Mytholmroyd Net

Stop Press
18th December 2002

The Evening Courier reports tonight of a possible second chance for the Royal Oak with a local builder showing an interest in making it into apartments.

Royal Oak

Photo taken November 2000

Full story see Eyesore gets a second chance - Halifax Courier 18th December 2002

Latest news
11th December 2002
  • Jacksons Supermarket was raided in the early hours of Sunday morning with extensive damage both to the shop front and inside as thieves tried to get to the cash dispenser inside the shop

  • CCTV cameras were erected at strategic spots in Mytholmroyd during Sunday 8th December 2002

  • A full Council Meeting will be held at The Good Shepherd, to allow Mytholmroyd residents to attend and in a building with good access. Tonight Thursday 11.12.2002 at 7.30

  • The theme of this week's meeting of Mytholmroyd Historical Society (13th December at 7.30) at the Methodist Church is "Past and Present Views around Mytholmroyd"

  • Broadband- For an update on the meeting in Hebden Bridge about Broadband go - Hebden Bridge Campaign for Ditigal Access

Milltown Memories next edition
5th December 2002

The next edition of Milltown Memories the quarterly local history journal covers Alice Longstaff's early years, Lloyd Greenwood and Hebden Bridge Station, hippies, "When Mytholmroyd declared Home Rule" and much more.

For a glimpse into these stories and what else is in store go: more info

BROADBAND: Will Mytholmroyd get Broadband?
1st December 2002

Meeting - Monday, December 9th, 7.30pm- 9.30pm Stubbing Wharf Pub, Hebden Bridge, (upstairs room)

Broadband for Hebden Bridge and Mytholmroyd - Speakers: Chris Ratcliffe (Hebden Bridge Web), Steve Morgan (freelance photographer), Guy Ohlenschlager (Poptel internet service provider)

If anyone in Mytholmroyd is interested please attend the meeting - we need as much support as we can get in our endeavours to get Broadband locally.

Firemen's Strike - Pickets at Mytholmroyd Fire Station 25.11.2002
26th November, 2002

A picket line was in evidence at Mytholmroyd Fire Station Monday night 25th November. Speculation has it that Monday is the night the retained firemen have their practice. There was no evidence of the pickets today - 26th November 2002.

Lest we forget - Remembrance Sunday 10th November 2002
15th November, 2002

Remembrance Sunday

The Remembrance Sunday Parade in Mytholmroyd drew a record amount of people - double the normal attendance. This seems to have been echoed throughout Calderdale with a higher percentage of young people than ever attending to pay tribute to those who lost their lives in the two world wars, and since.

News update 8th November 2002

8th November 2002

The petrol station in Mytholmroyd was raided last week by a man brandishing a screwdriver. He made off with 250.00 cash.

Following the Kerbside re-cycling team (some of whom have learning disabilities) being attacked verbally and with stones by 6 youths as they collected from Mytholmroyd, Chairman Les Siddall said "we are urgently in need of more volunteers and ask that the public bear with us during a restructuring process. We are also in need of a small vehicle to pick up missed collections as at the moment we use a 7.5 tonner which is impractical. We are hoping that a local business might help us with a sponsored van."

The Remembrance Day Service will take place this Sunday. Starting at Cragg Road at 2pm it will make it's way to the memorial gardens on Burnley Road. A service follows at St Michael's church at 2.45pm.

Cash Machine robbed again
30th October, 2002

The Cash dispensing machine at the Co-op in Mytholmroyd is out of action again following the second robbery in a month. Earlier in the month thieves used a dumper truck to knock down the wall. This time they have managed to remove the boarding. The cash machine is a much needed facility, as Mytholmroyd has no banks now. There are long delays between these events and getting the machine repaired. The Mytholmroyd net welcomes comments about this or suggestions about what could be done ie could it be positioned in a place which is better lit/more easier observed once the shops have closed.

Update on Local News
28th October, 2002

The War memorial in Mytholmroyd has been vandalised again. Christine Bampton-Smith said it was "Mindless desecration" ... and " It is only one month from Remembrance Day when we give thanks for all those who lost their lives in order for us to be free." Every effort will be made by Calderdale Community Services Department to repair it in time for the Remembrance Day March and Worship.

Roof over Youth lottery bid unsuccessful - Mrs Bampton-Smith told the Mytholmroyd net that Roof over Youth was one of her Charities for the Year and how disappointed she was that the lottery bid was unsuccessful, but she was sure the committed team would carry on and continue to seek funding. Alan Brooks told the Mytholmroyd net this morning that the enthusiasm for the project was not lessened by the setback and they would continue to seek funding from elsewhere.

Dr Piers Sellers became the second British person to walk in space last week. Piers is married to Mandy originally from Hebden Bridge and her parents Philip and Sandra Lomas of Mytholmroyd watched the shuttle "Atlantis" touch down at Kennedy Space Centre in Florida after an 11 day mission.

Royal Oak Alan Brooks told us that 2 developers were interested in the site.

Ted Hughes Centre Alan Brooks said acquisition of the building was imminent although some delay was being experienced with the Railtrack shake-ups.

A group of 12 organic farmers are selling produce from Walkleys Mill. A Farm Shop at the mill will eventually be selling Calder Valley Trout, Free Range Eggs, Organic Cheese, Bacon etc. Fruit Box Scheme and Veg Salad Boxes. At the moment the group is in the process of expanding the produce they can sell.

At last Mytholmroyd Centre is back to normal Transco have completed the work on new gas mains which caused weeks of chaos for motorists trying to pass through the village.

The demolition of the Broadbents Foundry is now complete. Originally known as The Pickles Foundry (built around 1898) it has been demolished to make way for a New Health Centre for Mytholmroyd. The old foundry took up an enormous amount of land stretching from behind the Post Office to Midgley Road and over-shadowed the canal bank. It was the subject of a poem by Ted Hughes Under the World's Wild Rims in which he described the double row of glass skylights coming into view on his way to school.

The first picture below shows the foundry as it looked from the canal bank. The second picture was taken after it's demolition - thanks to Max Sunderland for second photo.


Broadbents gone

Strakonice Flood Appeal
2nd October 2002

A coffee morning in aid of the Strakonice Flood Appeal will take place at The Church of the Good Shepherd, Mytholmroyd, on Friday 11th October between 10.00 am and 1.00pm.

Entry 1.00 including tea or coffee, scones. Bring and buy cake stall. Raffle.

Mytholmroyd traffic chaos returns with a vengeance
26th September, 2002

Traffic chaos

Mytholmroyd centre was in absolute chaos this morning with one way traffic from Jacksons Supermarket to New Road Bridge. People are wandering about trying to find out where to catch a bus to Halifax as the usual bus stops are out of use.

Entrance to Jacksons Supermarket (the manager could be seen talking to the workmen at 10.00am) and The Dusty Miller Pub is completely blocked for deliveries or customers, with cones and barriers running along the whole stretch prohibiting traffic turning right or left into their premises. There are temporary traffic lights at New Road Bridge near St Michaels slowing the traffic coming over Cragg Vale, and the tailbacks in all directions are long.

Anyone wanting to get into the Co-op or Scotts Garage will face long delays getting out, not to mention Burnley Road School. Staff at both supermarkets commented on a lack of customers.

One lady commented that it's been 9 weeks already. Do you think it will be finished by Christmas? The parent of a Calder High pupil whose son was going on a school trip on Tuesday, told me that he set off with the car and the traffic was tailing back to Station Road in Hebden Bridge. The only thing his son could do was get out of the car and run along the canal towpath in order to get to school on time - which he did - just!

Mytholmroyd Historical Society - standing room only
15th September, 2002

A staggering amount of people (estimated at over 100) attended the Mytholmroyd Historical Society meeting at Mytholmroyd Methodist Church on Friday 13th September entitled - "Just up your Street"

The venue comprised co-ordinated local film clips by Nick Wilding and still pictures from Frank Woolrych.

Video footage included an interview with Clara Quinn aged 102 and Willie Lumb the grandson of Lummas Lumb who was the Landlord of the Royal Oak in 1913.

Barry Bolton told stories of his parents' butcher shop during the war years being checked out for black market meat and his mother lying in bed feigning illness with her teeth chattering with a pig hidden under the bedclothes each side of her... Another video clip gave us Doris Hirst stood in woodland at Cragg being persuaded to sing "The Corporation Muck cart " censoring the last line... evacuees to the area in the war were interviewed on their experience of arriving from Brighton to places they couldn't pronounce - like "Mytholmroyd".

Frank showed photographs (many from the Alice Longstaff collection) tying them in with the subjects in the video clips.

Lots of laughter, lots of audience participation and a great night all round.

October 11th
"Long to Reign Over Us" Dr John Hargreaves.
November 8th "From Pillar to Post" Mr James Macaskie
December 13th "Past and Present Views Around Mytholmroyd" Mr Jack Uttley & Mr Glyn Lee
Membership 5 (1 at the door) - meetings commence at 7.30

Mytholmroyd Gala


The heavens opened as the Gala procession headed down Burnley Road and it was "umbrellas" all the way. A police motorcyclist leading the procession took shelter under a member of the public's umbrella, much to everyone's mirth.

The rain didn't deter the crowds, however and the field was packed with people determined to make the best of it. The sun did shine between the showers.

Events this year included a ferret race, snake handlers, bouncy castles, pony rides, Dippy the Clown, dog agility display, Punch and Judy, fell race and lots more. The children from Burnley Road School took part in a song and dance routine in the arena.

Local charities will again benefit from this event and it is to be hoped that takings were not affected too much by the weather.

More images

Saturday, September 7, 2002

Mytholmroyd traffic chaos to go on hold
1st September, 2002

Jon Duerden of JMD Hardware told the Mytholmroyd net on Saturday 31st August that he had been in conversations with Transco...

He said..."I have been told that the work on the new gas main from Westfield Terrace to Midgley Road, which has been causing traffic chaos in the middle of Mytholmroyd, is to be re-scheduled. There are too many obstacles in the way to get the job completed at this moment in time and it will therefore be completed at a later date".

Jon said he had been assured that by next week the road will be back to normal.

Anticipated problems for Mytholmroyd Gala next Saturday, and for motorists and traders expecting to face several more weeks of traffic hold-ups, should no longer apply.

Hebden Bridge Walkleys Brass Band
Auction Of Promises

On Friday September 13th 2002 at 8.00 pm at Mytholmroyd Community Centre, Hebden Bridge Walkleys Brass Band will be holding an Auction of Promises to raise funds for the trip to the national finals at Torquay. The idea is that individuals, groups or companies pledge promises to be auctioned off. These promises can be anything from a new colour television or weekend break, baby sitting, baking a cake or taking rubbish to the tip! Further details on the website: