• Atherton is the new Stu

    Nicky Law wants Peter Atherton to be his Stuart McCall. City are hoping to persuade Atherton to stay on at Valley Parade, possibly for a couple more seasons. Law sees the ultra-experienced 33-year-old as the right man to bring on the next generation of

  • Wedding: Thompson - Lee

    Married in St Lucia were Craig Thomson and Jenny Claire Lee. The couple, from Cross Hills, wed in a gazebo by the sea. Craig, a management accountant with CCL Label in Leeds, is the only son of Margaret Thomson and Dave Morris. Jenny, who works in the

  • Laughter is key to long life

    A Keighley woman says that the key to a long life is not to worry and to be happy. Edith Waterhouse celebrated her 100th birthday on Tuesday with family, friends and the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress at a special party at the Oaks Resource Centre. Mrs

  • Andrew counts on success

    A 14-year-old boy is the star maths pupil at Holy Family School, Keighley,. Andrew Iskauskas, a year nine pupil at the school, achieved a top 250 finish in the country in his year group. Andrew took part in February in the Intermediate Mathematics Challenge

  • Round Britain charity journey

    A long-serving Damart worker has begun a fundraising tour of the UK in aid of Manorlands. Stationery administrator Chris Exley set off on Wednesday on his 11-day charity challenge. He aims to visit all 24 Damart stores across the UK, stretching from Aberdeen

  • Signs point to new walks

    Walkers and ramblers tackling 16 new walks around the district are being pointed in the right direction thanks to a new booklet. The Bradford Millennium Way circular walks have been developed over the past 12 months and take in some of the finest scenery

  • Vintage vehicles go on show

    A vintage vehicle event which over the years has raised more than £30,000 for Manorlands is being held this weekend. The fifth Bront Vintage Gathering takes place tomorrow and on Sunday at its regular Haworth Road, Cullingworth, venue. The event was born

  • Schools are three of the best

    Parents in Keighley can feel pride and confidence in the town's schools according to its head teachers. The claim comes after all three secondary schools in the town were recognised in school achievement awards announced last week. Holy Family Catholic

  • Drugs - Police boss promises more crackdowns

    A Keighley detective is the new head of the district's award-winning police anti-drugs team. Detective Inspector Neil Benstead has taken over the reins of Bradford District Drugs Team, the enforcement arm of the Crack Down campaign. And he has vowed to

  • Guns, drugs and cash seized

    Hand guns and heroin were seized by drugs squad police in the latest Crack Down raids. Up to 50 officers simultaneously raided six homes in a half-mile radius in the Lawkholme area of Keighley, at 8am on Tuesday. A substantial amount of heroin, cocaine

  • Cash-strapped trust reviews services again

    FURTHER hospital services will have to be reviewed as Airedale NHS Trust works through its "riskiest plan" yet. Its business plan, which looks at the challenges over the next three years, includes improving the quality and productivity of its workforce

  • Club backs efforts to improve sports pitch

    SUPPORT for further improvements to Earby Recreation Ground has come from the town's cricket club. It wrote to Earby Parish Council backing its efforts to improve drainage at the football pitch at "the Rec" and secure changing and storage facilities.

  • Bid to put bypass at top of the list

    A BYPASS for Earby should be Lancashire County Council's top priority, say the town's parish councillors. Their comments will now be passed on to the county authority as part of a fresh consultation on traffic issues. Planning is starting now for the

  • Agreement could create affordable home

    A SMALL terraced house in Ingleton may be reserved for local affordable housing if a shared legal agreement can be drawn up by neighbouring local authorities. The Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority approached Craven District Council with a view to

  • Cable cars and lakes feature in town's vision

    INNOVATIVE ideas, including a cable car link to Malham, could transform the Settle of the future. Over 100 forward thinkers, keen to enhance the town, took part in a strategic planning meeting at the Victoria Hall on Monday. Discussions produced dynamic

  • Road plan evokes mixed response

    AN exhibition to present plans for improvements to the A629 was well attended by residents of Cononley, Kildwick and Farnhill. But the £4.7 million scheme has received mixed views, with some residents saying it will only increase problems on the busy

  • Church gets £70,000 grant to fund vital tower work

    COWLING'S Holy Trinity Church has been given £70,000 to make urgent repairs to its tower. A fundraising campaign was launched last year to raise the thousands of pounds needed to renovate the church. Campaigners submitted a joint bid to the Heritage Lottery

  • Residents can shape the future

    RESIDENTS are being encouraged to help shape Skipton's future for the next 20 years. An action planning day on Wednesday will launch a scheme to develop Yorkshire Forward's Renaissance Market Towns Programme. The initiative aims to help up to 40 market

  • New fire chief outlines his priorities

    CRAVEN'S new fire chief Tim Ralph is planning to make the district think hard about how it can help prevent fires and road accidents. Mr Ralph is based at Skipton Fire Station and as the new group manager is responsible for improving the performance of

  • Mad Hatter captures his queen's heart

    SOME people might say you have to be Mad as a March Hare to get married at all but not so Rod Colton who has stolen the heart of Lena Harrison. The Appletreewick couple married on Saturday dressed as the Mad Hatter and the Queen of Hearts, and were accompanied

  • Villagers rally round to support parish councillors under fire

    A "YELLOW peril" document which has circulated Farnhill criticising the parish council has failed to rally support within the village. New parish councillor Ian Fulton published the document, which accused the council of not keeping its electors informed

  • Fifteen local schools share in cash bonanza

    FIFTEEN schools across Craven have won a share in a cash bonus for helping pupils to achieve high or improved test results in 2002. The one secondary, 12 primaries and two nursery schools are among 700 nationwide receiving a share in a £6 million Government

  • Reviews

    Video: Possession A married 19th-century writer meets a lesbian poet and they find themselves embarking on a forbidden affair. More than a century later an American research assistant book uncovers the secret after stumbling upon one of the writer's letters

  • Sounding out

    JAM is being served at a Haworth pub tonight as folk musicians return for an informal performance. They were invited back by Mel Wadwell, landlady of the Fleece, after a successful debut last Friday. Mel -- herself an enthusiastic musician -- will host

  • Get out your gladrags

    Keighley Amateurs regulars each get a chance to shine during a glamorous concert during this year's Keighley Festival. The Amateurs are presenting An Evening of Song and Dance while dressed in tuxedos and ballgowns. People in the audience at the June

  • Letters to the Editor

    SIR - As a former resident of Exley Head, having spent my formative years there, I view with some concern the erosion which has occurred at the base of the War Memorial outside the Methodist Church. Before road widening took place some 40 years ago, this

  • Down Memory Lane

    These scholars and teachers from the Primary Department of Lund Park Methodist Sunday School, Keighley, together with their splendid banner, were photographed about 1920. They are probably about to start on their annual Whitsuntide walk around the district

  • Tyke garden turns into a thorny issue

    Yorkshire Forward has paid £100,000 for a traditional Tyke garden at the Chelsea Flower Show - created by a gardener from Gloucester. Today the regeneration agency was criticised for giving the contract to Gloucestershire landscape and garden designer

  • Stalker spinster wins appeal bid

    An obsessed spinster who was jailed for harassing a Bradford priest with love letters and gifts has been granted leave to appeal against her sentence. Bernadette Quinn, 43, was jailed for two years in January for breaching a restraining order which prevented

  • Cameras launched on blackspot road

    Mobile speed cameras are to be put into action at one of Bradford's accident blackspots. And the city's traffic bosses say they have already seriously reduced road casualties across the district. The mobile safety camera patrols will be in operation on

  • Trio tackle problem of arsonists

    Three new fire safety advisers are being recruited by West Yorkshire Fire Service to lead the fight against arson in Bradford. The service has received funding from the Regen 2000 partnership to help pay for the posts to cover the Leeds Road, Barkerend

  • School praised for its racial harmony

    Racial harmony is a particular strength of a Bradford comprehensive school, Ofsted inspectors have said. The ringing endorsement for Yorkshire Martyrs Catholic College on Westgate Hill Street, Tong, comes two years after the Ouseley report painted a bleak

  • 'Super' staff to tackle weak points

    A new breed of 'super teachers' on more than £40,000 per year are being recruited to help struggling Bradford schools. Education Bradford has increased the salary package on offer in a bid to attract four outstanding teachers from across the country.

  • 'Come back home' plea to missing grandad

    The wife of missing Bradford pensioner Peter Butterfield today urged him: "Please come home for the sake of your grandchildren." Betty Butterfield, 64, pictured, said her whole family was frantic with worry - but the worst affected were his four grandchildren

  • Woman claimed dead mum's £43,000

    A businesswoman from Bradford claimed £43,000 of benefits for her invalid mother up to 18 months after her death to buy a seaside guest house. Jean Woodward started claiming benefits in her mother's name less than a month after her funeral, Hull Crown

  • Bowls: Doubles success story

    KEIGHLEY Bowling Club members have maintained their grip on the Skipton Spring Doubles title with Richard Hargreaves and Phil Anderson picking up the trophy. In the final at Whinfield they beat Broughton Road bowlers Craig Lambert and Darrell Gore 21-

  • Cricket: Wynn Cup round-up

    No doubt about the performance of the round in the Craven League's Wynn Cup as Bradley put out cup holders, Embsay by 15 runs. The home side were restricted to 120-8 in their innings by some tight bowling. Neil Robinson top scored with 29 as No 6 A Smithson

  • Cricket: Craven League round-up

    COWLING share top spot in the Craven League after beating Cullingworth by 60 runs. Keith Woodhead's vast experience is paying dividends for Cowling, who just avoided relegation last season. He scored 64 as his side posted 159. Cullingworth were then dismissed

  • Cougars: Knights suffer

    Cougars 38, York Knights 26 - A SUPERB opening 40 minutes from the Cougars laid the foundation for their fourth successive victory -- and keep them on the top of the league. They are the only undefeated team in NFP2 and it looks like being Keighley's

  • Soccer: Sandy Lane make it a double

    A MINUTE'S silence in memory of the those who died in the Bradford City fire disaster was well observed as a good crowd gathered for the New Bridge Garage Sunday Cup final between Sandy lane and Horsforth St Margaret's. Horsforth took the game to Sandy

  • Silsden go for trophy No5

    Silsden clinched the County Amateur League Championship with a 0-0 draw at home to Otley Town. Keeper Martin Foulger had to pull off a penalty save to keep their unbeaten cup and league record alive -- and they go into the League Cup final tonight (Friday

  • Soccer: Steeton lift League Cup

    STEETON gave manager Jez Fay the perfect leaving present, when they lifted the Division One league Cup in the West Riding County Amateur League, on Tuesday evening. After three years in charge of the team, Fay is handing over to former Keighley Phoenix

  • Trials: Locals fly the flag

    LOCAL riders kept the district's challenge alive in the gruelling Scottish Six-Day trial. The event, on the moors and mountains around Fort William, is rated one of the toughest in the world on both men and machines. For almost a full week they have to

  • Soccer: Leeds sign young star

    Daniel Meegan is looking forward to a career in soccer's big time -- after signing for Leeds United. Daniel, is just eight years old, but has already been spotted by the Premiership club as one of football's stars of the future. He has played in midfield

  • Cricket: Pavilion dream comes true

    GLUSBURN cricketers are waiting to move into their new state-of-the-art pavilion. If all goes to plan they will move into their new home next weekend, May 24, when the club's second XI take on Keighley Tech. The club - which celebrates its centenary next

  • Craven sides suffer Ribb cup whitewash

    CRAVEN'S Jennings Ribblesdale League trio suffered an embarrassing white-wash in Round One of the Ramsbottom Cup on Saturday, with all three sides being ousted in undistinguished circumstances. Both Earby and Settle suffered from a poor display with the

  • Craven man lands key FA post

    PETER Marsden, who has been holding the reins as secretary of the Craven & District Football League for 30 years, has served his apprenticeship as a football administrator. The West Riding County FA Council this week elected the 67-year-old Skipton

  • Courage shown in anti-drugs war

    The decent, law abiding members of the Lawkholme community have come out of the shadows to prove that they are sick and tired of the death and misery caused by drug dealers. They passed the remarkable milestone in the war on drugs, having reached the

  • Turn the noise down to stay open

    THE decision to refuse the Lock, Stock and Barrel permission to stay open one hour longer at weekends illustrates the difficulties of trying to put a youngsters' pub close to a residential area. We have considerable sympathy with both sides. On the one

  • A game is as good as a rest - Moorby

    Gary Moorby today admitted: I don't want a week off. The Cougars have to sit out this weekend as the Arriva Trains Cup knock-out stages continue, but their coach would rather they were still playing. "To be honest we don't really want a break," said Moorby

  • All-round effort is firing Baildon

    Team spirit can carry a side a long way, and Simon Davies is confident that Baildon have got things right. They are currently joint leaders of the SDS Bradford League First Division, and the Jenny Lane captain says: "Our togetherness was particularly

  • Hoggard toils as Northants run riot

    With question marks hanging over the fitness of several England bowlers, Matthew Hoggard should have been an automatic choice for inclusion in this weekend's squad for the first Test against Zimbabwe at Lord's. But Yorkshire's centrally contracted paceman

  • Smith's joy at playing the game's true giants

    Huddersfield Giants coach Tony Smith today admitted: Playing Bradford makes getting promoted so worthwhile. The Super League new boys have surpassed many expectations so far this year, claiming a number of notable scalps including St Helens. But Smith

  • City needs initiatives like this

    Yorkshire Forward is to be congratulated on its initiative in intervening to buy the site of the former Odeon cinema at the last minute, just before it was due to be auctioned in London. It is extremely important that key sites within the city centre

  • Scouts scale Scottish peaks

    Four Scouts from the 1st Silsden troop have completed a 70-mile backpacking expedition in Scotland. Their route took them from Blair Athol through some of the most remote yet scenic landscape in the country, including Glen Tilt and the Minigaig Pass.

  • On This Day

    In 1888, the first demonstration of a flat recording disc was given at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia. In 1969, The Who guitarist Pete Townshend was locked up for kicking a policeman off the stage at a concert in New York. In 1983, Diana Ross

  • Wedding: Barraclough - Buckley

    Married at the Little White Chapel in Las Vegas were Andrew Barraclough and Judith Elaine Buckley. Andrew is the only son of Brian and Thelma Barraclough, of Unity Street, Keighley, and Judith is the only daughter of Janet Buckley, of Kensington Street

  • Shaida's stage struck

    A learning mentor at Greenhead High School is climbing her way to stage recognition. By day Shaida Chaudhury spends her hours helping out pupils at the Utley school, but by night she can be found treading the boards with members of the Bradford-based

  • Trust puts faith in logo

    A 17-year-old student at Oakbank School won a competition to design a new logo for the Aire Wharfe Community Housing Trust. Ingram Blakelock won a school competition to design the logo for the new housing trust, with an eye catching design featuring an

  • Enterprising students show their skills

    A record number of local schools and colleges took part in a scheme to inspire young people to succeed in business, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary. Four of the schools took part in the Craven area finals of the Young Enterprise Awards, with

  • New web linking firms to Yorkshire graduates

    Companies in the district can link up with graduates from the University of Bradford by the click of a mouse. Professor David Rhodes, chairman of Saltaire-based electronics firm Filtronic, launched the Graduates website yesterday. It is

  • Pupils set attendance record

    Pupils at Parkwood Primary School were rewarded for hitting an attendance target set for them in a challenge by Education Bradford. Neil Hellewell -- from Education Bradford -- went to a special assembly at the Keighley school to congratulate the children

  • Churchill returns to war torn village

    War was declared in Haworth for the ninth successive year as villagers and visitors stepped back in time at the weekend. Thousands of people took the nostalgia trip along Main Street during the village's annual 1940s weekend. Many joined shopkeepers in

  • Straw Race aims to double its money

    Organisers of the Oxenhope Straw Race this summer hope to double the £5,000 they raised at last year's event. The race, in which competitors in fancy dress carry a bale of straw around the village and call at pubs along the route, is on Sunday, July 6

  • Clipping good show

    Dog groomers from Keighley had reason to smile when they scooped two first prizes at a prestigious event. It is the first time that both the owner of Look North dog grooming salon Joanne Angus and manageress Emma Walton have been placed first at the same

  • Bike boys go California dreaming

    Students who could not settle in formal school lessons have proved themselves a roaring success at a top international classic motorcycle show. The teenage lads on Keighley College's Transition to Training and Attendance Initiative programmes have won

  • Drugs - Community praised after raid

    Councillors have hailed Tuesday's early morning raid by police to rid Lawkholme of its drug culture as a huge success. And they have applauded the role of the local community in helping the police to weed out the troublemakers. The action has been praised

  • Top Withens photo goes on sale

    A photograph of Top Withens is expected to fetch up to £1,200 when it goes under the hammer at Sotheby's in London next week. The black and white picture was taken in 1945 by Bill Brandt, a leading British photographer of his generation. Brandt described

  • Church wins lottery jackpot

    A Grade two listed church needs the support of the parish to complete repairs that are now possible thanks to a lottery grant. Holy Trinity Church, Cowling, was awarded a grant of £74,000 towards a total of £105,000 needed for building work. Work required

  • Bakers dozens go to needy

    Morrisons staff in Keighley are fired up about their store's latest improvement and hope customers will rise to the occasion. The supermarket's new bakery, part of a multi-million pound redevelopment, was put through a working test yesterday. Staff donated

  • Murder victim hacked to death

    Seven men plotted for two weeks to kill Qadir Ahmed, a convicted drug supplier, and then beat him to death in Keighley, a court has been told. Mr Ahmed, 24, of Gordon Street, was ambushed near to the Victoria Park roundabout on the evening of February

  • Race entries exceed all expectations

    THE number of women who have entered Craven's first Race for Life has exceeded all expectations. In total 1,400 runners are now registered and the entry line has had to be closed. The five kilometre race at Broughton Hall on June 8 will raise funds for

  • Police ask parishes for £500 to buy speed gun

    POLICE have asked parish councils for £500 towards a new speed gun - just weeks after approving a 76 per cent increase in their share of the council tax. North Yorkshire Police has written to parish councils along the A65 asking for a donation towards

  • Residents say extra houses would create 'unfair' pressure

    SOUTH Craven School will struggle to cope if the amount of proposed housing in Silsden goes ahead, a resident has warned. Lance Peake, speaking at the public inquiry into Bradford Council's unitary development plan, told planning inspector Cliff Hughes

  • Bill prepares for a new life

    ONE of Skipton's most loyal public servants, Bill Houghton, has called time on his duties as he prepares to head off for a new life - and a new wife - in Australia. Bill, 65, of Regent Road, handed over the long-held reins as treasurer at the annual meeting

  • Paul takes on mayoral role as fairytale comes true

    SKIPTON'S own Dick Whittington arrived in town nine years ago with all his worldly goods in one bag and in true fairytale rags to riches style, he found himself a wife and was crowned mayor last Thursday. At 34, Coun Paul English is believed to be Skipton's

  • Victory likely in chalet battle

    AN ongoing battle to rebuild a wooden holiday chalet in Hawkswick, which was razed to the ground by fire last year, could be over. This week, the Yorkshire Dales National Park's planning committee agreed to go against officer recommendation and support

  • Villagers heap praise on efficient road contractors

    GARGRAVE residents lookng forward to enjoying a black-tie dinner party in the middle of the high street. The streets are devoid of traffic as roadworks continue on the A65, and already residents are dusting off their dinner jackets and picking out their

  • County court gets ready to move down the road

    SKIPTON'S County Court, which has been dealing out justice since Victorian times, heard its last cases this week. From next Thursday, the court will be closed and all its business will move into the magistrates' court further along Otley Road. Court manager

  • Residents win fight to stop pub opening an extra hour

    RESIDENTS and traders around Skipton's canal basin were delighted after a bid by the Lock, Stock and Barrel pub to extend opening times by an hour at weekends was rejected by magistrates. "We're very pleased with the outcome," Judith Hughes, of Pennine

  • Theatre: Sunshine for Suzanne

    Summer Holiday Suzanne Shaw has had plenty of time for a holiday since the split of band Hear'Say. So she's decided to forge a stage career with a starring role in this sunny revival of the 1960s Cliff Richard movie. Her strong voice and lively personality

  • The Curmudgeon

    IT was Owd Tom who spotted them first as he sped across the face of Tup Fell on his quad bike: a group of official looking fellas wandering about hundreds of feet below in the depths of what had once been Beggarsdale Quarry. It was just after 6.30 am,

  • Courts full of motorists, not burglars

    SIR - A look in your paper of May 9 at crime and the courts in the Craven District makes woeful reading. There are numerous reports of thefts: mountain bike, slates, lawnmower, batteries, agricultural vehicles, a trailer and a third attempt to take a

  • Nuisance cases on the increase

    The number of nuisance and harassment cases taken to court by Kirklees Neighbourhood Housing this year has more than doubled. A total of 38 cases were successfully taken to court this year including nine injunctions, ten possession orders, nine evictions

  • Riding high after £1m centre boost

    Expansion plans for a £1 million horse-riding centre at Bradford's country park are galloping ahead. An indoor riding arena and outdoor menage have been given the go-ahead at St Ives park in Harden, near Bingley. Drawn up by Bradford Independent Health

  • Future of funfair hangs in balance

    The future of an historic funfair site at the top of Shipley Glen tramway hangs in the balance after controversial plans to build houses on the site were deferred. Members of Shipley Area Planning Panel visited the area and could not decide whether it

  • It's named after us!

    The strange tale of how a Victorian Bradford railway worker had a small African town named after him was being celebrated at a City Hall reception this afternoon. People from Sierra Leone in West Africa - where there is a town called Bradford - were meeting

  • New hope for angina sufferer

    A man who has suffered crippling angina for six years is hoping a non-surgical form of treatment will give him his life back. Roy Palfreyman has had four heart attacks and had to give up his job as a sheet metal worker because he was so ill. He has exhausted

  • Cancer patients may test drugs

    Cancer patients in Bradford could be the first to test drugs developed in the city thanks to a new specialist. Professor Chris Twelves has been appointed as a clinical director based at the world-renowned Cancer Research Unit at the Univer-sity of Bradford

  • Young raider sent packing

    An 80-year-old woman confronted a sneak thief - and forced him to drop the cash he was trying to take. Hella Janes, 80, was busy frying onions when the man walked into her home at around noon on Tuesday. She had the kitchen door closed to stop the cooking

  • Rugby League: girls show their class

    ANOTHER successful day was played out at Cougar Park on Saturday as the seventh Keighley and District Festival Cup competition was held. With ten games taking place in total, it was an action packed day. The first match of the day saw Cougar Cubs Under

  • Rugby League: Albion end on a high

    Clayton 22 Keighley Albion 24 - Keighley Albion travelled to Clayton in their final league game of the season on Saturday looking to finish their season off with a win to seal their promotion into the top flight of the Pennine League. After early Keighley

  • Golf: Around the clubs

    Keighley had the better of the clash with local rivals Bingley St Ives in the Bradford Scratch League's first Division on Friday, chalking up a 5-3 home win. In the 3rd Division Silsden went down 2-6 at home to Bradford, but Skipton started their campaign

  • Cougars: Gary Moorby's diary

    AFTER four wins from four games I can tell you that the world looks a much brighter place on Monday mornings when you are on a winning streak. An after-match 'bevy' - or two - is a tradition in rugby League, but when you are constantly drowning your sorrows

  • Cougars: Sitting pretty at the top

    COUGARS can enjoy a free weekend sitting on top of the league -- with the prospect of more good times to come. The weekend break while the Arriva Trains Cup quarter-finals take place, gives the squad time to re-charge their batteries after starting the

  • Cowling and Embsay set the pace

    THE top two games in the first division of the J P Mewies Craven & District Cricket League pitted the top four against each other and when the dust settled, Cowling, who enjoyed a handsome win at Cullingworth, and Embsay, who were equally impressive

  • Mighty Otley humbled by Skipton

    SKIPTON gave the morale a mighty boost in the Airedale & Wharfedale Cricket League when they blasted Division A side Otley out of the Waddilove Cup at the first round stage with a massive 10-wicket win at Sandylands. Relegated in successive seasons

  • Sam set for Springbok trial

    SKIPTON women's rugby player Sam Spence will soon be running out at one of the biggest and most famous stadiums in world rugby when she travels to South Africa with an England Women's Development touring team on May 26 The three-week trip will be the

  • Letters to the Editor

    SIR - I was interested to read your story "Nest of rare crow kept secret" (T&A, May 12). Three years ago there was a white crow in the valley at Mixenden, Halifax. I saw this bird regularly at least three times a week for almost a year. Unfortunately

  • Craven through the years

    100 years ago A SKIPTON labourer and his wife were charged with neglecting their four children, who were described as "starved and hungry". A policeman visited their house in Union Square and found three of the children sitting on the cold floor while