Thought for the Week

Ilkley Gazette: The Revd Christopher Phillips,  Assistant Curate , St Margaret's, Ilkley. (8985026)

4:38pm Thursday 7th August 2014

Thought for the Week

Thought for the Week

Ilkley Gazette: submitted pix: The Rev Beverley Sproats, curate at St John's Church, Yeadon.  (7924272)

12:52pm Thursday 10th July 2014

Rev. Beverley Sproats, St. John’s Church, Yeadon, Thought for the Week for publication Thursday, July 10

Yorkshire roots vital to Brownlee brothers

Ilkley Gazette: Olympic medallist triathletes Alistair (left) and Jonny Brownlee

2:06pm Thursday 22nd May 2014

Sporting heroes Alistair and Jonny Brownlee have captured the nation’s hearts, but most especially the hearts of their fellow Yorkshire folk. Victoria Benn asked Olympic gold medallist Alistair about Triathlon, Le Tour and the brothers’ training in the Dales.

A ramble from misty Bramhope

Ilkley Gazette: The view from Bramhope over to Almscliffe Crag

3:30pm Thursday 20th March 2014

There was a chilly if gentle breeze blowing from the North as we attempted this walk, so every exposed stretch of the route saw the temperature dropping dramatically from that along the still, sheltered part of it.

Garden gifts for your mum

Ilkley Gazette: Sussex trug gift set, £17.99, from

2:00pm Monday 17th March 2014

Stuck on the usual ‘flowers or chocolates’ dilemma? Why not find some inspiration in the garden this Mother’s Day, and treat the woman who knows you best to everything from decorative twine to wind chimes, seed collections or serious tools.

Cold revenge in gripping finale

Ilkley Gazette: Ted Evans has published another novel, Mooncar

9:34am Monday 17th March 2014

Mooncar by Edward Evans Worthside Holdings, £12.99

Kiki goes all acoustic for new show

Ilkley Gazette: Kiki Dee and musical partner Carmelo Luggeri

11:00am Friday 14th March 2014

Kiki Dee and long-term collaborator Carmello Luggeri are taking an acoustic journey to the City Varieties.

Games on! Ilkley youngsters feel benefit of Olympic coaching

Ilkley Gazette: Wondimu Keno Wodajo (centre) with Ilkley Harriers

12:18pm Monday 17th February 2014

Young athletes in Ilkley are coming on in leaps and bounds thanks to training sessions with an Olympic coach.

Celebrations as Washburn Heritage Centre set for further success

Ilkley Gazette: Former chairman of the management project group Ann Johnson ay Washburn Heritage Centre

2:43pm Friday 7th February 2014

Washburn Heritage Centre is celebrating three activity-packed years since its grand opening.

Horsforth charity worker Shirley makes a difference to war-torn children’s lives

Ilkley Gazette: Horsforth charity worker Shirley makes a difference to war-torn children’s lives

3:27pm Friday 31st January 2014

When Samson’s brothers escaped from The Lord’s Resistance Army commanders came to his house and hacked his father to death with a machete.

Heady days as Ilkley Brewery expands its sales market

Ilkley Gazette: Sales director Richard Shelton checks on the clarity of the latest brew

12:05pm Friday 17th January 2014

The chap sweeping up at the gateway to Ilkley Brewery’s Ashlands Road site just outside the town centre turned out to be the boss, Chris Ives, who had been at work since 5am to start the morning brew.

Aireborough history society’s digi-drive rescues past for the future

Ilkley Gazette: An image of the ruins of the Old Dog Mill in Yeadon, after it was struck by a devastating blaze in December 1906

10:52am Friday 10th January 2014

Christmas was a bleak affair for workers at this Yeadon mill, devastated by fire in 1906.

Old photograph of Ilkley servicesman reveals true horrors of war

Ilkley Gazette: Flying Officer Edgar Jackson with his wife and baby

4:26pm Thursday 2nd January 2014

An old photograph recently published in this newspaper has revealed a tale of an Ilkley serviceman experiencing the horrors of a German concentration camp.

Church prepares for new West Yorkshire and the Dales diocese set-up

Ilkley Gazette: The Right Reverend Nick Baines arrives for his enthronement

10:54am Friday 8th November 2013

This time next year the Church of England Diocese of Bradford will no longer exist, having been combined with Leeds and Ripon to form one of the largest dioceses in the country.

Head out on Ilkley Art Trail of range of local artists

Ilkley Gazette: Kathryn Oubridge with a piece from her showhome installation

1:21pm Friday 11th October 2013

Ilkley Art Trail opened this week to reveal an amazing collection of different art from more than 45 artists.

World's Biggest Coffee Morning proves a hit with Wharfedale people

Ilkley Gazette: MP Greg Mulholland joined Macmillan Cancer Support fundraisers at their Biggest Coffee Morning at Yeadon Town Hall

10:39am Friday 4th October 2013


Wheels in the air for roaring Mr and Mrs racers from Otley

Ilkley Gazette: Otley off-road racing couple Richard and Bernadette Copsey with one of their cups

3:01pm Thursday 17th January 2013

A husband-and-wife team from Otley have formed a winning partnership in the adrenaline-fuelled world of cross-country motorsport.

Ilkley Cycling Club marks a year of wheel improvement

Ilkley Gazette: Riding out with Ilkley Cycling Club

11:07am Thursday 12th April 2012

Ilkley Cycling Club has celebrated its first birthday at the Ilkley Moor Vaults, exactly one year to the day when founding members Paul O Looney and George Siatos called a meeting in the bar to discuss reforming Ilkley Cycling Club after a lapse of over 50 years. More than 80 people turned up at the inaugural meeting to lend support to the idea. In the last 12 months club has gone from strength to strength with over 700 members from across the region, and is now recognised as the largest cycling club in the country. Richard Hartley, of the club, charts its success

Community hero Jim steps down as Poppy Appeal organiser

Ilkley Gazette: Veteran Jim Shelton enjoys a pint of Liberation Ale at with Rebecca Smart.

10:16am Thursday 22nd December 2011

Jim Shelton is to retire from running Burley-in-Wharfedale's Poppy Appeal, after almost 60 years in the role.

‘Cafe has been a valuable oasis for our son’

Ilkley Gazette: Euan Thirwell, who helps at the Oasis Café.

10:58am Thursday 15th December 2011

As the debate over the future of the Oasis Cafe in Ilkley goes on, John Thirwell tells how his son, Euan, became involved at the centre.

An eerie, silent place where no birds sing

10:16am Thursday 10th November 2011

A clergyman has returned from Auschwitz. Amanda Greaves talks to him about following in his grandfather’s footsteps

'He gave a lot of sparkle and love to people'

Ilkley Gazette: Sir Jimmy Savile switches on the Ilkley Christmas lights in 2006, with help from Shirley Britain, Father Christmas, Ilkley’s Town Cryer Chris Richards and Mike Gibbons.

8:39am Thursday 3rd November 2011

The death of Sir Jimmy Savile was “a very sad day”, says a close friend, who was hoping to welcome him back to Ilkley to switch on this year’s Christmas lights.

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.

9:34am Thursday 20th October 2011

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

Future of our rail travel is a complex issue

9:40am Thursday 18th August 2011

Train travel on the Wharfedale Line is booming, if the full station car parks and packed carriages are anything to go by. But passengers are expecting to see their train fare on local services go up at a rate above inflation in the year ahead. Reporter Amanda Greaves looks at some of the local issues around the looming rise in train fares.

Chance find in Ilkley book shop is catalyst for wartime recall

Ilkley Gazette: The photograph that sparked Patricia Addy's memories of her father coming home from the war.

10:26am Thursday 16th June 2011

The photograph above was published in the Ilkley Gazette in October 1945 with the heading First Ilkley Man Home from Jap Prison. The caption read: Pte E Addy, the first Ilkley man to arrive from a Japanese prison camp, has his first Yorkshire pudding at his home, 45, Wellington Road, whilst daughter Pat assists with the salt and his wife has ready a cup of tea to finish off with’. Pat had never seen the photograph until last month. Here, in her own words, Patricia Fall (nee Addy) tells the story of coming face to face with her father.

Local newspapers vital in building a stronger society

Ilkley Gazette: POLL: Stick with first past the post or switch to AV?

10:23am Thursday 12th May 2011

This is Local Newspaper Week – an annual celebration of the strength of regional and local press in the UK. This year, the Week aims to highlight how local newspapers act as champion of their communities, galvanising their readers into action, supporting local businesses, and taking pride in their area. It is not just us saying it. Here, the Prime Minister DAVID CAMERON tells us what he thinks of local newspapers.

Keeping mum about success with a tasty treat of a lesson

Ilkley Gazette: Jonathan with a lemon meringue pie he made at Bettys Cookery School.

3:59pm Thursday 28th April 2011

In a bid to stretch his culinary skills further than using a knife and fork, Jonathan Redhead enrolled on a course at Bettys Cookery School as it prepares to celebrate its tenth birthday.

Campaigning father took fight for the truth to his grave

Ilkley Gazette: Helen Smith, who died in Saudi Arabia in 1979.

10:46am Thursday 21st April 2011

When Helen Smith died in Saudi Arabia in 1979, her father refused to believe the official story of how she died. But, almost 32 years later, Ron Smith’s quest for the truth has now come to a sad end, as Jonathan Redhead reports.

Cadets celebrate anniversary with awards presentation

Ilkley Gazette: Promotions were announced for Flight Sergeants Alex Chambers and Tom Smith.

11:30am Friday 15th April 2011

The annual presentation evening for 1224 (Wharfedale) Squadron cadets and celebration of the 70th anniversary of the Air Training Corps was held at the Kings Hall, Ilkley.

What a glorious way to build bridges between Ilkley and Coutances

10:48am Friday 15th April 2011

The new chairman of Ilkley Coutances Town Twinning Committee, Judith Dunn recently led a visit to Countances. She sent the G&O this report.

Nature lovers take stock of wild Wharfedale’s delights

Ilkley Gazette: Bad winter weather saw an increase in exotic visitors like the white-tailed eagle.

10:38am Thursday 7th April 2011

Amanda Greaves takes a look at the work of the area’s wildlife guardians.

Civic Society awards building on Ilkley's reputation for design

Ilkley Gazette: James Dodson outside the award-winning Ilkley Grammar School Eco-Pod classroom.

1:47pm Thursday 31st March 2011

Innovative and environmentally-friendly new buildings impressed the judges in this year’s Ilkley Civic Society Design and Conservation Awards.

Our performing animals are part of the family, say circus bosses

Ilkley Gazette: Our performing animals are part of the family, say circus bosses

8:00am Thursday 8th April 2010

Annette McIntyre considers the arguments surrounding the use of animals in circuses.

Family history quest from New Zealand to old country

Ilkley Gazette: Family history quest from New Zealand to old country

8:43am Monday 5th April 2010

Annette McIntyre explains how a photocopied page from a family diary began a written journey linking New Zealand to 19th century Yorkshire.

Growing clamour for ban on plant food used as legal high

Ilkley Gazette: Mephedrone is a white powdery substance

9:05am Thursday 25th March 2010

Amanda Greaves examines the moves being made to combat the dangers of mephedrone.

Nell Bank boss has no doubts: We are the best!

Ilkley Gazette: Bruce Fowler

9:05pm Wednesday 17th March 2010

Suzy Poole explores the reasons which make the Nell Bank Outdoor Recreational centre such a gem.

When the rights of wildlife and livestock take priority

Ilkley Gazette: WARNING SIGNS: Bradford Council countryside and rights of way officer Richard Perham posts a warning on Ilkley Moor.

3:04pm Thursday 11th March 2010

Amanda Greaves discovers whhy it is important that dog owners and moor users show respect for nature.

Family connection traced from Ireland to UK, Spain and US

Ilkley Gazette: Bryan Anson and Clarke Foley Centre chairman Dr Christopher Molander meet Maria Roqueta Clark and Jordi Ballart (right) during their recent visit to Ilkley to check out their family link with the centre.

8:24am Thursday 4th March 2010

RESEARCH across three countries has led the Spanish descendent of a renowned Wharfedale family to uncover more about the people who left much to the local community.

Transforming lives of women and children in world’s poorest country

Ilkley Gazette: Margaret Cook

11:16am Thursday 25th February 2010

Making a difference to the poor people of war-torn Sierra Leone.

Inspiring women who work hard for their share of 21st century life

Ilkley Gazette: Laura Mate

10:57am Thursday 18th February 2010

Photographer's new book is a fascinating snapshot of modern life in China

The women determined to provide comfort for flood ravaged Peru

Ilkley Gazette: Kay Bottomley

3:11pm Thursday 11th February 2010

Fundraisers see much of their work washed away by a debastating flood

The ancient art that is so much more than putting pen to paper

Ilkley Gazette: Jilly Hazeldine leads one of her class at St Margaret’s Church, Ilkley.

10:05am Thursday 4th February 2010

In the days of e-mail and text messages, we rarely put pen to paper. Now there is an Ilkley class learning an ancient writing skill.

No disguising the skills of the men who turn TV beauties into beasts

Ilkley Gazette: Mike Stringer

8:59am Thursday 28th January 2010

They are responsible for some of the best disguises ever to hit our television screens.

'Look at what is going on in their lives' says childcare expert

10:12am Thursday 28th January 2010

ONCE again another truly horrific attack involving children has hit the headlines.

These people are desperate, says woman who taught in Haiti

Ilkley Gazette: Anne Wilkinson

2:22pm Thursday 21st January 2010

The woman who has first hand knowledge of the poverty in Haiti where a massive earthquake has caused widespread devastation and loss of life.

‘It’s a very strange feeling turning on the tap and nothing comes out’

Ilkley Gazette: Sue Boerrigter receives a gift.

11:56am Thursday 14th January 2010

A local church official tells of her moving visit to Uganda.

The hardy souls who plunge into new year with an icy dip

Ilkley Gazette: Bryan Websdale, Cindi Fewlass and Millie Fewlass Jones, 9.

11:46am Thursday 7th January 2010

Children do it, pensioners do it and even toddlers have been known to do it. Plunging into the bath at White Wells, Ilkley, has become something of a New Year tradition over the years, inspiring hundreds of hardy souls aged between two and 82 to wash away the past.

The man who creates cool figures of the famous

Ilkley Gazette: The man who creates cool figures of the famous from ice and sand

9:10am Wednesday 30th December 2009

His breathtaking sculptures have wowed audiences in cities and towns all over the world. From sand sculptures in the centre of Bradford, to an ice hotel in Finland, artist Jamie Wardley has certainly achieved a wide and varied audience for his work.

Early motoring memories kept alive in growing stable of ’60s cars

Ilkley Gazette: TEA TIME: graham dewhirst, from bramhope, pours a cup of tea from a bubble car teapot as he takes a break from restoring one of his bubble cars.

8:10am Wednesday 23rd December 2009

Graham Dewhirst loves tinkering with history. The retired electrical engineer aims to restore the kind of cars he and his family had decades ago and return them to the roads. Gradually he is fulfilling his ambition.

Step back in time delivers a festive boost for businesses

Ilkley Gazette: Step back in time delivers a festive boost for businesses

9:21am Thursday 17th December 2009

Reporter Jim Jack reflects on how Otley’s Victorian Fayre continues to boost the town’s trade.

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