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Arts Festival kicks off this weekend - Some of the UK's best street entertainers are coming to Hebden Bridge for a fun packed day of crazy entertainment on Saturday 24 June. Read more

Festival Street fun this Saturday

Hebden Bridge centre

The June 2012 Flood: See HebWeb News from five years ago. Click photo to enlarge.

Arts Festival Comedy for all agesArts Festival Comedy for all ages: Laugh at some of the nation’s best stand-ups thanks to Hebden Bridge Arts Festival, including Sara Pascoe’s Animal show at the Picture House. Read more

Floods drop-in session next Tuesday (27th) organised by the Calderdale Flood Partnership. Find out about progress with flood alleviation in Hebden Bridge. And make your views known. More info (20 June)

New HebWeb Where to Eat listing: Kava Kafe in Tod with vegan, gluten free and dairy free options.

Craig Whittaker wins Calder Valley for the Conservatives, winning by 609 votes. See HebWeb General Election section for Calder Valley results (9 June)

Painting the tops

Painting the tops: Walking on the tops around our area you are likely to come across trig points on the tops of hills. CROWS volunteers intend to repaint all the trig points in our area. They need donations to buy paint. Read more (7 June)

ParadeCommunity Association receives Queens Award - Hebden Bridge Community Association receives Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service for its volunteer-led response to the 2015 floods. Read more (2 June)

ParadeParade workshops start this weekend! Fancy lazing on the beach, swimming with sharks or creating a ship of hopes and dreams? Then get down to the Handmade Parade, starting Saturday, 3 June. Read more

Wellies neededWellies needed: Have you got any spare wellies? Arts Festival Director, Helen Meller told the HebWeb, “We desperately need more wellies so we’re asking people to search through their cupboards or sheds." Read more (30 May)

MissingMISSING: The family of missing Christopher Mulligan are appealing for help in tracing him as concerns grow for his welfare. Aged 26, he has not been seen since Thursday, 25 May. See W. Yorks Police report

Polly Toynbee and David WalkerGuardian Columnists Polly Toynbee and David Walker are coming to Hebden Bridge to ask locals what has the State ever done for you? Part of this year’s Arts Festival Read more. (29 May)


Vigil

Vigil for Manchester: the new Mayor of Hebden Royd, Pat Fraser, joined around 80 others who gathered on the wavy steps at Bridge Gate on Tuesday, 23 May. Her banner reads "We stand with Manchester". Click photo (from Ralph Nimmann) to enlarge

Twenty

Twenty is Plenty - Slow Down Day: Traffic speed monitoring has recently been carried out in a number of locations in Hebden Bridge and Mytholmroyd, in both 30mph and 20mph areas. Read more and about worst examples (23 May)

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)

Handmade Parade

Handmade Parade10th Hebden Bridge Handmade Parade - this Sunday Thousands of people from across Yorkshire and beyond are expected to watch the Parade when it takes to the streets on Sunday. Read more (20 June)

Bob UttleySearch and Rescue Team welcome MBE for their honorary president, Mr Robert (Bob) Uttley for services to the community. (19 June)

Handmade ParadeHandmade Parade's Sea of Dreams: International artists from the Greek Street Theatre Company Motus Terrae are working with local people to create astonishing street theatre work. Read more (13 June)

Electronic Blitz in Hebden BridgeShout out for Open Weekend Shout! is being staged as part of the first Open Weekend - a joint effort between the Arts Festival and Open Studios, with local gardeners and artists opening their gates and studios to the public. Read more. (12 June)


£300 ring sold for £3 by mistake. See Small Ads

Charlie CarrWainsgate Concert: The Charlie Carr Quartet - Singer Charlie Carr and jazz pianist Dave Nelson are joined by an inter-continental rhythm section on Sun 18 June.

Job Vacancies at the Town Hall: a cleaner and catering assistant are required. The Town Hall is run by the Hebden Bridge Community Association for the benefit of the community. More info (12 June)

ArtsMillSearching for Peace in Poona - Exhibition at ArtsMill. Journals, sketches, paintings and poems of Cyril Mount and Madhuri Z K Ewing. Preview Sun, 11 June. More info

Parking charges to be introduced in currently free parking areas in Albert Street, Crown Street, Valley Road and elsewhere. See Planning Watch (8 June)

New Co-op store, Mytholmroyd. See Planning Watch (8 June)

Wuthering BytesWuthering Bytes Festival back for a fifth year over ten days. The opening keynote will explore developments and people in the history of computing, from Maurice Wilkes and Max Newman to Alan Turing. More info (7 June)

Hebden Bridge Boundary Walk: report of Sunday's walk, organised by Rotary Club, with all profits going to local, national and international charities and good causes. Read more (6 June)

Town Hall Birthday Party - 24th June is the start of the Arts Festival but also the Town Hall's Birthday. The new building is 5 and the old one is 125. The Town Council's organising a birthday celebration for children in the area. Read more

Landslip near Mytholmroyd: Rail services resumed this morning after after trees were swept on to the railway line during a landslip. See Northern Rail update (6 June)

Hebden Bridge Twinning Society's trip to St Pol including visits to Montreuil-sur-Mer, Le Touquet, Arras and Abbaye de Belval. Read report (4 June)

Electronic Blitz in Hebden BridgeElectronic Blitz in Hebden Bridge: Fans of electronic music are in for a treat as Hebden Bridge Arts Festival have booked some of the UK’s most exciting acts. Read more. (3 June)

I Daniel BlakeFree I, Daniel Blake screening at the Trades. On Sunday 4 June. Ken Loach's hard hitting Palme d'Or winner is free, and presents "a searing indictment of a failed and discriminatory benefits system." Read more

Clean Air

Calder Valley Green Parliamentary candidate calls for clean air action Kieran Turner donned a face mask at the Leeds Road crossroads in Hipperholme to draw attention to the air pollution hot spot, where levels of nitrogen oxides and particulates break the law. Read more (31 May)

Trades Club benefit last night raised over £1000 for those impacted by the Manchester attack. (30 May)

Murder on the Moors: The Gallows Pole by Mytholmroyd writer Benjamin Myers is reviewed in today’s Guardian. It’s a retelling of the Craggs Coiners' story and ‘King’ David Hartley. (27 May)

Dreaming of the Daylight DaysDreaming of the Daylight Days: the launch of a poetry book which came from creative sessions at Hebden Bridge Town Hall for people living with dementia, led by Verd de Gris (25 May)

Pat FraserTown Council - new mayor presents community awards. Cllr Pat Fraser is the new mayor and at the Annual Meeting, she presented community awards to Trevor Bannister and Zwyela Mitchell dos Santos (23 May)

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)

Call for election debate in the Calder Valley Labour, Green and Independent candidates for Calder Valley have written to Conservative, Craig Whittaker challenging him to debate. Read more (13 May)

Folk Roots Festival

Above: The Peace Artistes playing in the Square as part of the Folk Roots Festival. (13 May)

Six candidates for Calder Valley in the General Election. Full details on the HebWeb Election Section (11 May)


Green Party seeks 'progressive alliance' of Labour, Lib Dems and Greens to oppose Craig Whittaker and they have written to the other parties. Read more about how they are getting on. (4 May)


General Election section 2017 of the HebWeb is now online. We will post updates as they are received. The first discussion is on the question of a possible "progressive alliance". See the Election section.

Josh Fenton-Glynn Labour choose Josh Fenton-Glynn to contest Calder Valley for the 8 June General Election. Josh is a Calderdale councillor who lives in Hebden Bridge and who previously fought the 2015 general election. Read more. 1 May

Will SelfWill Self is on the phone to Hebden Bridge. Controversial novelist Will Self is coming here to talk about his new novel Phone satirising our obsession with technology. Read more. 27 April

ArtsMillExhibition: 'Cellotape' by Joe Hesketh Paintings and Sculpture at Artsmill. "Cellotape is about my world, everything in it all stuck together." Read more. 29 April

Lindsay Rimer: a second Bradford man has been arrested on suspicion of her murder. See BBC report for more details, and this recent HebWeb News page for the background to this terrible crime. Update: man released on police bail. (25 April)

Calder Valley Community Land Trust receives major grant to the value of £88,000 to enable it to develop and to attract investment for its proposed affordable homes developments. Read more. (24 April)

General Election 2017 - as the General Election, gets under way, have a look back at HebWeb coverage of the 2015 election in the Calder Valley.

Duck Race

Duck Race madness attracts thousands - "Can you see owt?" Not everyone could. Every vantage point was several people thick. All desperate to see the plastic ducks floating along the Hebden Water for five minutes. Click photo to enlarge. Read more

HB Arts FestivalYoung artists go supernova Young artists and performers in Hebden Bridge have created a new collective to support and develop emerging creative talent across Hebden Bridge. 17 April

Pace Egg

Heptonstall Players Pace Egg Play: Once again, the Heptonstall Players performed their unique version of the Pace Egg Play on Good Friday. More photos and details of the £955 raised.

Lindsay RimerLindsay Rimer: further appeal for info: 12 April marks 22 years since the body of teenager Lindsay Rimer was recovered from the Canal. Detectives continue to appeal for information to help bring the case to justice for Lindsay's family. Read more (12 April)

Hebden Bridge Market moves to Lees Yard on Thursday 13 April - new Saturday Artisan market, a weekly Sunday local produce market and the Wednesday market moved to Fridays. More info

Sara PascoeStand-up comedy comes to Hebden Bridge… but for kids. Thanks to Hebden Bridge Arts Festival, kids can enjoy some top class comics… but without the rude bits. (10 April)

Piano Festival Piano Festival’s events for families and children This year’s children’s concert is Saint-Saens' The Carnival of the Animals, performed by the Willshire Piano Duo. More info

Sara PascoeSara Pascoe is an animal: Fearless comic Sara Pascoe is on the road with her new show Animal and Hebden Bridge Arts Festival have tempted her to stop off for a gig at the Picture House on 27 June. (28 March)

Alan PetfordLocal Historian Remembered. A new book published by the Local History Society, History in the South Pennines, will be a memorial to gifted local history lecturer, Alan Petford who died 2 years ago. Read more.


A tale of the Great Stink! Speaker Tony Boughton gave Hebden Bridge Local History Society a talk about the problems caused by the rapid growth of urban areas in the 19th century. Read more. (16 March)

Crane over Salem

Salem Cricket pavilion lifted into place - see Bruce Cutts' photos of the large crane assisting in moving the new pavilion over the Hebden Water and into place at Salem Cricket club. (14 March)

Steve BellSTEVE BELL - a big draw for Arts Festival. Legendary cartoonist Steve Bell is the first act announced for this year’s Hebden Bridge Arts Festival with an appearance at Hebden Bridge Town Hall on Monday 26 June. Read more. (6 March)


SHIBDEN HALL is the new Sally Wainwright eight part drama series: After Happy Valley, Last Tango in Halifax, Scott and Bailey and others, the first few episodes of Sally Wainwright’s next drama is based on the book Nature's Domain by Mytholmroyd writer Jill Liddington, published by Hebden Bridge publishers Pennine Pens. Read more. (5 March)

Happy Valley

Happy Valley wins BAFTA as best TV Drama. Written by Sally Wainwright, much of the series was filmed in and around Hebden Bridge - see above at the back of Hanginroyd Lane. Sarah Lancashire won best leading female actor. (15 May)

Magic BeansWainsgate concert: The 2017 season kicked off on Sunday May 21st with acoustic music from the delightfully idiosyncratic Manchester trio The Magic Beans. Read more.


Dave BoardmanArts Festival programme launched promising a summer of fun, and wellies. Guests at the launch were met by a sea of planted wellies as the full 2017 programme was announced. Read more. (11 May)

Labour win Bye-election Scott Patient won a place on the Town Council representing White Lee ward - the first Labour win in this ward for many years. See results (12 May)

University of Third AgeProfessor Scott Scores a Euro-Hit with a jocular talk to the U3A looking at that very peculiar phenomenon, The Eurovision Song Contest. Read report (10 May)

Free family fun for allFree family fun for all: Hebden Bridge Arts Festival have announced the acts for their two free Street performance extravaganzas that attract thousands of spectators every year. Read more. (5 May)

Happy Valley Pride launches 'Heroes' Art Exhibition and invites artists to participate in an Art Exhibition, with work being exhibited and sold at Nelson’s Wine Bar, Hebden Bridge during August 2017. Read more. (4 May)

BootstrapBootstrap: Social entrepreneurs meet for major event in Hebden Bridge on 5 May. A new “lively, fun and inspiring” event designed to enable charities, businesses and individuals to support each other. Read more. (28 April)

Hebden Bridge HippiesHebden Bridge Hippies Exhibition: The main panels from the exhibition are now upstairs in Hebden Bridge Library. They're there for the next couple of months. The online version of the exhibition will remain available here on the HebWeb.

Slow The Flow - Hardcastle Crags: Slow The Flow Calderdale, with The National Trust and the Environment Agency, will shortly begin a programme of activity in Hardcastle Crags aimed at slowing the flow in the river and its feeder brooks. Read more. (26 April)

Piano Festival

Piano Festival photos - see Craig Shaw's gallery of photos from this year's Hebden Bridge Piano Festival (25 April)

Suma Wholefoods wins Queen’s Award. Suma is a workers' co-operative which has thrived for 40 years wholesaling wholefoods and has long had connections with Hebden Bridge. Read more. (21 April)

Lumb FallsNew leaflet with 3 Wadsworth Walks, including to Lumb Falls. Each walk has a route out and back to Hebden Bridge with details about where to get refreshments on the way. Read more. (19 April)

Street ViewGoogle starts to add trails to its Street View: After Alice photographer, Bruce Cutts has been out to photograph Bill Brady, Pennine Bridle Way Ranger with Google Trekker camera mounted on his quad bike. See photos and read more. (18 April)

Handmade ParadeHandmade Parade: Make Giant Puppets! Handmade Parade artists Andrew Kim and Kerith Ogden to teach giant puppet making in advance of this year's Handmade Parade. More info

Heart of the Pennines

Heart of the Pennines - a new venture to promote walking in the Upper Valley. Local walking groups have organised a new website to to promote our area to walkers from other parts of the country. Read more (3 April)

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. (3 April)

Tourism GuideTourism Guide - March 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.


How the Hippies Changed Hebden Bridge

How the Hippies Changed Hebden Bridge: An exhibition organised by the Local History Society aims to show how those who moved into our area in the 1970s - the locals called them 'hippies' - kick-started the cultural renaissance which is today so Hebden Bridge. Read more.

Dance Festival

Dance Festival to return for second year: The Hebden Bridge Dance Festival has received a grant of £3,150 to organise a second festival on the weekend 20-22 October 2017. Read more.

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.

What was on in 2016? We've just archived our past events page. Hundreds of events from last year can be viewed or searched. And from previous years. Just click here. See also: HebWeb archives

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

Calder Valley Voices

The White Swan

The White Swan Takes Flight Again after being closed due to catastrophic flood damage last Boxing Day, was finally able to re-open its doors on Thursday 3 November following extensive restoration work. Read more

Camera Club winners

Hebden Bridge Camera Club winners. More info and larger photos

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

No place for young men: Alex Kostyakov has written a moving piece on work chances for young men in Hebden Bridge. Why do you never get served a latte by a young man, and is there a connection with break-ins at the park and station cafes? Read more.

HebWeb Small Ads - jobs offered, accommodation, cleaning, tax books, summer school, venues, plumbing, services and other quirky Hebden Bridge stuff.

George MurphyHippy Valley is an eBook published by Pennine Pens - monologues and songs performed by storyteller George Murphy who often uses the news and discussion on the Hebweb for inspiration for his comic tales. Read more (29 July)

FestivalArts Festival thanks HebWeb: "Most arts festivals of our size would love to have a popular local site like Hebweb that is fully behind what we do." Read more with links to all HebWeb coverage of the Festival.

Nicholas CullinanPicasso’s Portraits: Report of the recent Lit & Sci meeting where the speaker was someone who grew up in Hebden Bridge and who is now Director of the National Portrait Gallery: Nicholas Cullinan. Read more

 

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

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

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

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: "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

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


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


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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TwitterHebWeb on Twitter - The HebWeb now has over 3000 followers.

"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"

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

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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  • 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
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