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News, Features and Upcoming Events

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 - 4 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

Treasure Hunt

The Annual New Year's Day Treasure Hunt, held in Mytholmroyd has raised a total of £147.36 in aid of The Fire Fighters Charity. Read more

Carols in the Square

Carols in the Square 2010
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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.


Hebden Bridge Boy Wins Poetry Prize - An eight-year-old Hebden Bridge boy, Hugo Grundy, has won first prize in Old Possums Children's Poetry Competition 2010 with his poem Homelands. The prize was presented by Roger McGough. Read more - 14 December

Boots = Tax Dodgers Protest - Approx 30 people gathered at 11am outside Boots in Halifax today to protest the cuts, support the student resistance, and highlight the tax avoidance practices of Boots. Read More - updated 11 December

£50,000 More for Skatepark: construction could start early 2011. Friends of Calder Holmes Park have been successful with their 2nd stage application for funding towards improvement and extension of the skatepark. Read More - 8 December

Labour calls for Council debate on tuition fees and grants Labour Councillor Daniel Sutherland is calling for a debate at the adjourned Council meeting next week. Read More - 2 December

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

Book News - Top ten bestsellers for November, and all the latest news from The Book Case. Read more - 2 Dec

Big Issue covers debate over Shed Your Tears. See previous coverage of the film and debate on HebWeb

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 - 7 December

Helen of Four Gates film postponed until 27th January, due to the bad weather and impossibility of moving a grand piano in current conditions.

Step2 in Hebden Bridge aim is to reduce anti-social behaviour, including street drinking by offering positive alternatives. They hope to build bridges between young people and other local residents through events, activities and volunteering. Read More - 1 December

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

Cutting Carbon in and around Hebden Bridge - Local residents in two small areas in and around Hebden Bridge will receive advice on how to save energy costs and cut down on carbon emissions. Read more - 4 January

Quake - A small earthquake, with it's centre near Ripon was felt in Hebden Bridge just after 9pm, Monday 3rd January.

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BOOK NEWS - Top ten bestsellers for 2010 and for the month of December, and the latest news from the Book Case. Read more - 1 January

Hebden Bridge Flamenco

Flamenco Dancers beat the winter cold
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Flamenco dancing in Hebden Bridge

Gibson Mill by Chris Zimnoch

See Facebook Group, I Love Hebden in the Snow. Young photographer, 22 year old Chris Zimnock sent us some stunning photos for our Snow Gallery - now updated - if you have any good shots email them to the Hebweb or if you have any snow stories, see this Forum thread.

Eddie Carr dies - see Lives Remembered Page with memories from Jonathan Timbers who would like to hear others' memories of Eddie. - 20 Dec

Calderdale services and jobs could move to Leeds. Labour asks for debate and details of Conservative plans. Read more - 20 Dec

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

Young People's March Against Cuts - Young people are hiking more than 30 miles in the expected freezing cold to arrive at Sheffield Town Hall to protest against the raising of tuition fees and the ongoing Coalition Cuts. Read more - 10 December

Palestine - Film and photos from Hebden Bridge's Ron Taylor in Palestine. Read more - 11 December

Climate Change negotiations in Cancun - latest news and how you can join in from Hebden Bridge.

The King's Troupe, an inter-generational theatre company, are performing the 'Scottish Play' at the Little Theatre. For this and other events see our What's on" section

Unions launch campaign against cuts in Calderdale - Read More - 3 December


Five-a-side for over 35s - players wanted.
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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 - 20 November


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

Be a councillor - Hebden Royd Council last week welcomed people interested in becoming Councillors - more info - 17 Nov

TroykaHX7 Jazz is back on Thursday November 25th with Troyka: an extraordinary trio featuring Kit Downes - a short-listed nominee for the Mercury Prize - Read more


Craig Whittaker MP supported Friends of the Earth call for Lobby push the Government to take urgent action on Climate Change. Read more

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 - 3 Nov

Burnley Road School prepares Christmas boxes for troops in Afghanistan - Read more - 2 Nov

125 Year Lease for Town Hall. More info

THESE HEELS ARE MADE FOR WALKING - The White Ribbon Campaign is men working to end male violence against women. This Charity Walk is part of White Ribbon Week and the lead up to White Ribbon Day on the 25th November. Read more

PICTURE HOUSE THREAT - A consortium of local organisations has begun discussions with senior Calderdale council staff over ways in which the cinema’s long-term future can be secured. Read more

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

Helen of  Four Gates

HELEN OF FOUR GATES to show again next month. After the great success of the showing of Helen of Four Gates in June, there is going to be another rare opportunity to travel back in time and watch Hebden Bridge's famous lost 1920 film. Read More


LIGHTS SWITCH ON - more photos

Craig WhittakerCraig Whittaker MP defends foreign aid in Commons speech: "foreign aid . . . produces a sustainable, stable foreign country that helps and grows itself . . ." Read speech - 12 November

Local fluoride campaigner Dennis Edmonson has died - see Courier report

Electoral Reform Debate

PUBLIC MEETING VOTES FOR ALTERNATIVE VOTE SYSTEM - Local politicians Cllr. Nader Fekri, Kate Sweeny, Craig Whittaker MP and Cllr Susan Press were the speakers at the public meeting on electoral reform in Hebden Bridge on Friday 15 October. Read report

Pool and community centre

Swimming pool Views and opinions sought on latest plans (above) for a swimming pool in our area. See also: forum thread

Miss Rusty talks to the Yorkshire Post one year on. Read article and see HebWeb coverage of her and Steve Cann's unfair treatment by Calder High School.

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

Patrick Munsie, former Calder High student, has been killed in a road accident in Colorado while on his gap year. See Yorkshire Post article.

DIGITAL SWITCHOVER DATES: The change from analogue to digital TV will happen next year, 2011 Read more - 11 October

CLONE TOWN BRITAIN has Hebden Bridge as one of the most distinctive towns in the UK. Read more - 20 Sept


GINNELGATE DIRECT ACTION - This morning, Saturday 18 September at 10.30 am residents of St John's Close and their visitors took direct action and 'scaled the wall' which has been built across the pathway through the close on to Bankside footpath. More info and background- 18 Sept

Leonora Rustamova

Miss Rusty Employment Tribunal hearing is set for 11-14 January in Leeds. See new Hebweb Feature which attempts to bring together the story behind the sackings of her and Steve Cann from Calder High - 10 Sept

Local Blogs section - now updated

Five hundred words about Hebden Bridge - see latest entry from Lynn Breeze: Seedy river had fun, along with a YouTube video of Jason Elliott interviewing project's sponsor.

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

Handmade Parade

and launch of the Hebden Bridge Arts Festival 2010.
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