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Things are looking up! I always feel that May is a ‘happy’ month – full of hope and the promise of warm, sunny days.....sometime....soon.
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This month we can look forward to an extraordinary public art event in Leeds – Leeds Canvas: OverWorlds UnderWorlds, which is curated by the internationally acclaimed artist filmmakers The Quay Brothers, working with eight local art organisations. Headingley Music Festival returns for its third year; we hear about a visit to the Jewish Heritage Centre for Children; York Gate Garden is ready to welcome visitors again; and we try Blackhouse Grill in Leeds. We also catch up with Marco Pierre White as he returns to his roots at The Box Tree in Ilkley on its 50th anniversary. We flag up an international Art in Sport conference to be held in Headingley in September; and there’s lots of interesting community news and events to browse through.
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Interview with Marco Pierre White
Marco returns to The Box Tree in Ilkley to celebrate this famous restaurant’s 50th anniversary
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In This Issue 06
Uproar Over Council Plans for Rawdon Billing
Nearly 200 people packed the Emmott Arms pub to discuss the proposed construction of 3,000 houses
Making Sure Our NHS Services Work for Us
Jeremy Pritlove of Leeds Hospital Alert urges us to encourage our GPs to support good publicly provided health services
Leeds Canvas: OverWorlds and UnderWorlds Exciting public art project in the centre of Leeds, curated by the iconic Quay Brothers
They Lived in Leeds: Dr Samuel Smiles Eve Bradford looks at the fascinating life of another local resident
Restaurant Review: Blackhouse Grill Good food and a great ambiance
Headingley Music Festival Another great line-up for the third annual music festival
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Greg Mulholland MP recently joined local politicians, campaigners and residents at a meeting to discuss the threat that Rawdon beauty spot, The Billing, could be built on. Nearly 200 people packed the Emmott Arms pub to discuss the proposed construction of 3,000 houses and many more people had to be turned away. Local people were in uproar at discovering that Leeds City Council had included The Billing in its ‘Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA)’, which means that, despite most of the area being in the green belt, they could allow it to be developed for housing. The area included in the SHLAA is partly in Leeds North West constituency (Otley & Yeadon Ward) and partly in Pudsey, represented by Stuart Andrew MP (Guiseley and Rawdon and Horsforth Wards). The communities of Rawdon, Yeadon and Horsforth would all be affected by any development in this area of green belt. The Billing was gifted to the people of Rawdon for the purposes of health and recreation in 1936. It is now owned by the Rawdon Trust, which is already looking for buyers for the land for the development of some 3,000 homes.
The green belt site offers views across the area, contains a number of walking paths, and is a much loved community asset. “There is a clear determination from both MPs and all local councils to fight any attempts to develop The Billing”, said Greg. “It is simply outrageous that the Billing, which means so much to local people who have enjoyed it for years, has been included in Leeds City Council’s list of sites for future development. It should not be considered for housing at all. We must not accept a single brick being laid on this valuable site.” Dr David Ingham from WARD (Wharfedale & Airedale Review Development) led the meeting, which was also the first one to inform local people about the need to have a neighbourhood forum to produce a neighbourhood plan for Aireborough in line with the new National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF). The fact that people are so in the dark about local planning decisions is worrying, it puts them on the backfoot with developers, when they are already disadvantaged in appeals. For a report on the meeting and latest news on the new Rawdon Billing Action Group, please visit www.wardyorkshire.org
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Now that the NHS and Social Care Act is law, what can we do to make sure our health service continues to provide the best possible care for the people of Leeds? What can we do to make sure that our NHS works for us and not to make profits for private health care companies? These were some of the questions considered by local people at a well-attended meeting in Roundhay recently, organised by Leeds Hospital Alert. The meeting was called to give people an opportunity to reflect on what we should do now that the Act has been passed. The Act gives GPs, working together in Clinical Commissioning Groups, the power to choose what our local NHS services will be and who will provide them. This is a huge new task for GPs. The message from the meeting in Roundhay was that we should support our GPs to provide the best quality services, that are publicly accountable and based on what local people say that they need.
At the Roundhay meeting, people said that we should ask our GPs to commit their Commissioning Groups to these principles: • To take no action that will undermine our continuing access to local services which we need, trust and rely upon. Good local services provided directly through the NHS should stay that way and not be sold off. • To refuse simply to hand over services to ‘Any Qualified Provider’ (probably a private health care company) just because the government or the European Commission says so. We must keep services working for local people. • Not to set up contracts with health care companies which are subject to commercial confidentiality. These are our services and we have the right to know about them.
It is a real possibility that our health services could be sold off under the rules of European Commission competition law and that we would have no say over this
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The Act encourages NHS services to be handed over to non-NHS service providers. Already a first list has been drawn up of health services which will be put out for ‘Any Qualified Provider’ to take over from the current NHS management. One of these will be community ear, nose and throat services such as are provided at Wharfedale Hospital.
• To involve local people directly in decisions about what services are provided and who provides them. As patients and carers we know best what is needed. Leeds Hospital Alert and Leeds Keep Our NHS Public will be keeping a close eye on what is happening. If you would like to help support good publicly provided health services, please get in contact at info@ leedshospitalalert.org.uk or write to Leeds Hospital Alert at The Cardigan Centre, 145-149 Cardigan Road, Leeds LS6 1LJ. Jeremy Pritlove Leeds Hospital Alert
IT ONLY TAKES A MINUTE… With the evenings getting longer, Safer Leeds would like to remind everyone that ‘It only takes a minute’ to secure your home. In a matter of minutes burglars can sneak in through an unlocked door while you are out in the garden or busy in the kitchen. Safer Leeds is urging people to stop and think – it only takes a minute to lock your doors and windows to prevent this. One in three burglaries in the last 12 months were sneak-ins through unsecured doors and windows.
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“A burglar’s dream is an unlocked door or window”, said Assistant Chief Constable Geoff Dodd. “The message is clear - lock your doors when you come home and don’t leave windows open in an unoccupied room.” As part of keeping valuables safe, Safer Leeds is also encouraging residents to register personal items, like mobile phones, TVs and laptops, on the national property register site at www.immobilise. com to ensure that they are more easily traceable if stolen.
COOKRIDGE & HORSFORTH U3A EXPANDS - WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM ‘AWARDS FOR ALL’
Cookridge and Horsforth U3A (CHU3A), which started in November 2008, has 130 members and 17 interest groups. It quickly became apparent that demand went beyond the boundaries of Cookridge and Horsforth and that a wider and more ambitious range of activities was needed. So, in its second year CHU3A applied to ‘Awards for All’ - the National Lottery - for a grant to expand both geographically and in terms of services to members.
That was 15 months ago and, thanks to Awards for All, CHU3A has been able to: • publicise itself more widely and attract new members • buy a modern PA system, digital projector and laptop for use at general meetings, and a printer to increase the flow of information to members • offer new activities by buying laptops and software for Introduction to IT, Digital Photography, and Family History courses; materials and a sewing machine for a craft group; a digital visualiser; hiring a room and music scores to start a choir; and paying for a sound system plus room hire for line-dancing
It quickly became apparent that a wider and more ambitious range of activities was needed
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Well done everyone living in EO2002336. According to Acorn you’ve made it. You are officially ‘wealthy achievers’. Allow me to explain. EO whatever refers to Pool, Arthington, Bramhope and Carlton residents, all 7,090 of them, whilst Acorn styles itself as ‘a nationwide population segmentation tool combining geography with demographics and lifestyle information’. Statistics are a wonderful thing and both the council and the NHS like to know more about you. They claim they need to know who smokes, who likes a drink and much more besides so they can allocate resources appropriately.
Dr Barrie Hopson Chairman
The David Wilson Homes saga continues as the Council were not happy with the stone facia suggested by the builders. DWH will now build three small walls showing different stone facia and residents can provide feedback. A major development to build a large number of homes on the Boddington site has been rejected by Leeds City Council on the grounds of layout, sustainability, affordable housing, green space, education and transport improvements. Many residents were concerned about large numbers of cars exiting onto Adel Lane and the developers are now doing a traffic assessment on this road. At our last meeting we decided to offer up to £1,000 towards the new Cold Calling Zone project as we feel this is vital to improving safety and comfort on 10 May 2012 | northleedslife.co.uk
Someone with time on his hands has run the full names of every GPregistered patient through the computer to establish their most likely heritage and faith. Taking the four neighbouring wards together, we learn there are as many Christian Greek Orthodox as Jewish people living in the outer NW area.
our streets and to minimising hassle to older people in particular. The Council will provide the rest of the funding.
Many residents were concerned about large numbers of cars exiting onto Adel Lane and the developers are now doing a traffic assessment on this road
Councillor Clive Fox Adel & Wharfedale Ward
Acorn also produces various sub groups including the colourful ‘Blue Collar Roots’, not to be confused with the ‘Affluent Greys’. Amongst the 16 other groups are ‘Settled Suburbia’, ‘Educated Urbanites’, ‘Burdened Singles’, and ‘Prudent Pensioners’, not to mention ‘Inner City Adversity’ people. We haven’t any of those, of course, because we’re in the outer city, but one percent of you languish in the ‘unclassified or unknown’ category. You won’t remain there long though. They are working on it even as you read this. We can’t have known unknowns clogging up the system can we?
Concerns have been raised about the lack of feedback from Highways regarding issues raised with them a couple of years ago.
There are yet more Russian Orthodox people and as to Buddhists, well they outnumber all the other three put together. Can it really be? The authorities readily acknowledge that this is not necessarily how these good people might describe themselves, but then why not ask them in the first place? Either way, it’s hard to see that we will get our potholes filled in any faster as a consequence. Finally, if you are a man living in Holt Park or Cookridge take heart. The statistics show that on average your life expectancy at birth is 81.7 years, a whole year and 55 days greater than Adel men. Sadly Cookridge ladies manage only a more modest 32 extra days. It could be worthwhile Adel residents moving house. It’s only a thought mind. email@example.com
They have been invited to send someone to one of our meetings to discuss the range of traffic concerns raised, along with some new ones. There are also concerns about the lack of capacity of our two local primary schools, which will of course be more problematic with all of the extra housing. Someone from Education will be addressing our next meeting on this issue. Do remember that this is the forum for raising any concerns that you may have about living in Adel. We are progressing with the formation of an independent Neighbourhood Forum, but are still looking for volunteers. We could especially do with anyone with any traffic or highways expertise, as well as education and health. Again, please contact me or Councillor Barry Anderson (Barry.Anderson@leeds.gov. uk). Dr Barrie Hopson, Chairman barriehopson@ashlingpar tnership. com
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Resurfacing of Golden Acre Park The condition of the car park at Golden Acre Park (off Otley Road) is in an unsuitable state and a funding application has been submitted to reinstate the tarmac surfaced areas and parking bays with a granular base. Funding will pay for the widening of the tarmac, regrading the sub-base and laying a wearing course in tarmac, and regrading parking bays to new level. At a recent Area Committee meeting, the Adel & Wharfedale Councillors agreed to contribute £10,000 towards this, leaving a shortfall of £20,000. £5,000 will be contributed by the Otley & Yeadon Councillors and £1,000 from the Councillors in Alwoodley. The balance will be contributed by Parks & Countryside. A660 Bridleway I was recently asked whether there were any plans to upgrade the bridleway that crosses the A660. I contacted the Public Rights of Way Officer who held a site meeting to find a resolution to the difficulty of linking three bridleways together near the Parkway Hotel.
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Council business in May includes end of year meetings for residents. The Annual Town Meeting will be held at St Margaret’s Parish Centre on 9th May at 7pm, when the Good Citizen’s Award will be presented to Dr Boffey. The Council AGM will be on 16th May at 7.30pm. All Council and Committee meetings are open to all. As we await the results from the Spring ‘In Bloom’ judges, we can all enjoy the colourful Spring and Summer baskets – thanks to the hard work of the
Environment Committee, who kept well within the strict financial limits of their budget. The work in the garden area outside the library will be completed soon. You will then be able to see the mosaic started by our young people at the Activity Day in Hall Park.
The Aubretia Celebration, The Queen’s Jubilee and the extra seating to name but three.
The Council would also remind residents that your ideas would be most welcome as the Council moves towards applying for Quality Council Status and the extra responsibilities this will bring.
The Annual Town Meeting will be held at St Margaret’s Parish Centre on 9th May at 7pm
The Town Clerk’s new Administration Assistant, Charlotte Whitworth, has already begun work on the next ‘Horsforth Matters’. Her skills in media, photography and publishing have enabled the Council to bring these tasks in-house. A big ‘Thank You’ to everyone involved in the many projects that the Council has worked on during the past year –
Jude Arbuckle, Chair
The Diamond Jubilee Committee is busy putting the finishing touches to the planned 4th June events in Horsforth Hall Park. The Council welcomes sponsors and volunteers to help with the anniversary celebrations. Events will start at 3pm with various entertainers, picnics, etc. The evening will bring disco music and, at about 10.30pm, the bonfire beacon will be lit.
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MARCO PIERRE WHITE AT THE BOX TREE, ILKLEY place and, in terms of the gastronomic history of Britain, one of the most important establishments. Fifty years on it’s more than just a restaurant; it’s an institution.” March Pierre retired as a chef in 1999, and I asked if he’d fulfilled his ambitions? “I’d reached a point where I felt the industry was changing and people were coming into it for the wrong reasons”, he said. “I had entered a world where cooking was a craft, it was a trade. Chefs in those days weren’t celebrities, they weren’t acclaimed, it was the name of the restaurant above the door that drew people and a chef would go to a restaurant happy for the opportunity to work there. By the mid-90s young chefs would come to an establishment concerned with the hours they’d work, how much they’d be paid, knowledge was less important. I thought maybe I was getting out of touch and it was time to go.
Marco with Rena and Simon Gueller The Box Tree restaurant in Ilkley turns fifty this year and over its long, illustrious history it has remained one of the leading lights of gastronomic excellence in the North. To celebrate this landmark, one of The Box Tree’s most famous alumni, Marco Pierre White, returned to the restaurant where he began his extraordinary career to visit with his lifelong friend and current owner Simon Gueller and pay tribute to the establishment he calls “the undisputed champion of the restaurant world in Yorkshire”. Marco Pierre’s impact and continued influence on restaurant culture cannot be overstated. From his introduction to the world of Michelin starred restaurants at The Box Tree aged 17, he quickly made his mark, cementing his reputation at the age of 33, when he became the youngest chef ever to be awarded three Michelin stars. The Box Tree obviously holds a special place in his heart. He refers to it as his spiritual home. But how did he end up there from his first job at Hotel St George in Harrogate? “While training as a chef, one of my other jobs in the hotel was shining shoes”, he told me. “Where I sat I noticed a little book called the Egon Ronay Guide. Flicking through it I saw that the best restaurant in Britain was a place called The Box Tree, and I thought to myself, ‘if I’m going to work as a chef, I want to work in the best restaurant in the country’.” 14 May 2012 | northleedslife.co.uk
“By ’98 I’d achieved everything I’d set out to do and had gained the industry’s highest accolades; three Michelin stars and five red knives and forks. I’d succeeded in replicating a great French restaurant. What I’d learnt at The Box Tree was that that it was not just about the food, but also the quality of the environment and atmosphere in which it’s served.”
By a stroke of luck, a vacancy became available that week. He applied and was hired. It was a matter of being in the right place at the right time. “That started it all off for me. The bosses (Malcolm Reid and Colin Long) were extraordinary individuals who told me of the great restaurants of France and ignited something within me, the food and the environment were so amazing, I just fell in love.” After two years he set out for London, where fame and success beckoned. He acknowledges that he would not have achieved what he has in the industry were it not for his formative experience in Ilkley. “The Box Tree is a very special
Today Marco Pierre carries on his commitment to excellence in his pubs. “I’m a lot more comfortable doing boozers than three star restaurants, but I still bring that discipline and that romance to my pubs. In the Michelin starred world you don’t get any such thing as a true regular because so few can afford it and cooking for strangers is not always pleasurable.” Now run by Simon Gueller and his wife, Rena, The Box Tree’s legacy is in good hands, says Marco Pierre, “Simon and I were boys together, we’re from the same part of Leeds, and what he’s done with Box Tree is wonderful, bringing stability and winning back the Michelin star. What makes The Box Tree magical is its history and when you take on an institution like this you become a caretaker and with that comes responsibilities. Simon and Rena are great caretakers.”
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THEY LIVED IN LEEDS Dr Samuel Smiles , 1812-1904 Surgeon, Journalist, Reformer, Writer
One evening in 1845 a group of young workmen, members of a ‘mutual improvement’ society, gathered in a dingy rented room in Leeds to hear a talk by the editor of the radical Leeds Times, Dr Samuel Smiles, a passionate advocate of working-class education. He illustrated his inspirational talk with stories of famous men from humble beginnings who had achieved success and distinction through their own efforts and determination. So the seed was sown for the book that was later to make him a household name: the immensely popular Self-Help, published in 1859, constantly reprinted and translated into languages across the world over the following half-century. Samuel Smiles was a Scot, born near Edinburgh in 1812, one of eleven children of strict Calvinist parents. At fourteen he was apprenticed to the local doctor, and later gained qualifications in medicine and surgery at Edinburgh University. He returned home but found few patients, so began to write articles on the social issues close to his heart – journalism beckoned as a possible alternative career. In 1838 he was offered the editorship of the reformist paper, the Leeds Times. He accepted, hoping to promote his ideals of a more just society. He was to spend the next twenty years in Leeds, where he married and his five children were born – ‘about the happiest and most fruitful period of my life’.
In 1845 he resigned from the Leeds Times, but had to find work to support his growing family. After a brief return to medical practice, he was appointed Secretary to the newly-planned Leeds and Thirsk Railway. It was no sinecure. Work began on the line to Harrogate in 1846, but met with desperate
Over the next years he filled his evenings and spare moments with writing. His first book was The Life of George Stevenson (1857), its success prompting his publishers to go ahead with Self-Help which instantly became an international bestseller (they had previously rejected it!) This was followed by Lives of the Engineers (1862) and three further books expounding his social philosophy: Character (1871), Thrift (1875) and finally Duty (1887). The titles speak for themselves. The double pressure of writing and working affected his health; he retired in 1871, but lived on, still writing,
The 1840s in Leeds were years of political unrest and economic hardship. Smiles was a passionate supporter of reform, pushing for electoral change problems in constructing the long Bramhope Tunnel, bedevilled by constant flooding and subsidence. The cost in money and life was crippling – 24 men died building the tunnel (their memorial stands in Otley churchyard) and the company was almost bankrupted. The line finally opened in 1849. Meanwhile Samuel Smiles and family had moved from town the more rural surroundings Woodhouse Cliff. Alongside
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The 1840s in Leeds were years of political unrest and economic hardship. Smiles was a passionate supporter of reform, pushing for electoral change, the repeal of the Corn Laws, working class education and research into unemployment and poverty. He wrote numerous editorials, gave lectures, took a leading part in the Leeds Parliamentary Reform Association and was active in a grassroots committee investigating unemployment. He believed in reform through rational negotiation and consensus, and was deeply opposed to the violence of the Chartists, but in time he began to feel frustrated and disillusioned by the failure of this approach.
stressful work, he continued to write and lecture. He campaigned for a national education system and for public libraries, and found time to support local initiatives – he was the first president of the Woodhouse Mechanics Institution and taught at the Zion School at Wortley. But in 1854, when the Leeds and Thirsk Railway was absorbed into the Leeds Northern, he lost his job and moved away to London, to become Secretary of the South Eastern Railway company.
until 1904. By then the popularity of Self-Help and the social vision it embodied was waning. Later critics condemned Smiles as moralising and patronising, promoting a myth of individual social mobility, but his work continues to attract comment and reinterpretation. The ideas discussed in the dingy room in Leeds in 1845 are not forgotten, and in their time provided his listeners with encouragement and hope.
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BLACKHOUSE – THE GRILL ON THE SQUARE
If you haven’t discovered Blackhouse yet – do so! We were recently tempted down there on a friend’s recommendation, who claimed it was her favourite restaurant in Leeds. Well, we just had to try it. Arriving shortly after 7pm, we thought we were early but the place was already buzzing. Large tables, small tables – everyone chatting animatedly and diving into their food. If you’re a meat eater, you’ll be in heaven. Blackhouse is famous for its steaks – rib eye, rump, sirloin, fillet T-bone, chateaubriand, they have them all – there’s even a Wagyu KOBE fillet (£55!) which claims to be ‘the tastiest meat in the world’ and has been ‘reared on a beer diet and massaged from birth’! We passed on this one. But let’s start at the beginning. Two of our party decided to opt for the Rock Oysters (£9.75 for 6) as a starter. One was an oyster virgin and became unusually eloquent when trying to describe what they were like – it was like ‘exotic surf exploding in your mouth’, like ‘imbibing the essence of the ocean’, like ‘catching a wave’, a ‘sensation of texture and taste’! The Beef Carpaccio (£7.75) was ‘light, fresh and wonderfully sliced – so thin it melted in the mouth’. And, the Garlic King Prawns in the shell (£9) were equally delicious. This was all washed down with a lovely New Zealand Johnson Estate Sauvignon Blanc. 18 May 2012 | northleedslife.co.uk
Two lovely steaks made their way to our table. Beautifully cooked (though one was perhaps a little closer to medium than rare as requested), the other came as a Posh Surf and Turf, surrounded by baby scallops, prawns and crayfish (£17), both accompanied by excellent home cut chips and steamed broccoli. Not being a meat eater, it was great to have a fabulous selection of seafood – Moules Frites, Grilled Mackerel, Dover Sole, Yellow Fin Tuna, Grilled Lobster. I opted for the Sea Bass on a julienne of vegetables in Thai green curry sauce (£16.50). It tasted light and fresh and the flavours really complemented each other. Jack went for the Swordfish special – again nicely cooked and on a bed of spicy rice and Bok Choy.
The desserts – a superb cheesecake, a winter berry crumble with ginger ice cream and an affogato were just mouthwatering. The service was faultless too – our lovely waitress was smart, funny, charming and very efficient. But, the food at Blackhouse is only part of it – it has a fantastic ambiance, you feel kind of lucky that you happened in on this party! The night we were there singer/pianist/guitarist Adam Pond was playing – amazing. I felt like telling everyone to keep it down a bit so we could hear him better – but they were all having too good a time! Blackhouse, 31-33 East Parade, Leeds LS1 5PS. Tel: 0113 246 0669
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NEW HEALTHCARE CLINIC OPENS IN COOKRIDGE A prestigious, state-of-the-art clinic has opened its doors to patients and practitioners on Tinshill Lane in Cookridge, offering an integrated range of therapies, treatments and health services in contemporary surrounds.
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On Thursday 7th June there will be a private screening of the much-loved Tom Cruise classic Cocktail at Alea Casino, Clarence Dock, to help raise funds to provide mood lighting in delivery rooms at the Leeds General Infirmary.
Alea Casino, Clarence Dock
7th June 2012
The event kicks off with a wine reception at 6:30pm followed by the film. For just £15 each guest can enjoy a welcome drink, the film and a goodie bag to take home. There will also be a raffle with some amazing prizes. 6.30pm
All proceeds will go towards the Birthing Suite Fund at LGI. This event is available to over 18s only (under 21s must provide ID). Please contact LGI’s Fudraising Team on 0113 3926803 or email email@example.com for more information.
Tickets are limited so please call 0113 3925140 as soon as you can to book. Alea is a strictly over 18s venue. Anyone who looks under 21 must provide ID
Around the world, one in eight people do not have access to safe water – that’s about 884 million people. About 40% of the world’s population (2.5 billion people) do not have access to adequate sanitation; and every day 4,000 children are die as a result of water-related diseases. These shocking statistics underpin talks given by Nick Berry and Gary Knamiller on behalf of WaterAid. As volunteer speakers, Nick and Gary promote the work of the charity and are looking for opportunities to talk to groups, to raise awareness, and ideally to fundraise for this international charity. They work with faith groups, Rotarians, schools, scouts and guides, WIs, Country Women’s Associations, Soroptomists, and many more. If you would like more information, or would like to invite Nick or Gary to talk to a group, please contact Nick Berry at 01943 430042, firstname.lastname@example.org, or Gary Knamiller at 01943 430634, email@example.com. For further information on WaterAid, visit www.wateraid.org/uk/
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LEEDS CANVAS: OVERWORLDS AND UNDERWORLDS
“For us, it is a fabulous opportunity to use Leeds as a vast scenographic space”, said The Quay Brothers. “We have the entire city to create an unexpected marriage between different artforms.”
Artists and performers prepare to transform the streets of Leeds in a three day festival of public art Leeds Canvas is a celebration of public art in Leeds city centre that runs from 18th – 20th May. Curated by internationally acclaimed artistfilmmakers The Quay Brothers, The Quay Brothers
OverWorlds & UnderWorlds is one of twelve ‘Artists Taking the Lead’ commissions established by the UK Arts Councils for the Cultural Olympiad in the run-up to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. It will fill the streets with playful, provocative ideas about Leeds, involving live performance, light, music, dance and film. Beginning on Briggate, it will also involve impressive landmarks and sites around the city including the Dark Arches.
A major education programme began in January to enable young people and communities to become part of this ambitious project as performers and participants.
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who usually work on a small-scale, creating stop-motion animation films, the event is built around the theme ‘OverWorlds and UnderWorlds’ and involves everything from community performances, to large-scale ambitious installations and productions that will transform the streets into a living stageset for three days.
Unsuspecting audiences will also be drawn into a series of major interventions that radically re-imagine spaces they are familiar with. OverWorlds & UnderWorlds is the first project to have been commissioned by Leeds Canvas. The idea is the result of an unprecedented collaboration between eight of the city’s major arts organisations: Northern Ballet, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Opera North, Yorkshire Dance, Phoenix Dance, Leeds Museums & Galleries, Leeds Met Gallery & Studio Theatre and Leeds Art Gallery. As a result, Leeds Canvas has been able to invite high profile artists working nationally and internationally to respond to the rare challenge of creating an original, free artistic event of this scale entirely in public spaces. www.overworldsandunderworlds.com www.leedscanvas.com
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AWARD-WINNING PIANIST TO PLAY QUEEN’S DIAMOND JUBILEE CONCERT “Awe-inspiringly confident and assured … with a perfection which apparently effortlessly sets him apart from everyone else … Alexej Gorlatch is one of those players who can take you into areas that others just can’t reach.” Irish Times Alexej Gorlatch, the talented young Ukrainian pianist who took the Silver Prize at the 2009 Leeds International Piano Competition, makes a welcome return to Leeds Town Hall on Saturday 2nd June to take part in the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Celebratory Concert being presented by Leeds Philharmonic Chorus.
features Handel’s Four Coronation Anthems – including Zadok the Priest – and Mozart’s Coronation Mass (No 15 in C major), performed by Leeds Philharmonic Chorus and soloists Sarah Ogden, Heather Ireson, Thomas Morss and Matthew Kellett. The conductor is David Hill.
Carriageworks on 0113 224 380, or via www.leedsphil.org, or from any chorus member.
Tickets (£16 – £31.50) are available from City Centre Box Office at The
For further information visit www.leedsphil.org/join.asp
Leeds Phil is always happy to welcome new members. Rehearsals are held at 7.15pm every Thursday at St George’s Church, Great George Street, Leeds 1.
Alexej, whose many other awards include 1st Prize at international competitions in Dublin, Dresden and Japan, will be playing Mozart’s Piano Concerto No 18 in B flat, accompanied by Manchester Camerata. This exciting evening of celebratory music also
Leeds Town Hall Saturday 2 June 2012, 7.30pm
Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Celebratory Concert
David Hill conductor Alexej Gorlatch piano
(Silver prize-winner at the 2009 Leeds International Pianoforte Competition)
Sarah Ogden* soprano Heather Ireson* mezzo Thomas Morss* tenor Matthew Kellett* baritone
Handel Coronation Anthems Mozart Piano Concerto No 18 in B flat, KV456 Mozart Mass No 15 in C major, KV317 (Coronation Mass)
* By kind permission of the Royal Northern College of Music
Tickets: £16 – £31.50 Concessions available
City Centre Box Office at The Carriageworks
0113 224 3801
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Stoppard’s The Real Thing at The Playhouse Thirty years after its premiere with Roger Rees and Felicity Kendal, The Real Thing, one of Tom Stoppard’s most enduring works, is revived by English Touring Theatre (ETT) and West Yorkshire Playhouse in a new production directed by Kate Saxon. This witty and intelligent drama is at The Playhouse’s Quarry Theatre from 4th – 26th May and then goes on national tour.
Tom Stoppard’s theatre and film career spans five decades (Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, Arcadia, Empire of the Sun, Shakespeare in Love), & The Real Thing is one of his most richly acclaimed works.
The cast includes Sarah Ball, Sandy Batchelor, Gerald Kyd, Georgina Leonidas, Adam O’Brian, Marianne Oldham and Simon Scardifield.
In the play, Henry, a brilliant and celebrated playwright, has cast his wife Charlotte in the starring role of his new play, examining the complexity of love and infidelity. Reality and fiction blur when passions ignite and his own marriage becomes entwined with that of Charlotte’s co-star Max and his wife Annie. As Henry struggles to write a new work, the players in this game of deceit and lust are all searching. But can any of them find The Real Thing?
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PAPER BIRDS ADDRESS THE DEMON DRINK IN “THIRSTY” AT THE CARRIAGEWORKS
to be the character in the story. But the story is true and not to tell it would be to pretend it never happened.
In preparing for the show, director Jemma McDonnell and co-performer Kylie Walsh appealed to the public for their drinking stories. As you can imagine, the testimonies they received ran the gamut from the hilarious to the tragic. The show opens with recordings of people’s responses to the question “what do you think of drunk women?” Predictably, the opinions voiced are a withering mixture of disgust and pity, with an underlying note of unease and intimidation. As the lights come up on set, a row of three cubicles in a club toilet, the girls boisterously explode out of the stalls and into the audience. Decked out in classic hen party regalia they waste no time getting in the crowd’s face, snapping pictures and collecting boys’ phone numbers. ‘Juicy Jemma’ and ‘Kinky Kylie’ (as their t-shirts proclaim) explain how the production came 26 May 2012 | northleedslife.co.uk
about, making no bones of the fact that, in real life, The Paper Birds enjoy a drink or several from time to time. And, what’s wrong with that? From the outset, they’re at pains to make it clear that the show is non-judgmental, it’s not about sanctimonious moralizing, nor is it a cautionary tale. However, as The Paper Birds recount tales of their long relationships with booze and friendship with each other, one grimly compelling story they’ve come across continues to surface. Among the myriad tales of drunken misadventure they collected was one of a girl in her first year of Uni. Excited to be away from home and in a new town, she has a night of drinking in bars and nightclubs, eventually going home with a boy she hardly knows. Inebriated and in a state of undress, he takes advantage and photographs her. The piece takes on a decidedly darker tone and touches on a theme the Paper Birds have explored in previous work – the exploitation of vulnerable young women. “This isn’t the story we wanted to tell”, they insist. And we believe them. Nobody wants to hear this story or have to retell it and certainly no one wants
Seeking to delve beyond the sensational ‘Binge Britain’ headlines, The Paper Birds have devised a dynamic and entertaining theatre piece in Thirsty, which examines the highs, lows and contradictions of our endemic drinking culture, with particular emphasis on the public perception of drunk women.
From the outset, they’re at pains to make it clear that the show is nonjudgmental
What’s striking and admirable about this production, and The Paper Birds in general, is their sense of responsibility to be truthful, especially when the truth is ugly or difficult. In putting this show together, the producers could have kept things lighthearted and delivered a bawdy, boozy farce or taken a more sober approach and played out a pofaced examination of the damaging effect of alcohol on our lives. The triumph of Thirsty is that they’ve resisted the temptation to swing too far in either direction. The show is entertaining and often very amusing but, as The Paper Birds point out with reluctance and a sense of regret, it’s not all fun and games. Thirsty is a thoughtful, considered, thrilling piece of theatre, which unfortunately, by the time of publication will have completed its UK tour. With this production, The Paper Birds continue to prove their worth as a company of note, brimming with ideas and the skill to execute them with flair. I eagerly await their next show, as you should too! For more information visit www.thepaperbirds.com
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A Visit to the Jewish Heritage Centre for Children The Jewish Heritage Centre for Children on Shadwell Lane is a unique facility designed to introduce children to what it is to be Jewish. Its aim is twofold – to introduce non-Jewish children in a positive way to the Jewish faith, and to excite Jewish children about their heritage.
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The Centre, set up by Ruth Bell with the help of a £275,000 grant from The National Lottery, caters for school visits. Video is used to great effect. In one film pupils from the Brodetsky school talk about what they like about being Jewish - mainly the food and the festivals! You are introduced to Yiddish, with at least 20 commonly used words correctly pronounced and spelt on screen. The main focus of the Jewish Heritage Centre for Children is the recreated shtetl – with rooms depicting different aspects of Jewish life and displaying an amalgam of different elements that could be found in Eastern Europe in 19th century. Most of the rooms feature short films on the significance of the objects on display. The first depicted life in a small, wooden hamlet – the hunger and hard work, whilst freezing in winter and boiling in summer. The candle store provided the opportunity to show how important light and candles are to Jewish life, and the ‘lifecycle’ house – introducing us to bar and bat mitzvahs. There was also a wedding Chuppah, a crib and an area set aside for mourning. The shtetl also had a Synagogue and a stable. At the moment the Centre does not have the requisite number of historical artefacts to warrant museum status, but it is working on it! The Jewish Heritage Centre for Children on Shadwell Lane is open to the general public on the first Sunday of each month (except April and September). Ann Lightman
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ARTS & CULTURE
NEW END THEATRE BEYOND’S FIRST PRODUCTION AT THE CARRIAGEWORKS
BRITAIN’S GOT ARTISTS – NATIONAL ART COMPETITION A brand new national art competition ‘Britain’s got Artists’ was launched earlier this year in aid of Mind, the mental health charity.
Pat Rowe A new play by former broadcast and print journalist Pat Rowe, Jerusalem Tango, will be performed at The Carriageworks from 1st – 26th May. The play is based around the 1946 King David Hotel bombing in Jerusalem. The hotel housed the central offices of the British Mandatory authorities of Palestine, the Secretariat of the Government of Palestine and Headquarters of the British Forces in Palestine and Transjordan. The attack was the deadliest directed at the British during the Mandate era (1920–1948) and more people were killed (91) than by any bombing carried out in the subsequent ArabIsraeli conflict. “The bombing of the King David Hotel was a major turning point in the history of that area”, explained Pat. “It was considered by many, including the perpetrators, to be a disaster, because of the massive loss of life. 28 May 2012 | northleedslife.co.uk
It was hugely significant because it sharply accelerated the British decision to leave. “When you look closely at any event it becomes a focus for a human drama – in this case between a young Palestinian Jewish woman and a British officer. The woman is dedicated to a cause, and the man is simply trying to do the job he has been given. He has preconceptions about the situation but realises through his relationship that, as ever, the reality is far more complicated.” Director Olivia Rowe, who directed A Big Day for the Goldbergs at the Carriageworks in 2010, the production will be the first for the newly formed Leeds-based theatre company ‘New End Theatre Beyond’, which has secured a regular production slot at The Carriageworks and plans to premiere and develop new small scale/fringe productions at the venue.
The competition costs just £3.50 per artwork to enter. All entries are uploaded to the website, where the public vote for their favourite. The top 50 win a place in the on-line gallery www.ukartworks.co.uk and a month-long exhibition at Leeds Central Library. The three overall winners will be chosen by Alison Dunn, competition creator, and guest judges George Galloway, and Sheila Gaffney, sculptor and Head of Fine Art at Leeds Art College. For more information and to enter, visit www.britainsgotartists.com The competition closes 31st May.
INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE TO LOOK AT ARTS IN SPORT The Arts in Sport is the theme for an international conference to be held at Headingley Carnegie Stadium on 5th and 6th September.
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Call the Ovenu Van Fields of Vision â€“ the Arts in Sport aims to bring together academics, researchers, arts producers, artists, sporting organisations and those with an interest in the historical or contemporary relationship between the arts and sport. The conference is being convened by Leeds Rugby Arts [Leeds Rugby Foundation] and hosted in association with the Carnegie Research Institute (Leeds Metropolitan University). Convening steering group members are from Bupa Great North Run Culture, Charles University Prague, De Montfort University International Centre of Sports History and Culture, Leeds Metropolitan University, Leeds Rugby Foundation, Leisure Studies Association, and the Regional Creative Programme London 2012. It will showcase cultural programmes for sport including the arts programmes of The Bupa Great North Run and imove, a major cultural Olympic programme for Yorkshire. Early Bird delegate bookings are available up to 21st May. For further information contact S.Armitage@leedsmet.ac.uk or visit http://artsinsport.wordpress.com
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‘DRESS REHEARSAL II’
ANOTHER OPPORTUNITY TO SEE GARMENTS FROM THE YORKSHIRE FASHION ARCHIVE
This exhibition showcases a small selection of garments donated to the Yorkshire Fashion Archive at the University of Leeds’ School of Design. The exhibition explores Yorkshire life in the 20th Century, revealed through its clothing and accessories. Key to the study is the belief that a garment is more than ‘the threads of its construction’. It is envisaged that this exhibition will act as a conduit for visitor interaction and participation in future research. Many of the garments have been donated with accompanying photographic images, information and anecdotes concerning the piece itself, the wearer or the situations in which they were worn. The research identifies, expands upon and appraises significant issues in Yorkshire’s past by exploring ways in which a society’s experiences, values and beliefs are communicated. 30 May 2012 | northleedslife.co.uk
‘Dress Rehearsal II’ is at ULITA, St Winifred’s Chapel, Maurice Keyworth Building, University of Leeds, until 17th May. ULITA is open Tues – Fri, 9.30am – 4.30pm. Free admission. www.yorkshirefashionarchive.org www.facebook.com/ yorkshirefashionarchive
This exhibition showcases a small selection of garments donated to the Yorkshire Fashion Archive
Dress Rehearsal II, which is currently showing at University of Leeds International Textiles Archive (ULITA), is a further opportunity to see the successful first exhibition of the Yorkshire Fashion Archive, originally staged at Salt’s Mill, Saltaire last year.
LIDOS BRING THE SOUND OF MUSIC TO THE CARRIAGEWORKS
LIDOS’s next production at The Carriageworks is The Sound of Music, which will run from 13th – 16th June. This unforgettable score brims over with memorable songs such as My Favourite Things, Do-Re-Mi, Climb Every Mountain, The Lonely Goatherd, Sixteen Going on Seventeen and, of course, The Sound of Music. LIDOS member David Collins from Adel plays Captain Von Trapp. “Last year I played Fenner in Bad Girls the Musical – this role could not be further from that!” Said David. “Playing Von Trapp is a long time ambition of mine and I was thrilled to be cast in the part. My family often get called the Von Trapp Collins as I met my wife Jane whilst performing in our first LIDOS pantomime in 1989. Now we have two children, who also perform in shows!” Tickets (£8) are available from the box office on 0113 224 3801 or www.lidos.co.uk
pring is upon us, but the unusually dry and warm weather plus lack of rainfall in many areas over the winter period, has already seen the possibility of enforced hosepipe bans in some areas. Whilst we humans can reach for a cold refreshing drink spare a thought for your landscape plants! In Spring plants not only awaken hungry but thirsty too! Roots require moisture to transport essential nutrients. When vital nutrients can’t be absorbed, used and converted to starch this limits growth and leaf production and invites other problems. Short-term damage of drought can include wilting, leaf scorch, possible defoliation. Longterm damage happens over a period of years when a plant can show stunted growth, branch die-back and possible decline.
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............................................... May has arrived and there’s plenty of work to be done in the garden. The lovely warm weather we had at the end of March brought on a lot of flowers earlier than usual, daffodils in particular. Because of this the foliage will be dying back quicker, but wait until it has all turned brown before removing it and give them a feed to build up the bulb for next year. Towards the end of the month start planting out your bedding plants. Try salvias, petunias, alyssum and begonias in spare spaces. Save some room at the back of borders for the tall, sweetly scented white nicotiana. Also sow night-scented stock under windows or in containers to place under windows where you can enjoy the scent in the evenings.
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From now until July is the time to take softwood cuttings of shrubs, which will increase your stock and allow you to pass some on to friends and neighbours. Cut a piece 3-4 inches long and place in a polythene bag out of the sun until you have all the cuttings you need. Trim off the stem just below a leaf joint and dip into hormone rooting powder before putting into pots (three or four to each). Cover with thin polythene, ensuring that it doesn’t touch the cuttings, and leave for six to eight weeks. By then they should have rooted well and not need any more watering in that time. Think about sowing swede seeds for winter use. If you haven’t sown any courgettes, French or runner beans, there is still time, they can be sown directly into the ground. Unfortunately there is still a chance of late frosts when potatoes need earthing up. Any tender looking plants will benefit from fleece thrown over at night to protect them. With broad bean plants, once the truss at the bottom has set, pinch out the top new shoots that black fly love to feast on. Tomatoes can be planted out into the greenhouse. Go round all herbaceous plants and start to stake them with canes, twigs or one of the many supports now on the market. Whilst in the border take out any weeds that are present the more plants you cram into a border the less chance of weeds getting through.
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Successive waves of summer visitors are arriving from Africa. One of the most elegant and colourful is the yellow wagtail. Slim and long-tailed, yellow wagtails are distinctive. The underside of the males is canary-yellow with a greenish-grey crown, mantle and back and brownish-grey wings. Females are a little paler. The call note is an agreeable “tsree-ee”.
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Birds appear on passage in marshes and wet meadows and beside rivers and lakes, but their numbers are sadly reduced, probably because of changes in agricultural practice. They were once a familiar bird nesting in meadows in the Dales, but they are now confined to a few pairs in the Upper Dales. In recent years, however, they have taken to breeding increasingly in crops in lowland Yorkshire.
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York Gate Garden on Back Church Lane, Adel, is a small garden of immense style, celebrated for its stunning architectural features, immaculate topiary and exquisite vistas and, once again, it is ready to welcome visitors. The garden was started by Frederick and Sybil Spencer in the early 1950s and further developed by their son Robin, who was instrumental in creating one of the finest small gardens in the country. In 1995 the garden passed into the care of the charity Perennial, which provides advice and support
for professional gardeners who find themselves in difficult circumstances. Today the garden is maintained by head gardener, David Beardall and a team of dedicated volunteers. The garden comprises a series of twelve ‘rooms’, including the Canal Garden and the Dell – a pretty woodland garden with half hidden pathways and a stream. York Gate is open every Thursday and Sunday, 2 – 5pm, until the end of
September. On bank holiday weekends it will be open Sunday and Monday, 11am – 5pm. For full details of opening times, including selected evenings in June and July, visit www.yorkgate.org.uk call 0113 267 8240 or email yorkgate@ perennial.org.uk Please park in the lay-by opposite the church on Church Lane and walk through the churchyard to the garden. Admission £4.50 adults, accompanied children free. No dogs (except guide dogs).
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DALES RESCUE TEAM HITS 1,000TH CALL-OUT Two walkers from Skipton found themselves celebrities when they became Upper Wharfedale Fell Rescue Team’s 1,000th call out! Caroline Ray and Mary Arber were training for the Oxfam Trail event on Birk’s Fell, Buckden, when darkness fell, disorientating them. The search team found them and escorted them safely back to their car in Buckden. The team’s 1,000th rescue in 63 years of saving lives in the Dales, was celebrated by the High Sheriff of North Yorkshire, Mrs Alexandra Holford, who attended their headquarters in Grassington and met the two women. The event was also marked by Mrs Holford presenting the Upper Wharfedale team, and its adjacent team the Cave Rescue Organisation from Clapham, with her High Sheriff
Certificate for ‘ Valuable Service to the Community’, plus £250 for each team’s funds. ‘’It was with great relief that we saw the lights of the rescue team”, said Caroline. “It was really humbling to visit their headquarters as their 1,000th call-out. We felt we should keep apologising to them. We salute the team for what they do and in all weathers. We are so fortunate to have such dedicated, professional people, who are all volunteers, looking after people in difficulties out in the Dales.’’ The Oxfam Trail takes place in the Dales on 26th /27th May when fundraising teams of four attempt to walk three distance levels. Caroline and Mary are going for the Gold Award of 100 kilometres.
Caroline Ray, the High Sheriff, and Mary Arber. Photo: Nigel Hutchinson (UWFRA)
Get on Your Bike for NSPCC! Get on your bike for the NSPCC and join the Ride of Rivals, on Sunday 10th June. The ride will see you cycling 55 miles between rival football clubs Hull and Scunthorpe and finishing at Doncaster Rovers. When you finally cross the finish line at the Keepmoat Stadium, Doncaster Rovers FC, you will be rewarded with a well deserved glass of bubbly to reflect on your achievements with your fellow riders. The money raised (£35 non-refundable deposit) will go to help fund the new ChildLine Schools Service, which focuses on primary school children, particularly seven to 11 year olds.
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OXFORD’S SECOND TEAM BEATS CAMBRIDGE WITH NO INTERRUPTIONS! Happily the ISIS (Oxford) v Goldie (Cambridge) reserves race, which was rowed about half an hour before the Boat Race on 7th April, had none of the disruptions that marked the main event! In this race Oxford beat Cambridge by five lengths, setting a new record for the event, with a time of 16 minutes, 41 seconds. Joe Dawson from Adel was one of the rowers. An ex pupil of Leeds Grammar School, he is now in his second year at Oxford studying Classics. He started rowing at Leeds Rowing Club in 2009 and quickly made one of the men’s teams, even though he was only 17.
Any student at a good enough standard can trial for the Boat Race. Last September 40 signed up. By Christmas this had been whittled down to 20. From those, eight were chosen for the Blue boat (the main race), and eight for the ISIS boat. The squad trained for seven months, six hours a day, six days a week. The programme is described in the book
True Blue as taking its participants “.... to the brink of total collapse and beyond. It demands courage, strength, skill, superb fitness and dedication. Ambulances are waiting at the finish. The race demands a near fanatical willpower and contempt for the opposition. But perhaps above all it demands team spirit and a selflessness that recognizes no barriers.”
Leeds Rowing Club works hard at encouraging young people to enjoy the sport and Joe’s younger brother Charlie (15) is currently on their Learn-to-Row programme and loving it. The club rows on Roundhay Park Lake, but may soon have to relocate due to rising costs imposed by Leeds City Council.
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HORSFORTH RACES JOIN LEEDS ATHLETIC NETWORK RACE SERIES Preparations are well advanced and entries are open for the Apperley Bridge Canter (also known as ‘The ABC’), organised by Horsforth Harriers, which takes place on Thursday May 31st from Woodhouse Grove School, Apperley Bridge.
This year, both the ABC and its sister race, the Horsforth 10K which takes place in September, are part of the new Leeds Athletic Network Race
This year, both the ABC and its sister race, the Horsforth 10K which takes place in September, are part of the new Leeds Athletic Network Race Series, a series of 16 races ranging in distance from one to ten miles, spread across the year. The Series is open, free of charge (entrants pay only individual race entry fees but need to register for the Series) to all Leeds residents and to all members of Leeds athletics/ running clubs affiliated to UK Athletics. For further details on how the ‘Grand Prix’ style competition works, which other races make up 38 May 2012 | northleedslife.co.uk
the series, and information on how to register, visit www.leedsathletics. net To obtain an entry form for the Apperley Bridge Canter, visit www. horsforthharriers.co.uk where a download is available, or you can enter online. Entries will also be accepted on the evening of the race, subject the race limit being reached.
TIM WINS AT HEPTONSTALL FELL RACE Returning to Horsforth Harriers as his first claim club after several years
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Bramhope’s first ever Sport Relief Mile, organised by shop owner Tariq Qadeer, was a huge success and was praised by Greg Mulholland, who took part in the race and finished third overall. The money raised will help to transform the lives of people in both the UK’s and some of the world’s most disadvantaged communities, those living with poor mental or physical health, to protecting street children and provide life-saving healthcare abroad.
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“I would like to congratulate Tariq and all those who helped organise and took part in the event, for making the first ever Bramhope Sport Relief mile such a huge success”, said Greg. “The Sport Relief Mile was a lovely way to bring the community together, whilst having fun and raising money for such a fantastic cause. I hope that Tariq will make the Bramhope Sport Relief Mile an annual event.”
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HEADINGLEY MUSIC FESTIVAL 2012 Get ready to enjoy loads of good music around Headingley! Now in its third year, the Headingley Music Festival runs from Wednesday 6th – Sunday 17th June and kicks off with the Mike Conliffe Trio at HEART playing new arrangements of Bach, Chopin and Ahmad Jamal. Expect the unexpected! ‘Sharp Intake’, a six piece Leeds band, will entertain at the Farmers’ Market on Saturday 7th, with a wide variety of music ranging from Duke Ellington and Fats Waller to Gerry Mulligan and Van Morrison.
Returning for the third year on the first Sunday of the festival is the ever-popular ‘Voices of the Day Gospel and Soul Choir’, fronted by the fabulous Rev Chunky Butt Funky (Cleve Freckleton) at South Parade Baptist Church. Other events include an Irish Music Evening at HEART, and a traditional family Ceilidh with ‘Roots Alive’ at St. Chad’s Parish Hall on Saturday 16th June.
(Contemporary Music for All) will play at HEART on Wednesday 20th. The event will premiere new work by composer Alison Wrenn, inspired by a little-known piece of Leeds’ history, commissioned and played by YLSS (Yorkshire Late Starters Strings). For a full programme of events visit www.headingleymusicfestival.com .
Making their first appearance at the festival will be ‘Los Camarados’ a community Salsa Band which includes around 20 people including vocals, trumpets, trombones, flutes, saxes, bass, piano, timbales and other Latin percussion. Kate Peters Jazz Septet will be at The New Headingley Club on 13th June supported by the Alexis Cairns Quartet. On 14th singer/songwriter Paul Buckley plays a heady cocktail of folk blues and jazz, and on Friday 15th Al Morrison’s Blues Experience, an 11-piece band will celebrate the music of the great blues artists – both at HEART. 42 May 2012 | northleedslife.co.uk
Cafe Lento, which has just won Jazz Yorkshire’s Venue of the Year 2012 (Congratulations Richard!) will host Tarantismo, who will bring a touch of the Buena Vista Social Club to the festival, and ‘Tantz’ a Leeds-based Klezmer/Jazz/Gypsy Band, plus acoustic sessions. The West Yorkshire Police Brass Band present a concert at Headingley Methodist Church on Sunday 17th June. And, last but not least, COMA
CHRISTY MOORE AT THE TOWN HALL As part of the Leeds Concert Season during, Irish History Month, (coordinated by Irish Arts Foundation) Christy Moore and Declan Sinnott appeared at Leeds Town Hall on 1st April to a tumultuous welcome. There wasn’t a spare seat in the hall – it was literally heaving! Christy first came to Leeds in 1967 and has been back at irregular intervals ever since. One of Ireland’s best known singer/songwriters, his gigs are legendary and this one certainly didn’t disappoint. From the moment he and Declan took to the stage it didn’t let up. There was no interval. The two of them played and sang for over two hours and what was meant to be just a one song encore turned into several, as the audience shouted out requests and Christy himself added another that a previous one had brought to mind.
Well, that’s what comes of having over 40 years experiencing of performing – you’re never short of a song! He and Declan (a fabulous guitarist) know each other so well they only have to throw out half a title and they’re right into it. There were heartbreaking contemporary songs like the one about the Morecambe Bay cockle pickers; hilarious songs with stories of a boys outing to Amsterdam; historic tales about the International Brigade; and another mentioning ‘oil soaked cormorants off Clondalkin’ – not a subject that often comes up. I first heard Christy in a basement folk club on Parnell Square in Dublin in the 60s, where he and his sister were singing. I thought he was great then – he still is.
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Chuck Prophet Tue 1 May.
Brudenell Social Club. American singer-songwriter and guitarist. Tickets £12. Dennis Rollins’ Velocity Trio Thurs 3 May, 8pm
Seven Arts, Chapel Allerton. Featuring Dennis Rollins on trombone, organ virtuoso Ross Stanley & fiery Portuguese drummer Pedro Segundo. £15/12 from 0113 262 6777 or on door. Live At Leeds. Fri 4 - Sun 6
Admiral Fallow Wed 9 May.
Nation of Shopkeepers. Orchestral indie folk-pop from this foot-stomping Scottish musical group. Tickets £8. Andy Sheppard’s Trio Libero Thurs 10 May,
Howard Assembly Rooms. Contemporary jazz from saxophonist Sheppard with bassist Michel Benita & drummer Seb Rochford. Tickets £10.
May. Back for its 6th year, Live At Leeds brings you over 100 awesome bands at over 10 stages across the city centre from The Cockpit to O2 Academy, A Nation of Shopkeepers to Brudenell Social Club. See www.liveatleeds.com for info.
Ozric Tentacles Thur 10
Buddy Holly & The Cricketers Fri 4 May, 7.30 at
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May at The Wardrobe. Ambient atmospherics from these sonic pioneers and UK legends. Tickets £15. Dan Wilde+Odi Fri 11
May, 7.30pm, at Verve, Leeds. Tickets from www. seetickets.com
City Varieties. The longest running Buddy Holly show. Tickets £15.50/£17.50 from 0845 441881
May Seven Arts, Chapel Allerton. Midlands 7-piece band brings its popular brand of UK soul to Yorkshire. £7 on door.
The PianoFlauté Trio Sat
Blood Red Shoes Sat 12 May
5 May 2pm at HEART, Bennett Rd. Headingley. A programme of popular classical music. Details &tickets £4 from HEART or www.polkadotmusic.co.uk/ concerts Jim Lockey & The Solemn Sun Sat 5 May, Royal Park
at Cockpit, Leeds. Tickets £11 from Jumbo Records. The Zombies with Colin Blunstone Sat 12 May,
Brudenell Social Club. Classic songs include She’s Not There & Time of The Season. Tickets £18.
Cellars. These anarchoanglo storytellers draw from alt. country folk & hardcore punk. Tickets £5 from wegottickets.com.
Wallis Bird Sat 12 May.
Albert Lee & Hogan’s Heroes
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Sun 6 May, City Varieties, 8pm. One of the all time great country & rock guitarists &a mean piano player too! Tickets £17/£19 from 08456 441881. Leeds College of Music Contemporary Jazz Orchestra Mon 7 May, 1 –
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The Recital Room, Leeds College of Music. Singersongwriter often compared to a young Janis Joplin. May, 1 - 4pm at Seven Arts Chapel Allerton. Back with their all singing all dancing vocal section, driving rhythm section, flute/ saxes & punchy brass, incl. Phil Green & Kate Liddington. £5/4 under 16s free. The Endellion String Quartet Tues 15 May,
7.30pm The Venue, Leeds College of Music. Haydn Quartet Op 20, No 4, Britten Quartet No 3, Beethoven Quartet Op 59, No 2 (Razumovsky). Tickets: 224 3801
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16 May at The Cockpit. BRIT-nominated acoustic guitarist playing pop/folk/ blues. Tickets £16. Denys Baptiste Quartet
Thurs 17 May, 8pm at Seven Arts, Chapel Allerton. Outstanding saxophonist renowned for making complex music accessible & creating mature, melodic & highly memorable compositions. £15/12 from 262 6777 or on door. Gary Stewart Thurs 17 May
at Brudenell Social Club. ‘A Year & A Day’ EP launch. Tickets £5.50 from Jumbo Records. General Fiasco Fri 18 May
at The Cockpit. Indie-rock group from Northern Ireland already popular on the festival circuit. Tickets £7. Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly.
Sat 19 May at Brudenell Social Club. Fusing softly punk vocals and simple acoustic melodies, GCWCF has gathered quite a popular following. Tickets £8.50.
The Searchers Tue 22 May
at City Varieties. Classic English beat group who first emerged as part of the Merseybeat scene. Tickets £17.50/£19.50 from www. cityvarieties.co.uk Robert Glasper Trio Weds
23 May. Howard Assembly Rooms, from 8pm. Powerful soul, funk, jazz outfit. Tickets £15 from the Assembly Rooms. UK Foo Fighters Thurs 24
May at New Roscoe. Foo Fighters Tribute Band. Tickets £6. Kate McGill Weds 23
May. The Cockpit. Singer/ songwriter from Wales. Tickets £7. Aurelio Martinez + The Garifuna Soul Band Fri
25 May. Howard Assembly Rooms, 7.45pm. One of the most passionate Garifuna artists of his generation. Tickets £12.50 from the Assembly Rooms. Al Macsween’s Sextet Sun
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May at Brudenell Social Club. Tickets £10.50 from Jumbo Records.
28 May 1pm at Seven Arts, Chapel Allerton. Tribute to Moses Taiwa Molelekwa, one of South Africa’s finest jazz pianists & composers who died in 2001. £5/4, under 16s free.
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from 7.30, The Wardrobe. Singer/ songwriter from Belfast with a unique live show that mixes an old gramophone with passionate vocals, piano playing & occasional fiddle scrape. Sun 20 May, 1.30-4pm at Seven Arts, Chapel Allerton. Playing the music of composer & saxophonist Duncan Lamont. £5/4, under 16s free. Blue Touch Paper Mon
21 May at The Wardrobe. British Jazz six piece. Tickets £10.
Academy. Performing songs from their forthcoming new album. Tickets £25. The Leeds Bluegrass Club
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Earlier this year, the eleven Rotary Clubs in Leeds held their Sixth Annual Technology Tournament for Schools at the John Charles Stadium. Thirty three teams from 13 schools across Leeds took part. Teams of four had to tackle a design-and-build task about which they knew nothing until 9.30am on the day. This year the challenge was to make a ‘coin sorter’ model, which had to sort 20 coins of different denominations in the space of two minutes. The model had to be decorated with a charity theme of their choice. All they had to work with was square and round wooden rods, card, a base board, garden wire, modelling clay, Sellotape and glue! The teams were divided by age into basic, intermediate and advanced groupings, and their teachers were invited to attempt the advanced task too. All who took part, including the Rotarians who organised the event, had an enjoyable and rewarding day out. The students demonstrated great ingenuity in producing a variety of solutions while working as a team. The winning teams were: Basic – Horsforth School (Team 2); Intermediate – Roundhay School; Advanced – Wetherby School. The prize awarded for the ‘most innovative attempt’ went to the Leeds West Academy Basic Team. Well done to all who took part.
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GSAL WINS NATIONAL NETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP The Grammar School at Leeds’ (GSAL) U16 netball team recently won the England Netball National Schools’ Championships at Basildon, Essex.
The team had not lost a competitive match during the whole season. They also earned the Defensive Trophy on the day, for conceding just 41 points on their way to the title. “This competition is the highlight of the schools netball calendar”, said Alex Kirk, coach and former England player. “The girls were absolutely focused and improved throughout the day. They trained with complete dedication all season and it really showed.”
Front: Annie Marshall, Hattie Grant (captain), Lauren Fraser, Shivani Patel. Back: Lucy Harris, Rachel Foster, Aneesah Kabba Kamara, Ellie Ward, Harriet Wafer, Anna Poskitt
The team had not lost a competitive match during the whole season. They also earned the Defensive Trophy on the day, for conceding just 41 points on their way to the title
After a full day of matches the team emerged as champions taking the U16 title. In the final, team members Aneesah Kabba Kamara, from Horsforth, Rachel Foster, from Rawdon, and Ellie Ward, from Bramhope, helped their team mates to a 12-9 victory over defending champions Oldham Hulme.
BUMPER NUMBER OF SCHOLARSHIPS FOR RICHMOND HOUSE Richmond House School in Far Headingley has had an impressive 18 scholarships awarded to its Year 6 pupils - an outstanding result from a year group of just 27 pupils. The school has an excellent record of scholarships over the past decade, with many pupils being awarded music, academic and all-rounder scholarships. “We have some very gifted and talented pupils at Richmond House School and these results demonstrate their ability”, said Headmistress Jane Disley. “Our children consistently perform well in entrance exams and interviews. The hard work of both staff and pupils has certainly paid off.”
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One of the post exam highlights for Year 6 pupils was a week in Paris at the end of the Spring Term.
“The trip was designed to be fun as well as educational”, said Mrs Disley. “We hope it broadened pupils’ experience of another culture and language, as well as giving them even more fond memories of Richmond House.”
Cardinal Heenan Students Win National Competition Cardinal Heenan Catholic High School in Meanwood is one of only six schools and colleges nationwide to top a BBC Schools Questions & Answers contest. A BBC film crew will visit the school in May to film a BBC Question Time show and a Cardinal Heenan student will be on the panel alongside celebrities and well known politicians. The programme will be broadcast on the Internet as a live webcast and will also be shown on the BBC Parliament channel.
11 to 16 schools to take part. We are nearly always up against older sixth formers from private schools.”
As part of their prize Cardinal Heenan pupils will take part in workshops run by Parliament’s Education Service.
Joe Mylan, Head Boy at Cardinal Heenan said: “We have a big School Council here. It’s run by students, so we are used to debating and arguing a case.”
The BBC Schools Questions and Answers Challenge is a national competition for 14 – 19 year olds. It uses the format of the popular Question Time programme on BBC One and Any Questions on Radio 4.
For their winning entry the students filmed their own Question Time debate on the protestors outside St Paul’s Cathedral, London, and in other major cities including Leeds. “We have been very successful in debating competitions run by The English Speaking Union”, said Victoria Milne (16). “This is a big deal because Cardinal Heenan is one of only a few
HORSFORTH ST MARGARET’S MAKE MILLENNIUM TROPHY FINAL Horsforth St Margaret’s JFC U13 Earthquakes have reached the final of the prestigious Leeds & District FA Millennium Trophy. From an original line-up of 49 teams, Horsforth and Pannal Sports Juniors will line up against each other at Elland Road on Monday 14th May at 7.30pm. This is the first time the club has reached the Millenium Trophy final and the club would welcome supporters coming to cheer on the boys. Tickets are £4 on the night, £3 in advance. For details, please visit www.hsmafc.com
Victoria Milne and Joe Mylan Back: Max Ryan, Dan Resendez (GK), Dominic Moroney, Ollie Armitage, Nathan Stewart, Will Smith, Callan ParkerWells. Front: Sam Baxter, Ben Hings, Jack Jones, Callum Hamilton, Aaron Chapman, James Heaton, Nathan Hunt
HORSFORTH SCHOOL STUDENTS IMPRESS AT AMP AWARDS Horsforth School Business Team, Jukebox, comprising eight Year 12 students, recently came second in the final of the Association of Music and Production Awards Leeds 2012 at the O2 Academy. After the very successful launch in 2011, seven schools from across Leeds took part in the competition. The aim was to teach real-life enterprise skills to business students and challenge them to design and deliver their own in-house event, raising funds and awareness within their school and choosing a band to promote and represent at the final. Each team was assigned an O2 Business Mentor and allocated an area of responsibility for the organisation of the Grand Final. Jukebox’s responsibility was the challenging role of PR and Graphic Design. The teams were assessed on the afternoon of the final at the
The students pictured with their O2 Business Mentor, Mick Foster (centre back) O2 Academy. A panel of business professionals considered each presentation and judged according to the challenge objectives. The final task for each team was to show their promotional videos on stage at the evening awards, before introducing the band. Tom McCartney, Managing Director of Jukebox, also won an individual award for Excellence in Leadership. Judges
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BETHANY HARE SCOOPS AWARD Bethany Hare from Horsforth recently received a Rotary International in Great Britain & Ireland (RIBI) Young Citizens Award for her fundraising efforts for Martin House Children’s Hospice. The annual awards are presented, in association with the BBC News Channel, to celebrate positive citizenship and the vital responsibilities assumed by many young people. Bethany began fundraising when she was ten. She made a short video of herself dressed as Charlie Chaplin and singing the song Smile. She published this on Just Giving and to date has raised over £18,000 for Martin House through this and other fundraising efforts. Her next projects are two 10K Walks of Smiles – the first in Harrogate on Sunday 20th May, and the second in Horsforth on 8th September. Everyone is invited to get sponsorship 48 May 2012 | northleedslife.co.uk
and walk with Bethany, who also plans huge after parties, with outside stages for entertainment, BBQs and raffles. For more information go to www.bethanyssmile.org
and she has certainly shown how to do that in the most enterprising way.”
Determined to help more people around the country, Bethany has set up her own charity, ‘Bethany’s Smile’, which will raise money for children with life-threatening or life-limiting illnesses all over the country. Bethany was nominated by the Leeds Rotary Club – as part of their annual Service Above Self awards. She will receive a cash donation of £500 for her new charity, a trophy, a visit to the BBC News studios, and a tour of the BBC TV Centre in London. “What Bethany has achieved is incredible”, said Rotary District Governor Willie Clark. “We are very proud and humbled by her efforts. Rotary’s motto is ‘service above self’
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ACTIVE Adel Crown Green Bowling Club in the grounds of Adel Sports & Social Club, next door to Adel Church. New members welcome. Details: Phil 267 6152, www. adelbowlingclub.co.uk After Eights Badminton Club Mon 8.30 – 9.30pm at Holt Park Sports Centre. New members welcome. Come along for a free session at our friendly club. Details: Helen 305 3327 Adel Tennis Club Ideally situated in Adel WMA’s sports ground, Church Lane. Excellent playing facilities for family, social & competitive tennis. New members welcome. Details: John Micklethwaite 267 4071 Badminton Anyone? Friendly badminton club looking for experienced players. Fri 7.30-9.30pm at Trinity University, Horsforth. Details: Sylvia 259 0113, Graham on 258 4532 Ballroom & Sequence Dance Wed 1.30 – 4pm at Queenswood Social Club, Queenswood Dr. LS6. £1.50. Bar open. Will play requests. Details: Tom & Gwen 0113 258 1835 Bowmen of Adel Have-a Go Day Mon 7 May at Adel War Memorial Sports Grounds, Church Lane, Adel, LS16. Try your hand at archery in a safe, controlled environment. Hourly sessions starting at noon. Details: Nick 01943 609699, bowmenofadel. org.uk Bramhope Table Tennis Club. Meets Mon 8 – 10pm & Tues 1.30 – 3.30pm at Robert Craven Hall. New members welcome. Details: Stewart 267 3311 50 May 2012 | northleedslife.co.uk
Cookridge Rambling Club meets Sun, 9.30am in the car park of Cookridge Village Hall for walks of approx 6/8 miles. Transport can be provided when required. Details: Barbara 267 1522 Briggate Morris (Women’s Northwest Morris Dancing) Mon 7 – 9pm at Brownberrie Lane Preschool, Horsforth. New members of all ages & abilities welcome. Details: Katie 07890 754115, www. briggate-morris.blogspot.com Horsforth Tennis Club (off New Road Side) welcomes new members for social & competitive play. Four tarmac courts + floodlights. Try us out Sundays 1pm. Details: Hillary West 07739 457438 Last Man Stands are looking for additional teams to enter their summer cricket leagues. They cater for all standards. Details: Paul 07795 154444, leeds@ lastmanstands.co.uk Leeds Area Disabled Swimming Club Mon 7 8pm at Holt Park Leisure Centre. Are you disabled or recovering from a condition where swimming/exercising in water could help? We provide a safe, sociable private pool session where you can work to your own ability to gain strength & confidence. Details: Roger 267 4716, Sarah 287 6250 www.ladsc.co.uk Leeds HF Rambling & Social Club Walks on a Sunday geared to public transport from Leeds. Social events in winter. Details: Send SAE to John Maltman, 52 Vesper Gate Mount, Leeds LS5 3NN.
Pudsey & District Rambling Club: Walks of 5 - 10 miles Sundays & alternate Thurs. Friendly, long established club with members from all around area. New members very welcome. Annual membership £5 (£1 juniors). Try before you join. Details: 01943 430657 or email@example.com with PDRC as subject St Gemma’s Hospice Fitness Challenges Make this the year you help the hospice. Skydive, trek to Everest Base Camp, climb Mt Kilimanjaro, run the Great North Run, London Marathon, Leeds 10k or walk 10 miles. There’s something for everyone. Details: 0113 218 5555, www.st-gemma.co.uk/ events/events.html Salmon & Trout Association Sat 12 May: River Techniques, Tactics & Skills at Bolton Abbey. Improvers’ day with Mark Whitehead, Jeff Metcalfe, Stephen Cheetham & David Henderson. Sat 26 May: Stillwater – an introduction to fly fishing at Kilnsey Park, Nr Grassington with Jeff Metcalfe & Stephen Cheetham. Details: Stephen Cheetham 250 7244 Scottish Country Dancing Thurs 7.30 – 9.30pm, St Columba’s, Headingley Lane. All abilities welcome, no partner necessary. £2.50 incl. refreshments. Details: 269 1791, pathynes001@ tiscali.co.uk 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
Yarnbury Angling Club Matches 1st Sun of month. Members only. Coach transfers to & from venues. Details: Adrian Addy 07956 964713. Zumba Low Impact Class Thurs 11am – 12 noon at Bramhope Methodist Church Hall. Suitable for older adults & anyone wanting to return to fitness. Details: Carol 0750 3165127, 261 1807 ARTS & CRAFTS Adel Art Group Learn to paint with Alex Purves. Tues 7 – 9pm at the Old Stables, Back Church Lane, Adel. New members welcome. Details: John Hartley 01943 874162 Chinese Brush Painters Society Sat 5/Sun 6 May, 10am - 4pm at Pool-inWharfedale Memorial Village Hall, Arthington Lane, Pool, Painting workshop led by Swee Tan Caseley, from Bristol. New members welcome. Details: Anne Allan 01422 368482, mail@ cbpsyorks.co.uk Flower Arranging Classes 1st Thurs of month, 1.30pm & 7.30pm at Paxton Horticultural Society, 186 Kirkstall Lane. Beginners welcome. Details: Kath Hall 275 2436, kaybeehall@ talktalk.net Flower Arranging Classes Wed 7 – 9pm at The Grammar School at Leeds, Alwoodley, LS17. Beginners & experienced arrangers welcome! Details: Judy Watker 07538 132053, 261 2379, watkers@ btinternet.com.
Horsforth Arts Society meets Wed, 7.30pm at 15 Back Lane, Horsforth 2 May: Pastel Demonstration. 16 May: Life Model. 30 May: Outdoor Sketching at Rawdon. Details: 259 0259, www.horsforthartsociety. wordpress.com Harrogate & Nidderdale Art Club Spring Art Exhibition & Sale Sat 5, Sun 6 & Mon 7 May at Ripley Town Hall, Ripley, Nr Harrogate HG3 3AX. Open 10am – 5pm each day, admission FREE. Details www.handnart.co.uk Horsforth Photographic Club from 9 May – 26 July the club will meet at 6.30pm for its programme of short walks. Regular meetings in The Stable Block resume in Sept. New members welcome. Details: 258 9149, firstname.lastname@example.org 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 Quattro Art Exhibition Fri 11 May, 7 – 9pm, Sat 12/ Sun 13 10am – 6pm at Almscliffe Village Hall, Harrogate Rd. Huby, LS17. Four local artists: Paintings, mosaic, wood turning & cards. Details: 07739 562 022 Yorkshire Flower Club Wed 23 May, 2pm at Almscliffe Hall, Harrogate Rd, Huby LS17. ‘Petals, Plants & Panache’: A demonstration by Mildred Stafford. Details: 01943 863172 COFFEE MORNINGS, FAIRS & MARKETS Arthington Village Spring Fayre Sat 12 May, 10am – 3pm at Arthington Village Hall, Arthington Lane. Lots of
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COMMUNITY NOTICES Plant Sale Sat 28 April, 10am – 1pm at Cookridge Methodist Church (corner Otley Old Rd/ Tinshill Rd). Very popular sale with tomato plants, petunias, geraniums, begonias, French marigolds. Also herbaceous plants, alpines & shrubs. Come & stock up your garden & tubs for the summer. (Same day as Book Sale) GROUPS Adel Bridge Club meets Fri, 7.15pm at Adel Memorial Hall, Church Lane. Relaxed Chicago Bridge club. New members welcome, whether improvers or more experienced players. No partner needed. Details: Janice 230 6387 or 07713 402405 Adel & District Horticultural Society meets 2nd Mon in month, Sept – May, 7.45pm at Friends Meeting House, New Adel Lane. New members welcome. Next meeting 16 April, ‘Climbing Plants’ by Hilary Hutson. Details: Mrs Tarn Everett 261 3095 Adel Crag Community Assoc keeps you informed about what is happening in your neighbourhood, with up-todate information on local news, events etc. Details: Francis Garbutt 261 0846, www.adelcrag.org.com Air Yorkshire Aviation Society Interested in aviation, aircraft old and new, airports? Why not try Air Yorkshire - regular guest speakers, monthly colour magazine, trips and social
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events. Details: Dave Senior 0113 282 1818, www. airyorkshire.org.uk/ Alwoodley Motor Club Every other Thurs, 8.30pm, The Wharfedale Inn, Arthington Lane. All welcome. Details: 391 0403, www. alwoodleymc.org.uk Bramhope in Bloom Small friendly group welcomes volunteers of all capabilities. Was awarded ‘Silver’ for spring & ‘Silver Gilt’ for summer displays last year. Everyone has an area of responsibility & works together to make Bramhope even lovelier! Aiming to achieve overall Silver Gilt this year. Details: Kit 203 7666, kit@hemsley1eclipse. co.uk or Janet 203 7744 email@example.com Bramhope Bridge Club Mon 1 – 4pm, Tues & Thurs 7 – 10pm. Lessons for novices Wed pm at Robert Craven Memorial Hall, Old Lane. Details: Bob 225 7495 Chevin Antique Society meets 1st Tues of the month (Sept – May), 8pm at West Park Rugby Clubhouse, Bramhope. Speakers on a wide range of subjects. Annual Membership £25. Details: Lis Loach 0113 267 4843, Sally Wilkinson 0113 267 1721 Cookridge Camera Club Wed 7.30pm, Cookridge Village Hall, Green Lane/Moseley Wood Lane junction. Excellent guest speakers & in-house competitions. New members welcome. Details: Stephen 268 7429, www. cookridgecameraclub.co.uk
Cookridge & Horsforth U3A meets Mon, 10.30am in Cookridge Village Hall. Next meeting: 14 May when Glyn Wainwright’s topic is ‘Cholesterol: No more Mr Bad Guy’. Admission £1. Visitors welcome.
planting & encouraging Horsfordians to take care of their township for their own enjoyment & to win a Gold in the Yorkshire in Bloom competition. If you can help please come along. Details: 258 3521
Cookridge Methodist Church Film Society Enrolling now for new season. Films shown on giant screen in Church Hall 7pm for 7.30pm 2nd Wed of month. Oct – April. 7 films £20/ 5 films £17. Details: Shirley 267 2464
Horsforth Duplicate Bridge Club Weds 7.15pm & Thurs 1.15–4.30pm at The Horsforth Club, New Road Side. New members welcome. Details: Mike Bent 258 1580
Friends of University Art & Music (Leeds) helps to foster the musical & artistic outreach of the University of Leeds. Membership open to all. Regular activities. Wed 30 May: AGM at 5.30pm, followed by talk by scenographer Becs Andrews. Details: 343 2584, www. leeds.ac.uk/fuam Grove Methodist Church Ladies Group Birthday Event Thurs 7 June, 7.30pm at Grove Centre, New St. Horsforth. A talk on ‘Leeds City Council - Gold Medals at Chelsea’ by Martin Walker. Tickets £5. Details: 258 3518 or pay on door. Holt Park Residents’ Association Provides a voice for all residents & tenants in the Holt Park area. Regular monthly meetings at Ralph Thoresby School. Details: Alan Mann 07901 656886, www.holtparktra.btck.co.uk Horsforth in Bloom meets Sat 5 May, 10am in Horsforth Museum. They will discuss their work,
Horsforth Photographic Club meets Weds, 6.30pm for Summer short walk programme from 9 May – 26 July. New members very welcome. Details: 258 9149, firstname.lastname@example.org Horsforth Retired People’s Club meets 2nd & 4th Thurs of month, 9.30 – 11am at St Margaret’s Parish Centre. Speakers on a wide variety of subjects plus refreshments & time to socialise. Visitors & prospective members very welcome. Details: Everett Cooke 258 9149, Beryl Harland 258 6907 Kaleidoscope Social Club for over 50s & unattached with a zest for life. Monthly programme of events. Not a dating agency. Details: 262 1455 or 261 2619, www. kaleidoscopeleeds.weebly. com
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COMMUNITY NOTICES Leeds Book Club 2nd Sun, 6pm at The White Swan, Leeds City Centre. 3rd Sun, 5 – 7pm at Arcadia in Headingley. 2nd Wed, 7pm at Medusa Bar, Horsforth. Details: www.leedsbookclub. com, leedsbookclub@gmail. com Leeds Caledonians AGM Wed 9 May, 7.30pm at Headingley St Columba URC, 70 Headingley Lane, LS6 2DH. Please come along & suggest themes for meetings & visits. Details: 267 0424, www.leedscaledonians.org. uk Leeds Combined Arts Poetry Evening Wed 16 May 7.30pm at HEART, Bennett Rd. Headingley. Poet Miles Cain will present the first half. Open mic second half. The theme is ‘Challenges’. Entry £3/£1 concessions, members & associates. Leeds Hospital Alert Small group of concerned people campaigning for preservation of the NHS. Next meeting Wed 30 May, 7.30pm at Muir Court, St Michael’s Rd. LS6. Details: Beatrice Rogers 278 5495 Leeds Movie Makers Get more out of your camcorder & film making. Stainbeck United Reformed Church Hall, Stainbeck Lane (rear entrance), Fri 7:30pm. Details: George Woolley 225 6444, Doreen Wood 278 2972. Leeds Photographic Society, the oldest photographic society in the world, meets Tues 7.30pm in St Edmund’s Church Hall, Lidgett Park Rd, Roundhay, LS8. Visitors & prospective members welcome. Details: 265 0651, www.lps1852.co.uk Leeds RSPB Group Free bird walks Wed 2 May at Harewood (meet 7pm inside gates at Wike Rd entrance); Sat 5t May at Swillington Ings (meet 10am 54 May 2012 | northleedslife.co.uk
in Fleet Lane car park); Sat 26 May at Rodley Nature Reserve (meet 10am in car park). Details: rspbleeds@ googlemail.com Leeds Skyrack Lions Club meets 2nd & 4th Thurs, 7.45pm at the New Headingley Club, 56 St Michael’s Rd. Headingley. New members & helpers welcome. Help the needy of Leeds & create new friendships. Details: 01943 510106, Granville.barker@ sky.com, www.105c.org.uk/ leedsskyrack Leeds University Old Students’ Association welcomes all former students of the University. Annual Meeting Wed 16 May at 2pm, followed by talk by Prof A McIntosh. Details: 261 4564, gmroche@btinternet. com Mahjong Thurs 10am – 12.30pm at Robert Craven Memorial Hall. Lively, Chinese game played with small tiles. Happy, friendly group. Details: Jenny 230 0094 Mercury Movie Makers meet Weds, 7:30pm at Rawdon Conservative Club. Advice, regular film & practical evenings & occasional events. Details: 257 7274, www.mercurymoviemakers. com National Trust Leeds Summer programme has started. All National Trust members welcome to join this friendly, lively group which raises money for the NT. Details: Pam 258 8178 New Weetwood Writers Group at Weetwood Hall. Whether you want to write for publication, profit or pleasure, you’ll be very welcome. Evening & weekend workshops planned. Details: Liz 0113 267 9894.
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, www. leedsivc.org.uk
The Other Bridge Club Friendly bridge played Thurs 7.15 – 10.15pm at Robert Craven Memorial Hall, Bramhope. New members welcome. Details: Sandra 01943 463332
Amici Singers Concert Fri 11 May, 7.30pm in St Giles Church Bramhope. Tickets £10 from Gill Pinches 0113 284 2063. Preview of Book Sale plus glass of wine & canapés during interval. In aid of Christian Aid & St Giles
Trackrod Motor Club Meets 1st Tues of each month, 9.30pm at Old Modernians Club, Cookridge Lane. New Members welcome. Details: www.trackrodmotorclub. co.uk Wharfedale Speakers Club meets 1st & 3rd Wed of each month at Cross Green Community Centre, Pool Rd, Otley. New members welcome. Speakers of all ages & backgrounds. Come along & improve your speaking skills. Details: Tony Morris 258 3507 White Rose Ladies Speakers Club meets 2nd & 4th Mon, 8pm at Farsley Library, Old Rd. Farsley, LS28. Friendly environment in which to find your voice & improve your presentation skills. Also on YouTube. Details: Stephanie Hanson 0113 255 0824, email@example.com. Yorkshire Malaya & Borneo Veterans’ Assoc. meets 1st Sat of month, 1.30pm at New Headingley Club, St. Michael’s Rd, Headingley. Anyone involved in the Malayan Emergency & Indonesian Confrontation in 50s & 60s most welcome. Represents all units of the armed forces. Details: Eddie Seville 263 7583.
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.
Annual Concert Sat 19 May, 7.30pm at Adel Methodist Church Hall, Gainsborough Ave LS16. Featuring final year students from Leeds University School of Music. Tickets £6 incl. refreshments. Details: Beryl Chadwick 267 4507 The Chippendale Singers, a mixed voice choir, rehearse Wed, 7.45 – 9.30pm Methodist Church, Boroughgate, Otley. Repertoire includes madrigals, folksongs, spirituals & sacred works, plus lighter music & songs from shows. Vacancies for male singers (music readers essential). Details: Chris Denton 0113 284 3744 firstname.lastname@example.org To book choir: Jan Wilkinson 01943 461318 www. chippendalesingers.co.uk Fairfax Singers (Burleyin-Wharfedale) sing for charities & have helped raise significant funds. If you would like to book a concert please contact Marjorie Hall 01274 597024, marj. email@example.com. www. fairfaxsingers.org.uk 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
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