Well, OK, not just yet, as I’m sending out the notice of the meeting slightly earlier this month. Mainly because I’m going to be on The Dalesway for a week, but also because there are events to advertise as soon as possible. [I hope all the signs on the Dalesway aren’t as incorrect as this one!] By the way, apologies for the lack of scrolling photos at the top of the post today. The software’s in the middle of being updated, and that feature’s not fixed yet.



Please don’t forget this new venture for Otley Pub Club. If the debate is a success, we might organise more in the future, on other topics of high public interest. [And that’s really up to you to decide! We’ll be asking if you would like to debate any subject at all – fracking, doctors’ hours, Trident, or even the future of the Civic Centre – just let us know.] The EU debate is arranged for a 7pm start, upstairs in The Black Horse Hotel, on Wednesday May 25th, just 4 weeks before the poll itself.

As I said in the Newsletter, the speakers will be John Grogan from Stronger in Europe, and Roger Tattersall from Grassroots Out. The debate will be chaired by Matt Hardin from Otley Pub Club and there will be no Party Political involvement or bias from anyone at the top table. The two speakers will first be given the opportunity to speak for up to 10 minutes each, without interruption, either from their opponent or from the floor followed by a right of reply. Members of the audience will then be able to ask questions of either or both speakers.

first aid training


Another reminder of something that appeared in the newsletter – but now with a picture to make it even more memorable! In support of the Otley defibrillators campaign, Peter Jackson from the Otley Tavern has organised free first aid training on Saturday the 4th of June from 10am at Bridge Street Church hall. Number of sessions will depend on amount of interest. Anyone can attend, and all they ask for is a donation to Otley defibrillators. Donation buckets will be in place at the hall on the day. Teas, coffee and sandwiches will be available to purchase as well. Training will be given by Brett Booth, who is a qualified trainer and volunteer rapid responder, (as well as being the landlord of the Yew Tree Inn). Anyone interested please contact Peter on 07799 465070



Planning for our Civil War battle re-creation and 17th century arts and crafts exhibition is still going strong. You’ve probably already seen the article in The Wharfedale Observer; it has been mentioned in the May edition of the Otley Chamber of Trade’s Economic Bulletin; and I have it on good authority that it will emblazon the front page of the June edition of Otley Matters – the regular newsletter from Otley Town Council. This is definitely not the last time you’ll see it mentioned in my emails, because we want as many people as possible to go down there with their families and enjoy the whole experience. And I still think there’ll be some of you who enjoy the spectacle so much, as well as the idea of dressing up and charging about with a big stick before going and sinking a few pints, that you might just want to join up to do it regularly! The recruiting sergeant will be in Otley town centre on Saturday morning, and in Wharfemeadows Park for the whole weekend.



You might not know, but Jamie Hudson from Futurist Sound and Light, whose offices are in White Swan Yard, has taken over the lease of The White Swan itself, which is owned by Punch Taverns. He has already made some changes – like building a stage for regular weekly music events inside the pub; and he is making more – like buil
ding an outside bar at the rear of the pub in time for the warmer weather, and for any outside events.

The pub now does have its own Facebook page – The White Swan, Otley – and its own website as well – – so it’s another Otley pub that you’ll be able to follow and keep up to date with, online, rather than having to wait for me to tell you all about it! Its first beer festival takes place from 11:30 on Friday the 27th until the pub closes on Sunday the 29th. The theme will be real ales from West Yorkshire, and there is just one change from the details on the website. That is that there will now be ‘only’ 24 different beers and ciders on tap over the weekend. There will still be a barbecue, and a marquee with live music in the yard until 9pm, and any further changes will be updated on the facebook page. There’ll be more details of the new weekly programme of events at the pub in our next newsletter.



After expecting you to walk up the Chevin in the cool and damp evening air last month, we’re not asking you to walk any further than about 100 metres this time! The committee meeting on Thursday June 2nd will begin at 19:15 as usual, and the first social session will start at 20:00 – both in The Otley Tap House on Boroughgate. At 20:45 we’ll turn left and walk about 10 metres into The White Swan, so you can see for yourself the changes taking place. Finally, at 21:30, we have to walk all the way across the road, past the maypole, and into The Manor House on Walkergate. If you happen to live on Manchester Square, you’ll hardly have to leave your front doorstep to join us this month!


AND . . .

. . . always keep checking the rest of the website for more news, and updates on future meetings. Hope to see you next month [and at all our other events!]

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Bob Brook

OPC Secretary

22 May 2016

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