Hebden Bridge in the Yorkshire Pennines
Carols in the Square 2009

Above: Carols in the Square, Christmas Eve 2009. More photos

Hebden in the snow

The canal - after several days of snow. Thanks to Brian Marsden for the above photo. See more photos on FaceBook group: I Love Hebden in the Snow

Forestry Commission to fund woodland in the Hebden Bridge area. Read more- 19 Dec


Snow covers Hebden Bridge - 18 Dec

Yorkshire Water urges customers to Protect Pipes from Big Freeze - tips and more info

COPENHAGEN, FOE AND LOCAL INITIATIVES - As the Copenhagen negotiations enter their critical second week, local Friends of the Earth activists have told the Hebweb that FOE is campaigning hard for the toughest possible deal, and has also launched a new local initiative to reduce our CO2 emissions here in Calderdale. To follow events in Copenhagen and Calderdale see our news page

Steph Booth: more bad press for controversial Labour candidate - two countty court judgements go against her, following row with builder. Read more- 10 Dec

TOWN HALL'S FUTURE NOW SECURE: Calderdale's Cabinet has unanimously agreed to the transfer of Hebden Bridge Town Hall to Hebden Bridge Community Association. Read more. - 8 Dec

Below: LANTERN PARADE which led to the Switch on of the Christmas lights in the square. - See news item and video clips and a gallery of 15 large photos

Calder Valley Parliamentary Candidates Debate: Craig Whittaker from the Conservatives, Steph Booth from Labour, Hilary Myers from the Lib Dems, and Kate Sweeny from the Green Party will all be in the hall at Riverside School on Saturday afternoon, 30th January. See news for more info


SITA to continue suspended refuse and recycling collections on Monday, 28th December - see news

Christmas tree recycling - see news

‘Let's not walk away' A fundraising walk in memory of Liam and Sam Jones, and the other young lives that Hebden Bridge has lost in recent years. Read more - 20 Dec

 Snow BuddhaBuddha

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Hebden's Snow Buddha

Photo: Julie Rose Clark

Police and Community meeting report - read about stone thefts, car park ticket machine stolen from Widdop, motorcycles on the hillside below Stoodley Pike, 20 mph speed limit, number of Street Angels is to be doubled for “Mad Friday” and more - 17 Dec

Ian Coates

Round the World on a Honda: If you think it's cold here, spare a thought for Ian Coates, fixing his bike at -34C in Canada, preparing for Siberia. See Hebweb Feature - 16 Dec

Vin Garbutt

Solstice celebration at the Trades. Read on for more details of events this week at the Trades - 14 Dec

Hebden Royd Council begin review of local youth provision with a view to improving and broadening it. Future meetings open to public and young people. Read more. - 11 Dec

Small Ads currently include house wanted, caring job offered, Mac Powerbook for sale, therapists required, cleaning service, accommodation offered and wanted, and more.

Limited free parking in Hebden Bridge in the run-up to Christmas - see news

Waste contract fiasco update: The HebWeb now has "answers" from Cllr Reason to the 8 questions posed by Calderdale's Labour group. Read more - 6 Dec

Book News - November's top ten bestsellers and all the latest news from our popular Hebden Bridge bookshop, along with new titles. - 4 Dec

Asbestos: Sally at BBC Radio Leeds wants to talk with people who witnessed dumping at Acre Mill or residents who are concerned about the land being disturbed. Please email the Hebweb if you are prepared to speak with her.

ARTS FESTIVAL:  Read more about next year's festival

Primary Schools 2009 Key Stage 2 Results for Hebden Bridge and the surrounding area - 1 Dec

Lantern Parade
Home Secretary and Hebden Bridge's Chris Green at the launch of the Government's strategy to End Violence Against Women. Read more

White Ribbon Campaign

Outta Place - a new social enterprise forms in Hebden Bridge. Recently formed Outta Place is a collective of artists, teachers and academics dedicated to the notion of arts for social change. - Read more - 26 Nov

Tory MP candidate bids £100 for trip to Parliament - with a meal and tour provided by current Labour MP - see news for more info

Five hundred words on Hebden Bridge - new entry from Graham Ramsden: "Walking with History" - a Hebden 500 project sponsored by the HebWeb- 25 Nov

School of Rock

Hebden Bridge Rock School has re-opened
and is recruiting new members. Read more

Report of public meeting
- problems with Calderdale, parking, shops closing too early, etc. - 20 Nov

A646 flooded at Hebden Bridge

The A646 between Todmorden and Hebden Bridge was closed Wednesday morning due to flooding. Trains also affected. Photo above taken by Turning Circle. - 18 Nov

Autumn Leaves - Calderdale to use as mulch instead of dumping in landfill sites. Read more - 16 Nov

Five hundred words on Hebden Bridge - new entry from Jo Collinge: "Hebden Bridge My Turangawaewae: I had to move to New Zealand to understand what Hebden Bridge means to me." - a Hebden 500 project sponsored by the HebWeb- 12 Nov

River Calder polluted - the Hebweb has received forum messages about a "Calder Slick" and understands that 2000 gallons of diesel may have been spilled into our river. - 12 Nov

See Jamie Oliver Sainsbury ad

Temporary car park now open at old Fire Station. More info - 6 Nov

Lindsay Rimer

LINDSAY RIMER: 15 years on
Still no arrest but police say they are still looking for her killer. Read more. Saturday, 7th November, is the 15th anniversary of the murder which shook Hebden Bridge. See Hebweb Feature for background.

Hebden Bridge featured on Radio 4's You and Yours, as the first Walkers are Welcome town - there are now over 30. Listen now - 6 Nov

Listen now to local author and historian Jill Liddington speaking on Women's Hour about Anne Lister, Friday, 6th Nov

Independent on Sunday feature paints Hebden Bridge as "Suicide Central" - an article prompted by the release of the film: "Shed Your Tears and Walk Away." What do you think?
See HebWebForum
for important and often, moving discussion of issues raised by the film.

Journalism and the New Media - report of the public meeting called by the NUJ on 28th October at the White Lion. The discussion was led by invited speakers, Gary Herman of the NUJ and Chris Ratcliffe of the Hebden Bridge Web. Read more - 29 Oct

Colin at the Picture house - Colin was produced on a budget of just £45! Director Marc Price will offer ‘zombie workshop’ after film: Read more - 27 Oct


Jamie Oliver

Hecklers in the Square ask: "Why Hebden Bridge for a Sainsburys ad?" amid shouts of "Get lost!" and "We love you Jamie but we don't want Sainsburys in our town". Film maker (right) tries to quieten protester. More photos and comments

Christmas comes early

Christmas comes early as film crew prepares George's Square for the Jamie Oliver Sainsburys ad in Hebden Bridge, once voted the UK town with most local identity and a town where Sainsburys won't even deliver groceries ordered online.

Shed your Tears and Walk Away

Shed Your Tears and Walk Away. Film Maker Jez Lewis who grew up in Hebden Bridge has made a film about his childhood friends who are dying from drink and drugs.." Read news item. And see forum thread

Energy Secretary Ed Miliband praises Calder Valley's Environmental Hotbed. The Energy Secretary has paid tribute to the ‘green groundswell’ of local activity taking place in communities across Calder Valley that’s helping Britain make the transition to a low carbon economy.Read more.- 20 Oct

Black History Month

Hebden Bridge Picture House to screen The Soloist as part of Calderdale's Black History Month Read more.

Kerbside aftermath: following the discredited waste contracts and the Calderdale failed coup, Labour sends open letter to Lib Dems. Read more. - 19th Oct

Halifax to close Hebden Bridge branch leaving its many local customers with a long commute. Information available to the Hebden Bridge Web suggests that it is highly likely that staff at the branch will lose their jobs. 15 Oct, 10.30am

Blake Dean bridge

The floods on Monday 5th October washed away the Pennine Way bridge across Graining water behind the Pack Horse Inn. The wrecked bridge can be found half a mile downstream in Blake Dean. Thanks to Geoff Boswell for this info and photo. Click photo to enlarge - 12 Oct

Energy saving street lamps for Old Town - they will cut light pollution too. Read more - 6 Oct

Free energy saving light bulbs - More info

Calderdale follows Hebden Royd Town Council's example and provides skips to community groups. Labour criticise the delays in implementing the policy. Read more - 6 Oct

Can Labour survive? - report of public meeting in Hebden Bridge

CANDIDATE ACCUSED OF HITTING PUPIL: Controversial Labour candidate Steph Booth is accused by the Mail on Sunday of losing her job as a school teacher following claims that she hit a pupil. Read more

Steph Booth

Discussion Forum latest threads:
Free Parking in Hebden; Market move to Lees Yard; Shed your tears and walk away; Failing Schools; Getting Into Parliament; Christmas lights; Broughton Street; Asbestos tip plans appeal

Local bloggers - Two new blogs added. 1. Deeply Flawed Buttrying, a blog by a local single mother. 2. Green Party candidate Kate Sweeney's blog now added to this section

New Square and Enterprise Centre has transformed the centre of Mytholmroyd - 26 Nov

Hebden Bridge Skaters visit Scotland - Skaters from Hebden Bridge have been on a trip to Scotland as part of their ongoing project to extend the skate park in Calder Holme, Hebden Bridge. - Read more - 20 Nov

Acre Mill asbestos: eye witnesses send statements to Planning Inspector: In what could be a first for Youtube, content from the social networking site has been presented as evidence in a planning inquiry. Read more - 13 Nov

Memorial Gardens to close for improvements
Read more - 14 Nov

White Ribbon Campaign

White Ribbon Campaign Benefit and others events this week at the Trades. Read more - 9 Nov

Geeks to meet - see What's On for more info

Shed Your Tears and Walk Away - updated
Director Jez Lewis joins HebWeb Forum discussion. Listen now to Jez being interviewed for The Guardian. Time Out reports on the recent Sheffieild screening: "the post-film Q&A was a difficult and heated affair, with a handful objecting to Lewis’s portrayal of Hebden Bridge while others, still raw from a funeral of yet another friend, defended it."

Cape Asbestos, Acre Mill and the risk posed by disturbing buried asbestos. Read report of public meeting. There is a serious risk to our whole area if the hundreds of tons of asbestos are disturbed at Acre Mill for a proposed "eco-home". - 5 Nov

Hebden Bridge photographer wins £12k - see news

Health Secretary, Andy Burnham MP “very impressed” with Incredible Edible - Read more - 4 Nov

Hebden 500

2010, Year of Celebrations: In 2010, Hebden’s packhorse bridge will be 500 years old. With parades, packhorses, prose and photos, Hebden Bridge is gearing up for a year-long celebration. Read more - 3 Nov

Distinguished local novelist and poet Glyn Hughes writes about art, literature and ageing in today's Sunday Times - 1 Nov

Hebden Bridge support for Palestinian villages - Money raised has gone to organisations such as Medical Aid for Palestinians. But some has been given to the people of two West Bank villages. Read more - 30 Oct

Old Town Community Centre are looking for people to to help, and welcome feedback, suggestions and open discussion. See Forum thread - 28 Oct

Water Power

Funding for Water Power Project - Alt Tech Centre receives grant to support micro hydro Read more - 25th Oct

Kerbside receives small payout from SITA - see news

Nigel Hillier's photograph of Hebden Bridge during winter took Natural England's Landscape on your Doorstep Award. See this BBC page to view photo. - 19th Oct

Thermal imaging map now available for our area. Enter your postcode and see how efficient your house was when the planes flew over to take their images. Read more. - 19th Oct

Jason Elliott

Hebden Bridge firm British Recycled Plastics wins Community and Environment award
Read more
- 16 Oct

Life Class by Glyn Hughes - book launch from local, award winning poet and novelist on 18th Oct. - added 10 Oct

Glyn Hughes

Film company seeks readers of Anne Lister books - see news

Traffic monitoring to help tackle pollution - see news

Open Doors at Hebden Bridge Town Hall attracts hundreds Read more

Victoria Road demolition - see Planning Watch

The 2010 Luddenden Calendar - see news
Free swimming lessons for over 16s - see news

Calderdale to give away 200 tons of compost - see news for more info

Walkers' Weekend a "success" with "extremely positive response from walkers". Read more


says Kate Ashbrook, patron of the Walkers Are Welcome Towns Network and general secretary of the Open Spaces Society, who spokeat the Walkers Are Welcome Weekend in Hebden Bridge. Read more

Summat A Nowt

Summat A' Nowt by Steve Murty: 1,000 years of history, focusing on a tiny hamlet between Mytholmroyd and Hebden Bridge, whose origins go back to Norman times.

Hebden Bridge's first walking weekend

Forum: Green candidate Kate Sweeney reports that early evidence suggests the 20 mph zone reduces accidents by 25% - 7 Sept

Central Street - the saga continues. See Forum

Small Ads "Choosing to advertise the house for rent on the Hebweb was incredibly effective. The perfect tenants were found within 48 hours" - Jason E

Updated: Hebweb directories of local websites. See alphabetical or by category including: services, therapists, shopping, leisure, community, music and more

Question Time

Above: Question Time at the Trades - read report

Colden Sculpture Trail Colden Valley's "Enchanted Forest". A Sculpture Trail created by the children of Hebden Royd Primary School. More info and photos (9 July)

Hebden Bridge Coop - will "Exciting New Look" satisfy Facebook critics?

Former Adult Education Building in Pitt Street for sale again. Asking price: £275,000. See Hebweb News from February 2005: Pitt Street Squatted - 2 July

Miss Rusty gives first interviews

Update: Channel 4 News interview

Headteacher Stephen Ball gave a "complete green light" to "Stop: Don't Read This" says Miss Rusty on Radio Five - read report and listen to the interview. Update: report of Radio Leeds interview

Small Ads "Hebweb comes up trumps again. Within a week of advertising my house I've had several enquiries and found two couples as suitable tenants." Steve F

Often first with the news - many of the news items appeared here on the Hebweb days before other local news outlets.

Gone Walkabout

The popular local book, GONE WALKABOUT: 24 walks around Hebden Bridge and the Upper Calder Valley by Anna Carlisle has been revised and reprinted. See books for more info and to buy now.

Elected mayor for Calderdale? - see news

Calderdale to cut carbon emissions by 10% in 2010 - see news

VICTORY FOR CAMPAIGNERS: Central Library and archive to stay where it is. Consultation showed that 95% of the public wanted this. Read more. - 2 Oct

Gibson Mill

Thanks to Anthony Bowler for sending this stunning photo which we are using to illustrate our feature on Gibson Mill. To see more Hebden Bridge Web features click here


2010 will mark the 500th anniversary of the Packhorse Bridge. Click here to see projects planned or already underway

Yellow lines

Remembering Mick Teale, the Big Issue seller in the Square. Flowers were left near where he sat in the square with a note reporting his death in April. Please add any thoughts, anecdotes, photos you might have to the Lives Remembered page.

Michael Teale


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  • Emails - a directory of local email addresses
  • Events: a selection of local events
  • Features
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  • Hebden Bridge info - some basic information about Hebden Bridge with links to some features which have been written about our town.
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  • History pages - links to local history websites, together with a selection of articles remembering times past.
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