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10:40am Thursday 20th May 2010 in Features
The Third Volunteer Battalion (Duke of Wellington’s West Riding Regiment) will proceed by special train to Bare, Morecambe, tomorrow for a week’s encampment. The Guiseley detachment will be under the command of Lieutenants W. W. Thompson and H. D. Sichel. Through some delay in forwarding papers to the War Office, the Guiseley corps has not yet been acknowledged as a company, but Colonel Garnett Orme has granted them permission to act entirely as a separate company in camp. They will, therefore, have their own lines, and be allowed to compete for the Colonel’s prize of £50. Lieut Sichel also offers prizes daily for the best arranged tent. We trust the weather will be favourable to a good week’s training.
A meeting of the Baildon “Liberal twelve” was held for the purpose of selecting candidates to be submitted to the general meeting of the Central Liberal Association for the Otley Parliamentary Division. A deputation from the Baildon Total Abstinence Society waited upon the meeting and stated their views with regard to the selection of a candidate. A lengthy discussion ensued, and it was eventually resolved to submit the names of Mr H. F. Pease, of Darlington, and Mr John Brigg, Keighley, to the Central Association as suitable men to represent the Otley Division in Parliament, thus still more complicating matters, and increasing the difficulty of making a final selection in this Division.
On Saturday afternoon last the enlargement of Guiseley’s fine old Parish Church was consecrated by the Bishop of Ripon. The seating accommodation of the church has been just about doubled, from 350 to 700. Four years ago the enlargement of the venerable building was not even dreamt of by the most enthusiastic churchman in Guiseley, let alone being put forward as a practical proposal. But with the advent of the present Rector, the Rev J F Howson, there came a remarkable change over the scene and it soon became evident that additional accommodation was needed. Operations for carrying out the agreed upon alterations and enlargement were commenced in the early spring of 1909. The enlargement which was consummated on Saturday by a function that marked an important stage in the long and interesting history of the church, has been made entirely on the north side. It includes a lofty nave and chancel, a new north aisle, organ chamber, vestries for the clergy and choir, with provision for the heating of the apparatus underneath the clergy vestry.
The Whitsuntide of 2010 will long remain in the memory of thousands in and around Wharfedale. Record crowds enjoyed the holiday and, with the exception of Sunday , he weather has been fit for the gods. Many viewed the approach of the holidays with suspicion and misgivings, so variable have the atmospheric conditions been of late. Saturday, however, augured well for a glorious time but with the dawn of the Sabbath the high hopes of hundreds were dashed. Monday though was everything that could be desired. The annual perambulation of the Sunday school children in Otley took place under ideal conditions. From early morning visitors began to arrive and by noon the principal streets of the town presented an animated appearance.
Progress in the scheme for the widening and reconstruction of Otley Bridge was reported at the meeting of Otley Urban Council on Monday. It was recommended that in view of the correspondence with the County Council, the agreement between this Council and the County Council as to the improvement of Otley Bridge, and this Council’s contribution, should be sealed without the qualification as to a time limit for execution of the works.
Otley Show on Saturday was a record-breaking event, and there is every hope that the financial bogey which has menaced the existence of the Wharfedale Agricultural Society for several years has now been laid by the heels. The total of 4,132 entries was the highest recorded in the history of the Society, even when two-day shows were the rule, and the increased support reflected the wisdom of the promoters, not only in arranging the whole of the programme for one day, but in the wide appeal of the schedule.
A coroner’s jury returned a verdict of “death by misadventure” on a six-year-old boy, of Pool-in-Wharfedale, who was killed in a road accident on Saturday at the foot of Pool Bank, where the road is carried on a bridge over the railway line near Pool station. Summing up, the coroner said it was a sad case of a small boy who had been out with two other boys and appeared to have been interested in the trains under the bridge, which had absorbed his attention.
The Urban Council Elections in Wharfedale followed the general trend, so far as the party political line was concerned, with Labour losing several seats and the Conservatives gaining them. Biggest sweep was at Otley, where the Conservatives won all four seats, gaining two of them from Labour.
The Earl and Countess of Harewood have added yet more attractions to their splendid home and gardens, so often visited by local people, for the summer season. The most outstanding of these, a nine foot high bronze statue of Orpheus, the legendary poet and musician of the ancients, was the star of a special reception on Tuesday, when it was unveiled by actress Penelope Keith. The statue was commissioned by the Earl and Countess of Harewood from Astrid Zydower MBE, ARCA, whose many other commissions have included an eight foot bronze of Winston Churchill for the Sultan of Brunei, and a seven foot bear for Warwick Castle.
Because of the immensity of the disastrous fire at Bradford City’s ground on Saturday there is still some uncertainty about the names of many of the dead, the missing and the injured, but it is known that there have been tragic consequences for several local families. Many Bradford City supporters who live within our readership area were at the match, sitting in the main stand when the fire broke out. At least two are known to have lost their lives in the holocaust, others are still missing, and several are in hospital being treated for horrific burns. The tendrils of this disaster have reached out to touch and give sorrow to people in all walks of life in this district.
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