Timeline 1879 - 1915


Keighley Town Mission to the Sick and Needy founded, the only unsectarian mission in Keighley.


9th May 1907 – Miss Agnes Clough, Mrs Craven Laycock and Miss Haigh started weekly meetings for the blind in 1 Rook Street (opposite Eagle street off Highfield lane now Rosemount Walk Flats) under the auspices of the Town Mission to the Sick and Needy.  This was the makings of a local agency for the help of the blind.

This group was to become the Keighley Institute for the Blind (date yet to be determined).


In the Keighley News of Saturday, 31st October 1908, Page 5 - Headline:

"Keighley Mission to the Sick and Needy caring for the Blind, an interesting meeting"

"On Thursday afternoon in the Mayor's Parlour at the Keighley Town Hall, a meeting was held to consider what could be done for the local blind in connection with Keighley Town Mission to the Sick and Needy".


The group moved to 13 Scott Street, Keighley which was rented from Mr Wilson Bailey. Help and hospitality was offered to all blind persons resident in the Worth Valley, Silsden and Cross Hills district.


A lady health visitor was appointed with permission to visit the blind in their own homes


Blind persons in the Skipton area became part of the organisation

What's New

Wednesday 12 and 19 August 2020 from 10am to 3.30pm, 31 Scott Street, Keighley

Our living with sight loss courses gives people the opportunity to meet and chat with other people living with sight loss in a relaxed, informal environment. Our volunteer speakers, who are people living with sight loss, tell their stories and answer questions.

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