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Liz Burton Dawn Kilner Judith Dunn Ivor Hughes Eric wells Hello and welcome to this month’s Covered. With Christmas and New Year just around the corner there will be many events planned across the Covered distribution areas – ensure that your event is well supported by letting us know - we’ll include details in our new look listings: The Really Useful Guide (see pages 28-29). We’re pleased to offer free space to community groups, charities and non-profits. On the subject of New Year; If you haven’t made plans yet then enter our competition on P21. One lucky reader will win two tickets (worth £138) to the city’s hottest New Year party! Working with the community Covered received an invitation to attend a photo call at Ireland Wood Primary School on Monday 4 November. The school was to donate their harvest festival groceries to Safe Haven Food Bank in Yeadon. But Covered deadlined three days earlier on 1 November, during half term. Our photographer telephoned the head teacher; “Could a few children be rustled up this week?” Answer - “I’ll see what I can do.” The result was indeed a photo shoot on the 1st. The school got well deserved recognition and Covered the story while the topic is fresh and hot. This is typical of the way Covered works with communities to report original local news and not just rely on press releases or stock images. Still, we can’t guarantee to be in several places at the same time. So, if you’ve got any events coming up please do let us have as much notice as possible. The deadline for submissions and advertising in the next edition is 29/11/13 and copies will be distributed before the Christmas break. Until next month

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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 29/11/13. The editor’s decision is final. Send your answers to: Sid the Snake Covered Magazine Butonia House Clayton Wood Close Leeds LS16 6QE




or email: (We will only accept entries via email or post) last month’s ‘find sid’ winner was: Mr M.J. Brook - Victoria crescent LS28 The winner of last month’s Mangled Book Giveaway was: Peter Singleton - Crofters Lea LS19 Prizes must be claimed by 29/11/13. 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: to find your nearest recycling site.


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F d & Dr nk Oakwood Café Deli The latest addition to bustling New Road Side, Horsforth is Oakwood Café Deli. Opened in June 2013 by Steve Swirkowski, this tasteful and modern deli offers a range of breakfasts, light lunches, cakes and, perhaps most importantly, great soup. It’s fair to say that whilst Steve is keen to offer a good range of quality, local produce to customers, his real passion is soup. Training originally as a photographer and video producer, Steve was on holiday when he tasted some of best soup he’d ever eaten and, upon returning home, began formulating plans for his very own soup company. Having undergone extensive training and quality testing, Steve began to sell his range of 9 soups, all of which were vegetarian and gluten free, under the Oakwood name.

The owner, Steve Swirkowski

Now, two and a half years later, and with a flourishing small business under his belt, Steve has taken the unusual next step to open the Oakwood Café Deli, rather than increase productivity and supply to supermarkets, as most small manufacturers would do. And it’s a move which seems to be paying off; Steve still gets to produce his growing range of soup, whilst sampling other ideas such as the deli’s own coleslaw mix and coffee brand, which is roasted in Bradford by Limini.


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The café deli opens seven days a week and features slim, 1950’s diner style seating downstairs with a larger room and children’s play area upstairs. There is also a spacious outdoor seating area to the front of the property, which I’m told gets plenty of sunshine in the summertime. A jolly team of staff keep this busy, little café ticking over and an open kitchen means you can watch them preparing your meal whilst you enjoy your freshly brewed latte or a complimentary glass of iced water from the under counter dispenser; A lovely addition with the customers, and not just the profits, in mind. The menu boasts an impressive breakfast range with everything from the traditional full English to a healthier granola with yoghurt and fruit on offer. And the Mexican breakfast wrap has proved to be so popular that it’s now available all day. The lunchtime menu consists of a range of hot and cold deli sandwiches, jacket potatoes, quiches and an good choice of locally produced cheeses. Everything is made freshly to order and can be complimented with popular side orders which include potatas bravas and orzo salad or you

holiday when he tasted some of best soup he’d ever eaten and, upon returning home, began formulating plans for his very own soup company.

could plump for a sweet option from the range of cakes on offer from Sarah Bakes, also of Horsforth. It’s worth noting that not only is the soup gluten-free, but all of the sandwiches and porridge can be made gluten-free as well. The soup proves to be ever popular though and is presented in a generous 300ml bowlful, with flavours ranging from plum tomato and fresh tarragon to garden pea, courgette and mint, which offers a fresh burst of summer flavours for the damp Autumn months. To find out more visit or the facebook/twitter pages.


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20ml rapeseed oil 200g frozen garden peas 200g diced white onion 100g frozen petit pois 100g sliced celery 170g courgette, split then sliced 40g sliced carrot 15ml lemon juice 3g garlic puree 10g fresh mint leaves, rolled then sliced 650ml water 60ml skimmed milk 6g vegan bouillon 15ml single cream (optional) 170g diced potato

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In a 3 litre saucepan over medium heat, add the oil and onion, cover and soften for a few minutes, but do not allow to colour. Add the celery and carrots, cover and sweat for a few minutes. Add the garlic puree and stir in before adding the water and stock powder. Increase heat and bring to the boil, then season with salt and pepper (remembering that the stock contains some salt) Add the potatoes and bring back to the boil. Add the peas and courgette and bring to the boil. Add the milk, lemon juice and mint and return to the boil. Lower the heat, cover and simmer for approximately 12 minutes, or until the celery and carrot are soft. Add the milk and (optional) cream and bring back to the boil. Remove from the heat and blitz with a hand blender, taking care to retain some texture. Adjust seasoning to taste and serve with chopped mint on top. In a small frying pan over a medium heat, cook the chorizo for about a minute before adding the peppers and onion and softening down. Around 2-3 minutes. Add the optional jalapeno peppers, then immediately add the beaten egg and mix in for a few seconds. Do not overcook the egg at this stage. Dampen the tortilla and place on a board before putting the contents of the pan into the middle of the tortilla and flattening out a little, keeping well clear of the tortilla edges. Sprinkle over the grated cheddar. Fold in the bottom of the tortilla (about half way up), then fold in the sides to give an envelope with an open top. To melt the cheese and finish cooking the egg, place the wrap into a medium hot, dry frying pan with a plate on top to weight it down. Serve with spicy chilli jam. For a healthy option, half fill a sundae, or other tall glass, with Yorkshire Granola before adding the yoghurt and briefly stirring through. Drizzle with a generous amount of honey before topping with the fresh blueberries. Sprinkle a little more granola on top.

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Ingredients: Buy Local & Seasonal Root vegetables are in season right now. Boring? Do something with them then! Parsnip, swede, turnip, squash and beetroot all make a great addition to a warming stew. Chop roughly into cubes, pop in a large saucepan along with a little oil, diced onion and smoked-bacon lardons. Get some heat into the veg and brown the bacon before adding beef shin (or a brisket joint if you prefer), brown the meat then add a good quality beef stock and half a bottle of decent red wine. Add a bouquet garni of rosemary, thyme and bay and leave it for 3 hours or until the meat is falling apart – serve in big bowls with crusty bread - perfect for those chilly winter evenings. Celeriac, although not as popular as the usual suspects is versatile and can be used in the same way you would a potato – try roasting, or boiling and mashing before mixing with butter and spring onion.

Shellfish is fabulous, as British waters get colder. Not locally caught obviously but if you visit your local fishmonger you will still be supporting the local community. Steer clear of frozen products flown in from far-flung locations – the very best produce will have been caught in British waters. You’ll still find a good variety of fruits hanging on in there. Apples, elderberries, plums, sloes and quince will still be good. If not for eating straight off the tree, they will certainly make fine chutneys. If making chutney is not your thing, bob along to your local farmers’ market – you’ll inevitably find quite a range pots and jars with local creations. 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.

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There is still time to finish planting daffodils, crocus and other small spring bulbs, as these need to be growing now. Next comes the tulips, plant in groups of five at a depth of 8�, which will allow them to naturalise over the next few years. These may be inter-planted with wallflowers, winter pansies or violas to keep the beds looking interesting. Foliage and berries are essential at this time of the year, to provide colour in the garden. Japanese acers are slow growing, with their leaves turning yellow, orange and red. Similar to the smoke bush Cotinus, Euonymus and a number of other shrubs. There has been a good crop of bright yellow and red berries on the pyracantha shrubs, also on the Rowan trees which can be white, yellow, pink, red and orange. There are a number of other shrubs with berries, so look around and choose one to brighten your garden and feed the birds as well.

Planting shrubs with berries will brighten the garden and encourage wildlife.

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Ensure you have effective loft insulation: Although many properties now have loft insulation installed, check the depth and quality. The recommended thickness is between 250300mm 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. Thanks to Linley & Simpson, Brook Street, Ilkley

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Take care of trees: Snow, ice and wind are all bad news for weak trees or fragile branches. If a tree topples, it could fall on your car, your house or injure a passing person. If you suspect your tree needs attention, don’t leave it until the high winds arrive – get an arborist or tree care specialist in to take a look. Holes & Gaps: Use expandable foam to seal large gaps in brickwork (take a look around pipes, for example). Check around window and doorframes, and fill with caulking if needed.

INDOORS: Pipes: Ever had a burst pipe? You’re lucky if not – the consequences can verge on catastrophic and resultantly require flooring, ceilings and furniture to be replaced. Keep the heating on low if frost is forecast and make sure you know where the stop tap is. Insulate: There are many initiatives offered to homeowners who want to wrap-up their homes. Take advantage of this opportunity. Add extra insulation to lofts/attics. Well-insulated cellars and garages will also keep pipes from freezing. Check smoke detectors: This is a must-do all year round but an increase in domestic fires during winter means extra vigilance is essential. Make sure your detector is working. Install a carbon monoxide detector too if you don’t have one already – better to be safe than sorry. Service your boiler: Boilers should be serviced at least once a year to make sure that they are safe and functioning optimally. Have your heating system looked over too, and check pipes for cracks and leaks. Chimney: If you’re lucky enough to have an open fire, then an annual sweeping is essential. An unswept chimney is a potential fire hazard. What’s more, when it comes to Christmas Day you’ll want to ensure that Santa makes his descent without getting too dirty! As always, the best advice and solutions will come from local independent traders and retailers. If you are undertaking any work on your home it is important that you have professional advice.

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Readers’ Letters Star Letter Dear Editor, Mr M. McManus (letters ED31) is wrong in stating that our green spaces are safe and that only a tiny percentage is needed to build on. Our green spaces are under attack now more than ever before: The countryside is being destroyed by wind turbines and power lines in and around some of our most scenic areas. These are industrial developments in our finest upland areas. Where cities and towns meet fields, developers rub their hands in anticipation at the money to be made by building on our green land, which has had little protection due to successive government policies. Locally there are many outlying areas of Leeds where this is happening and many applications for building, destroying our few green urban areas and adding to the ‘urban sprawl’, such as plans in Farsley to build 400 homes on green fields which would destroy our last remaining green fields and would join the separate communities of Farsley and Rodley with the consequent loss of the individual distinctiveness of these places. We do need to fight such plans. There are brownfield sites to build on buy developers wouldn’t make as much money on these. We should certainly not destroy our green spaces as Mr M. McManus suggests. Yours Sincerely, J Bentley Farsley

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:

Dear Chris, I was interested to see in your October edition a picture of the first tram to Guiseley in 1909. In your article you also refer to Leeds trolleybus services existing between 1911 and 1928, asking whether early integrated – or disintegrated – transport systems hold any lessons for today’s transport planners. I wouldn’t know about that. But, to add to the album, here is a picture of the trolleybus service that ran from the tramshed at Guiseley to Burley from 1915 to 1928. This is included in Burley Local History Group’s “Burley: A Millennium Book”, published in 1999. Yours sincerely Dennis Warwick

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22 Fashion, Hair And Beauty

My feet are killing me! “My feet are killing me.” How many times do you expect to say that over the next couple of months? With the impending party season demanding that you squeeze into high heels and the colder weather calling for tights, socks and waterproof shoes you need to give your tootsies just a little more care than usual - feet are the workhorse of the body so look after them! Here are Covered’s tips for treating your feet:

particularly if you’re expecting to wear heels for hours. Gel filled pads will prevent rubbing, take some of the strain off your heel or prevent aches in the ball of the foot. Don’t forget to wear them when trying on new shoes.

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Grab a Bargain at Vintage Fashion Shows It was back in 2005 that Sally Woodhead and Samantha Makin staged their first Leeds Vintage Fashion Fair and Judy Berger her first Leeds Affordable Vintage Fair – an event that she was to use as a template for similar events, now in thirty towns and cities across the UK. Eight years later, the Leeds Vintage Fashion Fair remains the only local event dedicated to clothes, shoes and accessories, while Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fairs still focus on fashion but now include other vintage items such as homeware and art.

Timeless – a 1970 couture Benson Landes leather trimmed fully lined suit offered at Leeds Vintage Fashion Fair. Perhaps the Leeds United colours were unintentional – his workshop was in Southport.

Whereas some couture items from the fifties and later still fetch eye watering amounts in London salerooms, vintage fashion fairs offer genuine bargains. The clothes may be secondhand, but the styles are timeless and the craftsmanship far superior to most modern equivalents – often made right here in Yorkshire. Check the labels, pockets, stitching, buttons, buttonholes, lining, zips, collars and cuffs. Pay a fraction of today’s prices for something that isn’t going to go out of fashion and you’ll still be wearing it in ten or more years’ time. The next Affordable Vintage Fair is in Leeds Corn Exchange on 1 December, with an associated Vintage Christmas Fair in a marquee at Leeds Winter Wonderland on Briggate on 16 and 17 December. You’ll have to wait until 27 March for the next Leeds Vintage fashion Fair in The Queen’s Hotel.

Menswear is less common at fairs but there are still bargains to be found. Viv’s Vintage of Carlisle was offering this DAKS of Jermyn Street jacket for £38 and the hand stitched all leather shoes for £30 at Leeds Vintage Fashion Fair in October. Both as new.

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HOW TO KEEP MOTIVATED IN THE DARK WINTER MONTHS Getting out of bed on a cold morning to go outside for a run or to the gym makes you want to crawl back under the bedcovers! It is harder to stay motivate to exercise during the cold dark winter months. Try to think of ideas to keep you motivated and inspired to stay fit and healthy during winter.

Photos: Look at photos of when you were fitter, it will encourage you to work harder to stay looking good

Keep up your regime even when the nights draw in.

Find a workout buddy:

Set yourself a goal:

Be kind to yourself:

Activities with friends are fun and you can encourage each other. Run together or go to the gym together

Sign up for a charity run. You will have to train to achieve your goal. Or consider losing a bit of weight and dropping a few kilos – keep looking at the summer photo!

If you have reached your goal go and celebrate but not with pizza and cake!

Change your exercise: A change in exercise routine will ensure that your body does not get used to just one type of exercise. It may even help you burn more calories.

Personal Trainer: If you are not self motivated consider a few sessions with a personal trainer to get you kick started.

Embrace the cold winter months – you can’t avoid them in the UK! Get up, go out and grab some fresh air and sunshine and change your workout plan to suit the changing weather conditions.

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Join us in the 17thCentury Granary for an evening of Carols sung by a local choir, with our Christmas Fayre menu & a hearty glass of mulled wine. £27.50 per person.

Roast Turkey Dinner & Christmas Pudding!

Friday Film Night Friday night is Film Night in the Granary Restaurant. Chose from the Christmas Fayre menu, kick off your shoes, let your hair down, relax & enjoy a reception drink of mulled wine & film! £28.95 per person 6th December 7pm: Santa Claus the Movie 13th December 7pm: It’s a Wonderful Life 20th December 7pm: The Nativity

Thursday Nights - 7pm: 5th, 12th & 19th.

Christmas Fayre Available -Tuesday - 7pm: 3rd,10th & 17th Wednesday - 7pm: 4th, 11th & 18th Choose a starter, main & dessert from our Christmas Fayre Menu £25.00 for 3 courses per person.

Menu Starter Stilton, Celery, Pear, & Walnut Spinach Salad. Parsnip, & Apple Soup with Sumac. Pheasant Pâté, Apple, Date, & Calvados Chutney, & Toast.


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Roast Turkey Dinner, with Turkey Gravy, Roast Parsnips & Potatoes, Carrots, Mashed Potatoes, Sautéed Brussels Sprouts, Homemade Stuffing & Cranberry Relish

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Braised Beef Ribs, Celeriac & Potato Purée, Green Beans & Roasted Butternut Squash.

Saturday - 7pm: 7th, 14th & 21st £34.95 per person.

Apple, Roasted Beetroot, Stilton, & Toasted Walnut Salad Roasted Cauliflower Soup, Curry Oil, & Crispy Shallots Rich Crag House Farm Beef Bourguignon with Mushrooms, Glazed Shallots, & Potato Dauphinoise Clementine & Brandy Sorbet Trio of Puddings: Steamed Ginger Pudding, Pavlova with Winter Fruits, Chocolate Mousse Yorkshire Cheese Platter

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Roasted Cod Loin on top of a Barley & Rosemary Risotto, with Steamed Broccoli. Cheddar & Cranberry Glazed Nut Loaf, Roasted Butternut Squash, & Sautéed Brussels Sprouts.

Dessert Dark Chocolate Tart with Chantilly Cream & Burnt Oranges. Christmas Pudding with Brandy Butter or Custard Spiced Poached Pear with Homemade Advocaat Ice Cream.

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Christmas & New Year Dining 2013

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.

Booking is essential. To make a reservation please call 0113 2303600. A non-refundable deposit of £10.00 per person is required when booking. 48 hrs notice of cancellation is required.

Menu Prawn Cocktail with American Cocktail Sauce Pear, Endive, Candied Pecan & Blue Cheese Salad with Bacon Vinaigrette Spicy Butternut Squash Soup with Toasted Sunflower Seeds & Sour Cream Beef Tenderloin with Spiced Jus, Jerusalem Artichoke Puree, & Braised Celery Gin & Tonic Sorbet Eggnog Mousse with Dark Chocolate Ganache, & Crystallized Ginger

For those parties requiring an exclusive venue, we have the Little Granary, which can hold a private party of 20. It boasts its own lounge for predinner drinks. This can be hired out for £200.

Celebrate Christmas in style, with friends and work colleagues at the Granary Restaurant. Whether you have the task of organising the office party or a get together with friends, our team here at the Granary would like to offer their services. Dine from our exclusivelydesigned Christmas menus, which will in addition include Christmas novelties & music from our resident pianist.

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Back to the Future Last month we started this occasional feature with an image of an early Leeds tram line, relevant in the light of current debate about the NGT trolleybus service and a new rail station at Kirkstall Forge. This month we’ve found another old picture – just as topical today though for different reasons. It is of a cheap food stall in Garforth’s Main Street supporting striking miners. In today’s units, a kilo of fish, including smoked haddock, was being sold for 3p – the same cost as a pint of beer in those days. Though that could have been a case of reality as much as charity. Fishmongers might otherwise

Food banks 1921 style. The Garforth community supported striking miners by providing cheap food, free school meals and a soup kitchen.

have had to bin the stuff in such a large and impoverished mining community. What little there was of a welfare state before 1948 was brutal to the unemployed, never mind strikers. So the only help they may have received beyond MFGB (NUM) funds would have been from churches, charities and well-wishers. The community also provided a soup kitchen and vouchers for school meals. Ninety years later and


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

Chippendale Singers

Methodist Church, Boroughgate, Otley. Wednesday evenings 7.45pm – 9.30pm. Mixed choir voice, folk songs, spiritual and songs from shows. Looking for Male Singers & Alto's (music readers essential). Enquiries: Chris Denton 0113 2843744 or to book choir Jan Wilkinson 01943 461318

Ilkley Art Club

The Clarke Foley Centre, Cunliffe Road, Ilkley. Tuesdays 7.30 pm. 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. Enquiries please email: or tel: Paul Shaw on 07771 754605

Ilkley Choral Society/Otley Choral Society

St Margaret’s Church, Queens Road, Ilkley, LS29 9QL. Enquiries: Sirje – 07930 329847

Life Drawing Art Group

Old Stables, Back Church Lane, Adel Tuesdays 10.30am – noon. New members and all abilities are welcome to come and draw a variety of life models. Enquiries: Laurence 07856 735179

Menston Parish Church Scottish Dancing Group

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

Aireborough Camera Club

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

British Association for German Shepherd Dogs (BAGSD) Carr Road, Calverley LS28 5NE Sundays: 10.00am - 10.45am (advanced handlers and dogs). 11.00am - 11.45am (puppies, beginners and intermediate handlers and dogs). Enquiries: Branch Secretary & Instructor John Hepworth – 07974 654402

Burley Wildlife Group

Sun Lane Nature Reserve, Burley in Wharfedale 1st Sunday of every month 10am1pm. 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

Ilkley Home Makers Club

Church House, Church Street. Ilkley LS29 9DS 2nd Thursday each month at 7.45pm. 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

Leeds & Bradford Friendship Group

Pudsey Civic Hall, LS28 5TA 1st Wednesday of the month. 1.30pm. Speaker or entertainment. Activities for people of retirement age. Days out/dining/ walks etc.. New members welcome. Enquiries: 0113 2585955 or 0113 2675657

Wharfedale & District Aeromodeller’s Club

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

Christmas Fayre

Crag House Farm, Crag Hill LS16 7NH Saturday 7th December 11am – 4pm. Join Santa himself for roast chestnuts, hog roast, craft stalls and handmade wreaths, Christmas Tree's and everything else you need for Christmas!' Enquiries: 0113 2303 600 or

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


Weetwood Lane, LS16 5PH Sunday 15th December, 1-3pm. Father Christmas and his Reinponies are dropping in for an afternoon of fun, competitions, games, treats and refreshments. All children get a photograph & gift. Tickets £15 per child. Call 0113 2614344 or email kim@ to book.


Various locations in Leeds. Provides respite care for children with moderate – severe disabilities. Playscheme and weekend groups. Music Mondays. Children & teenagers up to 18. Call for details: 0113 2165133

Lineham Farm - Tea with Santa

Swan Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS16 8AZ. 7th December There will be two sittings 12-1.30pm and 4.30pm till 6pm. Tickets £12 per child includes food, a gift from Santa and a Christmas activity. Anyone interested to book can contact the office on 0113 2817880 or email

On Stage Theatre Arts Academy

The Carriageworks, 3 Millennium Square LS2 3AD Saturday afternoons. Musical Theatre, Drama Courses and Productions for 5-18 year olds. NEW - ‘Little Stars’ introductory course for 3 to 5 year olds. Enquiries: 0113 2628033 www.

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GREEN FINGERS Sports, Leeds Horticultural Society St Chad’s Hall, Otley Road LS16 5JT First Tuesday of the month, a variety of interesting speakers – always a friendly relaxed evening with tea/coffee/biscuits. Enquiries: Pat 0113 2250030 or

Paxton Show

Paxton Hall, 186 Kirkstall Lane, LS5 2AB Saturday 23rd November 2-4.30pm. Open to public, FREE admission. Refreshments available. Enquiries: Mr Wheatley 0113 2563055

miscellaneous Annual Christmas Fair Abbeyfield Ikley Society Ltd

Grove House,12 Riddings Road, Ilkley LS29 9BF Saturday 30th November, 2pm – 4pm. 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@

Health & Wellbeing Good Neighbours Burley in Wharfedale

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. Enquiries: Gail Boole – 01943 862388

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

Otley & Wharfedale MacMillan Cancer Support Fundraising Group

Call for venue. 1st Thursday of each month, 2pm. Meet to plan events, new members welcome. Enquiries: 0113 2613758

Diabetes U.K. Support Group

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


The Old Grammar School, Manor Square, Otley, LS21 3AY 9:00am - 3:00pm every last Sunday of the month, Chippendale's Indoor market is a market run inside the gallery. With over 15 traders selling anything from jams, pickles, chilled meats and crafts its well worth visiting.

Christmas Meal at The Food Academy@Printworks

Leeds City College, Printworks Campus, 123 Hunslet Rd, Leeds, LS10 1JY. Thursday 28th November 2013, 7.00pm for 7.15pm. Join us for our popular seasonal Christmas celebration. A 3-course quality meal delivered with Silver Service is £21.50 including tea and coffee, full payment required in advance. Contact Sandra McLean tel:07711768850 or email

North Leeds Model Flying Club Call for venue and times. New members welcome. Building or flying, plenty of friendly advice. Enquiries: 0113 2178348


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League of Nations – each of the thirteen Leeds school sides was playing in the name of one of the nations competing in the current Rugby League World Cup.

Tonga Beats Fiji in Rugby League World Cup Final! Leeds Rugby Foundation is the only formal twin code community-focused partnership in the world, combining the resources of Leeds Rhinos and Leeds Carnegie. As part of their recently announced commitment to getting more rugby into schools over the next three years, LRF used the current Rugby League World Cup to fire the imaginations of youngsters from primary schools across the whole of Leeds. In advance of the start of the tournament proper, thirteen schools entered mixed sides for a tag rugby tournament at Headingley Stadium on the afternoon of 9 October. Tag rugby? Yes, just that. It’s a great leveller. Players wear loosely fitted ribbons, or tags, round their waists. Removal of a tag by the opposition constitutes a tackle. There are no bone-crunching clashes and larger stronger kids can’t just power their way through to the line. Speed, agility and fast passing are more important than brute strength. LRF isn’t only about the game itself. All round sportsmanship and citizenship are important too. Inclusion, understanding and respect were encouraged on the morning of the tournament. Each team had been allocated one of the countries in the World Cup and was playing in that name. In the morning each gave a ten minute presentation about the history and culture of their adoptive nation. So

Tag rugby – the removal of a tag constitutes a tackle, but scoring tries remains the same, but there are no conversions

don’t be surprised if a ten-year-old from your local primary school gives you the rundown on Fiji, Samoa or Papua New Guinea. On the day, St Augustine's Primary School LS8 (playing as Tonga) beat St Augustine's Primary School LS12 (playing as Fiji) in the final. You’ll have to wait until 30 November for the real thing. The image on the front cover is part of an exhibition of the works of Leeds artist Mandy Long, running at Leeds Town Hall until 16 November. Mandy told Covered that she hopes to announce other exhibitions in the Leeds area in the near future. We’ll keep you posted.

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Finance Matters In this column Editor Chris Barnham investigates financial issues that might affect the residents of this area.

Worried about your savings?

Speaking to both an accountant and a financial advisor recently it was interesting to see how although they both fundamentally deal with money, their perspectives on it were really quite different. The accountant was focussed more on the immediate, or rather the presentation and organisation needed to satisfy the taxman and the law. The advisor though took a different view, looking far more to the long term and the bigger picture. To demonstrate he took three cups. The first was for what you need (income to cover your lifestyle), the second was for what you might need (to provide income for the future, covering emergencies etc) and the third was for what you likely won’t need. This struck me as beautifully simple, although as the advisor explained it is understanding what needs to be where, and the implications between focusing on different areas, that takes time, understanding and skill. A young family may not be able to consider their potential needs much, but protecting the first cup will be a priority. Where do savings, investments and pensions fit in? This depends on who you are, where you are, and how you feel about the risks involved with both doing something and with doing nothing. For older people potential needs may include the costs of care, but holding on to too much may invite a big IHT bill, and a headache, for your family. There are far more qualified accountants in the UK than qualified Financial Advisors, strange I think when you consider that although some people clearly need an accountant, everyone clearly needs a financial plan.

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Leeds Santa Dash 2013 in aid of St. Gemma’s Hospice Sunday 15th December – Leeds City Centre Get festive fit and make room for more mince pies this Christmas!! Join hundreds of Santa’s and other festive characters in Leeds city centre for this Christmas themed dash to raise vital funds for St. Gemma’s Hospice. Starting on Lands Lane opposite WH Smiths this is a merry event for all ages and abilities, you can even push your little ones round in their prams. Registration starts at 9.00am, followed by the Big

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Santa Warm Up at 9.30am. There will also be a brass band in situ performing suitably joyful tunes. The run will start at 9.40am and will take you along various shopping streets (all pedestrianised); the view of hundreds of Santa’s together really is incredible! The kids just can’t believe their eyes! It’s worth rounding up your friends to come along and watch, it’s always a good excuse for some Christmas shopping afterwards!! We ask each runner to raise sponsorship for the event and in return you will receive a Santa Suit to run in (and keep!) and refreshments after the race. Refreshments will be provided at Little Tokyo, behind House of Fraser. Entry fee is £8 which includes your Santa Suit (or £5 if you have your own suit!) Under 16’s are free and are asked to come accompanied by an adult and dressed in festive fancy dress and the best dressed will receive a prize! To register visit the website at or call Elizabeth on 0113 218 5580.

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Leeds Food Banks on Hold There are now around twenty food banks in the Leeds area, with several still looking for premises and regular lines of donation and distribution. Demand rocketed in September. Partly because of publicity, partly the cost of returning to school. Some have deferred formal opening and publicity until the end of November through fear that demand will quickly outstrip their meagre stocks. Though surely it’s better to get the food they hold in the cupboards of some of the needy rather than have it sitting pretty until the store rooms are full?

The Safe Haven charity shop opened their food bank when they moved to larger premises in Yeadon. Their reserves took a bit of a hammering in September, though they had a series of supermarket appeals in hand at the time.

The template that most have adopted is that of the Trussell Trust, a franchise of nationwide food banks. The trust offers guidance on setting up, how to receive and respond to referrals from trusted agencies such as social services and CAB and how to press that agency for action on the client’s behalf if there is a third request for help during any one period of crisis. There are four Trussell franchises in Leeds – North, South, East and West. Some of the other food banks are in the process of aligning themselves with these, some are still functioning independently. The Otley Food Bank at Waitrose in October. Run by Otley Churches Together, it has the support of Otley Town Council – Deputy Trussell franchisees called all twenty to a meeting at Mayor Nigel Gill is one of the volunteers. Neighbouring the end of October, hoping to encourage a uniform if Churches Together in Ilkley, being in Bradford, has decided to work alongside Keighley Salvation Army Food Bank – not a not unified approach to food poverty across Leeds. Trussell Trust franchise, though Bradford Food Bank is. The results will become apparent towards the end of November, by which time all should be open or about to. Covered spoke with Shauni Burt at the Trussell intended organisations. Trussell Trust encourages Trust Press Office; “Yes, we have come across coordination and cooperation in all localities. To do instances of local competition, albeit between well otherwise rather misses the point.”

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READER GIVEAWAY Win a copy of Ron Freethy’s Yorkshire On Holiday Former TV presenter Ron Freethy can remember the sound of bombs falling and the taste of wartime food. He spent his National Service in the Royal Air Force between 1956 and 1958. As a keen amateur historian writing about Yorkshire and the North of England, he has written more than eighty books. Yorkshire On Holiday is his second book in a major new series about Yorkshire nostalgia, with future books including ‘Yorkshire at Play’, ‘Yorkshire at Work’, ‘Yorkshire at Home, ‘Yorkshire on the Move’. “A nostalgic, heartwarming look back at the Best Days of Our Lives” Holidays were always happy times, and childhood holidays the best of all, when the sun shone every day and summer seemed to go on for ever. Yorkshire On Holiday shows what Yorkshire folk did on their holidays and on special

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Irwin Mitchell and Yorkshire Bank Join Forces with LRF

Two Horsforth Men condense the History of Yorkshire into 150 mins!

Leeds Rugby Foundation is such a valuable community resource. As a registered charity, they promote sport, healthy living and citizenship throughout the area. One special initiative, an outward bound course for forty-two youngsters, was followed up by a special one day class in personal finance and employability skills. Yorkshire Bank provided information and material on the former and Irwin Mitchell gave classes on job applications and interview technique. All in Irwin Mitchell’s prestigious office in Wellington Place, LS1 their third year in partnership with LRF.

“Amassing the amount of footage needed to encompass everything from the Ice Age up to today has indeed taken over 10 years” says Horsforth-based Producer, Mark Saville. “But along the way 20 other films have been released that tell the story of both individual towns and documenting people, industry and events that are now passing into history; such as the last coble fisherman at Filey.”

Covered magazine would like to hear of similar initiatives either for the whole of Leeds or in the North Leeds and Ilkley areas. Any extra help offered to youngsters in these testing times deserves recognition.

Over 4,000 years of Yorkshire’s history has been condensed into a 2.5 hour epic that’s taken over a decade to film.

Presenting the 2 DVD programme is former YTV Calendar newsman, Geoff Druett, who retired in 2002 and has worked with Mark for the past eight years. It’s him who is followed walking up to Victoria Cave above Settle, being shown around Wentworth Woodhouse and following the trail of Yorkshire’s textile industry from the abbeys to the handloom weaver and then onto the mills and the cloth sold through Halifax’s Piece Hall. The DVD is available direct from the Producer at £14.99 (inc P&P) Tel: (0113) 258 4680 as well as from on-line retailers. Saville Creative Communications is Yorkshire’s only agency providing content on film, digital books, web and word. In the past Mark has produced on film: “The History of Horsforth”, “Horsforth Diary 2005” and “Woodside: Valley of Industry”. He also wrote the book “Horsforth at War”. He’s currently writing a sequel to that, but this time on World War I – he would like to find families of people whose relations lived in Horsforth at that time and/or served in the Forces. Over 1,000 men were called-up from Horsforth, with 212 dying. If you’re able to help please email:


How to find the right person for the job. Poppy Jarvis gave a talk on interview technique, having recently secured her own place at Irwin Mitchell for postgraduate training as a solicitor.

We’ve got a copy of ‘The History of Yorkshire’ to give away to one lucky reader. To be in with your chance of winning this fantastic twin-DVD set, simply send your name and contact details to: DVD, Covered, Butonia House, Clayton Wood Close LS16 6QE or email: with your name and contact details writing ‘DVD’ in the subject header. The deadline for entries is 29/11/13. The winner will be drawn at random from all entrants and their name will be announced in next month’s magazine. The Editor’s decision is final.

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Police and Fire Services Preparing for Winter The seasonal increase in cooking, heating, lighting and hours of darkness bring with them increased risks of fire and crime. Christmas trees, shopping, celebrations and fireworks bring their own. So, in October, local fire services and police NPTs throughout Leeds organised displays of preventative advice and gadgets in popular shopping areas – this one at Westside Business Park in Guiseley. Not only was there a wealth of advice, literature and gadgets such as anti-drinks tampering (spiking) stoppers and anti-bag snatch bells and chains, children got to dress up, clamber over the fire engine and press the police alarm siren. The NPT was also on hand to fit anti-theft screws to car number plates – stolen plates are often used during crimes such as petrol station forecourt driveaways.

Matthew Whitaker of West Yorkshire Fire Service with a new generation smoke alarm It is less sensitive to everyday cooking fumes. The ten year battery is locked in and can’t be borrowed for other purposes. WYFS will supply and fit free of charge to anyone currently unprotected.

Unfortunately, NPTs’ competing priorities prevent them from giving more than a few days’ notice of community initiatives such as these. You can register your interest by phoning them, chatting with PCSOs at their weekly local contact points or checking “Leeds Police” on Facebook – the scroll down list shows each local NPT.

PCSO Sam Wild with some of WYP’s crime-prevention leaflets.

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Getting into character on day three of six weeks of rehearsals – Jacob James Beswick (Mowgli) and Andrew French (Shere Khan)

Into the Jungle at West Yorkshire Playhouse To panto or not to panto? If you are looking for a family Christmas treat with a difference, head for West Yorkshire Playhouse. Running for eight weeks from 30 November is an adaptation of Kipling’s Jungle Book unique to WYP. Adapted by Rosanna Lowe, directed and choreographed by multi award-winning Liam Steel (of Les Misérables fame) and with original music by Niraj Chag, it is a fastmoving and dynamic production using physical theatre, dance and puppetry. Mowgli’s journey brings him into contact with friendly and fearsome characters, brought vividly to life. Watched over by a kindly panther and a clumsy (but well-intentioned) bear, he confronts a boa-constrictor, greedy dancing monkeys and, finally, the bloodthirsty tiger Shere Khan. Each encounter teaches him something about the world, other people and himself – and how to build on his gifts and qualities and curb his dangerous tendency to over-confidence.

There is a cast of twelve, including Andrew French as Shere Khan and Jacob James Beswick as Mowgli. Neither is a stranger to Leeds; Jacob’s sister lives in Armley and Andrew was here six months ago in the world première of Refugee Boy, based on the novel by Benjamin Zephaniah. Both are happy to be back in Yorkshire. Andrew told Covered, “the fish and chips are the best in the country – and people here even say thank you to the bus driver!” This Jungle Book is very much aimed at families. There is plenty of music and dance, but Disney it is not. The recommendation is for 7-year-olds and up as the story is very close to Kipling’s original, tracing Mowgli’s path to manhood. It is a tale of rites of passage, of a coming of age, fiercer and edgier than the softer film version. What about younger children? The Playhouse is also staging the well-loved Father Christmas by Raymond Briggs, running for six weeks from 6 December. All the giggles will be there in this version, along with song, live music and puppetry against a magical set. Information and booking on 0113 213 7700 or

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Art trail 2013 The Ilkley Art Trail is a great way to experience all sorts of artistic activity and to talk to artists about their work. Now in its third year, the fiveday event in October took visitors not only into studios and art shops, but also into solicitors’ offices, dentists’ waiting rooms and churches. More than 40 artists were exhibiting paintings, ceramics, jewellery, conceptual art and a host of works in different media at 28 venues throughout the town. Any creative occupation can be a lonely job and the artists clearly relished the opportunity to meet people and see their reaction. Some were already selling well, but obviously the commercial return will be apparent over the ensuing weeks and months. The trail took visitors near to a number of local landmarks of historic and artistic interest, notably Sacred Heart Church in Stockeld Road and the former International Wool Secretariat (now Optident) on Valley Drive. The website has informative links to these and others, as well as a selection of works by the artists with an insight into the work of each.

Vic knits as well as sews. Here she models one of her hats. Check her website

Aspiring Women’s Network is a year old AWN celebrates its first birthday this month. Created by Vera Woodhead to motivate and encourage women branching out into new ventures or running a business from home, its meetings regularly attract at least a dozen people, with up to thirty for the occasional motivational speaker. Informal sessions over lunch and in groups allow members to share ideas and discuss problems. Victoria Widdup is a mum who works from home and whose passion is sewing. She combines new, vintage, modern and reclaimed fabrics to create individually handcrafted gifts, home accessories and seasonal craft items. Here is what Vic told Covered about AWN: “The network has given me the confidence to further my business from word of mouth to setting up a website. I have had lots of advice on the use of social media to market my products. It is a great listening and feedback group not only for business but personal and life issues too! It is a lovely group of women from all walks of life and business backgrounds – we all connect in one way or another!”

Anne Marwick’s papier mâché “Third Eye”. Anne’s paintings and artefacts express a joyous spirit.

The next AWN meeting is at Audley Clevedon, Ben Rhydding, on 21 November at 12 noon. Book by 19 November at Further information from Vera Woodhead at

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Wine tasting at Booths Booths supermarkets have recently launched a loyalty scheme designed to offer cardholders rewards based on their shopping habits. There are also to be special events, of which the first was a wine tasting in October, coinciding with a wine promotion. Fifty guests were invited to try a dozen wines in a wide price range, with reds, whites, a rosé and fizz on offer, as well as palate-cleansing olives. There was guidance available and a booklet of tasting notes for guests to record their reactions. Limiting the numbers meant that there was plenty of opportunity to discuss the wines with the experts doing the pouring.

Former head wine buyer Ray Stevens pours a generous glass for Cllr Anne Hawkesworth

Burley remembers W E Forster (1818-1886) His statue might have disappeared temporarily from Bradford’s Forster Square, but there is now a splendid new stone marking William Edward Forster’s grave in God’s Acre, Burleyin-Wharfedale. Forster was an industrialist and philanthropist, the driving force behind the formation of the Burley Board of health in 1854. He was elected to Parliament as a Liberal in 1861. There he served as Minister for Education and Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies. He was instrumental in extending the right to vote to working men and in establishing the 1870 Education Act, ensuring elementary education for 5-11 year-olds. Forster and his wife, Jane, daughter of Dr Thomas Arnold of Rugby School, had no children of their own but inherited an instant family of four when Jane’s brother and his wife both died. Jane and their adopted daughter are buried in Burley with William. The original headstone, of Carrara marble, was unsuited to Yorkshire weather and has long since disintegrated. Thanks to Burley Historical Society – and notably Margaret and Dennis Warwick – the grave is now suitably

The new granite headstone

Rev Paul Wheelhouse, Curate of Saint Mary’s, Burley, listens as Dennis Warwick pays tribute to WE Forster

marked in granite. The stone was dedicated on 16 October in a ceremony conducted by Rev Paul Wheelhouse of Saint Mary’s Church. Sadly, Margaret Warwick is no longer with us but Dennis paid tribute to her work when he read a short history of Forster.

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Churches Together in Ilkley Churches Together in Ilkley grew out of CTi2000, formed in the late 1990s to provide support and activities for adults with learning difficulties. It provides some supported housing, runs groups such as drama and gardening and encourages training initiatives such as the popular Outside the Box café. CTi works with the Parish Council in organising events like the Remembrance Day parade and service, the Civic Service, the Christmas lights switch-on and carols on the Grove. It also provides activities for children at school holiday time; notable here was the Light Party at Church House, All Saints, on 31 October. Seen as a safe alternative entertainment to the riskier Halloween Trick or Treating, the party offered games, music and party food, much appreciated by children and parents. CTi’s focus at the moment is very much on drawing people’s attention to hardships suffered by many in our community in the current economic climate. High on the agenda is support in the debt crisis and the collection and distribution of food. It is hard to believe that there is poverty in Ilkley, but the sad

Lillia, Grace and Reewa get ready to bob for apples at the CTi Light Party

fact is that it exists here too. CTi is committed to raising awareness and offering practical support. In the next issue, Covered will bring more information on how we can all help. Meanwhile, check out the CTi website:

Date with a donkey What child doesn’t love a donkey ride? Witness the queue on the beach at Whitby at Bank Holiday. For children with special needs, a regular date with a donkey is invaluable therapy, as children and their carers at All Saints’ Primary School in Ilkley know very well. Until recently, the Donkey Sanctuary at Eccup has been able to welcome the children and supply transport, but funding cuts meant that, from September, they had to ask schools to pay for the bus. Faced with the threat to the weekly outing, Special Needs Assistant Rachel Dennison approached Ilkley Parish Council. This is no easy task; councils are strapped for cash these days and tend to give applicants quite a grilling when they put their case in a meeting. But Rachel clearly argued convincingly and IPC kindly granted the £700 needed. As Rachel told Covered, “fifteen minutes a week on a donkey doesn’t sound much, but for these children it means a great deal. They have the

William and his minder wait to greet the children

Riding hats ringside

excitement of getting ready, they enjoy the journey and the anticipation, they feel a special bond with their donkey and they relive the whole thing on the journey back – and later at home.”

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LitFest Highlights The Ilkley Literature Festival has celebrated its fortieth birthday in style. Crowds gathered from far and wide and the consensus was that it was a big success. Everyone will have their own “best-of”, but here are a few of the high notes for Covered. The sheer enjoyment of many speakers was infectious; Sandy McCall Smith laughed uproariously at his own jokes, then stunned his audience with the fact that he writes a thousand words an hour... We are used to seeing Kate Adie reporting grim news from a battle zone. In Ilkley, she was relaxed and amusing, recounting the exploits of women in WWI and treating the disapproval of the male hierarchy with dry humour. Women were also, unsurprisingly, Germaine Greer’s theme as she denounced the way justice had dealt with Amanda Hutton and the medical profession with Ian Paterson’s scandalous treatment of breast cancer patients. But the laughs returned at question time, notably at her withering comments to the audience member (male) who was misguided enough to ask who was her favourite man. Roy Hattersley was on sparkling form as he cantered through 300 years of the Cavendishes in 40 minutes. His gift for repartee was evident in his response to wide-ranging questions. Asked if he would ever write about Sheffield United, he pointed out that tragedy was not his speciality.

Festival Book Review: Derek Jarman’s Sketchbooks It is often the case that a relatively low-key Festival event turns out to be a major highlight for its audience. Derek Jarman, writer, film-maker, artist, stage designer and gardener was a witness to the vibrant cultural climate of the 1970s and 1980s. He died in 1994, aged only 52, but left a substantial body of work. He documented everything in thirty sketchbooks, bought from Italy in batches of ten, their luxurious leather covers beautifully customised with paint, stressed gold and ink. Some were published, others remained private, the property of Jarman’s partner, Keith Collins. A distillation has been made by painter Stephen Farthing and film-maker Ed Webb-Ingall. The result, presented with passionate conviction at the Festival, is stunning. Part social history, part intimate experience, part literary and cinematic commentary, it gives an insight into one of the most fertile creative imaginations of the 20th century. Each section is introduced by the personal

Festival Director Rachel Feldberg (2nd from right) and her team at Kings Hall

reflections of one of Jarman’s friends and colleagues. It is an amazing book, visually and intellectually satisfying – a bargain for the price of four forgettable paperbacks and an excellent example of the fact that e-books, for all their advantages, can never replace print. Derek Jarman’s Sketchbooks is published by Thames and Hudson at £28. On YouTube you can visit the house he shared with Collins at Dungeness, in Kent, and the garden he created with sympathetic planting, stones and driftwood.

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News from Otley Courthouse In the lead up to Christmas Otley Courthouse has a fantastic selection of festive events to ensure you get in the mood for the holiday season! On Friday 6 December, 7:30pm, as The Aire Ensemble return to the Courthouse with a special programme of songs and music which encapsulate the spirit of the season, with their show Classics for Christmas. The piano and wind ensemble will be joined by Julia Daramy-Williams, a gifted soprano with a sublime voice (Tickets: £8/£6 in advance, £11/£9 on the door). On Saturday 7th, 7:30pm, Yorkshire’s own ‘folkrock heroes’ return to the Courthouse with their show, The Hall Brothers and Friends Christmas Concert. Their last two Courthouse Christmas shows were a roaring sell-out! (Tickets: £10/£8 in advance, £11/£9 on the door). On Saturday 14 at 8pm, the Courthouse will play host to a spellbinding Christmas show featuring a breathtaking blend of Irish music, swing jazz, and bluegrass, as Chris Newman and Maire Ni Chathasaigh present Celtic Christmas Strings: A festive feast of harp and guitar. Through their special combination of harp and guitar, Maire and Chris add a very special magic to some festive favourites. Tickets: £11/£9 in advance, £12/£10 on the door. When you and your family are exploring the delights of the Otley Victorian Fayre on Sunday 8 December make sure you visit the Courthouse for Pete White’s Suitcase Circus, wonderful comedy entertainment

Coope Simpson, Fraser and Freya

Julia Daramy Williams

for all the family. Shows at 1pm, 2:30pm, and 4pm. (Tickets £6 adults, £5 children). And finally, what better way is there to celebrate the days leading up to Christmas, than with the seasonal and warming songs of the fantastic four-part harmony of nationally renowned carollers Barry Coope, Lester Simpson, Fi Fraser, and Jo Freya, with their show To Drive the Cold Winter Away on Saturday 21 December. Tickets: £11/£9 in advance, £12/£10 on the door

Hall Brothers and John Carey

To find out more about these and all the other events, pop into the Courthouse to pick up a copy of the brochure,` visit or call the box Office on 01943 467466. Don’t forget you can also ‘ follow’ ‘otleycourthouse’ on twitter and ‘like’ their facebook page. Box Office 01943 467466.

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NEWS FROM SAFE HAVEN Sometimes in the Tempest there is a storm, sometimes there is every indication of a rising trouble which never actually materializes... so why worry when everything is in order and everything has a reason? Let the One who knows do all the thinking for you and sit back and relax. If you venture forward into a mishap aren’t you the one who is to blame or are the sick and needy responsible for their own plight . Whenever need arises someone has got out of bed on the wrong side and fallen at the first hurdle, only to find themselves ill prepared for what they are about to face. Heaven only knows who is to blame but the essence of Goodness has blessed the scene long before the event was even hatched all that time ago …..long long ago in a forest near you, dwelt a fierce wolf who never got on with anyone but himself… he found a way out though! He nestled under a tree until the storm broke all around him and ventured

out in disguise again, to outwit his followers. To be mistaken for himself would’ve been an outrage so he chose to be someone else instead and defied gravity. If you pretend it’s not happening you’re well out of it, if you choose to be recognised for a farthing to a lost child then Heaven blesses you and yours forever. Have a heart and help those around you by giving like never before, go against the tide of … who needs help anyway? They ARE out there … believe me! Til next time…God Bless


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Tour de France update Unless you have been on another planet in the last couple of weeks, you will know that details of the Tour de France route have finally been announced. There is great excitement in Otley and Addingham, as the race will pass through the heart of each. Sadly it won’t be taking in The Grove in Ilkley, but the advantage of the A65 route is that far more people will be able to watch. The Ilkley steering group is forging ahead with plans for the event itself and the run-up, with responsibilities

The winning logo, by Ruth Newsome, a designer from Ilkley

being assigned for all the various areas. The logo has now been selected, from a short list of five, and sponsorship is being sought for promotional material. The website is now live at It can also be accessed via the Ilkley Parish Council website.

The steering group meets again on 19 November. There will be a public meeting on 27 November, at 7pm at the Clarke-Foley Centre, Cunliffe road, Ilkley. This is your opportunity to hear at first hand what is planned and what contribution you can make to this amazing event.

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