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December 2022


Alice Mahon dies: As MP for Halifax for 18 years from 1987 to 2005, Alice Mahon often spoke in Hebden Bridge, especially in the run-up to the Iraq War which she fiercely opposed. See this HebWeb report from 2009 on why she left Labour. And this BBC report of her death. 31 Dec

The Twelve Dates of Christmas Speaker Susan Holden told a recent meeting of the u3a about the history of the winter festival over the past 2000-3000 years: the Festival of Yule, Saint Nicholas, Christmas Pudding, turkey and pantomime. Read more 22 Dec

New Biodiversity Coordinator As Nations agree to protect a third of the planet for nature by 2030 in a deal aimed at safeguarding biodiversity, the Town Council have announced that Rachel Lightbird is their new Climate Emergency and Biodiversity Coordinator. Read more 19 Dec

HebWeb Interview: Chris Goddard - Here's the latest interview from George Murphy - with a local map-maker, writer and illustrator. Chris Goddard was fascinated by maps and map-making from an early age. Chris reveals his taste in music, how he met his partner, what luxuries he would want to take on a desert island and much more. Read all 30+ HebWeb Interviews

Carols at the Station Saturday, 10 Dec, £73 was generously donated by travellers to the small band of volunteer musicians and singers who turned out in the cold weather. Read more 12 Dec

The Yorkshire Coiners in 2022 John Styles, Professor at the University of Hertfordshire, told the Local History Society how time has changed the ways in which we look at the trade of counterfeiting money. He explained that it was a well organised business, with entrepreneurs seizing opportunities. Read report. 6 Dec

Fright Night Double Bill at The Picture House: The Shining and Candyman on Saturday, 10 December at The Picture House. Read more.

Hebden Bridge: one of the best independent high streets. Today's Observer says of our town: "Famous for its bohemian vibe, Hebden Bridge is a hotbed of independent designers, artists and craftspeople." Read report 4 Dec

Tales of the Valley Out in the Valley LGBTQIA+ Drama Group's very first ever performance and play. Little Theatre on 16-17 Dec. Read more 1 Dec

Calder Valley Naturalists: a History At a meeting of the Local History Society, Richard Rainbow shared stories of local naturalists who made an impact on the scientific study of plants. The Calder Valley has for centuries been a rich landscape for the study of nature. Read more 29 Dec

Murphy's Lore:In the latest episode (the 113th) there's rail travel, sisters and nieces, nurses and curses, Rome and a Ron, a Bill and an Alan, an attack by a tree, a queer chap, two writers, rent men and salesmen, two sailors, a Don Juan and a Mrs missed. Read the latest Murphy's Lore. 20 Dec 2022

Local cost of living help - The Town Council has created a Cost of Living Committee and have allocated an initial £30,000 to support the several local groups providing food and to those providing Warm Spaces. More details of warms spaces, and food help. 17 Dec

Happy Valley Three Filmed in and around Hebden Bridge, and starting New Year's Day, this BBC article has interviews with writer Sally Wainwright, and actors James Norton (Tommy), Siobhan Finneran (Clare) and Rhys Connah (Ryan). Read BBC article. 13 Dec

Tod Town Centre gets £10m worth of investment as part of the government's Town Deal project. Read more in this BBC News report. 9 Dec

Murphy's Lore:In the latest episode, there's the bizarre history of Miss Martindale of MacPhelah, spanking and caning, poetry collections about Angola, America and England's Green, a bungle in the jungle, entanglements in time and space, an unreliable reader, tales told in a cellar and the snows of yesteryear. Read the latest Murphy's Lore. 6 Dec 2022

The Impact of Airbnb on Local Affordable Housing was a public meeting organised by our Community Land Trust. Read report 5 Dec

Local Food Summit Last weekend, a summit of local food groups took place with speakers, and to share info about each other's activities. Read Report 2 Dec

November 2022


Open Space 70: Join in! Hebden Bridge Arts invites everyone to a reception on Thurs 8th Dec to find out about their 2023 Open Space 70 project. Read more

Northerners: A History  From the Ice Ages to the 21st Century. The speaker at the recent University of Third Age meeting was Brian Groom, who started work as a journalist at The Goole Times, then spent most of his career at the Financial Times. Read this fascinating report. 24 Nov

Calder Grub Hub The Grub Hub has been providing between 50 and 90 free vegan meals at Hope Baptist Church each Wednesday since the start of September. The aim is to provide two wholesome courses as well as home baked cakes. Along with tea, coffee and a range of herbal teas. Read more 21 Nov

Heptonstall concert for Pakistan Flood Appeal raises £1100 at a full house of more than 100 people on Sunday 13 Nov at the Octagon Chapel. Read more 18 Nov

Hebden Makes Christmas Hebden Bridge will come alive with the spirit of Christmas this 3-4 December as over 80 local artists stage the first ever "Hebden Makes Christmas" art, craft and Open Studios event. More info 17 Nov

Bird Calendar 2023. Wildlife photographer Roger O'Doherty has produced a calendar featuring some of his photos with info about the birds pictured, to raise funds for Calder Food Support. Read more. 16 Nov

White Poppy Wreath Around 40 people gathered at the war memorial in Hebden Bridge's Memorial Gardens on Friday morning to witness the laying of a white poppy wreath by the memorial and listen to some poems about the futility of war and conflict. Read more 14 Nov

Tea in 18th Century Britain Beneficial, injurious or innocent? Emily Webb, of the University of Leeds who has been researching the role of tea in shaping the history of colonial Britain, spoke to a meeting of the Local History Society. Read report 14 Nov

Natural History Exhibition at Town Hall - A new group has launched a colourful and fascinating Natural History exhibition at the Town Hall in the hope of finding like minded people to join a new society, with rambles, talks and events led by local experts. Read more 9 Nov

ARTISTS IN EXILE Having helped Ukrainian artists and their families to come to live in our area, Artists in Exile are seeing a new wave of people desperate to leave Ukraine, due to recent attacks and fears about what the winter will bring.They would love to hear from anyone who might be able to help. Read more. 4 Nov

Trevor Beale's Fireside Stories from 1971-1974. Before his early death at the age of 34, Hebden Bridge folk musician Trevor Beale had composed and recorded the tracks of this new album. Tracks which were rediscovered around 3 years ago. Read more about this remarkable story, and pre-order the album. 2 Nov

The HebWeb Interview: Jill Liddington The latest interview from George Murphy is with renowned historian Jill Liddington, an authority on Anne Lister and the Suffragettes. Find out about the life and times of Jill, her involvement in the Women's Movement, how Jill came to be a historian, collaborating with Sally Wainwright, the impact of Gentleman Jack on book sales, how she relaxes, her tastes in music and Jill's advice to young historians. Read all 30+ HebWeb Interviews

Christmas markets with CBeebies star Ben Faulks to aid Hebden Bridge tuition project, Ask the Question. At Todmorden's Fielden Centre on 3 Dec at 11am. Read more 25 Nov

The Twelve Plants of Christmas For the next Lit & Sci talk on 3 Dec, Botanist Ian Brand takes us on a seasonal tour, encompassing everything from 'Holly and Ivy' to 'Brussel Sprouts and Cranberry sauce'. Read more

Murphy's Lore - in Episode 19, there's the Word of the Year, unicycling kids, wild life and domestic strife, an 80s band called The Strand, two Heathcliffes, expensive trainers … but no sleep. Read the latest Murphy's Lore. 22 Nov 2022

Attention all creative practitioners! Hebden Bridge Arts call out for artist facilitators for their OPEN SPACE 70 project is now live. This will lead to a July 2023 festival weekend of 70 exhibitions, events, happenings, performances, workshops, and walks. Read more 18 Nov

Christmas Trees at the Crags Hardcastle Crags are making available sustainably sourced, British-grown Christmas trees to buy from Midgehole Road car park on weekends from 26th November. Read more 17 Nov

A Bunch of Amateurs screening and Q&A presented by the Hebden Bridge Film Festival. Thurs 24 Nov. The film shines a spotlight on Bradford Movie Makers, established in 1932 and one of Northern England's last remaining amateur film-making clubs. Read more

Adapting a novel for TV Novelist and TV dramatist Louise Doughty described the process by which a novel is adapted to the very different medium of television, to the Hebden Bridge Lit&Sci, and read a section of the opening prologue of the novel. Read more 14 Nov

Hepton Singers concert: This year's concert at Heptonstall Church is on 26 November. The centrepiece of the programme is the world premiere of a work composed especially for Hepton Singers by Glasgow-based composer Fergus Hall. Read more

Murphy's Lore - In the latest episode, there's the fires and thrills of yesteryear, versions of Emily true and false, a face to face with an ant, misadventures on one leg and in the bath, a diagnosis by a TV doc, the lost art of bubble popping - and a cheery man in a mask. Read the latest Murphy's Lore. 8 Nov 2022

Osborne Street Local residents have told the HeWeb that "land was bought by the developers of the chapel for 17.5k from a Housing Association last year, to be 'a community garden'. They now want to put up a large detached house with multiple terraces etc. on there." See Planning Watch 3 Nov

Mytholm Works The Town Council have rejected current plans for a Residential development of 38 dwellings, because of the flood risk, insufficent affordable housing, and other reasons. See Planning Watch 3 Nov

Three Norths set to align in Hebden Bridge in August 2024. The alignment last happened in the 1660s but is set to pass through several places in the UK once again. Thanks to Jamie J for alerting the HebWeb, and who wonders whether the Town Council will plan a big party. Read explanation. 2 Nov

October 2022


Town Council Launches Cost of Living Grants: The scheme will help local organisations support the most vulnerable from hunger and to provide 'warm spaces'. Read more 31 Oct

Teaching in Sudan Janet Dearden told a recent meeting of the University of her adventures while teaching students in the Sudan, designing a school and visiting the Whirling Dervishes. Read more 28 Oct

Dave and Viv: latest Well known Hebden Bridge personalities, Dave and Viv Boardman, backpacking around the globe, are currently in the US and have sent the HebWeb a report on their adventures. Read more 26 Oct

Flood Alleviation Scheme - update The Environment Agency have announced that from next week their teams will be carrying out some vegetation management work to a small number of short river wall sections along Hebden Water and the River Calder. Read more 21 Oct

Dave and Viv's gap year Today's Guardian features well known Hebden Bridge personalities, Dave and Viv Boardman, both aged 66, who are currently backpacking around Europe, America and Australia. Read Guardian article or listen to their podcasts 17 Oct

Fielden Brothers of Tod - wealth came from slavery Like other cotton firms, Fielden Brothers of Todmorden used cotton grown by enslaved people, as June Turner explained to the Local History Society. Read report of talk 15 Oct

Top doctor attacks health inequalities World renowned top doctor, Professor Sir Michael Marmot didn't mince his words as he presented evidence to show how government policies have led to greater health inequalities in the UK. Read report of Lit&Sci lecture 12 Oct

Mary-Joan Courtney Sadly Mary-Joan recently died very peacefully. She was an artist, writer, a valued member of Calder Valley Voices Choir and artistic communities in Hebden Bridge and Todmorden. See Lives Remembered for more info. 8 Oct

New Hebden Bridge Access Map Hebden Bridge Disability Access Forum has just published its updated Step-Free Access Map and Guide to Hebden Bridge town centre, with many updates including The Trade Club. Read more 7 Oct

Folklore, customs and traditions Catherine Warr, a young historian who runs the successful You Tube channel 'Yorkshire's Hidden History' ventured into the live world of the members of Hebden Bridge Local History Society to challenge ideas about customs and traditions. Read more 2 Oct

Upstairs and Downstairs in 1900s Birchcliffe - In his recent talk to the Local History Society, Michael Peel told a story of life upstairs and downstairs which was uncovered from a collection of more than 200 old postcards. Read report 29 Oct

Second-hand bookshop at Hardcastle Crags raising vital funds with 'Secret Santa' scheme. More donations are being sought to stock up shelves ahead of the festive period. Read more 27 Oct

Murphy's Lore latest - there's Norman the Needle, 3 Ps, cakes and teas, Muck in Mytholmroyd, a Fosbury Flop and a broken bed, U boats and a cunning plan, Zen and zips, a pigeon handbag, political pumpkins and more! Read the latest Murphy's Lore. 25 Oct 2022

Craig Whittaker, our local MP and deputy chief whip for the Tories, is this evening reported by The Spectator has having said, after exiting the lobby following the latest Government U-turn, 'I am f***ing furious and I don't give a f**k anymore." Read report 19 Oct

An evening in Ted Hughes' house On 3 November, The Elmet Trust presents Poet Kenneth Stevens reading from and discussing his work in the intimate setting of the Hughes family's living room in Mytholmroyd. Read more

Robbie Coltrane, star of Cracker and Harry Potter films, has died aged 72. In April 2007, he came 2nd in the World Dock Pudding Championship in Mytholmroyd. Read 2007 HebWeb report.

Trades Club lift: currently unavailable for use due to building regulations issues. The Trades Club hope to resolve the problem quickly. 14 Oct

Murphy's Lore latest includes, blue on blue warfare, a girl in white, a mouse at an ale house, folklore folk, pulp fiction and rambling on t' moors, two small baps, parking and Nobel prizes, folklore and Ufology, two men telling tales … and the perils of driving near Tod. Read the latest Murphy's Lore. 11 Oct 2022

Alice a fight for Life Around 70 people attended the screening of the documentary Alice a Fight for Life at the Picture House, followed by discussion with an expert panel. The event was a reminder of how the asbestos at Acre Mill slaughtered so many local people, a tragic history many youngsters and people new to our area may not know about. Read more 4 Oct

September 2022


Vacancy for Town Councillor: Birchcliffe following the resignation of Dr Carol Stow. No poll has been claimed within the advertised period so this post can now be filled by the Town Council by co-option. Read more 29 Sept

Yarns for the Textile Trade Noel Moroney told a recent meeting of the University of the 3rd Age about working for Gannex, Ormerods and other local textile firms, with anecdotes about the famous, including Prime Minister Harold Wilson. Read more 26 Sept

Food Support: Struggling to pay for food and bills? Calder Food Support are providing food bags at Valley Road Surgery on Wednesdays 10am-12noon. The first four bags are free, after that they are £3. 25 Sept

Awesome Autumn Rag Market Hebden Bridge WI Rag Market is being held on Saturday 15th October in both the town Hall and Northlight Studios, with additional stalls at the Word of Mouth workshop on Valley Road.  Read more

u3a Lectern Unveiled - At the September u3a meeting held at the Central Methodist Hall, Todmorden a new lectern was unveiled in the memory of the late member David Sutcliffe. Read more 18 Sept

Hebden Bridge Camera Club exhibition. This year's winner is 'Eaves Wood' by Chris Scarborough. Visitors had an opportunity to vote for their favourite images. More info and runners-up 14 Sept 2022

MASTER STONEMASON RICHARD WHITAKER discusses his early years, 'Pinky and Percy', a connection to the Brontës, valley life and much more in the latest HebWeb Interview from George Murphy. Read all 30 HebWeb Interviews.

A Book of Condolence following the death of the Queen has been opened at Hebden Bridge Town Hall. For more info, see the Hebden Royd Town Council website. 9 Sept

Asda buys Mytholmroyd Coop and around 130 other Co-op stores. Asda said the purchases are part of plans to move into smaller, convenience grocery stores. 3 Sept

Stop Fire & Rehire - Meeting cancelled. Former Government minister Barry Gardiner will be showing the film at Mytholmroyd Community Centre on Weds 14 September, at 7pm. Read more. 1 Sept

Meeting to save vital charity The Hebden Bridge and District Old People's Welfare Committee started life at the end of WW1 with a remit to look after vulnerable people. It is still made up of volunteers and includes councillors from all 5 parishes, including Hebden Royd. Read more 30 Sept

Murphy's Lore - In Episode 15 there's a good mourning, sunsets captured and a sun shooter, a folklore home in Tod, takes on a sad tale from Cornholme, Angela Carter's Hebden Bridge, observations on obscurity, the skill of finding things, hot topics for the elderly and after the Parade snaps. Read the latest Murphy's Lore. 27 Sept 2022

Handmade Parade 2022 The Handmade Parade returned today after three years with music, large crowds, young uni-cyclists, giant puppets, stilt-walkers and joy. Click photo above to enlarge it. See more photos and more info.,25 Sept 2022

Hebden Bridge Goes Pink from 1st-31st October for Breast Cancer Awareness month. 131+ businesses are dressing their shop windows pink. A banner will be over the river for the duration. Seasontech Ltd have donated £100.00 for the best dressed window and shops will have collection boxes.

Community Kindness shop - to open 7 days a week, in the former Tourist Info premises by the marina, supporting people in the local area. See update and more info 16 Sept

Murphy's Lore latest - Episode 14 includes a funday for Laura Kuensberg and basking in the park, Marriage and recreational drugs, tales about telling tales, nappies and nipples, an African monster, a dream awakening, Queen Elizabeth and Bob, and a town hall declaration. Read the latest Murphy's Lore. 13 Sept

Covid numbers lowest since early 2020: 0-2 cases in Hebden Bridge, 0-2 cases in Mytholmroyd and 0-2 cases in Tod for the week to 3 September. The rate per 100K for Calderdale as a whole is 34 and for England 44. Read more. 8 Sept 2022

Climate Emergency and Biodiversity Coordinator - job vacancy with Hebden Royd Town Council who are looking for an individual with a passion to make an effective response to the climate emergency and improve biodiversity in Hebden Royd. More info. 2 Sept

August 2022


The Future for Israel/ Palestine: Apartheid or One Democratic State? Professor Jeff Halper will be speaking at the Trades Club on 6 September at 7pm. Jeff, originally from the US, has lived in Israel since 1973 and identifies as Jewish Israeli. Read more 31 Aug

Don't Pay Calderdale - In the square today, a group of local activists were encouraging people to refuse to pay energy bills on Oct 1, unless price rises are reduced. They were asked to sign up to the Don't Pay website. 26 Aug

Calder Community Kindness shop in the former Tourist Info premises by the marina. Calder Community Cares has been supporting people in the local area for over two years. At the end of June, it opened the Calder Community Kindness shop. Read more 24 Aug

Grow + Graze: Campaign to grow more veg in the Calder Valley A new campaign has been launched to set us on the road to more self sufficiency in food. Growing vegetables in the Upper Valley is not only perfectly possible, but many farmers are successfully doing this. Read more. 22 Aug

CLIMATE ACTION ROADSHOW Slow The Flow has just 2 weeks of events left in their Climate Action Roadshow which continues this week. More info about the events. 6 Aug

The Hinchcliffe Arms opens kitchen - The kitchen at the historic Hinchliffe Arms is officially opening on 11 Aug 2022. The pub is an integral part of the Cragg Vale community and it aims to provide "a vibrant and convivial space for all to be refreshed, sustained and entertained." Read more

Large Fire at La Perla Restaurant The Fire Service and the Council asked people to avoid the area. Some roads in the centre were closed. 10 fire engines. See HebWeb news for more info, Local Giving Appeal and media links.

Remembering the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings of 77 years ago. On 6th August, at 11am, Calder Valley CND will be remembering the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings, with poetry, readings, song and reflection. More info. 1 Aug

Murphy's Lore latest -  Episode 13 includes great escapes: sewage in Ilkley and a blue world in Tod; a round trip of Shropshire, the Cotswolds and the Peak District; an anniversary kiss and song; a new Mayroyd library; Tolstoy in Rochdale; a technique to defy death; footballers considered as proteins; a cautionary tale for teens and much more! Read the latest Murphy's Lore. 30 Aug

A Very British Meteorite Martin Lunn told a recent meeting of the University of the 3rd Age that the Middlesborough Meteorite came to Earth at Pennymans's Siding, part of the North Eastern Railway Line which at that time was in Yorkshire, and was witnessed by four railwaymen. Read report 25 Aug

Living and Dying in the Calder Valley in the 1690s - The Local History Society invite you to a Book Launch at Halifax Minster on 20 Oct. Living and Dying in the Calder Valley in the 1690s - probate records for the townships of Halifax, 1688-1700. Read more

Hebden Bridge Arts seeks Project Manager  The team at Hebden Bridge Arts is looking for our new Project Manager to develop and manage projects, rolling out our fresh creative programme. Read more 20 Aug

Hebden Royd and Warstein celebrate 27 years of twinning. Mayors pictured right. More photos and info 12 Aug

September Parade The Handmade Parade returns on 18 September with music, people, giant puppets, stilt-walkers and joyful celebration. The coming weeks will see workshops and courses in costume-making, stilting, dance and samba drumming. Read more 5 Aug

Twinning with Warstein A celebration of 27 years of twinning between Hebden Royd and Warstein will take place from 4-7 August. See What's on for more info

July 2022


Hebden Bridge Arts seeks new board members Hebden Bridge Arts, formerly the Hebden Bridge Arts Festival, is recruiting two new board members, volunteering up to 4 hours each month. More info. 27 July

Liz Truss's Hebden Bridge past - Tory leadership contender, Liz Truss was the Conservative candidate for our Calder Valley seat in the 2005 General Election, and lived in Hebden Bridge. She was defeated by Labour's Chris McCafferty, having misled local Tories about her private life. Read more 25 July

Moorland burning update New regulations have been introduced that prohibit burning in many parts of our uplands. The Town Council have now produced a map and info explaining them. Read more. 21 July

Murphy's Lore latest -  In episode 10, the heat is on. School trips are recalled, there's a farce within a farce and a comeback fashion suggested; fear is dissected, birds and bees respected and there's homework (to be inspected); there's an update on omicron, a Teepee City and finally, some sung tips on dating. Read the latest Murphy's Lore 19 July

Grants available to support natural flood management Farmers and landowners around Hebden Bridge and the surrounding area can take advantage of grants to create natural flood management works  Read more 16 July

CROWS need a hand and are organising 2 big carry days on Erringden Moor: 30 July and 20 August. The group of volunteers who improve and repair our local footpaths want walkers and runners to help take timber across the moor to boardwalk construction sites. Read more

Murphy's Lore Series 3 -  In episode 9, there are sacred facts, Ukrainian guests, disappointing legs, a puzzle and a lion, an ancient tale and a new one, a reviewer's confession, a golden circle and a studio tour.. Read the latest Murphy's Lore 5 July

Calderdale to pay care staff living wage And it will be the first authority in Yorkshire to do so. Hebden Bridge Calderdale Councillor, Cllr Josh Fenton-Glynn has told the HebWeb, "Care work is skilled work. It's time we recognised that." Read more 2 July

Can You Hear Me Mother? – 'The Art of the Monologue' was the subject of a recent talk for the University of the 3rd Age. David Skillen, the speaker, reviewed the history of the monologue and gave examples, including Stanley Holloway. Read more 29 July

Heptonstall Museum Saved When the Museum was placed on Calderdale Council's asset transfer list, a group of residents set up a group to try and save it. They have recently received the exciting news confirming their success. Read more 26 July

Holts squatted Empty for 4-5 years, the former greengrocers is currently occupied by squatters who are proving refreshments and putting on events. 25 July

The University of Third Age is 40 The University of the Third Age held an event on Saturday 16th July at Todmorden Central Methodist Hall, to celebrate the 40th Anniversary Event of u3a being formed. Read more 24 July

Yorkshire Water sees highest water use in 15 years They provided more than 1.56 billion litres of water on Monday – which is around 260 million litres more than usual - enough to supply the whole of York and Leeds. Read more. 19 July

Preparing for flash flooding and thanking flood wardens for the past 10 years. Sudden and heavy downpours are more likely in the summer months and can rapidly overwhelm or block drainage systems, increasing the risk of flash flooding. Read more 14 July

Canal Overflow - Planning Application Work is about to start at the Vale Centre site on Stubbing Holme Road, to enable a canal flood overflow weir. Plans have been submitted. Read more 12 July

Happy Valley Pride Announce 2022 Line-Up Happy Valley Pride celebrates LGBTQ+ life in Hebden Bridge, Todmorden, Mytholmroyd, and surrounding areas. It is the first full week-long festival since 2019. Read more 6 July

Job Vacancies: Hebden Bridge Town Hall are looking to recruit one or more Duty Officers to join their staff team. More info. 4 July

June 2022


Play Write! – A Festival of New Drama At the end of July, Hebden Bridge Little Theatre plays host to a special event in the arts calendar, as the second Play Write! Festival takes place. Read more 30 June

Try out an e-bike: A new family-friendly festival takes place in Mytholmroyd on Sun 3 July. The event will give people chance to try out electric bikes free of charge on a traffic-free section of Cragg Road, the longest continuous ascent in the country. Read more

Open Studios 2022 The annual Open Studios event this year is from 1-3 July. Over 40 venues are already displaying artwork by Open Studios artists in their windows. Read more

Rail Strike: BBC Look North report the strike from Hebden Bridge. David Fletcher condemns the rail workers as extremely selfish while the RMT Union warns that job cuts will make the railways unsafe. See this 3-4 minute BBC report. 23 June

Resolutions and Superstitions was the subject of a recent talk by Chris Helme to the University of the Third Age, telling of the number 13, walking round ladders, New Year customs, Valentines Days and more. Read report 22 June

Picture House: new projector and no price rise As well as ensuring ticket prices at the Picture House remain the same, the Town Council are investing in a new state-of-the-art projector. Read more 21 June

MEADOWS ACTIVITY DAY CELEBRATES ANCIENT GRASSLANDS - Enjoy vital local meadows and ecosystems on Saturday 9 July at High Hirst Woodmeadow - guided walks, traditional crafts, heritage display and more. More info

Summer Roadshow to promote natural flood management Local charity Slow the Flow has published details of a six-week summer roadshow to promote natural flood management and community-led climate action across Calderdale. Read more 15 June

The Great Get Together on Saturday, 25 June in Calder Holmes Park with The Great Tea Party, The Great Hebden Bridge Bake Off, The Human Library and lots more. See What's on.

Murphy's Lore Series 3 - In Episode 7, there's Old and New Town takes on the jubilee, Seth and the princess, the severed head of ET, the meaning of 'blan a hoolie', a May blossom tour, opinions on immortality, a toast to Tolstoy, a city of culture, the roots of coincidence, a shop shutting and Teepie City. Read the latest Murphy's Lore 7 June

The Match Girls Strike was the subject of a recent talk by Michael Astrop to the University of the Third Age, and how it was a pivotal event in the history of industrial relations and Union Representation. Read report 4 June

CAMERA CLUB ANNUAL EXHIBITION This year's Hebden Bridge Camera Club exhibition will be taking place at the Town Hall, Hebden Bridge from 27 August. As usual, visitors will have an opportunity to vote for their favourite images. More info

The Making of a Town Hall Now that the rebuilt Town Hall is 10 years old, read how the development of this groundmaking project was reported on the HebWeb from 2007 until 2012 when it opened. See this HebWeb feature 27 June

Hepton Singers' summer concert: Hepton Singers, the chamber choir based in the Calder Valley, will present an early evening concert in Heptonstall on Saturday 2nd July. Entitled Ice and Fire. Read more

Walking football sessions kick off in Mytholmroyd. Walking football is one of the fastest growing parts of the beautiful game encouraging older players to keep going, but at a slower pace. Read more. 23 June

MURPHY'S LORE - the 100th episode! George brings up his hundred with a dead cat bounce from series one, Fred, the Ronaldo of cats, a nightmare in No 10, going off the rails, a girl in a mask, adventures in ADHD, empathy in ASD. He connects conspiracy blues and Roman witches and where have all the GPs gone. Read the latest Murphy's Lore 21 June

Ten years ago on Friday evening, 22 June, Hebden Bridge and the Upper Valley area suffered the first of two severe summer floods. See photos and read the HebWeb report

'Has my Yorkshire grit held me back?' 'I'll 'appen that's it.' Mark Piggott, who grew up in Hebden Bridge, comments on a recent report on regional accents and the 'serious social, economic and educational harm' they do. Read more. 15 June

Clean Air Day Local people are being encouraged to take simple steps to help cut local air pollution, as part of Calderdale Council's support for national Clean Air Day on Thursday 16 June.  Read more

Swimming - natural lido: with fading prospects of a pool in Hebden Bridge or Mytholmroyd, local swimmers may be interested in plans for a natural lido just a few miles away, on the moors above Oxenhope. See Guardian article. Read more. 8 June

Things I Know to be True The Little Theatre's June production is this intense family drama by Andrew Bovell and directed by Rachel Doyle-Richards, from Mon 20 June till 25 June. Read more. 6 June 2022

May 2022


Calrec walkers to raise money for Ukraine Calrec's hikers are to walk the 50-mile Calderdale Way in a day - for the people of Ukraine. More info. 30 May

THE NEW MAYOR Cllr Jane Hoyle takes the chain for the Mayoral year of 2022-23. Her husband Mr Kevin Hoyle will join her as consort, with Cllr Bernice Hayes as Deputy Mayor. 30 May

Free taster workshops launched: Hebden Bridge Arts invites you to book one of their free workshops or walks happening on Saturday 4th June at the Open Space 70 launch at Hebden Bridge Town Hall. Including stalls, live music and tetrapak printing. More info here

Save the bees: A giant 195ft-wide piece of land art has been created opposite the turning circle by artists from Sand in your Eyes to highlight the threat to bees from parasites and pesticides. See BBC report 20 May

MAYOR PRAISED FOR ROLE IN LEADING RECOVERY Retiring Mayor Cllr Rob Freeth was thanked for his year in office. Colleagues praised him for his vision and supporting the community to recover from the impact of Covid and regain its vibrancy. Read more 20 May

Widdop moorland blaze More than 50 firefighters managed to put out the fire after a short while, yesterday evening. See BBC report. 16 May

Benefit for St Augustine's Centre at the Trades Club on 27 May, a benefit for St Augustine's Centre – offering support to those seeking asylum in Halifax and Calderdale. Read more

Murphy's Lore Series 3- In episode 5, there's a medley of themes: I'll be your mirror, a ticklish subject, Help! I need somebody, This ain't no party! And in the end … There's also a walk in the woods, Mrs Grimm and Coming out day - a fairy tale of Hebden Bridge! Read the latest Murphy's Lore 9 May

Land Trust seeks Trustees - Calder Valley Community Land Trust is looking to strengthen their Board, by bringing in up to two new members. More info 4 May

Heptonstall Pace Egg raised £1225 for charity. Half was donated to The Royal Halifax Hospital Children's Ward. And half to Save the Children's Ukraine and Afghanistan Appeals. Pace Egg photos and info

What Have Volcanoes Ever Done for Us? The guest speaker at the recent U3A monthly meeting was Chris Freeman, whose interest in volcanoes began when he was an apprentice in the Royal Navy. Read report 2 May

Twinning with St Pol: 40 years! Hebden Royd Town Council entertained guests from St Pol, France celebrating the delayed 40th Anniversary of Twinning between St Pol and Hebden Royd. Read more 30 May

Survivors of Torture £1213 was raised for Survivors of Torture (STAF) at a Cream Tea and Plant Sale on 22 May. Organisers wish to thank to all those who came. 27 May 2022

Murphy's Lore Series 3 - In Episode 6, there's spring flowers, a multi-tasking man, news you might have missed, a dark silent chamber, comments from tourists, the big C in mental health, an Android hospital, Crooked books and a werewolf. Read the latest Murphy's Lore 23 May

Sweeping up the Street Mytholmroyd's Jim Jarratt's new book is set in 1990 where a former Countryside Warden is looking for a permanent job! He's just blown the whistle about MSC schemes in the Guardian. Read more 19 May

Open Space 70: Hebden Bridge Arts invites you to join them on Saturday 4 June at Hebden Bridge Town Hall for the launch of Open Space 70 – their exciting, new, year-long project. More info

Filming in Calderdale - A new website, showcasing the magnificent architecture and landscape available to be used for filming in our area, has now launched. The website also includes info on how residents or businesses can offer-up their premises for filming. More info 9 May

Hebden Bridge Arts needs Chairs: Hebden Bridge Arts Festival is now Hebden Bridge Arts. Are you the next Chair or Co-Chair of Hebden Bridge Arts? Wanted: Chair or two Co-Chairs of the Board. More info 8 May

Centre for Folklore, Myth and Magic finds a permanent home in Tod. It will open on 21st May, adding to the former printworks, on Halifax Road, a vibrant space for exhibitions, workshops, storytelling and conferences. Read more 4 May

Call for 'right to grow' food in UK's unloved public spaces. Todmorden's Incredible Edible says new law could give people better health, wellbeing and access to fruit and vegetables. See Guardian article. 3 May

April 2022


Murphy's Lore Series 3, episode 4 - In episode 4, there's sunsets over Hebden Bridge, minding your language, learning to lie, phoney propaganda, dinner with Trimalchio, Sonia Boyce, a Lake District jaunt and a delicate operation.. Read the latest Murphy's Lore 26 April

Local Election candidates for Calder Ward (covering Hebden Bridge), Luddendenfoot Ward (including Mytholmroyd) and Todmorden Ward. Voting takes place on Thursday, 5 May. See details.

Fox and Goose to raise money for Ukraine with rescued craft beer Raise a glass and money for the people of Ukraine this Thursday 14th April at 6pm after 30,000 pints-worth of Kyiv-based Varvar Brew's craft beer was rescued from the country and brought to the UK for fundraising purposes. Read more

Wainsgate concerts The 2022 Wainsgate Concert Series gets underway the weekend after Easter with a series of events. Read more 12 April

Artists In Exile The HebWeb has been advised that Artists In Exile urgently need a sponsor for a Ukrainian couple who both work in the film industry. She works with  film festivals and in project management. He makes music videos. Read more 11 April

The HebWeb Interview: Helen Baron Featuring the prestigious DJ Helen Baron, who has made lots of people happy with her disc spinning. Now read about what she she does for a day job, how she got started as a DJ, her choice of all time favourite records, her shop, what she would save from a shipwreck and lots more. See all of George Murphy's 28 HebWeb Interviews 9 April

Pace Egg Play back live for the first time since 2019. Good Friday. More info

Happy Valley Pride event as Series 2 of Gentleman Jack launches To close the Anne Lister Birthday Festival 2022, Happy Valley Pride is proud to welcome Dr Jill Liddington to talk at the Little Theatre. Read more 5 April

Spaw Sunday Celebration and Community Picnic on Sunday 8 May in Cragg Vale, starting at St John's Church for the procession, short walk, picnic, music and dancing. From medieval times to the 19th century, many hundreds would join in. More info and background.

Local Election candidates for Calder Ward (covering Hebden Bridge), Luddendenfoot Ward (including Mytholmroyd) and Todmorden Ward. Voting takes place on Thursday, 5 May. See details.

Wife After Death The Little Theatre's April production (25-30) is the hilarious comedy, Wife After Death by Eric Chapell. Comedian and national treasure Dave Thursby has died, and on the day of his funeral, friends and colleagues gather beside his coffin to pay their last respects. Read more

Disability Forum to focus on Mental Health and has its next ordinary meeting is on 25 April 2022, 3pm by Zoom video link. The meeting will start with our regular Focus on Mental Health. We are happy to have Deborah Corbyn of Calderdale Healthy Minds with us for the meeting. Read more

Murphy's Lore Series 3, episode 3 - In this episode there's a joke untold, Cafe Culture, the price of gas, World War 3, the immortal Miss Groby, Marjorie Dexter Schools' Inspector, a local disaster and Readers Write.. Read the latest Murphy's Lore 12 April

Heptonstall Postmaster passes Post Office to Community Community ownership 'best possible result', says retiring Heptonstall Postmaster. Tony Spink is retiring after 22 years, with the local community banding together to buy his branch. Read more 11 April

Working for the BBC The guest speaker at the at the recent University of the Third Age members' meeting was Christine Green who presented 'Working for Auntie', about her thirteen years at the BBC. Read more 10 April

Demolition of former weaving shed and new carpark at Calder Mill, Stubbing Holme Road, Hebden Bridge. See Planning Watch. 4 April

March 2022


Hanging Baskets! Are you a business in central Hebden Bridge or Mytholmroyd? Spring is here. Order your basket and help cover Hebden Bridge and Mytholmroyd in beautiful summer blooms and colour! More info 31 March

Murphy's Lore Series 3, episode 2 - there's a bowler's run up, walking to Buskerville, Adam and Eve and a suffragette's muse, ancient misogyny and Pandora, a bog boogie, losing legs in beds, Bob all over, where to find your mPGC, an ignoble Lord, a fable for friends and a drowning boy. Read the latest Murphy's Lore 28 March

Reflections on a career in BBC commissioning: On 22 April, Cheryl Taylor will tell the Lit & Sci about the development and commissioning of television programmes that have helped to sculpt the cultural landscape of our lives since 1997. More info 26 March

Twinning Society Meet for Meal: On Sunday, 20th March, the Hebden Bridge Twinning Society finally held their New Year Meal at La Perla. More info. 23 Mar

THE DUCKS ARE BACK IN TOWN! Rotary Club member Roger Benn and organiser of the Duck Race, has told the HebWeb, "The fantastic news is out! Our Totally Quackers ducks are coming down from the hills to race once again on Hebden Water in Hebden Bridge Town Centre. Read more 22 March

Murphy's Lore is back - for a third series. Episode One includes Ukraine and overdosing on news, going live and staying alive, dancing hares and voice hallucinations, the landscape artist of the year and Don the Drone, free will and the politics of faeces, a news junkie confesses and Joan is illustrated! Read the latest Murphy's Lore 15 March

Town Council expresses solidarity with Ukraine The Mayor of Hebden Royd, Cllr Rob Freeth said, "I would like to take the opportunity to express our support and send sympathies to the people of Ukraine during this difficult time." And the Picture House is showing a charity fundraising film, Olga to support Ukraine. Read more 10 March

Mind your Head announce new events Mind Your Head, a campaign promoting better LGBTQ+ mental health and wellbeing in Calderdale and beyond, has announced two new online events. Read more 8 March

Crossings for Spring A photo project for all. The Arts Festival invites everyone of all ages, photography novices and professionals alike, to take part, by submitting photographs for a touring exhibition in June. Read more. 1 March

Have your say on proposed bounday changes to the Calder Valley Parliamentary Constituency. Make your views known by 4 April. There is disagreement over what shape our constituency should take, and whether the proposed changes favour a particular political party. Read more 30 March

Remembering Cragg Hall 1820 – 1921 On 12 August 1921, the residents of Cragg Vale woke to find the magnificent Cragg Hall, part of the fabric of the community, was a smouldering ruin. Shirley Daniel and Roy Collinge told the Local History Society about one of the finest buildings in Yorkshire. Read report 28 March

Creative solutions to reduce flood risk An exciting new project has now launched to create a series of artworks within our area, not only raising awareness of the damage caused by climate change, but also helping to reduce its impact. Read more 25 March

Council success in Climate Engagement bid Hebden Royd and Todmorden Town Councils have been successful in applying for a new training and support scheme that will help local authorities deliver projects on climate change. Read more. 22 March

A Notable Epidemic: The 1880-81 scarlet fever outbreak in Halifax. John Brooke, local historian and author, told a meeting of Hebden Bridge Local History Society the story of an epidemic 140 ago. Read report 16 March

Volunteers wanted in Hardcastle Crags The National Trust is looking for volunteers to help welcome visitors and look after the Crags. As a welcome volunteer, you'll help greet visitors. Read more 11 March

Climate Action Roadshow Organised by Slow the Flow, a Climate Action Roadshow will visit Hebden Bridge and neighbouring towns this summer to raise awareness about climate change and encourage people to take action to prevent major flooding events, given the increasingly extreme weather. Read more 10 March

Growing Old Disgracefully Linda Sawley told u3a's recent meeting about 'Growing Old Disgracefully': A Guide to the Golden Years - 45 minutes of jokes, advice, pertinent observations and a singalong. Read Report. 2 March

February 2022


Spring Clean - the Town Council is inviting budding litter pickers to tidy up an area. In return, they will help your community group with a donation of £60. Read more 28 Feb

Kate Lycett: Telling Stories. Painting a Narrative. Hebden Bridge Lit & Sci's first in-person lecture for 2 years will be on 12 March. when Kate Lycett will talk about her work. Read more 26 Feb

The HebWeb Interview: Andrew Leatherbarrow Meet the team leader for Canal & River Trust Volunteers - a Lancastrian, who has lived round here for forty years, Andy exudes energy and has spent his whole career working outdoors, setting himself challenges and supporting younger people who wanted to follow him up mountains, kayak down rivers and ramble across moors. Read more 21 Feb

Heptonstall to Stoodley Pike. Repeat showing of BBC Walks programme with Shanaz Gulzar visiting Heptonstall Church ruins and walking along the Canal talking about the arrival of hippies in the 1970s. Watch now 17 Feb

Constables and highways in 17th century Murray Seccombe told the Hebden Bridge Local History Society of his explorations into 17th century records to discover more about the ways that townships and manors organised and administered the highway. Read report 15 Feb

Berringden Brow: On Days Like These: 20 years after the publication of Jill Robinson's first Berringden Brow story, the popular series has reached its 6th instalment, On Days Like These. Struggling single parent Jess has by now retired and her family has grown up, but her life continues with an array of quirky misadventures and scrapes. Read more 13 Feb

The World of Art Deco At a recent meeting of the University of the Third age, Sheila Antrobus, presented 'The Wonderful World of Art Deco', a movement which began and grew in the 1920s and 1930s. Read more 8 Feb

ARTS FESTIVAL 2022 project is LAND MARKS Hebden Bridge Arts Festival has hand-picked some 'amazing local artists' to deliver workshops across 6 projects. A public sharing of the work will take place later in the year. Read more 6 Feb

May's Shop is featured on the BBC. May Stocks has been running her store in Colden, 6 days a week, since 1974. See this short video clip from the BBC. 2 Feb

Celebrating Women Everywhere on 5th March, Inter-Arts Festival is celebrating Women Everywhere at The Trades Club ahead of International Women's Day. Read more

William Morrisons: A History - Janet Senior told the Local History Society how William Morrison was left an orphan at the age of 9, and eventually moved to Bradford where he became an apprentice grocer. In 1899, he opened the first Morrison's shop. Read report 25 Feb

Theatre Workshops for Everyone Out in the Valley have received a grant from the Town Council to fund 4 workshops on consecutive Saturday mornings starting on 19th March. Read more 23 Feb

Bad Week for Calder Valley MP Craig Whittaker was just about the only member of the government to lose his job as a Whip last week in Boris Johnson's mini-reshuffle. And now he is under investigation for his use of Parliamentary headed notepaper. See article in The Spectator 18 Feb

Ask The Question thanks Rotary Club for grant Ask The Question provides one-to-one tuition and mentorship to children and teenagers in Calderdale who have experienced adverse childhood experiences. Read more 15 Feb

£2 Trillion for Storm Arwen damage Gareth Hughes from Hebden Bridge has received a compensation cheque for more than £2 trillion in what Northern Powergrid has called an "oversight". See ITV report 14 Feb

Summer events to follow Lottery funding for High Hirst Woodmeadow. The money will be spent on developing new habitats on the site, improving access, and running a series of events and training. Read more 10 Feb

Little Theatre: A Touch of Danger Hebden Bridge Little Theatre's February play is A Touch of Danger, a deft thriller by Francis Durbridge, directed by Steve Hirst. From Monday to Saturday, 21-26 February 2022. Read more 7 Feb

Climate emergency march - report: On Sunday 30 January, Calderdale Green New Deal, Extinction Rebellion and Friends of the Earth marched to Halifax Town Hall to mark the 3rd anniversary of the Council's Climate Emergency Declaration Read more 2 Feb 2022


January 2022


A History of Thornber Chicks A rags to riches story about this family firm told to the local History Society by Ann Kilbey, who worked for the company in the 1960s. What began with just a few broody hens in orange boxes became a company who were world leaders. Read more 29 Jan

The January Daily Dip comes to an end raising over £20K for homeless charity, Crisis. On Sunday, 30 January, the finale will take place at Gaddings Dam, Todmorden, the UK's highest beach - where this year's January Dip started. Read more

Grants for COVID-affected businesses A range of Calderdale businesses can now apply for grants to soften the impact of the COVID-19 Omicron variant.  Read more 17 Jan

Silly Billy's to close after 25 years. "Sorry boys and girls," says Bill on Silly Billy's Facebook page 13 Jan

'Grotty' trains with 'filthy' seats Reporter Vicki Grimshaw spent over 24 hours travelling on our railway, with passengers complaining about delays and high costs. A man described the trains as 'a nightmare' Read Daily Mirror report 12 Jan

What is happening to General Practice? Hebden Bridge Lit & Sci launch their new season on Saturday 12 Feb with a lecture entitled What is happening to General Practice? The speakers will be Prof Aneez Esmail and Dr Sharon Spooner. Due to ongoing concerns about Covid this lecture will be Zoom only. Read more 7 Jan

The HebWeb Interview: Michael Ryan, publisher, photographer, climber and wild swimmer, is the subject of the latest interview by author and storyteller George Murphy. Read about Mick's passion for climbing, alongside his superb photographs of the moors, cloughs and crags of upper Calder. Read more 6 Jan

Climate emergency – three years on Calderdale Council outline how they are "Building a sustainable and resilient future" More info 28 Jan

Climate change: March to Halifax Town Hall on Sunday 30 January. It's 3 years since Calderdale declared a Climate Emergency. The Calderdale Green New Deal and Calderdale Extinction Rebellion say not much has changed since then. Read more 24 Jan

The History of Cinema in Hebden Bridge Speaking to the Local History Society, Kate Higham told of how cinema has been at the heart of the town since the early days of the travelling theatre tents. Possibly the first travelling cinema to reach Hebden Bridge was in 1898. Read report 14 Jan

Kerouac Lives! tour is to be launched in "the north's capital of Bohemia: Hebden Bridge" on Friday, 4 Feb at Wadsworth Community Centre. 2022 marks the centenary of the birth of the American novelist and poet Jack Kerouac. Read more 11 Jan

St Augustine's Centre makes urgent request for clothing, coats, shoes / boots for children of all ages and adults. Games or activities for children would also be welcome.More info 8 Jan

The January Dip on New Year's Day at Gaddings Dam and elsewhere - raising money for Crisis and to support those facing the worst forms of homelessness. Read more and see photos and video