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Welcome to Hebden Bridge in the Yorkshire Pennines RECENT NEWS

Town Hall Team seek help - the group seeking to transform the Town Hall have formed Hebden Bridge Community Association, and are lookiing for a Membership Secretary - 8th Sept.

Over 250 people attended the lively meeting at Riverside Junior School Tuesday evening, 2nd Sept. Read Hebweb report

Songs against development

Local choir members entertain those queueing up to make their objections in the square - 30 Aug

The Parking Wizard's sorcery created extra parking spaces - just like that! See details, more photos and video. - 24 Aug

See also Forum response to David Fletcher and Hebweb Feature on our coverage of Garden Street over the past few years. Comment online

Hebden Bridge Gap Year Student
Caught up in Armed Struggle
"Having just been evacuated in the aftermath of 3 bomb attacks on our town community we (the voluntary team) are reeling from the shock of the violence" - full story - 19 Aug

Latest photos and message from Ian Coates' trip round the world on a Honda - Guatamala and El Salvador - see Hebweb feature - 20 Aug

Time starts again - Carlton clock is working once more - for the moment. The picture to the right was taken at 2pm on 13th August. Update, time now out of sync again, but Hebden Royd to fund automatic system. - 19 Aug Carlton clock

WEST END SWING TO LIB DEM - Chris Sawer (LD) gained the West End seat from Labour with 176 votes to John Rhodes (Lab) 131 votes in yesterday's bye-election. Turnout was 29%. See candidates' pre-election messages to the HebWeb. - 8 Aug

World Beach Project - from Hebden Bridge artist Sue Lawty in association with the V & A Museum and open to anybody anywhere - 9 Aug

Bhopal challenge ride Bhopal challenge ride - in November Hebden Bridge's John Appleby will be taking part in a sponsored cycle challenge in India to raise money for the Bhopal Medical Appeal - 14 Aug

Hebden Royd Job vacancy for part time Project Officer - 31 July



Picture House

Events details - updated 8th Sept.

Above: the pack horse bridge over the Hebden Water on Friday, 5th September. (Photo: Jason Elliott). On Saturday, floods at Walsden delayed trains - bus replacement to Rochdale. 6th Sept.

Eastwood Festival cancelled - planned for Sunday 7th September 2008 -the site is waterlogged and more rain forecast for

HebWeb News - see over a hundred pages of news items (mostly with photos) and dozens of shorter items from this year's news of Hebden Bridge. See also our archive section for previous home pages, older news and forum messages. Please help the Hebweb by supporting our advertisers.

HB History Group - winter dates now online
- see events

Next Area Forum for the Upper Valley to be held at Birchcliffe Centre - added 2nd Sept.

Asbestos, now banned in the EU, kills up to 4,000 people a year in the UK alone. This week's New Statesman reveals how the industry hid the truth for decades and why the death toll will certainly continue to rise." - Full article - see also Hebweb feature

Blackshawhead Village Fete - Saturday August 30 2008 - cancelled due to waterlogged field

Guardian on Hebden Bridge: "There probably isn't a more Guardian-y place in the universe. The arty class started coming here in the late 60s, attracted to its then ludicrously cheap stone mills and millhouses. Now you can't move for louche lesbians, academics, journalists, tortoiseshell spectacles and jazz musicians with questionable haircuts. Even the local brass band is so cool it plays ska." - 23 Aug

Tory candidate opposes wind farm - 23 Aug

UFO sighting - 21 Aug

BT phone boxes under threat - 20 Aug

Plain clothed police targeting known local criminals - see news - 19 Aug

Emmerdale star directs Sue Townsend comedy - see events

Latest play from Hebden Bridge's Square Peg Productions, reviewed (with photos) by Geoff Tansey - 17 Aug Carlton clock

Boarding at a Pecket Well farm, Peter Kelly taught at Calder High from 1958 to 1961, and has sent the Hebden Bridge Web some of his memories. Read more on our History pages - 9 Aug

Vigil for Tibet

Supporting Tibet on the eve of the Olympics. Vigil in the Square, flares at the pike and a concert. More photos and info

HB Equestrian Centre sisters to display Spanish horses at Halifax Show - see news

KERBSIDE DEMO - more photos and video. See Forum for discussion and Look North item on Kerbside - 31 July

Commercial vehicle procession

Vintage lorries and commercial vehicals travel through Hebden Bridge and the Calder Valley - more photos

On Yer Bike
Hebden Bridge station chosen for pilot scheme - 5 Aug

Hebden Royd Town Council unanimously rejected the plans on Weds 30 July. - 1 Aug

Garden Street opposition

Signing up to oppose Garden Street - 1 Aug

Kerbside demo


Morris dancing in the square

Another balmy summer evening in Hebden Bridge - suddenly, there are Morris dancers all over the square - more photos - 30 July

Space needed to store all the parade-making materials - ideally, it would be somewhere which is dry, secure and about the size of a single car garage. Email your suggestions

Secretly Pleased

Hebden Bridge photographer Alice Longstaff
brought back to life - read more - 27 July

Situation Vacant: The Hebden Royd & District Co-operative Members’ Group is seeking a Secretary - 22 July

World on your Doorstep Festival

Hebden Bridge has never seen the like! More photos of the astounding Hebden Bridge Handmade Parade. Well done from the Hebden Bridge Web to everyone who made it possible.

Janet OosthusysenLABOUR PARTY CHOOSE Janet Oosthuysen of Hebden Bridge to be their candidate for Calder Valley at the next general election - Christine McCafferty MP is standing down. Janet was the clear winner in the first round of voting.

Hebden Bridge Arts Festival’s fabulous fortnight - more info - 16 July

Phoenix Radio - listen to Dave Boardman discuss the Hebden Bridge Web with Chris Ratcliffe - July 2008


WORLD ON YOUR DOORSTEP Festival - the stage collapsed but the bands played on. More photos - 20 July News report - 21 July

FOE battle for tough climate change bill (4) - see Green pages for all 4 articles - 16 July

Useful sites - updated, links checked, police contact info added

Above: Flamenco dancers: More photos from street events. (28th June) Hebden Bridge Arts Festival - seven events sold out already. Tickets available at the Albert Street box office - latest festival news bulletins

Brass Band contest

Huddersfield and Ripponden Brass Band march along Bridge Gate to compete in George's Square. More photos and info - 29 June

Controversial Fustian knife unveiled by the mayors of Calderdale and Hebden Royd. More photos and info.

Mike Williams
Sculptor Mike Williams

Fustian knife
HebWeb Radio latest - details of Dave Boardman's weekly programme on Hebden Bridge from Phoenix Radio, Dave's interview with Patsy Skeet and Chris Ratcliffe about arriving in Hebden Bridge in the 70s, and "Under the Bridge", a video of a town of alcoholic children

Stepping Out exhibition


Hebden Bridge Walkers Action have now put nearly 800 photos from their Stepping Out photo project online. More info and gallery

New Hebweb section - Archive - 18 May

Bi Green Weekend

Big Green Weekend
Above: Big Green Market on the Marina. More photos and a selection of the highlights. Suggestions sought for next year - see forum

500 years of the Hebden Bridge

Hebweb mailing list - subscribe to this list to receive occasional mailings about matters related to Hebden Bridge
Hebden Bridge History Group - see dozens of photos of old Hebden Bridge
Hebweb Online Columns



  • BERRINGDEN BROW: Memoirs of Single Mother with a Crush- a novel by local author Jill Robinson published as a book by Pennine Pens. Read online samples

  • Sylvia Plath Forum - hundreds of thousands of words discussing this US poet, buried in Heptonstall.

  • Poems from Glyn Hughes
    - see features

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