Bradford Accordion Band Concert

By popular request the Bradford Accordion Band are visiting us again on Thursday 22nd June. Ticket sales have gone well but there will still be tickets available on the door on thursday evening.

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

Our latest ‘publication’

No it's not a book, this time !  It's an excellent short DVD about the Addingham Sawmill, produced by our very own Don Barrett. It summarises the history of the Mill and features an old film made in 1952 called ‘Timber’. The cost of the DVD is £4 and if you want a copy then contact Steve Lloyd on 01943 830853 or email Steve at We will have copies available at the Village Gala on the 9th of July and at the Summer Concert on the 14th of July.

Pam Drury

We are saddened to report that Pam passed away peacefully at the end of April, after a long battle with Cancer. Pam was a valuable and hard working member of the Committee and she will be greatly missed. Her funeral was at Brocklands Woodland Burial, Rathmell and was very well attended by friends and family.

2016 Civic Society Annual General Meeting (AGM)

As you know, in line with our revised Constitution we are changing the date of our AGM's. We are therefore giving notice that this year's AGM of the Addingham Civic Society will take place on Thursday the 16th of June in the Memorial Hall, Main Street, Addingham at 7.30pm. Following, what we anticipate will be a short meeting, will be our Speaker: Ann Cryer. More information about the AGM and our Speaker, will of course, be in your June Newsletter.

Spring Fayre

Our Spring Fayre took place on the 2nd of April and once again was an amazing success. We also had another fantastic response from the village, so a big thank-you to everyone who came along. We were fortunate to have Kris Hopkins our MP as our special guest and he presented prizes and drew the raffle! As always we are indebted to those village businesses who donated raffle prizes. Many, many thanks go to: The Co-op, Addingham Newsagents, Old Station Fisheries, Cameo, The Olive Branch, The Swan Pub, Planet Earth, The Sandwich Shop, Addingham Pharmacy, The Addingham Social Club, The Crown Pub, Andrew Green Motors, The Sailor Pub, Locks of Love and The Craven Heifer. You are all stars !

Planning and the Environment.

Last month we asked for any member with experience/interest in Planning matters to contact Malcolm Keeble, with a view to joining our Planning Sub-Group. Malcolm had a great response and the group has now been strengthened. On the back of this response we have also formed a brand new 'Environmental' Sub-Group who will be: 'acting locally to protect and enhance our natural environment'. The new team has a wealth of experience and are looking forward to the challenges ahead ! The Parish Council will be involved and we are delighted to be working with them again on another project. It's very early days of course but look out for more information.