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Lets walk together

Click photo to enlarge. Lets not walk away, Lets walk together. A five mile walk on Saturday 29th September to raise awareness of drug and alcohol related issues among young people. Photo: Craig Shaw - Background

Flood fun action

Flood fundraising auction - Auction took place on Friday evening (28th) at the Town Hall and raised nearly £6500. Background info here.

University of the Third Age: Steve Halliwell outlined the history of the Woodland Trust, created in 1972 and now responsible for over a thousand woods of native species. Read more (26 Sept)

Tuesday 25th Sept: Braced for more floods. The sandbags were out again. BBC news programmes reported 'live from Hebden Bridge'. BBC's Nick Ravenscroft spoke with flood warden Keith Crabtree: "The situation could change in 15 minutes." Here's a BBC TV clip from HB

Poets at Wainsgate Festival and Parade team up for 'sensational afternoon' next year: Hebden Bridge Arts Festival and Handmade Parade share the billing on 22 June 2013. Read more

Town Council - latest minutes now online

Harriet Dyer The Hebden Bridge Comedy Club is Back! Between now and December the club will have a Buddhist karate expert, a transvestite vegan and a star from the BBC's 'Ideal'. Read more (20 Sept)

Liberal Democrats call for Town Council elections to fill the two vacancies on Hebden Royd Town Council. The vacancies in White Lee ward in Mytholmroyd and West End ward in Hebden Bridge. Read more (19 Sept)

Arts Festival

Arts Festival seeks new board members. Now approaching its 20th year, the Arts Festival is looking to build on its reputation with plans for a restructure and re-launch in 2013. Read more. (18 Sept)

Hebden Bridge Town HallHX7 Jazz: Loz Speyer’s Timezone - six piece band to perform 'hot latin jazz' on 27 Sept. Read more (17 Sept)

Hebden Bridge Town HallHebden Bridge's community-run Town Hall: open at last: Access to the whole building, old and new, is now through the main entrance foyer. Read more (12 Sept)

Flood victims' auction

Flood fundraising auction: Hebden Bridge Creatives pull together for flood fundraising auction, including painting above. Read more (10 Sept)

Hebden Bridge Blues Festival wins Blues Festival of the Year Award at the British Blues Awards

Up the Buttress

Up the Buttress - cyclists competed in cycling up one of our steepest local tracks. Click photo to enlarge. More HebWeb photos. See also this gallery from Andy Spencer

Blenheim Street plans rejected - see Planning Watch

Two councillors quit Town Council: bye-elections likely. Any bye-elections could change the character of the Town Council, currently Labour controlled. Read more. (6 Sept)

More improvements to the Hebden Bridge Picture House (7 Sept)

Community Turbine

Community wind turbine on track to produce electricity for the national grid from Blackshaw Head by 1st October. Read more. (5 Sept)

Any Questions at Hebden Bridge Town Hall: Listen now in iPlayer. A lively Hebden Bridge audience asked the panel questions on squatting, overseas student visa restrictions, disability benefits and asset transfers.


Floodstock: An evening of Live Blues music in aid of the the Calder Valley flood victims was held on Saturday (1st) at Mytholmroyd Community Centre. More photos from Craig Shaw.

Town Criers

British Town Crier Championships held in Hebden Bridge on Saturday, 25th August, featuring the best Town Criers from around the country. Click photo to enlarge

Calder Valley Voices

Calder Valley Voices raise money for flood victims, before new term starts. Read more, including info on how to join them. (23 Aug)

British Town Crier Championships

Hebden Bridge's Jack Daniel Anderson-Martin is thought to be the youngest beekeeper in the country after passing his British Beekeepers' Junior Certificate. See BBC report

Rochdale Canal Festival: Families enjoy fishy tale in Mytholmroyd

Rochdale Canal Festival: Families enjoy fishy tale in Mytholmroyd when artists and performers from Handmade Parade led them on a canal side adventure. (20 Aug)

Heritage Open Day: Hebden Bridge Town Hall's Fire Station. Staff there are making an appeal to residents who may have memorabilia stored away in their homes, and may even be forgotten about and stored away in attics and cellars. Read more. (17 Aug)

Call for Bye-Election, as Nader Fekri, Calderdale and Hebden Royd councillor, defects to Labour. See Forum thread. (14 Aug)

Guardian Northerner: Hebden Bridge shows off its new Town Hall: "Famous for its sense of community, the Pennine paradise has bucked all trends by building itself a magnificent new home for scores of local groups and activities." Berringden Brow's Jill Robinson takes a tour. (13 Aug)

Ban the burn

Photo: Jenny Slaughter Ban the Burn demonstrators call for the end of heather burning on the tops to the Walshaw Estate on Sunday, 12 August (the "Glorious Twelfth" marking the official start of the grouse-shooting season). Click photo to enlarge. See also BBC report, Hebden Bridge journalist Peter Lazenby, writing in the Morning Star and the Energy Royd blog.

Community Turbine

Community Wind Turbine - share offer success! Blackshaw Head will be supplying the National Grid by October. Read more (8 Aug)

BBC Look North: Hebden Bridge and Mytholmroyd back in business. (3 Aug)

Changing face of Hebden Bridge. As the bookshop in Crown Street closes, citing the economic climate and the Kindle as reasons, another estate agents opens in the former Booths shop.

Community Foundation say donations to flood fund have passed £115,000. See Calendar report.

Central Library and Archive: Have your say - again. Calderdale Council has re-launched its consultation on the future plans for the Central Library and Archive. Read more, with links to previous coverage on the HebWeb.

Flood-hit businesses in the Calder Valley are being told how they can apply for a share of the Council's £250,000 Rise Fund. Read more


Locally‬ based Ecuadorian artist Juan Cerruffo balancing stones in the calm Hebden Water on a fine July day (12th) in Hebden Bridge. Photo by Craig Shaw. Click photo to enlarge.

Hebden Bridge Folk Roots

Hebden Bridge Folk Roots - planned for November and organised by a small group with a wealth of experience in folk music and organising events. For more info, including line-up, see the FolkRoots website on the HebWeb

FLOOD NEWS AND PHOTOS - together with links to YouTube and media coverage. Burnley Road from NatWest Bank to the Marina, most of Market Street to past the Co-op and George's Square were among the places flooded by today's torrential rain. This time, it wasn't the rivers, but drains were overwhelmed. Birchcliffe Road and Keighley Road were rivers of water. Read more

Handmade Parade Dig Deep Appeal: organisers are urging people to donate to help make next year's parade even more spectacular. For each £10 donated to the Parade, the Government backed Local Giving scheme will double it. Read more (1 Oct)

Hebden Bridge: Hippy redoubt, artsy hub, unofficial lesbian capital of Britain, ecotown, hill walker's paradise … is there a more Guardian-friendly destination than Hebden Bridge? So starts the Guardian review of The White Lion. (30 Sept)

Bulky waste collections charges start Monday, 1st October. It will now cost £10 to have Calderdale remove e.g. tables, chairs, beds, TVs etc. Read more (27 Sept)

Poets at Wainsgate Poets at Wainsgate: Poets Michael Haslam, Robert Wordsman and Finn Stirm at Wainsgate this Sunday (30 Sept) at 3pm. Read more

Freedom from Torture: a call for those interested in helping set up a supporters' group locally. Read more (23 Sept)

Hannah Cockroft Gold Medal winner Hannah Cockroft to 'drop in' at Town Hall for photo shoot and to inspire people by meeting our local sporting paralympian hero. Read more (20 Sept)

OXJAM Promotes Young Musicians! Young people are raising funds for OXFAM with an afternoon show case for young musicians.

Fox Friends members at the public meeting at the Fox and Goose

Fox Friends back Co-operative Pub plans. Around 40 people attended the public meeting at the Fox and Goose to discuss plans to turn it into a co-operative pub. Read more (19 Sept)

Children's Laureate and Gruffalo author Julia Donaldson to visit and sign books at The Book Case. See What's on

Our MP, Craig Whittaker told Michael Gove in Parliament (Hansard, 17th) that "Employers in Calder Valley often complain to me that young people leaving school and being presented to them for jobs cannot read or write properly and have poor social skills."

Dodnaze Community Centre Open Day to meet local residents, and seek new ideas. Time for change. Read more (17 Sept)

Rebecca YorkeNew Guide to help businesses in Hebden Bridge beat the economic downturn. Pennine Prospects advises: think local to beat the downturn. Read more (14 Sept)

Shaggy Dog Storytellers Members of the popular Shaggy Dog Storytellers Club have been nominated for awards. Read more (13 Sept)

Insurers accused of 'ducking and diving' over flood pay-out - see Yorkshire Post article (11 Sept)

Hebden Bridge Food and Drink Festival: During Autumn half-term, between October 20th and 28th, the town of Hebden Bridge will be holding it's first ever Food and Drink Festival. Read more (10 Sept)

Patti SmithPatti Smith, outside The Trades Club, before her performance, photographed by Bev Manders. Bev thanked Patti for donating money to the flood relief. Patti told Bev it was the least she could do. She hadn't been to HB before and was about to go for a stroll around town. (Click photo to enlarge. 8 Sept)

Nutclough Mill threat

Plans submitted to develop Nutclough Mill, one of Hebden Bridge's finest old buildings. The new building will be up to 5 storeys high, about twice the width of the main part of Nutclough Mill, and extend far beyond the main building towards Foster Lane. Read more (7 Sept)

Hebden Bridge Trades Club featured on BBC1 Breakfast News, as part of an item on the touring Africa Express train. Also featured by the Guardian Northerner

Hebden Vale Children's Centre Re-opening: After 11 long weeks we are pleased to announce that the Childen's Centre will open the week commencing the 10th September

The King's Troupe

The King's Troupe from Hebden Bridge perform at Stratford on Avon. Originally performed at the 'Inn on the Bridge' the group was invited by the RSC to perform as part of the World Shakespeare Festival 2012 (3 Sept)

Vacancy: Hebden Bridge Picture House Manager. Hebden Royd Town Council is seeking to recruit a proactive and experienced manager to develop the Hebden Bridge Picture House following its transfer to the Town Council. Read more. (31 Aug)

Alice's Run

Alice's Run in celebration of the life of Alice Redmond. Epilepsy Action's very own multi-terrain, 10km race, setting off from Mytholmroyd.

Council tax 'localisation' consultation: the Town Council have posted a consultation document on the Hebden Royd website. Shadow local government secretary Hilary Benn has said "localisation of the Council Tax Benefit, along with a 10% cut in funding, would force authorities 'to chase people on low incomes for money they simply don't have". (31 Aug)

Flooding, which hit Hebden Bridge and Todmorden for the third time in a couple of months on Saturday, has cost the Environment Agency around £1.4m this year. See Yorkshire Post report. (28 Aug)

Flood warning: Saturday afternoon (25th), the Environment Agency had just one flood warning for the UK - for Hebden Bridge, Old Gate

More flooding

More flooding: police closed the main road to Tod after rain from this afternoon's storm (25th) flooded the Stoney Lane area - photo thanks to Russell Horn

HB History Society events from September now listed on the HebWeb: Luddites, co-operative cottages, lament for the mills, Dawson City, the station in the 19th century, weavers of the Great War, Robin Hood's Grave and much more. See "What's on"

Patti Smith plays Hebden Bridge Trades Club for flood relief fund - See BBC report

Millionaires, ministers and the murky world of Walshaw Moor - New Internationalist

Town Council Annual Report - including councillor attendance and updates from the Mayor and committees. (20 Aug)

Hebden Bridge flooding may have been caused by aggressive burning: Letter to The Observer signed by over 60 local people. (19 Aug)

Customer First on the move: From Monday 20 August 2012, Calderdale Council's Customer First centre in Hebden Bridge will be based at Hebden Bridge Town Hall. (16 Aug)

A beer named Hebden's Wheat from Little Valley, Hebden Bridge, has won Silver Medal in the Specialist Beer category at the Great British Beer Festival - see Guardian report (9 Aug)

Blenheim Street Planning Application - Hebden Royd Town Council unanimously opposed the application last night. See Forum thread and Planning Watch. (9 Aug)

Bulky waste collections: Calderdale to charge £10 from October.

Walking Festival

Walk and Ride Festival: Walkers, cyclists and horse riders will all be able to enjoy the splendour of the South Pennines, including the Buttress Challenge in Hebden Bridge, during the fifth Walk and Ride Festival this September. Read more

Census results show increase in Calderdale's population. Read more

Flood advice video, including footage from local photographers, and interviewing Mary Dhonau, chair of the Flood Protection Association, who gives advice and practical tips on preventing floods, dealing with floods and minimising flood risks. (2 Aug)

YouTube video of Hebden Bridge getting on its feet after the flood. Inspiring collection of images put together by Jason Elliot.

Floodstock Blues Festival planned for September: organised by Slightly Foxed in aid of Calder Valley Flood victims.

Daily Mail on Hebden Bridge and the floods: "Until just over three weeks ago, the 5,000-plus residents of Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, could be forgiven for feeling ever so slightly smug." Read more

Guardian Northerner: "National campaign against moorland bog-burning to launch as grouse-shooting begins. Residents of Hebden Bridge, devastated by moorland run-off in this summer's floods, join environmental campaigners to set up Ban the Burn." See too, HebWeb News

Scarborough Flyer

Scarborough Flyer steams through Hebden Bridge. Click photo to enlarge, from Andy Spencer

Flood defences pledge for Mytholmroyd and Hebden Bridge: New defences will be developed quickly, says the Environment Agency, according to this BBC report

Calderdale Council's Leader, Cllr Tim Swift, says: "Action needs to be taken to reduce the risk of flooding." Deputy Leader, Cllr Janet Battye, says: "We need to work with the Environment Agency, our partners and the community to produce a clear plan which will help to protect people's homes and businesses in the Upper Calder valley.


A couple of weeks after the previous flood, one month's rain falls in three hours

July Flood

Market Street

Charles visit

Royal Visit: Hebden Royd Town Clerk, Jason Boom sharing a joke with Charles on the Old Bridge at lunchtime today. Click to enlarge. More photos (6 July)

University of the Third Age: Richard Pomfret, launched his talk entitled "Pitch and Pythagoras - Pulse and Prison", by telling his audience that a piano can never be in tune. Read more

Handmade Parade

HANDMADE PARADE - Nearly 700 people took part in the parade and several thousands more lined the route to enjoy amazing giant puppets, dazzling artwork, a riot of colour and toe-tapping music. News and links, including one to Guardian gallery and to Calendar. See also: HebWeb photo gallery.

Handmade Parade


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Town Council give £10K to Flood fund - see Floods: the Aftermath news page. And, the latest flood relief info

Picture House

PICTURE HOUSE: After much effort from Staff, Friends of the Picture House and passers-by the Picture House only missed one screening after being flooded up to a depth of 5 ft in places.

See Yorkshire Evening Post five minute video of interviews with Environment Minister, Richard Benyon, Craig Whittaker MP and an Environment Agency spokesperson.


EMERGENCY FUND for people and groups affected by the Calderdale Floods June 2012, set up by the Community Foundation. Please make a donation.

Info, links and photos on our Flood news and photos page - large versions of photos now available, just click photo.

Olympic Torch and White Ribbon

With his Olympic Torch, White Ribbon campaigner Chris Green with Halifax champion wheelchair racer Hannah Cockcroft. Hover over image to see aftermath of floods involving £10k losses at the White Ribbon office in Mytholmroyd.

FLOODED: Below - Hebden Bridge at 11.30pm Friday. Burnley Road, Market Street, Albert Street, Crown Street, Bridge Gate, Old Gate and more. The worst flooding in Hebden Bridge for over 30 years. More photos - now with enlarged versions if clicked.


Mytholmroyd Net - serving the community of Mytholmroyd for 12 years

Ian CoatesIan Coates of Hebden Bridge has been travelling the world on his Honda since 1999. He's now nearing home - latest update from the Sierra Nevada in Spain - See HebWeb Feature. (13 June)


Calder High Parents urge school leadership to address concerns - "to help Calder High to be a successful and exciting place in which to learn". Read more

Victoria Road plans unveiled at "Public Exhibition" of proposals. Developers "committed to engaging with the local community." See Planning Watch.

Craig WhittakerCraig Whittaker condemns gay marriage proposals. Our MP claims that such marriages would be adult-centred and lead to polygamy. Read Craig's blog entry. And see HebWeb discussion


Hebden Bridge in the spotlight over the weekend. Full page article in the Sunday Observer on Free food, sharing and caring. Reviews on Paul Barker's book on Hebden Bridge in the Saturday Guardian ("West Yorkshire's cool and quirky corner") and Independent ("a microcosm for local life buffeted by the winds of change).

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

Calder High: Former Calder High teacher of 27 years, Anne 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.

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"

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.

VegBoxHebVeg - Hebden Bridge's own community supported vegetable growing project - is looking to grow its membership. Read more


Mayroyd Development - rejected plan revived - see Planning Watch and Forum discussion.

Victoria Road Playground

Victoria Road Playground: Friends of The Little Park have told the HebWeb that the second phase of planned improvements to Victoria Road playground is due to commence in September. Read more (12 June)

Jack AndersonSeven year old Jack Anderson to climb three peaks to raise money for heart research. Jack has already climbed to the top of 15 mountains. Read more


POLICE STOP PARENTS LEAFLETING outside Calder High. The HebWeb has a copy of the leaflet and has contacted the police asking what law could be broken. Updated. Read more

Local papers: HB Times office to close, journalist Susan Press tells HebWeb - see Forum thread. Update from Cllr Tim Swift: Halifax Courier to go weekly. "Those interested in the many goings-on in the upper valley are increasingly likely to turn to the 'Hebweb', the flourishing local website of town news and views." says Martin Wainwright, writing in the Guardian's Northerner Blog


500 faces

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500 Faces

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