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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)

Car Co-op makes motoring cheaper and greener: Hour Car offers an efficient, low cost alternative to private ownership: car sharing, manager Kevin Hogan tells the HebWeb. Read more.

CricketWarming up for cricket: Hebden Bridge Cricket Club is starting the long thaw towards the new season with a of indoor nets beginning on 1st February. Read more

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


Heavy snow covers the town and hills 21 Jan

Tour de FranceTour de France brought £12.5m boost to Calderdale, according to a report commissioned by Calderdale Council. 340,000 people watched the race in our area. Read more (15 Jan 2015)


Hebden Bridge Walkers Action

- a Pennine Way Loop, developed with the Walkers Action group, is due to open this Spring, in time for the 50th anniversary of the walkers' trail. Organisers expect the Loop to bring a major boost to our local economy. Read more 12 Jan


The HebWeb was sent the above photo which we published in solidarity with the murdered French artists and writers. Nous Sommes Tous Charlie. 8 Jan

Road Safety: Mayor and local Heads address road safety concerns. Read more 26 Jan

University of the Third Age: Paulo Marini, enlightened his audience at the January U3A general meeting in a talk entitled, Open Farm Technologies - Aquaponics. Read more (26 Jan)

Alternatiba Todmorden! Musicians needed to play at a small one-day Festival of Climate Alternatives on Sunday 3rd May 2015 Read more 26 Jan

Tour de Yorkshire

Tour de Yorkshire - the route was announced today; it passes through Hebden Bridge on Sunday 3 May. More info and links

Beer and Cider Festival at the Town Hall to coincide with the Tour de Yorkshire. Read more

Street lighting update: following complaints about street lights not working (cable along Keighley Road has been stolen) Calderdale Council apologise and promise to improve their condition, reliability and energy efficiency. Read more 19 Jan

Local History Society report: president of Yorks Archaeological Society, Sylvia Thomas outlined how details about family relationships and everyday life may be gleaned from the Wakefield Court Rolls, which cover much of the former West Riding, including the Calder Valley. Read more. 18 Jan

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

Join the navviesJoin the navvies: call for volunteers to help rebuild Stubbing Wharf canal moorings. Read more 14 Jan

Calderdale's Council Tax freeze continues: Details of council's proposed budget, together with early salvos from Labour and the Lib Dems. Read more 12 Jan

Labour Councillors Surgery Dates - first date is Weds. 21st Jan. See What's on.

Town Council write to French twin town re: Charlie Hebdo. The Mayor of Hebden Royd, Cllr Jonathan Timbers expressed the area's commitment to stand shoulder to shoulder with the people of France. Read more. 12 Jan

MinuteroMinutero vintage photography: After the HebWeb snapped them in action by the river on Bridge Gate, this unusual Minutero photography group has sent us some info and photos. Read more 9 Jan

Nicholas CullinanNew Director of National Portrait Gallery grew up in Hebden Bridge. He also curated last year's successful Matisse exhibition at the Tate. Read more 8 Jan

Hebden Bridge Teenage Cancer Appeal Mayor of Hebden Royd, Cllr Jonathan Timbers presented a cheque for £4,000 to the Teenage Cancer Unit,  Weston Park Hospital, Sheffield on behalf of a local charity. 5 Jan

Stoodley Pike photographed by Craig Shaw

HebWeb Review of 2014 - the year the Tour de France passed through Hebden Bridge, Sainsburys threatened to build a supermarket, the closure of Halifax A and E feared, Hebden Bridge suggested as the UK's 2nd city, Stoodley Pike was 200 and Bridge Mill 700, it was the 20th anniversary of Lindsay Rimer's still unsolved murder, and much more

Christmas Eve Carols in the Square

Carols in the Square. On a fine Christmas Eve evening, hundreds and hundreds packed the square to sing, accompanied by the Junior Band
- click photo to enlarge.

Stoodley Pike celebrations

Happy Birthday Stoodley Pike. Local film-maker and historical researcher, Nick Wilding shared his filmed collection of reminiscences about the Pike, and its 200 years, with the Local History Society. Read more (16 Dec)

Eastwood Recycling re-opening: following discussion and questions on the HebWeb Forum, councillors have now informed HebWeb readers that the recycling centre will re-open on 23 December.

Arts FestivalGet Writing: Hebden Bridge Arts Festival is challenging local playwrights to get writing over the festive season as they open submissions for next year's Hebden Shorts. Read more (11 Dec)

Bernard Ingham describes our town as "my now unrecognisably trendy native Hebden Bridge" in a Yorkshire Post article entreating readers to vote Conservative at the next election. (10 Dec)

Northlight Artists Studios: A new term and new premises: work is now underway to develop an adjacent industrial unit on Hangingroyd Lane. Read more (10 Dec)

Calderdale now a frack free zone. Labour and the Liberal Democrats joined together to pass a motion calling for no fracking in our area. Read more

John ShuttleworthArts Festival: John Shuttleworth to play Picture House on Friday 6 March. The man dubbed 'The king of retro and old-school England' returns with his show, 'A Wee Ken to Remember'. Read more


SOS demo

Save our Shops, no Sainsburys demo in the square, Saturday 29 November. Photo, thanks to Craig Shaw. Click to enlarge.

Outer Zeds Benefit for Carol Lewis, wife of Trevor Lewis, currently serving a 3 year jail sentence for wrecking the recycling centre. 30 Nov. See What's on for details and Forum for discussion. Update: benefit raised over £500.

Martha WainwrightThe Martha Wainwright Visit: picketed because of her recent visit to Israel, breaking the cultural boycott, read the statement from the Trades Club. And see Forum discussion.

Trades ClubTrades Club just misses out in prestigious NME Small Venue of the Year award but the club has had a record year for attendances. Read latest

Hebden Bridge Group Practice report - good and average except for appointments, according to Care Quality Commission (CQC) - see Forum

Sand Sculpture succumbs to elements and has had to be dismantled earlier than the planned date of 1st December.

Grants for local community groups available. Calderdale has made a total of £5,000 available for the Calder ward to be spent by March 2015 - similar amounts are available for Luddenden Foot and other wards. Read more

SandWW1 centenary: Sand in your Eye project - Watch the 7 minute video illustrating how the sculpture was planned and built at the Town Hall, as a World War One centenary project. Read more

LightsHebden Bridge and Mytholmroyd Christmas Lights switch on. On 20th and 21st November, Santa will be joined by the Mayor of Hebden Royd and the Mytholmroyd Gala Queen to push the button. See What's on for more info.

Lindsay RimerLindsay Rimer: Friday, 7 November will be the 20th anniversary of her murder. Detectives have launched a fresh appeal to catch the killer. More info, police video appeal and links to today's pieces in the Yorkshire Post and ITV News


Craig Whittaker MP boasts about the size of his walk-in wardrobe in this YouTube clip put online yesterday - it's apparently not much smaller than an NHS staffroom. (24 Oct)

Chainsaw TuesdayCHAINSAW TUESDAY: 10 years on. 19 October was the tenth anniversary of the Battle of the Mill Pond: street-fighting in a back street of Hebden Bridge. See new HebWeb feature

Free Trevor Lewis? Was a sentence of three years right for the man who wrecked the Eastwood Recycling Centre? See Forum thread

George MonbiotStop 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. (4 July)

Parliamentary Candidates debated the NHS on Thursday, 9 October at Calder High School. Josh Fenton-Glynn (Lab), Alistair MacGregor (LD), Jenny Shepherd (Gn) and MP Craig Whittaker (Con) were on the panel.

Let residents petition for items on Calderdale Council agenda. Liberal Democrats are calling on Calderdale Council to allow any petition signed by 1,000 or more residents is placed on the agenda of the next Council meetings. Read more (29 Sept)

Calderdale throws out Sainsbury's plans. Objectors to Sainsbury's application to build a supermarket on the site of the old Fire Station turned out in force at the Planning Committee meeting in Halifax Town Hall tonight. Read report and see more photos


Demonstrators at Halifax Town Hall
Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Bridge Mill at 700

Bridge Mill went eco-powered to celebrate 700th birthday: Street Party on Saturday afternoon, 6 September. Birthday Cake, Candles, Music. See news item and new feature.

Eastwood Recycling Centre: "A man has pleaded guilty to wrecking a council recycling centre near Todmorden causing damage put at £300,000." - ITV News

Above: Stoodley Pike photographed by Craig Shaw of Blu Planet Photography, capturing the first real snow of winter.

Vintage photo street lab

Vintage photo street lab comes to Hebden Bridge - old school, not digital. Click photo to enlarge

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

2015 Wish List - see Discussion thread

Arts FestivalStation carol singers raise money for Railway Children charity - organised by the Friends of Hebden Bridge Station Read more.

Summit TunellSummit tunnel fire 30 years on. This Manchester Evening News page remembers 20 Dec, 1984 when a freight train carrying petrol derailed in the railway tunnel near Walsden.

Old Gate building work road closures to be limited to one or two mornings a week from now until April. Read more (19 Dec)

Arts FestivalOpen Gardens are back! Open Gardens was for many years a central part of the annual Arts Festival and in 2015 it will be again. Read more (17 Dec)

WAW quiltWalkers are Welcome card: Hebden Bridge Walkers Action group have produced a greetings card based on a quilt designed by Louise and Lizzie Lockhart. Read more (8 Dec)

International Day of People with Disabilities - Hebden Royd Town Council is marking the International Day of People with Disabilities by developing a local access group with the Hebden Bridge Partnership. Read more (2 Dec)

Council Minutes - latest minutes of the Hebden Royd Town Council meetings are now online.

Wills, Inventories and Economic Activity in the Parish of Halifax at the end of the 17th Century, was the topic on which Alan Petford gave his talk to the Local History Society. Read report. (30 Nov)

NatWest Hebden Bridge branch to close on 24 February. NatWest blame falling numbers and say the cash machine will remain for now.

Arts FestivalStreet Video: The Arts Festival have given the Hebweb the first public showing of a new video of two days of street entertainment this summer. See video and info (25 Nov)

Yorkshire Post article: What happened to all those yellow bikes (23 Nov)

Scotland Now article - Learning Gaelic in Scotland by distance, featuring John and Ailie Kerrane in Hebden Bridge. (23 Nov)

Young arts producers win national awardsYoung arts producers win national awards: for #Yourfest in Calder Holmes Park this summer, part of the annual Hebden Bridge Arts Festival. Read report (20 Nov)

Local History ArchiveLocal History Archive: those attending the latest History Society session were treated to a sample of some of the treasures to be found in the Society's archive. Read report (19 Nov)

The Hole in the Wall's future was decided by Calderdale's planning committee on Tuesday 18 November. Permission was granted for change of use. See Planning Watch and Forum for background.

Fears of further landslides following submission of plans for 14 apartments on the Heptonstall Road. See Planning Watch

Postcard from PalestinePostcard from Palestine postscript - More photos from Hebden Bridge's Ron Taylor, a regular visitor to Palestine, part of an international movement of supporters. Read more

Operation Get CrackingCrowdfunded project: Operation Get Cracking is nearly halfway there. Local co-op Made in the Valley still need more help reach their target. Read more

Thingumajig TheatreCanal and River Trust highlights Hebden Bridge: The Canal River Trust's latest members' online newsletter focuses on the stretch of the waterway that passes through Hebden Bridge. Read more (10 Nov)

Colden hydro project - single objector leads to stoppage - read forum discussion

Thingumajig TheatreThingumajig Theatre Company brings national tour to Hebden Bridge: As part of their UK tour, Thingumajig Theatre will be performing their acclaimed A November Day for 2 performances on Sat 15 Nov. Read more (7 Nov)



The First Flush of Autumn in Hebden Bridge: Short YouTube video of photos of Hebden Bridge and local area from Jason Elliott. See video 

Protest at Sainsbury's Mytholmroyd: On Saturday, 4 October, campaigners protested against Sainsbury's policy of sourcing fruit and veg from Israel's illegal colonies. Read more

Hebden Bridge Carnival 1924

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.

Old Town Mill Chimney safe for now, thanks to the efforts of local residents, one parish Councillor and support from English Heritage. See Forum thread (27 Sept)

Happy Valley, based around Hebden Bridge and Sowerby Bridge, wins Best New Drama award, at the TVChoice Awards, hosted by David Mitchell. See report in Daily Mirror.

President of German Parliament praises Mayor of Hebden Royd's speech. Cllr Jonathan Timbers, won praise for a speech he made at a twinning event in Warstein, Germany, from the President of the Bundestag, Dr Norbert Lammert. Read more (5 Sept)

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Theatre in a Time of Change - by Michael PrioreBook 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)


HebWeb photos - see photos from some of this year's great events - Handmade Parade, Stoodley Pike at 200, Pace Egg and more.

Where to Stay - latest additions and updates: Old Town Cottage, Stag Cottage, Towngate Cottage, Bottoms Farm, Beech House, Croft Mill and The Old Co-op.

HebWeb Directories: latest updates include Thinking Further, ABC Coaching and Counselling, Ecoheat and Waterside Gym

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Attic insulationScheme to insulate attic rooms in Hebden Bridge terraced houses. Local ineligibility for green grants has been raised over the years on the HebWeb. Now some residents have started benefiting from a new scheme which can cost as little as £1. More info and how to apply

Two Hebden Bridge co-operative pioneers honoured in a ceremony on Saturday. In the late 19th century Hebden Bridge was as well-known for productive co-operation as Rochdale was for retailing, says this report in Co-operative News

A northern Banksy

A northern Banksy? Sylvia Plath on a bike. The drawing above on the side of the Shoulder of Mutton was one of several by street artist Stewie which were featured on BBC Look North.

Schoolchildren remember Bob Leedham by voting to name new retirement development in Victoria Road, 'Leedham Court'. See Calendar news report.

Handmade Parade

Labour win contested Hebden Royd Town Council bye-election. Results details.

Allie MilesLABOUR WIN CALDER WARD covering Hebden Bridge. Alison Miles takes the seat with 1547 votes 15.08 Kate Sweeny for the Greens comes second.

Women take valley seats in Hebden Bridge, Todmorden, Mytholmroyd, Sowerby Bridge and Elland. Conservatives win Luddenden Foot, covering Mytholmroyd, with Jill Smith-Moorhouse, beating Labour by 17 votes! More election results.

"Happy Valley: The dark side of Hebden Bridge" - article in Yorkshire Post. "The idea came to me after I watched Shed Your Tears and Walk Away", says writer Sally Wainwright. (2 May)

May Local elections: Five candidates are competing in the Calder Ward which covers Hebden Bridge and four candidates are standing in the Luddenden Foot Ward which covers Mytholmroyd. Read more

The Grand DepartsHAULING A GRAND PIANO UP CRAGG VALE BY BIKE - Cyclists pulled the piano up the longest incline in the country on Sat, 5th April. Read more about this audacious musical and cycling adventure. And see the HebWeb photo gallery

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 (11 March)

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

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Stoodley PikeBicentenary Celebration on Stoodley Pike: Pigeons, puppeteers, samba and brass bands are to perform at the summit of our local "peace monument" on Sat 3rd May. More info


The Bad StepeBook Launch - The Bad Step by Andrew Bibby. Nick Potterton died in an accident while fell running in the Lakes. But was it an accident? 6.30pm for an hour this Thurs, 1 May. Read more

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

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.

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Five hundred words on Hebden Bridge - "Everything in the house was heated by the fire, all the old terraced houses used coal for heat and cooking back then, the valley had a serious smog problem." Read more from Dave Bridges' 500 words.

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