Pick up a copy of this week’s edition to read about Batley Bulldogs' hopes of smashing the £100k fundraising barrier this weekend.

The popular Pink Weekend returns to the Fox’s Biscuits Stadium – but the three-day charity fundraiser has added poignancy this year. 

It marks the first time the event has been held since the passing of the inspirational Beverley Nicholas in June, after she lost her battle with breast cancer. 

There’s major news as plans for a new urban food street market are revealed as part of the ‘Batley Plaza’ development. 

News of an improved Ofsted rating for Kirklees Council's children’s services department comes with a warning that there is still a long way to go, and we cover the case of a paedophile from Chickenley who raped a four-year-old girl, then was attacked by his cellmate in prison. 

We have a heartwarming interview with Colin and Edna Smith, who are celebrating 65 years of marriage this week, and they share the secret to their happiness. 

We reveal plans for a clean up on the River Calder that is expected to cost over £100,000, and motorists are warned to leave more time for their journeys ahead of gas works due to start on August 19 in Savile Town. 

Plus, is another bid to reopen Red House Museum could be falling on deaf ears…

In sport, it's derby day on Sunday and Lee Greenwood is aiming to earn bragging rights for the first time as Dewsbury boss, while Batley coach Matt Diskin believes it is a massive game for both sides with the winners potentially securing their Championship status.

The Rams have, however, lost one of their top performers for the rest of the season as Kyle Trout heads for Super League.

It's been a busy week for Batley Boys, who moved into the automatic promotion places in their league with a dramatic draw before beating Dewsbury Celtic midweek to reach the Heavy Woollen Cup final.

Cleckheaton are in the running for the runners-up spot in the Bradford Cricket League Premier Division, while Batley are closing in on a return to the top flight.

Liversedge FC began their season with an action-packed draw last weekend, and are preparing to start their FA Cup campaign on Saturday when they host Abbey Hey.

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