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NO SAINSBURYS will be built at the old Fire Station site. The HebWeb has learned this morning that the Sainsburys appeal against refusal of planning permission has been unsuccessful. More info about the Planning Inspector's decision, and links to news and discussion over past 18 months. (22 May)
Craig Whittaker a Mormon? At the swearing in of MPs, our MP requested the Book of Mormon to pledge allegiance to the Crown, according to this BBC News report (21 May)
ARTS FESTIVAL PROGRAMME LAUNCHED: Culture lovers turned out in force as Hebden Bridge Arts Festival launched its 2015 programme in the Town Hall. Read more about what the 2015 Festival has to offer. (15 May)
Parade workshops started! Fancy taking to the air in a flying machine, creating an alien space ship, learning to stilt, samba drum or joining a women's street dance ensemble? If so, get down to the Parade Open Workshops, which began Saturday 16th May. Read more
Hebden Royd Town Council: Update: Labour retain control with 10 seats, Lib-Dems have 5 seats, Greens and Conservatives have one seat each. Full results
Green Councillors in the Calder Valley: Penny Marrington and Dave Wardell will take their places on Todmorden Town Council and Elizabeth King, who topped the White Lee ward poll, will join Hebden Royd Town Council. Read more from Calderdale Greens
Calderdale Council Elections: Dave Young is returned for Labour in Calder ward (Hebden Bridge) with nearly double the vote of his nearest rival. (Turnout: 76%) Nicola May wins for Conservatives in Luddendenfoot ward, covering Mytholmroyd. See full results.
Conservatives hold Calder Valley with a reduced majority of 4,427. UKIP in 3rd place with 5960 votes. Lib Dem vote down 20%. Greens in 5th place with 2090 votes. Turnout: 69.18% (up 1.9%). See results details in the Hebweb Election Section
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)
Distasteful Craig Whittaker tweet row
Arts Festival is looking for new volunteers! Do you fancy getting more involved in the local arts scene in this vibrant local community of ours? Then the Festival would love to hear from you. Read more (5 May)
Global Wave: On Monday, anti-nuclear campaigners linked up the Calder Valley with places around the world when they took part in the 'Global Wave', to mark the start of the review of the Non-Proliferation Treaty taking place in New York. Read more (29 April)
Shadow Environment Secretary highlights Labour's Green Plan in Hebden Bridge. Maria Eagle joined Labour's Parliamentary candidate Josh Fenton-Glynn and White Swan landlady Liz Wood in Hebden Bridge on the day the Labour Party launched its Green Plan. Read more (27 April)
Calderdale Liberal Democrats launch local manifesto, and to date are the only party to do so. They set out the policies and ideas the party would implement if they were running Calderdale. Read more
Eddie Izzard enjoying the Hebden Bridge sunshine, campaigning with Labour candidate, Josh Fenton-Glynn (21 April)
Local election candidates: following the close of nominations, the HebWeb is now able to publish lists of candidates for Calderdale and Town Council elections. Surprises include a first UKIP candidate for the Calder ward covering Hebden Bridge, and far fewer candidates for the Town Council. Read more (10 April)
General Election - at the close of nominations, 7 candidates have put themselves forward. See our election section for photos, links, views and discussion. (10 April)
General Election: the Sustainable Transport Group has posed three more questions to the candidates - and has received answers from six of them. Read the replies here in our election section. (updated 10 April)
Duck Race: thousands enjoy the Easter sunshine. Photo from Craig Shaw. Click to enlarge
Flood Action Group - report. Formed in response to the floods of June-July 2012, the group has liaised with the Council and other bodies to look at actions in the event of further floods. Read more (31 March)
The dam that isn't and the great floating plug of the Colden - was the topic of the recent talk to the Hebden Bridge History Society. Read more - (1 April)
No public hearing for the Sainsburys Appeal The 500 or more objectors including Hebden Royd Town Council will have an opportunity to restate and amplify their objection by posting online.
HEBWEB ELECTION QUESTIONS: The HebWeb wrote to each of the six Parliamentary candidates, posing six questions, designed to help voters understand the differences between the parties. Each of the candidates has now responded and you can read their replies here, in our Election Section.
Local street acts needed for Arts Festival Hebden Bridge Arts Festival has issued a call out for talented local performers to show off their skills during their two Street Sundaes events. More info 25 March
New 2015 Hebden Bridge Visitors' Guide Published: The 2015 Guide, which points out all the places and sites visitors should not miss, is available throughout the town and for download here on the HebWeb. More info 23 March
Eclipse of the sun: Local photographer Bev Manders took this photo from Calder Holmes park. With glasses or filters, the eclipse was visible for most of its duration here in Hebden Bridge. 20 March
Labour candidate refused Blair's Money: in response to the Lib-Dem challenge, the Labour candidate Josh Fenton-Glynn has told the HebWeb, in a forum contribution, that he returned Tony Blair's cheque to the national party. 17 March
Better train services - but not yet: latest information from the Upper Valley Transport Group on electrification and what we should expect from the next franchise holder for our line. Read more 11 Mar
Hebden Bridge features in The Times list of trendiest cities, villages and market towns in which to live. 10 March
New Mayor for Town Council: Last night the Annual Meeting of Hebden Royd Town Council took place at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Mytholmroyd. Cllr Karl Boggis was elected as the new Mayor of Hebden Royd. Read more (22 May)
Hebden Roots Festival a great a success! One organiser told the HebWeb: "The plan of putting shows on all over Hebden Bridge really worked. There were a variety of shows on offer and we had people drifting in and out all day". Read report and see photos (21 May)
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)
Musicians were all over the streets of Hebden Bridge for the weekend of the Folk Roots Festival. Photo: Bruce Cutts
Council Minutes online: Hebden Royd Town minutes prior to 7 May election now available.
Festival jewellery and Festival hair Local jewellery fans can bling up to help the Arts festival thanks to a ranges of rings produced by Element. Then on to Zeitgeist Hair who are running their own fringe festival. Read more (12 May)
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HebWeb What's On: 45 events so far listed for May. Plant sales in Hebden Bridge and Blackshaw Head, Folk Roots Festival, meetings, spring fairs, Rag Market, Print Fair, Heritage Day in Mytholmroyd, Storytelling. More info about events.
Summat a' Nowt: Tod's University of the Third Age heard from Steve Murty about life in Stubb, the township of 17 cottages in which he was born and raised, old ranges with a pot hanging above. Read more (28 April)
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
'POSH' from Beacon Actors Company at the Little Theatre during Election Week. Posh concerns an Oxford University based dining club called 'The Riot Club' a fictionalised version of The Bullingdon Club. Read more about the play and the company.
Pennine Way Loop launch weekend, Saturday, 25 April 2015, starting at the Railway Station. See What's on section for details of walks and leaflet to download.
How Hebden Bridge was nearly Lost: a new film from Nick Wilding, 2 May at the Picture House, tracing 700 years, and the role of the Civic Trust in preventing further demolition. The film also reveals 1960s plans to demolish extensive parts of Hebden Bridge for a flyover and big named national stores. Read more (updated 18 April)
HebWeb reader Andrew Bibby has told us that Roy Palmer, whose obituary is in The Guardian, as well as being the author of some inspirational books on folk music and working class song, was also for a time a teacher at Calder High and a Calder valley (Colden) resident. (20 April)
Piano Festival: new work with climate dimension - Now You See It is a brand new major work which explores climate change and more.
The pink balls of Hebden Bridge Cricket Club - To launch their new season with a swing the Club are to use pink cricket balls at home matches, supporting research into testicular cancer. Read more (13 April)
My Convict Ancestors: Todmorden University of the Third Age member Sue Hayter made no apologies for having convict ancestors when she spoke at the March general meeting, in a talk entitled My Convict Ancestors - A Genealogical Journey. Read more (12 April)
Town Centre 1965 'photographic gallery' opens As part of marking the 50th anniversary of the Pennine Way and the launching of the new Loop, HB Walkers Action and Pennine Horizons have put together an exhibition of photos of the town from the 1960s. Read more (11 April)
Lindsay Rimer: 20 years after Lindsay's body was found in the Rochdale Canal, her sister Katie, has spoken publicly. "From the beginning we have been filled with grief and we cannot stop the grief and instead, remember her with love until this comes to an end," she said. See BBC report and HebWeb Feature (9 April)
Parking chaos at Sainsburys in Mytholmroyd - YouTube video from Jason Elliott 25 March
125 years of Cresswells: Over 100 business owners, mainly from the Calder Valley, joined partners and staff of Cresswells accountants last night to celebrate 125 years in business. 20 March
Myra James is awarded 20mph Campaigner of the Year. The award recognises Hebden Bridge's Myra James' successful campaigning to win 20mph limits across Calderdale's streets. Read report 18 March
Calder Valley CND - For Peace and Justice is the working title of the new group which had its first meeting on 11th March. Speakers included Chair of National CND and Mayor of Hebden Royd. Read report 17 March
Gruelling Experiences - in the workhouse: Peter Higginbotham's researches enabled him to to recount a complex and fascinating story to the Local History Society. Above: former workhouse: Stansfield View, 2-3 miles from HB. Read more 16 March
Election: Labour candidate challenged over Blair Donation: Alisdair Calder McGregor is asking Josh Fenton Glynn "if he has accepted Blair's Blood Money to fund his campaign". Read more 13 Mar
The After Alice Project, a new group devoted to non-digital photography, named after Hebden Bridge's most famous photographer Alice Longstaff, is encouraging experienced and novice photographers alike to have a go at capturing images on good old fashioned film. More info 11 Mar
Schools rebuilding: Craig Whittaker secured an adjournment debate in Parliament on 9 March over the need to rebuild Calder and Tod High schools. He got short change from the Education Minister. See Parliamentary report 10 March
HebWeb election section: for news and discussion of the May 2015 General Election in the Calder Valley
Victoria Road residents complain about McCarthy and Stone: residents have contacted the HebWeb after 15 months of "living on a building site". The development of 32 apartments was due to be finished in January. Read more 2 Mar
Fox and Goose's Co-hoperative beer to toast co-operative pub's first birthday. It will be unveiled at the pub in Heptonstall Road, Hebden Bridge, on Friday 27th from 7pm, kicking off a month-long programme of celebrations. Read more 26 Feb
Calderdale Budget - Council tax freeze confirmed, praise for ambitious energy target, Lib-Dems criticise Labour for not supporting energy reduction target, Labour say council statement glosses over cuts. Read more 25 Feb
Walking with History: E-trails from Pennine Horizons provide walkers with an opportunity to explore the area on foot and having information about the landscape, ecology or history at your finger tips. Read more about the walks and apps. 23 Feb
General Election: transport
The Sustainable Transport Group has asked candidates standing in our Calder Valley constituency a series of questions about transport policy and fare rises. The candidates have all replied. Read the questions and replies
Use libraries to access wifi: Although the Hebden Bridge Library has had wireless access for some time, visitors to other libraries in Calderdale will soon be able access their laptops, phones and tablets using free wifi. Read more 9 Feb
It's time to imagine the Hebden Bridge of the future: 2015 is the year for thinking about how to make Hebden Bridge an even better place to live, work and visit says the Hebden Bridge Partnership. Read more.
Craig Whittaker's Wikipedia page edited anonymously from the House of Commons. A reference to our MP's arrest for allegedly assaulting his son outside a petrol station was deleted, along with his claim to not know about the future of A&E. See the Wikipedia edits and this page from The Political Scrapbook (26 Jan)
One woman protest in the Square - Christine Drake explains to HebWeb readers why she is there - "in solidarity with the Palestinians" - and recounts some of the abuse she has suffered during her 6 months of demonstrating. See HebWeb Forum thread 21 Jan
Green Party Information stand yesterday in Hebden Bridge - click photo to enlarge. Photo thanks to the new After Alice Project using non-digital photography. (CC BY-NC, by 'H' Gregg) 8 Mar
Photographer Steve Morgan wins award: Hebden Bridge photographer Steve Morgan has won the "Work in the Community" section in the British Life Photography Awards for his photo of Foundrymen in Halifax. Read more 2 Mar
Pennine Way Loop is on its way: Since it was announced in January, Hebden Bridge Walkers Action has been busy. Work has started improving the route and the first waymarks (see right) are starting to go up. More info 25 Feb
Buried at Sandy Gate: Two long-forgotten graves of leading 19th century co-operative figures have been made accessible to visitors, thanks to efforts taken by a community-based co-operative - CROWS. Read article in Cooperative News
House prices: "Often seen as the poor relation to its trendy neighbour, Hebden Bridge," Todmorden has registered the biggest house price rise in Yorkshire over the past six months. See Yorkshire Post article 14 Feb
Australian View of Hebden Bridge: from The West Australian - "This once-dying mill town reinvented itself as a beacon of alternative living; a quirky commuter hub where artists, writers, hippies and new-age gurus rub shoulders with teachers, estate agents and earthy Yorkshire folk". Read the article. 16 Jan
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.
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Above: Stoodley Pike photographed by Craig Shaw of Blu Planet Photography, capturing the first real snow of winter.
Happy Valley tops Radio Times critics' poll. The magazine's TV editor Alison Graham called the Yorkshire-based programme (filmed in Hebden Bridge and upper valley) "bitingly raw" and said its writer Sally Wainwright and lead actor Sarah Lancashire had "never been better". See BBC news item
NatWest Hebden Bridge branch closed on 24 February. NatWest blame falling numbers and say the cash machine will remain for now.
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.
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)
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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