The 104th Wharfedale Festival of Performing Arts gets under way this weekend with competitive drama, speech and music classes coming to venues around Ilkley during the week-long event.
A selection of letters from the Editor's postbag.
One of the key figures in the foundation of Ilkley’s Nell Bank outdoor education centre brought the youngest generation of his own family to an open day to see how the centre has developed.
A couple who first met in Lancashire holiday resort Morecambe have toasted 60 years of married life.
Power tools and gas flue testing equipment were stolen from vans in Menston over the weekend.
Residents are being urged to sign up for Ilkley’s Neighbourhood Watch as the scheme celebrates its silver anniversary.
WHEN there clearly appears to be growing support from various quarters for safer go-slow zones around Ilkley’s schools, it has to be asked why there is such reluctance on the part of Bradford Council to implement this.
Bradford Council has been accused of waiting for an accident to happen after blocking pleas for 20mph limits around Ilkley’s schools.
Stories from the Ilkley Gazette in days gone by.
AN unbeaten Ilkley girls’ cricket team has achieved the unprecedented feat of winning three consecutive national titles.
The new head of the police division responsible for fighting crime in Ilkley wants residents to keep in touch with officers about local issues, to help the force provide the highest standards of policing.
ILKLEY Grammer School students went for the red carpet treatment on Friday night at the annual school May Ball.
Young bookworms are looking forward to discovering hundreds of new stories, thanks to a grant. Addingham Primary School’s library has been stocked with over 500 new books as part of Bradford Council’s Ward Investment Project Fund.
Residents fled a block of recently-built apartments last night as a "severe fire" took hold of the building.
A ‘formibable’ character and one of the best-known members of the Ilkley community has died at the age of 81.
TEENAGERS are being offered the chance to show they have got talent next Friday.
Crime figures have shown a rise in shoplifting in Ilkley.
Founded in 1939 as West Riding Opera Circle, the society staged over fifty productions at Leeds Civic Theatre before transferring to the brand new Carriageworks in 2006. Martin Binks has conducted every production since 1969 including the northern premieres of Delibes’ Lakme, Marschner’s The Vampire and Lortzing’s The Poacher. Many other rarities such as Lalo’s Roi d’Ys, Weber’s Abu Hassan, Gounod’s Mireille, Vaughan Williams’s Hugh the Drover and Verdi’s Sicilian Vespers have been produced alongside bread and butter works like Bizet’s Carmen, Smetana’s Bartered Bride and Gounod’s Faust. West Riding Opera has not previously staged Mozart’s enchanting comic opera and I have to say that the 350 seater Carriageworks is the ideal space for such an intimate comedy of manners. Producer Sarah Estill has updated the action to the early 20th Century giving the household of the philandering Count Almaviva more of a genteel English upper-class atmosphere not unlike Upstairs Downstairs, the much-loved 70s television series.
Geoffrey Kinder reviews Ensemble 360 at the King’s Hall, Ilkley Young people today are….. terrific. There is so much talent around one worries that not all may find sufficient work that is worthy of them. It’s been a season of knock-out concerts, so many of them featuring young artists on the threshold of brilliant careers. We’ve heard the marvellously communicative Elizabeth Watts in lieder, with Simon Leper; Chloë Hanslip’s fiery violin playing with pianist Ashley Wass matching her temperamentally; the Sacconi Quartet giving such an intense performance of Smetana’s From my Life Quartet; and in the music of Roxana Panufnik we’ve heard from a young composer too. To end the season yet more youthful talent, Ensemble 360 who on this occasion brought along nine players to delight us.
Punk legend TV Smith will be taking to the stage at Korks Wine Bar in Otley tomorrow as part of the venue’s True Troubadours season.
May marks another significant milestone in the history of Bracken Ghyll Golf Club with the official opening of the new 12th green.
Ben Rhydding’s Sam French and Harrogate Hockey Club’s David Swarbrick were desperately unlucky not to return from Hanover, Germany as Under-16 Four Nations Hockey Tournament champions.
Ben Rhydding’s under-tens have become the first girls’ team from the club ever to win a North championship.
Pontefract Girls' Under-15s 0, Ilkley Town Girls' Under-15s 7