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News: August-December 2000



H.B.saints under 14 pictured before their
5.4 win over Greetland in the league cup.


The first snowfall this winter arrived Thursday morning, 28th December



Thanks to: Nigel Lloyd for the bottom two of the above snow photos


Millennium Cultural Activity Grant
Sunday, December 24, 2000

Alan Brooks said today he had received two letters this weekend taking the plans for the regeneration of Mytholmroyd a step further.

Royd Regeneration have been awarded a Millennium Cultural Activity Grant of Two Thousand Pounds from Calderdale to support the cost of a study into the feasability of developing the former railway station to include a Ted Hughes Centre and Library.

Permission has also been granted to investigate the preliminary outline boundary proposals for making parts of Mytholmroyd a Conservation area. If this comes about Mytholmroyd could be eligible for a grant of up to £300,000.00 in grants from English Heritage.



Ted Hughes Centre
Friday, December 15, 2000

A Ted Hughes Centre based at Mytholmroyd Station has been approved. Royd Regeneration hope to receive a grant from the Railway Heritage Trust to cover major renovation. Alan Brooks said he was really please as the grade two listed building had been boarded up for years. If all goes to plan work should commence in the Spring bringing new improvements and development to our village.

Click here or more info on Mytholmroyd and Ted Hughes


Mytholmroyd Christmas Lights
Friday, December 8, 2000

The lights on the Christmas Tree in the Centre of Mytholmroyd have been smashed by vandals so often that any plans to replace them have now been abandoned as money for replacement lights runs out. The tree was left "live" on one occasion presenting a danger to anyone who touched or went near it. Emergency officers were called out in the middle of the night to make it safe.

Other lights along the length of Burnley Road have also been smashed and whilst attempts by Calderdale Council and The Business Initiative Committee to replace them are being made resources are running low.

This is something we all get pleasure from - and especially the children. Thanks to the few - not this year.

Perhaps our cyber tree will be safe!!! Enjoy.



Water Under the Bridge
An evening of comedy and inclement weather at the Carlton Hotel, Hebden Bridge, on Thursday, Nov 30th, at 8pm. £3 on the door (£2.50 concessions).

John Morrison will be reading from his comedy titles: the Bridge books, Women are from Venus, Men are from Mytholmroyd, and some new stuff too. Come along, escape from the rain and reacquaint yourselves with a colourful cast of two-dimensional characters. Enjoy stirring tales about Milltown where, as the tourist brochures insist, "The past meets the present ", and takes a swallow dive into the future.‚ Find an answer to the question that engages us all, especially at this grim time of year: "Why are we here... instead of, say, over there?" Buy some books, signed or defaced‚ the perfect Christmas presents for those uncherished relatives.

A fundraising event for the Hebden Bridge Arts Festival.


Silent Auction - Sunday 26th November from 2.00 pm

Fund raising event for Liz Godfrey's trip to Patagonia for MENCAP Silent Auction of donated art from 8 local artists with wine and cheese nominal charge for wine - all proceeds towards sponsored trip 26th November Sunday afternoon from 2.00 pm. at Liz's house in Heptonstall

Final bids at 4.00 pm - details ring 84 3068

Blizzard and more flooding
Monday, October 30, 2000



The flood warnings went off at 7.00 this morning. By 8.00 heavy snow falling in Mytholmroyd. Julie Webster trying to get from Hebden Bridge reports it took her an hour to get to Mytholmroyd. Callis is flooded, as is Station Road. The buses can't get through and have been stopped. The river in Mytholmroyd continues to rise and people are gathering on Caldene Bridge to watch.



A Tale of Two Towns
Sunday, October 15, 2000

A Tale of Two TownsProduced by Hebden Bridge Old People's Welfare Committee with the assistance of a "Help the Aged Millennium Lottery Award" and shown yesterday at St Michael's Church, Mytholmroyd.

This video is priceless and a must for anyone who has lived /lives in and loves the Calder Valley - in particular Hebden Bridge and Mytholmroyd. We are taken on a journey in time through the two towns from the beginning of the century to the new millennium. There are contributions from people too numerous to mention but be assured you will know many of them - Jack Uttley, Jack Davies, Josie Hartley, Donald Crossley, Sue Riches, Lloyd Greenwood, Joan Laprell, Pete Thomas, pupils from Calder High School and many many more. The old photographs and local scenery and the people interviewed make for delightful viewing.

The video goes on sale this week - enquiries to : Rob Ward 01422 842009. Hebden Bridge & District Old People's Welfare Committee.
Email: robandmavis@cix.co.uk

The video costs £7.00 and as well as being on sale locally can be ordered via the above e-mail address with a small postage and packing element.

A Tale of Two Towns can be purchased from: Mytholmroyd: Adams Newsagents. Abacus. Ron Gough. Donald Crossley. Hebden Bridge: HB Post Office. The Bookcase. Hatchard & daughters.

Don't miss this wonderful chronicle of Hebden Bridge and Mytholmroyd.



A Tale of Two Towns
Saturday 14th October - St Michael's Church Mytholmroyd

A Tale of Two Towns will be shown between 2.00 and 4.00 pm. at St Michael's Church, Mytholmroyd.

This film (directed by Nick Wilding) was funded by the National Lottery and undertaken by the Hebden Bridge Old People's Welfare Committee. It is a chronicle of Hebden Bridge & Mytholmroyd from the turn of the century to today. Presented by Donald Crossley it contains photographs from the Alice Longstaff Collection and Hebden Bridge Camera Club and there are many contributions from people including Jack Uttley our Mytholmroyd historian.

Copies of the video (one and a half hours long) will be available for sale at £7.00


Trek Patagonia
Thursday, September 28, 2000

In March 2001 Liz Godfrey, a parishioner at the Good Shepherd Church, Mytholmroyd, will be trekking in Patagonia, Chile in aid of Mencap.

In the 12 days she will be away over 200 families will be told they have a child with learning difficulties.

Liz works as a support assistant in Calderdale specifically with such children and herself has a niece, Natalia, with Down's Syndrome.

Liz has pledged to raise 2,250 and is appealing for sponsors to help her achieve this target.

Anyone who may be interested can contact her by Telephone at 01422 84 3068 or via e-mail messages to Frances Robinson.



Update on Mytholmroyd Flood Alleviation Scheme and River Rehabilitation
From the Environment Agency
Tuesday, September 19, 2000

Scotts Garage Mytholmroyd
3.15 14th September 2000

Police are at Scotts Garage to supervise the orderly sale of petrol. A tanker delivery has been made today and petrol was limited to emergency services only until 3.30 when anyone was allowed to buy.

Traffic is not allowed to enter the garage from the Mytholmroyd end and anyone joining the queue has to join it from the Hebden Bridge side. Councillor Jane Brown (out to survey the situation) said the queue was going back to Hebden Bridge.

Severe congestion is building up in the middle of Mytholmroyd with single lane traffic only in each direction. By teatime (if the delivery has not run out) everything will probably grind to a halt.



Ted Hughes Centre
Thursday, September 14, 2000
The proposed Ted Hughes Centre in Mytholmroyd was featured on Radio 4's "Today" programme this morning. Click here to listen to an audio clip from the programme which includes Alan Brooks and Donald Crossley talking about the project. (You will need the Real Audio plugin for your browser.)


Petrol Crisis
Wednesday, September 13, 2000

Mytholmroyd was out of un-leaded petrol by Sunday.

The Co-op Supermarket said they weren't really affected yet and similarly Jacksons Supermarket. They thought maybe if it went on until Friday things would be begin to be affected.

Jon Duerden at JMD Hardware had none on Monday morning. He couldn't leave the shop but Peter Brookes from the newsagents took his car to Sheps Garage in HB and filled it up for him. Jon said he was ok until middle of next week. He said he agreed with "what they were doing".

The Baker's shop said business as normal for now.

Delivery of newspapers to the newsagents have been later than normal, but only because they usually make an early delivery of one paper and then do a later one of another paper - whilst this week they delivered them all at once.

The Greengrocers reported that they were managing at the moment - economising on trips being made.

Twelve year old, Ashley Taylor who attends Wardle School may lose his school bus if things continue.

The bike shop may well see an upturn in business by the weekend.



Mytholmroyd Gala
Saturday, August 26, 2000

Mytholmroyd Gala

The heavy rain throughout Saturday morning cast a disappointing forecast on Mytholmroyd's 40th Gala but the crowds turned out anyway - with their umbrellas - to make the best of it. The rain did hold off long enough to allow the procession to proceed through Mytholmroyd only to return quite soon after.

Joan Yardley the first Gala Queen officially opened the Gala to a packed field of loyal supporters.

No doubt many charities will benefit from the time and effort put in by all concerned.

The party will be continuing tonight with a carved buffet and music from the BB Kings at the Community Centre.

Click here for more images of today's 40th Mytholmroyd Gala, and the evening at the Community Centre.


Photo: Peter Coles

Joan Yardley, the first Gala Queen (1960), with Kirsty Greenwood - this year's Gala Queen



Thursday, August 3, 2000

Mytholmroyd Gala celebrates 40 years - 26th August
Mytholmroyd Gala looks like being a bumper affair this year. Many past gala queens will join the procession to the field.

Raffle tickets are on sale for a luxury weekend in the Lake District.

The Burnley Road School will house competitions for baking, flower arranging, wine making, handicrafts, horticulture and the baby show. The pet show will be held in yard of the nursery school. There will be a display from previous galas and a party will be held at the Mytholmroyd Community Centre in the evening. Live band and carved buffet supper. Tickets are £7.50 and are obtainable by ringing 01422 884423.



Thursday, August 3, 2000

A Salute to Ted Hughes

An evening of poetry & prose in celebration of the life and work of the late Calder Valley Poet, Ted Hughes, with Barrie Rutter of Northern Broadsides.

Good Shepherd Centre, Mytholmroyd

Sunday 27th August at 7.30 pm
Tickets £5.00 (includes a glass of Pimms and canapes)



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