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Parliamentary Candidates debate the NHS on Thursday, 9 October at Calder High School. Josh Fenton-Glynn (Lab), Alistair MacGregor (LD) and MP Craig Whittaker (Con) will be on the panel. Questions will be invited from the floor. See What's on
National Trust to remove Gibson Mill pavilion: Following discussion on the HebWeb Forum, the National Trust has sent us a statement about the demolition of the Pavilion near Gibson Mill in Hardcastle Crags. Read more (2 Oct)
Let residents petition for items on Calderdale Council agenda. Liberal Democrats are calling on Calderdale Council to allow any petition signed by 1,000 or more residents is placed on the agenda of the next Council meetings. Read more (29 Sept)
Labour Campaign begins with the opening of the constituency office on the ground floor of the Trades Club.
Calderdale throws out Sainsbury's plans. Objectors to Sainsbury's application to build a supermarket on the site of the old Fire Station turned out in force at the Planning Committee meeting in Halifax Town Hall tonight. Read report and see more photos
The Alternative to Sainsburys in Hebden Bridge: On Tuesday (16th), Calderdale Planning Committee will decide the future of the former fire station site. Campaigners are calling on people to attend the hearing, as there is an alternative. More info (8 Sept)
Palestinian Solidarity Group: On Weds 17th the first meeting of a new Palestinian Solidarity Group will be held at the Trades Club with speaker, Ron Taylor whois about to return to Palestine. See What's on
Picture House Heritage Open Day: The historic cinema opened its doors to the public on Heritage Open Day (13 Sept) to give the opportunity to explore the 1920s auditorium (stalls and balcony) and the foyer. Read more
Up the Buttress: Rain didn't stop those wanting to cycle up the Buttress Saturday, 6th September. See HebWeb coverage of this annual event over the past few years.
A&E: Labour welcomes decision to develop viable plans before deciding on changes: Calderdale Council's Labour group leader Cllr Tim Swift has welcomed decision by Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group to develop viable and fully-costed community health plans before deciding whether to support major changes to local hospital services. (28 Aug)
Neighbourhood Plan Application: Hebden Royd Town Council, with Blackshaw, Erringden, Heptonstall and Wadsworth are applying to develop a Neighbourhood Plan. The consultation period starts 22 August. Read more.
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Hebden Royd Town Council - latest minutes of council meetings and committees now online.
Bring our railway into the 21st Century. Local survey results show that we want later trains back from Manchester and Leeds; earlier and more trains on Sundays; a direct service to Huddersfield; and new trains to replace the old, dated ones, currently used on the Calder Valley line. Read more
Sainsbury's Plans stop press Calderdale's Planning Committee will not now consider the application for a supermarket on the old fire station site until September, as agent for Sainsburys can't make the August date. Planning officers are recommending acceptance. Read our earlier news itemn
Eastwood Recycling Centre: "A man has pleaded guilty to wrecking a council recycling centre near Todmorden causing damage put at £300,000." - ITV News
Calderdale Coup - Labour ousted from power: Yesterday evening, Liberal Democrat councillors stopped backing the Labour Administration and changed to supporting the Conservatives. A vote of no confidence in the Labour administration was carried by 24 votes to 22. Read more and see Forum thread
NHS debates. The HebWeb has been informed that there will be four debates on NHS services for Calder Valley to be held between Labour's Josh Fenton-Glynn and Tory MP Craig Whittaker in September.
Scheme to insulate attic rooms in Hebden Bridge terraced houses. Local ineligibility for green grants has been raised over the years on the HebWeb. Now some residents have started benefiting from a new scheme which can cost as little as £1. More info and how to apply (24 July)
No Commonwealth Flag at Town Hall: Hebden Royd Town council has voted this week not to fly the Commonwealth flag while 4 out of 5 of its nations criminalise homosexuality!
New Environment Secretary was Calder Valley candidate for the Conservatives in the 2005 General Election. Liz Truss was narrowly beaten by Christine McCafferty, and then moved on. See Forum comments from March 2005. (15 July)
The 'Handmade Parade' of 90 years ago. See 2 min video of the 1924 Hebden Bridge Carnival from Yorkshire Film Archive, together with background info.
Valley of a Hundred Chapels: Searching online maps was the starting point for Amy Binns' fascination with chapels, as she told a packed meeting of the Hebden Bridge Local History Society. Read more (29 Sept)
Old Town Mill Chimney safe for now, thanks to the efforts of local residents, one parish Councillor and support from English Heritage. See Forum thread (27 Sept)
Lumb Bank, The Ted Hughes Arvon Centre, opens its doors as part of Nationwide 'Fun Palaces' Event - a rare opportunity for local people to visit the nationally esteemed writing centre. Read more
Blues Festival Exhibition and Final Curtain To celebrate the end of 4 years, the critically acclaimed Hebden Bridge Blues Festival is running an exhibition of paintings, photography and etchings at the Town Hall, from 27th September.
Happy Valley, based around Hebden Bridge and Sowerby Bridge, wins Best New Drama award, at the TVChoice Awards, hosted by David Mitchell. See report in Daily Mirror.
Bridge Mill at 700: the Peace Artistes led the music for the party on Saturday, 6 September.
President of German Parliament praises Mayor of Hebden Royd's speech. Cllr Jonathan Timbers, won praise for a speech he made at a twinning event in Warstein, Germany, from the President of the Bundestag, Dr Norbert Lammert. Read more (5 Sept)
Walkers Action is holding an open forum on 23 September for all walkers and other interested people, to consider what activities the group should concentrate on over the next couple of years. Read more (3 Sept)
Twin Town Liberation Celebrations: Wreaths will be laid, and an artwork received, to mark the occasion 70 years ago when British troops, including at least one man from Hebden Bridge, pushed the Nazis out of the St Pol. Read more (1 Sept)
Train prices petition: The Campaign for Better Transport have launched an on-line petition urging Northern Rail to scrap plans to introduce higher evening peak ticket fares, due to come into effect on 8th September.
Course for Autumn: From Bellini to Titian. See What's on
Great British Rail Journeys came to Hebden Bridge on Monday, as Michael Portillo followed Bradshaws Guide: "Nowhere better presents the impact of the railways on Victorian leisure than Hebden Bridge". Watch online, just after 23 mins in. (19 Aug)
Walk and Ride Festival latest: There are nearly 50 events taking place in Calderdale as part of the 2014 South Pennines Walk and Ride Festival this September, from a bat walk to adventures with a walking book author. Read more (18 Aug)
Moyles Planning application - see Forum message
eBook from Pennine Pens - Theatre in a Time of Change - by Hebden Bridge's Michael Prior. This is not a book about stars and plays, but about the rise and fall of the theatre as a cultural and economic art-form since 1945. Read more. (11 Aug)
HebWeb photos - see photos from some of this year's great events - Handmade Parade, Stoodley Pike at 200, Pace Egg and more.
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Gaza Vigil in Hebden Bridge , in support of blockaded Palestinian people.
Eastwood Recycling Centre will be closed today until further notice due to a man running amok with a JCB, causing extensive damage. See ITV video
GP appointments: Thousands of Calderdale patients wait over a week to see GP. Over 23,000 patients in Calderdale waited seven days or longer to see a GP the last time they tried, an official NHS survey has found. Read more
Two Hebden Bridge co-operative pioneers honoured in a ceremony on Saturday. In the late 19th century Hebden Bridge was as well-known for productive co-operation as Rochdale was for retailing, says this report in Co-operative News
Stop subsidies to sheep farmers and grouse moor owners - Guardian columnist George Monbiot gave a powerful speech to a packed audience at the Baptist Church yesterday evening, as part of the Hebden Bridge Arts Festival. Read more. (4 July)
Arts Festival hits the streets of Hebden Bridge. Today, the town was was buzzing with smiling and bemused faces as various groups of musicians, artists and street entertainers brought our streets alive - once again. See more photos (29 June)
A northern Banksy? Sylvia Plath on a bike. The drawing above on the side of the Shoulder of Mutton was one of several by street artist Stewie which were featured on BBC Look North.
HEBDEN BRIDGE HANDMADE PARADE: Another superb Handmade Parade. Hundreds took part with their wonderful costumes and creations. Thousands watched with smiles and amazement in the June sunshine.
Recycle Radio has now finished its four days of broadcasting but you can still listen to the shows again
Get Hebden Bridge Buzzing: Help our bees with the new bee partnership which launches this weekend. Read more about the new group and saving bees and other pollinating insects such as butterflies, moths and hoverflies.
Schoolchildren remember Bob Leedham by voting to name new retirement development in Victoria Road, 'Leedham Court'. See Calendar news report.
PEOPLE'S COMMISSION on Health services: with the A&E crisis still unresolved, Calderdale Council wants people to give their views on how health and social care services should be provided in the future. Read more
Oxfam need volunteers, or else they may close. Call in at the shop if you can help.
Labour win contested Hebden Royd Town Council bye-election. Results details.
LABOUR WIN CALDER WARD covering Hebden Bridge. Alison Miles takes the seat with 1547 votes 15.08 Kate Sweeny for the Greens comes second.
Women take valley seats in Hebden Bridge, Todmorden, Mytholmroyd, Sowerby Bridge and Elland. Conservatives win Luddenden Foot, covering Mytholmroyd, with Jill Smith-Moorhouse, beating Labour by 17 votes! More election results.
Above, Stoodley Pike bicentenary: More photos
"Happy Valley: The dark side of Hebden Bridge" - article in Yorkshire Post. "The idea came to me after I watched Shed Your Tears and Walk Away", says writer Sally Wainwright. (2 May)
HAULING A GRAND PIANO UP CRAGG VALE BY BIKE - Cyclists pulled the piano up the longest incline in the country on Sat, 5th April. Read more about this audacious musical and cycling adventure. And see the HebWeb photo gallery
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 (11 March)
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