• Otliensians win derby game against Ilkley

    OLD OTLIENSIANS 23 ILKLEY 12 A LACK of discipline during the early stages could have cost Old Otliensians this Yorkshire League Division One match with neighbours, Ilkley, at Chaffers Field last Saturday, writes Barrie Pennett. However, they managed to

  • Vicar takes on new challenge

    THE Vicar of Christ Church in Skipton is moving on to pastures new in the spring after 10 years in the parish. When Rev John Peers was asked by the Bishop of Blackburn to consider taking on two village churches north of Poulton le Fylde, near Blackpool

  • School pays its respects after head dies

    A head-teacher who compassionately dealt with the aftermath of the death of two of his pupils in a tragic coach crash, has died aged 55. David Clough, who suffered a stroke in March, was headteacher at Glusburn Primary School for 11 years. He was recovering

  • Katrina proves you're never too old to learn

    A Cross Roads mum who attended Keighley College as a mature student has spoken about her return to full-time education. Katrina Bennett, 32, a single parent, was a care student at the college and is now studying social work at Bradford University. In

  • Fears rise over school asbestos

    Parents have pulled their children out of school over an asbestos scare. And more pupils at Rysh-worth Middle School, Cross-flatts, are on the brink of being kept at home until all the asbestos found in the school has been removed. It is understood that

  • Big deal for Turner

    Cross Hills-based P.S. Turner (Construc-tions) Ltd has won a £4.8 million contract to build a new call centre in Sheffield for General Cable plc. The two-storey centre will comprise a large open-plan office with a raised access floor, and underground

  • Three Cooks closes

    A popular bakery has pulled out of Keighley with the loss of 15 jobs. The Three Cooks, which had a shop and cafe in the Airedale Centre, blames the move on a planned rent rise. The company, which has 293 outlets nationwide, closed its Keighley operation

  • Rebecca is beam champion

    NINE year-old Rebecca Pieniazek, a pupil at SS Peter and Paul's RC Primary School, Yeadon, is continuing to make a name for herself in the very competitive world of gymnastics. At the Darton Van Hire Yorkshire Team Competitions at Dewsbury Sports Centre

  • Snooker team lose

    ON Saturday the Wharfedale billiards and snooker teams travelled to Leeds No 2 for their Autocolour Yorkshire Inter-District League game at Pudsey Conservative Club. The below strength billiards team suffered a setback being beaten 5-2. Both Paul Anderton

  • Allotment rents to go up

    TENANTS on Otley's allotments will have to pay more for their plots from the start of the millennium. Town councillors have unanimously agreed to increase the charges from February 2000, to make sure current levels of service are maintained. Tenants will

  • Stressed city hall boss to quit early

    BRADFORD Council chief executive Richard Penn is to leave the authority on the grounds of ill-health. Mr Penn, 53, who lives in Ilkley, was appointed in July 1989 and has been off work since June of this year suffering from stress. The announcement by

  • New computer facilities unveiled at school

    NEW up-to-the-minute computer facilities were unveiled at the official opening of Bentham Development Trust's community office. The facilities, which include an internet access point as well as a scanner, printer and photocopier, were opened by the town's

  • Harriers in Calderdale Way Relay

    ILKLEY Harriers had two full teams in the Calderdale Way Relay on Sunday. This popular event attracted a strong field with around 100 teams, each comprising 12 runners running in pairs. Clayton-le-Moors finished first with Pudsey anmd Bramley taking the

  • Mayor challenges children to take root

    OTLEY'S Lord Mayor of Leeds is challenging children to take root in the millennium by planting a tree on the Chevin, writes Lisa Adlam. Councillor Graham Kirkland and his wife, Dr Joan, (above) led by example this week when they planted seven trees to

  • School faces cash crisis

    A SILSDEN school claims it has been left high and dry by officials at Bradford Council after getting stung for a massive bill for building work. Hothfield Street Junior School had to scrap its plans for a changing room extension to its small swimming

  • Time to get tough on the writers

    IF I had a pound for every time I saw newspaper headline screaming Outrage at Lenient Sentence I would be a rich man. Anyone with even a passing experience of British newspapers could fill in the story beneath the headlines themselves, filling in whatever

  • Karate: Paul takes Italian bonze

    PAUL NEWBY earned an international karate bronze medal in his first fight as a senior competitor. Paul, who has just celebrated his 21st birthday, took part in an international tournament in Venice and defeated former European and World Cup champions

  • Table Tennis: Katie Shines

    ELEVEN-year-old Katie Lightowler has been taking the table tennis world by storm. Katie, from Glusburn, took part in the Blackpool Junior Open tournament and reached two Under-14 finals, even though she was competing against older girls. In each final

  • Athletics: Search for Stars

    Keighley-based athletes helped lead the Bradford Under-11 Sportshall Athletics team to success in the Pennine Games. Organisers of the event were disappointed with the responsoe of msot middle schools in the Bradford district, put youngsters from Bronte

  • Rugby Union: County honours

    TEENAGE rugby star Danny McGee aims to lead Yorkshire to their second success -- when they take on Cheshire this weekend. Danny, 17, is one of only a handful of survivors from last week's 40-7 victory over Lancashire for the Under-18 side. He will be

  • Opinion

    In years to come, historians looking back at this century's transport/roads policies should be forgiven for a wry smile as they thumb through the saga of the Bingley relief road. There can't be many other cases where the debate and subsequent dilly-dallying

  • Housing complex given go ahead

    A NEW £1.5 million sheltered housing complex in Ilkley could be built by the end of next year now that planners have given the green light to the project. Since it was first revealed by the Gazette in August, the project to replace Station Garage on Springs

  • Scrap £2m road plan says group

    A £2m scheme to save lives at the notorious Manor Park bends on the A65 should be scrapped in favour of a plan costing one-tenth of that price, claimed Ilkley Civic Society this week. And Manor Park residents should be given £5,000 each to create turning

  • Love blossoms for YMCA couple

    ACCORDING to the YMCA song you can "get yourself clean" and "have a good meal" at the global organisation - but it doesn't say anything about finding a spouse! But that's exactly what has happened to a young couple who have found love at Skipton's YMCA

  • Crisis for community groups as Town Hall closes

    COMMUNITY groups have been left in crisis following the shock closure of Yeadon Town Hall. Plans for seasonal celebrations and activities were thrown into disarray when the town hall was suddenly closed on Tuesday afternoon, forcing the cancellation of

  • Village has the post blues

    THE Royal Mail may be urging everyone to post early for Christmas - but in Addingham you might not be able to post at all, according to one resident. Harry Rowlinson, of St Peter's Court, has complained to the Royal Mail because the village post boxes

  • Unlucky streak fails to de-rail enthusiasts

    AN unlucky team of model railway enthusiasts managed to win a top prize at a major exhibition - despite being plagued by illness and injury. Three members of the Skipton & District Model Railway Society ended up wounded or in hospital in the week

  • Soccer: Keighley Alliance League

    Stanbury Park Rangers 3, Granby Phoenix 1 Phoenix thought they had finally nailed the ghost of Stanbury when they beat them two weeks ago, but it returned to haunt them yet again. Rangers opened the scoring when Jamie Rowell made no mistake from six yards

  • Soccer: Hills bounce back

    Cross Hills 3, Colne Utd 1 Cross Hills bounced back to winning ways after suffering their first defeat of the season in last week's County Cup. The South Craveners started brightly, but could not maintain the pace which brought them an opening goal. Tosney

  • Soccer: Cobbydalers storm County Cup

    RAMPANT Silsden raced through to the fourth round of the County Cup -- with an 8-0 thrashing of Warley Town. Jimmy Hedges smashed in four goals as the Cobbydale side went into overdrive in the second half. Silsden started well, and it was Hedges who opened

  • Athletics: Relay battle on fells

    Keighley and Craven Athletics Club just missed out on a top four place in Sunday's 50-mile Calderdale Way relay They lost several minutes on one changeover, and suffered a number of late drop outs and injuries which dented their hopes of a place among

  • Table Tennis: Holbrook shows classic style

    Peter Holbrook enjoyed a super performance for Ukrainian 'B' away to Nomads 'B' in the Keighley & District Table Tennis League. He won all his singles, including a hard fought 21-14, 17-21, 21-14 success against Pete Midgley, leading the way from

  • Housing minister to visit estate

    THE minister for housing is visiting Skipton for the formal signing of the historic Estate Agreement between the district council and the Greatwood and Horse Close estates. Tenants on the estates are set for a better future when the agreement kicks in

  • Pupils set up firm to organise events

    STUDENTS from Ilkley Grammar School have recently launched their own company under the auspices of the Young Enterprise Scheme. The company, called 'Event Horizon' will now provide a service to the public where it will organise events. Event Horizon involves

  • Garage organises eclipse trip

    SURVIVING witnesses of the last eclipse in 1927 are invited to go on a special trip to see the next one in 1999. Giggleswick was the perfect vantage point for the stunning solar blackout in June 1927, when more than a million people flocked to the Dales

  • Addingham racer needs sponsors to achieve ambition

    ADDINGHAM motorcycle road racer Mark Dale is seeking sponsorship to enable him to compete at the highest level of his sport - in the British Championship. Mark, 29, has won both the Auto 66 Club's Clubman's Challenge and Clubman's Challenge and Clubman's

  • Notts undone by Pears' nap hand

    National Division One Wharfedale 25 Nottingham 5 A five-star performance and rugby's equivalent of a five-card trick by fly-half David Pears earned Wharfedale two valuable league points at the expense of a niggardly Nottingham side, writes Keith Lewis

  • A660 parking to be stopped

    MOTORISTS will be prevented from parking along a busy main road by Otley Chevin in a series of safety improvements. The popular spot at Caley Craggs, on the A660 Otley Road, is used by people to park and climb over a stepladder on to the Danefield Estate

  • Residents asked for views on college site

    RESIDENTS of Ilkley are being asked to give their views on how the Ilkley College site should be developed. In a bid to make friends with the people of Ilkley, the company which has won the housing development contract, Crest Homes (Northern) Ltd, wants

  • Mum hits out over damp

    A mother-of-three says she is at her wits' end because of damp in her home. Joanne Edwards has rented a three-bedroom house in Elm-wood Road, Keighley, from Bradford council for five years. She says water constantly drips down the walls and that they

  • Historic farm for sale

    A family of farmers is retiring and putting its eight-and-a-half-acre plot of land up for sale. The Robinsons, of Bloomer Hill Farm, Coates Lane, Sils-den, have worked the farm for the last 50 years. Tony Robinson, who lives at Bloomer Hill with his wife

  • Flats row: new bid to satisfy residents

    Bradford council planners are to make a last attempt to soothe anger at East Morton following recommendations made by the Local Government Ombudsman. Ombudsman Patricia Thom-as was brought in by residents in a row about a block of flats on the site of

  • Delight over relief road

    Keighley businesses this week welcomed the proposed start date for the long-awaited Bingley relief road. Work on the road is due to get under way in the year 2001/2, much to the delight of leaders at Keighley Business Forum. The forum has played a major

  • How to revive community spirit?

    Woodhouse and Spring Bank residents are to be quizzed on how community life on their estate could be revived. Questionnaires will be sent to most of the 200-plus homes and some householders will be able to air their views in discussion groups. In-depth

  • Magistrates Court lists

    MARK RICHARD LODGE, of 26 Lowertown, Oxenhope, was ordered to pay £115 for driving a car without a test certificate and having an illegal tyre. Jonathan Thynne, of 94 Grange Crescent, Riddlesden, was ordered to pay £200 for speeding and not wearing a

  • Historic buses make it into town

    Two classic buses will make a historic entrance into Keighley on Christmas Day. The two Bradford Corpor-ation vehicles owned by Keigh-ley Bus Museum (KBM) were destined for use in Keighley during their heyday, but never made it past Crossflatts. Now they

  • Village says story was a 'blow'

    Denholme town councillors have criticised a Keighley News story which branded the village 'Godless'. At a council meeting on Tuesday evening Mayor Russell Driver criticised the headline 'Godless Denholme' which appeared over a story on page 1 of last

  • Scouts head for Chile despite Pinochet crisis

    Four members of Keighley's Scout movement will jet out to Chile next week for the World Jamboree. Their dream trip had been thrown into jeopardy by the crisis over Chilean former dictator General Augusto Pino-chet. But late on Tuesday night the Scout

  • Greenhead stands by its record

    The head-teacher of Keighley's Greenhead Gram-mar School has hit back at league tables which he says do not show the improvements the school is making. Miles Mizon says he is keen to put the record straight on the two issues of attendance and exam performance

  • Westfield go out of County Cup

    Little John 3 Yeadon Westfield 2 WESTFIELD visited Huddersfield side Little john in a bid to reach the last 16 in the County Cup for the first time. The game called off the previous week was played on a heavy pitch which did not help either team to play

  • Farmer can build houses and dairy

    AN Ilkley dairy farmer has been given the go-ahead to try to secure the future of his family business. Michael Boothman, of Grange Farm, Carters Lane, Middleton, has been granted planning permission to convert four old barns into houses and construct

  • Concerned duo launch road protest

    HUNDREDS of children are having to risk their lives to cross a Skipton blindspot, according to a campaigning couple. Ted and Mildred Woodbridge see daily near-misses through their window on The Bailey, just a couple of feet away from the traffic which

  • MP fights for villages

    Government plans to breathe new life into rural communities are welcomed by Keighley MP Ann Cryer. She says the proposed Rural White Paper is good news for the people of Keighley and Ilkley. Mrs Cryer told us: "The White Paper sets out new policies to

  • Businesses win parking reprieve

    A bid to ban parking in a courtyard off Keighley bus station was abandoned by Bradford council this week. Shops and businesses which surround Back Lawkholme Crescent raised a chorus of opposition to the plan to impose waiting restrictions. Council highways

  • Funding reprieve for volunteers

    Keighley Community Transport has been saved from the axe following a successful appeal to Bradford council for cash. Keighley Disabled People's Council, Relate, the town's Pre-School Learning Alliance and Bangladeshi Community Asso-ciation will also receive

  • Treasure trove found

    A treasure trove has been unearthed in Silsden. Now the man who unearthed the treasure - one of the most valuable hoards of gold coins discovered in the North - is campaigning to have them displayed in Keighley's Cliffe Castle museum. Hairdresser Jeffrey

  • League Cup win for Town

    Otley Town 3 Eastmoor 2 TWO in-form sides produced a cracker of a League Cup-tie for Division One sides in the Mumtaz County Amateur League. The home team carried the colours of the Wharfedale Observer into the next round courtesy of an extra time goal

  • Excitement over treasure

    ANCIENT gold coins pre-dating the Roman invasion of the north have been discovered in a farmer's field in Silsden. Amateur treasure hunter Jeffrey Walbank found the 27 Celtic coins dating back to the 1st century AD, which have been dubbed the Silsden

  • Dismal display by Guiseley

    GUISELEY 0 WHITBY TOWN 3 GUISELEY gave a dismal showing against an impressive Whitby side on Tuesday night which sent the Nethermoor faithful home in despondent mood. On this showing Guiseley's games in hand will be of little use to them and manager Bobby

  • Pool in 11 goal romp

    Pool AFC 11 Dalton Athletic 1 POOL bounced back from last week's disappointing County Cup defeat by Rawdon Old Boys to register an emphatic thrashing of lowly Dalton. After only playing three league games all season Pool needed the league points to maintain

  • New row over school review

    A NEW row has broken out over Bradford Council's school review in the week when it was revealed that the Government's final decision is expected early next month. Liberal Democrat education committee member David Ward said costs of the controversial plan

  • Craven left with one inspector

    CRAVEN will be left with just one police inspector after the new force structures come into operation over the next few months. North Yorkshire Police has just undergone a major review in a bid to find £5 million savings, and it was confirmed this week

  • Tindall in Yorkshire 18 Clubs squad

    PRINCE Henry's Grammar School pupil Andrew Tindall was named in the Yorkshire 18 Group Clubs squad for the Roses clash against Lancashire at Harrogate on Sunday. Andrew, captain of the school first XV who also plays for Otley RUFC, was named on the replacement

  • Junior Rugby League: Cup glory on Keighley scene

    Keighley & Craven Under-13's made it through to the second round of the English Schools Cup -- but were made to fight by Cleveland. After their long journey to Middlesbrough the Keighley side took time to settle down and the home side more than deserved

  • Rugby League: Albion learn tough lesson

    Keighley Albion 19, London Skolars 20 After a stunning performance against this strong London outfit it was hard to imagine that Albion are struggling at the foot of the National Conference League. Although they collected another defeat, the strength

  • Rugby Union: Horden snatch victory

    Horden 24, Keighley 20 AN HEROIC effort by a depleted Keighley side was not enough to prevent Horden claiming the points. With Darlington Mowden Park and Halifax clear front runners in the league the dog-fight to steer clear of a possible three relegation

  • Rugby Union: New Year, New Rules

    COUGAR fans will have to get used to new rules when the professional Rugby League season gets underway in the New Year. A two-day meeting of the Rugby League International Federation in Sydney introduced a number of new regulations. The game in Britain

  • Angling: Monster of the deep

    Nigel Wild is favourite to take Keighley Angling Club's Pike Trophy -- as time runs out to catch the monster fish. Nigel, of Sutton in Craven, landed the 28.5lb fish using a sprat as bait close to Kildwick Bridge. He caught a 21lb fish close to the same

  • Christian Viewpoint

    by Father Maurice Pearce, parish priest at Our Lady of Victories John the Baptist was a man of great enthusiasm. He demonstrated this even before he was born. He leapt for joy in his mother's womb when he was in the presence of Christ, who was in his

  • Simply Smith

    with Tom Smith CHRISTMAS is about receiving cards showing haloed angels blowing their trumpets or the robin redbreast perched on a snow-covered sprig of holly. Isn't it? Of course it is. The message inside will wish everyone seasonal greetings, and perhaps

  • Readers' Letters

    SIR - I really must protest that I have never referred to Denholme as 'godless' as the headline in your paper inferred last week. The article in my parish magazine from which you took my remarks was a great deal more positive than you made it seem. I

  • Dear Reader

    Once again the issue of a headline has caused an outcry with some readers - in Denholme. The Town Mayor in the letters column opposite demands an unconditional apology from me. The call for an apology was made when I attended an open session of the Town

  • Neil's a fourth generation referee

    WHEN young Neil Howlett passed his referees exam on the course recently run by the Wharfedale FA he was carrying on a family tradition. Neil is the fourth generation of his family to step out with the whistle. The 16 year-old sports NVQ student at Park

  • Ben Rhydding Ladies enjoy ten goal romp

    BEN RHYDDING LADIES 10 DURHAM LADIES 0 CARRYING an assortment of ailments Ben Rhydding Ladies took the field against an enthusiastic but much weaker Durham side in this Hockey Association Plate match. Katie Hawke opened the scoring and the other goals

  • Road works set to cause traffic chaos

    THERE could be traffic snarl-ups on the main Otley Road through Guiseley when major road works commence in the New Year. This road is already notorious for traffic hold-ups due to many traffic lights and pedestrian crossings which operate on the road

  • Engineers restore historic cave

    ROCK climbing engineers have been scaling the face of Langcliffe Scar in order to carry out further restoration work at Victoria Cave. The engineers climbed the rock face above the cave entrance, to remove stone that had become prone to rock falls as

  • Victorian Fayre's future not clouded by uncertainty

    THE future of Otley's Victorian Fayre is no longer clouded by uncertainty, say organisers. There had been fears that the traditional fayre would be axed after this year, but organisers, pleased at this year's event, say next year's event is to go ahead

  • Looking ahead to spring

    WITH the New Year almost upon us Project Guiseley are looking ahead to spring. A number of volunteers spent an hour planting 500 daffodil bulbs on the grass area at the busy junction of Otley Road and Park Road, Guiseley. Leading the volunteers were Couns

  • Health alert over vodka injections

    MEDICAL experts have warned against the dangerous practice of injecting vodka directly into the bloodstream. The Herald has learnt that some young people in South Craven are experimenting with injecting the alcoholic drink to get a quick "buzz". But drug

  • Traffic nightmare

    IT'S all very well for Ilkley Civic Society to suggest its own improvements to the Manor Park bends section of the A65 with a massive saving to the taxpayer of around £1.8 million. But the residents don't seem to agree and they desperately want a scheme

  • Craven proclaims its achievements

    WE commend to readers the announcement from Craven District Council on page 14 and 15 (it is a statutory obligation for local authorities to publish such a statement in their local newspaper). It makes interesting reading, a summary of where Craven District

  • Sports Council's Jack Simpson Awards

    THIS year's Jack Simpson Awards presentation evening was well attended by Otley Sports Council members. The award for 'Sporting achievement' was presented by Chairman John Morgan to Catherine O'Halloran, a young athlete who has excelled in a number of

  • Ilkley Youth go nap

    Cononley 0 Ilkley Youth 5 FAR from lack this was the lustre after last week's disappointing home draw and evidence that the Youth players had learned a valuable lesson. They were faced with a small and boggy pitch in a match they needed to win to remain

  • New car park needed to stop trade dying out

    A NEW 500 space car park has been suggested to stop trade dying out in Otley town centre. Fears have been raised that trade is plummeting because workers' cars are clogging up the town's parking spaces, Councillor Nigel Francis told a meeting of Otley

  • New vicar chosen

    TWO months after the departure of popular Ilkley All Saints' Parish Church vicar Peter Marshall, his replacement has been announced. All Saints churchwardens Colin Kingsman and Dorothy Tinkler made the announcement parishioners had been eagerly awaiting

  • Making a mark for human rights

    UNIQUE images by Bentham artist Chris Robinson were unveiled in Paris as part of an historic commemoration of human rights. The three-day commemoration was organised by international movement Amnesty International in conjunction with The Body Shop, to

  • Launch date for skate park

    A LAUNCH date has been set for the filming of a project to build Otley's skate park - which will be the subject of prime time television. The cameras of Yorkshire Television's Action Time programme will roll at Wharfemeadows Park from February 6, when

  • Rural life goes under the spotlight

    RURAL communities in Bradford such as Ilkley, Burley-in-Wharfedale, Menston and Addingham will come under the spotlight at a special conference in January. The conference, called Rural Development Network Day, will give people the chance to find out more

  • Miracle baby goes home

    A CHRISTMAS "miracle" has happened for a Skipton couple with the premature arrival of the baby they never thought they'd have. Tiny Gabriel Williamson is an unexpected package of joy for his young parents, Sean and Erica, and he's been delivered home

  • Soccer: Junior round-up

    Silsden Under-16's made it through to the fourth round of the County Cup- with a 4-1 victory over Seacroft Lions. Steve Gott thundered in a half-volley for the opening goal and Adam Rogowski chipped the keeper for the second. Lee Field was on superb form

  • Soccer: Ladies sink a double

    Silsden Ladies completed a double over Morley with a 4-1 win on Sunday. The Cobbydale girls were on top form with Heidi Jenson opening the scoring and slotting home the final goal of the afternoon. Shelley Donohoe and Celine Donohoe also scored. Celine

  • Soccer: West Riding County Amateurs

    kEIGHLEY jUNIORS enjoyed most of the play in their derby clash with Keighley Athletic, but slipped behind to a secondhalf goal. Jason Brewer equalised for Juniors, but Athletic made the most of their few chances to sneak a win and a place in the second

  • Soccer: Craven League

    WHILE Silsden were out of league action, blasting their way to an 8-0 win in the County Cup, Embsay took advantage to stretch their lead at the top of the table. Their 3-3 draw with Skipton Bulldogs was enough to pull out a three point gap. Oxenhope Recreation

  • Brian has been flagging for 28 years

    Brian Hampshaw , from Yeadon, is enjoying his 28th successive season as the Aireborough Rugby Club's official linesman. Sixtythree years-old Brian (pictured above) began his association with the club in 1971 when he went to watch the Airebronians, as

  • Ilkley share the spoils with Burley Trojans

    Ilkley 0 Burley Trojans 0 LOCAL rivals Ilkley and Burley Trojans shared the spoils in this league encounter which was a curtain-raiser for Saturday's District Cup quarter-final. There was never much to choose between two sides and the standard of football

  • Embsay and Bulldogs draw

    With all matches being played in the Craven Football League despite sticky conditions, the Skipton Building Society Premier Division leaders and reigning champions Embsay entertained Skipton Bulldogs and after coming from behind three times managed to

  • Victorian Fayre rings out

    CHRISTMAS carols in the early morning heralded the start of Otley's Victorian Fayre. Clear young voices rang out across town - from Farnley CE School in Orchard Gate, to Westgate Infants in Bay Horse Court and on to All Saints' Infants in New Inn Court

  • Friends in kissing stint raise 500 smackers

    PALS puckered up to give a surprising seasonal treat to Christmas shoppers in Ilkley - and raise hundreds of pounds in memory of their former friend. The charity kissathon was in memory of James Parrish, a 21-year-old Ilkley student who died from cancer

  • Residents see red over homes in green belt

    A PROPOSAL to build student homes in a green belt area is being opposed by Horsforth Civic Society. An outline plan to build a group of two storey student residences by Trinity and All Saints College in Brownberrie Lane, Horsforth, has been submitted

  • Dalesfolk

    NOW I know a little less about domestic science than the average tin opener but here is a handy seasonal tip: if that Christmas tree standing in the corner of your centrally heated room is shedding its needles all over the carpet, the chances are you

  • Craven through the years

    100 years ago A QUARREL over non-payment of work resulted in Barnoldswick joiner Thomas Wellock sueing John Sagar, quarrymaster, also of Barnoldswick, at Skipton County Court. The work involved was the conversion of two cottages into shops for which Wellock

  • Otley let it slip at Reading

    READING 26 OTLEY 25 THE faces round the tea table after the game said it all. Otley's players were obviously very disappointed that they had let a 22-6 lead slip and with it the chance to record their first ever win at Reading. A rousing first-half performance

  • Unique new crime initiative hailed a success

    AN ingenious collaboration between the police and Skipton's retailers has proved a resounding success in tackling burglary. Operation Annapurna involved shop owners spending the night on their premises while keeping in close contact with officers via

  • Dentist angry at 'offensive' poster

    A billboard poster for the Commission for Racial Equal-ity has been condemned. The poster features a black man and the words 'Scared? You should be. He's a dentist'. It has been criticised by Oak-worth dentist Roger Furness. The poster is one of several

  • Hospital violence to be tackled

    A national campaign to raise awareness of violence against NHS staff is to be taken up by Airedale's Community Health Council (CHC). The decision to write to the police and the Royal College of Nursing was made by members at a meeting of the CHC's acute

  • Jailed DJ 'not the brains' behind pirate station

    A desperate disc jockey who hosted a show on a pirate radio station has been jailed for a total of two months. Shabir Qamar, of Bradford Road, Keighley, presented a programme on Asian Paradise Radio twice a week to earn money after giving up an unpaid

  • Highfield waits for big decision

    Highfield residents will hear early in the New Year whether they are to get a £4 million grant to breathe new life into their community. Government officials are expected to decide on the bid for Single Regeneration Budget (SRB) cash next month. They

  • Hospital hopes car park extension will be the last

    Hospital bosses are calling on people to try to use public transport when visiting Airedale Hospital at Steeton. Work on providing an extra 150 car parking bays at the hospital is due to be completed by the New Year, which will bring the number of spaces

  • Festival official tells of 1998 problems

    This year's Keighley Festival was the most difficult in the event's 11-year history, according to its treasurer. Long-time committee member Jim Pickles cites resignation of key officials, conflicting funding demands and outside pressure among the problems

  • Pianist told to cut the noise

    Shop staff partly pulled the plug on a performance by international concert pianist John Briggs. Mr Briggs was performing in Keigh-ley's Airedale Shopping Centre last Fri-day when staff from the nearby Birthdays shop complained about the noise. The musicians

  • Tunnel work hits Santa figures

    Numbers on this year's Santa Special on the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway (K&WVR) have been hit by repairs to the Ingrow Tunnel. Chairman Graham Mitchell says many people thought the railway was still closed during the first Santa Special weekend

  • Tourism inquiries come in from abroad

    Bront Country Tourism is finishing the year on a high with the release of its latest promotional magazine. The 1999 edition of the Bront Experience was un-veiled recently at the World Travel Market at Earl's Court in London last month. The magazine received

  • Church to sell off its bells

    Century-old church bells are to be sold to pay for repairs to a crumbling clock tower. The six peel at St James' Church, Silsden, are expected to raise £4,800 towards the bill of £8,500 to repair the tower. The balance is being raised by the community

  • Mystery shopper gives out top marks

    A local tourist information centre has been awarded top marks for its levels of customer service. Haworth Tourist Information Centre scored a maximum 100 per cent score in the English Tourist Board's nationwide survey of facilities for able and disabled

  • Carer faces retrial

    A carer accused of assaulting an 80-year-old Cullingworth woman is facing a retrial after the jury failed to agree a verdict. Jurors at Bradford Crown Court acquitted Jacqueline Wright of one of three counts of assault. But after four hours of deliberation