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Postcard from PalestineAnother big name for the Trades Club - After an epic 18 month chase the Trades Club has finally singer songwriter, King Creosote. Read more. (6 Dec)

Bus Services Consultation: All this year, people have been writing to the HebWeb Forum vividly describing the failures of the local bus service. Now there's to be a consultation. Read more

Mytholm Works: Councillors overrule planners' recommendation to dismiss Supermarket and Hotel plans. See Forum thread (4 Dec)

Local Green Belt threatened - latest HebWeb Forum thread

Local plan: drop in consultation event on Tuesday, 4 December. More info

Forest School expands: Tinderwood Trust, which has been delivering Forest School for nearly 7 years in the upper Calder Valley and beyond have moved into another new site. (3 Dec)

Postcard from PalestinePostcard from Palestine 8 - Hebden Bridge's Ron Taylor, part of an international group of supporters, sends the HebWeb his latest news from Palestine. Read more. (2 Dec)

Hollins Mill shed workers 1902

Lament for the Mills - Robert Cockcroft, poet and academic told a meeting of the Local History Society of his childhood spent close to mills owned and operated by his grandfather, John Cockcroft and his father, Keith. Read more (2 Dec)

Valley of Lights photo from Ian Hodgson

Valley of Lights Gallery on the HebWeb: we've now added 6 photos from Ian Hodgson.

Silver postbox

Silver postbox outside Mytholmroyd post office, to recognise the achievements of Karen Darke. Photo: H Gregg.   Read more 3 Dec

Handmade Parade

The VALLEY OF LIGHTS stunned the many hundreds who packed the streets of Hebden Bridge Thursday evening, 29th December. A magnificent evening of parades, illuminated cyclists, frosty moonlight, music, street markets and entertainers showed once again what a quirky, funky, colourful, creative community we live in. More photos. Updated, to include a sample of photos from Craig Shaw. See also: Forum thread

Valley of Lights

All Set for Valley of Lights: Hebden Bridge and Mytholmroyd are gearing up for their Valley of Lights parades on Thursday and Saturday with organisers promising two spectacular nights. Latest info and maps (27 Nov)

Valley of Lights

Valley of Lights Processions: Free lantern workshops, Parades in Hebden Bridge, Mytholmroyd and Tod, Valley of Lights Night Bike Light Ride and more.

Town Council bye-election: Jonathan Timbers (Lab) wins the West End seat in Hebden Bridge and Julia Gibson (Lib-Dem) has taken the White Lee seat in Mytholmroyd. More info (16 Nov)

Floods: Daily Telegraph article - "How a pioneering 'shop local' campaign helped Hebden Bridge in Yorkshire recover from a devastating flood this summer." (14 Nov)

Nutclough Mill: oversight leads to deferment of decision on planning application. See Forum thread

Hebden Royd Town Council Bye-Election: candidate Robin Dixon corrects leaflet. Read more

Members of Wadsworth Environment Group at their Wainsgate Graveyard Tidy-Up on Saturday 10th November

Members of Wadsworth Environment Group at their Wainsgate Graveyard Tidy-Up on Saturday 10th November. Click photo to enlarge

Help save the NHS - this Friday at Central Library. See What's on.

Hebden Bridge Town HallTown Hall Café re-opens for business from Monday 12th November. The café, in the attractive community lounge area overlooking the courtyard, will offer coffees, teas, lunches and light refreshments. Read more

Free Marketing Workshop: Businesses in Hebden Bridge are invited to a November marketing workshop which promises to reveal some truly distinctive ways to get visitors to spend more and stay longer. Read more (9 Nov)


Bond is back: Skyfall at the Picture House - with cocktails, tuxedos and cocktail dresses. On 16th November to mark the release of Skyfall, the Picture House will be celebrating 50 years of 007 on the big screen. Update: tickets selling fast. Read more (12 Nov)

Hebden Bridge Bonfire

Thanks to Andy Spencer for this photo of this year's firework display

Hebden Bridge Town HallTown Hall now fully wheelchair-accessible: One hundred and fifteen years after it was first built, Hebden Bridge's Town Hall is now for the first time able to welcome everyone with mobility difficulties. Read more

Green light for Youth House: Calderdale Council has given the green light for Hebden Bridge Light Opera Society (HBLOS) to take over responsibility for Youth House in Hebden Bridge. Read more (30 Oct)

Eccentrics of Hebden Bridge

Hebden Bridge Eccentrics: Proud to support the Naked Rambler. Thanks to Craig Shaw of Blu Planet Photography for this photo. Click to enlarge. Update: See news report (29 Oct)

Guardian Northerner uses HebWeb coverage of the Naked Rambler. Northern correspondent of the Guardian, Martin Wainwright writes, "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)

Naked RamblerNaked Rambler arrested in Hebden Bridge - Naked Rambler, Stephen Gough was arrested in Hebden Bridge. Read news item and see Forum suggestion that HB people support him by going naked on the bridge. (Updated 25 Oct)

New faces at Arts Festival

New faces at Arts Festival: Hebden Bridge Arts Festival has appointed six new trustees as it prepares for its 20th anniversary next year. Read more and see photo. (22 Oct)

Little Park re-opens

The completely renewed Victoria Road Little Park re-opened Sat 20th October, thanks to the efforts of parents and local councillors over the past couple of years. Read more

Community Fayre

Hebden Bridge Community Fayre a great success: Forty groups participated and several hundred members of the community came along to see the rich diversity of community life within Hebden Bridge on display. Read more (16 Oct)

Ted Hughes' brother writes book on "Ted and I" - see Yorkshire Post and Guardian pieces.

RSPB lodges EU complaint over Walshaw Moor controversy: The group says the government has failed to protect the landscape from activity to promote grouse-shooting. See Guardian article

Book Case

Queues outside The Book Case in Hebden for the Julia Donaldson signing - the queue stretched all the way to the Co-op. See video clip from Fran Robinson of the Mytholmroyd Net.

Jamie Johnson

Former Green Party councillor completes cycle tour round Britain's coast. Former Green Party Town Councillor, Jamie Johnson has spent five months cycling 5000 miles round the UK coast raising funds for Palestinian refugees. Read more (9 Oct)

After the floods Market Street is gradually coming back to life after this summer's floods. Valley Organics re-opened today, the Deli is back open, Element Jewellery relaunches on Saturday, the Yorkshire Soap Company and Home Oh on 13th October, and Oxfam next month. (5 Oct)

Lets walk together

Click photo to enlarge. Lets not walk away, Lets walk together. A five mile walk on Saturday 29th September to raise awareness of drug and alcohol related issues among young people. Photo: Craig Shaw - Background

Flood fundraising auction - Auction took place on Friday evening (28th) at the Town Hall and raised nearly £6500. Background info here.

Town Council - latest minutes now online

Hebden Bridge Blues Festival wins Blues Festival of the Year Award at the British Blues Awards


Two councillors quit Town Council: bye-elections likely. Any bye-elections could change the character of the Town Council, currently Labour controlled. Read more. (6 Sept)

Any Questions at Hebden Bridge Town Hall: Listen now in iPlayer. A lively Hebden Bridge audience asked the panel questions on squatting, overseas student visa restrictions, disability benefits and asset transfers.


Floodstock: An evening of Live Blues music in aid of the the Calder Valley flood victims was held on Saturday (1st) at Mytholmroyd Community Centre. More photos from Craig Shaw.

Guardian Northerner: Hebden Bridge shows off its new Town Hall: "Famous for its sense of community, the Pennine paradise has bucked all trends by building itself a magnificent new home for scores of local groups and activities." Berringden Brow's Jill Robinson takes a tour. (13 Aug)

Ban the burn

Photo: Jenny Slaughter Ban the Burn demonstrators call for the end of heather burning on the tops to the Walshaw Estate on Sunday, 12 August (the "Glorious Twelfth" marking the official start of the grouse-shooting season). Click photo to enlarge. See also BBC report, Hebden Bridge journalist Peter Lazenby, writing in the Morning Star and the Energy Royd blog.

Karen DarkeKaren Darke to turn on Mytholmroyd Christmas lights! Karen, Olympic Paralympic medalist, grew up in Mytholmroyd and went to Calder High School. Read more (29 Nov)

BROWN'S SITE: Planners recommend refusal of Supermarket and Hotel plans. Councillors will make the final decision at their meeting of 4th December. More info (27 Nov, 2pm)

Friends of Hebden Bridge Picture House in actionFriends of Hebden Bridge Picture House repainted the gates, swept up leaves, rubbed rust off railings and cleared debris from the roof of our community owned cinema. Read more. (28 Nov)

Flood alert - no longer in force from Tues, 27th at 9.29am

Calder High Academy? Parents have received a letter from the chair of governors, Rob Good, dated 23rd November, confirming that "the Dept. for Education's view is that Calder High School will become a sponsored academy."

Calder Ward Forum - you can take part in the 4th December session at the Waterfront Hall in the Town Hall or online. Read more

Postcard from PalestineMark Thomas plays the Trades Club - Comedian and outrageous, leftwing political provocateur Mark Thomas brings his mix of laughs and debate to the Trades Club on 13 February. Tickets on sale Tues 27 Nov. Read more. Thurs 29 Nov update: Sold out

More news from the Trades: Colin Blunstone date at Trades replaced by Gaza benefit. Read more. (22 Nov)

Pecket Well waste plan: Residents of Pecket Well fear serious environmental problems from expansion of waste processing plant. Read more. (Updated 22 Nov)


Woodland management by horse at Hardcastle Crags. Trained horse logger Peter Coates and his horse Nathan, will help staff and volunteers move the heavy timber around the site. Read more. (19 Nov)

More big names at the Trades ClubMore big names at the Trades Club - Pop Legend Edwyn Collins and rising folk stars Stornoway are the latest big names to announce dates at the Trades Club. Read more. (19 Nov)

Albion Band

See gallery of photos from this year's Folk Roots Festival, with thanks to Craig Shaw

Timothy Richey

Nutcracker: A Christmas show for all the family this December at the Waterfront Hall in the new Town Hall. The role of The Nutcracker will be played by West End Gruffalo star Timothy Richey. Read more

Hebden Bridge Blues Festival

Blues Festival Announces its 2013 Line-up - Running for three days at the end of May 2013, the organisers have laid on another spectacular bonanza for blues lovers everywhere.

New faces at Arts Festival

Arts Festival is looking for your memories and photos from the past 20 years as it mounts a special exhibition to celebrate its 20th birthday. Read more (7 Nov)

Fairport Convention warm-up for Folk Roots Festival - with a greatest hits set at the Trades Club (6 Nov)

University of the Third Age: Probably few of the members of U3A expected a talk on cancer to be vibrant and uplifting but this was what they got from Kate Hayward at their October meeting. Read more (5 Nov)

The community wind turbine at Blackshaw Head is now fully up and running

Community wind turbine at Blackshaw Head is now fully up and running, generating an income for the local community. Read more (4 Nov)

Town Council supports proposals for supermarket on Brown's site - see Forum discussion

Wally and SteveLocal musicians Wally Woodcock and Steve Andrews release a CD of 13 original compositions, entitled Songs from a Shed. Read more

Proposed supermarket and hotel - a packed public meeting upstairs at the Stubbing Wharf pub fired questions to Calderdale planning officer, architect Sam Deakin and planning consultant Roger Lee. Read report on Energy Royd website (23 Oct)

Hebden Bridge Food and Drink FestivalFood and Drink Festival: updated to include Kids' Cooking and photos from Oktoberfest. Markets, tastings, cooking demonstrations, competitions, giveaways, offers - Read more

Beer Festival

Above: Oktoberfest, celebrating local beer and cider, with the new Town Hall thronging in the warm Hebden Bridge Sunday sunshine. Click photo to enlarge. (22 Oct)

Freedom from Torture

Freedom from Torture: the new Calderdale group held its first meeting at the Hebden Bridge Town Hall last week. Read more (16 Oct)

Floods: Calderdale Council want to hear from people affected by the recent floods - see online questionnaire. And see What's on for details of drop-in session at Town Hall.

Hebden Bridge: Hippy redoubt, artsy hub, unofficial lesbian capital of Britain, ecotown, hill walker's paradise … is there a more Guardian-friendly destination than Hebden Bridge? So starts the Guardian review of The White Lion. (30 Sept)

Insurers accused of 'ducking and diving' over flood pay-out - see Yorkshire Post article (11 Sept)

Patti SmithPatti Smith, outside The Trades Club, before her performance, photographed by Bev Manders. Bev thanked Patti for donating money to the flood relief. Patti told Bev it was the least she could do. She hadn't been to HB before and was about to go for a stroll around town. (Click photo to enlarge. 8 Sept)

Nutclough Mill threat

Plans submitted to develop Nutclough Mill, one of Hebden Bridge's finest old buildings. The new building will be up to 5 storeys high, about twice the width of the main part of Nutclough Mill, and extend far beyond the main building towards Foster Lane. Read more (7 Sept)

Hebden Bridge Trades Club featured on BBC1 Breakfast News, as part of an item on the touring Africa Express train. Also featured by the Guardian Northerner

Alice's Run

Alice's Run in celebration of the life of Alice Redmond. Epilepsy Action's very own multi-terrain, 10km race, setting off from Mytholmroyd.

Flooding, which hit Hebden Bridge and Todmorden for the third time in a couple of months on Saturday, has cost the Environment Agency around £1.4m this year. See Yorkshire Post report. (28 Aug)

Flood warning: Saturday afternoon (25th), the Environment Agency had just one flood warning for the UK - for Hebden Bridge, Old Gate

More flooding

More flooding: police closed the main road to Tod after rain from this afternoon's storm (25th) flooded the Stoney Lane area - photo thanks to Russell Horn

Poets at Wainsgate Festival and Parade team up for 'sensational afternoon' next year: Hebden Bridge Arts Festival and Handmade Parade share the billing on 22 June 2013. Read more

HB History Society events from September now listed on the HebWeb: Luddites, co-operative cottages, lament for the mills, Dawson City, the station in the 19th century, weavers of the Great War, Robin Hood's Grave and much more. See "What's on"

Patti Smith plays Hebden Bridge Trades Club for flood relief fund - See BBC report

Millionaires, ministers and the murky world of Walshaw Moor - New Internationalist

Town Council Annual Report - including councillor attendance and updates from the Mayor and committees. (20 Aug)

Hebden Bridge flooding may have been caused by aggressive burning: Letter to The Observer signed by over 60 local people. (19 Aug)

Customer First on the move: From Monday 20 August 2012, Calderdale Council's Customer First centre in Hebden Bridge will be based at Hebden Bridge Town Hall. (16 Aug)

A beer named Hebden's Wheat from Little Valley, Hebden Bridge, has won Silver Medal in the Specialist Beer category at the Great British Beer Festival - see Guardian report (9 Aug)

Census results show increase in Calderdale's population. Read more

Flood advice video, including footage from local photographers, and interviewing Mary Dhonau, chair of the Flood Protection Association, who gives advice and practical tips on preventing floods, dealing with floods and minimising flood risks. (2 Aug)

YouTube video of Hebden Bridge getting on its feet after the flood. Inspiring collection of images put together by Jason Elliot.

Daily Mail on Hebden Bridge and the floods: "Until just over three weeks ago, the 5,000-plus residents of Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, could be forgiven for feeling ever so slightly smug." Read more

Guardian Northerner: "National campaign against moorland bog-burning to launch as grouse-shooting begins. Residents of Hebden Bridge, devastated by moorland run-off in this summer's floods, join environmental campaigners to set up Ban the Burn." See too, HebWeb News

Flood defences pledge for Mytholmroyd and Hebden Bridge: New defences will be developed quickly, says the Environment Agency, according to this BBC report

Calderdale Council's Leader, Cllr Tim Swift, says: "Action needs to be taken to reduce the risk of flooding." Deputy Leader, Cllr Janet Battye, says: "We need to work with the Environment Agency, our partners and the community to produce a clear plan which will help to protect people's homes and businesses in the Upper Calder valley.

BBC Look North: Hebden Bridge and Mytholmroyd back in business. (3 Aug)


A couple of weeks after the previous flood, one month's rain falls in three hours

FLOOD NEWS AND PHOTOS - together with links to YouTube and media coverage. Burnley Road from NatWest Bank to the Marina, most of Market Street to past the Co-op and George's Square were among the places flooded by today's torrential rain. This time, it wasn't the rivers, but drains were overwhelmed. Birchcliffe Road and Keighley Road were rivers of water. Read more

Charles visit

Royal Visit: Hebden Royd Town Clerk, Jason Boom sharing a joke with Charles on the Old Bridge at lunchtime today. Click to enlarge. More photos (6 July)

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.

Handmade ParadeThe sun shines

Nearly 700 people took part in the parade and several thousands more lined the route to enjoy amazing giant puppets, dazzling artwork, a riot of colour and toe-tapping music. News and links, including one to Guardian gallery and to Calendar. See also: HebWeb photo gallery.


Photos and info: the worst flooding in Hebden Bridge for over 30 years. After heavy rain all day Friday, 22nd June, flood sirens went just before 8pm. Just hours later, the whole of the centre of Hebden Bridge was flooded. Market Street, Bridge Gate, Old Gate, Albert Street and Crown Street were all under water and impassable.

The dramatic events of Friday, 22nd June have led to dozens of local shops and businesses suffering damage and serious loss of stock. We encourage all HebWeb readers to support the fund set up by the Community Foundation.

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.



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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.

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.

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

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