A round at Keighley Golf Club offers a challenge for the most accomplished golfer but one that the club golfer can also face without being overpowered.

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The Specials run from the weekend of the 26th & 27th November and then every weekend up to Christmas plus the 23rd December and Christmas Eve.

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Keighley has the unique record of having the first recorded town twinning agreement in the world entering an agreement with Poix-du-Nord, France in 1920.[45][46] This actually followed an even earlier sister city arrangement with two communes on the outskirts of Paris, France - Suresnes and Puteaux - starting in 1905.[45][47]

Keighley was the setting for the film Blow Dry starring Josh Hartnett, Alan Rickman and Bill Nighy. Blow Dry opens with the announcement that the small town of Keighley will host the year 2000 British Hair Championships. Keighley's mayor (Warren Clarke) is thrilled about the news, but when he announces it to the town's press, they all yawn disapprovingly. The film although set in Keighley was shot in several locations.[27]

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Henry de Keighley, a Lancashire knight, was granted a charter to hold a market in Keighley on 17 October 1305 by King Edward I.[4] The poll tax records of 1379 show that the population of Keighley, in the wapentake of Staincliffe in the West Riding of Yorkshire, was 109 people (47 couples and 15 single people).[5]

Add in Music in the main Exhibition Hall and in the marquee at Keighley and the stage is set for another excellent Keighley & Worth Valley Railway Beer & Music Festival.

To the north the main A629 route leads on up the Aire Valley to Skipton, (a bustling market town and gateway to the beautiful Yorkshire Dales national park), while to the north east the A6034 leads up through Silsden across Rombald's Moor to Addingham and Ilkley.

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The town has a local history society, Keighley and District Local History Society, and a family history society, Keighley and District Family History Society

In addition to the KWVR ‘home fleet’ of locomotives, we are delighted to finally welcome Southern Region Rebuilt ‘Battle of Britain’ class 34053 ‘Sir Keith Park’ to the Railway, courtesy of the Severn Valley Railway and Southern Locomotives Limited which will be in action on all 3 days.

Parts of Keighley are prone to flooding and the town was particularly badly hit in by floods 2000.[9][10] Since then, millions have been spent on strengthening flood defences.

This is Keighley (pronounced "Keith-ley"), an industrial town in West Yorkshire's Aire Valley, just north of Bingley and the city of Bradford.

Keighley has had a town council since 2002.[8] In 2015, a police probe launched the previous year had developed into a fraud investigation following an external audit report - highlighting a number of financial weaknesses and poor governance in the council's 2012/12 accounts.[43]

In June 2006, the leader of Bradford District Council, Conservative Councillor Kris Hopkins, was quoted in the Craven Herald & Pioneer as suggesting it might be a good idea for Keighley to become an independent authority once again.[42]

A turf war between local drug gangs resulted in the murder of four Asian men in a 5 1⁄2-month period, from September 2001 to February 2002. Those killed were Yasser Hussain Nazir, Yasser Khan, Zaber Hussain and Qadir Ahmed. Qadir, was stabbed and beaten to death near Victoria Park after being ambushed and chased by rival gang members. The killings sparked a police investigation leading to the arrest of a number of men who were given long prison sentences.[44]

Keighley lies in a fold between the countryside of Airedale and Keighley Moors. The town is the terminus of the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway, a heritage steam branch line which has been restored and runs through the Worth Valley to Oxenhope via Oakworth and Haworth. Keighley had a population of 56,348 in 2011.[2]

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The name Keighley, which has gone through many changes of spelling throughout its history, is accepted to mean "Cyhha's farm or clearing"[3] and was mentioned in the Domesday Book as "In Cichhelai, Ulchel, and Thole, and Ravensuar, and William had six carucates to be taxed."

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The Keighley and Worth Valley Railway (KWVR), running steam trains from Keighley to Haworth and Oxenhope, has been used in several films, including The Railway Children, Yanks, the film of the Pink Floyd musical The Wall and an episode of the long-running situation comedy, The Last of the Summer Wine.

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A Touch of Frost starring David Jason was also filmed at the railway line close to Ingrow West.

Some of traditional moorland scrub could be torn out and replaced with moss and bilberry bushes If a new management strategy is adopted.

A brawl between ‘around 100 schoolchildren’ broke out resulting in six arrests and two people needing hospital treatment.

The Railway mainly uses local breweries, but we have often have specialist craft ales from breweries further afield. There can be up to three separate real-ales on board – we usually try to at least have two!

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A great part of the 2004 BBC television drama North and South was shot on Keighley, with Dalton Mill being one of the serial's main locations.[29]

Or when you are ready for lunch, drop by to top up your reserves with some good honest Yorkshire pie and peas, washed down by a bottle of pop or hot drink or, if trains are running, something from the on-board bar where hand pulled real ale is served all day on selected trains.


Events held on an annual basis in and around Keighley include the The Keighley Gala, the The Keighley and District Agricultural Show, the RATMA Film Festival and the Worth Valley Beer and Music Festival (which is usually held in October on the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway).

Police are appealing for information to trace a man they want to speak to in connection with violent disorder and breach of a court order.

The town centre contains modern buildings such as Leeds City College and examples of Victorian commercial architecture, including the long terrace of Cavendish Street with its 220-yard (⅛ mile/a furlong) ornamental canopy. There is an award-winning bus station which opened in 2002 near the Airedale Shopping Centre.[17][18] There are several tower blocks in Parkwood Rise, Holycroft and Ingrow and a central multi-storey car park.

We will re-create the hustle and bustle of a busy Steam Railway, with local services to and from Ingrow West, mixing with goods trains and express services, on which you can ride the length of the line without stopping.

This hidden gem, awarded a Silver medal by Golf Monthly, nestles in the picturesque Aire Valley less than an hour away from the business centres of Leeds and Bradford. The beautiful parkland course has developed over the last 100 years into a true test of golf. Well-defined fairways and superb greens are complemented by mature and recently planted trees that provide definition for every hole.

If you own a local business or manage a charity or not for profit organisation we also want to know what you think about the Civic Centre and the facilities it offers. This will help us uncover opportunities to generate future income from the Civic Centre. The consultation period will be open until 7 September 2016. We will use your response to determine the future of your Civic Centre.

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