Mytholmroyd Net

News April 2003 to January 2004
The New Year in Mytholmroyd

New cycle path, Walkleys closes, mysterious stone objects, click here for more posted 1st January, 2004

Christmas Eve

St George's Square

Hundreds of people packed into St George's Square in Hebden Bridge at 6.30 tonight for the annual outdoor carol singing accompanied by Hebden Bridge Junior Band, posted 24th December 2004

3-C launches wireless broadband This coming Friday 19th December, posted 16th December, 2003

Books for Christmas A review of books by local authors Molly Sunderland and John Morrison, posted 12th December, 2003

Christmas Cracker. Hebden Bridge (Walkleys) Brass Band with Halifax Gilbert & Sullivan Society at Mytholmroyd Community Centre Friday 12th December at 7.30. Tickets 4.50 includes supper and festive drink posted 12th December 2003

Channel 4 wants local men to "makeover" - Mytholmroyd and Hebden websites contacted, posted 25th November 2003

Arts Festival Hebden Bridge Arts Festival coming to Mytholmroyd, posted 23rd November 2003

Arts Festival meeting at St Michael's, Mytholmroyd on Thursday 20th November, posted 14th November 2003

BBC Look North seeks help of local websites 13th November 2003
Local websites help BBC Look North - Acre Mill - the story that won't go away more, posted 13th November, 2003

News update 10th November 2003
BBC Look North wish to interview people still affected because they or their loved ones worked at Acre Mill. Given the long reaching effects of working with asbestos they would like to show that working or living near the mill is still today affecting local people. If you are currently making a claim or a relative has died and you are prepared to speak with BBC Look North please e-mail and we will put you in touch with the person concerned.

News update 10th November 2003
Darrel Whitaker PhD.MRCPath.Consultant Cytologist - In response to the Halifax Courier report on Acre Mill - posted 10th November, 2003

Mytholmroyd War Memorial

Remembrance Sunday - Mytholmroyd War Memorial 9th November, 2003

Alan Brooks and John and Anne Boggis report back to us about Hope Children's village in India - Local businessman John Veitch leads the way - as featured on BBC Look North 31st October, posted 2nd November, 2003

News update 1st November 2003

Halifax Courier calls for investigation of Acre Mill tragedy - Jon Robinson reporting in the Courier 31st October

Britain's biggest industrial disaster - but nobody bothers to count the dead more


Canal at Mytholmroyd October 18th 2003

News update 10th October 2003

Tonight - Friday 10th October, Thea Hurst will give a talk to Mytholmroyd Historical Society.

Next Friday - 17th October, The Cantorelli Singers are performing in St Michael's Church. This event is partly to test the acoustics of the Church with a view to holding future Arts Festival music events there. More details will be available soon.

Mytholmroyd Telephone Exchange

Mytholmroyd Telephone Exchange photographed at 9.15 in the evening on 7th October when the trigger level for broadband was achieved

3-C Calder Connect Co-op is now taking orders for broadband in Hebden Bridge, Mytholmroyd and surrounds has reached it's trigger of 500 for more see Broadband for Calder Valley, updated 7th October, 2003

News update 17th September

Royd Wordsmith event this Friday.

Broadway and Beyond - Adam Bampton Smith tells us about his year.

Calling all voluntary and community groups - Kerry Jevons (Calderdale) invites you to submit your group's details for Funding Fair.

News update 10th September

Photos of the Gala. Several of these photos were uploaded live from the Gala, by wireless from the 3-C stall. See news item on the event here

Donald Crossley will talk of his childhood with Ted Hughes this Friday - & Pete Keal's letter about Hebden Bridge Arts Festival Open meeting next Tuesday - two more important events this week and next, posted 10th Sept.

News update 8th September
Mytholmroyd Health Centre: An open meeting will be held at the Good Shepherd on Tuesday 16th September when staff from Calderdale Primary Care Trust, the doctors and community health teams will be availble to answer questions about the new Health Centre under construction in Mytholmroyd. The meeting starts at 3.00 and ends at 7.00.

Hebden Bridge Arts Festival Open Meeting Wednesday 17 September 8.00pm Festival Shop, New Oxford House, Albert Street, Hebden Bridge - a chance for people to suggest more events in Mytholmroyd

MYTHOLMROYD GALA 6th September 2003
Mytholmroyd Gala Saturday 6 September - White House Holme and Burnley Road School. Procession commences at 1.00pm. Programme admission price Adults pre-day 1.00. On the day 1.50

Punch & Judy, Baby show, Ferret racing. Bacon butties served in the school from 9.00am. Afternoon teas and refreshments in the school hall and much more...

Campaigners for Calder Valley broadband will have a stall and will be on hand to help people register their interest in broadband

(3-C) Calder Connect Co-operative will be in attendance on the stall to answer questions/give feedback and hope to stage a wireless event... more on this later

BT to issue press release in Hebden Bridge Times to aid Calder Valley Exchange get broadband. posted 20th August

3-C - Calder Connect Co-operative website goes live, posted 18th August

Online Petition to BT - Do you want to have your say about Broadband to BT? Go here posted 17th August

Calder Valley Broadband Campaign - have you received a pink leaflet through your door? Broadband - Further information and feedback

3-C - Calder Connect Co-operative gets backing of Council and founding member of Freeserve Full story in broadband area, posted 1st August

Mytholmroyd Gala Saturday 6 September - more details soon

Fifth Hebden Bridge Charity Walk more details here Sunday 7th September, posted 31st July

Father Gott to stay in Mytholmroyd 20th July 2003

Father John Gott of the Good Shepherd is to stay Full story here.

News update 16th July

Broadband. Hebden Bridge wireless event Saturday July 19th - has been postponed /An open meeting to discuss broadband will take place at the Good Shepherd on Tuesday next 22nd July / Chris McCafferty assures of her further support click here for more information

News update 11th July

Broadband Chris McCafferty told the Evening Courier on July 10th that by September all the exchanges in the constituency will offer broadband with the exception of the one covering Mytholmroyd and Luddendenfoot. She said she would keep lobbying BT to make sure that this is sorted out as soon as possible. Meantime the exchange has a trigger level of 500. We need 200 more people to register, lobby and complain.

Father Gott is to be moved to a new diocese after 24 years with the community. The Bishop of Leeds said in a letter to the :

8th July 2003
Thank you for your note about Fr Gott. I well understand the sadness of parishioners when a much loved priest moves but I am afraid that this is something that inevitably happens from time to time. I am well aware of the good work that Fr Gott has done over nearly a quarter of a century. I do hope the new Parish Priest will be well received. He, too, has a great deal to offer the parish. With every good wish. Your sincerely David Konstant

Many people not belonging to the Good Shepherd Church have expressed shock and horror at the prospect, describing Father Gott as having "a unique and future value to this specific community". Further there are very real concerns about his health.

Strength of feeling is such that petitions are in place around Hebden Bridge - The Book Case, the Charity shops and the newsagents in the Square. In Mytholmroyd they can be found at Headquarters Hair Salon and Carl Boggis's chip shop. Should anyone wish to receive a copy to circulate amongst their neighbourhood please e-mail the

Report on Calder Valley Renaissance meeting 8th July

Upper Calder Valley Renaissance presented "Renaissance re-loaded " to a packed house at St Michael's Sunday School. Extra chairs were brought in until there was room for no more and the stage was used as well. Some people left - the queues to get in (and sign in) were so long.

Film footage showed the "flying shuttle" - (invented by John Kay in 1753). Before this invention the cotton industry was organised so that people were able to work from home. With the advent of the flying shuttle which mechanised the process a factory based system which increased productivity came about. The flying shuttle could do the work of two people. more information

Important news from a concerned Burnley Road resident 7th July

Caldene Clothing Company Ltd - now Caldene Business Park have been successful in obtaining planning permission to develop another industrial estate on the traditional hay meadow next to their present buildings.

This is almost the last open space on the entry to Mytholmroyd and will for ever, effectively block off the canal and the view at this point. more information

Events in Mytholmroyd, posted 6th July

Tomorrow night - Monday 7th July at 7.30 - concert at the Good Shepherd. Musicians from the Dutch National Youth Orchestra are coming to give a concert.

Royd Wordsmiths. Poet Tony Langham and storyteller Pete Keal entertained us at The Good Shepherd on Thursday evening as part of the Festival programme. Pete's traditional/folk tales had us jumping out of our skin, laughing loudly and joining in. Tony read poems inspired by events from everday life - old time dancing at the community centre, an American shopping mall and some inspired from childhood memories of a brother he hasn't seen nor heard from for 30 years since he left for Australia.

A most enjoyable evening with lots of surprises and thoroughly good fun. Between 1st and 28 September 2003 Tony and Pete are available locally for a social or fund-raising event with a difference for family or adult audiences. For this they are willing to perform for no fee - Mytholmroyd, Midgley or even as far as Hebden Bridge!.

More information here: Royd Wordsmiths

News update 5th July 2003

Father John Gott of The Good Shepherd Church is to be moved to a new Parish after 24 years working within our community.

The has sent the following letter to the Bishop of Leeds on behalf of local people in an attempt to get the church to reconsider it's decision.

It is with great sadness that the community of Mytholmroyd hear that Father John Gott is to be moved from this Parish to another after 24 years. This is a great loss to the local community and we would ask the Bishop, even at this stage, to re-consider.


Father Gott is pictured above addressing guests after the unveiling of the "Iron Man Project". Just one of his ideas to create pride in our village and involve children in a story that has great environmental and spiritual significance . Ted Hughes' Corner

News update 1st July 2003

Calder Valley Renaissance On 8th July at 6.30 pm at St Michael's Sunday School, Mytholmroyd the Upper Calder Valley Renaissance present "The Vision Unveiled". Exhibition/Film/Presentation - don't miss it!

The has joined as a campaigner for Broadband for the Calder Valley Exchange. All houses and businesses in the exchange will be leafleted by BT telling people what to do do get the exchange enabled.

The news on the proposed Ted Hughes Centre. John Pawson (Architects) Northern Office have completed a full feasability study and will now see the initiative through to conclusion. Calderdale Legal Department are drawing up contracts with John Pawson and a signature is awaited from Arriva/Railtrack. Alan Brooks told the Mytholmroyd net "this has been going on for 6 years and people shouldn't lose interest or think it might never happen - it is going to happen".

Iron Man Project
27th June, 2003

Children from our local schools illustrated a chapter of Ted Hughes' short story "The Iron Man" A selection of these are now a permanent fixture at Mytholmroyd Railway Station. More information and photos in Ted Hughes' Corner

Saints Parents Mini-Soccer Tournament & Summer BBQ
19th June, 2003

Saints BBQ

Hebden Bridge Saints Junior Football Club held their second annual Parents Mini-Soccer tournament last Saturday at Brearley and the sunny weather capped a very enjoyable day for the sizable crowd of participants and spectators.

The emphasis was very much on fun and fundraising, with a bucket collection split equally between the football club and the Sport Relief charity. On the pitch five teams (of three women and four men) slogged it out for the title and the Boys U-9s parents came out victorious, pipping the U-10s Boys parents to the title.

The football was followed by a Barbecue and picnic, and a Penalty competition in which the kids and parents competed with each other, nine year old Thomas Harris pipped a large entry to win the title with a great display of cool headed penalty taking.

This was a great way to end the football season with the emphasis firmly on fun, and with the Presentation Evenings taking place this weekend the celebrations continue.

Hebden Bridge Arts Festival - Royd Wordsmiths

Click here for more info on Royd Wordsmiths Poet Tony Langham and storyteller Pete Keal both of Mytholmroyd will be at the Good Shepherd Church, New Road, Mytholmroyd on Thursday 3 July at 8pm. To see all Festival events go: Hebden Bridge Arts Festival

Broadband for Calder Valley - STOP PRESS

2nd June 2003

A new website went live today from our friends in Cragg Vale promoting broadband for the Calder Valley Exchange (Mytholmroyd, Luddenden and Cragg Vale). Links to the ASDL checker, fax your MP and a discussion board. We also have the backing from the Hebden Bridge Campaign for broadband this is getting better and better... More information on what we have to do to get broadband in Mytholmroyd, Cragg Vale and Luddenden. 272 registered from Calder Valley - Todmorden got broadband with a trigger level of 200.

Take a look at the website: Calder Valley Broadband

Keep asking the questions, sending the e-mails, faxing your MP and join the initiative for our own ISP (Global Valley Community Co-operative) for Hebdenroyd. Why? see below

Global Valley Community Co-operative

Why do we want our own ISP as opposed to just Broadband - some answers

1. We are a not-for-profit company - any surplus we generate will be ploughed back into reducing costs and improving services.

2. We are likely to be at the cheaper end of the broadband provision market, if not as cheap as you can get! Our ultimate goal would be to get the whole community connected for as close to free as we can manage!

3. Because we are our own ISP we can switch to better technologies as they become available and as soon as people want them - no more waiting for the 'next generation' broadband as we have done this time.

4. We can provide a unique local community - for support, for advice, for services such as local digital radio, joint purchasing, home delivery of shopping, business to business co-operation etc.

5. We can provide a much safer and more secure environment for local children to use Internet technologies such as messaging and email to each other than any external ISP.

6. As a not-for-profit company we can act as a 'channel' for grant aid to fund digitally led community initiatives and services such as education and communications - the possibilities here are massive.

7. The unique channel we can provide can help local businesses develop local services that local people really want and benefit from.

Update: Broadband for Mytholmroyd / Community ISP

28th May 2003

Those places in Mytholmroyd where information about the proposed initiative for Broadband and community ISP have been delivered in the form of a flyer. There may be extra information which hasn't come in yet.

Brian Marsden has printed out and delivered 300 - he also re-designed the information so it fits onto one side of A4 with aims on one side and registration on the other. It's now in the form of a pdf and prints out good. Anyone wanting it please e-mail Mytholmroyd net.

Brian has done: Midgley Road, Burnley Road (from Whiteley Gardens to the Cricket Club). Some of the businesses along Burnley Road (same area) and the telephone exchange building, Ewood Drive, Ewood Avenue, Hullett Drive and Hullett Close. Anne is doing Cragg Road. Frances has done Calder Grove, Caldene Avenue and Westfield Terrace. A massive amount of people and businesses in Cragg, Luddenden and Mytholmroyd have been e-mailed.

Leaflets are at the Valley Electrics, Paper Shop, Hardware Shop and Community Centre. A Press Release is being prepared for this Friday's Hebden Bridge Times. The registration form can be downloaded from Hebden Bridge Digital Access forum.

We do need more assistance to get the information out to houses in Mytholmroyd and surrounding areas.

272 people on the Calder Valley exchange have currently (as at 23rd May) registered an interest with BT.

Following the successful Hebden Bridge website campaign for broadband they will be enabled in September and they (together with this initiative for a community ISP)are giving us their full backing to get it here at the same time but we do need the numbers.

Latest - Broadband & Upper Calder Valley Renaissance Weekend 6th to 7th June

Posted 24th May

Following the launch of the Community ISP cooperative initiative on Tuesday 20th May to get broadband in Mytholmroyd and outlying areas there are currently 6 or 7 of us trying to get the information to people in Mytholmroyd, Cragg Vale and Luddendenfoot. Some registration forms have been left at Valley Electrics, Brookes Newsagents, The Hardware shop and the Community Centre, all Mytholmroyd. If anyone is prepared to help by leafleting their road, their neighbours or their workmates please contact the Mytholmroyd net

We are working with the Hebden Bridge web to keep people up to date. There are some encouraging messages and offers of help posted by Mytholmroyd residents on the Hebden Bridge site. The link is here. Please tell people about this we need numbers if we are to succeed.

The Upper Calder Valley Renaissance "Bringing it all together weekend" takes place on Friday 6th June (10.00am to 8.00pm) and Saturday 7 June (10.00am to 6.00pm) at Mytholmroyd Community Centre. Amongst the 10 workshops taking place over that weekend there is a Marketing and Information technology workshop. The main questions are:

How do we market the valley?
How do we market small business?
What technology do we need?

This is another opportunity to push our case for Broadband.

Broadband for Mytholmroyd / Community ISP meeting

21st May: Yesterday evening, over 50 people attended a public meeting called to establish a community co-operative isp to provide broadband locally. Considerable enthusiasm was expressed for the venture following an excellent presentation by local consultant Mark Harrison. Nearly everyone paid one pound to join and sign up.

This venture very much includes Mytholmroyd, Luddendenfoot and Cragg Vale as was stressed throughout the evening. Following complaints that Mytholmroyd was the poor relation and missed out on many things, the speakers assured that this end of the valley would benefit from this initiative. We have to help to make it happen and all you have to do is download a "registration form" fill it in and deliver with 1 to one of the contact names on the form.

Members of the public put their questions to the organisers of the proposed cooperative - Tourist Information Centre 20th May

To get a copy of the registration form go to the Hebden Bridge Digital Access area and download the form. The link is here. Please also read Richard's letter posted today on that area. As a resident of Mytholmroyd his enthusiasm and vision for the venture can only help our cause. Had you attended the meeting you too would have been convinced of it's great potential for us all. Thanks to Mark Harrison and Chris Ratcliffe for stressing throughout the evening that Mytholmroyd, Luddendenfoot and Cragg Vale were included in all the plans.

Mytholmroyd will greatly benefit from participating in this initiative.

It's up to us now ...

Multiple vehicle pile-up at Walkleys

19th May 2003

Five vehicles were involved in a pile-up outside Walkleys Canalside Mill on Sunday 18th May.

This evening's Evening Courier reports " An 18-year-old man had to be cut from the mangled wreckage of a five-car pile-up which left 12 people hurt. Firefighters from Halifax and Todmorden freed the trapped teenager and he was air-lifted to Calderdale Royal Hospital with a broken leg.

Nine of the other people were taken to the hospital in Halifax with minor injuries after the horrific crash outside Walkley's Canalside Mill in Burnley Road, Hebden Bridge, at 2.22 pm yesterday..."

"PC Alam appealed for witnesses to contact the officer in charge of the incident, PC Steve Smuk, at the road traffic department in Sowerby Bridge on 01422 318146".

Emory University acquires Ted Hughes' personal library

The Robert W. Woodruff Library of Emory University has acquired the library of the late Poet Laureate of Great Britain Ted Hughes - more here Ted Hughes Corner - Stop Press 16th May 2003

Letter from Chris McCafferty MP to on Broadband
Below - letter 13th May 2003 from Chris McCafferty MP to

"I had a meeting with Tim O'Sullivan, the Parliamentary Liaison Officer for BT in London to discuss the availablity of broadband in the entire Calder Valley.

As you are aware, Hebden Bridge will be enabled within the next few months due to a new technology, exchange linking, that is cheaper to provide and thus lowers trigger levels.

I have made enquiries with BT to see if a trigger level will be set and to ask whether this new technology would be suitable for the Calder Valley Exchange, which serves Mytholmroyd.

I have been working hard in the last year to press for broadband provision throughout the Calder Valley and please be assured that I shall do my best to ensure that Mytholmroyd has broadband as soon as possible."


Help with the Mytholmroyd campaign for Broadband:

E-mail your MP: Chris McCafferty MP

Phone BT to complain
0800 169 8639 - BT Open World (!)
0800 389 2341 - BT Broadband
0800 555 257 - BT Complaints
0800 811 551 BT Customer Services
0800 783 58800 BT SME
Register your interest in Broadband on our "home" page
Attend the meeting at the Tourist Information Centre, Hebden Bridge - Tuesday 20th May at 7.00pm

Bringing Broadband to Mytholmroyd

Public meeting 7-9 p.m. Tues. 20th May Tourist Information Centre, Hebden Bridge

Regarding the recent broadband-enabling of the Hebden Bridge exchange and the continuing campaign to bring it to Mytholmroyd and Luddenden Foot.

This is the first meeting of an exciting new co-operative which aims to create a community ISP to provide broadband for local people.

Acting as a service provider for broadband connections and associated services to individuals, businesses and organisations in the Upper Calder Valley - initially and primarily to the Hebden Bridge, Mytholmroyd and Luddenden Foot areas. It will campaign for broadband enablement of local exchanges and/or alternative broadband service provision. Operating as a a not-for-profit membership organisation it will resell broadband connectivity to the community it serves.

We need people to attend from Mytholmroyd and Luddendenfoot if we are going to make it happen here.

A full report of the proposals or a summary: are available here

News as 10th May 2003
BROADBAND We need to keep up the pressure in the campaign for Broadband for Mytholmroyd (Upper Calder Valley Exchange). Hebden Bridge will have Broadband within 2 months and if we are to get the facility here we need to register our interest. If you haven't already done so there is a link to how to do it on the Mytholmroyd site "Home Page". Or e-mail or write to BT or our MP. We have to keep the campaign going by whatever means we can.

UPPER CALDER VALLEY RENAISSANCE Report Back Valley Team Meetings. Mytholmroyd - The Good Shepherd, Royal Fold - Tuesday 13th May 6pm - 8.30pm. Following the workshop there will be a presentation of findings and an opportunity to work on a vision for the valley. Everyone is welcome.

World Championship Dock Pudding Competition April 2003
27th April 2003

The World Championship Dock Pudding Contest which began in 1971 took place today at Mytholmroyd Community Centre to a packed audience. This year the event was sponsored by Holdsworth House. Brian Robinson conducted the Hebden Bridge Junior Band for the last time due to his retirement and was presented with a Dock Pudding Plate.

Owen Colville acting head chef at Holdsworth House was the winner taking over the Championship from the reigning champs for 3 years - Trevor and Joan Whitworth. Grace Murgatroyd and Rebecca Cook aged 11 (pictured bottom right) won the junior section.