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Progress continues at High Hirst Woodmeadow On Saturday 1 May, a team of 20 volunteers, limited due to Covid-19 restrictions, helped with hedge planting on the High Hirst Woodmeadow site. A total of over 900 varieties of hedging were planted, including crab apple, rowan, rosehip and blackthorn. Read more (12 May 2021)

New Mayor Elected for Hebden Royd Town Council: Hebden Royd Town Council (HRTC) has elected a new Mayor at the Annual Meeting of the Town Council. Cllr Rob Freeth was nominated and with all in favour, was duly elected as the new Mayor of Hebden Royd Town Council. (11 May 2021)

Big Spring Clean: Looking to do your bit for the environment and help keep the local area clean and litter free? Register your team for the Big Spring Clean and help make Hebden Royd a cleaner, greener, safer place to live.  (11 May 2021)

Tribute to Mayor: Cllr. Richard Needham, on behalf of the Town Council, said that the Council is enormously grateful for the energy, skill and huge commitment that Councillor Val Stevens brought to the role of Mayor. "She was exactly what our community needed." (5 May 2021)

Hebden Bridge Picture House Announces Reopening Date: The not-for-profit single screen cinema is now set to open its doors on Monday 28 June, subject to the Government’s roadmap guidance. This is just 2 weeks before the historic venue celebrates its hundredth birthday. (2 May 2021)

Hebden Royd Councillor takes on 17k running challenge to raise funds for local charity A Hebden Royd Councillor is running 17 kilometres in a bid to raise money for the Mayor's chosen charity, Hebden Bridge & District Old People's Welfare Committee (20 April 2021)

Hebden Royd Businesses are ready to bloom - Hebden Bridge and Mytholmroyd is set to be transformed with colour as the 2021 Hebden Royd Hanging Basket Scheme launches once again. (15 April 2021)

Mayor Expresses Sadness of the death of His Royal Highness, the Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh - Hebden Royd Town Council is deeply saddened to hear of the death of His Royal Highness, the Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. Our thoughts are with Her Majesty the Queen, and the rest of the Royal Family at this time. (9 April 2021)

Mayor’s Appeal for Hebden Royd Charity in 17k Running Challenge - Mayor Cllr Val Stevens, is inviting experienced and confident runners to take on the Mayor’s Charity Challenge between Easter and the Spring Bank Holidays. (25 March 2021)

Maxine Peake Reads A Special Poem Celebrating the Power of Cinema The specially commissioned piece of work, funded by Hebden Royd Town Council, has been written by Hebden Bridge based poet and performer Clare Shaw. Available online. (17 March 2021)

The Annual Town Meeting of the Parish of Hebden Royd which will take place remotely on 24 March at 7.30pm.

Draft Neighbourhood Plan Q&A Zoom sessions The first of two public consultations on the text of the draft Neighbourhood Plan has begun, running through until Wednesday 7th April. Due to Covid 19 the consultation process will be almost entirely online but there will be 3 virtual question-and-answer sessions, starting this week, held on 11th and 23rd March, and 1st April. 

2021 Census and Help for Hebden Royd Residents On 21 March 2021, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) will once again be calling upon the people of England and Wales to complete a census form. The census is vital to understanding the makeup of a population, as well as highlighting changes in the past decade (4 March 2021)

High Hirst Wood Meadow February 2021 Update - The first 40 trees have been planted by Fruit Culture and Rooting and Fruiting, with the help of Cllr Nikki Harvey, for the Hebden Royd Town Council High Hirst Wood Meadow project,  alongside installation of gates by Forus Trees to allow easy access to the site.

Launch of public consultation for new neighbourhood plan Would you like to see more homes built, in the right places? Concerned about climate change, regeneration and economic recovery, local facilities, transport and parking? Then now is the time to tell us what you think of the emerging plan to address these issues. Thursday, 18 February 2021

Council meets the pandemic challenge. Bringing together partners from across the Hebden Royd community, the Town Council has launched a Recovery Group that will co-ordinate and drive the comeback from the pandemic.. 28 Jan 2021

Light a Candle for Holocaust Memorial Day- 27 January, is Holocaust Memorial Day, when we remember the six million Jews murdered during the Holocaust, alongside the millions of other people killed under Nazi Persecution and in genocides that followed in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.

CAB Adviser to start in Hebden Royd supporting families and individuals facing challenges - The Town Council are delighted to fund a Citizens Advice Adviser for residents of Hebden Royd to ensure anyone that is struggling in the community can access the help and support that they need. 25 Jan 2021

Town Council Supports Fee-Free February Music Workshops: Music Make You is a newly formed co-operative of music educators and professionals in the Calder Valley, and in February the group will be running a second series of online workshops funded by Hebden Royd Town Council's community funding budget. 22 Jan 2021

Big Energy Saving Week 2021: 'Check, Switch, Save' As we are spending more time at home than ever before, Hebden Royd Town Council are encouraging residents to take part in The Big Energy Saving Week. It is a national campaign that runs from 18th to 24th January to help people cut their energy bills and get the financial support they are entitled to. It does this by focusing on three main areas: Check – Switch – Save. 21 Jan 2021

A Huge Step Towards Peace On January 22nd the 2017 UN Treaty for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW aka 'the Nuclear Ban Treaty') will come into force, making nuclear weapons illegal under international law. Hebden Royd Town Council was the third UK Council to support the ICAN Cities Appeal and the TPNW. 21 Jan 2021

Town Council announces High Hirst Wood Meadow Project - Hebden Royd Town Council Climate Emergency Committee are happy to publicise their new project, High Hirst Wood Meadow. The Town Council has leased some of the land between High Hirst allotments and Sandy Gate to utilise the land for the benefit of the community and the natural world. 20 Jan 2021

Culture Recovery Fund supports the Picture House - Hebden Royd Town Council are delighted to share the news that Hebden Bridge Picture House are the recipient of two grants from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) Culture Recovery Fund, totaling £101,271. (8 Jan 2021)

Age Friendly Survey: Hebden Royd residents invited to have their say to make the community a great place to grow older. Hebden Royd Town Council agreed earlier this year to work towards becoming an Age Friendly Council. (27 October 2020, updated ,21 January 2021)

Hebden Royd Town Council Funds PPE for Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team - The Mayor of Hebden Royd Cllr Val Stevens met with members of Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team (CVSRT) on Wednesday 16 December in Mytholmroyd to congratulate the charity, having been awarded a community funding grant of nearly £4000 for personal protective equipment (PPE). (17 Dec 2020)

Town Council Christmas Closing Times On behalf of the Mayor of Hebden Royd, Cllr Val Stevens, Councillors and staff at Hebden Royd Town Council, we wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Ice Post Box comes to Hebden Royd - Hebden Royd Town Council were unable to host the annual Christmas Lights Switch On this year, so instead wanted to find a way to do something special for the children in the community. A conversation with Sand in Your Eye led to the idea of funding a magic post box made of ice from the North Pole, to collect the children's letters to Father Christmas. (Tuesday, 15 December 2020)

Hebden Royd Heroes Award Winners Revealed The awards shine a spotlight on the everyday heroes, individuals and groups, who have gone above and beyond to deliver the highest level of support and assistance within their community during 2020. (Tuesday, 1 December 2020)

Councillors remember Robin Dixon It was with many fond memories that Hebden Royd Town Councillors remembered their former colleague and friend Robin Dixon at last night's Full Council meeting.

Hebden Bridge Picture House remains temporarily closed - Following the government's announcement today, in which Calderdale was placed in tier 3 (and so defined as a 'very high risk' area in terms of Covid-19 infection rates) Hebden Bridge Picture House (HBPH) will remain temporarily closed until further notice.  Cinemas are not permitted to operate in tier 3 areas under the new rules which come into force as the national lockdown ends. 

Schools in Hebden Royd receive Kenneth Kaberry and Fred Barker Awards The Mayor of Hebden Royd, Cllr Val Stevens, has recorded a video to the pupils of seven Hebden Royd primary schools to present them with the Kenneth Kaberry award. (Tuesday, 24 November 2020)

Calder Community Cares launches Winter Community Plan with support from HRTC Calder Community Cares have launched a Winter Community Plan, with £5000 funding received from Hebden Royd Town Council, alongside donations from Community Foundation for Calderdale and the Co-op. (Tuesday, 24 November 2020)

Hebden Royd backs Marcus Rashford campaign to end child food poverty The Town Council unanimously passed a motion at the Full Council meeting formally supporting the campaign led by Marcus Rashford to end child food poverty. The motion calls on the Government to expand and increase the value of the Healthy Start Scheme, as well as, expand access to Free School Meals - providing meals and activities during holidays to stop holiday hunger. (Friday, 6 November 2020)

Town Council backs Marcus Rashford campaign as councillors call to end child food poverty - The Town Council passed a motion at a meeting of the Full Council formally committing to support the campaign led by Marcus Rashford to end child food poverty. (Thursday, 5 November 2020)

Hebden Bridge Disability Access Forum: November focus on mental health and new members. Hebden Bridge Disability Access Forum, working group of Hebden Royd Town Council, has its next ordinary meeting on Monday 16th November, 3pm by Zoom video link. The meeting will be focusing on mental health issues. (Wednesday, 4 November 2020)

Remembrance Sunday in Hebden Royd on 8th November 2020 - It is with deep regret, that we have to announce that the traditional Remembrance Sunday memorial events in Mytholmroyd and Hebden Bridge, cannot take place because of social distancing guidelines and other COVID-19 lockdown restrictions.

Calderdale Council Coronavirus Update: England Lockdown: As of Thursday 5th November, the whole of England will be entering new restrictions. Once the new national restrictions have been approved by parliament, they are projected to last until the 2nd December. Read more (Tuesday, 3 November 2020)

Lamppost Banners Funded by Hebden Royd Town Council to promote the Loyal to Local Scheme. Hebden Bridge Business Forum and Hebden Royd Town Council teamed up to produce promotional banners in Hebden Royd to help raise the profile of the Loyal to Local scheme at prime locations within the area. (Thursday, 29 October 2020)

Council Gives Go Ahead for Climate Emergency Action Plan The Climate Emergency Action Plan, submitted by Hebden Royd Town Council Climate Emergency Committee, was approved by Full Council on Wednesday 14th October 2020 and is set to be reviewed and developed year on year, detailing all the ways in which the council will contribute to tackling climate change in Hebden Royd. (Thursday, 22 October 2020)

Calderdale Council Coronavirus Update:  Tier 2 restrictions Calderdale has been identified as a Tier 2 High Alert level area in the new national tiered approach to COVID-19 restrictions, announced by the government on Monday 12 October 2020.

Hebden Bridge Flood Alleviation Scheme: October Update As part of informing the continuing design work and construction methodology for the scheme, the EA are carrying out ground investigation and minor river channel works at a number of locations in the town and have developed a Google map to show this work in more detail. (Tuesday, 13 October 2020)

Citizens Advice Bureau - Hebden Royd Town Council recognise that people need support now more than ever before, and is looking to assist and support the Citizens Advice Bureau in returning to the Calder Valley in the near future. In the meantime you can access their invaluable support on a range of matters by phone, email and online. (Wednesday, 7 October 2020)

Hebden Bridge Picture House confirms plans to reopen on Friday 30 October Film fans will once again be able to experience a trip to the cinema as Hebden Bridge Picture House reopens on Friday 30 October, after being closed for seven months due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Hebden Royd Town Mayor Launches #HebdenRoydHeroes Award: The Mayor of Hebden Royd, Cllr Val Stevens is seeking nominations from residents to nominate those who have made outstanding contributions within the Hebden Royd community during the Covid-19 pandemic. (Monday, 28 September 2020)

NHS Covid-19 App From today, the new NHS COVID-19 app is now available for FREE download in England and Wales. This app will help the nhs.uk understand if the virus is spreading in a particular area, and so local authorities can respond quickly to stop it spreading further and save lives. (Thursday, 24 September 2020)

Hebden Bridge Flood Alleviation Scheme - The Environment Agency is working with Calderdale Council to design and build a Flood Alleviation Scheme for Hebden Bridge. (Tuesday, 8 September 2020)

Step-free Access Map and Guide: Hebden Bridge Disability Access Form has issued the third edition of its Town Centre Step-free Access Map and Guide, first published in Spring 2018 (Tuesday, 8 September 2020)

The Big Autumn Clean-up - The aim of the Big Autumn Clean is for the community to come together, clean up their local environment and have fun, which of course means staying safe at all times. (Tuesday, 1 September 2020)

Hebden Bridge Camera Club Exhibition: The August Bank Holiday weekend saw the start of the Hebden Bridge Camera Club Annual Exhibition. But for the first time, because of Covid-19, the exhibition is online. (Tuesday, 1 September 2020)

Hebden Royd community groups invited to apply for financial grants from Town Council's Community Funding Budget. Each year, the Town Council welcomes applications from community groups to apply for a financial grant from the Council's Community Funding Budget to support projects, activities and events that benefit the residents of Hebden Royd. (Thursday, 20 August 2020)

Hebden Bridge Picture House Donates to Todmorden Food Bank: The Picture House was left holding large amounts of non-perishable goods from the kiosk, since it's temporary closure in March, now donated to Todmorden Food Bank and Drop-In. (Friday, 14 August 2020)

7-year-old's Letter Impresses Hebden Royd Town Council Mayor - Lottie Cliffe, a 7-year-old from Hebden Bridge, wrote a letter to Hebden Royd Town Council Mayor Cllr Val Stevens, to express her concern at the amount of litter in Calder Holmes Park, Hebden Bridge. (Tuesday, 11 August 2020)

Hebden Royd in Bloom! Emma Green, Neighbourhood Manager said: "This year HRTC was delighted to provide a hanging basket for free to local businesses, to brighten up the streets and shop fronts around Hebden Royd."

Hebden Royd Town Council Celebrates 25 years of Twinning with Warstein A remote meeting was held on Friday 31st July 2020 to celebrate 25 years of twinning between Warstein and Hebden Royd.

Natural England Updates Countryside Code - Eg, leave no trace of your visit, take all your litter home. Don’t have BBQs or fires. Keep dogs under effective control. (Friday, 31 July 2020)

Some people can’t wear face coverings In settings where face coverings are required, there are some circumstances, for health, age or equality reasons, where people are not expected to wear face coverings. Please be mindful and respectful of such circumstances, noting that some people are less able to wear face coverings, and that the reasons for this may not be visible to others. (Friday, 31 July 2020)

CROWS are back! Community Rights of Way Service (CROWS) are back improving and maintaining footpaths and bridleways in the Upper Calder and Ryburn Valleys.(Monday, 20 July 2020)

BFI Boost for Hebden Bridge Picture House who are proud recipients of the BFI Film Audience Network Covid-19 Resilience Fund - with thanks to the BFI Film Audience Network, awarding funds from the National Lottery. (Monday, 13 July 2020)

Hebden Royd Town Council Mayor visits local businesses She thanked them for providing much needed services for all the residents of Hebden Royd. Now that non-essential retailers can begin to trade it is more important than ever to support the local high street. (Friday, 3 July 2020)

Hebden Bridge & District Old People’s Welfare Committee is the Mayor’s chosen charity.  Cllr Stevens said, "This recent crisis has highlighted just how devastating Covid 19 has been to older people and this is why I have chosen the Old People's Welfare Committee as my charity for this year". (Thursday, 25 June 2020)

Picture House Statement - Whilst we remain closed due to the continuing risks of Coronavirus, we want to reassure our customers that we will be re-opening our doors to you all in early to mid Autumn. Read more (Tuesday, 23 June 2020)

Contact Tracing: If you've got Covid19 symptoms and would like support during self-isolation and help for your contacts, please call Upper Calder Valley Contact Tracing and Support mutual aid group on 07544 446147 - see leaflet

Mayor thanks businesses: The Mayor of Hebden Royd Town Council, Cllr Val Stevens would like to express her heartfelt thanks to all the local businesses who remained open during the recent Covid 19 lockdown period. (Friday, 19 June 2020)

Refugee Week is a UK-wide festival celebrating the contribution of asylum seekers and refugees, and promoting understanding of why people seek sanctuary. This year it will be held from 15-21 June with the theme 'Imagine', and everyone is welcome.

A New Mayor for Hebden Royd - On Wednesday 10th June, Hebden Royd Town Council held its Annual Meeting of the Town Council remotely. The main item of business was to elect our new Mayor for the coming year. Cllr Valerie Stevens was nominated and with all in favour, was duly elected as the new Mayor of Hebden Royd Town Council. 

Tribute to our retiring Mayor This evening Wednesday 10th June, Hebden Royd Town Council will hold its Annual Meeting of the Town Council remotely, at this meeting a new Mayor will be elected.

Hebden Bridge Flood Alleviation Scheme - The Environment Agency is working with Calderdale Council to design and build a Flood Alleviation Scheme for Hebden Bridge. To carry out this work, there will be a need for localised pavement diversions to close off access to specific areas. (Tuesday, 9 June 2020)

Calder Valley Radio Hebden Royd Town Council is proud to have supported the creation of the new Calder Valley Radio, through its Community Funding Scheme. (2 June 2020)

International Women's Day for Peace and Disarmament: The Mayor of of Hebden Royd Town Council, Cllr Dr Stow has endorsed a global women's appeal to commemorate International Women's Day for Peace and Disarmament (24th May  2020) and the 75th anniversary year of the United Nations. 

Film: Slow the Flow together A special online film screening of Slowing The Flow Together on 3 June at 7.30pm; a chance to see how flood risk has been reduced in Calderdale using natural methods. More info

Town Council meetings go online: Hebden Royd Town Council held its first official remote meeting on Wednesday 20th May 2020. Local councillors, town council officers, and members of the public stayed at home and gathered around mobile devices to consider planning applications, correspondence and reports on the recent actions of the Town Council under powers that had been delegated to officers during the initial phases of the Coronavirus outbreak.

A message from the Mayor of Hebden Royd Town Council - "Today, VE Day, we mark 75 years since the official end of the Second World War in Europe. Hebden Royd Town Council is a member of Mayors for Peace, an international organisation working for peace and disarmament. Today is an opportunity both to reflect on the horror, sacrifices and privations endured by many during the Second World War and to renew our determination to encourage nations to talk to each other, work together co-operatively and ensure that such an event never again happens." (8 May 2020)

Mayor's charity raises money for CROWS - The Mayor of Hebden Royd Town Council, Councillor Dr Carol Stow has raised a total of £1561.51 during her Mayoral year for her chosen charity CROWS (Community Rights Of Way Service). The money raised will help CROWS to continue with their valuable work of improving and maintaining the footways and bridleways across the upper Calder and Ryburn Valleys for us all to enjoy. (Wednesday, 6 May 2020)

Town Council reaches out to Flood Stricken Community in Africa On hearing news of severe floods in the Democratic Republic of Congo, DRC, Hebden Royd Town Council has sent a letter of support. Over the weekend of 17th to 19th April flooding caused dozens of fatalities in the community of Uvira and made a very large number of families homeless. (Tuesday, 28 April 2020)

Hebden Bridge Flood Alleviation Scheme: Listed Building Consent applications for some of these works have been submitted to Calderdale Council and notices will be posted by the council at these buildings/assets to inform the public. (Monday, 20 April 2020

Coronavirus: Frequently Asked Questions - Questions about volunteering, accessing reliable information, contacting the council, foodbanks, extra support, who delivers locally, disability access forum, the Picture House and more.

Hebden Royd Town Council Launches Covid-19 Response Grant  Details have been announced by Hebden Royd Town Council (HRTC) of a small grants scheme available to support local organisations working to mitigate the effects of the Coronavirus outbreak on the most vulnerable in our community. (Wednesday, 15 April 2020)

Letters of Support from Twinning/Friendship Towns Hebden Royd Town Council (HRTC) sent letters of support to our Twinning and Friendship towns in St Pol sur Ternoise, Warstein and Paratico, in light of the coronavirus pandemic. (Saturday, 4 April 2020)

Coronavirus - Calderdale Support Available: Calderdale Council is working alongside citizens and local organisations to make sure that together we can support communities over the coming weeks by offering a coordinated Community Response. This will make certain that people can easily request help when needed, and will support local groups and organisations. (Tuesday, 31 March 2020)

Disability Access Forum, Coronavirus support Hebden Bridge Disability Access Forum remains active during the Coronavirus crisis, raising issues of access to all aspects of life, including services, financial benefits, care and support, and providing information about local support to members. (Thursday, 26 March 2020)

Notice of Countermand Election: A new Notice of Election will be published giving details of the arrangement for the by-election either when new legislation has been made to deal with postponed local elections or as soon as possible when it is deemed safe to hold the by-election. (Wednesday, 25 March 2020)

Mayor's Plea: Look out for your neighbours - As Hebden Royd Town Council took measures to protect staff and community groups, Dr Carol Stow Mayor of Hebden Royd made an urgent plea for people to follow the guidance to avoid spreading Coronavirus. (Tuesday, 24 March 2020)

Coronavirus in Calderdale: For advice and support on Covid-19 in Calderdale we recommend you visit this valuable resource from Calderdale Council, containing advice on schools, public transport, business support, stay at home guidance, disruptions to council services, mental health and helping your neighbours. Read more (Sunday, 22 March 2020)

Hebden Royd Town Council Covid-19 Statement: The Town Council Offices in the Town Hall, Hebden Bridge will be closed from 5pm, 17th March 2020 as part of the measures to ensure the safety of our staff and visitors during this current Covid-19 pandemic. All meetings will be cancelled until the 15th May 2020, this being in line with Calderdale MBC's announcement on the 16th March 2020. As of today the Hebden Bridge Picture House is also closed to the public until Thursday 30 April with a reopening date under review. More info and contact details (Tuesday, 17 March 2020

Event cancelled: After careful consideration, Hebden Royd Town Council have taken the decision to cancel the Mayor's Ceilidh on Saturday, 21st March. This is in response to the World Health Organisation declaring that the Coronavirus is now a pandemic. Read more (Monday, 16 March 2020)

Hebden Royd Town Council Community Funding Projects: 'Discovering Ted Hughes's Yorkshire' Hebden Royd Trail Maps Launched On Saturday 21st March, 1.00-3.00pm, a launch event for the Hebden Royd dimension of the 'Discovering Ted Hughes's Yorkshire' literary and heritage trail will take place at Mytholmroyd Community Centre, with poetry readings by acclaimed poets Carola Luther and David Morley, and a talk by Hughes expert, Dr Steve Ely.

Hebden Royd Town Council Community Funding Projects: Hebden Bridge Film Festival - From Friday 27 to Sunday 29 March 2020. The full programme for the 2020 Hebden Bridge Film Festival has been launched with new films from the UK and around the world.

Hebden Royd Town Council SHOWCASE! The Annual Town Meeting of Hebden Royd Town Council, in association with the HB Partnership & HB Community Association, will be held in Hebden Bridge Town Hall, Hebden Bridge On Wednesday, 4th March 2020 at 7.30pm.

The Big Spring Clean is back! From Friday 20th March to Sunday 29th March 2020. During this time, Hebden Royd Town Council will sponsor each group of at least six people, that pledge two hours to clean up their community, £60 for their chosen local project/community group (with a maximum of three groups per organisation permitted).

Mayor's Coffee Morning - All welcome! Featuring the 1925 Hebden Bridge Gala film, a raffle plus tea, coffee and cakes available for a donation to the Mayor's chosen charity CROWS. (Tuesday, 14 January 2020)


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