Going nuts for rare red squirrels at Kilnsey Park Estate

Craven Herald: Hannah Hodgson shares a joke with "Squirrel" Rachael Tiplady who will take part in the Kilnsey Park Squirrel Festival on 5th  Oct  (10528278)

7:56am Saturday 27th September 2014

FANS of the rare red squirrel will be going nuts over the chance to see their bushy-tailed chums up close and personal at Kilnsey Park Estate's Red Squirrel Day on October 5.

Cafe takes its inspiration from legendary Great Aunt Hettie

Craven Herald: Hettie's Cafe owners David and Brettle Roberts

2:14pm Friday 26th September 2014

A CAFÉ that has reputedly served the people of Skipton for 140 years has new owners.

Conference to probe how to generate jobs for young people in the Dales.

Craven Herald: (10564384)

7:11am Thursday 25th September 2014

Arkady Bogg-Hargroves and Suzannah Barningham are very lucky people. They are employed in a place where jobs for young people are hard to find - the Yorkshire Dales.

Broadcasting in the broad acres

Craven Herald: Bill Mitchell chats to Countryfile presenter Matt Baker

7:09am Thursday 25th September 2014

Dr Bill Mitchell looks back at the early days of broadcasting and its impact on the Dales

Quality rams in demand at evening sale

Craven Herald: Mark Worthington, with judges Geoff Carr and Andrew Haggas

5:37am Thursday 25th September 2014

QUALITY rams with good gigots were very much in demand at Gisburn Auction Marts' evening ram sale.

Craven Curiosities

Craven Herald: This week's mystery object

5:36am Thursday 25th September 2014

CONGRATULATIONS go to Cross Hills reader Ronald Crossley who correctly identified last week's Craven Curiosity as a goffering iron.

Towell Texels triumphant again at Skipton gimmer lamb highlight

Craven Herald: David Towell, left, with his first prize Skipton pen of Texel gimmer lambs, joined by judge Robert Towers

4:36am Thursday 25th September 2014

PURE-BRED Texel gimmer lambs from Glusburn’s David Towell stole the limelight for the second consecutive year at the big mid-September store lamb sale at Skipton Auction Mart.

Procters Viceroy crowned champion at Skipton Texel highlight

Craven Herald: Pictured at the 2014 Skipton Texel highlight are, from left, John North and the reserve male champion, Jennifer Aiken and the supreme champion, Peter Woof with James Robinson’s reserve female champion, and David Houghton with his reserve supreme cha

3:37am Thursday 25th September 2014

A RAM lamb from Procters Farm in Slaidburn was crowned male and overall supreme champion at the 33rd annual two-day show and sale of pedigree rams and females staged by Northern Area Texel Sheep Breeders Association at Skipton Auction Mart.

Sheep sales seeing rising prices

Craven Herald: Champion pen of Masham lambs from JM Wilson & Sons being sold, with vendor David Wilson

3:36am Thursday 25th September 2014

PRICES were on the up at Bentham Auction Mart's sheep shows.

Advice on changes to farm payments

3:09am Thursday 25th September 2014

FARMERS facing major changes to the way that subsidies are paid by the government are being offered specialist advice to make sure that they are properly prepared for the new scheme which comes into place on January 1 next year.

Countdown starts to pork pie competition

Craven Herald: Pork pies are scrutinised at a previous competition

6:33am Saturday 20th September 2014

THE annual gauntlet is being thrown down to White Rose meat men and women as the countdown starts to the 26th Great Yorkshire Pork Pie, Sausage & Products Competition.

Craven Curioisities

Craven Herald: This week's mystery object

6:38am Friday 19th September 2014

LAST week's mystery object was an interesting one.

Drainage work uncovers historic milestone

Craven Herald: A 300-year-old milestone, which as been unseen for decades

6:19am Friday 19th September 2014

HEBDEN resident David Joy relates the fascinating saga of a recent discovery – and the questions it posed.

Grassington gets set for third 1940s weekend

Craven Herald: Josh Hardisty, John Wain and Julia Metcalfe get in the mood for the Grassington 1940s weekend. (10373003)

7:19am Thursday 18th September 2014

THE Dales will again play host to the vintage sights and sounds of the war years when Grassington hosts its third 1940s weekend, starting tomorrow (Friday).

The fruits and flowers of autumn

Craven Herald: Peter Leighton feature on Gardening in Autumn.  (10249391)

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.

Garnett's Year

Craven Herald: Garnetts Year - High above Thornton Moor a flock of curious sheep pose for the camera against the dramatic late evening sky. (10444627)

6:36am Thursday 18th September 2014

High above Thornton Moor, a flock of curious sheep pose for the camera against the dramatic late evening sky.

Lawkland Young Farmers hold their annual show

Craven Herald: Trophy winners at Lawkland YFC Show

5:53am Thursday 18th September 2014

LAWKLAND Young Farmers held their annual show – and it proved a good event for Robert Polkinghorne

Breeders' chairman lands Skipton Masham wethers show

Craven Herald: David Wilson, left, and Gavin Haworth, of sponsors JACS, with the first prize pen of Masham wethers

4:38am Thursday 18th September 2014

THE largest entry of CCM Skipton’s peak sheep sale season so far saw JM Wilson & Sons, of Beckwithshaw, triumph in the Masham wethers annual prize show.

Booths repeat championship double at Skipton NEMSA opener

Craven Herald: With the title-winning pen of ten Mule gimmer lambs at the Skipton NEMSA opener are, from left, Karen Horsfield, of Pearson Farm Supplies, champion Robin Booth, Armstrong Watson’s Jonathan York, and co-judges Chris Hewitt and Richard Batty

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.

Craven restaurants shortlisted for afternoon tea award

Craven Herald:

7:12am Friday 12th September 2014

TWO Craven restaurants have been named as finalists in a Yorkshire-based competition to find the best afternoon teas.

Kilnsey Park Estate's new woodchip heating system among first in Dales

Craven Herald: Kilnsey Trekking centre introduces one of the first district biomass heating schemes in to the Dales .Picture shows the wooden pelets used for bedding and Biomass. (9450077)

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.

It's vital to build on bus successes

Craven Herald: Colin Speakman

7:29am Thursday 11th September 2014

ONE of the good things about living in or visiting the Yorkshire Dales is that you don’t need to have a car.

Memories of Ermysted's former French master

Craven Herald: The Craven Herald tells the fascinating story of Ermysted's master, Monsieur Colombain

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.

Craven Curiosities

Craven Herald: This week's mystery object

6:38am Thursday 11th September 2014

LAST week's Craven Curiosity brought a flurry of correct answers.

Bentham Show results

Craven Herald: Nick Henderson from Bentham-based Cario Raptor

7:13am Thursday 11th September 2014


Bentham Show trophy winners

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.

Crisp takes championship at Craven Dairy Auction

Craven Herald: Pictured at CCM Skipton’s opening September Craven Dairy Auction are, from left, reserve champion Suzy Lawson, judge Colin Whitelock, the two dairy principals, champion Robert Crisp and Megan Thomas, local representative of G Shepherd Animal Health.

6:39am Thursday 11th September 2014

A NEWLY-CALVEN cow outshone the heifers at September’s opening Craven Dairy Auction at Skipton Auction Mart.

Husband and wife battle it out at Skipton Jacob highlight

Craven Herald: Jean Price with her Skipton Jacob supreme champion.

5:38am Thursday 11th September 2014

THE Pentrenant flock of Jean Price in Churchstoke, Powys, achieved a memorable hat-trick at the Northern Area Jacob Sheep Breeders’ 39th annual show and sale at Skipton Auction Mart.

Supreme champion sets all-time mart record sheep price at Skipton pedigree Beltex highlight

Craven Herald: Pictured at the Skipton Beltex highlight are, from left, Robert Garth, of JG Animal Health, George Cropper and the supreme champion shearling ram, which sold for an all-time Skipton Auction Mart record price of 9,500gns, judge Andrew Graham, Harry Wood an

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.

Alan triumphs at Gisburn show

Craven Herald: Alan Butler with his first prize pen of Mule gimmer shearlings which sold for £200 alongside pre-sale show judges Sarah Aynan and Andrew Bailey

3:38am Thursday 11th September 2014

GISBURN Auction Marts held its annual show and sale of Mule shearlings.

Having a singsong by the "seaside"

Craven Herald: Social Pictures from " Our Big Sing " event at St Johns Hall , Settle - Picture shows Nancy Forster. (9743510)

6:20am Friday 5th September 2014

SETTLE’S U3A singing group joined forces with the local Age UK group to hold “our big sing”.

Craven Diary

Craven Herald: Bill Reynoldson has questions about his father's war medal

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.”

Garnett's Year

Craven Herald: Garnetts Year - Nestled within beautiful woodland the cricket ground of  Upper Wharfedale. (9653138)

7:15am Thursday 4th September 2014

Upper Wharfedale's cricket ground is nestled within beautiful woodland

Craven Curiosities

Craven Herald: Craven curiosities

6:12am Thursday 4th September 2014

THREE readers correctly identified last week's as dyeing cones used in the textile industry.

Craven area set to benefit from Tour success

Craven Herald: Tour De France at Kidstones Pass

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.

Mule shearlings top at £340

Craven Herald: Judge Stuart Hudson, vendors Graeme and Ellie Jackson and judge David Waine

5:54am Thursday 4th September 2014

THE annual show and sale of Mule shearlings, held at Bentham Auction Mart on Saturday, topped at £340 for the first prize pen of ten from Graeme Jackson of Bentham.

Kilnsey Show results

Craven Herald: Kilnsey Show-   Res champion in the Interbreeds John Bradley . (9693163)

5:38am Thursday 4th September 2014


Kilnsey Show trophy winners

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.

Signs of digging up the Dales

Craven Herald: Springs Canal, Skipton

4:07pm Wednesday 3rd September 2014

THE Craven Dales were almost turned inside out in a quest for materials that could be marketed.

Strong trade at Saturday livestock sale

3:18pm Wednesday 3rd September 2014

THE latest Saturday collective livestock sales at Skipton Auction Mart were again extremely well supported, producing strong trading levels.

Rhode Island Reds head Craven Feather Auctions pecking order

Craven Herald: Craven Feather Auctions champion Trevor Hardaker is pictured second from left, with helpers Paul and Joe Heeley, well-known poultry breeders from Drighlington, Bradford, and show judge Ernest Bailey.

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.

Herdwick is sheep champion at Skipton native breeds highlight

Craven Herald: Father and son Ian and John Grisedale with their Skipton native breed sheep champion

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.

Fisher nets Skipton Wensleydale championship

Craven Herald: Pictured at the Skipton Wensleydale highlight are, from left, Shelagh Prescott and the reserve supreme champion, Andrew Fisher and the supreme champion, and show judge Chris Stacey

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.

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

Craven Herald: (7388744)

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.

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