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HB Partnership to give platform to 20 local community organisations. A whistle-stop tour of community life in Hebden Bridge is promised next Monday (Oct 5th) when more then twenty local organisations will talkabout their activities and plans.

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

The first planning meeting for the 2010 Big Green Weekend will take place at 3pm this Friday, 2nd October, at the Hole in T'Wall - read more

Big Green Weekend

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.

Police seeking missing Burnley woman thought to be in Hebden Bridge area - see news for more info. Update: now found safe and back with her family

The Hebweb is receiving photos of a strangely coloured River Calder. Here's one from Rob Lycet. And another - see news for more info

River Calder

Local film producer Nick Wilding to show extraordinary unseen images of Fred Dibnah at the Picture House: Fred Dibnah: The Hebden Bridge Connection More info - 9 Sept

Riding for the Disabled

Heritage Open Day: Great Stubb, Mytholmroyd - a rare opportunity to visit this listed building - see Whats On?

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!

TV, radio, phone and electricity problems now resolved - see news

Plans to develop the Hebden Bridge Town Hall complex as a centre for community life received a major boost this week, with news of two significant grants. More info - 5 Sept

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

Northlight Studio courses
More info about new term of creative courses at Northlight Art Studios Cooperative, Valley Road

Hebden Bridge Library goes Incredible Edible - more info - 27 August

Police and the community meeting - report - 21 August

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

Life Class by Glyn Hughes. New work, featuring the Calder Valley from the award winning local author author of Millstone Grit, Where I used to Play on the Green and others. More info

Life Class by Glyn Hughes

A Place Like This

Mytholmroyd author Jill Robinson brings out third Berringden Brow book - the location is strikingly familiar - more info - 18 August

Park railings facelift thanks to Community Payback

Round the World on a Honda: Ian Coates is now in Alaska, preparing for Siberia

Ian Coates

Hebweb photos: see recent galleries. Arts Festival, Handmade Parade, Big Green Weekend, Pace Egg plays and much more

Police target drunken behaviour in Hebden Bridge - see news (20 July)

Miss Rusty gives first interviews

Update: Channel 4 News interview (13 July)

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 (8 July)

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


CLIMATE CRUNCH - mass civil disobedience will be on the agenda at the Trades (Thurs 8th Oct) as local green activists discuss plans to blockade power station. - see Whats On?

Information superhighway or rural backwater? - public meeting (Oct 5th) in Mytholmroyd to discuss the next generation of broadband - see Whats On?

England vs Ukraine on Trades big screen. This Saturday10th Oct - see news

The Great Climate Swoop - meeting on 8th Oct at the Trades about Mass Civil Disobedience to blockade Ratcliffe-on-Soar coal-fired power station. See "What's On"

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.- 3 Oct

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

Friends of Town Hall plan open doors on Thursday, 8th October. Musicians, entertainers and local historians will be there to help provide a good atmosphere. Read more

Small Ads currently include pottery kiln, dog crate and large bean bag for sale, accommodation wanted and offered, marketing help, and more.

Gong Legend Daevid Allen plays the Trades - “ . . . one of the best weekend bills we’ve had for some time . . ." More info on these and other events. - 27 Sept

Latest at the Trades

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, (12 Aug) Ads currently include houses wanted and to rent, car for sale, help wanted, carer seeks work, first aid for outdoors, yurt for hire, Indian cooking and more.

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

Women only singing group at the Little Theatre - see news - 12 August

Question Time

Above: Question Time at the Trades - read report

Arts Festival - planning to start for 2010. More info for those wishing to get involved.

‘Zero Carbon’ homes for Hebden Bridge (9 July)

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

Festival street events

ARTS FESTIVAL LAUNCH - a great day of sunshine and street events in the square - see gallery of photos

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.

Central Street Central Street - the saga continues. After Calderdale announced yesterday it was reconsidering the scheme it rejected, today Hebden Royd Council predict it will be rejected again. Read more

Calderdale offers new grants for small businesses to boost local economy. More info

Food campaigner Geoff Tansey kept an audio diary relating his experience of prostate cancer and his quest to discover the effects of diet. Click here to listen Geoff Tansey

Remembering Fustianopolis - a demonstration of fustian cutting on Saturday, 20th June

- results for Calderdale and Yorkshire

More threats to local archives

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

Brass Band

Brass Band Weekend: Hebden Bridge welcomed bands from all over the country for the Brass Band's second Heritage Weekend. See Media Page for 4 min video sample

Green Nappies

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

Refuse/recycle collections "improving" - 4 June

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

Pilot project to increase insulation in ‘hard to treat’ homes similar to many in Hebden Bridge - see News in Brief

THE BIG GREEN WEEKEND was a major success - thanks to the sunshine but especially thanks to Jason Elliott and his great team. The "Secret Garden Party" was revealed to be in The Old Fire Station - transformed by the Transition Town group. - selection of photos from the weekend

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

Big Green Debate

Big Green Weekend Question Time debate report
see also Forum discussion

Cllr John Beacroft-Mitchell's first speech as Hebden Royd Mayor - see You Tube video on the Hebweb media page

Chess in The Secret Garden

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

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

Former Calder Valley candidate David Chaytor is suspended from Parliamentary Labour Party.
Labour's National Executive have now backed Steph Booth following the dirty tricks allegations made in the Yorkshire Post - Steph Booth is now suing the paper. More info. Local Labour Party members voice their concern - see Forum

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

Yellow lines

Town Hall Project: see Nick Wilding's video (11 minutes) on the history and plans for our fine Town Hall building

Labour Selection Saga: former Halifax MP Alice Mahon gives the "despicable" treatment of Hebden Bridge's Janet Oosthuysen as one of her reasons for leaving the Labour Party. Now there's a row over postal voting following the latest selection process. See also: forum thread


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  • Archive - news and discussion going back to the mid 90s
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  • Books - of interest to people living in Hebden Bridge and area
  • Contact info
  • Discussion Forum - hundreds of messages every year on matters of concern to those who live in Hebden Bridge and the surrounding hills, villages and valleys
  • Emails - a directory of local email addresses
  • Events: a selection of local events
  • Features
  • Five hundred words on Hebden Bridge - one of the 500 years of the Hebden pack horse bridge projects
  • Green Pages
  • Hebden Bridge info - some basic information about Hebden Bridge with links to some features which have been written about our town.
  • Hebden Bridge 500 - celebrating 500 years of the bridge
  • History pages - links to local history websites, together with a selection of articles remembering times past.
  • Lives Remembered - thoughts and comments on the death of a selection of local people
  • Mailing list
  • Maps - several maps of the town and area, including Google maps.

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