For 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.
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.
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.
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
Dogoil – good for bones!
She moved thru the room
Resplendant in pink – our Bard
She’s done it again.
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!
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.
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.