Last update: 17 May, 2011 11:44



Small ads

News, Features and Upcoming Events

Hebden Bridge Town Hall

Find out about the Town Hall at
a stall in the centre of Hebden Bridge on Thursday (May 19th) - hear about the progress being made and the timescale for the building work. More info - 16 May

Jazz Club

HX7 JAZZ CLUB - Following a sold out performance at the Blue Note in Milan, alto saxophonist Tommaso Starace brings a new exciting all-star Quartet to the HX7 Jazz Club on Thursday May 26th. More info - 17 May

Programme Launch- Mayor of Hebden Royd Town Council, Cllr Robin Dixon, uses an iPad to launch the Festival's website

Festival Programme Launch - Mayor of Hebden Royd, Cllr Robin Dixon, uses an iPad to launch the Festival's website. Read more. Click photo to enlarge. (10 May)

Calder Ward PACT Meeting - The next PACT (Partners and Community Together) takes place on Tuesday 17th May 2011 -an opportunity to speak with local police - See What's On

ELECTION RESULTS: Labour take control of Hebden Royd Council. Hebden Bridge's Calder Ward elects Labour's Dave Young to represent us on Calderdale. Mayoral upset for Hebden Royd Town Council. More info

Mayoral Raffle to raise money for young carers in our area. More details of where to buy and what you can win. - 10 May

Researcher Seeks Focus Group - to take part in a focus group to explore ideas about heritage attractions and events. More info - 10 May

Handmade ParadeHandmade Parade will be a 'Fabulous Feast': everyone is being invited to take part by making scrumptious costumes. More info - 9 May

Photos and Words from the candidates. See list of 30 candidates for the 18 seats being contested on Hebden Royd Town Council. And list of candidates nominated for Calder (covering Hebden Bridge) and Luddenden wards for Calderdale Council.

Independent: "there were spirited counterblasts in the form of Not The Royal Wedding parties in Hebden Bridge, Bristol and London."

Below: PACE EGG PLAY. See photos and video (including 3-D) - Heptonstall Pace Egg information and Midgley Pace Egg information. Over £1700 raised for charity. See also, HebWeb feature

Mayor Making and Annual Town Council on Wednesday, 18th May - see What's On

MP to receive Petition against NHS Cuts - see news - 17 May

Mad Agnes

2011 Wainsgate Concerts Kick Off with Mad Agnes - on Sunday May 22nd with a visit from Connecticut-based acoustic music specialists Mad Agnes - folk, rootsy Americana and even elements of classical. More info - 17 May

International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia - Gay and Lesbian Youth (GALYIC) members are holding a 'Speak Out' at Hebden Bridge Town Hall at 6 pm on Tuesday 17th May when they will share their experiences in public. More info - 12 May

Miles HuntWonder Stuff at The Trades - Chart topping Miles Hunt plays the Trades Club on Wednesday with a hits from his career as the voice of The Wonder Stuff. - More info - 13 May

Hebden Bridge Transition Town - May newsletter

HB writer Chris Reason's play 'Every Child Matters' won best drama award at last night's Sony Radio awards.

Local Café Nominated for National Award - Greens Vegetarian Café has been nominated for a Vegfest UK Award 2011 in the 'Best Vegan Friendly Places to Eat in the UK' category. More info - 10 May


Newly Rebuilt and Extended Skatepark Reopens - Hebden Bridge now has a skatepark that any town or city would be proud to have and it’s been achieved with the help and commitment of our young people. More info - 3 May

Book News - Top ten bestsellers for the month of April, and the latest news from the Book Case. Read more - 1 May

15 year old Calder High student gets standing ovation at Teachers' Conference. Read speech and see links to media coverage and video of speech - updated 26 April

Duck Race photos

University Of Third Age - report of the April meeting of the local U3A. Bob Hayter, whose talk was entitled, "Belt and Braces - An Everyday Guide to Risk and Chance", started by saying that driving his car was the most dangerous thing he would do today. Read more - 27 April

Heptonstall Pace Egg Play

Pace Egg doctor

Big crowds for Pace Egg: Is there a doctor? Yes. Young doctor with kit tries to revive St George in square. More photos and video

Election Fever hots up as Hebden Royd Town Council candidate Nigel Yorke starts an election blog, and punches are thrown on a HebWeb Forum thread

HebVegHEBVEG Potato Planting
- on Easter Monday. More info



NOT the Royal Wedding Street Party - The Trades Club have arranged for Holme Street to be closed and a stage - now they want your ideas. Read more - 4 April

Hebden Bridge Camping

The new Hebden Bridge Campsite officially opened on Saturday 2 April - see their website for more info

Leonora Rustamova aka 'Miss Rusty' spoke on Women's Hour on Friday. Listen on iPlayer - it's the first item. See also, article in The Observer. See our HebWeb Feature for the full background. Forum thread: Where was the union? - updated 29 March

Leonora Rustamova

MISS RUSTY: Tribunal verdict - unfair dismissal claim rejected but it was a majority judgment and the minority judge was the employment judge who took a very different view to the two non-legal members. Miss Rusty's solicitor, Keith Lomax, told the HebWeb: "Whilst the two lay members of the panel were against us, the Employment Judge found in our favour . . . Read more - 18 March, updated 20th

PICTURE HOUSE: Calderdale Cabinet today unanimously agreed to give delegated powers to their officers to negotiate the asset transfer of Hebden Bridge Picture House to the consortium led by Hebden Royd Town Council and Hebden Bridge Community Association - 14 March. See news for earlier reports.

Hebden Bridge Picture House

PICTURE HOUSE PUBLIC MEETING: Report of Thursday's crowded and lively public meeting at Riverside School. Read report

Eileen O'Brien performing in Hebden Shorts, 2010 Arts Festival Sarah Mason, Zebra Photography

New Town Council Website - Hebden Royd Town Council has now launched their brand new website. The website will become the one stop shop for all you need to know about Hebden Royd Town Council. Read more - 14 Feb

Hebden Bridge Blues Festival

Over the Spring Bank holiday weekend, Hebden Bridge will be hosting the first Hebden Bridge Blues Festival. Up to 50 bands from across Britain, Europe and the USA will be playing. Read more - 28 January


500 faces

Jason Elliott's 500 Faces of Hebden Bridge is now complete. See web gallery of all 500 faces

500 Faces

Ian Coates

Ian Coates - latest, still riding round the world on his Honda - I was riding round Greece and its islands for about 3 months" - See HebWeb Feature for April update.

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"

Craig Whittaker's expenses: our local MP claimed £29,776.94 from May to December last year, according to the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority's figures, published today.

Trues Stories with Ian McMillan

True Stories Told Live with Poet Ian McMillan - The Bard of Barnsley performed a new tale especially composed for the Trues Stories event at the Trades Club on Monday 4th April.

Regional newspaper sales were down in the last 6 months of 2010. According to ABC, sales of the HB Times were down 18.2% to 2766 copies. (Making the HebWeb a much better prospect for advertisers!)

Women in BluesWomen of Blues - The Hebden Bridge Blues Festival is celebrating the contribution of women with a special ‘Women of Blues’ night, which brings together some of the best female blues artists in Britain today. Read more - 4 April

Hare and Hounds walk

Walk raises £400 for Calderdale Search and Rescue. 60 walkers, with local people and a few visitors to the area who had "seen the event advertised on Hebweb". The weather was fantastic and all enjoyed the 5 mile walk and the hospitality and raffle back at the Hare and Hounds afterwards. Click photo to enlarge

Lives Remembered: Peter Coles, former councillor and mayor, died on 31st March. Nader Fekri writes "Peter was a wonderful colleague who was loved and respected across the community". Read more

Seedy SaturdaySeedy Saturday - Swap seeds and knowledge at Calder Food Hub's second Seedy Saturday plant and seed exchange at the Hope Baptist Church on Saturday 9th April. Read more

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

David Chaytor jailed for parliamentary fraud. David Chaytor is a former Calderdale councillor, former Labour parliamentary candidate for the Calder Valley and still lives in the Upper Valley.

Ian McMillanHebden Bridge a "GREAT TOWN" - Ian McMillan writes poem about Hebden Bridge which has won the 'Great Town Award' given by The Academy of Urbanism. Hebden Bridge has previously been voted the 4th funkiest town in the world and the UK town with most local identity. Read More

Five hundred words on Hebden Bridge - "We have more coffee shops, hairdressers and accessories shops than you could toss a stick at, yet struggle to keep an electrical goods store open and even to kickstart a cobblers." Read more from Angie Cairns' 500 words.

DIGITAL SWITCHOVER DATES: The change from analogue to digital TV will happen next year, 2011 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 -

HEBWEB NEWS HIGHLIGHTS OF 2010- including 500 years' celebrations, General Election campaign, community takeover of the Town Hall, Arts Festival, the launch of Hebden Bridge as a Transition Town, the threats from cuts including our Picture House and student demonstrations against tuition fees. Read more

More from Hebden Bridge Web

  • Accommodation - from bed and breakfast to self catering, a range of places to stay in our area
  • Archive - news and discussion going back to the mid 90s
  • Bloggers and columns - a section where you can read regular pieces by selected local bloggers.
  • Books - of interest to people living in Hebden Bridge and area
  • Contact info
  • Discussion Forum - hundreds of messages every year on matters of concern to those who live in Hebden Bridge and the surrounding hills, villages and valleys
  • Emails - a directory of local email addresses
  • Events: a selection of local events
  • Features
  • Five hundred words on Hebden Bridge - one of the 500 years of the Hebden pack horse bridge projects
  • Green Pages
  • Hebden Bridge info - some basic information about Hebden Bridge with links to some features which have been written about our town.
  • 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
  • Mailing list
  • Maps - several maps of the town and area, including Google maps.

Pennine Pens

Please e-mail us to report dead links, inaccuracies, suggestions and comments. Thanks. The Hebden Bridge Web (Hebweb) is published by Pennine Pens and started in the summer of 1995.

Woven in the Pennine Hills