• Bland off but ten-man Cobbydalers earn a point

    Silsden 1, Rambsbottom United 1 SILSDEN took their unbeaten run to eight games but they needed their ten men to come from a goal down to rescue a draw against Ramsbottom United at a wet Cougar Park on Saturday. Captain Martin Bland was dismissed for

  • Shammies fail to get out of relegation spot

    Keighley Shamrocks 0 Golcar United 2 With fellow strugglers Wibsey without a game last weekend Keighley Shamrocks failed to take advantage and leapfrog them out of the second from bottom relegation place, going down 2-0 to a very strong Golcar side.

  • Spen Valley club stages Harden Moor trial

    Seventeen-year-old Mirfield trials rider Jon Chambers gave Gomersal expert John Hillam a tough challenge at Harden Moor on Saturday where the Spen Valley club ran the opening round of the Redhouse Construction trials championship series. Chambers, fresh

  • Ladies shine in local vets race

    The Yorkshire Veterans Cross Country Championships, held at Greenhead School on Sunday, was declared a success by hosts Keighley & Craven Athletics Club. The Yorkshire Veterans Athletic Association is open to all runners aged 35 or over. Competitors

  • Kathryn has successful 2007

    A talented young disabled horsewoman from Glusburn is celebrating the end of a remarkable year. 2007 saw Kathryn Wheelock achieve the honour of being Ireland's most successful rider and further her dream of reaching this year's Beijing Paralympics.

  • Organisation launches volunteer coach recruitment campaign

    England Athletics - Yorkshire & Humberside has launched a campaign to recruit more volunteer coaches in Keighley to help improve local athletes' chances of Olympic success. The organisation is asking people to start 2008 by giving something back to their

  • Thomas and Rob second in series

    A number of Keighley area riders put in solid performances in the fifth and final round of the 2007-2008 British Cycling Cyclo-Cross National Trophy series held at Derby on Sunday. The final round was held on a damp and very windy day with some exciting

  • Back Chat

    This week I'm going to have to talk about the story just to the left of this column, headlined Teams pull out of league'. This seems to be a bit of an ongoing problem in the Pennine League, as teams struggle to field a full side to fulfil their fixtures

  • Cougars set for big test at Leigh

    The Keighley Cougars, who have won all four of their pre-season friendlies, face their biggest test yet when they travel to Leigh Centurions on Sunday. Cougars' head coach Barry Eaton said: "By playing Leigh we'll then know what we can expect when we

  • Friend pays tribute to Fred

    A Special tribute has been paid to former British weightlifting champion Fred Pickles, who died last Wednesday at the age of 91. Pickles, who had lived at Parkwood in Keighley before his death at Parkfield Care Home in Thwaites Brow, was the British

  • Charity evening raises thousands for appeal

    A charity evening at the Keighley Cougars ground last Friday raised more than £5,500 for Bangladeshi cyclone survivors. More than 120 people attended the event, which was co-ordinated by the Bangladeshi Community Association (BCA). Speaking afterwards

  • Pool playing teen gets England call

    A fifteen-year-old boy from Keighley gained a place in the England U-18s pool squad last weekend. Thomas Smith, the only Keighley player to qualify this year, did well at a regional tournament held in Barnsley, winning six out of eight matches in a play-off

  • Shop is fined £37,000 for safety failings

    A Keighley photo processor was fined a total of £37,000 after pleading guilty to six breaches of health and safety regulations. Bradford Council was first alerted to problems at the Max Spielmann shop, in Bow Street, after a display unit fell on a member

  • Joyce tracked Nazi Hess’s flight to UK

    A woman who was among the watch which tracked the infamous Nazi Rudolf Hess on his futile peace-making flight to the UK has won her veteran's wings. Eighty-six-year-old Joyce Whitaker was a "filter plotter" at RAF 82 Group, near Belfast, in May 1941

  • New chapel is approved

    Plans to knock down Silsden Methodist Chapel, replace it with a new church and build homes on the site have been approved. Keighley Area Planning Panel agreed the application's merits outweighed concerns over loss of trees and inadequate parking provision

  • Man stole hair gel

    Lee Fairclough stole an expensive hair gel because he and his girlfriend, who was on incapacity benefit, felt pressure on their finances. Fairclough, 20, of Lodge Gate, Denholme, who relied on income support, pleaded guilty to stealing the gel - valued

  • Car crash dad tried to kill himself

    A father-of-two told police he had intended killing himself when he deliberately drove his car into a bridge near Keighley on Christmas Eve. Mark Cryer had left home in North Dean Road, Keighley, the worse for drink, after a row with his wife, Bingley

  • 47-year-old pleads guilty to arson

    A 47-year-old man will be sentenced next month after he admitted an arson charge relating to a fire in Keighley last September. John Tretton had been due to stand trial at Bradford Crown Court on Monday on an allegation of arson with intent to endanger

  • Cannabis is seized

    About 200 cannabis plants were seized in a raid on a terrace house in Keighley on Monday. Officers from the town's neighbourhood police unit and Bradford District Drugs Team swooped on the house in Devonshire Street. Drugs team chief, Det Insp Neil Benstead

  • Birthday party hell

    A birthday party in Cross Hills left a trail of destruction. During the party, at St Peter's Church Hall, on Saturday night, a water heater was ripped off the wall and a water pipe in the male toilets were damaged. And a Citroen Saxo, parked in the

  • Kidney-swap Jane backs organ donor

    Kidney transplant patient Jane Lovell only waited six months as a 17-year-old for her operation in February 1991. But it was a "horrible" time says the undergraduate psychiatric nurse, of Hemsby Street, Ingrow. Jane, now 34, who was one of the faces

  • Children’s writing contest launched

    Airedale Writers' Circle is launching its 13th children's competition. The contest, which last year attracted more than 400 entries from across the district, is open to anyone aged 13 and under. There will be prizes for the winners and runners-up and

  • Tribute to choir stalwart

    A former chairman of Steeton Male Voice Choir has died after living with Parkinson's disease for a decade. Seventy-three-year-old Robert (Bob) Metcalfe Shepherd died at his Grassington home, with his wife of 39 years, Jean, at his side. Bob was born

  • Inspirational bid to find musicians

    Musical inspiration will be offered by specialist tutors visiting two schools next week. Staff from the Yamaha Music School, in Saltaire, will be at Cullingworth and Harden primary schools. "They will run guitar and keyboard workshops, which will be

  • Bus build-up scrapped after protests

    Bradford Council highways department has decided not to proceed with the construction of a bus build-out in Halifax Road, Cullingworth. The scheme received strong opposition from ward and parish councillors and businesses/shops, citing highway safety

  • New parish clerk is appointed

    At this month's meeting, Harden Parish Council appointed Mrs Jess Mathews as parish clerk. Councillors also approved the proposal for a £10 precept on Band D properties for the year 2008/9. In the likelihood of a possible threat to close the village

  • Special concerts will mark centenary of famous choir

    Steeton Male Voice Choir will celebrate its 100th birthday with a clutch of special concerts. The men will travel to Ireland, perform for a duchess and sing in the floodlit ruins of an abbey. They will begin the year's programme with a massed choir

  • Popular nursery will carry on the same under new ownership

    Steeton's popular Bridge House Nursery is under new ownership. Charlie and Liz Balding are the new owners of the nursery and out of school club, which jointly provide a service for more than 100 children. Mrs Balding, pictured, who has many ties with

  • Driver bailed

    A Steeton man, who is said to have used his car as a weapon, will have his case heard at Bradford Crown Court. Phillip Kevin Harrison, 30, of Station Road, is accused of dangerous driving in Sutton on September 22. He appeared before Skipton Magistrates

  • Help guide Guide Vicki

    A Guide Guider from Riddlesden is heading to Japan. Vicki Healey is among 18 Guiders from across the country taking part in a cultural exchange. They will travel to Japan at the end of this month and stay there until mid February. Vicki - who is with

  • Housing funds not revealed

    Keighley MP Ann Cryer has demanded a housing trust reveal its long-term financial plans. She wants to check the trust can afford promised improvements to run down homes in Woodhouse. Bradford Community Housing Trust has refused to let Mrs Cryer examine

  • Search begins to find gala queen

    The search is on for this year's Keighley Gala Queen. A selection contest will be held at Keighley Shared Church Hall, on February 2. Doors will open at 1.30pm. Any girl living in the Keighley area who will be 15 years old by June 28 - gala day - is

  • A record year for poppy appeal

    A record £1 million-plus was raised regionally by the Royal British Legion's Poppy Appeal. The Keighley branch has been thanked for its contribution to the £1,055,549 coined in, across West and South Yorkshire. More than £18,500 was raised in Keighley

  • GPs pour scorn on weekend plans

    Plans to force GP surgeries to open evenings and at weekends have provoked fury from an organisation representing local doctors. It says being forced to open for evening and weekend sessions, as proposed by the Government, would harm the most vulnerable

  • Airport sale to release funding

    Oxenhope Parish Council has been asked to start considering how it might spend thousands of pounds from the sale of Leeds Bradford Airport. Addressing members last Thursday, Worth Valley district councillor Peter Hill said the parish would probably be

  • Nick’s fingers crossed after earning place on shortlist

    A Haworth pub landlord is in line for a coveted award. Nick Hindle - of the Fleece Inn, Main Street - has been shortlisted for the Newcomer of the Year title in the prestigious Publican Awards. He is among just six finalists from an original entry of

  • Laycock village hall gets facelift

    Villagers in Laycock can now enjoy brand new kitchen facilities, courtesy of a community grant. Laycock Village Hall has been fitted with a new kitchen, replacing one that had been in place for at least 30 years. Most of the money for the work came

  • Warm tributes paid to estate agency founder

    The founder of a local family-run estate agents has died. Dennis Knowles set up Knowles Estate Agents, based in Briggate, Silsden. He was also chairman of Silsden Civic Society. Mr Knowles, who was in his early 80s, lived at Embsay but was brought up

  • Humpty Dumpties sat on a wall

    An egg with two yolks -- that's the title character in Keighley Amateurs' latest pantomime. The hapless hapless Humpty Dumpty will be played by two different girls during the nine performances. Savannah Horsfall, 11, plays Humpty in most of the shows

  • Horror pile-up man still in hospital after a month

    A Cross Roads resident who was badly injured in a road accident remains in hospital more than a month later. Richard Frear, 26, was driving to work on the Aire Valley trunk road, early in the morning on December 13, when he was involved in a multiple

  • Ambulance launch pad ‘waste of cash’

    A specially built "launch pad" for a rapid response vehicle at Keighley ambulance station is of no use, claims a report. The ramp cost £13,000 to install but its value has been questioned in a hard-hitting document produced by the Patient and Public

  • WHAT'S ON from January 17

    * Bingley Arts Centre: Bingley Little Theatre in comedy Five Blue Haired Ladies Sitting on a Green Park Bench (until Saturday 7.30pm). Phone 01274 432000. * St George's Hall, Bradford: Laughter Show with Ricky Tomlinson, Tony Barton, Coronation Street's

  • No talking at the back! Pupils fall silent for charity

    Keighley schoolchildren will be keeping it zipped' later this month to help people living with cancer. Macmillan Cancer Support is encouraging teachers and schoolchildren to take part in its 12th annual sponsored silence - The Big Hush' - next Friday

  • All mod, no con, from Third Scene

    From the Small Faces to Oasis -- that's the style of Brit pop and Mod themed Keighley covers band The Third Scene. The outfit plays the New Variety Club, Russell Street, on January 26 and the Hudson Pub, Bradford, on February 26. They aim to have fun

  • Readers have their say

    Accustomed to low life break-insOver this weekend, some low life decided to smash one of my car windows and stole a number of items out of the car. My vehicle was parked in my driveway. My whole day was ruined as both my wife and I had planned to go

  • DVDs: Strictly Come Dancercise, Lilia's Latina Tone

    Strictly Come Dancercise. Strictly Come Dancing is back but this time it is cashing in on the fitness market. Erin Boag and Karen Hardy have teamed up to make this exercise DVD. It is packed with lots of fun and quite funky dance moves from the cha

  • MUSIC from January 17

    * Waterlanders play the Cricketers Arms, Coney Lane, tonight. Also jam night on Monday; blues man Charlie White, Tuesday; punk/metal band Spandex Caravan, January 24; 60s covers band Big Bang, 25. * Danny Bryant's Red Eye Band play power blues/and

  • Witches wake up to prizes

    An all-female band with a member from Keighley has won a prestigious music prize for the second year running. Waking the Witch won the Folk/Roots Performer of the Year category in the Classic Rock Society UK awards. The quartet's most recent album Boys

  • Councillors must lead green drive by setting examples

    The latest phase of a Defra funded campaing to increase awareness of climate change has begun. The Bradford Council campaign revolves around an advert focusing on a bee feeding on a dandelion, emerging through the winter snow. Plus leaflets are being

  • Pary together and mark centenary

    Steve Tunstall secretary, Central Keighley Churches Togther writesThe octave of The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity commences tomorrow, Friday, January 18 2008, and continues up to and including Friday, January 25, 2008. This year the week reaches

  • Three in court over death of father-of-two

    A 21-year-old woman and two men have appeared in court in connection with the killing of father-of-two Kevin O'Brien. The trio appeared yesterday in Bradford Magistrates' Court jointly charged with manslaughter, robbery and assault occasioning actual

  • Recalling rough times at Observer post

    Here are the members of the Black Hill post of a unit which started the Second World War as the Observer Corps but which gained the prefix "Royal" in 1941. The photograph was donated to the Keighley archives by the late Eric Binns, one of two full-time