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Calrec sold to a French buyout group Astorg for £203m. Based at Nutclough Mill, the company employs 135 staff, designs and makes consoles for the BBC and other UK and overseas broadcasters. See Yorkshire Post article. (4 Feb)
Above: work on Lees Yard in preparation for being the new home of Hebden Bridge Market. Click photo to enlarge. (1 Feb)
Town Council Bye-Election candidates: On Thurs, 16 Feb, bye-elections will take place in Fairfield and West End wards of Hebden Royd Town Council. Eight candidates are competing for the 2 seats. This news page give details. The HebWeb will post candidate messages and photos (5 to date) as they are received. (updated 27 Jan)
Festivals team up for Open Weekend. The Arts Festival has joined forces with the Open Studios and is bringing back Open Gardens for a special open cultural weekend this summer. Meet 100 local artists and visit 50 gardens. Read more (22 Jan)
Bridges not Walls demo in Hebden Bridge on the day Donald Trump became President of the USA. (20 Jan)
Demolition: Damaged during the 2015 Boxing Day floods the Children's Centre is being demolished to make way for a new car park. Photo: After Alice Project. Click photo to enlarge. See also: Forum thread (17 Jan)
Main road to Mytholmroyd closed all Weds morning - now back open. Fallen trees and parts of the roof of the former Walkeys Mill fell due to the very high winds we are experiencing. (11 Jan)
Trades Club Ground Floor work starts: A volunteer work brigade of socialists and trade unionists has begun the task of renovating the ground floor of the Trades Club at Hebden Bridge, which was devastated by the floods of Boxing Day, 2015. Read more. (8 Jan)
Affordable housing project Local charity Calder Valley Community Land Trust has fixed on Saturday 14th January as the date for its public consultation on the proposed affordable housing project in Hebden Bridge. Read more. (4 Jan)
Chris Green OBE - Founder of the White Ribbon Campaign, Chris Green has been awarded an OBE. The organisation, with its headquarters in Mytholmroyd, is men working for the elimination of violence against women. (31 Dec)
Trades Club backs Independent Venue Week: starting 23 January 2017 with Sheffield Crooner Richard Hawley, American songwriter Cass McCombs, punk rockers Cabbage and the return of Moolandingz. The Richard Hawley gigs sold out within minutes. Read more (28 Dec)
Christmas Eve Carols in the Square, 2016. (Click to enlarge) The Local History group was recently told the origins are thought to date back to the 1940s when people would gather in the Square after dancing at the Co-op ballroom ended, and where there was no alcohol. The pubs, which were still open, did a roaring trade.
King Arthur ruled from Hebden Bridge! Retired Bangor University professor Peter Field claims to have found evidence showing King Arthur was a Yorkshireman who ruled Camelot from Slack above Hebden Bridge. See BBC News article (18 Dec) But is it the correct Slack? See Forum
Yorkshire Post on Hebden Bridge win: "Flood-hit Yorkshire high street and village bring award honours to region." (13 Dec)
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.
Town Council Elections: Liberal Democrats call for Council by-election. Following the resignation of two Labour councillors, t is expected the election will take place on 16 February. Read more (16 Dec)
Job Vacancy - Casual Cafe/ Bar assistant. The Town Hall is looking for a committed and enthusiastic person to assist in the day to day running of The Town Hall cafe, bar and events catering. Read more.
'Molly and Bill' launched in local residential care homes. The name of the project is an acronym of ‘making our lives lively and being involved in local life’, and the project is working with 5 residential care homes and the Community Place at Calderdale Royal.Read more. (2 Feb)
Mytholmroyd: the development of a Pennine village - Rodney Collinge told the Local History Society how developments from the Ice Age to the end of the 19th century have left their marks on the area. Read more. (31 Jan)
New grant available for flood-hit businesses: A new grant launched by Calderdale Council and the Community Foundation for Calderdale will help businesses affected by the 2015 floods to expand. Read more. (26 Jan)
Calder High and Cragg Vale schools consultation Proposals to close Cragg Vale J & I School and to enlarge and change the age range of Calder High School to create an all-through School. See consultation document (pdf) - and see Forum message
Town Council Elections: vacancies for councillors in Fairfield and West End wards. Nominations by 20 Jan for election of 16 Feb. More info
Central Street area drop-in session to discuss bringing nearby streets up to standard. 26 Jan. See What's on
ArtsMill Exhibition: Morphing in Stone and Paint - Artist Paul Ormerod is showing his latest work of paintings and sculpture at The David Wright Gallery at Artsmill, from 18 January. Read more (9 Jan)
Pantomime and Burns Night at the Trades Club, complete with haggis and pipes, on Sunday afternoon, 15 January
Station Parking: the Yorkshire Post has reported this morning that a scheme to expand parking at Hebden Bridge, Mytholmroyd and other stations in the region has been given the go-ahead. (9 Jan)
Walking through Hebden Bridge’s past: Award winning local storyteller Ursula Holden Gill is leading a free story walk celebrating the lives of people who lived in Hebden Bridge a century ago, including those killed in WW1 and suffragette Lavinia Saltonstall. Read more (6 Jan)
Waving not Drowning: How Hebden Bridge and Mytholmroyd fought back after the Boxing Day Floods. Producer Jason Elliott says, "This not a film about a weather event. It is the story of community self-empowerment." Watch video
FLOODS: BOXING DAY 2015. A year ago, all shops, cafes, most pubs and hundreds of homes were wrecked. One year on the town has bounced back and is thriving once again. See more photos and read the HebWeb feature on the great flood. And our news section for how Hebden Bridge and Mytholmroyd coped with the aftermath. (Photo: HebWeb)
Café Culture saved at last minute, thanks to Creative Minds and Thomson Reuters. The monthly events at Hebden Bridge Town Hall brings together local older people for lively, interactive sessions and to meet friends over a cup of tea. Read more (20 Dec)
Calderdale's air pollution crisis: "Unlawful levels of air pollution" in Hebden Bridge will continue according to Anthony Rae of Friends of the Earth in this Forum message, commenting on a disappointing new local strategy for emissions (14 Dec)
New book honours ‘flood alert’ cat Vanessa Guy was at home when the floods struck Mytholmroyd last year. A narcolepsy sufferer, Vanessa might have slept through the alarms, had it not been for her constant companion, Harry the ginger cat. Read more (7 Dec)
HebWeb Sounds and Vision: 3 new videos added. One showing the new flood prevention movable sign at The Book Case. Others on a Hebden Bridge map, and the Safer Together Christmas Tree. Sounds and Vision section
£37,000 grant will help Hebden Bridge get affordable housing Calder Valley Community Land Trust, which is working to bring more affordable housing to the upper Calder valley, heard this week that it has been awarded a feasibility grant of £37,700 to enable it to advance its project for the former High Street area Read more (6 Dec)
Hebden Bridge Picture House: The Life and Times of a Local Treasure The Friends of the Picture House are delighted to announce the release of a book of the history of the cinema written by daughter and father team Kate Higham and Ray Barnes. Read more (30 Nov)
Town Council vacancies: Vacancies on the Council have arisen following the resignations of Cllr John Dunford and Cllr Nigel Yorke. Bye-Elections to fill the vacances in West End and Fairfield wards may be held. Read more (29 Nov)
Hebden Bridge Visitor Centre wins award: Staff are celebrating after winning the prestigious Visitor Information award at the Welcome to Yorkshire, White Rose Awards ceremony. Badly flooded on Boxing Day, the Centre is now fully operational. Read more (24 Nov)
Council's response to Monday's surface water flooding: The Council, Environment Agency, emergency services, and an excellent community response with flood wardens out supporting people. Read more (22 Nov)
HebWeb Forum - Floods - it's the drains!
Flood sirens in Hebden Bridge, Monday evening. First time since the Boxing Day Flood, but the flood warning now lifted. There was localised flooding with train, road and bus services badly disrupted, but this morning many sighs of relief. (22 Nov)
Parking: the Old Fire Station to open its gates to cars again, for up to six months, following negotiations between the David Fletcher of Bridge Mill, Upper Calder Valley Renaissance and the owners. Read more (17 Nov)
Lindsay Rimer Murder arrest: "A 63-year-old man from Bradford was arrested by West Yorkshire Police on 8 Nov."- see BBC Report. Update: the suspect has now been released on bail. (10 Nov)
Lindsay Rimer: Canal worker talks about finding body 22 years ago. Local man, Andy Glover was one of two canal workers who made the grim discovery of Lindsay's body in April 1995 whilst working on the Rochdale Canal. Read report and watch video. (4 Nov)
Judges Swoop on Hebden Bridge: Market Street in Hebden Bridge was on full alert Thursday morning as a crack-team of expert judges visited to find out what makes it so special and a contender to win the Great British High Street competition. Read more and how to vote (3 Nov)
Welcome Festival a huge success Nearly 400 people attended the Welcome Festival on Saturday 29th October at the Birchcliffe Centre in support of asylum seekers and refugees. Most of the performers on the day were refugees. Read report. (1 Nov)
Parking Discussion: does Hebden Bridge need more parking? Or should we walk more and spend our money on supporting public transport rather than cars? Should pedestrians come before drivers? See HebWeb Forum discussion
Calderdale Flood Action Plan Published: Of interest to Hebden Bridge will be the statement that construction of the Hebden Bridge flood alleviation scheme will start in 2018 and be completed by 2020. The Mytholmroyd scheme is more advanced and will be completed by 2019. Read more. (28 Oct)
The White Swan Takes Flight Again after being closed due to catastrophic flood damage last Boxing Day, was finally able to re-open its doors on Thursday 3 November following extensive restoration work. Read more (6 Nov)
Yorkshire Post's weekend walk: Hebden Bridge, Jumble Hole Clough, Heptonstall and back (24 Oct)
Craig Whittaker, our MP, spoke Friday in Parliament against a new law to pardon all gay and bisexual men in England and Wales historically convicted of sexual offences that are no longer criminal. Read more. 22 Oct)
Festive Fandango is back: The popular Festive Fandango encouraging shoppers in Hebden Bridge to spend locally is back after last year's scheme was washed out by the Boxing Day flood. Read more (14 Oct)
Hebden Bridge on YouTube
- Squeeze moves into Valet stores
- Hebden Bridge School on BBC Look North
- Market Street shopowners speak
Police vehicle sprayed silver, opposite market. Inspector John Simpson said, "Some people might find this funny but the extent of the damage means that this vital emergency vehicle will be off the road whilst it is repaired at a cost." 11 Oct
Calder Valley welcomes refugees: The Welcome Festival is on Sat 29th Oct at the Birchcliffe Centre, 1.30-4pm. Refugees from several towns will come together for an afternoon of performance and other activities. Read more (5 Oct)
Hardcastle Crags stepping stones and bridge are now restored After nine months of work, Hardcastle Crags has been largely restored following extensive damage during last Boxing Day's storm. Read more (26 Sept)
Mark Steel's in Town - the BBC Radio 4 programme featured the comedian at the Trades Club, Hebden Bridge. Now on iPlayer here. HebWeb had a couple of mentions as did View from the Bridge. And of course "That was So Hebden Bridge"
Manchester exhibition features former Calder Valley author and artist Jeff Nuttall, poet, artist, writer, actor, musician and more, is currently being celebrated in an exhibition at John Rylands Library. Read more (20 Sept)
Hebden Bridge Camera Club winners. More info and larger photos
Government Flood Review: "Disappointing" - says Leader of Calderdale Council. The review found that a 20% heavier extreme rainfall event would lead to 400 more homes flooding in Mytholmroyd and a similar number in Hebden Bridge. Read more (9 Sept)
Hardeep Singh Kolhi helps Hebden Bridge raise money for Khalsa Aid: Broadcaster turned comedian Hardeep Singh Kolhi played a one off charity gig in Hebden Bridge for Khalsa Aid who provided thousands of free curries in the aftermath of the Boxing Day floods Read more (6 Sept)
The Rainy Season: earlier this year, the HebWeb featured this book by Berringden Brow writer, Jill Robinson. Today, Owen Jones' Guardian article on men and domestic violence retells episodes of abuse from Jill's book. (8 Sept)
Breathing new life into the Hebden Vale Centre: a home for the Environment Agency and a future car park are options Calderdale are discussing for the future of the site which was badly damaged in the 2015 floods. Read more (5 Sept)
Small Ads: "House successfully rented through Hebweb. Fantastic posting wall!" From message received 23 Aug.
The not-so-glorious Twelfth: It is widely thought that mismanagement of the Walshaw Moor for intensive grouse rearing has contributed to recent floods in Hebden Bridge. Protests are planned for the start of the shooting season. Read story
Calder Valley Labour Party overwhelmingly backs Corbyn. Victoria Theatre was hired for this evening's meeting. Jeremy Corbyn received 141 votes and Owen Smith 28. Hebden Bridge and all towns and villages of the Upper Valley are in the Calder Valley parliamentary constituency. (9 Aug)
Ted Hughes' brother dies aged 95. "Gerald Hughes was a hugely influential figure in Ted's youth, particularly during the poet's first seven years whilst living in Mytholmroyd" - see ITV news report
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. (13 July)
HebWeb Small Ads - jobs offered, accommodation, cleaning, tax books, summer school, venues, plumbing, services and other quirky Hebden Bridge stuff.
Picasso’s Portraits: Report of the recent Lit & Sci meeting where the speaker was someone who grew up in Hebden Bridge and who is now Director of the National Portrait Gallery: Nicholas Cullinan. Read more (10 Dec)
Yorkshire Cycling award goes to Hebden Bridge’s Paralympic medallist, Steve Bate. With his team mate, Adam Duggleby, the pair achieved gold at the Rio Olympics. Read more (7 Dec)
Fundraiser for a Frack Free Planet: Trades Club this Sunday (11 Dec) with Terry Logan, Dave Manley; Charlie Carr, Dave Nelson; the Revelator Band, Nick Hall and Calder Valley Voices. With Films, photos, music, food and fun. See What's on for more info.
1916: The women machinists' strike in Hebden Bridge Andrew Bibby told the recent History Society meeting how, exactly a hundred years ago, in November 1916, at the height of World War One, women garment makers of Hebden Bridge came out on strike. Read more
The Hebden Bridge Annual - now available. After the Floods some of the Egg Factory members decided that everyone deserved cheering up so they set to, collecting the stories of the town, past, present and future. Read more. (23 Nov)
Christmas Lights Switch On - Friday, 25 November in Hebden Bridge and Saturday 26 November in Mytholmroyd. See What's on for more info.
Traditional Farmhouses and Buildings in the Lancashire and Yorkshire Pennines was the subject of the recent Local History Society talk by Kevin Illingworth. Read report (19 Nov)
Dracula: now in rehearsal: Fang-tastic! The cast and crew of Dracula are sweating blood at the Little Theatre to bring a spook-tacular entertainment for the panto season Read more and see photos (18 Nov)
Graham brings history to life: Town Hall director Graham Mynott wanted to find out who lived in his house at the time many local men lost their lives in the Somme as their wives made uniforms in the town's mills. Read more (16 Nov)
Hebden Bridge Woodcraft Folk celebrates 25 years on Saturday 19 November. Since 1991, many hundreds of local children, young people and adults have taken part in the life of this unique organisation. Read story (31 Oct)
Concerns over flood grant callers:
Calderdale Council has been made aware of concerns from some residents over companies visiting properties in flood-hit areas and asking them to sign a document to apply for a Repair and Renew flood resilience grant. Read more (14 Nov)
Win a pair of tickets to see indie rockers Vant: Indie Rockers Vant have spent the last 2 years on the road securing a reputation as an intense live act and we've a pair of tickets to give away for their Trades Club gig on Friday 25 Nov. Read more. (10 Nov)
Flood grants help Mytholmroyd resident repair and prepare Calderdale Council remind residents there's still time to apply for flood resilience grants for alterations to protect their property in future. Read story of Roger Barr of Mytholmroyd. (10 Nov)
Sixth Form Closures in the Upper Valley: calls for wider debate. The Green Party has sent the HebWeb a press release, challenging local councillors, and calling for the public to have full information and to be fully consulted. Read News and see Forum thread
Hebden Bridge writer Andrew Bibby's 2nd crime novel - once again set in the Lakes and once again featuring journalist sleuth, Nick Potterton. Careful when you go out on to those hills! Launched on Thursday 10 Nov. Read more.
Balanced Stones in the river, in front of the wavy steps, by Juan Cerruffo. Photo: Ian Hodgson. Click photo to enlarge
Community Association needs more help: Join Trustees of the Hebden Bridge Community Association for a cuppa and a piece of cake in the Town Hall cafe on Thurs 10 Nov between 4pm and 7.30pm and find out about becoming a trustee. Read more. (1 Nov)
John Shuttleworth says farewell at Picture House: Comedy legend John Shuttleworth brings his farewell tour to Hebden Bridge Picture House next year and he is promising to play all his hits as he hangs up his cardigan. Read more (27 Oct)
Masterclass on Gilbert and Sullivan at U3A Todmorden. Bernard Lockett is a 'life-long enthusiast of G & S' and dispelled myths about the musical pairing who produced 14 shows which are, after Shakespeare, the most performed pieces of theatre in the world. Read report (28 Oct)
HebWeb: Sounds and Vision - two new YouTube videos from Jason Elliott added to this new section on the HebWeb. One shows Hebden Bridge in Autumn - the other, an interview with Liz Wood of The White Swan, shortly to be re-opened. HebWeb: Sounds and Vision (24 Oct)
Rotary Club: just what is it? Members are constantly asked just what is the Rotary Club and what does it do. In this article for the HebWeb, some of their wide ranges of activities and support are described. Read more (20 Oct)
Walshaw Moor Estate resumes burning – despite flood risk to Hebden Bridge. See report on Upper Calder Valley Plain Speaker (14 Oct)
Community Wind Turbine Success: Pennine Community Power's wind turbine in Blackshaw Head has hit the 100,000kWh generation milestone. That's enough electricity to power more than 25 homes for a year. Read more (11 Oct)
£750,000 repairs complete at flood-hit A646 Hebden Bridge to Mytholmroyd road. Now fully open to two-way traffic, as works to repair the road and retaining wall are complete and temporary traffic lights removed. Read more and see time-lapse video.
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."
Steam Punk weekend in Hebden Bridge. Photo from the After Alice Project. CC BY-NC. Click photo to enlarge
Hippy Valley is an eBook published by Pennine Pens - monologues and songs performed by storyteller George Murphy who often uses the news and discussion on the Hebweb for inspiration for his comic tales. Read more (29 July)
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
Arts Festival thanks HebWeb: "Most arts festivals of our size would love to have a popular local site like Hebweb that is fully behind what we do." Read more with links to all HebWeb coverage of the Festival.
Questions re police raid on Calder Valley Conservatives. The journal which broke the original story has now published an update, raising serious questions of public concern. Read more. (10 June)
Police seize documents at Calder Valley MP's HQ. On Wednesday, police seized the accounts of the Calder Valley Conservative Association in connection with enquiries they are currently undertaking. The Party Chair has resigned. Read more (27 May)
Love our Streets: 20mph speed limit from Friday. One hundred and eleven streets in Hebden Bridge will have a 20mph speed limit from Friday, as part of the Love our Streets campaign. Read more (26 May)
Labour win Hebden Bridge's Calder ward. Josh Fenton-Glynn won 2310 votes, against 1424 votes for the current councillor, Janet Battye (Liberal Democrats). Jane Scullion (Labour) won the Luddendenfoot ward which covers Mytholmroyd. More results and figures (Updated 8 May)
2016 Hebden Bridge Tourist leaflet.
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HebWeb Feature on the Boxing Day Flood, gathering together many of the articles, news, links, photos and videos. Updated reguarly.
Christmas in June A few photos. Dozens of groups rescheduled Christmas Day, 25th June. There were events all over Hebden Bridge and Mytholmroyd - Christmas Dinner, Fair for Youth, Arts Festival, Mytholmroyd Gala and more. Read background story and see some photos and more photos in BBC news report
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The Rainy Season by Jill Robinson. Many will be familiar with Jess, the put-upon heroine of the popular Berringden Brow series of books. The Rainy Season chronicles Jess's teenage years in the 1960s, abuse, the social changes and escape. Read more 22 April
Reasons 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
The Manchester and Leeds Railway: 175th Anniversary - 1st March 2016. Read story (PDF) from Friends of Hebden Bridge Station.
Floods: HebWeb Gallery - 24 photos taken on the morning of Boxing Day, 2015.
See HebWeb Feature:2015 Boxing Day Flood for coverage, info, links, videos, etc.
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