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(Delivered   free to KVCA  Members) 

The Voice of Kirkstall Valley 

Spring 2011  Issue 106 

It’s ALIVE and it’s LIVE!           brings  FRANKENSTEIN to the Abbey  Hawksworth Wood Family Trees  Community Asset Transfers  Kirkstall’s New Landmark  Abbey House Museum  Leeds Midnight Walk  Seagulls Reuse  Kirkstall Forge  The Big Lunch  Leeds Fringe    Kirkstall Valley Community Association 

Leeds City Council Department of Education

Kirkstall St Stephen’s Church of England Aided Primary School Headteacher : Mr Steven Viles Looking for a friendly and happy primary school which will provide for the needs of your child? • A caring, Christian environment welcoming children from all sectors of our community • Good Ofsted Report July 2010 • Statutory Inspection of Anglican Schools July 2010 judged us as an ‘Outstanding schoo at meeting the needs of our learners’. • Holders of the Basic Skills Agency Quality Mark for high standards of provision in Literacy and Numeracy • Activemark for PE and sport • Brand new ICT suite and interactive whiteboards • Excellent links with the community • Before and after school childcare available • Brand new £250,000 Pre-School • Many extra curricular opportunities • Highly supportive Parent Teacher Association • Investors in People award July 2010 Contact school if you would like to look for yourself

Book your child’s place early to avoid disappointment Morris Lane, Kirkstall, Leeds LS5 3JD Tel: 0113 2144630 For more information please visit our website at


From the Editor

Contents   Regulars 

Welcome to the Spring 2011 issue of Kirkstall Matters. As you may have read in the previous issue I have taken over editorship of the magazine and I will admit that its a daunting job filling Ken’s sizeable shoes and those of Val before him. The magazine may not have been still going if it had not been for the time and effort they put into keeping it running, so I thank them both, and I thank you for continuing to read and contribute to it.


Editors Words 


From the Chair of the KVCA 

11 Dear Editor  30  What’s On?  44  Scouts  52  Rachel Reeves Diary    Features 

I’d also like to mention our distributors who time and again put the magazine through the doors of Kirkstall Valley and beyond. Given the weather we have been having recently, give them a warm smile and a big hug the next time you see them. We are always looking for more distributors to deliver on their local streets so if you think you’ve got what it takes then let me know.


Its ALIVE and Its LIVCE! Frankenstein’s Wedding comes  to the Abbey 


Seagulls Reuse 

13 Hawksworth Wood Family Trees  14  Kirkstall Festival 2001 Service  15  Community Asset Transfers  16  Kirkstall Forge Update 

I’ve lived in Kirkstall for 11 years, first at The Cricketers and now on the Normans. Although I was a regular visitor to Kirkstall Festival, Classical Fantasia and the Abbey I didn’t realise just how much time and effort people put into our community. I’m glad to be involved and to now play a part too.

18 The Wednesday Group at Abbey House Museum  19  Kirkstall Lane’s proud new Landmark   20  Taste: The culture and politics of food  21  Leeds Midnight Walk  22  2011 Census coming to a letterbox near you  23  Are You Ready For The Big Lunch? 

You will have noticed that the magazine has taken on a new look in the last issue and I’d love to hear what you think of it, and what other changes you’d like to see? These changes are something that we’d like to continue over coming issues, due in no small part due to the team of very motivated and talented people that we now have working on the magazine, so I’d like to introduce you to Jill Stocks, Vanessa Strachan and Steph Upsall.

Schools  24  Beecroft Primary  26  Hawksworth Wood Primary  28  Kirkstall St Stephens Primary  29  Kirkstall Online    Sports 

I hope you join me in welcoming them to the magazine and look forward to their contributions, but as always we are looking for more people to get involved and bring their ideas. Everyone has something to contribute and I’d really like to hear from you.

32 Football In Focus  36  Kirkstall Harriers    Green  38  In The Garden 

In the meantime, its been a pleasure bringing this issue together and I hope you enjoy it as much as we’ve enjoyed writing it. Let us know what you think!

39 BBC gardening  personality coming to  Kirkstall  40  Green Issues  43  Rodley Nature Reserve    Arts  47  FRINGE: Leeds 

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49 West Yorkshire Theatre Network  50  Worriedboutsatan   

PS I’ll get a better picture for the next issue! 



Kirkstall Matters Issue 106—Spring 2011

About the Kirkstall Valley Community Association

Cover Photo: Kirkstall Abbey Stephen Anstey

The KVCA was founded in 1978, with the aim ‘to promote the benefit of the inhabitants of Kirkstall and the neighbourhood'. We are non-party political, nonsectarian and a registered charity. KVCA is also responsible for organising events and activities, for example through the Kirkstall Festival committee. We act as a pressure group and a watchdog on developments affecting Kirkstall, and campaign and cooperate on a number of issues with other local organisations.

Editor Simon Dawson 19 Norman Street, Leeds, LS5 3JN The views expressed in Kirkstall Matters are those of the contributors and if not attributed to individuals, they are from the editorial team. They are not necessarily the views of the KVCA.

It is open to anyone to join. Annual membership is only £4 and includes three issues per year of Kirkstall Matters magazine, delivered free to you within Kirkstall and the immediate area.

Contributors John Liversedge, Cat Pearson, Kate Moree, Liz Minkin, Val Crompton, Councillor John Illingworth, Laura McGhee, Ann Lightman, Dr Kersten Hall, Kitty Ross, Francine Shilton, Simon Dawson, Lorna Parker, Emily Dawson, Lauren O’Flaherty, Tom Haggerty, Baran Talajooy, Anya Patel, Ayeesha Monks, Taha Almasri, Brendan O’Reilly, Antonino Castello, Lauren, Martha, Antonino, Kerry, Brendan, Martha, Brighton, Lauren, Lisa Enkin, Chris Burdon, Jill Stocks, Vanessa Strachan, Graham Wheatley, Richard Frank, Stephanie Upsall, Rachel Reeves MP

If you live outside Kirkstall, you can still become a member, but we need a minimum additional donation of £3 to cover postage if you are to receive the magazine by post.

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From the Chair of the KVCA

KVCA Annual General Meeting Thursday 7th April 2011 The Milford Sports Club Beecroft Street, Kirkstall At 8pm All members welcome


do hope everyone had a good Christmas and New Year. I was very impressed by our new look Kirkstall Matters and so far we have had some very good feedback. I know our new editor has even more ambitious plans in mind also involving a wider range of articles. I would like to see more involvement from our readers of the magazine, we do keep asking for contributions but they are few and far between. I'm sure there are readers out there with complaints, questions or stories they would like to share. What about our Kirkstall district centre or our wonderful A65 bus scheme. How are the proposed government cuts going to affect you, not that we can help but we would like to know.

KVCA Officers

After the two years putting together our Vision of Kirkstall I think we already know that all our ideas for improving our area will fall on deaf ears, the reason being no money in the budget. However there are some ideas and schemes we can pursue so please if you do have some issues in your area let us know, lets see what we can do. All our ward Councillors and our MP read this magazine and their contact details are within the magazine. Anyway lets look forward to happier times. We are well on with planning our 31st annual Kirkstall Festival. Our theme for this year is "Hats off to Kirkstall" so for those of you taking part in the Parade or young enough to enter our Poster Competition you had better get your thinking caps on now. I can not give details of the events we have booked because as yet we do not know how we stand from our financial position and they are secret anyway. But I can tell you our Committee selected from many well known hostelries and secure institutions are working day and night to ensure everyone has a wonderful day.

John Liversedge Chairman 0113 278 5987

Steve Gradys Vice Chair

Ken Stratford Secretary 0113 275 5413

Rita Samuel Treasurer

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

If you would like a stall or perhaps perform be it in the grounds or take part in the Parade then get in touch with us, we'd love to have you Please enjoy the magazine, I must go now, it's lights out.


John John Liversedge, Chair

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It’s ALIVE and it’s LIVE!  FRANKENSTEIN’S WEDDING comes to Kirkstall Abbey


his March will see one of the most extravagant and lavish live productions of Frankenstein’s Wedding come to the gothic splendour of our very own Kirkstall Abbey. For one night only, Kirkstall Abbey will play host to a spectacular live TV event – the marriage of scientist Victor Frankenstein and his bride-to-be, Elizabeth. Frankenstein's Wedding... Live In Leeds is a bold and ambitious music and drama event. It will explore the iconic story through contemporary performance and cuttingedge musical content. Frankenstein's Wedding... Live In Leeds is a bold and ambitious project which explores

Mary Shelley's gothic masterpiece through live drama and contemporary music. It is a collaboration between BBC Three, BBC North and BBC Cymru Wales and the event is being supported by key organisations within Leeds, including Leeds City Council, Welcome to Yorkshire, Marketing Leeds and Phoenix Dance Theatre. Set against the gothic magnificence of Kirkstall Abbey in the city, this one -of-a kind performance will bring the passion, emotion and horror from the classic tale to a live audience. With spectacular light projections and audience participation throughout, viewers at Kirkstall Abbey and at home

will experience the content as it happens as the spectacular live event will be broadcast on BBC Three. Lacey Turner, Being Human and former EastEnders star, takes up the role of Elizabeth Lavenza in BBC Three's forthcoming live TV spectacular Frankenstein's Wedding... Live In Leeds. She won the Best Serial Performance award at last month's National TV Awards, and is joined on Saturday 19 March by Spotlight Prize winner and star of ITV's upcoming Monroe, Andrew Gower, appearing as Victor Frankenstein, and Mrs Mandela and Doctor Who star David Harewood as the Creature.


Lacey Turner says: "This is a fantastic project to work on and a great story. I'm looking forward to it being live – it's definitely an adrenaline rush and I am already very excited about my makeover!" In a unique take on audience participation, an audience of thousands will be invited to attend the event in their best wedding outfits and play a real role as wedding guests. Phoenix Dance Theatre, a dance company based in Leeds, will also be involved with the project. They will lead on the choreography and dancers from the company will also perform as part of the final event. Nine thousand free tickets will be made available to the public to come and watch the live event and ticket application will open on Friday 18 February at The event will focus on the lavish wedding of Victor Frankenstein and his childhood sweetheart Elizabeth Lavenza. While Elizabeth fusses over seating plans, Victor broods on a dark secret – the murderous monster he has created. Andrew Gower says: "The sheer scale and challenge of the project was very attractive and to play a character as renowned as Victor Frankenstein is so exciting."

ror from the classic tale to a live audience of 12,000, in addition to the BBC Three viewers at home. Harry Lansdown, Acting Controller, BBC Three, says: "The story of Frankenstein is as relevant today as it ever was. I'm delighted to be telling its story on BBC Three through this live drama, which has a great cast and fantastically ambitious audience participation at its very heart." In a unique take on audience participation, the live audience is invited to attend the event in their best wedding outfits and play a real role as wedding guests. In the weeks leading up to the event, BBC Learning and Leeds-based Phoenix Dance Theatre are set to help people find their dancing feet through a series of workshops to teach 2,000 locals a special wedding dance routine. This will culminate in a mass celebratory wedding dance live on the night by an audience of 12,000. For full dates and to book a workshop place, visit the Phoenix Dance Theatre website. Danny Cohen, Controller of BBC One and BBC Three, adds: "Frankenstein's Wedding... Live In Leeds is the kind of Arts television for young viewers that only the BBC would provide. It's a very creatively ambitious project, and BBC Three is delighted to be working so closely with the city of

Leeds to bring this iconic story to vibrant life." Peter Salmon, Director, BBC North, says: "Frankenstein's Wedding... Live In Leeds promises to be a truly unique event both for the live audience in Kirkstall Abbey and for viewers across the UK. Not only will the audience be able to get involved on the night itself, but in the weeks leading up to the event they will be encouraged to rediscover this classic novel." A range of exclusive online content to support the live event can be found at Supported by BBC Learning, the site hosts specially created two-minute video diaries for Victor Frankenstein, the Creature, Victor's bride-to-be, Elizabeth Lavenza, and Justine Moritz, Elizabeth's firebrand maid of honour, all of which introduce the characters and set the scene for the dramatic story. The page also supports the dance workshops, features a video tutorial and a performance of the dance that the public need to learn for the big dance moment at the event. There is also information about the event's dress code and over the next few weeks a behind-the-scenes film, hosted by Creative Director, Colin Teague, whose previous credits include Being Human and Doctor Who, will be added to the site.

David Harewood adds: "As soon as I saw the idea on paper, I knew I wanted to do it. Combining so many different elements, live acting, dance, drama and of course the large audience at home and at the performance, was just too dazzling to turn down." Following on from the success of Manchester Passion (2006) and Liverpool Nativity (2008), which were both broadcast on BBC Three, Frankenstein's Wedding... Live In Leeds brings the passion, emotion and hor 



The live event features spectacular light projections highlighting the grandeur of Kirkstall Abbey in a way that it has never been seen before. Audiences will be fully immersed in the emotion and horror of the classic tale, from witnessing the very moment Victor gives life to his creation in his laboratory and glimpses of Elizabeth planning her big day, to the Creature's harrowing and deteriorating journey as he seeks justice for his plight. Jan Younghusband, Commissioning Editor, Music and Events, says: "We are delighted to be working with local organisations in Leeds to bring this great story to life through music and drama and to involve the people of Leeds in the heart of the story." Adam Ogilvie, Leeds City Council Executive Member for Leisure, says: "We are delighted that the BBC have

chosen the city of Leeds and the magnificent Kirkstall Abbey as the backdrop for this exciting project. Kirkstall Abbey is the perfect setting for this event and we look forward to helping bring the story of Frankenstein to life for millions of people to enjoy." Gary Verity, Chief Executive, Welcome to Yorkshire, says: "We have worked hard to bring this exciting project into Yorkshire. It will be a spectacular production in a special location which will showcase Kirkstall Abbey's imposing splendour to millions around the country and introduce more people to the wealth of historic buildings which Yorkshire has to offer."

the BBC and the project can only serve to further enhance the city's current offering of culture, arts, music and dance." It will stay true to the ethical and scientific themes but will burst open the classic text, fusing live drama with contemporary dance to bring a unique viewing experience for both the TV viewers and the audience in the Abbey itself. ■ Visit pages/frankensteinswedding for more details and get it in your diary!

Deborah Green, Chief Executive, Marketing Leeds, comments: "We are proud to be working with the BBC. The retelling of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein is a first for both Leeds and

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Seagulls Reuse! Established in 2003. Seagulls is a Social enterprise, a not for profit business with social aims to promote and initiate environmentally sound practices, and be a focus for related community activity. Can local people get involved? As part of our activities we operate a volunteer programme, involving and supporting local people and particularly focused on creating positive opportunities for people from disadvantaged backgrounds. We are always looking for volunteers who are happy to get messy in our paint store (pictured below).

How did it start? The project arose from the need to tackle the issue of waste in the Leeds area and find positive and effective ways to encourage people to recycle and reuse. The main aim of the project is to promote community participation in recycling, reuse and reduction of waste. Seagulls do this through the renovation and re-use of waste materials, applying creative means to provide the sustainable use of resources whilst offering training, support, volunteering and job opportunities for local people.

Please buy paint from our paint store on Kirkstall Road. It is sold at £1.50 per litre with special offers from £1 per litre (bargain!). Friendly staff and volunteers are always on hand to help advice on colour and type of paint needed. Opening hours are Monday – Friday 10am- 4pm and Saturday 11am- 3pm. Please call if you need directions and note that in winter our times can vary due to the cold so call first if adverse weather!

Seagulls has three main activities: The Paint store – The collection and redistribution of unwanted paint. We collect paint from Leeds City Council household waste sites (HWSS), sort and remix it, then sell it as a value added alternative particularly for lower income customers. We currently collect up to 100 tonnes per annum. We operate from a large warehouse space (on Kirkstall Road) where we remix the part filled pots of paint into larger quantities. This is then resold to the public and community organisations for a fraction of the price compared to DIY retail outlets. We also collect trade waste paint, for a fee, and feed this into our operations.

Take your leftover, reusable paint to Seagulls paint bank on Kirkstall Road HWSS (pictured right).

Mosaic and Creative arts – Established by a volunteer in April 2007. Artists and volunteers teach and support local community organisations, facilitating the creation of public art. This largely involves creating mosaics, often working with local schools, and relates to collective action, reusing materials, creativity, confidence building and empowerment.

Contact details: Seagulls Reuse Aire Place Mills, Kirkstall Road (opposite YTV)

Redecorate – Established in March 2008. Painting and decorating service reusing paint, working for local housing providers and offering a value for money service for local people. 

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■ Cat Pearson and Kate Moree





WxtÜ Xw|àÉÜ Kirkstall Wesleyan Chapel I enclose a photo of the Kirkstall Wesleyan Chapel Guild trip to Otley in 1932 which I hope will be of interest. I also enclose a list of family names of people in the picture, four of which are my family (Peace). Look forward to seeing it in the magazine and any reaction to it. Yours Sincerely Audrey Boddington (Peace)

Kirkstall Forge train halt - to improve traffic?

Peace, Coates, Worsno ps, Buckles, Ingleson and Spencer families. Buckle, Harold Godfrey Back row: Mary , Mrs Ambler, Ronald Kitchen, Kathleen Peace The proposed station at Kirkstall , Mr Ambler Forge is being hailed as a huge improvement to travel and traffic within Morris Lane etc A Plague Of Speed Camera Kirkstall. I have seen the census returns for the That, plus the A65 Quality bus I have watched with exasperation over years you mentioned thanks. I've since scheme, are in danger of simplistically the past few months as a new plague wondered if my ancestors lived being seen as the answer to all the descends on the inhabitants of Kirk- in Abbey Lea and Havilande from stall and Burley. Not satisfied with traffic woes. bringing Kirkstall Road to virtual them being built. My gt gt aunt, Mary From what I understand of the Qual- standstill with the supposed “quality Baxter (Robinson) seemed to marry ity bus scheme, it will result in fewer bus route” we now have to deal with a above her station when she tied the lanes for cars. While this is great for glut of speed cameras being installed, knot to William! Her family were all buses, I wonder if it will mean that the without consultation, along the length coal miners and the house on Morris Lane must have been far removed main traffic lanes will be even slower, of Burley Road. from anything she'd experienced bejust like it is on Burley Road coming out of town at the moment during I am sure that we will all agree that fore. dangerous driving is something that busy times. cannot be tolerated, but isn’t it an I have an old 'Godfrey' map from 1906 I welcome more train stations and enormous coincidence that the cam- of Kirkstall which I think shows theirs train services everywhere, but the eras are placed at exactly the locations and your houses. I notice from the Forge station is proposed being put in where most profit can be gained? map that Norman View is not yet a place that is currently uninhabited, We’re not talking straights where mo- built, and neither does it seem to apso along with it will come a whole lot torists might deliberately speed, but pear on the 1911 census. Do you know more people, and although all those the flows down our steep hills where when the street was built and why it new residents may well take the train even a cautious motorist sticking to was so much later than other sometimes, I'm sure they'll want to the speed limit might accidentally Normans? use their cars too, which will defi- venture over as the effect of gravity Thanks, Helen Warburton nitely add pressure onto Kirkstall takes over. Road, not long after the Quality bus Now I have recently noticed that the scheme is implemented. This page is the opportunity for rubber speed strips are lying across you to voice your concerns, fears, So, whereas train travel will definitely Morris Lane, no doubt that will be the comments, thoughts and deepest be improved, I doubt that road travel next target—a plague of ugly yellow darkest secrets. We would love you will be. boxes lining even more of our streets. to drop us a line in writing to 19 Shevonne McLarnon Norman Street, Leeds, LS5 3JN or (Name supplied) at Kirkstall resident 





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Hawksworth Wood Family Trees  or the second year, every baby born in Hawksworth Wood has had a tree planted to celebrate their arrival, and some memorial trees have been planted as well.


Do get in touch if you have any questions or comments, or any suggestions for this coming autumn's planting.

“Planting Day” was Saturday November 13th, and the weather was kind. Many thanks to all the parents and volunteers who helped to plant all the trees.

■ Liz Minkin 2780218

The Council's Parks & Countryside team drew up a plan for the planting on the Cragside fields, alongside the path to the new playground, and partly encircling it as well. They say it will be sure to survive the mowing machines – which the first year trees did not! The trees include oak, rowan, silver birch, apple, pear, field maple, plum and holly, as well as a variety of shrubs such as guelder rose and dog wood. And they are bigger than last year's, so should have a better chance of survival. We are all very sure that no-one will pull any up!!! 



Kirkstall Festival 2011  Service in Kirkstall Abbey 


ather Pat Smythe, who has been appointed Parish Priest at Our Lady of Kirkstall, will give the address at the 4pm Service in Kirkstall Abbey Church on 9th July. Leeds Central Salvation Army Band will play, and the singing will be led for the first time by String of Beads, a Contemporary Ladies Choir - a group of 28, based in Bramley.

The new Parish of Our Lady of Kirkstall was established in August 2010 by the RC Bishop of Leeds, Rt Rev Arthur Roche, and incorporates the former RC parishes of Holy Name (Cookridge), St Mary (Horsforth), and The Assumption of Our Lady (West Park). Fr Pat grew up in Sheffield and was ordained in Sheffield in 1967. He has ministered in Yorkshire (including Dewsbury, Rothwell & Cookridge) and gained an MA in Theology & Ph D at Leeds University. We look forward to Fr Pat taking part in Kirkstall Festival also Rachel Reeves our MP, the Rt Hon. John Battle and the Abbey Churches Together. Rev Fr Patrick A. Smythe MA Ph D  See also 

■ Val Crompton

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Community Asset Transfers  Leeds  City  Council  is  looking  at  transferring  some  public  land  in  Kirkstall  to  be  managed  directly  by  local      community  groups.    Councillor  John  Illingworth  explains  how  you  can  get  involved and help shape the developments 


sq metre garage, outbuildings and storage yards. It would make an ideal visitor centre for the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust and the Kirkstall Valley Nature Reserve, and also a base for the Leeds Canoe Club to build a white water canoe course. Even these projects will not fill it, and there are opportunities for locally managed enterprise workspace, or a local offender management scheme as envisaged by Kenneth Clarke (and many others!) where the punishment of minor offenders would be combined with skills training to reduce their chance of re-offending. If this aspect were developed it would obviously be in partnership with the Probation Service.

am very much in favour of this proposal, and wish it every success. It could be an opportunity to implement some key ideas from the Kirkstall Vision process. To succeed, the new management teams must be broadly based, and must bring together a wide range of skills and enthusiasms. I urgently need to identify two groups of people: (1) a nucleus of enthusiasts with the drive, skills and time to serve on asset management committees; (2) a wider group who support the concept, and want to be consulted and involved, but do not wish to engage with day to day asset management. If you feel that you might belong to either group, please email

We also have a long term interest in Abbey Mills, but that is grade 2 listed and it is a significantly bigger challenge. There is more background information on the Kirkstall councillors website

There are two neighbouring sites that may soon become available:

I am very impressed by what is being achieved in Headingley with the “Heart” scheme in the former Bennett Road School, and by the Gilberts and Sandfords residents. I have great hopes for the new project at Royal Park School, and I hope that Kirkstall will soon have something similar, but this depends on your support. PLEASE GET BACK TO ME – if people respond positively then I can put them in touch with the other enthusiasts, but if you remain silent I cannot legally share your contact details with others.

1) Dobby Row BMX track. This the former municipal waste tip next to “Ready, steady, store” on Kirkstall Road, that is mostly covered with leylandii and self-seeded sycamore trees. It looks OK from a distance, but the surface is mostly rubble. It has never been developed because there is a weak Victorian sewer underneath. The proposal is to cover it with the considerable pile of topsoil left over from the A65 bus scheme, replant with native trees, and then use it for BMX pedal bikes (no motors). This will be BMX trail biking, with jumps, rather than BMX racing, and the mainly younger users (and their parents) will be heavily involved in the design, construction and operation. This is a fairly small scheme, but we need to act very quickly because of the A65 timetable. There is a dedicated website at and a live planning application 10/04893/LA on the Leeds City Council website. The Council lacks the resources to manage this scheme beyond the initial construction stage, and progress depends on having a local management team in place.

■ Councillor John Illingworth email tel. 0113 267 3735

2) St Ann’s Mills. This is potentially a much bigger scheme, which includes several substantial buildings and acres of land including the bed of the river. It could form the nucleus for a Kirkstall Valley Park for which there is a dedicated website The main mill building has three floors of 400 sq metres each, plus a 200 



Kirkstall Forge Development Update


other parts of the city. Mixed developments are what we should always strive for. I am also a keen supported of the plan to build a new railway station at Kirkstall Forge and further up the line at Apperley Bridge, which I hope will encourage more people to use the train instead of their cars. For this reason I have lobbied Ministers constantly on the importance of funding these stations.”

n 12th January 2011 Commercial Estates Group (CEG) gave an update on the progress and future of the Kirkstall Forge Development. Charles Johnson from CEG recapped on the progress before and after the Comprehensive Spending Review and outlined what happens next. Kirkstall Forge is one of the oldest industrial sites in the country and the largest brownfield mixed-use scheme underway in Leeds. The development will create new homes and new jobs for both the existing Kirkstall community and future Forge residents. The development will include a new rail station and provide quick and sustainable travel links into Leeds and Bradford City Centres. On 20th October, the government announced the recommendations following the Comprehensive Spending Review and all government departments faced budget cuts in order to decrease the national deficit. This has resulted in all government schemes being put on hold until budgets had been reviewed and decisions made. Since the CSR some schemes have been given the go ahead, but Kirkstall Forge is still waiting to hear. Rachel Reeves, MP for Leeds West, says “Kirkstall Forge railway station offers genuine value for money, and a quality public transport option for residents in West Leeds and across West Yorkshire. With £4m pledged by developers, and enthusiastic cross party support the station should have been a sure thing. When I questioned the Transport Minister on the reasons for his decision he mentioned the funding for the Southern Entrance to Leeds railway station – a decision that has no impact on the passengers in Leeds West. Without a station at Kirkstall Forge many must rely on an out dated, inefficient bus network and gridlocked roads if they are to travel around the city. With a huge contribution from developers the scheme offers value for money and a green alternative, as well as 2,400 new jobs and 1,100 new homes for the west of the city.”

The Department for Transport (DfT) has gone to the Passenger Transport Bodies (Metro in the case of Kirkstall Forge) and asked for ways to improve the cost/benefit ratio, profitability, and reduce costs. Metro and CEG looked at this, and submitted the bid before the 4th January deadline. All bids are with the DfT and a decision will be made in spring at the earliest. With regards to the development outside of the station, there have been some changes. There will be more residences in the development following a change to the hotel aspect. The bedroom element of the hotel isn’t workable, so this has been transferred into housing, but the hotel facilities will remain. The Forge Building will be turned into a commercial space with restaurants and wine bars, but there will be another commercial space for other amenities for the local residents. Cllr Bernard Atha asked about the provision of a school. CEG are having discussions now as there is no space to develop a school. CEG are going to be working with Education Leeds and will report back at the next meeting with any updates. The architects working on the scheme are beginning to look at maximising the landscaping of the river, making the forge building more central and an attractive building, where to

She was supported by Stuart Andrews, MP for Pudsey, adding “The Kirkstall Forge Development is one that I think has taken note of the detrimental effect that other purely residential developments have had on our communities. I am glad that the plan for this site recognises that we need to provide employment opportunities on such developments to try and stop so many residents having to clog up our roads whilst making their way to work in 16 


would have to be revised as a result to replace some of the commercial elements with more residential and this would cause some delays, but CEG reiterated that it is unlikely that the rail halt wouldn’t be delivered.

cross the river, how the scheme starts and ends, and increase views across the valley. Access to the site was discussed at the last meeting, with CEG confirming that the only road access will be at the north of the site, but you will be able to access it from the canal path if you are walking. Perfect for summer, a gentle stroll from the Forge to the Abbey Inn.

The next meeting will be held on 11th May 2011 at Hawksworth Wood Community Centre at 6.30pm. ■ Laura McGhee

CEG and Metro are waiting for the DfT to ask any questions it may have on the bid and for any additional detail on the cost of the development. CEG are continuing to meet with Leeds City Council about the development, and will be dealing with the reserve matters. But some progress on the development has been made, the former car wash site will become a hand car wash. The tenancy has been agreed and the car wash will be operational soon. Concerns were raised about the graffiti at the site, and CEG confirmed that this would be dealt with by the operator after the agreement was signed. CEG have also confirmed that in the unlikely event that the train halt wasn’t delivered, the residential and commercial schemes would go ahead but the master plan

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The Wednesday Group at Abbey House Museum


“Between two stools he comes to the ground” – old proverb. Substitute private for voluntary and it becomes one of today’s big debates.

011 started for this group on 2nd February with Kitty Ross, Curator of Social History introducing us to Punch cartoons from the 1840’s and 1940’s. We were first handed copies of a selection of cartoons and were asked to come up with captions for them. I enjoyed trying to work out what had occasioned the cartoons and find a suitable caption. We then went through them finding out from Kitty the significance of the scenes depicted and swapping captions, finally getting to know the actual one used in Punch. Group members’ suggestions often surpassed the actual ones!

A cartoon from 1848 shows a sea serpent named Liberty encircling a small boat (named ancien regime and carrying the crowned heads of Europe). Kitty explained that revolution swept Europe in that year – with many changes of government. Not so different perhaps to today ’s M i d d l e East?

Punch, which appeared in 1841 as a radical, satirical publication, had ceased to exist in 2002 (though there is a website). With the passage of time the magazine became more mainstream and middle-class. It suffered when the more radical Private Eye was introduced in the 20th century.

Perhaps my favourite was “the effects of tight lacing on the old lady of Threadneedle Street”, with a speech bubble “Oh! Oh! I shall go I’m sure I shall if you don’t loose me”, The Bank of England is the old lady and the year this appeared attempts were made to regulate it! It was repealed later.

We looked at some of those images of social commentary from the 1840’s. What an action packed decade that was! The repeal of the Corn Laws, the Irish question, the introduction of Income tax (a temporary 5 year tax – perhaps we ought to remind someone?), the Railway boom (& bust), the poverty of the people – debtors prison, the workhouse, the temperance movement, Chartism, cholera - “Dirty Father Thames” were all covered. These are now history.

Other images showed the House of Lords in disarray (quite a number asleep) with the caption “The Lords met for the despatch of business”. The Land of Liberty shows a smug American, the stars and stripes flying, against a background of slavery, war with Mexico (over Texas which was disputed – they also disputed Oregon, then part of Canada, with the British) and lynch law. Surely America isn’t being accused of double-standards?! The adverts from the 1940’s magazines brought a touch of nostalgia – so many companies are still with us. This February meeting with Kitty Ross was a good start to the new year . The Wednesday Club is open to all – but must be pre-booked. There is a small charge.

But some of the items though were just so relevant to 2011! A cartoon showed Macbeth’s 3 witches, named as railway lines, over a cauldron where “no return tickets”, “higher fares” were being concocted.

■ Ann Lightman “The Educational Question” showed a child on the ground between stools marked “Voluntary Education” & “State Education”. Underneath is written:


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(DNA) – the molecule which carries hereditary information from one generation to the next. William Astbury’s work on DNA provided an invaluable piece of data for James Watson and Francis Crick who later won the Nobel Prize for solving the structure of DNA. Astbury’s major scientific contribution was his emphasis on understanding life through studying the shapes of molecules. Many diseases could now be understood in terms of how large molecules such as proteins change their shape - an insight which, as Professor Nelson explained at the unveiling of the plaque, is still inspiring a wide range of research projects at Leeds today.


rofessor Adam Nelson, head of the Astbury Centre for Structural Molecular Biology at the University of Leeds, unveiled a Leeds Civic Trust blue plaque sponsored by the Thackray Museum. It is at the former home of physicist William T. Astbury, 189 Kirkstall Lane (opposite the cricket ground). Professor William Astbury pioneered 'molecular biology' and also made the very first studies of the structure of DNA, the molecule of heredity. Astbury was born in Stoke-on-Trent in 1898, the son of a potter’s turner. He won a scholarship to Jesus College, Cambridge in 1917, where he studied physics, chemistry and mathematics. As the First World War raged in Europe, his studies were interrupted by service in the Royal Army Medical Corps, where he met his future wife, Frances Gould. Resuming his studies after the War, he developed an interest in the study of crystals. After graduating, he trained at the Royal Institution with Sir William Bragg who had won the Nobel Prize for using Xrays to study the atomic structure of crystals.

For more information about Astbury and his work see The plaque reads: “ William  T.  Astbury  FRS  lived  here  from  1928  to  1961.  His  brilliant  research  at  the  University  of  Leeds  deduced the chemical composition of hair and wool fibres by X‐ ray diffraction. In 1938 his team was the first to predict a mo‐ lecular  structure  for  DNA,  which  contains  the  hereditary  in‐ structions present in all living organisms. 1898‐1961.”  ■ Dr Kersten T. Hall History & Philosophy of Science, University of Leeds

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This expertise in the use of X-rays which Astbury had learned from Bragg, brought him to Leeds in 1928 where the local textile industries were keen to support research into the molecular structure of wool. Using X-rays to probe the atomic structure of wool fibres Astbury soon became fascinated by the long chain molecules found within living cells. Despite working in spartan conditions and having initially to build most of his own equipment, he established such a global reputation that the Nobel Prize winning scientist Max Perutz referred to Astbury’s laboratory at Leeds as ‘the X-ray Vatican’.

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Astbury was convinced that the key to understanding living systems was to analyse the structure of their giant molecular components. He used his X-ray methods to show that the physical properties of natural materials such as human hair, hedgehog spines, porcupine quills, spider’s webs, seagull feathers, muscle fibres and bacterial flagella were all caused by long molecules changing shape. It was in the course of these studies that Astbury also made the very first studies of the structure of deoxyribonucleic acid 



Taste: The culture and politics of food A new Abbey House Museum exhibition for 2011 


new exhibition at Abbey House Museum includes exciting displays designed by students from Leeds Metropolitan University’s School of Architecture, Landscape and Design. This new exhibition at Abbey House opened on 22nd January and will run until the end of December 2011.

A group of students from Leeds Metropolitan University have been working with staff from Abbey House Museum to design the exhibition which looks at our changing attitudes to food and drink. Some of the issues examined include meat eating versus vegetarianism, food miles and Fair Trade. Exhibits include colourful Temperance banners denouncing the evils of alcohol, an early gas stove decorated in willow pattern and a Leeds Pottery dish especially made for eating oysters. Other displays feature elaborate labour saving devices from the past including a fiendish Victorian apple peeler and a 1950s teasmaid. There is also a chance to see fascinating footage from the Yorkshire Film Archive, including a the 1940s canteen at Parker’s Mill and a Headingley fish & chip shop in 1960.

Photo: Hardisty’s  Fisheries,  57  Kirkstall  Lane  about  1930  (Courtesy of Leeds Museums and Galleries)   ■ Kitty Ross, Curator of Leeds History/Social History, Leeds Museums and Galleries

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Children’s activities include the chance to design a “mug of the month” and to dress up as a variety of different vegetables.

This partnership between Leeds Metropolitan University and Abbey House began last year with the exhibition “Park Life”. Designed by last year’s competition winners Matt Wilson & Jon Summerfield, the exhibition was a great success. The partnership is of great benefit to both sides and has been built into the university’s design course as a module option in the second year. The students get a real life project to work on, which gives them invaluable experience to take into their future careers. The museum benefits from the students’ energy, imagination and design flair to produce an exiting exhibition for the visitors to enjoy.

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The exhibition also links with the “Food for Thought” community displays and events which will be taking place at Leeds City Museum and the Leeds Museum Discovery Centre throughout the year.



Leeds Midnight Walk in association with Real Radio   A girls' night out with a difference! 


oin over 1,000 women on Saturday 14th May who will all be walking at midnight to raise vital funds for St. Gemma's Hospice, Leeds.

The sponsored walk starts at midnight in Kirkstall, Leeds and you can chose from 12 mile or 6 mile distances so anyone can take part. Pre walk entertainment at Leeds Rugby Training Ground will get you in the party spirit and all geared up for the walk, including face painting, henna art, music and more. All this as well as a group warm up just before you set off to make sure you are warmed up and ready to tackle the walk. Refreshments are provided on the walk as well as at the finish. Anyone under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Places are limited so sign up early to avoid disappointment. Every participant will receive a free t-shirt to wear before and on the night. Visit to sign up or call 0113 218 5505 Last year's event was a huge success with over 1,000 women taking part and together raising over £110,000. Sign up today and be part of something very special for a very special Hospice. ■ Francine Shilton 



2011 Census coming to a letterbox near you

The census has collected information about the population every ten years since 1801. The next census in England and Wales is on March 27th 2011.


Your community and family benefit You need to complete and return the Census form so that the services and facilities your community / family uses can be identified. These services include schools, hospitals and emergency services. Census statistics help work out the amount of funding allocated to facilities in Leeds' communities.

n 27 March 2011 all residential households in the United Kingdom will be taking part in a census. Since 1801 a day has been chosen every ten years for this purpose (except in 1941 during the war). The census provides an excellent source of information about the population. This enables central and local government, health authorities and many other organisations to identify need for housing, education, health and transport services for years to come.

The Census is confidential Personal information from the Census is never shared with any government department nationally or locally. The information collected is kept confidential and protected by law. The Census is exempt from requests for information under the Freedom of Information act.

Did you know that supermarkets use census statistics to work out the kind of foods they need to sell to keep local communities stocked up with their favourites? Water companies use the census data to plan the pipes for clean and wastewater – to make sure there’s enough for everyone. Fire brigades and the police use census data to help communities, putting fire alarms and crime prevention measures in specific areas. The benefits are far reaching.

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The census statistics also feed into the allocation of funding for local authorities and play a major part in identifying need for local services in communities, so it is crucial the population estimate is as accurate as possible. When the questionnaire envelope comes through the door you’ll easily recognise it by the purple 2011 Census logo. Take care of it. If, like many people, you want to complete the questionnaire online, your individual internet code is on the front of the questionnaire. The 2011 Census doesn’t want anyone to fall behind – so there is a wide range of help options available (such as language guidance booklets, large print format, Text Relay and census field staff on hand, as well as online help and telephone call centres). The 2011 Census is coming The census tells us how many people live where and the types of people they are (young, old, married, single).This means decisions, like working out who needs facilities in the future, are focused on accurate, relevant details. Millions of pounds shared out The Department of Communities and Local Government and the Department of Health allocate money to local and health authorities. Census statistics feed into that process. That’s why you need to be counted to make sure that Leeds is properly represented in the decision-making process, and gets it's fair share of funding! 22 


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reak out the bunting, fire up your barbeques and get your aprons on, The Big Lunch is back for its third year in 2011! The Big What? It’s an annual one-day get together with your neighbours - wherever you live. It can be anything from a simple lunch to a full-blown street party with DJs and a home cooked feast. Across the country, neighbours are coming together to decorate their streets and gardens, and plan food and entertainment ahead of the community get-together kick -started by the Eden Project.

When is it? There is still time to take part in the nationwide event on Sunday 5th June – people can search for a local Big Lunch using their postcode, or start their own, at

Who’s Involved? In 2010 The Big Lunch inspired an estimated one million people to have lunch with their neighbours across the UK.

Throughout the country, people are organising events ranging from a simple bring-your-own picnic with a couple of neighbours to a full-blown street party. Last year there were parties all over Leeds so why don’t we get Kirkstall in the spirit of street parties to make the Queen’s Silver Jubilee look like a picnic?

“build stronger, friendlier communities” “The Big Lunch has the potential to build stronger, friendlier communities on a massive scale,” says Peter Stewart, Eden’s Campaigns and Communications Director. He organised an event in his own neighbourhood last year and says: “The morning after a Big Lunch has a feeling like no other. You walk down the street where, yesterday, people were eating, chatting, playing instruments, skateboarding and cooking on barbecues. The whole place feels different. I feel different.” 



Beecroft Primary Emotions Crushed Emotions crushed, People homeless. Windows stare, Mouths wide open. Chairs waiting for tea, What has now burnt to ashes. Lost children searching, For their parents. Remains of memories, Scattered amongst the grounds Families never to be the same again Lorna Parker Y6

Home Alone Traumatized people, Empty smashed windows looking up at a pile of rubble, Curtains flapping in the wind, Tables set for tea, Chairs nearly burnt to the ground, Hearts stolen by this disaster, Life lasting memories destroyed, Innocent victims holding on tight.

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Silk of sleep interrupted, Emotions crushed, Smell of smoke lingering in the air, Smoke billowing out from the rubble, Futures gone, Homes gone, Memories gone, Families ripped apart, NOTHING to live for anymore. By Lauren O’Flaherty Y6

The Kite He just let the kite go! Floating until the wind discovered Dived it and danced it Wind whipped and soaring above us The kite is alive He just let the kite go! Hovered Swooped Turned and twirled - it was mesmerizing He just let the kite go! Marvelled by the beauty Exhilaration on his face Tugging to be free Longing to go higher He just let the kite go! A new generation to the nation A hand of freedom and hope He just let the kite go!

From the horrors of war, Just to find them gone, Once a street, Once a home, now rubble, Fighting for survival, They will never recover.

The Beauty Of The Kite The kite was alive: Wind whipped Soaring above us It turned and twirled The kite was alive: Such an idyllic image Exhilaration It swooped and hovered The kite was alive Tugging to be free It dived and danced This was supreme! The kite was alive Longing to go higher He just let the kite go As if releasing a trapped bird

Once A Street Once a street, now All remains are memories, Torn apart like fabric. Head in hands, Screaming for help. Dazed and grief-stricken, Once a street, Once a home, now rubble. They will never recover, From the bloodbath of war.

The kite was alive Sending a magical handshake Sending peace to the world Going, Going Gone! By Baran Talajooy and Anya Patel

Once a street, now he’s Coming home, 24 


The Kite This was supreme Wind-Whipped Soaring, A strange crew, Marvelled at the beauty of it This was supreme Tugging to be free Longing to go higher Idyllic image A strange crew Marvelled at the beauty of it This was supreme Wild delight It was an old joy I had almost forgotten Like releasing a trapped bird. This was supreme A symbol of friendship The end of war Beginning of peace? A strange crew marvelled at the beauty of it This was supreme Passion to a dream Seeds of dream The kite was alive at the end of the string A strange crew Now friends Exchanging handshakes

Only Remains Beneath the mountain of rubble, Once stood a home, Broken beams, gnarled girders lay ominously, Furious fires having licked at them, The remains are only a heap of cinders and ashes. A grieving woman leaning, Gazing at the jaws of glass, Where once those crisp white curtains flapped, No drawing them tonight. Innocent children rest, Overshadowed by their bereft home, Downcast dreary faces gaze, Homeless; emotions having been withered away, Their family; the ones adored, Never to be seen again. Ayeesha Monks Year 6 (Age 10)

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Hawksworth Wood Primary School Ballet Fun! Don’t Just Sit There! 

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On Wednesday the 19th  January 2011, 3  members  from  Hawksworth  Wood  Pri‐ mary School were invited to give a pres‐ entation at West Park in front of teachers  on  a  training  course.  The  presentation  This  means  Magic  Breakfast  will  kindly  donate  Kellogg’s  cereals,  Quaker  por‐ was a day to ‘Share Good practice.’  ridge,  Tropicana  orange  juice,  Bagels  As  pupils,  myself  (Lauren)    Wahid,  and  from Bagel Nash, and a freezer!! The re‐ Martha  had  to  share  how  we  as  pupils  sult of this will see the price drop to only  contributed to the writing of our schools  £1....  This  includes  child  care  as  well  in  Behaviour  Policy,  our  Teaching  and  the  ICT  room.  Tram  in  Y6  said,  “Wow,  Learning  Policy  and  recently,  the  Race  breakfast  is  so  important...  I’ll  be  there,  Equality Community Cohesion Policy.   it’s  fantastic!”  Brighton  added,  “I  just  We  did  a  presentation  on  Powerpoint  want  to  try  a  bagel  –  they  eat  them  in  and  we  rehearsed  our  talk  –  with  NO  New York.”   prompt cards!  

Thought you were fit? You have to be to  Exclusive  wonderful    news  for  the  chil‐ do  the  ‘Ballet  Warm‐ups’  –  my  muscles  dren  at  HWPS.  We  have  just  entered  a  partnership  with  a  London  based  charity  were killing me afterwards!!!  On  Sunday,  13th  February,  we  will  be  called MAGIC BREAKFAST.  showing  our  skills  to  the  large,  excited  crowd:  warm‐up  dances,  our  own  cho‐ reographed routines, and finally, a group  dance with Cameron getting his foot wet  –  lucky  him!!  Who  would  have  thought  Hawksworth Wood would be this good?     Brendan O’Reilly 

We all know how important breakfast is ‐  Education  Leeds  said  that  is  what  made  no  child  should  start  the  school  day  too  our  presentation  stand  out  above  the  hungry to learn.  rest.  Breakfast  increases  children’s  ability  to  We  talked  about  how  the  class  council  concentrate in class and learn more.    discussed the Race Equality policy and all  There  is  a  free  taster  session  for  the  our responses were collated by our Head,  Don’t Just Sit There Project  Mrs  Padden.  The  policy  was  then  up‐ whole school to enjoy in February.   Exclusive!!!  Northern  Ballet  needed  a  dated  with  all  the  children’s  contribu‐ school  to  work  with  a  spectacular  event  tions in red.   they are organising. Our Y6 – yes, our Y6  The  result  of  this  saw  a  new  group  children  were  asked  to  step  in  to  keep  formed  –  The  Diversity  Forum.  We  then  the show alive! On Sunday February 13th  explained  how  we  as  a  group  have  cre‐ at 2pm, we will be doing a live presenta‐ ated a Diversity Room, elected members,  tion in front of 200 guests at John Charles  developed  a  buddy  system  to  support  Sports Centre. Wow! We are so proud to  EAL  pupils  and  identified  which  children  be  the  school  working  with  Northern  are from which countries in the form of a  Ballet,  Leeds  City  College  and  the  Leeds  flags display.  Diving Squad – on a ‘Don’t Just Sit There’  project!   We  have  choreographed  our  very  own  routines  in  support  of  the  2012  London  Olympics. We are performing to “Water,  Water,”  by  F.E  Smith  …  and  we  have  trained at the Northern Ballet studios. All  our  routines  have  been  videoed  and  Sophie  Alder  (Northern  Ballet)  has  been  left ‘speechless’ by the results.   Antonino Castello     


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We spoke for 15 minutes, then it was the  dreaded  Q  and  A.  We  are  lucky  that  the  teachers  in  our  school  develop  our  skills  to deal with things like this in a confident,  slick manner. 


Hawksworth Wood  Partnership  With  when  in  the  middle  of  January  we  were  also  asked  to  do  a  ‘master  class’  in  the  Northern Ballet.  Hawksworth  Wood’s  partnership  with  evening  during  the  grand  open  day  at  NBT  studios.  There  were  some  very  im‐ Northern  ballet  goes  from  strength  to  portant people from all over the country  strength. In addition to the ‘Don’t Just Sit  There’ project at the John Charles Centre,  who  visited  –  and  it  was  our  school  that  we  have  also  enjoyed  a  morning  at  the  they  got  to  see  enthusiastically  moving  studios having a workshop, a tour of the  and  dancing.  We  are  so  lucky  to  get  chances like this, what an experience for  new facilities and watching the rehearsal  of  ‘The  Nutcracker.’  This  is  what  we  us all to keep for ever!   thought…  

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What an experience, as we danced (more  like  tumbled)  our  way  through  a  tiring  workshop  at  Northern  Ballet.  First  we  warmed up by jogging, stretching, rolling  and  galloping.  We  started  at  an  eight  beat  and  gradually  sped  up  to  two  beats.  What  made  it  more  exciting  was  that we had the  privilege to visit before any other school.  Afterwards  we  did  a  simple  –  yet  inspir‐ ing  dance  in  teams,  then  put  all  the  pieces together like a jigsaw. 

Working in partnership with Kirkstall Abbey. Year 3 children at Hawksworth Wood primary school have been working in partnership with Kirkstall Abbey again this year and learned about the history of the abbey and the monks who lived there as well as discovering how herbs were used by those monks. The children planted pots and troughs with rosemary, thyme, lemon balm, mint and lavender. When the fine weather arrives these pots and troughs will be placed outside to form a sensory garden for visitors to the When Sophie  told  us  the  workshop  was  abbey to enjoy. over  we  all  sort  of  went  ‘ohhh.’  What  a  day so fantastic ‐ however it wasn’t over  yet!  

Just to  top  this  outstanding  day  off  we  got  to  see  some  of  the  best  ballet  danc‐ ers  in  the  whole  world!  We  entered  the  studio extremely quiet and sat down on a  long  wooden  bench,  behind  us  what  we  leaned on was a mirror, so that the ballet  dancers  could  see  the  shape  what  they  were  perform‐ ing.  It  was  a  rehearsal  for  the  Nut‐ cracker.  Some  of  the  moves  they  did  were  impossible  for  us  to  do!  The  feeling  was  indescribable  knowing  that  we  were  watching some of the best dancers in the  world!  What  a  great  experience!      They  elegantly  danced  and  pranced  until  we  had  to  go  back  to  school.  By  Cameron,  Kerry and Lilly.  Our  partnership  was  extended  further 

The Stephen  Lawrence  Education  Stan‐ dard Level 3 Award Presented To Hawk‐ sworth Wood.  Three  members  of  our  School  Diversity  Group  went  to  collect  the  Level  3  Stephen  Lawrence  award  in  an  all  day  extravaganza  at  Hillside  Primary  School.  As  a  school  we  are  very  proud  of  being  awarded  the  Level  3  standard  which  shows  how  we  deal  with  issues  of  race  through  all  lessons  of  our  curriculum.  During  the  day  we  observed  schools  do‐ ing projects such as songs and dance and  also  through  drama.  We  did  some  work  on  Stephen  Lawrence  in  groups  and  we  designed our own T shirts. We listened to 

some very  enthusiastic  speeches  which  inspired  us  further.  Then  after  the  won‐ derful lunch, it was time for the presenta‐ tions.  There  were  lots  of  level  1  and  2  awards.  We  felt  special  that  only  a  few  schools  got  Level  3.  We  felt  honoured  celebrating a great young man.     These  are  some  things  Hawksworth  Wood does:  We discuss racism as a group.  We  deal  with  it  straight  away  no  matter  what!  We  have  a  race  equality  forum  called  ‘The Diversity Forum’.  We treat everyone equally.  We take it racism seriously.  We pass on the message about racism.  We celebrate different cultures and race.  We consider the religions of all people so  we visit all places of worship.  We  have  worked  as  a  group  to  create  a  race equality policy.    By Year 6 Kerry, Brendan, Martha, Brigh‐ ton, Lauren.   



our place in the city Semi Finals. The team ethic and way in which children supported and cheered each other on was phenomenal. ‘It was really nerve racking but exciting and great fun. I’m really proud of how well we have done. It was brilliant having the rest of the team and the parents and teachers who were watching cheering everybody on.’ (Jacob Thorpe year 6 pupil)

Sporting Success at St Stephens 


port at Kirkstall St Stephens has gone from strength to strength in this academic year. A wide range of Sport to suit all tastes from Football to Dance, Basketball to Athletics have been offered to children throughout the school. Through these specific and avidly popular after school clubs, interest is at an optimum, resulting in not only sporting achievement but better health and fitness for the increasing number of children taking part. A recent success was the Year 4 and 5 Basketball tournament in which children made it through to the Final, a feat that saw Kirkstall St Stephens merit 4th place out of 63 schools that entered the competition in the Leeds area. This success paid tribute not only to the hard work of staff but also to the incredible support of the parents, who attended the tournament to give vocal encouragement, helped in the training sessions and offered transport to take children to and from the venue.

Dance, through popular culture has secured itself as a firm favourite amongst our after school clubs. Children in key Stage One have been busy getting their dancing shoes on. They are currently busy preparing a show for their parents, which we are sure will impress even the likes of Len Goodman and Craig Revel Horwood! As the snow, drizzle and dark afternoons gradually subside; we are looking forward to the start of many more clubs, including the ever popular Football, Tag Rugby and High Five Netball. We anticipate and fully expect the number of children taking part to continue to grow which, hopefully, will result in continued and renewed success in these fields... Watch this space. ■ Lisa Enkin

The atmosphere at the basketball finals was electric and served its purpose in spurring the team on to give a fantastic performance. ‘I thoroughly enjoyed cheering on my daughter and the rest of the team, as did all the other parents who were there. It was a great afternoon for everyone involved.’ (Mr Ruddock) An immensely popular after school club this year has been Athletics, with over 30 children in Key Stage Two signing up to take part. This club covers a wide range of skills and events including Sprinting, Javelin, Hurdles, Relay and Long Jump. There was something to appeal to all tastes, which explains such a high enrolment. Once again, parents turned out in force to support children through two rounds of fierce competition, securing 28 


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ou’ll remember from our last issue Matthew guy talked about the updates to the Kirkstall website,

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The Abbey Light Railway Kirkstall The Railway is open for visitors every Sunday and bank holidays. There is a quarter-mile 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.

Help & advice from your local Councillors is available on the first Saturday of the month at Kirkstall Leisure Centre from 10.30am (except August) and every Thursday at Hawksworth Wood Community Association at 6 Broadway from 12:30pm.

Cllr John Illingworth tel. 0113 267 3735 Cllr Lucinda Yeadon tel. 0113 217 7330 Cllr Bernard Atha tel. 0113 267 2485 



What’s On?

Your Guide To Events and Activities In The Valley KIRKSTALL LEISURE CENTRE Kirkstall Lane. Open 8:30am to 10:30pm. Bookings Tel. 214 4555 Special activities for children during school holidays KIRKSTALL ABBEY TENNIS CLUB Jason Sears on 07814 549170 e-mail 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) CARDIGAN CENTRE 145-149 Cardigan Road Resource Centre 9am to 8pm Mon-Fri. Tel. 275 9282 Youth Point; ‘Active for Life’ Healthy Living Project; Older Active People Scheme; Handy Person Scheme HAWKSWORTH CENTRE Broadway, Leeds LS5 3BQ T. 0113 258 4507 / 0845 0457275 HAWKSWORTH WOOD COMMUNITY SHOP 8 Broadway. Monday to Fridays 9 am to 3.30 pm. HAWKSWORTH WOOD YMCA Lea Farm Mount Tel. 216 2970. Free ‘Connexions’ Access Point - Mon day-Thursday 3pm - 4pm and Fridays 6-8pm. Lunch Club (age 50+) Fridays 11.30am 1.30pm Parent &Toddler group, Thursdays 9.30 11.30am. Park Lane College Courses, Tues - Thurs (Term time) Activity groups in Sports, Drama, Dance, Martial Arts etc. STEPSt Andrew's Church, Butcher Hill, Leeds, LS16 5BG, Tel 2757988, STEP supports people over 60 and runs the following groups: Monday - 1.00 - 3.00 - Come and join us for afternoon tea & cakes, bingo and raffle. Tuesday - 10.00 - 11.30 - Gentle Exercise Class Thursday - 10.00 - 11.30 - Coffee Morning/Toasted Teacake - 11.30 1.00 Raffle, Bingo & Brunch 30 

HOLLYBUSH CONSERVATION CENTRE Broad Lane. Tel. 274 2335 MILFORD SPORTS CLUB Tel 226 3030 POVERTY AID UK Collection Warehouse & Charity Shop, 165 Cardigan Road. Tel 274 4099/ 274 6349 VESPER GATE HOTEL Tel. 220 0961 Abbey Road. WEST END HOUSE Food & Ale Tel. 278 6332 Quiz Nights every Tues & Thursday at 9pm 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: CATHOLIC CHURCH OF THE ASSUMPTION OF OUR LADY Spen Lane. For information contact: 2752533 WEST PARK UNITED REFORMED CHURCH Spen Lane, Sunday Service 10.30am Contact : Church Secretary 225 9637 LEEDS HUMANISTS Meet monthly at the Swarthmore Centre. Contact Bob Tee, 14 Foxholes Crescent, Calverley, LS28 5NT - Tel 0113 257 7009 AVIATOR ALLSTAR CHEELEADERS Contact or call Tim on 07800 859 916

ABBEY HOUSE MUSEUM Opening times: Monday closed all day. Tues to Friday 10am - 5pm, Saturday 12noon—5pm, Sunday 10am - 5pm Admission charges: Adults £3.80, Children £1.70 (16 and under). Concessions £2.80 (senior citizens and students). Family ticket £6.50 (2 adults and up to 3 children) The Gate House: Licensed restaurant / café (accessible without museum entry).

Every Weekend

Saturday Shoppers Each Saturday afternoon from 2-4pm, we have different fun activities for families, from trails to craft activities. Arty Smarties Craft Activities for children every Sunday afternoon 2-4pm

March Highlights For Adults

Wednesday Club, 2 March 2011, 10,30am – 12 noon Leeds Suffragettes with Dr Drummond from Leeds Trinity University College. Booking essential. Victorian Working Women, 16 March 2011, 2-3pm Talk by Dr Karen Sayer from Leeds Trinity University College. Booking essential. Women in Ancient Egypt18th March 23pm Talk by Curator of Archaeology Katherine Baxter. Booking essential. Two o clock teasers 18 March 2011, 2 pm Join us for a fun two o clock quiz of teasers with the chance to win afternoon tea for two in our café!

April Highlights For Families

Royal Family Fun 5 & 15 & 25 April 2011, 10 am – 12 noon & 2 – 4pm. Craft Activities celebrating the royal wedding this month. Normal admission. No booking necessary Food Explorers 6 &13 April 2011, 10 – 12 noon & 2 – 4pm Food themed crafts & activities inspired by our exhibition Taste. Normal admission. No booking necessary Murder at the Museum 7 & 14 April 2011, 10am – 12 noon & 2 – 4pm There has been a murder at Abbey House


Museum! Follow the trail of clues and test your detective skills. Normal admission. No booking necessary Easter Family Fun, 8, 12 & 22 April 2011, 10am – 12 noon & 2 – 4pm. Easter themed craft activities & a chance to meet the Easter Bunny. Normal admission. No booking necessary.

For the under 5s and their carers. Fun with paints and art materials in our messy room, and the best bit, we clear up afterwards! Please wear messy clothing. Normal admission. No booking necessary

May Highlights For everyone!

National Ceramics Week; Ceramics through the Ages, 3 May 2011, 10,30am – 11.30am A talk by Kat Baxter, Curator of Archaeology. Normal admission. Booking essential. A History of Leeds Railways 4 May 2011, 10,30am – 11.30am A talk by Dr Drummond from Leeds Trinity University College. Normal admission. Booking essential. Messy Monkeys 27 May, 10.15am – 12 noon & 2 pm - 4pm For the under 5s and their carers. Fun with paints and art materials in our messy room, and the best bit, we clear up afterwards! Please wear messy clothing. Normal admission. No booking necessary Kids Clay Day. 30th May 2011, 10am – 12 noon & 2 – 4pm. Create a clay masterpiece in our Education Room. Normal admission. No booking necessary. Potty Family Fun 31 May 2011, 10am – 12 noon & 2 – 4pm. Pottery themed craft activities for Ceramic and Crafts Month. Normal admission. No booking necessary

June Highlights For under 5’s

Mini Gardeners – make a flower garden 7 June 2011, 10– 12 noon & 2 – 4pm. Today we plant flower seeds to take home and make flower crafts. Normal admission. No booking necessary Mini Gardeners – decorate a watering can 8 June 2011, 10 – 12 noon & 2 – 4pm. Today we decorate a watering can (provided) and do fun garden crafts. Normal admission. No booking necessary Mini Gardeners – make a vegetable garden 9 June 2011, 10– 12 noon & 2 – 4pm. Today we plant vegetable seeds to take home and make vegetable crafts. Normal admission. No booking Mini Gardeners – Recycle Fun 10 June 2011, 10 – 12 noon & 2 – 4pm. Today we have fun with recycled crafts. Normal admission. No booking Messy Monkeys 24 June 2011, 10.15am – 12 noon & 2pm -4pm 

& 17 April, 10am- 12noon & 2-4pm Hunt around the abbey for all of the materials to make an Easter hat. Roots and Shoots Family Fun Afternoon 5 June 2011, 2 – 4pm. Nature based activities for all ages, to celebrate World Environment Day. Free. No booking required.


ABBEY - GUIDED TOURS For under 5’s Contact Abbey House Museum for details. Muddy Monkeys 14, 21 and 28 June 2011, Tel. 0113 230 5492 10am – 11.30am. Calling all under 5s and their carers! Join ABBEY - VISITORS’ CENTRE us at Kirkstall Abbey for messy creative Admission free. Open 11am - 3pm Tues- fun with natural and art materials. Please Sun Closed Mondays except Bank Holiday wear suitable messy clothing as sometimes Mondays Tel. 0113 2305492 we paint and sometimes we get muddy and if the weather is nice, we go outside in the ruins! Meet in the Abbey Visitor Centre. Free.

Highlights For adults

Free Guided Tours of Kirkstall Abbey 2011, 2.30pm – 3.30pm weather permitting. Join one of our guides to find out about the history of the Abbey, the life of the monks, and what happened in each of the abbey buildings, such as the church, the refectory and the infirmary. This tour is designed for a general audience. Sensible footwear recommended. Free Tour Dates 2011 28 April, 26 May, 30 June

Abbey House Museum and Kirkstall Abbey, Abbey Walk, Kirkstall, Leeds, LS5 3EH Tel: (0113) 2305492 Email:

Highlights For Families

Heroes and Villains, Make a Henry VIII Mask, 7 April, 2-4 pm Join us in the visitor centre where we will be making masks of the man who shut down the abbey! Hunt for your Hat! 8 & 9 April, 10am12noon & 2-4pm Hunt around the abbey for all of the materials to make an Easter hat. Heroes and Villains, Make an Easter Bunny puppet, 14 April, 2-4 pm Join us in the Visitor Centre to make a cute bunny puppet Hunt for your Hat! 16 KIRKSTALL MATTERS  


Football In Focus

saders. Now, I am a Kirkstall man through and through. Born and bred on the Bramley side of the river and I was delighted that this little gem of a football club accepted my lad. It was a friend of a friend that suggested the club to us. Up to that point I had never been aware that they existed! Junior football clubs are quite often overlooked unless you know someone who plays for them. Who would know that the Crusaders have been going since 1997. The club was formed when our club Chairman, Paul Thorogood and some enthusiastic local parents got a few lads together to play in tournament at the Kirkstall festival. It quickly became apparent that there was a demand for a junior football club in the area and in September of that same year the 15 lads played their first competitive game in the Garforth league and came top of their division at the end of the season. Over the years the club has won several cup competitions and come top of many leagues and getting the better of some very tough opponents on the way.

Chris Burdon on his passion for the  beautiful game and how he got in‐ volved with Kirkstall Crusaders JFC.  


eter Lorimer. He was my hero as a child. Watching football on TV on a Sunday lunchtime I would cross my fingers that the highlights of the previous days game would be shown so that I could watch my Leeds United hero and the rest of his hero team mates. My love of the beautiful game was born right there. I didn’t get to go to Elland Road to see them play but my passion was not tempered as a result. It was set in stone as I tried to recreate the action I saw on the screen against the wall of my front garden. Shot after shot, cross after cross. Honing my technique. Pity my P.E. teacher at Sandford didn’t see me. I am sure he would have chosen me for the school team (damn you Mr Sudsworth!).

“Getting kids away from their games consoles and running around in the fresh air is brilliant!”

The kids on my street would try to get 11 lads together so we could get a full game going (and we managed to do it! Twice!). I did, eventually, become a regular at Elland Road and was pleased when my first son was born as I knew that we could enjoy doing what I never got to do at his age. He went to his first match aged 6. Leeds drew with spurs 3-3. And so the journey truly began for us both and he became the one kicking the ball against the front gate. He always had a ball at his feet and showed a certain amount of flair so we agreed that we would look to find him a club in the local area so that he could get some coaching and be part of a team. After a couple of trips to junior football clubs in the locality we found Kirkstall Cru-


Bringing a football team into fruition in a rugby stronghold like Kirkstall was never going to be easy. Paul’s determination and hard work in the early days of the club created the foundation on which the club is built today. He saw it as a crusade on behalf of football in Kirkstall. He and his players were crusaders and so the name of the club was created. At the time when my lad joined the club were trying to get a new age group off the ground and he was one of around 10 kids at that time. With the backing of the players parents the coach, Phil Pogson, managed to swell the numbers and soon found himself with two very good 7-a-side teams. Three age groups became four, four became five and the club continued to grow to the point where we now have teams ranging from soccer tots to open age. With over 100 players and a coaching team of 15 the club has a firm footing in the Kirkstall community. I got involved with the club after being a touchline parent for a season.. Trying to keep calm when junior football is so exciting is a very difficult thing to do so I decided to get more involved. I loved it from day one. Getting kids away from their games consoles and running around in the fresh air is brilliant! Their enthusiasm is very contagious but trying to keep up with 20


energetic teenagers can prove quite a challenge (my body is 40something but my mind is very much younger). The diversity of the community is reflected in the diversity of the teams. Kids from different backgrounds rub shoulders with each other safe in the knowledge that when they pull on their kit on a Sunday morning they are equal and share the same goals. Striving to be the best and to do their best. When the whistle blows they are unified. They may not be playing on the carpet smooth pitches of the premiership or being paid thousands of pounds for pulling on the shirts but the passion and drive to succeed is no different from the Lampards and Gerrards of this world. Locking horns with teams that come with the same attitude. It’s great to see the kids give a team mate a pat on the back that says “never mind” or a high five for a great cross, the yelp of delight as the goal scorer runs away from goal, one hand punching the sky to let everyone know that they are the ones that should be jumped upon and congratulated! Unified. The Crusaders are not and have never been an elitist club. Players are welcome regardless of ability. The only barrier between a long standing relationship with the club and a quick exit is attitude. Simple as that. If you come to play and enjoy playing football, to share the team spirit and show goodwill to everyone involved in the club then your time at the club will be a good time. That goes for anyone thinking of coaching too. We are a friendly club and the more you put in the more you will get back. As with many clubs it has been a tradition at Kirkstall Crusaders that the players get to go on tour at some point (usually as they reach the under 13’s age group). In the past our club has played academy teams from Dynamo Kiev, Bayer Leverkusen and Lyon. A tour can be a very enlightening experience for both player and coach! Both Phil and I managed to get our under 13 teams playing overseas teams during summer of 2010 with Phil’s lads enjoying a great tournament in the Republic of Ireland and my boys enjoying a couple of friendly games against teams in Lille, France. The tours were a roaring success where the bond between the players strengthened even further than expectation as did the bond between the parents that came on tour with us. The memories created will stay with the players forever and the whole experience of being on tour with 20 good friends can only be a good experience. I know that when both teams returned from their respective tours they were different lads. Wiser, stronger and aware that playing a football match after only two hours of sleep is never going to be a great idea! When the coaches wake up early on a Saturday and Sunday morning we do it with a smile on our face and a skip in our step.. The boys and girls do the same because they 



love football as much as we do. But what about the players parents? I am sure that they must dread the weekend sometimes but they do a good job of hiding it. Where would we be without them? As a players parent myself I know the trouble an enthusiastic player and a muddy football field can cause. Getting the kids to training and to games, home and away, fully kitted out, takes time and can cut into a weekend yet they do it without question and are happy to cheer the boys and girls on in all weathers. My fellow coaches and I agree that the support that we get from mums and dads is second to none. They are a part of the club that we could not survive without.

money in the bank to ensure that the work that we do with the kids carries on into the next season, the next decade and into the foreseeable future. HEROES. Our very kind benefactors should be named so here they are STAR FABRIC CARE, PRIESTLY ROOFING, RAINBOW WINDOWS, HABITO LIVING, ESTATA PROPERTY MANAGEMENT LTD, POGSON CONTRACTS, HAPPY DAYS SNAGGING AGENTS, FOURWAYS COACHES, RDF BUILDING SERVICES, SR SIGNS, DMC JOINERY and our most famous supporter CORINNE BAILEY RAE (if there are any contributors who I haven’t mentioned I apologise). All these people put their hands in their pockets and helped us to buy equipment and kits and give the kids a chance to be part of something amazing. Creating memories, friendships and being part of a team.. We are always looking to swell the funds and keep our club financially sound so if you feel like being part of our team and joining the list of local heroes please make a donation. To do this just email me at and I will send you details on how to make your donation. Your generosity will always be very much appreciated by all of us at the Kirkstall Crusaders JFC.

“The memories created will stay with the players forever” All voluntary organisations rely on the generosity of people and companies to keep going.. The players do bring subs each week but with the overheads that are generated through the cost of lettings for football pitches for match days and training, referee’s fees, football kits and equipment there will always be some shortfall. This is where the true local heroes step up to the mark and show the generosity that is needed to keep organisations like ours going. While the tours are paid for by fund raising it is the local businesses that donate money to sponsor football kits for the teams and are quite often generous enough to just put


■ Chris Burdon Manager of Kirkstall Crusaders U14s Blues Search for “Kirkstall Crusaders” on Facebook!




Kirkstall Harriers Review Jill Stocks keeps us up to date with the Harriers latest 


Diane Shaw and Kevin Blackhirst travelled to Berlin where they both achieved pb's of 4:16 and 3:25 in the marathon there. Diane also took part in the Kilomathon Scotland (26.2 kms) in Edinburgh where she was given an elite number having made a mistake on the entry form when filling in her expected time! Manghanita Kempadoo took part in the 25th Budapest Half Marathon, also in September, and completed it in 2:15.

nce again I am pleased to report that our membership has topped 100 for the start of 2011. So plenty of members doing interesting things all around Yorkshire and the world! Kirkstall Abbey 7 Our annual race, a 7 mile multi-terrain course now known as the Kirkstall Abbey 7, took place in September and I am pleased to report that despite the gloomy and wet conditions we had over 150 finishers. Many thanks to my fellow race organiser Matt Sykes-Hooban without whose help and support I would not have coped. A huge thanks to all of the club members, their friends and family, wives and husbands, who helped in many ways and to local residents Keith Huggins, Steve Gradys, Roger Moran and Virgil who all came to help and ensure the race was a success. Cakes, made and donated by club members, and sandwiches, kindly donated by Pam and Mario at the LPSA club, also helped us to raise £120 for Wheatfields Hospice. The feedback from runners was very positive and we hope to announce a date for the 2011 race very soon. In terms of winners Tim Midgley of Bingley Harriers was first over the line in 36:47, and first lady home was Karen Best in 44.11. Both team prizes went to Pudsey Pacers.

Rob Goulsbra had an excellent year in 2010 with a half marathon pb, by 6 minutes, at Macclesfield of 1:26. Not content with that he then took part in the Peterborough half-marathon and knocked another two minutes off with a time of 1:24 and then headed to Venice where he completed the marathon there in 3:11, knocking twenty minutes off his pb! Helen Fearns achieved a 15 minute pb at the Great North Run with a time of 2:09:55. Richard Hancock completed his first half marathon at Bradford in a time of 2:10. Helen Thompson also completed her first half, this time at Bridlington, in a time of 1:59:39, just ahead of Chris Hunt who got a pb there of 1:59:45. Chris also got a ten mile pb at the very popular Guy Fawkes ten to and from Ripley Castle in November with a time of 1:34.

Leeds Country Way We had two teams in this event this year with only 1 minute and 44 seconds between them despite some of the team suffering hangovers from Matt Sykes-Hoobans wedding the previous day! The open team finished a respectable 29th out of 37 teams with the ladies team just behind but 4th ladies team. We had also entered two teams for the Calderdale Way Relay in December but the event was postponed due to the adverse weather conditions.

Bal Sandhu ran her first marathon in the beautiful (but hilly!) surroundings of Kielder in a time of 4:56. Also at Kielder was Matt Sykes-Hooban who completed in a time of 4:32. Excellent times for an unexpectedly brutal course! Liam Mealey was at the five lap Town Moor Marathon in Newcastle and achieved a pb with a time of 3:35. Phil Hewitt took part in the scenic Cardington Cracker fell race in Shropshire at the beginning of December as a qualifier for the Yorkshire Three Peaks in 2011, finishing in a great time of 1:39.

Local and not so local races Helen Goldthorpe, no stranger to a challenge at home or abroad, took part in the beautifully scenic Yorkshireman Off-road marathon in September. And then went on to complete the JW Ultra, a 30 mile course, two weeks later! She then came first lady in the “Millar Popular Urbana San Rafael”, a one mile race in Gran Canaria. And having a bit of spare time also completed the 45km Ultratrail Challenge Gran Canaria in a superb time of 7:26 and as 11th lady having navigated her way, with instructions in Spanish, along rocky paths and some steep ascents and descents from the top of a mountain to sea level with only a slight detour. Quite a lady! 36 

Several Harriers took part in the Paras 10, a gruelling off road 10 mile course in Caterick, organised by the Paras, and helped raise money for Help for Heroes. We also had a good turn out at Horsfoth 10k, with several pb's there, and the Woodland Challenge in Huddersfield in October. Too many pb's to mention at the Abbey Dash in November but well done to Jill Sigournay and Helen Blake who completed their first 10k. We also had a cheering point for the dash and thanks to all who helped me cheer on the runners on a chilly November morning. And a special mention to Rhian Millar who came first in


forth Harriers, followed by a buffet in the Postal Club, and a couple of beverages. Later that week we took over half of the West End for the annual Christmas meal and even managed to win something in the quiz. There was also a good turn out for the Christmas Fuddle at the Postal Club (notice how there are always plenty of people present when food is involved). Despite the weather and icy conditions training has carried on albeit not in the usual way at times! Our chairman Peter Hey has braved the conditions to keep everything as normal as possible so thanks must go to him.

the High Heelathon 1 mile race in Leeds City Centre raising money for Yorskhire Cancer Research. And was rewarded with a £90 dress. Peco Cross Country The league got off to a cold but well attended start at Pontefract racecourse on the first Sunday in November. Despite a strong team and some great running the men's team finished fifth but this may be due to the complicated scoring system which I am at a loss to explain! The ladies had a weakened side, including myself in my first race back after a toe operation, also managed to finish fifth. The second race a week before Christmas took place at Middleton Woods where the conditions were positively arctic! None the less the turnout was relatively good and there were good performances from all, including Gemma Smith who was first lady, and Peter Branney, 4th chap. At the time of writing the ladies team are 4th from seven and the chaps joint fifth with Hyde Park Harriers, which is unfortunately still in the relegation zone. Not entirely unusual for a Leeds team though surely?

London Marathon 2011 The club received three places for the London Marathon 2011 through their club places process. These highly sought after places have been awarded to Matt SykesHooban, Eleanor Franks and Adam Moger. I will once again be going down to the capital to help at the start line and cheer on all the runners.

Yorkshire Vets The final race of the season took place at Spenborough in mid November and once again the clubs elderly have managed some very respectable placings. The ladies team were 11th out of 22 teams as were the chaps. Individually also there were once again some excellent performances from our vets.

In Other News Congratulations to Helen Thorpe who is now Helen Marshall after marrying Rob in September. Good Luck to Gareth Hagger-Johnson who is off to London with a new job. And also to Liam Mealey who also has a new job and has moved to Worcester. Though we expect to see him pretty frequently returning to Yorkshire for races. Many thanks to Liam who stepped in as men's captain last year following Martins injury.

Club Championship The second year of the Club Championship was won by Rachel Pilling who put in some fantastic performances in 2010. In second place our newsletter editor Eleanor Franks and in third place Phil Hewitt. Congratulations to them all! Christmas Events December was very busy as usual! There was the annual Christmas Lights run in to town in festive dress with our friends from Hors 

2011 is once again going to be a busy and eventful year. In the next few months we are looking forward to trips to London for the marathon, our annual awards presentation evening and the Northern and National Cross Country Championships as well as all the other activities our members get themselves involved in. Here's to a happy and Healthy 2011! ■ Jill Stocks KIRKSTALL MATTERS  


In The Garden

For the keener gardener If you are not very good at remembering to feed your plants, put some slow release fertiliser into the soil when planting. Don't be in a hurry to buy bedding plants, (those flowering plants you see in packs of 6 or so in the shop) many are lost by planting out too soon and become victims of late frosts. Leave it til May at least! Keep Greenhouses and cold frames well ventilated.

Want to make a simple start to growing something? Vanessa Strachan and Graham Wheatley from Paxton Horticultural Society show you how.


ave a go at year. .. On y o u r doorstep or back yard.. . Think about starting at the end of April or early May.

growing something simple this

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Bardon Grange Project Gets Students Gardening A project coordinated by Leeds University Union’s Volunteering & Community office is The Bardon Grange Project. It helps students, staff, and other members of the local community grow organic food, and gives people access to some communal growing space. Their main site is an old walled garden in North West Leeds that is owned by Leeds University, where people can come along to learn, practice and enjoy growing good food with other people from the local community.

Paxton Horticultural Society BBC gardening  personality  coming to  Kirkstall  As part of our 125th Anniversary celebrations we are delighted to present An Evening with Bob Flowerdew on Friday, 25th March. at Paxton Hall, 186 Kirkstall Lane, Leeds LS5 2AB at 7.30pm. Admission by ticket only, which are available at £2 each from Graham Wheatley - please contact on 0113 2563055 or email at Saturday, 2nd April Spring Show at Paxton Hall - schedules available from Graham Wheatley, 0113 2563055. Show open to public 2pm to 4.30pm, admission free. Saturday, 21 May Plant Market at Paxton Hall, 10.30am to 1pm - admission free.

They have weekly gardening sessions and monthly work days at the site, and also a programme of workshops and events to help people learn more about sustainable food production, gain new skills, and enjoy the good life! Have a look at our website to find out what’s on. volunteeringandcommunity/bardongrange/

Spare to share?  Any seeds to swap? Too many tomatoes germinated ‐spare to  share? Want rid of that greenhouse or shed? Are you looking  for plant pots?  If you have the internet . . .  • Put the Kirkstall Online web site on your desktop.  • click on the discussion forum at the top   • click on the red “Click here. ..”   • register to be a forum user.   • post things under “Kirkstall Loves Gardening”     Post your idea/swap/need and wait for e  mails  to  drop  in!  Get  chatting  to  other  local  gardeners,  who  are  always  happy  to share advice. Or you could pop down  to  Paxton  Horticultural  Society,  Kirkstall  Hill    on  a  Saturday  night.    You'll  always  find something going on there. 

Come and join us on a Saturday evening, when a friendly group of about 15—20 of us have a light hearted, but helpful and interesting discussion about gardening topics. Friday Forum – A mixture of guest speakers, garden visits and general horticultural discussion. Meet on the 1st and 3rd Fridays of each month from 1.30 to 3pm. Saturday Evening Discussion Group – Every Saturday (except show days) from 8 to 10pm. Flower Arrangers – Two classes on the first Thursday of each month, 1.30 to 3pm and 7.30 to 9pm. Friends of Paxton – This group meet on the first Monday of each month 10am to 12 noon for general garden maintenance. For further details of the above meetings please contact Graham Wheatley on 0113 2563055 or visit our website: PAXTON HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY is based at 186, Kirkstall Lane, Leeds, LS5 2AB.



Green Issues The latest on Church Lane allotments

Kirkstall Welcomes African Visitors

s mentioned in the previous Kirkstall Matters, a group of local residents have taken the initiative to get the overgrown site of Church Lane Allotments (off Queenswood Drive) which closed in 2007 after problems with vandalism that led to its slow neglect, back into a working allotment site.

Look up!


To see our first Summer visitors from Africa the sand martins! Maybe if you are walking by the River or canal in march. Sand martins are the smallest European hirundines (martins and swallows), with dark brown upper parts and dark under wings contrasting with otherwise pale under parts divided by a distinctive dark chest bar. Agile fliers, feeding mainly over water, they will perch on overhead wires or branches. They are gregarious in the breeding season and winter. Over the past 50 years the European population has crashed on two occasions as a result of drought in the birds' African wintering grounds.

Keen volunteers have been working since last September, clearing back the brambles, sapling trees and weeds. Some have begun working on the plots they occupied before it closed. They have begun to form beds, plant fruit bushes and prepare the way to start growing when spring comes around. Others have fledgling plans to raise chickens and goats, keep bees and plant mini-orchards.

Our herons probably headed for the coast this winter! Look out for them returning—flying with its feet trailing and slow wing beats. It’ll be looking for those frogs!

There is still a lot of work to be done and hurdles to overcome. The site is still not secure and the committee has been liaising with the council about erecting a fence and a new gate. The water supply has also been vandalised and needs to be restored back to working order.

Squatters To Invade Any Day

Currently, around a third of the plots remain unoccupied and the association would welcome new plot holders. Please contact the secretary, James Shaw, on or 07880 980827.

Look down! For the unmistakable clusters of jelly-covered eggs that make up frogspawn. If you approach the pond or puddle there is frantic activity as the frogs dive down out of sight.

TOP TIP1 Turn your vegetable peelings and tea bags into compost! Leeds City council sell huge outdoor composting bins for £14 plus £5 delivery, which is cheaper than anywhere else we believe. Just put stuff in there and wait . . . 40 

One female frog may lay a thousand eggs or more- the spawn is much smaller when first laid, but the clear jelly coating enclosing each egg swells rapidly on contact with the water.


Pickers wanted!

Edible Public Space

ast year, fruit targeted in this way in the LS6, 7 and 8 areas, provided more than could be picked and processed. One event that took place was a cherry pick and then a jam making session the next day, in early July. Another was when apples were picked and made into apple juice, sold locally in Leeds.

new project has recently begun in Leeds to make good use of neglected bits of public space - those little patches of ground that exist everywhere in cities and suburbs - with the aim of getting local residents together to grow fruit and veg and to share time outdoors with their next door neighbours.



If you want to get involved visit the web site or tell us about a tree that goes unharvested by using our Report and Tree form. Give us a hand or two. If you have any skills that you want to share, let us know and we will welcome you with open arms! This year, we're looking for people to join our organising group and people who would be interested in establishing picks in other parts of the city, with our help and guidance. Anyone interested can contact us through the website, Facebook or pete on 07818 454569

Volunteers on the project have already started to look and plan for growing sites in Chapeltown and Hyde Park, but are looking for new sites and keen volunteers with a passion for growing, who would like to roll up their sleeves and transform these neglected areas in their neighbourhoods. If you would like to be involved please contact or go to the website at ■ Vanessa Strachan

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Rodley Nature Reserve Val Crompton visits the neighbours 


hides. To prevent disturbance to wildlife, dogs are not allowed on the reserve (except guide dogs). The reserve is open Wednesdays, Saturdays & Sundays 10am-4pm, details tel. 0113 2040441.

attended a recent meeting when Peter and Barbara Murphy gave an interesting update on Rodley Nature Reserve. Peter showed slides of Barbara’s excellent photographs. He told us about the improvements over the years since the reserve was created, on the site of the former sewage works, over ten years ago. I remember then, helping plant sticks of willow along the Willow Walk.

Peter and Barbara are giving another Rodley Nature Reserve Talk on Wednesday, 23rd March at Forum 2000, 10am-12 noon at the Grove Centre, Horsforth LS18 4RJ.

The reserve was created on the floodplain in the Kirkstall Valley, a 'flyway' for wildfowl and waders on migration. These wetland habitats complement the nearby River Aire and the Leeds & Liverpool Canal Site of Special Scientific Interest.

Come along and find out how kingfishers, herons and other wildlife have been affected by the hard winter.


Now warblers, chiffchaffs and whitethroats breed in the willow coppice. New dragonfly pools have been created and oystercatchers, lapwings and common terns have bred on the islands in the lagoon. Sedge warblers and reed warblers breed in the reedbed in Spring. Kingfishers can be seen throughout the year. The Rodley wetlands are surrounded by scrub, woodland and grassland. The entrance to the reserve is across the canal swing bridge. There is car parking, a visitor centre and seven observation 


■ Val Crompton Rodley Nature Reserve LS13 1HP Bus Service: 670 from Leeds to Bradford, & 760 from Leeds to Keighley, stop on Rodley Town Street

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Phoenix St Mary's Scout Group news


cent views of Wensleydale. However, as almost all of the whole day was spent in mist and fog, the Scouts had to imagine the view. On Sunday, we caught the train into Leyburn and the Scouts played an ‘Urban Wide game’ – a sort of treasure hunt which also involved the use of mobile phones. Somehow, there was a winner! At the end of the month, the Troop went for a ‘walk in a spooky wood’ – unfortunately, our ‘spooky surprise’ did not quite work due to the racket the Scouts made as they walked through it!

he Beavers and Cub Scout sections started meeting again in September and it is great to see some new faces! Vacancies still exist in both sections – more details on the Group are given above. The Cub Scouts had a hike over Ilkley Moor from Saltaire to Ilkley – they were fortunate with the weather which stayed dry for them. Despite the distance, everybody had a great day out! The Beavers have been holding their normal meetings of fun and games, but helped with the Cubs to make the Guy for the Group Bonfire party held at Wike; and both the Beavers and the Cubs had their annual Christmas party at St Mary’s!

In November, some of the Troop camped out after the Bonfire Night party (to clear up) and in December, the Troop had it’s annual Christmas weekend at Blakedean. On the Saturday, we had a great day out walking from Todmorden to Stoodley Pike – the clear weather (this time!) meant that we did have great views from the tops, and some snow and ice remained to add a bit of extra fun to the day. The Troop had a very leisurely day on the Sunday – just as well, as the breakfast sausages refused to cook! By way of a change, the Troop went to the Pantomime, which we enjoyed immensely – something I am sure we will do again!

The Scouts have been active throughout the autumn – in early September, the Troop spent a weekend on the Jubilee Venture, a Narrow Boat operating on the Calder / Hebble Navigation. Scouts had the opportunity throughout the weekend to steer the boat, as well as to operate the many locks on the journey.

In October, the Troop had a weekend at Redmire in Wensleydale, staying in the old railway station. On the Saturday, the Troop climbed Penhill – a hill with magnifi 44 


2011 promises to be another great year for the Troop; our main camp of the year will be in the Lake District, with a range of activities included from walking in the mountains to visiting a zoo; Several weekend camps are planned which will include activities such as a visit to a high ropes course and a cookery themed camp; climbing; hostel weekends; an all night hike; caving; biking; another weekend on a narrow boat . . . . . and much more besides! And in June, the Group camp will take place when the Beavers and the Cubs will join with the Scouts and all the Leaders for a fun filled weekend!

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 Mondays at 6.00 pm. 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.

■ Richard Frank

Details from Richard on (0113) 2673325: email

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 - 10½ year olds) and Scouts (for 10½ - 14+ year olds). The Scout District provides an Explorer Scout Unit for young people over 14½ . Each section is led by trained Leaders who have been CRB checked, and hold a current First Aid qualification.

The Scout Group now has it’s own website, full of information about the sections and their activities! We currently have vacancies in all sections, particularly in the Beaver and Cub sections, and welcome all enquiries! Visit us at http://

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FRINGE:Leeds A brave and bold festival to add a new landmark to  the Leeds cultural landscape. To bring both new audi‐ ence and performers to Leeds, and also shine a spot‐ light on the talent that lies in the city’s different com‐ munities uniting Leeds. To fly the flag for arts and  celebrate the city.  FRINGE:Leeds  is  an  organisation  spearheading  the  launch  of  a  significant, unique and inclusive Arts Festival in Leeds. It is their  dream that this festival will highlight arts innovation in all their  forms:  music,  arts,  comedy,  dance,  classic  and  contemporary  performance  whilst  at  the  same  time  facilitate  and  celebrate  civic and community pride in the city. With your help they can  make this dream a reality.    The  mission  as  they  have  chosen  to  accept  is  to  curate  an  all  inclusive Arts Festival situated in Leeds City Centre, in 2012. As  a valued member of the community they would like to not only  gain  your  general  support  for  this  project  but  would  welcome  your  advice,  opinion  or  involvement  at  any  level  with  open  arms.    Please remember that this festival is not just for the artists, it is  for  Leeds  and  her  community;  times  are  hard  at  the  moment  and we could all use something to celebrate, so why not cele‐ brate our talent?    In  the  short  time  since  the  idea  was  conceived  they  have  re‐ ceived across the board support from major arts and civic insti‐ tutions,  organizations  and  individuals,  which  has  fed  into  the  very real debate over how Leeds wishes to see itself in future. It  is  a  debate  which  they  intend  to  influence  through  creativity,  collaboration, and quality.    Their vision  • Theatre and non‐theatre spaces platforming new work: this  will  include  slots  for  local,  national  and  international  per‐ formers/companies.  • Community work: they want to ensure that our spectacular  community  work  is  major  part  of  the  festival.  The  active  inclusion of local communities, including; Beeston; Hunslet;  Belle  Isle;  Hare  Hills;  Little  London;  Middleton,  and  all  the  diverse  communities  of  Leeds,  especially  through  specially  targeted events and competitions.  • Graduate  retention  scheme:  a  scheme  offering  mentoring  and professional development prizes to graduates.  • A  panel  of  young  folk:  a  young  people’s  committee  (under  18’s) to take ownership over some festival events.  • Street  performance  and  events  in  public  places  during  the  festival.  • Collaboration: music events and venues, artists, community  groups ‐  plus the combination of professionals and amateur  working together. 

• A pop up shop and information bureau for visitors and tour‐ ists to Leeds with maps and full details of Festival events.  • A new work project starting now as a lead up to the festival  to nurture and develop  • New and original work and as a feed in program for the main  festival.    On a serious note, they believe that Leeds is an artistic melting  pot of provocative and bold work, however, too often this work  is  isolated  to  small  pockets  of  Leeds  and  as  a  result  the  Arts  scene in Leeds is sporadic and disconnected. This must change  if Leeds (and her artists) are to survive.    They will be holding open meetings in various areas of the city  with  the  intention  of  involving  the  wider community to be  ac‐ tively part of something magical. They feel it important to dis‐ tinguish themselves from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and not  try  to  replicate  it.  Their  goals  are  similar  to  the  original  Edin‐ burgh Fringe before it became commercialised.     Do  you  want  to  be  part  of  this  journey?  If  so  then  they  insist  you contact them at:  Facebook/Twitter‐ FRINGELeeds  ■ Stephanie Upsall and FRINGE:Leeds.    KIRKSTALL MATTERS  


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WEST YORKSHIRE THEATRE NETWORK “Joining the Dots and Filling The Gaps” Connecting Creatives WYTN nurture the equal process of giving and taking by introducing a programme of innovative, relaxed, positive yet informative events, works h o p s a nd s h ow c a s e ni g h ts. They want to bring together all the people that make performance/skills sharing happen – right through from the beginning to the end of the process.


EST YORKSHIRE THEATRE NETWORK have been running now for a year. Originally founded by Lucy Meredith and Stephanie Upsall has recently grown to a team of ten. There are some excellent artist in West Yorkshire but everyone seems to stay in their own small pockets, performing to the same group of people. So what WYTN have decided to do is “Join the dots and fill the gaps”. West Yorkshire Theatre Network is dedicated to connecting artists in Leeds and the surrounding areas who all have that one common bond: Theatre. Networking is what the theatre industry is built on. You know the phrase, “It’s not what you know, but who you know”. However, our research proves that a high percentage of artists feel networking has negative connotations using such words as “daunting, false, pretentious, awkward and isolating”. This mindset can create barriers which we do not need: it prevents the theatre community from reaching its full potential. What makes WYTN unique is its genuine passion for bringing people together - not profiles online and CVs, but personalities that bond, complement, enhance and in time, turn into mutual and reciprocal relationships.

Inclusivity is paramount and WYTN encourages everyone to join in the quest for understanding in order to create the necessary co-operative environment. WYTN is a creative launchpad for the artists of Leeds and the surrounding areas. They provide performers, companies, writers and directors with a space and a full supportive network in which they can: • test new rehearsal/performance ideas • receive feedback • share skills • learn new skills • discuss relevant theatre topics • meet other people in a relaxed but practical environment. They are fully aware money is tight these days, especially in the theatre industry; therefore the emphasis is on pooling members’ skills and resources. If a charge becomes essential then they are determined to keep costs to a minimum in order to be accessible to everyone. Their aim is to promote the life-long learning, enable individuals to come together, be inspired and to be practical. They will also be setting up a graduate scheme which will give the students some after University support. Anyone who did an arty degree will know that once they’ve finished their degree they are kicked out into the real world will little knowledge of where to go next or who to ask for support.

WYTN are working hard on becoming the general knowledge bank of the arts scene so they can point people in the right direction. Whether its to go to The Skeleton Project to promote their new work or Script Yorkshire for their scratch nights or for WYTN themselves to find actors or designers. They run monthly socials for creatives to come together and meet other likeminded folk in a relaxed environment. If you are in the arts scene then you should go along. In January they held a Casting Social which saw over one hundred casting directors and actors do their ‘thing’! Last year they ran White Wedding - an interactive networking event. They had people making cakes and writing Bride and Groom speeches to give people things to do whilst getting to know each other. Networking is horrible. We all know that. So WYTN’s idea is keep people busy and the rest will take care of its self! They are currently working on their collaborations but this is already crossing the whole spectrum of film, music, dance, theatre and design. If you or anyone you know is in the arts scene as an actor, writer, film maker, artist, photographer, designer etc then make sure you show yourselves! There is a lot going on to put the arts scene in West Yorkshire towards the top of the food chain so get on board!! Facebook and Twitter - WYTN Blog Linkedin Group: West Yorkshire Theatre Network ■ Stephanie Upsall 



Antichrist Anxiety...

What do  you  call  4  arms,  4  legs,  2  guitars,  2  computers  and  1  Vauxhall  Corsa    making rhythmic beats in a darkened room with flashing lights? No, it's not that  long  forgotten  Transformer  toy  from  your  childhood,  it's  Kirkstall  based          Electronica duo worriedaboutsatan. 


iving in the shadow of divine protection of the abbey ruins, Tom and Gavin have been making music together for four years. However, they reassure us it only feels like six months - don't we all wish our relationships could be like that?! Although the boys have a diverse mix of musical influences including dEUS, Shackleton, Walls, James Holden and Radiohead they claim their muse for the past several years has been the hauntingly beautiful ruins of Kirkstall Abbey. This sentiment is evident in their music which is mellow and raw with a hint of minimalism, yet is sur 50 

prisingly uplifting. I had a chance to find out a little more info worriedaboutsatan and this is what they said:

live in, Kirkstall is such a nice place. The Abbey has been a big source of inspiration for our album artwork.

What genre of music would you place yourselves in? Good question! We’re in the electronica realm I suppose- but we play guitars (albeit through laptops) too. Some people think that when you say “I’m an electronic musician” that instantly means you have a house full of massive old analogue snyths, like Rick Wakeman or something! In short, I guess we make electronica!

Do you write your own stuff? But of course. We’ve been known to do the odd cover, but that was the Terminator theme, and it was a one off for a podcast.

Who are you influenced by? It’s more a case of WHAT are we influenced by. Definitely the area we

How often do you practice? We work every night, usually all night, in a dark room with lots of flashing lights. Are you currently gigging? Yes – we have a few gigs lined up and a few festival appearances too.


Where can we find all of your information? worriedaboutsatan worriedaboutsatan (As well of a source of upcoming gigs and information about the duo, they also have a range of original merchandise available especially for you!) How long have you been musical? Around 10-15 years now. We’re constantly around musical instruments in the house we share, there’s no getting away from them. As our neighbours probably know. Where is your favourite place to eat? Dos Amigos – it’s only down the road from us.

What do you prefer to drink? Are you flirting? If so, gin. Are you married/have children? Nope, and nope. Do you have any pets? Tom has a dog that lives with his girlfriend Ash in Manchester. Is this your full time job? If not, what else do you do? We do a lot of things. We write music for TV shows too. I think between us we have 5-6 different jobs.

thing about these guys which is really quite relaxing. I would definitely recommend you to have a listen and you may just find you are pleasantly surprised! Watch out for our friendly local duo as their new album is on its way and will be available in May. Don't trust the devil on your shoulder, listen first to worriedaboutsatan. ■ Stephanie Upsall Check out the website: 

What hobbies do you have? Tom collects taxidermy, and I like to dabble in graphic design. Nothing big though. Other than that it’s music. or record collecting. I have to say, electronic music isn’t usually my style but there is some-

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on these issues that affect people across Kirkstall and the country. Soon after the tuition fee debate I visited Burley St. Mathias school, and when I spoke to children there it was a hot topic of debate – I was impressed with how well they knew the ins and outs of the policy. I voted against the increase in fees and in favour of keeping the EMA.

Rachel Reeves MP 

W|tÜç Happy New Year! The time since I was elected as Leeds West’s MP has flown by, and I’m looking forward to another busy year in 2011, in Leeds and in Westminster. I have been trying to get projects moving here in Kirkstall and debating government policy in the Chamber... and back at school as well!

In my role as Shadow Pensions Minister I am also looking closely at Government plans to increase the State Pension Age and reform the way that pensions are calculated – another issue that will have a major effect on people in our community – one that is at the root of a good many more debates too. It is always good to hear your views – so keep them coming! I am, as always, here to help anyone who needs my support, and very keen to visit any community projects or groups in Kirkstall and across Leeds West, to understand what matters to you. If you would like to get in touch with me then please do – at 0113 2630411 or Until next time,

Rachel is pictured launching the petition to save Hawksworth Wood Post Office

Post Office Delays Since the Post Office on Hawksworth Wood closed in August I have been in constant contact with Post Office managers. The delay to the re-opening of the service is frustrating, for the hundreds of people who signed a petition for the post office and for me – it is my local post office! I will continue to work hard to make sure that residents in Hawksworth Wood can get to a Post Office as soon as possible.

Rachel Reeves M.P. Surgeries

Kirkstall Forge in the Sidings Late last year the Department for Transport told us that the Kirkstall Forge project would have to find additional cost savings if they were to deliver any investment from the public purse. Since then, the Council, Metro and developers CEG have been working hard to find a solution, and I will continue to support a development that will provide jobs, homes and better transport for our community.

Rachel holds regular surgeries throughout the constituency. For details, and to book an appointment, please call 0113 263 0411 or email

Policy Debates Votes in Parliament have been fascinating recently – from the tuition fee rise to the vote on the Educational Maintenance Allowance and proposals to change our electoral system. There have been some late nights in the Chamber 52 



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