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KM KIRKSTALL MATTERS Issue 113 Summer 2013

Also in this issue... P5 - Hawksworth Funding Update P7 - Kirkstall Festival Acts P12 - St Stephen’s Church Update P13 - Cyril James War Veteran P14 - Community Notice Board

Paralympic Gold Medalist to Open Kirkstall Festival This year Kirkstall Festival are excited to announce that British Paralympian David Stone MBE will be opening the festival. David Stone, a highly decorated Trike Racer, won Gold in the Mixed T 1-2 Road Race and Bronze in the Mixed T 1-2 Time Trials at the London Paralympics last year. David, who lives with Cerebral Palsy, has previously won Gold in the Beijing Paralympics and various World Championships.

London. It was amazing to be a part of something that left the country on such a high. I’ve won 3 gold Paralympic medals and 8 World Championships, but I am here for a new career - my dog, Monty and I will be taking part in the dog show. I hope you will be there to cheer us on.” Turn to pages 6 and 7 to find out more about this year’s Festival.

David says:“I am honoured to be guest of honour at this years festival. Kirkstall Abbey has always seemed magical, such beauty in the middle of a bustling city. My invite comes on the back of winning a gold and bronze medal at the Paralympics, in

The KVCA is proud to announce that we have made two new appointments within the association, replacing the current Chairman and Secretary who stood down at the end of March. The KVCA has enjoyed the services of John Liversedge (KVCA Chairman) and Ken Stratford (KVCA Secretary) for over the past decade. They joined the KVCA at a time when there wasn’t a great deal of community cohesion and have spent their time improving the area and helping residents to make the most of Kirkstall and what it has to offer. They have both been instrumental in bringing new people into the KVCA and expertly persuading them to getting stuck in and making the community a better place to live. For some time the KVCA have been looking for younger residents to take on more responsible positions and at the AGM held in April, John and Ken stepped down from their positions.

Kirkstall Abbey House Museum

“The aim of my role is to improve access and engagement at the museum, particularly by groups who do not currently make best use of us, and who are not well represented in our collection and our exhibitions.

Kirkstall Abbey House Museum is undergoing some changes and wants to get more involved with the Kirkstall community. Kirkstall Matters speaks to their new Assistant Curator, Michael Wharton, to find out what will be happening and how we and the local community can help!

“Abbey House has a proud tradition of reaching out and engaging with wide and diverse groups. However, we aim to do more, and are very keen to explore new and exciting ways in which we can make our service more relevant to the wider community.”

Michael Wharton says: “I have recently been appointed as Assistant Community Curator at Abbey House Museum, which is a new role funded under the Arts Council’s Museums Major Partner programme.

New Blood for KVCA

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The KVCA members that attended the AGM voted Simon Dawson as Chairman and Laura McGhee as Secretary. Both have been involved in the KVCA and the Festival for a couple of years. Simon of course you will know as the previous editor of this magazine. To find out how they are going to approach their roles and what they hope to do for the KVCA in the future read their profiles on page 4. We would like to take this opportunity to thank John and Ken for their significant and valued contributions over the past years and for their ongoing support now and in the future. To find out what our new appointments are saying, turn to page 4.

Kirkstall Matters | News Editor Jennifer Budd Kirkstall Matters, 24 Jude Court, Broad Lane, Bramley, Leeds, LS13 2TB

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Kirkstall Clubs & Associations Kirkstall Valley Community Association Hawksworth Wood Community Association Burley Top Community Network Burley Park Community Association Kirkstall In Bloom Kirkstall Community Garden Hawksworth Wood YMCA Spen Lane Residents Assocation Gilbert and Sandfords Residents Association Vinery Road Residents Association Stanmore Residents West Park Residents Association Moor Grange Action Group Kirkstall Valley Campaign Hawksworth Older People’s Support Services Hawksworth, Abbeydales and Vespers Area Board STEP Church Lane Allottments Station Allotments Burley Mills Allotments Burley Model Allotments Abbey Mills Allotments Friends Of Kirkstall Abbey TCV Hollybush ACT - Abbey Churches Together


Note from the Editor Well after a long and drawn out winter, the sun is finally out and what a perfect time to welcome you all to the summer edition of the Kirkstall Matters magazine. The KVCA is going through some changes at the moment and although we will be sad to say goodbye and thank you to some of our longstanding KVCA officers, it is with great anticipation for the future that we welcome our new appointments. The KVCA keeps on attracting younger members, whose enthusiasm and skills are a great contribution to our community efforts. As we get closer to July, the KVCA is stepping up its preparations for the Festival. We expect this year’s to be even better than previous, with some new acts and stalls as well as a welcome back to some old friends. In this issue, in anticipation of the Festival, we have interviewed some acts to look out for to give you a flavour of what you can expect on the day. Also, keep your eye out for an interview with a Kirkstall Festival favourite on Kirkstall Online later in the month! As you may know, the printing of this magazine is now paid for by community grants that we have secured for this year. We would like to extend our gratitude to the Community Development Foundation and Red Nose Community Cash who have enabled us to bring you this magazine three times a year. If you have any comments, letters or articles to contribute, please get in touch with me at, we would love to hear from you. Finally, I do hope you enjoy this edition and I will see you at the Festival! Kindest

Jenny Budd

News | Kirkstall Matters

KVCA Update From the Chairman

So here we are and summer is upon us at last. I think its summer, although it could just be a good day before the snow comes back. With only a few weeks to go we are putting the final touches to the festival, and it’s taking great shape again. This year we have a very special guest, Paralympic Gold winning cyclist David Stone MBE, who will be opening the festival for us. Top that off with the usual rich variety of stalls, acts, and food its going to be another brilliant year. You DO have the date in your diary don’t you? The 13th of July? Good! Jenny is continuing to do a great job with Kirkstall Matters and we’re starting to see a closer link with our website. We’re always looking for local people and groups to join in the conversation so if you have something you’d like to put on the website, a local event or activity that you’d like to review, or have ideas on how we should improve the website (social media experts anywhere?) please let us know, we really need you to join in.

We are also starting to form our strategy for developing a Neighbourhood Plan under the Locality Act. This is very important as it allows us to prescribe a framework under which we can shape the development of our community. We’ll be arranging communication sessions to gather ideas and inputs, and the final plan will need to be approved by local residents. If you have email please sign up on the website for email updates so we can keep you up to date, and further details will be published in the next Kirkstall Matters. There’s not too much to report on the big local developments at the District Centre, BHS and the Forge. Unfortunately its an effect of the problems of the economy but we’ll continue to try to get more information for you. I look forward to seeing you at the festival on July 13th. Simon x Chair

About the Association

The KVCA was founded in 1978 with the aim of promoting and benefiting the inhabitants of Kirkstall and the neighbourhood. We are a non-party political, non-secretarian and 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.

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Kirkstall Matters | News KVCA Chairman: Simon Dawson Hello, I’m Simon. At this year’s Annual General Meeting I was elected Chair of the KVCA. I’d like to thank John Liversedge for all his help and support towards me, but also the sheer amount of work he has put into the KVCA and Kirkstall Festival during his time as Chair. Kirkstall would not be the place it is today, and we wouldn’t still have Kirkstall Festival if it were not for the hard work put in by him and Ken Stratford.

course be continuing to produce Kirkstall Matters and Kirkstall Festival, and acting as a safeguard for developments in our area. My desire is to see the KVCA nurture local projects and initiatives run by residents themselves. By putting those groups in touch with funding and the right contacts we can help more projects to happen, but we need local people to form the ideas for what they want to see in our community. By growing our membership base and keeping in regular contact we can encourage more opportunities to volunteer in local initiatives and achieve much more together.

I’ll admit that the responsibility is a bit daunting, but its also a very exciting opportunity and I hope that you like the ideas that we put into practice over the coming months. I’m looking forward to shaping our association with Laura coming in as Secretary and Rita continuing as Treasurer and I think we’ll make a great team. We will of

I came to Leeds in 1993 to study and loved the city so much that I stayed, eventually moving to Kirkstall, first at the Cricketers and then Norman Street. I first became involved in Kirkstall Festival exactly four years ago when my neighbour, local Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, introduced me to John Liversedge while drumming up support for the festival

KVCA Secretary: Laura McGhee

a stall and wondering how did this fantastic day come together, the next year I found out and have loved every moment since.

I’m Laura and I have just become the new Secretary for the KVCA. The secretary is responsible for organising the meetings, taking minutes, any actions that come out of the meeting and general support for the chair. I have lived in the Kirkstall area for nearly 3 years now, after moving over from the dark side of the Pennines (don’t judge but someone has to come from there) for work and wanting to live in a community similar to the one I grew up in, and I found it in Kirkstall (after several moves around Leeds). I have been involved with Kirkstall Festival for 3 years, one year as a volunteer on


Over the next few years, I will be working to build on the solid foundations that John, Ken and the rest of the KVCA committee have laid, working to increase membership and continuing to make Kirkstall Festival the highlight in the Kirkstall calendar. I would like to thank Ken for everything he has put into the KVCA and Kirkstall Festival, I have some big shoes to fill. Thanks and see you all around the area!

outside Morrisons. I started by helping out at the festival and then moved on to supporting Ken Stratford with Kirkstall Matters. After a while I took over editorship of the magazine for 2 years; its a great way to get to know our area and residents. Before I got involved with the KVCA, as with many people, I hadn’t considered that the festival was organised by volunteers and its really astonishing how local residents can deliver something on such a scale for the community. I’m hooked on the festival and very much enjoy the work that goes into delivering it. 2013 will be my fourth and its looking better than ever. Fingers crossed for the sunshine :)

The Kirkstall council ward has been awarded over £67,000 by the Community Development Foundation to help fund projects over the next four years. If you have an idea for a community-based project and require £250 to £2500 in order to make it a reality we can help. All you need to do is download the application form from Kirkstall Online ( uk/1666), fill it in and email it to It is a great opportunity for local groups of any size (be it neighbours, community groups, clubs) to fulfil some project work that they feel is important to their community, the funding is here ready for you. Please note the next deadline for applications is: 1st September.

News | Kirkstall Matters Abbey House Continued.... Michael continues: “Some of the ideas we are exploring to improve access and increase engagement are: Community Gallery: we have allocated an exhibition space at the museum to be developed in partnership with local community groups. To be involved in the discussion about this initiative, please email with ‘community’ as the subject, telephone 0113 2305492, or drop in and ask for me, Michael. New exhibitions: we want to involve and include more local voices in the design and development of our general exhibitions. Our current big exhibition is ‘Fate and Fickle Fortune’ and our tentative theme for 2014 is ‘Yorkshire’. We want your input into these exhibitions to make sure we capture the local flavour of Kirkstall in what we do. Oral histories: we aim to record and capture more local stories, particularly from unsung community activists and from people

Making our area a better place to live The National Lottery awarded Hawksworth Wood, Abbeydales and Vespers area (HAVA) £1m to be spent over the next ten years. The money is to be used helping neighbourhoods identify local issues and by all working together to change things for the better. This project is therefore about you me and us and what we want. So how are we going to do it? 18 months ago a group of residents formed a working group to gather feedback from the community via local meetings and in order to move the project forward this group made a decision for a Board to be formed. In February local elections took place to form a residents-only HAVA Big Local Board. The Board is made up of 11 elected residents, two representatives from the Youth Forum (YMCA project) and two representatives from hard to reach families (Children’s Centre Project).

who have settled in the area from overseas. If this is you or someone you know, please drop me a line or call up for a chat. Self-guided tours: we are exploring the possibility of developing a new range of tours for the museum and for Kirkstall Abbey which will be available for download onto visitors’ own mobile devices. Maybe you would like to be involved in the creation of a tour? If so, get in touch. Community Events: can Kirkstall Abbey be better used as a venue for community cultural events, public meetings, etc? We would like to hear your views and suggestions. Outreach sessions: I am happy to come and talk to local community groups about what the museum has to offer and how we aim to involve people in our service, and to bring small displays and handling items from our collection. Inreach sessions: if you or your group have particular needs and requirements, we are happy to arrange tours of the museum which are designed around your needs.

local groups to curate and display their own small exhibitions within their own sites. Volunteering: we hope to increase opportunities for volunteers to get involved in the work of the museum, including our community engagement work. This will be coordinated through the museum service’s central volunteer programme. Please get in touch to discuss opportunities. Community archaeology: we aim to organise archaeological digs around the Kirkstall area involving local groups and individuals, and to assist in the research, interpretation and exhibition of any items found. Please get in touch if you would like to know more or be involved. The above plans are very much initial outline ideas and are not set in stone. We are very keen to hear ideas and suggestions from local community groups and individuals about how we can serve the community better; so if you have any thoughts please do get in touch. Tel: 0113 2305492 (extension 31) Mobile: 07712215127 Email:

Partner displays: we are happy to assist

the terms of reference and completing a community profile. The profile will provide a snap shot picture of life in our HAVA area at this moment in time and will help with working out where we go from here with our community plan. The community plan will help identify priorities for the area and will have to be submitted to the BIG Local Board for approval before the funding is released. So that’s the where we are at the moment. The board will oversee funding applications, put in place processes for decisions. We will engage with the local community every step of the way as this is your money. We will provide many opportunities for everyone to get involved, open meetings, Forum discussions, workshops and activities. We will do everything possible to ensure that your voice is heard, but, to enable us to do that we need to hear your voices, so get involved, come to the meetings. The vision of the Board is for all of us to share in developing the HAVA area and over the next 10 years make it an even better place to live.

The current position is the Board is defining

Residents are the main drivers for turning this vision into reality and by working with service providers and local organisations. Your views matter and we need your voice to help make our area a better place to live. Can you make a difference? YES YOU CAN, this is your opportunity, don’t sit on the fence, GET INVOLVED. We will be having a stall at the Kirkstall Festival on the 13th July, pop along and tell us your views and plans. At the end of the 10 year programme an evaluation process will be undertaken to determine the success of the HAVA Big Local programme. Remember: This is OUR MONEY to spend wisely and to benefit all who live in our area. We want the benefits of the BIG LOCAL money to change things for the better and for the long term. To get involved email havasaybl@yahoo. or write to HAVA at the Annexe 6 Broadway Leeds LS5 3PR. Your Local HAVA Board members


Fairground . Youth Stage Tea Dance . Food & Drink . Stalls Music . Comedy . Procession


Cloisters Comedy and Cabaret Club

juggling with fire and spitting bits of apple over small children - much to the delight of the adults.

Pete White’s Suitcase Circus, a regular at the Kirkstall Festival, is this year performing in the Cloisters as part of the ‘Cloisters Comedy and Cabaret Club’. Kirkstall Matters speaks to Pete about his act:

“The Suitcase Circus has evolved over the years, every year there is something new, this year I’m going to produce a rabbit out of my hat, a classic trick which I believe nobody has ever performed in Kirkstall before, so a Festival First there.

Pete White: “I have performed at Kirkstall Festival on 5 different occasions. The first time I remember walking on my stilts as part of the parade. I remember thinking that it was a very long route, and walking down the hill to Kirkstall Road takes some concentration when you are over 10 foot tall. At following Festivals I performed my Suitcase Circus show, which in the early days involved me

“I’ve always been a massive fan of the Festival, the great atmosphere, the wide range of things to do and see. I don’t want to tempt fate, but it seems to me that it is always a sunny day when the festival is on. Having said that I always take an umbrella just in case. “This year I am performing and compering the Cloister Comedy and Cabaret Club. There will be some highly entertaining acts

to delight to crowd, exotic dancers, hula hoop artistes, jugglers, and the worlds oldest acrobats from Spain, the show will be on 3 times during the afternoon so I advise everyone to make sure they get inside the cloisters and see it at some point. This is the first year an outdoor comedy and cabaret club has been on at the festival, so I hope it is a great success and continues at the festival for many years to come.” You can find out more about Pete and his circus act at his website: or read his blog at http:// petesuitcasecircus.wordpress. com. Get in touch via email on: pete.suitcasecircus@gmail. com, or phone: 07966 525751 for more information.

Festival | Kirkstall Matters Kirkstall Festival: Otley Ukulele Orchestra This year, amongst other new acts we have the pleasure of welcoming the Otley Ukulele Orchestra. A Ukulele, an instrument from the guitar family is used to play to all kinds music from pop to folk. Kirkstall Matters talks to Jen Birch to find out what a kind of music you can hear from them at the festival and a bit about how they formed as a group. The Otley Ukulele Orchestra has been going since May 2012, they have just celebrated their first birthday! They meet weekly at The Woolpack Music and Arts Studio. The sessions are open for players and learners of all abilities and they are informal and fun! Jen Birch says: “The Ukulele is such an accessible instrument so we have people of all ages coming along to play songs they love and have a good old sing too. We did our first gig in Otley last July and since then we have been asked to play in all sorts of places including the Sela Bar in Leeds and our local residential home for the elderly. Otley Ukulele Orchestra is all about music, community and fun.”

Kirkstall Festival: Leeds Youth Jazz Rock Orchestra The Leeds Youth Jazz Rock Orchestra (LYJRO Big Band) have been playing at the Kirkstall Festival for about 15 years. They play a variety of Jazz/Latin/Funk music, a range of music which has always appealed to a cross section of people attending the Festival. The LYJRO Big Band has been in existence since 1991 and was established by Education Leeds to cater for ever increasing interest in jazz from young people. LYJRO’s aim is to offer young people of Leeds the opportunity to experience through performance, the spectrum of jazz related styles ranging from swing to ‘hip hop’ and funk. The authority also established a training band which introduces the young

This is the first year that the Ukulele group will be playing at the festival.

For more information you can check out their blog and social media pages:

Jen goes onto say: “One of the regular players in the Orchestra lives near Kirkstall and said how much she loved the festival she thought we could get involved so we got in touch and were asked to play. We can’t wait!


“I love the fact that the Kirkstall Festival is about celebrating a diverse community and everything that goes on from the entertainment to the food reflects this diversity. There really is something for everyone.” otleyukuleleorchestra If you want to check out some of their songs or find out exactly what a Ukulele sounds like, search for their videos on YouTube.

The Otley Ukulele Orchestra is a must see for everyone who loves music - no matter what your age or musical taste. Jen says: “We perform all sorts of songs from the 1940s right through to the present day - but many of the songs we do have never been attempted on the Ukulele before! We love to share how much fun it is to play the Ukulele and encourage people to sing along with us. It is almost impossible to play the Ukulele or listen to us without smiling! “Ukuleles are so much fun to learn and sound so great when played in a group! It’s never too late to start learning an instrument - and playing the Uke with us is an excellent place to start!”

people to the first steps in improvisation and jazz ensemble work. Since 2007 during their cultural exchange to Durban, South Africa, LYJRO have been involved in a partnership with a number of schools and currently sponsor a student to teach in the Hillview Primary School, Durban. Leeds-Youth-Jazz-Rock-OrchestraLYJRO/108855691089?fref=ts There are also numerous videos you can view on YouTube

To continue funding this teaching project and to enable LYJRO to continue their unique work in Durban (where there is no established music provision in schools), LYJRO are asking Universities, businesses with links to South Africa or any other interested parties to sponsor, support or donate to their project. The students have played a number of gigs over the last five years and are always looking for new and interesting opportunities to fundraise.


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Burley RUFC: The Final Third After a mixed middle third of the season, Burley had a somewhat more successful final third winning 4 of the last 6 league games to finish midtable in Yorkshire Division 3. March opened with a heavy home defeat against a very impressive Goole side losing by 55 points to 24 to a side pressing for promotion. However a week later we were able to run up some points ourselves as we went to Hessle on the bank of the River Humber and won 43-12 showing some flair of our own.

promotion, going down 13-11 as we were edged out in a closely fought encounter that either side could have won and Burley did hold the lead in for quite a long period of the game. In a Division that was full of local sides our next game was the big local derby as we headed just south of the river up the hill to Bramley for another close bruising encounter and we were able to take the spoils with a 14-5 victory in a game where tempers were a little fraught through most of the game, however Burley kept playing to the game plan and the honours were ours. We now only had one final game remaining, this had been a victim of the weather in the March snow. At the end of April Leeds Medicals came down to Abbey Fields from up the hill at Lawnswood to meet us in determined form. Burley played some very entertaining end of season rugby running out 55-29 winners to close out a very respectable season.

The next 2 weeks had a lack of activity as the weather intervened during the period of heavy snow before we could get going again at the beginning of April. A local derby game just up the road on Nunroyd Park saw a Burley triumph 43-21 over near rivals Aireborough. It is always sweet to gain victory over your close by rivals. This was followed by a very close home defeat by Baildon another team pushing for

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although at times struggling put in some very commendable performances as a few players with time in the first team bolstered the numbers and showed their experience, this bears well for next year when they should be playing in a Yorkshire Merit League especially if we can recruit some new players in the close season. The final table shows Burley in 7th position, mid-table and consolidates a steady season in what is considered within the club as about where we should be after being promoted at the end of the 2010/2011 season from Division 4. This is not showing a lack of ambition as we aim to strive over the next few seasons and aim for further achievements, and again it’s not complacency as we are determined not to fall any lower than we are now. At the beginning of May we had a tour to Edinburgh, which was an enjoyable way to round off the season prior to our presentation dinner at the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Leeds where those who achieved were presented with their awards before a well earned off season break. Training will resume at the end of July in preparation for the start of the 2013/14 campaign and hopefully we can recruit one or two players and strengthen the squads for both the first and second teams.

• Duncan Elsey

Sport | Kirkstall Matters

Kirkstall Crusaders AFC 2012/13 Season Well, here we are at the end of the season and it has been a fantastic year for Kirkstall Crusaders, albeit tinged with sadness. Let me begin with the sad news. Firstly, one of the founder members of the club, Janet Sinker, died during the year. She had been an inspiration to many teams throughout the years and left an immeasurable legacy to the club. The teams that she was involved with did her proud this season. Another bit of bad news is that Chris Burdon, the u16 Blues coach has decided to hang up his boots after seven years. Crusaders will miss him and wish him good luck in the future. This season we had 12 teams in action and everybody enjoyed some fantastic football and some very muddy conditions at times. Here are some of the highlights from the season. u14 girls won the final of the County Shield, the first Kirkstall team to win a county trophy. They also got promoted to Division 1 of the West Riding Girls League for next season. A great achievement for the girls, their manager Michael McGill and their coach Phil Pogson.

Olympique Five-aSide Football Team Season Winter 2012/13 Local five a side football team Olympique finished a very disappointing sixth position narrowly avoiding relegation from Monday Night League Two at Goals Soccer Centre in Kirkstall. Playing in a yellow and blue striped Adidas kit, Olympique struggled with injuries to key players all season which hampered their campaign. The top appearance makers were Matthew Stephenson with 12 followed by Wayne Stephenson and regular goalkeeper Jonny Roberts both making 10 appearances each. Top scorer for Olympique was Richard Joyce chipping in with 25 league goals followed by Wayne Stephenson and striker Tim Marks both tied on 17 each. The top assist makers were Wayne Stephenson who finished on 11 with

We had two brand new teams this season u12s - a mixed team of boys and girls ably coached by John Holdsworth and u10s - a group coached by Andrew Burke, a student at Leeds Met University. u16 Whites won Division 2 of the Garforth League and will play in Division 1 next season, another first for a Kirkstall Crusaders team. These boys have been together for 5 years and really deserved the honour having come close so many times. u13s will also be playing in Division 1 of the Garforth League, having finished the season in second place after successive promotions in the past 3 years. They have also been named ‘most improved team’ by the GJFL. u8s had excellent coaching from Stuart West and Jonathan Simpson and ended the season with thirty players, some of them only five years old. Next season we hope to enter u7 and u8 teams in the league. Scott Maddern and Nigel Dibb had a great season with their u9s ending on a high with a 5-2 win over Hunslet.

Richard Joyce on 10 and both Tim Marks and Matthew Stephenson with 8 each. There were notable appearances and contributions made by trickster Paul Thorogood and the skilful Dennis Harwood. Other players who made appearances during the season were Daryl Boland, who was out with a foot injury, Michael Stephenson, Richard Parker, Lee Manning, Lewis Emmitt, Luke Redfearn, Mark Newlove and reserve goalkeeper Nathan Long. Next issue, we will again feature fellow local five a side team Inter Mi Lager.

• Richard Joyce


u11s had a fantastic time this season with coaching from Gary Mather, Mark Coupland and Daniel Smith. It was a big transition from 7-a-side football last season to 11-a-side this season but all of them stepped up to the mark. Open age teams also had their successes with the 22s winning the league and the 11s reaching the final of the Senior Cup. The club would like to thank all players, parents/guardians, sponsors and supporters for this great season. Next season we hope to run u7, u8, u9, u10, u11 (mixed), u13 and u15 (girls) and u13,u14,u15 and u17 (boys) teams as well as two Open age teams. New players are always welcome. Phone Máire on 07904320767 for further details.

• Phil Pogson

Kirkstall Beginners Running Group A new beginners running group has started in Kirkstall, for complete beginners or those returning to running after a long lay off. I am a qualified Run England leader (and a first aider!) and a runner of (too) many years experience. The group will meet every Wednesday at 5.50pm for a 6pm run in the reception area at Kirkstall Leisure Centre. The group is free to join and all we need are some basic personal details. However if you are under any doubt as to whether you should run please consult your doctor! Please make sure you wear appropriate clothing and footwear, remembering to wear reflective or hivis gear if the nights are still dark. If you would like to join please email me at stoxy78@hotmail. com. See you there!


Kirkstall Matters | Sport

Kirkstall Harriers Review June 2013 Local and National Races

Several Harriers were once again at the popular Liversedge Half Marathon in February. There were even a couple of PB’s on this hilly course, in frankly cold conditions. In contrast the very flat Snake Lane ten mile race at Pocklington saw four Harriers running and three PB’s from Chris and Alyson Glover and Andrew Kirby, with mention to Paul Miller, running the race recovering from illness. Several also took part in the Rombalds Stride over Ilkley Moor; officially a long distance walking event it attracts a lot of runners. Adam Moger and soon to be wife Anna Hollingworth ran the Thirsk 10 mile in March. Adam also took part in the tough Heptonstall 15 and several took part in the Spen 20 as part of their spring marathon training. Congratulations to Patrick Nesden who won his first age category prize in the race. Gemma Rathbone took part in her first half marathon at Silverstone, whilst closer to home the Airedale Triple Challenge, consisting of the Guiseley Gallop, Baildon Boundary Way half and Meanwood Valley Trail Race once again attracted our members who prefer the off-road. We also had several runners at the Bradford 10k, with a PB for Chris Hunt, Ilkley Trail Race, Apperley Bridge Canter and Post Hill 5k. As usual there was a huge number of us taking part in Leeds Half marathon, with 36 taking part and too many PB’s to mention. I will though mention first Harrier home Scott Anderson in 75th position and John Hutchinson 3rd vet over 60, and running their first half marathons were Steve Webb, Kevin Kelly, Will Thwaite and Sam Broome.

Cross Country Season Ends And most of us would say thank God for that! We have endured some horrendous weather conditions this season and this didn’t end at Sunderland with the National Cross Country Championships in February. Snow and freezing cold conditions were once again the order of the day making us


frankly pretty miserable and very grateful to finish and get home! Well done to the men, Matt Woodhouse, Adam Moger, Jason Buckley, Steve Webb (who said it was the hardest thing he’d ever done!), Liam Mealey and Kieran O’Brien, and to the women, Shamiso Sisimayi, Marion Muir, Ashleigh Ewen, Emma Willits (second claim) and myself. The final race of the PECO cross country season took place at Boddington Fields and was hosted by Hyde Park Harriers. As usual the Harriers were there in force and it provided an excellent and slightly kinder weather wise end to the cross country season.

Harriers Host Park Run

In several inches of snow Kirkstall Harriers hosted the park run at Woodhouse Moor in March, with Adam Moger acting as race director and several Harriers helping with all of the other jobs on the day. Despite the conditions with several people having to dig out their cars or walk several miles in thick snow there was a reasonable turn out and the event went very successfully. We hope to host another in slightly better running conditions.

Yorkshire Vets Races

Races have taken place at Honley and Bingley with more to come in Pudsey, Meanwood, Spenborough, Knavesmire and Crossgates. These races tend to be off road and are open to all club members over 35.

Marathon News

Firstly well done to Harrier Jim Meta who has recently joined the elite ranks of the 100 Marathon Club (he ran his 108th at Edinburgh at the end of May). At Manchester marathon Sean Cook, Shamiso Sisimayi and Colin Chapman ran their first marathons, joined by Jim, not running his first! At London in April Richard Joyce (with a PB of 3:00:41), Kevin Blackurst, Catherine Elvin, Kevin Longmate, Andy Cooper and Matt

Woodhouse, all completed the course on a warm day weather wise, and on a similarly hot day there was a good turnout at the half and full marathons in Edinburgh in May. Gary Carlisle, Rhona Cameron and myself all completed the half. Scott Anderson, in an excellent 2:57, Richard Joyce, completing in 3:18 despite an Achilles injury, Jason Buckley, running his first marathon in 3:22:56, Shamiso Sisimayi achieving a 15 second PB finishing in 3:25:21, Colin Chapman completing in 3:50 and Jim Meta in 3:55, all ran the full marathon.

AGM and committee changes Our AGM was held at the end of February and there were a few changes to the committee and officers. After many years of service to the committee as committee member, treasurer and chairman, Peter Hey stood down as chairman. Peter wishes to let younger members of the club step in to take a more active role in the club. Peter has been replaced in the role by Chris Glover. Treasurer Tony Downham also stepped down from the role, again after many years of service to the club. He has been replaced by Paul Miller. Thank you to Peter and Tony for their exceptional service and commitment to the club over many years. We also welcomed Marion Muir, Jason Buckley and Kieran O’Brien to the committee. Adam Moger will be mens Captain, Jason Buckley Vice-Captain,

Sport | Kirkstall Matters Marion Muir Ladies Captain and Alyson Glover remains as ladies Vice-Captain.

lovely food and hospitality.

Presentation Evening at Sheesh Mahal

Chairmans Chase 2012

A very enjoyable evening was had at Sheesh Mahal where we also had our annual presentation evening. Several prizes were awarded includng the 2012 Club Championship 1st, 2nd and 3rd to Burjor Langdana, Liam Mealey and Chris Glover, PECO cross country league performance trophies to Emma Willets, Shamiso Sisimayi, Pete Branney and Matt Woodhouse, winter time trial 1, 2, and 3 to Sean Cook, Paul Miller and Dave Wood and Sportsman and Woman of the year 2012 to Paul Miller and myself. Well done to everyone who received a prize and thanks to Sheesh Mahal for the

Kirkstall Abbey Tennis Club Kirkstall Abbey Tennis Club was formed in 1981 by local tennis enthusiasts and with the support of the Yorkshire Evening Post and Leeds City Council the 4 derelict tennis courts situated in the grounds of Kirkstall Abbey were reinstated. The club continues to be run by an enthusiastic voluntary committee. Chairman, Roger Harris says “We feel very privileged to be located in such a picturesque setting and are very pleased to provide affordable tennis all year round to anyone who wants to play. Tennis should not be seen as an elite sport for the few but should be accessible to all. With membership at just £5 per year for children and £25 for adults we believe we are the best value tennis club in Leeds. We always offer a warm welcome to new members irrespective of age or ability.” As well as having many social members

Our annual Chairmans Chase 10k for members attracted a record 32 runners this year. First over the line was David Wood, followed by Carol Moran and Steve Groves.

In Other News

Welcome to the Harriers family Louis Joseph Gallon, son of Eleanor and Russell, born in February. Welcome Louis! Meanwhile “goodbye” to Phil Hewitt who has moved over to Holmfirth Harriers full time. Good luck Phil and I am sure we will see you in any off road race in Yorkshire!

who just want to play informal recreational tennis we also have 4 adult and a junior (under 16) teams in the Leeds and Barkston Ash tennis leagues. In addition we have a veteran’s team and have entered the Aegon Team Tennis completion this year. The club holds various tournaments and social events throughout the year and there are club practise sessions open to all members on Sunday mornings. Free coaching sessions are provided for members on Saturday mornings from May to July.

And off to sunnier climes in Australia is Matt Woodhouse. Best of luck Matt! I suspect he wont miss the cold muddy cross countries. Or will he? Kirkstall Harriers meet every Monday and Wednesday at 6.50pm. Visit our website at www. or email for more information. We welcome all speeds and abilities but do ask that you can comfortably run approx 3-4 miles. For more information on our beginners group email Jill at

• Jill Stocks

Kirkstall Abbey Tennis Club @tennis_katc • Roger Harris

Through our affiliation to the Lawn Tennis Association we are allocated a number of Wimbledon tickets and again this year some junior members have won tickets in our ballot. We are delighted to offer them this great experience. Members of the public can play on the courts by paying court fees and a returnable key deposit at Kirkstall Leisure Centre. For general enquiries or membership application contact Jason Sears on 07530 236590 e-mail


Kirkstall Matters | Faith/Children’s Clubs

News at St. Stephen’s Church The Abbeylands team (composed of St. Stephen’s, St. Mary’s Hawksworth Wood, St. Andrew’s Moor Grange and St. Margaret’s Horsforth) is facing great changes at this time. Our Team Vicar, Revd Lesley Ashton has moved to a new post in North Yorkshire. We owe a great debt of gratitude to Lesley who has been the only paid member of clergy for the past year looking after all four churches with the support of retired Priests, a Curate and Readers; a very demanding and exhausting task. We now have a new Team Rector, Revd Nigel Sinclair, who joins us from Pannal and was licensed at St. Margaret’s on 24th April. Nigel’s wife Cheryl is a teacher at Abbey Grange Academy. We also welcome Revd Stephen Kaye as an Associate Priest with special responsibility

for St. Stephen’s. Stephen is to be licensed at St. Stephen’s on 3rd July. It is also hoped that a new Team Vicar to replace Lesley will come into post sometime in the autumn. As I write St. Stephen’s is closed for major renovation. Roof repairs, masonry, plasterwork, decorations and lighting renewal are under way. Hopefully, these will be completed by the end of June. In the meantime worship carries on as normal in the Church Hall.

Kirkstall community in future. Don’t forget to visit St. Stephen’s stall at the Festival! Finally, we have just heard that our team curate, Revd Bridget Hawkins completes her Curacy in July and will be taking up the position of Associate Priest at St. James’ Woodside.

• Ken Torode Editor, Kirkstall Parish News

The total cost of these works is £189,000 and only part of the roof is being repaired. English Heritage and other grants have provided £139,000 of the cost while £50,000 has been raised by the congregation. Therefore further fund raising is required if the Church is still to remain as the place for marriages, baptisms and funerals for the

3rd Kirkstall Brownies 3rd Kirkstall Brownies, based at Hawksworth Wood Primary School has had a great first half of the year with lots of new brownies joining the group. We have been working towards various badges including the Home Safety badge, taking part in activities about confidence and making crafts. In June, the Brownies went tracking in the woods near the school. One group leaves a trail of sticks laid out to form arrows and crosses to indicate the correct route and the other group has to follow them. Despite everyone getting rather muddy and a few slips and slides on the wet ground, the Brownies had a great time and managed to find each other in time to join up for a glass of pop deep in the forest.

many highlights for the unit, it did end on a slightly sad note when we waved goodbye to our leader, Little Owl (Amanda Stafford) who has moved away from Leeds to fulfil her dream of becoming a doctor now that her four year course at Leeds University has ended. The Brownies and leaders would like to thank Amanda for all her hard work over the years and wish her the best of luck in her future career.

• Ellie Smith (Snowy Owl)

In the Summer the girls are also looking forward to another exciting sleepover weekend with other Brownies from Kirkstall. They will play games, cook their own food and sleep in sleeping bags! While this half of the year has brought


History | Kirkstall Matters

Born at the Wrong Time Local writer Dave Foxton, who lives on Kirkstall Avenue has recently published a biography charting the life of another local man Cyril James during WWII. Born and raised in Burmantofts, Cyril James is a fascinating character whose story illustrates some key times in both Leeds and European History.

there was always work as a labourer or other unskilled work. This is in contrast to today, living in a services economy where there is little work for school leavers (aged 16) who are often considered to be bottom of the pile when it comes to jobs. On the other hand, in the 1930’s Leeds was very fortunate in this respect, this was not necessarily the case in other northern towns.

The story of Cyril, who now lives on Cockshott Drive, follows his childhood growing up in the terraced streets of Leeds. It outlines the lives of his relatives, the hardships of living on a meager income and the daily life of a young boy living in the first half of the 20th century. It is fascinating to compare the daily lives of people prior to the Second World War to the lives we lead now. Work, education and daily lifestyles for the working class seemed so much harder than ordinary people in the UK have to endure today. Dave, the author, brings these differences to life through the meticulously recounted recollections of Cyril. This truly is an excellent account of daily life, from the mundane tasks of washing and cleaning, to the comic games and distractions of young children.

The biography follows Cyril’s work at Burton’s during the 1930’s, where he would have qualified as a master tailor, had the war not come. Work conditions were often very substandard, however Burton’s was considered to be one of the better places to work, providing their workers with good pay, sickness and unemployment cover. Cyril learned if you worked hard, went to night school for additional education and learned how to get ahead it was achievable to make something of yourself as a master tailor.

A very apt account for modern times, is that back in the 1930’s “In Leeds there were jobs for school leavers.”. If you could get yourself an apprenticeship in a skilled trade you could usually find good work, and if not,

Cyril had heard of the rise of Hitler through his Jewish friends that he worked with “The Jews were passionate, especially about politics, they knew politics mattered.” Being at the right age, he was conscripted into the Army

Another entertaining anecdote recalls the way in which young people socialised – learning to dance, understanding etiquette and wearing the best clothes. Cyril’s social life, at aged 17, appears to be varied and frequent, dancing at various places twice a week.

in September 1939. He was the wrong age at the wrong time; born at the wrong time. Cyril was called up into the Scots regiment and was barely trained before becoming involved in the chaos in France of 1940 and some of the fiercest fighting in 1944/5. He admits he hated being in the war but his upbringing, work life and involvement in the trade union had taught him to do things right and think for himself. In 1944, now a sergeant, Cyril lead his platoon into some of the most impenetrable fighting of the war, using his skill and extraordinary bravery to secure final victory. This is the story of an ordinary Leeds man who lived through extraordinary times. Dave Foxton manages to capture the stark frankness of Cyril’s words and present this through a perceptive, compelling and often humorous story of Leeds and war life. Dave Foxton has allowed Kirkstall Matters to publish the first chapter of his book on Kirkstall Online, read it today! His book is available to purchase: E-book version: £3.99 from Kindle store Paperback: £7.99 plus p&p from or £8.99 to order from all good booksellers ISBN: 9781782990291 cyriljamesbornatthewrongtime


Kirkstall Matters | Environment


Kirkstall in Bloom Update We are currently working on the number 49 bus stop area on Kirkstall hill, and have planted some apple trees and are creating a wildflower garden. As you may have seen we have also planted some beautiful bedding plants down by the drink and grateful fountain and we now have our very own community notice board! (please see below for more information) We will be at Kirkstall festival this year, helping the public create hanging baskets, so if we saw you last year be sure to come and say hi. We are always looking for new volunteers too so if you like gardening and want to meet others get in touch on or follow us on: twitter: @kirkstallbloom Finally thank you to all our current volunteers for making Kirkstall bloom!

Community Notice Board Kirkstall in Bloom have organised the installation of a community notice board at the drink and be grateful fountain at the Kirkstall crossroads. This notice board is part of Kirkstall in Bloom’s project to improve local spaces and has been funded through a Kirkstall Community First Grant. The notice board is managed by Kirkstall in Bloom in conjunction with the KVCA with the aim of keeping people better informed about what is going on in the area. Keep your eye out for anything new going on in the area on the board. If you would like to use this notice board to display information about local events, activities, meetings, courses or general information then please email


Environment| Kirkstall Matters KIRKSTALL LEISURE CENTRE Kirkstall Lane. Open 8:30am to 10:30pm. Bookings Tel. 214 4555 Special activities for children during school holidays Opening times: Monday closed all day except Bank Holidays Tues to Friday 10am - 5pm, Saturday 12noon—5pm, Sunday 10am - 5pm Admission charges: Adults £3.80, Children £1.70 (16 and under). Children under 5 Free Concessions £2.80 (senior citizens and students) Family ticket £6.50 (2 adults and up to 3 kids) Max Card & Leeds Card accepted

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

The Gate House: Licensed restaurant / café (accessible without museum entry).

STEP St. Andrew’s Church, Butcher Hill, Leeds, LS16 5BG, Tel 2757988,

Admission free. Open 11am - 3pm Tues-Sun Closed Mondays except Bank Holiday Mondays Tel. 0113 2305492

Kirkstall abbey deli market Local food and drink stalls at the deli market within the abbey

HAWKSWORTH CENTRE Broadway, Leeds LS5 3BQ T. 0113 258 4507 / 0845 0457275

SCOUTS 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, For details of the Scout Troop, please contact Laurie on (0113)2259234 Mob: 07798 730917: e-mail The 43rd North Leeds Scout Group (Phoenix St. Mary’s) Scout Group meets at St. Mary’s Church Hall, Hawkswood Crescent Leeds 5. Beaver Scouts and Cub Scouts meet on Wednesday evenings during term time, at 6.30pm. Scouts meet on Fridays throughout the year at 7.00pm. For further details contact Richard Frank on 2673325 (evenings) or

Last saturday of every month March November

Voluntary Opportunities Do you want to do something in the local community? Perhaps you looking for some voluntary work experience or just have some spare time you would like to contribute to the Kirkstall area. The KVCA is always looking for community spirited people to join and take an active role in developing the association and the area. Currently, in particular, we are searching for a couple of people who can fill one or more voluntary roles.

Online Communications Coordinator It may have a fancy title and sound difficult but as long as you can use a computer and spare some time, this job could be right up your street. We require someone to keep the website up-to-date and help to coordinate our social media sites. Young or old, we don’t mind and we can provide training if required. Please email the editor at: if you are interested.

Kirkstall abbey market Local food and craft stalls within the abbey

Magazine Distribution Coordinator

Last Sunday of every month March - November

Leeds YMCA Summer Term 2013 MONDAY ‘Carpet’ Football Coaching Age 4-7 | 5-6pm Age 8-12 and 11-17 | 6-7pm Sports Hall and Outdoor Pitch £1

Hawksworth Wood Branch, Lea Farm Mount, LS5 3PX | Tel: 0113 258 1853 E: TUESDAY Family Roller Disco and Floor Hockey Children Aged 4-7 | 3.45 - 5pm Children Aged 8-12 | 5 - 6.15pm | £2 Teens & Nearly Teens Boys and Girls Creative Movement and In-Line Floor Hockey Age 11-17 | £1

WEDNESDAY Parents & Toddlers Group 10-12am NEET New Start Leadership Programme 12-3pm | Age 16-25

FRIDAY Friday Bites 3 course lunch Age 50+ | 12-1.30pm | £3

Junior Activity Group - Games, Sports, Construction Freeplay 3.15-4.45pm | Age 4-7 | £1

Boys Football Age 11+ | 5-6.45pm | £1

Boys & Girls Sports Group Age 8-12 | 5.30 7pm | £1 | Age 11-19 | 7-8.30pm | £1

Teens & Nearly Teens Roller Disco Age 11-19 7.30-9pm | £1

We have a dedicated team of local residents who distribute the magazine door-to-door in the area, however we currently have an opening for someone to coordinate getting the Kirkstall Matters magazine to these distributors. Please email the editor at: if you are interested.

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