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The magazine of Kirkstall Valley Community Association Issue 96

Late 2007

Kirkstall Festival 2007 PHOTO: © Paul J Holdcroft

● Festival Report ● Young Writers’ Award ● Family History ● Kirkstall Forge Demolition ● Planning Matters A65 ● Railway News ● Local Activities & Events ● Local Wildlife and more... “Ideas for a Kirkstall Festival next year...”

Help needed ! Do you have computing skills? Help is needed to compile and edit

Kirkstall Matters. Please contact John Liversedge on 0113 278 5987 if you would like to help produce this Community Magazine. KIRKSTALL MATTERS issue 96 End 2007 PAGE 1

Kirkstall Matters email:

Useful telephone numbers

EDITOR : Val Crompton

Weetwood Police, front desk 0113 241 3459

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

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. If you live outside Kirkstall, you can become a postal member. As a "not for profit" charity, we welcome a donation of £3 to cover postage:

c/o The Treasurer, 18 The Rise, Leeds LS5 3EP websites: Kirkstall Matters in Colour If you have access to a computer and the internet, you can now see some of the pictures taken for Kirkstall Matters magazine in glorious colour! Send Matthew Guy or Martin Lewis, news & photos: Kirkstall Community Website: see 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, Many thanks to all who have sent in material. Copy date for KM97 is 15th January 2008. Please write up local news, views and reports of events and send them to Kirkstall Matters. I hope to meet some of you at the next KVCA meeting on 4th Oct at the usual time, 8pm. There is a special KVCA meeting on 1st Nov starting at 7.30pm at the Milford Sports Club (see page 21). Do come along to this meeting - all are welcome. It is with sadness, and a smile, that we have re-used 15 of Doug’s cartoons (see page10) in this issue. We need help with the magazine and new ideas. Please contact John Liversedge if you can help.

Val Crompton

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. Matthew Guy who is in Canada continues to maintain the website.. Please keep sending local news and pictures to: info

website for the community Log on to Kirkstall Online

Steve Gradys Vice Chair KVCA


Val Crompton Editor & Illustrator


Issue 96

What’s On 4 Festival Report John Liversedge 5 Poster Competition Ken Stratford 6 Families Parade Louise Lucas 7 Police Charges Stephen Rennie 7 Festival Activities 8 Medieval Moments Jean Buckley 9 Merry Monk Cartoonist Val Crompton 10 Tribute: Doug Kilvington David Pickles 11 Gardening Matters Graham Wheatley 12 Writers’ Award Mary Larner 13 Family History Anne Welch 14 Postcards Reunited Maureen Scholes 15 War Memorial Plaques Andrew Middlemiss 16 Remembrance Service 17 Grandpa’s Cap May Rogers 17 KSS Celebrations Val Crompton 18 West Leeds Schools John Battle MP 19 Kirkstall Forge Charles Johnson 20 Future Planning Andrew Crates 21 Planning Matters A65 Cllr John Illingworth 22 Gilbert Mount Bob Marriott 23 Abbey Dash: Shakespeare 24 Sculptor Kevin Harlow Ann Lightman 25 Festive Lights Keith Collridge 25 Abbey Plaque Katherine Baxter 25 Aire Valley Line David Hey 26 Light Railway Peter Lowe 27 Hollybush News Owen Walker 28 Richard Oastler Ann Lightman 30 Thackray Museum Ann Lightman 31 Abbey Gatehouse Samantha Flavin 32 Local History Muriel Lumb 34 Kirkstall Wildlife Peter Larner 35 Natalie & Phil 36 TV Canal Journey Abbey House Activities Gillian Briggs 37 Forum 2000 Hilary Taylor 38 Index of Advertisers 39

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 President: Marjorie Kilby Chair: John Liversedge Tel. 0113 278 5987 Vice Chair: Steve Gradys Treasurer: Rita Samuel Secretary: Ken Stratford KIRKSTALL FESTIVAL Saturday 12th July, 2008 Chair: John Liversedge tel. 278 5987

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 2000Town Street, Horsforth see page 38 HAWKSWORTH CENTRE Broadway, Leeds LS5 3BQ T. 0113 258 4507 / 0845 0457275 HAWKSWORTH WOOD COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION Details - see page 39

Stall Bookings: Roger Moran mobile 07802 922513 HAWKSWORTH WOOD COMMUNITY SHOP tel. 226 8098 76 Kirkstall Lane, Leeds LS5 3JV 8 Broadway. Monday to Fridays 9 am to 3.30 pm. 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 see page 35 Contact Abbey House Museum for details. Tel. 230 5492 ABBEY - VISITORS’ CENTRE admission free Open 11am - 3pm Tues-Sun Closed Mondays except Bank Holiday Mondays Tel. 0113 274 8041 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

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 see page 28 JAZZ BAND CLUB at the Merry Monk, Kirkstall Hill. Tel: 275 9403 Fridays from 9pm - its free ! MILFORD SPORTS CLUB Tel 226 3030 see page 41 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 9.30pm-11pm. WEST END HOUSE - Food & Ale Tel. 278 6332 Quiz Nights every Tues & Thursday at 9pm see page 41 WEST PARK UNITED REFORMED CHURCH Spen Lane, Sunday Service 10.30am Contact : Church Secretary 225 9637

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Chairman’s Festival Report ... £1083 bill to pay We have to hire marquees, generators, tables, chairs, staging, sound equipment, radios and many other items. We always have to buy equipment, have St Johns and licensed security staff. We now also have to pay for a Paramedic ambulance to be on site. A new national policy has meant that this year we had to pay £1083 for police charges. So is £2 for a programme expensive or are we all wasting our time? I despair. (See email, page 7)

Well, we got away with it again Festival day began overcast and cloudy yet we ended up with brilliant sunshine all afternoon. We began to set up the festival the day before, Friday. The rain started in the early morning and went on well into the evening. All the lads involved were soaked through to the skin. We began at 8am and did not finish till 8.45pm. My thanks go to these guys for their effort and good humour in very difficult conditions, they are all volunteers. On Friday night I slept badly. If the conditions on the field were as bad on Saturday morning, as they were when we left on Friday evening, then I might have to cancel the festival. This would have been a disaster for everyone taking part as well as the financial implications for ourselves. As it was, the sun came out and it was so nice that no one wanted to go home! Due to the weather, crowds were down and this was reflected in our programme sales. We also had other financial matters this year which have had a significant effect on the festival. (See page 7) I do not understand why people are so reluctant to buy a programme; the income from this is one of the few ways in which we can raise funds. We are not run by the council, it is an open park so there is no admission. Grants go into events and workshops. We depend on sponsors being generous, our committee members have full time jobs, so fund raising is difficult. I know the price the council charged for parking caused a great deal of consternation. We asked the council to organise the parking for us but we had no control over the charge they set nor were we to receive any payment if they made a profit.

Mr Ian Blackburn, head teacher of St Stephen’s receives the poster award for Emily Waterhouse

Anyway if you were at the festival I’m sure you would agree that there was something for everyone. I would like to thank all the children, parents and teachers who give up their time to perform and take part. Thanks to the stall holders, many of whom are raising money for charity, but the money they pay for the stall helps to fund us. Thank you to everyone involved, no matter how small a part you play, your contribution is much appreciated. A special thank you goes to Kevin Crossley, a member of our committee, who for many years now has stayed overnight on the Abbey site. Kevin helps with security, works with us all day Friday, has no sleep Friday night and then works all festival day and he does not get paid. How dedicated is that? As a last word, thanks to the festival committee all thirteen of them. It was a difficult year with many problems and once again they came up smelling of roses. Let us hope we can do it all again next year. John Liversedge

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Kirkstall Festival Poster Competition Results... Poster Competition Winners 2006 Sponsored by The West End House Overall Winner and Front Cover of the Programme: Emily Waterhouse, age 10

Kirkstall St Stephen’s Primary

Age 4 1st prize Georgia Asquith 2nd prize Jakub Gubojc 3rd prize Euro Fang

Sacred Heart Primary Sacred Heart Primary Beecroft Primary

Age 5 1st prize Virginie Anani 2nd prize Casey Hartley 3rd prize Mehrnaz Badrossamai

Sacred Heart Primary Kirkstall Valley Primary Beecroft Primary

Age 6 1st prize Emily Dawson 2nd prize Amy O’Mara 3rd prize Sana Lone

Beecroft Primary Kirkstall St Stephen’s Primary Kirkstall Valley Primary

Age 7 1st prize Anisah Singh 2nd prize Caitlan Brown 3rd prize Saskia Smith

Kirkstall St Stephen’s Primary Beecroft Primary Kirkstall St Stephen’s Primary

Age 8 1st prize Emily Rayner 2nd prize Leah Pickersgill 3rd prize Callum Danby

Burley St Matthias Primary Kirkstall Valley Primary Kirkstall St Stephen’s Primary

Age 9 1st prize Marcus Kendall 2nd prize Marcus Day 3rd prize Sophie Law

Beecroft Primary Sacred Heart Primary Kirkstall Valley Primary

Age 10 1st prize Francesca Simpson 2nd prize Martha Boyd 3rd prize Aliya Ramzan

Beecroft Primary Sacred Heart Primary Burley St Matthias Primary

Age 11 1st prize Eve Boker 2nd prize Zach Brown 3rd prize Rowan Drye

Sacred Heart Primary Hawkesworth Wood Primary Kirkstall Valley Primary

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Families Parade... Families Parade This year scrap creative reuse based in Kirkstall, was supported by The Community Network Fund. We organised the family section of the Kirkstall Festival Parade. We worked with over sixty families from Hawksworth Wood Children’s Centre, Bramley Children’s Centre, Armley Moor Children’s Centre and Families in Action. Over a five week period, families worked with artists to help design and create costumes and sculptures. The theme this year is the 800 years of Leeds and Scrap used this theme to create large sculptures of barges, the Town Hall, Royal Armouries and Tropical World. The structures and costumes are bright, inspirational and lots of fun and all made from recycled materials from our resource centre.

Scrap Creative Reuse… Scrap creative reuse is a unique social enterprise which promotes the belief that waste materials are precious resources. We give value to unwanted objects, rejects, damaged stock and landfill, for reuse in creative purposes. We take waste materials and give ideas and inspiration reusing them in an imaginative way. Scrap operates a mobile creative arts resource which takes scrap to community groups, we have a resource base where members can look around, get ideas and buy scrap art materials. We have an online store where customers can look at all the products in our store, find out what’s going on at Scrap, where the mobile shop will be next and buy our products. We provide a delivery service.

Anger over Police Charges Why are some community events, like Kirkstall Festival, now charged for the Police services? Several angry emails have been received. They voice fears that community events will be ‘killed off’ and how unfair that if instead of a well-run family parade, we had say - a political rally, then we would not be facing a crippling bill. Email from Stephen Rennie: The curious incident (to paraphrase Conan Doyle) is that no political party appears to be in favour of these charges. You might expect that of Labour, as they are in opposition here in Leeds, but the Lib Dems and Tories suggest equally volubly that they are against them too. So who is in favour? Is this just the magistrates on the police authority pushing the cost envelope? That can’t really be the case as Leeds City Council is following the same community agenda. Interesting that some people avoid all this by having ‘flash’ events, organised in detailed fashion but the details communicated to the public by mobile phone and Web systems only very late in the day. Oddly enough, the police seem to find no difficulty at all in attending these events in large numbers, fully controlling traffic, closing roads to allow processions and being very supportive to those lost or in distress. Commonly, the local ambulance service puts a vehicle on standby too, often on site. So the idea seems to be that if you are a political hedgehog, you will be supported but not charged, if you ignore statutory bodies you will be supported but not charged, but if you share your plans, undertake joint planning, behave utterly responsibly, you will be stitched up like a kipper and bankrupted.

We also run a scrapbox scheme, this involves putting together a box of sorted scrap materials and repackaging them to provide a complete kit full of ideas, instructions and the means for schools, community groups and individuals to run a complete workshop. During the summer we run arts based projects and organise and attend local events.

Louise Lucas For more details see See Kirkstall Online Festival Slideshow to view the wonderful & colourful costumes. KIRKSTALL MATTERS issue 96 End 2007 PAGE 7

Stephen Rennie

Festival activities... for a bird’s eye view At the rear of these activities, the waiting ambulance is reassuringly near...

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Medieval moments in Kirkstall Abbey Nave... The great nave of Kirkstall Abbey was well used at the 27th Annual Festival. Outside, in the shadow of the massive north wall, was the medieval camp. At times the hunting horn and the sounds of the knights’ horses could be heard. The afternoon sun lit up the abbey and visitors strolling through the nave joined in the drum circle. Later, the City of Leeds Youth Orchestra (14-19 year olds) delighted a large audience. The Piper followed on and then those who arrived early for the Festival Service, enjoyed listening to the Leeds Central Salvation Army Band. The Abbey Churches Together Service was led by Headingley Area Dean, Christopher Cornwell. As we sang ‘Jerusalem’, we thought of ‘those feet in ancient time’ here in the 12th century. Father Peter Kravos led the prayers and the Festival Children’s Choir sang “We are marching in the light of God”. We listened to John Battle MP reading the 23rd psalm. John told us that psalms would have been read, on this spot, daily for hundreds of years. Margaret Thompson, Elder of West Park United Reformed Church, spoke of Kirkstall Abbey being here for people yesterday, today and tomorrow. While we celebrated the 800th Anniversary of Leeds, Margaret reminded us that our city life was underpinned with Christian values. Most of us were tired at the end of an exciting day and we were glad to remain seated while Revd Christopher Cornwell, a former King’s College, Cambridge chorister, sang ‘Amazing Grace’. We just sat and soaked up peace and beauty in this special historic place of worship. Revd Rosemarie Hayes, of Kirkstall St Stephen’s, led the final prayers. The (very tired looking) Festival Chairman, John Liversedge was woken up to give the vote of thanks at the end of a long day. After the Blessing, we went out singing (to the tune of The Skye Boat Song) “You inspired men, long, long ago, They then proclaimed your word: We see their lives, serving mankind: Through them your voice is heard.” And we remembered the Kirkstall monks and felt privileged to have shared a service in their abbey. Val Crompton & Jean Buckley PHOTOS: Val Crompton

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Kirkstall’s Merry Monk Cartoonist dies... PHOTO: Val Crompton

Douglas Gordon Kilvington 1922 - 2007

Ex-serviceman Doug at home, in 2004, with part of the large collection of his paintings of RAF badges

Regular readers of Kirkstall Matters will be familiar with the skilful cartoons produced by Doug Kilvington. After suffering a stroke, Doug moved last year to a Retirement Home in the Brighton area to be near relatives. Doug, aged 84, died 4th September 2007. Doug was born in Swinton, North Yorkshire, in 1922 and became grocer’s apprentice at 15. In 1939, when Doug was 17, he joined the Home Guard. At 19, he was in the RAF serving in Britain and Germany as an Instrument Repairer. When demobbed in 1947, Doug took an Art course and embarked on a career in commercial art. He moved to Leeds in 1950. From 1985, for twenty years, Doug produced much appreciated posters and art work for Kirkstall Festival and Kirkstall Matters. Doug's 'Monastic Moments' cartoons have acquired quite a following, including a local community of nuns. In 2006, Doug was made an Honorary Vice President of KVCA.

Doug, a bachelor, was a life member, since his retirement in 1985, of the Yorkshire Air Museum. Doug has drawn cartoons for their newsletters and has painted signs, pictures and RAF badges for them over the years. Always interested in aviation, he contributed to books on the subject. Doug’s cartoons have been used by the RAF Benevolent Fund and other service charities. Doug and his cartoons will be remembered in Yorkshire, with affection. Present and past members of the Festival and K.V.C.A. committees held Doug in great respect. He will be sadly missed. Val Crompton

= Douglas Gordon Kilvington 1922-2007 Doug Kilvington & Val Crompton in Doug’s garden, Woodside Avenue


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Tribute to Doug Kilvington Douglas Kilvington (RIP) We lived next to Douglas in Woodside Avenue for six years, until 2004. Douglas was a quiet, thoughtful man. He loved Kirkstall and he loved Yorkshire. His passion for the RAF was evident from the moment you entered his house. Regimental badges lined the walls like wallpaper, each meticulously illustrated, correct to the last detail. These and many other RAF artefacts were donated to the Elvington Air Museum by Douglas, when he moved to Peacehaven last year. He was an eccentric and amiable chap. He lived a simple life, shopping daily for food at local shops and the market rather than the weekly supermarket dash. He was too busy to have a television. There was too much to do reading, drawing and listening to cricket on the wireless … but he was never too busy for a chat.

Douglas Kilvington painting in 1985

We don’t think Douglas really knew what the ‘internet’ was, but if you type ‘Douglas Gordon Kilvington’ cartoons into… the link to his RAF book of cartoons comes out first! Douglas was an unassuming gentleman; he was a reminder of a time without email and mobile phones and speed humps. He stood for loyalty, commitment and integrity and we miss him. David Pickles Samantha McAnena

Doug’s funeral was held in Brighton on 17th September. Email from David Pickles: We were honoured to go to Doug's funeral. He came into the Dambusters March. Doug would've liked that very much. The minister reminded us that Doug had touched many people during his long life and that the numbers present at the funeral were no reflection on his popularity or influence. We were proud to represent the KVCA and the people of Kirkstall in saying our final farewell to Doug.

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Gardening matters... Paxton, (a tribute to Sir Joseph Paxton),

is your local gardening club... Paxton Horticultural Society, started life way back in 1886. Meetings were held on Saturday evenings, when most of the “professional gardener” members were free to attend.

Autumn leaves in Kirstall... Planning a gardening In 1968, Leeds order - drop University required the property used by the Paxton and with their help found new premises, which is where we are today at 186 Kirkstall Lane.

The “big houses” with professional gardeners started to disappear after the Second World War. The Saturday evening meetings continue but with enthusiastic amateur gardeners discussing a wide range of gardening matters. More ladies started taking an interest in horticulture and the running of the Society. It was decided to try a Friday afternoon group, which was christened “Friday Forum”. Over the last 15 years this has gone from strength to strength. The Forum provides an excellent opportunity to discuss “I use this halberd for picking apples...” horticulture and mix socially. This group meets on the 1st and 3rd Friday of each month from 1.30 – 3.30pm. The thriving Flower Arranging group holds two sessions on the first Thursday of each month, 1.30 to 3pm and 7.30 to 9pm. Please consider this as an open invitation to come along and find out more.

Late Autumn Show... West Yorkshire Fuchsia Society We meet on the 3rd Wednesday of the month at St Columba United Reformed Church. 7.30 -9.30pm. 17 Oct Charles Jenkinson will be doing a review of our Annual Show. 21 Nov AGM. No December meeting New members are very welcome.

Graham Wheatley 0113 256 3055

Paxton Horticultural Society Paxton Centre, 186 Kirkstall Lane

Late Autumn Show Saturday 24 November 2007 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 23 Nov 8.30 - 11.45am on Saturday 24 Nov Do come to the Late Autumn Show. We hope to have our newly refurbished kitchen up and running by then. Tel. 0113 256 3055 for a schedule. During the year we forged links with Beecroft School and with St Stephen’s School. We were delighted that some of the children and their teachers visited our Millennium Garden and also entered our Summer Show with plants and cards. We look forward to working with the teachers, parents and children to extend their knowledge of horticulture.

Graham Wheatley 0113 256 3055

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Young Writers’ Award 2007... Young Writers’ Award All pieces by pupils published this year in Kirkstall Matters have been considered for the

KVCA Young Writers’ Award 2007. The winner of a £10 W.H.Smith token is

Stephanie Weston aged 10 from Hawksworth Wood Primary School The judge, Mary Larner, says I’ve had even more trouble than usual judging your poems this year: the quality is excellent and shows how much you have all thought about the subject and about the words to use. Adjectives like ‘fiery’ for the underworld and ‘eerie’ for a battlefield made me think in Daniel’s “Open the Door” and so did Bothaina’s adverb ‘icily, and Molly’s six ‘maybe’s’ which show the endless possibilities behind a closed door waiting to be opened. The chances available and the possible risks were well developed. All three of the Hawksworth poems on racism showed such awareness of the injustice and hurt involved when you are excluded or bullied just because of your colour. It was more difficult for Danielle and Jessica to be Stephen Lawrence as it meant their poems divided into two – alive and hurt and then dead, and I’m not sure it really works, though the emotions are shown very well. In the younger age group: I wonder what Georgia’s THING was? It is good writing, and I would never have got out of my tent! Maisy had a lot to be scared of and I loved the rhymes, particularly ‘sting rays and test days’. Megan’s rhymes are good, too, and I liked the last assonance using ‘trot’ to go with ‘hop’. Did you know that a lot of old English poems use that and don’t do real rhymes? For various reasons I commend every single poem and feel I’m unfair to choose just one and exclude others. However, my first choice is ‘Rights’ by Stephanie Weston of Hawksworth Wood, with special commendation for Maud (I’ve heard many conversations like that) and for the “Open the Door” poems, which I can’t choose between.

Summer holidays 2007 - Some lovely weather for fishing in the River Aire at Kirkstall

Back to school now and creative writing...

Rights Everyone has their own rights Whether you are black or white. Whatever the colour of your skin, What matters is what’s within. If nasty words are thrown your way, be brave Rise above, ignore what they say. Don’t answer back, don’t get in trouble too, They’re the ones with the problem not you. Racists are bullies and that’s a fact. Set a better example in the way you act. If you show equality and respect, You will be treated better than you expect. Earth is our home, that’s where we belong. Let’s share it and try to get along, Despite our race, So the world will be a better place.

Very well done, all of you! By Stephanie Weston (aged 10)

Mary Larner

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Family History queries... 1

Can you help? Is your Mother or Aunt on one of these Kirkstall photos? Here are some photos of Kirkstall which I would love to identify and pass on, rather than dispose of them. I think they are all of the same family Fawcetts Photo 1 - Girls with the kitten, are they also in Photo 2 with their mother and sister? Are they all in Photos 3 and 4 - Mother seated on right with youngest on her knee, one daughter standing next to her, the other kneeling in front? Were these photos taken near the railway underpass at the top of the Vicarages? Photo 5 has Fawcett on the reverse Photo 6 - The writing on the placard reads Charley’s Aunt. The little girl front row second left seems to be wearing the same costume as the child on her mother’s knee (photo 3). If anyone knows about this family please contact me on 01446 751372 or by email : Anne Welch (A Kirkstall Stray)

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Postcards Reunited...

Family researches

Email from Maureen Scholey I read the article on page 9 in the copy of KM95 you sent to the Yorkshire Archaeology Society at Claremont, Clarendon Road where I am involved with The Family History Section. When I visited Jackie Smith to collect the postcards for the family she asked me to submit an article. (see below) When Norah Fell (married Riley) was living in Harare, Zimbabwe, I arranged for her to receive copies of Kirkstall Mattters. I enjoyed myself at the Kirkstall Festival this year. Maureen Scholey

Wedding of Jessie Hirst on 10 October 1936 at St Stephen’s Church, Kirkstall. From the left:

unknown, George Fell, Thomas Tasker Fell, Jessie Hirst, unknown, Norah Fell.

A chance reading of issue 95 of Kirkstall Matters lead to one of those coincidences that family researchers dream about. It included a request for anyone who was related to Jessie Hirst of 10 Milton Terrace in 1917 to contact Jackie Smith as she had some postcards addressed to Jessie from her father stationed in a European First World War zone. Jackie hoped she could reunite the cards with a present member of her family. Jessie was my aunt as she had married my mother’s brother, Thomas Tasker Fell of De Lacy Mount on 10 October 1936, at St Stephen’s Church.

My Dearest Jessie I trust you are having good times now that the weather is so grand, you must write and let me know how you are getting along. The little girl on the other side reminded me very much of you so I bought it to send on to you. Pleased to say I am A1 & hope you & mother are both keeping well. Love to mother and tell her I received her letter this morning & shall be writing in a day or two. Heaps of love kisses from Daddy.

I had been researching my family’s Kirkstall connections as my son and his family have moved into the area and the grand children attend St Stephen’s School. As did my father James Horner (1909-1979). I had found my father’s baptism entry in St Stephen’s register and noticed that Jessie was also baptised in the same year, 1909.

Michael and John Fell are overjoyed at the find and are coming to collect such touching mementoes of their mother’s life. Further research has unearthed other coincidences and parallels in the family’s history. Both Tasker and Frank were in the Royal Army Service Corps although they served in different World Wars. Both of Jessie’s parents were involved in the licence trade in Kirkstall. In the 1891 census one grandfather, Jesse Peck was at the Abbey Inn and another grandmother, Ann Broadbent was the licensed victualler at the Royal Sovereign.

I was on the point of contacting Jessie’s two sons John and Michael Fell to update them on the latest research when the piece in Kirkstall Matters caught my eye. So I rang Jackie who kindly invited me round to her house in Kirkstall. There, over a cup of coffee, we poured over the amazing collection of cards sent by Frank Hirst to his daughter and her mother Mary Ellen Hirst (born Peck). Although the cards were stamped as passed by the field censor they still reveal the worries and quiet stoicism of a soldier during such terrible times. One card dated 21 May 1917 reads:

I wonder if any of your readers can identify the two unknown people on Jessie and Taskers wedding photo?

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Maureen Scholey

War Memorial Bronze Plaques rescued... Bronze Plaques damaged but not stolen... You may have noticed that the War Memorial on Bridge Road is missing its commemorative plaques. In the process of undertaking a conservation report on all listed war memorials in Leeds, it was discovered that thieves had started to remove the plaques, causing considerable damage to the bronzes. Because of the danger that the plaques may be stolen altogether they were carefully removed by the staff of Parks and Countryside’s Cemeteries and Crematoria and moved to Lawnswood for safe storage. It seems to be very sad indictment of some people that they are prepared to commit criminal activity to destroy the memory of people who were prepared to sacrifice all. Kirkstall War Memorial is a Grade 2 listed memorial and remarkable in the use of quality of the bronze plaques commemorating those who died for their country. Following their rescue the plaques went to Richard Rogers’ Conservation Workshop for complete restoration. This picture shows an example of the skilled restoration work that Richard Rogers undertakes having started work with the restoration of Wells Cathedral. The damage caused by the thieves has been repaired and cleaning has begun with the aim of having the plaques back in Kirkstall for the 11th November. Shortly, cleaning of the stone will be undertaken. If the frosts keep off, there’s a good chance that the rest of the repairs to the stone mortar will also be done for the 11th, ensuring that the monument is in a fit state for the commemoration service. As a footnote, photographs are being taken by the conservators to ensure that we have a good enough record of bronzes so that replacement would be possible should the thieves return.

Andrew Middlemiss

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We will remember them... Sunday 11th Nov 2007 Kirkstall War Memorial This year, Remembrance Sunday falls on the 11th day of the 11th month. Remember to come along to the Abbey Churches Together short service at 2.30pm, Sunday, 11th November. Wreaths will be laid and we will remember all who have died for their country in war.

“Grandpa, do you take your cap off when you go to bed?” Grandpa’s Cap It hangs on a hook behind the door, the old flat cap that Grandpa wore, and there it will stay until the day I harden my heart, and throw it away. Year after year, that grand old chap went everywhere in that same cap. And we miss him so, that come what may, I doubt I’ll ever see the day when I throw Grandpa’s cap away...

PHOTOS: Val Crompton

May Rogers From a poem by May Rogers, age 91, - our oldest Kirkstall Matters contributor.

May Rogers at the Joint Cluster Service at St Mary’s

St James’ Music Group at a Joint Service at St Andrew’s, Butcher Hill KIRKSTALL MATTERS issue 96 End 2007 PAGE 17

Celebrations at Kirkstall St Stephen’s... PHOTOS: Val Crompton

The Licensing of Revd Brenda Wood as Associate Priest and Dyfrig Wyn Lewis-Smith (left) as Reader, by Bishop James at St Stephen’s. Archdeacon Peter Burrows (right), and the united choir of St Stephen’s and St Margaret’s, Horsforth took part in a joyful service of celebration led by Bishop James of Knaresborough.

Sunflowers were presented to Brenda by members of St Stephen’s Seekers Group. New Curate, Revd Karen Marshall joined the team and moved into St Stephen’s Vicarage, with her family, in July 2007. Karen is seen here with former Patron, Edmund Butler and Revd Rosemarie Hayes (right).

and at St Mary’s, Hawksworth Wood... Joint Cluster Service at St Mary’s People from all the saints St Andrew’s, St James’, St Margaret’s, St Mary’s & St Stephen’s met together with Bishop James at St Mary’s on 29th July 07.

Revd Rosemarie Hayes, Bishop James Bell & Revd Karen Marshall

Interviews are being held for a new Priest-in-Charge at St Mary’s & St Andrew’s, Moor Grange KIRKSTALL MATTERS issue 96 End 2007 PAGE 18

Bishop meets a shy young member

School Breakfast Clubs...

Help & Advice... Contact details: John Battle MP

Schools in West Leeds are offering extended services including breakfast clubs, out-of-hours tuition and after-school clubs in sport, music and John Battle visiting a Breakfast Club drama. We now have 77 extended schools in Leeds as a whole and with extra funding from the government, all schools in our area could become extended schools by 2010. “I know that extended services are popular with parents and children and can help to put schools at the heart of their communities. They provide excellent opportunities for children to take part in fun activities and boost their confidence. They help families juggle work and home life by giving parents greater flexibility and providing parental support. “But above all they give children the chance to take part in fun activities - they can practice sports, learn a musical instrument, have drama classes or simply catch up on their homework. And there is already clear evidence that activities being offered across the country have had a positive influence on pupils.”

John Battle MP

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

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

NW Area Committee

The four wards of

Inner NW Leeds are Headingley, Hyde Park & Woodhouse, Kirkstall and Weetwood. The twelve councillors make up the Area Committee, meeting six times a year. Meetings are open to the public. Do you think you need the streets cleaned more often? Do you think there are enough things for young people to do in your area? Or do you have thoughts about local crime and disorder issues? Area Committees are able to address all these things and more. Area Committees give you the opportunity to have more influence on how services are delivered to your area. Your Area Committee aims to improve the delivery and co-ordination of local council services, and improve the quality of local decision making. Area Committees give local people a local way of addressing their local priorities.

The next meetings are on 18 October, 13 December. Ward Forums report to the Committee - if you would like details, contact the North West Area Management Team on

0113 395 2826.

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Planning Matters...

Kirkstall Forge Site

Forge Site Information marquee at Kirkstall Festival FORGE VILLAGE MOVES ONE STEP CLOSER

CEG has now been granted outline planning permission for the Kirkstall Forge site, which includes the delivery of a new train link at Kirkstall. CEG first began working on the plans for Kirkstall Forge in 2003 and we are delighted to have secured outline permission. We have worked closely with local people, groups and Leeds City Council to create a modern urban village of value to current and future residents. I would like to thank everyone who has attended our events and helped us to create a vibrant and exciting scheme. The redevelopment is expected to create 1,540 new permanent jobs and up to 400 construction jobs. The scheme incorporates 1,385 residential units, 177,800 sq ft of offices, a hotel and community facilities including small shops, bars, cafes, restaurants and a crèche.

Over half of the site will be green space allowing for woodland walks, bicycle routes and community access to the historical site. CEG has committed £4 million to the creation of a new railway station at the site to link with a park and ride facility. A further £3.5 million will be invested in new community facilities, highway improvements, affordable housing and footpaths in the local area. The next stage of development will be the submission of a reserve matters application on Phase 1. This will consist of 230 new build residential units, the conversion of the listed Forge building, the refurbishment of the listed cottages and the construction of various office and small retail units. CEG has now launched a comprehensive design competition which will see some of the country’s top architects compete to create an innovative scheme for the first phase of development. The redevelopment will make use of the existing features of the site including industrial archaeology, the river frontage, the nearby canal and open countryside. Plans include the restoration of the historic Mill Race through the site and the preservation and investment into listed features such as the worker’s cottages, forge building and war memorial.

Charles Johnson (left) & Jon Kenny at Kirkstall Forge KIRKSTALL MATTERS issue 96 End 2007 PAGE 20

Kirkstall Forge demolition... CEG has already commenced with demolition of the main forge complex and the protection of the listed buildings and cultural elements. Remediation and construction work will start on site as reserved matters are approved. It is likely that the full regeneration of the site will be phased over a 10-year programme.


If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact either Victoria or Nick on 0113 213 0300 or email

Charles Johnson Kirkstall Forge Development Manager Commercial Estates Group

I think that the Forge represents one of the biggest redevelopment opportunities for the city of Leeds. Located on the outskirts of the city, yet enclosed in a hidden riverside valley, it will be a fantastic place to live and work. Our job has only just begun and CEG will continue to work with the Kirkstall Forge community liaison group on the detailed aspects of the design, appearance and siting of the buildings to ensure that we can create the most aspirational scheme possible.

Planning for Kirkstall’s future... have your say.... Some residents will be aware that the local community in Headingley got together to create 'Headingley Renaissance'. This document brought together the views of people from across the community and translated them into an action plan. That action plan is now used and referred to in order to influence decisions about the way issues in the area are tackled.

Are you concerned about the future of Kirkstall? Traffic? Loss of family housing? Shopping? Licensing? Loss of important buildings? Well, you could help to do something about it! Local residents can have a say in the future of their area, across a wide variety of issues affecting Kirkstall. This can be encapsulated in a document that can influence change in the future. Through people coming along and getting involved, or at least having their say, they really can make a difference. If you are interested, please come along to the community launch meeting at:

7:30pm on Thursday 1st November 2007 at Milford Rugby Club, Beecroft Street.

This is a very important time for Kirkstall, with a number of major developments in the district centre and major works proposed to the A65. There are also other issues, including the continuing threat of losing family housing to privately rented accommodation, and the problems associated with late night take-aways, noise and anti-social behaviour, etc. It's not all negative though. There are real opportunities to shape how the area might look and to say what you like about living in Kirkstall! It is important to emphasise what is good in the area and what you would like to see enhanced. Come along to the launch meeting on 1st November to find out more!

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Andrew Crates

Extra traffic on A65 Kirkstall Traffic Problems People who work for large organisations often say the left hand doesn’t know what the right hand is doing, and that senior managers have no idea what is happening on the ground. Leeds City Council is no exception to this conclusion. It is not difficult to tell we have a traffic problem in Kirkstall, but this seems to have escaped the council’s planners, who continue to approve new planning applications all along the A65 with little thought for where the extra traffic would go. There are more details on the Kirkstall councillors’ website at http:// In March 2007 BHS appealed against refusal of planning consent for a major retail and leisure development on the former Allders site at Bridge Road. Their plans were rejected because of poor design but planning officers did not raise any highway issues. This ignores an unpublished internal council report in May 2005 which stated:

• the A65 is at capacity, 1950 vehicles per hour at the cordon, 1000 elsewhere

• there is evidence of peak spreading with more trips travelling outside the peak periods

• future growth at the Airport has been assessed and will worsen conditions on the A65 and surrounding network. An additional 1260 car trips per day have been identified.

Quality Bus Initiative... BHS recently submitted a fresh application to run in parallel with their appeal. They seem reluctant to discuss highway issues, but I have told their agents that they will get no support from me without an acceptable traffic scheme, and I shall speak against their appeal at the Public Inquiry. At a recent meeting of the Inner North West Area Committee (which covers Kirkstall Ward) councillors from all the major political parties demanded unanimously to see figures for the “worst case scenario” on Commercial Road. Council officers have yet to estimate traffic flows in this situation, which would see the A65 Quality Bus Initiative and the new Kirkstall District Centre in full operation, together with Morrisons, BHS, Kirkstall Forge, Horsforth and Menston housing developments, the airport expansion and some enormous new schemes south of Kirkstall Viaduct all trading at full capacity. The council agreed to all these plans, but how the road system will cope? The Quality Bus Initiative will almost double the width of the A65 from Bridge Road to the Inner Ring Road. This controversial £23 million scheme will require about 25 acres of land, significant demolition and the closure of Gilbert Mount. The design has been repeatedly modified over the last fifteen years, but the present version still has serious flaws which seem likely to increase rat running through residential streets. Council officers claim this scheme will have “negligible” environmental effects, so they are using “permitted development rights” instead of a normal planning application. The practical effect would be to deny the public any effective say. Most people support the principle of bus priority, but the Kirkstall councillors are pressing for a much more open and democratic process. St Ann’s Mills

• developer generated trips have been assessed and these will worsen conditions on the A65 and surrounding network. 3310 additional 2 way peak hour trips have been identified from developments with traffic generations available

• the A65 does not have the capacity to carry all the identified additional trips in the peak periods

Council development officers recently reneged on their earlier promises and advertised St Ann’s Mills for sale to a private developer.

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Planning views on sale of historic buildings... I would like to transfer both buildings to a notfor-profit “Community Development Trust” managed by local residents under the government’s “Quirk Initiative”, but there are likely to be huge battles over this. Council departments have been asset-stripping Kirkstall for the last thirty years. There is a website at with full details.

Their original proposal, which was promoted at great public expense in Kirkstall in January 2006, was to sell Abbey Mills for conversion into flats while re-investing the profits in St Ann’s Mills. Officers have admitted that they cannot make this work, so they have put both buildings on the market. All the profits would be siphoned off into a central pot and Kirkstall would get nothing. This sale is a serious blow to Kirkstall Valley Park, and could make it very difficult to construct the white water canoe training course that is proposed for this beautiful riverside location. Both mills were originally bought to provide public open space, by clearing away the poor quality outbuildings while restoring the main Victorian mills to their former glory. There has been no public consultation over this, contrary to the council’s “Statement of Community Involvement” to guide development plans. The scheme involves new building in the flood plain, which is contrary to council and government policies. The area is grade 3 (highest risk of flooding) but it seems that our planning policies are dispensable when the council smells a profit. I am seeking a full scale Audit Investigation into the entire process. I hope that people will support me in this. A limited external audit inquiry in 2006 has already revealed some serious flaws. There are unpublished documents dating back to 2003 which show that the Kirkstall Mills scheme never made any sense financially, and that the alleged “repair backlog” which precipitated the entire business was exaggerated. It appears that it was always possible for the council to maintain these historic buildings out of current income for their original function as small industrial units for local firms. There is no need to sell either of them.

It has also come to light that millions of pounds of “section 106” money, (which is supposed to benefit local communities) arising from the Kirkstall Forge Development, was earmarked instead by METRO to pay for a new railway station at Apperley Bridge in Bradford. The Hawksworth Wood estate, which looses its major local employment site, would not get a penny, nor would there be any money for central Kirkstall where the Forge development will cause major traffic problems. There has been a row about this, and officers are rapidly back-tracking on their original plan. Unfortunately there is a signed legal section 106 agreement in place with the Kirkstall Forge developer, so it will not be easy to change things.

Cllr John Illingworth 17 September 2007

Proposed Closure of Gilbert Mount re A65 Bus Lane According to plans, Gilbert Mount will be closed due to the A65 Bus Lane. The Gilbert's and Sandford Road Estate only has two ways of entry and egress i.e. Sandford Road and Gilbert Mount. What happens if access to Sandford Road is obstructed for whatever reason? No Access for FIRE, AMBULANCE, or POLICE VEHICLES. The planners have already been informed by email that the residents do not want this. There are 138 dwellings on the estate. Does nobody listen anymore?

Bob Marriott Gilbert's and Sandford Residents Association

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Abbey Dash helps West Yorkshire OAPs... We have a few exciting changes this year. In response to the increasing number of runners, there's a brand new, spacious start on the Headrow. The start is downhill

and the course now leads past Kirkstall Abbey rather than through its grounds. Each year places

Now in its 23rd year, the Help the Aged Leeds Abbey Dash is a unique 10k road race with a terrific atmosphere. It is held in aid of Help the Aged, and all money raised by the race will make a real and lasting difference to the lives of vulnerable older people.

sell out well before the closing date so we encourage you to sign up as soon as possible. The closing date for entries is 9 November 2007, although the race may reach capacity sooner. The race is on Sunday, 25th November 2007 and starts at 9.30am. See

The course is perfect for serious runners and first-timers alike. It's fast and flat, taking you out of the city centre, past the grounds of the ancient Kirkstall Abbey, and back to the finish line outside the Town Hall.

Kirkstall Shakespeare Festival... helps WaterAid Purcell Miller Tritton and consultant Arup recently completed the £3.5mn restoration of the building and grounds. This year, they sponsored the first night preview of Shakespeare’s “As You Like It”. All proceeds from the event were donated to WaterAid, the charity providing clean, safe water, sanitation and hygiene education to the parts of the World that need it most.

During the summer, audiences enjoyed the excellent productions of the British Shakespeare Company’s ‘As You Like It’ and ‘Henry V’ in the wonderful atmosphere of Kirkstall Cloisters. Regulars look forward to 2008...

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Modern Art...

Kirkstall Sculptor Kevin Harlow It’s full-steam ahead for Kirkstall-based sculptor and artist, Kevin Harlow. Kevin has been commissioned to produce a sculpture and a mural for the new P & O liner, Ventura. His work will form part of a £1 million, 7,000 piece modern art collection from about 40 leading contemporary artists currently working in Britain. Kevin said “The inspiration for my work is humour and how the artist acts as an entertainer to the audience. I hope that those on board will enjoy my work”. P & O feel sure that passengers will be inspired by the breadth of the collection of art on show.

Kevin’s previous commissions have included works for The London Dungeon, The Beatles Exhibition, Liverpool and a millennium Statue of Christ ‘The Good Shepherd’ at Holyhead. Work in progress on the Holyhead statue featured in KM92 Ann Lightman

Autumn Leaves in Kirkstall

Painting by Kevin Harlow

Festive Lights...

Heritage Plaques

For the first time ever, Kirkstall will be Illuminated by Festive Lights over the festive/Christmas period, thanks to a joint effort by The Gilbert's and Sandford Residents Association and the KVCA. Ten Lamp posts at the heart of the busy junction of the A65 Kirkstall Lane - Savins Mill Way will be fitted with motifs supplied by Leeds City Council's, Leeds lights department. This has been made possible thanks to great support work by Sarah Charlton of the NorthWest Area Management Team who helped the Festive Lights Team successfully apply for funding from the council. Our thanks also go to our three local councillors, for their wholehearted support. So this winter look up, enjoy and wait and see what we have planned! Keith Collridge Chairman.Gilberts's and Sandford Residents Association

Look for Heritage Plaques at Kirkstall Abbey Visitors’ Centre We have 4 plaques to put up at Kirkstall Abbey and we are waiting to receive the final one from English Heritage (the others are for the architecture award and the Heritage Lottery Fund). I have to have them all put up at the same time because we need to use a specialist fitter so the stonework in the Visitor Centre is not damaged. They are waiting to come in and do the work as soon as I receive the English Heritage plaque. Katherine Baxter, Curator of Archaeology Tel: 0113 2305492 KIRKSTALL MATTERS issue 96 End 2007 PAGE 25

Aire Valley Line...

Express Steam Trains...

Aire Valley Line Steam Trains I enjoy harking back to the Fifties. I can't remember a better time. In those days, train spotting was the national hobby for boys. I was lucky to live close by the Aire Valley line. There was a constant procession of Anglo-Scottish express steam trains that ran between LondonEdinburgh and Glasgow, including the 'ThamesClyde Express' and the 'Waverley'.

This was followed in March 1963 by Beeching's infamous ‘The reshaping of British Railways’ report. This proposed the closure of one third of Britain's railways, mainly rural branches and cross country lines. Beeching's second report came a year later - "The Development of the Major Railway Trunk Routes". He proposed the closure of all lines apart from the major Inter-city routes and important profit-making commuter lines. The Aire Valley line survived as a major artery for the Settle-Carlisle line to Scotland, but all local stations along its route between Leeds and Shipley were closed in 1965.

PHOTO: © David Hey

In the early Fifties diesels were just a novelty. Then in 1955, the Government announced the Modernisation Plan, to replace old-fashioned steam engines with more modern diesels and electric trains.

'Thames-Clyde Express' heading to Scotland, foreground, a local Bradford-Leeds diesel railcar in the background.

Before the Beeching axe began, BR had a total of 18,864 steam locomotives on its books. The number began to wane over the years. It was a gradual process; the simple means of eliminating some elderly pre-grouping locomotives with new steam engines, the last being No 92220 'Evening Star' in 1962. 'New' for 'old' was quite acceptable, but the majority of train spotters could never have foreseen the swift decline that was about to take place over the next six years. When the frenetic free-fall of steam began in the Sixties, I was determined to photograph steam trains on the Aire Valley line between Leeds and Shipley before it was too late and it was all over. Some of the photos can be found on a new website 'David Hey's Collection'. I’m not on my own there are thousands of closet-spotters.

David Hey

Since I posted this photo on the web, I've received lots of emails, including one from New Zealand & one from someone who used to work one of the cranes in the basin. David Hey

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Railway News...

Abbey Light Railway

Update from Peter Lowe This summer we have been re-sleepering the track and are well on the way to rebuilding our 1943 Hunslet Diesel Locomotive. This engine was rebuilt by me 24 years ago. It has now had new bearings, pistons and liners fitted. We hope to have a test run soon. We have also started work on our German Locomotive Orenstein & Koppel no. 5926 of 1935. Sadly when the wheels were being pressed in from 2ft 3inch gauge to 2ft gauge, one of them cracked - so a new set will have to be made. A new frog is being made for one of the points.


The Abbey Light Railway was founded in 1976. It is a family run operation supported by volunteers to restore and maintain vintage Narrow Gauge locomotives and rolling stock.

11 September 2007

2. Hunslet 20 H.P. No. 2465/1943 11 September 2007

7. Orenstein & Koppel 11 H.P. No. 5926/1935

1. Lister 6 H.P. No. 20449/1942

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New Project at Hollybush Conservation Centre ... Hollybush History project needs you! Update on the Project to study the History of the House, Barn, Land and surrounding environment. Guided history tours on the 12th August started with a review of the site and buildings. We used plans and maps, dating from 1781 to 1811, which sparked much interest. The following tour picked out the newer farmhouse dated around 1780-1830. At the front of the house, the bottom four or five feet can be seen to be the remains of an earlier building. This was built with gritstone, similar to the barn. It shows an early filled-in door and window. The group aims to produce a detailed survey of the buildings and a study of attached land and surrounding environment. A set of handouts of current studies is being prepared. If you have information or photos about the land, buildings and occupants, or if you would like to join the study, we would love to hear from you. For further information contact Owen Walker Hollybush Conservation Centre on 0113 274 2335 or 1st and 3rd SUNDAYS – Hollybush open to the public 1pm – 4pm. Come and look around our lovely gardens, volunteer in the garden or come for a relaxing cup of tea! 1st SUNDAY of the month – WILDLIFE WATCH GROUP 8-13 year olds wildlife group (under 8’s must be accompanied by an adult). 10.30am – 12.30pm For more details tel:

0113 274 2335

It is proposed to hold further tours and talks on open days. One aim is to produce a booklet and information board of our findings.

Fun Day at Hollybush Sunday 21st October 12 noon - 4pm


Join in seed gathering and other fun activities

Table top and cake sale Under 16’s must be accompanied by an adult FREE!

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Hollybush Conservation...

Healthy Walking...

Becoming a Friend of Hollybush

see As a Friend of Hollybush you will have the opportunity to: • Enjoy and help care for the Hollybush Gardens and its resident wildlife • Share, develop and learn conservation and gardening skills • Access training to develop your practical or leadership skills • Keep in touch and up to date with what’s happening at Hollybush with regular newsletters and emails • Enjoy some great socials and get involved at open events Some Friends support us by helping with publicity or running open events, others help with fundraising or undertake leadership training to become task leaders. Some Friends support us by helping to make sure our socials go with a swing!

Discover the Hollybush Gardens... Hollybush is a special place. The listed 17th century barn and main building conceals the almost secret gardens. As well as the award winning wildlife garden which runs close by the Leeds Liverpool canal, there are vegetable plots, herbaceous borders and a herb garden filled with many medieval herbs. The fruit garden includes some of the original rhubarb that grew here over 200 years ago when Hollybush was a rhubarb farm.

Sunday Walks! Enjoy short local walks in Kirkstall or at one of Leeds Parks on the first Sunday of each month. Free and open to all ages and all abilities! Come and get some fresh air and find out more about your local area (walks no longer than an hour): ALL SUNDAY WALKS START AT 1pm 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

Improve your local environment BTCV is the UK’s largest volunteer charity working with people and the environment. Hollybush Conservation Centre provides a wide range of volunteering opportunities for people who are interested in working to improve their local environment.

Wednesday afternoon tasks take place each week from 1 - 4.30pm and the Sunday garden club runs on the first Sunday of each month. Its fun, friendly and informal! Drop in or contact FOHB for more details. Help care for the Hollybush Gardens! KIRKSTALL MATTERS issue 96 End 2007 PAGE 29

Richard Oastler...

History of Armley Gaol... It is largely because of Richard’s efforts that the Factory Acts were passed. It was not until after his death that the 1867 Factory Act was passed which covered all manufacturing processes. He died in 1861 and he and his family are buried in St Stephen’s Church, Kirkstall which also has a stained-glass window in his honour. After Richard Oastler’s death, a large bronze statue was paid for by public prescription and unveiled by Lord Shaftesbury in Bradford. It shows Oastler and two young factory hands in a group.

Richard Oastler 1789-1861 Statue in Bradford

Museum’s Month at Abbey House Museum Samantha Flavin, the Museum Curator, took a session on Eminent Leeds Victorians. She has been working on exhibits for the Leeds Gallery in the New Museum and had researched three subjects, the second having a Kirkstall St Stephen’s connection. The subject was Richard Oastler. He was one of a large family who moved from Thirsk to Leeds. He married a Leeds girl, Mary Tatum and had two children, Sarah and Robert, both dying shortly after birth – one within a day, another within a year. Was this why he became active in campaigning for legislation to protect children at work? We were shown: a sketch of his family when he was a child, pictures of the Bradford factory of his friend, John Wood, who first brought the plight of children to his attention the conditions inside the factory where children from 7 worked a 13 hour day with ½ hour for lunch.

Armley Gaol opened in 1847 cost £43,000

Armley Gaol The final section was on the History of Armley Gaol. Samantha had been looking for a subject to illustrate the Irish presence in Leeds. She found that the first Governor was Irish. She told us about how Leeds Victorians dealt with their crime-wave. People were transported to Australia and some criminals died on the Gallows in York. This was proving to be inadequate for the numbers now involved, so a model prison, Armley was built in 1847. An aerial view gave us a clear idea of the layout. Words and pictures described the silent, work-driven routine inside.

a letter he wrote to the Leeds Mercury in 1830 at the start of his campaign to bring such matters to the attention of the authorities.

The Victorians were keen that prisoners should be isolated from family influence and so only allowed two visits a year! Our session ended with a look at the pages of the 1851 census for the prison, which gave an insight into Leeds at that time.

an illustration of Fleet Prison where he spent four years incarcerated for debt.

This was followed by lunch in the café…we had plenty to chat about!

Ann Lightman KIRKSTALL MATTERS issue 96 End 2007 PAGE 30

Thackray Inter-active Medical Museum... Wednesday Club at Abbey House

Beckett Street, Leeds

Apothecary Jars The July PowerPoint presentation on “The Apothecary Jar Collection of the Thackray Medical Museum” was given by Alan Humphries. Alan is a curator at the Museum (Tel. 0113 244 4343). Before telling us about the world-renowned apothecary jars (practical but decorative objects in English delftware), we were given a fascinating introduction to the Medical Museum.

Workhouse Inmates The Thackray Medical Museum is housed in what was the old workhouse next to St James’ Hospital in Becket Street. This building was still a workhouse in the 1920’s. We were shown a photo of the inmates dating from that time – one of only two known to be in existence. If any reader has a workhouse photo, the museum would love to know!

Charles F. Thackray (1877-1934) Charles Thackray, a Leeds butcher’s son, qualified as a pharmacist. Charles practised for a year on the continent. His friend, Scurrah Wainwright had become a chartered accountant. In 1902 (when they were both aged 25) they became business partners. Charles & Scurrah’s first and very astute step was to take over Samuel Taylor’s chemist shop on the corner of George Street, opposite the Leeds General Infirmary. This shop was en route for the surgeons as they traversed between the hospital and their consulting rooms in Park Square.

Professor Moynihan’s inventions One of the surgeons who used Thackray’s was Professor Moynihan (1865-1936). Thackray’s supplied his sterilized dressings, making them on the premises – the machine on the top floor and the boiler in the basement – to the bemusement of the customers in between. It was Moynihan (later 1st Baron) who had invented rubber gloves – to protect the hands of his assistant (later his wife) from the corrosive substances used to sterilise instruments. He also invented the folding operating table. Many operations were carried out in the early days in people’s houses.

Replacement Hip Joints Thackray’s supplied many items for the Leeds General Infirmary. It soon needed more space and moved in 1926 into the old Medical School. They were there until 1989 when it was purchased for the building of the County Court. By this time they could supply whole hospitals internationally and they expanded to premises in Beeston. One of their specialisms was the Charnley hips – developed by a Manchester surgeon who pioneered the polyethylene joint and the operation itself – introducing stringent new standards of hygiene to combat deep infections. Some of the original hips are still around – with a recorded 41 year life-span! Medical Museum The museum was founded with a donation of medical books, archives and artifacts that Paul Thackray, the grandson of Charles F. Thackray, had collected. This was moved into the old workhouse forming the basis of the superb private museum. The firm was sold to DePuy International in 1990. An excellent and lively book “Opposite the Infirmary” written by Penny Wainwright gives a much fuller account and is on sale in the museum. Do visit the museum as it relies on visitor revenue to survive. There is a shop and popular café. Children and groups of all ages enjoy the fun and interaction as they learn about medical history.

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Further information see www.

Ann Lightman

History of Kirkstall Abbey Gatehouse .... Farmhouse Following the death of the last abbot, Abbey House became a farmhouse. Between 1584 and 1779 the building was extended using stones taken from the Abbey ruins. The estate was now owned by the Earls of Cardigan. In 1779 the house was leased to George Beecroft of Kirkstall Forge. Members of the Beecroft and Butler families occupied Abbey House on and off until the 1880s, sometimes subletting to other tenants, such as the Coopers. After 1888 Colonel North bought Kirkstall Abbey and presented it to the people of Leeds in January 1889. In 1893 he sold Abbey House to Colonel W.T. Harding. Colonel Harding was responsible for the present gothic decoration of the De Lacy room and the oak staircase with its medieval style stained glass windows.

The Building of Abbey House The oldest part of Abbey House was the Great or Inner Gatehouse of Kirkstall Abbey, built some time between 1152 and 1182. The road into the abbey grounds cut through the room now known as the Norman Hall (now the restaurant). There was a large rounded arch intended for travellers on horseback, carts and livestock and a small one for pedestrians.



Before reaching the gates, travellers would find themselves in the Gate Porch. If they were allowed entry they would pass through the Gate Hall and on into the Cistercian abbey. The arches to each side gave access to the porter’s lodgings. A spiral staircase led up to a chapel built over the gatehouse in the thirteenth century. One of these staircases still survives and can be seen to the right of the De Lacy room. It was at these gates that Henry VIII’s commissioners arrived on 22nd November 1539 to demand the surrender of the Abbey and all its property into their hands. The former abbot, John Ripley, retired to live in the gatehouse, blocking each end with windows removed from the abbey and inserting a large central fireplace for heating (now removed). A stone coffin containing a skeleton (once thought to be that of Abbot Ripley), a silver spoon and a silver farthing of Edward I was discovered under the floor of the Norman Hall in the 19th century.

Photos: Courtesy of Leeds Museums and Galleries (Abbey House Museum)

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Home becomes Museum...

and Café The former “Abbot’s Tea Rooms” has now been aptly re-named, The Gatehouse. Enjoy the taste of some simple but wholesome food surrounded by the rustic medieval features of this 12th century local landmark. Opening Times Mon - Closed (except Bank Holidays) Tue - Fri 10am - 5pm Sat - 12 - 5pm Sun - 10am - 5pm

Photographs from the 1890s of the "Norman Hall" at Abbey House when it was still a home.

Tel. 0113 230 5492 or 0113 224 4800

Museum In 1925 Major Butler sold the house to Leeds City Council for £6,000. After debating its future use, the Council decided it should become a museum to preserve and display the history of the people of Leeds. Collections were then brought here from the City and Kirkstall Abbey Museums. The new venture, the Kirkstall Abbey House Museum, was opened by the Lord Mayor of Leeds, Alderman Hugh Lupton, in 1927. Since 1927, the museum has extended Abbey House by constructing a series of Victorian streets in the former yards and stables, Abbey Fold of 1954 being followed by Harewood Square of 1955 and Stephen Harding Gate of 1958.

The Lottery project In 1995, it was decided to raise the money needed to redisplay and improve facilities at Abbey House Museum. The Heritage Lottery Fund approved the bid in autumn 1997 and work began in 1998, with the help of Leeds City Council and the Friends of Leeds City Museums. As well as providing new exciting displays, the building work also involved major alterations to the roof and installing a lift to provide full wheelchair access. The museum has also gained a new licensed café and gift shop. Abbey House reopened to the public on 20th January 2001.

Samantha Flavin Curator of Social History with Responsibility for Abbey House Museum

South East View of Kirkstall Abbey by T Smith, 1747 Copyright Picture reproduced courtesy of Leeds Museums and Galleries

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Discovering local history, Autumn 2007... Tours of Kirkstall Abbey every Thursday at 10am, 11am and 2pm Discover more about Kirkstall Abbey's history in a free tour with an experienced guide. Booking is essential. Please contact the Visitor Centre on 0113 274 8041 In September, ten of us joined a tour with a French guide. She was very knowledgeable and humorous but we had to concentrate hard to follow the strong accent. We were standing or walking, sometimes on uneven ground, for an hour and a half. We walked through parts of the abbey that are usually kept locked. It was a lovely and interesting morning but we were glad to be wearing comfortable flat shoes!

Finds Afternoons 26th September, 31st October and 28th November Bring your archaeological discoveries for identification and recording. Drop-in sessions take place from 2pm until 4pm on the last Wednesday of every month. Val Crompton Muriel Lumb

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Celebrate Leeds Photographic Exhibition Millennium Square, until 31 October An open-air exhibition celebrating the proud history and 800th anniversary of the city of Leeds. For further information visit

KIRKSTALL ABBEY Events October Abbey Road, Kirkstall, Leeds,LS5 3EH

0113 230 5492 / 0113 274 8041 Visitor Centre Opening Times: Winter: Tues – Sun 11am – 3pm. Admission: Free Finds Afternoons Wednesday 31 October Free drop-in session. Bring your archaeological discoveries to be recorded by the Finds Liaison Officer as part of the Portable Antiquities Scheme Kirkstall Abbey Tours Every Thursday, 11am & 2pm Enjoy a special tour of the Abbey. Booking essential. Contact 0113 230 5492. Ghost Walks 29, 30 & 31 October; 6pm & 7.30pm £3.50 (no conc) No children under 10; children must be accompanied by an adult. Booking essential; places limited to 20. Contact 0113 230 5492 Join the spirit guide for a ghostly evening tour of Kirkstall Abbey, if you dare… WWF Walk for Wildlife Kirkstall Abbey Sunday 14 October, 10am – 2pm

Kirkstall Wildlife in Autumn One of the interesting things about this September is the large number of Speckled Wood butterflies enjoying the autumn sunshine. Just a few years ago there were none of them in west Leeds. Now they seem to be everywhere! They could be along the canal banks or around the Abbey – anywhere where there are trees and bushes. The butterfly is chocolate coloured with small white spots, or speckles, on its wings. If we continue to get some warm sunny afternoons they could go on until the end of the month and a few may last into October. The colder weather that we can expect soon will bring the winter thrushes – Redwings and Fieldfares - from their breeding grounds in northern Europe. They feed on berries – hawthorns being a particular favourite. Look out for noisy parties of these birds stripping the berries from the trees.

Run ⅓ mile circular laps in the grounds of Kirkstall Abbey to raise money for the World Wildlife Fund

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Peter Larner

Out & about...

Events & Activities... Abbey House Museum

Please note: 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. Leeds-Liverpool canal at Bingley

Val Crompton

New TV Canal Journey Can you help? "Locks & Quays" is currently in pre-production and due to begin filming . In this series we will be making the journey coast to coast from Hull to Liverpool. The 10 episode journey, due to be shown on ITV1 in the Granada & Yorkshire regions, will take viewers along the Aire and Calder Navigation and join the Leeds-Liverpool Canal to its end in Liverpool. The series will celebrate the canal communities, the holiday makers and the people who make their living afloat along this stunning stretch of the British Waterways. We will embrace the local heritage and history along the route and the spectacular countryside and signs of urban renewal as we travel through the villages, towns and cities built around the canals. As part of the series we will be featuring Kirkstall and the surrounding areas along this stretch of waterway. We are keen to hear from the people who live, work or holiday on these canals and those who enjoy the canals from the towpath. We would like to appeal to your readers that if they have an unusual canal story or an interesting insight into an aspect of local history along this route then to please contact Natalie or Phil on 0161 77674377 or email

Bookings now being taken on the number below. Contact Gillian Briggs

Abbey House Museum, Abbey Walk, Leeds, LS5 3EH Tel: (0113) 230 5492 Fax: (0113) 230 5499 Email: October 2007 Wednesday 3rd October, 10.30-12pm: The Wednesday Club for adults Title to be confirmed with Liza Giffen, Archivist at Leeds University. Booking essential. Cost: £2.50 per person (no concessions).. Wednesday 3rd 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 17th October, 10-12pm: 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). Tuesday 23rd October 1pm-3pm– Family Fun Afternoon Craft activities for all the family based around the theme of Multicultural World to celebrate Black History Month. No booking necessary, normal admission applies.

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Wednesday 24th October, throughout the day – Craft Sessions for playschemes and larger groups Hour long craft sessions based around the theme of Multicultural World will take place in our education room with a museum facilitator. Booking essential, 50p per person for materials. Thursday 25th October, 2pm-3.30pm – Craft Workshop for 9-13 year olds: Theme to be Confirmed. 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 25th & Friday 26th October, 10am12pm – Meet the Victorians Come and meet a face from the past. Will you see the Victorian undertaker, widow washer woman, maid or botanical chemist? No booking necessary, normal admission applies. Friday 26th October, 2pm-4pm– Be a Victorian This is your chance to become a Victorian. Come along and dress up (costume provided) and take part in activities in our Victorian streets. Will you help the widow washer woman with her washing, or mix a potion for the chemist? Complete the Victorian shopping list challenge. No booking necessary, normal admission applies. Sunday 28th October 1pm-3pm Family Fun Afternoon Craft activities for all the family based around the theme of Halloween. No booking necessary, normal admission. Wednesday 31st October, 10.15am – 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).

November 2007 Wednesday 7th November, 10.30-12pm: The Wednesday Club for adults A Further Selection of Historic Leeds Personalities with Samantha Flavin, Curator of Social History. Booking essential. Cost: £2.50 per person (no concessions). Wednesday 7th November, 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 21st November, 10-12pm: 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 28th November, 10.15am – 12pm: The Monkey Club A drop-in morning for the under 5s and their carers with craft activities. This month’s theme is Dinosaurs. No booking necessary, normal admission applies (under 5s are free).

December 2007 Sunday 2nd December, 10-12pm & 1-3pm: Visit Father Christmas in his grotto A chance to meet Father Christmas himself in our magical grotto. There is a £3.50 charge for this which includes a photograph and present. No booking necessary, normal admission applies. Wednesday 5th December, 10.30-12pm: The Wednesday Club for adults Christmas Cards, with Kitty Ross, Curator of Social History. Booking essential. Cost: £2.50 per person (no concessions). Wednesday 5th 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. Sunday 9th December, 10-12pm & 1-3pm: Visit Father Christmas in his grotto A chance to meet Father Christmas himself in our magical grotto. There is a £3.50 charge for this which includes a photograph and present. No booking necessary, normal admission applies. Wednesday 12th December, 10-12pm: Adult Art Group - details as November Sunday 16th December, 10-12pm & 1-3pm: A chance to meet Father Christmas himself in our magical grotto. There is a £3.50 charge for this which includes a photograph and present. No booking necessary, normal admission applies.

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December - Abbey House Activities continued... Wednesday 19th December, 10.15am – 12pm: The Monkey Club A drop-in morning for the under 5s and their carers with craft activities. This month’s theme is Keeping Warm. No booking , normal admission applies (under 5s are free).

January 2008 Thursday 3rd January, 10am – 12 noon and 2pm-4pm; Be a Victorian This is your chance to become a Victorian. Come along and dress up (costume provided) and take part in activities in our Victorian streets. Friday 4th January, 10am – 12 noon; Friday Fun. A morning of museum madness for all the family. Including; craft activities, Find Freddy (our resident ghost), Guess the Mystery Object, and Be an Archaeologist. No booking, normal admission. Wednesday 30th January, 10.15 – 12 noon; The Monkey Club. A drop in morning for the under 5s and their carers with craft activities. This month’s theme is Winter.

Sep 26

FORUM 2000 Grove Centre New Street, Horsforth President Michael McGowan

Autumn Programme 2007 Wednesdays 10am - 12noon Admission £1 per meeting Sponsored by United Cooperatives

Oct 3

24 November Kirkstall St Stephen’s Christmas Market in the church hall 12noon - 2pm

11 December at St Stephen’s Church Christmas Concert - Yorkshire Evening Post Brass Ensemble 7.30pm Tickets £5 inc. refreshments for details tel. 0113 267 7775

MP’s Question Time

Paul Truswell MP

A Night Duty in the Minster

Roy Pawsey

Oct 10 Aerial Mapping for English Heritage

Yvonne Boutwood

Oct 17

Japan from End to End

Dr Stephen Turnbull & Eileen Brayshaw

Oct 24

Mothers & Babies in Prison

Oct 31

Hoaxes & Frauds

Nov 7

Three Great Houses- National Trust Thomas Hornshaw

Nov 14

The Thackray Museum

Nov 21

Visual Wit – Humour in Art

Nov 28

Edwin Barlow Memorial Lecture

Dec 5

AGM and Christmas Entertainment

Veronica Bird OBE Nicola Down

Prof Monty Losowski Alex Purves Prof Paul Rogers

For further details contact Hilary Taylor 0113 258 3521

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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 way. Party Planning Birthday Parties take place on Sunday mornings from 10am - 11.30 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 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

Hawksworth Wood Community Association 6 Broadway, Leeds LS5 3PR Tel & Fax 0113 228 5550 Email:

Index of Advertisers Abbey Guest House Abbey House Museum Workshops

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Accident Repairs - Branch Auto Bodies Alison James – Optician Bargain Booze B. Bex – Joinery

46 48 47 47

Computer Help - Martin Lewis Computers - Media Magic Computers Computers - Steve Dunn PC Services Co-op Leeds CPS – Airedale, Quality Printing Doyle Roofing & Property Maintenance Electrical Installation - Tony Wilson Fisher Autos - Vehicle Repairs Funeral Directors - John Holt

45 51 44 50 47 46 45 48 47

Greenhows of Leeds - Vacuum Cleaners Hawksworth Wood Community Association Head 1st - Gents Hair & Treatment Room Home Support Services J.News Newsagents Kaydan Gas Services – Gary Rhodes

49 39 49 43 48 50

Kirkstall Leisure Centre Kirkstall Newsagents, VT & BV Hajari Kirkstall Online - Community Website Kirkstall St Stephen’s Pre School Kirkstall St Stephen’s Primary School Kirkstall Valley Primary School Nursery

44 45 3 42 52 42

Leeds Homestay Services Mark Johnson – Re-upholstery Milford Sports & Social Club Mick Patrickson – Joinery & Builder N.L.S. - National Legal Services - Wills Painter & Decorator - Piarais POP - Pure Organic Produce delivered Printer - Simon of Smallprintleeds Sports Massage The Bookshop Kirkstall The Mill Race Organic Restaurant Therapeutic Counselling - Carole Anne Tiling - Brian Hurst West End House - Food & Ale WYAS, Sheepscar

51 48 41 45 51 40 40 46 49 44 46 47 40 41 47 Local Councillor Surgeries Thursdays 1-2pm Multi-agency Advice Surgeries 1st Wednesday each month 10am-12 noon

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

Leeds City Credit Union Services

We need you to support us and help pay for the production of our Community Magazine.

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Painter and Decorator - no job too small - residential or business - 30 years experience - always uses clean dust sheets and cleans up thoroughly - references available on request

Call Piarais 0113 295 8785

0772 995 8901

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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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Housekeeping & Ironing/ Private Care & Home Support Services We provide a professional, reliable, experienced housekeeping and/ or home helping service. Friendly supportive care in your own home. Home-sitters, personal care, ironing, laundry, beds, shopping, cooking. Arranged to meet your own personal individual needs and requirements. Additional services also available. Night-sitters, night-sleepers service by prearrangement (weekends & also bank holidays). References available.

For further information tel: 0794 601 7690 or 0113 250 6394

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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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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 96 End 2007 PAGE 45

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Quality Printing for clubs, local associations, Church Groups etc. at the keenest of prices ...

West Yorkshire Archive Services

WYAS, Leeds, Sheepscar Leeds LS7 3AP Tel: 0113 214 5814 Fax: 0113 214 5815 Appointments recommended Some archives are held offsite and our search room can get very busy. Monday: 9.30am to 5pm Tuesday: 9.30am to 5pm Thursday: 9.30am to 5pm Please note we do not produce archives between 12 noon and 2pm

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Tel. 278 0945

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Greenhows of Leeds for all your vacuum cleaner needs • • • • •

Same day service Free estimates All work guaranteed Commercial enquiries welcome Reconditioned vacs for sale Part exchanges welcome 341 Kirkstall Road Leeds LS4 2 HD 0113 279 1170

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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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