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Community Organisations

The list of Community Organisations just seems to get bigger and bigger. The hopefully comprehensive list below includes organisations devoted to helping others, improving skills, and generally making the most of your free time. Please note that a lot of the addresses given for the various organisations are addresses of the meeting place and not a mailing address. The best way of contacting an organisation is via the website or by phone.

Performing Arts and Art skills groups are listed under Arts organisations

Please contact Otley Town Partnership for any updates

Chippendale Society

The Society was founded in 1965 in Otley, the home town of Thomas Chippendale. Its aims are:-

  • to advance public education and to promote the appreciation and study of the work of Thomas Chippendale senior and junior
  • to acquire, preserve and maintain examples of his work for the benefit of the nation

Temple Newsam House, Leeds


Dry Stone Wallling Association

The members of the Otley & Yorkshire Dales branch of the Dry Stone Walling Association are actively involved with the development and promotion of the craft of dry stone walling in the Yorkshire dales. We run several courses for beginners throughout the year, and actively support our members’ development through the  DSWA certification scheme.

See Website

Friends of Chevin Forest Park

Our aims are to increase your enjoyment of Chevin Forest Park and to help you understand more about the evolution of this landscape that is the result of many thousands of years of interaction between people and nature.

The Friends of Chevin Forest are a group of volunteers who care about Chevin Forest Park (known locally as The Chevin) and we work in partnership with Leeds City Council’s Parks & Countryside service, who own and manage the land.

Wildlife WATCH Group

A family environmental group run by Yorkshire Wildlife Trust-registered volunteers that meets once a month. Please check the notice boards for a list of upcoming activities

Chevin Forest Park

See Website

Friends of Gallows Hill

Friends of Gallows Hill is a group of people interested in enjoying and caring for Gallows Hill Nature Area. The group undertake practical work parties (usually the 1st Tuesday of the month) and have other events through the year.

The February to April programme is now available, please contact Gordon Haycock at

Gallows Hill Nature Area, Pool Road, Otley

Golden Oldies Film Club

The Courthouse, Courthouse Street


3rd Monday in the month 2:00pm-4:00pm

Knitting Circle

All welcome – bring your needles and spin a yarn

The Courthouse, Courthouse Street


Saturday 10:30am-12:30pm

Lesley’s Flower Arranging Classes

Flower Arranging Classes

4 week course starting Sept 28/29, costing £26

6 week course starting November 2/3, costing £39]

Autumn and Christmas designs including door garlands and advent designs

All courses as follows

EITHER Wednesday at Otley Cycle Club, Wellcroft, 7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m.

OR Thursday at Otley Methodist Church, Boroughgate 7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m



Otley & District Talking Newspaper

Otley TN produces a weekly paper from the new tabloid sized Wharfedale and Aireborough Observer, and from the Wharfe Valley Times.We also produce a magazine on alternate months for the magazines listed.The areas we cover are: Otley, Pool in Whafedale, Menston, Burley in Wharfedale, Horsforth, Yeadon, Rawdon and Guiseley.For Otley residents only, we produce an audio version of the Town Council’s “Otley Matters”.  This is produced quarterly when the Council go to print.All our publications are available on USB Memory Stick


Otley Action for Older People

Otley Action for Older People (OAOP) is a long established and successful community-based organisation working on behalf of the older population of Otley, Pool and Arthington. OAOP is part of the Leeds Neighbourhood Network Schemes (NNS’s).IMG_1772

Suite 2, Bay Horse Court


Otley Blind Club

The Cross Green Centre, Cross Green


Otley Book Club

The Courthouse, Courthouse Street


Monthly (last Wednesday) – 10:30am – Noon

Otley Bridge Club

Otley and Guiseley both have enthusiastic, friendly, Bridge Clubs which meet once a week, throughout the year, to play duplicate pairs.

Monday evening, 7:00pm at Otley Methodist Church.

Otley Camera Club

We are a group of photographers of mixed abilities with one thing in common – enjoying our hobby with like minded friends.
We welcome new members, whatever your age or ability, already adept at photography or just beginning,  you are welcome to visit us.

Our programme is varied, and aimed at photographers with all levels of experience. Guest speakers talk on a range of subjects, which vary from photoshop techniques, to talks on their own work.

OTP Office, Mercury Row

Thursday 7:15pm-9:15pm

Otley Conservation Task Force

OCTF has been raising awareness of buildings of architectural or historical merit. Members secure formal protection for some of Otley’s most important buildings . They assist in restoration projects and continually promote conservation values through their close associations with Otley Town Partnership, Otley Town Council and Leeds City Council by helping to shape the policies that will promote conservation in years to come


Otley in Bloom

Formed in the year 2000 to improve the public green spaces in the town the group’s objectives have evolved over the years to involve us in the wider aspects of the town environment.  From planting flower beds to creating dry stone wall gateways to the town, and from producing a Town Enhancement Study  to our annual entry into the Yorkshire In Bloom competition our aim is to “Grow Civic Pride in Otley”.

Otley in Bloom is celebrating a golden year after Otley was awarded Gold and Category Winner by Yorkshire in Bloom.

The group meets at 7:00 pm on the first Tuesday of each month at Courtyard Planters for planning meetings and 10:00 am on the second Sunday of the month for activities. Call  01943-462390 for details

Courtyard Planters, Beech Hill

Carole 01943-850012, Katie 01943-462390

Meetings, 1st Tuesday of Month at 7:00pm at Courtyard Planters

Otley Kids’ Club

We aim to offer before/after school care for children aged 3-11 years for several schools in Otley and the surrounding areas.The club will be run and managed by qualified and experienced staff who love children

The Scout Hut, Craven Street

07910 382528

Monday- Friday 7:00-9:00 am, 3:00pm-6:00pm. Term Time only. Contact for Holiday Opening

Otley Knitting Circle

All welcome, bring your needles and spin a yarn

The Courthouse, Courthouse Street


Saturday 10:30am-12:30pm

Otley Mens’ Forum

Founded in 1970, the aim of the forum is to offer Friendship & Enjoyment to our members by offering interesting and entertaining talks by a variety of speakers .  Members are currently charged £2 per meeting and coffee and biscuits are provided at the end of each talk.


Otley Methodist Church, Boroughgate


Alternate Thursdays 10:00

Otley Museum

A comprehensive collection of documents and photographs tells the story of this Wharfedale community from prehistoric times to the 20th century.A fascinating insight into Otley’s heritage and a key resource for both the amateur and professional researcher.

The museum artefacts are now in store but the archive of documents and photographs is available for viewing and research.  To make the most of your visit, please contact us at least two days beforehand so we can prepare any materials.

Wellcroft House (Otley Cycling Club), Crow Lane


Monday, Tuesday, Friday & 1st Saturday in month 10:45am-12:15pm (Closed Bank Holidays)

Otley Pub Club

Otley Pub Club is an organisation created by local pub supporters and local publicans. It is free to join for all those who love Otley’s pubs and is a way for local people to support Otley’s pubs and a way for the pubs to communicate what they are doing for customers and potential customers

P.O. Box 148, Otley LS21 9BE

Otley Womens’ Forum

Organisation is a meeting place for retired women of any age. Program of talks and demonstrations to interest and educate.

Otley Methodist Church Boroughgate


Alternate Thursdays 9:45am-11:45am

Otley Womens’ Institute

The Women’s Institute (WI) was formed in 1915 to revitalise rural communities and encourage women to become more involved in producing food during the First World War. Since then the organisation’s aims have broadened and the WI is now the largest voluntary women’s organisation in the UK. The WI will celebrate its centenary in 2015 and currently has 212,000 members in around 6,600 WIs.

Cross Green Community Centre, Cross Green

Alternate Wednesdays 7:15pm

Rotary Club of Otley

Whether it be helping your local community set up a foodbank or responding to local and international disasters, there is a project or activity to suit everyone.

Being part of Rotary is more than just giving back to the community. It is also about you bringing your skills, experience and enthusiasm to help it thrive, whilst making some great friends along the way.

Westbourne House, Westbourne Close


Thursday Noon

Rotary Club of Otley Chevin

Whether it be helping your local community set up a foodbank or responding to local and international disasters, there is a project or activity to suit everyone.

Being part of Rotary is more than just giving back to the community. It is also about you bringing your skills, experience and enthusiasm to help it thrive, whilst making some great friends along the way.

Chevin Lodge Hotel


Monday 7:15 (not Bank Holidays

Singing for the Brain

A fun relaxed and friendly singing session led by a trained facilitator. Everyone with memory loss and their carers welcome.

Sessions take place on the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month from 2:00-4:00pm

For Spring 2016, March 14th, April 11th and 25th

Each session costs £1.50 per person and includes tea and biscuits

Otley Courthouse, Courthouse Street


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The Big Hoo-Ha Co.

The Big Hoo-Ha Co is a community arts organisation. We run projects for people to take part in making their own music, films, drama, mosaics, and other stuff (and sometimes combining more than one- woo!). Sometimes we use technology (for music and film), sometimes we don’t, and sometimes we mix technology and live music. Our music projects usually involve people making music together, making up songs or composing their own music. We like singing. We like it when people on our projects get to try out musical instruments that they’ve never had a chance to play before. Many Musical organisations have their base at the Big Hoo-Ha


Saturday 24th September and running for 8 weeks (excluding half term)

 9.45-10.30 UKULELE ROCK AND POP BAND – £3 per session, pay as you go- beginners welcome

10.30-11.15 POP CHOIR- £3 per session, pay as you go- beginners welcome- for anyone who loves singing cool songs

11.30-1.30 ROCK SCHOOL- ‘ACCESS ALL AREAS’- play in bands, perform at a great live gig at the end of term- for anyone who loves singing or playing any instrument- booking is required for this one- £150 for the term- to sign up please email me or call/text me on 07956 205151 *at the bottom of this email is a list of people who have already signed up so you can check if your child’s name is on it…

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Woolpack Music and Arts Studios, Bondgate

07956 205151

The Courthouse

An Arts and resource centre for everyone. The range of activities offered are second to none. Look at the website if you don’t believe us!!!!!

The building today is busy seven days a week. It’s a place where people of all ages and abilities can try things out, see a film, catch an exhibition, watch a show, listen to good music, enjoy a performance by  International artists and get access to advice and support- Otley CAB are just across the courtyard. It’s somewhere which  acts as a springboard for local people who want to change direction, start a new career, set up a small creative business, establish an arts event, have fun and discover more about their talents – or simply try volunteering.

Local groups come to rehearse, hold meetings and events and take the opportunity to work together in new ways. Local artists and the town partnership occupy the workspaces. Volunteers aged from 15-80 plus support our part time staff team by running reception, selling tickets, dealing with IT, distributing publicity, serving in the cafe and stewarding events.

Courthouse Street


Wharfedale Gardeners’ Group

The group meet at Otley Methodist Church at 7.30pm on the 2nd Tuesday of every month between September and May.There is a program with expert guest speakers to inspire and inform, an annual plant auction and a Christmas party.Affiliated to the Royal Horticultural Society, the group was formed in January 1947 for the purpose of promoting and extending interest in gardening

Otley Methodist Chourch, Boroughgate


2nd Tuesday of Month, September to May 7:30pm

Wharfedale Naturalists Society

The Society’s aims, as stated in the Charity Commission Central Register, are “To promote and foster the study of all branches of natural history and by observation, research and record-keeping to add to the existing knowledge of these sciences both in Wharfedale in particular and in the world at large.” Wharfedale, for the purpose of our Society, is “The watershed of the River Wharfe to Rougement Carr.” Rougement Carr is a small wood on the north bank of the Wharfe, near Weeton.

Wharfedale Speakers’ Club

The club’s mission is to help members practise and improve their public speaking. In this, it is very successful. Perhaps we may help you?

Wharfedale Speakers’ Club meets fortnightly at the Bridge Church, on the first and third Wednesdays at 7:45 for an 8:00 pm start. Please contact Bill (01943-431383) or Christine(01274-560461) for more info

Bridge Street Church, Otley for meetings. NO CORRESPONDANCE please


1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month 7:45