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The magazine of Kirkstall Valley Community Association Issue 98

Summer 2008

Kirkstall Crusaders Leeds & District FA Under 18s League Cup Final Winners 2008 In this issue: Festival 2008 Butcher Hill Playing Fields BHS/Allders Inquiry Summer Activities Extended Services Scouts Help and Advice

Planning Issues Kirkstall Forge Lucinda Yeadon Kirkstall Crusaders Schools Abbey Churches What’s On?

Help needed ! Help is needed to write, compile and edit

Kirkstall Matters. Please contact Ken Stratford on 0113 275 5413 or if you

would like to be involved or find out more. KIRKSTALL MATTERS issue 98 Summer 2008 PAGE 1

Kirkstall Matters email:

Useful telephone numbers

EDITOR : Ken Stratford

Weetwood Police, front desk 0113 241 3459

Contributors: Peter Long, John Liversedge, Val Crompton, John Illingworth, Alan Crump, Charles Johnson, Andrea Padden, Sue Warwick, Richard Frank, Samantha Flavin, Peter Owen, Richard Honey, Ann Lightman, Hilary Taylor, Liz Liversedge, Andrew Crates, Carolyn James

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 Works, or Microsoft Publisher. Kirkstall Matters is produced using Microsoft Publisher 2003. 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, 76, Morris Lane, LS5 3EN. 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'. We are non-party political, non-sectarian and a registered charity. KVCA is also responsible for organising events and activities, for example through the KIRKSTALL FESTIVAL COMMITTEE. KVCA acts as a pressure group and a watchdog on developments affecting Kirkstall. KVCA 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 within Kirkstall and the immediate area. If you live outside Kirkstall, you can still become a member, but we need a donation of £3 to cover postage if you are to receive the magazine by post: 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 for KVCA information or to download

Police (non-emergencies) 0845 606 0606

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

Cover photo Kirkstall Crusaders, Cup Winning Team KIRKSTALL MATTERS issue 98 Summer 2008 PAGE 2

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June 2008


Issue 97

Dear Reader, In this issue we have quite a heavy focus on matters connected with local development and planning applications. Whilst the subject matter may not be very thrilling, the consequences of major developments happening unchallenged can be disastrous in terms of the environment in which we live and indeed in which future generations will have to. When you consider the scale and potential impact of the Neighbourhood Centre Development, the Forge and that proposed at the former Allders and their impact on population, transport, roads and services, getting it right is critical. That we have local councillors (of whatever Party) who devote massive time and voluntarily take on the headache of trying to sort it out, with little thanks or recognition from the general public, attests to the fact that the spirit of public service and community commitment is not dead. It is therefore good to be able to welcome Lucinda Yeadon to her new role and we look forward to ongoing future work together. We should also reference the retirement from the Council of Liz Minkin after a long record of service. Liz was a founder of the KVCA and the Festival nearly 30 years ago and has always been there when needed. We will carry a fuller appreciation in the next issue. For now, just to say Thank You to Liz. On a sad note we refer in this issue to the tragic death of someone else who tried to make a difference in the community.

What’s On KVCA News Planning Matters Schools Matter Pat Regan Kirkstall People Vision for Kirkstall New Discovery Centre Abbey Churches Kirkstall Forge Extended Services Volunteers Local Scouts Help and Advice BCTV Hollybush Kirkstall Festival 2008 Festival Sing-along From Horsforth Kirkstall Crusaders Butcher Hill Playing Fields Abbey House Museum Activities Summer Activities You Know You’re from Leeds when Hawksworth Wood Community Assn.

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On a more mundane one, please dear reader, consider getting involved with your Community Association. A little bit of activity does you and us all, a lot of good. Ken Stratford

Kirkstall Valley Community Association Officers Steve Gradys Vice Chair KVCA


Rita Samuel KVCA Treasurer

Ken Stratford KVCA Secretary

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John Liversedge Chairman KVCA

What’s On... CARDIGAN CENTRE 145-149 Cardigan Road Resource Centre 9am to 8pm Mon-Fri. Tel. 275 9282 General meetings are at 8 pm in Milford Sports Youth Point; ‘Active for Life’ Healthy Living Project; Club, usually on the 1st Thursday of each month Older Active People Scheme; Handy Person Scheme KIRKSTALL VALLEY COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION

(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 0113 275 5413

FORUM 2000 Town 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

KIRKSTALL FESTIVAL Saturday 12th July, 2008 Chair: John Liversedge tel. 278 5987

HAWKSWORTH WOOD COMMUNITY SHOP 8 Broadway. Monday to Fridays 9 am to 3.30 pm.

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

JAZZ BAND CLUB at the Merry Monk, Kirkstall Hill. Tel: 275 9403 Fridays from 9pm - its free !

HAWKSWORTH WOOD YMCA Lea Farm Mount Stall Bookings: Roger Moran mobile 07802 922513 Tel. 216 2970. Free ‘Connexions’ Access Point - Mon tel. 226 8098 76 Kirkstall Lane, Leeds LS5 3JV Thursday 3pm - 4pm and Fridays 6-8pm Lunch Club (age 50+) Fridays 11.30am - 1.30pm KIRKSTALL LEISURE CENTRE Kirkstall Lane Parent &Toddler group, Thursdays 9.30 - 11.30am. Open 8:30am to 10:30pm. Bookings Tel. 214 4555 Park Lane College Courses, Tues - Thurs (Term time) Special activities for children during school holidays Activity groups in Sports, Drama, Dance, Martial Arts etc. KIRKSTALL ABBEY TENNIS CLUB Jessica Fischer Tel: 07711 646991, email: jessica.fischer HOLLYBUSH CONSERVATION CENTRE Broad Lane. Tel 274 2335 see page 28 ABBEY HOUSE MUSEUM

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: Office Open Mon-Fri 9.30am - 5.00pm 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

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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KVCA News... Letter from KVCA Chairman I hope everyone has made a note of Saturday July 12th, that is our 28th annual Kirkstall Festival, held as usual in the beautiful grounds of Kirkstall Abbey. Let us hope we have a better summer than last year, we were very lucky as usual, what started out as a very cloudy cool morning finished up after lunch as a very warm sunny afternoon. Whatever the weather I know we have a fun filled day planned for everyone to enjoy, including of course our Festival church service in the Nave of the Abbey. We have had our problems this year as indeed we do every year. This year as last year we were faced with the prospect of once again having to pay the police to attend our event. Other events in the area last year had the police with them and did not pay, we had to pay, why was that? Anyway after some months of argument between the police and ourselves the problem has now been resolved. Thanks to L.C.C. Highways Dept in accordance with the traffic and road closures act the police will now have written authority to stop traffic for the procession and Cllr Carter has agreed that the Highways Department will fund the road closure orders. The police have also said there will be police in the grounds at times throughout the day and we will not be paying. I know we like to see the police and I know it reassures the public to see the police around the grounds so lets hope the crackpot who suggested community events pay for police get’s what he deserves! I should add it was Cllr Minkin who put Highways and Cllr Carter in touch with me. As you may know Cllr Minkin retired this year after serving the Kirkstall ward and the Labour Party for 20 years. Liz Minkin was also one of the founders of the Kirkstall Festival and KVCA and through the last 27 years has always been on hand to help in any way she could and no matter how busy she was. Liz has been very ill over the last few weeks but we are very pleased to see she is on the mend and all the committee send her our best wishes and would like to point out there is always a place on the committee waiting for her! We would also like to welcome our “New” ward Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, we all wish her well.

Spare an hour to make Kirkstall Festival a success! We need volunteers to help sell programmes at this year’s Kirkstall Festival on July 12th. Programme sales are one of the vital ways of funding the continuing success of the Festival. Can you spare an hour (or even two!) to help? In return you will get the glow of satisfaction that you are keeping the Festival alive and still have loads of time left to enjoy the events on the day.

If you can help please get in touch now and join the sales team. Call Richard on 0113 228 4873, or email:

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

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Planning Matters …

Updates from Councillor John Illingworth

BHS/ Allders Planning Enquiry

Bridge Inn and the BHS car park, so that customers’ vehicles can leave the store.

Leeds City Council comprehensively lost the major Public Inquiry into the Allders / BHS proposals at Bridge Road. The Inquiry opened on 19 February in Leeds Civic Hall. I took a week off work to represent KVCA on traffic issues, while Liz Minkin and other local residents also spoke most eloquently at the hearings. It was all for nothing because our best efforts were undermined by the council’s inept performance.

Significant changes are also planned to traffic movements through the main Kirkstall junction with the A65 Abbey Road and also on Savins Mill Way outside Morrison’s supermarket. It will no longer be possible for cars to turn right from Commercial Road into Kirkstall Lane – instead they will have to turn left, go round Savins Mill Way and turn right into Bridge Road. These changes prepare the way for the A65 bus priority scheme, signalising both ends of Beecroft Street and further development at the Kirkstall District Centre.

The site will be illuminated at night and the ugly two-storey retail sheds will be much more prominent than the buildings they replace. The council’s expert witness gave evidence that the scheme would adversely effect the Kirkstall Abbey Conservation Area. To our astonishment, the council’s barrister withdrew this powerful evidence from her own witness and agreed a statement of common ground with BHS.

The proposals are likely to increase traffic on Bridge Road at weekends and weekday evenings. The existing Allders warehouse will be demolished, and replaced with new units. A new set of traffic signals will be added on Bridge Road between the

BHS were represented by our old friends Montagu Evans, veterans of previous encounters with Kirkstall residents since 1987 over the green belt boundary and the southern approach to Kirkstall Abbey. Part of their strategy was to bury us in paper: their bundle of evidence on highway issues alone was 36mm thick, but that was only 10% of the total. The Planning Inspectorate sent me the

entire BHS case by email – a whopping 77MB of files containing about 2000 pages of text and drawings. Another copy arrived by post. It weighed over 5kg and required a special delivery. We had less than 4 weeks to read this stuff and get our response together.

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Panning Matters … BHS/Allders Continued This allowed BHS to get away with an incredible computer model, which included an unbelievable 57 vehicles crammed into the tiny stretch of road outside Hollybush Farm, between Bridge Road and Broad Lane. I pointed out to the Inspector that this was physically impossible and this short stretch of road could hold no more than five cars in each direction, jammed bumper to bumper. I showed him photographs and pointed to the error flags flying in the computer printout, but it was all in vain. The Inspector was not a computer expert, and faced with total silence from Leeds City Council, he evidently concluded that everything would all be alright on the night.

Former Elida Gibbs Sports Ground Leeds City Council officers claim that a variety of national sporting bodies are backing a proposal to privatise the former Elida Gibbs sports ground in Burley, which currently belongs to the Council. Kirkstall Crusaders junior teams have been offered alternative facilities at West Park. In future the Elground would be managed by a non-elected trust, and largely dedicated to women’s rugby, plus a little women’s junior soccer. The ground would be “improved” with car parking, changing rooms and

We won a minor concession from BHS on cycle lanes, but on all the main issues the council was comprehensively defeated. This was entirely the council’s fault. This means that the council has blown the chance to get new riverside footpaths and cycle routes, wasted the opportunity for a new pedestrianfriendly layout at Bridge Road, and gets very little from the development except two ugly retail sheds and a cash contribution towards its highway costs. The Bridge Road frontage doesn’t look too bad, but it could have been really excellent. All we have to show for several weeks’ work is a second-rate Leeds City Council shambles. Of course, we cannot get 57 vehicles outside Hollybush Farm. They will not fit any better in real life than they did in the computer system. The traffic will redistribute and overall road capacity will be lower than BHS predicted. The effect will be to transfer traffic queues and substantial highway costs from BHS onto the struggling Espalier who are trying to redevelop the former Kwik Save site in the Kirkstall District Centre. Espalier are already in difficulties providing affordable housing at this location, and the Inspector’s decision will make this problem considerably worse. Meanwhile the costs of the council’s proposed “solution” at Bridge Road have almost doubled, from £283,500 to £489,000 and officers are seeking additional funds to complete this work. I have asked for the whole sorry business to be “called in” for detailed Scrutiny, and I am hoping for cross-party support.

all weather playing surfaces. The proposals have encountered a hostile reaction from local residents, who clearly value their informal open space. Residents are right to be wary. Leeds Rugby have been chasing Elida Gibbs for many years for VIP parking on match days, and there are no guarantees about the allegiance and independence of the new management committee. There is a separate danger that the Rugby Academy at Bridge Road will migrate to Bramhope, citing Elida Gibbs and “Goals” soccer off Redcote Lane as local replacement facilities in Kirkstall. The otherwise excellent rugby pitches off Bridge Road would probably be incorporated into Morrison’s retail development. All such schemes involve a net loss of scarce inner-city sports pitches in order to finance improvements in the outer suburbs. I remain strongly opposed to anything along these lines. There is a serious shortage of inner city soccer and hockey pitches in Leeds for ordinary team players. This situation would not be helped by largely dedicating the Elida Gibbs ground to women’s rugby. Why not grant women equal access to the top class Rugby Academy pitches at Bridge Road, where I have yet to see a female player on the land?

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Planning Matters...

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Boston Diner Update After thee years of wrangling and delay, the Plans Panel eventually refused planning application 24/412/05/FU for 39 one and two bedroom flats on St. Ann’s Lane on 29 November 2007. Planning officers had recommended approval and the applicant, Design Life Ltd, appealed to the Planning Inspector, but on 15 May 2008 the Inspector refused their appeal. This is wonderful news, and it shows that united action by the local community can sometimes achieve results.

Kirkstall Mills The council now proposes to sell both Abbey Mills and St Ann’s Mills to property developers. I have made a formal complaint to External Audit, because the financial information that the Development Department put before the councilors and the public since 2004 was demonstrably misleading or untrue. It wasn’t just a little bit wrong – it was utter rubbish. If people had known this from the start we would never have got into the present hole. An audit investigation is in progress, but this may not be sufficient to prevent these historic buildings being sold. There are financially viable alternatives that would allow them to managed by the local community, but this has become such a political football that rational discussion has all but ceased. There is a dedicated website at which includes detailed documentary evidence about this extraordinary tale.

Kirkstall District Centre The Plans Panel confirmed their decision to refuse this application, and asked officers to prepare reasons for refusal on highway grounds and because of the lack of affordable housing. In my view this was the right decision. The basic problem is that the housing boom has peaked and the developer paid too much for the site. The design is poor and visually unappealing, and the massing of the buildings is the wrong way round. Loss of the BHS planning appeal has also saddled this scheme with additional highway costs. It now needs a fundamental reappraisal, and it may be better if the site is sold at a loss to another developer because I doubt that it will ever be possible to rescue the present scheme.

Argie Avenue/ Eden Mount Planning Applications The council has approved two contentious planning applications within a stone’s throw of each other at Eden Mount. In June 2006 the council auctioned the site of the former Kirkstall Hill Community Centre to Mood Developments Ltd for £405,000. The council having received so much money for this land, the Panel felt unable to insist on any affordable housing in the scheme, and eventually approved an amended application 07/03002/FU for 16 two bedroom flats and 1 studio flat on 24 January 2008. In contrast to this, on 24 January 2007 the Executive Board resolved to sell the much larger area of public open space surrounding Grayson Heights to Home Housing Association for only £85,000 in order to build affordable houses for sale. The Plans Panel finally approved an extensively amended application 06/02549/ FU for 17 Town Houses in 4 terraces on 12 July 2007, against strong local opposition to the loss of well-used garages, children’s play areas and Public Open Space. Rather belatedly, the council realised that the sale of Public Open Space required an advertisement, which was finally placed in the Yorkshire Post in January 2008. Council officers over-ruled the public objections and work recently started on site. We try to include details of all significant planning applications on the Kirkstall councillors’ website at http:// . It is often possible to download the application drawings so that people can judge the proposals for themselves. It is really helpful if people can find the time to comment on planning applications, because the more people are involved, the better the likely result. John Illingworth

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Schools Matter …

Beecroft Primary School Public Art Project

“Beauty in the Ordinary” Photographs taken by

Beecroft Primary School Year 4, at Beecroft Primary School, spent a day working with local photographer, Lizzie Coombes, to produce images from the local area for the public artwork project “Beauty in the Ordinary.”

Some of the two hundred pictures that were taken have been chosen to be projected onto a large public screen in Leeds City Centre later in the year.

“What is this life if, full of care, We have no time to stand and stare.” William Henry Davies KIRKSTALL MATTERS issue 98 Summer 2008 PAGE 9

Schools Matter ...

Hawksworth Wood Primary School pupils write

“Hawksworth Wood Primary School is a good school” OFSTED 2008 Our recent inspection recognised the dedication of the staff and the hard work of all the children. Here are a few quotes: “The school is a happy place”... “Pupils behave well” ... “The curriculum is good”... “Relationships are strong promoting a harmonious school”...

The children have been reflecting on why Hawksworth Wood is the best ! My Brilliant School!

Special Things About Hawksworth Wood

Our school is special, very special, with many, many attractions. Our school is precious, very precious, and now I shall tell you why........ We have a quad, a glamorous quad, with beautiful, colourful trees. We also have lots of life in there, and honey produced by bees. Buddies are a source of help around here, and you will find them around our school. Mrs. Newton, the teacher who produces these ideas, could help you with any kind of tool. Our school is not all about work , especially when our teachers are around. They always smile and treasure your work, and never say anything to put you down. Our school has lots of sports clubs, like football, rounders and cricket, When we went to the cricket tournament it was rare I didn't get a wicket. Mr. Dyson is in charge of all of this and arranges tournaments around, We have many, many trophies, Mrs. Padden is very proud. School has prepared me for lots of things like men, women and life. But the best thing about this school, is learning, surprisingly enough! Craig Powney age 10

After our ‘good’ OFSTED (with excellent features), this is why Hawksworth Wood is sooooo special to us …… Firstly .. You need to cast your eyes on our quad because the wonderful wildlife is amazing! You will see the yellow black bees getting pollen from the beautiful flowers. At the top of the quad is a pond, we go pond dipping there. At the other end of the quad we grow our own vegetables … delicious! Secondly … There are sports teams, for example football, cricket and rounders. There’s swimming every Wednesday and tennis. I love it when other teachers come up with amazing games. In addition, there are other clubs such as art and craft, healthy eating and music. Our teachers are the kindest people you will ever meet!!! They taught me to read, join up my handwriting and use punctuation! I will miss them so much when I leave, they are like my family. Thank you for helping me through all the classes. Chanelle Stanford

age 11

We Love School ! In our school, We have nice dinner staff, A great Breakfast Club, Excellent work in different subjects, Good residential trips on offer, Our school's great ! In our lessons, We have brilliant subjects, Lovely things to do each lesson, You can get into partners and make good friends, In lessons you can work with wonderful teachers, Our school's great !

My Brilliant School Home is where I'm going At Hawksworth, I had everything Walking away now, my confidence is lowering Kind people saying goodbye Slowly looking back, not saying anything Wailing in my head, trying to talk but my mouth is dry Opening the school doors Ready to go

In the playground, You can play with lots of fun toys, You can drink milk cold, You can buy fruit from the trolley, Our school's great ! In our opinion, We like school because you can get treats, Enjoy fun activities, Eat great food, and work with nice staff, Our school's great ! Chloe Morrison and Alicia Lewis Age 9

Teachers, you've made me into such a grand kid Handwriting, reading, adding and more Would I be able to do it without you, no Oh, I'll miss you Oh, you've made me proud Doing my best in secondary school, I wont let you down. by Robert Radcliffe

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Age 11

Schools …

Pat Regan

In memory of Pat Regan

Nell Bank Residential 2008 In the picture, pupils from Hawksworth Wood Primary School are on Ilkley Moor, enjoying one of the school’s, many exciting challenges. We Love School! In our school We work together as a team. Helpful teachers keep us safe. We all listen to each other Using good manners every day. Our school's great ! In our lessons We work hard to reach our targets. Maths challenges help me learn. Extended writing every Friday. Enjoying P.E. ALL the time. Our school's great ! In the playground Friendly children play together, Sharing equipment, taking turns. Fruit or milk sold from the trolley, Our school's great ! In the dining hall Healthy school meals or packed lunches. Different choices every day. You are rewarded at the Captain's table. Our school's great ! In my opinion, Lessons are fun and keep me going. We all work in the team. Every day we grow and learn. Our school's great !

It is with great sadness that I learned of the death of Pat Regan, who will be known to many people in the Burley area. Pat was found stabbed to death at her home in Hyde Park at the beginning of June. She was a founder of ‘Mothers against Violence’, a cause that she took up after her own son was shot dead in St Helens in 2001. She said of him “Danny were 27 when he was shot and killed. He use to say to me ‘Mama you know I’m never gonna reach the age of 30’. I use to tell him ‘shut up’ he use to say to me ‘I need to prepare you’. There’s nothing you can say to prepare me for that day. He didn’t reach 30”. She was a tireless campaigner within schools and within communities. I used to see her most weeks in the Community Café at the Burley Lodge Centre when I worked there and said ’hello' to her in a Chapeltown community facility, two days before she was killed. Pat worked to make a difference, to make peoples lives better and to make communities safer. We need and should value people that try to make a difference. The Kirkstall Valley Community Association extends its deepest sympathy to her family and friends at this sad time.

Farrah Brown age 10

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Ken Stratford

Kirkstall People ‌ On May 1st, Kirkstall people elected a new Councillor, Lucinda Yeadon, who is herself a local resident and member of KVCA. We interviewed her about how she sees the challenge ahead.

Introducing Lucinda Yeadon How will you balance your work with the demands of being a councillor? I work for the Royal Mencap Society, which is a charity supporting people with a learning disability, their parents and carers. I love my job and I feel it gives me a unique insight into the lives of vulnerable people and their families. I am extremely lucky that my employer is very understanding and flexible when it comes to my new position. I will be cutting down my hours at work to allow me sufficient time to dedicate to my council duties but continuing to work for an organisation which provides a vital support for so many people. I have a particular interest in disability and health issues and I hope that I will be able to use my knowledge and experience in my role as a Councillor. What do you think are the priorities for Kirkstall? The proposed developments in the ward have the potential to make a major impact to Kirkstall, as an area and to the lives of people that live here. Some of the developments are needed, such as the District Centre, others need to be managed so that the effect does not dramatically alter the nature and identity of the area. Ensuring that we have the correct balance between progression and preservation will be a major priority in the coming years. Finding appropriate and fulfilling activities for children and young people in our area, also, has to be seen as a priority. It is vital that we protect our green spaces and playing fields, while investing in new play areas for children and developing activities for young adults.

Why did you choose to stand for election? I have been involved in local politics since I was at University. I am active within the trade union movement and a great believer in getting involved and making a difference. The role of a local councillor is extremely important in shaping the city and representing the views of the people that live here. I am passionate about Kirkstall and Leeds and it is vital that the people who live here have a strong voice in the Civic Hall. We were all very sad to hear that Liz Minkin was standing down. She was an excellent ambassador for the people of Kirkstall and her experience and knowledge, particularly around planning issues, will be sorely missed. I am extremely pleased to be given the opportunity to follow in her footsteps and will endeavour to live up to her example.

What do you most like about Kirkstall? Kirkstall has a fantastic community, which I love being a member of. The community groups throughout the area, such as KVCA and Hawksworth Wood, and local residents associations make a vital contribution in ensuring that local people have a voice. It is this community spirit which gives Kirkstall such a unique identity. I am also extremely fortunate to live just across the road from the beautiful Abbey. The Abbey and the River Aire are treasures of Leeds and we are so lucky to have them on our doorstep. I am looking forward to Kirkstall Festival and the other summer events which take place around the Abbey, making good use of our precious resource.

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Kirkstall People … What have your first few weeks as a councillor been like? My first few weeks have been very hectic. Leeds City Council provides an excellent induction programme for new councillors, which I have been attending with the other newly elected members from across the city. I have been to several tenants’ and residents’ association meeting and have begun to start on some casework. Several people have contacted me with concerns which I am looking into. A particular concern is the threatened Post Office closure on Kirkstall Lane and I will be looking at how we can ensure that this does not happen. What do you enjoy doing in your 'spare' time? I’ve not had that much spare time recently but I have a great passion for food – I love cooking and eating out with my friends and family. I am very pleased to live so close to the Millrace and Viva Cuba. We are lucky in Kirkstall to have some great restaurants and pubs (as I also love a pint of real ale down at the West End!). When I have time, I enjoy going to see live music, reading and going to the theatre (but not as often as I would like). During the summer I may be found watching the cricket at Headingley and I occasionally play for the Yorkshire Disabled Cricket Team. I am very close to my Mum and Sister, as well as having some amazing friends – so I am always happy if my spare time is spent with them. Interviewed by Ken Stratford

Vision for Kirkstall ... Kirkstall Vision Group Launch Survey Are you interested in helping to shape the future of Kirkstall? 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 to influence change in the future. A starting point for the document is to gain local residents views through completing the enclosed questionnaire and returning it to the freepost address stated (no stamp required!) There are real opportunities to shape how the area might look and to say what you like about living in Kirkstall! The ‘Vision for Kirkstall’ Group are volunteers, assisted ably by members of the Inner North West Area staff of the Council. Thanks are due to the ongoing efforts of: Liz Minkin, Tony Ray, Lindsay Smales, Stephen Rennie, Ken Waterworth, Sheila Waterworth, Steve Harris, Keith Collridge, Catherine Simpson, Barbara Salter, Ken Salter, Andrew Crates, Bernard Atha, John Illingworth, Lucinda Yeadon, Ken Torode, Richard Honey and others. A new stage in the work is now being reached, involving wider public consultation. The questionnaire is to go out to local people, distributed through shops, inserted into Kirkstall Matters and Hawkeye. It will also be available through a new website that will promote the Vision for Kirkstall that is shortly to be launched. There will be a ‘Vision’ marquee at the Kirkstall Festival. Please try and call in to find out what is going down and have your say. For more information, or to get involved, contact: Andrew Crates Community Planner North West Area Management Team Tel: 0113 247 8027

Cartoonist Wanted One of the late Douglas Kilvington’s cartoons of Kirkstall Monks appears on this page. We need a new regular cartoonist for the magazine. We’re not suggesting this means being able to draw monks. Maybe there are other and different images and themes that can give expression to life in Kirkstall. Anyone who wants to submit cartoons for the next issue, will be most welcome.

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New Discovery Centre‌ with Kat Baxter A group of 15 of us visited the new, purpose-built Leeds City Museum Discovery Centre. Our host was Kat Baxter, Curator of Archaeology. She explained that the building was part of the lottery-funded package for the new museum. It was needed to store 95% of collection not on public view, but useful for education and research purposes.

Leeds Museum Discovery Centre

PHOTOS: Val Crompton

Then we were taken into the main store via a small chamber, whose purpose was to keep insects out and to avoid temperature fluctuations it is cool in the main store. This was a very large hall with a variety of racking systems in the centre and around the edge. We were pleased to see again the Leeds Museum’s famous Tiger and the Polar Bear. Kat had laid out Roman and Anglo-Saxon stones from Leeds for us to view. Some of this material is destined for the Ancient World gallery in the New Museum. We were interested to see a Saxon Cross-head which was found at Adel. In 1838, R.D. Chantrell had found fragments of a Saxon Cross when repairing Leeds Parish Church tower. Six of these fragments are now in Leeds Museum. The 10th century Leeds Cross can be seen in Leeds Parish Church. We were impressed with the reconstructed Saxon Leeds Cross displayed at the Discovery Centre. Pagan and Christian pictures and symbols were painted in gold and bright colours on the large cross. The pictures included Wayland and his Flying Machine. We moved on to the conservation suite (where a yak-sized freezer is located) and saw work in progress. We ended our visit in the Education Room where smaller local finds were displayed

Barrie Hopson with Kat Baxter

on tables. Wearing gloves provided, we were able to sit and handle stone age tools, arrowheads and other artefacts found in Leeds. It was a fascinating visit, enjoyed by all. We are fortunate to have Kat Baxter as Curator of Archaeology at Leeds.

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News from Abbey Churches... Hawksworth Wood welcomes new woman Priest-in-Charge Monday 17th March 2008 A joyful service marked the beginning of the Revd Lesley Ashton’s ministry in the Parish of Hawksworth Wood with Moor Grange. In the packed Church of St Mary’s, Lesley was licensed by James, Bishop of Knaresborough. Lesley was Curate of St Edmund’s, Roundhay, she is now Priestin-Charge, St Andrews, Moor Grange and St Mary’s, Hawksworth Wood. The Churchwardens invited representatives of the local community (including KVCA, and the Abbey Churches Together) to offer formal welcome. It was good have former Patron Edmund, and Tina Butler with us. Members of the Butler family have supported the Kirkstall churches for generations. It was a memorable occasion and the fellowship and celebrations continued with refreshments afterwards in the crowded Church Hall. Lesley was warmly welcomed by all on this bitterly cold evening. Val Crompton

Revd Lesley Ashton with Bishop James, at St Mary’s, Hawksworth Wood.

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Plans Forge Ahead …. Charles Johnson, the Development Manager at the Kirkstall Forge, tells us about what is happening At the site. As readers of ‘Kirkstall Matters’ know, work is well underway at Kirkstall Forge as we strive to bring the 400 year old former industrial site back into beneficial use for the local community. Commercial Estates Group (CEG) first began working on plans to regenerate Kirkstall Forge back in 2003. After two years of extensive consultation with

the local area. We are now very close to completing our archaeological excavation of the Forge. A team of 16 archaeologists under the watchful eye of the West Yorkshire Archaeology Advisory Service (WYAAS) has been on site since December 2007 compiling a detailed record of the history of the site. Remediation of the former heat treatment works is also currently taking place. We are removing oil left behind from years of industrial activity from both the soil and the water table. We are using sustainable bio-remediation processes to complete this first phase of the ‘clean-up’ which should be completed by Summer 2008.

Arial View Courtesy of Beattie Communications.

local people, groups and Leeds City Council, we received outline planning permission to create an exciting mixed-use scheme in July 2007. The redevelopment of the Forge is expected to create up to 1,400 jobs for the local community as well as conserving and enhancing the site’s heritage and providing a range of houses, apartments, local shops, cafés, restaurants a crèche and offices. We have committed £4 million to the creation of a new railway at the site and a further £3.5 million will be invested in new community facilities, highway improvements, affordable housing and footpaths in

Design works are progressing on a number of fronts including road and access designs. The listed buildings, which include the former workers cottages, have also been secured and made wind and water tight. We believe that Kirkstall 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.

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Kirkstall Forge Consultations ….

Architects working on-site at the Forge. Picture Beattie Communications.

I will endeavour to keep you updated on our progress, but if you have and queries, please do not hesitate to contact either Victoria Walker or Kathryn Chitty on 0113 2130300 or email: Regular news and updates are also available on our recently re-launched website:

From the minutes of the Kirkstall Forge Liaison Group held on 11th February 2008 - The archaeological excavations and confirmed that this work should be completed by the end of May 08. - School visits would be possible while the archaeological works were taking place. . - Sustainable bio-remediation works were underway to remove oil from the water table and that the work should be completed by Aug 08. - Minor works to the listed buildings on site were ongoing. - CEG had re-visited the original plans for the western and eastern junctions to reduce their size. This action was welcomed by the group. - A safety audit of the eastern junction had been completed with only minor comments made. - Cllr Atha questioned whether plans had been put in place for the old petrol station (viewed as an eyesore) discussions with the Council were ongoing to confirm what the land could be used for. - A detailed market research report was produced to ensure the housing mix was suitable and flexible enough to meet changing housing market requirements into the future, a good mix of housing sizes and affordability was key. -Detailed designs, such as sewage and drainage systems,

Best wishes, Charles Johnson Kirkstall Forge Development Manager Commercial Estates Group - Work is ongoing to design the spine road that runs through the development, aiming for a 20mph limit but that it was likely that 25mph would be the design speed. - A tree survey had been completed to highlight any diseased/ dying trees that would be preferential to remove as development of the Woodland Walk begins on site. A path will be woven through existing trees to reduce the destruction of healthy trees where possible. - A drainage strategy was currently being created in conjunction with the Environment Agency (EA). He also informed the group that CEG has applied for ‘Works in River’ consent to complete works on the bed of the river to counteract the impact of the work on the flood relief channel. - Metro had signed a Development Services Agreement with Network Rail on 30th Jan 08 and that CEG had held one meeting with Network Rail, Northern Rail and Metro to discuss the outline designs of the new station. These should be achieved within 12 months (Feb 09). - Remediation of the whole site would begin in mid 2008 and that the first formal application to build the spine road was likely to take place at the end of 2008. Building on site would not commence until mid 2009. - CEG would be present at this year’s Kirkstall Festival. It was very unlikely that any housing designs would be available in time. - Environmental Assessment was available publicly as it forms part of the Planning Application. The Section 106 Agreement was also available publicly and asked members of the group to contact Martin Sellens directly if they required a copy. Of the index-linked £7.5m, £4m was allocated to the construction of a railway station for the site and the remaining £3.5m was to be used, at the Council’s discretion, for community benefits,

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Extended Services … Contact details are: St Chads School Bungalow, Northolme Avenue, Leeds LS16 5QR Tel & Fax: 0113 275 3961 Extended Services Inner North West Hub is working with schools in our locality to offer services to families and communities in partnership with the private, statutory and voluntary sector. The Inner North West Hub is opening up opportunities for families and communities in Burley. Hawksworth, Headingley, Kirkstall and Weetwood. Many new activities for children and young people have taken place and a number of parenting and family support sessions have been offered. EASTER FUN CLUB In the Easter holidays, 39 children aged 6-9 years had the opportunity to take part in an Easter Fun Club run by volunteers from Leeds University Action Team. The sessions included sports, drama, a healthy lunch and recycling arts. When asked about the Fun Club Kylie said “Nothing was boring. I made friends with other children and the students. I wouldn’t have done this if I had stayed at home.”

Making fish using willow and paper.

Irena Riley, Centre Manager from Hawksworth Wood Children’s Centre where the Fun Club took place said, ”Extended Services were able to set up the Easter Activities which is much needed for children and parents in the community. The volunteers were professional and well motivated providing exciting and interesting activities. All young people were engaged and well behaved. Two parents stopped me in the street to say how good the programme had been. We need more of this.” Kidscope Kidscope is a drop in session giving individual confidential advice to Mums, Dads and carers . It is a service which runs in centres across Leeds which aims to help parents to cope with bringing up children and young people aged 0-19 years. At the sessions members of the team will listen to your concerns, advise immediately if they can help, and may suggest some other sources of help A team can include an Educational Psychologist, School Nurse, Parent Support Advisors, Learning Mentor and Children’s Centre Staff. They can help with: Learning, behaviour, development, eating, communication and sleeping issues. WE ARE DELIGHTED THAT WE HAVE 2 KIDSCOPES IN OUR AREA: Burley Park Children's Centre Dates 21 May, 25 June, 16 July Time 1.30 to 2.45pm Venue Burley Park Children's Centre, St Matthias Street, Burley, Leeds LS4 2DZ

Hawksworth Wood Primary School Dates 14 May, 11 June and 9 July Time 9.15 to 10.30am Venue Hawksworth Wood Primary school, Cragside Walk, Kirkstall, Leeds LS5 3QE

Kirkstall Festival Extended Services with local schools and families are supporting Kirkstall Festival. Children and parents will join the parade in their brightly coloured outfits. There will be performances from local school groups on the Youth Stage with stalls and fun activities on the day.

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Kirkstall Festival ‌

Run by Volunteers

Just a few snaps from the past of volunteers who make the Kirkstall Festival and KVCA work. How about you joining them? Interested? Why not get involved?

(Extended Services Continued) Healthy Families Fair A Healthy Families Fair in March was an opportunity for families to taste soup and buy the ingredients for 50p to have a go at making themselves. 50 local families took part in street dance sessions from Dazzle Dance, and Dodge Ball activity. Families received expert advice on healthy lifestyles from Carnegie Weight Management, North West Primary Care Trust and a wealth of healthy eating tips including handy packs of vegetables with easy to follow recipes to make at home. For more information about any of these activities please contact Extended Services on 0113 275 3961 or 07981 2756 575. Sue Warwick

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Scout Report …

Richard Frank reports on local Scouts’ activity

The Scout Movement is for young people from the age 6 upwards - and for boys and girls. There are 2 Scout Groups in the Kirkstall area, one based at St Stephens' Church in Kirkstall, the other is based at St Mary's Church, Hawksworth Wood. Each Group runs Beavers Scouts (for the 6 - 8 year olds); Cub Scouts (for the 8 - 10 1/2 year olds) and Scouts (for 10 1/2 - 14 + year olds). The Scout District provides an Explorer Scout Unit for young people over 14 1/2 Each section is led by trained Leaders who have been CRB checked, and hold a current First Aid qualification. The 5th North Leeds (St Stephen's) meets at the St Stephens Church Hall, Norman Street, Leeds 5. Beaver Scouts meet on Tuesdays at 5.30pm, Cubs meet on Fridays at 5.45pm, Scouts meet on Fridays at 715pm. Full details can be obtained from Laurie on (0113)2259234 Mob: 07798 730917: e-mail The 43rd North Leeds (Phoenix St Mary's) meets at the St Mary's Church Hall, Hawkswood Crescent, Leeds 5. Beaver Scouts and Cubs meet on Wednesday evenings at 6.30pm, Scouts meet on Friday at 7.00pm. Details from Richard on (0113) 2673325: email

St Stephen's Scout Group news: St Stephen’s Scouts have been active recently - a team from the Troop competed in the District’s ‘Trading Post’ event, and also camped at the main District Camp at Squirrel Wood, South Yorkshire, at the end of April. There were lots of activities on offer and the Scouts had a great time! Leaders from the group helped to run an information stand about Scouting in the Kirkstall area at the Morrison’s store, and more recently, the Scouts had a joint meeting with the Phoenix St Mary’s Troop, where an introduction to North African cookery was part of the evening’s programme!

Phoenix St Mary's Scout Group news: The Scout Group has been very busy during the Spring the Scout Troop spent an evening in January around Eccup, doing various activities in the dark and a high wind; they visited the Cinema and went for a pizza in February, and entered the Scout District's 'Trading Post' competition, managing a creditable 2nd place, despite being a team member short. In early April, the Troop spent a weekend at Redmire in Wensleydale. We went walking on the Saturday to Aysgarth and Castle Bolton, during which we encountered beautiful sunshine and a blizzard! Back at the hostel, we lounged around the fire watching DVD’s. On Sunday, the Scouts completed a Treasure Hunt in Leyburn and we got back to the hostel just before another blizzard. Later that month, we spent a (cold!) evening at Headingley watching the Leeds Rhinos. In May, the Troop held it’s first camp of the year at Bramhope camp site on the warmest weekend of the year so far! Saturday was devoted to ‘wide games’ – as the name suggests, games played over wide area – on Otley Chevin and in Otley. The Leaders relented and we all got the bus back up the Chevin to walk the short distance from the Dyneley Arms to the camp site. On Sunday, besides relaxing in the sunshine, the Scouts tried out shooting at the on site range. The following week, 5 members of the Troop headed to the Yorkshire Dales for Potholing. As promised, each one got very wet from the 2½ hour trip and the chilly wind that was blowing whilst we walked back from the cave entrance to the minibus was not welcome!

The Beavers and Cubs have also been busy – the Cubs enjoyed a joint meeting with the Scouts, and both sections are gearing up for the Group camp which will be held in June. The Cubs have also been making their own go karts, cooking sausages over walnuts( yes – that isn’t a misprint!) and had a Japanese night where they learnt to count to 5 in Japanese.

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Help & Advice... John Battle MP - Surgeries

Kirkstall Ward Councillors Surgeries And contact details Help & advice from your local Councillors:

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 Contact details: John Battle MP Unit 31 Whingate Business Park Leeds LS12 3AT tel. 0113 231 0258

Saturdays 10.30 -11.30am 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 Lucinda Yeadon tel. 217 7330

Inner North West 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, of the Council. This meets 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.

For meeting dates and times and details of Ward Forums, (that report to the Committee) - contact the North West Area Management Team on 0113 395 2826.

KVCA, the Kirkstall Festival and Kirkstall Matters, Kirkstall Online and Vision for Kirkstall need more volunteers Please contact : Ken 275 5413 or John 278 5987 To find out more.

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BTCV Hollybush activities … Greenprints Events at Hollybush Conservation Centre Greenprints uses the experience and expertise of 5 organisations to encourage more 16 to 25 year olds to volunteer their time and energy to improving green-spaces in their local communities. Upcoming Greenprints events are:

Sunday walks!

Tuesday 24th and Wednesday 25th June – New Wortley Community Centre

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):

Thursday 26th June – Wildflower Meadow Management at Rodley Nature Reserve.


Tuesday 1st to Thursday 3rd July and Tuesday 8th to Thursday 10th July – New Wortley Community Centre

Hollybush Conservation Centre, Broad Lane, Kirkstall, LS5 3BP. (Buses 38, 91a, 15, 33, 33a, 670, 757 and 760 stop nearby)

Sunday 22nd June – Balsam Bash – Himalayan Balsam pulling at Ben Rhydding Gravel Pits

Saturday 19th July – Construction of Dragonfly ponds at Rodley Nature Reserve Please book in advance by ringing Hollybush on 0113 274 2335 and ask for Jenny Twaddell. Transport available from our site near the Old Brewery Halls of Residence in Kirkstall.

For more information please contact:

Helen Parsons 0113 230 7060

The Abbey Light Railway Kirkstall The Railway is open for visitors every Sunday and bank holidays. The is a quartermile ride into the Abbey Grounds.


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.

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BTCV Hollybush …


Branch Out BTCV has got funding for an exciting new project which aims to promote positive interaction between the disadvantaged communities in Inner East & North East Leeds, with a particular focus on asylum seekers and other new arrivals. The project will offer gardening sessions, walks and other activities, some of which will be with Positive Action For Refugees & Asylum Seekers. Garden partnership working: we would particularly like to hear from you if you have some outside space and volunteers where we can work with you to make a sustainable garden. Schools: & Colleges: We can offer a few sessions in schools in the area: to work with parents, or parents and children. Volunteers: We welcome volunteers and can offer opportunities for people with or without gardening skills. Training available and the chance of some overnight trips. Reference/ Advisory Group members wanted: Are you interested in helping develop this project and make it sustainable? We are looking for 2 or 3 individuals with the expertise and skills to join our Reference Group. Publicity for activities in Inner East & North East Leeds: If you have on-going sessions over the summer please let us know! We are also keen to link into any ‘allied’ activities in the area to talk about possible joint working. Please email a copy of your publicity. For further information, please contact: Rosie Foster ( on 07870 678 685 or Mike Richmond ( on 07739 447 992 Kirkstall Forge Liaison Group (from page 17) affordable housing, highways works and public footpaths. MS confirmed that in the Section 106 Heads of Terms a proportion of the £3.5m has been allocated to make improvements to the Horsforth Roundabout as the development is likely to increase the traffic at this junction. The group raised concerns as to whether this was actually the case and LM requested that MS provides the details on how the research was conducted and what the improvement works are aiming to achieve. - Bernard Atha questioned whether it was legally possible to use funds from the Kirkstall Forge Section 106 Agreement to make improvements to another site where traffic problems already exist and asked MS to confirm whether there were boundary restrictions in place. MS confirmed he would speak with highways officers and review the linkage with Horsforth Roundabout. -A question was also raised as to whether improvements could be made to the Kirkstall Gyratory junction rather than the Horsforth Roundabout. MS confirmed that only limited improvements could be made to this site. - An update was requested on how much of the £3.5m has been allocated to the improvements at Horsforth Roundabout and to confirm whether this was linked to the percentage impact they anticipate the Kirkstall Forge development will have on the current traffic issues.

MS updated the group on the restrictions that were in place regarding when the funds could be used. He confirmed that the funds could not be accessed until 750 open market dwellings were available on site, the railway and footpath had been completed, the first occupation phase was complete and detailed designs were in place for the improvements to the Horsforth Roundabout.

Exhibition ‘Weddings’ At Abbey House Museum Until 31st December 2008 Everyone loves a good wedding! Dresses and accessories are showcased in this exhibition looking at wedding fashions from the past and from different cultures. Includes a wedding dress designed by Zandra Rhodes for HRH Princess Anne

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28th Kirkstall Festival...Saturday 12th July... KIRKSTALL FESTIVAL IS NOW IN ITS 28TH YEAR - RUN ENTIRELY BY VOLUNTEERS. Alan Crump is one of them. He is the Committee member who organises Bands and other Attractions. Alan gives us a taste of what is on this year...

This year’s line up at Kirkstall Festival once again highlights the strengths of the community across all sections or the Treasurer or to concentrate on one aspect of performance above another. In volunteering to pick up the realising the effort and time that needs to be expended to keep the whole event looking as smooth as it seems

What happened was that I inherited an already well honed and fashioned role, an extensive list of excellent con acts and performers and more importantly a huge amount of good will towards the Festival. With the precedent the table I was rather daunted with what lay ahead. It was clear from the outset that I had to foster that same g community event and that meant listening to experienced committee members and taking on the advice and id leagues. The advice was to keep a bit of the old and bring in a bit of the new to keep the whole thing moving fo essence of previous Festivals

Armed with that I set about making the calls and bringing the names on the sheets together to form a programm ganisers have put together the right blend of music and performance and I have tried to follow that lead. It is im the day reflects Kirkstall and the people who live there. It needs to reflect the business life, the schools, the leis

Now, not all that is down to me but I need to ensure that the events neither overpower other activities nor appe Festival-goer I enjoyed the balance of all the different elements which made it an afternoon to enjoy and appre of the Festival are strong and vibrant volvement of schools and community One without the rest would lead to a

This year we see the some of the old ites have been invited and will once a charisma. Bassabassa and Suitcase tion very well. Pete Z makes a welco Leeds Morris Men will dance their w

Recent additions have been the Afric cloisters. The nave will once again ho complements and adds to the inclusiv Choir performing in the atmospheric

The main stage sees a couple of old ers with as many musical styles sque sees a re-enactment by the 33rd Fo 33rd Foot weather conditions are suitable. With year being ‘Festival of Colours’, the main field seems set for both colour and noise.

Around the park you will see newer additions with a dog show (of your dogs) so bring them along and win priz looks and fluffiest ears and the like! You can pick up juggling skills with Leeds Youth Circus or learn how to fa Club. The recently added Youth Stage gives young people the chance to perform in front of an appreciative a gether a line up so call me if you are still of school age, in a band or group, a dance troupe or ensemble or eve

Remember Kirkstall Festival is a reflection of the local community. It brings together all aspects of the commun year through and occasionally come together to enjoy themselves. The Festival is one of those opportunities. E encourage them to buy a programme – that funds the music and performers and means I can add to the line u Pigeon Detectives but we do reflect local performers across the all ages and it all costs! Enjoy your community event,

Alan Crump

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s. Sometimes as the Events Organiser you are under a lot of pressure to put on the favourite band of the Chair Events ‘hat’ I was not certain quite what to expect. I had been an enthusiastic attender of the Festival without .

ntacts and previously successful t of over twenty years of success on ood will and generosity towards our eas of my already seasoned colorward without losing the special

me. I like to think that previous ormportant that the whole flavour of sure and the environment.

ear too sparse. When I was merely a ciate. So it is important that all parts – parade, stalls, fairground, iny and the music and performance. much poorer festival.

d and some of the new. Old favouragain perform with style, wit and e Circus fit that particular descripme return and our friends from way around the cloisters.

can singers, Songololo, who have a local base in Headingley. Catch their harmonies in the grassed inner ost the Church Service which some years ago moved from Sunday afternoon to the Saturday and now both veness of the whole day. Just to show that we are broad minded we will also have a new male Barbershop nave.

favourites and a couple of new comeezed in as possible. The main field ot, and a display of kites if the h the main theme of the festival this

zes for the waggiest tail, the cutest all out of a canoe with Leeds Canoe udience and we are still putting toen solo if you have the nerve! Youth Stage

nity that flourish side by side all the Encourage your friends down and p! We may not have the ‘Kaisers’ or

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Festival sing-along in Kirkstall Abbey... In England’s green and pleasant land… Come and sing Jerusalem in the great nave of Kirkstall Abbey at the Kirkstall Festival Service at 4pm on Saturday, 12th July. All are welcome to share in this spiritual experience. This year for the first time, the Dean of Ripon Cathedral, the Very Revd Keith Jukes will be giving the address. The Dean studied at Leeds University for his BA and then trained for the ministry at Lincoln. He was the Vicar of Selby Abbey before coming to Ripon last year. Sit and enjoy the music of Leeds Central Salvation Army Band at this open air service. The nave has no roof to raise! Bring your children and/or dogs along with you. Local MP, John Battle will be reading the story of Noah’s Ark and the Rainbow. Join in 'All things bright and beautiful' as we celebrate ‘A Festival of Colours’. KVCA Chairman, John Liversedge, Revd Rosemarie Hayes of Kirkstall St Stephen's and members of Abbey Churches Together will be taking part. This special service ends with 'Abide with me' don't miss it! Sing 'Through cloud and sunshine, O abide with me.' in the timeless atmosphere of this wonderful abbey built by Kirkstall monks in 1152.

The Very Revd Keith Jukes

Contact Val Crompton 0113 225 9142

PHOTOS: Val Crompton

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From Horsforth …

Some pictures … Some images from Kirkstall.

Horsforth Life Forum 2000 Forum 2000 meets on Wednesday mornings at 10.00 am in Grove Centre, New Street, Horsforth, to listen to a stimulating talk on a subject of serious and topical interest followed by questions and discussion. The meetings have now finished for the summer but start again in September. Why not put the 24th September down in your diary, come along and keep up to date with some friendly people with lively minds! For further information email or ring 2583521

At the 2006 Festival, we managed to get some photographs of the Nave in use for a service, from up the stairwell leading to the vaulted aches. It is unlikely that the Abbey has ever been photographed from this angle before. Pictures Ken Stratford

Horsforth Churches Together On Sunday the 1st of June the elected representatives for Horsforth are invited to attend a Civic Service at 6.00 pm in Grove Methodist Church, Town St to pledge their commitment to the people of Horsforth who have an opportunity to pray for good governance in the year ahead. Another prayer event on Monday June 16th at St James’s, Woodside, is part of a regional chain of prayer organised as part of Hope 08. Among the million acts of kindness hoped for, will be free entertainment at Horsforth Gala with a Bungee Run, an inflatable and Jason The Amazing, with his puppets. Preparations are also in hand for a Litter Pick on Saturday, 5th July, from 10.00 to 12.00, each church taking responsibility for a nearby area. Refreshments will be provided at Central Methodist Church, Town St at 12.00 am Horsforth in Bloom Work to improve Hall Park continues and efforts made by the Council to prevent further damage to the wild life garden have encouraged Friends of Horsforth Burial Ground. Freda Copley has used a grant of £300 on plants for the burial ground and it is hoped that access will soon be improved. Trees in Featherbank Green, previously vandalised, are now well protected and snowdrop bulbs will be planted there for next Spring. Horsforth in Bloom hopes to have a stall at the Gala on June 28th and visitors will have a chance to see the work done by members throughout the year. They are a small group and would welcome more helpers. Although the Summer judging is not until July 17th, Horsfordians are working to make Horsforth more attractive all summer. The hanging baskets supplied by the Council have been matched by those decorating the pubs, and private gardens are also aglow with colour. Whether the town wins awards or not, the people of Horsforth can be proud of their efforts. Hilary Taylor

Do you have a tall story, anecdote or bit of local folklore to relate? Do you have a story from the past about Kirkstall or its people? Have you done any family research that you would like to share with us? Would you like to write about a building or place in the local area? If so, contact Ken Stratford, 76 Morris Lane, LS5 3EN

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Kirkstall Sport ...


Combative Kirkstall hold firm against Farsley fight back. Leeds & District FA Under 18s League Cup Final Result:

Never has the phrase ‘a game of two halves’ been so appropriate, as Farsley came out with a newfound confidence about their play.

Kirkstall Crusaders 2 Farsley Celtic 1

They began to enjoy a lot more territory and possession and were finally applying some pressure onto Kirkstall. However, a well-organised Kirkstall defence refused to budge, as they were forced deeper and deeper. Goalkeeper Graham Lee producing a string of fine saves to preserve Kirkstall’s lead.

Kirkstall Crusaders staved off a great deal of pressure to beat Farsley Celtic and become the under 18s Leeds & District League Cup Champions. It was Kirkstall who started the better of the two teams, not allowing Farsley to settle down into a passing rhythm, and winning every tackle all over the field. The Crusaders were also offering a lot more in attack than their seemingly startled opponents, top scorer Craig Fish and strike partner Liam Dixon proving too slick for Celtic’s defence to handle in the early stages. For all their intricate and attacking play though, it was at set pieces where Kirkstall looked most dangerous. The height of Hal Feldhaus and Peter Long threatened the Farsley back line at every free-kick and corner and it seemed it would only be a matter of time before a goal resulted. And so it proved as Long headed a beautifully flighted free-kick from captain Adam Falkingham back across the goalkeeper to give Kirkstall a deserved lead.

Kirkstall, though, always threatened a goal with their quick counter-attacking, and Fish showed why he is Kirkstall’s top scorer, latching on to a ball over the top and out-running and out-powering a tired Farsley defence to score what proved to be the winning goal. The Crusaders’ supporters, though, were made to sweat as Farsley snatched a late goal from close range, however Kirkstall held on to clinch the trophy. Report by Peter Long IF YOU HAVE ANY SPORTS NEWS THAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO GO INTO ‘Kirkstall Matters’, CONTACT PETER LONG AT: Winning Kirkstall team having a group think.. Picture: Kirkstall Crusaders

It was a lead that Fish could have built on, but he saw his shot beat the goalkeeper, but not the retreating man on the line. There was another goal-line clearance, but this time at the other end of the pitch as Kirkstall’s Martin Loveridge denied Farsley from their only real first half opportunity.

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Spen Hill Residents Association Letter ... Spen Hill Residents Oppose proposed Development on Butcher Hill playing fields. Abbey Grange C of E High School are hoping to lease part of the Butcher Hill playing fields to a company called Power League to construct a commercial 5-a-side soccer complex, with changing rooms, car parking and bar. This would be an income-generating scheme for the school, who would also get daytime use of the pitches. Power League have encountered strong opposition elsewhere in the UK. Their facilities have been described as ugly, and there are concerns about problems with late night noise. The Butcher Hill fields are part of the Green Belt, but about half the area was designated as school playing fields when Abbey Grange tried to opt out of local council control in the 1990s. This means that the proposed lease to Power League must be approved by the School

Assets Board in Darlington. It also requires a 10-week public consultation during school term time, which ended on 16 May, although it is still possible to send comments to the School Assets Board. As of last week the School Assets Board had yet to hear from Abbey Grange School, so the school might yet abandon this unpopular project. If Abbey Grange get past the School Assets Board, they must hold a second public consultation for their planning application, which has not yet been submitted. The terms of reference for the two public consultations are very different – objectors need to read the fine print. There is a lot of detailed information on the Kirkstall councillors website at butcher/index.htm Below we reproduce a letter from Peter Owen on behalf of Spen Hill Residents Association. This has been sent to the School Assets Board. SHRA are working very closely with Moor Grange Action Group and West Park Residents Association and they have held joint meetings in West Park School. Local residents who want to find out more or be involved can contact Peter on 07754 544757. We also reproduce a report prepared by Leeds City Council Planning and Development officers on 26 March 2008 which details many of the planning issues raised by these proposals.

Ken Stratford

Spen Hill Residents Association 35 Spen Crescent West Park Leeds LS16 5EY 18th April 2008 To Whom It May Concern: Power League, Butcher Hill playing fields Anne Wilson is saying that this project is a state of the art “must have” sports facility for the school. We ask you to please see through this, as this is not a state of the art complex it consists of a few plastic playing surfaces surrounded by mesh cages, which are extremely limited as to their use and please consider these points. The car park for 168 cars The school already has a massive car park and does not need any more car parking spaces. The large bar with small changing rooms virtually none for the girls. We have heard from a number of people that the school already has excellent changing room facilities and does not intend to use the Power League ones. 12 small caged football pitches. The school does not need this amount of football pitches it averages about 1.5 hours per day on the fields and this is not every day and we already have a grass 5 a side pitch on the council owned part of this land. Soccer and rugby and athletics. The school will loose its only full size soccer pitch and full size rugby pitch and long jump facilitates due to building this project. Differences for the children (who are supposed to be the main issue here). The only difference there will be is they will be playing on a plastic pitch that will slowly degrade over its 25 year life, rather than a natural grass pitch that is renewed from month to month by the cutting processes. How can this be an improvement? Use of the land

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Green Spaces ‌ (Spen Hill Residents Letter cont from p29) clubs, organized picnics, bird watching and school nature projects, (there are protected species around this land). Power League would exclude the greater variety of people especially from the local area. The school and Power League are only after the money that they can make at every one else's expense. Power League facilities belong in a semi-industrial area like the council version is at South Leeds and we already have number 5 side football facilities, within 5 minutes of this area. Please note that Abbey Grange already play hockey on their artificial tennis surfaces within the school boundary and have plenty of space to build other artificial within this boundary without affecting the green belt pitches in question. Yours sincerely Peter Owen On behalf of: Spen Hill residents Association, working with Moor Grange Action Group, Spen Lane Residents Group and West Park Residents Association.

Pictures are of Power League facilities in Barnsley. Pictures by Peter Owen

Council Officers Response to Planning Issues POWERLEAGUE PROPOSAL AT ABBEY GRANGE SCHOOL, BUTCHER HILL This email is a joint response from the Chief Officers of Planning Services, Recreation and Asset Management. The Chief Executive of Education Leeds has also been consulted. The proposals raise a number of fundamental planning policy and land disposal issues. The main policy consideration is that the site is located in the West Yorkshire Green Belt. In order for the proposal to meet both National and Local Policies the onus would be on the developer to demonstrate that the proposal is either appropriate development in the Green Belt or, if this is not the case, that there are other very special circumstances that would justify permission being granted. On the basis of the information provided by the applicant’s consultant, and pre-application discussions, it is the view of Officers that the proposal is inappropriate development for a Green Belt location. This is due to: the size and function of the proposed building; the area to be hard surfaced, including the large car park; and the effect on the openness of the Green Belt of these features and of the floodlights and extensive fencing that will be erected. It is further considered that whilst an argument may be constructed to justify the development on the basis of it being for the provision of a new recreational facility, this would need to be considered against the loss of an area of publicly accessible recreational open space, identified under Policy N1 of the Leeds UDP Review.

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Power League Development

COUNCIL OFFICERS RESPONSE (Continued from p30) In addition to these fundamental planning policy objections, Officers have a number of other concerns relating to the proposal, as follows: The considerable increase in activity, the built development and the loss of trees resulting from the construction of the car park is likely to be harmful to the function of the site as part of a Green Corridor identified under Policy N8 of the UDP Review. The site is known to be a former quarry, although there is apparently no conclusive evidence as to the nature of the landfill material. In view of this there is concern that development could mobilise any contamination on the site, with potential harm to the local environment, residents and users of the public open space. The proposal will lead to an increase in traffic flows in adjacent residential areas, close to the school, and on Butchers Hill itself. There is concern that the increased traffic could result in detriment to highway safety. The introduction of fenced enclosures would result in loss of publicly accessible recreational open space The proposed pitches would be available until 2230hrs Monday to Friday. Internet information relating to other Powerleague sites suggests that the “pavilion” will include a licensed bar and possibly function rooms. It is considered that there is potential for local residents to be affected by noise and disturbance, particularly late at night, from use of the pitches themselves, use of the pavilion and as a result of vehicle movements to and from the site. There are also concerns relating to the loss of a grass playing pitch. This will further limit supply to grass pitches when current demand is increasing at 30% per year. Furthermore a rugby pitch will be lost as part of these proposals. The site is more valuable for the delivery of the Playing Pitch Strategy as a grass pitch. Other pitches available for public use in the area are already fully booked. The quality of these other local grass facilities will suffer as a result of being over subscribed. Powerleague’s agent has been informed of the concerns set out above during the pre-application discussions. In addition it has been pointed out that the proposed access to the car park crosses land that is in the ownership of the City Council, and that prior to submitting any application it would be prudent to establish the legal position in respect of this access, and to seek to obtain any necessary agreement from the City Council for access to the site. No enquiry for the necessary access agreement has been received by the Asset Management Service to date, but the Acting Chief Recreation Officer considers that due to the impact on public playing facilities in the area, outlined above, it is unlikely that the proposal would be supported. Therefore although it is unlikely that planning permission would be granted, even if permission were granted on appeal, the Council could still prevent the scheme by withholding its agreement to access the site as landowner. A letter is to be sent to the school’s Chair of Governors including all the points raised above in order to avoid further time and cost being committed on this proposal by both the School and Powerleague, as well as by the Council. Apparently Powerleague are still putting together the necessary documentation to accompany a planning application but if an application is submitted it is understood that it is unlikely to be ready before the end of May. Notwithstanding the above, there may be advantages to recreational and education sports provision from this type of development at more appropriate locations in the city. Therefore a piece of work is to be carried out by officers to explore whether to recommend that the Council should market development opportunities of this sort within a strategic framework which identifies suitable locations and does not conflict with existing facilities. Please let us know if you would and your fellow Ward Councillors would like an Officer briefing on these issues. 26 March 2008

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Kirkstall Abbey ...

New Week-end Guided Tours of Kirkstall Abbey From May until October in 2008 we are offering guided tours of Kirkstall Abbey on Saturdays and Sundays at 10am. One of Britain's best preserved abbeys, Kirkstall Abbey was founded in 1152 by Cistercian monks. It was closed in November 1539 in the Dissolution of religious houses ordered by Henry VIII. Join one of our tour guides to find out about the history of the Abbey, the way of life of the monks, and what happened in each of the abbey buildings, such as the church, the refectory and the infirmary.

Family Fun …

There is an awful lot happening at the Abbey House Museum and Kirkstall Abbey over the Summer. Here is just some of the programmed activity: The Monkey Club. Wednesdays 25th June, 16th July, 27th August and 24th September 10.15am to 12noon. A drop-in morning for under-fives and their carers with craft activities, different themes. Wednesdays 2nd July, 10th September 10.30am-12 noon; The Wednesday Club for Adults Booking essential. £2.50 per person (no concessions) Wednesday 2nd July, 10th September 1.30pm-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. Saturday 12th July Kirkstall Festival. Free Entry to Abbey House Museum and early Opening for this Saturday only, from 10am – 5pm. 12th-20th July National Archaeology Week – activities to be arranged Tuesday 22nd July, 29th July, 5th August, 12th August, 19th August, 26th August, 10.30am-11.15am and 2pm2.45pm; Children’s Tours of Kirkstall Abbey A fun exploration of the ancient ruins designed for kids. Free. Booking essential. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

This tour is designed for an adult audience. Tours available at 10am, Saturdays and Sundays. Cost; £2.50 per person (no concessions) Booking essential. Sensible footwear recommended.

Wednesdays 23rd July, 30th July, 6th August, 13th August, 20th August, 27th August 1pm-3pm; Activity Afternoon Free fun for all the family, different theme each week. No booking necessary. Thursdays 24th July, and Thursdays in August 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. 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. Fridays 25th July and every Friday in August, 10am-12 noon; Friday Fun A morning of museum madness with fun and activities for all the family. No booking necessary, normal admission applies.

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Summer Activities ... Thursday 24th July and every Thursday until end August, 10.30am-11.30am and 2pm-3pm; Adult Tour of Kirkstall Abbey See inside the church, the refectory and the infirmary. Find out about the history of the abbey, the way of life of the monks, and what happened in each of the abbey buildings. Free. Booking essential. Friday 25th July and every Friday through August Throughout the day, 10am-3pm; Treasure Hunt Clues will be hidden around the abbey – solve the clues and win a prize. Free to take part. Saturday 26th July, Sunday 27th,and all week-ends in August, 10.30am-11.15am and 2pm-2.45pm; Family tour of Kirkstall Abbey Special tour for families exploring life as monk at Kirkstall Abbey. Free. Booking essential. Tuesday 29th July and Tuesdays in August, 1pm-3pm; Family Fun Afternoon Craft activities for all the family. No booking necessary, normal admission applies. Wednesdays 30th July to 20th August throughout the day; Craft Sessions for play schemes and larger groups Hour long craft sessions will take place in our education room with a museum facilitator. Booking essential, 50p per person to cover materials. Throughout August, Terry Atha inflatables and rides on grass by Site Car Park. Monday 25th August; Bank Holiday opening The museum will be open 10am–5pm, last admission 4pm Wednesday 27th August, 2-4pm Bring your archaeological discoveries to be recorded and identified by our Finds Liaison Officer, Amy Cooper as part of the Portable Antiquities Scheme. September Little Monkey’s Month. During September we will be running a range of activities especially for under 5s and their carers. Contact us for details. Wednesday 3rd September, 10am-12 noon; 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 10th September, 10.30am-12 noon; The Wednesday Club for Adults This month a look at Haunted Leeds with Michele Lefevre, Local Studies Manager, Leeds Libraries and Information Service. Booking essential. £2.50 per person (no concessions). th


11 – 14 September Heritage Open Days. Free entry. Sunday 14th September Classical Fantasia. Free. Tickets available at beginning of August. Provisional

Leeds Summer Activities Opening times: LEEDS ART GALLERY The Headrow, Leeds, LS1 3AA 0113 247 8256 Opening Times: Monday 10am–8pm Tuesday 10am–8pm Wednesday 12pm–8pm Thursday 10am–5pm Friday 10am–5pm Saturday 10am–5pm Sunday 1pm–5pm TEMPLE NEWSAM HOUSE Temple Newsam Road, off Selby Road, Leeds, LS15 OAE. 0113 264 7321 email: Opening Times: Summer: Tues–Sun 10.30–5pm Winter: Tues–Sun 10.30–4pm. Admission: Adults £3.50, Child £2.50, Family Ticket £9.00, Joint ticket for house & farm £14.00, LeedsCard / BreezeCard Free. Last admission 45 minutes before closing. LOTHERTON HALL Aberford, Leeds, LS25 3EB 0113 281 3259 Opening Times: Tues–Sat 10am–4pm, Sun 12noon–4pm. Last admission 45 minutes before close. Please note: the hall is closed during January and February. Admission: Adults £3, Child £1, Conc £1.50. Leeds Card 20% discount. ABBEY HOUSE MUSEUM Abbey Walk, Kirkstall, Leeds, LS5 3EH 0113 230 5492 Opening Times: Tues–Fri 10am–5pm, Sat 12pm–5pm, Sun 10am– 5pm, open bank holidays 10am–5pm. Admission: Adults £3.50, Child £1.50, Conc £2.50. Family Ticket £5. Discount for BreezeCard /LeedsCard holders. THWAITE MILLS WATERMILL Thwaite Lane, Stourton, Leeds, LS10 1RP 0113 267 2887 Opening: Sat & Sun 1pm–5pm. Tours at 1.15pm, 2.15pm, 3.15pm. Open Tues–Fri 10am–5pm during school holidays) Booking advised as tours are site led. Admission: Adults £3, Child £1, Conc £1.50. Leeds Card 20% discount. LEEDS INDUSTRIAL MUSEUM ARMLEY MILLS Canal Road, Armley Mills, Leeds, LS12 2QF 0113 263 7861 Opening: Tues–Sat 10am–5pm, Sun 1pm–5pm, open bank holidays. Last entry 45 minutes before closing. Admission: Adults £3, Child £1, Conc £1.50. Leeds Card 20% discount. DISCOVERY CENTRE Carlisle Road, Leeds, LS10 1LB 0113 214 1548, Enquiry times: Mon–Fri 9am–4pm Admission: Free. By appointment only. Please call in advance to arrange a visit.

Saturday 27th September, 1-3pm; The Big Draw 2008 An afternoon of artistic inspiration for all the family.

Do you have an event, activity or volunteering opportunity that you would like to publicise in Kirkstall Matters? Let us know before the copy deadline for the next issue—15th September.

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You Know you’re From Leeds when —

by Anonymous

1. The closest thing you have to a zoo is Tropical world at Roundhay Park! 2. Your feminine side is your lass 3. You know Leeds is so brilliant they named a Castle 240 Miles away after it! 4. Dear means expensive! 5. You have bought an award winning pork pie from Wilsons 6. You heard the late Danny Freeman singing outside marks and sparks 7. Your mum is your mam Your Gran is your Nan 8. They both call Marks and Spencer's, marks and sparks!!! 9. You proudly announce that Nell McAndrew is from Belle Isle 10. You have seen Zack Dingle in the Atrium 11. You think Harry Ramsdens is expensive and a rip off and that Seafarer, Skyliner, Brians, Mermaid, Wetherby Whaler or Coes are much better 12. You know the Leodis pub and the historical significance of the name 13. You know what a loiner is and you're proud to be one 14. You refer to going to the UK's 2nd financial centre and 3rd largest city by population as "town" 15. You remember when Marks & Spencer's only had one shop and it was in town 16. You call the Headrow Centre, Schofields! 17. You know you’re from Leeds when you used to pay on the bus with a Ker-ching!!! 18. Your Postcode starts with LS 19. You know all the words to "marching on together" 20. You never use the word "the" except when writing 21. You used to see cast members of Emmerdale in't Majestyk and thought it was cool 22. You know that a Rhino isn't just a big grey animal that lives in Africa 23. You went to either Boston Spa, Mount St Mary’s, Cardinal Heenan, John Smeaton, Foxwood, Wetherby High, Garforth Comp, Allerton Grange or Abbey Grange 24. You have been drunk in the Pig and Whistle 25. You have seen Oasis at the Irish centre or Duchess of York! 26. You know where the Duchess of York was 27. You have been for a beer on a boat which is nowhere near any water 28. You think slightly overcast and cold is good weather 29. You love the Yorkshire Dales but hardly ever go there! 30. You don't use Black and Whites taxis cos they are too dear 31. You consider the Skyrack, Original Oak and The Taps to be a night out 32. You think Chapel Allerton is cosmopolitan 33. You would never go to Gipton, Chapeltown or Halton Moor at night or alone. 34. You still call Gregg's, Thurston's 35. You used to go ABC, Cannon and Odeon and you called it "t Pictures" 36. You know that t' ring road isn’t actually a ring it’s a C 37. You dislike the fact you share an airport with Bradford. 38. You have seen some of the world's biggest artists in Roundhay Park 39. You know what the Deer Park and the Streets of Leeds are 40. Your fish and chips are cooked in lard! 41. You remember traffic on Briggate 42. You remember when the Post Office in City Square sold stamps 43. You remember green buses 44. You called Vicar Lane Bus Station the Red Bus Station 45. You called the Central Bus Station the Green Bus Station 46. You remember when we didn't have Starbucks 47. You remember the Victoria Quarter before they put a roof on it and it was called Queen Victoria Street 48. You remember when Woolworths was in Briggate 49. You went to the Bank and bought alcohol 50. You call everyone love 51. You remember the Evening Post newspaper seller telling everyone he was having a terrible day 52. You call going to the swimming pool going to the baths 53. You put milk in the cup first when making a pot of tea 54. You remember when Jacomellis was the height of sophistication 55. You can remember a bar called Amnesia!!! 56. You bought your records from Scene & Heard or Kennedys

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Last minute — Kirkstall Harriers Running Club Kirkstall Harriers Running Club meets at 6.50pm for a 7pm run, every Monday and Wednesday night (except Bank Holiday Mondays) at Kirkstall mLeisure Centre. We are a friendly club and welcome all levels of ability. For more information please contact Jill on07732517292 or email Also September 21 sees the first running of the Kirkstall Valley Trail Race, replacing the Kirkstall Abbey 10 K Road Race. Organised by ourselves, and once again supporting Sue Ryder Care Wheatfields, Headingly, the race begins at 10am Entry forms are available directly from the Club. Jill Stocks, Secretary, Kirkstall Harriers

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

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

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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

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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 ABBEY TENNIS CLUB Playing at Kirkstall Abbey Free coaching for juniors and adults for ten weeks from May Tournaments Social events Membership: Adults £20 Family £40 Juniors £4 Concessions for Priority Leeds Card Holders New members welcome For more information contact: Jessica Fischer 07711 646991

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

We welcome advertisements from local businesses and Organisations.

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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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KIRKSTALL MATTERS issue 98 Summer 2008 PAGE 45

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

KIRKSTALL MATTERS issue 98 Summer 2008 PAGE 46

KIRKSTALL MATTERS issue 98 Summer 2008 PAGE 47

KIRKSTALL MATTERS issue 98 Summer 2008 PAGE 48


Kirkstall Matters, Leeds

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