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Dear Readers,

NORTH LEEDS Life F R E E M AY 2 0 1 2

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.

C O N N E C T I N G YO U TO T H E C O M M U N I T Y

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. 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.

THE QUAY BROTHERS CELEBRATE PUBLIC ART IN LEEDS

We’d like to thank the anonymous gentleman who took the trouble to tear out the page with our overlooked spelling mistake and post it back to us! We will endeavour to do better in future.

MARCO PIERRE WHITE RETURNS TO ILKLEY OTLEY WALKING FESTIVAL 2012 I L K L E Y | B U R L E Y- I N - W H A R F E D A L E | M E N S T O N | O T L E Y

Deadline for Community Notices and news for the June edition is 1st May, and for advertising it’s 4th May.

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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

We look forward to hearing from you. Kind regards

Carole, Jack and the team

In This Issue 06

Ilkley Carnival’s ‘Summer of Celebration’

This year’s theme embraces the Diamond Jubilee, Euro Championships and The Olympics

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Dr Kirkland retires after 36 years in local politics

Councillor Graham Kirkland Retires

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Leeds Canvas: OverWorlds and UnderWorlds Exciting public art project in the centre of Leeds, curated by the iconic Quay Brothers

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‘SUMMER OF CELEBRATION’ THEME FOR ILKLEY CARNIVAL 2012 Ilkley Carnival secretary Mari Hunt, parade coordinator Liz Tennant and Colin Watson, under 9s tournament organiser and director of Pinnacle Graphic Design who created the new logo.

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Last year’s event saw takings and visitors up by 40%, with over £3,000 being shared amongst local groups including the Ilkley Soroptomists, Ben Rhydding Sports Club, Ilkley in Bloom and Ilkley Youth and Community Association. This year, footfall and takings are expected to be even higher. Annual favourites, including Marshall’s Fun Fair and a British Army assault course, will be joined this year by the Under 9s Football Tournament, celebrating this summer’s Euro Championships. Local retailers will dress their windows in line with the Summer of Celebration theme to be in with a chance of winning a free month’s PR from competition sponsors, Approach PR. “This competition is a great opportunity for Ilkley traders to showcase skills and points of difference, while supporting one of the town’s biggest events”, said Suzanne Johns, who volunteered her PR expertise on the carnival committee.

Alfie Weston (9) from Ghyll Royd School, was the overall winner of the annual children’s painting competition and his interpretation of this year’s theme will be featured on the cover of the carnival programme. The Carnival parade will set off from The Grove, Ilkley, at 11.30am on Monday 7th May. Tickets are on sale at Top Marks in the Moors Shopping Centre, Shoe Bee Do on South Hawksworth Street, and at Ilkley Tourist Information Centre. Tickets bought in advance are at the reduced rate of £3 (adults) / £1 (children). For more information visit www.ilkleycarnival. org

This competition is a great opportunity for Ilkley traders to showcase skills and points of difference

The Summer of Celebration is this year’s theme for Ilkley Carnival – embracing the Diamond Jubilee, Euro Championships and The Olympics.

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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

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. 08 May 2012 | northleedslife.co.uk

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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The sites were in the Green Belt but are not within the Green Belt in the Replacement UDP – many within MAG have chosen to ignore this. The sites were considered right for housing after consideration by an independent Planning Inspector. I feel the objectors missed a trick by not being organised earlier in the planning process. The debate about the acceptability of the sites’ use for housing preceded the formation of MAG. 90% of Bradford’s phase one housing sites had been taken up as long ago as 2008. Since then Phase 2 sites (such as those within Menston) have been available. The notion that Bradford’s housing targets are ‘unsubstantiated’ is nonsense. They have been subject to rigorous debate and there is a strong evidence base should some within MAG choose to look. I accept that there is local opposition, but the amount of opposition is not a determining factor. People are resistant to change and if the number of objectors was a defining issue it is difficult to see how any development would proceed. I hope that some of the objectors considered that the homes that they are fortunate to live in were built on what were ‘green fields’. The statement that the ‘houses are not bought by the homeless of Bradford’ beggars belief. Of course they aren’t! There is a much wider debate to be had about this issue. This is not the end of the world. • Places evolve over time. Menston was once nothing more than a scattered collection of farmsteads. • This is, and still will be, a nice place to live. 10 May 2012 | northleedslife.co.uk

• There is a need for housing that people can actually afford. The developments will provide a large number of affordable homes for local people who are faced with leaving where they feel they belong. • There will be an increase in traffic in the village but this will not be the ‘gridlock’ alluded to. Roads will be improved through traffic calming measures. • The 967 bus service will be improved, which will benefit all residents. • More residents will help to secure the services and facilities that we have. How many actually use the local post office, the churches, shops and pubs? • The article referred to villages being threatened with ‘bulldozers and concrete’. I assume that the writer lives in a house in Menston which was built using the same.

There is a need for housing that people can actually afford. The developments will provide a large number of affordable homes for local people

As a resident of Menston and a Chartered Town Planner I have taken a passing interest in the proposed housing development in the village. The Menston Action Group (MAG) has fought an emotive and highly organised campaign locally and is to be congratulated on engaging locals in the planning process. I read the ‘Misery for Menston Residents’ article with empathy but also with a recollection of being told how to vote at the local referendum by a MAG ‘official’. I feel compelled to put an alternative view forward.

Please do not assume that everyone is opposed to the new housing. Not everyone voted in the local referendum and not everyone voted to oppose the new housing. Andrew Rollinson B.Sc. (Hons). Dip TP. MRTPI.

POOL BANK VILLAGE HALL CELEBRATES 60TH ANNIVERSARY Residents of Old Pool Bank are preparing to celebrate their village hall’s 60th anniversary. The occasion will be marked by a dinner at the hall on Saturday 19th May, when old photographs of past events at the hall will be on display.

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Pool Parish Council chairman Councillor Hazel Lee is keen for as many villagers to come along as possible and is keen to hear from anyone who was at the opening ceremony. If you can help, call her on 0113 284 2573.


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Cllr Kirkland with Cllr Colin Campbell, Cllr Ryk Downes, and Greg Mulholland MP, outside Wharfedale Hospital. Councillor Graham Kirkland recently announced that he would be standing down as the Liberal Democrat representative for Otley and Yeadon before the local election. Dr Kirkland was elected to Otley Urban District Council in the 1960s. Since Otley UDC was brought into Leeds Metropolitan Authority in 1973, he has served a total of 34 years on Leeds City Council. During this time he combined the role of Councillor with that of a busy local GP. He brought his expertise as a health professional to his work serving the people of Otley and Leeds and campaigned to save Wharfedale Hospital.

We are sure that everyone will join us in expressing our gratitude for his work and service over these years

Dr Kirkland was Mayor of Otley twice, and Lord Mayor of Leeds once, in 1998. During this period he helped to raise over £100,000 for his chosen charities – the RNIB and John Westmoreland Trust. He also served on the West Yorkshire Fire Authority for over 20 years, including a period as Vice-Chair, and in 2007 received an honorary award in recognition of his years of service. He also campaigned hard to have water sprinklers installed in schools. We are sure that everyone will join us in expressing our gratitude for his work and service over these years, and in wishing him a very happy retirement – he has certainly earned it!

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PARKINSON’S PARK CELEBRATES DIAMOND JUBILEE WITH TREES Trees donated by the Woodland Trust to commemorate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee were planted in Parkinson’s Park recently, when the newly formed Friends of Parkinson’s Park (FOPP) held their first event.

Graham Latty, David Ingham (WARD), Darren Shepherd, and other Friends of Parkinson’s Park

The trees will give birds and wildlife in the Park both a home. In just a few years, they will be supporting willow warblers, chiffchaffs, blackcaps, house martins and the resident tawny owls. The final tree to be planted was a Royal Oak sapling grown from an acorn gathered from a Royal estate.

Each planting will be recorded in the Royal Record – as happened in 1937 at the time of the coronation of King George VI, which records plantings at Baildon Green, Park Gate Estate Guiseley, Hall Park Horsforth, and beside the River Wharfe in Ilkley.

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The Woodland Trust aims to plant six million trees in 2012 to mark the Diamond Jubilee. The UK is one of the least wooded countries in Europe with only 4% native woodland cover and the aim is to at least double this. Communities and schools are at the heart of the project, and other local plantings include a Diamond Jubilee wood on Carlton Lane, and plantings by Otley Town Football Club, Burley and Woodhead Primary School, 4th Yeadon (Methodist) Rainbows, and Bramhope and Carlton Parish Council.

The Otley One Stop Centre, which provides access to council services for residents who like to deal face to face, has moved to the Library building on Nelson Street, enabling people to access both services under one roof. “As part of our move into Otley Library”, explained Councillor Keith Wakefield, leader of Leeds City Council, “we are also looking to enhance the service we provide by changing our opening hours and making it easier for residents to access our services.” People are being asked to submit which opening hours for the one stop centre will best suit them out of a number of options, along with their views of the different ways of accessing the One Stop Centre. Views can be submitted at the library, at the One Stop Centre or online at www.leeds.gov.uk/Advice_ and_benefits/Otley_One_Stop_Centre. aspx

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If ‘Living Together’ is the new ‘Married’ what happens when it’s time to separate? At JARVIS we support couples and families who are dealing with relationship breakdowns and this is not limited to those who are married. A number of issues arise for couples who have not ‘tied the knot’ – particularly in relation to property, finances and children. The law for those living together and not married has been up for debate for as long as we family lawyers can remember. A recent case brought into focus the benefit of taking a moment to record the intentions of a couple moving in together (or for that matter a couple currently living together) as it can make life much more simple if they come to separate at a later date. The case I am thinking of concerned an unmarried couple who had jointly owned a home together but who had separated without addressing the issue of who was entitled to what share of the equity in the property. The woman had stayed in the home with the children and the male partner had left, buying a further home for himself and leaving the woman to maintain the home and pay the outgoings herself. At the time of separation both acknowledged that they had an equal share of the home. The matter was taken to court as the question arose many years later as to whether the woman was entitled to a greater share of the equity in the property as she had ‘invested’ her time and money into maintaining the house over the years.

A surprising decision At the first court hearing the Judge awarded the woman a 90% interest in the property leaving the male only 10%. This decision was set to have a huge impact on the law relating to unmarried couples particularly as there had been no agreed intention between the parties to vary the share each was due.

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Unsurprisingly, the male involved appealed the decision and the second court hearing overturned the first court’s decision resulting in the couple reverting to the position of a 50-50 split. There are, of course, two sides to every ‘story’ and from the woman’s perspective the decision may seem unfair as she had maintained the house and paid the mortgage from her own funds for many years so why would she not receive a greater share? But from the male perspective there was no intention for the woman to receive more and she had merely ‘paid’ for her occupation of the house, so perhaps the second decision seemed fairer. What is certain is that the law surrounding couples who have lived together and then separate is very uncertain and is still changing. My advice to any couple just moving in together, or even for those who have lived together for some time, is to stop and take a moment to consider what might happen about your property, finances (joint savings, loans etc) and your children if you were to separate in the future. It’s like making a will – it’s never an easy thing to do, but it does make life a little more straightforward should you ever need to call upon it in the future! At JARVIS I am able to work with couples (not only those separating) to provide advice on all aspects of Family Law including divorce, financial settlement and child related issues. Initial interviews can be arranged at a time to suit you, are free and there is no obligation to instruct me. Contact Neil Dring on (01423) 858582 at JARVIS Family Law, Mitre House, North Park Road, Harrogate HG1 5RX or at Neildring@jarvisfamilylaw.co.uk


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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 14 May 2012 | northleedslife.co.uk

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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BRIAN TURNER TO LAUNCH LEEDS FOOD FESTIVAL The award-winning, Yorkshire-born chef, Brian Turner, will be on hand to help launch Leeds Loves Food, the city’s annual food festival. The festival takes place from Friday 25th – Sunday 27th May at a number of locations across the city,with Brian visiting almost all of them! “I’ve always supported the Leeds Food Festival”, said Brian. “I was lucky to be part of one of the first to be held in the city in 2006 and am happy to have seen it grow to the regional event it is today.” He will open the Leeds Loves Food Theatre Kitchen on Friday 25th May at the Yorkshire Food and Drink show, the festival’s centerpiece on Millennium Square. At 11.15am he will take to the stage alongside school dinner ladies from the Catering Agency, who will be cooking and championing nutritious school meals. He will also be joined by ‘Team Leeds’ in a London 2012 inspired cooking demonstration with The Source at Leeds Kirkgate Markets creating internationally flavoured dishes.

Brian will then head to the Merrion Centre on Friday 25th where he will host live cooking demonstrations at 1:30pm and 3pm. Entry is free. Guests are also invited to ‘An evening with Brian Turner’ on Friday at Leeds Corn Exchange (tickets available from The Corn Exchange). Brian’s visit doesn’t stop there as shoppers at Leeds Kirkgate Market will be treated to a book signing of his latest book on Saturday 26th from 9:30 – 11am. Organised by Leeds City Council and Marketing Leeds, Leeds Loves Food is now in its seventh year. “Here in Leeds we are proud of our reputation as a foodie city”, said Jean Dent, Interim Chief Executive of Marketing Leeds. “We have numerous quality restaurants and food traders and Leeds Loves Food is a fabulous showcase of what’s on offer.” Other festival highlights include a series of Global Food Markets at Kirkgate Market to showcase the diverse range of international foods on offer, with particular focus on the culinary traditions of the countries coming to Leeds this summer to prepare for the Olympic Games – China, Russia, Australia, Canada and the Netherlands. There will also be events at The Victoria Quarter and The Light.

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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’.” 16 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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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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Could You Offer COCKTAILS FOR a Cat a Home? LEEDS GENERAL Leeds Cat Rescue is appealing to local residents to welcome a new member into their homes. The centre, which was opened by Linda Ferguson in 1999, consists of a dozen volunteers who take unwanted and neglected cats into their homes. Recently, they have been overwhelmed by the number of cats brought to them and they are having to turn away 30-50 cats and kittens every week. Leeds Cat Rescue makes sure that all cats brought to them are neutered, flead, wormed, micro-chipped and protected against common diseases and only ask for a small adoption fee to cover this cost.

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The event kicks off with a wine reception at 6:30pm followed by 6.30pm 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.

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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 fundraising@leedsth.nhs.uk 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

Pinot Ellie Lyon and Jon MacDonald bought their first home together last year and recently adopted ‘Penelope’, renamed ‘Pinot’. “I’ve always loved cats but living in rented accommodation meant we couldn’t have one until now”, said Ellie. “Jon surprised me by adopting Pinot for my birthday. I couldn’t believe that a cat that had been neglected would be so affectionate, she’s settled in really well.” The charity recently took in three cats and their kittens, a pregnant cat, and three one week old kittens. With so many kittens, the space usually available for new cats is full, until they are nine weeks old and have had their first vaccinations. Linda explained “We will never put a healthy cat down and whilst we do our best for all cats that are brought to us, we only have so much room. Now, sadly, we are having to turn many away every week.” If you could adopt a cat, please contact Leeds Cat Rescue at leedscatrescue@googlemail.com All cats needing a home can be seen at www.leedscatrescue.btck.co.uk/ CatsNeedingHomes 20 May 2012 | northleedslife.co.uk

WATERAID IN YORKSHIRE 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, nickw.berry@blueyonder.co.uk, or Gary Knamiller at 01943 430634, garyknamiller@yahoo.co.uk. For further information on WaterAid, visit www.wateraid.org/uk/


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Spring into summer…. The Lifelong Learning Centre at the University of Leeds is organising a programme of summer workshops which will run from Monday 25 - Saturday 30 June inclusive CREATIVE WRITING  Characterisation in the short story  Growing a novel  Writing crime  Poems are other people's photographs…  Writing scripts  The single-page-comic FILM  Blurred identities? The changing face of national cinema LITERATURE  Scandinavian children's literature MUSIC  Wagner with feeling and understanding RELIGION  In search of the historical Jesus SCIENCE  Performance enhancement in health and disease: ethical issues and dilemmas ENVIRONMENT  You, your green bin and the bigger picture For further information please contact Rebecca Edwards on 0113 343 6892 / r.m.edwards@leeds.ac.uk or visit our website at http://www.llc.leeds.ac.uk


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SINGERS JOIN FORCES FOR SUMMER SINGING EXTRAVAGANZA This summer, music lovers will have the rare opportunity to see two of the region’s finest community choirs – Otley Singers and Ilkley Moornotes – singing together for the first time. There will be two concerts – on Friday 1st June, 7.30pm at The Sanctuary in Ilkley, and Friday 15th June, 7.30pm at Otley Courthouse. They will include a celebratory musical programme that represents a dynamic exploration of the themes Journeys and Home. The songs the choirs perform will cover a wide range of genres, from folk to rock, and gospel to world music.

Otley Singers are a community choir of 45 women led by professional singer/ musician, Becky Owen, who recently took over conducting both Otley Singers and Ilkley Moornotes. They meet Tuesdays, 7.30 – 9.30pm at The Old People’s Community Centre, Cross Gates, Otley.

The Ilkley Moornotes has been running for five years and has about 40 members (including six men). They meet on Mondays, 7.15 – 9.15pm at the Quaker Meeting House, Queen’s Rd, Ilkley. www.moornotes.org.uk

Journeys Home is a unique evening of a cappella and accompanied singing that might just have you singing along! Prepare to be moved and entertained in equal measure by some of the region’s most gifted amateur singers under the direction of conductor and singer/ songwriter Becky Owen. Tickets £7/£6 are available from 01943 467466, www.otleycourthouse. org.uk (Otley concert), and Kate Burns on 01943 604003 or on the door at The Sanctuary (All Saints Church, Ilkley). All proceeds will go to the charities Oasis Café (Ilkley), a cafe run by adults with leaning disabilities and Music and the Mind (Otley).

DIAMOND JUBILEE CONCERT SUPPORTS MARIE CURIE CANCER CARE The Chippendale Singers are celebrating the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee with a Royal Celebration Concert on Saturday 12th May, 7.30pm in St. Mary’s Church, Burleyin-Wharfedale, with proceeds going to support Marie Curie Cancer Care. The programme will include Zadok the Priest, composed by Handel for the coronation of George II in 1727 and sung at every subsequent British coronation service; I was Glad, an anthem also traditionally sung at coronations; and This is the Day, composed by John Rutter for the royal 22 May 2012 | northleedslife.co.uk

wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton. The Chippendale Singers’ Musical Director Chris Denton and accompanist Richard Wilson will present two organ solos – Edward Elgar’s Pomp and Circumstance No 4 and William Walton’s Crown Imperial. Patriotic and lighter popular music including Rule Britannia and Land of Hope and Glory will also be performed. Tickets (£10/£8/U16 free) available from Costcutter

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“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.

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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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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. 26 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.


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Fields of Vision – 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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ARTS & CULTURE

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 28 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


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.

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

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.

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).

The main focus of the Jewish Heritage Centre for Children is the recreated shtetl – with rooms depicting different aspects of Jewish life and displaying

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Leeds Town Hall Saturday 2 June 2012, 7.30pm

Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Celebratory Concert

David Hill conductor Alexej Gorlatch piano

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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

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HOME & GARDEN

Watch GARDENROUND-UP Bird with Stan Kenyon By Kath Hall, Paxton Horticultural

............................................... 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.

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”.

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.

Petunias

Alyssum

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. 30 May 2012 | northleedslife.co.uk

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passage in marshes and wet meadows and beside rivers and lakes

Salvias

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.

Yellow wagtails are seen much less often than the familiar black and white pied wagtail, but are marginally more numerous than the grey wagtail with which they are often confused. Grey wagtails have a grey, rather than a greenishgrey back.


YORK GATE GARDEN READY TO WELCOME VISITORS

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).


HEALTH & FITNESS

OTLEY WALKING FESTIVAL 2012 Get your boots ready for the twelfth Otley Walking Festival! The 2012 Festival opens with a choice of seven events on Saturday 23rd June and runs right through to Sunday 1st July with events and walks each day and evening.

There are walks for all ages and abilities – from short town-based walks, to strenuous moorland hikes and everything in-between. People can be sure of a warm welcome, many a good friendship has been formed over the years through Otley Walking Festival. Special features this year are the themed day and evening walks. Leave your reality chip at home on the ‘Despicable Liars’ walk. The ‘Toddlers’ Treasure Trail’ is a must for those with young children. Search for fossils on the Chevin. Seek out ‘Cups and Rings’ on Ilkley Moor. Combine walking with the Arts. Saunter with strolling minstrel, Eddie Lawler. Be an early bird on the

‘Chevin Walk’ but, be careful not to stagger on the ‘Brewery Walk’! Take up the challenge of the ‘Six Dales Trail’. Walk in the steps of Timble Man. Visit the Lost Hamlets of Baildon Moor. Walk in Limestone Country. Enjoy a guided tour of Farnley Hall. Take the ‘AfterWork Stress Buster Walk’. Then bop at the Festival Frolic! Otley Walking Festival 2012 draws to a close with its Grand Finale on Sunday 1st July. For full details pick up a programme – available at libraries, Tourist Information Centres, and local businesses – or visit www.otleywalkingfestival@btck.co.uk and www.chevintrek.co.uk

There are walks for all ages and abilities – from short townbased walks, to strenuous moorland hikes and everything in-between

“This is the biggest programme since we started as a one-off Millennium event in 2000”, said Ruth Blackwell, Chair of Otley Walking Festival. “With 51 walks and events, the programme has something for everyone. Along with old favourites, like the ‘Red Kite Walk’ and the ‘Nidderdale Noodle’, there are lots of new themed walks. It says a lot for the reputation of Otley Walking Festival that each year new leaders are keen to offer their favourite walks and to give their time voluntarily. The Festival’s success is really down to our great team of volunteers.”

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The Wednesday evening event, organised by Otley Athletic Club, starts on Gallows Hill at 7.30pm with the top runners expected to complete the course in just under an hour.

From Gallows Hill runners head to Pool in Wharfedale and Leathley before passing through Lindley and Farnley, ahead of the finish at Otley Cricket Club. Records for the course have not been broken since 1989 when Colin Moor from Bingley Harriers romped home in 50 minutes, 56 seconds for the men, and Veronique Marot (Leeds City) in 57:50. Last year’s winner was Eritrean runner Tsegezeab Woldemickael who completed the course in 52:05, almost six minutes ahead of second placed Owen Beilby. Will any records be broken this year?

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HEALTH & FITNESS

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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The beer ‘Escapale’ was named by the band. It’s a 4.0% pale, hoppy ale and was available at the two main album launch parties at The Brudenell Social Club in Leeds and The Lexington in London (part of an 10-date tour to promote the album). The album All The Crooked Scenes, is a fairly eclectic mix of sounds and feels, combining older songs written over the last three years, and new songs developed in the studio. The band’s influences are varied, but Carole King and Fleetwood Mac seem to figure in there. They like to think of themselves as a ‘song-based band’, rather than trying to fit in to any particular genre. The album is available via download and on CD and limited edition vinyl. 36 May 2012 | northleedslife.co.uk

Copies are available at all the band’s gigs, Jumbo Records and Crash Records, HMV and Amazon. Revolutions beers are now available at The Brudenell, North Bar, Mr Foleys, Cafe Lento and Beer-Ritz. www.ellenandtheescapades.com www.revolutionsbrewing.co.uk

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Revolutions Brewing Company recently hooked up Ellen & The Escapades, a pop/folk/rock five piece from Leeds, to brew a special ale to celebrate the launch of the band’s debut album.


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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.

Stone Foundation Find Their Northern Soul

Described as one of the best live bands of the moment, Midlandsbased seven piece band Stone Foundation will be bringing their own unique brand of UK soul music to Yorkshire on Friday 11th May with a gig at the Seven Arts Centre in Chapel Allerton. Stone Foundation, who have just concluded a major nationwide arena tour supporting Ska legends The Specials, recently released their first album, The Three Shades of Stone Foundation to critical acclaim and were recently on Craig Charles’ BBC Radio 6 Funk and Soul Show. A recent performance at the Manchester Apollo resulted in a review that read “they conjure up a performance that’s big on both passion and commitment”, and they’ve also been lauded in the national press following their inaugural tour and album release. The gig at the Seven Arts Centre in Chapel Allerton forms part of the band’s own spring UK tour with tickets on sale on the night priced at £7. Doors open at 8pm.

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MUSICLISTINGS Wang Dang Doodle Tues 1 May at The Junction, Bondgate, Otley. Blues/Soul

guitarists & a mean piano player too! Tickets £17/£19 from 08456 441881.

Chuck Prophet Tue 1 May. Brudenell Social Club. American singer-songwriter & guitarist. Tickets £12.

Leeds College of Music Contemporary Jazz Orchestra Mon 7 May, 1 – 4pm at Seven Arts, Chapel Allerton. £5/4, under 16s free.

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. Buddy Holly & The Cricketers Fri 4 May, 7.30 at City Varieties. The longest running Buddy Holly show. Tickets £15.50/£17.50 from 0845 441881 Live At Leeds Fri 4 - Sun 6 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. The PianoFlauté Trio Sat 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 Nilbanter Sat 5 May at The Swan, Addingham. Five piece contemporary rock band with a wide range of musical influences. An eclectic mix of covers with added electric violin from Wendy Ross. Northern Sinfonia with Christian Vasquez Sun 6 May, 7:30pm at Otley Courthouse. Streamed live from The Sage, Gateshead. Programme features Prokofiev’s Classical Symphony, Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto no.1, Rachmaninov’s Vocalise, & Bizet’s Symphony no.1 in C. £5. Albert Lee & Hogan’s Heroes Sun 6 May, City Varieties, 8pm. One of the all time great country & rock

Adrian Byron Burns Tues 8 May at The Junction, Bondgate, Otley. Fabulous bluesman, great guitar & a voice like gravel! 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. Martyn Joseph Sat 12 May, 8pm at The Courthouse. Songs that’ll take you on a rollercoaster ride of emotions. £15. The Guiseley Brothers Sat 12 May at The Swan, Addingham. Four piece band playing acoustic versions of classic rock songs from 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s. The Zombies with Colin Blunstone Sat 12 May, Brudenell Social Club. Classic songs include She’s Not There & Time of The Season. Tickets £18. Las Camaradas Sun 13 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. Karl Mullen & Jen Lowe Sun 13 May, 3 – 5pm at The Junction, Bondgate, Otley. Blues/ Soul - Keyboard extraordinaire & silky vocals. 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

Last Orders Tues 15 May at The Junction, Bondgate, Otley. Classic rock ‘n’ roll & country rock. 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. Dan Cassidy Swing Quartet Sat 19 May, 8pm at The Courthouse. Hot tunes that capture the spirit of the swing era - with something special from Icelandic guitar sensation Gunnar Hilmarson. £10/£8 in advance, £11/£9 on door. Inn Jeopardy Sat 19 May at The Swan, Addingham. Duke Special Sun 20 May, 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. Threads : Keiradance Sun 20 May, 7.30pm at The Courthouse. The show combines soulful laments & toe tapping beats & live traditional music & song. £9/£7 in advance, £10/£8 on door. Kim Macari’s Big Band 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. Blues Positive Tues 22 May at The Junction, Bondgate, Otley. Voted Best British Blues Band at Maryport Blues Festival 2008

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. 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. Phil Beer Fri 25 May, 8pm at The Courthouse £12.50/£11 in advance, £13.50/£12 on door. Bullfrog Jones Sat 26 May at The Swan, Addingham. Four piece playing eclectic mix of Blues, Roots, Dylanish Country & Folk. Al Macsween’s Sextet Sun 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. Terri Shaltiel Tues 29 May at The Junction, Bondgate, Otley. ‘A phenomenal soul/ blues/funk singer’ The Leeds Bluegrass Club Thurs 31 May, at The Grove Inn, Back Row, Holbeck. Live acoustic Americana/ Bluegrass/Country music. Resident bands + guests from 8.30pm. £3 on door. Picking sessions in back rooms, musicians welcome. Details: John 267 0761, Kevin 267 7040.

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YOUNGER LIFE

ROTARY STAGE SIXTH TECHNOLOGY TOURNAMENT

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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BETHANY HARE SCOOPS AWARD Notices 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.

Baby Rascals Are you a new Mum? Would you like to meet others & enjoy a cup of coffee? Come to Otley Parish Church, Wed 1 – 2.45pm (term time). Details: 01943 463 815. Chevin Wildlife WATCH Group Fun kids & parents group run by volunteers in partnership with Yorkshire Wildlife Trust & one of the longest running WATCH Group in Yorkshire. Activities every 1st Sat & 3rd Sun. Details: Jennifer Watts on 0113 237 5320, chevinwildlifewatch@hotmail.co.uk Little Rascals meet Wed 9.30 – 11.15am (term time) in Otley Parish Church. A group for pre-school children, parents & carers. Toys, drinks, crafts. Free. Details 01943 463815

District Governor Willie Clark with Bethany 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 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 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’ and she has certainly shown how to do that in the most enterprising way.”

Otley Children’s Centre Provides free groups & information for parents & carers of children aged 0 – 5. The centre is open 9am – 5pm all year round. Groups include: stay & play sessions, baby signing, mini-movers, baby cafe, parenting courses & many more. Details: 01943 467379, hargrad02@ leedslearning.net Otley Junior Orchestra (ages 8 – 12) Thurs 3.30 – 4.30pm. Details: 01943 462826 Saturday Artstars 10am – 12 noon at Otley Courthouse. Exciting Art activities for 5 - 12 year olds (under 8 with adult). £5 per session. Young People’s ‘Fame Factor’ Club Night (ages 12-16) Sat 26 May, 7.30pm – 10pm at Otley Courthouse. Young would-be stars & bands compete for the title of best solo artist, best band & best material. With disco, young comedians & juice bar. If you’d like a slot to perform, contact 01943 462826, info@ilkleyliteraturefestival.org.uk £5. in association with Ilkley Literature Festival, Otley Town Council


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ACTIVE Addingham Yoga Circle Meets Mon 7.30 – 9pm at Addingham Primary School, Bolton Rd. (term time). All welcome, including beginners. Friendly club for all who want to benefit from practising Hatha yoga. Details: Margaret 01943 431248 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 Grove Hill Tennis Club, Otley runs a year-round social programme. Club plays 3 mixed doubles teams in Wharfedale league, a men’s team in the Yorkshire league & a Leeds medley team. Excellent coaching for both adults & juniors. Details: www.otleytennis.webs.com Grove Hill Crown Green Bowls Club Welcomes new members – all ages, beginners or experienced. Get fit & have fun. Details: Judith 01943 462963 Ilkley Yoga Club Meets Thurs, 7.30 – 9pm in Riddings Hall, Christchurch, The Grove, Ilkley. A friendly club where both beginners & those with experience can enjoy Hatha yoga. All welcome. Details: Margaret 01943 431248 Last Man Stands are looking for additional teams to enter their 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 Otley Athletic Club is your local running club. It caters for everyone, so don’t be afraid to go along to one of their training session – Tues & Thurs, 7.15pm at Otley Cricket Club, Cross Green. Reduced membership for first year – £15 rather than £25. Details: www.otleyac.org. uk/ Otley Badminton Club meet at Prince Henry’s Mon 7.30 – 9.30pm & Fri 7 – 9pm. Junior Club coaching available Sat 9.30 – 11am. New members welcome. Details: Steve Norfolk 07860 242089, info@ otleybadmintonclub.co.uk, www.otleybadmintonclub. co.uk Otley Walkers Twice weekly walks, 5 – 20 miles. Weekends away & special events. New members welcome. Annual membership £5. Get the programme & try before joining. Details: 01943 875 995, otleywalkers@ talktalk.net 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 pat_barnett@ yahoo.com with PDRC as subject

FREE FOR charities, churches, social clubs & non-profit community groups

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

Details: Anne Allan 01422 368482, mail@cbpsyorks. co.uk

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

Ilkley Art Club meets Tues, 7.30pm at The Clarke Foley Centre, Cuncliff Rd. 1 May: ‘A View from a Window’; 8 May: an evening looking at ‘3D-A Mini Sculpture; 15 May: Talk by Alex Purves ‘Painters of Illumination - Wright of Derby to the Present’. Visitors welcome (small fee). Details: Keith Ives 07787 831941

Wharfedale Wayzgoose Tues 8.30 – 10pm, Wesley Hall, Walkergate, Otley. Energetic Mixed Border Morris. New dancers & musicians welcome. No previous experience necessary. Details: Anita Walker squire@wharfedalewayzgoose.co.uk, Malcolm Hills 01943 462605/ 07918 611614, bagman@ wharfedale-wayzgoose. co.uk Yarnbury Angling Club Matches held 1st Sun of month. Members only. Coach transfers to & from venues. Membership details: Adrian Addy on 07956 964713. ARTS & CRAFTS 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.

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

Montmartre @ The Buttercross Sun 6 May, 1 – 4pm. Otley Arts Club, The Courthouse & Art for All invite all artists to bring their paints & easels to The Buttercross, The Courthouse or Bay Horse Court to paint ‘en plein air’! Details: Phil Taylor ba_ phil@hotmail.com, Lorain, lbkt62@gmail.com Otley Art Club meets Wed, 7.30pm at People’s Welfare Centre, Crossgate. Variety of activities, incl. exhibitions in July & Nov. 2 May: Pastel Drawing workshop. New members welcome. Details: Phil Taylor 01943 467029 ba_phil@hotmail.com Pool Art Group Fri 10am12pm, Pool Methodist Church. Support & encouragement from fellow artists at all levels. Details: Pat Walker 0113 203 7952.

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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 Visitors welcome. COFFEE MORNINGS, FAIRS & MARKETS Arthington Village Spring Fayre Sat 12 May, 10am – 3pm at Arthington Village Hall, Arthington Lane. Lots of stalls – produce, handcrafts, plants, books etc. Coffee Morning Every Sat, Otley Methodist Church Wesley Hall, 10am–12 noon. Homemade cakes, scones etc & a friendly atmosphere. Access Boroughgate & Walkergate (disabled access). Coffee Morning 1st Sat every month, 9.30 – 11.30am Burley in Wharfedale United Reformed Church, Main St. Lots of stalls, incl. home baking, handcrafted cards, bric-a-brac, books & nearly new clothes – all at bargain prices! Country Market Fri 25 May (22 June), 10am – 12 noon at Riverside Hotel, Ilkley, & Fri 4 & 18 May (1 & 15 June) 9.30 - 11.30am at St John Ambulance Hall, Gay Lane Otley (please note change of venue). Homemade, home grown & handcrafted produce - range of breads, biscuits, preserves, cakes & pastries, plus variety of craft items & cards.

Secondhand Book Sale Sat 12 May, 10am – 12noon at St Giles Bramhope. Organised by Men’s Supper Club in aid of the Kitchen Fund & Christian Aid. Paperbacks, hardbacks, children’s books, CDs/ DVDs gratefully received on Fri 11 May, 2 - 4pm in Church Hall. Stock up on your summer reading! Details:www. stgilesbramhope.org.uk GROUPS/CLUBS 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 events. Details: Dave Senior 0113 282 1818, www.airyorkshire.org.uk/ Alwoodley Motor Club Every other Thurs 8.30 – 9pm at The Wharfedale Inn, Arthington Lane, Pool in Wharfedale. All welcome. Details: 0113 391 0403 www.alwoodleymc.org.uk Ben Rhydding Bridge Club meets Mon, 9.30am at Ben Rhydding Methodist Church. New members always welcome. Details: Molly 01943 466605 Burley in Wharfedale & District Probus Club New Members Needed! Retired or semi-retired men welcome. Fortnightly meetings in Salem United Reformed Church hall. Varied programme of speakers, social events, quizzes & outings. Details: Rod McKenzie 01943 865561 Burley Gardeners’ Association meets for talks, visits a garden in summer, holds plant sales & a Flower & Produce Show. Annual Membership £5 (families)/£3 (individual). Next meeting Thurs 10 May, 7.30pm at Salem Church Hall, Main St. Burley in Wharfedale, when Tony Cleaver will talk about Yorkshire Gardens. Details: 01943 862750

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

Ilkley Rotary Club meets Tues 12.30pm (6.30pm on last Tues of month) for meal & speaker at Craiglands Hotel. Global network of local and international community volunteers. Details: Kelvin Newberry 01943 863752, kelvin.newberry@ btinternet.com

Chevin Division Trefoil Guild meets 7.30pm on 1st Mon of the month in Otley or Guiseley. The group offers a varied calendar of events, with opportunities for travel, adventure & broadening your horizons, & supports Girl Guiding UK. Details: 01943 872892.

Ilkley Wharfedale Rotary Club Small friendly club welcomes both male & female members. Meetings held at Craiglands Hotel, Ilkley, Tues 8pm. Details: Georges Lepelley 01943 600712 or www.ilkleywharfedale. rotary1040.org

Friends of the Earth meet monthly in Ilkley. They campaign on global issues such as climate change, & local issues like waste & recycling & developing a sustainable community. Details: www. wharfedalefoe.org.uk 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 Ilkley & District Motor Club 1st & 4th Wed every month, Otley Rugby Club, Cross Green, Otley, starting 8pm. Everyone welcome. Also meets 2nd, 3rd & 5th Wed at other locations. Details: www. ilkleymotorclub.org Ilkley & District U3A an educational self-help group offering wide range of interest & activity groups for retired. There’s something for everyone who would like to keep learning & socialising. Day-time sessions. Drop-in sessions 10.30am 1st Mon of month at Clarke Foley Centre, Ilkley. Details: 01943 465059, www. IlkleyU3A.org

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 Kirklands Bridge Club Menston rubber bridge club meets at Kirklands alt Tues evenings. Details: Dorrie Waugh 01943 872771/ Carol Cowell 0113 267 0426. Leeds & Bradford Friendship Group meets 1st Wed of month, 1.30pm at Pudsey Civic Hall LS28 5TA. Friendship & activities for people of retirement age. Speaker or entertainment at 2pm. Days out, dining, walks, computers, etc. New members welcome. Details: 258 5955. 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: 0113 267 0424, www. leedscaledonians.org.uk Leeds Oxfam Group Lively group campaigns on issues of interest to anyone concerned about global justice. Everyone welcome. Details: www.oxfamleeds. org.uk/, or Facebook


COMMUNITY NOTICES 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 in Fleet Lane car park); Sat 26 May at Rodley Nature Reserve (meet 10am in car park). Details: rspbleeds@ googlemail.com 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 Looking for a 41 Club? Ilkley Olicana 41 Club meets at Craiglands Hotel, Ilkley, 7.30pm on 3rd Wed of each month. Open to all those who have been in Round Table. Details: Paul Kitching 01943 604683. paulk152@gmail.com Mercury Movie Makers meet Weds, Rawdon Conservative Club, 7:30pm. The club is for camcorder owners. Advice, regular film & practical evenings, & occasional outdoor events. Details: 0113 257 7274, www. mercurymoviemakers.com National Trust Leeds Summer programme has started. All National Trust members welcome to join this friendly, lively group who raise money for NT. Details: Pam 258 8178 North Leeds Model Flying Club New members very welcome, experienced or beginners. Building or flying, plenty of friendly advice. Regular meetings at Horsforth or airfield at Almscliff Crag. Details: 0113 217 8348, www. nlmfc.org Otley in Bloom A friendly group of volunteers who work to improve the green environment of the town. New members welcome. Meetings at Otley Courthouse, 7pm first Tues of every month.

Otley Chevin Rotary Club Meets at Chevin Country Park Hotel, York Gate, Mon, 7.30pm. Dinner followed by interesting speaker. Rotary provides a wide range of services - local, national & international, plus a good social programme. Details: Bill Baker 01943 462400 Otley Film Society Annual Quiz Fri 27 May, 7.30pm at Otley Courthouse. Questions on all topics (not just film). Come along & try to topple the current champions! Entry £5pp includes Ploughman’s Supper. Teams of no more than six. To book a table, contact info@ otleyfilmsociety.org.uk Otley Lions Club meets 1st & 3rd Mon, 8pm in Horse & Farrier, Bridge St. Bookshop 5, Mercury Row, Tues, Fri & Sat, & Otley Market Sun am. New members & helpers welcome. Full social programme. Details: David McDowell 01943 467551 brantwoodconsultant@ aol.com, Patrick McCauley 01943 466917 pg@ mcatkins.co.uk Otley Little Theatre Live theatre & musical events in Otley. New members welcome – acting, singing, dancing & anyone who can help with technical backstage. Details: Lee Wells 01943 464982, info@olt.org.uk, www.otley. co.uk/littletheatre Otley Poets meet 1st Tues of month, 8pm at Korks Wine Bar, Bondgate, Otley, for poems, drinks & occasional guest poets. Details: Sandra Burnett 01943 465372, Sandra@s-burnett.fsnet. co.uk Otley Rotary Club meets weekly at Westbourne House, Bradford Road, Otley, Thurs 12.30 – 1.45pm. Open to active or retired professional or business people. Lunch followed by guest speaker. Details: Keith Thompson 01943 879329 ktswoop@ talktalk.net

Pool Bridge Club meets on Mon (excl bank holidays),1.15 – 4.30pm at Pool Methodist Church. 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 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 0113 258 3507 Wharfedale Gardeners’ Group Meets 7.30pm 2nd Tues of the month (Sept - May) at Otley Methodist Church. Guest speakers, plant sales & trips. Annual membership £10. Details: Thelma Harrison 0113 225 6405. Wharfedale German Circle meets on or near 15th of month at 8pm. Events include speakers, films, debates, quizzes, music, parties & conversation members & visitors (in English or German). Details: 01943 464087, wgcircle@gmail.com, or visit www.germancircle. ilkley.org 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 0113 263 7583.

MUSIC 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. Burley in Wharfedale Probus Male Voice Choir, Burley Catholic Church Hall, Bradford Rd. New rehearsal times: Mon 2.15 - 4.15pm, not mornings as of old. The Chippendale Singers Mixed voice choir, rehearses Wed, 7.45 – 9.30pm Methodist Church, Boroughgate, Otley. Madrigals, folksongs, spirituals & sacred works, & songs from shows. Vacancies for male singers (music readers essential). Details: Chris Denton 0113 284 3744 chrisjdenton@gmail.com To book choir: Jan Wilkinson 01943 461318 www. chippendalesingers.co.uk Chippendale Singers Royal Celebration Concert Sat 12 May, 7.30pm St. Mary’s Church, Burley in Wharfedale. In aid of Marie Curie Cancer Care. Programme includes Handel’s Zadok the Priest, William Walton’s Crown Imperial organ duet, Rule Britannia & other patriotic songs. Tickets (£10/£8, under 16s free) available on door. Details: Jan Wilkinson 01943 461318 Fairfax Singers (Burleyin-Wharfedale) sing for charity & corporate events. If you would like to book a concert please contact Marjorie Hall 01274 597024, marj.hall51@ yahoo.co.uk. Waiting list for singers, contact Dorothy Hawkshaw Musical Director 01943 877464 www.fairfaxsingers.org.uk


Friends of University Art & Music helps to foster the musical & artistic outreach of the University of Leeds. Membership open to all. Regular activities arranged. Details: 0113 343 2584, www.leeds.ac.uk/fuam Horsforth Leeds City Brass Band A friendly, community brass band welcomes new players. Possible instrument loan, if needed. Rehearsals: Mon 7.30 – 9.30pm at Leeds Trinity University College, Brownberrie Lane, Horsforth. Details: Hannah Rowlands 250 0208, Betty Emberton 267 6529 Idle Guitarists Meet Fri, 1.30 – 3.30pm in Idle Baptist Church, Idle, Bradford. Absolute beginners to advanced, young or old, all are invited to join this friendly group. Music is provided, tailored to your level. All you need is a classical (or acoustic) guitar. Details: Darren 07752 184752 Jubilee Concert Sat 19 May, 7.30pm, St. John’s Parish Church, Menston. Aireborough Gilbert & Sullivan Society presents selection of G & S & songs from the shows. Tickets £7 (incl. glass of wine) from 01943 870924, the Parish Office 01943 872433, Menston Post Office, & on door. Proceeds to USPG & the Tiyanjane Clinic, Malawi Leeds & Bradford Barbershop Harmony Club Mon, 7.30pm, Rawdon & Guiseley Conservative Club, Leeds Rd, Rawdon. Male singers who can take on four part harmony most welcome. Details: 01274 583 989. Leeds Organ & Keyboard Club Meets Wed 7.30 – 10.30pm at Guiseley Factory Workers Club, Town St. Guiseley. New members welcome. Club has Roland AT900c & Yamaha Tyros 3. Regular concerts: 2 May Andrew Nix. Guests welcome. £4. Details: 0113 267 9865, www.organfax. co.uk

Opera North in Rawdon Mon 4 June, 7pm St Peter’s Church, Rawdon. An evening of musical celebration in honour of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee with 12 of the company’s top artists. Favourite operatic excerpts, songs from the shows & something patriotic! Tickets (£10/ £7.50 incl. glass of bubbly & nibbles) from 07956 879 726. Otley Chamber Orchestra rehearses fortnightly on Sundays, 7 - 9pm at Otley Courthouse. New members (especially upper strings) welcome. Details: john_ restorick@hotmail.com Otley Little Theatre Orchestra rehearses 1st & 3rd Wed of each month, 7.30pm at Otley St John Ambulance Station near Sainsbury’s. They play a range of music including musicals, popular & classical & would welcome more musicians. Details: Neil Briggs 07900 050346, aliandneil@briggs6566. freeserve.co.uk Players for Pleasure offers playing opportunities to adult amateur musicians. All levels, beginners to advanced. All instruments & all ages over 18. New performers especially welcome. Friendly, informal & supportive atmosphere. Details: www. playersforpleasure.co.uk

Soroptimists’ Midsummer Prom Sun 24 June, 7pm at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, in aid of the Alzheimer’s Society’s ‘Singing for the Brain’ project. Featuring City of Bradford Brass Band plus soloists Joanne Wagstaffe & Lucy Bates. Tickets £10 plus 50p postage from 07543 098 987, midsummerprom@ yahoo.co.uk Steeton Male Voice Choir Sat 12 May, 7.30pm at Otley Methodist Church. A concert in aid of the Town Mayors 20x20 appeal. Tickets (£7) available from Leeds Road Garage, Otley, or from Councillor Nigel Francis, on 01943 463467 West Riding Opera has vacancies for chorus members to participate in concerts & staged opera selections. All voice ranges welcome, no audition. Rehearsals Wed, 7.30pm at West Park Centre, Spen Lane. Details: 01274 595978, davewb8@sky. com Wharfedale Recorded Music Wed 2 May: Mahler’s Symphony No. 1. 7.45pm at St. John’s Church Hall, Margerison Rd. Ben Rhydding. New members & visitors welcome. Details: www. wharfedalerecordedmusic. ilkley.org

‘Raise the Roof’ Sat 26 May, 7.30pm at Christchurch, The Grove, Ilkley. Fairfax Singers & Guiseley Music Centre present an evening of vocal & instrumental music. Admission £6 & a tin of food for the Music Centre’s adoped charity The Food Bank.

The White Rosettes Female barbershop chorus (four part unaccompanied harmony), 12 x national champions, rehearse Wed 7.30 – 10pm at Moorlands School, Foxhill Dr, Weetwood Lane, LS16 5PF. Details: Jan Spencer 07852 210640, membership@ whiterosettes.org.uk

Society of Recorder Players – meets 2nd & 4th Sat pm in Bingley & Headingley. Different conductors take each meeting. Intermediate players, all recorders. New members welcome. Details: Caroline 01943 467348

Yeadon & District Male Voice Choir Would welcome new members to take them through to their 100th anniversary in 2013. Rehearsals Thurs 7.45pm at Yeadon Methodist Church (side entrance), next to Yeadon Town Hall. Details: John Atkinson 0113 294 9095.

SENIORS Ilkley Senior Citizens Club meets Tues, 2pm in the Clarke Foley Centre, Ilkley, for fellowship, entertainment & outings. Just turn up to join in the Concert Hall. Jubilee Tea Dance Sat 2 June, 1.30 - 4.30pm at Clarke Foley Centre, Cunliffe Rd, Ilkley. Dancing to the New Horizons Dance Band, afternoon tea, raffle. Jubilee Dress optional! Admission £6. Tickets in advance from Clarke Foley Centre or 01943 607016 Leeds & Bradford Friendship Group Friendship & activities for people of retirement age. Meets 1st Wed of month at Pudsey Civic Centre 1.30pm. Also days out, dining, walks, holidays, computer & play reading groups. New members welcome. Details: Barbara 01943 875208. Menston Retired Men’s Forum Meetings 1st & 3rd Wed of month, 10am at Kirklands. New members welcome. Details: Ken Chadwick 01943 874530, Geoff Winter 01943 877832. Otley Over 60s Club at Crossgate (opposite Rose & Crown) open Wed to Sat, 9am–12 noon, serving refreshments. Sequence Dancing on Wed 2 – 4pm; Gentle Exercise to Music on Thurs, 10.15–11.15am; Sat Bingo,1.45pm; brica-brac stall Fri & Sat 9am–12noon. Otley Action for Older People Chair based exercise class 1.45 – 2.45pm at Otley Methodist Church, or 10 – 11am at Bennett Court. £3. Details: 01943 463965 www. otleyactionforolderpeople. org.uk


COMMUNITY NOTICES Sequence & Ballroom Dances Sat 9 June & 28 July, 8 – 11pm at Hollygarth Social Club. £3.50. Details: Michael 01943 608871 Sequence Tea Dance Old Pool Bank Village Hall, Fri 2 – 4pm. A great way to exercise & socialise. All welcome. Details: 0113 284 2126. Sequence Tea Dances at Winter Gardens Ilkley most Thurs, 1.45 – 3.45pm. Pay at door. Details: Michael 01943 608871 SPIRITUAL Bethel Evangelical Church Otley & Ilkley meets every Sun,10.30am at Whartons Primary School (off Newall Carr Road), Otley & 6pm at Ilkley Playhouse, Weston Road, Ilkley. Details: Pastor Martin Woodier 01943 464631 www. bethelotleyilkley.com

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Guiseley Baptist Church is a growing welcoming community. A mixture of ages, including children & young people meet at Sunday services at 9.30am & 11.15am. Details: 01943 884 233, www. guiseleybaptistchurch. co.uk Fourth Way Philosophy & Meditation Group Introductory meetings & readings from ‘In Search of the Miraculous’ by P.D. Ouspensky. Meetings in Leeds & Otley. Details: 07814 951231, info@ gurdjieff-leeds.com The Leeds Gurdjieff Society Free Meditation at Ilkley Happiness Centre, Leeds Rd. Ilkley (above Veggie Cafe). 9.30 – 10.30am Mon – Fri, or 6.30 – 7.30pm Mon – Thurs. Meditations range from guided visualisation, to shamanic drumming, Sufi chanting & healing meditations. All welcome. Details: 01943 601517,

www.ilkleyhappinesscentre. co.uk Meditation Classes Tues, 7.30 – 9pm in Friend’s Meeting House, Queen Rd. Ilkley. Explore how Buddhist meditation can be used to solve daily problems, improve health & find meaning & purpose in life. Guided meditations, how to meditate & discussion. £5. Details: 01535 958189 www. enjoymeditation.org Menston Methodist Church welcomes newcomers & visitors. Sunday service: 10.30am, plus alternative form of worship, “Taste & See” is held in Cornerstone Cafe last Sunday of month. Various activities at the Church include Wesley Guild, Wednesday Group, Women’s Fellowship, Walking Group, Choir. Details: 01943 871909

Otley Methodist Church welcomes newcomers & visitors to their weekly services, Sun 10.30am. Holy Communion 1st Sun of month & 9.30am 3rd Sun. Family Service 2nd Sun. Refreshments after each morning service. Fri shoppers service 10 – 10.30am. Disabled access on Boroughgate & Walkergate. Otley Quakers meet 1st & 3rd Sun of the month, 10.45am – 12 noon. Details: 0113 318 8084, otley.quakers@virgin.net. www.otley.co.uk/churches/ Otley Spiritualist Church Church services: Tues healing 7.30pm; Wed healing 2.30pm; Sat Service 7pm (clairvoyance); Sun Service 6.30pm (divine). 38 Newmarket Street, Otley.


Rise & Shine @ 9 Everyone welcome. 30 minute cafe-style worship, ideal for all ages. Informal, friendly, light breakfast every Sunday, 9am at United Reformed Church, Main Street, Burley-inWharfedale. Details: Mirella 01943 465 353 St.John’s Parish Church , Menston Sunday Services: Holy Communion 8am; Parish Eucharist 10am on 1st, 3rd & 4th Sun, 10.30am 2nd Sun; Let’s Worship 9.15am 2nd Sun (children & young families); Evensong 4.30pm except Dec. SUPPORT Arthritis Care (Otley & District) meets at St John Ambulance Meeting Room, Gay Lane, 1st Wed of month, 2 – 4pm. People of all ages with arthritis, or an interest in it, most welcome. Details: 01943 466428.

La Leche League of Wharfedale meets 1st Fri of month, 10am to noon, lower hall, Christchurch, The Grove, Ilkley. Breastfeeding help & support. Details: Becky on 01535 633788 Leeds Coeliac Group Gluten-Free Asian Food Cookery Demonstration Thurs 17 May, 7pm at St. Chad’s Parish Centre, Otley Rd. Far Headingley. Details: Sandra McLean 07711 768850, sandra.mclean@ btinternet.com Leeds Samaritans provide confidential, nonjudgemental support 24 hours a day for people who are experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those which could lead to suicide. They listen with an open mind & in complete confidence, for as long as you need. Details: 0113 245 6789, 08457 909090.

Courthouse Inclusive Support Group Fri 11am – 12.30pm. New social coffee morning in Otley Courthouse Cafe for those experiencing, or who have experienced, emotional distress – including a sense of loss, lonliness or sadness. A friendly, gentle space to meet & chat. Details Gill Roughley 01943 462816 or Allan Luxton 07891 272 077

Lymphoma Association Support Group A friendly group that meets the last Mon of each month, 2pm at Robert Ogden Macmillan Cancer Information Centre, St. James’s Hospital, LS9 7TF. All who have experienced Lymphoma, their family & friends, are welcome. Frequent guest speakers. Details: Roy 01765 692132, Jane 0113 2811226, Norman 0113 267 3388.

Crohn’s & Colitis UK Support for people with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), their friends & families throughout North & West Yorkshire. Four educational & support meetings a year, plus regular informal meets. Details: 0845 130 6809, Leeds@crohnsandcolitis. org.uk, www.groups. crohnsandcolitis.org.uk/ Leeds

Memory Lane Café 4th Thurs of month, 1.30 – 3.30pm, Otley Rugby Club. A supportive & welcoming environment for older people with memory problems or dementia. Enjoy some musical entertainment & pass a sociable couple of hours. Refreshments. Support for carers. Transport available for small fee. Details: Otley Action for Older People 01943 463965

Singing for the Brain Second Mon of each month, 1.30-3.30pm at Otley Courthouse. A new singing group for people with dementia & their carers. A fun, friendly & relaxed group with a trained facilitator. Details: Rachel Feldberg 01943 462826, feldberg@ arthouse.demon.co.uk

Yorkshire Archaeological Society (Family History Section)Sat 12 May, 12noon at 23, Clarendon Rd, Leeds – a lecture by Stephen Mosley entitled ‘Leeds, Black City’. Free drop-in sessions Tues 2 – 4pm for anyone needing help with family history research. Details: Mrs J. Butler 0113 263 9540

Wharfedale General Hospital Cardiac Club (affiliated with British Heart Foundation) is open to former cardiac patients & their partners. Opportunity to take part in exercise classes under supervision of qualified instructors. Meets Mon, Wed & Thurs at Wharfedale General Hospital. £3. Details: Clive Wilkinson 0113 267 1721.

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The Yorkshire Cancer Help Centre is now at the Day Therapy Unit, St Michael’s Hospice, Harrogate two Saturdays each month, offering support for people with cancer & their loved ones. Details: Esme 01423 881392/ Karen 01937 573166, www.ychc.org.uk TALKS & DISCUSSIONS Leeds Astronomical Society meets 2nd Wed of month with a guest speaker presentation & regular telescope nights at Quaker Friends Meeting House, Woodhouse Lane, LS2. Visitors welcome, first visit free. Details: info@ leedsastronomy.org.uk, www.leedsastronomy.org. uk Leeds Geological Association Thurs 3 May, 7:15pm in the Rupert Beckett Lecture Theatre, Michael Sadler Building, Leeds University. Lecture: ‘The Middle Jurassic at Ketton Quarry, Rutland’ by Peter del Strother MBE Consultant. Visitors welcome Details: www. leedsga.org.uk

Adel Ladies Luncheon Club meets 1st Wed of month at Castle Grove Masonic Hall, Castle Grove Dr. LS6. Wed 2 May: Sue Woodcock from Yorkshire Post presents ‘From Copper to Shepherd’. Wed 6 June: ‘The Last Laugh’, a humorous talk on epitaphs by Jean Townsend. Details: Muriel Huntley 230 1584 Aireborough Soroptimist International meets 1st & 3rd Wed of month, 7.30pm at Guiseley Methodist Church, Oxford Road, Guiseley Organisation for professional women addressing issues of importance to women worldwide. If you would like to volunteer in an atmosphere of support, friendship & fun, contact them. Details: Janet Lockwood 07947 695093. Baby Rascals Are you a new Mum? Would you like to meet others & enjoy a cup of coffee? Come to Otley Parish Church Wed 1 – 2.45pm (term time) Details: 01943 463 815. Ben Rhydding Women’s Institute Meets 2nd Thurs of each month, 2pm at B.R. Methodist Church Hall. All welcome. British Federation of Women Graduates (Leeds) meets monthly. AGM Wed 9 May, 7pm. Details: 262 4131, leedsawg@ntlworld. com


COMMUNITY NOTICES Ilkley Soroptimist International Meet 2nd & 4th Thurs, 7.30pm at the Clarke Foley Centre, Cunliffe Rd Ilkley. Speakers, projects, networking & socialising for professional & community minded women. Details: Loraine Powell 07966 247152 Otley Townswomen’s Guild promotes the interests of women & raises money for charities. It meets 1st Thurs of each month, 7.30pm in the Lecture Room, Otley Methodist Church. Speakers plus wide variety of interest groups. Visitors welcome. Details: S. Herbert 01943 468741 Reaching Out Group for widowed women young at heart & in years who would like to meet others in similar position. Meets Thurs 6.30 – 8.30pm, St John Ambulance Hut, Gaye Lane, Otley. A safe place for friendship & support. Details: Lesley 07931 892747. MISC/EVENTS Bee Swarms will be collected free of charge. Details: Terry 0113 268 8231 Guiseley & District Lions Club Charity Beer Festival Fri 18 & Sat 19 May at Coopers Bar Guiseley. Tickets (£5), available from Coopers or www. wegottickets.com, include souvenir glass, 2 half pints & programme. Sessions 7 – 11pm & 1 – 4pm Sat. Details: www.guiseley. co.uk/lions

Leeds Civic Trust’s Guided Supper Walks Wed 2 May – Medieval Leeds; Tues 8 May – Georgian Leeds; Wed 16 May – Victorian Leeds; Tues 22 May – Edwardian Leeds. Walks start 7pm from the Trust office, 17 – 19 Wharf St. & last about 1½ hours, ending with supper at Wharf St. £10 per walk. Details & to book: 243 9594, office@ leedscivictrust.org.uk Otley Museum Documentary & Photographic Archive Wellcroft House, (The Cycle Club) Otley. Open Mon, Tues, Fri, & 1st Sat of each month 9.45am – 12.15pm (excl bank holidays). Research Otley’s heritage – call in or phone for an appointment. Details: 01943 468181, otleymuseum@btconnect. com, www.otleymuseum. org Rodley Nature Reserve Summer Fair Sat 18 Aug. Book your stall now & help raise funds for this beautiful Reserve which provides a free haven for families & wildlife. Just £10 a table. Details: Amy 204 0441. The Big Jump 2012 Wanted! novice parachute jumpers to jump in aid of Leeds Children’s Hospital, at the LGI. Sun 22 July at Bridlington Airfield. Details: Stephanie 392 5140, fundraising@leedsth.nhs. uk

Volunteer at Otley Children’s Centre If you enjoy working with children under five, would like to share your skills and receive professional volunteer training from Homestart, call Otley Children’s Centre on 01943 467379 & book an informal chat about volunteering. All candidates will complete an enhanced CRB check. www.otleychildrenscentre. co.uk Volunteer for Scope Otley! Scope is looking for volunteer shop assistants. Perfect for anyone, especially if you are looking to learn new skills, have fun & meet new people. Training provided & travel expenses paid. Details: Carol 01943 467676 or just pop in. WANTED! Accomplished Organist or Choir Leader To join experienced team of musicians at Grove Methodist Church, Horsforth. Strong choir & musical tradition. Three manual Rushworth & Dreaper organ. Commitments may be arranged to suit availability & personal circumstances. Details: 258 9093, 258 3807, 258 2678, music@ grovemethodist.org.uk Wesley Hall at Otley Methodist Church Available to local organisations & charities for fundraising purposes every Fri, 9.3011.30am. Cost: £20. Details: Pauline Dobson 01943 466 751.

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