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News 2016


April 2017


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)

FOLK ROOTS FESTIVAL - INTERVIEW WITH DAVE BOARDMAN who tells us who playing at the festival, why particular acts have been handpicked, and more Read interview. (20 April)

GOOGLE STARTS TO ADD TRAILS TO ITS STREET VIEW: After Alice photographer, Bruce Cutts has been out to photograph Bill Brady, Pennine Bridle Way Ranger with Google Trekker camera mounted on his quad bike. See photos and read more. (18 April)

HANDMADE PARADE: MAKE GIANT PUPPETS! Handmade Parade artists Andrew Kim and Kerith Ogden to teach giant puppet making in advance of this year's Handmade Parade. More info

YOUNG ARTISTS GO SUPERNOVA Young artists and performers in Hebden Bridge have created a new collective to support and develop emerging creative talent across Hebden Bridge. 17 April

HEBDEN BRIDGE DUCK RACE One of the great things about our annual duck race is the Schools competition for Decorated Ducks. More info and photos (12 April)

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)

CRIMINAL DAMAGE AT HOPE BAPTIST CHAPEL: The Chapel is 2 months away from reopening after major repairs, including dealing with flood damage. Now a group of locl teenagers has chosen to add to its problems. (7 April)

HEBDEN BRIDGE MARKET MOVES TO LEES YARD on Thursday 13 April - new Saturday Artisan market, a weekly Sunday local produce market and the Wednesday market moved to Fridays. More info (6 April)

PIANO FESTIVAL’S EVENTS FOR FAMILIES AND CHILDREN This year’s children’s concert is Saint-Saens' The Carnival of the Animals, performed by the Willshire Piano Duo. More info (4 April)

ARTHUR MILLER'S A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE is the next Little Theatre production, set in 1950s Brooklyn. Love, lust and pride make a lethal combination for Eddie Carbone and his family. More info (4 April)

PACE EGG PLAY: Once again, the Heptonstall Players will be performing their unique version of the Pace Egg Play this Good Friday (14 April) in Weavers' Square, Heptonstall. More info, background and times - and something about a wall to keep out the wrong people - and making Halifax pay. (1 April)

SUMA WHOLEFOODS WINS QUEEN’S AWARD. Suma is a workers' co-operative which has thrived for 40 years wholesaling wholefoods and has long had connections with Hebden Bridge. Read more. (21 April)

NEW LEAFLET WITH 3 WADSWORTH WALKS, including to Lumb Falls. Each walk has a route out and back to Hebden Bridge with details about where to get refreshments on the way. Read more. (19 April)

NEW FIRM OF SOLICITORS TO WORK FOR JUSTICE FOR ASBESTOS VICTIMS is being opened by Hebden Bridge solicitor Paul Glanville. The Asbestos Law Partnership has its office in Halifax. Hundreds of people in our area have died from asbestos related cancers from working at Acre Mill. Read more (18 April)

LINDSAY RIMER: FURTHER APPEAL FOR INFO: 12 April marks 22 years since the body of teenager Lindsay Jo Rimer was recovered from the Canal. Detectives continue to appeal for information to help bring the case to justice for Lindsay's family. Read more (12 April)

JOB VACANCIES AT THE ARVON CENTRE: Three jobs are available at The Ted Hughes Arvon Centre, Lumb Bank, an 18th-century mill-owner’s house near Heptonstall. (11 April)

OLD FLAMES AND STEAMY MEMORIES: - Granville Dobson was 41 years with British Rail and gave the U3A a quick resumé of the development of the railways in Yorkshire and Lancashire. Read report (9 April)

FUTURISTIC JAZZ-FUNK AT PIANO FESTIVAL: Marc Cary is a leading light of contemporary jazz with roots in Washington DC’s go-go music scene - just one element in his complex mix of styles and influences. More info (7 April)

GOOD NEWS FOR EASTER IN HARDCASTLE CRAGS: the 906 bus is back! And a new path has been created by CROWS (Community Rights of Way Service) in the vicinity of Gibson Mill. More info (5 April)

MIDGleY PACE EGG PLAY: Former pupils of Calder High School have joined together with current pupils to continue the tradition of performing the Midgley Pace Egg through the ancient settlements of the Upper Calder Valley. More info, background and times

HEART OF THE PENNINES - a new venture to promote walking in the Upper Valley. Local walking groups have organised a new website to to promote our area to walkers from other parts of the country. Read more (3 April)

March 2017


JOIN THE TWINNING SOCIETY TRIP TO ST POL: Hebden Bridge Twinning Society still have places for their trip of 25-28 May to Hebden Bridge's twin town in France. More details here (31 March)

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)

MARKET TO MOVE IN TWO WEEKS, Markets Officer John Walker told the public meeting of the Hebden Bridge Partnership Thursday evening, and the Weds market will now be on Fridays. Read report of this and some of the other main points from the meeting. (24 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. (22 March)

WELLIES WANTED FOR OPEN GARDENS: Old and much loved wellies are needed to create a sea of flowering boots as part of the Open Gardens celebrations across Hebden Bridge in July. Read more. (22 March)

A TALE OF THE GREAT STINK! Speaker Tony Boughton gave Hebden Bridge Local History Society a talk about the problems caused by the rapid growth of urban areas in the 19th century. Read more. (16 March)

AFTER THE FLOODS: new project to promote working together for a more resilient valley - and an online survey. Read more. (15 March)

MAYOR’S 1940S CHARITY EVENT. Cllr Tony Hodgins will be holding the Mayor's annual fundraising event on 1 April. Music and 1940s buffet and classic drinks. Read more. (10 March)

CAMPAIGN TO SAVE CALDER COLLEGE Demonstrators were out in force at the weekend against the proposed sell-off of Calder College, one of the last remaining community resources in Todmorden. The college has been well-used by the whole of the Upper Valley. Read more (7 March)

BLACKSHAWHEAD LAUNCHES CROWD-FUNDED DEFIBRILLATORS: On Saturday 4th March, two newly installed defibrillators in Blackshawhead went online with a training and 'launch' event, attended by around 30 residents. Read more and see photo and video

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)

CALDER VALLEY SEARCH AND RESCUE HIT 1000 The CVSR was formed in 1966 and on Thursday, 2 March the team was out at Top Withens (or Wuthering Heights) for their 1000th incident. Read more. (4 March)

GREAT UNCLE PERCY: INVENTOR OF ‘CATS’ EYES’ Glenda Shaw told the local History Society of the story of Percy Shaw, inventor of the reflecting road studs or ‘Cats’ Eyes’ Read more. (1 March)

THE ARTISAN NATURALISTS: Speaker Rob Trueblood told the Local History Society about self-taught working men - e.g., handloom weavers, shoemaker and tin worker - who became experts in Botany. Read report. (29 March)

NEW MARKET PLACE PREPARATION - Ralph Nimmann has taken photos of the work being done in Lees Yard to get it ready for the market to move there very soon. More info and photos (27 March)

JOB VACANCY: One duty manager at the Hebden Bridge Picture House. Full details here (23 March)

SWITCH TO LED STREET LIGHTING WILL HALVE COSTS. Calderdale Council is set to save up to £600,000 a year, reduce its electricity use and cut its carbon footprint by switching to LED street lighting. (22 March)

HEBDEN BRIDGE PARTNERSHIP’S PUBLIC MEETING is next Thursday, 23 March. Topics include the moving market, how the High Street award was won, new visitors' leaflet, development board, neighbourhood plan and making Hebden Bridge accessible. Read more. (17 March)

PART-TIME JOB OFFER: The Festival is seeking a freelance festival assistant to provide admin and event support to Artistic Director in the run up to the festival. 15 Mar

SALEM CRICKET PAVILION LIFTED INTO PLACE - see Bruce Cutts' photos of the large crane assisting in moving the new pavilion over the Hebden Water and into place at Salem Cricket club. (14 March)

BLUE PLAQUES FOR EVERYDAY HEROES: see the plaques all over Hebden Bridge, commemorating lives from 100 years ago. Part of an Arts Festival project. Read more. (8 March)

STEVE BELL - a big draw for Arts Festival. Legendary cartoonist Steve Bell is the first act announced for this year’s Hebden Bridge Arts Festival with an appearance at Hebden Bridge Town Hall on Monday 26 June. Read more. (6 March)

HOW THE HIPPIES CHANGED HEBDEN BRIDGE: An exhibition organised by the Local History Society aims to show 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. (6 March)

DANCE FESTIVAL TO RETURN FOR SECOND YEAR: The Hebden Bridge Dance Festival has received a grant of £3,150 to organise a second festival on the weekend 20-22 October 2017. Read more. (5 March)

TITUS SALT – PHILANTHROPIC PATERNALIST OR CAPITALIST VILLAIN? Speaker Maria Glot told a recent Univerity of the Third Age meeting how Titus Salt made his fortune from Alpaca, became Mayor of Bradford and created Salts Mill and Saltaire. Read more. (2 March)

February 2017


'REFLECTIONS OF LIGHT' Exhibition at Artsmill from Weds 8 March, featuring the works of Phyllis Hargreaves who takes inspiration from Healey Dell Nature Reserve. Read more. (28 Feb)

PIANO FESTIVAL PROGRAMME LAUNCH takes place at the Town Hall on Sat 11th March where there'll be live jazz piano music provided by Festival Director David Nelson. Read more. (24 Feb)

TOWN COUNCIL VACANCY: A vacancy on the Council has arisen (White Lee ward) following the resignation of Green councillor, Elizabeth King. A Bye-Election will be held if, within 14 working days, 10 electors for the ward give notice in writing. Read more. (23 Feb)

CALDERDALE ARE LOOKING FOR SCHOOL GOVERNORS Governing bodies rely on a variety of experiences and perspectives. No prior knowledge is required. Training and support is available for new and existing governors and is free of charge. Read more. (20 Feb)

Yorkshire Post on Hebden Bridge and the Trades Club "Hebden Bridge is one of Yorkshire’s most-famous towns. With a thriving community of independent stores and a population of people who champion the arts, built around some of the UK’s most picturesque countryside, it has become a large tourist attraction. The Trades Club, has transformed into one of Britain’s coolest intimate venues." Read more(20 Feb)

BIG WINS FOR LABOUR CANDIDATES IN FAIRFIELD AND WEST END WARDS. Sue Fenton (Fairfield) and Sarah Courtney (West End), the Labour candidates for the Town Council bye-elections, each landed over 50% of the vote. The 3 candidates who didn't respond to the HebWeb invitation to post messages and photos received the least votes. Results and info (17 Feb)

FLOOD ALLEVIATION SCHEME FOR HEBDEN BRIDGE: the scheme will also aim to address surface water issues in the town, and wish to gather knowledge and anecdotal evidence from the community. Read more (14 Feb)

PEOPLE PUZZLES AND EARNING A LIVING: Mike Crawford gave the The Alan Petford Memorial Lecture 2017 to the Local History Society, explaining the fascination of working with old documents. Read report (13 Feb)

OPEN EVENING where the first big name will be announced. Monday 6 March will also be a chance to discuss last year’s festival, and hear plans for the future. Read more (10 Feb)

THE SPIRIT LEVEL: Report of the Lit & Sci Lecture given by Kate Pickett and Richard Wilkinson. Their 2009 book on inequality, happiness and wellbeing became a surprise success. Read report (7 Feb)

SPRING AND PORT WINE at the Little Theatre this February. Thanks to Bruce Cutts for photos of the cast. Read more.

JOB VACANCY - Casual Cafe/ Bar assistant. The Town Hall is looking for a committed and enthusiastic person to assist in the day to day running of The Town Hall cafe, bar and events catering. Read more. (1 Feb)

HANDMADE PARADE SPARK DAY: Would you like to see giants in George’s Square, Bridge Gate awash with crazy inventions or Calder Holmes Park transformed into a intergalactic playground? If so, now is the chance to make it happen. Read more. (27 Feb)

FLOOD RESILIENCE GRANTS Time is running out for residents and businesses to apply for funding up to £5000 to make their properties more resilient against flooding. Full application, survey and quote to be submitted by 31 March. Read more. (23 Feb)

WORSE THAN THE POLL TAX says Labour group leader Cllr Tim Swift who has slammed Calderdale Conservatives for targeting people on low incomes in their budget proposals. (22 Feb)

ARTS FESTIVAL: CALL OUT TO COLLECTORS: Hebden Bridge Arts Festival wants to hear from local collectors keen to take part in an exhibition of their prize possessions at the Egg Factory. Read more. (21 Feb)

HOW FLOODS INSPIRED INVESTMENT AT CRAGGS COUNTRY BUSINESS PARK. The recently completed Business Park is bringing a boost to the local economy, and firms such as Make Solutions, Blazing Saddles and VisioSound thanks to the vision and determination of the landowner and support from Calderdale Council.  Read more (19 Feb)

JOB VACANCY - Catering Assistant (Maternity Leave cover until February 2018). The Town Hall are looking for a committed and enthusiastic person to assist in the day to day running of The Town Hall cafe, bar and events catering. Read more. (14 Feb)

NEW RADIOS TO BOOST FLOOD WARDEN COMMUNICATIONS Calderdale Council and the Environment Agency have funded some new radios, which flood wardens will use to give and receive messages quickly and easily in the event of a flood. Read more (14 Feb)

SHAKING HITLER'S HAND (BY PROXY) - Alun Pugh told U3A that his father was a bomber pilot during WW2 and at a reunion many years later he met some Luftwaffe pilots. One of them had shaken the Fuhrer’s hand. Read report (12 Jan)

BOOK REVIEW: Jonathan Timbers reviews Michael Haslam's Scaplings, Star Jelly and a Seeming Sense of Soul which is to be launched at the Stubbing Wharf on 17 February. Read review. (6 Feb)

'MOLLY AND BILL' LAUNCHED IN LOCAL RESIDENTIAL CARE HOMES. The name of the project is an acronym of ‘making our lives lively and being involved in local life’, and the project is working with 5 residential care homes and the Community Place at Calderdale Royal.Read more. (2 Feb)

January 2017


TOWN COUNCIL BYE-ELECTION CANDIDATES: On Thurs, 16 Feb, bye-elections will take place in Fairfield and West End wards of Hebden Royd Town Council. Eight candidates are competing for the 2 seats. This news page give details. The HebWeb will post candidate messages and photos as they are received (25 Jan)

FRENCH GOVERNMENT HONOURS D DAY VETERANS Medals were presented to 2 local servicemen for their part in the D Day Landings in 1944, at Hebden Bridge Town Hall on Weds 18th Jan. Read more (24 Jan)

TOWN COUNCIL ADOPTS ANIMAL WELFARE MOTION: Green Hebden Royd Town Councillor Elizabeth King has successfully introduced an important animal welfare motion. Read more (22 Jan)

JOB VACANCY: one casual usher at the Hebden Bridge Picture House. Full details here (20 Jan)

LOCAL HISTORY: DID I SEE MARILYN? Allan Stuttard gave a talk to the Local History Society on his time as a soldier during the Korean War. Read more (19 Jan)

JAZZ CAFÉ WITH DAVE NELSON Friday 27th January sees the start of a new series of informal jazz events at Hebden Bridge Town Hall. Read more

TRADES CLUB GROUND FLOOR WORK STARTS: A volunteer work brigade of socialists and trade unionists has begun the task of renovating the ground floor of the Trades Club at Hebden Bridge, which was devastated by the floods of Boxing Day, 2015. Read more. (8 Jan)

PANTOMIME AND BURNS NIGHT at the Trades Club, complete with haggis and pipes, on Sunday afternoon, 15 January

AFFORDABLE HOUSING PROJECT Local charity Calder Valley Community Land Trust has fixed on Saturday 14th January as the date for its public consultation on the proposed affordable housing project in Hebden Bridge. Read more. (4 Jan)

MYTHOLMROYD: THE DEVELOPMENT OF A PENNINE VILLAGE - Rodney Collinge told the Local History Society how developments from the Ice Age to the end of the 19th century have left their marks on the area. Read more. (31 Jan)

NEW GRANT AVAILABLE FOR FLOOD-HIT BUSINESSES: A new grant launched by Calderdale Council and the Community Foundation for Calderdale will help businesses affected by the 2015 floods to expand. Read more. (26 Jan)

CALL FOR ARTISTS for Hebden Bridge Open Studios 2017 during the Open Weekend of 7-9 July. Last year over 90 artists welcomed visitors into their studios and workshops. More info (25 Jan)

FESTIVALS TEAM UP FOR OPEN WEEKEND. The Arts Festival has joined forces with the Open Studios and is bringing back Open Gardens for a special open cultural weekend this summer. Meet 100 local artists and visit 50 gardens. Read more (22 Jan)

HEBDEN BRIDGE MARKET ON THE MOVE Work is finally due to start later this month on the relocation of Hebden Bridge market to Lees Yard, off our main square. Read more (19 Jan)

Calder High and Cragg Vale schools consultation Proposals to close Cragg Vale J & I School and to enlarge and change the age range of Calder High School to create an all-through School. See consultation document (pdf) (13 Jan)

Town Council Elections: vacancies for councillors in Fairfield and West End wards. Nominations by 20 Jan for election of 16 Feb. More info

Central Street area drop-in session to discuss bringing nearby streets up to standard. 26 Jan. See What's on

WALKING THROUGH HEBDEN BRIDGE’S PAST: Award winning local storyteller Ursula Holden Gill is leading a free story walk celebrating the lives of people who lived in Hebden Bridge a century ago, including those killed in WW1 and suffragette Lavinia Saltonstall. Read more (6 Jan)