Mytholmroyd Station Partnership’s Sue Mitchell brings us up to date with all the pre-lockdown happenings from the West Yorkshire station.
The month of March rushes in borne along by strong, wild winds; and so it has. Physical reminders are everywhere, torn off tree branches, soggy leaves in wet piles everywhere – but otherwise a terrible inertia seems have hit the progress of the refurbishment of the former station building.
Our recently engaged architect, Jacquie Milham, has sent a contract to Geoff as chairman of the trustees of the charity, to sign, but we all agreed we’d rather wait until the bank balance is a bit healthier for everyone’s sake. Contract signed – but now not only the bank balance’s health but everyone else involved in the project makes a ‘pausing’ of the scheme inevitable. It would be laughable if it weren’t sad, frustrating and inevitable, I suppose, given our history of one step forward and two back.
On the plus side we have met the Network Rail Andrew Curran, and David Sigsworth of CPMS, both of whom have been helpful and informative regarding the project.
But brighter news from the station partnership. The arch under the viaduct area was recently licenced by Network Rail for our use as a garden tool storage area. Thank you, Network Rail – we are extremely pleased.
We send grateful thanks to the Church of the Good Shepherd for the generous use of their garden area for our tools storage over many years now.
Our ‘dig-in’ this month was on Friday 13 March. The date may be unlucky for some but not us – as the rain forecast to arrive promptly at 1pm, did not appear.
In fact it was a warm pleasant afternoon that saw everyone keen to clear the debris from the church’s garden after we’d transported our tools from that place to the new shed under the viaduct. The clean-up of the garden plus the transfer of tools was completed lickety-spit by partnership members. They are a grand lot.
A new shed was donated and erected by George; thank you George. On a nice note, we were donated a lot of wild seed packs by local resident Tim Walton, who supports the ethos of the station partnership – the seeds are from the local organisation Grow Wilder. If not on the station the whole area will be brightened by the addition of bee loving plants.