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Controversial Fustian knife unveiled by the mayors of Calderdale and Hebden Royd. More photos and info.

Mike Williams
Sculptor Mike Williams

Fustian knife

Ted Hughes' Mytholmroyd home is re-opened as a writers' retreat and holiday home, by poet Simon Armitage - See Mytholmroyd Net report - 22 June


Police step up "high visibility patrols" - more info and details of local police officers and contacts

Rail trees - Network Rail apologise for failing to liaise over felling. See Yorkshire Post


Fustian Knife - being installed on Tuesday, 17th - to be unveiled on 20th June - more info

Artists needed - for proposed centre for visual and creative arts - 16 June

Commons vote on 42 days - Halifax MP Linda Riordan votes with rebels; Calder Valley MP Chris McCafferty doesn't.

Festival sells out first big event - and the Box Office doesn't open till Saturday - more info - 11 June

Death of Lord Savile, local landowner, keen grouse shooter and opponent of windfarms. A member of the House of Lords for 60 years, his family home was Walshaw Lodge, just beyond Hardcastle Crags - 7 June


Fire Horses - a new novel from Mark Piggott, who grew up in Hebden Bridge

International festival loves local too - See 12 items of Festival news - 6 June

A Fair Trade Wine Tasting and social evening, organised by the Coop Members' group - see events

The future of the Green Belt - 3 June

Hebden Bridge as a Transition Town?
Find out more

Rail changes for Hebden Bridge - three (faster) trains an hour to Manchester and three carriages at peak time - 27 May

2008 HB Arts Festival programme - highlights include Phill Jupitus, Ed Byrne, Blake Morrison, The Elephant Man and music evenings with Baghdad Lullabies, Martin Roscoe, Maria McKee and the Eduardo Niebla Experience - see also latest festival news - updated 6th June

Handmade Parade - more info

HebWeb Radio latest - details of Dave Boardman's weekly programme on Hebden Bridge from Phoenix Radio, Dave's interview with Patsy Skeet and Chris Ratcliffe about arriving in Hebden Bridge in the 70s, and "Under the Bridge", a video of a town of alcoholic children

Town Council Cut Festival Grant - read more
Thursday, 22 May 2008

Hebden Bridge MP Chris McCafferty made an impressive contribution to last night's abortion debate: "If women have no access to legal abortion, they resort to illegal means. Women will go to any lengths and will take any risk to end an unwanted pregnancy" - read transcript and how she fends off, among others, Ann Widdecombe

World on your doorstep festival

World On Your Doorstep - Hebden prepares
- Volunteers needed! - updated 19 May

Mayor making

Yesterday evening, Cllr Susan Press was appointed Town Council Mayor, Stella Massey her Consort. John Beacroft Mitchell was appointed Deputy Mayor and his wife Joanna his Consort. (Photo thanks to Mytholmroyd Net) - 15 May

Job vacancy: Parks and cleaning operative - 12 hrs per week (Saturday & Sunday) for an initial trial period of 12 weeks, commencing 31st May 2008. For more details and application form please contact HRTC on 01422 842181

COUNCIL ELECTIONS - Lib-Dems beat Labour by just 53 votes in Hebden Bridge. Lib-Dems hold Luddenden Foot ward. See results

Policing Hebden Bridge and the Upper Valley - public meeting report and links to police contact info - 30 April

Former mayor Stewart Brown has been arrested and questioned in connection with possession and distribution of indecent images of children - see Courier article

Dock Pudding: Doris Hurst wins again - see Mytholmroyd Net - 20 April

GARDEN STREET: 10 essential questions put to the Calderdale Chief Executive - 19 April

Garden Street

Hebden Bridge in The Times - "There's trouble in the Yorkshire mill town as locals oppose a radical new plan" - read article - 11 April

Extensive refit and other changes coming soon, the Co-op's regional manager told last night's meeting of local members - more info - 9 April


Solstice with cider - 2nd International Cider Festival, at the Stubbing Wharf

Friends of the Earth battle for tough Climate Change Bill Chris McCafferty MP gives her support - more info - 14 June


Luddenden Music Festival
21st June - see events

Salem Fields Fun Day

Salem Fields Fun Day 2008
More photos and info

Strawbale Building workshops
come to Hebden Bridge

Bi Green Weekend

Big Green Weekend
Above: Big Green Market on the Marina. More photos and a selection of the highlights. Suggestions sought for next year - see forum

Small ads - homes sought or wanted, or more offbeat items, eg: help wanted "maintaining dreads" added 20 May.

New Hebweb section - Archive - 18 May

Naming the squares

Hebden Bridge in Europe - "superb"
say twin town visitors - more photos
updated 14th May

White Ribbon campaign

Chris McCafferty MP opens new office of White Ribbon Campaign at the Birchcliffe Centre - 9 May

Network Rail destruction - now postponed until the beginning of June - see forum - 8 May

Events: including Local History summer programme

Hebden Royd Town Council's Town Talk no 11 - 23 April

Acts and stallholders wanted for the next Eastwood Festival - see news in brief

Expanding local company, Aspire Technology, still has vacancies. Director, Chris Bingham tells the Hebden Bridge Web: "We offer a great working environment, no need to travel into the busy city centres." - more info - 4 April

Latest photos of Ian Coates' trip round the world on a Honda - see Hebweb feature - 12 April

Dog owners now have no excuse
- scoop it! - 4 April

South Pennines Rail Partnership’s Photographic Competition. A first prize of a free rail travel ticket for Northern Rail will be given to the winner in each age group, + runner up prizes. More info - 26 March

Sound off about Climate Change: What's that strange contraption lurking around Hebden Bridge? - added 5 April

Anthony Rae explains why Friends of the Earth are campaigning for a much stronger Climate Change Bill - more info - added 2 April


Pace Egg

Heptonstall Players
More photos

The Calder High version
More photos

Air quality in Hebden Bridge - public meeting report. See also, extensive forum discussion - 12 March

Both the Fustian Knife and Brown's site (the former Mytholm Mill - 58 "dwellings") were approved yesterday by Calderdale's planning committee - see Planning Watch for background. - 12 March

Eaves bus suspended - more info - 11 March

ACCOMMODATION - bed and breakfast choices as well as offbeat "Hebden Bridge" options, eg, self catering for groups on the tops, moorland bunkhouse at 1100 feet and futons in bohemian family house

Hebweb mailing list - subscribe to this list to receive occasional mailings about matters related to Hebden Bridge

Stepping Out exhibition


Hebden Bridge Walkers Action have now put nearly 800 photos from their Stepping Out photo project online. More info and gallery

Message from Hebden Bridge's Ron Taylor, helping out in a village in the Palestinian West Bank

Glyn Hughes - award winning Calder Valley writer has updated his website which now includes a blog (latest entry about his friendship with Ted Hughes) and audio samples of his readings. - 4 March

Mytholmroyd Swimming Pool - Calderdale made available details of plans for this small pool today, giving just three days for people to make representations - Tues, 19th Feb

Hebden Royd Town Council vote against proposed develolpment. - Weds, 13th Feb

Forum - well over 100 contributions

Garden Street development: people queued up in St George's Square today to sign letters of objection. 212 signed in 4 hours. - Sat, 9th Feb


"A very, significant threat to the social and economic life of the town"
- 29th January

See also Planning Watch and Forum."

No Justice for Eric Williams - suspended sentence for road death - updated 7th Feb

Mytholmroyd Station Mosaic
More info

Hughes plaque at Lumb Falls

Lumb Falls plaque to remember
Ted Hughes
and "Six Young Men"
- more info and photos

Town Hall

Local group initiate plans to make the Town Hall once more the heart of the local community - more info


500 years of the Hebden Bridge
Mark the 500th anniversary of the Old Bridge with a year long celebration, by the whole community, of the unique qualities of Hebden Bridge in 2010 - see www.hebden500.co.uk

Steam comes to Hebden Bridge

Steam comes to Hebden Bridge
Monthly steam train

Is the image of Hebden Bridge as a town of "hippies wearing hand-knitted jumpers, eating wholefood and smoking roll-ups" now outdated?
Penny Wainwright writing in the January edition of Yorkshire Life seems to think so. More info

Berringden Brow audio: Stories of Love and Misunderstanding - nine alsations, two hearings and a star witness. Go to the Hebweb radio section to listen to the latest excerpt or subscribe to the Berringden Brow podcast

Hebden Bridge History Group - see dozens of photos of old Hebden Bridge
Hebweb Online Columns



  • BERRINGDEN BROW: Memoirs of Single Mother with a Crush- a novel by local author Jill Robinson published as a book by Pennine Pens. Read online samples

  • Sylvia Plath Forum - hundreds of thousands of words discussing this US poet, buried in Heptonstall.

  • Poems from Glyn Hughes
    - see features

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