Young people get head start to find a job

6:34am Tuesday 2nd September 2014

Hundreds of young jobseekers in Leeds are being given free bus travel as part of a £1.2m scheme to help them get back into work.

Moorland plants put to good use

Wharfedale Observer: (9654362)Tracy Gray demonstrating bending willow in preparation for thatching with bracken.

6:33pm Monday 1st September 2014

SEVEN people spend an informative afternoon as part of the Friends of Ilkley Moor's Ilkley Explorers event - the thirteenth of 27 events taking place on Ilkley moor during the summer months this year

Author launches Walkers are Welcome scheme in Burley-in-Wharfedale

Wharfedale Observer: SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERA (9517342)A walk after the launch of the new Burley Walkers are Welcome group heading across Burley House Field. Photograph by Karle Hesse.

10:29am Monday 1st September 2014

AUTHOR OF more than 50 books on the Yorkshire Dales, Colin Speakman, helped launch Burley-in-Wharfedale's new Walkers are Welcome group.

Labour's Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Ilkley speaks at the town's station to rail commuters facing a triple whammy of rail fare rises

Wharfedale Observer: John Grogan with Labour Party members Sandy MacPherson and Michael Abrams at Ilkley station

6:22am Monday 1st September 2014

LABOUR'S Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Keighley and Ilkley last week spoke at the town's station to rail commuters facing a triple whammy of rail fare rises over the coming months.

Opulent Designs bows out

Wharfedale Observer: (9875535)David Giddings outside Opulent Designs on The Grove, with the Broadbents bookseller's sign

4:17pm Monday 1st September 2014

A GIFTS and homeware shop visitors by countless residents and daytrippers in Ilkley for almost two decades is to close this month.

Outside the Box community cafe in Ilkley receives grant

Wharfedale Observer: David LeGrove (centre) being shown around Outside the Box cafe with Jenna Peel (far right) and members of staff on duty.

7:21pm Sunday 31st August 2014

FREEMASONS from Olicana Lodge in Ilkley were successful in their bid to West Riding Masonic Charities for a substantial donation to Outside The Box community cafe in Ilkley.

War memorial plaque to be replaced

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2:20pm Sunday 31st August 2014

RELATIVES of High Royds hospital staff who lost their lives in the First and Second World Wars are invited to attend a special thanksgiving and memorial service at the High Royds Memorial Chapel in Menston on September 14.

It’s an Open House as Ilkley drop-ins set for a return

Wharfedale Observer: Caption: from left to right: chairman of Ilkley Parish Council, Councillor Mike Gibbons, (at the back) Jonathon Wright, chairman of Age UK Bradford and District, the Lord Mayor of Bradford, Councillor Khadim Hussain and Pam James, chairwoman of Open House

10:20am Sunday 31st August 2014

DROP-in sessions for older people are set to resume in Ilkley after a summer break.

Otley walkers join presenter Claire Balding for radio trek

Wharfedale Observer: (Left to Right) John Sparshatt, Claire Balding, and Randal Metzger on their Buckden to Beckermonds walk.

6:16am Sunday 31st August 2014

WALKERS from Wharfedale have joined broadcaster Claire Balding for a trek that will feature in a new radio series.

Airedale Hospital open day a 'phenomenal' success

Wharfedale Observer: Kasha Templar-Lloyd, seven, gets to hold the baby on the midwifery stall

7:17pm Saturday 30th August 2014

AN OPEN day at Airedale Hospital has been hailed as a "phenomenal" success.

Airedale Hospital open day a 'phenomenal' success

Wharfedale Observer: Kasha Templar-Lloyd, seven, gets to hold the baby on the midwifery stall

7:15pm Saturday 30th August 2014

AN OPEN day at Airedale Hospital has been hailed as a "phenomenal" success.

Art show attracts over 1,500

Wharfedale Observer: (9684677)Prize draw winner at the Ilkley Art Show, Jude Hamon, with organiser, Tim Tennant

3:12pm Saturday 30th August 2014

MORE than 1,500 art lovers from around the country visited the Ilkley Art Show earlier this month.

Historic buildings open their doors

Wharfedale Observer: (9353012)High Royds Memorial Chapel, on Buckle Lane, Menston

10:10am Saturday 30th August 2014

HISTORIC secrets of Wharfedale, Aireborough and Horsforth will be revealed as heritage buildings all over England open their doors next month.

Wharfedale Naturalists Society announces its autumn/winter season of events

Wharfedale Observer: (9562034)A Wharfedale Naturalists Society evening walk

6:58am Saturday 30th August 2014

A SOCIETY set up in 1945 to watch over wildlife in Wharfedale has unveiled its programme of events for the next season.

Refusal of Bramhope 380-home development backed by MP

Wharfedale Observer: The village of Bramhope

3:37pm Friday 29th August 2014

MP for Leeds North West, Greg Mulholland, has welcomed the decision to refuse planning permission for 380 properties on Breary Lane East in Bramhope.

Burley couple walking for their parents in Alzheimer's Society fundraiser

Wharfedale Observer: Andrew and Sandra Auty.

6:28am Friday 29th August 2014

A WHARFEDALE couple will be thinking of their parents when they take part in a fundraising Memory Walk next week.

Behind the scenes look at Town Hall complex

Wharfedale Observer: (9544772)An early photograph of Ilkley Town Hall, the Free Library and the King's Hall

10:36am Friday 29th August 2014

ILKLEY Civic Society is inviting residents and visitors to join its members on a tour to discover the history of Ilkley Town Hall, Ilkley Library and the King's Hall.

Fury over bus company's decision to stop hospital service

Wharfedale Observer: A First bus at Otley bus station

10:44am Thursday 28th August 2014

'NONSENSICAL' changes to a bus service will force the elderly and disabled to walk further to reach hospital, it is being claimed.

Harry Potter star to turn out for Ilkley Alzheimer’s music night fundraiser

Wharfedale Observer: Event organisers, from left, Emma Andrews, Leanne Page-Moorhouse and April Leather, who are holding an event at the Hollygarth Social Club for the Alzheimer's Society

5:27pm Thursday 28th August 2014

HARRY Potter films star Matthew Lewis, his actor brother Anthony Lewis, and singer songwriter Rupert Stroud are to be special guests at an event raising money for the Alzheimer's Society.

Olympic triathlete Jonny Brownlee trains young adults

Wharfedale Observer: Jonny Brownlee

2:30pm Thursday 28th August 2014

Olympic medallist Jonny Brownlee trained a group of young adults as part of a scheme to encourage more people to volunteer in disability sports.

The Osmonds have a Whaler of a time at Guiseley fish and chip restaurant

Wharfedale Observer: The Osmonds dropped into the Weatherby Whaler to experience fish and chips in a traditional English restaurant. L-r are Merrill his brother Tom front row with Nathan and justin tucking in behind.

10:34am Thursday 28th August 2014

THEY'RE as American as Thanksgiving turkey and cheeseburgers - but the Osmonds know where in the world to find the best fish and chips.

Burley-in-Wharfedale Annual Show results

Wharfedale Observer: Hannah Markey with her award-winning dahlias at last year's Burley Show

10:31am Thursday 28th August 2014

THE Burley Annual Show was held at the Queen’s Hall on Sunday (August 24). There were 402 entries in 70 classes, including 106 junior entries from residents of Burley and Woodhead.

Go walkies to help Guide Dogs

Wharfedale Observer: (9605595)A 'doggy hero' with his Dog's Unite cape

7:30pm Thursday 28th August 2014

CANINES and their humans across Yorkshire are being asked to join a huge fundraising effort in September aid of visually impaired people.

Bolton Abbey Fete is hailed a success despite the rain

Wharfedale Observer: Andy Carr encourages Matthew Avison, Alfie Horsfield and Thomas Avison in the human fruit machine

2:32pm Thursday 28th August 2014

ABOUT 600 people attended Bolton Abbey's annual fete on Monday.

Grand revamp of Ilkley swimming pool under threat

Wharfedale Observer: This is how Ilkley Pool could look under plans drawn up by the Ilkley Pool Group. Please credit Roost Architects (9719316)

10:54am Thursday 28th August 2014

ILKLEY'S swimming pool and lido complex appears safe from Bradford Council cuts - but a leisure services strategy may rule out funding for an ambitious redevelopment scheme.

'I'm a victim twice' says owner of stolen scooter slapped with recovery fee

Wharfedale Observer: CRIME VICTIM: Ned Sproston with the scooter which had been stolen

10:46am Thursday 28th August 2014

A VICTIM of theft has had to pay to be get his stolen scooter back, despite it being recovered by police only a few hundred metres from his home.

Work at station

Wharfedale Observer: Folk band Fox Corner, who will be playing at The Concert on The Grove in Ilkley on Saturday

11:50am Thursday 28th August 2014

Preparation works are starting this week before planned improvements between the two main railway stations in Bradford are carried out.

Charities invited to apply for grants from newspaper trust

Wharfedale Observer: Gannett Foundation logo  (9554835)

1:05pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

CHARITIES making a lasting difference to communities in the district are being urged to apply for grants of up to £10,000 from the charitable arm of the Wharfedale & Aireborough Observer and Ilkley Gazette.

Charities invited to apply for grants from newspaper trust

Wharfedale Observer: Gannett Foundation logo  (9554835)

1:07pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

CHARITIES making a lasting difference to communities in the district are being urged to apply for grants of up to £10,000 from the charitable arm of the Wharfedale & Aireborough Observer and Ilkley Gazette.

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 .






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