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What's on this weekend? Women in Film Festival, Calder Valley Heritage Day, Dewali Festival of Light, final Wainsgate Concert of the season and more. See What's on

Craig Whittaker, our MP, spoke yesterday in Parliament against a new law to pardon all gay and bisexual men in England and Wales historically convicted of sexual offences that are no longer criminal. Read more. 22 Oct)

High Street comeptitionMarket Street short-listed in Britain's Best High Street competition Hebden Bridge's high street has been named alongside two others as one of the top three in the Small Market Town category. Read the story

Wainsgate Concert: Sklonište The final concert of the season is a provocative and moving work combining new music for live classical accordion, poetry, photography and film commemorating the spirit of the Sarajevans who lived through the longest siege in modern history. On Sun 23, Oct. Read more

Buried Alive? Past Funeral Customs in Calderdale: David Glover, local historian and writer, indulged a fascination with the macabre with his talk to Hebden Bridge Local History Society with an eclectic mix of tales of deaths and burials. Read more.

Hebden Bridge Partnership report: holding the Environment Agency to account while shaping the future of Hebden Bridge. Chair Bob Deacon looks back on a successful year. AGM Monday 24th Oct Town Hall 7pm - all welcome. Read more

Festive Fandango is back: The popular Festive Fandango encouraging shoppers in Hebden Bridge to spend locally is back after last year's scheme was washed out by the Boxing Day flood. Read more (14 Oct)

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Rethinking Human Security: report of public meeting. About 60 people gathered round tables at the Town Hall on Sunday Oct 9th to discuss what human security meant for them - as individuals, in our community, country and globally.

Police car sprayed

Police vehicle sprayed silver, opposite market. Inspector John Simpson said, "Some people might find this funny but the extent of the damage means that this vital emergency vehicle will be off the road whilst it is repaired at a cost."  11 Oct

The Wiz

The Wiz from Calder Valley Youth Theatre, who are based in Hebden Bridge. They're preparing for their next major production The Wiz which will be performed at the Halifax Playhouse from 2nd to 5th Nov. Read more (9 Oct)

Welcome Festival

Calder Valley welcomes refugees: The Welcome Festival is on Sat 29th Oct at the Birchcliffe Centre, 1.30-4pm. Refugees from several towns will come together for an afternoon of performance and other activities. Read more (5 Oct)

Hebden Bridge Annual: Egg Heads from the Egg Factory have spent the last year making a massive omelette - a new book called the Hebden Bridge Annual. Read more to find out how to pre-order. (28 Sept)

Recycle RadioRecycle Radio: Hebden Bridge's very own Community Radio Station took to the airwaves from 29 Sept till 2 October. On FM radio and the internet, there was 4 days of non stop music and talk. Read more (21 Sept)

Crags bridge repairHardcastle Crags stepping stones and bridge are now restored After nine months of work, Hardcastle Crags has been largely restored following extensive damage during last Boxing Day's storm. Read more (26 Sept)

Hebden Bridge Literary & Scientific SocietyThe Hebden Bridge Literary & Scientific Society burst back on to the Hebden Bridge scene with a short series of high quality lectures by prominent speakers. The first was by Sir Mark Elder, conductor & musical director, Hallé Orchestra, 1 Oct. Read more (22 Sept)

Mark Steel's in Town - the BBC Radio 4 programme featured the comedian at the Trades Club, Hebden Bridge. Now on iPlayer here. HebWeb had a couple of mentions as did View from the Bridge. And of course "That was So Hebden Bridge"

Manchester exhibition features former Calder Valley author and artist Jeff Nuttall, poet, artist, writer, actor, musician and more, is currently being celebrated in an exhibition at John Rylands Library. Read more (20 Sept)

A new chapter for flood-hit library: Hebden Bridge Library is fully reopening on Thursday 29 September, after refurbishment following the flooding at the end of last year. Read more (16 Sept)

Cragg Vale School under threat of closure again. Have your say on its future, as Calderdale Council outlines options and is seeking people's views. Read more (14 Sept)

Making Hebden Bridge Accessible For All: apply now for free survey to show how your shop or cafe can be made accessible Read more (15 Sept)

Camera Club winners

Hebden Bridge Camera Club winners. More info and larger photos

Government Flood Review: "Disappointing" - says Leader of Calderdale Council. The review found that a 20% heavier extreme rainfall event would lead to 400 more homes flooding in Mytholmroyd and a similar number in Hebden Bridge. Read more (9 Sept)

Hardeep Singh KolhiHardeep Singh Kolhi helps Hebden Bridge raise money for Khalsa Aid: Broadcaster turned comedian Hardeep Singh Kolhi played a one off charity gig in Hebden Bridge for Khalsa Aid who provided thousands of free curries in the aftermath of the Boxing Day floods Read more (6 Sept)

The Rainy Season: earlier this year, the HebWeb featured this book by Berringden Brow writer, Jill Robinson. Today, Owen Jones' Guardian article on men and domestic violence retells episodes of abuse from Jill's book. (8 Sept)

Breathing new life into the Hebden Vale Centre: a home for the Environment Agency and a future car park are options Calderdale are discussing for the future of the site which was badly damaged in the 2015 floods. Read more (5 Sept)

Hebden Royd Town Council support Andys Man Club

Hebden Royd Town Council support Andys Man Club: The single biggest killer of men aged under 45 is suicide! At the council meeting on 31st August, members showed their support to the #Andysmanclub campaign by wearing the slogan t-shirts for the whole meeting. Read more (1 Sept)

£50,000 fund launched for events and festivals. Local community groups can apply for a share of a new £50,000 fund set up by Calderdale to help put on events and festivals. Alternative Christmas and Handmade Parade have been helped previously. Apply by 1 Sept. Read more (23 Aug)

Small Ads: "House successfully rented through Hebweb. Fantastic posting wall!" From message received 23 Aug.

Grouse at ShackletonThe not-so-glorious Twelfth: It is widely thought that mismanagement of the Walshaw Moor for intensive grouse rearing has contributed to recent floods in Hebden Bridge. Protests are planned for the start of the shooting season. Read story

WaterfrontCanal Trust Podcast on Alternative Christmas Celebrations in Hebden Bridge and Mytholmroyd with some very special guests. "This is an incredible story of the power of community spirit." Read more (13 Aug)

Calder Valley Labour Party overwhelmingly backs Corbyn. Victoria Theatre was hired for this evening's meeting. Jeremy Corbyn received 141 votes and Owen Smith 28. Hebden Bridge and all towns and villages of the Upper Valley are in the Calder Valley parliamentary constituency. (9 Aug)

Peace demo

Chilcot Report: On the day the Iraq War started, Hebden Bridge was full of demonstrating students from Calder High School, 13 of whom were suspended. See HebWeb News from 20 March 2003: Calder High Students organise Peace in the Park (6 July)

Blues greats play The Trades ClubBlues greats play The Trades Club Brooks Williams and Guy Davis have joined forces for a joint UK tour which includes a date at Hebden Bridge Trades Club. Read more. (21 Oct)

Calder Valley Heritage Day this Saturday, 22 Oct: Hebden Bridge, Cragg Vale and Mytholmroyd Historical Societies are coming together to organise a joint venture, the proceeds of which are to go to the Flood Relief Fund. Read more

WinnerMytholmroyd Arts Festival lights up the village with a celebratory exploration of the four elements: air, earth, fire and water. Winner of Schools Art competition winner pictured right. Read report and see more photos

Rotary Club: just what is it? Members are constantly asked just what is the Rotary Club and what does it do. In this article for the HebWeb, some of their wide ranges of activities and support are described. Read more (20 Oct)

Apple DayApple Day at Valley Organics this Thursday, 20 October. See What's On for details

Walshaw burning

Walshaw Moor Estate resumes burning – despite flood risk to Hebden Bridge. See report on Upper Calder Valley Plain Speaker (14 Oct)

Mytholmroyd FestivalMytholmroyd Arts Festival: Activity Trail launch this Sunday as part of the Festival weekend. Trail available all year round and participants can share photos. Read more (13 Oct)

TurbineCommunity Wind Turbine Success: Pennine Community Power's wind turbine in Blackshaw Head has hit the 100,000kWh generation milestone. That's enough electricity to power more than 25 homes for a year.  Read more (11 Oct)


Help needed for gallery Café - Artsmill is looking for volunteers/helpers to help run the new community café, Threads. Read more (11 Oct)

Hebden Bridge Arts Festival is looking for a Treasurer. Someone with experience of financial management and who could also help develop its programme and community activity. Read more (10 Oct)

£750,000 repairs complete at flood-hit A646 Hebden Bridge to Mytholmroyd road. Now fully open to two-way traffic, as works to repair the road and retaining wall are complete and temporary traffic lights removed. Read more and see time-lapse video.

University of Third AgeUniversity of the Third Age: Steve Halliwell spoke on Moses Holden, Autodidact of Preston, who gave packed lectures throughout the region in the first half of the 19th century. Read report (7 Oct)

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."

The Brontë familyThe Brontë family Isobel Stirk told the Hebden Bridge History Society that 200 years after the birth of Charlotte Brontë a fascination with the lives of all three sisters remains as strong as ever. Read report. (5 Oct)

Martin and JulieHelp Martin stay by Julie's side: Julie and Martin have been volunteering at the Elphaborough Flood Hub since Boxing Day. This week Julie had 3 operations on her back at Nottingham Hospital. Read more (4 Oct)

Trades Club nominated for national live music award. Music industry insiders have nominated Hebden Bridge Trades Club for the Live Music Business Awards where they will join the likes of London's 02 Arena and the Glastonbury Festival. Read more (26 Sept)

Up the Buttress

Cycling up the Buttress - Photo: Craig Shaw

Business Forum's Speed Networking EventBusiness Forum's Speed Networking Event: Businesses from Brighouse through to Todmorden were at last night's Speed Networking event at Hebden Bridge Town Hall. Read more (8 Sept)

Don't Leave Me Now explores with humour and insight the impact on two very different Yorkshire families, before and after, an early onset dementia diagnosis. Performed by New End Theatre Beyond and written by Yorkshire playwright Brian Daniels Read more (7 Sept)

Beth ParamorYoung Labour Party activist is guest speaker at Trades Club fund-raiser for Morning Star on Sunday afternoon. Beth Paramor, 26, a member of Tod Town Council, is campaigning to re-elect Jeremy Corbyn. Read more (5 Sept)

Proposed increases in parking charges - up to £1: more in this HebWeb Forum contribution (5 Sept)

Work on Scout Road progresses: Work to allow flood affected Scout Road in Mytholmroyd to reopen is now in its final stages as a safety fence is being installed. Read more. (1 Sept)

Steam Punk

Steam Punk weekend in Hebden Bridge. Photo from the After Alice Project. CC BY-NC. Click photo to enlarge

Ted Hughes' brother dies aged 95. "Gerald Hughes was a hugely influential figure in Ted's youth, particularly during the poet's first seven years whilst living in Mytholmroyd" - see ITV news report

George MurphyHippy Valley is an eBook published by Pennine Pens - monologues and songs performed by storyteller George Murphy who often uses the news and discussion on the Hebweb for inspiration for his comic tales. Read more (29 July)

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

No place for young men: Alex Kostyakov has written a moving piece on work chances for young men in Hebden Bridge. Why do you never get served a latte by a young man, and is there a connection with break-ins at the park and station cafes? Read more. (13 July)

HebWeb Small Ads - jobs offered, accommodation, cleaning, tax books, summer school, venues, plumbing, services and other quirky Hebden Bridge stuff.

FestivalArts Festival thanks HebWeb: "Most arts festivals of our size would love to have a popular local site like Hebweb that is fully behind what we do." Read more with links to all HebWeb coverage of the Festival.

Vintage Car Rally

Vintage Car Weekend: report of the two day event which drew record crowds and helped raise over £25k for local charities and good causes. Read report (18 Aug)

Handmade Parade 2016 photos Thousands of people thronged the streets of Hebden Bridge on Sunday 26 June to watch the 9th Handmade Parade with the theme this year Muck In! Read news report


Handmade Parade 2016 - more photos of the Parade, and news report

Rob HoldenTories punish Cllr Rob Holden for whistleblowing: founder of vital floods Facebook Group is removed from Conservative Party on Calderdale, and from the Flood Steering Group! Read more (13 June)

Questions re police raid on Calder Valley Conservatives. The journal which broke the original story has now published an update, raising serious questions of public concern. Read more. (10 June)

Police seize documents at Calder Valley MP's HQ. On Wednesday, police seized the accounts of the Calder Valley Conservative Association in connection with enquiries they are currently undertaking. The Party Chair has resigned. Read more (27 May)

20mphLove our Streets: 20mph speed limit from Friday. One hundred and eleven streets in Hebden Bridge will have a 20mph speed limit from Friday, as part of the Love our Streets campaign. Read more (26 May)

Labour win Hebden Bridge's Calder ward. Josh Fenton-Glynn won 2310 votes, against 1424 votes for the current councillor, Janet Battye (Liberal Democrats). Jane Scullion (Labour) won the Luddendenfoot ward which covers Mytholmroyd. More results and figures (Updated 8 May)

2016 tourism leaflet

2016 Hebden Bridge Tourist leaflet.
More info here

HebWeb Feature on the Boxing Day Flood, gathering together many of the articles, news, links, photos and videos. Updated reguarly.

Alternative Christmas Day

Christmas in June A few photos. Dozens of groups rescheduled Christmas Day, 25th June. There were events all over Hebden Bridge and Mytholmroyd - Christmas Dinner, Fair for Youth, Arts Festival, Mytholmroyd Gala and more. Read background story and see some photos and more photos in BBC news report

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.

Small Ads: "Amazing but my house in Tod got rented out within 30 minutes after putting the house on Hebweb." From message received, Thursday, 26 May 2016

The Rainy SeasonThe Rainy Season by Jill Robinson. Many will be familiar with Jess, the put-upon heroine of the popular Berringden Brow series of books. The Rainy Season chronicles Jess's teenage years in the 1960s, abuse, the social changes and escape. Read more 22 April

Happy ValleyReasons to Visit Happy Valley's Hebden Bridge "Happy Valley comes to an end. You probably won't spend much of the last episode cooing over Hebden Bridge, which is a shame because it's well worth a visit." Read Radio Times piece 15 March

The Manchester and Leeds Railway: 175th Anniversary - 1st March 2016. Read story (PDF) from Friends of Hebden Bridge Station.

Floods: HebWeb Gallery - 24 photos taken on the morning of Boxing Day, 2015.

Boxing Day Floods 2015

See HebWeb Feature:2015 Boxing Day Flood for coverage, info, links, videos, etc.

HebWeb Quirky Small Ads:
As well as services, and houses and homes offered and wanted, recent ads have included Jewellery workshop, bycycle maintenance classes, English, French, Italian, Spanish and Voice tuition, Hawaiian massage and Mindfulness. See our Small ads page.

Hilary WainwrightHappy 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

TwitterHebWeb on Twitter - The HebWeb now has over 2750 followers.

"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."

Camera Club winner

Camera Club Annual Exhibition winning pictures: visitors were asked to vote for their 3 favourite images in order of merit. Read more and see the 3 winning photos.

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

Hebden Bridge, the UK's second city, BBC article by Evan Davis. "Hebden Bridge is an inverted city with a greenbelt centre and suburbs called Manchester, Leeds and Liverpool." Read the article

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

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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"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."

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Hebden Bridge: more plaudits - Last year's Valley of Lights won APSE's best community and neighbourhood initiative, and the Old Gate pub restaurant is Yorkshire Post's "Pub of the Week".

Britain's favourite market town? Hebden Bridge has been shortlisted in the 'Britain's favourite market town' category in the BBC Countryfile Magazine Awards 2013. Read more

HebWeb uses Google ads to help cover its costs and they vary for each user. This has worked well for many years. However, please let us know the url of any ad thought to be inappropriate. If we agree, the ad will be blocked.

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)

Small ads: "We've successfully rented our house. Thanks for an excellent service - I'll heartily recommend Hebweb, as our house was previously listed through an estate agent who didn't manage to get us a tenant in 3 months - through Hebweb we had 4 prospective tenants within a week."

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