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News 2019

 

April 2020

 

MURPHY'S LORE TWO: Tales from an offcumden, a diary of the pandemic, DIY on the front line, what hides under kilts, EpiPens, Slack top and bottom, a scenic cemetery, when to cry wolf, the Earth takes a breather, bats, hedgehogs, pangolins, a hairy toe, a kissing tree, gardeners who can't garden, butter up awards, fame at 96 and readers write. Murphy's Law Two (6 April)

BEFORE THE BUG: In the absence of very much news during the lockdown, the HebWeb is taking the opportunity to celebrate our area by digging into our archives. Most days, our home page will be updated with HebWeb articles from the same date from the past 25 years. See articles posted since 1 April

LETTERS OF SUPPORT FROM TWINNING/ FRIENDSHIP TOWNS: Hebden Royd Town Council (HRTC) sent letters of support to our Twinning and Friendship towns in St Pol sur Ternoise, Warstein and Paratico, in light of the coronavirus pandemic. Read more (4 April)

March 2020

 

CORONAVIRUS: FOOD FOR VULNERABLE PEOPLE in Calderdale who are being supported to get the food they need during the COVID-19 outbreak, through food parcels, food banks and free school meals. More info (31 March)

MURPHY'S LORE TWO: THE C WORD This bumper first issue includes The C Word, herd immunity, a score draw in York, lunch at Leila's, Oscar Wilde, hand washing, down the grid, government suppression, winging it and much more. Murphy's Law Two (23 March)

HEBDEN BRIDGE GROUP PRACTICE - APPOINTMENTS BY PHONE ONLY Due to the emerging Coronavirus situation the reception areas have been closed in order to protect the population and prevent spread of the virus. All appointments have been converted to telephone consultations. Read more (18 March)

HEBDEN BRIDGE FILM FESTIVAL CANCELLED. Louise Wadley, Film Festival Director: "We are very sorry to announce that we are postponing the 2020 Hebden Bridge Film Festival. Given the worsening situation with the Covid-19 virus we feel this is the right decision." Read more (16 March)

OLD TOWN PLAYGROUND PLANS - Wadsworth Parish Council has recently recruited four new Councillors who would like to ask the community what piece of new equipment residents would like to see at Old Town play area. More info. (16 March)

AND THE WINNER IS . . . Calder Valley Community Land Trust! With first prize for Social Investment at the Awards ceremony in Leeds yesterday (March 12) organised by Social Enterprise Yorkshire and Humber. Read more

THE CAPTIVE QUEEN Speaker David Templeman told a recent meeting of the University of the Third Age about his researches into the life of Marie Stuart, Mary Queen of Scots. Read report

WIN TICKETS FOR KIRSTY ALMEDIA AT THE TRADES World folk singer/ songwriter and composer Kirsty Almeia is now based here in Hebden Bridge and the HebWeb has a couple of pairs of tickets for her homecoming album launch at the Trades on Friday 13 March. More info

THE EGG FACTORY HAS MOVED to new premises not far away - just over the car park at Unit 4 Victoria Works, Victoria Road. We're calling it the Egg Factory Annexe. More info (6 March)

SLOW THE FLOW LATEST NEWS Slow The Flow have been incredibly busy in the last month as a result of Storms Ciara and Dennis.  Read about some of the activities the group has been up to and dates to watch out for over the next few weeks. Read more (5 March)

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY AT THE TRADES, celebrating female artists everywhere this Sunday, 8 March. Fiona Love will be hosting this event and keeping you entertained. Organisers promise an amazing line up of talent. More info (3 March)

NEW NOVEL FROM BEST-SELLING AUTHOR LINDA GREEN - situated in the Calder Valley and selected for the BBC Radio 2 Book Club, the author will be signing copies at the Book Case this Wednesday, 4 March. More info (2 March)

DISABILITY ACCESS FORUM, CORONAVIRUS SUPPORT Hebden Bridge Disability Access Forum remains active during the Coronavirus crisis, raising issues of access to all aspects of life, including services, financial benefits, care and support, and info about local support. Read more (25 March)

HEBDEN BRIDGE GROUP PRACTICE: Latest info from the Patient Participation Group - obtaining results, routine and follow up procedures. Read more (23 March)

CELEBRATING OUR WOODLAND HERITAGE Chris Atkinson spoke with enthusiasm to the Hebden Bridge Local History Society about the project over the past three years exploring the history of the woodlands of the South Pennines. Read report (20 March)

SLOW THE FLOW cancels volunteer activity for the time being as a result of the Coronavirus Pandemic. More info (18 March)

PACE EGG PLAYS CANCELLED The Heptonstall Players have decided that the only sensible action they could take to limit the risk is to cancel the this year's Pace Egg. See HebWeb News item (17 March)

PIANO FESTIVAL CANCELLED. The HebWeb has been informed: "It is with great sadness and disappointment that due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Hebden Bridge Piano Festival Board has taken the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Festival." See statement. (16 Mar)

GREEN DOOR: Ann Brown's true story of escaping a toxic relationship that almost killed her. Funded by Arts Council England, her one woman play, Green Door, exposes the traits of those who inflict physical and mental torture on their partners. Read more(13 March)

LITTLE THEATRE LOOKING FOR A LARGE CAST Ray Riches will be auditioning for their June play, When We Are Married, on Sunday 15 March, at 7pm. More info

GRETA THUNBERG: GIANT WORK OF ART appears in the Mytholm area of Hebden Bridge. Artists from Sand in Your Eye worked with children from Hebden Royd School to produce a piece of art 60 metres long, in time for International Women's Day. See photos. (6 March)

DISCOVERING TED HUGHES'S YORKSHIRE: Trail Maps Launch on Sat 21 March. Literary and heritage trail, with maps designed by HB cartographer Chris Goddard. Poetry readings from Carola Luther and David Morley, and a talk by Hughes expert, Dr Steve Ely. Read more

FILM FESTIVAL PROGRAMME LAUNCH - The full programme for the 2020 Hebden Bridge Film Festival has been launched with new films from the UK and around the world. The Festival takes place from Friday 27 to Sunday 29 March 2020. Read more

PIANO FESTIVAL PROGRAMME LAUNCH A regular fixture in the town's social calendar, the 2020 Hebden Bridge Piano Festival programme launch party takes place in the café bar at the Town Hall on Friday 13th March. Read more

February 2020

 

SKIPTON'S FIRST WORLD WAR POW CAMP Anne Buckley, in a talk to the Local History Society, told about being handed a book written in German, which had been lying forgotten in the storeroom of Skipton Library since the 1950s. Read report (29 Feb)

FRANK WOOLRYCH died peacefully at home with his family on 14 Feb 2020. For many years, the President of our Local History Society, the preserving of the Alice Longstaff collection and the creation of the Pennine Horizons Digital Archive were among his many achievements. For details of the celebration of his life, see Lives Remembered: Frank Woolrych (27 Feb)

HUNGER STRIKE TO BAN THE BURN Following the devastating flooding in Hebden Bridge and Mytholmroyd during Storm Ciara,  Hebden Bridge's Dongria Kondh, co-ordinator of Treesponsibility, has gone on hunger strike outside Natural England's Leeds office. Read more (20 Feb)

HAPPY VALLEY PRIDE LAUNCH 'BIG NIGHT OUT' Special one-off activities all year round to complement the main Happy Valley Pride festival in July. Writing Anne Lister, And Then We Danced and Kirsty's Poptastic Piano Singalong. More info (20 Feb)

AND THEN WE DANCED TO CLOSE FILM FESTIVAL 2020 - a passionate and beautiful coming-of-age tale about forbidden love in the Georgian ballet. Set within the conservative confines of modern Tbilisi, the film tells the story of a competitive dancer. More info (19 Feb)

BIG COMEDY LITTLE THEATRE Canalside Comedy is gearing up for the next evening of comedy on 8th March. Paul Tonkinson and Scott Bennett are joined by newer acts, Liam Pickford and Celya Ab, hosted by Bobby Murdoch. Read more (17 Feb)

CAUSES AND CAUSEYS – MANORIAL REGULATION OF ROADS - The Local History Society heard from Murray Seccombe who shared his experience of using records from the manor of Wakefield to get a fix on how the area's highways were managed in the seventeenth century. Read report (15 Feb)

PREPARING FOR STORM DENNIS Calderdale Council is preparing for Storm Dennis, which is expected to hit the our area this Saturday and into Sunday. An Amber weather warning is in place. With the ground already saturated, rivers are due to respond quickly. Read more (1 Feb)

THE FEBRUARY FLOOD Photos and links to crucial info, news and media reports and HebWeb reports of five previous major floods since the millennium. This page will be updated with further info as it comes in. (Updated 12 Feb)

HEBDEN BRIDGE STATION IMPROVEMENTS TO START NEXT WEEK Network Rail will begin major work to improve Hebden Bridge railway station in a £500,000 investment, to be completed by the end of March. Read more (5 Feb)

FEBRUARY LUNCHTIME LIVE: 2 hours free, live and local music on Sat 15 Feb starting at 1.30pm. This month's acts are familiar faces on the local circuit but their musical influences come from far and wide. Read more

CARBON NEUTRAL BY 2038 - OR SOONER! After declaring a Climate Emergency on 30 January 2019, Calderdale Council is proposing another significant move in its fight against climate change – to make the borough carbon neutral by 2038. Read more (3 Feb)

HELEN MELLER STEPS DOWN FROM ARTS FESTIVAL: After 7 successful years Helen Meller is stepping down. Helen became the Festival's Artistic Director after a career in publishing and television in London led her back to her native Yorkshire roots. Read more. (1 Feb)

DREAMING VALLEYS: Hebden Bridge based magazine, Northern Earth is sponsoring a "day of engagement with topography, history and folklore, in words, music and song" at the Birchcliffe Centre on Sat 14 March. More info

FUNDING FOR FLOOD-HIT COMMUNITIES The Calder Valley was the worst hit area in England during the recent floods. For details of grants, council tax relief and the flood resilience scheme, see this news page. (26 Feb)

ARTSMILL EXHIBITION: LIVING IN A PENNINE LANDSCAPE from artists Anita Burrows, Roy Hubbard and Andrew Morrison at The David Wright Gallery from 1-22 March with a preview on Sunday, 1 March at 2pm. More info (25 Feb)

HOW TO WRITE A BUSINESS PLAN - A business plan serves as a key strategic tool for all types of entrepreneurs, is highly likely to hit your short-term and long-term goals and can help you get funding for your project. More info (19 Feb)

FLOOD RELIEF The Government has now confirmed Calderdale Council will receive funding to help support residents and businesses affected by Storm Ciara. Read more (19 Feb)

CALDERDALE CALLS FOR GOVERNMENT RESPONSE to support the Calder Valley – to ensure that flooded homes and businesses get the urgent help they need and to help manage the significant, ongoing risk of floods across the borough. Read more (18 Feb)

FLOOD BRINGS PENGUINS TO THE U3A Sue Flood, internationally acclaimed award-winning wild life photographer and film maker told the U3A of her travels and working on The Blue Planet and Planet Earth, with Sir David Attenborough. Read report

PETERLOO AND AFTER: Lit and Sci lecture with speaker Robert Poole, Professor of History at the University of Central Lancashire on Sat, 22 Feb. More info

THE PICTURE HOUSE RE-OPENS this evening, Weds 12 February and needs your support. Read latest info from the Friends of the Picture House.

LITTLE THEATRE: ENTERTAINING ANGELS: The Little Theatre's first play of the 2020 Season is Entertaining Angels, by Richard Everett, from Mon 24 – Sat 29 Feb. Grace has been a dutiful clergyman's wife for forty years. Now, with the death of her husband . . .  Read more (8 Feb)

MISBEHAVIOUR TO OPEN HEBDEN BRIDGE FILM FESTIVAL 2020 - the story of the 1970 Miss World competition, and how a group of women disrupted the pageant in front of a world-wide audience of nearly 100 million viewers in what has now become a famous Women's Liberation Movement protest. Read more.

THE BIG SPRING CLEAN IS BACK! From 20-29 March. The Town Council will pay community groups £60 for each team of 6 which takes part. Applications should be made to Hebden Royd - more info

GRANTS FROM THE ROTARY CLUB The Rotary Club of Hebden Bridge awards grants to local, national and international charities and good causes. Their grant income comes from running events such as the Duck Race and the Vintage Weekend. Each year, they distribute around £45,000. More info (1 Feb)

January 2020

 

THE RUNAWAYS - 4.30pm this Saturday, 1 Feb at The Picture House. Three children, two donkeys and one big adventure! Filmed in Yorkshire, Q&A with director, Richard Heap. More info

ARTSMILL EXHIBITION: THE STILL EARTH - an art exhibition by Jan Langdale whose work is inspired by nature and the elements. From 29 Jan with a preview Sun, 26 Jan. More info

ARTSMILL EXHIBITION: MICK WILSON - recent paintings, drawings, prints and sculptures. His work is representational, though often veering towards abstraction. From 29 Jan with a preview Sun, 26 Jan. More info

ARTS FESTIVAL SEEKS NEW CHAIR AND TRUSTEES Hebden Bridge Arts Festival is seeking to recruit Trustees and a Chair to join their dynamic and experienced Board. More info and details of how to apply. (14 Jan)

A VICTORIAN ARTIST PAINTS HEBDEN BRIDGE: the landscape paintings of John Holland. Diana Monahan and Justine Wyatt, spoke to the Local History Society on finding out more about the Victorian artist John Holland’s paintings of the Calder Valley. Read report (9 Jan 2020)

AUTHOR CHRISTOPHER DE BELLAIGUE TO LECTURE ON THE ISLAMIC ENLIGHTENMENT - organised by the Lit & Sci, this public lecture being given on Saturday January 18th in Hebden Bridge by Christopher de Bellaigue could hardly be more timely. Read more

HAVE YOUR SAY ON ROAD IMPROVEMENT PLANS - the plans are available to view online and there is a drop-in event at the Town Hall, where people can give feedback in person and Council staff will be on hand to answer any questions. Read more (3 Jan)

HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL DAY From the archive. In 2003, The Mytholmroyd Net interviewed Thea Gersten, about her diary of a Jewish teenager growing up in Nazi Germany and who came to live in Mytholmroyd. Read the interview.

GLEE UNIONS: SINGING AND SOCIALISM IN 19TH CENTURY - Members of the Local History Society cleared their voices and learned how to sing some historic glee tunes. Practical demonstration was a crucial part of Professor David Baker's talk about the golden age of Glee clubs. Read report. (27 Jan)

THE BEST MOTORHOME CAMP SITES NEAR HEBDEN BRIDGE - If you you’re heading for our area, you have some great choices to spend a holiday relaxing and recharging your batteries. More info (22 Jan)

OPPOSITION GROWS TO "TRAFFIC IMPROVEMENTS" which include making the Keighley Road at Commercial Street one way, banning commuter parking on the A646 between Hebden Bridge Station and Mytholmroyd, and banning parking on Market Street. The HB Business Forum is campaigning against the changes. Read more

SLOW THE FLOW 2020 and the new decade - Keeping Natural Flood Management on the agenda! And looking back over the milestones of the past year. Projects around Calderdale continue to develop, and are starting to make a tangible difference. Read report. (12 Jan)

JANUARY LUNCHTIME LIVE, on the afternoon of 18 January, features Reggie and the Krayfish, Creedy and The Men They Couldn’t Stand at the Hope Baptist Church. Read more

RADIOPHONIC RAZZLE-DAZZLE ‘CINDERELLA’ - not just an ordinary Christmas panto, oh no. "Commissioned, subtly scripted, wickedly witty, perfectly punned, colourfully costumed, musically magical, audibly amplified and magnificent." Read U3A report (3 Jan)