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News, Features and Upcoming Events

The Guardian's Martin Wainwright writes to say how much he enjoyed "meeting an audience which was well up to, and beyond, my high expectations of your famous and lovely town" - read message

Town Hall plans

TOWN HALL PLANS GET GO AHEAD - plans to extend the Town Hall have been given consent by Calderdale councillors at last night's planning committee, paving the way for major new community and civic facilities, as well as opening up the river Hebden waterfront for a new public square. Read more - 27 October

PICTURE HOUSE THREAT - A consortium of local organisations has begun discussions with senior Calderdale council staff over ways in which the cinema’s long-term future can be secured. Read more - 21 October

125 Year Lease for Town Hall. More info


Walk for Wainsgate - more info and photos from Geoff Matthews

Co-op Operations Manager calls meeting on 2nd November to discuss issues raised in the Hebweb Forum about our local Co-op - See forum thread

Friends of the Earth call for Lobby of our MP to push the Government to take urgent action on Climate Change on Saturday 6th November. Read more

BBC Inside Out - Jamie Coulson is in Hebden Bridge - "the hippy town which is being forced to confront its drug demons". See Forum thread

THESE HEELS ARE MADE FOR WALKING - The White Ribbon Campaign is men working to end male violence against women. This Charity Walk is part of White Ribbon Week and the lead up to White Ribbon Day on the 25th November. Read more - 28 October

Energy Saving Week (October 25-31) - the Alternative Technology Centre in Hebden Bridge will be demonstrating ways to keep your home warm this winter. Read more

Literary Festival - A new Hebden Bridge bookshop is putting on a weekend Literary Festival at the Little Theatre, bringing many well-known writers to Hebden Bridge during the weekend of 29-31 October. Read more

Coalition Government's Spending Plans are a 'Body Blow' for Calderdale, say Labour. Cllr Swift has told the HebWeb that the Government's plans to go all out for big cuts could see over 1,000 people lose their jobs. Read more - 25 October

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Wainsgate Walk

Local fluoride campaigner Dennis Edmonson has died - see Courier report

Green Party calls meeting to discuss the cuts - see What's on section for 1st November.

Electoral Reform Debate

PUBLIC MEETING VOTES FOR ALTERNATIVE VOTE SYSTEM - Local politicians Cllr. Nader Fekri, Kate Sweeny, Craig Whittaker MP and Cllr Susan Press were the speakers at the public meeting on electoral reform in Hebden Bridge on Friday 15 October. Read report

Jazz ClubJAZZ CLUB - Hebden Bridge’s HX7 Jazz Club continues to seek out the best in cutting edge, contemporary, non-mainstream jazz as it hosts an amazing concert by the Surinder Sandhu Band on October 28 - Read more

New Veggie Caf? - Greens Vegetarian Caf? (formerly Relish), owned and run by Kim Green (formerly of The Veggie, Ilkley) will be opening s at Old Oxford House in Albert Street. Read more - 8 October

Jumble needed for Old Town Jumble Sale on 22nd Oct - see What's on section

The flood warning siren went in Hebden Bridge at 1.30pm, Sunday, 3rd October and in the afternoon, eight separate flood warnings were in place, according to the Environment Agency.

Book News - Top ten bestsellers for September, and all the latest news from our independent Hebden Bridge bookshop. Read more - 2 Oct

Jason BoomTown Clerk Jason Boom invites those interested in being involved with the Hebden Royd local election to a meeting, and advises to make sure they are on the electoral roll. Read more. Updated 4th Oct with document on the role of a 'Town' councillor.

Readers' and Writers' Festival - a packed month of events for Calderdale's Word of Mouth festival. Read more - 24 Sept

Telegraph Walk of the Week: Hardcastle Crags, "where there are riverside views, tumbling streams, woods - and plenty of wildlife". See also: HebWeb feature on Gibson Mill - 22 Sept

The University of the Third Age gets its boots on. Read more about the group and its activities. 20 Sept

Pool and community centre

Swimming pool Views and opinions sought on latest plans (above) for a swimming pool in our area. See also: forum thread 15 Sept

Re-opening of Memorial Gardens - Mytholmroyd Net report - with videos.

Nlackshaw Fete

Above: Large crowds for Blackshaw Head Fete, which had fine weather for once - More photos

GINNELGATE - Birchcliffe footpath blocked. Residents on Birchcliffe, Bankside and St. Johns Close have come together to campaign for the re-opening of the shortcut which runs between  Birchcliffe Road and the Stubbing Footpath via St. Johns Close. Read more

27 'dwellings' at Mayroyd: planning permission refused - reasons include, land is designated open space, problems of additional traffic and site is at risk from flooding. See Planning Watch for more info

Billy Holt

Our feature on local character Billy Holt has been updated to include the personal memories of Dutch teacher Frans van Schaik - Read more - 16 August

Buskers in Hebden Bridge: what do you think? See this forum thread -

Hebweb upgrade - read about the update to this site, and how it would not have been possible without Ariadne

Police And Community Report - details of crimes and concerns around Hebden Bridge, including anti-social behaviour and police priorities. Read more

Below: 500 VOICES - choirs from our region gathered around the bridge today to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Packhorse Bridge. The rain held of most of the time but arrived on cue for Calder Valley Voices' Singing in the Rain. The event ended with a new song by Daniel Bath: Crossing the River. More photos

Patrick Munsie, former Calder High student, has been killed in a road accident in Colorado while on his gap year. See Yorkshire Post article.

DIGITAL SWITCHOVER DATES: The change from analogue to digital TV will happen next year, 2011 Read more - 11 October

Betty WardDeath of former Mayor of Hebden Royd, Betty Ward.


See Lives Remembered - 30 Sept

SiD comes to Hebden Bridge - SiD is a mobile Speed Indicator Device who rewards drivers with a smile if they are travelling within the speed limit and gives a frown to those who aren't. Read more - 27 Sept

Forum contributors are talking about the local Labour candidate, town centre behaviour, the film Shed Your Tears, GinnelGate, cuts to bus service, swimming pool, shops not cloned, best places to eat and more - 27 Sept

CLONE TOWN BRITAIN has Hebden Bridge as one of the most distinctive towns in the UK. Read more - 20 Sept


GINNELGATE DIRECT ACTION - This morning, Saturday 18 September at 10.30 am residents of St John's Close and their visitors took direct action and 'scaled the wall' which has been built across the pathway through the close on to Bankside footpath. More info and background- 18 Sept

Calderdale is ready for "the worst winter can throw at it"- Calderdale Council says it is already prepared for the worst the winter can throw at it and this year will have a total of 17,000 tonnes of salt. Read more - 14 Sept

Local History Society - Autumn and Winter events now online: see "What's on". 13 Sept

Leonora Rustamova

Miss Rusty Employment Tribunal hearing is set for 11-14 January in Leeds. See new Hebweb Feature which attempts to bring together the story behind the sackings of her and Steve Cann from Calder High - 10 Sept


Help relieve Pakistan's suffering. More than 20 million people have lost their homes and livelihoods in the floods which have been sweeping through Pakistan. Make your donation at Hebden Bridge and other libraries. Read more - 2 Sept

Ian Coates

Ian Coates in the Ukraine, still riding round the world on his Honda - "I told my wife I was going for 4 months in 1999 and I am still riding". See HebWeb Feature for latest.


SKATE PARK IMPROVEMENT LATEST - Calderdale councillors have agreed to a proposal which means that Hebden Royd Council will be able to go ahead with a bid to fund an extension of the skate park in Calder Holmes Park, Hebden Bridge. Read more

Donkeys give up at Hebden Bridge

Cross-country donkey gives up at Hebden Bridge. Brothers Mike and Tom Baxter abandoned their attempt to trek across Britain with a donkey... when the beast refused to go on! - Read more

Local Blogs section - now updated

Hebden Bridge Town Hall

Town Hall Development Plans and photos go to Calderdale - Detailed plans have been given to Calderdale’s planning department. More info

Community Funds available from Hebden Royd. Groups from Hebden Royd (roughly most of Hebden Bridge, Mytholmroyd and Cragg Vale) can apply for funds from the community funding committee. Read more

500 faces

Jason Elliott's 500 Faces of Hebden Bridge is now complete. See web gallery of all 500 faces

500 Faces

Popular Hebden Bridge musician, Steve Tilston has revealed the contents of a letter John Lennon sent him, giving advice, in 1971 but which he didn't actually receive for another 34 years. See this BBC news page

Five hundred words about Hebden Bridge - see latest entry from Lynn Breeze: Seedy river had fun, along with a YouTube video of Jason Elliott interviewing project's sponsor.

500 voices

Handmade Parade

and launch of the Hebden Bridge Arts Festival 2010.
See photos
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Miss Rusty talks to the Yorkshire Post one year on. Read article and see HebWeb coverage of her and Steve Cann's unfair treatment by Calder High School.

Shed your Tears and Walk Away - reviews in the national press. See 6 reviews of this film about Hebden Bridge. Hebden Bridge is a "madhouse fuelled by drink and drugs" … is a haven for achingly trendy bohemians. Read the full reviews from the Telegraph, Guardian, Mirror and Financial Times -

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  • History pages - links to local history websites, together with a selection of articles remembering times past.
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