Manor House Ilkley
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Alan Titchmarsh, patron of the Ilkley Manor House Trust, will visit the Manor House on April 5.  During the visit, Alan will be invited to cut the ribbon to open the Manor House as a new heritage, arts and community venue.
This will be an open day with tours, talks and displays.  It will be an opportunity to experience the kind of creative and heritage activities that the Manor House will be offering in the future.
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We have just been informed by Bradford Council that they have given the green light for the site to be taken over by the local community and run as a community asset.

As you know local residents have been campaigning for three years to save the historic Ilkley Manor House from closure and this is a major step forward.
The news comes after months of negotiating and means that ambitious plans to transform the Manor House and its three adjacent cottages into a heritage, community and arts centre can now be put to the test. If negotiations can be completed successfully, a community asset transfer to a newly formed trust will take place within a few months.
Sir Rodney Brooke, chair of the Ilkley Manor House Group, said 'This is the news we've been working towards for a very long time, overcoming many hurdles to try and take the Manor House over and create a vibrant heritage centre and important tourist destination for our town. We have already received generous donations totalling £200k and now the challenging work of applying for further funding to realise our ambitious plans can begin."
The two open weekends at the Manor House last November prompted significant interest, with over 800 people visiting the site and offering suggestions, help and donations.

Now a further consultation will begin so that people in the town can have their say in helping to shape this amazing resource.  Further news about how people can have their say will follow soon.
Councillor Sarah Ferriby, Bradford Council's Executive Member for Environment, Sport and Culture, said: "We have accepted the New Manor House Group's proposal for the Manor House and cottages in accordance with the Council's Community Asset Transfer process, so we are pleased to be able to give them the opportunity to progress their plans and secure the future of these buildings for the benefit of the local community."
Brian Mann, Chairman of Ilkley Parish Council, said: 'This is great news for the community. The Manor House will provide much needed facilities for heritage, education and museum space and the team must be congratulated on their sustained efforts.'

Please contact Ruth Pitt on 07713 063447 or ruth.pitt2@btinternet or Sarah Thomas on 07834 547959 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for further details.

How can you be part of this exciting development
for the town

We will shortly be launching a period of dialogue with the residents of Ilkley to help shape what happens to the building.  We have developed an overall vision for the Manor House and cottages there is still a lot to do to make it work for the town.

This is where you will come in.   Key watching our facebook page for more details of how we plan to have these conversations with the town.

We will also be launching a major fund raising campaign with the local community.   More details to follow.

Your comments and views are very important to the plan's success so please do let us have any views, ideas, offers of help or donations.  Please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


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Adam White and Sarah Thomas, both members of the Ilkley Manor House Group met with Gill Greaves, Relationship Manager, Museums, Yorkshire at Arts Council England to bring her up to date with developments and our longer term plans.  The meeting was very positive and a funding application will be made to the Arts Council over the next few months to help support events, exhibitions and activities in the Manor House and cottages.
Next Steps
  • Continue the negotations with Bradford Council on the details of the community transfer
  • Submit a funding application to the Architectural Heritage Fund to undertake preparatory work for the full bid to Heritage Lottery Fund for the capital needed to build the extension to the Manor House and upgrade the cottages.
  • Develop hiring arrangement for the Manor House and cottages so they can be brought back into use as soon as possible.

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Last Updated on Sunday, 18 March 2018 10:58
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