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What’s on this weekend? (24-25 March). Flooding exhibition, Junior Band Spring Fair, Stations spring clean, Queen’s Award celebration, Compass Group launch, gospel choir at Heptonstall Methodist Chapel, Dance for Life,  nonviolent action talk and Electric Bike day. See What's On for more events.

Queens AwardShare and celebrate the Community Association's Queens Award this Saturday  24th March, 11am at the Town Hall - a free celebratory event which will run 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)

Duck RaceEaster Monday Duck Race, organised by the Rotary Club, attracts vast numbers to Hebden Bridge each year. Win a holiday for 2 adults & 1 child or one of several cash prizes. Tickets can be bought online. More info here. (19 March)

Weather disruptions: latest update from Calderdale (19 March)


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.

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)

Pace Egg play

Heptonstall Pace Egg Play: "The oldest drama in the world, dating back to ancient Egypt and performed by many civilisations across the centuries." Good Friday, Weavers' Square. Info, times and poster for download

Josh Fenton-GlynnCouncil 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)

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. (21 Feb)

Lib Dem's Alternative Council Budget "pictures a Council and Calderdale that is more like Silicon Valley than what was portrayed in Happy Valley." Read more (20 Feb)

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

Pace EggMidgley Pace Egg Play under threat: Help is needed to ensure that this version of the play will continue. A new organisation is proposed and former players are welcome. More info (16 Feb) Updated

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)

Rebel GirlsVotes 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)

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)

Open StudiosOpen Studios - Call for Artists Artists and craftspeople from the town and surrounding Upper Calder Valley are invited to take part in this year's Open Studios weekend, 6-8 July. Read more. (29 Jan)

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 (24 Jan)

Tom MillsWhat 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 YearLess 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

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.

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.

Plans for for improving towpath axed The proposals for making the towpath between Hebden Bridge and Todmorden into a high quality cycle and walking route have been scrapped. Read more (3 Dec)

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

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 (28 Sept)

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.

Report: the Amazing 10th Hebden Bridge Handmade Parade

See Photo Gallery of photos of the Parade. And read the News Report with more links and photos (27 June)

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)

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.

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

Bridget ChristieTop 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)

u3aThe 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)

The Norman Conquest of Yorkshire:Dr Paul Dalton told the History Society about the resistance to Norman rule in Yorkshire in the years that followed the Battle of Hastings. In Yorkshire, William was seen not to have kept his promises, and the imposition of heavy taxes was resented. Read more (20 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)

Brenden BurnsPerrier Award Winning Comedian, Brendon Burns at Comedy Club this Sunday, 18 March. Coarse yet eloquent, never pompous and ever self-deprecating. More info (16 March)

Pay gapCouncil closing the gender pay gap: Calderdale Council has today published its gender pay gap report to mark International Women’s Day, and it's much better than the national average. Read more

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.


Signs of past times. Photo: HebWeb

u3aCelebrating Calderdale in Film Peter Thornton and Ray Riches told members of the local U3A about making films around the Calder Valley and their forthcoming one featuring Hebden Bridge. Read report

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)

Let's move to Hebden Bridge From the Guardian, 23 Feb. If the roots of its liberal and creative image are a mystery, its appeal is obvious. See also: HebWeb report from Sept 2005

Trades on 3Radio 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)

Evil Eye 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)

Slow The Flow Film and AGM: The Slow the Flow group is showing the film High Water Common Ground, about flooding and what we can do now to reduce its risk - made by filmmaker Andy Clark. More info (19 Feb)

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

The Lost WorldExperience 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)

Calderdale Compass Group Launch: Compass is a home for people, political parties and other organisations to work together to create a fairer society. More info (12 Feb)

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

Wendy SiddiquWendy 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!"

BandanteWin pairs of tickets for Bandante at the Trades – Guitarist George Vjestica is now a full member of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds and the HebWeb has 2 pairs of tickets to give away for a gig by his own Bandante on Friday 16 February.

Hebden Bridge Visitors' Centre threatened with closure - report now updated with response from Hebden Bridge Walkers Action

Hebden Bridge Visitors Centre

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)

Mytholmroyd StationWork 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)

Colden BridgeFootbridge over Colden closed CROWS have told the HebWeb that either the Highways Dept. or CROWS will deal with the fallen tree to get the path reopened Read more (1 Feb)

View from the Council Chamber: Josh Fenton-Glynn, one of Hebden Bridge's 3 Calderdale councillors, gives a personal account of last night's council meeting. Read his report (1 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)

Tod Town HallLove 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.

Mike CooperMake 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)

think masqueradeHandmade 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 YorkshrieTour 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)

Stephne HarrisonCaldene Bye-election result: Stephne Harrison won the seat for the Liberal Democrats with 157 votes. Labour's Barnaby Neale received 133 votes. More info

Crags, 1897

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 Withins FarmsHistory Report: The Withins Farms Historian Steven Wood told the local history society about the Withins Farms, including Top Withins, which provided Emily Brontë with her inspiration for Wuthering Heights. Read more. (16 Nov)

Winter Open ExhibitionArtsmill: Winter Open Exhibition: 45 artists and designer makers from around the Calder Valley are coming together and showcasing their work at The David Wright Gallery at Artsmill, Hebden Bridge. Read more. (15 Nov)

Gala teamThe 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)

Small Ads: Message received 15 Oct: Very good service, result achieved in only 4 days.

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)

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.

Handmade Parade 2017

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)

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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

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."

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.

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.

Tourism GuideTourism 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.

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.

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.

Market Street

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

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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.

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