News, Features and forthcoming Events
Calder High 6th Form to Close: Calderdale Council’s Cabinet will be asked to approve the decision of the governors at Calder High School to close its sixth form on 31 August 2019. Only Ryburn will offer 6th form provision in the Upper Valley. Read more
Lloyds Bank to close in January 2019, making Hebden Bridge a town without banks. Over the years, the HebWeb has reported the closure of Barclays in April 2018, NatWest following the 2015 flood and the Yorkshire Bank in August 2005.
Recycle Radio Trades Club Takeover of the Trades Club bringing a curated mix of homegrown Calder Valley talent, which was broadcast live on air and with a live audience on Sat 28 July. More info and links here
Disability Forum launches Access Map showing wheelchair friendly pavements, accessible toilets, bus stops and parking spaces. For link to download the map and news about the new portable ramps, Read more (12 July)
Peace in the Valley erected a giant CND symbol behind Todmorden Market on Friday, to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the founding of CND. It's being taken from place to place around the country. Next stop Bradford. To join, go to the Yorkshire CND website. Click photo to enlarge (8 July)
Small Ads: message received 9 July - "Just to say that my cottage has now been let. Thanks once again to HebWeb!"
Swimming pool latest. It's still going ahead but, because of the 2015 Flood, not yet. And not in Hebden Bridge. Read the latest statement from the Swimming Pool Association, and follow the links for how the HebWeb has covered this controversial issue over many years. More (6 July)
Be safe on the Tops In the wake of the wildfire on Saddleworth Moor, we are being reminded to take care when out and about in moorlands around the Upper Valley. Guidelines and what to do if you see a fire (28 June)
Clearing moors for grouse shooting creates a tinderbox argues George Monbiot in this Guardian article, citing the moors above Hebden Bridge. (28 June)
Small Ads: "Please can you remove small ad put on 9th July. I had a response within an hour of the ad going live and the first viewer took the house. I had 8 requests to view in 24 hours. Brilliant!"
Local garden designer at Hampton Court Flower Show. Local garden designer Emma Reed has designed one of the gardens for this year’s Hampton Court Flower Show, using a Mr Men theme. See on BBC 2. Read more (5 July)
Community Awards Nominations now open - you have until Friday 10 August to nominate your favourite arts group, charity, fundraising campaign, green group, marketing campaign and much more. Read the story (1 Aug)
Dismantling the old bridge at Waterside Fold, next to the Little Park. Click image to enlarge. See Forum (31 July)
Flooding: Plans to protect Stubbing Holme Road neighbourhood. People living in the Stubbing Holme Road neighbourhood of Hebden Bridge are being urged to drop in to an event to find out more about proposals to protect their properties from flooding. Read more. (30 July)
Hebden Bridge to Burnley Cycle Route wins competition The first edition of “Your favourite cycling route in Yorkshire” Competition, organised by Clicktrans has ended. First prize goes to Andrew Beck from Hebden Bridge. Read more (27 July)
Rain Garden Planter Celebrations – a great party! Cllr Carol Stow, the Mayor of Hebden Royd, officially 'opened' the planters (with her ceremonial watering can, due to the lack of rain). Read more (24 July)
The New Forty: Newly-retired Jess from Berringden Brow finds that it's still possible to have adventures: stewarding at Glastonbury, teatime quiz show, a writing competition in a haunted barn, and volunteering with a children's charity in Romania. Read more (20 July)
New Electricity Sub Station to be placed on the grass verge opposite the White Lion. See this forum thread (19 July)
New Play Festival: Play Write! This July, the Little Theatre plays host to a new play Festival. For two nights only, 20-21 July, the Little Theatre presented an evening of original drama, as the winners of the Little Theatre, one-act play competition have their work performed. More info
Meet the countryside team at Hardcastle Crags This July, the countryside team will be sharing the secrets of how they look after this picturesque woodland. Ask questions, see demonstrations and meet Nathan, the working horse. More info (12 July)
Bright Sari in a Darkened Street is a new novel by Ian Emberson, who died in 2013 and was well known as a writer and artist in the Upper Valley. His wife Catherine has made this previously unpublished work available. It tells how aspiring artist Miles meets spirited and enchanting Kavita and is drawn into a relationship that crosses cultural divides. Read more(10 July)
Open Studios Weekend (6-8 July) was a great opportunity to visit local artists and craftspeople in Hebden Bridge and around the Upper Valley. Over 90 artists will be opening their studios and homes.
Hepton Singers' concert marked Alison's farewell as Musical Director The Hepton Singers' summer concert, held in Heptonstall church on Sun 8 July, was a special one for the choir and for their current musical director, Alison West. After 33 years with the chamber choir, Alison has announced her decision to stand down from her role. More info. (2 July)
Kids test out special purple ice cream Pupils from Old Town Primary were only too happy to test out purple ice cream that was only available during the Arts Festival Landscape open air experimental music event on Sunday 1st July. More info. (28 June)
The Incredible Festival of ideas from 21-24 June, across the Upper Calder Valley - explored radical ideas in action including urban agriculture, community asset transfer, and much, much more. Read more
Major works now complete on Scout Road flood recovery scheme: The £6.5 million project to strengthen the hillside, improve drainage and boost flood resilience at Scout Road in Mytholmroyd is now done. Read more. (14 June)
£1.5m facelift for canal towpath: A section of the Rochdale Canal towpath between Hebden Bridge and Todmorden is to benefit from a £1.5m scheme to improve cycling and walking access More info. (12 June)
Non-conformist singers needed for Arts Festival: Singers are needed to add their voices to groups celebrating Hebden Bridge Arts Festival’s theme of non-conformism. Read more about The Commoners’ Choir and other non-conformist musical groups coming to this year’s Festival. Read more (8 June)
Calderdale Council Leader complains to Northern Rail. Cllr Tim Swift has told Managing Director David Brown that the level of delays and cancellations on the Calder Valley line mean that ‘rail is no longer a reliable means of travel’. Read more (5 June)
Hebden Bridge Labels wanted: Local collector Lizzie Lockhart has issued a call for labels from Hebden Bridge's textile manufacturers old and new for an exhibition she is curating during the Arts Festival. Read more. (1 June)
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New Mayor for Hebden Royd Town Council - Carol Stow will be the Mayor for the next year and her charity will be 'Slow the Flow' who are working to protect the Calder Valley, and similar locations, from flooding in the future. (22 May)
Nonconformists Now Hope Chapel’s new book celebrates this year's Arts Festival theme: ‘'Nonconformism’ - a photographic record of the chapel’s restoration, revival and people over the past ten years. More info (16 May)
Northern Rail: Manchester Evening News headline - "Crowded carriages, cancelled trains and 'aggressive tweets' - just what is going on with Northern Rail?"
Small Ads: We had a prospective buyer view it, she loves the house and has put in offer we've accepted. So, thank-you!
Hebden Bridge Folk Roots Festival, run by a group of musicians and folk enthusiasts took place over the weekend of 11-13 May. It brought together an impressive mix of artists, dancers, storytellers and musicians from all over the world. Read more.
Sarah Courtney (Lab) takes Calder ward, covering Hebden Bridge, with over 3000 votes. A search of our archives doesn't reveal any previous Calder candidate receiving more than 3000 votes. Scott Patient (Lab) takes Luddendenfoot ward. Richard Needham won the Fairfield bye-election for the Town Council. Details (4 May)
3 May was the chance to elect local councillors. Click here to see who stood. The HebWeb invited candidates to send up to 500 words with a photo. Seven of the eleven candidates did - see local election page. (updated 25 April)
Through the Lens - South Pennines’ Photographic Competition is open to all, amateur or professional. The only limits are geographical; all the images have to be of the South Pennines. More info (22 April)
"In a world where style often triumphs over substance, Hebweb is reassuringly informative, reliable and clear. An invaluable community resource and public information forum reflecting the independent spirit of Hebden Bridge. Lesley at Elmet Farmhouse.
Jeremy Corbyn in Mytholmroyd speaking to a packed Community Centre, supporting Labour's candidates for the local elections. Click photo to enlarge.
Where to Stay in the Hebden Bridge area - many of the listings in this popular section have been updated over the past couple of weeks. And following several requests, there is now a new page which features only Bed and Breakfast listings. (3 April)
Mytholmroyd Flood Scheme from May: traffic slowdown for up to 2 years, whilst further essential flood defence work is carried out. New measures are being implemented this time to make sure the temporary traffic lights are as effective as possible. Read more
New leaflet for Hebden Bridge - download it here (26 Feb)
Labour councillor condemns Craig Whittaker for failing Calderdale "The official figures show Government funding is being cut by another £3.9m next year. And since 2015, annual government support for Calderdale has been cut by more than £20m." Read more.
Shoreditch of the North - is how today's Guardian's full page 3 feature describes Halifax.
Todmorden Community College is to become Todmorden Learning Centre after campaigners last night persuaded councillors to reject the bid for another supermarket, Aldi, a move which will benefit Hebden Bridge and all in the Upper Valley. (13 Feb)
Labour choose Josh Fenton-Glynn as Parliamentary candidate for the Calder Valley at the next General Election. Hundreds of the party's 2000+ members packed into Halifax Minster to vote, after hearing the 4 short-listed candidates make their case. Read report (Updated 5 Feb)
Give us back our millions, Mrs May! says Labour leader of Calderdale Council, Tim Swift. Since 2010, central Government grants to Calderdale have halved, meaning ever increasing council taxes. Read more
Handmade Parade Launches Book Celebrating Ten Years Joyful Streets: Ten Years of Handmade Parade, written by author Linda Green and artistic director Andrew Kim. The 96-page book tells the story of the parade and is illustrated by local photographers. More info.
Hebden Bridge commuter stirs up Northern Rail A Facebook group has been set up by frustrated commuter, Kate Anstee. With over 1500 members already, rail travellers report being delighted to find a group where they can share frustrations, problems and info. Read more
Mytholmroyd centre improvements get underway - The centre of Mytholmroyd will be rejuvenated as part of a wider scheme of improvement works developed with the community, beginning early next month. Read more (25 June)
Six years ago: the Flood of 22 June - the first of two bad floods in the summer of 2012
Non-conformists head to Hebden Bridge Arts Festival which starts this Friday, 22 June. Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy, renowned photographer Martin Parr and comic Bridget Christie are some of the non-conformists heading to Hebden Bridge as the Festival opens. More info (21 June)
The King’s Troupe – Shakespeare Without Borders 2018. With its company of 37 actors, musicians and performers, the group performed Shakespeare’s “The Merry Wives of Windsor”, at the Dell stage at Stratford-on-Avon on the invitation of the Royal Shakespeare Company. Read more. (22 June)
Hebden Bridge Rain Garden Planter Launch Party Calder Rivers Trust, the Community Association and Slow The Flow Calderdale are hosting a public drop-in 'launch party' on 29 June to celebrate the installation of rain garden planters at the Town Hall. More info (20 June)
Mytholmroyd Station Partnership: Fanfare for local Business. Each year one of the three local primary schools in the area visit a chosen local business. This gives young residents some insight for potential future careers. Read more (19 June)
Drinking in the Square - the Forum debate continues (19 June)
Coiners' Path in Cragg Vale reopened by Robin Tuddenham, Chief Executive of Calderdale, on Weds 6th June. A good crowd met on Erringden Moor with people walking up from Cragg Vale, Bell House and Horsehold. Read more (8 June)
Italian visitors welcomed by Hebden Bridge Twinning Society This was the second visit to Hebden Bridge by Cllr Leda Liborio from our friendship town Paratico, Italy. Read more (6 June)
Ackley Bridge, Channel 4’s school drama, was filmed in Halifax, particularly the old Catholic High School, and in Hebden Bridge. (6 June)
Calling all Wheelchair Users: Your chance to influence future wheelchair services in Hebden Bridge area. (5 June)
Neighbourhood Plan Public meeting: ‘Planning for the Future’. The second of the public meetings this year, organised jointly by the Hebden Bridge Partnership and the Community Association is on Mon 11th June. Read more (5 June)
Air Quality: Friends of the Earth are opposing the new strategy and action plan as they say it's not going to solve Calderdale’s (and Hebden Bridge's) air pollution problem. See HebWeb Forum
Calderdale flood warden Trevor Bannister wins a further award Several organisations have paid tribute to Calderdale flood warden Trevor Bannister who has been awarded the Calderdale Citizenship Award for his voluntary services following the Boxing Day Floods. More info (10 May)
Far more than a large home page, the HebWeb is now an essential local resource. It has been around for nearly 23 years, covering local news, events, opinions, tourist info, small ads, where to stay and much, much more. Updated every day. Read more and go deeper into the HebWeb.
Local campaigners challenge NHS cuts in court- Jenny Shepherd, one of the claimants in the Judicial Review, told the HebWeb that the court case was about whether the NHS across West Yorkshire and the whole of England remains safe and fair for patients. Read more (3 May)
20 mph means fewer casualties - and saves money. The 20mph limit implementation will have prevented 30-40% of casualties over three years. The reduction in injuries means a public saving in the region of £3m Read more (1 May)
HebWeb Small Ads We've been overwhelmed with the response and quality of applicants! Thanks so much!
Carpark to close: The former Fire Station site is close to being sold to a new developer But there is still plenty of spare space left to use for parking, argues a forum contributor. See Forum message
Hebden Bridge in Yorkshire crowned best place in the UK - 'Machine learning' used millions of data points to discover top locations. Read more (20 March)
From the archive: five years ago today The Times listed the 30 coolest places to live in Britain. Number one was Hebden Bridge. (19 March)
Hebden Bridge losing key shops? Following the news of the closure of Holts, our town's last greengrocers, comes the warning on this Forum thread that our last hardware shop, Bonsalls is struggling.
The Book Case - highlighted by The Guardian (12 Feb)
HebWeb Small Ads message: "Please could you close the advert? We've been overwhelmed with the response and quality of applicants! Thanks so much!"
Yorkshire's top 5 independent booksellers includes Hebden Bridge’s Book Case, according to the Yorkshire Post
Small Ads: Very good service, result achieved in only 4 days.
Accessible Hebden Bridge: this 7 minute video shows the work of the Making Hebden Bridge Accessible for All project and how accessibility can be good for business. (27 Oct)
Five years ago in the Guardian, Martin Wainwright wrote, "Witness current comments on the community website, the Hebweb, which is one of the best of its kind in the country. No, world." 25 Oct 2012
Small Ads - "Choosing to advertise the house for rent on the Hebweb was incredibly effective. The perfect tenants were found within 48 hours"
Hebden Bridge Station Café voted best in country "The Coffee Station", the cafe on Hebden Bridge railway station, is the first ever winner of a national award from Railfuture - the passenger organisation that campaigns for better and more trains and a bigger and better railway. Read more
HebWeb Feature on the Boxing Day Flood, gathering together many of the articles, news, links, photos and videos. Updated reguarly.
Floods: HebWeb Gallery - 24 photos taken on the morning of Boxing Day, 2015.
Small Ads: "Amazing but my house in Tod got rented out within 30 minutes after putting the house on Hebweb."
Accessible Venues guide - a brief guide to which venues for hire, might be suitable for community groups, classes, meetings, events or activities, to be accessible to disabled people. From the Disability Access Forum
Small Ads success - "Hi there I have found lovely tenants for my house in less than 24 hours. Amazing!" Re house to let in Mytholmroyd.
HebWeb Small Ads - The HebWeb is brilliant. Found tutor within 3 days… We have found a candidate. The response was excellent as was the calibre of the candidates.
From Steve Farrell, now living in Mysore, India: "As someone who lives abroad, the Hebweb site has always been critical for keeping in touch 'back home' in Hebden. I've just needed to re-advertise my home for rent, so where to turn to? The Hebweb, of course. The Ad was up within minutes and there were 10 enquiries within 24 hours. Superb!" See Small Ads.
Less than an hour from Hebden Bridge: try these halls, houses and galleries which many may not have heard about. Yet they are just on our doorstep. If you can’t find anything to do locally (see What’s On), have a look at this new HebWeb Feature.
Happy Valley writer loves Calderdale. "Hebden Bridge is vibrant; there's a lot going on artistically and it's also got great galleries, pubs and restaurants." Sally Wainwright talks of our "dramatic and awe-inspiring" landscape and the influence of local historian Jill Liddington's Anne Lister book. Read her Guardian article
Guardian Northerner: What the UK can learn from Hebden Bridge? The BBC's Mind the Gap asks how London's success can be replicated elsewhere: Claire Donnelly argues that our small town could have the answer. Read more
Small Ads: "House successfully rented through Hebweb. Fantastic posting wall!"
Selling my house on HebWeb was "extremely successful - I hope to complete on the sale in 2 weeks time, and I think I could have sold it a few times over."
Smll Ads: "I had so many wonderful responses to my ad for someone to help me re-organize my house post-flood, I wanted to employ everyone! Thank you." - Susan
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
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"Unbelievable result Hebweb. So many enquiries in response to the small ad on your site and now have lovely new tenants. What a success - Thank you Hebweb."
Hebden Bridge Camera Club winners: At the club's recent exhibition at the Town Hall, people came from all over to view the photos and take part in the ‘People’s Choice’, where they voted for their favourite 3 images. Read more and see larger versions of the above photos.
"Many thanks Hebweb, the Small Ad asking for Volunteers to cook and help at Wadsworth Lunch Club has already had success. We now have someone coming to help cook. We'd still welcome a washer up, and occasional helpers please."
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"
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Guardian Northerner: Hebden Bridge the UK's coolest place? The Yorkshire Paradise has won its fourth accolade in a decade. Born, brought up and living here, Rachel Pickering is loyal, but has one or two cautionary thoughts.
Small Ads - "I am very pleased to say the response was terrific and both properties are now let." (Less than a week)
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