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Calder High: Former Calder High teacher of 17 years, Ann Todd, tells of an atmosphere of mistrust and anxiety among staff, lack of experience among management, deteriorating behaviour since the last inspection and streaming imposed without consultation. Read more in the HebWeb Forum. (9 March)

Where to stay: all the best of local bed and breakfast and self catering accommodation. Updated this month.

Calder High given 'notice to improve following Ofsted. Less than a week after Riverside received its unfavourable Ofsted report, the inspection of Calder High raises further questions about the education of Hebden Bridge children and students. Read more (6 March)

Grant for Calder Valley Club and for other local projects from Hebden Royd Town Council. Read more (3 March)

Riverside School put into 'special measures' following Ofsted.
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Tory plans are threat to Calderdale independence: Labour leader Tim Swift warned today that Conservative plans to change local government in Calderdale and Kirklees by splitting Kirklees into two and merging major services would mean Halifax, Hebden Bridge, and Upper Valley towns losing control of their own futures. Read more (26 Feb)

Handmade Parade

Handmade Parade gets go ahead for 23 June - The future of the parade, one of the biggest events in the area's calendar, had been in doubt after drastic cuts to arts funding left it way short of the amount needed. Read more (2 March)

Memoirs of a Japanese Chicken Sexer in 1935 Hebden Bridge is one of the favourites for Oddest Book Title contest - see Guardian article

Your favourrite films

YOUR FAVOURITE FILMS: After a huge response the choice has been narrowed to the six films above. Read more and make your final choice (21 Feb)

Over 1000 trees planted in one day

Over 1000 trees planted in one day. Around 35 volunteers planted over 1000 trees on a windswept Saturday in Blackshaw Head. Starting with a couple of hours of rain, then several hours of sunshire and ending with snow. Read more and see photos (20 Feb)

Hebden Bridge Town Hall

Town Hall team seek café and catering operator - The trustees are looking for a franchise operator to run the courtyard café, which will be open to the public seven days a week. Read more (19 Feb)


Miss Rusty (Leonara Rustamova) is celebrating a further victory. She is now free to teach in schools again, as the General Teaching Council drop proceedings against her. See HebWeb feature for extensive background to this story. (12 Feb) Update: see Mail Online (13 Feb)

BBC News Magazine: "Why is Hebden Bridge the lesbian capital?" Thanks to the many people who have emailed the HebWeb about this

Labour councillor Susan Press attacks Lib-Dem "dirty tricks" - See Forum thread

Nader FekriCall for bye-election as Mayor of Calderdale, Nader Fekri announces move to Turkey. Nader represents Hebden Bridge on both Calderdale and Hebden Royd councils. Read more

Friends of Calder Holmes Park - needs more people who care about the park and who are willing to put in a little time and energy. Read more (8 Feb)

Calderdale Labour Leader slams Coalition over Council Tax. Read more

BBC News item on Fox and Goose co-op project. "Pub regulars in West Yorkshire are hoping to buy the business and set it up as a co-operative." Read more (3 Feb) And see forum thread

Craig WhittakerCraig Whittaker MP arrested - alleged assault on his son, in Mytholmroyd, West Yorks, at 10.30pm on Boxing Day.

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Forum threads: Save the NHS, floating cafe, Hebden Royd precept, dogs again, and more.

Hebden Bridge Old Gits support Palestinian farmers. Read more

Calder High Ofsted inspection: 26-27 January: many of the parents still concerned and angry about early GCSEs are making their representations - see our report from late last year.

Fox and Goose pub to go co-operative? See Forum thread for discussion including the owner's view.

Asbestos keeps on killing: 2 of the children of a Hebden Bridge asbestos worker have died from the dust. See Yorkshire Post and Metro articles. And the HebWeb feature on Acre Mill.

Small ads - currently include 'penthouse flat', cottage with treehouse, room, flat and house wanted, handyman, dog sitter, man with van, bookkeeping and much more.

Latest Hebden Royd Town Council minutes now online (16 Jan)

Millennium ClockCarlton Clock on time again - After the building was converted to apartments the clock stopped. Hebden Royd Town Council has worked over several months to seek permission to repair the clock - read more.

2011 Events - see what we did in Hebden Bridge, hundreds of events listed.


Maia and BrouHaHa at the Trades: Local band Maia’s first headline show at the club is promising to be one of their best yet. Read more (12 March)

Pace Egg Play 2012

Pace Egg Play, 6 April - Read More

Hebden Bridge Arts Festival Open Meeting - a great opportunity for local people to find out about plans for this year and to get more involved.

Hebden Bridge Blues Festival free tickets - to celebrate the fact that there are only 100 days to go, they are giving away free tickets and t-shirts in a little competition. Just go to the ticket page of the Hebden Bridge Blues Festival!

Fair Trade movement - over a hundred people enjoyed Thursday's meeting of the University of the Third Age when Barry Lee spoke about Fair Trade. Read more (21 Feb)

Hebden Bridge Handmade Parade is on, having secured another grant! Parade on 23 June, 2012. Workshops start 2 June.

Postcard from PalestinePostcard from Palestine 2 - Hebden Bridge's Ron Taylor is a regular visitor to Palestine, part of an international movement of supporters. Read more

Guardian Northerner: "Cinema's future risks division in Mytholmroyd and Hebden Bridge The Art Deco Picture House is a fine institution, but paying for its future isn't easy." From Berringden Brow's Jill Robinson. (14 Feb)

Steve TilstonHebden Bridge musician Steve Tilston wins at BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards with the Best Original Song award. Read more

The Big Spring Clean

The Big Spring Clean on the weekend of 24th and 25th March. Spring is almost here. Time to get out in force for the Big Spring Clean and turn that litter in to cash! Read more

A cruise to the Antarctic? - the highest, windiest, coldest and driest of the continents was the subject chosen by Dr Geoffrey Carter, guest speaker at the January general meeting of Todmorden U3A. Read more

Ian CoatesIan Coates - snowed in east of Milan, finally on his way back to Hebden Bridge, recounts some of the many countries he and his Honda have travelled through since 1999 - See HebWeb Feature. (3 Feb)

Keep a close eye on your dog, urges Calderdale Council, amid growing concerns about disturbance to wildlife caused by out of control dogs. Read more (31 Jan) See also: Forum thread

Small Ads - "I am very pleased to say the response was terrific and both properties are now let." 30 Jan (Less than a week)

Michele Howarth RashmanArtsMill Exhibition: Michele Howarth Rashman, ʻHe Calls Himself Margaretʼ. Following on from a highly successful premiere in London, Michele Howarth Rashman brings her solo exhibition of mixed media sculpture back home to the North. Read more (27 Jan)

BBC Look North covers the takeover of the Hebden Bridge Picture House. See video clip (24 Jan)

"iconic view of Hebden Bridge" threatened by housing plans - See Planning Watch

Trades Club featured in Guardian's Northern Blog. "Good times roll at our celebrated Trades Club John Peel's 'great little music venue' is going strong, with added delights cooked up by a Tibetan chef. Read full piece by Berringden Brow's Jill Robinson.

Songs of Praise in Hebden Bridge - see Nick Wilding and other familiar faces.

Family Social NightFamily Social Night - A new family-friendly event at Trades Club brings food and good company to those dark winter nights. Read more (12 Jan)

Hebden Bridge Arts Festival Needs You! It's all change as the Festival starts the year with a new co-ordinator and the team are hard at work putting together a festival to remember. Read more (11 Jan)

Eileen WrightNew Energy Royd website: Jenny Shepherd, the site creator, is inviting members of the public to drop into a local cafe and test the website. Read more

Confusing signConfusing sign: The HebWeb has received this photo of a sign on Station Road. Pity the cyclist unfamiliar with the region! Click photo to enlarge and see more. (3 Jan)


HebWeb News Review of 2011 - read here - with links to reviews of the years 2007-2010.

Carols in the Square

Above: Christmas Eve Carols in the Square. Hundreds braved the pouring rain this Christmas Eve for the annual singsong in the square, accompanied by the Junior Band and overseen by Rev Tony Buglass.

Teenage Kicks

Teenage Kicks - Young musicians from Calderdale's Rock School delighted the audience at Hebden Bridge Trades Club on15 December.

Guardian Northerner Blog - My Summer of Love, Fanny and Elvis and A boy, a Girl, and a Bike are just three of the many films made in our area. Read more from Berringden Brow author, Jill Robinson.

Calder High Parents threaten exam boycott, at heated meeting with school governors over early GCSEs. Calls were made for the school Head and management to meet with parents. Read more

Concerns about early GCSE at Calder High: Governors to meet with parents on Wednesday (30th) - 6pm at revised venue, Calder High School. Read more

500 faces

Jason Elliott's 500 Faces of Hebden Bridge

500 Faces

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"

Occupy Hebden meeting - with Transition Town group at Trades Club. See this HebWeb Forum message for a personal view from one who attended the meeting.

Another Hebden Bridge pub threatened: Hole in the Wall for sale

Small Ads: House sitter, large 6-7 bedroom house sought, out of school co-ordinator, 3 bed house to let, rooms for booking by the hour, campervan and more

See video of Big Bike Fix which the HebWeb previewed earlier this year. See earlier HebWeb news item

Five hundred words on Hebden Bridge - "Everything in the house was heated by the fire, all the old terraced houses used coal for heat and cooking back then, the valley had a serious smog problem." Read more from Dave Bridges' 500 words.

Small Ads - I just wanted to let you know that through my small ad on your site I found my ideal new home, meeting all my requirements. Thank you very much for such a great resource


Helen of 4 Gates

Helen of Four Gates: the HebWeb talks to film-maker Nick Wilding about how this classic silent film was tracked down to once again enthrall audiences at the Hebden Bridge Picture House. Read more

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