Mytholmroyd Net

Campaign for Broadband update
11th April 2003

The Campaign for Broadband being pioneered by the Hebden Bridge website is to get Broadband Internet availability for Hebden Bridge and the surrounding area, including Mytholmroyd.

People from Mytholmroyd are urged to fill in the digital profile form on the "broadband campaign" section of the Hebden Bridge Web. The link is here.

Although we, in Mytholmroyd, are a different exchange (ie Calder Valley) many different options are being explored.

The idea of doing the study is to provide evidence of how our area has been at the forefront of the digital revolution and that without broadband existing local businesses are being put at a disadvantage, and new ones won't move here. Although HB and Mytholmroyd are different exchanges, representations are being made on behalf of Mytholmroyd as well. We want to present the evidence to different Broadband and funding providers to show why Broadband is so essential for us all. The more evidence we have, the stronger the case.

In the meantime, we need as many people as possible to pre-register for Broadband. If these numbers go up significantly, BT will have to respond.

Sneak thieves foiled by Mayor and Councillors
11th April 2003

During a committee meeting at Hebden Royd Council last night two youths were involved in a handbag snatch from the Council Chamber where the Mayor and Councillors were meeting. Members moved with great speed and chased the youths and prevented them leaving the main entrance - they dropped the handbag and ran for another exit. Police arrived on the scene in minutes and took details of the attack. The Mayor said "it all happened so quickly and it was an instant reaction to chase the robbers - I expect they were surprised at our rapid response." The Police were most helpful and are going to scan the CCTV tapes.

Mayor's Civic Dinner
22nd March, 2003

The Mayor's Civic Dinner took place at St Michael's Church Hall, Mytholmroyd Friday 21st March.

Civic Dinner

Photo: The Mayor and Consort, Councillor Mrs Christine Bampton Smith and Dr Michael Smith and Deputy Mayor and Consort, Councillor Mrs Leone Murty and Mr Stephen Murty.

The Guest Speaker, Lord Shutt spoke of finding ourselves 3 days into a war. He asked if it were possible that any good might come from what was happening. He added that given the amount of massive demonstrations taking place nationally the country could hardly be described as suffering from inertia.

Music was provided by The Calder Valley Youth Dance Orchestra and DJ Dave Redman. The event raised money for Hebden Bridge Youth Action and Roof Over Youth, Mytholmroyd.

Calder High School "Peace in the Park".
20th March, 2003

Calder High School students "Peace in the Park" demonstration. Photos and story at: Hebweb news

Calder High School protest against the war.
19th March, 2003

Radio Leeds and BBC Look North took up the story today. Tonight Chris Ratcliffe and his son Morgan appeared on Look North and expressed their confusion at the stand the school had taken. The issues involved are being debated on the discussion forum of the Hebden Bridge website. Calder Holmes Park tomorrow at mid-day is the next venue - only people genuinely committed to the concept please - no time wasters, troublemakers or skivers. This is a peaceful demonstration. Click here Hebden Bridge Discussion Forum

Photos and story are at: Hebden Bridge website

Calder High School pupils walk out in protest at the war.
18th March, 2003

Pupils from Calder High School walked out in protest at the war today. They took up residence in the front field for two hours. Some pupils have been suspended from school following the protest. More information and photos on the: Hebden Bridge website

Candlelight vigils at the Mytholmroyd War Memorial and The Good Shepherd
16th March, 2003

Two candlelight vigils were held in Mytholmroyd tonight - one at the Mytholmroyd War Memorial and one at The Good Shepherd under the "Peace" window. All participants were invited to the Good Shepherd church afterwards where warm drinks were kindly provided.

Click here to see photos of vigils which took place all over the world:

Mytholmroyd Candlelight Peace Vigil

This Sunday 16th March 7pm local time - candlelight vigil at the War Memorial Gardens in Mytholmroyd.

Vigil scheduled to last 1 hour. Bring candles.

This is the Mytholmroyd contribution to the international Global Vigil initiative against the war which has called for candlelight vigils around the world this Sunday. For full information see

Milltown Memories - Issue 3

Issue 3 of Milltown Memories contains features on Moderna Mill, Banking in Mytholmroyd and the origins of the Pace Egg Play. For a preview of this wonderful record of our local history go to: more info

Hebden Bridge (Walkleys) Brass Band

Hebden Bridge (Walkley Clogs) Brass Band won in the third section of the Yorkshire Regional Championships at St George's Hall Bradford on Saturday March 1st 2003. They won the "People Challenge" Shield plus a cheque for 200. The Test Piece was "Northern Landscapes", composed by Peter Graham.

They will now compete in the National Finals in Dundee on 20th September 2003

The Royal Oak Reprieve is happening

Royal Oak

A local builder - Paul Ansell of Brier Hey Lane, Mytholmroyd, has bought the Royal Oak. Work began today to tidy up the site. Many residents of Mytholmroyd will welcome this initiative. The building has been empty and derelict for many years - described as an eyesore for the village.

More images

Saturday 1st March 2003. Thanks to Max Sunderland for help with photos and Alan Brooks for submitting the "news". We hope to follow developments closely and provide more photographs as things progress.

Calderdale VOICE (Voluntary Organisations Involved in Community Education)

Interview with Thea

Upper Calder Valley Renaissance

Peace Demonstration - Coach leaving Mytholmroyd for London
15th February 2003

The Good Shepherd car park 6.45am Saturday 15th February - marchers waiting for the coach to London. The coach was full when it set off at 7.00am.

Calder High School improved sporting facilities - passed.
Calder High is to get it's new sporting facilities. Refusal was initially a possibility surrounding Sunday opening. Mr Scott explained that funding for the project hinged on Sunday opening and the plans were passed with limited Sunday opening between 10.00 and 4.00.

Upper Calder Valley Renaissance

Local Peace Vigil makes the national papers

Saturday, February 8th, 2003

Guardian reporters spend an evening with local anti-war campaigners

"A mild turn in the weather had thawed the snow and smudged out Mike Barrett's vast CND symbol, trampled out in a field high above Hebden Bridge (see: Peace sign in the snow) . ..."We've had tremendous abuse in the past," said retired French teacher Barbara Green, 76, who is bombarding President Jacques Chirac with postcards of support from her cottage in the hilltop Methodist stronghold of Heptonstall. "During the Gulf war and the occupation of Palestine, we had small vigils and there was plenty of hostility and apathy. But the mood's different now. Just listen to all those hoots." For full Guardian article on the country's protests nationwide see : more info

A man from Mytholmroyd who wishes to remain annonymous has paid 1000.00 for a 45 seater coach to take parishioners to the anti-war demonstration in London on the 15th February.

Jack Uttley 1914 to 2003

3rd February, 2003

The regrets to have to report the death last week of local historian Mr Jack Uttley and we would like to take this opportunity of expressing our sympathy to his family.

Jack was born in Hebden Bridge in 1914, attended Mytholm School and then went on to spend the whole of his working life at Maudes Clog Soles at Hawksclough (now known as Walkleys).

Jack's knowledge of the Upper Calder Valley was unsurpassed and he wrote and published several booklets on the area, including The History of The Colden Valley; The Hinchliffes of Cragg; James Maude - Wood Turner & Clog Sole Manufacturer; The Ratcliffes of Mytholmroyd, to name but a few. His publications were always researched down to the finest detail and are an asset to anyone interested in our local history.

In 1991 Jack had the idea of forming a Mytholmroyd Historical Society so he arranged a meeting in the January for anyone to attend who may be interested. The interest was so great that over 50 people attended and so the Society was formed. Thanks to Jack the Mytholmroyd Historical Society is now in its 13th year and membership has increased to 98. From the outset Jack shared so much of his local knowledge with members of the society and together with his exhaustive pictorial library kept the continued interest of members over these thirteen years. He also gave numerous talks and slide shows to many different organisations throughout his long life, sharing with them his enthusiasm and love in the history of the Upper Calder Valley.

Jack was also instrumental in setting up the Hebden Bridge History Society and gave a lot of his time and expertise to this. Frank Woolrych said "I will miss Jack greatly. He was also very supportive and helpful when I began work on the Alice Longstaff collection. He was a kind gentleman and this is a great loss to local history generally".

He will be sadly missed by all who knew him but will be continually remembered with affection by the legacy that he has left in the area.

Jack's funeral service will be held in St Michael's Church, Mytholmroyd on Thursday 6th February at 2.00 p.m.

Thanks to Molly Sunderland Secretary of Mytholmroyd Historical Society and Frank Woolrych President of Hebden Bridge Local History Society for the above.

Upper Calder Valley Renaissance - next meeting Monday, 3 February

Tuesday, January 28, 2003

Upper Calder Valley Renaissance

Over 100 people attended the launch of the Upper Calder Valley Renaissance on Tuesday, 14 January, at Todmorden Town Hall. This work is part of Yorkshire Forward’s ongoing commitment to regenerating market towns and their hinterlands within the region. It involves working with communities in the Upper Calder Valley to create a masterplan identifying long-term investment projects that will help to regenerate and revitalise the area.

A further meeting is to be held at Calder High School, Briar Hay Lane, Mytholmroyd on Monday, 3 February, starting at 6.00pm and it is open to everyone who cares about The Valley and its future. Groups for Walsden, Todmorden, Hebden Bridge, Mytholmroyd and Sowerby Bridge and surrounding settlements, as well as a group looking at the Valley as a whole, will work with community planners, John Thompson & Partners.

Between 18 February and 1 April Action Planning Workshops will be held in the five towns and villages and a ‘Bringing it all Together’ planning event will take place at the beginning of June.

For further information please contact:

Sue Hargreaves
John Thompson & Partners
70 Cowcross Street
London EC1M 6EJ
t. 020 7251 5135
f.020 7251 5136

Thea's Diary - Radio 4
27th January 2003

The Guardian newspaper 27.1.03 reviews the book by Thea, who fled Leipzig, Germany in 1939. The book "Thea's Diary" (likened to the Anne Frank diary) spans events from 1939 to 1947. Thea accepted an invitation to come and talk to us in Mytholmroyd about her book.

From the Guardian "Thea was seven years old when Hitler came to power in 1933, her brother Adi two years older. Their parents, Polish Jews, had moved to Leipzig before their marriage... Their father was a successful fur trader whose adherence to strictly Orthodox Judaism sat easily alongside a taste for Leipzig's high-class culture. The Nazis smashed this self-protective cocoon on Kristallnacht, November 10 1938. Synagogues were burned down, Jewish shops, schools and homes - including the Gerstens' - were destroyed, and the men dragged off to concentration camps.

... Now a small elegant 77 year-old, ... she describes "every day as a holiday"... "The Holocaust is only worth remembering after so many years if we can do something positive," she insists, "If we who have been through the trauma are able to show the public what today's asylum seekers and refugees are experiencing."

A 10 part dramatisation of the diary begins on Radio 4 - Woman's Hour today at 10am, repeated at 7.45pm.

Thea told the this afternoon that her book was presently only published in the German language so the easiest way to find out what it was about was by listening to the Radio 4 dramatisation.

She said one of her children moved to Yorkshire and she moved here herself 4 years later. She said she was being approached to do "talks" and took up as many invitations to do so as she could. Aged 77 she now makes frequent trips back to Germany (and Leipzig) and visits schools to tell the story of the Holocaust.

She was most surprised to learn that we had a frequent visitor to this area from Leipzig ie Claas Kazzer who was studying Ted Hughes' children's books for a Phd. Claas and Thea have exchanged contact details so that they can meet when she visits Leipzig again early this year.

Upper Calder Valley Renaissance
15th January 2003

About a hundred local people, representing organisations, businesses, councils and themselves attended the Launch of the Upper Calder Valley Renaissance at Todmorden Town Hall hosted by Yorkshire Forward.

Paul Sheehan, Chief Executive of Calderdale, welcomed the initiative and looked forward to working in partnership with Yorkshire Forward. Andy Tordoff outlined the purpose of the Renaissance for the valley - this would be a unique opportunity for a group of communities to determine their future.

John Thompson, the consultant for the Scheme outlined the process of developing an Action Plan, by the people for the people.

After the presentations those present worked in groups to outline the situation in a particular area. The Mayor of Hebden Royd, Christine Bampton-Smith, worked with the Mytholmroyd Group - the consultants' representative was impressed with the activities in that community and the efforts being made by Royd Regeneration, as well as recording the hopes of the group for Mythomroyd.

There will be a series of meetings in the following months to develop an Action Plan for the Valley which will need to be submitted by October. Anyone with a commitment to their community and who wishes to express their ideas about creating a thriving, attractive environment for people to live work and play, is encouraged to attend the future meetings.

The next meeting will be in February and will be publicised widely.

The first snowfall of the year - 3rd and 4th January 2003