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Station Passenger Lifts take first passengers, this morning, Tuesday, 19 March 2019
Remembering Peterloo with Alan Fowler A sunny Monday, 200 years ago, 16 August, 1819 in Manchester. A peaceful, lively meeting of 60,000 men, women and children, calling for the vote and political reform. The cavalry charged: 15 dead and 600 injured. Read report of Local History lecture. (19 March)
Linda Green's new Hebden Bridge novel, set in Pecket Well, Hebden Bridge and Heptonstall, tells the story of 3 generations of women and a "babies at the bottom of the garden" confession. Linda signed copies at a launch event on 13th March. More info.
Grouse estates investigated over heather burning including our own local Walshaw Moor who wouldn't go along with the voluntary agreement other estates signed up to. See Guardian article (25 Feb)
The Battle of Heptonstall - a play and public lecture was prepared for February 2019, to remember this 1643 battle of the English Civil War. The play was produced with local actors and with the help of local residents. Read more, along with photos from Bruce Cutts and video from Nick Wilding. From 28 Feb - 2 March.
Cafe Society, Hebden Bridge - in February! The warm sunshine meant, all around the town, coffees could be enjoyed in the open air. (22 Feb) - click photo to enlarge
Mytholmroyd Flood Defences: first part completed. "As well as reducing flood risk for local homes and businesses this important piece of work provides improved access and should gradually blend well with the local setting." Read more
Film Festival - Carmel and Lola: Basque filmmaker Arantxa Echevarría made her debut last year at Cannes with this story of forbidden love between two young women in Madrid’s close-knit Roma Community. More info (21 Feb)
Mytholmroyd Roadworks: Additional traffic management is in place this week (18-22 Feb, 9.30-3.30pm) along the A646 Burnley Road. During this time, there will be increased delays while work takes place to complete concreting work between the river wall and new parapet wall.
Canal towpath - plans for walking and cycling: Work will start this Spring on a £2.1m scheme to improve cycling and walking access on a 6 km section of the Rochdale Canal towpath between Hebden Bridge and Todmorden. Read more
Surveyers at work at the old fire station, Monday morning, 11 Feb. See HebWeb News from 2015 reporting that plans for a Sainsburys supermarket had been rejected. Currently, a temporary carpark. Photo: Chas Nicholson
2019 Big Spring Clean - from 22nd - 31st March, teams from community groups, schools, residents and businesses will be sponsored £60 to their chosen local charity or project, for taking part in the annual clean-up of our area. More info
Community plans for affordable homes turned down - Calder Valley Land Trust has told the HebWeb that it is enormously disappointed at the decision by Calderdale’s planning committee to reject proposals for new affordable homes to rent in Hebden Bridge. Read more
Air Pollution is a serious problem in some parts of Hebden Bridge, along the A646. What can be done about it? See this HebWeb Forum thread.
If I Were You by Alan Ayckbourn is the next production at the Little Theatre, from 18-23 Feb. About a couple, Mal and Jill, whose long marriage has hit the rocks, suspected infidelity, boorish behaviour and swopped bodies move this comedy along. More info (4 Feb)
Flood measures will benefit Hebden Bridge and surrounding areas. "Work is under way on a £2.6 million project to plant woods, restore peat bog and slow water flow in streams to protect thousands of homes from flooding." See this ITV news report (28 Jan)
Hebden Bridge artist Kate Lycett featured in Yorkshire Post feature
Hebden Bridge: How a thriving town lost its last bank: This Guardian article reports that, "Residents feel angry and let down as Lloyds departs, but one man (David Fletcher) has a plan to fill the gap." Only a few years ago, Hebden Bridge had five full time banks. The last one, Lloyds, closed last week. Read article (26 Jan)
Petition for Electric Valley: A petition calling for the electrification of the Calder Valley line has been launched by Calderdale Council as part of its campaign for greater investment in the service. Read more.
Happy Valley Pride 2019 promises bigger, better and bawdy - an eclectic, alternative and inclusive, week-long festival for everyone. Celebrating LGBT+ life in our area, it will be earlier than in previous years, from 22 to 28 July 2019. More info. (24 Jan)
Europe: Craig Whittaker, our Calder Valley MP, voted with the 201 others who supported Theresa May's deal. (15 Jan)
Dawson City cabins of Mytholmroyd to be removed as part of the flood alleviation scheme. Some of the timber will be returned to the land once occupied by Dawson City. More traffic lights will be installed, this time for 2 weeks on New Road. Read more (13 Jan)
Dismantling the old bridge at Waterside Fold, next to the Little Park. Click image to enlarge. See Forum
Murphy's Lore 12 - This week from George Murphy, a politics special: a child’s view of politics; election strategists; a Guardian man is trapped; Capability for Work tests; Peterloo and all that; Jo Cox; next week’s headlines and politicians in corn fields. Read now. (19 March)
Pennine Heritage secures National Lottery support for a programme to restore and maintain the Birchcliffe Centre, new marketing campaign to get local groups, businesses, residents and visitors more involved and advice on improving working arrangements. More info (17 March)
Sunday 17 March - all flood warnings and alerts have been lifted. Roads OK but trains services to Manchester still disrupted. (10 am)
16 MARCH: FLOOD WARNINGS AND SIREN in Hebden Bridge sounded around 3pm. Flood warnings were in place for Hebden Bridge, Mytholmroyd and Todmorden. Tod flood siren went just after 5pm. The River Calder in Hebden Bridge peaked around 6pm at 2.11 metres (compared with 3.63 metres, Boxing Day 2015) and by 7.30pm had declined slightly. By midnight was down nearly half a metre.
See the Facebook Flood Support group for more info (16 March, 12 midnight)
New Wildflower Site in Mytholmroyd: Hebden Royd Town Council are adding a touch of colour to Mytholmroyd with a new project to plant a wildflower meadow at Hawksclough, a site currently full of dock weed and ragwort. Read more (14 March)
Woodlands of the South Pennines – their industrial history. Today, our woodlands are largely a place of leisure, but as Hywel Lewis told the Local History Society, their history shows how closely they were integrated in the industrial economic life of this area. Read report. (6 March)
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Huffington Post on Hebden Bridge: "You will find a town that was almost abandoned, but brought back to life by hippies, artists and lesbians looking for a place to make a life." Written by Sean Pert, who continues: "The town doesn't just tolerate its LGBT+ community, it values and embraces us." Read more (28 Feb)
2019 Hebden Bridge leaflet:
On this Tourist Info page, you can download a copy of the Hebden Bridge Tourism Guide 2019, and also a constantly updated separate and downloadable pdf list of Hebden Bridge’s 2019 festivals and events. (2 March)
Fined £100 waiting for appointment with the doctor at Grange Dene Medical Centre. See this thread in HebWeb Forum (22 Feb)
Writing Yorkshire was the topic of the next lecture (2 March) organised by the Lit & Sci with Prof Richard Morris who brought his skills as an archaeologist and historian to weave an account of Yorkshire’s past and present. More info
Climate Protest: "Around 100 schoolchildren from across Calderdale joined in Hebden Bridge this morning to protest against a lack of Government action on climate change." Read Courier report
Heptonstall's Pennine Spring Music Festival from 27 May to 1 June led by new orchestral Director, Orr Guy, featuring. This year you'll hear Prokofiev, Cole Porter, Mozart, Tchaikovsky and more. More info. (15 Feb)
Community Cast wanted for giant outdoor theatre event Bradford-based theatre company, Mind the Gap, is seeking an integrated community cast of over 100 local people for their new outdoor theatre event in April. Read more (5 Feb)
‘Being Frank’ confirmed for Hebden Bridge Film Festival. Revealing the hidden creator behind Manchester comedian Frank Sidebottom, this film explores the life and art of the late Chris Sievey. Read more (4 Feb)
Extinction Rebellion call on Calderdale to declare a Climate Emergency, and are urging Calderdale Council to support a climate change motion to be debated at their meeting next week. More info (26 Jan)
No banks. No petrol. Lloyds Bank was the last bank left in Hebden Bridge. It closed this month. Shepherds was the last petrol garage still open in Hebden Bridge. It stopped selling petrol this month. (25 Jan)
Wild Rose to open Hebden Bridge Film Festival Rising star Jessie Buckley plays alongside Julie Walters in this story of Rose-Lynn Harlan, a singer from Glasgow, dreams of making it big in America. Read more. (23 Jan)
Artsmill Exhibition: Where Earth Meets Sky - Claire Murray's work embraces the rich and dramatic landscapes and seascapes of the North, concerning mainly ideas of memory and recall, and running from 23 Jan until 10 Feb. More info
Crowdfunding for Waterside Fold, near the Little Park, to pay for legal representation against the developer. Many of the nearby residents are retired and elderly. See latest HebWeb Forum thread with links to previous discussions. (15 Jan)
Nutclough Housing Co-op needs new members - the co-op based at the Nutclough Tavern is in need of a new cohort of members to take on the Co-op and the 8-bedroom building with community room. More info
Repairs to Hebble Hole bridge now complete. Read more (4 Jan)
Happy New Year to all HebWeb readers - events coming up early in 2019 include the Film Festival, Potato Day, Cafe Culture, Trades Club Quiz, Quadrophenia, Ceilidh at Mytholmroyd, the Battle of Heptonstall, Remembering Peterloo, a talk on the Lost houses of the South Pennines by Kate Lycett and much more. See What's On (2 Jan)
FLOODS: BOXING DAY 2015. Three years ago, all shops, cafes, most pubs and hundreds of homes were wrecked. Over the past 3 years, the town has largely recovered and is thriving once again. See more photos and read the HebWeb feature on the great flood. (Photo: HebWeb)
'England's worst primary schools revealed' - an official list of schools that did not meet the Government's floor standard for performance in 2017/18 has been released, and includes Hebden Royd CofE school. See Telegraph and Argus report (16 Dec)
Hebden Bridge Film Festival - with Maxine Peake as patron - Hebden Bridge is to host an international Film Festival, from 22nd- 24th March 2019 at the Picture House and the Town Hall. Louise Wadley, Director, of the Festival, told the HebWeb, "We are absolutely thrilled to announce Maxine Peake as our Patron." Read more (6 Dec)
Hebden Bridge is Cool - Hebden Bridge has made National Geographic's Cool list. "The Calder Valley - with hippyish Hebden Bridge as its epicentre - is a burgeoning hub for restaurants and independent shops." See article. (4 Dec)
TRAINS: End the strike and invest in our line, says leader of Calderdale Council, Tim Swift. "Strikes, delays and cancellations on the Calder Valley line are having a severe impact on businesses and commuters." Read more
Updated web directory listing: ABC Coaching and Counselling Services
Continued Rail Strikes hit Hebden Bridge badly - see Look North report
Lamplighter Festival lights up Todmorden Hundreds of revellers lined the streets to watch a light, fire and sound extravaganza when the sixth Lamplighter Festival took to the streets of Todmorden on Saturday. Produced by Hebden Bridge's Handmade Parade. Read more
Hebden Bridge firm wins best artisan cheese award - See Great British Cheese Awards
Fox and Goose one of top 50 pubs according to The Guardian
Over 30 local groups spoke about their activities - the Hebden Bridge Partnership once again invited local community organisations and groups to talk about what they do. Nearly 30 groups accepted the invitation. More info
Swimming pool latest. It's still going ahead but, because of the 2015 Flood, not yet. And not in Hebden Bridge. Read the latest statement from the Swimming Pool Association, and follow the links for how the HebWeb has covered this controversial issue over many years. More
Disability Forum launches Access Map showing wheelchair friendly pavements, accessible toilets, bus stops and parking spaces. For link to download the map and news about the new portable ramps, Read more (12 July)
Hebden Bridge Practice appointments - follow the discussion on this HebWeb Forum thread, including a link to an interview with the Practice Manager by Jenny Shepherd. (21 Sept)
Hebden Bridge Camera Club Exhibition Results People from near and far viewed the 60+ images on display at the Town Hall and over 1000 of those took part in the voting for the “People’s Choice”. Read more (17 Sept)
Hebden Bridge Signal Box Preservation Group is the name of the group created yesterday at the meeting to discuss how the now decommissioned signal box can be passed into community custodianship. Read more
Save Hebden Bridge Signal Box
After more than 125 years as a familiar sight in the town, Network Rail have pulled the levers for the last time. Two community groups have put forward proposals for the building to be saved and restored to its former Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway glory. More info and leaflet
Community toilet scheme launches in Mytholmroyd. The public toilets in Mytholmroyd have been demolished. While options for toilet provision elsewhere in the town are being investigated, Calderdale has been working with local businesses to encourage them to take part in a community toilets scheme. Read more
Crumbling Riverside School on Sky News "Room after room is damp or crumbling or flaking… The building is literally falling apart around them." Head Teacher Rachel Burton shows reporters around the school - 4 minutes into this report on lack of school funding. See report on YouTube (1 Oct)
Grants available for community groups - Each year, the Town Council welcomes applications from community and voluntary groups to apply for a grant from the Council’s community funding budget to support projects, activities and events. More info
Controversial Sub-station installed next to Market Following unhappiness over original plans to put the sub-station on the grass verge opposite the White Lion (See HebWeb discussion), the upgraded electricity substation is now being installed next to the market area. Read more
Pumpkin Festival Report, pictures and video from ITV. "Visitors from far and wide have been flocking to Hebden Bridge for the second annual pumpkin festival." And see gallery of Pumpkin Festival photos from local photographer Craig Shaw
Loop the Loop - a new guide - Thanks to funding from Calder Ward Forum, Hebden Bridge Walkers Action have produced a new route guide for a great circular walking route which joins together the Pennine Way and The Loop ("the best walk in the area" one walker has said). More info
Hebden Bridge Writer wins Outdoor Book of the Year award - Andrew Bibby’s insight into southern English landscapes, Back Roads through Middle England has won the prestigious award from the Outdoor Writers and Photographers Guild. More info
Above: Heron flying under the Packhorse Bridge against the backdrop of the weeping willow! Photographer Andrew Smith captured this image this morning, 1 October. Click photo to see enlarged, complete photo.
Hebden Bridge features in The Spectator "The Yorkshire town that’s gone from dirty old buildings to New Age nirvana" by William Cook.
Hebden Bridge Medical Centre appointments changes. From 30 August, there will no longer be a telephone duty doctor system for urgent appointments. Replaced, from Mon - Fri, 8am - 10.30am, by a walk-in surgery at the Mytholmroyd Medical Centre. Read more and see Forum
Call for electrification of the Calder Valley line which would improve journey times, make services more reliable, be cheaper to run, help cut congestion on the roads and reduce impacts on the environment. Read more
Calder High 6th Form to Close: Calderdale Council's Cabinet will be asked to approve the decision of the governors at Calder High School to close its sixth form on 31 August 2019. Only Ryburn will offer 6th form provision in the Upper Valley. Read more
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Jeremy Corbyn in Mytholmroyd speaking to a packed Community Centre, supporting Labour's candidates for the local elections. Click photo to enlarge.
Where to Stay in the Hebden Bridge area - many of the listings in this popular section have been updated over the past couple of weeks. And following several requests, there is now a new page which features only Bed and Breakfast listings. (3 April)
Mytholmroyd Flood Scheme from May: traffic slowdown for up to 2 years, whilst further essential flood defence work is carried out. New measures are being implemented this time to make sure the temporary traffic lights are as effective as possible. Read more
Floods: HebWeb Gallery - 24 photos taken on the morning of Boxing Day, 2015.
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HebWeb Feature on the 2015 Boxing Day Flood, gathering together many of the articles, news, links, photos and videos. Updated reguarly.
Accessible Venues guide - a brief guide to which venues for hire, might be suitable for community groups, classes, meetings, events or activities, to be accessible to disabled people. From the Disability Access Forum
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Ackley Bridge, Channel 4’s school drama, was filmed in Halifax, particularly the old Catholic High School, and in Hebden Bridge. (6 June)
Air Quality: Friends of the Earth are opposing the new strategy and action plan as they say it's not going to solve Calderdale’s (and Hebden Bridge's) air pollution problem. See HebWeb Forum
Far more than a large home page, the HebWeb is now an essential local resource. It has been around for nearly 23 years, covering local news, events, opinions, tourist info, small ads, where to stay and much, much more. Updated every day. Read more and go deeper into the HebWeb.
20 mph means fewer casualties - and saves money. The 20mph limit implementation will have prevented 30-40% of casualties over three years. The reduction in injuries means a public saving in the region of £3m Read more (1 May)
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Hebden Bridge in Yorkshire crowned best place in the UK - 'Machine learning' used millions of data points to discover top locations. Read more (20 March)
From the archive: five years ago today The Times listed the 30 coolest places to live in Britain. Number one was Hebden Bridge. (19 March)
Hebden Bridge losing key shops? Following the news of the closure of Holts, our town's last greengrocers, comes the warning on this Forum thread that our last hardware shop, Bonsalls is struggling.
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Less than an hour from Hebden Bridge: try these halls, houses and galleries which many may not have heard about. Yet they are just on our doorstep. If you can’t find anything to do locally (see What’s On), have a look at this new HebWeb Feature.
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
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Hebden Bridge Camera Club winners: At the club's recent exhibition at the Town Hall, people came from all over to view the photos and take part in the ‘People’s Choice’, where they voted for their favourite 3 images. Read more and see larger versions of the above photos.
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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.
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