News, Features and Upcoming Events
Christmas Lights Switch On - 24 Nov
Guardian Northerner reports that Hebden Bridge needed no prompting to join the so-called Big Society – it was already a paid-up member with its "plethora of clubs, groups, societies and courses available, catering for just about every interest."
Halifax Civic Trust oppose latest plans to move Central Library - "The demolition of the purpose-built library, archives and meeting room facilities, the newest and finest of their kind yet constructed within West Yorkshire...) Read more (22 Nov)
Labour Candidate for Calderdale: Hebden Royd Town Councillor Susan Press has been selected as the Labour candidate, opposing Cllr Janet Battye. See Forum thread: Lib Dems Can win once more (9 Nov)
Fireworks over Hebden Bridge on 5 Nov. Click photo to enlarge, from Andy Spencer
Guardian Northerner article on "latest chapter in teacher Leonora Rustamova's fightback . . . the judge asked why no-one had a list of the allegations and he said it was like Stalinist Russia." Read article - 5 Nov
MISS RUSTY WINS COURT RULING. Case now returns to Employment Tribunal. Read report of the hearing. Employment Appeal Tribunal agreed with Ms Rustamova's counsel that the Tribunal had not given sufficient reasons for their decision that her dismissal was fair.
Radio Four Drama tells the story of Liam Jones - "a play written full of gut-wrenching love, determination and the hope that one day there may be a full stop." Starring Maxine Peake.
Details of dozens of other local events on our What's on page
Calderdale's green fields – in peril! - See HebWeb Forum thread
People's Town Hall of 21st century - "The picturesque Calderdale town of Hebden Bridge has always innovated, as might be expected of somewhere once named the funkiest town in Europe, and this extends to local politics." Read full Yorkshire Post article - 10 Oct
Successful book signing for novel set in Cragg Vale - Bestselling local author Linda Green signed copies of her new novel And Then It Happened at The Book Case in Hebden Bridge on Saturday. Read more - 10 Oct
Quiz Team Required - more info
Overwhelming support for wind turbines at public meeting organised by Calder Civic Trust on 28 September. Read report of meeting. And forum thread
Hebden Bridge based Digital Archive awarded accreditation. Just after news that Pennine Horizons has received Heritage Lottery funding of £524,000 comes the news that its Digital Archive has now been awarded accreditation by West Yorkshire Archive Service. Read more - 24 Sept
Transition Town group seek ideas for improving sustainable transport. Read more - 21 Sept
New gallery of old photos posted on the Hebden Bridge Local History Group website - the one above is of a picnic in 1910 - 16 Sept
CONSTITUENCY CHANGES: it is proposed that Calder Valley constituency take 10,300 voters from Keighley (Worth Valley area) and 4 from Shipley!
Hebden Bridge Station threat - ticket office is on the list of 675 ticket offices threatened with closure. See news item on TSSA website - 5 Sept
Programme of local history evenings: local volunteers against Franco, temperance in the Upper Valley, sexing chickens in the 30s and much more - see Local History Group or the HebWeb What's on section
Hebden Bridge and the HebWeb feature in the Guardian's Northerner blog by Berringden Brow's Jill Robinson: "You can celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee if you want to, but Hebden Bridge Town Council isn't joining in."
Hebden Bridge to London by train? - plans have been submitted to link Huddersfield, Dewsbury, Hebden Bridge and Todmorden to Londonl via a new service, which would also see increased direct trains being offered between Leeds, Bradford and Halifax. See Yorkshire Post story -
Profile on Mytholmroyd and Hebden Bridge in Yorkshire Post. 'It's the wild, wild west of Yorkshire. Hippies and highwaymen, murderers and Methodists, artists and alternative healers . . . Glyn Hughes . . . insisted its character was determined by geology, the millstone grit, whose blackened outcrops he likened to "the bones [that] press through the flesh of a hungry cow".'
The Wombles go skipping in Hebden Bridge - Guardian's The Northerner - another piece from Berringden Brow author Jill Robinson.
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!)
See our What's on page for info on Christmas Lights Switch on in Hebden Bridge and Mytholmroyd, comedy, theatre, film, coffee morning, local history evenings, folk, craft fair, visiting artists, exhibitions, day of strikes and rallies, and much more.
Have your say on canal boost bid - Improvements to the experience for visitors enjoying the Rochdale Canal through Calderdale could be on the way, as regeneration partners put together a bid to the Lottery this month. Read More (11 Nov)
Time Capsule, carrying contributions from children at Riverside School in Hebden Bridge reflecting life in 2011, was buried last Friday under what will eventually become the Town Hall's riverside courtyard. Read More (9 Nov)
Peter Harvey of Studio Seven Art Shop in Market Street to retire. Read more - 1 Nov
Recent HebWeb Forum threads: pavement clutter; dogs; the future of the Lib Dems; tree felling at the Crags; blog from St Pauls.
Hebden Royd Town Council reports of meetings up to the end of September now online - click here to see.
Inside Parliament - free workshop. One of a series of free workshops designed to give practical and useful information on how groups can engage with Parliament's processes for the benefit of their communities. Read more
The Hebden Doula - Mums-to-be in the Calder valley and surrounding area can now use the services of a properly qualified doula during their pregnancy, labour, and after the birth of their baby. Read more - 17 Oct
Miss Rusty to give library talk: Come and listen to Leonora Rustamova's own account of the Miss Rusty saga. See What's on section for 19 Oct.
Hanging baskets come down
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Hebden Bridge building site. Scaffolding covers the old Packhourse Bridge which is being repointed. Behind that is the Town Hall re-building. Just out of site is the Shoulder of Mutton also closed for building work. - 29 Sept
Calderdale Libraries threat - see Forum thread
Campaign to protect Calderdale's green fields launched by Friends of the Earth. As the political battleground over planning reform intensifies, FOE is drawing attention to how our local countryside is "in peril" if controversial proposals are pushed through by the Coalition Government. Read more - 28 Sept
Forum discussion includes wind turbines, rights of way at Calder High and the digital switchover. - 23 Sept
HebVeg plan ambitious step forward - HebVeg are now planning to emply their own grower, produce food directly on land in and around Hebden Bridge, and sourcing more food from growers in the area. Read more - 21 Sept
Small Ads currently include places to rent, English and Biology tuition, other services, requests for cleaner and dog walker.
Keep Ticket Office Open says Town Council: Hebden Royd has written to Transport Secretary Philip Hammond to voice its opposition to the closure of the ticket office at the station. Read more - 19 Sept
Canal towpath improvements in Hebden Bridge: Calderdale Council have recently completed a scheme to improve the towpath on the heavily used Blackpit Aqueduct stretch of the Rochdale Canal in the centre of Hebden Bridge. Read more - 16 Sept
Walk The Treesponsibility Trail - A new walk has been established by Treesponsibility, the local group whose work combines reforestation and ecological restoration with awareness-raising about climate change. Read more - 9 Sept
Job vacancy: administration and office support at Hebden Royd Town Council. More info - 5 Sept
Job vacancy: Executive Director, Hebden Bridge Community Association. More info
Thanks to Hebden Bridge, Calderdale leads the way with asset transfer. Read more - 26 Aug
The best of folk at Hebden Bridge's Folk Roots Festival in November. Two generations of the leading lights of the folk world come together for a one off show at Hebden Bridge’s Folk Roots Festival in November. Steve Tilston, who’s songwriting was praised by John Lennon, will be joined on stage by Becky Unthank. Read more
Local Paintings Online: Calderdale has now put online what the council describes as some of the finest oil painting collections in the country with work dating from the 17th to 21st century. Read more (11 July)
This week over 300 baskets and planters have been put up across Hebden Bridge and Mytholmroyd. Read more
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 - Message received 6 July
'Inspirational' Teacher Steve Cann cleared - The General Teaching Council for England has confirmed that there was no case to answer. Steve was the union rep suspended from Calder High in early 2009 along with Leonora Rustamova (Miss Rusty) Read more (5 July)
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.
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"
Glyn Hughes: local author and poet Glyn Hughes has died. Glyn was the author of Millstone Grit and the award winning Where I used to Play on the Green, and a contributor to the HebWeb, including 11 poems - see our Features section. Add your comments on our Lives Remembered page
Hebden Bridge a "GREAT TOWN" - Ian McMillan writes poemabout 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
Radio 4 comes to Heptonstall - iPlayer link to Ramblings
Jason Elliott's 500 Faces of Hebden Bridge is now complete. See web gallery of all 500 faces
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