Banger munching world record bid to be held in Silsden

Wharfedale Observer: RECORD BID: Butcher James Uren, of New Laithe Butchers, is encouraging people to attend the charity fundraising Sausage and Cider  Festival on Sunday

6:24am Tuesday 26th August 2014

A WORLD record attempt on banger-munching will be part of a Sausage and Cider Festival this bank holiday weekend.

Property of the week - Burley Lodge, Main Street, Burley in Wharfedale

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8:47pm Tuesday 26th August 2014

Burley Lodge, Main Street, Burley in Wharfedale

Cancer survivor raises money for Macmillan

Wharfedale Observer: Aileen, left , with Karen, centre, and Joanne.

11:23am Monday 25th August 2014

A woman who is in remission from aggressive skin cancer is fundraising for the charity which helped her in her time of need.

Young volunteers help Bramhope in Bloom

Wharfedale Observer: The Woodcraft volunteers

7:19am Monday 25th August 2014

Young people won praise from Bramhope in Bloom when they helped to clear more than 30 bags of weeds and leaves from the areas around the Puritan Chapel.

Rector lobbies MP over Christians in Iraq

Wharfedale Observer: (9396653)The Rector of Bolton Priory, the Rev Simon Cowling,

6:25pm Monday 25th August 2014

THE RECTOR of Bolton Priory has written to his local MP, asking him to urge the Government to offer sanctuary to Iraqi Christians who have been forced from their homes.

Ilkley girls lose their locks for Little Princesses charity

Wharfedale Observer: (9309460)Ilkley's Chloe Nelson and Niamh Todd after having seven inches cut off their hair in aid of the Little Princess Trust

3:24pm Monday 25th August 2014

TWO girls have given up inches of their own hair to help a child suffering hair loss, in memory of their aunt.

Pair to tackle run for poorly Grace

Wharfedale Observer: SUPPORT: Hester Stefanuti (left) and Jane Chapman with Grace Hitchens (centre) and her twin sister Emily

3:16pm Sunday 24th August 2014

CHARITY runners Jane Chapman and Hester Stefanuti, who work at Ben Rhydding Primary School, are taking part in the Great North Run on September 7 to raise money for Grace Hitchens and Martin House Children's Hospice.

Bidding writers invited to join group

Wharfedale Observer: (9146483)Creative Writing Group leader, John King

8:13am Sunday 24th August 2014

BUDDING writers are invited to come along to a free Creative Writing Group hosted by Bradford District Care Trust’s Champions Show the Way Team at Ilkley Library.

Pie and peas night raises funds for Parkinsons's UK

Wharfedale Observer: Pictured left to right are Paul Wilson, activities manager for Queensland Care, Gill Wiseman and Christine Peaks

8:19pm Sunday 24th August 2014

SARA Mortimer, manager at Homecroft Residential Home in Ilkley and Paul Wilson, activities manager for Queensland Care have raised £270 for the charity Parkinson's UK.

Airport transport links needs to be improved to boost local economy, says MP

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6:15pm Sunday 24th August 2014

A MP has tabled a parliamentary motion calling for a rail link between Leeds Bradford Airport and surrounding towns and cities.

Children's day care could arrive at station

11:13am Sunday 24th August 2014

A RESTAURANT based inside a Victorian station building is bidding for permission to convert its premises to childcare facilities by day.

Addingham vicar to ride the Big One in Blackpool for Children's Society fundraiser

3:11pm Saturday 23rd August 2014

CURATE at St Peter’s Church in Addingham, the Rev David Austin will be among a group of intrepid clergy who will be riding ‘the Big One’ at Blackpool Pleasure Beach next month to raise money for the Children’s Society.

'Eiffel Tower' sells for £343

Wharfedale Observer: (9073606)Burley-in-Wharfedale's own Eiffel Tower

8:04am Saturday 23rd August 2014

A LUCKY eBay bidder has bagged a seven metre-high replica of the Eiffel Tower for a bargain price of £343 - and helped scouts and guides on their way to building their new headquarters.

Hundreds of homes for Bramhope set to be turned down

Wharfedale Observer: The village of Bramhope

11:08am Saturday 23rd August 2014

Plans for hundreds of new homes which would "radically change the character of Bramhope" are set to be turned down at a meeting next week.

Author Christina Gabbitas encourages children to read at The Grove Bookshop, Ilkley

Wharfedale Observer: Author Christina Gabbitas

8:11pm Saturday 23rd August 2014

AUTHOR and poet Christina Gabbitas, will be storytelling her Felicity Fly series in The Grove Bookshop, in Ilkley, on Saturday, August 23 from 11am to 2.30pm.

Ilkley freemason to cycle 280 miles this weekend for charity

Wharfedale Observer: Phil Atkinson puts in the training

8:01pm Friday 22nd August 2014

FORTY-five Freemasons will be getting on their bikes this bank holiday weekend to cycle 280 miles for charity around the ‘perimeter’ of the Yorkshire West Riding Masonic Province, calling at the masonic hall in Holmfirth on the way.

Experts fail to agree on flooding risk at new Menston housing development

Wharfedale Observer: Experts fail to agree on flooding risk of new houses

9:32am Friday 22nd August 2014

TWO drainage experts have been at loggerheads over whether a plan to build houses in Menston could increase the risk of flooding there.

Update on Manor House study expected

Wharfedale Observer: The Manor House museum in Ilkley

4:03pm Friday 22nd August 2014

PROGRESS could be made on funding a feasibility study for the future of Ilkley's Manor House Museum by the end of this month.

Thieves steal money destined for blind baby

Wharfedale Observer: Concerned parents Nathan and Lisa Wrighton who's child Connor is blind,  start a fund raising campaign to send Connor abroard  for a pioneering Stem Cell operation .  (6764126)

9:27am Thursday 21st August 2014

Callous thieves stole money which was collected to help a blind baby to see.

Guiseley School head teacher calls GCSE results "pleasing" in light of exam changes

Wharfedale Observer: Guiseley School pupils receiving their GCSE results, from left, Jack Thornton, Tom Pritchard and Katya Van Noort

11:09am Thursday 21st August 2014

GUISELEY School head teacher Paul Morrissey said the school has "enjoyed pleasing exam results despite the changes being seen within the examination system".

Students at Otley's Prince Henry's Grammar School celebrate their GCSE results - pictures

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5:19pm Thursday 21st August 2014

Prince Henry's Grammar School has enjoyed its best ever results, according to Headteacher Janet Sheriff .

GCSE results from schools across the district: Ilkley, Otley, Guiseley, Rawdon, Horsforth, Menston, Skipton and Bradford

Wharfedale Observer: A trio Ilkley Grammar School pupils collect their GCSE results

12:54pm Thursday 21st August 2014

Listed below are the GCSE results for the schools across the district.

Sky is the limit for recycling company

Wharfedale Observer: (left to right): Celebrating five years - 707 Resource Management's Helen Hayward, John Verity and David Adams.

7:29am Thursday 21st August 2014

A flourishing Otley-based national waste and recycling company is celebrating its fifth anniversary by planning for further growth.

‘Enough is enough’ for Ilkley EE mobile phone users

Wharfedale Observer: Angry EE customers vent their frustrations on social media site Twitter, using the page Enough is Enough

11:14am Thursday 21st August 2014

DISTGRUNTLED EE customers in Ilkley are bombarding the company with complaints after becoming increasingly frustrated at its poor mobile coverage.

Double success in Ilkley Grammar exam results

Wharfedale Observer: (9541065)Josh Ainge and Max Williamson celebrate their GCSE results at Ilkley Grammar

12:54pm Thursday 21st August 2014

AFTER achieving record A-level results last week, Ilkley Grammar School did the double by chalking up its best GCSE results to date.

A prostate cancer survivor from Ilkley is gearing up to take part in Yorkshire Cancer Research’s flagship bike ride, The Dales Rider, for a second year running

Wharfedale Observer: Adrian Cox with his certificate at the end of last year’s Dales Rider challenge

4:32pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

A PROSTATE cancer survivor from Ilkley is gearing up to take part in Yorkshire Cancer Research’s flagship bike ride, The Dales Rider, for a second year running.

Busy year for air cadets band

Wharfedale Observer: (9071749)Cadets from 1224 (Wharfedale) Squadron at HMS Excellent, Portsmouth

6:31pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

THIS year has been a busy year so far for members of 1224 (Wharfedale) Squadron's band.

MP visits support group for people with rare neurological condition

Wharfedale Observer: Dave Howarth with his wife Cath

12:28pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

A SUPPORT group for people with a rare neurological disease is being given a boost by an MP who read about the condition in the Wharfedale Observer.

Nominate a small charity to receive share of £150,000

Wharfedale Observer: Yorkshire Building Society colleagues Katie Brown, Chris King and Hannah Bell launch the cash giveaway to celebrate the Society's 150th anniversary.

6:26am Wednesday 20th August 2014

MEMBERS of the public in Ilkley are being invited to join in with Yorkshire Building Society’s 150th anniversary celebrations by nominating small charities and good causes in their community to receive a share of £150,000.

Volunteers from Horsforth School help Aids orphans in South Africa

Wharfedale Observer: Pupils at Horsforth School with the parachute

9:30pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

Handprints from Horsforth and thousands of pounds have been taken to South Africa by a group who have travelled out to help Aids orphans.

Triathlon challenge for soft play area

Wharfedale Observer: (9183635)Felicity Tomblin, Ruth Jones and Christine Henney

7:24pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

THREE local mums are planning to enter the Ilkley Triathlon next month to raise money for a new soft play area at Christchurch.

Otley Lions support project for Uganda

Wharfedale Observer: Tina, centre, is presented with the flash drives by Lion President Barbara Taylor and Lion Mary Ratcliffe

10:06am Tuesday 19th August 2014

OTLEY’S Tina Kelly is about to set off for Uganda’s second city of Jinga for a period of volunteering with SALVE (Support and Love via Education.)

Mobile healthy living project to visit town

Wharfedale Observer: (8860573)The HALE Mobile Outreach Buswill visit venues in Ilkley and Burley-in-Wharfedale this month

2:24pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

A HEALTHY living charity will reach out to over-50s in the Ilkley area this month with visits from a mobile outreach venue offering information, health checks and free refreshments.

Smugglers warned there are no hiding places as Border Force reveals details of contraband discovered at Leeds-Bradford Airport

8:22am Tuesday 19th August 2014

ENDANGERED birds smuggled inside suitcases and thousands of cigarettes hidden in waistcoats were seizures made by Customs officials at Leeds-Bradford Airport.

Handless war veteran identified

Wharfedale Observer: (9075730)

9:19pm Monday 18th August 2014

A photograph of a war veteran who rode a tricycle despite having no hands has sparked memories and has led to his identification.

Churches join together for holiday club

Wharfedale Observer: (9156071)Two boys enjoy building a tower block higher and higher as part of the theme of the Mega Makers holiday club in Ilkley.

6:21pm Monday 18th August 2014

CHURCHES in Ilkley joined together last week (4-8 August) to put on the Mega Makers holiday club at St Margaret’s Church on Queen’s Road.

Best planters honoured at Addingham Allotments and Gardens Association's 41st annual show

Wharfedale Observer: (9179766)Exhibits at Addingham Allotments and Gardens Association's Annual Show

2:19pm Monday 18th August 2014

ADDINGHAM Allotments and Gardens Association's 41st annual show went very well on Saturday (August 9), with a marked increase of entries compared to recent years.

Former Health Secretary signs petition

Wharfedale Observer: (9152956)Former Health Secretary Alan Johnson (right) signing the petition with Labour Keighley constituency candidate, John Grogan

9:19am Monday 18th August 2014

FORMER Labour cabinet minister Alan Johnson become the first person to sign a petition by Ilkley Labour Party calling for a guaranteed GP appointment within 48 hours.

Stand-up comic Ross Noble joins Silsden motorbike trials school in Addingham

Wharfedale Observer: Ross Noble taking part in the trials school

6:15am Monday 18th August 2014

A TRIALS biking legend from Silsden staged his annual 'skills school' at the weekend.

Otley's landscape changing as redevelopment of old hospital progresses

Wharfedale Observer: Changing - Otley's old Wharfedale General Hospital site.

7:10am Sunday 17th August 2014

THE ARCHITECTURAL landscape of north Otley is undergoing a dramatic change as redevelopment of the town's old hospital continues apace.

MP supports Guiseley AFC plans

Wharfedale Observer: Stuart Andrew MP cuts the ribbon to open EMIS new offices in Rawdon... L-R: Chris Spencer, EMIS Company Secretary, Stuart Andrew, Sean Riddell, EMIS Chief Executive

8:15pm Sunday 17th August 2014

Development plans at Guiseley football club have won backing from the area's MP.

Otley volunteers create quilt from the heart

Wharfedale Observer: Otley quilters with their heart-themed, fundraising creation.

5:13pm Sunday 17th August 2014

OTLEY volunteers have created a "stunning" heart-themed quilt to raise funds for charity.

Allotment tenants celebrate court win

Wharfedale Observer: (9213405)

2:10pm Sunday 17th August 2014

Allotment holders are celebrating after a High Court victory to stop council plans to increase their rents.

PR firm shortlisted for seven awards

Wharfedale Observer: : (L to R) Anisha Mistry, Suzanne Johns, Jennifer Isles, Verity Clarke and Rebekha White

11:11am Sunday 17th August 2014

AN ILKLEY company has been shortlisted for seven highly sought-after industry awards.

Generosity of Ilkley folk after theft of cash for MS sufferer 'restores faith in humanity'

Wharfedale Observer: (8675063)Ella Hammond and manager of La Stazione cafe, Max Crane

11:01am Saturday 16th August 2014

A CAFE has succeeded in raising £1,000 to replace donations stolen from the shop last month.

Fat Lad at the Back rides into Dragons’ Den

Wharfedale Observer: Richard and Lynn Bye, of Ilkley, on Dragon’s Den. Photo courtesy of the BBC.

8:08pm Saturday 16th August 2014

AN Ilkley couple entered the Dragon's Den to try and raise investment for their company Fat Lad at the Back (FLAB).

Matthew wows the judges at dance competition

Wharfedale Observer: Matthew Lyons, winner of the most promising dancer award

9:19am Saturday 16th August 2014

A ten-year-old boy was chosen from hundreds of others to win the accolade of 'most promising dancer' in a Leeds competition.

Matthew wows the judges at dance competition

8:19am Saturday 16th August 2014

A ten-year-old boy was chosen from hundreds of others to win the accolade of 'most promising dancer' in a Leeds competition.

Ilkley gymnasts bring home gold and bronze

Wharfedale Observer: (8733634)Ilkley Gym Club gymnasts  Amy Harrison, Maddie Hicks, Kayleigh Davy, Hermione Bayntun, Bella Burnham, Molly Littlejohn, Maddie Eccles, Megan Thomson, Lucy Gill, Sasha Crabtree, Elizabeth Anderson. Caitlin Connolly (not pictured) also took part.

2:02pm Saturday 16th August 2014

TWELVE gymnasts from Ilkley Gym Club performed some fantastic routines at this year's summer invitational competition at Diamonds Gymnastics Club in Halifax, bringing home an impressive two gold and five bronze medals.

Lord Mayor pledges 'special treats' to provide happiness

Wharfedale Observer: The newly elected Lord Mayor Of Bradford Mike Gibbons is sworn in at City Hall. AG Rep CA   (7019231)

6:06pm Saturday 16th August 2014

THE Lord Mayor of Bradford has pledged to use his year in office to grant wishes for people across the district who "deserve a special treat."

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