• Dead Funny -- Bingley Little Theatre

    Dead Funny Bingley Arts Centre Bingley Little Theatre's current production had its moments but for me it didn't live up to its title. The play, set in 1992 in the week following the death of Benny Hill, brings together four members of the Dead

  • Red-hot Cougars look for third win

    Keighley Cougars got their 2008 league campaign off to a cracking start with two good wins over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend. They kicked off the season with a 26-0 victory at Hunslet Hawks on Good Friday in what head coach Barry Eaton described as

  • BOOK: The Point of Rescue -- Sophie Hannah

    Yet again this Keighley author hooks the reader with an original and intriguing set-up. And again she keeps us gripped with frequent twists, involving characters and a constant air of menace. The Point of Rescue begins as married mother Sally Thorning

  • Tribute paid to legend Ward, 85

    Keighley rugby league great Len Ward, 85, died last Friday morning at Airedale Hospital. Mr Ward, who was from Steeton, played for Keighley in the 1940s and 50s and also represented Yorkshire. He was inducted into the Cougars Hall of Fame a few years

  • Lee loaned out to Rochdale

    Macclesfield Town goalkeeper Tommy Lee, who is from Keighley, has been loaned out to League Two promotion-chasing side Rochdale. The 22-year-old former Man-chester United trainee has made a total of 67 appearances for the Silkmen with 20 of those coming

  • Referee recognised for long service

    Keighley referee Simon Todd received an award from the West Riding County FA for 25 years of long service. Todd, 62, is a Level 5 referee, who currently officiates in the Harrogate & District Association Football League, the Claro Sunday Football League

  • Back Chat

    After a week in which two well-known Premiership players made the headlines for their outbursts against referees, it was very nice to see one of our local officials, Simon Todd, honoured by the West Riding County FA for his 25 years of long service.

  • Riders pull out all the stops for Ben

    This year's Easter weekend was blessed with snow in Skipton but as usual the bike trial community were not put off by the inclement weather and turned out to support the charity bike trial event - The Easter Bunny Hop - to help raise money for the Candlelighters

  • Ali avenges loss, Ayub wins again

    Three local boxers scored impressive wins away in Doncaster and Sheffield late last week. Mohammad Ali of Eastburn Amateur Boxing Club boxed a rematch against John Gaskin of Doncaster on Friday. In their previous encounter at Bradford City's Valley

  • Rooke hat-trick seals U-19s place in final

    Silsden U-19s 3 Yorkshire Main 2 Silsden AFC Academy won an enthralling encounter at Cougar Park last Wednesday night to book a place in the Northern Alliance U-19 League Cup final. This was a cup classic between two excellent sides that set out to

  • Silsden sunk by admirable Nelson

    Silsden 0 Nelson 1 Silsden slumped to a home defeat at the hands of bottom side Nelson on Bank Holiday Monday. The loss adds to the air of disbelief following the Cobbydalers last defeat at the hands of lowly Abbey Hey. Nelson's had shown improvement

  • Lions tamed as solid start to season goes on

    Keighley Cougars 21 Swinton Lions 12 Easter heralded a couple of days of holiday and over-indulgence for many of us. But for the Keighley Cougars it signalled their second league match in four days at a time when the team's resolve and fitness is tested

  • Children enjoy their taste of ‘Olympic’ action

    A Rush Moor medal winner joined her four-year-old son in a mock version of the Olympics at a Silsden Pre-School. Louise Maude, who won a bronze medal for Netball in a 1990 international competition for non-Olympic sports participated in a mini version

  • Shocked Emily gains a place on expedition to southern Africa

    A South Craven School pupil will be going on a once-in-a-lifetime trip to southern Africa this summer. Emily Yates, 16, is looking forward to travelling to South Africa, Namibia and Lesotho in July and August. Her school nominated her for the month-long

  • Wonderland for play has been opened

    A range of new outdoor recreational facilities has been formally launched at Oakworth Primary School. It is the culmination of months of fundraising, carried out by the school to transform an expanse of bare, rough asphalt into a stimulating, educational

  • Pupils worked out answer as £1,140

    Most children would view extra maths homework as a chore, but Oxenhope Primary School pupils have managed to make money from it. The school of just 147 children has raised a whopping £1,140 for the NSPCC through doing maths tests and puzzles. Sarah

  • Opinions wanted on how to improve village

    Town councillors in Denholme want residents to tell them how they can make things better in the area. This spring they will send a questionnaire to all villagers asking them to suggest improvements. They are also holding regular surgeries as well as

  • Tributes paid to former district nurse Grace, 95

    Sister Grace Winterbottom, a midwife who worked in the Keighley district for nearly three decades, has died aged 95. Grace (nee Field) was originally from Barnet and moved to Bolton in Lancashire when she was 12, following the death of her mother. She

  • GP provision set for revamp

    Patients are set to get easier access to GP services. At least half of doctors' practices across the district will be required to offer extended opening times. And Bradford and Airedale Teaching Primary Care Trust is currently in discussions about the

  • ‘We’re helping with transport’

    A LACK of power has not stopped town councillors from helping to tackle Keighley's traffic problems, a leading member has said. The watch and transport committee chairman Cllr Graham Mitchell explained he and colleagues had successfully lobbied for improvements

  • Disruption warning as water work begins

    Pedestrians and motorists are being warned to expect some disruption in East Parade, Keighley, for the next fortnight as work is carried out to restore water mains beneath the pavement. A spokesman for Yorkshire Water said the work, which will begin

  • Catering staff on summer simmer

    Catering staff at Airedale Hospital will not know until the summer who their future employer will be. Three companies are competing for control of the hospital canteen, which Airedale managers controversially put out to tender after they couldn't meet

  • Police chief tells of pride in force

    Two detectives whose dogged determination to solve an armed robbery at a bingo hall have been honoured. The story of their expertise was told at the Bradford North and Keighley Divisional police presentation evening last week. Detective Sergeant Ben

  • Display marks track’s glorious four decades

    On Saturday June 29, 1968, at 2.35pm, a special steam train was flagged away from Keighley station up the steep gradient of the Worth Valley to Ingrow, then Damems - one of the smallest stations in the country - into Oakworth and Haworth before finally

  • Prolific burglar goes on the run

    A Keighley man is on the run after absconding from an open prison. Richard Geary, left, and a fellow prisoner walked out of HMP Sudbury in Derbyshire last Wednesday . Police are appealing for anyone with information about the whereabouts of 43-year-old

  • Stop crying poor tale over services

    Keighley town councillors have quite rightly posed the question - just what is Bradford Council's Youth Services department doing help this area? At a meeting, instead of listing what they are doing and what they should be doing all that two members

  • Pots, kettles and roads on readers' minds

    Research into war heroWe are currently investigating the background of Private William Simpson from Cliffe Terrace, Springbank, Ingrow, Keighley, who died 13/07/1917, and was buried in our town Oudenburg, near Ostend. He was one of the 12 British soldiers

  • Easter gives time to strengthen faith

    Audrey Hope of Oxenhope Methodist Church writesSome time go I attended a church meeting when the minister asked if anyone knew what "Mizpah" meant. Well, in my box of treasures I have a Mizpah brooch, bought for my grandmother by my grandfather in about

  • Procession was a highlight of the year

    The May Queen and her retinue appear on the right of this traditional May procession from St Anne's Roman Catholic Church in the early 20th century. The children are passing the imposing United Methodist Free Church in Cavendish Street. The photograph

  • Beyond the Pale with Exoterik

    Supporting Keighley goth band Exoterik on their single launch night will be alt-rockers Pale. The Staffordshire band were invited after supporting Exoterik early this month at the Rigger in Newcastle. Pale are said to combine slash-jangle and storm-force

  • Into the 80s with Sutton Amateurs

    It's the overflowing eighties as Sutton Amateurs kick-off their birthday celebrations with full houses. The final night of their latest show is already sold out and other performances could go the same way. People from as far away as Hull, Manchester

  • WHAT'S ON from Thursday March 27

    Bingley Arts Centre: Bingley Little Theatre in comedy Dead Funny (until Saturday). Phone 01274 432000. There are now the the side?? Bradford Alhambra: family musical Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (until April 5). Phone 01274 432000. Victoria Theatre,

  • MUSIC from March 27

    Dave Lloyd sings at the Vine, off South Street, Keighley, tonight. Baccapipes Folk Club hosts singers nights (Friday) and singer/songwriter Pete Morton (April 4), 8.30pm at Keighley Ukrainian Club, 9 Henry Street. Phone 01535 605310.

  • Autoharp hero at Baccapipes

    International autoharp legend Bryan Bowers shows off his talents in Keighley next month. As a child he tagged along with field workers and gandy dancers while learning to sing old call-and-answer songs. In the late 1960s he encountered the autoharp,