• Craven through the years

    100 years ago A ROUSING welcome greeted members of the Skipton Volunteer Battalion on their return from the war in South Africa. Thousands of people lined the streets to greet the volunteers, who had served under the command of Captain Edgar Dewhurst.

  • Letters to the Editor

    SIR - I was interested in the article (T&A, May 16) about the traffic situation at Cottingley Village Primary School. Before this school was re-located to the Stoney Lee Middle site, I wrote to the T&A saying there would be traffic chaos and that's

  • I've been forced to flee my home

    A karate instructor who was cleared of raping a teenage girl has had to flee Bradford with his life in ruins because of his court ordeal. Ian Siree, a married father-of-two, today called for a law change to protect the identity of people facing sex charges

  • Shipley: Barometer of national battleground

    If a major surprise is to be sprung at the General Election then Shipley is surely a seat the Conservatives will have to claw back from Labour. The constituency has been something of a barometer for the nation, with the party represented by Shipley's

  • Police arrest man after nurse attack

    Police today arrested a 19-year-old man in connection with an attack on a nurse hit in the face by a brick during the Lidget Green disturbances. Julie Cook, 39, had to undergo extensive surgery to rebuild her fractured face and to save the sight in her

  • Family devastated by heart condition

    A Bradford man who lost his 17-year-old daughter to a hereditary heart disease has discovered he could have been suffering from the same condition for two years. Gary Hutchinson, 42, landlord of the Girlington pub, in Girlington, was distraught when his

  • 'I didn't rob bookie during fatal riot'

    A man accused of robbing a Bradford bookmakers during a disturbance in which another man was shot dead told a jury he had gone there to meet his drug dealer. Giving evidence at Leeds Crown Court, Mohammed Ali Raja, 22, said he had been looking for his

  • Reservoir building battle hots up

    Campaigners are stepping up their battle to stop a former reservoir site in Baildon being turned into a housing estate after news of a bid by developers to build there. Members of the West Lane Action Group are calling on Bradford Council to throw out

  • New talks over Life Force cash

    Talks are being held to set up a new project using Millennium Commission cash initially intended for the failed Life Force project. The venture aimed at "being a benefit to the people of Bradford" is being spearheaded by Bradford Cathedral. The campaign

  • Jobs scheme way ahead of target

    Organisers of a jobs scheme in Manningham were today celebrating helping their 270th person get work - months ahead of schedule. The jobs@manningham scheme was set up last August to help people in the deprived area find work and take advantage of training

  • 'Slave wage' workers get help at home

    Some of the most vulnerable workers in Bradford - some earning as little as 50 pence an hour - have won protection under a new health and safety scheme. Campaigners from the West Yorkshire Homeworking Unit have spent a year trying to find and help isolated

  • Race attack: Two quizzed

    Police today arrested two men in connection with a race attack in Bradford city centre. Officers swooped at two addresses, one in Shipley and the other in Frizinghall, at around 7.30am and seized two 20-year-olds. One suspect is thought to be a supermarket

  • Airport out of top ten - but still on up

    Leeds-Bradford Airport has been knocked from the top ten of airports - despite a rise in passenger numbers, an official report out today revealed. Figures from the Civil Aviation Authority showed that the number of people using UK airports rose dramatically

  • Help! The spiders are taking over my hubby!

    Barry Naylor weaves a tangled web in the relationship department. For four years his long-suffering wife Janet has had to put up with his unusual collection of tarantulas - 2,500 to be exact - and 30 snakes and a collection of lizards, frogs and turtles

  • Two trophies for Otley Town

    Very much a Jeckyll and Hyde team this season, Otley Town's young first team have at times produced solid performances against some excellent sides which have often included ex-professionals and players that are being paid. The team has a good morale

  • Otley RU Director Barnett retires

    OTLEY RUFC rounded off the season in the traditional way with a mixed team playing the Colts and in perfect conditions both sides threw the ball about to score some exciting tries in an end to end game. The dinner afterwards attracted a record attendance

  • Ilkley karate youngsters make their mark

    Ilkley Karate Club were successful at the recent SKU Premiere Championships at the weekend. Thirteen year-old Ashley Woodhouse completed a hat-trick by taking second place in the junior kata and team kata events and also third place in the boys' junior

  • Bowling juniors come to the fore

    THE Yorkshire Crown Green Juniors had their first game in the Drakes Pride Inter-County Junior Championship on Sunday, May 13. They played last year's beaten semi-finalists Derbyshire. The home leg at Almondbury Cons was a victory for Yorkshire by 239

  • Rangers snatch Triangle title

    Park Rangers....................3 Horsforth F'weather.....2 IN these pages last week it was said that this 'should be some game.' As it turned out, it produced the sort of drama that even the editor of Roy of the Rovers would reject as far-fetched. Put

  • Gremlins Under-14s fall to underdogs

    Eccleshill United..2 Gremlins U-14s.........1 Underdogs Eccleshill lifted the Stephen Greenwood Memorial Trophy on Sunday by beating a team that had done the double over them in the Craven League. Eccleshill set out their stall early in the game and stuck

  • Excellent Lane bowling brings victory

    IN Division B of the Airedale and Wharfedale League Green Lane gained a comprehensive six wickets win over Hall Park after Tony Pickersgill and Garfield Williams had each picked up five wickets, Park fell for 132 as Williams returned 5-30 off 13.1 overs

  • Moulds hits 121 for newcomers Harden

    AIREDALE and Wharfedale League newcomers Harden produced a century maker in the prolific Andy Moulds. He notched 121 from the opening spot as his side rattled up 225-6. He gained support from Paul Spencer with 38 no. Horsforth hung on at 91-8 to draw

  • Young Smith is again on the mark for Pool Mills side

    ON a pitch that had softened a little from last week due to the earlier rain, Pool Mills won the toss for the third time this year and asked Upper Wharfedale to take first knock in the belief that the bowlers would get some help from it. This was the

  • Man in hospital after Bingley stabbibg

    A 33-year-old Silsden man was taken to hospital after being stabbed on Airedale Street in Bingley last night. The man, believed to be a doorman at the Old Library wine bar on Main Street, was attacked at the back of the Library Theatre around 10pm. He

  • New arm of the law for retiring police chief

    A retiring police chief inspector is planning to stay on the right side of the law by setting up his own legal consultancy firm. Hedley Kettlewell, of the Calderdale force, is leaving the police after 30 years' service but he intends to put his policing

  • Picking up on Ilkley's litter problems

    SIR, - After the recent hot weekend in Ilkley, a gigantic amount of liutter was generated by visitors to the Riverside area, east and west of the new Brook Street bridge, which did not find its way into the appropriate but inadequate litter bins but littered

  • Villagers slate 'bloom' judging

    THE Yorkshire in Bloom committee in Addingham this week threatened to pull out of the competition after coming bottom in this year's spring judging round. In the small country town category of the competition, Addingham was placed 14th with Pateley Bridge

  • Lovebirds return 31 years after festival meeting

    IT was a definite case of love at first listen for John and Ruth Bowling when they met more than 30 years ago at the Wharfedale Music Festival in Ilkley. In fact, Mr Bowling, 60, fell for his bride before he'd even laid eyes on her, so taken was he with

  • Campaigners make a point

    DEMONSTRATORS who took to an Ilkley street armed with placards in a bid to slow down traffic have promised a repeat performance of their 'silent' protest. Rush-hour drivers looked on in surprise at the 25 members of Ilkley Community Against Speeding who

  • Plastic bottle thrower may be banned for three years

    AN Ilkley Manchester United fan could be banned from football matches for three years after throwing a plastic bottle during a game. Jonathan Leigh, 40, of Skelda Grange, has admitted throwing the bottle during the match between Manchester United and

  • Restaurant kitchen in a 'filthy' state, court told

    The owner of a Chinese restaurant where environmental health officers discovered 'filthy' conditions has been ordered by magistrates to pay £4,250 in fines and costs. Sau Wan Chan Lee, 51, owner of the Po Sang Chinese restaurant, admitted five breaches

  • Family plans to reclaim abandoned headstone

    A FAMILY is to reclaim its heritage and find a more suitable resting place for the headstone of its ancestors. The descendants of the Hardwicks, of Middleton, are set to retrieve a gravestone bearing the names of several family members. The headstone

  • Police are accused of pussyfooting on drugs

    PARISH councillors have accused the police of 'pussyfooting' around the problem of teenage drug abuse in Addingham. They claimed the problem of youngsters congregating at a disused railway bridge to inject heroin - as highlighted in the Gazette last month

  • Police find missing village cat

    ADDINGHAM'S favourite cat has been returned to its owner who feared it had been catnapped. Smartie, the ginger tomcat, is known throughout the village. He regularly tours the Main Street shops and businesses usually in the company of his friend, a black

  • Tourism fears as epidemic spreads

    Fears are growing that Skipton's tourist trade could be hit by the foot and mouth epidemic. The town is right on the edge of the animal movement restriction zone imposed by the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food. Police have also closed some

  • Revolutionary treatment may help Burley family

    A BURLEY-in-Wharfedale mother has used the internet to help her access a revolutionary procedure to safeguard the future of her children. Pam Leach read about a Bradford scheme to store stem cells of new-born babies when she was eight months pregnant

  • Hi-tech rescue plan

    Electronics giant Filtronic is in talks with a leading defence and aerospace firm to rescue a struggling hi-tech site. The Shipley firm is looking to reverse the decline at its Newton Aycliffe operation in Durham, which is losing about £1 million a month

  • Firm sees income up to £48m

    Law firm DLA has seen income at its Yorkshire offices jump by 13 per cent to £48 million. The international company, with offices in Bradford, Leeds and Sheffield, has also seen its number of staff in the region rise by 11 per cent to 638. Spokesman Neil

  • Challenge to textile firm chiefs

    Textile manufacturers have been warned they are missing out on chances to help boost the Yorkshire economy. Barry Whitaker, pictured, managing director of Bradford-based company Allertex Ltd and chairman of the Textile Institute, said there was no reason

  • Box helps YW go with flow

    Yorkshire Water is using a device no bigger than a shoebox to help meet new environmental standards and help it save up to £1 million a year. The metal box contains a data processing system which monitors flow rates from 250 of Yorkshire Water's waste

  • Protesters plan to carry on their fight from jail

    VETERAN Menwith Hill peace protesters from Otley have been jailed for damaging a gate to get into the US 'listening post' last year. Helen John, 63, from The Oval, received two three-month sentences, to run concurrently, while Anne Lee, of Sommerville

  • New mayor will hold new celebratory event

    OTLEY'S new mayor is planning a special day to make up for the cancellation of the town's major events - due to the foot and mouth crisis. Councillor Philip Coyne says a family day featuring music and entertainment will be held in July. The event, in

  • Tributes paid after three die in late night head-on car crash

    DEVASTATED relatives have paid tribute to an Ilkley woman killed in a horrific head-on car smash. Dorothy Jones, 71, of Springs Lane, was one of the victims of the accident which happened at Hollins Hill, near Baildon, last Thursday night. The Honda Civic

  • Volunteers clean up town

    MORE than ten tonnes of rubbish has been cleared during a month-long series of community clean-ups in Horsforth. Orchestrated by the town council, the Bin It campaign featured a number of clean-ups at eyesores around the township - and now calls have

  • Young driver aims to take on the best

    UP and coming motor racing driver Charles Hollings is hoping to follow in the footsteps of Formula One champion Michael Schumacher. This Bank Holiday weekend, the 19-year-old from Norwood, Otley, will be pitting his skills against the top young drivers

  • Wharfedale rail users still facing delays and changes

    COMMUTERS on the Wharfedale Line are enjoying the luxury of a new fleet of trains - but could face months more of weekend delays on the line. Rail travellers from Guiseley, Menston, Burley, Ben Rhydding and Ilkley hoped the replacement of ageing rolling

  • Human chain marks fight to save school

    HUNDREDS of children linked arms around their school in protest against its planned closure. Almost 300 pupils joined parents and other supporters of Otley's All Saints Junior School to make a human chain around the school and to call on the support of

  • Developers lose first battle but vow 'we'll be back'

    HUNDREDS of Guiseley residents fighting controversial plans for a housing estate were celebrating a major victory this week when the developers withdrew their plans. But people living in Back Lane, who feared plans for 108 dwellings by Persimmon Homes

  • Vaughan's magical ton is key for Yorks

    Michael Vaughan hit an unblemished century to propel Yorkshire into the semi-finals of the Benson and Hedges Cup by eight wickets over Somerset yesterday. And the draw, made immediately afterwards, gave Yorkshire a dream home tie with holders and one-day

  • Women honoured with county call-up

    Lightcliffe's newly crowned county golf champion Alex Keighley has been called up for her full Yorkshire debut following her Ganton triumph. The 19-year-old, who has represented her country at under-18 level, had only previously played for Yorkshire in

  • More valuable

    ONE of the criticisms levelled at Leeds City Council over its plans to close schools in Otley was that the proposed sites were more valuable to potential developers. Critics of the proposals demanded to know just how much the council stood to gain from

  • Tourism fears as epidemic spreads

    Fears are growing that Skipton's tourist trade could be hit by the foot and mouth epidemic. The town is right on the edge of the animal movement restriction zone imposed by the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food. Police have also closed some

  • Summer trains timetable 'out of date already'

    Rail users have spoken of their frustration after discovering that the new summer timetable - introduced only days ago - is already out of date. Derrick Joanes, secretary of the Wharfedale Rail Users' Group (WRUG), said: "It has caused a lot of anger

  • 'We can do a lot to help others' - chief

    The newly-elected chairman of Bradford Cares has vowed to be an "ambassador" for the scheme throughout the district. Yorkshire Building Society chief executive David Anderson made his pledge after he was elected chairman at a Bradford Cares leadership

  • Drug-accused landlord vows to clear name

    A former Bradford publican today vowed to clear his name over drugs allegations after enduring seven months in a squalid Thai jail. Kevin Quill was imprisoned after police retrieved 100 amphetamine pills from cartons of cigarettes he was bringing back

  • 10 years on, they've made Bingley better!

    Some of the best ideas are born in the pub and, as a group of public-spirited Bingley residents sat discussing the future of their town, a clear idea emerged. Huddled around a table in the Brown Cow, the founders of the Better Bingley Campaign dreamed

  • Elders get special treatment

    An event to improve health and social services for older Asian people was held yesterday and hailed a huge success. Des Pardes - which means Home and Away - was organised by Bradford Social Services in a bid to look at the benefit of giving information

  • Battling Hildred's mission to aid Africa

    A veteran aid worker today vowed to continue helping poverty-stricken youngsters in Africa - despite surviving two brushes with death on her travels. And as she headed back to Gambia to help to oversee the completion of a new school which will give youngsters

  • Get ready to boogie!

    Two of the biggest music shows on television, Top of the Pops and Later with Jools Holland, will be hosted in the city this week along with countless live acts in what promises to be a true extravaganza. From traditional choir singing and brass bands

  • Guiseley falter against Steeton

    GUISELEY faltered against Steeton on Saturday in their Airedale and Wharfedale League match losing by two wickets. Guiseley made a good enough start with openers Mark Ross (11) and Barry McCormick adding 70 for the first wicket. McCormick was first out

  • Holly wins gold in synchronised swimming

    An Ilkley Grammar School student, Holly Roper-Newman, won the gold medal in the figure section of the annual Yorkshire Grades Synchronised Swimming Competition, at Kippaxon Saturday. Year Nine pupil Holly is a grade two about to sit her grade three exam

  • Around the local golf courses

    Masters champion Lee Clayton, a member of Marriott Hollins Hall Hotel and Country Club near Baildon, fired a seven under par nett round of 65 to clinch a place alongside a European Tour professional in the Compass Group English Open Pro-Am on Wednesday

  • Fisher's fastest wins Otley Ten Mile Road Race

    IAN Fisher stormed to victory once again in last Wednesday's Otley AC Ten Mile Road Race producing his fastest time for the course. The facilities of Otley Rugby Club have provided a sound platform for the smooth running of this event. As last year the

  • A super show by skipper Thornton

    A MAGNIFICENT captain's display by Yeadon's Craig Thornton saw his side to a 74 runs win at Gomersal on Saturday. He hammered a superb 75 giving his side just the boost they needed after they had slumped to 55-4. He held the innings together as his side

  • Who will help the business folk?

    SIR - Some years ago, a farmer expressed an interest in buying our business (Castleberg Sports - outdoor pursuits and sports retailers in Settle), saying that "a coat can't die on you, like a beast can". I've got news for him: he was wrong then, and he's

  • Election profile: Bernard Bateman

    John Sheard casts his eye over the General Election candidates for the Skipton and Ripon Constituency HE'S a big fellow, as you would expect from the rugby player he once was. His tight curled hair is pure white and he speaks quickly, with authority.

  • Action group dismayed at closures

    SIR, We are writing to express our dismay and concern to hear that the Executive Board meeting recently in Leeds decided to rubberstamp the proposal to close Otley All Saints Junior School. Only eight minutes worth of time, with no debate, was given to

  • On This Day

    In 1882, the Horton Lane Chapel celebrated its centenary. In 1915, a Volunteer Force was reviewed by Lord Harewood in Peel Park, Bradford. In 1924, the Bradford Holiday Home for mothers and children was opened at Grassington. From the Telegraph &

  • Example of money well spent

    Congratulations are due to the jobs@manningham scheme, which appears to be enjoying runaway success in finding work for the people of the area. It is no mean feat to have placed 270 would-be workers in jobs since last August in what is one of the city's

  • Parish council bid stalled by election

    A BID to create an Aireborough parish council to give a voice to the people of Yeadon, Rawdon and Guiseley has been put back because of the General Election. Ward councillors were planning to hold a public meeting in Yeadon yesterday (Wednesday May 23

  • Concern grows over Menwith

    A GROUP concerned with the operations of Menwith Hill surveillance station has backed a letter asking Prime Minister Tony Blair for more information about the American base. At its last meeting, Menwith Hill Forum was told by a Harrogate councillor that

  • Bloom results are a mixed bouquet

    A MIXED bunch of results awaited communities in Wharfedale and Aireborough when the Yorkshire in Bloom spring results were announced. Otley came tenth out of 13 in its section and Guiseley was second to bottom - but there was better news as Bramhope came

  • Theatre-mad Nellie back on stage at age of 82

    AN amateur actress who has been treading the boards for more than 70 years will make a comeback next month - at the grand age of 82. Nellie Booth, from Yeadon, has been unable to take many roles in the last five years because of ill-health and family

  • Pupils left heart-broken by the loss of playthings

    TOTS at Ghyll Royd School in Burley-in-Wharfedale have been left with glum faces after every bit of their playground equipment was stolen by heartless thieves. Staff and children arrived at the school, at Greystone Manor, on Thursday morning and discovered

  • Forshaw is given new deal

    Bradford Bulls received their second boost in 24 hours when their outstanding forward Mike For-shaw agreed a new two-year contract. The news follows quickly on the heels of Leon Pryce's decision to commit himself to the club until the end of the 2003

  • Bulls stars ready for Tykes test

    Bulls stars will spearhead the Yorkshire challenge in the new-look "Origin Match" against old rivals Lancashire at Headingley next month. The 18-man white rose squad, coached by Lee Crooks, includes eight of the Super League leaders' squad for the showdown

  • Big Joe may miss out on clash with Salford

    Joe Vagana is in danger of missing his first game of the season as the Bulls look to consolidate their three-point lead at the top of Super League this weekend. The New Zealand international is still struggling with a calf strain which forced him to retire

  • Sponsorship boost for rookie Cooper

    Wayne Cooper has received a sponsorship boost for next season - his first in the professional ranks. The 21-year-old Bradford amateur champion will be backed by Queensbury firm Armour Leisure, who sell snooker and pool tables and gaming machines. The

  • Bidding for double

    Eldwick's Gary Townson - the 18-year-old son of notable local player Keith - is bidding for two titles this weekend as the LTA Summer Series at Heaton reaches its climax. Tomorrow night he faces his Heaton clubmate Andrew Denny of Bingley in the Men's

  • New era for council

    IT is the beginning of a new era for Ilkley Parish Council in more ways than one. We have a new chairman in Michael Gibbons who has taken the chain of office from Lexa Robinson. But a change of leadership this year will shortly be followed by more fundamental

  • Why the nationals weren't interested

    THE first outbreak of foot and mouth was confirmed late on the evening of Thursday May 10. One question which all of Settle and Malhamdale was asking was why was the outbreak virtually ignored by the national media? It was nearly two weeks later, Tuesday