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WHAT'S ON around Hebden Bridge this weekend? Blues Festival, Salem Fun Day, Tod parade, 'Cotten Club' jazz at Wainsgate, celebration at Gibson Mill, Trades Club celebrations of 30 years, and much more (1 June)
Guardian Northerner outlines some of the major events lined up for Hebden Bridge and "some of them thar surrounding hills". (1 June)
Hebden Blues Festival Blows into Town: This weekend sees a massive music fesival back in Hebden Bridge. With three dozen bands playing in seven venues across the town, fans of the blues from all over the country are heading our way. Read more (30 May)
Gay and Lesbian Rights campaigner receives this year's Citizenship Award: Retiring mayor of Calderdale, Cllr Nader Fekri, said he was personally proud to have nominated Jan Bridget as the recipient of this year’s Award. Read more (27 May)
Hebden Bridge Fringe programme launched - Benidorm meets Shameless (drama), learn to crochet, Pakistani story telling, Burlesque Taster Class, Dance Workshops, Vintage Pop Choir, The Speed of Dating (comedy), Cabaret, Literary Quiz, poetry and prose, and finishing with a Bellydance Spectacular. Read more (24 May)
Calder High Parents urge school leadership to address concerns - "to help Calder High to be a successful and exciting place in which to learn". Read more
Victoria Road plans unveiled at "Public Exhibition" of proposals. Developers "committed to engaging with the local community." See Planning Watch.
Bus problems: First to take over from Tyler. See Forum thread
Police are called to the NatWest bank, Hebden Bridge, when Mayor of Calderdale Nader Fekri refuses to leave, after the machine swallowed his card. Even though he was off to Germany on council business in a few hours, staff refused to give him his card back! See Yorkshire Post. (Photo: Jason Elliott)
Hebden Bridge in the spotlight: Hebden Bridge and the Paul Barker book on Radio Four Wednesday (9th), 4pm
Guardian Northerner features Spaw Sunday in Cragg Vale, Luddenden and Midgley. (8 May)
Hebden Bridge in the spotlight over the weekend. Full page article in the Sunday Observer on Free food, sharing and caring. Reviews on Paul Barker's book on Hebden Bridge in the Saturday Guardian ("West Yorkshire's cool and quirky corner") and Independent ("a microcosm for local life buffeted by the winds of change).
Janet Battye holds Hebden Bridge's Calder ward for the Liberal Democrats by 145 votes on a 45% turnout, higher than the national average. The Greens push Tories into 4th place. More info
Labour gain Mytholmroyd's Luddendenfoot ward. Simon Young for Labour won the seat from Christine Bampton Smith (Lib-Dem) More info
Labour gain Todmorden: Hebden Royd Town councillor Steve Sweeney takes the seat. More info
Brown's Site: local architects Moreton Deakin Associates join the Forum discussion
Blenheim Street: Residents are angry about plans to build a pair of four storey houses on "disused scrub land" at the top of a cul de sac on the Birchcliffe hillside. See Planning Watch
Tickets for Patti Smith at the Trades Club sold out within 90mins!
Handmade Parade 2012: Come and make magic in The Enchanted Wood. Fancy turning yourself into an elf, a wolf , an owl or a bluebell? Open workshops for next month’s Handmade Parade begin on Saturday. Read more (29 May)
Inspiral Carpets at the Trades - tickets now available
Owter Zeds headline Trades Club 30th bash Psychedelic rock legends, formed to play to play a one off miner's benefit during the 1984/85 strike, headline a weekend of festivities celebrating the Trades Club's 30th birthday. Read more - and see programme. (27 May)
Calder High is not on the Secretary of State's Priority School Building Programme list, published today. Nor is any other Calderdale school. (24 May)
Hebden Bridge Blues Festival may be the best in the country - the panel of the British Blues Awards have nominated it for the "Best Festival" award. Read more (22 May)
Fox Friends raise £400 at CAMRA festival. A bar at the CAMRA festival pulled in another £400 to help create West Yorkshire's first co-operative pub. Read more and listen to item on Radio Leeds (15 May)
Book Launch of Hebden Bridge: a Sense of Belonging by Paul Barker, which illustrates the changes to our town and area from the mills closing to becoming 'the Greenwich Village of the north'. Read more
Former Green Party councillor starts cycling round the length of Britain's coast. The co-founder of Kerbside Recycling, Calder Valley Credit Union, and former Green Party Town Councillor, Jamie Johnson, is raising funds for Palestinian refugees. Read more (1 May)
Elvis mayors: see the Mayors of Calderdale and Hebden Royd, and former Mayor Rev James Allison on stage limbering up for Fanny and Elvis at the Hebden Royd Town Council Civic Dinner.
World Championship Dock Pudding Contest, Sunday, 15 April, see Mytholmroyd Net for result and video
Ted Hughes Writing Competition is launched!
Local papers: HB Times office to close, journalist Susan Press tells HebWeb - see Forum thread. Update from Cllr Tim Swift: Halifax Courier to go weekly. "Those interested in the many goings-on in the upper valley are increasingly likely to turn to the 'Hebweb', the flourishing local website of town news and views." says Martin Wainwright, writing in the Guardian's Northerner Blog
Above: Heptonstall Players perform the Pace Egg Play in Weavers' Square, Good Friday afternoon. The Doctor has NipNap for the fallen Bold Slasher. More photos. And see this HebWeb news item for details of how much was raised.
Memoirs of a Japanese Chicken Sexer in 1935 Hebden Bridge has come second in the Oddest Book Title of the year contest - see BBC article
Berringden Brow: Fourth and Final book. The final instalment of locally-set "Berringden Brow" saga is now out! "Life's Rich Tapestry" sees middle-aged heroine Jess working on a university research project . . . Read more (30 March)
Hebden Bridge to host national Ambitious Communities conference, looking at how communities can transform their neighbourhoods by owning and managing local land and buildings. Read more (27 March)
Riverside School Makeover Weekend: more than 70 parents, teachers and friends spent last weekend converting the old old PE store into a special nurture room – just 48 hours! Read more and see pictures. (20 March)
Craig Whittaker arrest in January: CPS say there are no grounds for further action. The Conervative MP for Calder Valley was arrested for an alleged assault in December 2011 on his adult son. See BBC report and Forum thread (21 March)
Brown's site: supermarket, hotel, sports ground, social housing, left alone? Read the discussion
Fox and Goose Pub Co-op: Following extensive discussion on the HebWeb Forum in January and February, moves to buy out the Fox and Goose and run it as a co-operative pub are moving forward. Read more (16 March)
Calder High given 'notice to improve following Ofsted. Less than a week after Riverside received its unfavourable Ofsted report, the inspection of Calder High raises further questions about the education of Hebden Bridge children and students. Read more (6 March)
Riverside School put into 'special measures' following Ofsted.
Handmade Parade gets go ahead for 23 June - The future of the parade, one of the biggest events in the area's calendar, had been in doubt after drastic cuts to arts funding left it way short of the amount needed. Read more (2 March)
Hebden Bridge musician Steve Tilston wins at BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards with the Best Original Song award. Read more
Small Ads - "I am very pleased to say the response was terrific and both properties are now let." 30 Jan (Less than a week)
Trades Club featured in Guardian's Northern Blog. "Good times roll at our celebrated Trades Club John Peel's 'great little music venue' is going strong, with added delights cooked up by a Tibetan chef. Read full piece by Berringden Brow's Jill Robinson.
Songs of Praise in Hebden Bridge - see Nick Wilding and other familiar faces.
Calder High: Former Calder High teacher of 27 years, Anne Todd, tells of an atmosphere of mistrust and anxiety among staff, lack of experience among management, deteriorating behaviour since the last inspection and streaming imposed without consultation. Read more in the HebWeb Forum.
Jason Elliott's 500 Faces of Hebden Bridge
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"
HebWeb News Review of 2011 - read here - with links to reviews of the years 2007-2010.
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.
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BBC News Magazine: "Why is Hebden Bridge the lesbian capital?" Thanks to the many people who have emailed the HebWeb about this
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