Members Meeting Thursday 21st September

At our meeting this month the the Environment Group will tell us 'How Green is our Village'.

Members Meeting Thursday 20th July

Our Speaker for July was Dr Elizabeth Milwain.

Elizabeth is a Director of  The Memory Tree CIC - a small not-for-profit organisation that she founded in 2012, providing specialist support about dementia to local communities, drawing on her background as a research psychologist working in the dementia field since 1996.

Elizabeth explained to us how various diseases of the brain cause dementia and that Alzheimers is just one of these diseases. She outlined key facts about dementia, signs to look out for and simple things we can all do to help both people affected by the condition and their families to build a dementia friendly community.

This was an excellent meeting. It was very well attended and we all came away much wiser.

Latest Blue Plaque

Blue Plaque Unveiling 19th August

We are delighted to announce that on Saturday the 19th of Aug, a good crowd turned out to see Judith Worsnop from the Addingham United Charity unveil the plaque at Mill Close Field (High Mill). The plaque is dedicated to John Crossley and Joshua Dawson who gave the land to the Overseers of the Poor of Addingham in the late 17th century. It’s a fascinating story and if you want to learn more then contact Peter Hadfield at This land and river bank was donated by JOSHUA DAWSON to The Overseers of the Poor of Addingham in March,1686 for the benefit of village residents. The original conveyance was by a deed. The original parchment copy, discovered in The Rectory in 1998, is deposited in the Bradford Library Archives. In the 1996 Civic Society Publication 'Addingham from Brigantes to By-pass', Kate Mason wrote; “The rent of this field was... for the use of the poor. The field still belongs to the village and has given many generations of children great delight in playing in the river and fishing from the river bank.”  

Neighbourhood Plan

Neighbourhood Plan

The Neighbourhood Plan Forum continues to work on the various Plan topics, particularly assessments of possible housing sites as mentioned in last month’s newsletter, and village Green Spaces, with valuable information received from a fantastic response to the recent Green Space questionnaire. Another questionnaire has been prepared to get the views of local businesses – what issues are they concerned about and what improvements could be included in the Plan to help businesses prosper. There are over 80 business in the village (who knew?!) and their views are crucial. Hopefully the questionnaire will be circulated shortly, and a consultation meeting may also be held if businesses would find this useful. Returning to housing, the Forum’s method for assessing housing sites has been welcomed and supported by Bradford Council planners, which is encouraging. Also, although a large number of possible housing sites have been identified by Bradford Council, the Forum has been advised by its planning consultant to issue a “Call for Sites” to see if there are any other areas, probably very small sites, which might be suitable and which could help to meet the housing target for the village. This will be published in the local press in the near future and presents an opportunity to provide a general up-date on progress. In due course all this work will be discussed by the Parish Council with a view to holding a major village meeting – this is likely to be around early Autumn in order to avoid the peak holiday period and to give time to progress outstanding aspects of the Plan.

Addingham Environment Group

The Addingham Environment Group has been very active. Below are some of their recent activities. For more information vist the Environment  group by clicking here.

Environment Day 2018.

Following the very successful first village Environment Day held on May 13th this year the Environment Group has agreed the event should be repeated next year and, all things being equal, should become an annual event. Our proposal is for a similar format i.e. with a morning of displays and activities in the Memorial Hall followed by a guided walk in the afternoon.  We’re looking to fix a date for a Saturday in mid to late May or early June.

Neighbourhood Plan.

Jan Hindle and her team are making excellent progress in preparing the group’s contribution to the Neighbourhood Plan. The emphasis at the moment is on Village Green Space, identifying it, and assessing its value in terms of wildlife, beauty, historic significance, recreational value, and tranquillity. The Spaces assessed so far include Church Field, The Sailor and Burnside Mill Fields, Manor Garth, Sugar Hill and Back Beck Lane, and the Saw Mill and Town Beck. Jan would like to thank Linda Haggarty, Carol Miles and Richard Walton in particular for their help. Jan has also been carrying out a Green Space consultation exercise in the village to find out how our Green Spaces are used and valued by residents and how they might be improved. Over a hundred questionnaires have been returned and she is currently analysing the results.

Wildflower Project.

Our wildflower project is beginning to gather momentum as many groups in the village are interested in taking part. The Parish Council has invited us to put forward wildflower plans for land owned by the Council. With the Parish Clerk’s help we have now been able to map out council-owned land and we are ready to begin surveying the different fields. Garden Friends have been managing the Old Station Way grassland now for some years and we have joined forces with them to help this plot in the centre of the village become a showpiece for wildflowers. We are having a discussion with St Peter’s Church about the management of Church Field and we are meeting with The Methodist Church in the near future to assess how we can help improve their graveyard as an attractive, tranquil, wildlife-rich place to visit. We have also had meetings with the Golf Club. Bracken Ghyll Golf Course has many biodiverse areas including woodland, ponds and grasslands and the Greenkeeper, Rob Walker, is most interested in increasing wildflower populations on the course, especially in patches between fairways and alongside some of the tees. Overall, although the various organisations have different objectives and different constraints there is real potential to put together a village-wide strategy for wildflowers and pollinators in line with national governmental policies.

Becks Project.

The Becks Project is also making very good progress. A Steering Committee has now been drawn up with representatives from the Parish Council (Simon Tennant), the Addingham Anglers Association (Tony Brady) and the Yorkshire Dales Rivers Trust, the Wild Trout Trust, the Environment Agency, Yorkshire Water and Bradford Council. The first meeting was held in the Methodist Church Lounge on Tuesday 27th June to agree aims and objectives. Community engagement within the village is seen as the highest priority. We should have much more to report on the Becks in the next Newsletter

Bradford Accordion Band Concert

Bradford Accordion Band are visited us again on Thursday 22nd June. The event was very well attended and the audience were delighted with the performance.  

Protecting & Improving our Green Spaces

As part of the consultations for the Neighbourhood Plan, the NP Forum and the Civic Society’s Environment Group are seeking residents' views on Addingham’s green spaces, including how they could be improved for people and wildlife. You can pick up a questionnaire at the Civic Society AGM/Speaker Meeting, or alternatively, you can complete the survey online: It will just take a few minutes of your time, many thanks.     The bold numbers on the map in red refer to questions on the survey. To view this map in an enlargeable PDF form click here.

Annual General Meeting (AGM)

The Annual General Meeting of the Addingham Civic Society will be held on Thursday the 18th of May 2017 at 7.30pm in the Memorial Hall, Main Street, Addingham.

Andrew Lund will commence his talk about Scapa Flow immediately after the AGM.

Our Speaker for May: Andrew Lund talked about the Wrecks of Scapa Flow

Andrew was born and raised in Ilkley. His career as a Chartered Loss Adjuster for over 40 years took him to various parts of the country and overseas. Looking for something interesting to do after retirement he took up scuba diving and developed an interest in shipwrecks. One of the world's renowned wreck diving locations is Scapa Flow off the north of Scotland where the German High Seas Fleet was scuttled at the end of the First World War. Andrew's talk looked at the events leading up to that momentous day, the salvage efforts which followed and the wrecks which still lie at the bottom of the Flow. Andrew's talk was well received by a near capacity audience. We learnt a lot about the history of the end of WW1. Unknown to us all was the fact that that technically the war didn't finish. After the cease fire, it just fizzled out in the mire of months of armistice talks.

The Addingham Village News

We are delighted to report that in conjunction with the Parish Council (PC) we have launched a Village wide Newsletter. It replaces the Village guide which up until recently was produced by the Parish Council and printed by Hadfields Photocraft. It includes advertisements for most of the local businesses, a list and contact details for the local clubs and societies, articles and editorial from a number of contributors and more. It is delivered free to all residents and also available in the Village Pubs and Clubs. This has been major undertaking and we hope it will be a big success and benefit the community as a whole. The plan is to produce this Newsletter twice a year. Click here for Addingham Parish Council Village News Feb 2017 PDF

Village Newsletter

We are delighted to report that in conjunction with the Parish Council (PC) we will be launching a Village wide Newsletter in the next 4 to 5 weeks. It will replace the Village guide which up until recently was produced by the PC and printed by Hadfields Photocraft. It will include most of the business advertisements currently in the guide, a list and contact details for the local clubs and societies, articles and editorial from a number of contributors and more. It will be delivered free to all residents and also available in the Village Pubs and Clubs. This is a major undertaking and we hope it will be a big success and benefit the community as a whole. The plan is to produce this Newsletter twice a year. So, watch out for it dropping through your letterbox !

Members Transportation

It's a subject we’ve touched on a few times. Basically, we want to provide transport for those members who find it difficult to get to our monthly members meetings. We have a couple of names but would really like a few more ! So, once again think about this please and let us know of anyone who might like to take advantage of this. You might even know someone who is not a member at the moment but would join if this service was available ! Give Jim a ring on 01943 831476 or email him at

Our latest Blue Plaque

We are delighted to announce that our latest Blue Plaque was ‘unveiled’ on Saturday the 3rd of December at 11.00am on the building known as the  'Band Ole' or ‘Band Oil'. Built around 1686 the first ‘Council House’ for the homeless and destitute of Addingham on land formerly owned by the Overseers of the Poor and now our Parish Council. Up until comparatively recently the original house was nothing more than a pile of stone and rubble until two ‘local lads’ Peter Hindle and Doug Tetley decided that an essential part of the Village’s history could not be lost forever. An additional room was built in the 19thCentury but even that required almost total demolition before the task of rebuilding could get underway. It was this room where the Addingham Brass Band would rehearse. The Parish Council agreed to finance the materials with Peter and Doug donating their time free of charge. The end result is wonderful and there cannot be a more worthy recipient of a Blue Plaque award. The unveiling was undertaken by our MP and Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Northern Ireland Office, Kris Hopkins. For those of you who don’t know where the 'Band Ole' is: from the Craven Heifer proceed up Silsden Road for only a short distance and the building is on the left set back and down from the road. To coincide with this ceremony the library have a visual display of the history and background to the Band ‘Ole. It charts the progress of the rebuilding and all the work entailed. If you want to learn more then pop along to the library.

The Neighbourhood Plan (NP) Forum Public Consultation

The Neighbourhood Plan (NP) Forum  public consultation held at the Memorial Hall on 3rd November attracted in excess of 260 people. Many thanks to a number of ACS members (some stepping in at very short notice!) who helped set up  / dismantle displays and steward the event. It provoked plenty of interest and lively debate. Many response forms were completed and importantly 40 people have offered their time and skills to help produce the Neighbourhood Plan. These ‘volunteers’ were invited to a meeting on the 29th of November in Mount Hermon Chapel at 7.30pm to discuss the NP and how they might be able to help. Following this meeting and once all the feedback has been analysed the NP Forum will meet to discuss the next steps in the process.

AGM 16th of June 2016

The Society’s AGM was held at the Memorial Hall, Addingham on 16th June. Over 60 members were present and a big thank-you to those who were able to make it. As you will all know by now we have changed a number of our key ‘business’ dates to simplify matters and bring them more into line. Our Financial Year End is now the 31 st of March, from next year our AGM’s will be held in May and our Membership year now runs from the 1 st of Sept.With the collection of subs to commence in June. The meeting papers were made available to members on arrival and the meeting itself was uneventful. The only nominations for Officers and Trustees were for the existing ‘team’ and they all agreed to stand. So that was straightforward ! The Minutes of last year’s AGM, the EGM in February this year and the Financial Report (6 months up to end of March) were all approved with no matters arising. The Chairman gave his report covering the period from November last year. There were no AOB items and the formalities were completed at 7.50pm. Documents have been uploaded to the 'Whats going on?' page of the website