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WHAT'S ON THIS WEEKEND? Hebden Bridge Arts Festival, Hebden Bridge Open Studios, bike parade from Midgley to an afternoon of music on Old Town Green, and more. See our What's on page

Cycle path upgrade - Route 66 to Sowerby Bridge - Improvements have been taking place along the off-road sections of the Calder Valley Cycleway – the Route 66 cycleway running between Sowerby Bridge and Hebden Bridge. Read more (26 June)

Cragg Vale's Tour de France bunting makers

Cragg Vale's Tour de France bunting makers are in line for a world record - over 10 kilometres!The bunting will be put up this weekend along Cragg Road, the longest continuous incline in England. Read more and see larger photo. (24 June)

Flood Safety Project: Calderdale would like to offer no-obligation home flood safety checks to residential property owners that live in high risk flood areas. Read more (23 June)

Hebden Royd Town Council - latest minutes and reports now online, along with the attendance record (pdf) of Town Councillors (23 June)

Tour de FranceTOUR DE FRANCE: LATEST INFO FOR RESIDENTS - A 'clearway order' comes into force at one minute past midnight on 6 July - More info about the latest arrangements for the day. (19 June)

Floods: "We need an MP who will stand up for Mytholmroyd, Todmorden and Hebden Bridge"

The House of Commons Select Committee has just reported on the winter floods and Labour's Josh Fenton-Glynn has told the HebWeb that the Government isn't facing up to the longterm risk of flooding. Read more

Horses from Equestrian Centre to feature on TV. Three horses from Hebden Bridge Equestrian Centre are to star on the BBC programme 'Marrying Mum and Dad'. Read more (19 June)

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.

Bike films

Tour de France: Films at the Picture House: a series of special films which will captivate the imagination, bring history to life and reveal the triumphs and tragedy of cycling. Read more (11 June)

HEBDEN BRIDGE HANDMADE PARADE: Another superb Handmade Parade. Hundreds took part with their wonderful costumes and creations. Thousands watched with smiles and amazement in the June sunshine.

Read report of Saturday's Parade and see HebWeb photos

The HandleBardsCommunity Radio Station takes to the airwaves next week. From 3-6 July 2014, Recycle Radio will be broadcasting to you from Hebden Bridge Town Hall. Read more.

The HandleBardsMacbeth in the Crags: A mad, fast paced production of Macbeth will be performed by a troupe of cycling players at the Hardcastle Crags on 3 July 2014. Read more.

Get Hebden Bridge Buzzing: Help our bees with the new bee partnership which launches this weekend. Read more about the new group and saving bees and other pollinating insects such as butterflies, moths and hoverflies. (25 June)

George MonbiotArts Festival: Win tickets for George Monbiot: The festival team are offering Hebweb readers a chance to win a pair of tickets to hear Guardian Columnist and eco warrior George Monbiot. Read more. (20 June)

Andrew KerslakePeople's Commission: Calderdale Council has appointed Professor Andrew Kerslake as the Independent Chair of the People's Commission on Health and Social Care. Read more

Northlight Studios: A Summer of Artistic opportunity with exceptional artists who are passionate about sharing their knowledge. Read more (19 June)

Tour de FranceTOUR DE FRANCE: ORGANISE YOUR TRAVEL PLANS - for more info about temporary car parks, park and ride, buses and trains on 6 July, click here (updated 18 June)

The Cycle Exchange connects young of France and Yorkshire - the latest project by Outta Place, a Calderdale-based youth arts organisation headed up by Hebden Bridge's Clare Donegan. Read more (16 June)


DODDNAZE: Music triumphs over storm: A potential disaster was turned into success at Doddnaze on Saturday when organisers went ahead despite the storm leaving them with no power. Read more (12 June)

Valley Organics

Workers' Coop celebrates first successful year - free cake and drinks were given out to Valley Organics customers on Saturday. Read more about what workers told the HebWeb (9 June)

BBC's Rip Off Britain needs volunteers when it films at Hebden Bridge Arts Festival on Sunday 29th June

Schoolchildren remember Bob Leedham by voting to name new retirement development in Victoria Road, 'Leedham Court'. See Calendar news report.

PEOPLE'S COMMISSION on Health services: with the A&E crisis still unresolved, Calderdale Council wants people to give their views on how health and social care services should be provided in the future. Read more

Arts Festival

Michael Morpurgo's 'I Believe in Unicorns - is coming to town as part of Hebden Bridge Arts Festival, having just picked up a prestigious award. Read more (11 June)

Oxfam need volunteers, or else they may close. Call in at the shop if you can help.

Craggs Country Business Park set to expand. See Yorkshire Post piece on local businessman Chris Bingham.

Arts Festival

FESTIVAL TICKETS SELLING OUT: John Shuttleworth's show has sold out. Other events are near selling out. Limited tickets left for Dexy's film Q and A - Read more

Handmade Parade

Tour de FranceTour de France: Hebden Bridge Hub at Calder Holmes Park - With a capacity to host 8,000 spectators, the hub will feature a big screen, spectator entertainment and locally produced food. More info (29 May)

Allie MilesLABOUR WIN CALDER WARD covering Hebden Bridge. Alison Miles takes the seat with 1547 votes 15.08 Kate Sweeny for the Greens comes second.

Women take valley seats in Hebden Bridge, Todmorden, Mytholmroyd, Sowerby Bridge and Elland. Conservatives win Luddenden Foot, covering Mytholmroyd, with Jill Smith-Moorhouse, beating Labour by 17 votes! More election results.

Jonathan TimbersTown Hall restoration project - New trustee sought. Hebden Bridge Community Association, the charity that manages The Town Hall, is seeking a new trustee to help manage its restoration project. Read more (22 May)

John the Barber, and artist: a video portrait

Arts FestivalArts festival - 2014 programme published - George Monbiot, Martin Parr, John Shuttleworth, Simon Amstell, Kevin Rowland, and Tiger Lillies are just some of the artists helping Heben Bridge Arts Festival celebrate its 21st birthday. Read more

Jonathan TimbersA New Mayor for Hebden Royd - The Annual Meeting of Hebden Royd Town Council was held at the Hope Baptist Church in Hebden Bridge and saw Mayor Elect, Cllr Jonathan Timber take the chain for the Mayoral year of 2014-15. Read more

HEBWEB LOCAL ELECTION HUSTINGS: we invited local candidates to tell us why we should vote for them. We have received four responses from Calder candidates (Hebden Bridge) and two responses from Luddenden Foot (Mytholmroyd) - read them here.

Manitoba Hal joins lineupBlues Festival 2014 - Organisers have told Hebweb the legendary Manitoba Hal will be joining them this year and will be putting on a free Blues Ukelele Workshop. Read more and find out events info.

Town Hall Job Vacancy: Events Coordinator needed to focus on growing the Town Hall's wedding and events business. Read more. (14 May)

Simon AnstellComedian Simon Amstell to play Picture House: Arts Festival Director Helen Meller told the HebWeb, "After Daniel Kitson's astonishing gig last year we wanted something equally unique and Simon Amstell fits the bill perfectly. Read more (8 May)

Josh Fenton\Support those who pay rent, says Josh Fenton-Glynn in a letter to MP, Craig Whittaker, calling on his support for amendment to the Consumer Rights Bill Read more. Now updated: 14 May

Hole in the Wall plans withdrawn. Calderdale councillor Dave Young has this afternoon told the HebWeb that the planning application is now showing as 'withdrawn'. See Planning Watch and Forum (4 June)

Labour win contested Hebden Royd Town Council bye-election. Results details.

Wainsgate Concert: Thursday 29 May saw the welcome return of The Outside Track - "one of the top Celtic acts in the world." Read more

901 bus walks901 Bus walks launch this Spring Bank weekend. The 901 runs through glorious landscapes of South Pennines between Hebden Bridge and Huddersfield. Read more

Handmade ParadeBBC's Blue Peter to film Handmade Parade: Participants will be able to say, 'Here's One We Made Earlier' when Blue Peter come to film at the 7th annual Handmade Parade on 8 June. Read more

Vacancy for Councillors by co-option: No poll has been claimed within the advertised period and as such these posts will now be filled by the Town Council by co-option. Read more

Jason Elliott and Paddy Maguire

Blues Festival: Organisers Jason Elliott and Paddy Maguire have told the HebWeb that this year's festival will be the last but they are going out with a bang, starting this week. Read more (19 May)

Hebden Bridge Picture House Vacancy: Hebden Royd Town Council is seeking to recruit a marketing officer for the Picture House, to work 9 hours per week. Read more. (14 May)

Arts festival short plays announced

Arts festival shorts plays announced: six plays have been selected for the Festival Shorts season showcasing local talent. Read more (12 May)

Boundary Walk

Wadsworth Boundary walk will take place on Sunday, 1st June. The walk goes through spectacular scenery, including the wooded valleys of Hardcastle Crags and the moors above the Luddenden Valley. Read more

A and E closure: Huddesfield Examiner report that proposals will be delayed following objections and pressure, especially from Calderdale MBC. Read story (11 May)

Old Town pathStairway to Old Town – Sponsors Wanted. CROWS are going to remake the wrecked path with at least 30 steps on it, providing a direct link from Old Town to Hardcastle Crags. Read more

Stoodley Pike

Above, Stoodley Pike bicentenary: More photos

"Happy Valley: The dark side of Hebden Bridge" - article in Yorkshire Post. "The idea came to me after I watched Shed Your Tears and Walk Away", says writer Sally Wainwright. (2 May)

Local bands headline Trades birthday bash: Local bands have rallied round to celebrate the Trades Club's 90th birthday at a special free open air street party on Saturday 3rd May. Read more

Tour de France timings now confirmed

May Local elections: Five candidates are competing in the Calder Ward which covers Hebden Bridge and four candidates are standing in the Luddenden Foot Ward which covers Mytholmroyd. Read more

Craig Whittaker MP makes the case for HS2 and cross Pennine rail investment. See feature

20mph for residential streets: Calderdale is the first West Yorkshire Council set to approve a wide area Total 20mph limit residential road policy. Read more (28 April)

Duck Race 2014: When Hebden Bridge has so many great events, attractions and countryside, just why do hundreds and hundreds of people crowd into the town for the annual Duck Race? Read more. And see photo gallery

Stoodley PikeBicentenary Celebration on Stoodley Pike: Pigeons, puppeteers, samba and brass bands are to perform at the summit of our local "peace monument" on Sat 3rd May. More info

Hebden Bridge Blues FestivalHebden Bridge Blues Festival 2014 - at the end of May - is gearing up for its biggest ever event with an unprecedented 52 acts across 9 stages over three days. Read more and find out events, venues and times.

Lift at station: the HebWeb has learned that Hebden Bridge has been selected as 1 of 3 stations in Yorkshire to get Access for All funding. Should mean, finally, a new lift! See announcement

The Bad StepeBook Launch - The Bad Step by Andrew Bibby. Nick Potterton died in an accident while fell running in the Lakes. But was it an accident? 6.30pm for an hour this Thurs, 1 May. Read more


Pace Egg Madness 2014
This year, with sunshine - more photos

Pace Egg play

Pace Egg 2014 - More info about the Heptonstall and Calder High Pace Egg performances this Good Friday.

A and E closure: Calderdale councillors, in an extraordinary meeting on Weds 16 April, united in passing a motion asking NHS Trust to withdraw hospital proposals to close Halifax A and E. Read more (17 April)

Minibus Review - see HebWeb Forum

The Grand DepartsHAULING A GRAND PIANO UP CRAGG VALE BY BIKE - Cyclists pulled the piano up the longest incline in the country on Sat, 5th April. Read more about this audacious musical and cycling adventure. And see the HebWeb photo gallery

Dancing for joy – as Fox and Goose becomes West Yorkshire's first co-op pub! Read more and see video.

Big Spring Clean

Hebden Royd Big Spring Clean: 29-30 March with community groups from across Hebden Royd. Read more

Fox and Goose purchase finalised

Fox and Goose buyout completed. It is now officially West Yorkshire's first Co-operative pub and it re-opens, Saturday 22 March. Read more about the background to the sale

Horse Bench

A day in the life of Hebden Bridge's horse bench. Photographer Steve Morgan has produced a time lapse video to capture "a day in the life of" the bench. More info and see video

Hebden Bridge Business Forum was launched yesterday when over thirty people came to the meeting in the Town Hall. Read more (14 March)

Todmorden Curve, no trains till December? Labour's shadow rail minister Lilian Greenwood today raised in Parliament the ongoing debacle of the lack of available trains to run on the Todmorden Curve. (13 March)

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

Calderdale Hospital A and E closure: public meeting launches Action Group and Liberal Democrats call on NHS bosses to explain. Labour's Josh Fenton-Glynn told the HebWeb that people in Hebden Bridge and Todmorden would be dangerously distant from an accident department. Read more - updated 5 March

See our feature on MP Craig Whittaker for his reaction to the proposed closure.

Parking charges at station. The Yorkshire Post (25 Feb) reports that the the Dept. for Transport is seeking car parking charges at 18 stations in West Yorkshire, including Hebden Bridge and Todmorden.

Supermarket protestCo-op is the cheapest supermarket in Hebden Bridge. Save our Shops, the group campaigning against Sainsburys has surveyed prices at the Co-op, One Stop, Oasis and Sainsbury's. More info (13 Feb)


Caldervale Line electrification - not any time soon - in spite of £600 million being earmarked for northern rail improvements. Read more and see Forum thread

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"Unbelievable result Hebweb. So many enquiries in response to the small ad on your site and now have lovely new tenants. What a success - Thank you Hebweb." Message received 6 May.

Small Ads - "I am very pleased to say the response was terrific and both properties are now let." (Less than a week)

HebWeb Review of 2013 - a year when it was announced that the Tour de France will pass through our town, co-ops were formed to run the Fox and Goose and Valley Organics, the Bernard Ingham column in the local paper was ended by popular protest, Burlesque was banned, a swimming pool promised, the Arts excelled yet again and Hebden Bridge was still the "coolest place to live." Read more

Real BreadThe Rise of Real Bread in the Calder Valley. The Bakehouse is a coop of 7 members and 3 volunteers who share a passion for local produce and create loaves free from the additives. Read more (17 April)

Whose land is it anyway? Sheila Graham described how parliamentary enclosure shaped the landscape of the Calder Valley to the Local History Group. Read more

Three Vacancies for Town Councillors have arisen following the resignation of Cllrs Nader Fekri, James Baker and John Beacroft Mitchell. More info about how to seek election, and elections in May.

Why Co-op's still matter, a Yorkshire Post article which features Hebden Bridge's own Valley Organics - takings up a quarter and employment of more people since it became a workers' co-op last year. Read more (10 April)

BetrayedTown Councillor Richard Scorer has written a book on sex abuse in the English Catholic Church, describing patterns of abuse, denial, institutional complicity and cover-up. Read more (2 April)

French elections - updated to include second round results from our twin town, St Pol sur Ternoise. Read more (2 April)

Hebden Bridge Town Hall job vacancies - energetic, hardworking and fun people sought to to join the staff team. More info (31 March)

Hebden Bridge new 2014 Tourism Guide featuring this year's festivals and the Tour de France, has just been published and can be downloaded here

Choirs from across Europe share skills, ideas and a concert with the Hepton Singers at Heptonstall on 6 April. More info (27 March)

Holme Tunnel reopens: trains between Burnley and Hebden Bridge on the York-Blackpool line, should be operational once again today Monday, 24 March. See BBC report

National Rat Week was one of the annual events described by Ian Dewhirst in his talk to the Local History Group on Yorkshire Life between the Wars. Read more (20 March)

Calderdale Hospital A and E closure - Lib Dems call on NHS bosses to explain their plans and carry out a full consultation with local people about the proposals. (12 March)

Sainsburys plansSainsbury's Plans: Over 500 comments were received opposing the development with just 4 comments in favour. See our earlier news item for more info and forum thread (2 March)

Street Choirs Festival 2002

Street Choirs Festival returns to Hebden Bridge. Hosted by Calder Valley Voices who are looking for people to host a singer or two for the two nights. Read more (23 Jan)

Todmorden Curve: delays to new services in spite of MP's assurances. Read more

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

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.

HebWeb archive: quickly view HebWeb home pages of the past few years.

Small ads: "We've successfully rented our house. Thanks for an excellent service - I'll heartily recommend Hebweb, as our house was previously listed through an estate agent who didn't manage to get us a tenant in 3 months - through Hebweb we had 4 prospective tenants within a week." (4 Jan)

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.

500 faces

Jason Elliott's 500 Faces of Hebden Bridge

500 Faces

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CYCLING UP THE BUTTRESS: the hardest and steepest 350 metre climb out of Hebden Bridge took place Saturday 7th September. More photos and News item. And now the YouTube video

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