Coronavirus updates for Ilkley
This page has been the go to place during lockdown as Ilkley Chat brought you the latest news affecting Ilkley as a result of the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak.
The useful information and news blog sections further down will continue to be updated as and when.
USEFUL INFORMATION AND LINKS
The latest government advice covering health, business, travel, schools and more is available at gov.uk/coronavirus
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
We can all help control the virus if we all stay alert. This means you must:
Wash handskeep washing your hands regularly
Cover facewear a face covering in enclosed spaces
Make spacestay at least 2 metres apart - or 1 metre with a face covering or other precautions
Self-isolate if you or anyone in your household has symptoms.
Wearing a face covering in shops and supermarkets in England is to become mandatory from 24 July.
Locally, both IG Medical and Ilkley and Wharfedale Medical practices are running a phone triaged system only before given patients an appointment. Patients are required to wear a face covering when attending an appointment at the medical centre.
NEED HELP - OFFER HELP
The Ilkley Coronavirus Response Group has now merged into the Ilkley Community Network. Existing partners will work to make sure that current needs are met.
If you NEED HELP collecting shopping or prescriptions, or just need someone to talk to, Ilkley Corona Response Group (ICRG) can be contacted via the Bradford Hub on 01274431000, or use the online form at https://bit.ly/ilkleycorona
To VOLUNTEER contact the Bradford Hub on 01274431000.
ICRG have launched a new website in conjunction with the Ilkley Round Table to enable people to make donations to support the work of the group, please visit ilkleyresponse.co.uk.
Please contact the Bradford Council Contact Centre on 01274431000 or via peoplecanbradforddistrict.org.uk,
The latest Coronavirus news updates from Bradford Council are available from:
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Bradford Council have a disruption web page, which will give updates on libraries, rubbish collections, recycling centres, sports & leisure centers etc: www.bradford.gov.uk/emergencies/council-service-disruptions/council-service-disruptions/
(Information from the companies websites 13/10/20)
Boots, Brook Street
Monday to Saturday 08:30 - 17:30
Sunday 11:00 - 16:00
Lloyds, Springs Lane
Mon 08:00 – 19:30
Tue 08:00 – 19:30
Wed 08:00 – 19:30
Thu 08:00 – 18:30
Fri 08:00 – 18:30
Ilkley Moor, Cowpasture Road
Mon -Sat 08:00 - 23:00
Sun 09:00 - 19:00
Serving from the hatch window only, contactless card or cash payments.
These times may vary on bank holidays
SUPERMARKET OPENING TIMES / PRIORITY TIMES
(Information from the companies websites 13/10/20)
We advise you visit the website (listed below) for the latest opening times and priority hours.
Monday to Saturday: 08:00 - 21:00
Sunday 10:00 - 16:00
(No priority times listed online)
Tesco, Springs Lane, Ilkley
Monday to Saturday: 06:00 – 00:00
Sunday: 10:00 – 16:00
-Elderly & Vulnerable Priority Time: Wednesday & Sunday 09:00 – 10:00
Marks and Spencer, Ilkley
Monday to Friday: 08:00 – 22:00
Saturday: 08:00 - 19:00
Sunday: 11:00 – 17:00
(No priority times listed online)
Monday to Sunday: 07:00 - 22:00
(No priority times listed online)
Bolton Bridge Road: https://finder.coop.co.uk/food/store/LS29-9AA/12-bolton-bridge-road
Martinez, Mortens and Boyes stores in town are now all open to the public, with social distancing measures in place.
Please scroll down this page to the business section to see the full list. It is also available on our Faceboook page.
(27 May 08;00)
Complementary face coverings to be available at Booths
The Ilkley Sewing team, part of the Ilkley Coronavirus Response Group, have now made 685 cloth face coverings to give out free. They will be available from customer services at Booths from today (Tuesday) as well as Tesco on Springs Lane.
(26 May 08:15)
Bank Holiday Monday 25 May opening
Tesco (Springs Ln) – 07:00 - 18:00
Booths – 07:00 - 21:00 (22:00-21:00 key workers)
M&S – 09:00 - 18:00
Co-op – as normal
Boots – 10:30 - 16:00
Lloyds – Closed
Ilkley Moor – Closed
IG Medical Ilkley & Wharfedale Medical Practice – Closed
(22 May 12:30)
Bradford Council Covid-19 public green space and rights of way guidance
Bradford Council have online information about the use of council public green spaces during the COVID-19 outbreak and measures taken to prevent the spread of infection.
Parks and green spaces REMAIN OPEN for exercise where people follow social distancing and hygiene advice. Play Areas, Outdoor Gyms, Multi-Use Games Areas, Tennis Courts and Skate Parks REMAIN CLOSED.
(20 May 08:45)
Ilkley Coronavirus Response Group weekly update and Mayors statement
Read this update here.
(19 May 12:00)
Community quilt to tell the Ilkley lock down story
"We will work with the community to produce a sewn lockdown quilt which tells the story of the lockdown for Ilkley and the surrounding area."
Read all about Ilkley Manor House's plans here.
(18 May 14:45)
Ilkley Sewing Scrubs team make complementary material face coverings
The Ilkley Sewing Scrubs team, part of the Ilkley Coronavirus Response Group (ICRG),have been busy making complementary material face coverings.
Provided individually in envelopes - Men, Women, Unisex, and some designed for glasses wearers - they will be available at Tesco’s customer services in Ilkley from tomorrow, Monday 18 May.
ICRG website: ilkleyresponse.co.uk
(17 May 20:00)
Golden Butts HWRC to re-open
Golden Butts Household Waste Recycling Centre in Ilkley will re-open on Monday.
Further details are available here.
(13 May 11:00)
Phased re-opening of car parks at local beauty spots
Bradford Council will start a phased re-opening of beauty spot car parks tomorrow (14 May) with White Wells and Darwin Gardens in the first 16.
Read more at ilkleychat.co.uk/post/phased-reopening-car-parks
(13 May 9:00)
2020 Holly Ball cancelled due to Covid-19 pandemic
Organisers of the Holly Ball have taken the decision to cancelled the event this year.
Read the full statement here.
(12 May 16:30)
Bank holiday pharmacy opening times
Ilkley: Boots, 8.30am-5.30pm
Addingham: Rowland, 2-5pm
Burley in Wharfedale: Cohens, 2-5pm
(6 May 14;00)
Coronavirus: Changes to Ilkley's streets
Bradford Council has been looking at a range of proposals to support social distancing when the coronavirus lockdown is eased.
Over the next couple of weeks social distancing measures will be introduced on The Grove to help shoppers access local businesses and the footway under the railway bridge at Wheatley Lane will be widened.
(5 May 17:30)
Climate Action Ilkley moves meeting online
Climate Action Ilkley is inviting Ilkley residents to join its first online public meeting on Wednesday 13 May with the title ‘Insulation - stay warm, save money, reduce carbon’.
Read all about the online meeting at www.ilkleychat.co.uk/post/climate-action-ilkley-moves-meeting-online
(4 May 12:00)
Ilkley Youth and Community Association launch competition to show Ilkley coming together during coronavirus.
Entries could be a photo of a positive chalk message on driveways, backyards or on paper, or images or videos of families reading together. The Ilkley Youth and Community Association Facebook page will be the hub for the initiative, and the hashtag #Ilkleytogether will help to collate all entries which can also be emailed to .
Full details are available here.
(1 May 9:30)
'Yorkshire's Famous Hardware Store' will be starting phase one of its reopening from Monday
Mortens of Ilkley will be reopening from Monday 4 May, orders can be placed by phone with free local delivery and collection by arrangement - 01943 609131. They will initially only be open on Mon,Tue,Thur, Fri & Sat 10.00 til 4.00 and closed Wed & Sun.
(29 April 14:00)
Volunteers in Ilkley are working to keep you safe
The weekly virtual meeting of the Ilkley Coronavirus Response Group heard that over over 400 people have now volunteered to help others in Ilkley and how the new website is now live, ilkleyresponse.co.uk.
The group also received updates from the voluntary sector, including how Girlguiding or Scouting group are continuing 'virtually' and how mental health and well-being continues to be a priority for the Youth Service.
Full details of the meeting can been seen here.
(28 April 20:00)
MP launches local Unsung Hero Awards
Local MP Robbie Moore launches the ‘Keighley and Ilkley Unsung Hero Awards’ to recognise those in our community who are going above and beyond to help others during this difficult time. This may include those who are looking out for their neighbours, delivering essential supplies to vulnerable people, supporting key workers or providing a friendly conversation to those who are isolating alone
during the Coronavirus outbreak, who normally would not receive – or expect – recognition for their work.
Find out more here.
(28 April 20;00)
Economically, Ilkley's workforce one of the worst affected by COVID-19 lock down
A report puts Ilkley in the top 10 most affected by Covid-19, as the town has more people working in pubs or restaurants than anywhere else in England and Wales.
Read the article here.
(25 April 08:20)
2020 Ilkley Half Marathon postponed to 2021
Organisers of the Ilkley Half Marathon, Ilkley and District Round Table, have today announced the 2020 event planned for 12 July won't be going ahead due to the current Coronavirus situation.
Read all about it here.
(24 April 12:00)
Ilkley Food Bank referrals and donations
The Ilkley Food Bank serves residents in Ilkley, Ben Rhydding and Addingham.
In normal circumstances a household can ask to be referred to the Ilkley Food Bank via an organisation, such as the Health Centre, School, Youth Organisation, Church, Good Neighbours etc. However, at the moment, if a household is in need they can either go through one of the organisations or ring the Ilkley Coronavirus Respose Group telephone line 07375 803693.
Donations of long life foods can also be made to the Ilkley Food Bank via collections points at Booths, Tesco and the Bolton Road Ilkley Co-op. The Springs Lane Medical Centre is a collection point during normal times.
(22 April 12:25)
Ilkley Grammar School making PPE for the NHS
Ilkley Grammar School has been doing what it can to support the NHS during the Covid-19 pandemic.
As well as remaining open for critical key workers, the school is also manufacturing and donating PPE equipment for their local NHS services.
Read all about this story here.
(22 April 12:25)
Ilkley Coronavirus Response Group launch website
The Ilkley Coronavirus Response Group have launched a new website in conjunction with the Ilkley Round Table to enable people to make donations to support the work of the group, ilkleyresponse.co.uk.
The website will be an online reference for the residents of Ilkley and will provide updates on the official government information & guidance, a directory of local & national support groups, a "Good News" page sharing all the positive stories and give an update of funds collected.
More details about the last meeting of the Ilkley Coronavirus Response Group are available here.
(20 April 12:40)
Bradford Council asks households to make a plan
Coronavirus (Covid-19) will affect all households and families in some way. This could be either through disruption to work and school patterns, or potentially through household members catching the virus itself. Every household in the Bradford District will soon receive a letter asking them to make a ‘Household Plan’. The idea behind the plan is simple. Residents are being asked to think about the key issues that will keep the safe, where they may need to make changes, and share information.
Read further information here.
(20 April 08:20)
Coronavirus group hears 360 people have enrolled to volunteer
The Ilkley Coronavirus Response Group heard in its latest virtual meeting that 360 people have enrolled to volunteer and are now able to support their local communities.
Read the full article here.
(15 April 12:00)
The people of Ilkley come together to make scrubs for local GP’s
More than 50 sewers in Ilkley have been working hard from their homes to make new scrubs for local GP’s and medical professionals.
Read the full article here.
(14 April 14:00)
Ilkley GP practices can now see patients in their car
Following an appeal on social media, two Ilkley businesses, J.A.Peniket Builders and Yorkshire Hot Tubs, erected temporary marquees free of charge within days, provide GP cover when seeing patients in their car.
Read more here.
(13 April 09:30)
Ilkley churches to live-stream Easter services during lockdown
Over Easter churches in Ilkley are providing services in a variety of ways. For further details please visit www.ilkleychat.co.uk/post/ilkley-churches-to-live-stream-easter-services
(11 April 14:40)
The Ilkley Food and Drink Festival cancelled
Organisiner of the Ilkley Food and Drink Festival, due to be held on East Holmes Field on 13th-14th June 2020, have announced the event has been cancelled.
(09 April 17:40)
Ilkley charity reinvents itself to cope with Coronavirus affects
As the coronavirus virus affects all walks of life local charity Ilkley Good Neighbours has transformed itself into a new telephone and online service in order to continue helping vulnerable and older individuals in the community.
Read more here.
(08 April 08:40)
District Councillors praise the children, young people and youth services in Ilkley
Ilkley District Councillors, Kyle Green and Mike Gibbons, have sent this message praising the children & teenagers across the Ilkley area.
Read more here.
(07 April 18:30)
Ilkley Coronavirus Response weekly update
The Ilkley Coronavirus Response team hosted their weekly virtual meeting on Thursday 2 April 2020, bringing together district and local councillors, medical and social care representatives and organisations from the voluntary sector in the town. The group’s aim is to work co-operatively across the town in the face of the Coronavirus crisis.
Read more here.
(06 April 12:30)
Appeal from Ilkley Food Bank
'A big THANK YOU to anyone that has already donated to our new donation page. And thanks also to everyone that is still able to donate supplies at our supermarket collection points. WHAT WE NEED RIGHT NOW!! Squash, snacks and treats, cleaning products and loo rolls. We have all the basic essential foodstuffs but not these things, so please consider giving these if you can. Thanks.'
(05 April 07:30)
Council close Keighley Rd from Wells Rd junction
BDMC have advised that the Ilkley / Keighley road over Rombalds moor has been closed from its junction with Silsden road at the Riddlesden end to its junction with Wells Road in Ilkley to prevent people parking there and to discourage people parking there for countryside recreation purposes, especially with the weekends forecast.
(3 April 10:45)
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 www.pushdoctor.co.uk/how-it-works - 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 https://bit.ly/ilkleycorona-groups
(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
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. www.westwoodlodge.co.uk
(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^
09:30–11:00 vulnerable and elderly^^
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
‘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 www.thebathhouseshop.co.uk. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
(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 benrhyddingfete.co.uk
(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 realfoodilkley.co.uk 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 www.bradford.gov.uk/business 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.
(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.
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.
(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 email@example.com 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. www.girlguiding.org.uk
(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 firstname.lastname@example.org (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 (www.bettys.co.uk). 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.
(15 March 18:00)
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West Yorkshire to go into Tier 3 restrictions from Monday
After discussion with Government, Bradford District, alongside all other West Yorkshire authorities, will become a Tier 3 “Very High Alert Level” area from Monday.
Read more here.
(29 Oct 20:00)
Ilkley 'High' in new three tear system
The Prime Minister has announced how the government will further simplify and standardise local rules by introducing a three tiered system of local Covid Alert Levels in England.
The three levels will be set at Medium, High and Very High. The Bradford District is in 'High' which primarily aims to reduce household to household transmission by preventing all mixing between households or support bubbles indoors.
Read more here.
(12 Oct 23:00)
The Ilkley Coronavirus Response Group on standby
Ilkley Town Mayor Councillor Mark Stidworthy says the group is ready to help the local community again if a second wave of the virus hits the town badly.
Read more here.
(29 Sept 08:50)
Local Covid restrictions back from Tuesday in Ilkley
The additional Coronavirus restrictions which were lifted a few weeks ago in some areas of the Bradford District, including Ilkley, Addingham and Burley-in-Wharfedale, will be returning again from Tuesday 22 September.
People will be banned from socialising with other people outside of their own households or support bubble.
Further details available on the Bradford Council website.
(18 Sept 00:00)
Coronavirus group to merge into Ilkley Community Network
The Ilkley Coronavirus Response Group will merge over the next few weeks into the Ilkley Community Network. Existing partners will work to make sure that current needs are met. If you require help please contact the Bradford Hub on 01274431000.
(27 June 11:45)
Clarke Foley Centre planning for reopening
The Clarke Foley Centre in Ilkley is planning its ‘Covid Secure’ future and would like to thank the community for the support given over the past months.
(22 June 07:55)
Have you got it covered?
Northern are reminding passengers that face coverings will be mandatory on public transport from tomorrow, Monday 15 June.
Only essential train journeys should be made, which do not include shopping trips or days out. Capacity on Northern's services down by as much as 85 percent due to social distancing.
Read more at ilkleychat.co.uk/post/have-you-got-it-covered
(14 June 08:15)
Ilkley's non-essential shops get ready to open
Shops selling non-essential goods will be able to reopen from Monday, we have a growing list of those who are pinned to the top of the Ilkley Chat page, here is the direct link: facebook.com/ilkleychat/posts/3102110483210545
(13 June 18:00)
Ilkley and Wharfedale Medical Practice request use of face coverings
Patients are requested to wear a face covering when attending an appointment at the medical centre.
(9 June 15:30)
Make your own face coverings with Ilkley Sewing Scubs
Now that face coverings are compulsory on public transport from June 15, Ilkley Sewing Scrubs group have put together a 'how to' webpage to help you make your own, along with a live Q&A on Saturday 13 June.
( 7 June 10:30)
First look at proposed Ilkley pedestrian social distancing measures
The first look at proposed pedestrian social distancing measures to be introduced in Ilkley town centre have been posted on the Ilkley BID website today.
Plans show how tape and stenciling will be used to mark the floor together with signage. Waste bins will be moved where necessary to make more space and there will be something to aid crossing the road at the end of The Grove near Nora’s gift shop.
(3 June 19:00)
Ilkley's parking charges reinstated from 15 June
Parking charges are to be reinstated from 15 June, however council leaders have agreed to continue to allow certain key workers to continue to park free of charge in car parks across the Bradford district.
(29 May 14:30)
Please take a look at our Events page for the latest.
(updated 12 Sept 09:00)
We have removed this listing from this page as many local shops and businesses have reopened and the information was out of date. We continue to recommend that all businesses keep their social media and website up to date for customers to read what your 'new normal' is at the moment.
For details of those eateries continuing the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme, please download the loyalfree app with Ilkley BID who have a trail with the information from each business.
Our Business Share Day post on Facebook, each Friday at 7.30am, is also another way to let people know you're open. You just need to visit our Facebook page and comment on the post each week.