Timeline 1999 - 2006


In March 774 people were Registered with the Association and in April the Association became a company limited by guarantee.


Mary Arnold, volunteer and Keighley Centre Organiser died after serving with the Association since 1947.

13 Scott Street, Keighley formerly Known as Keighley Home For The Blind sold to the Cellar Project Of Shipley.

Chairman Of the Association for the past nine years Mr George Smith Died.

1960 CHARTY ACT REGISTRATION Number 225865 changed to number 108024 under the 1993 Charities Act.

Mary Arnold Volunteers Award was Introduced

First winner of the Mary Arnold was Dominic Mitchell of Sutton in Craven.


Jeanette House tutor in the "In Touch With Art" class since Sept 1995.

Patricia Durdey becomes the new tutor for the "In Touch With Art" class.

Holidays at Halifax Society Holiday Home in Fleetwood finish through lack of a volunteer activities organiser.


UK Online Centre Opens.

Mrs Sybil Pye steps down as centre organiser at Skipton Social Centre for the Blind after 18 years.

Mr Martin Leathley, Town Mayor of Keighley Town Council became patron of the association. The last time the local Mayor was Patron was 1973. Between 1974 and 2001 The Patron had been The Lord Mayor of Bradford.

The Board took the decision not to organise day trips as a measure to save costs following a 106% increase in insurance cover for the charity's work.


Work starts on refurbishing five flats in Keighley.

Official opening of the refurbished flats by the association Patron Mrs Nancy Holdsworth Town Mayor 28 years to the day since the flats were originally opened by the late Tommy Holmes.


Five flats in Keighley refurbishment completed at a cost of £70,000 funded by £10,000 from trust and £63,000 from reserves.

Arts council funding for one year for the "In Touch With Art" Class.

Barnoldswick Social Centre merges with Skipton Social Centre to form Skipton Social Centre with West Craven.

First Annual General Meeting to be held at lunchtime. All previous AGMs have been held in an evening.


The Association Appointed by the Royal National Institute for the Blind (RNIB) as a distributor of devices for visually impaired people.

The late Mrs Lena Anderton formerly of Farish House, Keighley left the Association its largest ever legacy in its 98 years of existence.

His Grace The Duke of Devonshire kindly accepted our invitation to become Honorary President during the Associations Centenary year in 2007

Paul Hudson the BBC weatherman who was born and raised in Keighley has kindly accepted to be your Patron for the Associations Centenary year.

The Charity Commission granted permission for the communities of Ilkley, Burley-in-Whafedale and Menston to be included in the Association's beneficiary area.

The Upgrade of the computer suite was completed due to the generosity of the late Mrs Lena Aderton.


Launch of Braille Transcription services at a cost of £6,000 funded by public subscription

At the Annual Conference of the National Association of Local Societies for the Visually Impaired (NALSVI) held in Chester, the SeeFact Newsletter picked up two Awards. A second place certificate for presentation and a second place certificate for content.

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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