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The former Mytholm Works: Calderdale Planning Committee has approved plans for a supermarket and hotel. See Forum thread

The King's Troupe

The King's Troupe from Hebden Bridge to perform Troilus and Cressida as part of the RSC's Open Stages project. Read more (3 Dec)

Josh Fenton-Glynn and Andy BurnhamJosh Fenton-Glynn talks with Andy Burnham, Shadow Health Secretary, about the future of Halifax A&E, the threat of £25 million being cut from Calderdale's NHS budget and a threat to emergency vehicles. Read more. (30 Nov)

Don't close A&E - Liberal Democrats add their voice to ensure continued, safe and appropriate access to 24-hour urgent and emergency care within Calderdale. Read more. (28 Nov)

Lucy WardWin Tickets to see Lucy Ward at The Trades. To celebrate Lucy Ward's nomination for the BBC Folk Singer of the Year award, Hebweb has 2 pairs of tickets for her gig at The Trades on 11 December. Read more

Dave Nelson's annual Family Christmas Singalong: Christmas gets off to a cracker of a start at 4.30 pm on Saturday 21st December at Hebden Bridge Town Hall with Dave Nelson's annual Family Christmas Singalong. Read more

Comedy Club: 8th December - Angela and The Preacher's Son featuring Markus Birdman and Angela Barnes. More info

Lamplighter Festival

Lamplighter Festival: a shining success - latest news with links to galleries and YouTube. Photo above: Ian Hodgson. A magical and mystical evening based around the myth of the Lamplighter took place Saturday (23rd) in Todmorden. More info and links

Christmas Lights Switch On

Chrismas Lights Switched On - in Hebden Bridge on Saturday 23rd November andin Mytholmroyd on Friday, 22nd. Read more

NHS Rally

Labour to raise A&E closure in Council: a recent NHS report calling for a dramatic reduction in the number of A&E departments has sparked fears that Calderdale A&E could be one of those at risk. Read more (19 Nov)

Community turbineBlackshaw Head community turbine starts bringing in the money. Apart from paying interest to 65 shareholders PCP expects to be able to give around £80,000 to community projects over the next 15-20 years. Read more (18 Nov)

Recycling: Calderdale No 1 in Yorkshire and in Top 10 for England. Calderdale Council has leapt to the top of the charts for household waste recycling for 2012/13. Read more (15 Nov)

Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland Christmas show - set in 19th century Calderdale with Alice as a millworker's daughter - at the Birchcliffe Centre this December. From Role With It Production which gave us 'Nutcracker' last year. More info (12 Nov)

The HebWeb was very sad to learn of the death of writer, poet and artist Ian Emberson aged 77. Ian was a great supporter of local artists, writers and musicians. (14 Nov)

Small Ads: "Ad posted Monday (11th Nov), lease to be signed Saturday and tenant moving in Sunday. Thanks HebWeb."

Martin Parr photos: this slideshow from the BBC features some of Martin Parr's iconic photos from the Hebden Bridge area, taken in the 1970s. This former HB resident, now a world famous photographer, also narrates.

Lindsay RimerLindsay Rimer, murderered 19 years ago on Thursday, 7 November. In the HebWeb Forum, Lindsay's father Gordon Rimer makes an appeal, saying "someone out there in Hebden knows more than they're letting on!"

Tour de FranceLe Tour de France - new HebWeb section with links and latest information concerning next year's historic event. This page will be updated and developed as new info comes in. Update: public meeting in Wadsworth. Read more


CROWS - Community Rights of Way Services - new volunteer Group formed to improve Calderdale's footpath network. Read more (6 Nov)

ForgetmenotLabour hopeful joins Forget Me Not children's hospice challenge to raise £5000. Josh Fenton-Glynn is planning events throughout the valley with local businesses and community groups. More info (4 Nov)


Digital Photography Courses in Hebden Bridge: Taking Better Photos (beginners, any camera) - Understanding your DSLR /Bridge Camera - Photo Editing in Elements and Lightroom (beginners and advanced) - Street Photography for Beginners - Personal Tuition. See small ads

Maxine PeakeMaxine Peake concert raised £760 for Calder Valley Morning Star Supporters' Group which meets at the Trades Club. (18 Oct)

On 17th October, Craig Whittaker, our MP, asked the Secretary of State for International Development what policy objectives her Department aims to achieve by supporting Myanmar's forthcoming census. See also: Forum thread - Myanmar or Mytholmroyd?

Valley Organics

Hebden Bridge people make money do good. The community spirit, the recent raft of community share issues, local green credentials and the HebWeb are cited in a new report on ethical investment published this week. See HebWeb news item (14 Oct)

Hebden Bridge Picture Hous

Burlesque row leads to Picture House Bookings Policy. The new policy was developed by councillors not previously involved with the Picture House and members of the Friends of the Picture House Read more

White RibbonCalderdale backs White Ribbon: Councillors on Calderdale's Communities Scrutiny Panel have been looking at how the Council can help challenge attitudes towards domestic violence, including appointing two senior Council officers as White Ribbon Campaign Ambassadors. Read more


Waste firm director jailed for 2 years for operating without the correct permits. See Yorkshire Post report

Guardian Northerner: Martin Parr captured a simpler Hebden Bridge. "And he lived in my house". Rachel Pickering wonders what the great photographer would have made of the West Yorkshire town today, after discovering they were linked by her leaky kitchen tap. Read more.

Buses - some good news following meetings with Metro. Metro ran 3 meetings in the Town Hall Tuesday evening (24th Sept) and met with the Hebden Bridger Action Group and communities affected by the proposals. More info

Tale of a Tenner

Tale of a Tenner was produced to promote the 'Totally Locally' shop local campaign, showing that if you spend £10 in a shop in Hebden Bridge the amount of money that goes back into the local economy could be over £50!

Community Festival and Event Fund launched: Organisers of events and festivals in Calderdale now have the opportunity to apply for up to £2000 in funding from Calderdale Council's recently launched community fund. More info

BusesBuses: Labour candidate takes bus boss for a ride. Labour's Parliamentary candidate for Calder Valley, Josh Fenton-Glynn, has highlighted concerns at cuts to bus routes by taking the boss of West Yorkshire's Transport Authority for a ride on one of the services set to be affected. More info (17 Sept)


Nest Estate Water Nightmare continues: Tenants and residents on the Nest Estate, Mytholmroyd are currently being dogged by a burst to the water main on a near weekly basis. Read more (16 Sept)

Timothy West and Prunella Scales in town

Legendary Thespians Timothy West and Prunella Scales were in town filming a new Channel 4 series looking at the history of Britain's canals. Read more and see larger photo. (11 Sept)

Superfast broadband is coming:
Ten years after Hebden Bridge's very first broadband connections, following an effective community campaign, spearheaded by the HebWeb, we learn that over 90% of Calderdale will receive superfast fibre broadband from 2014. Read more (9 Sept)

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 (3 Sept)

Burlesque Ban overturned: Last night Hebden Bridge Town Council overturned the ban on burlesque events at the Picture House. See discussion and news on the HebWeb over the past month.

Burlesque Debate: at it's meeting of 10th July, Hebden Royd Council decided to set up a sub-committee to establish a booking policy for the Picture House. See response from Burlesque Festival. Over a thousand have signed the petition and there are over 100 messages in the HebWeb Forum thread.

Josh Fenton-Glynn was selected on Saturday 24 June to represent Labour and fight Craig Whittaker at the next General Election. About Josh and Josh's answer's to HebWeb questions.

Local MP criticises schools, blaming Labour - see the HebWeb Craig Whittaker feature (4 Dec)


NUJ Greenpeace Public Meeting - Steve Morgan and Paul Morozzo will give a talk on 'Reporting Environmental Protest' - Read more

Chris GoddardWalking the Moors - a new hand-drawn guide from Chris Goddard; a superb work with wonderfully drawn sketches, buildings, rocks and maps. Chris has been meticulous in his research and has spent six years preparing this remarkable book. Read more. (28 Nov)

Sowerby Bridge Arts Fesitval from 7-14th December; exhibitions, music, workshops, competitions, film, local history, theatre and spoken word. Read more

White Ribbon DayWhite Ribbon Day Monday 25 November – the international day for the elimination of violence against women. Calderdale gives its backing to this Mytholmroyd based campaign. Read more

Catering Supervisor(s) vacancy at Hebden Bridge Town Hall. More info, spec and application form. (21 Nov)

20mph speed limit20 mph throughout Calderdale? Residents in Calderdale are being asked what they think about Council plans to introduce 20mph limits in residential areas across the borough. Read More (21 Nov)

WithensWithens Reservoir, the subject of the latest Local History Talk, was part of a fascinating story . . . not so much Cragg Vale's reservoir as the property of distant Morley. Read more (19 Nov)

Jo CaulfieldRiverside parents flock to Chagall show. Each of the school's six classes produced original works based on Chagall's distinctive style, investigating different curriculum areas. Read more (14 Nov)

Riverside Junior School has a limited number of craft and produce stalls available at its annual Winter Fair on Saturday 30 November. See What's on for more info

Tour de France

Tour de France Education Pack for teachers, community lead­ers and parents of young people aged 7 to 14. Read more (14 Nov)

Postcard from PalestinePostcard from Palestine 12 - Another Day with Ta'ayush. Hebden Bridge's Ron Taylor, one of an international group of supporters. Read more about settlers' attempts to prevent Palestinians using their own land (12 Nov)

Vegetation Volunteers are being sought by Calderdale Council and the Environment Agency to help keep the River Calder at Mytholmroyd clear of vegetation. More info (11 Nov)

Holme Tunnel to close for 4 months. A bus service will replace trains between Hebden Bridge and Burnley. See BBC report. (9 Nov)

Craig Whittaker: as energy bills rise, the taxpayer contributes towards MPs' bills. Our MP received £705 towards his bill, on top of a salary of over £66k - see Telegraph article and more HebWeb coverage of Craig Whittaker

Robin DixonAndrew HalewoodNew Hebden Royd councillors: At the meeting of the full council of the Town Council on 23rd October, the council co-opted two local people on to the council. More info. (29 Oct)

 Zero carbon green house blocked by Calderdale

Zero carbon green house blocked by Calderdale: the house is a well designed, sustainable house, completely covered in thick earth and vegetation making it almost invisible and blending into its surroundings. More info (28 Oct)

Ian and Judith CoatesRadio 4 features Ian and Judith Coates on the Listening Project. They talk about his itchy feet and next trip. Ian's "as fit as a butcher's dog." See also: HebWeb feature: Riding around the world on a Honda

Psychology and You - Part Two. David Groves spoke about the scientific study of mind and behaviour to the University of the Third Age. Read more. (26 Oct)

Buses: following the consultation over the summer, the contract for the operation of the "Hebden Bridger" has been awarded to TLC Travel. Read more. (24 Oct)

Major improvements to rail services sought - The Upper Valley Sustainable Transport Group has made a number of recommendations that it wants to see put into place by Real North. Read more. (21 Oct)

Lindsay RimerLindsay Rimer murder: former Hebden Bridge methodist minister, Reverend Graham Kent, has called for an investigation into any possible links with Jimmy Saville who regularly stayed in Cragg Vale at the time of her murder in November 1994. See Mail Online article. Also HebWeb Forum and HebWeb feature (20 Oct)


Mytholmroyd Swimming Pool

Mytholmroyd Swimming Pool: Grow Your Tenner. Help raise the £200.000 needed to begin building. Go to the LocalGiving page from Tues morning, 15 Oct. Read more

Digital Radio coverage set to improve: Hebden Bridge and the Calder Valley are included as places set to benefit from new DAB transmitters to be created over the next 2 years. See Radio Today report

Hebden Bridge Station: poems while you wait. Catching a train? Then enjoy the new series of poems posted on the Friends of HB Railway Station notice boards. Read more (8 Oct)

Hebden Bridge Police Station building: Stephen Curry of the HB Community Association has told the HebWeb that Calderdale have listed the Police Station as an "Asset of Community Value" - when the Police put the building back on the market there'll be a six week moratorium to allow community groups to make a bid.

Nutclough Mill: Farewell to a popular view of Hebden's unique Nutclough Mill. See larger photos

Calderdale consider increasing taxes on empty houses. Proposals include full council tax plus 50% empty homes premium, incentives for owners bringing homes back into use and council tax relief for those who have to move out because of flooding. Read more. (1 Oct)

Heptonstall Festival

Heptonstall Festival on Saturday 21 September was a great success with two stages (one in the old ruins), together with a local bawdy drama, magic, storytelling, dancing and more. More photos.

Eastwood Recycling Centre closure extends to five months. Calderdale and SITA apologise; no local alternative has been made available. Read more

History and Astronomy Societies' Autumn and Winter events now added to the HebWeb What's On section.

Riverside School out of 'special measures'. Riverside has been judged by Ofsted as no longer requiring special measures, only four terms after being placed in the category. Read more (11 Sept)

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". (8 Sept)

Seaport at Sunrise: Local writer, poet and artist Ian M. Emberson has written a novel which has its roots in his National Service in the 1950s. Read more about the book and what some readers have said. (5 Sept)


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

Hebden Bridge Piano Festival 2014Hebden Bridge Piano Festival 2014: Following its highly successful debut in April, the Piano Festival announces dates and programme fpr 2014 festival weekend. Read more (2 Sept)

Syria Vigil: Thurs. 29th Aug from 12 to 2.
Photo: HebWeb

Hebden Bridge Signal Box is one of 26 historic railway signal boxes across the country to get listed status. See Guardian report

Nest Estate Water Woes: Leak follows leak, the system is broken, old asbestos pipes - neither Yorkshire Water nor Calderdale will take responsibility. Mick Piggott recounts the story. (22 Aug)

Arts Festival Board thanks the HebWeb and Festival volunteers, and invites people to influence next year's festival by filling their questionnaire. More info (21 July)


Handmade Parade

Small ads: Received Sat 18th - "I've had an overwhelming response and the property is now let"

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Hour Car - Community owned car club. Cars in Hebden, Mytholmroyd and Todmorden. Our fleet includes an electric car. See Listings

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ABC Coaching & Counselling Services

Counselling from Dr Jim Byrne and coaching from Renata Taylor-Byrne. See Listings


HebWeb Listing a-z

Canal Narrowboat holidays - Shire Cruisers boating holiday. Explore the Pennine waterways, canals and rivers in a narrow boat. See Listings

HebWeb Listing a-z

Alison Grant Architects Ltd. Experienced local architect skilled in renovations, conversions and extensions, including work to traditional and Listed buildings. See Listings


Yorkshire Life: 10 reasons to love Hebden Bridge

"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.

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Rachel Lucie Jewellery Designs - I'm a local jewellery designer-maker with several collections of silver, pearl and gemstone jewellery for all occasions. See Listings

HebWeb Listing a-z

Hebden Bridge Acupuncture Centre is a relaxing, quiet and safe therapeutic space offering Traditional Acupuncture which takes into account your unique situation and whole being. See Listings


Bernard InghamBernard Ingham column ended: campaigners have learned that Bernard Ingham has been told his longrunning column in the HB Times has ended. They had been calling on Ingham to apologise for what he said about Hillsborough. Read more

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

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"

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

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

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. (25 March)

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

The Trades Club thanks the HebWeb: "The Trades has had a great year with more than 30 sell-out gigs and a huge part of that is the regular updates we get on Hebweb" Read more.

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)

Hebden Bridge and its Co-op featured in this Radio Four programme - about 11 minutes in

SwaledaleTOUR DE FRANCE: on Sunday 6 July 2014, the eyes of the world will be on Hebden Bridge when the 200 competitors of the Tour de France cycles through our town, and Cragg Vale's famous five-and-a-half mile incline, the longest in England. Read more

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