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Novel idea to keep library by Samantha Hepworth

Rawdon Library will stay open with the help of an army of volunteers from the community. Confirmation of the move marks the end of a two-year battle to save the library from Leeds City Council Cuts. Back in 2011, Leeds Council looked at closing down 15 libraries across the area. But June Longley decided to fight a possible closure and Friends of Rawdon Library was formed. She said: “I got a petition going and we gathered 600 signatures, 10 per cent of the community.” Rawdon was one of three libraries given the go ahead last May to be part of a community asset transfer, allowing the running to be taken out of the council's hands. It has been manned by volunteers since January this year. Ms Longley said: “There is a strong volunteer force, but we always welcome more.” Chris Slack, 68, volunteers eight hours a month at the library. He said: “I enjoy doing four hours a month on computer budding, and four hours behind the desk.” The library building is owned by

Friday, 12th April, 2013

Have your say on library groups

Rawdon Community Library hosts regular group meetings, including the book club and craft group. Volunteers who run the library are looking to start new groups at the library and would like input from the local community.

The suggested new groups including Reading Group/ Chess/ French Conversation/ Meditation

You can register your interest on Saturday, April 19, at 11am, or leave your details in the library any time. You can also phone: 0113 2503466 or email

Dental practice moves

Leeds City Council and will be leased to the group as part of the transfer process, which is now in its final stages. Once it is completed, the volunteer group will need to cover a range of different roles, including administration, finance, marketing and maintenance. The group hopes to finance the project through applying for grants, and help from the community. It also plans to set up a friends group to donate money to the library.

Catherine Milburn, from Leeds City Council, said: “In 2011/12 we closed 13 libraries and increased opening hours at most of the remaining libraries.” The next financial year, one more library was closed down. “Mobile library hours were increased from 60 hours a week to 255 hours, and overall operational hours post review were increased by 2%.” There are already two community libraries in the Leeds area, at Shadwell and Drighlington.

Rawdon Dental Practice will move to a new location at New Road Side later this year to create a better sterilisation and decontamination room. The dental clinic will be moving next to the GP surgery in August, giving residents more centralised healthcare. Although a similar size to its current location, the practice will be accepting more patients when it moves.

Arty Horsforth

Horsforth Arts Society has a Spring Exhibition which starts on April 20. The Society first began back in 1959 by seven art lovers and has grown over the years. You can find them at The Studio, in Back Lane, Horsforth. The various opening times are available on their website: http://

Two men wanted after FA Cup victory by James Grayson

ELEVEN men have now been charged and two more are still being sought in connection with violence which broke out following Leeds United’s FA Cup fourth round victory over Tottenham Hotspur.

The men, aged between 17 and 49, were arrested on Monday night and have been charged with affray offences and will appear at Leeds Magistrates Court on 25 April. A twelfth man, a 53-yearold, was issued with a caution for affray.


Fighting broke out outside Yates’s Wine Bar on Boar Lane at 6pm following the game, which was played on January 27. Detectives yesterday released images of the two men (right) that are wanted with connection to the incident. Anyone who recognise the men are asked to contact Detective Constable Phil Maher at Holbeck police station on 0113 285 5419 or via:101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Leeds Northern issue one  

Leeds Northern issue one 2013

Leeds Northern issue one  

Leeds Northern issue one 2013