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News 2020-2021


May 2021


"UNHIDDEN" MICRO-EXHIBITION from 29-31 May. A weekend micro-exhibition to share artworks produced by the community groups who have participated in the Arts Festival's Creative Neighbourhoods project. More info (6 May 2021)

MURPHY’S LORE: Lockdown Diary 30 - There’s a watchdog bitten, an al fresco pint, the life of an introvert, a tongue meat tale, a bash street kid, principal boys, mill fire Saturdays, a local fairy tale, the march of the toads, Sofology, Cornholme versus Hebden Bridge controversy and much more! See Murphy's Lore 30 (3 May)

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 2 May 2021

JOB OPPORTUNITIES AT TOWN HALLThe Town Hall (and Café) plans to re-open 17 May and is currently advertising for key roles to join the staff team. More info 4 May 2021

PICTURE HOUSE TO RE-OPEN END OF JUNE: Our much-loved local cinema is now set to open its doors again on Monday 28 June, subject to the Government’s roadmap guidance. This is just 2 weeks before celebrating its 100th birthday. Read more 3 May 2021

April 2021

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THE HEBWEB INTERVIEW George Murphy interviews Nicola Jones who shares her experiences as an ally of gay friends; recounts tales of prejudice and abuse during the early years of the Aids pandemic; describes the excitement of growing up during the 1980s Manchester music boom, favourite bands and records; why she moved to Hebden Bridge; her work with Hebden Civic Trust; what lockdown has been like for a single person living on her own and much, much more. Read all HebWeb Interviews (27 April)

THE BISCUIT - THE HISTORY OF A VERY BRITISH INDULGENCE Dr Lizzie Collingham told U3A members about her research into the History of a very British indulgence, from near prehistoric breads and biscuits in the Middle East to tales of British naval supremacy, colonial life and industrial food production. Read more (22 April)

COUNCILLOR TO RUN THE MAYOR'S CHARITY CHALLENGE A Hebden Royd Councillor is running 17 kilometres in a bid to raise money for the Mayor's chosen charity, Hebden Bridge & District Old People's Welfare Committee. Read more (21 April)

KEIGHLEY ROAD CLOSURES IN MAY Weekday, daytime closures are scheduled on the A6033 from Hebden Bridge to Oxenhope, during May, to allow for resurfacing works - the last part of extensive safety improvements. More info (19 April)

MURPHY’S LORE: Lockdown Diary 29 - there's Nazis, Windsors and a blackmailing spy, politics and jam, the sex lives of sheep, Boris on the sofa, a nation moans, the Duke's Award, yellow wallpaper, a man on the moors, a bird in a church, unforgotten children, a history of sex and the games girls played. See Murphy's Lore 29 (19 April)

HANGING BASKET SCHEME FOR LOCAL BUSINESSES Hebden Bridge and Mytholmroyd are set to be transformed by colour as the Town Council once again invites local businesses to join the hanging basket scheme, ensuring our towns remain as attractive as ever.  More info (15 April)

THE HEBWEB INTERVIEW George Murphy interviews Benjamin Myers, the award winning writer who lives in Mytholmroyd with his wife, novelist Adelle Stripe. His novels include The Offing and The Gallows Pole, which won the Walter Scott Prize. Ben describes his early start as a writer, playing in a band, music journalism, the influence of Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath, his reaction to Lockdown, the scope and theme of his new short story collection, and much more. Read all 12 HebWeb Interviews

ARTS FESTIVAL SEEKS NEW BOARD MEMBERS If you would like to be hands-on with one of Yorkshire's longest running Arts Organisations then they would love to hear from you. More info (7 April)

MURPHY’S LORE: Lockdown Diary 28 - In Episode 28 of Lockdown Diaries, there’s badgers alive, dead and badgered; dogs brutish and brutalised; Algy and Helen; spouses’ grouses; pangolins and swallows; qualzucht; Liz and the White Swan; Back Answers and Readers Write. See Murphy's Lore 28 (5 April)

MAP IDENTIFIES OPPORTUNITIES TO SLOW THE FLOW: Many small‐scale interventions, taken together, can result in a significant amount of water being temporarily stored, or attenuated, during storm events. And Slow the Flow is developing maps to help landowners identify opportunities. Read more (1 April)

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 - Updated with media reports and Hebden Bridge response notice (30 April)

TRADES CLUB TO BRING BACK JAZZ As Hebden Bridge Trades Club puts together its post pandemic line-up they've decided to bring back jazz and harpist Alina Bzhezhinska opens the jazz season. Read more

LIBRARIES ARE BACK OPEN - Hebden Bridge and Todmorden Libraries are now open for you to choose your books/DVDs (hooray), to return or collect items, use the computers and for limited study space. More info (22 April)

CALDER VALLEY RADIO ON MEET THE RICHARDSONS Calder Valley Radio, along with presenters Guy Parry and Dave Moses, feature this week and next week on Meet the Richardsons on the TV channel Dave. Read more (22 April)

NEW TECHNOLOGY TO HELP MONITOR FLOOD RISK Camera technology is being installed along watercourses in the Calder Valley to help monitor drainage and assess flood risk. Read more (21 April)

CALLS FOR CLIMATE PROMISE FROM LOCAL ELECTION CANDIDATES - An alliance of local community groups and businesses is calling on all candidates to pledge to take strong action on the climate and ecological emergencies should they get elected in May. Read more (19 April)

GIBSON MILL OPENS DOORS FOR WEDDINGS With restrictions on weddings beginning to lift slightly from the 12 April, the team at Hardcastle Crags are preparing to launch Gibson Mill as a fully off-grid, sustainable wedding venue  More info (16 April)

CALDERDALE COUNCIL AND WEST YORKSHIRE MAYOR ELECTIONS on 6 May - for a list of candidates for, the election to Calderdale Council, Hebden Royd bye-election, election to West Yorkshire Mayor, and how to register to vote for these elections, see this HebWeb news item (14 April)

WADSWORTH BACKS THE CLIMATE AND ECOLOGY EMERGENCY BILL which aims to ensure that Britain has a comprehensive strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and restore our natural world. Read more (8 April)

IMPROVEMENT WORKS AT OLD TOWN PLAYGROUND - Wadsworth Parish Council is undertaking improvements at a number of facilities including the playgrounds at Pecket Well and Old Town Green. Read more (8 April)

Nurses Not Nukes: Outrage as Government announces increase in nuclear stockpile but offers health workers a pitiful pay rise. CND staged a demo outside Tod Health Centre on 1 April to protest, and declared that Boris is the April Fool. Read more

300 EGG AND DAFFODIL SURPRISES - Calder Community Cares secretly delivered 300  Easter eggs and 300 bunches of daffodils to the elderly, the vulnerable and young families dropping into poverty for the first time in Hebden Bridge, Mytholmroyd and Todmorden! Read more (4 April)


March 2021

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THE HEBWEB INTERVIEW George Murphy interviews the artist Kate Lycett, well known for her captivating portrayals of Hebden Bridge and its surrounding towns, villages and countryside. Kate discusses her latest project, explains the lasting influence of textile design on her style, how she is coping with lockdown and why the Pennines inspire her work. Read all 11 Interviews (30 March)

CELEBRATING THE LIFE OF NICO - TV star Maxine Peake joins an all-star line up for an all day event at Hebden Bridge Trades Club celebrating the life of Velvet Underground singer Nico who played a legendary gig at the club. Read more. (27 March)

MAYOR’S APPEAL for Hebden Royd Charity in 17k Running Challenge - Mayor Cllr Val Stevens, is inviting experienced and confident runners to take on the challenge between Easter and the Spring Bank Holidays. More info (25 March 2021)

MURPHY’S LORE: Lockdown Diary 27 - One year on, and the UK is top of the league; children back to school and care homes start to unlock; Alexa and The Boss; Oprah and the Royals; Halifax Holly; a likely lad and Van Morrison commuting; encounters with celebs; responses to Covid; Don the Drone; council tax and interior designs; and Readers Write. See Murphy's Lore 27 (22 March)

NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN: OTHER ISSUES AND IMPLEMENTATION - the last of the weekly articles about specific aspects of the Plan. A great opportunity to suggest what new community, recreation and cultural facilities the Plan could be promoting. Join the next online Q&A on Tues 23 March, 7pm (19 March)

THE HEBWEB INTERVIEW George Murphy interviews writer Peter Riley who shares childhood memories and explains how teachers inspired his love of poetry and travel. Peter reflects on his many occupations, moving north and Parkinson’s Disease. He's the author of more than 20 publications and since moving to the area his Due North (2015) was shortlisted for The Forward Prize and his Collected Poems (2018) was published. Read all 10 Interviews (15 March)

HAPPY VALLEY PRIDE DIGITAL EVENTS continue with special spoken word event. FLUID celebrates Queer Identities in Spoken Word on Sunday 21 March at 8pm. Read more.

DISABILITY ACCESS FORUM TO FOCUS ON MENTAL HEALTH Hebden Bridge Disability Access Forum has its next ordinary meeting on Monday 15 March, 3pm by Zoom video link. The meeting will be focusing on Mental Health issues. More info

A COMMUNITY ARTS CENTRE AT CALLIS MILL? Money is being sought to help bring Callis Mill back to life. It is to cover start-up costs and equipment required to make Callis Mill into a fully accessible arts centre for Hebden Bridge and the Calder Valley. Read more. (9 March)

MURPHY’S LORE: Lockdown Diary 26 - In episode 26, there's memories of caning and slippering, the power of the pen, Bob All Over, children and long covid, crowds at the Town Hall, middle age, 6 word stories, a wooden box, a grim Grimm and Wisdom Reservoir.  See Murphy's Lore 26 (8 March)

SIX ILLUSTRATED TED HUGHES WALKS illustrated by Chris Goddard, are now available online and through bookshops and libraries. Produced by the Ted Hughes Network with the help of our Town Council and the Elmet Trust. More info and links to the literary and heritage trail maps. (5 March)

NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN: CLIMATE CHANGE, FLOODING & LANDSCAPE - This latest HebWeb news item about the new Neighbourhood Plan includes consideration of measures needed to help prevent more catastrophic flood events such as those of 2000, 2012, 2015 and 2020. Read more. (5 March)

THE HEBWEB INTERVIEW: George Murphy interviews Chris Green, who is the driving force behind White Ribbon UK. Read about his inspirational, action packed life: a decade of communal living, work for Co-ops and community businesses, times in Finland, Derry, Palestine, Brick Lane, Grunswick - and on anti fascist marches.
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(3 March)

THE FUTURE OF MYTHOLMROYD LIBRARY A recent meeting convened by Royd Regeneration & ward councillors saw over 50 people attend to show their support and ideas for a community hub library run by the community for the community. Read more (3 March)

SAVE HEPTONSTALL MUSEUM: Following the decision by Calderdale Council to close Heptonstall Museum, a working group has been set up - the Friends of Heptonstall Museum - with the aim of taking on the museum as a community asset. Read more and complete survey. (1 March)


THREE WORLD-CHANGING WOMEN SCIENTISTS: Speaker Georgina Ferry told a recent meeting of the University of the 3rd Age a tale of three ground-breaking women scientists of the twentieth century: Kathleen Lonsdale, Dorothy Crowfoot and Rosalind Franklin. Read report (30 March)

AROUND THE UK IN CLASSIC RAILWAY POSTERS - Jane Ellis of the Railway Ramblers’ Club told members of the Local History Society, who were gathered around their screens for the final Zoom of the season, about the 'golden age' of the railway poster. Read report (28 March)

LIVES REMEMBERED: NEVILLE SHARP remembered by Calder Valley Search & Rescue Team. In a celebration of his life, they have shared stories and memories of someone who will be remembered for "being an inspiration", a man full of enthusiasm and dedicated to everything for which he was passionate. Read more (26 March)

FILM FESTIVAL PRIZE WINNERS ANNOUNCED The Best Narrative Feature and the Audience Award winner was Luna: A Yak in the Classroom. Read more on prizes and festival highlights. (25 March)

DUCK RACE 2021 – UPDATE FROM DUCK FARM This Easter Monday, the annual event, organised by the Rotary Club of Hebden Bridge, is having to be a virtual event from a secret location, because of the Covid restrictions. More info

PACE EGG PLAY 2021 ONLINE - more information, links and photos.

LLOYD GEORGE, SPANISH FLU, AND THE 1918 GENERAL ELECTION in the Calder Valley. In 1918, Lloyd George was already planning to fight a General Election as ‘the man who won the war.’ As Alan Fowler, former lecturer in economic and social history at Manchester Metropolitan University, explained to a Zoom meeting of Local History Society, things did not turn out quite as he planned. Read report

MAXINE PEAKE READS POEM CELEBRATING THE PICTURE HOUSE Hebden Bridge Film Festival patron Maxine Peake has recorded a specially commissioned poem, written by Hebden Bridge based poet and performer Clare Shaw, that celebrates the power of cinema, as part of the 2021 Festival. More info, and video of Maxine Peak reading the poem (17 March)

NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN: TRANSPORT AND ACCESSIBILITY - Transport is the largest generator of carbon emissions and Hebden Bridge still has unlawful air quality. Public transport, train, bus, cycling, and walking - all need encouraging. With transport and parking always lively areas for debate, read this article, make your comments and join the next online Q&A on Tues 23 March, 7pm (12 March)

EAT TOGETHER STAY HOME - Calder Community Cares was set up over a year ago to swiftly respond to the needs of the community and the impact of Covid-19. It has grown to an army of volunteers who provide practical and social support. Read more (11 March)

'INFECTIOUS' PHOTO PROJECT As the country emerges from lockdowns, residents in the Upper Valley are invited to share what has given them solace and joy during the past year. Titled 'Infectious', the photographic project hopes to show, even in a pandemic, people can be positive and inspiring. Read more (7 March)

HARAMI TO PREMIERE AS PART OF HEBDEN BRIDGE FILM FESTIVAL. A modern Oliver Twist set in bustling Mumbai, Harami tells the story of a teenage pickpocket who develops a conscience. More info (6 March)

2021 CENSUS AND HELP FOR LOCAL RESIDENTS On 21 March 2021, the Office for National Statistics (ONS will once again be calling upon the people of England and Wales to complete a census form. The census is vital to understanding the makeup of a population, as well as highlighting changes in the past decade. Read more (4 March)

COVID NUMBERS LOCALLY: 1 March - 6 cases in Hebden Bridge (65 per 100k), 6 (70 per 100k) in Mytholmroyd and 8 in Tod for the week to 24 Feb. There were 28 new cases in Calderdale (134 per 100k) as a whole for the past 24 hours. For the 7 days to 24 Feb the rate per 100k for England was 103, again, the lowest this year. More info. (1 March)

NUMBER OF NEW CASES COMING DOWN: 5455 new cases nationally today compared with 53285 on 1 Jan. Last summer, the numbers went down to less than a 1000 new cases a day for several weeks. In Calderdale, the number of new cases has been 28 for each of the past 2 days, compared with 120 on 8 Jan. Last summer, the number of new cases in Calderdale per day was often in single figures. More info. 1 March


February 2021


COVID NUMBERS LOCALLY: 26 FEB - 5 cases in Hebden Bridge (54 per 100k), 6 (70 per 100k) in Mytholmroyd and 16 in Tod (95 per 100k) for the week to 21 Feb. There were 39 new cases in Calderdale (170 per 100k) as a whole for the past 24 hours. For the 7 days to 21 Feb the rate per 100k for England was 117, again, the lowest this year. More info. (26 Feb)

THE HUMOUR AND ART OF THE PICTURE POSTCARD Dr James Taylor told the local U3A of the history of the picture postcard as an art form, as a mode of communication, as propaganda and as a vehicle for humour. Read report. (24 Feb)

MURPHY’S LORE: Lockdown Diary 25 - In episode 25, there's Ted Hughes down the pit, dad dancing in the 60s, first loves, vaccinations, grandfatherly advice on love, Heathcliffe and Cathy, Ted and Sylvia, a septic isle and sceptic care workers, a Hebden Bridge Love song and a man who said too much.  See Murphy's Lore 24 (22 Feb)

VACCINES AND VACCINATION IN CALDERDALE Over 100 members of the University of Third Age attended a Zoom talk by the Director of Public Health for Calderdale, Deborah Harkins, who explained that the purposes of the vaccination programme. Read report (18 Feb)

LAUNCH OF PUBLIC CONSULTATION FOR NEW NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN - Should more homes built? And where? What about climate change, regeneration and economic recovery, local facilities, transport and parking? The first of a series of HebWeb articles about the new Neighbourhood Plan consultation, which launches today. Read more, with links to more info and survey. (17 Feb)

ONLINE QUIZ FOR TWINNING SOCIETY AND COUNCILLORS: Last Saturday evening Town Clerk Jason Boom co-ordinated the Hebden Bridge Twinning Society online quiz with an entertaining list of questions from Cllr Pat Fraser. Read more (11 Feb)

MURPHY’S LORE: Lockdown Diary 24 - There's Whisky George, a film pitch rejected, poems censored, a President demented, a gruesome tale, rude awakenings, absenteeism and lateness, singing to Tommy Steel, Lewis Carroll and John Tenniel, Shania Twain and Kylie Minogue, music remembered, getting Joe's number and readers who wrote.  See Murphy's Lore 24 (8 Feb)

ONE YEAR ON FROM STORM CIARA Tuesday 9 February 2021 marks the first anniversary of Storm Ciara, which caused Calderdale’s fourth major flood in just eight years and brought 10 miles of damage across the borough. Photo thanks to Mike Barrett - the centre of Hebden Bridge. Click photo to enlarge. Read more

THE HISTORY OF SOCIAL HOUSING IN HEPTONSTALL Historian Mary Ellen gave a Zoomed talk to the Local History Society about the ambition to demolish  slums and house working people in decent and roomy accommodation. She described a widespread feeling that a ‘new Jerusalem’ was possible. Read report. (1 Feb)

JOHN F BATEMAN BRITAIN'S FOREMOST RESERVOIR ENGINEER and local lad. In a fascinating Zoom talk to Local History Society, Michael O'Grady explored the construction of local reservoirs, and the stellar career of John F Bateman, the engineer behind the planning, design and making of Hebden Bridge's earth embankment reservoirs. Read report (27 Feb)

NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN: REGENERATION AND NEW HOUSING - This latest HebWeb news item about the new Neighbourhood Plan describes proposals to regenerate and improve sites and provide new housing. Read more. (25 Feb)

FILM FESTIVAL 2021 LINE-UP ANNOUNCED Tickets for the online Hebden Bridge Film Festival, taking place from 19-21 March 2021, are now on sale. See films to be shown, and how to book.

NEW BURSARY TO HELP STUDENTS RESEARCHING FLOOD MANAGEMENT funded by Calderdale Council, the Environment Agency, National Trust and Slow The Flow. The first bursary has been awarded to Sophie Tankard. Read more (20 Feb)

10 THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT THE NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN - This 2nd HebWeb news item about the new Neighbourhood Plan, which launched Wednesday, 17 Feb, summarises some key points to consider. Read more. (18 Feb)

WHO BUILT HEBDEN BRIDGE? We so often take our own neighbourhood for-granted, but Michael Peel's talk to Hebden Bridge Local History Society brought to life the history of the buildings that make up Hebden Bridge's 'Victorian Quarter' and focused on the area known as 'the Croft' between Commercial Street, New Road and Bridge Gate. Read report. (17 Feb)

ARTS FESTIVAL SEEKS NEW TRUSTEES - The Festival Board are actively looking to diversify with dynamic candidates to join their experienced team. More info (13 Feb)

HAPPY VALLEY PRIDE PRESENTS SPRING 2021 DIGITAL LINE UP - The line-up includes local performers, award winning artists and international stars of stage and screen. Read more (10 Feb)

HEBDEN BRIDGE BASED 'ASK THE QUESTION' AWARDED GRANT from the Calderdale Community Foundation as part of the 'Never Hungry Again' fund. Read more about this Community tutoring fund (8 Feb)

WHITE RIBBON'S CHRIS GREEN GOES TO ETON - Chris Green from Hebden Bridge, and Founder of the Hebden Bridge based organisation aiming to to end male violence against women, spoke at Eton College on Tues 2 February. Read more (5 Feb)

HEBDEN BRIDGE WOMAN SWIMS IN FROZEN LAKES EVERY DAY to help homeless. Professional artist Rachel Bull has swum in the icy waters around Hebden Bridge every day in January. Read report (1 Feb)

January 2021

TREE FELLING IN CRIMSWORTH DEAN Following the controversy about the National Trust's tree felling in the Crags, local residents have this morning told the HebWeb of more mature beech woodland being felled. This time in Crimsworth Dean. Read more & see photos (27 Jan)

HEBDEN ROYD COUNCIL TO FUND CITIZENS ADVICE ADVISER The Town Council are funding a CAB Adviser to ensure anyone that is struggling in the community can access the help and support that they need. More info (25 Jan)

PRESERVING OUR WOODLAND HERITAGE AT HARDCASTLE CRAGS - An Alternative Approach - In a powerful Forum message, L Jackson argues for a review of the Woodland Management Plan at Hardcastle Crags, public consultation, and a suspension of work which involves "cutting down or otherwise killing between 40-60% of all the trees across two-thirds of the whole Hardcastle Crags estate." See this Forum article (22 Jan)

NUCLEAR BAN TREATY On 22 January, the 2017 UN Treaty for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (aka 'the Nuclear Ban Treaty') will come into force, making nuclear weapons illegal under international law. Hebden Royd Town Council was the third UK Council to support the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons Cities Appeal and the Nuclear Ban Treaty. Read more (21 Jan)

SHORT FILM COMPETITION DEADLINE EXTENDED: The Hebden Bridge Film Festival Short Film Competition deadline has been extended until Saturday 6 February 2021. More info

WORK CONTINUES ON WOODLAND AT HARDCASTLE CRAGS: Contractors will be working to fell trees throughout Hardcastle Crags over the next few months. And the Crags management say that "Thousands of new trees will be planted to help create a healthier woodland." See press release from the National Trust (18 Jan)

HORSE MCDONALD LIVE SHOW AND Q&A for Happy Valley Pride. The show takes place on Facebook Live and Zoom at 7pm on Sunday 24 January. The performance will be followed by a live Q&A.  Read more (11 Jan)

COULD YOU BE A LOCAL COVID-19 CHAMPION? A volunteering scheme to support local communities during the Coronavirus pandemic has been rolled out across Calderdale to support those impacted by Coronavirus, with training is delivered by three retired medical professionals. Read more (9 Jan)

THE HEBWEB INTERVIEW George Murphy interviews Bryony Mylroie-Smith, an educated, super fit, much travelled, born and bred Hebden Bridge woman, who set up a successful business, had a child and then had to deal with COVID! A story for our times to continue the series of The HebWeb Interview into 2021. Read all 8 Interviews. (7 Jan)

"PECKET WELL CLOUGH DESTRUCTION" - "The beech trees are beautiful and it would be very sad to see them go. It also seems perverse in a time when we need to have more trees to reduce CO2 that they would take down those magnificent trees" - See discussion forum (5 Jan)

ON TOP OF THE WORLD IN A WHEELCHAIR – AN UPLIFTING TALE Deborah North told the January meeting of the U3A how she used an award-winning all-terrain wheelchair to access national parks, 'walk' coast to coast and achieve 3 munros, and is planning for Helvelyn. Read report. (28 Jan)

RESPONSE TO STORM CHRISTOPH - SLOW THE FLOW Yet another major storm which, due to effects of our changing climate, are becoming more intense and significantly more frequent. In their reponse to Storm Christophe, Slow the Flow argue for investment in the prevention of flooding, not just dealing with the impact once flood water gets into our towns and villages. Read report (26 Jan)

MURPHY’S LORE: Lockdown Diary 23 - In Lockdown Diary, Episode 23, there's dreams unreal and surreal, underground poems, trouble with toilets, trying to find Todmorden, bad news and good news, a flood avoided,  CND & C&W.  See Murphy's Lore 23 (25 Jan)

BREARLEY FIELDS FLOOD OVERFLOW DOES ITS JOB Storm Christope last week turned Brearley Fields into a lake. New measures will benefit birds, fish and other local wildlife, attract visitors to the area and provide educational opportunities. Read more (24 Jan)

STORM CHRISTOPH hit the Calder Valley from 19-21 January. Once again, our area faced serious risk of further flooding, from heavy rain falling on already saturated ground, along with melting snow. The level of the river peaked Weds afternoon at 5:15pm at 1.94m and was down to 1.32m by 11pm. (updated 21 Jan)

JOURNEYS BETWEEN THE WORLDS John Billingsley, local historian and folklorist, told a capacity Zoom webinar for Hebden Bridge Local History Society about the ancestral routes, known as corpseways, along which the bodies and souls of the dead were taken to their final resting place. See report

PREVENTING FLOODING BY SLOWING THE FLOW OF WATER Adrian Horton of Slow the Flow, gave a powerful and enthusiastic talk to the members of U3A on Monday evening to nearly 60 people by Zoom, outlining the four key areas that the group had worked in since being formed in 2016. Read report (16 Jan)

MURPHY’S LORE: Lockdown Diary 22 - There's good read recommendations, TV reviews, First footing, sad couplings, walking on ice, Nora remembered, Lockdown 3, homeschooling, a saint on a pillar, storming the Capitol, Ginnungagap, hide and seek and a solo duet. See Murphy's Lore 22 (11 Jan)

COVID NUMBERS RISING LOCALLY - and nationally - 20 cases in Hebden Bridge (216 per 100k), 26 in Mytholmroyd (304 per 100k) and 40 in Tod (247 per 100k) for the week to 1 Jan. There were 79 new cases in Calderdale (270 per 100k) in the past 24 hours. For 7 days to 1 Jan the rate per 100k for England was 580, with 1041 new cases in the UK in the past 24 hours. More info. (6 Jan)

FRANK MCMANUS has died aged 93 - former councillor, and Labour Party activist and letter writer. More on this Lives Remembered page. (3 Jan)

December 2020


ROBERT BLOMFIELD: March 1938 - Dec 2020. A familiar sight around Hebden Bridge was that of former doctor and photographer Robert Blomfield being wheeled around by his carer, Ralph Nimmann who has written a tribute, and provided photos, for this Lives Remembered page. (24 Dec)

PICTURE HOUSE RECEIVES CULTURE RECOVERY FUND AWARDS, allowing Hebden Bridge's cinema to cover its operating costs over the course of the current financial year and to secure the cinema's future well into 2021, its centenary year. More info (22 Dec)

ICE POST BOX COMES TO HEBDEN ROYD Hebden Royd Town Council were unable to host the annual Christmas Lights Switch On this year, but wanted to find a way to do something special for the children in the community. A conversation with Sand in Your Eye led to the idea of funding a magic post box made of ice from the North Pole. Read more

HAPPY VALLEY PRIDE HOSTS A BIG CHRISTMAS PARTY Happy Valley Pride presents a big Christmas Party broadcast live from The Trades Club in Hebden Bridge on Saturday 19 December at 8pm. The free event is open to all. More info

MURPHY’S LORE: Lockdown Diary 20 - There's winter weather, Ted and Sylvia, Dickens's artful nose, naming, shaming and pickpockets, Tier 3, Lost in Lockdown, Zooming, a train journey, a 70th birthday, a Yule poem and a song. See George Murphy's Murphy's Lore 20 (14 Dec)

HEBDEN BRIDGE COMPANY IS THE FASTEST GROWING IN YORKSHIRE! Where would you expect to find the fastest growing company in Yorkshire? Leeds, Sheffield, maybe York?  You may be surprised to hear that it's Blue Fin Trading, nestled high on the tops above Hebden Bridge! Read more (8 Dec)

HEBDEN ROYD HEROES AWARD WINNERS The awards shine a spotlight on the everyday heroes, individuals and groups, who have gone above and beyond to deliver the highest level of support and assistance within their community during 2020. Read more

CROWS STARTING WORK AGAIN on Monday 7th December. After looking at Tier 3 rules and government guidance, and having done a thorough COVID risk assessment, CROWS has agreed they can restart next week. Read more

CHRISTMAS TREES AT HARDCASTLE CRAGS The sustainably sourced, British-grown Christmas trees will be available to buy from the National Trust Midgehole Road car park on weekends from the 5th December. More info (1 Dec)

MURPHY’S LORE: Lockdown Diary 21 - There’s artful graffiti, Krampuslauf greetings, a cry out for carols, a crime scene, The Yule Cat as a capitalist conspiracy, booze and Dorothy Parker, Midnight Mass in days of yore, a Nativity, a folk a tale, a warm up rhyme and a New Year’s wish. See Murphy's Lore 21 (28 Dec)

'FOOL'S GOLD' ENTERTAINS U3A WITH A FESTIVE POT POURRI of Non-Stop Entertainment. Fool's Gold entertained the members who attended with their well-known carols and popular songs for a good hour. Read report

CHOOSING FURNITURE FOR AN ENGLISH COUNTRY GARDEN There are two very distinct types of English country garden, the more formal type that is usually found in the grounds of a stately home and the informal English cottage garden. Read more (18 Dec)

MAGICAL SCENES LIGHT UP TOWN HALL - with colourful animations featuring magical scenes including snowy rooftops, a sparkling Christmas tree and a glimpse of the main man himself - Santa and his reindeer. Come and see after sunset until 19 Dec. More info

COMMON PROBLEMS: THE HISTORY OF COMMON LAND IN NORTHERN ENGLAND A capacity Zoom audience joined Angus Winchester, for a talk to the Local History Society which explored the history of common land in the north of England, but which also carried contemporary resonances of ways to share resources and maintain good neighbourliness. Read report. (14 Dec)

FOX AND GOOSE COVID-19 CROWDFUND APPEAL - our local, co-operatively run, community pub is seeking funds to build heated structures in the extended beer garden to ensure they can accommodate enough customers when they reopen. Read more (14 Dec)

BBC LOOK NORTH: FLOODING IN THE CALDER VALLEY: Rainfall could double if greenhouse gas emissions keep rising at the present rate, with much more flash flooding. See this report from Hebden Bridge and Mytholmroyd. (8 Dec)

LIBRARIES OPEN AGAIN in Hebden Bridge and Todmorden from Monday 7 December. Monday to Saturday 10 - 4. Open to browse, choose books, use the computers, return & collect pre-reserved items.

LAURA ANNIE WILLSON – SUFFRAGETTE, BUILDER, ENGINEER: Anne Kirker told the story, to the online meeting of Hebden Bridge Local History Society, of a woman who is seen as extraordinary. Laura Annie Buckley was born to a poor working class family in Halifax and went on to become a trades unionist, member of the Independent Labour Party and more. Read report (3 Dec)

November 2020


The perfect present!
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 (27 Nov)

HEBDEN BRIDGE PICTURE HOUSE REMAINS TEMPORARILY CLOSED Following the government's announcement today, in which Calderdale was placed in Tier 3, Hebden Bridge Picture House will remain temporarily closed until further notice. More info (26 Nov)

MIND YOUR HEAD – LGTQ+ MENTAL HEALTH EVENT Happy Valley Pride presents a special LGBTQ+ focussed online mental health panel as part of their winter season of events. More info

FORMER MAYOR ROBIN DIXON DIES Cllr Scott-Archer has written: "Robin was a very active Labour town councillor for Hebden Royd for many years and was also the Mayor. I know town councillors who served alongside him regarded him in the highest terms, he had a wicked sense of humour and was passionate about the valley." See Lives Remembered (20 Nov)

HISTORY SOCIETY REPORT: THE FIELDENS AND THEIR LEGACY IN TODMORDEN Anne Mealia, local historian and genealogist, told her audience at the well-attended Zoom meeting of the Hebden Bridge Local History Society. There's hardly any aspect of life in 19th century Todmorden that the Fieldens didn't influence is some way. Read report (19 Nov)

HEBDEN BRIDGE E-BIKE FIRM FEATURED ON BBC Delivering everything from vintage clothes to cheese, the cargo electric bike company Cargodale, set up during lockdown, is seeing its trade soar. See BBC video (17 Nov)

GEORGE MURPHY INTERVIEWS MARY AGNES KRELL who is Director of Teaching and Learning for the School of Media, Film and Music at Sussex University. In normal times, she commutes each week from Mytholm to the south coast. She's also producer and director of the Grand Northern Ukulele Festival. Read all five HebWeb Interviews. (8 Nov)

TOWN COUNCIL BACKS MARCUS RASHFORD CAMPAIGN to end child food poverty. Hebden Royd Town Council unanimously passed a motion at the Full Council meeting formally supporting the campaign led by Marcus Rashford to extend free school meals. Read more. (6 Nov)

HEBDEN BRIDGE FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES SHORT FILM PROGRAMME for free and online. The 9 selected short films will be available to stream for an exclusive 24-hour window from midday on Thursday 19 November. Read more (5 Nov)

CYCLISTS CLEAR TRASH FROM TRAILS Volunteers, from Ride Calderdale, Cargodale and Trash Free Trails used electric cargo bikes to collect litter at hotspots around the Calder Valley and transported it to be safely recycled. Read more (3 Nov)

MURPHY’S LORE: Lockdown Diary 17 - there's hospital dramas, a Martian postcard, a strange encounter with hippies, a PM with dead pheasants, a mathematical fable, spies and an Android Hospital, Robert Jenrick and memory foam mattresses, good news, bad news and fake news, Jack o'Lanterns and the smells of yesteryear and the perils of rambling. See Murphy's Lore 17 (2 Nov)

MURPHY’S LORE: Lockdown Diary 19 - a lost stadium, supermarket shopping and parking matters, vaccines and the promise of spring, a magpie and The king of the cats, dead eyed Queens, computer problems and granny power, Tier 3 and one story that leads to another. See Murphy's Lore 19 (30 Nov)

HANDMADE PARADE: WE ARE HERE - a collaborative film made by over 1400 participants, from the UK and further afield. A story of hope and healing for 2020, brought to life by handmade artwork from all over the world. See video (29 Nov)

THE ORIGINS OF THE CIRCUS: Stephen Ward, the speaker, was only four when he discovered his lifelong passion for the circus and all things associated with it. Focussing on one of the early giants, he talked about the life and times of Philip Astley, also known as "Billy Buttons". Read report (21 Oct)

THE HEBWEB INTERVIEW George Murphy interviews Andrew Bibby who has certainly made his mark on our town, not least for having been a key member of the team which led to the rebuilding of the Town Hall. Andrew tells about his writing and journalism, and his interest in walking, running, singing and the Community Land Trust. Read all six HebWeb Interviews. (23 Nov)

'HEBDEN BRIDGE LEADS THE WAY IN A BID TO BEAT LOCKDOWN SHOPPING SLUMP' according to this ITV news report. Around 70 traders have signed up to 'totallylocally'- a unique scheme which allows shoppers to buy online from local shops all on the same website. See the ITV video (19 Nov)

CALDERDALE ISSUE COVID-19 WARNING Cllr Tim Swift, Calderdale Council's Leader and Deborah Harkins, Director of Public Health at Calderdale have asked for the public's help. "Calderdale is ranked 19th in England for COVID-19, with an infection rate of 488 cases per 100,000. This is the highest the rate has ever been in Calderdale. " Read more (19 Nov)

MURPHY’S LORE: Lockdown Diary 18 - includes a lax MP, Mischief and Plots, bonfire nights of yore, Ted Hughes on his yacht, a President Elect and one who won’t leave, Remembrances, Friday 13th, the girl in white and a cautionary tale. See Murphy's Lore 18 (16 Nov)

FUNDING BID TO SUPPORT HEBDEN BRIDGE AND ERRINGDEN HILLSIDE FLOOD SCHEMES On Monday 9 November, Calderdale Council's Cabinet will be asked to approve plans to pursue a bid for an additional £4.5million of funding from the European Structural and Investment Fund. Read more (6 Nov)

ONLINE PORTRAIT CLUB FOR LOCKDOWN Since March, Hebden Bridge Portrait Club has taken place on-line every Friday morning from 10.30 to 12.30. More info (5 Nov)

DISABILITY ACCESS FORUM TO FOCUS ON MENTAL HEALTH Hebden Bridge Disability Access Forum has its next ordinary meeting on Monday 16th November, 3pm by Zoom video link. The meeting will be focusing on Mental Health issues. More info (4 Nov)

FREE SCHOOL MEALS PROTEST AT CRAIG WHITTAKER'S OFFICE Young people from the Calder Valley dressed as school dinner ladies to target the office of Calder Valley's MP, Craig Whittaker on 1st November in protest at his vote to deny vulnerable children meals during school holidays. More info (3 Nov)



TIER THREE West Yorkshire to go into Tier Three from Monday, 2 November. No mixing of households indoors or ourdoors in private gardens. Pubs and bars that do not serve substantial food must close and people are advised to avoid travel out of the area. Read press release from Calderdale

THE HEBWEB INTERVIEW:George Murphy interviews John Billingsley, writer and offcumden, expelled from school, rebellious in Essex and Paris, who escaped to Mytholmroyd, Japan and Hebden Bridge. Read this HebWeb Interview and three more. (25 Oct)

THE LOW MOOR MUNITIONS EXPLOSION OF 1916 The History Society's series of Webinar lectures continued with a dramatic and engaging exploration of the devastating explosion of the Munitions Factory at Low Moor Bradford in 1916 – an accident waiting to happen. Read report (20 Oct)

KEIGHLEY ROAD TO RE-OPEN The final stage of work to improve the A6033 from Hebden Bridge to Oxenhope is now underway, with a completion date currently scheduled for the end of October. Read more (20 Oct)

SLOW THE FLOW APPOINTS 'ARTIST IN RESIDENCE' Environmental charity Slow The Flow have appointed artist Anne Fox as 'Artist in Residence' as part of a project to promote and interpret the environmental benefits of Natural Flood Management. Read more (16 Oct)

CAMERA CLUB ANNUAL EXHIBITION 2020 - THE WINNING IMAGES The results are in and the 1000+ votes have been counted! Lorna Tennant won the 'Local' category with 'Autumn Morning, Hardcastle Crags'. Click photo to enlarge. See more winning photos here. (14 Oct)

HEBDEN BRIDGE FLOOD ALLEVIATION SCHEME: OCTOBER UPDATE and an online map allows selection of a location to access the description and approximate duration of the work taking place. Read more (13 Oct)

THE HEBWEB INTERVIEW A new section for the HebWeb. Writer, storyteller, and creator of Murphy's Lore, George Murphy is interviewing local characters and personalities. We start with three interviews and Q&As: Heather 'H' Wilson, Marco Nizzardo, and Amanda and Debbie Elwen. Read them here (11 Oct)

PICTURE HOUSE TO RE-OPEN - Film fans will once again be able to experience a trip to the cinema as Hebden Bridge Picture House reopens on Friday 30 October, after being closed for 7 months due to the coronavirus pandemic. More info (1 Oct)

NEW COUNCILLORS WANTED Are you community spirited, do you care about what takes place on your doorstep and would like to contribute to your community's future? Then becoming a Wadsworth Parish Councillor might be for you. Read more

COMMUNITY ORGANISATION TO FEED SCHOOLCHILDREN With the help of Together We Grow, food parcels are being delivered by St Augustine's Centre to 30 families. Read more (25 Oct)

HAPPY VALLEY PRIDE ANNOUNCE NEW DIGITAL EVENTS Following the success of their digital mini-festival in July, Happy Valley Pride has announced new series of online events, to be broadcast on Facebook and/or Zoom. More info. (21 Oct)

HOW COSMIC COLLISIONS CAN CHANGE WORLDS: The local U3A was given a rare opportunity, at their October meeting, to Zoom into exciting new research by Dr Jacob Kegerreis of Durham University who gave insights into the role of giant planetary collisions in the history of our solar system. Read report (21 Oct)

MURPHY’S LORE: Lockdown Diary 16 - There's student shame and an island quiz, Shakespeare and Shipman, Corfu and Mull, a Hebden hero and a cure for buskers, Miller Lee and boggarts, Bob Pegg and the man from Luddenden Dene, Fiery Jack and Amazing Grace … and the second wave hits the north. See Murphy's Lore 16 (19 Oct)

TIER TWO - Hebden Bridge, like the rest of Calderdale, is from Wednesday, 14 October in the second Tier of the Government's three tier system of Covid restrictions, announced 12 October. More info. (13 Oct)

MORE CASES IN THE UPPER VALLEY for the week 1-7 Oct, 12 cases in Hebden Bridge, 17 in Mytholmroyd and 36 in Tod. 66 new cases in Calderdale reported on Sun 11 Oct making the total 2456 since the pandemic started, including 572 new cases in September and 660 so far in October! More info. (11 Oct)

MURPHY’S LORE: Lockdown Diary 15 - there's a Golden Acre and a mother's pride and joy, cures for Covid and what would Margaret Thatcher do, a funeral of a stonemason and a Heptonstall story, a spaceship house and autumn leaves, mortality, a view from above, a dental visit and a sick President, an adolescent regret and the Earth in a spin. See Murphy's Lore (5 Oct)



MAYOR LAUNCHES HEBDEN ROYD HEROES AWARD The Mayor of Hebden Royd, Cllr Val Stevens is seeking nominations from residents to nominate those who have made outstanding contributions within the Hebden Royd community during the Covid-19 pandemic. More info (28 Sept)

HANDMADE PARADE IS LOOKING FOR NEW BOARD MEMBERS! The Handmade Parade is looking for people with the skills, commitment and energy to provide strategic guidance and leadership as they embark on our new strategic plan. More info (26 Sept)

Last chance for flood resilience funding Residents and businesses affected by the flooding in February 2020 now have until the end of October to express an interest in flood resilience funding. More info (24 Sept)

LAST CHANCE FOR FLOOD RESILIENCE FUNDING Residents and businesses affected by the flooding in February 2020 now have until the end of October to express an interest in flood resilience funding. More info (24 Sept)

CELEBRATE ANNE LISTER'S LEGACY by taking part in a series of events to mark the 180th anniversary of her death. Click here to find out more about Anne Lister, Shibden Hall and Gentleman Jack. (21 Sept)

CALDER VALLEY RESTRICTIONS RE-INTRODUCED: Local COVID-19 restrictions will be re-introduced in the Calder Valley from Tuesday 22 September, just 20 days after they were lifted, meaning that the local restrictions will apply throughout Calderdale, including Hebden Bridge, Mytholmroyd and Tod. More info and details. (18 Sept)

FLOOD ALLEVIATION SCHEME FOR HEBDEN BRIDGE The Environment Agency is working with Calderdale Council to design and build a Flood Alleviation Scheme for Hebden Bridge. More info (8 Sept)

MURPHY’S LORE: Lockdown Diary 13 - In this episode there's staycation, a devil's bridge, our debt to viruses; Vesper flights, Coleridge and football transfers, a favourite kiss and John Cooper Clarke, a footballer's curse; tips for husbands and John Prescott's jowls, Amanda and Debbie and Boris, and a Slow Dancing song. See Murphy's Lore (7 Sept)

HANDMADE PARADE'S FILM PROJECT NEEDS YOUR ARTWORK - This year, instead of making art in their Hebden Bridge workshop and telling a story on the streets, Handmade Parade organisers are asking you to make art in your homes, for a story told on screen: We Are Here - More info (2 Sept)

THE BIG AUTUMN CLEAN-UP from 11-27th September, with sponsorship for groups from Hebden Royd Town Council. More info

OPEN STUDIOS ONLINE - A programme of videos and live streamed features during the weekend of 10-11 October, a Town Hall Exhibition, and online conversation hosted by artist Kate Lycett. More info (30 Sept)

WOMEN OF PROPERTY: THE ROLE OF WOMEN LOCALLY AT THE END OF THE 17th CENTURY. David Cant transported the Local History Society Zoom audience of more than 80 people back over 300 years, exploring documentary evidence, including wills and inventories, for the role of women at this time. Read report. (29 Sept)

LIVING WITH COVID 19 AND HOW WE CAN FIGHT BACK The local U3A asked Dr Zania Stamataki, a Senior Lecturer in Virology, to give them a better understanding of what Covid-19 is doing in our bodies and an insight into how our bodies fight back. Read report of U3A talk (24 Sept)

MURPHY’S LORE: Lockdown Diary 14 - there's grannies and vicars, Ben Nevis and Petey the Snake, hippies posh and poor, Martin Parr and the mother of parliaments, dentists past and present, a second wave, Irish proverbs, testing and nesting, Marco Nizzardo and Italy's Robin Hood. See Murphy's Lore (21 Sept)

DELAYS AS MYTHOLMROYD FLOOD SCHEME COMPLETES FINAL PHASE On Monday 21 September, work will begin on Burnley Road in Mytholmroyd to carry out repairs to the surface water drainage system. The work is expected to take 1-2 weeks. More info (19 Sept)

LARGEST DAILY RISE the HebWeb has reported - 25 new Covid19 cases in Calderdale on 16 Sept. Today, there are 15 more new cases. The total is 1449 since the pandemic started, including 255 new cases this month. More info. (18 Sept)

EXTINCTION REBELLION CALDERDALE Photo documentary. The past week has seen disruptive action by Extinction Rebellion in London and elsewhere. Over the past year, the activity of the local group - Extinction Rebellion Calderdale - has been recorded in a series of photographs. See the online book here. (Thanks to Gerard Liston) (7 Sept)

LOCAL HISTORY TALKS programme now available. Talks will be by Zoom for the time being and include Women of Property, the Fieldens, a local suffragette, common land in northern England, building Hebden Bridge, the 1918 General Election, Sylvia Plath and more. See What's On (4 Sept)

HEBDEN BRIDGE LIBRARY to re-open from Weds, 16 September, with restrictions to allow for social distancing.



DISABILITY ACCESS FORUM UPDATES MAP AND GUIDE - the group has issued the third edition of its Town Centre Step-free Access Map and Guide. More info (29 Aug)

KEIGHLEY ROAD CLOSURE - UPDATE Progress has been delayed by a combination of poor weather and the discovery of a collapsed culvert. More information about closure dates (27 Aug)

MURPHY’S LORE: Lockdown Diary 12 - Episode 12 features art in the valley and artists we have lost, Percy Shaw and Ken Dodd, a stall holder and Vincent Van Gogh, memories of Strays restaurant, a policeman and Frank Bough, overdue compensation and Acre Mill. See Murphy's Lore (24 Aug)

A CONTEMPORARY HOME IN THE ENGLISH COUNTRYSIDE - Stunning views, quiet road and peaceful surroundings. For many, living in the English countryside is the dream. This article explore the possibilities of creating a contemporary home in areas of the countryside. Read more (21 Aug)

NATURAL FLOOD MANAGEMENT REPORT Read all about what The Source Partners have been up to in the last 12 months. Flood alleviation, tree planting, biodiversity issues and more. (19 Aug)

RED SKY AT NIGHT AT NUTCLOUGH MILL: Calrec Audio in Hebden Bridge was one of several Calder Valley venues who lit the night sky red to help raise the alarm for the live events and entertainment sector. Read more

CLIMATE CAMPAIGNERS TO DEMONSTRATE AGAINST DRAX Hebden Bridge youth strikers will be taking the lead in family friendly action this Friday, 14th August. Read more

ARTIST "JOHN THE BARBER" who cut hair (and painted) for many years at his premises in Innovation, Hebden Bridge has sadly died, having stopped work through illness earlier this year. See this video portrait from 6 years ago. Photo: Bruce Cutts. Add your memories to the Lives Remembered page. (10 Aug)

TRADES CLUB LAUNCHES A CROWDFUNDER Like many small music venues the Trades Club, our celebrated venue for live music in Hebden Bridge, is facing an uncertain future so they have launched a crowdfunder. Read about the Trades Club Crowdfunder (7 Aug)

TOWN COUNCIL CELEBRATES 25 YEARS TWINNING WITH WARSTEIN A remote meeting was held on Friday 31st July 2020 to celebrate 25 years of twinning between Warstein and Hebden Royd.

TRIDENT PROTEST On Saturday, 29 Aug, Calder Valley CND joined in Extinction Rebellion's autumn rebellion with a demo in Calder Holmes Park, protesting the huge amounts of money to be spent on Trident. More info (30 Aug)

EXTRA RESTRICTIONS IN CALDER VALLEY LIFTED from Wednesday 2 September. This of course includes Hebden Bridge, Mytholmroyd and Todmorden. The national restrictions remain as the virus is still very active. Preventative measures such as washing of hands and social distancing should be continued. More info (28 Aug)

NO NEW CASES IN THE UPPER CALDER VALLEY were reported for the fourth week in a row, according to figures released Thursday, 27 August - no new cases in Hebden Bridge, Mytholmroyd or Todmorden between 16 and 22 Aug. More info

FREEDOM FROM TORTURE CAKE STALL: The Calderdale Supporters Group of the charity Freedom from Torture held a very successful cake, plant and ceramics sale on Sunday raising over £595. See photos (25 Aug)

COMMUNITY GRANT APPLICATIONS WELCOMED - The Town Council welcomes applications from community groups to apply for a grant from the Community Funding Budget to support projects which benefit local residents. More info (20 Aug)

AXE DRAX CLIMATE CAMPAIGNERS STAGE PROTESTS in coordinated demonstrations across 10 locations in the North, including Hebden Bridge where Youth activists, artists, and climate campaigners joined together to create a colourful action at Hebden Bridge Station. Read more (14 Aug)

7 YEAR OLD'S LETTER IMPRESSES MAYOR - Lottie Cliffe, a 7-year-old from Hebden Bridge, wrote a letter to Town Council Mayor Cllr Val Stevens, to express her concern at the amount of litter in Calder Holmes Park, Hebden Bridge. Read story (11 Aug)

MURPHY’S LORE: Lockdown Diary 11 - See the latest from the HebWeb's offbeat columnist George Murphy - This episode focuses on our animal instincts, a staycation, our MP's BAME blame and reasons to be cheerful, unless you're a male peacock spider. See Murphy's Lore (10 Aug)

SPECTACULAR SHARKS, TURTLES, CROCODILES AND GANNETS was the title of the recent U3A talk. Wildlife and underwater photographer, David Keep spoke of some of his often hair-raising journeys to obtain some amazing sea-life photographs and videos. Read report (6 Aug)

JULY 2020


CALDER VALLEY BOOKS FOR CHANGE: is a new fundraising campaign that seeks to raise £6000 to buy a range of diverse and inclusive books for each of the 60 primary schools across the Calder Valley​. Inspired by Books for Change Folkestone, who were motivated by the Black Lives Matter movement. More info (30 July)

HEBDEN BRIDGE AND CALDER VALLEY FOOTBALL: A new book on the early history of soccer in Yorkshire's West Riding features many long-gone teams, leagues, and cup competitions, including those from the Hebden Bridge and Upper Calder Valley areas. A Noble Winter's Game (30 July)

ELEMENT JEWELLERY RELAUNCH ON 1 AUGUST When the owners of Element Jewellery announced that they were selling the business, local entrepreneurs Mark and Debbie Coup quickly stepped in to purchase it. More info

COVID-19 DATA: WHAT'S THE PICTURE LOCALLY? The number of cases reported in Calderdale has jumped significantly during July and Calderdale is on the Government's Areas of Concern. What do we know about cases in Hebden Bridge and the Upper Valley? How does Calderdale compare? More info

SLOW THE FLOW harnesses the power of nature to reduce flood risk. Here's their response to the Government's policy statement on flood and erosion risk management, arguing that more of the £5.2 billion should go to natural flood management. Read more (21 July)

WHAT'S BEHIND THE GREEN DOOR? With cases of domestic abuse rocketing during lockdown, Ann Brown seeks support to make a film of her play 'Green Door' and, with Hebden Bridge based charity, Verd de Gris to create a workshop. Read more (16 July)

HAPPY VALLEY PRIDE PRESENTS STORYTIME! Happy Valley Pride has announced a series of videos featuring LGBTQ+ friendly stories for children across Calder Valley and beyond – as part of their series of digital events for 2020. More info (14 July)

SURVEY RESULTS from the Hebden Bridge Business Forum Survey show support for a moratorium on flood alleviation works planned for next year in Hebden Bridge. And for cancellation or delay of the Keighley Road roadworks. See results. (10 July)

CROWS ARE STARTING WORK AGAIN on 13 July. The've completed a risk assessment, developed a safe way of working and will be putting up signs to alert path users when they are working. Read more (8 July)

HAPPY VALLEY PRIDE FESTIVAL GOES DIGITAL - Festival organisers have announced a series of online events during the week the main festival would have taken place. From Thurs 23 to Sat 25 July, the mini digital festival will include special guests, live performances and more. More info

CORONAVIRUS NUMBERS IN CALDERDALE: Today it has been revealed that the figures published by the Government, and daily updated on the HebWeb, did not include home and drive through tests. Now they are included, the number of reported cases in Calderdale more than doubles to 653 (2 July)

COMMUNITY TUTORING FUND goes from strength to strength. The 'Ask The Question' fund, set up in 2017, allows parents to 'donate a lesson' to enable a local disadvantaged child to have a free tutoring session. More info

WHAT WAS YOUR STORM CIARA EXPERIENCE? On 9 February, Storm Ciara caused severe flooding in Hebden Bridge and the Upper Valley, causing major damage to homes and businesses. Calderdale Council wants to hear from anyone whose property was affected by the flooding. Read more (30 July)

HELP THE TRADES CLUB FINISH THE WORK: Much of the work following the 2015 Boxing Day Flood has been completed by volunteers. Now funds are needed for professional builders to complete the next stage, and make the club fully accessible. Read about the plans and how to help. (29 July)

MURPHY’S LORE: Lockdown Diary 10 - See the latest from the HebWeb's offbeat columnist George Murphy - What We Did in Lockdown, the Wuhan Whistleblower, a 1950s murder, Clare Balding, Steve Tilston and more - Murphy's Lore (27 July)

ZOOMING INTO: PUB AND INN SIGNS 100 members logged into the recent University of the Third Age Zoom meeting on Pub Signs. Why have signs? Speaker Michael Astrop suggested for reasons of taxes, illiteracy, and streetmapping. Read report (23 July)

CAMERA CLUB EXHIBITION The August Bank Holiday weekend will see the start of the popular Hebden Bridge Camera Club Annual Exhibition which this year, owing to Covid 19, will take place on their website. Above: last year's winner - 'Winter Steam' by Graham Speak. Read more (16 July)

£12 MILLION BOOST FOR FLOOD PROTECTION IN HEBDEN BRIDGE - The funding boost is part of the Government’s new multi-billion-pound investment across the country, including an immediate cash injection to speed up flood scheme construction. Read more. (14 July)

MURPHY’S LORE: Lockdown Diary 9 - This week it’s a Beatles, books, shops, pubs and performers special! Murphy's Lore Lockdown Diary (13 July)

CALDER VALLEY RADIO STATION LAUNCHED - on Super Saturday by comedian, Jon Richardson (8 out of 10 Cats and Meet the Richardson) who officially launched the Station and cut the ribbon, along with Mayor of Hebden Royd Town Council, Cllr Val Stevens. More info

PLAYGROUNDS AND OUTDOOR GYMS TO REOPEN All play areas and outdoor gyms in Calderdale are due to reopen by Friday 10 July, – but the Council has issued important guidance to ensure everyone can enjoy the facilities safely, as COVID-19 is still within our communities. More info

WEST YORKSHIRE DEVOLUTION: Deadline for comments 19th July. Leaders of the five West Yorkshire councils have secured a devolution deal with Government, which will see a transfer of powers and investment from Whitehall. See details and give feedback

RAW SEWAGE DISCHARGED INTO RIVERS Storm overflow spilled into the Hebden Water 27 times in 2019 (65 hours) and 60 times into Cragg Brook (417 hours). There were significant spills into the Calder at Cornholme, Todmorden and Brearley. See this interactive map. (2 July)

JUNE 2020


CALDER VALLEY RADIO STATION LAUNCH - Saturday, 4 July, Based at Mytholmroyd Community Centre, there will be a celebrity guest cutting the ribbon, along with the Mayor of Hebden Royd, Cllr Val Stevens and Station Director, Tony Hodgins. More info

MURPHY’S LORE: Lockdown Diary 8 - there's the Father Ted model for shopping, a tornado over Tod, alien encounters and Frank Bough, missing cattle and locked toilets, a cautionary tale, passion in a bookshop, ponds, UFOs and The Todmorden Triangle. Murphy's Lore Lockdown Diary (29 June)

PHYSICAL BOOKS OR PDFS: Which are better for education? A massive shift in the last two decades has seen institutions of learning preferring the use of a portable document format (PDF) to physical books to train students. This article discusses the merits and demerits of this. Read more (26 June)

HEBDEN BRIDGE BUSINESS FORUM SURVEY relating to the flood alleviation works which start this year and cause disruptions until 2024, the Keighley Road roadworks starting July for 20 weeks and the A646 Corridor Improvement Scheme. Respond to the survey by 5 July.

HEBDEN BRIDGE PICTURE HOUSE TO RE-OPEN IN AUTUMN - Whilst our cinema remains closed due to the continuing risks of Coronavirus, they are re-assuring customers that they will be re-opening our doors in early to mid Autumn. Read Picture House statement (23 June)

FANTASTIC READS ON CLASSICAL EDUCATION - By the time we are four years old, some parents had already started educating us in a classical manner of speaking. They, and even ourselves, may not have even known it. Classical education is made up of three different stages of learning.. Read more (18 June)

WORKERS' CO-OPS CONFERENCE GOES ONLINE - planned for July, two events to mark the 150th anniversary celebrations for worker-led co-ops will now be online from 3-4 July. More info

MURPHY’S LORE: Lockdown Diary 7 - includes a village under siege and a cautionary tale, Sir Sheer Calmer, Mr Malaprop and Miss Airedale, garden visitors and ladies’ gardens, slavery and statues, Mama Dot and JK Rowling, Mans’ Span and Maya Angelou. Murphy's Lore Lockdown Diary (15 June)

NEW MAYOR IS CLLR VAL STEVENS: On Weds 10th June, the Town Council elected Cllr Valerie Stevens as the new Mayor of Hebden Royd Town Council for the coming year. See candidate profiles for 2019 Town Council elections

TOWN COUNCIL MAYOR RETIRES after two years in the post. This evening Wednesday 10th June, Hebden Royd Town Council will hold its Annual Meeting of the Town Council remotely. At this meeting a new Mayor will be elected. More info

SCHOOLS CAN CONSIDER WIDER RE-OPENING FROM 15 JUNE - Calderdale Council supports local schools to open more widely from Monday 15 June, provided that they are confident it is safe for children and staff to return. More info (9 June)

BOOST FOR NATURAL FLOOD MANAGEMENT New projects using nature to help reduce flood risk in Calderdale will soon get off the ground, thanks to a £112,000 funding boost from Calderdale Council and the Environment Agency. More info (8 June)

CONTACT TRACING IN THE UPPER VALLEY From Monday 1st June, people in the Upper Calder Valley who have Covid19 symptoms will be able to get help from a local Contact Tracing and Support pilot. Read full details here (1 June)

HEBDEN BRIDGE FLOOD ALLEVIATION WORK DELAYED: Work is now expected to start in summer 2021, but it is not expected to be completed before summer 2024, taking three instead of the planned two years. Read BBC news report (30 June)

100 DAYS OF LOCKDOWN IN CALDERDALE As the country approaches its 100th day of lockdown, Calderdale Council has reflected upon the enormous joint effort and kindness that have defined the response to COVID-19 across the borough. Read more (29 June)

THE TRADES CLUB, Hebden Bridge's living, vibrant, socialist club and music venue remains closed. Mal Campbell, the club's events manager, has written an article on the club and how people are missing communal live experiences. Read article (26 June)

HEBDEN BRIDGE & DISTRICT OLD PEOPLE'S WELFARE COMMITTEE is the Mayor's chosen charity - Read more (25 June)

DOES THE TYPE OF BOOKS DETERMINE THE LEVEL OF EDUCATION you will attain? The good thing nowadays is that you can search for any book from online sources and get them within the blink of an eye. Will online sources replace book? Read more (24 June)

A TOP BOOK PLATFORM FOR ACADEMIC SUCCESS - Commonly, you might need guidance to ensure that you manage your education in the best way possible. Sometimes, such info doesn't necessarily have to come from academic advisors. A top book platform is one source that assists students in their education. Read more (21 June)

BLACK LIVES MATTER: LOCAL TRADES UNIONS CALL FOR JUSTICE West Yorkshire Association of Trades Union Councils (WYATUC) has expressed solidarity with those campaigning for justice and real, meaningful equality for Black people. Read more (16 June)

BOOKS ON EDUCATION YOU OUGHT TO READ - It is no secret that the current model of formal education is outdated. There is barely any engagement between instructors and learners. A teacher will stand in front of the classroom, disseminate knowledge, while students absorb as much as they can. Read more (15 June)

KEIGHLEY ROAD CLOSURES AND IMPROVEMENTS The works are scheduled for weekdays from Monday 6 July until to Friday 20 November. For the first six weeks, the road will be closed between Hebden Bridge and Oxenhope with local access only between Hebden Bridge and Pecket Well. Read more (11 June)

'THE AMERICAN DREAM' - explores Racism in Sport - A special online Q&A for acclaimed feature documentary will be hosted by Hebden Bridge Film Festival on Thursday, June 18 at 8pm. More info

FLOOD ALLEVIATION SCHEME - survey work means pavement closures. The Environment Agency and Calderdale are designing a Flood Alleviation Scheme for Hebden Bridge. There will be a need for localised pavement diversions to close off access to specific areas. More info (9 June)

MURPHY’S LORE: Lockdown Diary 6 - there's a new bridge, sightings of nymphs, a billy goat rescued, a warning to buskers, dangers down a well, blubber boy, social distancing worries, William Holt and Trigger, nymphs in Todmorden, bird song and rewilding and an errant adviser. Murphy's Lore Lockdown Diary (2 June)

May 2020


WASTE AND RECYCLING CENTRE TO RE-OPEN at Eastwood, from Friday 22 May. It will not be as previously. There will be traffic management and strict safety measures in place to protect both staff and visitors. Read more (20 May)

MURPHY'S LORE: Lockdown Diary 5 In this issue, Nora does a duet with herself, there's Jon, John and Grayson, domestic abuse and a hanging judge, a randy professor and an artful woman, Poundland and Mr Big, VE Day and a passing poet, a fancy man and Boris, New Zealand versus England, a fable and a folktale and a Fairytale of Hebden Bridge! Plus Readers Write. Murphy's Lore Lockdown Diary (18 May)

HIMALAYAN BALSAM CHOKING BLUEBELLS Brearley woods is an area once renowned for its bluebells. Sadly, they are currently being choked by Himalayan Balsam. Walkers are being urged to helpbash the balsam. Read more

GREEN DOOR: Hebden Bridge's Ann Brown tells her true tale of relationship abuse, tinged with humanity and humour. Watch in the comfort of your own homes! Green Door exposes the traits of those who inflict physical and mental torture on their partners. Read more (7 May)

MURPHY’S LORE: Lockdown Diary includes a tale from Turvin, hunters, breeders, sky writing, haircuts for men, a president in hiding, a psychiatrist in action, Shakespeare's birthday, the farmer and the lion, the Doctor's Patient, bluebells, wild garlic, red skies, swallows, ducks, a man rehearsing and Nora starring in Britain's Got Talent. Murphy's Lore Lockdown Diary (4 May)

CALDERDALE SAYS DON'T OPEN SCHOOLS IF NOT SAFE: The Council is advising local schools not to open more widely until they can be confident that children and teaching staff are able to return to classrooms safely. The Government has set five key tests which must guide any decision to re-open. Read more (19 May)

NEW CALDENE BRIDGE OPENS MONDAY The opening of the new bridge, from 10am, Mon 18 May, is a major milestone for the Mytholmroyd Flood Alleviation Scheme. The old bridge was a serious constriction to flood flows and contributed towards the Boxing Day 2015 floods. Read more.

SWARM SEASON IS HERE With the warming of the weather it’s time for the bees to start swarming in the valley. If you have a swarm in the Hebden Bridge or Mytholmroyd area you can ring local beekeepers. More info (13 May)

MAYOR'S CHARITY RAISES MONEY FOR CROWS The Town Council Mayor, Cllr Dr Carol Stow has raised a total of £1561.51 during her Mayoral year for CROWS (Community Rights Of Way Service), to help CROWS to continue improving and maintaining the footways and bridleways for us all to enjoy. Read more (7 May)

April 2020


PLAN TO OPEN WASTE SITES EXPECTED SOON In the meantime, fortnightly garden waste collections will now resume for existing subscribers, and we're encouraged to report instances of fly-tipping More info (29 April)

MORE DUVET COVERS AND SHEETS NEEDED... ... can you help? The HebWeb has received a request to help Niladri make more laundry bags for the NHS. Staff can put their used scrubs straight into the bag so that they can be washed without further handling - thus reducing infection risk. More info (27 April)

HEBDEN BRIDGE FLOOD ALLEVIATION SCHEME - Listed Building Consent applications for some of these works have been submitted, eg in respect of all three bridges, Innovation and the Town Hall. Read more

HEBDEN BRIDGE'S JOAN PEARCE (100) recovers from coronavirus - see YouTube video of Joan being clapped as she left hospital on Monday, 13 April.

GRANTS FROM HEBDEN BRIDGE ROTARY CLUB The Rotary Club of Hebden Bridge awards grants to local, national and international charities and good causes. Its income comes from running events such as the Duck Race and the Vintage Weekend. Each year, they distribute around £45,000 in grants. Read more, and how to apply

MURPHY'S LORE TWO: Tales from an offcumden, a diary of the pandemic, DIY on the front line, what hides under kilts, EpiPens, Slack top and bottom, a scenic cemetery, when to cry wolf, the Earth takes a breather, bats, hedgehogs, pangolins, a hairy toe, a kissing tree, gardeners who can't garden, butter up awards, fame at 96 and readers write. Murphy's Law Two (6 April)

BEFORE THE BUG: In the absence of very much news during the lockdown, the HebWeb is taking the opportunity to celebrate our area by digging into our archives. Most days, our home page will be updated with HebWeb articles from the same date from the past 25 years. See articles posted since 1 April

FLOODS IN THE CONGO: Over the weekend of 17-19 April, flooding caused dozens of deaths and made a large numbers homeless in the community of Uvira in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The Town Council has sent a letter of support. Read more. (27 April)

MOORLAND FIRE AT WIDDOP: Fire crews tackle burning moorland blaze near Hebden Bridge. See ITV report

There's a question to Bob Dylan, a salute to a big man, time travel, care workers, a big and a little dog, hobyahs, a Grimm grim tale, a tunnel discovery, the mystery of Mr E, a red wine temptation, the frightening man and meeting up at the Omega Point. Murphy's Law Lockdown Diary (20 April)

TOWN COUNCIL LAUNCHES COVID-19 GRANTS: a small grants scheme available to support local organisations working to mitigate the effects of the Coronavirus outbreak on the most vulnerable in our community. More info and how to apply (15 April)

PACE EGG PLAY GOES ONLINE! The Heptonstall Players have decided to use 21st century technology to bring you the centuries old play and a one-off play will be streamed online here at 11am on Friday 10th April 2020. Read more

CHANNEL 4 NEWS - report from locked-down Hebden Bridge, on Weds, 8 April 2020.

LETTERS OF SUPPORT FROM TWINNING/ FRIENDSHIP TOWNS: Hebden Royd Town Council (HRTC) sent letters of support to our Twinning and Friendship towns in St Pol sur Ternoise, Warstein and Paratico, in light of the coronavirus pandemic. Read more (4 April)

March 2020


CORONAVIRUS: FOOD FOR VULNERABLE PEOPLE in Calderdale who are being supported to get the food they need during the COVID-19 outbreak, through food parcels, food banks and free school meals. More info (31 March)

MURPHY'S LORE TWO: THE C WORD This bumper first issue includes The C Word, herd immunity, a score draw in York, lunch at Leila's, Oscar Wilde, hand washing, down the grid, government suppression, winging it and much more. Murphy's Law Two (23 March)

HEBDEN BRIDGE GROUP PRACTICE - APPOINTMENTS BY PHONE ONLY Due to the emerging Coronavirus situation the reception areas have been closed in order to protect the population and prevent spread of the virus. All appointments have been converted to telephone consultations. Read more (18 March)

HEBDEN BRIDGE FILM FESTIVAL CANCELLED. Louise Wadley, Film Festival Director: "We are very sorry to announce that we are postponing the 2020 Hebden Bridge Film Festival. Given the worsening situation with the Covid-19 virus we feel this is the right decision." Read more (16 March)

OLD TOWN PLAYGROUND PLANS - Wadsworth Parish Council has recently recruited four new Councillors who would like to ask the community what piece of new equipment residents would like to see at Old Town play area. More info. (16 March)

AND THE WINNER IS . . . Calder Valley Community Land Trust! With first prize for Social Investment at the Awards ceremony in Leeds yesterday (March 12) organised by Social Enterprise Yorkshire and Humber. Read more

THE CAPTIVE QUEEN Speaker David Templeman told a recent meeting of the University of the Third Age about his researches into the life of Marie Stuart, Mary Queen of Scots. Read report

WIN TICKETS FOR KIRSTY ALMEDIA AT THE TRADES World folk singer/ songwriter and composer Kirsty Almeia is now based here in Hebden Bridge and the HebWeb has a couple of pairs of tickets for her homecoming album launch at the Trades on Friday 13 March. More info

THE EGG FACTORY HAS MOVED to new premises not far away - just over the car park at Unit 4 Victoria Works, Victoria Road. We're calling it the Egg Factory Annexe. More info (6 March)

SLOW THE FLOW LATEST NEWS Slow The Flow have been incredibly busy in the last month as a result of Storms Ciara and Dennis.  Read about some of the activities the group has been up to and dates to watch out for over the next few weeks. Read more (5 March)

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY AT THE TRADES, celebrating female artists everywhere this Sunday, 8 March. Fiona Love will be hosting this event and keeping you entertained. Organisers promise an amazing line up of talent. More info (3 March)

NEW NOVEL FROM BEST-SELLING AUTHOR LINDA GREEN - situated in the Calder Valley and selected for the BBC Radio 2 Book Club, the author will be signing copies at the Book Case this Wednesday, 4 March. More info (2 March)

DISABILITY ACCESS FORUM, CORONAVIRUS SUPPORT Hebden Bridge Disability Access Forum remains active during the Coronavirus crisis, raising issues of access to all aspects of life, including services, financial benefits, care and support, and info about local support. Read more (25 March)

HEBDEN BRIDGE GROUP PRACTICE: Latest info from the Patient Participation Group - obtaining results, routine and follow up procedures. Read more (23 March)

CELEBRATING OUR WOODLAND HERITAGE Chris Atkinson spoke with enthusiasm to the Hebden Bridge Local History Society about the project over the past three years exploring the history of the woodlands of the South Pennines. Read report (20 March)

SLOW THE FLOW cancels volunteer activity for the time being as a result of the Coronavirus Pandemic. More info (18 March)

PACE EGG PLAYS CANCELLED The Heptonstall Players have decided that the only sensible action they could take to limit the risk is to cancel the this year's Pace Egg. See HebWeb News item (17 March)

PIANO FESTIVAL CANCELLED. The HebWeb has been informed: "It is with great sadness and disappointment that due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Hebden Bridge Piano Festival Board has taken the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Festival." See statement. (16 Mar)

GREEN DOOR: Ann Brown's true story of escaping a toxic relationship that almost killed her. Funded by Arts Council England, her one woman play, Green Door, exposes the traits of those who inflict physical and mental torture on their partners. Read more(13 March)

LITTLE THEATRE LOOKING FOR A LARGE CAST Ray Riches will be auditioning for their June play, When We Are Married, on Sunday 15 March, at 7pm. More info

GRETA THUNBERG: GIANT WORK OF ART appears in the Mytholm area of Hebden Bridge. Artists from Sand in Your Eye worked with children from Hebden Royd School to produce a piece of art 60 metres long, in time for International Women's Day. See photos. (6 March)

DISCOVERING TED HUGHES'S YORKSHIRE: Trail Maps Launch on Sat 21 March. Literary and heritage trail, with maps designed by HB cartographer Chris Goddard. Poetry readings from Carola Luther and David Morley, and a talk by Hughes expert, Dr Steve Ely. Read more

FILM FESTIVAL PROGRAMME LAUNCH - The full programme for the 2020 Hebden Bridge Film Festival has been launched with new films from the UK and around the world. The Festival takes place from Friday 27 to Sunday 29 March 2020. Read more

PIANO FESTIVAL PROGRAMME LAUNCH A regular fixture in the town's social calendar, the 2020 Hebden Bridge Piano Festival programme launch party takes place in the café bar at the Town Hall on Friday 13th March. Read more

February 2020


SKIPTON'S FIRST WORLD WAR POW CAMP Anne Buckley, in a talk to the Local History Society, told about being handed a book written in German, which had been lying forgotten in the storeroom of Skipton Library since the 1950s. Read report (29 Feb)

FRANK WOOLRYCH died peacefully at home with his family on 14 Feb 2020. For many years, the President of our Local History Society, the preserving of the Alice Longstaff collection and the creation of the Pennine Horizons Digital Archive were among his many achievements. For details of the celebration of his life, see Lives Remembered: Frank Woolrych (27 Feb)

HUNGER STRIKE TO BAN THE BURN Following the devastating flooding in Hebden Bridge and Mytholmroyd during Storm Ciara,  Hebden Bridge's Dongria Kondh, co-ordinator of Treesponsibility, has gone on hunger strike outside Natural England's Leeds office. Read more (20 Feb)

HAPPY VALLEY PRIDE LAUNCH 'BIG NIGHT OUT' Special one-off activities all year round to complement the main Happy Valley Pride festival in July. Writing Anne Lister, And Then We Danced and Kirsty's Poptastic Piano Singalong. More info (20 Feb)

AND THEN WE DANCED TO CLOSE FILM FESTIVAL 2020 - a passionate and beautiful coming-of-age tale about forbidden love in the Georgian ballet. Set within the conservative confines of modern Tbilisi, the film tells the story of a competitive dancer. More info (19 Feb)

BIG COMEDY LITTLE THEATRE Canalside Comedy is gearing up for the next evening of comedy on 8th March. Paul Tonkinson and Scott Bennett are joined by newer acts, Liam Pickford and Celya Ab, hosted by Bobby Murdoch. Read more (17 Feb)

CAUSES AND CAUSEYS – MANORIAL REGULATION OF ROADS - The Local History Society heard from Murray Seccombe who shared his experience of using records from the manor of Wakefield to get a fix on how the area's highways were managed in the seventeenth century. Read report (15 Feb)

PREPARING FOR STORM DENNIS Calderdale Council is preparing for Storm Dennis, which is expected to hit the our area this Saturday and into Sunday. An Amber weather warning is in place. With the ground already saturated, rivers are due to respond quickly. Read more (1 Feb)

THE FEBRUARY FLOOD Photos and links to crucial info, news and media reports and HebWeb reports of five previous major floods since the millennium. This page will be updated with further info as it comes in. (Updated 12 Feb)

HEBDEN BRIDGE STATION IMPROVEMENTS TO START NEXT WEEK Network Rail will begin major work to improve Hebden Bridge railway station in a £500,000 investment, to be completed by the end of March. Read more (5 Feb)

FEBRUARY LUNCHTIME LIVE: 2 hours free, live and local music on Sat 15 Feb starting at 1.30pm. This month's acts are familiar faces on the local circuit but their musical influences come from far and wide. Read more

CARBON NEUTRAL BY 2038 - OR SOONER! After declaring a Climate Emergency on 30 January 2019, Calderdale Council is proposing another significant move in its fight against climate change – to make the borough carbon neutral by 2038. Read more (3 Feb)

HELEN MELLER STEPS DOWN FROM ARTS FESTIVAL: After 7 successful years Helen Meller is stepping down. Helen became the Festival's Artistic Director after a career in publishing and television in London led her back to her native Yorkshire roots. Read more. (1 Feb)

DREAMING VALLEYS: Hebden Bridge based magazine, Northern Earth is sponsoring a "day of engagement with topography, history and folklore, in words, music and song" at the Birchcliffe Centre on Sat 14 March. More info

FUNDING FOR FLOOD-HIT COMMUNITIES The Calder Valley was the worst hit area in England during the recent floods. For details of grants, council tax relief and the flood resilience scheme, see this news page. (26 Feb)

ARTSMILL EXHIBITION: LIVING IN A PENNINE LANDSCAPE from artists Anita Burrows, Roy Hubbard and Andrew Morrison at The David Wright Gallery from 1-22 March with a preview on Sunday, 1 March at 2pm. More info (25 Feb)

HOW TO WRITE A BUSINESS PLAN - A business plan serves as a key strategic tool for all types of entrepreneurs, is highly likely to hit your short-term and long-term goals and can help you get funding for your project. More info (19 Feb)

FLOOD RELIEF The Government has now confirmed Calderdale Council will receive funding to help support residents and businesses affected by Storm Ciara. Read more (19 Feb)

CALDERDALE CALLS FOR GOVERNMENT RESPONSE to support the Calder Valley – to ensure that flooded homes and businesses get the urgent help they need and to help manage the significant, ongoing risk of floods across the borough. Read more (18 Feb)

FLOOD BRINGS PENGUINS TO THE U3A Sue Flood, internationally acclaimed award-winning wild life photographer and film maker told the U3A of her travels and working on The Blue Planet and Planet Earth, with Sir David Attenborough. Read report

PETERLOO AND AFTER: Lit and Sci lecture with speaker Robert Poole, Professor of History at the University of Central Lancashire on Sat, 22 Feb. More info

THE PICTURE HOUSE RE-OPENS this evening, Weds 12 February and needs your support. Read latest info from the Friends of the Picture House.

LITTLE THEATRE: ENTERTAINING ANGELS: The Little Theatre's first play of the 2020 Season is Entertaining Angels, by Richard Everett, from Mon 24 – Sat 29 Feb. Grace has been a dutiful clergyman's wife for forty years. Now, with the death of her husband . . .  Read more (8 Feb)

MISBEHAVIOUR TO OPEN HEBDEN BRIDGE FILM FESTIVAL 2020 - the story of the 1970 Miss World competition, and how a group of women disrupted the pageant in front of a world-wide audience of nearly 100 million viewers in what has now become a famous Women's Liberation Movement protest. Read more.

THE BIG SPRING CLEAN IS BACK! From 20-29 March. The Town Council will pay community groups £60 for each team of 6 which takes part. Applications should be made to Hebden Royd - more info

GRANTS FROM THE ROTARY CLUB The Rotary Club of Hebden Bridge awards grants to local, national and international charities and good causes. Their grant income comes from running events such as the Duck Race and the Vintage Weekend. Each year, they distribute around £45,000. More info (1 Feb)

January 2020


THE RUNAWAYS - 4.30pm this Saturday, 1 Feb at The Picture House. Three children, two donkeys and one big adventure! Filmed in Yorkshire, Q&A with director, Richard Heap. More info

ARTSMILL EXHIBITION: THE STILL EARTH - an art exhibition by Jan Langdale whose work is inspired by nature and the elements. From 29 Jan with a preview Sun, 26 Jan. More info

ARTSMILL EXHIBITION: MICK WILSON - recent paintings, drawings, prints and sculptures. His work is representational, though often veering towards abstraction. From 29 Jan with a preview Sun, 26 Jan. More info

ARTS FESTIVAL SEEKS NEW CHAIR AND TRUSTEES Hebden Bridge Arts Festival is seeking to recruit Trustees and a Chair to join their dynamic and experienced Board. More info and details of how to apply. (14 Jan)

A VICTORIAN ARTIST PAINTS HEBDEN BRIDGE: the landscape paintings of John Holland. Diana Monahan and Justine Wyatt, spoke to the Local History Society on finding out more about the Victorian artist John Holland’s paintings of the Calder Valley. Read report (9 Jan 2020)

AUTHOR CHRISTOPHER DE BELLAIGUE TO LECTURE ON THE ISLAMIC ENLIGHTENMENT - organised by the Lit & Sci, this public lecture being given on Saturday January 18th in Hebden Bridge by Christopher de Bellaigue could hardly be more timely. Read more

HAVE YOUR SAY ON ROAD IMPROVEMENT PLANS - the plans are available to view online and there is a drop-in event at the Town Hall, where people can give feedback in person and Council staff will be on hand to answer any questions. Read more (3 Jan)

HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL DAY From the archive. In 2003, The Mytholmroyd Net interviewed Thea Gersten, about her diary of a Jewish teenager growing up in Nazi Germany and who came to live in Mytholmroyd. Read the interview.

GLEE UNIONS: SINGING AND SOCIALISM IN 19TH CENTURY - Members of the Local History Society cleared their voices and learned how to sing some historic glee tunes. Practical demonstration was a crucial part of Professor David Baker's talk about the golden age of Glee clubs. Read report. (27 Jan)

THE BEST MOTORHOME CAMP SITES NEAR HEBDEN BRIDGE - If you you’re heading for our area, you have some great choices to spend a holiday relaxing and recharging your batteries. More info (22 Jan)

OPPOSITION GROWS TO "TRAFFIC IMPROVEMENTS" which include making the Keighley Road at Commercial Street one way, banning commuter parking on the A646 between Hebden Bridge Station and Mytholmroyd, and banning parking on Market Street. The HB Business Forum is campaigning against the changes. Read more

SLOW THE FLOW 2020 and the new decade - Keeping Natural Flood Management on the agenda! And looking back over the milestones of the past year. Projects around Calderdale continue to develop, and are starting to make a tangible difference. Read report. (12 Jan)

JANUARY LUNCHTIME LIVE, on the afternoon of 18 January, features Reggie and the Krayfish, Creedy and The Men They Couldn’t Stand at the Hope Baptist Church. Read more

RADIOPHONIC RAZZLE-DAZZLE ‘CINDERELLA’ - not just an ordinary Christmas panto, oh no. "Commissioned, subtly scripted, wickedly witty, perfectly punned, colourfully costumed, musically magical, audibly amplified and magnificent." Read U3A report (3 Jan)