival's Artistic Director after a career in publishing and television in London led her back to her native Yorkshire roots. Read more.

Yorkshire Walk

BBC2: Walking from Heptonstall to Stoodley Pike Shanaz Gulzar rambles past Hell Hole Rocks, along the canal, before climbing uphill to Stoodley Pike, stopping to sketch and read poetry. Click here to watch on iPlayer for the next month. Shown on BBC2 at 7.30pm, 29 Jan.

HebWeb Forum - opinion is divided on the proposed "traffic improvements."

No Arts Festival for 2020 - The Festival’s taking a year’s break and the board is looking to recruit new trustees and a Chair to lead the way forward.

HebWeb Small Ads - The HebWeb is brilliant. Found tutor within 3 days. The response was excellent as was the calibre of the candidates.

Calder Valley stays Tory. Craig Whittaker increases his majority by 5000. See HebWeb’s election page.

HebWeb coverage of the 2019 General Election is at along with info on general elections back to 1997.

Mytholmroyd Station PartnershipMytholmroyd Station Partnership… simply outstanding That was the verdict of the National Association of Community Rail Partnerships, in awarding Mytholmroyd Station Partnership the 2019 Community Rail Award. More info and background

Winter Steaml

Hebden Bridge Camera Club Exhibition Winners The Club’s annual exhibition was an extremely successful week as in previous years. Over 1200 visitors from near and far viewed the 66 prints on display at the Town Hall and almost 900 of those took part in the vote for the ‘People’s Choice’. Read more (11 Sept)

gannets fighting

Yorkshire Post on Hebden Bridge: "A Yorkshire town with an independent streak… Hebden is a striking town in an even more striking location."

Water subsiding after peakng at midday - (9 Feb, 2.30pm)


Mytholmroyd this morning, Sun 9 Feb. Posted in Hebden Bridge Flood Action Group Facebook group

Carbon neutral by 2038 - or sooner! After declaring a Climate Emergency on 30 January 2019, Calderdale Council is proposing another significant move in its fight against climate change – to make the borough carbon neutral by 2038. Read more (3 Feb)

Northern to be nationalised The company which operates most of our local trains, was taken under Government control. See BBC report (29 Jan)

Maps of Road changes for Hebden Bridge - see larger version of the above map, and four other ones designed to help explain the changes. The deadline has been extended to 14 February to make representations. Click here to make your views known. See discussion on the HebWeb Forum (26 Jan)

Opposition grows to "traffic improvements" which include making the Keighley Road at Commercial Street one way, banning commuter parking on the A646 between Hebden Bridge Station and Mytholmroyd, and banning parking on Market Street. The HB Business Forum is campaigning against the changes. Read more

Small Ads - "We filled the vacancy thanks to the Hebweb, brilliant service"

Hebden Bridge on Woman’s Hour (from around 28 mins in) - our area is praised for being friendly to lesbians the liberal minded, creatives and progressives, for its co-operatives, hippies and Sylvia Plath’s grave. And they plan to do a Woman’s Hour from Hebden Bridge. (27 Nov)

Brearley Fields nature reserveBrearley Fields wetland nature reserve will improve biodiversity and the river environment, boost flood attenuation and bring health and wellbeing benefits to people in Mytholmroyd and Luddendenfoot. Read more


"Britain at its best: Hebden Bridge where Ed Sheeran was born is a true northern star,” declares Mail Online article. Apparently, our town is  'just right side of gentrified’. Read article

Bridge Mill

Innovation to be honoured in this year's Parliamentary Review, at its 2019/20 publication launch in the Houses of Parliament next Weds. 30th October. Bridge Mill is home to a dozen businesses and, with its heat pumps and Archimedes Screw, is now carbon neutral. Read more

Paul BarkerPaul Barker's obituary in The Guardian. Paul Barker was a paper boy at Jones' Newsagents, went on to edit New Society from 1968-86 and wrote the book about Hebden Bridge: A Sense of Belonging. See also: HebWeb report of his book launch in April 2012.

Parade 2019

Above: Hebden Bridge Handmade Parade - 30 June 2019. 40+ more photos here

More tree cover still needed in Hebden Bridge, say Friends of the Earth. The organisation claims trees can act as effective flood defences, helping to reduce peak water levels by as much as a quarter. See ITV report.

BBC1 Countryfile at Hardcastle Crags "We're in West Yorkshire and this is one of its true hidden gems." And featuring the work of Slow the Flow Calderdale. (17 June)

Banking in Hebden Bridge: 'The only banks left in Hebden Bridge are grass ones down by the river'. See this weekend's article on the bankless town of Hebden Bridge in This is Money

The National Geographic’s Cool List for 2019 has West Yorkshire at number 7. The Calder Valley is highlighted - "with hippyish Hebden Bridge as its epicentre" - as a "burgeoning hub for restaurants and independent shops." )

Gentleman Jack

Gentleman Jack
Watch now

The first episodes of Gentleman Jack, the new drama from Happy Valley writer Sally Wainwright, are based upon a book written about Anne Lister by local writer, Jill Liddington and published by Hebden Bridge publishers, Pennine Pens. More info, links and trailers (19 May)

CNDTown Council votes to support a ban on nuclear weapons: Hebden Royd became only the third UK Council to support the ICAN Cities Appeal and the Treaty for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. Read more. (17 May)

Small Ads: "Hebweb scores again! I have sold my electric lawnmower today"

HebWeb Small Ads We've been overwhelmed with the response and quality of applicants! Thanks so much!

Small Ads - 3 two bed houses to rent, all announced the same day, on the HebWeb Smalls Ads page

Small Ads message - "Once again, great success by placing my house to rent on HebWeb!"

Huffington Post on Hebden Bridge: "You will find a town that was almost abandoned, but brought back to life by hippies, artists and lesbians looking for a place to make a life." Written by Sean Pert, who continues: "The town doesn't just tolerate its LGBT+ community, it values and embraces us." Read more

Climate Emergency declared!

Climate Emergency declared

Hebden Royd Town Council has declared that Hebden Royd should be carbon neutral as soon as possible. Both our Town Council and Calderdale Council have agreed to face up to 'the issue of our time’ - the climate emergency. Read more


No banks. No petrol. Lloyds Bank was the last bank left in Hebden Bridge. It closed this month. Shepherds was the last petrol garage still open in Hebden Bridge. It stopped selling petrol this month.

Hebden Bridge artist Kate Lycett featured in Yorkshire Post feature

Hebden Bridge: How a thriving town lost its last bank: This Guardian article reports that, "Residents feel angry and let down as Lloyds departs, but one man (David Fletcher) has a plan to fill the gap." Only a few years ago, Hebden Bridge had five full time banks. The last one, Lloyds, closed last week. Read article (26 Jan)

Hebden Bridge is Cool - Hebden Bridge has made National Geographic's Cool list. "The Calder Valley - with hippyish Hebden Bridge as its epicentre - is a burgeoning hub for restaurants and independent shops." See article. (4 Dec)

Fox and Goose one of top 50 pubs according to The Guardian

Hebden Bridge features in The Spectator "The Yorkshire town that’s gone from dirty old buildings to New Age nirvana" by William Cook.

Swimming pool latest. It's still going ahead but, because of the 2015 Flood, not yet. And not in Hebden Bridge. Read the latest statement from the Swimming Pool Association, and follow the links for how the HebWeb has covered this controversial issue over many years. More

Small Ads: "Please can you remove small ad. I had a response within an hour of the ad going live and the first viewer took the house. I had 8 requests to view in 24 hours. Brilliant!"

Small Ads message - "Just to say that my cottage has now been let. Thanks once again to HebWeb!"

Save Hebden Bridge Signal Box

Saignal Box

After more than 125 years as a familiar sight in the town, Network Rail have pulled the levers for the last time. Two community groups have put forward proposals for the building to be saved and restored to its former Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway glory. More info and leaflet

Handmade Parade

TwitterHebWeb on Twitter - join our 3500+ followers.

Small Ads: We had a prospective buyer view it, she loves the house and has put in offer we've accepted. So, thank-you!

"In a world where style often triumphs over substance, Hebweb is reassuringly informative, reliable and clear. An invaluable community resource and public information forum reflecting the independent spirit of Hebden Bridge. Lesley at Elmet Farmhouse.

Floods: HebWeb Gallery - 24 photos taken on the morning of Boxing Day, 2015.

Small Ads: "Amazing but my house in Tod got rented out within 30 minutes after putting the house on Hebweb."

HebWeb Feature on the 2015 Boxing Day Flood, gathering together many of the articles, news, links, photos and videos. Updated reguarly.

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.

Small Ads - "Choosing to advertise the house for rent on the Hebweb was incredibly effective. The perfect tenants were found within 48 hours"

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.

'Greatest Town in Europe' - as well as being the 4th funkiest town in the world, Culture Trip gives 12 Reasons why Hebden Bridge 'is known as the greatest town in Europe'. Read article


Far more than a large home page, the HebWeb is now an essential local resource. It has been around for nearly 23 years, covering local news, events, opinions, tourist info, small ads, where to stay and much, much more. Updated every day. Read more and go deeper into the HebWeb.

Hebden Bridge in Yorkshire crowned best place in the UK - 'Machine learning' used millions of data points to discover top locations. Read more

From the archive: The Times listed the 30 coolest places to live in Britain. Number one was Hebden Bridge.

Let's move to Hebden Bridge From the Guardian. If the roots of its liberal and creative image are a mystery, its appeal is obvious. See also: HebWeb report from Sept 2005

HebWeb Small Ads message: "Please could you close the advert? We've been overwhelmed with the response and quality of applicants! Thanks so much!"

Small Ads: Very good service, result achieved in only 4 days.

Hebden Bridge Station car park to expand: Calderdale Council is working with Network Rail, which owns the land to the east of the existing station car park to create 46 extra places. Read more.

Some 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

One hour from hb9

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.

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

Small Ads: "House successfully rented through Hebweb. Fantastic posting wall!"

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

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

Small Ads: "Ad posted Monday, lease to be signed Saturday and tenant moving in Sunday. Thanks HebWeb."

"Unbelievable result Hebweb. So many enquiries in response to the small ad on your site and now have lovely new tenants. What a success - Thank you Hebweb."

HebWeb also available on the slightly shorter as well as

Hilary WainwrightHappy 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

"Many thanks Hebweb, the Small Ad asking for Volunteers to cook and help at Wadsworth Lunch Club has already had success. We now have someone coming to help cook. We'd still welcome a washer up, and occasional helpers please."

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"

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.

Small Ads - "I am very pleased to say the response was terrific and both properties are now let." (Less than a week)

Small ads: "We've successfully rented our house. Thanks for an excellent service - I'll heartily recommend Hebweb, as our house was previously listed through an estate agent who didn't manage to get us a tenant in 3 months - through Hebweb we had 4 prospective tenants within a week."

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