John Newman is a guest on Celebrity Juice

Craven Herald: Pink hues of Japanese cherry blossom frame  the historic facade of Parceval Hall, near Appletreewick

11:00am Friday 18th April 2014

Singing sensation John Newman, who hails from Stainforth, was a guest on the first of a new series of television’s Celebrity Juice on Thursday. Presented by Keith Lemon and with team captains Holly Willoughby and Fearne Cotton, the show is not for the faint-hearted. True to form, the first of the new series included one game involving one of John’s fellow panellists having custard and chocolate mousse thrown in his face and another featuring ‘Easter bunnies’, who were actually scantily clad muscle-bound men, passing Easter eggs around in their mouths.

Why green must not mean go

Craven Herald: SPACE FOR DANCE: Morris dancers in action on a village green

7:00am Friday 18th April 2014

The result of a court case involving a North Yorkshire coastal community could have a significant impact on the fate of precious open spaces in the heart of Craven as development pressure hots up, says John Sheard

Diamond days for the Dales

Craven Herald: Colin Speakman

4:17pm Thursday 17th April 2014

A book filled with stunning pictures illustrating the changing face of one of Britain’s most treasured landscapes has been published to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Lesley Tate talks to the book’s author, Colin Speakman, one of the park’s greatest champions, about how it has developed from uncertain beginnings to face a future that may be richer in spirit than funds A fabulously illustrated book written by one of the great champions of the Yorkshire Dales National Park has been released in celebration of its diamond jubilee.

It’s growing wild in the country

Craven Herald: ALL IN A WORKING DAY: The Flowers of the Dales Festival includes spending a day with a National Trust ranger. Last year, eight-year-old Jessica Swales found out what the work was all about

4:25pm Thursday 17th April 2014

A series of events are being put on across the Yorkshire Dales to highlight the floral spendour of this special landscape, as Clive White reports.

Boothman takes the early spring honours at Skipton

Craven Herald: BEST: The Skipton ewes with lambs at foot champions with exhibitor Thomas Boothman, co-sponsor Ed Tinker, judge Richard Caton, and co-sponsor Robert Garth

8:00am Saturday 5th April 2014

Linton’s Thomas Boothman was the headline performer at Skipton Auction Mart’s opening early Spring show of 219 ewes with 380 lambs at foot.

Skipton Auction Mart's new sheep tagging rules

1:57pm Friday 4th April 2014

Skipton Auction Mart has implemented new sheep tagging legislation which will affect sheep farmers across the region.

anna louise and Phillip mathew dowbiggin & wild

4:51am Thursday 27th March 2014

DOWBIGGIN & WILD John Dowbiggin and family would like to announce the engagement and wedding of Anna Louise to Phillip Mathew Wild of Melbourne. They both live in Sydney, Australia. Wishing them every happiness.

Sowray brothers’ double success

Craven Herald: CALVES: Skipton’s March rearing calf champion and reserve with Shaun Sowray, James Dixon, BOCM Pauls’ Keith Colley and judge Gareth Hogg

10:00am Friday 21st March 2014

Multiple Skipton Auction Mart calf show champions, brothers Shaun and Peter Sowray of Bowes Green Farm, Bishop Thornton, struck again when securing both leading honours at the annual spring show and sale on Monday.

A brief history of gin

Craven Herald: Julian Kaye, owner of The Wright Wine Company

10:36am Friday 21st March 2014

Gin – from the scourge of society to middle-class Surbiton, it is a drink with wide popular appeal. The Wright Wine Company in Raikes Road, Skipton, is about to open a dedicated “gin room”. Owner Julian Kaye talks about the drink’s long-standing appeal

A romantic view of High Craven

Craven Herald: Goredale Scar

11:00am Saturday 15th March 2014

The Yorkshire Dales enjoyed a special place in the hearts of 18th century tourists. Dr Bill Mitchell looks at a special time in High Craven’s history

Littondale farmer follows the family tradition

Craven Herald: Rachael Lund with some of her animals

11:00am Saturday 15th March 2014

Farmer Rachael Lund might have been crowned the ‘strongest woman in Littondale’ on several occasions, but it’s her strength of character that impresses most. Victoria Benn reports.

RSPB plea to look out for hen harriers

Craven Herald: A hen harrier carries a twig back to its nest

12:20pm Friday 14th March 2014

As spring gets under way, the RSPB is asking people who spend time in the Yorkshire Dales to keep their eyes peeled for hen harriers, the country’s most threatened bird of prey.

Mart's charity auctions raise £3,000 for Brooklands School and Manorlands Hospice

Craven Herald: In the sensory room at Brookands are, from left, deputy head Liz Buffett, Cath Cromarty, Christine Clarkson, Helen Herd, Dorothy Dean and Manorlands’ Rachel Cunningham.

8:00am Friday 14th March 2014

Brooklands Community Special School in Skipton and Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice in Oxenhope have again benefited from the proceeds of charity auctions staged following the annual Christmas primestock shows and Great Northern Pork Pie Competition at Skipton Auction Mart last December.

A well-travelled wine specialist

Craven Herald: Jackie Sugden hosts a wine appreciation session in The Wine Shop, Grassington

12:26pm Friday 14th March 2014

Jackie Sugden is the owner of The Wine Shop in Grassington. But her journey to Yorkshire has proved to be a colourful one

NFU urge Government to review flooding policy

Craven Herald: Flood water nearly tops a dry stone wall in fields near Carleton

12:24pm Friday 14th March 2014

The NFU has called on the Government to review its flooding policies and commit more money into helping to reduce further risks to the British countryside.

Tom Heseltine wins British Poultry Council Scholarship

Craven Herald: Tom Heseltine

12:23pm Friday 14th March 2014

A Craven man has received a scholarship to encourage him to pursue a career in the poultry industry.

Young farmers celebrate competition success

Craven Herald: Eddie Holgate, winner of the Young Farmers Club member’s trophy, receiving his award

3:17pm Thursday 13th March 2014

Year 10 Settle College pupil Eddie Holgate, a member of Rathmell Young Farmers, impressed judges with his knowledge and stockmanship at Gisburn Auction Mart’s Cattle Over Wintering competition.

Quality entries at Bentham store cattle sale

Craven Herald: Judge Mark Towers, Gerald Ketley, David Broadbent and judge William Ketley

3:15pm Thursday 13th March 2014

The Great Annual March Show and Sale of Store Cattle at Bentham Auction attracted both quality and quantity.

Eldroth family celebrates dairy championship success

Craven Herald: Duncan and Susan Robinson with their Craven Dairy Auction  March show title winner

3:13pm Thursday 13th March 2014

A first-ever Craven Dairy Auction championship fell to the North Craven-based Robinson family at Skipton Auction Mart’s opening March show and sale on Monday.

A Craven Diary

Craven Herald: A truful of snowdrops are transferred from High Trees to the Wilderness in Skipton under the watchful eye of Valerie Mason

7:06pm Thursday 13th March 2014

The sterling effort of a group of green-fingered volunteers has ensured a crop of snowdrops will continue flowering for years to come. The plants were in danger of disappearing under a building site off The Bailey, Skipton, but are now re-settled in the Wilderness Nature Reserve, between Otley Road and Shortbank Road. It was just when the snowdrops were coming into flower that Wilderness volunteer Valerie Mason came up with the idea of Operation Snowdrop. Having got the permission of JN Bentley, currently developing the High Trees site, she organised a group of volunteers to dig up and carefully carry more than 1,000 plants to the Wilderness. “The snowdrops have enriched The Bailey for so many years and it is marvellous to think that they have now found a new home,” said Valerie. “Once they have become established they will form a beautiful carpet of flowers for visitors to enjoy for many years to come. Skipton Town Council’s Les Chandler, who took part in Operation Snowdrop, urged people to visit the Wilderness. “The Wilderness is a gem and the snowdrops from High Trees will make it even better,” he said.

Good trade at Skipton prime sheep show

Craven Herald: Skipton Auction Mart

3:22pm Thursday 13th March 2014

A full contingent of buyers produced exceptional and fast-selling trade for the 2,858 head of prime sheep entered for Skipton Auction Mart’s weekly Monday sale.

Addingham mule breeder sweeps the board at Gisburn Auction Mart

Craven Herald: Richard Mawson with his Mule shearling ewes with Texel lambs which sold for £222

3:19pm Thursday 13th March 2014

With the weather turning a corner, trade for ewes with lambs at foot was buoyant at Gisburn Auction Mart’s show and sale on Saturday.

In Peak form to conquer race

Craven Herald: Competitors during a recent Three Peaks Race

3:25pm Friday 7th March 2014

Could you walk 24 miles, and over 1,600m of ascents and descents in under 12 hours? How about running it in under five? Victoria Benn catches up with Dave Hodgson, former veteran running star, and previous chairman and president of the Three Peaks Race Association, to find out what to expect from the 60th anniversary Three Peaks Race, which is being held on Saturday April 26 The Three Peaks Race is one of the toughest fell races in the UK, traversing and encompassing three of the highest and most iconic summits in the Yorkshire Dales. Over the last 60 years, the race has carved out legacies for some, and has literally beaten others into submission.

Stroll around Fewston and Swinsty reservoirs

Craven Herald: Stroll around Fewston and Swinsty reservoirs

3:44pm Friday 7th March 2014

This Dales Life walk is a gentle stroll around the Yorkshire Water owned Fewston and Swinsty reservoirs, located between Skipton and Harrogate just off the A59 The Yorkshire Water owned Fewston Reservoir is certainly popular judging by the number of vehicles in the car park between it and Swinsty Reservoir on the Sunday morning we pulled in there.

Smoking idea from Cross Hills micro-brewery

Craven Herald: Brothers Stephen and Robert Naylor with the new smokey Kour beer

3:39pm Friday 7th March 2014

Naylor’s in Cross Hills have produced a new smoked beer. Clive White talks to the micro-brewing Naylor brothers

Garnett's Year: March 6

Craven Herald: Garnett's Year: March 6

3:36pm Friday 7th March 2014

A Dalesbred Cross sheep, not wanting to feel the icy cold waters, jumps a babbling beck at Oughtershaw, near Buckden

Craven curiosities

Craven Herald: Craven curiosities

3:34pm Friday 7th March 2014

Just the one guess this week, but sometimes quality is more important than quantity.

Apprentices are hired

Craven Herald: Apprentices are hired

3:31pm Friday 7th March 2014

Apprentices are being recognised as part of National Apprenticeship Week and here in Craven we have lots to be proud of, so it seems. There are currently 11 apprentices doing a variety of jobs at Craven District Council, whether in business support, IT, vehicle maintenance, or at Craven Pool and Fitness Centre. The council’s apprenticeship scheme was first set up in 2005 and over the years, has given eight of them full time positions, while many others have gone on to secure employment elsewhere. Alasdair Robertson is now an assistant licensing officer with the council after a spell in 2011 as an apprentice. He decided to give working a go, after being put off by high university fees. “In the business support department, my main role was to assist all the departments within the council with administrative tasks whenever necessary,” he said. “I would also help set up meetings, take minutes and process the council’s post. This apprenticeship work provided me with an insight into how large organisations function and gave me a chance to develop valuable business skills that I now use on a day to day basis in my role as assistant licensing officer.” And he thoroughly recommended the scheme to anyone. “It has provided me with qualifications, a good wage, invaluable skills and the chance to pursue a career in licensing.”

Notes from Nature: Wooden tops of ‘elf and safety

3:20pm Friday 7th March 2014

The national joke which has become health and safety added a few more comic lines in the past week or so, like the council which has banned people putting flowers on their loved ones’ graves because a cemetery worker cut his knee on a broken flower pot.

The perils of politicians overseeing disaster plans

Craven Herald: BLEAK TIMES: Political leadership during the foot and mouth crisis of 2001 was heavily criticised

3:17pm Friday 7th March 2014

The government’s response to the recent floods in the south of England have reminded John Sheard of the foot and mouth outbreak of 2001

anna louise and Phillip mathew jowett & wild

3:51am Thursday 6th March 2014

JOWETT & WILD Rosemary Jowett and family proudly announce the marriage of Anna Louise of Hebden, Yorkshire, to Phillip Mathew of Melbourne, on February 21, 2014, in Sydney, Australia. xxx Wishing them every future happiness. xxx

Top dog is off to USA

Craven Herald: Shaun Richards with his top price 5,300gns Skipton dog Sweep

6:19pm Thursday 6th March 2014

Shaun Richards was the headline performer at Skipton Auction Mart’s opening 2014 sale of working sheep dogs on Friday.

Championship double at Skipton prime cattle show

Craven Herald: Simon Bennett with his March prime cattle champion and reserve

6:18pm Thursday 6th March 2014

Simon Bennett, of Delph Farm, Silsden Moor, landed a notable championship and reserve championship double at the March prime cattle show at Skipton Auction Mart on Monday.

Good standard of entries at calf sale

6:21pm Thursday 6th March 2014

All standards of entries proved good to sell at the Monday weekly rearing calf sale at Skipton Auction Mart.

Prime lamb show success for Hayley

6:20pm Thursday 6th March 2014

Hayley Baines continued her sparkling run of form in the prime lamb arena at Skipton Auction Mart, securing both the championship and reserve championship at the March show on Monday.

The changing role of Yorkshire Dales National Park rangers

Craven Herald: Area ranger for Wharfedale and Littondale Phil Richards, repairing a dry stone wall

12:00pm Saturday 1st March 2014

The Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority is celebrating its 60th birthday this year. Julia Murfin spoke to Phil Richards about what it’s like to be a modern day ranger in the Dales

Saddling up for Skipton Horse Trials

Craven Herald: Emma Heslop taking on a show jumping fence

12:00pm Saturday 1st March 2014

With what has been one of the wettest winters for many a year, my rides out have been greatly restricted to the roads and lanes around East and West Marton and Coniston Cold.

Craven Champions Day at Skipton Auction Mart one of best on record

Craven Herald: Tom Akrigg with his brother John’s Craven Champions Day supreme champion, joined by co-judges Annie Turnbull, left, and Lucy Corner

3:32pm Thursday 27th February 2014

This year’s Craven Champions Day – Skipton Auction Mart’s annual show and sale of commercial store cattle with future show potential – was one of the best on record, attracting an increased entry of 65 bullocks and heifers.

Bell Busk farmer picks up newly calven heifer title

Craven Herald: Brian Moorhouse, left, with his main February Craven Dairy Auction title winner, joined by Richard Close and his reserve champion

3:30pm Thursday 27th February 2014

Multiple past champion Brian Moorhouse, who runs the Airebank pedigree Holstein dairy herd at Hesper Farm, Bell Busk, sent out his first title winner of 2014 at the main February Craven Dairy Auction at Skipton Auction Mart on Monday.

The biodynamic wine debate

Craven Herald: The biodynamic wine debate

5:11pm Thursday 27th February 2014

Rob Bagot of Buon Vino in The Courtyard, Settle, is this week’s guest columnist. Buon Vino stocks several types of wine and spirits, but specialises in biodynamic wine – a more natural process of wine making that attempts to bring life to the soil with the use of natural composts and organic preparations

A Craven Diary

Craven Herald: Tesco Click and Collect competition winner Elsa Birch

5:09pm Thursday 27th February 2014

Well done to seven-year-old Elsa Birch from Skipton for coming up with a winning design for Tesco’s new Click and Collect service. Elsa, who goes to the town’s Christ Church CoE Primary, won £250 for the school and £25 for herself for coming up with a design to be featured on the store’s reusable jute shopping bags. And the store has given 250 bags to the school to hand out to parents. Tesco invited Skipton schoolchildren to come up with a design in order to promote its new service – which allows people to order groceries online and then pick them up at an arranged time at the store.

Skipton Auction Mart sale attracts 2,500 prime sheep

Craven Herald: Skipton Auction Mart

3:37pm Thursday 27th February 2014

Nigh on 2,500 prime sheep passed through the sale ring at Skipton Auction Mart’s weekly Monday sale, with old season lamb numbers at 2,123 a head and achieving an overall selling average of £77.50 per head, or 187.1p/kg.

Strong show of cattle at fortnightly Skipton sale

Craven Herald: Skipton Auction Mart

3:35pm Thursday 27th February 2014

Skipton’s fortnightly Wednesday cattle sale attracted 836 head, with commercial store cattle and other premium entries highly sought after.

Skipton Auction Mart hosts working sheep dog sale

Craven Herald: Skipton Auction Mart

3:34pm Thursday 27th February 2014

The opening 2014 sale of working sheep dogs at Skipton Auction Mart tomorrow has attracted another solid entry of 98 dogs.

Record entry at Gisburn Auction Marts' pedegree dairy show

3:32pm Thursday 27th February 2014

A record entry of 59 dairy cattle were forward at Gisburn Auction Marts’ pedigree dairy show and sale on Thursday.

Skipton-based Swaledale Foods champions native breeds

Craven Herald: Swaledale Foods’ founder Jorge Thomas is pictured left with James ‘Amos’ Dewhirst, his ringside representative at Skipton Auction Mart

11:00am Sunday 23rd February 2014

The cause of British native breed animals is being championed by Skipton-based Swaledale Foods, run by trained chef Jorge Thomas.

College training for rural careers

Craven Herald: The equine section of Craven College’s School of Land Based Studies has 21 stables, a livery yard and indoor arena

12:00pm Saturday 22nd February 2014

Grouse beating on the heather moorland at Burnsall, turning out a thoroughbred stallion for an hour’s cross country practice across a 40 acre estate just outside Skipton, building dry stone walls in the breathtaking landscape above Malham... believe it or not, these inspirational rural scenes are all examples of the ‘hands on’ outdoor learning opportunities offered by the School of Land Based Studies and Engineering at Craven College. Victoria Benn goes back to ‘school’ to find  out more.

It's vital we protect our hedgerows

Craven Herald: It's vital we protect our hedgerows

4:35pm Thursday 20th February 2014

With the floods in the south of the country focusing the public’s attention on environmental matters, John Sheard is concerned about plans to ditch legislation protecting our hedgerows

Chance for farmers to discuss Tour de France at meeting in Threshfield

Craven Herald: The Tour de France could cause milking problems for farmers

3:03pm Thursday 20th February 2014

A meeting for farmers to discuss the implications of the summer’s Tour de France Grand Depart in Craven is due to be held on Monday.

Settle District Young Farmers' Club celebrates 70th anniversary

Craven Herald: Robin Hargreaves

2:55pm Thursday 20th February 2014

Members, past and present, celebrated Settle District Young Farmers’ 70th anniversary with a dinner and disco at The Stirk House Hotel, Gisburn.

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