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Stop press: Local journalist and "visionary" GEOFF TANSEY WINS BBC FOOD AWARD. The ninth Radio 4 Food and Farming Awards 2008 will be broadcast Friday in a special edition of the Food programme - 28 Nov 2008 at 12 midday. Read Hebweb report from last month

Geoff Tansey

Street Science comes to Hebden Bridge - listen to the discussion at the Alternative Technology Centre between a leading nuclear scientist and those opposed to nuclear energy. Radio 4, 3.45 pm Monday 1st December

Packed square for turning-on of lights
more photos, - 22nd Nov

Hebden-based Thingumajig Theatre, who co-produced the Handmade Parade earlier this year appear at Square Chapel - more info - added 25th Nov

Superfast web, TV and phone
Report of public meeting
held on Wednesday (19th Nov) to unveil proposals to bring fibre to the Upper Calder Valley. The proposed new network would give local people access to ‘super-fast’ phone, video and internet services, and be owned by the community.

Plans: wine bar in Holme Street opposite Riverside School, apartments for the former adult education centre and 6 new dwellings at Old Chamber. See planning watch - 19th Nov

Cards for KIDS

Above: Hebden Bridge cartoonist Fran Orford seeks to raise money for children's disability charity by drawing Christmas cards - more info

New Film Society for Mytholmroyd - more info

Hebden Bridge students in Les Miserables - see news

New town in Calderdale? - meeting in Hebden Bridge - see news - 10th Nov

Lindsay Rimer: 14 years and still no arrest. Lindsay went missing on 7th November 1994. Police are today re-appealing for help in the hope that someone comes forward with a vital piece of information that could assist the enquiry. See Hebweb news item and feature

Hebden Bridge Picture House is booming: a fantastic combination of mainstream, art-house and foreign films, the Picture House offers so much more than a standard cinema including hot drinks and home-made cakes served by friendly staff. - 30th Oct

Jason and Chris

Hebden Bridge green company now successfully recycling rubber - more info - 3rd Nov

Local Food for Local people - talks from Suma and Hughes Family bakery, and cake samples. Saturday morning, 8th November - see events

John Craven
Countryfile - John Craven was out and about around Hebden Bridge this week to record an edition of Countryfile for BBC1, Sunday 19th October.

Hebden Bridge: " the great unwashed" - see news

Upper Valley Forum meetings - see events

HBOS Jobs - Gordon Brown offers to meet our MP, Chris McCafferty about worries over job losses. - 9th Oct

GARDEN STREET - Calderdale Council's Director of Regeneration & Development Ian Thompson, responsible for all aspects of the Garden Street development process inside the Council, attended Hebden Royd Town Council on Wednesday, 8th to answer questions from Town Councillors about issues to do with the area. - 8th Oct

KERBSIDE - talks with SITA didn't go well but are set to continue. Paul Brannigan of Kerbside says no decision will be made without real consultation with the community, via a public meeting. - 7th Oct

Archive - updated to include home pages from 2003

KERBSIDE - on the day that senior executives of Sita UK are flown into Manchester Airport for a summit with representatives of Kerbside, Hebden Bridge campaigner Barbara Green is urging people to write letters to Hazel Blears, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government. See Forum - 2nd Oct

GARDEN STREET - plans thrown out
Hebweb scoop! Well over 300 people travelled to Halifax on a rainy Monday evening and listened for 3 hours while the Garden Street development was debated. The Planning Committee threw out the plans by a vote of five to two. Read report - 29th Sept. - see also Forum discussion of the planning process in the light of Garden Street

"The Battle of Hebden Bridge" - article in Independent on Sunday - 28th Sept

Garden Street development

The Keighley Road at Commercial Street with artist's drawing of the Garden Street development - click photo to enlarge - 25th Sept

GARDEN STREET: Action group call on the Planning Committee to reject officers' report, citing factual inaccuracies, misquotations and, above all, lack of balance. Read more - 23rd Sept

Hebden Bridge Trail on your iPod, with audio narration by local actor, Rob Garrett. See our audio-video section or the Hebden Bridge History Walks page - 19th Sept.

Time to mow the roof new eco-building course
- 19th Sept

GARDEN STREET - headline in Yorkshire Post: "Death threats and Nazi insults: The 'wonky skyscrapers' of Hebden Bridge" - see article 18th Sept.

Over 250 people attended the lively meeting at Riverside Junior School Tuesday evening, 2nd Sept. Read Hebweb report

Songs against development

Local choir members entertain those queueing up to make their objections in the square - 30 Aug

The Parking Wizard's sorcery created extra parking spaces - just like that! See details, more photos and video. - 24 Aug

See also Forum response to David Fletcher and Hebweb Feature on our coverage of Garden Street over the past few years. Comment online



KERBSIDE PUBLIC MEETING next Saturday (29th) 10.30 am at the Good Shepherd, Mytholmroyd. Help decide Kerbside's future. See Hebweb's most recent forum thread and news item on this.

Free Radicals - next session (30th) has a Laughter Therapist talking about anarchism - see events

Italian Night For Overgate Hospice - see events

Small Business Centre proposed next to Town Hall: are Hebden’s creative businesses going to beat the ‘crunch’? Online survey to contribute your views. More info

Town Hall project

Jason and Chris

Clean up those grot spots - neighbourhood groups to clean over the weekend of 6th-7th December - more info - 18th Nov

Barack Day at the Trades
Thanksgiving meal - 19th Nov

Local playwright Christopher Reason has dramatised the next Classic Serial for Radio Four - a 2 part adaptation of the satirical nove, The Good Soldier Švejkl by Czech writer Jaroslav Hašek, set in WW1.

Photos section - updated

Trades Club pledges to Beat the Burglars after raiders smashed their way into the building and took some stock. - 11th Nov


Hebden Bridge Bonfire 2008 - more photos

The Seamy Side of Town - Hebweb discussion continues. Inspector Chris Norbury joined the debate, and revealed actions he and his colleagues have already taken. 3 Nov

"We're really busy with our bed and breakfast and most get in touch through the Hebweb - Laura of Laurel End - see accommodation

Frieda Hughes (daughter of Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes) presented the poetry prize at the Ted Hughes Festival - 26th Oct

TH Festival - photos and info

Hebden Royd and District Swimming Pool Association - questions still unanswered, once again being asked. See discussion thread - 25th Oct

Bradford Interchange closes for 10 days - news

Station Road closure: all day Sunday, 26th October - for resurfacing of road and car park. This car needs to be moved. More info and larger photo

Hebden Bridge student Jemima Foxtrot stars in a powerful new BBC radio play about racism and poetry in the 21st century - see news - 19th Oct

Hebden Bridge student elected to Youth Parliament as MYP - 17th Oct

HB Partnership's celebration of community and activist groups showed what a truly remarkable town we live in - Read more - 8th Oct

Ted Hughes Festival - opens on 22nd October when Andrew Motion will present the Young Poets Award at the Ted Hughes Theatre in Mytholmroyd.

2010 will mark the 500th anniversary of the Packhorse Bridge. Click here to see projects planned or already underway

Yellow lines

Permaculture and Transition Towns - on Sunday, 5th October at the Trades - see events

Small Ads - houses, flat, apartment, rooms and cottage to rent, Maths tuition, learn to draw, car for sale and much more

New station car park
works starts Monday 6th October

Yellow linesPACK HORSE BRIDGE: NO PARKING! (Updated) - Calderdale Council have confirmed to the Hebweb plans to paint yellow lines on part of the old bridge. More info - 25th Sept

Free Radicals - next session on 28th September - see events for full details

Coffee Station wins award - Third Prize in the Best Station Retail Outlet, at the National Community Rail Awards held in Plymouth on Friday night (22 Sept).

Rochdale Canal

Looking critically at the Rochdale Canal,
our "linear park" - more info 18th Sept.

Nearly 4 months after Under the Bridge was first posted on the Hebden Bridge Web, the Courier reports that "drugs film shocks town" - see our radio and video section for the video, click here for Courier report - 15th Sept.

Hebden Bridge artists commissioned to create installations for Slow Art Trail opening in the Yorkshire Dales this month - more info - 12th Sept. Jane Revitt

HebWeb News - see over a hundred pages of news items (mostly with photos) and dozens of shorter items from this year's news of Hebden Bridge. See also our archive section for previous home pages, older news and forum messages. Please help the Hebweb by supporting our advertisers.

Asbestos, now banned in the EU, kills up to 4,000 people a year in the UK alone. This week's New Statesman reveals how the industry hid the truth for decades and why the death toll will certainly continue to rise." - Full article - see also Hebweb feature

Blackshawhead Village Fete - Saturday August 30 2008 - cancelled due to waterlogged field

Guardian on Hebden Bridge: "There probably isn't a more Guardian-y place in the universe. The arty class started coming here in the late 60s, attracted to its then ludicrously cheap stone mills and millhouses. Now you can't move for louche lesbians, academics, journalists, tortoiseshell spectacles and jazz musicians with questionable haircuts. Even the local brass band is so cool it plays ska." - 23 Aug

Latest play from Hebden Bridge's Square Peg Productions, reviewed (with photos) by Geoff Tansey - 17 Aug Carlton clock

Boarding at a Pecket Well farm, Peter Kelly taught at Calder High from 1958 to 1961, and has sent the Hebden Bridge Web some of his memories. Read more on our History pages - 9 Aug

Latest photos and message from Ian Coates' trip round the world on a Honda - Guatamala and El Salvador - see Hebweb feature - 20 Aug

Bhopal challenge ride Bhopal challenge ride - in November Hebden Bridge's John Appleby will be taking part in a sponsored cycle challenge in India to raise money for the Bhopal Medical Appeal - 14 Aug


KERBSIDE DEMO - more photos and video. See Forum for discussion and Look North item on Kerbside


Hebden Royd Town Council unanimously rejected the plans on Weds 30 July. - 1 Aug

Kerbside demo


Morris dancing in the square

Another balmy summer evening in Hebden Bridge - suddenly, there are Morris dancers all over the square - more photos - 30 July

Space needed to store all the parade-making materials - ideally, it would be somewhere which is dry, secure and about the size of a single car garage. Email your suggestions

Secretly Pleased

Hebden Bridge photographer Alice Longstaff
brought back to life - read more - 27 July

Situation Vacant: The Hebden Royd & District Co-operative Members’ Group is seeking a Secretary - 22 July

Phoenix Radio - listen to Dave Boardman discuss the Hebden Bridge Web with Chris Ratcliffe - July 2008


Useful sites - updated, links checked, police contact info added

Stepping Out exhibition


Hebden Bridge Walkers Action have now put nearly 800 photos from their Stepping Out photo project online. More info and gallery


500 years of the Hebden Bridge

HebWeb Radio latest - details of Dave Boardman's weekly programme on Hebden Bridge from Phoenix Radio, Dave's interview with Patsy Skeet and Chris Ratcliffe about arriving in Hebden Bridge in the 70s, and "Under the Bridge", a video of a town of alcoholic children

Hebweb mailing list - subscribe to this list to receive occasional mailings about matters related to Hebden Bridge

New Hebweb section - Archive

Hebden Bridge History Group - see dozens of photos of old Hebden Bridge
Hebweb Online Columns



  • BERRINGDEN BROW: Memoirs of Single Mother with a Crush- a novel by local author Jill Robinson published as a book by Pennine Pens. Read online samples

  • Sylvia Plath Forum - hundreds of thousands of words discussing this US poet, buried in Heptonstall.

  • Poems from Glyn Hughes
    - see features

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