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Opposition grows to "traffic improvements" which include making the Keighley Road at Commercial Street one way, banning commuter parking on the A646 between Hebden Bridge Station and Mytholmroyd, and banning parking on Market Street. The Business Association are campaigning against the changes. Read more
Slow the Flow in 2020 and the new decade - Keeping Natural Flood Management on the agenda! And looking back over the milestones of the past year. Projects around Calderdale continue to develop, and are starting to make a tangible difference. Read report. (12 Jan)
No Arts Festival for 2020 - The Festival’s taking a year’s break and the board is looking to recruit new trustees and a Chair to lead the way forward.
Greenham Common exhibition at the Town Hall A new exhibition about Greenham Common will be launched at Hebden Bridge Town Hall, today, 6 January 2020. Focusing on the memories and memorabilia of women living locally in the Calder Valley, 'Our Greenham' features photos, leaflets, badges, interviews, song sheets, banners and even a camp kettle. More info
Have your say on road improvement plans - the plans are available to view online and there is a drop-in event at the Town Hall, where people can give feedback in person and Council staff will be on hand to answer any questions. Read more (3 Jan)
Hundreds and hundreds packed the square for the good-natured Christmas Eve carol singsong. However, one thing was missing this year - the lights on the Christmas tree!
Updated with photos: Morning Star and Trades Club Benefit Morning Star Northern Reporter and Calder Valley resident, Pete Lazenby, contacted the HebWeb with details of the Morning Star Election Special, and about the fundraiser that was held at the Trades Club on 22 December. Read more
Calder Valley stays Tory. Craig Whittaker increases his majority by 5000. See HebWeb’s election page.
HebWeb coverage of the 2019 General Election is at caldervalley.org.uk along with info on general elections back to 1997.
General Election Hustings Monday evening, 25 Nov, a Climate Crisis Hustings took place at Hope Baptist Church. The photo above from Lucy Cartwright shows the three candidates who attended: Craig Whittaker (Cons) failed to show. The next hustings is on Wednesday, 27 November at Brooksbank School, Elland - on Education. Read more
Winter Exhibition at Artsmill Over 40 artists and designers from around the Northern Counties are coming together and showcasing their work in The David Wright Gallery at Artsmill from 27 Nov, with a preview this Sunday, 24 Nov. More info
Mytholmroyd Christmas Lights turned on, Saturday, 16 November. More photos from Craig Shaw. Click photo to enlarge.
Calder Valley candidates for the 12 Dec General Election are Javed Bashir (Lib-Dem), Josh Fenton-Glynn (Lab), Richard Phillips (The Liberal Party) and Craig Whittaker (Cons). The Greens are not standing and have told the Hebweb they will be giving their support to Labour. Similarly, the Brexit Party are giving their support to the Tories. General Election in Calder Valley
Help fund repairs to dangerous Doddnaze path - A very well used footpath from Doddnaze to bus stops and Hebden Bridge Railway station is currently very dangerous and CROWS are crowdfunding the £500 needed for the repairs. More info (11 Nov)
Help stop Autumn leaves blocking drains: Autumn has well and truly landed and the Town Council is asking for your help by sweeping leaves away and recycling them in an appropriate manner. More info (4 Nov)
Calder Valley Green Party to back Labour The Green Party in the Calder Valley today told the HebWeb that it will be recommending a vote for the Labour Party Candidate, Josh Fenton Glynn, in the next general election. More info (30 Oct)
Grants for Greens Town Council grants are available to support ‘Green’ community projects. The Council declared a Climate Emergency earlier this year and supports projects which protect the environment and reduce our carbon footprint. More info (1 Nov)
Mytholmroyd Station Partnership… simply outstanding That was the verdict of the National Association of Community Rail Partnerships, in awarding Mytholmroyd Station Partnership the 2019 Community Rail Award. More info and background
Innovation to be honoured in this year's Parliamentary Review, at its 2019/20 publication launch in the Houses of Parliament next Weds. 30th October. Bridge Mill is home to a dozen businesses and, with its heat pumps and Archimedes Screw, is now carbon neutral. Read more
New Trains - from Monday 21 October, Northern are now running the new Class 195 trains on the route from Chester to Leeds through Hebden Bridge.
Mytholm Mill Chimney Demolition - A demolition notice was issued by Setbray Properties Ltd for the demolition of the mill chimney on Mytholm Steeps (Savile Road). See HebWeb Forum
Electric charging points on their way. Calderdale will be installing an electric charging point in Hebden Bridge within five months, Cllr Scott Patient told the HebWeb. In the meantime, a new rapid charging point for electric vehicles has been installed in North Bridge car park, Halifax, and is free and ready to use. More info (9 Oct)
Hebden Bridge Camera Club Exhibition Winners The Club’s annual exhibition was an extremely successful week as in previous years. Over 1200 visitors from near and far viewed the 66 prints on display at the Town Hall and almost 900 of those took part in the vote for the ‘People’s Choice’. Read more (11 Sept)
Lives Remembered: Liz Cooper - Liz moved to Hebden Bridge in 1977 with the radical book and distribution coop, Publications Distribution Co-op at the Birchcliffe Centre. Liz was settled in Old Town until the late 1990s. Her obituary was in the Guardian recently. Read more.
Paul Barker’s obituary in The Guardian. Paul Barker was a paper boy at Jones’ Newsagents, went on to edit New Society from 1968-86 and wrote the book about Hebden Bridge: A Sense of Belonging. See also: HebWeb report of his book launch in April 2012.
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.
"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 right side of gentrified’. Read article
Yorkshire Post on Hebden Bridge: "A Yorkshire town with an independent streak… Hebden is a striking town in an even more striking location."
Free public toilets from 1 August This year Calderdale Council will mark Yorkshire Day by making all of its public toilets free of charge, initially for a trial period. So from Thursday 1 August, there’ll be no cost if you need to spend a penny. More info
Tour de Yorkshire this year includes Hebden Bridge - three times. Once for the Women’s Tour and twice for the Men’s Tour as they go on to the 404 metre high ‘Cote de Todmorden' and back. Tour de Yorkshire website (17 Jan)
WHAT'S ON THIS YEAR? The HebWeb already has a varied, interesting selection of events listed in its What’s On Section. Greenham Common Exhibition, Repair Cafe, Laurel and Hardy, Bellydance, wildlife photography, French comedy, Lunchtime Live, Lit & Sci lecture, Survivors of Torture fundraiser, John Shuttleworth’s back, free legal advice day - and that’s just January!
A Victorian Artist Paints Hebden Bridge: the landscape paintings of John Holland. Diana Monahan and Justine Wyatt, spoke to the Local History Society on finding out more about the Victorian artist John Holland’s paintings of the Calder Valley. Read report (9 Jan 2020)
Radiophonic Razzle-Dazzle ‘Cinderella’ - not just an ordinary Christmas panto, oh no. "Commissioned, subtly scripted, wickedly witty, perfectly punned, colourfully costumed, musically magical, audibly amplified and magnificent." Read U3A report (3 Jan)
HebWeb Forum discussion: political parties, bus times, mountain bikes and the new trains.
from the Archive: 26 December 2015
Boxing Day Floods: Flood Sirens went off at 9.30pm Christmas Day in Hebden Bridge and again throughout the length of the Upper Valley at 7.30am Boxing Day morning. Read the HebWeb report from 4 years ago. Click photo to enlarge
Stuff the Turkey was the title of the 84th episode of View from the Bridge, first published on the Hebweb over 20 years ago. John Morrison’s amusing ramblings about the festive season ring as true today as they did then. All episodes are still online, or you can order the books. More info
House Histories: how to begin A recent meeting of the Local History Society focused on house histories. Members of the society came together to share their own experiences. Barbara Atack, president of the society, outlined the array of sources available for those wanting to find out more of the history of a house. Read report (18 Dec)
'Cancel Northern Rail, not our trains’ said protesters at Manchester Victoria Station yesterday. The action was organised by Northern Resist, set up by Kate Anstee of Hebden Bridge. See Guardian report (6 Dec)
The Saving of Hardcastle Crags Grant Lowe told the local History Society how, when he came to work for the National Trust at Hardcastle Crags, his curiosity was aroused by a memorial recording three attempts to flood the valley - in 1934, 1949 and 1969. More info (3 Dec)
Canalside Comedy at the Little Theatre Organiser Stacey Bus tells the HebWeb how she came to run comedy evenings at the Little Theatre, and previews what's in store for us in December and January. Read more
Hebden Bridge on Woman’s Hour (from around 28 mins in) - our area is praised for being friendly to lesbians the liberal minded, creatives and progressives, for its co-operatives, hippies and Sylvia Plath’s grave. And they plan to do a Woman’s Hour from Hebden Bridge. (27 Nov)
Little Theatre: Bazaar and Rummage Sue Townsend’s heartfelt comedy Bazaar and Rummage, tells the story of a group of agoraphobic women, as they attempt to overcome their social anxieties, by running a jumble sale. From 25-30 Nov. More info.
Save the 589 bus service There's anger throughout the Upper Valley at the decision of First Bus to cut the 589 bus service from 8 December. All 9 Upper Valley Calderdale councillors have jointly written to the HebWeb, and an online petition is approaching 1000 signatures. Read more (23 Nov)
Hebden Bridge Chrismas Lights were switched on, Thurs, 21 Nov, with entertainment from local schools, Bazzmatazz and Junior Band. Plus a Fireworks Display, and Mulled Wine and Mince Pies at The Town Hall.
Brearley Fields wetland nature reserve will improve biodiversity and the river environment, boost flood attenuation and bring health and wellbeing benefits to people in Mytholmroyd and Luddendenfoot. Read more
Brexit and the Climate Emergency Public meeting on 26 November with with Natalie Bennett, former Leader of the Greens and Josh Fenton−Glynn, Labour Party candidate for General Election. See What's on section for more info.
High waters in Hebden Bridge on Thursday, 7 November 2019. Click photo to enlarge. The sroad to Todmorden was closed for the afternoon and evening. Trains were disrupted. The river level peaked at 1m60. More on our news page
World Vegan Day - campaigners making the case for veganism in George's Square on World Vegan Day, 1 November 2019. Click photo to enlarge.
Zero waste map launched Unable to find a good guide to zero waste shops, recycling and repairing, Rebecca Dearden of Blackshawhead has created both a website and an app to help others reduce and reuse. More info (27 Oct)
Pumpkin Festival 2019 - Click to enlarge. More pumpkin photos from Craig Shaw
Mytholm Chimney - Statement from the Town Council: While the council is not prepared to take responsibility for this historic landmark, they would be prepared to consider assisting any group which did take it over. Read more (24 Oct)
Small Ads - "We filled the vacancy thanks to the Hebweb, brilliant service" (22 Oct)
Hebden Bridge Picture House Vacancy Hebden Royd Town Council is seeking to recruit proactive, efficient and experienced Front of House Manager, to work on an 0.5 FTE / 18.5 hour per week basis. Read more (11 Oct)
Croquet at the Bowling Club, built 1898, which stopped being a bowling club around five years ago and is now owned by the Blue Pig. The pavillion has been renovated and vegetation cleared. Read more.(19 Sept)
Chronic Illness; Obstacles and Opportunities in Hebden Bridge Hebden Bridge Disability Access Forum (HBDAF) welcomes two growing campaigns: Chronic Illness Inclusion, and Not all Disabilities are Visible. More info
Vintage Car Weekend 3-4 August 2019. The annual rally for vintage, veteran and classic vehicles with over 800 cars, motorcycles, military and commercial vehicles. Click photo above, taken Sat 3 Aug, to enlarge. See What's On for info.
The aftermath of the Walkley Clogs Mill fire on the morning of 2 August, 2019, photographed by Craig Shaw. Click photo to enlarge
Walkleys Clogs building on fire - the road between Hebden Bridge and Mytholmroyd is now likely to remain closed until Saturday, according to Calderdale. The Fire Service say the fire is under control but are asking people to stay away from the area. See BBC report (1 Aug, updated 10pm)
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.
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)
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." )
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"
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)
HebWeb Small Ads We've been overwhelmed with the response and quality of applicants! Thanks so much!
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.
Small Ads - 3 two bed houses to rent, all announced the same day, on the HebWeb Smalls Ads page
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.
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)
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
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
Hebden Bridge features in The Spectator "The Yorkshire town that’s gone from dirty old buildings to New Age nirvana" by William Cook.
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
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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
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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.
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.
HebWeb Small Ads message: "Please could you close the advert? We've been overwhelmed with the response and quality of applicants! Thanks so much!"
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Some 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.
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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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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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- Emails - a directory of local email addresses
- Events: a selection of local events
- Five hundred words on Hebden Bridge - one of the 500 years of the Hebden pack horse bridge projects
- Green Pages
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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
- Mailing list
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- Neighbours/twins - links to websites of surrounding towns and our twin towns in France and Germany
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- News Highlights of 2012
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- Planning Watch - details of controversial developments are posted here.
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