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.

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.






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