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Probate Matters? Most lawyers provide probate services for those who want them. But there is no law that says you have to have a lawyer. You choose. At the extremes, you can hire a lawyer to do the whole job, or you can do the whole job yourself without ever involving a lawyer at all. As a half way house, you can do it yourself but just ask a lawyer for advice from time to time on the bits you find trickier. The more traditional sort of lawyer might turn their nose up at this but we pride ourselves on being flexible and will tailor our services to your needs. So, how do you go about getting probate when somebody dies? You have to go off to the Probate Registry and you submit to the Probate Registry the original will, if there is one, and what they call the Oath, whether there is or there isn’t a will. An Oath is simply a document that proves that you are who you say you are, namely the person named in the will, if there is one, or the person entitled to take Probate if there isn’t, and in which you promise to carry out the duty of being the deceased’s representative in accordance with the law. Taking out these grants of probate, as they are called, is something lawyers do all the time , and a good lawyer will happily guide you through the process. When the process has been concluded you receive from the Probate Registry a nice shiny official certificate that says that you are now entitled to administer the affairs of the deceased. That certificate you can then take off to all the banks and so on with whom the deceased had any dealings so as to prove to them that you’re entitled to the relevant monies, etc.

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Hello and welcome to this month’s edition of Covered. It’s HOT, HOT, HOT as I sit here and write this. Too hot, some might say. Some, but not me – without this glorious weather many of the events and activities we’ve had the pleasure of visiting recently wouldn’t have been so well attended. Take a look through our Diary Dates for details of upcoming activities over the next couple of months. If you’re stuck for something to do with the kids this summer, check out our Health & Wellbeing section for some inspiration - you’ll find plenty to do in and around the city.

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The summer months present all sorts of opportunities for thieves as we’re more likely to leave doors and windows open. I should know, only this morning some toe-rag has cleared all the loose change out of a drawer in my car (about £2.78). My fault entirely, I shouldn’t have left the window down and should have taken the advice put forth in our Property Matters section this month. As the feature explains ‘It only takes a minute’.

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the Goat's Cheese Most popular dishes include Onion Bruschetta and Red

Head chef, Simon Miller, has obvious flair and love of creativity. Having trained at The Box Tree in Ilkley, known for it’s connection with Marco Pierre White, Simon then went on to the renowned Antony's Leeds, before bringing his enthusiastic and fresh approach to The Fleece. Not shy to experiment, he recently teamed up with Vanilli’s Harrogate to produce a Wharfebank Stout sorbet, which compliments the seasonal dishes on offer here. Pretty much everything is prepared onsite by the team, from the chocolate and almond brownies to the handmade chips, and all of the sauces which help to bring the flavours alive. Most popular dishes include the Goat's Cheese and Red Onion Bruschetta

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as a starter, whilst the rump steak with blue cheese butter is always a popular main. All products are sourced locally, where good quality is available, and the Texcel lamb has been chosen from Waterford House Farm because of the consistent quality and flavour. And if you're uncertain which beer or wine will best compliment your food, then Bar Manager, Oliver Renton, is on hand to help out. Oli also brings a wealth of experience, having managed his familyowned bars before going on to work at Wharfebank Brewery to expand his knowledge of cask ales and the brewing process, then taking up his role at The Fleece. Oli’s a man who likes to get involved and when we arrived he was tending the impressive flower baskets, which he proudly informed us he’d planted himself. If it all sounds a little too decadent and expensive for a mid-week treat, then you'd be wrong. Whilst the varied menus and dishes are carefully prepared and presented, they are also affordable. And whilst the decor is stylish, with a good mix of old and new, the main emphasis is on comfort, even extending to the 'tap room', which really isn't any less inviting than the rest of the pub, but does welcome walkers

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and dogs. There's also a good selection of games, newspapers and chatter. Cosy, just how a local pub should be. For further details visit the website, Facebook or Twitter @FleeceOtley. And if you'd like to know more about Wharfebank Brewery, then look out for our forthcoming feature.

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1 lamb shoulder boned and rolled 6 mackerel fillets 500g wild mushrooms 300ml water 18 spears asparagus 100g salt 18 baby carrots 600g white wine vinegar 12 slices parma ham 200g sugar 3 cloves garlic 6 sprigs thyme 1 bag spinach Small handful coriander seeds 10 sprigs thyme Small handful juniper berries 1 slice onion (blanched) 2 sliced carrots (blanched)


200g broad beans 100g new potatoes 30g butter Tsp truff le oil 300ml lamb jus 1.5l lamb stock 10 cherry tomatoes 12 basil leaves

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Check mackerel for bones. Next mix water and salt and pour over mackerel. Leave for 3 hours. Bring vinegar and sugar to the boil, add thyme and coriander. Thinly slice carrots and onions, add to boiling water for 30 seconds and then straight into iced water before adding to the vinegar and allowing to cool. After 3 hours remove mackerel from salt brine and run under a cold water to remove salt. Pour over vinegar, clingfilm and leave in fridge for 2 days. Serve sliced with beetroot salad.

Braise lamb in stock on low heat for 3-4 hours, until tender. Blanch carrots and asparagus and cook new potatoes with a little thyme and butter. Reduce lamb jus by half, slice tomatoes in half and add to lamb jus with a knob of butter and basil. Set aside. Remove lamb from stock, and roast in a hot pan. To prepare the garnish, melt remaining butter, add carrots, asparagus, thyme, beans, and sliced ham and cook for 1-2 minutes. Add mushrooms and garlic and cook for 1-2 minutes longer, season with salt, pepper, add dash truffle oil. Wilt spinach with little water in a separate pan. To plate the lamb, put the spinach in the middle and arrange the garnish around the outside. Thickly slice the lamb and place on the spinach, pour over the lamb jus and serve.

100 ml water 250g sugar 3 large egg yolks 400g cream cheese 200g double cream 500g strawberries 1/2 lemon (juiced)

Cream Cheese Parfait with Strawberry Soup Serves 8 Make a pate bomb, heat 150g sugar and 100ml water to 121 degrees. Beat egg yolks until thick and white. When syrup reaches the correct temperature slowly add the syrup to the eggs, with blender on high, to remove the air. Blend until the egg mix thickens up and goes cold to the touch. Whip cream to soft ribbon stage, beat the cream cheese with a whisk and fold in the cream, then fold in the cooled egg mix. Clingfilm a terrine mould and pour in the mix, cover with cling film and leave overnight in freezer to firm. To make the strawberry soup, remove the green stalks from the strawberries. Blend with the rest of the sugar and the lemon juice until smooth, then sieve.

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Ingredients: Buy Local We’re used to finding ingredients on the supermarket shelves all year round but out of season produce is likely to have travelled miles - often thousands of miles. Asparagus, for example, is wonderful stuff when it’s grown, picked and served in Yorkshire. The out of season supermarket varieties that travel from as far away as Peru are dire in comparison. Any restaurant worth its salt will base its menu on the current seasons offerings so follow suit – buy

local and buy seasonal. Over the next few weeks you’ll find that broad beans, cherries, cucumber, cos lettuce, raspberries, plums, radishes, strawberries and watercress are all at their best. Duck is in season and grouse are (pardon the pun) fair game from the 12th of August too. Pop along to your local farm shop or farmers’ market. You’ll find the produce will have traveled less and will taste all the better for it. What’s more, you’ll get plenty of genuine good service, value and advice from independent traders who have a passion for produce, not for profit.

FARMERS MARKETS Horsforth Farmers Market

1st Saturday of every month. 9am-12:30pm St Margaret's Primary, Town Street, Horsforth. LS18 5BL.

Otley Farmers Market

Last Sunday of every month 9am-1pm Market Square, Otley. LS21 3AQ

Kirkstall Deli Market

Last Saturday of every month 12pm-3pm Kirkstall Abbey, LS5 3EH.

Briggate Farmers & Craft Market 1st & 3rd Sunday of every month 10am-16.00pm Briggate, Leeds City Centre

Headingley Farmers Market

3rd Sunday of every Month at Grassington Village Centre, North Yorkshire. BD23 5LB

3rd Saturday of every month 9.30am-12.30pm Around the Oakwood clock (At the junction of Roundhay Road / Oakwood Lane / Prince’s Avenue / Wetherby Road)


Last Sunday of every month 9am-1pm The Three Hulats Pub, 13 Harrogate Rd, Chapel Allerton, LS7 3NB

Grassington Farmers Market

2nd Saturday of every month 9am-12.30pm Rose Garden, North Lane. LS6 3JJ

Oakwood Farmers Market

Chapel Allerton Farmers Market

Guiseley Farmers Market

Inaugural Market on 21st July 2013 then every third Sunday of the month thereafter. 9am-1.30pm. The Station Pub, 70 Otley Road, Guiseley .LS20 8BH

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The first Otley Food and Drink Festival is on Sunday 28 July 2013 and will herald the start of Otley’s Yorkshire Month.

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Pencil It In! Diary Dates LKLEY ART CLUB The Clarke Foley Centre, Cuncliff Road, Ilkley,Tuesdays 7.30 p.m. There is a full and varied programme and membership is now open. There will be a summer recess from 9th July to Sept 3rd. For more information please contact Paul Shaw on 07771754605 or paul@

Walk 10 Raise money for Marie Curie Nurses on our twilight walk and enjoy afterdark entertainment. Harewood House, West Yorkshire Saturday 10 August Register today at harewood or call 0845 052 4184

Otley Street Festival Sun 4th August 12 noon to late Location Market Place, Newmarket and Market Street A great day out for all the family. Attractions include: Live Music throughout the day, Stilt Walkers, Face painters, Punch & Judy, Magician, Belly Dancers, Rock n Rollers , children's rides, bouncy castle and lots more. for further information Contact: Cathy, Event organiser on: 07852 210 658.

ILKLEY ART CLUB The Clarke Foley Centre, Cuncliff Road, Ilkley. Tuesdays from 7.30 p.m. There is a full and varied programme and membership is now open. For more information please contact Paul Shaw on 07771754605 or paul@


Kirklands Community Centre Menston LS29 6HT Enquiries: Sue Brearly 0113 2501096

please let Gail know. Drivers are called upon about once every 4 months, and are reimbursed for their journeys and parking. Please call Gail if you are interested in becoming a volunteer. Burley-inWharfedale residents only.

Menston Parish Church Scottish Dancing Group

Ladies Group

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St John’s Church Menston LS29 6EU Enquiries: 01943 872022 Traditional Scottish dancing in a friendly and relaxed social group. Open to all, no experience is necessary. Parish Church Room. 2nd & 4th Thursdays (except July & August) 19.45 - 21.30.

Burley Art Club Parish Centre 43 Station Rd Burley in Wharfedale LS29 7JL Enquiries: Greg Learmouth 01943 864924 The group meets on Tuesday evenings from 7.30 to 9.30pm at either the Red Lion or St Mary’s Parish Centre.

Burley in Wharfedale Enquires: Linda Nelson – 01943 863715 Members enjoy a mix of speakers, demonstrations, outings and social events. We meet on the 1st and 3rd Thursday evening of most months, usually in the Parish Centre at 8.00pm. Visitors and new members are always welcome.

Wharfedale & District Aeromodeller’s Club Salem Hall Main Street Burley in Wharfedale Enquiries: Chairman John Horton 01943 863438 Meeting place: Salem Hall: first Friday of each month 8pm Control-line flying each Sunday. Juniors and beginners welcome

Burley Wildlife Group Sun Lane Nature Reserve Burley in Wharfedale Enquires: Peter Riley 01943 862916 New members please call ahead, meeting 1st Sunday of every month 10am-1pm Aims to promote the conservation and management of wildlife areas in the village and also to provide advice on wildlife issues

Good Neighbours Burley in Wharfedale Enquiries: Gail Boole – 01943 862388 For those in need of transport (to get to hospital or clinic, for example). If anyone can offer help with providing transport to hospitals and clinics

Guiseley Chatterbooks Guiseley Library Otley Road LS20 8AH Enquiries: 01943 872675 Monthly book group for children aged 7 to 10 years old, 3:45 – 4:45 pm on the first Tuesday of every month. All welcome. Free

Ilkley Choral Society/Otley Choral Society St Margaret’s Church Queens Road Ilkley LS29 9QL Enquiries: Sirje - 079 303 29847

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Ilkley Badminton Club Mondays Gyhll Royd School Ilkley Road Burley-in-Wharfedale LS29 7HW. Thursdays St. Mary’s Menston Menston LS29 6AE Enquiries: Ian Campbell, Club Secretary - 07721 978143 We do not cater for beginners or offer coaching but are pleased to develop people who meet minimum playing standards. Friendly and competitive matches

Otley Vintage Transport Extravaganza Sun. 8 September. 10:00am - 4:00pm. Location: 6 Pearson's Buildings, Otley, West Yorkshire, LS21 3BQ Otley Vintage Transport Extravaganza attracts over 500 vehicles, with everything from large steam engines to push bikes. It also features entertainment, children’s attractions and trade stands. All profits from the Extravaganza go to the Otley Town Mayor’s 20 x 20 Charity Appeal, raising money for 20 local charities and organisations. ADMISSION: ADULT £3.00 CONCESSIONS: £2.50 CHILDREN UNDER 14 FREE IF ACCOMPANIED BY AN ADULT Contact: (01943) 463467 or visit www.vintagetransportextravaganza. for more info.

Yorkshire Film Day Sat. 10 August. 2:00pm. Location: Otley Courthouse As part of Otley’s Yorkshire Month, Otley Film Society is screening 3 classic Yorkshire-set films during the afternoon and evening. The

Railway Children, Kes, and A Private Function will be screening. Don't miss it! ADMISSION: Tickets for all 3 films: £9 Tickets for individual films: £4 each (£2 tickets for children) Contact: uk/whats-on/event/?id=762 to purchase tickets and view screening times, or alternatively visit Otley Courthouse.

Spider Day Wed. 14 August - Thurs. 15 August. 10:00am - 4:00pm. Location: Pudsey park, LS28 7RF, by the visitor centre/classroom Come join in the insy winsy fun at Pudsey park, where we will be celebrating the rare Fen Raft spider with spider making crafts! Free entry for all! Contact: Ella Dixon 07738648981 or

National Children's Orchestra Of Great Britain Sat. 17 August. Start: 7:00pm Location: Leeds Town Hall NCO-GB is a charity that provides talented 7-14 year olds with the opportunity to perform as a full symphony orchestra. The age groups are divided across a Main Orchestra and an Under 13s Orchestra. ADMISSION: £5.00 - £18.00. Contact the venue for further information. Online: www.

Horsforth Antiques and Collectibles Fair Sat. 21 September. 10:00am - 4:00pm. Location: St. Margaret's Hall, Church Lane, Horsforth, LS18 5LQ Here you will find decorative and functional antiques & collectables! Varying from occasional furniture to china and glass, jewellery and accessories to collectable toys & memorabilia, all at prices to suit every pocket. ADMISSION: Adults £1.50. Accompanied children free! Contact: Venue: 01132 555211

Chippendale’s Indoor Market The Old Grammar School Manor Square Otley LS21 3AY 09:00am - 3:00pm every last Sunday of the month Chippendale's Indoor market is a market run inside the gallery on the last Sunday of each month. With over 15 traders selling anything from jams, pickles, chilled meats and crafts its well worth visiting.

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CENSUS UNVEILS BIGGEST SURGE IN RENTING FOR A CENTURY Newly-released figures from the latest census have this month revealed the true scale of the shift from home ownership to renting among the English population. The number of private tenants has doubled between 2001 and 2011 – while the proportion who owns a home has fallen sharply. Figures from the Office of National Statistics show that as many as one-in-five households in England – that’s around 1.2 million – was renting privately on Census Day in 2011. The number of families who owned their own home has plummeted by 13 per cent since the last survey a decade earlier. In some parts of the country, the number of renters in the community has now overtaken the number of homeowners. We have not witnessed such a big surge in the popularity of renting since 1918, when a dusting down of the history books reveals that as much as 77 per cent of property was let privately. With Leeds among the top five rental destinations in England, these new figures mark a seachange in the

way we now choose to live our lives – but, crucially, also highlight the need for a greater regulation of letting agents. This will help prevent less scrupulous agents from taking advantage of the unprecedented level of consumer demand – and leave many trusting clients out-of-pocket never to see their money again. Standards, quite rightly, will come under the public, press and political spotlight like never before. Renting should be a positive experience for both landlord and tenant alike. So, whether you are a landlord or a tenant, it’s more important than ever to go through an accredited agent. They are best placed to guide you through the complex rental process and accompanying legislation – as well as being able to offer complete peace of mind. Look out for agents who are members of ARLA for ultimate reassurance – they must adhere to a strict code of conduct as well as offering client money protection and redress schemes, which can protect you if things go wrong. The SAFEagent kitemark will also help you identify them.

editor’s note Thanks to Paul Bridgeman, Branch Manager, Linley & Simpson, Brook Street, Ilkley

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It Only Takes A Minute This month we take a look at Home Security so who better to ask for advice on securing your home (other than a burglar!) than the guys who often deal with the aftermath – West Yorkshire Police. Here they give us their tips for deterring intruders. Burglary remains a major priority for the Force and West Yorkshire Police continue with their ‘It Only Takes a Minute’ campaign to encourage people to think about home security and ‘lock up or lose out!’. The campaign is titled ‘It Only Takes a Minute’ as it only takes a minute to lock your doors and windows … but it's also the same amount of time that it could take a burglar to enter your house and steal your belongings. Food for thought. In most cases, the offenders who commit burglary are opportunists. They see an open door or window and they take their chance. Believe it or not, nearly half of all burglaries are committed through an open door or window. Reduce the risk of burglary by taking some simple precautions:

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Improve the security of windows - fit all ground floor and any other accessible windows with key operated window locks - remember to remove keys from locked windows and keep them out of sight.

Sheds and garages contain tools to help break into your home - don’t leave them unlocked.

Dispose of packaging for expensive items; don’t advertise what’s in your house.

Register your property on www.immobilise. com - a FREE property register, so that if your property is stolen and recovered by the Police, it can be returned to you.

Download free tracking software onto mobile phones and laptops.

Keep doors and windows locked, even when you are in. Try to change your habit if you don’t lock your door behind you.

Door chimes and burglar alarms will deter a burglar.

Never leave spare keys in a convenient hiding place, like under the door mat or in a flower pot - a thief will look there first.

It only takes a minute to hide valuables out of view - do not tempt the thief.

Consider looking at your home through burglars eyes …what could you improve?

Keep doors and windows locked even when in the garden.

Don’t leave garden tools outside, as they can be used by burglars.

There are many reputable local businesses featured in Covered who may offer free advice and quotations for upgrading windows, doors, locks and security in general. If you’re in doubt about the security of your home then call in a professional to take a look.



Fashion, Hair And Beauty

Shimmer In Summer can be an awkward time for us Brits. Do we dress up or tone it down? And if we tone it down, how many of us can pull off hippy chic or boho babe as easy as Sienna Miller and Kate Moss without looking like a we've lost our blusher and forgotten how to take a shower? Here are Covered's 5 top tips for achieving a hot but natural look over the Hot Summer months.


Add Shimmer to Eyes

If you do go with the shimmery eye, don't go overboard with the shimmer. Apply shimmer to no more than 2 places. For example, shimmer your eyelids and your cheekbones but don't also add a batch of shimmer to your dĂŠcolletage, nobody likes a walking disco ball.


Highlighter Should Be Your Best Friend

Highlighting pens should be a staple of any girls make up bag. Here's how to apply: Put your chin to your chest and look into a mirror. Swipe a line of highlighter on the shadows, usually under the eye, along the nose and under the chin. Also apply a line above each brow, which will give the illusion of pulling your face up. Blend the lines in by dabbing with your middle finger.

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Mouth or the Eyes?

When choosing holiday makeup, decide if you're going to play up your eyes or your mouth. If you emphasize both, you'll risk looking like a clown. If you use a bright red lip, keep the face light and use only mascara and a light shadow on lids. Don't go overboard with bronzer, smokey eyes and blush. If you opt for a dark, smokey eye, lighten up lips with a light, sheer lipstick.


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You can have perfect makeup, but if your eyebrows are a mess, you'll look unfinished. A couple days before your holiday, get your brows waxed, threaded or tweezed. Keep them in place by spraying a bit of hairspray on your finger and running them over the brow or opt for a brow gel based product.


Oily Skin?

Carry Oil Blotting Papers, Not Powder. Apply powder before you head out to set make-up, but don't keep applying it during the night, it ends up caking up and looking mask-like. Blotting Papers are the oily girl's best friend. Press a paper to the oily spots and watch as the paper soaks up oil without messing your make-up. Keep the papers in your purse for touch ups as the night goes on. As always, if in doubt then bob into an independent local salon for good advice and the best in beauty treatment. Aspiretobe Beauty & Skincare Centre


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Farsley’s Designer to the Stars In the last issue of Covered we featured milliner Beth Hirst’s display of hats, found adjacent to the fashion show at Wetherby Racecourse Ladies’ Evening. Beth mentioned at the time that she shares a Farsley studio with dressmaker James Steward. We had to go and take a look – and found far more than anticipated. Thirteen years ago James, originally from Hull, moved to Leeds to set up the popular boutique 'Aqua Couture' in the city centre. His credentials were impeccable. He had graduated with a degree in fashion design and trained at a top Italian couture house located in the heart of Rome. He quickly made a name for himself creating one-off pieces for the Leeds fashionistas . Word spread beyond Leeds at national and then international level. James’ celeb fan list rapidly grew to include fashion icons such as the Spice Girls and Kylie Minogue. Having decided that his passion lay in the bespoke side of his business, rather than off-the-peg retail, James parted ways with Aqua Couture to concentrate on his own made to measure couture. That was soon to include a successful range of bridal wear, quite unlike anything that can be bought from boutiques. James received acclaim not only from his clientèle. For two years running, James Steward Couture was voted "Yorkshire Brides Couture Designer of the Year" and "Leeds Independent Designer of the Year". Nowadays, the only seasonal ranges James releases are at winter time, the core of his business being weddings – not just for the bride, but also for the bridesmaids and mothers of the bride and groom. Which makes perfect sense – things matching where they should and not clashing where they shouldn’t.

James Steward surrounded by some of his creations – photographed at Kirkstall Abbey by Lady D Photography

James also receives regular commissions for television programmes, TV and other media advertisements and red carpet events – his one-off creations are regularly seen at events such as the National Television Awards, British Soap Awards, Baftas and Oliviers. James Steward Couture’s studio, shared with milliner Beth Hirst, is in an atmospheric and beautifully naturally lit Victorian mill building - Unit 20B at Cape Hill Industrial Estate, Coal Hill Road, Farsley (by appointment). He is on Facebook, his well illustrated website is and his telephone number 07979 961906.

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Dead head roses and other flowing plants to stimulate a second flush of colour

safe. Continue to sow your salad leaves, beetroot and radishes etc regularly, for continual cropping until winter. The June drop for apples, pears and plums, where the tree sheds excess fruit, has been delayed this year. Later this month remove any fruits which are This is a wonderful time of year, as all the plant, still congested on the tree, to allow a reasonable shrubs and trees in the garden are flowering and space between each one, to allow them to ripen to the salads and vegetables are looking good. So a good size. how to keep it this way? In the first instance, dead head all your roses and other flowering plants as the flowers fade – which will stimulate them to grow a second flush of colour. Then give them a second feed of a balanced fertilizer, to stimulate them even more – including your bedding plants and hanging baskets. Wallflowers and other biannual flower seeds should be sown now, as they will grow into small plants this year, then grow into larger plants and flower next year This is a good time to take cuttings of semi ripe wood from all you favourite perennials, to increase your stock or to use as swops with friends. Use non flowering shoots from this years growth, three to four inches in length inserted into a pot, with a plastic bag over the top to keep them from drying out or place in a propagator. Potato and tomato blight may appear anytime during this month, which means cutting leaves off the moment it appears; alternatively, start a spraying regime every two weeks to make sure your crops are

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Keeping the Kids Active This Summer Proposals have just been put forward to allow schools to set their own holidays, meaning the potential end of the six week break. For now though how are you going to keep the family active this summer without breaking the bank? Thankfully in Leeds there’s plenty going on. Here are some ideas to suit all budgets and tastes.


Breeze Festivals

If you’ve never been the Breeze Festivals run by Leeds City Council have an excellent range of activities geared to everyone from 0-19 years, including a portable climbing wall, dance competitions, mini go-karts, craft tents, live music and more. What’s more the festivals are totally free. All you need to do is bring a Breezecard or if you haven’t got one sign up on the day. Breeze on Tour is at Roundhay Park on 7th & 8th August or Kirkstall Abbey on 14th & 15th August.


Rodley Nature Reserve

For a quieter day out, Rodley Nature Reserve is a bit of a hidden gem. The Wetlands Reserve has been created on a floodplain in Kirkstall Valley. The reserve is home to wildfowl and waders on migration and younger children will enjoy pond dipping and exploring. Entry is free whilst there is an opportunity to book on to night time bat walks with an expert. The reserve can be found via a brown sign over a swing bridge leading over the canal from Rodley Town Street.


Summer Sports Camps

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Prices can start from as little as £12 per day at Trinity Fitness for their multi-sports Holiday Sports Camps, £48 for a 4 days at one of the many Leeds United holiday courses or £57.50 on a WR Active Learning course.


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For something a bit different take the family roller skating. SK8 Leeds Academy offer family sessions on a weekend with lessons for those a bit wobbly on their feet whether it be for toddlers or adults. When they or you are ready there’s even a chance to get retro with a roller disco.


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Head Lift Place a pillow under your head Draw the navel to the spine and lift up your head as you breath out Ensure the tummy does not push out. Lower and repeat

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ILKLEY ANGLING ASSOCIATION Ilkley Angling Association was formed in 1887 and it is a small friendly open angling club controlling the fishing rights on the River Wharfe from Ilkley to Ben Rhydding and on two coarse fishing ponds situated between Ben Rhydding and Burley-in-Wharfedale. The scenic River Wharfe at Ilkley provides excellent fly fishing for wild Brown Trout and Grayling and bait fishing is also allowed. On 31st May this year a huge 26” (5lb+) Brown Trout was caught on the Ilkley stretch by a fly fisher and during the last winter Grayling up to just over 2lbs were caught. The two coarse fishing ponds contain Roach, Perch, Tench, Carp, Pike and Chub and the site is managed jointly with the Wharfedale Naturalists Society. Both the ponds and the river have a very interesting and varied set of flora & fauna. On the river most fishing days will see Dippers, Herons, Kingfishers, Goosanders and many ducks fly by and occasionally an Otter is spotted, even during daylight hours. The ponds are a particularly peaceful fishing location with some rare and interesting plant species present. Day permits costing £11 are available from the Ilkley Visitor Information Centre (opposite the station), the Ilkley Riverside Hotel and the Guiseley Angling Centre. The club has a resident qualified fly fishing instructor and the river at Ilkley is an ideal place to learn the art of fly fishing. Inexpensive season and day permits are available to fish the Ilkley Angling Association waters. For season memberships contact the club Secretary David Martin either by phone on 07899 034728 or email to davidmartin@ilkleyanglingassociation.

Environment patrol officer Tony Murphy (far left), dog warden Abi Sandham (second from right) and Councillor Mark Dobson (far right) met Mark Morris and his dog Sage on a recent visit to Nunroyd Park to highlight the importance of picking up after your dog.

PICK UP OR PAY UP Leeds City Council continue their new, firmer approach to dog fouling enforcement with frequent patrols by the council’s team of enforcement officers and officers from specialist environmental firm 3gs, who continue to target parts of West and North Leeds. The patrols act as a reminder to the public to clean up after their dogs and to put their litter in bins provided. Officers on patrol will issue a £75 penalty to anyone caught dropping rubbish or failing to pick up after their dog. Despite numerous dog waste bins and general litter bins – bagged dog waste can go in any council bin - dog fouling is still a city wide issue that people are increasingly fed up with and the council hopes that by encouraging more responsible behaviour, this will help to tackle the annual £8 million bill for street cleaning. Councillor Mark Dobson, Leeds City’s Council’s executive member for the environment, said: “We hope that members of the public will understand and support our decision for giving out these £75 penalties. If they do the right thing, putting litter in the bin and picking up their dog’s mess, then they do not need to worry as this will not affect them. “The public will hopefully be pleased that we are taking stronger actions against those that do litter or fail to clean up after their dogs and lead to the complaints regarding the city’s cleanliness. “With the co-operation of residents, visitors and businesses, we hope to see a great improvement throughout Leeds with high standards of cleanliness.”

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REPAIRS ON BILLAMS HILL OTLEY – EXPECT DELAYS Works to repair a damaged culvert is due to be carried out on Billams Hill in Otley, from 22 July 2013. The work will be ongoing for five weeks to allow for essential repair works to the reinforced concrete slab which supports the road which carries the B6451 Billams Hill in Otley, immediately north of Otley Bridge. Temporary two-way traffic signals will be installed whilst the repairs take place. The traffic signals will be manually controlled at peak times to reduce the impact on the traffic flow as far as possible. Councillor Richard Lewis, Leeds City Council executive board member with responsibility for development and the economy said: “We have deliberately scheduled the work to the culvert on Billams Hill to take place during a period

when traffic is much lighter, and at a time we hope will cause the least disruption to traffic. “The work needs to be carried out to ensure the structure is safe and can deal with the level of traffic flow that uses it. “Unfortunately, some congestion during these works may be unavoidable and I would like to thank the public in anticipation of their patience whilst we undertake these works.”

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Ben Rhydding Community Fête Ben Rhydding Community Fête is exactly that – a lovely event, run by the community for the community, giving a fun afternoon out for everyone and showcasing local organisations and activities. The 2013 edition in June – the eighth since inception in 2006 – was blessed with fine weather and attracted many hundreds of visitors. Some thirty stands included croquet and a taste of “Messy Church” – a hands-on creative activity for kids run every couple of months at St John’s, Ben Rhydding. The fête is not-for-profit, but with donations on the gate, a raffle and support from Audley Clevedon and Ilkley Parish Council, the organisers more than cover their costs. So they have money to give away to benefit projects in the Ben Rhydding area. Check out the website if you want to apply! Ditto for next year’s event. The ninth fête will definitely have a Tour de France theme and any suggestions for activities for teenagers will be more than welcome. For this event, Covered happened to be passing. If you want yours covering, be sure to get in touch in good time.

A Mini Music-Maker getting to grips with the instruments

Little ones welcome in Little Lane Little Lane Children’s centre in Ilkley is a purposebuilt facility serving families in Addingham, Ilkley and Ben Rhydding. Activities are generally aimed at parents and carers of under-fives, but children up to age 8 can be accepted if they have additional needs. There are two weekly drop-in stay-and-play sessions for families, while a third is specially for Ofsted -registered childminders and nannies. Three music-making sessions cater for the under-twos, 2-4 and 3-5-year-olds and there is a 5-week course for little learners, designed to promote learning and interaction for 12-24-month-olds. All these activities allow parents and carers to share the joys and trials of life with their little ones in a colourful, stimulating and super-friendly environment. There is a wellstocked toy and book library, too. Support sessions are a valuable resource at the centre. A monthly young parents’ group, a breastfeeding and baby care clinic, courses in baby massage, music therapy, yoga and sign language are all available, as is safety advice. The centre has a team of family support workers and operates a Common Assessment Framework to put families in touch with the agencies best likely to meet their needs. Citizen’s Advice, family law, education and employment are among the many areas where help and support are available.

Lindsay Kitching of Wharfedale Quilters. Their next show is at Christchurch, Ilkley, on 17 August, 10am-4pm

Parents and carers are invited to call 01943 436264, pop in during office hours (Monday 12.30-4.30, Tuesday and Wednesday 9-4.30) or check the website

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60 Years of the Ilkley Flower Show Late spring or no late spring, there is still time to get planting and planning for the Ilkley Flower Show on 24 August (three weeks later than usual, fortunately!). Now celebrating its Diamond anniversary, the Show is about far more than just flowers, stunning though they always are. There are classes for vegetables, baking and preserves, craftwork and photography. As well as cash prizes, there are many tempting special prizes donated by generous local businesses and individuals. Tea for two at Rombald’s Hotel, lunch at Clevedon Restaurant, a hamper of goodies from Booths, vouchers from Grove Bookshop and Courtyard Planters, cosmetics from Boots – all these and plenty more are on offer this year. The Show schedule is available now from Booths, Ilkley Tourist information and Ilkley Library or by telephoning 01943 510912. The Show takes place at Clarke Foley Centre and entries are accepted right up until 21 August.

Discussing the finer points of the men’s baking exhibits

Diners gather near the bandstand for the Last Night of the Proms

Ilkley Summer Festival Ilkley can look forward to a wealth of entertainment in August. Kicking off on Yorkshire Day, 1 August, is the opening ceremony with the Clifton and Lightcliffe Brass Band, performing 11am-1pm at the bandstand on the Grove. The bandstand will be put to regular use throughout the month, notably on 3 August with Tumbling and Games for the under-9s, during the Continental Market 9-11 August and the Dolce Vita weekend 17th-18th, before the Last Night of the Proms brings the whole event to a rousing conclusion on Saturday, 31 August. Kings Hall will host Clare Teal and her Big Band on 23 August and a grand Variety Show on 28th. The Winter Gardens will see a carvery lunch and traditional tearoom on 25th, while Clarke-Foley will be the setting for a Tea Dance on 3rd. The Wheatley is putting on Beer and Yapas (Yorkshire Tapas, obviously...) on 15 August and a meal with accompaniment of jazz, soul, reggae and more on 23rd. On the fringe are heritage guided walks on Wednesdays and Sundays throughout the month – a wonderful opportunity to find out more about the town we take for granted! And artists Joy Godfrey, Chris Bailey and Ken Jaquiery will be opening their studios at Back Nelson Road for the first three Sundays. There will be classical music and a singing opportunity at Saint Margaret’s on 3 August. Many events are free – check them out at

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Yorkshire Month in Otley August 2013 sees the introduction of a new and exciting month long series of events and activities in Otley. Yorkshire Day, 1 August, is in recognition of The King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry’s participation in the Battle of Minden (Prussia) on that day in 1757. Otley Town Council has decided to make a full month of it. The inaugural event, the first Otley Food and Drink Festival runs on Sunday 28 July in the market place and Boroughgate and addition to the usual Farmers’ Market.

PCSO Andy Smith ready to help at Ilkley Pool

Neighbourhood policing – getting in touch Did you know? The Ilkley Neighbourhood Policing Team holds regular ward surgeries in the area. Your local NPT PCSO is available to discuss any issues you may have. These surgeries are held at Ilkley Lido, Supermarkets and Libraries. Details can be viewed on the web site Throughout the year the NPT organises a number of different initiatives, such as working with volunteers to conduct speed watch checks, joint initiatives with Council Wardens to deal with parking issues around schools and Number Plate initiatives, fitting tamper proof screws to registration plates. Should you wish to receive crime prevention advice or discuss any other matters, Ilkley NPT can be contacted via e-mail: or on 01274 475301. PC Andy Smith told Covered that the phone number given, even though a Bradford exchange, will ring in Ilkley Police Station. If you have to leave a message, this will be followed up rapidly. “And,” he said, “various crime prevention operations like the number plate screws and timer switches for domestic lights are available from police stations – you don’t have to wait for a special event to benefit.

Throughout August, local groups and organisations will be providing a range of events and activities that will give residents and visitors a chance to see the wealth on offer in the Otley community. Displays, performances and events include Otley Brass Band, Otley Market Street Festival, Otley Clusters summer activity week at Prince Henry’s Grammar School and a Yorkshire Film Day. On Yorkshire Day itself there will be an official raising of the Yorkshire Flag a and a reading of the Yorkshire Declaration - full details of this and other events hadn’t been published at the time of going to press but should now be found on otleytowncouncil. or at information points in Otley. The book has been closed on events this year, but anyone with suggestions for next year - or offering help for thiscan contact Jason Knowles on 01943 466335 or via the council’s website. These members of Otley Walkers were at a display at Otley Show. Their contribution to Otley’s Yorkshire month is a programme of guided walks to suit all.

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Otley Prince Henry’s Summer Fête – a washout? No way!! Yes, the weather was appalling so some outside activities couldn’t set up and some of the stallholders booked for the indoor Craft Fair didn’t make it. But this is summer in Yorkshire and the Prince Henry’s Association event went ahead and turned a profit of well over £600. The main attractions outside were JBL Events’ assault course, the human gyroscope , GO-Kart Party and the bungee trampoline, none of whose customers minded getting wet.

Otley Town Mayor Cllr Mary Vickers opens Otley Prince Henry’s Fête and Craft Fair, watched by Head Teacher Janet Sheriff

Inside, the Craft fair had 41 stalls featuring everything from Thai Buddhist artefacts to rag dolls and cookies. There was entertainment from Prince Henry’s Brass and Jazz Bands (Without Strings – get it??), as well as Ashfield Primary School’s dancing display and a scary Jujitsu demonstration from Otley Health and Martial Arts Centre. The money raised will help fund a new outdoor covered seating area by Henry’s canteen – a development requested by students. Previous events have raised money for benches outside the front of the school and swelled the school’s hardship fund.

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Thinking – and acting – outside the box Ilkley residents and others who mourned the passing of the Oasis Café now have reason to rejoice. All Saints’ Church needed to use its building, but the nearby Glover’s premises were available. So now we have Outside the Box, “more than just a café”, on the corner of Bridge Lane and Church Street. Set up by Ilkley Community Enterprise Ltd – a new local charity committed to community action and supporting adults and young people with learning disabilities – it provides training and support. Members acquire new skills, gain work experience in a real café environment, get qualifications, spend time with friends and connect with the wider community.

Chairman of Trustees John Thirlwell with trainee Ashley Dele and volunteer Jo Powell

The project reflects the huge commitment of many people over the last 18 months. £100 000 has been raised from donations, fund-raising activities and support from local businesses, council and trust funds. Notable here is Hilton in the Community Foundation. Individuals have given goods, skills, time and expertise to create a café with a great profile. There are three trustees and a team – all volunteers – helping to run the café and an allotment providing food. Open now 10am-4pm at weekends and 11am-2pm Thursday and Friday, the café will be open 6 days a week from early August – with a new manager in place.

Play area – kid-friendly, and there are book-swap facilities for parents and carers

Seeing Stars at Burley Summer Festival This year's Burley-in-Wharfedale summer festival starts on 16 August with a Friday evening Ceilidh before the opening weekend. The week-long festival is set to pull in the crowds with a ten-day series of events designed to accommodate as many tastes and interests as they possibly could. The star attraction, by definition, may well be the cinema themed scarecrow trail and competition (Saturday 17). Start-up firms and local businesses still have plenty of time to support the festival and boost their own profile by sponsoring specific events and festival banners

Burley Festival’s Classic Car Show is always popular – this year 18 August

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University of the Third Age in the Wharfe Valley U3A – that’s for old people, isn’t it? Not necessarily; it is aimed at active people retired from full-time work or family responsibilities and who want to develop new interests, or pursue current activities, with like-minded folk. There is no lower age limit and many members work part-time. Local groups work to a loosely-defined national concept to establish their own sections. You don’t need any qualifications and you certainly don’t have to take any exams! And, if you have an interest you want to share, U3A could be for you.

Judith Shilling, Florence Williams, Sheila Wright and Jacqui Whiteley displaying colourful craftwork

Ilkley and District U3A has upwards of a thousand members and offers over 80 activities from Architecture to Wayfarers’ Walking. In between come temptations to Hike to Lunch (other groups walk or even stroll there...) or to Cook to Inspire. There is physical activity: table tennis, circle dancing, Tai Chi and motorcycling. Languages ancient and modern are covered, along with film, art, music and literature, family history, Scrabble and Mahjong. Science and technology, computing, digital photography, health and well-being... the list goes on. At the enrolment morning at Ilkley’s Clarke-Foley Centre on 15 June, 50 stands in three rooms were buzzing with activity as members old and new rushed to enrol for 2013-4. For information – and details of the Summer School 15-19 July, see

Barbara Falloon and Mavis Currie run four table tennis groups

Lions Win Two Prizes for the Otley Carnival Otley Lions roared to success in the prize-giving at Otley Carnival in June, achieving two prizes. The Lions’ bookshop in Mercury Row won first prize for the medium-sized window display. The display involved an intriguing representation of the world-wide-web and a charming celebration of children’s literature. On the day of the Carnival, the Lions' float won first prize in the Class 2 category. The float provided a representation of books and literature, with Lions,

friends and even grand-children dressed up as literary characters. Well done to all involved!

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Car Boot Sales – a Greener Way to Fight Austerity Summer is eventually upon us. With it comes a wealth of seasonal car boot sales. Well run car boots provide sellers an opportunity to clear space and raise more than a few pounds in the process. Greener than consigning the stuff to landfill and more immediate than a card on a supermarket community notice board. For most buyers there is money to be saved. Why commit hundreds of pounds to household goods, toys or baby stuff when some of the items on your shopping list might turn up at a fraction of the new prices? It’s worth taking a look. And some buyers can make a profit by selling on – often online or at another boot or market. There is a weekly summertime Sunday boot at the crossroads on the Harrogate side of Leeds Bradford Airport and another adjacent to Pannal roundabout. The ones at Otley Farmers’ and Pudsey Markets are all year round (Otley’s runs from 12 until

Emmerdale star Jane Cox (right, Lisa Dingle) joined forces with sister Amanda at Otley boot in June, raising money for charity.

4). Occasional summertime boots include Ilkley Grammar School PTA at Ben Rhydding Cricket Club (21 July), Ilkley Cricket Club (28 July) and Burley in Wharfedale Cricket Club (1 September).

TYKE TALK Ever wondered where the Yorkshire accent comes from? Why we don’t bother with some words at all or why Otley’s dear old Chevin has its name? Tyke Talk may help shed some light. As part of Otley's Yorkshire Month in August, this event will start with a quick global tour through the English Language, and settle in Yorkshire – laiking with Vikings and Celts before travelling forwards through time to the Dales and beyond. Suitable for everyone over the age of 11 the talk is led by Prince Henry's English teacher and Otliensian, Chris Smith. Tickets are £2, children £1 - available in person or online tel: 01943 467466 The talk takes place Saturday 3rd August, 11.30am-12.30pm. Hopefully Sih-thih then!

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Holiday in Normandy, A WEALTH OF EXPERTISE anyone? Covered brings you exclusive news of a new initiative – or two Members of the Ilkley-Coutances Twinning Committee took advantage of a recent visit to Coutances to forge new links and resurrect old ones. Jenny Howarth of Ilkley Business Forum and Marion Smith of Ilkley Tennis Club met their opposite numbers and established promising sporting and trading contacts. But making the news in the French press the day after its announcement at the official reception in Coutances Town Hall was the proposal to create a house exchange scheme between the two towns and their areas. Response from the French was enthusiastic and rapidly extended to offers of accommodation, as paying guests or just as …guests! The project is in its infancy and will initially involve the creation of a database of people interested, who will then be invited to contact each other to arrange personal exchanges or visits. Vice-chairman of the Twinning Committee, Loraine Powell, told Covered “In these times of financial constraint, such projects are increasingly popular and are yet another way of fostering the entente cordiale”. Anyone interested is invited to call 01943 817588 for more information. Another piece of recent good news is that funding has been secured for three primary school teachers to come from the Caen authority (which includes Coutances) to spend a week in Wharfe valley primary schools. Covered will bring you the details in due course! Happy faces all round as Ilkley’s delegation and their hosts and friends in Coutances gather for a last evening together


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Blooming Great Tea Party Raises Over £1k Aireborough Fundraising Group held a Blooming Great Tea Party this week to help raise funds for Marie Curie Cancer Care. The group held their tea party at Guisley Methodist Church and raised over £1000, the money raised from the tea party will allow Marie Curie Nurses to provide more free care to people with terminal illnesses in their own homes in West Yorkshire. Delicous cakes were sold along with a refreshing cups of tea and the group organised stalls selling Marie Curie Cancer Care products as well as plants and books all donated from the local area. Hazel Goodison the groups Chair said “We are delighted with the succcess of this years Blooming Great Tea Party, everyone worked extermley hard to make the Tea Party a great success. We would like to thank everyone who atteneded and supported our tea party and a special thanks goes out to Guisley Methodist Church for their amazing support on the day”

Aireborough Blooming Great Tea Party is one of many taking place across the country as part of Marie Curie Cancer Care’s Blooming Great Tea Party campaign July. As simple as a tea break at work with with colleauges, an afternoon catch up with friends, or a bigger event for your community, hosting a Blooming Great Tea Party is a fun way to bring people together and raise money for Marie Curie. For more information and to sign up for your free Blooming Great Tea Party fundraising pack, visit www. or call 08700 340 040. For more information about Marie Curie Cancer Care please visit:

Leeds welcomes young people from Lille Young people from Otley and Holt Park welcomed visitors from Leeds’ partner city, Lille, the last week of June, showing them a warm Yorkshire welcome and some of the best of the city. The French group were full of praise for their hosts and in return, the Leeds teenagers were pleased to strike up new friendships that will be continued Ross McGibbon, Youth Work Manager, told via Facebook, Twitter and other social media. Covered: “The aim of the exchange was to widen the The visit was organised by Leeds City Council’s horizons of the young people from both Leeds and Youth Service and included a civic reception by Lille, helping to raise aspirations by opening up the the Lord Mayor of Leeds, Councillor Tom Murray, possibilities available to them by learning that there adventure activities at the Lazer Centre in Armley are different ways of life. and a tour of Otley. The visitors also enjoyed some traditional fish and chips, a visit to the Royal “Our visitors were particularly impressed by the city Armouries and the Waterfront Festival, as well as centre and all enjoyed the wonderful food on offer.” being treated to a meal prepared by the hosts and a The visit was supported by Otley Lions. curry night.

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NEWS FROM SAFE HAVEN Is an address an important issue, does where you live determine your future or is it the place where you sit that satisfies the media? A seat in the House of Commons perhaps or a seat on the board, does that signify our place in today’s society as being perfect or not? NO! The only interpretation that can ever be derived is that you are one with yourself and all those around you. Think of a society where friends stood together throughout, where angels met with men and conversed on a daily basis, where marriages were sacred and there was never any doubt or confusion as to who loves who and how. Can society recognise that maybe, just maybe something, somewhere long ago went very wrong and misshaped our futures in to the horrors that we see all too clearly today? Opinions change and from time to time individuals come up with various solutions, but not anymore… this is God’s time and He wishes for to see a significant

change take place. It’s time to stop and think …do you want the old way or a brand new start? We at Safe Haven are prepared for the rush of requests for help we are about to receive and we are willing to step into the breach of real issues affecting real people. Will you also help? Can you find a reason in your heart of hearts to stand by and do nothing or can you listen carefully for that voice of reason which says to you …it’s time to help someone. You can help in many ways; you can donate furniture and food, be a volunteer, visit our warehouse, make a purchase, tell the people you meet that we’re here to help them. Till next month….God Bless!


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Pets Need Holidays Too

Top Tips: 1

If you’re planning a break away you’ll have a long checklist to get through. Passports, tickets, currency, travel insurance and sun cream will all be high on the list. What about your beloved family friends of the four legged variety? It’s best to put them top of your list and make arrangements sooner rather than later.

To help your pet settle in, take bedding and

2 toys that will remind the animal of home.

If your pet is undergoing any routine

3 treatment make sure you’ve got plenty of supplies in to leave with them.

Elaine Scrompf of The Dog House, Leeds gives us advice about making sure your pets get a good break too. “At the Dog House we look after family pets in our homes. Our team holds all the relevant licenses from leeds City Council - you should ensure that anyone you entrust with your pet holds a Home Boarding License and that they are fully insured. A huge love of pets is a good indicator of how your pet will be cared for too! Before you embark on your holiday, the Dog House invites owners and their pets to visit so you can see how settled and happy your pets are and then you can enjoy your own holiday, guilt free.”

Check your pet’s vaccination schedule is up to date to prevent infection being spread. Most reputable kennels, catteries or sitters will not accept dogs without up to date jabs.


Make sure that the company or person caring for your pet whilst you’re away has the contact details for your usual vet – care records may be invaluable in the unlikely event of a crisis.


Ensure that the pet’s regular food is in plentiful supply – by keeping things as routine as possible you will reduce the amount of stress placed on the flat.


Don’t worry! If you choose the right place for your pet then you should be able to enjoy your holiday and your pet will also enjoy theirs. Animals will pick up on your stress so if you show that you’re not worried, they’re less likely to be too. The Dog House is a family business, operated since 2004 and they also offer an excellent professional dog walking service. All walkers are fully insured, police checked and are very experienced at looking after precious pets. If your day is filled with meetings at work and rushing around with the kids, then you should take steps to ensure that your hound gets the exercise he needs – a dog walker would do just that.

A huge love of pets is a good indicator of how your pet will be cared for too!

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Animal matters Everyone knows that you shouldn’t leave animals unattended in a car on a hot day. But what should you do as the days get warmer?

Combat Fleas, Ticks, Mites and Flystrike

Time outdoors in hot weather increases the likelihood of getting these. To combat give animals a suitable product regularly to reduce their risk, keep their sleeping and eating areas clean and check daily for any signs of infection.

Increase Water and Shade and Do Not Over Exercise

If possible on hot days keep animals indoors or make sure they have plenty of shade and water if they have to stay outside. Keep f ish tanks and bird/small animal cages out of direct sunlight. Remember conser vatories can also heat up quickly.

This month’s Pick of the Paws is Jasper - Siamese X British Blue. Owner Jess tells us: he’s 4 years old and his favourite hobbies including eating, sleeping, snacking, napping and relaxing in the sun. He’s very friendly and is always hanging around with us - he loves being snuggled!



When walking your dog take a portable water bowl and don’t over exercise. Dogs will collapse before giving up, at which point it may be too late. Signs of overheating include increased panting/ breathing, listlessness and drooling.

Stop Skin Problems including Sunburn

Pets with fine/light coloured hair may need petsafe sunblock, particularly to noses and ears to stop them burning. Be careful of hot surfaces like pavements and sand as pets can burn their paws. Hair can be trimmed but no shorter than one inch to keep sun protection and groom frequently.

Don’t Forget…

If you see an animal in distress contact the RSPCA immediately and give the animal relief by providing water and shelter. For more information on any of the above contact your vet or local friendly pet shop.


L ola & Tom

Here’s Max, he’s 14 years old and was a pavement special (often know as a stray). Elaine Schromf has owned him for 13 yrs and he loves playing with all the dogs that come boarding at her home, it keeps him young at heart!


Here are 4-month-old Lola & Tom. Owners Kat, Ryan and Bobby tell us: “They love a game of hide and seek, chasing the ball, cuddles and sleeping. Double trouble but worth it!!”


If you think your four legged or feathered friend should be our Pick of the Paws next month, send a snap along with a short description to: or post to the usual address.

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Festival weekend doublebill boosts local talent Ilkley Summer Festival 2013 has decided to cash in on a wealth of local talent, by arranging to use Yorkshire acts in a couple of back-to-back shows. The Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th August weekend will include Ilkley’s Dolce Vita and Abba Revival both staged outdoors on The Grove which will be closed to vehicles that weekend. The Dolce Vita night stars Dominic Halpin and the Honey Bs (old favourites at the Festival) and features local band Five Dollar Shoes. Asked about Five Dollar Shoes, Festival Managing Director, Anne Hawkesworth told us “Many Festival fans in Ilkley are aware how much work Brian Bailey put into the Festival over the years. Brian died in January and is much missed by all. I’m absolutely delighted that his band Five Dollar Shoes are continuing and even more delighted that they will be performing at the Dolce Vita night – a similar line up as before, but without Brian.” Completing the local line-up is trapeze duo Arabesque led by local girl Sophie Page-Hall, who moon to be booked for the newcomers section in the will perform their Birds of Paradise routine. upcoming Bingley Music Live.” Sunday sees Abba Revival on stage on The Grove for a family afternoon. Supporting them are newcomers Over the last few seasons Festival goers have Marc and Abi fronting an eight piece band of horn, contributed to a breast cancer charity at the Dolce drums, bass and guitar which will be playing a Vita night. This year, funds will be raised for the British Heart Foundation at the Dolce Vita concert mixture of upbeat originals plus 70’s covers. and for The Haven breast cancer charity at the Anne Hawkesworth said she was really pleased to Abba concert. see Abba Revival back in Ilkley. “They wowed an audience at the King’s Hall in December. Marc and Tickets for both concerts are available from Ilkley Abi are newcomers from Yeadon who were over the Visitor Centre, Station Road, Ilkley (01943 602319)

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Leeds Author’s New Series Enhanced, the first entry in the new series “The Aescar Chronicles” follows the story of Alexander Howell, a young man who joins the army to provide for his family and create a better life for his beloved Jessica. The exciting adventure thriller unfolds in the fictional nation of Aescar, where a war with neighbouring Darien that has lasted a generation and a huge spike in population growth threatens already overstretched food supplies. The State, Aescar’s seemingly benevolent totalitarian rulers, have taken charge of food distribution, utilities, manufacturing and many other aspects of everyday life for the sake of the war effort. Aescar’s burgeoning population is divided into two distinct social tiers, the Citizens, who enjoy most of the freedoms of any normal society and the happily oppressed Churls, who must apply for government permission to marry, breed and own property. As the son of Churl parents, one of the few ways for Alexander to become a Citizen is to serve in the armed forces. But joining the Aescaran army comes with a price, or as The State would tell it, a gift. The higher brain functions of every soldier are chemically suppressed and replaced by a synaptic transceiver which connects them to a single, central mind operated by the mysterious and enigmatic Controllers. In this way, a soldier will never experience pain or fear and crucially, will never refuse an order. However, when Alexander is accidentally set free of his Enhancement, he is unwillingly recruited into the AFA, a fledgling rebellion against The State. He is forced to accompany Blue Six, the rebel militia’s ragtag elite, who fear and despise him in equal measure as they encounter starving bandits, abandoned cities, the unflinching Enhanced soldiers of The State and a secret that will break apart their entire understanding of the world around them. Enhanced is the creation of Chris Tasker, an author born and bred in Bramley, Leeds. Chris has been fascinated by storytelling for all of his twenty eight years and spent much of his childhood scribbling down stories and ideas as they came into his head. A product of Intake High School and later Leeds Met University, Chris’ main passion at school was history, particularly Russia in the 1920s. His biggest influences as an author are Bernard Cornwell and

C.S. Forester. Chris is a very proud Yorkshireman, much of his inspiration for the fictional Aescar came from growing up in the White Rose County. Enhanced is available in paperback from Amazon, and as a download for Amazon Kindle, Kobo and Kindle for iPad.

competition We’ve got a personalised copy of Chris’ book to give away to one lucky reader. Simply tell us: Who is the main character in Enhanced? Is it: A: Alexander Howell or B: Alexander the Meerkat? Send your answer to: Enhanced, Covered, Butonia House, Clayton Wood Close, LS16 6QE or email: (The winner will be picked at random from all correct entrants. The Editor’s decision is final. No correspondence will be entered into).

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