‘Reopen Horsforth and Arthington stations to ease traffic,’ says Wharfedale MP

Wharfedale Observer: The old station buildings at Arthington, which closed in 1965 under the Beeching cuts.

9:43am Thursday 24th April 2014

An MP is calling on transport bosses to take bids to reopen railway stations at Arthington and Horsforth Woodside seriously.

Tributes as ‘devoted’ boss of Ilkley theatre dies

Wharfedale Observer: Walter Swan, who has died at the age of 59

9:37am Thursday 24th April 2014

The family of a well-known theatre manager have paid tribute to him as a ‘devoted husband, dad and friend’ following his sudden death at the age of 59.

Historic blue plaque to be unveiled in Otley

Wharfedale Observer: Otley's Market Place,

4:19pm Thursday 24th April 2014

A new plaque detailing the key events in Otley’s history is due to be officially unveiled tonight.

Free fun fair for Ilkley's LS29 group

Wharfedale Observer: Founder of LS29 group Karen Goodman Picken with Darren Church of Marshalls Amusements

3:53pm Thursday 24th April 2014

Children and families from LS29 Special Needs Support Group have been given “free time” to enjoy the Ilkley Carnival fun fair a day ahead of the main event.

Jazz band kicks off Bolton Abbey Priory concert series

4:25pm Thursday 24th April 2014

Bolton Abbey Priory’s 2014 concert series gets under way tomorrow evening.

Police renew appeal to trace Ilkley jeweller raiders

Wharfedale Observer: Robbers strike at Lister Horsfall in Ilkley

4:20pm Thursday 24th April 2014

Police have renewed their appeal for witnesses and footage of the attack on an Ilkley jewellers as investigations continue.

Hurry to enter Otley Tour de France T-shirt contest

Wharfedale Observer: Bradley Wiggins celebrates in his famous yellow jersey after winning this year’s Tour de France

4:15pm Thursday 24th April 2014

Young people in Otley only have one day left to enter a Tour de France T-shirt design.

Otley children invited to maypole dancing

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4:13pm Thursday 24th April 2014

Children in Otley and surrounding communities are being invited to help celebrate May Day in traditional style. Morris dancing sides the Buttercross Belles and Wayzgoose will be demonstrating dances around the Maypole, on Cross Green, between 5pm and 7pm on Thursday, May 1. Parents are being asked to bring their children along so they can join in a dance, with ribbons, around the pole.

Otley store holds fundraising fashion show for Cystic Fibrosis Trust

4:10pm Thursday 24th April 2014

A fundraising fashion show featuring outfits from an Otley store will take place next month.

Woman twice over limit is banned after driving on Ilkley road

Wharfedale Observer: Bradford Magistrates Court

4:07pm Thursday 24th April 2014

A Bradford woman has been disqualified from driving for two years after she admitted drink-driving on Hangingstone Road in Ilkley. Hannah Bates, 32, of Spinney Rise, Tong, was also fined £500 after Bradford and Keighley Magistrates Court heard she drove a BMW on April 2 while more than two-and-a-half times the drink-drive limit.

Six-year-old Harry Buckley's book now on sale

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

4:04pm Thursday 24th April 2014

A fundraising book written by Otley boy Harry Buckley is now on sale in the town.

Passing A&E doctor helps at Apperley Bridge crash

Wharfedale Observer: Passing A&E doctor helps at Apperley Bridge crash

4:00pm Thursday 24th April 2014

A passing A&E doctor came to the aid of a badly injured driver after a car crash.

Otley hockey club in appeal for new members

Wharfedale Observer: Otliensians Hockey Club is hoping to boost its membership

3:55pm Thursday 24th April 2014

An Otley-based hockey club will begin holding open sessions next week in a bid to attract more people to the sport.

Easter Day marks start of new Diocese of West Yorkshire and the Dales

Wharfedale Observer: Nick Baines Bishop designate urged churches to plant poppies

3:51pm Thursday 24th April 2014

The first new diocese in the Church of England for 85 years came into being on Easter Day as three dioceses, including Bradford, were merged.

Ilkley Film Festival joy thanks to funding boost

Wharfedale Observer: British Sea Power performing their soundtrack to the film From The Sea To The Land Beyond live at the King’s Hall as part of this year’s Ilkley Film Festival

3:48pm Thursday 24th April 2014

Ilkley Film Festival has secured a £5,000 grant from Film Hub North, part of the BFI Film Audience Network, enabling it to host a new series of monthly events, from September to December, culminating in a two-day Ilkley Christmas Film Festival.

Same-sex couple are the first to register for marriage licence

Wharfedale Observer: Phillip Dawson (left) and Joseph Stanger

10:30am Wednesday 23rd April 2014

A hair stylist is to wed his partner of three years after becoming the first Ilkley resident to register for a marriage licence as part of a same-sex couple.

Trial of Ilkley businessman abandoned due to his ill health

Wharfedale Observer: Sir David Jones

3:01pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

The trial of a former executive chairman, from Ilkley of the now defunct JJB Sports chain, who was accused of forging a bank statement to disguise the fact that he had borrowed £1.5 million, has been abandoned due to his ill health.

Students produce 3D print models

Wharfedale Observer: James Kerry with sixth form student Cameron Smith and the school's new 3D printer

12:00pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

Three-dimensional printing has arrived at Ilkley Grammar School and the school’s design and technology department have been getting to grips with the latest technology in their lessons.

Ilkley Grammar School’s results earn top award

Wharfedale Observer: Ilkley Grammar School

11:30am Tuesday 22nd April 2014

Ilkley Grammar School has received national recognition for the high attainment of its students in the 2013 GCSE examinations.

Holy Family head takes on a ‘monster’ new role

Wharfedale Observer: education - posed by models

11:00am Tuesday 22nd April 2014

A headteacher will be stepping down from his post in Keighley to take on a new role as head of the country’s biggest Catholic school.

Cricket club unveils hi-tech scoreboard

Wharfedale Observer: Addingham Cricket Club treasurer Graham Sutcliffe, Coun Adrian Naylor and Addingham Parish Council chairman Catherine Coates

11:00am Tuesday 22nd April 2014

A grant from Bradford Council has paid for a new scoreboard at Addingham Cricket Club.

Brownlee triathlon event comes to Harewood

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

10:00am Tuesday 22nd April 2014

A triathlon started by Olympic stars Alistair and Jonny Brownlee is coming to Harewood this summer.

Westgate School hosts a cracking Easter Fair

Wharfedale Observer: MP Greg Mulholland and his three-year-old daughter, Ava, met Winnie the Pooh at Westgate Primary School’s Easter Fair

9:40am Tuesday 22nd April 2014

An Otley school's Easter Fair has been hailed a cracking success.

Sunday bus service to Skipton restored

Wharfedale Observer: Director of the Dales Dales and Bowland Community Interest Company, former Yorkshire Dales Society chairman Colin Speakman

8:00am Tuesday 22nd April 2014

A “badly needed” Sunday bus link connecting Otley and Ilkley with Skipton will be restored this Easter, more than seven years after it stopped running.

Account of race to be published

Wharfedale Observer: The start of 2011's Three Peaks Race

7:30am Tuesday 22nd April 2014

An Otley man has written an account to mark the 60th anniversary of the Three Peaks Race.

Why our park is really an open-air gymnasium

Wharfedale Observer: Councillor Brian Cleasby

2:00pm Monday 21st April 2014

Councillors are urging people in Horsforth to get fit in their park with an ‘outdoor gym.’ Ward councillors for the area Brian Cleasby and Chris Townsley have organised for thousands of leaflets to be printed and distributed across Horsforth and Rawdon to highlight the outdoor activities on offer at Hall Park.

Moor Friends’ programme for the coming year

Wharfedale Observer: The Friends of Ilkley Moor group has published its annual Events and Learning Programme

12:20pm Monday 21st April 2014

The Friends of Ilkley Moor group has published its sixth annual Events and Learning Programme of special events on the moor this year. The programme has proved very popular since the formation of the Friends in 2009.

Donation boost to door appeal

Wharfedale Observer: Peggy Lambert adding two more buns to the Bunometer, at the Clarke Foley Centre, watched by two customers

12:00pm Monday 21st April 2014

An anonymous £2,000 donation has moved the fundraising ‘bunometer’ up another level for Ilkley’s Clarke Foley Centre.

Tax allowance rise

Wharfedale Observer: Kris Hopkins MP

10:40am Monday 21st April 2014

A new tax cut has been welcomed by Ilkley MP Kris Hopkins.

Apprentice offer is made by company

Wharfedale Observer: Craftsman Tools’ apprentice trainer Graham Newhall, left, with apprentices Ryan Stringwell and Connor Wilsden

9:00am Monday 21st April 2014

Craftsman Tools are once again inviting applications from youngsters to join their award winning apprentice training scheme at their facilities based in Otley.

Meeting is called over future of the Manor House

Wharfedale Observer: Manor House Museum in Ilkley

8:30am Monday 21st April 2014

A meeting of organisations working towards the future of Ilkley’s Manor House Museum has been called, amid new concerns that plans are not moving ahead quickly enough.

Vatican astronomer to speak at Leeds Trinity

Wharfedale Observer: Astronomer Brother Guy Consolmagno

8:00am Monday 21st April 2014

A leading papal astronomer is to speak in Horsforth this Easter about the importance of the science to the Vatican.

Afternoon off to celebrate success of recipe book

Wharfedale Observer: The Yorkshire Air Ambulance

11:00am Sunday 20th April 2014

The Yorkshire Farm Stay ladies were given the afternoon off lambing to celebrate the start of English Tourism Week and the success of their recipe book, compiled with individual recipes from members.

Craft workshop

Wharfedale Observer: Otley Courthouse

11:00am Sunday 20th April 2014

A spring-themed children’s craft workshop will be held at Otley Courthouse next weekend.

Stunt riders star at carnival

Wharfedale Observer: Daredevil cycling act Zero Gravity, who will be headline act at this year’s Ilkley Carnival

11:00am Sunday 20th April 2014

Ilkley Carnival committee has announced the line-up for this year’s May Day Bank holiday Monday event with daredevil cycling act Zero Gravity headlining on the East Holmes carnival field.

Music and poetry

Wharfedale Observer: Ian McMillan, left, and Luke Carver Goss

9:00am Sunday 20th April 2014

The ‘Bard of Barnsley’ will co-present an evening of poetry, music and improvisation in Otley next month. Ian McMillan will be joined by Olympic composer and acclaimed musician Luke Carver Goss for the 7.30pm show at Otley Courthouse on Friday, May 9.

Adam gets walking the length of Britain

Wharfedale Observer: Former Prince Henry's Grammar School pupil Adam Dawson, at the most southernly point on mainland Britain, Lizard Point, in Cornwall, where Adam starts his walk

2:00pm Saturday 19th April 2014

Former Otley Scout Adam Dawson has begun an arduous length-of-Britain fundraising challenge.

Play facilities in Yeadon are completed

Wharfedale Observer: Coun Pat Latty at the play area

1:20pm Saturday 19th April 2014

Work has finished on a new park play area in Yeadon.

Horsforth actor Matthew Lewis urges rugby league fans to talk

Wharfedale Observer: Horsforth actor Matthew Lewis

1:00pm Saturday 19th April 2014

Harry Potter star Matthew Lewis has called on rugby league players and fans to get involved in a campaign to promote the sport.

Duo due to perform

Wharfedale Observer: The Hut People

1:00pm Saturday 19th April 2014

Acclaimed folk and world music band The Hut People will play a show in Otley next week.

Education of Holocaust

Wharfedale Observer: Richard Burn with Georgina Vaughan

12:30pm Saturday 19th April 2014

This year two sixth form students from Ilkley Grammar School got the opportunity to visit Auschwitz, one of the most infamous concentration camps set up by the Nazi party during the Second World War, where it is said as many as six million jews were killed. Here RICHARD BURN, 17, who is studying A-levels in Philosophy & Ethics, English, History and French, tells of his experience

Ada Redgen celebrates 100th birthday

Wharfedale Observer: Ada Redgen  celebrates 100th birthday

12:00pm Saturday 19th April 2014

A long-time Bradford resident has celebrated her 100th birthday with family members and with fellow residents at an Ilkley care home.

Minister for Yorkshire is Labour policy

Wharfedale Observer: Ed Miliband

12:00pm Saturday 19th April 2014

Yorkshire will have its own minister to “champion” the region, under a second quickfire Labour devolution pledge.

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.

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