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And to think I didn't understand geometry at school!
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We re appealing to those who live, work, and enjoy our Yorkshire Dales to help in stopping this vandalism taking place.
A commercial 'wind farm by stealth' is being planned for stunningly beautiful Lower Wharfedale. Apart from only a handful of people, locals still remain in ignorant bliss of what is to come and there is now only until the 30th March 2015 to register your objections with the Planning Inspectorate ...
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The more we send this out the more folk will realise wi fi is not high fi.
 
There can be good life without wi fi and it's crew.
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An old art worth keeping. Please share it as far as possible.
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This is by way of saying thank you to the folk of Cranbrook in Kent and a former resident thereabouts, one Thomas Clark, who composed the hymn tune - Cranbrook - to which our supposed Yorkshire Anthem is sung. Phew!

As you see this started thirteen years ago following a letter from Brian Holmans formerly of Cranbrook but now living in Bingley. At the time no-one was interested, in fact a number of Yorksha folk reckoned I'd it wrong and that Clark had nothing to do with it. Have a look through and if you think it possible to do an article on it please do. Parish Councillors and wives are coming up from Cranbrook to be with us among others. Spread it around over your way would you please we need plenty of Yorkshire folk on Ilkley Moor to celebrate with us..

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The Answer was in the Water
 
I note from my records it is 13 yrs since Mr Brian Holmans (formally of Cranbrook), made contact re that which the majority in God's Own Country feel their own. On Ilkla Moor Baht t'at. Since then I've been trying to find a way of putting the history of Thomas Clark's hymn tune to a wider Public. A suggestion from a friend makes me wonder why never thought of it before. 
 
He and his partner have lived for over fifteen years at White Wells, Ilkley's ancient Spaw Baths, on Ilkley Moor.  Were it not for White Wells there would not have been a Heather Spa for chapel choirs to visit on their annual picnics. Nor the song written to the hymn tune we seek credit for.
 
Mark suggested putting something up at the Bath House.  He and I are now working on an idea and I am sure it will be of interest to all here in Ilkley, Cranbrook and the world at large.  Contributions will be most welcome.  A minimum of £400 would provide a basic plaque but this is Yorkshire and Ilkley Moor where we do things in a style befitting the occasion.
 
It is interesting to note this is not the first time Ilkley has connections with Thomas Clark.  He chose hymns by The Rev Dr Robert Collyer for some of his publications.  Collyer started life in Ilkley as a blacksmith, becoming a lay preacher, crossing to the New World and taking to preaching there.  He became one of America’s respected preachers and authors of the late 19th to early 20th century.
 
It is our intention to have a brass plaque (see below) placed at White Wells on the 13th May 2016 at the 40th Anniversary of White Wells re-opening to the Public. What better place to recognise Cranbrook and Thomas Clark's place in putting Ilkley on the world map. While everyone knows the words are from the Land of the Free without Clark's music they are naught. Yorkshire folk are noted for calling a spade a spade and this Yorkshire lad means business.
 
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Acknowledging the Hymn tune
 
"CRANBROOK"
 
by
 
Thomas Clark of Canterbury
 
 
Saved from obscurity by
Victorian Sunday School Visitors to the Moors
 
In adding their own words to the tune
 they created Yorkshire's most famous song
 
"On Ilkla Moor Bah't 'At"
 
This Plaque
Made possible by Public donations
was unveiled on the
40th Anniversary of White Wells
Re-opening to the Public:
13th May 2016
 
Frazer Irwin QBE - Yorkshire
 
Brian Holmans - Cranbrook
 
Mark Hunnebell FRGS & Joanne Everall
Residents of White Wells
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Folk live in the building on the Moor and that was too close for comfort.
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A lesson in how not to use matches, lighted cigarettes or portable bar- b-ques on open moorland in UK.
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The more we send this out the more folk will realise wi fi is good for you......
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BE VERY AWARE OF THE DANGERS THIS PLANT BRINGS.
I shout it for a very good reason.
The article left me speechless. It appeared in a local weekly newspaper promoting the idea that common ragwort should not be kept under control because of the benefits it brings to wildlife. I...
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Where Kent and Yorkshire came together in a song.
This unusual octagonal chapel is open every day. It's tucked away at the bottom of a flight of steps off Northgate. Historic pictures and audio memories are available on the chapel's own website. T...
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Following Thomas Clark.....................
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