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Liz burton Ivor Hughes John Gledhill Dawn Kilner eric wells Hello and welcome to Covered – the magazine that delivers. New Year seems but a distant memory and 2013 is now well underway. We took to the streets of Horsforth and Pudsey recently (see the centre pages) to check on your progress with New Year’s resolutions and it seems most, if not all of you, have stuck to your guns. Well done to those that did and for those that didn’t there’s always next year. If you’re teetering on the edge of breaking your resolution take a look at our “New Year New You” feature – it may give you that additional inspiration you need. Not so long ago the standard British fayre was fried breakfasts, bangers & mash and jam roly-poly – nothing wrong with that – it still has a place, especially as we look for comfort food in the winter months. We’re now thinking about, and consuming, a wider range of food with inspirations taken from all corners of the Earth but that doesn’t mean we have to look far beyond our own postcodes to find the very best cuisine. This month’s Food & Drink feature hails local producer Pudsey Pickles and their fine range of preserves, pickles & chutneys – all made and sold locally. Give their recipe a go - you won’t be disappointed. We’ll bring you more independent, local producers in future editions. Communities are important and Covered has long been a supporter of many local groups, clubs and societies and we’ll continue to bring you news of the many volunteer-led and non profit organisations active in the area. If you’re involved in the community then let us know what you’d like us to feature – we’re always happy to help spread the word. The deadline for inclusion in the next edition of Covered is 08/02/13 so please let us have your news & views before then. If you’re running a business and would like to tell thousands of local people about it now is the time to get in touch. Rates start at just £39 per month so there’s never been a better time to get your business Covered! Until next month...
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New Year, New You
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With all the stresses of last-minute Christmas shopping now a thing of the past, it's time to face the New Year! Let's make it our resolution to avoid the overdone ones - it may become a chore trying to stick to a new exercise regime or diet. Do something different, embrace the world around you, rediscover yourself! One of the greatest ways to feel confident in yourself is to feel confident with others - make your New Year not just about you, but others too.
For many of us, each day brings the stress of bills, doctor's appointment or approaching deadlines, and there is no better cure than to simply stop and smile. Take a deep breath and think of your source of happiness - all the tension in your body will be eased. And just how an apple a day keeps the doctor away, a smile goes a long way - share it with the world! Give a quick smile to passing people, not in that awkward, creepy way where everyone questions your sanity, but in the way you smile at the person sitting down next to you on the train. Let the world know that happiness exists.
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Rather than just sitting at home watching reruns on TV, go somewhere new! If only that 'somewhere new' were Japan or Cyprus, of course, but simply visiting a new shop or restaurant will free you from a routine lifestyle that can cause stress and unhappiness. Try a new dish, go into a new convenience store or explore a new park. Whatever it may be the potential discoveries are endless! Expand your shopping trips across the town and experience a new environment - it could be just the thing to help you embrace the world and discover a new you.
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Don't be afraid to behave as you naturally would! If you have some unusual hobbies or quirks, don't repress them for the sake of being socially accepted. By consciously deliberating over each word and every action you will repress your happiness that is generated by just being you. Love yourself for who you are, and let the world know this by exhibiting confidence in your natural behavior. Not only will you improve yourself, but others may be inspired to do the same, recognising your confidence and happiness. Help create a world where we can all embrace who we are. Strive to improve your inner self this year. Abandon the clichĂŠs and adopt the ones that instill confidence - after all, confidence is the key to any and all tasks, particularly interactive ones. Make this year a progressive one, not just physically, but mentally too!
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Pudsey Pickles is a local producer of jams and chutneys and was started in 2006 by husband and wife team, Daryl and Lee Naylor. They recognised a demand for good quality, local preserves after their first product, a home made piccalilli, sold out at a market during the Pudsey Christmas lights switch on. Now operating from a purpose-made outbuilding at the bottom of their garden in Pudsey, they recently won a ‘Guild of Fine Food Great Taste Award’, received praise from local MP Stuart Andrew and were booked to trade at Galtres Music Festival in York.
Pudsey Pickles The couple are no strangers to a kitchen environment, having met through a large catering company where Lee was the Kitchen Manager. Daryl also has an extensive catering career and previously worked as Head Chef on board the renowned cruise ship QE2. Whilst raising a family, Lee began growing her own vegetables, which found their way into the initial jars of home made piccalilli. After their instant success at the Christmas market, Lee and Daryl went on to extend their range and became regular visitors to Leeds Farmers Markets before
taking the plunge and investing money in 2010 to launch the Pudsey Pickles we see today. They pride themselves in producing tasty, GM free preserves from fresh, locally sourced produce. All products are vegetarian, free from dairy and additives and many are also gluten free. Expect comforting, time honoured family recipes, such as Orange Marmalade, alongside adventurous contemporary flavours like Blackcurrant and Sambuca, or the new Midnight Bell Chutney, featuring a healthy splash of the finest Midnight Bell beer, made by Leeds Brewery. These preserves may taste fantastic with a good pasty, or on a ploughman’s lunch, but are really versatile and can be used to spice up many recipes.
Husband and wife team, Daryl and Lee Naylor
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“All products are vegetarian, free from dairy and additives and many are also gluten free.” This may still be a family business, with the children helping out occasionally on the stall, but things are expanding nicely with lots of plans for 2013. Daryl and Lee remain community minded though and Pudsey Pickles became involved with Bradford based charity Little Heroes when Daryl took part in one of the charity’s ‘fire walks’ to raise money to support children suffering with cancer. The charity was featured on a recent Channel 4 programme ‘The Secret Millionaire’ and Lee and Daryl wanted to help more in some way. They created their Fire Dip, a blend of 4 different types of chillies, and 50p from the sale of each jar goes directly to the ‘Little Heroes’ charity. ‘Fire walk’ participants also receive a complimentary jar in recognition of their charitable efforts. Pudsey Pickles are stocked at a range of local outlets, notably Cheese and Chutney in Saltaire, Yorkshire Crust in Horsforth, Keelham Farm Shop in Thornton and Park Fruits in Pudsey and are still regulars at the many farmers markets in and around the area. You can find out where they are next by following them on Facebook or Twitter @pudseypickles. Orders and enquiries can also be made online through their website www.pudseypickles.co.uk
“50p from the sale of each jar of Fire Dip goes directly to the ‘Lit tle Heroes’ charity.”
SIXTYTOO BAR & KITCHEN - HORSFORTH SixtyToo Bar & Kitchen on Town Street Horsforth aims to fulfil the gap left when the popular Outside In closed it doors. Serving family friendly food there is something for everyone on the menu including pizza’s, burgers, ribs, salads and chicken dishes. The bar (and the food) has a very apparent American feel to it, almost like TGI Fridays. Sixtytoo has always been viewed as just a bar but a new restaurant area has been created to cater for the hungry diners of Horsforth. FACT FILE Bookings: Yes Telephone: 0113 2390624 Pricing: Mains from £6.50
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Pack of chilled filo pastry Goat’s cheese Fresh chives Olive Oil Spiced Plum Chutney
Goat’s Cheese & Spiced Plum Samosas
Cut a pack of ready-made filo pastry into 3-inch strips before placing vertically in front of you. Put 1 tablespoon of the goat’s cheese in the bottom left-hand corner of the strip, about quarter of an inch from the short edge, sprinkle with the fresh chives before placing a teaspoon of Spiced Plum Chutney on top. Gently lift the corner of the pastry over the filling to form a triangle so that the bottom edge now runs along the right-hand side. Fold the triangle upwards, then to the left so that the open edges are across the top and the filling is enclosed. Continue folding the triangle until you reach the top of the strip. Dab the top of the pastry strip with water to seal. Repeat until you have 2-3 samosas per person. Place the samosas, sealed side down, on an oiled baking tray and brush with olive oil. Bake in a preheated oven 180 degrees Celsius for around 10 minutes, until golden brown. Serve with mixed leaves and additional Spiced Plum Chutney.
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Midnight Bell Chicken
Slice open a large chicken breast. Blanch the leek in a little water. Drain and chill before placing into the centre of the chicken breast, along with a tablespoon of Midnight Bell Chutney. Wrap the chicken breast in pancetta before wrapping in clingfilm to form a cylindrical shape. Poach for approximately 10 minutes in boiling water, then remove the clingfilm and bake in a pre-heated oven 200 degrees Celsius for around 10 minutes, until golden. Meanwhile, thinly slice red cabbage and mix with a generous helping of Red Onion, Cranberry and Port Chutney. Braise in just enough water to cover, until the moisture has been absorbed. To make the sauce, mix 2 tablespoons of Midnight Bell Chutney with the juice from the chicken. Season to taste and reduce down. Once cooked, serve the chicken on a bed of braised red cabbage with fresh, steamed vegetables, and drizzled with the sauce.
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Bramhope Farmers’ Market Bramhope Farmers’ Market runs all year round at Robert Craven Memorial Hall, Old Lane, from 10am until 1pm on the second Saturday of each month. There are usually around a dozen stalls, ten indoors and with larger fruit and veg and flower stands outside.
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remember seeing Ken and his impressive display at St Margaret’s Church Hall in Horsforth in the past; “But never again, not after I got a parking ticket for being outside one of the bays – the signs and markings are a joke.” There are no such restrictions at RCMH, and the pitch rental of £13.50 (including LCC market licence fee) encourages small businesses with modest turnovers to be regular exhibitors at a One exhibitor is local landscape photographer community event at the heart of village life. Ken Brightwell LRPS, whose portfolio includes agricultural scenes of the countryside from which so Enquiries to organiser Paul Welling, himself a much of the market’s produce is supplied. You may Bramhope resident, on 0113 2843361.
Horsforth Farmers’ Market Community Stand After a New Year break, Horsforth Farmers’ Market returns to St Margaret’s Primary School on 2 February and the first Saturday of each month after that. One recent addition has been the creation of a Community Stand – free to any local church, school, charity, sporting, volunteer or social group wishing to publicise their activities. Any group wishing to staff the stand or have their literature displayed should contact the secretary of Horsforth Churches Together on 0113 258 3521.
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Gabby Logan announced as Leeds Trinity University’s First Chancellor Having recently been granted University status, Leeds Trinity University has even more good news! Unless you’ve had your head firmly in the sand over the last few weeks, you’ll be aware that Gabby Logan will become its first Chancellor. Gabby is a major public figure and through her achievements and endeavours, embodies much of what the University represents. She will be a role model for people in the University and in the City. Born in Leeds, Gabby is an inspirational figure in the worlds of sport and journalism, with a string of achievements that include becoming the first female presenter of a live football match and the first woman to host Match of the Day. Gabby’s career is continuing to flourish, having been one of a select few presenters given the honour of covering the London 2012 Olympic Games for the BBC. Gabby will also present a new BBC Saturday Night show in 2013. Gabby is a keen advocate for higher education, holding a law degree from Durham University and an honorary degree from Leeds Metropolitan University. Gabby also has a strong commitment to several charitable causes, and is currently Patron of The Disabilities Trust, The Prince’s Trust and Great Ormond Street Hospital, as well as vice president of Sparks.
in the importance of higher education, having seen the enormous benefits that my own university experience has given me. I hope I can help talented young people realise their ambitions. Last but not least it is so good to be able to hold this position in Leeds, which I still think of as my home city.’ Prof Margaret House, who recently took up the position of Vice Chancellor, commented: ‘To have gained university title and to have someone as impressive as Gabby as our first Chancellor, says much for what Leeds Trinity can achieve in the future’.
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There are two main changes. The first is to raise the general knowledge and qualifications of professional advisors, and the second is to reduce “commissionbias”, to stop bad apples from acting primarily in their own interests by recommending whomever or whatever pays them the most. Whilst many advisors aren’t happy with these changes (partly as they involve being forced to sit numerous new exams) there is a feeling that this is needed to improve the general reputation of the industry. Many of those nearing retirement are bowing out, though most younger professionals with long careers in front of them are welcoming the raising of the standards. The problem is that most banks are giving up on their in-house advice channels, and many advisors are moving towards charging large up-front or hourly fees which can put off all but the richest. The risk is that many people resort to the generally bad advice found on the internet, or else they stay away from investing in their future entirely. This short-term thinking can have major costs down the line. Good advice should be paid for, but it also should be worth it. The key is to find a professional advisor who you can trust to truly look after your best interests over the long term, and don’t be afraid to change if you’re not getting the help that you need.
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Coffee, Art and a Calendar in Horsforth Museum A large portrait of the Queen is now on proud display in the museum. It was done by over a hundred members of Howard Carlisle’s painting classes, each member contributing one or more small squares of colour which together make up the whole picture. Maureen Brook, an artist and also a museum volunteer stands in front of the royal portrait. Local artist Val Jennings has some of her pictures on display in the coffee room and these are available for sale.
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Alan Cockroft, an old Horsfordian displays the calendar brought out by the Museum for 2013. Alan helped with the photographs included in the calendar which also includes both old pictures and new of the same places. The calendar is on sale for £6 and can Last month, Horsfordian Olympic triathlon be obtained from the museum as well as the local medallists brothers Alistair and Jonathan Brownlee were guests of honour and performed post offices. the official opening ceremony of the newly refurbished Community Centre on the site of the old library building on Horsforth’s Town Street.
The centre had been specially named to honour Alistair’s London Olympics Gold, Jonathan’s Olympics Bronze and recent triumph as ITU World Champion and also Rawdonian David Stone’s collection of fifteen medals from various Paralympics and World Paracycling Championship events. Local dignitaries included Cllr Keith Wakefield (Leader of Leeds City Council) LCC Councillors Brian Cleasby and Chris Townsley, Jude Arbuckle (Leader of Horsforth TC) and HTC Cllr Dawn Collins. But the crowds were there to see Alistair and Jonathan – both spending as much time as was necessary posing for pics and signing autographs.
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Shadowing Stuart’s Surgery Have you ever dropped into a surgery held by your local representatives? You should - Councilors and MP’s regularly hold open surgeries for residents. Covered’s student reporter Liz Burton spent some time shadowing Stuart Andrew MP at his surgery in Pudsey: Stuart Andrew’s monthly surgeries invite the public to address any issues they have, ranging from complaints as small as wheelie bins and gritting roads, to larger issues such as pension problems and trading policies. Many individuals are regulars, while others newcomers – Stuart eagerly engages with both, asking: “How can I help?” After observing the surgery, it’s apparent that Stuart makes a great effort to resolve any grievances the public has with their area; for example, the 611 bus which runs between Pudsey, from Bradford Interchange to St. James’ Hospital, no longer serves certain stops – something which was addressed twice this surgery. He promptly noted this issue and intends to tackle it. The public is generally pleased with Stuart’s performance; at times they approached him not to present a complaint, but to simply wish him good health, good luck and most importantly thank him for all his efforts. But unfortunately, not all problems can be resolved and all people appeased. Naturally, his influence only extends so far – many of the more complex issues, such as pension problems or one’s work situation, are often out of his power, regardless of his fervent efforts. However, from shadowing Stuart I was assured that he performs with 110% and has the people’s best interests at heart. “I need to be where the people are. I want to be here.” Stuart Andrew stated at the surgery, “Let people have a say.” His willingness to listen to those who approach him, regardless of the severity of their issue, is not only admirable but encouraging, as often we the public find ourselves without a voice and someone to simply listen. Whether it is concerning disagreements with funding foreign countries or traffic noise and speed in residential areas, Stuart Andrew is eager to listen; although he may not necessarily be able to make an immediate difference, we can ultimately ask for no more than lending his ears.
editor’s note Many thanks to Stuart Andrew MP and his colleagues for their co-operation in this article. If you're a public representative who can offer a shadowing opportunity to one of Covered’s students, please get in touch.
Stuart andrew mp With the Christmas festivities behind us, MPs returned to Parliament this week and, looking at my own over flowing postbag, there is clearly much work to be done. In Leeds this year we will see the new arena opening. Having recently visited the site myself I can honestly say that this is an impressive new building and a magnificent and welcome addition to our city. Leeds has been without an arena for far too long, with residents travelling to either Sheffield or Manchester for entertainment or sporting events which the city has not previously be able to hold. This project will bring visitors to Leeds, benefitting the local economy, and will create many job opportunities. A highlight on the Leeds calendar for 2013 has to be the Tour de France. The Tour will head through Yorkshire on 5th and 6thJuly and I have no doubt that this will draw crowds from across the county. It is a huge privilege for Leeds to mark the start of the Tour and I know that a great effort was put into the bid so it is wonderful to see the team behind it succeeding. Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to wish all of my constituents a happy new year and the very best for 2013.
Irish Centre Gig to Support Irish Jig Last month we reported on Matthew Sellers and his forthcoming trip to Boston, USA where he will take part in the World Irish Dancing Championships. Sylvia Sellers, Matthew’s Horsforth – based Grandmother is chief fundraiser and has already chained herself (not literally!) to the kitchen, raising funds from her baking. An Irish Dance Night at Gazi’s Restaurant, Hall Park boosted the coffers further. The next night of Irish themed fundraising fun is a Celidh (a night of Gaelic music & dance) at The Irish Centre, York Road on 20th February from 7:30pm. Any readers who would like to support Matthew in getting to Boston in March, please contact Sylvia Sellers on: 0113 2590113
Local Malaya and Borneo Veterans Meet in Headingley Covered magazine was honoured when Malaya and BAOR veteran George Smith of Ilkley invited us along to the January (monthly) meeting of The Yorkshire Malaya and Borneo Veterans Association at New Headingley Club (previously The Royal British Legion). When were they in the Far East, and why? And why here in Headingley now? Well, the conflicts in Malaya and Borneo were among several less-publicised ones shortly after the end of WWII. Palestine, Kenya, Korea and Egypt (Suez) were others. At the time, the last thing the general public wanted to hear was any suggestion that it wasn’t all over and the politicians of the day certainly weren’t going to tell them. But, between 1948 and 1960, some 1800 British and Commonwealth servicemen and police died fighting communist terrorism in Malaya. Then, late in 1962, nearby, the country of Indonesia decided that it wanted total control of the island of Borneo rather than only the southern part which they already held. But that meant dislodging Malaysian and British interests in the north. Again, British and Commonwealth forces were involved until peace was brokered in 1966. Tens of thousands of Allied servicemen were deployed during the period. With fewer than 100 casualties, that campaign was and is hailed as one of our most effective military deployments ever. The majority of British servicemen involved in either were doing two years’ national service, so few served in both. But the geography, terrain and politics were so close at the time that it is no surprise that they meet as one today. Though why did Yorkshire veterans go it alone, you might be asking. Well, not that long ago, Yorkshire members of the (then) national association queried some procedural matters, only to be told it was none of their concern. Wrong answer... Apart from the camaraderie, the group’s purpose is to help educate today’s society about the extent of British participation in the two conflicts. News and publicity weren’t exactly forthcoming at the time. Anyone wishing to know more about the association and its activities, or their thirty minute lecture and display, should contact Secretary Eddie Seville on 0113 2637583 or visit forgotten-conflicts.org
David Laurie from Horsforth is a regular attendee at YMBVA meetings and events. He served in Malaya between 1954 and 1956, first with The East Yorkshire Regiment before transferring to The West Yorkshire Regiment. As if an extended tour of Borneo hadn’t been enough, David’s unit also served a short while with BAOR in Osnabruck on their way home.
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Lovers of forced rhubarb should cover it now to ensure pink juicy stems
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This month Covered took to the streets of Pudsey & Horsforth to ask “Have you made a New Year’s resolution and did you stick to it?”
New Year's Ben Atherton from Bradford's and resolution is to get to the gym to it? improve his fitness. Has he stuck So far so good!
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We’ll be back pounding the streets again next month in an area near you! If you’ve got a question to put to the good people of Leeds then send it in! Email: chris@ covered-magazine.net or post to: Spotted, Covered, Butonia House, Clayton Wood Close, Leeds LS16 6QE
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Local Buy To Let Market Grows in 2012 The buy-to-let market has seen sharp growth over the last 12 months as savvy investors take advantage of lower capital values, higher rents, lower void periods and therefore better returns. It’s not just serious investors who are taking advantage of the boom in rental demand. An increasing number of people are once again investing in property as a way of bolstering their pensions and funding their retirement. Increase in demand coupled to a shortfall in suitable supply has increased pressure on rents - fuelling an increase in the average rental value. Rightmove data shows that average rents have increased by 13.64% between 2009 and 2012. What to consider when picking a buy-to-let: • Location, buy somewhere you know. If you understand and know the market you live in then you are more likely to make the right purchase. Management and servicing will also be easier.
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Think about updating the kitchen, refreshing your bathroom, putting down some new flooring or just getting someone in to give the place a lick of paint. It needn’t cost thousands if done a little at a time but the benefits may be huge when it comes to selling. Key areas to improve, whether moving in 2013 or 2015 should be:
Kitchen – we’ve become a nation of foodies and expectations are high in the kitchen department. Improve your work surfaces and storage, update appliances and if you’ve the room ensure the kitchen has a space for socialising – everyone knows that’s where the best parties start! If your kitchen is beyond redemption then call in an expert and get a quote for a complete re-vamp. Kitchen companies are remarkably competitive at the moment - you’ll be surprised at the value available.
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The School’s proven ability to teach and respect all pupils regardless of any special needs impressed OFSTED; “Inclusion is the school’s overriding strength irrespective of pupils’ background, ethnic heritage, special education needs and/or disabilities – as well as those in the resourced provision – or skill in speaking English.” (OFSTED 2010)
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New Year Message from the Chair of Horsforth Town Council The Council is proud to celebrate 2012 as a time of achievement, including the celebration of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, the success of our Olympic stars, and the new status of Horsforth’s Leeds Trinity as Leeds Trinity University. The council also welcomes new Vice Chancellor, Professor Margaret House, to her post and looks forward to a fruitful working relationship. The New Years Honours List names Alistair Brownlee, one of our Olympian stars, as an MBE. The council extends a big thank you to our city councillors for their support and initiative in the renaming of the old Library and Youth Centre, as the Brownlee Stone Centre. The now well established
Jubilee Garden compliments the site as a useful future resource. The Council is delighted to say thank you to Covered magazine for their sponsorship towards the Christmas Tree, and also to the Environment and Community Committee for the resplendent display of street lights. The council is much encouraged by these offers of financial help, and hands on assistance, including those for the Diamond Jubilee celebrations. The success of many events will increasingly be one of co-operation between the Council, local businesses and organisations. The council thanks all organisations including the Gala Committee for all their help. Mindful of the 30th anniversary of the Falklands conflict and the 100th anniversary of World War One next year, the Council will be considering ways to commemorate the events. I wish all Horsfordians a Happy and peaceful New Year. Jude Arbuckle Chair Horsforth Town Council
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The Next Steps - Research and Consultation. The Steering Group meeting of the Adel Neighbourhood Forum took place on 7th January 2013. Nick Brown, Co-Chairman set out the next steps which would be to organise Focus Groups on key issues such as Housing & Development, Education Provision, Transport, Amenities and Community facilities. Furthermore he said that there will be specific consultations with residents, businesses, pupils, senior citizens and young people whereby individuals are given their opportunity to say how they see Adel in say 15-20 years time. Ian Bond, Co- Chairman said that he was “delighted to report that a full complement of 21 Members for the full Forum was now in place thanks to the considerable support from individuals in the community”. The purpose of the Forum is to give a renewed sense of ownership to the Adel Community on land development issues. He added “All the Members have a strong connection with the area and include Members of Community Groups, Residents and Local Businesses. There is a range of experience with people working with older persons, pupils and
The next meeting of the full membership of the Adel Neighbourhood Forum will take place on Monday, 4th February. Comments from residents or businesses on the future of Adel and/or an interest in the Focus Groups would be welcomed. Please contact; Ian Bond on email@example.com or Nick Brown on nick.brown@2B-architecturecom
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Metro Bus - Consultation or Cancellation? West Yorkshire Metro is currently reviewing the level of bus services provided in the Leeds Area. Charged with the task of making savings of £5M in three years, they have already conducted similar reviews in Bradford, Kirklees and Wakefield. The public consultation roadshow began on 7 January with a display stand at Morrison’s in Morley. It concludes on 31 January in Hunslet, with the most accessible to Covered Areas A and B readers now being on 21 January (Metro Offices Leeds) and on the 29th (Leeds City Bus Station). Changes are planned from July, with routes serving Bramley, Horsforth, Otley and Pudsey being among those most affected. Comprehensive details are Clive Hopkinson of Metro Customer Services – the binder is almost bursting with details of present and available at Metro’s roadshows, online at wymetro. proposed routes and timetables. com/busreview or on request from Metro themselves. Feedback forms are similarly available and may be figures. Those under the greatest threat are the very completed online. early services – with average passenger loads in Covered met up with Metro’s two-man roadshow on twos and threes. Although these services may well 9 January at Morrison’s Horsforth. Clive Hopkinson be crucial to those few passengers, they just can’t be of Metro Customer services was quite candid; “We maintained in the current economic climate.” have to make savings of five million pounds over three years and we’re nearly a year into it already. The formal consultation period ends on 18 Here are the bus timetables as they run now and as February. Something has to give and it is likely proposed from July. These are the average passenger that more cancellations will be confirmed than not.
Etape des Dales – and through North Leeds? When Leeds City Council honoured its Olympians and Paralympians at City Hall, LCC “The route for the Yorkshire stage of David Stone outside the Councillor Brian Cleasby cornered some of the the Tour de France is shortly to be Brownlee Stone Centre in announced. I don’t want Leeds city Horsforth Town action for his own (Horsforth) Ward. The Old centre hogging all the glory – there’s Library in Town Street was being converted into plenty in it for everyone, especially if we have a parallel étape.” a significant community facility. Might it be renamed Brownlee Stone Centre, and could they Discussions turned to cycling and the Tour de attend and conduct the formal opening? France - coming to Leeds in 2014. Brian Cleasby is a keen cyclist and David Stone has had a moment Diaries bursting with other commitments meant that or two. Ever since Yorkshire’s success in securing not all three could make it on the same day. Making a full stage was announced, Cllr Cleasby has been do with the Olympics triathlon medallist Brownlee pressing for a parallel étape – literally meaning simply “stage”, it is the term used for the day on brothers for starters, Cllr Cleasby nonetheless kept which up to 10,000 keen club amateur and semi-pro his sights on giving multiple Paralympics and World cyclists take on one of the Tour’s full stages. Though Championship cyclist David Stone a tour of the new the organisers have never authorised an official facility. Their meeting was on 11 January, to which étape outside France, there is in theory no reason Covered was also invited. why Yorkshire shouldn’t host one of its own.
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Techie Tips Were you taken aback when your brand new computer started and there was no desktop; START button; wallpaper; icons? If you were, then you’d just had your first encounter with Microsoft’s new offering: Windows 8. This new version follows in the footsteps of XP, Vista and Windows 7, but it’s taken a step sideways, where computers, smartphones and other devices use the same interface. Welcome to touchscreen oriented ‘Apps’ on your PC/ laptop! Don’t have a touchscreen? No problem: your keyboard and mouse will still work. Feeling lost without the familiarity of previous Windows versions? Fix that with a download of ‘Classic Shell’, a free program which provides the familiar desktop, whilst leaving the new Start screen and Apps easily available. (Your usual applications will still run under Windows 8).
Covered Magazine’s student writer John Gledhill goes colour-blind over local singer’s new album Georgia Jakubiak hails from Cookridge and her group The State of Georgia are releasing new album Synesthesia. The title refers to a condition Georgia has where she visualises colours when writing songs. She explains “I do it with notes on the piano and days of the week too. For example, C is yellow, same as Sunday, A is green, same as Wednesday. It’s such a strong theme running through the album that it made perfect sense as the title”. It certainly does as Synesthesia is a kaleidoscope whirled by Georgia’s ‘blue’ soprano which starts off low and soft then escalates higher and higher as the emotion builds. Her voice is accompanied by the kind of perfect poppiano melody that would leave Coldplay green with envy. However, where theirs is a tentative tinkling, The State of Georgia kicks into overdrive with cathartic, angst-ridden heavy guitars. This means that - strong melodies aside - they have more in common with Skunk Anansie than Chris Martin. Synesthesia takes the listener on a journey through an individual’s state of mind during an emotional struggle and closes on a high point with the hymnal ‘Harmony song’. Here Georgia is accompanied by a choir as she asks ‘will you live this life with me?’ amidst a white light of baptismal gospel melody that will have you reaching for repeat. If this talented local singer/songwriter’s release doesn’t get the attention it deserves then I’m afraid I’ll only be able to see red. Synesthesia launch night 9th Feb at Empire Leeds while album available 28th Jan, digitally and in Jumbo and Crash Records
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Two New Years for COUNCIL TAX PAYMENTS OPTION TO SPREAD OVER Bidders Auction The Bidders Auction Room in Netherfield Road, Guiseley, was celebrating more than the New Year at their first sale in 2013. Apart from looking forward to their first anniversary on 13 February, they were proud to have secured a contract with North Yorkshire Police. Already having the same deal with West Yorkshire, they now act as agents and auctioneers responsible for handling unclaimed and confiscated goods from two forces. Co-director Mark Huckerby told Covered; “Dealing with a second force certainly adds another dimension and helps fill the saleroom – with both goods and bidders. This week, for example, we are selling a large quantity of lost or recovered pushbikes from Scarborough Police Station.” Bidders Auction Room sales are at 5.30pm each Monday, with daytime viewing on the Sunday and Monday. See their advertisement below for further details. Although it would be all too easy to suggest that you can expect a higher class of lost and stolen goods from North Yorkshire, this consignment of pushbikes from Scarborough Police Station included his and hers Marin mountain bikes – a prestigious brand.
I was recently asked why Leeds City Council did not offer Council Tax payments to be spread over 12 months. I asked the Chief Finance Officer and received the following positive response: “I confirm that we do allow payment over twelve monthly instalments rather than the statutory ten monthly instalment scheme for Direct Debit payers and have done so for several years. Indeed, we have promoted Direct Debit as our preferred method of payment for many years, and in this time we have ran various initiatives including offering a choice of payment date and allowing payment by twelve monthly instalments. I should also point out that Council Tax legislation is due to change from 1 April 2013 and Council Taxpayers will be able to pay by twelve monthly instalments on request rather than the statutory ten monthly instalment scheme, which will apply to other methods of payment besides Direct Debit.” Golden Acre Park - Upgrade to Paul’s Pond Area
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The Public Rights of Way manager recently updated me on the outstanding work still to be done at Golden Acre; “The main works have been completed but a small number of tasks remain, which will be completed in the New Year. The work here, compliments recent improvement works to the connecting path from the main Golden Acre Park Car Park, and the Public Bridleway that passes through Breary Marsh. Whilst the new path may appear somewhat stark at the moment the outside edges of the path will be levelled with the surrounding earth on site and the path will soon blend in with the natural environment around the pond area following leaf fall and use.” Cllr. Barry Anderson Adel & Wharfedale Ward barryanderson.yourcllr.com Twitter @barryanderson19
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