Mytholmroyd Station Partnership’s Sue Mitchell brings us up to date with all the latest happenings from the West Yorkshire station.
The progress of the station building’s renovation is inevitably slow given its previous state of dereliction after being boarded up for over thirty years; but progress continues.
The visit by Arriva Rail North’s Directors planned for February 5 was postponed, understandably, as both sets of stairs were due to be installed at that time. We believe the end of Network Rail’s Phase one will now be the end of March – mid April.
Disappointing for all, but it is a huge project. The winter weather has taken its toll on the drying time for plasterwork. The excessively cold temperature of the damp austere building makes for dangerous working conditions for the very skilled and willing workers of the contractors, CPMS.
But, gazing in through the windows, we could see one of the fireplaces, the surround and its hearth – beautiful stone that seemed to glow. We spotted the wooden staircases as well as the restored ticket office desk. I’m sure Phil and his co-workers must wince in dismay whenever they see us walking towards them. Always seems to be a flurry of orange jackets disappearing round the corner at our approach!
So many local people have come forward with expressions of goodwill for the project. Network Rail, Northern, Railway Heritage Trust, Historic England as well as the Mytholmroyd Station Partnership are all included in their thanks. Not forgetting Architectural Heritage, Hebden Royd Town Council and the ACoRP. All these bodies have been helpful, essential and generous with their funding and advice.
A visitor from ACoRP
We enjoyed a recent visit from Martin Yallop, community stations development manager for ACoRP. Although there was no official visit planned, we were able to show him some of the ground floor rooms.
He travels the country, speaking on historic and listed buildings, and is an expert in his own field; as we viewed one room ‘Mmmh,’ he mused ‘I can bore a lot of people in there.’
Partnership news: Jane Halladay of Groundwork Trust regretfully informed us that the bid for volunteer help from the Co-Op had not been successful. Thank you Jane for representing us.
We have been asked to speak to a group in Rochdale (across the border), about the building project and station adoption, not so much from the railway perspective but addressing the community involvement aspect. This will be interesting. In October – not 2019 but 2020!
Recently, our Mytholmroyd Cub’s Group made contact again. They would like us to involve the cubs in another project this year, for their ‘gardening’ badges’ I think.
Our initial thoughts are for the creation of an herb garden for a ‘pick your own’ facility here in Mytholmroyd but this could change. We are delighted to be involved with the youngsters again – the 2017 Bug Hotel project was a most enjoyable experience for us and it proved successful at the ACoRP Community Rail Awards a couple of years ago.
Our ‘Fanfare for Local Business’ project is off the ground, arrangements have been finalised with ‘Royd Ices’ a local established ice-cream factory, and Scout Road Academy. It should be fun – and tasty!
The project planned with our local senior school, Calderdale Learning Trust, has been held up by the over-running of the Building project. The school’s Head of Art, Natalie Oldham, is really keen for her students to be involved in an art production for the station building to celebrate its opening– but until the building can be viewed in its entirety and enable Northern to allocate the room space, it is impossible to plan anything.
I have anticipated such an installation by producing 25 portraits in ceramic tiles of our members. While enjoying the procedures, I don’t anticipate a lot of pleasure from the members. At least they will not recognise themselves!
But I will know!