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News, Features and forthcoming Events

Hebden Bridge Picture House Gala Night

Director and Writer Kay Mellor at the Picture House's gala screening of Fanny Elvis. Report and Pictures (25 April)

Election debate: with just a few days till the local elections, a lively discussion continues on the HebWeb Forum.

Blenheim Street: Residents are angry about plans to build a pair of four storey houses on "disused scrub land" at the top of a cul de sac on the Birchcliffe hillside. See Planning Watch

Local Elections: A Labour-led Council will continue the fight for the NHS, Labour leader of Calderdale Tim Swift tells the HebWeb. Read more (22 April)

Tickets for Patti Smith at the Trades Club sold out within 90mins!

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

Help shape health and social care services in our area. People can influence the future of these services by getting involved in their Local Healthwatch. Read more (12 April)

World Championship Dock Pudding Contest, Sunday, 15 April, see Mytholmroyd Net for result and video

May Elections - 4 women to contest seat in Hebden Bridge's Calder Ward. Read more


Below: Easter Monday Duck Race. Hundreds descended on Hebden Bridge in spite of the rain

Hebden Bridge:  a Sense of Belonging by Paul BarkerHebden Bridge: a Sense of Belonging by Paul Barker. New book illustrating how Hebden Bridge has changed from when the mills closed, gradually becoming 'the Greenwich Village of the north'. Read more (25 April)


HX7 Jazz Club: “Chill-out acid jazz meets dubstep and reggae” the highly acclaimed Submotion Orchestra visit HX7 Jazz Club on Thursday April 26th. Read more

Elvis mayors: see the Mayors of Calderdale and Hebden Royd, and former Mayor Rev James Allison on stage limbering up for Fanny and Elvis at the Hebden Royd Town Council Civic Dinner.

The Trades Club is finalist in NME Small Venue of the Year Awards 2012.

Ali MillsPhysiotherapist Ali Mills will be attempting to cycle a grueling 112 miles around the Lake District, to raise money for MacMillan. Read more

Ted Hughes Writing Competition is launched!

Guardian's Northerner Blog: Rites of Spring in the Calder Valley. "Mummers, Calvary and Toss-pot engage Jill Robinson in her monthly dispatch" from Hebden Bridge for the Guardian.

Postcard from PalestinePostcard from Palestine 5 - Last in series. Ron Taylor's latest from Palestine, part of an international movement of supporters. Read more

Duck Race 2012
Calder High Pace Eggers

Above: Heptonstall Players perform the Pace Egg Play in Weavers' Square, Good Friday afternoon. The Doctor has NipNap for the fallen Bold Slasher. More photos. And see this HebWeb news item for details of how much was raised.

Fox friends

Fox Friends clean up and help moves towards Yorkshire's first co-operative pub. Read more with details of Easter raffle. (5 April)

Eastwood Recycling set for 'remodelling'. Read more (4 April)

Youth House goes to Light Opera Society, Brass Band and Theatre School. Read more

Job Vacancy: Picture House Manager. Hebden Royd are seeking someone to manage the Picture House. Read more

CALDER HIGH PUBLIC MEETING: Parents call Public Meeting, to be chaired by Dave Boardman, for 17 April. See Forum thread

PICTURE HOUSE - once more in local hands. A special meeting of Hebden Royd Town Council was held this afternoon (30th) to ratify and complete the transfer. Read more

Steam train Roses Express through Hebden Bridge: Wednesday 4 April at 11.13am and 6.48pm. Previously, on HebWeb

Memoirs of a Japanese Chicken Sexer in 1935 Hebden Bridge has come second in the Oddest Book Title of the year contest - see BBC article

Berringden Brow: Fourth and Final book. The final instalment of locally-set "Berringden Brow" saga is now out! "Life's Rich Tapestry" sees middle-aged heroine Jess working on a university research project . . . Read more (30 March)

University of the Third Age report: Kate Moreton-Deakin spoke about being Associate Director - Corporate Social Responsibility with Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust.

Hebden Bridge Town Hall

Hebden Bridge to host national Ambitious Communities conference, looking at how communities can transform their neighbourhoods by owning and managing local land and buildings. Read more (27 March)

Handmade Parade

Handmade Parade Spark Day is a Hit - Organisers says they were bowled over with the quality and quantity of ideas that poured in via suggestion boxes and in person on the day. Read more

Hebden Bridge Favourite Films

Hebden Bridge's favourite films. The people have voted! It's Brief Encounter, the winner, followed by Local Hero and Pulp Fiction. More info and details of showings at the Picture House. (26 March)

Makeover at Riverside School

Riverside School Makeover Weekend: more than 70 parents, teachers and friends spent last weekend converting the old old PE store into a special nurture room – just 48 hours! Read more and see pictures. (20 March)

Craig Whittaker arrest in January: CPS say there are no grounds for further action. The Conervative MP for Calder Valley was arrested for an alleged assault in December 2011 on his adult son. See BBC report and Forum thread (21 March)

Brown's site: supermarket, hotel, sports ground, social housing, left alone? Read the discussion

Fox and Goose Pub Co-op: Following extensive discussion on the HebWeb Forum in January and February, moves to buy out the Fox and Goose and run it as a co-operative pub are moving forward. Read more (16 March)


Maia and BrouHaHa at the Trades: Local band Maia's first headline show at the club is promising to be one of their best yet. Read more (12 March)

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. (9 March)

Where to stay: all the best of local bed and breakfast and self catering accommodation. Updated this month.

Calder High given 'notice to improve following Ofsted. Less than a week after Riverside received its unfavourable Ofsted report, the inspection of Calder High raises further questions about the education of Hebden Bridge children and students. Read more (6 March)

Grant for Calder Valley Club and for other local projects from Hebden Royd Town Council. Read more (3 March)

Riverside School put into 'special measures' following Ofsted.
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Handmade Parade

Handmade Parade gets go ahead for 23 June - The future of the parade, one of the biggest events in the area's calendar, had been in doubt after drastic cuts to arts funding left it way short of the amount needed. Read more (2 March)



Grant Success for Village Turbine: Blackshaw Head based Pennine Community Power has won a grant of £30,000 which will partly fund a community wind turbine at Blackshaw Head. Read more (5 April)

Hebden Bridge Town Hall

New choral work to mark opening of community hall. And So we Built, will be performed during the opening ceremony on Saturday 23rd June. Read more

Olympic TorchOlympic torch: Hebden Bridge's Chris Green of the White Ribbon Campaign is one of those selected to run with the Olympic torch through Halifax. Read more (19 March)


Small ads this week include: tutors and shop assistants needed; gardening service, 2 central HB houses for sale, dog grooming and more

Hebden Bridge Blues Festival free tickets - to celebrate the fact that there are only 100 days to go, they are giving away free tickets and t-shirts in a little competition. Just go to the ticket page of the Hebden Bridge Blues Festival!

Hebden Bridge Handmade Parade is on, having secured another grant! Parade on 23 June, 2012. Workshops start 2 June.

Guardian Northerner: "Cinema's future risks division in Mytholmroyd and Hebden Bridge The Art Deco Picture House is a fine institution, but paying for its future isn't easy." From Berringden Brow's Jill Robinson.

Steve TilstonHebden Bridge musician Steve Tilston wins at BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards with the Best Original Song award. Read more

A cruise to the Antarctic? - the highest, windiest, coldest and driest of the continents was the subject chosen by Dr Geoffrey Carter, guest speaker at the January general meeting of Todmorden U3A. Read more

Ian CoatesIan Coates - snowed in east of Milan, finally on his way back to Hebden Bridge, recounts some of the many countries he and his Honda have travelled through since 1999 - See HebWeb Feature. (3 Feb)

Keep a close eye on your dog, urges Calderdale Council, amid growing concerns about disturbance to wildlife caused by out of control dogs. Read more (31 Jan) See also: Forum thread

Small Ads - "I am very pleased to say the response was terrific and both properties are now let." 30 Jan (Less than a week)

BBC Look North covers the takeover of the Hebden Bridge Picture House. See video clip (24 Jan)

"iconic view of Hebden Bridge" threatened by housing plans - See Planning Watch

Trades Club featured in Guardian's Northern Blog. "Good times roll at our celebrated Trades Club John Peel's 'great little music venue' is going strong, with added delights cooked up by a Tibetan chef. Read full piece by Berringden Brow's Jill Robinson.

Songs of Praise in Hebden Bridge - see Nick Wilding and other familiar faces.

Confusing signConfusing sign: The HebWeb has received this photo of a sign on Station Road. Pity the cyclist unfamiliar with the region! Click photo to enlarge and see more. (3 Jan)

Calder High Parents threaten exam boycott, at heated meeting with school governors over early GCSEs. Calls were made for the school Head and management to meet with parents. Read more

Concerns about early GCSE at Calder High: Governors to meet with parents on Wednesday (30th) - 6pm at revised venue, Calder High School. Read more

500 faces

Jason Elliott's 500 Faces of Hebden Bridge

500 Faces

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"

HebWeb News Review of 2011 - read here - with links to reviews of the years 2007-2010.

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.

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

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

BBC News item on Fox and Goose co-op project. "Pub regulars in West Yorkshire are hoping to buy the business and set it up as a co-operative." Read more (3 Feb) And see forum thread

Asbestos keeps on killing: 2 of the children of a Hebden Bridge asbestos worker have died from the dust. See Yorkshire Post and Metro articles. And the HebWeb feature on Acre Mill.

Latest Hebden Royd Town Council minutes now online

2011 Events - see what we did in Hebden Bridge, hundreds of events listed.

Another Hebden Bridge pub threatened: Hole in the Wall for sale

Miss Rusty (Leonara Rustamova) is celebrating a further victory. She is now free to teach in schools again, as the General Teaching Council drop proceedings against her. See HebWeb feature for extensive background to this story. (12 Feb) Update: see Mail Online (13 Feb)

BBC News Magazine: "Why is Hebden Bridge the lesbian capital?" Thanks to the many people who have emailed the HebWeb about this

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