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NEWS TO 2008

Hebden Bridge Junior Band

The finale to the Band's Christmas season is Carols in the Square on Christmas Eve - but there are others events where you can see the band. More info - Hebweb - posted 16th December, 2008

Work transforms village's square

BUILDING work has started on Mytholmroyd's new village square. It is being created on the former car park near St Michael's Church Hall, Church Street, along with an "enterprise hub" in the church hall building. Halifax Courier - posted 16th December, 2008

Cat found in Mytholmroyd

Cat found in Ashton Road, Mytholmroyd. Anyone recognising it, please e-mail here. - posted 14th December, 2008


Sita refuse to recycle with Kerbside. Public urged to write to the 7 Conservative members of the Calderdale Cabinet, and Hazel Blears, and return their Sita boxes. ... More info Hebweb - posted 9th December, 2008

Xmas Party this Friday - Calling all Home workers

Once again, anyone who works at home in the area is invited to the Homeworker's Xmas Party. From 7.30pm on Friday December 12th in the White Lion Hotel. "We are the the pioneers of the PC, the instigators of the internet, the warriors of the web ... More info Hebweb - posted 10th December, 2008

ELLIOTT ANTIQUES - Next year's fairs -

Antique Fairs - First Sunday in every month. Mytholmroyd Community Centre.

Next one - 4th January - DON'T MISS IT ! - ONE OF THE BEST IN THE NORTH More info - posted 7th December, 2008

Mytholmroyd Walkers Action MWA

Churn Milk Joan

- Photo taken 30th November 2008 and sent in by Rose Wheeler.

More about MWA here - posted 7th December, 2008

SNOW in Mytholmroyd

Early morning snow - 2nd December 2008.

- Thanks to Brian Marsden for this photo.

Links to more photos from Brian:
The Scout rocks and Robin Hood rocks
Erringden moor
Stoodley Pike
Blackstone Edge and the Roman road


200 people packed into the Good Shepherd this morning in support of Kerbside. A ballot was undertaken to decide whether Kerbside should go with Sita's offer to take up furniture re-cycling or continue collections for as long as they can. People were asked to vote "Deal" or "No Deal". A count of the votes revealed 178-1 that they go with "No Deal".

See Hebweb for full report: Kerbside: the gloves are off

Listen to what Councillor Peter Coles said about the situation: - posted 29th November, 2008

Christmas Craft Fair - Sunday 30th November

A Christmas craft fair - this Sunday Mytholmroyd Community Centre 10.00am to 3.00pm - supporting Barnardos. - posted 27th November, 2008

Local Puppet Company Performs at Square Chapel

Thingumajig Theatre, who co-produced the fabulously successful Hebden Bridge Handmade Parade earlier this year, will conclude their 2-month national tour of their play, "A November Day" with two performances at the Square Chapel Centre for the Arts, Halifax. Sunday, 30 Nov. at 2:30pm and Monday, 1 Dec. at 10:30am. - more info posted 26th November, 2008


Halifax Courier Sing a Song for Christmas entries now include entries from Burnley Road School and Cragg Vale School.

Watch the videos - scroll down page to find the schools: here - posted 25th November, 2008


next Saturday (29th) 10.30 am at the Good Shepherd, Mytholmroyd. Help decide Kerbside's future. posted 25th November, 2008

Christmas Tree Lights Switch On

Hundreds of people filled St George's Square this afternoon for the switch on of the Christmas Tree Lights. Mayor of Hebden Royd Susan Press officiated, Hebden Bridge Junior Band played carols and children from Burnley Road, Scout Road and Hebden Bridge schools attended. More photos on Hebweb - posted 22nd November, 2008

New Film Society for Mytholmroyd

The Calder High Film Society is kicking off on Thursday 27 November with the Oscar Nominated film, Joyeux Noel. The evening is the first of a new community film night, which will take place once every six weeks at Mytholmroyd's first and only cinema. - more info posted 20th November, 2008

Clean up those grot spots

Hebden Royd Town Council working with the Community Safety Partnership is offering residents' groups the chance to clear up 'grot spots' close to where they live. The scheme aims to allow residents to attack unkempt areas that nobody cares about by providing bags, groves and a skip to remove the waste from the site. Neighbourhood groups to clean over the weekend of 6th-7th December.

Photo - Scout Road Residents - more info posted 18th November, 2008

Mytholmroyd Riverside project

Over two days in July forty or so intrepid Sweet & Maxwell staff from the Yorkshire office braved the rain, slippery riverbank and - in places six-foot tall - Himalayan Balsam to take part in the Mytholmroyd Riverside Project, a scheme to clear an area of the riverbank in the village centre. More photos

- posted 17th November, 2008


SAINSBURY'S IN MYTHOLMROYD are collecting for Children In Need - take all that small change and it will be gratefully accepted. - posted 14th November, 2008


Calder Valley Search and Rescue is currently recruiting. A rescue team is a demanding commitment; if you feel you have the skills and experience required they would like to hear from you via their online application form. More info here - posted 14th November, 2008

Superfast web, TV and phone

A public meeting next Wednesday (19th Nov) to unveil proposals to bring fibre to the Upper Calder Valley. The proposed new network would give local people access to 'super-fast' phone, video and internet services, and be owned by the community. More info here - posted 11th November, 2008

Remembrance Sunday - 9th November 2008

Hundreds of people attended the Remembrance Service in Mytholmroyd despite heavy rain.

- posted 9th November, 2008

Mytholmroyd Walkers Action MWA

Next MWA meeting - Thursday 27 Nov - Milly's Cafe - 7pm (cafe open from 6pm).
Volunteer needed: membership secretary - could you give about an hour a week (from December) to process MWA membership applications?
Mytholmroyd Walkers Action Group waymarked walks, all starting from Mytholmroyd Station
more here - posted 31st October, 2008

The Upper Valley Neighbourhood Policing Team

The Upper Valley Neighbourhood Policing Team will be having a crime prevention stand at Mytholmroyd Community Centre on Tuesday, November 11, between 9am and 3pm. Edd Webb - Police community support officer will be offering advice, giving out crime prevention leaflets and free anti-theft number plate screws. - posted 31st October, 2008

The Ted Hughes Festival 22 - 28th October - day time and evening events still to come

Jill Liddington

The festival continues through Monday 27th and Tuesday 28th - Poetry workshops (Lemn Sissay), Children's stories (Shaggy Dog Stories), local walks (John Billingsley), Art and Photographic displays, Local Films (Nick Wilding) World Premieres of The Elmet Suite (John Reeman) and The Ted Hughes Suite (Lawrence Killian) Glyn Hughes reading from his work and talking about the landscape and more - full programme here

The local landscape: This photo above was taken by by Rose Wheeler of Mytholmroyd Walkers Action (MWA). There are more photos of our area taken by MWA here and some taken by Brian Marsden this summer here - posted 27th October, 2008


Earlier this year many schools throughout Calderdale took part in an Iron Giant competition which was judged by Mick Kirkby-Geddes at the Square Chapel...During the Ted Hughes Festival these Giants are on display at the Erringden Room at St Michael's Church.

Fire Horses by Mark Piggott

Mark Piggot read from his book "Fire Horses" yesterday at The Erringden Room at St Michael's. Mark was born in Manchester but lived in Hebden Bridge from the ages of 4 to 18. The early part of the book is set in Millmoor, a fctionalised verson of Hebden Bridge.

- posted 26th October, 2008

PRESS RELEASE: Ted Hughes - Elmet Poetry Prize

Frieda Hughes, the poet and artist, presented the awards for the first Elmet Poetry Prize last night in Mytholmroyd, West Yorkshire - the birthplace of her father, Ted Hughes.

More - posted 25th October, 2008

Rhyming couplet: two Irish brothers win Ted Hughes poetry awards in Britain. Dualtagh Grundy (7) and his brother Hugo (6) were among 700 budding poets to enter their poems in the first annual Ted Hughes Young Poets Competition, which is being held as part of the Ted Hughes Festival in the former poet laureate's birthplace, Mytholmroyd, in Yorkshire. The family is now living in Hebden Bridge, in the Pennines. IRISH TIMES article continues here - posted 21st October, 2008

British Airways Magazine "High Life" October 2008

Richard Askwith visited Mytholmroyd in June. His brief - to write a travel feature for British Airways Magazine, 'High Life', about Yorkshire's literary heritage. He came to Mytholmroyd because of it's association with Ted Hughes to see what the legacy meant to local people.

He says: I spent an exhausting but exhilarating afternoon being shown around by Donald, as he unlocked the secrets of poem after poem from the underrated 1979 collection, Remains of Elmet.

Photo of Donald Crossley by David Crookes.

Article continues here - posted 20th October, 2008

Countryfile Sunday 19th October - John Craven in the Calder Valley.
On this Sunday's programme John Craven talked to the people of Mytholmroyd and Hebden Bridge. Includes interviews with Betty Ward, Donald Crossley and children of Burnley Road School. Available now to watch again on BBC iPlayer - posted 16th October, 2008

BRIAN MARSDEN's photo album

Walks around Mytholmroyd, Midgley Moor and Hebden Bridge

Photos : here

and here

- posted 17th October, 2008

Launch of the Linear Park - This Sunday 19th October

On Sunday the 19th of October a canal event is being held in Mytholmroyd, by the Upper Calder Valley Renaissance. It's hoped that walkers, cyclists, anglers, boaters and anyone with an interest in the canal will take a critical look, make notes and take photos along the stretch nearest them and share their findings. The event starts at 3pm until 5 pm in St Michael's Church in Mytholmroyd and there will be refreshments available. More information: here - posted 16th October, 2008

British Library's 500,000 Ted Hughes catch - Guardian 15th October. The enormous literary archive of Ted Hughes, that includes letters, drafts of poems, journals, diaries and his innermost thoughts, has been bought by the British Library, it announced yesterday. Full article: here - posted 16th October, 2008

See also: Can't we leave Plath and Hughes alone - Guardian 16th October, 2008. Full article: here - posted 16th October, 2008

John Craven in Mytholmroyd

John Craven is in Mytholmroyd this morning and has been spotted talking to Donald Crossley. This is said to be for the programme "Countryfile" to be shown next Sunday. More info when it comes in. - posted 14th October, 2008

The Ted Hughes Festival 2008 - 22-28 October

The Ted Hughes Festival opens on Weds Oct 22 when Andrew Motion will present the Young Poets Award at the Ted Hughes Theatre in Mytholmroyd. More info on The Elmet Trust's new website here - posted 10th October, 2008

Mytholmroyd Station Partnership - Saturday 11 October 10.00 - 12.00 - planting the Winter flowers. Tuesday 14 October 19.30 at the Good Shepherd - Monthly Meeting, awaiting confirmation from Speakers

Mytholmroyd has been the centre of late-night drinking sessions these last few weekends. The station shelters have become a favourite spot. Both British Transport and West Yorkshire Police have been very supportive, and Drew Haley from Northern Rail has his Response Team involved. The main part of the meeting next Tuesday - 14 October, 1930hrs at the Good Shepherd - will be meeting these supportive officers. The aim is to learn how we can help them - to help us. More information: here - posted 10th October, 2008

Husband and wife share gallery space for joint exhibition

Sue and Geoff Mitchell of Mytholmroyd are holding the joint show at the Platform One Gallery at Todmorden Railway Station from Friday until Sunday, October 26. More here Hebden Bridge Times - posted 3rd October, 2008

The Ted Hughes Festival 2008 - 22-28 October

From Monday 6th October tickets can be purchased in person from Milly's Cafe and The Erringden Room, St Michael's Church, in Mytholmroyd. The Festival Shop and Cafe (in the Erringden Room at St Michael's Church) will be open throughout the festival for information and bookings, light refreshments and souvenirs. Also an opportunity to meet with other festival goers and members of The Elmet Trust. Ticket hotline: 07592 577482. More information from Elmet Trust website

See also: Countdown to major literary festival and Childhood story of famous son - Hebden Bridge Times - posted 3rd October, 2008


Over 300 people travelled to the King's Centre in Halifax on a rainy Monday evening and listened for 3 hours while the Garden Street development was debated. The Planning Committee threw out the plans by a vote of five to two. The King's Centre was hired by the council to accommodate the crowds they knew would be attending. But every seat was taken with dozens having to stand. See Hebweb's Scoop for more on this extraordinary evening in the community's fight to be heard. - posted 29th September, 2008

Councils unite on KERBSIDE

Parish and town councils of the upper valley meet together for the first time. Hebweb news item here

Discussion forum on Kerbside: here

See video clips of the demonstration in Halifax: here, here and here - posted 12th September, 2008


Opening a season of the Hebden Bridge Local History Society, Nick Wilding will delve into the cinematic past of Hebden Bridge and the surrounding area. On Wednesday 24th September at 7.30pm See Hebweb for more information here - posted 9th September, 2008

Film crews at Mytholmroyd Community Centre car park?

Could it be this? - Sean Bean and Coronation Street's Suranne filming in Calderdale for two ITV dramas. FILM heart-throb Sean Bean and former Coronation Street star Suranne Jones are filming in Calderdale, the Courier can reveal. The two stars are working independently on new dramas for ITV. Read Courier article here - posted 8th September, 2008


A floodwatch warning was issued Friday lunch-time by the Environment Agency for the Upper River Calder at Todmorden and Hebden Bridge. This alert has now been extended to the whole stretch of the river from Todmorden to Brighouse. See environment agency website for 15 minute updates: here - posted 5th September, 2008


Alan Brooks narrates this video about the children from Southern India rescued from prostitution and other degrading situations. They are looked after in a small home, supported by a few businesses in Mytholmroyd. Watch video footage here - posted 5th September, 2008

TED HUGHES FESTIVAL - Major festival marks tenth anniversary of death.

FAMOUS names from the fields of literature, music and drama will arrrive in Mytholmroyd this autumn for a major festival marking the tenth anniversary of the death of Ted Hughes. Courier 4th September - posted 4th September, 2008

Train users urged to attend meeting

WRAG members will be travelling to Mytholmroyd for a public meeting at 7.30pm on Monday, September 8, at the Church of the Good Shepherd, at which Steve Butcher, Northern Rail director, will be speaking about the proposed new timetable due to take effect in December. Hebden Bridge Times 4th September - posted 4th September, 2008


HUNDREDS of runners took part in a race in memory of Calderdale student Alice Redmond. Halfax Courier 4th September - posted 4th September, 2008

1 ASPINALL STREET - THE INDEPENDENT 31.8.08 - A poet's Yorkshire retreat

Adrian Mourby lets himself into the house where Yorkshire's most celebrated poet was born, now a holiday cottage-cum-writer's retreat - and hopes for inspiration. - Full article here - posted 31st August 2008

Asbestos, now banned in the EU, kills up to 4,000 people a year in the UK alone.

This week's New Statesman reveals how the industry hid the truth for decades and why the death toll will certainly continue to rise." - Full article here

See also: The legacy of Acre Mill

- posted 31st August 2008

MYTHOLMROYD STATION - Public Meeting on Monday 8 September at 7.30 pm in the Church of the Good Shepherd

The managers from Northern Rail will be on hand to discuss the new timetable.

For more information on the new timetable, forthcoming engineering works and details of the next meeting for volunteer gardeners (5th September) see the Mytholmroyd Station's weblog: here - posted 28th August 2008

Ted Hughes' Birthday 17th August - Donald Crossley talks on Radio 4 about his childhood friend.

The story of artist Donald Crossley's quest for the truth in his own life and amazing journey around his own backyard that began when he heard that his childhood friend Ted Hughes had become Poet Laureate.

Available on Listen Again for 7 days: Radio 4

- posted 18th August 2008

A New Heart for Mytholmroyd

There are proposals for a new Town Square in Mytholmroyd. The Square will be built on the car park adjacent to St Michael's Church.

A meeting to discuss the proposals and other regeneration projects in Mytholmroyd will take place on Tuesday 12th August at 7pm at St Michael's Church Hall, Mytholmroyd. Please come along. - posted 11th August 2008


A lively demonstration took place last night outside Halifax Town Hall as councillors were due to arrive for a meeting.

See video clips on: YOUTUBE

More here and here

More photos and video on Hebweb

- posted 31st July 2008


Kerbside are calling for a mass protest outside the full council meeting tonight at 5 pm. See Forum for messages from Cllr Janet Oosthuysen and Paul Brannigan of Kerbside ... more

See also:The case for Kerbside

and BBC LOOK NORTH last night - posted 30th July 2008

Site Of Former Mytholmroyd Health Centre Thrush Hill Road Mytholmroyd

Application No: 08/00938/FUL for eleven new dwellings. Expiry Date for representations: 01/08/2008. Calderdale Planning Committee refused this application for 11 dwellings on 26th June. A later application for 8 dwellings was granted. This latest application is for 11 dwellings. Grounds for objecting - serious traffic congestion, Calder Valley Search and Rescue 24 hour emergency access, do not complement or respect established character of the area. inadequate parking and over intensification of this small site. ... comment here - posted 25th July 2008

SAVE KERBSIDE - Kerbside under threat


As you may have heard in the press recently, Kerbside has been dropped from Calderdale's waste management plans for the next seven years at the very last minute. This puts the future of Kerbside and it's training and volunteering services in jeapordy. YOU CAN HELP US... ... more

if everyone donated 1.25 a month or 15 a year we could continue our recycling service as normal. more here - posted 23rd July, 2008

'Forever Young' Concert - a capacity audience and electric atmosphere

Forever Young

The songs and music of Tom Paxton, Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, Ralph McTell and other well known folk singers filled the St. Michael's Church hall on Sunday evening when Albie Harrop, Martin Parrott and Hal Clarkson known as "Forever Young" entertained a very appreciative capacity audience with the playing of their guitars and the singing of folk songs and other popular numbers. Martin & Hal also sang and played some of their own compositions from their recently produced cds. ... more

Listen to Hal Clarkson & Martin Parrot on myspace here
Available for bookings - ring Hal Mobile 07940-918-919
Email: Hal Clarkson - posted 21st July, 2008

Hebden Bridge Handmade Parade - Feedback

The organisers of the parade would like to hear from people with feedback, photos, video clips, suggestions etc. Virgin media have already contacted them. Their website and contact details are here -
- posted 20th July, 2008

Hebden Bridge Handmade Parade

Handmade Parade

Crowds of people flocked into Hebden for the Handmade Parade and they weren't disappointed. Words cannot convey the atmosphere at this fantastic event.

There are plans to make this a yearly event if sufficient support is given. More Photos.

Hebweb said: "Hebden Bridge has never seen anything like the parade of 19th July 2008"

See Hebweb photos here.
Comments overheard "Now that's what I call a carnival" "More like Nottinghill than Hebden", "Fantastic", Absolutely fabulous", - posted 19th July, 2008

'Forever Young' This Sunday evening (20th July) at 7.30pm at St Michaels church hall in Mytholmroyd

Forever Young

'Forever Young' - Hal Clarkson, Martin Parrot and Albie Harrop will be in concert (Folk Music, Sing Along and Popular Songs) this Sunday - 7.30 pm St Michael's church hall.

The Concert is in memory of Jane Osborne who died recently. Tickets are 5 and proceeds from the evening will go to the Macmillan Nurses Organisation. - posted 16th July, 2008

Mytholmroyd Walkers Action - 1st Birthday


Susan Press, Mayor of Hebden Royd, cutting the birthday cake at MWAs open meeting and social on Wednesday 9th July.

On Saturday she opened Mytholmroyd Gala and on Sunday held her Civic Service at the Church of the Good Shepherd, Mytholmroyd.

But there was more ... Susan's blog Grimmer Up North describes this STAND PIES AND STRAWBERRIES week..."The delights of the Mytholmroyd Gala and later on strawberries and cream with the Old People's Welfare Committee. - posted 13th July, 2008

MYTHOLMROYD GALA - Saturday 12th July

Mytholmroyd Gala

The crowds flocked to this year's Gala for a family fun day out. Bouncy castle, dog trials, charity stalls, trampolines, childrens' rides and lots more. More Photos.
See also: Hebweb - posted 12th July, 2008


More plans submitted. Comment by 1st August 2008. More info and comment page here
- posted 8th July, 2008

Proposed changes to Rail Services

The results of the survey of rail users in Mytholmroyd conducted by the Sustainable Transport Group, Upper Calder Valley Renaissance can be downloaded here as a .pdf document.

Residents have complained they were given insufficient time to submit their questions at the meeting on Monday evening at the Good Shepherd. A lot of the meeting time (only one and a half hours in total) was taken up by the Powerpoint presentation by Northern Rail. - posted 6th July, 2008

Chris Ratcliffe live on Phoenix Radio

Chris Ratcliffe was talking on Phoenix Radio about the Hebweb - first community website in the country. When the recording is available it will be listed here as a "listen again" item.Phoenix radio - posted 3rd July, 2008

Public meeting to have say about train changes -

Arts Festival 2008

Over 100 people attended the meeting at The Good Shepherd Church last night when residents were given the opportunity to 'Speak up over train changes'. The meeting had been arranged by the Sustainable Transport Group, Upper Calder Valley Renaissance. The group had completed a questionnaire survey of train users in Mytholmroyd and found that 78% of these commuters would be affected by the proposed changes. more - posted 1st July, 2008 - article updated/revised 7.00pm - 1/7/08

MYTHOLMROYD Working men's club gun drama

POLICE were called to a Working Men's Club after reports of a man with a gun. Officers went to Mytholmroyd Working Men's Club on Saturday night where they arrested a man on suspicion of having a firearm. A man was taken to Halifax police station where he was charged with possessing an offensive weapon. He was appearing before Calderdale magistrates today. HALIFAX COURIER. more - posted 30th June, 2008


The first public meeting to discuss the changes will be on Monday June 30 at 7.30pm in the Church of the Good Shepherd, Mytholmroyd.more - posted 25th June, 2008


Arts Festival 2008 Many voices at Ted Hughes Theatre Friday 27th June

The Electric Voice Theatre at the new theatre at Calder High School Friday June 27th. more - posted 25th June, 2008

Press Release : Council backs 750,000 Scheme

Calderdale Council has agreed to invest 50,000 in a scheme to regenerate Mytholmroyd town centre. Members of the Councils Cabinet last night agreed to contribute towards the 750,000 regeneration project to create a new town square and enterprise hub at St Michael's Church Hall. The rest of the funding will come from the Church and Yorkshire Forward. The proposals were drawn up as part of the Upper Calder Valley Renaissance Programme. Councillor David Kirton, portfolio holder for Regeneration and Development, said: more - posted 24th June, 2008

Ted Hughes house opened to the public

Aspinall St

1 Aspinall Street, birthplace of Ted Hughes was officially opened today. The house has been transformed into a writer's retreat and holiday home and was officially opened at 10.30am today by fellow poet Simon Armitage, patron of The Elmet Trust. Carol Hughes (pictured here with the Mayor of Calderdale), attended the event. More photos here - posted 21st June, 2008

Insight into humble birthplace that helped shape literary giant

Aspinall St

Yorkshire Post Friday, 20th June 2008
A HUMBLE cottage where one of the greatest poets of the 20th century was born opens it doors to the public tomorrow. Number one Aspinal Street, in Mytholmroyd, near Halifax, was the birthplace of the late Poet Laureate Ted Hughes, and was where he spent the first eight years of his life. more - posted 20th June, 2008

Fete de la musique - Luddenden Music Festival

Music festival

Fete de la musique - Now in its 26th year, comes to Luddenden for the first time on Saturday 21st June. The international day of free music events, celebrated annually in over 110 countries worldwide, offers visitors and participants the opportunity to experience and enjoy a diverse range of music in a variety of informal, and often unusual, settings. more - posted 20th June, 2008

STOP PRESS : Regenerating Mytholmroyd

Councillors are to decide whether to support plans for a new Mytholmroyd town centre. Members of the Cabinet Committee will discuss the proposals at a meeting on Monday, June 23. They are expected to agree to invest up to 100,000 in the 750,000 scheme which will also include the creation of an 'enterprise hub' at St Michael s Church Hall. The rest of the funding will come from the Church and Yorkshire Forward... more - posted 17th June, 2008

Ted Hughes birthplace to be officially opened

1, Aspinall Street, Mytholmroyd will be opened by Simon Armitage, the patron of the Elmet Trust on Saturday, June 21st. It is to be a writer's retreat and holiday home. The house will be open to the public following the official opening at 10.30 am on Saturday June 21st. A seven day festival will take place in October to commemorate the tenth anniversary of Ted Hughes's death. Special guests include Andrew Motion, Frieda Hughes, Lemn Sissay, John Siddique and Amanda Dalton. more - posted 13th June, 2008


Preparations for Yorkshire in Bloom judging. Gardening dates - Friday June 13 - Meeting outside the Good Shepherd at 14.00 we do one hours garden maintenance - becoming quite a fun event. Saturday 14th June - as many people as possible between 10.00 and 12.00 this coming Saturday will make all the difference. If you are free we'd love to see you...more - posted 13th June, 2008

ROYD REGENERATION - next meeting 17th June

Royd Regeneration will be meeting at St Michael's Church Hall, Mytholmroyd, at 6 pm on Tuesday the 17th of June. Items to be discussed are: Royd in Bloom, the Our Car service, suggestions for improving Mytholmroyd and the playground at Brearley Bends. All welcome. Louise Harrison, UCVR Project Coordinator, 01422 846576, 07949 368462 - posted 11th June, 2008

80s pop music to beat the vandals

STAFF at a playgroup plagued by vandals have organised an 80s fund-raising night.- more - posted 4th June, 2008

POLICE ARREST for burglaries in Mytholmroyd

Police have arrested a man and a woman in connection with three burglaries which took place last week. A 30-year-old man and a 35-year-old woman were released on bail pending further inquiries. - more - posted 4th June, 2008

POLICE are appealing for information following two burglaries in Mytholmroyd

POLICE are appealing for information following two burglaries which took place on Thursday, May 29. Entry was gained to a property at Green Bank, Cragg Vale, at 2.17pm by an insecure front porch and an interior wooden door. The suspects were seen in a small red hatchback car with a number plate similar to P776 RRN. - more - posted 3rd June, 2008

Proposed December 2008 train timetable changes - Mytholmroyd to get less trains

Jo Beacroft-Mitchell in discussion forum "The current proposals cut the service into the village - which does a lot of potential damage to our local economy if our biggest employers can no longer recruit adequate staff to come in when they need them - Hebden may have more people needing to get out of town on a morning but Mytholmroyd is not a commuter/dormer town in the same way - some people actually commute here for work from Leeds/Manchester/Bradford etc and need a reliable service." more - posted 3rd June, 2008

Calder Valley MP Chris McCafferty speaks out on the abortion debate

Chris McCafferty (Calder Valley, Labour) "If women have no access to legal abortion, they resort to illegal means. Women will go to any lengths and will take any risk to end an unwanted pregnancy and "any" means exactly that. ..."They should support the status quo if they are pro-humanity, because any reduction of the upper limit would be cynical, cruel, ill-informed and inhumane. Read full transcript and listen to audio - here - posted 21st May, 2008


I am delighted to tell you that the Big Green Weekend provisional programme of events is now live on our website. Although there are already a large number of events listed, there is always room for more, so if you have any last minute ideas if there's something you'd like to do, feel free to send them through for inclusion! Kind regards, Jason Elliott. Full programme - here - posted 11th May, 2008

Mayor making 14th May 2008 - Good Shepherd Mytholmroyd


Councillor Susan Press was appointed Hebden Royd Town Council Mayor, Stella Massey her Consort. John Beacroft Mitchell was appointed Deputy Mayor and his wife Joanna his Consort. Hebden Bridge Junior Band provided music in the interval. More photos here - posted 14th May, 2008

Job Vacancy - Parks and cleaning operative

12 hrs per week (Saturday & Sunday) for an initial trial period of 12 weeks, commencing 31st May 2008. For more details and application form please contact HRTC on 01422 842181 - posted 7th May, 2008

Local Elections - CHRISTINE BAMPTON-SMITH elected for Mytholmroyd.

All results here - posted 2nd May, 2008


Building on last year's most successful festival to date, Hebden Bridge Arts Festival launches its 2008 programme on Thursday, May 1 which will also be available online on the Hebweb from Friday morning, 2nd May. more - posted 30th April, 2008


This May Bank Holiday we would like to invite you to a celebration of all things green, ethical, environmentally friendly, organic, sustainable, fairtrade and ecological, that help people and planet to co-exist in harmony... Including the Big Green Market - This May Bank Holiday pay a visit to The Big Green Market in Hebden Bridge. more info - posted 30th April, 2008

SABROSO - Restaurant Review

A successful pub is often down to a friendly and caring landlord. The same could be said of a good restaurant. A front of house personality who knows his stuff and is at ease with diners is worth his weight in gold. One such man is Chris Murgatroyd, the owner of Mytholmroyd eatery Sabroso... Halifax Courier. more - posted 30th April, 2008

Rail Comp - WINNERS!

Cllr Fakri, Mayor of Hebden Royd drew the winning tickets for the Mytholmroyd Station Partnership competition. The prizes were free family tickets on the Northern Rail network. They were donated by Drew Haley, Manager of Northern Rail. First Prize - One Month travel to George Brookes, Second Prize - One Week travel to Carole Greenwood, Third Prize - One Day travel to Andy Latham. Well done to them, and thank you all for taking part and your interest in the improvements to the village railway station. Geoff Mitchell more - posted 30th April, 2008

PUBLIC MEETING - on local policing on Tuesday 29th April

Tuesday 29 April 2008, Hebden House, Birchcliffe Centre, Hebden Bridge 6.45pm - 9pm: refreshments available The meeting is being called following expressions of concern about local policing. Those attending will be brought up to date on recent changes in policing in the area and be able to put questions to a panel. There will also be a presentation by Superintendent Alan Ford more - posted 29th April, 2008

Doris Hurst takes the First Prize for Dock Pudding


Doris Hurst won the Dock Pudding Contest, with Jennie and Georgia second and Jane Kennedy third. More photos here - posted 21st April, 2008

Dock Pudding Contest - makes the Guardian

You may think of them as something to soothe nettle stings but, in parts of Yorkshire, the dock leaf is the key ingredient in a traditional culinary sensation that closely resembles the Welsh breakfast accompaniment of laverbread. Fried up with oatmeal, nettles and onions, the delicacy is usually served with bacon and eggs... Last year's surprise runner-up was Robbie Coltrane, so locals will be keeping an eye out to see if he will return this year and go one better. Full article here - posted 19th April, 2008

Dock Pudding Contest - next Sunday 20th April 2008 Mytholmroyd Community Centre

Food, craft and charity stalls and a car boot sale will also be held at the centre on April 20 from 10.00 am For more information call Mrs Mansfield on 01422 883023. For info on last year's contest - with Robbie Coltrane click here
and here - posted 18th April, 2008

PRESS RELEASE - Christine Bampton-Smith has been selected


Christine Bampton-Smith has been selected by the Local Liberal Democrat Branch, for a third time, to represent the Luddendenfoot Ward at the election on May 1st 2008. Christine said 'It is an honour to be chosen again to stand in Luddendenfoot. In 2004 I was elected to serve this ward for a second time with a clear majority for the Liberal Democrats. As a ward councillor I have helped many local residents with issues and problems ranging from housing to litter and planning to flooding. I will continue to work hard both in the Town Hall and in the ward. more
Full list of candidates here - posted 10th April, 2008

CALDER HIGH SCHOOL breaks mould on tackling problem pupils

... Calder High School's head teacher Stephen Ball believes children who are given short-term exclusions are left to hang around on the streets or spend the time at home unsupervised. Instead the school in Mytholmroyd, near Hebden Bridge, is opening a centre for excluded pupils to ensure they are punished for disruptive behaviour but continue to receive an education on the school's site. Yorkshire Post 8th April. more - posted 8th April, 2008

Aspire Technology - Cragg Vale Company still has vacancies

Expanding local company, Aspire Technology, still has vacancies. Director, Chris Bingham told the Hebden Bridge Web: "We offer a great working environment, no need to travel into the busy city centres." more - posted 5th April, 2008

RENOWNED Calderdale sculptor and artist Patricia Lacey has died at the age of 76.

Born in Zimbabwe - then known as Rhodesia - she worked all over the world before she and husband Alan settled in Park Fold, Mytholmroyd. Halifax Courier 4th April 2008 more - posted 4th April, 2008

Competition to win free rail tickets

The Mytholmroyd Station Partnership competition to win free rail tickets must end on Saturday - April 12th. The Draw will be made by the Mayor of Hebden Royd, Cllr Fekri on Tuesday 15th April during the visit to Mytholmroyd of the Lord Lieutenant of West Yorkshire. Full details here - posted 4th April, 2008

Mytholmroyd Net

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Old Photographs Gallery

The Alice Longstaff Gallery Collection and the Hebden Bridge Literary and Scientific Society, Local History Section has kindly made available to the Mytholmroyd Net a selection of old photographs relevant to Mytholmroyd.

Mytholmroyd Charity Demonstration
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Caldene Bridge

Above left is from the 1914 Mytholmroyd Charity Demonstration - the forerunner of the Mytholmroyd Gala. Above right is Caldene Bridge.

More images from the collection

Outside the 
Hinchcliffe Arms?Schoolchildren

See more old Photos - of Mytholmroyd - The Royal Oak when it was thriving, floods, procession through Mytholmroyd and Burnley Road with tram.

From the Mytholmroyd Net guestbook

From Brian Mottershead
Pembroke, Ontario, Canada
Old Pictures

Have enjoyed your collection of older pictures on the website. My brother and I were perusing them last week and were surprised that we knew several people. We both went to Calder High School 1951 to 1956. I have lived in Canada since '56 and my brother now lives in California. So, thought you might be interested in this picture taken at Calder High about 1952 or 53. The cast of a school play, which as I recall wasn't very good, even though I was in it! I know names of about half the people and would be interested in hearing from anyone who recognizes him or herself.

Calder High Play 1953

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