100 years ago

THERE was every sign of an early and abundant crop of hay in the Ingleton district, and up to the end of May, the prospects were particularly rosy. There was plenty of moisture in the ground and all that was needed was warmth to quicken growth.

A shooting competition was held at Hellifield Peel for the volunteer training corps. Thirty one members were enrolled, but many more were required. The Church School had been obtained as headquarters and colour sergeant T Holmes, of Settle, was drill instructor.

A married woman of Skipton was charged with being drunk and disorderly. PC Batley stated he had been on duty in Waller Hill when he saw the woman who was drunk and making use of filthy language. The officer took her home, but the husband would not have her in. She was fined 9s.

50 years ago

THE Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food sent out a reminder that dogs must be kept under control in the countryside. All who took their dogs into the countryside were reminded that they should never let their pets run loose where farm animals maybe near at hand.

Two men in separate cells at opposite ends of the cell block at Skipton Police Station changed their original stories because they had communicated with each other, it was suggested at Skipton Magistrates' Court.

The chairman of the Malhamdale Fox Destruction Society stated at the annual meeting at the Lister's Arms, that the society had killed 41 foxes over the year. The news was received with gusto by the other seven members. In the past 15 months, 61 adult fox tails and 15 cub tails had been paid for.

25 years ago

THE historic Scorton Silver Arrow contest returned to Settle for the first time in 62 years. More than 100 people from across the county shot for the coveted trophy on the playing fields of Settle High School. Four members of Settle Archery Club - chairman Richard Warham, Ray Burrow, Wyn Roberts and Tom Tucker - took part, but the winner was Adrian Hayes, of Batley.

Skipton A-level student Matthew Burman was awarded the Patricia Price Memorial Trophy for the most promising musician at Wharfedale Festival in Ilkley. He also won the Geoffrey Ingle Trophy for the most outstanding violin playing. Matthew later went on to study at the Royal Northern College in Manchester and, last year, was appointed artistic director of Yorkshire Festival 2016.

The Settle-Carlisle Railway Trust launched a £4.5 million appeal to repair and restore structures along the scenic line. And the appeal got off to a flying start with £500,000 pledged by Cumbria, Lancashire, North Yorkshire and West Yorkshire County Councils and the Friends of the Line. The launch was held at Settle Station, which was strewn with bunting and played host to the majestic green and black Duke of Gloucester steam engine.

10 years ago

HIGH Bentham Primary School was celebrating after coming top of the class in the 2006 Teaching Awards for the North of England. The school won the category for healthy schools. Threshfield Primary received a distinction in the same category as well as a commendation for governor of the year (awarded to Peter Huff). And Austwick Primary School's Jane Hartley was commended for teaching assistant of the year.

Arncliffe mum Annette Hirst was about to fulfil a lifetime ambition when she paddled the length of the Leeds-Liverpool Canal in a homemade Canadian-style canoe. Along with villager Liz Metcalf, she was planning to paddle 127 miles in a canoe which they had hand-crafted themselves with help from Liz's husband, Jimmy. The aim was to raise as much money as possible for Arncliffe School, where their children were pupils.

Barnoldswick Town's 91-year-old physiotherapist was presented with an MBE by the Queen. Syd Parkinson, who was the oldest physio in the sport with 75 years of service, was nominated for the honour by Premiership managers Sir Alex Ferguson and Sam Allardyce. He enjoyed a night in the Savoy Hotel before arriving at the palace in a limousine. He was joined by his son John, granddaughter Charlotte and Duncan McFadyen, who was part of the Colne Dynamoes FA Vase winning team in 1988 when Syd was physio.