Mytholmroyd Station Partnership’s Sue Mitchell brings us up to date with all the festive happenings from the West Yorkshire station.
Allegedly, a sign of age when all you can think is ‘Christmas – already!’ It happens every year, so why act so surprised!
Remember, this time last year we still had a dreary-looking semi-derelict building that loomed darkly and dominated New Road in Mytholmroyd.
Now, though still dominant, it has been lightened by the shrouds of plastic sheeting that flaps and flops in interesting ways catching the eyes of passing motorists. But the scaffolding has been taken down and the frontage revealed, allowing glimpses of the restored woodwork, flagged floors and the handsome staircase through the grand windows now in place
We understand further works are required on the listed stone spiral stairs that will delay completion of Phase 1 until spring of 2019.
December 18 2018 – Official visit
Network Rail conservation officer, Chris Dawson who has shed ‘blood, sweat and tears’ (his words), for five years on the restoration of the Mytholmroyd Station building, invited Geoff and me to accompany the group of Heritage funders to look around the 1871 building.
Chris introduced Andy Savage (Executive Director, Railway Heritage Trust), Paul Walker (Historic England), and Danny Leigh (Network Rail Surveyor) who will be taking over Chris’s job in January 2019. Graham Marshall and Mark Ware are the lead operatives of CPMS, the main contractors.
To say the building is looking good is an understatement; it is fabulous. The twenty two sash windows look out onto a variety of different landscapes, mainly moorland, but some reveal urban roofs and village life. The spiral staircase is in the final stages of completion; the restored Yorkshire flagged floor is the perfect foil for the handsome bannisters.
Now, all the scaffolding has gone! The whole of the exterior of the building is now on public display. The final flourish, equality! A beautiful young lady is not fazed, is equal to her male colleagues as she strides off with a shoulder full of scaffolding poles; with a smile for all!
There is still much to do – but the whole project is exciting and to have played a part, any part in its restoration fills us with joy and quiet pride.
The beginning of December saw the partnership members working together on the organisation for our annual ‘Singalongtheline’ for the youngsters from the three primary schools in our area.
Promptly on December 3 at 4.15pm, we all assembled ‘behind the bike shed’, as one wag described it.
There were at least thirty two school children together with a number of mums, dads, aunties, uncles cousins and ‘grands’ Not forgetting the Partnership members, our Mayor Cllr Dr Carol Stow, Richard Isaac from Northern, Paul and Dawn Bigland from ACoRP, together with five representatives from CPMS ( station building restorers), about fifty bodies in all.
We made our way, singing on the ‘Singalongtheline’ train to Sowerby Bridge’s excellent café ‘The Jubilee Room’ where Santa was waiting for us.
Goodies galore from Network Rail, Arriva Northern and our station partnership were distributed by a jolly Santa (aka Jeffrey Andrews), to the excited youngsters who examined each goodie bag (Northern), drank gratefully from the water bottles (Network Rail, and Partnership), ooohed and aaahed over the selection of books (Northern and Partnership) before heading back to Mytholmroyd still singing. Much to the bemusement of the travelling public!
On to the Shoulder of Mutton to collect their families and for a final singing session for landlady Lisa and her staff.
The children were safely off home – we weary organisers and friends then treated to supper of Lisa’s delicious pie and peas by Richard (Northern).
It was grand finale for our community events of 2018, enjoyed by all.
It has been an eventful year for all – the long awaited restoration of the station building is well on the way; our community work is still appreciated by all; we still have the respect and friendship of our community and the railway family.