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Festival street events

ARTS FESTIVAL LAUNCH - a great day of sunshine and street events in the square - see gallery of photos

Clothes Swap Party on 4th July - more info

Police and Communities Together - meeting report: CCTV failure, anti social behaviour and drug taking around Nutclough, Street Angels' first days - 24 June

Adam Hills Festival stop press: Perrier award winning Aussie comedy star Adam Hills will appear at the Picture House on Wednesday following Mark Steel's recent pull-out - "an unexpected treat" - more info

Outer Zeds

Arts Festival: Owter Zeds 25th anniversary
And other events at the Trades this week

Pen Fayre - residents raise money to help with application to have land recognised as a Village Green Pen Fayre

Central Street breakthrough! - the Hebden Bridge Web has learned that the Calderdale Cabinet has this evening provisionally given its support to the improvement scheme. More info - 22 June

Hebden Bridge Handmade Parade

What a town! Another stunning handmade parade came through the streets of Hebden Bridge on Saturday, 20 June in all its wonderful colour, creativity and glory. See photos and background to the big day.

Dodnaze is blooming

Dodnaze is blooming, along with the rest of the town as summer hanging baskets and planters go up.

Small Ads currently includeRoom Wanted, Nissan Micra for sale, loft conversion to rent, yurt for hire, Indian cooking, building, childminding, rubbish clearance and houses and flat to rent and share.

Central Street Central Street - the saga continues. After Calderdale announced yesterday it was reconsidering the scheme it rejected, today Hebden Royd Council predict it will be rejected again. Read more - 16 June

With sadness, we report the death of Roger Bogg. Roger was the projectionist at the Hebden Bridge Picture House for many years. See Lives Remembered page for larger photo and more info Roger the projectionist

Calderdale offers new grants for small businesses to boost local economy. More info - 15 June

Food campaigner Geoff Tansey kept an audio diary relating his experience of prostate cancer and his quest to discover the effects of diet. Click here to listen Geoff Tansey

Carol Ann Duffy Stop press: Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy to replace Ruth Padel who has withdrawn from the HB Arts Festival for personal reasons. More info

FORUM - current threads include good, informed discussion about the election, BNP and the future for Labour.

St Michael's Square, Mytholmroyd - public consultation is being sought on three sculpture design proposals - more info - 11 June

Remembering Fustianopolis - a demonstration of fustian cutting on Saturday, 20th June

Nick Harper

Lunchtime Walk - more info and photos

- results for Calderdale and Yorkshire

More threats to local archives - 11 June

Radio Leeds saw the Hebweb Feature on Ian Coates and the story of his 10 year round the world trip on a Honda. They interviewed Ian and his wife Judith. Hebweb feature - 5 June

Ian Coates

Latest Festival News - see three new news articles - specially brewed Arts Festival Ale, Box Office about to open, and Curtain up! More info - 8 June

MISS RUSTY - the Hebden Bridge Web has learned that, in spite of the large community campaign, demonstrations and nearly 1000 members of the Facebook group, Calder High Governors have made the decision to sack this popular teacher - see "Don't Read This" for background to the story.

GARDEN STREET PLANS rejected by the Planning Appeal Tribunal - too large! More info and background to this controversial local issue. - 28 May


Calderdale Writers’ Roadshows kick off at Hebden Bridge Library with Jill Liddington - see news

The Third International Cider Festival at the Stubbing Wharf

Brass Band

Brass Band Weekend: Hebden Bridge welcomed bands from all over the country for the Brass Band's second Heritage Weekend. See Media Page for 4 min video sample

Summer school of rock - Calder Rocks - 16 June

Breathless Tour

Hebden Bridge solicitor Paul Glanville (above left) gears up for 1200 mile UK cycle tour to unmask the asbestos killer - more info - 17 June

Green Nappies

The Clean Green Nappy Machine, selling a range range of eco-friendly nappies, has just opened in Hebden Bridge

Handmade Parade

Scores of people attending this year’s Hebden Bridge Handmade Parade on 20th June have already created their colourful costumes - more info

Some events of interest for The Fringe’s first Weekend - more info


Don't Bulldoze Central Library

Refuse/recycle collections "improving" - 4 June

The Secret Garden Videos - three short videos on the Secret Garden have been brought to the attention of the Hebweb - 2 June

Bryan Williamson: Life Remembered - more info and photos - updated 17 June

Pilot project to increase insulation in ‘hard to treat’ homes similar to many in Hebden Bridge - see News in Brief


Herons - more information wanted about our remarkable neighbours - see Wildlife Feature

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

95 per cent are recycling? That figure is simply wrong, says Kerbside's "incensed" Paul Brannigan - see Forum thread - 29 May

THE BIG GREEN WEEKEND was a major success - thanks to the sunshine but especially thanks to Jason Elliott and his great team. The "Secret Garden Party" was revealed to be in The Old Fire Station - transformed by the Transition Town group. - selection of photos from the weekend


Squatted Big Green Weekend

Above: Alice Hull welcomes Chris McCafferty MP and Mayor John Beacroft-Mitchell (pictured with organiser Jason Elliott) who opened the Big Green Weekend. See selection of Big Green photos

Big Green Debate

Big Green Weekend Question Time debate report
see also Forum discussion

Cllr John Beacroft-Mitchell's first speech as Hebden Royd Mayor - see You Tube video on the Hebweb media page - 21 May

Art classes are being organised to help learn the tricks of the trade ahead of Hebden Bridge Handmade Parade on June 20th. More info - 21 May

Chess in The Secret Garden

No World on Doorstep Festival this year - see Forum

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

Peter Kay

Peter Kay rocks the Trades Club
- read more - 27 April

Labour Selection Saga: former Halifax MP Alice Mahon gives the "despicable" treatment of Hebden Bridge's Janet Oosthuysen as one of her reasons for leaving the Labour Party. Now there's a row over postal voting following the latest selection process. See also: forum thread

Susan PressHebden Royd Mayor Susan Press has lost her bid to become the Calder Valley Labour candidate - defeated by postal votes. The Labour candidate for the next general election will be Stephenie Booth, Cherie Booth and Tony Blair's mother in law - 10 April

Town Hall Project to receive £15000 grant from Adventure Capital Fund

Wainsgate May Fair

May Fair at Wainsgate - Photos and info - updated


Report of community meeting with local police - crime still low and action being taken to address anti-social activity. - 19 May

Former Calder Valley candidate David Chaytor is suspended from Parliamentary Labour Party.
Labour's National Executive have now backed Steph Booth following the dirty tricks allegations made in the Yorkshire Post - Steph Booth is now suing the paper. More info. Local Labour Party members voice their concern - see Forum

Garden Street Planning Appeal closes - brief report and more info about the Action Group's opening and closing statements. Decision expected in July - 14 May

Car tyres being dumped on tops. Residents and warden appeal for public help. More info - 13 May

Tired of tyres

Duck Race

Above Duck Race - see more photos and a movie

Pace Egg play

Pace Egg Play: Above: Heptonstall Players in Weaver's Square, Heptonstall.
More photos and movie clip

Pace Egg play

Pace Egg Play: Above: Calder High students in George's Square, Hebden Bridge
More photos and movie clip

Duck Race: Easter Monday - 2000 ducks will be dropped into the Hebden Water at approx 3.15pm

Acre Mill site - plans rejected. See background to this issue - 2nd April

Joanne Harris

Town Hall group seeks "Friends" - appeal for local community support launched today . Read more - 2 April

Report of community meeting with local police

Public meeting report - anger over local press allegations of adults "stoking the fire of discontent" - "Aren't Hebden Bridge kids known for having their own minds!"

Teacher suspension features in the Guardian: "Pupils rally behind teacher suspended for writing school novel". And Radio Leeds. Background and links - 24th March

Stop - don't read this


Mounting concern over the suspension of two popular Calder High teachers has led to the formation of a support group, who have called a public meeting and are collecting testimonials from students, former students, and parents.

Click here for background, more details, group letter, info and form for sending your testimonials

Fast broadband to be trialled in Mytholmroyd - see Forum thread - 23rd March

Town Hall Project: see Nick Wilding's video (11 minutes) on the history and plans for our fine Town Hall building

500 words - Contributions wanted of 500 words about Hebden Bridge as part of the 500th anniversary of the bridge.

Nicholas Hughes, the son of poets Sylvia Plath (buried at Heptonstall) and Ted Hughes from Mytholmroyd, has taken his own life at the age of 47, after a period of depression. See BBC article 23rd Mar

Primary School results - see SATS tables for local schools for 2008 and going back to 1999 - ten years of results as reported on the Hebweb - 1st April

from 10th April unless more funding is found. More info and comments from Paul Brannigan.

Joanne Harris

Author Joanne Harris opened the new library in Hebden Bridge, a town which Cllr Conrad Winterburn, introducing her, called "Calderdale's own Latin Quarter". Read more - 21st March

n for some homes. Aerial survey of heat loss. Hebweb asked Calderdale about HB terraced houses. Energy monitor display units are now available to borrow from the ATC.- updated 19 March

Above: Police called as students walk out of lessons to demonstrate outside Calder High School this morning in support of the two suspended teachers - see below - 11 March

A second highly respected and popular teacher, Steve Cann
, has been suspended from the Calder High School. When the Hebden Bridge Web contacted Calder High, they refused to give us any information about their reasons. It is widely believed to be connected with the furore around the earlier suspension of Ms Rustamova or "Rusty" as she is affectionately known. See discussion on Hebweb Forum and the Facebook group Save Miss Rusty's Job- 10 March

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

Central Street - Tory Cabinet member explains why funds were refused. Read Forum thread 20 Jan

Calder Valley's choice as Labour Candidate, Janet Oosthuysen, has been rejected by Labour's National Executive - see Yorkshire Post article and forum - 20 Jan


Calder High Teacher Suspension - one of the characters featured in the offending book has written to the HebWeb Forum about the "ill-treatment of a loved teacher". Read more and see FaceBook group Save Miss Rusty's Job which now has over 600 members.


The Facebook group Save Miss Rusty's Job taken down temporarily after pressure, is now working again with over 600 members - 8 Feb

The Hebweb and several of our contacts have been phoned and emailed by the Mail on Sunday who say they are "working on this story". We understand the Mail reporter is having problems finding someone prepared to talk. - 6 Feb

Students demonstrate as popular teacher is suspended for publishing book to help young people to read. See Forum thread. - 3 Feb

New on the Hebden Bridge Web:
Local Bloggers - including the very moving accounts from by Sharyn Lock of Hebden Bridge who is helping out in Gaza and currently four others.

Walkers Are Welcome weekend

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  • Contact info
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  • Emails - a directory of local email addresses
  • Events: a selection of local events
  • Features
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  • History pages - links to local history websites, together with a selection of articles remembering times past.
  • Lives Remembered - thoughts and comments on the death of a selection of local people
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