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Cycling up the Buttress

Up the Buttress: Rain didn't stop those wanting to cycle up the Buttress Saturday, 6th September. See HebWeb coverage of this annual event over the past few years.

Bridge Mill at 700

Bridge Mill went eco-powered to celebrate 700th birthday: Street Party on Saturday afternoon, 6 September. Birthday Cake, Candles, Music. See news item and new feature. (1 Sept)

A&E: Labour welcomes decision to develop viable plans before deciding on changes: Calderdale Council's Labour group leader Cllr Tim Swift has welcomed decision by Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group to develop viable and fully-costed community health plans before deciding whether to support major changes to local hospital services. (28 Aug)

Shop Local campaign to reward customers with points through a new digital loyalty scheme. Open meeting at Town Hall on Weds 3rd supported by the Business Forum. Read more (29 Aug)

Neighbourhood Plan Application: Hebden Royd Town Council, with Blackshaw, Erringden, Heptonstall and Wadsworth are applying to develop a Neighbourhood Plan. The consultation period starts 22 August. Read more.

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20 mph throughout Calderdale

20mph policy will still be implemented in spite of the coup at Calderdale - but for Hebden Bridge and surrounding villages, not for 18 months. Read more. (20 Aug)

Hebden Royd Town Council - latest minutes of council meetings and committees now online.

Bring our railway into the 21st Century. Local survey results show that we want later trains back from Manchester and Leeds; earlier and more trains on Sundays; a direct service to Huddersfield; and new trains to replace the old, dated ones, currently used on the Calder Valley line. Read more

Sainsburys plansSainsbury's Plans stop press Calderdale's Planning Committee will not now consider the application for a supermarket on the old fire station site until September, as agent for Sainsburys can't make the August date. Planning officers are recommending acceptance. Read our earlier news itemn

Swimming Pool: once again questions are being asked about what has happened to the swimming pool £million. The most recent promise was for a pool by Easter 2014. See Forum

Green Party Leader visits Upper Valley

Green Party Leader visits Upper Valley: Natalie Bennett visited the Upper Calder Valley and gave support to the Save the A&E and Save our Shops campaigns. Read more (12 Aug)

Eastwood Recycling Centre: "A man has pleaded guilty to wrecking a council recycling centre near Todmorden causing damage put at £300,000." - ITV News

Calderdale Coup - Labour ousted from power: Yesterday evening, Liberal Democrat councillors stopped backing the Labour Administration and changed to supporting the Conservatives. A vote of no confidence in the Labour administration was carried by 24 votes to 22. Read more and see Forum thread

NHS debates. The HebWeb has been informed that there will be four debates on NHS services for Calder Valley to be held between Labour's Josh Fenton-Glynn and Tory MP Craig Whittaker in September.

Attic insulationScheme to insulate attic rooms in Hebden Bridge terraced houses. Local ineligibility for green grants has been raised over the years on the HebWeb. Now some residents have started benefiting from a new scheme which can cost as little as £1. More info and how to apply (24 July)

GP appointments: Thousands of Calderdale patients wait over a week to see GP. Over 23,000 patients in Calderdale waited seven days or longer to see a GP the last time they tried, an official NHS survey has found. Read more

No Commonwealth Flag at Town Hall: Hebden Royd Town council has voted this week not to fly the Commonwealth flag while 4 out of 5 of its nations criminalise homosexuality!

Hebden Bridge Walkers' Action latest news: new book of Hebden Bridge walks, proposed booklet of walks from Hebden Bridge to Haworth, and more.


Eastwood Recycling Centre - closed for 4 months! The Centre is expected to be closed until November 2014, as extensive repairs are needed after man ran amok with JCB. Read more (23 July)

A&E: Craig Whittaker challenged to debate:Labour's Josh Fenton-Glynn asked our MP to debate the issue in response to an article by Whittaker in last week's Courier. Read more on this, including the 'sticks of celery' jibe. (21 July) Update: Craig Whittaker accepts challenge

Wuthering Bytes: an August weekend festival of technology in Hebden Bridge. See What's on

Children needed for summer theatre projectChildren needed for summer theatre project - Children aged 6-16 wanted to take part in free workshops that will result in a multi media theatre piece at the Birchcliffe Centre. Read more (20 July)

Sainsburys plansSainsbury's Plans resubmitted - without the Retail Impact Assessment requested by Calderdale Council. Sainburys have submitted amendments to their planning application for the Old Fire Station site on Valley Road. Read more (15 July)

New Environment Secretary was Calder Valley candidate for the Conservatives in the 2005 General Election. Liz Truss was narrowly beaten by Christine McCafferty, and then moved on. See Forum comments from March 2005. (15 July)

HebWeb Directory - latest update: Ecoheat, Committed to Energy Conservation, Renewable Energy and a Nuclear free zone.

The People's Commission on Health wants to hear from you!They'd like to know by 1 August our experiences and what services we want locally. Read more (10 July)

Artsmill Gallery receives grant funding of £3,600 from Hebden Royd Town Council to help create disabled access to its Gallery, Studios and Art School. Read more

Two Hebden Bridge co-operative pioneers honoured in a ceremony on Saturday. In the late 19th century Hebden Bridge was as well-known for productive co-operation as Rochdale was for retailing, says this report in Co-operative News

Rail consultation: the local Sustainable Transport group want your views on how train services could improve, to help them respond to the Gov consultation. See news item and questionnaire. 8 July

Tour de FranceHebden Bridge was at its most wonderful for the Tour de France. Read brief report of the weekend along with a selection of Tweets. (updated 9 July)

Bridge Mill

Bridge Mill at 700: the Peace Artistes led the music for the party on Saturday, 6 September.

Picture House Heritage Open Day: The historic cinema opens its doors to the public on Heritage Open Day (13 Sept) to give you the opportunity to explore the 1920s auditorium (stalls and balcony) and the foyer. Read more (5 Sept)

President of German Parliament praises Mayor of Hebden Royd's speech. Cllr Jonathan Timbers, won praise for a speech he made at a twinning event in Warstein, Germany, from the President of the Bundestag, Dr Norbert Lammert. Read more (5 Sept)

Walkers Action is holding an open forum on 23 September for all walkers and other interested people, to consider what activities the group should concentrate on over the next couple of years. Read more (3 Sept)

Twin Town Liberation Celebrations: Wreaths will be laid, and an artwork received, to mark the occasion 70 years ago when British troops, including at least one man from Hebden Bridge, pushed the Nazis out of the St Pol. Read more (1 Sept)

Local Chapel talks

Local History Talks planned for the next 6 months, starting with Valley of a Hundred Chapels: How non-conformists shaped our world. Above: Stone laying at Foster Chapel. See What's On.

Win tickets for Tea Street Band at the Trades: Update: the competition has now closed and the winner chosen and notified. Read more.

Blues FestivalHebden Bridge Bridge Blues Festival wins again: Hebden Bridge Blues Festival has won an unprecedented third consecutive Festival of the Year title in the British Blues Awards. Read more. (25 Aug)

Train prices petition: The Campaign for Better Transport have launched an on-line petition urging Northern Rail to scrap plans to introduce higher evening peak ticket fares, due to come into effect on 8th September.

Northlight Launches its Autumn Term programme of creative courses. Get a free taste of Northlight's new programme of Art and Craft courses! Read more. (21 Aug)

Course for Autumn: From Bellini to Titian. See What's on

Great British Rail Journeys came to Hebden Bridge on Monday, as Michael Portillo followed Bradshaws Guide: "Nowhere better presents the impact of the railways on Victorian leisure than Hebden Bridge". Watch online, just after 23 mins in. (19 Aug)

Walk and Ride Festival

Walk and Ride Festival latest: There are nearly 50 events taking place in Calderdale as part of the 2014 South Pennines Walk and Ride Festival this September, from a bat walk to adventures with a walking book author. Read more (18 Aug)

PZ MyersThe Day PZ Myers came to Hebden Bridge, outspoken critic of intelligent design and the creationist movement, and active in the American creation–evolution controversy. Read more (14 Aug)

Moyles Planning application - see Forum message

The Kings Troupe

The King's Troupe perform at Stratford at the invitation of the Royal Shakespeare Company to take part in their Open Air Theatre project. Read more (13 Aug)

Hebden Royd Admin Vacancy: for Apprentice Business Administrator with 12 Month Contract. To provide clerical and admin support to the Council. More info. (11 Aug)

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Theatre in a Time of Change - by Michael PrioreBook from Pennine Pens - Theatre in a Time of Change - by Hebden Bridge's Michael Prior. This is not a book about stars and plays, but about the rise and fall of the theatre as a cultural and economic art-form since 1945. Read more. (11 Aug)

Discussion on HebWeb Forum: the Calderdale Coup and 2015 general election; swimming pool, dangerous drivers, Gaza, no car days, balsam and more.

HebWeb Small Ads - guitar lessons, electrician, consulting room, units, to let, to rent, house wanted, boilers and stoves, Breton farm, and more.

HebWeb photos - see photos from some of this year's great events - Handmade Parade, Stoodley Pike at 200, Pace Egg and more.

Where to Stay - latest additions and updates: Old Town Cottage, Stag Cottage, Towngate Cottage, Bottoms Farm, Beech House, Croft Mill and The Old Co-op.

What's On? - events coming up include Wuthering Bytes technology festival, Terry Logan, wild food walk and picnic, Burlesque, Camera Club and Artsmill exhibitions, Up the Buttress and much more.

HebWeb Directories: latest updates include Thinking Further, ABC Coaching and Counselling, Ecoheat and Waterside Gym

Twitter: Join the 1500 plus now following the HebWeb.

Gaza Vigil

Gaza Vigil in Hebden Bridge , in support of blockaded Palestinian people.

Mytholmroyd Partnership

Mytholmroyd Station Partnership shows appreciation to retiring Headteacher who, since the Station Partnership was formed in 2006, has given her continual support. Read more (22 July)


Eastwood Recycling Centre will be closed today until further notice due to a man running amok with a JCB, causing extensive damage. See ITV video

Up the ButtressWalk and Ride Festival - Up the Buttress, family friendly rides, charity events, bike maintenance and much more; the South Pennines Walk and Ride Festival this September. Read more (18 July)

Ambulance response times increase by over a minute and a half in a year: Labour candidate Josh Fenton-Glynn has voiced alarm after figures reveal the average time patients in our region wait for an emergency ambulance has shot up by 100 seconds in a year. Read more (14 July)

National Street Choirs Festival 2014 came to Hebden Bridge again the weekend of 11-13 July. Above, they packed our square, singing Nkosi Sikelel' iAfrika. Read more

Volunteers help to reduce flood risk

Volunteers help to reduce flood risk - Local volunteers have been helping to keep the River Calder in Mytholmroyd clear of vegetation to reduce the risk of flooding, and there are still lots more chances to take part. Read more

Life in La Serenissima, Venice was the subject of the recent University of Third Age session. The speaker was Kathryn Ogden, who winters there every year. Read more (9 July)

Tour de France, Hebden Bridge

George MonbiotStop subsidies to sheep farmers and grouse moor owners - Guardian columnist George Monbiot gave a powerful speech to a packed audience at the Baptist Church yesterday evening, as part of the Hebden Bridge Arts Festival. Read more. (4 July)

Festival music in Bridge Gate

Arts Festival hits the streets of Hebden Bridge. Today, the town was was buzzing with smiling and bemused faces as various groups of musicians, artists and street entertainers brought our streets alive - once again. See more photos (29 June)

Get Hebden Bridge Buzzing: Help our bees with the new bee partnership which launches this weekend. Read more about the new group and saving bees and other pollinating insects such as butterflies, moths and hoverflies.

Cycle path upgrade - Route 66 to Sowerby Bridge - Improvements have been taking place along the off-road sections of the Calder Valley Cycleway – the Route 66 cycleway running between Sowerby Bridge and Hebden Bridge. Read more (26 June)

Flood Safety Project: Calderdale would like to offer no-obligation home flood safety checks to residential property owners that live in high risk flood areas. Read more (23 June)

Floods: "We need an MP who will stand up for Mytholmroyd, Todmorden and Hebden Bridge"

The House of Commons Select Committee has just reported on the winter floods and Labour's Josh Fenton-Glynn has told the HebWeb that the Government isn't facing up to the longterm risk of flooding. Read more

A northern Banksy

A northern Banksy? Sylvia Plath on a bike. The drawing above on the side of the Shoulder of Mutton was one of several by street artist Stewie which were featured on BBC Look North.

HEBDEN BRIDGE HANDMADE PARADE: Another superb Handmade Parade. Hundreds took part with their wonderful costumes and creations. Thousands watched with smiles and amazement in the June sunshine.

Read report of Saturday's Parade and see HebWeb photos

Recycle Radio

Photo: Chris Zimnoch. Click to enlarge

Recycle Radio has now finished its four days of broadcasting but you can still listen to the shows again

Calder High Students deliver #yourfest Arts Festival: Local Students delivered #yourfest when they took over Calder Homes Park for #yourfest on Saturday as part of their work towards a national award. Read more. (2 July)

Cragg Vale is gearing up for Le TourCragg Vale is gearing up for Le Tour. Mayor Cllr Timbers helped start off the mammoth task of hanging bunting along Britain's longest continual incline and one of the biggest challenges for the cyclists on the 6th. Read more (1 July)

Andrew KerslakePeople's Commission: Calderdale Council has appointed Professor Andrew Kerslake as the Independent Chair of the People's Commission on Health and Social Care. Read more

Hebden Royd Town Council - latest minutes and reports now online, along with the attendance record (pdf) of Town Councillors (23 June)

Northlight Studios: A Summer of Artistic opportunity with exceptional artists who are passionate about sharing their knowledge. Read more (19 June)

Tour de FranceTOUR DE FRANCE: ORGANISE YOUR TRAVEL PLANS - for more info about temporary car parks, park and ride, buses and trains on 6 July, click here (updated 18 June)

The Cycle Exchange connects young of France and Yorkshire - the latest project by Outta Place, a Calderdale-based youth arts organisation headed up by Hebden Bridge's Clare Donegan. Read more (16 June)

Valley Organics

Workers' Coop celebrates first successful year - free cake and drinks were given out to Valley Organics customers on Saturday. Read more about what workers told the HebWeb (9 June)


Schoolchildren remember Bob Leedham by voting to name new retirement development in Victoria Road, 'Leedham Court'. See Calendar news report.

PEOPLE'S COMMISSION on Health services: with the A&E crisis still unresolved, Calderdale Council wants people to give their views on how health and social care services should be provided in the future. Read more

Oxfam need volunteers, or else they may close. Call in at the shop if you can help.

Handmade Parade

Labour win contested Hebden Royd Town Council bye-election. Results details.

Allie MilesLABOUR WIN CALDER WARD covering Hebden Bridge. Alison Miles takes the seat with 1547 votes 15.08 Kate Sweeny for the Greens comes second.

Women take valley seats in Hebden Bridge, Todmorden, Mytholmroyd, Sowerby Bridge and Elland. Conservatives win Luddenden Foot, covering Mytholmroyd, with Jill Smith-Moorhouse, beating Labour by 17 votes! More election results.

Jonathan TimbersA New Mayor for Hebden Royd - The Annual Meeting of Hebden Royd Town Council was held at the Hope Baptist Church in Hebden Bridge and saw Mayor Elect, Cllr Jonathan Timber take the chain for the Mayoral year of 2014-15. Read more

Old Town pathStairway to Old Town – Sponsors Wanted. CROWS are going to remake the wrecked path with at least 30 steps on it, providing a direct link from Old Town to Hardcastle Crags. Read more

Stoodley Pike

Above, Stoodley Pike bicentenary: More photos

"Happy Valley: The dark side of Hebden Bridge" - article in Yorkshire Post. "The idea came to me after I watched Shed Your Tears and Walk Away", says writer Sally Wainwright. (2 May)

Local bands headline Trades birthday bash: Local bands have rallied round to celebrate the Trades Club's 90th birthday at a special free open air street party on Saturday 3rd May. Read more

Tour de France timings now confirmed

May Local elections: Five candidates are competing in the Calder Ward which covers Hebden Bridge and four candidates are standing in the Luddenden Foot Ward which covers Mytholmroyd. Read more

Duck Race 2014: When Hebden Bridge has so many great events, attractions and countryside, just why do hundreds and hundreds of people crowd into the town for the annual Duck Race? Read more. And see photo gallery

Stoodley PikeBicentenary Celebration on Stoodley Pike: Pigeons, puppeteers, samba and brass bands are to perform at the summit of our local "peace monument" on Sat 3rd May. More info

Lift at station: the HebWeb has learned that Hebden Bridge has been selected as 1 of 3 stations in Yorkshire to get Access for All funding. Should mean, finally, a new lift! See announcement

The Bad StepeBook Launch - The Bad Step by Andrew Bibby. Nick Potterton died in an accident while fell running in the Lakes. But was it an accident? 6.30pm for an hour this Thurs, 1 May. Read more

Pace Egg Madness 2014
This year, with sunshine - more photos

Pace Egg play

Pace Egg 2014 - More info about the Heptonstall and Calder High Pace Egg performances this Good Friday.

The Grand DepartsHAULING A GRAND PIANO UP CRAGG VALE BY BIKE - Cyclists pulled the piano up the longest incline in the country on Sat, 5th April. Read more about this audacious musical and cycling adventure. And see the HebWeb photo gallery


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 (11 March)

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

See our feature on MP Craig Whittaker for his reaction to the proposed closure.

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HebWeb Review of 2013 - a year when it was announced that the Tour de France will pass through our town, co-ops were formed to run the Fox and Goose and Valley Organics, the Bernard Ingham column in the local paper was ended by popular protest, Burlesque was banned, a swimming pool promised, the Arts excelled yet again and Hebden Bridge was still the "coolest place to live." Read more

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".

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

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.

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

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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

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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

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