Thought for the Week

Wharfedale Observer: The Revd Christopher Phillips,  Assistant Curate , St Margaret's, Ilkley. (8985026)

4:40pm Thursday 7th August 2014

Thought for the Week

Yorkshire roots vital to Brownlee brothers

Wharfedale Observer: Olympic medallist triathletes Alistair (left) and Jonny Brownlee

2:06pm Thursday 22nd May 2014

Sporting heroes Alistair and Jonny Brownlee have captured the nation’s hearts, but most especially the hearts of their fellow Yorkshire folk. Victoria Benn asked Olympic gold medallist Alistair about Triathlon, Le Tour and the brothers’ training in the Dales.

Garden gifts for your mum

Wharfedale Observer: Sussex trug gift set, £17.99, from

2:00pm Monday 17th March 2014

Stuck on the usual ‘flowers or chocolates’ dilemma? Why not find some inspiration in the garden this Mother’s Day, and treat the woman who knows you best to everything from decorative twine to wind chimes, seed collections or serious tools.

Cold revenge in gripping finale

Wharfedale Observer: Ted Evans has published another novel, Mooncar

9:34am Monday 17th March 2014

Mooncar by Edward Evans Worthside Holdings, £12.99

Kiki goes all acoustic for new show

Wharfedale Observer: Kiki Dee and musical partner Carmelo Luggeri

11:00am Friday 14th March 2014

Kiki Dee and long-term collaborator Carmello Luggeri are taking an acoustic journey to the City Varieties.

Games on! Ilkley youngsters feel benefit of Olympic coaching

Wharfedale Observer: Wondimu Keno Wodajo (centre) with Ilkley Harriers

12:18pm Monday 17th February 2014

Young athletes in Ilkley are coming on in leaps and bounds thanks to training sessions with an Olympic coach.

Celebrations as Washburn Heritage Centre set for further success

Wharfedale Observer: Former chairman of the management project group Ann Johnson ay Washburn Heritage Centre

2:43pm Friday 7th February 2014

Washburn Heritage Centre is celebrating three activity-packed years since its grand opening.

Horsforth charity worker Shirley makes a difference to war-torn children’s lives

Wharfedale Observer: Horsforth charity worker Shirley makes a difference to war-torn children’s lives

3:27pm Friday 31st January 2014

When Samson’s brothers escaped from The Lord’s Resistance Army commanders came to his house and hacked his father to death with a machete.

Heady days as Ilkley Brewery expands its sales market

Wharfedale Observer: Sales director Richard Shelton checks on the clarity of the latest brew

12:05pm Friday 17th January 2014

The chap sweeping up at the gateway to Ilkley Brewery’s Ashlands Road site just outside the town centre turned out to be the boss, Chris Ives, who had been at work since 5am to start the morning brew.

Aireborough history society’s digi-drive rescues past for the future

Wharfedale Observer: An image of the ruins of the Old Dog Mill in Yeadon, after it was struck by a devastating blaze in December 1906

10:52am Friday 10th January 2014

Christmas was a bleak affair for workers at this Yeadon mill, devastated by fire in 1906.

Old photograph of Ilkley servicesman reveals true horrors of war

Wharfedale Observer: Flying Officer Edgar Jackson with his wife and baby

4:26pm Thursday 2nd January 2014

An old photograph recently published in this newspaper has revealed a tale of an Ilkley serviceman experiencing the horrors of a German concentration camp.

Church prepares for new West Yorkshire and the Dales diocese set-up

Wharfedale Observer: The Right Reverend Nick Baines arrives for his enthronement

10:54am Friday 8th November 2013

This time next year the Church of England Diocese of Bradford will no longer exist, having been combined with Leeds and Ripon to form one of the largest dioceses in the country.

Head out on Ilkley Art Trail of range of local artists

Wharfedale Observer: Kathryn Oubridge with a piece from her showhome installation

1:21pm Friday 11th October 2013

Ilkley Art Trail opened this week to reveal an amazing collection of different art from more than 45 artists.

World's Biggest Coffee Morning proves a hit with Wharfedale people

Wharfedale Observer: MP Greg Mulholland joined Macmillan Cancer Support fundraisers at their Biggest Coffee Morning at Yeadon Town Hall

10:39am Friday 4th October 2013


Wheels in the air for roaring Mr and Mrs racers from Otley

Wharfedale Observer: Otley off-road racing couple Richard and Bernadette Copsey with one of their cups

3:01pm Thursday 17th January 2013

A husband-and-wife team from Otley have formed a winning partnership in the adrenaline-fuelled world of cross-country motorsport.

Wharfedale filmmaker's return to the bloodbath isle

Wharfedale Observer: Peter Gordo, Kirsty Sword Gusmao and Max Stahl are reunited at her home in Dili

1:13pm Tuesday 4th December 2012

A Wharfedale filmmaker has revisited a fledgling south-east Asian nation 20 years on from his groundbreaking undercover documentary in which he recorded a massacre of more than 250 people by Indonesian soldiers.

Mavis's memories of Ramsden’s record-breaking day

Wharfedale Observer: Mavis Broadbent with her memories of the world-famous fish and chip shop Harry Ramsden’s

9:08am Thursday 9th February 2012

It was a day which would go down in local history while setting a world record – and Harry Ramsden’s anniversary party also brought a little bit of fame to teenagers Mavis and Wendy Raistrick.

Community hero Jim steps down as Poppy Appeal organiser

Wharfedale Observer: Veteran Jim Shelton enjoys a pint of Liberation Ale at with Rebecca Smart.

10:16am Thursday 22nd December 2011

Jim Shelton is to retire from running Burley-in-Wharfedale's Poppy Appeal, after almost 60 years in the role.

Curtain comes down on Cherie's Dress Circle shop

Wharfedale Observer: Nicky Driver, daughter of Dress Circle owner Cherie Sharpe, surrounded by the cothing which will be sold off in memory of her mother.

12:34pm Thursday 8th December 2011

As Dress Circle sells off its stock, Annette McIntyre meets the daughter of the woman who made costumes her life.

Young entrepreneurs who became disco pioneers

Wharfedale Observer: DJ Jimmy Savile and Wharfedale businessman John Swale staged what was believed to be one of the world's first discos at Otley Rugby Club.

8:36am Thursday 3rd November 2011

The man who helped Jimmy Savile stage one of the world’s first discos in Otley has paid tribute to “an amazing character”.

Highs of airport's history captured in new book

Wharfedale Observer: Two Belgian F16s did a flyover as part of the airport's 80th anniversary.

9:34am Thursday 20th October 2011

It has been a high-flyer since 1931 and shows little sign of slowing down.

Do you have a Courthouse story to tell?

Wharfedale Observer: Otley MP Greg Mulholland gets in on the act at a fancy dress event at the Courthouse in 2006.

10:42am Thursday 18th August 2011

It has been the scene of countless dramatic scenes stretching back to the 19th century, and now the memories of people who experienced Otley Courthouse’s heyday as a magistrates’ court are to be documented for posterity – thanks to a £9,500 Heritage Lottery Fund award.

Future of our rail travel is a complex issue

9:40am Thursday 18th August 2011

Train travel on the Wharfedale Line is booming, if the full station car parks and packed carriages are anything to go by. But passengers are expecting to see their train fare on local services go up at a rate above inflation in the year ahead. Reporter Amanda Greaves looks at some of the local issues around the looming rise in train fares.

Our performing animals are part of the family, say circus bosses

Wharfedale Observer: Our performing animals are part of the family, say circus bosses

8:00am Thursday 8th April 2010

Annette McIntyre considers the arguments surrounding the use of animals in circuses.

Family history quest from New Zealand to old country

Wharfedale Observer: Family history quest from New Zealand to old country

8:43am Monday 5th April 2010

Annette McIntyre explains how a photocopied page from a family diary began a written journey linking New Zealand to 19th century Yorkshire.

Growing clamour for ban on plant food used as legal high

Wharfedale Observer: Mephedrone is a white powdery substance

9:05am Thursday 25th March 2010

Amanda Greaves examines the moves being made to combat the dangers of mephedrone.

Nell Bank boss has no doubts: We are the best!

Wharfedale Observer: Bruce Fowler

9:17pm Wednesday 17th March 2010

Suzy Poole finds out what makes an outstanding outdoor educational centre.

When the rights of wildlife and livestock take priority

Wharfedale Observer: WARNING SIGNS: Bradford Council countryside and rights of way officer Richard Perham posts a warning on Ilkley Moor.

3:04pm Thursday 11th March 2010

Amanda Greaves discovers whhy it is important that dog owners and moor users show respect for nature.

Family connection traced from Ireland to UK, Spain and US

Wharfedale Observer: Bryan Anson and Clarke Foley Centre chairman Dr Christopher Molander meet Maria Roqueta Clark and Jordi Ballart (right) during their recent visit to Ilkley to check out their family link with the centre.

8:24am Thursday 4th March 2010

RESEARCH across three countries has led the Spanish descendent of a renowned Wharfedale family to uncover more about the people who left much to the local community.

Transforming lives of women and children in world’s poorest country

Wharfedale Observer: Margaret Cook

11:16am Thursday 25th February 2010

Making a difference to the poor people of war-torn Sierra Leone.

Inspiring women who work hard for their share of 21st century life

Wharfedale Observer: Laura Mate

10:57am Thursday 18th February 2010

Photographer's new book is a fascinating snapshot of modern life in China

The women determined to provide comfort for flood ravaged Peru

Wharfedale Observer: Kay Bottomley

3:11pm Thursday 11th February 2010

Fundraisers see much of their work washed away by a debastating flood

The ancient art that is so much more than putting pen to paper

Wharfedale Observer: Jilly Hazeldine leads one of her class at St Margaret’s Church, Ilkley.

10:05am Thursday 4th February 2010

In the days of e-mail and text messages, we rarely put pen to paper. Now there is an Ilkley class learning an ancient writing skill.

No disguising the skills of the men from Guiseley who turn TV beauties into beasts

Wharfedale Observer: Mike Stringer

8:54am Thursday 28th January 2010

They are responsible for some of the best disguises ever to hit our television screens.

Horsforth childcare expert says we need to try and understand why youngsters behave in a bad way

Wharfedale Observer: Expert Andy Lloyd.

9:59am Thursday 28th January 2010

ONCE again another truly horrific attack involving children has hit the headlines. A childcare expert explains why it is important to look at what causes such behaviour.

These people are desperate, says woman who taught in Haiti

Wharfedale Observer: Anne Wilkinson

2:22pm Thursday 21st January 2010

The woman who has first hand knowledge of the poverty in Haiti where a massive earthquake has caused widespread devastation and loss of life.

‘It’s a very strange feeling turning on the tap and nothing comes out’

Wharfedale Observer: Sue Boerrigter receives a gift.

11:56am Thursday 14th January 2010

A local church official tells of her moving visit to Uganda.

The hardy souls who plunge into new year with an icy dip

Wharfedale Observer: Bryan Websdale, Cindi Fewlass and Millie Fewlass Jones, 9.

11:46am Thursday 7th January 2010

Children do it, pensioners do it and even toddlers have been known to do it. Plunging into the bath at White Wells, Ilkley, has become something of a New Year tradition over the years, inspiring hundreds of hardy souls aged between two and 82 to wash away the past.

The man who creates cool figures of the famous

Wharfedale Observer: The man who creates cool figures of the famous from ice and sand

9:10am Wednesday 30th December 2009

His breathtaking sculptures have wowed audiences in cities and towns all over the world. From sand sculptures in the centre of Bradford, to an ice hotel in Finland, artist Jamie Wardley has certainly achieved a wide and varied audience for his work.

Early motoring memories kept alive in growing stable of ’60s cars

Wharfedale Observer: TEA TIME: graham dewhirst, from bramhope, pours a cup of tea from a bubble car teapot as he takes a break from restoring one of his bubble cars.

8:10am Wednesday 23rd December 2009

Graham Dewhirst loves tinkering with history. The retired electrical engineer aims to restore the kind of cars he and his family had decades ago and return them to the roads. Gradually he is fulfilling his ambition.

Step back in time delivers a festive boost for businesses

Wharfedale Observer: Step back in time delivers a festive boost for businesses

9:21am Thursday 17th December 2009

Reporter Jim Jack reflects on how Otley’s Victorian Fayre continues to boost the town’s trade.

Plain sailing with mum at the helm

Wharfedale Observer: Plain sailing with mum at the helm

9:22am Friday 11th December 2009

A family whose teamwork is aimed at sailing success.

Leeds-Bradford Airport makes being a good neighbour its business

Wharfedale Observer: Air traffic controllers keep a close watch on all flights.

4:12pm Thursday 3rd December 2009

A look behind the scenes at Leeds-Bradford Airport where business is taking off.

Scientist melts away the myth of the chocoholic

Wharfedale Observer: Marion Hetherington

8:46am Thursday 19th November 2009

It smells good, it looks good and just the thought of it can cause a fully grown adult to drool at the mouth.

Chloe's tumour ordeal inspires charity appeal

Wharfedale Observer: Chloe Monte

8:34am Thursday 12th November 2009

The second little Chloe Monte opened her sparkling blue eyes to take in the bright new world around her, her parents knew they had produced a little charmer.

Burley couple send hope and support to the disabled youngsters of Nepal

Wharfedale Observer: CHARITY WORKERS: Jane and Prem

8:20am Thursday 5th November 2009

The scenery is undoubtedly stunning – but as the people of Nepal are only too aware, you can’t eat the view.

New band of talented artists are displaying their passion for art

Wharfedale Observer: Sheila Venamore

9:45am Thursday 29th October 2009

Yorkshire’s chequered landscape and rugged coastline has inspired many artists to re-create its breathtaking views on canvas.

Policeman’s lot could be happy and sad

Wharfedale Observer: George Hobson treasures his old police badge

8:32am Thursday 22nd October 2009

Trudging across muddy moorland on a cold October morning, policeman George Hobson knew this was the investigation that would be forever logged in his mind.

Wharfedale couple explain how Alzheimer's Disease has changed their lives

Wharfedale Observer: Alan and Lynda Duttine

9:01am Thursday 15th October 2009

It has been described by one of the country’s leading authors as an ‘inhuman condition’, reducing the final years of sufferers to a long, bad dream.

Ilkley women making their mark at rugby

Wharfedale Observer: Kate Delaney

9:33am Thursday 8th October 2009

Chasing after a ball in wet muddy conditions may not be every woman’s idea of a Sunday afternoon treat.

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