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Liz Burton Dawn Kilner Judith Dunn Luke Shepherd Ivor Hughes Daniel Roberts Eric Wells

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

Hello and welcome to the latest edition of Covered. This month we welcome thousands of new readers in Guiseley. Previously we distributed a small number of magazines in the area but we’ve been made to feel so welcome that we’ve increased the numbers dropping through letterboxes. If you’re reading Covered for the first time I hope you enjoy our monthly blend of local news, views and features. We visited Seven Arts in Chapel Allerton this month for a new regular feature highlighting Leeds Venues. We’ll be bringing you more of the same over the coming months so if you’d like to nominate a performance space with a good atmosphere, community feel and great facilities then we’d love to hear about it. If you enjoy Covered, why not get involved by becoming a community contributor? We’re always on the look out for more local news and views so if you’ve something you’d like to share with others in the city then drop me a line or give me a call. By the way, it’s our third anniversary this month – congratulations to us! Becoming the city’s most widely distributed monthly was always part of the plan when I launched Covered but I never imagined we’d get there so quickly. My thanks go to all involved. Here’s to the next three years! The deadline for advertising and editorial submissions in the next edition is 07/03/14 Until next month,

04 food & drink 28 garden guru 36 Fashion, Hair & beauty 40 The really USeful Guide 58 Advertising Directory

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F d & Dr nk Del Verde Del Verde is a family-run restaurant located in the golf club, next to Roundhay Park. Open to the public, this Mediterranean eatery seems to be a well kept secret amongst locals and can be easy to miss, though it’s situated on Park Road between the two busy commuter routes of Street Lane and the Ring Road. Husband and wife team, Helen and Kevin Maudson, took over this somewhat unique venue in December 2007, when it looked rather more dated and was called simply ‘Park Lane’. Nowadays, it’s tasteful and welcoming, decorated with warm wood tones and cheery oranges and reds. It’s deceptively large inside too. From quite a modest exterior, a short corridor leads you to the sizeable, but still cozy and warm, multi level restaurant. Another misconception seems to be the dress code. It seems to be an often made assumption that the attachment to the golf club means formal wear only. This

is not the case and everyone is made to feel equally welcome and at home at Del Verde. And ‘welcome’ is a description which cannot be over-emphasised here; the attentive team clearly enjoy, and take pride, in what they do, expertly balancing professionalism with a very friendly air. Ruth Spargo, the Restaurant Manager, is a local to the area and so, a familiar face to many. Having worked at Del Verde for the past 5 years, she is knowledgeable about the dishes and drinks available and the many wonderful and glowing reviews for this

Husband and wife team, Helen and Kevin Maudson, took over this somewhat unique venue in December 2007, when it looked rather more dated and was called simply ‘Park Lane’.


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a dish available which will see a 35p donation going to Del Verde’s chosen charity, the Cystic Fibrosis Trust

“Del Verde translates as ‘The Green’ in English, which is a lovely and apt name for this restaurant with views of the golf course just outside the window”

restaurant prove just how much difference having good staff can make. Aside from a welcoming atmosphere though, the other obvious ingredient required is good food, and they certainly seem to have that covered too. Kevin, himself, cooks much of the time and trained at well-respected Leeds eatery Salvo’s, where he worked from the tender age of 14. Having worked his way up to commis chef, before investing in Del Verde, Kevin is keen to do the same for all of the staff here and

Mark Ambler is now head chef, having similarly worked his way up through the ranks. Don’t be fooled into thinking this is just another simple Italian restaurant though. Whilst the pizza and pasta dishes all look and smell exceptional, there is an interesting mix here, from the popular king prawn spaghetti through to dishes such as lamb kebab and duck leg confit, with special attention also paid to gluten free and vegetarian requirements too. And there is

always a dish available which will see a 35p donation going to Del Verde’s chosen charity, the Cystic Fibrosis Trust. There is a popular range of desserts, wines and spirits, with the house wine starting at a very reasonable £13.95. A set menu also offers good value for money and the restaurant hosted their first Jazz evening in January, which sold out and they are hoping it will be the first of many music themed evenings. And, as well as being the perfect place for a romantic evening meal, Del Verde is available for private dining during the day by arrangement, and can offer a buffet or a la carte menu making it an ideal venue for any family gathering or celebration. And during the warmer months, children can practice their putting on the green just behind the restaurant whilst still under the watchful eye of their parents. Del Verde translates as ‘The Green’ in English, which is a lovely and apt name for this restaurant with views of the golf course just outside the window, but it’s the food and the staff which make this place a little bit special and it’s not so difficult to see why they were finalists for a prestigious ‘Oliver’ award and just how they got all those fantastic reviews. www.delverde.co.uk


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½ small onion diced, tbsp of butter, Pinch of thyme, 50 ml of white wine, Small pinch of chilli flakes ½ pint of whipping cream, tbsp of English mustard, 225g of crayfish tails, 8 King Scallops (sliced in half) 60g of grated mature cheddar cheese

Soften the onion and butter in a saucepan. Add the wine, thyme, chilli flakes and cream then simmer for 5 minutes. Add half of the grated cheddar to the sauce whilst whisking to thicken. Pour sauce over the crayfish and King Scallops into a shallow baking dish. Add the remaining cheddar cheese topping. Bake at 220 C for another 10 minutes until bubbling hot. The Duck 4 duck legs (skin on), 3 tsp of coarse salt, 5 crushed juniper berries, 3 bay leaves crumbled 6 garlic cloves peeled and crushed, 500ml of duck fat The Sauce 300ml of chicken stock, 2 tsp of thyme, 2 tbsp of honey, 30g of salted butter

Trim any excess fat from the duck legs, rub in the salt, juniper berries, bay leaves and garlic and refrigerate for a few hours. Melt the duck fat in a pan on medium, add the duck legs and adjust the heat to simmer. Cook slowly on a low heat until a knife goes easily into the leg (about 2 -3 hours) To make the sauce In a pan, heat the chicken stock, with the honey, butter and thyme.

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Put the dates into a bowl add the boiling water and bicarbonate of soda. Cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add the eggs beaten. Stir in the flour before adding the dates and water. Add the mixture to a 4-5 cm deep baking tin. Bake for 25- 30 minutes at 180 C. Toffee sauce Melt butter, sugar and cream in saucepan over low heat. Bring to the boil, then simmer for 4 minutes, until thick enough.


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Buy Local, Buy Seasonal This month’s recipe is from easy to find produce, so easy to cook and all but impossible to get wrong. It is potatoes boulangère or, to use its full name (if you want to impress), pommes de terre à la boulangère. Boulangère refers to the adopted method of cooking, not the ingredients. People would leave their dish in the local baker’s oven in the morning. By lunchtime both the baker and dish would be finished. There is no definitive recipe. So, feel free to vary. The beauty is that it keeps perfectly on a lower shelf in the oven and can be reheated the following day. If with a roast, it’s safest to aim to cook it half

Basic potatoes boulangère – this one followed the above recipe without the milk or rosemary.

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Swim, Bike, Run – the Brownlee brothers’ triathlon story The story behind the Brownlee brothers’ success at world and Olympic level is a fascinating one. How did “two skinny lads from West Yorkshire” (as the blurb puts it) become the best triathletes in the world? The Yorkshire landscape certainly helped; no need for studio simulation exercise when you have all those hills to train on in the fresh air. Family support was crucial too, especially at decisive moments. What parents would not want their son to study medicine at Cambridge? But when it came to the choice, they stood behind Jonny. Another essential factor was

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the mix of rivalry, interdependence and mutual support the brothers experienced, both in their relationship and in their training schedule. It is all in the book, written in collaboration with Tom Fordyce, and told with honesty, humour and self-deprecation. The impression is of two ordinary young men who have achieved something extraordinary without at all losing touch with their roots; they still live in Yorkshire, train together and cycle the old routes. But they pull no punches when it comes to describing just how relentlessly hard it all is. And though their pleasure in cycling is manifest, they still hate the bitter winter cold! And for all you keen cyclists out there, there are plenty of training tips to be shared.

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Yorkshire 2014 – 100 days of art and culture The hundred days of the run-up to Le Grand Départ will see a wealth of cultural events in Yorkshire, beginning on 27 March. This is the first time in the history of the Tour de France that such a festival has been mounted and it will be big. At its launch in Leeds’ flagship Trinity Shopping Centre on 29 January, Leeds band Hope and Social (joined by singers, musicians, woolly bikes and a carnival snail) gave the first performance of the festival theme song The Big Wide. Next door, in Trinity Church, executive producer Henrietta Duckworth presented a selection of the events to look forward to, chosen from some 400 submissions.

Hope and Social opened the festival launch with the theme song The Big Wide.

Richard Flint, Director of Yorkshire Water, expressed his company’s pride in sponsoring the cultural festival. Henrietta Duckworth, the festival’s Executive Producer, had a little earlier invited everyone “to explore the new, celebrate together and be part of it."

The range is impressive, as is the scale of installations designed to be seen from the air. A cultural highlight will be Maxine Peake’s play Beryl, celebrating Morley cycling star Beryl Burton, at West Yorkshire Playhouse. Funkiest event is likely to be The Grand Departs, featuring an as yet unknown number of cyclists towing a grand piano up the six miles and 900 feet of ascent of Cragg Vale in Mytholmroyd. The said piano will be played on its journey by a succession of local and international pianists performing a specially commissioned musical cycle (get it?). For dates, times, venues and booking information – many events are free but some still need tickets – see the website yorkshirefestival.co.uk which has links to other relevant sites.

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Grow with Joe in February! Joe Maiden is a popular figure, and voice, in the horticultural world. A local market gardener himself, he is widely published on the subject and has a regular Sunday morning slot on BBC Radio Leeds. Those who have heard him answer listener’s questions will know that he conveys genuine interest, knowledge and expertise. Cookridge Garden club hosted a Grow with Joe evening on Wednesday 15th January. Their regular venue, the Methodist Church Hall, was at capacity. Joe Maiden provided an enjoyable evening, distributing information and tips on a wide range of plants, flowers and vegetables. Everyone went home with a huge smile, about as much information as they could contain. Sales of Joe’s own books and growing stock were also strong on the night. Over and above the qualities of other TV and radio pundits, Joe Maiden’s expertise is and remains local – rather Like Covered’s own gardening expert Eric Wells. OK, Alan Titchmarsh is from Ilkley. But his garden and growing spaces in Hampshire, and those of the Kew and Chelsea brigade, won’t have been subject to the same climatic challenges as your greenhouse or allotment. Were your crops affected by last year’s freeze or this year’s flooding? That’s where local expertise becomes invaluable. There is a golden rosette of an opportunity for wouldbe horticultural show exhibitors on Friday 28 February. Weeton Show, in conjunction with Gordon Kirby of Almscliffe Hall, is presenting an evening “Growing for Showing” with Joe Maiden. Gordon and Joe will be telling the audience which showstoppers to plant and when – and how to select and present them. Top tips from the professionals, rounded off by answers to any questions thrown at them. The evening, 7pm for 7.30, is at Almscliffe Village Hall, Harrogate Road, Huby. Tickets at £5, including light refreshment, are available from Justin Locke on 01423 734243.

Members of Cookridge Garden Club were “Growing with Joe” at Cookridge Methodist Church Hall on 15 February. Exhibitors at forthcoming garden shows can learn how to “Grow and Show” with Joe Maiden in Huby (between Otley and Harrogate) on 28 February.


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Music review: Rodriguez, Coming from Reality Searching for Sugarman has moved into art-house after commercial success in 2012. It is an inspirational film, tracing the story of Sixto Rodriguez, a Detroit demolition worker, who recorded an album, Cold Fact, in the 60s which bombed in US and Europe. It became a hit in Australia, New Zealand and South Africa – unbeknown to Rodriguez, who simply went back to the day job until a couple of South African fans found him a few years ago and he finally got the recognition he deserved. Coming from Reality is Rodriguez’ second album, recorded in London in 1971, and which also fell off the radar. Critics rated him with Dylan, but he never played the fame game and his songs are anything but commercial. This album shows his whole range: lyrical poetry, astute and hard-hitting social and political commentary, quirky takes on news items, snapshots of low-life and losers, happiness and heartbreak. The music is sublime; Rodriguez’ vocal purity ably served

by carefully chosen backing musicians who also get their moments of glory. Buy it! Oscar winner in 2013 for best documentary, Searching for Sugarman is available on DVD and from Lovefilm. Cold Fact and Coming from Reality are available from Light in the Attic recordings, website lightintheattic.net Even the sleeve notes are state of the art!


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The Good Old Days - Living at Home

heavy industrial and construction ceramics. The rapidly expanding business, among others, strained the existing housing stock way beyond its limits and with nowhere left to build. Overcrowding and poor sanitation were recipes for diseases such as typhoid.

The increased numbers of young adults living with their parents has been widely reported recently. Perhaps it was one of those stories lying-in-wait for a lull in real news. They even tried to make it look like real news by paying questionable experts to state the obvious reasons; fewer and later marriages, shortages of housing, not enough money around. But, whereas many of today’s young don’t have the choice, at least most of them have the space.

Pictured is the large “House of Recovery” in Burmantofts (Beckett Lane). Specifically for treating people with infectious diseases, it was built in 1846 – long before more overcrowding made matters worse. As late as 1887 George Cartwight, one of Leeds’ own sanitary inspectors, died there of typhoid fever – possibly contracted during one of his inspections. His widow and six children benefited from an £85 trust fund set up with the proceeds from a memorial concert held in his honour - no industrial injuries, widows’ pension or housing benefit in those days. Still, his family fared better than those left behind in the slums – another story entirely.

In Victorian times, families of workers living in the inner city areas of major conurbations such as Leeds had neither. New industries popped up among existing ones, needing more workers but not meeting their need for more housing. A good example was the discovery of china clay in a coal mine in Burmantofts, near the city centre. Burmantofts Pottery sprang up in 1863, making

The House of Recovery was soon to be replaced by Seacroft Hospital. Pictured here in January 1905, the fog (or fogged image) gives a hint of its murky past.


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with your Special Someone! February Fitness Fun:Workout These colder months tempt all of us to indulge in crisps and chocolaty comfort foods we end up regretting afterwards. The momentary euphoria of heart-shaped treats is nothing compared to a healthy heart pumping and the excitement of starting a fitness regime together with your partner.

Cardio is a horrible word for any fitness buff - a word that requires you to put in your headphones, blare out some music, and just get running. This being said, going for a jog or a bike ride with your partner whilst having a leisurely talk is a great way to simultaneously get fit and spend that little extra bit of time together.

If you're having a hard time getting motivated this winter to work off the unwanted weight, Jari Love (certified personal trainer and fitness DVD star) says: 'Research shows that 94 percent of couples stick with their fitness programs when they work out together.'

If running isn’t your thing, then why not find a couple that you socialise with and challenge them to a sporting contest? Depending on your interests, you could have a 2 on 2 game of basketball, go for a round of golf, or, the most obvious choice, a doubles' tennis match. (Just try not to be too competitive!)

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be junky food and drink; you’ll be hot-stepping your way to a healthy lifestyle. If hot isn’t your thing and you’d prefer to chill with your partner, then go for ice skating. It's a great form of exercise for toning your legs (and also your abs when you erupt in a fit of laughter watching your partner fall to the floor after trying to show off!). Don't forget the relaxation aspects of exercising; winding down in-between those rigorous regimes is just as important as warming up and working out! The perfect intermission for you and your partner is to spend a spa day together. This will give your body and mind time to unwind whilst also giving opportunity to enjoy the whole experience together. Get in touch with your local gym and see what opportunities are available for you and your partner this season. Have fun! Written by Daniel Roberts. Sponsored by Trinity Fitness Sports Centre. Tel: 0113 283 7155 or visit www.trinityfitness.co.uk

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Calling all runners How do you run? Running may seem like the most natural fitness challenge you can do, after all we all learn to do it soon after toddling. You just set off and go! However pick up any running magazine or glance at a running forum and you will find pages of advice on technique, running style and footwear. Poor postures, incorrect training and past injuries can all affect how we run leading to inefficiency and a risk of injury.

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and health very seriously. Seven years ago, Tricia was diagnosed with breast cancer and has been in remission for the last five. Her focus on healthy eating and following a safe fitness plan during recent years has led Tricia to become an advocate for all things well-being.

Calling all Ladies of Horsforth and surrounding villages! There is a new addition on Town Street that might be of interest to you: a ladies-only gym! Slim Fit Life was affectionately founded by local resident Tricia Jephcott who wanted to create the perfect environment for women of all ages to train comfortably and safely. Tricia and her Gym Manager Kirsty opened the doors to SFL in December 2013 - the first of its kind for Town Street - and they have both enjoyed assisting local women with their health and fitness needs since. Both well-qualified for their roles, Kirsty and Tricia take fitness

Highly adept fitness instructor and consultant Kirsty Thornton has worked with the British Gymnastics team, the Olympics, and Sport England Organisations over the last 18 years; she brings a supportive and elite feel to SFL. Kirsty told Covered: 'I have a husband and two children at home, yet I still think it's important to find time to train and train properly. Here at Slim Fit Life, we have created a comfortable and motivating environment, convenient for those who live locally and shop locally to pop in, work through their 30 minute workout, specially designed for them, and go about their day.'

tailored programme to address any problems identified. Suitable for newbie runners, those wanting to improve their times, and those returning from injury a running assessment can help you achieve your running goals. Visit www.physiofitleeds.co.uk for more info.

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Ever thought of taking up martial arts, or taking the kids along to a local class to burn off some energy and improve their confidence? Covered spoke to Phill Payne of Warrior Factory, an instructor who has a keen eye on professionalism at his clubs – gone are the days of martial arts schools being run as an afterwork hobby in a hired church hall... “You maybe amazed to know that anyone that passes a black belt test can set up martial arts club. Over the years I have met many great and poor martial arts instructors. Regardless of which martial art is taught, when selecting a club for yourself or your children, there are five key areas where special attention is needed.

an indication of their ability to teach. Seek out instructors that are expert teachers are well as expert martial artists. National Governing Body – Choosing a club registered with a national governing body is the easiest way to ensure minimum standards. Coaching or Instructing – Look for clubs where the ratio of students to instructors allow for individual coaching rather than someone just stood at the front of a class screaming orders like a drill Sargent in the army. Interpersonal Skills – Do the instructors take time to get to know students? If instructors do not know the students, how can they help them achieve their goals?

Safety – Instructors insurance, CRB (DBS) checks, access to a qualified first aider are all essential. A matted training area is desirable but not necessarily essential.

It goes without saying that for long term participation instructors need to be engaging, wellmannered and a role model for students young and old. Take the time out to try 2-3 different clubs before you join and shun any club that tries high pressure sales techniques. Taking up a martial art as a hobby could be a positive influence in your life for years to come, as long as you choose wisely.”

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34 Readers’ Letters

Readers’ Letters Star Letter Hello Chris Mrs Jenny Fern asked if other readers agree with her in slamming Leeds Council’s obsession with the farcical Trolleybus proposals. Yes I do, Mrs Fern. 100% – along with everyone else I’ve spoken to and virtually every correspondent in the regional media. This preposterous plan to link Leeds’ northern and southern extremities with an outdated, inflexible, 14km fixed route system costing £250 million simply defies logic. Estimates indicate that only 10,000 people reside close enough to access the route, yet +500,000 Leeds residents will finance £77 millions of infrastructure construction and running costs/losses. What’s more, I understand that does not cover a budget for buses, which will almost certainly be sourced overseas. The northern route is an environmental disaster, carving through Headingley and Woodhouse at the cost of 400 trees, undisclosed buildings and imposing an ugly network of overhead cables, gantries, pylons and control boxes to blight what is a pleasant urban cityscape. The system has been designed to prioritise trolleybus movements at the expense in time, cost and convenience of all other road users – including existing bus services. Yet the savings in travel time amount to a few insignificant minutes. Metro admits that congestion will worsen. Perhaps the most alarming factor in this sorry tale of bureaucratic dictatorship is that Leeds Labour Council destroyed any prospect of an open, democratic discussion and decision by steamrollering the scheme through via a Three

Line Whip on Labour councillors. So if your readers agree that the trolleybus concept is a nonstarter, I invite them to ask the true opinion of their local councillors, and warn them that your vote depends on their answer. Already Leeds Council has wasted £40 million on the aborted light rail system, and has squandered a further £5million on trolleybus plans (largely to outside consultants). Are they so anxious to grab the Government’s £177 million bribe that reasoned debate and common sense fly out of the window? Whilst this major and irreversible transport policy decision does not directly affect those of us who live to the East and West of the city (apart from paying for it!), if approved, you can bet your last penny that the same discredited scheme will be imposed between, where…Garforth and Guiseley …Hook Moor and Horsforth ??? And when…2020…2030…??? So let’s all pause, take a deep breath and ask a few questions. What vehicle provides self-contained, free-ranging access and mobility ? What fuels are worldwide vehicle designers aiming to utilise ? Which public transport system does not require


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inflexible infrastructure ? Where is technologically advanced bus design, development and manufacture located in the UK, creating and sustaining employment ? Are you listening, Leeds City Council ? An independently powered bus, dual fuelled or (soon) electric powered, requiring no expensive, unsightly supporting infrastructure and already being built by the world’s fifth largest specialised Bus Corporation which exists just 20 miles to the East of Leeds. Open your eyes, Councillors, to Optare of Sherburn in Elmet and close a deal with a firm of the future, not a discredited dodo of 19th century technology. Yours truly Vernon Wood (Garforth)

Editor’s comments: Thank you Vernon, for such a well reasoned argument against Leeds NGT. Although we are aware of numerous protests and protest groups, you have taken it further than most by suggesting alternatives. Opposite is a photograph of one such alternative – the Optare Versa. This service bus has recently been deployed in Guildford and Nottingham. It is available with three power options; diesel, electric and hybrid. When Covered spoke with John Rawlings, Optare’s publicity consultant, he did add that the one factor presently affecting the viability of the fully electric version was its limited range – unlikely to be a problem on short shuttle routes such as the one planned in Leeds, particularly where there is the option of fast recharging points en route. Covered hopes to be taking a closer look at Optare in the near future. In the meantime, we’d love to hear from any Leeds residents who favour the Leeds NGT proposals, and why. In particular, why aren’t electric, hybrid buses or even LPG powered units preferable to more expensive and irreversible changes to the urban and semi-rural landscape?

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Hi Chris, After recently completing the RSPB bird and wildlife survey (weekend of 25th & 26th Jan) I was very pleasantly surprised by the amount of wildlife Horsforth has! We saw 5 Red Kites soaring over the garden, several baby squirrels scampering up and down the trees at the bottom of the garden, we had fox visit the us at night and countless birds. We put fruit and bread out as Mistle Thrushes just love fruit and sure enough it worked, they are a little nervous but there was a pair and they both made it to our fruit table, they are so beautiful. We had a cheeky little Robin bobbing about and lots of Wood Pigeons, Magpies, Rooks to name but a few. The best of all were a pair of Jays which nest in Hall Park they are so colourful and unusual as we don’t often see them. All in all it was very interesting and worth taking the time and trouble to do the survey as we seem to have an abundance of wildlife in Horsforth. It would be interesting to find out if other people in our area have seen any other birds/wildlife in our area? On another matter, I walked passed the Cenotaph, (opposite Toby Carvery) which is part of my regular route. On my last walk I noticed that the poppy wreaths were strewn all over and made a mental note that when I passed next I would put them back in place. Today however some kind person had beaten me to it and they were all neatly back in the correct place on the monument. So I would like to say thank you to the likeminded person who did this. If we all cared about our community this way it would be a nicer place to live. Regards, Viv Jackson Hall Park Ave, Horsforth Editor’s comments: What about it readers? Has anyone else got a garden packed with wildlife? Any unusual visitors to your garden? If you’ve photographed furred or feathered friends then please do send your pics in too.


36 Property Matters

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Green Roofs Naturally helped Leeds University’s “Sustainability” garden take gold at the Chelsea Flower Show in 2012. Even the water butt has a green roof...

offer – particularly to the individual householder? First are the amenity and aesthetic improvements which they bring to the local landscape. The immediate transformation of a black asphalt roof to a vibrant multi-coloured garden is not only a delightful visual enhancement but will also lift your spirits. What’s more, the asphalt will last much longer with a protective green blanket shielding it from extremes of heat and frost. Domestic green roofs provide the most interest and reward. A garden shed blends into the North Yorkshire landscape

A garage roof or an old shed can be brought to life virtually overnight and provide the opportunity to experiment with a wide variety of plants and flowers. Where space is limited, you can even create a mini vegetable garden. What about maintenance, you may ask? Shall I have to take the lawn mower to the roof? David Beattie, of Green Roofs Naturally, who has been installing gardens on roofs for a decade or so, told Covered: “The simple answer is that green roof maintenance is minimal. If correctly installed Habitat. A curlew’s nest in Green Roofs Naturally’s sedum field at Denton, near Ilkley


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This month’s FHAB takes us into the centre of our wonderful city to take a look at some of the most fashionable independent retailers. Despite having a huge number of chains and department stores Leeds still boasts some of the best shopping for those looking for more of a unique and personal touch. Shop:

Each to their own

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10 Duncan Street LS1 6DL A British Independent Designer Boutique playing on the grunge/ punk theme to make clothing stand out from the crowd. The clothing gets compared to the likes of Vivienne Westwood and Allsaints. This boutique originated in Leeds and has grown over the UK, their clientele usually range from 18-26 but whatever your age it’s worth a look as a lot of stock is most suited for occasions such as big birthdays, weddings etc.

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Best Sellers

1. Hudson Mid Skirt (tartan) 2. Tits and Chain crop tee

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22 New Market Street LS1 6DG Currently billed as Leeds’ most happening shop. Mainly sells re-worked fashions, which are normally one offs so the customer will always find something unique when shopping here. With a firm belief that a good environment creates a buzz for customers, the shop has a live DJ set every Saturday! Customers usually range from 15-30 but there is something for everyone.

Best sellers

Men: Retro Adidas jacket, Re worked Ralph Lauren shirt, Oversized Zipper tee Women: Cropped re-worked basketball jersey, Funky print one piece, Heaven knit tee


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Leeds’ Most Fashionable Retailers Uncovered! Shop:

Bo Carter

Central Arcade, 143 – 144 Briggate LS1 6BR Ethical shop, which doesn’t use materials such as fur and leather. Young designer Bo carter developed her shop by stocking 3 other designer’s work in store. Bo has won many accolaides including Best Independent Store and Designer of the Year in 2012.

Best Sellers: Blue Tartan print trousers / Oversized dogtooth coat / Monochrome paneled night dress

Shop:

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Blue Rinse 9 – 11 Call Lane LS1 7DH

Shop

Blue Rinse 9 – 11 Call Lane LS1 7DH A hip hop and happening vintage shop with 4 busy floors. Selling a unique mix of vintage clothing and accessories alongside their ’re made’’ range. Their target audience is manly student but does have a good mix of customers. They also provide some of their labels to the high street brand Urban Outfitters

Best Sellers

Black oversized denim jacket Floral vintage dress

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A hip hop and happening vintage shop with 4 busy floors. Selling a unique mix of vintage clothing and accessories alongside their ’re made’’ range. Their target audience is manly student but does have a good mix of customers. They also provide some of their labels to the high street brand Urban Outfitters

Best Sellers

3. Black oversized denim jacket 4. Floral vintage dress


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Street Style

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Name:

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Lives:

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Style:

Rock and Roll

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Occupation:

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Style Comments:

Selma loves the colours red and black and thinks they work strongly together; they compliment her strong haircut to give the rock and roll pin up girl image.

Spotted on: Spotted at:

Victoria Quarter

Name:

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Style:

Vintage

Favorite local brand: Pop Boutique

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Kanye West

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Bardsey Village Hall, Woodacre Lane, LS17 9DG Fortnightly meetings held on a Tuesday at 7.30pm. (September-April). Ladies & Gentlemen are invited to join this extremely friendly society. Varied programme & social events. Enquiries: 0113 2862581 membership secretary OR 01937 573061 secretary

Bramhope Methodist Church Coffee Shop

Eastgate, LS16 9AA. Tuesdays 10am – noon. Delicious homemade scones and friendly fellowship. All welcome.

British Association for German Shepherd Dogs (BAGSD) 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

The Grove Centre, New Street, Horsforth, LS18 4BH Wednesdays 10am-noon. 19th February: Professor Joyce Hill reveals historical secrets “In and Under The Vatican” / 26th February: Gordon Sinclair, Chair of Leeds NW Clinical Commissioning Group talks about” Clinical Commissioning Groups.” / 5th March: David Cousins from Grandparents Association “Picking up the Pieces.” / 12th March - Professor Mike Green “Depictions of Desire, Debauchery & Disease.” For further information ring Hilary Taylor 2583521 or email hm.taylor1@ntlworld.com

Holt Park Library Writers’ Group

Holt Park Library, Ralph Thoresby High School, Holtdale Approach LS16 7RX. 3rd Wednesday of every month from 2-3.30pm Enquiries: 0113 336 8188

Horsforth Cemetary Needs Volunteers!

Meet- Inside the gates of Horsforth Park, Calverley Lane. 1st Saturday of the month. 10am – noon. Friendly group would love some new members to join. Enquiries: 07960 221417

Horsforth Civic Society

St. Margaret’s Parish Centre 12th March at 7.30pm Gillian Hovell BA (Hons) “What Did the Romans really do for Us? “ This explores the Romans’ occupation (their archaeology and legacy) have influenced our lives today and again makes use of things that are around us at our venue. No prior knowledge of archaeology, history or the Romans on the part of the audience is required. Entry is £2. (£1.50 for HCS members) payable on the door. Enquiries to HCS Secretary on 0113-2588774.

Horsforth Choral Society

St Margaret’s Parish Centre, LS18 5LY. Musical Director Kathryn Woodruff. Rehearsals Mondays at 7.30pm for Stainer’s 'Crucifixion' at St Margaret’s Church on 8th April, Tickets £8 / £6 under 16s. Contact: 07958 782348 or www. horsforthchoralsociety.co.uk

Horsforth Churches Together 26th February 7.30pm meeting at St James Parish Centre, A talk by Rev Mark Bradford 'Intro to Lent'. Ecumenical Lent House Groups will meet using the 2014 York Course from the week beginning Monday 10th March.The Women’s World Day of Prayer service will be on Friday 7th March at 2pm in Grove Methodist Church. Details: Hilary Taylor 0113 258 3521 or hm.taylor1@ntlworld.com

Horsforth Photographic Club The Stable Block behind the Horsforth Museum. New members very welcome. Every Wednesday at 7pm Please ring 0113 2589149 for any further details or e-mail rjoyful@yahoo.com.

Horsforth Retired People's Club

St Margarets Parish Centre. LS18 5LY 2nd & 4th Thursday of the month. 9.30am -11am. Speakers on a wide variety of subjects. Time to socialise. Enquiries: Beryl Harland 0113 2586907

Horsforth W.I.

St.James’ Parish Centre, Low Lane, LS18 5QW Monday, 17th March at 7.30 pm Lyn and Bill Cadmore from Horsforth Blossom Honey will be telling members about the making of honey and beeswax, along with the skills of beekeeping. Visitors are always welcome to meetings which are usually held on the third Monday of each month (April meeting will be on 14th due to Easter). Further information 0113-2587062

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

Local History Group

Rawdon Library, Micklefield Park, LS19 6DF Last Thursday of the month, 10:30am onwards. All welcome. Enquiries: 0113 3910440

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

Sign Gym sessions for conversational Sign Language Leeds Society for Deaf & Blind People, Centenary House, North Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS2 8JS Tuesday evenings, all abilities welcome– learn a new skill. Relaxed atmosphere great fun! Enquiries: Ben Williams 0113 2438328

THE YORKSHIRE FAR EAST VETERANS GROUP

New Headingley Club, St Michaels Road, Headingley, LS6 3BG Meet 2nd Tuesday of each month. 12.30pm for 1pm start. A new group welcomes 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


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VIP Readers Group

Horsforth Library, Town Street LS18 5BL 1st Friday of every month at 10am. For visually impaired readers. Enquiries: 0113 214 4801

ART, MUSIC, DANCE & ENTERTAINMENT Adult Scottish Country Dance Classes (First class free) Adel Methodist Church, Gainsborough Avenue (behind the Lawnswood Arms) Monday: 1-45pm to 3-45pm & Tuesday: 7-45pm to 9-45pm. All welcome. Enquiries: Irene 0113 2631310 or e-mail: glyn.cup@virginmedia.com

Amici Singers

Adel Methodist Church (behind Lawnswood Arms) Thursdays 7.30pm. The Amici Singers is a friendly, mixed voice choir which rehearses in Adel on Thursday evenings and performs concerts to raise money for charity. We are looking to recruit male singers, particularly basses but we welcome any men - or ladies of course! (especially altos) - who would like to sing with us. There are no auditions but some choral experience or the ability to read music would be very welcome. Enquiries: Brenda Hawer 0113 2671292

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 chrisjdenton@gmail.com or to book choir Jan Wilkinson 01943 461318

Cookridge Intergenerational Choir Tinshill Community Hub, Silk Mill Drive, LS16 Friday 14th March, 1.30pm – Cookridge Intergenerational Choir will be performing for the OPAL coffee afternoon at Tinshill Community Hub. All welcome.

Craft Afternoons

Rawdon Library, Micklefield Park, LS19 6DF 2nd and 4th Thursday of every month, 2:00pm – 4:00pm. All welcome Enquiries: 0113 3910440

Knit and Natter

Holt Park Library, Ralph Thoresby High School, Holtdale Approach LS16 7RX Every Friday morning at 10am and Wednesday evenings at 6pm Enquiries: 0113 336 8188

Lawnswood Singers Female Choir

Holy Trinity Church, Green Lane, Cookridge. Wednesday 7.30pm. Good female singers welcome. Wide repertoire, friendly people. Concerts given in aid of Church and Charity funding. Enquiries: Brenda Hawer 0113 2671292

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Grove Centre New Street Horsforth. LS18 4BH We are a Pre-School Charity (affiliated to the Methodist Church) and are holding a fundraising 'Nearly New Sale' on Tuesday 11th March – 9-11am. Refreshments available.

HORSFORTH WOMEN`S DAY OF PRAYER

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

GROVE METHODIST CHURCH, Town Street, Horsforth, LS18 4RJ Friday 7th March 2PM SPEAKERS: MARGARET AND DAVID JUDSON. Everybody welcome. Refreshments will be served. If you would like further information please contact: 0113 2583594

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Leeds Current Affairs Discussion Group

Town Street, Horsforth, LS18 4RJ Saturday March 22nd 7.30 pm,'The Phoenix Wind Band' director Keiron Anderson presents a concert of music from films and shows. After the interval, soprano Elizabeth Frankland will join them to celebrate "A last night of the proms", with audience participation (by invitation of course) Tickets £6 in advance, £8 at the door. Send s.a.e & payment to Chris Seller, 21a West End Lane, Horsforth. LS18 5JP

Phoenix Folk Dancers

Adel Methodist Church Hall (behind the Lawnswood Arms) Every Wednesday, 8pm to 10pm. If you have enjoyed a Ceilidh or a Barn Dance why not try English Country Dancing. Beginners welcome and you don't need a partner. Enquiries 01943 467851 or 0113 2611902

Sinfonia Leeds

The Great Hall, Leeds University Saturday 22nd March 2014 at 7.30. Tchaikovsky: Overture "Hamlet". Walton: Viola Concerto. Tchaikovsky:The Nutcracker (Act 2) Soloist: David Aspin Conductor: David Greed Tickets: The Carriageworks, Millennium Square, Leeds-0113 2243801 or on the door or sinfoniaofleeds.eventbrite.com

Yeadon and District Male Voice Choir

Yeadon Methodist Church, High Street Yeadon (via the side door) A voluntary organisation who rehearse every Thursday evening 7.45pm-9.30pm. The choir has recently celebrated its centenary and is seeking new members to greet the next centenary. The President Alec Beaumont has been presented with a plaque to mark 50yrs dedicated association with the choir. Further information John Atkinson(Secretary) 0113 2949095 or Alec Beaumont (President) 0113 2500141

Convenor/Tutor Professor Bill Jones St George's Centre, Great George street, Leeds LS1 3BR. Dates: Each Thursday from 2 October – 4 December 2014 (ten sessions)10.30 – 12.30. Fee £90. Keep your brain active and gain in-depth insights into current affairs at home and abroad via 10 weekly briefings and discussions. For more information and booking form contact bill.jones@ sky.com or Glynis Sandwith at gmsandwith@ yahoo.co.uk. (07765 641297).

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 www.leedsfelinefriends.org.uk 0113 2160593 mail@leedsfelinefriends.org.uk

Leeds Feline Friends- Spring Fair St Margaret's Church Hall, Horsforth LS18 5LQ Saturday 29th March 10am-1pm Variety of stalls including Easter Egg tombola, books & cakes. Delicious refreshments also available. Many bargains to be found. Please take a look on www.leedsfelinefriends.org.uk OR mail@ leedsfelinefriends.org.uk OR call 0113 2160593

Leeds and Moortown Furniture Store

The Store which has been running now for almost 30 years is a registered charity that collects donated furniture and, through a raft of voluntary and statutory referral agencies, passes it on to individuals and families in Leeds who are in need. Enquiries:01132739727,info@ leedsandmoortown.org.uk, www.leedsandmoortown.org.uk

Otley Word Feast 2014

An enjoyable feast of words with something for everyone and many free events. Grand Opening Feast at Korks Wine Bar Friday 28th March, 7pm. Tickets £8 inc supper. Saturday 29th March and Sunday 30th March, highlights include creative writing workshops, Open Mic and Slam competitions, author events, speakers, walks, children and family activities. For more information, visit www.otleywordfeast.org.uk and check www.otleycourthouse.org.uk for ticket and booking information.


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Sports, Health & Wellbeing ADEL BADMINTON CLUB

Adel War Memorial Hall, Church Lane, LS16 8DE. Monday evenings 8pm. We are looking for new members to join, the club currently has a mixed team and a men's team in Leeds & District Badminton League. If you are interested in playing and have previous experience we would love to see you, Enquiries: Chris 0113 2259426

Badminton Anyone?

Leeds Trinity University Friday 7.30-9.30pm. Friendly badminton club, established 32 years are looking for experienced and competitive players. Changing facilities available. Enquiries: Sylvia 0113 2590113 or Graham 0113 2584532

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: 07840 686618

IBS Leeds

HEART Centre, Headingley, Friendly, informal meetings for fellow sufferers of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). Monthly meetings how being held. Please email me at matt@letscureibs.com or visit www.letscureibs.com for details

Leeds Coeliac Group

Offering support and advice to those medically diagnosed with Coeliac disease. Come along and join us at one of our social events. Details: Sandra McLean 07711 768850 or enquiries@ leedscoeliacgroup.org.uk

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.leedsfencing.co.uk/ email: info@ leedsfencing.co.uk or contact club secretary Karen Garvie 0113 2742262 or Kirkstall Leisure Centre 0113 3782086, email: lsp.kirkstall.sport@leeds.gov.uk

Get Fit Stay Fit

Bramhope Methodist Church, Eastgate, LS16 9AA Over 60s gentle exercise class. Wednesday 2pm-3pm £5 per session. Enquiries: 0113 2738640

New Players Wanted-The Friday Night Football Club

A veteran's club playing mildly competitive social football on the new 3G pitch at Carnegie, Headingley. Players range in age from mid-20s to mid-60s and abilities from fair to middling. Enquiries: adam.john.lowe@ntlworld.com

FREE HEALTHY LIVING TALKS

AT 'THE ORCHARD' Town Street, Horsforth, Leeds, LS18 5BL Meet the professionals who work at the Orchard, in a series of talks about some of the therapies and treatments available. Limited places:

GROUP WORK

Thursday 20th February 2014 2.30pm-4pm Russell Bailey -Psychotherapist and Counsellor. This session will be an opportunity for people to find out what group work involves and how it can help them, as well as a chance for them to air any concerns or preconceptions.

ART PSYCHOTHERAPY

Tuesday 11th March 2014 12.30pm to 2pm Julie Procter -Art Psyotherapist ‘Experiential Art Psychotherapy Workshop’. Come and experience the process of using art materials to help emotional expression and understanding. SOUND THERAPY Friday 11th April 2014 11am-12.30pm

ACCEPTANCE AND COMMITTMENT THERAPY

Friday 2nd May 2014 11am-12.30pm. Rowena Mattan-Clinical Psychologist. This talk will look at ways in which people can clarify to themselves what is important in their lives and how to work towards it. It uses mindfulness techniques as a core skill. Enquiries: 0113 2819493 / info@ orchardleeds.co.uk / www.orchardleeds.co.uk

YARNBURY RUFC seeking new U15 players

Yarnbury (Horsforth) are looking for new players for their U15 (school year 10) squad. Friendly local club, all welcome. Contact Richard Lister (coach) 07843 615357 or Ann Foster 07749 343077 Or turn up at training Tuesdays 6-7 Yarnbury RUFC, Brownberrie Lane, Horsforth (opposite Trinity and All Saints).

Food & Drink / Farmers Markets Horsforth Beer & Cider Festival 2014

St Margaret's Church Hall, Church Lane, Horsforth, LS18 5LQ Friday 7th March 12pm-11pm & Saturday 8th March 12pm till close Last admission 7pm Saturday. FINE ALES, FOOD, LIVE ENTERTAINMENT www.horsforthbeerfestival.co.uk

Bramhope Farmers Market

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

Briggate Farmers & Craft Market Briggate, Leeds City Centre 1st & 3rd Sunday of every month 10am-4pm

Chapel Allerton Farmers Market

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

Chippendales Indoor Market

The Old Grammar School, Manor Square, Otley, LS21 3AY Last Sunday of the month, 9am-3pm 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.

Designer Craft Fair

Otley Courthouse, LS21 3AN Last Sunday of the month 9.30am-1pm. Lovely handmade crafts, fairtrade tea & coffee & yummy snacks www. otleycourthouse.org.uk

Grassington Farmers Market Grassington Village Centre, North Yorkshire, BD23 5LB 3rd Sunday of every month 9am-2.30pm www.northerndalesfarmersmarkets.com

Guiseley Farmers Market

The Station Pub, 70 Otley Road, Guiseley, LS20 8BH 3rd Sunday of every month 9am-1.30pm

Headingley Farmers Market

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


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Horsforth Farmers Market

St Margarets Primary, Town Street, LS18 5BL 1st Saturday of every month 9am-12.30pm www.horsforthfarmersmarket.co.uk

Kirkstall Deli Market Kirkstall Abbey, LS5 3EH Last Saturday of every month, 12midday-3pm

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Flower Arranging

On Stage Theatre Arts Academy

Paxton Hall, 186 Kirkstall Lane, LS5 2AB 1st Thursday of the month 1.30pm & 7.30pm. Beginners Welcome. Enquiries: Kath Hall 0113 2752436

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Oakwood Farmers Market

Around the Oakwood Clock (junction of Oakwood Lane/Roundhay Road/ Princes Avenue/Wetherby Road) 3rd Saturday of every month 9am-12.30 www.oakwoodfarmersmarket.com

Otley Farmers Market

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

Skipton Farmers Market

Skipton Canal Basin, BD23 1st Sunday of every month 9am-2.30pm www.northerndalesfarmersmarkets.com

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.onstagetheatrearts.co.uk

Horsforth Museum, The Green, LS18 5JB There will be the usual meeting on Saturday 1st March at 10am. We are a friendly group and anyone interested in helping is welcome to come and join us. Enquiries: Hilary Taylor 0113 2583521

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Leeds Horticultural Society

RAINBOWS / BROWNIES / GIRL GUIDES

St Chad’s Hall, Otley Road LS16 5JT Tuesday 4th March, Simon Jordon – Inner City Living – ‘The BBC Marlborough St. Green Roof Project.’ Membership is £12 pa single of £18pa double. This gives admission to 10 Events – and free admission to the famous Leeds Flower Show at The Grammar School Leeds in Aug – always a friendly relaxed evening with tea/coffee/biscuits. Enquiries: Pat 0113 2250030 or www.leedshs.org.uk

National Vegetable Society

Paxton Hall, 186 Kirkstall Lane, Headingley, Leeds LS5 2AB. 11th March at 8pm the speaker will be James Shelley, proprietor of Shelley Seeds, giving an illustrated talk “A Bit About Vegetables”. FREE ENTRY with raffle and refreshments available, everyone welcome.

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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 St Margarets Church, Church Lane, LS18 5LA Various Days/Times Mon – Thurs. Volunteers needed urgently, training course & support is given. Enquiries: Penny 0113 2390533

STORYTIME

Rawdon Library, Micklefield Park LS19 6DF. Thursday 10:30 – 11am. Children under 5 Welcome. Enquiries: 0113 3910440

Tiny Outdoor Explorers (age 2-5 year olds)

TCV Hollybush Wildlife Garden, Kirkstall, LS5 3BP. Mondays & Fridays 10.30am-11.30am. Don the wellies and explore the natural world with hands on fun activities. Enquiries: Lisa 07887 813061 or info@tinyoutdoorexplorers.co.uk

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Leeds Venues

Seven Arts It’s no secret that Chapel Allerton is now seen as one of Leeds’ most vibrant suburbs. The collection of cafes, bars and boutique shops make this urban village a popular destination for families and young professionals alike. And Chapel Allerton even hosts it’s very own annual Arts Festival, running through the last week in August. Located in the midst of it all is Seven, opened as an independent arts space in July 2007. Seven offer a programme of cultural events most evenings and a café/ bar open from 10.30am – midnight daily, serving food from 12 noon. It’s a welcoming place and great to meet up with friends and enjoy some food before an event or even just enjoy a coffee and, perhaps, read the paper. The good news is that even if you only visit the café/bar, profits will still be used to promote the arts programme.

The aim was to make art accessible to all and inspire creativity within the community and Seven was 10 years in planning, and is run as a notfor-profit Community Interest Company. Promoting local talent as well as attracting work from further afield, Seven is an attractive and versatile venue, which can be adapted to host a variety of shows. Regular events include Screen Seven film nights, Kill For A Seat Comedy, dance and music events.

“The evening attracted a diverse crowd, from a tiny baby wearing ear defenders through to elderly ladies”

We were here for the EP launch of Yorkshire band, Little Braves, presented by MEWL Music, who grew out of Seven Unplugged, the monthly acoustic show at Seven, and so far they’ve presented a variety of genres including opera, folk and world music. Tonight’s listing centres around an indie-pop and folk vibe, and soon every seat in the house was taken. The evening attracted a diverse crowd, from a tiny baby wearing ear defenders through to elderly ladies, and it was great to see an audience enthralled by the music and not talking the whole way through, as you so often find. Of course, having the bar just at the other side of a soundproofed door is a big bonus, if you do want to combine a night with friends and entertainment. Support acts kick of with a couple of songs from Hearts of Lions, before moving on to Second Hand Wings, a band known for catchy indie melodies and soaring vocal


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harmonies. Obvious influences include Laura Marling and Fleetwood Mac and, with links to Leeds and Manchester, they have become regulars on BBC Radio, as have the final support, Jacobean Ruff. Here’s a band who play a variety of instruments and have a damn good time doing it! With guitars, mandolins and violins they presented a clever blend of traditional folk with a

modern edge. So, to the main act… It’s hard to believe that five piece Little Braves only formed in the summer of 2013, with such an accomplished sound and rich harmonies. This band have already played the Green Man Festival and we’re expecting more great things from them, and from Seven, in the future. www.sevenleeds.co.uk

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Leeds Rowing Club Leeds Rowing Club was founded in 2006, but rowing in the city goes back far longer, with clubs and regattas flourishing in Victorian times. LRC has gone from strength to strength, with huge interest generated by the Olympics. The Club is at capacity, with 110 members and 300 on the waiting list, and the boathouse at Waterloo Lake, Roundhay, is stacked to the rafters. So the news that funding of £1million has been secured for a new site to be developed at Thwaites Mill, on the Aire and Calder Canal in south Leeds, is a great boost. Backers include the Lottery, British Rowing and Leeds University, who will share the new boathouse. Membership will treble and the 4km stretch of water will make all the difference to race practice. Waterloo Lake is just 750m long and most races are between 1000 and 2000 metres. Access to the site is easy from major roads and the M1 motorway and there is a well-used cycleway and tow-path running alongside, encouraging community interest.

Smiling in the rain. Intrepid Leeds Rowing Club members go out in all weathers

When the new boathouse is up and running, the Club hopes to retain the Roundhay site, which is quite beautiful and a great facility for north Leeds. Members range in age from 12 to over 80 and the Club has had considerable success at all domestic levels in its short life. One rower taught there has won consecutive “reserve” crew races for Isis (Oxford University) and crews have won at Henley Women’s Regatta and on the Olympic Lake. LRC caters for all levels of rowing and members have won local events in York, Bradford, Durham and Nottingham. Winter is the time trial season, with the regatta season (side by side racing) beginning in April.

Rowing is popularly perceived as a sport for the élite, largely because of the Boat Race, with Oxford and Cambridge competing on the Thames. But it is not only for top people at top universities and LRC is working hard to demolish the stereotype. In the words of Julian Pearce, LRC Development Officer: “Breaking down this preconception is a communications challenge for the sport and one that the governing body, British Rowing, is coming to terms with. At a club level, Leeds RC caters for all age groups, sexes and social backgrounds, whilst offering excellent value for money compared to other sports. It is this open and welcoming policy that has been the key to the Club’s achievements.”

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GREG MULHOLLAND MP: Dangerous Driving The recent Dangerous Driving debate in the House of Commons really highlighted the huge impact that this flawed legislation and sentencing has had throughout the UK. There are too many incidents of criminal driving that destroy lives which are wrongly deemed ‘careless’ and not ‘dangerous’, and we must push for change. As Member of Parliament for Leeds North West I have dealt with two tragic cases where constituents were killed as a result of dangerous driving, these incidents not only shattered a new year for two families, but highlighted the injustice and inconsistency in the current sentencing of dangerous drivers. Jamie Still, of Otley, was 16 years old when he was killed crossing a road on New Years Eve 2010 by a drunk driver who was driving at 50mph in a 30mph zone. A year later, on New Years Day 2012, David and Dorothy Metcalf of Cookridge were killed on the Stanningley bypass in Leeds by a driver had

twice the permitted level of alcohol in his system and rear ended the Metcalf’s car at 100mph. These deaths were unnecessary tragedies which were made even worse by the inappropriate sentences the offenders received. I have been campaigning with Jamie Still’s family and Brake, the road safety charity, for much needed changes that would give families of victims a much greater possibility of getting justice. Jamie’s sister, Rebecca, and her mother Karen, have been working tirelessly for justice and last year I accompanied them to deliver a 13,000 strong petition to 10 Downing Street which called for zero tolerance for dangerous driving. Their determination and bravery is incredible, especially given that Rebecca was only 13 years old when she spearheaded this petition, and I will continue to work with them and Brake in the future. Hopefully the review of the law and sentencing guidelines that is currently underway will listen to the debate and bring about the rational changes that are so desperately needed.

BARRY ANDERSON: CHANGES TO BULKY HOUSEHOLD WASTE COLLECTION

Liverpool, operate a wholly free of charge service and Liverpool restricts the number of collections offered to five per year. All of the others either charge for all collections, or offer only one free collection a year before charging for this service.

A recent report to the Council’s Executive Board sought approval to make changes to the Bulky Waste collection service by way of providing only 3 free collections per year as opposed to the existing 13 with a potential future option for the Council to charge for additional collections. A limit of four items per collection is proposed.

The guidance on acceptable items for collection via this service will be published on the Council’s website.

Many items collected by the Council could be reused by other organisations or through individually made arrangements via websites such as Freecycle or eBay. The Council has been actively working with and supporting the Furniture Reuse Network in Leeds in order to build skills and capacity within this sector. It is expected that this will increase the proportion of bulky items such as furniture which are reused and provide a faster and more bespoke service to In 2012/13, 34,500 bulky collections were requested customers as well as reducing the level of collections (around 660 per week).Only a small minority of which need to be provided by the Council. Leeds’ households use the bulky waste collection service (around 8%), with 97% of users using the Cllr. Barry Anderson Adel & Wharfedale Ward service three times or less a year. www.barryanderson.yourcllr.com Of the seven Core Cities only Leeds, Nottingham and Twitter @barryanderson19


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STUART ANDREW MP

and lots of new car parking spaces have been created in the new larger and improved car park, which should make Even before I was elected to Parliament, I was it easier for commuters. acutely aware that much of our constituency suffers from ever busier roads and the building of so many We then went to Thornbury new houses has only added to this problem. That is roundabout to see the why since becoming the MP I have tried to highlight ground inspection taking place ahead of major improvements that will improve these issues to the relevant ministers. traffic for and will see the old and imposing subway I was therefore delighted to welcome the Secretary of replaced with a surface pedestrian crossing. State for Transport, Patrick McLoughlin, to the area recently so that he could see first hand some of the This work, coupled with improvements to both improvements that have been made to local services Rodley and Horsforth roundabouts, should help to relieve many of the notorious local congestion points. and those planned in others. We first visited New Pudsey station where as part of This investment is long overdue, but I am sure that the National Stations Improvement Plan a brand new it will be welcome for local people who have rightly ticket office and waiting area has replaced the old one raised their frustrations with me over the years.

COMMENTS: HORSFORTH TOWN COUNCIL In January, the Council was faced with setting the Precept for the coming year. When setting the Precept the Council has many matters to consider – the need to pay daily costs; current projects which are under way; any new areas of development; the requirement to keep a reserve to cover emergencies& unexpected outgoings. In its deliberations, the Council is acutely aware and sensitive to the current economic pressures that our community and the rest of the country face. In comparison with other town councils of a similar size, the level of Precept paid in Horsforth is modest. The decision that the Council took is published on the website. Some of the projects the Council is involved in include the ongoing work for the Neighbourhood Plan; the development of a garden commemorating the links forged in friendship from conflict; and the possibility of commemorating the beginnings of the major conflicts of the last century.

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Aireborough Neighbourhood Forum Aireborough Neighbourhood Forum (ANF) was set up in June 2012. That was under the 2011 Localism Act, introduced with the purpose of encouraging and facilitating sustainable neighbourhood planning where a parish council wasn’t already in place. Initially Guiseley based and focused, the group’s first task was to define the geographical area it was to represent. Early consultation in and around Guiseley quickly led to the conclusion that there was so such in common between Guiseley, Hawksworth, High Royds, Rawdon, Yeadon and Nether Yeadon that they should pool resources. So, Aireborough Neighbourhood Forum was born – though didn’t actually include Rawdon as they had opted to have a parish council. ANF’s main task in 2014 is to produce a Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP) which will help make the area a better place to be. That plan has to take proper account of all socio-economic, environmental, heritage and planning issues perhaps an over-simplification as the related information on

Members of the ANF steering committee. Coordinator Jennifer Kirkby is fourth from the right.

the ANF website itself is well in excess of 2000 words. ANF presently has 65 volunteer members comprising local residents, workers and business people. The steering committee has been using networking alongside formal meetings. In the past year they have held five public consultation and awareness meetings at various locations. They have also been keeping people informed, and inviting and receiving comments and suggestions, via social media. ANF welcomes help, support, and information along with all the necessary resources – including a regular meeting place. Jennifer Kirkby, the ANF steering committee coordinator, told Covered; “We are not a pressure group, nor do we have

any political agenda. Our common aim is to help make Aireborough a better place to be.” Anyone interested should contact them via their website or by telephoning Jennifer on 01943 878046.

editor’s note Editor’s note – has “localism” and the devolution of responsibilities from central government and city councils to local residents also come with a dereliction of financial responsibility? ANF, and others like it, will be discharging a lot of parish council functions without the same funding or resources. Should neighbourhood forums be funded and empowered on equal terms?

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Finance Matters In this column Editor Chris Barnham investigates financial issues that might affect the residents of this area. A retired local resident recently told me that the returns she had made from an investment plan taken out through her bank were quite disappointing, and little more than she would have received had she just kept her money as cash. Like most people she had trusted the bank to offer sound financial advice, and whilst she had still made gains she knew that she could have done much better elsewhere.

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What had happened then? Was it the investment climate? Commissions and charges maybe? Was it the advisor themselves? The answer I don’t think is very clear. What is clear though is that banks are businesses, there to make money. One of the best ways of doing this during the choppy waters of recent times has been to offer “guarantees” of capital preservation, usually in the format of fairly complicated structured bonds. How these work is far from simple, but the simple message of “You may gain, but you cannot lose” has been a money spinner for them as you can be pretty sure that they have been designed to make money first and foremost for the bank itself. Does this matter? That depends on you and what the money is there to achieve. Does it matter if you don’t understand the investment? That depends if you trust the intentions of the person who has set it up, and the likelihood that they will stick with you as situations change. As with all investments you need to think long term, and only trust those who are thinking long term as well.

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NEWS FROM SAFE HAVEN The beneficiaries of the will were only interested in the fourpence they had seen fall down the sides of the old sofa many years previously. The outcome however was far better than they had envisaged. The occupants of the old house had never had any ideas of grandeur themselves but had always lived according to their means and never trusted in anyone but themselves. They had opinions and they had their belief but in general had never overstepped the mark by engaging in anything else other than their means. If a stranger came along he was immediately mistrusted, after all ‘what could He do for them, they had everything they needed and much more besides. The dungeon in the cellar was where they placed their fears and they never went down there for even a look. When misdemeanour arrived one

day though they had nowhere else to turn and that was where they stayed until the end came, one foggy morning beside the hilltops they had first admired when they chose their first home many tides ago. Where do you go when the terrible time comes upon you….Facebook…like so many others? Or,do you put your trust in God, yes God, let’s be blunt and let plain speech have its say…Trust Him…we do and we have the proof here at our Safe Haven..Think about it.. Til next time God Bless

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News From Adel Neighbourhood Forum: Why we love Adel..... Building on our two successful “Open days” we have commenced a formal engagement with the Adel Community through a survey of their housing and land development related issues. The top five reasons identified so far as to why people were attracted to move or stay in Adel were; • • • • •

Its peace and quiet The quality of the environment The character of the area Green space and Ease of access by transport to the city centre.

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Traffic is consistently being identified as a key issue with 84% of respondents said there is too much traffic going through Adel raising concerns on road safety. Interestingly 49% said they would use a bus service that enabled them to get across to the other side of Adel to reach local schools, shops and health services. In response to the question as to what additional services and facilities or resources people would like to see the top three were all low cost. Namely more identified walks around Adel, a nature trail and a trim trail. There is also strong support for better cycle access around Adel.

A ‘Facility for young people’ and ‘Children’s play playground’ again featured near the top of the list. These have consistently been identified over the years both have been included in the earlier Adel These could be threatened if the proposed developments Neighbourhood Design Statement and in meetings take place and Leeds City Council and developers do held by our sister organisation, the Adel Association. There will be difficult decisions regarding the not take these issues into account in their plans. location of these facilities. Other aspects that local people valued included the type of housing available, the good bus and road links, the sense of community, its heritage and listed buildings, its local education and health facilities and its low crime levels.

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Front Line to The Barber’s Chair for Former Soldier From the front line to the barber’s chair, Phil Townend has had an interesting path to setting up his own business. The 42-year-old former soldier from Pudsey left the forces last year in the rank of sergeant and has turned his hand to a new venture - cutting gents’ hair. He retrained for his latest role at the Leeds Academy for Hairdressing and Barbering (LAFHAB). Trading under the name of ‘Philip Nicholas’ Phil said traditional barbering has always interested him and although excited to set up his own business he says it is slightly nerve wracking! Phil told Covered: “I’m really looking to it. I’m starting in business offering a mobile service covering Pudsey and west Leeds at first and then hope to open up a barber’s shop which will have a trademark of good service and a warm welcome.

My emphasis is on quality rather than quantity and I’ll be running a Loyalty Card scheme for regular customers.” Phil who is married and has two children was a former pupil of Pudsey Crawshaw School before joining the Royal Signals and then transferring to the Adjutant General’s Corps. He served in many overseas posts including Germany, Kenya, Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan. Those who want to contact Phil can do so on: 0777 177 2329, by email at mail@philipnicholas.co.uk or on Twitter at @leedsbarber. He is launching his mobile business with £2 off to all new customers.

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Ovenu Brand Grows With Covered Ovenu, the UK's leading oven valeting brand is increasing its exposure with Covered and from February will advertise in all six publications. The local franchise owner, Richard Greenwood, says: "We have been with Covered from the start and as a result have built up a strong client base in the area so it is a natural progression to build on the success by taking full advantage of Covered's dominant position in the area�.

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Ovenu, a global brand, has built its reputation over the last twenty years in taking dirty ovens and bringing them back to a showroom standard of cleanliness by adopting a non caustic and therefore odourless process. As Richard puts it: "We exceed most peoples expectations and for that reason much of our business is built on referral work". Ovenu clean every make of oven from built-in singles to AGAs and whilst primarily their work is aligned to household ovens, they also welcome commercial oven cleaning.

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Joining Forces PCSO Davena Arundale (right in picture) has recently received an accolade from West Yorkshire Police. Spotting a wanted man in Holt Park, she held on to him until colleagues arrived – despite his accomplice trying to peel her off. PCSOs do not have the same resources as fully badged officers. Davena’s tenacity in December was typical of the enthusiasm she has shown on regular PCSO duties such as supermarket anti-purse snatch initiatives, anti Christmas street crime campaigns, speed control in residential areas and burglary prevention – from time to time, Covered has met Davena and others in the neighbourhood policing team on such exercises in Horsforth, Adel and Guiseley. Covered contributor Ivor Hughes bumped into PCSO Arundale and PC Jo Lockwood in Otley in January – Jo is a relatively new face, having been with the local force just six months. “Davena, you’ve had

PC Jo Lockwood and PCSO Davena Arundale outside Otley Town Council office in January.

quite a lot of experience with WYP – you were a custody officer before becoming a PCSO. Has the Holt Park incident encouraged you to apply to be a regular PC? PCSO Arundale; “Yes it has. It’s something I’ve been thinking about for a while, and I’m at an age where I feel I shouldn’t be leaving it much longer. I’ll be applying when they have their next recruitment exercise.” May the Force be with you

Can you offer a safe loving home to a rescue Cat or Kitten? Leeds Cat Rescue is an organisation run by cat loving volunteers who rescue, rehabilitate and re-home felines. The rescue is wholly supported by donations. All Cats and Kittens re-homed by Leeds Cat Rescue are fully vaccinated, neutered, treated for fleas and worms, and micro chipped. They also offer a low cost neutering service for anybody on a low income. LCR cats and kittens are kept in private foster homes and treated as family pets until re-homed so that they can get to know the personality of each and every one of them. This ensures the best match for the cat and the new owner. LCR would like to appeal for a forever home for two 16 month old Brothers. Tufty and Winker were taken into the care of LCR when they were 4 months old. The rescue is unsure about their background, or what has happened to Tufty’s tail (he only has a short stump). Both cats were on the timid side when first taken into the rescue bit have since settled very well, blossoming into loving, playful and characterful cats who love

Tufty & Winker: Can anyone give these two handsome chaps a new start?

strokes and playing. Winker is now very much a lap cat and is very contented to sit there while you stroke him. Tufty is not really a lap cat but loves to sit near you on the arm of a chair. They have a very strong bond with each other, so must be homed as a pair and are probably not suited to a home with young children, preferring a quieter home environment. Could yours be the family for Tufty & Winker? Contact LCR if you would like to help. Tel No 01132 680488 / http://leedscatrescue.btck.co.uk/ or find on facebook.


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