• Lady Anne should be cast and not Freddie

    SIR - Before it is too late could I ask that a pause for thought should be given to the proposal to erect a statue to the late Freddie Trueman in Skipton town centre. This project has now apparently been given over to Councillor Robert Heseltine to lead

  • Craven through the years

    100 years ago A "SENSATIONAL discovery" was made in the river near Cononley when two schoolboys saw a woman disappear down the river bank carrying two brown paper parcels. When she reappeared, the lads noticed she had only one parcel and proceeded

  • New Inn, Cononley

    YOU will be on time, quoth my better half, as I swore to be punctual for dinner at the New Inn at Cononley. With one minute to go, I was quietly congratulating myself on my timing, but just as I breezed up to the level crossing, the barriers smacked

  • Drink zone comes into effect

    EARBY'S alcohol control zone is set to start this weekend after the final piece of a legal jigsaw was put in place. After publicising the move and consulting the public, the only thing left to do was put up warning signs in the town. They were erected

  • Couple's diamond anniversary

    A GRASSINGTON couple whose romance flourished by letter have celebrated 60 years of marriage. Syd and Loretta Procter met each other when Mrs Procter, a Bradford girl, was over in the Dales marshalling a cycling event at Town End. She and her friend

  • Museum seeks volunteers

    THE Upper Wharfedale Museum Society is looking for new volunteers. The annual meeting heard that there had been an "inevitable" loss of helpers during the year. The society runs the Folk Museum in Grassington's cobbled square. Chairman Elaine Clare

  • 'Duchess of Gargrave' is 95

    THE "Duchess of Gargrave" enjoyed her 95th birthday this week after a lifetime spent in her beloved home village. Barbara Gill, who has only ever spent 15 months away from Gargrave when between homes, celebrated her milestone on Monday. The Neville

  • Villager takes on bank - and wins

    A DISABLED Gargrave resident has taken on a major high street bank - and won. Angered by a series of mistakes made by his bank, Graham Rushworth wrote a stern letter to Barclays informing them that in line with their own policy of charging customers

  • Councillor resigns over 'unfair' criticism

    A CRAVEN district councillor has resigned - days after being heavily criticised for living 450 miles away from his ward. Speaking exclusively to the Craven Herald, former councillor John Alderson said he had reluctantly made the decision because of his

  • Resident's dead mice protest

    A SETTLE resident spread 29 dead mice around a council chamber to shock councillors into action. The Victoria Street resident piled up the mice around the tables where town councillors were sitting at the start of their annual parish meeting on Monday

  • Ambulance call-out times 'on increase'

    VOLUNTEER paramedics have raised serious fears over ambulance call-out times in West Craven. First Responders - trained medics who are called out to emergencies - say that ambulances have been taking longer and longer to reach casualties in recent months

  • Staff dig deep for charity

    STAFF at Earby's Holiday Cottages Group raised almost £3,000 for charities close to the hearts of employees. One of the worthy causes, the North West Air Ambulance, was selected by a relative of schoolgirl Rachel Stewart, who was killed after falling

  • Police in high visibility move

    POLICE in West Craven say they are stepping up patrols to crack down on crime and disorder. After a rise in criminal damage in Barnoldswick and Earby, the team, boosted by three new officers, will be targeting people they believe are causing criminal

  • New mayor wants to unite Pendle

    BARNOLDSWICK'S first Pendle mayor for almost 20 years says he wants to heal the divisions between the roses in West Craven - and connect with parts "that others never reach". As part of his inaugural procession in the town on Sunday, Coun Allan Buck

  • Commission intervenes in charity row

    THE Charity Commission has intervened in a row over representation on a North Craven charity. The Hartley Trust was created in 1894 to provide funding for Long Preston School and bursaries and scholarships for children in Long Preston, Hellifield and

  • OAPs in foot clinic protest

    PENSIONERS have reacted angrily to the suspension of specialist foot care in South Craven. Since the closure of the Cross Hills podiatry Clinic more than two years ago, a regular clinic has been held for residents at Yeadon House, Sutton. But this week

  • Post offices under threat

    FEARS that Craven will lose a number of its post offices are being monitored by local politicians. Skipton MP David Curry said he was keeping an eye on developments after the Government confirmed that cutbacks could see up to 2,500 post offices being

  • Artist's independent approach

    RETIRED art teacher Graham Jervis has left the classroom for the beauty of the Aire Valley. After 22 years as head of art and design at Upper Wharfedale School in Threshfield, a health scare last year persuaded him to take early retirement. Now, from

  • MP defends grammar schools

    SKIPTON'S MP David Curry has defended grammar schools after his party withdraw their support for a selective education system. Tory leader David Cameron has backed education spokesman David Willetts, who commented that grammar schools were failing poor

  • Girls have chocolate wapped up

    CRAVEN'S Calendar Girls have unwrapped their latest fundraising idea - and they are hoping it will have the sweet taste of success. The Rylstone WI ladies have exposed themselves once again to raise money for Leukaemia Research - this time on a box of