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MytholmroydMytholmroyd Station Partnership - The Queen's Award

Saturday, 31 July 2021

A momentous occasion for members of the Partnership was held here on the 24 July.

The doors of the former station building were opened wide to reveal the interior of the unfinished but glorious booking office, with people inside, laughing, chatting excitedly as they awaited the arrival of the guest of Honour; the Lord-Lieutenant of West Yorkshire, Ed Anderson, who was welcomed by Geoff and Sue Mitchell, Chairman and Secretary of the Mytholmroyd Station Partnership together with members of the Partnership.

The Lord-Lieutenant Ed Anderson, a striking figure dressed formally in black uniform, but is far from formal: a relaxed, charming and helpful person who obviously enjoys his work as the Representative of Queen Elizabeth here in West Yorkshire. His mission in Mytholmroyd was to present the members of the Partnership with the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service 2021.

Father John Gott intoned a prayer for the occasion; this commenced traditionally, but soon Father Gott's expertise and sense of humour crept into the text – smiles and chuckles all round.

The Partnership members and their guests thoroughly enjoyed the simple, but meaningful ceremony as the Lord-Lieutenant handed the beautiful crystal memorial to Secretary Sue before he read the moving words on the certificate (which has been personally signed by HRH Queen Elizabeth II) for all to enjoy.

Geoff, Chairman of the Group accepted the certificate; his answering speech reflected the joy and pleasure of the group whose dedication, and hard work in all weathers is well known. He added voluntary work is not only 'Do-Gooding' or hard work; it is greatly satisfying. The main benefit for us is our new wider friendships, having met as strangers 15 years ago.

Another 'first' for the former Station Building; it had its first event for nearly 50 years since the building was closed - in spite of there being no water, electricity, or toilet facilities!

But the friendly ambiance of this building suggest it will be a favourite place to be – for all who work, play or study. Hopefully this beautiful, quirky building will be available for the local community in the not too distant future.

Made even more inviting by the sumptuous, scrumptious tea prepared by local Jo's Kitchen in Mytholmroyd.

Next step; new ideas needed for new ventures. Both the Station Partnership and the Station Building are primarily for our local community. We have plans for local people of all ages to become involved – and we know there are lots more brilliant and practical ideas from within our community.

New members who are ready and willing to bring their ideas, skills and talents to this vibrant, successful, and welcoming group who are determined to see this building fit for purpose for now and for our future generations. Not forgetting our award-winning station garden projects which we hope will again be attracting the 200,000 plus passengers we welcomed pre-pandemic.

Contact info

Only an email away myt.station@btinternet.com or phone 885154

You never know where it will get you!

Photos: Paul Bigland, Geoff Mitchell, Gerald Townson