Our great Carol Singers were off travelling again in 2013

Thanks to  Northern Rail station manager, Matt Gibson and his colleagues, stars from Burnley Road Academy made a fine show on the trains to/from Sowerby Bridge.

Thanks also to Sowerby Bridge Jubilee Refreshment Rooms and ‘our’ Lyn at the Shoulder of Mutton.

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Training the Carol (Singers).


Exif_JPEG_PICTUREFor a complete change – we organised the Annual Carol Sing to be on a train journey – to Sowerby Bridge, and back.

Our Northern Rail Station Manager, Matt Gibson did a  marvellous job getting all the event to work so well – assisted by his staff Diana and dave.

Mytholmroyd Station Partnership’s last event of our calendar year took place on Wednesday evening when more than twenty excited youngsters from Burnley Road Academy lined up on Platform 2 – ready and waiting for the 16.44 train to Sowerby Bridge.

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They were accompanied by the Mayor of Hebden Royd Town Council, Cllr Christine Davenporte; Head of School, Ms Pam Savile,  the choir leader, Geraldine Wrathall   parents and friends together with Northern Rail manager, Matthew Gibson, who had organised and  arranged the trip, with his two colleagues.  

Mytholmroyd Station Chairman, Geoff Mitchell acted as co-ordinator and all round good egg.

The children sang for the homeward bound travellers to Sowerby Bridge; they sang on the station; and they sang in the Jubilee Rooms – and to their delight sang for Santa Claus who very generously handed out some gifts for an evening’s hard work; while the adults gratefully supped hot cups of coffee all provided by Northern Rail and brewed by Chris Wright of The Jubilee Room.

The programme of traditional and not so traditional carols was sweetly sung, and included some solos, and 4-part harmonies. They were patiently directed, and urged on by their teacher Geraldine who obviously got as much from the singing as we friends, travellers and teachers and officials did.

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But the evening was not yet complete – back on the train for Mytholmroyd, singing sweetly as ever, where they joined their waiting parents in the newly re-furbished Shoulder of Mutton.

 Lyn and John Hartley, proprietors, had been keen to welcome the Burnley Road Academy to the Shoulder as they wanted to thank the school for the thoughtful gift of wine and chocolates presented to them when they were coping with the aftermath of the devastating floods of June.


 Warm drinks and biscuits were freely available to friends and relatives.

Mytholmroyd Station Partnership thanked Matt Gibson, Dave, Diana from Northern Rail, Cllr Christine Davenport, Burnley Road Academy pupils and teachers and all who participated for a memorable evening.

Mytholmroyd Station Partnership is open to anyone who wishes to join a friendly group of people who have transformed the village railway station to an attractive and welcoming feature of the Upper Calder Valley.

For further details – Phone 885154 or email myt.station@btinternet.com

All made a very enjoyable evening – and not forgetting the inpromtu Father Christmas who stepped into his boots at the last minute!


Our own MBEEEEEs

No,  not those sort who want to protect their coverted fox-hunting in the Chilterns from the evil High Speed Rail Mk2.

Paul and Mary richly deserve to have been done at the Palace –

they have contributed so much towards the community stations that we now have in the Calder Valley.

Prof. Paul Salveson MBE and Mary Clear MBE

Paul and Mary after our first Station Carol Sing 2007
Mary & Fred (plus grandson) at t'Palace