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 After the ‘commentator’s curse’ issue last month, I’m not sure I should start writing this on the 13th, but here goes! This period is ALL about our big event North of the river – ‘The Road To Marston Moor’.

Of course we still won’t forget the Carnival; the Walking Festival; the town centre bike races; the Food and Drink Festival; the Folk Festival and the rest. And of course, we’re still waiting for this ‘summer’ to bring us the same sort of warm, dry weather that we had for the Sport Chevin Family Fun Day on the 5th, but I’m sure with that programme of events we’ll enjoy it anyway!


After months of planning, and lots of seemingly ‘last-minute’ issues, we’re looking forward massivelyOPC ECWS Poster to this new event on the Otley calendar actually going ahead on the weekend of July 2nd and 3rd, between midday and 16:00 each day. First draft posters are out, and have been distributed online, and [many thanks to Punch Taverns for providing these!] all the hard copies of A3 posters down to A5 flyers are being delivered this week. Look out for them around town and in Tourist Information Centres in West Yorkshire, and make sure all your family and friends know about the event.

The weekend will be a mixture of historical education and excitement! Not your usual, date- and fact-based book learning type of history, but experiencing the real sights, sounds and smells of 17th century arts and crafts. There’ll be a range of stalls where people in authentic 17th century costumes will be cooking, basket-making, dyeing, making weapons and furniture and more. And they’ll be happy to explain to you exactly what life was like for ordinary people, as well as for skilled artisans, at the time of the Civil War. There will even be a cavalry horse on display, to show what battles were like for mounted fighters – although there will be no cavalry involved in the battle itself.

As for the excitement – the centrepiece of each day will be a one-hour re-enactment of a battle between Roundheads and Cavaliers, alongside the living history display. There’ll be dozens of pikemen battling it out on the field as well as musket and cannon fire from both sides. So although the whole show will be really interesting to Key Stage 3 history students who are studying the Civil War period, it will also appeal to families and individuals of all ages looking for a different day out. [Let’s all pray for good weather, and not the sort of downpours we have seen lately!]

There won’t be any concession stands on site, for a couple of reasons. First we’re trying to make the whole event look and feel as authentic as possible, and second we want everyone to visit the town centre of Otley and stock up on refreshments there! [You’ll be glad to know there will be toilets on site though!] It’s about a quarter of an hour’s walk across the river from the town centre to the site, and there are plenty of pubs, chip shops and other shops in town where you can buy a picnic to take with you. There’s also a take-away food shop on the North side of the bridge, and a café in Wharfemeadows Park itself, with toilets alongside, so there are even options for popping off-site for a while without having to walk all the way bacMusket Smoke ESk into town. If you’re coming from North of the river, there’s a pub, a fish and chip shop, and a mini supermarket on the main road to the bridge, all within 10 minutes walk of the event.

There’s plenty of all-day car parking in Otley – pay and display on Saturday, but all free on Sunday. However, if you’d prefer to drive across the river once you’ve done your shopping, we’ve arranged for additional car parking to be provided by Prince Henry’s Grammar School on both days – open from 11:00 to 17:00, with security attendant on site.

We do hope you can come and join us and make this so successful that it has to become another annual event on Otley’s entertaining ‘festival’ calendar.


UPSTAIRS AT NORTH BAR SOCIAL NEXT MONDAY NIGHT, JUNE 20th, Otley becomes the latest stop on a 120 gig tour of Britain by comedian Damian Kingsley, after he contacted Otley Pub Club and asked us for help in finding a venue. He is travelling penniless from Lands End to Edinburgh to raise moDamian Kingsleyney for the bad housing and homelessness charity Shelter. So far the take up and support for the tour has been incredible and he has raised over £10,000.

He cut up his debit cards at Land’s End and can’t use any money or public transport so he’s hoping to be given shelter, food and maybe a few lifts on the road to Edinburgh – in return he’ll tell jokes to anyone anywhere, from the Nags Head to Granny’s front room, for the basic necessities so many people have to do without every day. You can support the tour by coming to the show, donating online, spreading the word, or even giving Damian something he needs for the journey, like food or jokes.  The shows is free entry with a voluntary donation to Shelter.

The initial aim of the tour was to raise at least £7,000 by 29 August but as Damian has now raised over £10,000, halfway through the tour, he hopes to raise at least £20,000 overall.  The tour started on 24 March 2016 and finishes at the Edinburgh fringe in August, where all donations will also go to Shelter. Shelter helps millions of people every year struggling with bad housing or homelessness through advice, support and legal services and campaigns to make sure that one day, no one will have to turn to Shelter shelter logofor help. Shelter exists so no one has to fight bad housing or homelessness on their own.

So even if it’s only because you want to escape both Wales and England playing in the UEFA Championships that night, please come and support this guy’s amazing efforts for a great cause!


Adlington – the company building the ‘independent living’ development on the old school annexe/Dunny’s café site by the river, are launching a charity duck race on the River Wharfe on Saturday 25th June.  At 11am, 1,000 rubber ducks will be released into the River Wharfe downstream. Tickets to enter the race are £1 per entry, and prizes are £100, £50 and £25! All proceeds go to local causes including Otley Action for Older People, Yorkshire Cancer Research, Wheatfield’s Hospice, Behind Closed Doors and Wharfe Valley Scouts and Cubs. Entry tickets are available to buy at the Adlington Marketing Suite on Bridge Street, open 10am to 5pm Tuesdays to Saturdays – please do join them on the 25th for a fun spectacle not to be missed.  [I bought ducks number 423 upwards last week, so by the 25th there should be a thousand little yellow heads bobbing their way towards the weir!]


The Otley Food and Drink Festival will take place on Sunday 17 July 2016 from 10.00 am to 4.00 pm There will be a wonderful array of over 50 stalls selling good quality, locally sourced products and a full programme of events including a cookery theatre with demonstrations by local chefs from within Otley and Otley Farmers’ Market. Throughout the day there will also be food and wine tastings, local breweries, live music and entertainment and much, much more. A tasty day for all the family. Come along and join in the fun!! There might even be an Otley Pub Club stall there this year, giving away free beer [if we can persuade any local breweries to give us some samples for tasting on the day. So if you’re a brewer reading this – get in touch ASAP!


An early plug for this event with just a photo, but keep checking the dedicated Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/Otley-Mod-Scooter-Rally-1081398221918698/


This is not a periodical that usually advertises products or services provided by third parties, nor do we ever charge people for anything that appears here. [Although there’s no reason why we shouldn’t take paid adverts in future, I suppose.] But this month somebody who’s been working in one pub garden asked me if I knew anyone else who might need him. I didn’t, but you might. Mark’Gardening @mtingle2ts on Twitter, 07718 002723. No idea if he’s any good, but The Fleece might . . .


Just a reminder the parade starts at 1.15pm from the auction mart and includes floats from local schools and organisations. This year they also have several bands including the Leeds Pipe Band, Otley Brass Band, Trewit Youth Band, and Foxwood Steel Bandits with East Street, Yeadon Air Cadets, Westgate Cheerleaders, Otley Ukulele Band, Drums Agogo and Slick Stick Sambastic with Honley Samba band.

Entry to the field as always is free and there will be entertainment all afternoon for the whole family in the Arena including the H & M Dog display, Otley Ukulele Orchestra and Kenshinkan Martial Arts. Around the field you can enjoy stalls like Punch and Judy, Giant Inflatables, Donkey Rides, Children’s Fairground rides, Charity and Commercial Stalls, a variety of Hotel and Cold Refreshments – something to suit all tastes and Baby Changing Tent.

Finally don’t forget to buy your Carnival programmes from certain shops in the town and Otley Library. Programmes cost £1 each and all proceeds go to our 2016 beneficiaries – Yorkshire Cancer Research, Wheatfields Hospice and Behind Closed Doors.


Very brief details of some events in town, together with all the available FB links and Twitter addresses again. [Including new White Swan Facebook page.]


Quiz every second Friday. Horse racing on TV every day as well as EUROs. Still the same prices – house doubles with a splash only £2:50. Enjoy a pint in the sunny beer garden, and enjoy a laugh with “the crazy landlady of Otley” [Loveness said that – not me!!]


Disco last Friday of every month. Might be a few Roundheads and the odd Cavalier here on the weekend of the anniversary of the battle of Marston Moor. No doubt trying to drink the pub dry again . . .


Bar Room Buskers every Thursday night going from strength to strength. Don’t forget upstairs room easily takes up to 80, with its own bar, for any occasion.

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All EUROs on 2 screens. BBQs at weekends depend on weather, but you can even bring all your own food and cook it yourself [with drinks from the bar] Friday nights you can play your own music straight from your phone into the pub’s fabulous music machine. Now selling designer ‘cocktails in a jar’ by London Rd. All shots all day £2. Large car park at rear, plus totally secure suntrap beer garden for families.


Pie and peas available while the EUROs are being shown. Fizzy Fridays with Finest Prosecco £12. Cask Ale club Tuesdays – all £2:50. Don’t forget all clubs , societies, meetings – welcome in the separate bar.

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Open Mic night is now EVERY Thursday. Food now 12 – 8 Monday – Saturday, and 12 – 5 on Sunday. All England EURO games being shown, and major sports events in future.


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Open Mic every Friday. Irish folk every other Wednesday. Sunday quiz £1/person with free food, for 8 pints in vouchers. Also spin the wheel £1 per strip of tickets for wine, mystery prizes and £10 – £40 jackpot. Usual closing day meeting of the Otley Walking Festival and raffle prize draw, Sunday afternoon 3rd of July. Early warning of Zombie Apocalypse on August 13th !!


10 members of the North Bar chain are taking part in the Sue Ryder 3 Dales Challenge this Sunday, the 19th of June, if you want to support them.



Quiz 1st and 3rd Thursdays, with free supper – 50p/person wins 6 pints or a bottle of wine. Chevin Motor Club every other Thursday. Live music on Fridays. Part time bar staff wanted

OTLEYIMG_20160609_130807522 TAVERN – Usual entertainment [see photo] as well as EUROs and major sports.


Three screens for the EUROs, plus an even bigger one upstairs if numbers grow. Live entertainment with The Goodfellows on Sunday evenings from 6-9, rapidly gaining ‘cult status’ [according to John!]



Quiz night every Tuesday. Changing drinks offers at weekends. Don’t forget dogs ARE allowed in the pub, and in the beer garden at the back. And if you prefer to watch the EUROs on TV in a relaxed, non-partisan way, the R&C’s for you!



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[PHOTOS – X-Pipes beer garden;  fizzy rhubarb and chilli at the H&F; bar staff wanted at the Tap House; June performers at the Tavern; blackboard of events at the Junction; and Whitakers’ A-board [not necessarily in that order!]

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As ever, I might have missed things or misrepresented the facts, for which I apologise.  If you no longer want to receive these newsletters and any other correspondence from Otley Pub Club, just email the return address. On the other hand, if you stop receiving our newsletters but you still want to be a member, something’s gone wrong! Just send an email to secretary@otleypubclub.co.uk , or via the website and I’ll put you back on the mailing list. Thanks!


Bob Brook

OPC Secretary

15 June 2016

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