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Saturday, 16 October 2010

More Restoration Work to Westwood Lodge - Listed Building Consent application submitted

Tim and Paula have submitted an application to further restore Westwood Lodge to her former glory. Out will go all the remaining 1960's and 70's modern softwood windows to be replaced by proper Victorian style mock sashes. Modern Velux windows will go too, to be replaced by conservation style windows or proper slate dormers in the style of the originals that still exist. The courtyard cottages will be re-roofed using the original slates that will be carefully removed and relaid with galvanised nails after insulation has been installed and any rotten timbers replaced. Rusting guttering will be renewed with aluminium retro style in keeping with the originals. The biggest change will see the original double-hipped roof and glazing to the Victorian writing room (now The Moorview) reinstated to replace the ugly, flat roofed modern monstrosity. A separate planning application regarding Tim and Paula's domestic living arrangements will be made later in the year.
We've been here for over 12 years and are as determined as ever to fully restore the Westwood Lodge buildings to their former glory for us, our holiday guests, town residents and future generations to enjoy, without the fear of falling back into disrepair through neglect said Tim
Click here to see how Westwood Lodge will look after completion of the work
LATEST - Listing Building Consent was granted on 19th November 2010. A date has yet to be set for when the work will take place.

Ilkley Literature Festival 2010

Well another Festival over and some great speakers. For such a small town to be able to attract the likes of John Simpson, Dame Ellen MacArthur, Michael Parkinson and Jenny Eclair speaks volumes for the efforts that the Festival organisers go to.
Westwood Lodge is delighted to be a Friend of the Ilkley Literature Festival. Book now to stay with us in early October 2011 and we'll make sure you receive full details of the Festival programme and advance ticketing arrangements.

Ilkley Triathlon 2010

If you've never done a triathlon (sprint or full Olympic) but fancy having a go, then the Ilkley Tri organised by Leeds and Bradford Triathlon Club is a great event! Make a note now for next September (usually around 21st) and another note to sign-up on 1st May 2011 as places go fast! Tim got round for the fifth time. Whilst well down the field he was pleased to cross the finish line without the feeling of an impending seizure!
World Junior Triathlete Champion and local lad Jonathan Brownlee presented prizes. He soon had a gaggle of young ladies wanting a photo - including our Alice!