• Letters to the Editor

    SIR - The Capital of Culture feature by Birmingham Post writer Paul Grove perpetrated the same old myth that Asians are in some way disadvantaged in their quest to play cricket for Yorkshire CCC. He said that despite the vibrancy of the Quaid-e-Azam League

  • On form Barrett takes route one and saves the day

    Ben Rhydding Ladies 5 Jackie Barrett, the stalwart of Ben Rhydding Ladies first team, proved that 13 was indeed unlucky for some when she scored the decider in the match against Winnington Park on Saturday. After 13 years without a goal in the first team

  • Hotshot Kelly is on target for Rhydding

    Hull 1 Ben Rhydding 3 HOTSHOT Australian Dan Kelly was on target for Ben Rhydding in both their games at the weekend. When they travelled to play bottom side Hull in Saturday's Northern Premier League game he was on target twice. Young Will Musgrave forced

  • Skipton must bounce back quickly

    SKIPTON face a far bigger test this weekend than the challenge that they will face from Ripon in their Yorkshire Division Two league game at Sandylands. The primary task facing the team will be to get ride of the baggage of disappointment after last weekend's

  • Weather-hit Ribb try yet again

    NORTH Ribblesdale's remarkable run of bad luck with the weather continued last Saturday when their game against Yorkshire One leaders Hull had to be postponed. At the current rate of progress, the Settle men will be playing in July. All was well until

  • LMS stay on track for treble

    A little more headway was made in reducing Craven & District Football League fixtures on Saturday, although five matches still fell victim to the weather and one was called off because Carleton Reserves could not raise a team. In view of the very

  • No excuses for semi defeat

    Junior Vase Trophy semi-final Skipton 0 Heath 10 NO complaints. No excuses. Heath were deserving winners of their place at Twickenham in the final of the Powergen Junior Vase after beating Skipton by two tries to nil at a soggy Sandylands on Saturday.

  • Greens challenge peters out

    Nottingham 21 Wharfedale 9 AFTER two weeks full of last-ditch drama and frenetic finales, this somewhat disappointing match petered out long before the end as both a contest and a spectacle. There was indeed an eerie inevitability about Wharfedale's clear

  • Kids in bus top surf craze

    Children are clambering on to the roofs of moving double decker buses in a terrifying new craze in Bradford. Appalled bus company chiefs fear the practice of 'bus surfing' on schools services could lead to a child being seriously injured or killed. They

  • Another honour for This Is Bradford

    This Is is today nominated for another top award. The site, already UK Website of the Year, is shortlisted in the 2002 BT North of England Media Awards. It is the second successive year we have been nominated for BT's Northern Website of

  • Maternity ward gives birth to a TV spin-off

    A new star in Bradford is born - but it is not an actor or an actress - it is an NHS hospital. St Luke's Hospital has grabbed the lead role in a new TV drama series called The Royal, set in the 1960s. The show is described as a spin-off of the hugely-successful

  • Scary puppet fun

    Liam Waite, ten, pictured, was among youngsters at Swain House Primary School, Bradford, who enjoyed a puppet show from a visiting entertainer. After the visit, arranged by school learning mentor Dorothy Martin, the children made their own puppets

  • Gareth launches tour at Wembley

    Gareth Gates is tonight due to take to the stage for his first major tour as the Pop Idol roadshow gets underway at Wembley Arena. Gareth's family were today heading down to London to join him for his big night in front of thousands of fans. Last night

  • Bradford Festival is going global!

    T he spectacular vision for Bradford's new International Festival was unveiled today in a blaze of carnival colour. Bystanders held their breath as acrobats from trapeze troupe Skinning The Cat abseiled down the side of Bradford Library unfurling a giant

  • 'Invest in tourism' call

    Councillors are being asked to approve a £400,000 tourism strategy as an "investment in Bradford's economic future." The recommendations are made in a report which reviews Bradford Council's delivery of tourism and urges it to develop it as part of Bradford's

  • Pedestrians cross over road change

    A campaign has started to have a pedestrian crossing re-instated after it was removed when Bradford's guided bus lane was built in Manchester Road. Residents complain they now face an inconvenient detour during their five daily trips to the mosque for

  • Cup defeat knocks Guiseley confidence

    Guiseley 0, Matlock Town 2: THE 5-1 defeat at Gainsborough Trinity in the UniBond League President's Cup on Saturday seemed tro have knocked Guiseley's confidence when they faced Matlock Town on Monday. They created little in a game which saw their eight

  • Tim tells of terror hanging at 120 feet

    A workman was left hanging by his fingertips 120 feet above the ground after a contractor failed to install safety mechanisms on a scaffolding lift. Tim O'Donnell, 33, pictured, today told how he feared for his life as a ramp leading on to scaffolding

  • The Curmudgeon

    THERE'S no smoke without fire, or so they say. Well there was no fire as such in the Beggars' Arms this week - except for the old apple logs smouldering in the inglenook, that is - but there was a massive letting off of steam. And, looking at it now,

  • New grammar school head is chosen

    A NEW head teacher has been chosen to take charge of Ilkley Grammar School in September. The Governing Body has announ-ced the appointment of Gillian James as its new head teacher. She will take over from retiring head, Peter Wood, who has been at the

  • Owls that! The eagle has landed and been captured

    Sighs of relief - and sadness - have greeted the news that Ilkley Moor's Eagle Owl has been captured. The massive bird, believed to have been nesting on the Moor for the last two years, made the headlines last week when it appeared to attack two sets

  • Soap stars add froth to art exhibition

    Hundreds of art-lovers and soap opera fans have been converging on Ilkley this week to visit a major new exhibition. The presence of TV stars Anna Brecon (Emmerdale's Lady Tara Oakwell) and fiance Stephen Beckett (Coronation Street's Dr Matt Ramsden)

  • It could be cheers for Sven and pubs too!

    Ilkley could become one of the first places in the district to have its pubs opening early for the World Cup. At the moment no bars in Bradford have lodged applications to open early for two of England's World Cup games in June. Landlords have been monitoring

  • Plenty of variety to mark the jubilee

    Plans for a huge Golden Jubilee street party for Ilkley have been unveiled - with a small price tag attached. Tables for ten which would be set along the length of The Grove on Monday, June 3, could go on sale for £25, Ilkley Tourism and Town Management

  • Sword-wielding robber threatens security guard

    ROBBERS have targeted South Craven over the past week, and on two occasions staff have been threatened with weapons. There have been armed robberies at an engineering plant in Eastburn and a petrol station in Cross Hills, and a till snatch at the village

  • Parents hit out over school's closure announcement

    ANGER smoulders over the announced closure of Bentham Grammar School, despite news that a junior school is to rise from its ashes. Parents whose children currently attend the North Craven school are angered and bewildered by the takeover by Sedbergh Public

  • New rules could threaten playgroups' future

    VOLUNTEERS running playgroups, out of school clubs or working as childminders must gain recognised qualifications or close. Under new rules brought in by Ofsted, all groups and organisations caring for children in the absence of their parents must show

  • Planners go against policy to approve bunk barn

    FOOT and mouth was again used as a reason to go against planning policy after an application to convert a barn in Burnsall was approved this week. Planning officers for the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority had recommended refusal of the application

  • Inspectors praise high standards

    BEAMSLEY'S Boyle and Petyt Primary School has received high marks during a recent Ofsted inspection. The 57 pupil voluntary aided school was inspected on January 14 and 15 and was found to be "very effective with good aims and values". According to the

  • 'Idyllic' location chosen for proposed green burial site

    A FINAL resting-place in an idyllic woodland setting with commemorative trees instead of headstones is planned for environmentally friendly Skiptonians. The trustees of the Tarn Moor Estate unanimously agreed that a green burial site in which the deceased

  • Young actress wins place a summer school

    IT'S looking like a "Perfect Year" for Katie Timmins after she beat off strong competition to win a place at a Sunset Boulevarde summer school. Katie was also awarded two of just eight highly sought after bursaries, which will help pay for the week-long

  • Bishop praises efforts to overcome farming crisis

    THE Bishop of Bradford visited North Craven on a two-day tour to offer support and encouragement after the foot and mouth crisis. The Rt Rev David Smith visited the deanery of Ewecross, which includes Clapham, Austwick, Bentham, Ingleton and Burton-in

  • Police chief under fire from residents

    SILSDEN residents want community policing 24 hours a day, seven days a week, a police chief was told at a public meeting last Thursday night. Fed-up business people, councillors and residents say it is "unacceptable" that their council tax is being used

  • Leader hints at u-turn over plan to close homes

    FIRST signs of a possible U-turn have appeared in Lancashire County Council's plans to close 35 care homes, including Cravenside Home for the Elderly in Barnoldswick. When the proposals were revealed in January there was a public outcry and opposition

  • Political upheaval leads to £300,000 centre boost

    LABOUR has snatched back control of Otley Town Council - and paved the way to a major £300,000 revamp of Otley Civic Centre. At Monday's emergency meeting -- called by Labour in an attempt to reverse the budget - Labour councillors were accused of making

  • DIY firm unveils plans

    DIY firm Arnold Laver has unveiled plans for its move across Guiseley to Springhead Mills. Lavers, which currently occupies the former Leeds City Tramways depot, on Otley Road, says its hopes to set up a 'Call Collect' depot - specialising in supplying

  • Flood relief beckons for hard-hit Castley

    FLOOD-hit residents are hoping they have seen the river flood their homes for the last time. Plans to build a £500,000 flood barrier behind homes at Castley Lane, Pool-in-Wharfedale, are expected to be given the go-ahead in the next couple of weeks. The

  • Council offices may become community base

    AN ambitious youth project is hoping to turn a former register office into a community facility. Guiseley Youth Project, which is currently based in a temporary building at The Green, next to Aireborough Leisure Centre, has ambitions of setting up a new

  • Stone thieves steal ginnel

    AN historic ginnel in Otley has fallen victim to Yorkshire Stone thieves. Several stone slabs were taken from Church Lane, which runs between Kirkgate and Westgate, early last week. Councillor Graham Kirkland (Lib Dem, Otley and Wharfedale) said it was

  • Dream trip for dancers

    A GROUP of talented youngsters are set to perform at Disneyland Paris this summer - after they were spotted performing in Yeadon. Youngsters who attend the Centre Stage Academy in Rawdon have been plucked from virtual obscurity for their dream trip which

  • Female maths expert scoops top prize

    A maths expert from Burley-in-Wharfedale has become the first woman to win a 120-year-old international prize. Dr Susan Howson, now a lecturer at Nottingham University and a Royal Society fellow, was awarded the £12,000 Adams Prize for the world-class

  • Councillor 'disgusted' that phone mast will go ahead

    A MOBILE phone mast has been given the go-ahead by a planning inspector despite fears for the health of youngsters in a nearby playground. Menston residents are dismayed that 45 letters of objection failed to halt the plan for Bingley Road at an appeal

  • Residents praised by shop owner after ram-raid

    The owner of a clothes store has praised quick-thinking residents who jumped into action after her shop was ram-raided. Now Christine Crowson has placed a sign in the window of her Burley-in-Wharfedale store thanking them, after thieves ransacked her

  • Residents say Wharfedale is the best place to live

    WHARFEDALE is the best place to live in Leeds - according to a survey of more than 3,000 residents. The survey revealed that everyone questioned in the Otley and Wharfedale Ward- the third prosperous in Leeds - thought that the area was either a fairly

  • Residents worried about Laver plans

    TRAFFIC worries around the proposed new Arnold Laver builders' merchants site in Guiseley have prompted residents to call for answers. People living on Springfield Road say they have not been consulted over plans by the firm to move into a unit at Springhead

  • The show must go on - despite the trials of foot and mouth

    THE TRIALS of foot and mouth disease and the BSE crisis have battered the agricultural community - but one of the oldest agricultural shows in the country - and the first of the year to be held in the North - still goes on. In its history of at least

  • Stately home opens lid on a veritable treasure trove

    HAREWOOD House has reopened its doors to the public - after its annual winter break. The stately home of the Queen's cousin, The Earl of Harewood, is billed as one of the treasure houses of the country - with a host of attractions from its exquisite Robert

  • Paul game for trip to Commonwealths

    Henry Paul is gunning for a Commonwealth Games place despite his withdrawal from this weekend's Sevens side. Paul was withdrawn from the squad for this weekend's tournament because he is needed by second-placed Gloucester for their crucial top-of-the-table

  • Craven through the years

    100 years ago COMPLAINTS of noise pollution are not new, but perhaps a little different these days. Back in 1902, residents in Skipton had to contend with inconsiderate bugle players. A letter to the Herald said: "Sir - Cannot something be done to stop

  • Relief in sight for Castley residents

    FLOOD hit residents of Castley could well be looking a tan end to its flooding misery. With planning permission for the £500,000 flood barrier at the back of their homes hopefully going through at the end of the month, just the go-ahead from the government

  • Wharfedale seek to end Kendal duck

    WHARFEDALE are looking for their first league win over Kendal when the Cumbrians visit The Avenue. The men from Mint Bridge claimed a double over the Dalesmen last season and snatched a third successive league win with a late penalty earlier this term

  • Big challenge facing city's mixed schools

    Secondary schools in Bradford where the ethnic balance is shifting fast between Asian and white pupils face "an almost impossible challenge", says a governors' chairman. In last night's Ouseley Lecture, the second in a series of six at Bradford University

  • Student fears as courses face the axe

    Bradford University is set to axe courses, leaving students facing the prospect of carrying on their degrees elsewhere in the country. Two departments - European Studies and Chemical Engineering - have been badly hit by falling student numbers. As a result

  • 'Racists' leave family in fear

    The devastated mother of a mixed-race teenager believes racist thugs torched a house they were about to move into. Susan Carroll says the arson attack has shattered the confidence of her 14-year-old daughter Chantelle - an award-winning dancer who appeared

  • Children win skate park fight

    Children battling for a skateboard park in the village have achieved their goal. At least £30,000 is to be spent on a state-of-the-art, multi-purpose games area and a skateboard and in-line skating park in Cottingley. A group of youngsters, aged 11 to

  • Round two for opponents of homes plan

    Villagers fighting plans to build a housing estate near their homes will get a fresh chance to have their case heard. A public inquiry into an appeal by Cala Homes (Yorkshire) Ltd and Keyland Developments against Bradford Council's decision to refuse

  • World tourist site is 'left like scrapyard'

    Vandals have left part of Bradford's World Heritage Site resembling ''a scrapyard'', a Saltaire publican warned today. And Stephen Ashworth, licensee of The Boathouse pub and restaurant, said he was furious that despite repeated requests for action a

  • Faisal steps in to fill breach

    Rising Bradford-born Bolly-wood stars have stepped in to help add a multicultural feel to an historic music festival. Organisers of the Wharfe-dale Music Festival were despairing after they did not receive any interest from Asian dancers or actors. But

  • Rev Ron will win, and that's gospel

    Texans are often noted for their ambition and self-confidence and retired preacher the Reverend Ron Morris is no exception. The Shipley-based Methodist minister says he has those qualities in abundance by boldly predicting he will win this year's London

  • Otley given mauling by Worcester

    Worcester 71, Otley 14: OTLEY travelled down to Worcester's fine stadium at Sixways to find the pitch in perfect condition but a half gale blowing down the pitch. Ryan Duckett came in for the injured Ian Shuttleworth at full-back whilst Peter Wright and

  • Otley RUFC get Sportsmatch to coach schoolchildren

    Otley Rugby Union Club has ob-tained sponsorship support in order to deliver an ambitious programme of coaching and rugby development in the local community schools. The programme was submitted for Sportsmatching and the club has just been advised that

  • Richmond hat-trick as Yew Tree gain revenge

    Yew Tree 7, Pool Reserves 0: Pool Reserves faced a confident Yew Tree outfit who were out to exact revenge for their 5-1 mauling only four weeks ago. Tony Kirk remained a virtual spectator for long periods in the Yew Tree goal in this fixture played in

  • Council precept will not benefit all of us

    SIR, - I am sure that I was not alone in feeling angry and dismayed when reading in the Gazette on February 28 that our parish councillors had persuaded Bradford Council to add a bit of extra tax to our Council Tax, to give themselves a bit of brass to

  • Held at ransom in a backward land

    SIR - Mr Potter's letter (Craven Herald, March 8) certainly pulls no punches. Whilst I fully understand the emotion that can be generated by individual planning applications, many of the general assertions he makes about the National Park Authority do

  • The real costs of fighting change

    SIR, - In March 2001, the LEA commenced public consultation on the re-organisation of primary education in Otley. The debate, which had already started, was widely conducted and reported within the media as well as within the formal meetings held by the

  • Vandals strike at heart of woodland ravine

    VANDALS have struck at a picturesque wooded ravine in the heart of Ilkley. Spray painted symbols in bright mustard yellow and white have been daubed over seats, rocks and signs in Mill Ghyll, off Wells Promenade. The graffiti, in an area where dog owners

  • Ilkley tax payers will foot huge planning saga bill

    ATTEMPTS to stop a new house being built in an Ilkley garden have left Council Tax payers facing a hefty legal bill.. And members of the Keighley area planning panel have been slammed by a Government inspector for their handling of the long-running saga

  • Mixed news on planned youth hostel closures

    LINTON is to lose its youth hostel but an alternative facility could open in the Grassington area. Kettlewell has also been granted a stay of execution after being earmarked for closure. The closures were part of the Youth Hostel Association's cost-cutting

  • Survey gives high marks to hospital

    AIREDALE Hospital has been ranked one of the best in the country in a national survey. The Steeton hospital was given an eight star rating, out of a possible 10, in the survey compiled by independent organisation Dr Foster, and published in the Mail on

  • Rolls announces record sales as jobs hang in the balance

    ROLLS-ROYCE has announced record sales of £6.3 billion and profits before tax up by nine per cent to £475 million. It will come as scant consolation for the 295 employees at the company's two Barnoldswick plants whose jobs have been lost or hang in the

  • Time to invest in a less taxing fitness regime

    THE ageing population in Ilkley has been targeted by a former VAT inspector who has introduced a less taxing form of keeping fit to the town. Forget playing sport or learning aerobics, Doran Waclawiak believes that Tai Chi, the ancient Chinese form of

  • Impressive!

    Keighley-based Raiseprint plc has invested £250,000 in a five-colour printing press - and clinched new deals in the process. The company, which is celebrating its 21st anniversary this year, will now be able to compete on a national level. Steve Bell,

  • On This Day

    In 1794, Eli Whitney patented the cotton gin. In 1883, Karl Marx died in London. In 1923, two cases of sleeping sickness were reported in Bradford. From the Telegraph & Argus of March 14th, 1977... People in the Bradford area may soon be able to have

  • Boost for tourism so important

    Some years ago Bradford was a rising star in the world of tourism. The city set out its stall with confidence and style and managed to attract a great deal of attention in Britain and overseas through the bold way it sold the district's attractions. Starting

  • Gareth is a pop idol in Otley

    RECORD sales of pop idol Gareth Gates debut single are expected at an Otley store next week. Woolworths in Kirkgate is opening an hour early at 8am on Monday to cope with the expected rush of fans wanting to pick up their copy of the Bradford star's first

  • Pupils get their places

    BRIGHT pupils of Horsforth's Froebelian School are celebrating getting a record number of places to selective secondary schools. The 24 year six, ten and 11 year olds have between them been offered 51 places, including 12 academic scholarships and a music

  • 'Schools in delay' fears

    PARENTS fear that Otley's remodelled primary schools will not be ready in time for the expected September opening. Some parents claim to have learned that work to extend All Saints Infants, Lisker Drive, Westgate Infants, Scarborough Road, and Ashield

  • Skate park is hoisted in and proves a big hit with youths

    SOUGHT-AFTER skating facilities for young people in Pool-in-Wharfedale are proving very popular, say villagers. Since the new skate park was set up late last week, children and teenagers have been flocking in around the clock to try out their skills on

  • Tax row leads to village calls for independence

    Burley-in-Wharfedale is preparing to take the first steps it needs to break away from Ilkley and form its own parish council. Burley Community Council (BCC) has been considering the move since holding a public meeting about the future of the town last

  • Airlines introduce extra flights to make up for lost business

    THE AFTERMATH of the September 11 attacks is still hitting business hard at Leeds Bradford International Airport - but bosses say an upturn in fortunes is due. The airport has revealed that the total number of passengers passing through the airport in

  • Calls for urgent action over 'neglected' roads

    FED up residents claim their corner of Yeadon is being sidelined by the city council. They say residential roads in the Henshaw estate have been neglected for years - and they are calling for urgent action to stop it from getting any worse. John Morris

  • Leisure boss gets play safety grilling

    A LEISURE boss has come under fire from Aireborough people over playgrounds in need of new equipment. Principal Leeds Leisure Services area manger for parks and countryside, Sean Flesher, faced criticism over parks in Yeadon, Rawdon and Guiseley when

  • I'm ready to buy us out of trouble

    Bradford City will plunge into the transfer market if their relegation fears continue to worsen. City chairman Geoffrey Richmond today promised that action would be taken unless the team can pull out of the nose-dive which has seen them lose four on the

  • Scott doubt for Widnes clash

    Scott Naylor is rated only 50-50 to make his return for Bradford Bulls a week on Sunday at Widnes. The England international centre played in both the World Club Challenge victory over the Newcastle Knights and the Challenge Cup defeat against Leeds Rhinos

  • Don't spoil our moor

    THE countryside service has begun a campaign to get as many visitors as possible to return to Ilkley Moor, which was closed for seven months last year because of the outbreak of foot and mouth disease. It is part of the 'Government's Your Countryside

  • A novel way to cut prison population

    BRITAIN'S prisons, we are told, are at breaking point and we should reconsider sentencing policy. At the same time the capital's top policeman rubbishes the legal system, saying villains are getting off scot free and defence lawyers are getting away with