Mytholmroyd Net

Mytholmroyd on the WWW
From Nigel Lloyd
Sunday, December 31, 2000

Looking into the valley I'm thinking "what a beautiful end to 2000". Happy New Year to anyone visiting the Mytholmroyd.Net website and a special best wishes to Frances Robinson and Pennine Pens the creators of the site....Thanx for putting us on the internet map. :)

From Christine Bampton-Smith
Saturday, December 30, 2000

Your Luddendenfoot Ward Councillors for Calderdale, Jane Brown, Christine Bampton-Smith and Peter Coles send all their constituents New Year Greetings.

Please contact us if you need any help or advice relating to Calderdale and its services. Our contact addresses are

Jane (881072)
Christine (881073)
Peter (844335)

From Jack R. Sutcliffe
Chagrin Falls, OH 44022, USA
Tuesday, December 19, 2000

I was quite pleased when I found this site. My grandfather lived at Hawksclough Farm and my father was raised at Throstle Nest Farm in North Mytholmroyd. This was in the early 1900's.

My wife has had the pleasure of visiting the Calder Valley area in 1980 and has seen Throstle Nest, but alas I have not been able to yet. I am retired now and a visit to the area is high on my agenda.

I don't suppose there are any of my close relatives still living in the area. I would be pleased if anyone knowing any Sutcliffe connections would contact me.

I have ordered a copy of "A Tale of Two Towns" and am anxiously awaiting its delivery.

From Barrie Lord
Sydney, Australia
Monday, Wednesday, December 13, 2000

Merry Christmas to all in Mytholmroyd and may 2001 be a good one for all! I remember white Christmas in the valley, snow so deep we could'nt go to school. Walking on the canal to Hebden Bridge, skating on Stub damm. Dances at the Church with necking sessions in the grave yard! Sledging up Banksfields real fast run. Building snow men using coal for their eyes and mouth.Calder High School dance held at the old 'Coop Hall" Hebden Bridge, Allan Whiteoak trio playing for dances, doing the 'Dashing White Sergeant' and having pie and peas for supper.

In Sydney yesterday it was 37' about 110 F..spent the day on the beach in the surf..came home had a few 'ice cold beer'will spend Christmas with my 3 children plus 7 grandchildren...where did the years go

Lots of love from OZ, Baz and Sybil.

From David Potts
Saturday, December 9, 2000

Hi to all in 'Royd !!

Just found the site today and spent a happy hour going through all the photos, made me feel quite homesick ! Sorry to read though about the vandals damaging the Christmas decorations, it must be heartbreaking for those public-spirited guys who donate their time and effort for the good of the village.

Happy Christmas to all (apart from the vandals!!) in Mytholmroyd.
David & Anne

From Laura Halstead
Toronto, Canada
Friday, November 10, 2000

I lived in Mytholmroyd from '70 - '78 and attended Calder High School from '75 - '81, so if anyone recognises my name, it would be great to hear from you.
I've lived in Canada since '88 and manage a visit to the U.K. about once every 2 - 3 years.

My mother is one of 11 kids, known as the Boylan's (9 girls and 2 boys), and lived on Nest Lane (a long time ago).

While viewing the list of messages on "Views" I saw one name that I recognised.
Hi Lorraine Canty.

Keep up the good work. Would love to see pics from CHS. I agree, Hebden House (though I used to sneak into Elphin) was the best :-).

Ta ta for now.

From John Mcleod
Maroochydore, Australia
Friday, November 10, 2000

Great web site!, Have not heard of any of the old 3rd Company luddenden Foot Boys Brigade lads until I saw one of the lads on your site, intouch with Peter Murtagh and John Reeves, now any more out there of the old days? especially form 3c Calder High in the 50's.

Anybody out there in Luddenden Foot or Mytholmroyd remembers this 60yr old bloke from the good old days of the 50's, surely I am not the only old f--- that can use a computer?, get those arthratic hands working, call me on this very good site, for getting in touch with old friends its a beut.

From Emma Constantine
Monday, November 6, 2000

Oh!!! This site makes me homesick!!! I'm at uni at the mo and won't see the hills of Mytholmroyd for another 6 weeks!!!:0( I'll just have to console myself with the mountains, sheep and coast of Wales instead!! Excellent site!

From Enid Pfeiffer
Shingletown California
Tuesday, October 31, 2000

This is really great as my sister lives there whom l havent seen since 1945 and so nice to see the countryside l will visit it often to get all the news keep up the good work and thankyou for a very informative view of the area

From Barrie Lord
Olympic City Of Sydney Australia
Monday, October 23, 2000

Hi Frances got you 'Down Under"..great work..much better than Hebden Bridge (eh?..bit of rivalry now) my friend Richard Gibson formerly of Hebden Bridge will be over in a few days and will pick up a video for me...using English pounds...our dollar is real 'crook'!!will write more soon. baz

From John Mcleod
Maroochydore, Australia
Friday, October 20, 2000

Great web site!, Have not heard of any of the old 3rd Company luddenden Foot Boys Brigade lads until I saw one of the lads on your site, intouch with Peter Murtagh and John Reeves, now any more out there of the old days? especially form 3c Calder High in the 50's.

From John Reeve
Longwood, Florida, USA
Monday, October 9, 2000

Hello from across "The Pond" in Florida. Moved here in 1994 supposedly to retire. I was at Calder High School from 1951-1956, worked in HB till 1974 then moved due to Local Govt Re-organization to Calderdale Council. Played soccer for the 3rd Halifax Boys Brigade at Ludd/foot Conregational Church in the Fifties.

Look forward to hearing from anyone who knew me. Great to see your site and see my daughter and grandson in the pictures of the Mytholmroyd Gala this year. Keep up the good work! Check out our business site to find out what we do over here in Florida:
John & Polly Reeve.

From Chris Leech
Gt. Brickhill, UK
Sunday, October 8, 2000

Great to see The Royd has a Web site, I dont get to the valley too often, but every time I do it still feels like I am coming home, even thuogh I have been an affet southerner for 25 years now. Would Like to hear from anyone from the C.H. 6th form , years 73-75. Have a pint of Taylors for me someone I miss it!

From Lois Dyer
Wednesday, October 4, 2000

Hey! I was at Calder High from 1993-98 from the 1st to 5th form. I still keep in touch with some of the old crew but some people just disappear dont they? If any of these 'missing people' want to get in touch I would really welcome it! Miss the old place and just want to wish it happy birthday-many happy and not so happy memories about it!!!

From Matt Edmonds
Saturday, September 30, 2000
Hi! This is Matt Edmonds This message to all who were at Calder High School: 1981 - 1986 1Y - 5YH, Hebden House the best at the school.

Trying to track down the old class: Matt Blakeley, Janine Uttley, Jill Moyse, Rick Butterworth, Phil Gibson, Fiona Kershaw, Nicola Sanderson - where are you guys and what are you upto?

After leaving the area and gaining an professional qualifications in Horticulture - I worked for the 3rd largest tree surgery company in the UK for 5 years as arborist teamleader.

After climbing it, felled it, seen it etc, I got bored and switched careers. Now work for Whitbread Plc - at the Whitbread Hotel Company: I'm the Bars Manager at the 5 star Marriott Hanbury Manor Hotel golf & country club,

So get in touch.
Regards from the Manor

From Nicola Walsh
Thursday, September 28, 2000

To Christine Bampton Smith

I was really surprised to read your name on the Mytholmroyd net. You probably dont remember me but you taught me Social Studies as part of the NNEB course I took in 1989-90. Just thought I say hello and that people are reading the Mytholmroyd net. Anyway thankyou
Regards Nicola Walsh (NNEB 2B)

From Michael C. Butterfield
Fredericton,NB, E3C 1P3, Canada
Tuesday, September 26, 2000

Absolutely wonderful to see the pictures of Mytholmroyd. It has been sixteen years since I have trodden there. These pictures will make it easier until I can come again.

Has anyone seen my uncle John Broadbent?

From John Mcleod
Maroochydore, Australia
Saturday, September 16, 2000

Any Moderna workers of the 50,s out there? any of Henry Gaunts era?

From John Mcleod
Maroochydore, Australia
Saturday, September 16, 2000

Good photos of the old place, question is it the same Nigel Loyd who asked me about if I knew his father?

Does not seem to be a lot of locals use this net why!!!!.

From Greg and Sue Wolfe
Calre, USA
Saturday, September 16, 2000

We did a 7 week pulpit exchange in Mytholmroyd in 1989, serving primarily the Methodist Churches of Mytholmroyd, Blackshaw Head, Ludden, and the URC at Luddenden Foot.

This website brings back many wonderful memories of our time there in 1989 as well as on a return visit in 1994. Most of the photos are of familiar scenes - the old Manse, Woodleigh, is even visible in one of them. Makes us "homesick" for a place we have come to love.

The friendships we formed while there have been the greatest blessing - with numberous visits to America by many Royders. We look forward to the continuing association which God began for us all 11 years ago.

In the meantime, we look forward to "keeping up" through the website - keep up the good work!

From David Norrish
East Kilbride, Scotland
Wednesday, September 13, 2000

Just found the web site.
Great to look at photos down 'royd
Very interesting web site.

From Anne Handley
Wednesday, September 13, 2000

Interesting, isn't it! To see how people behave when they are deprived of fossil fuels. It brings out the best and the worst in people - sharing lifts and walking to the shops is good, but syphoning of petrol from parked cars is apalling. It's a useful insight into how it will be when the resources run out. What does it take to convince people that the supply of fossil fuels IS finite (and that that is a fact, not just some theory that the scientists will over-ride with a more acceptable one). As individuals we can take this temporary fuel crisis as a warning and make plans to use our cars less and more efficiently, buy more efficient vehicles, use more local services, and take the train more etc. Lets treat it as a trial run! But the only effective action we can take in the end is to vote for a government that will take environment and resource issues seriously and reflect that in the issues of fuel tax, car tax, public transport, farming matters, small local businesses, in fact in all their policies. It doesn't look as if Tony Blair's government is going to do that!

From Jackie & Lorraine Canty
Friday, September 8, 2000

We are looking for anyone who thinks they know us from Calder High and would like to hear from you. 1974-1980. Hi to Tim Worrall from Lorraine and Mick.

From David Wolfe
Milford, Indiana, USA
Thursday, September 7, 2000

I would like to say the royd net page is something else. It was nice to see the village again. I have visited your home twice in different years. My father preached at your churches. The experiences were many and the memories enjoyable. Keep up the good net page.

From Rennie Gonyea-MacDougall
Roulette, Pennsylvania, USA
Tuesday, September 5, 2000

What a treat to be able to see pictures of Mytholmroyd and read recent news about the village! I have missed Mytholmroyd greatly since returning to America after my year as the Methodist minister there. Seeing this website brings back wonderful memories. Kudos to all who made it possible.
God Bless,

From Tim Worrall
Monday, September 4, 2000

Good to see royd on the net. is there a Calder high guest book on the net. it would be good to search old friends out. 75' was the year.

A Salute to Ted Hughes
From Christine Bampton-Smith
Monday, August 28, 2000

A Salute to Ted Hughes, August 27th
Presented by Barrie Rutter of Northern Broadsides
It was a privilege and delight to enjoy, with a large audience in the Good Shepherd, the poetry reading of Ted Hughes' work, by Barrie Rutter.

In the first half we were treated to a varied selection of poems, including many humorous children's animal works. After Pimms and canapes in the interval we settled down to the philosophy of Crow followed by extracts from Alcestis, Ted Hughes' last work which is to be Premiered by Northern Broadsides at the Viaduct - Dean Clough, in September.

The quality of the entertainment was in the power of the readings and the background information that Barrie Rutter gave. Poetry came alive!

Calder High -83
From Lee Collyer
San Diego, USA
Wednesday, July 26, 2000

Hi, I grew up in Mytholmroyd back in 'the day'. I now live in California and I am trying to contact folks that I went to high school with. I was in the 5th form @ Calder High in 83 and spent one year in the lower 6th. My parents are Bob and Ann and they were regulars at 'the Shoulder'. Is there anybody out there that can 'throw me a bone' because I would really like to find out what happened to some of my old school peeps. Surf's up, Lee

From David Dobbie
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Monday, July 17, 2000

It would be nice to see a photo(s) of Calder High in your photo section.

Mytholmroyd on the WWW
From Nigel Lloyd
Saturday, July 15, 2000

Good luck with the site, I shall be visiting it on a regular basis. It`s top of my favourites list. Putting Mytholmroyd (centre of the universe) on the WWW is fantastic.

Anne Handley
Thursday, July 6, 2000

Do any of you work from home in Mytholmroyd, like I do? Perhaps we could get together and compare notes about the pros and cons, like being in when the washing machine repair man comes or parcels are delivererd or if your car breaks down, but not having work colleagues to chat to over coffee. If you are interested, a group of us meet at lunchtime in the White Lion in HB on the first Friday of the month (ie tomorrow) and hold a pretty well attended 'do' at Christmas time. Either way, it would be nice to make contact with like-minded people locally, especially as I've only just moved to Mytholmroyd.

Sunday, July 2, 2000
Does anyone out there have any history on Ewood Cottages, Midgley Road, Mytholmroyd please?
Jo Tatham

From: Hilary Shackleton
To: The Editor, Hebden Bridge Times

When I am asked, Where do you come from? I usually give a geographical location like West of Halifax or Near Hebden Bridge so that people know where Mytholmroyd is. Last week in Lancashire I was asked that question and I tried to promote Mytholmroyd by giving its name. The comment was, You mean the Welsh part of Yorkshire? She had heard of us!

In the recent flooding of the Calder Valley in which many homes and businesses were destroyed Mytholmroyd was not mentioned on local or national radio or TV. Even the Hebden Bridge Times had no photographs of this area and I know that there has been devastation here.

Mytholmroyd people, though, are getting on with their lives in their usual way, knowing that they enjoy their beautiful homes and gardens, three gorgeous churches, excellent primary and secondary schools, friendly pubs, fascinating coiners and industrial history held close between wonderful picturesque hillsides.

But wait... I hear there is a new book out shortly naming Mytholmroyd in the title. Are we at last to find fame in a book by a local author or this fame at any price?

From John Mcleod
Maroochydore/ Brisbane/Qld, Australia
Tuesday, June 6, 2000
Used to live in Mytholmroyd before coming to Australia in 1969, great to see it on the Internet!.Lived in Luddenden Foot then went to Calder High School in the 50's, like to say hello to all my school mates if they are alive.

From Cllr Jane Brown & Christine Bampton-Smith
Monday, June 5, 2000

After going around Mytholmroyd and Hebden Bridge on Sunday morning after the flood we were horrified at the devastation caused by the freak flood.

Many residents and shopkeepers were angry that the early warning system was anything but early. By the time a lot of people received the telephone call, to say that the rivers were on red alert, they were stood in feet of water. We have asked for this to be looked into and we are now awaiting a full report from the Environment Agency.

We will be calling for a better warning system to be put in place and the entire upper valley Liberal Democrat Councillors will be trying to secure more money to improve the flood defence system throughout this valley.

Many residents in Mytholmroyd were asking us was the expensive flood alleviation scheme working? We have enquired about this and are awaiting a reply. As soon as we know the answer to this and many other questions we will let people know.

People have lost so much. We are hoping that some local charities will step in to help with some of the more urgent and pressing cases It will take a long time for people to rebuild their homes and businesses and some will probably never regain what they had.

Most business that sold food and drink will have had a visit from the Environmental Health team by the end of the week. They are visiting people and offering advice. The Council has also been out all week distributing disinfectant to as many homes as possible to help with the clean up operation.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all the volunteers that turned out to help. Even through the devastation the community spirit is very strong and a pleasure to witness.

I would like to find Richard Dean's (grandson of Russell Dean, son of Bob Dean) email address. Can you help me? I am a family relation from Canada.
Angela (Whiteley) Koderman, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Friday, June 2, 2000

Barrie Lord - Alan Brooks remembers you but he isn't on the Internet yet - even though his picture is on the Mytholmroyd site - working on finding other people who remember the ......times.....
Frances Robinson, Mytholmroyd
Monday, May 29, 2000

Best wishes on the new web page..nice to hear that Mytholmroyd is now on the 'map'..still love the Valley always will..all the best from 'down under'!
Barrie Lord, Sydney, Australia (Convicts)
Saturday, May 27, 2000

I saw your website with picture of Alan Brooks. would be interested in contacting/hearing about Stephen Brooks, an old school friend.
David Dobbi, Halifax, Canada
Tuesday, May 23, 2000

Congratulations to
Monday, May 1, 2000

Congratulations to İAs a local Calderdale and Town Council Councillor for, and resident in, İMytholmroyd I am really excited İthat we have our own website. İThere are lots of good things happening in the area that need to be publicised, and this presents the ideal opportunity for local businesses and groups.

If readers need any help or information regarding Calderdale or Hebden Royd Town Council, please contact me via e-mail or İİİİİİ İİİİİİtelephone on:- İ01422 881073.

Christine Bampton-Smith

Message from Jane Brown
Thursday, April 20, 2000

This is just a quick note to wish you well with this site. I am in contact with quite a lot of people who used to live here (Family & friends) I have no doubt they will visit the site often.

I hope that you are going to do a guest book as on the H.B site. If you do an address book please include my e-mail as I am a Calderdale councillor.

Thanks again for doing this site.

Message from Jon Duerden
Thursday, April 20, 2000

I have just been on the Mytholmroyd site and the Hebden one. I am impressed with the Hebden one, If you can get yours anything like it will do, So I think I will be interested,

Message from the Mayor of Calderdale
Thursday, April 20, 2000

As Mayor of Calderdale, and one of the Councillors for the ward which includes Mytholmroyd, I wish the site well and hope it will help in a major way with the regeneration of Mytholmroyd.

If you would like to mention another publication Sephton Enterprise Publications has produced, "Chasing Shadows" by Bill Marsden and Peter Coles, a book of local short stories by Bill and Poems and Pictures by me, this might help my nominated Mayoral appeal "The Calderdale Community Foundation".

All the profits from the sale of this book go to this Charity. It is available from Lacy House Farm, Charlestown, Hebden Bridge HX7 6PN, Tel 01422 844335 or 843335

Peter Coles

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