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Garden Street pl;ans

More info and discussion (updated) Calderdale apologises to Garden Street Action Group. Replies to the Action Group's ten questions posed in April

Festival Singing in the Streets

ARTS FESTIVAL - Singing in the Streets - more photos of choirs from Hebden Bridge and beyond.

Calder Holmes volunteers

Volunteers give Calder Holmes
a coat of paint - more info

Power Cut for nearly 4 hours throughout the town today - banks, post office, supermarkets all closed. After 2 hours mobile networks started failing too. Staff began industrial action at CE Electric at the end of June. Updated - 5.30 pm, 7 July

Hebden Royd Junior School create an industrial heritage Sculpture Trail in the Colden Valley - more info - 8 July

Hebden Bridge Arts Festival

Calder Holmes Playground official opening - Friday 11th July at 3.15pm - more info

Cllr Janet Battye calls Public meeting on the Green Belt - see Planning Watch for more info

Useful sites - updated, links checked, police contact info added

Public Meeting about Train time changes - report from the Mytholmroyd Net - 1 July

Battle for a tough Climate Change Bill (3)
Anthony Rae keeps us up to date about the latest Commons debates - 29 June

From Glastonbury to Hebden Bridge - both Luke Wright and Phill Jupitus are travelling here from Glastonbury to appear at the Hebden Bridge Arts Festival this Tuesday and Wednesday respectively - 30 June

Above: Flamenco dancers: More photos from street events. (28th June) Hebden Bridge Arts Festival - seven events sold out already. Tickets available at the Albert Street box office - latest festival news bulletins

Phill Jupitus performs "What the Dickens" at Hebden Bridge; a nice choice of location, given bits of it still look like something straight out of Great Expectations. From Metro, 1st July

And for the first time the Festival has a Fringe promising "an explosion of DIY culture" - more info
Fringe Festival

Ted Hughes' Mytholmroyd home is re-opened as a writers' retreat and holiday home, by poet Simon Armitage - See Mytholmroyd Net report - 22 June

Simon Armitage

Brass Band contest

Huddersfield and Ripponden Brass Band march along Bridge Gate to compete in George's Square. More photos and info - 29 June

Local Councillor offers support to ethical businesses - more info - 23 June

Race for Life - Eight Hebden Bridge women run to raise over £1200 for Cancer Research

Race for Life

Taste of Mongolia comes to Hebden Bridge

Castle Carr guided tour - see events

Controversial Fustian knife unveiled by the mayors of Calderdale and Hebden Royd. More photos and info.

Mike Williams
Sculptor Mike Williams

Fustian knife

Police step up "high visibility patrols" - more info and details of local police officers and contacts

Rail trees - Network Rail apologise for failing to liaise over felling. See Yorkshire Post

Artists needed - for proposed centre for visual and creative arts - 16 June

Commons vote on 42 days - Halifax MP Linda Riordan votes with rebels; Calder Valley MP Chris McCafferty doesn't.

Festival sells out first big event - and the Box Office doesn't open till Saturday - more info - 11 June

Death of Lord Savile, local landowner, keen grouse shooter and opponent of windfarms. A member of the House of Lords for 60 years, his family home was Walshaw Lodge, just beyond Hardcastle Crags - 7 June


Fire Horses - a new novel from Mark Piggott, who grew up in Hebden Bridge

International festival loves local too - See 12 items of Festival news - 6 June

A Fair Trade Wine Tasting and social evening, organised by the Coop Members' group - see events

The future of the Green Belt - 3 June

Hebden Bridge as a Transition Town?
Find out more

Rail changes for Hebden Bridge - three (faster) trains an hour to Manchester and three carriages at peak time - 27 May

2008 HB Arts Festival programme - highlights include Phill Jupitus, Ed Byrne, Blake Morrison, The Elephant Man and music evenings with Baghdad Lullabies, Martin Roscoe, Maria McKee and the Eduardo Niebla Experience - see also latest festival news - updated 6th June

Handmade Parade - more info

HebWeb Radio latest - details of Dave Boardman's weekly programme on Hebden Bridge from Phoenix Radio, Dave's interview with Patsy Skeet and Chris Ratcliffe about arriving in Hebden Bridge in the 70s, and "Under the Bridge", a video of a town of alcoholic children

Town Council Cut Festival Grant - read more
Thursday, 22 May 2008

Hebden Bridge MP Chris McCafferty made an impressive contribution to last night's abortion debate: "If women have no access to legal abortion, they resort to illegal means. Women will go to any lengths and will take any risk to end an unwanted pregnancy" - read transcript and how she fends off, among others, Ann Widdecombe

World on your doorstep festival

World On Your Doorstep - Hebden prepares
- Volunteers needed! - updated 19 May

COUNCIL ELECTIONS - Lib-Dems beat Labour by just 53 votes in Hebden Bridge. Lib-Dems hold Luddenden Foot ward. See results

Policing Hebden Bridge and the Upper Valley - public meeting report and links to police contact info - 30 April

Former mayor Stewart Brown has been arrested and questioned in connection with possession and distribution of indecent images of children - see Courier article

Latest photos of Ian Coates' trip round the world on a Honda - see Hebweb feature - 12 April

Solstice with cider - 2nd International Cider Festival, at the Stubbing Wharf

Friends of the Earth battle for tough Climate Change Bill Chris McCafferty MP gives her support - more info - 14 June

Don't ignore aviation

Luddenden Music Festival
21st June - see events

Salem Fields Fun Day

Salem Fields Fun Day 2008
More photos and info

Strawbale Building workshops
come to Hebden Bridge

Bi Green Weekend

Big Green Weekend
Above: Big Green Market on the Marina. More photos and a selection of the highlights. Suggestions sought for next year - see forum

Small ads - homes sought or wanted, or more offbeat items, eg: help wanted "maintaining dreads" added 20 May.

New Hebweb section - Archive - 18 May

Naming the squares

Hebden Bridge in Europe - "superb"
say twin town visitors - more photos
updated 14th May

Network Rail destruction - now postponed until the beginning of June - see forum - 8 May

Events: including Local History summer programme

Hebden Royd Town Council's Town Talk no 11

Acts and stallholders wanted for the next Eastwood Festival - see news in brief

Expanding local company, Aspire Technology, still has vacancies. Director, Chris Bingham tells the Hebden Bridge Web: "We offer a great working environment, no need to travel into the busy city centres." - more info - 4 April

GARDEN STREET: 10 essential questions put to the Calderdale Chief Executive

Hebweb mailing list - subscribe to this list to receive occasional mailings about matters related to Hebden Bridge

Stepping Out exhibition


Hebden Bridge Walkers Action have now put nearly 800 photos from their Stepping Out photo project online. More info and gallery

Hebden Royd Town Council vote against proposed develolpment. - Weds, 13th Feb

Forum - well over 100 contributions

Garden Street development: people queued up in St George's Square today to sign letters of objection. 212 signed in 4 hours. - Sat, 9th Feb


"A very, significant threat to the social and economic life of the town"
- 29th January

See also Planning Watch and Forum."

Mytholmroyd Station Mosaic
More info

Hughes plaque at Lumb Falls

Lumb Falls plaque to remember
Ted Hughes
and "Six Young Men"
- more info and photos

Town Hall

Local group initiate plans to make the Town Hall once more the heart of the local community - more info


500 years of the Hebden Bridge
Mark the 500th anniversary of the Old Bridge with a year long celebration, by the whole community, of the unique qualities of Hebden Bridge in 2010 - see www.hebden500.co.uk

Steam comes to Hebden Bridge

Steam comes to Hebden Bridge
Monthly steam train

Is the image of Hebden Bridge as a town of "hippies wearing hand-knitted jumpers, eating wholefood and smoking roll-ups" now outdated?
Penny Wainwright writing in the January edition of Yorkshire Life seems to think so. More info

Berringden Brow audio: Stories of Love and Misunderstanding - nine alsations, two hearings and a star witness. Go to the Hebweb radio section to listen to the latest excerpt or subscribe to the Berringden Brow podcast

Hebden Bridge History Group - see dozens of photos of old Hebden Bridge
Hebweb Online Columns



  • BERRINGDEN BROW: Memoirs of Single Mother with a Crush- a novel by local author Jill Robinson published as a book by Pennine Pens. Read online samples

  • Sylvia Plath Forum - hundreds of thousands of words discussing this US poet, buried in Heptonstall.

  • Poems from Glyn Hughes
    - see features

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