Wealthy furniture boss "turned monster" when he stabbed partner to death

Wharfedale Observer: ASCCUSED: John Butler

7:39pm Thursday 16th October 2014

A WEALTHY businessman told a jury he “turned into a monster” when he stabbed his partner to death in an explosion of rage.

Yeadon group celebrates ten years

Wharfedale Observer: Stuart Andrew with members of DREAM

10:21am Wednesday 15th October 2014

A group which provides a vital lifeline to disabled people has marked its tenth anniversary with help from its local MP.

Sports coach and youth worker receives Honorary Citizen award

Wharfedale Observer: Pool-in-Wharfedale's new Honorary Citizen Peter Wilkinson (centre) with MP Greg Mulholland and Councillor Hazel Lee. Photograph by Pool Parish Councillor Pat Walker.

10:20am Tuesday 14th October 2014

LOCAL dignitaries assembled at Pool-in-Wharfedale last weekend for the village's Honorary Citizen service.

Businessman 'opened a beer and smoked a cigar after stabbing his estranged partner', murder trial told

Wharfedale Observer: John Butler

1:20pm Monday 13th October 2014

A BUSINESSMAN opened a beer and smoked a cigar after stabbing his estranged partner to death, a murder trial jury heard today.

War dead who are not named on memorial

Wharfedale Observer: Rawdon war memorial

10:23am Monday 13th October 2014

THE names of 15 men who died in the Great War could be added onto Rawdon war memorial after it was discovered they had never been included.

Thousands raised for Macmillan

Wharfedale Observer: Aileen, left , with Karen, centre, and Joanne.

10:21am Monday 13th October 2014

Thousands of pounds have been raised for Macmillan Cancer Support, thanks to the efforts of a woman who was helped by the charity.

Otley hospital support group calls it a day after 64 years and £85,000

Wharfedale Observer: (11126775)

10:24am Saturday 11th October 2014

A "MAGNIFICENT" group that has raised more than £85,000 for Otley's hospitals has wound up after 64 years.

South African orphans helped by Horsforth volunteers

Wharfedale Observer: Some of the orphans with their news beds

10:10am Saturday 11th October 2014

ORPHANED children who had lost everything in a fire were helped by a team of volunteers from Horsforth.


10:46am Friday 10th October 2014

A man who set up his own e-learning company went back to school to give his teachers a lesson.

Businessman heads back to Guiseley School to help teachers' skills

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10:42am Friday 10th October 2014

A man who set up his own e-learning company went back to school to give his teachers a lesson.

Hundreds attend Otley's secondary school's open evening

Wharfedale Observer: Elsa Beese, a Year 6 pupil from Bramhope Primary School, enjoys a hair-raising science experiment at Prince Henry's Grammar School's open evening.

10:00am Friday 10th October 2014

MORE than 600 people flocked to an open evening at Prince Henry's Grammar School this week.

Wharfedale Hospital patients warned to expect disruption during strike by Leeds hospital staff

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12:08pm Thursday 9th October 2014

HOSPITAL patients in Otley are being warned to expect disruption during a strike by health workers next week.

Elderly Bramhope residents refusing to be moved from sheltered housing complex

Wharfedale Observer: Greg Mulholland (left) with Methodist Minister Rick Ormrod (second from right) joining residents to launch the Save Rosemont petition.

7:18am Thursday 9th October 2014

ELDERLY residents are refusing to be moved from their sheltered housing complex amid fears that it is being axed.

Guiseley FC proposals for stadium improvements

8:41am Thursday 9th October 2014

Guiseley AFC has submitted plans for major alterations to its stadium.

Wheelchair appeal for boy with incurable condition

9:43am Thursday 9th October 2014

A MOTHER is appealing for help to buy an off roader wheelchair for her young son who suffers from an incurable muscle wasting condition.

Drama as unexploded bomb is discovered by builders in Otley

Wharfedale Observer: A police officer talks to a resident at cordoned-off Side Copse, Otley. Photograph by Dan Lebath.

1:57pm Friday 3rd October 2014

A BOMB disposal team has been in action in Otley.

Pupils tackle 200ft assault course on team building day

Wharfedale Observer: All the pictures show children from Queensway Primary School in Yeadon taking part in their team building day.

4:18pm Friday 3rd October 2014

Children scrambled over a 200 foot assault course as part of a team building day.

Dentist acquitted by a jury of assaulting former girlfriend

Wharfedale Observer: Jonathan Cape outside Bradford Crown Court

4:45pm Wednesday 1st October 2014

A DENTIST was today cleared by a jury of punching his former girlfriend in the stomach after he ended their relationship.

Protesters pledge to step up action over Ilkley Moor grouse shooting

Wharfedale Observer: PROTEST: Campaigners have taken their protest to the moor

6:05pm Wednesday 1st October 2014

CAMPAIGNERS opposing grouse shooting on Ilkley Moor have vowed to step up their protests.

Schoolboy who tumbled under wheels of Tour de France support vehicle thanks surgeons for saving his injured foot

Wharfedale Observer:

7:50am Thursday 25th September 2014

A SCHOOLBOY who tumbled under the wheels of a cycle team's support car during the Tour de France has thanked surgeons who saved his foot, which was stripped of its skin in the horrific accident.

Davies calls for fuel duty cut

Wharfedale Observer: Julie with Philip Davies at the launch, the other is of a local dog walker and Green Dog pledger.  (10014308)

8:44pm Saturday 20th September 2014

AN MP serving communities in Wharfedale is demanding price at the fuel pumps is slashed to create tens of thousands of jobs and boost extra income.

Otley-based conductor suspended from post after appearing in court accused of sex offences

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11:09am Thursday 18th September 2014

A GRAMMY Award winning conductor from Otley has appeared in court accused of sexual offences.

Gardeners face "David and Goliath" battle.

Wharfedale Observer: Phil Gomersall tends to an allotment

11:07am Thursday 18th September 2014

Allotment holdersare facing a "David and Goliath" battle in court as Leeds City Council is expected to continue a fight to raise their rents.

Government orders new shake-up of children's heart units

Wharfedale Observer: OPTIMISM: Leeds North West MP Greg Mulholland who is "upbeat" about the new consultation

11:04am Thursday 18th September 2014

THE future of Leeds children’s heart unit is in fresh doubt as it is poised to be ordered to meet tougher standards – or close.

Teenage anglers threatened and robbed at Yeadon Tarn

Wharfedale Observer: Yeadon Tarn is to get new litter patrols.

11:04am Thursday 18th September 2014

POLICE are urging residents to help them catch robbers who targeted two teenage anglers as they slept near Yeadon Tarn.

Triathlon Teacher Makes ‘Steady Progress’

Wharfedale Observer: Ilkley Grammar School English teacher Andrew Colman takes a breather on his Ilkley Triathlon cycling circuit practise

10:45am Thursday 18th September 2014

Ilkley Grammar School English teacher, Andrew Colman, updates us on his training progress for the Ilkley Triathlon, which takes place this Sunday.

Walkers take Three Peaks Challenge to raise motor neurone disease cash

Wharfedale Observer: Addingham man Ryan McShane (front centre), Mark Benson, Tim Lynch, Joe Bonner, Colin Harper, Gary Paton, Mark McShane, Garry Tierney and Sean Tierney walk the Three National Peaks to raise money for MND

7:25pm Wednesday 10th September 2014

A GROUP of walkers who tackled the Three Peaks Challenge - Snowdon, Scafell Pike and Ben Nevis in 24 hours - have boosted the fight against motor neurone disease.

Green flag flying at gardens

Wharfedale Observer: Phill Judd of Green Heart, Darwin Gardens project manager, Councillor Heathcliffe Bowen, and Ilkley Parish Council chairman, Councillor Andrew Walbank

1:25pm Wednesday 10th September 2014

ONE of Ilkley's visitor attractions is again flying the flag for the town after gaining a coveted accolade from environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy.

New information board tells story of Pool-in-Wharfedale's war memorial

Wharfedale Observer: Please courtesy credit - Photo by Trevor Davey.(Left to right):  Councillor Hazel Lee, Stephen Jefferson, and Pat Lazenby by the new information board for Pool-in-Wharfedale's war memorial.

5:37pm Wednesday 10th September 2014

A NEW information board detailing the history of the local war memorial has been installed in Pool-in-Wharfedale.

Magic of Motown comes to town

Wharfedale Observer: (9549601)Performers from The Magic of Motown, which is coming to Ilkley in September

5:20am Wednesday 10th September 2014

CELEBRATING 50 years of UK number one hit singles, the Magic of Motown brings its brand-new tour to Ilkley next month.

Otley councillors agree to part-fund new housing impact report

Wharfedale Observer: Councillor Carl Morris

3:26pm Tuesday 9th September 2014

OTLEY councillors have agreed to fund new research that will provide "armour" against unwelcome new development to the tune of £5,000.

Otley all set for 2014 Folk Festival

Wharfedale Observer: Lynda Hardcastle, Maggie Boyle and Helen Hockenhull of Grace Notes

4:09pm Tuesday 9th September 2014

OTLEY is preparing to once more welcome some of biggest names in folk music.

Business leaders looking to shape the future of Otley's high street

11:21am Tuesday 9th September 2014

PLANS to shape the kind of new businesses that open on Otley's high street are being drawn up by business leaders.

Manor joins Michelin in a magnificent marriage

Wharfedale Observer: White chocolate parfait, summer fruits. 
Box Tree, Ilkley.  26 July 2013.  Picture Bruce Rollinson (9550052)

2:06pm Tuesday 9th September 2014

A joint wedding venture between two renowned Ilkley venues has reached a milestone, with 100 couples saying "I Do". Emma Clayton visits romantic Denton Hall

Ilkley Flower Show boasts high quality entries

Wharfedale Observer: (9911301)Ilkley Parish Council chairman, Andrew Walbank, with Heather Chapman and Sheila Morgan of Ilkley Flower Show Society, and one of the exhibits at the show

11:05am Tuesday 9th September 2014


Grand opening of new Scout HQ goes off with a bang!

Wharfedale Observer: Comedian Jack Carroll cuts the ribbon to officially open the new Ben Rhydding Scout and Guide Headquarters

7:52am Tuesday 9th September 2014

LAST Thursday evening saw the Grand Opening Event for the long awaited Ben Rhydding Scout and Guide Headquarters building.

Property of the Week

Wharfedale Observer: (10177200)

4:55pm Tuesday 9th September 2014

Garsdale, Easby Drive, Ilkley

Review: The Mousetrap at Leeds Grand Theatre

Wharfedale Observer: The Mousetrap on Tour (9879125)

8:16pm Tuesday 9th September 2014

By John Burland

Otley group celebrating National Talking Newspapers Week

Wharfedale Observer: Volunteers at Otley and District Talking Newspaper at work.

12:40pm Monday 8th September 2014

AN OTLEY group that has been producing audio versions of the local news for 30 years is preparing to celebrate National Talking Newspapers Week.

UKIP names party's regional head as constituency candidate

Wharfedale Observer: CANDIDATE: Paul Latham

4:05pm Monday 8th September 2014

UKIP has announced an Ilkley resident as its candidate for the Keighley and Ilkley seat in the next General Election.

Adam all set for 80-mile hike without stopping

Wharfedale Observer: Adam Bennett in the Lake District

8:48pm Monday 8th September 2014

A FORMER Ilkley Grammar School pupil is to walk the Dales Way in one go in a bid to help some of the poorest people in the world.

Labour candidate teams up with Police and Crime Commissioner during Yeadon visit

Wharfedale Observer: Councillor Alex Sobel (right) with the Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire, Mark Burns-Williamson, in Yeadon.

2:43pm Monday 8th September 2014

LABOUR's local Parliamentary candidate has been busy attending events and meeting residents in Yeadon.

Picture of the Week

Wharfedale Observer: (9948604)

6:36am Monday 8th September 2014

THIS week’s Picture of the Week is of the summit of Beamsley Beacon, looking towards Burnsall. It was sent in by Linda Lee, of Ilkley.

Train delays on Wharfedale line after police called to disturbance

Wharfedale Observer: (10121051)

4:25pm Monday 8th September 2014

TRAIN services on the Wharfedale Line were disrupted on Monday afternoon (September 8) when police were called to reports of a disturbance on a train in Bradford.

Hundreds turn out for opening of new Menston club

Wharfedale Observer: SUCCESS: Charlotte Leeming opens the new club in Menston with Josh Cartwright, Craig Malik, Andrew Clegg and David Holder

6:02pm Sunday 7th September 2014

HUNDREDS of villagers turned out to celebrate the opening of the rebuilt Menston Club yesterday.

Anne Scargill and Peter Lazenby are announced for live panel discussion chaired by Ruth Pitt at Ilkley Film Festival Mining Visions event

Wharfedale Observer: PRIDE (8751450)

2:23pm Sunday 7th September 2014

ILKLEY Film Festival has announced the line-up of guests to host a live panel discussion following the screening of The Battle of Orgreave - part of Mining Visions, on Sunday , September 7 at The King's Hall, Ilkley.

Tragic tot Thea to ‘live on through in memorial charitable trust’ set up by parents

Wharfedale Observer: (9852051)

7:48am Sunday 7th September 2014

A TRUST set up in the name of a little girl has finally been awarded official charity status.

Guiseley girl holds charity bun sale

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7:32pm Sunday 7th September 2014

A GUISELEY girl publicised and held heir own bun and cake sale to raise £60 for charity WaterAid.

Work on new £6.3m hospital emergency department to be open before Christmas

Wharfedale Observer: Airedale Hospital medical director Karl Mainprize, left, joins building manager Gavin Redfern of Willmott Dixon as work progresses on the accident and emergency site

11:19am Sunday 7th September 2014

A NEW £6.3 million Emergency Department at Airedale Hospital is on schedule to open before the winter.

Budding bell ringers invited to 'have a go' at Otley 's Parish Church

Wharfedale Observer: The ringing tower at Otley All Saints Parish Church.

5:09pm Sunday 7th September 2014

ANYONE interested in bell ringing can have a go at Otley's Parish Church next weekend.

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