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News 2018-2019


December 2018


COMEDY COP & ROBBER On Sunday, 13 January, the Comedy Club presents Alfie Moore who swapped his truncheon for a microphone, and ex-convict Gary Little with his un-flinching honesty and openness. Read more (27 Dec)

BREWERIES AND LICENSED TRADE IN THE UPPER CALDER VALLEY from 1800 was the subject of the talk given to the local History Society by Peter Robinson. He told the story of the inns and beerhouses of our area during the period of industrialisation and population growth. Read report. (21 Dec)

MYTHOLMROYD STATION LATEST NEWS: good progress is being made to prepare the station building for social and community use. Work will soon start on a car park for more than 200 places. Read more.

DISABILITY ACCESS FORUM: more ramps help make Hebden Bridge even more disabled friendly, bringing the total number of ramps given out in Hebden Bridge to fourteen. Read more. (15 Dec)

TEAZLES AND TEAZLEMEN – By the end of Robert McMillan’s talk, those attending could distinguish between the common teazle and the Fuller’s teazle. Read report (13 Dec)

HEBBLE HOLE BRIDGE REPAIRS: Contractors have started to repair the old stone clapper bridge at Hebble Hole. They will rebuild part of the pier and then hoist up the broken sections of the bridge. Read more (12 Dec)

WIN TICKETS FOR KIRSTY ALMEIDA WINTERSONGS GIG at the Trades on 16 Dec. Since moving to Hebden Bridge, Kirsty Almeida has found her new home has been an inspiration to write new material. “The Trades is one of the best venues in this country", she says. Read more

GREAT ROCK CO-OP CHRISTMAS MARKET: Blackshawhead's community owned shop, a hub for all things produced in the Upper Valley, is looking forward to keeping Christmas local this year. More info (4 Dec)

THE STORY OF THE FUSTIAN CO-OPERATIVE AT NUTCLOUGH MILL was the subject of the talk given by Andrew Bibby to the History Society. This Hebden Bridge landmark was home to a worker-run co-op which ran, at a profit, for almost 50 years achieving national and international fame. Read report (1 Dec)

MURPHY'S LORE: The HebWeb is very pleased to present the first of a regular column from local writer and story-teller, George Murphy. In this piece, he talks about New Year, Christmas, helping the aged, car repairs, the birds and the bees and Acre Mill. Read now. (28 Dec)

GEORGE MURPHY'S HIPPY VALLEY is now available as a traditional, printed book. George Murphy is a performance storyteller and the book contains some of his writing, and comic monologues, which he started writing after his retirement. More info (18 Dec)

'ENGLAND'S WORST PRIMARY SCHOOLS REVEALED' - an official list of schools that did not meet the Government's floor standard for performance in 2017/18 has been released, and includes Hebden Royd CofE school. See Telegraph and Argus report (16 Dec)

PREPARING FOR BAD WEATHER: The Met Office has issued an amber warning for freezing rain across the region for Saturday 15 December. This is in addition to the existing yellow warning for snow/ ice issued yesterday. Read more.

ROTARY CLUB SAYS THANKS AND MERRY CHRISTMAS: The Vintage Weekend and Duck Race, raised a total in excess of £40,000 this year for local, national and international charities and good causes. Read more. (12 Dec)

HEBDEN BRIDGE FILM FESTIVAL - WITH MAXINE PEAKE AS PATRON - Hebden Bridge is to host an international Film Festival, from 22nd- 24th March 2019 at the Picture House and the Town Hall. Louise Wadley, Director, of the Festival, told the HebWeb, "We are absolutely thrilled to announce Maxine Peake as our Patron." Read more (6 Dec)

HEBDEN BRIDGE IS COOL - Hebden Bridge has made National Geographic's Cool list. "The Calder Valley - with hippyish Hebden Bridge as its epicentre - is a burgeoning hub for restaurants and independent shops." See article. (4 Dec)

CHRISTMAS LUNCHTIME LIVE on Saturday, 8 Dec. Performers: Magdalen Bath, Socs Blakely, RockSalt Acoustic, Stephen Shulman's jazz quartet and Isaac Hughes-Dennis - at the Hope Baptist Chapel from 1-4pm. Read more

November 2018


WALLFLOWER Next Friday (30th) and Saturday (1st), Wallflower comes to Square Chapel in Halifax. Produced by Quarantine whose director is Hebden Bridge's Richard Gregory, it features local people remembering dances. More info

HEPTON SINGERS' HEPTONSTALL CONCERT On Saturday, 1 December, the choir will be performing their trademark mix of both early and modern choral music. More info

ARTSMILL EXHIBITIONS: ANNA GIBSON AND STELLA HILL - The latest exhibitions start this Sunday with a preview: featuring 2 local artists - Anna Gibson and Stella Hill. More info (22 Nov)

LAMPLIGHTER FESTIVAL LIGHTS UP TODMORDEN Hundreds of revellers lined the streets to watch a light, fire and sound extravaganza when the sixth Lamplighter Festival took to the streets of Todmorden on Saturday. Produced by Hebden Bridge's Handmade Parade. Read more

DAVE NELSON'S CHRISTMAS SINGALONG will be on Saturday 15 December, with tickets available from Monday 26 November. The event, a regular feature for almost 30 years, is an old-fashioned ‘round the piano’ sing along to all those favourite Christmas songs and carols. More info

LITTLE THEATRE: THE 39 STEPS The Theatre's last production of the year is The 39 Steps, Patrick Barlow's stage adaptation of John Buchan's novel. It follows the adventures of hero Richard Hannay running from a gang of spies after he finds out about secret German plans. Read more (16 Nov)

GRANTS AVAILABLE FOR COMMUNITY GROUPS - Each year, the Town Council welcomes applications from community and voluntary groups to apply for a grant from the Council’s community funding budget to support projects, activities and events. More info (14 Nov)

CHOIR LEADER KATE HOWARD RETURNS TO THE CALDER VALLEY Kate, a former resident of Hebden Bridge, is a performer and teacher of singing with an international reputation. On 17 November, she returns to lead a day of singing which will be hosted by Calder Valley Women Singers the group she set up over 25 years ago. Read more

LUNCHTIME LIVE this Saturday, 10 Nov. Those performing will be Andy Knudsen, The Landlubbers, Wayne Martyn and Des Horsfall - at the Hope Baptist Chapel. Read more

HOW THE WELFARE STATE REALLY CAME ABOUT is the topic of the forthcoming lecture organised by the Lit & Sci with historian Chris Renwick - Sat 24 Nov at the Town Hall. More info

COMEDY CLUB GOES ECLECTIC Comedy comes in many different guises. Some swear by satire whereas others plump for puns - so comedians can be a pretty eclectic bunch too. The Comedy Club's next show, on 11th November, demonstrates this perfectly… More info

CONTROVERSIAL SUB-STATION TO BE INSTALLED NEXT TO MARKET Following unhappiness over original plans to put the sub-station on the grass verge opposite the White Lion (See HebWeb discussion), the upgraded electricity substation is now being installed next to the market area next week. Read more (1 Nov)

Hebden Bridge firm wins best artisan cheese award - See Great British Cheese Awards

Fox and Goose one of top 50 pubs according to The Guardian

TRAINS: END THE STRIKE AND INVEST IN OUR LINE, says leader of Calderdale Council, Tim Swift. "Strikes, delays and cancellations on the Calder Valley line are having a severe impact on businesses and commuters." Read more (29 Nov)

SIGNAL BOX PRESERVATION GROUP is the name of the group created yesterday at the meeting to discuss how the now decommissioned signal box can be passed into community custodianship. Read more (26 Nov)

WREATHS: AN EXHIBITION FROM DI SEYMOUR - Hebden Bridge artist Di Seymour has an exhibition at the Upstairs Gallery at Dean Clough in Halifax until 20th January. More info (21 Nov)

PIONEERING CARE CO-OP – a new co-operative owned by care workers and the people they support, Equal Care Co-op is the UK's first social care platform co-operative, and is seeking support for its Christmas CrowdFunder. Read more (21 Nov)

CALDERDALE TO CHARGE FOR RECYCLING plasterboard, hardcore and rubble from 3 December, and residents' permits are being trialled for Household Waste Recycling Centres. Read more (20 Nov)

ANNE LISTER: THE LIFE AND LOVES OF A LOCAL LANDOWNER With the newly filmed story of Anne Lister about to launch on TV, the Hebden Bridge Local History Society heard something of her story from a long serving volunteer at Shibden Hall. More info (19 Nov)

PICTURE HOUSE VACANCY Hebden Royd Town Council is seeking an experienced duty (shift) manager for the Hebden Bridge Picture House,10.5 hours per week. Read more.

REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY AT PECKET WELL - 21 people gathered on Remembrance Sunday at the war memorial on Smeekin or Smeaking Hill below Peckett Well and overlooking Hebden Water and Crimsworth Dean

PIPER AT MYTHOLMROYD MEMORIAL A piper played at Mytholmroyd’s war memorial at 6am, Sun, 11 Nov, marking 100th anniversary of Armistice Day.

LAMPLIGHTER SET TO DAZZLE TODMORDEN Todmorden will be treated to a fire and light extravaganza when the Lamplighter Festival returns to its streets on Saturday 17th November. Read more

WIN TICKETS FOR HORSE AT THE TRADES Horse McDonald is making one of her regular visits to the Trades Club and this time she's celebrating the 25th anniversary of the release of her 2nd album God's Home Movie. More info, and how to win tickets.

HEBDEN BRIDGE CHOIR TO SUPPORT OVERGATE with concert in Stainland. Highly regarded chamber choir, the Hepton Singers will cross the hills on Saturday 17th November to stage a charity concert in Stainland in aid of Overgate Hospice. More info

WW1 CENTENARY INSTALLATION AND EXHIBITION: There But Not There Installation and Tommy's Portrait Exhibition at Hope Baptist Church. More info (2 Nov)

SAVE THE SIGNAL BOX - meeting planned for Sunday, 25 November at 4pm. More info

RHETORIC: CONVENIENT CLAPTRAP FOR THE CONMAN? – the U3A enjoyed a talk about rhetoric from Robert Cockcroft, a speaker not unlearned in this dark art. Read report (1 Nov)

October 2018


FLOODS NEARLY THREE YEARS ON - PREPARE FOR WINTER WEATHER: Almost three years since the flooding in our area on Boxing Day 2015, Calderdale Council and its partners are reminding people of the importance of being prepared as well as highlighting the work already done to improve flood resilience. Read more (31 Oct)

HEBDEN BRIDGE TWINNING SOCIETY IN WARSTEIN for their Autumn Festival. Excellent Warsteiner beer was served on both days and members watched the “Brewer’s Baptism” on Saturday. More info and photos (30 Oct)

DAY GET TOGETHER at Mytholmroyd Community Centre, being organised by Reach4ward - events based on the principles of social justice for the residents of Hebden Bridge & surrounding areas. More info (23 Oct)

LABOUR LEADER TIM SWIFT CALLS FOR AN END TO AUSTERITY FOR LOCAL COUNCILS joining councillors nationwide in a campaign which exposes the crisis in council finances - Calderdale Council has been forced to find cuts of over £100 million since 2010. Read more (22 Oct)

OVER 30 LOCAL GROUPS TO TALK ABOUT THEIR ACTIVITIES - the Hebden Bridge Partnership has once again invited local community organisations and groups to talk about what they do. Over 30 groups have accepted the invitation. Hear them Monday, 22 Oct, Town Hall. More info (17 Oct)

SAVE HEBDEN BRIDGE SIGNAL BOX After more than 125 years as a familiar sight in the town, Network Rail will shortly be pulling the levers for the last time. Two community groups have put forward proposals for the building to be saved and restored to its former Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway glory. More info and leaflet (4 Oct)

TOWN COUNCIL MAYOR VISITS PENNINE HERITAGE Dr Carol Stow, the Mayor of Hebden Royd Town Council had an informative and enjoyable tour of the Birchcliffe Centre this week, including Pennine Horizons Digital Archive of 45000 images. Read more (10 Oct)

COMMUNITY TOILET SCHEME LAUNCHES IN MYTHOLMROYD The public toilets in Mytholmroyd have been demolished. While options for toilet provision elsewhere in the town are being investigated, Calderdale has been working with local businesses to encourage them to take part in a community toilets scheme. Read more (9 Oct)

CALLING MR ROBESON at the Trades Club: The life and time of legendary singer and political activist Paul Robeson will be brought to life in a new show coming to the Trades Club on Sun 21st October. Read more (8 Oct)

MORE WONDERFUL WOMEN COME TO HEBDEN BRIDGE: Scotland's National Poet Liz Lochhead, local musician Magpahi, sound artist Debbie Sharp, Rochdale's all women Cantare Choir join protest singer Grace Petrie for the Weekend of Wonderful Women. Read more (5 Oct)

HEBDEN BRIDGE LIT & SCI AUTUMN LECTURE SERIES goes to work - on an egg. One of Britain's most eminent ornithologists Prof. Tim Birkhead will be at the Town Hall on Sat October 13th, to kick off the 2018-2019 series of the popular Saturday evening lectures. More info (2 Oct)

CRUMBLING RIVERSIDE SCHOOL ON SKY NEWS "Room after room is damp or crumbling or flaking… The building is literally falling apart around them." Head Teacher Rachel Burton shows reporters around the school - 4 minutes into this report on lack of school funding. See report on YouTube (1 Oct)

LOOP THE LOOP - A NEW GUIDE - Thanks to funding from Calder Ward Forum, Hebden Bridge Walkers Action have produced a new route guide for a great circular walking route which joins together the Pennine Way and The Loop (“the best walk in the area” one walker has said). More info (26 Oct)

POET LIZ LOCHHEAD JOINS THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF WOMEN One of the UK's greatest poets, Liz Lochhead is bringing her Something's Old, Something's New show to Hope Baptist Church on Sat 27 October as part of the Weekend of Wonderful Women. Read more

LOCAL HISTORY REPORT: Roger Frost, former teacher and a writer on local history, spoke to the Local History Society about the area of Cliviger near Burnley, and specifically about the Holme, residence of the Whittaker family. More info (17 Oct)

HEBDEN BRIDGE WRITER WINS OUTDOOR BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD - Andrew Bibby’s insight into southern English landscapes, Back Roads through Middle England has won the prestigious award from the Outdoor Writers and Photographers Guild. More info (16 Oct)

SPOOKY LUNCHTIME LIVE this Saturday, 13 October at Hope Baptist Chapel - with Ruby O’Hare, Fishing for Compliments, Straw Men, Ashton Taylor and Pen & Stu. More info

CHRISTMAS ARTFAIR with accompanying art exhibition will be coming in December to The Town Hall, Hebden Bridge, to tempt Christmas shoppers to buy local. Read more (10 Oct)

MYTHOLMROYD FLOOD PROTECTION SCHEME - Info on latest progress and details of tomorrow's meeting of the Flood Scrutiny Panel at Mytholmroyd Community Centre. Read more (9 Oct)

HAVE GUITAR, WILL TRAVEL – to the USSR. Neil Smith's recent talk to the U3A was about about adventures with his guitar  ‘Beyond the Iron Curtain’ in the 1980s and early 1990s. Read report (8 Oct)

MIKE LEIGH'S PETERLOO to Preview in Hebden Bridge Picture House on 17 Oct. Next year marks 200 years since the infamous massacre of demonstrators in Manchester - an event which helped pave the road to democracy, and led to the creation of the Manchester Guardian. See What's on for full details

CHANGING TIMES, CHANGING HEROINES Amy Binns,  lecturer at the University of Central Lancashire and author of Valley of a Hundred Chapels, asked the audience at Hebden Bridge Local History Society meeting to write down their nominations for women they thought of as heroines. Who did they choose? Read report. (3 Oct)

IRELAND'S FUNNIEST FEMINIST heads for Hebden Bridge Comedy Club! Within a year of quitting as a civil engineer Eleanor Tiernan was on Ireland's TV channel, RTE as well as BBC's One Night Stand with her thought provoking and occasionally surreal brand of stand up. More info (2 Oct)

September 2018


THANKS TO MEMBERS OF THE SEARCH AND RESUE TEAM On Tuesday, 25 September, CVSRT members attended The Rescue Post to say thank you and bid farewell to a long time supporters of the team, Mr Ken Hill and Mick and Hilary Newsome. Read more

VISITORS' CENTRE UNDER PRESSURE AGAIN. In Feb, 2018 the HebWeb reported that the Hebden Bridge Visitors' Centre risked being closed. Calderdale relented but is once again reviewing its Visitor Centre services. Read more (24 Sept)

CALDERDALE TUC TO REMEMBER SPANISH CIVIL WAR HEROES The International Brigade exhibition will be from 4-11 October at Central Library. More info about this and other activities. (24 Sept)

HELP! DISABILITY ACCESS FORUM NEEDS VOLUNTEERS - Would you like to assist us in improving access for disabled people in the Hebden Bridge area? More info - and about how Chapter 17 is now accessible. (20 Sept)

LITTLE THEATRE: 'ALLO ALLO' Adapted from the popular TV series, this play centres around René Artois, the cowardly cafe-owner with an eye for the ladies, who gets caught up in the madcap escapades of the French Resistance, whilst trying desperately to ingratiate himself with the Germans. Read more (11 Sept)

20 YEARS OF THE DUDE AT SLOW THE FLOW FUNDRAISER SCREENING Supporting the Mayor's charity, The Big Lebowski returns to Hebden Bridge Picture House for one night only on Monday 24 September. More info

ARTSMILL EXHIBITION Paper Cut Artist, Pippa Dyrlaga: Forgotten Moments from Someone Else's past. Artworks from cutting images from a single sheet of paper, using traditional techniques. More info (6 Sept)

DEFEND THE NHS CAMPAIGNERS are to meet with MPs in a bid to stop more cuts and to keep Calderdale A&E open to serve local communities. Read more (4 Sept)

CALDERDALE'S ART COLLECTION - IN YOUR OWN HOME - Hundreds of images of Calderdale Council’s collection of oil paintings are now available online to select, buy and print for your own home! More info (26 Sept)

WAINSGATE CONCERT: JOE RICHARDS On Sunday Sept 30th Wainsgate Chapel welcomes the extraordinary classical percussionist Joe Richards for the penultimate concert in what has been a highly entertaining and popular series. More info. (21 Sept)

WEEKEND OF WONDERFUL WOMEN Folk singer and activist Grace Petrie will be headlining the new Weekend of Wonderful Women organised by Hebden Bridge Arts Festival towards the end of October. Read more (13 Sept)

WAINSGATE CONCERT: ACCESO STRING QUARTET - there’s been a considerable increase in audience numbers at the concerts compared with previous years, and on Sunday 16 September this talented quartet will perform pieces by Haydn, Shostakovich, and Dvorak. More info. (12 Sept)

WI AWESOME AUTUMN RAG MARKET is coming soon: 6 Oct. The perfect place to source not only a bargain, but original, quality crafting, dress making and tailoring materials buttons, ribbons, yarn and anything else you could possibly need to inspire creativity! More info. (9 Sept)

WATER BURST IN MYTHOLMROYD CLOSES THE MAIN BURNLEY ROAD - the road is likely to be closed for at least two days, according to Eye on Calderdale. More info and links (5 Sept)

August 2018


HEBDEN BRIDGE MEDICAL CENTRE APPOINTMENTS CHANGES. From 30 August, there will no longer be a telephone duty doctor system for urgent appointments. Replaced, from Mon - Fri, 8am - 10.30am, by a walk-in surgery at the Mytholmroyd Medical Centre. Read more and see Forum (25 Aug)

CALL FOR ELECTRIFICATION OF THE CALDER VALLEY LINE which would improve journey times, make services more reliable, be cheaper to run, help cut congestion on the roads and reduce impacts on the environment. Read more (24 Aug)

MYTHOLMROYD TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT CHANGES - this evening, the traffic management, and temporary pedestrian crossing, will be moving from its current location, between Midgley Rd and New Rd, to the Caldene Bridge area. 40m of new drainage pipework has been installed and around 60 tonnes of gravel from the culvert removed. Read more (23 Aug)

PALESTINIAN VISITORS PERFORM FLASH DANCE IN THE SQUARE Halifax Friends of Palestine hosted a group of young people from the Lajee Cultural Centre in the Aida refugee camp near Bethlehem in the Palestinian West Bank. Read more (20 Aug)

CROWS MAKE TEMPORARY FIX ON RIVERSIDE WALK HANDRAIL but the rail remains vulnerable and walkers should be aware. Read more (15 Aug)

HAVE YOUR SAY ON CALDER VALLEY ROAD IMPROVEMENT PLANS Calderdale Council and the West Yorks Combined Authority are developing a series of improvements to the road network, including the A646 / A6033 from Todmorden to Skircoat Moor. Read more (13 Aug)

STOP GROUSE SHOOTING demo in Hebden Bridge, 11 Aug. "If we can stop fox hunting, we can stop grouse shooting," speakers said. Protesters called upon Yorkshire Water & Walshaw Estate (owner: Richard Bannister of Boundary Mill) to end shooting on their land. Read more

INTER-ARTS FESTIVAL - 'ART THROUGH TRAUMA' is happening from 13 Aug - 19 Aug, with a preview on Sunday 12 Aug. Organised by Fiona Pattison who teaches her Inter-Arts class at ArtsMill, where the events take place. More info here

DEMENTIA – A ONE STOP GUIDE Speaker Prof June Andrews' "informal style and engaging ordinariness belied her tremendous authority, reassuring practicality and down-to-earth sensitivity." Read report of her recent talk to the U3A (2 Aug)

COMMUNITY AWARDS NOMINATIONS NOW OPEN - you have until Friday 10 August to nominate your favourite arts group, charity, fundraising campaign, green group, marketing campaign and much more. Read the story (1 Aug)

DRAFT NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN, preview, covering Hebden Royd, Blackshaw, Erringden, Heptonstall and Wadsworth, now available for download. Initial responses sought by Monday 24th September before formal public consultation in late October. More info (31 Aug)

NIC CHAPMAN'S COMMON COLLECTION is the next exhibition at Artsmill, which runs until 2 September. Photographer, Nic Chapman is a collector, an obsessive collector of people. More info (25 Aug)

TRUST ME - I'M A PLAGUE DOCTOR David Bell, a retired civil servant from Newcastle, now living in the "plague" village of Eyam in the Peak District, was an amusing, informative and graphic raconteur on medicine as practised in the 17th century. Read report from the U3A. (23 Aug)

DON'T GET CAUGHT SHORT IN HEBDEN BRIDGE The main public toilets have been closed for some days now and Calderdale has told the HebWeb that vandalism is to blame. Read more (21 Aug)

DISABILITY ACCESS FORUM NEEDS NEW MEMBERS to help raise awareness of disability and access issues in the area, and to make Hebden Bridge, Mytholmroyd and surrounding villages a disabled-friendly place for both residents and visitors. More info (18 Aug)

NORTHLIGHT ART EDUCATION: TEN YEARS OLD and still Growing! A remarkable story of dedication and vision to make this hotbed of creativity into a much loved local education facility for the whole Upper Calder Valley community. Read more (15 Aug)

WAINSGATE CHAPEL CONCERT: GHOST SCHOOL - the series of summer concerts continues on Sunday 19th August with a performance by Ghost School - a new musical ensemble based largely around the songs of Calderdale guitarist and mandolin player Andy Greaves. Read more (12 Aug)

LUNCHTIME LIVE this Saturday, 11 August, enjoy the wonderful talent of Holly Marland, her beautiful haunting voice and sensitive and uplighting kora playing will ease you into a nice relaxing Saturday Afternoon. With Reggie and the Krayfish, Rebecca Roberts and more. See news piece

VINTAGE CAR WEEKEND benefited from our wonderful summer, drawing in record crowds. Read report and results (7 Aug)

NEWS FROM THE COMMUNITY LAND TRUST: Plans for the development in Hebden Bridge in the former High Street area are a step nearer. And a public meeting on Weds 22 August. Read more. (1 Aug)

July 2018


FLOODING: PLANS TO PROTECT STUBBING HOLME ROAD NEIGHBOURHOOD. People living in the Stubbing Holme Road neighbourhood of Hebden Bridge are being urged to drop in to an event to find out more about proposals to protect their properties from flooding. Read more. (30 July)

RECYCLE RADIO TRADES CLUB TAKEOVER OF THE TRADES CLUB bringing a curated mix of homegrown Calder Valley talent, which will be broadcast live on air and with a live audience. Sat 28 July. More info and links here

RAIN GARDEN PLANTER CELEBRATIONS – a great party! Cllr Carol Stow, the Mayor of Hebden Royd, officially 'opened' the planters (with her ceremonial watering can, due to the lack of rain). Read more (24 July)

THE NEW FORTY Newly-retired Jess from Berringden Brow finds that it's still possible to have adventures: stewarding at Glastonbury, teatime quiz show, a writing competition in a haunted barn, and volunteering with a children's charity in Romania. Read more (20 July)

DISABILITY  FORUM LAUNCHES ACCESS MAP showing wheelchair friendly pavements, accessible toilets, bus stops and parking spaces. For link to download the map and news about the new portable ramps Read more (12 July)

BRIGHT SARI IN A DARKENED STREET is a new novel by Ian Emberson, who died in 2013 and was well known as a writer and artist in the Upper Valley. His wife Catherine has made this previously unpublished work available. It tells how aspiring artist Miles meets spirited and enchanting Kavita and is drawn into a relationship that crosses cultural divides. Read more(10 July)

LUNCHTIME LIVE THIS SATURDAY 14 July. Performing this Saturday are Creedy and the Colour, Iain Taylor, Mila Tsoneva, Katie O'Malley and Run the River. Hope Baptist Chapel Read more

LOCAL GARDEN DESIGNER AT HAMPTON COURT FLOWER SHOW. Local garden designer Emma Reed has designed one of the gardens for this year’s Hampton Court Flower Show, using a Mr Men theme. See on BBC 2. Read more (5 July)

NEW PLAY FESTIVAL: PLAY WRITE! This July, the Little Theatre plays host to a new play Festival. For two nights only, 20-21 July, the Little Theatre will present an evening of original drama, as the winners of the Little Theatre, one-act play competition have their work performed. More info (4 July)

FESTIVAL STREET PERFORMERS: PHOTOS On 1 July, the Arts Festival brought back some of Britain's best street performers for a special open extravaganza to mark their 25th Birthday. More photos (2 July)

HEBDEN BRIDGE TO BURNLEY CYCLE ROUTE WINS COMPETITION The first edition of "Your favourite cycling route in Yorkshire" Competition, organised by Clicktrans has ended. First prize goes to Andrew Beck from Hebden Bridge. Read more (27 July)

200 YEARS SINCE EMILY BRONTE'S BIRTH: Celebrating moorland in between Haworth and Hebden Bridge that inspired Wuthering Heights. Read more from the Moors for the Future Partnership. (25 July)

HAPPY VALLEY PRIDE 2018 - 'REVOLUTION' is this year's theme. The Festival from 6-12 August is an eclectic, alternative and inclusive week-long festival for everyone. Read more (27 May)

CALDER HIGH 6TH FORM TO CLOSE: Calderdale Council's Cabinet will be asked to approve the decision of the governors at Calder High School to close its sixth form on 31 August 2019. Only Ryburn will offer 6th form provision in the Upper Valley. Read more  (20 July)

ONE CAREER IS SIMPLY NOT ENOUGH! U3A Todmorden heard a cracking talk from Allan Shalks. Enigmatically titled 'My Interesting Life', that's just what it turned out to be. Read report (17 July)

MEET THE COUNTRYSIDE TEAM AT HARDCASTLE CRAGS This July, the countryside team will be sharing the secrets of how they look after this picturesque woodland. Ask questions, see demonstrations and meet Nathan, the working horse. More info (12 July)

SWIMMING POOL LATEST. It's still going ahead but, because of the 2015 Flood, not yet. And not in Hebden Bridge. Read the latest statement from the Swimming Pool Association, and follow the links for how the HebWeb has covered this controversial issue over many years. More (6 July)

VINTAGE CAR WEEKEND: your two favourite car related films have been chosen - The Blues Brothers and The Italian Job. They will be shown during the 4-5 August weekend at the Picture House. More info (5 July)

HEPTON SINGERS' CONCERT WILL MARK ALISON'S FAREWELL AS MUSICAL DIRECTOR The Hepton Singers' summer concert, being held in Heptonstall church on Sun 8 July, will be a special one for the choir and for their current musical director, Alison West. After 33 years with the chamber choir, Alison has announced her decision to stand down from her role. More info. (2 July)

June 2018


BE SAFE ON THE TOPS In the wake of the wildfire on Saddleworth Moor, we are being reminded to take care when out and about in moorlands around the Upper Valley. Guidelines and what to do if you see a fire (28 June)

CLEARING MOORS FOR GROUSE SHOOTING CREATES A TINDERBOX argues George Monbiot in this Guardian article, citing the moors above Hebden Bridge. (8 June)

STREET SUPERSTARS BACK FOR ARTS FESTIVAL The Arts Festival are bringing back some of Britain's best street performers for a special open extravaganza to mark their 25th Birthday. On Sunday 1 July. More info (26 June)

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)

KIDS TEST OUT SPECIAL PURPLE ICE CREAM Pupils from Old Town Primary were only too happy to test out purple ice cream that will only be available during the Arts Festival Landscape open air experimental music event on Sunday 1st July. More info. (28 June)

THE 2018 HANDMADE PARADE was as colourfully creative as ever. With warm June sunshine, blue skies and our town full of smiling faces of all ages, it was another great success. More photos

THE NEW MYTHOLMROYD GALA all set for Saturday, 7 July. With live music, stalls, theatre, fancy dress, food, tea room and much more. More info (26 June)

MYTHOLMROYD CENTRE IMPROVEMENTS GET UNDERWAY - The centre of Mytholmroyd will be rejuvenated as part of a wider scheme of improvement works developed with the community, beginning early next month. Read more (25 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