News, Features and forthcoming Events
Slow the Flow shortlisted as 'Community Group Of The Year' by Yorkshire Post Rural Awards 2017. Read story (4 Oct)
Second Hebden Bridge Dance Festival set for a swinging start! Online ticket sales have opened for the second annual Hebden Bridge Dance Festival, bringing a vibrant array of 26 dance events to four venues in Hebden Bridge. Read more
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)
Sally Wainwright in conversation. On Saturday evening, Sally Wainwright was on stage with her former teacher, Jenny Gore for a benefit for the Little Theatre. She revealed her next TV drama series about Anne Lister, Gentleman Jack, will not now show until 2019 but will star Suranne Jones. Read more. (24 Sept)
Local NHS under increasing threat - on Friday, 22 Sept, a letter signed by more than 250 people called on West Yorkshire and Harrogate Councillors’ joint health scrutiny committee to urgently defend the area’s NHS and social care services from over £1bn cuts. Read more. (25 Sept)
Re-vamp of paths in Hardcastle Crags: CROWS have started some major path works in the Crags. The Current waymarked routes will all be renamed and a new improved map will be introduced. More info (20 Sept)
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. (15 Sept)
Save Todmorden College: public meeting in Hebden Bridge: campaigners held a public meeting in Hebden Bridge on Tuesday, 12 September to save the college which once served the whole of the Upper Valley. More info
The After Alice Project launches online Yorkshire photo archive - with a difference! Based at the Birchcliffe Centre in Hebden Bridge, the After Alice Project's photos are all shot on old fashioned film. More info and links (6 Sept)
What's on in September? What a lot goes on in our small town! Around 40 events are listed for September. Coming up first are Wuthering Bytes Techfest., Blackshaw Head fete, Wainsgate concert, Camera Club, Fawcett and ArtsMill exhibitions, Quiz, Gongs, Dance, Poetry, Heritage Open Days and more. See What's on in our area
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.
Around 80 to 100 people visit each Saturday morning, but more money is needed as numbers grow. Read more (24 Aug)
Peter Tatchell at Happy Valley Pride Festival
Photo: Bruce Cutts
1,300 road gullies in Calderdale will be repaired or replaced, including those along the A646 in Hebden Bridge and Mytholmroyd. (14 Aug)
Thanks to Andrew Smith for this photo and for telling us that "Gertrude Grouse is still enjoying life on Shackleton Knoll, apparently unconcerned by the impending Glorious Twelfth!". See also: Huffington Post article on grouse shooting.
Behind the scenes at Hardcastle Crags: the countryside team are sharing the secrets of their work with a Ranger Day on Saturday 19 Aug. Meet and chat with the team.
Vintage Car Weekend raises over £30,000 for local charities Held over the weekend of 5th-6th Aug and organised by the Rotary Club has been a great success, raising up to £30,000 for good causes and charities. Read more
Happy Valley Pride Festival 2017, celebrating LGBTQ life in Hebden Bridge and beyond (7th to 13th August) - a festival of diversity, inclusivity and awareness for everyone. Read more and see programme
Hebden Bridge in the media: The Observer reports that part of Mike Leigh’s film on Manchester’s Peterloo massacre of 1819, and starring Maxine Peake, was filmed in Heptonstall. Meanwhile, The Mirror reports that the Hangingroyd Lane house used as Sarah Lancashire’s home in Happy Valley is for sale at £250k.
Lit & Sci lectures - five more speakers announced. Five eminent speakers will be coming to Hebden Bridge over the coming autumn and winter months, continuing the successful lecture series by the Literary and Scientific Society. Read more.
Wainsgate Concert: Jemima Foxtrot: The Wainsgate concert series comes to an end on Sat 7 October with the return of former Calder High School student Jemima Foxtrot performing her recent Edinburgh Fringe hit show. Read more
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 (3 Oct)
Great Rock Co-op: at their general meeting this Saturday (7 Oct), the Great Rock Coop are inviting food producers to give short presentations about their work. There'll also be a chance for a chat, a drink, and something to nibble from 1pm onward. Read more
The People’s Fair: Calderdale’s talented creative community took over The Piece Hall as The People’s Fair storms into Halifax, 30 Sept - 1 Oct. Parades and processions, street theatre, market stalls, exhibitions, food. Read more
Accessible public toilet to open in the evening. Hebden Bridge Disability Access Forum (HBDAF) is working with Calderdale Council to re-open the accessible toilet on New Road, Hebden Bridge, in the evenings. Read more. (22 Sept)
Keighley Road water outage - residents woken in night to move cars. See Forum messages (21 Sept)
Local Plan: have your say There are just over two weeks left for local people to have their say on the draft plans for housing, employment, infrastructure and open spaces in Calderdale over the next 15 years. Read news item and see Forum thread (14 Sept)
Quakers in Hebden Bridge prepare for Quaker Week: Quakers have now been meeting every Sunday morning for worship in Hebden Bridge for 30 years. Read more about the Quakers and Quaker Week, starting at the end of the month. (14 Sept)
Win tickets for The Rails at the Trades The Rails are back with a new album Other People they describe as 'folk rock on steroids' and Hebweb had two pairs of tickets for their Trades Club gig on Thurs 14 September. More info
Up The Buttress! Saturday, 9 September, 1pm-5pm. £10 to attempt the Buttress by bike - without dismounting. See HebWeb video
Walkers' Groups pop-up at launch of Walk and Ride Festival. To help launch the Walk and Ride Festival, local walking groups were at Hebden Bridge Visitor Centre all day on 9th September. More info
New Halifax Central Library opened Tuesday 5 September as the old one closed. Situated next to the Piece Hall and Square Chapel it will be part of a vibrant cultural, heritage and learning quarter. Read more
Wainsgate Concert: Rachel McCrum and Caroline Bird - the Wainsgate concert series resumed after the summer recess on 2 Sept with an entertaining performance poetry event featuring two award-winning poets. Read more
Apprentice Vacancy: Hebden Royd Town Council. An opportunity for young person wanting to start career in Business and Admin. You will be trained to provide efficient and effective clerical/ admin support to the Town Council. More info (25 Aug)
Comedy Club After a brief break during the summer, Hebden's regular night of laughter returns to its usual home, upstairs at The Old Gate pub with Alex Boardman, Carl Hutchinson and Susan Murray. Read more (24 Aug)
Local History Society talks from September until March are now listed in our What's on section. Find more out about 7 centuries of floods in the Calder Valley, Top Withins, Thousands visiting Hardcastle Crags in the late 19th century, how the Hippies changed Hebden Bridge, the Norman Conquest of Yorkshire and more. See What's on
Pedal to Paris Gerard Liston of Hope Baptist Church in Hebden Bridge, is starting a 4-day cycle ride from London to Paris on 30th Aug to raise funds for the British Legion. (16 Aug)
Todmorden's Geoff Love remembered Musical Arranger to the Stars remembered with a weekend of celebrations and the publication of a new book this September, 100 years after his birth. Read more (15 Aug)
Hiroshima Day Commemoration: On Sunday, Calder Valley for CND held a commemoration of Hiroshima Day, the 72nd anniversary of dropping A-bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, on the Wavy Steps in Hebden Bridge. Read more (8 Aug)
Slow The Flow Calderdale raise £3500 for competing in Tough Mudder Yorkshire - the group was set up to look at the issue of why and how the Calder Valley floods and to look at solutions to slowing the volume of water which comes down the hillsides . Read more
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Craig Whittaker wins Calder Valley for the Conservatives, winning by 609 votes. See HebWeb General Election section for Calder Valley results (9 June)
Painting the tops: Walking on the tops around our area you are likely to come across trig points on the tops of hills. CROWS volunteers intend to repaint all the trig points in our area. They need donations to buy paint. Read more (7 June)
Streets of Fun on Street Sunday: This event is the traditional end of the Arts Festival. Some of Britain's best street performers joined local acts in 4 venues on Sun 2 July.
Dig deeper inside the HebWeb There's much more on the HebWeb than you may think. This website has become a unique resource of local activity over the past twenty or so years. Read our brief summary of some of these less obvious features. (29 May)
Search and Rescue Team welcome MBE for their honorary president, Mr Robert (Bob) Uttley for services to the community. (19 June)
Parking charges to be introduced in currently free parking areas in Albert Street, Crown Street, Valley Road and elsewhere. See Planning Watch (8 June)
New Co-op store, Mytholmroyd. See Planning Watch (8 June)
Wuthering Bytes Festival back for a fifth year over ten days. The opening keynote will explore developments and people in the history of computing, from Maurice Wilkes and Max Newman to Alan Turing. More info (7 June)
General Election section 2017 of the HebWeb is now online. We will post updates as they are received. The first discussion is on the question of a possible "progressive alliance". See the Election section.
Lindsay Rimer: a second Bradford man has been arrested on suspicion of her murder. See BBC report for more details, and this recent HebWeb News page for the background to this terrible crime. Update: man released on police bail. (25 April)
Calder Valley Community Land Trust receives major grant to the value of £88,000 to enable it to develop and to attract investment for its proposed affordable homes developments. Read more. (24 April)
General Election 2017 - as the General Election, gets under way, have a look back at HebWeb coverage of the 2015 election in the Calder Valley.
Duck Race madness attracts thousands - "Can you see owt?" Not everyone could. Every vantage point was several people thick. All desperate to see the plastic ducks floating along the Hebden Water for five minutes. Click photo to enlarge. Read more
Stand-up comedy comes to Hebden Bridge… but for kids. Thanks to Hebden Bridge Arts Festival, kids can enjoy some top class comics… but without the rude bits. (10 April)
Sara Pascoe is an animal: Fearless comic Sara Pascoe is on the road with her new show Animal and Hebden Bridge Arts Festival have tempted her to stop off for a gig at the Picture House on 27 June. (28 March)
Local Historian Remembered. A new book published by the Local History Society, History in the South Pennines, will be a memorial to gifted local history lecturer, Alan Petford who died 2 years ago. Read more.
SHIBDEN HALL is the new Sally Wainwright eight part drama series: After Happy Valley, Last Tango in Halifax, Scott and Bailey and others, the first few episodes of Sally Wainwright’s next drama is based on the book Nature's Domain by Mytholmroyd writer Jill Liddington, published by Hebden Bridge publishers Pennine Pens. Read more. (5 March)
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No place for young men: Alex Kostyakov has written a moving piece on work chances for young men in Hebden Bridge. Why do you never get served a latte by a young man, and is there a connection with break-ins at the park and station cafes? Read more.
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Floods: HebWeb Gallery - 24 photos taken on the morning of Boxing Day, 2015.
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Happy Valley wins BAFTA as best TV Drama. Written by Sally Wainwright, much of the series was filmed in and around Hebden Bridge - see above at the back of Hanginroyd Lane. Sarah Lancashire won best leading female actor. (15 May)
Hebden Bridge Hippies Exhibition: The main panels from the exhibition are now upstairs in Hebden Bridge Library. They're there for the next couple of months. The online version of the exhibition will remain available here on the HebWeb.
Slow The Flow - Hardcastle Crags: Slow The Flow Calderdale, with The National Trust and the Environment Agency, will shortly begin a programme of activity in Hardcastle Crags aimed at slowing the flow in the river and its feeder brooks. Read more. (26 April)
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.
Tourism Guide - 2017 With sections on this year's festivals and events, visiting Hebden Bridge, eating, drinking and shopping independently, attractions, getting and staying here, and links to more information about our 'intriguingly, creative' town.
How the Hippies Changed Hebden Bridge: An exhibition organised by the Local History Society aims to showed how those who moved into our area in the 1970s - the locals called them 'hippies' - kick-started the cultural renaissance which is today so Hebden Bridge. Read more.
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HEBDEN BRIDGE WINS! - Great British High Street Award in the Small Market Town category. Almost one year after our town was wrecked and shut down by the Boxing Day Flood.
HebWeb Feature on the Boxing Day Flood, gathering together many of the articles, news, links, photos and videos. Updated reguarly.
Reasons to Visit Happy Valley's Hebden Bridge "Happy Valley comes to an end. You probably won't spend much of the last episode cooing over Hebden Bridge, which is a shame because it's well worth a visit." Read Radio Times piece 15 March
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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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