Australian Wildfires

Australian Wildfires


The people of Australia are suffering unprecedented levels of devastating from the numerous bush fires. Half a billion animals lost. Some species thought to be pushed to the verge of extinction in a matter of weeks. It is difficult to comprehend the sheer scale of destruction. The images and videos we are seeing shared from on the ground are haunting yet show just a small portion of the as yet unknown, and unimaginable loss suffered on the continent. For all those having to leave their homes and possessions behind and evacuate, we pray for the health of your loved ones. For all those bravely fighting the fires we pray for your strength and send our deepest admiration and gratitude.

The uncharacteristically hot and dry weather that exacerbated the fires is a symptom of a global issue that unites people from every continent, every city, every town.

In such dark times there are always people who rise up and shine their compassion and their hope, in this age of social media we are fortunate that a message can be heard around the world in a matter of moments. Many such messages are being shared on Facebook, on twitter, platforms that keep us in contact with our loved one’s day to day, but which also enable us to share that love with people on the other side of the world.

Comedian Celeste Barber created a Facebook donation page for the fire fighters which currently stands at around £26 million pounds with money being donated from all over the world.

The hashtag #globalcraftmovement is being used to allow crafters, sewers, knitters and other hobbyists to share information and use their skills to craft much needed resources for animal rescues and shelters.

On a grassroots level small local business are creatively coming up with ways to raise much needed funds. Donna Hurt of Sylvia’s rips and zips locally is making Koala bears, with the proceeds from the sales going towards the firefighting fund. Her initial goal was to sell 100 bears. In the first two hours she sold 70 and has already smashed her initial target.

The scale of this response is a testament to our local community and our global community. The desire to help has created an outpouring of love and support from across the world.

Council affirms our solidarity and support with the people of Australia. Council would also like to thank those people donating, from the largest donations, to the smallest.

Therefore, Council resolves that the Town Clerk publish a copy of this statement onto the Council’s website and Social Media Platforms. Furthermore, instructs the Town Clerk to write to write on behalf of the Council to the Australian High Commission to offer our thoughts and support for the people of Australia during this extremely difficult time.

More information on Sylvia’s rips and slips fundraising campaign can be found here:

‘IN MOTION’ Keighley Transport Festival 2020




Aire Valley Railway Modellers’ Club   Bradford Metropolitan District Council

Canal & River Trust   Cliffe Castle Museum   Craven Old Wheels Society   East Riddlesden Hall

Keighley & District Local History Society   Keighley & Worth Valley Railway

Keighley Business Improvement District   Keighley Big Local   Keighley Bus Museum Trust

Keighley College   Keighley Model Railway Club   Keighley Rotary Club   Keighley Town Council

Leeds & Liverpool Canal Society   Museum of Rail Travel   Rail Story Ingrow  

Renaissance Motorcycle Workshop   The Lion’s Den (Shed)

Service  KTF             IN MOTION  Keighley Transport Festival  2020

        FREE   BUS   SERVICE

Sunday 24th & Bank Holiday Monday 25th May 2020


ROUTE  Bus Station; Bow St; North St; High St; Bridge St; South St; Ingrow Lane traffic island; South St; Bridge St; High St; North St; Beechcliffe roundabouts; Royd Way; Royd Ings Ave; Bradford Road; Bar Lane; Granby Drive; Granby Lane; Bradford Rd; Aireworth Rd; Wenning St; Dalton Lane; Bradford Rd; Cavendish St; Lawkholme Cres; Bus Station.


Operated by The Keighley Bus Company

Bus Station (Stand M)                        dep        10.00    10.15    10.30    10.45                  17.00


Ingrow Lane (St John’s Church)    dep        10.08    10.23    10.38   10.53                    17.08


North Street (The Livery Rooms)   dep       10.15    10.30    10.45     11.00                   17.15


East Avenue (Cliffe Castle Gates)                  Request Stop


Granby Drive / Granby Lane                          Request Stop                                   


West Lea Ave (East Ridd. Hall)       dep        10.28    10.43    10.58   11.13                     17.28


Dalton Mills (for KBMT Depot)                      Request Stop                                   


Dalton Lane (Keighley College)        dep        10.33    10.48    11.03   11.18                    17.33


Railway Station                                                     Request Stop

Bus Station (Stand M)                 arr                 10.37    10.52    11.07   11.22                      17.37



All other designated stops on route will be observed as ‘Request

Airedale Enterprise Services

Courses being held at Airedale Enterprise

World Host Level 1 and 2 courses

These are held every Month.

  • World Host Customer Services – 23rd and 30th January 2020 – Level 2 – Fully Funded 2 days
  • World Host Customer services – 20,27th January and 3rd February – Level 3 – Fully funded 3 days (if individual has a low income)
  • Make It Click – short online resources support for internet basics, spreadsheet, email – at Airedale Enterprise.
  • Distance Learning – variety of free courses – enrolment and support at Airedale Enterprise, Keighley.
  • Ready For Business – Ongoing short courses.


Airedale Enterprise
Sunderland Street
BD21 5LE

Tel: 01535 607775

SOLD, Former Keighley College for Police Station

Bradford Council has reached an agreement to sell the site of the building in the centre of Keighley to West Yorkshire Police, who subject to planning permission, will build a new Police Station.

The 1960s former college building that faced onto Cavendish Street has now been demolished by Bradford Council contractor D.Hughes Demolition and Excavation Limited.

The re-use of the site as a Police Station is in keeping with the original grant agreement that made it possible for the Council to buy the surplus and outdated college buildings in 2006.

The purchase allowed the construction of the new Keighley College building close to Keighley Railway Station. Keighley College has recently been recognised as one of the most improved colleges in the country.

The old building was extensively marketed, unfortunately there weren’t any offers that the council was able to accept and the decision was taken to demolish the redundant building and re-use the plot of land.

Councillor Alex Ross-Shaw, Bradford Council’s Executive Member for Regeneration, Planning and Transport, said: “It’s good to be able to follow the demolition with an announcement of what will happen next. I know people in Keighley have long wanted a return of a Police Station in the town centre and I am pleased we’re able to deliver that.”

West Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Mark Burns-Williamson, said: “This is another really positive step in the right direction in getting a new police station in the heart of Keighley.

“I have always said that the preferred option would be to ensure a permanent presence in the centre of Keighley that is fit for purpose, provides value for money and delivers more visible policing for our communities. And with the demolition work, this is now becoming closer to a reality following complex legal and contractual hurdles that have been cleared within our estates teams.

“I want to thank our partners including Bradford Council and Keighley MP John Grogan for all their support and work behind the scenes to help ensure that we arrive at the right outcome for our communities and those who live and work in the town.”

Keighley MP, John Grogan, said: “When I was elected as Member of Parliament for Keighley I said my number one priority was to get the police station back into the centre of the town where it should be. The new building will be a reassurance to local people and a sign that the fight against crime is being pursued vigorously.

“This is the best Yorkshire Day present that Keighley could wish for.”

Chief Superintendent Osman Khan, Bradford District Commander, said: “Since the decision was made to sell Airedale House we have been in favour of relocating our local officers and staff to a purpose-built town centre location in Keighley and are delighted that agreement has been reached to purchase a prospective site.

“We believe that this is the best option for all concerned and that it underlines our commitment to serving the people of Keighley and its neighbouring areas.”