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06 Local Matters 22 Garden Guru 24 Spotted! 38 Local Sport 46 Advertising Directory Competition

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Sue Meggitt (left), manager of the branch lower down, with volunteer Pat Whiteley receiving Age UK’s own achievement award “You Did It!” from Divisional Sales Manager Tina Wilmshurst,

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Yeadon’s Young Olympians Leeds City Council, under the incarnation of Aireborough Extended Services, laid on an extensive series of educational, recreational and sporting activities in July and August for youngsters in Guiseley, Rawdon and Yeadon. The series of events culminated on Wednesday 22 August at Yeadon Westfield Infant School. The relay race, part of the Silly Olympics, went better for the teams on the day than it had done for Britain’s Olympians proper. The instructor substituted batons with “high fives” – less easy to fumble or drop.

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Launched on the 6th Oct 9am -12.30pm on the drive of The Grove Methodist Church, the farmers market will include a wide range of locally produced foods. Assuming its popularity it will then take up regular residence in the St Margaret’s school car park.

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Cookridge Fire Station Open Day or is it Closure? Cookridge Fire Station held its annual open day on Sunday 2 September. Hundreds of visiting families were treated to expert displays from a wide range of displays. West Yorkshire Fire Services showed you exactly how to deal with domestic fires, most spectacularly that of a chip pan. Or, to be more specific, how not to. Plus demonstrations of other rescue equipment underground, on the ground and high rise.

Cookridge Fire Station open day on 2 September gave the community an excellent opportunity to connect with all the emergency services. But might it have been their last opportunity at this location?

West Yorkshire Police, WY Ambulance Services and the charity Yorkshire Air Ambulance were also there, promoting awareness of their services and answering everything you ever wanted to know about 999 dramas for real.


Unfortunately, the event was soured a few days later by the announcement of the question of whether the station itself was soon to be closed - as part of WY Fire Service’s ongoing and latest efficiency review.


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Covered magazine has learned that one preferred site for a new station, possibly combining the responsibilities of Cookridge and Moortown, is the Weetwood Police Station site on the ring road. Would a new purpose built site, not far away, serve the community better - or might its wider responsibilities dilute its capacity below acceptable levels? Adel councillor Barry Anderson is keeping his finger on the pulse – please see this month’s column. And the topic is up for discussion at the Adel Association’s next meeting on 20 September.

Cavie Rescue Fundraising in Horsforth Yes, cavie rescue, not cave. If you didn’t know, cavie is a fancy word for hamster. Hamsters are among the many small domestic animals and pets abandoned, unwanted or mistreated by their owners. Being so small, and less noisy, they don’t hit the headlines as often as, say, dogs or cats. That is where the registered charity Bramley Animal Rescue and Education comes in.

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Greg Mulholland MP

This Olympic and Paralympic legacy can be helped by As an MP who is a big sports fan and one who getting more people actively encourages local grassroots sports teams playing sport and to and clubs to nurture and cherish young talent, I be a part of this, I have am thrilled that the Olympics and Paralympics suggested bringing have left an incredible legacy and most of all, together local sports clubs within my shown the value in dreaming to be the best. constituency for The 2012 GB medal winners all began their careers ‘Be Inspired, Get by hoping to emulate their sporting heroes and now Involved’ sports fairs. as the likes of Lizzie Armitstead, the Brownlee brothers and Claire Cashmore are the household The 2012 Games may names and sporting heroes they aspired to be, there be over but the quest are children running and cycling around the hills of for gold continues Yorkshire and training in our swimming pools and and as Lizzie Armitstead, the Brownlee brothers and gymnasiums hoping to achieve the same heights of Claire Cashmore proved, you don’t have to go out of success that their local heroes did. Leeds North West to find Olympic champions. So, I believe it is time to ‘Be Inspired, Get Involved’ and grab the London 2012 legacy while its energy and hope is still fresh in our hearts and minds and really develop and celebrate our local sports teams, Copies Monthly centres and clubs.

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The fact is though that Inheritance Tax can eat into your legacy, taking up to 40% of the value of your estate, an estate that you will have probably paid tax on at various times of your life already. With a bit of pre-planning and anticipation you can greatly help your beneficiaries financially, and avoid what can be an enormous probate headache. Writing an effective will, making lifetime gifts and using various available exemptions and allowances can help to reduce or even eliminate the tax liability. The key is to anticipate what you might need and to ensure that the inheritance that you leave goes to the right people, at the right time and in the right way. Some investments may qualify for 100% IHT relief after just two years, some trusts can reduce your IHT liability immediately. Alternative approaches, such as setting up pensions for grandchildren or taking out Whole-of-Life insurance policies, can also be used effectively in estate planning. This is a fairly complex area and professional advice should always be sought. Ordering your affairs in advance though won’t just leave your children and grandchildren with some extra financial help, it will make the lives of those mourning your loss considerably easier as they try to grapple with your legacy.

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Whole of Yorkshire to Benefit from Paralympics Following Yorkshires sustained success at the Olympics, Britain's Paralympians continued the momentum of the region’s gold rush.

marathon. This is a fine achievement for the man who has worked so tirelessly on the streets of the White Rose County to achieve his goal. After the race, he thanked his support team - many of whom originate from Leeds and the surrounding areas. He hopes that many more people from the region will be inspired by the attitude and determination of Yorkshire athletes to take part in disabled sport.

When champion triple jumper Jonathan Edwards was interviewed two years ago he referred to the importance of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic legacy stretching beyond the capital. In light of the success of Britain’s athletes there are calls for an internal review into sporting facilities in the region On the final day of the games, Yorkshire hand - to investigate how facilities can be used more cyclist David Stone claimed a gold medal in the efficiently for the provision of Paralympic sports. Wheelchair sprinter Hannah Cockroft was one of Yorkshire’s heroines, claiming two gold medals at the Olympic Stadium. The twenty-year-old went on to set new Paralympic records for her category in both the 100 and 200 metres.


Living it up in Skipton Horsforth Live at Home Scheme, a support group helping make senior citizens’ lives more manageable, sociable and fun, diverted from their usual bacon butties and tea dance on Tuesday 21 August and headed for the dales. Their destination was towards Skipton, where 47 guests enjoyed lunch and afternoon dance. Horsforth Live at Home scheme is an independent charity running coffee mornings and indoor bowls, sandwiches and dances, shopping days, lunch clubs, coach trips and holidays. The aim is to give people places to go, meet old friends and make new ones. Further information and offers of help or support to 0113 2591511.

LCC Trashes Toddler’s Birthday Party in Hall Park A group of parents with disabled toddlers, having met mainly through a local Mencap childcare facility, decided to make the most of our alarmingly short summer while they could – heading off to Horsforth’s Hall Park to enjoy an open air birthday party for one of their toddlers. On the afternoon of Sunday 9 September. Little did they know that Kathy Louca with one of LCC’s birthday gifts. Leeds City Council was going to leave their own brand of birthday card on their windscreens. “As for the couple over there, ticketed for parking outside the bay? They are so young and have put With one couple almost in tears, our photographer so much into giving their child the best they can. (visiting St Margaret’s Church Hall), spoke with You saw the size of their wheelchair. There is no Kathy Louca of Churwell. “This is an absolute disabled provision in this car park and there isn’t disgrace. What signs? I was ticketed for parking a a single bay where they would have been able to little over one line – and only because the car in the unload safely and comfortably. My heart goes out bay next door was over his. to them”.

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Other En/Com projects include continuing work on the new Diamond Jubilee garden and future plans for the switching on of the Christmas Tree Lights. Technical difficulties may mean that a permanent September has been a month of change for many in tree may not be possible; in the meantime, plans for Westminster, myself included. Over the summer an annual tree are progressing. recess I was honoured to be asked to take the role of Private Parliamentary Secretary to the Rt Hon The Planning Committee is in the middle of the Francis Maude MP, the Cabinet Office Minister. consultation period for the Horsforth Neighbourhood This is a real privilege and I hope my knowledge Plan and is working with Leeds City Council of the charity sector will stand me in good stead in planning department to enable this to happen. The this position. The reshuffle has brought new faces adoption of a Neighbourhood Plan will, within into the Cabinet and I look forward to seeing my national and local guidelines, allow Horsforth to have colleagues rise to the challenge of their roles. a greater say in any future planning proposals for the township. The plan will provide future developers In addition to taking up my new duties this month, with an outline of where and how new areas can be I have also had the honour of presenting my own developed for homes, shops and business premises Private Members Bill to Parliament, the Prisons - and will allow the local community to have their (Property) Bill. This will close the current loophole say on those schemes that they would like to see go allowing prisoners to reclaim illegally obtained ahead. property when they leave prison. When prisoners are found with an item which has been smuggled Please contact Leeds City Council Planning into prison they can request that this is stored for Department if you have any comments on the them until their release, forcing the Prison Service proposed plan. to cover the cost of storing these items, including mobile phones. The Council offers a sincere “Thank You” to everyone who worked so hard to make the Summer a The Prisons (Property) Bill creates a power for success – we look forward to the “In Bloom” results, the governor or director of a prison to destroy or and to the “Hope in The Park” activities between otherwise dispose of (including by way of sale) 22 September to 7th October, with the Town’s Civic unauthorised property found in prisons. I am Service at the Lister Hill Baptist Church on the 7th. pleased to be bringing in a Bill which will stop this Please see the website for Details. ridiculous practice.

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The kids are back at school which can only mean that the countdown to Christmas has started. This means parties, work-do’s, nights out and lots of festive fun. And who doesn’t want to turn up at a Christmas ‘do’ looking their best? While we don’t claim to be a team of stunners here at ‘Covered’, we have been doing some research into the science of looking good and believe we have learnt a thing or two. Firstly, if you’re carrying an extra pound or two that you’d like to shift, now is the time! Why not join a slimming group for moral support? If you’re watching the calories, it makes sense to maximise your efforts and do some exercise too. If you’re new to exercise, take it easy. Don’t expect too much, too soon. Just find something you enjoy, be it Zumba, swimming or running, and get a friend to join you. It will be harder to drop out if you’re letting someone else down too. If you’re a smoker, don’t wait until January to kick the habit. Smoking leaves you with stained teeth and hampers the blood supply that keeps skin tissue looking supple and healthy. Why not take part in Stoptober? See for more information. Even the shortest, chewed nails can benefit from the occasional manicure. And don’t forget to treat your feet, just because you’ve swapped your birkies for Uggs, your toes may still be on show when you’re dressed to impress. Now is the time to start looking after yourself in order to look your best for the party season!

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POTENTIAL CLOSURE OF COOKRIDGE FIRE STATION Cllr. Barry Anderson Adel & Wharfedale Ward I was recently advised in a press release from West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Authority that, at their September meeting, they are due to discuss the potential closure of Cookridge Fire Station and merging it with the Moortown station at a location somewhere between the two. Based on the documentation prepared by WYFRA, a summary of the current situation is given under. Operational incidents in both areas combined have reduced by 26%, and house fires by 21%, since 2006/7. Cookridge and Moortown each have one fire engine which is continually on standby with a crew of five. Both have low operational activity levels with Cookridge being used just 4.7% of the time. Fire Response Units are being used in the Leeds area to deal with smaller fires and thus this frees their remaining fire engines to deal with more serious incidents. During 2011/12, 87% of incidents were dealt with by one fire engine. The predicted new emergency response times will remain within the acceptable risk category in the Fire Authority’s planning assumptions. They will continue to provide targeted community safety and risk reduction activities. The area covered by Cookridge Fire Station is currently classified as medium risk. The alternative location though not yet chosen is “ideally in north Leeds approximately two miles from Cookridge and Moortown - between the two existing fire stations and in the area of the ring road in Weetwood.” Whatever decision is made it is important that the safety of residemts served by Cookridge Fire Station are not put at additional risk. Or, exceptionally, any increase in risk needs to be properly mitigated. It is also important that all the facts are laid before local residents in a clear and concise manner and that the consultation is meaningful and not just a tick box exercise because it is expected of the Fire Authority. I shall of course be keeping in close touch with WYFRA and be keeping residents informed. Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you have any concerns or questions in the meantime.

Greg Mulholland MP gives “Best in Show” award to Keith Lawson and his yellow orchid (centre of table).

Cookridge Horticultural Society Flower Show Despite our wettest summer ever, or perhaps because of it, Cookridge Flower Show saw a bumper crop of entries in its annual flower show on 8 September. Their 69th annual show, it was also the 7th time Greg Mulholland, MP for Leeds North West, had been invited to award the prizes; “ I’m delighted to have been invited again. I would like vto pay credit to the efforts of all entrants, and the Socity itself. I am particularly impressed with the way in which the Society has engaged with local schoolchildren.” Equally impressed was blogger “Mrs Hawkins”, learning support assistant at Cookridge Primary School and “part time gardener”. On the following Tuesday she blogged about the school’s last-minute entries on the day, and her thrill when she saw the prizes and recognition they had received – see This entry in the craft competition might be coming out again at Christmas

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Rawdon resident David Stone MBE, may not have been a name on everybody’s lips a month ago in the area, however the road cyclist who won double Gold in Beijing was at it once again, this time at the London 2012 Paralympics. Stone won a Bronze medal in the mixed H1-2 time trial, much to his disappointed after the race but was delighted to have taken a phenomenal Gold in the mixed road race, winning the 24 kilometre race in 45 minutes and 24 seconds.

Donations/Sales Call: David Stone has been honoured with this gold postbox outside Rawdon Post Office. Local resident and Rotarian Barrie King is shown putting it to good use – perhaps just as well he was wearing his sunglasses.

the field away in the Road Race at Brands Hatch, a course that he felt was suited to his riding style. It was always going to be a tough test to emulate the results of Beijing, but after picking up the bronze in the Time Trial there were few who could look past the magnificent Stone, who took out his frustration of finishing third out on his second and final event.

The Paralympic champion now has the honour of a golden post box on Rawdon’s Town Street, add that to Horsforth and Alistair Brownlee’s post box and it’s safe to say that we can be incredibly proud of the athletes we have located in our region! On top of the golden post box, all Paralympic and Olympic gold medal winners will have their own stamps, move over Queen Elizabeth! So what’s next for our Paralympic hero? Only time will tell whether he is ready to push on and aim David Stone, who has Cerebral Palsy rides an higher still and go for further Paralympic success adapted Trike in his races, and successfully blew in Rio 2016.

Leeds Adel HC Raring New Season, to get started Renewed Hope Leeds Adel Carnegie Hockey Club Ladies 1stXI get their new campaign under way in September, and will be hoping to improve on last season’s league position, when they finished in 10th place. Leeds Adel are due to face Wakefield 2s in their opening match of the season, a team who finished 3rd last year in the North Women's Hockey League - North Division 1.

Horsforth Fairweather have got their new season underway and will be hoping to improve vastly on last season’s efforts and perhaps aim for the upper echelons of the Leeds Combination Division 1. Fairweather opened the season with a heavy 4-2 home defeat, showing start of the season teething problems. However, they earned a 2-2 draw with Corpus Christi in their first away trip in a match which they dominated from start to finish, but a combination of poor finishing and a string of fine saves from the home keeper saw Horsforth leave with a solitary point.

Leeds Adel ironically played Wakefield 2s in the last match of the 2011/12 season but were unfortunately well beaten in a 7-1 away defeat. The new start is sure to bring renewed ambition however, and the chance to start on a level playing field again is sure to inspire a more competitive and closer match this Manager Martin Woods is sure to have been time around. thrilled with the overall performance, which saw Leeds Adel play the majority of their home matches his side create enough clear cut chances to win at Adel Sports Club, off Church Lane, Adel and three or four matches. Horsforth start their cup are always welcome to new players and fans, roads in the next month, hoping to progress in the Sanford and County Cups.

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Blue Square North highfliers Guiseley AFC had three of their players called up to represent the England ‘C’ team for their recent International Challenge Trophy Group A fixture in Belgium. Guiseley’s skipper Simon Ainge [Pictured] earned his first cap against Russia in Moscow in June while summer acquisitions, Stephen Brogan and Josh Wilson were also named in Paul Fairclough’s squad for the trip to Belgium. England travelled knowing that they had to win if they were to stand a chance of qualifying for the semi-finals of the challenge trophy. All three players were given match time as England won 2-1 courtesy of a late goal from Luton Town striker Andre Gray. England must now wait to see if the extremely strong Russia side can beat Italy in the final group match. The England ‘C’ team is set up as the semiprofessional England side, and is for non-league players only. Of the 18 man squad named for the win, Guiseley were the only team from below the Blue Square Premier to have players named , a huge credit to Lions manager Steve Kittrick and the club who have been extremely unfortunate not to have gained promotion in the last two seasons. As for the league campaign, the Nethermoor side were quick out of the blocks and won their opening six matches of the new season, but a heavy defeat away to former league side Chester saw them slip to third place in the division. Chester and Brackley Town are the only teams who sit above the Lions at the moment having won all of their seven matches, a mean feat considering they have both only just been promoted to the competitive division.

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The club are also set to begin their F.A Cup dream having been drawn away to Evo-Stik side Bamber Bridge who hail from Preston in the second qualifying round. The Lions reached the 1st main round in the 2010/11 season where they were beaten by Crawley Town, a side who have since experience back-to-back promotions and are tipped by many to reach the Championship come May. Last season was a disappointing, however, and Kittrick will be keen not to let the same complacency which saw them knocked out by lower league opposition last year, creep back in for the trip to Lancashire.

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Spiders Relish New Season

Assassin becomes British Open Champ

Leeds Spiders wheelchair basketball team are getting ready to start their new season in the Wheelchair Basketball North Division 1 and 3. The Spiders begin the new season in October with the incredibly tough challenge of last year’s league winners the Sheffield Steelers.

Rawdon’s Hollywood darts player Martin Atkins has enjoyed further success, securing the BDO Darts British Open title to rocket him up to equal 9th in the World Rankings. The British Open, held in Bridlington was a long and tiring event for Yorkshire’s ‘Assassin’ who had to whittle down a field of 512 to pick up the honours at the last knockings.

The North Division 1 is sure to be ultra competitive yet again this year, with many hopeful players, desperate to get their name in the hat for the GB Paralympic team and the Road to Rio 2016. Leeds Spiders 1st team can only go one way this season after finishing at the foot of the table last year, however, in such a competitive and strong division it will be another tough test, but one the players will relish again. As for the Spiders 2nd team, they can look to mount a challenge nearer the top of the North Division 3 after cementing 4th position last time around. The side can also look forward to a well deserved new kit this season following the generosity of Sainsbury’s customers in the Leeds who helped to fund the team’s attire. The continued interest, and the expectation of further interest following the Paralympics means that the Spiders are looking to start up a women’s side as well, developing the club further and driving them forward for the future.

Olympic Legacy begins - Free Sports Coaching for Young People

Leeds Spiders derives from the charity Sport Promoting Inclusion for the Disabled and Equal Rights-in Yorkshire or SPIDER-Y as it is known. The commissioned charity was established in 2007 and aims to provide disability sports to the region. Furthermore it helps to assist the Leeds Spiders Wheelchair Basketball team and the Leeds Rhino’s Wheelchair Rugby team who have recently completed their first competitive season. Wheelchair Sprinter Hannah Cockroft and double gold medallist from the London 2012 Paralympic games is a patron of the charity. Hannah, from Halifax is a proud ambassador for increasing the participation in disability sports and is sure to have been a big inspiration to many following her successes. This is a free course and you will work towards an ABA Preliminary Boxing Award, OCR Functional Skills Award in maths, and an NCFE Level 1 Award in Principles of Coaching Sport.

The course will run at Leeds City College, Thomas Danby campus, on Wednesdays and Thursdays, ‘Positive Futures’ are offering a free sports 10am to 2pm, from Wednesday 3 October to qualification course to Leeds’ young people to Thursday 13 December 2012. Places are limited. get them involved in sport. The legacy of the Olympic and Paralympic Games is to inspire a For more information please contact Emma generation and Leeds are already looking to get Woolford on 07891 275284 or Dan Busfield on 07891 275345. new coaching talent on the scene. In partnership with Leeds City College and West Yorkshire Police, Positive Futures is offering young people aged 16 to 19 who are not in education, employment or training, a place on a ten-week sports qualification course.

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Martin had to win ten matches over the course of Martin Atkins celebrates with British Open trophy after beating Robbie Green in the final the day, beating some very notable players in Robbie Green, Scotland’s Ross Montgomery as well as three With the title in the bag, Atkins rose up to equal time World Champion and ‘The Assassin’s’ England 9th position in the BDO World Rankings and has captain, Martin ‘Wolfie’ Adams. been seeded 8th for the upcoming WINMAU World Martin was in fine form throughout the day, Masters Series which takes place in Hull with fans described his performances as able to watch how Martin fairs in the tournament “inspirational darts” as he went on to record five 4-0 live on ESPN. The Masters event takes over the whitewashes against Brian Spence, Mark Cowden, weekend beginning Friday October 12th. Jamie Hughes, Martin Adams and Phil Nixon and dropped just one set on three occasions on what was a perfect day for Rawdon’s darts sensation. The final showdown saw the 14th seed face Robbie Green who had been scoring heavily in all of his matches, racking up an array of 180’s and big checkouts to boot and proving it would be no easy task to finish with the British Open crown. Atkins took the lead in the best of 11 final, a tension thriller which went into a deciding leg with both players tied at 5-5. Green opened poorly in the final leg and Atkins pounced on his opponent’s slip, checking out 32 to win in dramatic fashion on the oche.

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