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Vigil for Manchester: the new Mayor of Hebden Royd, Pat Fraser, joined around 80 others who gathered on the wavy steps at Bridge Gate on Tuesday, 23 May. Her banner reads "We stand with Manchester". Click photo (from Ralph Nimmann) to enlarge


Twenty is Plenty - Slow Down Day: Traffic speed monitoring has recently been carried out in a number of locations in Hebden Bridge and Mytholmroyd, in both 30mph and 20mph areas. Read more and about worst examples (23 May)

Green PartyCalderdale Green Party launches General Election campaign in Calder Valley. Kieran Turner from Todmorden is Calderdale Green Party’s Parliamentary candidate for Calder Valley. Read more (16 May)

Murder on the Moors: The Gallows Pole by Mytholmroyd writer Benjamin Myers is reviewed in today’s Guardian. It’s a retelling of the Craggs Coiners' story and ‘King’ David Hartley. (27 May)

Dreaming of the Daylight DaysDreaming of the Daylight Days: the launch of a poetry book which came from creative sessions at Hebden Bridge Town Hall for people living with dementia, led by Verd de Gris (25 May)

Pat FraserTown Council - new mayor presents community awards. Cllr Pat Fraser is the new mayor and at the Annual Meeting, she presented community awards to Trevor Bannister and Zwyela Mitchell dos Santos (23 May)

Piano Festival fundraiserPiano Festival Fundraising Concert: Following the 5th Hebden Bridge Piano Festival in April comes a spectacular fundraising Gala Piano Recital to raise cash for more exciting Festivals in 2018 and beyond. (20 May)

Woodland Archaeology Festival in the Crags this June. It will include an archaeological excavation of a charcoal burning pit and an introduction to many different woodland activities that helped to fuel the Industrial Revolution, such as charcoal production and the smelting of iron. Read more (17 May)

Sights and Sounds of water Arts Festival: Sights and Sounds of water Artistic Director Helen Meller told the HebWeb, "We'd chosen the theme of water before the Boxing Day floods as it has powered and shaped the fortunes of the valley for centuries." Read more. (17 May)

Magic BeansWainsgate concert: The 2017 season kicked off on Sunday May 21st with acoustic music from the delightfully idiosyncratic Manchester trio The Magic Beans. Read more.

Jeremy Corbyn in Hebden Bridge

Jeremy Corbyn in Hebden Bridge. Hundreds packed into the Town Hall on Monday (15 May) to support and hear the Labour leader. Photos, videos and report. (15 May - updated)

Call for election debate in the Calder Valley Labour, Green and Independent candidates for Calder Valley have written to Conservative, Craig Whittaker challenging him to debate. Read more (13 May)

Folk Roots Festival

Above: The Peace Artistes playing in the Square as part of the Folk Roots Festival. (13 May)

Six candidates for Calder Valley in the General Election. Full details on the HebWeb Election Section (11 May)

Green Party seeks 'progressive alliance' of Labour, Lib Dems and Greens to oppose Craig Whittaker and they have written to the other parties. Read more about how they are getting on. (4 May)

General Election section 2017 of the HebWeb is now online. We will post updates as they are received. The first discussion is on the question of a possible "progressive alliance". See the Election section.

Josh Fenton-Glynn Labour choose Josh Fenton-Glynn to contest Calder Valley for the 8 June General Election. Josh is a Calderdale councillor who lives in Hebden Bridge and who previously fought the 2015 general election. Read more. 1 May

Will SelfWill Self is on the phone to Hebden Bridge. Controversial novelist Will Self is coming here to talk about his new novel Phone satirising our obsession with technology. Read more. 27 April

ArtsMillExhibition: 'Cellotape' by Joe Hesketh Paintings and Sculpture at Artsmill. "Cellotape is about my world, everything in it all stuck together." Read more. 29 April

Lindsay Rimer: a second Bradford man has been arrested on suspicion of her murder. See BBC report for more details, and this recent HebWeb News page for the background to this terrible crime. Update: man released on police bail. (25 April)

Calder Valley Community Land Trust receives major grant to the value of £88,000 to enable it to develop and to attract investment for its proposed affordable homes developments. Read more. (24 April)

General Election 2017 - as the General Election, gets under way, have a look back at HebWeb coverage of the 2015 election in the Calder Valley.

Duck Race

Duck Race madness attracts thousands - "Can you see owt?" Not everyone could. Every vantage point was several people thick. All desperate to see the plastic ducks floating along the Hebden Water for five minutes. Click photo to enlarge. Read more

HB Arts FestivalYoung artists go supernova Young artists and performers in Hebden Bridge have created a new collective to support and develop emerging creative talent across Hebden Bridge. 17 April

Pace Egg

Heptonstall Players Pace Egg Play: Once again, the Heptonstall Players performed their unique version of the Pace Egg Play on Good Friday. More photos and details of the £955 raised.

Lindsay RimerLindsay Rimer: further appeal for info: 12 April marks 22 years since the body of teenager Lindsay Rimer was recovered from the Canal. Detectives continue to appeal for information to help bring the case to justice for Lindsay's family. Read more (12 April)

Hebden Bridge Market moves to Lees Yard on Thursday 13 April - new Saturday Artisan market, a weekly Sunday local produce market and the Wednesday market moved to Fridays. More info

Sara PascoeStand-up comedy comes to Hebden Bridge… but for kids. Thanks to Hebden Bridge Arts Festival, kids can enjoy some top class comics… but without the rude bits. (10 April)

Piano Festival Piano Festival’s events for families and children This year’s children’s concert is Saint-Saens' The Carnival of the Animals, performed by the Willshire Piano Duo. More info

Sara PascoeSara Pascoe is an animal: Fearless comic Sara Pascoe is on the road with her new show Animal and Hebden Bridge Arts Festival have tempted her to stop off for a gig at the Picture House on 27 June. (28 March)

Lees Yard

Sunday's Spring Sunshine in Hebden Bridge filled the town with visitors. Click photo to enlarge.

Wellies wanted for Open GardensWellies wanted for Open Gardens: Old and much loved wellies are needed to create a sea of flowering boots as part of the Open Gardens celebrations across Hebden Bridge in July. Read more. (22 March)

Alan PetfordLocal Historian Remembered. A new book published by the Local History Society, History in the South Pennines, will be a memorial to gifted local history lecturer, Alan Petford who died 2 years ago. Read more. (22 March)

A tale of the Great Stink! Speaker Tony Boughton gave Hebden Bridge Local History Society a talk about the problems caused by the rapid growth of urban areas in the 19th century. Read more. (16 March)

After the Floods: new project to promote working together for a more resilient valley - and an online survey. Read more. (15 March)

Crane over Salem

Salem Cricket pavilion lifted into place - see Bruce Cutts' photos of the large crane assisting in moving the new pavilion over the Hebden Water and into place at Salem Cricket club. (14 March)

Northern rail strike: Travellers and commuters using Hebden Bridge Station faced disruption Monday (13 March) due to a planned strike. See Guardian report and ITV News.

Blue plaques for everyday heroesBlue plaques for everyday heroes: see the plaques all over Hebden Bridge, commemorating lives from 100 years ago. Part of an Arts Festival project. Read more. (8 March)

Steve BellSTEVE BELL - a big draw for Arts Festival. Legendary cartoonist Steve Bell is the first act announced for this year’s Hebden Bridge Arts Festival with an appearance at Hebden Bridge Town Hall on Monday 26 June. Read more. (6 March)

SHIBDEN HALL is the new Sally Wainwright eight part drama series: After Happy Valley, Last Tango in Halifax, Scott and Bailey and others, the first few episodes of Sally Wainwright’s next drama is based on the book Nature's Domain by Mytholmroyd writer Jill Liddington, published by Hebden Bridge publishers Pennine Pens. Read more. (5 March)

Campaign to Save Calder CollegeCampaign to Save Calder College Demonstrators were out in force at the weekend against the proposed sell-off of Calder College, one of the last remaining community resources in Todmorden. The college has been well-used by the whole of the Upper Valley. Read more (7 March)

Blackshawhead launches crowd-funded defibrillators: On Saturday 4th March, two newly installed defibrillators in Blackshawhead went online with a training and 'launch' event, attended by around 30 residents. Read more and see photo and video

Incident 1000 Top Withens

Calder Valley Search and Rescue hit 1000 The CVSR was formed in 1966 and on Thursday, 2 March the team was out at Top Withens (or Wuthering Heights) for their 1000th incident. Read more. (4 March)

Tree planting plan to cut flood risk: Hundreds of thousands of trees are to be planted on moorland to try and reduce the risk of flooding in the Calder Valley. See BBC news page

HebWeb Forum: latest threads include Deportation and Immigration involving a local family, dogs on a lead, 906 bus, Customer First, and the cuckoo. (1 March)

Big wins for Labour Candidates in Fairfield and West End Wards. Sue Fenton (Fairfield) and Sarah Courtney (West End), the Labour candidates for the Town Council bye-elections, each landed over 50% of the vote. The 3 candidates who didn't respond to the HebWeb invitation to post messages and photos received the least votes. Results and info (17 Feb)

How floods inspired investment at Craggs Country Business Park. The recently completed Business Park is bringing a boost to the local economy, and firms such as Make Solutions, Blazing Saddles and VisioSound thanks to the vision and determination of the landowner and support from Calderdale Council.  Read more (19 Feb)

Floods minister visits Mytholmroyd: Thérèse Coffey was in Mytholmroyd to see design options for a new £15 million flood alleviation scheme. See ITV news report (15 Feb)

FestivalsFestival Open Evening where the first big name will be announced. Monday 6 March will also be a chance to discuss last year’s festival, and hear plans for the future. Read more (10 Feb)

Lees Yard

Above: work on Lees Yard in preparation for being the new home of Hebden Bridge Market. Click photo to enlarge. (1 Feb)

Happy Valley

Happy Valley wins BAFTA as best TV Drama. Written by Sally Wainwright, much of the series was filmed in and around Hebden Bridge - see above at the back of Hanginroyd Lane. Sarah Lancashire won best leading female actor. (15 May)

Dave BoardmanArts Festival programme launched promising a summer of fun, and wellies. Guests at the launch were met by a sea of planted wellies as the full 2017 programme was announced. Read more. (11 May)

Labour win Bye-election Scott Patient won a place on the Town Council representing White Lee ward - the first Labour win in this ward for many years. See results (12 May)

University of Third AgeProfessor Scott Scores a Euro-Hit with a jocular talk to the U3A looking at that very peculiar phenomenon, The Eurovision Song Contest. Read report (10 May)

Free family fun for allFree family fun for all: Hebden Bridge Arts Festival have announced the acts for their two free Street performance extravaganzas that attract thousands of spectators every year. Read more. (5 May)

Happy Valley Pride launches 'Heroes' Art Exhibition and invites artists to participate in an Art Exhibition, with work being exhibited and sold at Nelson’s Wine Bar, Hebden Bridge during August 2017. Read more. (4 May)

BootstrapBootstrap: Social entrepreneurs meet for major event in Hebden Bridge on 5 May. A new “lively, fun and inspiring” event designed to enable charities, businesses and individuals to support each other. Read more. (28 April)

Hebden Bridge HippiesHebden Bridge Hippies Exhibition: The main panels from the exhibition are now upstairs in Hebden Bridge Library. They're there for the next couple of months. The online version of the exhibition will remain available here on the HebWeb.

Slow The Flow - Hardcastle Crags: Slow The Flow Calderdale, with The National Trust and the Environment Agency, will shortly begin a programme of activity in Hardcastle Crags aimed at slowing the flow in the river and its feeder brooks. Read more. (26 April)

Piano Festival

Piano Festival photos - see Craig Shaw's gallery of photos from this year's Hebden Bridge Piano Festival (25 April)

Suma Wholefoods wins Queen’s Award. Suma is a workers' co-operative which has thrived for 40 years wholesaling wholefoods and has long had connections with Hebden Bridge. Read more. (21 April)

Nominate the best station café - read more

Lumb FallsNew leaflet with 3 Wadsworth Walks, including to Lumb Falls. Each walk has a route out and back to Hebden Bridge with details about where to get refreshments on the way. Read more. (19 April)

Street ViewGoogle starts to add trails to its Street View: After Alice photographer, Bruce Cutts has been out to photograph Bill Brady, Pennine Bridle Way Ranger with Google Trekker camera mounted on his quad bike. See photos and read more. (18 April)

New firm of solicitors to work for justice for asbestos victims is being opened by Hebden Bridge solicitor Paul Glanville. The Asbestos Law Partnership has its office in Halifax. Hundreds of people in our area have died from asbestos related cancers from working at Acre Mill. Read more (18 April)

Handmade ParadeHandmade Parade: Make Giant Puppets! Handmade Parade artists Andrew Kim and Kerith Ogden to teach giant puppet making in advance of this year's Handmade Parade. More info (17 April)

Lumb BankJob Vacancies at the Arvon Centre: 3 jobs are available at The Ted Hughes Arvon Centre, Lumb Bank, an 18th-century mill-owner’s house near Heptonstall (11 April)

Criminal Damage at Hope Baptist Chapel: The Chapel is 2 months away from reopening after major repairs, including dealing with flood damage. Now a group of locl teenagers has chosen to add to its problems. (7 April)

New path Good news for Easter in Hardcastle Crags: the 906 bus is back! And a new path has been created by CROWS (Community Rights of Way Service) in the vicinity of Gibson Mill. More info (5 April)

Heart of the Pennines

Heart of the Pennines - a new venture to promote walking in the Upper Valley. Local walking groups have organised a new website to to promote our area to walkers from other parts of the country. Read more (3 April)

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. (3 April)

Join the Twinning Society trip to St Pol: Hebden Bridge Twinning Society still have places for their trip of 25-28 May to Hebden Bridge's twin town in France. More details here (31 March)

Artisan NaturalistsThe Artisan Naturalists: Speaker Rob Trueblood told the Local History Society about self-taught working men - e.g., handloom weavers, shoemaker and tin worker - who became experts in Botany. Read report. (29 March)

Lees Yard

New Market Place preparation - Ralph Nimmann has taken photos of the work being done in Lees Yard to get it ready for the market to move there very soon. More info and photos (27 March)

Tourism GuideTourism Guide - March 2017: With sections on this year's festivals and events, visiting Hebden Bridge, eating, drinking and shopping independently, attractions, getting and staying here, and links to more information about our 'intriguingly, creative' town.

Hebden Bridge Picture HouseJob Vacancy: One duty manager at the Hebden Bridge Picture House. Full details here (23 March)

Switch to LED street lighting will halve costs. Calderdale Council is set to save up to £600,000 a year, reduce its electricity use and cut its carbon footprint by switching to LED street lighting.

HebWeb Forum - the 20 mph speed limit and cleaning up paths are among the topics currently being discussed. (14 March)

How the Hippies Changed Hebden Bridge

How the Hippies Changed Hebden Bridge: An exhibition organised by the Local History Society aims to show how those who moved into our area in the 1970s - the locals called them 'hippies' - kick-started the cultural renaissance which is today so Hebden Bridge. Read more. (6 March)

Dance Festival

Dance Festival to return for second year: The Hebden Bridge Dance Festival has received a grant of £3,150 to organise a second festival on the weekend 20-22 October 2017. Read more. (5 March)

Titus SaltTitus Salt – Philanthropic Paternalist or Capitalist Villain? Speaker Maria Glot told a recent Univerity of the Third Age meeting how Titus Salt made his fortune from Alpaca, became Mayor of Bradford and created Salts Mill and Saltaire. Read more. (2 March)

Town Council Vacancy: A vacancy on the Council has arisen (White Lee ward) following the resignation of Green councillor, Elizabeth King. A Bye-Election will be held if, within 14 working days, 10 electors for the ward give notice in writing. Read more.

Yorkshire Post on Hebden Bridge and the Trades Club "Hebden Bridge is one of Yorkshire’s most-famous towns. With a thriving community of independent stores and a population of people who champion the arts, built around some of the UK’s most picturesque countryside, it has become a large tourist attraction. The Trades Club, has transformed into one of Britain’s coolest intimate venues." Read more

Spirit LevelThe Spirit Level: Report of the Lit & Sci Lecture given by Kate Pickett and Richard Wilkinson. Their 2009 book on inequality, happiness and wellbeing became a surprise success. Read report

Book Review: Jonathan Timbers reviews Michael Haslam's Scaplings, Star Jelly and a Seeming Sense of Soul which is to be launched at the Stubbing Wharf on 17 February. Read review. (6 Feb)

HebWeb Small Ads - The HebWeb is brilliant. Found tutor within 3 days… We have found a candidate. The response was excellent as was the calibre of the candidates.

What was on in 2016? We've just archived our past events page. Hundreds of events from last year can be viewed or searched. And from previous years. Just click here. See also: HebWeb archives

HEBDEN BRIDGE WINS! - Great British High Street Award in the Small Market Town category. Almost one year after our town was wrecked and shut down by the Boxing Day Flood.

Market Street

Calder Valley Voices

The White Swan

The White Swan Takes Flight Again after being closed due to catastrophic flood damage last Boxing Day, was finally able to re-open its doors on Thursday 3 November following extensive restoration work. Read more

Camera Club winners

Hebden Bridge Camera Club winners. More info and larger photos

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

No place for young men: Alex Kostyakov has written a moving piece on work chances for young men in Hebden Bridge. Why do you never get served a latte by a young man, and is there a connection with break-ins at the park and station cafes? Read more.

HebWeb Small Ads - jobs offered, accommodation, cleaning, tax books, summer school, venues, plumbing, services and other quirky Hebden Bridge stuff.

George MurphyHippy Valley is an eBook published by Pennine Pens - monologues and songs performed by storyteller George Murphy who often uses the news and discussion on the Hebweb for inspiration for his comic tales. Read more (29 July)

FestivalArts Festival thanks HebWeb: "Most arts festivals of our size would love to have a popular local site like Hebweb that is fully behind what we do." Read more with links to all HebWeb coverage of the Festival.

Nicholas CullinanPicasso’s Portraits: Report of the recent Lit & Sci meeting where the speaker was someone who grew up in Hebden Bridge and who is now Director of the National Portrait Gallery: Nicholas Cullinan. Read more


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

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

Happy ValleyReasons to Visit Happy Valley's Hebden Bridge "Happy Valley comes to an end. You probably won't spend much of the last episode cooing over Hebden Bridge, which is a shame because it's well worth a visit." Read Radio Times piece 15 March

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.

Small Ads: "Amazing but my house in Tod got rented out within 30 minutes after putting the house on Hebweb." From message received, Thursday, 26 May 2016

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

Handmade Parade 2016 photos Thousands of people thronged the streets of Hebden Bridge on Sunday 26 June to watch the 9th Handmade Parade with the theme this year Muck In! Read news report

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

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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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"

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.

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