• Rhythm ’n bales event proves a hit

    The Blues Brothers ran in Oxenhope Straw Race last Sunday – and took along their own band. Musicians played classic songs as the two ‘soul brothers’ carried a 20kg bale of hay through the village streets. And once the duo finished the

  • Co-op cash boost for the PAWE scheme

    A Keighley scheme which helps and rewards young people has received £2,000. The Co-operative Members Community Fund has presented members of Keighley Personal Award for Excellence (PAWE) with a cheque to help towards their outdoor pursuits residential

  • Pupils sitting for education battle

    University Academy Keighley students staged a mass sit-in to pressure governments to provide education for all children across the globe. The students from year seven wanted to showcase the worldwide “Send my friend to school” campaign, which they support

  • Ella is named student of the year for her part-time study

    A teenager from Oakbank School has been named student of the year in a Keighley college’s pre-16 vocational education awards. Ella Wells is among hundreds of students who take part-time courses at the Keighley Campus of Leeds City College.

  • Mayor is game for Olympics

    A joint initiative funded by two councils introduced children to some of the values associated with the Olympics and Paralympics. More than 300 children from local primary schools participated in ‘Playing for Gold’ at Cliffe Castle Park. The mini-Olympics

  • Children ‘inspired’ by their sporting visitors

    Oldfield Primary, which stages a WOW Day at the start of each term, welcomed sporting visitors, who spoke to the pupils and gave them a taste of activities. Those present included Wilf Scarborough from Oakworth Cricket Club, David Ingham, of Keighley

  • Odsal is the scene for world record

    Keighley schoolchildren were among more than 10,000 from across the district who filled Odsal Stadium at Bradford for a dance and sport extravaganza celebrating the 2012 Olympic Games. Shaking their limbs to a lively Latin-inspired beat, 4,000 of them

  • Fundraising night in aid of coma teacher

    A nightclub is hosting an event to raise money for the family of a Keighley teacher left in a coma after being attacked in Thailand. The Adam Pickles Fancy Dress Fundraiser will take place in K2, in High Street, Keighley, tomorrow night. Mr Pickles

  • Jail for burglar who targeted neighbour, 81

    A drug user who struggled with an 81-year-old woman in her flat before stealing £70 from her handbag has been jailed for four and a half years. Dorothy Tennant fell to the ground in the hallway of her home while tussling with Rosalyn Edmonson who was

  • £27,000 bill for waste lorry breaches

    A waste processing company has admitted breaching out-of-hours restrictions for lorries entering and leaving its rendering plant near Denholme. Omega Proteins, based at Erlings Works, has agreed to pay Bradford Council £12,000 in costs following lengthy

  • Terror as driver jumps rail lights

    A father-of-three has been banned from driving for 18 months after he tried to run a red light and got his vehicle trapped between barriers at a level crossing, sparking scenes of “panic” as a train approached. Elderly people and children were among

  • Will powers to Bradford golf title

    Haworth-based Will Whiteoak turned the tables on his Bingley St Ives club-mate Terry Brushwood to win the Bradford Amateur Strokeplay Championship. With Bradford and Yorkshire junior titles already under his belt, the 18-year-old won his first senior

  • Keighley trio earn selection for Yorkshire schools

    Keighley first-teamers Freddie Pearson, Joe Stead and Jonny Wilkinson have been selected for the Yorkshire Schools’ Cricket Association senior side. The trio have had to go through various trials, including a final one at Castleford’s Savile Park ground

  • Farewell service for Sutton minister off to Mauritius

    A Sutton woman is leaving her post as a minister in the Airedale Methodist Circuit to do mission work on Mauritius. The Rev Charlotte Common, who is the minister for St Andrew’s Church, Cowling, Steeton Methodist Church and Eastburn Chapel, is departing

  • Police probe daylight ‘attack’ in town centre

    A man was allegedly assaulted and robbed of his mobile phone following a confrontation with two youths in Keighley. Police were called to Mornington Street, close to the town centre, at 11.30am on Monday. A spokesman for Airedale and North Bradford

  • Graveyard home scheme shelved

    Latest plans to build a house at the entrance to an Oakworth graveyard have been shelved. Landowner Paul Rose had wanted to locate the home, at Chapel Lane, on the same spot where the Methodist cemetery’s entrance wall and gates were demolished in 2008

  • Pledge to fight sex grooming

    A landmark meeting has sealed a pledge to tackle sexual grooming and exploitation of girls. The chief constable of West Yorkshire Police, Sir Norman Bettison, chaired the gathering of police, community and religious leaders. The initiative has been

  • Silsden community hall campaign

    Silsden Town Council is spearheading a campaign to build a £600,000-plus community hall in the town park. The two-storey premises would replace three run-down buildings that are currently used by football, rugby and bowls players teams. It could also

  • Wheels in motion at driving centre

    Construction work on a new driving centre in Steeton is under way. The Driving Standards Agency expects the centre, on the industrial estate at Steeton Grove, to be fully operational by the end of next month. The centre, which will test drivers of cars

  • Councillor hits out at ‘cowardly’ attack

    A 175-year-old protected oak tree in Silsden has died following a suspected second poison attack. The large tree at the junction of Woodside Road and Elliott Street was killed in what local councillor Adrian Naylor branded a “cowardly” attack. The tree

  • Witness appeal after boy, 12, hit in the face

    Police are appealing for witnesses following an alleged attempted robbery of two boys near Lund Park in Keighley. Two teenagers approached the boys, aged 12 and 11, at about 9pm last Friday near the park entrance on Malsis Road. One of the assailants

  • All set for festival's week of fun

    This year’s revitalised Keighley Festival will be “the greatest show Keighley has ever seen”. That is the promise of Malcolm Hanson, one of the festival’s leading lights, on the eve of the 2012 festival. More than 50 events and activities will be held

  • Park plans for a new playground

    Plans have been revealed for a major new playground in Cliffe Castle Park. The proposed play area, just below the existing playground, would have separate areas for three different age groups. Equipment would include a crawl tunnel, basket swing, wooden

  • Chance to find out about running a pub

    Newcomers are being sought to run the Gatehouse and Gardeners pubs in Keighley town centre. They are among several pubs across West Yorkshire, owned by Admiral Taverns, which need new landlords The company, which has 1,200 pubs, is hosting a recruitment

  • Son punched his father and cut him with cheese knife

    A 34-year-old man has been spared an immediate jail sentence for wounding his father with a cheese knife after the judge heard of his “great strides” to address his drug and alcohol addiction. Damian Peyton, of Greenhead Road, Keighley, threw punches

  • Hats off to sales champs!

    Budding entrepreneurs from schools across Keighley tried to sell their wares at a special market on Church Green. The youngsters won the chance to take part in Saturday’s event after impressing experts with their business ideas in a Dragons’ Den-style

  • Hunt on for car after ram-raider hits store

    A balaclava-wearing driver ram-raided a town centre pawn shop - while it was open – in a bid to steal jewellery. A display window of Cash Converters in Cavendish street was smashed and wrenched out of its frame – but the would-be raider sped away empty-handed

  • Torch day was an enlightening event

    GEORGE JARVIS Airedale Church writes On June 24, Keighley experienced an historic, possibly never-to-be-repeated, event when a reported 20,000 of its townsfolk turned out to see the Olympic Torch, passing through the town on its journey to the Olympic

  • Keep spirit of the Games burning by supporting events

    Our challenge went out last week, in the wake of thousands turning out to see the Olympic Torch pass through the town, to build on the community spirit which was clear to see. This weekend sees a fantastic chance to build on that legacy by offering

  • From jobs to democracy - your views

    ‘Shrinking economy’s not fault of the jobless’How shocking and ignorant of Kris Hopkins MP that he supports the idea of cutting benefits to Yorkshire people. The Tory party line alleging that the unemployed in Keighley and the wider region are suffering

  • WHAT'S ON from Thursday July 5

    Oldfield House, Oldfield: picnic show tunes concert Some Enchanted Evening (Saturday). Phone 01535 670354. Oakworth Methodist Church: KYDZ Keighley Youth Theatre in comedy with music Drama Queens (July 13/14, 7.30 pm). Phone 01535 219705. Oakworth

  • MUSIC from July 5

    Exchange Arts Centre, Russell Street, Keighley: indie band Wooden Machine plus Box Jellys (tomorrow); Big Hair classic rock night (Saturday); open mic night (Tuesday); film Festival with The debt railway Children (Wednesday); improv comedy show (Thursday