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Good progress made at Riverside: Following an HMI visitthis month, Riverside School has been judged as making good progress in areas identified by Ofsted in January 2012 as needing improvement. Read more (26 March)

Cross Inn Public Meeting to support the campaign to save landlords Owen and Lisa from eviction - 8pm, Weds 27th March. See Facebook


Spring Snow in cool Hebden Bridge: Photos On Friday 22nd March and Saturday 23rd March, snow fell constantly and heavily. Most roads on the tops were blocked by drifts caused by a strong easterly wind. Bus and train services were disrupted. Here are a few photos from the weekend.

Cycle for workCycling from Lands’ End to John O’Groats, by way of Hebden Bridge. Cycle for Work: A Community Foundation project to raise money for youth apprenticeships in Calderdale. Read more (26 March)

Hebden Bridge: the coolest place to live in Britain, according to the Times. Read about what The Times said.

Anti War Demo 2003

Calder High Student Walkout - ten years ago. As Britain was about to invade Iraq, Calder High students led local protests. Headteacher David Scott was forced to close the school on the day of the invasion and subsequently suspended 13 students. Calder High students demonstrated all day in Hebden Bridge. Read the HebWeb news reports from March 2003.

Easter Saturday Alternative: IncredibleEdible Mytholm’s Growing Futures Field Day. Come to Mytholm Playing Field where Incredible Edible Mytholm will be launching ideas for an exciting community-owned, sustainable food business. Read more (16 March)

After decades of campaigns, it looks like a swimming pool may finally be built in our area, possibly by Christmas. View plans on 27 March.

Lottery Grant for Cancer group: Living Well, Calderdale Women's Cancer Support Network, has been awarded a £5993 grant from the Big Lottery 'Awards for All' to enable it to continue supporting women living with cancer. Read more (9 March)

Station Cafe

Station Café break in: Paul Clarke sent us the above photos saying today, "Commuters were dleighted to see the Station Cafe reopen only twentyfour hours after it was raided." (8 March)

Calder High Ofsted Report Feb 2013. Now available on the HebWeb. Download. And see Forum.

Want to be a film extra? A number of extras are required at the Picture House for a short film by award winning filmmaker Mike Staniforth (5 March)

Changing Times in the Press: The University of the Third Age heard from speaker John Greenwood about how our local papers are run and and of the challenges they face from online media. Read more (3 March)

Bernard InghamBernard Ingham column ended: campaigners have learned that Bernard Ingham has been told his longrunning column in the HB Times has ended. They had been calling on Ingham to apologise for what he said about Hillsborough. Read more (27 Feb)

Anti-Academy Petition: Campaigners send petition to Education Secretary Michael Gove and letter to Prime Minister David Cameron. See Forum thread (26 Feb)

Hebden ShortsBudding playwrights needed. Hebden Shorts is back for its third outing and needs new writers to submit 15 minute plays for their run during the Arts Festival in June. Read more (23 Feb)

Bernard Ingham: the Facebook campaign to stop his column in the local paper now has more than 500 supporters. See Discussion

Ofsted remove Calder High from special category - The possibility of Calder High being forced into becoming an Academy was very real; it all hinged on last week's Ofsted visit. Read more (18 Feb)

Cllrs welcome Calder High news

Cllrs Nader Fekri, Simon Young and
Dave Young welcome the Calder High news

Mark ThomasReview of the Mark Thomas show at the Trades. 'I love it here. The shops are brilliant, this club is great and all you need now is to get rid of Bernard Ingham.' Read more (17 Feb)

Floods aftermath: Spring drop-in sessions in Hebden Bridge and Mytholmroyd, and a letter from Calderdale. Read more (14 Feb)

Community Turbine

Harvesting the wind: Blackshaw Head community turbine starts making money. More details. (13 Feb)

Horsemeat: Todmorden slaughterhouse raided and closed by food standard officials. See Guardian report (12 Feb)

Joel pops the question at Trades Club

Joel pops the question at Trades Club: When Joel Clegg was looking to pop the question to Amy Stoker he thought what better way to do it when folk band Stornoway played the Trades Club. Read more (11 Feb)

Craig Whittaker MPWhile Parliament, including MPs of all parties, voted for a historic social change on 5 February, our MP Craig Whittaker voted against the right of gay and lesbian people to marry. See Forum thread. Update: read what Craig Whittaker said in Parliament.


Hebden Bridge Railway Station in the 19th century

Our Railway Station in the 19th century. David Taylor told a meeting of the Local History Society about how the early railway developed in Hebden Bridge. Read more

Hebden Bridge in the Snow

See more snow photos in the Facebook group: Hebden Bridge in the Snow

Introducing Calder Community Kitchen Co-op

Introducing Calder Community Kitchen Co-op: A group of local real food and bread lovers is setting up a new food co-op Hebden Bridge. Read more (21 Jan)

SwaledaleTOUR DE FRANCE: on Sunday 6 July 2014, the eyes of the world will be on Hebden Bridge when the 200 competitors of the Tour de France cycles through our town, and Cragg Vale's famous five-and-a-half mile incline, the longest in England. Read more

Ian Coates

Ian Coates rides back into Hebden Bridge on his Honda, after leaving to travel round the world in 1999. The HebWeb has been following his travels for the past 12 years and the coverage on the HebWeb helped to make his incredible trip famous worldwide. See our feature. Photos above: Howard Holmes

Nutclough extension: Calderdale approve controversial plans. See Forum message

Council grants: Hebden Royd seeks applications for its community grants. Read more. (9 Jan)

Nutclough Mill threat

Calderdale competence challenged over plans for Nutclough Mill, one of Hebden Bridge's finest old buildings. The Head of Planning of Calderdale has been sent a formal letter of complaint concerning its handling of the application. Read more (7 Jan)

Postcard from PalestinePostcard from Palestine 10 - Hebden Bridge's Ron Taylor, part of an international group of supporters, sends the HebWeb his latest news from Palestine. "Leaving Bethlehem" Read more.

Pace Egg Play 2013

Pace Egg Play 2013: Read about the changes to the cast this year, the times, links to photos from previous years, the history and why this year visitors are requested to walk or use a bus. Read more. And see What's On for times of other Pace Egg plays around the area.

Boost for flood-hit communities

Boost for flood-hit communities: Calderdale Council is to receive Government funding to work with local communities to be better prepared for flooding. Read more (25 March)

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. (25 March)

Round of applause for Calder Valley Search and Rescue - see Forum thread

Helen braves the weather: Arts Festival Artistic Director Helen Meller battled through the snow to sell tickets for the Tracey Thorn event. More info and photo. (23 March)

Peggy ThomasHebden Bridge woman refuses to pay taxes for war. Peggy Thomas, a retired teacher, living in Hebden Bridge, is refusing to pay the Inland Revenue some of her income tax. She is a conscientious objector, against taxes being used for warfare. Read more (22 March)

Guardian Northerner: Jill Robinson's last column reflects on how, arriving in Hebden Bridge 30 years ago, she felt immediately at home, even though the "Tories were gunning for single parents."(20 March)

Working from home in 1825; Working from home is not a new concept, Malcolm Heywood told members of the Hebden Bridge Local History Society. William Greenwood's described his several different occupations. Read more (20 March)

906 busThe wonderful 906 Widdop bus - Following discussions with Hebden Bridge Walkers Action, Metro has agreed to run the service again in 2013, along with a new Route Guide with twelve walks. Read more (19 March)

Tracey ThornTracey Thorn signs up for Arts Festival: Pop star turned writer Tracey Thorn will one of the first acts to play the newly revamped Birchcliffe Centre in a one off 'In Conversation With' event.


Calling Green-Fingered Gardeners Who Love Railway Stations!

Friends of the Station are looking for a few more volunteers to join them on the odd Saturday for an hour or two. Read more (13 March)

Northlight ArtsThe Back Door - an Art Studio for the Community, now the leading adult education centre for visual arts and crafts in the area. Read more (12 March)

The Fall

Punk veterans The Fall play The Trades:
Tickets sell out in one hour.
Read more

Mal CampbellTrades Club Entertainment manager Mal Campbell has signed up to lend his expertise as Events Producer to book big name acts for Hebden Bridge Arts Festival. Read more (8 March)

Daniel Kitson

Queuing for Daniel Kitson tickets

Daniel KitsonQuirky comic Daniel Kitson sold out his Picture House gig in 72 hours setting a new sales record for the Hebden Bridge Art Festival. Read more (6 March)

Spring Newsletter from Hebden Royd Town Council: Allotments, Mayor's Raffle and Supper, grants awarded, the Big Spring Clean and more. Download (5 March)

HebWeb archive: quickly view HebWeb home pages of the past few years.

Air pollution in Hebden Bridge: "The worst air quality in West Yorkshire is in Hebden Bridge". The next public meeting organised by the Blackshaw Environmental group has speakers talking about air pollution, and bats. Read more (27 Feb)

Bedroom tax - fears that hundreds of local people will be affected, and over a million pounds will be taken out of the local economy. Read more (21 Feb)

Freedom from Torture quiz night at the Trades Club - see report and details of next meeting

Linda GreenThe Mummyfesto: author Linda Green has sold over 200,000 books. Her new novel is based in a Hebden Bridge at the centre of a political revolution. The Lollipop Party, which campaigns for children and families, gains massive support . . . Read more (13 Feb)


Calder High OFSTED: 12-13 Feb. Parent responses needed. See Forum message from governor, Peter Buckley

Save Central Library: the protests continue. Read this latest news item with links to HebWeb coverage over the past four years. (6 Feb)

Local doctors' survey - you have until 11 February to complete this online patient survey about the Hebden Bridge Group Practice.

Petition objecting to Calder High becoming an Academy: if you wish to object to Calder High becoming an Academy, this page has the petition to download along with more information.

Calder High is moving swiftly towards being an Academy: little consultation with parents or the community. Read more about latest letter to parents.

Guardian Northener: A Dark Water - remembering Sylvia Plath in Hebden Bridge and how she and Ted Hughes might have fared better in the Hebden Bridge of today. (1 Feb)

Liberal Democrats have mixed feelings about Hebden Royd budget, emphasising a wish for Mytholmroyd to break with Hebden Bridge. Read more

New Alternative Energy project includes Raspberry Pi, conductive thread and ink, energy efficient 3D printing and more. Read more

How can Hebden Bridge be a better place to live and work in 2020? This is the question which members of Hebden Bridge Partnership have set themselves, as they begin work on a new Action Plan for the town. Read more (22 Jan)

Hebden Bridge Walkers Action Relaunch: Following the meeting of 13th January, HBWA will continue for another six months to work on four projects - Problems with footpaths, 906 bus, self guided walks and Walkers are Welcome status Read more. (21 Jan)

Maxine Peake

Maxine Peake at the Trades Club, Saturday evening, 19th January. Photo: Bev Manders

The Woodlands: new plans cause concern. See Planning Watch

Ban the Burn campaign goes to Europe: questions are being raised about the legality of Natural England' decision to stop prosecuting the Walshaw Moor Estate - campaigners want the replacement of the sphagnum moss to slow the run-off during heavy rainfall. Read more. (14 Jan)

Keep NHS Calderdale public, a lobby will urge on Thursday 17 January at the next NHS Clinical Commissioning Executive Meeting. Read more. (14 Jan)

New Town Hall - job vacancies. Hebden Bridge Community Association are pleased to be currently recruiting for a number of posts. Read more. (10 Jan)

Hillsborough and Bernard Ingham: pressure is growing daily for local papers to end the Bernard Ingham column given his continued failure to apologise for 'disgraceful' remarks following the Hillsborough tragedy. Update: 11 January. Read more.

Have your say on Council budget: Calderdale Council is inviting people to have their say on the Council’s budget for 2013/14 to 2015/16.

 Trades Club donates £5000 to Flood Fund

Trades Club donates £5000 to Flood Fund

Energy Switching in Calderdale: Anyone in Calderdale can now easily take part in a deal that could save them as much as £250 per year. But just how green is the initiative? Read more. (3 Jan)

HEBWEB REVIEW OF THE YEAR 2012: Many thanks and Happy New Year to all those who read and support the HebWeb, especially those who have sent their news items, event details and photos, shared their views on the Forum and submitted their Small Ads.

Guardian Online: Creating a winter valley of lights in flood-hit West Yorkshire. And how Calderdale helped. (31 Dec)

The Trades Club thanks the HebWeb: "The Trades has had a great year with more than 30 sell-out gigs and a huge part of that is the regular updates we get on Hebweb" Read more.

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." (4 Jan)

Mike Harding back on stage at the Trades, the first time since he performed at the Miners' Strike Benefit in 1984. Read more - updated with a copy of original ticket from a HebWeb reader.

Silver postbox

Silver postbox outside Mytholmroyd post office, to recognise the achievements of Karen Darke. Photo: H Gregg.   Read more 3 Dec

Hebden Bridge and its Co-op featured in this Radio Four programme - about 11 minutes in (21 Dec)

Our MP, Craig Whittaker will vote against same-sex marriages. Yesterday in Parliament, he told the Culture Secretary, Maria Miller that the views of people of faith should never be marginalised, referring to the Coalition for Marriage petition, calling for no change in the definition of marriage. See Forum discussion from earlier this year.

Mytholm Works: Councillors overrule planners' recommendation to dismiss Supermarket and Hotel plans. See Forum thread (4 Dec)

Valley of Lights photo from Ian Hodgson

Valley of Lights Gallery on the HebWeb: we've now added 6 photos from Ian Hodgson.

Handmade Parade

The VALLEY OF LIGHTS stunned the many hundreds who packed the streets of Hebden Bridge Thursday evening, 29th November. A magnificent evening of parades, illuminated cyclists, frosty moonlight, music, street markets and entertainers showed once again what a quirky, funky, colourful, creative community we live in. More photos. Updated, to include a sample of photos from Craig Shaw and Ian Hodgson. See also: Forum thread


A couple of weeks after the previous flood, one month's rain falls in three hours

FLOOD NEWS AND PHOTOS - together with links to YouTube and media coverage. Burnley Road from NatWest Bank to the Marina, most of Market Street to past the Co-op and George's Square were among the places flooded by today's torrential rain. This time, it wasn't the rivers, but drains were overwhelmed. Birchcliffe Road and Keighley Road were rivers of water. Read more

Charles visit

Royal Visit: Hebden Royd Town Clerk, Jason Boom sharing a joke with Charles on the Old Bridge at lunchtime today. Click to enlarge. More photos (6 July)

Picture House

PICTURE HOUSE: After much effort from Staff, Friends of the Picture House and passers-by the Picture House only missed one screening after being flooded up to a depth of 5 ft in places.


Photos and info: the worst flooding in Hebden Bridge for over 30 years. After heavy rain all day Friday, 22nd June, flood sirens went just before 8pm. Just hours later, the whole of the centre of Hebden Bridge was flooded. Market Street, Bridge Gate, Old Gate, Albert Street and Crown Street were all under water and impassable.

The dramatic events of Friday, 22nd June have led to dozens of local shops and businesses suffering damage and serious loss of stock. We encourage all HebWeb readers to support the fund set up by the Community Foundation.

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Five hundred words on Hebden Bridge - "Everything in the house was heated by the fire, all the old terraced houses used coal for heat and cooking back then, the valley had a serious smog problem." Read more from Dave Bridges' 500 words.

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