• Travellers

    MEMBERS of the Ilkley Angling Association must have thought that they had solved the problem of travellers camping on their land for good. Their construction of a soil barrier or 'bund' to prevent vehicle access to land by the river Wharfe on Denton Road

  • Tibor's coaching Vision is starting to bear fruit

    Boys from the Wyke-based Vision Academy coaching school fulfilled a dream by playing at the Reebok Stadium - home of Premiership club Bolton Wanderers. The under-eight youngsters were invited, along with Vision Academy head coach Tibor Szabo, to Bolton's

  • Northcliffe furious over points penalty

    A row is brewing in the Bradford Golf Union over two disputed points which could have a say in who wins the coveted Scratch League title - and who is relegated. Champions and leaders Northcliffe won 8-0 at struggling Calverley last month but the home

  • Left wing a priority as Todd steps up search

    Colin Todd is upping his chase for a left midfielder after capturing Danny Cadamarteri. Todd plans to use the returning Bantams old boy in a central attacking role - and is still looking to fill the hole on the left wing. The City boss has already missed

  • Glowing Ofsted report for school that wants success

    PUPILS, parents and teachers at an Otley primary school are celebrating receiving a glowing first Ofsted report. Westgate Primary, in Scarborough Road, has been acclaimed by education inspectors for "successfully encouraging pupils to succeed." The school

  • Spectators flock to show as weather brightens up

    PEOPLE turned out in their hundreds to make Saturday's Askwith Show a great success. Young and old villagers, entrants and others from all across the area took part in a range of competitions and enjoyed numerous side shows and entertainment. New secretary

  • Bramhope determined to keep its car park

    MOVES are afoot to try and keep Bramhope's main public car park in the hands of the village for posterity. The development follows last week's decision by Leeds planners to throw out a fiercely-opposed outline application by pub chain the Spirit Group

  • Grammar school is bidding for £6m

    PRINCE Henry's Grammar School could be in line for a new multi-million pound windfall. Leeds City Council has put in a bid for £6 million to help the Otley school create a new science block and make other improvements to improve access for the community

  • Council fumes over chimney demolition

    AN OTLEY businessman who knocked down an unsafe chimney rather than risk the safety of nearby schoolchildren could face legal action. Painstaking work on the £30,000 demolition of the 83 metre high listed chimney at Wharfebank Business Centre finished

  • Trade that we ought to support

    It isn't always easy, when rushing round to do the shopping between other tasks - and especially when trying to cater for the needs of a family of individuals with varying tastes on top of label-reading to discover the salt, sugar or fat content of various

  • Rapist gets 11 years

    A man who committed an "appallingly nasty" rape on a 12-year-old girl and made her pregnant has been jailed for 11 years. Ibrar Hussain, 27, dragged the terrified child into his house, locked the door, shut the curtains and pulled her to the floor, a

  • Family's tribute to Bob

    A 33-year-old animal lover from Keighley has died after a battle with a rare form of cancer. Robert Bird, pictured, known to friends as Bob, died with his family by his side at Manorlands on Tuesday. The builder, of Glenhurst Avenue, was diagnosed with

  • Photographer says he will honour jobs

    A wedding photographer has pledged to honour his bookings despite going bankrupt. The sudden closure of David Prothero's Oh Wow Photography, in Rectory Row, Keighley, led to a number of clients and freelance photographers contacting the Keighley News

  • 'Happy slapping' warning to pupils

    Children in Keighley have been warned of the dangers of being bullied via mobile phones, as part of a new health initiative. Community health workers from Airedale Primary Care Trust ran the session on Wednesday during a special awareness day to prepare

  • Gordon Black honoured by Queen

    Keighley businessman Gordon Black was also celebrating this week after being made a Commander of the British Empire in the honours list. Mr Black, chairman of Peter Black Holdings in Keighley, has been given the CBE for services to business and charity

  • Our Charlie is made an MBE

    Fundraising veteran Charlie Bhowmick has been awarded an MBE in the Queen's birthday honours list. The 68-year-old will become a Member of the British Empire for his services to race and inter-faith relations in Keighley. When the news became public,

  • Fairtrade status could come to Ilkley by end of the year

    PART of being a vibrant shopping destination is keeping ahead of not only the latest retail trends but being receptive to public demand and feeling. Humanitarian or compassionate causes have been carried through to the shelves a great many times before

  • Station chief makes plea for retained firefighters

    THE WEST Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service is on the lookout for men and woman who could spare some time to work as retained firefighters at Ilkley Fire Station. Station officer Alex Watson said Ilkley currently has ten retained firefighters who respond

  • Why a whole lot of new masts are lining up

    ADVANCING technology is the main reason why so many applications for phone masts are beginning to sprout up in the Wharfedale area, according to to a local councillor. The technology used by many mobile phone companies today is Third Generation - more

  • Housing trust chief may lose his home

    THE head of a trust which owns Ilkley's former council houses could soon lose his own home to a redevelopment scheme. Gerald Goldsbrough, a parish councillor and chairman of the Aire-Wharfe Community Housing Trust, faces the prospect of seeing his flat

  • New talent for blues club

    Performing tonight in Keighley with her musical partner Steve Jones is rising acoustic blues talent Emily Druce. The duo play at the Spectrum Blues Club, in St Anne's Social Centre, Spring Gardens Lane, Keighley. Phone 07974241801 to check ticket availability

  • What's On

    Local: Keighley Shared Church , Church Green: Keighley Vocal Union present a Summer Serenade (tomorrow 7.30pm). Phone 01274 561579. Glusburn Institute: Black Umfolosi 5 present gospel singing and gum-boot dancing (tomorrow 7.30pm). Phone 01535 630223.

  • Letters to the Editor

    Under sourcing of police 'is at an appalling level' SIR, -The issue of speeding on Bolling Road and local responses seem to have generated much comment in recent weeks. On the one hand residents are rightly disturbed about excessive speed, whilst on the

  • Campaigners step up office battle

    Campaigners in Birkenshaw are stepping up the fight to keep a planned industrial development from dominating the entrance to their village. Specialist mattress company Park House Healthcare wants to relocate to land off Whitehall Road West, but residents

  • Traders demand decision on store

    Bradford supermarket giant Morrisons says it cannot guarantee it will retain its presence in Bingley, it was revealed today. The admission comes as traders called on the company to reveal its plans for the crucial, flagship supermarket in the town. Bingley's

  • Aiden picks up top award from Dame Tanni

    Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson the world's most successful paralympic athlete presented the annual Jamie Payne-Ross award at St Mary's RC School, Menston. The recipient was talented young soccer player Aiden White. The award is presented annually at the school

  • Ace shot as young Jack holes-in-one at Horsforth

    Horsforth Golf Club members stood to cheer a 12 year-old golfer off the 18th green on Saturday after he had achieved a hole-in-one. Some golfers go a lifetime without achieving the feat but in the club's June Medal and Green Emmott qualifier on Saturday

  • Fielder's hat-trick leads to scramble for record books

    WHEN enthusiastic young cricketer Josh Bateson bagged a hat-trick of run outs with his accurate fielding little did he realise the enormity of his achievement. The devastating accuracy of young Josh's arm led to a procession of Old Leos batsmen trudging

  • Traders waiting for Fairtrade aid

    Shipley is on the verge of becoming a Fairtrade Town - a status which could boost visitor numbers. A steering group has fulfilled all the Fairtrade criteria and is about to put in an official application to the Fairtrade Foundation. The Fairtrade mark

  • The 'friendly waiter' wins a top award

    A waiter who "treats every customer as a friend" is the first person from outside London to win a major Indian restaurant award. To regulars at Kipling's Restaurant, in Greengates, he is simply known as Raz. But to judges from the Real Curry Restaurant

  • Buildings contract sparks union fears

    Union leaders are demanding assurances on jobs after a new private property managing firm was unveiled to look after Bradford's council buildings. Carillion, which is involved with projects like Tate Modern in London and Liverpool's Albert Dock has been

  • Jan's giant leap in memory of mum

    A nurse whose mother and three other family members were affected by breast cancer is walking a moonlight marathon to raise money for a breast cancer charity. Jan Foster, of Horton Bank Top, has enlisted the help of three friends to speed walk with her

  • 'We'll get our lovely green space back'

    Residents wanting to reclaim a historic green pathway are determined to beat yobs who turned it into a no-go area. Pollard Park Residents Association says its Reclaiming The Greenway project is now showing signs of success. It was launched last year after

  • I nearly lost my baby in scan 'error'

    A mum-to-be was told she had lost her baby only to find her child was still alive just minutes before she was due to have surgery to clear her womb. Adele Beecham was given the devastating news after she had undergone an initial scan at Bradford Royal

  • Golf: Around the clubs

    Northcliffe top the Bradford Scratch League despite not having a match last week. Second-placed Baildon won 6-2 at Shipley, and are themselves six points clear of third-placed Hollins Hall, who beat Keighley 5-3. In Division Two Branshaw lie third after

  • Bowls: Steve falls in County competition

    STEPHEN PICKLES saw his proud reign as Yorkshire Champion come to an end in game two of their year's competition. He lost to his team mate Richard Hargreaves in the second prelim held at Oxenhope last weekend and Hargreaves also accounted for Les Foster

  • Socer: Tribute to 'Tom'

    FOOTBALLERS are to turn out in force on Sunday in remembrance of Paul 'Tom' Storton, who tragically took his own life just over a year ago. Paul, was knicknamed 'Tom Thumb' as a child because he was very small and he was known as Tom throughout his life

  • Boxing: Young stars end season on high

    Keighley Boxing Club have ended the season on a high with a string of victories. Tom Stell launched his competitive career with victory ovr Mohammed Dargiz at Leyland and Ashley roberts produced a superb performance, but finished on the wrong end of a

  • Cricket: Craven League round-up

    Steve Welch led the way for Cullingworth with 46 as his side made a fighting 175-9 against Glusburn. Kevin Hird took 4-44 to give the South Craven side a fighting chance, but they could only manage 120 in reply as Chris Welch took 6-39 off 11 overs and

  • Stop Press: Holy Family reach Cardiff

    FEMALE rugby players from Holy Family School have made it through to the final of the Powergen Schools competition at Cardiff. The team will play Airedale School from Castleford in the final of the competition at the Millennium Stadium on Challenge Cup

  • Asian sports: Top stars head to Keighley

    TOP Asian sportsmen are due to visit Keighley for an International Sports Day in August. There is to be a beeni competition, a combination of wrestling and martial arts, with competitors travelling from throughout the UK and overseas to take part. A crowd

  • Cycling: Northing takes on Angel race

    BRIAN NORTHING held on to a top six place after 130-miles of tough racing in the Annual Angel of the North two day stage race. Northing, who rides for team Stephen Roche, took fifth place in the 4-mile prologue time trial just 33 seconds behind the winner

  • Cycling: sportKarnival goes bike crazy

    CYCLISTS and skateboarders will be out in force this weekend as Keighley goes 'bike crazy' to celebrate National Bike Week. The town's Annual sportKarnival has been given over to wheel sports and tomorrow , Saturday, their is the inaugural 'Race the Train

  • Pool: Melling is World Master

    Chris Melling has been crown the World Master of pool, despite missing out on his bid to become the first player to win three World 8-Ball pool titles. Melling, who won the Embassy World Championship in 2201 and 2003, reached the final of the competition

  • Young Sam is Yorkshire champion but Oliver homes in at Baildon

    New Yorkshire under-16 golf champion Sam Jewell is aiming for the stars. The 15-year-old Bradford Golf Club (Hawksworth) member wants to be a tournament professional. Sam, from Burley Woodhead, plays off three and captured his title with a marvellous

  • A wide variety of races keeps Ilkley Harriers runners busy

    It was another full week of racing for Ilkley Harriers. On Tuesday 32 Harriers travelled to distant Gilling West for the The Pond Dale Five, the third race in the Harrogate Road League. Jason Hemsley and Jamie Hutchinson were in the top 20, and Alison

  • Twenty/20 cricket proves a big hit

    WHARFEDALE'S own Twenty/20 competition, this year sponsored by Greenholme Mills Carpet Centre, has proved a major success with large crowds turning out to watch the games. Last Thursday was no exception and two great games ensued. Pool played host to

  • Mitigation only added insult to victim's injury

    We all need to pause and spare a thought for the 12-year-old girl who was raped and made pregnant by her attacker. It is impossible to imagine what the girl and her parents are still going through, and the effect this sickening incident has had on the

  • Denvers so proud to wear No6 shirt

    The England number six shirt has been worn by some special names. Bobby Moore, of course, lifted the World Cup in it in 1966 while others to serve the jersey with distinction include Terry Butcher, Norman Hunter and City boss Colin Todd. That's some act

  • Bulls cannot dwell on past

    With resurgent Widnes the first team to visit Odsal on Sunday following the embarrassing 66-4 hammering by St Helens, dwelling on the past is a luxury the Bulls cannot afford, insists prop Stuart Fielden. Before the Saints defeat, the Great Britain international

  • Olympic ace heads star cast for street battle

    OLYMPIC hero Bradley Wiggins heads the all-star line-up for the 20th Otley Town Centre Cycle Race on Wednesday evening. Wiggins spends much of his time riding as a professional on the continent for the Credit Agricole team but he is a regular visitor

  • Even the rain can't dampen the spirits

    REVELLERS in Pool-in-Wharfedale refused to let last weekend's downpours dampen their enjoyment of Pool Feast 2005. The rain failed to stop hundreds turning out at the Recreation Ground on Sunday to take part in the village's biggest annual event. The

  • Councillors provide cash boost for Yeadon carnival

    Yeadon Carnival has been thrown another lifeline with the offer of a big cash injection. The three local ward councillors have pledged hundreds of pounds to the event after an 11th hour bid was launched to save it. Just weeks ago the carnival seemed like

  • Hospital parking shake-up attacked

    HEALTH chiefs are considering a hospital parking shake-up which could have serious road safety implications in Otley. Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust has sent a form out to staff at Wharfedale Hospital to find out who would qualify for a new £30 bond

  • Business park for Federal Mogul site

    Part of a site owned by a troubled engineering company which laid off nearly 400 staff last year could be transformed into a business park. The 2.25 acre site which belonged to Federal Mogul, the giant American-owned car parts manufacturer, has been bought

  • Police boost street patrols

    More police officers are to patrol the streets of Keighley in a bid to reduce people's fear of crime. According to police, despite a drop in reported crime in the division people's fear of crime has risen. So now Keighley's Neighbourhood Policing Team

  • Porn merchant gets community service

    A 44-year-old Keighley man, who copied and sold pornographic movies at his home has been ordered to carry out community service. Ian Watkin (pictured) of Craven Road, appeared before Bingley Magistrates Court yesterday for sentence after previously admitting

  • Rugby player tattoos proposal on his ...

    A cheeky rugby league player proposed to his girlfriend by tattooing the proposal on his bum. Neil Jordan, from Silsden, paid £15 to have the words 'Will You Marry Me?' on his left buttock to pop the question to girlfriend Gemma Varnam. Gemma, now 24,

  • Resident's anger at gypsy park

    Angry residents have accused the council of failing to do enough to stop travellers setting up camp on Keighley's premier park. The outburst came after around 20 caravans and vehicles descended on Victoria Park last Thursday evening. Travellers have converged

  • New camera misses Post Officer robbers

    Robbers raided Silsden Post Office while a newly-installed CCTV camera pointed the wrong way. In its first major test since its installation in Briggate in May, Silsden's closed circuit camera failed to catch thieves raiding the Kirkgate shop During the

  • BNP leader to be tried on race-hate charges

    The leader of the British National Party was yesterday committed to Leeds Crown Court on race-hate charges. Nick Griffin, 46, will appear before the court on July 21, accused of four counts of using words or behaviour intended or likely to stir up racial

  • Town Centre Police Station 'closed for good'

    Keighley's town centre police station will not be re-opened. On Wednesday large metal barriers blocked the entrance to the old police help desk, on North Street, sparking fears that there would no longer be a point of contact for the police in the town

  • Drug 'kings' are role models

    Drug dealers making as much as £25,000 profit per week are being held up as role models among young members of Keighley's Asian community. The vast profits are being spent on various items, including designer clothes, sports cars and jewellery -- and

  • Village faces rise in peak-time traffic

    NEW developments, including housing at High Royds, will increase the hourly traffic flow along the A65 at Menston by 15 per cent at peak times. This was revealed at a meeting of Menston Neighbourhood Forum, when the impact of the development was discussed

  • Spectators flock to show as weather brightens up

    PEOPLE turned out in their hundreds to make Saturday's Askwith Show a great success. Young and old villagers, entrants and others from all across the area took part in a range of competitions and enjoyed numerous side shows and entertainment. New secretary

  • Ilkley plans alternative demo for G8 Summit

    ANTI-poverty campaigners in Ilkley will provide their own alternative to the massive demonstration planned in the run-up to the G8 Summit in Scotland next month. And a Catholic priest has provided board for a Make Poverty History campaigner on an epic

  • Literature Festival's new cash injection

    STORYTELLING with a top Australian Aboriginal writer, a writing masterclass for schools and a streamlining of the ticket system will be paid for with a £24,000 grant to Ilkley Literature Festival. The Literature Festival learned this week that the Arts

  • Anglers upset as travellers move in

    MEMBERS of a fishing club in Ilkley have again been angered by the arrival of a travellers' camp at a site close to the River Wharfe. The travellers arrived in caravans at the end of last week and settled on council-owned land at Coutances Way, close

  • Letters to the Editor

    Call for council to foot bill SIR, - During the local elections of 2003 Lib Dem town councillors announced that they had identified a site for a new Otley Civic Centre and shortly after the election linked with other political groups to pass a resolution

  • Album Reviews

    Bruce Springsteen -- Devils and Dust So many years into his career, but Bruce still sounds relevant and alive. Dispensing with the E-Street band, Bruce has produced another album of light and dark tunes that shuffle from the big rabble-rousing anthems

  • Amateurs take an artistic risk

    Keighley's leading amateur operatic group is breaking with tradition by choosing a rarely seen musical for its autumn production. Keighley Amateurs members believe Little Me will wow audiences because it will showcase their talents for strong comedy and

  • Letters to the Editor

    SIR - Re your article about John Graham, May 20, 05, I feel compelled to reply. Having been the proprietor of Keighley Taxis up until a few years ago, you can imagine I saw more than the average person in the street. Most weekend nights police cars/vans

  • Gold medal success for young athletes in WY Championships

    Local athletes were in top form at the West Yorkshire Schools AA Championships, held at Thornes Park Athletics Centre, Wakefield. Seventeen medals were won with at least one from every age group contested. Many of these athletes will now be selected to

  • Young Sam is Yorkshire champion but Oliver homes in at Baildon

    New Yorkshire under-16 golf champion Sam Jewell is aiming for the stars. The 15-year-old Bradford Golf Club (Hawksworth) member wants to be a tournament professional. Sam, from Burley Woodhead, plays off three and captured his title with a marvellous

  • Down Memory Lane

    There must be many older readers able either to verify or correct my deduction as to the identity of this pre-war group in Becks Road. At the time of the 1937 Coronation, residents swathed Back Aireworth Street in a "profusion of bunting, streamers, pennants

  • Teachers get drugs advice from Bulls

    Bradford Bulls stars have joined forces with the police to educate teachers on how to spot youngsters who have fallen into alcohol or drug abuse. Teachers from every school in the district were invited to take part in an event in Bradford yesterday designed

  • 'Brilliant ideas' for old mills on show

    Decision-makers from all over the country came to Bradford to find out: there's gold in them thar mills. They were touring the city's architectural gems to see how they can be transformed and what opportunities are still around. Around 100 property developers

  • Prison warning for car ordeal woman

    A woman has been warned to "prepare for prison" after a jury found her guilty of falsely imprisoning and assaulting her close friend. The trial at Bradford Crown Court had been told how Rachel Carr, aged 22, had kept 18-year-old Emily Howard in her Nissan

  • Election defeat is costly for Leslie

    Former Shipley MP Chris Leslie was the biggest-spending Bradford candidate at last month's General Election. But despite splashing out more than £11,000 in the run-up to polling day, Labour's former minister was defeated by the Conservatives' £9,808 campaign

  • Blast the banana and obliterate the Odeon!

    Ever wanted to blow up the centre of Bradford and re-design it yourself? A new computer game will let you do just that by "zapping" any building you like - from much-loved landmarks like the Odeon to brand new developments like the banana-shaped block

  • Babies checked in drive to beat MRSA

    Medics are screening babies in Bradford Royal Infirmary's special-care baby unit for MRSA as part of a trial to combat the superbug. The three-month trial, which means patients are tested for MRSA by being swabbed when they are admitted to the unit, is

  • Patients are 'most unhappy' in country

    Patients in inner-city Brad-ford are the least satisfied in the country with their GPs, according to a new report. Bradford City Teaching Primary Care Trust ranked bottom of a national league table of patients' experience across England. The ratings were

  • Traders' fury over station relocation

    Furious traders in Shipley have raised a 2,000 name petition opposing "ludicrous plans" to remove all buses from the market square. A proposal in the Airedale Masterplan to relocate the bus station to a site on Otley Road, nearer the railway station,

  • Junior Cricket

    Keighley Cup2000 League (Under-17s): Long Lee 87-3 (M Portlock 33), Skipton 90-3 (R Martin 50*); Cowling 67-3 (James Wilkinson 44*), Oakworth 70-1 (J Gallagher 30); Haworth 66-9 (M Davidson 3-15), Oxenhope 67-2 (L Dyson 25); Denholme 115-5 (R Wear 50*

  • Motorsport: Wainman lifts fifth Scottish title

    Silsden-based Formula One Stock Car racing driver, Frankie Wainman jnr (515) was crowned Scottish Champion at the weekend. For Wainman it was the fifth consecutive time he had won the title. Racing the Berridge Wastepaper V8 Chevrolet, Frank was determined

  • Cricket: Aire-Wharfe League

    Steeton had to settle for two points from a losing draw at Victoria Park. Calverley batted first and amassed 234 runs for the loss of seven wickets in their 50 overs. Calverley's opening batter S Moore scored 103, while Steeton's opening bowlers Paul

  • Cricket: Keighley book place in Heavy Woollen Cup

    Keighley's 100 per cent record in all competitions continued at the weekend with a victory in the Heavy Woollen Cup over first division Saltaire. Due to an odd number of teams in the league, Keighley did not have a fixture on Saturday but Saltaire were

  • Cricket: Wynn Cup

    The weather played havoc with the cup games scheduled for Sunday, with only one game able to reach a conclusion. All the other games were stopped in the early stages, with most of them being restarted next Sunday. The completed game was in the Wynn Cup

  • Cougars: Searching for inspiration

    Cougars 14 Dewsbury Rams 28 - COUGARS are desperately searching for a spark of inspiration - and they need to find it soon. Defeat by Dewsbury has left them struggling deep in the lower reaches of the LHF National League 2 and, although they could have

  • Snow Sports: Yes - There's snow in summer!

    PUPILS at Oakbank School got down to snow sports - in the middle of summer. Professional snowboarders and Freestyle skiers explained the thrill of their sports, gave demonstrations of equipment and spoke about mountain safety. They were also given the

  • Cougars: Thunder in Keighley sights

    COUGARS head to Gateshead Thunder on Sunday desperate for a win to get their league campaign on track. The north east club have several overseas players this season and will be riding high with bags of confidence after picking up a 51-32 victory over

  • Young Ilkley kart drivers pick up big sponsorship deal

    Yorkshire-based TRANSRENTAL have sponsored two talented young Ilkley kart drivers with a three-year contract to supply vehicles to support their campaign on becoming 2008 British Champions. The drivers, Scott Medley and Josh White, racing for the Motorsport

  • Tennis and golf clubs form an alliance to aid their members

    What do Ilkley Lawn Tennis and Squash Club and Addingham's Bracken Ghyll Golf Club have in common? Well, they are both members' clubs, devoted to sport, and at first glance that's where the resemblance ends. ILTSC was founded in 1880, Bracken Ghyll began

  • Letters to the Editor

    Young concerns must be heard SIR - The Duckworth Lane Boys have again caused havoc around the local betting shop (T&A, May 31). A few residents have long urged the Council and other agencies to address the neighbourhood's situation - with spectacular

  • Vital facility

    THE NEW Wharfedale Hospital has not exactly had the best press since opening, which is a shame for a facility so vital to the community. First there was Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust's announcement that it was considering closing the pathology department