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15 hours ago

Oxenhope Online

Sorry to report that a black cat has unfortunately been run over at the junction at Brow Top. ...

Sorry to report that a black cat has unfortunately been run over at the junction at Brow Top.

15 hours ago

Catherine Kirkham

HES BACK HOME NOW.

Hi,
This little nose crow went out about 4pm this afternoon and hasn't come home yet and he hasn't had his tea. Can anyone around the St Mary's Church area who opened sheds or garages since that time please check them to see if he has wandered in.
Thank you and apologies for any inconvenience but it is getting cold out there. xxx
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HES BACK HOME NOW.

Hi,
This little nose crow went out about 4pm this afternoon and hasnt come home yet and he hasnt had his tea.  Can anyone around the St Marys Church area who opened sheds or garages since that time please check them to see if he has wandered in.
Thank you and apologies for any inconvenience but it is getting cold out there. xxx

15 hours ago

Ann Sunderland

Is anyone missing a tabby cat? One has sadly just been hit by a car on Marsh Lane. It's not one we've seen around here before. I do have a photo but didn't want to post as it's not very nice. ...

24 hours ago

William Forde

February 26th, 2021
Good morning, Oxenhope Village. Haworth resident, William Forde here with your daily song from the heart of Bronte land. Have a nice day.

I dedicate today’s song to my Facebook friend, Mary Hogan, who originates from Carrick-on-Suir, County Tipperary but who now lives in Youghal, County Cork, Ireland.

My song today is ‘You’re My World’. This ballad was originally recorded in 1963 as ‘ll Mio Mondo’ (‘My World’) by Umberto Bindi, who co-wrote the Italian version with Gino Paoli. The song was given English lyrics by Carl Sigman as “You're My World”. The song reached No. 1 in Australia (twice), Belgium, Mexico, Netherlands, South Africa, and the United Kingdom in recordings by Cilla Black: Daryl Braithwaite: Guys and Dolls: Helen Reddy. The versions by Cilla Black and Helen Reddy reached the ‘US Top 40’ in 1964 and 1977, respectively. The song also reached Number 1 in France and Spain in the respective translations ‘Ce monde’ and ‘Mi Mundo’, both sung by Richard Anthony.
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Whenever I hear this song it always reminds me of an emotional problem that bedevils therapists the world over when they meet it in the lives of their clients; ‘loving a person too much'. I suppose when I look at this unusual problem, I would have to say it is less ‘loving a person too much’ and more ‘not loving oneself enough’.

All situations which are difficult to resolve invariably contain an emotional component to them. Allow me to remind you that all behaviour patterns are made up from Thought-Feeling-Action, and it is in that sequence that all our acts start and end, and our behaviour patterns are comprised. First, we ‘Think’ about something, next we formulate a ‘Feeling’ about what we have just thought about, and then our body muscles are instructed automatically to ‘Act’ upon our initial thought.

When our initial thought is a ‘Positive Thought’, the feeling that follows is automatically a ‘Positive Feeling’, and the action that follows is invariably a ‘Positive Action’. Conversely, when our initial thought is a ‘Negative Thought’, the feeling that follows is automatically a ‘Negative Feeling’, and the action that follows is invariably a ‘Negative Action’.

Please note that the action which follows the feeling is ‘invariably’ and not ‘automatically’ of the same quality of the thought and feeling that preceded it. The reason is that the individual has the power to reverse the process at the action stage. By changing their initial ‘thought’ instruction they can reverse the automatic ‘feeling’ that follows, and which invariably produces a corresponding ‘action’.

Next, I would remind you that much of any individual’s daily life is composed of ‘talking to oneself’. This is a mental process that therapists describe as ‘self-talk’. Most of the time, we do not act upon 99 percent of the thoughts that pass through our head, but sometimes we mentally instruct our body muscles to act in a particular way, and to ensure that our body acts as we have mentally instructed it to do, we formulate a corresponding feeling of quality and strength to propel the muscles into action.

So often one or both parties of a loving couple will constantly tell themselves repeatedly (along with the rest of the world), “I love my partner as much as life itself! They are my soulmate and my whole world. They are my sole reason for living and were anything ever to happen that left me without them, it would be so awful I would not be able to stand it, and I would feel like dying without them beside me.”

So many loving couples love their partner ‘too much’ (which means at the expense of them forgetting to love themselves sufficiently). They may have enjoyed fifty years of happily married life before illness takes one of them to the grave. During their lifetime together, one of them might have self-talked in the way described in the previous paragraph; not once or occasionally, but literally hundreds or thousands of times. Often, they will have engaged in a lifetime of such self-talk, believing every word they say to be truthful. When the sad event inevitably happens, their body demands that they pay the price for years and years of instructive self-talk by ensuring that their body now acts like they had been telling themselves for years and years that they expect it to act when left without their loving partner!

Another thing to appreciate about mental/body coordination, instruction, and function is that the mind has a memory box in which it stores all manner of ‘anticipated experiences’, and when the time arrives for those anticipated experiences to be enacted, the thought processes will delve into the memory box where it will find the ‘anticipated experience’ it has stored away repeatedly. Once the ‘anticipated experience’ has been located, the brain then instructs the body how to correspondingly feel in consequence of the anticipated event having happened (the feared death of one’s loving partner). The subject has unknowingly self-hypnotised themselves into future feelings and actions by the strengthening of repeated self-talk of a similar kind over many years. Through constantly saying ‘how they will feel when their loving partner dies', and leaves them on their own, the bereaved person is effectively engaged in the thought-feeling-action process of a self-fulfilling prophecy. Tell yourself a lie enough times and you will eventually start to believe it!

That is why we should be precise in the use of our language, as every word we tell ourselves has the effect of instructing our body to feel precise (not ‘approximately’ but ‘precisely'), how we told it to feel. In days gone by, our mothers might have told us to ‘walk tall’ or ‘walk proud’. As these two terms effectively mean the same thing our memory banks will have one box marked ‘walk tall’ and a second stored box marked ‘walk proud’. Both thoughts stored in our memory box will instruct our bodies to produce identical feelings (if ever called upon to do so), each of which will lead the body to walk upright.

The other thing that we need to understand is that the mind cannot tell the difference between what is ‘real’ and what is ‘imagined’. The reason behind this mental phenomenon is that feelings can be generated by an ‘inner image’ as well as a ‘visual sighting’ and that all mental instructions by the mind to the body carry their own corresponding image. Such enables a person to feel ‘inner sensations’ as well as ‘outer sensations’. In imagery terms, the mind and body do not distinguish between what is real (what is experienced by the outside world), and what is imagined (what is believed to be real internally). Consider a hypnotist who can produce body reactions and responses in their hypnotised subject which makes the subject believe what is to the outside audience observing nonsense. Or consider a patient who complains of excruciating pain, which the doctor has to put down to being ‘psychological’ instead of ‘physical’. Because there appears to be no earthly reason for the presence of such pain, a doctor or psychiatrist would assume that it is a mental aberration (a figment of the patient’s mind). The essence here is that to the patient, it matters not as the pain is present in their internal experience, and if another person considers their pain to be imagined, it does not prevent the pain from feeling real to them!

The simple fact is that to our mind and body, ‘truth’ is what we believe it to be. Consider for a moment someone we know as ‘Tom the tramp’ who lives rough and behaves strangely on all occasions and in any situation. Tom wears long shabby robes and a large metal bangle around his head that he calls his crown. Upon examination, a psychiatrist might diagnose ‘Tom’ as being mentally insane, and yet, as far as Tom is concerned, he believes he is King Henry 1V, and therefore he might dress and act as King Henry 1V. In fact, to all intents and purpose, in the experience of Tom, believes that he is King Henry 1V. Tom’s mind and body consider their inhabitant to be no less than King Henry 1V and will act in unison of this belief and the image Tom has of himself.

Indeed, after my childhood traffic accident at the age of 11 years, and three years of being unable to walk, having had four dozen operations on my left leg, I found myself with one leg being three inches shorter than the other leg. I have never worn a built-up boot and I refused to. I wanted my walk to readjust with my body as I grew older. Over the years ahead, I used mental imagery to instruct my body that I was walking with ‘a slight limp’ instead of walking with ‘a pronounced limp’ that would be expected with a three-inch leg-length deficiency! Through enjoining the ‘real’ and’ imagined’ with my own ‘self-talk’ and ‘belief’, I created a ‘new reality’ for myself that my mind and body acted upon. When I walked across the floor, I would imagine myself walking okay but with a 'slight limp’ that suggested one of my legs was one inch shorter than the other, instead of imagining walking with a 'pronounced limp’ that suggested one of my legs was three-inches shorter. Thus, my ‘belief’, my ‘imagination’, my precise ‘self-talk’ mentally instructed my body muscles to walk with a one-inch limp. And if you do not believe me, and you ever get the opportunity, watch me. To put it bluntly, I am walking proof of the validity of the theoretical process I have just espoused! Incidentally, the only time when I limped worse than usual was at the end of a mentally hard day, when my mind and my body were tired. Because of making myself walk with a lesser limp than a three-inch leg-length difference would suggest, over the decades, my two hips realigned themselves to physically enable me to walk in a ‘rolling action’ as opposed to moving ‘one-step-in-front-of-the-other’ action. The effect of this realignment also supported the physical minimisation I wanted in the extent of my limp from one of ‘pronounced’ to one of ‘slight’.

Anyone out there who is still emotionally distressed by the death of a loving partner long after their partner has died is effectively allowing their own belief and self-talk to delay and/prevent their bereavement process from being healthily and emotionally resolved. All those bereaved who always told themselves they could not bear life living without their partner until you start changing your self-talk from the former to something like the paragraph below you will never depart this graveyard memory.
This is the only way that you can healthily negotiate your bereavement period and grieve proportionately to the degree of sorrow you would be feeling today, had you not fed yourself an unhelpful self-fulfilling prophecy for decades through unnecessary and unhelpful self-talk.

Tell yourself this if you want to emotionally move on with your life:

“I loved my bereaved mate more than any man/woman I ever knew, and I am finding it hard to get by without them, but I know I must find a way that keeps them in my fond memory rather than as a living ghost in my actual life. I will always love them and never forget them, and because I never doubted how much they loved me in return, I know that they would want me to start loving myself more in the future. When they lived, they were my world because I made them my world. Rest assured that today, tomorrow, and thereafter, until the day I die, they will remain a very important part of my world, as I learn how to make myself a larger part of my world also.”
Love and peace Bill xxx
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1 day ago

Bronwyn Normington

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2 days ago

Oxenhope Online

Over 60? No need to wait for a letter. ...

Over 60? No need to wait for a letter.

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Emily Keighley - tell your dad if he’s not had his app through yet xx

Just booked mine very easy

I just booked and I am 61

Just booked mine and I am 62 soon

Go onto the site, ignore the bit about 64 and over criteria, go straight to the ‘Book my vaccination’ green button and continue. It’ll ask you some personal details and then your postcode which will bring up the NHS Centre nearest to you according to your needs. You can book your first and your second vaccination. These larger NHS hubs are being underused because people can’t or won’t travel a bit further than their doorstep. I’m having mine today at Jacob’s Well in Bradford, the second is in May. (I’m 61) And, it’s a few hours out for a legitimate reason. 😊💉 www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination/

I had mine yesterday using this link & I’m 62, book your appointments it’s quick & easy

Think this is incorrect as the NHS vivid booking site stares you have to be 64+

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2 days ago

William Forde

February 25th, 2021
Good morning, Oxenhope Village. Haworth resident, William Forde here bringing your daily song from the heart of Bronte land. Have a nice day.

I dedicate today’s song to four Facebook friends today who celebrate their birthday. We wish a happy birthday to Fiona Denby who lives in Oakworth, West Yorkshire: Sarah Brown who lives in Bradford, West Yorkshire: Vladimir Gojanovic who lives in Sibenik, Croatia: Kay McAuley who comes from Carrick-on-Suir, Tipperary, Ireland. We hope that you all have an enjoyable day, and thank you for being my Facebook friend.

My song today is ‘You and Me Against the World’. This song was written by Kenny Ascher and Paul Williams. It was recorded by Helen Reddy in her 1974 album ‘Love Song for Jeffrey’.

The co-writers of the song saw their work as being a traditional love ballad, but Helen Reddy considered the song's lyrics as being too "paternalistic" to be convincing as a woman's declaration of love for a man. Instead, she interpreted the song as a mother singing to a child, which her version clarifies by its ending. The record reached Number 9 on the ‘Billboard Hot 100’ in September 1974 and became the fourth of Reddy's six consecutive Adult Contemporary Number Ones. The song did equally well in Canada.
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The very first bond any person has is with their mother at birth and during their formative years. Being the first bond formed by the child usually makes it a special bond to all others that will be developed in one’s. With the sole exception of one’s marriage partner and soul mate, it is arguably the strongest of all bonds forged within one’s lifetime. Indeed, the bulk of most comedian’s jokes over the past hundred years has been built around the ‘mother-in-law’ image of being a marriage interferer and perpetual interloper into family affairs beyond her remit. Indeed, in many societies, the grandma figure is the most influential in the family network, naturally making mothers-in-law powerful also.

I know that as the oldest of seven children, probably the most important and influential relationship in my life was the one with my mother. It was as special and while the value range and traits I have today come from both parents, my predominant traits come from my mother.

Whereas dad was a practical, down-to-earth man, his roles as father, husband, and family provider for seven children ensured that he remained the most industrious of men. He was somewhat traditional in his belief that ‘hard work’ was the bedrock of manhood and individual character building. Dad would judge another person by how prepared they were to do whatever was required to get by. While being the proudest man I ever knew as well as being the most modest, he believed that no kind of work, however hard or lowly was beneath the dignity of any other man, woman, or child to perform. He also believed that whatever work one did in life, it was one's duty to do it as well as one possibly could, even if one’s job was sweeping floors. To do otherwise, my father believed was letting one’s self down as well as one’s employer. Being a person who was brought up in poverty, my father left school and all formal education before he had long been a teenager and entered the manual workforce to financially assist his family. Dad always valued hard work over that of education, and he rated lessons learned from 'the school of life’ before any other form of academic education or scholarly book learning.

My mother on the other hand was the opposite kind of person. Indeed, it frankly amazes me how the two of them ever got together as a couple, but they must have had something like ‘love’ going for them as they were together from marriage to death and parented seven children in the process of their lifelong marriage. Mum was a black-haired woman of attractive features. Her body was essentially an emotional vessel that contained too much love for her own good. Some would call her a soft touch as she would be known to empty her purse and give her last shilling to the first beggar to come her way with an outstretched hand, asking for money to buy a cup of tea when it was a bottle of stout that he was really seeking the funding for. Mum was compassionate, loving, understanding, and forgiving to a fault. Whereas most people only accord respect to another who truly deserves it, mum would bestow it on everyone she ever met, long before they ever earned it.

Mum gave voice to her emotions at the moment of their birth and she would rarely sit on her thoughts of any perceived injustice that she encountered to herself or another, be they family or stranger. Mum loved life down to her last breath. She could get lost in her life all day long and never want to be found again. It mattered not what household chore she did throughout her long day, she could always be found, smiling, singing, and smoking a cigarette in the process. In fact, she was probably the only person I ever knew who could smile, sing and smoke simultaneously!

Mum’s greatest regret was that my father never took her dancing. His feet were good enough to grace the soccer team of County Waterford and then the Irish National squad, but when it came to dance around the ballroom floor, mum said that he had two left feet. Mum was a woman who day-dreamed, sang, danced, and romanced in her head all day long as she performed her motherly duties about the home. Her day’s work was never done until late at night, and her only time when she would wind down was when she was telling me some Irish folk tale with the sincerity that it was every bit as true as the Gospel that the priest read out every Sunday at Mass.

Whereas my father was as solid as the ground he stood on, mum was the born adventurer and risk-taker. She always acted on her belief that a bird in the hand was worth more than two in the bush. She was never prepared to wait to buy something for tomorrow if she could borrow the money for it today. To mum, life was far too short for hanging around waiting for something to happen, so whenever life got too quiet for her, she made something happen! It was as though she knew she would be dead by her early sixties, so she was determined to get every bit of fun out of life that she could beforehand.

Until my mid-teens, I was light-fingered and would steal anything I could get my hands on. Most of my thefts remained undetected and could not be proven, but the local Bobby (policeman) knew me to be responsible for more than he ever caught me for. As for my early life of stealing, I always exercised a ‘Robin Hood’ conscience and value range. I never stole off poor folk, only shop keepers and the flowers from rich folk’s gardens. When I stole a bun or a few apples from a shop, I would always share my ill-gotten gains with a mate. I might even give a stolen plant or bunch of flowers from a garden to a kindly neighbour who had never experienced the gesture of holding a bunch of flowers in her hands as a gift from her husband.

The local policeman lived on the estate also and forever had his ear to the ground. He often knew what someone intended to do before they did, simply by listening to any loose talk around the estate. He was a regular visitor to our house. Knowing that I was always up to some trouble, if my dad opened the door to the inquiring policeman before the constable had told dad what I was supposed to have done, my father would say, “Take him away, Officer, and lock him up for the night. That will teach him to respect the property and belongings of other people!”

Whereas my mum’s response would be entirely the opposite if she opened the door. As soon as mum opened the door to a policeman asking, “Is your son, Billy, in Mrs. Forde?” mum would automatically reply, “Yes! He is, and he’s been here helping me all evening. Not once has he left my sight, so whatever you think he’s done, he hasn’t, and I’ll vouch for him if needs be!”

Mum always provided me with any alibi I ever needed, and it was her loyalty in this regard that lead me to believe that together, she and I against the world would beat it hands down every time. My wife Sheila also invokes the same feeling within me.
Love and peace Bill xxx
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3 days ago

Emily Carroll

Does anyone know why loads of caravans and huge wagons have arrived in the train station car park. I’m curious... ...

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I now know, it’s for the film crew of the gentleman jack film set up at penistone.

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William Forde

February 24th, 2021
Good morning, Oxenhope Village. Haworth resident, William Forde here with your daily song. Have a nice day.

I dedicate today’s song to eight Facebook friends who celebrate their birthday today. First and foremost is Chris Foster from Fareham in Hampshire. Chris is the father of three children and the husband to my favourite niece, Janie (but don’t tell the other nieces). We also wish a happy birthday to the other ‘Magnificent Seven’: Denise Booth who lives in Keighley, West Yorkshire: Mary O’Keeffe who lives in Waterford, Ireland: Michael O’ Dwyer and Alison Hearne, both of whom originate from Carrick-on-Suir, Tipperary but now live in Clonmel, Ireland: Amy Fleming who lives near Mirfield, West Yorkshire. Amy and my daughter Rebecca grew up as close friends: Paul Cook who lives in Keighley, West Yorkshire, and who is a church friend: Last but by no means least is my good friend, Janet Fynn who lives in Knaresborough in the Borough of Harrogate, North Yorkshire.

Today’s song is ‘Perfect’. This a song by English singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran from his third studio album in 2017. The song reached Number 1 on the ‘UK Singles Chart’ and on the ‘Billboard Hot 100’ in the U.S.A. in December 2017. ‘Perfect’ became the UK Christmas Number 1 song for 2017. It also peaked at Number 1 in sixteen other countries, including Australia, Canada, Ireland, and New Zealand.

In March 2017, Sheeran broke the record set by Frankie Laine in 1953, by occupying all the top five positions in the United Kingdom and placing nine songs in the top ten of the 'UK Singles Chart’. Also, every single one of the sixteen tracks from his new album entered the top twenty. The song has literally won too many accolades to mention in this post.
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Whoever we are, everyone dreams of someday meeting and marrying the ‘perfect one’, but sadly we do not all achieve our dream. However hard we try to find the right one for us, circumstances often militate to prevent us ever attaining our dream, and discovering that state of perfect happiness and complete union with a soul mate.

Being in the right place at the wrong time, being with the right person at the wrong time, being with the right person in the wrong way or the wrong person in every way you ought not to be; each and all these circumstances will never provide the perfect conditions of ever meeting Mr or Mrs Right.

All my life I have been a hopeless romantic who would frequently fall in love. I suppose that as a trusting individual who respects honest emotional expression, I have always made myself emotionally available to any woman with a wholesome lifestyle and honourable values. Sometimes, I find that I have given my heart too readily, and on occasions (particularly where the relationship has been one of a physical attraction more than romantic attachment) I have not given my heart at all and have withheld the possibility of establishing an emotional bond.I have messed up in the relationship stakes of my own life as much as anyone else has, and probably more often than most of you. Where I have prospered, where others may not have, is that I have always been there at the count. Like the Lottery slogan says, ‘You’ve got to be in it to win it!’. It is futile to stand outside of life and then wonder why you don’t have one! I have always been a player on the field of romance and have never watched from the side-lines. More importantly, I have never been frightened to prevent the possibility of my romantic adventures taking me to places I have not been to before and may be wary of exploring.

During my life, I have known the genuine love of a woman on many occasions, and each of these relationships has been worthwhile and are not regretted in the least. I have come to believe, however, that most relationships have a 'shelf life' and when the time comes that one person in the relationship changes their attitude, behaviour, and needs more than the other partner, then the couple’s continued happiness moves closer to the ‘sell-by-date’ of their partnership. It is true that several significant factors may persuade one or both parties in an unhappy relationship to stay with the relationship past its ‘sell-by-date’; preferring to eat stale bread as opposed to having no bread at all to digest! The length of the relationship, the age of the couple, the health of both parties, any children born to the union, the financial implications of a relationship breakup, and all manner of personal considerations may come into play when deciding whether to end a relationship or continue with it, however unsatisfactory.

If you still search for that relationship of lasting love, you may be lucky to find it, as Sheila and I have, but never fool yourself into believing that any relationship is truly perfect. The more perfect the relationship, the more fragile it is. It is also more difficult it is for outsiders to spot hairline cracks in china. Whereas ‘perfection’ is always the aspiration, it is rarely the achievement on this side of heaven, as it is simply impossible for either person not to be found wanting in one way or another. Were such perfect relationships possible, there would be no affairs, no divorces and infinitely less heartache caused by disagreements, bitter arguments, and broken relationships?

All people are complex individuals. We are shaped by our total experiences at the hands of our parental potters and primary influencers. Our parents, our family background and our overall experiences help form our characters and influence our lasting beliefs. We are each unique, not clones of any other. Even twins who share the same embryonic egg, differ in some major aspect of personality. We all seek lasting love and realise that our best chance of finding such happiness within a relationship with another involves finding someone who is truly prepared to share themselves with us in a spirit of love, truth, faithfulness, tolerance and understanding. It is a bonus if we find somebody who can occasionally leave some things unsaid, and who keeps a flag of forgiveness to fly close to hand, wherever required.

Look not therefore for an angel or a goddess, or a superman or superwoman in your partner, as you will not find one. Instead, be content with a good man/woman of substance who possesses human flaws as well as personal strengths. Look for love, honesty, faithfulness, charity, compassion, understanding, sensitivity, forgiveness, and goodness, and should you find all these attributes in one person, you have found as good a mate as you are ever likely to meet.

Such qualities exist in most good people, along with the human frailties of an individual who does not always get things right at the first attempt. Such people will have erred in the past but have since built their strength and wisdom from their mistakes and ignorance. Realising that they walked the wrong road, they possessed the strength of character to become a better person. They are most likely to be a combination of saint and sinner. Those are the ones to look for when seeking a partner of substance. As a jeweller friend of mine once told me, “The rougher the diamond, Bill, the more solid the stone and the better they polish up!”

I was fortunate to find my woman of substance in my wife, Sheila, and it is my fervent wish that every heart can find true love in the heart of another, as we share. I know that each of us is good people, but I also know that neither are flawless personalities. What is perfect about our relationship, however, is the love we share for each other.
Love and peace Bill xxx
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4 days ago

Oxenhope Online

As temperatures start to rise, the annual surge of migrating toads crossing Denholme Road is imminent. In anticipation of this we have just erected our 2 village toad warning signs, one near the Lamb pub and the second just beyond Rocking Horse Nursery. Please be careful and slow down when driving along this stretch of road, particularly in the early evening when there will be patrollers undertaking the national toad survey and rescue. We will give you regular updates as the toad season progresses and remove the signs when the migration has finished. ...

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I am happy to help save the toads.

Will you be needing anymore volunteers to help with this?

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Jane Topham

As temperatures start to rise, the annual surge of migrating toads crossing Denholme Road is imminent. In anticipation of this we have just erected our 2 village toad warning signs, one near the Lamb pub and the second just beyond Rocking Horse Nursery. Please be careful and slow down when driving along this stretch of road, particularly in the early evening when there will be patrollers undertaking the national toad survey and rescue. We will give you regular updates as the toad season progresses and remove the signs when the migration has finished. ...

As temperatures start to rise, the annual surge of migrating toads crossing Denholme Road is imminent. In anticipation of this we have just erected our 2 village toad warning signs, one near the Lamb pub and the second just beyond Rocking Horse Nursery. Please be careful and slow down when driving along this stretch of road, particularly in the early evening when there will be patrollers undertaking the national toad survey and rescue. We will give you regular updates as the toad season progresses and remove the signs when the migration has finished.

4 days ago

Georgina King

Dead deer in the conduit at the overflow. Not sure if anyone needs to know ...

Dead deer in the conduit at the overflow. Not sure if anyone needs to know

4 days ago

John Huxley

The Rotary Club of Haworth &Worth Valley has been serving our communities since 1999. But, as a well-known bank's TV advertisement says: 'We're part of something bigger than that!' ...

The Rotary Club of Haworth &Worth Valley has been serving our communities since 1999. But, as a well-known banks TV advertisement says: Were part of something bigger than that!

4 days ago

William Forde

February 23rd, 2021.
Good morning, Oxenhope Village. Haworth resident,William Forde here with your daily song. Have a nice day.

I dedicate today’s song to two Facebook friends who celebrate their birthdays. They are Ceily Power O’Leary who lives in Carrick-on-Suir, Tipperary, Ireland, and Kez Pageous who originates from Cleckheaton but now lives in Skipton, West Yorkshire. In the past Kez lived in Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

My song today is ‘One Fine Day’. This song was written by Gerry Goffin and Carole King. It first became a popular hit in the summer of 1963 for the American girl group ‘The Chiffons’, who reached the top five on the ’Billboard Hot 100’ chart. In 1980, Carole King covered it herself and charted at Number 12 on the ‘Billboard Hot 100’ chart with her version, becoming her last Top 40 hit. The song has subsequently been covered by numerous artists over the years.
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Today’s song reminds me less about climate change and more about some individuals who are known as being ‘fair weather friends’. The world is experiencing all manner of extreme weather due to climate change; even England, who always experienced the four seasons as regular as clockwork until the end of the last century. For centuries, the English citizen came to expect the warmth and fine weather of spring, the hot and sultry weather of summer, the brisk and windy weather of autumn, and the cold and snowy weather of winter, and without fail, we would experience the four seasons annually in that order.

I love the different weather conditions we experience, with the exception of the floods that risk life and ruin homes and livelihoods for so many these days. Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up, and snow is exhilarating. Indeed, for most of my life, we rarely experienced bad weather, only different kinds of good weather in the eyes of the positively inclined. Indeed, my allotment buddy, Brian, tells me that us tough tykes from up north in Yorkshire believe that there is no such thing as bad weather, only soft southerners.

The lessons that nature teaches us are little different than what mankind can learn from their own nurture and human traits. Mankind, like the forces of the sea, is advanced and driven back by the tidal events which we experience during our lifetime.

Often, I have encountered people who believed themselves insignificant in their life and who think that their views are unimportant enough to be listened to. My advice to any such persons of low self-esteem would be to immediately change their Christian name to ‘Weather’. That single alteration alone is guaranteed that they will be the first and most spoken about person in any social setting they ever find themselves a part of, and even when they are at home tucked up in bed fast asleep, you can bet your sweet aunt, that somewhere in the world, some stranger will still be talking about them!
Love and peace Bill xxx
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5 days ago

Oxenhope Online

Oxenhope CE Primary School are hoping to raise some much needed funds to restock their library and classroom books - if you have even the most tenuous connection to the school - please donate or at least share this post to help them reach their £1000 goal - to donate use the link below
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Made a small donation. Good luck with this.

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5 days ago

William Forde

MEDICAL UPDATE: WILLIAM FORDE: FEBRUARY 22ND, 2021.

I received a phone call from the 'Nightingale Hospital' in Harrogate today offering me an appointment to have my CT Scan tomorrow at 5:00 pm. Given that I was only seen at St James' Hospital in Leeds on February 18th, I would have to say this is 'pony express' service response by the NHS.

Through my contact with many cancer patients, coupled with other cancer patients I know of, and all of who have been waiting for essential medical procedures, tests and operations since the pandemic struck in March 2020, and the various lockdowns have come in, the speed of the service I have personally received has been of 'gold standard' level. Since March 2020, I have had two major cancer operations (one over six hours long) two biopsies, two Ct Scans, and four or five hospital appointments. Indeed, the speed of treatment has been unbelievable, given all the restrictions facing non-Covid hospital patients. Apart from being unbelievably fast, it is somewhat also somewhat scary as it underlines the seriousness of my present medical condition.

I sincerely thank my God, wife, children, siblings, family, friends, neighbours, Facebook contacts, and all of the NHS staff who have been giving me my first-class care, thought, and their practical and prayerful support throughout. I particularly mention my wife, Sheila, who is my prime reason for living far beyond the medical expectation of three years given to me in 2013. As the song say, Sheila, "You’re the reason I do things, you’re the things that I do, you’re the reason I’m living, I’d be lost without you". I love you, Sheila Forde xxx
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5 days ago

William Forde

February 22nd, 2021
Good morning, Oxenhope Village. Haworth resident, William Forde here with your daily song. Have a nice day.

I dedicate today’s song to my daughter-in-law, Elisa, who lives in France on the Swiss border with my son, James, and their two teenage children. Enjoy your birthday today, Elisa. Love Dad Forde and Sheila xx

Other Facebook birthday celebrants today are Susan Hogan who lives in Carrick-on-Suir, Tipperary, Ireland, and Josephine Guidotti who lives in Milan, Italy. Enjoy your special day, Susan and Josephine, and thank you for being my Facebook friend.

My song today is ‘Here I Am, Lord’, which is sometimes known as ‘I the Lord of Sea and Sky’ after its opening line. This Christian hymn was written by the American composer of Catholic liturgical music, Dan Schutte in 1979 and published in 1981. Its words are based on Isaiah 6:8 and1 Samuel 3:4.

Schutte wrote the song at age 31 when he was studying theology at the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkley. Schutte's hymn is also sung in many Protestant worship services and is found in multiple hymnals and missalettes.

In 2004 a survey conducted by ‘The Tablet’ an international Catholic magazine, reported ‘Here I Am, Lord’ as readers' 63rd favorite. A poll conducted by the National Association of Pastoral Musicians found among members that it came in second among ‘songs that make a difference. It has also been highly ranked in many other surveys of hymns, and in 2009 it was voted the United Kingdom's 10th favourite hymn.
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Today's message is summed up in one line of the hymn. "Here I am Lord. It is I, Lord. I have heard you calling in the night. I will go Lord if you lead me. I will hold your people in my heart."

Let us hold God's people in our hearts.
Love and peace Bill xxx
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6 days ago

Fiona Denby

Oxenhope CE Primary School are hoping to raise some much needed funds to restock their library and classroom books - if you have even the most tenuous connection to the school - please donate or at least share this post to help them reach their £1000 goal - to donate use the link below
paypal.me/pools/campaign/115459960849764220
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Oxenhope CE Primary School are hoping to raise some much needed funds to restock their library and classroom books - if you have even the most tenuous connection to the school - please donate or at least share this post to help them reach their £1000 goal - to donate use the link below
https://paypal.me/pools/campaign/115459960849764220

6 days ago

William Forde

February 21st, 2021
Good morning, Oxenhope Village. Haworth resident, William Forde here with your daily song. Have a nice day.

I dedicate my song today to three birthday celebrants. We wish happy birthday to Nora Davitt who originates from Carrick-on-Suir, Tipperary but who now lives in Clare, Ireland: Lynne Royale who lives in my village of Haworth, West Yorkshire, and Melissa O'Neill who also originates from Carrick-on-Suir, Tipperary but who now lives in Erith, South East London in the county of Kent, England. Have a smashing birthday, ladies, and thank you for being my Facebook friend.

My song today is ‘On the Beach’. This was a 1964 hit song by ‘Cliff Richard and the Shadows’. It was taken from and released in the lead up to the release of the film ‘Wonderful Life’ and its soundtrack. It became an international hit for Cliff Richard, reaching Number 7 in the ‘UK Singles Chart’, and charting in Australia (Number 4), Ireland (Number. 6), Norway (Number 4), South Africa (Number 2), and Sweden (Number 12).
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During the time I spent in Canada between 1963-1965. I was fortunate enough to be able to attend a number of beach parties. The Canadians and the American youth use their beach parties like the young in Great Britain use rave parties that go on throughout the night. Not surprisingly, there are lots of drinking, dancing, and romancing.

There were a few memorable nights I enjoyed, but none of which I wish to go into here, except to say that love in the sand dunes can be the grittiest of romantic experiences that I would invite all romantic toe suckers to avoid at all cost.

Love and peace Bill xxx
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7 days ago

Oxenhope Online

Another publication about Oxenhope now available online. OXENHOPE – A Pennine Village is a scan of the original publication by the Oxenhope Village Society. It contains 34 pages and includes maps, line drawings and sketches, in addition to the text.

The publication provides a fascinating snapshot of village life. It includes facts and figures from the 1971 census and feedback from 262 responses to a questionnaire distributed in 1974. Sections on industry, agriculture. shops and services further paint a picture of Oxenhope in the early 1970’s. Sales contributing to the Village Council's fundraising for Manorlands. oxenhopevillagecouncil.gov.uk/shop/oxenhope-village-society/
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Another publication about Oxenhope now available online. OXENHOPE – A Pennine Village is a scan of the original publication by the Oxenhope Village Society. It contains 34 pages and includes maps, line drawings and sketches, in addition to the text.

The publication provides a fascinating snapshot of village life. It includes facts and figures from the 1971 census and feedback from 262 responses to a questionnaire distributed in 1974. Sections on industry, agriculture. shops and services further paint a picture of Oxenhope in the early 1970’s. Sales contributing to the Village Councils fundraising for Manorlands. https://oxenhopevillagecouncil.gov.uk/shop/oxenhope-village-society/

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The photo was taken from Sawood looking down onto the reservoir . White Hill is in the foreground . The photo does not extend to Egypt House or the houses at Back Leeming. They were certainly there. This was taken in the early 1970’s

Sorry , I am too far up leeming , just noticed mill and ready.

Good heavens that is a really old photo,no houses on back lemming , cannot see if Egypt is there because of the farmhouse in foreground.

I cannot figure it out John where the picture is facing ????

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7 days ago

Sams Cake Barn

Shout out to all the amazing mum's out there doing a great job.
Will also be offering afternoon tea to suit your budget.
Message for further details.
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Shout out to all the amazing mums out there doing a great job. 
Will also be offering afternoon tea to suit your budget. 
Message for further details.

7 days ago

Stephen Owens

Empty glass bottle of desperado thrown in field up upper marsh lane.if the owner would like to come and collect it I’ll gladly give it back to them😡 ...

Empty glass bottle of desperado thrown in field up upper marsh lane.if the owner would like to come and collect it I’ll gladly give it back to them😡

7 days ago

Oxenhope Online

Coat found ...

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7 days ago

Amanda Royston

Men’s coat found blowing around on Cockhill. Next XL. Put it on a big stone in the Lay-by past Wagon and Horses Pub. Put stones on it but it may blow away today! ...

Men’s coat found blowing around on Cockhill. Next XL. Put it on a big stone in the Lay-by past Wagon and Horses Pub. Put stones on it but it may blow away today!Image attachment
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