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Lindsay Rimer

LINDSAY RIMER: 15 years on
Still no arrest

On Saturday, 7th November, it will be 15 years since the murder which shook Hebden Bridge and our whole region. Hebweb Feature for more info

Hebden BridgeHebden Bridge bonfire

Independent on Sunday feature paints Hebden Bridge as "Suicide Central" - an article prompted by the release of the film: "Shed Your Tears and Walk Away." What do you think?
See HebWebForum
for important and often, moving discussion of issues raised by the film.

Journalism and the New Media - report of the public meeting called by the NUJ on 28th October at the White Lion. The discussion was led by invited speakers, Gary Herman of the NUJ and Chris Ratcliffe of the Hebden Bridge Web. Read more - 29 Oct

Colin at the Picture house - Colin was produced on a budget of just £45! Director Marc Price will offer ‘zombie workshop’ after film: Read more - 27 Oct


Five hundred words on Hebden Bridge - new entry from Andi Butterworth: "Holding hands we closed our eyes and stabbed the pin in the map: Hebden Bridge" - a Hebden 500 project sponsored by the HebWeb- 26 Oct

Jamie Oliver

Hecklers in the Square ask: "Why Hebden Bridge for a Sainsburys ad?" amid shouts of "Get lost!" and "We love you Jamie but we don't want Sainsburys in our town". Film maker (right) tries to quieten protester. More photos and comments

Christmas comes early

Christmas comes early as film crew prepares George's Square for the Jamie Oliver Sainsburys ad in Hebden Bridge, once voted the UK town with most local identity and a town where Sainsburys won't even deliver groceries ordered online.

Shed your Tears and Walk Away

Shed Your Tears and Walk Away. Film Maker Jez Lewis who grew up in Hebden Bridge has made a film about his childhood friends who are dying from drink and drugs.." Read news item. And see forum thread

Energy Secretary Ed Miliband praises Calder Valley's Environmental Hotbed. The Energy Secretary has paid tribute to the ‘green groundswell’ of local activity taking place in communities across Calder Valley that’s helping Britain make the transition to a low carbon economy.Read more.- 20 Oct

Black History Month

Hebden Bridge Picture House to screen The Soloist as part of Calderdale's Black History Month Read more.

Kerbside aftermath: following the discredited waste contracts and the Calderdale failed coup, Labour sends open letter to Lib Dems. Read more. - 19th Oct

Chainsaw Tuesday 2004

Chainsaw Tuesday - five years ago
Monday, 19 October 2009

Halifax to close Hebden Bridge branch leaving its many local customers with a long commute. Information available to the Hebden Bridge Web suggests that it is highly likely that staff at the branch will lose their jobs. 15 Oct, 10.30am

Acting out at violence against women, local boys Jonny Dixon and James Varley have become the newest White Ribbon Ambassadors. Read more - 14 Oct

White Ribbone Campaign

Blake Dean bridge

The floods on Monday 5th October washed away the Pennine Way bridge across Graining water behind the Pack Horse Inn. The wrecked bridge can be found half a mile downstream in Blake Dean. Thanks to Geoff Boswell for this info and photo. Click photo to enlarge - 12 Oct

Energy saving street lamps for Old Town - they will cut light pollution too. Read more - 6 Oct

Incredible Edible

Incredible Edible Conference in November to spread the word beyond Todmorden. Incredible Edible plant vegetables and trees around their town. Read more.- 7 Oct

Free energy saving light bulbs - More info

Calderdale follows Hebden Royd Town Council's example and provides skips to community groups. Labour criticise the delays in implementing the policy. Read more - 6 Oct

Elected mayor for Calderdale? - see news

Calderdale to cut carbon emissions by 10% in 2010 - see news

VICTORY FOR CAMPAIGNERS: Central Library and archive to stay where it is. Consultation showed that 95% of the public wanted this. Read more. - 2 Oct

Calderdale stays Conservative - see news and forum

Can Labour survive? - report of public meeting in Hebden Bridge - 25 Sept

KERBSIDE: Independent report censures Calderdale. “I will get to the bottom of what went wrong and do everything in my power to make sure this does not happen again.” says Calderdale Chief Executive, Owen Williams More info - 23 Sept, 10 am
Updated with statements from Labour's Cllr Tim Swift and Conservative's Cllr Stephen Baines

 Climate Wake-up Call

Sounding the alarm call for climate action - Hebden Bridge was part of a wave of local events throughout the world. Photos and audio interview.

CANDIDATE ACCUSED OF HITTING PUPIL: Controversial Labour candidate Steph Booth is accused by the Mail on Sunday of losing her job as a school teacher following claims that she hit a pupil. Read more

Steph Booth

Alice Mahon and Susan Press
Thursday, 24th September - public meeting on the future of the Labour Party. More info

Gone Walkabout

The popular local book, GONE WALKABOUT: 24 walks around Hebden Bridge and the Upper Calder Valley by Anna Carlisle has been revised and reprinted. See books for more info and to buy now.

Great Green and Ethical Trade Markets in Tod and Halifax

Blackshawhead Fete

Blackshawhead Fete: Rainy weather does't stop the people of Blackshawhead having a good time!

Plans resubmitted by Oxford Bingo for a ground floor wine bar and bistro with 3 flats above on land almost opposite Post Office, and facing Riverside School. See Planning Watch - 4 Sept

Health Centre offers online appointment making and prescription ordering - but only for those who have verified their identity in person with two forms of ID! More info - 3 Sept

Police and the community meeting - report - 21 August

A Place Like This

Mytholmroyd author Jill Robinson brings out third Berringden Brow book - the location is strikingly familiar - more info


Cape Asbestos - meeting called for 4th Nov to discuss the planning appeal which has been put in by the owner of land across the road from the old Cape Asbestos factory in Old Town. Read more

Hebden 500

2010, Year of Celebrations: In 2010, Hebden’s packhorse bridge will be 500 years old. With parades, packhorses, prose and photos, Hebden Bridge is gearing up for a year-long celebration. Read more - 3 Nov

Ian Coates

Round the World on a Honda: Latest update from Ian Coates and photos from Alaska. See Hebweb Feature

Joni Mitchell Project

High Class Burlesque, the Joni Mitchell Project and others events this week at the Trades. Read more - 1 Nov

Distinguished local novelist and poet Glyn Hughes writes about art, literature and ageing in today's Sunday Times - 1 Nov

Hebden Bridge support for Palestinian villages - Money raised has gone to organisations such as Medical Aid for Palestinians. But some has been given to the people of two West Bank villages. Read more - 30 Oct

Old Town Community Centre are looking for people to to help, and welcome feedback, suggestions and open discussion. See Forum thread - 28 Oct

Water Power

Funding for Water Power Project - Alt Tech Centre receives grant to support micro hydro Read more - 25th Oct

Small Ads currently include several houses to rent, solid oak desk, pottery kiln, dog crate and large bean bag for sale, accommodation wanted, marketing help, and more.

Discussion Forum latest threads: Film of the other side of our town, Jamie Oliver ad, Water Power; Why plastic? Coop's Ethical Water; Hebden 500; Can Labour Survive? Typical Traders; 20 mph zones

Kerbside receives small payout from SITA - see news

Nigel Hillier's photograph of Hebden Bridge during winter took Natural England's Landscape on your Doorstep Award. See this BBC page to view photo. - 19th Oct

Thermal imaging map now available for our area. Enter your postcode and see how efficient your house was when the planes flew over to take their images. Read more. - 19th Oct

Jason Elliott

Hebden Bridge firm British Recycled Plastics wins Community and Environment award
Read more
- 16 Oct

Life Class by Glyn Hughes - book launch from local, award winning poet and novelist on 18th Oct. - added 10 Oct

Glyn Hughes

Film company seeks readers of Anne Lister books - see news

Traffic monitoring to help tackle pollution - see news

Wine Tasting on Thursday(15th) and Clothes Swap on Saturday (17th) at the Trades - see Whats On?

BOOK NEWS - latest news from our popular Hebden Bridge bookshop - 10 Oct


A series of Coiner Workshops revisit the remarkable history of the local coiners to support the completion of a script for a new feature film. Read more.- 7 Oct

Open Doors at Hebden Bridge Town Hall attracts hundreds Read more

WARD FORUMS - Calderdale arranges local meetings to have your say about local issues such as schools, roads, street cleaning and anything else important to you. Read more.

BOOK NEWS - top ten bestsellers and all the latest news from our popular Hebden Bridge bookshop, along with new titles for October - 2 Oct

Self Builders' Action Group seek to create affordable housing in Hebden Bridge. More info and details of open meeting, Saturday, 26th Sept.

One of England’s smallest parishes makes big contribution towards Hebden Bridge’s Town Hall project. More info - 24 Sept

Central Library and Archives: overwhelming support for keeping Central Library and archive in place. Campaigners to lobby as council meets to make its decision on 1st October - 28 Sept

Report of community meeting with police:
speed cameras now used in Hebden Bridge; new van in operation with CCTV facilities; vast amounts of alcohol seized; plain clothes officers target off-licences; a spate of bike thefts, clamping of vehicles not showing tax discs, and much more. - 22 Sept

Victoria Road demolition - see Planning Watch

The 2010 Luddenden Calendar - see news
Free swimming lessons for over 16s - see news

Calderdale to give away 200 tons of compost - see news for more info

Hebweb on Twitter - new: follow updates to the Hebden Bridge Web on Twitter

Five hundred words on Hebden Bridge - new entry added - one of the 500 years of the Hebden pack horse bridge projects - 17 Sept

Local history winter programme - - see Whats On

Walkers' Weekend a "success" with "extremely positive response from walkers". Read more


says Kate Ashbrook, patron of the Walkers Are Welcome Towns Network and general secretary of the Open Spaces Society, who spokeat the Walkers Are Welcome Weekend in Hebden Bridge. Read more

Summat A Nowt

Summat A' Nowt by Steve Murty: 1,000 years of history, focusing on a tiny hamlet between Mytholmroyd and Hebden Bridge, whose origins go back to Norman times.

Hebden Bridge's first walking weekend

Walking Weekend: No less than thirty walks were on offer, ranging from short strolls around the town to all-day hikes in the surrounding hills and moors.  Those interested in archaeology and history were able to visit Bronze Age settlements and the site of a medieval deer park, there were riverside walks woodland walks for families and more

Riding for the Disabled

Riding For The Disabled in Old Town began its new term on Monday, 7th September
More info

Forum: Green candidate Kate Sweeney reports that early evidence suggests the 20 mph zone reduces accidents by 25% - 7 Sept

Horror Films wanted for Halloween Screening - see news - 6 Sept

Luddenden's annual Mayor Making will take place on Saturday 12th September.

Luddenden Mayor Making

Central Street - the saga continues. See Forum

Small Ads "Choosing to advertise the house for rent on the Hebweb was incredibly effective. The perfect tenants were found within 48 hours" - Jason E

Updated: Hebweb directories of local websites. See alphabetical or by category including: services, therapists, shopping, leisure, community, music and more

Question Time

Above: Question Time at the Trades - read report

Colden Sculpture Trail Colden Valley's "Enchanted Forest". A Sculpture Trail created by the children of Hebden Royd Primary School. More info and photos (9 July)

Hebden Bridge Coop - will "Exciting New Look" satisfy Facebook critics?

Former Adult Education Building in Pitt Street for sale again. Asking price: £275,000. See Hebweb News from February 2005: Pitt Street Squatted - 2 July


Nutclough Woods gets corporate help

Miss Rusty gives first interviews

Update: Channel 4 News interview

Headteacher Stephen Ball gave a "complete green light" to "Stop: Don't Read This" says Miss Rusty on Radio Five - read report and listen to the interview. Update: report of Radio Leeds interview

Often first with the news - many of the news items appeared here on the Hebweb days before other local news outlets.

Small Ads "Hebweb comes up trumps again. Within a week of advertising my house I've had several enquiries and found two couples as suitable tenants." Steve F

Hebden Bridge Handmade Parade

What a town! Another stunning handmade parade came through the streets of Hebden Bridge on Saturday, 20 June in all its wonderful colour, creativity and glory. See photos and background to the big day.

GARDEN STREET PLANS rejected by the Planning Appeal Tribunal - too large! More info and background to this controversial local issue. - 28 May


Herons - more information wanted about our remarkable neighbours - see Wildlife Feature


Green Nappies

The Clean Green Nappy Machine, selling a range range of eco-friendly nappies, has just opened in Hebden Bridge

The Secret Garden Videos - three short videos on the Secret Garden have been brought to the attention of the Hebweb - 2 June

Bryan Williamson: Life Remembered - more info and photos - updated 17 June

Squatted Big Green Weekend

Above: Alice Hull welcomes Chris McCafferty MP and Mayor John Beacroft-Mitchell (pictured with organiser Jason Elliott) who opened the Big Green Weekend. See selection of Big Green photos

Gibson Mill

Thanks to Anthony Bowler for sending this stunning photo which we are using to illustrate our feature on Gibson Mill. To see more Hebden Bridge Web features click here


2010 will mark the 500th anniversary of the Packhorse Bridge. Click here to see projects planned or already underway

Yellow lines

Remembering Mick Teale, the Big Issue seller in the Square. Flowers were left near where he sat in the square with a note reporting his death in April. Please add any thoughts, anecdotes, photos you might have to the Lives Remembered page.

Michael Teale



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