Community Stations – Can be fun!

One of the great things about getting involved with Community Rail is meeting some really interesting and nice folk. Most of the volunteers involved with their stations are dedicated to the communities as much as they might be interested in the railways – certainly not a load of train-spotters! One such group is at Irlam over in Lancashire – where the station building has been renovated into a super bistro/cafe with community meeting rooms. Loads of old railway pictures and bits ‘n pieces. A fascinating place with really nice dedicated staff and station volunteers superbly assisted by the Trustees and staff of the Hamilton Davies Trust. Well worth the visit – as some Mytholmroyd station volunteers did on November 3rd.

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OK toberfest at t’station

Greetings – another very busy time at the station.

Thanks everyone who helped spreading the word about the community consultation for the station building.

The responses have all been collected by the Consultants who are expecting to present the Trustees with their recommendations in a few weeks time.

In the meantime, a Charitable Incorporated organisation has been registered for – The Station Building, Mytholmroyd (1174609)

Objectives include a Hub for the benefit of all the local community and an element of local history.

Some photos attached of our annual Twinning event with our friends from Bentham station.

Super photos by our friend Paul Bigland – taking a break from his usual photo commissions from the international railways.

Super guests – from the Queen’s representative Chris Harris, Pat Fraser our local town Mayor, Railway and Community managers and leaders – and not forgetting the ‘army’ of Pie and Peas makers and our own volunteers complete with their cake-making skills.

A fantastic event – thank you everyone and just want we wanted showing how community rail – CAN BE FUN !!!

Next meeting will be at the Shoulder of Mutton on Tuesday 10 October – agenda to follow.

Hope to bring back some Awards from the national Community Rail event in Derby this week.

Why not join our happy, friendly team?

Just preparing our 2018 plans for even more community involvement in our village railway station

Contact Sue or Geoff on 885154 or

myt.station@btinternet.com

Station building – latest 30 July

The Station Building, Mytholmroyd

Well, we have only been waiting and hoping for seven years or more!.

We have got used to one step forward and two backwards – that is to be expected with such a large project we have undertaken – to convert the disused station building into a Community Hub.

Run by the community – for the community.

So far, ten volunteers have agreed to be Trustees of the charity which will be responsible for the project – our application is with the Charity Commissioner with the prime Objective being the renovation and preservation of the Station Building.

The Trustees-in-waiting have  appointed consultants  Rose Regeneration to undertake a Feasibility on the building project – www.roseregeneration.co.uk

We shall be trying to include a meaningful community consultation – which we hope will involve YOU which could be by email, postal or personal meetings.

Our aims/visions is  for the provision of a COMMUNITY HUB for MYTHOLMROYD; its sustainability and usage for the future generations.

Our original vision was   facilities for start-up units for small business, artists’ studio space, hot-desk facilities as well as ground-floor community room.

Northern Rail may wish to use the second floor for staff accommodation.

We are awaiting Network Rail to sign their Order for Stage 1 to start this October

The building charity will be taking the premises on a full repair and insurance lease – so it will have to be viable without being dependent on annual Grants and Subsidies.

Facilities for suitable trading units that do not conflict with any existing business in the vicinity are possible.

Public consultation meetings are planned– where viable proposals will be outlined for local community to consider their participation.

Mytholmroyd station project has received considerable assistance from Network and Northern Rail management  together with Hebden Royd Town and Calderdale Councils  and the Architectural Heritage Fund.

 

From Bug hotels to Clogs

There is a bit of a change here in Mytholmroyd – we’ve had rain, but also some sun. The resulting overblown, wild appearance of our embankments is causing concern here abouts. We are definitely not a ‘parks and garden’ environment, but even I have to concede that something must be done! The recently installed ‘bug hotels’ are being hidden from view by rampaging we..ds, I mean wild flowers! Therefore the tidy brigade will be in sight very soon!

Last week we enjoyed a visit from our young artists of the local Academy – Burnley Road; the ‘unveiling ceremony’ of the youngsters’ art was done by the Mayor of Hebden Royd Cllr Pat Fraser whose elegant poise was not disturbed by the arrival of a Shield Insect on the back of her neck – the scholars to the rescue as they gently removed the bug – obviously a visitor to our 4*Pollinators hotel exploring the available treasures of ‘Royd! A fitting finale enjoyed by everyone, including our Mayor – I think… but it was definitely a happy event. Thank you every one!