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Handmade Parade

Photo: Ian Hodgson. Dragonfly by parade artist Kerith Ogden

Come Fly With Us!
Sunday 7 June. Thousands are expected to watch aviators in crazy flying machines, space rockets, giant dragon-flies and washing lines of enormous pants blowing in the wind. More info, map of route and timetable.

Nicola May, the only Conservative councillor elected to Hebden Royd Town Council has been disqualified for not accepting the post within the prescribed time period.

Rainbow over Hebden Bridge  -  photo: Mike Barrett of Frogs Design

Rainbow over Hebden Bridge
5am, Saturday morning, 30 May
photo: Mike Barrett - click to enlarge

Supermarket protestNO SAINSBURYS will be built at the old Fire Station site. The HebWeb has learned this morning that the Sainsburys appeal against refusal of planning permission has been unsuccessful. More info about the Planning Inspector's decision, and links to news and discussion over past 18 months. (22 May)

Craig Whittaker a Mormon? At the swearing in of MPs, our MP requested the Book of Mormon to pledge allegiance to the Crown, according to this BBC News report (21 May)

Arts Festival

Arts Festival backs After Alice Local Artists asked to open their workspaces for new photography project and are seeking volunteers from the local artistic community to join in. Read more (19 May)

Fair for Youth

Fair for Youth 2015 took place on Saturday 30th May at Calder Holmes Park, showcasing the talents, abilities, interests and skills of local young people. Read latest news.


ARTS FESTIVAL PROGRAMME LAUNCHED: Culture lovers turned out in force as Hebden Bridge Arts Festival launched its 2015 programme in the Town Hall. Read more about what the 2015 Festival has to offer. (15 May)

Parade workshops

Parade workshops started! Fancy taking to the air in a flying machine, creating an alien space ship, learning to stilt, samba drum or joining a women's street dance ensemble? If so, get down to the Parade Open Workshops, which began Saturday 16th May. Read more

Hebden Royd Town Council: Update: Labour retain control with 10 seats, Lib-Dems have 5 seats, Greens and Conservatives have one seat each. Full results

Green Councillors in the Calder Valley: Penny Marrington and Dave Wardell will take their places on Todmorden Town Council and Elizabeth King, who topped the White Lee ward poll, will join Hebden Royd Town Council. Read more from Calderdale Greens

Calderdale Council Elections: Dave Young is returned for Labour in Calder ward (Hebden Bridge) with nearly double the vote of his nearest rival. (Turnout: 76%) Nicola May wins for Conservatives in Luddendenfoot ward, covering Mytholmroyd. See full results.

Conservatives hold Calder Valley with a reduced majority of 4,427. UKIP in 3rd place with 5960 votes. Lib Dem vote down 20%. Greens in 5th place with 2090 votes. Turnout: 69.18% (up 1.9%). See results details in the Hebweb Election Section

Steve TilstonLong-lost letter from John Lennon to Hebden Bridge's Steve Tilston inspires an Al Pacino movie. Sent to the folk-singer in 1971, the letter didn't arrive for 34 years but now the story has inspired Hollywood film Danny Collins. Read Daily Mirror article (7 May)

Distasteful Craig Whittaker tweet row

Craig Whittaker tweet

Following uproar on Twitter and Facebook, the row has reached ITV, the Mirror and the BBC. See BBC news item (5 May)

Arts Festival

Arts Festival is looking for new volunteers! Do you fancy getting more involved in the local arts scene in this vibrant local community of ours? Then the Festival would love to hear from you. Read more (5 May)


Hebden Bridge Hustings

Hustings Around 230 people turned out to question 6 of the 7 candidates standing for election in the Calder Valley constituency.

Read report of meeting.

Global Wave

Global Wave: On Monday, anti-nuclear campaigners linked up the Calder Valley with places around the world when they took part in the 'Global Wave', to mark the start of the review of the Non-Proliferation Treaty taking place in New York. Read more (29 April)

General Election Shadow Environment Secretary highlights Labour's Green Plan in Hebden Bridge. Maria Eagle joined Labour's Parliamentary candidate Josh Fenton-Glynn and White Swan landlady Liz Wood in Hebden Bridge on the day the Labour Party launched its Green Plan. Read more (27 April)

Calderdale Liberal Democrats launch local manifesto, and to date are the only party to do so. They set out the policies and ideas the party would implement if they were running Calderdale. Read more

Eddie Izzard

General ElectionEddie Izzard enjoying the Hebden Bridge sunshine, campaigning with Labour candidate, Josh Fenton-Glynn (21 April)

Local election candidate statements: So far, five candidates have sent the HebWeb summaries of why they want your vote, and photos. Read them here. (updated 20 April)

Local election candidates: following the close of nominations, the HebWeb is now able to publish lists of candidates for Calderdale and Town Council elections. Surprises include a first UKIP candidate for the Calder ward covering Hebden Bridge, and far fewer candidates for the Town Council. Read more (10 April)

General ElectionGeneral Election - at the close of nominations, 7 candidates have put themselves forward. See our election section for photos, links, views and discussion. (10 April)

General ElectionGeneral Election: the Sustainable Transport Group has posed three more questions to the candidates - and has received answers from six of them. Read the replies here in our election section. (updated 10 April)

Duck Race

Duck Race: thousands enjoy the Easter sunshine. Photo from Craig Shaw. Click to enlarge

Hope Baptist Church A Heritage Lottery Fund award of £215,000 will enable urgent repairs to this important locally listed building. Read more

Little Park, Victoria Road: More apartments planned. See Forum thread and Planning Watch

FloodsFlood Action Group - report. Formed in response to the floods of June-July 2012, the group has liaised with the Council and other bodies to look at actions in the event of further floods. Read more (31 March)

History talkThe dam that isn't and the great floating plug of the Colden - was the topic of the recent talk to the Hebden Bridge History Society. Read more - (1 April)

Supermarket protestNo public hearing for the Sainsburys Appeal The 500 or more objectors including Hebden Royd Town Council will have an opportunity to restate and amplify their objection by posting online.

HEBWEB ELECTION QUESTIONS: The HebWeb wrote to each of the six Parliamentary candidates, posing six questions, designed to help voters understand the differences between the parties. Each of the candidates has now responded and you can read their replies here, in our Election Section.

Musical RuthLocal street acts needed for Arts Festival Hebden Bridge Arts Festival has issued a call out for talented local performers to show off their skills during their two Street Sundaes events. More info 25 March

Tourist GuideNew 2015 Hebden Bridge Visitors' Guide Published: The 2015 Guide, which points out all the places and sites visitors should not miss, is available throughout the town and for download here on the HebWeb. More info 23 March

Kindliness in Hebden Bridge: Community is key in tackling loneliness - report launched Thursday by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation is based on research carried out in Hebden Bridge. Read more 21 March


Eclipse of the sun: Local photographer Bev Manders took this photo from Calder Holmes park. With glasses or filters, the eclipse was visible for most of its duration here in Hebden Bridge. 20 March

Labour candidate refused Blair's Money: in response to the Lib-Dem challenge, the Labour candidate Josh Fenton-Glynn has told the HebWeb, in a forum contribution, that he returned Tony Blair's cheque to the national party. 17 March

Better train services - but not yet: latest information from the Upper Valley Transport Group on electrification and what we should expect from the next franchise holder for our line. Read more 11 Mar

Hebden Bridge features in The Times list of trendiest cities, villages and market towns in which to live. 10 March

Education Question Time

General Election: A lively Education Question Time with election candidates took place on Friday 6 March at Calder High. Read report

PrehistoryPre-History on our hill tops: a period of time covering 7000 years before history was recorded was the topic of the recent talk to the Hebden Bridge History Society. Read more 9 March

All our own WorkAll Our Own Work, new book from local writer, Andrew Bibby - how Nutclough Mill was home to one of the first Workers' Coops. The fustian workers' co-operative started in 1870 and ran for 50 years, each year profitable. More info about the book and its launch. (3 June)

TwitterHebWeb on Twitter - The HebWeb now has over 2000 followers.

Car park to close? The owners of the old Fire Station land have stated that they intend to close the 39 space car park on 25 June. Read more


Wadsworth Boundary Walk took place on Sunday, 31 May. Wadsworth is the second largest parish in the country. See What's on for more info about this and other events.

Karl BoggisNew Mayor for Town Council: The Annual Meeting of Hebden Royd Town Council took place at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Mytholmroyd. Cllr Karl Boggis was elected as the new Mayor of Hebden Royd. Read more (22 May)


Wainsgate Concert: Irish duo Zrazy: A new summer season of concerts at Wainsgate Chapel started on 31 May when the Irish duo Zrazy returned to Hebden Bridge. Read more

Arts Festival

Calling All Young Playwrights Calderdale Young Shorts is ran a drop-in session on how to turn ideas into a play, on 28 May. Read more

Folk Roots FestivalHebden Roots Festival a great a success! One organiser told the HebWeb: "The plan of putting shows on all over Hebden Bridge really worked. There were a variety of shows on offer and we had people drifting in and out all day". Read report and see photos (21 May)

650 Years on the South Pennine Moors650 Years on the South Pennine Moors by David Nortcliffe: an account of life over the centuries on the moors above Hebden Bridge. A brief history of what was the western end of the ancient township of Wadsworth - a Pennine Pens eBook. Read more (19 May)

Folk Roots

Musicians were all over the streets of Hebden Bridge for the weekend of the Folk Roots Festival. Photo: Bruce Cutts

Folk RootsFolk Roots Act wins BBC Folk Award: organisers are celebrating after Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker win BBC Folk Awards Best Duo. Read more (13 May)

Council Minutes online: Hebden Royd Town minutes prior to 7 May election now available.

Arts Festival

Festival jewellery and Festival hair Local jewellery fans can bling up to help the Arts festival thanks to a ranges of rings produced by Element. Then on to Zeitgeist Hair who are running their own fringe festival. Read more (12 May)

Folk RootsFolk Roots Festival: Hebden Bridge Folk Roots festival brings together the community of folk music from the finest in Yorkshire talent to the deep South of the States. Read more


Hospice Shop needs volunteers. Hebden Bridge's local children's hospice Forget Me Not is calling on residents to show their support and volunteer in their Valley Road shop. Read more (7 May)

Recent news

Riverside  rated a good school

Riverside rated a good school: Staff, Pupils, parents are celebrating after Riverside School was rated good after a tough Ofsted inspection. Read more (5 May)

HebWeb What's On: 45 events so far listed for May. Plant sales in Hebden Bridge and Blackshaw Head, Folk Roots Festival, meetings, spring fairs, Rag Market, Print Fair, Heritage Day in Mytholmroyd, Storytelling. More info about events.

Tour de Yorkshire

Tour de Yorkshire through Pecket Well - above photo from Jill Liddington: see also, this YouTube video from Jason Elliott. (3 May)

Tour de Yorkshire

On Sunday, 3 May, the Tour de Yorkshire will pass through Hebden Bridge. Plans are being finalised across the area. More info, maps and links.

Summat a' Nowt: Tod's University of the Third Age heard from Steve Murty about life in Stubb, the township of 17 cottages in which he was born and raised, old ranges with a pot hanging above. Read more (28 April)

launch of Pennine Way loop

Pennine Loop Launch: The launch, Saturday 25 April, of the Hebden Bridge Loop fn the Pennine way was a huge success. Over 200 people joined the series of walks through the day. More info, photos and audio clip from Will Sutcliffe (89) Click photo above to enlarge

Posh'POSH' from Beacon Actors Company at the Little Theatre during Election Week. Posh concerns an Oxford University based dining club called 'The Riot Club' a fictionalised version of The Bullingdon Club. Read more about the play and the company.

Handmade ParadeCome Fly With Us is the theme of this year's Handmade Parade - your chance to take the streets of Hebden Bridge by storm on Sunday, 7 June. Read more

I Am Kloot, at the Trades Club, sells out in 48 hours! With thanks to the HebWeb from the Hebden Bridge Arts Festival. Read more (updated 27 April)

Radical History Walks in the Calder Valley - to be launched this Sunday, 26 April. Riots and Protests, Cooperatives and Visions. Do the walks, download the apps. Read more (21 April)

Pennine Way LoopPennine Way Loop launch weekend, Saturday, 25 April 2015, starting at the Railway Station. See What's on section for details of walks and leaflet to download.

How Hebden Bridge was nearly Lost: a new film from Nick Wilding, 2 May at the Picture House, tracing 700 years, and the role of the Civic Trust in preventing further demolition. The film also reveals 1960s plans to demolish extensive parts of Hebden Bridge for a flyover and big named national stores. Read more (updated 18 April)

HebWeb reader Andrew Bibby has told us that Roy Palmer, whose obituary is in The Guardian, as well as being the author of some inspirational books on folk music and working class song, was also for a time a teacher at Calder High and a Calder valley (Colden) resident. (20 April)

Piano FestivalPiano Festival: new work with climate dimension - Now You See It is a brand new major work which explores climate change and more.

Pink cricket ballsThe pink balls of Hebden Bridge Cricket Club - To launch their new season with a swing the Club are to use pink cricket balls at home matches, supporting research into testicular cancer. Read more (13 April)

My Convict Ancestors: Todmorden University of the Third Age member Sue Hayter made no apologies for having convict ancestors when she spoke at the March general meeting, in a talk entitled My Convict Ancestors - A Genealogical Journey. Read more (12 April)

Town Centre 1965 'photographic gallery' opens As part of marking the 50th anniversary of the Pennine Way and the launching of the new Loop, HB Walkers Action and Pennine Horizons have put together an exhibition of photos of the town from the 1960s. Read more (11 April)

Lindsay RimerLindsay Rimer: 20 years after Lindsay's body was found in the Rochdale Canal, her sister Katie, has spoken publicly. "From the beginning we have been filled with grief and we cannot stop the grief and instead, remember her with love until this comes to an end," she said. See BBC report and HebWeb Feature (9 April)

Morning Star Readers' and Supporters' fund-raiser Morning Star Readers' and Supporters' fund-raiser - Performers, including Tim Moon (right), will join comrades, friends and supporters at the Trades on Sunday afternoon Read more (7 April)

Pace Egg play

Pace Egg Play 2015 - read more
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Hebden Bridge Business Forum: the Social on 25 March at Old Gate was attended by 30 people who had the opportunity to network and hear about the new auto-enrolment pension scheme. Read more 27 March

Parking chaos at Sainsburys in Mytholmroyd - YouTube video from Jason Elliott 25 March

Cresswells125 years of Cresswells: Over 100 business owners, mainly from the Calder Valley, joined partners and staff of Cresswells accountants last night to celebrate 125 years in business. 20 March

Calder Ward Forum grants relaunched for 2015-2016. £5,000 available grants for activities and projects that benefit Calder Ward. Read more 19 March

Mytholmroyd Station Partnership bring together schools and local industry. Read more 19 March

Myra JamesMyra James is awarded 20mph Campaigner of the Year. The award recognises Hebden Bridge's Myra James' successful campaigning to win 20mph limits across Calderdale's streets. Read report 18 March

New  Peace and Justice /CND GroupCalder Valley CND - For Peace and Justice is the working title of the new group which had its first meeting on 11th March. Speakers included Chair of National CND and Mayor of Hebden Royd. Read report 17 March

Stansfield View

Gruelling Experiences - in the workhouse: Peter Higginbotham's researches enabled him to to recount a complex and fascinating story to the Local History Society. Above: former workhouse: Stansfield View, 2-3 miles from HB. Read more 16 March

Election: Labour candidate challenged over Blair Donation: Alisdair Calder McGregor is asking Josh Fenton Glynn "if he has accepted Blair's Blood Money to fund his campaign". Read more 13 Mar

After Alice Project

The After Alice Project, a new group devoted to non-digital photography, named after Hebden Bridge's most famous photographer Alice Longstaff, is encouraging experienced and novice photographers alike to have a go at capturing images on good old fashioned film. More info 11 Mar

Schools rebuilding: Craig Whittaker secured an adjournment debate in Parliament on 9 March over the need to rebuild Calder and Tod High schools. He got short change from the Education Minister. See Parliamentary report 10 March

Internation Women's Day Flash Mob

Above: Internation Women's Day Flash Mob in the square, Hebden Bridge. Click here to see more of Craig Shaw's photos of the event. Click here for a video of the event.

Town Council Elections - Every four years, elections take place for the whole of Hebden Royd Town Council. This year, they coincide with the General Election - Read more 6 Mar

HebWeb election section: for news and discussion of the May 2015 General Election in the Calder Valley

Victoria Road

Victoria Road residents complain about McCarthy and Stone: residents have contacted the HebWeb after 15 months of "living on a building site". The development of 32 apartments was due to be finished in January. Read more 2 Mar

Fox and Goose's Co-hoperative beer to toast co-operative pub's first birthday. It will be unveiled at the pub in Heptonstall Road, Hebden Bridge, on Friday 27th from 7pm, kicking off a month-long programme of celebrations. Read more 26 Feb

Calderdale Budget - Council tax freeze confirmed, praise for ambitious energy target, Lib-Dems criticise Labour for not supporting energy reduction target, Labour say council statement glosses over cuts. Read more 25 Feb

Walking with History: E-trails from Pennine Horizons provide walkers with an opportunity to explore the area on foot and having information about the landscape, ecology or history at your finger tips. Read more about the walks and apps. 23 Feb

School funding scandal: Labour warned last year that Government funding for schools was in doubt. Read more 16 Feb

General Election: transport
The Sustainable Transport Group has asked candidates standing in our Calder Valley constituency a series of questions about transport policy and fare rises. The candidates have all replied. Read the questions and replies

Calder High loses out again in new school building programme. Labour's Josh Fenton-Glynn has expressed disbelief that Calder High has yet again been overlooked by the Government. Read more 10 Feb

Use libraries to access wifi: Although the Hebden Bridge Library has had wireless access for some time, visitors to other libraries in Calderdale will soon be able access their laptops, phones and tablets using free wifi. Read more 9 Feb

Register to vote: To be sure you can vote in May's General Election, you need to check you are registered by Monday 20 April 2015. More info and links to register online.

ImagineIt's time to imagine the Hebden Bridge of the future: 2015 is the year for thinking about how to make Hebden Bridge an even better place to live, work and visit says the Hebden Bridge Partnership. Read more.

Craig Whittaker's Wikipedia page edited anonymously from the House of Commons. A reference to our MP's arrest for allegedly assaulting his son outside a petrol station was deleted, along with his claim to not know about the future of A&E. See the Wikipedia edits and this page from The Political Scrapbook (26 Jan)

One woman protest in the Square - Christine Drake explains to HebWeb readers why she is there - "in solidarity with the Palestinians" - and recounts some of the abuse she has suffered during her 6 months of demonstrating. See HebWeb Forum thread 21 Jan

Tour de FranceTour de France brought £12.5m boost to Calderdale, according to a report commissioned by Calderdale Council. 340,000 people watched the race in our area. Read more (15 Jan 2015)

Festival Street

Green Party Information stand yesterday in Hebden Bridge - click photo to enlarge. Photo thanks to the new After Alice Project using non-digital photography. (CC BY-NC, by 'H' Gregg) 8 Mar

Photographer Steve Morgan wins awardPhotographer Steve Morgan wins award: Hebden Bridge photographer Steve Morgan has won the "Work in the Community" section in the British Life Photography Awards for his photo of Foundrymen in Halifax. Read more 2 Mar

Alan PetfordAlan Petford: The untimely death of local historian Alan Petford is a great loss for the Hebden Bridge Local History Society and other history groups he worked with. More info 27 Feb

Pennine Way Loop Pennine Way Loop is on its way: Since it was announced in January, Hebden Bridge Walkers Action has been busy. Work has started improving the route and the first waymarks (see right) are starting to go up. More info 25 Feb

Buried at Sandy Gate: Two long-forgotten graves of leading 19th century co-operative figures have been made accessible to visitors, thanks to efforts taken by a community-based co-operative - CROWS. Read article in Cooperative News

House prices: "Often seen as the poor relation to its trendy neighbour, Hebden Bridge," Todmorden has registered the biggest house price rise in Yorkshire over the past six months. See Yorkshire Post article 14 Feb

Car Co-op makes motoring cheaper and greener: Hour Car offers an efficient, low cost alternative to private ownership: car sharing, manager Kevin Hogan tells the HebWeb. Read more.

Australian View of Hebden Bridge: from The West Australian - "This once-dying mill town reinvented itself as a beacon of alternative living; a quirky commuter hub where artists, writers, hippies and new-age gurus rub shoulders with teachers, estate agents and earthy Yorkshire folk". Read the article. 16 Jan

MinuteroMinutero vintage photography: After the HebWeb snapped them in action by the river on Bridge Gate, this unusual Minutero photography group has sent us some info and photos. Read more

Nicholas CullinanNew Director of National Portrait Gallery grew up in Hebden Bridge. He also curated last year's successful Matisse exhibition at the Tate. Read more


Stoodley Pike photographed by Craig Shaw

SandWW1 centenary: Sand in your Eye project - Watch the 7 minute video illustrating how the sculpture was planned and built at the Town Hall, as a World War One centenary project. Read more

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.

Sand Sculpture at the Town Hall

Sand Sculpture at the Town Hall
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Above: Stoodley Pike photographed by Craig Shaw of Blu Planet Photography, capturing the first real snow of winter.

Happy Valley tops Radio Times critics' poll. The magazine's TV editor Alison Graham called the Yorkshire-based programme (filmed in Hebden Bridge and upper valley) "bitingly raw" and said its writer Sally Wainwright and lead actor Sarah Lancashire had "never been better". See BBC news item

Council Minutes - latest minutes of the Hebden Royd Town Council meetings are now online.

NatWest Hebden Bridge branch closed on 24 February. NatWest blame falling numbers and say the cash machine will remain for now.

Arts FestivalStreet Video: The Arts Festival have given the Hebweb the first public showing of a new video of two days of street entertainment this summer. See video and info (25 Nov)

Hebden Bridge Carnival 1924

The 'Handmade Parade' of 90 years ago. See 2 min video of the 1924 Hebden Bridge Carnival from Yorkshire Film Archive, together with background info.

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)


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

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

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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

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