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Festival

Arts Festival Street A weekend of free street fun, Saturday and Sunday 2-3 July as some of the UK's top performers come to town. Read more (28 June)

What is being done to prevent more floods, 6 months on? Actually quite a lot… but you would never know it from the continued failure of the Environment Agency to communicate effectively or widely. Read more (27 June)

What next after the EU Referendum? - Lib-Dems have called an open meeting for this Wednesday at the Town Hall - see What's On

Handmade Parade 2016 photos Thousands of people thronged the streets of Hebden Bridge on Sunday 26 June to watch the 9th Handmade Parade with the theme this year Muck In! Read news report

Parade

Handmade Parade 2016 - more photos of the Parade, and news report

Little BreweryLittle Valley Brewery is recruiting for three positions at the brewery. Do you like decent beer and want to work with a great team in a growing business? More info (25 June)


Boxing Day Floods 6 months on.

See Photos taken on 26 December and the HebWeb Feature giving coverage, info, links, discussion and more

Jo Cox vigil

Vigil in memory of Jo Cox on Monday, 20 June 2016 at 6pm. Click here to see video from Jason Elliott

Inside out

Made in Hebden event launches Arts Festival next Friday 24 June. Local craftspeople and businesses are joining forces to help open Hebden Bridge Arts Festival. Read more

Alternative Christmas Day is 25 June - three large Christmas trees are on their way. See this video.

Handmade Parade

Handmade Parade: Last week of workshops - last chance to come and create a head-turning show stopper costume for this year's Handmade Parade, with open workshops entering their final week. (15 June)

Arthur SmithVigil: We stand with Orlando. George's Square, Hebden Bridge. 9pm. A walk of solidarity and a candlelit vigil took place on Wednesday 15th June. See this Facebook page

Rob HoldenTories punish Cllr Rob Holden for whistleblowing: founder of vital floods Facebook Group is removed from Conservative Party on Calderdale, and from the Flood Steering Group! Read more (13 June)

Six months after the Floods: Where are we up to? A Friends of the Earth briefing identifies "some significant weaknesses that need to be corrected now, in June-July" if the process leading up to the publication of the Calder Catchment plan in October is not to be substantially compromised. Read more (11 June)

Questions re police raid on Calder Valley Conservatives. The journal which broke the original story has now published an update, raising serious questions of public concern. Read more. (10 June)

University of Third AgeUniversity of the Third Age: Gill Russell was Todmorden U3A's recent guest speaker. 129 members listened to her account of 4 years in Japan. Read story (12 June)

ElphaboroughFloods: Elphaborough Hub video - Sheila, was flooded during the Boxing day floods, losing everything she owned. The Community Foundation talk with her about what happened and how residents have been supported by the Flood Fund. (8 June)

Wild!Win a pair of tickets for WiLd! Hebweb has a pair of tickets to give away to WiLd! a new show by Tutti Frutti coming to the Hebden Arts Festival on Sunday 3 July. Read more

WarsteinWarstein concert raises funds for flood relief Our twin town Warstein organised a benefit concert with The Band of the Royal Logistics Corps to raise funds for flood relief work in Hebden Royd. Read more

Jane ScullionLet locals have their say in flood work, says councillor. The Environment Agency must listen more to the locals when planning its flood defence work in Mytholmroyd, says Cllr Jane Scullion. Read more

Community orchard seeks help on 11 June, spreading the wood chip - already bagged - around the fruit trees and fruit bushes

Police seize documents at Calder Valley MP's HQ. On Wednesday, police seized the accounts of the Calder Valley Conservative Association in connection with enquiries they are currently undertaking. The Party Chair has resigned. Read more (27 May)

20mphLove our Streets: 20mph speed limit from Friday. One hundred and eleven streets in Hebden Bridge will have a 20mph speed limit from Friday, as part of the Love our Streets campaign. Read more (26 May)

Together We Grow

Asylum seekers and refugees work with Together We Grow which aims to promote the social and emotional wellbeing of asylum seekers and refugees in our area. "We want them to feel welcome in our community," says Finn Jensen in his piece for the HebWeb. Read more (21 May)

Art Deco clockArt Deco clock for Picture House foyer. The timepiece, which had been hidden away in a cupboard in the cinema, has been given a new lease of life by clock repairer, Jonathan Cope. Read story (17 May)

Alternative Christmas DayAlternative Christmas Day on 25 June - HRAX‬ aka Hebden Royd Alternative Christmas in Hebden Bridge and Mytholmroyd. All welcome, residents and visitors alike. Latest news (18 May)

Bluebells

From Hebden Bridge in May, bluebell woods in every direction. Click to enlarge

Labour win Hebden Bridge's Calder ward. Josh Fenton-Glynn won 2310 votes, against 1424 votes for the current councillor, Janet Battye (Liberal Democrats). Jane Scullion (Labour) won the Luddendenfoot ward which covers Mytholmroyd. More results and figures (Updated 8 May)

Shape the future of the Valley Road Town Centre site Now that Sainsburys will not be building their store, there is a consultation about the future of the land. Post your views online about the development of the wider area around the old Fire Station premises. Read more

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.

Retired Head walks to Italy. Roger Gill, 69, is walking 1,200 miles from Hebden Bridge to Italy. Read the article in the Yorkshire Post 21 April

Juliet RimerLindsay Rimer's murder 21 years on: DNA clues revealed, and Lindsay's sister Juliet (pictured right) speaks publicly for the first time. Detective Superintendent Simon Atkinson tells of "new forensic leads which we hope may lead to the identification of Lindsay's killer." Read more and watch Juliet Rimer's video 12 April

2016 tourism leaflet

2016 Hebden Bridge Tourist leaflet.
More info here

Happy ValleyReasons to Visit Happy Valley's Hebden Bridge "Happy Valley comes to an end. You probably won't spend much of the last episode cooing over Hebden Bridge, which is a shame because it's well worth a visit." Read Radio Times piece 15 March

Sainsburys' latest court action thrown out. See court ruling here. The High Court has dismissed Eshton Gregory's/ Sainsbury's judicial review challenge to the Planning Inspector's refusal to grant an appeal to Calderdale Council's refusal of planning permission

Alternative Christmas Day

Christmas in June A few photos. Dozens of groups rescheduled Christmas Day, 25th June. There were events all over Hebden Bridge and Mytholmroyd - Christmas Dinner, Fair for Youth, Arts Festival, Mytholmroyd Gala and more. Read background story and see some photos and more photos in BBC news report


FestivalArts Festival 2016 kicked off on Friday 24 June when Hebden Bridge became Trouser Town. There's also a chance to see some quality big name acts like Kate Rusby and Arthur Smith and free street entertainment offer a chance to have some much needed fun.

The Hebden Bridge Picture House is too special to lose. Now that new seats have been installed, and the foyer is back open, the Picture House urgently needs to increase the numbers attending. Read more and download leaflet. (21 June)

Plants and people wanted for Station Have you any spare seedlings, seeds, plants, or small shrubs? Can you give some away to further beautify Hebden Bridge Station? Read more (20 June)

Mincemeat: Valley Organics step in, offering mincemeat for Alternative Christmas Day. See Forum thread

Wild!Win a pair of tickets for Arthur Smith Veteran comic Arthur Smith is playing a Hebden Bridge Arts Festival gig at the Picture House on Friday 1 July and Hebweb has a pair of tickets to give away. Read more

Convoy to Calais Some people from Blackshaw Head will be going to the refugee camps in Northern France with donations from local people in Calderdale, as part of a national convoy leaving from London. Read more (13 June)

Project Jam SandwichWainsgate Chapel Concerts: Project Jam Sandwich: A welcome return to Hebden Bridge Sunday, (19 June) for Project Jam Sandwich, who delivered a sensational set at the Great Folk Roots Party in 2015.

Socialist Tour gig at TradesSocialist Tour gig at the Trades: A top comedian and a leading young singer - Josie Long and Grace Petrie - have joined forces for a three-gig Northern Socialist Tour which includes the Trades Club. Read more (9 June)

BridgestockCrime writing couple to visit The Book Case Crime writing duo Carol and Bob Bridgestock, better known as RC Bridgestock, will be at The Book Case in Hebden Bridge on Weds 22nd June. Read more (9 June)

Hebden Bridge 1916 - On Saturday 25th June it is your opportunity to experience what life was like 100 years ago. Hebden 1916 is an event for children to learn about Hebden in WW1 looking at toys, photographs and clothes.

HebWeb Forum discussion includes noise, charity collections at the Co-op, floods, the Hebden Bridge Suffragette, the fustian needle and amplified busking. (7 June)

Trouser Town themePostman Kevin delivers love letters to Yorkshire Postman Kevin Boniface's observations of life on his postal round has won him a major commission from the Yorkshire Festival. Read story

Picture HouseAfter the Floods: Picture House Friends to help boost audience numbers: The Friends of the Picture House will be out in force on Friday to hand out cinema programmes and leaflets at railway stations in the Calder Valley, in a bid to boost numbers. Read more

Sustainable Business Awards: Hebden Bridge company runner up Based in Hebden Bridge Town Hall, Pennine Pack have been awarded runner up in the Supply Chain category, Guardian Sustainable Business Awards 2016. Read more (27 May)

Alternative Christmas Lunch 'Thank you' for Flood Volunteers - and HebWeb readers are urged to help track down those who gave their time in the aftermath of the Boxing Day Floods. Read more (26 May)

Floods: Mytholmroyd Action Plan released by the Environment Agency (26 May)

Small Ads: "Amazing but my house in Tod got rented out within 30 minutes after putting the house on Hebweb." From message received, Thursday, 26 May 2016

Trades Club becomes a Co-op. Trades Club members unanimously agreed to turn the Holme Street venue into a co-operative at their AGM. The Club spent 18 months considering the proposal that gives each member an equal £1 share. Read more (25 May)

Convoy to Calais on Saturday 18 June 2016. The People's Assembly has organised a convoy of vehicles to take supplies to refugee camps near Calais and Dunkerque. Food donations needed. Read more (24 May)

Pay As You Feel Café in Hebden Bridge. The Real Junk Food Project Calderdale is to officially open a Pay As You Feel Café on Thursday 26 May at Midday. Read story

Folk Roots reviewHebden Bridge Folk Roots Festival review. Organsers told the HebWeb that crowds came in from Huddersfield, Bolton, York and as far as Australia to catch some of "our amazing talent we have here in the Valley". Read story (20 May)

>New MayorNew Mayor for Hebden Royd Town Council - Cllr Tony Hodgins is the new Mayor of Hebden Royd with his partner Hazel Scriven as his Mayoress Latest news (18 May)

Fly tipping

Massive fly tipping in Cragg Vale over the weekend: Residents and visitors to the beautiful moors above Cragg Vale were horrified to find a huge amount of household clearance items dumped roadside over the weekend. Read more (19 May)

Hebden Bridge to have its own Radio Station: Launching in June, designed specifically for the people of Hebden Bridge, Hebden Radio will play music with local presenters and news, local gigs and events and much more! Read news item (14 May)

Amplified Busking: What do you think? See our HebWeb Forum discussion

The AlbertThe Albert Pub Facade preserved: Planning has been refused and the Victorian frontage of one of our last few traditional pubs will not be changed. Read more 10 May

Dance FestivalHebden Bridge will have its own Dance Festival On Sunday, 9 October 2016, Hebden Bridge dancer Ralph Nimmann is organising this new festival and he's looking for others willing to help Read more (8 May)

Children strike

School children's strike against SATs in Hebden Bridge this morning (Tues 3rd May) - click to enlarge. Photo thanks to the After Alice Project

Community First RespondersYorkshire Ambulance Service needs Community First Responders CFRs are volunteers who provide immediate life-saving care to members of their local communities in an emergency medical situations. Read more (2 May)

The Rainy SeasonThe Rainy Season by Jill Robinson. Many will be familiar with Jess, the put-upon heroine of the popular Berringden Brow series of books. The Rainy Season chronicles Jess's teenage years in the 1960s, abuse, the social changes and escape. Read more 22 April

DonovanDonovan to play at the Trades Club Folk Legend Donovan will be playing all his hits when he plays two intimate shows at Hebden Bridge's Trades Club in July. Read more 20 April

Tosspot gets a kiss

Above: Tosspot gets a kiss
More Pace Egg photos.

Pace Egg Play 2016. Hundreds turned out for the Heptonstall Pace Egg play in the Good Friday sunshine. More photos. £1144.94 was raised which will shared between Calderdale's Flood Relief Fund and the East African Playgrounds project.

Dance Hall DaysDance Hall Days: Do you have any memories, stories, photos, programmes or posters from those dancing days of the 1930s 40s and 50s? Read more 21 March

The Manchester and Leeds Railway: 175th Anniversary - 1st March 2016. Read story (PDF) from Friends of Hebden Bridge Station.

Craig says yes to Europe: Calder Valley MP Craig Whittaker has said on his website that he will be voting to stay in the European Union. 24 Feb

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.


Boxing Day Floods 2015

See HebWeb Feature:2015 Boxing Day Flood for coverage, info, links, videos, etc.

HebWeb Quirky Small Ads:
As well as services, and houses and homes offered and wanted, recent ads have included Jewellery workshop, bycycle maintenance classes, English, French, Italian, Spanish and Voice tuition, Hawaiian massage and Mindfulness. See our Small ads page.

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

TwitterHebWeb on Twitter - The HebWeb now has over 2500 followers.

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Camera Club winner

Camera Club Annual Exhibition winning pictures: visitors were asked to vote for their 3 favourite images in order of merit. Read more and see the 3 winning photos.

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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Hebden Bridge: more plaudits - Last year's Valley of Lights won APSE's best community and neighbourhood initiative, and the Old Gate pub restaurant is Yorkshire Post's "Pub of the Week".

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

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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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