Coronavirus updates for Ilkley

On this page we’ll bring you the latest news affecting Ilkley as a result of the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak.

We have a number of sections to this page below: Useful Information/links, News blog, events, business services





The latest government advice covering health, business, travel, schools and more is available at

People with symptoms should visit 111 online.  If you think you have the virus - to protect yourself and others, do not go to a GP, pharmacy or hospital


You can protect yourself and others by staying at home, by social distancing and regularly washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

Locally, both IG Medical and Ilkley and Wharfedale Medical practices are running a phone triaged system only before given patients an appointment.  All patients will be verbally screened at the front door.



If you NEED HELP collecting shopping or prescriptions, or just need someone to talk to, Ilkley Corona Response Team (ICRT) can be contacted on 07375803693, please leave a message, or use the online form at

The Bradford Council Contact Centre can be contacted on 01274431000 or via, details will be referred back to ICRT- so you only need to call/register with one.

To VOLUNTEER there are the different numbers and forms as above where you can register, they will all send your details back to ICRT, so you only need to register on one.

Offers of help are currently being processed, so please be patient. Remember to continue to check on neighbours and friends locally that you know may need help, so official organisations can concentrate on the most vulnerable people.

On Facebook the Keighley Community Hub page covers the Ilkley area.

A Facebook group has been set up by residents 'Neighbourhood Kindness' for people to offer and ask for help during the coronavirus outbreak.


The latest Coronavirus news updates from Bradford Council are available from:

Sign up to received regular updates from Bradford Councl emailed into your inbox.


Bradford Council have a disruption web page, which will give updates on libraries, rubbish collections, recycling centres, sports & leisure centers etc:


With a limit on the amount of people who can shop at anyone time, due to social distancing guidance, supermarkets are asking only one member of the household to do their shopping if they possibly can.

Booths, Ilkley

Monday to Saturday: 08:00 - 20:00 (21:00 for key workers)

Sunday 10:00 - 16:00

-Key Worker Shopping Hours: Monday - Saturday: 07:00 - 08.00 and 20.00pm - 21.00

-Priority shopping time for the elderly and vulnerable is 09.30 - 11:00 Monday to Friday, Booths encourage you to shop outside of these times.

Tesco, Springs Lane, Ilkley

Monday to Saturday: 06:00 – 22:00
Sunday: 10:00 – 16:00
-NHS Workers Priority Time: Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday 09:00 – 10:00

-Elderly & Vulnerable Priority Time: Monday, Wednesday & Friday 09:00 – 10:00

Marks and Spencer, Ilkley

Monday to Saturday: 08:00 – 22:00

Sunday: 11:00 – 17:00

-NHS Workers Priority Time: Tuesday and Friday 08:00-09:00

-Older & Vulnerable Priority Time: Monday and Thursday 08:00 – 09:00

Co-op stores

Most Co-op stores now open from 7am to 8pm Monday to Sunday.

All stores have a dedicated shopping hour for our vulnerable customers, those that care for them and NHS workers - 8am to 9am Monday to Saturday and from 10am to 11am on Sundays.

LATEST NEWS: Blog Page last update: 2 April 14:45

Ilkley GP Practices working over Easter

IG Medical (Ilkley and Grassington surgeries) and Ilkley & Wharfedale Medical practice will be working on Good Friday and Easter Monday as per the current arrangements.

(2 April 14:45)


Update from Ilkley & Wharfedale Medical Practice


We are currently not booking face to face appointments due to COVID-19. We recognise that some patients may still need to be seen and therefore have launched Push Doctor video consultations. After a telephone triage appointment the GP will arrange this if they feel it is necessary.

Learn more about Push Doctor at - both Ilkley GP practices use Push Doctor.

(2 April 09:00)


Parkinsons Support Group cancelled until further notice

The monthly Ilkley Parkinsons Support Group meetings, held at Carers and Companions, are cancelled until further notice.

(1 April 17:15)

LTA announces cancellation of Ilkley Trophy


The LTA, in conjunction with the All England Club, the ITF, ATP and WTA, has regrettably announced today the cancellation of the Ilkley Trophy (15-21 June), following the latest advice from the UK Government and the suspension of professional tennis due to the escalating coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Read more here.

(1 April 16:30)

Ilkley pulling together in these challenging times

Ilkley Town Mayor, Mark Stidworthy, has praised the Ilkley Corona Response team for their hard work.

Read the full story here.

(1 April 15:00)

Ilkley Town objects to FA writing off this season

Ilkley Town AFC have joined with 65 other non league clubs in writing to the FA to raise their objections to the writing off of this season.

Read the full story here.

(1 April 09:00)

Ilkley Coronavirus Response Team wants to hear from neighburhood street groups

Ilkley Coronavirus Response Team would like to create a list of all the informal local neighbourhood or street groups that exist. So that if there is a huge demand for assistance someone locally could be contacted to help.

If you are the co-ordinator of one of these groups could you let them know using this online form

(30 March 12;20)


Car parks closed to stop non-essential travel

Bradford Council is reinforcing the message that travel to exercise is not essential travel.

To help slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID 19) and encourage people to limit their journeys to essential travel only, Bradford Council has taken the decision to close its car parks at certain destinations. The closure will take place with immediate effect until further notice.

​The destinations where this will apply includes:


  • Cow and Calf

  • Whetstone Gate

  • Ilkley Lido

  • Riverside Gardens

  • Darwin Gardens


More information is available here.

(28 March 13;10)

COVID-19 and hospital referrals

GP practices in the Bradford district and Craven can now only make urgent referrals to our local hospitals. For the foreseeable future, all routine referrals of patients to hospital will stop.

For all important day-to-day activity, such as anti-coagulation (Warfarin) and glaucoma (eye) services, hospital clinicians are consulting with patients using video, telephone, email and text messaging services.

This is in line with national guidance about the COVID-19 pandemic, in which hospitals have been told to postpone all non-urgent planned treatment.

When considering whether you need to be referred to hospital, your doctor (GP) or healthcare professional will decide whether an urgent referral to hospital is appropriate. If it is, one will be made in the normal way.

But if an urgent referral isn’t immediately necessary, your GP or other healthcare professional will ask you to return to the practice, if your symptoms persist, when the health system has reinstated normal working patterns. The practice will not put you on a list to be contacted again, so it is important that you speak to your GP again at a future date if your condition doesn’t improve.

If, in the meantime, your symptoms become significantly worse, you should contact the practice for further advice. Outside surgery hours, please contact the NHS 111 online service or, if you do not have access to the internet, telephone the service direct on 111.

We will ensure that vulnerable patients – for example those with dementia or severe mental illness - are contacted by the practice again at the right time.

This information also covers hospital walk-in services – such as x-rays and blood tests. Where diagnostic tests are urgent, you will be given an appointment to attend.

(28 March 12;30)


Ilkley Jazz Festival in August cancelled

In a statement on Facebook, Festival organsier, Mark Beirne Smith said:

'Sadly we have decided that Ilkley Jazz Festival will be cancelled for 2020, our decision is based on having our Arts Council grant pulled as they will ‘focus on providing emergency financial support for the cultural and creative sector’  In the mean time we hope you stay safe and if you do want to support jazz artists during this difficult time please buy their music.

Mark, Beverley and the team.'

(28 March 05;30)


Council suspends parking charges


Bradford Council is suspending all parking charges in council-run car parks and on-street parking bays. This doesn't include enforcement of residents permits, we are hoping for an update on this soon.

Read more here.

(27 March 10:00)


Keighley hub to cover Ilkley area

Bradford Council are setting up five community hubs to help support the food banks and the community action which is already happening.  Keighley Community Hub will cover the Ilkley area.

The helpline for anyone requiring assistance or willing to volunteer is 01274 431000 and is open 9am until 9pm.

(26 March 11:00)


Council plea to keep roads clear for bin wagons

With residents working from home instead of commuting to their business, parked cars have been left blocking access for Bradford Council’s 26 tonne wagons, preventing bin collections. With fewer staff available we will become less able to return later to pick them up when the area is clear. We would urge residents to consider the access we need on bin collections days when they leave their cars.

Read more here.

(26 March 09:15)


COVID-19: Public green space and rights of way guidance

Bradford Council have produced a guide which provides basic information about the use of City of Bradford MDC public green spaces during the COVID-19 outbreak and measures taken to prevent the spread of infection.

View the guide here.

(25 March 07:15)

Ilkley BID launches Ilkley To You Campaign

Ilkley BID have launched a campaign aimed at supporting the local businesses who are able to continue trading during the coronavirus pandemic with the message ‘If you can’t come to Ilkley, let Ilkley come to you!’

Read all about it here.

(25 March 07:15)


Bradford Council to set up local hubs

Cllr Susan Hinchcliffe, Leader of Bradford Council said: 'Our volunteer phone line is now open for you to register on 01274 431000.  Five area hubs are being established for each of the 5 Bradford district constituencies, these will support the food banks and the community action which is already happening.  1.5 million people in the nation have now received a letter saying they must stay inside for the next 12 weeks.  These hubs will be part of the infrastructure which will enable them to preserve their isolation.  If you are fit and not in one of the vulnerable groups please sign up and we’ll get you trained up and involved, whilst protecting your own health and that of others.'

(25 March 15:05)

Golden Butts HWRC closed

Bradford Council have said all Household Waste Recycling Centres are now closed, 'We apologise for any inconvenience caused.'

(24 March 14:55)

Specsavers Ilkley update

Specsavers Ilkley has now suspended all routine eye tests and hearing tests. If you need an urgent appointment or need advice, please call us on 01943 811330 and we will endeavour to help you. An urgent appointment is deemed to be: Any unusual symptoms e.g. A sudden hearing loss or vision loss Your glasses have broken and you have a significant prescription and are unable to function without glasses A broken hearing aid that you have got from us and are unable to cope without Stay safe and we will see you on the other side of this! Many thanks for your understanding

(24 March 14:45)


Westwood Lodge Ilkley Moor Cottages and Apartments update


We can offer accommodation to key workers and anyone else required to stay in Ilkley for essential reasons, but who’s regular home is not here or which is unavailable. Our accommodation is classed as “dwelling houses” which means each cottage/ apartment is completely self-contained (bathroom, kitchen, own washing machine/dryer, hot water system etc). We can offer stays of several weeks. All guests must follow Government “at home” directives.


(24 March 10:30)

Northern Key Worker timetable

As a result of the continuing impact of COVID-19 Northern will be running amended ‘Key Worker’ timetables from Tuesday 24 March.


On the Wharfedale line there are no changes at peak times or to trains between Ilkley and Bradford. however, trains to and from Leeds are reduced to hourly off-peak with a 2 hour gap between 08:40 and 10:40 from Ilkley.

More details for the Wharfedale line here.

(24 March 7:00)

Booth announce new opening hours

Booths have announce new weekday opening hours from Tuesday 24 March.

07:00–08:00   key workers^

08:00–09:30   public

09:30–11:00    vulnerable and elderly^^

11:00–20:00    public

20:00–21:00    key workers^


^ key workers: NHS, police, fire services, army personnel, social care workers, teachers, and Booths staff.

^^ the public are asked to shop outside these times to allow the vulnerable and elderly to shop.

(24 March 07:00)


Stores closing temporarily - Monday 23 March



The Ilkley Shoe Co

Tennant and Darragh jewellery workshop

Nicholsons Jewellers Ilkley

Infinity Hairdressing - product orders can be made  via email

La Stazione

Bath House

Love Brownies

For Him


‘Let's take pride in doing the right thing here in Ilkley’

Ilkley Town Mayor, Mark Stidworthy, is sending a message reminding residents to follow the Government advice and to look for our neighbours.

Read more here.

(23 March 15:10)

Ilkley library closed


Due to concerns over the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) all Bradford's Council run Libraries are now closed until further notice.

(23 March 13:57)


Bath House temporarily closed


A message from Bath House: 'We have taken the decision to temporarily close our Bath House shop in Ilkley, keeping the health and safety of our valued customers and staff as our priority. During these unprecedented times we are concentrating on our duty to supply hand sanitizers, washes and soaps by increasing production of these key products in order to enhance availability on our website We will continue to find ways to make our products available as long as there is customer demand and we can do so safely, based on the best government advice. Best wishes, The Bath House Ilkley Team, we look forward to opening our doors again!'

(23 March 13;47)


Ilkley Talking Newspaper

Ilkley Talking Newspaper regret that they are unable to provide their normal service at the moment.


Susan Storey from Ilkley Talking Newspaper says: ' We send very best wishes to all our listeners, and promise to be back with weekly Ilkley Gazette and monthly Dalesman CD recordings as soon as we possibly can!'

adding 'Please pass our message on to anyone you know who normally receives Ilkley Talking Newspaper - and in the meantime they might enjoy hearing about the contents of the two publications from you via phone or social media'

(23 March 11:10)

Ilkley Great Get Together

Becky Malby from the Ilkley Great Get Together has told Ilkley Chat the event planned for June is cancelled.


Looking forward Becky said: ' We will go ahead in 2021 but ALSO will spring into action if we are allowed to meet up for a post virus community celebration as soon as we can. We can mobilise the Ilkley Great Get Together pretty quickly.'

'BUT we do need some help. Our community bunting needs a refresh and we need some tablecloths making. SO if you are at home with a sewing machine please let us know and we can drop off material and instructions!! May as well make the most of our time at home.'

You can contact Becky via email

(23 March 07:50)

Food bank asks for donations

Ilkley Food Bank have put out a message on its Facebook page: 'A big thank you to everyone out there that’s donating to the Food Bank!! We anticipate needing to help more people than usual at this difficult time, so please keep those donations coming! You can donate at Tesco, Booths and Co-Op Bolton Bridge Road.'

(22 March 10:28)


Ilkley churches go online

Ilkley churches are responding to Coronavirus by broadcasting their services on the internet, where everybody is invited to watch online from their own homes.

Read more here.

(22 March 06:45)

Booths open Sunday from 9am for NHS, police, fire services, army personnel and social care workers

In a statement Booths said: 'As a thank you to our NHS, police, fire services, army personnel and social care workers for everything you’re doing for us right now, we’re opening one hour early for you on Sunday 22nd March.'

'The Ilkley store will open at 9pm to enable you to get the food and household essential items you need at the time when our stores will be best stocked.'

'Our tills will open at the usual opening time as we need to comply with Sunday trading laws, but you will be able to browse and fill your baskets from opening. For everyone else relying on the fantastic work these teams are doing for us, we ask that you please respect this time and allow them to get what they need for themselves and their families. Please only come to the stores from 10am'

(22 March 06:45)

Ben Rhydding Community Fete postponed

The Ben Rhydding Community Fete committee have announced the event planned for 20 June won't be going ahead.  They hope to organise a commenty event towards the end of September. Updates will be post on the website

(21 March 15:45)

Real Food Ilkley market cancelled in April and May

Organisers of Real Food Ilkley have announced the cancellation of the April and May markets, usually held on The Grove on the first Sunday of the month.

Customers will shortly be able to go to Real Food Ilkley’s website at and see the products stallholders have to sell alongside delivery and collection details.

(21 March 13:00)

Ilkley Candlighters cancel ball


In light of the recent government advice relating to COVID-19, asking the public to avoid non-essential social contact, it is with a heavy heart that we have made the decision to cancel our upcoming Roaring Twenties Ball, which was due to be held on 2nd May at Rudding Park. The children supported by Candlelighters are one of the most vulnerable groups in our society and sadly, the uncertain times we are living in are having a direct impact on the money being raised to fund the services


Candlelighters delivers. However, we have two more exciting events in the pipeline for later in the year and would very much like to invite you to these. Details will be available in due course.

(21 March 12:30)


'Keep your distance' urges Ilkley Corona Response Group

The Ilkley Corona Response group is urging Ilkley residents to follow Government guidelines including social distancing and self-isolation to help reduce the spread of the coronavirus.


To help people understand the importance of social distancing the group is reproducing and distributing a simple traffic light guide and asking the public to share this with friends and family.

Read more here.

(21 March 09:45)


Bradford Council launches business rates support


Bradford Council has announced it has put into action a rates relief programme designed to lift the economic burden of the national coronavirus (Covid-19) response.


Eligible businesses will soon receive a letter advising them that the authority will not be seeking business rates payments for the coming months.


The council is working with partners, including the Government, on a range of further support measures in a bid to help as many businesses survive the unprecedented economic pressures caused by the coronavirus.

Businesses can visit for further information

(20 March 17:00)

School equipment fund launched by Ilkley Youth and Community Association

Ilkley Youth and Community Association work regularly with a range of groups to support vulnerable children and younger people and will be continuing to do so during this pandemic. One way they are looking to achieve this is by working with local schools to identify and support those families who may not be able to afford to create a stimulating environment for their kids.

Read more about it here.

(20 March 16:30)

Be alert to Covid-19 scams, warns Trading Standards

Trading Standards officers are encouraging family and friends to help to protect residents from potential scams amid reports of fraudsters trying to take advantage of the Covid-19 outbreak.

Read more about it here.

(20 March 10:00)

Reduction in Ilkley library opening hours


From Monday 23 March, all Bradford Council managed libraries will only open from 10am until 2pm, Monday to Saturday only, due to current Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation.

(19 March 22:15)


Prescription ordering - request from IG Medical, Springs Medical Centre

We're asking patients to not pre-order more medication than required. As per NHS England guidelines we are continuing to issue a max of two months' medication at a time. This is to ensure that an artifical shortage is not created. Please follow the usual processes.

(19 March 14:05)

Update from Ilkley Cinema

Following the latest government advice about Coronavirus, Ilkley Cinema will close to the public tonight at 11.00pm Thursday 19th March.

It is with enormous sadness that we have decided to temporarily close our doors, but the safety of our audiences, company and staff is of utmost importance. We apologise for the disruption and thank you for all of your support during this period of great uncertainty. 

We hope to re-open and see you again soon for a big screen experience like no other.

(19 March 12:55)

Bin collections during the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak - update from BMDC

Our recycling and refuse collection staff are working as normal so there will be no disruption to bin collections nor Household Waste Recycling Centres until further notice.

Refuse collection is a high priority Council service and we will do everything possible to keep it going whatever the circumstances.

We would ask residents to help us keep the service running and protect your bin collectors by taking certain precautions when disposing of your rubbish.

Wherever possible please make sure that all domestic green bin waste is disposed of in sealed bags and that your bin lid is firmly closed. Recycling and garden waste can be placed in your usual bins.

For people suffering with symptoms associated with coronavirus (COVID-19) or self-isolating at home there are Public Health England guidelines regarding the disposal of waste.

This includes sealing personal waste such as tissues and disposable cleaning cloths in smaller plastic bags and storing them for 72 hours before putting them in a black bag which goes in the green bin.

Guidance is available here:

(19 March 10:00)

Incommunities Housing Association

Due to the current Government advice, Incommunities will only be attending to emergency repairs.
This is to reduce the risk of infection to customers and staff. If you have a non urgent repair, please be aware that you will not be given an appointment date. This will be reviewed regularly as new information becomes available.

For the latest update follow them on Facebook or visit

(19 March 10:00)



Update from St Margaret's Church Ilkley


The following notice has been published on the Church of England website:

"In light of the Government guidance around non-essential contact, the Archbishops of Canterbury and York have issued advice that public worship is suspended until further notice."

At St Margaret’s we shall be abiding by this advice and all public worship is suspended until further notice.

Church opening

Fr. Philip will be praying in Church every morning, particularly for all in the parish whose lives are being deeply affected by the present crisis. The Church will then be open each day by 9.30am and will remain open for any who wish to come into the building to pray.

(Please keep appropriate social distancing from others who may be present. We cannot provide hand-washing facilities in church so please also ensure you wash your hands as soon as possible after leaving church.)

There are plans to look at live streaming offices and masses on the Facebook page. More details to follow.

The Church will be closed each day around 7.00pm. Do please use the Church as a place to pray for yourself, to pray for others about whom you are concerned, as well as our nation and world in this time of crisis.

(19 March 06;00)

Ilkley Playhouse closed from 21st March

We regret to announce that we will be closed to the public from Saturday 21st March until further notice. We will review this on an ongoing basis and keep you informed.


We hope to reschedule some postponed events and productions when circumstances permit. If you have tickets booked, we will contact you directly as soon as possible. We are a small admin team, so we ask for your patience as we deal with many cancellations.

(18 March 20:22)

Tesco announce new measures

Tesco have announced new changes from Thursday during the Coronavirus outbreak that will apply to the Ilkley store.

  • To ensure more people have access to everyday essentials, we are introducing a storewide restriction of only 3 items per customer on every product line, and removing multi-buy promotions.

  • In order to allow Tesco colleagues to focus on stocking shelves, helping to provide the essential groceries you are looking for and to avoid waste, we will close all meat, fish, deli counters and salad bars.

  • To be able to ensure our stores are clean, that we can replenish stock, and allow our colleagues to rest, we will change our trading hours with all stores closing at 10pm.

  • To ensure we are doing everything possible to reduce the risk of infection for both our customers and colleagues, we will be introducing some distancing measures at the checkout and, to make it swifter, invite customers who can, to pay by card.

  • To help free up slots for the more vulnerable, such as our elderly customers and those who are self-isolating, we are encouraging customers who shop online or choose Click+Collect for their grocery home shopping, to prioritise shopping in-store where possible.

Full detail at

(18 March 19:50)

The Flying Duck closing Sunday

The Flying Duck pub have announced on its Facebook page that it will be closing Sunday from 7pm.

(18 March 19:30)

Ilkley Grammar School PTA car boot sales cancelled

Car Boot Sales (originally planned for the following Sundays: 26th April, 17th May, 12th July) and also all PTA Meetings to the Coronavirus

(18 March 19:00)

Speech and Language Therapy drop in clinic


Thursday's at Ilkley Coronation Hospital is cancelled. Parents who were planning to attend can call 01943 609666 to arrange a telephone appointment to discuss concerns about their child's speech, language and communication.

(18 March 14:21)


Ilkley Town Council office closed to public

Due to the ongoing situation with the COVID-19 the Ilkley Town Council office is now closed to the public until further notice.

Please place any allotment agreements in the post box to the right of the building.

ITC are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause, the clerk can be contacted on or 07900 928113

(18 March 10:00)

Ilkley Manor House closed

Following the recent statement from the Government that everyone should seek to avoid non-essential contact and gatherings to help curb the spread of Covid-19, it is with great regret that Ilkley Manor House will be temporarily closed to the public with immediate effect. The closure is likely to last for a minimum of 3 months but that timescale will be kept under constant review.

The Trust Board’s current planning assumption is that the house will re-open at the beginning of July. The decision to re-open will be informed by advice from central Government.

(18 March 09:30)

Ilkley Pool closed

Bradford Council have taken the decision to close all Sport and Leisure facilities for the foreseeable future due to on going situation with COVID-19, this comes into effect immediately.
Bradford Swimming apologise for any inconvenience caused.

(18 March 08:00)

Ilkley Carnival cancelled

Much like every event for the foreseeable future, Ilkley Carnival 2020 has been cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak. Andrew Stacey, Chairman, has made this statement on behalf of the Ilkley Carnival Committee, you can see that here.

(18 March 07:30)

Booths supermarket announce priority shopping for the elderly and vulnerable

Booths have said; 'We're introducing a priority shopping time for the elderly and vulnerable. We'd like to encourage you to shop outside of 9.30am - 11am where possible, to allow our vulnerable and elderly customers time to shop.'

(17 March 18:30)

Be a great neighbour in Ilkley 🙏


A leaflet has been produced by community groups and Ilkley Town Council and will be delivered to homes in Ilkley and Ben Rhydding over the next few days.


Download the leaflet at

(17 March 18:00)

Girlguiding meetings suspended


We have taken the decision to suspend Girlguiding unit meetings with immediate effect. Parents will be informed by email and updates provided on social media to support members.


Leaders will remain in touch with their girls to encourage them to continue their programme at home until we return to normal life.


Our website will be updated in the coming days to answer questions.

(17 March 15:13)

Clarke Foley Centre closed until further notice

It is with deep regret that, as of today, we announce our temporary closure until further notice.  A statement from Ruth Richards, Business Manager:

As many of you know the history of Clarke Foley is one of a pioneering spirit and philanthropy. This is in our DNA and during the current health issues, my view has been that we stay open for us as long as it is safe to do so.

Following the announcement by the Prime Minster on the evening of Monday 16th March 2020, the time has come for us to temporarily close our doors and to cease all activities and events at our venue until further notice.

We do this with a heavy heart as we know our venue is a lifeline and a second home for our older friends in the community.


We are working on plans at CF and together with our fabulous community partners to find ways to support and stay connected to all of them.

We wish you all good health during this time and we look forward to welcoming everyone back in the very near future.

(17 March 15:10)

April 2020 Wharfedale Festival Speech & Drama Festival cancelled

Due to yesterday’s government announcement about public gatherings, along with guidelines from the British & International Federation of Festivals, it is clear that we are unable to continue with this year’s festival.


Let’s hope we can welcome you all to the 2021 Wharfedale Festival. Stay safe and thank you for your patience and understanding.

(17 March 14;45)


Update from Ilkley & District Good Neighbours

In light of government advice last night, we are now changing the way our services operate.

Our befriending service will become telephone based and shop assist will be focussed on dropping off shopping, rather than taking clients to the supermarket. Unfortunately we have had to cancel our moving on social group and summer day trip programme, during this period.

Many of our volunteers fall into the at risk groups, as well as our clients; so our immediate focus is to make alternative arrangements for our existing clients, who we know rely on us in normal times. We will then look to see how best we can accommodate additional support required in the community.

We’ve had a number of people asking how they can help or volunteer. We’re discussing with other organisations in Ilkley how best to co-ordinate and manage this - so please keep an eye on our website, Facebook or twitter pages for further details – there should be an update on this in the next couple of days.

If you are thinking of volunteering with us longer term (beyond the current situation) please can you email (we are particularly appreciative of those who already have an enhanced DBS for the elderly as we can get you started you more quickly)

Meanwhile it’s worth offering help directly to those you know locally or in your street, who you think might need help in the weeks ahead, such as shopping or regular phone calls.

(17 March 11:55)

Bradford Theatres statement

Following the recommendation from the UK government yesterday (Monday 16 March), we can confirm all performances scheduled to take place at Bradford Theatres’ venues this week will unfortunately be cancelled or rescheduled. See detail below:


• All performances of New Adventures/Matthew Bourne’s The Red Shoes at the Alhambra Theatre will be cancelled. The company will return with Matthew Bourne’s Nutcracker! on 2-6 March 2021
• The St Patrick's Day Heritage Tour at St George’s Hall will be postponed until 17 March 2021
• Thank You For The Music at King’s Hall in Ilkley on 19 March will be rescheduled – date to follow
• Premium Friends Tour on 19 March at St George’s Hall will be cancelled
• Northern Live Do I Love You on 20 March at St George’s Hall will be rescheduled to 18 September 2020


We ask all ticket holders to avoid contacting Bradford Theatres directly. The Box Office team will be in touch as soon as possible with those affected for shows this week.


For forthcoming performances from 23 March onwards, we are in discussions with producers and will keep our ticket holders informed. The safety and health of our staff and visitors is our number one priority and we will continue to follow any recommendations from the relevant authorities and implement all appropriate instructions accordingly.


Thank you for your support and understanding during this difficult and uncertain time.


If you are attending a future performance, please keep checking the Bradford Theatres’ website and social media channels which will be updated regularly.

(17 March 10:30)

Bettys cafes close

Following yesterday’s Government advice about social venues, we’ve taken the decision to close our six cafés and Bettys Cookery School. They’ll stay closed until government advice changes and there’s no longer a need for social distancing.

Our shops will remain open as usual for the time being, as will our mail order service ( So do pop by to pick up a treat or place an order online and we’ll deliver to your door. You may not be able to come to our café, but our café can come to you.

Although we’re sad to close our cafés, it is absolutely the right thing to do at this time. In the coming days and weeks we may have to take further steps to do our bit to get everyone through this strange and difficult time.

Bettys has been around for 100 years, and once this passes we’ll still be here; kettle on, cakes freshly baked, with a smile for all who visit us.

(17 March 09;28)

Resident sets up neighbourhood Facebook Group

A Facebook group has been set up 'Neighbourhood Kindness' for people to offer and ask for help during the coronavirus outbreak. 


Leaflets are being dropped at shops around town to post through the letter boxes of elderly and the vulnerable neighbours offering help with things like shopping, prescription collection, dog walking, or just a friendly phone call.

Group admin welcome all ideas and suggestions.

(17 March 07;00)

Coronavirus update Springs Medical Centre, Springs Lane


For the protection of patients and staff, Springs Medical Centre is now operating a restricted entrance policy.


All patients of either Ilkley & Wharfedale or Ilkley Moor medical practices will be verbally screened at the front door.


If you have an appointment or are collecting a prescription you will be asked if you are well, and will only then be admitted into the building. Prescription requests or other mail may be left in the letterbox to the left of the front door as usual.

(16 March 08:40)

Volunteers and Businesses offering additional services

Ilkley & District Good Neighbours are discussing with other organisations in Ilkley how best to co-ordinate and manage those wishing to volunteer, information will be released as soon as possible.

In the Meanwhile the advice is to offer help directly to those you know locally or in your street, who you think might need help in the weeks ahead, such as shopping, dog walking etc.

If your business has added additional services please email Ilkley Business Improvement District - - who are pulling together a list which they and we will post.

(15 March 18:00)


All events have been cancelled - we will update this section when they start again.




Ilkley BID have launched a campaign aimed at supporting the local businesses who are able to continue trading during the coronavirus pandemic with the message ‘If you can’t come to Ilkley, let Ilkley come to you!’  Please visit the website to see which businesses are still trading or to add your business.

Pronto Ilkley is a brand new food delivery service for Ilkley and the surrounding area. Your favourite restaurant food and drink delivered to your doorstep.  The Pronto app is available to down for free from your app store.  You can find Pronto on Facebook, Instagram and




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