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News, Features and Upcoming Events

Town council nominations close on Monday midday - Eighteen Hebden Royd council seats are up for election on 5th May but nominations must be in by Monday, 4th April. There will not be a similar opportunity for another 4 years. Read more

Hebden Bridge camping opening event on Saturday 2 April - see "What's on" for this and dozens more local events.

Ian McMillanTrue Stories Told Live With Poet Ian Mcmillan - The Bard of Barnsley is one of the most gifted storytellers in the country and he will performing some new tales especially composed for this free event at the Trades Club on Monday 4th April.

Leonora Rustamova aka 'Miss Rusty' spoke on Women's Hour on Friday. Listen on iPlayer - it's the first item. See also, article in The Observer. See our HebWeb Feature for the full background. Forum thread: Where was the union? - updated 29 March

Co-op Store April Meeting - the next Hebden Bridge Co-op Customer Forum will be Tuesday, 5th April between 5pm and 7pm. Read more - 23 March

Closing pubs: Shoulder re-opening - see forum thread

Give Away Free

Give Away Free Day on 9 April - see What's On section for more info.

Leonora Rustamova

MISS RUSTY: Tribunal verdict - unfair dismissal claim rejected but it was a majority judgment and the minority judge was the employment judge who took a very different view to the two non-legal members. Miss Rusty's solicitor, Keith Lomax, told the HebWeb: "Whilst the two lay members of the panel were against us, the Employment Judge found in our favour . . . Read more - 18 March, updated 20th

Oxfam Group Meeting - see "What's on" for 28 March - new members urgently needed.

PICTURE HOUSE: Calderdale Cabinet today unanimously agreed to give delegated powers to their officers to negotiate the asset transfer of Hebden Bridge Picture House to the consortium led by Hebden Royd Town Council and Hebden Bridge Community Association - 14 March. See news for earlier reports.

BBC report that an airlift is underway in a bid to conserve Turley Holes Moor and stop further peat erosion - Read more

Midgehole Dyeworks - Midgehole residents have formed an association to make sure any potential development does not have a detrimental impact on the landscape or the community. Read more - 9 March

Hebden Bridge Picture House

PICTURE HOUSE PUBLIC MEETING: Report of Thursday's crowded and lively public meeting at Riverside School. Read report

Transition Town - latest newsletter

Book news - Top ten bestsellers for the month of February, and the latest news about World Book Day and other events/publications from the Book Case. Read more - 3 March

Regional newspaper sales were down in the last 6 months of 2010. According to ABC, sales of the HB Times were down 18.2% to 2766 copies. (Making the HebWeb a much better prospect for advertisers!)

Eileen O'Brien performing in Hebden Shorts, 2010 Arts Festival Sarah Mason, Zebra Photography

New Town Council Website - Hebden Royd Town Council has now launched their brand new website. The website will become the one stop shop for all you need to know about Hebden Royd Town Council. Read more - 14 Feb

Small ads - recent ads include: lifts wanted/ carreer advice; houseboats for sale; cleaner and decorator; acting lessons; online shoes; double room to rent; rubbish cleared; software developer wanted; house needed; Steiner School. "It was the best £10 I've spent!" - Liz

Photos and film from Northern Towns against Cuts rally on Saturday, 12 February

Insulation and emergency heating for local households - Residents are being encouraged to make their homes warmer and cheaper to heat with help from the Council's Home Energy Action Team. Read more - 7 Feb

Pub closures - With the Shoulder and Inn on the Bridge closed, Justin Pringle of The Hole in t'Wall writes to HebWeb: 'Hebden Bridge is slowly becoming a Ghost Town' - see forum thread

Hebden Bridge Blues Festival

Over the Spring Bank holiday weekend, Hebden Bridge will be hosting the first Hebden Bridge Blues Festival. Up to 50 bands from across Britain, Europe and the USA will be playing. Read more - 28 January

Five hundred words on Hebden Bridge - "We have more coffee shops, hairdressers and accessories shops than you could toss a stick at, yet struggle to keep an electrical goods store open and even to kickstart a cobblers." Read more from Angie Cairns' 500 words.

What's on? - Jazz Club, HB Partnership, Potato Day, Fair Votes launch meeting, Lancashire & Yorkshire railway, Northern Towns Against Cuts, "Little Twitchers" at Hardcastle Crags, Jazz and Blues Festival, Arts Festival and much more.

HEBVEG - Ambitious local, community-run, organic veg box scheme to launch this month. First chance to pick up your own HebVeg selection on January 15th - The aim is to produce everything in the box from within 3 miles of Hebden Bridge town centre within 3 years. Read more

Eddie Carr dies - see Lives Remembered Page with memories from Jonathan Timbers who would like to hear others' memories of Eddie.

Don't Bulldoze Central Library - The campaign has been resurrected following further threats to Central Library and Archive from Calderdale Council. Read more - 24 January

HEBWEB NEWS HIGHLIGHTS OF 2010 - including 500 years' celebrations, General Election campaign, community takeover of the Town Hall, Arts Festival, the launch of Hebden Bridge as a Transition Town, the threats from cuts including our Picture House and student demonstrations against tuition fees. Read more

Ian Coates

Ian Coates - latest, 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 December update.

Calder Valley MP Craig Whittaker comes second in MPs' expenses league. See Guardian report and forum message.

The Good Ship "Calder High" and Other Tales from the 1950s. As a follow-up to the very popular 'From Rationing to Rock'n'roll', Peter Thomas' latest offering takes another backwards glance at the 1950s. Read More

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

Women in BluesWomen of Blues - The Hebden Bridge Blues Festival is celebrating the contribution of women with a special ‘Women of Blues’ night, which brings together some of the best female blues artists in Britain today. Read more - 4 April

Book News - Top ten bestsellers for the month of March, and the latest news from the Book Case. Read more - 2 April

Seedy SaturdaySeedy Saturday - Swap seeds and knowledge at Calder Food Hub's second Seedy Saturday plant and seed exchange at the Hope Baptist Church on Saturday 9th April. Read more

One of his colleagues contacted the HebWeb on Thursday (31 March) with the sad news that former councillor and mayor of Calderdale, Liberal Democrat Peter Coles has died.

Chris DuffordSqueezing Out the Hits at the Trades - Chris Difford is coming back to Trades on his 'The Imaginary Friends' tour because 'he loves the place'. Read more about coming events - 29 March

University of the Third Age - reports of the first three meetings of the year from Todmorden U3A Read more - 28 March

PACE EGG PLAYS - HEPTONSTALL AND MIDGLEY - Good Friday 2011, 22nd April. Times, information and background.

Mega Mix at the Trades - Indie kids from along the valley will be making a pilgrimage to the Trades Club on Friday as DJ Campbell unveils his megamix of top dancefloor fillers from the last 30 years. Read more - 22 March

Unabombers Drop into the Valley - The Unabombers play a rare Yorkshire date teaming up with the Into the Valley crew at the Trades Club on Saturday 2 April. Read more - 21 March

Handmade Parade

Handmade Parade Ideas - A public ideas get-together this week came up with a madcap array of themes, costumes, giant puppets and potty performances. Up for discussion were lots of ideas popped into the suggestions box in the library over the last month. Read more - 18 March

A taste for literature - Hebden Bridge's Vicki Berry's involvement in World Book NightWorld Book Night. Read more - 10 March

Handmade ParadeFROM FULLING TO FUSTIANOPOLIS - will be launched at the ATC on 24th March - the story of the history of the textile industry around Hebden Bridge, from the early water powered fulling mills to the rise of the cotton industry during the Industrial Revolution and the growth of the Co-Operative movement. Read more - 7 March

Handmade ParadeHandmade Parade Gets £15k in Grants - Ideas still wanted to go with harps, lighthouse kangaroos and psychedelic solar system.
Read more - 2 March


Arts Festival - Open Evening Postponed - Plans for this year’s Arts Festival have suffered a blow due to a lack of financial support from Arts Council England. The Open Evening has been postponed until Wednesday 23 March. Read more - 28 Feb

Closing pubs: former landlord of Shoulder of Mutton explains to HebWeb why it has to close. See forum thread

Launch Of Civil Ceremony Company - Hebden Bridge resident, Lita Hallyburton, is launching Civil Ceremony NorthWest delivering ceremonies for all life events. Read more - 18 Feb

Cutting Carbon in Hebden Bridge - An innovative energy efficiency project is now underway in Hebden Bridge. Local residents in the project areas are receiving comprehensive energy surveys of their properties and advice on how to save energy costs and cut down on carbon emissions. Read more - 16 Feb

Spring Clean

Dates for Spring Clean Up - Residents asked to put the dates in their diaries and think about how they could get involved - clean up their street, garden and yards or a community group could raise sponsorship for cleaning up a certain area or for each bag of litter retrieved. Read more

The UnthanksTHE UNTHANKS FINISH WORLD TOUR IN HEBDEN BRIDGE - on Tuesday 19th April. This time they’re playing sat The Picture House having grown too big for the Trades club, one of their favourite venues. They have been returning to Hebden Bridge since Rachel Unthank was bottom of the bill at a folk night in 2003. Read more - 14 Feb

Hebden Bridge Handmade Parade 2011 - ideas sought. Knitted zebra crossings, sheep on skateboards. . . Handmade Parade is calling for ideas for this year's Hebden Bridge parade on Saturday, June 11. Read more - 9 Feb

Wind turbine controversy - see Forum

Get registered and have your say - 2 Feb

Helen of 4 Gates

Helen of Four Gates: the HebWeb talks to film-maker Nick Wilding about how this classic silent film was tracked down to once again enthrall audiences at the Hebden Bridge Picture House. Read more

New road building in Mytholmroyd leads to protests - see Mytholmroyd Net news item - 17 Jan

David Chaytor jailed for parliamentary fraud. David Chaytor is a former Calderdale councillor, former Labour parliamentary candidate for the Calder Valley and still lives in the Upper Valley.

Town Hall plans

TOWN HALL PLANS GET GO AHEAD - work to start in April 2011 "By this time next year the building should be close to completion" Read more - 17 Dec

Ian McMillanHebden 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

Student protest

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

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

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

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

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

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 -

500 faces

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

500 Faces

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

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