The Mytholmroyd Month – July

25 Jul, 2019

Mytholmroyd Station Partnership’s Sue Mitchell brings us up to date with all the latest happenings from the West Yorkshire station.


Duke of York’s Community Initiative

A visit from Duke of York’s reps Kate and Emma.

Back to the “Duke of York’s Community Initiative” – Thursday  27 June, bright, looking good around the area – the teasels managed to grow another foot overnight, now they are at least nine feet tall, beginning to lean a little to the right…

The Deputy Lord Lieutenant of West Yorkshire, Kate Moreton-Deakin and her assistant Emma Wilson arrived promptly to be met by Geoff, Sue and Jae Campbell, Calderdale MBC’s Community Officer.

Over coffee, Kate and Emma asked many questions over a wide range of subject matter; governance, succession (she’d noticed the age!) funding sources, community involvement and any future plans.

Although feeling rather nervous, our visitors were both so pleasant and ‘ordinary’ the relaxed and friendly atmosphere soon put us all at ease and the session concluded in a most positive manner; this was helped and confirmed by Jae’s positive and supportive remarks about Mytholmroyd’s volunteers.

I don’t know about Geoff, but I felt distinctly red in the face.

On to the physical inspection of the station embankments; of course we were all peering through the station building’s beautiful windows for glimpses of the restored stair cases, and re-installed fireplaces. Quite frustrating really, but our visitors were mightily impressed with what they could see.

The large areas of embankment are great for the environment, plenty of greenery, buttercups, willow herb – all in all it looks lovely. Not in a parks and gardens way, but in a relaxed, colourful and much admired way, to judge by the complimentary remarks received from the travelling public, and our local community.

Additionally, we have the puzzle of the teasels – where had they come from?  And our mysterious bird, (Ernest the Egret, or Harriet the Heron) donated by an anonymous sculptor, peeping shyly out of a bush. How we wish we knew who the creator is – he/she must know we have a big job for him/her!

Any results of this DOYCI Assessment will not be known until early 2020 – but our guests were full of praise for what has been achieved here in Mytholmroyd.

A tremendous team effort! Thank you all.


Attending an unveiling

The Rededication and Unveiling of the restored Lancashire and Yorkshire Carriage and Wagon 1st World War Memorial was held in one of the huge workshops at Newton Heath Train Maintenance Depot in Manchester,  unusually silent, for the moving service, led by the Railway Mission Chaplain Mike Roberts, organised by Northern’s Lyndsey Marshall.

The singing of  “Abide with Me”, was sung beautifully by a young soloist, who is, I think, a member of the Salvation Army, as was the trumpet player Sarah’s rendition of ‘The Last Post’.

The Railway Heritage Trust’s new chairman described the damaged teak monument that had been stored for years in the under croft of Manchester Piccadilly Station. It was thanks to Andy Savage’s research that led to the finding of the original glass plate slide in the Railway Museum’s archives, and enabled the memorial be restored to its original design by Andrew G. Podmore & Son of York. The restoration was funded by The Railway Heritage Trust.

It is a worthy and handsome memorial to the many men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country during the First World War.


ACoRP’s Summer Seminar North

Held at York’s Bar Convent, it is such a pleasant venue housing at least 40 delegates in comfort. The agenda well organised with interesting and useful workshops for delegates to select according to their needs.

It provided an ideal background to meet old friends, and seek out new ones as our host for the day Melanie Lawton, ACoRP board member urged us so to do. I did as I was told and collared Melanie and introduced the Mytholmroyd contingent. As a result we will visit her Conway Line, and she will return the compliment by visiting the Calder Valley Line.

The workshops, as ever, well organised and provided some useful information regarding the preparation of press releases, together with persistence and enthusiasm on approach to local press. It also stimulated ideas regarding Mytholmroyd’s rather neglected blog; we decided a newsletter, probably six times a year, would be a good addition and additionally the logo for Community Rail News June’s blog has been well received, with complimentary remarks posted.


Bolton bound

On July 8, we dusted off our passports and made it across the border to enjoy Bolton’s latest venture hosted by Professor Paul Salveson; he represents Bolton Station Community Development Partnership; one of its aims include the re-use of redundant railway buildings. Today the community arts exhibition space on Platform 4 Gallery was declared open by the Mayor of Bolton and other dignitaries. Its inaugural exhibition shows some very striking work of graphic design and photography students from Bolton University.

A most enjoyable visit, the community development partnership is an ambitious and admirable plan and we wish all concerned a successful future.

It is still the middle of July, and much more to report; but I’m not sure if our editor has the space, (or the heart) to cope with more.


A Mytholmroyd round up

Just a little mention of a visit from Mike Holmes, contract manager, Rail North Partnership (DfT) prior to a forthcoming volunteer day in August. We look forward to welcoming them before working them all to a standstill – plenty of physical work to be had in Mytholmroyd! We are most grateful to our friends in RNP.

The Judges from ‘Yorkshire in Bloom’ will be arriving here shortly. I wonder what they’ll make of our very ‘back to nature’ embankments. We have had so many pleasing remarks from residents and passengers alike since we decided to be more ‘in tune’ with nature; it has been a delight to see the vibrant pinks and yellows of the buttercups and willow herb – but they’ve now gone over.

But we still have the TEASELS – now at least nine feet tall, the spiny seed case getting a covering of purple flowers and looking good – and the birds and bees will enjoy them

In the event, both the judges, Chris and Roger seemed to enjoy the higgledy-piggledy nature of the our embankments – we had a very relaxed walkabout the village (we are in the “neighbourhood” division) of ’Yorkshire in Bloom’.

We live in hope that next year we can offer our visitors a refreshing cup of tea from the station building’s own kitchen!

Thank you for reading all this – if you have!

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