Albert Street Party
Tuesday, June 4, 2002

Albert Street Party   Albert Street Party

As the rain turned to blue sky around 4.00 yesterday in Hebden Bridge, live music, the smell of hot dogs (replenished hourly), clowns and face paints drew people of all ages from all corners of town determined to make the most of an extra day's holiday for the Jubilee celebrations. Albert Street rocked until 1.00 in the morning and little or no trouble was reported.

Albert Street Party   Albert Street Party

Thanks to Frances Robinson for pictures and report

Calder Holmes car park threat
Friday, May 31, 2002

Places for up to 200 cars and coaches in Calder Holmes park have been put forward by traffic consultants, and shocked public and politicians of all persuasions. Other more welcome ideas in the report include the long overdue re-predestrianisation of St George's Square, a 20 mph speed limit and making Bridge Gate, Albert Street and Commercial Street one way.

Coincidentally, the Urban Green Spaces Task Force publish today their report "Green Spaces, Better Places" which warns of the national deterioration of parks and other outdoor spaces. See Ken Worpole's piece in today's Guardian

Any views? Use the Hebweb discussion forum

Asbestos: House of Lords victory

In a groundbreaking ruling which could have local implications, the House of Lords has ruled that employers are liable for compensation for employees who have contracted mesothelioma - asbestos cancer.

Three people were were appealing against previous rulings by the Court of Appeal and the High Court denying them compensation on the basis that they were exposed to the deadly dust by more than one employer. Two of the families were represented by Hebden Bridge based solicitor John Pickering's Manchester Office. The ruling opens up the possibility for thousands of other claims involving billions of pounds.

Hundreds of people in the Hebden Bridge area have died from asbestos related cancers, mainly contracted from working at Acre Mill in Old Town, the asbestos factory which closed in the sixties. More info

Local election results

Friday, May 3, 2002

Defections to the Green Party, which polled very well yesterday in the Calder Valley ward, prevented Labour from winning the seat from the Liberal Democrats. In Luddenden Foot, the Labour vote collapsed to such an extent that Jane Brown was able to poll more votes than the three other candidates combined.

Calder Valley ward.
Julie Dower (Lib(Dem) 1,269
Michael Towl (Lab) 986
Helen Granton (Con) 583
Jamie Johnson (Green) 457
Majority 283
Turnout 36.15%

Luddenfoot Ward Jane Brown (Lib(Dem) 1,529
Stewart Brown (Lab) 674
Robert Thornber (Con) 551
Steven Hutton (Green) 243
Turnout was approx 34%

The vote for places on Hebden Royd Town Council was won by David Robinson (LD) in the Fairfield ward of Hebden Bridge with 223: Susan Press (L) polled 199 votes. John Frederiksen (LD) won in the Cragg Vale ward with 358 votes: Nigel Yorke (L) polled 138.

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Local election candidates

Sunday, April 28, 2002

Voting takes place on Thursday, 2nd May for Calderdale councillors. The two wards of which Hebden Bridge are a part are Calder Valley and Luddenden Foot. The candidates for the Calder Valley ward are Julie Dower (Liberal Democrat), Helen Granton (Conservative), Jamie Johnson (Green) and Michael Towl (Labour). For the Luddenden Foot ward, the candidates are Jane Brown (Liberal Democrat), Stewart Brown (Labour), Steve Hutton (Green) and Robert Thornber (Conservative). It is interesting to note that the proposer of the Green Party candidate for Luddenden Foot is a certain Leslie Siddall.

There are also elections for the Town Council. Susan Press (Labour) and David Robinson (Liberal Democrat) are competing in the Fairfield Ward. Nigel Yorke (Labour) and John Frederiksen (Liberal Democrat) are standing in the Cragg Vale ward.

Any views? Use the Hebweb discussion forum

HB journalist joins Guardian strike

Saturday, April 6, 2002

A Hebden Bridge newspaper journalist is going on strike for better pay. Kerry McQuade, along with colleagues at the Rossendale Free Press, Lancashire, are leading the action by seven papers belonging to Greater Manchester Weekly Newspapers.

Kerry said: 'GMWN is owned by the Guardian Media Group, whose liberal flagship papers - the Guardian and the Observer - often speak out against bad bosses.

'Trainees, with degrees and NUJ training, start on our papers at around 10,500 and can rise to 17,000 as seniors. Trainee McDonald managers, with possibly no qualifications or work experience start at 17,000.

'GMWN managers have refused to negotiate a pay rise more than 2.5%. 'And guess what? Our regional personnel resources boss has just derecognised the union. How liberal can you get?'

For more details about the industrial action, and to find out ways you can support the reporters, which includes boycotting the Guardian on strike days, check out the NUJ's website and the strikers' own site Messages of solidarity to Or contact

Sparkhouse: a modern Wuthering Heights

Friday, March 29, 2002

In a new production of Wuthering Heights for BBC1, Heathcliff is transformed from a foundling into a young working class woman called Carol Bolton.

Mirroring the original plot, in which the uncultured Heathcliff was brought home by upper class Cathy's father, Carol is in love with her middle class neighbour Andrew Collins.

The pair were childhood sweethearts, but Andrew's parents now believe she is unsuitable and want him to leave her behind and go to university - a reversal of Bronte's plot.

The three part series will be called Sparkhouse, made by Red Productions, and set in the Hebden Bridge. It has been written by Sally Wainwright, the creator of At Home with the Braithwaites.

Source: Guardian
Filming at Gibson Mill

Saturday, March 2, 2002

Filming is once again to take place near Hebden Bridge. All day, local secondary school age boys havie been going along to see casting assistants at the Trades Club to have their measurements taken, fill in a form and provide a recent photo. They are hoping to be extras in the filming of Nicholas Nickleby. Most of the film is being shot in London, but the section featuring that remarkable school, "Dotheboys' Hall" is being filmed at Gibson's Mill in Hardcastle Crags in a few weeks time.

In this Dickens story, Nicholas starts work as assistant master at the Dotheboys Hall school in Yorkshire run by unscrupulous Wackford Squeers. Nicholas soon becomes disgusted with Squeer's treatment of his pupils and leaves, giving Squeers a sound thrashing and liberating Smike, whom Squeers has mistreated for years.

Big Green Weekend 3

Big Green Weekend
Big Green Weekend

Hundreds wandered around HB supporting the packed Green Weekend programme which included the unveiling of this Green Man. See A Kind of Love-in (7) for John Morrison's thoughts on the weekend. Green Man

Yellow Buses
Tuesday, February 19, 2002

Yellow BusThe first five yellow buses arrived in the UK by ro-ro ferry at Liverpool docks last month, and two will started transporting the children when they returned to Colden School yesterday. Specially adapted to right-hand drive and to meet all other UK specifications, they will each carry 60 youngsters and in addition serve five other schools in the Hebden Bridge, Heptonstall and Blackshaw Head areas. The service will initially cost 30p a journey, although the youngsters will not have to part with any cash themselves.

The buses, which were shipped from Halifax, Nova Scotia, have the latest safety features and are equipped with radios and mobile phones.

Source: Guardian - full article

Rail Protester Fined
Wednesday, February 6, 2002

Lisa Muggeridge of Hebden Bridge was fined 100 and ordered to pay 200 in costs by magistrates for refusing to pay a supplement for sitting in a first class carriage. Ms Muggeridge complained that there was nowhere else to sit and that she had already paid 72 on a Metro card for the month. She was forced to stay in Leeds yesterday because Arriva trains were on strike again.

After the case she said: "Arriva should be stripped of their franchise because they offer an appalling service. If they spent half as much money on hiring and training drivers as they do on prosecuting people like me things would be in a much better state."

See comment on this item in the Discussion Forum

Rail, Road and Water
Friday, January 25, 2002

Apart from a "skeleton" service, most trains have come to a standstill. There will be a further stoppage on 5th February. Non-driving staff are being offered far less than the train drivers. Arriva has been losing train drivers to other train companies who pay more. A return to national pay bargaining may well be the beginning of a solution.

In the meantime, Yorkshire Water is about to dig up Keighley Road again to "scrape and re-line 2.3 kilometres(!) of water main." The road may be closed at times, and traffic lights will control sections of 200 metres at a time from the Nutclough and down Midgehol Road to Hardcastle Crags.

This work will continue for 6 months.
New Arts and Music Centre: public meeting
Thursday, January 3, 2002

Public meeting re: Planning a vibrant music and arts space in the centre of Hebden Bridge

A public meeting is to be held at the Holme Street Arts Centre in Hebden Bridge on Thursday 10th January at 8 p.m. to discuss the possibilities for creating a Centre for Music and Arts in the heart of Hebden Bridge.

It is very possible that a further focal community space (i.e. the current library building) may be lost to the town. This is a considerable blow, especially given the fact that for the past two years we have been without Youth House formerly a hive of community activity.

There is now a dearth of rehearsal space for ensembles in the town and for the past few months a group of people, local residents and members of arts organisations in Hebden Bridge (including several young people active in those organisations) have been meeting to consider ways of ensuring that Youth House and the Library can be retained as public/community spaces with a particular focus on creating rehearsal and performance space for music and the arts.

Two buildings, fronting on to separate streets, are in fact linked together offering fantastic possibilities for both rehearsal and performance space.

The meeting on 10th January has been arranged as an opportunity for people to meet the individuals and groups involved, to hear about some ideas which have been developed so far and to discuss possible ways forward.

For any further details, phone Jan Scott (01422 843315) or e-mail

Come and have a cup of tea, listen to some music performed by local musicians and join in what will be a lively discussion and play a part in planning a way forward.

Missing Mythomroyd teenager

Saturday, January 5, 2002: It was with great sadness we learned that the police have today recovered a body from the River Calder, and have confirmed that it is missing Mytholmroyd teenager, Christopher Webster.

Wednesday, January 2, 2002

Concern was mounting today for a young Mytholmroyd man missing since Saturday evening and police divers may search the Calder.

18 year old Christopher Webster who lives in Caldene Avenue, Mytholmroyd was last seen leaving the Mytholmroyd Working Men's Club shortly before 11 on Saturday evening.

Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team and his family have been trying hard to find him. Mytholmroyd Working Men's Club is only 200 yards away from his house. If anyone knows where Christopher might be, they should call the police immediately. on 01422 337077"

Christopher is 6ft 3ins tall, with short, straight, dark brown hair and brown eyes. He was wearing a mid-blue fleece jacket, blue shirt, black jeans and white trainers.

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