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Calling local artists and photographers Hebden Bridge Picture House is inviting you to create an eye-catching original image of our beloved cinema to adorn the cover of an upcoming book about the cinema's history. Read story (8 Aug)

University of Third AgeUniversity of the Third Age: David Gilman who described his experiences of volunteering on building projects in the Occupied Territories of the West Bank and in Guatemala. Read report (9 Aug)

Vintage Car Rally

Vintage Car Rally in Calder Holmes Park. 6-7 August. See What's on - click photo to enlarge

Pennine Walk and RideSouth Pennines' Walk and Ride Festival: from 10-25 September - nearly 150 events, historical graveyard tour, Happy Valley walks, Radical History of Tod, hidden gems of ancient woods and moors, Brontë Mountain Bike Challenge and more. Read more (5 Aug)

Green Belt under threat: Calderdale Council has completed a review of the green belt across Calderdale, as part of the development of the Local Plan. Read story (3 Aug)

Happy Valley Pride Festival 2016Happy Valley Pride Festival 2016 - a week of fringe events, live music and family activities from 8-14 Aug, including visits to Hebden Bridge by campaigner Peter Tatchell and performance artist David Hoyle. Read story.

After AliceAfter Alice Project wins Archive Award: This locally based photographic archive collects contemporary images from all over Yorkshire - since March 2015 it has a wealth of material. Read more

Grouse Moors and flooding: follow the HebWeb Forum discussion and watch Chris Packham's video urging people to sign the Parliamentary petition to ban grouse shooting.

Calderdale Council discusses the Floods Commission Report, and Housing: The HebWeb has received reports from both Labour and the Liberal Democrats following yesterday evening's Calderdale Council meeting. Read more (21 July)

Calderdale Flood Commission Report is available for download here The report makes dozens of recommendations including "There needs to be significant investment in flood risk management in Calderdale." (20 July)

Faber Social at The TradesFaber Social returns to The Trades. Following a sell out event with Brix Smith and Viv Albertine in April, Faber Social returns to Hebden Bridge for another Sunday session with Tim Burgess (The Charlatans) and Spacemen 3's Will Carruthers. Read more (20 July)

WarsteinWarstein concert funds go to Junior Band to help them recover from the damage caused by the floods. The band are still in temporary accommodation lost sheet music, uniforms and instruments Read more (18 July)

Flood Commission calls for Action That's the message within the Calderdale Flood Commission's final report into the causes, impact and response to the unprecedented flooding which hit the Calder Valley on Boxing Day 2015. Read more (14 July)

FestivalArts 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.

Alfie KunguAlfie Kungu's pop-up exhibition for Spirals re-opening. Local artist Alfie Kungu is staging a pop up exhibition of his new work in Spirals who are about to finally reopen their shop following the Boxing Day floods. (11 July)

Peace demo

Chilcot Report: On the day the Iraq War started, Hebden Bridge was full of demonstrating students from Calder High School, 13 of whom were suspended. See HebWeb News from 20 March 2003: Calder High Students organise Peace in the Park (6 July)

Boxing Day Floods

After the floods: latest news, proposals, options and dates: At a public meeting of the Hebden Bridge Partnership on Monday, 4 July, the Environment Agency shared their latest thinking about Flood Prevention and Defence for Hebden Bridge. Read more (5 July)


Arts Festival Ends with Hebden Bridge bathed in warm sunshine as some of the UK's top street performers came and performed to large crowds all over our town.

e-fitDog attacks 5 year old girl in Calder Holmes Park after the Handmade Parade - see latest BBC news report with e-fit picture of the man police want to trace. 1 July


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

Peter TatchellPeter Tatchell says Happy Valley Pride is long overdue. The legendary campaigner has risked life and limb in his battle for human rights for LGBTQ people and he is coming to Hebden Bridge to support the first Happy Valley Pride Festival. Read more. (7 Aug)

Remember Hiroshima

Remembering Hiroshima and Nagasaki on Saturday, 6 August, 71 years after atomic bombs fell on these cities in Japan. Those present pledged to create a world without nuclear weapons.

George MurphyHippy 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)

Wuthering BytesWuthering Bytes Festival returns to Hebden Bridge. And will include Hebden Bridge hosting a stellar line-up of speakers and a conference normally held in Silicon Valley or Cambrdige. Read more (28 July)

Louis BenoitThe Illustrated Jackass and exhibition of illustration and amination by Louis Benoit goes on display at Artsmill, Hebden Bridge from 3 August. More info

Hands around Todmorden Town Hall

Hands around Todmorden Town Hall: Organiser Beth Paramour said, "We wanted to do something in response to the rise in racist incidents nationally and show that Todmorden is a welcoming town." Read more (24 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

Demonstrators opposed to Trident nuclear missiles

Demonstrators opposed to Trident nuclear missiles in Hebden Bridge, Monday evening, 18 July. Click photo to enlarge. Photo: Mike Prior

Police appealing for witnesses after a cyclist was killed in a collision on the Keighley Road between Pecket Well and Hebden Bridge on Sunday afternoon. (18 July)

Calder Valley Voices' Charity Summer ConcertCalder Valley Voices' Summer Concert of diverse songs from around the World.  Everyone is welcome at the charity performance in Hebden Bridge on Thursday 21st July, from 7.30pm. Read more

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)

Hardship and HopeHardship and Hope: Hebden Royd and Todmorden during WW1. New book by local writer Peter Thomas starts with the death of a young solider who lived in Oak Street, and reflects upon themes of how the war was experienced locally. Read more (11 July)

Waste and recycling changes from August: including more materials to be recycled, new trucks, change of collection days and what goes where. Read more (6 July)


Arts Festival up for major tourism award: After another successful week of events, Hebden Bridge Arts Festival is celebrating making the final of the prestigious White Rose Awards rewarding the best tourism organisations and events across Yorkshire. Read more (5 July)

Helen of Four Gates

Helen of Four Gates: Another chance to see this iconic film, made in Hebden Bridge in the 1920s, as the Hebden Bridge Picture House hosts a month-long celebration of silent cinema. Read more (29 June)

Repairs to A646 scheduled for this summer: Work will begin shortly on the A646 at Falling Royd, between Hebden Bridge and Mytholmroyd, after the road was severely damaged by the Boxing Day floods. (29 June)

Elmet FarmhouseLocal farmhouse shortlisted for 2016 White Rose Awards. Elmet Farmhouse, a unique holiday cottage perched on the hill at Pecket Well has been shortlisted for Welcome to Yorkshire's 2016 White Rose Awards. Read more (30 June)

What is being done to prevent more floods, 6 months on? Actually quite a lot… but you would never know it from the continued failure of the Environment Agency to communicate effectively or widely. Read more (27 June)

HebWeb Small Ads - jobs offered, accommodation, cleaning, tax books, summer school, venues, plumbing, services and other quirky Hebden Bridge stuff.

Handmade Parade 2016 photos Thousands of people thronged the streets of Hebden Bridge on Sunday 26 June to watch the 9th Handmade Parade with the theme this year Muck In! Read news report


Handmade Parade 2016 - more photos of the Parade, and news report

Little BreweryLittle Valley Brewery is recruiting for three positions at the brewery. Do you like decent beer and want to work with a great team in a growing business? More info (25 June)

Boxing Day Floods 6 months on.

See Photos taken on 26 December and the HebWeb Feature giving coverage, info, links, discussion and more

Jo Cox vigil

Vigil in memory of Jo Cox on Monday, 20 June 2016 at 6pm. Click here to see video from Jason Elliott

Inside out

Made in Hebden event launches Arts Festival next Friday 24 June. Local craftspeople and businesses are joining forces to help open Hebden Bridge Arts Festival. Read more

Alternative Christmas Day is 25 June - three large Christmas trees are on their way. See this video.

Handmade Parade

Handmade Parade: Last week of workshops - last chance to come and create a head-turning show stopper costume for this year's Handmade Parade, with open workshops entering their final week. (15 June)

Arthur SmithVigil: We stand with Orlando. George's Square, Hebden Bridge. 9pm. A walk of solidarity and a candlelit vigil took place on Wednesday 15th June. See this Facebook page

Rob HoldenTories punish Cllr Rob Holden for whistleblowing: founder of vital floods Facebook Group is removed from Conservative Party on Calderdale, and from the Flood Steering Group! Read more (13 June)

Six months after the Floods: Where are we up to? A Friends of the Earth briefing identifies "some significant weaknesses that need to be corrected now, in June-July" if the process leading up to the publication of the Calder Catchment plan in October is not to be substantially compromised. Read more (11 June)

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)

ElphaboroughFloods: Elphaborough Hub video - Sheila, was flooded during the Boxing day floods, losing everything she owned. The Community Foundation talk with her about what happened and how residents have been supported by the Flood Fund. (8 June)

Wild!Win a pair of tickets for WiLd! Hebweb has a pair of tickets to give away to WiLd! a new show by Tutti Frutti coming to the Hebden Arts Festival on Sunday 3 July. Read more

Jane ScullionLet locals have their say in flood work, says councillor. The Environment Agency must listen more to the locals when planning its flood defence work in Mytholmroyd, says Cllr Jane Scullion. Read more

Community orchard seeks help on 11 June, spreading the wood chip - already bagged - around the fruit trees and fruit bushes

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)

20mphLove 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)

Together We Grow

Asylum seekers and refugees work with Together We Grow which aims to promote the social and emotional wellbeing of asylum seekers and refugees in our area. "We want them to feel welcome in our community," says Finn Jensen in his piece for the HebWeb. Read more (21 May)

Art Deco clockArt Deco clock for Picture House foyer. The timepiece, which had been hidden away in a cupboard in the cinema, has been given a new lease of life by clock repairer, Jonathan Cope. Read story (17 May)

Alternative Christmas DayAlternative Christmas Day on 25 June - HRAX‬ aka Hebden Royd Alternative Christmas in Hebden Bridge and Mytholmroyd. All welcome, residents and visitors alike. Latest news (18 May)


From Hebden Bridge in May, bluebell woods in every direction. Click to enlarge

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)

Shape the future of the Valley Road Town Centre site Now that Sainsburys will not be building their store, there is a consultation about the future of the land. Post your views online about the development of the wider area around the old Fire Station premises. Read more

From Steve Farrell, now living in Mysore, India: "As someone who lives abroad, the Hebweb site has always been critical for keeping in touch 'back home' in Hebden. I've just needed to re-advertise my home for rent, so where to turn to? The Hebweb, of course. The Ad was up within minutes and there were 10 enquiries within 24 hours. Superb!" See Small Ads.

Retired Head walks to Italy. Roger Gill, 69, is walking 1,200 miles from Hebden Bridge to Italy. Read the article in the Yorkshire Post 21 April

Juliet RimerLindsay Rimer's murder 21 years on: DNA clues revealed, and Lindsay's sister Juliet (pictured right) speaks publicly for the first time. Detective Superintendent Simon Atkinson tells of "new forensic leads which we hope may lead to the identification of Lindsay's killer." Read more and watch Juliet Rimer's video 12 April

2016 tourism leaflet

2016 Hebden Bridge Tourist leaflet.
More info here

Happy ValleyReasons 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

Sainsburys' latest court action thrown out. See court ruling here. The High Court has dismissed Eshton Gregory's/ Sainsbury's judicial review challenge to the Planning Inspector's refusal to grant an appeal to Calderdale Council's refusal of planning permission

Alternative Christmas Day

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

FestivalArts Festival 2016 kicked off on Friday 24 June when Hebden Bridge became Trouser Town. There's also a chance to see some quality big name acts like Kate Rusby and Arthur Smith and free street entertainment offer a chance to have some much needed fun.

The Hebden Bridge Picture House is too special to lose. Now that new seats have been installed, and the foyer is back open, the Picture House urgently needs to increase the numbers attending. Read more and download leaflet. (21 June)

Plants and people wanted for Station Have you any spare seedlings, seeds, plants, or small shrubs? Can you give some away to further beautify Hebden Bridge Station? Read more (20 June)

Mincemeat: Valley Organics step in, offering mincemeat for Alternative Christmas Day. See Forum thread

Wild!Win a pair of tickets for Arthur Smith Veteran comic Arthur Smith is playing a Hebden Bridge Arts Festival gig at the Picture House on Friday 1 July and Hebweb has a pair of tickets to give away. Read more

Convoy to Calais Some people from Blackshaw Head will be going to the refugee camps in Northern France with donations from local people in Calderdale, as part of a national convoy leaving from London. Read more (13 June)

Project Jam SandwichWainsgate Chapel Concerts: Project Jam Sandwich: A welcome return to Hebden Bridge Sunday, (19 June) for Project Jam Sandwich, who delivered a sensational set at the Great Folk Roots Party in 2015.

BridgestockCrime writing couple to visit The Book Case Crime writing duo Carol and Bob Bridgestock, better known as RC Bridgestock, will be at The Book Case in Hebden Bridge on Weds 22nd June. Read more (9 June)

Hebden Bridge 1916 - On Saturday 25th June it is your opportunity to experience what life was like 100 years ago. Hebden 1916 is an event for children to learn about Hebden in WW1 looking at toys, photographs and clothes.

HebWeb Forum discussion includes noise, charity collections at the Co-op, floods, the Hebden Bridge Suffragette, the fustian needle and amplified busking. (7 June)

Trouser Town themePostman Kevin delivers love letters to Yorkshire Postman Kevin Boniface's observations of life on his postal round has won him a major commission from the Yorkshire Festival. Read story

Picture HouseAfter the Floods: Picture House Friends to help boost audience numbers: The Friends of the Picture House will be out in force on Friday to hand out cinema programmes and leaflets at railway stations in the Calder Valley, in a bid to boost numbers. Read more

Sustainable Business Awards: Hebden Bridge company runner up Based in Hebden Bridge Town Hall, Pennine Pack have been awarded runner up in the Supply Chain category, Guardian Sustainable Business Awards 2016. Read more (27 May)

Alternative Christmas Lunch 'Thank you' for Flood Volunteers - and HebWeb readers are urged to help track down those who gave their time in the aftermath of the Boxing Day Floods. Read more (26 May)

Floods: Mytholmroyd Action Plan released by the Environment Agency (26 May)

Small Ads: "Amazing but my house in Tod got rented out within 30 minutes after putting the house on Hebweb." From message received, Thursday, 26 May 2016

Trades Club becomes a Co-op. Trades Club members unanimously agreed to turn the Holme Street venue into a co-operative at their AGM. The Club spent 18 months considering the proposal that gives each member an equal £1 share. Read more (25 May)

Pay As You Feel Café in Hebden Bridge. The Real Junk Food Project Calderdale is to officially open a Pay As You Feel Café on Thursday 26 May at Midday. Read story

Folk Roots reviewHebden Bridge Folk Roots Festival review. Organsers told the HebWeb that crowds came in from Huddersfield, Bolton, York and as far as Australia to catch some of "our amazing talent we have here in the Valley". Read story (20 May)

>New MayorNew Mayor for Hebden Royd Town Council - Cllr Tony Hodgins is the new Mayor of Hebden Royd with his partner Hazel Scriven as his Mayoress Latest news (18 May)

Fly tipping

Massive fly tipping in Cragg Vale over the weekend: Residents and visitors to the beautiful moors above Cragg Vale were horrified to find a huge amount of household clearance items dumped roadside over the weekend. Read more (19 May)

Hebden Bridge to have its own Radio Station: Launching in June, designed specifically for the people of Hebden Bridge, Hebden Radio will play music with local presenters and news, local gigs and events and much more! Read news item (14 May)

Amplified Busking: What do you think? See our HebWeb Forum discussion

The AlbertThe Albert Pub Facade preserved: Planning has been refused and the Victorian frontage of one of our last few traditional pubs will not be changed. Read more 10 May

Dance FestivalHebden Bridge will have its own Dance Festival On Sunday, 9 October 2016, Hebden Bridge dancer Ralph Nimmann is organising this new festival and he's looking for others willing to help Read more (8 May)

Children strike

School children's strike against SATs in Hebden Bridge this morning (Tues 3rd May) - click to enlarge. Photo thanks to the After Alice Project

Community First RespondersYorkshire Ambulance Service needs Community First Responders CFRs are volunteers who provide immediate life-saving care to members of their local communities in an emergency medical situations. Read more (2 May)

The Rainy SeasonThe 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

DonovanDonovan to play at the Trades Club Folk Legend Donovan will be playing all his hits when he plays two intimate shows at Hebden Bridge's Trades Club in July. Read more 20 April

Tosspot gets a kiss

Above: Tosspot gets a kiss
More Pace Egg photos.

Pace Egg Play 2016. Hundreds turned out for the Heptonstall Pace Egg play in the Good Friday sunshine. More photos. £1144.94 was raised which will shared between Calderdale's Flood Relief Fund and the East African Playgrounds project.

Dance Hall DaysDance Hall Days: Do you have any memories, stories, photos, programmes or posters from those dancing days of the 1930s 40s and 50s? Read more 21 March

The Manchester and Leeds Railway: 175th Anniversary - 1st March 2016. Read story (PDF) from Friends of Hebden Bridge Station.

HebWeb Feature on the Boxing Day Flood, gathering together many of the articles, news, links, photos and videos. Updated reguarly.

Floods: HebWeb Gallery - 24 photos taken on the morning of Boxing Day, 2015.

Boxing Day Floods 2015

See HebWeb Feature:2015 Boxing Day Flood for coverage, info, links, videos, etc.

HebWeb Quirky Small Ads:
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Hilary WainwrightHappy Valley writer loves Calderdale. "Hebden Bridge is vibrant; there's a lot going on artistically and it's also got great galleries, pubs and restaurants." Sally Wainwright talks of our "dramatic and awe-inspiring" landscape and the influence of local historian Jill Liddington's Anne Lister book. Read her Guardian article

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Camera Club winner

Camera Club Annual Exhibition winning pictures: visitors were asked to vote for their 3 favourite images in order of merit. Read more and see the 3 winning photos.

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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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.

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