Addingham Railways Revisited on Thursday 23rd Jan at the Memorial Hall

By popular demand we are delighted to be welcoming back our very own Richard Walton to continue the fascinating story of Addingham’s Railway.

The last time Richard came to talk to us about the ‘rise and fall’ of our railway was back in March 2018  when the Mem Hall was packed out, in fact we didn’t have enough chairs for everyone ! So a word of warning this time round……get down early for a seat !

The Subject for our Speaker for November 21st is Salt

Well, this sounds like a very interesting and somewhat intriguing topic, can’t wait to find out more !

Malcolm spent 32 years working in the Chemical Industry retiring in 2004. He lived in Caernarfon, North Wales before moving to Ilkley in 2013 to be nearer his son. He had a short stay in Addingham, moving to Beamsley a couple of weeks ago !

Addingham Autumn Fayre 19th October

Our Autumn Fayre took place on the 19th of October and once again was a huge success. The Village as it always does, responded admirably with a great turn out on the day. So, a big thank-you to everyone who provided items/donations for our many stalls and to our bumper crowd !

As with previous Fayres our local businesses ‘responded to the call ‘ and donated some wonderful raffle prizes and many, many thanks must go to: Bracken Ghyll Golf Club, The Co-op, Addingham Newsagents, Plan-it-Earth, Andrew Green Motors, Hamiltons Café Bistro, Rowlands Pharmacy, The Fleece, The Swan, Addingham Fruit Liqueurs and our Village Dentist John Muirhead.


Members Meeting Thursday 17th October

This month our speaker Marilyn Heron will enlighten us about the architecture of the ‘Arts and Craft ‘ era. A very apt subject for the Civic Society.

The 4Becks Project. 

The 4Becks Project. 

Following on from our very successful drop-in sessions earlier in the year on “Addingham Flooding” and “Life in our becks” we are holding a third event on water quality: “How clean are our becks?” on Wednesday 16th October (see adjacent poster).
There will be two sessions, first a drop-in poster-session (from 6 pm to 7.30 pm) showing some of the work we have been doing in our 4Becks Project and then from 7.30pm, two talks, one on our own work and the second by Barney Lerner describing how the very polluted Bradford Beck has been restored through local resident  activities.
Please come along to learn more (and to support us!), and please pass the information on the adjacent poster to everyone you can think of who might be interested, within the village and elsewhere.

Members Meeting Thurs 19th September

Seeing things differently ….. with a camera. This was the title of the talk given by Rich Bunce, award winning professional photographer. His talk was aimed at you and me, giving us lots of tips on how to improve the ‘snaps’ we take. He also touched on some of the technical aspects of photography to help some of our keener members. All in all it was a very interesting and educational talk.

Members Meeting on Thursday 18th July at Addingham Memorial Hall.

 The meeting starts at 7.30pm. Admission is free to members but is £3 to non members. The speaker is Nigel Holden who will talk about the Raikeswood POW Camp in Skipton.

Members Meeting and AGM Thursday 16th May


Our members meeting and AGM were on Thursday 16th of May at 7.30pm in the Addingham Memorial Hall. The AGM was be first at 7.30 and lasted about 20 mins and  then was followed by a talk from Danny Jackson who is Countryside and Rights of Way manager for Bradford MDC. He explained what is the work of the Countryside and Rights of Way service and talked about examples of projects that they undertake.

Members Meeting Thursday 11th April

This meeting was given over to our Environment Group to present part 2 of  How Green is our Village. This was about our Carbon Footprint at Addingham.

Jan Hindle gave a comprehensive talk about the ‘state of the game’ then other speakers gave talks on what we can do. We worked in small groups to generate feedback from the floor.

Addingham Spring Fayre 6th April

As you can see it’s Spring Fayre time again, so make sure the date is in your diary ! As always we hope you will support the Fayre by providing items for the stalls, cakes, prizes, you know the sort of thing by now……..we want you to come along as well, of course ! You can drop off your donations on the Friday evening before the 6th or on the morning of the Fayre.
A big, big thank-you.

Members Meeting Thursday 21st March

At this meeting Helen Broadhead presented a talk about the Bradford Warriors : the story of the Bradford Suffragettes.

She gave us the history of the Suffragist and Suffragette movement starting from the Chartists through 1860, to the effect of World War and up to final ‘votes for all’. It was a talk packed full of dates, names and events.



The Meeting on Thursday February 28th

This month’s Members Meeting was later than usual because it’s Panto season in the Village. We were delighted to be welcoming Mike Dixon back to Addingham. It was 2 years ago that he filled the Memorial Hall when he came to give a talk entitled ‘By Rail to Otley’. This time round it was ‘By Rail to Bolton Abbey’. 

The hall was filled to capacity with every available seat taken. Mike fulfilled our expectations with an excellent talk about the history of this railway line from its conception to it’s closure and where to view the existing remains. The talk was illustrated with many views of the different stages in the life of this line.

Members Meeting Thursday 17th January

Our Speaker for Thursday 17th January

Dr Ian Adams taught political philosophy at Durham University and has published several books on that subject. Since his retirement he has concentrated on other interests, especially art history. He has taught U3A classes on history of art and architecture for a number of years and gives individual  lectures on these subjects for a variety of groups and societies.
And a date for your diary: our February meeting is somewhat later than usual, on the 28th. But well worth waiting for as it’s the very popular Professor Mike Dixon with a fascinating talk entitled: ‘By rail to Bolton Abbey

Neighbourhood Plan Update consultation November 2018

Neighbourhood Plan Update: Bradford Council’s consultation on the Addingham NDP runs from 14 November to 9 January 2019

The new draft of the Neighbourhood Plan (the Regulation 16 Draft) which the Parish Council submitted to Bradford Council in October is now out for public consultation.

Having reached this stage in the process, the consultation is run by Bradford Council.

All interested parties are invited to make comments objecting to or supporting the proposed plan.

The plan and supporting documents are on Bradford Council’s website, together with an electronic comment form:

All comments must be received by 12 noon on Wed 9 January. They can be sent by email: or by post to the Local Plan Team, 4th Floor Britannia House, BRADFORD, BD1 1HX.

The documents are also available on the  Neighbourhood Plan page of the Parish Council’s website:

You can also find the key documents below:

Click here to see the Regulation 16 Draft Plan:

Click here to see the Consultation Statement (which includes comments made to the Parish Council on the earlier Reg 14 draft of the plan and how they have been addressed in the new draft):

Neighbourhood Plan – Landscape Character Assessment

The importance and quality of Addingham’s landscape and setting is reflected in the Plan’s Vision Statement and is recognised as a critical element of the Plan and of the future of the settlement. To strengthen the evidence base of the Neighbourhood Plan the Parish Council commissioned professional landscape architecture practice to carry out a study. You can read the final report, click here: Landscape Character Assessment

Click here to download the comment form:  (word doc)  Addingham-NDP_Reg-16-Comment-Form-FINAL (1)

Paper copies of the Plan are also available to view at Ilkley Library, and at various locations in Addingham:

  • Memorial Hall
  • Community Library
  • Medical Centre
  • Rowlands Pharmacy (by the Medical Centre)
  • Telephone kiosk on Church St.
  • Co-op
  • Post Office

Next Meeting Thursday November 22nd at 7.30 pm in the Memorial Hall

Our Speaker. 

We were delighted to welcome back Jean Robinson who you may recall came to talk to us about the Raikes Road Burial Ground, Skipton in Feb last year. It was a fascinating talk and this month we heard all about ‘Rudyard Kipling’s Family: A Yorkshire Tale’. We enlightened about all the conections that Rudyard had in Skipton.


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