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Important Dates


 7th-10th May 2019 - The Speech and Drama section of the Wharfedale Festival will take place at either The Craiglands Hotel, Cowpasture Road or The Kings Hall, Station Road, Ilkley.

16th August 2019 - Closing date for the Piano Festival section of the Wharfedale Festival section.

15th-17th October 2019 - The Piano Festival will take place in the Christchurch Sanctuary on The Grove.

2nd-3rd, 9th-10th November 2019 - Advance notice of the Wharfedale Festival's Dance Championship including our heat of Miss Dance 2019 to be held in Guiseley Theatre, Guiseley.


P1: An Original Poem Year 4 & under: 1st Nour Javed (Katy Trophy); 2nd George Hyde; 3rdScarlett Ferguson

P2: An Original Poem Year 7 & under: 1st Sarah Carr (Thorpe Trophy); 2nd Oliver Moscrop; 3rd Tilly Harney

P3: An Original Poem Year 4 & under: Jenna Zamir (Fledgling Cup)

P7: An Original Poem, no age limit: 1st Joan M Harris; 2nd Angela Cunningham; 3rd John Webster

P8: Dialect: Kevin Flaherty

P 9: Poem in a Traditional Form, Year 11 & under: Eliza Richardson

P 10: Poem in a Traditional Form, no age limit: 1st Kevin Flaherty (Douglas Young
Trophy); 2nd Maria Stephenson; 3rd Katherine Pengilly

P11: Unpublished Poem ‘Early Memories’, no age limit: 1st David Kelly; 2nd Pamela Singh; 3rd Pennant Roberts

P 12: Humorous poem, no age limit :( BBC Radio Leeds Poetry Cup) 1st Angela Cunningham; 2nd Kevin Flaherty; 3rd Katherine Pengilly

S13: Short Story, Year 11 & under: 1st Millie Trevett; 2nd Caleb Shaw; 3rd Oscar Eastwood

S14: Short Story, no age limit: 1st Alf Spencer (Mary Binks Memorial Trophy); 2nd Barry Larkings; 3rd Joan M Harris


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Festival Secretaries

General Secretary
Mrs Patricia Dibb
01943 865180


Speech & Drama Secretaries
Mrs Julie James
01943 433444

Mrs Elizabeth Whiteley
01943 830780

Piano Festival Secretary

Piano Festival Secretary

Mrs Evelyn van Terheyden
11, Oaklands,
Westwood Drive,
Ilkley. LS29 9RE

Telephone: 01943 600470
Mobile: 07951 533653


Piano Festival

Dance Championship


Mrs Ivy Wailes
Highfield House
184 Walton Park
Harrogate HG3 1RJ

Telephone: 01423 870616
Mobile: 07503150502 


Dance Championship

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