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Recently I’ve heard of people drawing up plans for arks and making lists of who and what they intend to take with them! But wait ‘til you see – September will be glorious!


We’re lucky that we have The Olympics and Paralympics to carry us through – especially as we have such a fantastic group of athletes from Leeds to cheer for. We talk to some of our medal hopefuls, a number of whom are already world champions in their fields. It’s unfortunate that many local events have had to be postponed or cancelled because of the weather, but people are battling on regardless. The North York Moors National Park is celebrating its 60th anniversary with a variety of events, including a dance performance in a giant bubble. They may need to supply bubbles for the audience too!


Two of our local allotments – Hollin Lane and Parkside Road – have their annual shows coming up and you are invited along. HEART is planning an Apple Day and is inviting people to enter art on an apple theme for inclusion in a community exhibition. And, it’s time once again for the Leeds International Piano Competition. Its founder, Dame Fanny Waterman, tells us the entrants this year are ‘outstanding’.


Cover Photo: Kyte Photography

Before you know it, students will be pouring back into Leeds and children will be back at school – so, don’t forget to send us all your notices and news in time for the September edition. The deadline is 1st August for editorial and 8th August for advertising.



Going for Gold! Leeds has a fabulous team of Olympic and Paralympic athletes to cheer for at London 2012

We look forward to hearing from you. Kind regards

Carole, Jack and the team

In This Issue 10


Apple Day HEART prepares for Apple Day with an invitation to submit apple- themed art for a community exhibition

They Lived in Leeds


Ilkley Brewery Wins Business Accelerators Award

Brewery beats 3,000 other businesses to scoop the prize of a year’s business mentoring from Dragon Deborah Meaden



Meet John Thomas North – a lovable rogue who gave Kirkstall Abbey to the city

Classical Fantasia at Kirkstall Abbey Get your tickets for the annual open-air concert and stunning fireworks display in the grounds of the Abbey

Aung San Suu Kyi Honorary Ambassador for Leeds International Piano Competition

The competition’s top prize will be named the Daw Aung San Suu Kyi Gold Medal in her honour


Film Review: Killer Joe Matthew McConaughey turns in a surprisingly controlled and focussed performance displaying a range and depth hitherto unseen.



For those who love to find something original, Heart & Craft is coming to HEART on Bennett Road. These lovely craft events are scheduled to take place on Saturday 8th September, 10th November and 8th December – all coinciding conveniently with Headingley Farmers’ Market on the second Saturday of each month!

All the items are handmade by the individual stall holders and you can look forward to a fantastic variety

All the items are handmade by the individual stall holders and you can look forward to a fantastic variety. Between these three events you’ll find Victorian gothic jewellery, amazing Biro art, handmade soap, candles, textile accessories, silk scarves, found object assemblage art, embellished berets, lovely soft toys, beautiful silver jewellery, cards, ceramics, and knitted items. The September event is also part of the Celebrate Headingley weekend. Like all of these events, it runs from 10am – 4pm and admission is free. For further information regarding stalls etc., please contact Hayley on 07816 588 102 or Hayley@girlfridayevents.


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LEEDS MENCAP CALLS FOR NEW VOLUNTEERS Leeds Mencap is looking for volunteers to help support the 250 families with learning disabilities that it supports every week. The charity provides services for people of all ages and relies on voluntary support to deliver many of them, working in youth clubs, social groups, parent support projects, residential care and much more.

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The rear courtyard at HEART was planted and maintained by the wonderful team from Headingley in Bloom over the last year. Hopefully there will be some lovely summer days to look forward to when everyone will be able to benefit from this lovely secluded spot – perhaps with a slice of cake made with home-grown fruit! At the end of May a team of volunteers turned out to help dig in all the new plants for the front beds at HEART. The team, aged from five to 65, spent the day valiantly planting over 400 plants, shrubs and small trees. Groundworks generously funded the plants, external lighting, seating and water butts. This team was probably one of the few groups pleased about the significant amount of rain that fell over the following weeks, as the plants have taken off and filled out beautifully! Take a look at the garden next time you drop in to HEART – you’ll notice that they have included fruit bushes and trees, in the hope that someday the fruit can be used in the café.

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The charity provides services for people of all ages and relies on voluntary support Volunteers are currently needed for a range of activities, including socialising with the residents at the Rookery, helping at events, and volunteering at youth clubs. If you have a special skill that would save them the expense of hiring an external supplier, that would also be much appreciated. “As a volunteer myself, I see firsthand the difference my time makes to people”, said Karen Booth, Volunteer Co-ordinator at Leeds Mencap. “This is a lovely place to volunteer and do something fantastic for a deserving cause. Volunteers can also benefit from training and developing office skills.” For more information, contact Karen Booth on 0113 235 1331 or


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RIGHT CHOICES MULTICULTURAL DAY The Right Choices Project in Headingley is hosting a Multi-cultural Family Day at HEART on Bennett Road, Headingley on Saturday 18th August. From noon until 6pm there will be an opportunity to try various experiences at the many stalls – from delicious food to alternative therapies. There will be African drum workshops for both adults and children, and much more!

This can be a drawing, painting, collage or photo. The exhibition will run from 1st – 22nd October. Visitors to the exhibition will be able to vote for their three favourites and the winners will be announced on Apple Day. You must be 13+ to enter. Framed artwork must be no larger than 40 x 40cm, with a hanging wire on the reverse. Artwork should be delivered to HEART between 15th and 29th September. Please put your name/ contact details on the back, plus title of the piece (and price if interested in selling). Artwork can be collected from HEART from 22nd October. For further information, contact 10 August 2012 |

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Saturday 20th October is Apple Day at HEART, and as part of the celebrations they are inviting you to submit a picture featuring apples to be included in a community exhibition.

At 6.30pm the band Mojah (see page 38) takes over, playing reggae, dance music and Ska. Mojah is a five-piece Leeds band featuring Paulette Morris (Royal Blood) on vocals. DJ Silva Dan will be on hand to play more reggae and calypso during the intervals. Tickets cost just £3 (children free) and profits will be divided between an individual or family nominated by the local community, and the Swarthmore Education Centre Roof Appeal. Tickets are available at HEART, Swarthmore College Cafe, and Right Choices Right Choices Project aims to improve the independence and well-being of learning disabled people and individuals with mental health issues. For a small annual fee it provides a range of services, including Community Outreach, Community Groups, Job Club/ Training Opportunities. For further details contact 07505 865 317,,

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Going For Gold

Let’s Support our local Olympic and Paralympic Athletes

The Olympics are about to start and there are more reasons than ever to get excited about it. Not only is it right here in the UK – but we also have a fabulous team of Olympic and Paralympic athletes 14 12 July 2012 | from Leeds taking part.

Women’s Boxing finally an Olympic Sport

Lizzie Armitstead

For boxer Nicola Adams from Burmantofts it is a truly momentous opportunity as she will be one of the first women to box at the Olympic Games. Women’s boxing first appeared in the Olympic Games as a demonstration sport in 1904 but was banned in most countries for most of the 20th century. The ban was lifted in the UK in 1996. The first European Cup for Women was held in 1999 and the first World Championship in 2001 in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Since then the sport’s popularity has soared. But It was not until 2009 that it was finally announced that it would be included in the 2012 Olympics.

I always wanted to be part of the Olympics. It is so exciting and such an amazing feeling

“When I heard Women’s Boxing was in the 2012 Olympics I was overwhelmed”, said Nicola. “I always wanted to be part of the Olympics. It is so exciting and such an amazing feeling.” Nicola started boxing when she was 12 and had her first bout at 13! One of her problems was finding other girls to fight. At 17 her talent was recognised and she was asked if she would be interested in taking part in national championships – she hasn’t looked back.

Fighting as a flyweight, she has been amazingly successful in the last couple of years and has a definite chance of a medal in London. “Normally I’m boxing abroad. What makes this even better is that my family and friends will have the opportunity to see me box here at home.”

And what does the future hold? Whatever she does it will always involve boxing. “I cannot imagine not boxing – I just love it with a passion.”

UK cyclists set to take medals

Britain has been doing fantastically well in cycling for some time. Now Lizzie Armitstead from Otley is joining the Olympic team. It seems just the other day that she was spotted by a cycling scout when she was at Prince Henry’s Grammar School. Shortly afterwards North Leeds Life featured a little piece about her search for sponsors to help her progress in her sport – well here she is! Today Nicola Adams (left), photo: Kyte Photography

Lizzie is a world champion track and road racing cyclist and a favourite for Women’s Road Race at London 2012 “I am delighted to have been officially selected for the Olympics for the women’s road race team” Lizzie told us. “I was really hoping for selection with the results I’ve been producing this year but I was surprised by my reaction after I was told – it felt like a huge weight had been lifted off my shoulders and all the hard work had been worth it. I’m so excited and proud to be pulling on the Team GB jersey and can’t wait until 29th July!” Cyclist David Stone is almost a veteran – this will be his third Paralympics! David, who suffers from cerebral palsy, describes cycling as a source of freedom and enjoyment. He has raced all over the world and has already won Gold at Paralympic and World Championship level, taking Gold in both Road Race and Time Trials in Beijing. After the Sydney Games in 2000, he took a few years out and went travelling, coming back to the sport with renewed focus and determination. “When it comes down to it this is just another race that I’m going out there to win”, he said. “Recently, I went to Brands Hatch to look at the course for London. I had seen it before but not ridden around it. I was surprised at how rolling and technical it was. This type of course is suited to my riding style and I hope it will be an amazing event.” | August 2012 13

Leeds Swimmers will make a splash!

Leeds will have five divers at the Games - these are City of Leeds stars Rebecca Gallantree, Sarah Barrow, Jack Laugher, Hannah Starling and Alicia Blagg. Such is the success of the City of Leeds squad, based at the John Charles Centre, that the club accounts for five of the 12-strong Team GB Olympic squad. Harrogate’s Jack Laugher (17) broke his own British record on the way to winning the men’s 3m individual event to seal his place in London.

Anyone thinking of aiming for the Olympics should go for it and just keep working hard, It’s never easy. You just have to keep at it. But it’s worth it!

Hannah Cockroft, Claire Cashmore Nicola Adams David Stone

Hannah and Alicia are the first homegrown Leeds divers ever to compete at an Olympic Games and, together with Jack, are youngest members of the squad. Like David Stone, swimmer Claire Cashmore will also be taking part in her third Paralympics. Claire, who has just graduated from Leeds University with a degree in Linguistics and Phonetics, has been swimming competitively for 11 years. She won Bronze in 2008. “This will be so very different to Beijing”, she told us. “It will be a home crowd cheering for us and that support means so much.” Claire trains mainly at the John Charles Centre, which she describes as ‘a great facility’. In the run up to the Games she has had the opportunity to meet members of both the Dutch and Chinese teams, who have also been training there. She was keen to thank the City of Leeds Swimming Club, and everyone around Yorkshire for their support – including The Queen’s Hotel who were quick to step in and offer her accommodation when she had to leave her student house. “Anyone thinking of aiming for the Olympics should go for it and just keep working hard”, she said. “It’s never easy. You just have to keep at it. But it’s worth it!”

UK leading the world in Triathlon

Claire Cashmore

Of course, we’ve been watching Alistair and Jonathan Brownlee eating up triathlon titles for some time now. Just recently Alistair returned to competition at Kitzbuhel, having been out of commission for months with an Achilles injury. The brothers attacked the course with Alistair

Jonathan and Alistair Brownlee, Photo: Delly Car ITU

coming in first with a time of 1:50:13 and Jonathan only 45 seconds behind him. Maybe they could try and cross the finish line together in London! Seeing the two of them race is tremendously exciting. They have plenty of competition from around the world, but at the moment the UK is leading the world in the sport of triathlon with Alistair and Jonny for the men and Helen Jenkins for the women.

Suddenly The Olympics and Paralympics are much more real. The journey of the Olympic Torch almost whipped people into a frenzy! It was fantastic to be able to recognise the contributions and achievements of so many people as they carried the torch around the country. Now it’s over to our athletes and WOW! We have some great local athletes to support, don’t we?

Breaking records even before the Games!

There’s nothing like breaking records even before the Olympics begin – and Wheelchair Racer Hannah Cockroft did just that in June! Competing in the brand new stadium, and having missed her call and warm up due to an accident with the bus that was meant to get her there, Hannah went straight onto the course and broke a world record! She tried swimming, discus and wheelchair basketball before discovered wheelchair racing just four years ago (she’s 19 now) and she loves it. She seems to be bubbling over with equal measures of excitement.and terror! “The stadium was empty when I broke that record. It’s going to be so different when it’s full of people”, she told us. “The biggest crowd I’ve ever raced in front of before was 5,000 – this will be 80,000! These games are going to be massive. There’s lots of pressure but also loads of support.” Hannah is a currently a Double World Champion. She recently returned from competing in Indianapolis where she won both her races. After the games she may finally get the time to take up her place on the Sports Development Course at Leeds Met.

Rowing to victory!

The GB Rowing Teams are also strong contenders, with a number of rowers from Yorkshire. Debbie Flood, from Guiseley, will be rowing in the Women’s Quadruple Skulls. Having worked her way back from injury she joins her 2004 and 2008 crew-mate Frances Houghton in the equivalent women’s boat in which she won Olympic silver in 2004 and 2008.

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(Colonel) John Thomas North (1842-1896) Millionaire Adventurer – Donor of Kirkstall Abbey

Ruthless opportunist, lovable rogue, heartless swindler, generous benefactor – just some of the views of John Thomas North, who made his fortune thousands of miles away in Chile, but never forgot his home town of Leeds. North was born on 30 January 1842 at 7 Bywater Street, Hunslet, a narrow street of back-to-backs in an area of railway sidings, coal staithes, and huge foundries belching out smoke. His father, a coal dealer, died when he was 14 and his widowed mother took over a pub in Grape Street, where the family lived, among huddled terraces overshadowed by the vast Airedale Foundry (all swept away since in slum clearance). Nearby in Hunslet Road was John Fowler’s Steam Plough Works, where, after an apprenticeship, North found a job as a millwright, a machine engineer. He married in 1866 and began a family. Then, around 1869, Fowlers offered him the chance to go to Chile, an important export market for their booming business. He seized the opportunity for a new life. He stayed there thirteen years, soon leaving Fowlers and working for himself. He finished up a millionaire, mainly from the processing of nitrates which were then in increasing demand as a fertilizer. His multiple schemes included supplying fresh water for the arid desert area of the nitrate fields, building railways for transport, and setting up a bank to provide financial backing. A bold opportunist and gambler, he profited from the war between Peru and Chile over possession of the nitrate region by buying up concessions at a knockdown price which subsequently made him a fortune. North returned to Britain in 1882 to promote his business interests and with his brash persona, lavish spending and gift for publicity set 16 August 2012 |

off a nitrate boom. People queued up to invest in the numerous companies he launched, following the dream of a quick profit. He was set on making his mark in high society, hobnobbing with royalty and the rich and famous. Known everywhere as ‘The Nitrate King’, he added ‘Colonel’ to his title by joining the local Volunteers. He bought a mansion at Avery Hill near London and spent huge sums extending and refurbishing it in spectacular style – his opulent lifestyle, fabulous parties and expensive sporting interests made him the media celebrity of his day. But he never forgot his Leeds roots and family and was always ready to back worthy causes, making substantial donations to the Infirmary and the Yorkshire College. His most spectacular gift came about in 1889, when he heard by chance that Kirkstall Abbey and its grounds were up for auction and were at risk of being

bought by a group of Manchester businessmen as an amusement park. He promptly promised to buy the Abbey himself, with extra land, and hand it all over to the citizens of Leeds. The purchase cost him £10,000. In return he was honoured as the first Freeman of the city. When he arrived in Leeds for the ceremony he was mobbed and cheered. His huge popularity led him to stand as Tory candidate for West Leeds in 1895, a campaign he fought with supreme showmanship but not the slightest concern for political issues. He lost by only a few votes. Colonel North returned to Chile in 1889, when British nitrate concessions were under threat from the nationalist president of the time. How far he was involved in exploiting the political tensions in Chile remains an open question. In any case he saw that the future for nitrates, particularly with the development of artificial fertilizers, was looking bleak. He quietly got rid of most of his nitrate interests and diversified his investments into a wide range of businesses at home and abroad. Suspicions and accusations of financial misconduct were beginning to beset him when in 1896 he suddenly died of a heart attack at a business meeting in London, after a lunch of oysters and porter. His death made headlines across the world. Today he is mostly forgotten (though he is the subject of a recent book) but his gift of the Abbey and its grounds – where he told people he had fun as a child, playing ‘kiss-inthe-ring’! – is there for everyone to enjoy.

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THE U FILES WEETWOOD GRANGE The Industrial Revolution saw Leeds become a major industrial city associated not only with the woollen industry, but also with flax, iron foundries, engineering, coalmining and printing. As a consequence the richer populace moved out to suburbs such as Headingley to escape the filth and pollution of the city’s industry.

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ILKLEY BREWERY WINS LOCAL BUSINESS ACCELERATORS AWARD Ilkley Brewery was recently announced as the winner of the Local Business Accelerators (LBA) scheme at a ceremony in London. Organised by the Newspaper Society (NS), the initiative is fronted by national ambassador and Dragons’ Den star, Deborah Meaden, and backed by Prime Minister David Cameron, Business Secretary Vince Cable, and CBI Director General John Cridland. “This excellent initiative shows how local papers can support and energise some of the brilliant new British businesses in their area and really help them flourish”, said David Cameron. “By fostering entrepreneurship and innovation, these papers are not only nurturing local talent, but also playing a key part in encouraging economic growth from a local level upwards”. Over 3,000 local businesses were judged on a series of criteria including the originality of the business idea, their ability to fend off competition, their finances and future prospects, their communication skills, their positive impact on the local community, and the potential benefit to the businesses of local newspaper advertising.

Ilkley Brewery directors Christopher Ives (l) and Stewart Ross (r), pictured with Deborah Meaden As winners, Ilkley Brewery will receive an ad campaign created by a top London ad agency as well as a year’s business mentoring from Deborah Meaden. “We’re hugely excited to be working with Deborah and gleaning as much knowledge and expertise as we can”, said Chris Ives, one of the brewery’s directors.

Also on the national judging panel headed by Deborah Meaden were: Helen Loveless, Mail on Sunday business editor; Stephen Welton, Business Growth Fund chief executive; Graham Goodkind, Frank PR founder; Al Young, St Luke’s creative director; and Lynne Anderson, NS communications and marketing director.

“The Local Business Accelerators scheme has been a real success in linking up new entrepreneurial talent with business mentors from the local community”, said Vince Cable: “Business mentoring is a vital part of starting and growing your enterprise as the advice comes from someone who has been there and done it before. Regional media can play an important role in forging great business relationships.”

Newspaper Society president Geraldine Allinson said: “LBA has clearly demonstrated that local newspapers have the ability to deliver a powerful boost to local businesses, encourage entrepreneurship, and energise the economy.”

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In June, Hope Pastures Horse and Donkey Sanctuary on Weetwood Lane hosted its first marriage ceremony in the form of a ‘Hand Fasting’. A Hand Fasting is a marriage ritual based on an ancient Celtic tradition. It was seen as a rite of betrothal, lasting a year and a day. If all went well, after a year and a day the two lovers would hold a second Hand Fasting ceremony that would bind together hearts, minds, bodies and spirits for as long as love was shared between the two. Most often a Hand Fasting is held outside in as natural a setting as possible. The chosen space is decorated with flowers and foliage of the season, lit with candles and perfumed with incense, and the couple is invited into the Sacred Circle to exchange their vows. They gaze deeply into each other’s eyes and whisper promises as the officiator, priest or priestess gently binds their wrists together with a cord, signifying the tender bondage of their mutual commitment – hence the saying ‘tying the knot’. When the ceremony is over, the happy couple ‘jump’ the broomstick, the symbol of the joining together of

man with woman, to ensure love and happiness for their future. Food and wine are then shared with the guests to celebrate the wonderful occasion. Hope Pastures was a lovely setting for the ceremony, watched by a number of curious ponies!

A RUGBY LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN FOR LEEDS MENCAP Leeds Mencap is set to hold a star studded evening that will have the very biggest rugby league fans racking their brains when the charity hosts a quiz show based on the TV programme A League of Their Own. The event is set to take place on Thursday 2nd August at the Irish Centre on York Road, and will help to raise essential funding for the charity, which supports over 250 Leeds families with learning disabilities every week. Radio Aire’s Rich Williams will host the show, with Leeds Rhino players Danny McGuire and Jamie Jones-Buchanan as Team Captains. The evening promises to be a riot of hilarity! “I know the fantastic work Leeds Mencap delivers and I’ve seen firsthand how families grow stronger and 20 August 2012 |

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more confident throughout their time with the charity”, said Danny, who is also an Ambassador for Leeds Mencap. “I’m delighted to be part of this event and we have some fantastic players getting involved.”

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CHARLIE SIEM APPOINTED VISITING PROFESSOR AT LCM Leeds College of Music recently announced the appointment of Charlie Siem as a Visiting Professor. Charlie is one of the UK’s brightest new classical music stars. The multi-talented, versatile performer has appeared with orchestras around the world including the Royal Philharmonic, London Mozart Players, Israel Camerata and the Bergen Philharmonic.

“I was thrilled to be approached by Leeds College of Music and eagerly await my visits to such a forward thinking institution”, said Charlie. “I look forward to being able to contribute and to share with its students my advice and experiences, challenging them to not only improve their playing but also to help them understand and deal with the immense pressure of performing.”

His versatility was further demonstrated by a unique collaboration with the Royal Ballet whose dancers he accompanied on a tour to Cuba. The demand for Charlie’s talents dramatically increased in 2011 when he serenaded Lady Gaga at her Fashion Icon Award party in New York, introducing him to millions of new fans. Charlie’s busy schedule of appearances has included tours of Japan, Scandinavia, and America.

Charlie was the global face of the prestigious Alfred Dunhill label with their ‘Voices’ campaign in 2011. He has continued to feature in some of the world’s top fashion and lifestyle magazines including US Vogue, Italian Vogue, GQ and V Man, and has been photographed Bruce Weber and Mario Testino.

CLASSICAL FANTASIA AT KIRKSTALL ABBEY Classical Fantasia, the annual open-air concert and stunning fireworks display in the grounds of Kirkstall Abbey, will take place on Saturday 1st September, with gates opening at 6pm and the main performance starting at 8pm. Organised by Leeds City Council, this is the 17th year for this unique event. Once again it will feature music by the Northern Ballet Sinfonia, accompanied by spectacular illumination of the abbey ruins and electrifying fireworks. “Classical Fantasia is always a superb event with a very unique look and feel in the wonderful grounds of Kirkstall Abbey so we are looking forward to another great evening’s entertainment”, said Councillor Adam Ogilvie. Tickets are available (priced at £7.50 for LEEDSCard holders, £6.50 for LEEDSCard Extra holders and £5 for Breezecard holders. General admission is £10 or £35 for four) from www.leeds. , City Centre Box Office in The Carriageworks, Millennium 22 August 2012 |

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A major new prize – The Terence JuddHallé Award – has been added to the Leeds International Piano Competition 2012, which runs from 29th August – 16th September.

Dame Fanny Waterman

The prize is in memory of a brilliant young pianist and past pupil of Dame Fanny Waterman who was 3rd prizewinner in the Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition in 1978 and who died tragically young, on the verge of a brilliant musical career. Members of the Hallé and their music director, Sir Mark Elder, will choose one of the six Leeds finalists to receive the award, which will consist of a cash prize of £5,000, at least three paid engagements, and the possibility of a recording on the Hallé label. More than 270 entries were submitted for the 2012 Competition, from which 80 pianists from over 20 countries have been selected to compete in front of an international jury.

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“The applications this year have been outstanding, some of the finest talent the Audition Panel has ever seen and heard”, said Dame Fanny Waterman, who, together with Marion Thorpe, founded the Competition in 1961. “This will be a remarkable year as we will celebrate Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee, the Olympic Games and the 50th anniversary of the world’s greatest International Piano Competition. We hope to continue to help aspiring young pianists at the start of their careers and the prize winners will be offered a number of prestigious national and international engagements.” The Competition is held every three years and the two finals in Leeds Town Hall are televised by BBC 4 and broadcast by BBC Radio 3. Six finalists will perform with the Hallé, conducted by Sir Mark Elder, at Leeds Town Hall on Friday 14th and Saturday 15th September. Dame Janet Baker, the Competition’s Patron, will present the prizes. The winner will also receive an £18,000 cash prize donated by the Liz and Terry Bramall Charitable Trust and a range of prestigious engagements with leading UK and international orchestras. 24 August 2012 |

Over the last fifty years, The Leeds International Piano Competition has helped to launch the successful careers of some of the world’s finest and most eminent pianists, including Murray Perahia, Radu Lupu, Andras Schiff, Mitsuko Uchida, Lars Vogt, Louis Lortie and Artur Pizarro.

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A SEASON OF MERMAIDS, BUTTERFLIES, FAIRIES AND FIENDS Northern Ballet starts its new season with the UK première of David Nixon’s Ondine, which will be performed at West Yorkshire Playhouse from 8th to 15th September.

Prime Minister David Cameron recently expressed his delight at Aung San Suu Kyi becoming the Honorary Ambassador for the Leeds International Piano Competition. He said:

The competition’s Chairman and Artistic Director Dame Fanny Waterman said that the top prize will be named the Daw Aung San Suu Kyi Gold Medal in recognition of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s inspiration, courage and hope for humanity and her appreciation of piano playing. “In 26 August 2012 |

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be named the Daw Aung San Suu Kyi Gold Medal in recognition of her inspiration, courage and hope for humanity

“The Leeds International Piano Competition is one of the great classical music competitions in the world” he said. “It’s a tremendous advert for Leeds and for Britain as a whole. Aung San Suu Kyi’s appreciation of piano playing is well known. So it is fantastic that the competition has made this tribute to Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. And it is a fitting way to end her brilliant and historic visit to Britain.”

this special Golden Anniversary Year this is the greatest honour our piano competition has ever received”, she commented.

It tells the story of a doomed romance between a beautiful mermaid and handsome nobleman, Brand. Despite being raised by humans, Ondine retains the mysticism of her kind. When she falls deeply in love with a mortal, she is transformed from a water nymph into a woman. In time Brand grows fearful of the otherworldly creature he has married and finds himself drawn to a previous love, but he knows that should he break their bond a watery grave will seek him out. The production features the original music of Hans Werner Henze. The stunning sets and costumes are created by Jérôme Kaplan.

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Access is free and there will be many knowledgeable volunteers on hand. The whole event is co-ordinated across the city by Leeds Civic Trust. There are guided walks around historic Guiseley, Roundhay Park’s Geology Trail, Lawnswood Cemetery, University of Leeds’ campus and three routes in Headingley. There will also be exhibitions to bring back memories at the White House on Otley Chevin, in Otley’s Museum and, a new participant this year, the Marks & Spencer Archive (M&S) at the University of Leeds, which will have a Leeds theme. Walk through the doors of the awardwinning Otley Courthouse – now an arts

and community centre, the magnificent Brotherton Library, Roundhay School’s 6th Form Mansion building and the fabulous Spenfield House on Otley Road, West Park. Another awardwinning building with many fine features is Left Bank on Cardigan Road, which will also host an evening of music.

A feast of heritage, architecture, exhibitions, guided walks and activities

There’ll be a feast of heritage, architecture, exhibitions, guided walks and activities on offer during this year’s Heritage Open Days - Thursday 6th to Sunday 9th September.

St Chad’s Church Headingley, St Margaret’s Church Horsforth, the United Hebrew Congregation Synangogue in Shadwell, Wrangthorn Parish Church Hyde Park, Otley’s ancient Parish Church of All Saints, and tiny St Oswald’s in Collingham – all different and all serving refreshments! To help keep those active children busy why not visit the Jewish Heritage Centre for Children at 168 Shadwell Lane, LS17? It’s fascinating for adults too! There’ll be lots to do at Otley’s Courthouse, and All Saints Church will have a heritage trail, as will M&S, where there’ll also be craft activities, similarly at Spenfield House. For opening times and a full listing, visit Leaflets are available from libraries, museums and Leeds’ Visitor Centre at City Station.

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This summer something quite breathtaking will be popping up in stunning locations across the North York Moors National Park including Rievaulx Terrace, Wykeham Abbey and The Moors National Park Centre, Danby. Terrarium is a new dance performance created by Leeds-based choreographer Simon Birch and is one of the highlights of the National Park’s 60th anniversary celebrations. It runs from 1st – 12th August with a mix of afternoon and evening performances. The performance takes place in a giant bubble, four and a half metres in diameter, enabling the audience to view the dance in relation to the surrounding landscape. Performed by two dancers, Terrarium is inspired by the beauty and wildness of the moors and coast and the changes that take place with the passing of time and seasons. 30 August 2012 |

Composer Jon Hughes has created an extraordinary musical soundtrack, played through an ambi-sonic surround-sound system designed to give the listener an almost 3D sound experience. The music is based on a series of recordings made in locations around the National Park. “Our aim is to capture the audiences imagination by placing high quality live dance performance in unusual and inspiring rural location”, said Simon Birch. “We are grateful to the North York Moors National Park for providing us with this amazing opportunity to perform in the stunning locations and to be part of their 60th anniversary celebrations.” Tickets for Terrarium (Adults £10, Children (5 – 16) £5, Family ticket Family ticket (2 adults & 2 children age 5-16) £25, available from Yorkshire

Dance on 0113 243 8765 or online at Performances: Wed 1 Aug, 7.30pm at Wykeham Abbey, near Scarborough; Thurs 2 Aug, 7.30pm Moors National Park Centre, Danby near Whitby; Fri 3 Aug, 3pm & 7.30pm at Sneaton Castle, Whitby; Sat 4 Aug, 3pm & 7.30pm at Kirkleatham Hall, Redcar; Sun 5 Aug, 7.30pm at Moors National Park Centre; Wed 8 Aug, 7.30pm at Rievaulx Terrace, near Helmsley; Thurs 9 & Fri 10 Aug, 7.30pm at Moors National Park Centre; Sat 11 Aug, 3pm & 7.30pm at The Show Field, Kildale, near Stokesley; Sun 12 Aug, 7.30pm at Rievaulx Terrace.

WASHBURN HERITAGE CENTRE COMES INTO ITS OWN The Washburn Heritage Centre, a new extension to the 17th Century Fewston Church, just seven miles north of Otley, opened its doors in February 2011 and in its first year it has become a firmly established local attraction. Over 10,000 visitors have already enjoyed what it has to offer. Highlights of the last year included a Bronze Award from the Royal Institute of British Architects in the RIBA Northern Network Awards 2011. This year has seen the further development of imaginative and exciting events and exhibitions, which have galvanised much local research and participation. The launch of the Washburn Society, now with a membership base of over 230, has strengthened the engagement of many local residents and visitors, who are helping carry things forward. The 2012 programme has four themes which explore different aspects of the heritage of the Washburn Valley – this

month heralds the theme ‘How Green is our Valley’. The Centre is open at weekends during the summer, 11am to 4.30pm. For further information, contact 01943 880794, or Sat 4 Aug – Sun 14 Oct: Exhibition ‘How Green is our Valley?’ presenting a unique record of personal stories on how sustenance and sustainability were tackled in the Washburn Valley over the last 60 years. Tues 7 Aug 10.30am: ‘Cooking with Foraged Food’. Stephanie Moon, consultant chef, Rudding Park, demonstrates how to cook using foraged food. Includes light lunch. £7.50/£9

and Beyond. An evening of poetry and prose from Courthouse Writers and James Nash, plus talk by Katie of Courtyard Planters. Music from the Heritage Boys. £7.50/£9. Mon 13 Aug/ Thurs 23 Aug: ‘Capturing Memories: an Introduction to Video Editing‘ with Ken Relf, Trinity & All Saints University College, using Windows Live Movie Maker. 6 – 9pm. £25 for both sessions. Max 10 people. Sat 25 – Mon 27 Aug: ‘Locally Made‘– a celebration of local products and crafts.


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Hollin Lane Allotments Annual Show on Sunday 2nd September will once again welcome BBC gardening celebrity Joe Maiden as judge. Show entries should be registered by 12 noon on the day and judging begins at 1pm followed by a produce auction. There will be homemade refreshments and a community BBQ. You are invited to come along, bring some food to put on the BBQ and admire the prize winning produce. The entrance to the allotments is between Highbury Road and Hollin Drive – just follow the unpaved track from Hollin Drive or use the Meanwood Valley Trail, near the end of Highbury Road. For further details, including information about the show’s produce classes, visit

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Marie Curie Cancer Care has once again organised its series of Walk Ten events at beautiful locations around the country this summer. The 10k walk and celebration at Bolton Abbey is on Saturday 18th August and will help to raise much needed funds to provide more free nursing care for people with terminal illnesses.

Bolton Abbey is beautiful at any time of year, but particularly when the sun is setting on a summer’s evening. With exclusive after hours access, the walk will take you along the River Wharfe, through woodland and gorges, over scenic moorland paths and past the ruins of the old Priory. The walk starts at 6pm and afterwards there will be live music, picnics and fireworks to celebrate the work of Marie Curie Nurses. Registration is just £10 per person (children free) and you are encouraged to raise as much as possible to support the charity.

“Walk Ten is a wonderful occasion, giving people the chance not only to walk 10k in stunning surroundings, but also to recognise the dedication of Marie Curie Nurses”, said Kate Gaynor, Events Manager for the North at Marie Curie Cancer Care. “There’s a festival atmosphere, making it a really fun evening to spend with friends, family or colleagues. Last year, Walk Ten participants helped to raise over £400,000, enabling our nurses to provide 20,000 hours of free care to people with terminal illnesses in their own homes and in Marie Curie Hospices.” For further information and to register, call 08700 340 040 or visit



This year’s Kirkstall Harriers Kirkstall Abbey 7 race takes place on Sunday 23rd September. The race starts and finishes in the beautiful surroundings of Kirkstall Abbey at 10am and the route takes in the lovely scenery around the canal and riverbank on the way. It is a multi-terrain race open to runners of all abilities with a prize for all finishers, and trophies and prizes in several categories. There is also the Stephen Blades Memorial Trophy awarded for the first ‘local’ runner home. This year there are also two junior races before the main race. The Mad Monk Meander is a one mile fun run around the abbey grounds for children under 10 and the Kirkstall Abbey Junior Race is a two mile course for young people under 17. All participants in the Mad Monk Meander will receive a medal and there are prizes for competitors in the junior race too.

Bliss, the support group for families of babies that have been ‘born too soon, too small, or too sick’, recently held a sponsored ‘Bliss Buggy Push’ at Golden Acre Park.

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Once again the club will be supporting Sue Ryder Care Wheatfields Hospice and will have a sandwich, cake and refreshment stall in Leeds Postal Sports Association Club, Beecroft Street, Kirkstall afterwards

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COOKRIDGE HALL RAISES OVER £2,000 FOR CHILDREN’S SURGICAL WARD Cookridge Hall Golf Club recently raised £2,305 through their Corporate Classic and Celebrity Pro golf tournaments and a sports memorabilia auction, for the Children’s Surgical Ward at Leeds General Infirmary. This brings the total amount the club has raised in the past three years to £8,000.

“I was honoured to present the cheque on behalf of Cookridge Hall Golf Club, which makes incredible efforts in community fundraising activities”, said Greg. “In the past, they have

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The Children’s Surgical Ward at Leeds General Infirmary is a regional centre that cares for extremely sick, highly dependent children from all over Yorkshire and, in some cases, from across the country. MP Greg Mulholland joined Adam Frontal (MD Cookridge Hall Golf Club), Gary Day (General Manager), Steve Cordwell (Corporate Golf Advisor), and Phil Saunders (General Manager A Priestley Roofing Ltd, principal sponsor of both events), for a tour of the ward with Matron Sarah Fletcher and Staff Nurse Louise Porter.




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CLASSIC SKA, ROOTS & REGGAE FROM MOJAH Mojah play classic Ska and Roots Reggae, performing inspired versions of familiar tunes by Jimmy Cliff, Toots and the Maytals, Bob Marley and the Wailers, Jackie Mitoo el al, with some choice rarities thrown in. Held together by a thrillingly tight rhythm section and featuring the Hammond organ virtuosity of Bob Birch, the band deliver heavy skank and two-step friendly numbers with aplomb. Other members of the band are Chris Campbell (guitar), Bongo Spear (drums), and Alex Davis bass. Mojah play regularly on alternate Wednesdays at Sela Bar on North Street. Mojah play HEART (see page 10) 38 August 2012 |



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a considerable sum to local drug dealers. Following another bust up with his alcoholic mother, he visits his dad, Ansel, and explains that he has learnt of his mother’s $50,000 life insurance policy. This, in the event of her death, would go to his younger sister, the Lolita-like jailbait Dottie (played by Brit ingénue, Juno Temple) who lives with

Bringing to mind the small town set modern noir-ish crime thrillers of John Dahl such as Red Rock West and The Last Seduction, Killer Joe is replete with all the twisting betrayals, backstabbing and questionable morality of the genre and is shot through with pitch black humour. It is dark stuff indeed. While never seeming too stagey, the film’s theatre origins are evidenced in good use of a strong ensemble cast. Relative newcomer Juno Temple has fun with the archetypal southern belle temptress role and Thomas Haden Church once again makes a convincing halfwit. Emile Hirsch’s Chris could almost elicit a little sympathy were it not for the trifling matter of pimping out his own sister and the ever-watchable Gina Gershon plays Sharla as a white trash harridan straight from the set of The Jerry Springer Show.

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Roots: Hat Fitz & Cara Robinson Fri 27 July, 8pm at

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8pm at New Headingley Club, 56 St Michael’s Rd. Fri 3 Aug: River Moon (the kindly cowboy) & guests. £5. Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks Thurs 2 Aug, from

8pm, Brudenell Social Club. As former front man with Pavement, Stephen Malkmus married melody to a fuzz box & gave birth to a thousand imitators. A legend in the making. £15. Friday Unplugged Fri 3 Aug

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Brudenell Social Club. The band that started life as a Sex Pistols-inspired punk act & quickly morphed into a mainstream synth-pop duo. Tickets £13.50 Jumbo Records. Jazz at HEART Fri 3 Aug,

7.30pm. Jam session in HART Café JB Big Band Sun 5 Aug,

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The Grammar School at Leeds (GSAL) became CSI Alwoodley for a day when the school opened its doors to four crack teams of super sleuths from local primary schools.

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“It was amazing to see the children get so involved and show so much enthusiasm for the Olympic Opening Ceremony and for World Sport Day”, said Jill Harland, Headteacher. “It was a great day. As well as being lots of fun, it raised the children’s awareness of those in developing countries.” Greg Mulholland, MP for Leeds North West, joined the children and teachers for the presentation. “The staff and children worked incredibly hard to put on this terrific event”, he said. “Each class represented a developing country and even gave

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Brudenell Primary School recently presented their own Olympic Opening Ceremony. Each class took a developing country as its theme, in order to promote World Sport Day.


Leading children’s writers Michael Morpurgo and Zizou Corder will head the line-up, which will offer a huge range of events for children aged three to 12, including the Children’s Weekend, dedicated to activities for young people, and the annual Children’s Poetry Competition.

Grammar School at Leeds (GSAL) will be the major sponsor of the Children’s Festival, a central part of Ilkley

“Every year Ilkley Literature Festival offers a huge range of exciting events for children and their families”, said Rachel Feldberg, Director of Ilkley Literature Festival. “This year we are planning story times, drama, writing and making workshops, theatre performances, children’s poetry events and popular ‘meet the author’ sessions, including a family event with former Children’s Laureate and much loved author, Michael Morpurgo.

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Primary pupils from Leeds and Ilkley spent a day at The Grammar School at Leeds (GSAL) with bestselling author

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Leeds Rugby Foundation Touch Rugby Every Tues throughout Summer. Meet 6.30pm at Kirkstall Academy, LS5 3BW, or 7pm at Abbey Fields next to Bridge Inn. £3. All abilities, genders & ages (over 14). Park at Academy. Details: Tony Aubrey 07803 084956, tony. aubery@leedsrugbyfoundation. org Meanwood Amateur Boxing Club Mon & Wed 5.45pm, Meanwood Workingmen’s Club, Stonegate Rd. Beginners welcome. Details: 07890 398968 Moortown Rugby Union Respect, teamwork, discipline, fun. Brilliant club for under 7s (Year 2) to adults. Currently recruiting all ages, especially Under 10s squad (Year 5 in Sep 2012). They train & play Sun 10:30am at Moss Valley, LS17 7NT. Details: Damian Curtis 07860 454701, or moortownrufc/ Pudsey & District Rambling Club: Walks of 5 - 10 miles Sun & alt Thurs. Friendly, long established club with members from all around area. New members welcome. Annual membership £5 (£1 juniors). Try before you join. Details: 01943 430657 or St Chad’s Broomfield Cricket Club plays in Headingley & runs 5 senior & 5 junior teams. They are looking for new players to join the club as well as help from volunteers & sponsors. Details: Paul 07795 154444 or www.stchadscc. com

BBQ at Nineteen Bar & Grill. Entry & BBQ £17.50 adult/ £12.50 child. Entry forms from Sue Ryder shop, Northside Retail Park, Stonegate Rd. Meanwood. Details: 203 3376, ARTS & CRAFTS Chinese Brush Painters Society Sat 18 & Sun 19 Aug,10am – 4pm at Poolin-Wharfedale Memorial Village Hall, Arthington Lane, Pool, Eric Ng will run weekend workshops on painting landscapes. Attend one or both days – each will be different. New members welcome. Details: Anne Allan 01422 368482, mail@ Farsley & District Art Club Meets Mon/Wed/Thurs for drawing & painting at the studios in Westroyd Park, New St. Farsley LS28. Outdoor sketching at Rodley Marina & Rodley Nature Reserve. Details: www.farsleyartclub. Flower Arranging Classes 1st Thurs of month, 1.30pm & 7.30pm at Paxton Hall, 186 Kirkstall Lane, LS6. Beginners welcome. Details: Kath Hall 275 2436 kaybeehall@ Flower Arranging Classes Wed 7 – 9pm at The Grammar School at Leeds, Alwoodley, LS17. NAFAS trained teacher. Beginners & experienced arrangers welcome! Next course starts 19 Sept Details: Judy Watker 07538 132053, 261 2379, watkers@

St Chad’s Tennis Club Join our friendly club & play tennis throughout the year - fun club sessions & competitive opportunities. New members welcome. Details: Anne Wallace 274 9917

Friends of Lawnswood Cemetery Action Days Sat 4 Aug & 1 Sept. Meet 10am in car park, Otley Rd. Tools & refreshments provided (not lunch). Details: Dave Blackham 336 7551, David.

Sue Ryder Cup Fri 17 Aug, 12 noon ‘til late at The Oaks (a unique 12 hole Par 3 course), Leeds Golf Centre, Wike Ridge Lane, Shadwell LS17. Stableford competition - handicaps apply. Teams drawn beginning Aug. Fun day & evening. Everyone welcome.

North Leeds Calligraphers Tues 10am – 12 noon at St Andrews URC, Devonshire Crescent, LS8. Calligraphy lessons for absolute beginners & those with a prior knowledge of this wonderful art form. Individual tuition given. Details: 269 6414

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Wednesdays Headingley Community Art Group 10am - 12pm at HEART, Bennett Rd. New members welcome. Meet new friends & share creative abilities. Open to all with creative craft interests. Details: Michael 07840 797747 Yorkshire Flower Club Wed 29 Aug. 2pm at Almscliffe Hall, Harrogate Rd. Huby LS17. Workshop ‘Modern Designs, Incorporating Wool’. Details: 01943 877516 by 20 Aug. COFFEE MORNINGS, FAIRS & MARKETS Coffee Morning with toasted tea cakes, 10.30am 1st Sat of month, West Park United Reformed Church. Proceeds to Caring For Life, Cookridge. Feral Cat Welfare Summer Fair Sat 11 Aug, 10.30am – 2.30pm at St Margaret’s Hall (corner Hall Lane & Fink Hill), Horsforth, LS18. Lots of good stalls, tombola, refreshments. Entry 50p. Headingley Farmers’ Market 2nd Sat of month, The Rose Garden in front of The Arc on North Lane. 9am – 12.30pm. Hyde Park Community Shop Open Mon, Tues, Wed & Fri, 1 – 4pm at Hyde Park Methodist Mission Church, Woodsley Rd. LS 3. Ladies, men’s & children’s clothing, books, toys, bric-a-brac & more. 90% of things cost just £1. Mini Market Sat 25 Aug, 10am – 12 noon at Stainbeck Church, Stainbeck Rd. Book & cake stalls & friendly chat. All welcome Oakwood Farmers’ Market Sat 18 Aug, 9am – 12.30pm at Oakwood Clock. Details:, www.


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National Trust Supporter Group (Leeds) supports National Trust properties & places in Yorkshire & the North East. Summer programme of visits, walks & holidays underway. Details: Pam 258 8178 North Leeds Model Flying Club New members very welcome, experienced or beginners. Building or flying, plenty of friendly advice. Regular meetings at Horsforth or airfield at Almscliff Crag. Details: 217 8348, www.nlmfc. org Otley & Wharfedale McMillan Cancer Support Fundraising Group covers NW Leeds & meets monthly to plan events. Looking for new members. Details or to book a speaker: 0113 261 3758/ 01943 467299 Oxfam Book Club now meets 1st Tues of month, 7.30pm at The Chemic Tavern, Johnson St. Woodhouse LS6. Details: Royal Park Community Consortium meets regularly. Details: Sue 07796 784018, Paul 07962 255621, Social Events Club Meals, pub nights, theatre/film/music, walks, badminton, book group, weekends away, holidays & more. Mainly over 30s. Monthly new members’ night in North Leeds. Details: 0844 8111025, Trackrod Motor Club Meets 1st Tues of each month, 9.30pm at Old Modernians Club, Cookridge Lane. New Members welcome. Details: Weetwood Writers meet alternate Sundays 10.30am – 12.30pm. Next meeting 2 Sept. Weekly Wed creative writing workshops from Sept. Currently a core of 8 writers who are serious about getting published & would welcome more. Details: Liz 0798 5514331 MUSIC Amici Singers Friendly mixed voice choir welcomes new singers, experienced or not. No auditions. Rehearsals Thurs pm at Adel Methodist Church. Details: 228 5932 or 267 1292.

Bell Ringing at St Chad’s Thurs 7.30 – 9pm Beginners & experienced ringers welcome. Details: Simon Futers 230 0186, The Chippendale Singers Mixed voice choir, rehearses Wed, 7.45 – 9.30pm Methodist Church, Boroughgate, Otley. Madrigals, folksongs, spirituals & sacred works, plus lighter music & songs from shows. Vacancies for male singers (music readers essential). Details: Chris Denton 284 3744 To book choir: Jan Wilkinson 01943 461318 www. Horsforth Leeds City Brass Band A friendly, community brass band welcomes new players. Possible instrument loan, if needed. Rehearsals: Mon 7.30 – 9.30pm at Leeds Trinity University College, Brownberrie Lane, Horsforth. Details: Hannah Rowlands 250 0208, Betty Emberton 267 6529 Lawnswood Singers A female choir, practices Wed 7.30pm Holy Trinity Church, Green Lane, Cookridge. Good female singers welcome to try us out. Wide repertoire & friendly people! Details: Brenda Hawer 267 1292, www. Leeds & Bradford Barbershop Harmony Club Mon, 7.30pm, Rawdon & Guiseley Conservative Club, Leeds Rd, Rawdon. Male singers who can take on four part harmony most welcome. Details: 01274 583 989 Leeds People’s Choir Wed 7.30 – 9.30pm at Swarthmore Education Centre, 2 - 7 Woodhouse Sq. LS3. Details: 243 2210 www. Players for Pleasure offers playing opportunities to adult amateur musicians. All levels, beginners to advanced. All instruments & all ages over 18. New performers especially welcome. Friendly, informal & supportive atmosphere. Details: www. Society of Recorder Players – meets 2nd & 4th Sat pm in Bingley & Headingley. Different conductors take each meeting. Intermediate players, all recorders. New members welcome. Details: Caroline 01943 467348


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Leeds Reformed Baptist Church meets for Sunday services at the West Park Centre, Spen Lane (10:30am & 6pm). Many other activities through the week at 20 Cottage Rd, incl. pre-school, children’s clubs, toddlers & various other groups. Details: 275 8996,

St Urban’s Catholic Church Grove Lane, LS6. Mass times: Sun 10.30am; Mon – Fri 9.15am; Tues Mass Rosary Benediction 7pm; Sat 11am Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, 12noon Mass, 6pm (Sun Vigil). Details: 225 9751 uk

Meanwood Methodist Church Monday Fellowship Meetings held fortnightly, 2pm in The Schoolroom. Varied programme, interesting speakers. Warm welcome. Details: Marjorie Hopwood 275 6913

Stillness Group Every Mon at Friends’ Meeting House, 136 Street Lane, Roundhay LS8. Based on the teachings of Eckhart Tolle, author of The Power of Now & A New Earth. Spend time in stillness with like minded friends. Details: Sally 07884 332644, www.

Meanwood Valley Baptist Church meets at Meanwood Community Centre, Stainbeck Ave. Sunday service 11am, coffee 10.30am. Details: 275 7215, Our Lady of Lourdes Church130 Cardigan Rd, LS6 Sunday Mass 8.45am; Fri Holy Hour with Mass 7pm. Details: 225 9751 www. Quaker Meeting for Worship & Children’s Meeting Sun 10.45am Quaker Meeting House, 188 Woodhouse Lane, LS2 South Parade Baptist Church, North Lane, Headingley. Lively services every Sunday 10.30am (+ Junior Church) & 6.30pm. All welcome. St Augustine’s Church (Wrangthorn), Hyde Park Corner 10.30am services every Sunday. 1st, 2nd & 4th Sundays Holy Communion, 3rd Sunday shorter family service. 6.30pm evening service. All Welcome. St Luke’s Lutheran Church Alma Rd, Headingley. Open for worship Sun 10.30am, followed by refreshments. All welcome. Open Day Sat 30 June 10am. St Michael & All Angels Headingley Parish Church Service times: Wed 10.30am Communion Service; Thurs 8am Communion Service; 2nd & 4th Sun of month 8am Communion Service; Sun Parish Communion 10am; Communion Service 12.30pm; Evensong 6.30pm. All welcome. Details:

West Park United Reformed Church, Spen Lane. Sunday Service at 10.30am. Crèche for young children where they are looked after for part of the service. Tea/coffee & a chat after service. A warm welcome to all. SUPPORT Arthritis Care Leeds Branch meets 3rd Tues of each month, 7.30 – 9pm, St Chad’s Parish Centre, Far Headingley. New members welcome. Details: Pat 275 7694 Association of Blind Asians Leeds is looking for volunteers who would like to make a real difference to blind & partially sighted people in Leeds. Volunteers provide a valuable sighted guiding service which reduces isolation & increases the independence of visually impaired people. Details: Sonal 210 3347 Carers Leeds Offers support to young adult carers aged 18-30. Details: Nikki 07854 481061, Nikki.pattinson@ Crohn’s & Colitis UK Support for people with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) & their families in North & West Yorkshire. Regular meetings. Details: 0845 130 6809, Leeds@crohnsandcolitis., www.groups.

Headingley Mindfulness Group Meet 2nd Mon of month, 7 – 9pm, in a secular setting. Support group welcoming people interested in mindfulness meditation practice for stress reduction (MBSR). Warm welcome. Details: Dot 274 5167 Leeds Coeliac Group - Local support for people with Coeliac disease. Coffee mornings, food events, cookery demonstrations & social events. Details: leeds@ Leeds Samaritans Confidential, non-judgemental support 24 hours a day for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair. They listen with an open mind & in complete confidence, for as long as you need. Details: 245 6789, 08457 909090 Open Door Café A meeting place for people with dementia & their carers. Last Mon of month (except bank hols), 2-4pm, New Headingley Club, St Michael’s Road. Details: 231 1727 Overeaters Anonymous Meetings held Tues 7pm at HEART Headingley; Weds 6.30pm at Roundhay Friends Meeting House; Sat 10am at Rawdon Friends Meeting House. All welcome. Details: 07981 940603, www.oagb. The Yorkshire Cancer Help Centre is now at the Day Therapy Unit, St Michael’s Hospice, Harrogate two Saturdays each month, offering support for people with cancer & their loved ones. Details: Esme 01423 881392/ Karen 01937 573166, Thyroid Meeting Wed 26 Sept, 7pm at Pool Village Hall, Arthington Lane, LS21 1LG. Talk followed by Q & A with Dr Ramzi Ajjan, Senior Lecturer & Consultant in Endocrinology at Leeds Teaching Hospital Trust. Details: Caroline 288 6393

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COMMUNITY NOTICES TALKS & DISCUSSIONS Headingley Cafe Scientifique Mon 6 Aug, 7.30pm New Headingley Club, 56 St Michael’s Rd. Discussion on the ethics of human enhancement. Should we enhance the human body & brain using new technologies? Part of European Community project ‘Science in Society’. Feedback towards report on whether regulations are needed. All welcome. Admission £2. Details: ann. Leeds Astronomical Society meets 2nd Wed of month with a guest speaker presentation & regular telescope nights at Quaker Friends Meeting House, Woodhouse Lane, LS2. Visitors welcome, first visit free. Details: info@, www. ‘Victorian Medical Men’ Sun 19 Aug, 2pm at The Waiting Room, Lawnswood Cemetery (by the Chapels). A talk by Kate Vernon. Park in Otley Rd car park. £3 for non-members (membership £5). Details & to book: Ann Lightman 2611363, friendsoflawnswoodcemetery@ WOMEN’S GROUPS Muslimah Mums’ Group A hub of sisterliness. Details:, Thankful Familyz a group for women & children envisaged as a hub of sisterliness. Details: Maryam at Thankfulfamilyz@yahoo. ‘ Soroptimist International Meet 2nd Mon each month 7pm at Weetwood Hall. All ladies welcome. Details: www.sigbi. org/leeds University of Leeds Ladies’ Club welcomes women connected to the Uni as either serving or former staff

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3311,, Rodley Nature Park Sat 4 August, 9am: Small Mammal Survey. Walk around reserve to find & identify small mammals. Sat 11Aug, 8pm: Bat Night. Presentation in visitor centre & walk with Diane Gregory, West Yorkshire Bat Group. St Chad’s Scouts Looking for fun, adventure, or a new challenge? Why not join our leadership team – No prior knot tying experience required! Details: gsl@stchadsscouts.



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S . NICHOLLS PLASTERING All aspects of plastering work including:

• Rendering • Patching • Re-skimming Call Steve on:

07940 119 081 0113 230 1702

35 experyieears nce NO JOB


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0113 294 6383 / 0790 562 5512 64 August 2012 |

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