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'Greatest Town in Europe' - as well as being the 4th funkiest town in the world, Culture Trip gives 12 Reasons why Hebden Bridge 'is known as the greatest town in Europe'. Read article (17 May)

Nonconformists NowNonconformists Now Hope Chapel’s new book celebrates this year's Arts Festival theme: ‘'Nonconformism’ - a photographic record of the chapel’s restoration, revival and people over the past ten years. More info (16 May)

Cheque presentationMayor's Charity Cheque: The Retiring Mayor of Hebden Royd, Cllr Pat Fraser presented her charity, Andy's Man Club with a cheque for £2075. Read more. (18 May)

Northern Rail: Manchester Evening News headline - "Crowded carriages, cancelled trains and 'aggressive tweets' - just what is going on with Northern Rail?"

Public MeetingHousing Public Meeting: So what's all this about a Housing Crisis? is the title of the first (4 June) of five public meetings to be organised by the Calder Valley Community Land Trust between now and October More info (13 May)

Toilets in the Park re-open: Calderdale Council have now re-opened the public toilets in Calder Holmes Park for general use - (unisex) toilet, as well as the accessible toilet. Read more (15 May)

Small Ads: We had a prospective buyer view it, she loves the house and has put in offer we've accepted. So, thank-you!

Folk Roots Festival

Hebden Bridge Folk Roots Festival, run by a group of musicians and folk enthusiasts took place over the weekend of 11-13 May. It brought together an impressive mix of artists, dancers, storytellers and musicians from all over the world. Read more.

Guardian features Incredible Edible with a full page in the main paper. "You can do nothing and obey the rules, or you can say 'I'm going to make a difference regardless'" See article (10 May)

New councillorsSarah Courtney (Lab) takes Calder ward, covering Hebden Bridge, with over 3000 votes. A search of our archives doesn't reveal any previous Calder candidate receiving more than 3000 votes. Scott Patient (Lab) takes Luddendenfoot ward. Richard Needham won the Fairfield bye-election for the Town Council. Details (4 May)

Vote!

LOCAL ELECTIONS
3 May was the chance to elect local councillors. Click here to see who stood. The HebWeb invited candidates to send up to 500 words with a photo. Seven of the eleven candidates did - see local election page. (updated 25 April)

Mytholmroyd Flood works - next stage, including the relocation of Caldene Bridge, from 9 May. Bluetooth technology is to be used to improve traffic flow during Mytholmroyd flood works. More info. (2 May)

HebWeb Discussion currently includes, drinking and buskers in the square, preserving Mill chimneys, Bonsalls, litter and transport in the north.

RetrosettesWainsgate Concert: The Retrosettes. Contemporary music with a retro flavour. Wainsgate Chapel's 2018 Concert Season started Sunday 29th April and between now and October there's a real variety of different musical styles on offer including New-wave folk, jazz guitar, choral music and more (19 April)

Photo competition

Through the Lens - South Pennines’ Photographic Competition is open to all, amateur or professional. The only limits are geographical; all the images have to be of the South Pennines. More info (22 April)

CNDCND at 60 To mark the occasion, Calder Valley CND showed the film, 'March to Aldermaston'. Read more

"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. (18 April)

Jeremy Corbyn

Jeremy Corbyn in Mytholmroyd speaking to a packed Community Centre, supporting Labour's candidates for the local elections. Click photo to enlarge.

RSPB Call For Objections to Walshaw Moor Track: The RSPB is seeking help to put a stop to a planning application that could seriously damage an area of blanket bog, a rare and precious deep peat habitat that takes thousands of years to form. Read more. Updated

Jonny WalkerJonny Walker, Man of the People, Busker and Activist died 14 March. Jonnywas remembered on Saturday, 7 April at 10am in George’s Square for a minute's silence and to sing his favourite song, 'Let it Be' by the Beatles. Read more (4 April)

Where to Stay in the Hebden Bridge area - many of the listings in this popular section have been updated over the past couple of weeks. And following several requests, there is now a new page which features only Bed and Breakfast listings. (3 April)

Heptonstall Pace Egg Play

Heptonstall 2018 Pace Egg Photos
"The oldest drama in the world, dating back to ancient Egypt and performed by many civilisations across the centuries." Good Friday, Weavers' Square. Photos

Mytholmroyd Flood Scheme from May: traffic slowdown for up to 2 years, whilst further essential flood defence work is carried out. New measures are being implemented this time to make sure the temporary traffic lights are as effective as possible. Read more

Josh Fenton-GlynnCouncil Budget: report of five and a half hours of arguing, from Josh Fenton-Glynn, who represents Hebden Bridge on Calderdale Council. Main points, and differences between the political parties. Read report

Hebden Bridge

New leaflet for Hebden Bridge - download it here (26 Feb)

Labour councillor condemns Craig Whittaker for failing Calderdale "The official figures show Government funding is being cut by another £3.9m next year. And since 2015, annual government support for Calderdale has been cut by more than £20m." Read more.

Shoreditch of the North - is how today's Guardian's full page 3 feature describes Halifax.

Todmorden Community College is to become Todmorden Learning Centre after campaigners last night persuaded councillors to reject the bid for another supermarket, Aldi, a move which will benefit Hebden Bridge and all in the Upper Valley. (13 Feb)

Rebel GirlsVotes for Women: remembering Hebden Bridge suffragettes. February 6th 2018 marks 100 years since women won the right to vote. Read about local campaigners. Read more

Josh Fenton-GlynnLabour choose Josh Fenton-Glynn as Parliamentary candidate for the Calder Valley at the next General Election. Hundreds of the party's 2000+ members packed into Halifax Minster to vote, after hearing the 4 short-listed candidates make their case. Read report (Updated 5 Feb)

Tim SwiftGive us back our millions, Mrs May! says Labour leader of Calderdale Council, Tim Swift. Since 2010, central Government grants to Calderdale have halved, meaning ever increasing council taxes. Read more

Less than a YearLess than a Year, by Peggy Thomas of Hebden Bridge, is an account of working in an East End school where "bad behaviour is created by teachers". Read more about Peggy's book and how she saw "the scapegoating process in painful detail."

Signal Box planning application - The Friends of Hebden Bridge Station are concerned that these plans may cause difficulties and expense for any group wishing to secure a heritage future for the signal box. See Planning Watch for more info (17 Jan)

Proposals to reduce flood risk in Mytholmroyd and create wet woodlands in the upper valley. The Mytholmroyd scheme involves the relocation of Caldene Bridge, which is one of two crossing points over the Calder in Mytholmroyd centre and currently constricts the amount of water that can flow downriver. Read more

Joyful streets

Handmade Parade Launches Book Celebrating Ten Years Joyful Streets: Ten Years of Handmade Parade, written by author Linda Green and artistic director Andrew Kim. The 96-page book tells the story of the parade and is illustrated by local photographers. More info.

Hebden Bridge commuter stirs up Northern Rail A Facebook group has been set up by frustrated commuter, Kate Anstee. With over 1500 members already, rail travellers report being delighted to find a group where they can share frustrations, problems and info. Read more

Unite Day of Action against the rollout of Universal Credit. The Unite Community is asking for people in Hebden Bridge and the Calder Valley to join them leafleting in Halifax tomorrow. Read more (23 May)

Carol Stow

New Mayor for Hebden Royd Town Council - Carol Stow will be the Mayor for the next year and her charity will be 'Slow the Flow' who are working to protect the Calder Valley, and similar locations, from flooding in the future. (22 May)

Public Meeting: Transgender Law Changes A public meeting has been organised to discuss controversial changes to transgender laws. Read more (22 May)

Vigil

Vigil: On 11 May, over 40 people attended a 30-minute vigil on the Wavy Steps to commemorate 70 years since Nakba when hundreds of thousands of Palestinians fled their homes. Click photo above to enlarge.

TwinningSt Pol visits Hebden Bridge: A report of a successful visit from our twin town St Pol-sur-Ternoise. Not only was the weather perfect – everything else went well too. Read more (15 May)

Vintage Weekend: choose your two favourite car related films The winning film will be shown on the Saturday of the Vintage Weekend, 4th August. (10 May)

Trevor BannisterCalderdale flood warden Trevor Bannister wins a further award Several organisations have paid tribute to Calderdale flood warden Trevor Bannister who has been awarded the Calderdale Citizenship Award for his voluntary services following the Boxing Day Floods. More info (10 May)

Arts FestivalNon-conformists head to Hebden Bridge Arts Festival Former Labour leader Ed Miliband, world renowned photographer Martin Parr and Poet Laureate Dame Carol Ann Duffy join the line-up for the Festival. More info (7 May)

ArtsmillArtsmill Exhibitions: two new exhibitions featuring Sturnidae and Julie Rose Clark from 9-27 May. Read more. (9 May)

HebWeb

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.

Tour

The Tour de Yorkshire passed through Hebden Bridge this coming Sunday, 6 May. More info and links

NHS cuts

Local campaigners challenge NHS cuts in court- Jenny Shepherd, one of the claimants in the Judicial Review, told the HebWeb that the court case was about whether the NHS across West Yorkshire and the whole of England remains safe and fair for patients. Read more (3 May)

Cafe culture

Café Culture is back thanks to generous grants. Café Culture, organised by the Arts Festival,  helps tackle isolation and was under threat of closure. Read more (2 May)

20 mph means fewer casualties - and saves money. The 20mph limit implementation will have prevented 30-40% of casualties over three years. The reduction in injuries means a public saving in the region of £3m Read more (1 May)

Art Sex MusicArt Sex Music is the title of Punk pioneer Cosey Fanni Tutti’s auto-biography. As part of the Arts Festival, Cosey will be in conversation with BBC music journalist Elizabeth Alker at the Trades Club on Sunday 24 June. More info (30 April)

u3aAdventures of a magistrate was the subject of the latest local U3A talk from Granville Dobson, with courtroom anecdotes, and the audience asked how they might have meted out justice. Read report (28 April)

HebWeb Small Ads We've been overwhelmed with the response and quality of applicants! Thanks so much!

CROWS

CROWS need help to take timber to the boardwalk sites on the moors above Cragg Vale - 'Coiners' Country'. Just carrying one piece of timber would be great. Read more (20 April)

High Street

Hebden Bridge High Street The Community Land Trust hopes to bring back a lost Hebden Bridge street, with ambitious plans for new housing on the former High Street, parallel to Bridge Lanes. More info

Carpark to close: The former Fire Station site is close to being sold to a new developer But there is still plenty of spare space left to use for parking, argues a forum contributor. See Forum message

Disputes over boundaries and commons in the South Pennines: Dr Nigel Smith told the History Society how disagreements over the location of township boundaries reached a peak of litigation in the 16th and early 17th centuries. Read more

Working in the Cafe and Bar Culture. Read a thoughtful contribution from local employer, Dan Debenham posted 2 April in the HebWeb Forum

Dave HaslamDJ Dave Haslam is in the hot seat Hacienda DJ and best-selling writer Dave Haslam will be in the hot seat during a no holds barred interview about his memoir Sonic Youth Slept on My Floor; Music, Manchester as part of Hebden Bridge Arts Festival. Read more (31 March)

Bridget ChristieTop comic Bridget Christie plays Hebden Bridge Arts Festival. She brings her new 'What Now?' show looking at Brexit, Trump, nuclear apocalypse and environmental catastrophe to Hebden Bridge on 27 June. Read more

Hebden Bridge in Yorkshire crowned best place in the UK - 'Machine learning' used millions of data points to discover top locations. Read more (20 March)

From the archive: five years ago today The Times listed the 30 coolest places to live in Britain. Number one was Hebden Bridge. (19 March)

Closure of Calder High 6th Form: Michael Prior argues that the possible closure of the 6th form at Calder High "raises some serious questions about education in the Upper Valley and, in particular, the management of Calder High School" - See HebWeb Forum (18 March)

Pay gapCouncil closing the gender pay gap: Calderdale Council has today published its gender pay gap report to mark International Women’s Day, and it's much better than the national average. Read more

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.

Holts

Signs of past times. Photo: HebWeb

Let's move to Hebden Bridge From the Guardian. If the roots of its liberal and creative image are a mystery, its appeal is obvious. See also: HebWeb report from Sept 2005

Visitors' Centre reprieved according to a report in today's Yorkshire Post - see earlier HebWeb report (14 Feb)

The Book Case - highlighted by The Guardian (12 Feb)

HebWeb Small Ads message: "Please could you close the advert? We've been overwhelmed with the response and quality of applicants! Thanks so much!"

Hebden Bridge Visitors' Centre threatened with closure - report now updated with response from Hebden Bridge Walkers Action

Hebden Bridge Visitors Centre

To save money, Calderdale Council is looking at closing our Visitors’ Centre. Cllr Dave Young has argued against the idea, but told the HebWeb "due to the vicious Tory Cuts" Calderdale have had to cut its budget by £100m. Read more

Yorkshire's top 5 independent booksellers includes Hebden Bridge’s Book Case, according to the Yorkshire Post

Gertrude

Above: Gertrude Grouse enjoying the snow. Photo with thanks to Andrew Smith. Click photo to enlarge.

Gala teamThe New Mytholmroyd Gala: The Mytholmroyd Gala has been a feature of the village for nearly 60 years. At its best, it was a vibrant, colourful and hugely well-attended event that celebrated the community and brought visitors from many miles away. Now it's coming back! Read more. (7 Nov)


Small Ads: Very good service, result achieved in only 4 days.

Best railway cafe

Hebden Bridge Station Café voted best in country "The Coffee Station", the cafe on Hebden Bridge railway station, is the first ever winner of a national award from Railfuture - the passenger organisation that campaigns for better and more trains and a bigger and better railway. Read more (28 Sept)

Accessible Hebden Bridge: this 7 minute video shows the work of the Making Hebden Bridge Accessible for All project and how accessibility can be good for business. (27 Oct)

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

Small Ads - "Choosing to advertise the house for rent on the Hebweb was incredibly effective. The perfect tenants were found within 48 hours"

Hebden Bridge Station car park to expand: Calderdale Council is working with Network Rail, which owns the land to the east of the existing station car park to create 46 extra places. Read more.

Jeremy Corbyn in Hebden Bridge

Jeremy Corbyn in Hebden Bridge. Hundreds packed into the Town Hall on Monday (15 May) to support and hear the Labour leader. Photos, videos and report. (15 May - updated)

HebWeb Feature on the Boxing Day Flood, gathering together many of the articles, news, links, photos and videos. Updated reguarly.

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."

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.

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.

HebWeb Small Ads - The HebWeb is brilliant. Found tutor within 3 days… We have found a candidate. The response was excellent as was the calibre of the candidates.

One hour from hb9

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.

Hilary WainwrightHappy 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

Hebden Bridge, the UK's second city, BBC article by Evan Davis. "Hebden Bridge is an inverted city with a greenbelt centre and suburbs called Manchester, Leeds and Liverpool." Read the article

Small Ads: "House successfully rented through Hebweb. Fantastic posting wall!"

Selling my house on HebWeb was "extremely successful - I hope to complete on the sale in 2 weeks time, and I think I could have sold it a few times over."

Smll Ads: "I had so many wonderful responses to my ad for someone to help me re-organize my house post-flood, I wanted to employ everyone! Thank you." - Susan

Small Ads - I just wanted to let you know that through my small ad on your site I found my ideal new home, meeting all my requirements. Thank you very much for such a great resource

Small Ads: "Ad posted Monday, lease to be signed Saturday and tenant moving in Sunday. Thanks HebWeb."

"Unbelievable result Hebweb. So many enquiries in response to the small ad on your site and now have lovely new tenants. What a success - Thank you Hebweb."

HebWeb also available on the slightly shorter hebdenbridge.uk as well as hebdenbridge.co.uk

TwitterHebWeb on Twitter - The HebWeb now has over 3000 followers.

Camera Club

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.

"Many thanks Hebweb, the Small Ad asking for Volunteers to cook and help at Wadsworth Lunch Club has already had success. We now have someone coming to help cook. We'd still welcome a washer up, and occasional helpers please."

Small Ads - "We placed a job ad on the Hebweb recently, intending to keep it there for 2 weeks, but we had to take it down after 3 days due to the huge response generated"

Britain's favourite market town? Hebden Bridge has been shortlisted in the 'Britain's favourite market town' category in the BBC Countryfile Magazine Awards 2013. Read more

HebWeb uses Google ads to help cover its costs and they vary for each user. This has worked well for many years. However, please let us know the url of any ad thought to be inappropriate. If we agree, the ad will be blocked.

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.

Small Ads - "I am very pleased to say the response was terrific and both properties are now let." (Less than a week)

Small ads: "We've successfully rented our house. Thanks for an excellent service - I'll heartily recommend Hebweb, as our house was previously listed through an estate agent who didn't manage to get us a tenant in 3 months - through Hebweb we had 4 prospective tenants within a week."

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More from Hebden Bridge Web

  • Accommodation - from bed and breakfast to self catering, a range of places to stay in our area
  • Archive - news and discussion going back to the mid 90s
  • Bloggers and columns - a section where you can read regular pieces by selected local bloggers.
  • Books - of interest to people living in Hebden Bridge and area
  • Contact info
  • Discussion Forum - hundreds of messages every year on matters of concern to those who live in Hebden Bridge and the surrounding hills, villages and valleys
  • Emails - a directory of local email addresses
  • Events: a selection of local events
  • Features
  • Five hundred words on Hebden Bridge - one of the 500 years of the Hebden pack horse bridge projects
  • Green Pages
  • Hebden Bridge info - some basic information about Hebden Bridge with links to some features which have been written about our town.
  • 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
  • Maps - several maps of the town and area, including Google maps.

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Please e-mail us to report dead links, inaccuracies, suggestions and comments. Thanks. The Hebden Bridge Web (Hebweb) is published by Pennine Pens and started in the summer of 1995.

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