Lockdown may have curtailed many community rail activities, Mytholmroyd Station Partnership’s Sue Mitchell brings us up to date with work being carried out to transform the station building into a community space.
In spite of Covid-19, work on Mytholmroyd’s station building is continuing – not physically, but planning for that wonderful day when work can recommence continues still. It can be enervating, a bit negative but interspersed with excitement as ideas are rewarded by not just funding from Community Rail Network towards the production of a professionally made video, but also their positive and enthusiastic support. The Trustees are most grateful for all this support.
The videographer, James Mellor of Rainbow Trout Films comes highly recommended by Steve Duncan, CEO of Community Foundation for Calderdale.
James’s suggestions, made after a visit to the building, was to record progress of the internal restoration over twelve months, emphasising the community aspect as well as the history of the building, Mytholmroyd and its industrial past.
The juxtaposition of industry past set within a magnificent landscape makes this part of the world attractive, different even.
Similarly, the former station building, it too is different; its layout was discussed in a very offhand manner in an 1871 newspaper report, and again in 1874. Apparently the important townsfolk objected to the 1st Class passengers having to pass through the general waiting room to reach their own room.
Already, we have community input from our local residents – ‘Mytholmroyd’s Railway Heritage. – a souvenir booklet written by member Mike Darke , and a song composed by singer/songwriter Jim Jarratt, local resident, entitled ‘Chickened Out’ – both items created by volunteers. Thank you Jim and Mike!