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Tour de France

Tour de FranceTOUR DE FRANCE

2014 will be remembered for years to come as the year the Tour de France not only came to Yorkshire but, more importantly, Hebden Bridge. Councils, community groups and thousands of locals and visitors conspired to make 6th June 2014 a most memorable day. See our Tour de France section to capture all the excitement and events leading up to the great event.


Throughout 2014, campaigners have been resisting Sainsbury's intentions to build a supermarket on the site of former Fire Station, next to the market - the land is currently a temporary car park.

In September, the HebWeb reported that Calderdale had thrown out Sainsbury's plays.

See HebWeb News - at the bottom of the news page are links to previous news reports and forum discussion.

An appeal against Calderdale's decision is expected so the campaign may continue during 2015.

Packhorse routeCobbles and Packhorse Route Saved

as Hebden Royd Town Council voted unanimously, after a sustained campaign, to reject plans to close the cobbled area outside the Hole in the Wall.

HebWeb report (8 Jan)

Tour de France Cragg Vale bunting-makers' world record - The bunting-makers of Cragg Vale, which boasts the longest single continuous gradient in the country, brought the world record back to the UK before the Tour de France. More info (10 Feb)

Grand Piano hauled up
Cragg Vale by Bike

The Grand Departs

Hundreds crowded the streets of Mytholmroyd and Cragg Vale on Saturday, 5 April as 18 cyclists hauled a grand piano and playing pianist up the longest continual incline in the country.

As well as being an enjoyable and madly, fun event it served to advertise the following weekend's Piano Festival, Mytholmroyd Gala and give a taste of what was in store for our area when the Tour de France arrived on 6 July.

See HebWeb News report

See HebWeb Photo Gallery

Could Hebden Bridge be
the UK's second city?

In a BBC article, Evan Davis quotes David Fletcher, "Hebden Bridge is an inverted city with a greenbelt centre and suburbs called Manchester, Leeds and Liverpool." Read article


Labour Win Calder Ward covering Hebden Bridge. Alison Miles takes the seat with 1547 votes. Kate Sweeny for the Greens comes second.

Women take valley seats in Hebden Bridge, Todmorden, Mytholmroyd, Sowerby Bridge and Elland. More election results.

Stoodley Pike

Stoodley Pike bicentenary

Marking the 200th year since the Treaty of Paris, which inspired the building of the original monument on Stoodley Pike. its successor is still listed now as one of the oldest towers dedicated to peace in the world.
Update: See Photos from the day

Pigeons, puppeteers, a samba band and even a brass band performed high up at the summit of Stoodley Pike at 2pm on Saturday 3rd May and the Calder Civic Trust invited people to join the French people visiting from Todmorden's twin town of Roncq to celebrate the significant Anglo-French anniversary of the Treaty of Paris in May 1814.

HebWeb News: Bicentenary Celebration on Stoodley Pike

HebWeb photos

Threatened Closure
of Halifax A&E

Throughout the year the shadow of the closure of Halifax A&E has loomed over the Upper Valley, making a long, potentially dangerous trip to Huddersfield the only option.

On Monday 24 March, Josh Fenton-Glynn, prospective Labour candidate, walked the 20 miles from Todmorden to Huddersfield A&E to highlight the distances local people will have to travel if the closure at Halifax goes ahead.

Calderdale Council Liberal Democrat Group Leader Cllr Janet Battye said, "Two weeks after the proposals became public, information is still dribbling out but with no real explanation or dialogue with local people. All we've been offered so far is 'engagement' over the summer and consultation at some vague time in the future. A real consultation process needs to be put in place as a matter of urgency."

HebWeb coverage of the A&E campaigns

Handmade Parade

Handmade Parade

Hebden Bridge Handmade Parade: Another superb Handmade Parade. Hundreds took part with their wonderful costumes and creations. Thousands watched with smiles and amazement in the June sunshine.

Read report of Saturday's Parade and see HebWeb photos

Festival music in Bridge Gate

Arts Festival hits the streets of Hebden Bridge. Today, the town was was buzzing with smiling and bemused faces as various groups of musicians, artists and street entertainers brought our streets alive - once again.

See more photos (29 June)

George MonbiotStop subsidies to sheep farmers and grouse moor owners

Guardian columnist George Monbiot gave a powerful speech to a packed audience at the Baptist Church yesterday evening, as part of the Hebden Bridge Arts Festival. Read more. (4 July)


Eastwood Recycling Centre - closed again for 4 months! The Centre is expected to be closed until November 2014, as extensive repairs are needed after man ran amok with JCB. Read more (23 July)

Calderdale Coup
- Labour ousted from power

At the end of July, Liberal Democrat councillors stopped backing the Calderdale MBC Labour Administration and changed to supporting the Conservatives. A vote of no confidence in the Labour administration was carried by 24 votes to 22. Read more and see Forum thread

Bridge Mill at 700

Bridge Mill at 700

Bridge Mill went eco-powered to celebrate 700th birthday and there was a Street Party on Saturday afternoon, 6 September with birthday Cake, Candles, Music.

See news item and new feature. (1 Sept)

W1 centenary:
Sand in your Eye project

Sand in your eyeIn August, Yorkshire based sand artist Jamie Wardley and the Sand In Your Eye Team created a 10 tonne sand sculpture at Hebden Royd Town Hall as part of the WW1 centenary.

Read news and see short video illustrating how the sculpture was planned and built at the Town Hall.

The murder of Lindsay Rimer:
20 years on

West Yorkshire Police are launched an appeal to trace the killer or killers of 13-year-old Lindsay Jo Rimer from Hebden Bridge who went missing 20 years ago on Friday 7 November 2014.

Two decades have passed since Lindsay was last seen, with the last known sighting of her being at just after 10.22pm at the Spa shop on Crown Street. Her body was found five months later in the Rochdale Canal. She had been murdered.

HebWeb News: The murder of Lindsay Rimer: 20 years on.

HebWeb Feature: The murder of Lindsay Rimer

The HebWeb listed over 400 events and 400-500 small ads.

Hundreds of news items forum contgributions, images and photographs were posted. Our Where to stay section continues to provide the most comprehensive listings for visitors looking for B & B and self catering options.


The most discussed issues of 2014 were

Plans for large car park near station

Closure of A and E at Halifax

Tour De France

General Election 2015

The Vine Restaurant

Water power in the valley

Breaking the cultural boycott

Free Trevor Lewis

Mountain bikes on public footpaths

Parking charges at Station

Dogs not on leads

Bus changes

Keighley Road


See HebWeb Forum for all topics which were discussed during the years


A special thanks and Happy New Year to all those who read and support the HebWeb, especially those who have sent us their news items, event details and photos, shared their views on the Forum and submitted their Small Ads.


See also:





News Review of the Year: 2009

2008 on the Hebweb


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