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.

Bowling in Bradford – Cllr Paul Cromie

Subject: bowling greens

Hi Paul

I understand The Council will be setting its budget for 2015-16 on 26th. February.  Looking through Executive Budget & Council Tax Proposals 2015-16 page 62. E18 states. Support a managed transfer of bowling greens to bowls clubs and community ownership to achieve savings in running costs.

I attended a meeting on 26th January to discuss proposed changes. It was stated there could be an alternative. The Council to continue cutting the greens and charging clubs a fixed amount. I can’t find any documentation on the Council website. Do you know of any proposals supporting It ? doesn’t leave much time to send a response.

Regards Bert

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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

Friends of Queensbury Cemetery – Meeting Tuesday 27 January


Friends of Queensbury Cemetery are holding an Open Public Meeting on Tuesday 27th January at 7pm. At the Queensbury Conservative Club, Chapel Street, Queensbury, BD13 2PY Everyone Welcome.

Council officers and Ward Councillors will be attending.  Please come along and hear about plans to improve our cemetery.  Ideas for fund raising are particularly welcome.

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