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  • Ilkley Gazette spreads a little happiness

    The latest bid to give a helping hand and spread a little happiness among local causes and organisations being affected by the hard financial times has begun. read more

  • Stories from our files

    Looking back through the pages of the Wharfedale Observer and the Ilkley Gazette. read more

  • Thanks for helping me raise £850 for charity Ilkley Gazette: Andrew Rayner, who will be running in his seventh marathon.

    Following the Loch Ness Marathon, which I ran on October 2 for the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF UK), I would like to say a big thank you to Mel and Wayne, the Whittakers, Mia and staff at The Red Pepper for help with organising the fundraising race night, curry night and raffle. read more

  • Concerned about role of internal auditor

    As a resident and member of the public living in the Ilkley community for more than 30 years, I am concerned at an item on the agenda of the Ilkley Parish Council meeting, on October 3. read more

  • Tough decision but right one for school

    Following the decision taken by the governing body of Prince Henry’s Grammar School to convert to academy status, as reported in your paper last week, I wanted to respond to some of the comments and mis-information still being circulated by those parties opposed to academies which, as your Leader article stated back in the summer, seem to be largely politically driven. read more

  • Celebration time with Black Dyke

    The celebrated Black Dyke Band will play a celebrator concert on Thursday, October 27 to mark the tenth anniversary of the Ilkley Bandstand. read more

  • Councillor is out of touch on industry

    Councillor is out of touch on industry Councillor Anne Hawkesworth is out of touch on plans for jobs and industry in Ilkley Can I register how disappointed I was to read that Coun Hawkesworth has dismissed out of hand the proposal to create a ten hectare site near Ilkley for industry and jobs. read more

  • Can you vote so we can get new minibus

    May I please make an appeal through your letters page to the good readers to ask them to help a local charity in a practical way? read more

  • Steeton Male Voice Choir

    A full and enthusiastic house greeted the Steeton Male Voice Choir and their special guests, the Hammonds Saltaire Band. read more

  • IGS students get tips from top economist

    A-level students from three West Yorkshire grammar schools were the guests of leading Yorkshire accountants and business advisers Garbutt & Elliott at the Ilkley Literature Festival. read more

  • The Halle

    Halle music director Mark Elder, introducing the evening's music from the conductor's podium, asserted that Stravinsky would have been influenced by Rimsky-Korsakov’s music for the theatre; a sound reason then for opening with the enchanting Suite from Rimsky’s opera The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh - standard operatic fare in Russia but virtually unknown here in the west. read more

  • Lunchtime Organ Recital

    Lunchime organ recitals at St Margaret’s are given by the church’s respected director of music Christopher Rathbone on the first Friday of the month. read more

  • Communities urged to fight plans for 3,000 new homes in Wharfedale Ilkley Gazette: Conservative Club to be demolished?

    Concerned councillors want Ilkley organisations and knowledgeable professionals to join forces in response to proposals which could bring 1,300 new homes to the area. read more

  • Dalesmen prepare for tough Bridlington match

    Ilkley are looking forward to another tough test after returning to winning ways with a 23-19 win at Castleford. read more

  • Dalesmen produce rousing second-half display to defeat Cas

    Castleford 19 Ilkley 23 Ilkley returned from a tricky trip to Castleford on Saturday with their first away win of the season. read more

  • Dynamo run out of power as Otley take revenge

    Otley Town avenged two earlier defeats by Dynamo as they progressed to the second round of the Wharfedale FA Sunday Cup with an extra-time triumph. read more

  • Ben Rhydding hit seven goals as they extend 100 per cent record

    Ben Rhydding extended their 100 per cent Ladies North Premier League record with an emphatic win over lowly Chester on Saturday. read more

  • Bankers cash in on Ben Rhydding's player deficit

    Injury-hit Ben Rhydding suffered their second Men's North Premier League defeat of the season. read more

  • Highs of airport's history captured in new book Ilkley Gazette: Two Belgian F16s did a flyover as part of the airport's 80th anniversary.

    It has been a high-flyer since 1931 and shows little sign of slowing down. read more

  • Body found near bus stop in Ilkley

    A body, believed to be a missing 79-year-old man, has been discovered near a bus stop. read more

  • Readings, songs and donations of food at Westville House School

    Harvest produce has been donated to the Salvation Army by pupils at an Ilkley school. read more

  • Police say moorland body will be identified one-day

    Detectives investigating unidentified human remains found on remote moorland are holding on to hope that advances in DNA will one day reveal who the mystery man is. read more

  • £495 ham on sale in Ilkley

    An Ilkley butcher is confident of getting a healthy cut of the local market for luxury meats. read more

  • 'Buy local' campaign launched in Ilkley

    Independent retailers in Ilkley are fighting for their futures with a new scheme designed to help save the town centre. read more

  • james LEE

    James LEE October 23. Killed in N. Ireland July 16, 1972. Never forgotten, Susan. What a shame we never met, Donna-Marie, Eleanor, Sophie, and Joshua James. read more


    Jono DANSKIN October 24,1970. Happy Birthday, Jono. We think of you with love today, The things you used to do and say. You're not just a memory or part of the past, you're ours to remember as long as life lasts. Love, Mum and Dad. xx read more


    GROVES Maud Maud's family would like to thank friends and neighbours for their kind expressions of sympathy received during their recent sad loss. Special thanks to Carol, Christine, Pam and all at Rest Assured Homecare for their help and kindness shown to Maud over the last few years. We are also grateful to the many groups who supported her, in particular the Hockney Group, Menston Methodist Church and the Coffee Morning Circle. Thanks also to the Rev. Tim Perkins, Waites Funeral Directors and for the generous donations in Maud's memory to the R.N.I.B. read more


    TOWN Joe Margaret, Ian, Shirley, Helen and Julie wish to thank all relatives, friends and neighbours for their kind expressions of sympathy, cards of condolence and the generous donations for Camphill Family Life during their recent sad bereavement. A special thanks to staff at L.G.I for their kind care and attention, thanks are also extended to Rev. Graham Ensor for his words of comfort, to everyone who attended the funeral service and staff at Guiseley Cricket Club for their kind hospitality. read more


    FORDER Ian Barbara, Nicola, Ian and Hermionie wish to thank most sincerely all relatives, friends, neighbours and members of the Airedale and Wharfedale Crown Green Bowling Association for the many kind expressions of sympathy, letters, cards and generous donations received during their recent sad loss. A very special thank you to the doctors, nurses and staff on the High Dependency Unit at Bradford Royal Infirmary, staff at Leeds General Infirmary and the Paramedics who attended Ian for all their kindness, care and attention, the Rev Graham Ensor for the lovely funeral service and Simon and staff at Denison's Funeral Service for all the arrangements. read more

  • Douglas DOWNS

    DOWNS Douglas Dorothy and family wish to thank all relatives, friends and neighbours for their kind expressions of sympathy, cards of condolence and the generous donations for Multiple Sclerosis and Rheumatoid Arthritis received in memory of Doug. A special thanks to Dawn Thewlis for her comforting service, thanks are also extended to Wendy, Ryan and Richard, to everyone who attended the funeral and staff at Kettley's for their professional services. read more

  • Jon JONES

    JONES Jon ('Jonesy') Alison Leech would like to thank friends, family, neighbours and colleagues for their kind expressions of sympathy, cards of condolence and generous donations to Wheatfields Hospice following the sad death of Jon and for helping and supporting both of us throughout his illness. Thanks to staff and volunteers at Wheatfields, District Nurses and Dr. O'Hara for caring for Jon; Val Turner, for the wonderful humanist service, Nick Hooper and Jude Caldwell for their tributes, Pickles & Son for the funeral arrangements; to all who helped with organising the wake and contributed food, music and photos; Chris and staff at Korks; Tony, Melanie and staff at the Junction Inn. read more

  • Ivor SPINK

    SPINK Ivor Suddenly, on October 16, aged 79 years and of Burley-in-Wharfedale. Dearly beloved husband of the late Shelia, much loved dad of Gillian, Hayley and the late Robert, also a much loved grandad. Funeral service will be held at Rawdon Crematorium, on Tuesday, October 25, at 12.20p.m. All enquiries to Donald Pickles & Son. Tel. 01943 462185. read more


    LONGSTAFFE Frank Peacefully, on October 18, aged 85 years and of Otley. Dearly beloved husband of the late Norma and a loving father, father-in-law, grandad and great-grandad. Funeral service will be held at Rawdon Crematorium, on Wednesday, October 26, at 11.00a.m. Family flowers only please. Donations may be given at the service to The Fire Brigade Benevolent Fund. All enquiries to Donald Pickles & Son. Tel. 01943 462185. read more


    FRANKLAND Mavis (nee Bullock) On October 14, peacefully in hospital, aged 81 years. Dearly beloved wife of the late John, loving mum of Pauline and Diane, mother-in-law of Paul and Terry, treasured grandma of Andrew, Michelle, Rachel, Aaron and Joseph. Service and cremation will take place at Rawdon Crematorium, on Tuesday, October 25, at 11.40a.m. Family flowers only please. Donations in Mavis' memory may be given for Vascular Dementia Research. A collection box will be available at the service. Enquiries to Slater's of Horsforth. Tel. 0113 258 2395. read more

  • Peter Charles WALKER-SHARP

    WALKER-SHARP Peter Charles On October 13, peacefully at Manorlands, aged 82, following a long illness Peter faced with great fortitude, dignity and an abiding sense of humour. Beloved husband of Barbara,dearly loved dad of Timothy and Sara, father-in-law of Ben and Carolyn and a loving grandpa. Funeral service will take place at The Priory Church, Bolton Abbey, on Friday, October 21, at 11.30a.m, prior to private cremation. Donations in memory of Peter may be given at the service for Manorlands Hospice or forwarded to Brook Smith & Son, Bunkers Hill, Skipton. read more

  • Hedley FITTON

    Hedley FITTON October 21, 2009. In loving memory of a wonderful and caring husband, dad and grandad. You are missed so much and always in our thoughts. Rest in peace. Love always, Irene, Andrew and David. read more


    Jack and Pauline SMITH 21/10/1961 Congratulations on your Golden Wedding. With much love from Carl, Cath and Hannah, Tracy, Martin, Megan, Gabrielle and Francesca. xxxx read more

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