• Beating Congs was not a fluke

    Baildon are bidding for a second successive big scalp in the Specialist Ducting Supplies Bradford League. Last week they beat leaders Pudsey Congs by seven wickets in a rain-affected match at Jenny Lane, and tomorrow they face second-placed Cleckheaton

  • Clubs get chance to avoid the axe

    The Bradford League, whose management committee proposed to vote a club out of Division Two at the end of the season, are letting clubs come up with alternative ideas. Last winter the management committee decided to re-elect only one club at the end of

  • England trip may be no-go for Pryce

    Karl Pryce may not be able to tour Australasia with the England Academy team after all. Bradford Bulls are currently in negotiation with England head coach Dave Lyon about whether Pryce can be released by the World Club champions for the matches in Australia

  • Welcome assembly decision

    The campaign for a referendum on the idea of a regional assembly has been cynical and one-sided. As a policy which does not have the full backing of the whole Government it has clearly been driven through by Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott, whose

  • City's a winner for Yorkshire Forward

    Bradford has played a central role in helping Yorkshire Forward, the regional development agency, to turn in its best annual performance in creating jobs and attracting investment. Among the key successes was the establishment of the newest of the agency's

  • Pharmacist struck off

    A pharmacist who forged prescriptions worth more than £100,000 at his Keighley shop -- using GPs' signatures and the details of customers, including one who was dead -- has been struck off the register. Trevor Sherlock, a pharmacist for 25 years, was

  • Fashion show hits the headlines

    It is not only becoming more fashionable to read the Keighley News -- but once you've read it, you wear it. Final figures have yet to be confirmed, but hundreds more people have turned to taking the Keighley News in the first half of the year. Editor

  • Police station used as drug den

    A former police station in Silsden is being used as an illegal drugs den, it has been claimed. The discovery was made by town councillors who went to the station, at Bolton Road, following a planning meeting last week. Councillor Chris Atkinson was among

  • Rombald on the move?

    Giant Rombald could be on the move. The famous statue -- which has been in Keighley's Airedale Shopping Centre for more than 35 years -- may be given a new home. Now Keighley News readers are being asked for their views on where the 12ft-high structure

  • TV cameras put calendar team in the spotlight

    TWO Barnoldswick women who became local celebrities after producing a saucy calendar are to star in a television documentary. Jenny Purcell and Dianne Hodkinson raised £2,700 for charity through the sale of the calendar, which featured nude workers from

  • Historic collection goes online

    HUNDREDS of historic photographs of Skipton are now available online. The photographs were collected by the late Dr Geoffrey Rowley, a well-known Skipton solicitor and local historian. They include images as diverse as Edwardian Skipton and local football

  • Skeletons traced back to the Iron Age

    SIX skeletons discovered on a housing development site have been found to date from the Iron Age. Last summer six skeletons were unearthed on a disused garage site on the High Street in Gargrave. The site was being excavated by archaeologists under terms

  • Man devastated as wife is denied entry to UK

    A CROSS Hills man who was expecting to be reunited with his African wife was told by immigration officials that she would not be able to enter the country without a visa. After a 13-hour flight and almost 12 hours of questioning by immigration officials

  • Goth rockers ready to rumble

    Skeletal Family appears at Bradford rock club Rio's tomorrow as one of six bands in the Malediction Festival. The Keighley Goth rock band (left) will be on stage from 7.35-8.50pm following opening band Manuskript. Following them will be 616 Abortions,

  • Billy's back for panto

    Billy Pearce is back at the Alhambra for the sixth time -- but this is his first outing as Dick Whittington. He appears for the fourth year running after breaking the Bradford theatre's box-office records last year in Cinderella. Stand-up comic Billy

  • Letters to the Editor

    SIR - Today was July 16, and all I have heard on the news, in the town centre, and while at work today are continuous put-downs of Asians. I have heard people say that they won't go out alone or into certain areas of town as they are scared of the violence

  • Funfair owner pulls down rusting 'glide'

    The owner of a historic fairground ride began to demolish it yesterday after its protection as a listed building was lifted. Residents and councillors expressed their "regret" but Paul Teale, the owner of the aerial glide at Shipley Glen pleasure ground

  • Blitz on rogue agents

    Bradford estate agents have welcomed tough new plans to tackle rogue traders. Under the plans, unveiled by Bradford South MP and Consumer Minister Gerry Sutcliffe yesterday, estate agents will have to sign up to independent ombudsman schemes or face being

  • Modest Yvonne is great role model

    A former alcoholic who has helped thousands of people through the Bradford drugs service she pioneered has been shortlisted for the Yorkshire Woman of the Year award. Yvonne Oliver battled her own alcohol addiction to set up Ripple Drugs Services in Buttershaw

  • Crime fears delay leisure trail start

    Worries about crime led councillors to postpone a decision on a leisure trail on a former railway. An application was made to Bradford Council to complete the first 3.2 kilometres of pathway from the start of the Great Northern Trail - which runs from

  • Yobs are wrecking our new play area

    Concerned parents in Bradford claim teenagers are ruining a neighbourhood playground for an estate's youngsters. Residents say that the children's play area in Winchester Gardens, Tyersal is being over-run and vandalised by teenagers who, they claim,

  • Firm pulls out of contract bid

    One of the three companies bidding for a contract to take over the management of Bradford Council buildings, land and services has pulled out of the contest. Union leaders say the withdrawal of Land Securities Trillium shows a lack of confidence in the

  • Dean will move on as mission is over

    The man brought in to solve Bradford Cathedral's debt saga after the flop of its millennium Life Force attraction is to quit his job now that his work is done. Cathedral Dean, the Very Reverend Dr Christopher Hancock, said he believed his mission in Bradford

  • 'Ladders' help fish to scale weirs

    Fish might not be able to ride bicycles but they could soon be climbing ladders in a scheme to attract migrating sea fish back to the River Aire. The Environment Agency is introducing 'fish passes' on weirs along the river to allow salmon and trout to

  • What a lot you raised!

    The Telegraph & Argus Save Our City Appeal auction has been hailed a massive success after raising more than £6,000 towards the Bantams' fight for survival. Bradford City fans packed into Valley Parade's banqueting suite last night as bidding got

  • Stop this racket!

    A 'boom-box' car with a blaring sound system has been seized by police in the first operation of its kind in Bradford. More than 100 complaints had been logged by city centre wardens about the black Honda Civic after its deafening music made shop windows

  • Golf: Around the clubs

    Branshaw - Bradford Charities 4BBB Qualifier: 1 Richard Buxton and David Steele 61, 2 Paul Hollindrake and Mick Anderson 62, 3 Richard Chester and Lee Sharpe 62, 4 Steve Collier and Joe Marshall 63. Riddlesden - The Open Weekend four-man team event held

  • Bowls: Jamie scrapes home

    JAMIE CUNNINGHAM scrambled to victory in the Skipton Sunday Handicap after a tremendous fight back by Les Foster. The Silsden Playing Fields bowler enjoyed a commanding 16-5 lead over Foster (Devon) who was looking to retain the title. Foster launched

  • Cricket: Aire-Wharfe round-up

    DANIEL SENIOR ripped through the Ilkley early order batsmen as Silsden maintained their climb up Division B. Only Simpson,with 33, showed any resistance as Senior picked up 3-23 in his nien-over spell. He was supported by Chris Walker (3-12) and two run

  • Cricket: Craven League round-up

    Cowling moved into fourth spot in the Craven League after a narrow eight-run victory at Bradley. The visitors made 168-6 with Steve Mitchell scoring 55, Keith Woodhead 55 and S Hassan 37no as John Duffey finished with 6-67. As long as Neil Robinson was

  • Motorsport: Bike racer sets new lap record

    TEAM APPLEYARD racer Ashley Beech set a new lap record at Mallory Park last weekend. The young 125cc British Championship r ider was involved in a dogfight for the lead, when he broke the lap record, in an impressive 54.9 seconds. Together with team mate

  • Cougars: Bramald ready for debut

    NEW signing Matt Bramald is set to make his debut for Cougars against Whitehaven this week -- as the club fights off the threat of relegation. The former Batley and Featherstone player, is expected to be slotted in at full back where he has a reputation

  • Athletics: Woodcock strikes African gold

    ATHLETICS coach John Woodcock celebrated his birthday this week deep in the heart of Africa -- with the news that one of the athletes he is coaching is off to the Olympics. The Bradford athletics development officer has taken two years leave from his

  • Rain again tilts title balance

    VARIABLE weather conditions continue to impact on the J P Mewies Craven Cricket League, with washed out matches tightening the competition at the top of the Division One table. Leaders Embsay were again denied a start against Haworth at Shires Lane and

  • North Ribb back in Twickenham trail

    NORTH Ribblesdale have been given the chance to make amends for last season's bitter disappointment in the Powergen Junior Vase final at Twickenham by being seeded into the same competition again next season. A further boost for the Settle club is that

  • Ross jetting in for Ilkley Open

    Florida-based Ross Conn-olly is returning to his home-town club next week to play in the British Tour event at Ilkley. The 21-year-old was coached at the club by Simon Ick-ringill until leaving for the famous Nick Bollettieri Ten-nis Academy - the base

  • BNP revelations should make us work harder

    The BBC undercover film which exposed the tactics of the far-right British National Party should be a goad for soul searching. So says Dr Philip Lewis, the inter-faith advisor to the Bishop of Bradford and a member of Bradford University's Peace Studies

  • When will they learn?

    ONCE again accusations are flying about the lack of consultation over health services. This time the row involves the relocation of podiatry services from Cross Hills Health Centre to Skipton Hospital. The move was already a "fait accompli" when the news

  • Hutton leading Rawdon to safety

    All-rounder Matthew Hutton will be hoping to further boost Rawdon's bid to avoid relegation from Division A in tomorrow's clash with title-chasing North Leeds. The Aussie has been in fine form in July to help Rawdon to a victory and two winning draws,

  • Miserable time for Great Horton

    It's a massive weekend for Great Horton, who are in danger of being left stranded at the foot of the table. They picked up a point for a losing draw at Morley last week but the club desperately needs a couple of wins to give them the chance of avoiding

  • Yorkshire crash to humiliating defeat

    Yorkshire took only 100 minutes this morning to crash to a ten-wicket defeat in less than two-and-a-half days in the championship game against Somerset at Scarborough. Resuming on 63 for three, still 92 runs in arrears, Yorkshire crashed to 160 all out

  • Stalwart Jacobs is proud of being a Bantam

    Wayne Jacobs would not swap the last ten years for anything. The ultra-loyal City defender crowns a decade at Valley Parade tomorrow with his testimonial match against Bolton. Jacobs, who has played 305 league games, has experienced every up and down

  • Ken's got a dozen reasons to smile

    A 43-year-old Silsden man who lost nearly 12-and-a-half stone in less than a year reached the finals of Slimming World's Man of the Year 2004 competition. Ken Lee, of Tufton Street, showed that men can be just as successful as women when it comes to losing

  • Sex case doctor spared prison

    A doctor who indecently assaulted a woman while on bail for an earlier sex attack has been spared jail -- for the time being. Keighley-born Darren Holdsworth, 37, (pictured) pulled down a stranger's top and exposed her breasts in a Glasgow pub just weeks

  • Cancer campaigner leaves lasting legacy

    A former Haworth woman who spearheaded a fund to save the lives of fellow council workers has lost her battle against cancer. Ann Beattie wanted to give workmates across the district a better chance of life by funding early diagnosis if they showed cancer

  • Duke of Wellington's face the axe

    Ex-members of the Dukes -- known as Yorkshire's warriors -- have hit out at Government plans to axe a 300-year-old army regiment which recruits in Keighley. Worth Valley councillor Kris Hopkins, who served with the 1st Battalion between 1985 and 1989,

  • Jail wedding pair's wait still not over

    A couple who married behind prison bars have told of their heartbreak at having to wait another nine months before they can truly become husband and wife. Dani Craven, 53, of Keighley, has waited more than two years to set up home with the 27-year-old

  • Renaissance vision is a 'farce' says councillor

    MISGIVINGS about ideas the Settle Renaissance team is nurturing have been sounded by a Giggleswick councillor. Coun Richard Welch has gone as far as saying the vision for Settle put forward by a London firm of consultants is little short of a "farce".

  • Shop celebrates 34 years in business

    FOR 34 years Mo Metcalfe has catered for the clothing needs of her loyal customers. Mrs Metcalfe owns Mo's, on Skipton's Sheep Street, which is one of the longest-running shops in the town. She spent the first two years on Water Street before moving to

  • Angel staff pay tribute to a 'great friend'

    A WELL-KNOWN Upper Wharfedale businessman has died at Airedale General Hospital after battling with cancer. Sixty-six-year-old Denis Watkins transformed the Angel Inn at Hetton into one of Craven's most successful restaurants. He bought the pub with his

  • Officers speak of Craven's largest ever drugs haul

    A CRAVEN police officer has told of the moment when he and his colleagues found drugs, worth at least £1 million, in a caravan at Bentham. Local officers, along with their counterparts from Lancashire, were carrying out a search warrant at a static caravan

  • Stacey looks to education to tackle anti-social behaviour

    PREVENTION and education will be the main tools employed by Craven's new anti-social behaviour co-ordinator. Although crime stands at a low level in the district, pockets of unacceptable behaviour are springing up. And it will be the job of Stacey Mitchell

  • Album reviews

    Beverley Knight -- Affirmation I thought Knight was doing an Anastacia as this album opened to the rock-tinged tune of her latest single Come As You Are. Thankfully she soon settles down to deliver the sort of classy songs that made her Britain's best

  • The Curmudgeon

    IT is always hard to see a full-grown man cry. When that man is Ben the Bucket, one-time quarry shot firer as hard as the rock he pulverised, it comes as a downright shock. I heard the first sobs when I was approaching the village allotments. At first

  • Renaissance projects are a farce

    SIR - It is becoming much clearer now that the so-called Renaissance Market Town Projects are turning into a complete farce. The vast sums of money being paid to the consultants are only the tip of the iceberg. On studying the brochure produced by the

  • 'Patients must have the right to die at home'

    A leading cancer care specialist in Bradford has welcomed calls by MPs to give terminally ill patients the right to choose to die at home. The Commons Health Select Committee has found many terminally ill patients are being denied their wish to die at

  • Workers' outrage at 'freeze' on pensions

    Workers at a threatened Bradford car parts manufacturer have reacted with anger and dismay to news that their pensions are in jeopardy. Workers at Federal-Mogul at St John's Works, Wakefield Road, some of whom have spent decades at the automotive components

  • Referendum delay caused by voting fears

    A lack of confidence in the postal voting system led to the postponement of the referendum on regional government, John Prescott has admitted. The Deputy Prime Minster spokes after plans to hold the referenda were dropped yesterday. As reported in later

  • McFly to headline Party in the Park

    Chart topping boy-band sensation McFly are set to make this year's Party in the Park a huge success - obviously! The teenage foursome stormed into the charts this year scoring two number one hits with the first singles they released - Five Colours In

  • We're gonna swim for it!

    Two Bradford sisters are attempting to break three world swimming records. Liane and Dee Llewellyn from Odsal are today taking part in a cross-Channel marathon with four other women hoping to become the fastest team to complete an English Channel relay

  • Cricket: Junior round-up

    OXENHOPE Under-15s have one hand on the league title after beating Upper Wharfedale by 128 runs. They scored 178-4 with retirements for Geraghty, Pullan and Armitage and Max Davidson took three wickets for just two runs as the Wharfedale side were dismissed

  • Cricket: Keighley Cup

    KEIGHLEY CUP cricket reaches the semi-final stage on Sunday -- with two classic contests in prospect. Oakworth take on neighbours Oxenhope and Haworth West End travel to Cullingworth to see who will reach the showpiece final at Keighley CC's Lawkholme

  • Cricket: Cowling Cup round-up

    It was all systems go for the Cowling Cup sem-finals with clubs determined to beat the poor weather that had wrecked the previous day's league programme. This time the sun shone brightly and favoured Pendle Forest and Haworth Road who will contest the

  • Soccer: Silsden launch pre-season campaign

    Silsden football club start their pre-season matches tomorrow (Saturday) with a visit to Unibond side Clitheroe. The Ribble Valley club won the North West counties division one last year so are going to prove a stern test for the newly promoted Silsden

  • Ironman test for Simon

    SUPER-FIT athlete Simon Hassell is set to take on the rest of the world this weekend -- in one of the toughest sporting events. Simon, 39, who lives at Stanbury, near Haworth, will be taking on the challenge of the Swiss Ironman Triathlon in Zurich, a

  • Neighbours steal a march

    STEETON and Silsden were the only teams in Division B of the Airedale & Wharfedale League to obtain maximum points from a rain-hit programme last weekend, while Skipton did not bowl a ball against Illingworth and Upper Wharfedale had a free day in

  • Weekend cricket programme

    RIBBLESDALE League leaders Read face an interesting challenge tomorrow when they take on Earby at The Applegarth. The West Craven side has been turning in some tidy performances of late and on home soil will relish tackling the pace-makers. Having been

  • Settle still have hat trick in their sights

    SETTLE march on. Another weekend league and cup double extends their impressive winning run and has even the most wary supporter wondering just how far they can go on the three campaigns they are currently embarked upon. Last weekend they collected a

  • Letters to the Editor

    Keeping alive our walking tradition SIR - In reply to Harry Cooke (T&A, July 20) regarding the Bradford Walk being the "last of its kind" (T&A, July 10) this was referring to the distance of 32 miles regarded as the traditional distance of the

  • Craven through the years

    100 years ago ERMYSTED'S Grammar School was selling the Dockyard in Skipton Canal Basin to the council, but it insisted on a clause in the sale forbidding the council from ever using it as a cattle market. The governors thought it was too close to the