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Calder High 6th Form to Close: Calderdale Council’s Cabinet will be asked to approve the decision of the governors at Calder High School to close its sixth form on 31 August 2019. Only Ryburn will offer 6th form provision in the Upper Valley. Read more  (20 July)

RampsDisability Forum launches Access Map showing wheelchair friendly pavements, accessible toilets, bus stops and parking spaces. For link to download the map and news about the new portable ramps, Read more (12 July)

u3aOne career is simply not enough! U3A Todmorden heard a cracking talk from Allan Shalks. Enigmatically titled 'My Interesting Life', that's just what it turned out to be. Read report (17 July)

Lunchtime LiveLunchtime Live Saturday 14 July. Those performing were Creedy and the Colour, Iain Taylor, Mila Tsoneva, Katie O'Malley and Run the River. Hope Baptist Chapel Read more

CND

Peace in the Valley erected a giant CND symbol behind Todmorden Market on Friday, to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the founding of CND. It's being taken from place to place around the country. Next stop Bradford. To join, go to the Yorkshire CND website. Click photo to enlarge (8 July)

Small Ads: message received 9 July - "Just to say that my cottage has now been let. Thanks once again to HebWeb!"

Swimming pool latest. It's still going ahead but, because of the 2015 Flood, not yet. And not in Hebden Bridge. Read the latest statement from the Swimming Pool Association, and follow the links for how the HebWeb has covered this controversial issue over many years. More (6 July)

Be safe on the Tops In the wake of the wildfire on Saddleworth Moor, we are being reminded to take care when out and about in moorlands around the Upper Valley. Guidelines and what to do if you see a fire (28 June)

Clearing moors for grouse shooting creates a tinderbox argues George Monbiot in this Guardian article, citing the moors above Hebden Bridge. (28 June)

GalaThe New Mytholmroyd Gala was on Saturday, 7 July. With live music, stalls, theatre, fancy dress, food, tea room and much more. More info (26 June)


Musical RuthFestival Street Performers: photos On 1 July, the Arts Festival brought back some of Britain's best street performers for a special open extravaganza to mark their 25th Birthday. More photos (2 July)


Handmade ParadeThe 2018 Handmade Parade was as colourfully creative as ever. With warm June sunshine, blue skies and our town full of smiling faces of all ages, it was another great success. More photos

The New FortyThe New Forty: Newly-retired Jess from Berringden Brow finds that it's still possible to have adventures: stewarding at Glastonbury, teatime quiz show, a writing competition in a haunted barn, and volunteering with a children's charity in Romania. Read more (20 July)

New Electricity Sub Station to be placed on the grass verge opposite the White Lion. See this forum thread (19 July)

Little TheatreNew Play Festival: Play Write! This July, the Little Theatre plays host to a new play Festival. For two nights only, 20-21 July, the Little Theatre will present an evening of original drama, as the winners of the Little Theatre, one-act play competition have their work performed. More info

Ranger Day

Meet the countryside team at Hardcastle Crags This July, the countryside team will be sharing the secrets of how they look after this picturesque woodland. Ask questions, see demonstrations and meet Nathan, the working horse. More info (12 July)

Ian EmbersonBright Sari in a Darkened Street is a new novel by Ian Emberson, who died in 2013 and was well known as a writer and artist in the Upper Valley. His wife Catherine has made this previously unpublished work available. It tells how aspiring artist Miles meets spirited and enchanting Kavita and is drawn into a relationship that crosses cultural divides. Read more(10 July)

Small Ads: "Please can you remove small ad put on 9th July. I had a response within an hour of the ad going live and the first viewer took the house. I had 8 requests to view in 24 hours. Brilliant!"

Hampton CourtLocal garden designer at Hampton Court Flower Show. Local garden designer Emma Reed has designed one of the gardens for this year’s Hampton Court Flower Show, using a Mr Men theme. See on BBC 2. Read more (5 July)

The Italian jobVintage Car Weekend: your two favourite car related films have been chosen - The Blues Brothers and The Italian Job. They will be shown during the 4-5 August weekend at the Picture House. More info (5 July)

Open StudiosOpen Studios Weekend (6-8 July) was a great opportunity to visit local artists and craftspeople in Hebden Bridge and around the Upper Valley. Over 90 artists will be opening their studios and homes.

Hepton Singers' concert marked Alison's farewell as Musical Director The Hepton Singers' summer concert, held in Heptonstall church on Sun 8 July, was a special one for the choir and for their current musical director, Alison West. After 33 years with the chamber choir, Alison has announced her decision to stand down from her role. More info. (2 July)

Purple ice cream

Kids test out special purple ice cream Pupils from Old Town Primary were only too happy to test out purple ice cream that was only available during the Arts Festival Landscape open air experimental music event on Sunday 1st July. More info. (28 June)

Handmade Parade

Festival of IdeasThe Incredible Festival of ideas from 21-24 June, across the Upper Calder Valley - explored radical ideas in action including urban agriculture, community asset transfer, and much, much more. Read more

Major works now complete on Scout Road flood recovery scheme: The £6.5 million project to strengthen the hillside, improve drainage and boost flood resilience at Scout Road in Mytholmroyd is now done. Read more. (14 June)

Canal£1.5m facelift for canal towpath: A section of the Rochdale Canal towpath between Hebden Bridge and Todmorden is to benefit from a £1.5m scheme to improve cycling and walking access More info. (12 June)

Police appeal for witnesses after a man was stabbed in Hebden Bridge, Sat pm, 9 June. See also: BBC News.

Commoners' Choir

Non-conformist singers needed for Arts Festival: Singers are needed to add their voices to groups celebrating Hebden Bridge Arts Festival’s theme of non-conformism. Read more about The Commoners’ Choir and other non-conformist musical groups coming to this year’s Festival. Read more (8 June)

Calderdale Council Leader complains to Northern Rail. Cllr Tim Swift has told Managing Director David Brown that the level of delays and cancellations on the Calder Valley line mean that ‘rail is no longer a reliable means of travel’. Read more (5 June)

FestivalHebden Bridge Labels wanted: Local collector Lizzie Lockhart has issued a call for labels from Hebden Bridge's textile manufacturers old and new for an exhibition she is curating during the Arts Festival. Read more. (1 June)

PrideJoin the Revolutionaries heading to Hebden Bridge for Happy Valley Pride 2018 from 6-12 August -an eclectic, alternative and inclusive week-long festival for everyone. Celebrating LGBT+ life in Hebden Bridge and surrounding areas. Read more (27 May)

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Carol Stow

New Mayor for Hebden Royd Town Council - Carol Stow will be the Mayor for the next year and her charity will be 'Slow the Flow' who are working to protect the Calder Valley, and similar locations, from flooding in the future. (22 May)

Unite Day of Action against the rollout of Universal Credit. The Unite Communityasked for people in Hebden Bridge and the Calder Valley to join them leafleting in Halifax. Read more (23 May)

Nonconformists NowNonconformists Now Hope Chapel’s new book celebrates this year's Arts Festival theme: ‘'Nonconformism’ - a photographic record of the chapel’s restoration, revival and people over the past ten years. More info (16 May)

Cheque presentationMayor's Charity Cheque: The Retiring Mayor of Hebden Royd, Cllr Pat Fraser presented her charity, Andy's Man Club with a cheque for £2075. Read more. (18 May)

Northern Rail: Manchester Evening News headline - "Crowded carriages, cancelled trains and 'aggressive tweets' - just what is going on with Northern Rail?"

Toilets in the Park re-open: Calderdale Council have now re-opened the public toilets in Calder Holmes Park for general use - (unisex) toilet, as well as the accessible toilet. Read more (15 May)

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

Folk Roots Festival

Hebden Bridge Folk Roots Festival, run by a group of musicians and folk enthusiasts took place over the weekend of 11-13 May. It brought together an impressive mix of artists, dancers, storytellers and musicians from all over the world. Read more.

Guardian features Incredible Edible with a full page in the main paper. "You can do nothing and obey the rules, or you can say 'I'm going to make a difference regardless'" See article (10 May)

New councillorsSarah Courtney (Lab) takes Calder ward, covering Hebden Bridge, with over 3000 votes. A search of our archives doesn't reveal any previous Calder candidate receiving more than 3000 votes. Scott Patient (Lab) takes Luddendenfoot ward. Richard Needham won the Fairfield bye-election for the Town Council. Details (4 May)

Vote!

LOCAL ELECTIONS
3 May was the chance to elect local councillors. Click here to see who stood. The HebWeb invited candidates to send up to 500 words with a photo. Seven of the eleven candidates did - see local election page. (updated 25 April)

Photo competition

Through the Lens - South Pennines’ Photographic Competition is open to all, amateur or professional. The only limits are geographical; all the images have to be of the South Pennines. More info (22 April)

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

Jeremy Corbyn

Jeremy Corbyn in Mytholmroyd speaking to a packed Community Centre, supporting Labour's candidates for the local elections. Click photo to enlarge.

Where to Stay in the Hebden Bridge area - many of the listings in this popular section have been updated over the past couple of weeks. And following several requests, there is now a new page which features only Bed and Breakfast listings. (3 April)

Heptonstall Pace Egg Play

Heptonstall 2018 Pace Egg Photos
"The oldest drama in the world, dating back to ancient Egypt and performed by many civilisations across the centuries." Good Friday, Weavers' Square. Photos

Mytholmroyd Flood Scheme from May: traffic slowdown for up to 2 years, whilst further essential flood defence work is carried out. New measures are being implemented this time to make sure the temporary traffic lights are as effective as possible. Read more

Hebden Bridge

New leaflet for Hebden Bridge - download it here (26 Feb)

Labour councillor condemns Craig Whittaker for failing Calderdale "The official figures show Government funding is being cut by another £3.9m next year. And since 2015, annual government support for Calderdale has been cut by more than £20m." Read more.

Shoreditch of the North - is how today's Guardian's full page 3 feature describes Halifax.

Todmorden Community College is to become Todmorden Learning Centre after campaigners last night persuaded councillors to reject the bid for another supermarket, Aldi, a move which will benefit Hebden Bridge and all in the Upper Valley. (13 Feb)

Josh Fenton-GlynnLabour choose Josh Fenton-Glynn as Parliamentary candidate for the Calder Valley at the next General Election. Hundreds of the party's 2000+ members packed into Halifax Minster to vote, after hearing the 4 short-listed candidates make their case. Read report (Updated 5 Feb)

Tim SwiftGive us back our millions, Mrs May! says Labour leader of Calderdale Council, Tim Swift. Since 2010, central Government grants to Calderdale have halved, meaning ever increasing council taxes. Read more

Joyful streets

Handmade Parade Launches Book Celebrating Ten Years Joyful Streets: Ten Years of Handmade Parade, written by author Linda Green and artistic director Andrew Kim. The 96-page book tells the story of the parade and is illustrated by local photographers. More info.

Hebden Bridge commuter stirs up Northern Rail A Facebook group has been set up by frustrated commuter, Kate Anstee. With over 1500 members already, rail travellers report being delighted to find a group where they can share frustrations, problems and info. Read more

Mytholmroyd centre improvements get underway - The centre of Mytholmroyd will be rejuvenated as part of a wider scheme of improvement works developed with the community, beginning early next month. Read more (25 June)

Six years ago: the Flood of 22 June - the first of two bad floods in the summer of 2012

Arts FestivalNon-conformists head to Hebden Bridge Arts Festival which starts this Friday, 22 June. Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy, renowned photographer Martin Parr and comic Bridget Christie are some of the non-conformists heading to Hebden Bridge as the Festival opens. More info (21 June)

The Kings TroupeThe King’s Troupe – Shakespeare Without Borders 2018. With its company of 37 actors, musicians and performers, the group performed Shakespeare’s “The Merry Wives of Windsor”, at the Dell stage at Stratford-on-Avon on the invitation of the Royal Shakespeare Company. Read more. (22 June)

PlanterHebden Bridge Rain Garden Planter Launch Party Calder Rivers Trust, the Community Association and Slow The Flow Calderdale are hosting a public drop-in 'launch party' on 29 June to celebrate the installation of rain garden planters at the Town Hall. More info (20 June)

The Walter Scott Prize for historical fiction (£25k) has been won by Ben Myers of Mytholmroyd for his historical fiction, The Gallows Pole. See Guardian Review.
More info (20 June)

Mytholmroyd Station PartnershipMytholmroyd Station Partnership: Fanfare for local Business. Each year one of the three local primary schools in the area visit a chosen local business. This gives young residents some insight for potential future careers. Read more (19 June)

Drinking in the Square - the Forum debate continues (19 June)

Community funding available from Hebden Royd Hebden Royd Town Council has a sizable Community Funding budget which it hopes will benefit as wide a range of groups as possible. More info (15 June)

John HegleyWin an original John Hegley cartoon Hebden Bridge Arts Festival have booked poet john Hegley for two special shows and he has created a hand drawn cartoon for Hebweb. Read more (13 June)

Coiners' pathCoiners' Path in Cragg Vale reopened by Robin Tuddenham, Chief Executive of Calderdale, on Weds 6th June. A good crowd met on Erringden Moor with people walking up from Cragg Vale, Bell House and Horsehold. Read more (8 June)

Twinning SocietyItalian visitors welcomed by Hebden Bridge Twinning Society This was the second visit to Hebden Bridge by Cllr Leda Liborio from our friendship town Paratico, Italy. Read more (6 June)

u3aHappy 10th Anniversary, U3A! The group was joined by representatives from other U3A groups to celebrate the 10th anniversary of its first members’ monthly meeting. Read report (7 June)

Ackley Bridge, Channel 4’s school drama, was filmed in Halifax, particularly the old Catholic High School, and in Hebden Bridge. (6 June)

Calling all Wheelchair Users: Your chance to influence future wheelchair services in Hebden Bridge area. (5 June)

Neighbourhood Plan Public meeting: ‘Planning for the Future’. The second of the public meetings this year, organised jointly by the Hebden Bridge Partnership and the Community Association is on Mon 11th June. Read more (5 June)

Mytholmroyd Station Partnership awardMytholmroyd Station Partnership award: Sue and Geoff Mitchell were presented with the 2018 Service to the Community Award by Hebden Royd Town Council. Read more (4 June)

Air Quality: Friends of the Earth are opposing the new strategy and action plan as they say it's not going to solve Calderdale’s (and Hebden Bridge's) air pollution problem. See HebWeb Forum

'Greatest Town in Europe' - as well as being the 4th funkiest town in the world, Culture Trip gives 12 Reasons why Hebden Bridge 'is known as the greatest town in Europe'. Read article (17 May)

TwinningSt Pol visits Hebden Bridge: A report of a successful visit from our twin town St Pol-sur-Ternoise. Not only was the weather perfect – everything else went well too. Read more (15 May)

Trevor BannisterCalderdale flood warden Trevor Bannister wins a further award Several organisations have paid tribute to Calderdale flood warden Trevor Bannister who has been awarded the Calderdale Citizenship Award for his voluntary services following the Boxing Day Floods. More info (10 May)

HebWeb

Far more than a large home page, the HebWeb is now an essential local resource. It has been around for nearly 23 years, covering local news, events, opinions, tourist info, small ads, where to stay and much, much more. Updated every day. Read more and go deeper into the HebWeb.

 

NHS cuts

Local campaigners challenge NHS cuts in court- Jenny Shepherd, one of the claimants in the Judicial Review, told the HebWeb that the court case was about whether the NHS across West Yorkshire and the whole of England remains safe and fair for patients. Read more (3 May)

Cafe culture

Café Culture is back thanks to generous grants. Café Culture, organised by the Arts Festival,  helps tackle isolation and was under threat of closure. Read more (2 May)

20 mph means fewer casualties - and saves money. The 20mph limit implementation will have prevented 30-40% of casualties over three years. The reduction in injuries means a public saving in the region of £3m Read more (1 May)

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

High Street

Hebden Bridge High Street The Community Land Trust hopes to bring back a lost Hebden Bridge street, with ambitious plans for new housing on the former High Street, parallel to Bridge Lanes. More info

Carpark to close: The former Fire Station site is close to being sold to a new developer But there is still plenty of spare space left to use for parking, argues a forum contributor. See Forum message

Working in the Cafe and Bar Culture. Read a thoughtful contribution from local employer, Dan Debenham posted 2 April in the HebWeb Forum

Hebden Bridge in Yorkshire crowned best place in the UK - 'Machine learning' used millions of data points to discover top locations. Read more (20 March)

From the archive: five years ago today The Times listed the 30 coolest places to live in Britain. Number one was Hebden Bridge. (19 March)

Hebden Bridge losing key shops? Following the news of the closure of Holts, our town's last greengrocers, comes the warning on this Forum thread that our last hardware shop, Bonsalls is struggling.

Holts

Signs of past times. Photo: HebWeb

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

Visitors' Centre reprieved according to a report in today's Yorkshire Post - see earlier HebWeb report (14 Feb)

The Book Case - highlighted by The Guardian (12 Feb)

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

Yorkshire's top 5 independent booksellers includes Hebden Bridge’s Book Case, according to the Yorkshire Post


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

Accessible Hebden Bridge: this 7 minute video shows the work of the Making Hebden Bridge Accessible for All project and how accessibility can be good for business. (27 Oct)

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

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

Best railway cafe

Hebden Bridge Station Café voted best in country "The Coffee Station", the cafe on Hebden Bridge railway station, is the first ever winner of a national award from Railfuture - the passenger organisation that campaigns for better and more trains and a bigger and better railway. Read more

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

Jeremy Corbyn in Hebden Bridge

Jeremy Corbyn in Hebden Bridge. Hundreds packed into the Town Hall on Monday (15 May) to support and hear the Labour leader. Photos, videos and report. (15 May - updated)


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


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

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

Accessible Venues guide - a brief guide to which venues for hire, might be suitable for community groups, classes, meetings, events or activities, to be accessible to disabled people. From the Disability Access Forum

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

HebWeb Small Ads - The HebWeb is brilliant. Found tutor within 3 days… We have found a candidate. The response was excellent as was the calibre of the candidates.

From Steve Farrell, now living in Mysore, India: "As someone who lives abroad, the Hebweb site has always been critical for keeping in touch 'back home' in Hebden. I've just needed to re-advertise my home for rent, so where to turn to? The Hebweb, of course. The Ad was up within minutes and there were 10 enquiries within 24 hours. Superb!" See Small Ads.

One hour from hb9

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

Hilary WainwrightHappy Valley writer loves Calderdale. "Hebden Bridge is vibrant; there's a lot going on artistically and it's also got great galleries, pubs and restaurants." Sally Wainwright talks of our "dramatic and awe-inspiring" landscape and the influence of local historian Jill Liddington's Anne Lister book. Read her Guardian article

Guardian Northerner: What the UK can learn from Hebden Bridge? The BBC's Mind the Gap asks how London's success can be replicated elsewhere: Claire Donnelly argues that our small town could have the answer. Read more

Hebden Bridge, the UK's second city, BBC article by Evan Davis. "Hebden Bridge is an inverted city with a greenbelt centre and suburbs called Manchester, Leeds and Liverpool." Read the article

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

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

Smll Ads: "I had so many wonderful responses to my ad for someone to help me re-organize my house post-flood, I wanted to employ everyone! Thank you." - Susan

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

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

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

HebWeb also available on the slightly shorter hebdenbridge.uk as well as hebdenbridge.co.uk

Camera Club

Hebden Bridge Camera Club winners: At the club's recent exhibition at the Town Hall, people came from all over to view the photos and take part in the ‘People’s Choice’, where they voted for their favourite 3 images. Read more and see larger versions of the above photos.

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

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

Britain's favourite market town? Hebden Bridge has been shortlisted in the 'Britain's favourite market town' category in the BBC Countryfile Magazine Awards 2013. Read more

HebWeb uses Google ads to help cover its costs and they vary for each user. This has worked well for many years. However, please let us know the url of any ad thought to be inappropriate. If we agree, the ad will be blocked.

Guardian Northerner: Hebden Bridge the UK's coolest place? The Yorkshire Paradise has won its fourth accolade in a decade. Born, brought up and living here, Rachel Pickering is loyal, but has one or two cautionary thoughts.

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

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

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  • Emails - a directory of local email addresses
  • Events: a selection of local events
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  • Hebden Bridge 500 - celebrating 500 years of the bridge
  • History pages - links to local history websites, together with a selection of articles remembering times past.
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