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You had a problem, but now you have worked out the answer. But someone else disagrees with you and you need to get them to agree, or at least comply. We can help you to do that! When you have a disagreement you do not necessarily need to go to court over it. There are lots of other ways to resolve a dispute that do not involve going to court, and it is important that you consider them and exhaust all possibilities before you decide to go to court. Judges do not like people taking disputes to court if they have not first tried to resolve it directly. So do not be in too much of a rush to go to court unless it is a real emergency. Resolving things directly with the person who disagrees is not always easy of course. Sometimes you cannot resolve the problem without their cooperation. For example if the disagreement is with a neighbour about where your boundary is, you might need to see their deeds, and they might prefer not to show you them, especially if they support your case. (Again, we can help you with that). But at least ask your neighbours, and do what you can to resolve as much as you can of your disagreement directly. Then even if you cannot agree completely in the end you will not be criticised for going to court too quickly. Then if and when you get to court, continue to be willing to work together with your opponent to reach an agreed solution. That way even if you fail and the court has to decide the dispute, you cannot be criticised. You have made the effort. Lawyers have what we call the ‘overriding objective’, which might be summarised in plain English as dealing with disputes fairly, not being too bothered abut technicalities, and keeping things in proportion. You stay focused on getting a reasonable resolution, either by judgement or negotiated settlement if the opportunity arises. Please call 01943 602 998 for legal advice from Steven Murgatroyd.

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14 food & drink 20 arts & entertainment 22 Garden guru 26 Property MAtters 34 Advertising Directory Competition

SID’S ON THE SLITHER AND WE WANT HIM BACK! Find Sid hiding in one of the adverts in Covered and you could win £100! Simply tell us which advert Sid’s hiding in, along with your name and contact details and we will put all correct entrants into a draw for £100. Closing date 05/04/13. The editor’s decision is final. Send your answers to: Sid the Snake Covered Magazine Butonia House Clayton Wood Close Leeds LS16 6QE




or email: (We will only accept entries via email or post) Last month’s winner - ‘FIND sid’ - Caroline Swales, Abbeydale Gardens, LS5 Your prize awaits – please get in touch! Call: email: Prizes must be claimed by 05/04/13. Winners agree to details being published in Covered. The Editor’s decision is final. No correspondence will be entered into. Disclaimer The opinions expressed in Covered do not necessarily reflect those of the editor, publisher or their agents. Whilst every reasonable care is taken to ensure the accuracy of information included within this publication, the publisher takes no responsibility for errors or omissions in Covered Magazine. The content of Covered is not to be reproduced in any form without permission of the publisher. This magazine has been printed on materials from sustainablesources. Please pass to a friend, recycle or compost after reading. Visit: to find your nearest recycling site.


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We’re now well into Spring and as I write this note heavy snow is falling. But, fifteen minutes ago the sun was shining, the sky blue and I was outside in just a shirt! I’m sure readers will join me in hoping for some consistent weather, preferably dry and sunny!

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Speaking of consistency, Covered now reaches 45,000 households across much of Leeds and Ilkley – the highest single home distribution of any editorially led monthly in the area. We try not to reinvent the wheel each month but retain a familiar format – good hyper-local news, views and features complimented by advertising messages from reliable local companies. That said, we’re always keen to hear suggestions and ideas from readers and particularly from volunteer-led or community organisations that would benefit from some publicity. We can’t promise to feature everyone who contacts us, but we’ll try and bring you the best of the bunch. Any companies with a ‘story in their business’ should contact us too – we’re always interested to hear success stories and often include free editorial features for our clients.


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A lasting friendship: Ilkley-Coutances Links between Ilkley and Coutances, in Normandy, go back some 60 years. Begun as an informal school exchange, the association rapidly widened to include clubs and organisations. Since 1969, the Ilkley-Coutances Town Twinning Committee has existed to foster these links with regular Civic visits. In the last couple of years, the Committee has taken on a new lease of life with an expanded membership, including Ilkley businesses, primary schools and interested individuals.

links, notably with a house exchange scheme – bound to be popular in the current climate!”

The Committee meets four times a year, in January, March, June and September. Secretary Catherine Cheater told Covered that she was amazed to find that many people were unaware that Ilkley had a twin town in France. “Please help us to remedy this! Coutances is a delightful town, with lots to offer. Our delegation was royally received two years ago, as was Ilkley Cycling Club in 2012 when they took part in a high-profile race. We are looking to develop

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Trackrod Motor Club Back in 1981, Alwoodley Community Association found itself with a number of rally enthusiasts. Leeds based, the group wanted to appeal to a wider Yorkshire audience. So, not wanting to adopt a local place name, Trackrod Motor Club was born. They now have a county wide membership of 120. Around a dozen compete in local, national and international amateur events. Around forty are marshals and several hold high office with the UK governing body of all motor sports – RAC Motor Sports Association. The club meets on Tuesdays. The first Tuesday of the month includes a committee meeting at Old Modernians Association clubhouse, Cookridge. Other Tuesdays are at various pubs. They are responsible for the organisation of two major events - Lookout Rally at Melbourne Airfield, York, (next 14 April) and a national rally, with an international field, staged between Pickering and Scarborough in September.

Three of Trackrod’s committee at Old Mods in February - Richard Goldie (trophies and awards), Andy Turnbull (competition secretary) and Rod Parkin (chairman)

Escort. Then another £2000 on safety equipment. £4000 won’t win anything but you’ll have an awful lot of fun. Maintenance and running costs are usually kept to a minimum by family patronage or friendly local suppliers looking for a bit of publicity. But proper sponsorship is non-existent”.

So, how much does it cost to compete? Rod Parkin, Whether curious competitor, wannabe marshal chairman; “Around £2000 can buy you a decent or simply a fan, Rod’s the man to contact on historical class vehicle, maybe something like a Ford 07850 783555.

Wharfedale Amnesty International Amnesty International is a worldwide group of ordinary people who want to improve human rights in the world - which means working to prevent torture, unfair trials, 'disappearances', the death penalty and so on - wherever they take place. Wharfedale AI covers the area round Ilkley, Otley and Guiseley. Activities include: • writing letters, faxes and emails on behalf of prisoners of conscience • supporting Amnesty's human rights campaigns in various countries round the world • raising awareness of human rights issues at local events • giving talks to schools or other organisations on the work of Amnesty International • raising funds and attracting new members to Amnesty International. The group has many supporters who help with Flag Days or organise special fund-raising events such as coffee mornings or concerts, often featuring local bands and performers.

Sandra Duff and Ian Hobson (Chair) discussing urgent action appeals at the group’s monthly meeting

Wharfedale AI meets every second Thursday each month at 8pm in the Coffee Centre at Christchurch, on The Grove, Ilkley. New members are always welcome. There is no membership subscription or fee for attending meetings. You don't have to be a member of Amnesty International. There are also three letter-writing groups in Ilkley and Otley. Contacts Ian Hobson (Guiseley) E-mail: ianhobsonuk@ Tel: 01943 877555. Ed Carne (Ilkley) E-mail: ed_carne@blueyonder. Tel: 01943 600612

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LCC Litter and Dog Fouling Wardens – Pilot Scheme from April


Litter outside Pudsey Civic Hall in March –within twenty yards of a council bin and facing a large police station. Pudsey isn’t on LCC’s latest litter patrol hit list – should it be?

Leeds City Council recently announced a proposed six month pilot scheme where dedicated patrols are to be deployed in trial areas. Parts of Adel, Bramhope, Cookridge, Guiseley and Rawdon are likely to be included. LCC stated that these patrols are to be in addition to existing resources - presumably meaning police officers, PCSOs and Civil Enforcement Officers (aka traffic wardens) - and that the work is to be done by a private sector company. The company is to invoice LCC for each fixed penalty notice issued, LCC to recoup the cost on collection (of the £75). LCC has emphasised that they won’t be setting targets; “the objective is to raise the profile of such problems and attempt to improve behaviour locally”. Nonetheless, from April the company in question will have to issue a quantity of notices just to break even. With that in mind, Covered spoke to Keep Britain Tidy, one of the two agencies primarily behind the legislation (the other is DEFRA). A spokesperson told us; “We support such initiatives, particularly the educational element. Though I’m not personally aware of any schemes where the patrols have been privatised, so to speak. “The core pieces of legislation covering the two offences date back to the nineties though additional legislation also relates to the issue of fixed penalty notices. There is excellent guidance on the DEFRA website about the offences in question, the standard of evidence required and, in particular, when the issue of an FPN may or may not be appropriate.”

How right she was – though daunting at first glance, the 96 page leaflet PB12414 can be found online very easily and is indeed a plain English guide through the complexities. Covered has long supported readers’ sentiments about litter and dog fouling and hopes that LCC’s initiative will educate rather than alienate.



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Standing up for women’s rights: Ilkley Soroptimists Soroptimists International is an organisation for professional women, aiming to advance the human rights and status of all women through Advocacy, Awareness and Action. Worldwide there are over 90,000 members. In the words of American women’s rights author and activist, Gloria Steinem, “The story of women’s struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organisation, but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights.” Soroptimists work against sex trafficking, for the elimination of violence against women and for the empowerment of women in all societies and walks of life. Their voice is loud – with full consultative status at the United Nations. Members keep women’s issues high in the public consciousness, while improving their own knowledge and skills. Friendship links around the world serve to increase understanding of women’s issues globally. A coffee morning on 2 March at the Clarke Foley Centre in Ilkley raised £750. Proceeds will support the Women’s Refuge in Keighley and other SI

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projects, notably in Zimbabwe. Soroptimists do make a difference – join us! Club meetings are on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month at the Clarke Foley Centre, Ilkley, at 7:30pm. There are also a number of social events organised throughout the year. Non-members are welcome at meetings and a visit to the website will ensure someone will be prepared to meet you.

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The 1st XV play in Yorkshire Division 1 and are pushing for promotion into the North-East league. A large and thriving junior section meets on Sunday mornings. The club provides coaching for young people from 5 to 17, by coaches with qualifications recognised by the English Rugby Football Union. A Midi/Mini holiday course will be on offer on 2-4 April, open to children aged 6-13 and costing just £60 for the 3 days. To book: email: sam@ or call: James 07854596959 A fund-raising event on 18 April will see Club Life Member Jonathan Gray, the world's leading authority on Welsh Ceramics, delivering a one hour lecture entitled: " The 6 Nations - A Ceramics History". In addition, Andrew Hartley of Andrew Hartley Fine Arts, will value one antique item per person/couple free of charge. For details, see

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Otley on Trial for Reliability Have you ever wondered why, when taking your usual Sunday afternoon drive, you unexpectedly encounter hundreds of cyclists? In little groups of maybe half a dozen similarly clad, though without event and number bibs. What are they all doing? I hope they’re not going to make a habit of it... Well, between assignments on 17 February, our photographer stumbled across one such group. Before they were setting out. Around 250 local club cyclists about to embark on either a 50 or 100 kilometre run. Start and finish at Otley Market Square via Chevin Cycles and cycling as far away as Kettlewell. What’s it all about? Three stalwarts from a Bradford Olympic cycling club explained; “This is a reliability trial – a noncompetitive event testing the reliability of both man (or woman) and machine. Around these parts of Yorkshire they’re weekly – though the individual venues and routes are always different. This is the first sunny Sunday since the two Yorkshire stages of Tour de France were announced and that’s why there’s a bumper turnout today. So, there’s your answer. And take note - sections of the first two stages of Le Tour 2014 (Leeds-Harrogate and York-Sheffield) are going to attract international interest both before and after Le Tour itself. Our staff Our staff are caring, trained to give medication and police checked. Alternative Bluebird Care offers a realistic cost effective alternative to residential care. With familiar friends, relatives and possessions around, Bluebird Care ‘just happens’. What we offer We offer everything from personal care to shopping, cleaning or social visits. In fact everything you need to stay in the comfort of your own home.

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Strummers wanted Otley’s New in Ilkley! Chippendale Market Alyson Evans comes from a musical background and has played the violin for many years. She played the ukulele a little in her youth and took it up again three years ago when the Baildon Ukulele Club started. She really enjoyed developing her skills and decided to have a go at arranging music for a ukulele band. She wanted to bring together musicians of different levels of ability; the less skilled could strum the basic chords while others could pick or use chords higher up the instrument or develop other possibilities. The idea was for the whole to sound cohesive, like a big band. Advertising for players, Alyson found people ringing up to ask if the group was suitable for beginners. It wasn’t – you really need to know a few chords. But hey, a beginners’ group would train up players for the band, wouldn’t it? And there we have it: the band meets on Saturday mornings, 10.30-12.30 and the beginners meet on Monday night 7pm-9pm, both at the Manor House Museum in Ilkley. Alyson has taken on quite a commitment but is finding it all enjoyable and exciting.

In January a group of architects practising in Otley Old Grammar School decided to put some spare space to use by allowing it to become an art gallery. Zak Whitehead, the gallery’s events manager, decided to put it to further use when in on 24 February he opened their first art, crafts and local produce market. The decision to stage it on the last Sunday of the month was quite deliberate – to complement rather than compete with Otley Farmers’ Market (see last issue of Covered). The gallery is to be put to even further use from 24 March, when it will host the first of a monthly series of tutored life drawing classes – likely to run on the first Sunday of the month thereafter. Contact Zak on 07950 383443.

And, as she told Covered, more players are needed, please! So if you have always meant to get strumming, now is your chance. Contact Alyson on 07956274915 or by email: Alyson gets the beginners tuned up Nick Jaques of The Sawley Kitchen also supplies home baked treats and hampers to restaurants, shops and cafés

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Ilkley celebrates International Women’s Day International Women's Day grew from protests in US about women’s rights and working conditions in the early years of the 19th century. Now fixed at 8 March each year, it has grown to become a global day of recognition and celebration across developed and developing countries alike. In many, it is a public holiday. The United Nations holds an annual IWD conference to coordinate international efforts for women's rights and participation in social, political and economic processes. IWD has a lower profile in UK than in the rest of Europe, but two events in Ilkley marked the occasion. The Aspiring Women’s Network met at Clevedon on 7 March to hear Jennifer Holloway explain her strategy of “personal branding”. Studies have shown that it takes exactly 7 seconds for a new acquaintance to sum you up – and that first impression is lasting. So, Jennifer told her audience, make sure you decide what message you want to get across. Everything counts: facial expression, handshake, eye contact and yes, ladies, the handbag, the shoes and the car you drive… Ilkley Soroptimists “Her Ambition” event was on 8 March, at Ilkley Rugby Club. A panel of women successful in business or professional careers provided inspiration for others. Rachel Feldberg, Director of Ilkley Literature Festival, Suzanne Johns, MD of Approach PR, litigation lawyer April Chamberlain and marketing executive Caroline Shaw spoke frankly about the challenges they faced. At both events, a lively Q&A session ensued.

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The Cheerful Chilli is a restaurant and tearooms on the East Chevin Road in Otley. Opened in 1999, and previously known as The Ramblers’ tearooms, it is situated in a converted farmhouse and is full of character, with a relaxed atmosphere, fresh flowers and an eclectic mix of work by local artists on the walls. The emphasis here is all about the imaginative menu and the ethos of food bringing people together to have a good time whilst sharing wholesome, home-cooked food.

The Cheerful Chilli Owner and chef David Longfield is passionate that every dish is freshly prepared, even the bread, with the focus being on flavoursome, good value food and the generous portions certainly represent that. The fact that the menu is entirely vegetarian almost seems like an aside, with the majority of customers being meat eaters, simply keen to enjoy the flavoursome and satisfying menu. Having said that, David is personally very aware of the needs of vegetarian and vegan diners and is keen to cater for everyone. He and his team are happy to discuss and create dishes with any dietary requirement in mind. The restaurant menu fuses influences from around the world to create something to suit everyone’s taste. Popular dishes are sweetcorn cakes as a starter, and enchiladas or aubergine involtini for main dishes. Puddings range from a beautiful selection of homemade ice creams to the decadent chocolate nemesis, which is described as not for the faint hearted! Another popular feature is the banquet menu, which is available for 4 or more diners, and is ideal for parties and larger groups. Private dining for up to 80 people can be catered for at The Cheerful Chilli, with customers encouraged to make the venue their own for the evening by bringing their own music, wine, and even decorations. In keeping with the ‘good value’ ethic, The Cheerful Chilli welcomes guests who bring their own drinks and charges £1 corkage, or a new wine and beer menu was also introduced last year offering a good selection of drinks, all suitable for vegetarians.

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For the tearooms the menu differs and changes weekly, but generally offers a selection of tarts and sandwiches, as well as a few popular restaurant dishes, and a wide range of cakes and desserts, all of which can be purchased whole to take away. The Cheerful Chilli are popular traders at local farmers’ markets, and also provide outside catering for any event as well as seasonal products to take away; picnic hampers for a summer ramble on the Chevin, or in the outside courtyard, and Christmas puddings and nut roasts later in the year. The future is looking bright too with plans to convert the neighbouring barn by autumn this year. Accessed from the same courtyard, this additional venue will include a second kitchen and large banqueting room with mezzanine floor above, and will be available to cater for larger parties and also to introduce cookery lessons. It’s looking like David and his team will certainly be busy, but with their laid-back yet attentive style, I’m sure they’ll manage just fine. As the sign says, everything at The Cheerful Chilli really is “ made with love”. For more details visit, or they can be found on Facebook and Twitter @CheerfulChilli

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500g cooked chickpeas 1/2 chopped red onion Red chilli - chopped Handful fresh parsley Tablespoon cumin powder Tablespoon paprika Teaspoon chilli powder Teaspoon cinnamon powder 3 cloves garlic Drizzle olive oil 200g plain flour Salt and pepper to taste Vegetable oil for frying

Falafel Place all of the ingredients, except flour and oil, in a large bowl and blend with a hand blender. When smooth(ish) add a drizzle of oil and flour, bit by bit, until you get a smooth, dry(ish) consistency. Roll into small balls and deep fry in vegetable oil until golden. Serve with fresh salad and yogurt and mint sauce.

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225g plain flour pinch salt 50g lard 50g margarine 30ml water 5 medium red onions 1 cup red wine 1 cup balsamic vinegar 200g brown sugar 300g soft goats’ cheese log Basil, chopped finely Drizzle olive oil

Goat’s Cheese & Red Onion Tart Peel and slice the red onions and put into a pan with the red wine and balsamic vinegar and sugar. Cook down on a low heat until the onions are soft and sweet. To make the pastry, mix flour and salt in bowl and rub in fat. Use knife to mix in cold water to form stiff dough. Knead lightly on a floured surface before rolling out. Blind bake 6 pastry cases in 4 inch tart cases for 5-10 minutes. Fill with cooked red onion mixture before placing a generous slice of goats’ cheese on top. Blend the olive oil with the basil and drizzle on the tarts. Bake for further 15 minutes at 180 degrees Celsius. Serve with fresh salad.


250ml Stout 250g unsalted butter 75g cocoa 400g caster sugar 150 ml pot natural yoghurt 2 eggs 1 tablespoon vanilla extract 275g plain flour 2 ½ teaspoons bicarbonate of soda 300g cream cheese 150g icing sugar 125ml double or whipping cream

Chocolate Guinness Cake Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius, and butter and line a 23cm springform tin. Pour the Stout into a large saucepan, add the butter and heat until the butter is melted, at which time you should whisk in the cocoa and sugar. In a bowl, beat the yoghurt with the eggs and vanilla and then pour into the beery, buttery pan and finally whisk in the flour and bicarbonate. Pour the cake batter into the greased and lined tin and bake for 45 minutes to an hour. Leave to cool completely in the tin on a cooling rack before icing. To make icing, lightly whip the cream and the cheese together until smooth. Sieve over the icing sugar and then beat them both together. Ice the top of the black cake so that it resembles the frothy top of the fantastic pint of beer.

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Health & Wellbeing In association with: Brownberrie Lane, Leeds, LS18 5HD

5 Tips to Get on Your Bike Inspired by Victoria Pendleton, Wiggo, David Stone and the Brownlees, have you used the bike as much as you planned over the Winter? As Spring has sprung, here’s a few tips to get you back in the saddle.


Give Your Bike a 30 Second Check

Check your tyres are properly inflated and that any quick release mechanisms are holding the wheels in place. A properly inflated tyre can take some considerable effort out of cycling and reduce the risk of punctures. Check the brakes are squeezing the tyres enough and that the brake pads are hitting the rim of the wheel, not the tyre, enabling for a gentler more controlled stop. Hopefully the saddle and handle bars are set at the right height but if not there can easily be adjusted with a small spanner. Is your helmet secure? Don’t wear it too high as you want to ensure that your forehead is protected whilst if you tip your head forward do you feel any movement?

Last check, as you set off is to make sure that the chain is going through the cogs and derailleurs without catching and that you’re able to go through the gears without slippage.


Ease Yourself Back

Although they say no-one ever forgets how to ride a bike, if it’s been a while your muscles may have forgotten the effort required at times so don’t set off on a 10 mile route straight away. Plan a short ride out or even ease yourself back in on an exercise bikes or anyone can book in for a Spin bike session at Horsforth’s Trinity Fitness before hitting the road.


Plan Your Route

The best routes for cycling are not always obvious. Leeds City Council have produced some excellent cycling maps for the city including North and North West Leeds. These make cycling easier, safer and more pleasant. Get a copy free of charge from the Gateway Information Centre at Leeds City station.

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Remember the Deaf Granny Most children love a lie in on a Saturday with a bit of TV but as a parent you probably worry that they should be getting out the house more - getting kids interested in anything apart from DVDs and video games can be difficult. Well, Covered has discovered that there are children who are not only happy to give up their Saturday morning at home and mix with kids of all ages, they do it voluntarily. So, we dragged student writer John Gledhill out of bed and away from his cereal on a cold Saturday morning, to find out just exactly what kind of magic Leeds Children’s Theatre (LCT) is performing and who is this deaf granny?! ‘The deaf granny is a way of getting them to remember to project’, smiles senior LCT member Judith Unwin as we sit to the side watching a group of kids performing. ‘I’m the deaf granny and I’m sat at the back of the theatre – if they don’t project I can’t hear what they’re saying on stage so how will an audience?’ ‘Deaf granny!’ she calls out to one child who mumbles her lines; both Covered and the younger member have a twinkle our eyes – LCT is an amusing place. Ask Judith what her official title is and she’ll tell you: ‘we don’t have titles’. Indeed, younger member, Sarah, 14, from Bramley, tells us she likes LCT ‘because staff are not like teachers and I feel more confident here, I get to learn something new and be creative’.

Based in the Carriageworks Theatre in Millennium Square, LCT has been going since 1935. Famous names to have passed through include John Craven, Angela Griffin and the legendary Peter O’Toole! However, while some children do go on to study drama, member Janine Walker, 32, says ‘it’s not the aim to become famous, but to enjoy it [theatre]. The Children are not always confident when they first come but eventually begin to experience a different side to themselves in a very safe space’. The workshop is a series of exercises which are hugely entertaining thanks to their improvisational nature. LCT member Ian Goodison – a school drama teacher - notes proudly ‘we are the only theatre where children don’t have prompts – they must get themselves out of it if they forget their lines’. Covered witnessed kids jumping in to help out their fellow members whose minds had gone blank. Such a display of togetherness and communal support seems to be the ethos of LCT where members range from seven to seventy! Covered is going to remember the deaf granny and tell you this loudly: LCT receives no funding. All members and staff volunteer their services and are not paid. They put on two plays a year, which they promote themselves to raise money to keep going. To support them all you have to do is to buy a ticket to their show and enjoy yourself. The next one is Jacqueline Wilson’s The Lottie Project from Tues 16 – Sun 21 April.

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Brassneck’s Whistle Down The Wind Yeadon based BrassNeck Theatre always offer exciting and innovative productions and 2012 was no exception. Following on from sell-out performances of ‘The Full Monty’, ‘Calendar Girls’ and ‘Fiddler on the Roof ’ at Yeadon Town Hall, members and the production team allowed themselves a short Christmas rest before beginning rehearsals for the fabulous Andrew Lloyd-Webber musical ‘Whistle down the Wind’. The story centres round a deeply religious community where Swallow, a fifteen year old girl struggling with her beliefs and the death of her mother discovers a mystery man hiding in the barn. As he utters the words ‘Jesus Christ’, Swallow is convinced that he is indeed Jesus and is an answer to her prayers. She and the other town children endeavour to keep his identity a

secret from the adults. A very talented cast includes an outstanding junior company and their performance of ‘Long overdue for a miracle’ and ‘ When children rule the world’ will delight audiences. As you experience the classic ‘No matter what’ made famous by Boyzone and the title song ‘Whistle down the wind’ plus many other memorable songs, you will be captivated by this superb piece of musical theatre. ...but it doesn’t end there! BrassNeck Theatre is very excited to have been given the rights, by invitation, to perform the multi-award winning musical ‘Avenue Q ‘ from 12 - 16 November, so put the date in your diary. Book now: Whistle down the Wind at Yeadon Town Hall from 15 – 18 May 2013. Evenings at 7.30pm plus Saturday matinee at 2.30pm. Book online: email: or telephone: 0113 2505011 Quote ref: 5011 for a free programme

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Pencil It In! Diary Dates Menston Art Club

Kirklands Community Centre Menston, LS29 6HT Enquiries: Sue Brearly – 0113 2501096 80 members exhibiting original artwork, May 11th and 12, 10:30 – 5:00 (Saturday) 10:30 - 4:30 (Sunday). Free admission. Disabled access. Refreshments available.

Senior Citizens Exercise Group Kirklands Community Centre Menston, LS29 6HT Enquiries: Nancy Pratt – 01943 877193 Exercise group every Monday from 9:20 – 10:30

Menston Parish Church Scottish Dancing Group

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

Burley Art Club

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

Burley Wildlife Group

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

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

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Burley in Wharfedale Enquiries: Gail Booth – 01943 862388 If you need transport (to get to hospital or clinic, for example) If anyone can offer help with providing transport to hospitals and clinics please let Gail know. Drivers are called upon about once a month, and are reimbursed for their journeys and parking. Please call Gail if you are interested in becoming a volunteer

Ladies Group

Burley in Wharfedale Enquires: Linda Nelson – 01943 863715 Members enjoy a mix of speakers, demonstrations, outings and social events. We meet on the 1st and 3rd Thursday evening of most months, usually in the Parish Centre at 8.00pm. Visitors and new members are always welcome. Next meeting Thursday 21st February

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Dry Stone Walling Association Various locations and activities around Otley in March Enquiries: Richard Kitchen – 0113 2507190 To enquire about membership or joining the events please contact Richard or see

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Cool collectibles & fabulous furniture! Pencil in upcoming fairs! Nothing adds personality and novelty to your home more than vintage items. After all, vintage is all about finding and creating your unique style! Here is Covered's spotlight for the nifty furnishing and collectibles which are taking 2013 by storm - spice up your home this spring with something special! A must-have: collectible ceramics & numerous nifty knick-knacks! Ceramics are at the height of popularity in vintage collectibles, particularly from the 50s to 70s. Whether it be the classic floral-patterned vases or art deco designed pots hailing from the 20s, they're guaranteed to spruce up your dusty mantelpieces and shelves! Other unordinary ornaments such as coffee sets, vinyl records, clocks and magazine racks are an absolute must; even the odd porcelain doll or toys from the early 20th century are perfect for adding a touch of nostalgia to your home, while simultaneously transforming your interior into one brimming with individuality. Inimitable, intricate interiors Old painted and elaborately adorned furniture such as Victorian chests of drawers are particularly

Sat. 6th April, Saltaire Vintage Fair, Victoria Hall, BD18 3JS [9:30 AM - 4:00 PM] Tickets £2 on door. Under 16's free entry! 27-28th April, Festival of Vintage, York, YO23 1EX visit for more info! 17th, 18th, 19th May, Haworth 1940s Weekend, The Old School Rooms, Haworth visit for more info! Sun. 30th June, Sun. 13th October, Leeds Vintage Fashion Fair, Queens Hotel Leeds [10:00 AM - 4:00 PM] Tickets £3 on door visit for more info!

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