• Mother aiming to spice up teenagers' lives

    BRAMHOPE teenagers have welcomed the woman who is about to spice up church life for youngsters with an afternoon tea party. Kathryn Elliott, 49, who has been appointed as Christian youth worker met with teenagers over tea and cakes at St Giles Parish

  • Journalist warns of Dutch con trick

    YEADON journalist Barrie Pennett is warning people to be on the lookout for a con trick involving a Dutch firm and a first aid kit. Barrie received a parcel through the post containing the kit and a letter thanking him for supporting a charity. There

  • Ayckbourn sends letter to Theatre

    PLAYWRIGHT Sir Alan Ayckbourn has sent a letter of encouragement to Otley Little Theatre as it prepares to perform his Chorus of Disapproval. In his letter, Ayckbourn writes to director Roger Thomas and all the cast: "Wishing you every success with the


    Keighley women are joining millions across the globe for an annual day of prayer. A special service will be held on Friday, March 3, to mark the Women's World Day of Prayer. The service at the Airedale Church on North Street will be led by Rev Brenda


    Bosses at a thriving Cross Hills firm are helping to fund the high-tech exploration of a historic wreck off the British coast. Billy Skelton, 53, and David Wingate, 51, of Skelgate Holdings, have ploughed hundreds of thousands of pounds into a new company

  • Award winning brewer retires

    A brewer retired this week from Taylor's after nearly 40 years' dedicated service to the Knowle Spring brewery. David Henfray, 65 on Tuesday, joined the award winning brewery in March 1960 and has worked as the fermentation manager and more recently as

  • Glenn Miller backs elderly in Bronte Country

    WORTH Valley ward councillor Glenn Miller has thrown his weight behind the campaign to get urgent repair work carried out at a council-run sheltered housing complex in Haworth. Cllr Miller (Cons) was invited to the Heathcliff homes by the chairman of

  • Territorials invade Keighley

    SEVERAL hundred Territorial Army troops invaded Keighley at the weekend. The contingent took over part of Ingrow Railway Centre - on the Keighley and Worth Valley line - in the first operation of its kind seen in the town. Rail wagons were used to off

  • Wharfedale weather Bracknell storm

    National Division One Bracknell 8 Wharfedale 17 (Half-time 0-10) his deserved triumph in a tough and demanding fixture which inflicted on Bracknell only their second home defeat so far this season leaves Wharfedale's promotion hopes intact for a final

  • Cougars: St George ready for Dragon Slaying show

    AUSSIE Nathan Antonik is set to turn Dragon Slayer when the Cougars travel to Doncaster on Sunday determined to put last week's Challenge Cup defeat behind them. Nathan, 24, joined Cougars from the St George club, near Sydney in New South Wales, in July

  • Craven through the years

    100 years ago IN Victorian times truancy from school was frowned upon just as much as it is today, though the punishment for offenders was much more severe. One youngster who repeatedly failed to turn up to school in Skipton was ordered to attend an industrial

  • Firefighters save rare pigs

    PRIZE porker, Arthur - one of the rarest breed of pigs in the country - and his harem of 14 sows, are recovering after their sty was hit by fire. All but one sow in the herd of prize winning Middle Whites - there are only 223 sows in Great Britain - escaped

  • Digraced JP used time in prison to write novel

    A DISGRACED magistrate used his time in jail for lying about a drink driving incident to complete his first novel. John Bosomworth, the former owner of J B Cara-Cars on Coutances Way, Ilkley, was sent to prison for 15 months in 1996 for attempting to

  • Foundations laid for Darwin Gardens

    SUCCESSFUL foundations for Ilkley's Darwin Gardens millennium scheme have been laid in more ways than one. The millennium maze is one of the most ambitious aspects of the plan to transform West View Park at the top of Wells Road. Foundations for the maze

  • Albion ready for big cup tie

    Albion Sports play one of the biggest games in their two-decade history tomorrow. Sports travel to the Midlands to meet Edwards Birmingham Celtic in the quarter-final of the FA Sunday Cup. Albion are confident they can emulate Oakenshaw's feat of the

  • Pool: Chris on cue for European championship

    CUE ace Chris Melling has been selected to play for England in the European Championships of 8-Ball Pool. Chris, who has enjoyed a superb year which included playing in China, will be part of the five-man national team when the competition kicks off in

  • Ilkley Youth share spoils

    ILKLEY YOUTH 1 GRASSINGTON 1 IN one of only two matches to be played in the Craven League because of poor weather, the Guyson sponsored Ilkley Youth side travelled to third-placed Grassington who were fortified by the inclusion of first team players seeking

  • Otliensians lose

    TIGERS 25 OTLIENSIANS 14 OTLIENSIANS received a setback early on Saturday when three of the players in the squad could not travel. This weakened the pack with the changes taking out Chris Baldwin, Richard 'Mescher' Smith and Peter Bonner. Their replacements

  • Heroic display by Park

    West Park 8 Mowden Park 38 WEST Park put up an heroic performance against the big spending league leaders and, after having conceded 98 points at Darlington earlier in the season, showed how much they have improved lately. The main difference was the

  • Soccer: Junior football round-up

    Oakworth Under-7's A stayed on top of the league with a 2-1 victory over Gomersal. Man of the match Luke Chapman led the comeback as Oaks replied with goals from George Turner and Matthew Moore. Oakworth Under-7's B suffered an 11-0 defeat at the hands

  • Soccer: Silsden Ladies

    Silsden Ladies came up against a strong Huddersfield town side and secured a 2-2 draw with all the goals coming in the second half. Silsden took the lead when woman of the match Shelley Donohoe scored after 10 minutes. Town fought back and were rewarded

  • Soccer: Craven League

    HEAVY overnight rain forced all but one of last weekend's Craven League prgramme to be abandoned. The backlog will mean an increase in the number of midweek evening fixtures which will have to be played towards the end of the season. Some clubs still

  • New detective inspector looks to the future

    CRAVEN has a new detective inspector - with the promotion of Skipton-based Mick Moore. Mr Moore, who has been a detective sergeant in the town for about eight years, will take over his new role on Monday. But as well as being Craven's detective inspector

  • Millennium baby stars in ambitious TV project

    A GIGGLESWICK couple and their newly-born son will appear on a television programme which aims to discover whether parents can influence the way their child develops. Neil and Gillian Roberts, of The Mains, will be one of the couples to feature in "Child

  • 9,000 snub 'killer bug' jabs

    Worried doctors are stepping up their campaign to immunise Bradford teenagers against a deadly strain of meningitis which can kill within hours. The move follows a dreadful response to the national campaign to vaccinate 15 to 17-year-olds against the

  • Mystery UF sparks probe

    A UFO investigation group wants to hear from Keighley people who saw a massive object fall from the sky on Sunday evening. An Utley girl reported seeing an object as big as the moon plummet towards the ground, in the direction of Bradford, at 6.30pm.

  • Balloonist helps charity launch

    BALLOONIST John Guy helped a cancer charity launch its annual daffodil appeal with the unveiling of the brand new Marie Curie hot air balloon. John, of Gargrave, who owns Black Sheep Balloons, bought the balloon in memory of his mother, Pat Guy. She was

  • Now The Brontes, the stage musical

    Ghostly happenings in Haworth are set to keep audiences glued to their seats when a Saltaire man's award-winning debut musical is premiered by a West Yorkshire school. And Eddie Lawler is hoping the musical - which features the Bronte sisters and their

  • Jodie's secret diary scoops top prize

    A SECRET diary recording the eventful year in the life of a local youngster has scooped the writer a top prize. Jodie Hargreaves from Prospect Mount, Fell Lane, has been chosen as the winner of our Millennium Diary competition. Her Diary 2000 was chosen

  • Boys grab six tries in win at Blackpool

    Bradford Grammar School won 32-19 at Blackpool's Arnold School, but master in charge Charles Lines was not totally happy with his team's performance. They made a great start by scoring the first of six tries in the early stages. James Streets opened the

  • Bid to create a centre of excellence

    A PILOT project has been launched in a bid to make Bentham a centre of rural excellence. Bentham was chosen for the case study because of its unique "self sufficiency" for a small market town with a population of around 3,000. This is demonstrated by

  • Woman dies following lung transplant

    A CRAVEN woman who underwent a double lung transplant last week has died in hospital. Doctors said the six-hour operation to remove Katherine Ireland's lungs and replace them with a pair from a donor had gone extremely well. But 21-year-old Katherine

  • Plea for affordable transport to shops

    Residents, councillors and health action groups have made an urgent plea for improved transport services in the Allerton area of Bradford. About 20 members of local community groups and organisations met with transport service and supermarket representatives

  • Gala night tribute to tragic Sharon

    A special gala night is to be held in memory of a mother-of-three killed after her car was involved in a head-on smash with a fire engine. The money raised will be used to send Sharon Southgate-Hesling's children - Gareth, 16, disabled 13-year-old Ben


    A teenager was robbed and a couple's car raided during two incidents on Keighley streets on Saturday afternoon. A 19-year-old man was forced to hand over his wallet to three youths of Asian appearance as he walked down Wellington Road, off Coney Lane,

  • BSE: Family's fury at farmers

    ANDREW'S father, Ron, a retired teacher, told the Keighley News how he was angered by farmers' calls for compensation following the beef scares. He says: "It makes my blood boil to see every couple of weeks about the beef farmers having a bad time of

  • Conservation of Ilkley

    ILKLEY deserves special status and protection from aggressive developers due to its unique Victorian nature, it has been claimed. Former parish councillor Barbara Cussons said Ilkley must have some protection to prevent every trace of land being 'whittled

  • Bradford admits creaming off Addingham money

    AN admission by Bradford Council that it has been quietly 'creaming off' the interest from a fund to provide affordable housing in Addingham has been greeted by howls of outrage in the village. Three weeks ago an investigation by the Gazette revealed

  • Labour on Parade to mark centenary

    Labour Party members will gather at Valley Parade for centenary celebrations later this month. Hundreds of local activists are expected to join MPs, MEPs and Cabinet Minister Alastair Darling at the reception. Simultaneous celebrations will be going ahead

  • Town gets £3.4 million boost

    More than £3.4 million of government cash will be spent in Keighley over the next 12 months through the Single Regeneration Budget. The money will go on a range of housing, health, education, community, anti-crime and business support schemes. The town's

  • T Rex recruit Silson

    BEN RHYDDING'S Alan Silson has joined the re-formed line up of glam rock group T Rex. Mr Silson has been recruited to play in the band which still boasts two members of its original line up. The former member of Smokie (whose hits included Living Next

  • Cougars: Wood aims for ton-up record

    Martin Wood needs four tries for a century of touchdowns in his two spells at Cougar Park. His 96 tries have come in a total of 180 appearances for the club. The stand-off or loose forward has scored three hat-tricks, including a personal best of four

  • Cynical

    IT is not difficult to become very cynical about the chances of getting a new Wharfedale Hospital - in Otley at least. The latest piece of news surrounding the whole issue seems to make it even more unlikely that a new hospital will ever be built in the

  • Dear Reader

    I had some time to kill earlier this week while waiting for an appointment in London, so I went for a memory lane walk down Fleet Street. Not many signs of the old days are left, and the legendary Daily Express building was clad in scaffolding and sheets

  • Confident Otley win

    ROSSLYN PARK 11 OTLEY 20 THE spectre of past visits by Otley to Rosslyn Park was well and truly laid as Otley's confident, well-organised approach to this most vital of games secured a solid victory which keeps them firmly at the head of the Jewson One

  • Guiseley gambling on new lottery

    DESPITE things not having gone as well as they would have liked on or off the field this season Guiseley AFC continue to seek ways to fund their league programme in the UniBond Premier Division as well as running reserve and Academy teams. To this end

  • Yeadon sports clubs set for Lottery funds

    THE five sports organisations operating out of Yeadon's Nunroyd Park are in the final throes of applying for Lottery funding. The Aireborough Nunroyd Sports Association (ANSA) continues to make steady progress towards its aim of achieving funding for

  • Lunn header seals Town win

    EASTMOOR 0 OTLEY TOWN 1 OTLEY Town's management were looking for a good performance following the disappointment of the previous week and they were not let down. They made two changes with Gareth Reynolds returning from an enforced one match absence and

  • Skylark Junior Cup

    IN the re-launched Skylark Leisure Wharfedale FA Junior Cup Baildon Trinity Athletic Under-16s had an overwhelming win over Rawdon Park Rangers Under-15s. Otley Town triumphed 2-1 over Horsforth Dynamo after the sides were level 1-1 at the break. Scorers

  • Otley Saracens stay on top

    Saracens 29 Ionians 10 SARACENS retained their place at the head of the Yorkshire second team Merit table with a hard earned win over a lively Hull side. Gary Cassidy was a late withdrawal and Martin Hainsworth moved to scrum-half with Mark Kirkby in

  • Rugby League: Junior round-up

    Keighley Town beat Victoria Rangers 18-16, fighting to the final whistle to defeat the top of the table side. Tries were scored by Daz Jackson (2), S Hudson and D O'Connor with a conversion by B Cartledge in his first game for the club. The squad shared

  • Council appoints chief executive

    CRAVEN District Council has appointed a new chief executive. Rachel Mann, currently the council's temporary executive director and director of public services, accepted the post this week. She has got the job following the departure last July of former

  • Round the world in 80 days

    Imagine driving 20,000 miles round the world in 80 days, through scorching deserts, 12,000-ft mountain passes and frozen wastes. Now imagine driving it in an open-top Bentley - or a 35-year-old Mini Cooper. In a bizarre mix of Cannonball Run and Phileas


    Customs and Excise officers have linked up with the Benefits Agency for a blitz on dealers in smuggled tobacco and alcohol. Six teams visited 90 premises in Keighley, Bradford and Leeds in the intelligence-led operation. Goods were seized at 20 of the

  • BSE: Tribute to loving son's drive and ambition

    Andrew's family say he was finally getting to where he wanted to get in life, and paid tribute to his drive and ambition. His mother, Marilyn, says his life at university in London suited him to a tee. She says: "He was having the time of his life really

  • Ilkley fall to Weston Lane

    ILKLEY U-8's 1 WESTON LANE U8's 3 ILKLEY Under-8s played hosts to Weston Lane, who were to by Ilkley's toughest opponents so far this season. The home team were tested from the start with Lane having the advantage of the wind behind them, their forward

  • Rugby Union: Halifax make it a treble

    Halifax 2nds 36 Crusaders' 2nds 14 - THE Crusaders lost for the third time this season against the Halifax side, at least in this match the Crusaders competed to the end. Crusaders were soon on the attack when a mazy run by Warren Knowles put Halifax

  • Call for better security at allotments

    ALLOTMENT holders on Skipton's Broughton Road are calling for a better security system following yet another break-in at the pigeon lofts and sheds. The Skipton Town Council-owned allotments have been targeted frequently by thieves and vandals over the

  • Gang beat security guard to the ground

    Armed robbers beat a security guard to the floor after trying to mow him down in their getaway car. The masked gang struck at the Sticker Lane branch of Morrisons, Laisterdyke, Bradford, at 4.50pm yesterday. The guard had made a collection at the store's

  • Trust may bring extra nurses to town

    ILKLEY may benefit from extra nurses if the Airedale Primary Group is granted trust status, its chief executive has claimed. Kevin Ellis said the Airedale Primary Care Group, which includes surgeries based in Ilkley, Addingham and Burley-in-Wharfedale

  • Cougars: Counting the cost of defeat

    LAST week's defeat by Villeneuve has dented more than a bit of Cougar pride -- it has left a big hole in the club's bank balance. As fourth round losers they will pick up a cheque for £5,400, but a place in the fifth round would have guaranteed them a

  • Love is on the rocks

    ROMANCE is dead at Prince Henry's Grammar School - and that's official. Budding entrepreneurs had formed their own Young Enterprise Company, based at the school, and hoped to sell dozens of red roses to lovestruck pupils to give to their valentines. But

  • Party closes Labour social club

    OTLEY Labour Club has closed its social club in a bid to stem spiralling losses. The Walkergate club's decision is for an initial three months' temporary breather to allow officials to try to come up with a rescue package. It is hoped that by the early

  • Chumbawamba guitarist to launch brew pub

    CHUMBAWAMBA guitarist and expert fell runner Boff Whalley will welcome the crowds at the opening of Otley's first ever 'brewpub'. Next month, Briscoe's Brewery moves from an Otley cellar into an extension of the Bowling Green in Bondgate. And to mark

  • Fundraiser dances her way to raising £40,000

    A WHARFEDALE woman has danced her way to raising more than £40,000 for charities and organisations over the last 20 years. Community-spirited Maureen Thackwray has spent much of her adult life running old time dancing classes and social events. And four

  • Alcohol seized from teenage drinkers

    TEENAGE drinkers had their booze seized by police who confiscated a hoard of alcohol including vodka, brandy and cider on Friday evening. The youths, aged between 13 and 16, claimed to have got the drink from their unsuspecting parents, many of whom had

  • Star to open art show

    A celebrity famous for repeating himself is heading for Ilkley next month. John Savident, alias butcher Fred Elliot in Coronation Street, will open the Spring exhibition of The British Society of Painters. The actor will perform the opening honours at

  • Fight to save Keighley Court is lost

    An appeal against plans to close Keighley courthouse has been lost. Bradford council was this week told its 11th hour campaign to save the North Street complex has been unsuccessful. The building is likely to close by spring with all magistrates' cases

  • Christmas shake up for Ilkley lights

    ILKLEY residents need to shake the myth that Bradford Council has a long history of supplying festive lights for the town, a parish councillor has urged. Coun Lexa Robinson, parish council chairman-elect, said: "I think Ilkley is what Ilkley wants it

  • Cougars: Juniors reach Chellege Cup final

    COUGARS may have missed their chance of Challenge Cup glory -- but Keighley will still be taking the field at the Murrayfield final. Keighley Schools Under-13's team has been asked to provide 10 Ball Boys for the final at Murrayfield April 29 and they

  • Council in no rush to develop Ashfield Works

    A MAJOR Otley town centre site can only be redeveloped once the main tenant has been relocated, it has been revealed. Leeds City Council-owned Ashfield Works, off Westgate, will most probably be redeveloped with a mixture of houses and leisure associated

  • Green-fingered Dave makes a name for himself on the net

    GREEN-FINGERED Dave Thompson has made a name for himself on the other side of the Atlantic - as a doctor of all things horticultural. Dave, 37, a keen amateur gardener from Yeadon, set up a gardening website just three weeks ago and has become something

  • New option in village hall debate

    A NEW option has been thrown into the debate over the future of Cowling's ailing village hall. The hall is badly in need of repair and around £180,000 is needed to bring it up to standard and make improvements. Residents met last Thursday to discuss the

  • A piece of heritage is restored

    HAPPY memories of driving the length and breadth of Britain in the golden age of motoring came flooding back to Barnoldswick's Harold Pearson at a special reunion. It was a fantastic moment for retired Silentnight lorry driver Harold when he was teamed


    The last ever trolley bus to operate in Keighley is finally coming back home. The Straker-Clough trackless - believed to be the oldest of its kind left in the world - is being brought back to its home town by the Keighley Bus Museum Trust. If all goes

  • Taylor's head for Beer Oscars

    Brewers Timothy Taylor & Co are sure to win two prizes at the beer industry 'Oscars' in April. The Knowle Spring Brewery has had two of it beers nominated in the most prestigious category, the real ale championship, in the Brewing Industry International

  • Minister blasts council's footpath record

    Bradford council has been blasted for ignoring it's duty to keep footpaths open. Chris Mullin, a junior minister in the Department for the Environment, has written to Cllr Darr telling him the concil has a terrible record. Keighley's branch of the Ramblers

  • Table Tennis: Prmotion fight is red hot

    The fight for promotion at the top Division Two of the Keighley & District Table Tennis League Second Division shows no sign of abating. Three points separating the top three who all have to play one another during the next month, it looks as though


    Gentle giant Peter Mayhew, best remembered for his roll as Chewbacca in the blockbuster Star Wars trilogy, is soon to bid farewell to the town he has grown to love. He moved to the Keighley area from the South in 1987. And love, admits 56-year-old Peter

  • Ex-employees hit out over grant to TIC

    A £20,000 grant from Skipton Town Council to the privately owned tourist information office has angered former employees. The formerly council-run Skipton TIC was re-opened by a private company last year amid concerns about the employment rights of existing

  • Nail your colours to mast, town told

    Pen and paper are the latest weapons in the campaign against an Otley telephone mast. Councillor Nigel Francis - who is leading the fight against the mobile communications mast - is urging residents to write letters of protest. Coun Francis (Ind, Danefield

  • Lung transplant woman dies

    A Cononley woman who underwent a double lung transplant last week has died in hospital. Doctors said the six-hour operation to remove Katherine Ireland's lungs and replace them with a pair from a donor had gone extremely well. But 21-year-old Katherine

  • White Wells gets new tenants

    SUPPORTERS of Ilkley's White Wells Spa Cottage are celebrating victory in their fight to keep it out of 'foreign' hands. Ilkley residents Mark Hunnebell, 36, and Joanne Everall, 33, have been chosen as the new cottage tenants by Bradford Council. The

  • City quiz their fans

    Bradford City are calling on fans to help them draw up plans to ease traffic congestion on matchdays. Among ideas which the club are putting forward are car sharing, a park and ride scheme or a rail halt near the ground. The Bantams are about to embark

  • Ilkley lose mid-table battle

    Northallerton 32 Ilkley 7 A FEW brave Ilkley supporters travelled with hope to watch this mid-table encounter with both sides needing the points. The pitch was in good condition on a bright sunny day, but a cold gusting wind blowing from end to end made

  • The Curmudgeon

    BACK home in Beggarsdale, our travels - and travails - over for another 12 months. But before we go any further, I must warn readers that the following may contain material of an unsuitable nature for those of a nervous disposition. You see, I have to

  • Rugby League: School tournament success

    HOLY FAMILY SCHOOL won the biggest Under-13's schools rugby league tournament to be held in Keighley, this week. The competition, which was held at Cougar Park on Tuesday, was the highlight of an intensive four-week training programme run by Jason Ramshaw

  • Tribute paid to a 'lovely' lady

    FORMER Craven District Council chairman Janet Gott was remembered with affection by friends and colleagues across the district this week. Janet died last month at the age of 64, and a celebration of her life was held at the Black Horse, Skipton, on Tuesday

  • Mixed reaction to a city 'drugs czar'

    Plans for Bradford to have its own 'drugs czar' have been met by mixed reactions from health chiefs and local campaigners. The decision to appoint a drugs commissioner for the city - dubbed the 'heroin capital of the North' - was made by Bradford Strategic

  • Mike Priestley North of Watford

    You notice that no-one mentions capital punishment any more. Even when the case involves someone as obviously evil and deranged as mass-murderer Dr Harold Shipman, nobody bothers to suggest that the best way of dealing with him would be to do away with

  • Letter from the Dales

    Slaidburn in mid-February was hardly busy. I was the first person to use the car park by the green. On the nearest farm, the horse had given way to the Bob Cat, a small four-wheeled vehicle with a scoop. It was operating a shuttle service between a muck-heap

  • Under fives are well catered for

    CRAVEN'S under fives are comparatively well served for pre-school education despite the lack of nurseries in the district. Ministers have promised to double the number of free nursery places available for three year olds by 2002 and in January it announced

  • Eating Out

    The bistro at Coniston Hall in Coniston Cold, near Skipton, is one of the most atmospheric eating houses in the district. There's a sense of being in a medieval hall with the stone walls, high open ceiling, the beams exposed to the roof tiles and stone

  • Transplant girl had plans for new life

    The parents of a 21-year-old who died following a double lung transplant have told how she was planning a fresh start. Jan and David Ireland said daughter Katherine, who appeared to have made a remarkable recovery, was excited about her future and had

  • Charlotte is voice of the North

    A Keighley girl has become the voice of the North in the BBC's futuristic new Millennium exhibition. The Yorkshire tones of Bront Middle School student Charlotte Copperwaite, 10, can be heard in adverts for the massive Futureworld display. She also presents

  • Rugby League: Park dash cup hopes

    Keighley Albion 18 Park Amateurs 26 - Albion's hopes of reaching the last 32 of the National Cup came to a halt as they let a half time eight point lead disappear. Park were soon on the score sheet as Albion dithered in defence from a high kick that allowed

  • Aireborough in free-fall

    HORNSEA 21 AIREBOROUGH 18 AIREBOROUGH'S league season is now in free-fall as this continuation of their poor away form leaves them near the foot of the table. Giving away two early tries through slack play left them 12 points adrift and up against it

  • Skyrac youngsters shine

    TWO Horsforth-based Skyrac athletes achieved considerable success in the North-East over the last week, but in two very different disciplines. At the North of England Cross-Country Championships at Temple Park, South Shields, Elizabeth Spencer was in

  • Around the local golf courses

    Otley Golf Club held its 93rd annual meeting which was attended by 138 members who saw Tom Walsh elected as president, David Payne as Captain and Joe Barber as Vice-Captain. The two vacancies on the committee were filled by Peter Lockwood and Alistair

  • Soccer: Wharfedale Sunday

    Keighley Juniors collected three points with a 7-1 win at Royal to take advantage as other clubs were forced to sit out the weekend because of waterlogged pitches. Royal were unlucky to be 3-0 down at half time, but then Keighley took total control. Although

  • Anniversary hope of pair ocean apart

    A married couple who met in cyberspace, but have been forced to live apart by immigration red tape, are hoping to be reunited in time for their first wedding anniversary. David Scott, who has had to live apart from his American bride for the first nine

  • BSE claims young victim

    A promising university student has died of what doctors suspect to be a case of new variant CJD, the human form of BSE. Andrew John Carter, 27, of Laburnum Road, Cross Roads, died last Sunday just over five months after doctors told his family it was

  • Dragon festival displays

    A TWO-day Dragon's Festival based on myths and stories from the UK and other countries has been organised by Yorkshire Dales Workshops. Chinese people all over the world are celebrating the New Year of The Dragon which to western people are threatening

  • Police fears for missing post master

    AN Ilkley post master has disappeared without trace prompting a nationwide search by police. David Todd, 51, has not been seen at the Leeds Road Post Office since 8.15am last Friday (February 11). His wife Sylvia has told officers her husband went downstairs

  • School shake-up to go ahead

    BRADFORD'S school shake-up will go ahead in full after the Council received approval to plug its £47 million funding gap. The massive £171 million project will switch the district from a three to a two-tier education system replacing the first, middle

  • Rugby Union: Chris gets call for Aussie tour

    Christopher Kennedy has been selected to take part in an international rugby tour. The former South Craven School pupil, has been picked for the Yorkshire Clubs Under-18 side which will travel to Australia, New Zealand and Fiji in 2001. Christopher, from

  • Rugby League: Amateur round-up

    Todmorden 14 Keighley Town 0 - TOWN found themselves battling a hard fought Halifax Cup tie on a pitch which looked more like a mud bath. They had no opportunity to play open rugby and soon round themselves behind as a bigger set of forwards drove the

  • Organ donor's farewell gesture

    AT the tender age of 21, Katherine Ireland lost her fight for life due to complications following a double lung transplant. Katherine, of Cononley, suffered from the disease cystic fibrosis, which affected her lungs' ability to absorb oxygen into her

  • Positive action should be their memorial

    The lives of two good young people have been claimed this week. As their families grieve it is wonderful to read their lasting tributes to them Katherine Ireland, 21, who suffered from cystic fibrosis, had faced up to reality as she waited for a double

  • Villagers outraged

    THE residents of Addingham are outraged about what has been done with the interest from money paid over by a developer to fund affordable housing in the village. Their anger is quite understandable. Not only has Bradford Council left the original sum

  • Inspector gives top marks to well-behaved pupils

    ONE of the best things about Brooklands School, Skipton, is that the children enjoy being there, said inspectors in a recent Ofsted report. Staff and pupils received a glowing progress report which also stated that the children's behaviour, attendance

  • Ilkley Badminton

    ON Monday, Ilkley Moor's Craven mixed team played away to Moorlands and came away with a 9-0 win, which keeps them well ahead at the top of Division Two. The team consisted of Sue Fortunato and Peter Gill, Viv Preston and Robert Boyle, Mandy Gill and

  • Christian Viewpoint

    By Fr Maurice Pearce of Our Lady of Victories - IF the 19c was the age of doubt, then the 20C was, surely, the age of indifference. Doubt and indifference, of course, in relation to the Christian religion. The Churches have wrestled with and agonised

  • Simply Smith

    DO you like queuing? How often have you gone to the bank of a lunchtime only to discover that the world and his wife have had the same idea? The minutes of your precious lunch hour slip by so quickly that no sooner have you said hello to the cashier than

  • Doherty stars for Ben Rhydding Ladies

    B R Ladies 4 Sheffield 2 She's back! After weeks off with injury Rachel Doherty found her old form just when it mattered most, scoring all four of Ben Rhydding's goals to secure a polished victory and three vital points easing them nicely away from the

  • Rawdon book another semi-final place

    Ripon City 1 Rawdon AFC 3 RAWDON AFC booked another semi-final place when they defeated Ripon City Magnets in the Alverton Trophy re-play. They kicked-off against the wind but were determined not to make the same mistakes as in the previous meeting with

  • Yew Tree earn re-play

    HARLOW HILL 3 YEW TREE 3 (After extra-time) THIS was the second tie in a row against First Division opponents in the League Medal Invitation Cup for Yew Tree. The opening exchanges were evenly matched as both teams tried to adapt to the weather conditions

  • Writer's record of village life

    A HELLIFIELD woman who has supplied the Herald with local news for the past 31 years is finally preparing to put down her pen and paper. Kathleen Lund, of Station Road, started as the correspondent for Langcliffe in 1968. She moved to Hellifield in 1984

  • Reservoir death was woman's third attempt

    A woman who drowned after throwing herself into a reservoir had attempted to slit her wrists and hang herself hours before, Leeds Coroner's Court heard. Jean Marjorie Stirk, who had a history of mental illness, drowned after diving into the rocky, shallow

  • Extra flower power needed

    ILKLEY will require some extra flower power if it is to prise Wetherby from the top of the tree in this year's Yorkshire in Bloom competition. Margaret Welsh, publicity officer of the Ilkley in Bloom committee, believes the North Yorkshire town's impressive

  • Smokie drink ban

    A FOUNDER member of the Ilkley-based pop group Smokie has been banned from driving for 18 months after he admitted drink driving. Bass Guitarist Terence Uttley, 48, of The Beeches, Curly Hill, Middleton, was breath tested after driving in New Brook Street

  • Cougars: Doorey breaks Cougar hearts

    Cougars 14 Villeneuve Leopards 16 - GRANT DOOREY delivered the killer blow which knocked Cougars out of the Challenge Cup -- and put a French team through to the fifth round for the first time. The former Keighley favourite, who has coached Villeneuve

  • Pensioners win cash to repair leaking roofs

    BATTLING pensioners on a rundown Silsden council estate are to get thousands of pounds to repair leaking roofs. The Herald has highlighted the problems of flat-roofed flats on Gloucester Avenue, Silsden, over the last few months. And this week housing

  • Firefighters' success hikes up council tax

    Council tax-payers in West Yorkshire will be charged 2p a week extra for their fire service next year. The Fire Authority has agreed to set a 4.5 per cent increase in the precept for 2000/2001. But it is still not enough to prevent a £1.2 million budget


    A student from Oakworth will be on top of the world when he completes his own Millennium project this summer. Matt Wood is planning to celebrate 2000 by trekking to the roof of Africa in a bid to raise thousands of pounds for disadvantaged children. The

  • Tourist Signs break the law

    The sign is that Keighley town centre bosses will fall foul of the law. They've discovered that special signs to direct visitors to the bus and railway stations would not be legal. And they've rejected alternative designs that would be acceptable to the

  • Thatcher brings step back in time

    PEOPLE passing by a house in Ben Rhydding in the last couple of weeks could be forgiven if they think they have taken a step back in time. A rural craft which some might think had gone the same way as horse-drawn ploughing and manual corn threshing has

  • Burley's good display

    Wigton Moor 2 Burley U-17s 4 INJURIES, sickness and holidays meant that Burley Under-17s travelled to Wigton with just 11 men as Hill, Reynaud and King were all absent. The pitch was wet with the odd pool of water around and the visitors were asked to

  • Rugby Union: Youths earn big rewards

    Keighley Crusader 3rds 38 Halifax 3rds 3 - Crusaders 3rds were probably the only team to benefit from the 1st XV not playing, when they got a home game, the premier strip -- and some supporters. After 11 defeats in a row they fielded a stronger team and

  • Hotel or shops idea for mart

    OWNERS of Otley's closed Bridge End auction mart would like to see a hotel or pub on the riverside site. Parkmount Estate Company (Allerton), Ltd says the site is ideal for a hotel, pub or shops to cater for the hundreds of houses badly served on the

  • Old boy returns to preach

    OLD Otley boy Martyn Atkins returns to the town on Sunday to preach at Otley Methodist Church. As part of its anniversary year, the church has invited Mr Atkins, who spends his time preaching and speaking all over the country, to take a Sunday service

  • Residents urged to protest over mast

    PEN and paper are to be the latest weapons in a campaign against an Otley telephone mast - claimed to be a potential health hazard. Councillor Nigel Francis, who is leading the fight against the mobile communications mast, urged anxious residents at a

  • Musical award for Reg

    FOR more than 40 years, Reg Vinnicombe, formerly of Otley and now of Baildon, has appeared in musical shows and worked for the amateur theatre in many ways. Mr Vinnicombe, of Roundwood Road, is the north-east councillor of the National Operatic and Dramatic

  • Fireraisers target disabled woman

    ARSONISTS are believed to have started a blaze which destroyed a disabled woman's motorised wheelchair in Menston. The blaze razed to the ground the wooden garden shed where the wheelchair was stored. It was so intense it melted the UPVC window frames

  • Danger? Just press the spy TV button

    Frightened people who believe they are being followed or in danger could soon get help at the touch of a button. The buttons on the masts holding closed circuit television cameras would put the victim in touch with a control centre being set up in Britannia


    A real ale enthusiast who brewed beer illegally and failed to pay £30,000 in excise duty has been jailed for 12 months. Pub landlord John Mitchell, who has recently been running the Brewery Arms and Cricketers Arms in Keighley, was locked up on Tuesday

  • Acting bug that took 55 years to bite

    Many children follow their famous fathers to drama school. Michael Bell did the trick in reverse. His daughter was already a star when, at the age of 55, he decided that if she could do it, he could, too. So he packed in his cosy job as a school inspector

  • Winter's tale

    JAN BRIERLEY discovers the perfect time of year to visit Shakespeare country With a clientele like Hollywood superstar Harrison Ford and cult Sixties singer Bob Dylan, who could The Alveston Manor in Stratford expect next? T&A features editor Jan