Work starts on housing scheme

Wharfedale Observer: WHAT GOES UP: Developers have been told not to neglect building roads and pavements.

11:00am Saturday 19th April 2014

Building work has started on a 37-house development on the site of a Burley-in-Wharfedale mental health centre.

Town’s floral displays get marked by Bloom judges

Wharfedale Observer: Yorkshire in Bloom judges Timothy Stewart, left, and Brendan Mowforth, second from right, with Vera Varley and Kate Brown of Ilkley in Bloom

9:50am Saturday 19th April 2014

Spring blooms came under the scrutiny of the Yorkshire in Bloom judges yesterday, Wednesday, in their first visit to Ilkley this year.

Permission needed to board up toilets

Wharfedale Observer: ON HOLD: New public toilets for the King’s Hall, Ilkley, have been deferred.

2:30pm Friday 18th April 2014

Planning permission will be needed to board up disused public toilets beneath the King’s Hall, Ilkley councillors have been told. Ilkley Parish Council wants to replace railings on the entrances to the toilet blocks with wooden doors, to improve the appearance of the front of the public hall. The move is expected to end calls for the toilets to be refurbished and reopened for public use. But despite initial discussions with property owner Bradford Council, the Parish Council has now been told planning permission is required for the work.

Managers answer concerns

Wharfedale Observer: Airedale Hospital

2:00pm Friday 18th April 2014

Airedale Hospital bosses have said premises that are not owned by the hospital need to be “fit for purpose” when they are used for Airedale patient appointments.

Student, 25, is facing possible ban after crash

Wharfedale Observer: webpix Skipton magistrates court

2:00pm Friday 18th April 2014

A student whose driving resulted in serious injuries to the driver of another car is facing a possible disqualification.

Sailing classes for disabled extended

Wharfedale Observer: Hollybank Trust employees (from left) Frank Hemingway, Andy Powell, Farrah Roberts, Stewart and Mick Jackson, and volunteer Fred Yarwood, ready for action at Otley Sailing Club

12:40pm Friday 18th April 2014

Sailors with disabilities will be able to enjoy their hobby more often thanks to Otley Sailing Club and a Lancashire company.

Council fears request may be complaint

Wharfedale Observer: Parish councillor Mike Gibbons says Ben Rhydding is the poor relation when it comes to Christmas lights.

12:30pm Friday 18th April 2014

A request for information about an Ilkley Parish Council award may be the first stage of a complaints process, councillors have been warned.

Burley annual meeting date

11:00am Friday 18th April 2014

The annual parish meeting of Burley-in-Wharfedale Parish Council will take place at the Queen’s Hall, Main Street, next Thursday (April 24).

Popular public toilets near Ilkley visitor attractions under threat

Wharfedale Observer: The Moors Centre car park in South Hawksworth Street, Ilkley

11:00am Friday 18th April 2014

The future of public toilets at one of Ilkley’s most popular moorland visitor attractions hangs in the balance as efforts go on district-wide to save other facilities.

Experts could see if town can cope with new homes

Wharfedale Observer: Otley town centre

10:30am Friday 18th April 2014

Otley could commission its own report to see whether the town is ready to cope with more than 1,100 new homes.

MP Philip Davies calls for debates on European Union

Wharfedale Observer: Shipley MP Philip Davies

9:40am Friday 18th April 2014

There must be more debate on whether to leave or remain in the European Union so the public can make the right decision instead of being given “dodgy figures”, a Wharfedale MP has warned.

Fears over future of PIA at Leeds-Bradford Airport

Wharfedale Observer: Leeds-Bradford International Airport

9:00am Friday 18th April 2014

Pakistan International Airlines could be on the verge of pulling out of Leeds-Bradford International Airport – leaving the area without any direct flights to the sub-continent.

Church to welcome new family in community role

Wharfedale Observer: Noah and Kate Mitchell with son Asher

7:30am Friday 18th April 2014

Christchurch in Ilkley will welcome Noah and Kate Mitchell on Sunday as they take up their new post as lay employees for children, young people and their families.

Otley road safety improvements are welcomed

Wharfedale Observer: Ward councillor Ryk Downes with local residents – and Town Councillors – Jim and Pauline Spencer beside busy Burras Lane, in Otley

5:00pm Thursday 17th April 2014

New pedestrian crossings are to be installed on two busy roads in Otley.

Warning as dog kills one lamb and mauls others on Otley Chevin

Wharfedale Observer: This lamb on Otley Chevin was lucky to survive an attack by an off-the-leash Akita dog

12:00pm Thursday 17th April 2014

An Otley smallholder is urging dog owners to control their animals after one went on a deadly “rampage” through a flock of sheep.

Otley family bid farewell to an amazing six-year-old

Wharfedale Observer: Harry Buckley has a go at DJ-ing (Photo by Rick Lyon)

7:00am Thursday 17th April 2014

An Otley family will say goodbye to their amazing six-year old son today.

Bramhope green belt campaigner will be ‘greatly missed’

Wharfedale Observer: ‘Always fighting to protect the green belt from development’ – Clive Fox

7:00am Thursday 17th April 2014

The head of the local Conservative party has paid a heartfelt tribute to Councillor Clive Fox.

Arthington sows yellow seeds for Tour decoration

5:00pm Thursday 17th April 2014

Arthington Village Hall will be transformed by yellow bunting and flowers for the visit of the Tour de France this summer.

Serenade for Pool-in-Wharfedale woman at 100

Wharfedale Observer: Hilda Yates

5:00pm Thursday 17th April 2014

One of Pool-in-Wharfedale's oldest residents celebrated her centenary in style this weekend.

Centre hopes to start again in a new home

Wharfedale Observer: West Yorkshire MS Therapy Centre secretary Linda Toothill

2:00pm Thursday 17th April 2014

An MS therapy centre which has been forced to find a new home could be offering treatment again within weeks.

Tour trophy makes visit to Kings Hall

Wharfedale Observer: Freya Bishop and Jack Hamilton-Croft with the trophy

2:00pm Thursday 17th April 2014

The Tour de France Grand Depart winner’s trophy was in the Kings Hall, Ilkley last Thursday and two members of Ilkley Grammar School’s Cycling Club, Freya Bishop and Jack Hamilton-Croft, got to see it.

Churches join together for two Easter services

Wharfedale Observer: The Cow and Calf rocks at Ilkley. What’s your favourite icon of Yorkshire?

1:00pm Thursday 17th April 2014

People from all the Churches in Ilkley and Ben Rhydding are coming together for two Easter events in the town.

Barrels of fun as cricket club holds a beer festival

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12:30pm Thursday 17th April 2014

Twenty-one different beer and cider varieties will feature in a beer festival at Pool-in-Wharfedale tomorrow.

Garden centre hosts talking news group

Wharfedale Observer: webpix on this day OTD calendar date

11:00am Thursday 17th April 2014

Otley and District Talking Newspaper members will be talking about their work at an event in Otley next weekend.

Book stall to support Otley Lions

10:00am Thursday 17th April 2014

Otley residents will be able to support a global health project when they visit a children’s book stall this weekend.

Family distraught over treatment by Red Gables care home

Wharfedale Observer: Husband and wife David and Anne Price

9:30am Thursday 17th April 2014

The stepson of a man given just 48 hours to quit an Ilkley care home has slammed its Australian owners and accused them of using his relative as a “cash cow”.

Borrowed from his rivals to ‘hide debts’

Wharfedale Observer: Former executive chairman of defunct JJB Sports Sir David Jones arrives, with his son Stuart, at Leeds Crown Court

9:10am Thursday 17th April 2014

Markets Act 2000, and one of using a false instrument, contrary to the Forgery and Counterfeiting Act 1981.

Government Minister Brandon Lewis MP visits Ilkley’s retailers

Wharfedale Observer: Minister Brandon Lewis, who has responsibility for making the high street prosper, on his tour of some Ilkley shops, pictured with manager of The Grove Bookshop Carol Peel

9:00am Thursday 17th April 2014

A Government minister actively involved in the national push to reinvigorate the high street and town centre heard of successes and struggles of local business when he visited Ilkley this week.

Otley’s early blooms in spotlight

Wharfedale Observer: From left Town Councillor Kevin Cooney, Otley in Bloom chairman David Bellerby, Yorkshire in Bloom judges Maurice and Judith Baren, Otley in Bloom members Jacquie Harvey and Edie Bates, and Deputy Town Mayor Councillor Nigel Gill

9:00am Thursday 17th April 2014

The sun shone on Yorkshire in Bloom judges as they inspected Otley's floral landmarks last week.

Discount shop neighbours go head to head in Guiseley

8:00am Thursday 17th April 2014

A cut-price war has started in Guiseley with the opening of a Poundworld store next to an existing Poundstretcher.

UPDATE: Man charged with murder of Rawdon woman

Wharfedale Observer: Pauline Butler, who was found with stab wounds to her chest and back

8:50am Wednesday 16th April 2014

A 62-year-old man was last night charged with the murder of a Rawdon woman.

Chevin Easter Cross rises

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4:20pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

This dramatic shot of Otley's Chevin Cross being pulled up for Easter was captured by resident Tony Hartigan.

Hospice benefits from Brownies’ fundraising

Wharfedale Observer: Lucy Otway (presenting the cheque) and other members of the 2nd Rawdon Trinity Brownies, who raised money for Martin House

11:14am Thursday 17th April 2014

Brownies rallied round to raise money for a cause close to their hearts.

Children lead village entries at flower show

Wharfedale Observer: One of the winning floral displays at this year’s show in Addingham

9:15am Thursday 17th April 2014

The 34th spring flower show and coffee morning of Addingham Allotments and Gardens Association was held in the village Memorial Hall on Saturday, April 12.

Challenge to employ more apprentices

Wharfedale Observer: 100 new opportunities offered for East Lancashire apprentices

9:10am Tuesday 15th April 2014

The National Apprenticeship Service is challenging businesses to increase the number of apprenticeships across Yorkshire and the Humber over the next 100 days.

Grant will help police to continue off road patrols

Wharfedale Observer: webpix police generic

9:09am Tuesday 15th April 2014

Policing in North West Leeds has been given a helping hand with funding towards off road bikes.

Student wins a top honour and a job in dairy farming

Wharfedale Observer: Student Oliver Wadsworth, 19, from Burley-in-Wharfedale, with his Velcourt Dairy Scholarship during a ceremony at Harper Adams University

9:08am Tuesday 15th April 2014

A student from Burley-in-Wharfedale has received a dairy farming scholarship which will see him take a full-time job between his studies.

Finding your family history

Wharfedale Observer: Emma Treweek, who is among those looking forward to starting the new IT-based Family History community education course at Prince Henry's Grammar School in Otley this month

9:06am Tuesday 15th April 2014

A new computer-based Family History course will be launched in Otley after the Easter break.

MP hails grants for businesses

Wharfedale Observer: Greg Mullholland

9:05am Tuesday 15th April 2014

Otley’s MP has praised a Government initiative for helping 40 new businesses start up in his constituency.

Councillors’ plea for vital safety works

Wharfedale Observer: Traffic in Otley, which Otley Development Disgrace says will get worse

9:04am Tuesday 15th April 2014

Councillors in Guiseley are pushing for safety improvements to a busy junction in the town.

Aiming to gain from spring clean

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4:11pm Monday 14th April 2014

Charity shop bosses are hoping spring clean fever will encourage shoppers in Guiseley to bag a bargain with Barnardo’s.  To mark the arrival of British Summer Time the Barnardo’s shop in the town launched its new spring collection of clothes and goods this week.

Village launches its own ‘buy local’ campaign

Wharfedale Observer: Nine day festival to be held across Waltham Forest in March

4:10pm Monday 14th April 2014

Businesses across Menston are to launch a ‘buy local’ campaign in a bid to encourage the support of village residents.

Tania set for skydive on her 16th birthday

Wharfedale Observer: Tania Clifford

4:09pm Monday 14th April 2014

The sky will be the limit for Otley student Tania Clifford on her 16th birthday.

MP in clash over comment on house price increases

Wharfedale Observer: Kris Hopkins

4:07pm Monday 14th April 2014

Ilkley MP Kris Hopkins has clashed with a fellow minister after welcoming the latest hike in house prices.

School celebrates netball successes

Wharfedale Observer: The championship winning netball team: U19 Independent Schools Cup winners

4:06pm Monday 14th April 2014

A school’s netballers have achieved the most successful season ever in their school’s history.

Rotary revives quiz for business

Wharfedale Observer: Ian Briggs of the Rotary Club of Ilkley (far left) presents the Andrew Hartley Cup to the winners of the business quiz, a team from Allison & MacRae Architects of Burley-in-Wharfedale, from left Steve Nicholson, Michael Allison, Don MacRae and Brian Roger

4:01pm Monday 14th April 2014

The Rotary Club of Ilkley has revived a local business quiz.

Council website to help people avoid payday loans

Wharfedale Observer: Library filer dated 20/04/2003 of English One Pound Coins. Children have seen pocket money levels rise by more than four times the rate of inflation over the last year, the Halifax bank said Friday April 1, 2005. Two-thirds (66%) of seven-to-16-year-olds

3:59pm Monday 14th April 2014

A website to help people steer clear of payday lenders has been set up by Leeds City Council.

Alan Titchmarsh’s show garden to reflect Ilkley roots

Wharfedale Observer: Ilkley-born Alan Titchmarsh, who will be designing a garden at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show

3:57pm Monday 14th April 2014

TV gardening guru Alan Titchmarsh is looking forward to getting his hands dirty at RHS Chelsea Flower Show this year.

Charity Easter egg hunt

Wharfedale Observer: webpix charity donation cash money collection

10:55am Thursday 17th April 2014

An Easter egg hunt is being organised to raise money to help sick children.

Starter for five – agency takes on apprentices

10:17am Monday 14th April 2014

A Wharfe Valley residential sales and lettings agency is saying “You’re hired!” to its inaugural intake of apprentices.

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