Thought for the Week

Wharfedale Observer: submitted pix: The Rev Beverley Sproats, curate at St John's Church, Yeadon.  (7924272)

12:50pm Thursday 10th July 2014

Rev. Beverley Sproats, St. John’s Church, Yeadon, Thought for the Week for publication Thursday, July 10

Friends walk visits Twelve Apostles

Wharfedale Observer: (7864257)Walkers taking a well deserved drink after the climbing the steps to the path eventually leading to the Twelve Apostles on Rombalds Moor

4:21pm Thursday 10th July 2014

A HERITAGE walk to the Twelve Apostles stone circle was the 9th of 26 events being staged by the Friends of Ilkley Moor this year.

Friends walk visits Twelve Apostles

Wharfedale Observer: (7864257)Walkers taking a well deserved drink after the climbing the steps to the path eventually leading to the Twelve Apostles on Rombalds Moor

4:15pm Thursday 10th July 2014

A HERITAGE walk to the Twelve Apostles stone circle was the 9th of 26 events being staged by the Friends of Ilkley Moor this year.

Otley Brass Band fans enjoy hometown concert

Wharfedale Observer: More than 100 people enjoyed a special hometown, Otley Lions-sponsored performance by Otley Brass Band last week.

11:51am Wednesday 7th May 2014

Older music lovers have enjoyed a special hometown performance by Otley Brass Band.


11:48am Wednesday 7th May 2014

GARDENERS’ GROUP: For their April meeting, Wharfedale Gardeners were treated to an inspiring illustrated lecture on the Making of the Gardens of Littlethorpe Manor at Ripon, by Eddie Harland. For the past 12 years Eddie has been head gardener for the property that was bought by Mr and Mrs Thackray in 1985. Eddie and his wife, Michelle, have been responsible for the complete renovation of the gardens, which date back to the mid-1700s. The first phase was to make a composting yard, followed by car parking. Then in 1999 they embarked upon the renovation of the walled garden, making it a garden of the seasons. The second project was the sunken garden with its parterre and rose arches. They went on to develop a pergola, a new terrace, a pond on the lawn and then a lake with a pavilion, and many other features. This winter box blight severely affected the hedges in the sunken garden and they had to be replaced with another type of hedging. The amount of work involved in the renovation left us all exhausted, especially when we were told that Eddie, Michelle and one other look after the whole garden - and they still have time to give lectures! The next meeting is on Tuesday, May 13, when the annual plant auction will be held at 7.30pm at Otley Methodist Church. Members bring their surplus plants, from the sought-after to the “good-doers”, and these are auctioned off. Guests are welcome.


11:48am Wednesday 7th May 2014

MERCURY MOVIE MAKERS: Is there an easy way to produce a film script? This problem was tackled by members on a recent Wednesday. The chairman for the evening John Wheeler tried the ‘bran tub’ method where concealed envelopes were drawn from a ‘tub’ and when opened they revealed a word which was relevant to a film. This way the choice was purely random. When six key words had been selected by the two teams, we were given a theme to work to. This was also revealed to each team by a novel method. Now we have to go away and compose a script and come up with ideas based on the words and portraying the chosen theme. It may sound complicated but there is logic behind it. News of Mercury’s progress should be available soon. Anyone who is intrigued is invited to look at our website for the next few weeks at


11:47am Wednesday 7th May 2014

METHODIST CHURCH: On Sunday at 10.30am the service will be taken by the Rev Rita Armitage. At 6pm on Sunday we will be holding our annual thanksgiving service for the lives of those who are no longer with us. The service will be led by the Minister, the Rev Tim Perkins and all are very welcome to join in this opportunity to remember those who have been important in our lives. Candles will be available to light if you would like to do so, and following the service, tea and coffee will be served. Cornerstone cafe run by volunteers will be closed on Monday and open as usual from Tuesday. The church office is open on Thursday from 9.30am to 3.30pm. Call (01943) 871909. Our website provides up-to-date information and pictures of all church facilities and activities.


11:47am Wednesday 7th May 2014

FORUM 2000: The forum has had its Easter break and is back at work with a change in programme for April 30 as Roger Dedman was unfortunately unable to give his talk which has been rescheduled for January 21. Fortunately Simon Tomson was able to replace him with Three Battles, two Castles and a Psalter. Simon last came to Forum 2000 with a wonderful talk on the Ravenna Mosaics. On May 7 Pat Clarke will whet appetites for holiday sight-seeing when he asks How well do you know Wharfedale? He is a lover of the landscape and architecture and has a selection of slides covering the Wharfe from its source to Bolton Abbey which he hopes will show people, places and scenes with which they might not be familiar as well as those which are better known. This is the last talk until September as on May 14 members will be going to Renishaw Hall, family seat for 400 years of the Sitwell family including the literary figures Osbert, Sacheveral and Edith. They will tour the hall and then be able to explore the gardens. There are still seats available for this trip. Forum 2000 meets on Wednesdays at 10am in The Grove Centre, New Street, Horsforth, LS18 4BH. Everyone is welcome. Contact (0113) 2583521.


11:46am Wednesday 7th May 2014

BRIDGE CLUB: On Thursday, April 24, seven tables played 28 boards, N/S: 1st Mr Flockton & Mr Martin, 2nd Mrs Bent & Mrs Harfield; E/W: 1st Mrs Humphreys & Mrs Sharland, 2nd Mr Russell & Mr Theaker.


11:45am Wednesday 7th May 2014

METHODIST CHURCH: Morning Worship on April 20 was led by Fiona Kendall, who took as her theme The hope to which He has called you. We were encouraged to think about the power of prayer, and the need to practise the discipline of prayer, in order to allow God’s love to be fulfilled in our own lives and in the lives of others. Coffee will be served as usual on Tuesdays from 10am in the Church Fellowship Area, and the monthly Bible study will meet at the home of Gill and Angus MacIntosh on Wednesday at 7.45pm. Holy communion will be celebrated by the Rev Tim Perkins on Sunday at 9am and he will then go on to lead First Sunday worship at 10.30am. This will be followed by our Annual General Church Meeting at about noon and all church members are encouraged to be present in order to make decisions that affect the whole life of our church fellowship. We shall also be voting for our next church charity to run from September 2014 to July 2015 and there are four to choose from: Caring for Life, Christians Against Poverty, Junior Missionary Association and Toilet Twinning. We have raised in the region of £1,300 so far for our current charity, mosquito nets for African children, and a final fundraising event for this will take place on Sunday, May 18, when we shall be having a lunch of Simple Savouries and Delicious Desserts at 1.15pm. Anyone interested can ring (01943) 864445 for more information. On Bank Holiday Monday, Burley Methodist Church will be serving refreshments at Norwood Chapel between 10am and 4pm with proceeds for church funds. Our Youth Gospel Choir, Shine, will be singing there at 11.30am, so we hope many people will come to enjoy a day out in Nidderdale and refreshments and music.

Ben Rhydding

11:45am Wednesday 7th May 2014

WOMEN’S INSTITUTE: Celebrations are planned for the 25th birthday of Ben Rhydding WI at their next monthly meeting on Thursday, May 8. We will be indulging ourselves with scones, cream, jam and a special cake made by Julie Gilbey for the occasion. The WI resolutions for 2014 will be discussed and we are also hoping to be entertained, if not a little scared, by some stories of ghostly encounters from one of our members. The competition is for an example of members’ craft work. As always, we meet at Ben Rhydding Methodist Church Hall at 2pm and welcome visitors at a cost of £3 and prospective members.


11:44am Wednesday 7th May 2014

VAVASOUR SOCIETY: The next meeting of the society will be on Wednesday at 7.30pm in Askwith Village Hall when Mike Dixon will speak on By Rail to Otley. All are welcome. Guests £2, refreshments afterwards.


11:44am Wednesday 7th May 2014

BRIDGE CLUB: On Tuesday, April 22, eight and a half tables played 27 boards, N/S: 1st Mr Blewchamp & Mr Bridge, 2nd Mr Brown & Mr Thompson; E/W: 1st equal Mrs Colley & Mrs J Humphreys and Mrs M Humphreys & Mrs Saville, 3rd Mr Ford & Mr Kilburn.


11:43am Wednesday 7th May 2014

ST PETER’S CHURCH: The second Sunday of Easter is often called Low Sunday but our turn-out last Sunday was exceptionally high. Part of the reason was the presence of friends and relatives from afar of Doug Nayler, recently retired deputy warden, for his 80th birthday celebrations. The new diocese of West Yorkshire and the Dales had perhaps its first physical manifestation last Monday when the new diocese’s merged colleges of canons were summoned by the Queen, by Conge d’Elire no less, to elect the first Bishop of Leeds. Two canons from St Peter’s – Canon Barbara Clarke, until recently an assistant priest at St Peter’s, and Canon Professor Arthur Francis, an honorary lay canon – were among the 100-plus who duly elected Bishop Nick Baines to the post. The inauguration of the diocese and confirmation of his election is in York Minster on June 8 and he will later be enthroned in each of his three cathedrals – a feast for those with a liking for dressing up and processing! Back in Addingham, on Wednesday we joined other churches and church schools across the diocese in planting poppy seeds to mark our identity as a new diocese and to remember all who lost their lives in the Great War. In addition to all the normal weekly services there is a healing service at 7.30pm this evening and on Sunday there is a family service and holy communion at 10am and Easter songs of praise at 6pm.

Former GP become Ilkley Soroptimists' president

Wharfedale Observer: From left, Agnes Tomlinson, president-elect, Dr Sue Butler  president of Ilkley Soroptimists, and Gill Wilkinson, immediate past-president

11:42am Wednesday 7th May 2014

Dr Sue Butler is the new president of Ilkley Soroptimists.


11:22am Monday 28th April 2014

METHODIST CHURCH: Easter Day morning service was led by Rev Fiona Spandler. Members of the congregation brought small posies of spring flowers to adorn the Lenten Cross which had been constructed from the remnants of the Christmas tree. There was no Evening service at Yeadon, but members joined in a “Songs of Praise” service at Guiseley. Lindsay Hurst was speaker at the Women’s Fellowship on Tuesday afternoon and the Knit Knax Club also met. All mid week activities are on holiday this week apart from the shoppers’ coffee morning which will take place tomorrow, Friday. The services on Sunday next will be led by Rev Fiona Spandler and the Annual General Church meeting will follow. There will be a United Circuit Service at Guiseley.


11:21am Monday 28th April 2014

BRIDGE CLUB: On Monday April 14, four tables played 24 boards. Winners: N/S 1st Mr Martin & Mrs Pearson, 2nd Mrs Livingstone & Mrs Young; E/W 1st Mrs Banks & Mrs Colley, 2nd Mr Kilburn & Mrs Streets.


11:17am Monday 28th April 2014

RETIRED MEN’S FORUM: Last Wednesday we were entertained by Eric Scaife with his talk entitled “Yorkshire Dialect and Humour”. Prior to the start of the talk Eric had set the scene by decorating the walls of the room with the traditional Yorkshire flags of the white rose on the blue background. He emphasised that Yorkshire is not split into four areas, North, South, East and West but into three ridings North, West and East. And that all true Yorkshire men should use the latter when addressing letters (eg West Riding of Yorkshire). We got a short history of Yorkshire dating back to the time before the Vikings up to the reorganisation in 1974. The audience were tested on Yorkshire vocabulary and at least one of our members had a translation for even the most obscure dialect word. His jokes pertaining to Yorkshire humour were well received by the mostly “Yorkshire” audience. The odd Lancastrian among us took his comments about the red rose with good grace. There followed several reminiscences and Yorkshire tales from the members. Our next meeting on Wednesday, May 7, will be short talks given by our own members.


11:16am Monday 28th April 2014

BAPTIST CHURCH: The note of joy permeated the worship of Easter Sunday as we celebrated the resurrection of Jesus from the dead. The morning service was designed by our presiding deacon Paul Chapman and involved the participation of many members of the congregation. Diane Sherwin introduced the service and set the theme. Heather Hutchins read the lessons. Elizabeth Whittaker rendered two pieces – The Waking Thoughts of Mary Magdalene and her Late Sunday Thoughts. Leri-Anne Morgan-Wynne, Winnie Longfellow and Roger Whittaker also took part. Easter eggs were distributed to the congregation. Then Desmond Longfellow introduced the Lord’s Supper and Paul Chapman presided at its celebration. It was our turn to take the service at Abbeyfield and this was led by Dr Morgan-Wynne with his wife Enid reading one of the lessons. Several members of our congregation attended along with the Abbeyfield residents. Then there was our evening service conducted by Paul Chapman. Gwen Hewitt read the lessons and Paul’s sermon reflected on how the resurrection of Jesus showed that truth was in the end stronger than falsehood, good stronger than evil, love than hate and life than death. Colin and Dorothy Ashton report that 62 pairs of unwanted spectacles have been donated by church members to help the work of Education for Life in Mombasa, Kenya, and these will be taken out to Mombasa in July by Colin and Dorothy’s daughter, Julie.


11:14am Monday 28th April 2014

FORUM 2000: The forum learned about LILAC- Low Impact Living Affordable Community when Joe Atkinson was the speaker on March 26. There were two aspects to his talk: the technique of building ecologically-friendly housing and living in a commune. His PowerPoint showed the technique of building prefabricated walls using straw bales and lime wash instead of concrete. With insulated walls one and a half feet thick and triple glazing, the houses save fuel but even the materials save carbon – the lime plaster needs less fuel to bake it. The heat exchanger deals with ventilation as well as saving on heating. This experiment in building on our doorstep in Bramley is on a site not commercially attractive as a large area has to give access to a sewage point, now used for allotments. Joe provided details of financing the project as well as the building techniques and at every point ethics came into the equation. The ideal estate is home to an ideal community whose members planned it and saw their dreams come true. Living in a sharing community saves on space – one workshop and a common laundry in a community building. They planned a central garden with a pool. It looks a nice place to live; Joe does not strike you as a crank and the cost of living in Lilac Grove is lower than most places in Horsforth. It remains to be seen if the experiment in communal living succeeds, but LILAC looked very attractive to this audience. On April 30, Roger Dedman will talk about ‘The rise of The Post Office’ especially in the Victorian Era. Forum 2000 meets on Wednesdays at 10am in The Grove Centre, New Street, Horsforth. LS18 4BH. Everyone is welcome. Contact (0113) 2583521


11:14am Monday 28th April 2014

YORKSHIRE COUNTRYWOMEN’S ASSOCIATION: The April meeting of the Hawksworth branch of the YCA was quite well-attended on Monday evening. The chairman, Sheila Inglesent, introduced Mr P Clarke from Ilkley who formerly lived in Kingston upon Thames. Mr Clarke with the aid of pictorial slides gave a very interesting talk on how the historic market town of Kingston is very similar to the local market town of Otley. He was able to show how the history, some buildings, layout and other features are very similar. A vote of thanks was given by Linda Summers. On display at the meeting were several items that the branch and individual members had entered at the recent YCA homecraft competition at Wetherby. Hawksworth member Carol Potter had won first prize for her embroidered cushion. The refreshment hostesses were Audrey Thompson and Margaret Slater. The walking group meet for the first time this year on the afternoon of April 28 when they will have a walk around the Cookridge/Horsforth area. The next monthly meeting is on Monday, May 12, when funny and unusual police tales will be told by Mr Ben Richardson.


11:13am Monday 28th April 2014

BRIDGE CLUB: On Thursday April 17, eight tables played 24 boards. Winners: N/S 1st Mr Faraj & Mrs Pearson; 2nd Mrs Bent & Mrs Harfield; E/W 1st Mr Russell & Mr Theaker, 2nd Mr & Mrs Child.


10:44am Monday 28th April 2014

BURLEY PROBUS CLUB: The President, David Sowman, welcomed 30 members and guests to the 884th meeting of Burley Probus Club, held in Salem Church Hall on Tuesday, April 15. After a short business session, Dr Dennis Warwick, a Probus Club member and prominent local historian and author, then took the floor. Dr Warwick gave a fascinating hour’s talk about William E Forster, an adopted son of Burley-in-Wharfedale and philanthropist, who over several decades in the Victorian era had made a huge impact on the local scene as well as rising to prominence as a national politician. Forster was actually born in Bradpole, Dorset, in 1818 into a Quaker family, moving to Yorkshire when he was relatively young. Forster worked in various textile companies before a chance meeting with William Fison, an established local industrialist. In due course they went into partnership and bought the previous cotton-mill Greenholme Mills complex in Burley-in-Wharfedale. Here now successful worsted wool manufacture was to take place for many years, with up to 5,000 employees working there at one time. Given his upbringing, Forster remained a leading Radical throughout his life and accomplished much on the local welfare scene. He was elected as a Liberal MP for Bradford in 1861, eventually joining the Cabinet and becoming Minister for Education in 1868. Forster was the architect for the very important and far-reaching Education Act 1870, which for the first time ever nationally provided part-time schooling for all children aged between four and 11. Later in that decade he became Chief Secretary for Ireland, which proved to be a most daunting and difficult role for him to fulfil. Forster remained an MP until his death in 1886; his funeral service was in Westminster Abbey, but he was buried in God’s Acre in Burley, where very recently a new headstone has been erected following a successful campaign by Dr Warwick and Cllr Dale Smith. Also memorial crosses to both William E Forster and William Fison stand outside the Queen’s Hall, Burley; Forster’s Victorian statue is likely to re-appear in the currently redeveloping Forster Square, Bradford, with its new retail centre. William E Forster married Jane Arnold, daughter of Matthew Arnold, the nationally-famous headmaster, author and poet. The Forsters’ main residence was “Wharfeside”, a mansion which Forster had built near the mills and in fact still remains. They had no children of their own, but adopted four of their orphaned nephews and nieces. The vote of thanks to Dr Warwick was given by Fred McHale. The President announced that the next meeting would be on Tuesday, April 29, when the speaker would be David Alred, his subject being “Transport and Steam”. Guests including ladies will be most welcome; there is a £2 entry fee to defray uucosts.


10:38am Monday 28th April 2014

BRIDGE CLUB: On Tuesday, April 15, seven and a half tables played 28 boards. Winners: N/S 1st Mrs Banks & Mr Spencer, 2nd Mr Ford & Mr Kilburn. E/W 1st Mr Dracup & Mrs Streets, 2nd Mrs Byrne & Mrs Bradley.


10:37am Monday 28th April 2014

ALLOTMENTS AND GARDENS ASSOCIATION: Addingham Allotments and Gardens Association are having a talk by Tony Cleaver entitled The Secret Gardens of London tomorrow night. This will be in Mount Hermon Hall at 7.30pm. This will be our last talk of the autumn winter season. We will begin again in September with what we hope will be interesting talks.

Dinner for Macmillan charity

Wharfedale Observer: Katharine Jex, president of Soroptimist International of Aireborough, and Clara White, fundraising manager of Leeds Macmillan Cancer Support

12:30pm Thursday 17th April 2014

Members of Soroptimist International of Aireborough held a gala dinner to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Network for women growing

Wharfedale Observer: Businessmen at the Women@Work event in Ilkley

12:29pm Thursday 17th April 2014

The professional networking group Women@Work continues to move from strength to strength as their most recent event ‘Building the Business’ proved to be a great success.

Congregation led by donkeys

Wharfedale Observer: Penny and Roger Staniland with their miniature donkeys, who led churchgoers to St Peter’s Church on Palm Sunday

12:28pm Thursday 17th April 2014

ST PETER’S CHURCH, ADDINGHAM: Holy Week began with a particularly evocative Palm Sunday service.

Lions boost work of Craft Aid

Wharfedale Observer: From left, Lions publicity officer Patrick McCauley, Craft Aid International member Chrissie (wearing the club’s presidential chain) and Lions president Steve Bellerby

12:27pm Thursday 17th April 2014

The work of Craft Aid International has received a practical boost from Otley Lions.

Good Neighbours enjoy trip

Wharfedale Observer: Sisters Gladys Gray and Ella Robertson enjoying tea at the Cavendish Pavilion on the Ilkley Good Neighbours’ excursion

12:26pm Thursday 17th April 2014

A beautiful sunny day on Monday was a bonus for the 22 people who went on the first of Ilkley and District Good Neighbours’ 2014 excursions.


12:25pm Thursday 17th April 2014

BRIDGE CLUB: On Friday, April 11, seven tables played 28 boards, N/S: 1st Mrs Yeadon and Mrs Biss, 2nd Mrs Deakin and Mrs Adams; E/W: 1st Mr Gilbert and Mrs Cawthorne, 2nd Mr Lee and Mrs Atkinson.


12:24pm Thursday 17th April 2014

MERCURY MOVIE MAKERS: On Wednesday at Mercury Movies we were entertained by celebrated local film maker Bob Lorrimer who brought a entertaining selection of his work. A very brief view of key cutting was followed by a visit to a Cocktail Party. Bob’s very sharp photography was already highlighted by these two examples. A popular song was featured in Bob’s version of a ‘pop video’ and this was followed by an animation film. A specialist paper manufacturer had his products shown on a promotion type film. The Steps is a film that has had a lot of viewings due to it being on the internet. In it a tired and retired man struggles up some steep steps with his shopping. On gaining the top step, purchases of fruit cascade out of the carrier bag and down the steps, leading to an argument. Titanic borrows from the recent cinema success but uses less familiar ‘stars’, very amusing. The overriding theme of Bob’s show was humour and we had plenty of that. Titles included Bear Behind, No Way Back and The Egg - also widely seen on the internet. A documentary style was adopted for Cycling and Pop Video. Rock Bottom and The Boot and a comedy spoof based on The Malta Story (a wartime romance) brought this highly amusing evening to an end. Our own Bob Rudd gave the vote of thanks. See website


12:24pm Thursday 17th April 2014

CAMERA CLUB: Members were treated to an astonishing show of printed images last Thursday, beginning with ones that were originally slides, moving through ones taken on film to present day pictures taken with digital cameras. This impressive collection is the work of husband and wife team David and Sheila Coates, with so many letters after their names they would occupy a whole paragraph! Many of these pictures had been the winners of competitions both in this country and abroad and were of landscapes from our own limestone pavements to spectacular rocks in America. Formal meetings of the club are suspended for the next two weeks and resume on May 1 when the Pictorial competition will be judged by Graham Gage ARPS. If you are interested in photography, join us at Otley Town Partnership Rooms on Mercury Row where meetings start at 7.30pm. You can also visit


12:23pm Thursday 17th April 2014

METHODIST CHURCH: On Easter Sunday at 10.30 the family service of holy communion will be taken by the Rev Keith Reed. Tomorrow at 10am the Churches Together Good Friday Walk of Witness begins at St John’s Church, Menston, and ends at Burley at noon. The oratorio Olivet to Calvary on Good Friday at 7.30pm traces the last days of Christ from his entry to Jerusalem to his crucifixion. The choir and friends will present an abridged version with music, readings and congregational hymns. Refreshments will be served at the end. Members of the church will be joining others in celebration of Easter Day at The Cross on the Chevin at 7am on Sunday. Cornerstone Cafe, which is run by volunteers, will be open on Easter Monday from 10am to noon, Tuesday and Thursday from 10am to 2pm and 10am to noon on Saturday. The church office is open on Thursdays from 9.30am to 3.30pm, call (01943) 871909. Our website provides information and pictures of facilities and activities.


12:22pm Thursday 17th April 2014

BAPTIST CHURCH: We wish Howard and Margaret Davies every happiness in their new home, and also our organist Pam Molyneux as she moves into Ilkley into her new home this week. Various members of the congregation took part in the morning service of Palm Sunday, the theme of which was sacrifice focused on the cross as the culmination of Jesus’s earthly life. The opening worship was led by Graham Sunderland and Philip Thompson. Readings with brief commentary were read by David and Mu Thomas. Parts in a sketch illustrating the meaning of sacrifice were taken by Leri-Anne Morgan-Wynne, Eric and Judith Tomlinson and Malcolm Jones. Brian Silcock read part of an article on the theme of sacrifice by Steve Chalk, of Oasis Trust, followed by further reflections on sacrifice by Sheila Sunderland. Paul Chapman presided at the observance of the Lord’s Supper. Paul was responsible for the evening service. Anne Wilkinson read the lessons. The sermon considered by Jesus’s cleansing of the temple had been the ‘last straw’ inducing the authorities to work for the death of Jesus, and how Jesus, though realising the provocative nature of his action, nonetheless stepped out into the unknown darkness trusting in God, and we should do the same. The Maundy Thursday service will be conducted by Roger Whittaker, former coroner of the Bradford and Halifax districts.


12:22pm Thursday 17th April 2014

FORUM 2000: We have had some fascinating mornings with Eric Houlder. Coaching Memories on April 8 evoked the romance of Jane Austen or Georgette Heyer but in fact the reality of coaching days was more hard work and exhaustion than romance. He explained that with the dawn of the industrial revolution businessmen needed to travel and improvements in roads made this possible. Speed was of the essence in coaching and Eric described drivers, guards, post boys and frequent inns for changing horses. The advantage of linking coaches with delivery of mail led to Royal Mail coaches. These were glamorous equipages with matching horses, 40 of which were needed to go to York. There was a locked boot under the guard’s seat for mail and under the driver for luggage and parcels. It took four days of continuous travelling to get to York. The passengers alighting could choose the loo or the meal but time did not permit both. Other vehicles, however, also used the new roads: huge lumbering carts for parcels and large pieces and furniture and hired carriages – post chaises – which more-prosperous people used. Eric’s pictures, and sounds of post horns, told the story – there was the bandy-legged post boys, guards with their stove-pipe hats and all the colour and comedy of the interesting men who made stage-coach travel possible. The second part of the talk showed the coaching inns on The Great North Road, some of them still there and others sadly demolished. It was another tour de force for Eric Houlder. The forum’s next meeting is on April 30 with Roger Dedman and The Rise of the Post Office. Forum 2000 meets on Wednesdays at 10am in The Grove Centre, New Street, Horsforth. LS18 4BH. Everyone is welcome. Contact (0113) 2583521.


12:21pm Thursday 17th April 2014

BRIDGE CLUB: On Thursday, April 14, five and a half tables played 22 boards, winners: 1st Mrs Banks and Mr Spencer, 2nd Mrs Bent and Mrs Harfield, 3rd Mrs Weston and Mrs Yeadon.


12:20pm Thursday 17th April 2014

METHODIST CHURCH: Morning worship on Sunday was led by Stan Loach and, being Palm Sunday, the theme of the service was Jesus’s triumphant entry into Jerusalem and the events leading up to Holy Week. At 6pm a joint Churches Together in Burley and Menston service was held in the quiet and meditative style of Taize, led by the Rev Paul Wheelhouse. Today, Maundy Thursday, there will be a Reflective Communion Service at Burley Methodist Church and tomorrow, Good Friday, the Churches Together Walk of Witness will begin at 10am at St John’s, Menston, finishing outside the Grange at Burley. At our Partnership Churches tomorrow evening, Olivet to Calvary will be performed at Menston Methodist Church at 7.30pm and there will be a service of music and meditation at Addingham Methodist Church at 7pm. On Easter Sunday morning, there will be an all-age worship with holy communion led by the Rev John Lambert and Jill Pullan. Burley-in-Wharfedale Methodist Church wishes everybody a blessed and happy Easter.


12:19pm Thursday 17th April 2014

THE PRIORY CHURCH: The services for Holy Week and Easter are as follows: today, Maundy Thursday, 7pm eucharist of the Last Supper with footwashing and watch before the Blessed Sacrament until 9pm. Tomorrow, Good Friday, at 10am there is a children’s service and hot cross buns, at noon the three-hour devotion with the liturgy of Good Friday led by the Rector and at 7pm The empty silence, a sequence of words and music for Good Friday with the priory choir; on Holy Saturday, at 7pm, there is Easter Eve ceremonies with lighting of the Easter candle; on Easter Day, 8am holy communion, 10.30am sung festal eucharist, 6.30pm evening prayer. Everyone is welcome to join us at any of the services. Each Wednesday there is a communion service at 10am. All services are BCP. We are now collecting for Skipton Food Bank, with fortnightly deliveries being made. Contributions can be left after services or left in church.


12:19pm Thursday 17th April 2014

WOMEN’S INSTITUTE: Victorian Glass and Decanters was the topic of speaker Jane Hollingworth at the April meeting. Jane has had a long career as an antiques journalist, not only editing collectors’ magazines but also producing a book on glass decanters for Christie’s, the well-known fine art auction house. She brought with her several examples of glassware to illustrate the development of glass making from simple bowls and cups from Afghanistan to elaborately engraved and cut glasses and decanters from the Victorian era. We even learned how to tell the difference between ‘pressed’ glass and genuine cut glass – it’s apparently all in the feel of the object. Our many activities are in full swing again with the arrival of spring. Our craft, Scrabble and luncheon clubs all meet every month. The flower arranging club has its last meeting before the summer this month. Our next trip is to Haworth today for a visit to the Bronte Parsonage Museum. Some of our members are also getting ready to provide afternoon tea at the WI centenary baton hand-over at the Cow and Calf Rocks on Wednesday and later on we will be busy baking for the Ilkley Flower Show coffee morning on May 24. Looking ahead to June, six of our members are going to the National AGM at Leeds Arena – as our president said, they cannot wait to hear 5,000 voices singing Jerusalem! The competition this month was for a piece of Victorian jewellery and, from the many entries, the winner was Anne Jackson, with Sheila Turner second and Joan Knight third. Our meeting next month is on Thursday, May 8, when we will be discussing this year’s WI resolutions and celebrating our 25th anniversary with cake, scones and other goodies. We already have a certificate of congratulations but feel relatively young compared with one WI which is celebrating its 95th anniversary this year. As always, we meet at 2pm at Ben Rhydding Methodist Church Hall and extend a warm welcome to visitors at a charge of £3 and prospective members.


12:17pm Thursday 17th April 2014

WOMEN’S INSTITUTE: Unfortunately our speaker, Mike Bevington from the National Trust, was forced to cancel his visit at very short notice. We were fortunate that Sheelagh Trigger, one of our committee members, volunteered to talk about her experiences as a walks guide for HF Holidays. After enjoying various walking holidays herself Sheelagh decided to apply to lead walks in the UK and eventually, after taking voluntary redundancy from teaching, she moved on to leading walking groups all over Europe and picking up German, Italian and various other languages along the way. She had many interesting and funny experiences during her time as a guide and it was a thoroughly entertaining evening. In 2015 the WI will be 100 years old and ahead of the celebrations a centenary baton is travelling around the country visiting all 69 WI Federations en route. At the end of this month it passes from North Yorkshire to West Yorkshire, the official handover taking place at the Cow and Calf Rocks in Ilkley on April 30. Many of us hope to be there together with fellow members from neighbouring WIs. Next month’s meeting on Thursday, May 1, is a week earlier than usual as many of us will be away at Denman, the WI’s residential college, the following week. We are delighted that our guest will be Sandra Harder who will be demonstrating spring flower arrangements. Sandra lectured in floristry and flower arranging for many years at Bradford and Ilkley College and is currently president of the Yorkshire Flower Club. She has exhibited at Chelsea and also arranged flowers at Westminster Abbey as well as very many exhibits at the Harrogate Spring and Autumn Flower shows, so it should be a wonderful evening. Visitors are very welcome to this meeting which starts at 7.30pm in Askwith Village Hall. There is an admittance charge of £3 and all Sandra’s arrangements will be raffled at the end of the evening. If you would like to come along, ring Sue Appleyard on (01943) 839292.


12:16pm Thursday 17th April 2014

BRIDGE CLUB: On Tuesday, April 8, four and a half tables played 27 boards, winners: 1st Mrs Bent and Mrs Pearson, 2nd Mrs Harfield and Mrs Weston, 3rd Mrs Banks and Mr Spencer.


Wharfedale Observer: Members of the Mothers' Union at St John’s Church celebrating their 100th anniversary

11:41am Monday 7th April 2014

Yeadon Mothers' Union marks 100th anniversary


11:39am Monday 7th April 2014

DECORATIVE AND FINE ARTS SOCIETY: A day of special interest featuring a talk on Tribal rugs treasures of the black ten by Brian Macdonald will be held on May 22 at Tempest Farm, Elslack. The price is £38 and includes three richly-illustrated lectures, coffee on arrival, a buffet lunch and tea and coffee at breaks. Information from Ginny Wilkinson, 15 Whinfield Court, Skipton BD23 2UY, 01756 798381. The cut-off date is May 20 but your firm commitment and cheque would be welcome at Thursday’s meeting.


11:37am Monday 7th April 2014

MERCURY MOVIE MAKERS: On Wednesday we saw the first half of the two part annual competition films programme. Many of these would be first time viewing for most members so there was an air of anticipation. Titles included Mediterranean Sunshine by Bob Rudd; a new museum feature in Leeds on Marks & Spencers involving a recreation of the original market stall by Mabel Mackman; Whitby Gothic Weekend showed this now well-established festival and was filmed by Mick Varley and John Orrell; Ian and Maurice at Brooklands; two short films by Peter Hartingdon Homework and Na Na Na; the working of a preserved railway were viewed by John Wheeler with his Worth Valley; a trip to Belgium was shown in Brugge by Alan Vanston; and finally It’s Simply Scilly by Roy and Jean Vickers. More details can be found at


Wharfedale Observer: Otley RAOB’s brother Peter Cundall KOM presenting Colin Pullan MBE, chairman of the Take Heart charity, with a cheque for £3,520

11:37am Monday 7th April 2014

£3,500 is raised for patients


11:34am Monday 7th April 2014

METHODIST CHURCH: There will be a service of holy communion on Sunday, April 6, at 10.30am taken by the Rev Rita Armitage. Our Easter coffee morning will take place in the church hall on Saturday, April 12, from 10am to noon with stalls of Easter eggs, cakes, cards, handicrafts, books and white elephant. Admission £1 including refreshments.


Wharfedale Observer: Ilkley Inner Wheel president Deirdre Bonner (left) and District 4 Chairman Enid Bennett having lit the candle of friendship

11:33am Monday 7th April 2014

Ilkley club lights wheel of friendship


11:30am Monday 7th April 2014

METHODIST CHURCH: On Sunday, Mothering Sunday, the Rev Nick Baker led the family and parade service at 10.30am. The children gave out posies of daffodils, as is our custom, and new flags for the Scouts, Cubs and Beavers were dedicated. The Rev Fiona Spandler officiated at a united service of holy communion in the evening. Everyone is welcome at coffee stop today between 10am and 11.30am. This coming Sunday the preachers are Ted Price in the morning and Joan Walls at the united service in the evening. There is the regular prayer and meditation service on Tuesday at 9.30am. On Wednesday, between 7.30pm and 9pm, there is the last in the series of Lent study sessions on the theme Build on the Rock: Faith, doubt - and Jesus.


11:29am Monday 7th April 2014

METHODIST CHURCH: Morning worship for Mothering Sunday was led by Joan Bosomworth from Bramhope. Mrs Bosomworth’s children’s address consisted of a poem relating to Snow White and the Seven Dwarves Part 2 and was much enjoyed by the older as well as the younger members of the congregation! At the end of the service, daffodils were given out to all the ladies in the congregation. Those attending the Lent lecture on March 24 describing the work of Caring for Life in Cookridge were moved and impressed by the work that is done by that organisation, and we would very much commend The Granary Restaurant at Crag House Farm, the profits from which go to support the work of Caring for Life. Help is needed from friends of all the local churches for the erection of the Easter Cross on the Chevin on Saturday. Volunteers are asked to be at Surprise View car park at 9.15am. The weekly Lent lunches continue each Friday from noon until 1.30pm at the Methodist Church, providing soup and a roll for a donation to Christian Aid, and is open to all. Holy communion will be celebrated by the Rev John Lambert at 9am on Sunday followed by First Sunday morning worship at 10.30am led by Matt Burland.

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