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Should the RAF join in air strikes?

Bradford Telegraph and Argus:

11:42am Thursday 25th September 2014

TOMORROW, the House of Commons may give Prime Minister David Cameron a narrow mandate to order the Royal Air Force to join forces with the United States and five Arab allies and bomb the unholy warriors of Islamic State.

How three young brothers met a tragic end at a Bradford church

Bradford Telegraph and Argus:

11:44am Tuesday 23rd September 2014

Reader Harry Atkinson, of Little Horton Green, was looking into the history of All Saints Church, Horton, when he chanced upon a brief mention in the history by Colin Clarke and Reuben Davison, In Loving Memory - The Story of Undercliffe Cemetery – regarding a triple tragedy at the church in 1871.

Allied soldiers from different parts of the world buried side by side

Bradford Telegraph and Argus:

11:24am Wednesday 17th September 2014

THE global nature of the First World War, long before the entry of the United States in April 1917, is illustrated in this story about two Allied soldiers.

Poverty fears over new job-search rules as benefits changes loom

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: An increase in the rate of job creation is expected for the rest of the year, a survey found.

4:37pm Monday 8th September 2014

LAST year David Clapson had his benefits stopped. The 59-year-old former British soldier was found dead at home.

A festival of films to reflect on working class uprising

Bradford Telegraph and Argus:

9:59am Friday 5th September 2014

THIS Sunday four films about various aspects of the 1984 miners’ strike will be screened at Ilkley’s King’s Hall, starting at 1pm through to 7.30pm.

Play to document stories of older people in area

Bradford Telegraph and Argus:

9:56am Friday 5th September 2014

HOME Sweet Home is based on the stories and experiences of older people from Bradford, Deptford and Stockton. The production had a run-out in Bradford earlier this year and returns for a short run in September before touring.

Play staged at gym brings Muslim girls into world of boxing

Bradford Telegraph and Argus:

9:54am Friday 5th September 2014

BRADFORD’S Huggy’s Gym, where 2012 Olympic boxing champion Nicola Adams trained, is staging a play about Asian female boxers that won a Fringe First Award at the Edinburgh Festival.

Ban on circus animals is back on the agenda as show comes to Bradford

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Circus Mondao's camels Sabia (left) and Kashmer are preparing for an upcoming show

11:59am Wednesday 3rd September 2014

THIS afternoon the House of Commons is expected to pave the way for a debate on the use of wild animals in travelling circuses, leading ultimately to a ban in December next year.

Messages from overseas

Bradford Telegraph and Argus:

11:28am Monday 1st September 2014

WE SOMETIMES say that this column brings people together. Peter Dyson’s reflections on his 1940s rough-and-tumble childhood in Bradford, published in the T&A on July 19, prompted a response from somebody he used to play with in the quarries near Bolton Woods.

Grab a brew and get dancing at canal days

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Roger Davies at The Castle

11:41am Friday 29th August 2014

BRIGHOUSE’S first ever Canal, Beer and Music Festival takes place this weekend and, if recent events are anything to go by, it could be an entertaining family weekend.

Signallers on frontline faced unimaginable risks

Bradford Telegraph and Argus:

11:19am Wednesday 27th August 2014

IN the photograph of the dozen uniformed men of the 6th Battalion, West Yorkshire Regiment (Bradford Territorials) – the Signallers – the dead stare out of the past.

Expert on interfaith relations announced as new Area Bishop for Bradford

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: The Reverend Jonathan Gibb, The Right Reverend Nick Baines, the Reverend Toby Howarth.

10:48am Tuesday 26th August 2014

DOWNING Street today announced the appointment of two Area Bishops for Bradford and Huddersfield.

Saltaire is put on the map as starting point of new Dales walk

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: ROUTE: Chris Grogan, left, Clare Balding and Kath Doyle, of the Dales Way Association, with Sedbergh and the Howgill Fells beyond

5:50pm Thursday 21st August 2014

THE new 90-mile long distance walk, which starts in the World Heritage village of Saltaire and finishes in the market town of Appleby-in-Westmorland, has been added to the latest Ordnance Survey maps for the Yorkshire Dales.

Illegal traveller camps problem is back to haunt Bradford

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: UNWELCOME VISITORS: Travellers have moved on to the field next to the cricket club in Clayton

1:15pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

IN the late 1980s the-then Labour Council lost power at City Hall to the Conservative Group, led by one Councillor Eric Pickles.

How sickening thefts are taking their toll on Bradford's charity shops

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Manorlands shop manager Jackie Burke outside the Cavendish Street store where burglars stole takings (9187644)

1:13pm Monday 18th August 2014

EVIDENTLY stealing charity collection boxes from shops and cafes is old hat. Apparently, the trend is to break into charity shops. And once in the thieves unconscionably ransack the place for cash.

Do Bradford's pubs have a future as last orders is called on more businesses?

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: CLOSED: The Queen pub in Bridge Street has been boarded up

3:18pm Friday 15th August 2014

ONCE again The Queen public house, opposite St George's Hall in Bradford, has closed down, prompting those interested in pubs to wonder whether this familiar aspect of daily life has much of a future.

Why Bradford Cathedral is a good place to talk about peace in Gaza

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Palestinians carry their belongings after salvaging them from their destroyed house in the heavily bombed town of Beit Hanoun, Gaza Strip, close to the Israeli border, Friday, Aug. 1, 2014. A three-day Gaza cease-fire that began Friday quickly unraveled,

11:21am Tuesday 12th August 2014

INTRACTABLE murderous conflicts such as the current one in the Gaza Strip have appalled and polarised the world before - think of Northern Ireland and Bosnia, which were concurrent horrors in the early 1990s.

Northern rockers revving up for home turf concert

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: 10cc live and going for it – as they will in Bradford this October

12:11pm Friday 8th August 2014

THERE are two explanations for my ignorance of Graham Gouldman's song-writing prowess. The first is that back in the late 1960s to the mid-1970s I was an irregular reader of modern music papers such as New Musical Express and Melody Maker.

Two young brothers went to fight in World War One – but only one came back from

12:32pm Wednesday 6th August 2014

ERNEST Nettleton was an 18 year old office worker when war was declared. He enlisted as 16/1172 in 1st Bradford Pals' Battalion.

Britain and Continental powers slide inexorably towards conflict

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: The 6th Battalion of the West Yorkshire Regiment  on their way to a church service in Bradford's Church Street, 1914.

7:38am Monday 4th August 2014

ON Thursday, January 1, 1914, the front page of the Yorkshire Observer morning newspaper, normally devoted to church notices and public announcements, carried a message from Bradford's Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress.

Lord Mayor cautions against panic buying as war fever grips district

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: The Neutrality League's appeal in the Yorkshire Observer, the day after war was declared

7:37am Monday 4th August 2014

THE day after Britain declared war on Germany, Bradford's Lord Mayor issued a statement urging the public to resist the temptation of panic buying.

Residents kept informed by the press as events escalate

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Allied casualty figures published by the Bradford Daily Telegraph, September 1914

7:35am Monday 4th August 2014

WAR and the rumours of war were communicated principally by newspapers and magazines 100 years ago. There was no television, no state broadcaster such as the BBC.

Families are left counting the cost as guns finally fall silent

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Willie Barraclough, one of three Barraclough brothers who fought in the war. A fourth was refused permission.

7:32am Monday 4th August 2014

THE final shot, the last shell, the ultimate bayonet thrust took place before the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918; but those wounded and maimed in the Great War continued to die long afterwards.

Thousands of animals also paid ultimate price in frontline action

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Bradford Weekly Telegraph picture of Bradford horses being groomed for war.

7:31am Monday 4th August 2014

WORLD War 1 didn't only involve human beings. The part played by animals - until the popularity of Michael Morpurgo's book War Horse and the film and the play of the same - has been overlooked.

Woman join the production lines to keep wartime businesses going

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Bradford tram conductress after July, 1916.

7:29am Monday 4th August 2014

WITH thousands of men volunteering or, after 1916, conscripted to fight for King and country, the job of keeping the home fires burning as well as the wheels of industry turning, fell to women.

Four district soldiers honoured for gallantry with Victoria Crosses

Bradford Telegraph and Argus:

7:27am Monday 4th August 2014

THERE were 628 Victoria Crosses awarded in World War 1. Four of them were won by soldiers with a Bradford connection: Sam Meekosha, Thomas Harold Broadbent Maufe, George Chafer and Bradford Park Avenue footballer Donald Simpson Bell - the only British professional footballer to win one in that war, although many footballers fought and died, some of them winning high honours.

Territorials lead the way as first casualties reported

Bradford Telegraph and Argus:

7:25am Monday 4th August 2014

BY August 5, hours after Britain's declaration of war,Territorials of the West Yorkshire Regiment were reporting for duty at Belle Vue Barracks, opposite Valley Parade, off Manningham Lane.

Germans reassured before sentiment hardens across district

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Germans in Bradford standing outside the German Consulate in Leeds Road in 1914. Have they been called home?

7:23am Monday 4th August 2014

On Friday, August 14, a small story appeared on an inside page of the Bradford Weekly Telegraph. It was a message of reassurance to that portion of Bradford's population of German origin.

Bradfordians gather to see off the volunteers

Bradford Telegraph and Argus:

7:20am Monday 4th August 2014

On Wednesday, September 16, just over five weeks since Britain's declaration of war on Germany had caused emotional scenes at Bradford's Midland railway station, an estimated 40,000 people gathered in various city centre locations.

One year in the frame for Bradford's Whistling Woods Film School

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Whistling Woods Film School at Bradford College

4:20pm Thursday 5th June 2014

Four years after UNESCO designated Bradford its first City of Film, the city’s first film school opened in Bradford College.

Event will mark centenary of the Great War’s catalyst

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Event will mark centenary of the Great War’s catalyst

9:44am Wednesday 4th June 2014

On Saturday, June 28, Bradford World War 1 Group’s first official event within its Heritage Lottery-funded centenary commemoration programme takes place at the Mechanics’ Institute Library on Kirkgate.

Relatives’ poignant pilgrimage

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Willie Robinson who was killed in Belgium on July 19, 1917 and is buried in Perth Cemetery, known as the China Wall, Zillebeke

9:43am Wednesday 4th June 2014

This centenary year will see thousands of people travelling to the First World War cemeteries and memorials of France and Belgium to remember family members dead and the missing.

Family received dreaded notices about their sons

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Gunner Hector Hill, centre, with fellow soldiers in 1917 – a year before his death

9:37am Wednesday 4th June 2014

Three brothers, born in Huddersfield in the last decade of the 19th century, came to Bradford with their family (eight in all) some time before 1911.

Ensuring the fallen aren't forgotten

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Philip Sweeney’s mother and father, Geraldine and Henry

9:42am Tuesday 3rd June 2014

This month sees the anniversary of two big battles in the First and Second World Wars.

Science need not be male industry

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Liz Phillips, senior engineer at Radio Design in Shipley, is one of only 140 women worldwide to be appointed a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology

9:06am Thursday 29th May 2014

Although the late Margaret Thatcher was an Oxford University chemistry graduate before she became leader of the Conservative Party and the winner of three consecutive General Elections, the word ‘engineer’ is still a bit of a dirty one as far as women are concerned.

Bradford South MP Gerry Sutcliffe is to stand down after 30 years

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: MP Gerry Sutcliffe at home

3:40am Thursday 29th May 2014

After more than 30 years as a Labour MP and local councillor, Gerry Sutcliffe won’t be contesting the 2015 General Election.

Poignant pencil sketches reveal soldier’s final days

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: A picture titled Fed Up, taken from a book of cartoons sketches and drawings of First World War soldier Harry Robinson

9:14am Wednesday 28th May 2014

On the morning of June 25, 1916, Bradford war artist Harry Robinson’s 9th Battalion disembarked from the Arcadian at Alexandria docks, Egypt.

Church of England will engage with community

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Nick Baines Bishop designate urged churches to plant poppies

8:58am Wednesday 28th May 2014

On Sunday, June 8, up to 3,000 people are expected at York Minster to attend the inauguration service for the new Church of England diocese of West Yorkshire & the Dales and its bishop, the Right Reverend Nick Baines.

Reliance on food banks a concern

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Lashman Singh, founder of the Bradford Metropolitan Food Bankm surrounded by supplies given out to the district’s needy. There has been a surge in the number of food bags handed out in the last year

9:20am Tuesday 27th May 2014

Food banks seem to be a phenomenon particular to the last four years of Britain’s Conservative-Liberal Democrat Coalition Government.

Can volunteers govern schools?

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Bradford’s changing demography and changes in school organisation are proving a huge challenge for governing bodies

9:11am Wednesday 21st May 2014

Has the time come for school governing bodies to be radically overhauled? At present virtually anybody of the right age without a criminal record can be a governor.

Had box been returned to family?

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: The 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War will be commemorated in communities across the country this year

8:49am Wednesday 14th May 2014

In 2008, Judith Knaggs wrote a booklet about the 50 men of Menston-with-Woodhead who perished during the First World War. One of them was Reginald Herbert Butterfield, a private in the Cameroon Highlanders, 4th Battalion & 1st Battalion, who was the second son of William Priestley Butterfield and Mrs Annie Butterfield of Menston Hall.

Under-age volunteer followed his two older brothers to war

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Herbert Hudson

8:47am Wednesday 14th May 2014

We have already seen in previous weeks that boys under the age of 18 who were determined to join the Army in 1914 either lied about their age, gave a false name, or in some cases did both.

How the T&A campaigns for positive change in Bradford

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: T&A editor Perry Austin-Clarke and David Wilson, director of Bradford City of Film, with the petition to save the Media Museum in June

6:00am Monday 12th May 2014

Anyone who doubts the difference that a local newspaper can make only has to glance at the T&A’s current £1m Crocus Cancer Appeal.

Gareth’s now the elder statesman of rock ’n’ roll

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Gareth’s now the elder statesman of rock ’n’ roll

9:20am Friday 9th May 2014

There was a period in Bradford’s recent history when The Rolling Stones played at a students’ rag ball at Windsor Baths, The Kinks played the Top Twenty Club in Idle and Tom Jones and Jerry Lee Lewis booked in for a week of shows at Laisterdyke’s erstwhile Lyceum Rainbow Club.

Blofeld and Baxter will keep cricket banter to a minimum in new show

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Blofeld and Baxter

9:06am Friday 9th May 2014

Henry Blofeld, a distinctive commentary voice on BBC radio’s Test Match Special for 43 years, is really a stand-up comedian who loves making people laugh.

Why did soldier leave his family in Bradford after First World War?

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Bradford-born war veteran Bill Holdsworth senior in London in 1949

9:53am Wednesday 7th May 2014

War, as we have seen on these pages over the last four months, affects soldiers in a variety of ways. The physical wounds they may suffer are mirrored by the mental wounds many bring back with them.

Club's changing times

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Wyke Amateur Rugby League Club, winners of the Halifax Charity Cup and League 1914-1915

9:18am Tuesday 6th May 2014

New changing rooms, toilets and a tea area costing £180,000 are due to open at Upper Wyke Park early this summer, to serve one of Bradford’s oldest amateur rugby league clubs.

J B Priestley's stories are a real pleasure

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: J B Priestley

9:10am Tuesday 6th May 2014

What A Life! Selected Short Stories by J B Priestley Turnpike Books, £8

Faith matters in our communities

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Philip Lewis will talk about the need for better knowledge of faith matters in a talk tomorrow night

9:07am Tuesday 6th May 2014

Philip Lewis arrived in Bradford 30 years ago when the Honeyford Affair was polarising public opinion, not just locally, but nationally, the newly-appointed inter-faith adviser to the Bishop of Bradford was invited to a public meeting at the Pakistan Community Centre.

Celebration of Yorkshire art

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Tom Wood’s portrait of Alan Bennett is featured in a book celebrating Yorkshire in the world of art

9:18am Monday 28th April 2014

Art And Yorkshire: From Turner To Hockney, Edited by Jane Sellars, Great Northern Books, £20

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