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Happy Valley Pride Festival: 22-28 July - the eclectic, alternative and inclusive, week-long festival for everyone, has announced the full line up for 2019. The celebration of LGBT+ life in Hebden Bridge and surrounding areas. A Festival for everyone. More info.
Successful Workers' Co-op offers investment opportunity to help it expand, with up to 5% interest in return for loans. During a time Hebden Bridge has seen many shops closing, Valley Organics has had six years of steady growth. More info (15 July)
Mytholmroyd flood works - more Burnley Road diversions. Diversion during August through Mytholmroyd Fire Station forecourt. Scheme won't now be completed before summer 2020. More info (15 July)
Steampunk weekend 13-14 July. Click photo to see more images. See What's On for more info
Hebden Bridge Group Practice. Worrying reports continue. "The fact is that people can die, perhaps are dying or suffering harm, as a consequence of the Valley (Practice) behaviour." See HebWeb Forum (12 July)
Flood Storage Container Slows the Flow with green roof - Work has been completed on a brand new Green Roof on the top of the Mytholmroyd Flood Warden Storage Container at The Shoulder of Mutton Pub on New Road. Read more (10 July)
Songs and cakes as gardeners open their gates Georgian chants, yodelling, beautiful flowers and cakes were on offer as gardens across Hebden Bridge throw opened their gates showing their horticultural gems as part of the Open Gardens Weekend of 6-7 July. More info
Hebden Bridge Group Practice Survey: Patients are invited to complete a questionnaire about their experience of the Practice. This is being administered by the Patient Participation Group. Paper copies are available at the three surgeries (Valley Road, Grange Dene and Luddenden) or it can be completed online here. And see HebWeb Forum thread
Heptonstall Festival was on Saturday, 6 July. Various attractions including the Fell race, live music, crafts, open studios and entertainment throughout the day. A wide range of food and drink stalls to suit all tastes. More info
Murphy's Lore 29 - This week George offers reflections on Memory, Steam Punk, Job Interviews, The Forgotten War, Piano Sing-alongs, Walls with ears, The Moorcock, a lass in a blue dress and a man with black eyes, darts playing, hospices and Canadian Pond Weed. Read more (16 July)
Hebden Bridge farmer convicted of animal cruelty - A farmer from Hebden Bridge has been banned from keeping livestock for seven years, sentenced to 250 hours of unpaid work and ordered to pay over £36,000 costs. Read more. (12 July)
The Lost Kingdom of Elmet Dave Weldrake told a recent meeting of the U3A about the lost kingdom of the ‘Dark Ages’, that period after the Romans and before the Angles and the Saxons - was Hebden Bridge part of Elmet? Read report.
Grant funding brings warmth and quiet to Hope Chapel A grant from Community Foundation for Calderdale has enabled Hope Baptist Church in Hebden Bridge to replace windows that had been installed when the building was modernised in the 1950s. More info (8 July)
"Britain at its best: Hebden Bridge where Ed Sheeran was born is a true northern star,” declares Mail Online article. Apparently, our town is 'just the right side of gentrified’. Read article (7 July)
Community Greening of Victoria Road: - Local residents have improved their environment by collective effort and with assistance from business and local councils. What was an eyesore is now beginning to green again. Read more
Controversial Labour MP to talk at Town Hall. Calderdale Trades Council have invited Chris Williamson, the twice suspended Labour MP for Derby, to talk about the next Labour Government. See What's On for 3 August.
Colour, music, dancing and smiles: The sun shone and the crowds gathered as the Handmade Parade’s 'Once upon a Time' tales wound through the streets of Hebden Bridge yesterday for the 12th annual Handmade Parade. Thousands of people from across the north and beyond watched the Parade of hundreds of people of all ages in as it filled the town with colour, music, dancing and smiles. See HebWeb photo gallery. (1 July)
Above: Hebden Bridge Handmade Parade - 30 June 2019. 40+ more photos here
More tree cover still needed in Hebden Bridge, say Friends of the Earth. The organisation claims trees can act as effective flood defences, helping to reduce peak water levels by as much as a quarter. See ITV report.
Volunteering at the Handmade Parade - Would you like to get more involved in the Parade this year? Come and join in the fun, make friends, cut stuff up, paint stuff, build stuff, collect stuff and more. More info (15 June)
BBC1 Countryfile at Hardcastle Crags "We're in West Yorkshire and this is one of its true hidden gems." And featuring the work of Slow the Flow Calderdale. (17 June)
Schoolchildren bike across Yorkshire Over 100 pupils in Calderdale got on their bikes and took part in the Schools Yorkshire Tour. A baton is travelling 400 miles across Yorkshire, passed on by children on bikes from 160 schools, including, today, Hebden Bridge. Read more. (18 June)
Green screen for Burnley Road Academy To help absorb harmful pollutants, Calderdale Council has installed a plant-based perimeter fence around the school playground as part of its plans to tackle air pollution. More info (12 June)
Calderdale's Clean Air Day was on Thursday 20 June. At the start of 2019, Calderdale Council declared a climate emergency. It is stepping up its action to improve air quality, cut carbon and protect our distinctive environment. More info
Free legal advice for businesses - New service launches 14 June 2019. Wilkinson Woodward have launched a free monthly legal advice service for businesses based in Hebden Bridge, Todmorden and the Upper Valley, at Welcome Independent Living's Community Hub in Market Street. More info
Hebden Bridge Group Practice - "no advance appointments". See HebWeb Forum message
The National Geographic’s Cool List for 2019 has West Yorkshire at number 7. The Calder Valley is highlighted - "with hippyish Hebden Bridge as its epicentre" - as a "burgeoning hub for restaurants and independent shops." (29 May)
Historic Narrow Boat Club Gathering More than thirty boats belonging to members of the Historic Narrow Boat Club (HNBC), boatmen and their families, came to Hebden Bridge from all over the country at the Bank Holiday weekend. Read more. (28 May)
Historic Narrow Boat Club Gathering in Hebden Bridge, 24-27 May. See What's on for more info. Thanks to Andrew Smith for the photo - click to enlarge.
The first episodes of Gentleman Jack, the new drama from Happy Valley writer Sally Wainwright, are based upon a book written about Anne Lister by local writer, Jill Liddington and published by Hebden Bridge publishers, Pennine Pens. More info, links and trailers (19 May)
Town Council votes to support a ban on nuclear weapons: Hebden Royd became only the third UK Council to support the ICAN Cities Appeal and the Treaty for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. Read more. (17 May)
Introduction to Extinction Rebellion Talk and Meeting - Wednesday 22nd May, 7pm at the Town Hall. Local Extinction Rebellion organisers would like to welcome more people to the Rebellion and support them to make sense of, and take action on, the climate crisis and mass extinction. Read more
Small Ads: "Hebweb scores again! I have sold my electric lawnmower today" (12 May)
LOCAL ELECTION RESULTS:
Dave Young retains Calder Ward for Labour.
Labour takes Luddendenfoot.
Labour now have overall control of Calderdale Council, for the first time in 20 years.
More details and list, profiles and photos of local candidates for Calder and Luddendenfoot wards.
Labour Labour retain control of Hebden Royd Town Council taking 15 of the 18 seats. The Liberal-Democrats took the remaining 3 seats. See below for details. More details (Updated 4 May) and list, profile s and photos of candidates.
Prospective Mayor of Hebden Royd Town Council, Stephne Harrison, was defeated. A new mayor for the coming year will have to be chosen. (4 May)
Free Legal Advice Service Launches in Hebden Bridge. Solicitors Wilkinson Woodward have launched new drop-in sessions, from 1pm to 4pm on the last Friday of every month at Welcome Independent Living's Community Hub in Market Street. More info (9 April)
Heptonstall Players would like to congratulate David Burnop on his 40th year as The Doctor, and invite you all to toast his health, and continuing endurance, in Heptonstall at The Pace Egg Play was on Good Friday 19th April 2019. Read more and download the poster and see details of showings of Midgley Pace Play.
Craig Whittaker votes for no deal. Our Calder Valley MP voted against 7 of the 8 options MPs were given last night to resolve the Brexit Crisis. He voted for the UK to leave Europe with no deal. More info. Update: our MP voted against all 4 options to resolve the crisis on Monday evening, 1 April (Updated 2 April)
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Grouse estates investigated over heather burning including our own local Walshaw Moor who wouldn't go along with the voluntary agreement other estates signed up to. See Guardian article
Canal towpath - plans for walking and cycling: Work will start this Spring on a £2.1m scheme to improve cycling and walking access on a 6 km section of the Rochdale Canal towpath between Hebden Bridge and Todmorden. Read more
The Horse Luddites is the name of this sculpture, which is looking for a home. Made by a group of sculpture students led by Paula Chambers, a Leeds Arts University lecturer who lives in Hebden Bridge. Contact Paula on 07990 688348 for delivery on 2 July.
Council reviews weedkiller use and is exploring a range of alternative options, including manual techniques, to keep weeds at bay and which are kinder to the environment than is glysophate. Read more.
M.E. Support Group in Hebden Bridge - Hebden Bridge M.E. Support Group held their first awareness event on June 14th, after recently getting together as a Facebook group, and as part of a wellness and creativity event at the Town Hall arranged by the Arts Festival. Read more (19 June)
Hebden Bridge to unveil blue plaques to its co-operative history Hebden Bridge will be remembering the story of one of the country’s most famous worker-run co-operatives when blue plaques are unveiled in the town centre on International Co-operatives Day, Saturday 6 July. More info
The weekend of 21-23 June saw the Hebden Bridge Arts Festival kicks off, the Great Community Get Together, KidsFest, garden party at the Fox and Goose, Alice Longstaff exhibition, Witness for the Prosecution at Little Theatre and its the summer solstice. See What's on for these and more events.
40 years of twinning between Hebden Royd and St Pol-sur-Ternoise At 6am on Thursday 30th May, a happy group of travellers boarded a coach in Hebden Bridge to travel to our twin town St Pol-sur-Ternoise (France) to celebrate 40 years of twinning. Read more (5 June)
Wanted - Slow the Flow Events Officer: to manage forthcoming events and to provide support to the management team to promote and support Natural Flood Management. (31 May)
Three houses on Heptonstall Road - see Planning Watch
More Wall Tops Stolen on the Mayroyd Hall driveway. See HebWeb Forum (30 May)
Another electricity sub-station - with little warning, it is to be installed next week. See HebWeb Forum (29 May)
Road closure: the main road through Mytholmroyd will be closed for the nights of 28-30 May from 11.30pm until 5am, as part of the Flood Alleviations works.
Little Theatre invites you to tread the boards. Director, Ray Riches, is looking for 3 men and 2 women to take parts in Theft, the next production, as two suburban couples and the resourceful house burglar, Spriggs. More info (24 May)
Small Ads - 3 two bed houses to rent, all announced the same day, on the HebWeb Smalls Ads page (22 May)
Dorothy Sutcliffe's community spirit rewarded in Blackshaw Head where she has been a councillor since 1979, when too few councillors stood for election that year, and she volunteered to be co-opted. Read more (20 May)
Vintage Car Weekend - vote for a Bond film and car The Picture House will once again run the Rotary Club's great Car Film competition where the public get to vote on their favourite. This year’s theme is James Bond classic cars. Read more
Mayor for Hebden Royd Town Council - At the meeting of the Town Council on 15 May, Carol Stow was elected Mayor for the second year running
HebWeb Forum: concerns grow about the Hebden Bridge Group Practice, with doctors being urged not to sign up to the latest Primary Care Network contract
Pennine Heritage secures National Lottery support for a programme to restore and maintain the Birchcliffe Centre, new marketing campaign to get local groups, businesses, residents and visitors more involved and advice on improving working arrangements. More info (17 March)
Small Ads message - "Once again, great success by placing my house to rent on HebWeb!"
Huffington Post on Hebden Bridge: "You will find a town that was almost abandoned, but brought back to life by hippies, artists and lesbians looking for a place to make a life." Written by Sean Pert, who continues: "The town doesn't just tolerate its LGBT+ community, it values and embraces us." Read more (28 Feb)
2019 Hebden Bridge leaflet:
On this Tourist Info page, you can download a copy of the Hebden Bridge Tourism Guide 2019, and also a constantly updated separate and downloadable pdf list of Hebden Bridge’s 2019 festivals and events. (2 March)
Climate Emergency declared!
Hebden Royd Town Council has declared that Hebden Royd should be carbon neutral as soon as possible. Both our Town Council and Calderdale Council have agreed to face up to 'the issue of our time’ - the climate emergency. Read more
No banks. No petrol. Lloyds Bank was the last bank left in Hebden Bridge. It closed this month. Shepherds was the last petrol garage still open in Hebden Bridge. It stopped selling petrol this month.
Petition for Electric Valley: A petition calling for the electrification of the Calder Valley line has been launched by Calderdale Council as part of its campaign for greater investment in the service. Read more.
Air Pollution is a serious problem in some parts of Hebden Bridge, along the A646. What can be done about it? See this HebWeb Forum thread.
Hebden Bridge artist Kate Lycett featured in Yorkshire Post feature
Hebden Bridge: How a thriving town lost its last bank: This Guardian article reports that, "Residents feel angry and let down as Lloyds departs, but one man (David Fletcher) has a plan to fill the gap." Only a few years ago, Hebden Bridge had five full time banks. The last one, Lloyds, closed last week. Read article (26 Jan)
Europe: Craig Whittaker, our Calder Valley MP, voted with the 201 others who supported Theresa May's deal. (15 Jan)
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
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)
Fox and Goose one of top 50 pubs according to The Guardian
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
Hebden Bridge Camera Club Exhibition Results People from near and far viewed the 60+ images on display at the Town Hall and over 1000 of those took part in the voting for the “People’s Choice”. Read more (17 Sept)
Save Hebden Bridge Signal Box
After more than 125 years as a familiar sight in the town, Network Rail have pulled 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
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
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)
Hebden Bridge features in The Spectator "The Yorkshire town that’s gone from dirty old buildings to New Age nirvana" by William Cook.
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
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
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"In a world where style often triumphs over substance, Hebweb is reassuringly informative, reliable and clear. An invaluable community resource and public information forum reflecting the independent spirit of Hebden Bridge. Lesley at Elmet Farmhouse.
Jeremy Corbyn in Mytholmroyd speaking to a packed Community Centre, supporting Labour's candidates for the local elections. Click photo to enlarge.
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.
Floods: HebWeb Gallery - 24 photos taken on the morning of Boxing Day, 2015.
Small Ads: "Amazing but my house in Tod got rented out within 30 minutes after putting the house on Hebweb."
HebWeb Feature on the 2015 Boxing Day Flood, gathering together many of the articles, news, links, photos and videos. Updated reguarly.
Accessible Venues guide - a brief guide to which venues for hire, might be suitable for community groups, classes, meetings, events or activities, to be accessible to disabled people. From the Disability Access Forum
Small Ads success - "Hi there I have found lovely tenants for my house in less than 24 hours. Amazing!" Re house to let in Mytholmroyd.
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From Steve Farrell, now living in Mysore, India: "As someone who lives abroad, the Hebweb site has always been critical for keeping in touch 'back home' in Hebden. I've just needed to re-advertise my home for rent, so where to turn to? The Hebweb, of course. The Ad was up within minutes and there were 10 enquiries within 24 hours. Superb!" See Small Ads.
Ackley Bridge, Channel 4’s school drama, was filmed in Halifax, particularly the old Catholic High School, and in Hebden Bridge.
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.
Hebden Bridge in Yorkshire crowned best place in the UK - 'Machine learning' used millions of data points to discover top locations. Read more
From the archive: five years ago today The Times listed the 30 coolest places to live in Britain. Number one was Hebden Bridge.
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.
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Five years ago in the Guardian, Martin Wainwright wrote, "Witness current comments on the community website, the Hebweb, which is one of the best of its kind in the country. No, world." 25 Oct 2012
Less than an hour from Hebden Bridge: try these halls, houses and galleries which many may not have heard about. Yet they are just on our doorstep. If you can’t find anything to do locally (see What’s On), have a look at this new HebWeb Feature.
Happy Valley writer loves Calderdale. "Hebden Bridge is vibrant; there's a lot going on artistically and it's also got great galleries, pubs and restaurants." Sally Wainwright talks of our "dramatic and awe-inspiring" landscape and the influence of local historian Jill Liddington's Anne Lister book. Read her Guardian article
Guardian Northerner: What the UK can learn from Hebden Bridge? The BBC's Mind the Gap asks how London's success can be replicated elsewhere: Claire Donnelly argues that our small town could have the answer. Read more
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Hebden Bridge Camera Club winners: At the club's recent exhibition at the Town Hall, people came from all over to view the photos and take part in the ‘People’s Choice’, where they voted for their favourite 3 images. Read more and see larger versions of the above photos.
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Guardian Northerner: Hebden Bridge the UK's coolest place? The Yorkshire Paradise has won its fourth accolade in a decade. Born, brought up and living here, Rachel Pickering is loyal, but has one or two cautionary thoughts.
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- Contact info
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- Hebden Bridge 500 - celebrating 500 years of the bridge
- History pages - links to local history websites, together with a selection of articles remembering times past.
- Lives Remembered - thoughts and comments on the death of a selection of local people
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