A warm welcome to all the new members who have recently joined the society.
- HODS at Heathcote
For Heritage Open Day, we were able to arrange a visit to Heathcote on Kings Road, designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens for Mr JT Hemingway and built in 1907-8. From being NG Bailey’s HQ building, Heathcote has returned to being a private house. For the first time in many years we were able to see the interior, which has been sympathetically restored. Numbers were strictly limited but some 40 people enjoyed the visit. We hope we will be able to arrange further visits in the years to come. Our thanks to the owners for the visit.
- Local History Hub
The Local History Hub continues with a mixture of meetings on Zoom and heritage walks. Contact Alex for details. A heritage walk up the Mill Ghyll and Wells Walk led to a discussion on Zoom and memories of the many leisure activities pursued at various establishments in the area, from billiards to dance classes, youth clubs and even allotments off Chantry Drive.
- Coffee morning at Out of the Box, 22nd October
– drop in from 10.30 -12.00. Come and discuss future plans for the civic society. Please let Alex know if you are planning to attend.
- Heritage Walk
Wheatley Lane, Ben Rhydding. Come and explore some of the history on 29th October at 3pm – meet on the corner of Valley Drive by the lay by. Refreshments afterwards at The Wheatley Arms. Contact Helen Kidman for more details.
- 24th November meeting at 7.30 pm at Church House
This will be an illustrated talk entitled J T Hemingway of Heathcote and Lutyens presented by Alex Cockshott about Heathcote, its first owner John Hemingway and the architect Lutyens. This is an Ilkley Arts Festival event and follows on from the recent visit.
Car Free Day
The society joined with the Friends of Ilkley Moor to have a stand on The Grove for Car Free Day on 25th September. This event was well attended and a number of people were interested in what we do.
We will shortly be issuing a questionnaire. This is your chance to have your say on what we do. Please let us know your views.
Blue Plaque - Operatic House
We unveiled a blue plaque at the Operatic House on Leeds Road on Thursday 22nd September. This was a short, early evening event. The building dates from 1899 as the Church Institute and became home to the Ilkley Amateur Operatic Society in 1970.
We are working with Bradford Council conservation officers to undertake some project work on key unlisted buildings in Ilkley, looking specifically at houses designed by George Smith.
Friends of Ilkley Cemetery
Civic Voice AGM 2022
The Civic Voice AGM will take place in Birmingham on 22nd October 2022.If anyone would like to attend – and vote - on behalf of ICS, please contact Helen Kidman.
If you are interested, please contact Helen Kidman.
ICS Executive Committee
Hon Treasurer Brian Mann
Graham Peacock (transport issues)
Denise Shillitoe (local history hub).