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December 2014


HEBWEB REVIEW OF 2014 - the year the Tour de France passed through Hebden Bridge, Sainsburys threatened to build a supermarket, the closure of Halifax A and E feared, Hebden Bridge suggested as the UK's 2nd city, Stoodley Pike was 200 and Bridge Mill 700, it was the 20th anniversary of Lindsay Rimer's still unsolved murder, and much more

OLD GATE BUILDING WORK road closures to be limited to one or two mornings a week from now until April. Read more (19 Dec)

STATION CAROL SINGERS RAISE MONEY FOR RAILWAY CHILDREN CHARITY - organised by the Friends of Hebden Bridge Station. Read more (17 Dec)

OPEN GARDENS ARE BACK! Open Gardens was for many years a central part of the annual Arts Festival and in 2015 it will be again. Read more (17 Dec)

GET WRITING: Hebden Bridge Arts Festival is challenging local playwrights to get writing over the festive season as they open submissions for next year's Hebden Shorts. Read more (11 Dec)

Bernard Ingham describes our town as "my now unrecognisably trendy native Hebden Bridge" in a Yorkshire Post article entreating readers to vote Conservative at the next election. (10 Dec)

LAMPLIGHTER FESTIVAL DAZZLES THOUSANDS: the breath-taking fire and light extravaganza took to the streets of Todmorden on Saturday, 6 December. Read more

CALDERDALE NOW A FRACK FREE ZONE. Labour and the Liberal Democrats joined together to pass a motion calling for no fracking in our area. Read more (5 Dec)

THE NOW SHOW'S MITCH BENN IN HEBDEN BRIDGE on Sunday, 14 December at the Hebden Bridge Comedy Club who have been bringing the very best in fine, stand up comedy to the town since 2011. Read more

LAMPLIGHTER FESTIVAL: Thousands of visitors expected at the fire and light extravaganza in Todmorden on Sat, 6 December 2014. Read more and see map and itinerary (1 Dec)

SUMMIT TUNNEL FIRE 30 YEARS ON. This Manchester Evening News page remembers 20 Dec, 1984 when a freight train carrying petrol derailed in the railway tunnel near Walsden.

EASTWOOD RECYCLING CENTRE REPAIRS: "no cost to council tax payers." The bill has been met by SITA's insurers. The Centre re-opens on Tuesday. Read more (18 Dec)

HAPPY BIRTHDAY STOODLEY PIKE. Local film-maker and historical researcher, Nick Wilding shared his filmed collection of reminiscences about the Pike, and its 200 years, with the Local History Society. Read more (16 Dec)

UNIVERSITY OF THE THIRD AGE: British Professional Cycling Tykes and Le Tour de France was the subject of the recent session, addressed by Mike Darke. Read more (11 Dec)

WALKERS ARE WELCOME CARD: Hebden Bridge Walkers Action group have produced a greetings card based on a quilt designed by Louise and Lizzie Lockhart. Read more (8 Dec)

NORTHLIGHT ARTISTS STUDIOS: A new term and new premises: work is now underway to develop an adjacent industrial unit on Hangingroyd Lane. Read more (10 Dec)

CALDER VALLEY VOICES' CHRISTMAS CONCERT: Three choirs will sing songs from around the World on 11th December - proceeds will go to the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) for the fight against Ebola. Read more

INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES - Hebden Royd Town Council is marking the International Day of People with Disabilities by developing a local access group with the Hebden Bridge Partnership. Read more (2 Dec)

November 2014


WILLS, INVENTORIES AND ECONOMIC ACTIVITY in the Parish of Halifax at the end of the 17th Century, was the topic on which Alan Petford gave his talk to the Local History Society. Read report. (30 Nov)

FRACKING IN CALDERDALE: Both Labour and the Liberal Democrats have sent the HebWeb motions for the Calderdale Council meeting next week calling for no fracking in our area. Read more (26 Nov)

TRADES CLUB JUST MISSES OUT in prestigious NME Small Venue of the Year award but the club has had a record year for attendances. Read latest

THE MARTHA WAINWRIGHT VISIT: with a picket threatened because of her recent visit to Israel, breaking the cultural boycott, the Trades Club explains. Read news and see Forum discussion. (19 Nov)

LOCAL HISTORY ARCHIVE: those attending the latest History Society session were treated to a sample of some of the treasures to be found in the Society's archive. Read report (19 Nov)

A YEAR'S WORK BY CROWS VOLUNTEERS since they formed a year ago, CROWS volunteers have repaired miles of local footpaths, and even created new paths and steps. Read more (17 Nov)

WW1 CENTENARY: SAND IN YOUR EYE PROJECT - Watch the 7 minute video illustrating how the sculpture was planned and built at the Town Hall, as a World War One centenary project. Read more (11 Nov)

CANAL AND RIVER TRUST HIGHLIGHTS HEBDEN BRIDGE: The Canal River Trust's latest members' online newsletter focuses on the stretch of the waterway that passes through Hebden Bridge. Read more (10 Nov)

THE CALDER VALLEY COMMUNITY LAND TRUST, which is campaigning for more affordable housing in Todmorden and Hebden Bridge, is inviting local people to workshops in the 2 towns on Sat 15th November to discuss possible sites for community-led housing.  Read more (7 Nov)

LINDSAY RIMER: Friday, 7 November will be the 20th anniversary of her murder. Detectives have launched a fresh appeal to catch the killer. More info, police video appeal and links to today's pieces in the Yorkshire Post and ITV News

LIVING WELL WELCOMES NEW VOLUNTEERS: non profit making Community Group, supporting women affected by cancer is open to new volunteers. Read more (4 Nov)

INDIE LEGEND TOM HINGLEY TO PLAY AT FOX AND GOOSE: the former lead singer of Manchester indie band Inspiral Carpets will perform at the pub co-op on 16 Nov. Read more (3 Nov)

HB PARTNERSHIP REVIEW OF THE YEAR Each year, the review is attended by representatives of local organisations, each of whom have up to 180 seconds to share news of their past activities and their plans for the future. Read a summary of what this year's groups reported.

DAVE NELSON'S CHRISTMAS SINGALONG: Christmas week gets off to great start on Saturday 20th December at the Town Hall, with Dave's ever-popular annual Family Christmas Singalong. Read more

STREET VIDEO: The Arts Festival have given the Hebweb the first public showing of a new video of two days of street entertainment this summer. See video and info (25 Nov)

YOUNG ARTS PRODUCERS WIN NATIONAL AWARDS: for #Yourfest in Calder Holmes Park this summer, part of the annual Hebden Bridge Arts Festival. Read report (20 Nov)

SAND SCULPTURE SUCCUMBS TO ELEMENTS and has had to be dismantled earlier than the planned date of 1st December. (19 Nov)

WIN TICKETS FOR DEAF SCHOOL AT THE TRADES - Hebweb has a pair of tickets to give away. "They revived Liverpool music for a generation." Who said it? Read more (18 Nov)

POSTCARD FROM PALESTINE POSTSCRIPT - More photos from Hebden Bridge's Ron Taylor, a regular visitor to Palestine, part of an international movement of supporters. Read more (15 Nov)

CROWDFUNDED PROJECT: OPERATION GET CRACKING is nearly halfway there. Local co-op Made in the Valley still need more help reach their target. Read more (11 Nov)

THINGUMAJIG THEATRE COMPANY BRINGS NATIONAL TOUR TO HEBDEN BRIDGE: As part of their UK tour, Thingumajig Theatre will be performing their acclaimed A November Day for 2 performances on Sat 15 Nov. Read more (7 Nov)

UPPER CALDER VALLEY RENAISSANCE 10TH ANNIVERSARY EXHIBITION AND CONFERENCE will take place at the Town Hall on 21 November and entitled 'Taking stock and looking forward' to celebrating the the scheme's achievements, and looking to the next phase. Read more

FLOODS - ENVIRONMENT MINISTER VISITS HEBDEN BRIDGE to see examples of recovery work. Dan Rogerson visited Hebden Bridge and other parts of the Upper Calder Valley affected by the 2012 floods. Read more (4 Nov)

A HEAVENLY COUP FOR THE TRADES CLUB as legendary independent music label Heavenly Recordings stage their 25th birthday bash weekender in the New Year. Tickets available Tuesday, 4th. Read more (3 Nov)

LAMPLIGHTER FESTIVAL to brighten December in the Calder Valley. The successful Todmorden Lamplighter Festival, organised by Hebden Bridge's Handmade Parade, is being repeated. Read more (3 Nov)

October 2014


HERITAGE PROJECT WILL BRING TODMORDEN TOWN HALL'S PAST TO LIFE - Hebden Bridge's Town Hall has received great attention over the past few years. Now it's the turn for Todmorden. Volunteers will bring the heritage of Tod Town Hall to life by teaching people about its fascinating history. Read more (31 Oct)

POSTCARD FROM PALESTINE 15 - Hebden Bridge's Ron Taylor is a regular visitor to Palestine, part of an international movement of supporters. Ethnic cleansing and demolition of Palestinan communities continues. Read more (30 Oct)

SEARCH AND RESCUE FUNDRAISING CALENDAR - a great present. The aim is to raise £5000, which will go towards replacing an ageing emergency response vehicle. Read more and see some sample photos. (29 Oct)

SHOW YOUR BIKE SOME LOVE - Big Bike Revival campaign, cycle:recycle will be running activities: bike assessments, use of the public stand, with support, info on local cycling activities, and electric bike rides. Read more (25 Oct)

APPLE 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

CALDER 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)

HB PARTNERSHIP REVIEW OF THE YEAR on Monday 20 October. This annual event will be attended by representatives of more than 20 local organisations, each of whom have up to 180 seconds to share their news. Read more

LISTED 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 (14 Oct)

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 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)

TOP 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)

THE CIRCUS COMES TO MARKET STREET: Small knitting, sewing and haberdashery shop, Ribbon Circus is moving from Albert Street to a new, bigger shop on Market Street. Read more (31 Oct)

LAST CHANCE TO VOTE 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 latest (29 Oct)

OUTBREAK OF WAR IN 1914: how it was seen in Hebden Bridge and Hanau near Frankfurt in Germany. Report of latest meeting of History Society addressed by Mike Crawford, Wolfgang Hombach and Nick Wilding (27 Oct)

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)

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 (21 Oct)

APPLE DAY: Valley Organics Workers' Coop are hosting an Apple Day event in their shop on Tuesday, 21 Oct. Twenty British organic apple varieties to taste and buy. Read more (15 Oct)

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)

VOTE 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 (8 Oct)

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)

NATIONAL TRUST TO 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)

September 2014


25 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)

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)

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

LABOUR CAMPAIGN BEGINS with the opening of the constituency office on the ground floor of the Trades Club. (23 Sept)

SHAGGY DOG STORY TELLERS celebrate 20 years, and is awarded a grant from town council. Read more

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

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)

WAINSGATE CHAPEL HERITAGE OPEN DAY on 13 Sept. Grade 2 listed building. Readings by Eileen O'Brien, organ recitals, art and sculpture, historic photographs, afternoon teas. More info

PICTURE HOUSE HERITAGE OPEN DAY: The historic cinema opens its doors to the public on Heritage Open Day (13 Sept) to give you the opportunity to explore the 1920s auditorium (stalls and balcony) and the foyer. 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)

BRIDGE MILL GOES 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)

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)

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)

WAINSGATE CHAPEL CONCERT: classical /jazz fusion project next Sunday (28th) - Bach ReLoaded. An exquisite fusion of jazz, classical, ambient and world music. Read more

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.

WAINSGATE CHAPEL CONCERT: classical /jazz fusion project next Sunday (28th) - Bach ReLoaded. An exquisite fusion of jazz, classical, ambient and world music. Read more

HEBDEN BRIDGE: HEAD TO HEAD WITH SAINSBURY'S tonight, according to the campaign group SOS. Read their latest news release.

THE 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)

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

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)

August 2014


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.

SHOP LOCAL CAMPAIGN to reward customers with points through a new digital loyalty scheme. Open meeting at Town Hall on Weds 3rd supported by the Business Forum. Read more (29 Aug)

WIN TICKETS FOR TEA STREET BAND AT THE TRADES: The Trades Club has given Hebweb two pairs of tickets for their intimate gig on Friday. Read more. (25 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. (21 Aug)

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)

THE 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)

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)

eBOOK 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)

Flood alert for the Upper Valley no longer in force, as of 9.40am. (11 Aug)

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. Read more (28 Aug)

HEBDEN 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)

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)

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 (15 Aug)

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)


July 2014


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 (31 July)

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 (28 July)

SCHEME 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)

MYTHOLMROYD STATION PARTNERSHIP shows appreciation to retiring Headteacher who, since the Station Partnership was formed in 2006, has given her continual support. Read more (22 July)

CHILDREN NEEDED FOR SUMMER THEATRE PROJECT - Children aged 6-16 wanted to take part in free workshops that will result in a multi media theatre piece at the Birchcliffe Centre. Read more (20 July)

WALK AND RIDE FESTIVAL - Up the Buttress, family friendly rides, charity events, bike maintenance and much more; the South Pennines Walk and Ride Festival this September. Read more (18 July)

AMBULANCE RESPONSE TIMES INCREASE BY OVER A MINUTE AND A HALF IN A YEAR: Labour candidate Josh Fenton-Glynn has voiced alarm after figures reveal the average time patients in our region wait for an emergency ambulance has shot up by 100 seconds in a year. Read more (14 July)

PEOPLE'S COMMISSION ON HEALTH wants to hear from you!They'd like to know by 1 August our experiences and what services we want locally. Read more (10 July)

RECYCLE CYCLES: WHEEL POWER FOR ALL exhibition on display at Hebden Bridge Town Hall until 26 July, as part of the Hebden Bridge Arts Festival. Read more (9 July)

RAIL CONSULTATION: the local Sustainable Transport group want your views on how train services could improve, to help them respond to the Gov consultation. See news item and questionnaire. 8 July

HEBDEN BRIDGE WAS AT ITS MOST WONDERFUL for the Tour de France. Read brief report of the weekend along with a selection of Tweets. (7 July)

HEBDEN BRIDGE TO WELCOME TOUR DE FRANCE VISITORS to the only official Tour De France designated visitor hub in the Calderdale Stretch of the race. Read more (2 July)

CRAGG VALE IS GEARING UP FOR LE TOUR. Mayor Cllr Timbers helped start off the mammoth task of hanging bunting along Britain's longest continual incline and one of the biggest challenges for the cyclists on the 6th. Read more (1 July)

NEWS IN BRIEF - smaller news items which have appeared on the home page.

HEBDEN ROYD REMEMBERS THE FIRST WORLD WAR. To mark the First World War centenary, Hebden Royd Town Council, with Pennine Horizons and the Local History Society have organised a programme of events. Read more (30 July)

HEBDEN BRIDGE VINTAGE WEEKEND. Next weekend, 2nd-3rd August, the Rotary Club once again hosts the Hebden Bridge Vintage Weekend. More info and times about this annual event. (26 July)

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)

A&E: CRAIG WHITTAKER CHALLENGED TO DEBATE: Labour's Josh Fenton-Glynn asked our MP to debate the issue in response to an article by Whittaker in last week's Courier. Read more on this, including the 'sticks of celery' jibe. (21 July) Update: Craig Whittaker accepts challenge

VOLUNTEERS HELP TO REDUCE FLOOD RISK - Local volunteers have been helping to keep the River Calder in Mytholmroyd clear of vegetation to reduce the risk of flooding, and there are still lots more chances to take part. Read more (15 July)

SAINSBURY'S PLANS RESUBMITTED - without the Retail Impact Assessment requested by Calderdale Council. Sainburys have submitted amendments to their planning application for the Old Fire Station site on Valley Road. Read more (15 July)

ARTSMILL GALLERY RECEIVES GRANT funding of £3,600 from Hebden Royd Town Council to help create disabled access to its Gallery, Studios and Art School. Read more (10 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 (9 July)

NATIONAL STREET CHOIRS FESTIVAL 2014 comes to Hebden Bridge again next weekend - the town last hosted the festival in 2002. After the excitement of the Tour de France, Hebden Bridge will again be buzzing as singers from across the UK fill the town with song. Read more (7 July)

STOP 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)

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)

June 2014


HANDMADE PARADE ON BLUE PETER Tune into Blue Peter on Thursday, 3rd July when a special film of the parade will be broadcast, along with presenter Barney Harwood's visit to the workshops. Read more. (30 June)

MACBETH IN THE CRAGS: A mad, fast paced production of Macbeth will be performed by a troupe of cycling players at the Hardcastle Crags on 3 July 2014. Read more.

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. (25 June)

CRAGG VALE'S TOUR DE FRANCE BUNTING MAKERS are in line for a world record - over 10 kilometres!The bunting will be put up this weekend along Cragg Road, the longest continuous incline in England. Read more and see larger photo. (24 June)

TOUR DE FRANCE: LATEST INFO FOR RESIDENTS - A 'clearway order' comes into force at one minute past midnight on 6 July - More info about the latest arrangements for the day. (19 June)

FLOODS: "We need an MP who will stand up for Mytholmroyd, Todmorden and Hebden Bridge". The House of Commons Select Committee has just reported on the winter floods and Labour's Josh Fenton-Glynn has told the HebWeb that the Government isn't facing up to the longterm risk of flooding. Read more

WAINSGATE CONCERT: A Midsummer Afternoon of Words and Music. The 4th in a series of summer concerts at Wainsgate Chapel is on Sunday 22nd June and features the combination of poetry and jazz. Read more

BBC'S RIP OFF BRITAIN NEEDS VOLUNTEERS when it films at Hebden Bridge Arts Festival on Sunday 29th June

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 (12 June)

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

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)

ARTS FESTIVAL: LIMITED TICKETS LEFT for Dexy's film Q and A - one of only four UK showings of music documentary Nowhere Is Home - Read more (3 June)

HANDMADE PARADE: Hundreds of intrepid explorers will be setting out on an Endangerous Expedition when the Handmade Parade comes to town on Sunday. Read more (3 June)

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)

COMMUNITY RADIO STATION takes to the airwaves next week. From 3-6 July 2014, Recycle Radio will be broadcasting to you from Hebden Bridge Town Hall. Read more.

CYCLE PATH UPGRADE - ROUTE 66 TO SOWERBY BRIDGE - Improvements have been taking place along the off-road sections of the Calder Valley Cycleway – the Route 66 cycleway running between Sowerby Bridge and Hebden Bridge. Read more (26 June)

FLOOD SAFETY PROJECT: Calderdale would like to offer no-obligation home flood safety checks to residential property owners that live in high risk flood areas. Read more (23 June)

ARTS FESTIVAL: WIN TICKETS FOR GEORGE MONBIOT: The festival team are offering Hebweb readers a chance to win a pair of tickets to hear Guardian Columnist and eco warrior George Monbiot. Read more. (20 June)

NORTHLIGHT STUDIOS: A Summer of Artistic opportunity with exceptional artists who are passionate about sharing their knowledge. Read more (19 June)

HORSES FROM EQUESTRIAN CENTRE TO FEATURE ON TV. Three horses from Hebden Bridge Equestrian Centre are to star on the BBC programme 'Marrying Mum and Dad'. Read more (19 June)

THE CYCLE EXCHANGE CONNECTS YOUNG OF FRANCE AND YORKSHIRE - the latest project by Outta Place, a Calderdale-based youth arts organisation headed up by Hebden Bridge's Clare Donegan. Read more (16 June)

DODDNAZE: MUSIC TRIUMPHS OVER STORM: A potential disaster was turned into success at Doddnaze on Saturday when organisers went ahead despite the storm leaving them with no power. Read more (12 June)

TOUR DE FRANCE: FILMS AT THE PICTURE HOUSE: a series of special films which will captivate the imagination, bring history to life and reveal the triumphs and tragedy of cycling. Read more (11 June)

CIDER WORLD CUP KICKS OFF in Hebden Bridge this Saturday - a perfect combination of international ciders, music, delicious food and England's first match live on the big screen. Read more (10 June)

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

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

Craggs Country Business Park set to expand. See Yorkshire Post piece on local businessman Chris Bingham.


May 2014


WAINSGATE CONCERT: welcome return of The Outside Track (pictured above) this Thursday 29 May - "one of the top Celtic acts in the world." Read more

901 BUS WALKS LAUNCH this Spring Bank weekend. The 901 runs through glorious landscapes of South Pennines between Hebden Bridge and Huddersfield. Read more

ARTS FESTIVAL - 2014 PROGRAMME PUBLISHED - George Monbiot, Martin Parr, John Shuttleworth, Simon Amstell, Kevin Rowland, and Tiger Lillies are just some of the artists helping Heben Bridge Arts Festival celebrate its 21st birthday. Read more

A NEW MAYOR FOR HEBDEN ROYD - The Annual Meeting of Hebden Royd Town Council was held at the Hope Baptist Church in Hebden Bridge and saw Mayor Elect, Cllr Jonathan Timber take the chain for the Mayoral year of 2014-15. Read more

BLUES FESTIVAL 2014 - Organisers have told Hebweb the legendary Manitoba Hal will be joining them this year and will be putting on a free Blues Ukelele Workshop. Read more and find out events info.

TOWN HALL JOB VACANCY: Events Coordinator needed to focus on growing the Town Hall's wedding and events business. Read more. (14 May)

HANDMADE PARADE WORKSHOPS: start this Saturday (17th) Fancy exploring the ice as a woolly mammoth, swimming the oceans as a sea turtle or swinging through the jungle as an orang-utan? Get down to Handmade Parade open workshops. Read more

WADSWORTH BOUNDARY WALK will take place on Sunday, 1st June. The walk goes through spectacular scenery, including the wooded valleys of Hardcastle Crags and the moors above the Luddenden Valley. Read more

COMEDIAN SIMON AMSTELL TO PLAY PICTURE HOUSE: Arts Festival Director Helen Meller told the HebWeb, "After Daniel Kitson's astonishing gig last year we wanted something equally unique and Simon Amstell fits the bill perfectly. Read more (8 May)

HANDMADE PARADE: Join the Endangerous Expedition. The theme for this year's Handmade Parade will be endangered and extinct animals in four environments: Polar, Ocean, Desert /Savannah and Jungle. Read more (6 May)

WAINSGATE CONCERT with Reason Breeds Monsters: The 2014 summer concert series at Wainsgate Chapel starts in May with three gigs in quick succession. Read more (6 May)

TOUR DE FRANCE: HEBDEN BRIDGE HUB AT CALDER HOLMES PARK - With a capacity to host 8,000 spectators, the hub will feature a big screen, spectator entertainment and locally produced food. More info (29 May)

TOWN HALL RESTORATION PROJECT - New trustee sought. Hebden Bridge Community Association, the charity that manages The Town Hall, is seeking a new trustee to help manage its restoration project. Read more (22 May)

BBC'S BLUE PETER TO FILM HANDMADE PARADE: Participants will be able to say, 'Here's One We Made Earlier' when Blue Peter come to film at the 7th annual Handmade Parade on June 8. Read more (20 May)

BLUES FESTIVAL 2014: Organisers Jason Elliott and Paddy Maguire have told the HebWeb that this year's festival will be the last but they are going out with a bang, starting this week. Read more (19 May)

VACANCY FOR COUNCILLORS BY CO-OPTION: No poll has been claimed within the advertised period and as such these posts will now be filled by the Town Council by co-option. Read more (15 May)

HEBDEN BRIDGE PICTURE HOUSE VACANCY: Hebden Royd Town Council is seeking to recruit a marketing officer for the Picture House, to work 9 hours per week. Read more. (14 May)

WAINSGATE CONCERT: World-class jazz pianist Greg Spero brings his all-star quartet to Wainsgate Chapel on Sunday May 18 for the second concert in the summer season. Read more

SUPPORT THOSE WHO PAY RENT, says Josh Fenton-Glynn in a letter to MP, Craig Whittaker, calling on his support for amendment to the Consumer Rights Bill today. Read more

ARTS FESTIVAL SHORTS PLAYS ANNOUNCED: six plays have been selected for the Festival Shorts season showcasing local talent. Read more (12 May)

HEBWEB LOCAL ELECTION HUSTINGS: last week, we invited local candidates to tell HebWeb readers why they should vote for them. So far, we have had two responses which you can read here (12 May)

STAIRWAY TO OLD TOWN – Sponsors Wanted. CROWS are going to remake the wrecked path with at least 30 steps on it, providing a direct link from Old Town to Hardcastle Crags. Read more

FOX AND GOOSE LAUNCH BEER FESTIVAL at end of May: 40 festival beers and ciders on offer from a range of real ale breweries. Read more (6 May)

April 2014


LOCAL BANDS HEADLINE TRADES BIRTHDAY BASH: Local bands have rallied round to celebrate the Trades Club's 90th birthday at a special free open air street party on Saturday 3rd May. Read more

HEBDEN BRIDGE BLUES FESTIVAL 2014 - at the end of May - is gearing up for its biggest ever event with an unprecedented 52 acts across 9 stages over three days. Read more

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

Picture House Friends open day, film poster sale and fundraiser was on Saturday 26th, April 10- 1pm - behind the scenes tour, a cuppa and cake and more. £400 was raised.

LOCAL ELECTIONS: campaigner Charlotte Brady goes from fighting cuts to fighting elections in Mytholmroyd (24 April)

DUCK RACE 2014: When Hebden Bridge has so many great events, attractions and countryside, just why do hundreds and hundreds of people crowd into the town for the annual Duck Race? Read more. And see photo gallery

Picture House Friends open day, film poster sale and fundraiser on Saturday 26th, April 10- 1pm - behind the scenes tour, a cuppa and cake and more. See What's on

Pace Egg Madness 2014 - see gallery

THE RISE OF REAL BREAD IN THE CALDER VALLEY. The Bakehouse is a coop of 7 members and 3 volunteers who share a passion for local produce and create loaves free from the additives. Read more (17 April)

HEBDEN BRIDGE FLAMENCO has a new dance teacher. Luisa Galan from Córdoba, Spain will be teaching flamenco dance classes in Hebden Bridge from May. Read more (14 April)

TIGER LILLIES play a one off show at Hebden Bridge Arts Festival. Tickets are to be offered to local festival goers first at a pop up in the Town Hall on Saturday 26 April. Read more

PACE EGG 2014 - times, cast, links and more info

FRIENDS OF RIVERSIDE SCHOOL raise money with a quiz and raffle, and are now looking forward to some new playground equipment. Read more (6 April)

KEEP THE HOSPITAL AND A&E IN HALIFAX, say Lib Dems. Calderdale Royal Hospital should stay open with all its services. Janet Battye told us, "Weeks after the so-called Strategic Review Outline Case was published, there is still no news." Read more (2 April)

Historian Jill Liddington, who lives above Hebden Bridge, spoke on BBC Radio 4 today about the boycott of the 1911 census by suffragettes. Listen now (8mins). More info about Jill's book on the 1911 census. (3 April)

FLOODS CONSULTATION with residents, Environment Association and Calderdale Council. A public drop-in meeting is to be held at Hebden Bridge Town Hall on Wednesday 9 April. Read more

eBook 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

20MPH FOR RESIDENTIAL STREETS: Calderdale is the first West Yorkshire Council set to approve a wide area Total 20mph limit residential road policy. Read more (28 April)

FAIR FOR YOUTH 2014 will take place in Calder Holmes park on Saturday, 31 May. Young people are encouraged to attend the weekly meetings to help generate new ideas and shape the event. Read more

FANTASTICAL CYCLE PARADE IN TOD this Saturday, 26 April. Crazy wheeled contraptions will be taking to the road for the Fantastical Cycle Parade in Tod - a good many of them pedalled by people from Hebden Bridge. Read more

LOCAL AND EURO ELECTIONS: Local election Day is 22 May this year, to coincide with the European elections. We will have the opportunity to vote for one of three councillors who represent our 'Calder Ward' on Calderdale. Read more

BICENTENARY CELEBRATION ON STOODLEY PIKE: Pigeons, puppeteers, samba and brass bands are to perform at the summit of our local "peace monument" on Saturday 3rd May. Read more

Why Co-op's still matter, a Yorkshire Post article which features Hebden Bridge's own Valley Organics - takings up a quarter and employment of more people since it became a workers' co-op last year. Read more (10 April)

DUCKMANIA returns to Hebden Bridge on Easter Monday. Times, how to book your duck and more info.

A AND E CLOSURE: Labour calls on Calderdale Council, at next week's meeting, to ask NHS Trust to withdraw hospital proposals and calls for a public 'Commission'. Read more (10 April)

WHOSE LAND IS IT ANYWAY? Sheila Graham described how parliamentary enclosure shaped the landscape of the Calder Valley to the Local History Group. Read more (6 April)

VACANCIES FOR TOWN COUNCILLORS have arisen following the resignation of Cllrs Nader Fekri and James Baker. More info about how to seek election, and elections in May. (4 April)

TOWN COUNCILLOR RICHARD SCORER has written a book on sex abuse in the English Catholic Church, describing patterns of abuse, denial, institutional complicity and cover-up. Read more (2 April)

FRENCH ELECTIONS - updated to include second round results from our twin town, St Pol sur Ternoise. Read more (2 April)



March 2014


FLOODS CONSULTATION with residents, Environment Association and Calderdale Council. A public drop-in meeting is to be held at Hebden Bridge Town Hall on Wednesday 9 April. Read more

TRASHED, the award winning flm narrated by Jeremy Irons has three viewings planned for Hebden Bridge - the first on Tuesday at the Trades. Read more (30 March)

DANCING FOR JOY – as Fox & Goose becomes West Yorkshire's first co-op pub! Read more and see video. (28 March)

PIANO FESTIVAL LATEST: With just over 2 weeks to go until the Hebden Bridge Piano Festival kicks off at the Town Hall, preparations are well under way. Tickets have been selling well and the recital by headlining performer Kathryn Stott is now sold out. Read more (24 March)

FOX AND GOOSE BUYOUT COMPLETED. It is now officially West Yorkshire's first Co-operative pub and it re-opens tomorrow evening, Saturday 22 March. Read more about the background to the sale

NATIONAL RAT WEEK was one of the annual events described by Ian Dewhirst in his talk to the Local History Group on Yorkshire Life between the Wars. Read more (20 March)

TANDEM CYCLE THROUGH HEBDEN BRIDGE. BBC Look North presenters plan to tandem cycle through Hebden Bridge on Weds 19 March.

A DAY IN THE LIFE OF HEBDEN BRIDGE'S HORSE BENCH. Photographer Steve Morgan has produced a time lapse video to capture "a day in the life of" the bench. More info and see video (18 March)

HEBDEN BRIDGE BUSINESS FORUM was launched yesterday when over thirty people came to the meeting in the Town Hall. Read more (14 March)

TODMORDEN CURVE, NO TRAINS TILL DECEMBER? Labour's shadow rail minister Lilian Greenwood today raised in Parliament the ongoing debacle of the lack of available trains to run on the Todmorden Curve. (13 March)

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)

MEET THE ARTS FESTIVAL TEAM - an informal open night so the community can get involved in the planning and making of the week long Festival in June. More info (10 March)

MARTIN PARR'S ICONIC PHOTOS OF HEBDEN BRIDGE coming to Bradford Media Museum, including 55 photographs taken by Magnum photographer Martin Parr around Hebden Bridge when he lived here in the 1970s Read more (7 March) - update: Martin Parr to sign books at The Book Case.

FAST TO END HUNGER: Labour's Josh Fenton-Glynn to fast as part of 'End Hunger Fast' campaign. "We simply shouldn't have queues of people having to rely on food handouts in modern Britain." Read more (5 March)

HEBDEN ROYD BIG SPRING CLEAN: will take place on the 29-30 March with community groups from across Hebden Royd - each group of 6 people will receive £60 towards their charity or project. Read more (4 March)

SAINSBURY'S PLANS: Over 500 comments were received opposing the development with just 4 comments in favour. See our earlier news item for more info and forum thread (2 March)

TOWN COUNCILLOR RICHARD SCORER has written a book on sex abuse in the English Catholic Church, describing patterns of abuse, denial, institutional complicity and cover-up. Read more (2 April)


HEBDEN BRIDGE TOWN HALL JOB VACANCIES - energetic, hardworking and fun people sought to to join the staff team. More info (31 March)

CRAFTS AFLOAT CRUSIES INTO HEBDEN BRIDGE - a newly established environmental and ethical social enterprise which is run from a narrowboat art studio. More info (25 March)

FRENCH ELECTIONS - some results after the first round in our twin town, St Pol sur Ternois. Read more (25 March)

Holme Tunnel reopens: trains between Burnley and Hebden Bridge on the York-Blackpool line, should be operational once again today Monday, 24 March. See BBC report

KERBSIDE LIVES ON: After it was put out of operation by SITA, it still had some surplus funds, the Kerbside Fund, to provide work and training for the long term unemployed whilst recycling almost anything. Read more (22 March)

NATIONAL TEACHERS' STRIKE: The National Union of Teachers has called a one-day national strike for Wednesday, 26th March and Sue McMahon of Calderdale NUT has written to the HebWeb to outline the teachers' case. Read more (20 March)

CROWS REACH 'MILESTONE'. CROWS has now repaired 25km of footpaths in the valley. Come and celebrate this achievement at the Trades this Friday, 21 March with Grannys Attic and the Owterzeds who need no introduction.

REMOVE GOLLIWOGS FROM LOCAL SHOP, urges a petition organised by the Calder Valley Anti-Racist Collective in the runup to March 21st, International Day for the Elimination of Racism.

TRACK A TREE - Christine Tansey of Hebden Bridge is currently working on a Phd in cooperation with the Woodland Trust. The HebWeb has been approached to encourage local people to volunteer. Read more (13 March)

TRADES CLUB TAKES ON O2 ARENA for Music Week's live venue of the year award. The Trades won the nomination to take on 02 Arena thanks to votes from acts who have played the club and their promoters. (12 March)

FOX AND GOOSE COMMUNITY PURCHASE: All hands to the pumps this weekend. Contracts are to be exchanged next week and the Fox and Goose will officially become West Yorkshire's first co-operative pub. 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 (10 March)

VANISHING FOR THE VOTE: the suffragette boycott of the 1911 census. Book launch with local historian, Jill Liddington. Read more (10 March)

MAIN ROADS THROUGH HEBDEN BRIDGE TO CLOSE nearly all day on 6 July. Road closure information for the Tour de France now on the HebWeb. More info (5 March)

HEBDEN BRIDGE PICTURE HOUSE VACANCY to provide maternity cover for the post of Picture House Manager (4 March)

LOCAL HISTORY TALK: INDUSTRIALISATION AND THE CALDER VALLEY Dr Stephen Caunce described how the extraordinary way in which previously obscure communities of our area changed the world as the birthplace of industrialisation in the 18th and 19th centuries. Read more. (3 March)

February 2014


CRAZY IDEAS WANTED FOR HANDMADE PARADE SPARK DAY: Would you like to see aliens invading St George's Square, Bridge Gate turned into a bug world or Calder Holmes Park becoming a time travel hub? Read more (26 Feb)

THE MACHINE THAT CHANGED THE WORLD was the topic of the latest University of Third Age session, addressed by engineer Barry Yates. Read our report of the meeting. (25 Feb)

PRIME MINISTER CHALLENGED ON FLOOD RELIEF FUNDING for Calderdale. Labour council leader Tim Swift has written to the Prime Minister asking for a fair flood relief funding deal for Calderdale. More info and links to HebWeb coverage of 2012 floods (19 Feb)

THE GRAND DEPARTS - How many cyclists does it take to pull a grand piano up Cragg Vale? Read more about this audacious musical and cycling adventure (17 Feb)

FESTIVAL CUPPA - local businesses invited to join Arts Festival for a cuppa to discuss how to get involved in the 2014 programme. More info (15 Feb)

FAIRTRADE FORUM MEETING, including talk by a Colombian producer of Fairtrade bananas, on 'Fair Trade, Fair Food?' on 28th Feb. Read more (14 Feb)

MUSIC AND THE DEAF was the topic of the latest University of Third Age session, addressed by Dr. Paul Whittaker OBE. Read our report of the meeting. (12 Feb)

CRAGG VALE BUNTING-MAKERS SEEK WORLD RECORD - The bunting-makers of Cragg Vale, which boasts the longest single continuous gradient in the country, want to bring the world record back to the UK before the Tour de France. More info (10 Feb)

CALDERVALE LINE ELECTRIFICATION - not any time soon - in spite of £600 million being earmarked for northern rail hub improvements. Read more (7 Feb)

POLICE STATION - Time is running out. See latest comments from the Hebden Bridge Community Association (5 Feb)

HANDMADE PARADE EVENTS IN 2014 - more info on the Fantastical Cycle Parade in Tod and dates for this year's Hebden Bridge Handmade Parade, Spark Day and workshops. 3 Feb

SAINSBURY'S PLANS DEADLINE: Friday 28th February, at 5pm is the deadline for comments. See our earlier news item for info about the process for commenting on the application, and to see docs associated with the plans. See also: latest forum thread

CALDER VALLEY FLOODS PETITION: calling upon the Government to extend grant offers to areas such as Hebden Bridge who were so badly affected in 2012. (26 Feb)

BAN THE BURN CAMPAIGNERS MOP UP outside Natural England HQ in Sheffield to deliver a clear message, Don't Fund Flooding as grouse moor owners continue to receive millions in subsidies. Read more. (23 Feb)

Parking charges at station. The Yorkshire Post (25 Feb) reports that the the Dept. for Transport is seeking car parking charges at 18 stations in West Yorkshire, including Hebden Bridge and Todmorden.

LOCAL HISTORY TALK: George Bowers gave a talk on the history of stone quarries in our local area. More info (15 Feb)

BAD WEATHER BULLETIN from Calderdale who say that during bad weather, their teams are continuing to work tirelessly to keep communities safe. (14 Feb)

WIN TICKETS FOR BLOW UP at the Trades Club. The Hebweb has two sets of tickets to give away and all you have to do is tell us who was the male lead in the classic '60s film Blow Up? More info (13 Feb)

HANDMADE PARADE WANT YOUR LOVE - AND MONEY! Want to show your love for the Parade? Organisers have launched a 'Feel the Love, Share the Love' crowd funding campaign for Valentine's Day. More info (11 Feb)

TOUR DE FRANCE: WHERE WILL YOU BE? - to help businesses and authorities estimate demand on the day, you are invited to complete a survey. More info (10 Feb)

MYTHOLMROYD STATION BUILDING: After many years and hundreds of ideas for the building, the Station Partnership is hosting an Open meeting to discuss its futuüre. Read more (6 Feb)

POSTCARD FROM PALESTINE 14 - Hebden Bridge's Ron Taylor is a regular visitor to Palestine, part of an international movement of supporters. Palestinian people in the South Hebron Hills are under attack again (4 Feb)

January 2014


THE MINERS' STRIKE: 30 YEARS ON. Public meeting with speakers at the Trades Club in March. For 12 months of 1984-1985, there were ferocious battles and billions of pounds were spent to crush the miners' militancy. The people of Hebden Bridge gave generously. Read more

CROWS - FUND RAISING BENEFIT with Owter Zeds and Granny's Attic. Read more (27 Jan)

STREET CHOIRS FESTIVAL RETURNS TO HEBDEN BRIDGE. Hosted by Calder Valley Voices who are looking for people to host a singer or two for the two nights. Read more (23 Jan)

CALDERDALE PLAN: Land for development or protection over the next 15 years. You are invited to have your say at a series of public meetings. Read more (22 Jan)

HOLE IN THE WALL FOR SALE AGAIN. Following the recent successful campaign against closing the cobbled route outside this former pub, the owners have put it on the market for £390,000 - see details

TOUR DE FRANCE 100 DAY CULTURAL FESTIVAL: Local communities are encouraged to be part of the Festival. See this HebWeb news item for more info and follow our Tour de France feature page.

CALDERDALE PLANS COUNCIL TAX FREEZE: The budget proposals for the next three financial years will be discussed at a public meeting at Hebden Bridge Town Hall in early February. Read more (15 Jan)

2014 PARADE: This year's Handmade Parade will take place on 8 June with organisers hoping to build on the success of last year's record-breaking event. Read more. (14 Jan)

EASTWOOD RECYCLING CENTRE TO REOPEN NEXT WEEK - After major refurbishment, Calderdale and SITA have announced that the Eastwood Recycling Centre will reopen on 20 January 2014.

HEBDEN BRIDGE PIANO FESTIVAL LAUNCH PARTY: The Piano Festival is holding its 2014 programme launch party at the Town Hall on Saturday January 25th. Read more. (13 Jan)

LOCAL HISTORY TALK: Hebden Bridge based chartered building surveyor, Alan Gardner, who specialises in the repair of historic buildings, shared his thoughts with members of the Local History Society. Read more. (10 Jan)

SAVE OUR SHOPS PROTEST outside the Town Hall this evening. Hebden Royd Town Council are to urge Sainsburys to call a public meeting if they want to build a supermarket in Hebden Bridge. HebWeb report. (8 Jan)

MARIE CURIE CANCER CARE is looking for local people to become Volunteer Box Collectors and help to gather in our collecting tins from the Hebden Bridge area. Read more (8 Jan)

HebWeb Review of 2013 - a year when it was announced that the Tour de France will pass through our town, co-ops were formed to run the Fox and Goose and Valley Organics, the Bernard Ingham column in the local paper was ended by popular protest, Burlesque was banned, a swimming pool promised, the Arts excelled yet again and Hebden Bridge was still the "coolest place to live." Read more

NEW LOOK FOR ARTS FESTIVAL: The Festival has a new look thanks to design student Anthony Gibson, pictured above with Board member David Burnop. Read more. 30 Jan

SAINSBURY'S LOCAL: Plans now submitted. Yesterday evening, Hebden Royd Town Council voted to reject the plans. More info about the process for commenting on the application, and to see docs associated with the plans. 30 Jan

LOCAL HISTORY TALK: David Cant spoke about his many years studying 17th century fine houses of the Calder Valley and using documentary evidence to uncover stories of craftsmen who worked to design and construct them. Read more. (27 Jan)

JOSEPH ROWNTREE RESEARCH: Support, help and dependency in Hebden Bridge. This report is based on findings from the first phase of a two-year research project in Hebden Bridge. Read more (22 Jan)

MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE - from Hebden Bridge. 23 years after Zoe Lemon, then 10 and living in Hebden Bridge, dropped a bottle with message into the sea, it has been found by a Dutch couple in Zealand. Read more (21 Jan)

ARTS FESTIVAL SHORTS: Budding playwrights are invited to submit their plays for the fourth season of the Hebden Bridge Shorts. Read more (19 Jan)

TODMORDEN CURVE: delays to new services in spite of MP's assurances. Read more (17 Jan)

LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL: A special screening at the Picture House for Holocaust Memorial Day. Read more. (16 Jan)

WOMAN'S HOUR: Chris Green, director of the Mytholmroyd based White Ribbon Campaign discusses men and violence, and feminism, during the first few minutes of this R4 programme (14 Jan)

LIVING WAGE: Hebden Royd Town Council has become a Living Wage Employer. Read more. (14 Jan)

THE BOOK CASE BRINGS ALEXANDER MCCALL SMITH TO HEBDEN BRIDGE: one of the world's most prolific authors, Alexander McCall Smith is probably best known for the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series. Read more (13 Jan)

SEARCHING FOR HEDGEHOGS: student Betony Atkinson is conducting a survey on hedgehog distribution in Calderdale and needs your help in reporting sightings. Read more. (10 Jan)

COBBLES AND PACKHORSE ROUTE SAVED as Hebden Royd Town Council voted unanimously this evening to reject plans to close the cobbled area outside the Hole in the Wall. HebWeb report (8 Jan)

SUPERMARKETS PROTEST outside the Town Hall this evening, Weds 8th January at 7pm. More info on the new website SOS - No More Supermarkets in Hebden Bridge and the HebWeb Forum thread

MORNING STAR BENEFIT at the Trades raises £800

PACKHORSE ROUTE CLOSURE: Open Spaces Society, Britain's oldest national conservation body, objects to closure of cobbled highway in Hebden Bridge. See news item and forum thread. (6 Jan)

SALEM MILL DROP-IN CENTRE will help unemployed and those on low income, and will open its doors in the New Year. Read more (3 Jan)