Social & Special Interest Groups


Burley Theatre Group

Burley Theatre Group was formed in 1997 to promote and foster an interest in dramatic art in the village. Since that time it has become established as an important part of village life, providing entertainment and fun for all ages. Regular productions are staged at the Queen’s Hall.
If you are interested in any aspect of the group’s activities or would like to know more, please contact:
John Wise, Membership Secretary – 07933 315175
Amanda Clegg, Joint Chair- 07905 725249, 01943 864224
Burley Theatre Group can also be found on Facebook.


Airedale and Wharfedale Family History Society

Contact: Lynda Balmforth
Telephone: 01943 464779
Venue: Salem Church Hall
Time: 1st Thursday of the month at 7:30 pm.
Meetings: 7.30pm on the first Thursday of the month at Salem Church Hall, September to June, providing assistance in the research of one’s ancestors near and far. Research evenings are held in July and January.


Burley in Wharfedale Art Club

Secretary: Tony Beale
Telephone: 01943 865018
President: Greg Learmonth 01943 864924
Venue: St Mary’s Parish Church or Salem Church Hall
Time: 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm.
We are a small and friendly local group who share an interest in art and join up on Tuesdays between 7.30pm and 9.30pm either at St Mary’s Parish Centre on Station Road or Salem Church Hall.


Otley Brass Band

Venue: The Courthouse, Courthouse Street, Otley, LS21 3AN.
Time: Tuesdays between 7:45 pm and 10:00 pm.
Players looking for a local, friendly brass band are welcome to chat to us about our three bandsStepping Stones, Wharfe Brass and Otley Brass Band.

Two Rivers Concert Band / Two Rivers Swing Band

Venue: (Concert Band) Baptist Church, Ilkley
Time: Saturdays from 9:15 am to 11:30 am
Venue: (Swing Band) St James Church, Baildon
Time: Thursdays from 7 pm to 9 pm.
Contact: Aliki Georgiou (Secretary)
Our bands cater for players of all abilities. Music grades are not required and we do not audition members. The only qualification you need is lots of enthusiasm for making great music.


Wharfedale Beekeepers Association

Lower Wharfedale group: Meets on the last Tuesday of the month in Otley in a private room at The Fleece on Westgate (LS21 3DT), starting at 7:30 pm.
Upper Wharfedale group: Meets on the second Tuesday of the month at The Narrowboat, Skipton (38 Victoria Street, BD23 1JE) from 7.30 pm until about 9 pm.
Secretary: Janet Hartley
Memberships throughout the Wharfe Valley for both beekeepers and non-beekeepers who are interested in the hobby. Courses run annually.


Hockney Group

Contact: Mr P N Halliwell
Telephone: 01943 863274
Venue: St Mary’s Parish Centre
Times: Fortnightly on Thursdays from 2pm to 3:30pm.
The Hockney Group (named after its benefactor) aims to develop a spirit of friendship and fellowship for the blind and partially sighted in the Burley and Menston area. Transport is provided for those who need it. No membership fees.


Burley Duplicate Bridge Club

Contact: Barbara Cowley
Telephone: 01943 467989
Venue: Methodist Church Hall
Times: Monday evenings 7pm to 10pm.
We are a friendly relaxed social Duplicate Bridge Club. New members with some bridge experience are always welcome.

Burley Rubber Bridge Club

Contact: Valerie and Trevor Russell
Telelphone: 01943 864911
Venue: Methodist Church Hall.
Meetings: 2:00 pm – 4.30 pm Friday afternoons throughout the year.
Play bridge in a relaxed and friendly environment – a partner is not essential.

Burley Bridge Association

(Registered charity 1163568)
Contact: David Asher – Secretary
Telephone: 01943 862965
Working to create a safe crossing over the River Wharfe at Burley in Wharfedale Wharfedale in order to extend recreational opportunities such as walking and running for everyone. Annual and life membership available.


Chairman: Duncan Ault – 01943 862165
Secretary: Andrew Wriglesworth – 01943 865840
Venue: The Round House
Times: 7.30 pm, quarterly
The Trust was established as a charity in 2003 to take over responsibility for certain assets and activities in the village that were more beneficial to a charitable status. These responsibilities have grown over subsequent years to include all the Scalebor Park communal grounds and pavilion, the Cornmill Pond, Pudding Tree and Jubilee Gardens.
The Trust is also responsible for coordinating the Christmas Lights and Christmas Market, Annual Duck Race, and the hanging baskets and flower tubs in the summer. We also assist other village organisations with their fundraising activities, usually on a match funding basis. These include drainage of the Scalebor football pitch, artificial cricket pitch, bowls club refurbishment and the new children’s playground . Particular emphasis is put on helping young persons.
Funds are raised through Trust membership of £12 individual, £18 family, £150 individual life, through donations, the Duck Race and other events.


Venue: Burley Library
Telephone: 01943 863714
Time: Monthly on Fridays at 2:30 pm.
Further details available from the library.


Contact: Peter Riley
Telephone: 01943 862916
Meet at: Sun Lane Nature Reserve
Time: First Sunday of the month
10 am to 12 pm
Third Thursday of the month 1:45 pm to 3:30 pm.
The group aims to promote the conservation and management of wildlife areas in the village and also to provide advice on wildlife issues (e.g. wildlife–friendly gardening). It currently manages the Sun Lane Nature Reserve (with support from BCC, BMDC and Wharfedale Naturalists).


Venue: Burley Library
Telephone: 01943 863714
Time: Monday and Tuesday afternoons, from 3:30 pm to 4:45 pm.
All ages welcome.


Burley in Wharfedale Community Choir

A fun, friendly and informal choir.
Contact: Vivien Telephone: 01943 865840
Venue: Methodist Church, Main Street, Burley.
Times: Wednesday 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm (during term time)
Junior section of the choir (11 to 18 years) meets Wednesday 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm – also at the Methodist Church.
The choir formed 7 years ago with approximately 35 members. Non audition, just come along and sing. We have a cheeky cuppa part way through rehearsal which helps choir members to get to know one another. Always room for more!

Cantores Olicanae

We are a mixed-voice choir of approximately fifty singers, established in the 1970s in Ilkley, West Yorkshire. Each season the choir performs four or five concerts, with programmes including major choral works, popular Christmas music and light-hearted, jazzy summer entertainment.
Contact: Anne Lowe (chairman) Telephone: 01943 872689

Fairfax Singers – Burley

Director of Music: Dorothy Hawkshaw
Venue: SS Fisher and Thomas More Catholic
Church Hall, Bradford Road, Burley-in-Wharfedale
Time: Tuesdays 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm.
If you would like to join us an informal audition can be arranged. Visit our website for contact details. We sing for charities, good causes, corporate events and weddings, raising significant amounts of money for charity.
To book a concert please contact:
Marjorie Hall 01274 597024
or email:

Goldies Sing-along Group

A fun sing-along in a dementia friendly group. You don’t need to be a great singer or know the words! You don’t even need to sing. Just come, enjoy the music and have a cup of tea.
Venue: St Mary’s Parish Centre
Telephone: 01943 864405
Times: 2nd Thursday of the month, 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm.

Ilkley Choral Society

Contact: Francoise Ainsworth
Telephone: 01943 608067
Venue: Christchurch, The Grove, Ilkley
We welcome new members, especially tenors and young singers. There are no auditions. Young people can join us for no fee if they are full-time students or under 18 years old. If you enjoy singing come and join in a rehearsal to see how you like it.

Ukulele Jammers

Contact: Tom Clegg
Venue: St. Mary’s Parish Centre
Time: Monday evenings 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm.
Telephone: 07931 313893
A ukulele group for all abilities. We sing new and old songs and have a laugh while doing so! The ukulele is perfect for beginner musicians. Spare ukuleles are available if you’d like to try it out – contact Tom.

Wharfedale Male Voice Choir

Contact: Terry or Ken
Telephone: 01943 466806 or 01943 863177
Venue: St John Fisher and Sir Thomas More Catholic Church.
Time: Mondays 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm.
The Wharfedale Male Voice Choir is the choir in the Wharfe valley originally formed 30 years ago for men who love to sing and we are looking for new members. You don’t need to have any singing experience to join the WMVC and you don’t need to be able to read music, so just come along and join us for music, friendship and fun.

Wharfedale Valley Voices

Contact: Tom Clegg
Telephone: 07931 313893
Venue: St Mary’s Parish Centre, Station Road
Time: Wednesdays, 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
We are a popular music choir who sing songs from the 1960s to the present day! No singing experience necessary. All welcome.

Valley Music Social Club

Contact: Tom Clegg
Telephone: 07931 313893
Venue: St. Mary’s Parish Centre, Station Road, Burley in Wharfedale.
Time: Tuesday mornings 10:30 am to 12:00 pm
A relaxed morning of tea-drinking and singing! All welcome. Just sing or bring an instrument. Music and lyrics are provided (and biscuits, too!)


Microsoft Word Help

Venue: Burley Library
Telephone: 01943 863714
Time: At a mutually convenient time / date.
Ask at the library for further details.

Tea and Tablets

Venue: Burley Library
Telephone: 01943 863714
Time: At a mutually convenient time / date.
For those who need help using their tablet / mobile device. Ask at the library for further details.


Children’s Cinema

Venue: Salem Church Hall
Time: 2:30 pm on the 4th Saturday in the month
(not during summer months)

Community Cinema

Venue: Salem Church Hall
Time: 7:30 pm on the 4th Saturday in the month.

Ilkley Film Society

Venue: Ilkley Playhouse
If you live in the Ilkley area and are interested in quality films from around the world, what better way to spend Sunday evening than with other like-minded people. In the comfortable, intimate venue of Ilkley Playhouse where you will find 24 professional presentations between September and June.



Burley Parish Council manages allotments on Prospect Road, Aireville Terrace and on Oak Avenue. If you would like more information about allotments in the village or would like to go on the waiting list, please contact the parish clerk on 01943 864728 or email

Burley Gardener’s Association

Contact: Sue Vint (Membership Secretary)
Telephone: 01943 864515
Regular meetings with guest speakers, trips to local gardens etc. Membership runs April to April. Newsletter issued four times per year.

Wharfedale Gardeners

Contact: Helma Harrison (Membership Secretary)
Telephone: 0113 2256405.
Venue: Otley Methodist Church
Time: 7.30 pm on the 2nd Tuesday of the month.


Burley Local History and Archives Group

Contact: Margaret Nunnerley
Telephone: 01943 863502
01943 863395
Burley’s wide and fascinating collection of village archives is located in Burley Library in Grange Road. They can be consulted on subjects such as family history, the history of Greenholme Mills, and of local schools and churches. Visitors can also view maps, plans and photos which show how the village developed. The archives room is open on Friday afternoons or on other days by special arrangement.


We are a local group interested in Ilkley past and present.
Details of meetings and how to join can be found on our website.


Venue: Burley Library
Telephone: 01943 863714
Time: Thursdays from 4:00 pm.
Come along and have a knit and natter.


Language for Fun

French, Spanish and Italian lessons for adults
Contact: Emma Telephone: 07799 790587
French, Spanish and Italian lessons for adults (daytime & evening). We cater for all levels from beginners to advanced. Lessons are held in a private house near Burley Woodhead school. A structured course with no exams, just for fun!

Leap Into Languages

Contact: Anna Blakemore Telephone: 07985 622725
I offer small adult classes in a range of abilities (from Beginners to Intermediate) in French, German & Spanish. These are at various locations in Ilkley, Burley in Wharfedale & Guiseley, both daytime and evening. 1-1 tuitio.n available either in your home or at mine.

Wharfedale German Circle

Chair: Marilyn Heron
Venue: URC Salem Hall
For all those interested in Germany and other countries where German is spoken. Meetings are mid-month, usually at URC Salem Hall, and have a German content with English summaries to help those who do not speak much German.


Contact: Linda Nelson
Telephone: 01943 863715
Venue: Parish Centre
Time: 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month at 8:00 pm.
Ladies Group Members enjoy a mix of speakers, demonstrations, outings and social events. We meet on the 1st and 3rd Thursday evenings of most months, usually in the Parish Centre at 8pm. Visitors and new members are always welcome.


Burley Men’s Shed 

Men’s Sheds are community spaces for men to connect, converse and create. The activities are often similar to those of garden sheds, woodworking and DIY for example, but for groups of men to enjoy together. 
They help reduce loneliness and isolation, but most importantly, they’re fun, providing an opportunity for men in the Burley in Wharfedale area to connect socially, make new friends, share and learn new skills,  gain knowledge, and enjoy tea, coffee, and in our case, Bacon Rolls!
If you would like any further information, ring Richard on 07815 940099, or just call in for a cuppa and a chat! We’ll usually be at the Bowls Pavilion in Grange Park on the first and third Wednesday of each month, between 10am and noon.


Wharfedale & District Aeromodeller’s Club 

(Affiliated to the British Model Flying Association)
Contact: Jeff Smith (Chairman)
Telephone: 0113 260 3557
Meetings: First Friday of each month at 8 pm
Salem Church Hall
Control-line flying locally every Sunday.


Contact: Margaret Sumner Telephone: 01943 862940
Venue: Parish Centre
Time: 1st Thursday of the month at 8pm, 2nd Wednesday of the month at 2:00 pm.
Mothers’ Union works to promote and support marriage and family life throughout the world. The branch meets twice monthly, 2nd Wednesday at 2pm, 1st Thursday at 8pm when we share the meeting with Ladies Group. Everyone is welcome to attend our meetings.


Ilkley Camera Club

Venue: St Peter’s Church Hall, Church Street, Addingham,
LS29 0QS
New members always welcome. Please visit our website for further information about the club.


Wharfedale Ramblers Association

Email: membership@
The Lower Wharfedale Ramblers Group organises regular walks for local members of the Ramblers. The walks are led by volunteers who know the area and who will have checked the walk for interest and suitability. We welcome new people to walk with us and discover the pleasure of the countryside within reach of our area.


Rotary Club of Ilkley

Telephone: 01943 607338
Be part of a global network of volunteers, trying to make the world a better place.


Yeadon branch

Venue: Westfield House, 56 New Road, Yeadon, LS19 7NA
Times: 8:30 pm on the 3rd Sunday of each month

Skipton branch

Venue: 1 Moorview Way, Skipton, BD23 2JY
Times: 7pm on the 2nd Tuesday of the month


Royal British Legion – Bingley Branch
Venue: 20a Heath Street, Bingley, BD16 2NX
Time: 7:00 pm, first Wednesday of each month
Telephone: 0808 802 8080
The Royal British Legion is the UK’s leading Armed Forces charity and one of its largest membership organisations.


Slimming World – Burley in Wharfedale

Contact: Dorrie Clarke
Telephone: 01943 862597
Venue: SS John Fisher and Thomas More Catholic Church Hall
Times: Wednesdays 4:30 pm and 6:30 pm.


Burley Social Club

Venue: Hill Top, Main Street, Burley
Telephone: 01943 862287
Opening Times:
Monday to Thursday 11:00 am – 11.30 pm
Friday to Saturday 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Sunday 12:00 am – 11:00 pm
Artists, Bingo Nights, Dance Band, Family Nights, Function Room available for hire, Snooker Room Wednesday evenings from 8.30pm. Michaela’s Band on the last Wednesday of the month.

Cuppa, Cake and Company

Venue: Parish Centre
Telephone: Becky Berry – 0787 422 6690
A monthly social (1st Friday in month) 2 – 4pm with entertainment. It is designed to appeal to older people, who struggle to get out and about. It is dementia friendly and for anyone in need of company. Community transport is available.


Menston Evening Guild

Venue: Kirklands Community Centre
Kirklands, Main Street, Menston, LS29 6HT
Time: 2nd Wednesday of the month at 19:30 pm.

Otley Evening Guild

Venue: Otley Trinity Methodist Church,
Walkergate, Otley, LS21 1HB
Time: 1st Thursday of the month at 19:30 pm.
Townswomen’s Guilds is one of the largest women’s organisations in the UK, with around 550 Guilds and 20,000 members.


Weightwatchers Burley in Wharfedale

Contact: Alison
Venue: Queen’s Hall, Burley in Wharfedale
Time: 6:00 pm on Thursdays.


Contact: John Stainton
Telephone: 01943 865422


Contact: Peter Riley – 01943 862916
Venue: Christchurch, The Grove, Ilkley, LS29 9LW
A thriving Society with around 50 indoor and outdoor meetings throughout the year covering all major aspects of natural history in Wharfedale and beyond.
Winter indoor meetings are held at Christchurch, Ilkley on Tuesday evenings from September to March. If you are at all interested in natural history this is the local society for you!


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