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June 2018

 

THE KING’S TROUPE – SHAKESPEARE WITHOUT BORDERS 2018. With its company of 37 actors, musicians and performers, the group performed Shakespeare’s “The Merry Wives of Windsor”, at the Dell stage at Stratford-on-Avon on the invitation of the Royal Shakespeare Company. Read more. (22 June)

NON-CONFORMISTS HEAD TO HEBDEN BRIDGE ARTS FESTIVAL which starts this Friday, 22 June. Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy, renowned photographer Martin Parr and comic Bridget Christie are some of the non-conformists heading to Hebden Bridge as the Festival opens. More info (21 June)

THE WALTER SCOTT PRIZE FOR HISTORICAL FICTION (£25k) has been won by Ben Myers of Mytholmroyd for his historical fiction, The Gallows Pole. See Guardian Review. More info (20 June)

HANDMADE PARADE THIS SUNDAY, 24 June. Giant puppets and live parade bands, bespoke street theatre and stilting pizzazz combine to make this the summer parade of the year. More info (19 June)

THE INCREDIBLE FESTIVAL OF IDEAS from 21-24 June, across the Upper Calder Valley - to explore radical ideas in action including urban agriculture, community asset transfer, and much, much more. Read more (14 June)

WIN AN ORIGINAL JOHN HEGLEY CARTOON Hebden Bridge Arts Festival have booked poet john Hegley for two special shows and he has created a hand drawn cartoon for Hebweb. Read more (13 June)

NON-CONFORMIST SINGERS NEEDED FOR ARTS FESTIVAL: Singers are needed to add their voices to groups celebrating Hebden Bridge Arts Festival’s theme of non-conformism. Read more about The Commoners’ Choir and other non-conformist musical groups coming to this year’s Festival. Read more (8 June)

HAPPY 10TH ANNIVERSARY, U3A The group was joined by representatives from other U3A groups to celebrate the 10th anniversary of its first members’ monthly meeting. Read report (7 June)

CALDERDALE COUNCIL LEADER COMPLAINS TO NORTHERN RAIL Cllr Tim Swift has told Managing Director David Brown that the level of delays and cancellations on the Calder Valley line mean that ‘rail is no longer a reliable means of travel’. Read more (5 June)

CALLING ALL WHEELCHAIR USERS: Your chance to influence future wheelchair services in Hebden Bridge area. (5 June)

LANDSCAPE SCORES REDISCOVERED and will be presented as part of this year’s Hebden Bridge Arts Festival who have had their eye on recreating this legendary local event for some time. Read more. (4 June)

HEBDEN BRIDGE LABELS WANTED: Local collector Lizzie Lockhart has issued a call for labels from Hebden Bridge's textile manufacturers old and new for a exhibition she is curating during the Arts Festival. Read more. (1 June)

HEBDEN BRIDGE RAIN GARDEN PLANTER LAUNCH PARTY Calder Rivers Trust, the Community Association and Slow The Flow Calderdale are hosting a public drop-in 'launch party' on 29 June to celebrate the installation of rain garden planters at the Town Hall. More info (20 June)

MYTHOLMROYD STATION PARTNERSHIP: FANFARE FOR LOCAL BUSINESS. Each year one of the three local primary schools in the area visit a chosen local business. This gives young residents some insight for potential future careers. Read more (19 June)

COMMUNITY FUNDING AVAILABLE FROM HEBDEN ROYD Hebden Royd Town Council has a sizable Community Funding budget which it hopes will benefit as wide a range of groups as possible. More info (15 June)

MAJOR WORKS NOW COMPLETE ON SCOUT ROAD FLOOD RECOVERY SCHEME: The £6.5 million project to strengthen the hillside, improve drainage and boost flood resilience at Scout Road in Mytholmroyd is now done. Read more. (14 June)

£1.5M FACELIFT FOR CANAL TOWPATH: A section of the Rochdale Canal towpath between Hebden Bridge and Todmorden is to benefit from a £1.5m scheme to improve cycling and walking access More info. (12 June)

PATH IN CRAGG VALE REOPENED by Robin Tuddenham, Chief Executive of Calderdale, on Weds 6th June. A good crowd met on Erringden Moor with people walking up from Cragg Vale, Bell House and Horsehold. Read more (8 June)

ITALIAN VISITORS WELCOMED BY HEBDEN BRIDGE TWINNING SOCIETY This was the second visit to Hebden Bridge by Cllr Leda Liborio from our friendship town Paratico, Italy. Read more (6 June)

WAINSGATE CONCERT: YOU ARE WOLF Wainsgate Chapel’s concert season continues on Sat 9 June with alternative folk artist You Are Wolf, also known as composer and vocalist Kerry Andrew. Read more (5 June)

NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN PUBLIC MEETING ‘Planning for the Future’. The second of the public meetings this year, organised jointly by the Hebden Bridge Partnership and the Community Association is on Mon 11th June. Read more (5 June)

MYTHOLMROYD STATION PARTNERSHIP AWARD: Sue and Geoff Mitchell were presented with the 2018 Service to the Community Award by Hebden Royd Town Council. Read more (4 June)

May 2018

 

JOIN THE REVOLUTIONARIES heading to Hebden Bridge for Happy Valley Pride 2018 from 6-12 August -an eclectic, alternative and inclusive week-long festival for everyone. Celebrating LGBT+ life in Hebden Bridge and surrounding areas. Read more (27 May)

WAINSGATE CONCERT: HELEN THATCHER AND NEIL DARWENT - The Wainsgate Chapel concert series continues on Sunday, 3 June with a duet recital given by cellist Helen Thatcher and classical guitarist Neil Darwent. More info (24 May)

UNITE DAY OF ACTION against the rollout of Universal Credit. The Unite Community is asking for people in Hebden Bridge and the Calder Valley to join them leafleting in Halifax tomorrow. Read more (23 May)

'GREATEST TOWN IN EUROPE' - as well as being the 4th funkiest town in the world, Culture Trip gives 12 Reasons why Hebden Bridge is known as the greatest town in Europe. Read article (17 May)

ST POL VISITS HEBDEN BRIDGE: A report of a successful visit from our twin town St Pol-sur-Ternoise. Not only was the weather perfect – everything else went well too. Read more (15 May)

HOUSING PUBLIC MEETING: So what's all this about a Housing Crisis? is the title of the first (4 June) of five public meetings to be organised by the Calder Valley Community Land Trust between now and October More info (13 May)

NON-CONFORMISTS HEAD TO HEBDEN BRIDGE ARTS FESTIVAL Former Labour leader Ed Miliband, world renowned photographer Martin Parr and Poet Laureate Dame Carol Ann Duffy join the line-up for the Festival. More info (7 May)

SARAH COURTNEY (LAB) TAKES CALDER WARD, covering Hebden Bridge, with over 3000 votes. A search of our archives doesn't reveal any previous Calder candidate receiving more than 3000 votes. Scott Patient (Lab) takes Luddendenfoot ward. Richard Needham won the Fairfield bye-election for the Town Council. Details (4 May)

CAFÉ CULTURE IS BACK thanks to generous grants. Café Culture, organised by the Arts Festival,  helps tackle isolation and was under threat of closure. Read more (2 May)

COMMUNITY BUSINESS WEEKEND: 4-7 May at the Town Hall. The Community Association invites you along to find out more. Aimed at shining a light on the 7,000 community businesses across England including a good few in our area. Read more (1 May)

The Tour de Yorkshire passes through Hebden Bridge this coming Sunday, 6 May. More info and links

HANDMADE PARADE WORKSHOPS START SOON! Fancy being tamed by a lion, riding the big wheel or telling fortunes? If so, then get down to the Handmade Parade open workshops which begin Saturday, 9th June. Read more. (31 May)

LITTLE THEATRE: LOVESONG by Abi Morgan opens 11 June. An unforgettable love story, about the 40-year marriage of Maggie and Billy, as Maggie’s illness threatens to end it. Read more. (28 May)

HANDMADE PARADE: GET INVOLVED - with about a month to go until this year's Handmade Parade, organisers are searching for volunteers to come and join in the fun, make friends, cut stuff up, paint stuff, build stuff, collect stuff and more. Read more (25 May)

PUBLIC MEETING: TRANSGENDER LAW CHANGES A public meeting has been organised to discuss controversial changes to transgender laws. Read more (22 May)

NONCONFORMISTS NOW Hope Chapel’s new book celebrates this year's Arts Festival theme: ‘'Nonconformism’ - a photographic record of the chapel’s restoration, revival and people over the past ten years. More info (16 May)

TOILETS IN THE PARK RE-OPEN: Calderdale Council have now re-opened the public toilets in Calder Holmes Park for general use (unisex) toilet, as well as the accessible toilet. Read more (15 May)

CALDERDALE FLOOD WARDEN TREVOR BANNISTER WINS A FURTHER AWARD Several organisations have paid tribute to Calderdale flood warden Trevor Bannister who has been awarded the Calderdale Citizenship Award for his voluntary services following the Boxing Day Floods. More info (10 May)

ARTSMILL EXHIBITIONS: two new exhibitions featuring Sturnidae and Julie Rose Clark from 9-27 May. Read more. (9 May)

LOCAL CAMPAIGNERS CHALLENGE NHS CUTS IN COURT - Jenny Shepherd, one of the claimants in the Judicial Review, told the HebWeb that the court case was about whether the NHS across West Yorkshire and the whole of England remains safe and fair for patients. Read more (3 May)

MYTHOLMROYD FLOOD WORKS - next stage, including the relocation of Caldene Bridge, from 9 May. Bluetooth technology is to be used to improve traffic flow during Mytholmroyd flood works. More info. (2 May)

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)

April 2018

 

ART SEX MUSIC is the title of Punk pioneer Cosey Fanni Tutti’s auto-biography. As part of the Arts Festival, Cosey will be in conversation with BBC music journalist Elizabeth Alker at the Trades Club on Sunday 24 June. More info (30 April)

ADVENTURES OF A MAGISTRATE was the subject of the latest local U3A talk from Granville Dobson, with courtroom anecdotes, and the audience asked how they might have meted out justice. Read report (28 April)

HEPTONSTALL BOWLING CLUB BONFIRE last November - appeal for witnesses. Read more (24 April)

CND AT 60 To mark the occasion, Calder Valley CND is showing the film, 'March to Aldermaston'. Read more

WAINSGATE CONCERT: THE RETROSETTES. Contemporary music with a retro flavour. Wainsgate Chapel’s 2018 Concert Season starts Sunday 29th April and between now and October there’s a real variety of different musical styles on offer including New-wave folk, jazz guitar, choral music and more (19 April)

HEBDEN ROYD ANNUAL TOWN MEETING: Residents are invited to attend the Annual Town Meeting for Hebden Royd Town Council will be held on Wednesday, 18th April at the Mytholmroyd Community Centre at 7:30 pm. Read more. (16 April)

HEBDEN BRIDGE HIGH STREET The Community Land Trust hopes to bring back a lost Hebden Bridge street, with ambitious plans for new housing on the former High Street, parallel to Bridge Lanes. A public consultation is on 21 April. More info (14 April)

LUNCHTIME LIVE at the Baptist Chapel This Saturday, 14 April 1-4pm. Yorkshire born singer-songwriter Jack Parker, Birds and Beasts Band, Saffi Rhodes, Socs Blakely and The Men They Couldn't Stand. More info

LITTLE THEATRE: GASLIGHT opens on Monday, 16 April, so get your tickets now! Gaslight, a 1938 play by Patrick Hamilton, is a psychological thriller set in a Victorian world shrouded in fog, and lit by flickering gaslight. Read more (8 April)

JONNY WALKER, MAN OF THE PEOPLE, BUSKER AND ACTIVIST died 14 March. Remember Jonny on Saturday, 7 April at 10am in George’s Square for a minutes silence and to sing his favourite song, 'Let it Be' by the Beatles. Read more (4 April)

KATE RADFORD AIMS TO END THE DROUGHT: Hebden Bridge based multi-disciplinary artist Kate Radford premieres her new solo show Drought at Halifax Square Chapel on Thursday 26 April. Read more

HEBDEN BRIDGE FOLK ROOTS FESTIVAL, run by a group of musicians and folk enthusiasts, is now very soon - the weekend of 11-13 May. It will bring together a wonderful mix of artists, dancers, storytellers and musicians from all over the world. Read more. (27 April)

THROUGH THE LENS - South Pennines’ Photographic Competition is open to all, amateur or professional. The only limits are geographical; all the images have to be of the South Pennines. More info (22 April)

CROWS NEED HELP to take timber to the boardwalk sites in the moors above Cragg Vale - 'Coiners' Country'. Just carrying one piece of timber would be great. Read more (20 April)

HEBDEN BRIDGE PIANO FESTIVAL returns this weekend (20-22 April) with an action-packed feast of wonderful music. Tickets are still available for 3 of the headline concerts, with Danny Driver, Mark Bebbington and Reiko Fujisawa who all enjoy huge reputations across the globe. More info

JEREMY CORBYN IN MYTHOLMROYD speaking to a packed Community Centre, supporting Labour's candidates for the local elections. (14 April)

2018 LOCAL ELECTION CANDIDATES: Thursday, 3 May is the chance to elect councillors to Calderdale Council. Click here to see who's standing. Register to vote by 17 April.

Dock Pudding Competition cancelled "Massive apologies but, due to the never ending cold spell, there are no docks so we are having to cancel the championship for 2018." See Facebook page (8 April)

DISPUTES OVER BOUNDARIES AND COMMONS IN THE SOUTH PENNINES: Dr Nigel Smith told the History Society how disagreements over the location of township boundaries reached a peak of litigation in the 16th and early 17th centuries. Read more (5 April)

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)

March 2018

 

DJ DAVE HASLAM IS IN THE HOT SEAT Hacienda DJ and best-selling writer Dave Haslam will be in the hot seat during a no holds barred interview about his memoir Sonic Youth Slept on My Floor; Music, Manchester as part of Hebden Bridge Arts Festival. Read more (31 March)

GRIDLOCK AT BANKFOOT! With tailbacks right through Hebden Bridge, even between rush hours, and work about to start in Mytholmroyd (HebWeb News, 20 March), Calderdale have issued a press release, explaining how the Bankfoot roadworks will continue for another 3 weeks including Easter. Read more (29 March)

THE BATTLE OF THE SOMME was the subject of the latest local U3A talk. Geoff Carter told how Yorkshire and Lancashire provided almost 100,000 soldiers, including several Pals’ Battalions towards Kitchener's 'New Army' in 1915. Read report (22 March)

TOP COMIC BRIDGET CHRISTIE plays Hebden Bridge Arts Festival. She brings her new 'What Now?' show looking at Brexit, Trump, nuclear apocalypse and environmental catastrophe to Hebden Bridge on 27 June. Read more (21 March)

SHARE AND CELEBRATE THE COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION'S QUEEN'S AWARD this Saturday  24th March, 11am at the Town Hall - a free celebratory event which will run from 10am till 11.30am. Read more (20 March)

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)

EASTER MONDAY DUCK RACE, organised by the Rotary Club, attracts vast numbers to Hebden Bridge each year. Win a holiday for 2 adults & 1 child or one of several cash prizes. Tickets can be bought online. More info here.

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 (14 March)

COUNCIL CLOSING THE GENDER PAY GAP: Calderdale Council has today published its gender pay gap report to mark International Women’s Day, and it's much better than the national average. Read more (7 March)

SEVEN CENTURIES OF RECORDED FLOODS IN THE CALDER VALLEY: Thirty people struggled through snow and blizzards to attend a talk on the subject of floods. Nick Wilding, local filmmaker, was the speaker at a meeting of the Hebden Bridge Local History Society. Read more (6 March)

HEPTONSTALL PACE EGG PLAY: "The oldest drama in the world, dating back to ancient Egypt and performed by many civilisations across the centuries." Good Friday, Weavers' Square. Info, times and poster for download

SNOW DISRUPTIONS - see updates from Calderdale (2 March)

RSPB CALL FOR OBJECTIONS TO WALSHAW MOOR TRACK: The RSPB is seeking help to put a stop to a planning application that could seriously damage an area of blanket bog, a rare and precious deep peat habitat that takes thousands of years to form. Read more (31 March)

MIDGLEY PACE EGG PLAY: Despite rumours to the contrary, and with the support of the Hebden Bridge Local History Society, the boys are back in town! And playing throughout the Caldver Valley this Good Friday. More info and times

WI SPECTACULAR SPRING RAG MARKET is a glorious mixture of fabrics, wools, craft materials, books, and lots more. Sat 14 April at Town Hall and Egg Factory. Read more (27 March)

DEFIBRILLATOR AT TOWN HALL: The team at Hebden Bridge Town Hall have unveiled their new easy to use defibrillator that can be used in an emergency 24 hours a day, all year round, accessed via a code. More info. (21 March)

THE NORMAN CONQUEST OF YORKSHIRE: Dr Paul Dalton told the History Society about the resistance to Norman rule in Yorkshire in the years that followed the Battle of Hastings. In Yorkshire, William was seen not to have kept his promises, and the imposition of heavy taxes was resented. Read more (20 March)

MYTHOLMROYD FLOOD SCHEME FROM APRIL: 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 (20 March)

PERRIER AWARD WINNING COMEDIAN, BRENDON BURNS at Comedy Club this Sunday, 18 March. Coarse yet eloquent, never pompous and ever self-deprecating. More info (16 March)

CALDER HIGH DECISION ON SIXTH FORM CLOSURE will be considered by Calderdale Council’s Cabinet at the next meeting on Monday 19 March 2018. An option for a new 6th form college at the former library site in Halifax is being considered. More info (12 March)

CELEBRATING CALDERDALE IN FILM Peter Thornton and Ray Riches told members of the local U3A about making films around the Calder Valley and their forthcoming one featuring Hebden Bridge. Read report (7 March)

LUNCHTIME LIVE, CELEBRATING WOMEN EVERYWHERE this Saturday, 10 March at Hope Baptist Chapel, with an amazing all female line up.

CELEBRATING INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S WEEK Valley Women have organised an event on Sat 10th March, at Tod Town Hall. "International Women's Day this year is more significant as it marks 100 years since some women got the vote. Read more (4 March)

February 2018

 

OVERNIGHT CLOSURES FOR A646 between Mytholmroyd and Luddendenfoot from 12 March (28 Feb)

PIANO FESTIVAL PROGRAMME LAUNCH party takes place in the Café Bar at the Town Hall on Friday 9th March. Live piano from David Nelson. Free, open to anyone and starts at 6.30pm. And the earliest opportunity to buy tickets. More info (26 Feb)

RADIO THREE FROM THE TRADES - the "much celebrated Trades Club” was the venue for Verity Sharp’s experimental music showcase yesterday evening. Click here to listen (23 Feb)

LIB DEM'S ALTERNATIVE COUNCIL BUDGET" pictures a Council and Calderdale that is more like Silicon Valley than what was portrayed in Happy Valley." Read more (20 Feb)

MIDGLEY PACE EGG PLAY UNDER THREAT: Help is needed to ensure that this version of the play will continue. A new organisation is proposed and former players are welcome. More info (16 Feb) Updated 21 Feb.

EXPERIENCE THE LOST WORLD with live piano. Hebden Bridge Picture House invites you to step into an exciting prehistoric world and experience cinema like you have never seen it before. Read more (13 Feb)

CALDERDALE COMPASS GROUP LAUNCH: Compass is a home for people, political parties and other organisations to work together to create a fairer society. More info (12 Feb)

WENDY WINS FESTIVE FANDANGO HAMPER Wendy Siddiqui is the winner of the Festive Fandango hamper full of goodies from businesses who backed the scheme designed to boost footfall for Hebden Bridge and Mytholmroyd's local traders. Read more (7 Feb)

VOTES FOR WOMEN: REMEMBERING HEBDEN BRIDGE SUFFRAGETTES. February 6th 2018 marks 100 years since women won the right to vote. Read about local campaigners. Read more (6 Feb)

LABOUR CHOOSE JOSH FENTON-GLYNN as Parliamentary candidate for the Calder Valley at the next General Election. Hundreds of the party's 2000+ members packed into Halifax Minster to vote, after hearing the 4 short-listed candidates make their case. Read report (Updated 5 Feb)

VIEW FROM THE COUNCIL CHAMBER: Josh Fenton-Glynn, one of Hebden Bridge's 3 Calderdale councillors gives a personal account of last night's council meeting. Read his report (1 Feb)

WORK TO START ON THE OLD STATION BUILDING IN MYTHOLMROYD - From Monday 5th February, Network Rail contractors start work on the renovation of the old station building at Mytholmroyd. Also, on Monday is a public meeting to discuss the project. More info (2 Feb)

COUNCIL BUDGET: report of five and a half hours of arguing, from Josh Fenton-Glynn, who represents Hebden Bridge on Calderdale Council. Main points, and differences between the political parties. Read report (27 Feb)

LET'S MOVE TO HEBDEN BRIDGE From the Guardian, 23 Feb. If the roots of its liberal and creative image are a mystery, its appeal is obvious. See also: HebWeb report from Sept 2005

LABOUR COUNCILLOR CONDEMNS CRAIG WHITTAKER FOR FAILING CALDERDALE "The official figures show Government funding is being cut by another £3.9m next year. And since 2015, annual government support for Calderdale has been cut by more than £20m." Read more. (21 Feb)

SLOW THE FLOW FILM AND AGM: The Slow the Flow group is showing the film High Water Common Ground, about flooding and what we can do now to reduce its risk - made by filmmaker Andy Clark. More info (19 Feb)

VISITORS' CENTRE REPRIEVED according to a report in today's Yorkshire Post - see earlier HebWeb report (14 Feb)

TODMORDEN COMMUNITY COLLEGE is to become Todmorden Learning Centre after campaigners last night persuaded councillors to reject the bid for another supermarket, Aldi, a move which will benefit Hebden Bridge and all in the Upper Valley. (13 Feb)

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. (10 Feb)

WIN PAIRS OF TICKETS FOR BANDANTE at the Trades – Guitarist George Vjestica is now a full member of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds and the HebWeb has 2 pairs of tickets to give away for a gig by his own Bandante on Friday 16 February.

LITTLE THEATRE: BE MY BABY - by Amanda Whittington, with an all-female cast, sheds light on teenage pregnancy in 1960s Britain. From 19-24 February. More info and photos (4 Feb)

FOOTBRIDGE OVER COLDEN CLOSED CROWS have told the HebWeb that either the Highways Dept. or CROWS will deal with the fallen tree to get the path reopened Read more (1 Feb)

HEBDEN BRIDGE VISITORS' CENTRE THREATENED WITH CLOSURE. To save money, Calderdale Council is looking at closing our Visitors’ Centre. Cllr Dave Young has argued against the idea, but told the HebWeb "due to the vicious Tory Cuts" Calderdale have had to cut its budget by £100m. Read more (2 Feb)

January 2018

 

FACT-FINDING VISIT TO SEE WORK TO REDUCE FLOODING James Bevan, Chief Executive of the Environment Agency paid a visit to our area last week to see first-hand the hard work being carried out to protect properties and businesses from flooding. Read more (30 Jan)

BEN'S THREE YEAR BIKE RIDE Ben Page has just recently returned from a three-year bike ride, which took him from the tip of South America via the Canadian Arctic to his front door in Heptonstall - an adventure now to be made into a film. See Yorkshire Post article (27 Jan)

GIVE US BACK OUR MILLIONS, MRS MAY! says Labour leader of Calderdale Council, Tim Swift. Since 2010, central Government grants to Calderdale have halved, meaning ever increasing council taxes. Read more (24 Jan)

MAKE PREHISTORIC POTTERY AT GIBSON MILL IN HARDCASTLE CRAGS Join Dr Mike Copper from the University of Bradford in preparing pots at Gibson Mill as part of an on-going exhibition on the woodland archaeology of the Crags. More info (19 Jan)

WHAT ROLE FOR AUNTIE TODAY? Forthcoming Lit & Sci lecture will examine the BBC’s role. Speaker Dr Tom Mills, author of a recent analysis of the organisation, will explore whether the BBC is a public service or is implicitly part of the establishment. 27 Jan, the Town Hall. Read more

SIGNAL BOX PLANNING APPLICATION - The Friends of Hebden Bridge Station are concerned that these plans may cause difficulties and expense for any group wishing to secure a heritage future for the signal box. See Planning Watch for more info (17 Jan)

WW1: WOMEN AND GIRLS IN THE UPPER CALDER VALLEY Julia Maybury told the Local History Society that she was inspired by the commemoration of the centenary of the WW1 to explore the roles of women and girls at the time, searching newspapers, listening to some fascinating oral history recordings and using the evidence of old photographs Read more (14 Jan)

LUNCHTIME LIVE this Saturday 13 Jan. With Emma Lusby, Georgia Farrar, Magdalen and The Lazarus Boys. "Not only does it make the most of the ambience and natural acoustics of the building, but it is a wonderful tribute to the quality of talent in and around Calderdale." More info (8 Jan)

ANIMAL CONTEMPORARY is a contemporary art exhibition in Hebden Bridge, curated by art organisation ARTbound, which focusses on how artists portray animals in our modern world, from visually pleasing abstractions to more traditional environments. More info (7 Jan)

THE PEOPLE OF THE PARISH OF HALIFAX 1539 TO 1670 - Local History Society meeting with speaker David Cant - Up to half the people of England died during the Black Death of 1348; it took two centuries before the population returned to the same number. Single events such as this can have dramatic results, so the group set out to use parish records to investigate. Read report (31 Jan)

NEMESIS Dr Emma Stafford told members of the local U3A that the ancient Greeks associated Nemesis with ‘hubris’ and the goddess was there to keep you in your place. Read report (30 Jan)

LOVE IS IN THE AIR AT TODMORDEN TOWN HALL In the run up to Valentine’s Day, visitors to Todmorden Town Hall will be able to discover the romantic history of the building at the next free taster tour. Read more (25 Jan)

HEBDEN BRIDGE JUNIOR BAND would like to thank the generous people who gave to their Candlelighters collection on Christmas Eve. The band has a long history of collecting for the Leeds-based charity at the Carols in the Square and this year raised a record £609.89.

HANDMADE PARADE PRESENTS A MASQUERADE BALL, a fundraising event in Hebden Bridge in time for Valentine’s Day on Saturday 10 Feb at Hebden Bridge Town Hall. Dress Code: think masquerade. More info (19 Jan)

PREPARING FOR MORE SNOW AND BAD WEATHER: With more snow forecast from early evening and during tonight, Calderdale are encouraging people only to use the roads when absolutely necessary. Read more (17 Jan)

LESS THAN A YEAR, by Peggy Thomas of Hebden Bridge, is an account of working in an East End school where "bad behaviour is created by teachers". Read more about Peggy's book and how she saw "the scapegoating process in painful detail."

PROPOSALS TO REDUCE FLOOD RISK IN MYTHOLMROYD and create wet woodlands in the upper valley. The Mytholmroyd scheme involves the relocation of Caldene Bridge, which is one of two crossing points over the Calder in Mytholmroyd centre and currently constricts the amount of water that can flow downriver. Read more (11 Jan)

LONG WAITS AT CALDERDALE AND HUDDERSFIELD A&E - NHS Trust advises patients to choose services wisely: only go to A&E in an emergency as there are currently long waits in emergency departments. Read more (4 Jan)

KEIGHLEY ROAD CLOSURE at Pecket Well on Wednesday and Thursday, 3-4 January. More info