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Supermarket protestNo public hearing for the Sainsburys Appeal The 500 or more objectors including Hebden Royd Town Council will have an opportunity to restate and amplify their objection by posting online. 24 March

HEBWEB ELECTION HUSTINGS: The HebWeb wrote to each of the six Parliamentary candidates, posing six questions, designed to help voters understand the differences between the parties. Each of the candidates has now responded and you can read their replies here, in our Election Section. 22 March

Musical RuthLocal street acts needed for Arts Festival Hebden Bridge Arts Festival has issued a call out for talented local performers to show off their skills during their two Street Sundaes events. More info 25 March

Tourist GuideNew 2015 Hebden Bridge Visitors' Guide Published: The 2015 Guide, which points out all the places and sites visitors should not miss, is available throughout the town and for download here on the HebWeb. More info 23 March

Kindliness in Hebden Bridge: Community is key in tackling loneliness - report launched Thursday by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation is based on research carried out in Hebden Bridge. Read more 21 March

More community space in Mytholmroyd?Hebden Royd Town Council would like to know if there is a demand for additional community space in Mytholmroyd, as it has been offered the use of the former Calder Valley Club building. Reply by 1 April. Read more.


Eclipse of the sun: Local photographer Bev Manders took this photo from Calder Holmes park. With glasses or filters, the eclipse was visible for most of its duration here in Hebden Bridge. 20 March

Labour candidate refused Blair's Money: in response to the Lib-Dem challenge, the Labour candidate Josh Fenton-Glynn has told the HebWeb, in a forum contribution, that he returned Tony Blair's cheque to the national party. 17 March

Crazy and colourful ideas wanted for the Handmade ParadeCrazy and colourful ideas wanted for the Handmade Parade: Organisers of the Hebden Bridge Handmade Parade are holding a Spark Day on Sat 21 March. Read more 13 March

Better train services - but not yet: latest information from the Upper Valley Transport Group on electrification and what we should expect from the next franchise holder for our line. Read more 11 Mar

Tax Justice campaignTax Justice campaign
public meeting, 31st March.
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Hebden Bridge features in The Times list of trendiest cities, villages and market towns in which to live. 10 March

Education Question Time

General Election: A lively Education Question Time with election candidates took place on Friday 6 March at Calder High. Read report

PrehistoryPre-History on our hill tops: a period of time covering 7000 years before history was recorded was the topic of the recent talk to the Hebden Bridge History Society. Read more 9 March

Schools rebuilding: Craig Whittaker secured an adjournment debate in Parliament on 9 March over the need to rebuild Calder and Tod High schools. He got short change from the Education Minister. See Parliamentary report 10 March

Hebden Bridge Business Forum: the Social on 25 March at Old Gate was attended by 30 people who had the opportunity to network and hear about the new auto-enrolment pension scheme. Read more 27 March

Heidi Bang TidyFestival of Burlesque and Alternative Cabaret - At the end of April, Heidi Bang Tidy and Lady Wildflower will be bringing the glamour of Burlesque to Hebden Bridge and neighbouring towns Todmorden and Mytholmroyd for the annual Burlesque Festival.

Parking chaos at Sainsburys in Mytholmroyd - YouTube video from Jason Elliott 25 March

Pace Egg play 2015

Pace Egg Play 2015 - read more

Cresswells125 years of Cresswells: Over 100 business owners, mainly from the Calder Valley, joined partners and staff of Cresswells accountants last night to celebrate 125 years in business. 20 March

Calder Ward Forum grants relaunched for 2015-2016. £5,000 available grants for activities and projects that benefit Calder Ward. Read more 19 March

Mytholmroyd Station Partnership bring together schools and local industry. Read more 19 March

Myra JamesMyra James is awarded 20mph Campaigner of the Year. The award recognises Hebden Bridge's Myra James' successful campaigning to win 20mph limits across Calderdale's streets. Read report 18 March

New  Peace and Justice /CND GroupCalder Valley CND - For Peace and Justice is the working title of the new group which had its first meeting on 11th March. Speakers included Chair of National CND and Mayor of Hebden Royd. Read report 17 March

Stansfield View

Gruelling Experiences - in the workhouse: Peter Higginbotham's researches enabled him to to recount a complex and fascinating story to the Local History Society. Above: former workhouse: Stansfield View, 2-3 miles from HB. Read more 16 March

Election: Labour candidate challenged over Blair Donation: Alisdair Calder McGregor is asking Josh Fenton Glynn "if he has accepted Blair's Blood Money to fund his campaign". Read more 13 Mar

After Alice Project

The After Alice Project, a new group devoted to non-digital photography, named after Hebden Bridge's most famous photographer Alice Longstaff, is encouraging experienced and novice photographers alike to have a go at capturing images on good old fashioned film. More info 11 Mar

Internation Women's Day Flash Mob

Above: Internation Women's Day Flash Mob in the square, Hebden Bridge. Click here to see more of Craig Shaw's photos of the event. Click here for a video of the event.

Town Council Elections - Every four years, elections take place forthe whole of Hebden Royd Town Council. This year, they coincide with the General Election - Read more 6 Mar

HebWeb election section: for news and discussion of the May 2015 General Election in the Calder Valley

Duck RaceEaster Monday: The return of the yellow ducks: Duckmania will return to Hebden Bridge this Easter Monday for the annual Charity Duck Race, organised by the Rotary Club. More info 4 Mar

Victoria Road

Victoria Road residents complain about McCarthy and Stone: residents have contacted the HebWeb after 15 months of "living on a building site". The development of 32 apartments was due to be finished in January. Read more 2 Mar

Fox and Goose's Co-hoperative beer to toast co-operative pub's first birthday. It will be unveiled at the pub in Heptonstall Road, Hebden Bridge, on Friday 27th from 7pm, kicking off a month-long programme of celebrations. Read more 26 Feb

Calderdale Budget - Council tax freeze confirmed, praise for ambitious energy target, Lib-Dems criticise Labour for not supporting energy reduction target, Labour say council statement glosses over cuts. Read more 25 Feb

Walking with History: E-trails from Pennine Horizons provide walkers with an opportunity to explore the area on foot and having information about the landscape, ecology or history at your finger tips. Read more about the walks and apps. 23 Feb

Fair for Youth

Fair for Youth 2015 will be held on Saturday 30th May on Calder Holmes Park, showcasing the talents, abilities, interests and skills of local young people. Read more

Local Green Party to celebrate growth: The Calderdale Greens are celebrating the growth of their membership, which has increased five times within one year. In January alone over 100 people have joined as members. Read more

School funding scandal: Labour warned last year that Government funding for schools was in doubt. Read more 16 Feb

General Election: transport
The Sustainable Transport Group has asked candidates standing in our Calder Valley constituency a series of questions about transport policy and fare rises. The candidates have all replied. Read the questions and replies

Calder High loses out again in new school building programme. Labour's Josh Fenton-Glynn has expressed disbelief that Calder High has yet again been overlooked by the Government. Read more 10 Feb

Supermarket protestSave our Shops (SOS) "Post boxes" are appearing in shops and cafés this week so people can post pledges to oppose Sainsbury's in Hebden Bridge. Pledge cards are also provided. More info 17 Feb

Spring clean

Once again, Hebden Royd Town Council is sponsoring local community groups to clean up neglected corners of the Parish over its annual 'Spring Clean Weekend' on 21st and 22nd March 2015. More info

Use libraries to access wifi: Although the Hebden Bridge Library has had wireless access for some time, visitors to other libraries in Calderdale will soon be able access their laptops, phones and tablets using free wifi. Read more 9 Feb

Register to vote: To be sure you can vote in May's General Election, you need to check you are registered by Monday 20 April 2015. More info and links to register online.

Publish People's Commission Report now say Lib Dems. Local Liberal Democrats have expressed dismay that the report of the Council's People's Commission into health and social care services is being kept under wraps until February 9th. Read more

CrabtreesShare your favourite Harold Crabtree shoes! This was Harold Crabtree's final season. As everything flies off the shelves for the last time, there is a chance to share your favourite Harold Crabtree moments. Read more 1 Feb

ImagineIt's time to imagine the Hebden Bridge of the future: 2015 is the year for thinking about how to make Hebden Bridge an even better place to live, work and visit says the Hebden Bridge Partnership. Read more.

Piano FestivalPiano Festival programme launch party - Fast becoming a regular fixture in the town's social calendar, the Hebden Bridge Piano Festival programme launch party takes place at the Town Hall on Sat 7th February. Read more

Craig Whittaker's Wikipedia page edited anonymously from the House of Commons. A reference to our MP's arrest for allegedly assaulting his son outside a petrol station was deleted, along with his claim to not know about the future of A&E. See the Wikipedia edits and this page from The Political Scrapbook (26 Jan)

CricketWarming up for cricket: Hebden Bridge Cricket Club is starting the long thaw towards the new season with a of indoor nets beginning on 1st February. Read more

One woman protest in the Square - Christine Drake explains to HebWeb readers why she is there - "in solidarity with the Palestinians" - and recounts some of the abuse she has suffered during her 6 months of demonstrating. See HebWeb Forum thread 21 Jan


Heavy snow covers the town and hills 21 Jan

Tour de FranceTour de France brought £12.5m boost to Calderdale, according to a report commissioned by Calderdale Council. 340,000 people watched the race in our area. Read more (15 Jan 2015)


Hebden Bridge Walkers Action

- a Pennine Way Loop, developed with the Walkers Action group, is due to open this Spring, in time for the 50th anniversary of the walkers' trail. Organisers expect the Loop to bring a major boost to our local economy. Read more 12 Jan

Festival Street

Green Party Information stand yesterday in Hebden Bridge - click photo to enlarge. Photo thanks to the new After Alice Project using non-digital photography. (CC BY-NC, by 'H' Gregg) 8 Mar

Photographer Steve Morgan wins awardPhotographer Steve Morgan wins award: Hebden Bridge photographer Steve Morgan has won the "Work in the Community" section in the British Life Photography Awards for his photo of Foundrymen in Halifax. Read more 2 Mar

Alan PetfordAlan Petford: The untimely death of local historian Alan Petford is a great loss for the Hebden Bridge Local History Society and other history groups he worked with. More info 27 Feb

Pennine Way Loop Pennine Way Loop is on its way: Since it was announced in January, Hebden Bridge Walkers Action has been busy. Work has started improving the route and the first waymarks (see right) are starting to go up. More info 25 Feb

BEATBlackshaw Environmental Action Team (BEAT) Forthcoming activities include the planting of a community orchard and public meetings on Science and Religious Belief, Climate Change, Energy and Culture and the Biological Control of Himalayan Balsam in Colden Clough. Read more 22 Feb

Buried at Sandy Gate: Two long-forgotten graves of leading 19th century co-operative figures have been made accessible to visitors, thanks to efforts taken by a community-based co-operative - CROWS. Read article in Cooperative News

Arts FestivalLocal accountants Cresswells back Arts Festival and will sponsor the Street Sundae event during the Festival in July. More info

House prices: "Often seen as the poor relation to its trendy neighbour, Hebden Bridge," Todmorden has registered the biggest house price rise in Yorkshire over the past six months. See Yorkshire Post article 14 Feb

Crossley Mill CDCrossley Mill Nursery Rhymes to a funkier beat. Nursery rhymes have been given a musical makeover thanks to parents, children and staff who have together created a CD of their favourite songs. Read more 12 Feb

Arts FestivalYoung Producer Sam Bell visits Reuters Sam's dream is to be a journalist so, with the help of Arts Festival sponsors Thomson Reuters, he got to spend a day in the Reuters newsroom. Read more (10 Feb)

Greenpeace benefitBenefit for Greenpeace at the end of the month. 10 top comedy and variety acts, organised by Cabaret Heaven at the Trades Club. See What's on.

Flood works: Carlton Street closed from Monday 9 February, temporary lights in Albert Street and loss of some parking. Work will take 4 weeks.

Local History Society report: Nigel Smith spoke about Patterns in the Landscape: the evolution of settlement and enclosure in the Upper Calder Valley. And revealed the origins of some local place names. Read more 5 Feb

War on Want say no to Trade Deal, War on Want Director John Hilary spoke against the treaty at the Trades Club, 14 Feb - a treaty that threatens to undermine democracy, jobs and public services. Read more 1 Feb

White Ribbon money from tea towels

Tea towels mean cash for White Ribbon. The money was generated from the sale of tea-towels in Valley Organics shop. 50p from every Tea towel sold is donated to the campaign. Read more. (1 Feb)

Thomas Barr. The HebWeb has been asked to inform readers of the death of the former Landlord of The White Lion. The funeral is at Walton Lea Crematorium, Warrington, WA4 6TB on 4th Feb at 4:20pm. All welcome.

Road Safety: Mayor and local Heads address road safety concerns. Read more 26 Jan

University of the Third Age: Paulo Marini, enlightened his audience at the January U3A general meeting in a talk entitled, Open Farm Technologies - Aquaponics. Read more (26 Jan)

Alternatiba Todmorden! Musicians needed to play at a small one-day Festival of Climate Alternatives on Sunday 3rd May 2015 Read more 26 Jan

Car Co-op makes motoring cheaper and greener: Hour Car offers an efficient, low cost alternative to private ownership: car sharing, manager Kevin Hogan tells the HebWeb. Read more.

Tour de Yorkshire

Tour de Yorkshire - the route was announced today; it passes through Hebden Bridge on Sunday 3 May. More info and links

Beer and Cider Festival at the Town Hall to coincide with the Tour de Yorkshire. Read more

Street lighting update: following complaints about street lights not working (cable along Keighley Road has been stolen) Calderdale Council apologise and promise to improve their condition, reliability and energy efficiency. Read more 19 Jan

Australian View of Hebden Bridge: from The West Australian - "This once-dying mill town reinvented itself as a beacon of alternative living; a quirky commuter hub where artists, writers, hippies and new-age gurus rub shoulders with teachers, estate agents and earthy Yorkshire folk". Read the article. 16 Jan

Town Council write to French twin town re: Charlie Hebdo. The Mayor of Hebden Royd, Cllr Jonathan Timbers expressed the area's commitment to stand shoulder to shoulder with the people of France. Read more. 12 Jan

MinuteroMinutero vintage photography: After the HebWeb snapped them in action by the river on Bridge Gate, this unusual Minutero photography group has sent us some info and photos. Read more 9 Jan

Nicholas CullinanNew Director of National Portrait Gallery grew up in Hebden Bridge. He also curated last year's successful Matisse exhibition at the Tate. Read more 8 Jan


Stoodley Pike photographed by Craig Shaw

HebWeb Review of 2014 - the year the Tour de France passed through Hebden Bridge, Sainsburys threatened to build a supermarket, the closure of Halifax A and E feared, Hebden Bridge suggested as the UK's 2nd city, Stoodley Pike was 200 and Bridge Mill 700, it was the 20th anniversary of Lindsay Rimer's still unsolved murder, and much more

Stoodley Pike celebrations

Happy Birthday Stoodley Pike. Local film-maker and historical researcher, Nick Wilding shared his filmed collection of reminiscences about the Pike, and its 200 years, with the Local History Society. Read more (16 Dec)

Arts FestivalGet Writing: Hebden Bridge Arts Festival is challenging local playwrights to get writing over the festive season as they open submissions for next year's Hebden Shorts. Read more (11 Dec)

Bernard Ingham describes our town as "my now unrecognisably trendy native Hebden Bridge" in a Yorkshire Post article entreating readers to vote Conservative at the next election. (10 Dec)

Calderdale now a frack free zone. Labour and the Liberal Democrats joined together to pass a motion calling for no fracking in our area. Read more

John ShuttleworthArts Festival: John Shuttleworth to play Picture House on Friday 6 March. The man dubbed 'The king of retro and old-school England' returns with his show, 'A Wee Ken to Remember'. Read more

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


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)

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

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)


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

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.

Sand Sculpture at the Town Hall

Sand Sculpture at the Town Hall - click to enlarge

Above: Stoodley Pike photographed by Craig Shaw of Blu Planet Photography, capturing the first real snow of winter.

Vintage photo street lab

Vintage photo street lab comes to Hebden Bridge - old school, not digital. Click photo to enlarge

Happy Valley tops Radio Times critics' poll. The magazine's TV editor Alison Graham called the Yorkshire-based programme (filmed in Hebden Bridge and upper valley) "bitingly raw" and said its writer Sally Wainwright and lead actor Sarah Lancashire had "never been better". See BBC news item

Old Gate building work road closures to be limited to one or two mornings a week from now until April. Read more (19 Dec)

Council Minutes - latest minutes of the Hebden Royd Town Council meetings are now online.

NatWest Hebden Bridge branch to close on 24 February. NatWest blame falling numbers and say the cash machine will remain for now.

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)


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

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.

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.

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)

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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 1800 plus now following the HebWeb.

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

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.

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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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

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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.

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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