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.

Bid to revamp listed building on Kings Road

Wharfedale Observer: webpix plans planning file building permission

10:13am Monday 14th April 2014

A planning application has been submitted seeking listed building consent for refurbishment and alterations to a historic Ilkley mansion.

MP Davies plea over inherited home tenancies

Wharfedale Observer: Philip Davies

10:12am Monday 14th April 2014

MP Philip Davies urged the Government to “stick to its guns” during a Commons exchange on inherited social housing tenancies.

Team of six to tackle 14 Welsh peaks in 24 hours

Wharfedale Observer: Andrew Thorpe, who will be tackling 14 Welsh peaks in 24 hours

10:01am Monday 14th April 2014

An Ilkley man is to lead a local team of six in an intrepid assault of no fewer than 14 of the highest Welsh peaks in just 24 hours.

Animal rescue group holds charity auction

Wharfedale Observer: webpix charity donation cash money collection

11:55am Thursday 17th April 2014

A charity that helps abandoned or injured animals in Wharfedale will hold a fundraising auction this weekend. The To Help Rescued Animals event takes place at 11am - viewing of lots from 10am - on Saturday, in Adel Methodist Church Hall. The auction costs 50p to enter and will also feature a tombola, stalls and Easter prize raffle.

Otley pupils prepare for take-off on airport visit

Wharfedale Observer: Pupils from Otley All Saints Primary School enjoying their tour of a Jet2.com aircraft at Leeds Bradford Airport

9:37am Thursday 17th April 2014

Otley schoolchildren enjoyed looking around the cockpit of a passenger jet.

Sports presenter Dave is proud of Airedale’s Parkinson’s specialists

Wharfedale Observer: Dave Clark

10:00am Sunday 13th April 2014

TV sports presenter Dave Clark is backing doctors in the fight against Parkinson’s disease.

Pupils give Ilkla Moor Baht At a French twist for Grand Depart

Wharfedale Observer: Pupils from Ashlands School in Ilkley wear the yellow, green, white and polka dot jerseys to celebrate the Tour de France coming. From left are Martha Pearson, Kieran Blenkhorn, Nat Howarth and Louise Hale

6:00am Sunday 13th April 2014

With less than 100 days to go until Le Grand Départ the countdown is well under way and pupils from primary schools en route got together for a day of French language and fun.

Officers suggest turning down Ilkley care home extension plan

Wharfedale Observer: webpix plans planning file building permission

7:00am Sunday 13th April 2014

A proposed extension to an Ilkley care home has been recommended for refusal by Bradford Council planners.

Cream tea and a concert at Otley Methodist Church

Wharfedale Observer: Time for a cream tea

12:00pm Thursday 17th April 2014

A choir of Methodist Church members from across Leeds will perform a fundraising show in Otley next month. The Wesley Singers will sing a selection of popular songs while cream teas are served at Otley Methodist Church from 2.30pm on Saturday, May 10.

Top award for engineering and IT business

Wharfedale Observer: webpix plans planning file building permission

11:45am Thursday 17th April 2014

Ilkley-based NG Bailey, one of the UK’s leading independent engineering, IT and facilities services businesses, has won ‘Project of the Year (over £2m)’ at the Construction News Specialist Awards ceremony.

Ilkley man lends his experience to enterprise team

12:13pm Thursday 17th April 2014

Ilkley businessman Noel Stephenson has successfully mentored five students from Yorkshire to the finals of the Apax-Mosaic Enterprise Challenge competition, a national business competition.

Food and craft market on day race passes by

Wharfedale Observer: Tour de France sculpture created at opening stage finishing line

9:14am Thursday 17th April 2014

Otley businesses are being encouraged to join in the Tour de France celebrations by holding a stall on the day.

Shadow minister is impressed with care

Wharfedale Observer: Shadow health secretary Andy Burnham uses the telemedicine system to talk to a patient, with Labour parliamentary candidate for Ilkley and Keighley John Grogan and Sister Alex Blake

10:00am Saturday 12th April 2014

The quality of care provided by Airedale staff impressed the shadow health secretary during a visit to the hospital with Labour’s prospective parliamentary candidate for Ilkley.

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