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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 26 property matters 30 garden guru 31 The really useful guide 42 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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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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round of golf, or, the most obvious choice, a doubles' tennis match. (Just try not to be too competitive!) If you’ve ‘been there, done that’ with gyms, or you’re already active members of a gym and want to try something different, then how about dance lessons or maybe even ice skating? (Best not to mix the two just yet, though!). From now on, Salsa and Tango won’t 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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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.”

Coach Education – A black belt is usually a measure of someone’s ability to perform in a martial art, not

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16 Local Matters

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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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.

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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. 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?).

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."

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.

Woolly bicycles were among many objects giving a taste of attractions, displays and exhibitions during the 100 day festival.

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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. 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

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

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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Tuesday 1st July, Wednesday 2nd July & Thursday 3rd July (8:45am) We will be running tours of the school with senior staff and student ambassadors, giving visitors an opportunity to see a typical morning at Crawshaw. To book a place on an Open Morning, please email jowled01@leedslearning.net or call the school reception on 0113 3368540.

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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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A Garden on the Roof Planning an extension? Renovating a barn? Give some thought to a green roof! For some years a keyword in Government policy, town planning and architectural design has been “sustainability”. Green Roofs are an integral part of sustainability and are gradually entering mainstream design in the UK. You can see them on schools, hospitals, public and commercial buildings as well as on homes. Ongoing research from Germany and North America has clearly demonstrated economic benefits such as savings in energy costs and a significant extension of the life of a roof with a covering of vegetation. Less obvious but of increasing importance are the public benefits in areas such as storm water management coupled with the promotion of bio-diversity and improved habitat. Green Roofs have been shown to bring a dramatic reduction in rain water runoff, helping overstretched drainage systems to cope and reducing the potential for flooding – a significant factor in vulnerable areas. What other benefits do these green or “living” roofs

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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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Prune soft fruit bushes to an open goblet shape, mulching them if possible, and then start to feed at the end of the month when the ground is drying out. Apple and pear trees should also be pruned as necessary, to remove any crossing or over growing branches. Also prune rose bushes, buddleia, coloured dogwoods, and coppice eucalyptus trees to maintain a reasonable shape.

It Is easy to stay indoors, when the weather is wet, although it is important to keep the garden ticking Tidy and trim your herb bed, sowing new varieties as over – even when it is not possible to work on major required, cutting back any overgrowing rosemary and items – like winter digging etc, due to the soil being sage. Leave lawns and fertilizer until the soil dries out. totally saturated. The HAGA Trading Hut is open 7pm - 8pm every Indoors, it is time to sow the remainder of your Friday, and Saturday 10.30am - 12pm during the half hardy annuals, together with a further batch of months of March, April & May. Featherbank sweet peas. Broad beans may be sown in containers, Lane, Horsforth LS18 4NW. ww.haga@btck.co.uk for planting outside as the weather dries up. Then start to waken up your dahlia tubers, begonia corms, arum lilies etc stored over the winter. It is possible to take dahlia and chrysanthemum HAGA Trading Hut cuttings to increase your stock, when the new shoots have grown between 3” and 4”. Lightly Potting compost with no added green waste spray cactus and succulent plants to bring them out Wide range of fertilizers of dormancy, and give small amounts of water to Insecticides and fungicides over wintered fuchsia and geranium plants. Garden tools Indoor plants which are showing signs of new growth, should be inspected to see if they need moving to a slightly larger pot, new compost in current pot, then given small amounts of feed to encourage them to flourish for the new season.

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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 9am12.30pm

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

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

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ART, MUSIC, DANCE & ENTERTAINMENT Art Workshop

Pudsey Wellbeing Centre, Robin Lane, Pudsey, LS28 7DE Meet in Community Hall, 1st Floor every Monday 1.30pm-3pm. All abilities are welcome to join local artist Geoff Lea. All you need is a Sketch Pad, pencil & eraser.

Family Scottish Country Dance Class

St Mark's Methodist Church, Swinnow Lane Leeds 13. Mondays (except Bank Holidays) 6-15 to 7-30pm. All welcome, all ages, including babies. Adults must be accompanied by a child. Further information from 0113 2631310 or glyn.cup@virginmedia.com For other Scottish Dancing please go to www.rscdsleeds.org.uk

Farsley and District Art Club Studio, Westroyd Park New Street, LS28 5AS Various meetings and classes please call for more information or visit www. farsleyartclub.co.uk Enquiries: 07542495575

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


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Libraries

Any groups or individuals interested in starting a Readers or Writers group please contact the appropriate library. If you are community group please get in touch for a box of books relating to topics or learning from Calverley or Farsley Libraries. Available for loan for 3weeks, free of charge. Meeting rooms are available for hire at Farlsey and Pudsey library.

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ASSOCIATIONS, CLUBS, GROUPS & SOCIETIES Bradford U3A

Bradford Club, Piece Hall Yard, BD1 1PJ Enquiries: 01274 834273 / bfd3asec@ hotmail.co.uk

PATS (Pudsey Adults with Time to Spare)

Pudsey Wellbeing Centre, Robin Lane, LS28 7DE Next meeting is 5th March 10am-12noon, with guest speaker Arja Copperwheat -St Georges Crypt. If you would like to meet new people, build new social networks, enjoy your free time productively and put something back to the community we would love to see you.

Pudsey Auxiliary RSPCA

Pudsey House (near Pudsey Bus Station) Every Monday (except Bank Holidays) from 9:15am – 12pm. Tea, Coffee, Biscuits, Soup, Etc: 60p. Tombola & Stalls.“Don’t Just Love Animals – Help Us Care For Them”

Bramley Library Crime Readers

Pudsey Camera Club

Anyone for BRIDGE CLUB??

Pudsey Library

Hough Lane, LS13 3ND Second Monday of every month, 5.30-6.30pm Enquiries: 0113 214 6040 Are you interested in forming/joining a Bridge Club in Pudsey? Daytime & Evening session a possibility. To register interest please send your name, number, email address (if you have 1) to Eunice Kinchin on 07594 447526 or eunicekinchin123@ gmail.com. Sessions will be held at Pudsey Wellbeing Centre, Robin Lane, LS28 7DE

British Association for German Shepherd Dogs (BAGSD)

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

Calverley Library

Thornhill Street, LS28 5PD Knit Wits Knitting and Crochet: Alternate Mondays from 2pm – 4pm Contact the Library for any further information on Readers Groups. Enquiries: 0113 214 6043

Knit & Crochet Group

Cafe Lux, Pudsey Wellbeing Centre, Robin Lane, LS28 7DE. Meet every Wednesday 5pm-8pm. All welcome.

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

The Meeting Room, Pudsey Library, Church Lane LS28 7TY. Meeting every Thursday 7:30pm Enquiries: 0113 2568307 Pudsey Library, Church Lane, LS28 7TY Readers’ Group meet 2nd Tuesday of every month 1.30-2.30pm Job Club every Thursday 10.15am – 12noon PC Club Every Friday 2-4pm Enquiries: 0113 3781893

Pudsey Mens Forum

Pudsey House, Market Place LS28 7BE. 19th February 10:15am speaker A.G.M “QUIZM” 5th March 10:15am speaker Jenny Stacey “A swirl around Switzerland” 19th March 10:15am speaker Martin Cocker “Deeds for a VC” Enquiries: 0113 2578826

Rodley Ladies

Rodley Church Hall, Wesley Terrace Fortnightly meetings alternate Wednesdays 7:45pm. Speakers, meals etc. 50th Anniversary this year! All ladies welcome Call for further details 0113 2573991

Society for the Study of Swordsmanship

Farsley Community Church, Back Lane, Farsley LS28 5EU. Thursday nights from 7:30p, to 9:30. First 3 lessons free, £5.00 per night or £20.00 per month. Enquiries: 07946 980340

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. 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

White Rose Ladies Speakers Club Farsley Library, Old Rd, Farsley, LS28 5DH 2nd and 4th Monday of each month at 7.15 Visitors welcome.F or further information phone Barbara on 0113 2564897 or Stephanie on 0113 2550824

Sports, Health & Wellbeing 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

Chair Based Exercise (1st session FREE!!)

Pudsey Wellbeing Centre, Robin Lane, Pudsey, LS28 7DE Every Friday 2pm-3pm with Maxine Harrison, £3, no need to book, just turn up. Regular physical activity can help improve wellbeing, mobility, muscle strength, confidence & self esteem. All welcome.

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

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


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Jayne's Joggers

Beginners meet in Pudsey on Mondays. Meetings for the more experienced on Tuesdays & Thursdays. Free meetings, advice and encouragement for those would like to run but don’t think they can. Achieve a 5k park run within 6 weeks – it’s possible! Enquiries to: 0797 1702661 / Jayne. greensill@live.co.uk

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CHILDREN

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).

Baby & Toddler Group

New Players Wanted-The Friday Night Football Club

Leeds Feline Friends

Cafe Lux, Robin Lane, Pudsey, LS28 7DE Meet every Monday 9.30am-11am. Bosom Buddies are mum's with experience to share and are trained to give advice, training, information & support for pregnant or breastfeeding mums.

Walking Group

Leeds Feline Friends- Spring Fair

Kiai Karate (Shotokan)

Newbourne Methodist Hall. Upper Accommodation Rd. LS9 8JL. Wednesdays 6.30pm-7.30pm Kobudo (Weapons Art) from 7:30pm. Admission £3.50. 1st night free.

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 Pudsey Wellbeing Centre, Robin Lane, Pudsey, LS28 7DE Meet 2nd Wednesday of every month in Lux Lounge at 9.45 for 10am start. Get fitter and meet new friends. Everyone is welcome.

GREEN FINGERS Flower Arranging

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

Leeds Horticultural Society

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

Pudsey Flower Club

Pudsey House, Pudsey Market Place, LS28 Tuesday 25th February at 7.30pm. A talk about 'Tulips' by Teresa Clement. £5 entry to non members. Refreshments & raffle. Everyone welcome.

West Yorkshire Fuchsia Society

Moorside TARA Community Centre, 96 St Catherine's Drive, Bramley, Leeds LS13 2JY. Meet on the third Wednesday of each month at 7.30pm. Enquiries: Graham Wheatley, 0113 2563055.

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 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.

Table Top Sale & Coffee Morning

St James The Great, Woodhall, Galloway Lane, Pudsey, LS28 Saturday 8th March,10am-midday. Admission 20p, Coffee & biscuits 50p, bacon or sausage butties £1.50. Everyone is welcome.

Pudsey Wellbeing Centre, Robin Lane, Pudsey, LS28 7DE Meet in Community Hall, 1st Floor every Tuesday 1pm-4pm. Drop in with your baby/ toddler to meet other mums, swap stories, survival tips, enjoy a cuppa and relax.

Bosom Buddies

Calverley Library

Thornhill Street, LS28 5PD Rhymetime under 5’s every Tuesday 10.30am to 11am Storytime under 5’s every Thursday (term time only)2.45-3.15pm. Come and join Bookstart Bear Club Chatterbooks every first Thursday of the month 4pm – 4.45pm. Reading Group for 7 to 11 years old. Enquiries: 0113 2146043

Farsley Library

Old Road, Farsley, LS28 5DH Rhymetime for under 5s every Monday 2pm Storytime for under 5s every Friday 2pm. Come and join our Bookstart Bear Club. Chatterbooks every first Monday of the month 4pm- 4.45pm. Reading Group for 7 to 11 year olds. Enquiries: 0113 3781861

On Stage Theatre Arts Academy

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

Pudsey Library

Church Lane, LS28 7TY (0113 3781893) Rhymetime for under 5s Every Wednesday 9.30am-10am with stay and play until 10.30am. Storytime for under 5s Every Friday 11am–11.30am. Come and join our Bookstart Bear Club. Enquiries: 0113 3781893

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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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


40 Local Matters

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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42 Local Matters

The Phoenix Works: Helping future-proof families against increasing fuel costs. Leeds based company The Phoenix Works are providing energy saving solutions to families across the UK. They have currently installed over 100 free hybrid/electric vehicle charge points to residential properties via a government funded scheme. Nicola Newby, Account Manager for The Phoenix Works, said: “The free charge point grant for households is proving very popular! People are realising that they can future proof their homes in preparation for the next generation of lowemission vehicles at no cost. Some think it’s too good to be true!” It is estimated there will be 1.5-million electric and plugin hybrid vehicles on the road

The Phoenix Works team at one of their installations (L-R) Thomas Newby, Nicola Newby, Matthew Morgan, Daniel King.

UK household energy bills around £1,300, savings from renewable technology can make a real difference to household budgets. If you are not on dualfuel tariff you may well pay over £1,500 this year! by the year 2020. The scheme is encouraging motorists to consider their options when looking at types of vehicles, offering protection against rising fuel costs. The free hybrid/electric vehicle charge point package is worth over £1000 and available for residential properties with off street parking. The forward thinking company offers a range of energy saving products, including solar panel systems. With average

Operations manager, Matthew Morgan, said: “Now is the time to think about installing renewable technology such as solar panels on your roof. The Government incentive Feedin Tariff payments are still generous enough to provide a sound return on investment and electricity prices are only going up!” More information can be obtained at www.thephoenixworks.com Email ev@thephoenixworks. com or call 0113 8155366.


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LEEDS CAMRA BEER FESTIVAL On 13-15 March 2014, the annual Leeds CAMRA Beer Festival will be held at Pudsey Civic Hall. With around 200 real ales to choose from during the 3-day event, this is one of Yorkshire’s biggest real ale festivals. This year, the theme for the festival is ‘Film’, which coincides with the 100th anniversary of Hyde Park Picture House. To celebrate, there will be film-related beers and events throughout the festival. It’s also a special year for Leeds CAMRA itself, as it celebrates its 40th birthday. Look out for a special beer at the festival to mark the occasion which will be brewed at Wharfebank brewery, with Leeds CAMRA members lending a hand. Last year, the festival broke with tradition and introduced 2/3rd pint glasses. The small and large measures proved to be a great success and this year will see the return of this size of glass. As well as ale, the festival is committed to supporting cider and global beer. This year, the cider

and perry bar will host over 20 different choices, whilst the global bar will once again host its wide range of bottled global beers.

WharfeBank Brewery beers were popular in 2013. This year the brewery returns as a sponsor.

The opening times and prices of the sessions are: 11:00-15.00 (free) & 17:00-23.00 (£4) on Thursday, 11:00-15.00 (free) & 17:00-23.00 (£5) on Friday and 11:00-23:00 (£5 from session start, £3 after 17:00) on Saturday. Card-carrying CAMRA members will be allowed in for free (except Friday evening - £3) and 15 minutes before each session starts. Students will be allowed in free on the Thursday evening session. For further information, please visit http://www.leedscamra.com and check out Leeds CAMRA on Facebook and Twitter.

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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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.

RECYCLE FOR PHYSCAP Leeds based children's charity PhysCap have teamed up with Recycle4charity, an organisation that will recycle your used ink and toner cartridges, plus old mobile telephones. It costs nothing to register and participate, but when you do, PhysCap will benefit financially every quarter. Whether you have one cartridge, or one hundred there's nothing stopping you from taking part. You will be making donations to a fabulous charity and it will not cost you a single penny. To register visit www.recycle4charity.co.uk/ Register/C53272 then choose PhysCap as the charity that you're supporting. It’s as simple as that!

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”.

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.

For more information visit: www.ovenu.co.uk

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".

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,

Competition

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they stood behind Jonny. Another essential factor was 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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