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Q&A with Farzana Ishaq, Head of Family Law, Pudsey Legal Farzan Ishaq is a qualified solicitor and a certified member of the Law Society’s Family Law Accreditation Scheme. She is also a member of Resolution, a group of 6,500 family lawyers committed to the constructive resolution of family disputes. Here she answers the most commonly asked questions about divorce. Q. What areas of family law can you help me with at Pudsey Legal? We cover various areas including divorce, financial disputes, disputes relating to children as well as prenuptial and separation agreements. We also deal with change of name deeds for adults and children who wish to formally change their names, as well as providing mediation advice and assistance. Q. Is it true that divorce is a very costly and lengthy process? As long as the divorce is not defended or disputed by the other party for whatever reason it is usually a straightforward process, which can take up to 6 months. This does not have to be costly; we offer fixed fees that assist in keeping costs down. Q. If I’m getting divorced, will I have to appear in court? It is generally a paper exercise and you do not have to attend court if matters are agreed. However, if the divorce is disputed or legal costs are not agreed between the parties then you may have to appear in court. Q. Can we separate without getting a divorce? Yes, you can but if you wish to marry again in the future then a divorce is required. Q. Does a divorce always mean sorting out the family finances and home(s)? Not always, but it does help if you deal with financial issues and obtain a clean break, to enable you to move on independently.

Covered Edition 26 Contents

04 food & drink 14 Property MAtters 28 garden guru 44 arts & entertainment 46 Advertising Directory Competition

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Hello and welcome to Edition 26 of Covered – the magazine that delivers. What a month for the weathermen! Over the last thirty days we’ve had freezing temperatures, snow, sleet, hail, rain, glorious sun and gales – have I missed anything? I’m sure you’ll all join me in hoping more clement weather from now on. Certainly our hard working distributors will. It usually takes around 7 working days for the team to deliver 45,000 magazines, with most staff hitting about 600 letterboxes per day. Whilst the ice and snow was at its peak, this was reduced to around 130 magazines per day and there were 2 days when deliveries were not possible at all! Apologies to those that received their copy of Covered slightly later than usual, we’ll put in an order for snowshoes, ice picks and ropes next year! Or maybe, the local authorities could pay some attention to paths and pavements once the roads are clear. The provision of more grit bins would help I’m sure but it seems that very few streets meet the criteria to receive one. Let me know if you’re in an area where you feel a grit bin is desperately needed, we’ll push your local representatives to take a second look. Special thanks to readers old and new who have taken the time to tell us about your thoughts on Covered, we’re truly grateful for all your positive feedback about our publications and we’ll continue to bring you the area’s best mix of hyperlocal news, views and features. The deadline for booking advertising and for editorial submissions for next month’s edition is 10/05/13, I look forward to hearing from you.

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The Local Pantry is a shop and café situated in Leathley on the main A658 road to Harrogate. On the site of the former Hunters’ Garage, it may still look like a petrol station from the outside, but inside has been lovingly refurbished to incorporate a café, kitchen and generous sized shop. The large windows provide beautiful views over towards Otley Chevin and there’s even a secure children’s play area to the rear of the premises.

The Local Pantry Opened in 2011, The Local Pantry is owned and run by a local family who have experience from restaurant and supermarket backgrounds and who are very committed to the ethos behind their business. They aim to provide good quality, affordable Yorkshire food and produce 7 days a week, at times to suit the community and passing trade, even up until 7pm most days. A little like all of the stalls at your local farmers’ market being rolled into one, and open at regular and convenient times. It’s a brilliant outlet for smaller businesses and great for locals and passing tourists to mingle over coffee and a scone. The Local Pantry are keen to champion their suppliers further by displaying photographs of them around the store, which is a lovely and personal touch, and makes you feel a little bit closer to understanding where your food actually came from.

In the café, the menu uses only products available from within the premises. This means that the Daily Specials Board will always take pride of place and feature imaginative recipes with seasonal produce, creating minimal waste. Brunch is also very popular, especially on Sundays, with variations on the menu until 3pm. The in-house chefs are also kept busy making many of the items available on the deli counter, ranging from ready meal solutions and cakes to the enormous Scotch eggs, which are available in a variety of flavours. The deli counter also offers a wide range of meats, cheeses and olives from Wetherby, and the delicious beetroot brownies are one of the many items suitable for coeliacs, with more gluten free products and dishes planned for the future, including cupcakes, pastries and bread. The shop caters for almost every need with products ranging

It may still look like a petrol station from the outside, but inside has been lovingly refurbished to incorporate a café, kitchen and generous sized shop.


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Thursday 27th June 2013 (6-8pm) Our showpiece event includes presentations by the Headteacher, opportunities to speak to our staff, students & governors and is an ideal occasion for prospective parents and the wider community to view our modern learning facilities.

Open Mornings

Monday 1st July, Tuesday 2nd July & Wednesday 3rd July (8:45am) Tours will be lead by senior staff and student ambassadors, giving visitors an opportunity to see the school in full swing and to ask any questions. To book a place on an Open Morning, please email jowled01@leedslearning.net or call 0113 3368540.

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“There’s a genuine focus on the good, old fashioned values of putting the customer, and their needs, first.”

from spices and chocolate to cleaning products, all sourced locally where possible. An odd few products are not grown in Yorkshire and are labelled ‘Not From Yorkshire’, and support is given to Fair Trade farmers elsewhere. A new alcohol license means they’ll soon be stocking wines and beers too, which will be a welcome addition for customers wanting to pick up a complete dine-in meal on the way home. The lasting feeling from a visit to the Local Pantry is one of commitment and community. There’s a genuine focus on the good, old-fashioned values of putting the customer, and their needs, first. Regular customers are greeted by name and the Notice Board is overflowing with local events and children’s artwork. The team here also go to extraordinary lengths, not only to source, but to understand the products and their enthusiasm shows when they are offering friendly guidance or cooking instructions to the more uncertain among us. Judging by the amount of people visiting, it seems that their principles are certainly working and plans to renovate the exterior will surely only bring more happy customers through their doors. www.thelocalpantry.co.uk twitter @thelocalpantry

The team here go to extraordinary lengths, not only to source, but to understand the products.


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10 Food & Drink

Ingredients

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1.3kg Beetroot

750ml of Vegetable Stock

300g Split Red Lentils

680g Self-Raising Flour

400g Risotto rice

300ml Apple Juice

1 Red Onion

3tsp Baking Powder

1 Onion

½ cup of sugar

2 Carrots

170g Butter

2 Garlic Cloves

100g Butter

Parsley Bunch

125g + 50g mature cheddar grated

Pinch thyme

150g Goat Parmesan

Lemon Rapeseed Oil

4 heaped tsp red onion marmalade

200ml White wine

Rapeseed Oil

Roasted Beetroot Risotto with Beetroot Crisps & Goat Parmesan Shavings Place1kg of beetroot in tin foil. Drizzle in oil and thyme and wrap up. Roast in oven for 1hour at 180c before removing. Top and tail and peel the beetroot, then roughly chop before putting into a pan and adding the apple juice and sugar, and cooking to reduce by half. Add to a food processor and blitz to a smooth puree. Next, finely chop onion and garlic and sweat off in a little oil. Add risotto rice and coat in oil for a couple of minutes. Add white wine and reduce until liquid has gone. Gradually add stock a ladle at a time, stirring continuously. Cook until rice has softened, add beetroot puree, butter, parmesan and seasoning. To make the crisps, slice the remainder of the beetroot on a mandolin or cut as thinly as possible. Fry until crispy. Drain on kitchen towel and add sea salt. Serve with beetroot crisps and shaved parmesan on top and drizzle with rapeseed oil.

Split Red Lentil, Red Onion, Carrot & Parsley Salad Cook lentils on a moderate heat adding water throughout and stirring continuously. Once cooked, remove from pan and allow to cool. Finely dice the red onion and grate the carrots and mix in with the cooled lentils. Roughly chop the parsley and add to the lentils along with seasoning and lemon oil. Mix thoroughly and serve.

300-400ml milk

Fountains Gold & Bracken Hill Red Onion Marmalade Scones Sift flour and baking powder together. Cut butter into cubes and rub through the flour until the mix resembles fine breadcrumbs. Fold through 125g cheddar. Rub marmalade gently through mix until thoroughly dispersed. Add just enough milk to form a soft dough (you may not need all the milk depending on how wet the chutney is and the type of flour). Gently bring together the dough and pat out onto a floured surface to a thickness of approx. 1.5 - 2inches (or the height of the cutter). Brush with milk, sprinkle with the remaining cheddar and bake in a preheated oven 180/200 degrees celsius for 15 minutes or until risen, golden brown and firm on the bottom.


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12 Food & Drink

Yorkshire’s love affair with fish and chips Consider, if you will, your enduring memories of a Yorkshire summer. Licking ice cream in a deck chair on the East coast might be one of them. Watching the cricketers at Headingley could be another. But for many, it’s sitting in a leafy park eating Britain’s traditional takeaway – fish and chips. Yorkshire and fish and chips go together like rhubarb and custard. Harry Ramsden’s – that great Yorkshire institution – was once the largest chippie in the world. As times change, the Great Old Man of the frying industry has been franchised off and the original site in Guiseley has new owners. But nothing else has changed – not really. Yorkshire has always delivered the deliciously battered goods and will continue to do so. Britain’s love affair with the fabulous food has never wavered. Today, over 380 million portions of fish and chips a year are dished out to the hungry hordes. Although the lip-smacking taste may be the decisive factor of its success, the fact that fish and chips contain the least amount of saturated fat than any other popular takeaway is undoubtedly appealing. The UK’s chippies hover around the 10,000 mark – 8

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times as many as the “Golden Arches” of McDonald’s! Those shops which hold the distinguished Quality Award – the national “5-star benchmark” awarded by the National Federation of Fish Friers – are a credit to the industry and uphold everything a great British accolade should: it denotes excellent customer service, safe hygiene practices and…the best fish and chips! This may come as no surprise, but Yorkshire has the highest concentration of Quality Award winners than anywhere else in the UK. Yorkshire simply batters the competition. So what does this mean? Well, it simply means that Yorkshire knows what she’s doing when it comes to fish and chips. So when you’re feeling peckish, pop into your local chippie. Whether you like them soused in vinegar from paper, or prefer a chunk of cod from a cardboard box, we’re all in the same boat, and we’re all very happy. Fish and chips are here to stay, and there’s no better place to get them than from your local chippy. The best of the bunch can be found in this month’s Covered. Try them and tuck in! For more information on the Quality Award visit: www. federationoffishfriers.co.uk Opening Times: Monday 4:30pm - 7:30pm Tuesday to Friday 11:30am - 1:30pm & 4:30pm - 7:30pm Saturday 11:30am - 6:00pm Sunday Closed

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14 Property Matters

Time to go green with the Green Deal? This ground-breaking scheme is launched as part of the Government’s target to improve the efficiency of homes by reducing our energy consumption - and driving down our energy bills. Latest figures from the English Housing Survey have revealed: • 19% of the private rented sector was in fuel poverty (i.e. spending at least 10% of income on fuel) • 14% of housing stock was built pre-1919 • 19% of stock fell into the worst-performing category for energy efficiency Under the initiative, households can apply for loans from the Green Deal Finance Company - a nonprofit making organisation - to spend on energysaving measures, ranging from new boilers to roof and cavity insulation. Loans are repaid through your energy bills over an agreed period. As repayments are offset by the savings achieved, there should be no increase in your fuel bill. Borrowing rates are expected to be around 6.5%

As an incentive, the Government is introducing a cashback scheme. The amount you get is linked to the scale of work carried out. The loan would remain with the meter, and repayments taken on by the incoming owner/tenant who would continue to benefit from the improvements Benefits to Landlord and Tenants As increasing numbers of people become more energy conscious, it is expected that a property with low running costs will boost its marketability - and help it achieve its maximum rental potential. Energy-efficient improvements help to maintain the fabric of the property, reducing the risk of serious maintenance issues including damp, condensation, freezing pipework and unreliable boilers. Fewer maintenance bills improve the financial return and net yield of your investment! With fuel prices increasing, it’s anticipated that investment in greener homes will only increase in the future.

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16 Property Matters

WORKING FOR YOU One of the essential factors to consider when moving home is who will be working on your behalf – and how hard will they be working? With so many available options, it can be difficult for sellers to work out which estate agent is the best choice. However, at William H Brown results speak for themselves. The flagship office in Pudsey is a multi-award winning branch which has handled the sale of hundreds of properties over the past fifteen years and, in today’s challenging market, that sort of pedigree is invaluable. Buyers can be assured of an equally high level of service – after all, without looking after the purchaser, sales are rarely completed quickly and smoothly. The branch’s fastest sale took less than 24 hours - proof of both their commitment to getting a sale and finding the right house for the right buyer. William H Brown’s latest addition to their highly skilled team is Mortgage Services Consultant,

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18 Property Matters

Lettings Demand For Hunters The on-set of Spring (finally!) has seen the Hunters letting team in Pudsey growing fast. Manager Elaine Collins and lettings negotiator Hazel Buxton have now been joined by Rebecca Lilley - a new administrator to help with the increase in demand for rental properties.

Hunters offer a friendly, personal service but with the back up of a growing, nationwide company with a wealth of experience. Landlords benefit from seven days a week opening hours, accompanied viewings six days a week including weekends and early evenings, extensive internet advertising, regular print advertising and modern technology such as free apps for mobile phones and ipads.

More people are deciding to rent instead of buying their first property so the demand for houses and apartments in Pudsey and the surrounding area is very high.

Hunters have mailing lists bursting with quality tenants so if you are thinking of letting give them a call - you’ll see why landlords continue to use their service time after time and just how different they are!

Good properties can be let within a few days of coming to the market and Hunters are confident that they can achieve higher rents for those landlords with quality properties. Tenants want a good standard of properties and clean, neutral decor goes a long way to securing a quick let to a reliable tenant.

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20 Local Matters

PUDSEY & DISTRICT CIVIC SOCIETY On Wednesday 15th May, the Society's President and local historian, Ruth Strong, will share her vast knowledge of Pudsey's textile heritage on a walk which starts at 10.30am from the Royal Hotel, Station Street, Pudsey, and finishes on Waterloo at around 1pm

Farsley Fundraiser Wants Your Phones If you’ve got an unwanted mobile phone lurking in the back of a drawer somewhere then Farsley resident Stephen Fowler wants it! And with good reason. Having experienced prostate and skin cancer, Stephen is now an active fundraiser for Cancer Research UK. Rather than ask for cold-hard cash, Stephen is looking for Covered readers to donate unwanted mobile phones, games consoles and computer equipment. The Farsley fundraiser told Covered “There's millions of unwanted and unneeded mobile phones tucked away in drawers, chests and cupboards, worth millions of pounds in scrap value. I'd like to convert as many of those unwanted mobile phones as I can into cash for cancer research. The same applies to old games consoles and computer equipment”. Donations can be posted to Stephen or, if you’re in the local area, collection may be possible. If you don’t have any redundant electrical equipment you can still donate by texting: PFAC88 followed by the amount you’d like to donate (e.g. £10.00) and then send to 70070. For more information or to arrange collection of your unwanted items, please contact Stephen on: 07538 594362 or visit www.justgiving.com/phoneforacure

Rodley Nature Reserve is the venue for another walk on Wednesday 19th June, meeting at the Visitor Centre at 7pm. Suitable footwear and outdoor clothing required. If you’d like to take part in the walks, or would like more information contact: 0113 2360253 or Email: depellejg@aol.com

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22 Antiques & Vintage

Going, going... Covered magazine gives tips for those considering buying at auction to upgrade, restyle or simply save money Buyer beware Even with all of today’s consumer legislation, one place where the buyer must remain “beware” is the auction house. Most goods in general sales are sold as seen. For example, the majority of domestic appliances are sold with a warning to have them checked by a qualified technician. The exact terms of sale are usually posted on the wall or in the catalogue. The buyer usually has redress only if there was a clear error in the catalogue. Not worth what you paid for it, drawer sticking, wrong dimensions? You only have yourself to blame.

The inside and underside of many items often give clues about condition and authenticity. The oxidation, square nut and texture underneath this bronze are strong evidence that it is a C19th original.

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Research is everything. Check for woodworm, rust, missing parts, cracks or other damage. The underside and inside of items can be great revealers. Remember – bodged repairs often cost more to put right than the original fault. If you are a complete novice then view with someone else, if only to compare notes. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Where did it come from? Is it in working order? What premium is added to the hammer price? Do I need to register before bidding? If you can’t deliver, then who can? Reputable and responsible auction houses don’t happen by accident – it is very much in their interest to build trust and confidence with their clients.

Those unable to attend on the day can leave a bid on the book. That does not necessarily commit you to that price. The auctioneer should still start the bidding at a reasonable figure - perhaps at the reserve or lower estimate. If you leave a bid of £160 then you might still be the winner at £120 (plus commission).

Where possible, refer to more than one antiques and collectibles price guide. But they generally refer to items in good order from a specialist dealer offering more guarantees than you will get at auction. An auction estimate of half the value suggested in a Miller’s guide is no guarantee that you have found a bargain. eBay results can be helpful.

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On the day, don’t assume that the other bidder is a dealer who knows what he is doing and can sell the item for a healthy profit. Not only do dealers make mistakes, the other bidder just might be making the same assumptions about you.

Condition reports and telephone bids Auctioneers usually offer images, condition reports and the option of telephone bidding free of charge. But none of these services is likely to be available on low value items.

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The top golf professionals recognise keeping fit can have almost as big an impact on their game as practicing on their swing.

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Hold a medicine ball in front of your whilst in your regular golf stance. Swing the medicine ball as if taking a half back swing and then forwards as it striking forwards. Repeat the swinging motion for 20-30 reps to help strengthen your core.

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The average golfer walks between 5 to 6 miles during a round of golf, whilst it’s all too easy to tire on the last few holes. Cardio is a great way to get oxygen to the muscles and prepare the body for a full workout. Take a bike ride or go for a run for 2½ to 3 miles, the equivalent of 9 holes of golf.

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I take my physical fitness and well-being very seriously. I believe that being in good physical shape helps me to be a better player. I can drive the ball further, my energy and concentration levels are improved and I feel like I have an extra edge when the pressure is on. A healthy body equals a healthy mind.

Here are a few tips to get you started, whilst any good gym can provide programmes to help develop your game;

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Tiger Woods describes defines his weight training routine aim as “to build the strength I need to crush a golf ball rather than develop big muscle volume”. Go for a medium weight with a combination of free weights, bench presses and resistance machines and sets of between 25-50 reps on each. The best swing requires symmetry so work on both left and right sides equally.


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He said: "I have run 23 marathons in the past four years, but I have never done anything like this before. During the race, I will be running 23 miles each day for two days in a row, with very little recovery time. I will also be working hard to stop the cyclists catching KEEN runner Paul Kaye is gearing up for the up with me - although I won't be surprised if they do! marathon challenge of a lifetime - taking on a team of cyclists in a 'hare and hounds' charity race. "I am looking forward to the challenge. All the staff at the company are excited about it, and the team of hounds have Pudsey Legal co-director Paul (the 'hare') will race been getting up early to train on their bikes before work. on foot against the nine cyclists (the 'hounds') in a It has even encouraged some of them to take up cycling to gruelling two-day, 46-mile competition, in a bid to work, so there is a health benefit as well." raise money for Pudsey Live at Home. Paul will have just an hour's head start on the cyclists each day. The race is Pudsey Legal's major fundraising effort for Pudsey Live at Home, the company's chosen The challenge, on 18 and 19 May, will take place on the charity for the year. Leeds-Liverpool canal between Rodley and Skipton. Paul added: "Pudsey Live at Home do such a fantastic Paul said that both he and the 'hounds' - made up of job, and we felt it was a very worthy cause for us to Pudsey Legal staff and contacts - had been training support this year. We want to raise as much money hard for the challenge. Paul has joined the Pudsey as possible for them." Pacers and trains at least four times a week in a bid to give the cyclists a run for their money. He also To sponsor the team, visit signed up for the Blackpool Marathon in early April. www.justgiving.com/Pudsey-Legal


28 4 Garden Guru

Time for grass to have its first cut and scarify of the year.

Little and often is the motto for vegetable sowings, in order to enjoy fresh produce on a regular basis – without a huge glut. Every two weeks, make sowing of beetroot, cabbage, cauliflower, carrots, peas, turnips. Onion sets, potatoes and leeks may be planted in bulk at the correct time, as these will take a long time to mature. The season is still cold, so be prepared for a slow start to working in the garden. Everything now depends on the temperature of the soil, so as the soil warms up: The grass will have been growing in your lawn, so now is the time to give it an initial trim with the blades relatively high. Then give it a good scarify with a long tine garden rake, to remove the thatch and moss which will have built up over the winter. Next we improve the drainage, using a garden fork pushed into the turf every 6 to 9 inches to a depth of 4 inches. The last item is to spread a spring lawn fertiliser over the whole area, incorporating weed and moss killer if this is a problem. Then as the season progresses, cut on a regular basis and trim the edges to maintain a perfect finish. Often overlooked, this is a good time to re-pot indoor house plants and permanent tubs outside. If the pots are too large, scrape away the top few inches and replace – incorporating a slow release fertilizer. Indoor and out door perennials may also be split, to fill in empty area or pot, keeping the freshest pieces and disposing of any old woody material.

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32 Local Matters

Cagefighting at Farsley AFC

The evening started at 5.20 with an amateur bout between juniors aged 14 and15 – 14 being the lower age limit widely accepted as the norm. An official line has to be drawn somewhere, with media and web reports of contestants as young as 8 being disturbing.

Ivor Hughes got his first taste of MMA at Farsley AFC in April. Here is what he found out on the night – and from an exclusive interview with one of Europe’s leading authorities. “Cagefighting” was given a bad name by a handful of TV features that focused on the most extreme examples. Those included ungloved and unprotected contestants in cages little larger than a broom cupboard, fighting it out until one submitted or was knocked unconscious. That “anything goes” approach has its roots in Brazilian ju-jitsu and has exponents and followers worldwide. But it is a very, very long way from the rapidly growing and internationally adopted sport now known as MMA (Mixed Martial Arts). So, what is MMA? MMA is exactly what it says on the label. It is a mixture of all unarmed combat sports. Although reputedly derived from ju-jitsu, the ones most in evidence are boxing, judo and wrestling. Opponents usually start by boxing, sometimes adding kicks. Then judo, to throw their opponent to the floor – with them on top. Then judo/ wrestling in order to gain a submission. Depending on the class of contestants, some blows are also permitted while they are on the ground. On the (Saturday) night Twelve fights, at amateur (3x 3 min rounds), semi-pro and pro (3x 5 mins) level. Twelve to fifteen is a typical evening.

A lot of the action is on the floor.

There being no programme on the night, the uninformed would have had to try and find details on the internet or listen very carefully to the master of ceremonies. Only regular followers would have known the names, form and MMA clubs represented. Not that it mattered – having seen fights only on TV, I was there for the spectacle rather than the detail. But I’d be disappointed if I went again and found a similar lack of information. As for the spectacle itself? Impressive, fascinating and quite surprising. The level of protection - gloves and shin pads – varies according to the class of contest. As do the length or rounds and blows permitted. With a maximum three judged rounds, though few fights lasting that long, punches are traded fast and furious from the off. Some contestants test their opponents early on with powerful kicks – more karate style than kickboxing, not wanting to be grabbed and thrown to the floor.


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Although the more proficient and evenly matched fighters spent a lot longer on their feet trading punches, bouts of wrestling are inevitable and frequent. Limited blows on the floor are allowed only at semi-pro level and above and were rarely telling. The general idea seemed to be to win by gaining submission with a painful limb or choke lock. Then it’s all over in a flash. Perhaps MMA hasn’t been going long enough for long-term injuries to be identified, but there certainly aren’t the same twelve rounds of heavy punishment to the brain endured by boxers. The surprising element is the total discipline of the contestants – and the mutual respect. They know the moves, holds and blows that are forbidden in MMA and are not in the habit of resorting to them. Maybe partly because it’s all on film. Another pleasant surprise was the composition and behaviour of the audience. Yes, some ardent fans got vocal during exchanges – but no more, perhaps even less, than at football matches. There were also plenty of couples and women in the audience. Clearly the majority had an interest in the contests but they were a far cry from the bare-knuckle badger-baiting brigade some might expect to see.

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On that point, I spoke with Brian Herbert (Essex), 8th Dan Black Belt and Head of Jikishin Ju Jitsu Association. Originally a karate exponent, he now has over 2000 ju jitsu and MMA students in UK and is also founder member and Head of UKMA (GB), an umbrella organisation representing all martial arts clubs in UK including MMA; “There are too many self-appointed governing bodies to count. Many have their own agendas and vested interests. But the sport is growing at a phenomenal rate. Perhaps political intervention is necessary. But there remains the problem that MMA draws on so many combat sports, each of those with their own governing bodies and all of whom will want a piece of the action”. The next MMA evening at Farsley AFC is expected to be in October. Tickets for the April event were £20, £30 ringside and £40 VIP.

Does MMA have a future? Well, it certainly has a present. Around 200 clubs in the UK and at least one evening of fights promoted every weekend. But its future remains vulnerable and haphazard as long as there are so many self-appointed “governing bodies” with rules that need unification.

This fight was class K2 – note the larger gloves. Boxing in an MMA ring.

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Leeds Beer Festival’s 20th Year in Pudsey The Leeds Beer, Cider and Perry Festival enjoyed its 20th year in Pudsey Civic Hall between Thursday 14 and Saturday 16 March. Being the St Patrick’s Day weekend, there was no shortage of Celtic labelled beers and music – though the fact that it was indeed the weekend in question just might help explain why the attendance of 2693, though healthy, was a little lower than average. Busiest session by far was the Friday evening, with over 600 pilgrims paying homage. Sponsors within Covered’s areas of distribution (45,000 copies) included The Commercial (Pudsey), The Old Cock (Otley), Wharfebank Brewery and Market Town Taverns (the group including Town Street Tavern (Horsforth), Bar T’at (Ilkley), Horse and Farrier (Otley) and Coopers (Guiseley). Leeds CAMRA’s next festival is expected to be from 13 to 15 March. If you can’t wait that long, or even if you can, Coopers in Guiseley is holding its very own beer festival on 17 and 18 May – further details on page 13.

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Vive les Vermellois! It’s almost twenty years since a chance discussion between a Farsley supporter and groundsman paved the way for an enduring friendship between the youth teams, and parents and officials, at Farsley AFC and the football club at US (Union sportif) Vermelles. Vermelles is small town in northern France in the conurbation surrounding the old industrial, weaving and mining towns of Lille and Lens. An uncanny coincidence – you could equally be reading Farsley/ Leeds/Bradford. Vermelles has a population of around 5000. There is a Commonwealth WWI graveyard there, with over 2000 British and Commonwealth war dead resting inside - Vermelles and the surrounding towns and villages were pivotal in the fight for Flanders. This Easter weekend Vermelles sent over two teams, their under 17s and 15s. Each played three matches against local opposition. The results weren’t as important as the camaraderie and esprit de corps, as they say in LS28 - though their language skills are about to be severely diminished. US Vermelles has its own mid-May tournament, contested over the

Stonewalling Tactics The Dry Stone Walling Association, a charity, was founded in 1968 to preserve walls and the craft itself. It now has branches covering areas as far apart as the Isle of Skye and Cornwall - only London and the south east aren’t. Hardly surprisingly, in the north, there are eight branches between Barnsley and Burnley. And, although the West Yorkshire branch is in Huddersfield, it’s the Otley and Yorkshire Dales branch that has taken responsibility for repairing and restoring dry stone walls in north Leeds and beyond. Right now, the group is focusing its efforts on restoring the walls around the car park at Otley Chevin Forest Park on York Gate, opposite The Royalty Inn (long closed). Other recent efforts have also included restoring walls in Calverley Woods and Rawdon and building a memorial at Harrogate Showground. First Mile

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third of three French public holidays in May (vive la France!). But that weekend, 17 to 20 May, includes a Friday and Monday for which local schools have refused to excuse pupils. Farsley AFC had raised the funds before they got the news. Thirty or so Farsley youngsters have been denied the experience of total immersion into a foreign culture and language and the opportunity to play in an international football tournament. And a visit to a cemetery where, 100 years ago, we buried over 2000 casualties not that much older than they are today. Incroyable... When working on Otley Chevin, the group usually meets on Thursdays at 10am, breaks for lunch at White House Cafe and finishes at around 4pm. They also Otley and the Dales branch of DWSAfive volunteers braving bitterly cold meet socially on weather in Chevin Forest Park in the first Tuesday March - their main project at present. evening of each month at Otley Working Men’s Social Club in Weston Drive. The group also has a demonstration stand at Otley Show on 18 May – they have a comprehensive list of shows and other activities online. For further information contact secretary Richard Kitchen on 0113 2507190.

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Nurseries with a reputation you can trust Children’s Corner Childcare has seven settings across Leeds and two within the Farsley/Rodley area, one at Valley View Community School and one at Springbank Primary School. The nurseries offer high quality childcare and preschool education in warm, friendly environments and have dedicated, caring staff. All nurseries offer the 15 hours free educational grant sessions for children in the term after their 3rd birthday. Director Lesley Dawson told Covered “We are very lucky to have such wonderful staff in our nurseries and this is what makes them so special. But we also regularly consult with parents to see what their needs are. We all want that perfect work life balance so that we can enjoy our children, so in addition to what’s already on offer, we are introducing our Family Time Programme to give parents more quality time with their children.”

Stewart Andrew mp It has been a turbulent few weeks for Leeds Children’s Heart Surgery Unit and it has certainly kept me busy over the course of the Easter Recess. There was much celebration in Leeds on 27th March following the announcement in the High Court that the consultation and decision-making process which underpinned Safe and Sustainable’s decision to close the Leeds Unit was flawed, and that the assessment of Quality – supposedly at the heart of the decision – was unfair and unlawful. The following day surgery at the Unit was suspended by Sir Bruce Keogh, NHS Medical Director, as he had received information from whistleblowers that the Unit was not of the highest quality, that mortality rates were disturbingly high and staffing levels and experience were a problem. It later emerged that one of the whistleblowers was in fact Sir Roger Boyle, director of the group overseeing mortality data across the health service and adviser to the Safe and Sustainable Review. Furthermore, the data was incomplete and unverified, as stated by John Gibbs, the head of Central Cardiac Audit Database (CCAD) who was responsible for preparing the figures.

The programme includes: • Children’s hairdresser attends nursery once a month for trims – saves the stresses of that Saturday morning hair cut • A shoe fitter regularly attends to measure children’s feet and sends home a special record of the child’s current shoe size • Babysitting service • Dry cleaning service and parcel delivery service • Spare supplies service for when parents run out of essential items such as nappy creams, formula milk or nappies • Home made frozen meals – for the times parents are held up at work and need a quick solution for tea. • Special craft afternoons or dads breakfast times for parents to come along and join in the fun at nursery • Home packs for Baby Sign used in nursery The nursery ethos is all about the child and their family. The senior management team are parents themselves and look at the business as parents first, in recruitment, in policies and in all that they offer. This seems to work as the nurseries continue to thrive. Places are limited at the nurseries so for any further information please email la.dawson@btinternet.com or call 0113 2577868 for details on the Open Days. In his words, the release of the statistics “rings of politics rather than proper process.” After days of emergency meetings and risk summits the Unit was found to be safe and the hospital’s own detailed analysis of figures for Leeds undertaken in the last few days demonstrates that its mortality is in line with all other centres, confirming the previous information it had about our safe outcomes. Whilst it is great news that the Unit has opened once again, it has left many of my colleagues in Leeds and in Westminster wondering exactly why the decision was made to close it in the first place and we will be seeking answers when Parliament returns.

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IF TEETH COULD TALK Farsley Dentist, Jon Swarbrigg, knows a thing or two about taking care of teeth. So much so, he’s written a book on the subject – ‘If Teeth Could Talk’. Over the coming editions Jon picks up his pen for Covered and will take a look at things from the tooth’s perspective, offering tips and advice on how you should look after your pearly whites. Let’s face it nowadays we want to keep our teeth for life! Let’s start with the basics. One question we get asked in the surgery every day is: How should I clean my teeth? Should I use a manual toothbrush or invest in an electric one? My personal preference is to use an electric toothbrush, Phillips make a great electric toothbrush but there are plenty of options – ask in the practice if you need some advice. The difference with an electric toothbrush is that you do not have to circulate the bristles yourself once you have the positioning correct at the gum line, the brush will do this for

you. Some might think it’s just going all high-tech for the sake of it. I assure you, it’s not. Independent research that suggests an electric toothbrush will clean more effectively than manual. You don’t need to get the all singing, all dancing model that wakes you up and makes you a cup of tea in the morning , a more basic models will do the job just as well.

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WLR – USE IT OR LOSE IT West Leeds Radio is an Internet Community Radio station serving Bramley and surrounding areas, playing a variety of music and messages from the local community. They operate seven days a week from 10am - 10pm. Founders, Lord Terence Knapton & Lady Helen Joan Garrand (yes, there are titled people living in Bramley!) told Covered that the aims of the station were. 1. To promote social inclusion by broadcasting to those unable to access local community groups or the community itself. 2. To train and encourage local people to get involved in presenting and use of studio equipment, enhancing skills for employment. 3. To provide a voice to those, such as older people or speakers of minority languages, who find it harder to access the media. 4. To improve the community’s health and wellbeing by providing music to listen to. Launched in July 2012 by Dene Michael (Patron) the radio has had more than 19000 listeners. Dene Michael is well known in the music and entertainment

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business for his membership of 80s band Black Lace and hit songs such as Aggadoo and Superman. His continued involvement and support have been invaluable. Being not-for-profit the station relies on grant funding and donation. Please get in touch with Lord Terence or Lady Helen if you would like to help in any way. Having proper office space to present shows and involving new presenters are the priority goals for this worthwhile community venture. Local businesses or community groups wishing to advertise on the station please contact 07934773680 or westleedsradio@gmail.com. To listen to the station please visit www. westleedsradio.co.uk. And remember if you don’t use it you lose it.

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GUISELEY LIONS CLUB CHARITY BEER FESTIVAL RETURNS FOR THIRD YEAR Guiseley and District Lions Club are to hold their third Charity Beer Festival at Coopers Bar Guiseley on Friday 17th and Saturday 18th May 2013. The theme is ‘Up Against T’wall’. Twenty four different real ales from Scotland and the Borders will be available along with a choice of wine and cider. Local businesses are sponsoring each of the beers and all proceeds will go to local worthy causes. Last year’s event raised around £3000 and Medical Alert Dogs, which trains dogs to recognise and respond to different medical conditions, were the main beneficiaries. The Lions also supported Eve Williams from Menston who suffers from quadriplegic cerebral palsy. Funds raised this year are to go to Callum Hall a 20-year old struck down by a rare paralysing infection. Callum, who has worked at The Station Pub in Guiseley for one and a half years, was fit and healthy until late September last year when he

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began to suffer back pain. Just two days later he was paralysed. To help his recovery Callum will need specialist equipment and top-of-the-range wheelchairs that are not available in hospitals. Among the things he needs are an Easy Stand, which helps him to stand and reconnects his brain to his legs, and a Functional Electrical Stimulation bike to help maintain his leg muscles. Entry is by ticket only at £5 a person which includes a souvenir glass, 2 half pints and a programme detailing the beers sponsors. Additional beers will be priced at £2.50 a pint. Sessions are from 7-11pm each evening and 1-4pm on Saturday. Tickets can be purchased from Coopers or www.wegot tickets.com. For more information visit www.guiseley.co.uk/lions.

Blooming Marvellous Time at Pudsey Spring Show Pudsey Allotments and Cottage Gardeners' Association (PACGA) has celebrated its 40th Spring Show - and not even an unseasonal bout of heavy snow could keep the crowds away! Nearly 100 people braved the blizzards to attend the annual floral extravaganza, held at the end of March at Pudsey United Reformed Church Hall. The show featured more than 300 exhibits displaying everything from flowers and plants, to fruits, vegetables, cakes and handicrafts.

round to make the show a huge success. The quality of the entries was very high, and we'd like to thank everyone who came along."

Steve Martin, of Bentley's Butchers, officially opened the show and handed out trophies to the top exhibitors. Prizes were awarded for: most points in show (A Walsh); best exhibit (P Kitchingman); most points in the children's classes (T Haw and J Haw); home produce (G Stephens) and handicraft (J Longbottom).

PACGA, which is based at The Hut in Parkfield Close, celebrated its 90th anniversary last year. In addition to organising shows, the association holds talks, demonstrations and lectures and played an integral part in the initial setting up of Pudsey in Bloom.

Show secretary Ian Feber said: "Despite the extraordinary weather conditions, everyone rallied

This year, PACGA's annual summer show will be held on Saturday 7 September at Pudsey Leisure Centre. A plant sale will also take place on Saturday 11 May, from 10am to 12noon, at The Hut car park.


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University of the Third Age (U3A) You’d be forgiven for thinking that the ‘University of the Third Age’ was a group for those seeking enlightenment, spiritual or otherwise. Either that or a prog-rock band. It’s neither. U3A has its origins in Paris in 1979 but has since become an international organisation. The UK’s first U3A was founded in 1982 and now has 780 groups and some 250,000 members nationwide. U3A is not the usual sort of university – members need no qualifications and there are no exams. Instead, the focus is on offering opportunities and new experiences in a relaxed and friendly setting.

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Meetings are held at the Bradford Club, Piece Hall Yard, off Hustlergate (near Waterstones Bookshop) BD1 1PJ. Admission is just £1.50 and readers are welcome to drop into a meeting to find out more before committing to annual membership (£11). In addition to the monthly speakers U3A also hold activity groups - these are usually held in the group leader’s house but some need a larger venue. Activity group topics include: Creative Writing, General Discussion, Reading, Rambling Photography, Table Tennis, Painting, Gardening, History, Racket Ball, Craft/needlework and Scrabble – there really is something for everyone.

The group has a monthly coffee morning with guest speakers talking on a range of subjects. Forthcoming talks are:

A range of visits and events also take place throughout the year. Membership is not restricted to Bradford residents and many current members live in the LS13 & LS28 postcode areas.

15th May – Twenty Years in the Wardrobe 19th June – Going to Court: What goes on behind the scenes? 17th July – Whatever happened to the Arab Awakening?

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We built this city on rock and roll Love ‘em or hate ‘em: Gang of Four, Chumbawumba and Kaiser Chiefs are just some of the bands that hail from Leeds. What of the new generation though? It must be tough to afford equipment - let alone get gigs - in a triple-dip recession, amid benefit cuts and austerity measures. Luckily, times of unrest and uncertainty have always produced great music – Pistols, Clash, Jam, Specials- but who is gonna give new groups a platform? Well, don’t worry ‘cause Covered is on it and we sent John Gledhill to speak to entrepreneur James Reains about how he just might have the answer… James recently founded Leeds Mayhem, a site dedicated to promoting bands – and has now teamed up with Bluefruit promotions to create a ‘showcase’ where any band aged fourteen and upwards can play! ‘Two 14+ venues in Leeds closed last month [so] it is hard to give younger bands an opportunity to play their music. Most promoters work with bands [who are] eighteen and over,’ James tells us. This makes the fact that any band aged 14+ can play at the Leeds Mayhem showcase very unique.

Assistant Director Required! Kirkwood Theatre Partnership plan to take a large scale touring production of The Three Musketeers on the road in the summer of 2014 and they need your help! Performances are pencilled in at Middleton Park, Temple Newsham, The Royal Armouries and The Carriageworks, with other venues still in the pipeline. These will be large scale performances with over forty five actors involved and the partnership needs an Assistant Director at the earliest opportunity. Ideally, anyone interested should be available from now up until August 2014. Full rehearsals begin in January 2014. Training and support is available for the right person. Fancy getting involved? Give Mike Lockwood a call on: 0113 2560707 or email kirkwood2014@yahoo.co.uk

All the more so because, according to James then if all goes to plan, this could be the big break most bands dream of: ‘Leeds Mayhem will also be looking at maybe doing a small label in the new year, so this is a way of finding young talent and hopefully we can push bands to the next level’ he says.’ Chemical child, The Gonzos and No Hope without liars - just a few of the groups you might be hearing of soon - have all taken advantage of the fact that a full vocal PA system, amps and monitors are provided; simply bring your instruments, plug-in and play! What really gets us at Covered waving our lighters in the air is that this is all non-profit; James explains ‘I wanted to help get young kids off the streets and give them something to do. I hope this will help the community by giving kids somewhere to go. Any profit we make is put into the next gig’. Covered has a ‘more than a feelin’ that Leeds Mayhem is one to watch! Support local bands every third Sunday at The Crown, Stanningley from 12-5pm - anyone aged 14 to 17 must be accompanied by an adult. Any bands wishing to apply visit www.leedsmayhem.co.uk


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Poetry is fun? Poetry is not fun is it? It’s all soppy metaphors about love - like empty vases and lonely clouds - according to Covered’s John Gledhill. So, when students of Leeds Trinity University and members of the public got together with published poet James Nash for an open mic poetry night at Horsforth’s Sandbar, we couldn’t resist sending our reluctant writer along to talk to James, who had a surprise in store... ‘I write about death, sex and embarrassment. The first two cause the third for many of us, and from embarrassment comes humour’ says James. Indeed, sex did rear its head in several of the poems read out, contributing to a very funny night. Yes, ‘anything goes’ seemed to be the mantra; one student gamely tried out his stand-up comedy routine, several more read out pieces they had improvised that day and there was even a cello recital! It seems poetry can be anything you want it to be and the sheer variety on display made it abundantly clear that anyone can do it – ‘don't listen to the 'my writing is so crap' voice in your head’ advises James Nash.

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Participants on the night were equally inspired, despite a few nerves – they needn’t have worried though; the collective support was fantastic. Perhaps not surprising, as James notes ‘it's so important for artists and audiences to come together to share stories still, so through them we can come to understand the commonality of much of our experience. It's also just really good fun. ‘ While you don’t have to perform, in spite of his best efforts, your humble writer got dragged up and let’s just say…after a shaky start, the audience was putty in his hand – shame about those technical difficulties that, thankfully, didn’t affect anyone else…Still, what a night; best of all: no soppy metaphors!

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