It seems decades since we had a series of meetings about the station building – attended by over sixty local residents with an interest in the derelict station building.
Excellent presentations by community rail experts Paul Salveson and Brian Barnsley and a truly inspirational description of the value of the building and structure by our own conservation expert, Sheena Campbell.
So much hope and enthusiasm followed, with Gilly giving sessions on facilitation and brain storming ideas.
A lot has been happening since then, but until recently not a lot of definitive news to report about the station building.
Since the new train operating company Arriva Trains (Northern Rail) started last April, things have been moving. Details below-
The owners, Network Rail is planning to renovate the building.
A solicitor has been asked to draw up an application to the Charity Commissioner for the Station Group to be registered as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation – to be known as The Station Building, Mytholmroyd CIO.
Then we can commission an independent Feasibility Study to ascertain the demand for a Community Hub in the building – kindly funded by Northern Rail and Hebden Royd Town Council.
If the Study establishes that there is a demand from the local community and a viable Business Plan can be made Northern Rail plan to assist with refurnishing the renovated building.
We hope as many people as possible will be able to contribute to this exciting development in the village.
Further information will be given when the Feasibility consultant. is appointed.
Further details –
2016’s Singalongtheline event has been even better this year – with more than fifty guests enjoying the experience of traveling to Sowerby Bridge and back – a little different from the usual commute in that over thirty of them were pupils from our three primary schools here in Mytholmroyd.
The children, from Burnley Road, Cragg Road and Scout Road school choirs joined together to sing for their supper, as it were. Bemused passengers looked on, smiled and applauded these lovely youngsters for their efforts.
The group were extremely well organised, and behaved impeccably on the platforms with regard to safety issues; the railway station is a safe environment as long as we remember that trains can’t swerve, or slow down quickly..
At Sowerby Bridge – who should be waiting to escort the happy band – but Father Christmas!
He smiled and waved and led us all into the ‘Jubilee Rooms’ to be greeted with warmth and applause, and ‘pop’ by Andrew and Chris Wright and friends before the children settled in to create a wave of happy singing as they waited for Santa to chat to each of them (and to receive a gift)
Then back on the train to ‘Royd – where parents and friends were waiting to collect them in the welcoming warmth of the Shoulder of Mutton. More music, excitement, mince pies, laughter and love.
The whole event lasted over three hours – but took much longer to organise – so it’s thanks to Northern’s Paul Barnfield and his management staff who funded and supported our event, the Mayor of HRTC , Cllr Tony Hodgins and Hazel Scrivens his Consort, our Deputy Lord Lieutenant of West Yorkshire Chris Harris – with Joseph, to the Head teachers and children of our schools, to Santa (unnamed as we will want to use him again! Be warned) The shoulder of Mutton, The Jubilee Rooms – and of course the Station Partnership members who all enjoyed the pie and pea supper afterwards
All pictures by Paul Bigland.
A start on the long road to converting the disused station building into a community hub for the village.
What we need now is a Business Plan for the whole building that would –
Generate at least £12k net income per year to cover the building maintenance. This excludes any staffing costs or maintenance for a lift.
Not to rely on subsidies or grants to cover annual running costs.
It is up to us, the local community ideas please that will contribute towards the running costs and without interfering with existing village businesses.
Mytholmroyd Station New Road Mytholmroyd Hebden Bridge Calderdale
Ref. No: 16/00930/LBC | Received: Wed 13 Jul 2016 | Validated: Wed 13 Jul 2016 | Status: Pending Consideration
- Stabilisation works to building including stripping out of existing rotten floors, installation of concrete ground beam, support columns, replacement floors, re-furbished fireplaces, lintels, frames and windows, and external repairs to masonry including new cast iron rainwater goods. (Listed Building Consent)
We are finding the funding for an independent consultant to conduct a Feasibility study to ascertain a viable community use for the building.
A week ago here in Mytholmroyd the first of two events took place – a twinning ceremony between Bentham and Mytholmroyd!
It was an event full of good humour and wit, hardly surprising because it was Geoff Mitchell, Chair of MSP and Gerald Townson, Chair of FOB who were the hosts, both of whom are well known for their laid-back and warm personalities. After a cracking lunch enjoyed by over 50 guests from ‘Royd and Bentham that included the local Mayors from each area of Yorkshire – Mayor of Hebden Royd Town Council Cllr Tony Hodgins and Mayor of Bentham Cllr Gareth Adams as well as representatives from Northern, ACoRP, Network Rail, local Councillors let al, the fun began.
Speeches from the various guests as well as our own Geoff were all short, to the point and full of humour – presentations of artwork from Mytholmroyd to Bentham, and vice versa were made to seal this new twinning event.
But why? Apart from confirming a friendship that has been created between our two stations’ members – we are all confident that this initiative will encourage other volunteers within the Northern region who would like to ‘adopt’ their station to see that it is achievable and is a worthwhile thing in which to become involved; ‘adoption’ reaches out to the wider community.
After ten years our group is still mostly ‘founder’ membership and we have fun; we have met many people from diverse walks of life and thus broadened and enriched our personal lives. We have created a welcoming gateway from our railway station into the village from the vandalised and unsafe station that it was ten years ago.
We know that Yorkshire is a fabulous County – and that you can easily travel from West to North Yorkshire and back in a day, and enjoy the differing landscapes as you travel by rail through towns, villages, moors and dales. We want you to know – come and see for yourselves.
This is broadly inline with the DfT edict that has been taken up by our new franchisees Arriva Northern; and we have received support and encouragement from our Stakeholder Managers, Pete and John
And it is Bentham’s turn to host us on the 9th of September. Watch this space! I wonder what that Gerald has in store for us!
Following pictures are by Paul Bigland.