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Afternoon tea to discover and celebrate the contributions refugees bring to the UK. See What's On

Hebden 500 - Visitors from Hebden Bridge's twin towns have presented local people with birthday gifts to mark the 500th anniversary of the packhorse bridge. Read more - 13 June

Dogs: crackdown on dog fouling "hot spots" across Calderdale. Read more

Craig WhittakerCraig Whittaker's maiden speech - included mention of Chris McCafferty, Donald Thompson, Bernard Ingham, Ted Hughes and his MP's charity, which will be established to to help improve the educational achievement of children in care. Read the whole speech - 11 June

Yet more from Studio Baad: this time it's Mayroyd again. See Planning Watch


Cheers! Arts Festival Ale
on the Pumps - Read more

Book News - Top ten bestsellers for May, and all the latest news from our popular Hebden Bridge bookshop, along with featured titles. Read more - 6 June

Studio Baad strike again, this time with plans for Walkleys Clogs - part demolition and part "what passes for modern architecture grafted on to a traditional building" - See Forum and Planning Watch

Manchester Super Club at the Trades Club Brenda brings its unique mix of extreme performance art and live music to the Calder Valley for the first time at the Trades Club on Saturday June 5. More info - 1 June


Five hundred words - see latest entry from Gill Smith, "aging hippie from the Isle of Wight"

Orkestra del Sol

Troubadours, folk and blues at the Trades Club this week. - Orkestra del Sol, Brooks Williams, Steve Tilston and The Stations. Read more - 13 June

Festival News: Box Office opens Saturday, 12th June. Read more

Shed your Tears and Walk Away - reviews in the national press. See 6 reviews of this film about Hebden Bridge. Hebden Bridge is a "madhouse fuelled by drink and drugs" ... is a haven for achingly trendy bohemians. Read the full reviews from the Telegraph, Guardian, Mirror and Financial Times - updated 13 June

Handmade Parade

Parade Classes and Workshops - making a giant puppet, sculpture or mask, trying your hand at drumming or learning how to stilt, then Read more - 1 June

Guardian covers screening of Helen of Four Gates - see news

Ian Coates

Vladivostok to Blackshaw Head - Ian Coates is "Russian Hero" as TV crews queue to interview him. See Hebweb Feature - 1 June

HEBDEN 500 - Glimpses into the past and present of Hebden Bridge are on show as part of the HB500 birthday celebrations, in exhibitions by an up-and-coming local photographer and a world-renowned Magnum photographer. Read more - 31 May

Big Green Weekend and Transition Town launch

See photos from the weekend

Craig Whittaker Above: the Big Green Market. Left, Craig Whittaker formally opens the Big Green Weekend and, in his first public appearance since being elected MP, recognised the role Hebden Bridge has made in setting the green agenda. - 29 May

Report of the Hebden Bridge
Transition Town launch

Big Green Weekend

More info and latest programme of events

Transition Town

Arts Festival News: World-class Literature line up

Keighley Road disruption for a month from 21 June - more info

Demdike Stare

Dub, witches, double guitarist and Po'Girl play the Trades

More info - 23 May

SECRET DIARIES OF ANNE LISTER Calderdale will be the focus of a brand new BBC Two drama on Bank Holiday Monday: The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister stars Maxine Peake as the Yorkshire landowner, industrialist, traveller and diarist, and is followed by a documentary which tells the story of Anne Lister and decoding her diaries. Local historian Jill Liddington contributes. More info - 28 May

HELEN OF FOUR GATES - film ‘lost’ for 90 years, used Hebden Bridge as a location. Heart-rending tale returns to its local roots. On June 10, local people will be flocking to the Picture House to watch the film - Helen of Four Gates - as it shows on a public screen for the first time in 90 years. More info - 26 May

Fair for Youth

FAIR FOR YOUTH - see video and photos - The Fair for Youth in Calder Holmes Park had exhibitions, demonstrations and workshops from some of the many providers of youth activities in the area. Read more and see photos

Festival News: Highlights of opening weekend - 19 May

Trains to London from Halifax - The first direct train to London will run from Halifax on Sunday 23 May. The new West Riding service will restore direct trains to London for the first time in over 30 years. Read more - 17 May

Jazz ClubJAZZ CLUB - London-based jazz singer Sarah Ellen Hughes and leading UK saxophonist Dave O'Higgins visit HX7 Jazz Club for what should be a superb concert on Thursday 20th May 2010. Read more

FILMED IN COLDEN: Sound of the Bell - An award-winning film shot at Colden School and in the surrounding area is to be screened during the HB500 film festival. Read more - 12 May

Calderdale Election - Nader Fekri and John Beaucroft-Mitchell have been elected as Lib Dem councillors for Calder and Luddenden wards. See detailed results - 8 May


Craig Whittaker wins seat with 39.4% of the vote. Followed by Lab (27%) and Lib Dem (25.2%) See detailed results

So Hebden Bridge

HEBDEN 500 - Eye-catching new signs have gone up at both ends of Hebden Bridge, welcoming people to our creative hotspot and to the 500th anniversary celebrations. Read more - 3 May

CrossELECTION - Friends of the Earth seek climate change pledges from candidates - Read more about which candidates have responded and which ones haven't - updated 5 May

Annual Town Meeting - for electors of Hebden Royd, not politicians, and is for us to say what we think should be happening in Hebden Royd. Read more - 30 April

CrossELECTION - Labour's controversial candidate now in third place in Calder Valley according opinion poll analysis. See Calder Valley Election Forum - 29 April

CrossELECTION VIDEOS: Jason Elliott has interviewed three of the four main election candidates: Green candidate Kate Sweeny, Conservative candidate Craig Whittaker and Lib Dem candidate Hilary Myer. Watch them here on the Hebweb. Labour's Steph Booth is "too busy" to be interviewed. - updated 27 April

CrossCANDIDATES FOR CALDERDALE ELECTIONS - As well as the general election, on 6th May each of the 17 wards in the Calderdale area will have the opportunity to vote for a Calderdale councillor. Read more - 20 April

Police and community report - details of crimes and concerns around Hebden Bridge, including anti-social behaviour and police priorities. Read more - 23 April

Hardcastle Crags are going bats at the White Lion next Thursday. See What's on - 23 April

CrossELECTION 2010: Tuesday (20th) is the last day to register your vote. Click here to register now online.

Seedy Saturday Seedy Saturday - Bring along any unwanted seeds or plants (or just yourself and a willingness to grow things) and swap them for new ones to fill up your garden. Read more - 18 April

CrossELECTION 2010: "Voters in Calder Valley have 2.79 x more voting power than the UK average." Read more - 17 April

Small Ads currently include search for solar clients, job offers, accommodation wanted/offered, cycle hire.

Guardian's Northerner blog - refers to Hebden Bridge's "excellent local website, HebWeb" - 10 April

Town Hall Team appoint Project Worker: Hebden Bridge Community Association, the member-led charity which is taking over control of the Town Hall, has announced that it has appointed its first member of staff. Read more - 6 April

CrossBig Issue article on Calder Valley as key election marginal - see this Forum thread - 5 April

Cross ELECTION 2010 - as we have done for the past three general elections, the Hebweb has created a section for election news, editorial, comments and links. Update: news, links and video clips now added. - 8 April

Duck Race

Duck Race 2010 - see more photos

BOOK NEWS - Top ten bestsellers for March, and all the latest news from our popular Hebden Bridge bookshop, along with featured titles. Read more - 1 April

STUBBINGS PRIMARY SCHOOL LATEST - Interim Executive Board takes over from governors. The new Board will work alongside the Council to resolve difficulties which were first highlighted in an Ofsted inspection in February last year. Read more - 1 April

Parking enforcement privatised

STEPH BOOTH: Fresh allegations - Union organiser John Rhodes tells how Steph Booth wrote to his employer demanding he be "dealt with" after John complained about her bullying to the Labour Party. See this Hebweb Forum thread.

500 Words latest: two more well crafted contributions - Star Reborn from Adrian Lord and The Bridge Parties from Brian Wellsfrom David Binns

ACRE MILL PLANS THROWN OUT - The Planning Inspectorate has ruled that houses should not be built upon the land across the road from the old Cape Asbestos factory, Acre Mil. Read more

STEPH BOOTH TRIBUNAL: while ruling that the Labour Party candidate was unfairly dismissed, the Tribunal found that Steph Booth did coerce a junior member of staff into posting messages attacking Hebden Bridge's Cllr Janet Oosthuysen to newspaper websites. See news item and latest Forum thread - 4 March

accused of tantrums, teaching while unqualified and plotting against rival. Read more - 20 Jan


Friends of Hebden Bridge Station - Inspired by the Incredible Edible Todmorden project Friends of Hebden Bridge Station volunteers have planted over the last two weeks some 50 fruit bushes along the edge of the station car park by the rail track and spread 20 tons of compost around them. More info - 21 May

How we used to live with Freda Kelsall, writer of the series. This Thursday (20th), a mixture of intriguing and funny stories with extracts from the programmes. See What's On - 19 May

Town HallTOWN HALL CONSULTATION - on development plans. Hebden Bridge people will have another opportunity to look at the ambitious plans being prepared for developments at the rear of the Town Hall this Saturday (May 22)

Keep Safe and Keep Well event with 20 organisations having stands - See What's On - 17 May

Hebden Bridge Arts Festival 2010

2010 Programme launched
See Festival website
New: book festival tickets online now

Bestselling author at Hebden Bridge booksigning. Local author Linda Green will be signing copies of her new novel at The Book Case on Saturday. Read more - 14 May

Linda Green

Bluebell Walk and other events at the Crags. See What's On

History Societies hold joint meeting - The biannual joint meeting of two local history societies will be in Mytholmroyd Church Friday May 7th at 7.30pm. Free refreshments will be available. Read more - 1 May

Jez Lewis, Director of film "Shed Your Tears and Walk Away" has contacted the HebWeb with the news of another tragic death, of a young woman in Mytholmroyd this afternoon. See Forum - 29 April

Walking with Women's Suffrage - local historian and author of Rebel Girls, Jill Liddington leads walk in the footsteps of the local suffragettes. See What's on - 23 April

Lost Boys of Hebden Bridge: Hebweb correspondent forces The Times to correct its facts in respect of suicide and Hebden Bridge, with the active help of the Press Complaints Commission. More info - 22 April

CrossELECTION 2010: Tories remain bookies' favourites but outsiders Lib Dems see odds fall from 80:1 to 16:1 - More info

Letter from Palestine - Ron Taylor of Hebden Bridge is once again in Palestine, and has sent the Hebden Bridge Web this report - 14 April

CrossELECTION 2010: Tories the Bookies' favourite to gain Calder Valley at 12:1 on, with Lib Dems 80:1 against. More info

CrossELECTION 2010 - this section now includes statements from the Lib Dems and Greens, and links to the Guardian article on the Calder Valley - more info- 12 April

500 Words latest: Hebden Bridge Snapshot by Fenella Berry. ". . . happiness is sold in a recyclable bag . . .a visit to Hebden Bridge never disappoints. Well it wouldn’t - it’s so Hebden Bridge" - 10 April


Pace Egg Play - Heptonstall Players

Pace Egg Play - Heptonstall
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Midgley Pace Egg Play

Midgley Pace Egg Play
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Great bridges

Hebden 500 postcards - Why email when you can send a Hebden 500 postcard? As part of the Hebden 500 celebrations, a set of new postcards has been created to make sending and receiving a greeting a real pleasure. Read more - 18 March

Google Street View comes to Hebden Bridge - see Forum - 12 March

Civic Trust public meeting on allotments - report of the meeting held to discuss allotment availability, ownership and management in the Hebden Royd area. Read more - 11 March

Pennine Horizons - The Pennine Horizons project has had several names - The Ecomuseum, the Pennine Museum and Pennine Inheritance have been ‘working titles’ for a new community resource and visitor attraction. Read more - 3 March

now revealed to be lower "than the Calderdale and UK average" thanks to the diligence of Anthony Rae and other Hebweb correspondents. Headline claims made in recent features in The Times and Independent on Sunday now shown to be "not true; and not even remotely so". See Hebweb Forum thread on the Lost Boys of Hebden Bridge - 16 Feb

Former councillor faces criminal charges. David Chaytor MP, former Calderdale councillor, faces criminal charges over his expenses. He was Labour candidate for Calder Valley in the 1987 and 1992 election and Calderdale councillor from 1982 until 1997. See BBC news

Town Talk - the latest news from Hebden Royd Town Council, along with names and contact info of our Town councillors

Arthur DolphinFIVE HUNDRED VOICES - Plans are under way to celebrate with 500 voices singing on and around the bridge. Read more

2010: A Year of Celebrations to remember 500 years of the Hebden Bridge bridge - Read more

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