New conference aiming to help Yorkshire businesses 'Thrive'

Wharfedale Observer: Andrew Seaton conference Speaker- Award-winning Entrepreneur & Director of ‘Resolve’ – as well as IOD Yorkshire Young Director of the Year’

8:03pm Tuesday 29th July 2014

A NEW business conference to inspire Yorkshire businesses to grow takes place in Ilkley in September.

Rail regulator considers bid for more services between Bradford and London

Wharfedale Observer: RAIL BID: The proposed GNER rolling stock

6:16pm Tuesday 29th July 2014

PLANS for a new inter-city rail service linking Bradford with London six times a day are now being considered by the rail regulators.

lkley resident takes on his own ‘Tour de France’ challenge for charity

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5:01pm Tuesday 29th July 2014

INSPIRED by the Tour de France, Ilkley resident, Steven Butts, has taken on his own French cycling challenge to raise funds for charity. Steven, who is head of corporate responsibility at Morrisons, will be taking part in the Trois Etapes, a gruelling three day cycle race in the French Pyrenees taking in over 27,500 feet of climbs.

New appointments at Otley Courthouse

9:28am Tuesday 29th July 2014

A new centre manager has taken over at Otley Courthouse.

Helicopter airlifts injured climber to hospital from Otley Chevin

Wharfedale Observer: Rescuers wait for a helicopter evacuation with the injured climber on Otley Chevin.

5:26pm Monday 28th July 2014

A young climber had to be airlifted to hospital after suffering a serious fall on Otley Chevin last weekend.

Roads and schools concern over housing

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5:16am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

ROAD safety concerns have spurred dozens of Addingham people to object to plans for 40 new homes in the village.

Areas with poor coverage get new faster broadband

Wharfedale Observer: John Bullivent, contract manager, at Superfast West Yorkshire

2:23pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

A PLAN to equip 97 per cent of homes and businesses across the region with the kind of broadband speeds that will mean faster downloads and online streaming is underway. The first households and firms are now being linked up to high-speed fibre broadband that will guarantee data download speeds in excess of 24 megabits per second. That means your favourite TV programmes over the internet, movies, YouTube videos, and music, for example can all be experienced without freezing or buffering.

Scouts in half-term adventures

Wharfedale Observer: (7015863)Menston Scouts mountain biking at Gisburn

9:16pm Monday 21st July 2014

Scouts from Menston have just returned from their half-term adventures in the Forest of Bowland.

Ilkley man retires after 22 years as Francis House chairman

Wharfedale Observer: Robin Wood reitres as Chairman of Francis House Children's Hospice. L-R Gill Bevin -Head of Care, Robin Wood, Revd David Ireland -Chief Executive Francis House.

4:48pm Monday 21st July 2014

A LOT has happened in the 22 years since Robin Wood became chairman of the board of trustees of Francis House Children’s Hospice in Didsbury, Greater Manchester.

Red Kite Alliance Shifts Up A Gear

Wharfedale Observer: Rosie Swale Pope MBE, who spoke at the event

6:12am Monday 21st July 2014

TEACHERS from across the district joined over 900 colleagues at the Harrogate International Conference Centre for one of the biggest school training days the region has ever experienced.

Interfaith visits

Wharfedale Observer: Year 7 students from Ilkley Grammar School on an interfaith visit

11:17am Monday 21st July 2014

ILKLEY Grammar School Year 7 students have been enjoying the study of many different religions in their Connect 3 lessons.

Run of success for young Otley cyclists

Wharfedale Observer: Otley Cycle Club's junior riders at the Yorkshire Roller Racing Championships 2014 - (left to right) Zachary Quin, James Luxton, Daniel Middlebrooke, Emily Middlebrooke, Kitty Quin.

7:12pm Sunday 20th July 2014

Young cyclists in Otley are celebrating a spate of recent victories.

Further expansion promised as fast-growing Newtons Solicitors launches first West Yorkshire office in Ilkley

Wharfedale Observer: OPEN FOR BUSINESS: Pictured (L to R) with Newtons Solicitors new Ilkley office in the background are joint founder and managing director, Chris Newton, director and head of the Ilkley office, Victoria Trelease and director and head of residential property

8:07am Sunday 20th July 2014

A FAST-growing law firm has opened its eighth office in five years with its first base in West Yorkshire this summer.

Dignitaries present young Otley gymnasts with awards

Wharfedale Observer: Otley Town Mayor Councillor Nigel Gill with Otley Rhythmic Gymnastics Club award winners. Back row, left to right: Grayce Fielding, Wejdan Qaisieh, Amelia Lee, Maya Wharton. Front row, left to right: Helena Addy, Lily Lucas-Hooton, Mabel Walker, Lillie Sh

12:03pm Saturday 19th July 2014

YOUNG gymnasts from Otley have demonstrated their skills in front of their families, friends and VIPs.

Otley student bound for Alps thanks to scholarship

Wharfedale Observer: Travel scholarship winning Prince Henry's Grammar School student Oliver Proctor (centre) with Foundation Governors chairman Dr Chris Hatton (left) and head of Sixth Form Trevor Davidson (right).

8:00am Saturday 19th July 2014

An Otley student is looking forward to overseas adventure after winning a travel scholarship.

More than 1,300 women create a sea of pink during Ilkley Race for Life

Wharfedale Observer: Warm up for the race

11:06am Saturday 19th July 2014

Ilkley's East Holmes Field was turned into a sea of pink on Sunday as more than 1,300 women completed the Race for Life to raise money for Cancer Research UK.

Annual Otley golf day's total for Alzheimer's charity tops £30,000

Wharfedale Observer: The competing teams enjoying the sunshine following the 2014 KM Norris Ltd and Strasse Porsche Specialists UK Ltd charity golf day at Otley Golf Club. The annual event has now raised more than £30,000 for the Alzheimer's Society.

4:03pm Saturday 19th July 2014

The organisers of an annual golf day in Otley are celebrating seeing their fundraising total for the Alzheimer's Society top £30,000.

Otley residents urged to act before new housing plans deadline

2:57pm Friday 18th July 2014

An Otley campaign group is urging more people to sign a petition against "unsustainable" new housing - while they still can.

School to double size to cope with demand

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7:00pm Friday 18th July 2014

A Horsforth primary school is set to double the number of pupils it takes to help cope with a growing demand for places.

Ilkley Quakers rolled out at 30 foot long pink scarf as a part of a peace protest against Trident Nuclear Weapons.

Wharfedale Observer: Photo taken outside the Quaker Meeting House, Queens Road Ilkley by Robert Keeble. Brain Meara is standing on the far right of the photo.

11:52am Friday 18th July 2014

ILKLEY Quakers rolled out at 30 foot long pink scarf at the Quaker Meeting House on Queens Road, Ilkley on Sunday, July 13.

Young table-tennis star gives a thrilling display for her school

Wharfedale Observer: Kate Nixon and Mark Smith.

8:49am Friday 18th July 2014

ILKLEY Grammar School’s very own table tennis superstar, Kate Nixon, showed her fellow students a thing or two about the game this week.

Cyclists give £2,000 to cancer charity

Wharfedale Observer: (7466793)).  At the end of the ride (from left to right): Ian Stephenson, Karen Landells, James Izzard.

5:49am Friday 18th July 2014

CYCLISTS have raised more than £2,000 for charity after completing a gruelling 170 mile ride in less than 15 hours.

Success at university for blind Saliha despite family 'honours' barriers

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1:55pm Thursday 17th July 2014

A woman who escaped a strict 'honour' based upbringing to take control of her own life is graduating with a first class degree in psychology this week.

MP joins Otley schoolchildren to back global education campaign

Wharfedale Observer: (L to R): Showing their support for the Send My Friend to School campaign at Prince Henry's Grammar School - Tom Winter, Laura McPherson, Greg Mulholland MP, Georgina Anson, Robyn Gulley, Joshan Chana.

7:05pm Thursday 17th July 2014

AN OTLEY school's support for an international campaign to give all children access to education has been backed by the local MP.

Angus Roberts staff get pedalling for One in a Million charity

Wharfedale Observer: From L to R: Emily Thwaites, Mark Robinson, Jayne Burdon, Wayne Jacobs (OIAM), David Waterhouse and Leigh Carr.

6:47pm Thursday 17th July 2014

WHEN you set off on a road to achieve something you never quite know where it’s going to lead.

Thief steals charity box from Ilkley cafe

Wharfedale Observer: from left: Stuart Tolch, a regular customer at La Stazione in Ilkley, with the cafe's manager Max Crane, at the counter where the charity box was stolen from

10:23am Thursday 17th July 2014

A CHARITY box containing hundreds of pounds has been stolen from the counter of a popular Ilkley cafe.

Otley 'slave' auction success

Wharfedale Observer: (Left to Right): Peter and Fiona Jackson, licensees of The Otley Tavern, with Bliss fundraiser Mel Metcalfe and MP Greg Mulholland, joined by two of his daughters.

8:21pm Thursday 17th July 2014

A 'slave' auction in Otley has raised more than £200 for a premature baby charity.

Urgent appeal to trace owners of injured cat, Otley

Wharfedale Observer: The Wharfe Valley branch of Cats Protection are keen to trace the owners of this injured cat, found near Otley bypass.

1:25pm Thursday 17th July 2014

AN ANIMAL charity is trying to trace the owner of an injured cat that was discovered near Otley bypass.

Wharfedale Amnesty International launch Stop Torture campaign and a report on China

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12:19pm Thursday 17th July 2014

On Thursday 10th July at Christchurch on the Grove, the Wharfedale Group of Amnesty International held a well-attended open meeting supported by the Bradford and Silsden groups to launch the Against Torture Campaign. Rod Heath AI UK representative for the North East introduced the campaign. He spoke about how, all over the world, governments are torturing ordinary people. Thirty years ago Amnesty International secured an historic global ban on torture; but the governments that signed up to it have failed to live up to their promises. They still use torture to obtain “confessions”, silence opposition or simply to punish. The campaign will focus on five key countries, Mexico, Morocco, Nigeria, Philippines and Uzbekistan. Within each of these countries the focus will be on the survivors of torture. Cards for signing were available in support of victims.

Ilkley Conservative MP Kris Hopkins appointed Minister for Local Government in the Prime Minister’s reshuffle

Wharfedale Observer: Kris Hopkins MP (8337060)

1:29pm Thursday 17th July 2014

ILKLEY Conservative MP Kris Hopkins has been appointed Minister for Local Government in the Prime Minister’s reshuffle, which has now been finalised.

Sixth-formers learn about driving safety

Wharfedale Observer: Driver awareness and road safety event at Benton Park School in Rawdon

11:22am Thursday 17th July 2014

A teenager was cut out of a car by firefighters as part of a driver awareness and road safety day at a Rawdon school.

Nursery chef serves up a winner

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5:44pm Wednesday 16th July 2014

A NURSERY chef enlisted the help of of his young charges to reach the final of a national 'Scrumptious Starters and Delicious Deserts' competition.

Campaigners call for urgent review of housing figures

Wharfedale Observer: A view of the open countryside below the Chevin, looking towards Menston

4:15pm Wednesday 16th July 2014

Campaigners are calling for an urgent review of a 70,000 housing target for the Leeds area, after evidence that the figures were based on false statistics.

Ilkley Literature Festival announces headline authors

Wharfedale Observer: Margaret Atwood

8:19pm Wednesday 16th July 2014

ILKLEY Literature Festival has announced a diverse and distinguished line-up, guaranteed to pack a big literary punch.

Church plans to build on land used by scouts

Wharfedale Observer: The Archdeacon of Bradford, the Venerable David Lee (left), formally inducted the Rev Peter Willox (right) as vicar of St Johns Ben Rhydding on Sunday (September 16).

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9:09pm Tuesday 15th July 2014

An archdeacon has retracted claims that scout leaders supported plans to build on land used by young people.

Otley's MP's Rugby League honour

6:58pm Tuesday 15th July 2014

Otley's MP has represented Great Britain in an international Rugby League game.

Join the Big Butterfly Count

Wharfedale Observer: Sir David Attenborough launches the Big Butterfly Count, at London Zoo. Wednesday 11 July 2012. UK (8241758)

2:50pm Tuesday 15th July 2014

SINCE creating a meadow area in his own back garden three years ago, Sir David Attenborough has enjoyed an influx of wildlife and is this year hoping to see a wide range of butterflies visiting it.

Grammy award-winning Black Keys to play Leeds arena concert

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12:41pm Tuesday 15th July 2014

DAN Auerbach and Patrick Carney, otherwise known as The Black Keys, will be bringing their blend of blues and garage rock to the first direct arena next March as part their Turn Blue world tour.

Fun-packed day in Addingham for gala (plus results and pictures)

Wharfedale Observer: Jane Aldridge, Dawn Brady, Gill stead, David Tomlinson, Mike Denby and Andy Scott from Addingham Drama group (8184127)

11:47am Tuesday 15th July 2014

AFTER the high drama of the previous week when the Tour de France put Addingham on the map as it streamed through the village not once but twice, the annual village gala might have seemed a little superfluous last Saturday.

Amount of jobs available up 12 per cent

Wharfedale Observer: The Federation of Small Businesses says smaller firms are facing an increasing shortage of skilled workers

2:50pm Tuesday 15th July 2014

THE jobs market in the region has experienced a 12 per cent rise in vacancies year-on-year.

Ilkley Playhouse heads to Wales with Shakespeare in Hollywood

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12:29pm Tuesday 15th July 2014

WITH Ilkley and district audiences enjoying the Hollywood comedy Ken Ludwig’s Shakespeare in Hollywood in the Wharfeside theatre this week, the 25-strong cast and crew will soon be packing up for its Welsh tour.

Bradford students take centre-stage as they link with Ilkley Playhouse theatre

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7:01am Monday 14th July 2014

A collaboration between Bradford College and Ilkley Playhouse will see students' work becoming part of a major new stage show, and help them get to grips with life in the theatre world.

Tour de France Language Competition Success

Wharfedale Observer: Pictured below are top row Catherine Boyle, Laura King, Milly Horn and Sarah Yorke, with bottom row Ethan Thompson and Nathan Spiller with Diane Kitchen (Languages teacher) left and Gillian James (Headteacher) right.

9:00pm Sunday 13th July 2014

ILKLEY Grammar School GCSE language students enjoyed fantastic success in a languages’ virtual quiz based around the different stages of the Tour de France.

Rowing a marathon for charity

Wharfedale Observer: (7827817)Jo Moseley on the rowing machine

5:58pm Sunday 13th July 2014

A WOMAN whose parents have both fought cancer aims to row a million metres on a rowing machine before the end of the year in aid of a cancer charity.

Store managers lace up their walking boots and embracing the great outdoors in recognition of National Countryside Week

Wharfedale Observer: Pictured: Staff from Ilkley Booths walk up Cow and Calf Rocks in Ilkley with Chairman of Booths, Edwin Booth. Andrea Hartas, Customer Service Manager, and Sam Overend, Fresh Cabinets Manager, from Ilkley Booths with Edwin Booth, Chairman of Booths

11:39am Sunday 13th July 2014

Store managers fromBooths stores will be lacing up their walking boots and embracing the great outdoors in recognition of National Countryside Week (July 14 to 20).

Mother's fight against cancer inspires Ilkley family's yachting charity challenge

Wharfedale Observer: (7479136)Serena Barker, Christopher Barker, Sir Ben Ainslie, Annabel Barker and Zoe Barker.

5:46pm Saturday 12th July 2014

A BUSINESSMAN from Ilkley has completed his seventh major annual yachting race after being inspired by his wife's heroic fight against breast cancer.

Yorkshire Living recognised at O2 Media Awards

Wharfedale Observer: HIGH LIFE: Receiving Yorkshire Living’s award from Ann McCracken, O2 Communications North, are: Jenny Thompson, publisher; Maxine Gordon, feature writer; Sue Mayman, advertising executive; Francine Clee, editor, and Becky Cheeseman, designer.

2:07pm Saturday 12th July 2014

YORKSHIRE Living is the region’s best lifestyle magazine, according to judges of a prestigious awards scheme.

Dancers and Singers thrill crowds at the Ilkley Hub Festival

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11:43am Saturday 12th July 2014

SINGERS and dancers from the Joze School of Performing Arts - 63 in total aged from eight to 32 - surpassed themselves at the weekend with a 40 minute mini version of We Will Rock You, performed to crowds at the Ilkley Hub Festival.

24 New Homes for sale at the former Ilkley Middle School, Valley Drive, Ben Rhydding

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9:43am Saturday 12th July 2014

A development of 24 two, three and four bed homes are to be built as part of the redevelopment of the old Ilkley Middle School site in Ben Rhydding

Burley-in-Wharfedale toilet twinning for world's poorest countries

Wharfedale Observer: Ian Lamond (7677290)

6:39am Saturday 12th July 2014

IT is almost unthinkable that something as basic as going to the toilet can be potentially life-threatening - but that is the reality for people living in areas of the world with little or no access to clean water or adequate sanitation.

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