Queensbury History submitted by Maureen Hardcastle (née Ruthven)

I had Mrs Darke as my teacher at Queensbury Infants’ School when it was in Chapel Lane, in the mid 1940s. I seem to recall that another of Mrs Darke’s sons (Malcolm, I think) was in my class too for I used to wonder what it would be like to have your Mam as your school teacher. The only other teacher I remember was the headmistress, Mrs Thomas. I do however have a clear memory of the school itself, its cloakroom – in winter, full of wet coats, gloves, girls’ ‘pixie’ hoods, boys’ balaclavas, and ‘wellies’; the classrooms – especially one big one divided into two with a folding partition; and the playground (adjacent to a graveyard) with its outside toilets. I recall learning to read and write (several lines of my exercise book taken up with strings of the letter O (starting at top right and going anti-clockwise – as I still do!). I remember too, the wall charts where we recorded the weather; learning to knit (a floor cloth – or was it a dish cloth?) from a ball of string – full of holes, whichever;  learning the sol-fah music scale with the teacher indicating different notes by hand signals (I never did get that!).  Still, 70 years on and at a distance of some 12000 miles – QIS left a lasting, happy impression.

Proposed One Way Traffic Chapel Street Queensbury, Cllr Lynda Cromie

Dear All,

I have put forward a scheme to be funded in 2015/16 for Chapel Street to make it one-way from High Street to Chapel Lane, allowing parking along one side adjacent to the shops with limited waiting. This will stop rat running to avoid the traffic lights at Albert Road/High Street, return the street back to the residents and businesses and provide additional on-street parking for the shops. It will also reduce the present conflicts at the junction of High Street/Chapel Street and reduce the width of road for pedestrians crossing and enable a decent crossing point with tactile paving. I have attached a pdf plan for your information,

Kind regards,



Subject: Highways

Dear all

as discussed at the Ward Partnership meeting Simon is ready with some ideas regarding Highways issues in Queensbury. Can you please let me have your availability (except Wednesdays) so that we can get a walkabout arranged.

Let me know if you think it worthwhile to include the Chair of QCHAP.

Kind Regards

Marie Copley


Hi Stuart,

This is a scheme we are looking at to improve Chapel St.

Paul and I will be meeting Simon Moscrop senior highways engineer shortly to discus this and other highway issues in n Queensbury.

Kind regards Lynda


Chapel Street A4P

Queensbury Snow and Cllrs Lynda and Paul Cromie

Low Fold Gritbin
Low Fold Grit Bin 2
Hi Louise, Marie, Val,
It has been reported that the footpath by the grove old peoples sheltered housing on New Park Road has not been gritted and is dangerous for the elderly residents.
Can this be sorted ASAP please and can the grit/salt bin be re-filled.
PS, it is council owned bin and not one of the 33 grit/salt bins Lynda and I have distributed in the Queensbury Ward out of our own pocket.
Kind regards Paul n Lynda

Our staff are all current working  through the large list of requests that we received yesterday so this  will be added to the list to be treated as and when resources are available.

Grit bins are being constantly refilled (when we have staff available)


Hi Louise,
A Queensbury resident has asked me to contact you to request that the 2 council council owned grit/salt bins at Low Fold be re-filled ASAP.
I know your resources are strained to the limit re the inclement weather we are having so Lynda and I would be happy to collect salt ourselves from the Queensbury Dept and fill the bins for you if you authorise it?
We are always happy to do our bit for the Queensbury Community and have re-filled and then  re-filled again  the 33 bins we own in our ward.
Kind regards Paul n Lynda
Hello Councillor Cromie, I can confirm the bins will be added to the list to be done when we have staff free. Grit bin filling requests can be done via our contact centre or in the website. If residents want to log these it could make things a bit quicker for them.
Hi Rhys,
Lynda and I have delivered 140kg of grit salt to residents of Low Fold this afternoon paid for out of our councillors allowance. .
Photo is of me and Mr Kenny a Low Fold resident.
Kind regards Paul n Lynda
 Hi Louise,
I am sorry to contradict your stance re the contact  centre but and I stress but because the feedback I get from my constituents  re the 431000 number leaves a lot to be desired.
In fact they report that they get nowhere fast when they ring it.
I understand the logging in process and the percentage it creates to give council departments a clear view of residents problems and issues.
Kind regards Paul

Queensbury News – 6 January 2015

Community News for Queensbury and Thornton


ADULT LEISURE CLASSES: Reiki- De-stress and relax with our Reiki Classes starting on Wednesday 21st January 7-9pm; Digital Photography starts on Friday 23rd January 10-12 noon. All classes are only £3 per session! Please call Kathryn Halford on 01274 816748 or 07592011977 to book.


NEW WELL BEING CAFÉ: On January 16th at 1.30pm we will be launching our very first Well Being Café at Thornton Community Centre, Market Street, BD13 3HW. The Cafe is designed for older people with mild to moderate mental health issues and for those who are lonely and isolated. Carers are welcome to come too. There will be live entertainment, refreshments and cream buns. Transport can be requested. If you would like to join us for the launch of this new venture or would like to volunteer to help out please call Kathryn Halford on 01274 816748 or 077592011977.

BRADFORD WEST ROTARY CLUB; Next meeting is on 15th January at Sandal Farm Restaurant at 12.15 for 12.30. The Lord Mayor of Bradford councillor  Mike Gibbons will be talking about his year as our Lord Mayor. Guests are welcome to visit us,  there is a meal at £9;  to find out more about Rotary and to book your meal please call Robert Morphet on 07970 815204

Kathryn Halford

Development Manager

Queensbury Community Programme

36 High Street


BD13 2PB

T: 01274 816748

M:07592 011977

Queensbury Community Programme Walking Groups

10429332_10152854636415854_6815506188203952595_nQueensbury Community Programme hosts two walking groups every week.

The afternoon group meet at Victoria Hall at 1.00 pm every Wednesday. The group will walk up to 4 miles during the session. After the walk we usually call for a drink and a cake. This walk is suitable for the less able but reasonably fit people, who are unable to climb steep hills. We car share and travel to surrounding areas such as Shelf, Northowram, Sowerby Bridge, Denholme, Cullingworth, Haworth, Bingley and Shipley. In 2014 we completed a total of 164 miles over 47 walks.

The evening group meet at The Waggoner’s car park, Ford Hill, Queensbury at 6.30 pm every Wednesday. The group will walk up to 8 miles during the session. These walks are suitable for the more able who can climb steep hills. During the winter period we walk local roads, mainly the side roads and wear reflective jackets. On lighter evenings we travel to surrounding areas as above and we do walk at weekends. We completed total of 338 miles over 54 walks during 2014, these walks have included:

Simon’s Seat

Cracoe and Rylestone Ridge


Pendle Hill


Tour de France




Bolton Abbey



The groups have combined for the following:

Visit to Halifax Minster

Visit to the Copper Dragon Brewery Skipton

Christmas Lunch at The Shears, Paris Gates, Halifax

Christmas Dinner at The Raggalds, Queensbury

I am Stuart Walker the leader of both groups, I have a wealth of walking experience having completed many local walks too numerous to list. A number of long distance trails have been completed including, The West Highland Way, (Twice), Cumbria Way, Cumberland Way, Dales Way, Cleveland Way and of course the Yorkshire Dales Three Peaks several times.

During 2014 I have walked over 600 miles during 125 walks. I carry a first aid kit and am a qualified first aider. Before a walk route is decided I consult several weather forecasts to ensure that full advantage is taken of the terrain, for example in windy weather the walk will be in the lee of a hill.

There is an administration fee of £10 for the year which runs from August to July. The walks are part of Queensbury Community Programme and are overseen by Bradford College.

For more information contact Stuart on 078 1520 1650 or leave a message on one of the contact forms on this site. This will only be seen by myself.