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does anyone know Tom Greenaway> A friend and I haven't heard from him for ages despite a mail and text. He helps in a charity shop in Skipton and is a volunteer at a local school. Would be grateful for any news.

 Posted by barbara rushforth | 26/01/2016 09:05:08 | Post / View Replies | 1 reply to this message

Cowlingweb appears to be dead. It has been ailing for many months. What was the cause?
Is there no physician? Does nobody live there any longer? Nothing happening? Answers please.

 Posted by Edna Smith | 20/10/2015 10:26:18 | Post / View Replies | 7 replies to this message

I will address the points raised here, but first I feel the need to give some background history.
Cowlingweb has been provided as a resource for the village for over 14 years now. During that time all costs - domain name, hosting, design, maintenance, covering events etc. have been covered by ourselves. We have never made any money from the site. At no point has there been any funding, or indeed any offer of funding, by the Parish Council, grants or any other means. We never asked for funding as we wanted the site to remain independent and unbiased.
For the first 12 years the site was maintained to the highest standard with all events covered, business and community group details updated, a rich archive of history compiled, and an unbiased message board provided for all to have their say.
During the earlier years certain people, all credited on the site, gave invaluable support. We also gave our time and commitment over those years not only to Cowlingweb, but also to other village groups - the Village Hall Committee during their most turbulent times, Moonrakers, Playgroup and Toddlers, the Gala Committee, as well as attending and reporting on most Parish Council meetings.
During that time in return we also received verbal abuse in the playground and on the street for giving people a platform for honest discussion, knocks on the door by irate people who didn't want those discussions to take place, and several threats of legal action. Yet we continued, as we believed local people had the right to comment on issues and share their views.
Over the years we have tried to encourage people to contribute, to let us know when details needed updating, to submit reports, minutes of meetings, etc. Apart from the stalwart few (Joan being the main steadfast supporter, deserving of all our thanks) who have supported us this has always been an uphill battle and inevitably we have ended up having to chase information ourselves - and take the flak when details have been outdated or incorrect. We deal with phone calls on a regular basis which are nothing to do with us, and always try to be helpful and point people in the right direction. The village newsletter is a prime example of this - we chased this for a long time, and eventually no one was replying to us any more. We can't force anyone to submit information to us.
The Parish Council ceased sending their minutes when they launched their own website. Again, not our decision, but we take the criticism for the minutes not being on here. Moonrakers, the Village Hall and the Gala Committee also all now have their own websites where they post their information and no longer feel the need to submit it here. We covered the Gala for years, taking thousands of photos and spending hours editing and annotating them. Once they had their own site they started paying a photographer to cover the event, only to then ask if they could use our photos for their site.
Often the hours we spent trying to support the village in various ways were at the expense of spending time with our own young family, but we felt we were doing all of that to set an example to them and to provide a better place for them to grow up in.
Unfortunately a couple of years ago Mark's health took a turn for the worse, beginning with a stroke. At the time we had to make some difficult decisions. These included not being involved with those village groups and, at the time, closing Cowlingweb. We then took another round of criticism for the site no longer being available. The site was put back online in response to demand and after offers of help from several sources. However, the situation very quickly reverted to normal and we were on our own once more.
Because of this the decision was taken not to update the site generally, as this takes such a lot of time and commitment, but to leave in place everything that is already there and used as a resource by many, including the local schools. The message board has been maintained so that people are still able to comment, share views, and post events or notices. Just keeping on top of moderating messages and keeping the board clear of spam takes time every day.
Since that decision was made Mark has suffered a heart attack, had two heart operations, and had a serious collapse, with ongoing problems to deal with.
So, should the site be removed? We tried that and people weren't happy. Should the site be given to someone else? Would you give it to someone else when you had put 14 years of time and energy into it? Certainly not to the Parish Council, who have never been particularly positive about it and at times have threatened legal action when they didn't like the village views being expressed here.
Should the village have a platform for communication? We think so, but maybe that's not the case. You have been allowed to express your opinion when we could simply have not allowed the messages. Where would you put your complaints if the message board was not here?
This is not intended as a vote for sympathy. We understand that there's nowt as queer as folk. That people often only say something when they have a complaint. That people have their own busy lives to lead and can't find the time to help others out - something that you, Edna, know all too well. We try not to take comments personally, even though they are often worded in a very personal way and have a direct impact on our personal lives.
This is simply an explanation. I will not apologise for trying to put my family first after all these years, or for wanting to defend my husband when I know how much has gone into providing this resource with very little thanks, and how much heartache it has caused over the years.
So far no decision has been taken as to whether Cowlingweb will remain as it is, but rest assured there has been much discussion. What a shame it would be if the views of those few who are quick to condemn caused the silent majority to lose this valuable resource.

 Posted by Kathryn Wilson | 28/10/2015 21:40:12 | Post / View Replies | 8 replies to this message

Planning Application 22/2015/16115 - Conversion of FREEGATE MILL, ICKORNSHAW TO 4 DWELLINGS.

 Posted by Joan | 08/11/2015 16:07:46 | Post / View Replies | 2 replies to this message

Pls. refer to letter of thanks on Cowling Council web site - to all residents who helped with the clearing of gulleys and vehicles on Saturday afternoon 12th Dec.

 Posted by Joan | 03/01/2016 12:24:36 | Post / View Replies | 1 reply to this message

COWLING NEWSLETTER - spare copies of Cowling Newsletter can be obtained at the corner shop, the village hall - and also read on the Cowling Newsletter web site - January 2016 issue now on!
Thanks to all the team.

 Posted by LOCAL NOTICES | 02/01/2016 18:57:06 | Post / View Replies | 0 replies to this message

PLS. NOTE - AND SEND YOUR COMMENTS IN TO COWLING PARISH COUNCIL IF YOU FEEL THE NEED - Cowling Parish Council - meeting on Monday 4th Jan. 7 p.m. at St. Andrews M.C. - wish to know residents'/council tax payers' views on spending £8500 of our council tax on next year's Christmas lights/the adapting of lamp posts for future lights -(I was under the impression that the budget was increased to allow for some spending on the main street recreation ground - not on Christmas lights.) Have already sent in my own comments. Thanks!

 Posted by Joan | 31/12/2015 22:43:53 | Post / View Replies | 0 replies to this message

I would just like to wish Kath and Mark A happy and Healthy New 2016.
Thanks for all the hard work that you both put into the Cowling website.
All the very best....cheers. Norman

 Posted by Norman | 31/12/2015 16:40:08 | Post / View Replies | 0 replies to this message

We do hope that the pictures we are seeing on TV are not representative of your area and that you are warm and snug! Best wishes for the coming year - and dry!

 Posted by Margaret and Peter James | 27/12/2015 13:17:26 | Post / View Replies | 0 replies to this message

Hello all

If anyone in the village has lost a pet rabbit, I have found a ginger/tan rabbit in my back garden on Acre Meadow today. Appears to be in good health but is quite timid of me. The owner can contact me at


 Posted by Wil Moyle | 18/12/2015 10:16:44 | Post / View Replies | 0 replies to this message

CAROL SINGING AROUND THE VILLAGE will be on Friday 18th Dec. from 6 p.m. meeting at St. Andrews, and not 17th Dec. Thanks.

 Posted by LOCAL NOTICES | 13/12/2015 20:13:10 | Post / View Replies | 0 replies to this message

CAROL SINGING AROUND THE VILLAGE - Thursday 17th Dec. - pls. meet at St. Andrews car park at 6 p.m.- all welcome - proceeds for "Action for Children"

ST. ANDREWS M.C. - CANDLELIT CAROL SERVICE - Sunday 20th Dec. at 6 p.m.
- special festive music with refreshments afterwards!

HOLY TRINITY - CHRISTINGLE SERVICE on Christmas Eve - 24th Dec. at 4 p.m.

Collection for "Action for Children"

ST. ANDREWS M.C. ON Thursday 31st Dec. - Social and "bring and share" supper at 10 p.m. - followed by New Year's Eve - Watchnight Service at 11.45 p.m.


 Posted by LOCAL CHRISTMAS NOTICES | 13/12/2015 17:03:52 | Post / View Replies | 0 replies to this message

The Annual Parish Meeting which is open to all Cowling's local government electors will take place on Monday 7th April at St. Andrews MC at 6.30 p.m. and will be followed by the usual parish council meeting. The District and County Cllrs. and the police have been invited to attend. This is a good chance to air your views on village issues and hear what Cowling Parish Council has been doing on residents' behalf. Details also available in the newsletter and on the parish council website. A new young lady cllr. will be welcomed, but there are still vacancies.

 Posted by Joan | 04/04/2014 17:17:19 | Post / View Replies | 2 replies to this message

Hi everyone, we are looking for a live out nanny / childminder for our daughter who will be 6 months old in January. We have seen an advertisement on for someone called 'phaffy' but we have no way of contacting her. If anyone offers this service or knows a local person that does please email me

Thanks in advance!

 Posted by Katie Jeffreys | 05/12/2015 11:57:35 | Post / View Replies | 0 replies to this message

ST. ANDREWS METHODIST CHURCH - Sunday 6th December at 10.30 a.m.
TOY SERVICE - Please bring new or as new unwrapped toys to be distributed via
The Salvation Army. (Presents especially suitable for older children also very welcome.)

 Posted by LOCAL NOTICES | 01/12/2015 21:07:20 | Post / View Replies | 0 replies to this message

at 2.30 p.m. to 3.30 p.m. Led by Revd. Tony Taylor. Followed by coffee and mince pies.
Everyone welcome!

 Posted by LOCAL NOTICES | 01/12/2015 21:03:24 | Post / View Replies | 0 replies to this message

I must say, as a resident of Lane Ends, I am absolutely loving having the temporary traffic lights! Not only are they slowing traffic, both incoming & exiting the village, but we have also noticed they have helped to regulate the traffic passing through Glusburn in the mornings - relieving the congestion greatly.
I honestly prefer the traffic queuing past my house, than the speeding idiots which we're used to!
How about making them a permanent fixture?

 Posted by Stacey Binns | 12/09/2015 18:40:55 | Post / View Replies | 1 reply to this message

ST.ANDREWS M.C. - GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY 1965 - 2015 (top of Walton St.)

Saturday 28th Nov. - doors open at 2.30 p.m. - 3 p.m powerpoint presentations - memories of all Cowling's churches. 5.30 p.m. anniversary meal will be served - pls. either book your place or arrive by 5 p.m. Donations towards cost of meal pls.
Contact 07811135417 for further information.
7 p.m. - Concert by Jonathan and Charlotte Crossley EVERYONE WELCOME

Sunday 29th Nov. - 50th Anniversary Service at 10.30 a.m. led by Revd. Ruth Parry (formerly of Spring House, Cowling) ALL WELCOME

 Posted by LOCAL NOTICES | 16/11/2015 22:58:34 | Post / View Replies | 0 replies to this message

Hi all where could I find pictures of the large function room of the new cowling village hall also pictures of any function rooms in Naylors brewery ?

 Posted by banks | 15/11/2015 20:37:50 | Post / View Replies | 1 reply to this message

Joe&Joyce Sawley and Richard Patterson would like to thank everyone who came to Barclays Bank Skipton for the book launch of. "Joe's story" by Joyce Sawley and Richard Patterson, it was an amazing success. The book is now available on Amazon. Thank you again, Joyce

 Posted by Joyce Sawley | 06/11/2015 10:56:43 | Post / View Replies | 0 replies to this message

COWLING'S ANNUAL REMEMBRANCE SERVICE WILL TAKE PLACE SUNDAY 8TH NOV. at 10.30 a.m. at Holy Trinity Church - led by our new vicar Revd. Helen Collings. The names of all the 71 Cowling lads who lost their lives in both world wars will be read out and wreaths will be laid at the memorial outside. Afterwards another wreath will be laid at the main street recreation ground memorial.

 Posted by LOCAL NOTICES | 03/11/2015 11:37:18 | Post / View Replies | 0 replies to this message

REDUCTION IN LIGHTING on our estates - I've been advised - the NYCC street lighting reduction programme department on their website - if you wish to complain - since the clocks went back, our estate lights are now switched off from 10.45 p.m. to 3.45 a.m. - its now winter - wet leaves sticking to the ground, it might soon be icy, frosty, and today very foggy - making it even more dangerous for people out late at night!
I am told that the more people complain, the more chance there is that something will be done. On the news- Harlow in Essex have now stopped their lighting reduction programme???

 Posted by Joan | 02/11/2015 22:26:13 | Post / View Replies | 0 replies to this message

To Danny - kind offer of public seat - pls. get in touch with parish council on THEIR web site, this is not the p.council website (pls. see my message as below tagged on to another subject.) Next parish council meeting will be held on Monday 2nd Nov. at 7 p.m. at St. Andrews M.C. top of Walton St.

 Posted by Joan | 29/10/2015 12:49:05 | Post / View Replies | 0 replies to this message

Please would the parish contact highways regarding the top up of various grit boxes around the village please. The bin at junction of Royd Court, main street is less than 1/2 full. I did try to arrange this myself, but was informed the parish council pay and organise this themselves.
Thank you for your assistance in arranging the top up.

 Posted by Miss Barbara Brunton | 19/01/2015 16:50:50 | Post / View Replies | 4 replies to this message

Cowling wins Jo's Trophy rounders tournament

Lindsey Moore, Deputy Editor / Friday 23 October 2015 / News

COWLING Rounders Team won the tenth annual Jo's Trophy rounders tournament.

It was the first time that the Cowling side had taken top honours.

Runners-up were the Settle Socialites and semi-finalists were Ingleton and Springboks.

The event was hosted by last year’s winners, Skipton Springboks, who founded the tournament in 2006 in memory of one of their players, Jo Fletcher, who died suddenly.

The tournament raised £500 for the Sue Ryder Foundation through entry fees, a barbecue, a raffle and donations.

 Posted by Greywolf | 25/10/2015 22:57:50 | Post / View Replies | 0 replies to this message

Sorry to report recently deceased cat on grass verge at bottom of ***** Lane. Quite large, mainly black with white paws. Brown collar. Sorry, couldn't see any I.D.

 Posted by Stacey Binns | 25/10/2015 13:58:02 | Post / View Replies | 0 replies to this message

LANGDALE AGAIN: What an eyesore? Looked on Garness Jones site and nothing doing again it seems!

 Posted by Joan | 25/10/2015 12:25:32 | Post / View Replies | 0 replies to this message

Ey up, who's been looking after Tom's Well (Snowdens) since Harry Hope passed in August 2009?

I am in Australia and recently surfed onto the old Cowling Moon-raker's website that was run by Kevin Brigg.

Quoted from

Tom's well is located around 250 yards on the right of the Hitching Stone when approached from the Pinnacle Car Park. It is situated in an obscure banked clearing. The well is a purpose built trough which most believe was not for the use of sheep but to quench the thirst of people either working on the moor or attending the fairs that were held there in summer many years ago. Harry Hope [RIP], a local resident of Keighley Rd, Cowling visits the well yearly to clear and tend it, without his visits the well would be lost forever.

 Posted by Phoebe Hales | 22/10/2015 13:49:11 | Post / View Replies | 1 reply to this message

Langdale Nursing Home to be converted to 17 bedsits. These bedsits will be most likely let to Bradford Housing association who will do the logical thing and house the people they don't want to house in their own area. Purely on a logical and statistical front if you take 17 people who are eligable for a housing association bedsit they are not likely to be the kind of person that a community such as cowling (safe, friendly, low crime rate, terrible pub) would welcome. The planning application has only two objections from the Cowling Community (mine and reg's). If you do not want the Nursing Home to be turned into 17 bedsits who's occupants are more likely to be transient, troubled, drug-using, unemployed individuals than honest hard working young people looking to put down roots in a nice community then you need to act now!
Send your objection to :
Copy in: /
Your strongest argument is the antisocial behaviour that is proven and documented to be linked to this type of dwelling. You may think I am being politically incorrect in my assumptions about the potential residents but I am just being realistic, you have a chance now to protect the community - use it. The owner of the Nursing Home, Tariq, is not concerned about the village, he lives 100's of miles away and is only concerned about a return on his investment and the best money is in housing the worst people!

 Posted by Chris Jepson | 17/10/2012 11:48:52 | Post / View Replies | 25 replies to this message

FORMER army captain from Cowling who was injured while serving in Afghanistan has completed a demanding physical challenge known as the world's hardest triathlon.

Rob Cromey-Hawke was part of the first team of Help for Heroes charity beneficiaries to complete the Enduroman Arch to Arc Challenge.

He and the other competitors had to run 87 miles, swim the English Channel then cycle 181 miles to the Arc de Triomphe.

He was part of a group called Team Inspire, which finished this gruelling route last month in a time of 47 hours and 55 minutes.

The challenge has so far raised more than £11,500 for Help for Heroes, which supports injured British troops and their families.

Commenting shortly after finishing the triathlon, Mr Cromey-Hawke said: “I and the team are delighted to be stood here at the Arc de Triomphe, having set the record for the first disabled team to complete Arch to Arc Challenge.

"None of us in the team would be here right now without the amazing support and guidance we have received from Help for Heroes.

“We’d like to show all other injured service personnel and the UK population that no matter what turn your life takes, you can still achieve amazing things.”

The clock started at Marble Arch in London on September 25, and stopped when teams arrived at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. Team Inspire was the first squad across the line having finished all the stages.

The participants included wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women, who have all received help from Help for Heroes.

Enduroman Arch to Arc is designed to incorporate all their abilities, using sport as part of their recovery as they rebuild their lives after injury or illness.

Mr Cromey-Hawke was wounded during his second tour of Afghanistan in 2012, when the vehicle he was travelling in drove over an improvised explosive device.

He suffered a brain injury leading to a permanent loss of hearing, balance problems and dizziness, and damaged his back.

Earlier this year, he finished an Ironman UK Triathlon, which consisted of a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike ride and a marathon run. This was one of the final training sessions before selection for the Arch to Arc event.

 Posted by Greywolf | 20/10/2015 23:46:43 | Post / View Replies | 1 reply to this message

Is it me or has anybody else noticed a considerable rise in the level road noise since the recent road re surfacing?

 Posted by Charlie | 10/10/2015 11:45:39 | Post / View Replies | 1 reply to this message

SPEED AWARENESS - As per Cowling News, I reported the speeding traffic (again) to (otherwise known as 95 Alive). I have received a response saying they carried out surveillance at Lane Ends in 2013, and found the mean speed to be 34mph!! What a joke. I presume this was carried out by a uniform/marked car, so obviously people would slow down. Also, as no-one has been injured due to speed, they are not reviewing the situation till 2016. What about the lad who flipped his car over on the bollards outside our house a couple of years ago? (My husband had to pull him out of his smoking car.) No? *SIGH* I'd like to see these white collar chaps sitting in our garden for a weekend/overnight & see what they think then?! 34mph? I think not.

 Posted by Stacey Binns | 08/10/2015 16:04:38 | Post / View Replies | 0 replies to this message


I am currently looking for a few hours paid work locally, available for an immediate start, with own car.

I can carry out shopping tasks, cleaning, ironing etc., basically any odd jobs needed doing you may not have time or are able to do yourself otherwise.

Anyone in need of some help please just give me a call any time on 07583050627 or email

Many thanks, Elise.

 Posted by E.C | 06/10/2015 11:11:23 | Post / View Replies | 0 replies to this message

CRAVEN DISTRICT - COWLING - blocking of street lights on our estates (not main roads or by roads) from around 1 a.m. to 6 save costs - Cty. Cllr. Patrick Mulligan has said if we are opposed to this we should complain on the NYCC website - street lighting - in order to make our concerns known. Pls. refer to page 13 Craven Herald - letter from Peter Taylor of Skipton. Think Springwell Close is still on - anyone know about Collinge Rd. (only partly social housing these days.) If this continues, maybe we will require extra police patrol during night time? Don't think residents have been officially notified - or at least we haven't. Thanks.

 Posted by Joan | 25/09/2015 19:32:31 | Post / View Replies | 0 replies to this message

does anyone know of a dogwalker in the village? we are looking for some help this autumn during the daytime. I can be contacted on or 07545215668

 Posted by chris sheryn | 01/09/2015 17:57:56 | Post / View Replies | 1 reply to this message

To Faith Rudd - contacted Bernard who would like to get in touch, pls. email me at and I will pass a message on to him - thanks.

 Posted by Joan | 21/09/2015 11:38:27 | Post / View Replies | 0 replies to this message

STREET LAMPS NOW SWITCHED OFF DURING NIGHT TIME - Should we have had notification - not seen any as yet? How many streets are switched off - a burglar's paradise? How many more cutbacks by NYCC - most of our grass verges have been a mess all summer and on some of our country lanes there is almost more verge than road. If you look on old photos there were very few grass verges which must have built up over the years of neglect.

 Posted by Joan | 20/09/2015 17:08:00 | Post / View Replies | 0 replies to this message

STREET LAMPS NOW SWITCHED OFF DURING NIGHT TIME - Should we have had notification - not seen any as yet? How many streets are switched off - a burglar's paradise? How many more cutbacks by NYCC - most of our grass verges have been a mess all summer and on some of our country lanes there is almost more verge than road. If you look on old photos there were very few grass verges which must have built up over the years of neglect.

 Posted by Joan | 20/09/2015 17:07:50 | Post / View Replies | 0 replies to this message

I am currently researching the history of 10th Battalion Duke of Wellington's (West Riding) Regiment during the Great War. Several Cowling men joined the battalion in September 1914 - including Johnny Hoyle, Arthur Hargreaves, Frank Stephenson, John Hartley, Frank Lomax, Ernest Jobling, Fred Baenson and Albert Metcalfe.
I should be very grateful if anyone has information on any of these men or indeed about any others who joined this Battalion.
Many thanks
Bill Smith

 Posted by Dr Bill Smith | 06/02/2012 22:41:08 | Post / View Replies | 10 replies to this message

MISSING CAT FROM WINKHOLME PLEASE CHECK ANY OUTBUILDINGS, LOCK-UPS OR GARAGES. Black male distinctive orange eyes, microchipped, missing since Sat 5th Sept. Please call 07456501151 with any news, thank you.

 Posted by Denise | 07/09/2015 17:40:08 | Post / View Replies | 1 reply to this message

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