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The magazine of Kirkstall Valley Community Association Issue 93

Kirkstall Festival 2006

Late 2006

© PHOTO: Val Crompton

In this edition: Road Accidents in Kirkstall • Festival Report • Elida Gibbs Sports Ground • New Kirkstall District Centre • Local Environment • Autumn Walks • A Play for Kirkstall • Abbey House Activities • Young Writers’ Award • Graffiti Art • Shakespeare Festival • Kirkstall Abbey Planting Proposals • Hollybush Conservation Centre and more... KIRKSTALL MATTERS issue 93 late 2006 PAGE 1

Kirkstall Matters email:

Useful telephone numbers

EDITOR : Val Crompton Editorial Team: John Crompton, Val Crompton, Ann Lightman, Ken Waterworth

Weetwood Police, front desk 0113 241 3459 Peter Krushniak, NHW Liaison 0113 241 3441 Police (non-emergencies) 0845 606 0606

COPY DATES: 3 issues each year, 15th Jan, 7th May, 15th Sept. Articles, readers' letters, poems etc. are most welcome. Our preferred format is Microsoft Word. We can also accept Word, or Microsoft Publisher. Kirkstall Matters is produced using Microsoft Publisher 2002. Ideally please e-mail your file as an attachment to the address at the top of this page or deliver it on disk to our postal address (see below). If you can't provide your article in electronic form, you can deliver it to our postal address, 18 The Rise LS5 3EP. The views expressed in KIRKSTALL MATTERS are those of the contributors. If not attributed to individuals, they are from The Editorial Team. They are not necessarily the views of the KVCA. KIRKSTALL VALLEY COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION, founded in 1978, with the aim ‘to promote the benefit of the inhabitants of Kirkstall and the neighbourhood'. It is non-party political, non-sectarian and a registered charity. It has a number of subsidiaries responsible for organising events and activities, for example KIRKSTALL FESTIVAL COMMITTEE. The KVCA acts as a pressure group and a watchdog on developments affecting Kirkstall. It campaigns and co-operates on a number of issues with certain other local organisations, as it decides. It is open to anyone to join. See application form on page 46. ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP IS £4. Membership includes three issues per year of KIRKSTALL MATTERS, delivered free within the Kirkstall area. Alternatively they may be sent by post, this option is popular with members who live out of the area. As a "not for profit" charity, we welcome a donation of £3 to cover postage & packing from postal subscribers:

c/o The Treasurer, 18 The Rise, Leeds LS5 3EP websites: Send Matthew Guy or Martin Lewis news & photos: Kirkstall Community Website: see details on page 5. See also Gerard Roe: for KVCA information or to download a membership form.

Libraries Local branches, with facilities available:

Kirkstall Library tel. 214 4529 26 Kirkstall Lane Mon 1pm – 5pm Wed 10am – 5pm Fri 1pm – 5pm Sat 10am – 1pm facilities: Council Papers, Disabled Access, Photocopier, Fax

Burley Library tel. 214 4528 Cardigan Road Mon 2pm – 7pm Wed 9.30am – 5pm Fri 2pm – 6pm Sat 11.30am – 3pm facilities: Asian Language Books, CD Rom Multimedia, Meeting Room, Disabled Access, Fax, Internet Access

Bramley Library tel. 214 6040 Hough Lane Mon 10am – 8pm Tues 10am – 6pm Wed 10am – 5pm Fri 10am – 3pm Sun 11am – 3pm facilities: CD ROM Multimedia, Council Papers, Theatre Bookings, Disabled access, Photocopier, Study Area, Fax, Internet Access

Headingley Library tel. 214 4525 North Lane Mon to Fri 9.30am - 7pm Sat 9.30am - 5pm Sun 11am - 4pm facilities:Asian Language Books, UK Yellow Pages, CD ROM Multimedia, Computer Catalogue, Council Papers, Meeting Room, Theatre Bookings, Videos, Disabled Access, Photocopier, Study Area, CD’s, Fax, Planning Applications, Sale of Book Tokens, Internet Access

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Dear Reader, Doug Kilvington, former cartoonist of Kirkstall Matters, has now settled into a retirement home near relatives in East Doug Kilvington Sussex. We shall miss Doug but wish him a long and happy retirement. Many thanks to Doug and to all contributors and advertisers who keep this community magazine going. Copy date for issue 94 is 15th January 2007. Please write up local news, views and reports of interesting visits and events and send them to Kirkstall Matters. Come along to the KVCA meetings at 8pm in the Milford Sports Centre, 5th October, 2nd November - new faces are very welcome! Hope to see you at the play “Vacant Possession”, by Ray Brown, to be performed at St Stephen’s Hall on 15th October 2006 (see page 21 and enclosed flyer).


Steve Gradys Vice Chair KVCA


Val Crompton tel. 225 9142

Val Crompton Editor & Illustrator

Issue 93

What’s On Messages Festival - Amazing Grace Val Crompton Festival Report John Liversedge Poster & Photo Competition Schools Results - Posters Young Writers Award Mary Larner Abbey Churches News Val Crompton The Leeds Library Ann Lightman Heritage Open Days: Horsforth Centre Shakespeare Festival, Fantasia Kirkstall Gardeners Graham Wheatley

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Yorkshire Artists & Exhibitions


Graffiti Art ?: Help & Advice


Index of Advertisers


Kirkstall Photographer Olivia Brabbs A Play for Kirkstall Ray Brown Letter from Canada Matthew Guy Elida Gibbs Ground Martin Lewis Road Accidents Cllr John Illingworth Kirkstall Distict Centre Cllr Liz Minkin Tree Felling Cllr Liz Minkin Kirkstall Abbey Access Andrew Middlemiss Abbey Planting Proposals Oliver Caroe Hollybush Farm Conservation Jenny Twaddell Local Environment John Preston Guided Autumn Walks Jo Murricane Leeds Natural History Ann Lightman Leeds Museum - the Wednesday Club Abbey House Activities Vicky Lucas Puzzle Corner: Friends Reunited Abbey Light Railway Peter Lowe Forum 2000

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Ken Stratford KVCA Secretary

Rita Samuel KVCA Treasurer

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John Liversedge Chairman KVCA


General meetings are at 8 pm in Milford Sports Club, usually on the 1st Thursday of each month (except May, Aug & Dec). All are welcome. Officers Honorary Vice Presidents: Marjorie Kilby & Douglas Kilvington Chair: John Liversedge Tel. 0113 278 5987 Vice Chair: Steve Gradys Treasurer: Rita Samuel Secretary: Ken Stratford KIRKSTALL FESTIVAL Saturday 14th July, 2007 Chair: John Liversedge tel. 278 5987 Stall Bookings: Roger Moran tel. 226 8098 76 Kirkstall Lane, Leeds LS5 3JV KIRKSTALL LEISURE CENTRE Kirkstall Lane Open 8:30am to 10:30pm. Bookings Tel. 214 4555 Special activities for children during school holidays KIRKSTALL ABBEY TENNIS CLUB Jessica Fischer Tel: 07711 646991, email: jessica.fischer ABBEY HOUSE MUSEUM Opening times: Monday closed all day Tues to Friday 10am - 5pm, Saturday 12noon - 5pm Sunday 10am - 5pm Admission charges Adults £3.50, Children £1.50 (16 and under) Concessions £2.50 (senior citizens and students) Family ticket £5 (2 adults and up to 3 children) The Refectory: Licensed restaurant / café (accessible without museum entry). ABBEY - GUIDED TOURS Usually take place on 3 occasions each year. Contact Abbey House Museum for details. Tel. 230 5492 ABBEY - VISITORS’ CENTRE 11am-3pm Closed on Mondays & Fridays ABBEY LIGHT RAILWAY Trains from Bridge Road run at frequent intervals along to Kirkstall Abbey (and vice-versa) on Sundays from 1 pm to dusk (weather permitting) BURLEY LODGE COMMUNITY CENTRE Burley Lodge Road LS6 1QF Tel. 275 4142 Community Projects: Cafe Open Mon, Wed, Fri 9.30am - 2.30pm Office Open Mon-Fri 9.30am - 5.30pm BRAMLEY COMMUNITY CENTRE Waterloo Lane Tel. 255 2227 Mon-Thurs. 10am-4pm Fri 10am-3pm Evening appointments for Counselling. West Leeds Community Drug Project - with Support, Outreach, Group Work & Crèche CAMPAIGN FOR NUCLEAR DISARMAMENT (CND) Meetings:7:30pm,3rd Wed of the month, at Headingley Community Centre, North Lane. Tel. 274 1011

CARDIGAN CENTRE 145-149 Cardigan Road Resource Centre 9am to 8pm Mon-Fri. Tel. 275 9282 Youth Point; ‘Active for Life’ Healthy Living Project; Older Active People Scheme; Handy Person Scheme FORUM 2000 mechanics’ Institute, Town Street, Horsforth. See page 36 HAWKSWORTH WOOD COMMUNITY CENTRE 6, Broadway. Drop in for a cuppa -tel. 228 5550 Open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm. Free Internet access; Meeting Room Hire; Credit Union Information service. Bingo on Wednesdays at 1.30pm See page 43 HAWKSWORTH WOOD COMMUNITY SHOP 8 Broadway. Monday to Fridays 9 am to 3.30 pm. FRIENDS OF HAWKSWORTH WOOD PRIMARY SCHOOL Bingo at the school, last Thursday of each month, 7.30 pm to 9.30 pm (Term time only). HAWKSWORTH WOOD YMCA Lea Farm Mount Tel. 216 2970. Free ‘Connexions’ Access Point - Mon Thursday 3pm - 4pm and Fridays 6-8pm Lunch Club (age 50+) Fridays 11.30am - 1.30pm Parent &Toddler group, Thursdays 9.30 - 11.30am. Park Lane College Courses, Tues - Thurs (Term time) Activity groups in Sports, Drama, Dance, Martial Arts etc. HOLLYBUSH CONSERVATION CENTRE Broad Lane. Tel 274 2335 Volunteers welcome ! Tues - Fri 9am-5pm; 2nd & 4th Sun 9.30am-5pm JAZZ BAND CLUB at the Merry Monk, Kirkstall Hill. Tel: 275 9403 Fridays from 9pm - its free ! MILFORD SPORTS CLUB Beecroft St.Tel 226 3030 see page 38 POVERTY AID UK Collection Warehouse & Charity Shop, 165 Cardigan Road. Tel 274 4099/ 274 6349 ST MARY’S CHURCH HALL Bingo Tuesdays at 8 pm (Doors Open at 6.30pm) Indoor Bowling Thursdays and Fridays,1pm to 4pm Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Hall Hire - Tel. 258 2923 ST STEPHEN’S CHURCH Sunday Services: 8:45am. Holy Communion. 10am.Parish Communion 4pm Evensong, (Said) Midweek Holy Communion: Wednesdays at 11am. Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Rainbows, Brownies, Guides. Contact: Revd Rosemarie Hayes, Tel. 258 2481 email: VESPER GATE HOTEL Tel. 220 0961 Abbey Road. Every Wednesday 'Family Fortunes' Quiz Night.9.30pm-11pm. WEST END HOUSE - Food & Ale Tel. 278 6332 Quiz Nights every Tues & Thursday at 9pmsee page 39 WEST PARK UNITED REFORMED CHURCH Spen Lane, Sunday Service 10.30am Contact : Church Secretary 225 9637

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new face of kirkstall online...

Good News We have just heard that a Leeds City Council grant for £500, to go towards the cost of printing Kirkstall Matters, has been awarded from the Area Management Wellbeing Small Grants. This will be much appreciated as printing and postage costs have recently risen.

Catherine Simpson, KVCA Committee

Sandford Road Play Area Well, my vision for the future of Kirkstall would include a redevelopment of the Sandford Road Children’s Play area... !! A lot of new young families moved into this area. This play area would be ideal for these families, including my own family, to use. However, the swings have gone, the soft floor ripped and the slide is vandalised. Also there is broken glass. I think its disgusting that it has been allowed to get to this state. 1t’s time that we as a community took an interest in it.. !! I would be willing to donate time to help with any projects such as litter picking in the area - but I am terrible with organisation.. !! email from Andrea (via website)

West Park United Reformed Church Spen Lane, all welcome. Remember 11.11.11

Kirkstall Online is a community resource and information website centre for the residents of Kirkstall and those with an interest in the area. Kirkstall Online is a corporate member of the Kirkstall Valley Community Association. We are very pleased that Martin Lewis has responded to Matthew Guy’s appeal in the last issue of Kirkstall Matters. Martin will be helping to maintain the website whilst Matthew is in Canada (see page 22). Please keep sending local news, views and pictures to: info

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News Discussion Board Local Photographs Old Postcards Webspace website for the community Kirkstall Online Resource & Information Centre

“Take a tour of Kirkstall Abbey...”

Come Dancing in the Abbey Grounds Many people enjoyed the refreshments and Bingo in the Tea Dance Marquee at the Festival. The children’s posters and the photographs of Kirkstall were also displayed here (see page 8).

Christmas Fair Saturday 11am - 3pm Opens 11am 11th of November Lunch will be served. A wonderful fair with lots of stalls, bargains galore and gifts. Fun and fellowship which sets the mood for Christmas. Tel. 278 5373 KIRKSTALL MATTERS issue 93 late 2006 PAGE 5

Violet Kennedy from the Vespers comments: “We really appreciated the Tea Dance Marquee but found it difficult to dance to a Jazz Band. It would have been better to have played the familiar dance music from a CD.”

Kirkstall Festival 2006...

Amazing grace...

Festival Service in Kirkstall Abbey Church, 8th July 2006

After the excitement of the Dog Show, the dogs stood quietly in church. The children were eating crisps. Some adults with cans of beer joined the congregation. It was after 4pm and most of us had been enjoying the festival events for several hours. All were warmly welcomed by the Revd Andrew Pearson. The festival theme was “This Sporting Life” and Andrew had brought his football mascot teddy bear with him. Several hundred people were now gathered together in this vast roofless nave. All seats were taken and younger people stood by the towering side walls or leaned on the massive stone pillars. We were very much aware of ‘the ancient times’ , the builder monks, their vision and their Christian faith. Memories of England winning the Ashes made us smile as we started the service by singing ‘Jerusalem’ This year, instead of seeing screening and scaffolding, we looked east - through the great stone windowless frame to see tall trees in full leaf. “In England’s green and pleasant land.” Father Peter Kravos led us in prayers for less fortunate families living in war zones. John Battle MP read from 1 Corinthians 9: 19-27 ‘All may enter the race...’ Then the Festival Children’s Choir softly sang ‘Swing Low, sweet chariot’ bringing tears to many eyes.

Archdeacon Peter Burrows & Revd Andrew Pearson

The lively band played “Amazing grace!” and we sang “When we’ve been there a thousand years, Bright shining as the sun, We’ve no less days to sing God’s praise Than when we first begun.” Chairman John Liversedge thanked the community team helpers, past and present, for their efforts. We were pleased to have founder KVCA member, Marjorie Kilby, with us. Rain clouds gathered above our heads as we sang the final hymn. “Abide with me, fast falls the eventide; The darkness deepens; Lord, with me abide:” The rain held off. This service, planned by the Abbey Churches Together, was appreciated by both old and young. Join us next year on Saturday, 14th July 2007. Val Crompton

Archdeacon Peter Burrows, robed in red, spoke to us about the World Cup and how “the England team had united those of different races, faiths and cultures. We were as a nation one, in support of our national team... As Christians we are called to be involved with all aspects of life, outward focused and engaged with our world. We need each other, combining our skills into a team effort.” The Festival Children’s Choir KIRKSTALL MATTERS issue 93 late 2006 PAGE 6

Were you there?...

15,000 attend 26th Festival...

KVCA Chairman’s Festival Report Our 26th annual Kirkstall Festival has now gone by and we are already well into planning the 27th which will be on Saturday July 14th 2007. Once again we were blessed with a very good attendance. We estimated upwards of 15,000 people came through the gates. As usual we were very disappointed with the programme sales. We do need more volunteers to sell programmes. I don’t think it’s a case of people refusing to buy them - it’s simply a case of we don’t have enough people at the gates selling them. I think everyone enjoyed themselves, I know I did. We always try to provide as wide a range of entertainment in order to try to please everyone. The only complaints we had this year were about parking. It was made worse this year due to one very inconsiderate person who parked so badly they blocked Vesper Lane! The mayhem that this caused was terrible and we do apologise. We have plans to arrange for improved parking facilities on Festival day, so do bear with us. The only downside to this year’s Festival for us is that the Police are now charging us for their attendance at the Festival. We need the Police for the Children’s Parade and also a Police presence in the Abbey grounds throughout the day. This is for the safety of the council tax paying public, a family fun day out. If we were holding a protest parade or meeting then we would not have to pay. It is everyone’s right to protest. We do intend to place our objections before the Police Authority and I would ask our local councillors and M.P. to ask questions on our behalf. Our Kirkstall Festival is a community event. Where do we get the money from to pay the Police? I am told it will cost us even more next year! If we do not get a sponsor or a grant to cover the cost then we must look to either doing away with the Parade or cutting down on the amount of attractions, I don’t think so! We have come a long way in 27 years, a lot of people have worked very hard to make the Festival the attraction it is today. We should not have to put money in Police coffers to help balance their budget. Please write to your councillor and M.P. and protest. I do hope you enjoyed the Festival this year and that you will be with us again next year. John Liversedge KIRKSTALL MATTERS issue 93 late 2006 PAGE 7

Vicarage View/Station Parade

Festival Photo & Poster Competitions results... Photo Competition 2006 Photos were displayed at the Kirkstall Festival. The picture that received the most votes was a moonlit and misty black and white photo of Kirkstall Abbey by Neil Windsor. The runner-up was Zoe Freeman’s colour photo of Autumn reflections in the River Aire. These photos are now kept in the KVCA archives. Certificates have been sent to Neil and Zoe.

Poster Competition Winners 2006

Sponsored by The West End House

Kirkstall Abbey from Morris Lane by Neil Windsor of Quarry Bank Court, Kirkstall

Overall Winner whose design was used on the Front Cover of the Programme: Estelle McLellan, age 11 Kirkstall St Stephens Primary School

River Aire, Kirkstall Weir by Zoe Freeman, Victoria Road, Liverpool KIRKSTALL MATTERS issue 93 late 2006 PAGE 8

Festival 2006 Poster Competition - winners... John Battle MP presenting Estelle McLellan with her winning entry framed.

Poster Competition Winners Age 4/5 1st prize 2nd prize 3rd prize

Jonny Hall Sonya Tariq Mehrnaz Bodrassami

Burley St Matthias Primary School Rosebank Primary School Beecroft Primary School

Age 6 1st prize 2nd prize 3rd prize

Kion Zolfaghary Jahneah Jeffrey Menul Patel

Burley St Matthias Primary School Burley St Matthias Primary School Rosebank Primary School

Age 7 1st prize 2nd prize 3rd prize

Tiarney Notay Belinda Lockwood Robert Forsyth

Kirkstall Valley Primary School Sacred Heart Primary School Kirkstall Valley Primary School

Age 8 1st prize 2nd prize 3rd prize

Simone Kelly Cameron Harrison Georgia Charles

Beecroft Primary School Kirkstall Valley Primary School Beecroft Primary School

Age 9 1st prize 2nd prize 3rd prize

Tiah Richardson Kirkstall Valley Primary School Abdul Hakim Norazman Kirkstall Valley Primary School Katie Wood Beecroft Primary School

Age 10 1st prize 2nd prize 3rd prize

Olivia Winn Shannon Castlehouse Jessica Emmonds

Kirkstall Valley Primary School Sacred Heart Primary School Hawkesworth Wood Primary School

Age 11 1st prize 2nd prize 3rd prize

Thomas Mclaughlin Waad Abduljabbar Chloe Beswick

Sacred Heart Primary School Sacred Heart Primary School Kirkstall St Stephens Primary

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Young writers’ award 2006...

Vicar moves on...

Young Writers’ Award All pieces by pupils published this year in Kirkstall Matters have been considered for the

World of Peace Happiness is around the world, There’s friendship, Loving, Caring, Around the earth. What would earth be like without peace?

KVCA Young Writers’ Award 2006. The winner of a £10 W.H.Smith token is

Chelsie Kearsley aged 10 from Beecroft Primary School The judge, Mary Larner, says I would like to have given 2 prizes this year as the difference in age and subject matter between 10-11 year olds and 6 year-olds and an abstract concept "Peace" and the sight-and-sound inspiration in Wet Weather is substantial. There is some real talent in Beecroft Primary School and really good use of vocabulary. Particularly thoughtful work is shown in the Peace poems. I have chosen one of these, Chelsie Kearsley's, as this year's winner. Her positive attitude and simple, straightforward style are really good.

Smiling, hugging with other people can make you feel better inside, No matter how different you think you are, we’re all the same, Without pollution, violence and killing the world would be a better place, Friendship, Loving, Caring and protecting is PEACE!

Highly commended are Abigail Broadbent for her colour imagery and effective ending, Christopher Bradley with his idea of a world where all the soldiers are toys.

Chelsie Kearsley, age 10

After Thursday, September 14th and its violent storm, the Wet Weather poems read very appropriately and there are some wonderful images of wild, wet, windy and noisy storms. Highly commended here are Lorna Parker with different sounds, and Thomas Burden, short and snappy and to the point, including a leak in the roof! I liked Leanne's use of capitals for immediacy and Lucy's image of us all sailing in one boat, and Emrys's rainbow of hope. Kirsty had a very noisy storm with more delicate snowflakes at the end, and Anya has a good lightning word 'crackety' to go with the crash of thunder. I hope you all carry on writing such good poems: I look forward to reading some more.

Mary Larner “I’m writing a poem about autumn leaves in Kirkstall...”

Peace be with you The Revd Andrew Pearson, Vicar of St Mary’s & St Andrew’s, is seen here leading the Festival Service in Kirkstall Abbey. Andrew is moving on to Woodlesford and will be Licensed as Priest-in-Charge of Oulton & Woodlesford and Methley & Mickletown on 20th November.

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Half-time Vicar... Celebration at St Stephen’s...

Edmund Butler, Bishop John & Revd Rosemarie Hayes

New Priest in Charge 30th June, 2006 Kirkstall St Stephen's Church was packed for the Licensing, by Bishop John, of Revd Rosemarie Hayes as Priest-in-Charge of St Stephen's. Rosemarie is the Vicar of St Margaret's Horsforth and this is an additional role for her. Many of us had seen photos in the press of Rosemarie plummeting to earth in a sponsored parachute jump with her curate from St Margaret's. Rosemarie said "It was the event of a lifetime!"

Rosemarie with Archdeacon Peter Burrows

Rosemarie will continue as Vicar of St Margaret’s, Horsforth but is committed to giving half her time to St Stephen’s. Both churches are part of the new ‘Cluster’. There will be a Joint Cluster Service at 4pm on Sunday, 3rd December at St James’, Woodside. Curate Revd Brenda Wood and Rosemarie will lead the children’s confirmation classes, starting in October. Brenda, Bishop John & Rosemarie

The Licensing was a very happy and colourful celebration, with representatives from the Kirkstall Community and music led by the choirs of both churches. Rosemarie was warmly welcomed and presented to the congregation by the Patron Edmund Butler. Archdeacon Peter Burrows installed Rosemarie in her seat in the chancel. As her first act of ministry, Rosemarie led the people in prayer. Bishop John then told us the story about John Wesley in 1786 preaching at the barn in Low Fold, near the Fleece Pub in Horsforth. Things became violent and John Wesley was attacked by the Horsforth mob. He left hurriedly and took refuge in the chapel at Kirkstall Forge, which became known as Wesley’s Parlour. Even in 1835 it is recorded that “preachers in Horsforth got rough treatment from a wild and ignorant population!”

Ian Blackburn, Headteacher at St Stephen’s

Fortunately things have changed for the better as Rosemarie begins her new role in the two communities.

Val Crompton

The Butler Family at St Stephen’s celebration

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A visit to The Leeds Library... a step back in time... Engraving 1816 by Thomas Taylor

Do you recognise this Leeds building? Many people are unaware of the existence of The Leeds Library. It is the oldest surviving subscription library in the country, in the heart of Leeds City Centre. The Leeds Library door, on Commercial Street, is easily missed. It is set back between the Disney Store and the Britannia Building Society. If you step back, it is clear they share the same classical white building. It was purpose-built as a library in 1808 with shops on the ground floor to provide income. The library had been founded 50 years earlier in 1758. Once through the security system, you step back in time. The chairlift and the stairs take you into the library. Reception is in the main room, as is a small comfortable coffee area. Here the more popular books and magazines are kept. There are touches of the past – the “sunlight” gas lamps are rare survivals from the middle of the 19th century. I liked the handsome carriage clock near the entrance and the spiral staircase to access the balconies. Our meeting was in the “new room” – an extension made in 1880 by Thomas Ambler and enlarged by the addition of a wrought iron gallery twenty years later by George Curzon – both noted Leeds architects. The whole room has recently been renovated – showing off the beautiful glazed roof and the ornate plasterwork. Our host was the librarian, Geoffrey Forster, who gave us an insight into the history of the library. When the Leeds Library started the only other library in Leeds would have been that of the Leeds Grammar School. The Leeds Library was based on Liverpool Library. The link here is believed to be Joseph Priestley as the Leeds Library was founded within weeks of his arrival in Leeds from West Lancashire where he was a member of Liverpool Library.

Apart from discovering oxygen, the Revd Joseph Priestley was a Unitarian minister at the then new Mill Hill Chapel. He was the Leeds Library’s first secretary. The Leeds Library was ahead of its time in two ways – one was that it produced a written catalogue. Even the Oxbridge Colleges didn’t Joseph Priestley, (centre) have such a thing. Leeds City Square The other was that women were enrolled as members. From the outset the library set out to purchase a selection of worthy books – as befitting a gentleman’s library. Soon this was extended to include popular literature; a few titles were too popular. The committee tried to have some books destroyed – but the members vetoed this. The expectation was that the vast majority of the stock would be kept. This is still the case today with 1000 books per year being acquired. The Leeds Library now possesses some valuable books. The oldest book in the collection is dated 1494. Public libraries were set up in late Victorian times. Many private libraries then ceased to exist, often donating their collections to the public libraries. Others sold off some of the gems in their collection to keep going. The Leeds Library was fortunate in receiving the income generated by the retail premises. It is now considering becoming a charity. It will then be able to access funds for the preservation of the Grade II* listed building. A greater public involvement is felt to be essential for a healthy future of the organisation. In all, a most interesting and enjoyable visit to “a real gem”. Ann Lightman See for details

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A Second World War Experience ... Leeds Civic Trust

Heritage Open days September 2006 WHERE WILL YOU FIND TWO BIRDS WITH ONE STONE?

Everyone’s War Whilst visitors came to Kirkstall, some of us went to Horsforth to the Second World War Experience Centre. Cathy Pugh and Dr Peter Liddle made us very welcome and showed us wartime diaries and memorabilia from the vast collection. We saw an excellent educational package. New modules are now being developed for use in schools. Future generations will be able to see WWII memorabilia, and listen to voices relating wartime experiences.

The Centre needs you! If you were at school /work during WWII, have memorabilia relating to your own experience or that of a family member or friend, contact the Centre (tel. 0113 258 9637). The next generation need primary sources if they are to understand how it really was during WWII. The enthusiastic team at the Centre also needs more volunteers to help in recording memories and collecting documents etc. The Centre is international and has a world-wide team of interviewers.

Look at the website Each month, new material is added to the website, see

Kirkstall Hero I’m collecting together details about Kirkstall hero, P.O. Charles Alec Bird, to pass on to the Centre.

Val Crompton

In July 1940, John Bond was ten years old when he witnessed the plane crash in which P.O. Alec Bird died. John collected pieces from the wreckage of Alec Bird’s Hurricane and the German JU88. John wrote about the event in Kirkstall Matters issue 82. Charles Alec Bird (19171940), who grew up on Hawksworth Wood Estate and attended Leeds Modern School, is buried in Adel Churchyard. (Val Crompton is seen here, on Remembrance Sunday 2003, next to the grave of both P.O. Alec Bird & his mother Ada Bird.) John Bond with Alec’s widow, Marjorie. in 2003

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Shakespeare Festival... Fantasia at the Abbey...

The Cloisters provided an idyllic setting for two of Shakespeare's most popular plays, A Midsummer Night's Dream and Romeo & Juliet. These productions are performed in Elizabethan costumes. with live music, exciting sword fights and comedy.

I went with a group of friends to the Saturday matinee of Romeo & Juliet with young and talented Sean Brosnan & Liana Weafer as the lovers. I've only attended evening performances before and was afraid that the atmosphere would be less magical. Once the play started, the time of day was irrelevant - we were all Sean Brosnan enthralled. The acoustics were excellent, especially for an open air performance, so that we could concentrate on the meaning. It was an excellent professional production. I was impressed by the range of voices you could recognise each character immediately from this alone, should you have difficulty seeing who was talking. Each person looked and sounded the part. Amongst the pluses of an afternoon performance is that there seemed to be less distracting noises. A siren was heard, a plane did come over and trains passed by but they seemed less of an intrusion than at night. The cold and damp did not intrude (the audience are on covered, tiered seating) though in the break I noticed the mulled wine and hot chocolate were in high demand.

In all it was a wonderful treat on a grey Saturday. The car parking, opposite the Museum is now much improved. If you have not been before, do make the effort to see a production next year. The tickets were ÂŁ15 each - for a really special afternoon. Ann Lightman

Classical Fantasia, open-air evening performance of classical music and fireworks at Kirkstall Abbey Saturday 16 September Now in its 14th year, Classical Fantasia is one of the highlights of the year in Leeds, attracting crowds of 9,000 people. The 12th century abbey is a spectacular backdrop for an evening of music from the Northern Ballet Theatre orchestra. The free event is renowned for its fireworks the main display accompanies the finale of the event, a stunning performance of the 1812 Festival Overture by Tchaikovsky. Tickets are limited to two per person. Following the ticket launch in July, any remaining can be collected from the City Centre Box Office in The Carriageworks on Millennium Square. Make sure you get your free two tickets in July 2007.

Liana Weafer

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Shakespeare Festival Kirkstall Abbey Cloisters August Robert J Williamson & Mina Anwar 2006

Autumn gardening activities in Kirkstall... Activities at the Paxton Centre 186 Kirkstall Lane The Gardeners’ Friday Forum meet on the 1st & 3rd Fridays of each month at 1.30-3.30 pm in the Paxton Centre. This is an opportunity to come and listen to interesting speakers and gain valuable horticultural knowledge. A "display table" is available at most meetings to enable members to display both their successes and failures, and where necessary get advice from the other members. New members are welcome, both to the Society and the Group. Flower Arranging There are two separate classes, on the 1st Thursday of each month at 1.30-3pm and 7.30-9pm The Saturday Evening, Table Show and Discussion Group meets every Saturday evening 8pm-10pm, up to and including 2nd December (except 25 November). As well as pot plants, flowers, arrangements and vegetables there are open classes for horticultural exhibits, art, photography and cookery. Friends of Paxton meet on the first Monday of each Month at 10am to keep the grounds around the hall in good condition - good hands-on experience if you would like to join in. For Show Schedule or more details , please contact Graham Wheatley. The hall is also available for hire. Contact Graham Wheatley on 0113 256 3055

West Yorkshire Fuchsia Society We meet on the 3rd Wednesday of the month at Headingley St Columba United Reformed Church, 7.30 -9.30pm New members are very welcome. You can learn about growing or showing fuchsias at our friendly meetings. Next meeting is on Wednesday 18th October British Fuchsia Society slides, plus general fuchsia discussion. Contact Graham Wheatley 0113 256 3055

Paxton Horticultural Society Paxton Centre, 186 Kirkstall Lane

Late Autumn Show Saturday 25 November 2006 2 - 4.30pm Classes for late flowering chrysanthemums, pot plants, fruit & vegetables, flower arranging, cookery & crafts Open for exhibitors from 6.30 - 10pm on Friday 24 Nov 8.30 - 11.45am on Saturday25 Nov. All leaves bright and beautiful. The Lord God made them fall but He doesn’t have to sweep them all up...

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Exhibitions... landscape & people... A major new exhibition at Ripon Cathedral runs until December 2006 The cathedral is open every day from 7.30am - 6.30pm, free admission. Eleven two metre high panels show photographs of landmarks and life throughout the Ripon & Leeds Diocese. A photo competition attracted a high quality of entrants. The competition was divided into two categories, ‘landscape’ and ‘people’. The winning landscape entry was a lovely snow scene of Richmond in North Yorkshire by Jennifer Patrick. An excellent runnerup was Roger Davis’s spring picture of Kirkstall Abbey with the daffodils. The Headingley Deanery section included highly commended photos of ‘people’, taken at Kirkstall Festival by Val Crompton.

The Great North Art Show at Ripon Cathedral This is an annual event during September. Admission is free. It is a major exhibition of contemporary art by professional Yorkshire Artists. There is something for everyone, a great variety of styles (including pastel pictures of Kirkstall by David Greenwood), in a wonderful setting. We visited the Art Show on 14 September and Photos: Val Crompton also looked at an interesting Ripon Art Show display of wool tapestry kneelers with colourful Yorkshire scenes, and enjoyed the lunchtime concert. These are held every Thursday 1.15 - 2pm. For details, see Ann Lightman

Pictures of Kirkstall trees, gardens & wildlife KVCA members have commented on the lovely gardens and trees in Kirkstall. The oak trees have a bumper crop. The grey squirrels and jays are now enjoying a busy time collecting acorns. Please send in photographs of trees and gardens of Kirkstall Valley to Kirkstall Matters. We would especially like to have photos or line drawings of the gardens entered in the Leeds in Bloom competition, or of local wildlife. We can show these in black and white in the next issue but they could be displayed in colour on Kirkstall Online website and at Kirkstall Festival 2007.

Kirkstall Festival stalls

Mature shady trees have been much appreciated this hot summer! Squirrels

© Paul Holdcroft


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Is this a place for a graffiti art space? ... Graffiti: a new approach to an old problem? Residents and those who walk through the railway tunnel at the end of the Vicarages, will be well aware of the graffiti that peppers the walls and other areas nearby. The Council have been consistent in their approach of sending out a team of people on a regular basis to re-paint the tunnel walls. This provides a blank canvas each time for new graffiti to appear. Some of us who live in the Vicarages are discussing a new approach to the problem. This would involve making the tunnel a legitimate graffiti art space.

So rather than the Council spending money on re-painting the walls, the money could be used to employ a graffiti artist. The artist would work with local young people on creating a permanent piece of graffiti art that represents the local area. Residents may then enjoy and feel proud of the Kirkstall art space. A full costing of such a project, as well as how best to involve everyone would need to be fully worked out. We are seeking your views. Is this something that you feel would be worth exploring in more detail? Please let us know what you think.

Sue, Natalia, Olivia and Jonny, Vicarage View

Help & Advice John Battle's Surgeries First Saturday in each month Cow Close Library, Butterbowl Drive - 9.30am Armley Library - 10.30am Bramley Library, Hough Lane - 12 noon Third Saturday in each month St Johns Church, Dixon Lane - 9.30am Kirkstall Housing Office - 10.30am Heights Library, Heights Drive - 11.30am Burley Lodge Centre, Burley Lodge Road - 12.30pm

Contact details: John Battle MP

Unit 31 Whingate Business Park Leeds LS12 3AT tel. 0113 231 0258

Help & advice from your local Councillors: Saturdays 10.30 -11am Kirkstall Neighbourhood Housing Office, 45 Kirkstall Lane LS5 3BE Thursdays 12.30 Hawksworth Wood Community Centre, 6 Broadway LS5 3PR Civic Hall tel. 247 4045 Cllr Bernard Atha home tel. 267 2485 Cllr John Illingworth tel. 267 3735 Cllr Liz Minkin tel. 278 0218

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Birthday Parties at Abbey House Museum If you are looking for a birthday celebration with a difference, why not book a Birthday Party at the Museum? Our parties give children a chance to be creative and explore the museum and its objects in a fun and unique way. Party Planning Birthday Parties take place on Sunday mornings from 10am - 11.30 During this time, your group will have exclusive use of our Activity Room. Your group will be led in a craft activity (which you choose when booking). Materials will be provided, and the children can take home what they make. There will also be time to look around the museum, enjoying the chance to dress up and have a go at the penny in the slot machines. The party is suitable for children aged between 7 - 14 years. We can take up to 10 children per party. We provide a party leader and the materials. The Birthday Party costs £30. Pre-booking is essential tel. 0113 230 5492

Education Workshops Specially designed workshops are available led by a freelance educator at a charge of £40 per session. Suitable for Key Stage 1 & 2: Houses & Homes, Going to the Seaside and Shops & Shopping, and Toys & Games. Booking essential

Reminiscence Box Scheme To hire a box of objects for a day centre or nursing home, please phone for details or a leaflet This service is free of charge.

Abbey House Museum tel. 0113 230 5492

The Abbot’s Tea Rooms

Index of Advertisers Abbey Guest House Abbey House Museum Workshops Abbot’s Tea Rooms Accident Repairs - Branch Auto Bodies Alison James – Optician

19 18 18 42 44

Bargain Booze B. Bex – Joinery Beecroft Primary School & Nursery

43 43 37

Computer Help - Martin Lewis Computers - Media Magic Computers Computers - Steve Dunn PC Services Co-op Leeds CPS – Airedale, Quality Printing

40 47 19 46 45

Doyle Roofing & Property Maintenance Electrical Installation - Tony Wilson Fisher Autos - Vehicle Repairs Footloose Dance & Theatre Arts Funeral Directors - John Holt

42 40 44 48 43

Greenhows of Leeds - Vacuum Cleaners


Hawksworth Wood Community Association Head 1st - Gents Hair & Treatment Room Headingley & Kirkstall CND J.News Newsagents Kaydan Gas Services – Gary Rhodes Kirkstall Leisure Centre Kirkstall Newsagents, VT & BV Hajari Kirkstall Online - Community Website Kirkstall St Stephen’s Pre School Kirkstall Valley Primary School Nursery

41 45 47 44 46 19 40 5 38 38

Mark Johnson – Re-upholstery Milford Sports & Social Club McClarys Launderette & Dry Cleaners Mick Patrickson – Joinery & Builder N.L.S. - National Legal Services - Wills

44 39 43 40 45

Printer - Simon of Smallprintleeds Sports Massage The Bookshop Kirkstall The Mill Race Organic Restaurant Tiling - Brian Hurst West End House - Food & Ale

42 41 19 42 41 39

Abbey House Museum

Please call 230 5492 for further details. Mon: Closed all day Tuesday-Friday: 10am – 5pm Saturday: 12pm – 5pm Sunday: 12 noon – 4pm Last admission is 4pm each day OAP Special: 2 course lunch with tea or coffee for £4 every Friday

Is your business Kirkstall based? Why not advertise in Kirkstall Matters? Advertising is low-cost and effective Circulation of 1000 copies -only £10 per quarter page Mail us at to find out more. We need you to support us and help pay for the production of our Community Magazine.

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Kirkstall Leisure Centre Looking for somewhere to hold a meeting or event? We now have a Meeting Room Available every day one off or long term bookings Seats up to 25 people. Children’s Parties, local groups and businesses welcome Contact Reception for further details: Kirkstall Leisure Centre

Kirkstall Lane, Leeds LS5 3BE Tel 0113 214 4555/6

Kirkstall – your local leisure centre

The Bookshop, Kirkstall 10 Commercial Road, Kirkstall, Leeds LS5 3AQ Telephone 0113 278 0937

Second-Hand & Out-of-Print Books Open Monday to Saturday 10:15am to 4:30pm, and at other times by arrangement.

English Tourism Council


Steve Dunn PC Services For home PC users and small businesses PC & Laptop Troubleshooting and Repair Upgrading PC hardware or software Home/small office networks and general advice

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Meet Kirkstall photographer Olivia Brabbs... Photographer Olivia Brabbs has lived on Vicarage View in Kirkstall for five years. Olivia developed a passion for photography from an early age, inspired by her father, wellknown landscape photographer Derry Brabbs. After several years working as a senior Occupational Therapist, Olivia decided to focus fully on her photography. She moved to Leeds to complete post graduate education and planned to only stay a couple of years. Olivia says

I work as part of a female photographers cooperative ‘The Photographers Workshop’ . In a male dominated industry, we take a more sensitive and intuitive approach to people photography. My biggest passion is photographing children. Although I offer studio sessions, my preference is for home-based shoots to really capture the character of a child. Children are so much more comfortable in their own environment. I work on a variety of commissions, from PR campaign work to model portfolios. My boyfriend (a Vicarage View resident!) is drummer for Leeds band Vib Gyor and so I also undertake quite a bit of music photography.

“ I now can’t imagine living anywhere else! I love the sense of community spirit and pride in the Kirkstall area. People seem to care about local issues such as graffiti and traffic control. They take positive action rather than just whinging about things. We’ve just had our annual street BBQ. This is always a great opportunity to catch up with neighbours old and new.

I still like to complete personal projects. With all the changes and development in Kirkstall, I have been using my camera to document the sometimes depressing sights we pass during our day to day lives. It saddens me that in Kirkstall, with such beautiful heritage and parkland, buildings such as the Neighbourhood Centre exist. Exciting changes now seem to be on the horizon. Kirkstall Matters is a valuable source of updates.”

For more details tel. 07779 345819 or see

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A Play for Kirkstall... Oct 15th St Stephen’s Hall... Kirkstall hits the stage again! Ray Brown introduces his latest play VACANT POSSESSION – a play for Kirkstall! By and large writers live sheltered lives, but sometimes we walk into situations that demand dramatisation. Buying 7 Victoria Terrace, Kirkstall, was like that. It was 1981, I knocked on a door and stepped into the quirky, twilight world of an ageing eccentric. The house heaved with junk. The rooms were stuffed, some to the ceiling! Pinned on walls, doors and furniture were reminder notes, written on bits of Kraft Cheese Portion boxes. When I finally moved in, I cleared, amongst other things, nineteen beds, chests of drawers, bus seats, boxes of sparking plugs, boxes of general junk and dozens of corned beef tins overflowing with nuts and bolts. Sam Palmer was gaunt, balding and a bit of a dandy. He was a wheelerdealer who once owned a service station and a small coal mine, or so he said. He was a man who loved the old Audsley Auction Rooms: he couldn’t resist a bargain. A man who lived on bananas, processed cheese, corned beef and limeade. A man who, fearing memory loss and ill health, had decided to kill himself. He soon wanted me help him in this ‘quest for oblivion.’ That is the origin of VACANT POSSESSION, it is not a documentary. It’s a comedy about age and the loss of idealism.

So it isn’t Sam and Ray you’ll see on stage. It’s Joseph ‘Tiger Boy’ Sweeting, a wily old eccentric and Gary Roebuck, a gullible young Lefty trying to do and say the right thing. You’ll see Maggie in her pearls, frilly blouse, cloche hat, blue suit and matching handbag. She is, as Joe explains ‘Not as other ladies.’ Our first Maggie exploded when I forgot to turn off the generator in rehearsals! Not to worry, we bought another two, just to be on the safe side! There’s no laughter without tears. I’m aiming for a large portion of laughter with side helpings of thought, understanding and acceptance of life’s trials. Normal Productions is the partnership of myself and Ros Marsden. Some of you will remember our last production, LIVING PRETTY which was based on the life of Alfred Williams (who lived at No 5 Victoria Terrace!). LIVING PRETTY not only got a great reception at Kirkstall St Stephen’s, it was also praised by The Times and nominated one of the twenty five best touring shows in the UK by the British Council. It’s a hard act to follow but I think we’ve done it! Helping knock the script into shape are two masters of their crafts: Trevor Griffiths (THE PARTY, COMEDIANS, REDS) and David Nobbs (THE TWO RONNIES, REGINALD PERRIN, A BIT OF A DO). Joe is played by Geoffrey Wilkinson. Geoffrey has huge experience in both theatre and television. Gary is played by Jamie Smelt, a founder member of the increasingly respected Icabod Productions theatre company. With them he’s played lead roles in A YORKSHIRE TRAGEDY and also FOUR NIGHTS IN KNARESBOROUGH and MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING. Jamie is also a stand-up comic, which has to help! But it wasn’t individual actors that we looked for. It was a comedic relationship. We auditioned actors in pairs. We mixed and matched talent. When we put Geoffrey and Jamie together we knew we’d struck gold. They are made for each other. So come to St Stephen’s Hall to experience an unusual bit of history of Kirkstall. October 15th, 7.30pm is the last show of the tour – good to end it fifty yards from where it all started 25 years ago.

Geoffrey Wilkinson and Jamie Smelt in Vacant Possession – for more details see

Ray Brown (See enclosed flyer for more details.)

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Letter from Canada

Kirkstall Valley landscape...

Matthew Guy is the founder of Kirkstall Online. He moved to Canada with his partner in July this year. Matthew is looking for people to help with the website, write news articles and help to update and monitor the discussion boards. If you wish to become involved visit Last time I wrote something for Kirkstall Matters I was sitting in our living room in the 1930’s two bed semi-detached house in Kirkstall which was home for the past 10 years. The view out of the window was very different to the one today. Today I sit in our 1830’s wooden farmhouse in rural Nova Scotia, Canada. The house is bigger and cost about half the Leeds property and we have 10 acres of land and woods. House prices are cheap but the economy is depressed, so finding work will not be easy. There is culture shock when you move to a new country - even one which seems as similar as Canada and the UK. At times you feel like a child again – how do I register my car? Licence the dog? Get the boiler serviced? It is especially hard when the boiler is called a furnace, uses oil or wood and is almost as big as our spare bedroom in Leeds. I even had to take a driving test which was almost as scary as the first time 16 years ago.

Kirkstall Valley 8.40am 28 Jan 06

In pride of place over our fireplace is a large print on canvas of a colour photograph by Kirkstall photographer Paul Holdcroft of the mist over Kirkstall Valley. It’s great to show people who visit where you come from and then inevitably we talk about the similarities and differences between the communities. The place we have settled in is called “Paradise” and in many ways it is. In Leeds we lived on the Edens – so I think it is appropriate we have moved from Eden to Paradise. This past weekend we added a new member to our household, a Labrador/Nova Scotian Duck Tolling Retriever cross from “Lab Rescue”. Dylan the dog

It has been exciting though as well as frustrating. The first time we saw chipmunks running past the window was fantastic, as was the first humming bird! We were so excited when suddenly there were three deer in the front garden and the same day a fox walked through the “yard”. Just like Kirkstall we live in a valley, with a beautiful river running through it. I have started doing voluntary work with a group which monitors the water quality at various locations on the river and posts the information on large boards. Like in Kirkstall the road we live on has many people who have lived here years – we are just all spread out more. As the space between neighbours is greater it takes a bit more effort to be neighbourly but after just over two months we have met most people in the immediate neighbourhood.

Photo: Paul Holdcroft

We are very pleased with how Dylan has settled in – although our cat we brought with us from Kirkstall is far less impressed. Best wishes, Matthew Guy

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Planning matters... Elida Gibbs : can this Ground be kept open to the public? What do you think? The Elida Gibbs Sports Ground is on the top of Kirkstall Hill with public access via Stanmore Terrace. In the 1980’s there was a successful local campaign to keep the ground as a recreation area when it was threatened with development. Leeds City Council agreed a land swap with the owners, so the houses were built elsewhere.

Recently there has been a proposal for development of this land. This involves changing the name of the ground to the 1895 Heritage Ground and converting the space to a girls’ rugby training ground. It would involve levelling the land and building a 55-space car park, as well as a two-storey clubhouse building. The clubhouse building would house a Rugby museum, as well as changing rooms and educational spaces. The land would be managed by a private/public partnership. Local residents have expressed concerns. Whilst the demand for a girls’ rugby training area is real on a regional level, the questions are whether there is a local demand and whether this ground is the best place for such a development. There doesn’t seem to be enough space on the site for the facilities to make a training ground large enough to cope with the regional demand. The space is only just large enough to fit one full size pitch and one half size pitch/training area.

Located as it is cheek-by-jowl with homes, the goal ends of the pitch would have to be fenced off, to a height in excess of the goal posts. Access would have to be restricted, as the ground must be kept clean and free of detritus for health and safety reasons. This raises the question of how to balance the public right of access with the use of the ground for girls’ rugby. The proposal includes a public path around the outside of the pitches, between the fences. Given the number of rugby pitches in the local area, it seems strange that one of the remaining public spaces should be converted to a rugby pitch with restricted access to the public. The proximity of the ground to Headingley Rugby ground has led some residents to be suspicious of the proposal, fearing that the land may be converted into a car park for the Rhinos. Leeds Rugby has previously tried to get the Elida Gibbs Ground for corporate parking on match days. In 2000 Caddick Developments applied for planning permission for sports pitches. Steve Ball, the operations manager for Leeds Rhinos is also the contact person for the proposed development. He has committed to a public consultation to discuss the proposals. Some residents have suggested an alternative idea for the Elida Gibbs ground. The land could also be home to a small nature strip, this could serve as a buffer zone between the neighbouring houses and the playing fields. The BBC are currently running a project called Breathing Spaces which offers funding for developing areas to ‘connect with local wildlife’. They have £5M of lottery funding to allocate. In Kirkstall there is a youth football group, Kirkstall Crusaders. They have over 100 members, but they do not have a permanent training facility. Kirkstall Crusaders have been given a lease to use the Elida Gibbs Ground for the next 12 months by the council. They are installing some containers on the tarmac covered area to act as changing rooms. Their presence does not change the public access rights to the land and seems a good use of the space. The space is not really big enough for their purposes either, but they are glad to get anywhere to play, as they do not have a space that they can call ‘home’ elsewhere.

Martin Lewis Contacts: Steve Ball: Residents: Crusaders: Mandy Long, BBC Breathing spaces:

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Sites for concern... road accidents in Kirkstall Since January 2001 there have been at least 146 road accidents near the Kirkstall District Centre where the police were involved. Most of the injuries were minor, and nobody has yet been killed, but 12 of the victims were seriously injured. The accident locations are marked on the map. In some cases there were so many accidents that the symbols obscure one another. Side streets were excluded from this survey, so the overall totals may be greater than those given here. These figures are higher than expected for suburban junctions. The intersection between Abbey Road, Bridge Road, Commercial Road and Kirkstall Lane has been officially designated as a “site for concern”. Most accidents occurred in dry weather during daylight hours. Accidents on the A65 were concentrated in the morning and evening peaks, but 38% of accidents on Leeds and Bradford Road took place on Sundays. One third of the people involved were aged between 20 – 29. Right turns were the major problem. How come there are so many accidents when the entire complex was only recently designed? Part of the story dates back to 1994, when the council hastily granted highway approval for a supermarket at Savins Mill Way before the planning application had been delivered! At the time, Leeds highway engineers favoured a supermarket on the Cardigan Fields site, which received an easy assessment. The developer who fronted the Morrison’s scheme discovered this and insisted on the same treatment. It turned out that the computer models showed a queue of cars that was longer than the road that was supposed to hold them, but having once said “yes” the city would have faced a multi-million pound compensation claim if it later refused to build it. The road layout was completely re-designed at least four times before construction in an attempt to make it work. It is now being re-designed to accommodate the A65 quality bus scheme and the new developments planned for the former Kwik Save and Allders / BHS sites. I have asked to see the detailed traffic studies, but the council will not release them. I am appealing for access under the Freedom of Information Act. The A660 and the A65 are the most congested radial routes in Leeds. These roads are operating at maximum capacity for long periods each day. The only way to move more vehicles is to extend the morning and evening peaks. The position is expected to deteriorate further with the expansion of Leeds Bradford airport.

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New Kirkstall District Centre plans & concerns... Kirkstall District Centre The outline planning application for the proposed development on this huge site, from Beecroft Street to Commercial Road and Kirkstall Hill and Lane, will be considered by the Council's Plans Panel at its October 5th meeting. There are urgent discussions taking place involving the developers and the Council and the primary care trust about how the joint service centre will best fit on the site, and how the funding will work. When resolved, this will form part of a detailed planning application. This is an important element of the plans. It would provide us with a range of services not available now and, alongside a vibrant retail offer and high quality public spaces, will ensure that the site really will be a new heart for Kirkstall.

Cllr Liz Minkin

Kirkstall District Centre: Environmental concerns I was only made aware of the proposal for the new construction in the last issue of Kirkstall Matters and missed the consultation. Will energy and resource saving aspects be included in the construction? As the price of energy rises, the economic as well as the environmental arguments for energy efficient buildings becomes stronger by the day. Passive solar water heating, photovoltaics (the production of electricity straight from the sun), wind power and rain-water collection and/or grey water re-cycling are all viable technologies that can be added to a build for a fraction of the total construction costs.

Consultation at Milford Sports Club 24 July 2006

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PHOTOS: Val Crompton

Concerns over loss of mature trees... Felling of trees in the glebe land, Vicarage View and Station Parade All the beautiful healthy trees in the grounds of the glebe land at the junction of Vicarage View and Station Parade were summarily felled in June. We were alerted by local residents who were enormously upset and angry. The Council immediately put a Tree Preservation Order on the whole of the St. Stephen's Church site.

Garden Party, July 2005

Looking across to the trees in the glebe land

It is the Diocese of Ripon Board of Finance which is responsible for the part where the trees were felled, NOT the local church, which has been just as upset by the matter. The three local councillors met the Chair of the Board, Mr Thompson, and the Diocesan surveyor on 22nd August. It was useful to be able to explain the local concerns about the summary felling and we were pleased to hear Mr Thompson say that he regretted the action had caused such upset. He told us that the Board has no present intention to sell the land and undertook to bring to the Board's attention our deep and serious concern. He said he would keep us informed, and in particular to tell us whether the Board will agree to our request that appropriate replacement trees will be planted on the land. We are optimistic that this will be agreed, but will keep everyone informed as soon as we hear from the Board. Cllr Liz Minkin

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PHOTOS: Val Crompton taken 17 September 2006

Above: Leeds Rectory from Vicarage garden. Left: Leeds Rectory, looking up and across from Station Parade to Vicarage View, showing the cleared glebe land.

Kirkstall Abbey Access... new railings planned Improved access to Kirkstall Abbey Tell us what you think? As part of the Heritage Lottery Fund scheme plans for improvements to the Abbey, railings will allow better access to this lovely building. As well as being one of the most loved Abbeys in the country, Kirkstall Abbey is a Scheduled Ancient Monument. It is one of the best-preserved examples of a ruined Medieval Cistercian monastery in England. The abbey was founded in 1152 with the support of Henry de Lacy for monks of the Cistercian Order. A community of monks lived at Kirkstall Abbey until 1539 when it was closed as part of the Dissolution of the abbeys and priories during the reign of Henry VIII. In 1889 Colonel John North bought the abbey from the Cardigan estate and donated it to Leeds Corporation now Leeds City Council. The present railings around the perimeter of the main part of the Abbey buildings remaining were manufactured in wrought iron by the famous Leeds company, T. Green Ltd .

The main purposes of intended work on the railings are to : Improve access and aesthetic appearance to the Abbey buildings, whilst providing enhanced long term security. The detail of the railing structure will also help to highlight the existence of the cellarium so re-presenting the extent of the Abbey. Create a new visitor route within the monument and by linking the reredorter with the Abbey to control the movement of visitors through the new Lay Brother’s Reredorter visitor centre The works will also provide security for the Abbey. The original railings are generally in good order and the good condition of the surviving iron justifies wrought iron’s reputation for superior corrosion resistance. The cost of wrought iron in today’s world is so prohibitive that English Heritage has agreed to the use of other forms of steel for the new railings. The proposals include new vehicular gates and pedestrian gates to the site entrances. The diagrams show the plan for the railings layout and detail of the new section around the reredorter linking it to the Abbey. We’d very much like to hear your comments on these proposals so that your views can be taken into account.

Andrew Middlemiss Write in or email to Kirkstall Matters.

KIRKSTALL Abbey Railings – Appearance The drawing below shows how the railings will look – with stiffening rails at lower level the number of uprights needed is reduced lightening the appearance. The line of the railings is in line with the corbel (supporting stones for the arches). found in the cellarium wall at present. This will

The line also reinforces the perception that a wall existed in times gone by between the cellarium and the reredorter. Gates are to be provided to allow access to and from the cloister for events

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Kirkstall Abbey landscape... new planting The aims of the works are to:

Enhance the overall appearance of the site & planting • Create an overall sense of coherence • Improve views and the setting of these very important buildings

Abbey House Museum

● Ensure that there is a long term management strategy for the gardens

Kirkstall Abbey Planting Proposals As part of the Heritage Lottery Fund scheme, some planting works are to be undertaken in the future. We would like to hear from you on the planting strategy proposal as outlined and as shown in the diagram above. A new feature of the Park enhancement works is the construction of a new Oval Ramp to provide safe wheelchair accessible access linking the Museum and Abbey sites. Construction work on the Oval Ramp is now underway and will be complete by late 2006. Once the ramp is completed and consultation undertaken, work will start on the re-planting of the area about the Museum and the sloping gardens to the East. The key elements of the planting will be:

• • •

Re-planting the existing herb garden terrace Re-planting all the flower beds around the museum And the planting of the oval ramp itself. Removal of two trees only on the area around the Abbey House Museum (see note 1 )

Proposals: Large Conifers: these are now getting very tall: these trees will continue to grow, which will stifle the planting beds around them. We propose that these trees are removed and replaced with smaller specimen trees. 1. Existing museum sign to be upgraded. 2. New planting bed for annuals. 3. Beds around museum replanted and improved. 4. New formal planting display to the centre of Oval ramp. 5. Herb garden to be replanted. 6. Dedication plaque to be relocated onto wall for protection and improved display. 7. Other minor repairs and improvements to terraces and gardens over time. Pedestrian crossing to be upgraded in conjunction with other highways improvements measures (not on map) These changes will improve the appearance of the environs of the Abbey House Museum while improving the views of the Abbey. Please send your comments to the Editor or to who is co-ordinating responses.

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Conservation... of Hollybush Farm... Open Day Finally the gable wall over the barn has been rerendered as parts of it were beginning to fall away. Other parts were over four inches thick and very firmly attached. The render covers badly damaged stone and areas of brick patches, so replacement was the only option. Again materials sympathetic to an historic building have been used, with a final surface of a multi-layer paint system with a minimum life of 25 years. Subject to the necessary advertising and listed building planning permissions we hope to install new signs on both gable walls. This is both to let passersby know what we do and to assist visitors unfamiliar with our location.

Repairs to Hollybush Conservation Centre BTCV is still in residence behind the scaffolding at Kirkstall Bridge. The extensive works should soon be completed and the building will emerge looking as good as it did in the 1870s when the house was rebuilt. The principal problem was that the right hand part of the front facade was beginning to delaminate. This is where the inner and outer leaves of the rubble filled wall start to move apart. Previously small cracks had become quite noticeable and monitoring indicated things were getting worse quickly. The work has involved the installation of over 70 stainless steel pins set in resin and a dozen L-shaped stainless bars within the corner of the wall closest to the traffic lights. At the same time both road frontages have been repointed with a traditional lime based mortar that will better react with natural stone erosion than the modern mortar previously used. Heavily eroded stone on the Broad Lane side has been built up with coloured mortar. Older parts of the building are in local Bramley Falls Gritstone that has weathered well.

Further works The eagle eyed will have noticed our second planning application. We are aiming to allow Hollybush fulfil its potential as a focus for local environmental activity in West and North West Leeds and a centre of excellence in West Yorkshire. The extension and adaptation of outbuildings will increase and improve the capacity for BTCV and others organisations to deliver services.

Open Day To find out more about the plans and the work of BTCV why not come to our next Open Day on Sunday 12th November from 1 – 3.30pm? There will be a presentation on the work of BTCV and a chance to join a tour of the building to learn about its history and the plans. There will also be refreshments and family activities. Do join us.

Jenny Twaddle 0113 274 2335

The new frontage dating (to Joseph Whitwell, champion rhubarb grower) from c 1850-1870 is of a much softer sandstone cut into much thinner blocks. This created the smart “townhouse” frontage on top of the old farmhouse (dating from at least C17th) and matched the level of the raised roadway going over the combined river and railway bridges.

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Out & about...Hollybush Conservation & walks... Do you care about your local environment? BTCV is the UK’s largest volunteer charity working with people and the environment. Hollybush Conservation Centre in Kirkstall is one of the biggest offices in the country and provides a wide range of volunteering opportunities for people who are interested in working to improve their local environment.

Volunteers are needed to support the asylum seekers, lead the walks and help with language barriers. Regular commitment necessary. Please call us for more information or check out our website at We pay up to £4 a day in travel expenses to all our volunteers. No experience or skills are required for any of the projects and full training is given. Under 18s must complete a parental consent form. Under 16s must be accompanied by a parent / guardian.

Whether you are thinking of gaining experience for a career or you just want to give the odd day here or there, Hollybush is always open to new volunteers of all ages and abilities.

John Preston West Yorkshire Manager

Come on down and see for yourself!

SHORT guided walks

We offer:

All walks are about an hour long and cater for all ages and all abilities. Come along and explore some green areas in Leeds, get some fresh air, exercise and socialise!

♦ Practical urban and rural conservation tasks Tuesday-Friday (& every 2ND & 4TH Sunday). Leaving Hollybush at 9.30am, back at 5pm An open door policy for all, meet at Hollybush at 9.15am and bring your lunch ♦ Half-day wildlife gardening tasks in our wildlife garden. Every Wednesday 1pm – 4pm Open door policy for all. Join us for lunch at 12pm or come down in the afternoon, stay for an hour or all afternoon. ♦ NVQ Level 1 & 2 in environmental conservation (intake September 2006, 2 days a week for a min of 6 months) ♦ Gardening and Basic Skills training for adults with learning difficulties. Tues to Friday 9.30am3pm. Volunteers needed to help support the students in the classroom and in the garden, min commitment 1 day a week ♦ Healthy Walking projects throughout Leeds, call for details of your local walk. Volunteers are needed to lead the walks and support the group. Regular commitment preferred. ♦ Orientation walks for newly arrived asylum seekers around Leeds and the local countryside. Call for details of times and walks.

ALL WALKS START AT 1pm Sunday 8th October Walk to Kirkstall Abbey Meet by the front door at Hollybush Walk Leader – Kevin Marshall Sunday 15th October Golden Acre Park walk Walk around Golden Acre Park 30-60mins Meet Golden Acre Main Car Park Entrance Bus X84 from city centre. Walk Leader – Tony Mone Sunday 22nd October Walk to Houghly Gill and back via the Rose Garden at Gotts Park Meet by the front door at Hollybush Walk Leader – Tony Mone WALKS FROM HOLLYBUSH: Hollybush Conservation Centre, Broad Lane, Kirkstall, LS5 3BP. (Buses 38, 91a, 15, 33, 33a, 670, 757 and 760 stop nearby)

For more information please contact:

Jo Murricane 0113 230 7060

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Exotic animals - Leeds Natural History Collection The Wednesday Club: Exotic Animals with Clare Stringer Everyone was enthusiastic about this talk by Clare Stringer, Curator of Natural Science. She was assisted by a powerpoint presentation and specimens from the Leeds Natural History collection. Clare concentrated on the Amazon Basin in South America. This is a huge area! It is one of the most bio-diverse areas of the world. We learned how it got its name – an early explorer of the Amazon river met a tribe of very large, athletic women. The river was named after these, the Amazon women in Greek mythology. Clare had recently been to Ecuador, on the fringes of the Basin. We had all heard of, or experienced tropical rain – but her description gave it an immediacy and a scientific explanation. The warm air rising up the Andes, full of water from the vast river is deflected down again, and being cooled, deposits this water daily as drenching, deafening rain. Brightly coloured birds (stuffed) were the first life-like specimens to be handed around (with gloves for us). This enabled us to see their size and beauty – an image however good simply cannot show the iridescence on the plumage or capture the size – for example the minuteness of the humming bird. Clare homed in on the beaks and we saw how different species had adapted to the food they ate. The beaks of the toucan are for soft fruit. The humming bird’s long pointed beak is for entering into a flower for the pollen – or picking spiders off a web. We handled quite a selection of different tropical birds from the Leeds collection. Flowers and animals were shown on slides. Then one armadillo was handed around!


The South American dolphin was shown on slides – ugly, but as intelligent as the rest of the species.

Just two big cats are found in the Amazon Basin: the jaguar and the ocelot, both depleted by the popularity of their furs. Insects were also covered – Leeds having a good collection of butterflies, following the Victorian passion for such collections. It was explained that the colour of the butterfly was related to the height it lived in the forest. Those with transparent wings were near the ground and so had more predators and needed to be better camouflaged. The mottled brown would come next, with the really exotic blues (we saw example of some of these huge and stunning butterflies) at the top of the tree canopy – if camouflage were needed at all, it would be against the sky. The cleverness of a camouflage technique was explained as we looked at the frogs and lizards etc. Often they had very brightly coloured flashes on their sides, or under their chins, to attract a mate. Should it catch the eye of a predator, the bright flash could be hidden so the main colour would merge into the background and the animal remain undetected. The same effect can be observed in our own gardens with the brightly coloured butterflies who, when resting, close their wings, so that the dull underside wing is all that is visible. We finished with one of Clare’s passions – the beetles. We learned that they are entirely beneficial, clearing up unwanted mess (the dung beetle springs to mind). We saw that beetles can be quite beautiful, as a tray full of beetles was passed around us. At the lunch that followed, we all agreed it was a superb talk. Had we known exactly what we were to handle, some of us may have had second thoughts but we were just so glad we had come. We had learned so much in an interesting way, a real educational as well an enjoyable morning. Clare’s enthusiasm had really been contagious.

Ann Lightman KIRKSTALL MATTERS issue 93 late 2006 PAGE 32

Leeds Museums African collection... What’s On The Wednesday Club at Kirkstall Abbey House Museum Antonia Lovelance, Curator of Anthropology, Leeds Museums and Galleries, gave a handling session on "African Costume and Textiles". Included in this were hats and necklaces and one thick brass necklet used to stretch the necks of women in a one tribe ! The talk illustrated some of the stylistic influences in Africa from a Moorish cap in the north, to grass skirts and beads from other regions. Kaftans, in flowing light cotton to a very heavy cotton robes, showed the difference in climate in this vast continent.

Abbey House Museum

Please note: All children must be accompanied by an adult, unless otherwise stated. At busy times we will have to limit the number of pushchairs in the museum due to health and safety regulations.

Vicky Lucas Bookings now being taken on the number below.

Antonia was full of enthusiasm and generous in sharing her knowledge of the subject with us. A wide variety of costumes passed between us, from different regions, periods of time and classes of user. We expected the bright colours and exuberant patterns but had not expected the sophistication evident in clothes for the tribal chiefs. We noticed the insertion of weights so that the cloth hung well. This garment had been made from narrow strips of cloth, the normal weave of a coastal region. Raw plant material was woven on wider looms. An example we saw was of a phormium leaf hat - beautifully executed. We saw the costumes close up and were able to examine the fine hand stitching and find out more about how such a garment is made, who would wear it, how, when etc. We also found out about how such objects came to be in Leeds - some from missionary societies, some as other Museums closed their ethnic sections, some from Africans who visited Leeds. All this and a lunch included for £5 - a real bargain! The Wednesday Club for adults meets on the 1st Wednesday of the month at Kirkstall Abbey House Museum at 10.30am and includes the set menu lunch at 12 noon. To book a place or for details: tel. Vicky Lucas 0113 230 5492 Muriel Warriner Ann Lightman

Abbey House Museum, Abbey Walk, Leeds, LS5 3EH Tel: (0113) 230 5492 Fax: (0113) 230 5499 Email:

October 2006 Wednesday 4th October, 10.30-12pm: The Wednesday Club for adults The Brontes through the Eyes of Arthur Bell Nicholls with Polly Salter, curator of the Bronte Parsonage Museum. Booking essential. Cost: £5 per person (no concessions), which includes a set menu lunch in our café at 12pm. Wednesday 4th October, 1.30-3.30pm: The Collections Club A chance to help preserve the past for the future and learn more about the wonderful collections of Leeds Museums. Booking essential. There is no charge to take part. Wednesday 8th October: Adult Art Group A chance to develop your artistic skills and look at the museum’s collections in a new and creative way. Each participant will be given the chance to create an artwork during the session which can be taken home. Booking essential, £5 per person (no concessions). Wednesday 18th October, 10.15-12pm: The Monkey Club A drop-in morning for the under 5s and their carers with craft activities. This month’s theme is Autumn. No booking necessary, normal admission applies (under 5s are free).

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Abbey House Activities 2006/2007 ... Tuesday 24th October, 1pm-3pm Family Fun Afternoon Craft activities for all the family based around the theme of Wonderful World to celebrate Black History Month. No booking , normal admission Wednesday 25th October, throughout the day – Craft Sessions for playschemes and larger groups Hour long craft sessions based around the theme of Wonderful World to celebrate Black History Month will take place in our education room with a museum facilitator. Booking essential, 50p per person to cover materials. Thursday 26th October, 2pm-3.30pm – Craft Workshop for 9-13 year olds: Design a Halloween themed T-shirt Bring your own plain black T-shirt for this workshop Cost: £3.50 per person (£3.00 with a Leeds Card). Carers do not need to accompany their children on this workshop on completion of a consent form. Thursday 26th October & Friday 27th October, 10am-12pm– Meet the Victorians Come and meet a face from the past. No booking necessary, normal admission applies Friday 27th October, 2pm-4pm– Be a Victorian This is your chance to become a Victorian. No booking necessary, normal admission applies. Sunday 29th October, 1pm-3pm: Family Fun Craft activities for all the family based around the theme of Halloween. Have a go at applebobbing or try our unlucky dip and hunt the pumpkin trail. No booking necessary, normal admission applies.

November 2006 Wednesday 8th November, 10.30-12pm: The Wednesday Club for adults Leeds Through Poetry with Samantha Flavin, Curator of Abbey House Museum. Booking essential. Cost: £5 per person (no concessions), includes a set menu lunch in our café at 12pm. Wednesday 15th November: Adult Art Group A chance to develop your artistic skills and look at the museum’s collections in a new and creative way. Each participant will be given the chance to create an artwork during the session which can be taken home. Booking essential, £5 per person (no concessions). Wednesday 22nd November, 1.30-3.30pm: The Collections Club Booking essential. There is no charge to take part. Wednesday 29th November, 10.15-12pm:

The Monkey Club This month’s theme is Vegetables. No booking necessary, normal admission applies (under 5s are free).

December 2006 Wednesday 6th December, 10.30-12pm: The Wednesday Club for adults With Daru Rooke, Curator at Cliffe Castle, Keighley. Booking essential. Cost: £5 per person (no concessions), which includes a set menu lunch in our café at 12pm. Wednesday 6th December, 1.30-3.30pm: The Collections Club A chance to help preserve the past for the future and learn more about the wonderful collections of Leeds Museums. Booking essential. There is no charge to take part. Wednesday 13th December, 10am-12pm: Adult Art Group (see 15 Nov) Booking essential, £5 per person (no concessions). Wednesday 20th December, 10.15-12pm: The Monkey Club No booking necessary, normal admission applies (under 5s free).

January 2007 Wednesday 3rd January, 10.30-12pm: The Wednesday Club for adults Title and speaker to be confirmed. Booking essential. Cost: £5 per person (no concessions), which includes a set menu lunch in our café at 12pm. Wednesday 31st January, 10.15-12pm: The Monkey Club A drop-in morning for the under 5s This month’s theme is Winter. No booking necessary, normal admission applies (under 5s are free).

February 2007 Wednesday 7th February, 10.30-12pm: The Wednesday Club for adults Title and speaker to be confirmed. Booking essential. Cost: £5 per person (no concessions), which includes a set menu lunch in our café at 12pm. Tuesday 13th February, 1pm-3pm Family Fun Afternoon Craft activities for all the family based around the theme of Space. No booking necessary, normal admission applies.

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Family & Friends search...


The Leeds City Council

BLACK HISTORY MONTH 2006 brochure is available, featuring the BHM small grant scheme projects and special events in Leeds, taking place throughout October. You can obtain copies by contacting the Arts & Regeneration Unit tel. 0113 247 6419, email or website: Hannah Carey

Friends Re-united KVCA postal member Peter Walker asks Were you at Hawksworth Wood Primary School in the 1950’s ? Do you remember Miss Cooper,? Do you remember Mr Walkington? I was born in 1944 and lived at 22 Lea Farm Crescent until 1965 when I moved to Whitkirk.

Peter A. Walker

Autumn wordsearch in Kirkstall Valley Park: look for BERRY, CONKER, FUNGUS, HAWS, HAY, HIPS, MOTH, NUT, SEEDS

Can you find a lost boy (the Piper’s son) in the park?

Above: Kirkstall Festival 1994 Were you there? Many thanks to Josephine Thackrah of Vespergate Mount who sent in a set of 1994 colour festival photos to be copied for KVCA archives.




































My brother Clive is on this photo taken at the Kirkstall Liberal Club Christmas Party in 1959 Does anyone recognise themselves, or know someone on the photo? Iain Bennett, 59 Moor Grange Court. (Formerly of Cragside Walk and 28 Cragside Crescent, Hawksworth Estate.) KIRKSTALL MATTERS issue 93 late 2006 PAGE 35

Abbey Light Railway... Hudson GoGo on track... Abbey Light Railway The picture shows the Hudson GoGo Tractor on its test run. It is a petrol/paraffin engine and uses petrol like it’s going out of fashion! The test run up to the Abbey is quite quick but with only three forward gears and one reverse gear it takes along time to get back! We are now fitting the cab sides and making a new roof. Trains from Bridge Road run at frequent intervals along to Kirkstall Abbey (and vice-versa) on Sundays from 1pm to dusk (weather permitting)

Spare parts stolen... In August, thieves broke into the compound and stole steel beams, spare parts and part of the bridge handrail which we were repairing. Cllr Elizabeth Nash was walking down from the Abbey and disturbed the thieves. They made a run for it - otherwise we would have lost even more vintage equipment. The police were informed.

Peter Lowe

Forum 2000 - Learn something new this Autumn... FORUM 2000 Grove Centre New Street, Horsforth President Michael McGowan

Autumn Programme 2006 Wednesdays 10am-12noon Admission ÂŁ1 per meeting Sponsored by Leeds Cooperative Society

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Kirkstall St Stephen’s Pre-School Kirkstall St Stephen’s C of E Primary School, Morris Lane Leeds LS5 3JD

Tel: 0113 214 4630 From 2½ to school age FREE from 3 years old.

Monday- Friday 9am to 12 noon A warm, safe and stimulating environment

Head teacher:Mrs B.A.Clay Kirkstall Valley Primary School Argie Road, Leeds LS4 2QZ

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Computer Help


Help with your computer at home, anywhere in Leeds, based in Kirkstall. Email or tel. Martin on 07792 091438 Get your computer working at maximum speed! • Internet security • Wifi security • Email spam prevention • Mal/spyware protection • Browser security • Data security • Virus protection • Microsoft Windows or Mac OSX

Get your computer working for you! Also, help with any other technology offered, from televisions to toasters and everything in between.

Very reasonable rates

Tony Wilson Electrical Installations 16 Vesper Gardens Kirkstall Leeds LS5 3NS Tel. 274 6027 mob. 07946 608 869 KIRKSTALL MATTERS issue 93 late 2006 PAGE 40

Hawksworth Wood Community Association Drop-in centre with coffee shop. Weekly advice surgeries provided by Leeds North West Homes Housing Association and Victim Support. Weekly advice on anti-social behaviour, Police advice surgery and local councillor advice surgery. Information bureau for local people. Credit Union service. Internet access for local and older people. Entertainment, courses, trips.

6 Broadway Monday-Friday 9am - 5pm

tel: 228 5550

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Membership Application Form I wish to join the KVCA Kirkstall Valley Community Association Name……………………………………... Address………………………………….. Postcode………………………………... Annual Membership (inc. delivery of Kirkstall Matters within the Kirkstall area) is £4 U.K. Postal delivery (outside Kirkstall) for a year costs us £3. For postal delivery we welcome a donation. I enclose cheque/postal order payable to ‘KVCA’ for £….. Post this coupon to:

KVCA Treasurer 18 The Rise Leeds LS5 3EP

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