Well done everyone !!!!

Station volunteers, the children of Scout Road, the directors of Calder Weaving and the great and good of our railway system and local councils  descended on the community railway station of Mytholmroyd on June 22.

A super  lunch was enjoyed – thanks to Lisa at the Shoulder, Fr John, Mary and Anne at the Good Shepherd and Station Secretary Sue for the goodies.

A few photos by our friend = Gerald of Bentham

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More photos to follow shortly

Do not fret – Hector is alright!

Amazing while he was being gently removed from his perch on the station banking – and since it was feared the worst had happened to him – folk have been querying his whereabouts.

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The artist creator of Hector Sue decided he had had a week facing the Pennine elements and it was time to be retired before anything else happened.

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Hector has now retired back home – and thanks all those who have admired his proud Yorkshire greetings to all our visitors.

What a fantastic event !!

Even this grumpy editor has to admit that the Tour de France event was a resounding success.

Here at the Royd visitors were welcomed by Northern Rail staff – followed by a carnival atmosphere in the village.

Great time – well done and thank you everyone.

Not least the station volunteers who have made the village railway station such an attractive feature..


Preparing to greet the multitude on July 6th

In addition to working to improve the station building, car park (questionnaire is below these photos – thanks) and gardens – Hon. Secretary Sue has been preparing for artwork to be displayed to greet visitors to that cycling event.

Thanks to Northern Rail Matt, Deputy Chairman George display boards were available at the Spring Fayre organised by Fr Gott and his Church of the Good Shepherd. Thanks also to Calderdale Small Grants for their support.

These photos show how local artists will be showing their skills in the coming months.

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Mosaic turns into Community Display

The wonderful Northern Mosaic produced by the students from calder High school finally surcumbed to the Pennine weather up on Platform Two.

We have replaced it with a Display celebrating all the voluntary work and support we have received over the years.

Hope you like it

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Calder High – Summer Hols 2007

Mosaic unveiling 2007

Mosaic unveiling 2007

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Thanks to ACoRP –

Association of Community Rail Partnerships

Would you Believe it ??????

Newly elected Mayor of Hebden Royd, Cllr Karl Boggis starts his first official engagement.
Photos Copyright Paul Bigland

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However –

At our annual unveiling Luncheon when we entertained over 50 guests, it became even more exciting!

Just before we went outside for photographs with out talented local artists, the new Mayor of Hebden Royd Cllr Karl Boggis gave a very thoughtful speech on the value of communities like ours.

Then as our MP Craig Whittaker made an appreciative few words, the event organisers were watching the May blizzard raging outside the windows. The young artists from Cragg Vale school were outside with signs of hyperthermia.

Sue and Geoff Mitchell were quietly saying to themselves – Don’t Panic – DON’T PANIC !!!!

Everything went well in the end – thanks to all our supporters.

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All the above photos are copyright Paul Bigland

Aren’t we lucky?

We always knew we were such fortunate people living in a super area – lots to do for all.

Not only a goodly selection of shops from Framers to accountants, clog-makers to brewers fresh fruit * Veg to travel specialists – and that is just a start.

From a 10 minute bus frequency to Tod or Halifax Markets – even a great trip to Huddersfield on the hourly 901 service.

Then there are the FOUR TRAINS per hour to the BIG cities.

Look no further – we have acclaimed talent right here in the village ——-

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Carole Kirk and Michelle Campbell prepare to present their art for the 2013 Station Community Art displays on the station.

The 2012 Community Station Luncheon and unveiling

Thanks for coming to the station Do – hope you enjoyed it. Wasn’t the food good – well those who came earlier enough or unlike me spent too much chatting around the place!

What a great variety of interesting (50+) people are associated with the Station.

Plans are on-going for our 2013 displays!

It will be the turn of Cragg Vale School artists – and we are receiving some interesting pictures of local history.

Keep them coming – anything up to 1980s with local interest please.

 A great selection of photos of the 2012 ‘Do’ are attached.

 The following is the poetic emails between Sue and the lady in Pink. Too clever by half for me……

 Glorious in Pink

A gal with a mission


Station Bard – Jean

Dogoil – good for bones!

She moved thru the room

Resplendant in pink – our Bard

She’s done it again.

                          Station Do

 The gardening club party was a reet grand affair

Everyone who was anyone just had to be there

The mayor gave a speech, his gold chain just glistened

And Geoff praised us all, and made sure we listened

The man of the moment was dear Father John,

Tending the bar with his usual aplomb

The buffet was good, but I was really bereft

When I went for my trifle – nothing was left

Still, seeing old friends made it all worth while

The sun kept on shining and made everyone smile

The hard work’s paid off, the station’s a stunner

And will still look lovely through all of the summer

by Jean McKay

The Chairman braves the Mytholmroyd sun to welcome our special guests.
Click on a picture to see the fine details!
Off they step from our ‘beloved’ Pacer
Welcome back stationmaster Harold, and to Brian (ACoRP) Barnsley all the way from the Penistone LIne.
Brand new Deputy mayor of Hebden Royd, Cllr Karl Boggis comes to face his first public engagement.
He is off ! – and what a good start Karl made, most enjoyable.

In between bites of the delicious lunch provided by Lyn of the Shoulder of Mutton and refreshing drinks supplied by Fr John Gott and Hon. Secretary Sue – we heard how our voluntary efforts are apprecited by the wider community.

Bemused whether the red braces will keep the Hon. Chairman decent – Brian barnsley tries to explain the wider role of the Association of Community Rail Partnerships and how Mytholmroyd has fittied in to the national scene.
West Yorkshire stations are like what the Forth Bridge use to be like – non-stop attention. We are lucky to have two super chaps – John and Phil of the station contractors, ISS – who do us all proud.
No sooner have they dealt with Walsden and they are fettling the next station along the line. Mytholmroyd was very pleased to be able to give a small token of their appreciation – thanks John and Phil.

Then the highlight of the event was to see the artwork by the scholars of Scout Road Academy – and the artists themselves.

The artwork has been coordinated by local artist Annie Lawson, a generous grant from the Association of Community Rail Partnerships made the 2012 exhibition possible. The displays themselves are a the result of a landfill grant from the Green Business Network – our extended partnership of community groups.


The artistic talent we see here will have the present super-stars of the art world shaking in their designer boots – world poetry in yesteryears what does the future hold for these youngsters?


We attract all sorts of folk to our Annual Community Station lunches. They were all welcome and proved very interesting people to meet and know.
At one of the banner is ‘our’ Stuart Greenwood and hold the string at the other end is ‘our’ new Deputy Mayor, Karl. Then we have Perri Webster, tutor at Calderdale College and some of her Landscaping students who are helping the station prepare for 2012 Yorkshire in Bloom.


Following the unveiling of  our highly acclaimed station displays, it was suggested we collect previously unpublished photographs of Mytholmroyd and district.

Within the first week – we have over 100 new photos!

These will be displayed on the station and hopefully at venues around the area.

We shall also publish them in this Blog.


AND – if you have any photos lurking in a drawer which you think will be interest – please let us know.


email – myt.station@btinternet.com                      Phone (01422) 885154

Click on the picture to enlarge – any comments, names, dates appreciated.

Photographs are credited with either the photographer or the owner who have given permission.

Photo: Tom Foster
Photo: Geoff Mitchell
Photo: Gordon Clarke
Photo: Raymond Stell


More photos from the Tom Foster collection to follow in due course…….