News, Features and forthcoming Events
Peter Tatchell at Happy Valley Pride Festival
Photo: Bruce Cutts
1,300 road gullies in Calderdale will be repaired or replaced, including those along the A646 in Hebden Bridge and Mytholmroyd. (14 Aug)
Thanks to Andrew Smith for this photo and for telling us that "Gertrude Grouse is still enjoying life on Shackleton Knoll, apparently unconcerned by the impending Glorious Twelfth!". See also: Huffington Post article on grouse shooting.
Behind the scenes at Hardcastle Crags: the countryside team are sharing the secrets of their work with a Ranger Day on Saturday 19 Aug. Meet and chat with the team.
Vintage Car Weekend raises over £30,000 for local charities Held over the weekend of 5th-6th Aug and organised by the Rotary Club has been a great success, raising up to £30,000 for good causes and charities. Read more
Happy Valley Pride Festival 2017, celebrating LGBTQ life in Hebden Bridge and beyond (7th to 13th August) - a festival of diversity, inclusivity and awareness for everyone. Read more and see programme
Hebden Bridge in the media: The Observer reports that part of Mike Leigh’s film on Manchester’s Peterloo massacre of 1819, and starring Maxine Peake, was filmed in Heptonstall. Meanwhile, The Mirror reports that the Hangingroyd Lane house used as Sarah Lancashire’s home in Happy Valley is for sale at £250k. (30 July)
Lit & Sci lectures - five more speakers announced. Five eminent speakers will be coming to Hebden Bridge over the coming autumn and winter months, continuing the successful lecture series by the Literary and Scientific Society. Read more.
Calder Valley Search and Rescue duo to climb The Matterhorn to raise funds. Two members of the team are swapping the Pennines for the Alps and challenging themselves to climb this iconic mountain. Read more (19 July)
Woodland Archaeology Festival in the Crags: The week-long event provided an opportunity for people to get hands-on experience of an excavation, and learn about traditional woodland industry activities. Read more (16 July)
Town Council funding available for community groups: 2017/18 again sees Hebden Royd Town Council with a sizable Community Funding budget which it hopes will benefit as wide a range of groups as possible. Read more (7 July)
Councillor among volunteers helping to Slow the Flow Cllr Josh Fenton-Glynn joined Slow the Flow volunteers working in Hardcastle Crags to reduce flooding. More info (4 July)
Pedal to Paris Gerard Liston of Hope Baptist Church in Hebden Bridge, is starting a 4-day cycle ride from London to Paris on 30th Aug to raise funds for the British Legion. (16 Aug)
Todmorden's Geoff Love remembered Musical Arranger to the Stars remembered with a weekend of celebrations and the publication of a new book this September, 100 years after his birth. Read more (15 Aug)
Hiroshima Day Commemoration: On Sunday, Calder Valley for CND held a commemoration of Hiroshima Day, the 72nd anniversary of dropping A-bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, on the Wavy Steps in Hebden Bridge. Read more (8 Aug)
Slow The Flow Calderdale raise £3500 for competing in Tough Mudder Yorkshire - the group was set up to look at the issue of why and how the Calder Valley floods and to look at solutions to slowing the volume of water which comes down the hillsides . Read more
Accessible Hebden Bridge - a visit to our town by Visits Unlimited, devoted to providing info for disabled people on where they can go for a day out with good access. (24 July)
Small Ads - "Choosing to advertise the house for rent on the Hebweb was incredibly effective. The perfect tenants were found within 48 hours"
Vandals target Hope Chapel's Community Garden A "super weekend” with Open Gardens was followed by someone choosing to smash up the much-used benches at the end of the community garden. Read more (17 July)
South Pennines’ Walk and Ride Festival 2017 this September. Enjoy the great outdoors all around us, from the unspoilt beauty of the moorlands to the fascinating heritage of the industrial revolution. There's 130+ events for families, cyclists, horse riders and walkers. Read more (12 July)
The political and social satire of Gilbert and Sullivan and more on recent talks at the University of the Third Age. Read report (7 July)
Nathan joined the battle to reduce flooding A special team member will be sharing the load with volunteers to help prevent flooding next weekend – a large working horse called 'Nathan'. Read more (3 July)
Flood Walls on Hebden Water: Express your views. By using some glass walls on Old Gate and self raising Flood Barriers behind the Wavy Steps, the Environment Agency have come up with some interesting ideas. Have your say. Read more (30 June)
Unity Plaque unveiled at Town Hall's Greenwood Room which has recently been refurbished by the Community Association. Joseph Greenwood, after whom the room is named, was a founder member and long-term manager of the Hebden Bridge Fustian Manufacturing Company. Read more (28 June)
Overgate Hospice Van Destroyed after suspected Arson Attack in Valley Road, Hebden Bridge. Buildings have been evacuated following a suspected arson attack in the early hours Monday morning in which an Overgate Hospice charity shop suffered damage. Read more (4 July)
Craig Whittaker wins Calder Valley for the Conservatives, winning by 609 votes. See HebWeb General Election section for Calder Valley results (9 June)
Painting the tops: Walking on the tops around our area you are likely to come across trig points on the tops of hills. CROWS volunteers intend to repaint all the trig points in our area. They need donations to buy paint. Read more (7 June)
Streets of Fun on Street Sunday: This event is the traditional end of the Arts Festival. Some of Britain's best street performers joined local acts in 4 venues on Sun 2 July.
Dig deeper inside the HebWeb There's much more on the HebWeb than you may think. This website has become a unique resource of local activity over the past twenty or so years. Read our brief summary of some of these less obvious features. (29 May)
Search and Rescue Team welcome MBE for their honorary president, Mr Robert (Bob) Uttley for services to the community. (19 June)
Parking charges to be introduced in currently free parking areas in Albert Street, Crown Street, Valley Road and elsewhere. See Planning Watch (8 June)
New Co-op store, Mytholmroyd. See Planning Watch (8 June)
Wuthering Bytes Festival back for a fifth year over ten days. The opening keynote will explore developments and people in the history of computing, from Maurice Wilkes and Max Newman to Alan Turing. More info (7 June)
General Election section 2017 of the HebWeb is now online. We will post updates as they are received. The first discussion is on the question of a possible "progressive alliance". See the Election section.
Lindsay Rimer: a second Bradford man has been arrested on suspicion of her murder. See BBC report for more details, and this recent HebWeb News page for the background to this terrible crime. Update: man released on police bail. (25 April)
Calder Valley Community Land Trust receives major grant to the value of £88,000 to enable it to develop and to attract investment for its proposed affordable homes developments. Read more. (24 April)
General Election 2017 - as the General Election, gets under way, have a look back at HebWeb coverage of the 2015 election in the Calder Valley.
Duck Race madness attracts thousands - "Can you see owt?" Not everyone could. Every vantage point was several people thick. All desperate to see the plastic ducks floating along the Hebden Water for five minutes. Click photo to enlarge. Read more
Stand-up comedy comes to Hebden Bridge… but for kids. Thanks to Hebden Bridge Arts Festival, kids can enjoy some top class comics… but without the rude bits. (10 April)
Sara Pascoe is an animal: Fearless comic Sara Pascoe is on the road with her new show Animal and Hebden Bridge Arts Festival have tempted her to stop off for a gig at the Picture House on 27 June. (28 March)
Local Historian Remembered. A new book published by the Local History Society, History in the South Pennines, will be a memorial to gifted local history lecturer, Alan Petford who died 2 years ago. Read more.
SHIBDEN HALL is the new Sally Wainwright eight part drama series: After Happy Valley, Last Tango in Halifax, Scott and Bailey and others, the first few episodes of Sally Wainwright’s next drama is based on the book Nature's Domain by Mytholmroyd writer Jill Liddington, published by Hebden Bridge publishers Pennine Pens. Read more. (5 March)
Small Ads: "House successfully rented through Hebweb. Fantastic posting wall!"
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.
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."
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
Floods: HebWeb Gallery - 24 photos taken on the morning of Boxing Day, 2015.
Small Ads: "Amazing but my house in Tod got rented out within 30 minutes after putting the house on Hebweb."
Happy Valley wins BAFTA as best TV Drama. Written by Sally Wainwright, much of the series was filmed in and around Hebden Bridge - see above at the back of Hanginroyd Lane. Sarah Lancashire won best leading female actor. (15 May)
Hebden Bridge Hippies Exhibition: The main panels from the exhibition are now upstairs in Hebden Bridge Library. They're there for the next couple of months. The online version of the exhibition will remain available here on the HebWeb.
Slow The Flow - Hardcastle Crags: Slow The Flow Calderdale, with The National Trust and the Environment Agency, will shortly begin a programme of activity in Hardcastle Crags aimed at slowing the flow in the river and its feeder brooks. Read more. (26 April)
Small Ads success - "Hi there I have found lovely tenants for my house in less than 24 hours. Amazing!" Re house to let in Mytholmroyd.
Tourism Guide - 2017 With sections on this year's festivals and events, visiting Hebden Bridge, eating, drinking and shopping independently, attractions, getting and staying here, and links to more information about our 'intriguingly, creative' town.
How the Hippies Changed Hebden Bridge: An exhibition organised by the Local History Society aims to showed how those who moved into our area in the 1970s - the locals called them 'hippies' - kick-started the cultural renaissance which is today so Hebden Bridge. Read more.
HebWeb Small Ads - The HebWeb is brilliant. Found tutor within 3 days… We have found a candidate. The response was excellent as was the calibre of the candidates.
HEBDEN BRIDGE WINS! - Great British High Street Award in the Small Market Town category. Almost one year after our town was wrecked and shut down by the Boxing Day Flood.
HebWeb Feature on the Boxing Day Flood, gathering together many of the articles, news, links, photos and videos. Updated reguarly.
Reasons 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
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.
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
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
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: "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 on Twitter - The HebWeb now has over 3000 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."
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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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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