News, Features and forthcoming Events
Lindsay Rimer, murderered 19 years ago on Thursday, 7 November. In the HebWeb Forum, Lindsay's father Gordon Rimer makes an appeal, saying "someone out there in Hebden knows more than they're letting on!"
Le Tour de France - new HebWeb section with links and latest information concerning next year's historic event. This page will be updated and developed as new info comes in. Update: public mmeeting in Wadsworth. Read more
Labour hopeful joins Forget Me Not children's hospice challenge to raise £5000. Josh Fenton-Glynn is planning events throughout the valley with local businesses and community groups. More info (4 Nov)
Hebden Bridge Picture House Live Broadcasts: The Picture House continued its first full season of Live Broadcasts with the National Theatre Live's 2011 broadcast of Frankenstein on Thursday, 31st Oct.
Local History talk on Witchcraft in the Upper Calder Valley: As make-believe witches come knocking on our doors John Billingsley, folklorist and author of many books on the subject, told members of the Local History Society that to our ancestors witchcraft was very real indeed. More info (27 Oct)
Digital Photography Courses in Hebden Bridge: Taking Better Photos (beginners, any camera) - Understanding your DSLR /Bridge Camera - Photo Editing in Elements and Lightroom (beginners and advanced) - Street Photography for Beginners - Personal Tuition. See small ads
Maxine Peake concert raised £760 for Calder Valley Morning Star Supporters' Group which meets at the Trades Club. (18 Oct)
On 17th October, Craig Whittaker, our MP, asked the Secretary of State for International Development what policy objectives her Department aims to achieve by supporting Myanmar's forthcoming census. See also: Forum thread - Myanmar or Mytholmroyd?
Hebden Bridge people make money do good. The community spirit, the recent raft of community share issues, local green credentials and the HebWeb are cited in a new report on ethical investment published this week. See HebWeb news item (14 Oct)
Hebden Bridge Community Association seeks new Trustees. (HBCA) is a charitable organisation and development trust responsible for ongoing regeneration, eg, Town Hall, in Hebden Bridge. Read more. (15 Oct)
Burlesque row leads to Picture House Bookings Policy. The new policy was developed by councillors not previously involved with the Picture House and members of the Friends of the Picture House Read more
Local History talk on Mytholmroyd's Moderna: Joan Laprell spoke to the Hebden Bridge Local History Society where she recalled the village within a village that was the Moderna Blanket Factory in Mytholmroyd, where she worked for ten years. More info (12 Oct)
Calderdale backs White Ribbon: Councillors on Calderdale's Communities Scrutiny Panel have been looking at how the Council can help challenge attitudes towards domestic violence, including appointing two senior Council officers as White Ribbon Campaign Ambassadors. Read more
What's On in October: see our What's on section for dozens of up and coming events - festivals, music, organic gardening, horseboating, talks, poetry, witchcraft, theatre, craft fairs, celestial echoes and more.
Waste firm director jailed for 2 years for operating without the correct permits. See Yorkshire Post report
Guardian Northerner: Martin Parr captured a simpler Hebden Bridge. "And he lived in my house". Rachel Pickering wonders what the great photographer would have made of the West Yorkshire town today, after discovering they were linked by her leaky kitchen tap. Read more.
Buses - some good news following meetings with Metro. Metro ran 3 meetings in the Town Hall Tuesday evening (24th Sept) and met with the Hebden Bridger Action Group and communities affected by the proposals. More info
Tale of a Tenner was produced to promote the 'Totally Locally' shop local campaign, showing that if you spend £10 in a shop in Hebden Bridge the amount of money that goes back into the local economy could be over £50!
Community Festival and Event Fund launched: Organisers of events and festivals in Calderdale now have the opportunity to apply for up to £2000 in funding from Calderdale Council's recently launched community fund. More info
Buses: Labour candidate takes bus boss for a ride. Labour's Parliamentary candidate for Calder Valley, Josh Fenton-Glynn, has highlighted concerns at cuts to bus routes by taking the boss of West Yorkshire's Transport Authority for a ride on one of the services set to be affected. More info (17 Sept)
Legendary Thespians Timothy West and Prunella Scales were in town filming a new Channel 4 series looking at the history of Britain's canals. Read more and see larger photo. (11 Sept)
Superfast broadband is coming:
Ten years after Hebden Bridge's very first broadband connections, following an effective community campaign, spearheaded by the HebWeb, we learn that over 90% of Calderdale will receive superfast fibre broadband from 2014. Read more (9 Sept)
Old Town Methodist Church closes after 150 years. Photo taken at the tea following the closing service and celebration on Sunday, 18 August.The church congregation started life meeting in the old weaving rooms above Club Houses before building the church. Click photo to enlarge
The above picture shows how makeshift flood defences helped prevent Market Street being flooded again. The photo is reproduced thanks to the Facebook page Calder Valley Flood Victims. Click photo to enlarge.
Hebden Bridge Signal Box is one of 26 historic railway signal boxes across the country to get listed status. See Guardian report
Burlesque Debate: at it's meeting of 10th July, Hebden Royd Council decided to set up a sub-committee to establish a booking policy for the Picture House. See response from Burlesque Festival. Over a thousand have signed the petition and there are over 100 messages in the HebWeb Forum thread.
Holme Tunnel to close for 4 months. A bus service will replace trains between Hebden Bridge and Burnley. See BBC report. (9 Nov)
What's on this weekend? Folk Roots Festival at the Trades, and Hollie McNish at Wainsgate. See the two items below for more info, and our What's on section for more events
Craig Whittaker: as energy bills rise, the taxpayer contributes towards MPs' bills. Our MP received £705 towards his bill, on top of a salary of over £66k - see Telegraph article and more HebWeb coverage of Craig Whittaker
Lamplighter Festival is the Calder Valley's newest annual event and Handmade Parade's latest venture, planned for 23rd November. Handmade Parade are gearing up to create another magical, mystical and scintellating evening based around the myth of the Lamplighter. More info about the parade and workshops.
Zero carbon green house blocked by Calderdale: the house is a well designed, sustainable house, completely covered in thick earth and vegetation making it almost invisible and blending into its surroundings. More info (28 Oct)
Radio 4 features Ian and Judith Coates on the Listening Project. They talk about his itchy feet and next trip. Ian's "as fit as a butcher's dog." See also: HebWeb feature: Riding around the world on a Honda
Lindsay Rimer murder: former Hebden Bridge methodist minister, Reverend Graham Kent, has called for an investigation into any possible links with Jimmy Saville who regularly stayed in Cragg Vale at the time of her murder in November 1994. See Mail Online article. Also HebWeb Forum and HebWeb feature (20 Oct)
The controversial planning application for two houses on land behind The Woodlands, Palace House Road, is going to Planning Committee. See Planning Watch. Update: 4.30 pm. Application now withdrawn
Come Dine with us - benefit for the David Wright Gallery. This promises to be a humorous insight into the filming of the programme, as well as a chance for you to try the food, talk to and mark the contestants for yourself! Read more (18 Oct)
Digital Radio coverage set to improve: Hebden Bridge and the Calder Valley are included as places set to benefit from new DAB transmitters to be created over the next 2 years. See Radio Today report
Hebden Bridge Police Station building: Stephen Curry of the HB Community Association has told the HebWeb that Calderdale have listed the Police Station as an "Asset of Community Value" - when the Police put the building back on the market there'll be a six week moratorium to allow community groups to make a bid.
Calderdale consider increasing taxes on empty houses. Proposals include full council tax plus 50% empty homes premium, incentives for owners bringing homes back into use and council tax relief for those who have to move out because of flooding. Read more. (1 Oct)
Eastwood Recycling Centre closure extends to five months. Calderdale and SITA apologise; no local alternative has been made available. Read more
History and Astronomy Societies' Autumn and Winter events now added to the HebWeb What's On section.
Seaport at Sunrise: Local writer, poet and artist Ian M. Emberson has written a novel which has its roots in his National Service in the 1950s. Read more about the book and what some readers have said. (5 Sept)
Syria Vigil: Thurs. 29th Aug from 12 to 2.
Arts Festival thanks sponsors: Hebden Bridge Arts Festival have thanked their sponsors who helped them attract more than 11,000 people to events in a record number of local venues. (23 Aug)
Major changes to bus services serving Hebden Bridge are being considered, including a 10 minute service to Halifax and Todmorden, paid for by cuts to services to hilltop villages. See Metro's Bus Review page for Hebden Bridge and the HebWeb Forum.
Small ads: Received Sat 18th - "I've had an overwhelming response and the property is now let"
Hour Car - Community owned car club. Cars in Hebden, Mytholmroyd and Todmorden. Our fleet includes an electric car. See Listings
ABC Coaching & Counselling Services
Counselling from Dr Jim Byrne and coaching from Renata Taylor-Byrne. See Listings
HebWeb Listing a-z
Canal Narrowboat holidays - Shire Cruisers boating holiday. Explore the Pennine waterways, canals and rivers in a narrow boat. See Listings
Yorkshire Life: 10 reasons to love Hebden Bridge
"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." Message received 6 May.
Rachel Lucie Jewellery Designs - I'm a local jewellery designer-maker with several collections of silver, pearl and gemstone jewellery for all occasions. See Listings
Bernard Ingham column ended: campaigners have learned that Bernard Ingham has been told his longrunning column in the HB Times has ended. They had been calling on Ingham to apologise for what he said about Hillsborough. Read more
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 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"
Five hundred words on Hebden Bridge - "Everything in the house was heated by the fire, all the old terraced houses used coal for heat and cooking back then, the valley had a serious smog problem." Read more from Dave Bridges' 500 words.
Jason Elliott's 500 Faces of Hebden Bridge
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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. (25 March)
HebWeb archive: quickly view HebWeb home pages of the past few years.
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." (4 Jan)
Hebden Bridge and its Co-op featured in this Radio Four programme - about 11 minutes in
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