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WHAT'S ON around Hebden Bridge this weekend? Blues Festival, Salem Fun Day, Tod parade, 'Cotten Club' jazz at Wainsgate, celebration at Gibson Mill, Trades Club celebrations of 30 years, and much more (1 June)

Guardian Northerner outlines some of the major events lined up for Hebden Bridge and "some of them thar surrounding hills". (1 June)

Hebden Bridge Blues FestivalHebden Blues Festival Blows into Town: This weekend sees a massive music fesival back in Hebden Bridge. With three dozen bands playing in seven venues across the town, fans of the blues from all over the country are heading our way. Read more (30 May)

Fair for Youth

Fair for Youth 2012:
see more from photographer Craig Shaw

Gay and Lesbian Rights campaigner receives this year's Citizenship Award: Retiring mayor of Calderdale, Cllr Nader Fekri, said he was personally proud to have nominated Jan Bridget as the recipient of this year’s Award.  Read more (27 May)

Hebden Bridge Arts Festival Arts Festival programme launched: Highlights include top comedian Stewart Lee and the Hayward travelling Matisse exhibition. Read more. (25 May)

Lady Wildflower at Hebden Bridge Fringe

Hebden Bridge Fringe programme launched - Benidorm meets Shameless (drama), learn to crochet, Pakistani story telling, Burlesque Taster Class, Dance Workshops, Vintage Pop Choir, The Speed of Dating (comedy), Cabaret, Literary Quiz, poetry and prose, and finishing with a Bellydance Spectacular. Read more (24 May)

Calder High Parents urge school leadership to address concerns - "to help Calder High to be a successful and exciting place in which to learn". Read more

Victoria Road plans unveiled at "Public Exhibition" of proposals. Developers "committed to engaging with the local community." See Planning Watch.

Bus problems: First to take over from Tyler. See Forum thread

Nadir Fekri at the NatWest bank

Police are called to the NatWest bank, Hebden Bridge, when Mayor of Calderdale Nader Fekri refuses to leave, after the machine swallowed his card. Even though he was off to Germany on council business in a few hours, staff refused to give him his card back! See Yorkshire Post. (Photo: Jason Elliott)

Crimsworth Farm Raw Pink Sauerkraut!

Craig WhittakerCraig Whittaker condemns gay marriage proposals. Our MP claims that such marriages would be adult-centred and lead to polygamy. Read Craig's blog entry. And see HebWeb discussion

Hebden Bridge in the spotlight: Hebden Bridge and the Paul Barker book on Radio Four Wednesday (9th), 4pm

Guardian Northerner features Spaw Sunday in Cragg Vale, Luddenden and Midgley. (8 May)

Hebden Bridge in the spotlight over the weekend. Full page article in the Sunday Observer on Free food, sharing and caring. Reviews on Paul Barker's book on Hebden Bridge in the Saturday Guardian ("West Yorkshire's cool and quirky corner") and Independent ("a microcosm for local life buffeted by the winds of change).

Janet Battye holds Hebden Bridge's Calder ward for the Liberal Democrats by 145 votes on a 45% turnout, higher than the national average. The Greens push Tories into 4th place. More info

Labour gain Mytholmroyd's Luddendenfoot ward. Simon Young for Labour won the seat from Christine Bampton Smith (Lib-Dem) More info

Labour gain Todmorden: Hebden Royd Town councillor Steve Sweeney takes the seat. More info

LOCAL ELECTIONS - the count started at 9.30am at North Bridge Leisure Centre. Four women are contesting Hebden Bridge's Calder Ward. Read more

Brown's Site: local architects Moreton Deakin Associates join the Forum discussion

Hebden Bridge Picture House Gala Night

Director and Writer Kay Mellor at the Picture House's gala screening of Fanny Elvis. Report and Pictures (25 April)

Blenheim Street: Residents are angry about plans to build a pair of four storey houses on "disused scrub land" at the top of a cul de sac on the Birchcliffe hillside. See Planning Watch

Tickets for Patti Smith at the Trades Club sold out within 90mins!

Inspiral Carpets at the Trades - first sell out for Arts Festival. Read more (1 June)

52 Skidoo

Concert at Wainsgate: Some great entertainment is to be found in the hills this Sunday evening when good-time twenties "Cotton Club" jazz comes to Wainsgate Chapel Read more (30 May)

Flood Sirens test in Hebden Bridge and Mytholmroyd. Read more (30 May)

Handmade Parade

Handmade Parade 2012: Come and make magic in The Enchanted Wood. Fancy turning yourself into an elf, a wolf , an owl or a bluebell? Open workshops for next month’s Handmade Parade begin on Saturday. Read more (29 May)

David ShuttUniversity of the Third Age: Lord Shutt explains the workings of the House of Lords. Read more (29 May)

Inspiral Carpets at the Trades - tickets now available

Owter Zeds headline Trades Club 30th bash Psychedelic rock legends, formed to play to play a one off miner's benefit during the 1984/85 strike, headline a weekend of festivities celebrating the Trades Club's 30th birthday. Read more - and see programme. (27 May)

Calder High is not on the Secretary of State's Priority School Building Programme list, published today. Nor is any other Calderdale school. (24 May)

Cllr DavenportA New Mayor for Hebden Royd: at the Annual Town Meeting, Cllr Christine Davenport was made Mayor of Hebden Royd Town Council. Read more (23 May)

Rebecca Yorke

Rebecca Yorke ran the Great Manchester Run to honour her late friend and Arts Festival colleague Di Smith, and to raise money for MacMillan Cancer Research. Read more (22 May)

Hebden Bridge Blues FestivalHebden Bridge Blues Festival may be the best in the country - the panel of the British Blues Awards have nominated it for the "Best Festival" award. Read more (22 May)

Fox and GooseFox Friends raise £400 at CAMRA festival. A bar at the CAMRA festival pulled in another £400 to help create West Yorkshire's first co-operative pub. Read more and listen to item on Radio Leeds (15 May)

Success for The King's Troup, Hebden drama group. They have been selected to perform in Manchester and Stratford upon Avon. Read more (13 May)

Trades Club near miss - The Trades Club have vowed they will be back next year after narrowly missing out on the NME small venue of the year award. Read more (11 May)

Hebden Bridge:  a Sense of Belonging by Paul BarkerBook Launch of Hebden Bridge: a Sense of Belonging by Paul Barker, which illustrates the changes to our town and area from the mills closing to becoming 'the Greenwich Village of the north'. Read more


POLICE STOP PARENTS LEAFLETING outside Calder High. The HebWeb has a copy of the leaflet and has contacted the police asking what law could be broken. Updated. Read more

Hebden Bridge Town Hall

Town Hall Team now complete with the appointment of Amy Leader as the new business development officer. Read more, including all HebWeb coverage of this groundmaking project since 2007 (3 May)

Jamie Johnson

Former Green Party councillor starts cycling round the length of Britain's coast. The co-founder of Kerbside Recycling, Calder Valley Credit Union, and former Green Party Town Councillor, Jamie Johnson, is raising funds for Palestinian refugees. Read more (1 May)

Claire BenedictUniversity of the Third Age: Claire Benedict talks acting to Todmorden U3A. Read more (29 April)


Elvis mayors: see the Mayors of Calderdale and Hebden Royd, and former Mayor Rev James Allison on stage limbering up for Fanny and Elvis at the Hebden Royd Town Council Civic Dinner.

Ali MillsPhysiotherapist Ali Mills will be attempting to cycle a grueling 112 miles around the Lake District, to raise money for MacMillan. Read more

World Championship Dock Pudding Contest, Sunday, 15 April, see Mytholmroyd Net for result and video

Ted Hughes Writing Competition is launched!

Postcard from PalestinePostcard from Palestine 5 - Last in series. Ron Taylor's latest from Palestine, part of an international movement of supporters. Read more

Local papers: HB Times office to close, journalist Susan Press tells HebWeb - see Forum thread. Update from Cllr Tim Swift: Halifax Courier to go weekly. "Those interested in the many goings-on in the upper valley are increasingly likely to turn to the 'Hebweb', the flourishing local website of town news and views." says Martin Wainwright, writing in the Guardian's Northerner Blog

Handmade Parade classes

Handmade Parade 2012: Join the skills classes - join a street band, make a giant sculpture or inflatable costume, try your hand at a dynamic Brazilian art-form or learn how to stilt. Read more

Calder High Pace Eggers

Above: Heptonstall Players perform the Pace Egg Play in Weavers' Square, Good Friday afternoon. The Doctor has NipNap for the fallen Bold Slasher. More photos. And see this HebWeb news item for details of how much was raised.

Fox friends

Fox Friends clean up and help moves towards Yorkshire's first co-operative pub. Read more with details of Easter raffle.

Job Vacancy: Picture House Manager. Hebden Royd are seeking someone to manage the Picture House. Read more

PICTURE HOUSE - once more in local hands. A special meeting of Hebden Royd Town Council was held this afternoon (30th) to ratify and complete the transfer. Read more

Memoirs of a Japanese Chicken Sexer in 1935 Hebden Bridge has come second in the Oddest Book Title of the year contest - see BBC article

Berringden Brow: Fourth and Final book. The final instalment of locally-set "Berringden Brow" saga is now out! "Life's Rich Tapestry" sees middle-aged heroine Jess working on a university research project . . . Read more (30 March)

Hebden Bridge Town Hall

Hebden Bridge to host national Ambitious Communities conference, looking at how communities can transform their neighbourhoods by owning and managing local land and buildings. Read more (27 March)

Hebden Bridge Favourite Films

Hebden Bridge's favourite films. The people have voted! It's Brief Encounter, the winner, followed by Local Hero and Pulp Fiction. More info and details of showings at the Picture House. (26 March)

Makeover at Riverside School

Riverside School Makeover Weekend: more than 70 parents, teachers and friends spent last weekend converting the old old PE store into a special nurture room – just 48 hours! Read more and see pictures. (20 March)

Craig Whittaker arrest in January: CPS say there are no grounds for further action. The Conervative MP for Calder Valley was arrested for an alleged assault in December 2011 on his adult son. See BBC report and Forum thread (21 March)

Brown's site: supermarket, hotel, sports ground, social housing, left alone? Read the discussion

Fox and Goose Pub Co-op: Following extensive discussion on the HebWeb Forum in January and February, moves to buy out the Fox and Goose and run it as a co-operative pub are moving forward. Read more (16 March)


Maia and BrouHaHa at the Trades: Local band Maia's first headline show at the club is promising to be one of their best yet. Read more (12 March)

Calder High given 'notice to improve following Ofsted. Less than a week after Riverside received its unfavourable Ofsted report, the inspection of Calder High raises further questions about the education of Hebden Bridge children and students. Read more (6 March)

Riverside School put into 'special measures' following Ofsted.
Read more

Handmade Parade

Handmade Parade gets go ahead for 23 June - The future of the parade, one of the biggest events in the area's calendar, had been in doubt after drastic cuts to arts funding left it way short of the amount needed. Read more (2 March)



Grant Success for Village Turbine: Blackshaw Head based Pennine Community Power has won a grant of £30,000 which will partly fund a community wind turbine at Blackshaw Head. Read more

Eastwood Recycling set for 'remodelling'. Read more

Youth House goes to Light Opera Society, Brass Band and Theatre School. Read more

Grant for Calder Valley Club and for other local projects from Hebden Royd Town Council. Read more

Olympic TorchOlympic torch: Hebden Bridge's Chris Green of the White Ribbon Campaign is one of those selected to run with the Olympic torch through Halifax. Read more (19 March)

Steve TilstonHebden Bridge musician Steve Tilston wins at BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards with the Best Original Song award. Read more

Ian CoatesIan Coates - snowed in east of Milan, finally on his way back to Hebden Bridge, recounts some of the many countries he and his Honda have travelled through since 1999 - See HebWeb Feature.

Keep a close eye on your dog, urges Calderdale Council, amid growing concerns about disturbance to wildlife caused by out of control dogs. Read more (31 Jan) See also: Forum thread

Small Ads - "I am very pleased to say the response was terrific and both properties are now let." 30 Jan (Less than a week)

BBC Look North covers the takeover of the Hebden Bridge Picture House. See video clip (24 Jan)

Trades Club featured in Guardian's Northern Blog. "Good times roll at our celebrated Trades Club John Peel's 'great little music venue' is going strong, with added delights cooked up by a Tibetan chef. Read full piece by Berringden Brow's Jill Robinson.

Songs of Praise in Hebden Bridge - see Nick Wilding and other familiar faces.

Calder High: Former Calder High teacher of 27 years, Anne Todd, tells of an atmosphere of mistrust and anxiety among staff, lack of experience among management, deteriorating behaviour since the last inspection and streaming imposed without consultation. Read more in the HebWeb Forum.

Calder High Parents threaten exam boycott, at heated meeting with school governors over early GCSEs. Calls were made for the school Head and management to meet with parents. Read more

Concerns about early GCSE at Calder High: Governors to meet with parents on Wednesday (30th) - 6pm at revised venue, Calder High School. Read more

500 faces

Jason Elliott's 500 Faces of Hebden Bridge

500 Faces

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"

HebWeb News Review of 2011 - read here - with links to reviews of the years 2007-2010.

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.

Small Ads - I just wanted to let you know that through my small ad on your site I found my ideal new home, meeting all my requirements. Thank you very much for such a great resource

BBC News item on Fox and Goose co-op project. "Pub regulars in West Yorkshire are hoping to buy the business and set it up as a co-operative." Read more (3 Feb) And see forum thread

Asbestos keeps on killing: 2 of the children of a Hebden Bridge asbestos worker have died from the dust. See Yorkshire Post and Metro articles. And the HebWeb feature on Acre Mill.

BBC News Magazine: "Why is Hebden Bridge the lesbian capital?" Thanks to the many people who have emailed the HebWeb about this

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