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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)

Calderdale Lib-Dems call for Yorkshire Parliament - they argue that Yorkshire should take advantage of the government's offer of "devolution on demand" in England in the wake of the failed vote for Scottish independence. Read more

Calder Valley VoicesCalder Valley Voices: Come and Sing Your Heart Out. Join them. You don't have to be able to read music or have sung in a choir before – they don't audition. Read more (22 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

HB Partnership Review of the Year was on Monday 20 October. This annual event was attended by representatives of more than 20 local organisations, each of whom had up to 180 seconds to share their news. Read more

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

Trades ClubVote for the Trades Club: The Trades Club have issued a call to its supporters to vote for them in their quest to become the NME Small Venue of the Year. Read more

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.

Birthday cakeNational Trust remove Gibson Mill pavilion: Following discussion on the HebWeb Forum, the National Trust has sent us a statement about the demolition of the Pavilion near Gibson Mill in Hardcastle Crags. Read more (2 Oct)

Hole in the Wall - deadline for comments were extended until Monday 6 Oct - see Forum thread with 2 new contributions today and Planning Watch (3 Oct)

Mytholmroyd HawkTop award for Rochdale Canal community project: Rochdale Canal Connections has won the Art and Interpretation category in the Living Waterways awards Read more (1 Oct)

Hebden Royd Town Council Vacancy: Neighbourhood Manager needed to manage and develop the Town Council projects. Initially for 6 months due to maternity leave. Read more (2 Oct)

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)

Hope Baptist Church renovation and events: Having completed a £500,000 repair project on the chapel, attention is now turning to the toilet block. Read more (29 Sept)

Labour Campaign begins with the opening of the constituency office on the ground floor of the Trades Club.

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

Demo

Demonstrators at Halifax Town Hall
Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Hebden Bridge: head to head with Sainsbury's tonight, according to the campaign group SOS. Read their latest news release.

Not so Hebden BridgeThe Alternative to Sainsburys in Hebden Bridge: On Tuesday (16th), Calderdale Planning Committee will decide the future of the former fire station site. Campaigners are calling on people to attend the hearing, as there is an alternative. More info (8 Sept)

Palestinian Solidarity Group: On Weds 17th the first meeting of a new Palestinian Solidarity Group will be held at the Trades Club with speaker, Ron Taylor whois about to return to Palestine. See What's on

Picture House Heritage Open Day: The historic cinema opened its doors to the public on Heritage Open Day (13 Sept) to give the opportunity to explore the 1920s auditorium (stalls and balcony) and the foyer. Read more

Cycling up the Buttress

Up the Buttress: Rain didn't stop those wanting to cycle up the Buttress Saturday, 6th September. See HebWeb coverage of this annual event over the past few years.

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. (1 Sept)

A&E: Labour welcomes decision to develop viable plans before deciding on changes: Calderdale Council's Labour group leader Cllr Tim Swift has welcomed decision by Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group to develop viable and fully-costed community health plans before deciding whether to support major changes to local hospital services. (28 Aug)

Neighbourhood Plan Application: Hebden Royd Town Council, with Blackshaw, Erringden, Heptonstall and Wadsworth are applying to develop a Neighbourhood Plan. The consultation period starts 22 August. Read more.

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20 mph throughout Calderdale

20mph policy will still be implemented in spite of the coup at Calderdale - but for Hebden Bridge and surrounding villages, not for 18 months. Read more. (20 Aug)

Hebden Royd Town Council - latest minutes of council meetings and committees now online.

Bring our railway into the 21st Century. Local survey results show that we want later trains back from Manchester and Leeds; earlier and more trains on Sundays; a direct service to Huddersfield; and new trains to replace the old, dated ones, currently used on the Calder Valley line. Read more

Sainsburys plansSainsbury's Plans stop press Calderdale's Planning Committee will not now consider the application for a supermarket on the old fire station site until September, as agent for Sainsburys can't make the August date. Planning officers are recommending acceptance. Read our earlier news itemn

Swimming Pool: once again questions are being asked about what has happened to the swimming pool £million. The most recent promise was for a pool by Easter 2014. See Forum

Green Party Leader visits Upper Valley

Green Party Leader visits Upper Valley: Natalie Bennett visited the Upper Calder Valley and gave support to the Save the A&E and Save our Shops campaigns. Read more (12 Aug)

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

Calderdale Coup - Labour ousted from power: Yesterday evening, Liberal Democrat councillors stopped backing the Labour Administration and changed to supporting the Conservatives. A vote of no confidence in the Labour administration was carried by 24 votes to 22. Read more and see Forum thread

NHS debates. The HebWeb has been informed that there will be four debates on NHS services for Calder Valley to be held between Labour's Josh Fenton-Glynn and Tory MP Craig Whittaker in September.

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 (24 July)

No Commonwealth Flag at Town Hall: Hebden Royd Town council has voted this week not to fly the Commonwealth flag while 4 out of 5 of its nations criminalise homosexuality!

Hebden Bridge Walkers' Action latest news: new book of Hebden Bridge walks, proposed booklet of walks from Hebden Bridge to Haworth, and more.

Eastwood

Eastwood Recycling Centre - closed for 4 months! The Centre is expected to be closed until November 2014, as extensive repairs are needed after man ran amok with JCB. Read more (23 July)

Life in La Serenissima, Venice was the subject of the recent University of Third Age session. The speaker was Kathryn Ogden, who winters there every year. Read more

GP appointments: Thousands of Calderdale patients wait over a week to see GP. Over 23,000 patients in Calderdale waited seven days or longer to see a GP the last time they tried, an official NHS survey has found. Read more

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

New Environment Secretary was Calder Valley candidate for the Conservatives in the 2005 General Election. Liz Truss was narrowly beaten by Christine McCafferty, and then moved on. See Forum comments from March 2005. (15 July)

HebWeb Directory - latest update: Ecoheat, Committed to Energy Conservation, Renewable Energy and a Nuclear free zone.

Tour de FranceHebden Bridge was at its most wonderful for the Tour de France. Read brief report of the weekend along with a selection of Tweets. (updated 9 July)

The Egg Factory Hatches Again! Crowdfunding campaign launched to create a comfortable and flexible workplace for creative start-ups and the self employed. Read more (23 Oct)

Apple DayApple Day 'Success': Valley Organics Workers' Coop hosted an Apple Day event in their shop on Tuesday, 21 Oct. 20 British organic apple varieties to taste and buy. See photos and report

Ted Hughes Festival this coming weekend, 24-26 Oct. See What's on

Listed buildingsListed Buildings around Hebden Bridge: In the 1980s, Peter Thornborrow was given the task of suggesting buildings which should be Listed in Stansfield, Heptonstall and Wadsworth - latest Local History Society talk. Read more

Equinox Kombucha has won the Veg Fest national award for best vegan drink, in a public vote. Hebden Bridge's Equinox Kombucha is a fermented tea drink with roots in the east. Read more (9 Oct)

Autumn

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.

Tories have lost 'Ambition for Mytholmroyd', according to Labour Councillor, Simon Young. Project is stalled following the recent Tory/ Lib-Dem coup at Calderdale. Read more (2 Oct)

Birthday cake25 Years of Artisan Organic Bread: On Saturday 27th Sept, Saker had a celebration in their shops in Hebden Bridge and Tod to celebrate the anniversary. Read more (30 Sept)

Foster Lane stone laying

Valley of a Hundred Chapels: Searching online maps was the starting point for Amy Binns' fascination with chapels, as she told a packed meeting of the Hebden Bridge Local History Society. Read more (29 Sept)

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)

Lumb Bank, The Ted Hughes Arvon Centre, opens its doors as part of Nationwide 'Fun Palaces' Event - a rare opportunity for local people to visit the nationally esteemed writing centre. Read more

Blues Festival

Blues Festival Exhibition and Final Curtain To celebrate the end of 4 years, the critically acclaimed Hebden Bridge Blues Festival is running an exhibition of paintings, photography and etchings at the Town Hall, from 27th September.

Power and Potability, Water in the South Pennine landscape was the subject of the Study Day organised by the Hebden Bridge History Group. Read more (10 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.

Wainsgate ChapelWainsgate Chapel Heritage Open Day on 13 Sept. Grade 2 listed building. Readings were by by Eileen O'Brien, organ recitals, art and sculpture, historic photographs, afternoon teas. More info

Bridge Mill

Bridge Mill at 700: the Peace Artistes led the music for the party on Saturday, 6 September.

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)

Walkers Action is holding an open forum on 23 September for all walkers and other interested people, to consider what activities the group should concentrate on over the next couple of years. Read more (3 Sept)

Twin Town Liberation Celebrations: Wreaths will be laid, and an artwork received, to mark the occasion 70 years ago when British troops, including at least one man from Hebden Bridge, pushed the Nazis out of the St Pol. Read more (1 Sept)

Local Chapel talks

Local History Talks planned for the next 6 months, starting with Valley of a Hundred Chapels: How non-conformists shaped our world. Above: Stone laying at Foster Chapel. See What's On.

Blues FestivalHebden Bridge Bridge Blues Festival wins again: Hebden Bridge Blues Festival has won an unprecedented third consecutive Festival of the Year title in the British Blues Awards. Read more. (25 Aug)

Train prices petition: The Campaign for Better Transport have launched an on-line petition urging Northern Rail to scrap plans to introduce higher evening peak ticket fares, due to come into effect on 8th September.

Northlight Launches its Autumn Term programme of creative courses. Get a free taste of Northlight's new programme of Art and Craft courses! Read more. (21 Aug)

Course for Autumn: From Bellini to Titian. See What's on

Great British Rail Journeys came to Hebden Bridge on Monday, as Michael Portillo followed Bradshaws Guide: "Nowhere better presents the impact of the railways on Victorian leisure than Hebden Bridge". Watch online, just after 23 mins in. (19 Aug)

Walk and Ride Festival

Walk and Ride Festival latest: There are nearly 50 events taking place in Calderdale as part of the 2014 South Pennines Walk and Ride Festival this September, from a bat walk to adventures with a walking book author. Read more (18 Aug)

PZ MyersThe Day PZ Myers came to Hebden Bridge, outspoken critic of intelligent design and the creationist movement, and active in the American creation–evolution controversy. Read more (14 Aug)

Moyles Planning application - see Forum message

The Kings Troupe

The King's Troupe perform at Stratford at the invitation of the Royal Shakespeare Company to take part in their Open Air Theatre project. Read more (13 Aug)

Hebden Royd Admin Vacancy: for Apprentice Business Administrator with 12 Month Contract. To provide clerical and admin support to the Council. More info. (11 Aug)

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

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

Twitter: Join the 1500 plus now following the HebWeb.

Gaza Vigil

Gaza Vigil in Hebden Bridge , in support of blockaded Palestinian people.

Eastwood

Eastwood Recycling Centre will be closed today until further notice due to a man running amok with a JCB, causing extensive damage. See ITV video

National Street Choirs Festival 2014 came to Hebden Bridge again the weekend of 11-13 July. Above, they packed our square, singing Nkosi Sikelel' iAfrika. Read more

Tour de France, Hebden Bridge

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)

Festival music in Bridge Gate

Arts Festival hits the streets of Hebden Bridge. Today, the town was was buzzing with smiling and bemused faces as various groups of musicians, artists and street entertainers brought our streets alive - once again. See more photos (29 June)


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.

HEBDEN BRIDGE HANDMADE PARADE: Another superb Handmade Parade. Hundreds took part with their wonderful costumes and creations. Thousands watched with smiles and amazement in the June sunshine.

Read report of Saturday's Parade and see HebWeb photos

Recycle Radio

Photo: Chris Zimnoch. Click to enlarge

Recycle Radio has now finished its four days of broadcasting but you can still listen to the shows again

Calder High Students deliver #yourfest Arts Festival: Local Students delivered #yourfest when they took over Calder Homes Park for #yourfest on Saturday as part of their work towards a national award. Read more. (2 July)

Get Hebden Bridge Buzzing: Help our bees with the new bee partnership which launches this weekend. Read more about the new group and saving bees and other pollinating insects such as butterflies, moths and hoverflies.

Andrew KerslakePeople's Commission: Calderdale Council has appointed Professor Andrew Kerslake as the Independent Chair of the People's Commission on Health and Social Care. Read more

Valley Organics

Workers' Coop celebrates first successful year - free cake and drinks were given out to Valley Organics customers on Saturday. Read more about what workers told the HebWeb (9 June)

 

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

PEOPLE'S COMMISSION on Health services: with the A&E crisis still unresolved, Calderdale Council wants people to give their views on how health and social care services should be provided in the future. Read more

Oxfam need volunteers, or else they may close. Call in at the shop if you can help.

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.

Stoodley Pike

Above, Stoodley Pike bicentenary: More photos

"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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