Thought for the week

5:01am Thursday 30th October 2014

THIS week at Scargill House, we have been looking at the “I am” statements of Jesus in John’s Gospel. You know – “I am the light of the world”, “I am the Good Shepherd”, just to mention two. There are actually seven “I am” statements.

Hat’s the way to put on Big Apple musical

Craven Herald:

12:18pm Wednesday 29th October 2014

Sir - Fedoras off to Settle Operatic Society for ‘Guys And Dolls’.

Thought for the week

6:54am Thursday 23rd October 2014

A FEW days ago, in the church calendar, we remembered St. Luke’s Day. Like many saints' days, this was no more memorable than any other – or was it?

Park must ‘up’ its game for the future

1:37pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

Sir - You carried last week (Craven Herald, October 16) two stories regarding the Dales National Park.

A few reasons for staying silent

Craven Herald:

4:06pm Wednesday 15th October 2014

Sir - Your readers may be interested by the facts and sentiments behind your headline “No tributes from opposition councillors”.

Thanks for sharing stories of Great War

Craven Herald:

1:12pm Wednesday 8th October 2014

Sir – On behalf of the cast and crew of the production Tunstill’s Men, we would like to thank the people of Craven for their support and enthusiasm shown during our centenary remembrance performances.

"What do they think rubbish bins are for?"

10:01am Wednesday 1st October 2014

"What do they think rubbish bins are for?"

Danger fears over Skipton car park's busy entrance

1:19pm Wednesday 24th September 2014

Sir - I would like to draw attention to a potentially dangerous situation for both pedestrians and vehicle drivers in Jerry Croft.

Warning to cyclists from riders in "near miss"

2:51pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

Sir - The Yorkshire Dales are seen as an idyllic place for enjoying cycling... well, be warned!

Even considering parking fees for village is a 'disgrace'

4:09pm Wednesday 10th September 2014

Sir - I totally agree with the local Cross Hills traders, that to start charging a fee to use the two Main Street car parks would result in the virtual destruction of the village as a thriving shopping area.

Physician Associates are a positive addition

3:23am Thursday 4th September 2014

SIR - I was somewhat dismayed to see the rather negative coverage given recently in the Daily Telegraph and on the BBC to a new type of clinician called a Physician Associate. The implication was that this could be the National Health Service trying to provide medical cover on the cheap.

What we're "landed with" is democracy

11:42am Wednesday 27th August 2014

Sir - Like Cllr Knowles-Fitton, I too welcome the election of a Labour councillor onto Craven Council (Craven Herald, August 14), and it is good to see that democracy is alive and well.

‘Simply not suitable for wind turbines’

12:59pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

Sir - I feel I must respond to an article in the Craven Herald on August 14 and the comments made by Energiekontor’s (EK) Justin Reid as to why, after four application refusals, over a -seven-year period, the company is now trying to get the latest appeal decision on the Brightenber Hill wind farm overruled in the High Court.

Your support makes Skipton Gala a success

11:33am Wednesday 13th August 2014

Sir - On behalf of the Skipton Charities Gala Committee, I would sincerely like to thank all the people and organisations who gave us help and support on Skipton Gala Day held on June 14.

Fond memories of a man of many talents

4:38pm Wednesday 6th August 2014

Sir - I was sorry to read in the Craven Herald the sad news that Jack Heald had died.

Let's keep bus service for future generations

8:00am Thursday 31st July 2014

Let's keep bus service for future generations

How would it be the other way around?

7:40am Thursday 24th July 2014

How would it be the other way around?

Impact on residents of not having a plan

11:41am Wednesday 16th July 2014

Impact on residents of not having a plan

Tour weekend "was Skipton's finest hour"

9:52am Thursday 10th July 2014

Tour weekend "was Skipton's finest hour"

Letters to the editor

8:26am Friday 4th July 2014

Sir - Five years ago I came through Skipton on my narrowboat and stayed a while. I loved it so much I told friends who were with me on their own boat how great it was and we moored up for a couple of nights. To be fair, the town and the townspeople are lovely - we had a great time in Bizzie Lizzies.

Where is evidence for Tour's benefits?

9:08am Thursday 26th June 2014

Sir - Ever since it was mooted that Yorkshire were making a bid to bring the Worlds biggest annual sporting event to God's own county I have been a firm supporter of the initiative and believe it will bring numerous long term benefits.

Let's remember, it's only a bicycle race

1:50pm Sunday 22nd June 2014

Let’s remember, it’s only a bicycle race Sir - All my life I have been passionate about sport. Indeed - besides all else - I once hitch-hiked across a massive swathe of Belgium and France to see a stage of the Tour de France.

Letters to the Editor

2:55pm Friday 16th May 2014

Thanks to Pennine, it will be much missed Sir – I have lived in Gargrave for 27 years, and in that time Pennine buses have transported myself and my two children to school, college, work, hospital appointments, cinema visits, social activities, etc. Pennine buses have kept running through floods, snow and gales, and tomorrow they are to finish, after 88 years of providing a regular and much-valued service to those of us in society who rely on public transport. “Use the train,” I hear you say. What train? Do you know how many trains actually stop at Gargrave? Not a lot. Those that do, on occasion do not turn up at all, and I do not have the luxury of time to wait about for a delayed train (wrong type of sheep on the line). Let’s hope that another bus operator will pick up the relinquished standard and carry on. Thank you, Pennine, and good night. You’ll be greatly missed. Wendy Milner South Street Gargrave  Penalised once more Sir – After 80-plus years, we in North Craven are going to lose our familiar orange Pennine buses. In 80 years these buses have served the public between Skipton and Settle – and many years ago went through to Ingleton and Lancaster. Why are we losing our bus service? Because Conservative central government has cut back on the subsidy they pay for concessionary fares. they pay about 30 per cent of the cost of these fares. Lancashire County Council pays about 50 per cent. However, not all is lost. North Yorkshire County Council is providing 16-seater coaches that will run six times a day, three buses in each direction. There will be no buses on a Saturday. there has been no Sunday bus service for 20 years. It is tough if you have a hospital appointment, doctor’s appointment or need to get to and from work. Hellifield is getting three extra buses compared to Settle and Long Preston. Trade in Settle is bound to suffer, especially on a Tuesday, market day. In Long Preston we have one shop, and while Julie and Arthur do their best to accommodate the village’s needs, there are goods that they do not sell. There will be more more cars on the road, causing more pollution. As usual, we are being penalised for living where we do. Mrs Judith Mason Moorfields Long Preston Lessons not learned? Sir – Yesterday I travelled from Skipton to Giggleswick on the Pennine Motor Services 2.45pm departure from Skipton.  The bus was absolutely full, with standing passengers, and over 20 of these people travelled right through to Settle. Your story on page three of May 8’s Craven Herald claims that the county council is “saving” the Pennine bus services, but looking at the North Yorkshire County Council (NYCC) website, there will only be three buses a day to Settle, with a further three to Hellifield; also Carleton and Embsay will have only three buses a day, with five to Horse Close, all replacing the present hourly frequencies.  As if this isn't bad enough, I have been told by a Pennine driver that the council intends to run these services using sixteen seat minibuses.  How on earth is such a “service” supposed to cope with demand?  What happens when a party of ramblers wish to travel together  on the Settle service, a not uncommon occurrence. Two years ago this idea of replacing an hourly bus service with infrequent minibuses caused a great deal of trouble in Bradley, when villagers found it impossible to get on a full minibus.  Has the county council not learned from this shambles?  Apparently not. It is not surprising that no other operator is prepared to take on these loss making routes on a commercial basis, but surely the way forward is for the county council to put these routes out to tender and accept the lowest subsidy requirement. This is, after all, the system in force in the rest of Britain. Don McKeown Cromwell Street Skipton

Letters to the editor

3:46pm Thursday 8th May 2014

Urged to give views on future of libraries Sir – Our members are keen to ensure that residents of Skipton and all users of our town’s historic library are aware of the ongoing “Consultation – 2020”, which is part of North Yorkshire County Council’s shaping of public services.

Letters to the editor

11:34am Thursday 1st May 2014

The ‘right’ way to solve road problem Sir – The simple and probably the cheapest solution at Cononley Lane Ends is: prohibit right turns at the junction.

Letters to the editor

7:00am Thursday 24th April 2014

Footbridge fears for those on a night out Sir – It is good to learn from your April 17 issue that the coroner has ordered action on the footbridge at the end of Gas Street following the tragic death of Mr Ian Martin after a fall on the steps.

Letters to the editor

5:03pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

This wasn’t tipping Sir – I write with reference to Mr Harvey's letter in last week's Craven Herald and the issue of fly tipping along Carleton Road near the Crematorium. I would like to point out that this was not a case of fly tipping but rather rubbish collected by a team of volunteers from Skipton Angling Association endeavouring to clean up the local environment. The rubbish collected, as shown in the photograph, some of which was fly tipped under the bypass bridge, was left in a prominent position awaiting collection by Craven District Council as arranged and advertised in the angling column of the April 10 edition of the Craven Herald. I hope this clarifies at least part of Mr Harvey’s concerns.

Letters to the editor

10:00am Thursday 17th April 2014

It’s still a pay rise Sir – When is a rise not a rise?

Letters to the editor

9:52pm Thursday 10th April 2014

Public meeting looks at dangerous junction Sir – Each year North Yorkshire County Council publishes statistics identifying road accident “blackspots” across the county.

Letters to the editor

4:46pm Thursday 3rd April 2014

Mayor’s resignation was ‘irresponsible’ Sir – I read with interest both the report and Mr Kerwin-Davey’s letter of March 20. As the Town Mayor of Skipton Town, Council Mr Kerwin-Davey had no executive power in law and could not therefore make a ruling “that it would be inappropriate for staff to remain in the meeting and perhaps influence the decision making process and the decision”.

Letters to the editor

4:37pm Thursday 3rd April 2014

Disgusted by treatment of disabled drivers Sir – Blue Badge Holders are again having to bear the brunt of Craven District Council’s mean-spirited and discriminatory practices.

Letters to the editor

3:37pm Thursday 27th March 2014

Funding cuts behind bus firm closure Sir – It is with regret that as from close of business on May 16, 2014, Pennine Motors will no longer trade as a bus company.

Letters to the Editor

12:00pm Thursday 20th March 2014

Why I resigned, by the Mayor of Skipton Sir - May I, with your indulgence, address your readers in Skipton on a matter which may be of some interest to them.

Readers' Letters

Craven Herald: Food ready to be distributed at Skipton Food Bank.

11:00am Friday 14th March 2014

Sir – Julian Smith said of the Skipton Food Bank that he will “continue to support them in any way I can” (February 13).

Readers' Letters

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11:00am Friday 7th March 2014


Readers' Letters

Craven Herald: Cyclists preparing for a race. See Jim O’Rourke’s letter defending safe cycling technique

11:00am Friday 28th February 2014

Sir – While some of Alan Sturgess’ recent Craven Herald cyclist criticisms are valid, such as ignoring red lights and riding on pavements, others such as “riding two or three abreast”, forcing cars to swerve around them, betray ignorance both of the Highway Code and the self preservation realities forced on cyclists by unthinking and often aggressive motorists.

Readers' Letters

Craven Herald: the planned new Wyvern Park development which would include a Sainsbury’s supermarket

11:00am Friday 21st February 2014

Sir – In his letter of February 6 James Paton accused the local council of “picking on vulnerable residents” when parking is involved.

Readers' Letters

Craven Herald: Belted Galloway: The breed has gone from being on the Rare Breeds Survival Trust’s “watch-list” to one of the most popular cows in the Dales. See the trust's letter

11:00am Friday 14th February 2014

Sir – I hope I’m proved wrong, but as July approaches, I fear there might soon be an increasing number of news reports in Yorkshire which feature accidents involving cyclists.

Readers' Letters

Craven Herald: Cononley and Farnhill councillors Lois Brown and Gemma Harling are lobbying for improvements at Cononley Lane Ends. See John Lewis’ letter

11:00am Friday 7th February 2014

Sir - I’ve got issues! A number of these issues are concerning the townsfolk of Skipton and its hinterland.

Readers' Letters

Craven Herald: Skipton and Ripon MP Julian Smith meets with residents in Carleton who are angry at bus subsidy cuts by North Yorkshire County Council

12:00pm Friday 31st January 2014

Sir – North Yorkshire County Council have a set limit of three miles below which they regard it as acceptable for children to walk to school.

Readers' Letters

Craven Herald: Brian Verity is unimpressed by the Wyvern Park plans for Skipton

12:00pm Friday 24th January 2014

Sir – G W Wood (Craven Herald, January 2) and members of Skipton Town Council (January 9) are absolutely right to raise concerns about the Wyvern Park planning application.

Questions for MP

Craven Herald: Skipton and Ripon MP Julian Smith

12:00pm Friday 17th January 2014

Sir – In his end-of-year message (Craven Herald, January 2) Julian Smith MP fails to touch on many of the current issues of real concern to his constituents apart from local planning.

Godfrey’s mouthpiece?

Craven Herald: Yorkshire MEP Godfrey Bloom

12:00pm Friday 17th January 2014

Sir – Is there any reason the letters page has become the mouthpiece for Godfrey Bloom's dreadful rhetorical rants?

Praise for Ward 7

12:00pm Friday 17th January 2014

Sir – I, like Dee Ralph (Letters, January 9), was taken to A&E at Airedale by ambulance and the treatment I received from the paramedics was excellent. I then spent three weeks on Ward 7 where in my opinion the treatment there was first class, the food was very good, the staff were excellent. Nothing was too much trouble for them; all very helpful and polite.

New development not an improvement

Craven Herald: Work is under way on the new Albion Place development

12:00pm Friday 17th January 2014

Sir – I do not consider the new development of 9 High Street to be an improvement on the previous building, which was the only 1960/70s building on the High Street and (if it had been well maintained) a good example of its style.

Mixed messages over retail developments

Craven Herald: An artist’s impression of how the new retail/industrial park in Skipton

12:00pm Friday 17th January 2014

Sir – I find the varying reports on the retail developments, proposals and shopping in Skipton send out very mixed messages.

Parking concerns

12:00pm Friday 17th January 2014

Sir – What will it take?

Deserving of praise

12:00pm Friday 17th January 2014

Sir – The job done by both UWFRA and the Cave Rescue Organisation deserve our recognition.

Grateful to the rescue volunteers

Craven Herald: The RAF help members of Upper Wharfedale Fell Rescue Association

12:00pm Friday 17th January 2014

Sir – How fortunate we are that there are those great people of the Upper Whafedale Fell Rescue Association (UWFRA) who can be called upon when we have an accident whilst walking.

There is no Planet B

12:00pm Friday 17th January 2014

Sir – Is there no end to the desire of developers to get rid of our countryside?

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