2:00pm Thursday 16th February 2012
A few days ago, as the woodmen in the employ of the Duke of Devonshire, at Beamsley, near Ilkley, were engaged felling timber, one of the men, upon climbing a tree, found a very fine trout lying snugly between two branches. The fish was quite fresh. It is supposed that a heron or other large bird had taken the fish and deposited it in this unusual position.
Samuel Ross Myers (47), while following his employment at the Moorfield Mills, Yeadon, on Saturday, got his arm caught in the belt of a pulley of a machine, and was carried around the pulley with such force that he was thrown violently to the floor, severely injuring his head. He never regained consciousness, and died on Monday morning.
The Burras Lane schools, Otley, presented an attractive appearance on Wednesday afternoon, when the first day’s proceedings of a floral bazaar in connection with the Otley Parish Church was opened. Considerable attention had been given to ornamental work, and the stalls were prettily decorated. The objects of the bazaar were to complete the Church improvement, and to defray the cost of alterations to the Cross Green infants’ school.
Polling took place on Saturday last at Menston, Guiseley and Yeadon for the election of a County Councillor for the Yeadon Division of the West Riding, in succession to Dr R Muschamp, who has been made a County Alderman. It was won by Cr Herbert Lockwood, trade union secretary, Ivegate, Yeadon. Cr Lockwood proposed a vote of thanks to the returning officer and his assistants, for the way in which they carried out their duties, and took the opportunity of congratulating his friend, Mr Smith, who would remain a friend in spite of his defeat.
Wharfedale farmers have lately been busy amongst the lambs, and some of them, we hear, have had an anxious time. This has been largely on account of the weather. Sheep do not like so much of the wet and slush we have experienced. Wherever possible the sheep and lambs have been brought into covered fold yards and shelter in the form of straw-covered hurdles have been provided for them against the sleet and cold winds.
Details are at last available concerning the much discussed new Senior School which is to be built at Ben Rhydding at the corner of Wheatley Lane and Valley Drive. It is to accommodate the scholars of 11 years of age and over in the elementary schools from Bolton Abbey down to Burley. The site covers 81/2 acres of land, bounded on two sides by Valley Drive and Wheatley Lane. The building proposed would be three storeys.
The gale that swept over the North on Sunday night and continued well into Monday left a trail of havoc in Wharfedale and Airedale. Many hundreds of houses and other buildings were damaged, shop windows were blown in, trees were uprooted, and streets were strewn with roof tiles, broken glass, garden fencing, guttering and debris. At Otley General Hospital the roofs of two of the wards were lifted by the gale and the patients had to be evacuated. Burley St John’s Methodist Church was so badly shaken by the gale that plaster flaked from the walls and roof. the open stand at the east side of Otley Rugby Club was so badly damaged that it was described as a “virtual write-off”.
A demand for houses in Burley at figures in excess of £2,000 was a point made at a public inquiry at Ilkley on Wednesday into an appeal by MR J Lister, Wellfield Farm, against the refusal of Ilkley Council to permit residential development of six acres of land in Hag Farm Road. Supporting the appeal, Mr Douglas H Smallwood, of Dacre, Son and Hartley, said there was a demand for houses in the area and his firm had over 250 applications to buy houses at Burley in excess of £2,000.
An Otley man went behind the bar of a public house, helped himself to spirits, and took some loose cash, Otley magistrates were told on Friday. The man admitted entering as a trespasser the bar of the Woolpack and stealing drink, value £2.10p, and £15 cash. He was fined £100 and ordered to pay £17.10 compensation and £17 costs. The court was told he had been considerably under the influence of drink when he went behind the bar and he accepted that what he did was wrong.
The stage is being set for a public confrontation between the Leeds and Bradford Airport – which is pressing for operational hours to be extended – and those members of the public living in the vicinity of the airport who are campaigning for night flying to be restricted to its present deadline of 10pm. While airport officials claim that Leeds Bradford is at a serious disadvantage at competing for business with adjacent airports, the opponents to night flying urge that a fair balance should be struck between commercial and residential interests.
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