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Record buyers save local music shop

Record buyers save local music shop: Record buyers from across the north converged on a one off record fair in Hebden Bridge raising £5000 to save Muse Music that was facing closure after the devastating Boxing Day flood. Read more. 26 Jan

Floods meeting

Above - Floods Public Meeting: Causes And Solutions, 21st Jan, Birchcliffe Centre. Follow the discussion on the HebWeb Forum
Photo: Geoff Tansey

Floods funding

Hebden Bridge is Open for Business - see video of shopkeepers, café owners and more, filmed by Jason Elliott on Monday, 18 January, telling us they are back open for business.

A Syrian Love Story at the Picture House, Sunday 31st January. The film focusses on the reality of life in Syria and will be followed by a Question and Answer session. There will be a collection for St Augustine's Centre who work with asylum seekers and refugees. Read more

Books for flooded schools

Books for flooded schools: National publishers of children's books have responded to an appeal for books for our flooded schools. Hundreds of new books will be delivered to local schools over the next week. Read more. 17 Jan

Boxing Day Floods - photo:HebWeb

Council launches Floods Commission: Calderdale Council is launching a Floods Commission in response to the unprecedented flooding on Boxing Day 2015. Read more

Briony and TimAfter the floods at the Town Hall hub: "This is a community building - your town hall - and your efforts have shown what can be achieved when a strong community works together." Read more 12 Jan

Sarah Millican, Rory Bremner and Justin Moorhouse to play at Halifax's Victoria Theatre for a Flood Benefit on 8 Feb. See What's on.

Guardian article: "When we opened the (Town Hall) doors on the 27th we just weren't expecting the sheer volume of people wanting to volunteer. We thought maybe we'd be able to provide hot drinks and somewhere for people to charge their phones… it soon became apparent that it was going to be much, much bigger than that." Read full article 11 Jan

Craig Shaw

The Guardian used this photo from Craig Shaw for the above article - see more of Craig's photos of the floods aftermath and cleanup

Boxing Day floods

The Impact of the Boxing Day Floods on Hebden Bridge's Economy: the Hebden Bridge Partnership have produced a report seeking to raise the profile of Hebden Bridge in the clamour for flood funds, showing that 80% of town centre shops, cafes, pubs, services were hit by the flood. More info and link to report

After the floods: Lloyds ATM back

No Parking charges for the rest of the month All pay and display charges in Council car parks and on-street parking will be lifted until the end of the month to help alleviate pressure for residents and businesses in floodhit areas. Read more 7 Jan

Support for flood-hit businesses: A grant of up to £2,500 per business is available to help them open up and start trading again. Read more 6 Jan

Crowdfunding for Flooded Businesses: if you are involved you stand to share in the funds collected. Each Business will get an equal share. Read more 6 Jan

Apartments over the river by The Little Park. The Environment Agency has told a Waterside Fold resident that the developer has agreed to cease work and review the planned development in light of the flood. See forum thread.

Bridge Gage on Boxing Day

Flood Recovery: Public Meeting: The Hebden Bridge Partnership has called this meeting jointly with the Town Council and the Business Forum - Sat. 16 Jan. Separate meeting on flooding causes & solutions Thurs, 21 Jan. Read more

Hebden Bridge Bounces Back: List of shops back open or about to open in the coming week. 3 Jan

Funding for residents and businesses, Army on the streets; video of Town Hall hub co-ordinating support; businesses needs support; help from Halifax mosque; George Monbiot - "warnings disregarded"; message of support from twin town, and more. News and photos updated 3 Jan

Steve TilstonSteve Tilston plays folk flood fundraiser: Folk legend and Hebden Bridge resident Steve Tilston is the latest local act to put together a fundraising gig at the Trades Club, Weds 3 Feb. Read more 27 Jan

HebWeb Feature on the Boxing Day Flood, gathering together many of the articles, news, photos and videos. 25 Jan

Job Vacancy: Head Technician at Hebden Bridge Picture House. Permanent: 20 hours per week. Click here for full details about the position and how to apply. 26 Jan

BBC Look North reports on the floods in Hebden Bridge and Mytholmroyd, one month on.

Floods: HebWeb Gallery of 24 photos taken on the morning of Boxing Day, 2015. 25 Jan

Floods Petition: Mr Cameron – Where are our flood schemes? Initiated by Anthony Rae of Calderdale Friends of the Earth.

Mike JoyceSmiths legend Mike Joyce pledges to help flooded record store and has donated some very rare signed vinyl to a special record fair that will help save Muse Music Read more 20 Jan

Hebden Bridge Flood funds - donations needed: there are now many different funds raising money for those affected by the floods. Thousands have been given, but thousands more are needed. Read more. 20 Jan

Camper Van retrieved from river

Camper Van retrieved from river to playground of Riverside School. See more of Craig Shaw's photos of the floods aftermath and cleanup. Click photo to enlarge 19 Jan

Packhorse WayTales along the Packhorse Way At this recent talk, John Billingsley, author of six books on local folklore, told the Local History Society of places passed along the Long Causeway, a 'bleak and comfortless road.' Read more 18 Jan

Calderdale Royal Hospital

Big support for Calderdale Royal Hospital junior doctors' strike: There was strong support for the Calderdale Royal Hospital Junior Doctors' strike on Tuesday. As well as a junior doctors' picket, NHS campaigners and members of the public turned out, and busy passing traffic honked support. Read more

Tim Burgess' Telling Stories fundraiserTrades Club flood fundraisers get off to a flying start: The first in a series of Trades Club flood relief fundraisers got off to a flying start as three events last weekend raised a grand total of £4130. Read more 13 Jan

Valley OrganicsOrganic co-op pops up in mill: Valley Organics lost stockroom shelving, three fridges, till, scales, scanner, card machine and a van. Like most Hebden businesses they were unable to obtain flood insurance. Read more 12 Jan

Mytholmroyd floods

The Floods in Mytholmroyd. A selection of remarkable video footage from Raphael Pavel. Click here to see.

In response to the recent devastating floods across the area, Hebden Royd Town Council held an Extraordinary Meeting at 7:30pm on Tuesday 12th January, in the Council Chamber at the Town Hall, Hebden Bridge.

Council announces fund to prevent future flood damage: Up to £5,000 can be claimed for work that will help to protect buildings against future flooding. Read more 11 Jan

After the Flood: Hebden Bridge Library - Library services are getting back on their feet after the Boxing Day floods caused over £100,000 of damage to books, equipment, fixtures and fittings. Read more 8 Jan

eBikeseBikes in Old Town?: The Alternative Technology Centre arranged a session to find out whether Old Town would benefit from eBikes. See What's on for more info

Funding for residents affected by flooding: The Council is providing grant funding to support residents affected by flooding with a £500 hardship payment to householders who have been severely affected. Read more 6 Jan

Flood volunteers

The real story of the Calder Valley floods: restored communities and faith in humanity - Eight days on from the devastating Boxing Day floods that swamped Calder Valley, the real story is that people came together and have been magnificently supported by a wide range of groups from all backgrounds, some of whom have travelled long distances to help. 3 Jan

Flood disruptions latest: FAQs on what schools are opening; road closures; volunteering, donating, insurance and more. Updated 6 Jan

Crown Street on Boxing Day

Town Hall flood services Hebden Bridge Town Hall flood services are being driven by Hebden Bridge Community Association, Calderdale Council, the Environment Agency and the goodwill of local and far flung volunteers. Read more 2 Jan

Calderdale Way to get a make-overCalderdale Way to get a make-over: Preparing for its 40th anniversary of The Calderdale Way, a plan is in place to make sure it is in a condition to welcome a new generation of walkers. Read more 3 Jan

Sainsburys' latest court action thrown out. See court ruling here. The High Court has dismissed Eshton Gregory's/ Sainsbury's judicial review challenge to the Planning Inspector's refusal to grant an appeal to Calderdale Council's refusal of planning permission 30 Dec

Floods Christmas 2015

See HebWeb Forum thread for floods discussion.

FLOODED AGAIN!  More video added.
Worse than 2012 - see our news page with more photos and info. Offers of help are being co-ordinated by the Calder Valley Flood Support Facebook group. At least two Sunday papers have Mytholmroyd on their front page. Read and see more 26 Dec

'Calder Valley under water: Sacrificed to indifference and political ideology': an open letter from Calderdale Friends of the Earth to Craig Whittaker MP challenges the actions, inaction and political ideology that contributed to the floods. Read letter 27 Dec

Sunday 27th: Picture House is appealing for people to help. Bring a headtorch as no electricity. Free gas check offer. See our flood news page

Flood Sirens went off at 9.30pm Christmas Day in Hebden Bridge and again throughout the length of the Upper Valley at 7.30am Boxing Day morning. Updates can be found on the Calder Valley Flood Support Facebook group. An Environment Agency flood warning is in force. Main roads remain closed, Boxing Day, 8.30pm.

Cafe CultureArts Festival's Café Culture is looking for Storytellers! for a True Tales Special at the Town Hall in early February, tales told by the people who've lived them. Read more 23 Dec

Hydro-power scheme in Hebden Bridge

Hydro-power scheme in Hebden Bridge: Situated in the Colden Valley, Jane and Bede Mullin's Water Turbine installation will produce enough power for 40 houses. However, recent cuts in government subsidies for renewable energy means that similar projects in the future would no longer be economic. Read more. Updated 20 Dec

Hebden Bridge in The Guardian: "New school in Hebden Bridge to teach children using yoga and meditation" - see below for HebWeb news story

Arriva awarded Calder Valley rail franchise with the promised of the phasing out of Pacer trains, new services and routes, better stations, smart ticketing, free wifi and air-conditioned carriages. The new franchise has been welcomed by the Sustainable Transport Group. Read more. 9 Dec See Forum message


Sunday sunrise over Hebden Bridge
as posted on Twitter by Mick Ryan

Hebden Bridge market on the move: The relocation of Hebden Bridge market has taken a step forward as consultation gets underway to give local shoppers and traders the chance to help shape the new design and layout. Read more 8 Dec

Local Labour unanimously opposes Syria bombing: Calder Valley Constituency Labour Party voted unanimously at its meeting this week to join Jeremy Corbyn in opposing the Prime Minister's plans to bomb Syria. Read statement 1 Dec

Lamplighter Festival

Lamplighter Parade dazzles through the rainHundreds of revellers who braved the elements were treated to a light and fire extravaganza when the Lamplighter Festival took to the streets of Todmorden on Saturday. More info and photos 30 Nov

White Ribbon Campaign lights

Christmas Lights in Hebden Bridge, thanks to the White Ribbon Campaign - HQ in Mytholmroyd.

Hebden Royd Town Council wins Living Wage Employer Award. Read more

Gibson Mill

Gibson Mill celebrates 10 years, OffTheGrid - not connected to the National Grid, all energy comes from wood, sun and water, and all waste is recycled. More info here

Have your say on future development - consultations are taking place online and at drop-in sessions are taking place from 6 November to 18 December. More info here (5 Nov)

Little Park latest: residents and council officers meet. Read Cllr Battye's contribution to the Forum discussion today (5 Nov)

Little Park to be fenced off for 10 months: Little Park Friends, Hebden Bridge, have learned that from February 2016 a large part of the Little Park playground is to be fenced off for approximately 10 months during weekdays.The developer is Phil Bradby who gave us Chainsaw Tuesday. Read more. And see Forum discussion

Josh Fenton-GlynnLabour choose Josh Fenton-Glynn for Calder Ward which includes Hebden Bridge. Josh was Labour's parliamentary candidate for this year's general election. In May's council elections, he will be opposing Cllr Janet Battye (Lib-Dem) 30 Oct

Fair for Youth: how it changed me. A personal account by Alex Kostyakov of his involvement with Fair for Youth, now that he has stood down as its Chair. Read more 26 Oct

Will KaufmanMusicians raise £1000 for Foodbank Gigs at the Trades Club and Tod Social Club, part of the nationwide 'We Shall Overcome' campaign raising awareness of the effects of austerity and benefit cuts, raised money for Tod Food Bank. Read more 20 Oct

Calderdale NUJ condemns merger of Hebden Bridge Times and Todmorden News as another sign of the way that the local media in Britain is being starved of resources and professional skills. Read more t

Guardian on HB Times and Tod News merger - at the last audit in 2012, the HB Times was selling a little more than two and a half thousand copies a week. (The number who visit the HebWeb each week is much much more)

Hebden Bridge community groups sparkle, shine and entertain. Two to three hours of pure entertainment with flashes of live theatre. 40 groups spoke for 2-3 minutes, contributions delivered with enthusiasm, energy and humour. Read more

Ted HughesTed Hughes - a major new BBC documentary on the life of Ted Hughes includes Mytholmroyd, Heptonstall, the Picture House, the Calder Valley and the Sylvia Plath graffiti in Hebden Bridge. Available here for 4 weeks


2016 Festival theme: Trouser Town Hebden Bridge is set to become one big Trouser Town as the Arts Festival's 2016 programme celebrates the community's rich industrial heritage. Read more

Durtanczyc Jewellers and Valet Stores close after many years of business in Hebden Bridge. See HebWeb Forum. Photo thanks to H Gregg of the After Alice Project - click photo to enlarge

Second New Mayor this year for Hebden Royd Town Council. Deputy Mayor Cllr James Fearon has taken over from Cllr Karl Boggis who has stood down for family reasons. Read more 25 Sept

Filming Happy Valley

Major new TV drama comes to Calderdale: In the week when more filming has been taking place around Hebden Bridge for the next series of Happy Valley (see above), another major new TV drama is announced for Calderdale. Read more

HebWeb Quirky Small Ads:
As well as services, and houses and homes offered and wanted, recent ads have included Jewellery workshop, bycycle maintenance classes, English, French, Italian, Spanish and Voice tuition, Hawaiian massage and Mindfulness. See our Small ads page.

Owen Jones photographed by Craig ShawOwen Jones, columnist for The Guardian, spoke at a sell-out event organised by the Arts Festival, packing one of Hebden Bridge's largest venues, the Hope Baptist Church. As a supporter of Jeremy Corbyn his visit to Hebden Bridge was very timely. Read report 14 Sept

Hebden Bridge Collection point

Refugee Crisis: Hebden Bridge Collection point opened at the Town Hall at 9am Monday 7 Sept. Read more and see Forum thread 7 Sept

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

Handmade ParadeHandmade Parade flies into Hebden Bridge sunshine: Hebden Bridge was blown away by Sunday's Parade, with thousands lining the streets to watch colourful creations soar above their heads. Read more and see photos (8 June)

Clear up

The big clear up began in earnest yesterday (27th) with hundreds of helpers all over town. Photo of Market Street: Sara Robinson.

Carols in the square

Carols in the Square: Our town square was overflowing on all sides as hundreds congregated for the annual Christmas Eve carol singing.

Flood risk reduction work: Nutclough

This short video (1m 43s) has been created following completion of the Nutclough scheme of work. 17 Dec

Vanishing for the Vote: Jill Liddington  Vanishing for the Vote: At the recent talk, Jill Liddington told the Local History Society of the moment in history when, in 1911, suffragettes urged women, still without the vote at that time, to boycott the census. Read more 17 Dec

eBikeseBikes on the Hill Tops: The Alternative Technology Centre is buying a dozen Raleigh Motus electric pedal-assisted cycles, or 'eBikes', for hire in communities and tourist accommodation. Read more 15 Dec


Click image for video of Saturday's
flood, from Rogue Robot

Flood siren went off in Hebden Bridge just before 4pm, Sat 12 Dec. Road and rail problems reported along the valley. See Facebook group, Calder Valley Flood Support for latest info. Market Street was flooded again but was clear later in the evening.

CVSR in Cumbria

Calder Valley Search and Rescue team now safely returned home after helping in Cumbria. See their report

BeastingsMytholmroyd author wins £10,000 Portico Literature Prize The winner was announced on 26th November at a gala dinner hosted by Val McDermid at the Mercure Hotel in Manchester. Read more 1 Dec

Syria Vigil

Don't Bomb Syria vigil in George's Square. A one minute's silent circle was observed. More protests are expected - follow HebWeb for details. Click photo to enlarge. Banners included 'Love not War', 'Schools not bombs' and 'Save Syri with aid not bombs'. Photo: Mike Barrett. 28 Nov

FestivalArts Festival is looking for a new Chair: After 3 years as Chair of the Hebden Bridge Arts Festival, Sara Robinson is stepping down. The Festival is now looking for someone new to take on the role of Chair. More info 24 Nov

Asbestos removal van at Little Park site - see forum

Defibrillator for the Co-op: The Rotary Club has donated a defibrillator to the Co-op on Market Stree and have arranged for training of staff by the Yorkshire Ambulance Service. Read more 24 Nov

Friends of the Picture House Christmas Raffle. Tickets will be on sale in the cinema foyer at many screenings in the run-up to Christmas and in St George's Square on selected Saturdays in December. Read more 23 Nov

Hebden Royd Flood Group's first test Over the weekend of 13th-16th November the storms, rains and floods became for the Hebden Royd Flood Group (HRFG) the first test, or blooding for our community flood containers. Read more 22 Nov

Boxing for girls and women fundraiser: Boxing Coach at Hebden Bridge Boxing Club, Kate Dakers has told the HebWeb, "We need support to raise funds for our female boxers' development programme. Read more 20 Nov

Budget consultation results: Over 12,000 people took part in Calderdale Council's largest ever budget consultation. Read more 18 Nov

Hebden Water, Sun am, 15 Nov - updated
With thanks to Ralph Nimmann

Town Hall Job Vacancy: The Town Hall in Hebden Bridge are looking for someone to manage and direct The Town Hall in Hebden Bridge and support the trustees in their collective leadership of Hebden Bridge Community Association. More info 15 Nov

Local school take top prize for honey. Local student JD and his school, Scout Road Academy, both took prizes at this year's National Honey Show in London. Read story

Flood warning sirens were tested at 2.45 pm on Thursday. 12 Nov

"Many thanks Hebweb, the Small Ad asking for Volunteers to cook and help at Wadsworth Lunch Club has already had success. We now have someone coming to help cook. We'd still welcome a washer up, and occasional helpers please."

Lobbying Craig Whittaker MP

Local People's Assembly brave storms to lobby Craig Whittaker MP. Three members of the group spoke to Mr Whittaker to ask that he lobbies the Chancellor, George Osborne, to fully reverse plans to cut Tax Credits. Read report 8 Nov

First Green Gold Award for our area goes to Croft Mill - for demonstrating excellence in environmental practice and promoting sustainable tourism. Read more 5 Nov.

Air pollution in Hebden Bridge breaches EU air quality standards but new government plans will not stop this. Take action now - see forum discussion.

Geoff TanseyCameron has 'abandoned' hungry children: Local journalist, broadcaster and writer, Geoff Tansey has for the past 12 months chaired the The Fabian Commission on Food and Poverty which launched its report on Weds 28 Oct. Read more

Nutclough Mill

When Oxford University Came to Hebden Bridge: When the Nutclough Mill was a co-op, it hosted an annual series of lectures, given by Oxford University dons and others on history, politics, literature and science - report from the local History Society. Read more 29 Oct

Planning Watch - An appeal has been made against refusal of planning permission for the construction of 14 apartments on Heptonstall Road - read resident's fear of a further landslip like that in 2000. 22 Oct

Jemima FoxtrotHow drawings from Nazi Concentration Camp turned up in Hebden Bridge: Michael Prior tells the HebWeb how he discovered them, and what he did with them.


Camera Club winner

Camera Club Annual Exhibition winning pictures: visitors were asked to vote for their 3 favourite images in order of merit. Read more and see the 3 winning photos.

Move Parliament to Hebden Bridge, argues Professor Tony Travers in today's London Evening Standard. "With both MPs and peers in Parliament and the Queen in Buckingham Palace facing the possibility of decamping while renovations are made to their historic homes, is it now the time for power to shift in the UK?" To Hebden Bridge? Read article 25 June

Photos from 50 years ago

Photos from 50 years ago: Terry Roberts grew up in Hebden Bridge and has been in touch with the HebWeb to make available some of his old photos. Read more and see photos.


Hustings Around 230 people turned out to question 6 of the 7 candidates standing for election in the Calder Valley constituency.

Read report of meeting.

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

TwitterHebWeb on Twitter - The HebWeb now has over 2400 followers.

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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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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