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Lamplighter Festival dazzled Calder Valley this Saturday with its fire and light extravaganza Info, map, timetable and links all available here on the HebWeb. Read more and route change update
Christmas Lights in Hebden Bridge, thanks to the White Ribbon Campaign - HQ in Mytholmroyd.
Ceiling collapse: Baptist church hopes to keep chapel open for Christmas programme. A large patch of newly-plastered ceiling crashed to the floor last Tuesday just moments after a singer left the stage during a practice session. Read more 16 Nov
Hebden Royd Town Council wins Living Wage Employer Award. Read more
Little Park latest: residents and council officers meet. Read Cllr Battye's contribution to the Forum discussion today (5 Nov)
Little Park to be fenced off for 10 months: Little Park Friends, Hebden Bridge, have learned that from February 2016 a large part of the Little Park playground is to be fenced off for approximately 10 months during weekdays.The developer is Phil Bradby who gave us Chainsaw Tuesday. Read more. And see Forum discussion
The Lost Kingdom of Elmet: Local History Society meeting report with speaker Dave Weldrake who used evidence from place names and archaeology to illuminate this lost kingdom from the Celtic twilight. Read more 1 Nov.
Labour choose Josh Fenton-Glynn for Calder Ward which includes Hebden Bridge. Josh was Labour's parliamentary candidate for this year's general election. In May's council elections, he will be opposing Cllr Janet Battye (Lib-Dem) 30 Oct
Musicians raise £1000 for Foodbank Gigs at the Trades Club and Tod Social Club, part of the nationwide 'We Shall Overcome' campaign raising awareness of the effects of austerity and benefit cuts, raised money for Tod Food Bank. Read more 20 Oct
Guardian on HB Times and Tod News merger - at the last audit in 2012, the HB Times was selling a little more than two and a half thousand copies a week. (The number who visit the HebWeb each week is much much more)
Hebden Bridge community groups sparkle, shine and entertain. Two to three hours of pure entertainment with flashes of live theatre. 40 groups spoke for 2-3 minutes, contributions delivered with enthusiasm, energy and humour. Read more
Ted Hughes - a major new BBC documentary on the life of Ted Hughes includes Mytholmroyd, Heptonstall, the Picture House, the Calder Valley and the Sylvia Plath graffiti in Hebden Bridge. Available here for 4 weeks
Electrification of a Trans Pennine route - but not the Calder Valley line. The Upper Valley Transport Group has called on the Government to go further and commit to electrifying the line through Hebden Bridge, Todmorden, Brighouse and Halifax. Read news item and see Forum thread 1 Oct
Second New Mayor this year for Hebden Royd Town Council. Deputy Mayor Cllr James Fearon has taken over from Cllr Karl Boggis who has stood down for family reasons. Read more 25 Sept
Riverside need a few more votes! Riverside School in Hebden Bridge has been shortlisted for an Award from the M&S Energy Fund. Riverside have asked for £12,500 to buy solar panels. Read more - updated
Hebden Bridge Steampunk Weekend. 19-20 September. Photo thanks to H Gregg of the After Alice Project - click photo to enlarge
Major new TV drama comes to Calderdale: In the week when more filming has been taking place around Hebden Bridge for the next series of Happy Valley (see above), another major new TV drama is announced for Calderdale. Read more
Owen Jones, columnist for The Guardian, spoke at a sell-out event organised by the Arts Festival, packing one of Hebden Bridge's largest venues, the Hope Baptist Church. As a supporter of Jeremy Corbyn his visit to Hebden Bridge was very timely. Read report 14 Sept
Calderdale moves Customer First back to the Library. Lib Dems ask why. Cllr Janet Battye gives her reasons why it is a bad move. Read more and see Forum
Maxine Peake event raised £1,200 for Morning Star at Trades Club, Sat August 8. She read verses from Shelley's epic poem Masque of Anarchy, which Shelley was inspired to write by the Peterloo Massacre. Read more (10 Aug)
Arts Festival thanks HebWeb for its support. "On behalf of the Hebden Bridge Arts Festival board I would like to thank Hebweb for its continued support which helped us attract people… " Read more (27 July)
Happy 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
Move Parliament to Hebden Bridge, argues Professor Tony Travers in today's London Evening Standard. "With both MPs and peers in Parliament and the Queen in Buckingham Palace facing the possibility of decamping while renovations are made to their historic homes, is it now the time for power to shift in the UK?" To Hebden Bridge? Read article 25 June
Handmade Parade flies into Hebden Bridge sunshine: Hebden Bridge was blown away by Sunday's Parade, with thousands lining the streets to watch colourful creations soar above their heads. Read more and see photos (8 June)
Don't Bomb Syria vigil in George's Square today.
A one minute's silent circle was observed.
More protests are expected - follow HebWeb for details. Click photo to enlarge. Banners included 'Love not War', 'Schools not bombs' and 'Save Syri with aid not bombs'. Photo: Mike Barrett. 28 Nov
Arts Festival is looking for a new Chair: After 3 years as Chair of the Hebden Bridge Arts Festival, Sara Robinson is stepping down. The Festival is now looking for someone new to take on the role of Chair. More info 24 Nov
Asbestos removal van at Little Park site - see forum
Friends of the Picture House Christmas Raffle. Tickets will be on sale in the cinema foyer at many screenings in the run-up to Christmas and in St George's Square on selected Saturdays in December. Read more 23 Nov
Hebden Royd Flood Group's first test Over the weekend of 13th-16th November the storms, rains and floods became for the Hebden Royd Flood Group (HRFG) the first test, or blooding for our community flood containers. Read more 22 Nov
Boxing for girls and women fundraiser: Boxing Coach at Hebden Bridge Boxing Club, Kate Dakers has told the HebWeb, "We need support to raise funds for our female boxers' development programme. Read more 20 Nov
Calderdale climate drop-in event, Saturday 5th December during the critical Paris global talks. See What's on.
The History of Calrec: part 2: Local History Society report with Stephen Jagger who told how the company learnt from mistakes, takeovers and technological challenges to establish a leading brand of audio mixing desks. Read more
Town Hall Job Vacancy: The Town Hall in Hebden Bridge are looking for someone to manage and direct The Town Hall in Hebden Bridge and support the trustees in their collective leadership of Hebden Bridge Community Association. More info 15 Nov
Flood warning sirens were tested at 2.45 pm on Thursday. 12 Nov
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Local People's Assembly brave storms to lobby Craig Whittaker MP. Three members of the group spoke to Mr Whittaker to ask that he lobbies the Chancellor, George Osborne, to fully reverse plans to cut Tax Credits. Read report 8 Nov
Cameron has 'abandoned' hungry children: Local journalist, broadcaster and writer, Geoff Tansey has for the past 12 months chaired the The Fabian Commission on Food and Poverty which launched its report on Weds 28 Oct. Read more
When Oxford University Came to Hebden Bridge: When the Nutclough Mill was a co-op, it hosted an annual series of lectures, given by Oxford University dons and others on history, politics, literature and science - report from the local History Society. Read more 29 Oct
Planning Watch - An appeal has been made against refusal of planning permission for the construction of 14 apartments on Heptonstall Road - read resident's fear of a further landslip like that in 2000. 22 Oct
Market Street - night time road repairs for three weeks - work will begin on the A646, Market Street and Bridge Lanes, on 26 October from 10pm till 4am from Monday to Friday. Read more 21 Oct
Experience new ways of making with Make:Shift:Do - The Alternative Technology Centre in Hebden Bridge is one of thirty make spaces across the UK, opening our doors to the public for Make:Shift:Do. Read more 20 Oct
How drawings from Nazi Concentration Camp turned up in Hebden Bridge: Michael Prior tells the HebWeb how he discovered them, and what he did with them.
Calderdale opposes plans to close down Halifax courts Proposals to close Halifax County Court and Halifax Magistrates and Family Court have been firmly rejected by Calderdale Council. Read more 8 Oct
St Augustine Centre in Halifax, who help settle refugees, is the Mayor's Charity this year. Read more 9 Oct
Mytholmroyd author short-listed for £10,000 Literary Prize Benjamin Myers has been short listed for the £10,000 Portico Literature Prize for his novel Beastings. 8 Oct
Six new boundary signs have been installed featuring photographs of Calderdale, using Calderdale's pretty gritty branding, featuring phrases such as 'ruggedly sophisticated'. Click image to enlarge.
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Minutes of latest Town Council meetings and committee meetings now online.
SITA becomes SUEZ and keeps council waste contract. Residents in the Hebden Bridge area will be seeing some changes next year, including more recycling options and new vehicles. Read more 22 Sept
Art Fair Planned for early November: The Town Hall's Waterfront Hall will host 20 unique stalls, highlighting an innovative mix of local art, craft and photography available to purchase.
Alternative Secondary School proposed for Hebden Bridge. Hebden Bridge School will be a small, alternative secondary school 11 to 16 year olds, planning to open in the Hebden Bridge area in September 2016. Read more 21 Sept
Acre Mill asbestos site could become a caravan and campsite: Update: The HebWeb has been informed by one of our readers that the scheme will not now go ahead. Read more Updated 22 Sept
Untouchable Things by Tara Guha was launched to a packed crowd at the Town Hall on Friday, 18 Sept. The novel's quirky characters and literary references will appeal to many readers in Hebden Bridge. Read more
Cragg Vale School saved: A short and sharp campaign to save Cragg Vale Junior & Infant School has halted plans by Calderdale Council to launch a consultation in relation to proposals to close down the school and 'relocate' it to a new site at Calder High School. Read more 15 Sept
Charity collectors break rules: Radio 4's You and Yours has highlighted how fundraisers for the RSPCA in Hebden Bridge broke charity rules by failing to reveal how much they charge the charity for the service. Read more 1 Sept
HebWeb Election Section: for news and discussion of the May 2015 General Election in the Calder Valley
650 Years on the South Pennine Moors by David Nortcliffe: an account of life over the centuries on the moors above Hebden Bridge. A brief history of what was the western end of the ancient township of Wadsworth - a Pennine Pens eBook. Read more (19 May)
All Our Own Work, new book from local writer, Andrew Bibby - how Nutclough Mill was home to one of the first Workers' Coops. The fustian workers' co-operative started in 1870 and ran for 50 years, each year profitable. More info about the book and its launch. (3 June)
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Pennine Loop Launch: The launch, Saturday 25 April, of the Hebden Bridge Loop fn the Pennine way was a huge success. Over 200 people joined the series of walks through the day. More info, photos and audio clip from Will Sutcliffe (89) Click photo above to enlarge
Long-lost letter from John Lennon to Hebden Bridge's Steve Tilston inspires an Al Pacino movie. Sent to the folk-singer in 1971, the letter didn't arrive for 34 years but now the story has inspired Hollywood film Danny Collins. Read Daily Mirror article (7 May)
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
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