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Pudsey Legal – Q&A with Seema Gabi, Head of Conveyancing Seema Gabi, Head of Conveyancing at Pudsey Legal has over eight years’ experience in conveyancing and property law. She graduated from the University of Hertfordshire in 1998 and was admitted as a solicitor in 2006. With spring in the air you may be thinking about putting your house on the market and find these common questions and answers useful. Q. What do I have to do before I can sell my house? If you use an estate agent, it will be more expensive but the estate agent will take responsibility for advertising, showing potential buyers round, and negotiating a price for the house. You must provide an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) to potential buyers. Q. Should I redecorate? It’s advisable to de-clutter the house and consider re-decorating the property in neutral colours so potential buyers can imagine living in the property. Q. When do I need to instruct a solicitor? Although most people will instruct a solicitor once they have found a house to buy or when they have found a buyer for their house, there are advantages to instructing a solicitor as soon as you have decided to move as this may speed up the whole process. Q. How long does it take to sell a house? On average it takes approximately 6 to 8 weeks from instructing your Solicitor to the date of Completion however relying on other parties, particularly those involved in a chain can cause delays. Q. Do I have to pay any stamp duty? You don’t pay stamp duty on the house you are selling, but you will have to pay a percentage of the purchase price on any new house if the property is being purchased at over £125,000. Q. When will I have to move out? You will be able to move out on the agreed completion date as soon as the necessary funds are received by the vendor’s solicitors. For further information visit:

Covered Edition 25 Contents

06 food & drink 16 garden guru 22 Property MAtters 28 arts & entertainment 38 Advertising Directory Competition

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or email: (We will only accept entries via email or post) Last month’s winner - ‘FIND sid’ - Caroline Swales, Abbeydale Gardens, LS5 Your prize awaits – please get in touch! Call: email: Prizes must be claimed by 05/04/13. Winners agree to details being published in Covered. The Editor’s decision is final. No correspondence will be entered into. Disclaimer The opinions expressed in Covered do not necessarily reflect those of the editor, publisher or their agents. Whilst every reasonable care is taken to ensure the accuracy of information included within this publication, the publisher takes no responsibility for errors or omissions in Covered Magazine. The content of Covered is not to be reproduced in any form without permission of the publisher. This magazine has been printed on materials from sustainablesources. Please pass to a friend, recycle or compost after reading. Visit: to find your nearest recycling site.

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Hello and welcome to Edition 25 of Covered – the magazine that delivers. We’re now well into Spring and as I write this note heavy snow is falling. But, fifteen minutes ago the sun was shining, the sky blue and I was outside in just a shirt! I’m sure readers will join me in hoping for some consistent weather, preferably dry and sunny! Speaking of consistency, Covered now reaches 45,000 households across much of Leeds and Ilkley – the highest single home distribution of any editorially led monthly in the area. We try not to reinvent the wheel each month but retain a familiar format – good hyper-local news, views and features complimented by advertising messages from reliable local companies. That said, we’re always keen to hear suggestions and ideas from readers and particularly from volunteer-led or community organisations that would benefit from some publicity. We can’t promise to feature everyone who contacts us, but we’ll try and bring you the best of the bunch. Any companies with a ‘story in their business’ should contact us too – we’re always interested to hear success stories and often include free editorial features for our clients. The deadline for our next edition is 5/4/13 so please get in touch with your news and views as soon as you can. Until next month...

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The Cheerful Chilli is a restaurant and tearooms on the East Chevin Road in Otley. Opened in 1999, and previously known as The Ramblers’ tearooms, it is situated in a converted farmhouse and is full of character, with a relaxed atmosphere, fresh flowers and an eclectic mix of work by local artists on the walls. The emphasis here is all about the imaginative menu and the ethos of food bringing people together to have a good time whilst sharing wholesome, home-cooked food.

The Cheerful Chilli Owner and chef David Longfield is passionate that every dish is freshly prepared, even the bread, with the focus being on flavoursome, good value food and the generous portions certainly represent that. The fact that the menu is entirely vegetarian almost seems like an aside, with the majority of customers being meat eaters, simply keen to enjoy the flavoursome and satisfying menu. Having said that, David is personally very aware of the needs of vegetarian and vegan diners and is keen to cater for everyone. He and his team are happy to discuss and create dishes with any dietary requirement in mind. The restaurant menu fuses influences from around the world to create something to suit everyone’s taste. Popular dishes are sweetcorn cakes as a starter, and enchiladas or aubergine involtini for main dishes. Puddings range from a beautiful selection of homemade ice creams to the decadent chocolate nemesis, which is described as not for the faint hearted! Another popular feature is the banquet menu, which is available for 4 or more diners, and is ideal for parties and larger groups. Private dining for up to 80 people can be catered for at The Cheerful Chilli, with customers encouraged to make the venue their own for the evening by bringing their own music, wine, and even decorations. In keeping with the ‘good value’ ethic, The Cheerful Chilli welcomes guests who bring their own drinks and charges £1 corkage, or a new wine and beer menu was also introduced last year offering a good selection of drinks, all suitable for vegetarians.

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“As the sign says, everything at The Cheerful Chilli really is made with love”

For the tearooms the menu differs and changes weekly, but generally offers a selection of tarts and sandwiches, as well as a few popular restaurant dishes, and a wide range of cakes and desserts, all of which can be purchased whole to take away. The Cheerful Chilli are popular traders at local farmers’ markets, and also provide outside catering for any event as well as seasonal products to take away; picnic hampers for a summer ramble on the Chevin, or in the outside courtyard, and Christmas puddings and nut roasts later in the year. The future is looking bright too with plans to convert the neighbouring barn by autumn this year. Accessed from the same courtyard, this additional venue will include a second kitchen and large banqueting room with mezzanine floor above, and will be available to cater for larger parties and also to introduce cookery lessons. It’s looking like David and his team will certainly be busy, but with their laid-back yet attentive style, I’m sure they’ll manage just fine. As the sign says, everything at The Cheerful Chilli really is “ made with love”. For more details visit, or they can be found on Facebook and Twitter @CheerfulChilli

Owner and chef David Longfield is passionate that every dish is freshly prepared

The Delicious Cake Company prides itself on providing beautiful bespoke cakes at affordable prices. Using the best ingredients and excellent design skills you can be sure that a cake from Farsley based Delicious Cake Company will be one that will keep you coming back for more. Tel: 0113 2566781 Mob: 07932 624449

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500g cooked chickpeas 1/2 chopped red onion Red chilli - chopped Handful fresh parsley Tablespoon cumin powder Tablespoon paprika Teaspoon chilli powder Teaspoon cinnamon powder 3 cloves garlic Drizzle olive oil 200g plain flour Salt and pepper to taste Vegetable oil for frying

Falafel Place all of the ingredients, except flour and oil, in a large bowl and blend with a hand blender. When smooth(ish) add a drizzle of oil and flour, bit by bit, until you get a smooth, dry(ish) consistency. Roll into small balls and deep fry in vegetable oil until golden. Serve with fresh salad and yogurt and mint sauce.



225g plain flour pinch salt 50g lard 50g margarine 30ml water 5 medium red onions 1 cup red wine 1 cup balsamic vinegar 200g brown sugar 300g soft goats’ cheese log Basil, chopped finely Drizzle olive oil

Goat’s Cheese & Red Onion Tart Peel and slice the red onions and put into a pan with the red wine and balsamic vinegar and sugar. Cook down on a low heat until the onions are soft and sweet. To make the pastry, mix flour and salt in bowl and rub in fat. Use knife to mix in cold water to form stiff dough. Knead lightly on a floured surface before rolling out. Blind bake 6 pastry cases in 4 inch tart cases for 5-10 minutes. Fill with cooked red onion mixture before placing a generous slice of goats’ cheese on top. Blend the olive oil with the basil and drizzle on the tarts. Bake for further 15 minutes at 180 degrees Celsius. Serve with fresh salad.


250ml Stout 250g unsalted butter 75g cocoa 400g caster sugar 150 ml pot natural yoghurt 2 eggs 1 tablespoon vanilla extract 275g plain flour 2 ½ teaspoons bicarbonate of soda 300g cream cheese 150g icing sugar 125ml double or whipping cream

Chocolate Guinness Cake Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius, and butter and line a 23cm springform tin. Pour the Stout into a large saucepan, add the butter and heat until the butter is melted, at which time you should whisk in the cocoa and sugar. In a bowl, beat the yoghurt with the eggs and vanilla and then pour into the beery, buttery pan and finally whisk in the flour and bicarbonate. Pour the cake batter into the greased and lined tin and bake for 45 minutes to an hour. Leave to cool completely in the tin on a cooling rack before icing. To make icing, lightly whip the cream and the cheese together until smooth. Sieve over the icing sugar and then beat them both together. Ice the top of the black cake so that it resembles the frothy top of the fantastic pint of beer.

12 Local Matters

Pudsey Live at Home Art Group Pudsey Live at Home is a local branch, if you like, of a national scheme inspired in 1988. Run under the auspices of the charity MHA (Methodist Homes), it is dedicated to supporting retired folk in the community and in their own homes. That support can sometimes be the difference between a person continuing to live at home and entering sheltered or care accommodation. Though MHA itself goes back much further than that. Founded in 1943, they are now celebrating 70 years of providing accommodation and community support. Pudsey Live at Home is one of twelve services and facilities operated by MHA in Leeds – their nearest neighbours are the similar Live at Home schemes in Farsley and Horsforth. PLAH provides support both at home and in the community, including outings, holidays and weekly social groups. One

One of the creditable exhibits at the art groups’ gallery in the café area at Pudsey Owlcotes ASDA

Self-taught and artist in residence Geoff Spanton gives art group member Margaret Parker a few pointers.

good example is their weekly art group, meeting on Thursday afternoons at St Andrew’s Methodist Church, Pudsey, where up to twenty members gather to compare paintings and technique. There is talent within the group – as you will see if you visit their gallery in the café area at Pudsey Owlcotes ASDA. Anyone wishing to enquire about MHA’s services, or offer help or support, can quickly find them locally and nationally on the internet. Otherwise the Pudsey branch may be contacted on 0113 2562717.

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Leeds and Bradford Making Friends Leeds and Bradford Friendship Group has been running for twenty years now, under different guises. Typically around a half of the 120 strong retirement fellowship meet on the first Wednesday of the month at Pudsey Civic Hall. Guest speakers on a wide range of subjects entertain between 2 and 3pm, when the meeting breaks for refreshments and general socialising. There are also organised outings, walks and meals. On the day of Covered’s visit Geoff Spurr, a regular on the social club circuit, gave an illustrated talk about narrow boats on our inland waterway system.

Geoff Spurr – narrow boats on inland waterways

in reality, the majority of our members are drawn from the Pudsey and Horsforth areas as retired folk beyond those areas are generally able to find something similar nearer home. But all are welcome and membership is also open to people who have Committee member and past treasurer Jeff Hooper taken early retirement.” Contact Valerie Wood told Covered; “We are titled Leeds and Bradford but, Robinson on 0113 2675657.

Local UKIP Membership On The Up As demonstrated by the recent by-election success in Eastleigh, UKIP are making their mark with voters up and down the country. A surge in membership locally has seen the party divide their original branch into two, with each branch now covering half of the city. A new West Leeds & Pudsey branch covers the constituencies of Leeds Central, Pudsey, Leeds North West and Leeds West. The branch officers were elected by vote at the inaugural AGM in February and comprise of (see image L-R) James Storey (Secretary), Anne Murgatroyd (Membership Secretary), Alistair McDowall (Chair) and Phil Banks (Treasurer). If anyone is interested in helping the cause or joining as a member please contact Anne on: 07779 402430. UKIP told Covered “We would love to hear of any issues or concerns you have on either a national or local basis”. Readers losing faith in the main parties will no doubt be appreciative of another set of ears.


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16 4 Garden Guru

Now is the time to trim and tidy Buddleia

split them after flowering and replant to the same depth in another part of the garden. Summer flowering corms of gladioli and lily roots may be planted at the end of this month, together with the many other varieties currently available in the shops. With spring officially started and the days lengthening, we are looking forward to better weather to come – in order to start sowing seeds and planting out to bring the garden to life. This has been a very wet winter, which means a large percentage of the nutrients in the soil will have been washed away. It will be advisable to spread fertilizers and mulches, to every part of the garden as the soil starts to warm up. On frost free days prune your roses, hybrid teas harder then floribundas, and tie in your climbers after cutting out old the old stems. Ensure all old leaves and stems are removed, to reduce the risk of black spot and other diseases remaining on the soil. Then apply a rose fertilizer around the base of each plant, adding a mulch if available. Other perennials, including buddleia may also be trimmed and tided, adding a general fertilizer to boost their performance. Spring bulbs are looking their best at the moment, and again remember to feed them as the flowers go over – to build up the bulbs for next year. If you have large clumps of snowdrops, and other bulbs,

It is not too early to plan and sow your herb bed, in pots or in the garden. Parsley, marjoram, chives etc, tidying up the mint which always strays. The Horsforth Allotment shed on Featherbank Lane, Horsforth is open every Friday night from 7pm – 8pm and Saturday from 10:30 – 12pm during March, April & May. Call in for quality gardening products and friendly advice. For further information please visit:

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18 Diary Dates

Pencil It In! Diary Dates The Fleece Inn

100 Fartown Pudsey LS28 8LU Enquiries: 0113 2362748 Wednesdays, Quiz Night, from 9.30pm

Knit Wits Knitting and Crochet Pudsey Mens Forum Alternate Mondays from 2:00pm – 4:00pm Calverley Library Writer’s Group: Meeting monthly – Wednesdays from 2:00pm – 3:30pm Calverley Reader’s Group: Meeting monthly – Mondays 6:30 – 7:30pm

British Association for German Shepherd Dogs (BAGSD)

57-59 Lidget Hill Pudsey LS28 7LJ Enquiries: 0113 257 2057 Last Friday of every month Drag Queen and Comedy. 3rd Friday of every month Acoustic Night

Carr Road Calverley Leeds LS28 5NE Enquiries: Branch Secretary & Instructor John Hepworth - 0797 465 4402 Sundays -Training times: 10.00am - 10.45am (advanced handlers and dogs). 11.00am - 11.45am (puppies, beginners and intermediate handlers and dogs).

Antiques & Collectables Fair

Bramley Library Crime Readers

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Pudsey Civic Hall Dawsons Corner LS28 5TA Sunday 7 April Open 10-4pm

Pudsey Library Readers’ Group Pudsey Library Church Lane LS28 7TY Enquiries: 0113 214 6035 1.30-2.30 second Tuesday of every month

The Owl at Rodley

1 Rodley Lane Rodley LS13 1LB Enquiries: 0113 256 5242 Quiz Night every Thursday. 3rd Tuesday of the month, Rodley WI Group.

Hough Lane LS13 3ND Enquiries: 0113 214 6040 Second Monday of every month, 5.306.30pm

Farsley and District Art Club

Studio, Westroyd Park New Street LS28 5AS Enquiries: 07542495575 Various meetings and classes throughout March, please call for more information or visit

Society for the Study of Swordsmanship

1 Rodley Lane Rodley LS13 1LB Enquiries: 0113 256 5242 Jonny B and the Goodes, 9:00pm

Farsley Community Church Back Lane Farsley LS28 5EU Enquiries: 07946 980340 SSS Leeds train on Thursday nights from 7:30p, to 9:30 First 3 lessons free, £5.00 per night or £20.00 per month

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Leeds Bradford Friendship Group

The Owl at Rodley

The Thornhill Arms 18 Town Gate LS28 5NF Locally made foods and gifts, 10am-3pm 6th April. Outside stalls may finish earlier subject to weather conditions

Calverley Library

Thornhill Street, LS28 5PD Enquiries: 0113 214 6043 Story Time (Term Time Only): Thursdays 2:45pm – 3:15pm Rhyme Time: Tuesdays 10:30a,m – 11:00am

Pudsey Civic Hall Dawsons Corner LS28 5TA Enquiries: 0113 2576652 Next Meeting at 1:30pm Wednesday 6th March with guest speaker Mel Crook who talks about Nepal. All over 50’s welcome – Admission £2 includes refreshments

Pudsey House Market Place LS28 7BE Enquiries: 0113 2569235Meeting at 10:15 on every second Wednesday. 1 3/3/13 Chris Freeman talks of Cotton Castles & Golden Sands. 27/03/13 Jane Oakshott ‘Your on Next’ 24/4/13 Anne Batchlour ‘My Name is Stamford’

Jumble & Bric-A-Brac Sale St James the Great Woodhall Lane Galloway Lane Pudsey Saturday 13th April from 10am. Admission 20p Everyone Welcome

Leeds Bradford Friendship Group Pudsey Civic Hall Dawsons Corner Pudsey LS28 5TA Enquiries: 0113 257 6652 Wednesday 3rd April at 1:30pm – Chris Helme talks about ‘Legends of the Brass Band World’ All over 50’s welcome Admission £2 inc refreshments

Table Top Sale

Friends Of St John’s Church Hall New Street Farsley Saturday 13th April 9am – 12:15pm Enquiries: 0113 229 0704

Friends of Woodhall Lake Public Meeting Conference Room Priesthorpe School Thursday 18th April from 7pm Enquiries: 0113 229 0704

White Rose Ladies Speakers Club Meets on the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month at 7.45 In Farsley Library. Visitors welcome. For further information phone Barbara on 0113 2564897 or Stephanie on 0113 2550824

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20 Health & Wellbeing

Health & Wellbeing In association with: Brownberrie Lane, Leeds, LS18 5HD

5 Tips to Get on Your Bike Inspired by Victoria Pendleton, Wiggo, David Stone and the Brownlees, have you used the bike as much as you planned over the Winter? As Spring has sprung, here’s a few tips to get you back in the saddle.


Give Your Bike a 30 Second Check

Check your tyres are properly inflated and that any quick release mechanisms are holding the wheels in place. A properly inflated tyre can take some considerable effort out of cycling and reduce the risk of punctures. Check the brakes are squeezing the tyres enough and that the brake pads are hitting the rim of the wheel, not the tyre, enabling for a gentler more controlled stop. Hopefully the saddle and handle bars are set at the right height but if not there can easily be adjusted with a small spanner. Is your helmet secure? Don’t wear it too high as you want to ensure that your forehead is protected whilst if you tip your head forward do you feel any movement? Last check, as you set off is to make sure that the chain is going through the cogs and derailleurs without catching and that you’re able to go through the gears without slippage.


Ease Yourself Back

Although they say no-one ever forgets how to ride a bike, if it’s been a while your muscles may have forgotten the effort required at times so don’t set off

“Practice Makes Perfect – Local medallist David Stone shows the kids how it’s done”

on a 10 mile route straight away. Plan a short ride out or even ease yourself back in on an exercise bikes or anyone can book in for a Spin bike session at Horsforth’s Trinity Fitness before hitting the road.


Plan Your Route

The best routes for cycling are not always obvious. Leeds City Council have produced some excellent cycling maps for the city including North and North West Leeds. These make cycling easier, safer and more pleasant. Get a copy free of charge from the Gateway Information Centre at Leeds City station.


Ride as if You Are Invisible

Even in florescent clothing it can be difficult for drivers to see you. Ride as if you are invisible anticipating cars misjudging your speed or signalling without notice. In particular never edge up on the inside of a vehicle at a junction as the driver is unlikely to be aware you are there. Ride about 1 metre from the kerb and be prepared for obstructions in the road.


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22 Property Matters

PROPERTY MATTERS Landlords will be left counting the cost of having empty properties in their portfolio when a shakeup in the way council tax is charged comes into force next month.

• Properties empty over 2 years, as well as being liable for full council tax, will now have a premium applied of 50% increasing charges to 150%. • Properties being refurbished or requiring substantial repair, unless removed from the council tax list by the Valuation Office Agency (VOA) will be liable for full charges. While the extra income will boost the coffers of hard-pressed councils, the changes will also act as a catalyst in boosting the rental sector.

From April 1, Leeds City Council along with most others nationwide is changing the rules on council tax exemptions, discounts and relief for unoccupied In particular, it is hoped that the application of a residential properties. premium on long-term vacant homes will spur Historically council tax relief was available for private landlords to bring their properties to market, landlords when properties were vacant, being paving the way for a much-needed increase in the renovated or were in-between tenancies. But these volume of available housing stock at the current time benefits are set to be removed under new rules, of high demand. which are spearheaded by these key changes: Leeds City Council estimates that as many as 1-in• Unoccupied and unfurnished properties will no 25 Leeds homes are standing empty, with 90% of longer have the 6 months exemption/relief available these in the private rented sector. and the owner will be liable for full council tax as For landlords, the message is simple - keeping voids soon as the property is unoccupied. • Unoccupied and furnished properties will no to a minimum and renting properties quickly with longer benefit from the 10% discount and will be good quality tenants is going to be fundamental to making residential investments a success. liable for full council tax charges.

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popular pieces, most commonly the cream-coloured cabinets. Vintage leather armchairs and sofas are attracting enthusiasts who are eager to invest in décor with history. Vogue is especially flourishing - French-influenced furniture refurbished to bring back the charm of by-gone eras and pique curiosity. Cream and ivory finishes are the most alluring; they will not only brighten your home, but add a sophisticated, quaint quality too! The admiration of old furnishings and collectibles is the prime appeal of purchasing them! With each glimpse of your collectibles and in moments of relaxation, you will be transported to an intriguing, curious era full of personality and charm. Keep your eyes peeled for next month's edition of Covered, in which Eye on Vintage, pt. 2 will feature all the highlights of Vintage fashion! Upcoming Vintage Fairs - get them pencilled in!

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Cool collectibles & fabulous furniture! Pencil in upcoming fairs! Nothing adds personality and novelty to your home more than vintage items. After all, vintage is all about finding and creating your unique style! Here is Covered's spotlight for the nifty furnishing and collectibles which are taking 2013 by storm - spice up your home this spring with something special! A must-have: collectible ceramics & numerous nifty knick-knacks! Ceramics are at the height of popularity in vintage collectibles, particularly from the 50s to 70s. Whether it be the classic floral-patterned vases or art deco designed pots hailing from the 20s, they're guaranteed to spruce up your dusty mantelpieces and shelves! Other unordinary ornaments such as coffee sets, vinyl records, clocks and magazine racks are an absolute must; even the odd porcelain doll or toys from the early 20th century are perfect for adding a touch of nostalgia to your home, while simultaneously transforming your interior into one brimming with individuality. Inimitable, intricate interiors Old painted and elaborately adorned furniture such as Victorian chests of drawers are particularly

Sat. 6th April, Saltaire Vintage Fair, Victoria Hall, BD18 3JS [9:30 AM - 4:00 PM] Tickets £2 on door. Under 16's free entry! 27-28th April, Festival of Vintage, York, YO23 1EX visit for more info! 17th, 18th, 19th May, Haworth 1940s Weekend, The Old School Rooms, Haworth visit for more info! Sun. 30th June, Sun. 13th October, Leeds Vintage Fashion Fair, Queens Hotel Leeds [10:00 AM - 4:00 PM] Tickets £3 on door visit for more info!

You can visit, email to receive updates of upcoming events, orroseandbrownvintage@yahoo. for other potential dates.

editor’s note A huge thanks to Rebecca Compton from Jade Vintage in Horsforth, and to Caroline Brown from Rose and Brown Vintage Home, Saltaire; they were a huge help in the production of this article and next month’s edition!

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Remember the Deaf Granny Most children love a lie in on a Saturday with a bit of TV but as a parent you probably worry that they should be getting out the house more - getting kids interested in anything apart from DVDs and video games can be difficult. Well, Covered has discovered that there are children who are not only happy to give up their Saturday morning at home and mix with kids of all ages, they do it voluntarily. So, we dragged student writer John Gledhill out of bed and away from his cereal on a cold Saturday morning, to find out just exactly what kind of magic Leeds Children’s Theatre (LCT) is performing and who is this deaf granny?! ‘The deaf granny is a way of getting them to remember to project’, smiles senior LCT member Judith Unwin as we sit to the side watching a group of kids performing. ‘I’m the deaf granny and I’m sat at the back of the theatre – if they don’t project I can’t hear what they’re saying on stage so how will an audience?’ ‘Deaf granny!’ she calls out to one child who mumbles her lines; both Covered and the younger member have a twinkle our eyes – LCT is an amusing place. Ask Judith what her official title is and she’ll tell you: ‘we don’t have titles’. Indeed, younger member, Sarah, 14, from Bramley, tells us she likes LCT ‘because staff are not like teachers and I feel more confident here, I get to learn something new and be creative’. Based in the Carriageworks Theatre in Millennium Square, LCT has been going since 1935. Famous names to have passed through include John Craven, Angela Griffin and the legendary Peter O’Toole! However, while some children do go on to study drama, member Janine Walker, 32, says ‘it’s not the aim to become famous, but to enjoy it [theatre]. The

Children are not always confident when they first come but eventually begin to experience a different side to themselves in a very safe space’. The workshop is a series of exercises which are hugely entertaining thanks to their improvisational nature. LCT member Ian Goodison – a school drama teacher notes proudly ‘we are the only theatre where children don’t have prompts – they must get themselves out of it if they forget their lines’. Covered witnessed kids jumping in to help out their fellow members whose minds had gone blank. Such a display of togetherness and communal support seems to be the ethos of LCT where members range from seven to seventy! Covered is going to remember the deaf granny and tell you this loudly: LCT receives no funding. All members and staff volunteer their services and are not paid. They put on two plays a year, which they promote themselves to raise money to keep going. To support them all you have to do is to buy a ticket to their show and enjoy yourself. The next one is Jacqueline Wilson’s The Lottie Project from Tues 16 – Sun 21 April.


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Café Backs Becci’s Artwork Covered loves people who don’t give up so we were excited to meet young Meanwood artist Becci Maryanne who wanted to exhibit her work, but was told it would never sell because it was too unusual. So just how did she get Arts Café to agree to hang her work and why did total strangers pledge £460 to help her? She said I should change it to a little girl holding a balloon, it would be easier to sell’, laughs Becci, 21, as she recalls a shop owner’s response to one of her pieces (see photo). It’s easy to sit back – I’m not a confident person, but I don’t want to let people manipulate what I do’, she continues. ‘A girl holding a balloon… you can’t question that. Art should inspire you to use your head a bit.’ Becci’s art inspires you to use your head a lot. She does illustrations of animals that seem to highlight the negative impact of humans on the natural world – one striking piece is of a grizzly bear walking on two legs carrying Morrison’s shopping bags! Not to be discouraged, she took her unique portfolio to Arts Café where they agreed to let her hang her

We’re Top 10 for Crime Claims! A recent “survey” by on-line price comparison site MoneySupermarket placed LS13 in 1st place, LS18 in 7th place and LS28 in 10th place nationally for insurance claims made after a burglary. Although these “surveys” are to generate publicity, this time it is backed-up by a report from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) that puts West Yorkshire in 2nd place for burglaries (after London) last year with 13 per 1,000 people, when the national average is 9. Although they say that crime has dropped in the last 10 years. Covered checked the police crime reports (through their newsletter) for the last quarter of 2012 and found that burglaries for October were 19; November 16 and December 20. This doesn’t include vehicle crime or criminal damage. The most notable thefts were mountain bikes from sheds and garages. Some may think who’d nick a bike? But when these bikes can be over £3,000…? Other households targeted are those with europrofile locks on

work. However, she didn’t have enough money for the amount of supplies she would require! Undeterred, Becci discovered a website, Kickstarter: ‘you put your idea on – mine was having my own exhibition that would only be possible if I reached £300,’ she explains. People then pledge money if they like the idea - paying only if the financial target is reached for which they receive one of her prints. ‘I made £460 in ten days; one guy pledged £80 people are amazing!’ she says. Covered recommends you visit beccimaryanneart or http://www.beccimaryanne. to find out more. Arts Café, on Call Lane, Leeds, will be showing all things Becci until May. If you've been inspired, why not go along to your local group – you never know, you might be in Covered before you know it!

Horsforth Arts Society Back Lane Horsforth LS18 4RF their Upvc doors that can easily be snapped by molegrips – thefts then included portable items like laptops, tablet devices, mobile phones and car keys. Are we to blame? Very few premises were insecure, but perhaps leaving these items on view doesn’t help – leave them out of sight. And if you have an expensive mountain bike, then why not bolt it to a wall? There are some crimes that there is little you can do about – the theft of wing mirrors and wheel trims – although you can get tamper proof screws for number plates. For more information and advice: (guide to securing your property) (free service registering your valuables)

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New PCSO for Farsley Farsley has a new face in the fight against crime PCSO Ruth Freely, of West Yorkshire Police, has been appointed as the town's new police community support officer. Ruth, who has been an officer for three-and-a-half years, was previously based in Bradford and Mirfield. She joined the Pudsey Neighbourhood Policing Team (NPT), based at Pudsey police station, as the dedicated officer for Farsley in December.Since then, she has been working within the community to get to know local residents and identify the policing issues affecting the town. Ruth said: "I am still in the process of getting to know Farsley, but I have already identified some issues

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Postcard Project This spring sees Creative Calverley launch a community arts project open to people of all ages and abilities. The idea is simple - just take a postcard and do one of the following: • • • • • • •

Lowtown Rises to ‘Good’ Following recent inspection, Pudsey Lowtown Primary School has been given the seal of approval by education inspectors after moving up to a ranking of ‘good’ in its latest Ofsted report. The inspection report also states that ‘Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is outstanding.’ and that children ‘show a high level of care for others.’ The inspectors praised senior leaders and staff for being ‘excellent role models.’ Teachers and support staff were praised for working ‘together very well to ensure that pupils make good progress by making good use of different resources and planning for individual needs.’ The watchdog also credited the headteacher and her senior leadership team along with the support of governors for working ‘extremely well to improve the quality of teaching since the last inspection report. The Chair of governors, Sue Wood spoke on behalf of the governing body when she congratulated the whole school community on achieving a good report which recognises all the hard work the school does. Headteacher Clare Downham said: “We are delighted with the result of our recent inspection. The commitment and passion of every member of staff, the support from parents, governors and the community and the energy and enthusiasm of our amazing children has finally been endorsed by Ofsted.”

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Blank postcards can be obtained from Creative Calverley (monthly showcase of local food and handmade gifts at the Thornhill Arms on the first Saturday of each month). Alternatively, you can use your own postcard template. The completed “work of art” must be returned to Creative Calverley by June 30th and the postcards could form part of a community art exhibition taking place in Calverley later in 2013.

Just Do It – Challenge Calverley “Challenge Calverley” the initiative by Creative Calverley to encourage the people of Calverley to “just do it, stop talking about it” and challenge themselves, improve the community, or raise money for charity is now in its third month and things are starting happening. One local resident has set up “Calverley Park Fairy” and aims to improve the use of Calverley Park by encouraging people to use the park responsibly and with consideration for others e.g. clear up dog mess. Another person has scheduled a parachute jump for May. Continuing the sporting theme another person is running three 10k runs to raise money for the RNLI. Gael Timbers, Founder of Creative Calverley said “We are delighted that the people of Calverley are doing so many things to help themselves, others and the wider community. Keep it up”.

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Rodley Park Refurbishment In an effort to keep Leeds green, Leeds City Council recently announced that funding has been provided to improve Rodley Park. Up to £77,000 will fund numerous improvements such as new play areas for children, new plants, improvements to drainage and the bowling green, new footpaths, gates, and replacing worn picnic tables, benches and bins. Plenty of plans then. But is this renovation in the interest of Rodley's citizens? After speaking to Leeds City Council, Covered then spoke to a handful of Rodley's townsfolk to discover if their input has been sought and to what extent they support the project. From The Rodley Barge pub, David Wintersburn was unaware of the project, but he shared with Covered what he feels are the park's main issues. "The drainage is terrible. The park really needs redoing." Dave and his colleague both agreed that the Bowling Green is also dire, and could do with being stripped altogether. If the project proceeds and promises made by the Council are kept, they're completely on board. One gentleman told Covered how his wife is also

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Covered `Edition 25 for LS12, LS13 & LS28  
Covered `Edition 25 for LS12, LS13 & LS28  

Edition 25 of Covered Magazine: LS12, LS13 & LS28