6:33am Saturday 20th September 2014
6:38am Friday 19th September 2014
6:19am Friday 19th September 2014
7:19am Thursday 18th September 2014
7:13am Thursday 18th September 2014
THE first batch of autumn and winter flowering pansies and viola were pricked out during the first week of August, which will be starting to flower and ready for sale during early September. This batch is relatively small in volume as it is still early - yet it meets demand.
6:36am Thursday 18th September 2014
5:53am Thursday 18th September 2014
4:38am Thursday 18th September 2014
4:33am Thursday 18th September 2014
A BACK-TO-BACK championship double was secured by the Smearsett flock of North Craven’s WA and A Booth at the big opening annual ewe lamb show and sale for members of the North of England Mule Sheep Association (NEMSA) at Skipton Auction Mart.
7:12am Friday 12th September 2014
6:42am Friday 12th September 2014
AS oil and gas gets ever more expensive - and the time when it runs out draws ever closer - how the country moves towards more sustainable energy is at the forefront of scientific and political thinking.
7:29am Thursday 11th September 2014
7:18am Thursday 11th September 2014
A fascinating story about a French master at Ermysted's Grammar School and his connections with the First World War appeared 50 years ago in the Craven Herald. Monsieur Colombain, a graduate of Oxford University, taught French at Ermysted's from 1911 to 1914, when he went on holiday and did not return. The war broke out, he enlisted and was commissioned in the French Army. He was wounded twice and after the war, worked for the League of Nations and then the International Labour Office, where he was a high ranking official in the Co-operative Division until his retirement. Some 50 years later, he shared his memories of Skipton with the Yorkshire Peer, Lord Peddie at a conference they both attended in La Baule, France. M Colombain told Lord Peddie, then chairman of the Co-operative Party, how he would be delighted to hear from any of his old pupils. Then 74, he recalled how the school had come to his assistance during the war when he had wanted to get his French soldiers to play rugby behind the lines. He wrote to the headmaster, Mr Powell, and back from the boys came a ball which the French soldiers put to good use. Meanwhile, one of the former French master's pupils, William Hardacre of Skipton remembered him well.Not only did he teach French, but he also took PT, in which he issued all instructions in French. He was also a keen rugby player and played for the school's XV in matches against sides including Leeds Rifles.
6:38am Thursday 11th September 2014
6:11am Thursday 11th September 2014
Cattle: Pauls Agricultural Trophy (champion beef) - S Mason; Loxham and Son Cup (most points in cattle), John Pattinson and Sons Cup (best exhibitor-bred cattle entry), Preston Farmers Cup (best female animal), Jeremiah Hartley Cup (best in milk heifer), Vale of Lune Harriers cup (best Jersey) and Simon Swinn Cup (cow or heifer with best udder) - R and E Butterfield; Harrison Brothers Rosebowl (best group of three cattle) and the Natwest Trophy (best pair of cows or heifers), TE and M Priestley; James Proctor Cup (best heifer calf within 20-mile radius), YFC Challenge Cup (best YFC heifer) and the YFC challenge cup (best exhibit from member of Burton-in-Lonsdale Young Farmers) - W and S Airey; TS Jackson Shield (reserve commercial champion); and Richard Taylor and Son Cup (best herd) - I Sedgwick.
6:39am Thursday 11th September 2014
5:38am Thursday 11th September 2014
4:36am Thursday 11th September 2014
A NEW Skipton Auction Mart record price for a single sheep of 9,500 guineas, or £9,975, was established at the Beltex Sheep Society’s 14th annual show and sale of pedigree rams and females at Skipton Auction Mart.
3:38am Thursday 11th September 2014
6:20am Friday 5th September 2014
9:19am Thursday 4th September 2014
An unusual First World War service medal passed down to a Skipton man has got him wondering if there are any others still in the area. Bill Reynoldson, 83, of Shortbank Road, was given the medal after his father George passed away in the 1960s. Recent attention on the centenary of the start of the war prompted Bill, a retired plasterer, to dig it out. His father had worked on the Bolton Abbey estate before joining the Army and going off to war. When he returned, George was one of several estate workers presented with the specially-struck medal by estate owners the Cavendish family. It is gold, roughly circular, and with filigree edging with entwined letters B and A on the front. Bill said: “My father never ever talked about the war. I don’t even know what regiment he was in, though I recall something about the Green Howards. I believe the medals were given to all the workers who came home, but there couldn’t have been that many struck. With such strong local connections, it would be interesting to know if any more are out there.”
7:15am Thursday 4th September 2014
6:12am Thursday 4th September 2014
6:10am Thursday 4th September 2014
The first analyses of the Tour de France’s impact on Craven suggest the event was a massive success, though some of the effects were mixed, according to officials whose task it was to ensure all went smoothly when one of the world’s biggest sporting events came to the Dales. Stuart Thompson spoke to some of those most closely involved in the huge effort to get the district on its collective bike.
5:54am Thursday 4th September 2014
4:36am Thursday 4th September 2014
Sheep: Airedale Beagles Cup for (best male Dalesbred) and Tennant Gill Cup (most points in open Swaledale at Gargrave, Malham and Kilnsey shows) - R Close; UWAS Cup (best Dalesbred ewe or gimmer) and Bernie Close Memorial Cup (best Dalesbred) - J Bradley; Dennis Manby Cup (best Swaledale) - J Addyman; Norman Trees Challenge Cup (best Masham) - M & B Allen; WM Dalton Cup (best Masham gimmers) and Strathallan Cup (most points in Dalesbred and Masham classes) - JM Wilson & Son; James Lambert Cup (best Blue-faced Leicester) - H Critchlow; Dick Foster Trophy (best local gimmer Mule) - W Wildman; SJ Verity Memorial Cup (best Mule) - Messrs Lord; Binns Trophy (best single texel ram lamb) - J & A North; Perrings Family Trophy (best Texel) - M Perrings; Lord Cup (best Gritstone) and Scriven Cup (best Lonk) - S & P Scrivin; Bradley Chandler Cup (best Teeswater) - A Fisher; Jackson Cup (best pair of prime lambs) - J Stephenson; Joan Barker Shield (best Zwartbles) - R Heigh; Windle Beech Winthrop (cup (best Beltex) - W Beckwith; Upper Wharfedale NFU Cup (supreme sheep in show) - C Marwood.
4:07pm Wednesday 3rd September 2014
3:18pm Wednesday 3rd September 2014
3:18pm Wednesday 3rd September 2014
RHODE Island Red poultry breeder Trevor Hardaker, of Lower Dunsforth, was champion with three 22-week-old point of lay pullets at the Craven Feather Auctions summer show and sale of poultry and waterfowl at Skipton Auction Mart.
3:08pm Wednesday 3rd September 2014
A HERDWICK gimmer shearling from Ian and Angela Grisedale, of Green Mount Farm, Crooklands, Kendal, was champion in the sheep show classes at Skipton Auction Mart’s annual rare and native stock breeders auctions of rare, minority and traditional breeds of cattle, sheep, goats and pigs.
2:42pm Wednesday 3rd September 2014
PEDIGREE sheep breeder Andrew Fisher, of Well House, Low Laithe, Harrogate, was supreme champion at the 123rd annual show and sale for the Wensleydale Longwool Sheep Breeders’ Association at Skipton Auction Mart.
5:17am Saturday 30th August 2014
1:31pm Friday 29th August 2014
12:49pm Friday 29th August 2014
AN appeal has been made to find the owner of a black cat found living on a 'beach' in Barnoldswick town centre. The black moggy has made Barnoldswick Beach its home since the popular visitor attraction opened earlier this month. As the owner has yet to come forward, there are fears it has been abandoned. Councillor David Whipp, a Barnoldswick beach volunteer, said: “The sands of time are running out for town square beach cat. The beach ends on August 30 and this friendly moggy will be without a home. It’s very affectionate and not your regular beach bum. It’s quite a fearless feline with an interest in large dogs. You can tell it’s a Barlicker, as it walks in the middle of the road like the rest of us. It would be great to find its original home or rehome it with a good family. At the moment, it’s sleeping in our beach marquee.” Joanne Geldard, clerk to Barnoldswick Town Council, said: “I first noticed the cat right before we put the beach in place. It’s really unusual to see a cat in a town centre and so it stood out to me as being unusual. Since then, people have reported seeing it sleeping on the beach and the local shops have been feeding it throughout the day.” Anyone who recognises the cat can call in at the beach or phone 01282 666777.
6:35am Friday 29th August 2014
4:32am Friday 29th August 2014
5:10am Thursday 28th August 2014
5:40am Thursday 28th August 2014
5:47am Thursday 28th August 2014
Cattle: Preston Farmers’ Cup (reserve dairy animal); Mellin Cup (best local dairy animal) and Fritsilver Trophy (best local cow in calf) - IR and D Wellock; Wolfenden Trophy (champion dairy animal), Arla Foods Trophy (best cow in milk) and Clowes Cup (best cattle group) - GW and M Coates; Verity Cup (best local heifer in calf) - A Ayrton; Townson Bros Trophy (champion Highland) and Willis Trophy (best Highland cow) - G Braines; Thompson Cup (best pure bred breeding animal), Bob Taylor Cup (champion commercial beef), Stephenson Family Cup (champion pure bred), Foster Memorial Trophy (most points in cattle section) and Bollthwaite Trophy (best homebred male or female, any breed) - JW Stephenson.
5:36am Thursday 28th August 2014
7:39am Thursday 28th August 2014
CRAVEN Cattle Mart's fortnightly sale of store lambs saw an increased entry of 6,828 head sell at an overall average of £55.69 per head, up £1.27 on the previous year’s corresponding fixture last Wednesday.
7:35am Thursday 28th August 2014
7:34am Thursday 28th August 2014
4:26am Thursday 28th August 2014
WITH numbers short around the country, the turnout of 3,234 prime lambs at Skipton Auction Mart’s Bank Holiday Monday sale held their value selling at an overall average of £69.72 per head or 164.4p/kg.
6:48am Saturday 23rd August 2014