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News, Features and forthcoming Events

HEBDEN BRIDGE HANDMADE PARADE - the postponed Parade will now take to the streets at 11am on Saturday, June 30. (Line-up at 10am). Read latest news

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.

Richard Benyon spent Tuesday morning in Hebden Bridge, meeting those hit by the weekend's floods and visiting Central Street infants School. (26 June)

With the Parade, Mytholmroyd Gala and Arts Festival opening, "it's going to be a massive celebration in our valley on Saturday showing the world that rain and mud won't crush our spirits! Andrew Kim, Parade director." HebWeb Forum

Craig Whittaker"...nothing could have stopped what happened with the onslaught of water on Friday night." Craig Whittaker. Parliamentary discussion on the floods.

Central Street School update Yrs 1 and 2 can return to Central Street School from Tuesday, 26th. Nursery Children will be going to Stubbings School from Wednesday. Craig Whitaker MP will be visiting the school between 10 and half past with the Minister for the Environment. Read more

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

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 £10 losses at the White Ribbon office in Mytholmroyd.

More media links on our Flood news and photos page

Yorkshire Post: Clean-up starts as communities count cost of flood devastation. "Businessman Marcus Doyle said that his Home...Oh shop in Hebden Bridge, part of the Yorkshire Soap Company, was a 'complete write-off' . . There's tremendous support from the community.."

Guardian Northerner: Hebden Bridge mops up after the floods. "At the Bookcase, an independent bookshop which makes a point of stocking the work of local writers, the proprietor Kate was awaiting a visit from the loss adjusters."

HebWeb Forum threads Calder Valley floods: helping the victims, and the Floods, the politics - can we do anything to prevent or mitigate further flooding.

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.



Handmade Parade

Above: from the Parade workshops. See HebWeb News for latest info on the parade, route, events in park, more photos from workshops, and photos from previous 4 years. The biggest and best yet.

Ensemble Norma

Mytholmroyd Net - serving the community of Mytholmroyd for 12 years

The Last ProjectionistHEBDEN BRIDGE PICTURE HOUSE GOES DIGITAL from early July, and with new manager. First digital viewings will include Prometheus and The Last Projectionist. Read more (15 June)

Paul Floyd BlakeFestival Box Office opens Saturday 16th June: Stewart Lee and Inspiral Carpets already sold out! Read latest news about this year's programme

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)

Guardian Northerner outlines some of the major events lined up for Hebden Bridge and "some of them thar surrounding hills".


Dance weekend to kick off Arts festival: more info about the festival's diverse programme of dance

Tod Parade

Todmorden's Pollination Parade. See more photos of the Parade from Craig Shaw

Fair for Youth

Fair for Youth 2012:
see more from photographer Craig Shaw

Gay and Lesbian Rights campaigner receives this year's Citizenship Award: Retiring mayor of Calderdale, Cllr Nader Fekri, said he was personally proud to have nominated Jan Bridget as the recipient of this year’s Award.  Read more (27 May)

Hebden Bridge Arts Festival Arts Festival programme launched: Highlights include top comedian Stewart Lee and the Hayward travelling Matisse exhibition. Read more. (25 May)

Lady Wildflower at Hebden Bridge Fringe

Hebden Bridge Fringe programme launched - Benidorm meets Shameless (drama), learn to crochet, Pakistani story telling, Burlesque Taster Class, Dance Workshops, Vintage Pop Choir, The Speed of Dating (comedy), Cabaret, Literary Quiz, poetry and prose, and finishing with a Bellydance Spectacular. Read more (24 May)

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.

Bus problems: First to take over from Tyler. See Forum thread

Nadir Fekri at the NatWest bank

Police are called to the NatWest bank, Hebden Bridge, when Mayor of Calderdale Nader Fekri refuses to leave, after the machine swallowed his card. Even though he was off to Germany on council business in a few hours, staff refused to give him his card back! See Yorkshire Post. (Photo: Jason Elliott)

Crimsworth Farm Raw Pink Sauerkraut!

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: Hebden Bridge and the Paul Barker book on Radio Four Wednesday (9th), 4pm

Guardian Northerner features Spaw Sunday in Cragg Vale, Luddenden and Midgley. (8 May)

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).

Janet Battye holds Hebden Bridge's Calder ward for the Liberal Democrats by 145 votes on a 45% turnout, higher than the national average. The Greens push Tories into 4th place. More info

Labour gain Mytholmroyd's Luddendenfoot ward. Simon Young for Labour won the seat from Christine Bampton Smith (Lib-Dem) More info

Labour gain Todmorden: Hebden Royd Town councillor Steve Sweeney takes the seat. More info

Hebden Bridge Picture House Gala Night

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

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

The girls are back in town! This year’s Arts Festival is filled with wonderful wordsmithery from women singer/songwriters, poets and authors. Read more

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

£75,000 available for community groups: Hebden Royd Town Council invites groups to apply for grants, especially those who need help most in the current climate. Read more

FREE BUSES: for one week as First take over from Tyrer. Read more. Update: HebWeb Forum correspondents report non-arrival if buses is worse than ever. New bus timetable

Walking HomeSimon Armitage's New Book Released: Simon read from Walking Home to a sellout audience at the Ted Hughes Theatre, Mytholmroyd. See HebWeb News and Guardian Northener

Burlesque in Abundance! Full line-up announced for Hebden Bridge Fringe. See Fringe website for latest details: box office opens Saturday, 16th

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)

Fancy playing samba in this year's Handmade Parade (Sat 23rd June)? Even absolute beginners still can; just come along to our workshops, starting Sat 9th. See What's On

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

Inspiral Carpets at the Trades - first sell out for Arts Festival. Read more

Flood Sirens test in Hebden Bridge and Mytholmroyd. Read more

Handmade Parade

Handmade Parade 2012: Come and make magic in The Enchanted Wood. Fancy turning yourself into an elf, a wolf , an owl or a bluebell? Open workshops for next month’s Handmade Parade begin on Saturday. Read more

David ShuttUniversity of the Third Age: Lord Shutt explains the workings of the House of Lords. Read more (29 May)


Owter Zeds headline Trades Club 30th bash Psychedelic rock legends, formed to play to play a one off miner's benefit during the 1984/85 strike, headline a weekend of festivities celebrating the Trades Club's 30th birthday. Read more - and see programme. (27 May)

Calder High is not on the Secretary of State's Priority School Building Programme list, published today. Nor is any other Calderdale school. (24 May)

Cllr DavenportA New Mayor for Hebden Royd: at the Annual Town Meeting, Cllr Christine Davenport was made Mayor of Hebden Royd Town Council. Read more (23 May)

Rebecca Yorke

Rebecca Yorke ran the Great Manchester Run to honour her late friend and Arts Festival colleague Di Smith, and to raise money for MacMillan Cancer Research. Read more (22 May)

Hebden Bridge Blues FestivalHebden Bridge Blues Festival may be the best in the country - the panel of the British Blues Awards have nominated it for the "Best Festival" award. Read more (22 May)

Fox and GooseFox Friends raise £400 at CAMRA festival. A bar at the CAMRA festival pulled in another £ 400 to help create West Yorkshire's first co-operative pub. Read more and listen to item on Radio Leeds (15 May)

Success for The King's Troup, Hebden drama group. They have been selected to perform in Manchester and Stratford upon Avon. Read more (13 May)

Trades Club near miss - The Trades Club have vowed they will be back next year after narrowly missing out on the NME small venue of the year award. Read more (11 May)

Hebden Bridge:  a Sense of Belonging by Paul BarkerBook Launch of Hebden Bridge: a Sense of Belonging by Paul Barker, which illustrates the changes to our town and area from the mills closing to becoming 'the Greenwich Village of the north'. 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

Hebden Bridge Town Hall

Town Hall Team now complete with the appointment of Amy Leader as the new business development officer. Read more, including all HebWeb coverage of this groundmaking project since 2007 (3 May)

Jamie Johnson

Former Green Party councillor starts cycling round the length of Britain's coast. The co-founder of Kerbside Recycling, Calder Valley Credit Union, and former Green Party Town Councillor, Jamie Johnson, is raising funds for Palestinian refugees. Read more (1 May)

Claire BenedictUniversity of the Third Age: Claire Benedict talks acting to Todmorden U3A. Read more (29 April)


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.

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

World Championship Dock Pudding Contest, - see Mytholmroyd Net for result and video

Ted Hughes Writing Competition is launched!

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

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.

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)

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)

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)

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)

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

500 faces

Jason Elliott's 500 Faces of Hebden Bridge

500 Faces

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

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

Eastwood Recycling set for 'remodelling'. Read more

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

Grant for Calder Valley Club and for other local projects from Hebden Royd Town Council. 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)

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)

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.

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.

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.

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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