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Hebden Makes Christmas Over the weekend of 2-3 December over 100 local artists will stage "Hebden Makes Christmas" - an art, craft and open-art-studios spectacle. Limited parking so public transport recommended. Read more

UK's 'prettiest towns for Christmas shopping' according to The Times has Hebden Bridge as number one. Read article 28 Nov

The Interview

The latest interview features writer and broadcaster, Horatio Clare. George Murphy caught up with him at a local hostelry to hear his views on mental health, farming, travel, SAD, music, world affairs, life in Hebden Bridge and his BBC Radio 4 series: Is Psychiatry Working?

Read all 35+ HebWeb Interviews

What's on in December?
Blackshawhead Village Christmas Fayre, Retrofit Workshop, Hebden Makes Christmas, Wind Farm public meeting, Poetry at the Dusty Miller, CultureDale Networking, Open Mic at Heptonstall, R&B in Old Town, A history of Town Twinning, the Story of Tin Pan Alley, Carol singing at the Station and more.
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Labour chooses Josh Fenton-Glynn as candidate for next year's General Election at a selection meeting at Halifax Minster on 21 Nov. With over 50% of the vote, he won the first round for a 4th attempt at overturning the Tory majority in Calder Valley. See HebWeb News on the row over members' restricted choice.

Light up the Valley and the turning on of the lights took place in Hebden Bridge on Thursday, 23 Nov and Mytholmroyd on Saturday 18 November. from 3-8pm. More info

Inside Hebden Bridge - "from hippies to BBC's Happy Valley to one of UK's prettiest towns, . . . with its rolling green hills, historial architecture and the River Calder flowing through its veins." Read Daily Mirror feature 12 Nov

Remembrance Sunday On 12th Nov, the Hebden Royd community, veterans and friends from further afield came together to pay their respects and remember the service and sacrifice of those who have defended our freedoms. Read more 13 Nov

Ben Myers wins prize Gallows Pole author has won the 2023 Goldsmiths prize for his novel 'Cuddy', retelling the story of Durham Cathedral. Read Guardian article (9 Nov) - and see HebWeb Interview with Ben Myers

Julie Hesmondhalgh: Talk Report There was full-house last Saturday at the Town Hall when Julie Hesmondhalgh lifted spirits while being interviewed 'so adeptly' by Amanda Dalton - a Lit & Sci talk. Read report

Twinning Society German Evening Long term members and potential new members talked, listen to German band music, and most of all enjoyed their sausages. Read more 11 Nov

Calder Grub Hub is looking for sponsors for the community meal at Hope Baptist Church each Wednesday, to help pay for ingredients, equipment and items like insurance and heating. More info

Station booking office saved Transport Secretary Mark Harper said today that the government had asked train operators to withdraw their proposals to close booking offices. See July news item 31 Oct

Film Festival 2024 dates and launch film The Hebden Bridge Film Festival has announced its 4th season will take place from 15-17 March next year. But this year's launch film will be "Tish" and shown at the Picture House on 30 Nov 2023. Read more. 26 Oct

Dr David Wild died on 18 October. Born in New Zealand in 1955, he spent over 35 years as a dedicated and tireless GP for the Hebden Bridge Group Practice. For comments, info and funeral details, see this Lives Remembered page 30 Oct

The Treasures of the History Archive On the hillside on the way up to Old Town is the Birchcliffe Chapel, housing a remarkable archive of books, papers, deeds and documents cared for by Local History Society. Read report of the talk give by Anne Mealia. 27 Oct

Heptonstall Museum updates Details of forthcoming events, including A Celebration for Sylvia on Friday, 27 Oct and a play exploring the life of writer Ethel Carnie Holdsworth. More info

Cash boost for voluntary groups Local community and voluntary sector groups in our area are invited to apply for two grant schemes, providing significant funding to help them support some of the most vulnerable people. More info 25 Oct

Large Windfarm proposed for hills above Hebden Bridge - updated. England's biggest onshore windfarm is being proposed to be built on 16,000 acres covering Widdop and Wadsworth Moors. If the plan goes ahead, it would also mean the end of grouseshooting at Walshaw. Read more

Storm Babet

Wavey Steps with the Old Bridge and Town Hall, 2.30 pm, 20 Oct 2023. Click photo to enlarge

Storm Babet - Flood alert now removed. See Environment Agency. Local flood wardens warned that flooding was possible. Keep up to date with the FB group: Calder Valley Flood Support 21 Oct.

Wadsworth Folk: Jack Rutter with special guest, Chris Brain, on Saturday 21st October. Wadsworth Community Centre host these two compelling solo musicians from Yorkshire making an impact. Read more

Inside the mind of Oliver Heywood who was a keen diarist. Sheila Graham told Hebden Bridge Local History Society how she used lockdown hours to trawl through the strange things he recorded to find a sense of his thoughts and feelings. Read more 19 Oct

Around 35 interviews are now on the HebWeb, with George Murphy asking the questions. More are in the pipeline. Read them here.

New solar panels for Gibson Mill Scaffolding will be wrapped around Gibson Mill from 9 October ahead of replacement solar panels and restoration work on the roof. Read more

Small Ads message: "Could you take down my ad? I had an overwhelming response. Hebweb is fantastic! Thank you."

Calderdale's Year of Culture will run from 6 April 2024 to April 2025, with a variety of cultural, arts, heritage and sports events and festivals across Calderdale, a pathways development programme to encourage people into creative careers, and programmes focusing on heritage and the famous Halifax diarist, Anne Lister. More info 24 Sept

Calderdale Food Gathering at Halifax Borough Market was on Thursday 5 October, with Hebden Bridge groups including Pennine Cropshare and Grow and Graze taking part. More info

Flood Sirens Flood Warning Sirens will be tested on Thursday 28 September 2023 between 11am and 11.15am. Sirens in Hebden Bridge, and Mytholmroyd will sound for two minutes.

Isabel Woznicki "A life well lived! She made the Hebden Bridge area her home, one which provided a great place to bring up her family and many good times." Read more in Lives Remembered 26 Sept

Where have all the insects gone? Dr Chris Hassall spoke at a recent meeting of the University of the Third Age, telling of the benefits of insects to human beings, and talking about their decline worldwide - insectageddon! Read more 25 Sept

Small Ads "We placed an ad for a 3-bedroom home to rent. We had an overwhelming response . . . And thanks for maintaining this important service to the Hebden Bridge community"

Murphy's Lore: In the last episode of the current series, there's an offcumden trio, three instances of Murphy's Law, Heptonstall through the ages, two local heroes, the Coiners on the telly, a gig at the museum and a memory of Hebden Bridge before the hippies arrived. Read the latest Murphy's Lore. 19 Sept 2023

Flood Scheme - Vegetation Management & Wall Surveys Work will be carried during September involving some minor vegetation management work to a small number of river wall section along Hebden Water and the River Calder. Read more. 17 Sept

New Sally Wainwright Drama set in Hebden Bridge. The 6 episodes of Hot Flush centre on the lives of five women of a certain age who come together to create a makeshift punk-rock band in order to enter a talent contest. See BBC report.

Former Holts greengrocers - now boasts a second piece of artwork, on the Bridge Gate side.

Flood Information Centre The Environment Agency's new Flood Information Centre on Valley Road, Hebden Bridge will open from Monday 14th August. Read more

Extinction Rebellion protest in Hebden Bridge, against Yorkshire Water using the region's rivers as a dumping ground for effluent — and sometimes raw sewage. They claim that the River Calder is the 2nd most polluted river in Britain. See Morning Star report updated 6 Aug

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Market Street No pot holes, no bumps and no parking! This follows the work completed this month. 31 July

Mytholmroyd Station Building Re-opening Plans might be for Ticket offices to close, but the former Station Building at Mytholmroyd is starting to re-open – after 40 plus years! Read more 24 July

Wanted: Trades Club memories - The Club is organising a centenary event next year. A group has been set up to organise the 100th anniversary celebrations and are appealing for memories and artifacts. Read more

Ian McMillan's The Verb recorded for BBC Radio in front of a live audience at the Trades Club, Hebden Bridge. Listen now

The Interview

In this latest interview, George Murphy meets Andrew Smith, The Smithery B&B owner. Discover how his early fascination with photography, and friendship with fellow law student, Keir Starmer, made headline news in recent times and much more in the Andrew Smith interview

Bluemoose Books featured in Guardian feature. "The two-up, two-down terraced house on a cobbled Hebden Bridge street does not look like the headquarters of a multi award-winning publishing house." Read article

Town Council Offices have moved The old offices located on the upper floor of Hebden Bridge Town Hall posed challenges in terms of accessibility and visibility to the public. So now the Town Council has moved its offices downstairs. Read more 27 July

Eco-Hanging Baskets Blooming  The area is looking increasingly vibrant, thanks to the beautiful hanging baskets in front of shops and on lamp posts throughout Hebden Bridge and Mytholmroyd. Ongoing watering and feeding should ensure the blooms stay radiant throughout the summer, and into October. Read more

Ed Sheeran's act of kindness The team at Calder Community Kindness organised a rather special birthday surprise for their Friday volunteer Toby Taylor, thanks to the global superstar. Read more. 15 July

Craig Whittaker and the Madonna Tickets Our Tory MP who criticised the gambling regulator received more than £8,000, including Madonna tickets worth over £2000, from betting industry, according to an article in today's Guardian. Read the article 29 Nov

Transforming The National Portrait Gallery Raised in Hebden Bridge, the Gallery's Director returned to his home town to give a sold-out talk to the Literary and Scientific Society at the Town Hall on 25 Nov. Read the report. 29 Nov


Thousands flock to Christmas Markets Hebden Bridge was packed and traffic often at a standstill, as shoppers poured into our town for the weekend of 25-26 November. Click photo to enlarge.

Quiz raises over £500 for Victims of Torture Survivors of Torture Activity Fund held a quiz at the Trades Club on Wednesday 22nd November, raising the £500+ through ticket sales and raffle. Read more and see photo. 26 Nov

Tenters in the landscape: a remarkable history. Speaker Dr Graham Cooper told the Local History Society about the role of tentering – drying and stretching cloth on a frame, and discovering a world of challenges, cheating and regulation. Read report 26 Nov

Small Christmas Tree in George's Square is attracting attention in social and the wider media. See this BBC report. Hover over image above to see 2022 tree. 22 Nov

Former Fire Station land: Valley Road Car Park closes so house building can begin. 20 Nov

HebWeb Small Ads: "I found a new tenant in no time at all thanks to the ad, so much appreciated." From message received.

Labour row over choice of candidate Widespread anger is being expressed on social media after Calder Valley Labour Party members were offered just three people to choose from, when they come to vote for their parliamentary candidate for next year's general election. Read more

Numbers The speaker at the recent University of the Third Age meeting, Dave Calverley, spoke about numbers and other aspects of maths, including Fibonacci, the golden ratio, replacing Roman numerals with Indian ones and superstitions around certain numbers. Read the report 21 Nov

Palestine campaigner returns: Chris Drake, best known in Hebden Bridge for her one person protests in George's Square, has returned from the West Bank and spoken to Peter Lazenby about things that happened "that she'll never forget." Read Morning Star report 19 Nov

Eco Christmas lights: New ecological LED lighting will decorate streets this festive season. Alongside a new display planned for the cinema, further centrepieces include the Christmas trees, each decorated with over 2000 colour-changing LEDs. More info 16 Nov.

Manchester Ship Canal - Anne Kirker, local historian took the audience at the History Society on a visual travelogue of a cruise along the Manchester Ship Canal, one of the most important civil engineering projects of its time, completed 130 years ago. Read report 10 Nov

New footbridge in Mytholmroyd Large beams have been lifted into place, forming part of a new footbridge spanning the River Calder in Mytholmroyd, replacing the old footbridge. Read more 7 Nov

Forum Discussion - Israel and Gaza, Large Windfarm proposal. See Forum

Arthur Bailey Local character Arthur Bailey was regularly seen walking around Hebden Bridge with his friendly smile. Arthur sadly died recently. This photo was taken in 2015 as part of the After Alice Project. Click on photo for a larger version. 7 Nov

Film Festival calls for Short Film Submissions to its Short Film Competition as they announce cash prizes of £500 and £300. Read more

Transforming The National Portrait Gallery The Lit & Sci is welcoming back Dr. Nicholas Cullinan, on Nov 25th at The Town Hall, when he will talk about his current work. Read more 7 Nov

Steve Tilston: sold out Wadsworth Folk gig with Hugh Bradley & Pete Dilley on Sat 11 Nov. Steve has been described as "a complete guitarist," "a singer songwriter of rare talent" and "absurdly accomplished." Read more

Silent Vigil for Peace in Palestine. Over 100 people filled George Square on Saturday afternoon. Organised by Calder Valley CND and Halifax Friends of Palestine to call for a ceasefire in Gaza, people gathered in a silent circle with candles, flags & placards from 4pm to 5.30pm. To be held every coming Saturday until a ceasefire is achieved. 4 Nov

'Community-spirited walkers' town' with independent shops and literary connections. "This proudly independent 'Happy Valley' town marches to its own beat and has dramatic Pennine walks on the doorstep." Read article in the "i" newspaper 3 Nov

High Hirst Woodmeadow Fungi Survey! Nature enthusiast or mushroom lover? Join the Town Council and National Trust mycologist and ecologist Steve Hindle for the annual fungi survey was on Sat 4 November. Read more

Vigil for Peace On Saturday, 28 Oct, Calder Valley CND for Peace and Justice organised an hour's silent vigil in George Square. It lasted for an hour and was intended to show support for all victims of war and to call for peace. It took no side and condemned the victims of violence both by Hamas and Israel. About 35 people took part. It is intended to hold further demonstrations.

Camera Club - 2023 Winners


Above: this year's winner: Spooky Woods by Jennifer Hartshorn. Visitors to the Hebden Bridge Camera Club exhibition at the end of August had an opportunity to vote for their favourite images. More info and runners-up. 26 Oct

A Solo Walk Across Africa The guest speaker at the recent meeting of the University of the Third Age was Fran Sandham, who presented 'A Solo Walk Across Africa', from Namibia on the southwest coast, to Zanzibar in the northeast. Read more 24 October

Blackshaw Head and May's Shop were featured in a Daily Mirror artcile. Locals in village say that have an amazing community with people kind and helpful - and "if you can survive your first winter here you'll stay forever." Read article 21 Oct

WI Autumn Rag Market A twice yearly Market event for crafters, run by the Hebden Bridge branch of the WI the Rag Market was the perfect place to pick up a bargain for the crafter, sewist, knitter and vintage lover. Read more.

Support is Everything Calder Community Kindness shop and Winnie Dot lingerie in Hebden Bridge have joined forces to launch 'Supporting the Women of Calderdale' at The Kindness Shop, Hebden Bridge marina on Thurs 26 October between 7-9pm. Read more

St James' Parish Church 190th Birthday - The Right Reverend Smitha Prasadam, Bishop of Huddersfield, led a service of Holy Communion with Thanksgiving for the 190th Anniversary of the Dedication of Hebden Bridge Parish Church. Read more 16 Oct

Eco-Fair at the Town Hall organised by the Town Council, ran together with the Pumpkin Trail Festival over the weekend of 14-15 October. More info

Small Ads "I have now found someone. Hebweb worked really well for me - so much interest." See Small Ads page

Born in Bradford report On Sat 30 Sept, Prof John Wright, in an inspiring presentation at the Town Hall, told the Lit & Sci about the project which tracks, through research studies, 13,500 children born in Bradford from 2007 to 2010. Read report. 8 Oct 2023

28 years of twinning celebrated by Hebden Royd and Warstein. "An incredibly enjoyable evening with a wonderful host," said Mayor Bernice Hayes. Deputy Mayor Pat Fraser observed, "The friendships that you forge form an unbreakable link into the future." Read more 4 Oct

Early co-op housing and Hebden Bridge's part in it. The History Society's recent talk was addressed by Andrew Bibby whose latest book focuses on housing co-operatives. Read the report. 2 Oct

Small Ads Message received: "You can take the ad down now we have found a tenant through it already! Thanks so much Hebweb, don't know what we'd do without you!"

Harry Sculthorpe: would have been 100 today, and is remembered by countryside campaigner, Kate Ashbrook, who knew Harry as an anarchist and "as a trenchant defender of paths, access, and green spaces.
See Lives Remembered
22 Sept

Small Ads messages received: "Had an amazing response to our House to Let ad!" "HebWeb ads magic at it again! Please can you take the VW Beetle ad down." "Please take this ad down as we have been indundated, and now have the perfect person"

Town Council vacancy A vacancy on the Council has arisen following the resignation of Councillor Sue Fenton.  More info.

Pecket Pike Memorial Wadsworth Parish Council invited local residents to the 100 year commemoration of Smeekin Hill War Memorial above Pecket Well, at 2 pm on Saturday 23 September 2023. Read more.

Small Ads: "Had an amazing response
to our House to Let ad!"

The Gender Debate: Woman quizzed over sticker Today's Mail Online has a report about a Hebden Bridge woman, retired social worker, being quizzed in her own home by hate-crime police for taking a photo of a sticker that said: 'Keep males out of women-only spaces' - Read the Mail report - see also the several threads in the HebWeb Forum

Behind the pages of Pennine Pens - In episode 10 of Real Voices of Happy Valley, Hebweb editor Chris Ratcliffe chats with Viv Boardman about the origins of Pennine Pens, Jill Liddington's early work on Anne Lister, creating the Sylvia Plath online forum, Hebweb, View From The Bridge and more. More info. 27 Aug

Flood Alleviation Scheme: Trial hole work a series of trial holes are to be dug around the town during September, October and November, in order to fully map the various utility services beneath. More info 25 Aug

Camera Club
Annual Exhibition 2023


The exhibition wass a showcase for the work of club members which ran from 26 August to 2 September at the Town Hall. Above: last year's winner, 'Eaves Wood' by Chris Scarborough. Click image to enlarge. More info and photos.

Brearley Fields wetland nature reserve - Work to create a wetland nature reserve at Brearley Fields in Mytholmroyd is now complete, transforming the former playing fields into a valuable wetland habitat and naturally managing local flood risk. Read more

"Calderdale Libraries Hide Feminist Books" is the title of a new thread on the discussion forum. The HebWeb has raised the issue with Calderdale Council. Read messages and see BBC article - updated 9 Aug 2023

Local History Talks The upcoming 12 talks include the early co-operative housing movement, the Treasures of the local archive, Town Twinning, The Little Theatre, Yorkshire moderates during a revolution and much more. See What's On

High Hirst Wood Meadow podcast The latest episode of Real Voices of Happy Valley podcast by Viv and Dave Boardman features a chat with Kerry McQuade and Neil Diment about the High Hirst Wood Meadow Project. Read more 5 Aug

The Tempest at the Town Hall Message received: "120 people came which is in my book a tribute to HebWeb!!"

Rebuilding Calder High - Head speaks to Channel 4 News Tony Guise, the Head Teacher of Calder High School, was interviewed on Channel 4 News on Wednesday 28 June about the state of school buildings. Read more along with links to HebWeb reports from 2009, 2011 and 2015.

Small Ads - Message received: "We've filled the room. Thanks for your help. Great response as always!"

Calder Grub Hub needs volunteers to help with a range of jobs including cooking, serving, setting up, washing up, clearing up or being on hand to help where needed and fundraising. Read more

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

The Gallows Pole now available on BBC iPlayer. Based on the book by local writer, Benjamin Myers, the series is a fictionalised take on the true story of David Hartley and the Cragg Vale Coiners. See Five star review from the Guardian 1 June

Traffic Problems in Hebden Bridge - featured on BBC's Look North. And the delays are not set to end anytime soon. Watch 2-3 minute clip.

A New Mayor for Hebden Royd On 17th May, the Annual Meeting of Hebden Royd Town Counciil saw Cllr Bernice Hayes take the chain for the Mayoral year of 2023/24. The Deputy Mayor will be Cllr Pat Fraser. Read more

Hebden Bridge's Jane Scullion to lead Calderdale Cllr Scullion has been Deputy Leader for 4 years and is about to take over as leader of Calderdale Council from Tim Swift Read more 12 May

Small Ad Response "I've had a great response and am now sorted." Small Ads.

The Interview

In this latest interview from George Murphy, discover the key role played by Hebden Bridge solicitor John Pickering in supporting workers and families seeking compensation and justice after what he described as the greatest disaster in Britain's industrial history, at Acre Mill in Old Town. And how John and his colleagues worked to reveal the tragic consequences of all those exposed to asbestos. Read all 30+ HebWeb Interviews

Whatever happened to Happy Valley? Most people who've lived in the area a while will know Dave Boardman and appreciate all he has done for our community. Now he and his wife Viv are moving away. They cite a 'toxic storm of intolerance' and lack of support from friends, especially those in the Labour Party, for their efforts to stand by their daughter who has been 'unfairly dismissed' from her teaching job for her views on biological sex. Read more 14 April. See Discussion Forum - over 50 responses.

A part of Hebden Bridge in Paris, Texas When St John's Church in Birchcliffe was converted into houses, parts of it went to Holy Cross Church (USA) who are celebrating 150 years, and would like to see more old photos of St Johns. Read more 11 April

Craig Whittaker won't stand again MP for our Calder Valley constituency since 2010, Craig Whittaker has confirmed he won't contest the next General Election. See BBC report. 22 March

Holts front refreshed What was for many, many years Hebden Bridge's main greengrocers, had been lying empty, becoming an eyesore.

Small Ads "We placed an ad for a 3-bedroom home to rent in Mytholmroyd. We had an overwhelming response . . . And thanks for maintaining this important service to the Hebden Bridge community." See Small Ads

Scandal! Local cases before the bawdy courts Anne Mealia told the History Society how, years ago, cases which came before the bawdy courts dealt with offences against Church law, including offences of spiritual and moral misbehaviour, often involving drink and sex. Read more 11 Feb

Happy Valley: Two different views of our town:

Daily Mirror - Hebden Bridge: What life's really like in Happy Valley. Read article

The Sun - Hebden Bridge: What life's really like in Happy Valley". Read article

Alice Mahon dies: As MP for Halifax for 18 years from 1987 to 2005, Alice Mahon often spoke in Hebden Bridge, especially in the run-up to the Iraq War which she fiercely opposed. See this HebWeb report from 2009 on why she left Labour. And this BBC report of her death. 31 Dec


The Interview

Here's the latest interview from George Murphy, with renowned historian Jill Liddington, an authority on Anne Lister and the Suffragettes.

Find out about the life and times of Jill, how she came to be a historian, collaboration with Sally Wainwright, the impact of Gentleman Jack on book sales, how she relaxes and Jill's advice to young historians.

Read all 30+ HebWeb Interviews

Handmade Parade 2022


The Handmade Parade returned in September 2022 after three years with music, large crowds, young uni-cyclists, giant puppets, stilt-walkers and joy. Click photo above to enlarge it. See more photos and more info.

Robbie Coltrane, star of Cracker and Harry Potter films, has died aged 72. In April 2007, he came 2nd in the World Dock Pudding Championship in Mytholmroyd. Read 2007 HebWeb report.

Community Kindness shop - to open 7 days a week, in the former Tourist Info premises by the marina, supporting people in the local area. See update and more info

Hebden Bridge: one of the best independent high streets. Today's Observer says of our town: "Famous for its bohemian vibe, Hebden Bridge is a hotbed of independent designers, artists and craftspeople." Read report

Station booking office closure demo The news of proposed closure of the booking office at Hebden Bridge station has provoked outrage. A quickly arranged protest brought out more than 50 people in the rain to make clear that this booking office is valued by the community. Read more 12 July - see BBC News item

Save our stations! Calderdale Labour councillors have slammed new proposals to close ticket offices at stations serving the Calder Valley line, calling for members of the public to join them in campaigning against the cuts. Read more - and see Forum thread

Small Ads: "I have found new tenants. Many thanks once again for a fantastic service.""

"HebWeb is our 'go to resource' that allows us to stay up to speed with all things Hebden Bridge." - from message received.

Gallows Pole brings more visitors The Guardian reports a surge of visitors captivated by the true story of illegal coin-minting operation. Read Guardian article 18 June

Moonwort found in the Crags An incredibly rare species of fern has been found in fields at Hardcastle Crags. Moonwort hasn't been recorded in Calderdale for 40 years. Read more.

Hali-wood With the BBC2 adaptation of the Ben Myers novel The Gallows Pole the Observer had a piece on filming in Halifax, Hebden Bridge and Calderdale. Read article

Where to stay

WHERE TO STAY in Hebden Bridge. See the HebWeb listings of accommodation, self catering and bed and breakfast options for when you visit our wonderful area.

Calderdale Election Results: Labour's Israr Ahmed has won the Calder Ward, covering Hebden Bridge. Labour's Katie Kimber has won in Luddendenfoot, the ward which covers Mytholmroyd. Labour's Silvia Dacre takes Todmorden. See results and number of votes. 5 May,

Election Turnout: Calder ward had the highest in Calderdale with 48%, and Luddendenfoot ward, the second highest with 42%

No Vote for Town Council unless you live in the Fairfield ward. Labour retain control of Hebden Royd Town Council without a vote being cast. Five of the six wards had only three candidates meaning all were elected. 4 years until the next opportunity to vote for the whole Council. Fairfield ward election result - all three seats go to Labour. Read more and voting numbers.

Pace Egg

Heptonstall Pace Egg Play The sun shone on the usual "raggle taggle band of Players" on Good Friday. Click image above to enlarge. More photos of the 2023 Pace Egg play

See completely revised HebWeb feature with hundreds of Pace Egg play photos going back many years, along with differing explanations, thoughts and theories on the origins of the plays.

Small Ads Message received: "Lots of response, as usual from Hebweb, and found a great tenant... many thanks, keep up the good work!!"

30+ Interviews George Murphy talks with interesting people from our area - more to be added soon. Read the interviews

Filming is Booming with 27 film and TV productions in Hebden Bridge and Calderdale during 2022. Marvel's Secret Invasion, The Gallows Pole, Full Monty 2 and Boat Story are some of the productions we can expect to see soon. Read more about filming in our area.

Lives Remembered: Jocelin Black

Jocelin died peacefully a few days before her 96th birthday and will be remembered locally as a teacher, poet, political and social activist. Jocelin was a fierce opponent of any injustice, iniquity or inequality that she saw. Read more 3 March

Small Ads "I have now found a lovely place to live after being contacted through the ad within a week. Thank-you!" See Small Ads

Bernard Ingham, Margaret Thatcher's former Press Secretary, who started his career on the Hebden Bridge Times, has died. Click here to read some of the coverage of Bernard Ingham by the HebWeb over the past 25+ years 24 Feb


Read Murphy's Lore on Happy Valley

Trevor Beale's Fireside Stories from 1971-1974. Before his early death at the age of 34, Hebden Bridge folk musician Trevor Beale had composed and recorded the tracks of this new album. Tracks which were rediscovered around 3 years ago. Read more about this remarkable story, and pre-order the album.

Grow + Graze: Campaign to grow more veg in the Calder Valley A new campaign has been launched to set us on the road to more self sufficiency in food. Growing vegetables in the Upper Valley is not only perfectly possible, but many farmers are successfully doing this. Read more.

Life in the real Happy Valley As millions watched the last thrilling episode of Happy Valley filmed around here, more of the media are publishing articles about our area. See this BBC feature.

How Happy Valley affects house prices

Daily Mail: house prices 'plummeting' Read article

The Sun: house prices 'booming'.
Read article

Calder Grub Hub The Grub Hub has been providing between 50 and 90 free vegan meals at Hope Baptist Church each Wednesday since the start of September. The aim is to provide two wholesome courses as well as home baked cakes. Along with tea, coffee and a range of herbal teas. Read more

Liz Truss's Hebden Bridge past - New Primie Minister Liz Truss was the Conservative candidate for our Calder Valley seat in the 2005 General Election, and lived in Hebden Bridge. She was defeated by Labour's Chris McCafferty, having misled local Tories about her private life. Read more

Large Fire at La Perla Restaurant


The Fire Service and the Council asked people to avoid the area. Some roads in the centre were closed. 10 fire engines. See HebWeb news for more info, Local Giving Appeal and media links. Click photo to enlarge. 2 Aug 2022

37 degrees in Hebden Bridge at 3pm, 19 July. The last time the HebWeb reported such a high temperature, apart from 18 July, also 33 degrees, was 25 July 2019. See 2019 report.

Yorkshire Water sees highest water use in 15 years They provided more than 1.56 billion litres of water on Monday – which is around 260 million litres more than usual - enough to supply the whole of York and Leeds. Read more.

HebWeb Small Ads: Ad worked again, so can you please take my ad down. See Small Ads

Green Pages Archive 2000 - 2005, a collaboration between the HebWeb, Frogs Design, the HB Times and the former Alternative Technology Centre, now once again available - see here.

The HebWeb Interview: Michael Ryan, publisher, photographer, climber and wild swimmer, is the subject of the latest interview by author and storyteller George Murphy. Read about Mick's passion for climbing, alongside his superb photographs of the moors, cloughs and crags of upper Calder. Read more 6 Jan

Message received to say thanks: "Brill. Where would our town be without Hebweb!"

Heptonstall: "The beautiful medieval village an hour's drive from Manchester with no cars on the cobbled streets" - see article in Manchester Evening News

Small Ads: Message received: "Delighted by the response and now happily accommodated."

CROWS - repairing and improving our local footpaths

Volunteers from CROWS - our local Community Rights of Way Service  - continue to improve and repair footpaths in our area and the rest of the Upper Valley. See video and read about some of their recent work

HebWeb Small Ads - received today: Please take this ad down as we have been indundated, and now have the perfect person.

Hebden Bridge traffic and carbon emissions set to increase argues Friends of the Earth campaigner Anthony Rae. He makes the case that the proposed A646 corridor improvement programme will increase traffic and carbon emissions. See this Forum message.

Holts squatted Empty for 4-5 years, the former greengrocers is currently occupied by squatters who are proving refreshments and putting on events. 25 July



Small Ads: "We have now found a home.  Thank you for a fantastic service."

The Making of a Town Hall Now that the rebuilt Town Hall is 10 years old, read how the development of this groundmaking project was reported on the HebWeb from 2007 until 2012 when it opened. See this HebWeb feature 27 June

Filming in Calderdale

A new website, showcasing the magnificent architecture and landscape available to be used for filming in our area, has now launched. The website also includes info on how residents or businesses can offer-up their premises for filming. More info 9 May

Small Ads successes: "We have been successful at finding accommodation through Hebweb" and "Successful sale to someone who will enjoy using the van. Excellent result from Hebweb."

Small Ads "We were overwhelmed with responses!" See Small Ads page

Messages to HebWeb: ". . . after months of procrastinating, we've cancelled the Hebden Bridge Times (no journalists left!) and going to rely on Hebweb - much more professional and useful!" 23 Feb 2022

And this reply received 25 Feb: "Cannot agree more with the comment about HB Times. No longer a local paper, ruined by the present publishers. HebWeb is so much better"

May's Shop is featured on the BBC. May Stocks has been running her store in Colden, 6 days a week, since 1974. See this short video clip from the BBC.

'Grotty' trains with 'filthy' seats Reporter Vicki Grimshaw spent over 24 hours travelling on our railway, with passengers complaining about delays and high costs. A man described the trains as 'a nightmare' Read Daily Mirror report

Bestselling English language writer in Germany: According to Der Spiegel, The Offing by Hebden Bridge writer, Benjamin Myers, is expected to be the best selling English language novel in Germany this year, ahead of Sally Rooney and Stephen King and is currently third in their overall fiction best sellers list. Ben was featured in The HebWeb Interview recently.

It Takes A Flood… ITV programme shown on Tuesday evening (2 Nov) features Hebden Bridge, our community Town Hall and Khalsa Aid, all towards the end of the programme. Watch now

Hebden Bridge in the National Media - this HebWeb feature looks at how our town and its issues have been reported over the past 20-25 years, including greatest town accolades, 4th funkiest town in the world, UK's second city, Have I got News for you, Any Questions at the Town Hall and much more. Read the article

Walking around Tod - "The industrial past blends with nature, the community runs on kindness and it's home to England's highest beach" See Guardian article

Small Ads response received: "I have found a tenant. Many thanks for this fantastic service."


Flooded six times since 2000 - there have now been six major floods, and many more smaller ones in the past 20 years. Links to HebWeb reports of previous floods.

Banking in Hebden Bridge: 'The only banks left in Hebden Bridge are grass ones down by the river'. See this weekend's article on the bankless town of Hebden Bridge in This is Money

The National Geographic's Cool List for 2019 has West Yorkshire at number 7. The Calder Valley is highlighted - "with hippyish Hebden Bridge as its epicentre" - as a "burgeoning hub for restaurants and independent shops." )

Gentleman Jack

Gentleman Jack

The first episodes of Gentleman Jack, the new drama from Happy Valley writer Sally Wainwright, are based upon a book written about Anne Lister by local writer, Jill Liddington and published by Hebden Bridge publishers, Pennine Pens. More info, links and trailers

Small Ads: "Hebweb scores again! I have sold my electric lawnmower today"

HebWeb Small Ads We've been overwhelmed with the response and quality of applicants! Thanks so much!


No banks. No petrol. Lloyds Bank was the last bank left in Hebden Bridge. It closed this month. Shepherds was the last petrol garage still open in Hebden Bridge. It stopped selling petrol this month.

Have I Got News for You This prime time BBC 1 programme featured the Cornholme library notice story, and its reference to 'the cesspit that is Hebden Bridge'. Click here for the 35 second clip.

Hebden Bridge trends on Twitter Once again, Hebden Bridge is in the news following extensive posting on Twitter and Facebook about this notice which appeared in Cornholme's free library. Read more

Crystal Wilde: Finding peace in hippie Hebden Bridge: "Hippies, hikers, kooky cafes, drugs and lesbians: my home town of Hebden Bridge is notorious for many reasons, some more surprising than others." See feature in The Independent

Small Ads response received: "Can you please remove my ad for the house at Tod as it's now been let, the response has been amazing"

Murphy's LoreMURPHY'S LORE

Murphy's Lore, the book, from the popular HebWeb column, is finally published. Read the weekly record of a dramatic year in the life of the UK. 52 episodes, viewed from Hebden Bridge. More info, and how to buy the book

Small Ad house sale response: "offer received within a week of listing on HebWeb. Brilliant, thank you!"

HebWeb Small Ads positive feedback: 1. "Brilliant as ever. Thank you. Ads fulfilled". 2. "We've been inundated with enquiries from potential tenants."

HebWeb Small Ads. Message received about ad for 2 bed house: "I've had so many people message about this I can't keep up with replying."

Small Ads - "We filled the vacancy thanks to the Hebweb, brilliant service"

Hebden Bridge on Woman's Hour (from around 28 mins in) - our area is praised for being friendly to lesbians the liberal minded, creatives and progressives, for its co-operatives, hippies and Sylvia Plath's grave. And they plan to do a Woman's Hour from Hebden Bridge.

HebWeb Small Ads - The HebWeb is brilliant. Found tutor within 3 days. The response was excellent as was the calibre of the candidates.

Small Ads - 3 two bed houses to rent, all announced the same day, on the HebWeb Smalls Ads page

Small Ads message - "Once again, great success by placing my house to rent on HebWeb!"

Huffington Post on Hebden Bridge: "You will find a town that was almost abandoned, but brought back to life by hippies, artists and lesbians looking for a place to make a life." Written by Sean Pert, who continues: "The town doesn't just tolerate its LGBT+ community, it values and embraces us." Read more

Hebden Bridge: How a thriving town lost its last bank: This Guardian article reports that, "Residents feel angry and let down as Lloyds departs, but one man (David Fletcher) has a plan to fill the gap." Only a few years ago, Hebden Bridge had five full time banks. The last one, Lloyds, closed last week. Read article)


Hebden Bridge is Cool - Hebden Bridge has made National Geographic's Cool list. "The Calder Valley - with hippyish Hebden Bridge as its epicentre - is a burgeoning hub for restaurants and independent shops." See article.

Save Hebden Bridge Signal Box

Saignal Box

After more than 125 years as a familiar sight in the town, Network Rail have pulled the levers for the last time. Two community groups have put forward proposals for the building to be saved and restored to its former Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway glory. More info and leaflet

Fox and Goose one of top 50 pubs according to The Guardian

Hebden Bridge features in The Spectator "The Yorkshire town that’s gone from dirty old buildings to New Age nirvana" by William Cook.

Small Ads: "Please can you remove small ad. I had a response within an hour of the ad going live and the first viewer took the house. I had 8 requests to view in 24 hours. Brilliant!"

Small Ads message - "Just to say that my cottage has now been let. Thanks once again to HebWeb!"

One hour from hb9

Less than an hour from Hebden Bridge: try these halls, houses and galleries which many may not have heard about. Yet they are just on our doorstep. If you can't find anything to do locally (see What's On), have a look at this new HebWeb Feature.

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

Small Ads: "House successfully rented through Hebweb. Fantastic posting wall!"

Selling my house on HebWeb was "extremely successful - I hope to complete on the sale in 2 weeks time, and I think I could have sold it a few times over."

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

Small Ads - I just wanted to let you know that through my small ad on your site I found my ideal new home, meeting all my requirements. Thank you very much for such a great resource

Small Ads: "Ad posted Monday, lease to be signed Saturday and tenant moving in Sunday. Thanks HebWeb."

"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."

HebWeb also available on the slightly shorter as well as

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"

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.

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."

TwitterHebWeb on Twitter - join our 3750+ followers.

Small Ads: We had a prospective buyer view it, she loves the house and has put in offer we've accepted. So, thank-you!

"In a world where style often triumphs over substance, Hebweb is reassuringly informative, reliable and clear. An invaluable community resource and public information forum reflecting the independent spirit of Hebden Bridge. Lesley at Elmet Farmhouse.

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

Small Ads: "Amazing but my house in Tod got rented out within 30 minutes after putting the house on Hebweb."

HebWeb Feature on the 2015 Boxing Day Flood, gathering together many of the articles, news, links, photos and videos. Updated reguarly.

Small Ads success - "Hi there I have found lovely tenants for my house in less than 24 hours. Amazing!" Re house to let in Mytholmroyd.

Small Ads - "Choosing to advertise the house for rent on the Hebweb was incredibly effective. The perfect tenants were found within 48 hours"

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.

'Greatest Town in Europe' - as well as being the 4th funkiest town in the world, Culture Trip gives 12 Reasons why Hebden Bridge 'is known as the greatest town in Europe'. Read article


Far more than a large home page, the HebWeb is now an essential local resource. It has been around for 27 years, covering local news, events, opinions, tourist info, small ads, where to stay and much, much more. Updated every day. Read more and go deeper into the HebWeb.

Hebden Bridge in Yorkshire crowned best place in the UK - 'Machine learning' used millions of data points to discover top locations. Read more

From the archive: The Times listed the 30 coolest places to live in Britain. Number one was Hebden Bridge.

Let's move to Hebden Bridge From the Guardian. If the roots of its liberal and creative image are a mystery, its appeal is obvious. See also: HebWeb report from Sept 2005

HebWeb Small Ads message: "Please could you close the advert? We've been overwhelmed with the response and quality of applicants! Thanks so much!"

Small Ads: Very good service, result achieved in only 4 days.

Hebden Bridge Station car park to expand: Calderdale Council is working with Network Rail, which owns the land to the east of the existing station car park to create 46 extra places. Read more.

Some years ago in the Guardian, Martin Wainwright wrote, "Witness current comments on the community website, the Hebweb, which is one of the best of its kind in the country. No, world." 25 Oct 2012

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

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

"Many thanks Hebweb, the Small Ad asking for Volunteers to cook and help at Wadsworth Lunch Club has already had success. We now have someone coming to help cook. We'd still welcome a washer up, and occasional helpers please."

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