Mytholmroyd Net

An evening of poetry & prose in celebration of the life and work of the late Calder Valley Poet, Ted Hughes, with Barrie Rutter of Northern Broadsides.

Good Shepherd Centre, Mytholmroyd

Sunday 27th August at 7.30 pm
Tickets 5.00 (includes a glass of Pimms and canapes)

Boost for the Mytholmroyd Net!
Monday, July 10, 2000

Thanks to Mytholmroyd Business Initiative for their donation of 200.00 to The Mytholmroyd Net. The money will be used for upgrading, promoting and developing the site.
More from the Flood
Thursday, June 15, 2000

Dusty Miller Pub, Mytholmroyd

Landlord Peter Rye surveyed the damage left behind by the flood and said, "I was standing in 2 ft of water at shortly before 2.00pm in the morning when the telephone call came warning me there might be a flood - I was less than polite"

"I was then asked if I wanted sandbags and I replied, 'What for? To keep the water in?'

There is extensive damage everywhere in the pub - a car parked at the rear of the pub was written off. We received no assistance from any of the services."


Mary Moor at the Curtain Shop

"The shop is a complete and utter wreck and the stench is horrendous. I live above the shop. I love living here but its heartbreaking for the village and people are just getting to the stage where they have had enough. This is like "a lost village". Don't get me wrong I'm not complaining. The people sent in to clear up have been wonderful and I know there are some people much worse off but it really is very sad.

Ironically I got my water bill this morning - they had managed to get to my meter to read it despite the mess!!!"

Flood - the aftermath
Tuesday, June 6, 2000

Sandbags and perished furnishings/stock sit outside the local shops in the centre of Mytholmroyd and stories abound of the water going in at one side of buildings and out the other.

Rumour has it that the new flood elimination system recently installed in Mytholmroyd burnt out trying to cope with the sheer volume of water.

Janet Brooks at the newsagents in Mytholmroyd said, "By the time we got the taped telephone message that the flood was on red alert, we had already been up and dealing with the water for some time knowing that it was serious - St Michael's Church car park was flooded which hasn't happened before. We were warned we should evacuate the building but managed to stay put".

A wall came down on Calder Grove and residents were asked to evacuate the house and simply walked around Mytholmroyd having no other plans suggested to them until the water subsided, although it is believed that Calder High School and Burnley Road School were opened up to accommodate people.

The residents in the bungalows in the centre of Mytholmroyd had to evacuate their houses as the water reached the top of the wall adjoining their gardens.

JMD Hardware were victims this time - Jon Duerden said, "It went straight through the building. Last time there was a flood it didn't get above the top step".

The chemist shop has suffered a great deal of water damage to stock, carpets, furniture and fittings.

Other residents spoke of looking out in the small hours of Sunday morning to see Mytholmroyd centre heaving with people and activity.

A lot of questions are being asked as to why it was left so long before the residents were alerted.

In the meantime they are mopping up and getting on with it - again.

Calder Valley flooded
Sunday, June 4, 2000

Hundreds of people are counting the cost of severe flash flooding caused by torrential rain.

Along the Calder Valley, the worst affected centres are Todmorden, Hebden Bridge and Mytholmroyd after more than two inches of rain fell over a 24-hour period.

Firemen at the scene said about 200 emergency workers were helping residents pump water out of their homes in towns along the Calder.

News of the floods has made the national news all day. The flood sirens went off at 12.50am this morning.

St John The Baptist In The Wilderness, Cragg Vale is having a family weekend on June 10th-11th with the focus on the Dedication of a Tapestry made by members and friends. It will be 14ft by 3ft!!

Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th June 2000 - Family ramble to Bellhole and back - approx 2 hours Meet - St Johns Sunday School - 2pm. Refreshments available and Church open 1pm to 5pm. Exhibition of photographs all weekend within the Sunday School

7.30 Ceilidh - Raw Material with Sue Coe Tickets 5 including pie and pea supper. Tickets from Adams Newsagents or Denise Ramsden

Sunday 11th June - Songs of Praise Service with Panel Dedication - 12 noon
Family walk Robin Rocks Ramble - Approx 2 hours Meet St Johns Sunday School - 2pm. Refreshments Available & Church Open - 1pm - 5pm.

Harness Parade

The Harness Parade on Burnley Road Playing Fields on Sunday 14th May drew quite a crowd. Bales of hay were provided as seating for the event. Proceeds taken from collection boxes went to Imperial Cancer Research and it was tipped to become an annual event.

Alan Brooks had his hair cut off by councillor Jayne Brown yesterday morning, Saturday 13th May at St Michael's Church - the proceeds will go to Roof over Youth

Alan Brooks Alan Brooks
Photos: Peter Coles

Mayor making

Mayor Making at the Good Shepherd: Ted Parkinson hands over the chains of office to new mayor of Hebden Royd, Paul Monahan on Wednesday, 10th May
Photo: Peter Coles

Election Results
Friday, May 5, 2000: Calderdale Council goes Conservative! Conservatives have 28 seats, Liberal Democrats 15 and Labour just 10. Labour lose control of Bradford and Burnley but hold on to Rochdale. Mary Seward (LD gain from Lab) and Peter Coles (LD) won the Calder Valley and Luddenden Foot wards.

In the Luddenden Foot ward, the vote was Peter Coles(LD) 1272, Charmian Smith(C) 556 and Jill Smith (Lab) 535 with just 28% voting.