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A word from the Editor

Hello Readers Hello and Welcome to March’s issue. Spring is in the air !!!! At last! I sit and write this, looking out of my dining room window, while the kids are playing out in the street. Thinking how kind the weather has been to us recently. I managed to get some gardening done over the weekend, not much but enough to make me feel like I had accomplished something. So what do we have on offer in the Hub this month? This month we have an interesting article written by Alan Cattell, our resident Historian; which goes back 77 years ago, on 23rd May 1936, when the airship “Hindenburg” altered her course from her regular flight route and made the first of what were to be 3 flights that year over the Aire Valley. Also featured this month in the History section, is one of Alan’s Living History stories,

This is my new look welcome page. I decided that I have far too much to talk about so I dedicated a whole page to myself. focusing on local businessman Stuart Clark, from Lane End Farm Shop. Read his story on page 14. In addition to the History, we have lots of local community stories of interest, and our ever popular “What’s On Guide”. Book a meal at the beautiful hotel & restaurant that is Five Rise Locks, treat your mum for mothers day. Don’t forget to visit our brand new website at www. mycommunityhub. co.uk and like our page on Facebook at Facebook.com/ mycommunityhub

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The Hindenburg over the Aire Valley – Mercy Errand or Spying Flight? 77 years ago on May 23rd 1936 the airship Hindenburg altered her course from her regular flight route and made the first of what were to be three flights that year over the Aire Valley. Other flights were made on June 30th and October 12th 1936. In this previously published, updated article by our local historian Alan Cattell,he recounts the story as to why the Hindenburg changed course during its May journey and the effects of doing so. Questions in Parliament The Hindenburg flight paths on the above occasions were either from Frankfurt and then across Northern England to Lakehurst (New York) USA or the reverse on the return journey. The Hindenburg was essentially banned by the British and French Governments from flying across either country unless forced to do so by bad weather. The weather was reported to be fine on all these dates. Questions were asked in Parliament on 11th June and 8th July as to the legitimacy of these flights over what were considered to be “prohibited” areas in the North of England. Sitings were also made at Blackpool, Nelson, Barrow in Furness, Morecambe, Lancaster, Barnoldswick, Earby, Gargrave, Crosshills, Kildwick, Skipton, Keighley, East Morton, Riddlesden, Harden, Bingley, Cottingley, Saltaire, Shipley, Bradford, Pudsey, Rawdon and Leeds, Thorne, Goole, Cromer and Grimsby. Flight over Keighley Press records of the time show the dropping of a crucifix and a bunch of carnations from the airship over Keighley at 7.55pm on 23 May by a Priest commemorating the death of his brother, a prisoner of war who in 1919 had died of influenza at Morton Banks Fever Hospital The Yorkshire Observer reported: “ A parcel floated down. Two boys ran to pick it up. They found a spray of fresh carnations, a tiny silver cross and a letter signed on Hindenburg notepaper which stated.” “ To the finder of this letter, please deposit these 6

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flowers and the cross on the grave of my dear brother Lieutenant Franz Schulte 1st Garde Regiment Zu Foss, prisoner of war in Skipton, in Keighley near Leeds. Many thanks for your kindness John P Schulte, the First Flying Priest. Please accept the stamps and picture (of the Hindenburg) as a small souvenir from me. God bless you.” My research has shown that the two boys were Alfred Butler and Jack Gerrard of Keighley, Boy Scouts from the Keighley Parish Troop who found the parcel in the rear yard of a shop in High Street while on their way to an evening Scout meeting. They were taken by a photographer from the Yorkshire Observer to the cemetery at Morton where the flowers and cross were placed on a memorial to forty German officers. After this act had been carried out the Yorkshire Observer Editor sent a radiogram to Herr Schulte on board the Hindenburg notifying him “ Flowers have been laid on Franz Schulte’s grave.” Several days later consultation took place between the local Parish Council and the German Consul in Bradford about the future location of the cross. As Father Schulte was a Catholic Priest and Lieutenant Schulte was a Catholic, the Consul agreed that the cross should be handed to Monsignor Russell a

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Tel: 01274 567428 www.villagefuneralservice.co.uk local senior Catholic Priest. It was also agreed that he should contact Father Schulte for his approval for the cross to be placed on the War Memorial in St Anne’s Church, Keighley. (In 1959 the bodies of the Germans buried at Morton Cemetery were reinterred at the German Cannock Chase Cemetery, Staffs, where Franz Shulte’s grave can be found at the bottom of the right hand slope) Alfred Butler and Jack Gerrard would later be presented at Keighley Picture House, with souvenir copies of the British Movietones News film recording local events following the incident. Flight over Bingley After leaving Keighley on the evening of 23rd May the airship appeared over Bingley at about 8.04 pm “flying at great speed and at a low altitude, the name Hindenburg was clearly visible in huge letters from the nose.” Whilst this seemed to be a mercy errand, did it hide something more sinister? Spying Flights? It was suspected at the time that these flights were spying flights to assess industrial sites across Northern England. Subsequent archive records show that Hindenburg Eye? there were indeed three ranking Nazi officers on board before the war as regular crew. These were Helmut Lau (Helmsman, a Second Lieutenant in the SS, Rudolph Sauter (Chief Engineer) and Walter Ziegler (Watch Officer) Archive records also show the existence of a Leica camera known as the Hindenburg Eye in the rear tailplane of the airship. The Telegraph and Argus of 20th November 2002 reported “After the war photographs, probably taken from the airship, were discovered amongst German intelligence files of industrial sites, reservoirs and hospitals in the Skipton area, including Steeton bus depot, which could have been used as military installations and transport points.” The Yorkshire Evening Post reported in 1936 “As far as aerial reconnaissance of industrial England is concerned it is there for the taking by the Hindenburg. We are simply making a gift of it. And what better way of observing our industrial layout is there than from the air.” Local Photographs Two local amateur photographers managed to take photographs of the Hindenburg as it flew over the area. The first managed on May 23rd to take a

hurried photograph of the airship as it passed over Woodbank, Harden, and the second, Alfred Mitchell the Engineer at Bingley Teacher Training College took a rare shot of the Hindenburg flying over the College on 30th June 1936.

The Hindenberg above Bingley Teacher Training College Hitlers HQ? From a local point of view an article in the Bingley Guardian of 9th September 1977 stated “records show that Hitler thought Bingley College might make a good local HQ for his occupation troops. ” Similar comment was made in the Leeds press in 1936 re the Hindenburg flying over the newly built Quarry Hill Flats. In May 2004, The Yorkshire Post under the Heading ‘Don’t dismiss stories of ‘Hitler’s HQ’ published several letters from readers who stated that relatives had first- hand knowledge or tangible evidence of Hitlers intentions. One of these also claimed that she had also watched two credible television programmes which supported the story. Were these the reasons for the airships strange and what the local press called “interesting” flight path over the Aire Valley and Leeds? Was Bingley College indeed going to be considered as an invasion HQ? Or where these just early examples of urban myth? Unfortunately the Hindenburg was destroyed the following year when it caught fire and exploded whilst coming in to its mooring at Lakehurst USA,with the tragic loss of 36 lives. Photographs courtesy of Mick Walkmsley, Woodbank Nurseries and David Mitchell Alan Cattell - Bingley February 2014

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The Creative Stroke Recovery Group Every Tuesday at the Delius Arts & Cultural Centre a group of stroke survivors meet for informal creative sessions. They are a friendly bunch, mostly from the local area, brought together by their shared experience and desire to be a part of a group with similar support and recovery needs. The sessions allow participants to experiment with different artistic mediums including drawing, painting, clay work and weaving. The space provides a relaxed social and supportive environment which through creative exercises aids recovery by improving motor functions and dexterity, boosting confidence and promoting wellbeing. Many members had no previous artistic experience and as such have overcome many obstacles to gain the knowledge and skills they now possess. Group participants have come a long way since the sessions began over 18-months ago, and the group enjoy friendships that have developed through the creative time have spent together Although the project was originally funded, it was so successful that it is now run by Artworks volunteers, to ensure its sustainability and continued existence. This is what some of the Group’s members have to say about the sessions:

“It is the highlight of my week” “I now feel confident to come into town on the bus on my own” “It has helped me to recover my artistic abilities”

Research presented at the 12th Annual Spring Meeting on Cardiovascular Nursing, in Copenhagen showed that: “Stroke survivors who saw art as an integrated part of their former lifestyle, by expressing appreciation towards music, painting and theatre, showed better recovery skills than those who did not.” Lead researcher Dr Vellone “In our study the ‘art’ group of patients showed a comparable clinical picture to the ‘no art’ group,” he adds. “This is important because it means that patients belonging to the ‘art’ group had a better quality of life independently from the gravity of stroke. The results suggest that art may make long term changes to the brain which help it recover when things go wrong.” We are looking for new members to join our group, if you are a stroke survivor and are interested in finding out more about what we do, or would like to come down to one of the sessions, please get in touch with Elly on 01274 256927 or elly@ artworkscreative.org.uk. Where: Artworks Creative Communities, Delius Arts & Cultural Centre, 29 Great Horton Road, Bradford BD7 1AA (the Free City Bus stops right outside!) When: Every Tuesday between 10.30am and 12.30pm Who: Anyone who is recovering from a stroke (accompanying partners and carers are also welcome) www.artworkscreative.org.uk

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Inspiring The Great Generation! Written by Rachel Johnson The average monthly salary for a primary school teacher in Uganda is $100 and the average class size is 50 children. Underqualified and underpaid, teachers teach against the odds and pupils are keen to expand their minds; despite the lack of provisions and comfortable learning environments that so many of us are accustomed to here. In August 2014, a group of UK-based teachers will design and run a forum for 250 teachers from 50 schools in the Buikwe District. Buikwe District is one of the poorest rural areas in Uganda; a country that is already one of the poorest in the world. The level of cooperation for the forum is unprecedented with the Ministry of Education and local Members of Parliament supporting the initiative. Rachel Johnson, who lives in Bingley and is an English Language tutor for Study Group, based at the University of Huddersfield, is one of these volunteer teachers. She will be leaving her husband and two young children at home for the two week project and is excited but nervous about the experience. ‘Uganda is a long way from home and as the project date approaches, the reality of the stark differences we will face is starting to hit home’, says Rachel. ‘Our children are privileged to have a highly respected standard of education. The children we will meet in Uganda are facing unimaginable challenges. I expect the journey to

be an extremely emotional experience, not least being away from my family, but if our team can make the smallest of positive impacts to the future education of the children we meet, it will in turn be an invaluable contribution to our lives’. The 1st Buikwe Teachers’ Forum is a project run by The Great Generation who has worked for eight years in Uganda and has delivered more than 50 successful projects. The Great Generation is a social enterprise committed to solving the issues of communities living in tough economic and social conditions, and at the same time offering professionals the opportunity to develop themselves through the commitment of their time and skills. One of the most important aspects of the forum will be giving the Ugandan teachers inspiration to add to what is already a high level of motivation; a forum like this has never been offered to teachers, and anticipation and excitement is building. The forum will aim to provide an exchange for information, new skills and techniques, and development for everyone involved. As the honoured and respected Nelson Mandela once said, “education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world”. If you are interested in learning more about the project and sponsoring Rachel on her journey, please visit her fundraising page at https:// mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/racheljohnson

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Living History

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500 years in the Bingley area Two years ago our local historian Alan Cattell launched a Living History project with the intention of capturing local history events before they are lost. In a continuing series for the Bingley Hub, including this article, he has interviewed a number of local residents who have contacted him to share either their own history/events or the history of their family. Unique Opportunity In the first part of this article he takes a unique opportunity to look at the key historical aspects and snapshots in time as they relate to one family living in Bingley over a period of nearly 500 years. These are the result of several meetings with local man Stuart Clark who in 2011 decided to find out more about his ancestors. Stuart has given Alan full access to the records he has collected relating to his family. Voyage of Discovery During the meetings Alan asked 14

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Stuart to describe how he went about his “voyage of discovery” and why. The second part of this article explores why and how he did so and is intended to help readers wishing to do the same have a useful template with which to start their own “voyage”. 500 Years in the Bingley Area Hub reader Stuart Clark of Lane End Farm, Gilstead describes himself as “ a Bingley man born and bred”. His interest in the local history of his family led him to contract with a genealogist to research his family back to the earliest possible date. This turned out to be a journey of nearly 500 years with Stuart finding evidence that during the 1500s and 1600s there were a number of Clerke families living in of Bingley. Anthonie Clerke of Priestthorpe, William Clerke of Beckfoot, and Edmund Clerke of Bingley are the main identified Heads of Family during this time. Definitive Dates Records show that the earliest

definite links to Stuart start with John Clerke, born in 1651/1652, the son of either Edmund (1616) or William Clerke (1621). By 1677 the medieval spelling of Clerke had changed to Clark (also sometimes shown with an e as in Clarke). Records then show the existence of the Clark family in Bingley linking Stuart to Jonathan Clark (1696), John Clark (1720),Jonathan Clark (1743),John Clark 1749, William Clark (1756), Jonathan Clark (1784), William Clark (1811), Thomas Clark (1846) Percy Clark (1885) and Frank Clark 1924) who was Stuart’s Father Working as Stonemasons The male side of the Clark family have long been recorded working mainly as Stonemasons living in the local area. There is also a record in the 1871 Census of Ann Clark (nee Raistrick)) the widow of William Clark which shows her as a Stone Quarry Occupier living at Langley, Bingley. Her son Jonathan was a Stone Miner and another son, Thomas

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Tel: 01274 567428 www.villagefuneralservice.co.uk (Stuart’s Great Grandfather) is shown as being a Stone Mason. Thomas would later play a prominent part in the formation of the present pack of Airedale Beagles and would become their first Huntsman, a post he held from 1891 until his retirement in 1900. According to Stuart his Aunt, Winifred Clark married into the family of John Holdsworth Clark and Son (no relation) who were the principal masons in the early 1920s involved in carving the Cenotaph in Myrtle Park to commemorate the World War 1 dead of Bingley. How Far Did they Move? Genealogy records show that the main areas/addresses for Stuart’s relations have been in the Bingley, Gilstead and Eldwick areas, namely: Priestthorpe, Dubb Lane, Carrier Row(off Chapel Lane), Adelaide Street, Langley, Park View, Crow Nest, Ferncliffe Road and Fernbank Drive. In essence this means that the family have lived in an area within a radius of approximately one mile in the Bingley area, for several hundred years. Family Size Up to the mid 1800s the Clark family are recorded as having four generations with a family size of eight, one of eleven, one of seven and one of four. Between the 1600s and 1800 there are eight recorded infant deaths within the family, two in each generation. The majority of baptisms and records of burials for the family were at Bingley Parish Church.

Tom Clark - the first Huntsman of Airedale Beagles Sources of Information In 2011 after contacting Bradford Registry Office to ask for advice, Stuart identified a genealogist and contracted him to “Research as far back as you can - What are my family connections to Bingley?” At this stage, through local sources Stuart had knowledge of his family going back 150 years, but not beyond. He and the genealogist met every two weeks over a period of a year and Stuart professes to being amazed by the amount of detail revealed. He paid as he went along to cover costs for records including birth, marriage and death certificates and time consuming searches of Church records and graves in Bingley Cemetery. The researcher also checked records in other local towns particularly for marriage links. Details of occupations for the Clark family were accessed through Census Records and several online sources advised

on by Bradford Libraries Local Studies. Value for Money? As a result of the research Stuart has built up a catalogue of four folders covering the history of his family, plus a detailed family tree. He has been surprised by the depth of information, his only regret being that there were very few photographs kept by his predecessors. He regards the money spent on the research as “the best money spent in my life”. Links to the Past What Stuart feels is that the information generated has given him a real sense of the lives his ancestors must have led. He says “I feel that I can picture and walk in the footsteps they walked as I now have a better understanding of the poverty, tragedy, good and bad times they went through, that I can compare to modern times and my own life. I also have a real sense of how as ordinary Bingley people they adapted to difficult times and looked after each other. Now has been the right stage in my life to seek to find out more about my family, before it is too late in terms of my own time clock. I’d like this article to be a testament to the Clark family and to dedicate it to my Father, Frank and my Mother Beryl Hermione Clark, who died last year. Stuart Clark - March 2014 Photographs courtesy of Alan Cattell and Stuart Clark

Contact Alan - Living History I have worked with Stuart over several months in helping him to share his experience with Hub readers. As part of my Living History research, taking up Stuart’s point about capturing history before it is too late, I’d be pleased to hear from readers wishing to share their own memories/stories of Bingley History through the pages of the Bingley Hub. Alan Cattell - February 2014 www.mycommunityhub.co.uk

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Bingley Green Dog Walkers Campaign launches The Bingley Green Dog Walkers campaign was launched at the end of 2013 at the town’s Christmas Fayre. Over a hundred people came to talk to the group of local mums who, together with Bradford Council, aim to rid Bingley of dog fouling. The campaign aims to unite everyone, dog owners and nondog owners alike, in a friendly, non-confrontational way. Owners who ‘make a pledge’ to clean up after their dog get a free green armband and extra poo bags to give to others. Bingley has the highest number of complaints about dog fouling in the Shipley area and the third highest in the whole of Bradford. Similar campaigns in other towns have reduced dog fouling by 99%. Julie, a local mum and childminder said; “We want people to be able to enjoy walking and playing in Bingley without having to worry about what they might tread in. We’ve been amazed how supportive people are. Most dog owners pick up

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and want other people to know that.” Jenny added; “Bingley is full of beautiful places to walk and play in but the amount of dog fouling understandably puts people off using them. We want to help change that.” Bradford Council is supporting the initiative. David Heseltine, Bingley Councillor said: “This community lead initiative is to be welcomed as dog mess left by careless owners blights many of our pavements, snickets and play areas. We have secured funding from the local area committee to trial the scheme in Bingley to try and improve our community and the habits of dog walkers who fail to clean up.” The more people supporting

the campaign the more chance of success there is – so please join in! Pledge forms can be picked up from Bingley Library, the Children’s Centre, Five Rise Locks Café plus Eldwick, Gilstead and Bingley Post Offices. Completed pledge forms can be dropped off at any of the Post Offices. You can show your support by emailing BingleyGreenDog@ gmail.com or liking the campaign at www.facebook. co.uk/bingleygreendog. If you want to report dog fouling please call Bradford Council on 01274 431000 with as much information as possible.

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Mother’s Day treats By Jane Richards It’s not long to go now until we show our mums how much we care about them on that one special day a year; Mothers Day. Here at Divine Shabby Chic we thought it would be good to share some interesting facts we have found out about this special day….. Mother’s Day is the third most popular holiday, after Christmas and then Easter. The carnation is the special flower for Mother’s Day. Mother’s Day is the busiest day of the year for restaurants. Be sure to make reservations ahead of time. There are more telephone calls made on Mother’s Day than on any other day of the year. Chinese family names are often formed (begin) with a sign that means “mother”. It’s a nice way of honouring their mothers long past. George Washington once said, “My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am I owe to my mother. I attribute all my success in life to the moral,

intellectual and physical education I received from her.” Here at Divine Shabby Chic Ltd we have some fabulous gift idea’s for Mothers Day so why not have a browses atwww.divineshabbychic.co.uk or find us on Facebook athttps://www.facebook.com/ DivineShabbyChic Happy Mothers Day!!

Treat your mum this Mother’s Day We are fast approaching Mothers Day on 30th March; mums can sometimes seem to have everything and it’s hard to think of what to buy them. Here at Ooh La La’s we found an excellent gift idea for Mothers Day that I am sure you will love.

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The art of making beautiful borders is to think of yourself as painting with plants, using big, broad brush strokes. By Arne Maynard

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The most common reasons for workplace disciplinaries There are often circumstances in which disciplinary procedures need to be carried out in the workplace and these can be for a variety of reasons. If things get really serious, you may even need to enlist the assistance of the Employees Lawyer or another legal advisor in the event that you are dismissed unfairly. So what are the most common reasons for disciplinaries? Performance It makes sense that this is one of the main reasons why people find themselves subjected to a disciplinary at work. Ultimately, you have a job to do and if you struggle to complete it then you will eventually have to face the consequences. It is often the case that if someone is struggling with their performance, a review process will be held and the employee will be given targets or further training to try and get them to improve. If the employee continues to under-perform, a disciplinary process is then likely to kick in as the next stage. The result could be dismissal if the employee still doesn’t show any signs of improvement. Attendance This is one of the most common reasons for staff being disciplined at work. There is an expectation that staff attend work during the set working hours and if an employee consistently takes unauthorised time off or is sick frequently, there can be disciplinary procedures. It can often depend on the individual circumstances and employers should try to work around these issues first by speaking directly to the employee informally to establish the reason for the absence, before taking it further. Persistent absence usually indicatives that there can be something going on in the private life of an employee, or it may be indicative of bullying at work or a grievance the employee is too afraid to raise. However, if it is down to laziness or there doesn’t seem to be a valid reason for 22

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persistent non-attendance, the employee could be disciplined.

Lateness While most employers don’t tend to discipline their employees for the occasional lateness, employees are often contracted to work certain hours. Persistent lateness needs to be addressed because other members of staff may also pick up on the lateness and it could hinder their ability to work productively, particularly if there is teamwork involved or it may lead to floodgate situation. There can often be an informal chat with the employee to discuss the importance of attending work on time but if this proves ineffective and the lateness continues, it may be necessary to proceed to disciplinary procedures. This may be more common if the lateness does immediately impact the rest of the team. I am sure you have all

heard a colleague being told “get up earlier or get a watch” this is fair point.

Illegal behaviour The law still applies in the workplace and if employees break it, they face being disciplined. That encompasses quite a wide range of different things from taking illegal substances to assaulting a colleague, driving offences resulting your licence being revoked. There is an acceptable level of behaviour in the workplace and if employees breach that, again they will have to face the consequences. There are also circumstances in which an employee’s behaviour outside of the workplace can impact on their job, particularly if it is illegal behaviour. Top & bottom is if you break the law don’t be surprised if your employer decides to discipline you.

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Pet advice

Think about pet insurance By Peter Eccles Airedale Veterinary Group People use Pet Insurance a lot more commonly than they used to. In fact the first Pet Insurance Company in the UK was only started in 1976. Now a lot of people have insurance for their pets, you can get insurance for dogs, cat and rabbits. Many people think pet insurance is essential but some people still think it is not necessary. Quite a lot of people have told me that they have a savings account to put some money into every month to pay their veterinary expenses rather than “waste” money on pet insurance premiums. The problem with this is: if they & their pet are unlucky and their pet has a serious injury or illness then the costs are likely to be far more than they have saved. A lot of problems with cat & dogs (& rabbits) can occur in the first 2 years of life, & these problems can be ongoing for the rest of their lives. If you brought a house, most people would get insurance for the house & contents, few people would put the money in a bank account to pay for any problems instead of having house insurance. If someone did this they probably would be breaking the terms of their mortgage if they had one. With cars it would be illegal if you just put money into a savings account and not to have car insurance. There have been amazing the advances in both human & veterinary medicine in the last 30 years. Now we can now do far more to diagnose & to treat problems in both humans & other animals, the problem is, if far more is done to diagnose & far more to treat, then costs are inevitably far more as well. Another problem is that the government charges VAT on all veterinary bill which increases costs by 20%. Now if needed, 24

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we can perform an MRI Scan on your pet. The cost for this is about £1000 & then there is £200 VAT on top of this as well. A MRI scan in both humans & pets can diagnose things which blood test, X-ray & other procedures can not. Some of the costliest problems in both humans & pets are chronic problems such as skin problems & arthritis & also heart problems. Often we can now treat conditions like these much better than we could even a few years ago, thanks to fantastic advances in medicine but usually these cost are ongoing, and the costs over many years can cost thousands of pounds. Getting pet insurance can be very confusing and some people take out a policy & then when they try to make a claim, they realise that they did not fully understand the implications and then realise that the policy is not suitable. By then it is too late to change. We have had quite a few people recently who took out polices which have a £100 excess & will only pay out a maximum of £400 to the owner of the pet. I would suggest that

a policy like this is a waste of money. Most insurance policies have an excess which applies to house insurance, car insurance & most pet insurance. Typically the excess will be about £80 with pet insurance. Most pet insurances also will pay a maximum amount either per condition (or maybe per year). I would suggest that the maximum amount that they would cover you for each condition should be at least £6000. The other condition that some policies put on is that some insurance company will only pay for a condition for a maximum of twelve months, i.e. if your pet developed a heart problem, the insurance company will pay the costs minus any excessive, for twelve months, & then the company will pay for any new conditions but not pay for the heart problem anymore. Most vets do not get any commission from selling Pet Insurance, so if you want free advice, please ring your vet practice and I’m sure they will be pleased to advise you.

36 Devonshire Street, Keighley, West Yorkshire, BD21 2AU Tel: 01535 609040 www.keighleywilsdenvets.co.uk


Caring for your pet as if it was our own Airedale Veterinary Group has surgeries in both Wilsden & Keighley.

All consultations are by appointment.

Please ring: 01535 609040

We have full medical, surgical & dental care for your pets. Everyone who works at Airedale Vets does so because they love animals. The owner of the practice has been caring for injured and sick animals from the age of fourteen. All of the team are pet owners and so understand the bond between the owner and the pet. We love animals as much as you do. The practice is about caring for animals and we are here to keep your pets healthy and happy!

1st Practice in the area to have the latest dog vaccine. This is at no extra cost to you. We also have the latest rabbit vaccine.

Please visit our new website for details: www.keighleywilsdenvets.co.uk Peter Eccles, BVSc MRCVS

Airedale Animals Ltd. (Airedale Veterinary Group) 36 Devonshire Street, Keighley, West Yorkshire, BD21 2AU.

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What we offer Learning through fun and play Lessons from babies right through to adults Small swimming groups Intensive crash course during all school holidays

Easy monthly membership payment plan ASA and STA qualified swimming teachers Teacher in water, dependant on ability Full CRB enhanced disclosure police checks on all Swim Star employees Fun swim badge scheme with various badge incentives

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Bingley Grammar School, Keighley Road, Bingley Hazelbeck School, Wagon Lane, Bingley, BD16 1EE Lessons are also available at our Hebden Bridge site: The Craggs Country Business Park, Cragg Vale, Hebden Bridge, HX7 5TT

If you would like to book your child onto one of our courses, and help them progress with their swimming, please contact Swim Stars on 01274 560570. 36 Keighley Road, Crossflatts BD16 2EZ. Alternatively, please visit our website at www.ukswimstars.com and complete the booking form.

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Cat’s Corner b is pleased to be ly feature, Bingley Hu ing at the homing nth mo ing nu nti co r en pp In ou te news of what is ha bringing you up to da to be working with such a fantastic ed as ts in our region. centre. We are ple re-home unwanted ca charity, which helps In the last edition of Community Hub we shared with you some of the more common “mating myths” we encounter here at Yorkshire Cat Rescue. Hopefully these encouraged you to get your cat neutered, but if not, please read on – and please please have your cat neutered. It will give him or her a much better quality of life as well as reducing the number of unwanted kittens who may end up being dumped or euthanised because no one wants them.

Your questions - answered!

I’ve got a male cat so it doesn’t matter, I won’t end up with kittens/I want my cat to keep his ‘manhood’

If you let your male cat outside, even if he has access to his home, food and bed, he will start to wander in search of female cats coming into season. A male cat can stray for many miles in the search of a female ready to mate. Male cats fight each other to show the queen that they are the strongest – picking up injuries and diseases as a result. They may also become injured by cars, dogs and so on, lose their way and lose weight as a result of their wandering. If you intend to keep your un-neutered male cat indoors, he will become very frustrated and probably begin to either self-harm (over-groom) or attack other members of the household – people as well as animals. He will spray urine on the furniture, walls and doors and he will frequently attempt to escape. Your male cat simply won’t be able to help it; it is his hormones taking over. The smell of ‘spray’ is a very unpleasant pungent odour that is very difficult to remove – even from wipeable surfaces. It is almost impossible to remove from soft furnishings. Cats don’t know they are neutered or un-neutered. They simply respond to the hormones produced by their bodies in either circumstance. So an un-neutered male cat will find himself outside in all weathers fighting, mating, starving and getting lost. A neutered male won’t have any of those urges or instincts. Instead he will be tucked up warm and dry at home with a full tummy and a healthy body.

Watching the birth is educational for my children This is a great reason to offer your services as a fosterer carer for your local cat rescue. It is a wonderful experience, but also one that is shortly followed by lots of work – cleaning litter trays for a mother cat and her six kittens is no easy task. Sometimes kittens don’t make it and in rare circumstances they are born with deformities. Be prepared to explain the loss to your children as well. Ultimately, wouldn’t it be better to explain to them how there are too many unwanted and homeless cats in the world, and neutering them stops kittens being killed unnecessarily.

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money selling them Maybe you can for some of them, but in time all your friends will have cats and if they don’t neuter them, they will also be looking for homes for their kittens. If you breed responsibly which includes having the kittens vet-checked, wormed, treated for fleas, vaccinated, microchipped and raised until they are properly old enough to leave their mum (10 weeks minimum) and maybe have them neutered, you will in fact end up making a financial loss. Kittens are very expensive. Most rescue centres charge an adoption fee, but it does not come anywhere close to covering the cost of the veterinary treatment the kitten has had, never mind the food and care. Most responsible owners these days go to a cat rescue if they want to adopt a cat or kitten, so the private market for kittens is shrinking. If you rehome to just anyone, your kittens may not have the best home which isn’t really what you want for those little furry faces you watched come into the world. Even if you do find wonderful homes for your kittens, that means there are now fewer homes to go round for the UK’s many abandoned kittens.

My cat is an indoor only cat – it won’t get out Male and female cats cannot help coming into season and needing to mate. When they do, they will stop at nothing to do so – rushing out of the door as you come in. Cats have even been known to get out of a window that is only open an inch or so. If this happens, the chances are that your cat won’t return as it will be on unknown territory the minute its paws hit the ground. Female cats often get chased away from their immediate garden and tom cats will wander off to look for females. At Yorkshire Cat Rescue we get a lot of lost cat reports; those un-neutered cats who have managed to escape for the first time are rarely found again. We equally get a lot of young cats with kittens and no owners. These might often have been former indoor-cats who got out. Sadly, we rarely match the lost with the found.

For enquiries please call Yorkshire Cat Rescue on 01535 647184 or visit www.yorkshirecatrescue.org

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Dogs of the month - Darwin & Angel Hi my name is Darwin, I’m the good looking one!!! My friends name is Angel. We would like to offer you our services. We will lick you and love you and follow you to the ends of the earth. All we ask in return is a safe warm place to call home. We have been told we make people laugh...... Not sure why but as long as your happy so are we. So what do you think? Can we come live with you???? Pretty please. Breed - Lhasa x Pug Age - Darwin (2) Angel (1) • Neutered/Vaccinated/Micro-chipped • Housetrained • Good with other dogs • Unknown with cats • Good with older children • West Yorkshire Contact us via our adoption form at www.yrdr.co.uk

We are also desperately in need of dog fosterers. If you think you can help please contact us and we can have a chat. For further information on this dog, or about the Rescue centre, please get in touch with Enza 07738231734 or www.yrdr.co.uk

Flood Appeal collection The Rotary Club of Bradford West mounted a collection for the victims of the South of England floods and netted a magnificent £411.33 Thanks must go to all the lovely people who attended and enjoyed the Harden Pantomime who gave £273.33 The congregation from St. Matthew’s church gave £33 and the members of the Rotary club gave £100 Many thanks from President Anne Raine and her members. 30

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Bingley Arts Centre -

home of Bingley Little Theatre

Bingley Arts Centre, at the heart of Bingley Town includes a 350 seat theatre which can also be configured as a large open space. As well as a varied programme of entertainment, the Arts Centre is home to “Bingley Little Theatre” who present eight plays each year along with a programme of studio activities.

What’s On Guide See our itinerary below

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Saturday 22 March: 7:30pm to 10:00pm Bradford Magic Circle Magic show aimed at all ages. Local, national & international magicians perform a variety of magic, including large scale illusions, comedy and magic especially for children. Local dancers complete the show which the Bradford Magic Circle has been putting on annually since 1973. 27 - 29 March 2014 at 7:30pm Bingley Little Theatre’s Youth Drama Group Around the World in Eighty Days. By Jules Verne. Adapted and Directed by Sally Edwards with Music by Katy Gaul. Performed by Kaleidoscope.

7 - 12 April 2014 at 7:30pm Bingley Little Theatre Canvas A modern play, light comedy by Micheal Wynne. 14 April - 2-4pm & 5-7.30pm Open sessions. “most adults in the UK can give blood” Please call 0300 123 23 23 to book an appointment. Save a life - Give Blood visit www.blood.co.uk or call 0300 123 23 23 to register.

Bingley Arts Centre

Main Street, Bingley BD16 2LZ

Telephone: 01274 519814 Box Office: 01274 567983 11am to 3:30pm Monday to Friday excluding bank holidays

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Get ready for a Grand Opera! Bingley Gilbert and Sullivan Society are proud to be presenting their Forthcoming 2014 production of ‘The Yeomen of the Guard” Yeomen is unique as it is the nearest to Grand Opera than all of the Savoy operas. There is satire, but it is essentially a serious opera containing some starkly dramatic elements and a magnificent musical score. Gilbert thought up the idea for this opera, whilst waiting for the train at Uxbridge Station, in London. He caught sight of a poster featuring a beefeater and the Tower of London for a removal firm advertisement. He thought such a setting would be ideal for a new plot. And the opera opened at the Savoy theatre on 3rd October 1888. The Tower of London, is best known as a fearsome prison and torture chamber. First constructed in the wake of the Norman Conquest in 1066 and since then has held some of Great Britains’ most prominent inmates. We remember the Tower this year, as we celebrate he Centenary of the Great War. Luckily the Tower was largely untouched, as the only bomb to fall on the fortress landed in the moat. However, the war brought the Tower back into use for the first time since the early

19th Century and between 1914 -16 eleven spies were held and subsequently executed in the Tower. The last execution that took place in the Tower was of Adolf Hess, in 1941. He was second in command to Adolf Hitler during the Second World War (1939-45) and the last time the Tower was used as a prison, was for the Kray twins in 1952. Yorkshire has a connection with the Tower of London as a museum was built in Leeds in 1996 to hold some of the vast collection of the Tower’s arms and armour. Only a small part, directly relating to the Tower remains in London. Much of the artillery section was sent to Fort Nelson in Portsmouth. The opera is set on the Tower Green in the Tower of London around the time of Henry 8th. Colonel Fairfax, a prisoner in

the Tower is to be executed as a result of a false charge of sorcery laid by his cousin, who will inherit all the estate if Fairfax dies single. Fairfax asks the Lieutenant to find him a wife in order to thwart his cousin…… Following the twists and turns in the plot, including exchanged identities, deception, Fairfax’s prison escape, love trysts, and dark secrets held amongst the characters, the story ends with marriages taking place to keep the silence over Fairfax’s escape. But unusually for a G&S opera someone is left broken- hearted, without a partner….. We are delighted to introduce some new young talented principals to join our regular experienced cast, including, Chris Trenholme, as “Colonel Fairfax” and Ruby Hendry, who will play “Kate” In addition, John Martin who, having successfully played Rick Rackstraw in HMS Pinafore for us last year, will be playing “ Jack Point” Bingley G&S presents the Yeomen of the Guard at Bingley Arts Centre 28th April to 3rd May 2014 at 7.30pm Tickets can be obtained from The Box Offices at Bingley Arts Centre by calling 01274 567983 or by visiting ticketsource.co.uk/bingleyarts centre.

Donation supports local cause Representatives from the Al-Hira Islamic Community Centre in Bradford, Mr Hussain and Mr Rafiq visited Cancer Support Bradford & Airedale to make a £348.00 donation from a collection. The charity’s Community Fundraiser, Linda Enderby, presented them with a certificate of thanks and said “It’s encouraging to know that the members of this local community centre wanted their donation make a difference locally. The 34

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money will provide 12 support services to help people, in our district, affected by a cancer diagnosis.” Cancer Support Bradford & Airedale is an independent charity that has supported local families, affected by a cancer diagnosis, for over 25 years. Anyone wishing to know more about its free support services or to make a donation should visit www.bradfordcancersupport. org.uk

From left to right: Linda Enderby, Mr Hussain and Mr Rafiq

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What’s on and where MARCH Saturday 15th March, Saturday 12th April, Saturday 17th May, Saturday 14th June, Saturday 12th July 4pm to 5.30pm Messy Church. Messy Church is a worshipping community of all ages, it is for all the family. It will be held in the church hall and the church. There will be craft activities as you arrive in the church hall, stories from the Bible, songs and prayers in the church– rounding off with sharing a simple meal together in the church hall. This is an event for all the family – whatever your age, why not come and join in the fun! Every Tuesday 9.30am to 12 noon Coffee, Cake & Chat - The Eldwick Church runs a cafe. There is Fair Trade fresh coffee and tea are served along with delicious home made cakes. The cafe is open to all from far and near and if you would like a group to visit just ring Susan Rishworth 01274 566641 so that we can ensure there is enough cake! The cafe provides time to sit and chat and make new friends in the comfort of a warm and inviting Church. We hope to see you soon.

Wednesday 26th March, Wednesday 30th April, Wednesday 21st May, Wednesday 25th June, Wednesday 23rd July 9:15am - 10:15am Happy Hour Fun Size Church. Happy Church is a monthly event aimed at younger ages and gives a time to play; have a cuppa; sing songs; enjoy a simple craft and share a Bible story. These sessions take place in the Eldwick Church. Otley Rd, Eldwick.

Wilsden Wilsden Women’s Institute Fashion Show. In support of Sue Ryder (Manorlands Hospice). At St Matthew’s Church. Tickets £5 each. Call President Judy Caunt on 01535 273709

Saturday 22nd 10am - 4pm Faery Market. A hugely popular event which carries with it a real buzz. There will be a variety of stalls with a mystical

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Saturday 29th of March 2014 9:30am to 4pm Saltaire Vintage Home and Fashion Fair. Rose and Brown are back with their well established fair! Nearly 50 stalls of genuine vintage fashion, such as dresses and gowns, accessories, vinyl, toys and more, all from the 1920′s to 1980′s. Refreshments will be provided by Interlude Tea Room & Emporium. Advance £2 tickets are available from the website. £3 on the door, £2 concession, Under 16′s Free. See more at: www. victoria-hall-saltaire.co.uk/whats-on/ forthcoming-events. At Victoria Hall, Victoria Road, Saltaire, West Yorkshire, BD18 3JS.

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Thursday 20th 7 - 7.30pm start Soroptimist Internation of Bingley. A fashion show by Adress of Baildon in aid of Soroptimist International Rainbow Showers, Bingley Youth Cafe & Yorkshire Air Ambulance. Tickets £8 including a glass of wine. There will also be a raffle. Cottingley Cornerstone Centre, Littlelands, Cottingley, Bingley BD16 1AL.

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theme selling everything from bespoke jewellery, clothes and cakes to gifts and treats. Treatment such as massage, reiki will also be available and Poppies Bar and Café will also be open providing nourishment for the body. There will also be a free craft making table for the little ones, so parents can shop at leisure. FREE Entry. Cottingley Cornerstone Centre, Littlelands, Cottingley, Bingley BD16 1AL.

Saturday 29th 7.30pm - 11.30pm Record Club. Dreaming Spires, the music of Oxford. From the shoe gazing of Ride, through the melancholy of Radiohead, to the math rock of Foals; Oxford over the years has produced some cracking bands. Join us on 29th March to discover the result of our Radiohead vote and to hear some Oxford inspired tunes, all of course on Vinyl for your listening pleasure. David Craig is looking after this event. You can contact him via Twitter @ David___Craig. The Kirkgate Centre, 39a Kirkgate, Shipley BD18 3RR. Visit www. recordclub.org.uk for more information.

APRIL Friday 4th Sons of the Desert. Laurel and Hardy Appreciation Society. East Bowling ILP Club, Leicester Street, (off Wakefield Road A650,) BD4 7HS. Films, raffles, family friendly. Meeting is on the first Friday of every month. Saturday 5th April 10.00am The Harden WI Spring Market. At St Saviour’s Family Room in Harden. There will be cakes, bric-a-brac, books, plants, tombola, and an Easter stall. The

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Bradford Camera Club Much is going on “down at the club” as we are in the competitions season. Some people say about camera clubs “ there are too many competitions” and yet what way can members learn about the images taken if not by an outside judge giving his or her opinion about one’s work.

The club has annual competitions held in October and a four round double competition named the Metcalfe and Mitchell in January, February, March and April. The names are from past members who donated trophies for the two competitions and the members enter 3 images and 3 prints in each month making 12 images and 12 prints which earn points from the judges and the winner is the member with the most points at the end of round four. These trophies are perhaps the best to win as they show a consistent level of proficiency over the 12 images. admission charge of £1 for adults and includes refreshments. This year the event will support the Macmillan Cancer Suppport. Mondays: 7th, 14th, 21st & 28th Fridays: 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th Saturdays: 5th, 12th, 19th & 26th 9.30am - 4.30pm Shipley Open Market provides a focal point to the town centre; the open market operates on a Monday selling a selection of second-hand items and bric-a-brac. On a Friday and Saturday, a wide selection of goods and fresh food products are available on over 40 stalls Market Square, Shipley, Bradford, BD18 3QB. Tel: 01274 432245. Wednesday 9th Open Mic Night at Foundry Hill Bar & Lounge. Usually on the Second Wednesday of every month, everyone is welcome to sing or play, just bring along an instrument. A sound system is available, but feel free to bring along your own. Wellington Street, Bingley, BD16 2NB. Tel: 01274 566 144 for tickets. Visit www.fo undryhillbar.co.uk for more information. Sunday 6th, 13th, 20th & 27th 12:00pm - 4.30pm Shipley Glen Tramway. The Shipley Glen Cable Tramway is the oldest working cable tramway in Great Britain (cliff lifts excepted). Dating from 1895, the line was built to serve the local beauty of Shipley Glen, near Saltaire in West Yorkshire. Prod Lane, Baildon, Shipley BD17 5BN. For more information visit www.glentramway.co.uk or Tel: 01274 589010.

The club has just had their annual dinner and presentations of trophies at The Bradford Club in Piece Hall Yard and one of the winners was our President who entered the Robin and the Blue Tit which I thought you would enjoy to see. Allan captured the Robin in St. Ives woods near Bingley and the Blue Tit in his own back garden, so you see you don’t have to go far for great images! The programme for March is 6th the A.G.M, 13th a portrait evening ( ideal for new members ) 20st the Photographic Alliance of G.B. digital images 27th 3rd round of the Mitchell & Metcalfe competitions. The club meets in Carlton House, 46 Little Horton Lane, BD5 - call Allan Ogilvie on 01274 884187 or go on line at sites.google.com/ bradfordcameraclub - we would love to see you. Tony Caunt LRPS

The Rotary Club of Bradford West There is always something going on at Sandal Farm Restaurant where the club meets every Thursday lunch time. The members get involved in all manner of fund raising activities with their motto “service above self” being the principal motivator. The recent devastating floods in the South of England was a disaster close to home and the club sprang into action and raised over £200 from collections. They also created their first junior Rotary club with the pupils of Farnham Primary school in Lidget Green, called “Rotakids” where a group of 16 children aged between 7 to 12 will help some of the world’s most at-risk people – our picture shows the pupils with President Anne Raine with their certificate. The school also raised £704 for the Philippines disaster – typhoon Haiyan aid appeal. The club mounted a “Know your Blood Pressure” day at Keelham Farm shop to make people aware that high BP is dangerous and should be looked into.

and mobility items for children in developing countries. One the 14th there will be a wine tasting at St. Matthews’ church, Wilsden from 7.30pm. and on the 19th there will be a charity Indian evening at Shimla Spice, Shipley in aid of Bradford’s Ear Trust At Sandal Farm there will be a business meeting on the 20th followed by Cllr. Dale Smith relating his year of office as Bradford’s Lord Mayor. The club has arranged a visit to the Police complex at Carrgate, Wakefield where the police helicopter is housed on the 31st. Our President Dr. Anne Raine will hold her “Presidents’ Evening” on 4th April and then on the week end of 25th to 27th April the club members will have a fellowship week end in Cambridge and the National Stud. If you would like to learn more about Rotary and in particular The R.C of Bradford West call John Ellis on 07970 25331 or look us up at www. bradfordwestrotary.org

The club members are looking into ways in which Rotary can get involved in cycling with the Tour de France coming very close to their meeting place, they are keen to work with any organisation to do with cycling in the Thornton / Wilsden areas. The programme of activities for March is :- One the 6th Rtn. Peter Barker will talk about Polio Plus, the principal charity of Rotary International. 13th Rtn. John Smith will talk about Physionet – the only charity to supply wheelchairs

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