News, Features and forthcoming Events
Hebden Bridge Piano Festival returns this weekend (20-22 April) with an action-packed feast of wonderful music. Tickets are still available for 3 of the headline concerts, with Danny Driver, Mark Bebbington and Reiko Fujisawa who all enjoy huge reputations across the globe. More info
"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. (18 April)
Jeremy Corbyn in Mytholmroyd speaking to a packed Community Centre, supporting Labour's candidates for the local elections. Click photo to enlarge (14 April)
RSPB Call For Objections to Walshaw Moor Track: The RSPB is seeking help to put a stop to a planning application that could seriously damage an area of blanket bog, a rare and precious deep peat habitat that takes thousands of years to form. Read more. Updated
Slow The Flow Film and AGM: The Slow the Flow group showed the film High Water Common Ground, about flooding and what we can do now to reduce its risk - made by filmmaker Andy Clark, on Thursday 12th April. More info
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.
Jonny Walker, Man of the People, Busker and Activist died 14 March. Jonnywas remembered on Saturday, 7 April at 10am in George’s Square for a minute's silence and to sing his favourite song, 'Let it Be' by the Beatles. Read more (4 April)
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)
Flood alert no longer in force. (3 April, 9pm)
Midgley Pace Egg Play: Despite rumours to the contrary, and with the support of the Hebden Bridge Local History Society, the boys are back in town! And played throughout the Calder Valley this Good Friday. More info and times
Share and celebrate the Community Association's Queens Award this Saturday 24th March, 11am at the Town Hall - a free celebratory event which ran from 10am till 11.30am. Read more (20 March)
Defibrillator at Town Hall: The team at Hebden Bridge Town Hall have unveiled their new easy to use defibrillator that can be used in an emergency 24 hours a day, all year round, accessed via a code. More info. (21 March)
Mytholmroyd Flood Scheme from April: 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 (20 March)
Weather disruptions: latest update from Calderdale (19 March)
Calder High decision on sixth form closure will be considered by Calderdale Council’s Cabinet at the next meeting on Monday 19 March 2018. An option for a new 6th form college at the former library site in Halifax is being considered. More info (12 March)
Council Budget: report of five and a half hours of arguing, from Josh Fenton-Glynn, who represents Hebden Bridge on Calderdale Council. Main points, and differences between the political parties. Read report (27 Feb)
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. (21 Feb)
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)
Votes for Women: remembering Hebden Bridge suffragettes. February 6th 2018 marks 100 years since women won the right to vote. Read about local campaigners. Read more (6 Feb)
Labour 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)
Give 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 (24 Jan)
What role for Auntie today? Forthcoming Lit & Sci lecture examined the BBC’s role. Speaker Dr Tom Mills, author of a recent analysis of the organisation, explored whether the BBC is a public service or is implicitly part of the establishment. 27 Jan, the Town Hall. Read more
Less than a Year, by Peggy Thomas of Hebden Bridge, is an account of working in an East End school where "bad behaviour is created by teachers". Read more about Peggy's book and how she saw "the scapegoating process in painful detail."
Signal Box planning application - The Friends of Hebden Bridge Station are concerned that these plans may cause difficulties and expense for any group wishing to secure a heritage future for the signal box. See Planning Watch for more info (17 Jan)
Proposals to reduce flood risk in Mytholmroyd and create wet woodlands in the upper valley. The Mytholmroyd scheme involves the relocation of Caldene Bridge, which is one of two crossing points over the Calder in Mytholmroyd centre and currently constricts the amount of water that can flow downriver. Read more
Vegan Fayre at the Town Hall on Sunday, 7 Jan. Hundreds packed the cafe area, Waterfront Hall and the outside area where vegan food was served.
Long waits at Calderdale and Huddersfield A&E - NHS Calderdale advises patients to choose services wisely: only go to A&E in an emergency as there are currently long waits in emergency departments. Read more
Two years on from the floods: Over the past 2 years the local community, Calderdale Council and partner organisations have been working hard to recover from the floods that hit our area on Boxing Day 2015. For more information on progress made, flood resilience schemes and works to be carried out in 2018, see this news page
Reservoir drawdown trial starts 21st December 2017 through to the 31st March 2018.
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.
Town Council co-option: this week, Hebden Royd Town Council co-opted Cragg Vale resident and Labour Party member Chris Phillips for the Cragg Vale ward, filling the vacancy which followed Luke Daber's departure. The Council now has 11 Labour, 5 Lib-Dem & 2 Independent members.
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
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
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 (28 Sept)
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.
Dig deeper inside the HebWeb There's much more on the HebWeb than you may think. This website has become a unique resource of local activity over the past twenty or so years. Read our brief summary of some of these less obvious features. (29 May)
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.
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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 (3 Oct)
2018 local election candidates: Thursday, 3 May is the chance to elect local councillors. Click here to see who's standing. Candidates are invited to send the HebWeb up to 500 words with a photo. So far, we've heard from Chris Wadsworth, Mike Prior, Sarah Courtney and Jenny Shepherd - see local election page. (17 April)
Wainsgate Concert: The Retrosettes. Contemporary music with a retro flavour. Wainsgate Chapel’s 2018 Concert Season starts Sunday 29th April and between now and October there’s a real variety of different musical styles on offer including New-wave folk, jazz guitar, choral music and more (19 April)
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. A public consultation is on 21 April. More info (14 April)
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 (10 April)
Hebden Royd Annual Town Meeting: Residents are invited to attend the Annual Town Meeting for Hebden Royd Town Council was held on Wednesday, 18th April at the Mytholmroyd Community Centre at 7:30 pm. Read more. (16 April)
Little Theatre: Gaslight opens on Monday, 16 April, so get your tickets now! Gaslight, a 1938 play by Patrick Hamilton, is a psychological thriller set in a Victorian world shrouded in fog, and lit by flickering gaslight. Read more (8 April)
Dock Pudding Competition cancelled "Massive apologies but, due to the never ending cold spell, there are no docks so we are having to cancel the championship for 2018." See Facebook page (8 April)
Lunchtime Live at the Baptist Chapel This Saturday, 14 April 1-4pm. Yorkshire born singer-songwriter Jack Parker, Birds and Beasts Band, Saffi Rhodes, Socs Blakely and The Men They Couldn't Stand. More info
Disputes over boundaries and commons in the South Pennines: Dr Nigel Smith told the History Society how disagreements over the location of township boundaries reached a peak of litigation in the 16th and early 17th centuries. Read more (5 April)
DJ Dave Haslam is in the hot seat Hacienda DJ and best-selling writer Dave Haslam will be in the hot seat during a no holds barred interview about his memoir Sonic Youth Slept on My Floor; Music, Manchester as part of Hebden Bridge Arts Festival. Read more (31 March)
Gridlock at Bankfoot! With tailbacks right through Hebden Bridge, even between rush hours, and work about to start in Mytholmroyd (HebWeb News, 20 March), Calderdale have issued a press release, explaining how the Bankfoot roadworks will continue for another 3 weeks including Easter. Read more (29 March)
Top comic Bridget Christie plays Hebden Bridge Arts Festival. She brings her new 'What Now?' show looking at Brexit, Trump, nuclear apocalypse and environmental catastrophe to Hebden Bridge on 27 June. Read more (21 March)
The Battle of the Somme was the subject of the latest local U3A talk. Geoff Carter told how Yorkshire and Lancashire provided almost 100,000 soldiers, including several Pals’ Battalions towards Kitchener's 'New Army' in 1915. Read report (22 March)
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)
Closure of Calder High 6th Form: Michael Prior argues that the possible closure of the 6th form at Calder High "raises some serious questions about education in the Upper Valley and, in particular, the management of Calder High School" - See HebWeb Forum (18 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.
Seven Centuries of Recorded Floods in the Calder Valley: Thirty people struggled through snow and blizzards to attend a talk on the subject of floods. Nick Wilding, local filmmaker, was the speaker at a meeting of the Hebden Bridge Local History Society. Read more (6 March)
Overnight closures for A646 between Mytholmroyd and Luddendenfoot from 12 March (28 Feb)
Radio Three from the Trades - the "much celebrated Trades Club” was the venue for Verity Sharp’s experimental music showcase yesterday evening. Click here to listen (23 Feb)
Damn Your Eyes! John Billingsley told the Local History Society how the 'Halifax houses', farm and clothiers' houses of 17th Century Calder Valley, often have decorative architectural details resembling the 'evil eye' - to ward off bad luck. Read more (19 Feb)
Experience The Lost World with live piano. Hebden Bridge Picture House invites you to step into an exciting prehistoric world and experience cinema like you have never seen it before. Read more (13 Feb)
The Book Case - highlighted by The Guardian (12 Feb)
Wendy wins Festive Fandango hamper Wendy Siddiqui is the winner of the Festive Fandango hamper full of goodies from businesses who backed the scheme designed to boost footfall for Hebden Bridge and Mytholmroyd's local traders. Read more (7 Feb)
HebWeb Small Ads message received 8 Feb: "Please could you close the advert? We've been overwhelmed with the response and quality of applicants! Thanks so much!"
Hebden Bridge Visitors' Centre threatened with closure - report now updated with response from Hebden Bridge Walkers Action
To save money, Calderdale Council is looking at closing our Visitors’ Centre. Cllr Dave Young has argued against the idea, but told the HebWeb "due to the vicious Tory Cuts" Calderdale have had to cut its budget by £100m. Read more (Updated 5 Feb)
Work to start on the Old Station Building in Mytholmroyd - From Monday 5th February, Network Rail contractors start work on the renovation of the old station building at Mytholmroyd. Also, on Monday is a public meeting to discuss the project. More info (2 Feb)
Ben's three year bike ride Ben Page has just recently returned from a three-year bike ride, which took him from the tip of South America via the Canadian Arctic to his front door in Heptonstall - an adventure now to be made into a film. See Yorkshire Post article (27 Jan)
Love is in the air at Todmorden Town Hall In the run up to Valentine’s Day, visitors to Todmorden Town Hall will be able to discover the romantic history of the building at the next free taster tour. Read more (25 Jan)
Bringing trousers back to Trouser Town: The Guardian talks with Brant Richards and Ed Oxley whose company, launched inJan 2016, now has a turnover in excess of £500k. (24 Jan)
Hebden Bridge Junior Band would like to thank the generous people who gave to their Candlelighters collection on Christmas Eve. The band has a long history of collecting for the Leeds-based charity at the Carols in the Square and this year raised a record £609.89.
Make prehistoric pottery at Gibson Mill in Hardcastle Crags Join Dr Mike Copper from the University of Bradford in preparing pots at Gibson Mill as part of an on-going exhibition on the woodland archaeology of the Crags. More info (19 Jan)
Handmade Parade Presents a Masquerade Ball, a fundraising event in Hebden Bridge in time for Valentine’s Day on Saturday 10 Feb at Hebden Bridge Town Hall. Dress Code: think masquerade. More info (19 Jan)
Yorkshire's top 5 independent booksellers includes Hebden Bridge’s Book Case, according to the Yorkshire Post
Plans: Land off Townfield Lane, Heptonstall - see Planning Watch (28 Dec)
Above: Gertrude Grouse enjoying the snow. Photo with thanks to Andrew Smith. Click photo to enlarge.
Tour de Yorkshire comes to Hebden Bridge In May 2018, the Tour de Yorkshire cyclists will pass through Hebden Bridge having started the fourth and final day, 6 May, at Piece Hall, Halifax. Read more (5 Dec)
Twenty thousand descend on Hardcastle Crags: Using photos from the Archive, David Taylor conducted a virtual walk for the Local History Society, following the route taken by visitors who arrived in Hebden Bridge by rail, and then walked to and around Hardcastle Crags, Whitsun, 1897. Read report. (26 Nov)
Hebden Bridge Flood Marks: the Local History Society has commissioned a set of flood marker plaques commemorating the major floods of the past century. The one at the Picture House was unveiled yesterday, in the pouring rain. Read more (24 Nov)
Town Council Bye-election for Caldene ward in Mytholmroyd on Thursday, 23 November. Both candidates, Barnaby Neale for Labour and Stephne Harrison for the Liberal Democrats have now sent the HebWeb statements. Read more (updated 22 Nov)
The New Mytholmroyd Gala: The Mytholmroyd Gala has been a feature of the village for nearly 60 years. At its best, it was a vibrant, colourful and hugely well-attended event that celebrated the community and brought visitors from many miles away. Now it's coming back! Read more. (7 Nov)
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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.
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Tourism Guide - 2017 With sections on this year's festivals and events, visiting Hebden Bridge, eating, drinking and shopping independently, attractions, getting and staying here, and links to more information about our 'intriguingly, creative' town.
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HEBDEN BRIDGE WINS! - Great British High Street Award in the Small Market Town category. Almost one year after our town was wrecked and shut down by the Boxing Day Flood.
Happy 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
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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.
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- Contact info
- Discussion Forum - hundreds of messages every year on matters of concern to those who live in Hebden Bridge and the surrounding hills, villages and valleys
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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.
- Lives Remembered - thoughts and comments on the death of a selection of local people
- Mailing list
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