• Don't miss your chance to vote

    Craven residents are being urged to return their voting registration forms – or risk missing out on the General Election. Every household in the district should have received a form from Craven District Council asking for details of those eligible to

  • Council’s £100,000 for ‘getting it right’ toolkit

    Craven District Council has successfully bid for a grant of £100,000 from the Government to examine how it is delivering customer services to its residents. The pot of money will be used to encourage residents to scrutinise the council’s customer

  • Fencing is removed after protests

    Residents have won the first round of their battle with Lancashire County Council over fields at Clifford Street, Barnoldswick. Contractors working for the council have removed steel fencing and replaced it with traditional timber posts and

  • Obama threat to West Craven Rolls jobs

    A major aerospace deal which could safeguard hundreds of West Craven jobs is set to be axed by US President Barack Obama. The president reportedly wants to scrap a joint Rolls-Royce and General Electric (GE) contract to construct the F136 engine

  • MP calls for action on hospital meals

    An MP has called for urgent action to improve the quality of food being served to patients at Airedale Hospital, Steeton. Airedale NHS Trust decided to privatise the catering service earlier this year, much to the anger of MP Ann Cryer, pictured, unions

  • It's crisis time for homeless kittens

    An urgent appeal has gone out for new homes for unwanted kittens. In the past few months, more and more adult cats and kittens have turned up on the doorstep of Craven RSPCA. And with all available rescue centres full to breaking point, the charity

  • Daniel’s old enemy is back

    Nights are drawing in. It is almost too dark to ride up the lane after work. Only Daniel’s white face was visible in the gathering gloom as he and Steve trotted back under the trees and over the canal bridge late last week. With the autumn tints has

  • The natives put in an appearance

    The swallows have gone. It must have been some time last week, because one day they were here, circling and swooping around the house and congregating on the telegraph wires, the next minute, they were gone. I thought the housemartins had also

  • Meetings give advice on uplands scheme

    Farmers and land managers in Craven can learn more about Natural England’s new Uplands Entry Level Stewardship Scheme (Uplands ELS). Two local meetings are being held to outline the new scheme, which is set to open early in 2010. It will take over

  • Great North runners give charities a boost

    Settle Primary School teacher Amy Greenwood ran the Great North Run and raised hundreds of pounds for charity. Miss Greenwood ran with her dad Terry and the pair completed the half-marathon in two hours 22 minutes. Miss Greenwood, who lives in Ingleton

  • Anger over council's garage site plans

    Furious residents in Ingleton accused planning chiefs of wrecking their village over plans to maximise the value of a development site due to be sold off at auction. Villagers expressed their fierce opposition to an outline planning application to build

  • Advice event for farmers

    The challenge of passing on a farming business to the next generation is the subject of an information evening organised by the Yorkshire Rural Support Network. Its aim is to give practical advice on handing over the farming reins in the most

  • Julian voted in to defend Tory seat

    Businessman Julian Smith will defend the Skipton and Ripon seat on behalf of the Conservative Party at the next General Election. Thirty-eight-year-old Mr Smith was chosen at a US-style “open primary” event held at Skipton’s Aireville School on Saturday

  • Family's tribute to much-loved farmer

    Farmer Margaret Read died doing the job she loved – and it is this which is bringing some comfort to her grieving family. The well-loved 64-year-old, of Raikes Farm, Hartlington, was fatally injured after being struck by a tractor bucket while out digging

  • Craven College fashion students exhibit at gallery

    The work of Craven College fashion and clothing students is featured in an exhibition at The Platform Gallery of Contemporary Craft, Clitheroe. Those with work on display include National Diploma in Fashion student Alice Chatburn and Foundation Diploma

  • Orchestra is joined by top cellist

    Music lovers in North Craven are eagerly awaiting the return of the Northern Chamber Orchestra to Settle’s Victoria Hall next Thursday, October 8. The musicians will be joined by internationally- renowned cellist, Raphael Wallfisch, who will play a work

  • Artists are inspired by estate

    The works of local artist Joy Godfrey, potter Chris Bailey and bodger Richard Law are on display at the Strid Wood Exhibition Centre, Bolton Abbey. The inspiration for all the artworks on view came from the estate. Since acquiring her own studio in

  • Puppet festival is a sell-out success

    Skipton’s third international puppet festival has been hailed a success – with every performance being a sell-out. The festival, held over the weekend, attracted visitors from across the country and artistes from as far afield as Russia. “It was amazing

  • Musical acclaim for headteacher

    Headteacher Brian Beresford has received acclaim from the music industry for his Christmas songs for children. His composition, Wonders, reached the final of this year’s UK Songwriting Contest, which had almost 6,000 entries, and his other two submissions