• David Behrens: Laughs, life and Big Elsie

    Her name was Rhoda Rogers and she did the striptease. "She was gorgeous," recalls the young comedian who lurked in the wings while she took her clothes off. "I kept trying to get a furtive glimpse of her boobs and her bum." The comic's name was Jimmy

  • Addingham CC welcome junior players

    Put the football boots away and get out the cricket bat - another Junior cricket season is about to start. The Addingham Cricket Club Junior Section practice nights begin on Monday, May 10, from 6.30pm to 7.45pm for young cricketers in the Under-13, Under

  • Wall collapse hits traders' takings

    THE sudden collapse of a side wall and gable end at the Ilkley branch of Lloyds Bank, evening, has made a severe dent in some traders' takings, it has been claimed. Piles of masonry and old Yorkshire stone thundered through the back of the building on

  • Bradford, I love you, says Lynda

    The national newspaper columnist who dubbed Bradford "a vile and nasty place", today said she loved it. The Daily Mail's star writer Lynda Lee-Potter caused outrage a month ago when she wrote that Bradford's streets were litter strewn and the buildings

  • Boost for village playgrounds

    YOUNGSTERS across South Craven will soon have no excuse for having nothing to do, with news that thousands of pounds is being spent on state-of-the-art playground equipment in the area. Play equipment was this week being installed in Sutton, and other

  • Planners refuse pub scheme again

    AN application for the change of use of the Dog and Partridge Inn, Tosside, has once again been refused by councillors at Ribble Valley District Council planning committee. The proposal to form a detached five bedroomed dwelling with gym, office and garden

  • Mother wins battle for playground improvements

    A FIGHT to improve play facilities at Skipton's Aireville Park has won support from concerned parents and residents. Since her 20-month-old daughter fell from a broken swing in the park, Elaine Farrier, of Skipton, has been collecting signatures from

  • Row brews over New Year cash

    HOSPITAL chiefs are being faced with a headache over staffing levels during the New Year millennium celebrations. Regional health service bosses have left it up to Airedale NHS Trust to decide if staff who work over the bank holiday period should get

  • Protest over millennium bridge plans

    CONTROVERSIAL proposals in Gargrave which could see a 50 metre long bridge across the River Aire between Middle and Low Green, a car park and picnic area, have met with a storm of protest from residents against the scheme. On Wednesday afternoon around

  • Wharfedale bowls

    A TOTAL of 35 entries have been received for the Frank Mitchell Individual Merit to be played at West Bradford Bowling Club on Sunday, May 9, starting at 10.30 am. Bowlers from Baildon, Oxenhope, Yeadon's Rufford Park, Yeadon Park, Bingley Glen, Ilkley

  • Guiseley fence plan is put on ice again

    CONTROVERSIAL plans to build a security fence at a Guiseley school have been put on hold for city councillors to visit the site. The proposal at Guiseley Infant School has come under fire from residents who claim it would close off a section of land used

  • Town's Marie Curie supporters raise £250,000

    SUPPORTERS of Ilkley's Ardenlea Marie Curie Centre have poured almost £250,000 into its coffers during the past fundraising year. Olicanians and fundraisers from outside the town have been praised for their efforts in making sure it has been 'business

  • Ten groups will benefit from carnival proceeds

    A MAJOR aspect of the carnival is the enormous amount of fundraising which takes place every year. About £11,000 rolled into the coffers of the respective beneficiaries last year. The carnival committee is hoping for another bumper year. Carnival president

  • Teenager's death is 'suspicious'

    Police investigating the death of Steeton teenager Stuart Lister today said they were treating it as "suspicious". And early this morning officers were quizzing motorists and pedestrians in a bid to unravel the mystery. Meanwhile police have set up an

  • Fractured leg 'not spotted by doctors'

    A man has launched a bitter attack on Airedale Hospital after his elderly mother's fractured leg was allegedly left undetected for a month. John Burnside says he can hardly believe that doctors mistook a fractured joint for a blood clot. The hospital

  • Yeadon overwhelm Old Lane

    YEADON overwhelmed visitors Bowling Old Lane on Saturday when their five pronged bowling attack shot out the visitors for a mere 60. Skipper Damon Gormley mopped up the tail with an amazing 4-1 after John Roper, Darren Murray and Craig Thornton had all

  • Family on drugs charges

    A court case involving former Keighley Cougars chairman Carl Metcalfe has been adjourned. Mr Metcalfe was due to appear at Bingley Magistrates Court yesterday charged with drugs offences, but was excused attendance on medical grounds. The 56-year-old,

  • Sunny carnival - one of the best at a gallop

    OLICANIANS turned out in fine style to celebrate a colourful carnival which boasted a passion for fashion. More than 18,000 people enjoyed a blazing hot Bank Holiday Monday to leave the carnival organisers absolutely delighted. This was about 6,000more


    OTLEY 7 A WELL drilled Yarnbury side outplayed Otley to lift the Sulzer Roteq Services Aire-Wharfe Cup for the third time in four years before a crowd of about 300 at Brownberrie Park on Monday night, writes Barrie Pennett. It was a cold, damp, misty

  • Trojans' fading title hopes are ended by Pool

    BURLEY TROJANS 0 POOL AFC 3 BURLEY Trojans' fading title aspirations finally disappeared when they were soundly beaten by neighbours Pool on Tuesday night. The result gives Pool real hope of lifting the First Division title and the outcome may be dec

  • Wharfe Valley Youth Trust celebrates £10,000 grant

    The Wharfe Valley Youth Trust are celebrating landing a £10,000 cash grant that will keep their spirits flying for another year. They have been granted £10,000 by the Sports Council to match £10,000 of funds donated by local businesses. The Trust sends

  • Btown hat-trick sinks Bees

    BRADFORD AND BINGLEY 20 OTLEY 29 A HAT-TRICK of tries by scrum-half Andy Brown earned Otley the Granville Clark Memorial Trophy and himself the man of the match award in this match with Bradford and Bingley at Wagon Lane, Bingley, on Saturday, writes

  • Seaside boys shine in excellent Yeadon win

    Yeadon , after a first day wash out, got what they hope will be a promotion challenge moving when they visted Drighlington and grabbed the points with a fine display from their Scarborough-based contingent. As Drighlington fell for 135 skipper Damon Gormley

  • Aire-Wharfe Cricket League

    Steeton's six-wicket victory away to North Leeds confirmed their place at the top of Division A. They won the toss and feeling there was something in the pitch for the bowlers captain Andrew Smith asked North Leeds to bat. The prognosis did not look accurate

  • Christian Viewpoint

    by Keith Miller, Christian Aid organiser for Keighley Churches Together CHRISTIAN Aid is a Christian Agency working with all who are committed to standing alongside the poor, whatever their faith. It supports grassroots programmes in around 60 countries

  • Readers' Letters

    SIR - I was puzzled by Fred Hirlam's analogy last week about the two drowning children. I think he means that we should look after our own before others. I don't know how this fits into the Kosovan context, unless he means we should ignore what is happening

  • Pedantic parents picking fights

    DOES anyone know what skin is made from? I certainly don't but it's one of the perplexing questions my son keeps asking. Many of his queries such as 'Why do you have to go to work?' - I can answer quite easily but the ones such as 'What is time?' and

  • Burley beat champions

    Burley had their neighbours Ilkley to thank for their encouraging victory over last year's champions Adel. Burley worked hard to get the game played and borrowed 'sponging' equipment from Ilkley to soak up water from the square and outfield. Play started

  • Thankyou to Gazette readers as appeal cash helps others

    THIS week the Ilkley Gazette says a big 'thank you' to all our generous readers who contributed to our appeal to help an autistic boy. Our Robert's Ray of Hope campaign was launched last year with the intention of helping Robert Sime, of Gilstead Way,

  • Racists attack off-licence

    Shopkeeper Auranzaib Raja was left shocked and disgusted yesterday morning when he arrived to find racist grafitti sprayed over the shutters of his lock-up premises. Vandals had sprayed a swastika and the words 'Black Bastards' on the metal shutters,

  • Anglers to benefit from improvements

    WHARFEDALE anglers are to benefit from £400,000 environmental improvements in Upper Wharfedale. The pioneering partnership led by the Environment Agency aims to improve the management of land and water in the uplands. The three year scheme, which has

  • The tackle that cost £959,143

    Bradford City striker Gordon Watson has been awarded £909,143 for loss of earnings following a tackle that broke his leg. Mr Justice Taylor said he had much sympathy with the 28-year-old. Summing up a High Court action, the judge said: "A fit Gordon Watson

  • Take pressure off the roads

    TRANSPORT, both public and private, is one of the hot topics we have to address as we approach the next century. Where once there was a drive for the demise of rail and bus transport in favour of the freedom of privately-owned cars, now the opposite emphasis

  • Congratulations on carnival success

    CONGRATULATIONS to everyone who played their part in organising a fantastic 1999 Ilkley carnival. Shame on all those who could not be bothered to pay a measly couple of pounds to enjoy the occasion. Miggy Bailey and the carnival committee put in months

  • Opinion

    It's going to be a great summer in Keighley. After months of detailed planning, the curtain is being raised on a project to inject a new lease of life into the award-winning town centre. One of the first stages is the launch of Keighley's first ever park-and-ride

  • Showgirl linked with Prince will be at Ilkley luncheon

    SHOWBUSINESS legend Pat Kirkwood will host a special charity luncheon in Ilkley to coincide with the release of her autobiography. The highest paid musical star in Britain during the 1940s and 1950s, whose fabulous legs were described by Kenneth Tynan

  • Village vows to fight tip

    Villagers have reacted angrily to a report which recommends approval of a huge waste tip on their doorstep. Members of Denholme Residents Action Group and the town council are furious about the report by Bradford council planning officers. They say the

  • Who will get top jobs?

    The key role steering Bradford schools through a massive £170 million shake-up is up for grabs after Labour's election-night mauling - and widely fancied to take over is current education committee deputy chairman Susanne Rooney. Meanwhile ousted Bradford

  • Man left for dead in the street

    A taxi driver has told how he tried to help a teenager who had been left for dead in the middle of a road. Craig Brierley told the Keighley News he was on his way back to town from a job in Sutton in his dark green Ford Mondeo when he came across 18-year-old

  • One last push!

    The whole of Bradford today bombarded Valley Parade with messages of support on the eve of the biggest game the club has seen in 90 years. City fans across the globe sent their good luck wishes as community leaders delivered a big vote of confidence.

  • Burley's 15 goal romp

    Burley U-12s 15 Wilsden 2 BURLEY recorded their highest win in the Craven League first division against a Wilsden side that had won promotion with the Juniors last year but are now relegated after a season without a win. The gulf between the sides in

  • St Margaret's win Wharfedale Cup

    ST MARGARET'S 3 RAWDON OLD BOYS 1 HORSFORTH St Margaret's survived an early onslaught from Rawdon Old Boys before going on to win the Wharfedale FA Airedale international sponsored Challenge Cup at Guiseley on Thursday. Rawdon Old Boys had their chances

  • Peacock's career in balance

    The future of popular Bulls centre Danny Peacock remains in the balance today after suffering more injury on his troublesome right knee. Scans revealed no further ligament damage but there was still no news on his long term future as he recovered from

  • Finding out what makes clock lovers tick

    ARE you a clock amateur, expert or fanatic? If so, read no further. This advice is for the many people who contemplate buying their first antique clock as a decorative and functional item - and, as so often the case with them, taking into account the

  • The Curmudgeon

    WELL, it seems that our George got it wrong. In his political horror story, 1984, Mr Orwell predicted that Big Brother would take over the world. Now we have proof that he was wide of the mark: at the end of the 20th Century, it is Big Sister who runs

  • Craven through the years

    100 years A LETTER to the Craven Herald cast doubt on the belief that Oliver Cromwell had spent time in Kirkby Malham and had signed his name in the church register. The year 1899 was the 300th anniversary of Cromwell's birth and a reader and historian

  • Guiseley beat the champions

    GUISELEY 2 ALTRINCHAM 0 ALTRINCHAM came to Nethermoor Park to celebrate their UniBond League Premier Division Championship win and they were intent on celebrating in style. The biggest home crowd of the season saw the Alty choir in full voice but they

  • Jewell in the crown

    Paul Jewell, pictured, has revealed how his love for adopted club Bradford City is the driving force behind the bid to taken the club into the Premiership. The Bantams travel to Wolves tomorrow knowing that victory would end their 77-year wait for a place

  • Keighley Festival '99

    The best of Western and Asian sport will be presented at Marley Stadium during an action-packed day which will bring Keighley Festival to a close. Dozens of local adults and children will join in sports such as volleyball, kabadi, cricket, beeni, tug-of-war

  • A dawn rendezvous

    Why would anyone want to dance on top of a hill at five fifteen in the morning? News Editor Alistair Shand and photographer David Brett went along to find out There was something surreal about the whole situation. We stood alone by the mist-shrouded Cowling

  • Shopkeepers offer to spruce up

    ILKLEY'S Britain in Bloom bid will receive a huge boost from several town centre traders who have offered to spruce up their shops with tubs of flowers. An appeal was recently made for traders to bolster Ilkley's entry in the national competition by displaying

  • Help offered to find backing

    Voluntary groups in need of money are being urged to take advantage of a range of funding opportunities. Keighley Voluntary Services (KVS) is arranging a meeting, a training session and a leaflet to help organisations find cash. Ann McGrath will be in

  • Runners reach their peak

    A couple are on top of the world after finishing the toughest and highest marathon on Earth. Stewart Gardner and Charlotte Roberts, from Oakworth, are back home after completing the gruelling Everest Marathon. After a stamina-sapping eight-hour run through

  • Clubs help improve estate life

    Bracken Bank women are to be taught how to adopt a healthier lifestyle on a new free course. Many aspects of health will be covered during ten Saturday sessions at the estate's Sue Belcher Community Centre. Relaxation, yoga, aromatherapy, reflexology

  • Family-history plea

    A Glusburn woman desperately trying to respond to an Australian call for help is now pleading for help herself. The plea from Edwina Metcalfe, postmistress at Glusburn post office, follows a letter published in the Keighley News earlier this month. In

  • Playing piano on the Queen Mary

    A woman researching her family's history is appealing for help in finding her relatives. Tricia Butterworth, 65, who lives in Nantwich, Cheshire, wonders if Keighley News readers can shed light on her past. Her grandparents were Luke and Clara Shackleton

  • Hospital chiefs warned over staffing

    Executives at Airedale NHS Trust have been warned not to neglect medical staff when it comes to deciding overtime payment for the millennium bank holiday. The warning came from Steve Fowler, chairman of the Joint Staff Committee, at the trust's board

  • Gardens thrown open

    Visitors to open-garden events this summer will rake in an extra bonus - water-saving advice! Yorkshire Water is sponsoring a series of open gardens and is offering information, plus a device to slash water usage, to every visitor. The events, which give

  • Fitness franchise for Shelagh

    Dancer, fashion model and actress Shelagh Brayshaw has launched a new career. She has taken over the local franchise of classes for health and fitness guru Rosemary Conley, whose diet and fitness plan has re-shaped the lives of millions of women. Shelagh

  • Suzanne has designs on New York

    Student Suzanne Lear has won a prestigious award for her interior design. Suzanne is among three third-year students at Leeds Metropolitan University to scoop a national award. Suzanne, from Sutton, Emily Morley and Catrin Morgan are taking a degree in

  • Parents agree over school future

    Governors and parents at a reprieved school have voted unanimously on how they want it to look in future. They want tiny Oldfield First School to retain a total capacity of 56 pupils when it becomes a primary school next year. This will mean the school

  • Hearing held into prison suicide

    An investigation has been launched into the death of a teenager who hanged himself in jail. The nursing profession's highest regulatory organisation is probing allegations that a prison nurse falsified the times that drugs were given to Mark Hutton. Mark

  • Aid boss thanks Keighley people

    aid collected in Keighley for the Kosovar refugees is on its way to the Balkans. And the people of Keighley have been praised for their generosity. Two tons of medical equipment, clothes, blankets, children's food and other aid has been given to the Friendship

  • Praise for town centre

    Keighley's efforts to improve its town centre have received acknowledgement in a major new report. The Lockwood Survey reveals that towns with a centre management team are more successful than those without. It revealed that Keighley performs better than

  • Call for poll over tip future

    Residents in Cullingworth want to hold a referendum on whether to close down a waste landfill site in the village. Ten residents of Heather Bank Close have asked the parish council to organise a poll on the future of the Manywells waste tip. They want

  • Election round-up

    THE Conservatives are hoping to seize control of Craven District council when voters in 12 Craven wards go to the polls next week. Less than five years ago the Tories were in deep depression, down to just five seats in what has always been a traditional

  • Third time lucky as firm strikes gold

    THIRD time lucky has proved to be true for a Barnoldswick-based landscaping company after clinching a gold award at Harrogate Spring Flower Show. Classic Landscapes, run by Andrew Wood, 37 and Jonathan Jackson, 38, has entered the show for the past three

  • Campaigners hope for housing u-turn

    DEMANDS for an extra 1,000 homes in Pendle, including possible sites in West Craven, could be relaxed following a crisis meeting. Pendle Council leader Coun Alan Davies has welcomed a possible U-turn on the figures by county council members and officers

  • Post office re-opens

    THE tearing of perforations and the thumping of pension book stamps are being heard once more in Bradley after the village post office re-opened its doors after a four-year absence. The post office is housed in the village store and opened again on Monday

  • Hall hut is put on the market

    A RATHER unusual Dales property has been put on the market. Estate Agent Tim Wilman has been instructed to offer for sale the old Cracoe Village Hall, or the Rylstone District War Memorial Hut, as it should strictly be described. "We are of course only

  • Boost for Dales environment

    A PROJECT to improve the environment in Upper Wharfedale has been boosted by a £200,000 grant. The extra funds have been granted by the European Commission for the £400,000 three-year project being led by the Environment Agency. The project is set to

  • Depressed man drowns in canal

    A SALTERFORTH man with a long history of illness and depression drowned in the Leeds and Liverpool Canal close to his home, an inquest in Nelson heard this week. The body of 64-year-old former driver Geoffrey Town, of Kelbrook Road, was recovered from

  • David Behrens: Laughs and life and Big Elsie

    Her name was Rhoda Rogers and she did the striptease. "She was gorgeous," recalls the young comedian who lurked in the wings while she took her clothes off. "I kept trying to get a furtive glimpse of her boobs and her bum." The comic's name was Jimmy

  • Football fan banned from games

    A Keighley football fan has been banned from matches until September for causing disruptions. Andrew Webster, 32, of Wardle Crescent, has been forbidden to attend any Football Association match for four months. Webster, a machine setter, admitted to going

  • Policeman rewarded after chase

    A Keighley traffic officer who followed a suspected stolen car and caravan on his way home from a night shift was commended this week. PC Phil Jackson was driving home at 6.15am on Saturday, March 20, when he spotted an old-looking Ford towing an apparently

  • Cougars star rewards young players

    PENDLE'S fastest growing sports club held a packed annual presentation night in Barnoldswick on Sunday. The West Craven Warriors junior rugby league club now boasts almost 100 registered playing members, aged from six to 16, and in an area where participation

  • Villagers hit out over bad reception

    ADDINGHAM residents say they are getting a poor reception from BBC bosses. They claim broadcasting chiefs have revealed the village may have to wait up to a decade to receive their favourite programmes in crystal clear stereo. People in the village have

  • Pupils plan map for the millennium

    AN innovative map for the millennium is to be produced by students at Settle High School. The project, entitled "Settle at the End of the 20th Century" will begin in September and will be carried out mainly by 13 and 14-year-old students in year nine.

  • Group gives evidence to Parliament

    BADGER watchers in Craven are claiming a victory for the animals despite the decision to cull thousands in a bid to wipe out TB. Members of Craven Badger Group gave evidence to the House of Commons Agriculture Select Committee which is looking into what

  • Summer of fun ahead

    Thousands of youngsters will enjoy a fun-packed summer with the launch of the first Keighley Children's Festival. Aimed at boosting trade by attracting more families into the town centre during the summer holidays, the festival will feature a host of

  • Our George got it wrong

    WELL, it seems that our George got it wrong. In his political horror story, 1984, Mr Orwell predicted that Big Brother would take over the world. Now we have proof that he was wide of the mark: at the end of the 20th Century, it is Big Sister who runs

  • Ben Rhydding Golf Club

    THE Ben Rhydding Ladies' Medal play off for the Ormanroyd Tropy took place in hot sunny weather. Six players competed. The winner was Helen Sefton, returning a score of 107-36-71. Helen Marshall was second (99-26-73) followed by Pauline Brook (97-18-79

  • Town agrees to new bus deal

    AN agreement sealing a partnership for better public transport has been struck in Otley. A quality partnership document involving Otley Town Council, West Yorkshire Passenger Transport Authority (WYPTA) and Metro has been signed, meaning a new programme

  • School to move for millennium

    ILKLEY'S Ghyll Royd School is making a millennium move after more than 100 years in the town. The Gazette can reveal the Grove Road-based independent day school for boys will start the new century in a Burley-in-Wharfedale six-acre site. The school, which

  • World famous pram firm lays off its staff

    EMERGENCY recovery meetings are being held to try and save a Guiseley factory from closure. Last Thursday employees at Silver Cross pram manufacturers, Otley Road, were laid-off and since then emergency meetings have been held with a view to finding a

  • 'Show-off' killer sent to jail

    A 28-year-old man who killed his girlfriend in a shooting three years ago has been jailed for seven years for her manslaughter. Jahanzad Khan Ismail had been showing off with the Browning 9mm semi-automatic he had just bought when it unexpectedly went

  • Who needs Florida?

    There's nowhere in the world to beat Haworth in summer, says the man who gave up Florida for Brontland. Paul Calvert, one of the stars of raunchy TV series Miami Uncovered, returned to his home village last week. As the temperature rose he decided to

  • Praise for MP's action

    HALIFAX MP Alice Mahon has come in for a bit of stick lately from members of her own Government and the media. For daring to suggest that killing Serbian civilians is not the best way to stop a dictator killing Albanian civilians, Mrs Mahon has been roundly

  • Dear Reader

    Next week is Local Newspaper Week - organised by the Newspaper Society in association with the Prince's Trust. It has attracted the support of HRH The Prince of Wales and Prime Minister Tony Blair. Local Newspaper Week is aimed at raising awareness of

  • Northern Plant Hire Challenge Trophy Final

    Silsden 3 Colne Cricket Club 1 Silsden added to their trophy haul at Gargrave on Tuesday as expected but not without spirited resistance from Colne who had they converted a couple of early chances could have quite easily caused an upset. On a cold evening

  • Skipton Building Society Morrison Cup Final

    Embsay 1 Grassington 0 This was a typically nervous final at Gargrave on Friday and Grassington will look back on missed chances that cost them dear as Embsay went on to lift the cup. The Dalesmen chased and hustled their opponents out of their stride

  • Craven Cricket League

    At long last fine weather resulted in a full programme of matches and probably the result of the day in the First Division came at Pendle Forest where Carleton were the visitors. The villagers batted first and rattled up 217-8, Martyn Windle scoring 51

  • Simply Smith

    with Tom Smith NATIONAL and local newspapers see the world through very different eyes. Last week one day's news in a national paper covered items like the dangers of Genetically Modified food, the death penalty for children, the Kosovo crisis, the murder

  • Time to attract a younger element

    IN moves which smack of desperation, some councils around the country have been going to all sorts of lengths attempting to persuade voters to place their cross in local council elections. Posters, advertisements on buses, even pretty flower beds with

  • Bracken Ghyll Golf Club

    ADDINGHAM Bracken Ghyll Golf Club's April Stableford winner in Division One was the club captain Robert Stead with 42 points. This time he remembered to sign his card. Second was John Eaton also on 42 while third was Jon Stephens with 39. In Division

  • Singers help girl with dolphin dream

    AN operatic group is hoping to hit a high note by helping an ill Yeadon girl realise her ambition of swimming with dolphins in America. Marie Thompson, 15, of King Street, suffers from acute leukaemia, and is at present receiving treatment for her illness

  • Quaker house to be open to public

    AN ancient Quaker building between Bolton Abbey and Addingham will soon be open to members of the public this summer. Farfield Friends Meeting House was built in 1689 and is a rare legacy of the foundings of Quaker religion in the area. Historic relics

  • James hits the jackpot

    A 66-year-old grandfather won the top prize of £20,000 - plus another £4,000 - at Britain's 'biggest ever' bingo session. James Munnerley, of Haworth, won the cash in the final game at Gala Bingo's first Ultimate Bingo Session, held in Castleford. Nearly

  • Garage plan gets cautious approval

    EXPANSION plans at an Otley car dealership have won approval, despite concerns over late-night deliveries. Massingberd (Otley) Ltd got the green light to add to its Leeds Road premises from members of Leeds City Council's plans west sub-committee. But

  • Antiques experts on the road

    An antiques roadshow is coming to Keighley. Bonhams Auctioneers is bringing a team of specialists to the National Trust's East Riddlesden Hall for the sixth consecutive year, on Wednes-day, May 12, to give valuations and advice. Over the past few years

  • Brilliant Bantams are ready

    Today the T&A reports the goodwill messages from across the district from people who are willing the Bantams to make Bradford sporting history tomorrow. There surely can't be a Bradfordian who won't echo that support for the players as they travel

  • Rawdon batsmen slam Guiseley

    RAWDON gave notice of their title intentions when they slammed neighbours Guiseley in Saturday's Airedale and Wharfedale League game. Rawdon, seeking to better last season's runners-up spot, smashed the Guiseley bowling attack for 252-5 with David Whittaker

  • Pool heading for title

    Harlow Hill 3 Pool AFC 5 POOL sailed five points clear at the top of table with this emphatic win against early league leaders Harlow Hill. Pool started the first-half in good style with their pacy front line causing all sorts of problems and they took

  • Appeal launched for new cross

    A COMMUNITY appeal is being launched this week to raise funds for a new Easter cross to mark the millennium. The scheme was announced last weekend at a church breakfast in Otley and aims to collect some £2,000 through public donations and fundraising

  • New hospital site to be chosen in days

    HEALTH chiefs are within days of coming up with the best site for a new Wharfedale General Hospital. A specially chosen group of health representatives has spent the last few weeks placing in order of importance the requirements for the chosen site -

  • Carnival is hit by gate crashers

    SKINFLINTS who forced their way into Ilkley Carnival without paying a penny have been labelled 'despicable'. More than 18,000 people attended the town's annual Bank Holiday party - the vast majority boosting the coffers of Ilkley-based charities as they

  • Green dream comes true

    A BURLEY-in-Wharfedale man is hoping his green dream will finally come true next month. Community council member Tom Sumner has revealed to Wharfedale Newspapers the date for the official opening of the village green extension. Mr Sumner has spent months

  • Mourners escape blaze

    More than 20 people had to flee a post-funeral gathering when fire broke out. Children playing with matches are believed to have started the blaze in the dormer bedroom of the house in Edensor Road, Keighley. Fire crews called to the scene were told that

  • Unhappy venue for Town

    Dudley Hill 3 Otley Town 0 THIS venue has been far from a happy one for Otley Town and so it proved again as Town's three match unbeaten run was brought to an abrupt, and unceremonious, halt. The real disappointment was the lack of character shown after

  • Elliott stars in Bramhope win

    A FINE bowling spell by Bradford Bulls coach Matthew Elliott, who took 4-40 in 15 impressive overs, helped Bramhope restrict Walton to 146-6. In reply a sound opening stand of 46 between Martin Ashworth (43) and John Lawson (19) laid the foundations and

  • T0wn beat Hepworth Cup holders

    OTLEY Town produced some fine all-round cricket to beat last year's Hepworth Cup winners Leeds Police by seven wickets. Nick McNeice made the early breakthrough with 2-13 before retiring with a groin strain after five overs. The remaining wickets were

  • Cougars to name coach

    COUGARS' new coach should be known by Tuesday. The last candidate will be interviewed on Monday then a decision made by the club's board of directors that evening. The four in the frame have coaching pedigrees, one with Superleague experience, confirms

  • More parking at Horsforth station

    LONG suffering residents have given a cautious welcome to plans to increase car parking at Horsforth Railway Station. The West Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (WYPTA) is to spend £80,000 on increasing the number of places at the busy railway station

  • Green Group protest over water extraction go ahead

    NEW licences to continue extracting water from the River Wharfe at Ilkley will risk long-term environmental damage, campaigners have warned. And the Government ecological watchdog, the Environment Agency, has been accused of giving in to Yorkshire Water's

  • Man freed after accident

    A motorist had a lucky escape when his car was crushed by a metal beam. The 28-year-old man, whose name has been withheld by police, had to be freed by firefighters from the wreckage of his vehicle. He received slight injuries and was discharged after

  • £1million bonus for schools

    Some run-down inner city schools in Bradford could be in line for a bonus worth more than £1 million in the next three years, according to the Government. Under the Excellence in the Cities scheme, ministers have announced that they will create mini education

  • Cinema launches new season

    Bront buffs can step back in time next week as Keighley's cinema unveils a golden oldie from before the Second World War. The 1939 version of Wuthering Heights starring Laurence Olivier and Merle Oberon will be screened on Wednesday at the Picture House

  • Church celebrates 90th anniversary

    A POOL-IN-WHARFEDALE church will be ablaze with colour during a busy weekend of celebrations starting tomorrow . Pool Methodist Church is marking its 90th anniversary with a colourful flower festival, displays and special services from Friday to Monday

  • More bums on seats is musical festival's aim

    ORGANISERS of this year's Wharfedale Music Festival are hoping that a new idea will put more 'bums on seats' at their Gala Concert. In the last few years Gala Concert audiences at the culmination of the week-long feast of music have been dropping, despite

  • Park-and-ride could go full-time

    Keighley is to launch its first ever park-and-ride scheme in a bid to attract more people into the town centre and cut traffic congestion. Thousands of shoppers, tourists and rail passengers could use the bus service with town centre businesses also set

  • Another defeat for Town

    OTLEY TOWN 0 LITTLETOWN 1 A GOAL mid-way through the first-half sentenced Otley Town to a second successive defeat in Division One of the Muntaz West Riding County Amateur League. Whilst the previous week they had deserved better against one of the three

  • Ilkley Juniors enjoy Fleetwood tour

    AFTER securing the Craven League title for the second time in two years Ilkley Juniors Under-13s ended their season with a football tour to Fleetwood kitted out with new training tops kindly sponsored by the Crescent Hotel and bar in Ilkley. Their first

  • Trojans do Pool a favour

    BURLEY TROJANS 3 HAMPSTHWAITE 1 BURLEY Trojans threw the title race wide open again when they defeated favourites Hampsthwaite and tipped the balance in favour of their neighbours Pool who meet the Harrogate-based side later this week. Trojans had a score

  • Moses in the fame game

    A PLAYER who figured in record lows for the club and in Peter Roe's Third Division title-winning side of 1992-93 has been inducted in the Cougars' Hall of Fame. Paul Moses - 'a model professional,' says Brian Jefferson - and Joe Flanagan, who had his

  • Manorlands plans expansion

    Manorlands, the Sue Ryder cancer-care hospice at Oxenhope, is planning a satellite day-care unit in Skipton. Hospice staff are seeking land in the town and holding talks with North Yorkshire Health Authority in a bid to win support for the ambitious £450,000

  • Former railway station could get new lease of life

    HOPES have been raised for the re-opening of a railway station at Arthington which would serve Otley and the surrounding area. A new station in the village to serve the surrounding area is one of 30 that the West Yorkshire Passenger Transport Authority

  • Spitfire hope for weekend

    Historic aeroplanes from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight will be the highest highlight of Haworth's wartime weekend. The village will go back to the 1940s on May 15 and 16 for a host of activities to entertain residents and visitors. The Memorial

  • Teacher jailed for indecency

    A gay teacher who indecently assaulted a male pupil at his school has been jailed for two years. David Tetley, 35, admitted he was "openly homesexual.'' But he denied behaving indecently with the teenage boy after taking him into a cleaner's room at Whitcliffe

  • Voluntary warning on wage rules

    New rules governing issues such as working hours and the minimum wage have big implications for voluntary groups. That is the warning from Keighley Voluntary Services coordinator Cait Clarricoates as she urges local organisations to attend a special advice

  • Magistrates Court list

    A 20-year-old man has been banned from Keighley's Club 101 for a year after admitting an assault charge. Andrew Mark MacMillan, of 117 Hainworth Wood Road, Keighley, was also ordered to be electronically tagged until September under a 9.30pm-8am curfew

  • University honours writer

    Juliet Barker, a former curator of the Bront Parsonage Museum, is to receive an honorary degree from Bradford University. The historian and writer, an internationally-recognised authority on the Bronts, will become an honorary Doctor of Letters. Mrs Barker

  • Traders pass the bucket

    A collection during St George's Day celebrations in Haworth raised £30 for the appeal for cash to buy a historic Bront letter. Haworth Traders passed a donation bucket around visitors who were listening to a poetry reading in the village. The money will

  • thugs attack young woman

    Police are hunting a gang of thugs who attacked a teenage diner at a Keighley restaurant. The 18-year-old woman was left badly shaken after being punched in the face during an apparently unprovoked attack at The Sanam restaurant on High Street at 2.30am

  • Management buyout No 2

    Poultry processors Bronte Foods Ltd, of Cullingworth, has been bought by its management in a second-generation management buyout. The deal, which was led by Peter Lane of the Leeds office of Lloyds TSB Development Capital, will see the venture capital

  • Church members tackle refit

    Worshippers at Long Lee Methodist Church have raised almost £10,000 for a major refurbishment scheme. Church bosses plan to renovate and modernise the building for the new millennium. The project includes the installation of a new heating system, replacement

  • Drug-addict jailed

    Desperate crack addict Allen Duffy got his wish yesterday when a judge jailed him for three years. Duffy - who had admitted offences including theft, burglary and dangerous driving - wanted a long sentence so he could be sent on a drug-users' course at

  • Twins great duet

    Twins Paul and Daniel Hinchcliffe struck just the right note in their bid to become the best accordion players in the country. The pair brought home the award for best advanced duet from the British Accordion Championships in Scarbor-ough. The 17-year-olds

  • Developer under fire as homes are built

    A gabbioned wall built as part of a new housing development has been dubbed a monstrosity which should be pulled down. That is the view of objectors who claim that much of the work on a housing site at Long Lee has been done without planning permission

  • Mineral travels across the waves to make cash for school

    A RAWDON father has come up with an ingenious way of boosting Benton Park School funds. Martin Wainwright, whose two sons go to the school, came up with the idea of bottling a mineral found only in the Fort Benton Mountains, close to the Yellowstone National