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HEBWEB NEWS in brief - 2008

News Highlights 2008

Old fire station - demolition and tarmac.
Developers Eshton Gregory is seeking agreement from Calderdale Council to use the site as a temporary car park for up to 38 vehicles for the next five years. See Courier - 20 Dec

Crime Still Low in Hebden Bridge
Inspector Norbury is pleased to report that there have been only 2 crimes reported for the whole of the Hebden Bridge area over the last 7 days. One was for the damage to a window, which occurred in the early hours of Sunday morning on Market Street the other was a theft from a motor vehicle which occurred overnight at Vale Bower. - 20 Dec

Blood donor sessions in Hebden Bridge
Blood stocks run low at Christmas. Please give blood this festive season. The next session will be on Monday 22nd December, 10.30 to 12.30 & 13.30 to 15.30 at Riverside School. Please call 08457 711 711 to make an appointment

Anti Social Behaviour - Patrols in Town Centre during Festive Season
Inspector Norbury has announced that there will be extra Police Officers deployed on foot in the town centre and local parks in order to tackle anti social behaviour and provide a high visibility reassurance presence during the festive season. - 5 Dec

Snow! - 2nd Dec
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Dealers Caught in the Act
Neighbourhood Policing Team Officers and the Vehicle Crime Team have acted on information received in respect of drug dealing. On Wednesday, 19 November 2008, they intercepted a drug deal occurring in the lay by on Burnley Road, Hebden Bridge centre and arrested three people - two men aged 29 years and 33 years and a 34 year old woman. A vehicle was seized under the Proceeds of Crime Act and a subsequent house search revealed further drugs and property. The men are now on police bail pending forensic evidence. - 1 Dec

Mists of Pecket Well

The Mists of Pecket Well
Photo: Sandy O'Connor (29 Nov)

Parking charges for stations?
The Telegraph and Argus is reporting that parking charges could be introduced at rail stations across the district. The idea would be to generate income to fund future expansion of overcrowded station car parks. The parking charges could also help to manage the soaring peak period demand for park-and-ride facilities, ensuring that spaces are still available for off-peak passengers. The majority of station car parks are full by 7.30am on weekdays – the result of a 34 per cent increase in rail travel in the morning peak period across West Yorkshire in the last seven years. - 28 Nov

25th November is
White Ribbon Day

Public urged to report drinking drivers
The Police and Council are also urging people to report anyone who is drink driving to the police before they kill and injure themselves or others.Sgt Garry Alderson, Head of Calderdale Road Traffic Police, said: "We have confidential phone numbers so that people can ring in and help us get drink drivers off the road. You should ring 01422 337234 or 01422 337236, alternatively you can ring Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111."

To be in with a better chance of catching drivers as they commit the offence the police will need to know the name of the alleged offender and their vehicle registration number and the days and times of when and where they usually get behind the wheel while over the limit. Calderdale Council's Deputy Road Safety Officer, Kate Marsh, said: "I know people who have lost loved ones at the hands of a drink driver and the pain never goes away. One of the main reasons is that these deaths are totally avoidable and that is something that is very hard to come to terms with." - 28 Nov

Italian Night For Overgate Hospice
Hebden Royd Mayor Susan Press is organising an Italian Night for Overgate Hospice at Il Mulino. The evening on Sunday November 30, which starts at 6.30pm, includes a quiz and buffet with glass of wine plus raffle. Quizmaster is Dave Boardman. Tickets are £10.00 and the cost includes charity donation. Tickets from Hebden Royd Town Council (842181) or just turn up on the night. Coun Susan Press tld the Hebden Bridge Web,"I pledged at the begining of my year as Mayor I would raise £4000 for Overgateand there is still a fair way to go to achieve that so I hope people will come along and support this. The food , wine and company will be excellent!"

Swimming pool: Trustee Dorothy Sutcliffe was to report to the Hebden Royd Town Council meeting of 19th November but couldn't make the meeting - see forum thread

Hardcastle Crags 9th most popular view
- according to the National Trust website - and there's still time to vote. Inspite of this, the popular Muddy Boots Cafe is closing midweek for the whole of the winter and early spring, from the end of October until 7th April except for Boxing Day and Good Friday. 17 Nov (See also Hebweb Feature on Gibson Mill)

Local playwright Christopher Reason has dramatised the next Classic Serial for Radio Four - a 2 part adaptation of the satirical nove, The Good Soldier Švejkl by Czech writer Jaroslav Hašek, set in WW1.

New town in Calderdale? - meeting in Hebden Bridge
The Local Development Framework for Calderdale will include future housing and building development guidelines for the next 20 years or so, and will be decided upon by 2011. A meeting to discuss this will take place from 1.30pm-7.30pm, on Thursday, November 20th at Hope Baptist Church. See Courier and Local Development Framework - 10 Nov

Hebden Bridge students in Les Miserable
Wednesday (Nov 19) sees the opening night of Les Miserables at Halifax Playhouse, performed by the Calder Valley Youth Theatre - with a number of Calder High students in leading roles. It runs till Saturday, performances at 7.15, and Saturday matinee at 1.15. Tickets can be booked from the Playhouse, 01422 365998. Calder High students have many of the lead parts in this, the most ambitious CVYTshow to date. The cast is headed by 18 year old Michael Burnip, in his final year with the society, playing Jean Valjean. Other CHS students taking leading parts include Georgia Lomax-Thorpe, Emma Alderson, Georgina Hudson, David Burnip, Clara Collett, and Oliver Bairstow.

LesMis cast

Some of the cast during rehearsals in Hebden Bridge

Dope plants seized in Hebden Bridge raids
Upper Valley Neighbourhood Policing Team officers have uncovered 150 suspected cannabis plants in total from two residential addresses in the Todmorden and Hebden Bridge areas of Calderdale. On Tuesday, October 21, as a result of information passed to police and subsequent inquiries, officers searched an address in Rochdale Road, Todmorden. Officers recovered 200 suspected ecstasy tablets and in excess of 50 suspected cannabis plants. From West Yorks Police - 29 Oct

Body found in river by Packhorse Bridge. Sarah Kryeziu (41), mother of three and who lived nearby, was found Monday morning (27th) around 9am by Bill Deakin of Silly Billy's who pulled the body out of the river.

Police cordon off Bridge Gate and the Packhorse Bridge after a body was found in the Hebden Water - 27 Oct

Bradford Interchange closure
Bradford Interchange will be closing for 9 days from 11pm today as major improvement work gets under way. Those travelling from Hebden Bridge, Sowerby Bridge, Mytholmroyd and Brighouse to and from Leeds and beyond can still use the Hebden Bridge to Leeds via Dewsbury service, which will operate as normal. - 24 Oct

Hebden Bridge - one of country's lowest crime areas in country
According to Police Neighbourhood page the crime figures still show that crime in the area is continuing to fall and Hebden Bridge remains one of the lowest crime areas in the whole county - 22 Oct

Garden Street Car Park to get short stay parking (2)
The Garden Street Action Group says it is wrong to limit the length of stay to just 4 hours - because this will displace more 'long stay' users than can be accomodated at Station Road, and because there probably isn't the demand for so many short stays (we'll see). And wrong to double the charge: this is excessive, apparently driven by the wrong (revenue raising) reasons, and contradictory: what's the point of first increasing the number of short stay parking opportunities and then attempting to price them off? Read more

Hebden Bridge student stars in a powerful new BBC radio play about racism and poetry in the 21st century
Jemima Foxtrot of Hebden Bridge plays a young white girl on a rough inner city estate and, to make things worse, her older sister's boyfriend, Ian, has started showing an interest in her. At a local community development project, Katie meets Farooq and his friend Naz. But when Ian catches Farooq and Katie together, things get out of control. - 18 Oct - Listen on iPlayer for 7 days

Local artist Jane Dale diesin a tragic car accident.

Jane's Funeral is to be held at Parkwood Crematorium, Elland at 2:30 on Wednesday 22nd October. All Jane's friends and acquaintances are welcome. The Funeral cortege will pass Northlights Studio, Hebden Bridge before proceeding to the crematorium. Donations and more info

Chainsaw Tuesday 2004

Garden Street Car Park to get short stay parking
The Calderdale Council Cabinet will be told on Monday, October 27 that a number of plans are being put in place to reduce the projected deficit of £742,000 for this financial year. As a result officers are proposing an increase in parking charges for the first time in two years, and the implementation of two previously agreed proposals for short stay parking in Garden Street, Hebden Bridge. 17 Oct

Hebden Bridge: The "great unwashed"
Under the stewardship of wishy-washy liberals like Mr Fekri, Hebden Bridge has become a haven for the great unwashed. The Clean Air Act was supposed to make our air cleaner and more palatable to breathe but the low level blanket of cannabis smoke that hangs over Hebden on a daily basis is testimony to the fact the act is not working.
Mr Fekri and friends are more bothered about organising trips to Westminster to protest about just about anything, ban the bomb and save the whale. From a Courier letter 17 Oct

GARDEN STREET - Calderdale Council's Director of Regeneration & Development Ian Thompson, responsible for all aspects of the Garden Street development process inside the Council, attended Hebden Royd Town Council on Wednesday, 8th to answer questions from Town Councillors about issues to do with the area. - 8th Oct

KERBSIDE - talks with SITA didn't go well but are set to continue. Paul Brannigan of Kerbside says no decision will be made without real consultation with the community, via a public meeting. - 7th Oct

KERBSIDE - on the day that senior executives of Sita UK are flown into Manchester Airport for a summit with representatives of Kerbside, Hebden Bridge campaigner Barbara Green is urging people to write letters to Hazel Blears, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government. See Forum - 2nd Oct

Calderdale could be an "eco holiday hub"
Hebden Bridge may become a specialist 'foodie' town with restaurants and shops given incentives to stock large amounts of local produce. Pam Warhurst, chairman of Pennine Prospects, the multi-agency organisation behind the scheme, said: "The South Pennines has some of the most gorgeous rural countryside in Britain but for too long we haven't banged our drum loud enough. From the Courier - 27 Sept

Garden Street development

The Keighley Road at Commercial Street with artist's drawing of the Garden Street development - click photo to enlarge - 25th Sept

Coffee Station wins award - Third Prize in the Best Station Retail Outlet, at the National Community Rail Awards held in Plymouth on Friday night (22 Sept)

CCTV: BT gets Big Brother contract
BT has won the competitive tender to upgrade the community safety CCTV and communications infrastructure for Calderdale Council. The seven towns involved in the new CCTV project include Hebden Bridge and Mytholmroyd. Nick Stevenson, project manager, Community Support, Calderdale Council, said: “BT offered the best value for money. Theirs was the only tender that included a detailed, fully thought-through plan for how we could converge all of our systems and develop them for the future. Calderdale Council wanted to bring all of our communications – voice, data, CCTV image data, radio, wireless IP and so on – together over the same single new digital network. BT are the ideal partner to help us achieve this.” " See full report - 15 Sept

Nearly 4 months after Under the Bridge was first posted on the Hebden Bridge Web, the Courier reports that "drugs film shocks town" - see our radio and video section for the video, click here for Courier report. - 15 Sept

Petition the Primate Minister for a new Halifax Railway Station
There is a petition to ask the Prime Minister to create a new Halifax Railway Station. To add your name, go to - 13 Sept

Heritage info

Listed buildings were open to the public and information boards were scattered around town, as part of Heritage Day in Hebden Bridge - 13th Sept.

Free Swimming for over 60s and under 16s?
Members of Calderdale Council's Cabinet will discuss plans to offer free swimming for the over 60's and under 16's when they meet on Monday 15 September.

Above: the pack horse bridge over the Hebden Water on Friday, 5th September. (Photo: Jason Elliott). On Saturday, floods at Walsden delayed trains - bus replacement to Rochdale. 6th Sept.

Sowerby Bridge swimming pool will close
for essential repair work from Monday, September 8 until Friday, September 12. The work includes essential repairs to the gable end of the building. The male changing rooms floor will be grouted and both changing rooms will be painted. Calderdale Council is spending £6million to build brand new swimming pools at Sowerby Bridge and Brighouse, with a feasibility study into the longer term future of Halifax pool. Still nothing planned for Hebden Bridge. - 2 Sept.

Songs against development

Local choir members entertain those queueing up to make their objections in the square - 30 Aug

Guardian on Hebden Bridge: "There probably isn't a more Guardian-y place in the universe. The arty class started coming here in the late 60s, attracted to its then ludicrously cheap stone mills and millhouses. Now you can't move for louche lesbians, academics, journalists, tortoiseshell spectacles and jazz musicians with questionable haircuts. Even the local brass band is so cool it plays ska." - 23 Aug

Hebden Bridge's "delightfully relaxed vibe"
There's nothing not to like about Hebden Bridge. Once a hippy retreat, this little West Yorkshire town might have shed its dreadlocks and wholemeal image, but it's maintained a delightfully relaxed vibe. Given all the rain we've had of late, it's looking more lush than ever; verdant greenery forms the perfect backdrop to terraces of stone houses that look straight out of a Brontë novel. It's oh-so-bucolic and oh-so-pretty, but, as the locals would no doubt remind you, capable of contemporary cool, with wine bars and traditional boozers mingling on the high street. From the Metro - 20 Aug

Plain clothed officers targeting known local criminals
As part of a summer long initiative officers from the Upper Valley Neighbourhood Policing Team have been targeting known offenders. Plain clothed officers have been targeting known local criminals in relation to domestic burglary and vehicle crime in the area. Neighbourhood Policing Team officers have made more than 30 alcohol seizures, issued fixed penalty notices in relation to drinking on the street and arrested three youths for damaging a ‘phone box in Hebden Bridge. Officers are also conducting high visibility patrols in the Hebden Bridge, Heptonstall and Mytholmroyd - 19 Aug

Hebden Bridge: hippy and boho?
"And, oh my, the clothes. Summer fashion so tragically encapsulates all that is wrong with June, July and August. It's all coloured and patterned and frilly and flouncy. It's all hippy and boho. It's as if the inhabitants of Hebden Bridge had suddenly escaped from their style-free town and taken over the world. Riotous, garish garments stretch to the horizon, and over so many challenging body shapes." From Yorkshire Evening Post - 13 Aug

WEST END SWING TO LIB DEM - Chris Sawer (LD) gained the West End seat from Labour with 176 votes to John Rhodes (Lab) 131 votes in yesterday's bye-election. Turnout was 29%. See candidates' pre-election messages to the HebWeb. - 8 Aug

HB Equestrian Centre sisters to wow the crowds at Halifax Show
Sisters Tamzin, Zara and Amy of Hebden Bridge Equestrian Centre will be wowing the crowds at Halifax Show on Saturday August 9th with their entertaining 'Viva Espana' Spanish Horse Display. The three sisters and their mum Karen will be showing three pure-bred Spanish Horses in full costume and encouraging the children (and mums and dads!) to shout and cheer on their favourite horse and rider in the balloon popping and ring'n'ribbon competition. The horses, two geldings and a stallion, are all bred and trained by the sisters in Wadsworth, Hebden Bridge, where Tamzin and Zara both teach riding for children and adults at their equestrian centre. Tamzin says "the horses love to entertain and seem to enjoy the excitement of the shows!" So why not have a day out on Saturday at Halifax Show and watch our local horses and riders! - 3 Aug

Hebden Royd Town Council unanimously rejected the plans on Weds 30 July. - 1 Aug

Kerbside demo

First Area Forum Conference
organised by Calderdale Council for the Upper Calder Valley and Ryburn was held at St Michael's Church, Mytholmroyd on Saturday 19th July. Over 100 people attended the event. After a welcome by the chair, Cllr Janet Battye, Ward groups gathered for discussion and fed back to the meeting key issues that were of concern in their area: Youth provision, traffic, support for the elderly and saving Kerbside. A follow up meeting will be held at the Birchcliffe Centre on Tuesday 9th September at 6.30pm - 23 July

Garden Street opposition

Signing up to oppose Garden Street - 1 Aug

Janet OosthusysenLABOUR PARTY CHOOSE Janet Oosthuysen of Hebden Bridge to be their candidate for Calder Valley at the next general election - Christine McCafferty MP is standing down. Janet was the clear winner in the first round of voting.

Shortlist for successor to Chris McCafferty MP
Members of Calder Valley Labour Party are going to meet on Saturday to select a Parliamentary candidate to replace Chris McCafferty at the next General Election. - 16 July

UNISON strike: the Picture House, Library and council offices will close Wednesday (16th July) and Thursday (17th)

Mytholmroyd nursery shortlisted for award
The Ark Day Nursery has been selected as a finalist in the Learning and Skills Council National Apprenticeship Awards 2008.It was shortlisted as one of three finalists in the Small Employer of the Year category. More info
And more - 7 July

From Barclaycard to Deputy Chief Executive of Calderdale
Diane Cheesebrough has been appointed Calderdale Councils new Deputy Chief Executive.Diane comes from a financial services background, most recently as a Director of Fusion, part of the BGL Insurance Group.
She previously worked as Group Consumer Sales and Service Director for CPP Group and is a former Head of Contact Centre Operations for Barclaycard. 7 July

Public Meeting about Train time changes - report from the Mytholmroyd Net - 1 July

Ted Hughes' Mytholmroyd home is re-opened as a writers' retreat and holiday home, by poet Simon Armitage - See Mytholmroyd Net report - 22 June

Simon Armitage

Rail trees - Network Rail apologise for failing to liaise over felling. See Yorkshire Post - 17 June

Birds on Bikes"Birds on Bikes"
Night riding, or the "new black" as it's become known in mountain biking circles is what a group of 40 something, professional, Hebden Bridge women do for their fix of adrenalin. Read Yorkshire Post feature - 8 June

Sunday 8th June 2008


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Charity Walk

Death of Lord Savile, local landowner, keen grouse shooter and opponent of windfarms. A member of the House of Lords for 60 years, his family home was Walshaw Lodge, just beyond Hardcastle Crags - 7 June


Calderdale Council's new Area Forums
Upper Valley Area Conference (Todmorden, Calder, Ryburn and Luddenden wards) Saturday 19th July, 10.30am to 1pm at St Michael's Church, Church Street, Mytholmroyd. Contact Sarah Manfredi on 01422 393271 or e-mail: Kersten England, CMBC Group Director for Community Services, said, 'Area Forums and Area Conferences are about bringing the Council closer to the communities we serve..' - 30 May

Bus fare rise blamed on fuel cost
Fares on Transdev routes went up from Sunday by an average of 10% on routes linking Keighley with Skipton, Ilkley, Leeds, Bradford and Hebden Bridge. A company spokesman said: "During the last 12 months the whole country has experienced an unprecedented increase in the cost of fuel." - 19 May

Mayor making

Yesterday evening, Cllr Susan Press was appointed Town Council Mayor, Stella Massey her Consort. John Beacroft Mitchell was appointed Deputy Mayor and his wife Joanna his Consort. (Photo thanks to Mytholmroyd Net) - 15 May

Stubbing Holme - inspector throws out plans
The planning Inspector has dismissed an appeal against planning permission to build three houses at the end of Stubbing Holme Road on the grounds that it would cause too great an increase in the amount of traffic on the substandard road. - 14 May

White Ribbon campaign

Chris McCafferty MP opens new office of
White Ribbon Campaign at the Birchcliffe Centre - 9 May

Large benefit fraud
Brian Sutcliffe, 74, of Thistlebottom, Charlestown, Hebden Bridge, could be forced to pay back £1 million after 11 years of fraudulent claims. He, received almost £150,000 in income support and tax rebates while earning £60,000 a year. The money funded a lavish lifestyle of foreign travel, continental timeshares and remortgage payments on his home – which he may now lose.- 28th April

Teachers strike
About 200 teachers gathered at a rally at the Trades Club, Hebden Bridge. Hazel Danson, from the NUT national executive, told the meeting that it was not just about pay. "You don't go into teaching expecting to get a load of money, but you don't expect to get poorer at the same time as you are working harder." Halifax MP Linda Riordan said the strike was about education policy and how teachers are treated. "There is a real danger of teacher shortages increasing and that those already in the profession will decide to leave it." - 24th April

Dock Pudding: Doris Hurst wins again - see Mytholmroyd Net - 20 April

Eastwood Festival
People living at Eastwood are currently planning the next Eastwood Festival for Sunday 7th September 2008. They are seeking acts (a small fee might be possible) and stall holders...(these pay a small fee). Beer, barbeque, tea, cakes, sandwiches available for sale, Entertainment free. Email Alan Harris for more details. Alan has told the Hebden Bridge Web that over 1000 folk have attended previous events - added 13th April

Garden Street

Hebden Bridge in The Times - "There's trouble in the Yorkshire mill town as locals oppose a radical new plan" - read article - 11 April

Former mayor Stewart Brown has been arrested and questioned in connection with possession and distribution of indecent images of children - see Courier article

What they say about Hebden Bridge - continued
"There are too many charity shops and empty shops. Tourism is essential for the local economy and there are too many unattractive sights for comfort. Graffiti and litter are also problems that need to be tackled vigorously. There is no reason why Holmfirth cannot be as attractive as Hebden Bridge.” Hudderfield Examiner - 8th April

Anti war protest

Iraq war five years on - above: school students walk out and protest in the centre of Hebden Bridge on the day of the Iraq invasion. See HebWeb news from March 2003

Work to start on new £1.2m library
New and improved: work will start to create a new and improved Hebden Bridge Library on March 31. By the time work is finished at Christmas it will include a café, computer suite, lift and study areas. There will also be an outdoor space for storytelling and small performances.- 23 March

Ian Coates - latest
Still riding his bike. Just left my home after six weeks with his wife. They are in Mobile Alabama at moment after leaving us all in Florida. On march 27th Judith his wife will be heading home to UK. Ian is off to Panama to pick up his bike that's been shipped there from Australia. From there, he will travel north through many US States to get to Alaska. From Alaska, he will be on his way to Mongolia. Ian has already seen over 60 countries.
Thanks to Christine for this update - more about Ian's travels - 23 March 2008

Tree fall - Windsor Road

South Pennines Rail Partnership’s Photographic Competition. A first prize of a free rail travel ticket for Northern Rail will be given to the winner in each age group, + runner up prizes. More info - 26 March

A 30 year old Rowan tree
fell right across Windsor Road this morning at 6 am, blocking traffic. One car was flattened and another damaged. Thanks to Rhiannon B for this photo - 16 March

St Pol elections - victory for the right
Hebden Bridge's French twin town, St Pol sur Ternoise, is this week absorbing the nail-bitingly close election result in Sunday's (Mar 9) municipal elections which saw the right-wing slate led by Yves Héniart oust the incumbent mayor Maurice Louf and his left-of-centre town council by just 44 votes. Under the 'majority list' election rules, the new governing group will have 22 of the 29 councillors and will rule for the next six years. - Tuesday, 11 March 2008

Calder High closed - explosive chemical missing
A highly explosive chemical has gone missing from a Calder High laboratory. More than 150 grams of Thermite Ignition Powder, which is volatile if exposed to moisture, has been taken from storage at Calder High, Mytholmroyd. Police are desperate to find the powder, which could seriously harm anyone in the immediate vicinity if it explodes. The school is closed today (Tuesday) as the investigation continues. Staff and pupils who use the lab are being interviewed. See Wikepedia on Thermite and YouTube video of a thermite test - Tuesday, 11 March 2008

Junior Band feature in the Guardian
Monday, 10 March 2008

Hebden Bridge - We Salute You!
"This town really has got it all - and its community website offerings are shining examples of how to keep a real life community connected through the web. Hebden Bridge - we salute you!" From the welovelocal blog
- Thursday, 6 March 2008

"Where Hebden Bridge leads, the supermarkets follow" - Yorkshire Post credit our Bag Ladies for influencing M & S to charge for bags. Read article - 29th Feb

Hebden Royd Town Council vote against proposed develolpment. - Weds, 13th Feb

Garden Street development: people queued up in St George's Square today to sign letters of objection. 212 signed in 4 hours. - Sat, 9th Feb

Library amnesty
heres a chance to wipe the slate clean and catch up on your reading this month as Calderdale Libraries hold a fines amnesty. To mark National Year of Reading 2008, the library service is offering to wipe the slate clean for anyone who owes a fine - past or present.To take advantage of the fines amnesty, simply bring back your overdue item and choose another book, CD or DVD from 300,000 items held in library collections. Your fine will be written off when you start borrowing from your library again during February - Wednesday, 6 February 2008

Call for Liszt blue plaque
Franz Liszt once ate the ham and eggs breakfast at Hebden Bridge's White Lion Hotel. The 19th-century composer and pianist stopped off in the town on December 15, 1840 during a tour of the country. His companion on the journey between York and Manchester, John Parry, noted: "Arrived in Hebden Bridge – beautiful place in summer. Had comfortable breakfast, tho' countrified: eggs and ham." The Town Council have been asked for their support - Monday, 4 February 2008

At last, some snow! All around Hebden Bridge, children, some who had hardly ever seen the white stuff before, were out in sledges or throwing snowballs. - 2nd Feb

Cosmopolitan's Ultimate Man of the Year
Courier does feature on Hebden Bridge's Chris Green
See also: original news story with audio interview from Hebweb, Oct 2007
- Friday, 1 February 2008

Dario Coates
is the actor who plays Alex Neeson, Michelle's biological son, in Coronation Street. Until recently, viewers have only seen glimpses of him, lurking in the shadows or giving Ryan a bit of a kicking. On Tuesdy, 29th viewers got a proper look at him. Corrie is his first TV acting job, and at just turned sixteen (he was born 14 January 1992) he's already showing huge potential. He lives in Hebden Bridge and attends Calder High School, where he's studying for his GCSE's, and Calderdale Theatre School. His last role was as the Mad Hatter in the CTS production of Alice in Wonderland. See the Corrie Blog - Wednesday, 30th January 2008

Flood warning goes at 9.05 am, 21st January

Environment Agency has flood warning listed for our area. We understand that Burnley Road is closed and people are being turned round at the Turning Circle. Rain still pouring - 21st January

Canal boat moves to Leeds
Luxury wide-beam boat Verdopolis has sailed its last trip on the waterways of its current home of Hebden Bridge and is now being upgraded from a green canal boat into a midnight blue and silver river boat, which will be renamed the Black Prince and will carry 53 passengers. It will now ferry commuters and tourists across Leeds city centre are surging ahead. - Wednesday, 9 January 2008

Angels to take to streets of Hebden Bridge.
Councillors and police in Hebden Bridge are hoping the Halifax Street Angels will be able to visiti our town on a monthly basis to patrol the centre following bouts of vandalism and problems with nuisance youths. The volunteers visited the town in November and again before Christmas to help police community support officers and town councillors patrol the centre. The Mayor of Hebden Royd, Nader Fekri, said: "The reception from visitors, drinkers and the general public was very positive. - 8 January 2008

Central Street solution in sight?
Councillors have again backed plans to repair a pot-holed street outside a Calderdale school. But they are still no nearer deciding exactly who will foot the £100,000 bill. There has been pressure on Calderdale Council for 25 years to sort out Central Street, in Hebden Bridge. The cobbled road is privately owned and legally the responsibility of neighbouring shops and businesses. The council's Regeneration and Development Panel has now recommended that the cabinet prepare an official street works scheme to restore the road. - 5 January 2008

For latest news about transferring the Council offices building to community management see the Bridge Centre website - 4th January

Lord Dales closes - one of the few remaining "real" shops, according to our forum correspondents. HB now has no electrical shop.

Earth - review
"A rainy night in the small Yorkshire town of Hebden Bridge and I make the short, wet dash to the cinema to catch Michael Moore’s recent film, Sicko. (Hebden Bridge is the kind of town where films arrive three months later than everywhere else.) As I settle into my seat, I’m confronted by a familiar, white, hairy beast." See Spiked for more. - 4 January 2008


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