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News in Brief 2014

Christmas Eve Carols in the Square

Carols in the Square. On a fine Christmas Eve evening, hundreds and hundreds packed the square to sing, accompanied by the Junior Band
- click photo to enlarge.

Summit TunellSummit tunnel fire 30 years on.

This Manchester Evening News page remembers 20 Dec, 1984 when a freight train carrying petrol derailed in the railway tunnel near Walsden.

Eastwood Recycling re-opening: following discussion and questions on the HebWeb Forum, councillors have now informed HebWeb readers that the recycling centre re-opened on 23 December.


SOS demo

Save our Shops, no Sainsburys demo in the square, Saturday 29 November. Photo, thanks to Craig Shaw. Click to enlarge.

Outer Zeds Benefit for Carol Lewis, wife of Trevor Lewis, currently serving a 3 year jail sentence for wrecking the recycling centre. 30 Nov. See What's on for details and Forum for discussion. Update: benefit raised over £500.

Bernard Ingham describes our town as "my now unrecognisably trendy native Hebden Bridge" in a Yorkshire Post article entreating readers to vote Conservative at the next election. (10 Dec)

The Hole in the Wall's future was decided by Calderdale's planning committee on Tuesday 18 November. Permission was granted for change of use. See Planning Watch and Forum for background.

LightsHebden Bridge and Mytholmroyd Christmas Lights switch on.

On 20th and 21st November, Santa were joined by the Mayor of Hebden Royd and the Mytholmroyd Gala Queen to push the button. See What's on for more info.

Yorkshire Post article: What happened to all those yellow bikes (23 Nov)

Scotland Now article - Learning Gaelic in Scotland by distance, featuring John and Ailie Kerrane in Hebden Bridge. (23 Nov)

Parliamentary Candidates debated the NHS on Thursday, 9 October at Calder High School. Josh Fenton-Glynn (Lab), Alistair MacGregor (LD), Jenny Shepherd (Gn) and MP Craig Whittaker (Con) were on the panel.

Hole in the Wall - deadline for comments were extended until Monday 6 Oct - see Forum thread with 2 new contributions today and Planning Watch (3 Oct)

Palestinian Solidarity Group: On Weds 17th September, the first meeting of a new Palestinian Solidarity Group will be held at the Trades Club with speaker, Ron Taylor whois about to return to Palestine. See What's on

Cycling up the Buttress

Up the Buttress: Rain didn't stop those wanting to cycle up the Buttress Saturday, 6th September. See HebWeb coverage of this annual event over the past few years.

Local Chapel talks

Local History Talks planned for the the autumn and winter months, starting with Valley of a Hundred Chapels: How non-conformists shaped our world. Above: Stone laying at Foster Chapel. See What's On.

Train prices petition: The Campaign for Better Transport have launched an on-line petition urging Northern Rail to scrap plans to introduce higher evening peak ticket fares, due to come into effect on 8th September.

Great British Rail Journeys came to Hebden Bridge on Monday, as Michael Portillo followed Bradshaws Guide: "Nowhere better presents the impact of the railways on Victorian leisure than Hebden Bridge". Watch online, just after 23 mins in. (19 Aug)

Eastwood Recycling Centre: "A man has pleaded guilty to wrecking a council recycling centre near Todmorden causing damage put at £300,000." - ITV News

Two Hebden Bridge co-operative pioneers honoured in a ceremony on Saturday. In the late 19th century Hebden Bridge was as well-known for productive co-operation as Rochdale was for retailing, says this report in Co-operative News

NHS debates. The HebWeb has been informed that there will be four debates on NHS services for Calder Valley to be held between Labour's Josh Fenton-Glynn and Tory MP Craig Whittaker in September.


Eastwood Recycling Centre will be closed today until further notice due to a man running amok with a JCB, causing extensive damage. See ITV video

Hebden Bridge Walkers' Action latest news: new book of Hebden Bridge walks, proposed booklet of walks from Hebden Bridge to Haworth, and more.

No Commonwealth Flag at Town Hall: Hebden Royd Town council has voted week not to fly the Commonwealth flag while 4 out of 5 of its nations criminalise homosexuality! (July)

New Environment Secretary was Calder Valley candidate for the Conservatives in the 2005 General Election. Liz Truss was narrowly beaten by Christine McCafferty, and then moved on. See Forum comments from March 2005. (15 July)

A Night at the Cinema 1914

Marking the centenary of the start of World War I, this glorious miscellany of comedies, adventure films, travelogues and newsreels recreates a typical night out at the cinema in 1914. See What's On for Sunday, 3 Aug, 4.30pm

Schoolchildren remember Bob Leedham by voting to name new retirement development in Victoria Road, 'Leedham Court'. See Calendar news report.

Vintage Car weekend

This weekend, 2nd-3rd August, the Rotary Club once again hosts the Hebden Bridge Vintage Weekend. More info and times about this annual event.

Craggs Country Business Park set to expand. See Yorkshire Post piece on local businessman Chris Bingham.

A northern Banksy

A northern Banksy? Sylvia Plath on a bike. The drawing above on the side of the Shoulder of Mutton was one of several by street artist Stewie which were featured on BBC Look North.

John the Barber, and artist: a video portrait

Hole in the Wall plans withdrawn. Calderdale councillor Dave Young has this afternoon told the HebWeb that the planning application is now showing as 'withdrawn'. See Planning Watch and Forum (4 June)

A and E closure: Huddesfield Examiner report that proposals will be delayed following objections and pressure, especially from Calderdale MBC. Read story (11 May)

"Happy Valley: The dark side of Hebden Bridge" - article in Yorkshire Post. "The idea came to me after I watched Shed Your Tears and Walk Away", says writer Sally Wainwright. (2 May)

Electioneering in the Square: With just 12 days to go to the local and European elections, the Labour Party were out in force yesterday. The HebWeb has written to each of the local candidates inviting them to tell HebWeb readers why we should vote for them. (Click photo to enlarge)

Tod Parade

Fantastical Cycle Parade in Tod on Saturday, 26 April. See gallery from Craig Shaw. Crazy wheeled contraptions, a good many of them pedalled by people from Hebden Bridge. See also: this YouTube video and a report from ITV.

Historian Jill Liddington, who lives above Hebden Bridge, spoke on BBC Radio 4 today about the boycott of the 1911 census by suffragettes. Listen now (8mins). More info about Jill's book on the 1911 census. (3 April)

Old Gate: concern continues about the demolition of buildings on Old Gate, following a recent landslip. See discussion. And see photo

Tree down

Path blocked near Salem: the waymarked path to the Crags has been blocked by the fall of a large beech tree, in between the cricket ground and bowling green. Click photo to enlarge. (9 Feb)


Hole in the Wall for sale again.

Following the recent successful campaign against closing the cobbled route outside this former pub, the owners have put it on the market for £390,000 - see details

Floods petition: calling upon the Government to extend grant offers to areas such as Hebden Bridge who were so badly affected in 2012

Woman's Hour: Chris Green, director of the Mytholmroyd based White Ribbon Campaign discusses men and violence, and feminism, during the first few minutes of this R4 programme (14 Jan)