IT WAS revealed that the controversial sundial and bollards in St George's Square cost at least £16,000 more than those on designs issued to the public.

Leaked correspondence from Calderdale Council’s engineering services network manager, Nigel Pickles - sent to the Hebden Bridge Times anonymously - also showed consultancy fees for the town’s contentious pedestrianisation scheme were in excess of 100,000

HEBDEN Royd Town Councillor Stewart Brown accompanied Fairfield residents on Hebden Bridger E bus as a regular service to the area resumed after a six month absence.

Councillor Brown, who had successfully campaigned with local residents for the restoration of the service said there was a healthy turnout for the first bus and just seeing the buses run again for the first time in six months has raised everyone’s spirits.

FIREWORKS lit up the night sky of Hebden Bridge when thousands turned out for the town’s annual bonfire display.

A near sell-out crowd watched the spectacular illuminations event, organised by Hebden Bridge Round Table, which raised around 13,000 for local charities.

AN ITALIAN adventure saw a Hebden Bridge Weightwatchers leader raise 3,000 for charity.

Denise Western, who holds Weightwatchers classes in Hebden Bridge and Halifax, successfully finished a gruelling five day hike for the British Heart Foundation.

The 47-year old took on the difficult terrain of the Sorrento Peninsula and Amalfi coast as part of a 27-strong group, who raised a total of 38,000.

THE controversial ten foot sundial in the shape of a giant fustian knife planned for St George’s Square, has been given the green light.

More than 50 people formally objected to the sundial while Hebden Royd Town Council supported it. Members of Calderdale Planning Committee approved the metal sculpture which was designed to be given pride of place in the Square.

THE ultimate sacrifice made by men and women in two worlds wars and more recent conflicts was remembered in services and parades in the Calder Valley.

A HEBDEN Bridge art studio that faced almost imminent collapse beat the odds to become a fully-fledged co-operative in a brand new facility.

With no money and no permanent base, Northlight Art Studios was close to folding less than a year ago, but is now preparing to officially open thanks to a raft of grants which saved them.

A GENERAL store opened for the tenants, staff and visitors of Mytholm Meadows, Hebden Bridge.

Tenants of the sheltered housing complex will staff the new store, which has been funded by the Community Foundation for Calderdale and provided by Pennine Housing 2000.