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News 2012-2013

The best things come in small packages and that must mean tonight is gonna be a night not to forget! Drawing a close to what has been an INCREDIBLE whirlwind of good stuff, we can't wait for the grand finale of Valley of Lights! starting with the bIg christmas light switch on from our very own paralympic silver medallist Karen Darke followed by the grand spectacular of lights and fire and food to feast your eyes upon! MYTHOLMROYD IS COMING OUT TO PLAY! - posted 30th November, 2012

Karen Darke to turn on Mytholmroyd Christmas lights!

Karen Darke silver medalist at the Paralympics this summer and gold medallist at the Para Tri-athlon World Championships in New zealand in the Autumn is turning on Mytholmroyds Christmas lights at 17.00 in Mytholmroyd on Saturday 1st Dec.

Karen Darke will start her day by signing her new book "Boundless" at St Michael's Church Mytholmroyd between 10am -12.00 on Saturday morning.

Karen Darke now lives in Scotland but grew up here in Mytholmroyd and went to Calder High School.

More info. - posted 28th November, 2012


Hebden Bridge and Mytholmroyd are gearing up for their Valley of Lights parades with organisers promising two spectacular nights to provide a welcome boost to both towns.

More info. - posted 27th November, 2012


Free lantern making workshops for the Mytholmroyd Valley of Lights parade start on Thursday (22) with organisers hoping for a bumper turn out. Mytholmroyd workshops will be held at Calder High School on Thursday November 22 from 4-6pm, Sunday November 25 from 2-4pm and Monday November 26 from 4-6pm. A team of Handmade Parade artists and some fantastic volunteers will be on hand to help you make your own lantern, either a basic one in one 2 hour session or come to all sessions to make a more elaborate illuminated masterpiece! The Mytholmroyd parade will take place at 5.45pm on Saturday December 1 starting at the Community Centre car park following the Lights switch on at 5pm. The procession will end with a spectacular fire finale at around 6.30pm with giant puppets, shadow puppets, dance, fire drawings and music. Stay late for the night markets featuring special nighttime street performers, canal boat light flotillas, illuminated sculptures and strolling bands.

More info. - posted 22nd November, 2012


Thanks to Jade Smith for this photo.

Video of the parade and extracts from the service is now on Youtube.




- posted 11th November, 2012


Free Marketing Workshop for local tourism businesses

Businesses are invited to a November marketing workshop which promises to reveal some truly distinctive ways to get visitors to spend more and stay longer. The free event from rural regeneration company Pennine Prospects is open to tourism, food and drink, retail and creative and tourism businesses in the South Pennines area - which includes Hebden Bridgeand surrounding towns and villages. It will be held at Hebden Bridge Town Hall, from 1.30-3.30pm on November 14. More info.- posted 11th November, 2012

Bond is back: Skyfall at the Picture House - with cocktails, tuxedos and cocktail dresses. On 16th November to mark the release of Skyfall, the Picture House will be celebrating 50 years of 007 on the big screen. HERE. - posted 11th November, 2012


Tickets for the Christmas production, Cinderella, are now available. Visit the tickets page using the link to order yours!: HERE. - posted 11th November, 2012


Handmade Parade, local experts in celebration art, are lighting the fuse on some spectacular lantern processions and fiery finales in Todmorden, Hebden Bridge and Mytholmroyd. There will be three Big Celebration Nights, one for each town, where the famous Handmade Parade will create a huge spectacle through the town centres with lantern parades, music, performance, massive light & fire sculptures and just about as much fun as you can cram into one night! Todmorden events will be held on Saturday 24th November, Hebden Bridge on Thursday 29th November & Mytholmroyd on Saturday 1st December.

More info. - posted 11th November, 2012


Get your hands dirty, plant a bulb and raise money! On Friday 26th October, Hebden Royd Town Council will be holding a Bulb Planting day to raise money for Marie Curie Cancer Care.

A charity that is close to hearts of many, Marie Curie needs to raise 10,000 every hour, every day to be able to carry out their work.

More info.

The planting will take place across Hebden Bridge and Mytholmroyd at the following times: 10am - 11am at the turning circle on King Street, 11:30am - 12:30am - at Old Gate, 1:30pm - 2:30pm at Burnley Road (opposite the former clog factory), and 3pm - 4pm at White Lee Rec. If you would like to be involved all you need to do is turn up at one of the sessions with a donation and a trowel (although trowels etc. will be available) and get digging.

- posted 19th October, 2012

Mytholmroyd Paralympic hand cyclist KAREN DARKE got a silver in the H1-2 time trial at Brands Hatch today.

Karen competes again on Friday 7th September in the women's hand-cycling road race finals at the same venue at 10.30am.

Photo copyright Karen's blog Here. - posted 5th September, 2012

Karen Darke from Mytholmroyd will compete in events on Wednesday and Friday this week. Karen Darke, Paralympics 2012 handcyclist: 'I'm in the form of my life'.

Karen Darke watched the last Paralympics from her bed, laid up for a few weeks after damaging her skin during a month-long sea-kayaking adventure. "Watching telly in bed is not something I normally do," she says wryly - this is the woman who has handcycled across Japan, kayaked the Alaska coastline and skied across Greenland (not all of her achievements are physical: she also has a PhD in geology and has written two books - the latest, Boundless, will be out soon). "But the Paralympics happened to be on and handcycling was in it for the first time. Because I really like sport, I had thought before if there was anything I would like to compete in but nothing appealed. But when I saw the handcycling I thought that would be amazing, and how great to be at a home Games as well." She missed the last Games after a sea-kayaking accident. But now, she says, she has never been better prepared. Read more in The Guardian Here. - posted 4th September, 2012


FLOODSTOCK: An evening of Live Blues music in aid of the the Calder Valley flood victims. On Saturday (1st September) at Mytholmroyd Community Centre.

Alice's Run - 10km race in celebration of the life of Alice Redmond, Sunday, 2nd September

See Hebweb "what's on" for more about both events Here.

- posted 30th August, 2012

- posted 14th August, 2012



- posted 19th July, 2012


Punch Taverns have confirmed that this popular community minded pub (turned around by Anne and Angus Downie) will not re-open and will go on the market in it's current state.

- posted 19th July, 2012

DROP-IN meetings for those affected by the floods.

Representatives from the Environment Agency, the National Flood Forum, Calderdale Council, Yorkshire Water, West Yorkshire Police, and West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue service will be hosting flood support sessions next week. The drop-in meetings will take place at St Michael's Church carkpark, Mytholmroyd, om Monday, July 23, and at Hebden Bridge Vistor and Canal Centre carpark on Tuesday, July 24. Both will be held between noon and 7pm.

- posted 19th July, 2012

FUNDING TO ASSIST BUSINESSES AFFECTED BY THE FLOODS Calderdale Council is now able to provide funding to assist small and medium sized businesses in Calderdale that have been adversely affected by the 2012 floods. The application form containing the conditions of grant can be downloaded here as a pdf file.

If I can help with any more information please let me know. Thank you

Chris Whitaker,ERDF Monitor Assistant, Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council,Business and Economy, 4th Floor Northgate House, Northgate. Halifax HX1 1UN. Tel -01422 392269 - - posted 16th July, 2012

Mytholmroyd Memorial garden has been shortlisted for a National Lottery Good Causes Award.

We need all the votes we can get to get through to the final.

You can vote either by ringing 0844 836 9694. Or go to Lottery good causes online Here.

It's an incredibly easy process to vote. Please vote.

Voting ends on 22 july.

- posted 7th July, 2012

PRINCE CHARLES TO VISIT CALDER VALLEY ON FRIDAY: Buckingham Palace has announced that Prince Charles will visit flood victims in and around Hebden Bridge on Friday.

More information here Halifax Courier. - posted 3rd July, 2012


Tuesday, 3 July 2012 Calderdale Council, its partners, residents, businesses and volunteers are continuing the clean-up operation in the Calder Valley after being hit by some of the worst flooding ever recorded in the area. Supplies of donated cleaning materials, ranging from mops and disinfectant to dehumidifiers, remain available free of charge to people affected by the flooding. The products can be collected from the Council's Customer First centres in Todmorden and Hebden Bridge.

More information here on Hebweb. - posted 3rd July, 2012


Volunteers continued to turn out yesterday to two shops - one in Mytholmroyd and one in Hebden Bridge to help with the big clean up. These are people who came together via the Calder Valley Flood Victims website started by Rob Holden immediately after the floods. Website here.

This weekend's volunteers came from Todmorden, Hebden Bridge, Sowerby Bridge and Mytholmroyd to pool their help for stricken shops. As Ashleigh Cooper from Old Town, Hebden Bridge pictured centre in the picture below put it "the cleaning fairies prepare to do battle with another residence". Names of other volunteers given to me included Beth Maiden, Pam Kirby and Amy Rooney from Todmorden. There are probably more names to mention if anyone has the information.

Today the website announces "Hot food (Sunday roast) is now being served at Todmordens Central Methodist church for anyone suffering from the floods...." This is a drop in the ocean in terms of telling just what has been achieved this week, not just by this group but by people up and down the valley helping friends and neighbours. However, visit the website yourself if in doubt about the power of people working together.

It was even discussed in Parliament this week.

- posted 1st July, 2012


Mytholmroyd people turned out in support of it's annual Gala in the hundreds. It stayed dry for the parade and despite rain on the field people were determined to enjoy the day. A fun day for everyone following the devasting floods.

WATCH the Parade on Youtube here

Watch Dene Michael get people doing the conga round the field here

More photos of the Mytholmroyd Gala and the Hebden Bridge Hand Made Parade can be seen on this Facebook link here

- posted 30th June, 2012


At a meeting of the Town Council last night (Wednesday 27th June) the Town Council agreed to initially provide 10,000.00 for the emergency fund established by the Community Foundation For Calderdale (CFFC). The funding is available to residents of Hebden Royd who have suffered financial hardship as a consequence of the flooding. The funds will be administered by the CFFC and those wishing to apply should contact them direct on:

Grants line: 01422 438738 E-mail:

Cllr Dave Young who proposed setting up the fund said 'at this time many families are in real financial hardship and we hope that this will, in some way, help them get through the next few weeks as they try to rebuild what has been damaged in these terrible floods'.

Jason Boom
Town Clerk
- posted 28th June, 2012


Environment Agency flood warnings - River Calder and its tributaries from Todmorden to Brighouse

Please get the information below to as many people you can who have been affected by the floods.

COMMUNITY FOUNDATION FOR CALDERDALE - Extra staff have been brought in to speed up application turn around time - to get grants out to people quickly

More food parcels will be delivered locally today to

Hebden Bridge Library
Cheetham Street
01422 288040
Flood fund raising is continuing fund now stands at 33,000 - huge thank you to all who have donated. Community Foundation on facebook

STORAGE FOR DONATIONS IN MYTHOLMROYD: St Michael's in Mytholmroyd will be open on Sunday after the church service from 12.30 til 1.30pm and on Monday morning from 9.30-12.00. Calder Valley Flood Victims - posted 28th June, 2012

MYTHOLMROYD GALA SATURDAY 30TH JUNE Organisers vow that the gala will go on despite the terrible floods

RESIDENTS are being encouraged to defy the floods and support Mytholmroyd Gala.

The annual event, which has been put back an hour to incorporate the re-arranged Hebden Bridge Handmade Parade, takes place on Saturday.

Festival organiser Barry Greenwood said:

"We want both Hebden Bridge and Mytholmroyd to have the benefit of having two events on the same day. It is looking like there are two organisations who aren't going to be beaten by the water."

"As we run up to Saturday's event I am begging everyone to buy their tickets now to save time on the day." They can be purchased from Mytholmroyd Community Centre, Mytholmroyd Post Office or Hair & There, Hebden Bridge. Barry added: "Make sure you have got your tickets."

The event has also had the backing of Natural Environment and Fisheries Minister Richard Benyon who said: "I am really impressed that Mytholmroyd is holding its gala this weekend. Everybody who was going to go should still go to the gala because that will boost that community." Evening Courier - posted 26th June, 2012


Mytholmroyd Gala will now commence at 1.00pm instead of 12.00. This follows discussions with organisers of the re-scheduled Hand Made Parade which will take place at 11.00 in Hebden Bridge so that people can enjoy both events.

- posted 25th June, 2012


The Dusty Miller and The Shoulder of Mutton are closed with flood damage. The Post Office, Waites, Drive by Pies, Milly's cafe, The Hardware Shop. Hammads, Marshalls Gas, Valley Electrics, PC Solutions and more are all water damaged and people are working on them to clean up. Headquarters hairdressers hopes to open tomorrow. Sainsbury's and The Co-op are open.

- posted 25th June, 2012


All donations made through this Localgiving site between June 22nd 2012 and June 30th 2012 will contribute to the emergency fund being managed by Community Foundation for Calderdale.

We will be making grants to community groups and uninsured individuals who suffered in the overnight flooding on June 22nd. The Community Foundation for Calderdale has put in 10,000 and all donations will make a difference.

Please make a donation. More info HERE - posted 24th June, 2012


Dreadful flooding in Mytholmroyd this evening when the water went over the wall onto Burnley Road. Burnley Road is closed. Gardens on Caldene Avenue flooded and chickens had to be rescued. Many people were stood on Caldene Bridge and were eventually ordered to "Get off the Bridge". A police car was said to be stuck in the floodwater. There will be a lot of damage I imagine in the houses on the main road backing onto the river. The rain is said to be going to continue until midnight tonight. Thoughts are with those affected in their homes. Hebden Bridge and Todmorden have also flooded but it will be daybreak before the full extent of the damage will be seen.

WATCH VIDEO on Youtube here

AND HERE: here

WATCH VIDEO of the Chickens being rescued from their house in the gardens on Caldene Avenue on Youtube here - posted 22nd June, 2012

WATCH VIDEO of the river behind the shops on Burnley Road on Youtube here

2012 HEBDEN BRIDGE HANDMADE PARADE 2pm, Saturday 23rd June - posted 19th June, 2012

HEBDEN ROYD invites community groups to apply for grants. This year Hebden Royd Town Council has an increased budget of 75,000 which it hopes will benefit as wide a range of groups as possible. More info Hebweb- posted 19th June, 2012

MYTHOLMROYD METHODIST CHURCH - OPEN GARDENS. Take a stroll around Mytholmroyd and visit our open gardens with various stalls and activities for you to enjoy!

Date: 23rd June 2012 - Opening Times: 10am to 12 noon and 2pm to 4pm - Cost: 3.00

The Proceeds from this event will be shared between Christian Aid and Mytholmroyd Methodist Church.

Evening tickets are available separately at a cost of 5.00 Ticket includes tapas supper and one free glass of wine or other beverage from 7.30pm to 10pm at 19 Brier Hey Close. More info Here - posted 19th June, 2012

Simon Armitage's New Book Released First in Mytholmroyd!

Simon Armitage has chosen to launch his new book in Mytholmroyd. This means that Mytholmroyd will see his new work Walking Home before the rest of the country.

Simon will be reading from Walking Home on Friday 15th June from 7.30pm at The Ted Hughes Theatre in Mytholmroyd which is attached to Calder High School.

Simon is the patron of The Elmet Trust and has chosen this way of supporting the local volunteers who put on an annual autumn festival to remember and celebrate the late local poet, Ted Hughes.

This is also a big boost for local bookshop 'Bookcase' on Market Street, Hebden Bridge who have had the first assignment of Walking Home from the publishers. They will be running a book stall at the event on 15th June. More info Hebweb- posted 12th June, 2012


Visitors to St Michael's Church last night were entertained by a firedancer prior to the lighting of the beacon at Scout Rock. The beacon could be seen from the church grounds. Hot dogs were served in the church hall and a big screen TV played the Jubilee Concert.

WATCH VIDEO of the firedancer on Youtube here

WATCH VIDEO of the lighting of the beacon on Youtube here - posted 5th June, 2012



- posted 31st May, 2012


Mytholmroyd Station Partnership welcomed over 50 guests to their annual Community Station event at the Church of the Good Shepherd on the 24th May. The next event will be the Yorkshire in Bloom judging.

The Partnership would welcome new members - who do not have know anything about trains - or gardening (but this would help!). Just an interest to make the station more attractive both for residents and visitors. (Photo: Group of volunteers, parents and supporters.) Phone Geoff Mitchell on 885154 for details how you could help - or email

- posted 30th May, 2012

GERALD HUGHES, the older brother of TED HUGHES, is set to publish a memoir about his early life with the poet. To be released this autumn, Ted and I is an account of the early years of the man who later served as poet laureate. The brothers' upbringing among the thistles and pikes of the West Yorkshire village of Mytholmroyd provided the inspiration for some of Ted's early poems. More info The Telegraph - posted 16th April, 2012

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP DOCK PUDDING CONTEST. - RESULTS: Jenny Whitehouse 1st, Dave Whitehouse 2nd, Doris Hurst 3rd. VIDEO Now on Youtube here - posted 15th April, 2012


VIDEO Now on Youtube Part 1 here

VIDEO Now on Youtube Part 2 here - posted 6th April, 2012


Pace Egging time is approaching once more! Students from Calder High School are dusting off their Pace Egging hats and swords ready to entertain throughout the Upper Calder Valley on Good Friday.

The students will perform the Midgley Pace Egg play. This is an old tradition within Calder High School, and has been performed by the school for many years now. The Pace Egg Play is based on the oldest play in the world, The Mummers Play. Eight characters are involved in the unfolding story of Saint George and his challengers - Bold Slasher, The Black Prince of Paradine and Hector. The Fool, the Doctor and Tosspot all play important parts and add their own touch of humour to the proceedings.

More here - posted 2nd April, 2012

Chris Green of the White Ribbon Campaign in Mytholmroyd is one of those selected to run with the Olympic torch through Halifax. He is representing the 5,000 who have pledged to support the White Ribbon work and all of those who volunteer for their campaign of men and boys to speaking out about male violence against women. More here on Hebweb - posted 19th March, 2012

Hebden Bridge Cinema - Vote for your Favourite Film from shortlist. After a huge response to the Favourite Film request, the choice has been narrowed to these six films. More here on Hebweb - posted 23rd February, 2012

Mytholmroyd - The bread basket of the Valley! - Todmorden News 23rd February, 2012. The answer to Allan Walker's question (letters February 9) "Where is the Royd in Hebden Royd" is "nowhere." Perhaps Mr Walker, like many other Royders, knows that Mytholmroyd provides between fifteen hundred to two thousand jobs based over four industrial parks, as well as accommodating Calder High School. Amongst other businesses Mytholmroyd boasts several global corporations operating quietly in its midst.

Whilst there is not the strong aroma of coffee in its streets, Mytholmroyd is, in short, the bread basket of the upper Calder Valley and yet, it rarely sees any return on the 42 per cent contribution it makes to the town council coffers. Recent major projects in the village, the upgrading of St Michael's Square and the refurbishment of the Memorial Garden were achieved with minimal assistance from the town council. More here - posted 23rd February, 2012

Cinema's future risks division in Mytholmroyd and Hebden Bridge - The Guardian 14th February, 2012. The Art Deco Picture House is a fine institution, but paying for its future isn't easy. More here - posted 15th February, 2012

STUBB FIELDS COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION appears to be making some progress with their attempt to obtain an asset transfer of Stubb Playing Fields from Calderdale MBC. The aim of the association is to "safeguard Stubb Playing Fields as an open space for sport and recreational use by the local community. "

The association is currently negotiating with Calderdale MBC for a short term lease of the land whilst at the same time working towards achieving the standards required for an asset transfer.

The AGM for the Stubb Fields Community Association is to be held at the Scout Hut Mytholmroyd Community Centre at 8pm on Wednesday 15th February and everyone is welcome to attend as well as all the current members. If people who are interested cannot attend the AGM they can register their support by email to who will endeavour to keep them informed of progress. - posted 11th February, 2012


Eight weeks of road misery for motorists

DRIVERS have been warned to expect eight weeks of disruption and delays when work begins on improving a pedestrian crossing in the centre of Mytholmroyd. Work is due to start next week on widening and repaving the footpath outside the Memorial Gardens and reducing the width of Burnley Road. According to Calderdale Council, the changes should encourage motorists to drive more slowly and give that section of road more of a "town feel". Contractors will be on site seven days a week. Halifax Courier Tuesday 7 February 2012 More here

- posted 7th February, 2012

New Year's Day Treasure Hunt - Sunday 1 January

The annual New Year's Day Treasure Hunt is a gentle, brisk walk around the scenic countryside of Mytholmroyd, suitable for all the family. Families will receive a sheet of clues and a basic outline of the route to follow. The majority of the walk is on well marked footpaths, taking in spectacular views along the way. The route starts and finishes at Mytholmroyd Fire Station where refreshments and cakes will be served. As the event is now in it's third year, the route will be different from previous years, but will be of similar difficulty. The Treasure Hunt will start at 10.00, but you are invited to start whenever you like, the latest start time is 12.30. The admission is: Adult (2), Child (1), Family (5). The money raised will be donated to The Firefighter's Charity and the White Ribbon Campaign. For more information contact Billy Painter on 07768863233 or - posted 6th December, 2011


A lovely surprise visit from HEBDEN BRIDGE JUNIOR BAND playing on Caldene Avenue, Mytholmroyd on the evening of 20th December 2011. Short VIDEO NOW ON YOUTUBE Here - posted 21st December, 2011

Ted Hughes to take his place at Poets' Corner

Ted HughesThe late Ted Hughes is to receive his place at Poets' Corner in Westminster Abbey at a ceremony in London later.

A memorial stone will bear his name and lines from one of his poems. It will sit at the foot of the stone commemorating his publisher, TS Eliot.

Hughes' widow Carol and daughter Frieda are expected to attend the ceremony for the writer, who died in 1998. The Yorkshireman's friend and fellow poet Seamus Heaney will give a reading at the event.

"I think Ted would be utterly honoured to be at the foot of TS Eliot and he would indeed be honoured to be in the corner," Heaney told BBC News.

"He was a poet of England and though he may not have been as conventional a member of the Anglican church as TS Elliot was, he had basically a religious vision so he would be very happy to be in the Abbey. BBC website More Here

Image "Study for a portrait of Ted Hughes" by Reginald Gray

Reginald Gray's website - posted 6th December, 2011

BEWARE! - Wheel Clamping in Mytholmroyd

On Thursday 1st December I was clamped at the Launderette in Mytholmroyd; I live in the village and was totally unaware of the scruffy very badly positioned sign. I dropped some boots in to Dougie's Bike/Shoe Repairs, returned immediately to my car and was shocked to see the clamp; within 10 seconds two 'heavies' appeared demanding £150 to release the clamp. More here

- posted 5th December, 2011

Mytholmroyd Christmas Tree Lights Switch On.


AND Here

- posted 26th November, 2011

The Mayor Cllr Scott Trickett, Amy, Marcus, Emily, Natalie and special guest Father Christmas welcome you to the Christmas Tree Light Switch On. St Michael's Square, Mytholmroyd from 4.45pm on Saturday, 26th November 2011.



- posted 24th November, 2011


Just to warn you a friend got approached by a guy in a red van trying to pull this "memory foam mattress scam" outside the chippy in Mytholmroyd. Please let resident's know about it. James Baker MORE here

- posted 16th November, 2011


The lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe

Touring as "A spectacular rendition of Irita Kutchmy's musical take on The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe by St Michael's Amateurs. The play is being shown between Tuesday 22nd and Saturday 26th November at St Michael's Parish Hall in Mytholmroyd, and full details are available HERE.

It features choreography by the award-winning Rowena Sweeney, and a host of larger-than-life characters played by locals young and old. Don't miss this fantastic, heart-warming piece of festive escapism!"- posted 6th November, 2011


Today's dedication ceremony for the new head for the soldier was attended by hundreds of people in Mytholmroyd.

Video clips of the ceremony are: here



and here

Video of the The 1940s celebration in St Michael's Hall is here

With an impressive performance of the Charlston Stroll while people queued for Wooton Pie: here

Photo left - Jade Smith having a well-earned cuppa with some of the soldiers who took part. - posted 16th October, 2011



The people of Mytholmroyd are being invited by Royd Regeneration and Calderdale council to a grand dedication ceremony where the new head to the memorial statue will be unveiled.

The ceremony, planned for Sunday 16th October will begin at 2.15 at St Michael's Square, from where a procession to the Memorial Garden will leave. The statue will be unveiled by Mrs Barbara Jeffrey, whose father Gilbert Hartley opened the garden on 11th July 1922. "I never imagined I would follow in my father's footsteps in this way," said Barbara, "it is a great honour to unveil the statue that commemorates those who never came home. Many local people were very upset when the original head was stolen" she continued.

Royd Regeneration has also teamed up with Pennine Horizons who have many un-named photographs of soldiers and nurses who went to war. "It would be a great help to us if we could get members of the public to identify people in these photos" said Frank Woolrych. More info here - posted 9th October, 2011


"Keep Safe. Keep Warm. Keep Well" event at Mytholmroyd Community Centre on Weds 19 October (from 10.00am to 2.00pm) 20 ORGANISATIONS - Fire service, Ambulance, Police, Age Concern, Housing and Council services and loads more... FREE ADMISSION. FREE TEA AND COFFEE. FREE CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTORS, POWER DOWNS FOR PCS AND TVS, SMOKE ALARMS ETC - posted 8th October, 2011

HEBDEN BRIDGE PICTURE HOUSE - Have your say! Fill in the survey before 30th October

Hebden Royd Town Council is currently applying to take over the Hebden Bridge Picture House from Calderdale Council.

The current financial climate is likely to limit the ability of Calderdale MBC to invest in the future of the Picture House. A lack of investment in the Picture House could mean that its future becomes less assured.

The aim of Hebden Royd Town Council is to ensure that this much loved resource is able to continue to provide the best possible experience for many years to come and our aspiration is to develop the Picture House into the best single screen cinema in the country. More here - posted 8th October, 2011

Royd Regeneration invite residents to open meeting at St Michael's Church Hall, Mytholmroyd on Tuesday 27th September at 7.30pm.

On the agenda will be the swimming pool and community centre project and the latest plans will be on display, as well as representation from the swimming pool committee. In addition potential improvements to access, signage and interpretation on the Rochdale Canal in Mytholmroyd, as part of a Calderdale-wide bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund will be discussed.

Chairman of Royd Regeneration Eric Alston said: "We remain committed to the future regeneration of the village and are keen for people to come along and hear about what is being proposed. We are always open to ideas for future projects and would like to encourage people to come and talk to us about how they would like Mytholmroyd to develop."

For more information contact Eric on 01422 883911. - posted 23rd September, 2011

BRIDGE RATS BIKE RIDE FOR CALDER VALLEY SEARCH AND RESCUE - THE Bridge Rats are getting on their bikes and trikes to raise money for Calder Valley Search and Rescue. The charity ride, which is part of the motorcycle club's annual fundraising efforts, starts at 11am on Sunday from Mytholmroyd Community Centre car park when both members and non-members will ride to St George's Square, Hebden Bridge. - posted 23rd September, 2011

Table Top Sale & Coffee Morning to be held in St. Michael's Church Hall on Saturday 10th September from 9.00 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. Come along and grab yourself a bargain! - posted 4th September, 2011


Volunteers and others who have been involved with Mytholmroyd Station improvements gathered at The Good Shepherd on Thursday 19th May for a celebration lunch. Harold Wainwright told those present that there were 80 people working at Mytholmroyd Station in it's heyday.

From left to right in this photo - Harold Wainwright - British Railways stationmaster 1961-64, Matt Gibson - Northern Rail station manager West Yorkshire, Caroline Burton - Treasurer Mytholmroyd Station Partnership, Sue Mitchell - Secretary Mytholmroyd Station Partnership, Geoff Mitchell - Chairman Mytholmroyd Station Partnership, Amy Trickett - Mayoress Hebden Royd Town Council, Natalie Trickett, Scott Trickett - Mayor Hebden Royd Town Council, Dr Paul Salveson MBE - founder of the national Community Rail. - posted 22nd May, 2011


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- posted 22nd April, 2011

PACE EGG - MIDGLEY Pace Egg information
- Good Friday 22nd April info and background. - Hebweb

The 2011 Midgley Pace Egg Performances - GOOD FRIDAY 22ND APRIL 2011

08.45 - Banksfield Estate, Mytholmroyd
09.30 - Todmorden
10.30 - Mytholmroyd
11.00 - Holme Street, Hebden Bridge
11.30 - St George's Square, Hebden Bridge
12.15 - The New Delight Inn, Colden
13.15 - The Marina, Hebden Bridge
14.00 - Luddenden Village
14.30 - Midgley
15.00 - Heptonstall
- posted 20th April, 2011


Fourteen year old Megan Masters took 1st prize at the annual Dock Pudding Contest held at Mytholmroyd Community Centre today Sunday 17th April. Jenny Whitehouse came 2nd and Julie Cox third. Hebden Bridge Junior band provided music for the occasion.

See video of the winners receiving their trophies here - posted 17th April, 2011


Photos of some of the volunteers who came along to Mytholmroyd Station and helped to litter-pick in conjunction with the 2011 Hebden Royd Spring Clean. All ages took part - from one year old Matilda Beacroft-Mitchell to somewhat more mature local residents. Geoff Mitchell - 01422 885154 - Chairman - Mytholmroyd Station Partnership - posted 12th April, 2011

RESIDENTS will be declaring war on litter this weekend.

Hebden Royd Town Council's annual spring clean takes place throughout Saturday April 9 and Sunday April 10. Groups taking part include, Calder Valley Search and Rescue, Cragg Vale Community Association, Friends of Hebden Bridge Station, Mytholmroyd Scout Group, Dodnaze Community Association, Mytholmroyd Station Partnership, Steepfields Allotment and Leisure Gardening Society, St John's Church, Cragg Vale, TGI Youth Group - based at St Michael's Church, Mytholmroyd, The Good Shepherd Church, The Green Team at Sweet and Maxwell, and Oakville Road Residents Association. The groups will be tackling Cragg Vale, Mytholmroyd and Hebden Bridge and in return the town council will sponsor them 60. This will either go towards their projects, or to a chosen charity in the case of business groups. The Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team will be tackling the river banks near Hawksclough Bridge, Mytholmroyd. For more information contact Emma Housman on 01422 842181. More - Hebden Bridge Times - posted 7th April, 2011

Obituary: Former civic head Peter Coles, 75

A FORMER Mayor of Calderdale, Peter Coles, has died just weeks after his brother. Mr Coles and wife, Enid, were the Mayor and Mayoress of Hebden Royd in 1994 and Calderdale's civic heads in 1999/2000. He also served on Blackshaw Parish Council for several years. Mr Coles was 75 and represented the Luddenden Foot ward on Calderdale Council from 1994 until May last year, when he decided not to seek re-election. Earlier this year he was made Freemen of the Borough of Calderdale for their history of public service. More - Halifax Courier - posted 2nd April, 2011

Flood response tested in Britain's biggest ever emergency exercise. Next Tuesday children at Burnley Road Primary School in Mytholmroyd, West Yorkshire, will test their evacuation plan and flood sirens will be sounded in Hebden Bridge, Todmorden and Mytholmroyd. Yorkshire Post.- posted 7th March, 2011

New Town Council Website. Hebden Royd Town Council has now launched their brand new website. The website will become the one stop shop for all you need to know about Hebden Royd Town Council. Read more - posted 15th February, 2011

Dramatic video footage of the car on fire following an accident at Mytholmroyd on 19th January on Youtube: here - posted 31st January, 2011

The Annual General Meeting for UCVR Ltd will be held on Friday the 18th of February 2011 at St Michael's Church Mytholmroyd at 11 am. Due to the recent resignation of a number of board members there are now vacancies which we would like to fill. If you are interested in becoming a member of Upper Calder Valley Renaissance Ltd, or would like more information about what's involved, then please contact the chair: James Allison on 01422 883130 or 07984 349921, email: - posted 27th January, 2011

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Old Photographs Gallery

The Alice Longstaff Gallery Collection and the Hebden Bridge Literary and Scientific Society, Local History Section has kindly made available to the Mytholmroyd Net a selection of old photographs relevant to Mytholmroyd.

Mytholmroyd Charity Demonstration
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Caldene Bridge

Above left is from the 1914 Mytholmroyd Charity Demonstration - the forerunner of the Mytholmroyd Gala. Above right is Caldene Bridge.

More images from the collection

Outside the 
Hinchcliffe Arms?Schoolchildren

See more old Photos - of Mytholmroyd - The Royal Oak when it was thriving, floods, procession through Mytholmroyd and Burnley Road with tram.

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From Brian Mottershead
Pembroke, Ontario, Canada
Old Pictures

Have enjoyed your collection of older pictures on the website. My brother and I were perusing them last week and were surprised that we knew several people. We both went to Calder High School 1951 to 1956. I have lived in Canada since '56 and my brother now lives in California. So, thought you might be interested in this picture taken at Calder High about 1952 or 53. The cast of a school play, which as I recall wasn't very good, even though I was in it! I know names of about half the people and would be interested in hearing from anyone who recognizes him or herself.

Calder High Play 1953

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