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Welcome ChoirWelcome Choir seeks help: Following the success of the recent Welcome Festival, a choir is being created that will be able to sing songs from different cultures. Read more (4 Dec)

Hebden Bridge Picture HouseHebden Bridge Picture House: The Life and Times of a Local Treasure The Friends of the Picture House are delighted to announce the release of a book of the history of the cinema written by daughter and father team Kate Higham and Ray Barnes. Read more (30 Nov)

Town Council vacancies: Vacancies on the Council have arisen following the resignations of Cllr John Dunford and Cllr Nigel Yorke. Bye-Elections to fill the vacances in West End and Fairfield wards may be held. Read more (29 Nov)

Visitor CentreHebden Bridge Visitor Centre wins award: Staff are celebrating after winning the prestigious Visitor Information award at the Welcome to Yorkshire, White Rose Awards ceremony. Badly flooded on Boxing Day, the Centre is now fully operational. Read more (24 Nov)

Council's response to Monday's surface water flooding: The Council, Environment Agency, emergency services, and an excellent community response with flood wardens out supporting people. Read more (22 Nov)

HebWeb Forum - Floods - it's the drains!

Flood sirens in Hebden Bridge, Monday evening. First time since the Boxing Day Flood, but the flood warning now lifted. There was localised flooding with train, road and bus services badly disrupted, but this morning many sighs of relief. (22 Nov)

Waving not drowning

Waving, not Drowning - community film about the response to the Boxing Day floods, was screened on Sun 27th Nov at the Town Hall, Hebden Bridge, in association with the Arts Festival. Read more

Lamplighter Festival

Todmorden Lamplighter Festival: The 4th annual Lamplighter Festival took place on Saturday, 19th November. See more photos of the Festival from Craig Shaw.

Parking: Old Fire Station opens it's gates to cars againParking: the Old Fire Station to open its gates to cars again, for up to six months, following negotiations between the David Fletcher of Bridge Mill, Upper Calder Valley Renaissance and the owners. Read more (17 Nov)

Friday was the last day to vote to help Hebden Bridge win the Great British High Street competition

Market Street

Lindsay Rimer Murder arrest: "A 63-year-old man from Bradford was arrested by West Yorkshire Police on 8 Nov."- see BBC Report. Update: the suspect has now been released on bail. (10 Nov)

Lindsay RimerLindsay Rimer: Canal worker talks about finding body 22 years ago. Local man, Andy Glover was one of two canal workers who made the grim discovery of Lindsay's body in April 1995 whilst working on the Rochdale Canal. Read report and watch video. (4 Nov)


Judges Swoop on Hebden Bridge: Market Street in Hebden Bridge was on full alert Thursday morning as a crack-team of expert judges visited to find out what makes it so special and a contender to win the Great British High Street competition. Read more and how to vote (3 Nov)

Welcome FestivalWelcome Festival a huge success Nearly 400 people attended the Welcome Festival on Saturday 29th October at the Birchcliffe Centre in support of asylum seekers and refugees. Most of the performers on the day were refugees. Read report. (1 Nov)

Parking Discussion: does Hebden Bridge need more parking? Or should we walk more and spend our money on supporting public transport rather than cars? Should pedestrians come before drivers? See HebWeb Forum discussion

Calderdale Flood Action Plan Published: Of interest to Hebden Bridge will be the statement that construction of the Hebden Bridge flood alleviation scheme will start in 2018 and be completed by 2020. The Mytholmroyd scheme is more advanced and will be completed by 2019. Read more. (28 Oct)

The White Swan

The White Swan Takes Flight Again after being closed due to catastrophic flood damage last Boxing Day, was finally able to re-open its doors on Thursday 3 November following extensive restoration work. Read more (6 Nov)

Yorkshire Post's weekend walk: Hebden Bridge, Jumble Hole Clough, Heptonstall and back (24 Oct)

Craig Whittaker, our MP, spoke Friday 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)

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)

Hebden Bridge on YouTube

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

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)

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)

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)

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

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)

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

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.

1916 Strike

1916: The women machinists' strike in Hebden Bridge Andrew Bibby told the recent History Society meeting how, exactly a hundred years ago, in November 1916, at the height of World War One, women garment makers of Hebden Bridge came out on strike. Read more

Crows need help: Crows, who fix local paths and bridleways, are repairing a path near Stoodley Pike and have to carry 250 lengths of timber up to the site on Weds, 7 December. Read more

The Hebden Bridge Annual - now available

The Hebden Bridge Annual - now available. After the Floods some of the Egg Factory members decided that everyone deserved cheering up so they set to, collecting the stories of the town, past, present and future. Read more. (23 Nov)

Christmas Lights Switch On - Friday, 25 November in Hebden Bridge and Saturday 26 November in Mytholmroyd. See What's on for more info.

Christmas Singalong with Dave Nelson, mince pies and mulled wine and a first glimpse of Hebden Bridge Piano Festival 2017. Read more (22 Nov)

Access Forum for Hebden Bridge: The newly created Hebden Bridge Disabled Access Forum is holding its next meeting on Monday 28 November at Hebden Bridge Town Hall. Read more

Dance FestivalDance Festival raised £900 for Khalsa Aid: The organisers covered all costs and raised £900 for the charity Khalsa Aid who helped feed Hebden Bridge after the Boxing Day floods. Read report (20 Nov)

Local buildingsTraditional Farmhouses and Buildings in the Lancashire and Yorkshire Pennines was the subject of the recent Local History Society talk by Kevin Illingworth. Read report (19 Nov)

DraculaDracula: now in rehearsal: Fang-tastic! The cast and crew of Dracula are sweating blood at the Little Theatre to bring a spook-tacular entertainment for the panto season Read more and see photos (18 Nov)

Blue plaqueGraham brings history to life: Town Hall director Graham Mynott wanted to find out who lived in his house at the time many local men lost their lives in the Somme as their wives made uniforms in the town's mills. Read more (16 Nov)

Diane HurstDiane Hurst: Her funeral is on Wednesday, 25 November. See this Lives Remembered page for details and to leave your comment or memory.

Woodcraft FolkHebden Bridge Woodcraft Folk celebrates 25 years on Saturday 19 November. Since 1991, many hundreds of local children, young people and adults have taken part in the life of this unique organisation. Read story (31 Oct)

Concerns over flood grant callers:
Calderdale Council has been made aware of concerns from some residents over companies visiting properties in flood-hit areas and asking them to sign a document to apply for a Repair and Renew flood resilience grant. Read more (14 Nov)

VantWin a pair of tickets to see indie rockers Vant: Indie Rockers Vant have spent the last 2 years on the road securing a reputation as an intense live act and we've a pair of tickets to give away for their Trades Club gig on Friday 25 Nov. Read more. (10 Nov)

Flood grants help Mytholmroyd resident repair and prepare Calderdale Council remind residents there's still time to apply for flood resilience grants for alterations to protect their property in future. Read story of Roger Barr of Mytholmroyd. (10 Nov)

Sixth Form Closures in the Upper Valley: calls for wider debate. The Green Party has sent the HebWeb a press release, challenging local councillors, and calling for the public to have full information and to be fully consulted. Read News and see Forum thread

In the Cold of the NightHebden Bridge writer Andrew Bibby's 2nd crime novel - once again set in the Lakes and once again featuring journalist sleuth, Nick Potterton. Careful when you go out on to those hills! Launched on Thursday 10 Nov. Read more.

Sir Mark ElderLit & Sci: Report of the talk by Sir Mark Elder, Music Director of the Hallé Orchestra who spoke on the question 'Are conductors really necessary?' at the Waterfront Hall. Read more (7 Nov)

Get Trevor mobile: Trevor Bannister featured on Look North helping flood victims since Boxing Day - see this clip. Support Trevor by helping to replace his van, lost in the flood- click here. (4 Nov)

Balanced stones

Balanced Stones in the river, in front of the wavy steps, by Juan Cerruffo. Photo: Ian Hodgson. Click photo to enlarge

Community Association needs more help: Join Trustees of the Hebden Bridge Community Association for a cuppa and a piece of cake in the Town Hall cafe on Thurs 10 Nov between 4pm and 7.30pm and find out about becoming a trustee. Read more. (1 Nov)

Scout Road school reopens: Students and teachers are back at Scout Road school in Mytholmroyd for the first time since the Boxing Day 2015 floods. Read more. (1 Nov)

John ShutteworthJohn Shuttleworth says farewell at Picture House: Comedy legend John Shuttleworth brings his farewell tour to Hebden Bridge Picture House next year and he is promising to play all his hits as he hangs up his cardigan. Read more (27 Oct)

University of Third AgeMasterclass on Gilbert and Sullivan at U3A Todmorden. Bernard Lockett is a 'life-long enthusiast of G & S' and dispelled myths about the musical pairing who produced 14 shows which are, after Shakespeare, the most performed pieces of theatre in the world. Read report (28 Oct)

HebWeb: Sounds and Vision - two new YouTube videos from Jason Elliott added to this new section on the HebWeb. One shows Hebden Bridge in Autumn - the other, an interview with Liz Wood of The White Swan, shortly to be re-opened. HebWeb: Sounds and Vision (24 Oct)

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)

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)

Walshaw burning

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

£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.

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."

Steam Punk

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

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

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


Parade

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"

Small Ads: "Ad posted Monday, lease to be signed Saturday and tenant moving in Sunday. Thanks HebWeb."

"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."

HebWeb also available on the slightly shorter hebdenbridge.uk as well as hebdenbridge.co.uk

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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  • Emails - a directory of local email addresses
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  • Features
  • Five hundred words on Hebden Bridge - one of the 500 years of the Hebden pack horse bridge projects
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  • Hebden Bridge info - some basic information about Hebden Bridge with links to some features which have been written about our town.
  • Hebden Bridge 500 - celebrating 500 years of the bridge
  • History pages - links to local history websites, together with a selection of articles remembering times past.
  • Lives Remembered - thoughts and comments on the death of a selection of local people
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