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Hello and welcome to this month’s Covered. This is our first edition of 2014 so I’d like to start proceedings by wishing readers all the best for a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year. For those of you who have resolved to embark on a period of self-improvement, take a look at our tips on Pg 22 for more inspiration. This month’s Food & Drink feature takes a look at some great cocktails, courtesy of 51% Bourbon in Leeds city centre, grab a shaker and give them a go now that post-celebration hangovers have subsided! If you’d like to recommend a great place to eat or drink, or a food related business which you think should be featured in Covered then drop me a line – I’m always on the lookout for new places to visit. My eyes are peeled for new contributions from all members of the community too. If you’re running a group, club or association then drop me a line so I can tell fellow readers all about it. Or perhaps you know someone that deserves a mention in Covered? Maybe you’ve got a community champion in your midst, a neighbour with an interesting story of times gone by or you’ve got a tale that you think must be told! Whatever the reason, I’m always delighted to hear from you. The deadline for editorial submissions and advertising in the next edition is 07/02/14. Until next month,

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and boasting such varied and interesting names as Sierra Nevada, Underdog and Goose Island, along with many wines and cocktails. In fact, the cocktails may well be what draw many people to this bar as they are all lovingly and carefully made, using traditional methods. There’s something quite satisfying about selecting a cocktail, then watching it be carefully mixed and assembled, before the anticipation of tasting it. The selection ranges from traditional cocktails, such as the Manhattan, through to the more adventurous Apple Pie Martini, which is described as ‘an alcoholic

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50ml Bourbon (we chose Woodford Reserve), 1 tsp light muscavado sugar, 2 dash of bitters (we chose Angostura), 1 orange (for zest), Cubed ice

Fill a double jigger or jug with bourbon. Add the sugar and bitters into glass and mix into a paste, then add about 3 cubes of ice, gently pour in 1/3 of your double measure over the ice and stir. Once stirred for about 30 seconds, add 3 more ice cubes (making sure you still have space for more ice) again, pour a 1/3 of your bourbon and stir again. (Remember to keep tasting as you go, dilution is key, you want it to taste the way you like it personally). Once again add ice but this time take your orange and slice a large piece of the rind (we usually slice it down the orange so that the piece is similar to the length of the glass), squeeze your zest over your drink as much as you can and place in your drink orange bit touching the glass, add the last of bourbon and stir again. The glass will frost on the outside and this is when you know your drink is ready


50ml Rye (we chose Rittenhouse Rye), 15ml Luxardo Maraschino, 15ml vermouth (We choose Cocchi Torino (sweet) or CocchiAmericano (dry)‌in this one we used both), 7.5ml sweet vermouth, 7.5ml dry vermouth, Maraschino cherries, 2 dash bitters of choice (we use Angostura, some may use cherry), Cubed ice

Fill a Boston glass or jug with ice and add all of your ingredients, stir your ingredients, tasting as you go along. Some people choose to add syrup from the maraschino cherries to the mixture, depending on how sweet you like it. Stir until dilution is to your taste, or when the glass is frosted on the outside. Strain into your chilled martini glass and add a cherry, or garnish with an orange twist to keep the fruity edge and compliment the bourbon.

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50ml bourbon (we chose Buffalo Trace), Fresh mint leaves, Sugar and a dash of water, Bitters- Optional, Crushed ice, Rocks glass/julep cup

Add your sugar, water and mint and grind together in the glass. Add your bourbon and fill with ice, stir until the glass is frosted on the outside. Add more ice and serve with a sprig of mint as a garnish. Add a dash of bitters to your mixture if you so wish.

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Know Your Carrots Buy Local, Buy Seasonal Last month we suggested using Isabella Beeton’s cookery books to find which foods are truly seasonal in UK. According to Mrs B, older carrots are good all year round.

Carrots with a German dressing Mrs Beeton’s recipes were first published in a single volume in 1861 and when the German Prince, Albert, had been by Queen Victoria’s side for twenty-one years. Victoria had popularised him by sharing many royal responsibilities. There was an interest in all things German, including food. Here is Mrs B’s recipe for carrots in a German dressing. It has been slightly amended and updated – her recipes were for huge portions and tables of eight. And nobody minces onions these days. Serves four. Ingredients – four medium or two large carrots diced or thinly sliced, one small onion finely diced or grated, finely diced parsley, a tiny amount of grated nutmeg (freshly ground pepper will do).

These carrots from Tadcaster’s Organic Pantry (also at Baildon, Guiseley, Headingley, Horsforth, Oakwood and Otley Farmers’ Markets) looked, smelled and tasted the part - certainly worth the £1.80 a kilo.

Heat the carrot, nutmeg (or pepper), parsley and onion gently in butter, adding a pinch of salt. When the carrots are well saturated, cover with a little water or weak stock. Or beer. Simmer gently until the carrots are soft and the liquid reduced. If leaving on a hotplate then sprinkle with water if threatening to dry out. Serve piping hot – apparently a good accompaniment to roast pork. Mrs B also used browned beurre manié (butter and flour) to thicken and colour the sauce – not necessary for today’s lighter cuisine.


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Radio Jcom – the voice of the Leeds Jewish community Covered reports on impressive enterprise


Radio Jcom is a dedicated Jewish station, one of only a handful outside Israel. It was formed by a group of members of the North Leeds Jewish community with media and business experience. Staffed entirely by volunteers and financed by sponsorship and selective advertising, it began life some five years ago and operates out of a studio kindly provided by Donisthorpe Hall on Shadwell Lane. It broadcasts 24/6 (no transmissions on

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Shabbat), offering a mix of news, views, music and sport appealing to all ages and reflecting all aspects of community life.

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Keeley and Kay Open New RSPCA Shop in Horsforth BBC Look North weather presenters Keeley Donovan and Kay Crewdson conducted the official opening of RSPCA’s new charity shop at 87 New Road Side on 17 December – just in time for Christmas shopping. Keeley and Kay told Covered; “We were asked to do this by a colleague at the BBC – the whole production team appears to be cat crazy. We share a home and have just adopted one ourselves. We’ve also volunteered to do some work for RSPCA in the New Year – refamiliarising rescued pets with a domestic environment.” The visit proved worthwhile. Charged with the task of finding unusual and original gifts for colleagues, one of their finds was the soft toy pictured; “Paint your own cat”. Anyone with enquiries about animal welfare, donations, sponsorship or giving up some time to help RSPCA should contact Gina Cameron on

GREG MULHOLLAND MP: SHOP LOCAL Shortly before Christmas the Government announced that 30 million people in the UK are in work, more than ever before. Here in Leeds North West, over half of the local businesses that replied to my Business Survey said that they had taken on a new employee in the last year. This is fantastic news and proves that the economy is gradually growing not just nationally, but here on our doorstep too. So what can we do to help encourage this growth? I’m sure you’ve all heard about the importance of shopping locally and the untold benefits that this brings. Increasingly we seem to have forgotten about our local high street here in the UK as it’s often easier to stay at home and shop online. However, there are many campaigns developing which hope to lure shoppers back to the local high street again. Events like Small Business Saturday are vital to our local economy. Originally from the US, Small Business Saturday is a grass-roots campaign that

Keeley Donovan and Kay Crewdson opening the new RSPCA charity shop in Horsforth

encourages people to 'shop local' and support small businesses in their communities, both on the Saturday and beyond. Many shops in the area participated in this event. However, I feel the need to stress how vital it is to remember that we mustn’t only shop locally on Small Business Saturday, we must endeavour to do so every day of the year. As a member of the Parliamentary Small Shops Group I believe that we need to support the local businesses on our doorsteps in order to see our community blossom. We are so lucky to have such a wide variety of excellent independent enterprises in our local area and they rely on our support all year round. 2014 is looking promising for businesses in our area. For further updates on this and other local issues please join my email list via my website,

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Finance Matters In this column Editor Chris Barnham investigates financial issues that might affect the residents of this area. Are pensions flawed? The simple answer is yes, but like many things with inherent flaws the more important question is over whether you have viable alternatives. Just like every other financial question the use of pensions involves a trade off, in this case between the very welcome tax reliefs and the not so welcome restrictions on liquidity. The government wants to you invest in pensions so they give you back the income tax you would have paid, but only if you agree that at least 75% of the money you invest will be used to give you an income in later life (if you die before then of course the whole amount, including the basic rate tax relief, is returned to your beneficiaries).


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COMPLIMENTS FOR DAY NURSERY Karen McPhee, the owner of a Day Nursery which is situated on the edge of an Industrial Estate in Yeadon has been complimented for her vision and creativity at a Leeds Nursery Network meeting. Anne Kearsley, Early Start Childrens Centre Lead, Childrens Services for Leeds City Council said: “We need more people like you who have taken an empty shell and made it into this wonderful nursery.” Active Kids is an open plan nursery where children are able to interact with different age groups and staff. This is a very important part of children’s development as they are able to learn from each other as well as learning through play, trial and error and first hand experiences.

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ROBERT THOMPSON – MOUSEMAN OF KILBURN Robert Thompson’s furniture has travelled worldwide. The business founded in 1919 remains a thriving family firm whose ethics and working practices remain true to those of the master. Robert Thompson was born in Kilburn in North Yorkshire in 1876, son of the village carpenter and wheelwright. Good at school, Robert was sent to Cleckheaton on an engineering apprenticeship. But he preferred carpentry to metalwork and ended up working alongside his father. Though, whereas engineers work in measurements of one-thousandth of an inch, woodworkers rarely work to tolerances one tenth as tight. Robert Thompson the carpenter started work trained in engineering precision. Robert had often passed through Ripon, with its magnificent cathedral. His imagination was fired by the work of William Bromflet, a medieval woodcarver who had carved and decorated many of the cathedral’s furnishings. Robert Thompson resolved that he too would one day work with oak and resurrect the spirit of medieval carving. But it wasn’t until 1919 that he got his big break. A priest from Ampleforth Abbey was visiting a parishioner in Kilburn at the very time he was also looking for someone to make a large crucifix. He was introduced to Robert Thompson, who accepted the job on the spot. More commissions followed and word soon spread. Robert had six men working for him by 1925, then ten in 1928 when he received his first commission from the USA – for a dining table and four chairs. In 1934 the craftsmen numbered thirty.

Mouseman pieces can be as small as pin trays, napkin rings and letter openers. This cheese board was on offer at Ilkley Antiques Fair earlier this month.

leaving the surface looking like planished pewter. The trademark mouse first appeared in 1919, the year Thompson received his first artistic commission, and remains the company’s trademark today. Robert Thompson’s Craftsmen Ltd is a thriving business in Kilburn and includes a shop and visitor centre/ museum. Pieces also regularly crop up at auctions, notably at Hartleys (Ilkley) and Tennant’s (Leyburn).

Two characteristics of Mouseman pieces are their adzed finish and signature 3-D mouse. An adze is an axe with a curved blade set at right angles. For small pieces, a miniature adze or “flat tool” is used, also

Robert Thompson wasn’t the only person inspired by the medieval carvings in Ripon Cathedral – this is among those said to have inspired Lewis Carroll’s Alice books.

Hartleys (Ilkley) often has a selection of Mouseman furniture in catalogue sales. This pulpit sold for £750 in September.

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CHARITY BEGINS ‘AT HOME’ FOR YORKSHIRE LETTING AGENT A YORKSHIRE residential letting agent and its staff are “homing in” on their target to raise £20,000 for its inaugural Charity of the Year. Linley & Simpson, which has a network of ten offices across North and West Yorkshire, is ahead of schedule having already collected more than £15,000 for Martin House Children’s Hospice since it launched its fundraising partnership in June The Boston Spa-based hospice, which cares for children with life-limiting conditions and their families from across Yorkshire, is only able to continue its work thanks to fund-raising done throughout the year. Linley & Simpson has pledged to support the charity’s work by donating £5 from every successful tenancy and £10 from every marketing fee received from new landlords, throughout its network of nine Yorkshire offices – Wetherby, Harrogate, Ripon, York, Ilkley, Saltaire, Wakefield, and three in Leeds. And staff have thrown their weight behind the cause by taking part in the world’s most gruelling 13-mile military assault course, Tough Mudder, swelling the charity coffers by a further £1,500.

Each branch is also giving a different meaning to ‘Home Sweet Home’ as they sell snacks and confectionary as part of the SnakAppeal initiative benefiting Martin House. Brenda Peel, Corporate Fundraiser at Martin House, said: “The teams at Linley & Simpson are really embracing fundraising for Martin House. “We are delighted that they have taken part in the Tough Mudder event and that they have some great ideas for raising money in 2014. “Congratulations on raising £15,000 so far and many thanks to everyone involved! “Martin House relies on fundraising to raise the money needed to support 340 children with a shortened life expectancy, and their families, across Yorkshire every year.” Founding director of Linley & Simpson, Will Linley said: “Thanks a busy six months for the company, the efforts of our staff, we are delighted to be ahead of schedule in meeting – and beating - the £20,000 challenge we set ourselves. “We hope our efforts in 2014 will continue to make a positive difference to it and the young children and families it supports at such difficult times but in such a caring way.” Linley & Simpson, Brook Street, Ilkley.

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They Had it Tough Last month in Covered we featured heavily subsidised toy fairs from the 1980s – a kind of toy bank, if you like. With some of November’s tabloids forecasting “the worst winter since 1947”, this month we’re looking back at that winter. Thankfully the Met Office has distanced itself from those forecasts, explaining why threemonth forecasts just cannot be accurate. This picture was taken in February 1947 on Cookridge Lane, looking south towards Leeds. Alongside post-war austerity and rationing, fewer centrally heated homes, fewer vehicles of any kind (never mind 4x4) and vulnerable overhead communications. There was no NHS and the poorest in the community were dependant on a council-based welfare system which fell well short of today’s. Ten years later Prime Minister Harold Macmillan felt sufficiently confident to tell Britons that they’d “never had it so good”. You can understand why.

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with us at the Granary Restaurant! Enjoy a free coffee or tea* when ordering any item from our Breakfast Menu.*Americano or Yorkshire Tea only Eggs Benedict £7.50

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Valentine’s Day

Friday 14th February

Celebrate Valentine’s Day in style at the Granary Restaurant! Arrive to a pre-dinner spritzer and a gift for your special lady, followed by a decadent three-course meal in our lovely setting. Relax as the Jazz Trio serenades you while you dine! Two sittings are available: 7:00pm / 8:30pm Book your table today!

Valentine’s Day Menu Grapefruit, Pomegranate & Thyme Spritzer Baked Camembert for Two with Rosemary Focaccia & Red Onion Relish Roasted Pork Loin with a Pink Peppercorn Sauce, Crackling, Creamed Spinach, Buttery Mashed Potato & Orange Glazed Carrots The Ultimate Brownie served warm with Ice Cream and Fresh Berries...perfect to share!


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26 Health & Wellbeing

Brownberrie Lane, Leeds, LS18 5HD

New year’s resolutions Christmas has come and gone and you're sure to have made your new year's resolutions. Whether you wish to eat less chocolate, exercise more, quit smoking or the thousands of other unique resolutions that crop up each year, the following handy tips will keep you on your way to accomplishing your goals.

Resolutions should be kept simple and realistic One major problem with resolutions is that you ask too much of yourself. If you're unhappy with a few things in your life then change one at a time, once one goal has been achieved you'll find the others much easier.

Set yourself little goals and keep note Don't wait until the next set of new year's resolutions to check on your progress. Check back at regular occasions and see how you're getting on, if you start to fall behind then ask friends or family for a bit of motivation to give you that little morale boost you need to get back on track.

Don't do it alone Link your resolution with those of friends and family and help each other achieve goals. Sharing in each other's low points and pushing through them together will make achieving your goals simultaneously that little bit better.

Treat yourself Everyone knows that if you're giving something up, doing so 'cold turkey' doesn't always work and sees people falling back into their old routine. So, if you have managed to wean yourself off something then allow yourself a day a week where you can have a small amount of what you wish to cut down. If you know that a certain day is your 'cheat day' then you won't feel guilty and as though you are doing something wrong.

Remember why you are doing it all Whether it is to get the body of your dreams, be healthier or achieve a career goal. Place a picture of what you are looking to achieve at the end of your bed so the last thing you see at night and the first thing you see in the morning is what you wish to achieve and you will get there.

Don't give up Contrary to your beliefs, and any past failed resolutions, you can do this. When it gets hard just remember why you are doing it and how you will feel when you finally achieve what you've always wanted to. Just follow the steps above and keep moving forward, you'll get there slowly but surely. GOOD LUCK! Sponsored by Trinity Fitness Sports Centre Tel: 0113 283 7155,

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Adventure Travel on your doorstep! Christmas is over, it’s a New Year. What better time to plan your next adventure? Footloose will help you do just that. Footloose Adventure Travel has been operating in Ilkley for twenty years, the last twelve at 3, Springs Pavement. They are a travel agent for major brochure companies and also a tour operator, planning tailor-made trips for families, groups and individuals. These days, when you can buy and book just about anything in a few clicks, what is the point of using an agency? If it’s a brochure package you want, they can help you sort through the bewildering choice quickly and efficiently and the brochure price is what you pay. If, as a returning customer, you are offered a discount then Footloose will honour that too. However, it is as a tour operator that they come into their own. They have agents on the ground in a dozen countries, many of whom are personal friends, and keep in regular touch with

Safari, anyone? Footloose Director Susanne Muskita at her desk

them, notably at the annual World Travel Market Exhibition. Director Susanne Muskita told Covered that they have extensive knowledge of special offers on flights, say, so though you might pay a little more by booking through Footloose, you might actually pay less. The big advantage is peace of mind; they are fully ATOL bonded, so your money is safe should your airline be the one to go broke. And how much pleasanter it is to talk through all the options with someone who has been there, done that, than gaze at a computer screen wondering if you are doing the right thing!



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En Garde! Leeds Fencing Club was founded in 1969 under its original name of Nelson Fencers, Harry Nelson being a coach at the time. It has around 50 members aged between 12 and 65 (though no upper age limit). Around a third are female. The club itself has enjoyed many successes Four current members have fenced internationally, six for the county and many enter national age group events. It was club treasurer Moya McNamara who kindly invited Covered to one of their training sessions and competition evenings at Kirkstall Leisure Centre. Moya, the club’s longest serving member, retired from her job in environmental health with LCC in 2005 and is a member of the British Veterans team. She recently represented UK at the Veterans World Championships in Varna, Bulgaria. Last year she won two gold medals and two silver at the Commonwealth Veterans Championships in Singapore – these in addition to numerous other national and international honours won over the

A coaching session. Thirteen year old Ethan Wong pressing his own point home on coach Glenn Cooper. 0113 218 5555

years. Both Moya and her partner, coach John Crouch, are involved in the organisation fencing events at national level. As if that wasn’t enough, Moya’s retirement gave her more time to devote to their other joint interests – walking, scuba diving and bell ringing. The club runs regular beginners courses throughout the year, tailored for those either new to the sport or wishing to refresh their basic fencing skills. Each course usually lasts 7 - 8 weeks. All the basic equipment needed is provided and all coaches have BAF or BFA coaching qualifications. Cost for a beginners course is £62.80 or £54.40 with a Leeds Card.

Barwick in Elmet’s very own Action Woman. Moya McNamara enjoys walking, scuba diving and bell ringing when not adding to her haul of national and international fencing honours.

The club accommodates and encourages wheelchair fencing.

Leeds Fencing Club is based at Kirkstall Leisure Centre, Kirkstall Lane, Leeds LS5 3BE and meets on Monday evenings. or Karen Garvie, club secretary, on 0113 2742262.

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Heart of Mine - Maria Muldaur Sings Love Songs of Bob Dylan Ivor Hughes reviews Maria Muldaur’s 2006 album As special guest star, Maria Muldaur shared lead vocals with Beverley Skeete at The Rythm Kings’s recent appearance at Leeds Grand Theatre. They were equals. Skeete belted out the noisy numbers, Muldaur sang the mellow – including her only UK chart hit from the seventies, Midnight at the Oasis. The song remains better known than her, by name. The fact that it got only to number 21 in the UK charts, 6 in US, suggests that neither she nor the song received proper recognition in the popular charts – though her delivery in November’s showed that both she and the song had stood the test of time. I spoke with Maria Muldaur during the interval; “I’ve been overwhelmed by the warmth of the reception here in Britain” – perhaps she hadn’t realised that many of the audience were receiving her as a debutante, wondering why they hadn’t heard more of her in the past. Wondering what I should take away as a memento, and quite unfamiliar with her works, I took a soft option – Love Songs of Bob Dylan. The songs are Dylan but the album is certainly not. Muldaur, though famous in US as a blues and American roots music singer, has a gentle delivery that suggests a classical or gospel music background – she is also a violinist. The arrangements are entirely different. For example, the introduction of Stay Baby Stay (a corruption of the title of Dylan’s biggest UK hit) is unrecognisable. You only realise what you’re listening to when you actually hear the words – as opposed to Dylan’s mumbling drawl. Only when you recognise that this is indeed Maria Muldaur at her very best, not “Tonight, Matthew, I’m going to be Bob Dylan”, do you appreciate the album’s beauty. Maybe second time round. But if you like mood music then there will be a third and fourth. Finally, diehard Dylan fans shouldn’t view this as sacrilege. Maria Muldaur, then Maria D’Amato, was very much part of the same Greenwich Village music scene of the sixties. Her recollection of him is included in Scorsese’s biopic No Direction Home. And, as she told a captivated Leeds audience, “My voice is in better shape than Bob’s right now.”

Maria Muldaur kindly dedicated this copy of her album to the readers of Covered with “Love from The Oasis”. To win it, just let us know which sixties guitar legend transformed Dylan’s All Along the Watchtower almost beyond recognition in 1968. MMCD, Covered, Butonia House, Clayton Wood Close LS16 6QE


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BUY PHOTOS FEATURED IN COVERED Photographer Ivor Hughes has been with Covered since edition 2 in early 2011 and in that time has photographed several hundred community events and personalities throughout our areas of distribution - all around the ring road between Bramley and Garforth, out to Otley and Ilkley and more recently in Leeds City Centre. He has at last started to make those and other images available online - via ivorhughes. com. Starting with this issue’s images, he is creating a back

Ready for the off. One of Ivor Hughes’ images at the 2013 Otley Cycle Race

catalogue of selected Covered images and events – available as high quality photographic prints or hi-res downloads. The

files will include otherwise unpublished images, so why not take a peep from time to time? They will be in the “events” file.

Homemakers Christmas Fayre – and a name change The Grand Charity Christmas Fayre organised by Ilkley Homemakers at the Clarke-Foley Centre in late November was a great success. Homemakers themselves raised over £350 from their bottle tombola, raffle and refreshments. Their chosen charity for 2013 was Marie Curie Cancer Care. The 19 other stalls, including Martin House Hospice, Wharfedale Rotary, Manorlands Hospice, Horticap, Ilkley Twinning Committee and Ilkley Operatic Society, made over £2000 in total. The great thing about this event is that a generous (and resolutely anonymous) benefactor pays for the venue and incidental expenses, so every stallholder keeps every penny they make. The Fayre was shouted by Town Crier Chris Richards – as one of his last engagements before a well-earned retirement – and opened by John Thirlwell. John is a former chairman of trustees of Outside the Box café, which will be the charity beneficiary in 2014. In fact, Homemakers is rebranding this year and is now known as the Thursday Group. Their meetings, appropriately, will be at Outside the Box.

Homemakers in action at Clarke-Foley, with Town Crier Chris Richards

Committee members Shirley Conyers, Annette Ackroyd and Rose Mapstone at the new Thursday Group venue

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Youth theatre at its best – Ilkley Upstagers Upstagers Theatre Group is a vibrant band of young performers (and slightly older mentors) formed in 1987 and which puts on three shows a year. They are a registered charity and the group is run by dedicated volunteers. They attract members from all over the region – Knaresborough, Bradford and Leeds as well as home turf. They benefit from expert tuition, notably from Gill Jackson, Andy Lynan and Dalton Wood. Theatre classes are available, with dance tuition in association with the Maureen Williams School of dance. Such is Upstagers’ reputation for musical theatre that they have been specially invited to stage Sister Act at the Alhambra Theatre in Bradford in July – booking opens on 13 January. Booking is open now for the March show, Les Misérables – school edition. Covered will bring you more news about these two shows next month. Snow White in Ilkley? Oh yes she is! If you wish the panto season did not end at New Year, you are in for a treat in Ilkley later this month. Upstagers are putting on a specially written version of Snow White at Kings Hall from 24 January to 1 February – a mix of evening shows and matinees. Book online at or call 0844 87

Book review – Louise Doughty Apple Tree Yard Yvonne Carmichael has worked hard to have it all, as the saying goes. A high-flying and respected geneticist, she has a loving husband, a good relationship with her two grown-up children and a beautiful home. Then, one day, on impulse, she does something quite out of character and her life begins to unravel. Caught in a web of deceit of her own making, she sees things spiraling out of control and culminating in an act of violence that changes her life. The first-person narrative is painful in its unflinching honesty as Yvonne confronts herself and admits to her own shortcomings and the reality behind the façade. The courtroom drama that unfolds forces her to see herself through the eyes of others, never a comforting experience. Louise Doughty writes compellingly, creating a masterly psychological thriller and a novel of suspense whose twists

Choreographer Dalton Wood rehearsing the cast of Snow White.

008 87 for credit/debit card booking. For bookings without a credit/debit card, or for special requirements (wheelchair access etc) call 01943 607944. carry on until the end. She examines the values we live by and how our choices impact on others, often in totally unforeseen ways. Apple Tree Yard is also a story of betrayal on the one hand and astonishing loyalty on the other. A tour de force and a guaranteed page-turner.

***** READER GIVEAWAY ****** Covered has a signed copy of Apple Tree Yard for one lucky reader. To be in with your chance of winning, just send your details to: ‘Apple Tree’ Covered, Butonia House, Clayton Wood Close LS16 6QE or email putting ‘Apple Tree’ in the subject field. A winner will be picked at random. The deadline for entries is: 24/01/14

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Readers’ Letters Star Letter

Dear Chris, Great magazine, I’m delighted to get it through my door.

Dear Chris,

Can I vent some frustration through your readers’ letters page please?

I would like to say I have just read Covered and would like to compliment you on a really interesting and informative local magazine. I must admit that I don’t usually read free magazines, consigning them to the green bin, under the impression they are just full of trade adverts.

I’m wondering why Leeds City Council feels it has a right to charge the rates it does for parking in Leeds city centre? Commercial car parks are competitively priced, far better managed and are certainly better maintained.

Please don’t fix what ‘ain’t’ broke. Keep it short, keep it simple. Don’t make the mistake of other free local magazines who seem to think that bigger is better! Yours sincerely, Graham Padget (by email)

Editor’s response: Don’t worry, we won’t be going to B5, A4 or A3 anytime soon so Covered won’t take up too much room on the coffee table and we’ve no plans to make it 200 pages a month! I hope you continue to enjoy reading Covered. What would readers prefer to see in Covered? More features, such as Fashion, Hair & Beauty or Food & Drink? Or would you prefer to see more community content representative of the immediate area? Let me know by emailing or writing to me at the usual address.

Take the car park down by Leeds Markets – what a disgrace to the city. The surface is breaking up and has been in need of repair for years, the bays are poorly marked, fencing on the boundaries is falling to bits, and access in and out is poor. Why doesn’t LCC invest in suitable car parking in and around the city, rather than wasting (more) millions with pie in the sky ideas of trolleybuses? I could understand pursuing the idea of an overhead monorail or an underground system (expensive I know) as it offers a longterm solution. Trolleybuses were a great idea when they were first imagined in the 1800’s – are they the answer in 2014? I think not. I hope other readers will agree with me. Mrs Jenny Fern (By Email)

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Dear Editor, I read with interest your report on Audley Clevedon restaurant last month and have indeed booked a table. I have also tried a number of recipes that have appeared in Covered over the months. I just wanted to let you know that my husband and I really enjoy your Food & Drink section but to also ask, where is the drink? Not that we’re alcoholics you understand! Can I suggest visiting a bar, brewery or distillery (if there is one in the area) in future months; we’d love to see what goes on behind the scenes!

Cleaning & Tidying Transport Dog Walking Companionship Shopping Meal Preparation Regular & ad-hoc services

Ellen Anderson LS28 (By Email) Editor’s response: Thank you for your suggestion Ellen. Check out F&D this month – we’ve got a treat for you! I hope you enjoy this month’s recipes. Do any other readers have suggestions of places they’d like us to report from? Let me know by emailing or writing to the usual address.

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The Really Useful Guide


Burley Art Club

British Association for German Shepherd Dogs (BAGSD)

Chippendale Singers

The Old Grammar School, Manor Square, Otley, LS21 3AY 9am-3pm 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.

Burley Wildlife Group

Ilkley Art Club


Ilkley Home Makers Club

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miscellaneous Bramhope Market

Robert Craven Hall, Old Lane, Bramhope, LS16 2nd Saturday of each month. 10am – 1pm. Fresh Fruit & Veg, good food, home baking & crafts.


Otley Courthouse, Courthouse Street, LS21 3AN Sunday 26th January 9.30am-1pm. Designer Craft Fair and Farmers Market morning – and enjoy a Fairtrade drink and delicious snack at our Community Cafe. Free entry

Leeds Feline Friends

PO Box 294, Leeds, LS16 0ES We are rehoming some of our cats and kittens, in January and February. Can you give one of our rescue cats a safe and loving home well away from a busy road? Please take a look on: 0113

OTLEY Residents-Citizens Advice Bureau (extra session) Courthouse Street, Otley, LS21 1BG Tuesday Mornings (until March 2014) 9.30am–12.30pm 'drop in' or call for appointment to discuss worries/ get advice on pensions, debt, fuel issues etc.. Enquiries: 01943 465351

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

Carr Road, Calverley LS28 5NE Sundays: 10am-10.45am (advanced handlers and dogs). 11am-11.45am (puppies, beginners and intermediate handlers and dogs). Enquiries: Branch Secretary & Instructor John Hepworth – 07974 654402

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


New Headingley Club, St Michaels Road, Headingley, LS6 3BG Meet 2nd Tuesday of each month. 12.30pm for 1pm start. We are a new group and we welcome any member or ex member and civilian ancillary who have served in the Far East at any time. Enquiries to Secretary Eddie Seville: 0113 2637583

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

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

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 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

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: ilkleyartclub@live. com or tel: Paul Shaw on 07771 754605

Ilkley Choral Society/Otley Choral Society St Margaret’s Church, Queens Road, Ilkley, LS29 9Q 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

The Leeds Haydn Players Concert

Clothworkers Hall at Leeds University Sunday 30th March at 3pm Ruth Waterman, international violinist and conductor, will return to her home town of Leeds to conduct the Leeds Haydn Players. In a programme designed to show the often-neglected links between three major composers of the 18th century- Beethoven, Mozart and Haydn. Ruth will use the orchestra to illustrate the music with a short talk. Tickets can be purchased for £10 from Robin Jakeways 01943 466 331 email

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FAMILIES & CHILDREN Guiseley Chatterbooks

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

LEEDS WEEKEND CARE ASSOCIATION 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

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


Sports, 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

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

Leeds Fencing Club

Kirkstall Leisure Centre, Kirkstall Lane, Leeds LS5 3BE. Monday Evenings. Beginners-6.30-8pm (suitable for all ages 12+) Intermediates/Advanced-8 -10pm. Wheelchair fencing available. Leeds Fencing Club website: http://www. email: info@leedsfencing. or contact club secretary Karen Garvie 0113 2742262 or Kirkstall Leisure Centre 0113 3782086, email:

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

Otley Town FC – Looking for new players to join!!!

Old Showground, Pool Road, Otley Saturdays 1pm & Tuesday for training 7pm. Enquiries: 07951 278440

Leeds Horticultural Society

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National Vegetable 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 Hall, 186 Kirkstall Lane, Headingley, Leeds LS5 2AB. Tuesday 11th Feb at 8pm David & Olive Peel give an illustrated talk “The story so far” about their allotment. Free entry, all welcome.

PLACES OF WORSHIP The Leeds Vineyard Has MOVED!!

Headingley Methodist Church, Chapel Street, Otley Road, Leeds LS6 3HZ. Every Sunday 10.45am-12.15. All welcome. Enquiries: 0113 2459111



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New Year new you? Try out Otley Cycling Club Social Series for a gentle fitness work-out! Have you seen the huge growth in cycling in the UK since Bradley Wiggins and Lizzie Armitstead won medals in the Olympics, and Bradley and Chris Froome won the Tour De France? Would you love to get out on a bike, but fear going out alone or not being fit enough – or are you put off by all the expensive bikes and skintight lycra out there? Then OCC Social Series could be what you are looking for. The social series is the entrylevel leisure road cycling section of Otley Cycle Club. It is a relatively new and very sociable section, which has grown from 3 to more than 30 regular cyclists in a year. They are keen to get more women on to bikes, in accordance with British Cycling’s national campaign, and 40% of regular cyclists are female. OCCSS offers group rides on quiet rural roads departing from Otley, ranging from 10 to 30miles, at an easy pace of approximately 8 to 15 mph (slower on hills!). These are on alternate Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings, weather permitting. The watchwords are: ‘any bike will do,’ ‘nobody left behind’ and ‘walk up hills if necessary’! They are sensitive to the needs of every individual, offer a buddy system for those early days and have male and female ride leaders. In the New Year, adult and teen cycle coaching will be available to mixed groups and female groups, with British Cycling trained coaches, to build confidence for novice or nervous cyclists before they join group rides.

Festive bikes

OCC Social Series rides have seen some cyclists get fitter and strong enough to progress to other sections of Otley Cycle Club. Some have gone on to Sportive Challenges and racing, but most sit back to enjoy the rides and the views at a fun, gentle pace – with stops Check them out online at for tea and cake. leisure.html or on email at occsocialseries@gmail. com. You can just come along and ride a few times before committing. Chevin Cycles in Otley are happy to offer a preliminary bike check. OCC meets by the clock tower, adjacent to the covered market area on Kirkgate in Otley town centre. They are ALWAYS pleased to see new faces.

Lizzie and Carol and other riders enjoying lunch

Sunday 22nd December was the first Christmas cycle out to The Square and Compass Pub at North Rigton near Harrogate. Thirty-four members (including Santa and Rudolph) joined the ride, many on decorated bikes. They were pleased, excited and inspired by club patron, Lizzie Armitstead, joining them for lunch with her Mum Carol.

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Ashlands in action at Christmas A highly successful Christmas Fair Ashlands’ annual Christmas Fair drew over 500 people and made a net profit of £2600. Santa's Grotto and the homemade stall were pronounced the most popular attractions, but visitors were impressed with the range of stalls and the array of things on offer. The Friends of Ashlands organised the fair and were very pleased with the result. Their fund-raising activities are designed to support the school and provide additional items to enhance the children's experiences. They have recently helped to fund playground equipment and purchased iPads and a charging trolley to use throughout the school. Ashlands is currently undergoing improvements, in the course of which a mature cherry tree had to be felled to provide disability access to the main school entrance. Bettys very kindly provided a grant of £500 to pay for a chainsaw sculptor, Jonathan Sherwood, to carve all these woodland animals, producing a fun and beautiful bench for everyone to enjoy.

Vicky Cooke and her children Charlie and Pippa Clerice at the tombola

Woodland creatures in cherrywood

Covered is always on the look-out for news from schools. If you would like an event reporting, let us know. If there is something coming up, give us plenty of notice!

Christmas carols on the Grove The traditional Christmas Carol Service on the Grove in Ilkley attracted a good crowd who were by no means put off by the equally traditional rain. Organised jointly by Ilkley Parish Council and Churches Together in Ilkley – and in the presence of the Lord Mayor of Bradford – the service was led by Father Philip Gray. Children from Westville House, Ghyll Royd and Ashlands delighted the crowd with their carols. The event was the penultimate appearance in his royal blue regalia of Town Crier Chris Richards, prior to his retirement. Chris’s figure and voice have been a feature of Ilkley life for – how long? Have you any idea? In a future issue, Covered will bring you the answer to that question and any others you may have about Chris and the historic post he occupied.

Ashlands children with their Director of Music, Will Anderson, singing in the rain on the Grove

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A healthy autumn for Amnesty fundand awareness-raising in Wharfedale! The last three months of 2013 were good for the Amnesty International Wharfedale Group. A rock concert at Otley Courthouse was very well-attended and the Christmas season saw plenty of activity. Amnesty exists to raise funds, of course, but equally important is its work in raising awareness of the plight of prisoners of conscience the world over. In November and December every year, Amnesty takes part in the Write for Rights campaign. This involves sending greetings cards and messages of support to human rights defenders, prisoners of conscience and families of individuals who are suffering human rights abuses. It can mean a great deal to the individuals who receive the cards. So AI Wharfedale members were delighted with the 169 cards signed at two services at Christchurch in Ilkley, at Otley Victorian Fair and the Homemakers’ Fayre at Clarke-Foley. Funds at the latter two events totalled £312 from sales of cards and goods and £52 towards postage. A feature every year at the

Wharfedale AI members in action at Otley Victorian Fair

Victorian Fair is Ed Carne’s special mulled wine and 2013 was no exception, with a heart-warming total of £440 raised. AI Wharfedale meets on the second Thursday of the month at 8pm at Christchurch, Ilkley. New members are always welcome. Contact Ian Hobson by telephone on 01943 877555 or by email at

The first Ilkley Film Festival How many of us in Ilkley wish we had a cinema? The monthly event at the Playhouse is great, but a working cinema would be amazing. Anyway, for one weekend in February, Ilkley will have its very own Film Festival. The brainchild of Martin Pilkington, who set up the Cheltenham Film Festival before bravely moving north to pursue his teaching career at the Morley Academy, the Festival will see Paul Merton presenting his acclaimed tribute to classic silent films ‘Silent Clowns’, with piano accompaniment by internationally renowned Neil Brand (BBC 4 Sound of Film). Making its northern-most debut and a rare appearance will be the critically acclaimed film and live performance by British Sea Power of ‘From the Sea to the Land Beyond’. Award-winning director Penny Woolcock has collated over 100 years of footage, drawn from the BFI National Archive, to create the original and beautiful film ‘From the Sea to the Land Beyond’. The film’s soundtrack, recently chosen as The Times’ Album of the Week, will be performed live in Ilkley by British Sea Power, combined with the

natural sounds of seagulls, ships, and snippets of speech to create an uplifting cinematic experience. A real coup is to get the support of Dame Judi Dench as patron. The full Ilkley Film Festival programme was announced and tickets went on sale on 13 January. For further information, go to Martin Pilkington is upbeat. As he told Covered: “Anticipation is building. In December alone the website recorded over 6,000 unique visitors”.

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Manor House Museum under threat – will Ilkley lose its historic artefacts? Bradford Council is considering handing over the running of the Manor House Museum to community management. Which might sound like a good idea until you consider the risks. First, no community organisation is rushing to volunteer and such an arrangement takes time to establish. Second, if Bradford withdraws, its professional staff will no longer be involved and the loss of expertise would be highly detrimental to the Museum’s educational role. Most serious though is the likelihood that the Museum would lose accreditation. Without that, all that would be handed over would be the building. All the precious artefacts of which Ilkley is justly proud might simply disappear into Bradford’s stores. The Manor House preserves Ilkley’s rich heritage and its superb displays and documentation have brought it alive to generations of visitors. Chairman of the Friends of the Manor House, John Cockshott, told Covered: “Many people are unaware of the serious issues at stake. There will be another Council meeting to discuss budget proposals on 20 February. Now is the time to tell Bradford Councillors that Ilkley wants to keep its treasures. Better with Bradford!” To comment on these proposals, you can write to Freepost RTLC-KEGA-JGRX, Bradford Council,

This Roman gravestone is just a small part of the treasures at the Manor House Museum

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Otley Lions Support Beehive Beehive is an Otley-based club for young people with learning difficulties and is one of many organisations under the control of the Leeds branch of People in Action. Manager Geraldine Nichols describes Beehive’s mission as “providing a safe local space for young people with learning difficulties to gather once a week to socialise.” Currently there are twelve members and they meet each Thursday evening at the Cross Green Community Centre. When the Otley Lions learned about Beehive they were keen to help by providing an air hockey table and television on which to play Wii games. Beehive recently moved back to its traditional venue after refurbishment enforced a period of exile from Weston Lane Youth Club. The day

Greg Mulholland, Lions President Stevie Bellerby, Aquila Choudhry and Geraldine Nichols with some of the Beehive members.

of the move provided a suitable occasion for the Lions to present their donation and was attended by the Director of People in Action, Aquila Choudhry and Greg Mulholland MP.

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NEWS FROM SAFE HAVEN Once upon a time, in the bible, all of the people therein suddenly stepped out from its pages and said ‘why us, why now and why so many?; God said because I chose you, you had no say in it but I had to choose someone to say the things I needed saying. Have you an ear to listen to the many sayings that are out there today , or are you bored with so much wit and enthusiasm. Do you wish for a new day when someone will step forward with a new awakening cry of despair thrown entirely out of the window…at last! But finally I say to you all… have an ear to listen, it will be worth it in the end. A compass has many sides does it not? Have you considered it may not show you the entire truth in its reading of today’s events. A man stands at the beginning of every year with his tongue in his cheek and considers…’what will I make of this a new year, a new start… but with the old interpretations still in full view’ Stop and listen ...throw away

what you know and consider the stars, they never change but that which is for told for them to do... so do likewise, melt into what’s already designed for you to grow into by a master artist’ already unrecognisable by many, but gradually accepted by some who are leaning towards a new beginning for a new people to come forth to make a difference. Go back therefore old men of the bible go back and settle back into the plan designed for you so that we here can fulfil ours and all that’s meant to be can be performed by mortal men once again. Inspired? Til next time…


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Otley Courthouse 2014 Spring Season has begun! Once again Otley Courthouse have a fantastic range of performances this Spring; below we highlight some of the wonderful events on offer this January and February. As usual there will be some fantastic live music performances from the Courthouse, starting with Samuel Moore: An Evening of Flamenco on Saturday 25th January. Samuel is one of the UK’s top exponents of flamenco, an art form that is considered to be one of the most expressive musical traditions in the world.(Tickets: £10/£8 in advance). And for guitarists who already know how to play the instrument, but who are new to flamenco, Samuel will be offering a flamenco workshop from 3-4:30pm. (Tickets: £10). Other live music highlights coming up at the start of the Spring programme include the exceptional acoustic musician Chris Quinn on Saturday 1st February and Courthouse favourites Gordie MacKeeman and His Rhythm Boys on Friday 7th February.

For some interactive fun that can be enjoyed by family and friends, the Courthouse and After Dark Murder Mystery Events present Secret Agent: The Conundrum Code Crime on Saturday 8th February. In this fundraising event, the audience will join a team of secret agents in their quest to crack the conundrum code and identify the master criminal in this murder mystery adventure. Last year this event sold-out, so please get your tickets soon. (Tickets: £10/£8. Family ticket, 2 adults and 2 children: £32. Group of 6 adults: £48). To find out more about these and all the other events, why not pop into the Courthouse, (Courthouse Street, Otley) to pick up a copy of the spring brochure or visit Don’t forget you can also ‘follow’ ‘otleycourthouse’ on twitter and ‘like’ their facebook page. Box Office 01943 467466.

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