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Craig Whittaker's Wikipedia page edited anonymously from the House of Commons. A reference to our MP's arrest for allegedly assaulting his son outside a petrol station was deleted, along with his claim to not know about the future of A&E. See the Wikipedia edits and this page from The Political Scrapbook (26 Jan)
One woman protest in the Square - Christine Drake explains to HebWeb readers why she is there - "in solidarity with the Palestinians" - and recounts some of the abuse she has suffered during her 6 months of demonstrating. See HebWeb Forum thread 21 Jan
Heavy snow covers the town and hills 21 Jan
- a Pennine Way Loop, developed with the Walkers Action group, is due to open this Spring, in time for the 50th anniversary of the walkers' trail. Organisers expect the Loop to bring a major boost to our local economy. Read more 12 Jan
The HebWeb was sent the above photo which we published in solidarity with the murdered French artists and writers. Nous Sommes Tous Charlie. 8 Jan
Street lighting update: following complaints about street lights not working (cable along Keighley Road has been stolen) Calderdale Council apologise and promise to improve their condition, reliability and energy efficiency. Read more 19 Jan
Local History Society report: president of Yorks Archaeological Society, Sylvia Thomas outlined how details about family relationships and everyday life may be gleaned from the Wakefield Court Rolls, which cover much of the former West Riding, including the Calder Valley. Read more. 18 Jan
Australian View of Hebden Bridge: from The West Australian - "This once-dying mill town reinvented itself as a beacon of alternative living; a quirky commuter hub where artists, writers, hippies and new-age gurus rub shoulders with teachers, estate agents and earthy Yorkshire folk". Read the article. 16 Jan
Labour Councillors Surgery Dates - first date is Weds. 21st Jan. See What's on.
Town Council write to French twin town re: Charlie Hebdo. The Mayor of Hebden Royd, Cllr Jonathan Timbers expressed the area's commitment to stand shoulder to shoulder with the people of France. Read more. 12 Jan
Hebden Bridge Teenage Cancer Appeal Mayor of Hebden Royd, Cllr Jonathan Timbers presented a cheque for £4,000 to the Teenage Cancer Unit, Weston Park Hospital, Sheffield on behalf of a local charity. 5 Jan
HebWeb Review of 2014 - the year the Tour de France passed through Hebden Bridge, Sainsburys threatened to build a supermarket, the closure of Halifax A and E feared, Hebden Bridge suggested as the UK's 2nd city, Stoodley Pike was 200 and Bridge Mill 700, it was the 20th anniversary of Lindsay Rimer's still unsolved murder, and much more
Carols in the Square. On a fine Christmas Eve evening, hundreds and hundreds packed the square to sing, accompanied by the Junior Band
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Happy Birthday Stoodley Pike. Local film-maker and historical researcher, Nick Wilding shared his filmed collection of reminiscences about the Pike, and its 200 years, with the Local History Society. Read more (16 Dec)
Eastwood Recycling re-opening: following discussion and questions on the HebWeb Forum, councillors have now informed HebWeb readers that the recycling centre will re-open on 23 December.
Arts Festival: John Shuttleworth to play Picture House on Friday 6 March. The man dubbed 'The king of retro and old-school England' returns with his show, 'A Wee Ken to Remember'. Read more
Save our Shops, no Sainsburys demo in the square, Saturday 29 November. Photo, thanks to Craig Shaw. Click to enlarge.
Outer Zeds Benefit for Carol Lewis, wife of Trevor Lewis, currently serving a 3 year jail sentence for wrecking the recycling centre. 30 Nov. See What's on for details and Forum for discussion. Update: benefit raised over £500.
Hebden Bridge Group Practice report - good and average except for appointments, according to Care Quality Commission (CQC) - see Forum
Sand Sculpture succumbs to elements and has had to be dismantled earlier than the planned date of 1st December.
Grants for local community groups available. Calderdale has made a total of £5,000 available for the Calder ward to be spent by March 2015 - similar amounts are available for Luddenden Foot and other wards. Read more
Hebden Bridge and Mytholmroyd Christmas Lights switch on. On 20th and 21st November, Santa will be joined by the Mayor of Hebden Royd and the Mytholmroyd Gala Queen to push the button. See What's on for more info.
Lindsay Rimer: Friday, 7 November will be the 20th anniversary of her murder. Detectives have launched a fresh appeal to catch the killer. More info, police video appeal and links to today's pieces in the Yorkshire Post and ITV News
Craig Whittaker MP boasts about the size of his walk-in wardrobe in this YouTube clip put online yesterday - it's apparently not much smaller than an NHS staffroom. (24 Oct)
Stop subsidies to sheep farmers and grouse moor owners - Guardian columnist George Monbiot gave a powerful speech to a packed audience at the Baptist Church yesterday evening, as part of the Hebden Bridge Arts Festival. Read more. (4 July)
Parliamentary Candidates debated the NHS on Thursday, 9 October at Calder High School. Josh Fenton-Glynn (Lab), Alistair MacGregor (LD), Jenny Shepherd (Gn) and MP Craig Whittaker (Con) were on the panel.
Let residents petition for items on Calderdale Council agenda. Liberal Democrats are calling on Calderdale Council to allow any petition signed by 1,000 or more residents is placed on the agenda of the next Council meetings. Read more (29 Sept)
Calderdale throws out Sainsbury's plans. Objectors to Sainsbury's application to build a supermarket on the site of the old Fire Station turned out in force at the Planning Committee meeting in Halifax Town Hall tonight. Read report and see more photos
Eastwood Recycling Centre: "A man has pleaded guilty to wrecking a council recycling centre near Todmorden causing damage put at £300,000." - ITV News
Above: Stoodley Pike photographed by Craig Shaw of Blu Planet Photography, capturing the first real snow of winter.
Happy Valley tops Radio Times critics' poll. The magazine's TV editor Alison Graham called the Yorkshire-based programme (filmed in Hebden Bridge and upper valley) "bitingly raw" and said its writer Sally Wainwright and lead actor Sarah Lancashire had "never been better". See BBC news item
2015 Wish List - see Discussion thread
Station carol singers raise money for Railway Children charity - organised by the Friends of Hebden Bridge Station Read more.
Summit tunnel fire 30 years on. This Manchester Evening News page remembers 20 Dec, 1984 when a freight train carrying petrol derailed in the railway tunnel near Walsden.
International Day of People with Disabilities - Hebden Royd Town Council is marking the International Day of People with Disabilities by developing a local access group with the Hebden Bridge Partnership. Read more (2 Dec)
NatWest Hebden Bridge branch to close on 24 February. NatWest blame falling numbers and say the cash machine will remain for now.
Yorkshire Post article: What happened to all those yellow bikes (23 Nov)
Scotland Now article - Learning Gaelic in Scotland by distance, featuring John and Ailie Kerrane in Hebden Bridge. (23 Nov)
Fears of further landslides following submission of plans for 14 apartments on the Heptonstall Road. See Planning Watch
Colden hydro project - single objector leads to stoppage - read forum discussion
Thingumajig Theatre Company brings national tour to Hebden Bridge: As part of their UK tour, Thingumajig Theatre will be performing their acclaimed A November Day for 2 performances on Sat 15 Nov. Read more (7 Nov)
The 'Handmade Parade' of 90 years ago. See 2 min video of the 1924 Hebden Bridge Carnival from Yorkshire Film Archive, together with background info.
Old Town Mill Chimney safe for now, thanks to the efforts of local residents, one parish Councillor and support from English Heritage. See Forum thread (27 Sept)
Happy Valley, based around Hebden Bridge and Sowerby Bridge, wins Best New Drama award, at the TVChoice Awards, hosted by David Mitchell. See report in Daily Mirror.
President of German Parliament praises Mayor of Hebden Royd's speech. Cllr Jonathan Timbers, won praise for a speech he made at a twinning event in Warstein, Germany, from the President of the Bundestag, Dr Norbert Lammert. Read more (5 Sept)
eBook from Pennine Pens - Theatre in a Time of Change - by Hebden Bridge's Michael Prior. This is not a book about stars and plays, but about the rise and fall of the theatre as a cultural and economic art-form since 1945. Read more. (11 Aug)
HebWeb photos - see photos from some of this year's great events - Handmade Parade, Stoodley Pike at 200, Pace Egg and more.
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Scheme to insulate attic rooms in Hebden Bridge terraced houses. Local ineligibility for green grants has been raised over the years on the HebWeb. Now some residents have started benefiting from a new scheme which can cost as little as £1. More info and how to apply
Two Hebden Bridge co-operative pioneers honoured in a ceremony on Saturday. In the late 19th century Hebden Bridge was as well-known for productive co-operation as Rochdale was for retailing, says this report in Co-operative News
A northern Banksy? Sylvia Plath on a bike. The drawing above on the side of the Shoulder of Mutton was one of several by street artist Stewie which were featured on BBC Look North.
Schoolchildren remember Bob Leedham by voting to name new retirement development in Victoria Road, 'Leedham Court'. See Calendar news report.
Labour win contested Hebden Royd Town Council bye-election. Results details.
LABOUR WIN CALDER WARD covering Hebden Bridge. Alison Miles takes the seat with 1547 votes 15.08 Kate Sweeny for the Greens comes second.
Women take valley seats in Hebden Bridge, Todmorden, Mytholmroyd, Sowerby Bridge and Elland. Conservatives win Luddenden Foot, covering Mytholmroyd, with Jill Smith-Moorhouse, beating Labour by 17 votes! More election results.
"Happy Valley: The dark side of Hebden Bridge" - article in Yorkshire Post. "The idea came to me after I watched Shed Your Tears and Walk Away", says writer Sally Wainwright. (2 May)
HAULING A GRAND PIANO UP CRAGG VALE BY BIKE - Cyclists pulled the piano up the longest incline in the country on Sat, 5th April. Read more about this audacious musical and cycling adventure. And see the HebWeb photo gallery
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 (11 March)
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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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