• Otley Town take points from Old Boys

    TOWN'S second encounter in four days against local rivals Rawdon Old Boys gained them a deserved point to go with the two won on the previous Wednesday. The mid-week encounter was a rip-roaring affair with everything you'd expect from a local derby -

  • Beware of more traffic jams, drivers warned

    Fresh chaos looms in Bradford City Centre next week as the next phase of road improvements continues. Drivers created mayhem last week by ignoring an access only sign and travelling into Market Street from Cheapside. The road became a clogged-up mass

  • Terrific trio too busy to play

    Three enterprising 12-year-olds have launched a campaign to transform a Pudsey park. Liam Bennett, Steven Lightfoot and Chris Kirby literally took to the streets to raise £300 which a local councillor has promised he will at least match. Chatsworth recreation

  • Underwater team search for bridegroom

    POLICE underwater search teams from the West and North Yorkshire forces are still combing the River Wharfe for missing honeymooner Barry Collett. Divers from the West Yorkshire force searched the river at Otley. The body of Mr Collett's wife, Lynn, was

  • Builder reveals plans for major redevelopment

    PLANS which will include Grassington Fire Station being converted into a shop and the relocation of the doctor's surgery have been revealed to the Craven Herald this week. The proposals, submitted by Grassington builder and property owner Hedley Patrick

  • Referees' course

    A NEW course for would be soccer referees starts at Yeadon Liberal Club on Tuesday, September 15. The Wharfedale FA course will run for six weeks plus two examination nights and will run from 7.15 pm to 9.15 pm each evening. This will be the 14th such

  • Dial M for Mother!

    ALISON Shannon gave birth to a bouncing baby daughter - thanks to a medic shouting instructions down a telephone line. Her daughter, Grace, was born weighing a healthy 6lb, 12oz on her mother's bedroom floor at Yeadon after making a sudden arrival. Her

  • Campaign against gypsies falters

    ILKLEY residents wanting to prevent the annual visit of gipsies to a site in Denton Road have suffered a setback. Councillors and residents living opposite the site in Leeds Road site voiced disgust about rubbish and damage to trees. The landowner, who

  • Beware a starving, hungry bear

    THE RUSSIAN economy continues to concern everyone, particularly the poor Russian people I expect, but I haven't really seen anything impressive in the advice given by the West. Whatever happens, President Clinton told the Duma last week, don't abandon

  • Good start for Pool

    Wetherby Ath Res 1 Pool 3 A NEW look Pool side visited Wetherby for the first game of the season and produced a performance of neat, flowing football. With Pool well in control, it was only a matter of time before Shaun Joyce produced the goods with a

  • Ilkley Harriers

    TWO Ilkley teams were among around 50 teams enjoying the ninth Leeds Country Way Relay on Sunday September 6. Each team consists of 12 runners, running in pairs, with each pair running around 10 miles of the 60 mile course. The relay starts and finishes

  • Patience is the key for Watson

    When a player has been out for 18 months with injury, the temptation to rush back into action must be overwhelming. The badly fractured right leg sustained by Gordon Watson in a West Yorkshire derby clash with Huddersfield Town very nearly finished the

  • Warner's World

    It was perhaps inevitable that a deluge should swamp Headingley on the day Dickie Bird ended a 50-year association with cricket. The start of this week's championship clash between Yorkshire and Warwickshire was delayed by the terrible weather.. This,

  • The real police issue

    WE are pleased that the Chief Constable has agreed to meet the people of Craven to discuss the review into police structures. However, there appears to be growing confusion about the main issue, with several people thinking it is the relocation of police

  • Hit and run driver robs pensioner

    POLICE have condemned a pensioner's hit and run ordeal in Ilkley as a 'totally despicable crime'. A 74-year-old woman was left shocked and slightly injured after falling victim to a thief in Cunliffe Road on Sunday afternoon. The woman, who has not been

  • Ilkley's millennuium scheme rubbished

    ILKLEY'S 'millennium misery' deepened this week as a £5,000 scheme to mark the new century was rubbished as 'old hat'. Parish councillors decided their contribution to the town's celebrations would be a fundraising campaign to provide the district's children

  • No longer a crime

    BEING gay is, thankfully, no longer a crime. Having gay sex in a toilet, however, is. As is indulging in sex of any kind or persuasion in any public place. Homosexuals argue that they are more likely to be prosecuted for public shows of intimacy than

  • Millennium bug arrives early

    THE millennium bug appears to arrived in Ilkley well before the big day finally dawns. However, we are not talking about the hassle of changing a large number of computers. The question of how to celebrate the millennium has been debated at great length

  • Campaign takes to the street

    CAMPAIGNERS fighting against proposed housing developments in Addingham took to the streets at the weekend with a Walk for Safer Roads. The walk, organised by the Addingham Community First group, began at the Malt Kiln car park before proceeding along

  • Farming family cleared of polluting river

    TWO generations of a Horton farming family have been cleared of polluting the River Ribble with sheep dip chemicals by Skipton magistrates this week. After a trial lasting almost three days, the case against Alexander Morphet, 73, and 41-year-old David

  • Police put TV eye on village toilets

    MEN meeting for sex in Bramhope public toilets will be caught on camera in a radical scheme - the first of its kind in West Yorkshire. Outraged villagers claim the Old Lane toilet block has become an established gay haunt with up to 30 men a night using

  • Elam double fails to save Guiseley

    GUISELEY 2 WINSFORD 3 A DOUBLE by young midfielder Lee Elam - the second an absolute beauty - failed to save Guiseley who showed defensive weaknesses in this game against fourth placed Winsford. Three times Winsford were able to get away from their markers

  • Rawdon's title hopes torn apart

    RAWDON'S title hopes were blown apart with an indifferent performance at North Leeds on Saturday after they had restricted the home side to 133. Rawdon were then dismissed in reply for 108 as Barry Singleton and Dave Winter each picked up four wickets

  • Skipton on brink

    Skipton, on the brink of relegation in the Aire-Wharfe Cricket League with one match to go, lost by six wickets away to Adel, scoring 129 and then seeing the home side win with 130-4. Sean Atkinson hit 67 and Andy Roberts took 4-70 for Skipton and C Seisun

  • Silver Cross goes for new image

    PRAM makers Silver Cross are discarding their old-fashioned image for a racier style in a bid to to woo a new generation of mums and tots. A radical revamp of the Guiseley-based business will be unveiled to an international market next month. Complete

  • Mum complains after being dragged from bath

    A MOTHER who claims she was dragged naked from her bath and taken to hospital against her will vented her anger before managers of Airedale NHS Trust this week. An independent review panel is to consider complaints made against the trust by Sutton woman

  • Dismay at closure of advice bureau

    YEADON Citizens' Advice Bureau has been forced to close because of cost cuts. People wanting to use the service will have to travel to Otley for their nearest CAB. But efforts are under way to find other premises in Yeadon to carry on the service and

  • Shot gun raider shocks shop assistant

    AN Ilkley shop assistant was left shocked but unhurt after a man confronted her with a double barrelled shotgun. The incident took place at about 9.40pm in the evening at the Wine Rack store in Skipton Road. A man walked into the shop and threatened the

  • The Curmudgeon

    THERE is one quite likeable quality about Teacher Tess, the local commandant of the politically correct thought police (the LoCoPoCo-ThoPo). And that is, despite all her university degrees, she can never sense when she is walking into a trap. The following

  • Craven through the years

    100 years A MEMORIAL stone-laying ceremony took place at the site of the new Skipton and District Cottage Hospital. It was being built in commemoration of the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria, and would benefit the whole of Craven. The cost of the 12

  • Otley dominate the lines

    OTLEY 23 ROSSLYN PARK 20 SUPERIORITY in the pack where Otley dominated the line-outs led them to gaining a narrow win over Rosslyn Park in a Jewson League Division One match at Cross Green on Saturday. Otley needed to start the new season on a winning

  • Ilkley's Jo is first woman to win at Braemar

    KEIGHLEY and Craven AC's Jo Prowse is the Queen of Braemar. The British and English veteran's fell champion from Ilkley created her own bit of history by becoming the first-ever women's winner at the famous Highland Gathering on Saturday. For more than

  • Former court building may be education centre

    FORMER county court offices could become a town centre venue for adult education in Otley. A bid by Park Lane College - which took control of Airedale and Wharfedale College in August - to convert the Bondgate offices to two classrooms was this week given

  • Ilkley woman's mountain adventure

    THE omens for an Ilkley woman's assault on Mount Kilimanjaro might seem rather bleak following her son's dramatic exploits on Ben Nevis. Tom Metcalfe broke both his wrists on a mountain expedition just weeks before his mother departs for Tanzania. A dramatic

  • YMCA befriends prisoners

    YOUNG offenders about to leave prison could find themselves making a new start in Skipton thanks to a new project. The local YMCA has been taken on board as part of a national strategy called Partnerships in Prisons, which involves "befriending" inmates

  • Schools starts a new era

    THERE was a definite hint of joy and relief as parents dropped their youngsters off for the first day of term at an Ilkley school this week. Far from banishing all thoughts of school in favour of summer holidays, parents of pupils at Ghyll Royd School

  • New scare sends prices tumbling

    CRAVEN farmers suffered another blow this week following a shock statement by a leading BSE expert claiming the disease could be passed on to sheep. The news instantly sent more shockwaves through the already crippled farming community and associated

  • Take the high road to find Scottish sprint star

    Attention switches north of the border next week. Scotland stages its biggest and most important fixture of the year with the three-day "Western meeting" at Ayr which starts on Thursday. The highlight is Saturday's Ladbrokes Ayr Gold Cup, one of the season's

  • 'Scared? I was damn terrified!'

    Steven Spielberg's latest film - about the D-Day landings - has brought back memories to a British veteran who witnessed the historic invasion first hand. Bernard Harris, of Howarth Road, West Bowling, is secretary of the Bradford D-Day and Normandy Landings

  • Final terminus

    Britain's last trolleybus will remain in Bradford after being secured by Keighley Bus Museum. The organisation, which has backed the Telegraph & Argus Save Our Classic Bus Appeal, has been given the historic vehicle on loan from owners West Yorkshire

  • Fairies come 'home' for a day

    The Cottingley Fairies are winging their way back to Cottingley today for a special one off exhibition. Visitors to the Town Hall between 10am and 4pm will be able to see the cameras with which the two little girls Elsie Wright and Frances Griffiths made

  • Jail term for post office thief

    A judge has jailed a former post office assistant for stealing cash and ordered an inquiry into the evidence put before the jury during her trial. Amina Data, 37, of Spencer Road, Bradford, was yesterday found guilty on 31 charges of theft and locked

  • Supermarket sweep is here

    Developers are queuing up to build supermarkets in Bingley with yet another application on its way, making it four in as many months. The latest venture is understood to have been made by a company, Bradley Double Locks, which has approached Bradford

  • Fury as beef 'handout' is axed

    Thousands of pensioners, one-parent families and other needy people in Bradford have had their supply of cheap food axed by the Government. The decision has enraged voluntary groups and politicians across the district, and prompted one pensioner to register

  • Guiseley's new minister

    THE Rev Michael Williams, new minister of Guiseley Methodist Church, has taken up his duties. Mr Williams, 48, has moved to Guiseley from the Birmingham area where he served for 11 years. He will be in charge of Guiseley and Hawksworth Methodist churches

  • Yeadon miss out on promotion

    YEADON'S promotion hopes have drifted by once more and again they have provided the club with a frustrating season by showing that they can beat the best- such as table topping Cleckheaton - but then lose to those heading for the bottom of the table such

  • Britain's sexiest man!

    HIS big brother Julian might be a Hollywood star but Quentin Sands is happy to be called Britain's Sexiest Man. For such a title has just been bestowed upon the modest drama teacher from Gargrave, who is bracing himself for plenty of ribbing from his

  • News from France

    BILLY and Johanne Kerr's efforts in the beach race at Coutainville - a seaside resort a few miles from Ilkley's French twin town of Coutances - were witnessed by Jean Besson - who describes himself as a kind of French Yorkshireman. Jean took part in the

  • Otley Saracens win Tim Bucknall Trophy

    Ilkley 10 Otley Saracens 12 IN their opening game of the season Otley Saracens retained the Tim Bucknall Trophy after a closely fought contest at Stacks Field. Otley had a number of late changes but they opened strongly with the pack having the edge in

  • Hutchison destroys sorry Warwickshire

    Explosive bowling by Paul Hutchison and Chris Silver-wood fired out Warwickshire for 84 at Headingley yesterday and had them following on 324 runs behind. And it was only a fighting century from acting captain Nick Knight which denied Yorkshire a storming

  • Jefferies announces retirement

    Forty-six-year-old Nick Jeffer-ies has announced his retirement from motorcycle road racing after an illustrious career covering 36 years, exactly 20 years after the death of his equally famous father Allan Jefferies. Nick, who lives in Allerton, has

  • Matt's call to arms

    Bulls coach Matthew Elliott has admitted his anger at the defeat by London and hopes a few home truths will help his team put the record straight tomorrow night. Seeming to contradict his after match comments at the Stoop when he surprised many by praising

  • Buy British lamb and save our farms

    THE latest news on the BSE crisis this week was a kick in the teeth for the poor beleaguered upland hill farmers of Britain. As we report today, the statement by a leading academic had an immediate and catastrophic effect on lamb prices at local auction

  • Pool promoted as champions

    POOL will be promoted as champions of Division Two of the Leeds League bouncing straight back to the top sphere after being relegated last season. They sealed the title on Saturday when Travis Rowe (3-30) and Chris Wilkinson (3-15) destroyed Oulton who

  • Ben Rhydding win

    Ben Rhydding remain in a re-election spot despite a15 runs win over visitors Lidget Green. Ben Rhydding made 163 all out with the major contributions coming from Dominic Kelly with 34 and Gerald Kirby with 28. Lidget Green made a good start with opener

  • Prince Henry's head to retire

    THE head teacher of Prince Henry's Grammar School, Otley, will be taking his last assembly this Christmas. Michael Franklin, 58, will be retiring after 14 years from the Farnley Lane School. A head teacher for 22 years, Mr Franklin taught for eight years

  • Residents win control of Rec

    RESIDENTS on a Skipton estate are celebrating after being given the go-ahead to save a derelict recreation ground. Two weeks ago we reported how the people of Shortbank Close had put their case to Skipton Town Council en masse, and said they wanted to

  • Woman denies death charges

    A WOMAN charged in connection with the deaths of two children who drowned in the River Wharfe at Arthington in July, 1997, has pleaded not guilty. Wendy Catherine Dodd, 41, is charged with two counts of manslaughter and two of wilful neglect in relation

  • Pensioner fined for rail trespass

    A 78-YEAR-OLD train passenger was ordered to pay £250 after taking a short cut over a railway track to get to his platform instead of using the underpass which he said was "dirty and smelly". Donald Sykes, of Park View, Skipton, then went on to assault

  • Bulls' star Lowes writes for you

    I don't know where to begin with the depressing news this weekend, the Bulls in London or the england side in Sweden. We were very disappointed again with our performance in London. Again we made to many mistakes and they cost us dearly. It was a game

  • Glusburn champions

    The promised rain failed to materialise in any great quantity in the Craven Cricket League so there was a full set of fixtures played and completed, and one more issue was settled - Glusburn, for whom Richard Parkin hit a superb 165 and put on 203 with

  • Hospital meetings end this weekend

    PUBLIC consultation over the site for a new Wharfedale General Hospital is coming to an end. And tomorrow and Saturday informal question and answer sessions will be held at Otley Civic Centre. The four-month consultation, which included public meetings

  • Suzie in sky for charity

    AN Ilkley woman is biting her fingernails as she prepares to reach new heights for her favourite charity. Suzie Smith (above), of Moorside Court, Cowpasture Road, will be up in the air this weekend to raise money for Breakthrough Breast Cancer. Suzie

  • Firm shuts but new jobs are forecast

    A LONG established timber firm in Skipton closes down today as a major new occupational health business prepares to relocate to the town. Five workers at 25-year-old Aire Valley Timber on the Snaygill Industrial estate, were told that trading officially

  • Doctors criticise health shake up

    FAMILY doctors in Wharfedale this week criticised health bosses for ignoring their wishes over a radical shake-up. Primary health services - family doctors and community nurses - are to be split into four groups in the Bradford district in a controversial

  • Horsforth 10K

    THE Horsforth 10K on Sunday, September 27, is set to become the testing ground for aspiring half marathon runners who have entered Britain's biggest road race - The Great North Run on October 4. Horsforth 10K Course Director Marc Springer said: 'Having

  • Thumping away win for Yarnbury

    Bramley Phoenix 0 Yarnbury 31 FOLLOWING an excellent result away to Old Crossleyans Yarnbury followed up their winning start to the 1998-99 season with a thumping away victory against old rivals Bramley Phoenix. Relegated to the Yorkshire Leagues at the

  • Environmental disaster claims rebuffed

    THE head teacher and chair of governors of an Ilkley School have rebuffed the suggestion that a re-location of the school grounds is set to be an environmental disaster. And in a statement to the Ilkley Gazette, head teacher Peter Marsh and Chair of Governors

  • Mike Priestley North of Watford

    Reports telling us what's wrong with our lives are all well and good. But who is going to do anything to improve the situation? Take the report this week which revealed that a quarter of Britain's workers go without any lunch break at all, while only

  • Reflecting on a life of comedy and tragedy

    NO Carry On film is complete without Sidney James making a cheap sexual remark and uttering his distinct laugh (I've settled for Nyah-ha-ha-ah). Sid died in 1976 but he remains as popular as ever with those who enjoyed his work, from Hancock's Half Hour

  • Greens fall to late penalties

    National Division One Camberley 24 Wharfedale 11 Camberley, one of the division's newcomers, got off to a winning start at this level when after an evenly contested first half the Greens failed to make their experience count and three late penalties for

  • Doctors criticise health shake up

    FAMILY doctors in Wharfedale this week criticised health bosses for ignoring their wishes over a radical shake-up. Primary health services - family doctors and community nurses - are to be split into four groups in the Bradford district in a controversial

  • Boat was 'already sinking'

    A barge which sank - killing 26 people - was overloaded and sinking hours before the disaster, an inquest heard. Engineer Graham Wheeler told Bradford Coroner's Court that crew members had frantically tried to pump out water from the vessel which, he