News, Features and forthcoming Events
What's on this weekend? 22-24 June - Hebden Bridge Arts Festival, Handmade Parade, The Jo Cox Great Get Together, KidsFest, Incredible Festival of Ideas, Artsmill's Festival Exhibition, Alice Longstaff's Lost Negatives, Sunshine(!) and much more. See What’s on.
The Incredible Festival of ideas from 21-24 June, across the Upper Calder Valley - to explore radical ideas in action including urban agriculture, community asset transfer, and much, much more. Read more
Major works now complete on Scout Road flood recovery scheme: The £6.5 million project to strengthen the hillside, improve drainage and boost flood resilience at Scout Road in Mytholmroyd is now done. Read more. (14 June)
£1.5m facelift for canal towpath: A section of the Rochdale Canal towpath between Hebden Bridge and Todmorden is to benefit from a £1.5m scheme to improve cycling and walking access More info. (12 June)
Non-conformist singers needed for Arts Festival: Singers are needed to add their voices to groups celebrating Hebden Bridge Arts Festival’s theme of non-conformism. Read more about The Commoners’ Choir and other non-conformist musical groups coming to this year’s Festival. Read more (8 June)
Handmade Parade workshops start this weekend! Fancy being tamed by a lion, riding the big wheel or telling fortunes? Then get down to the Handmade Parade open workshops which begin Sat, 9 June. Read more.
Calderdale Council Leader complains to Northern Rail. Cllr Tim Swift has told Managing Director David Brown that the level of delays and cancellations on the Calder Valley line mean that ‘rail is no longer a reliable means of travel’. Read more (5 June)
Wainsgate Concert: You Are Wolf Wainsgate Chapel’s concert season continued on Sat 9 June with alternative folk artist You Are Wolf, also known as composer and vocalist Kerry Andrew. Read more (5 June)
Hebden Bridge Labels wanted: Local collector Lizzie Lockhart has issued a call for labels from Hebden Bridge's textile manufacturers old and new for an exhibition she is curating during the Arts Festival. Read more. (1 June)
Join the Revolutionaries heading to Hebden Bridge for Happy Valley Pride 2018 from 6-12 August -an eclectic, alternative and inclusive week-long festival for everyone. Celebrating LGBT+ life in Hebden Bridge and surrounding areas. Read more (27 May)
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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)
Nonconformists 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)
Northern Rail: Manchester Evening News headline - "Crowded carriages, cancelled trains and 'aggressive tweets' - just what is going on with Northern Rail?"
Housing 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)
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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.
Sarah 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)
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.
Wainsgate 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)
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)
"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 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 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)
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
Council 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
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)
Votes 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
Labour 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)
Give 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 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
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
Six years ago: the Flood of 22 June - the first of two bad floods in the summer of 2012
Non-conformists head to Hebden Bridge Arts Festival which starts this Friday, 22 June. Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy, renowned photographer Martin Parr and comic Bridget Christie are some of the non-conformists heading to Hebden Bridge as the Festival opens. More info (21 June)
The King’s Troupe – Shakespeare Without Borders 2018. With its company of 37 actors, musicians and performers, the group performed Shakespeare’s “The Merry Wives of Windsor”, at the Dell stage at Stratford-on-Avon on the invitation of the Royal Shakespeare Company. Read more. (22 June)
Hebden Bridge Rain Garden Planter Launch Party Calder Rivers Trust, the Community Association and Slow The Flow Calderdale are hosting a public drop-in 'launch party' on 29 June to celebrate the installation of rain garden planters at the Town Hall. More info (20 June)
Mytholmroyd Station Partnership: Fanfare for local Business. Each year one of the three local primary schools in the area visit a chosen local business. This gives young residents some insight for potential future careers. Read more (19 June)
Drinking in the Square - the Forum debate continues (19 June)
Coiners' Path in Cragg Vale reopened by Robin Tuddenham, Chief Executive of Calderdale, on Weds 6th June. A good crowd met on Erringden Moor with people walking up from Cragg Vale, Bell House and Horsehold. Read more (8 June)
Italian visitors welcomed by Hebden Bridge Twinning Society This was the second visit to Hebden Bridge by Cllr Leda Liborio from our friendship town Paratico, Italy. Read more (6 June)
Ackley Bridge, Channel 4’s school drama, was filmed in Halifax, particularly the old Catholic High School, and in Hebden Bridge. (6 June)
Calling all Wheelchair Users: Your chance to influence future wheelchair services in Hebden Bridge area. (5 June)
Neighbourhood Plan Public meeting: ‘Planning for the Future’. The second of the public meetings this year, organised jointly by the Hebden Bridge Partnership and the Community Association is on Mon 11th June. Read more (5 June)
Landscape scores rediscovered and will be presented as part of this year’s Hebden Bridge Arts Festival - they have had their eye on recreating this legendary local event for some time. Read more. (4 June)
Air Quality: Friends of the Earth are opposing the new strategy and action plan as they say it's not going to solve Calderdale’s (and Hebden Bridge's) air pollution problem. See HebWeb Forum
Handmade Parade: Get Involved - with about a month to go until this year's Handmade Parade, organisers are searching for volunteers to come and join in the fun, make friends, cut stuff up, paint stuff, build stuff, collect stuff and more. Read more (25 May)
Wainsgate Concert: Helen Thatcher and Neil Darwent - The Wainsgate Chapel concert series continued on Sunday, 3 June with a duet recital given by cellist Helen Thatcher and classical guitarist Neil Darwent. More info
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.
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)
Calderdale 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)
Non-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)
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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)
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 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)
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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
DJ 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)
Top 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)
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.
The Book Case - highlighted by The Guardian (12 Feb)
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Hebden Bridge Visitors' Centre threatened with closure - report now updated with response from Hebden Bridge Walkers Action
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
Above: Gertrude Grouse enjoying the snow. Photo with thanks to Andrew Smith. Click photo to enlarge.
The 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)
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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
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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."
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.
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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