Mytholmroyd Net

Mytholmroyd Net

News from June 2007 to December 2007

    Carol Service St Michael's Mytholmroyd

    Carol Service

    Sunday 23rd December 2007.

    Hundreds of peolple attended St Michael's Church tonight for the Candlelight Carol Service.

    Afterwards people were invited into the new Church Hall for hot drinks and mince pies.

    - posted 23rd December, 2007

    Hebden Bridge Junior Band.

    Carols around Mytholmroyd on Monday 17th December from 7.30pm. Christmas Concert, St Michael's Church Hall (ticketed event) on 21st December 7.30pm. And much more - full details here - posted 12th December, 2007

    Santa's Station Saunter

    Mytholmroyd Station Santa (in the guise of Paul Salveson, Northern Rail Manager) paid a visit to the upper Calder Valley rail adoption groups who have made big improvements to the local stations this last year. He was welcomed to Mytholmroyd by a choir from Burnley Road School, who after tucking into mince pies at the Church of the Good Shepherd, greeted homeward commuters with a variety of carols. more - posted 12th December, 2007


    Shaun Fensom Yesterday evening, Shaun Fensom of the Community Broadband Network addressed a public meeting, organised by 3-C at the Good Shepherd Church, Mytholmroyd. The meeting was chaired by Eric Alston of Royd Regeneration. Those attending were left with no doubt that Hebden Bridge, Mytholmroyd and the Upper Calder Valley were in serious danger of being left behind once again. See full report on Hebweb - here - posted 6th December, 2007

    Planning: Provision of four new build townhouses and conversion of ex Alexanda mill into ten apartments. Site Of Alexandra Mill Burnley Road Mytholmroyd Hebden Bridge West Yorkshire HX7 8NL see Planning - posted 3rd December, 2007



    Tia is an independent charity and your donations are always welcome ...For over ten years, Tia Greyhound and Lurcher Rescue has been committed to rescuing and rehoming stray, abandoned and ex-racing greyhounds and lurchers. For more information please take a look at our website here - posted 28th November, 2007

    CALDER HOLMES PARK HAS WON 68000 FROM PEOPLE'S MILLIONS - 28 Nov, 12.35pm, - posted 28th November, 2007

    VOTE FOR THE PARK - 08702 434 401. You can vote anytime from 9 am until 12 midnight today and the project will appear on the television at just after 6pm tonight on ITV1 Calendar. You can vote up to ten times. Calls are charged at local rates, no premium lines. - posted 27th November, 2007


    Family History

    Family Tree Service create family trees tailored to the individual, ideal for a unique present or just someone with an interest in their heritage. Our dedicated professional team will carefully research your ancestry providing you with an invaluable and accurate insight into your family history. Professionals in all apects of genealogy, we specialise in Yorkshire and also Jewish ancestry. For more information please take a look at our website here or contact us directly by e-mail here. - posted 26th November, 2007

    Poison timebomb. A Council survey has shown Calderdale has more than 6,400 plots of land which could be contaminated - and at least one in five is leaking. Five former tips are regularly monitored for possible gas emissions and particular attention is being paid to the former SCOUT ROAD TIP, at Mytholmroyd, which was also used as an asbestos waste dump. Halifax Courier 19th November. More - posted 20th November, 2007

    VOTE FOR OUR PARK. Vote for Park ITV's Calendar and the lottery funded People's Millions will feature Calder Holmes Park - your votes are needed on 27th November. More
    posted 15th November, 2007

    Mytholmroyd pair charged with murder of former Calderdale woman in Cornwall. Michelle Crossley, 39, was found dead at her farmhouse in Cornwall. Her pet fox and Alsatian were discovered wandering free in the house in Laity, near Helston, on November 4. Adam Edward Jinks, 21, who was born in Halifax, has appeared in court with stepdad Gary Chadwick, 42 - both of whom now live in Redruth - accused of killing her. Both men are thought to be former residents of Bankfield Avenue, Mytholmroyd. Halifax Courier 13th November - More
    See also: BBC news 13th November, 2007

    Remembrance Sunday

    Remembrance Sunday

    Mytholmroyd 11th November 2007

    More photos

    - posted 11th November, 2007

    HEADS (Community Arts) - Benefit Xmas Party. Heads with live band MEAN BUSINESS "the very best soul band in the valley". Sat 15 December 2007 - Mytholmroyd Community Centre. bar 8pm-12pm, on site free parking, light supper included Tickets: On sale at 12.50 (10.00 concessions) from: Hebden Bridge Tourist Information Centre or Spirals shop on Market Street, Hebden Bridge, or on the door at 15.00 More - posted 9th November, 2007

    Calder Valley Fell runners. Calder Valley Fell Runners Halifax Courier 8th November. THERE was a coming of age on the streets of Calderdale on Sunday as Mytholmroyd-based Calder Valley fell runners celebrated their 21st birthday with a social group run in their familiar red and white hooped vests. It all started in November 1986 when a group of athletes met at The Shoulder of Mutton pub in Mytholmroyd. More

    For more information about Calder Valley Fell Runners their website is here - posted 8th November, 2007

    Mytholmroyd Walker's Action. Our next meeting will be held tonight Thursday 8 November at 7.30pm at the Shoulder of Mutton, opposite Mytholmroyd station. . - posted 8th November, 2007

    Arts Festival Open Meeting. Anyone interested in having their say about the Festival is invited to an open meeting on November 15 from 7.30pm in the Arts Festival shop on Albert Street in Hebden Bridge. More - posted 8th November, 2007

    Plaque to remember Ted Hughes and Six Young Men. Ted Hughes wrote a poem inspired by a photograph of six young men taken at Lumb Falls near Hebden Bridge early last century. All six men were killed in the First World War. As we approach Remembrance Day, in memory of our most distinguished local poet and remembering these six men, a plaque was today unveiled at Lumb Falls, at the same spot where the original photo had been taken. More - posted 8th November, 2007

    Cape Asbestos - Alice a Fight for Life - Why, after 25 years, these images of Alice still haunt us. Halifax Courier, 10th October, 2007. "This documentary is probably the most powerful and moving account of the personal tragedy of asbestos-related cancer," ... This article includes video footage from the documentary "Alice a Fight for Life" and contains comments added at the end of the article from her children. More - posted 23rd October, 2007

    Mytholmroyd Walker's Action. Sunday 21st October 2007 - Churn Mill Joan . Meet Mytholmroyd Station at start of cycle path at 11.00 am. Medium to hard walk of about 5 miles. Please bring packed lunch. Illustrated map/guide to Mytholmroyd waymarked trails on sale at the newsagents in Mytholmroyd. . - posted 18th October, 2007

    Mytholmroyd Station Partnership - Dig in folks. Next Saturday 20th October the Mytholmroyd Station Partnership members are gathering to prepare the station garden areas for some winter colour. We shall be meeting at 10am for one or two hours. For further details contact Geoff Mitchell, Chairman, Mytholmroyd Station Partnership on 01422 885154 - posted 18th October, 2007

    Birchen Lee Carr Farm For sale: the old farm too risky to enter Birchen Lee Carr A 17th-century listed building will go up for auction - but the buyer will need to carry out some serious renovation. Birchen Lee Carr Farm, Raw Lane, Mytholmroyd, has been labelled one of the finest examples of a yeoman clothier's house in West Yorkshire. But it is now sealed off, deemed too dangerous to enter. The building, expected to be bought by a developer for hundreds of thousands, is in such poor condition it was put on the English Heritage At Risk register two years ago. Halifax Courier 16th October. More info.
    Thanks to Ian Law for this photo - taken 18th July 2007. Larger photo and more photos from Ian Law here - posted 17th October, 2007

    Dust storm - Telegraph 6th October, 2007. The pretty Yorkshire town of Hebden Bridge is home to quirky shops, a thriving arts scene and, campaigners claim, Britain's biggest industrial disaster. Former resident Mark Piggott meets the ex-employees of a local factory, whose lives have been blighted by deadly asbestos. More - posted 6th October, 2007

    Sincerely, Ted Hughes - Telegraph 6th October, 2007. Ted Hughes was one of the most original and powerful visionary poets of the 20th century... These early letters show his growth as a poet, give a sense of his warmth as a correspondent, and tell - for the first time - the real story of his relationship with Sylvia Plath. More - posted 6th October, 2007

    Mytholmroyd joins elite walking towns - Halifax Courier 2nd October. Calderdale dignitaries and councillors lined up to support the launch of a walkers group last weekend. The group's next guided walk takes place October 21 at 11am meeting at Mytholmroyd train station and taking in the Churn Milk Joan route. More. - posted 6th October, 2007

    ELAINE CONNELL, co-founder of the Hebden Bridge Web and founder of the Sylvia Plath Forum, died Monday, 1st October. Elaine died peacefully at home with her family on Monday, 1st October 2007. She was diagnosed with cancer three years ago. Elaine was the joint founder of the Hebden Bridge Web and a respected teacher and local personality. See lives remembered. - posted 3rd October, 2007

    A Village Childhood Village childhood This book goes on sale on 1st October. A book launch will take place this coming Saturday at Scout Road Methodist at 2pm. It can be purchased at The Book Case Hebden Bridge or The Tourist Information Centre, Hebden Bridge. It can also be ordered from Mytholmroyd Post Office.

    Gertrude Ogden lived in Mytholmroud for the first nineteen years of her life. In 1942 she left to study history at King's College, London which, at the time, was evacuated to Bristol. Like other women students, she was only allowed two years in which to prepare for the degree, and the situation was further complicated when the college moved back to its war damaged site in the Strand twelve months later. She sat finals in 1944, with flying bombs dropping all round the examination hall.

    She and her sister, Alice have maintained a close relationship throughout their whole lives, and the present book owes a tremendous amount to Alice's good memory, and Elspeth's continuing and genuine interest in this little corner of the Calder Valley. A beautifully presented book with many photos of Mytholmroyd. - posted 26th September 2007

    Mytholmroyd Gala - Saturday 22nd September. Gala 2007 More photos - posted 22nd September 2007

    EARLIER START FOR Mytholmroyd Gala - Saturday 22nd September. The Gala will start an hour earlier than usual to take advantage of the sunshine. The procession will leave Orchard Business Park at 12.00. Photos of last year's event here, - posted 21st September 2007

    Mytholmroyd Station Partnership receives award. The result of our entry in the Yorkshire in Bloom - Category 10, Neighbourhood Award. A great entry of so much benefit to the local community; lots of possibilities for progression, and lots of enthusiasm and energy in the group. more info - posted 21st September 2007

    Mytholmroyd will get its long-dreamed of memorial to Ted Hughes at Calder High School. The school theatre is to be named after the Poet Laureate. As building work got under way on the 500,000 redevelopment project at the school, Mr Hughes' widow, Carol, gave permission for the naming. She told head teacher Mr Stephen Ball that she was honoured that the theatre would commemorate her late husband. more info - posted 19th September 2007

    Mytholmroyd Walkers Action - Launch - Saturday 29th September at The Good Shepherd, Mytholmroyd. From 10.30am - Guided walks for all ages, Refreshments, Bookstall. Full leaflet can be downloaded here as a pdf file. - posted 17th September 2007

    Milly's Cafe Grange Dene Yard. With effect from Friday 21st September and each Friday thereafter, Milly's Cafe will stay open until Fully licensed. From 5pm the menu will offer tapas style treats. more info - posted 17th September 2007

    Made in Mytholmroyd - Posh Pickles, Chutneys, Relishes Jams Marmalades more info - posted 17th September 2007

    PRESS RELEASE - Invitation to Regeneration. Four years since it became part of the Upper Calder Valley Renaissance programme Royd Regeneration invites the community to celebrate the progress the group has made and take part in opportunity to discuss future projects. more info - posted 12th September 2007

    250 runners in tribute to Alice. TWO hundred and fifty runners took part in a 10km challenge around Mytholmroyd in memory of student Alice Redmond. Alice, of Blackshaw Head, was a student at Leeds Metropolitan University when she died on August 31 2005, aged 21. Halifax Courier, 5th September - more info - posted 6th September 2007

    Gold Pieces - Bellhouse Phyllis Bentley's exciting story for children about the Cragg Vale Coiners.

    Now selling at The Book Case, Market Street, Hebden Bridge

    The picture on the front of the book was originally submitted to The by Keith Shackleton for our photo archives. Used now, with his permission on this book which contains lots of local placenames and local history. Original photo here - posted 6th September 2007

    Mytholmroyd Station Partnership - Mosaic. Station partnership On Friday 31st August, the Mytholmroyd Station Partnership organised the unveiling of the station Mosaic.

    The Mosaic was produced by Year 8 students at Calder High School, Mytholmroyd. The project was managed by trainee teacher Sharon Hiley under the supervision of Andrew Greenwood, Head of Art. It depicts the scenery around Mytholmroyd and the Upper Calder Valley (including Stoodley Pike). More info - posted 2nd September 2007

    Mytholmroyd Gala - 22nd September. Photos of last year's event here, posted 26th August 2007

    Paris to Marrakech by bike. Hebden Bridge solicitor Paul Glanville is cycling 2500 miles to raise money for research into asbestos related illness. More, posted 26th August 2007

    B Road Britain - Robbie Coltrane in Mytholmroyd.
    Hebweb report, posted 26th August 2007

    A Tribute to Ted Hughes On YouTube. Ted Hughes reads his poetry and more. It contains poetry readings by Ted as well as interviews with him. - posted 24th August 2007

    B Road Britain - Robbie Coltrane in Mytholmroyd.
    To be screened this Thursday 23rd August ITV1 9.00pm
    See Also: Dock Pudding - 2007 It's a Cracker, posted 19th August 2007

    Karen Darke. Karen will take part in an ITV programme tomorrow night "Leaving Behind the Past" at 8.00. Karen will talk of the dark days following her accident and the personal triumphs she has since achieved. - posted 2nd August 2007

    Seaside special - Mytholmroyd Station Partnership Station partnership The Mytholmroyd Station Partnership Volunteers, who over the last few months have transformed the Station, boarded the Northern Rail Seaside Special to Morecombe just as it started to rain. The group were instantly presented with a generous, delicious, healthy breakfast parcel in a recycled brown bag, from The Bear in Todmorden. More info - posted 30th July 2007

    Swimming Pool for Mytholmroyd - A decision is expected before September 5. Halifax Courier 25th July, 2007. More info - posted 26th July 2007

    British Red Cross Responding to floods in Britain. British Red Cross emergency response volunteers have helped, and are continuing to help, hundreds of people across England and Wales who have been affected by torrential rain and flooding over the weekend. Donate here and more info - posted 23rd July 2007

    Developing Hebden Bridge and surrounding villages. Reports of Watchdog meetings, minutes, letter from David Fletcher and info about Civic Trust. Next meeting: 25th July White Lion, Hebden Bridge - 7.30 pm More info - posted 23rd July 2007

    Remembering Alice Jefferson - 25 years on. Alice Jefferson lived in Mytholmroyd and had worked at Cape Asbestos for a few months as a teenager. In her forties, Alice began to suffer breathlessness. By 1980, she was incapacitated with the disease pleural mesothelioma. She took part in a documentary called Alice a fight for Life which went out on July 20th 1982. More info - posted 20th July 2007

    Swimming pool for Mytholmroyd - plans submitted. Plans have been submitted for a small swimming pool at the Mytholmroyd Community Centre, but there are concerns about the lack of public discussion and consultation with the wider community. More info - posted 18th July 2007

    3-C announces training workshop. Funded by 3-C's National Lottery Awards for All Grant, the workshop will take place on Saturday 28 July from 11am - 4.30pm at Holme Street Arts Centre in Hebden Bridge. Holme Street Arts Centre is fully wheelchair accessible. More info - posted 15th July 2007

    Ian McMillan - on visiting Mytholmroyd to judge the poetry competition at the Ted Hughes Festival. " ... But (whisper this), if I didn't live in South Yorkshire, there are parts of West Yorkshire I wouldn't mind living in, and that valley from Halifax to Sowerby Bridge and Mytholmroyd and Hebden Bridge is one of them. It's the stone, I think, and the hills, and the hint of rain." Yorkshire Post 26th June, 2007. Full article - posted 10th July 2007

    Portrait of Ted Hughes
    by Reginald Gray - to be gifted to Mytholmroyd

    Ted Hughes

    Reginald Gray is an Irish-born portrait painter and his work is represented in The National Portrait Gallery London (portrait from life 1960 of Francis Bacon) also National Portrait Gallery Australia and The Museum of London. Reginald told us he has fed upon the works of Ted Hughes for many years and had just finished a hommage to him entitled "Ted Hughes in The Calder Valley".

    Reginald would like to donate this portrait to Mytholmroyd, saying "After all the years pleasure I have received from reading Ted Hughes works this would be a very small return. I would be honoured to have it hanging in the location where Ted Hughes was born and spent his younger days." The full story and a larger picture are here - posted 8th July, 2007

    Clamping - Your Killing our businesses - Halifax Courier - 6th July 2007. Businesses in Mytholmroyd claim the "heavy-handed" tactics of wheel clampers in a surgery car park are driving them out of business. But the efforts of one shop owner to alleviate the problem have been met with legal action threats. Judy Edwards owns the building opposite Grange Dene medical centre. She allowed customers and traders to park outside her shop until lawyers stepped in. More - posted 7th July 2007

    Mytholmroyd Heritage Walk - by Mike Darke

    Mike Darke

    2nd Edition (Revised) and Extended. 48 pages. Organised into 5 walks. The whole walk can be undertaken in about 3 hours. Printed 2004. Price 2.95 Mike Darke 2 Park Top Barn, Midgley Road, Mytholmroyd, West Yorkshire HX7. E-mail: Mike Darke. Also available at The Bookcase, Market Street, Hebden Bridge. posted 7th July, 2007

    People living and working around the Medical Centre have told M'royd net that another clamped motorist has smashed off the clampers padlock at Grange Dene today and driven off. A lot of people are adding their comments to the Courier's website. The link to it is here.
    One contributor to the Courier article says "My point is this; communities find cohesion through the altruistic tendencies of its members, friendliness and helpfulness being amongst these qualities. There is no place for ... As for the health centre, someone there is being divisive." Comments on their previous article of 29th June have reached 20+. The link is here. - posted 5th July 2007

    PRESS RELEASE: Mytholmroyd Gala has been cancelled. The 47th event of its kind was due to take place this Saturday at Burnley Road School's playing field. The field is totally water-logged. - posted 5th July, 2007

    Salute to wheel clampers' Mr Fixit Halifax Courier article - 3rd July 2007. HIS actions may have earned him a police caution but it seems the man who removed a wheel clamp with a hammer and chisel has become something of a hero for Calderdale motorists... Peter Forsdike, of Whitesands Travel, Mytholmroyd, said: "It is about time someone took a stand against these clampers. "We have seen old ladies in tears all for the crime of stopping off for a paper on their way to the health centre. "While I totally understand why the Primary Care Trust has resorted to this action, this form of intimidation totally contradicts their mission statement 'Care in the Community.'" more posted 3rd July 2007

    High water

    Posters appearing around Grange Dene Yard today. "Traders cheer wheel clamp buster"
    "Get rid of the clampers and save our village."
    "Save local businesses from the clampers."

    3rd July 2007 - Thanks to Jon Duerden for photo
    - see larger photo

    David Hargreaves shows how he beat the clamp. THIS man was less than chuffed when his car was wheel-clamped at a Mytholmroyd's medical centre. David Hargreaves, 41, ... but when he returned a few minutes later he found his Fiat Punto had become the latest victim of Grange Dene medical centre's clampers. ... So Mr Hargreaves, a mechanic, of Victoria Terrace, Luddenden Foot ... whipped out a chisel and sledgehammer and removed the clamp himself. Local shop workers, who have protested about the over-zealous clampers since November, cheered and clapped as he drove off. full story - Halifax Courier - 29th June, 2007