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.

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.

Riders gratefully tuck in at trial

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7:45am Thursday 24th July 2014

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

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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

Craven Herald: (7618677)

8:34am Friday 4th July 2014

with pics

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.

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

Dales answer to Wimbledon

Craven Herald: (7357419)

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.

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

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.

Small force does so much good work in Dales

7:09am Thursday 19th June 2014

Yorkshire Dales Society

Art historian looks at Dales

Craven Herald: (6673357)

7:49am Thursday 5th June 2014

IN the introduction to her book: Art and Yorkshire, From Turner to Hockney, art historian Jane Sellars remembers returning a hugely valuable watercolour to its home, an obscure country house somewhere deep in the countryside.

Wild about the wood

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2:09pm Thursday 22nd May 2014


Friendly ferret back home

Craven Herald: The ferret

4:39pm Sunday 4th May 2014

A ferret which was found wandering near Bizzie Lizzie’s fish and chip shop in Swadford Street, Skipton, last week, has been reunited with its owner following an appeal in the Craven Herald. The friendly and well-cared for creature had initially been looked after at Skipton Police Station before being found a foster home. However, ferret and owner have now been reunited – but just how it came to be in the middle of Skipton remains a mystery.

Dales spotlight falling on nature’s speedsters

Craven Herald: NESTING: Peregrines at Malham Cove

9:00am Friday 2nd May 2014

World-famous Tour de France cyclists riding through the Yorkshire Dales National Park in July will be facing some stiff competition in the speed league tables.

Gardens offer a secret surprise

Craven Herald: FOCAL POINT: Parcevall Hall, which was home to Sr William Milner for many years

7:00am Friday 25th April 2014

Skyreholme, near Appletreewick, is a very special place – Parcevall Hall Gardens; a veritable oasis of colour and beauty in a desert of green pastureland. Victoria Benn investigates.

Why barefoot horses are all the rage

Craven Herald: BAREFOOT CONVERT: Livery owner Sheila Pilling with Abril

7:04pm Thursday 24th April 2014

Barefoot horses are becoming increasingly popular. Reporter Lesley Tate looks at the growing trend and considers the advantages.

A Craven Diary

Craven Herald: A pair of newborn lambs seek shade under a tree at Kilnsey Trout Farm, with the monumental Kilnsey Crag in the distance.

7:08pm Thursday 24th April 2014

Every effort is being made to ensure the Tour de France is a resounding success. And, to help the crowds spur on competitors as they pass through Craven in July, CheerSing is offering free workshops to help communities along the Grand Départ route devise, lead and perform their own songs, cheers and chants. The workshops are led by Leeds-based singer, composer and educator Louise Gibbs, pictured. “There will be hundreds, if not thousands, of people hoping to cheer along the cyclists and we’d love people to get involved in our project and create an inspiring wave of sound to motivate competitors as they speed by,” says Louise. “Anyone who likes the sound of making a lot of noise, having fun and learning some new vocal skills along the way should get down to one of our free workshops.” Each workshop lasts between 60 and 90 minutes, is open to all ages and requires no previous experience or skill. Local workshops will take place at Grassington’s Octagon Theatre on Sunday, Addingham Memorial Hall next Saturday, May 3, and Ermysted’s Grmmar School, Skipton, on Saturday, May 17. All start at 2pm. And, a further session will be held as part of Grassington Festival and will take place at Grassington Town Hall on Saturday, June 14, with a taster at noon and the workshop at 2pm. For more information, visit or or call Vanessa Bridge on 07711 969223.

Much improved turnout at Easter dairy show

3:25pm Thursday 24th April 2014

The Lawson family, who have won many Craven Dairy Auction titles, sent out another champion at the Easter Monday fixture.

Championship success at Skipton auction mart

Craven Herald: SPRING STORE WINNER: Pictured with the Skipton store cattle with show potential title winner are, from left, judge Stephen Maskill, reserve champion Jonathan Townley, champion John Fawcett and sponsors’ representative Paul Drake.

3:24pm Thursday 24th April 2014

Barden’s John Fawcett, who has been on sparkling form at Skipton Auction Mart this year, landed a further championship success at the annual spring store cattle with show potential fixture last Wednesday.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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