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From Molly Sunderland
23rd December 2001

How exciting and interesting to read about the progress of Mytholmroyd by Royd Regeneration. Most of us probably do not realise the amount of work that must go in to the negotiations regarding this. To Alan Brookes and team - thanks for all your hard work - I am sure it is appreciated by many members of the community. Also thanks to Fay of the Mytholmroyd Web Site for keeping us updated about Mytholmroyd and the lovely photograph of the snow scene of our village.

From Christine Bampton-Smith
Friday, December 21, 2001

Jane Brown, Peter Coles and Christine Bampton-Smith, your local Liberal Democrat Councillors, would like to wish everyone a very joyous and peaceful Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Frances Robinson,
Friday, December 21, 2001
Don't forget Agnes Ogden

Let's not forget that 10 years ago this week (19th December 1991) Agnes Ogden an 88 year old lady who lived on Erringden Road, Mytholmroyd, was suffocated by an intruder who gained entry by removing a window from the front door of her house.

Despite intensive Police activity the killer was never found.

The case has never been closed, however, and anyone with information is asked to contact Halifax police on 01422 337059.

From Nigel Lloyd
Wednesday, December 12, 2001

I wish to echo the views of Christine Bampton-Smith in that I also have a feeling of 'what can be done to solve the Christmas vandalism problem'. Will the CCTV cameras solve the problem, we can but hope. Meantime because of a minor few 'bored' teenagers we have to walk & drive through our village without the lights and tree we would all like. But that apart, I and my family would like to wish everyone around the world a merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous new year.

From Christine Bampton-Smith
Liberal Democrat Councillor
Calderdale and Hebden Royd Town Counci
Sunday, December 9, 2001
Treeless Mytholmroyd

What a pity that the Vandals have won!

The residents of Mytholmroyd, visitors and people travelling through will find the Village less cheering than usual this Christmas. Last year the Christmas tree was ruined and many of the lights, provided by local businesses and the Council, were also taken.

Calderdale has therefore not provided a tree this year and many of the lights that were supplied have again been vandalised. What is the answer?

Next year we hope that the CCTV Cameras will be in operation and so they may offer some protection to any festive decorations. If we do have the cameras I shall be requesting the return of the tree!

From Piers Jackson
Brighouse, UK
Wednesday, October 24, 2001
Ted Hughes Centre

My company, Jackson Quigg Associates, has been asked by Calderdale Council in West Yorkshire and Royd Regeneration, the agency in Mytholmroyd, Ted Hughes' birthplace near Halifax, to investigate the potential for setting up a Ted Hughes Centre there.

The project is at an early stage and I would welcome comments from anyone who might be interested in the establishment of such a centre.

For example, what would its purpose be? Could it link in to centres of study which have connections with his work, or indeed hold archives which could be loaned for special exhibitions? What about links with the Sylvia Plath Society and Bronte Society? Should it encourage school visits at all levels? Is Mytholmroyd a good place to have such a centre (bearing in mind its position in the Calder Valley!)? Would a cafe/restaurant be a good idea?

We would be grateful if people would consider this and give us their views. We are investigating the old Railway Station building in Mythomlroyd to see if it might be suitable, and will be reporting back soon on our initial research.

Please email

Thanks in advance to anyone who feels moved to contribute.

Piers Jackson
Jackson Quigg Associates
46b Bradford Road
West Yorkshire

From Peter Verney, Editor, Sudan Update
Hebden Bridge
Thursday, October 4, 2001

The events in New York

The events in New York and their consequences demand a strong response. To mourn with and sustain our American friends, we would like to initiate a worldwide action. On 11 October at 20.00 local time in every country, we wish to see everyone light as many candles as possible on the building where they live, in their garden or on their street.

Satellites will then be able to transmit the images and count the lights. If you agree with this action, please forward this message to everyone in your address book with a translation if necessary.

From Tristan Hughes
Melbourne, Australia
Wednesday, October 3, 2001

Ted Hughes Centre

I am glad to hear about the centre in Mytholmroyd, for the late Ted Hughes. I am the grandson of Ted's older brother Gerald. I got a rather big surprise, finding this site on the web.

From Debbie.
Thursday, September 27, 2001

Mytholmroyd born and bred

I'm Mytholmroyd born and bred, and here I shall live forever, the shopping facilites are fantastic and I always have breakfast at Rick's cafe where they do a cracking tuna and cheese melt. I would strongly advise to european tourists to brig themselfs on down the town, where all will be satisfied.

From David Bryan Southwell
Tuesday, September 25, 2001

Born and bred in Hebden and Mytholmroyd

I was born in 1966 in Halifax General and lived in Eringdon Rd for 9 months before moving to Blackpool with my family. My dad was born and bred in Hebden and Mytholmroyd, Philip Hamilton Southwell. I still have copies of some of his school books from Central St School in Hebden 1934. He was in Bruce House. His dad was a postman who liked bowls, Fred Southwell. We still have friends around like Joyce Greenwood. My Dad sadly died in 1992 and his name is in the rememberence book in the methodist church.His wife, my mum is still alive, Sybil. I would be interested if anyone has any tales of me dad. It was great to discover this site.

From Robin Gibson
Tuesday, September 18, 2001

Where Are You

Iam Robin Albert Gibson born at 2 Royal Fold Mytholmroyd. My grandfather Albert Gibson was a coal merchant for the co-op in Mytholmroyd. Has anyone got any information of the where abouts of Sam Greenwood? Sams father owned a grocery shop on New Road in Mytholmroyd. If there is someone out there knows where he is please email me. Thanks.

From James Allison
St Michaels Church
Wednesday, September 12, 2001

Out of the Ordinary

Yesterday began like any other but ended like none other I have ever experienced. As it was a day off there was the usual round of taking children to school. A lazy morning and a trip to Halifax to see whether we could rent or buy a new television, the answer in both case being no. About two o'clock we were looking around the television shop, listening to the sales pitch when the images on the screen became more horribly fascinating than the televisions themselves. Like a scene from an action film, there was Manhattan, New York with one of it's building ablaze and then out of the blue came another plane smashing into the tower and spreading debris everywhere. We turned up the sound on one of the many sets showing this image, it wasn't a film, it was really happening. Travelling in the car home we continued to listen in stunned horror returning after picking the children up to watch again.

Then came worse somehow, down fell the towers, one by one. Reports came in of other atrocities, the Pentagon attacked, planes hijacked, unknown, as yet, dead.

It was as though in a moment the world had changed. As someone put it, the security bubble that surrounds us all had burst. The world is not what we thought it was. Later on came tears, as we heard the stories, the escapes, the desperate jumps. Still later came the calls for revenge and retribution to whoever had done this.

Today, came the waking realisation and the right and proper question to God "Why?" Still later the question not "Why?" But "What should be done?"

This morning in the Lectionary there were two very poignant readings. The first was Psalm 110 reminding us of the retribution of God not man. That he will judge the nations, things will not go unpunished. The second was the Gospel reading from Matthew 5:38-48, which includes the words "38"You have heard that it was said, `Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.' 39 But I tell you, Do not resist an evil person. If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also."

And also, "You have heard that it was said, `Love your neighbour and hate your enemy.' But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven."

I suspect in all of this is God's answer to how we should react. A call for justice as the psalmist cries, but also a call to each of us to practice the way of love, even love of enemies hard though that command is in a week like this.

As Jesus himself practised on the cross as he prayer for his enemies so should we: "Father forgive them for they know not what they do."

This will not be easy, I don't suppose it was easy for him either.

Let our prayers be also with those who are hurt, with the families of the lost, and with those who seek to minister to them in what ever way.

From Christine Bampton-Smith
Deputy Mayor
Hebden Royd Town Council
Sunday, September 9, 2001

I am in Saint Pol representing Hebden Royd for the 21st Town Twinning Celebrations, so I was sorry to miss the Gala for the first time in over twenty years. How wonderful to see the photos of the Gala on the net! Congratulations!

From Anni Bayliss
Friday, September 7, 2001
Tracing Relatives

I am trying to contact Patsy Lancashire. I lost all the info on my computer including her email address. Could anyone who knows her ask her to contact me at the aboce email address please. I have some news for her. Thanks

From Arlene Nichols
Sunday, August 26, 2001
Tracing Relatives

Hello My name is Arlene Nichols and although I'm an American I'm currently living in London with my husband who is here on assignment for his company. I have just begun the process of tracing my mother's family, many of whom were natives of Mytholmroyd. I unfortunately do not have a lot of data about them, but I was wondering if there is anything anyone might have that will shed more light on my ancestors. Here's what I know about them.

Sally Kershaw married David "Long Dave" Taylor (his father's name was Fred). They had 8 children (in order of birth: Kershaw, John, Sam, Jim, Maria, Hannah, Matilda & David who was born in 1845 and died in 1898. David lived in the valley.

David married Susy Sutcliffe who lived on the hilltop and they also had 8 children -- Sam, Jim, Hamlet, Frank (he went to south Africa as a gold miner and died young), Minnie born March 1882, Fred born 1872, Susy Ellen who died at 6 months old and Aida born 1885, died 1948. Suzy had 6 brothers and sisters -- William who died in Trenton New Jersey USA, Henry who died in New York, John, Ann, Ellen and I think Elizabeth. Susy's mom's name was Betty. Suzy died in her 40s at the birth of her daughter Susy Ellen. Her husband David also died in his 40s.

Aida married David Stuart Henderson and they had three children -- Kenneth, Mary Eloise and my mom, Phyllis. Eloise and Phyllis were twins born 10/16/1916.

I don't know if this is helpful enough to find any further information. Perhaps there is a source I can tap into that someone could recommend? The website mentions some old records. Are they available through the net?

Any help/suggestions you could give me would be greatly appreciated. I hope before I return to the US that I can come to Mytholmroyd to see my roots.

Thank you in advance for your help. Regards, Arlene

From Chris Poole
Luddenden Foot
Friday, July 13, 2001

Excellent website, more photos of the `royd please!

From Arlette Hirst
Ryde, Isle of Wight
Tuesday, July 10, 2001

Thanks for bringing back some memories, and making it possible to show my husband-to-be the "quaint Yorkshire village I grew up in" that I've been going on about for so many years! I lived in Mytholmroyd until I was 7, when we moved to the Isle of Wight (in 1979), and I still remember my classmates at Burnley Road School! If any of them remember me, please get in touch!

I also never knew the connection between 1 Aspinall Street and Ted Hughes. My gran lived at number 6, and we lived with her for a while, so it was quite interesting to know that a famous person had been born there!

Look forward to seeing more photos!

From Liz Godfrey
Thursday, July 5, 2001

I have raised to date £2929.50p for Mencap. There is still some outstanding sponsorship and anyone wanting to contribute can even at this stage. A huge thanks to all who helped me to achieve this .

From John Reeve
Longwood, Florida, USA
Wednesday, June 27, 2001

Old Pictures

Thanks for a great website, I check in now and then to see all the latest news and photographs.

Perhaps some of your visitors to the site might recognize themselves in this 1954/55 photograph of the 3rd Halifax(Luddendenfoot) Boys Brigade team who won the Doran Cup in a fierce battle at the Shay. How many can you name?

From Brian Mottershead
Pembroke, Ontario, Canada
Friday, June 15, 2001

Old Pictures

Have enjoyed your collection of older pictures on the website. My brother and I were perusing them last week and were surprised that we knew several people. We both went to Calder High School 1951 to 1956. I have lived in Canada since '56 and my brother now lives in California. So, thought you might be interested in this picture taken at Calder High about 1952 or 53. The cast of a school play, which as I recall wasn't very good, even though I was in it! I know names of about half the people and would be interested in hearing from anyone who recognizes him or herself.

Calder High Play 1953

Click on photo above to see a larger version.

From Jan Bowditch
Wollongong, Australia
Tuesday, June 12, 2001

I visit Mytholmroyd regularly, last in 1999 and will be there again shortly. My friend (who lives in Mytholmroyd feels I am better informed than she is, due to the wonderful websites for Hebden Bridge/Mytholmroyd. I have just emailed her details of Hebden Bridge festival as she doesn't have access to the web, only email. I used to own what was probably the only cat in the world called Mytholmroyd -- he answered quite happily to his strange name, although most other people felt he must be called Murgatroyd having never been privileged to visit Mytholmroyd. The only person in Australia I ever met who had heard of the place was a woman originally from U.K. who had a riding habit in her youth made at Caldene.

From Sean Murray-Smith
Adelaide, South Australia
Saturday, May 12, 2001

I was introduced to Mytholmroyd via a very circuitous route. I live in South Australia, but hail from Farnworth (Lancs). Via the Internet I met Wayne Ogden from your village through our mutual admiration for the songs of Jake Thackray. These songs I commend highly to any who enjoy a good laugh without resort to bad language. Any road: my wife is from Whitby and we met over here in Oz so we are coming back to England (hopefully next year) and will definitely visit Mytholmroyd if for no other reason than to bring that Leeds striker (2B), Robert Ogden a transfer contract. Personally, I shall try the local ales [ahhhh, real beer :))) ]

From Nigel Lloyd
Thursday, April 26, 2001

There is an ATTIC SALE at the Mytholmroyd Methodist Chapel on Scout Road, Saturday 28th April between 9.30 and 12.30. Entry is 20p accompanied children get in free. Please come and buy buy buy :)

From Nigel Lloyd
Monday, April 16, 2001

Hello everyone out there, I do hope there are not too many of you affected by the Foot and Mouth outbreak. If you are affected my heart goes out to you and yours. I work at Caldene Clothing Company in Mytholmroyd where most of the staff are currently on a one and a half day working week, due largely to the outbreak. The businesses and people affected by the outbreak are not only limited to farming and tourism it is far more widespread than that. Lets all hope for a speedy end to this for all of us, then we can return to a normal (relatively speaking) life.

Frances Robinson,
Tuesday, April 3, 2001

The Mytholmroyd Net is considering having a Gardening Corner - swap plants and advice etc. All contributions and comments welcome. Anne Handley has posted the following message to get the ball rolling.

"In the next few weeks I will have some tomato plants, ox-eye diasies, and an assortment of annuals for sale/swap or even free to a good home."

Hannah Phillip,
Barossa Valley
Australia Saturday, March 24, 2001

It is simply wonderful to see pictures of Mytholmroyd (and people) that I haven't seen in ten years.

Frances Robinson,
Monday, March 19, 2001

Ex-pupils of Calder High who are 60 this year are planning a reunion on the 7th April at the Carlton Hotel. Anyone interested is asked to ring Margaret Pickering on 84 3365. In connection with the reunion they are seeking to contact Alan Wild who used to live in Lluddendenfoot.

From John Mcleod
Maroochydore, Australia
Friday, February 23, 2001 Good to see photos of Mytholmroyd again, have not seen the place since 1969, my Australian friends loved the pictures you have.

From John Gregory
Thursday, February 22, 2001

Looking at the site brought back many memories of my early days in Mytholmroyd. The marvels of modern technology! An exellent site, well done.

From Susan Rabig
Marietta, Georgia,USA
Tuesday, February 6, 2001

This is a very wonderful site. The photos are breathtakingly beautiful. I have learned alittle more about the surroundings there and hope to one day view them in person. Thank you!

Ted Hughes Centre
From Claas Kazzer
Leipzig, Germany
Friday, February 2, 2001

I find it a rather fascinating idea to have a Ted Hughes Centre in Mytholmroyd.

Mytholmroyd would be a very fitting place for the centre for several reasons. Ted Hughes always stressed the importance to him of those first seven years in the valley, of his childhood memories of stalking animals, shooting over the hillsides with his brother or fishing in the canal. These years shaped him and had a decisive influence on his writing. In addition, I believe that the centre could be become a real attraction to the community itself as well as to tourists and scholars. Apart from providing information about Hughes, it could probably be used for arts events, exhibitions, readings, talks, even conferences. I just hope it all works out.

Best wishes,
Claas Kazzer
Earth | Moon: A Ted Hughes Website

From Cayman Islands
From Tessa Hydes
George Town, Cayman Islands
Sunday, January 28, 2001

Fay, It is looking great, much better than Hebdens, and a real credit to you. See, I do check in from time to time.........

Memories of Nest Estate
From Margaret Owen
Ingleton, North Yorkshire
Saturday, January 20, 2001

Have many happy memories of visits to my late Aunt and Uncle, Gerty and Leslie Moss, who lived on Nest Estate.

I came originally from up the valley in Cornholme. My sister and Mum still live there, Sheila Brown and Lily Rimmington. Greetings to Alan Thorne and his family if they visit the website.

Roof Over Youth
From Anne
Wednesday, January 17, 2001

Not heard anything about Roof Over Youth Development for a long time! Could it be that building it over a frequently flooding river turned out to be a bad idea? Is there an active youth group at the moment? And can someone please explain to me why the Community Centre with such wonderful facilities can't be used one night a week for youth activities? We need something for our teenagers to get involved in - otherwise they might start hijacking a bus for a night out in Halifax! Any Calder High students reading this - don't take this as condonement for this kind of behaviour! (but do start asking some questions about facilities for young people in Mytholmroyd and Hebden Bridge)

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