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News, Features and Upcoming Events

Student Protest: See below: Hundreds of students from Hebden Bridge and the Calderdale area took part in protests against public sector cuts, particularly cuts in education and rises in tuition fees - organised by local sixth formers who go to college in Mytholmroyd, Halifax and Huddersfield. (Photo: Mike Barrett) Read more - 24 November

Ian McMillan

Hebden Bridge a "GREAT TOWN" Ian McMillan writes poem about Hebden Bridge which has won the 'Great Town Award' given by The Academy of Urbanism. Hebden Bridge has previously been voted the 4th funkiest town in the world and the UK town with most local identity. Read More - 20 November

Student protest

TOWN HALL PLANS - Andrew Bibby of the HB Community Association replies to belated criticism from Nick Wilding and others re plan to demolish rear extension of Town Hall. HebWeb Forum

COOP MAKES CHANGES AFTER MEETING - regional manager of the Co-op, Tim Coulson writes to HebWeb with a report of the recent meeting and outlining the changes which have already been made. Read More - 17 November

Be a councillor - Hebden Royd Council last week welcomed people interested in becoming Councillors - more info - 17 Nov

TroykaHX7 Jazz is back on Thursday November 25th with Troyka: an extraordinary trio featuring Kit Downes - a short-listed nominee for the Mercury Prize - Read more


Craig Whittaker MP supported Friends of the Earth call for Lobby push the Government to take urgent action on Climate Change. Read more

CO-OP MEETING REPORT - Coop Regional Manager Tim Colman admitted, "We failed dismally" when asked about issues raised in the Hebweb Forum, and promises changes - Read report - 3 Nov

Burnley Road School prepares Christmas boxes for troops in Afghanistan - Read more - 2 Nov

Helen of  Four Gates

HELEN OF FOUR GATES to show again next month. After the great success of the showing of Helen of Four Gates in June, there is going to be another rare opportunity to travel back in time and watch Hebden Bridge's famous lost 1920 film. Read More - 1 Nov

Town Hall plans

TOWN HALL PLANS GET GO AHEAD - plans to extend the Town Hall have been given consent by Calderdale councillors at last night's planning committee, paving the way for major new community and civic facilities, as well as opening up the river Hebden waterfront for a new public square. Read more - 27 October

125 Year Lease for Town Hall. More info


Walk for Wainsgate - more info and photos from Geoff Matthews

LIGHTS SWITCH ON - more photos

Remembrance Sunday - YouTube video of the parade in Mytholmroyd, thanks to the Mytholmroyd Net

Craig WhittakerCraig Whittaker MP defends foreign aid in Commons speech: "foreign aid . . . produces a sustainable, stable foreign country that helps and grows itself . . ." Read speech - 12 November

Bridge Multimedia Magic - part of the Hebden 500 season. From magic lantern slides to a digital projector, technology that bridges the centuries will bring history to life this month. Read More - 11 November

Late Night Christmas Shopping - For a week from Thursday 16th December until Thursday 23rd December, shops in Hebden Bridge will remain open until 8pm. Read More - 9 November

BBC Inside Out - Jamie Coulson was in Hebden Bridge - "the hippy town which is being forced to confront its drug demons". Listen on iPlayer and see Forum thread

Book News - Top ten bestsellers for October, and all the latest news from our popular Hebden Bridge bookshop. Read more - 1 Nov

Calendar GirlsCalendar Girls in Boxing Gloves The latest Calendar Girls style calendar is about to hit the streets of Hebden Royd after the launch event at the Trades Club on Fri 5th Nov, this time featuring women in boxing gloves. Read More - 1 Nov

Banner Exhibition - Artist Andrew Turner, who is setting up home in the upper Calder Valley, is staging a remarkable exhibition at the National Coal Mining Museum at Caphouse. On Saturday, November 6, the exhibition will be coupled with an afternoon concert by Will Kaufman, from Hebden Bridge.Read More - 1 Nov

The Guardian's Martin Wainwright writes to say how much he enjoyed "meeting an audience which was well up to, and beyond, my high expectations of your famous and lovely town" - read message

THESE HEELS ARE MADE FOR WALKING - The White Ribbon Campaign is men working to end male violence against women. This Charity Walk is part of White Ribbon Week and the lead up to White Ribbon Day on the 25th November. Read more - 28 October

PICTURE HOUSE THREAT - A consortium of local organisations has begun discussions with senior Calderdale council staff over ways in which the cinema’s long-term future can be secured. Read more - 21 October

Coalition Government's Spending Plans are a 'Body Blow' for Calderdale, say Labour. Cllr Swift has told the HebWeb that the Government's plans to go all out for big cuts could see over 1,000 people lose their jobs. Read more - 25 October

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Wainsgate Walk

Local fluoride campaigner Dennis Edmonson has died - see Courier report

Green Party calls meeting to discuss the cuts - see What's on section for 1st November.

Electoral Reform Debate

PUBLIC MEETING VOTES FOR ALTERNATIVE VOTE SYSTEM - Local politicians Cllr. Nader Fekri, Kate Sweeny, Craig Whittaker MP and Cllr Susan Press were the speakers at the public meeting on electoral reform in Hebden Bridge on Friday 15 October. Read report

New Veggie Café - Greens Vegetarian Café (formerly Relish), owned and run by Kim Green (formerly of The Veggie, Ilkley) will be opening s at Old Oxford House in Albert Street. Read more - 8 October

Pool and community centre

Swimming pool Views and opinions sought on latest plans (above) for a swimming pool in our area. See also: forum thread

Billy Holt

Our feature on local character Billy Holt has been updated to include the personal memories of Dutch teacher Frans van Schaik - Read more - 16 August


Hebweb upgrade - read about the update to this site, and how it would not have been possible without Ariadne

Police And Community Report - details of crimes and concerns around Hebden Bridge, including anti-social behaviour and police priorities. Read more

Popular Hebden Bridge musician, Steve Tilston has revealed the contents of a letter John Lennon sent him, giving advice, in 1971 but which he didn't actually receive for another 34 years. See this BBC news page


Patrick Munsie, former Calder High student, has been killed in a road accident in Colorado while on his gap year. See Yorkshire Post article.

DIGITAL SWITCHOVER DATES: The change from analogue to digital TV will happen next year, 2011 Read more - 11 October

Betty WardDeath of former Mayor of Hebden Royd, Betty Ward.


See Lives Remembered - 30 Sept

CLONE TOWN BRITAIN has Hebden Bridge as one of the most distinctive towns in the UK. Read more - 20 Sept


GINNELGATE DIRECT ACTION - This morning, Saturday 18 September at 10.30 am residents of St John's Close and their visitors took direct action and 'scaled the wall' which has been built across the pathway through the close on to Bankside footpath. More info and background- 18 Sept

Local History Society - Autumn and Winter events now online: see "What's on". 13 Sept

Leonora Rustamova

Miss Rusty Employment Tribunal hearing is set for 11-14 January in Leeds. See new Hebweb Feature which attempts to bring together the story behind the sackings of her and Steve Cann from Calder High - 10 Sept

Ian Coates

Ian Coates in the Ukraine, still riding round the world on his Honda - "I told my wife I was going for 4 months in 1999 and I am still riding". See HebWeb Feature for latest.

Local Blogs section - now updated

500 faces

Jason Elliott's 500 Faces of Hebden Bridge is now complete. See web gallery of all 500 faces

500 Faces

Five hundred words about Hebden Bridge - see latest entry from Lynn Breeze: Seedy river had fun, along with a YouTube video of Jason Elliott interviewing project's sponsor.


Handmade Parade

and launch of the Hebden Bridge Arts Festival 2010.
See photos
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Miss Rusty talks to the Yorkshire Post one year on. Read article and see HebWeb coverage of her and Steve Cann's unfair treatment by Calder High School.

Shed your Tears and Walk Away - reviews in the national press. See 6 reviews of this film about Hebden Bridge. Hebden Bridge is a "madhouse fuelled by drink and drugs" … is a haven for achingly trendy bohemians. Read the full reviews from the Telegraph, Guardian, Mirror and Financial Times -

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