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Covered Edition 32

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Covered Magazine Butonia House Clayton Wood Close Leeds LS16 6QE

Contents

04 food & drink 13 Garden guru 14 Property MAtters 20 Fashion hair & beauty 43 Advertising Directory

Editor

Chris Barnham 01132 745639 chris@covered-magazine.net

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Contributors

Liz Burton Ivor Hughes Judith Dunn Dawn Kilner Eric Wells

SID’S ON THE SLITHER AND WE WANT HIM BACK!

What a busy month for Covered... Readers will note that our team is often found at coffee mornings, society meetings, fundraisers and the opening of new resources or businesses in the area. In fact, we’ve dropped in on twenty three different locations in the last month to compile first-hand editorial and photograph the community in action. Covered’s presence at those events underlines our continuing commitment to attending, photographing, reporting and supporting local community news and events – we’re certainly not deskbound hundreds of miles away, busily cobbling together articles based on press releases. And it’s about to get busier... Since our launch early in 2011 with a modest 10,000 copies dropping through letterboxes in LS18 we’ve invested in and added to the look, feel and appeal of Covered - prompting demand from readers and advertisers for us to increase our offering, taking in more postcodes and launching a further two publications. I’m proud to announce that Covered has now taken steps to cement our position as Leeds’ leading community/lifestyle publication by launching another three publications, taking our monthly distribution to a massive 90,000 copies – by far the area’s largest circulation. I look forward to the next few years, and inevitable futher expansion, with great relish! The deadline for submissions in the next edition is 1/11/13. If you own a business then speak to one of our Account Managers on: 0113 274 5639 about getting your business Covered – why settle for anything less than the city’s biggest circulation? Until next month,

Chris Barnham Editor

Find Sid hiding in one of the adverts in Covered and you could win £100! Simply tell us which advert Sid’s hiding in, along with your name and contact details and we will put all correct entrants into a draw for £100. Closing date 01/11/13. The editor’s decision is final. Send your answers to: Sid the Snake Covered Magazine Butonia House Clayton Wood Close Leeds LS16 6QE

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or email: info@covered-magazine.net (We will only accept entries via email or post) last month’s ‘find sid’ competition winner was: Mrs K Craig, Club Lane LS13 The winner of last month’s mike pannett book giveaway was: D.A. Pentelow, Crow Lane LS21 Prizes must be claimed by 01/11/13. 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: www.recyclenow.com to find your nearest recycling site.


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Food & Drink

F d & Dr nk THE 1875 If you enjoy Indian food but would prefer a leisurely, fine dining experience, then you don’t need to travel very far. THE 1875 restaurant is uniquely situated above the ticket office at Menston railway station and offers bona fide Indian food, cooked by Indians. Opened in late 2011 by Manjinder Singh Sarai, THE 1875 brings to fruition his dream of offering authentic, quality Indian cuisine to discerning customers in the West. Manjinder himself came to the UK at age 4, but when he visited Bombay on a business trip and ate at some of the finest restaurants he realised the potential in bringing this to the UK. The concept is based around the year 1875, when the British Raj was at it’s highest in India, with Queen Victoria as it’s first Empress. High ranking British officers dined on the finest Indian food and were offered exemplary service, and that is what Manjinder and his team are re-creating here at THE 1875. It seems very fitting then, and surely no coincidence, that Menston railway station, home to THE 1875, was also built in the year 1875. The location, whilst unusual, is well thought out. On a major train line from Leeds to Ilkley, and with ample free car parking, it’s easy enough to get to but far enough away to fully enjoy a mellow, relaxed evening bathed in classical Indian music ragas. Manjinder went to great lengths to find the right team for the restaurant and all of the masterchefs here were trained in 5 star Indian venues. Michelin star-trained Head Chef, Vivek Kashiwali, formerly worked at multi award winning The Bird restaurant at Alea Casino, Leeds. The 4 page menu is also representative of the quality on offer here, and uses local produce crafted into beautiful dishes with spices imported from India, which are then ground and mixed into masalas on the premises. Every dish is freshly made and ingredients and spice can be adjusted to each diner’s preference.

Opened in late 2011 by Manjinder Singh Sarai, THE 1875 brings to fruition his dream of offering authentic, quality Indian cuisine to discerning customers in the West.


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“ Michelin star-trained

Head Chef, Vivek Kashiwali, formerly worked at multi award winning The Bird restaurant

Rather than the usual mild, medium, hot scale THE 1875 employs a scale of 1-10 to ensure very delicate variances in taste and Manjinder is a generous host, always on hand to offer advice. There’s an unusual selection here too, with monkfish and chicken liver on offer and a good selection for vegetarians. Pork is a regular favourite though, cooked using a genuine tandoor oven. For special occasions, the Chef’s Table is available and diners are allocated their own personal chef for the evening, who will advise and create dishes specifically for them. Booking is limited and strongly recommended, as with the Sunday Lunch, which is an interesting fusion of Indian and English cuisine. Aside from all of this, there are some original and exciting ideas emerging from this relatively new business, with more in the pipeline. From free cooking demonstrations held at the railway station, to corporate events during the daytime, such as sari lessons and Indian head massages. Even a train carriage reserved for diners on Valentine’s Day, who were served appetisers by staff in traditional Indian dress on the journey before being greeted with garlands at the restaurant. It’s the thought and

personal service, along with the food, which have earned THE 1875 many accolades already; shortlisted for the Best Newcomer – Oliver Awards 2012, shortlisted in the final 4 – Deliciously Yorkshire, Trip Advisor – Excellence award. And the list can surely only grow as there’s not really anywhere else offering quite the same standard within this area. www.the1875.co.uk Twitter: @1875Restaurant Facebook: The 1875 Restaurant


Food & Drink

Ingredients

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2-3 cups of mix vegetables of choice (ideally carrots, cauliflower, peas) 200g of grated paneer 3 medium potatoes 1 tablespoon shredded ginger 1 tablespoon chopped coriander 2 chopped green chilli seeded 1/2 teaspoon black pepper 1 tsp salt 1 tsp lemon juice Oil to shallow fry 1/4 cup plain creamy yogurt 2 tbsp hari chutney 2 tbsp tamarind chutney

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*2 tbsp cayenne pepper or 3 large onions, finely chopped Indian red chilli powder 1 heaped tsp ginger paste 1 tsp cumin powder 1 heaped tsp garlic paste 1/2 tsp turmeric powder 2 serrano pepper, slit 1 tsp mustard seeds/powder lengthwise(green chillies) 3-4 tsp raisins 2 large tomatoes, finely 1 tbsp of tamarind paste chopped 3 whole cloves *2 1/2 lbs pork cut into 1/2 tsp cinnamon cubes 1/2 tsp garam masala 1 cup boiling water 1/4 cup oil 11/2 tsp salt 3/4 cup wine-vinegar

Mili Juli Shabzi Tikki

Boil the potatoes until tender, drain and leave to cool. Once cool, peel off skin and mash. Saute vegetables and paneer with the masalas added. Gently mash this mixture coarsely. Mix all the ingredients together; add salt and pepper to taste. With oiled hands, divide the mixture equally and make into 8-10 patties around half inch thick. Heat the oil in a flat bottom saucepan over a medium high heat (oil should cover the surface of the pan generously) until hot. Shallow fry the tikkis on both sides until golden brown. Serve hot and drizzle yogurt, tamarind chutney and hari chutney over the Tikki.

Goan Pork Vinho de Alho

Grind the ingredients together, starting from cayenne pepper through to garam masala, into a paste with a 1/4 cup of the vinegar. Heat the oil in a heavy bottomed saute pan over a medium heat. Saute the onions until brown, before grinding them to a fine paste and returning to pan. Add the ginger, garlic and serranos and cook further, until golden brown. Add the masala paste and continue frying until the masala is cooked and the oil begins to separate. Add chopped tomatoes and continue frying until tomatoes blend in and the oil separates again. Add the pork cubes and sear for 5 minutes. Add remainder of the vinegar, boiling water and salt. Bring to the boil, reduce flame to low and cook for 40-50 minutes until pork is tender. If using a pressure cooker, cook for around 15 minutes, turn off flame and let pressure subside. Open lid and simmer on medium heat until gravy thickens.


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Food & Drink

Ingredients: Buy Local & Seasonal

marrow, spinach, squash and sweetcorn. You’ll still find fruits in hedgerows too so take advantage and pick some blackberries – they’re always good alongside apples in a crumble.

Pumpkins are now in season. We’re used to carving them up for Hallowe’en but they’re often overlooked for the dinner table. Rather than waste the flesh, try this simple soup: cut a medium sized pumpkin into quarters, drizzle with oil and roast, along with a full bulb of garlic (unpeeled). Give it an hour or so at 180c/gas mark 5 until soft. Peel the garlic and then blend the pumpkin and garlic along with 100ml of cream, pinch of ground nutmeg and 400ml chicken or veg stock. Fry off a couple of slices of wild mushroom (shitake will do) and grate some slithers of good quality Parmesan. Reheat the soup and serve with the mushroom and Parmesan on top.

Cropping up at Farmers’ Markets over the next month should still be a healthy variety of game. Duck, goose, grouse, partridge and wood pigeon are all excellent at the moment, having feasted during the last throes of summer. If you haven’t given game a go before then give the factory farmed chicken a break this week and try something new!

Other veggies currently at their best include: cabbages of all varieties, cauliflower, carrots, leeks,

If you’re looking for quality ingredients 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. www.horsforthfarmersmarket.co.uk

Bramhope Farmers Market 2nd Saturday of every month, 10am-1pm Robert Craven Memorial Hall, Old Lane Bramhope LS16 9AZ

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

Oakwood Farmers Market

1st & 3rd Sunday of every month 10am16.00pm. Briggate, Leeds City Centre

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)

Headingley Farmers Market

Guiseley Farmers Market

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

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

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

Grassington Farmers Market

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

FARM SHOPS Crag House Farm

None Go Bye Farm Shop

Tomlinson’s Farm Shop

Otley Old Road, Cookridge, LS16 7NH. TEL: 0113 2303600

Otley Old Rd, Horsforth LS18 5HZ. TEL:0113 284 2206

89 Roker Lane, Pudsey. LS28 9AS. TEL: 0113 255 2625

Elmsley’s Farm Shop

The Local Pantry

B. Whiteley Farm Shop & Nursery

Greenside Farm, Warm Lane, Yeadon, LS19 7DW. TEL: 0113 250 3060

Harrogate Rd, Otley, LS21 2PS. TEL: 0113 203 7361

Houghside Lane, Pudsey. LS28 9JJ. TEL: 07981 211016

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10 Readers’ Letters

Readers’ Letters Star Letter Dear Sir, How welcome to have a positive view of new housing for once (Readers’ Letters Ed31). A few hundred protesters do not represent the many thousands who have no objection to new estates. If objectors had their way in the past no one would be living here to object now! We all like green spaces but we need new, cheaper homes for our children as they grow up. One or the other has to be sacrificed and we know what most people would choose.

editor’s note I hope you will welcome the return of our readers’ letters page. Send me your letters on any subject relevant to the area. What improvements would you make to the area if you were able? What issues would you like your local councillors to raise? Any funny stories or fond memories you’d like to share? Please keep letters concise (225 words max). We’ll print the best and the winner of the Star Letter will receive £10! Send your letters to: The Editor, Covered Magazine, Butonia House, Clayton Wood Close, Leeds, LS16 6QE or email: chris@covered-magazine.net

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3) Most objections to new housing are older people who have the benefit of their own home. Is it fair for them to reduce the chances of a younger generation getting the same advantage?

May I add five more reasons for opposing NIMBYS to those given in your last issue?

4) House building creates jobs – not just for builders and allied trades but makers and suppliers of furniture and furnishing fabrics, carpet-layers, retailers of domestic appliances, etc. Your advertisers!

1) The housing shortage is forcing some people to live in squalor. A recent “Daily Politics” programme on the BBC showed slum properties beiung let at high prices on a cash-only basis with no contracts and probably no tax being paid.

5) Britain is an attractive place to live because it is civilised and peaceful. Even if immigration is reduced, the population will still grow and need places to live. We should be proud of this. Most fields are not much to look at and we should look on housing as a benefit not a blight.

2) Estate Agents say only young people with high incomes or wealthy parents can afford to be First Time Buyers. Home ownership should be for all.

Yours sincerely,

Dear Sir,

A. Grierrson (Name & Address Supplied)


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Dear Editor, May I say how pleased I am that you have reintroduced your letters page. I like to hear the views of others in my community.

What do other readers think? Why don’t these groups use school facilities or playing fields?

I would like to open a debate in your magazine about the use of our parks and green spaces by businesses. Like many, I visit the park to get away from hustle and bustle – to take in some nature, appreciate the landscaping and generally wind down. I am therefore shocked to find that on most evenings the park is full of organised groups undertaking sporting activities. Isn’t that the very reason we have recreation areas and playing fields? I’m sure it won’t matter to most but does anybody else think that parks should be for peace and quiet – not military style fitness drills. I’ve even seen groups using park benches as step-ups – if a group of 13 year olds were to do the same they’d be accused of vandalism!

M. T. Pickford (Address Supplied)


12 Diary Dates

Pencil It In! Diary Dates Guiseley Art Club Exhibition

Sat 9 & Sun 10 November, 10.30am - 4pm Guiseley Methodist Church Hall, Oxford Road, Guiseley LS20 9EP New members always welcome 1.30 - 4pm Mondays at above address Enquiries: Mary 01943 873861 or artguiseley@hotmail.co.uk

Annual Christmas Fair

Saturday 30th November, 2pm – 4pm Abbeyfield Ikley Society Ltd Grove House, 12 Riddings Road, Ilkley LS29 9BF Get in the festive spirit and support the annual Christmas Fair. There will be plenty of stalls, gift ideas, handmade crafts and games. Refreshments available. Festive entertainment from the residents' choir. Suitable for all ages. Small entrance fee payable on the day. Enquiries: 01943 886008 Email: stephanie.barton@abbeyfieldilkley.co.uk

Menston Arts Club

Sat/Sun 16th/17th November 10:30 – 5pm (4:30 on Sun) Exhibition of paintings & crafts Kirklands Community Centre ,Menston LS29 6HT Admission Free. Refreshments Available. Ample Parking Enquiries: Sue Brearly – 0113 2501096

Aireborough Camera Club

Wednesdays 7:45pm from September to May Guiseley Theatre, The Green, Guiseley A small friendly camera club with a varied programmme of talks and competitions new members are always welcome. For further information please visit: www. aireboroughcameraclub.co.uk"

Children’s Halloween Party

Thursday 30th October 3-6pm. Lineham Farm, Swan Lane, Leeds, LS16 8AZ Be warned this is usually a sell out event! Fancy dress with prizes. Entry is £5 for children and includes a spooky tea. Grown ups: free. Refreshments available. Book now to avoid disappointment! Contact the farm on 0113 2817880 or email clare@linehamfarm.co.uk. You can also book through Event Elephant at http://eventelephant.com/ childrenshalloweenevent2013

Ilkley Art Club

Tuesdays 7.30 p.m. The Clarke Foley Centre, Cunliffe Road, Ilkley, There is a full and varied programme and membership is now open. Prospective new members are welcome to go along for a free taster session. For more information please email: ilkleyartclub@live.com or tel: Paul Shaw on 07771 754605

Chippendale’s Indoor Market

09:00am - 3:00pm every last Sunday of the month The Old Grammar School , Manor Square, Otley LS21 3AY 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.

Ilkley Home Makers Club

2nd Thursday each month at 7.45pm Church House, Church Street. Ilkley LS29 9DS New members and guests are welcome to enjoy the speaker of the month and a cup of tea. Enquiries: Shirley 01943 609997 or Rose 01943 817827

Menston Parish Church Scottish Dancing Group

2nd & 4th Thursdays 19.45 - 21.30. 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.

Burley Art Club

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

Burley Wildlife Group

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

Guiseley Chatterbooks

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

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 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-in-Wharfedale residents only.

Ladies Group

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

Wharfedale & District Aeromodeller’s Club

First Friday of each month 8pm. Controlline flying each Sunday Salem Hall, Main Street, Burley in Wharfedale Juniors and beginners welcome Enquiries: Chairman John Horton 01943 863438

Ilkley Choral Society/Otley Choral Society

St Margaret’s Church, Queens Road, Ilkley LS29 9QL Enquiries: Sirje - 079 303 29847

Ilkley Badminton Club

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

Diabetes U.K. Support Group

1st Monday of the month 7pm – 9pm (Except Bank Holidays when it’s the 2nd Monday) West Yorkshire Playhouse, Playhouse Square, Quarry Hill LS2 7UP All welcome to hear a variety of speakers on diabetes related health matters. Enquiries: 07840686618


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Garden Guru 13

Garden Guru

Plant garlic now. Not just for your food either, leftover bulbs can be used to make your own organic pest spray.

If you have potatoes left in the ground, take them up now for winter storage to save them from slugs, eelworm and other nasties. Similar with carrots and swedes, also making sure your sprouts and other brassicas are supported against winter storms. Garlic should be planted at the end of this month, and if you The days are becoming shorter and colder, which plant more than usual, you can use the extra bulbs to make your own garlic spray. It is a good organic means everything is starting to slow down. method of deterring pests from destroying your crops, This is the time to tidy your perennial plants, taking off without leaving any taint on the food when you eat it. the old dead foliage and seed heads. Then go around your roses, removing any leaves damaged with black Clean and disinfect your greenhouses, cold frames spot, rust or other disease – making sure you dispose etc, standing all your plants outside during the day. If necessary, use bubble wrap polyethylene or double of these leaves correctly and not composting them. fleece to keep the area warm and check all heaters In the fruit area, make a new strawberry bed, using the and thermostats to ensure a trouble free winter. new plants formed from this year’s runners. Once the blackberries have finished fruiting, take out all the old The Horsforth Allotment Shed on Featherbank fruiting stems down to ground level and tie the new Lane, Horsforth is open every Friday night from stems as a fan or horizontal. If you are buying new fruit 7pm-8pm. Call in for quality gardening products bushes as bare root, prepare the ground well before they and friendly advice. For further information please arrive – incorporating a long acting fertilizer. visit: www.haga.btck.co.uk

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14 Property Matters

TOP TIPS FOR "GREENING" RENTED PROPERTIES As summer time officially ends, and clocks are turned backwards ahead of the icy blast of winter, it has never been more timely for landlords to make their rental properties more energy-efficient. By following a few simple tips to “green” their homes, property owners can save money and avoid further financial outlays in the future. ARLA, the industry body of which all reputable letting agents are members as a commitment to excellent customer service, has developed this winter checklist to help: Consider cavity wall and floor insulation: Effective insulation will represent a significant step towards improving the energy efficiency of your property. Ensure you have effective loft insulation: Although many properties now have loft insulation

installed, check the depth and quality. The recommended thickness is between 250-300mm for optimum savings. Insulate your water fittings: Lagging should be installed around water pipes and boilers to minimise heat loss. Prevent draughts: Landlords should seek to draught proof doors and windows, as well as reducing heat loss through floorboards. Install a thermostat on your boiler: This ensures that when a room reaches its optimum temperature of around 19C, the heating is automatically switched off, thus reducing heating bills. Meanwhile, Linley & Simpson has strengthened its senior team by appointing David Mear as the new manager of its newly-modernised Horsforth branch. His arrival comes as the specialist letting agency announced the opening of the 10th office in its network – Saltaire, which will cover the whole of the Aire Valley and link closely into both Ilkley and Horsforth offices. Thanks to Linley & Simpson, Brook Street, Ilkley

We urgently require... 2, 3 and 4 bed houses £700 to £1100 pcm. Whether you’re an experienced landlord, new to lettings or looking to buy an investment property, we can offer a variety of services to help make letting easy.

Don’t just take our word for it, see what some of our current landlords are saying… “We value the fact that they have a very acute understanding of the demands of the letting market in each of the areas in which they operate”

“Linley and Simpson epitomise professionalism. I have always found them to be extremely helpful and polite” Mr G, Wakefield

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Property Matters: Making Space Let's be honest - installing extensions onto your home can be expensive, time consuming, and a headache when planning permission is required. But if you're eager to create more space in your home, there will be plenty of nooks and crannies you can easily, and cheaply, convert into something nifty! Whether it be an unused loft, a cluttered cellar, or a spare storeroom, there are numerous ways you can make the most of your existing space! Covered's Top Tips for Transforming and Expanding

Convert Closets & Under the Stairs There's bound to be a closet somewhere in everyone's house full of junk or boxes from the last move - the same goes for underneath staircases. So why not clear out the clutter and create the kids their very own den? Remove the door and pin up their favourite duvet cover

Perhaps this example is a little excessive, but your kids will love it!

to make them really feel like it's their zone and to also let in some natural light. It's a great way to keep them from hoarding all their toys in the living room or constantly creating a mess in their bedroom - put them in the den! Or if that doesn't suit your fancy, these alcoves are great for computer setups or mini libraries.


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Basements & Cellars Can Be Better! Why waste that glorious extra space by cluttering it with old mattresses, unused/broken furniture and old machinery from a decade gone by? Throw out the trash! Turn that space into something spectacular, like your own personal cinema, wine cellar, or an at-home gym! Keep a closet or shelf in there for some storage, while using the rest of the space for a couch, projector and screen.

Adapt An Attic This one will require a little more elbow grease, especially if it's a little smaller and slanted than what is ideal. But converting an attic into an extra bedroom, study, or simply an additional lounge not only adds more value to your home, it also eliminates the expense of having to install an entire extension (although it may need a window fitted if there are none). That space is just waiting to achieve its full potential! Don't waste it stuffing a load of unneeded junk up there, get your scruffs on and start clearing it out, dusting it down and transforming it into something grand.

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20 Fashion, Hair And Beauty

Pack aw Store away those skimpy tops, shorts and summer prints because autumn is now upon us. Welcome in the new season by digging out some old favourites - we’ve all got jumpers and jackets we just love to wear and can’t bear to throw away - but do treat yourself to something new too. After all, a change in season can herald a new wardrobe!


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way those skimpy tops Here are Covered’s top tips for autumnal attire:

Mix And Match With Shoes & Boots

crewneck designs – you can always put on a polo neck in winter!

Hats, Scarves & Gloves - more than just insulation!

The weather forecast will play a huge part in what to put on your feet. If it’s lashing it down then a knee high boot will be more practical than multi-strap wedges. But whatever the weather, the message is clear – it’s all about prints and textures. Expect to see plenty of black and white checks and faux snakeskin in this year's autumn lineup!

Layer It Up!

Don’t just think about keeping the cold and the wind out, think about accessorising. Striped mittens, checked scarves and polka-dot hats rarely look good together so avoid mismatching. Instead, hit the shops and treat yourself to a trio of tartan accessories. Whether you’re female or male, tartan and big prints will be hot as 2013 comes to a close. Don Some Stylish Coats & Jackets Forget faux fur for now! Dogcheck, houdstooth, tartan and other strong patterns should be adorning chilly shoulders this autumn. If you’re accessorising with hats, scarves & gloves, then make sure you go for solid colours or you'll likely cause a psychedelic episode for anyone within 100m!

Dorky Jumpers & Knitwear Are In Geek is good this autumn! What was once a hilarious hark back to the 1980’s - the big prints, zig-zaggy patterns, and cute animals on oversized knitwear - is now back and bigger than ever! Make the most of the milder days with V-neck and

Anyone who has walked from a chilly high street into a shop with air-conditioning set to ‘tropical’ will be familiar with the horribly overwhelming change of temperature. The more layers you wear, the more you’re in control. Put on woolly tights, trousers and a skirt if it’s particularly cold, then just slip off the trousers if you start overheating! As always, the best advice will always come from your local independent retailer.

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New Years Eve With 2013 nearly at its end, the Granary is delighted to host a fabulous evening full of elegance & glamour. At 7pm a reception awaits you in the Little Granary of champagne & canapés! Then at 7.45pm, make your way into the Granary Restaurant to enjoy an exclusive six Course Dinner created by Head Chef Pete Washburn, using the best locally-sourced produce Yorkshire has to offer! £75.00 per person. Includes Champagne & Canapés, Six Course Dinner & Live Entertainment.

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28 Health & Wellbeing

Inner Strength for Running Running burns calories, strengthens the heart and lungs and improves leg tone. Runners would also benefit from strengthening the ‘core’ muscles of the trunk. The core muscles are the deep muscles of the trunk and they also include the muscles of the back and pelvic floor. How many times do you set off for a run and soon need a pee? This may be because your pelvic floor and abdominals muscles are weak and need strengthening. Easy to do! Pelvic floor muscles can be tightened by simply contracting the muscles between the front and back

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Yoga, Andy Murray and You Here's a question. What do Andy Murray, Shilpa Shetty, Ricky Martin, Ryan Giggs, oh and say.. Barnsley FC have in common? The answer? Apart from being world famous ( Barnsley FC?).. they all practise yoga. And they're not alone; there's lots of research demonstrating the benefits of yoga in reducing stress, easing back and joint pain, improving low mood and self-esteem, and yoga is booming. One of the places it's blooming is here in the Wharfe Valley. A wide variety of classes are available almost every day for beginners, seniors, those needing to de-stress, those expecting and everyone in between. And that's the point. You don't have to be young, flexible, fit or female to do yoga. Yoga helps you move and breathe with the body you have, so that you can optimise your energy, well-being, mental and physical health. This is how easy it is: Next time you're in a queue, stand with your feet hip width apart, draw yourself upwards, lengthen your spine, then take calm full breaths and be still, listen, observe, and feel how you are right now. That's yoga! Give your body and mind a treat and find a class www.northstaryoga.co.uk

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Buy Once but Give Twice with Charity Christmas Cards Cards for Good Causes - which sells charity cards across the UK every year, opens its Ilkley pop-up shop in October. Cards will once again be available for sale in the Tourist Information Centre. Shoppers have the chance to buy Christmas cards from more than 25 national and local charities under one roof. Area Organiser Shelley Mills said: “As part of the UK’s largest multi-charity Christmas card organisation, we offer a wide range of designs to choose from and a convenient way to support more than one good cause. We’re sure just one visit to any of our shops will help you with all your charity cards in one trip.” The shop is open throughout Ilkley TIC opening hours until 23 December. Look out for the red triangular Santa sign!

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32 Blast from the Past

Back to the Future In cooperation with Leeds Library and Information Service and others, Covered magazine is introducing an occasional feature based on old photographs from the Leeds and Bradford metropolitan areas. To start the wheels rolling, here is a photograph taken on the first day that the Leeds tram service was extended to Guiseley. On 26 May 1909, opposite Walter Priestley (Butchers) in Oxford Road and in the same year that the service was extended to Yeadon. The Guiseley service had been introduced relatively late and was short-lived. It closed in 1934, whereas services continued elsewhere in Leeds until 1959. What messages are there for today’s planners, looking at the introduction of a comparable and new trolleybus service from Holt Park, through Leeds, to Stourton? The last trolleybus service in Leeds operated alongside the trams, though only between

Crowds gather to welcome Guiseley’s first tram in 1909 (image LLIS)

1911 and 1928. Any social and economic lessons learned from either the trolleybuses or the Guiseley tram line will have been lost or massaged in the mists of time, but do any readers have firsthand accounts from the 1950s that today’s planners should note? Residents’ and other groups have voiced concerns about the proposed trolleybus service. Impacts on the local environment. Congested traffic. Will it complement or compete against the recently depleted bus services or the new train station at Kirkstall Forge? Or might it help rejuvenate the city centre, enabling visitors avoid evening and Sunday parking charges? Covered would

like to hear readers’ pertinent tramway tales from the fifties – were people saddened or relieved by the closure in 1959? In months to come, our “Blasts from the Past” will aim to be less contentious and more locality specific. In the meantime, we’d be delighted to hear from any individuals or local historical societies that have old pictures that tell a story – or perhaps other readers can help them fill in the details. Please confirm that the image is free from copyright restrictions, and tell us if you do NOT wish the scanned image to be forwarded to Leeds Library and Information services for possible inclusion on their website.


34 Family Matters

Family Matters So Long Summer, Hello Halloween!

Although the ideal season for holidays is now over, the next few months are still bursting with opportunities to do things altogether as a family! Bonfire night and Halloween are just around the corner, and then all the spirit leading up to Christmas is soon to follow! In celebration, or even better, in preparation for these events, here are some of Covered's ideas of ways for the whole family to spend some fun time together!

Carve Jack-O-Lanterns with the Kids

Rather than wasting away the next few weeks cooped up inside watching TV, why not get your creative cap on? You and the kids can hollow out and carve some cool faces into pumpkins in preparation for Halloween! It's not only the perfect way to add a spooky atmosphere to your home, but a fantastic opportunity to stimulate you and your children's creativity. Get them really giddy for the ghoulish time this year!

Family Fun at Fireworks Displays

There's something exciting to children being able to go out at night and watch the sky explode into a display of colours - they don't usually get to be out that late! Get yourself and the kids all wrapped up and attend a local fireworks display! There's usually a bonfire burning at these events too, which is sure to thrill the kids and keep you all nice and toasty. Then ooh and aah as the fantastic display of fireworks lights up the sky. It's something everyone can enjoy!

Host a Haunted House Halloween Party

It's great for children to build up their social skills outside of school, and having all their friends together for a party is a fantastic way for them to interact and have fun! Start setting up a sinister atmosphere by sitting the kids down and making some crafts to hang around the party area! Cut out some paper chains of bats, create some spiders out of pipe cleaners, and sketch some wicked witches and pumpkin heads to hang from ceilings and curtain rails. Once that's done, have all the dressed-up kids 'round, get some entertainment going and play party games, watch some spooky cartoons, or all go trick-or-treating together! (Please remember the importance of adult supervision when letting kids use sharp utensils and/or are near firework displays and open fires.)


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Otley Vintage Transport Extravaganza September saw the eighteenth annual Otley Vintage Transport Extravaganza. The charity event was conceived by Councillor Nigel Francis during a term as mayor. This year over 500 vintage vehicles and steam engines were on display on a makeshift showground on Pool Road. Not a misprint – 500. Plus six scheduled displays inside the arena, plenty ongoing outside and fourteen other sideshows and attractions, including a funfair. And a few more squeezing in after the programme had gone to press. Something there for the whole family, not just sports cars and an autojumble for the boys. 5000 visitors agreed, raising £5000 for for the Yorkshire children’s charity Hang on to a Dream in the process. Always the second Sunday, the next OVTE is on 14 September 2014. 01943 463467 or Google OVTE – the web address is too long to include here.

Something for all the family – the twenty sideshows included marching pipes and birds of prey

The vintage transport exhibits included the transportable – here a punchcard operated organ

Plenty of familiar sights


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Otley Folk Festival Once again, Otley became a hive of musical and artistic activity during the middle of September when it hosted the 22nd Annual Black Sheep Folk Festival. Forty of the country’s best-known folk artists and bands performed a rotation of ticketed events at six venues, with scores more local and other artists giving unticketed or spontaneous performances in other venues throughout the town. Plus numerous groups of Morris and other folk dancers (they call them “sides”) performing in the streets.

Otley Folk Festival and its venues are supported by an army of volunteers – here in the Methodist Hall café on the Sunday afternoon.

Visiting as many performers and performances as he could over three days, our photographer wasn’t able to take in the best acts in their entirety Of the twenty or so he photographed, there was one outstanding act that he really wished he’d got to earlier; 4Square at Otley Rugby Club. Already touring nationwide, the young “alternative folk quartet” from Manchester are next within striking distance on 21 (York Black Swan Inn) and 23 November (Sheffield Heeley Institute). They certainly get around – on the intervening 22nd they are performing in Thames Ditton (Surrey). With each having received acclaim and high recognition for musicianship in their own right, the four show strong jazz and percussion influences in their collective works. Most captivating is the way some of their pieces have things hidden round the corner – just when you think it’s all over, the band squeezes in yet another musical or vocal twist or turn 4squaremusic.co.uk One to look out for. Nineteen year old Sarah Carey from Leeds (here at Korks). Lacking confidence but not talent.

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Finance Matters

Worried about your savings?

In this column Editor Chris Barnham investigates financial issues that might affect the residents of this area. How much money do you earn? No need to answer that, but there are a few “income points” that are worth knowing about for the financial implications if and when you get there. Highest first is £100k-£118,880 a year. Tax is paid at 60% between these limits, after which the rate falls to 40% (until £150k when it becomes 45%). This is because you are losing £1 of personal allowance for every £2 earned above £100k until there is no allowance left. The solution? Pay into a pension or give to charity. Next is £50k-£60k for those with children, as if you earn between these limits you will lose your child benefit. Again the tax relief for these people from pension or charitable contributions is far greater than the usual 40%. Older taxpayers with age-related allowances probably won’t want to pay into a pension to avoid losing this allowance for incomes over £26,100, but it’s worth knowing that gains from encashing life assurance-based investments can result in the loss of the benefit. And everyone else? Well as a rule of thumb any household with an income of £30k+ should be aiming to save £500/month for longer term planning, often for younger families into taxefficient ISA investments (not cash ISAs unless the likely timeframe is under 5 years). Most people with children are also disturbingly underinsured. £20 a month to cover the mortgage if you die just isn’t enough, consider what would be needed to maintain the family lifestyle if you died or suffered some nasty illness or accident. As always it’s worth discussing this with a professional.

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Lucrezia Borgia – saint or sinner?

settings than Rome at the time. While portraying the Borgias and their entourage as corrupt and self-serving, she also makes them human, especially in the case of Lucrezia. Portrayed as a wise confidant to her father, a well-loved duchess in her first marriage and a loving wife in her second, she longs to leave Rome for a peaceful and cultured environment. This she achieves in her third marriage, to the Duke of Ferrara. But that, tantalisingly, is where Dunant leaves her – with a promise of a concluding volume to come. The sooner the better!

Popular wisdom has long held Lucrezia Borgia (1480-1519), the illegitimate daughter of Pope Alexander VI, to be as murderous, promiscuous and scheming as the rest of her family. Sarah Dunant takes a kinder view. In Blood and Beauty, her brilliant new novel set in Renaissance Rome, Lucrezia appears much more as a pawn in her family’s power struggle. Spaniard Rodrigo Borgia, the first non-Italian Pope, faced with a cabal of Italians at war with one other and threats of invasion from France, needed to use diplomacy – via his children’s marriages – as well as military force to consolidate his spiritual and temporal power. Sarah Dunant is well known for her novels set in Venice and Florence – altogether more civilised

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The Pudsey Roller The Pudsey Roller, Majestic, was built in 1921 by John Fowler & Co (Leeds) Ltd at the Steam Plough Works, Hunslet, Leeds. It was supplied to Yorkshire’s West Riding County Council and in 1959 was bought by Alderman Sir Walter Ward and presented to the Borough of Pudsey. The roller remained in the playground of Pudsey Park until 1990, when it was removed from the park by Leeds City Council on safety grounds. After many years of neglect, groups and individuals tried to find a way of restoring the Pudsey Roller. Eventually, in March 2007, agreement was reached between the Road Roller Association and Leeds City Council. The Roller would be loaned to the Association for a period of 25 years with subsequent extensions available. The Friends of Pudsey Roller organisation was launched in April 2009 and the Pudsey Roller Restoration Fund has received several generous donations for which the Project Committee is most grateful. It is eventually intended that, when completed, the Roller will take part in the Pudsey Carnival so that everyone in Pudsey can see and enjoy it again – even though they will not be able to play on it as was the case in the past. There is lots of information, with regular updates, on the website pudsey-roller.co.uk

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The model Roller on display at Burley Classic Show in the summer


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Is Ilkley all set for Le Grand Départ? Well, not quite yet. But there is a lot of planning going on and the planners want to make the most of the unique opportunity afforded by the passage of the Tour de France next July. Ilkley Parish Councillor Bryan Websdale is coordinating a team including representatives from Ilkley Cycling Club, Ilkley Business Forum, Bradford MDC and Welcome to Yorkshire. Bryan told Covered: “What we really want is to get people into Ilkley before the event and encourage them to stay on afterwards!” Notably, the White Rose Classic is set for 2 July. For the weekend itself, the whole of Riverside gardens will be given over to entertainments and pitches will be available to businesses and groups to organise activities. Big screens will be set up from Friday 4 July until Sunday 6th. As well as the race, there could be other sporting events shown, along with films and music. A lot of thought is being given to making Ilkley a better place for cyclists, both before and after Le Tour, so there should be a lasting legacy. And in the run-up, a 100-day Cultural Festival is planned to promote local art, music and literature. Ilkley Literature Festival is planning some one-off events in the period, which also covers the Wharfedale Festival of Performing Arts. The Ilkley-Coutances Twinning Committee is looking at the best time to invite a Civic Delegation and Catherine Cheater, who runs the Wharfe Valley Primary French Networking and Transition Group, is particularly

Editor’s Note Apologies! In the last edition we ran a piece about the special tribute given by Rawdon Conservative Club to retiring steward Vic Thompson. Somehow one of our photographs slipped off the page during the production process. So, here it is Chairman Brian Hall presenting Vic with a cheque and engraved tankard. They are flanked by Club secretary Jenny Miller and Pauline Dixon.

Start of one of the Otley junior races in 2013. Otley will stage its cycle races again in the run-up to Le Grand Départ

keen to involve all local primary schools. Catherine told Covered: “I want to bring local, national and even international speakers into the schools between now and next summer, to raise awareness and excitement amongst the children.” She also has plans for a schools competition – visual for Key Stage 1, with a written element in French for KS2 – with suitable prizes for the best entries. Members of the Twinning Committee and Club Francophone du Wharfedale will be invited to judge. Accommodation is clearly an issue. Ilkley Cycling Club is planning a campsite of 450 pitches for the week, with members acting as guides for visitors. Ben Rhydding Sports and Olicana Cricket Clubs are also offering camping facilities. A website is due to go live imminently, with information regularly updated and a twitter feed at ilkley.org/letour Lots of help – from event organising to litter-picking – will be needed, so if you have any suggestions, ideas or offers, please contact Councillor Websdale by email at bryanwebsdale@hotmail.com


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Rotarian’s Relaunch Ilkley’s Holly Ball with £10k target! Rotarians Chris Woodhead, Vernon Young with support from Ilkley businessman Richard Wellock, are behind the new look event which will be held at the Craiglands Hotel on Saturday 14 December with all funds raised going to the Skipton-based children’s charity Principle Trust. Chris, who has attended every Holly Ball since 2009, said the Rotarians were keen to continue the legacy left by Fiona Mann who had organised the event for the last 26 years and have a target of raising £10,000 for charity over the next three years. “We were all disappointed when Fiona declared that last year would be her final Holly Ball and pledged between us that we wouldn’t let all her fantastic efforts go to waste. This is a new era for Holly Ball but one which is built on an incredible foundation of over 25 years of a spectacular local fundraising event.” This year’s ball will remain at the Craiglands Hotel but will feature food and drink from local suppliers including Sykes Farm, in Wetherby, and fine wines from Martinez. “Our aim is to create an evening that incorporates the best of Ilkley – from food and drink to entertainment,” continued Chris, an Ilkley resident and director of Silsden-based Advanced Actuators Ltd. Mike Davies, Founder and Chairman of the Principle Trust said the money raised from the evening will go towards the purchase of a third holiday home in Marton Mere near Blackpool giving even more

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Members of the Holly Ball committee (left to right) Paul and Lindsay Kitching, Richard Wellock, Chris Woodhead and Vernon Young

underprivileged and disadvantaged children the opportunity to enjoy a holiday. “We thank the Rotary Club of Ilkley for choosing The Principle Trust as their main charity beneficiary from the Holly Ball. We are proud to offer families within Yorkshire, who do not have the funds to enjoy a holiday, a well-deserved break, enjoyment, activities and excitement.” Holly Ball tickets are £45 per person and include a champagne reception, a three course dinner and live music from Sean Finch & the Rogues of Rhythm. For more details contact chriswoodhead21@hotmail.com and follow the Holly Ball Twitter on @hollyballilkley.


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Ilkley Homemakers raising funds for charity Ilkley Homemakers is a social group of 25 which started out as a Gas Federation ladies' group. They have recently welcomed men as members. They meet on the 2nd Thursday of each month and have speakers on various topics, a summer outing, theatre visits and a Christmas meal out. From January 2014, meetings will be at Outside the Box in Ilkley and the name will change to the Ilkley Thursday Group. A major event in the Homemakers’ calendar for several years has been the annual Grand Charity Christmas Fayre. This year the Fayre will take place on Saturday 30 November, 10.00am to 12.00 noon at Clarke Foley Centre on Cunliffe Road. 20 stallholders will be raising funds for charitable groups – and keeping all their proceeds, thanks to a donation from a generous local sponsor which pays for room hire, advertising and incidental costs. As well as funds, groups such as Amnesty International will be raising awareness with greetings cards and petitions.

Candlelighters in action in 2012

Ilkley Homemakers will have their usual Bottle Tombola and Raffle and will sell refreshments in the hall. Their proceeds, together with other monies raised this year will be donated to Marie Curie Cancer Care. Last year the total raised at the Fayre by all the charities together amounted to over £2 500. Homemakers’ chosen charity then was the Samaritans. If anyone would like details on how to join the group, contact Rose Mapstone, Secretary, on 01943 817827.

Ilkley Arts Festival 2013 The Ilkley Arts Federation sources funding from Bradford MDC, Ilkley Parish Council, Ilkley Community Fund and Ilkley Round Table and uses it to support the activities of local societies. The Ilkley-Coutances Twinning Committee was very grateful for the backing for its recent concert given by Saint Peter’s Singers. Each year, in November and December, IAF draws together concerts, a film and lectures on history, art, photography and civic affairs and publishes a Festival programme as a showcase. Most events are free and many include refreshments – an ideal opportunity to try out a group before you sign up as a member. First up on 3 November is Renoir, a 2012 French film about the painter put on by Ilkley Film Society at the Playhouse. On 8 November, at Abbeyfield, Ivan Minto talks about the newly refurbished Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam and its paintings from the Dutch Golden Age. On 12 November, at St John’s Church, Ben Rhydding, Eric

Wright of Club Francophone considers Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring 100 years on from its sensational première (wine and nibbles included). Leaflets are widely available in Ilkley – library, tourist info and all Litfest venues.


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Buy Local in Ilkley! Ilkley Business Forum is running its annual Buy Local fair on 16 November. So why not brighten up a dull winter’s day with a visit to the King’s Hall and Winter Gardens for quality local and handmade gifts, crafts, food and products? While you are there, you can pick up some expert food and drink tips at the live demonstrations from some of Ilkley’s finest gastronomic establishments including the Michelin starred Box Tree, Betty’s, Ramus, 1875 and Ilkley Brewery. Not a foodie? Colour Me Beautiful consultant, Jane Ferguson, will be talking about and demonstrating the five key points for the well-dressed woman. Or how about picking up some tips from the Green Room on how to make a fabulous Christmas wreath? There are plenty of activities to keep the children entertained including two magic shows, an onsite

Tempting treats from Bettys

magician, games and activities…. To finish off, treat yourself to a slice of home-made cake and a cuppa, served in vintage crockery, while you enjoy the splendour of the Winter Gardens! Buy Local, 10am to 4pm, admission £2 adults, children under 12 FREE

Ilkley Concert Club celebrates David Pyett A founder member of ICC in 1946, David Pyett served as chairman from 1972 to 2012 and put the Club in the major league of the country’s music societies. His vision, flair for new talent and good relations with established performers has meant that all 500 season tickets have been sold in advance for over thirty years! Musicians are delighted to be invited to Ilkley – and even more so to come back, as they can be sure of a warm reception. In this David has had the invaluable support of his wife, Margaret, who welcomed performers and ran the box office for many years. Sadly, Margaret passed away in September, so was not at Kings Hall on 2 October to witness the splendid tribute to a wonderful man. Thanks to the generous support of ICC members, a total of 13 players – Manchester Camerata and Cuillin Sound – were conducted by Richard Howarth. So the concert, which included pieces by Bach, Poulenc and Percy Grainger, could culminate with Copland’s Appalachian Spring, a piece David had longed dreamed of programming. The packed audience was also treated to the world première of Tarka, also scored for 13 players, by Arthur Butterworth. Butterworth’s compelling piece, evoking late

David enjoying an interval chat with his old friend, composer Arthur Butterworth

David Pyett greeting the audience at Kings Hall

autumn in the Devon landscape familiar to readers of Henry Williamson, is dedicated to David, who received an inscribed copy of the score from the composer. All in all, a joyous occasion and a welldeserved tribute.


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Changes at Ilkley Playhouse David Kirk, recently appointed Artistic Director, is no stranger to Ilkley Playhouse. He was a member for fifteen years until 1996, serving on the general committee and as Social Director for two years. He rejoined last year to play in The Odd Couple. David has directed close on 80 plays and musicals, many of them in commercial theatre. He is a keen spectator, too, taking in West End, London Fringe and provincial theatre. In his career, he has built on what he learned in Ilkley and pays tribute to former Artistic Director, David Wildman, whose attention to detail and high standards have informed his own work. He sees one key part of his job as communication, listening to grass roots opinion, and another as having the vision to challenge actors and technicians with an exciting and diverse programme. Audience satisfaction is crucial and David is looking to provide a welcoming experience before, during and after the performance.

40 years of Ilkley Literature Festival Covered has recommended Ilkley’s Manor House exhibitions before and the current one is a must for anyone interested in Litfest. The archives have yielded a wealth of photos and documents to furnish a large time-line history of the Festival and blowup images of iconic visitors like Maya Angelou and Benjamin Zephaniah. A first edition and some of the original Leonard Baskin drawings which inspired Ted Hughes’ Cave Birds are on display downstairs, with the first floor gallery given over to the exhibition proper. You can play spot the voice from the sound archive and identify pictures of writers while they still had hair. Don’t miss the case of correspondence: Charles Causley thanked the organisers for his expenses, but wondered politely where his fee was? In 1977, writers-in-residence Alan Perry and Angela Carter were clearly looked after less well than their successors today. Perry and his wife were in a hotel with no bar, his and hers Bibles in the bedroom and a candlelit dinner table resembling an altar. Angela Carter’s piece for the New Statesman featuring Ilkley as “The

David Kirk and the current Playhouse programme. What will next year bring?

Walter Swan has been combining the roles of Artistic Director and Creative Development Manager for the last four years and is delighted to be working with David. Walter told Covered: “He is doing a great job. He has had a few issues to cope with in the first weeks of his role, but is finding his feet very quickly!” Benjamin Zephaniah was a draw in 2012 – and had already visited in the 1990s

Paris of the North” is an affectionately sardonic gem. The exhibition runs until 1 December. Check the websites manorhouse.ilkley.org or ilkleyliteraturefestival.org.uk


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COMING UP AT THE COURTHOUSE Otley Courthouse is the place to be this October and November and we at Covered have picked out some of our highlights! This Autumn sees screenings of some fantastic children’s films! For a half-term treat why not take the children to see a tale of mythical Vikings and dragons in ‘How to Train Your Dragon’ (PG) on Thursday 31st October at 2pm. (Tickets: £4 adults and £2 for children, 18 months and over). Then, on Sunday November 3rd from 10am-2pm, take all the family and build a robot from recycled materials, followed by you and your newly created robots watching the children’s classic ‘Wall-e’ (U) on the big screen! (All materials are supplied and tickets cost £4, one accompanying adult free). The first week of November sees the annual Science festival

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: Cerys Matthews

arrive at the Courthouse. They will have a fantastic team of BBC and CBBC favourites, including Radio 4’s Helen Keen on November 8th with ‘Robot Woman of Tomorrow’, where she mixes stand-up and sciencefiction in a show that will transport you to the exciting world of the future! (Tickets £9/£7, adults only). Then, on November 9th they present BBC’s Mike Dilger, with ‘The Trials and Tribulations of a Natural History Presenter’. Throughout his show Mike will look at what it takes to produce popular and accessible wild-life television, and will spill the beans on everything you wanted to know about TV presenting but were too afraid to ask! (Tickets £9/£7) On Saturday November 16th, Gavin Robertson arrives at the Courthouse with his unauthorised parody, ‘Bond!’. In this latest physical style adventure, Bond meets his greatest arch-enemy yet,

Cathy Jordan

Ian Fleming himself! Gavin Robertson focuses his attention on the Bond phenomenon, spoofing the characters adored by millions, and exploding every cliché in the books! (Tickets £9/£7 in advance, £10/£8 on the door). There are also two exciting new additions to their Autumn programme to announce. On Friday November 22nd Cathy Jordan, one of Ireland’s most defining voices, will be at the Courthouse for the only UK performance of her tour! Then, on Sunday October 20th BBC presenter and former lead singer of Welsh rock-band Catatonia, Cerys Matthews will be in Otley with her new Christmas show, ‘Hook, Line and Carol Singing!’ To find out more about these and all the other events, pop into the Courthouse to pick up a copy of the brochure, or visit www.otleycourthouse.org.uk. Box Office: 01943 467466.


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NEWS FROM SAFE HAVEN The cycle of events leading up to the disaster were unavoidable.…the couple had no idea what was about to happen, but still the event unravelled, she hit him, he hit her, they couldn’t miss they were so close anyway. What happens to people in crisis? They meet and everything is wonderful then the crisis hits and all hell breaks loose. What time of the day should this happen.…in the sunny morning time, the daybreak or later in the day when all seems black and gloomy? No, it never happens when you would expect it to, and it happens all the time, to everyone of us, at sometime or other. When a baby is born it deserves the very best, but is this true of today’s society and do we care enough to make that happen? I have come across many devastated families recently to whom life has lost its zest, who are fragile enough to declare they can no longer cope.

If you marry someone do you say to yourself I’ll try this for a while see if it works out, or do you consider the person you are about to marry beforehand and say can I make sure this person has the very best chance at happiness even If it were to cost me everything I had? I have a view on this and it goes like this …a person is a person if someone loves them more than they love themselves…it can happen and does because true love was always supposed to be that way, it did exist once and it must exist again. Have a happy Harvest Time and remember those who need your help - they are all precious. Til next time every blessing.

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