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Slow the Flow

Slow the Flow shortlisted as 'Community Group Of The Year' by Yorkshire Post Rural Awards 2017. Read story (4 Oct)

‘We Shall Overcome' gig at the Trades

‘We Shall Overcome' gig: The Trades Club are staging their annual We Shall Overcome gig joining venues across the country who are raising money for local food banks. Read more (3 Oct)

Dance FestivalSecond Hebden Bridge Dance Festival set for a swinging start! Online ticket sales have opened for the second annual Hebden Bridge Dance Festival, bringing a vibrant array of 26 dance events to four venues in Hebden Bridge. Read more

Best railway cafe

Hebden Bridge Station Café voted best in country "The Coffee Station", the cafe on Hebden Bridge railway station, is the first ever winner of a national award from Railfuture - the passenger organisation that campaigns for better and more trains and a bigger and better railway. Read more (28 Sept)

Sally WainwrightSally Wainwright in conversation. On Saturday evening, Sally Wainwright was on stage with her former teacher, Jenny Gore for a benefit for the Little Theatre. She revealed her next TV drama series about Anne Lister, Gentleman Jack, will not now show until 2019 but will star Suranne Jones. Read more. (24 Sept)

Local NHS under increasing threat - on Friday, 22 Sept, a letter signed by more than 250 people called on West Yorkshire and Harrogate Councillors’ joint health scrutiny committee to urgently defend the area’s NHS and social care services from over £1bn cuts. Read more. (25 Sept)

Re-vamp of paths in Hardcastle Crags: CROWS have started some major path works in the Crags. The Current waymarked routes will all be renamed and a new improved map will be introduced. More info (20 Sept)

Camera Club

Hebden Bridge Camera Club winners: At the club's recent exhibition at the Town Hall, people came from all over to view the photos and take part in the ‘People’s Choice’, where they voted for their favourite 3 images. Read more and see larger versions of the above photos. (15 Sept)

Simon ManfieldSimon Manfield Exhibition at the David Wright Gallery, Artsmill from 13 September with a preview this coming Saturday - Orcadians: Seven Impromptus and other works. Read more

Save Tod College

Save Todmorden College: public meeting in Hebden Bridge: campaigners held a public meeting in Hebden Bridge on Tuesday, 12 September to save the college which once served the whole of the Upper Valley. More info

After Alice ProjectThe After Alice Project launches online Yorkshire photo archive - with a difference! Based at the Birchcliffe Centre in Hebden Bridge, the After Alice Project's photos are all shot on old fashioned film. More info and links (6 Sept)

Wainsgate Makers Bazaar: Applications are now open for designers, makers and musicians to participate in the Wainsgate Makers Christmas Bazaar 2017. More info. (7 Sept)

What's on in September? What a lot goes on in our small town! Around 40 events are listed for September. Coming up first are Wuthering Bytes Techfest., Blackshaw Head fete, Wainsgate concert, Camera Club, Fawcett and ArtsMill exhibitions, Quiz, Gongs, Dance, Poetry, Heritage Open Days and more. See What's on in our area

One hour from hb9

Less than an hour from Hebden Bridge: try these halls, houses and galleries which many may not have heard about. Yet they are just on our doorstep. If you can’t find anything to do locally (see What’s On), have a look at this new HebWeb Feature.

Help Tod Food Drop-in boost funds

Tod Food Drop-in

Around 80 to 100 people visit each Saturday morning, but more money is needed as numbers grow. Read more (24 Aug)

Peter Tatchell

Peter Tatchell at Happy Valley Pride Festival
Photo: Bruce Cutts

Victoria Shone'Extraordinary is my Ordinary' by Victoria Shone - upcoming new exhibition at ArtsMill for most of the month of September. More info (11 Aug)

Northern rail row: "London gets money. We get a kick in the teeth" - piece in the I newspaper.

1,300 road gullies in Calderdale will be repaired or replaced, including those along the A646 in Hebden Bridge and Mytholmroyd. (14 Aug)

Gertrude Grouse

Thanks to Andrew Smith for this photo and for telling us that "Gertrude Grouse is still enjoying life on Shackleton Knoll, apparently unconcerned by the impending Glorious Twelfth!". See also: Huffington Post article on grouse shooting.

Behind the scenes at Hardcastle Crags Behind the scenes at Hardcastle Crags: the countryside team are sharing the secrets of their work with a Ranger Day on Saturday 19 Aug. Meet and chat with the team.

Vintage Car WeekendVintage Car Weekend raises over £30,000 for local charities Held over the weekend of 5th-6th Aug and organised by the Rotary Club has been a great success, raising up to £30,000 for good causes and charities. Read more

Pride FestivalHappy Valley Pride Festival 2017, celebrating LGBTQ life in Hebden Bridge and beyond (7th to 13th August) - a festival of diversity, inclusivity and awareness for everyone. Read more and see programme

Hebden Bridge in the media: The Observer reports that part of Mike Leigh’s film on Manchester’s Peterloo massacre of 1819, and starring Maxine Peake, was filmed in Heptonstall. Meanwhile, The Mirror reports that the Hangingroyd Lane house used as Sarah Lancashire’s home in Happy Valley is for sale at £250k.

Lit and Sci

Lit & Sci lectures - five more speakers announced. Five eminent speakers will be coming to Hebden Bridge over the coming autumn and winter months, continuing the successful lecture series by the Literary and Scientific Society. Read more.

Protest in the SquareProtest in the Square: Calderdale is again attempting to move Chris Drake who displays posters concerning Palestinian rights in the Square. Read about allegations of assault


9 July, five years ago - the second flood of the summer of 2012, just two and half weeks after the first. See HebWeb report from 2012.

Report: the Amazing 10th Hebden Bridge Handmade Parade

See Photo Gallery of photos of the Parade. And read the News Report with more links and photos (27 June)

Big BangBefore the Big Bang: Hebden Bridge Lit & Sci. Jeff Forshaw, Professor of particle physics, and co-author with Brian Cox of Universal: A guide to the cosmos. See What's on for Friday, 6 October 2017

Jemima FoxtrotWainsgate Concert: Jemima Foxtrot: The Wainsgate concert series comes to an end on Sat 7 October with the return of former Calder High School student Jemima Foxtrot performing her recent Edinburgh Fringe hit show. Read more

Accessible Venues guide - a brief guide to which venues for hire, might be suitable for community groups, classes, meetings, events or activities, to be accessible to disabled people. From the Disability Access Forum (3 Oct)

Great Rock Co-opGreat Rock Co-op: at their general meeting this Saturday (7 Oct), the Great Rock Coop are inviting food producers to give short presentations about their work. There'll also be a chance for a chat, a drink, and something to nibble from 1pm onward. Read more

CalderlandCalderland: A new folk opera celebrated the Calder Valley’s tempestuous relationship with water premieres the weekend of 29 Sept-1 Oct in the recently restored Piece Hall in Halifax. Read more

People's FairThe People’s Fair: Calderdale’s talented creative community took over The Piece Hall as The People’s Fair storms into Halifax, 30 Sept - 1 Oct. Parades and processions, street theatre, market stalls, exhibitions, food. Read more

Accessible public toilet to open in the evening. Hebden Bridge Disability Access Forum (HBDAF) is working with Calderdale Council to re-open the accessible toilet on New Road, Hebden Bridge, in the evenings. Read more. (22 Sept)

The BreathWainsgate Concert: The Breath This Mancunian jazz-fusion quartet is headed up by former The Cinematic Orchestra guitarist Stuart McCallum, and Irish singer Ríoghnach Connolly. Read more (21 Sept)

Keighley Road water outage - residents woken in night to move cars. See Forum messages (21 Sept)

Man with Movie cameraMan with a Movie Camera Silent film with musical accompaniment. The film met with bewilderment on its release but now recognised as a cinematic milestone. Sat 23 Sept. Read more

Local Plan: have your say There are just over two weeks left for local people to have their say on the draft plans for housing, employment, infrastructure and open spaces in Calderdale over the next 15 years. Read news item and see Forum thread (14 Sept)

Quakers in Hebden Bridge prepare for Quaker Week: Quakers have now been meeting every Sunday morning for worship in Hebden Bridge for 30 years. Read more about the Quakers and Quaker Week, starting at the end of the month. (14 Sept)

Hope Baptist ChurchHope Baptist Chapel reopens its doors after an investment of nearly £1m. One of the few remaining non-conformist Pennine chapels that is largely intact and still in use. More info (11 Sept)

The RailsWin tickets for The Rails at the Trades The Rails are back with a new album Other People they describe as 'folk rock on steroids' and Hebweb had two pairs of tickets for their Trades Club gig on Thurs 14 September. More info

Up The Buttress! Saturday, 9 September, 1pm-5pm. £10 to attempt the Buttress by bike - without dismounting. See HebWeb video

WalkersWalkers' Groups pop-up at launch of Walk and Ride Festival. To help launch the Walk and Ride Festival, local walking groups were at Hebden Bridge Visitor Centre all day on 9th September. More info

Mytholmroyd	Open Art ExhibitionMytholmroyd Open Art Exhibition is calling for submissions for an Open Art Exhibition that will launch the Mytholmroyd Arts Festival on 14-15 October. Read more (31 Aug)

New Halifax Central Library opened Tuesday 5 September as the old one closed. Situated next to the Piece Hall and Square Chapel it will be part of a vibrant cultural, heritage and learning quarter. Read more 

New Care Co-op starting up in Hebden Bridge, to be owned by workers and users, making use of users' abilities, skills and experiences. Details of workshops and more info (25 Aug)

Rachel McCrum and Caroline Bird Wainsgate Concert: Rachel McCrum and Caroline Bird - the Wainsgate concert series resumed after the summer recess on 2 Sept with an entertaining performance poetry event featuring two award-winning poets. Read more

Apprentice Vacancy: Hebden Royd Town Council. An opportunity for young person wanting to start career in Business and Admin. You will be trained to provide efficient and effective clerical/ admin support to the Town Council. More info (25 Aug)


Comedy Club After a brief break during the summer, Hebden's regular night of laughter returns to its usual home, upstairs at The Old Gate pub with Alex Boardman, Carl Hutchinson and Susan Murray. Read more (24 Aug)

Saph Wright

Saph Wright died on 9 August 2017 after a long and courageous fight against a rare illness. See Saph's obituary on this Lives Remembered page.

Local History Society talks from September until March are now listed in our What's on section. Find more out about 7 centuries of floods in the Calder Valley, Top Withins, Thousands visiting Hardcastle Crags in the late 19th century, how the Hippies changed Hebden Bridge, the Norman Conquest of Yorkshire and more. See What's on

Community Bee GroupCommunity Bee Group, set up by Wadsworth Environment Group, run their apiaries as a community activity. Members share responsibilities and - the honey crop too. Read more (18 Aug)

Pedal to ParisPedal to Paris Gerard Liston of Hope Baptist Church in Hebden Bridge, is starting a 4-day cycle ride from London to Paris on 30th Aug to raise funds for the British Legion. (16 Aug)

Geoff LoveTodmorden's Geoff Love remembered Musical Arranger to the Stars remembered with a weekend of celebrations and the publication of a new book this September, 100 years after his birth. Read more (15 Aug)

Geoff TanseyMusic for pleasure and food for thought with speakers: Geoff Tansey and Neil Smith. Report of the latest University of Third Age meetings. Read report (13 Aug)

Hiroshima Day Commemoration

Hiroshima Day Commemoration: On Sunday, Calder Valley for CND held a commemoration of Hiroshima Day, the 72nd anniversary of dropping A-bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, on the Wavy Steps in Hebden Bridge. Read more (8 Aug)

1925 film

Rare, historic film not seen since 1920s which was made at the Hebden Bridge Carnival Parade and Gala in 1925 is being restored and will be shown again at the Picture House. Read more (4 Aug)

Tough Mudder

Slow The Flow Calderdale raise £3500 for competing in Tough Mudder Yorkshire - the group was set up to look at the issue of why and how the Calder Valley floods and to look at solutions to slowing the volume of water which comes down the hillsides . Read more

Hebden Bridge Station car park to expand: Calderdale Council is working with Network Rail, which owns the land to the east of the existing station car park to create 46 extra places. Read more.

Hebden Bridge in the Media - The I newspaper has the following piece: "In the gay-friendly Yorkshire mill town of Hebden Bridge, everyone feels at home." Read article (22 July)

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

Jim LauderdaleWin Jim Lauderdale tickets Double Grammy winner Jim Lauderdale is coming to Hebden Bridge Trades Club on Sun 23 July and the Hebweb has 2 pairs of tickets to give away. Read more (20 July)

The CompanionThe Companion, inspired by Gibson Mill is the debut novel by Hebden Bridge author Sarah Dunnakey and will be launched at the Birchcliffe Centre on Weds 19 July. Read more

Handmade Parade 2017

Hebden Bridge centre

The June 2012 Flood: See HebWeb News from five years ago. Click photo to enlarge.

Craig Whittaker wins Calder Valley for the Conservatives, winning by 609 votes. See HebWeb General Election section for Calder Valley results (9 June)

Painting the tops

Painting the tops: Walking on the tops around our area you are likely to come across trig points on the tops of hills. CROWS volunteers intend to repaint all the trig points in our area. They need donations to buy paint. Read more (7 June)

Street SundayStreets of Fun on Street Sunday: This event is the traditional end of the Arts Festival. Some of Britain's best street performers joined local acts in 4 venues on Sun 2 July.

Dig deeper inside the HebWeb There's much more on the HebWeb than you may think. This website has become a unique resource of local activity over the past twenty or so years. Read our brief summary of some of these less obvious features. (29 May)

Bob UttleySearch and Rescue Team welcome MBE for their honorary president, Mr Robert (Bob) Uttley for services to the community. (19 June)

Parking charges to be introduced in currently free parking areas in Albert Street, Crown Street, Valley Road and elsewhere. See Planning Watch (8 June)

New Co-op store, Mytholmroyd. See Planning Watch (8 June)

Wuthering BytesWuthering Bytes Festival back for a fifth year over ten days. The opening keynote will explore developments and people in the history of computing, from Maurice Wilkes and Max Newman to Alan Turing. More info (7 June)




Jeremy Corbyn in Hebden Bridge

Jeremy Corbyn in Hebden Bridge. Hundreds packed into the Town Hall on Monday (15 May) to support and hear the Labour leader. Photos, videos and report. (15 May - updated)

General Election section 2017 of the HebWeb is now online. We will post updates as they are received. The first discussion is on the question of a possible "progressive alliance". See the Election section.

Lindsay Rimer: a second Bradford man has been arrested on suspicion of her murder. See BBC report for more details, and this recent HebWeb News page for the background to this terrible crime. Update: man released on police bail. (25 April)

Calder Valley Community Land Trust receives major grant to the value of £88,000 to enable it to develop and to attract investment for its proposed affordable homes developments. Read more. (24 April)

General Election 2017 - as the General Election, gets under way, have a look back at HebWeb coverage of the 2015 election in the Calder Valley.

Duck Race

Duck Race madness attracts thousands - "Can you see owt?" Not everyone could. Every vantage point was several people thick. All desperate to see the plastic ducks floating along the Hebden Water for five minutes. Click photo to enlarge. Read more

Pace Egg

Heptonstall Players Pace Egg Play: Once again, the Heptonstall Players performed their unique version of the Pace Egg Play on Good Friday. More photos and details of the £955 raised.

Hebden Bridge Market moves to Lees Yard on Thursday 13 April - new Saturday Artisan market, a weekly Sunday local produce market and the Wednesday market moved to Fridays. More info

Sara PascoeStand-up comedy comes to Hebden Bridge… but for kids. Thanks to Hebden Bridge Arts Festival, kids can enjoy some top class comics… but without the rude bits. (10 April)

Piano Festival Piano Festival’s events for families and children This year’s children’s concert is Saint-Saens' The Carnival of the Animals, performed by the Willshire Piano Duo. More info

Sara PascoeSara Pascoe is an animal: Fearless comic Sara Pascoe is on the road with her new show Animal and Hebden Bridge Arts Festival have tempted her to stop off for a gig at the Picture House on 27 June. (28 March)

Alan PetfordLocal Historian Remembered. A new book published by the Local History Society, History in the South Pennines, will be a memorial to gifted local history lecturer, Alan Petford who died 2 years ago. Read more.

SHIBDEN HALL is the new Sally Wainwright eight part drama series: After Happy Valley, Last Tango in Halifax, Scott and Bailey and others, the first few episodes of Sally Wainwright’s next drama is based on the book Nature's Domain by Mytholmroyd writer Jill Liddington, published by Hebden Bridge publishers Pennine Pens. Read more. (5 March)

Small Ads: "House successfully rented through Hebweb. Fantastic posting wall!"

No place for young men: Alex Kostyakov has written a moving piece on work chances for young men in Hebden Bridge. Why do you never get served a latte by a young man, and is there a connection with break-ins at the park and station cafes? Read more.

Selling my house on HebWeb was "extremely successful - I hope to complete on the sale in 2 weeks time, and I think I could have sold it a few times over."

Smll Ads: "I had so many wonderful responses to my ad for someone to help me re-organize my house post-flood, I wanted to employ everyone! Thank you." - Susan

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

Small Ads: "Amazing but my house in Tod got rented out within 30 minutes after putting the house on Hebweb."

Happy Valley

Happy Valley wins BAFTA as best TV Drama. Written by Sally Wainwright, much of the series was filmed in and around Hebden Bridge - see above at the back of Hanginroyd Lane. Sarah Lancashire won best leading female actor. (15 May)

Hebden Bridge HippiesHebden Bridge Hippies Exhibition: The main panels from the exhibition are now upstairs in Hebden Bridge Library. They're there for the next couple of months. The online version of the exhibition will remain available here on the HebWeb.

Slow The Flow - Hardcastle Crags: Slow The Flow Calderdale, with The National Trust and the Environment Agency, will shortly begin a programme of activity in Hardcastle Crags aimed at slowing the flow in the river and its feeder brooks. Read more. (26 April)

Small Ads success - "Hi there I have found lovely tenants for my house in less than 24 hours. Amazing!" Re house to let in Mytholmroyd.

Tourism GuideTourism Guide - 2017 With sections on this year's festivals and events, visiting Hebden Bridge, eating, drinking and shopping independently, attractions, getting and staying here, and links to more information about our 'intriguingly, creative' town.

How the Hippies Changed Hebden Bridge

How the Hippies Changed Hebden Bridge: An exhibition organised by the Local History Society aims to showed how those who moved into our area in the 1970s - the locals called them 'hippies' - kick-started the cultural renaissance which is today so Hebden Bridge. Read more.

HebWeb Small Ads - The HebWeb is brilliant. Found tutor within 3 days… We have found a candidate. The response was excellent as was the calibre of the candidates.

HEBDEN BRIDGE WINS! - Great British High Street Award in the Small Market Town category. Almost one year after our town was wrecked and shut down by the Boxing Day Flood.

Market Street

HebWeb Feature on the Boxing Day Flood, gathering together many of the articles, news, links, photos and videos. Updated reguarly.

Happy ValleyReasons to Visit Happy Valley's Hebden Bridge "Happy Valley comes to an end. You probably won't spend much of the last episode cooing over Hebden Bridge, which is a shame because it's well worth a visit." Read Radio Times piece 15 March

From Steve Farrell, now living in Mysore, India: "As someone who lives abroad, the Hebweb site has always been critical for keeping in touch 'back home' in Hebden. I've just needed to re-advertise my home for rent, so where to turn to? The Hebweb, of course. The Ad was up within minutes and there were 10 enquiries within 24 hours. Superb!" See Small Ads.

Calder Valley Voices

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

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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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"

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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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.

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