Following my earlier New Year’s update, the last few days have been most encouraging – thanks to the latest trustees on the Board of the Charitable Incorporated Organisation.
Three younger women have joined– first up was Sarah Grundy – retired Make-up Artist Manager from Manchester TV world now resident in Hebden Bridge. Followed by Nicky King, retired medic and recent arrival to Mytholmroyd, whose skills are many and varied; joined by friend Katie Bates, retired civil servant now doing all sorts, that includes her trusteeship with the Station Building. Together, these three young women have set the pace. Ideas, ideas, more ideas – but plenty of action as well.
The Apprenticeship Project: Calderdale College has introduced a new qualification – T Level in Business Studies. Following two years of study and practical experience successful students will be awarded an equivalent of three A levels. The Course will cover various aspects of business protocol, including Charity Administration Rules and Regs, the Railway, local businesses, arranging local events – the list is long. And will be of benefit to the community as well as the CIO. There are two students are eager to start the T Level Qualification aligned with the Station Building here in Mytholmroyd. No panic, start date is the 2nd of February 2023.
Difficult, well impossible, to house the students in a building that has no electricity, water, heating etc etc. Thinking caps on for appropriate accommodation for one day (Thursdays) a week for two years; 45 hours over that time.
Nobody scuttled away, all worked together resulting in emails posted to two local businesses.
Mytholmroyd Businesses came up trumps – our request to Mark Coup, Director of Welcome Independent Living in New Road came flying back, almost within the hour, welcoming the project and offering use of its space; plus a very supportive letter from Heidi Bingham, DirectorThe Chapel on Hall Bank Lane.
Darren Allsop,Stakeholder Manager Eastern Region,Northern Trains welcomed this initiative and offered help and support for its success.
He referred the trustees to Richard IsaacCommunity Manager Eastern Region Northern Trains the specific request for rail passes for the two students. Thank you, Darren and Richard.
The dye is cast; the trustees, together with Calderdale College Reps will be inspecting the new premises soon and are confident that this Project will be up and ready for the start date of 2nd of February 2023.
The following day there was an interesting and helpful meeting with Andrew Curran, Dermot Skelly and contingents from Network Rail. Another visit around the building: the overwhelming feeling of Trustees and Network Rail Management is that ‘something should be done’ the current weather pattern is doing the building’s fabric no good at all. The hope is that funds already in place could be used to start remedial works on the building, insulation perhaps, electrical installation?
Altogether, working together the aspiration of seeing this listed Grade II building re-used for the benefit of the community now and for the future generations is possible.