Skipton pub wins another top prize

Craven Herald: Timothy Taylor’s managing director, Charles Dent proudly holds up the CAMRA Beer of the Year Shield flanked by sales director, Grant Simpson (left) and head brewer, Peter Eells (right).

5:17am Saturday 30th August 2014

JUST six weeks after winning Yorkshire's Favourite Pub competition, the Woolly Sheep has won further acclaim for the success of its business and the quality of its cellar.

Craven Curiosities

Craven Herald: Craven curiosities

1:31pm Friday 29th August 2014

AGAIN we had no correct guesses to last week's mystery object.

Black cat make Barnoldswick's inland beach its home

Craven Herald: Councillor David Whipp, a Barnoldswick Beach volunteer, takes a 'selfie' of himself with a black cat that has made the beach its home this month

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.

Pair of red squirrels born at Kilnsey Park Estate colony

Craven Herald: Kilsey Park's unviels new born Squirrels. (9449975)

6:35am Friday 29th August 2014

STAFF at Kilnsey Park Estate are celebrating the arrival of two new baby red squirrels, born just over two weeks ago.

Pretty but deadly

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4:32am Friday 29th August 2014

WHEN I first kept horses, many moons ago, there was no haylage, it was meadow hay or nothing.

Dales lawyer's pride in taking up Lions role

Craven Herald: The new British Lions Manager John Spencer  at Wharfedale Rugby Club. (9420476)

5:10am Thursday 28th August 2014

A LIFE in the Dales and a life at the pinnacle of English rugby union have always proved compatible for Grassington-born solicitor John Spencer.

Garnett's Year

Craven Herald: Garnetts Year - As the lactic acid builds up in the leg muscles a fell runner stoops forward trying to ease the pain whilst accending Kilnsey  Crag Fell Race . (9698278)

5:40am Thursday 28th August 2014

AS THE lactic acid builds up in the leg muscles, a runner stoops forward to try to ease the pain while ascending the slope in the famous Crag Race at KIlnsey Show.

Malham Show trophy winners

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.

Malham Show results

5:50am Thursday 28th August 2014


Gargrave Show trophy winners

3:23am Thursday 28th August 2014


Gargrave Show results

Craven Herald: Gargrave Show results

3:19am Thursday 28th August 2014


Embsay pair start up 'Supper Club' for a novel dining experience

Craven Herald: Embsay women Janet Knowles and Jo Craven set up a "Supper Club "
for local people to enjoy the dinning out experience in someone's home. (9212006)

5:36am Thursday 28th August 2014

A TASTE of metropolitan-style dining comes to the Skipton area in September when two friends host their first 'supper club'.

Mule wethers in strong demand at Skipton

Craven Herald: Shepherd Michael Burnop, Alan Barnes and Gavin Haworth, of sponsors JACS, with the first prize pen of Mule wethers

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.

Bell Busk farmer among the prizes at Craven Dairy Auction

Craven Herald: The Craven Dairy Auction main August show principles are pictured in the Skipton ring. From left are 11-year-old son John Simpson, his uncle and show champion Robert Swires, reserve champion Brian Moorhouse and judge Angus Dean.

7:35am Thursday 28th August 2014

BELL Busk farmer Brian Moorhouse took the reserve championship at the Craven Dairy Auction.

80-year-old takes top honours at shearling show

Craven Herald: John Greenhalgh, right, with his champion pen of Mule gimmer shearlings, joined by co-judges Andrew Ogden, left, and Warwick Gill, who purchased the victors.

7:34am Thursday 28th August 2014

SHEEP farmer John Greenhalgh, still going strong at the age of 80, presented the champion pen of ten Mules at Skipton Auction Mart’s high profile opening gimmer shearling show and sale.

Prime lambs maintain value

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.

Craven Curiosities

Craven Herald: Craven curiosities - picture shows  Cobblers Tools. (6877466)

6:48am Saturday 23rd August 2014

WE had no guesses about last week's Craven Curiosity.

European market organiser makes first foray into Settle

Craven Herald:

6:41am Friday 22nd August 2014

THE culinary delights of the continent will be on offer in Settle Market Place this weekend.

Hay times they are a changin'

Craven Herald:

5:58am Friday 22nd August 2014

ONE of the many parts of Dales farming life to have changed almost beyond recognition in the matter of only a generation or two is hay time.

Genus sale tops at £2,520

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6:26am Thursday 21st August 2014

CHAMPIONSHIP honours at the annual Bentham Genus Dairy Sale was taken by Peter and David Knowles, of Cragg Farm, Kendal.

Garnett's Year

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5:59am Thursday 21st August 2014

THIS magnificent scene shows Broughton Hall couched within a rural landscape as a flock of sheep graze peacefully in the foreground and the late evening hues of a fiery sky provide an intriguing contrast to the bucolic scene.

Albino swallow spotted in Craven

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5:45am Thursday 21st August 2014

A rare albino swallow has been spotted in Craven. This picture was taken by reader Maureen Nicholas in the garden at her Eldroth home on Friday. The internet tells me there's a one-in-18,000 chance of albinism affecting a bird, making this swallow a rare sight indeed. Evidently albinos usually have weak eyesight and brittle wing and tail feathers, which may reduce their ability to fly. They are also often bullied by their own species.

Coniston Cold YFC show is hailed a success

Craven Herald: Winners from Coniston Cold Young Farmers. From the left, back row, Hannah Saxby, Hannah Bolland, Cameron Walton, Angus Walton, Will Throup; front row, Jodie Bolland, Alice Walton, Ellie Saxby, Paddy Capstick and Thomas Capstick

5:41am Thursday 21st August 2014

NUMBERS and standards were extremely good at Coniston Cold Young Farmers' Club's 68th annual show.

New record price as rearing calf ‘kings’ strike again at Skipton

Craven Herald: Family member James Dixon with the Sowray brothers’ latest Skipton rearing calf champion

5:24am Thursday 21st August 2014

A MART record price of £700 was established at Skipton Auction Mart’s summer rearing calf show and sale, which produced tremendous trade not seen since spring.

Prime lamb finish now vital to processors

4:25am Thursday 21st August 2014

ANOTHER increased entry of 4,159 prime sheep at Skipton Auction Mart’s weekly Monday sale produced a visible change in the market place, as processors sought to secure well-finished lambs, demonstrated by their willingness to bid well for good meated types, while shying away from lambs that lacked finish.

Auction mart looks forward to pedigree season

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4:24am Thursday 21st August 2014

SKIPTON Auction Mart is looking forward to its high profile pedigree sheep and cattle autumn highlights, which continue to attract both vendors and buyers from many parts of the country.

On course for a great day of golf

Craven Herald: Ladies Day at Skipton Golf Club . Picture shows  Norrie Earl and Sylvia Eastwood. (8950565)

9:16am Saturday 16th August 2014

ON COURSE for a sporting challenge were these participants at the recent Ladies' Day at Skipton Golf Club.

Chance for hands-on experience of rural life

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4:30am Saturday 16th August 2014

PREPARATIONS are well under way for Countryside Live, the little sister event of the Great Yorkshire Show.

Small bakery in Ingleton makes a big impact

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9:03am Friday 15th August 2014

Since winning the top baking competition in the country, Seasons Cakes in Ingleton has been stamping its baking style across Europe.

Garnett's Year

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9:40am Thursday 14th August 2014

A TRAIN sets off from Skipton Railway Station against the spectacular backdrop of a bright red evening sky as the sun disappears in the west.

Craven Curiosities

Craven Herald: Craven curiosities - picture shows  Cobblers Tools. (6877466)

7:20am Thursday 14th August 2014

CONGRATULATIONS to anyone who guessed last week's mystery object.

Dance students take part in photo shoot

Craven Herald: Students from the Gargrave-based Chance2dance Academy take part in a photo shoot with former student Victoria Hitchon, of Victoria Emma Photography

7:19am Thursday 14th August 2014

STUDENTS from the Gargrave-based Chance2dance Academy were in the frame when they took part in its annual summer school. Not only did they develop a wide variety of dance skills, including learning repertoire from the Ballet Coppelia, they also took part in a photo shoot when former student Victoria Hitchon, of Victoria Emma Photography, came to take pictures for her portfolio. "Everyone enjoyed this special event," said Academy manager Jaki Prescott. "Students later performed some of the dances they had learnt for parents and their families."

Tour brings thoughts of Dales cycling in years gone by

Craven Herald: Tour De France passes through Craven

7:17am Thursday 14th August 2014

THE Tour De France revealed the grandeur of the Yorkshire Dales as never before. I think especially of the sunlit views in a spectacular route taken by hundreds of cyclists as they crossed our district. The massed competitors, crowds of spectators and views of a glorious landscape were transmitted to millions of spectators via film shot from the ITV helicopter.

Healthy approach to running a Dales business

Craven Herald: feature on local buisness woman Julie Dodgson who has set up Crossgate Health and Wellbeing. Picture shows homeopath Sue Best working with Human tincture for organ support. (9046446)

7:06am Thursday 14th August 2014

When conventional medicine failed to help Julie Dodgson, despite two years of visiting the doctor and treatment at St James's Hospital in Leeds, she turned to alternative treatment.

Glorious Twelfth follows national Hen Harrier Day.

Craven Herald: Hen harrier, adult female in flight...Pic by Andy Hay ( 

6:28am Thursday 14th August 2014

A NATIONAL spotlight on the plight of the hen harrier coincided with the start of this year's grouse shooting season.

Swires bounce back to top form at Craven Dairy Auction

Craven Herald: Pictured with the champion and reserve at the opening August Craven Dairy Auction are, from left, Megan Thomas, local representative of new sponsors G Shepherd Animal Health, judge Richard Crabtree, exhibitor Robert Swires and his nephew John Simpson.

6:24am Thursday 14th August 2014

FATHER and son "milk men" Malcolm and Robert Swires returned to the Craven Dairy Auction show arena after a long break and made an immediate impact when securing a virtual clean sweep of the leading spoils at the opening August show at Skipton Auction Mart on Monday.

Milnerfield Shires on parade at packed Skipton dispersal sale

Craven Herald: Milnerfield Tilly and her filly foal are put through their paces at Skipton Auction Mart

6:23am Thursday 14th August 2014

SHIRE horses and coloured cobs from the well-known Milnerfield Stables of farmer Keith Downs and his wife Pam went under the hammer at a dispersal sale at Skipton Auction Mart on Saturday.

Strong trade for black and white calves

5:30am Thursday 14th August 2014

DAIRY-BRED youngsters were prominent among the 80-strong turnout at Skipton Auction Mart’s weekly Monday rearing calf sale.

Good trade for smarter lambs

5:29am Thursday 14th August 2014

AN increased entry of 3,666 prime sheep at Skipton Auction Mart’s weekly Monday sale saw the 3,176 lambs selling to an overall average of £70.37 per head, or 168.06p/kg.

Beltex are the pick of Skipton store lambs

5:28am Thursday 14th August 2014

SKIPTON Auction Mart’s fortnightly store sheep sale last Wednesday attracted another solid turnout of 4,775 head.

Cull cows to the fore

5:22am Thursday 14th August 2014

THE 40 prime cattle forward for Skipton Auction Mart’s weekly Monday sale again saw cast cattle in the majority, with a turnout of 34 head.

NFU highlights decline in self-sufficiency

4:39am Thursday 14th August 2014

THE National Farmers Union (NFU) is using today [August 7] to highlight the backward slide of food security in UK food production as self-sufficiency has dropped two per cent year-on-year to 60 per cent – despite British farmers being geared up to produce more.

Top pictures from Settle Camera Club

Craven Herald: Image by John Cooper - Smith (8465392)

4:02pm Saturday 9th August 2014

THESE arresting images were all taken by members of Settle Camera Club and judged in a competition by the Craven Herald's own award-winning photographer, Stephen Garnett.

Garnett's Year

Craven Herald: Garnetts Year  Standing proud against a dramatic sunset  All Saints Church stands as it has for 900 years between the two
hamlets of Broughton and Elslack. (8947573)

6:55am Friday 8th August 2014

STANDING proud against a dramatic sunset, All Saints' Church sits as it has for 900 years, between the villages of Broughton and Elslack.

Team gives advice on how Dales farmers can battle soil erosion

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5:56am Friday 8th August 2014

THE Dales are one of Britain's most iconic and beautiful landscapes, enjoyed by millions of visitors every year.

Wildlife flourishing in Yorkshire Dales National Park

Craven Herald: (8929320)

6:41am Thursday 7th August 2014

THE Yorkshire Dales National Park is a great place to live – and that’s not just for humans.

Keelhams buy up Skipton Auction Mart champions again

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4:38pm Thursday 7th August 2014

KEELHAM Farm Shop in Thornton, Bradford, again demonstrated its unremitting support for local farming when snapping up both the prime cattle and lamb champions for the day’s leading prices at Skipton Auction Mart’s August shows and sales. (Mon, Aug 4)

Craven Curiosities

Craven Herald: This week's mystery object

4:34pm Thursday 7th August 2014

A NUMBER of people correctly guessed the identity of last week's mystery object.

Clarendon wins CAMRA's Pub of the Season

Craven Herald: Ashley and Hayley Crampton, licensees of the Clarendon Hotel, Hebden

6:56am Thursday 7th August 2014

A DALES community pub is celebrating after winning the first CAMRA Pub of the Season award under new rules.

Scottish title for Skipton sheep breeders

Craven Herald: Gavin and Becky Haworth with their champion Jacob

6:28am Thursday 7th August 2014

SKIPTON couple Gavin and Becky Haworth triumphed at the First Scottish National Show of Jacob Sheep.

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