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Lindsay RimerLindsay Rimer, murderered 19 years ago on Thursday, 7 November. In the HebWeb Forum, Lindsay's father Gordon Rimer makes an appeal, saying "someone out there in Hebden knows more than they're letting on!"

Tour de FranceLe Tour de France - new HebWeb section with links and latest information concerning next year's historic event. This page will be updated and developed as new info comes in. Update: public mmeeting in Wadsworth. Read more


CROWS - Community Rights of Way Services - new volunteer Group formed to improve Calderdale's footpath network. Read more (6 Nov)

ForgetmenotLabour hopeful joins Forget Me Not children's hospice challenge to raise £5000. Josh Fenton-Glynn is planning events throughout the valley with local businesses and community groups. More info (4 Nov)

Megan ShackletonBirchcliffe Benefit for Olympic hopeful. On Saturday 9th November Alyssium and friends perform in support of local sportsperson Megan Shackleton. More info

FrankensteinHebden Bridge Picture House Live Broadcasts: The Picture House continued its first full season of Live Broadcasts with the National Theatre Live's 2011 broadcast of Frankenstein on Thursday, 31st Oct.

Local History talk on Witchcraft in the Upper Calder Valley: As make-believe witches come knocking on our doors John Billingsley, folklorist and author of many books on the subject, told members of the Local History Society that to our ancestors witchcraft was very real indeed. More info (27 Oct)

Digital Photography Courses in Hebden Bridge: Taking Better Photos (beginners, any camera) - Understanding your DSLR /Bridge Camera - Photo Editing in Elements and Lightroom (beginners and advanced) - Street Photography for Beginners - Personal Tuition. See small ads

Maxine PeakeMaxine Peake concert raised £760 for Calder Valley Morning Star Supporters' Group which meets at the Trades Club. (18 Oct)

On 17th October, Craig Whittaker, our MP, asked the Secretary of State for International Development what policy objectives her Department aims to achieve by supporting Myanmar's forthcoming census. See also: Forum thread - Myanmar or Mytholmroyd?

BonfireNo Bonfire - this year. The HebWeb has been approached about the dates for this year's annual bonfire. Clearly not every one knows that the Round Table will not be organising it this year. Read more

Gibson Mill Craft FairGibson Mill Craft Fair for the 4th year running. Handmade quality products available and visitors will have the opportunity to chat to the makers and designers about their work - 25-27 Oct. More info

Valley Organics

Hebden Bridge people make money do good. The community spirit, the recent raft of community share issues, local green credentials and the HebWeb are cited in a new report on ethical investment published this week. See HebWeb news item (14 Oct)

Hebden Bridge Community Association seeks new Trustees. (HBCA) is a charitable organisation and development trust responsible for ongoing regeneration, eg, Town Hall, in Hebden Bridge. Read more. (15 Oct)

Hebden Bridge Picture Hous

Burlesque row leads to Picture House Bookings Policy. The new policy was developed by councillors not previously involved with the Picture House and members of the Friends of the Picture House Read more


Local History talk on Mytholmroyd's Moderna: Joan Laprell spoke to the Hebden Bridge Local History Society where she recalled the village within a village that was the Moderna Blanket Factory in Mytholmroyd, where she worked for ten years. More info (12 Oct)

White RibbonCalderdale backs White Ribbon: Councillors on Calderdale's Communities Scrutiny Panel have been looking at how the Council can help challenge attitudes towards domestic violence, including appointing two senior Council officers as White Ribbon Campaign Ambassadors. Read more

What's On in October: see our What's on section for dozens of up and coming events - festivals, music, organic gardening, horseboating, talks, poetry, witchcraft, theatre, craft fairs, celestial echoes and more.

Waste firm director jailed for 2 years for operating without the correct permits. See Yorkshire Post report

Guardian Northerner: Martin Parr captured a simpler Hebden Bridge. "And he lived in my house". Rachel Pickering wonders what the great photographer would have made of the West Yorkshire town today, after discovering they were linked by her leaky kitchen tap. Read more.

Buses - some good news following meetings with Metro. Metro ran 3 meetings in the Town Hall Tuesday evening (24th Sept) and met with the Hebden Bridger Action Group and communities affected by the proposals. More info

Tale of a Tenner

Tale of a Tenner was produced to promote the 'Totally Locally' shop local campaign, showing that if you spend £10 in a shop in Hebden Bridge the amount of money that goes back into the local economy could be over £50!

Community Festival and Event Fund launched: Organisers of events and festivals in Calderdale now have the opportunity to apply for up to £2000 in funding from Calderdale Council's recently launched community fund. More info

BusesBuses: Labour candidate takes bus boss for a ride. Labour's Parliamentary candidate for Calder Valley, Josh Fenton-Glynn, has highlighted concerns at cuts to bus routes by taking the boss of West Yorkshire's Transport Authority for a ride on one of the services set to be affected. More info (17 Sept)


Nest Estate Water Nightmare continues: Tenants and residents on the Nest Estate, Mytholmroyd are currently being dogged by a burst to the water main on a near weekly basis. Read more (16 Sept)

Timothy West and Prunella Scales in town

Legendary Thespians Timothy West and Prunella Scales were in town filming a new Channel 4 series looking at the history of Britain's canals. Read more and see larger photo. (11 Sept)

Superfast broadband is coming:
Ten years after Hebden Bridge's very first broadband connections, following an effective community campaign, spearheaded by the HebWeb, we learn that over 90% of Calderdale will receive superfast fibre broadband from 2014. Read more (9 Sept)


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

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 (3 Sept)

Old Town Methodist Church closes

Old Town Methodist Church closes after 150 years. Photo taken at the tea following the closing service and celebration on Sunday, 18 August.The church congregation started life meeting in the old weaving rooms above Club Houses before building the church. Click photo to enlarge

Burlesque Ban overturned: Last night Hebden Bridge Town Council overturned the ban on burlesque events at the Picture House. See discussion and news on the HebWeb over the past month.

29 July floods

The above picture shows how makeshift flood defences helped prevent Market Street being flooded again. The photo is reproduced thanks to the Facebook page Calder Valley Flood Victims. Click photo to enlarge.

Hebden Bridge Signal Box is one of 26 historic railway signal boxes across the country to get listed status. See Guardian report

Burlesque Debate: at it's meeting of 10th July, Hebden Royd Council decided to set up a sub-committee to establish a booking policy for the Picture House. See response from Burlesque Festival. Over a thousand have signed the petition and there are over 100 messages in the HebWeb Forum thread.

Josh Fenton-Glynn was selected on Saturday 24 June to represent Labour and fight Craig Whittaker at the next General Election. About Josh and Josh's answer's to HebWeb questions.

Holme Tunnel to close for 4 months. A bus service will replace trains between Hebden Bridge and Burnley. See BBC report. (9 Nov)

What's on this weekend? Folk Roots Festival at the Trades, and Hollie McNish at Wainsgate. See the two items below for more info, and our What's on section for more events

Folk Roots Festival

Festival brings folk into the age of Twitter. Folk fans at this weekend's Trades Roots Festival will be joining a live Twitter feed thanks to a group of local fledgling journalists. Read more (6 Nov)

Hollie McNishWainsgate Concert features Hollie McNish whose YouTube poetry videos have been seen seen by millions. Also on Channel 4 and at Glastonbury. Support by Emma Decent. Sunday, 10 Nov. More info

Comedy Club: coming soon - Angela and The Preacher's Son featuring Markus Birdman and Angela Barnes. More info (5 Nov)

Craig Whittaker: as energy bills rise, the taxpayer contributes towards MPs' bills. Our MP received £705 towards his bill, on top of a salary of over £66k - see Telegraph article and more HebWeb coverage of Craig Whittaker

Robin DixonAndrew HalewoodNew Hebden Royd councillors: At the meeting of the full council of the Town Council on 23rd October, the council co-opted two local people on to the council. More info. (29 Oct)

Hebden Bridge Picture House Vacancy for projectionist /technician, working on a casual basis. More info. (29 Oct)

Lamplighter Festival

Lamplighter Festival is the Calder Valley's newest annual event and Handmade Parade's latest venture, planned for 23rd November. Handmade Parade are gearing up to create another magical, mystical and scintellating evening based around the myth of the Lamplighter. More info about the parade and workshops.

 Zero carbon green house blocked by Calderdale

Zero carbon green house blocked by Calderdale: the house is a well designed, sustainable house, completely covered in thick earth and vegetation making it almost invisible and blending into its surroundings. More info (28 Oct)

Ian and Judith CoatesRadio 4 features Ian and Judith Coates on the Listening Project. They talk about his itchy feet and next trip. Ian's "as fit as a butcher's dog." See also: HebWeb feature: Riding around the world on a Honda

Psychology and You - Part Two. David Groves spoke about the scientific study of mind and behaviour to the University of the Third Age. Read more. (26 Oct)

Buses: following the consultation over the summer, the contract for the operation of the "Hebden Bridger" has been awarded to TLC Travel. Read more. (24 Oct)

Major improvements to rail services sought - The Upper Valley Sustainable Transport Group has made a number of recommendations that it wants to see put into place by Real North. Read more. (21 Oct)

Lindsay RimerLindsay Rimer murder: former Hebden Bridge methodist minister, Reverend Graham Kent, has called for an investigation into any possible links with Jimmy Saville who regularly stayed in Cragg Vale at the time of her murder in November 1994. See Mail Online article. Also HebWeb Forum and HebWeb feature (20 Oct)

The controversial planning application for two houses on land behind The Woodlands, Palace House Road, is going to Planning Committee. See Planning Watch. Update: 4.30 pm. Application now withdrawn

Come Dine with usCome Dine with us - benefit for the David Wright Gallery. This promises to be a humorous insight into the filming of the programme, as well as a chance for you to try the food, talk to and mark the contestants for yourself! Read more (18 Oct)

Mytholmroyd Swimming Pool

Mytholmroyd Swimming Pool: Grow Your Tenner. Help raise the £200.000 needed to begin building. Go to the LocalGiving page from Tues morning, 15 Oct. Read more

Postcard from PalestinePostcard from Palestine 11 - A Day with Ta'ayush. Hebden Bridge's Ron Taylor, part of an international group of supporters, sends the HebWeb news from Palestine. Read more. (15 Oct)

Digital Radio coverage set to improve: Hebden Bridge and the Calder Valley are included as places set to benefit from new DAB transmitters to be created over the next 2 years. See Radio Today report

Riverside benefit

Riverside parents boogie to fund poet: Parents from Riverside School strutted their funky stuff to the sounds of the '60s raising more than £500 to help fund a poet in residence. Read more (13 Oct)

Calderdale's first climate change and energy saving conference is on Monday 14th October 4-7pm. You can still register to attend; more info at the Calderdale's Energy Future website. (9 Oct)

Hebden Bridge Station: poems while you wait. Catching a train? Then enjoy the new series of poems posted on the Friends of HB Railway Station notice boards. Read more (8 Oct)

The People's AssemblyPeople's Assembly meeting in Hebden Bridge on Wednesday 23rd October.
More info

Hebden Bridge Police Station building: Stephen Curry of the HB Community Association has told the HebWeb that Calderdale have listed the Police Station as an "Asset of Community Value" - when the Police put the building back on the market there'll be a six week moratorium to allow community groups to make a bid.

Nutclough Mill: Farewell to a popular view of Hebden's unique Nutclough Mill. See larger photos

Calderdale consider increasing taxes on empty houses. Proposals include full council tax plus 50% empty homes premium, incentives for owners bringing homes back into use and council tax relief for those who have to move out because of flooding. Read more. (1 Oct)

Heptonstall Festival

Heptonstall Festival on Saturday 21 September was a great success with two stages (one in the old ruins), together with a local bawdy drama, magic, storytelling, dancing and more. More photos.

Ted Hughes FestivalTed Hughes Festival programme launched: Tickets for the 2013 Ted Hughes Festival, which will run between Wednesday 23rd to Sunday 27th October are now on sale. More details. (17 Sept)

Eastwood Recycling Centre closure extends to five months. Calderdale and SITA apologise; no local alternative has been made available. Read more

History and Astronomy Societies' Autumn and Winter events now added to the HebWeb What's On section.

Riverside School out of 'special measures'. Riverside has been judged by Ofsted as no longer requiring special measures, only four terms after being placed in the category. Read more (11 Sept)

Fox & Goose: temporary closure pending community buy-out. Read more (10 Sept)

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". (8 Sept)

Seaport at Sunrise: Local writer, poet and artist Ian M. Emberson has written a novel which has its roots in his National Service in the 1950s. Read more about the book and what some readers have said. (5 Sept)

Hebden Bridge Piano Festival 2014Hebden Bridge Piano Festival 2014: Following its highly successful debut in April, the Piano Festival announces dates and programme fpr 2014 festival weekend. Read more (2 Sept)



Syria Vigil: Thurs. 29th Aug from 12 to 2.
Photo: HebWeb

King's troupe

King's Troupe play Stratford: The King's Troupe from Hebden Bridge performed Richard III at The Dell in Stratford Upon Avon. Read more

Nest Estate Water Woes: Leak follows leak, the system is broken, old asbestos pipes - neither Yorkshire Water nor Calderdale will take responsibility. Mick Piggott recounts the story. (22 Aug)

Hebden Bridge Arts Festival

Arts Festival thanks sponsors: Hebden Bridge Arts Festival have thanked their sponsors who helped them attract more than 11,000 people to events in a record number of local venues. (23 Aug)

Major changes to bus services serving Hebden Bridge are being considered, including a 10 minute service to Halifax and Todmorden, paid for by cuts to services to hilltop villages. See Metro's Bus Review page for Hebden Bridge and the HebWeb Forum.

Arts Festival Board thanks the HebWeb and Festival volunteers, and invites people to influence next year's festival by filling their questionnaire. More info (21 July)


Handmade Parade

Small ads: Received Sat 18th - "I've had an overwhelming response and the property is now let"

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Hour Car - Community owned car club. Cars in Hebden, Mytholmroyd and Todmorden. Our fleet includes an electric car. See Listings

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ABC Coaching & Counselling Services

Counselling from Dr Jim Byrne and coaching from Renata Taylor-Byrne. See Listings


HebWeb Listing a-z

Canal Narrowboat holidays - Shire Cruisers boating holiday. Explore the Pennine waterways, canals and rivers in a narrow boat. See Listings

HebWeb Listing a-z

Alison Grant Architects Ltd. Experienced local architect skilled in renovations, conversions and extensions, including work to traditional and Listed buildings. See Listings


Yorkshire Life: 10 reasons to love Hebden Bridge

"Unbelievable result Hebweb. So many enquiries in response to the small ad on your site and now have lovely new tenants. What a success - Thank you Hebweb." Message received 6 May.

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Rachel Lucie Jewellery Designs - I'm a local jewellery designer-maker with several collections of silver, pearl and gemstone jewellery for all occasions. See Listings

HebWeb Listing a-z

Hebden Bridge Acupuncture Centre is a relaxing, quiet and safe therapeutic space offering Traditional Acupuncture which takes into account your unique situation and whole being. See Listings


Bernard InghamBernard Ingham column ended: campaigners have learned that Bernard Ingham has been told his longrunning column in the HB Times has ended. They had been calling on Ingham to apologise for what he said about Hillsborough. Read more

Small Ads - "I am very pleased to say the response was terrific and both properties are now let." (Less than a week)

Small Ads - "We placed a job ad on the Hebweb recently, intending to keep it there for 2 weeks, but we had to take it down after 3 days due to the huge response generated"

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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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. (25 March)

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

The Trades Club thanks the HebWeb: "The Trades has had a great year with more than 30 sell-out gigs and a huge part of that is the regular updates we get on Hebweb" Read more.

Small ads: "We've successfully rented our house. Thanks for an excellent service - I'll heartily recommend Hebweb, as our house was previously listed through an estate agent who didn't manage to get us a tenant in 3 months - through Hebweb we had 4 prospective tenants within a week." (4 Jan)

Hebden Bridge and its Co-op featured in this Radio Four programme - about 11 minutes in

SwaledaleTOUR DE FRANCE: on Sunday 6 July 2014, the eyes of the world will be on Hebden Bridge when the 200 competitors of the Tour de France cycles through our town, and Cragg Vale's famous five-and-a-half mile incline, the longest in England. Read more

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