Fruits and blooms of summer

Craven Herald: Gledstone Hall feature - Picture shows owner Peter Leighton  (7750050)

8:10am Friday 25th July 2014

Peter Leighton, owner of Gledstone Gardens at East Marton, discusses gardening issues at this time of year

Royal hand in rural revival

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7:54am Friday 25th July 2014

RURAL initiatives in the Dales have received a right royal boost with the announcement that the Prince’s Countryside Fund is to invest a total of £133,936 in projects which have an impact in the area.

Craven Curiosities

Craven Herald: Craven curiosities - picture shows Fishplate from Burtersett mines. (6877405)

8:32am Thursday 24th July 2014

AFTER a flurry of guesses last week, we seem to have stumped readers with the latest mystery object.

More success for Fawcetts in Skipton show cattle arena

Craven Herald: Pictured with the Skipton young bull show class winners are, from left, sponsor’s representative Ed Tinker, Tracey, Samantha and Stephen Fawcett.

8:29am Thursday 24th July 2014

THE Fawcett farming family from Barden notched a notable double when securing both red rosettes in the young bull classes at a special summer cattle show at Skipton Auction Mart last Wednesday.

Tock clocks 4,000gns top price at Skipton working sheep dog sale

Craven Herald: Shaun and Jackie Richards with their top price 4,000gns Skipton dog Tock.

8:28am Thursday 24th July 2014

A THREE-year-old Border Collie bitch ticked all the right boxes to clock up the day’s top price of 4,000 guineas (£4,200) at Skipton Auction Mart’s annual summer sale of working sheep dogs on Friday.

Bishop talks about faith in the Dales

Craven Herald: Bishop of Bradford tours the Bradford Diocese , Picture shows Bishop Nick crossing the stepping stones at Bolton Abbey .


7:51am Thursday 24th July 2014

Just a day after the Church of England’s General Synod made one of the most historic decisions in modern times, the Rt Rev Nick Baines, the new Bishop for Leeds, West Yorkshire and the Dales, took time out to speak to Craven Herald reporter Daryl Ames about faith in the Dales.

Fresh approach to reviving a Dales pub

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7:49am Thursday 24th July 2014

NEW landlords who brought a Dales pub back to life are taking a distinctly fresh approach to running their traditional hostelry.

Garnett's Year

Craven Herald: Garnetts Year -Lines of boats from Craven Sailing Club  stand out against the firery sunset hues at Embsay reservoir , near Skipton. (8465230)

7:47am Thursday 24th July 2014

Lines of boats from the Craven Sailing Club stand out against the fiery hues of sunset at Embsay reservoir, near Skipton.

Riders gratefully tuck in at trial

Craven Herald:

7:45am Thursday 24th July 2014

A DOUBLE Dales tradition of motorcycle action and Yorkshire hospitality was proved to be alive and well.

When hay time brought an influx from Ireland to the Dales

Craven Herald: History feature for Aug8: horse, sled and two men with a hay fork (8099594)

7:50am Friday 18th July 2014

RECENTLY, when I motored between Cononley and Kelbrook, the high roads along which I drove were firm but fairly narrow. Some tracts were flanked by tall hedges. Others had views of open moorland. I gloried in the sight of tracts of purple heather and white patches of cotton grass which looked at their best under a blue sky adorned by a few fluffy white clouds.

Craven successes at the Great Yorkshire Show

Craven Herald: Three-year-old Lucy Calpan enjoys the 2014 Great Yorkshire Show

7:54am Thursday 17th July 2014

GLORIOUS sunshine and blue skies brought the three-day 156th Great Yorkshire Show to a close on Thursday.

Gargrave restaurant among top eating places in the country.

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6:25am Thursday 17th July 2014

Bollywood Cottage restaurant in Gargrave has grabbed fifth place in a national competition after being nominated for the first time.

Zoe nominated as Agricultural Student of the Year

Craven Herald: Craven College apprentice Zoe Slater has received an award at the Great Yorkshire Show as a nominee for Agricultural Student of the Year

6:16am Thursday 17th July 2014

CRAVEN College apprentice Zoe Slater received an award at the Great Yorkshire Show after being nominated as Agricultural Student of Year 2014.

Lawsons bag another dairy title

Craven Herald: Pictured at the latest Skipton Craven Dairy Auction are, from left, judge Stephen Coates, Suzy Lawson and the champion, and the reserve champion and Helen Whittaker.

6:11am Thursday 17th July 2014

MULTIPLE Craven Dairy Auction champions, the Lawson family, landed their fourth title of the year at the opening July show and sale at Skipton Auction Mart.

Malhamdale's links with First World War set out in exhibition

Craven Herald: Airton resident Mike Leeming puts together a WW1 exhibition of men conected with the Dales area . Picture shows a board with Mikes Grandfather Joshua Ainsworth . (6625455)

5:27am Thursday 17th July 2014

What commenced as a task to explore a village's part in the First World War - and hopefully raise money to repair the church roof - has become an all consuming passion for Mike Leeming.

Craven Curiosities

Craven Herald: Craven curiosities - picture shows  Victorian pill Roller. (6877407)

7:25am Thursday 17th July 2014

LAST week's mystery object brought a flood of replies.

The home of strawberries grown the way they're meant to be

Craven Herald: Gledstone Hall feature -  Owners Peter and Mandy Leighton. (7750157)

6:20am Friday 11th July 2014

IT'S about this time of the year that the phone at Gledstone Gardens starts to turn red hot with constant ringing.

CLA calls for more share farming

Craven Herald: CLA Rural Surveyor Jacqui Stoddart, who helped compile the new share farming report and handbook

10:07am Friday 11th July 2014

The CLA says that if just a quarter of the country’s farmers aged over 65 entered in to a share farming agreement it would allow more than 3,000 new entrants to start working the land.

Dairy cattle trade strong as calving season begins

10:03am Friday 11th July 2014

GISBURN farmer William Oldfield purchased the highest priced animal at Gisburn Auction Marts' dairy sale on Thursday.

New dishes on the menu for Skipton's Woolly Sheep head chef

Craven Herald: Chef profile on Woolly  sheep head chef Thomas Robertson.  (6827833)

7:44am Thursday 10th July 2014

HEAD chef at Skipton' s Woolly Sheep Tom Robertson says he is passionate about food and is always trying to come up with something unusual to please the palates of diners.

Garnett's Year, July 10, 2014

Craven Herald: Garnetts Year - The Peleton assends Kidstone Pass  through thousands of fans on the first climbing  of the Tour De France.  (7955727)

9:51am Thursday 10th July 2014

THE Tour de France peloton ascends Kidstones Pass through thousands of fans during the first serious climb of the Grand Depart in Yorkshire.

Keelham maintains Skipton prime champions buying spree

Craven Herald: Simon Bennett, right, with his Skipton July prime cattle champion, joined by multiple buyer James Robertshaw, of Keelham Farm Shop

9:37am Thursday 10th July 2014

KEELHAM Farm Shop in Thornton, Bradford, embarked on yet another champions’ buying spree, securing both the prime cattle and lamb title winners at Skipton Auction Mart’s July shows.

Craven Diary

Craven Herald:

9:37am Thursday 10th July 2014

Never mind the biggest sporting event in the world coming to Craven at the weekend, it was another sporting legend - David Beckham - that got everyone taking on Twitter. The rumours started on Thursday, and by Friday, he had been spotted just about everywhere - from Betty's in Ilkley, to Skipton's Castle Inn - presumably enjoying a pint, and even on the train. But then came the proof - a picture apparently of him on Twitter, and apparently taken in the Skipton branch of Greggs. He was warmly dressed, with substantial jumper and hat, while the person he was pictured with was similarly warmly dressed, which was odd seeing as it was July. A quick call to the Greggs press office in Manchester and all became clear. The picture was an old favourite, so it seems, and last appeared on the Twitter in January - just about where it was taken is not clear, but certainly not in Skipton and certainly not over the weekend.

Craven Curiosities

Craven Herald: Craven curiosities - picture shows  Victorian pill Roller. (6877407)

9:24am Thursday 10th July 2014

WE had four correct guesses to last week's mystery object.

Even moaners deserve to be heard

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9:04am Thursday 10th July 2014

A COUPLE of years ago I took part in a large running event in a southern English town. There we were, a few thousand people in varying states of nervousness awaiting the start. This was a well-organised, long-established event which everyone had been warned about for months. Roads had been closed bang on time and police and stewards were out ensuring nothing disturbed the clockwork precision of the event.

Winners of Bolton Abbey Estate photography competition

Craven Herald: Winners of the Bolton Abbey Photography Competition . Picture shows  Kevin Nutterwith winning photo. (7685799)

3:48pm Sunday 6th July 2014

Craven Herald photographer Stephen Garnett put the focus firmly on quality when he was asked to judge the best pictures in a competition run by the Bolton Abbey Estate.

Taking a Tour of farming life

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6:43am Thursday 3rd July 2014

SKIPTON Auction Mart - the hub of the farming community in Craven and the Dales - features in a film brought out for this weekend's Tour de France Grand Depart.

Launch event for Dales literary project

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8:34am Friday 4th July 2014

with pics

Shear courage of Natalie

8:27am Friday 4th July 2014

Calton farm girl Natalie Crisp, a well known sheep shearer, has agreed to put down her hand piece and, for one day only, take the place of a sheep - having her own head shorn in front of a crowd of admirers at the Great Yorkshire Show. She has decided to lose her own top knot to raise money for the Manorlands Hospice in Oxenhope. Twenty-eight-year-old Natalie was inspired to be brave and go bald after a friend’s father fell ill. She knew she wanted to do something to raise money for charity and decided that a head shave was not only fitting because of her job as a sheep shearer, but also might be dramatic enough to motivate people to spare a little cash. Natalie is well on the way to reaching her target of £500, but hopes to collect as much as possible. You can support Natalie’s efforts by visiting or call Natalie on 07753 558429. The great head shave will take place on Wednesday around lunch time at the shearing stand.

James triumphs at Buckden gala sheep show

Craven Herald: James Huck with one of his winning sheep

8:22am Friday 4th July 2014

JAMES Huck's Swaledales won both the male and female champion awards at the Buckden Gala sheep show.

Sheep numbers see a sharp increase

8:07am Friday 4th July 2014

WITH prime sheep numbers now showing a sharp rise nationally, the 2,856-strong turnout at Skipton Auction Mart’s weekly Monday sale included 2,225 lambs, an increase of 900 on the previous week.

Cull trade is judged satisfactory

8:06am Friday 4th July 2014

WHILE prices for the 47 cull cows forward at Monday’s prime cattle sale were slightly down on the week at a few pence below £700 per head, or 109.4p/kg, trade was still judged to be satisfactory.

Cattle on parade

8:06am Friday 4th July 2014

NEARLY 350 cattle, among them 101 young feeding bulls, 165 bullocks and heifers, and 74 breeding cattle, were on parade for Skipton Auction Mart’s fortnightly Wednesday sale last week.

Skipton's quirky cafe the Cake 'Ole off to a flying start

Craven Herald: Images for Living Magazine . Picture shows Richard serving some customers. (7685252)

4:11pm Thursday 3rd July 2014

BACON-flavoured milkshake anyone? If it's pure food and drink indulgence in some wacky combinations and a quirky cafe setting you're after, then Richard Wilson and Neil Senior are confident they've got it covered.

Notes from Nature: Getting stoned with Dales wallers

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6:41am Thursday 3rd July 2014

Notes from Nature: Getting stoned with Dales wallers

Threat to our hearts of oak

Craven Herald: For features. Robin Hood's oak tree in Sherwood Forest (7589972)

6:40am Thursday 3rd July 2014

THE CANDLES on the horse chestnut trees are just beginning to fade as I write this, having looked remarkably healthy despite our on-off, hot-cold-wet spring. When I was a lad, such a show of the brilliant white cones of blossom (sometimes a salmon pink on speciality trees) would have been observed with delight because it meant a good show of conkers in three or four months times.

Wide variety at Saturday sale

9:06am Friday 27th June 2014

Saturday success at Skipton

Trade is tight for prime lambs

9:05am Friday 27th June 2014

Tighter numbers enhance prime lamb trade

Craven Curiosities

Craven Herald: Craven Curiosity: an organ pipe

8:22am Friday 27th June 2014

LAST week's mystery object may have proved a bit of a challenge - particularly for those less musically inclined.

Protection for riders is so vital

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12:54pm Thursday 26th June 2014

with pics

Dales answer to Wimbledon

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9:00am Thursday 26th June 2014

You don’t have to travel to Wimbledon this week to experience the splendour of grass courts, the indulgence of strawberries and cream, and the brilliance of tennis whites... Gargrave Lawn Tennis Club has them all in abundance. Victoria Benn investigates.

Tour fans to sample delights of 'Le Pop-Up' cafe in Kettlewell

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8:57am Thursday 26th June 2014

THOUSANDS of cycling fans will be descending on the Dales next week to see their Tour De France heroes in action.

They're all winners at the Rotary Young Achievers Awards

Craven Herald: Caption left to right - Rebecca Sangster, Daniel Crossland, Winner, Workplace Category, Jayne Crossland

6:59am Thursday 26th June 2014

YOUNG people, proud parents and other supporters came to the Coniston Hotel for the Rotary Young Achievers Awards on Saturday. Though not everyone could go home with an award, organisers stressed that all the young people there were finalists and deserved recognition for their hard work and talent.

Our friends electric?

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9:11am Thursday 26th June 2014

THERE'S no flies on the boss of the Yorkshire Dales Park Authority so it seems - invited to take part in a challenging bike ride on part of the Tour route, he made the right decision and opted for an electric model.

Renowned bloodlines attract buyers

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9:08am Thursday 26th June 2014

Renowned bloodlines attracted a packed ringside of buyers to Gisburn auction Marts pedigree dairy sale last Thursday (19 June).

Sammy makes a triumphant debut

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9:01am Thursday 26th June 2014

Up and coming dairy farmer Sammy Sugden made her first-ever foray into show arena at Skipton Auction Mart’s main June sale – and crowned it with an remarkable debut championship success. (Mon, June 23)

Buyers flock to strong sale of cattle at Skipton

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11:56am Sunday 22nd June 2014

A large entry of 432 cattle at Skipton Auction Mart’s fortnightly Wednesday sale attacted a full attendance of buyers on June 11).

Spring lambs well to the fore

11:54am Sunday 22nd June 2014

Skipton Spring lamb trade straight

Vivid glimpse into a village's past

Craven Herald: History feature: castleberg rock at Settle (7123348)

10:59am Thursday 19th June 2014

SOME typewritten notes I have had for many years give a vivid insight into life at Giggleswick well over a century ago. It was a time when Giggleswick parish absorbed Settle. The notes lack an author’s name and a date, though he relates that his mother used to tell him of her schooldays a hundred years before.

Wishing happy birthday to the WI

Craven Herald: Social pictures from  Broughton with Elslack WI 60th anniversary . Picture shows   Helen Edmondson, Pat Pickard, Marjorie Lord and Carol Hughes. (6996266)

8:10am Thursday 19th June 2014

A JUBILEE celebration brought together members of Broughton with Elslack Women's Institute, as they marked their WI's 60th birthday at the Linden Road Community Centre in Earby.

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