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


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


Also in this issue, Ilkley Brewery wins a prestigious business award; there are great successes for Otley’s Walking and Cycling Festivals; and it’s time once again for the Leeds International Piano Competition. Its founder, Dame Fanny Waterman, tells us the entrants this year are ‘outstanding’.


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

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

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Ilkley Brewery Wins Business Accelerators Award

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

Burley Summer Festival With over 70 events during the week, the Festival boasts something for everybody.

Aung San Suu Kyi Honorary Ambassador for Leeds International Piano Competition

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


Heritage Open Day at Otley Courthouse

There will be guided tours of the former Victorian police station, cells and magistrates’ courts throughout the day.


Another Great Otley Walking Festival

It was the biggest festival yet – 51 walks and events stretched over nine days and it was a great success.


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

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The fourth annual Burley-in-Wharfedale Summer Festival will run from Saturday 18th – Saturday 25th August. With 70 events during the week, the Festival boasts something for everybody. Activities include walks, arts activities, dance workshops, sports, games, music, plus special festival events in the village pubs and clubs. The popular Climbing Wall returns, as does the Classic Vehicles Show on Sunday 19th, which attracted over 200 vehicles last year. There will also be a Farmers’ and Craft Market, Silsden and Lofthouse Brass Bands, children’s activities, an art show, teas in the park, and a Healthy Living event, to be opened by the Lord Mayor, Councillor Dale Smith.

New events this year include a Scarecrow Trail for local businesses and residents and a Dog Show, with a wide variety of classes and awards. The Beer and Cider Festival, run by Burley Social Club, will be on Saturday 25th August. Burley Theatre Group has organised a ‘Murder Mystery’ evening with a three course meal. Plus there’s the regular Festival Ceilidh. The Festival concludes with its traditional opera evening, once again featuring Sarah Estill (Opera North), Angela Fuller (Royal Opera House and D’Oyly Carte), and Paul Gibson (Opera North). Many festival events are free or low cost. The Festival programme is available at local libraries and at

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

David Heighway is a retired businessman living in Ilkley. “Volunteering is very much a two way process”, he told us. “The relationship I have built up with Lillian and Michael is very special to me and I am delighted to be able to help them. The ShopAssist scheme is well managed and I know that someone will always take my place when I am away.” If you think you could offer a few hours a week to help an older person with their shopping, please contact Josephine at Ilkley Good Neighbours, Riddings Hall, Riddings Road, Ilkley on 01943 603348, or email shopassist@

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The relationship I have built up with Lillian and Michael is very special to me and I am delighted to be able to help them

“This scheme has literally been a lifeline for me and my husband”, said Lillian Kay, who has been supported by the scheme for the past 18 months. “The wonderful support David gives us is very much appreciated and we know that we can rely on him to collect one of us to do our weekly shop and then help carry the bags home and unpack them.”

The charity provides services for people of all ages and relies on voluntary support

Ilkley Good Neighbours’ shopping service is so successful that they are urgently seeking more volunteers!

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


Bus Services When I was chairman of Metro, I started the process towards Quality Bus Contracts. During consultation, over 90% of respondents supported this and last month Metro colleagues unanimously voted to start the process. This means that, whilst buses will continue to be run by private operators, they will do so to criteria specified by Metro. This includes fares, frequencies and routes, as well as integrated ticketing, similar to London’s Oyster Cards. I have also had meetings with Metro to bring a Real Time display to Otley Bus Station. Three options have been drawn up, so hopefully we will have one soon. Otley bus station is very busy and can be confusing at times. Real time displays will let passengers know which stand to wait at and the expected time of arrival of their bus. Pedestrian Crossing Provision I have also called for a review of pedestrian crossings in Otley. Since becoming councillor in 2004, I have, along with my colleagues Cllr Campbell and Cllr Kirkland, managed to secure new crossings on Westgate (one near Westgate School, the other near Waitrose), Gay Lane and Farnley Lane (at Prince Henry’s). I am pushing for crossings on Burras Lane and Newall Carr Road too. MICE Awards Councillors are given a small amount of money each year (MICE) to help local community organisations. Recently we have been able to help Otley Carnival, Grove Hill Bowling Club, Otley Cycle Races and The Broadwalk Residents Association. In addition, we have awarded wellbeing grants to Wharfemeadows Park for weekend litter picking during the summer; Otley Town Football Club, to help refurbish their facilities; and CASAC for burglary reduction initiatives. If you wish to contact me about Otley issues, call me on 07950 008005 or email I have also launched a website to update residents on local issues and events at uk/

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I am hoping to get this group up and running. I feel someone has to speak up for all the people from around the area who would like to be able to catch a train from Arthington Station. From my own research I know it would not only be used by people from Pool, but also Otley, Bramhope, Arthington and Harewood. To date only Pool residents have been consulted on the issue. I would like to know what other people in and around the Wharfe Valley area think about this idea. The Arthington Station Action Group (ASAG) will give those people a voice.

The competition, which challenged store owners to dress their windows in the carnival’s ‘Summer of Celebration’ theme, drew a fantastic response and Nora’s was chosen by the carnival committee for the ‘most imaginative and resourceful’ window display. “I was absolutely delighted to win”, said Victoria Newhouse, who established the business with her mum, Fiona, “not only because the PR prize is incredibly valuable to a business like mine, but also to be recognised for our support of the carnival. I’m hoping the PR campaign will help to raise awareness of why we’re unique, bring more people to discover the shop, and boost orders on our website.” 10 August 2012 |

The competition drew a fantastic response. Nora’s won for the most imaginative and resourceful display

Nora’s Interiors and Gifts of South Hawksworth Street, Ilkley, recently won the Ilkley Carnival shop window competition, and received a month’s free PR from competition sponsors, Approach PR.

Our part of the Wharfe Valley is crying out for a better alternative to the car so let’s see what some like-minded people can do about it. We need to keep the momentum going. If I am unable to obtain enough support, it is likely the station simply will not happen. I am actively involved with the Harrogate Line Rail User Group, which is very experienced when it comes to getting their views across where the traveling public is concerned. In my time as a Councillor I have met many people from businesses, business groups, Parish and Town Councils from around the area, who have supported my efforts. I hope to continue working with these supporters. A new station at Arthington could bring massive benefits to our area. For the new group to be successful it will need public support. If you would like to join ASAG and help take this forward, please email your name and contact details to ArthingtonSAG@aol. com Steve Brady Pool in Wharfedale


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Let’s Support our local Olympic and Paralympic Athletes

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

Women’s Boxing finally an Olympic Sport

Lizzie Armitstead

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

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

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

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

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

UK cyclists set to take medals

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

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

Leeds Swimmers will make a splash!

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

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

Hannah Cockroft, Claire Cashmore Nicola Adams David Stone

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

UK leading the world in Triathlon

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

Jonathan and Alistair Brownlee, Photo: Delly Car ITU

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

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

Breaking records even before the Games!

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

Rowing to victory!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ilkley Brewery will receive an ad campaign created by a top London ad agency as well as a year’s business mentoring from Deborah Meaden

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

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

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Leeds Mencap delivers a range of projects, including social groups, a residential home, an inclusive dance group, residential care, and Hawthorn, a project which supports families with children under the age of three with a learning disability. These services are a life-line to local families. Tickets for the event are available on a first come

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

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

The competition’s Chairman and Artistic Director Dame Fanny Waterman said that the top prize will be named the Daw Aung San Suu Kyi Gold Medal in recognition of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s inspiration, courage and hope for humanity and her appreciation of piano playing. “In 20 August 2012 |

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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CLASSICAL FANTASIA AT KIRKSTALL ABBEY Classical Fantasia, the annual open-air concert and stunning fireworks display in the grounds of Kirkstall Abbey, will take place on Saturday 1st September, with gates opening at 6pm and the main performance starting at 8pm. Organised by Leeds City Council, this is the 17th year for this unique event. Once again it will feature music by the Northern Ballet Sinfonia, accompanied by spectacular illumination of the abbey ruins and electrifying fireworks. “Classical Fantasia is always a superb event with a very unique look and feel in the wonderful grounds of Kirkstall Abbey so we are looking forward to another great evening’s entertainment”, said Councillor Adam Ogilvie. Tickets are available (priced at £7.50 for LEEDSCard holders, £6.50 for LEEDSCard Extra holders and £5 for Breezecard holders. General admission is £10 or £35 for four) from www.leeds. , City Centre Box Office in The Carriageworks, Millennium 24 August 2012 |

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

the changes that take place with the passing of time and seasons. Composer Jon Hughes has created an extraordinary musical soundtrack, played through an ambi-sonic surround-sound system designed to give the listener an almost 3D sound experience. The music is based on a series of recordings made in locations around the National Park. “Our aim is to capture the audiences imagination by placing high quality live dance performance in unusual and inspiring rural location”, said Simon Birch. “We are grateful to the North York Moors National Park for providing us with this amazing opportunity to perform in the stunning locations and to be part of their 60th anniversary celebrations.”

Tickets for Terrarium (Adults £10, Children (5 – 16) £5, Family ticket Family ticket (2 adults & 2 children age 5-16) £25, available from Yorkshire Dance on 0113 243 8765 or online at Performances: Wed 1 Aug, 7.30pm at Wykeham Abbey, near Scarborough; Thurs 2 Aug, 7.30pm Moors National Park Centre, Danby near Whitby; Fri 3 Aug, 3pm & 7.30pm at Sneaton Castle, Whitby; Sat 4 Aug, 3pm & 7.30pm at Kirkleatham Hall, Redcar; Sun 5 Aug, 7.30pm at Moors National Park Centre; Wed 8 Aug, 7.30pm at Rievaulx Terrace, near Helmsley; Thurs 9 & Fri 10 Aug, 7.30pm at Moors National Park Centre; Sat 11 Aug, 3pm & 7.30pm at The Show Field, Kildale, near Stokesley; Sun 12 Aug, 7.30pm at Rievaulx Terrace. | August 2012 25

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

month heralds the theme ‘How Green is our Valley’. The Centre is open at weekends during the summer, 11am to 4.30pm. For further information, contact 01943 880794, or Sat 4 Aug – Sun 14 Oct: Exhibition ‘How Green is our Valley?’ presenting a unique record of personal stories on how sustenance and sustainability were tackled in the Washburn Valley over the last 60 years. Tues 7 Aug 10.30am: ‘Cooking with Foraged Food’. Stephanie Moon, consultant chef, Rudding Park, demonstrates how to cook using foraged food. Includes light lunch. £7.50/£9 Wed 8 Aug 7.30-9.30pm: ‘A Mixed Bunch’- Flowers of the Washburn Valley

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


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Otley Courthouse welcomes visitors on Heritage Open Day, Saturday 8th September, 10am – 4pm. There will be guided tours of the former Victorian police station, cells and magistrates’ courts throughout the day. The building dates from the mid 1850s and fascinating details about life at the police station and cases from the Petty Sessions are revealed! The Courthouse was used for the police station, courtroom and cell scenes in the television series ‘Heartbeat’. For children (8 – 12) there will be a variety of Victorian games (£1 per child for materials) available in the foyer. The Courthouse café will be open 10am – 3pm for light refreshments. For further information please contact the Courthouse on 01943 467466 or visit


Round and About is an exhibition of paintings and prints by Jackie Waring at Otley Courthouse from Saturday 30th July – 25th August.

Jackie had always been fascinated with garden wildlife and, when a friend discovered an abandoned bird’s nest complete with speckled eggs in the

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BURLEY’S ANNUAL GARDENROUND-UP By Kath Hall, FLOWER AND Paxton Horticultural PRODUCE SHOW ............................................... As this is traditionally the holiday month, the garden needs tending to so that you will not have too much hard work when you return! Providing there is no rain, cut and edge lawns a couple of days before going away and enlist a friend or neighbour to come in and water baskets, pots etc. Most plants will have set seed and now is the time to collect them and store them in paper bags or envelopes. Some plants need to have their seeds sown at the time of ripening to do well, hellebores are one of these. Fortunately there will be less weeding to be done as germination slows down. Give hedges a final cut no later than September. Prune rambling roses, give lavender a trim after collecting the flowers for drying, but make sure you don’t cut into hard wood. Layer rhododendrons, pinks and clematis to provide new plants for next year, and take soft wood cuttings from pelargonium and fuchsias. Sort and divide perennials towards the end of the month, taking out any dead, old sections, and re-planting the newer pieces, maybe placing some in bare patches. Lift and dry onions, cut and dry herbs for the winter, water and feed tomatoes regularly removing yellowed leaves. This is also the last chance to plant colanchiums for autumn flowering. The planting of spring bulbs, especially daffodils, crocus, tulips etc. is best left until November.

The Burley Gardeners’ Association’s Annual Flower and Produce Show will be held on Sunday 26th August at the Queen’s Hall, Main Street, Burley in Wharfedale. Residents of Burley in Wharfedale and Burley Woodhead may enter the Flower, Produce, Wine, Handicraft, Fruit and Vegetable Classes and anyone can enter the Open and Junior Classes. Entries should be brought to the Queen’s Hall between 10am and 12 noon on the day. The Show is open to the general public from 2.15 – 4.15pm. Entry is 50p for adults, 10p for under-16s, and free for members of the association. As well as the exhibits, visitors can enjoy a variety of displays, including an art exhibition by Burley Art Group; a floral art demonstration by Sheila Quin of The Yorkshire Flower Club; a photographic exhibition by Ian Lamond Photography and Helen Taylor Garden Design; plants and planters by Courtyard Planters of Otley; and a Burley Bridge Association presentation. Sheila Quin will present the trophies and prizes at 4pm. In addition, the shop, small business or pub chosen as the winner of this year’s Burley in Bloom competition will be presented with the Dick Hargrave Shield. Homemade afternoon teas will be served throughout the Show and it will conclude at 4.30pm with an auction of exhibits. People wishing to enter can obtain a Show Schedule and Regulations from Burley in Wharfedale Library, by telephoning Angus MacIntosh (Chairman, Burley Gardeners’ Association) on 01943 862750 or from, where they can be downloaded from either the Home page or the Village Diary. 30 August 2012 |

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Marie Curie Cancer Care has once again organised its series of Walk Ten events at beautiful locations around the country this summer. The 10k walk and celebration at Bolton Abbey is on Saturday 18th August and will help to raise much needed funds to provide more free nursing care for people with terminal illnesses. Bolton Abbey is beautiful at any time of year, but particularly when the sun is setting on a summer’s evening. With exclusive after hours access, the walk will take you along the River Wharfe, through woodland and gorges, over scenic moorland paths and past the ruins of the old Priory. The walk starts at 6pm and afterwards there will be live music, picnics and fireworks to celebrate the work of Marie Curie Nurses. Registration is just £10 per person (children free) and you are encouraged to raise as much as possible to support the charity.

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

OTLEY’S FIRST CYCLING FESTIVAL A GREAT SUCCESS! Over 100 cyclists gathered at Otley Cycle Club’s first ever Cycling Festival (8th July) to tackle a variety of routes

ranging from four to 80 miles. It was also a superb social event, including displays at Otley Museum, a show of Town Mayor Mary Vickers and Greg Mulholland with young cyclists

cycling art by The Courthouse and a barbeque. “It was a pleasure to see so many people of all ages out on their bikes”, said Mary Vickers, Otley Town Mayor. “They catered for everyone with their impressive range of rides. There were even opportunities for families to cycle safely together.” Greg Mulholland MP also took part and commented: “I was delighted to attend Otley Cycling Festival, the turnout was fantastic and even the rain held off! I am pleased that Otley Cycling Club is now aiming to hold a festival every year as this not only highlights what a fantastic resource the club is but also brings the community together to enjoy the event.” “Our club is for anyone, of any age, who wants to ride a bicycle with others”, said Stephen Gallagher, Secretary, Otley Cycle Club. “We have rides to suit every level of fitness, for those new to cycling right up to the most experienced road cyclists. Check us out at www.”

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DRAGONS RUNNERS ‘BOWLED OVER’ WITH NEW MOVE! Dragons Running Club has moved to a new home at Yeadon Cricket Club. The move comes after a 10 year link to a local gym. “Our club was created by gym members who shared an interest in running outdoors and has grown to a membership in excess of 90”, said Joanne Wood, Chair of Dragons RC. “Our ties with the gym had become prohibitive, so it was time to become independent, enabling us to offer membership without the obligation to pay expensive gym fees as well. The Cricket Club was keen to accommodate us and we were delighted to join them.” Yeadon Cricket Club, located behind the Swan Pub on Yeadon High Street, is ideally based to offer members a variety of runs, such as a leisurely jog around the Tarn, road running through Horsforth and Guiseley or challenging off-road runs over The Billings and The Chevin. There is also ample parking on site, and members also

benefit from a 10% discount at the bar, with the option to sit outside on long summer evenings watching cricket to help aid recovery! Dragons Running Club prides itself on being relaxed, friendly and sociable. It welcomes all abilities, shapes and sizes and has several UKA Coaches within its membership offering guidance to everyone from complete beginner to seasoned marathon runners. They meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7pm and Saturdays at 9.30am. For further details, or to become a member, visit

ANOTHER GREAT OTLEY WALKING FESTIVAL! Otley Walking Festival 2012 was a huge success and the biggest since it first started as a one-off Millennium event. With 51 walks and events over the nine days there really was something for everyone. New this year were some town-based evening events – Walking in Man-made Land, The Deighton Family, The After-Work Stress Buster, Otley in Bloom, Walking into the

Sunset, plus the return of the popular Despicable Liars Evening Meander, Saunter with the Strolling Minstrel, and the Wayzgoose Weave. Along with favourites like The Red Kite Walk, In the Footsteps of Timble Man, and Almscliffe Crag Circular, there were opportunities to try new themed walks - the Chevin Forest Rocks, Fossils and Landscapes Trail, Cakes

and Ale, the Lost Hamlets of Baildon Moor, Limestone and Lead Mines, the Coxwold Jaunt, Saltaire Circular. The new 38 mile Six Dales Trail from Otley to Middleham was completed in three stages and included ceremonies to unveil the plaques that mark the start and end of the Trail. There were walks for all ages and abilities - short town-based walks, waterside walks, and strenuous moorland hikes. Whilst all had interesting features, the most unusual must surely have been the one where a tree was purchased and carried the whole seven miles back to Otley! Thanks go to the great team of walk leaders who gave their time and expertise voluntarily. Thanks also to our main financial sponsors, Otley Town Council and Chevin Trek of Otley, and to all the companies and local businesses who donated prizes for the superb raffle. Planning for next year’s Walking Festival starts in October – anyone interested in leading a walk, putting on an event, or helping with the organisation contact Ruth Blackwell, Chair, Otley Walking Festival



Based on the award winning novel by David Storey, a former professional Leeds rugby league player who also wrote the film script, This Sporting Life follows the trials and tribulations of Frank, a Wakefield miner who becomes a player for the local rugby league team. This screening, sponsored by the Rugby Football League Foundation, will be introduced by sports historian Professor Tony Collins and sports writer and journalist Anthony Clavane. The event has been programmed by the Fields of Vision conference on the arts in sport, which is convened by Leeds Rugby Arts in association with the Institute for Sport, Physical Activity and Leisure, Leeds Metropolitan University. [http://]. The film, which is also supported by Headingley LitFest, is showing at Hyde Park Picture House on Tuesday 4th September at 7.45pm, and there will be a post film discussion. For advance tickets contact or 0113 275 2045

CLASSIC SKA, ROOTS & REGGAE FROM MOJAH Mojah play classic Ska and Roots Reggae, performing inspired versions of familiar tunes by Jimmy Cliff, Toots and the Maytals, Bob Marley and the Wailers, Jackie Mitoo el al, with some choice rarities thrown in. Held together by a thrillingly tight rhythm section and featuring the Hammond organ virtuosity of Bob Birch, the band deliver heavy skank and two-step friendly numbers with aplomb. Other members of the band are Chris Campbell (guitar), Bongo Spear (drums), and Alex Davis (bass). Mojah play regularly on alternate Wednesdays at Sela Bar on North Street. 34 August 2012 |

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To call yourselves Encore! could be a hostage to fortune, but not when the duo in question are Maggi Stratford and Daniel Bowater. The evening’s performance concluded to rapturous applause and the encore given was Piaf’s ‘Non, je ne regrette rien’. And indeed, the only regret I felt was that I had not caught an Encore! performance earlier. Brel and Piaf were the mainstays of the programme, which also

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MUSICLISTINGS Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks Thurs 2 Aug, from 8pm, Brudenell Social Club, LS6. As former front man with Pavement, Stephen Malkmus married melody to a fuzz box & gave birth to a thousand imitators. £15. Live Rock n Roll & Country Music 1st Fri every month, 8pm at New Headingley Club, 56 St Michael’s Rd. LS6. £5. Mick Ralph’s Blues Band Fri 3 Aug at Bingley Arts Centre.

Blueprint Tues 7 Aug at The Junction, Bondgate, Otley. Great evening of rock. Bleak + Andrei Nosov Blues Experience Sat 11 Aug, 9pm at Carpe Diem, Leeds. Blues band rock the North’s legendary alt. blues night. Troubadors Sat 11 Aug at The Swan, Addingham. Passionate, uplifting & from the heart. Influences include Gram Parsons, Steve Earle, The Waterboys.Sam

Scritti Politti Fri 3 Aug at Brudenell Social Club, LS6. The band that started life as a Sex Pistols-inspired punk act & quickly morphed into a mainstream synth-pop duo. Tickets £13.50 Jumbo Records.

Martin Roberts Tues 14 Aug at The Junction, Bondgate, Otley. Singer/ songwriter.

Jazz at HEART Fri 3 Aug, 7.30pm. Jam session in HEART Café

Damien Jurado + Megafaun Wed 15 Aug, 8pm Brudenell Social Club, LS6. £10. Introspective American folk musician from Seattle with influences such as Randy Newman, Neil Young & Lou Reed, followed by a North Carolina trio playing loping, harmony-laden folk-rock.

Nilbanter Sat 4 Aug at The Swan, Addingham. Five piece contemporary rock band with wide range of musical influences. Lemuria Sat 4 Aug, 7.30pm The Cockpit, Leeds. Female-fronted pop punk from Buffalo, USA. Agnostic Front + D.O.A. Sat 4 Aug, from 4.30pm at Brudenell Social Club, LS6. £12. Hardcore thrash punk legends still going strong after 17 years & Vancouver’s D.O.A. – influential punk rock band. 38 August 2012 |

Gerry McNeice Band Tues 21 Aug at The Junction, Bondgate, Otley. Folk/Rock.

From The Jam Fri 17 Aug, 8pm Brudenell Social Club, LS6. £20. Features Bruce Foxton from original Jam who also played bass with Stiff Little Fingers. He is joined by Russell Hastings (vocals & guitar) & Mark Brzezicki (Big Country) on drums.

Five & Dimers Sat 18 Aug at The Swan, Addingham. Great session players with a mix of Old Time, Bluegrass, & Country, with exceptional harmonies.

Midlake Thurs 30 Aug at Brudenell Social Club, LS6. Tickets £20.50p from Jumbo. A band whose southern charm & imagination constantly shine through.

Dark Dark Dark Mon 20 Aug, 8pm Brudenell Social Club, LS6. Chamber-folk sextet whose sound sets Nona Marie Invie’s haunting voice against an array of acoustic instruments.

Leeds Bluegrass Club Thurs 30 Aug, from 8.30pm. The Grove Inn, Back Row, Holbeck (off Water Lane) Leeds.. Live acoustic, Americana roots/ Bluegrass/ Country. Resident bands + guests & picking sessions. Musicians welcome. £3 on door. Lots of Real Ales. Details: John 267 0761, Kevin 267 7040.

Inn Jeopardy Sat 25 Aug at The Swan, Addingham The Book of Genesis Sun 26 Aug, from 8pm at New Roscoe, Leeds. Tribute band covering both the Peter Gabriel & Phil Collins years. Listener Mon 27 Aug, from 7.30pn Brudenell Social Club, LS6. Experimental spoken word band from Atlanta, Georgia. They have developed ‘Talk Music’, a term coined by band member Dan Smith to describe his poetry-&music style. Sam Barrett Frontier Tues 28 Aug at The Junction, Bondgate, Otley. Deer Tick Wed 29 August, 7.30pm at Brudenell Social Club, LS6. American indie folk band from Providence, Rhode Island led by guitarist and singersongwriter John McCauley. £12 advance from Jumbo or Crash

Roots: Tantz Fri 31 Aug, 8pm at New Headingley Club, 56 St Michael’s Rd. LS6. Mix of Jewish Kleizmer music & hip hop, reggae etc. £5 on door. Big Fat Kill Sat 1 Sept at The Swan, Addingham. Part singer/songwriter, part rock ‘n’ roll, part contemporary acoustic, fuelled by the songs of Jon Palmer Justin Townes Earle Sat 1 Sept, 7.30pm Brudenell Social Club. £14. With inspirations as diverse as Townes Van Zandt, Jimmy Reed, Kurt Cobain, The Replacements, Ray Charles & The Pogues, Justin has forged his own brand of American roots music.


ST. MARY’S STUDENTS LEARN TO MANAGE JUNIOR FOOTBALL PLAYERS A group of St. Mary’s High School students from Years 9, 10 and 12 attended a two day Football Leadership

Training Course, run by West Riding County Football Association (WRCFA) recently.

They all passed the Junior Football Leaders, Football Handling and Movement Skills, and Refereeing courses, learning a range of skills to plan, lead and manage junior Football players. They will all be encouraged to become members of the FA’s ‘Football Futures’ scheme – a leadership and coaching programme that supports and develops young Football Leaders and coaches. Each of the students will use their new skills to support junior football at St.Mary’s or in their local community. This was the first course to combine three coaching elements in one and has been praised by the WRCFA as a model of good practice. St.Mary’s will extend this course to additional pupils and introduce a range of introductory and more advanced coaching qualifications over the next twelve months.


OTLEY CUBS PURCHASE ANOTHER SHELTERBOX! Otley Parish Cubs have been working hard to raise enough money to purchase another ShelterBox, which will bring the total number of boxes bought by the

Otley Parish Scout Group to three!

are currently in use in Kenya.

The previous boxes were despatched soon after they were purchased, and

The Cubs, supported by some members of the other sections, organised a bag pack at their local Asda, raising a substantial amount of money, but not quite enough for a ShelterBox. So, on a very cold, wet and windy Saturday morning, they held a homemade cake stall in the market square and managed to raise the balance. The Cubs would like to thank everyone who supported them in their fundraising. They were very proud to present their cheque to David Henderson who came to the Scout Hut to receive it on behalf of ShelterBox. ShelterBox is an international disaster relief charity that delivers emergency shelter, warmth and dignity to people made homeless. For more information visit | August 2012 39


TACE GOES TO WESTMINSTER! Honorary Scout, Greg Mulholland MP, recently welcomed Tace Morgan, Young Leader with the 2nd Otley Beaver Colony, to Parliament, as they joined Scout troops from across the country for the annual Scout Association parliamentary reception. The event, co-hosted by Commons Speaker John Bercow MP and the AllParty Group on Scouting, provided an opportunity for MPs to meet scouts from their constituency and to hear about the activity of Scout troops in their area. Greg chatted with Tace Morgan, and Scout leader Mark Pullen, a member of Wharfedale Explorers. Tace hopes to complete the Queen’s Scout Award (the top award in Scouting) soon and will join 18-25 year old Scouts from all over the world at the 14th World Scout Moot in Canada next year. Greg, who was made an Honorary Scout by the Otley Parish Scouts in 2010, has long supported the Scout Association nationally and scouting in the constituency, including getting Parliamentary support behind an expedition to the Himalayas when West Yorkshire Scouts took part in

Project Nepal in 2010. MPs heard more about current efforts to recruit more adults to the movement, to enable the 35,000 young people currently on waiting lists to join the half million young people already benefiting from the opportunities the movement provides. “As an Honorary Scout, I would like to add my voice to the call for more adult leaders and volunteers to come forward”, said Greg. “The Scouts are a fantastic organisation, preparing young people to serve their communities while offering the chance to participate in extraordinary projects and expeditions - forming the leaders of tomorrow.”

kind in the north of England. Leading children’s writers Michael Morpurgo and Zizou Corder will head

Rachel Feldberg and Cllr Mike Gibbons with GSAL pupils 40 August 2012 |

“It was an amazing experience to see the inside of the Palace of Westminster and the Speakers Apartments and made all the more memorable by having afternoon tea overlooking the Thames and discussing Scouting with my MP!”

Tace commented: “We were able to explain the opportunities Scouting provides for adventure, to experience new activities and to travel, both in

GSAL TO SPONSOR CHILDREN’S FESTIVAL AT ILKLEY LITERATURE FESTIVAL Grammar School at Leeds (GSAL) will be the major sponsor of the Children’s Festival, a central part of Ilkley Literature Festival, which is the largest event of its

Britain and abroad. I also had the chance to show how Scouting has moved forward and is no longer just for boys.

the line-up, which will offer a huge range of events for children aged three to 12, including the Children’s Weekend, dedicated to activities for young people, and the annual Children’s Poetry Competition. “Every year Ilkley Literature Festival offers a huge range of exciting events for children and their families”, said Rachel Feldberg, Director of Ilkley Literature Festival. “This year we are planning story times, drama, writing and making workshops, theatre performances, children’s poetry events and popular ‘meet the author’ sessions, including a family event with former Children’s Laureate and much loved author, Michael Morpurgo. “GSAL’s sponsorship will enable us to extend our outreach work in schools and community groups across West Yorkshire, and we look forward to involving their students and staff in Festival activities.”



Art & Craft Workshops Mon 13 – Fri 17 Aug, 10.30am – 12.30pm at Otley Courthouse. £5 a day (£10 for the Mod Roc Monsters sessions). Mon: Paper Making and Collage; Tues: Paper Sculptures; Wed: Mosaic Crafts; Thurs & Fri: Mod Roc Monsters. Details: 01943 467466, admin@ or pop in to Courthouse. Arts & Crafts Workshops 13 – 17 Aug, 10.30am – 12.30pm at Otley Courthouse. Ages 5-12. £5 per child per workshop Artstars Saturday Art Club, 10am – 12 noon at Otley Courthouse. For children aged 5 – 12 (under 8s with an adult in the building). £5 per session. 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.

Lucy Mawer, Cliffe House Day Nursery, Clare Beard Lineham Farm, Della Stocks, Cliffe House Day Nursery. Cliffe House Day Nursery based in Burley in Wharfedale, celebrated their tenth anniversary recently and organised a special Summer Fair. Sean the lamb from Lineham Farm visited the fair with one of the farm’s animal wardens – he was a great hit with all the children. Cliffe House regularly supports Lineham Farm Children’s Centre and has already donated over £600 towards a potato project. Nearly £495 was raised at the 10th year celebrations and a cheque was presented to Clare Beard, Event Co-ordinator at Lineham Farm. Lineham Farm provides a week long active residential for children aged eight to eleven. The stay includes a varied programme of activities, which include animal care, environmental studies, mountain biking, climbing and art. Each year they need to raise funds to cover all the running costs of the farm. This year’s target is to raise £160,000 through donations

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@ 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 Otley Junior Orchestra (ages 8 – 12) Thurs 3.30 – 4.30pm. Details: 01943 462826 Otley Rhythmic Gymnastics Thurs 4.45 – 5.30pm (ages 3-6); 5.30 – 6.30pm (age 7+). Details: Karen 07947 123293 Otley Youth Theatre (13 – 18) Mon 6 – 7.45pm. Details: 01943 466256 Performance Drama School (Age 4+) Wed 5 – 9pm, Sat 10am – 12 noon. Details: 01943 602265 Saturday Artstars 10am – 12 noon at Otley Courthouse. Exciting Art activities for 5 - 12 year olds (under 8 with adult). £5 per session. Songwriting Workshop (ages 12-18) Wed 22 Aug, 2 – 4pm at Otley Courthouse. with experienced songwriters Nick Hall and Michelle Plum learning a variety of techniques to craft & develop songs. Details: 01943 467466, admin@ | August 2012 41

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COMMUNITYNOTICES 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 Grove Hill Crown Green Bowls Club Welcomes new members – all ages, beginners or experienced. Get fit & have fun. Details: Judith 01943 462963 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: 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. 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. 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: http:// 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,

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, Pudsey & District Rambling Club: Walks of 5 - 10 miles Sun & alt Thurs. Friendly, long established club with members from all around area. New members welcome. Annual membership £5 (£1 juniors). Try before you join. Details: 01943 430657 or pat_ with PDRC as subject Sue Ryder Cup Fri 17 Aug, 12 noon ‘til late at The Oaks (a unique 12 hole Par 3 course), Leeds Golf Centre, Wike Ridge Lane, Shadwell LS17. Stableford competition - handicaps apply. Teams drawn beginning Aug. Fun day & evening. Everyone welcome. BBQ at Nineteen Bar & Grill. Entry & BBQ £17.50 adult/ £12.50 child. Entry forms from Sue Ryder shop, Northside Retail Park, Stonegate Rd. Meanwood. Details: 203 3376, 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, Malcolm Hills 01943 462605/ 07918 611614, bagman@wharfedale-wayzgoose. 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 18 & Sun 19 Aug,10am – 4pm at Pool-in-Wharfedale Memorial Village Hall, Arthington Lane, Pool, Eric Ng will run weekend workshops on painting landscapes. Attend one or both days – each will be different. New members welcome. Details: Anne Allan 01422 368482, mail@cbpsyorks.

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Ilkley Art Club meets Tues, 7.30pm at The Clarke Foley Centre, Cuncliff Rd. Starting again 4 Sept. New members welcome. Details: Keith Ives 07787 831941 Ilkley Flower Club Thriving flower club meets 2nd Mon of month, 7.30pm at Clarke Foley Centre, Cunliffe Rd to enjoy inspirational flower arranging demonstrations by experts. New members & guests (£5) welcome. No need to book, just turn up. Details: Brenda 01943 601691 Pool Art Group Fri 10am-12pm, Pool Methodist Church. Support & encouragement from fellow artists at all levels. Details: Pat Walker 0113 203 7952. Yorkshire Flower Club Wed 29 Aug. 2pm at Almscliffe Hall, Harrogate Rd. Huby LS17. Workshop ‘Modern Designs, Incorporating Wool’. Details: 01943 877516 by 20 Aug. COFFEE MORNINGS, FAIRS & MARKETS Coffee Morning 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 Ilkley Fri 24 Aug, 28 Sept, 10am – 12 noon at Riverside Hotel, Ilkley. Homemade, home grown & handcrafted produce - range of breads, biscuits, preserves, cakes & pastries, plus variety of craft items & cards. Country Market Otley Fri 3 & 17 Aug, 7 & 21 Sept, 9.30 - 11.30am at St John Ambulance Hall, Gay Lane. Homemade, home grown & handcrafted produce - range of breads, biscuits, preserves, cakes & pastries, plus variety of craft items & cards.

GROUPS/CLUBS Aireborough Camera Club Meets Wed, 7:45pm at Guiseley Theatre, The Green, Guiseley. A mix of members’ photos & visiting photographers, competitions & discussions. New members welcome. Details: www. 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. 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. 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 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. 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. 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.


COMMUNITY NOTICES 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, Ilkley Rotary Club meets Tues 12.30pm (6.30pm on last Tues of month) for meals & speaker at Craiglands Hotel. Global network of local and international community volunteers. Detail: Lindsay Kitching 01943 604683 lindsayk11@ 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. 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. Kirklands Bridge Club Menston rubber bridge club meets at Kirklands alt Tues evenings. Details: Dorrie Waugh 01943 872771/ Carol Cowell 0113 267 0426. Leeds Hospital Alert Small group of concerned people campaigning for preservation of the NHS. Upcoming meetings Tues 21 Aug, Tues 18 Sept & Tues 16 Oct – 7.30pm at Muir Court, St Michael’s Rd. LS6. Details: Beatrice Rogers 278 5495, Leeds Oxfam Group Lively group campaigning on issues of interest to anyone concerned about global justice. Everyone welcome. Visit our marquee at the summer festivals across Leeds. Details:, or Facebook. 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. 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 44 August 2012 |

National Trust Supporter Group (Leeds) supports National Trust properties & places in Yorkshire & the North East. Summer programme of visits, walks & holidays underway. Details: Pam 258 8178 North Leeds Model Flying Club New members very welcome, experienced or beginners. Building or flying, plenty of friendly advice. Regular meetings at Horsforth or airfield at Almscliff Crag. Details: 0113 217 8348, 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: Tom Liptrot 0113 250 4039 Otley Home Grown Gardeners Club Thurs 2 Aug, 7pm at Otley Courthouse. Members meeting. Bring your problems & spare vegetables or plants & share them. Non-members welcome. Next meeting: Thurs 6 Sept. Speaker Phil Dunnett, Ribblesdale Nurseries, will address ‘Herbs through the year’. 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, Patrick McCauley 01943 466917 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,, 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,

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 Otley & Wharfedale McMillan Cancer Support Fundraising Group covers NW Leeds & meets monthly to plan events. Looking for new members. Details or to book a speaker: 0113 261 3758/ 01943 467299 Pool Bridge Club meets Mon, 1.15 – 4.30pm in the Pool Methodists Rooms, Main St. Pool, (excl bank holidays).New members welcome. Turn into Manor Gardens. Entrance via blue door on left. Details: RAOB Meetings Mason Lodge: Tues 8 – 9.30pm atGrove Hill Club, Otley. Jubilee Lodge: Thurs 8 – 10pm at Guiseley Factory Workers Club. All members welcome. Details: JA Cartwright 01943 466157 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, 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 Meets 7.30pm 2nd Tues of month at Otley Methodist Church. New season starts Tues 11 Sept with ‘An evening with Christine Walkden’, Horticulturalist, BBC Gardeners Question Time and The One Show, talking about climbing & wall plants. A varied programme follows – new members welcome. Details: Alan Wilson 01943 463197 Wharfedale German Circle meets around 15th of month at 8pm, Burley-in-Wharfedale. Events include speakers, films, debates, quizzes, music, parties & conversation (English & German). Details: 01943 464087, wgcircle@, www.germancircle.

MUSIC Burley in Wharfedale Probus Male Voice Choir, Burley Catholic Church Hall, Bradford Rd. New rehearsal times: Mon 2.15 - 4.15pm, not mornings as before. 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 To book choir: Jan Wilkinson 01943 461318 www.chippendalesingers. Burley-in-Wharfedale Fairfax Singers Perform concerts for charities & good causes. Also weddings & corporate events. Vacancies for 3 altos & a tenor. To book choir: 01274 597024. Details: 01943 877464, www. 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. Guiseley Brass Band Concert Sat 22 Sept, 7.30pm at Pool Methodist Hall, Main St. Pool. Tickets £5 on the door. 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 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. Otley Chamber Orchestra rehearses fortnightly on Sundays, 7 - 9pm at Otley Courthouse. New members (especially upper strings) welcome. Details: 01943 875176,, www.

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. Otley Ukulele Orchestra meets Mon at the Woolpack Music & Arts Studio, 14 Bondgate, Otley. Under 16s (£3) 5 – 5.45pm, over 16s (£4) 6 – 7pm. All abilities welcome. Some Ukuleles available to borrow. Join them for informal strum & singalong! Details: jen@ or Facebook. 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.

Intermediate players, all recorders. New members welcome. Details: Caroline 01943 467348 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, 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@ 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

Society of Recorder Players – meets 2nd & 4th Sat pm in Bingley & Headingley. Different conductors take each meeting.

SENIORS Burley Summer Festival Tea Dance Thurs 23 Aug, 2.30 – 4.30pm at Queen’s Hall, Burley-inWharfedale. Pay on door. Details: Michael 01943 608871 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. Ilkley Summer Festival Tea Dance Thurs 30 Aug, 1.30 – 4pm at Kings Hall, Ilkley. Music provided by Michael Roe with singer Shirley Britton. Pay on door. Details: Michael 01943 608871 Leeds & Bradford Friendship Group meets 1st Wed of month, 1.30pm at Pudsey Civic Hall LS28 5TA. Speaker or entertainment at 2pm. Friendship & activities for people of retirement age. Days out, dining, walks, computers, etc. New members welcome. Details: 258 5955. 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. Sequence & Ballroom Dances Sat 28 July & 25 Aug, 8 – 11pm at Hollygarth Social Club. Adm £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 most Thurs, 1.45 – 3.45pm at Winter Gardens, Ilkley. Adm £2.10. Details: Michael 01943 608871

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COMMUNITY NOTICES 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.

Service 6.30pm (divine). 38 Newmarket St 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-in-Wharfedale. Details: Mirella 01943 465 353

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.

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

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, 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. Menston Methodist Church Sunday service 10.30am. ‘Taste & See’ alternative form of worship last Sun of month, 8pm in Cornerstone Cafe. Various activities, incl Wesley Guild, Wednesday Group, Women’s Fellowship, walking & drama groups & choir. . All welcome. 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 Spiritualist Church Church services: Tues healing 7.30pm; Wed healing 2.30pm; Sat Service 7pm (clairvoyance); Sun 46 August 2012 |

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. Courthouse Inclusive Support Group Coffee Fri 11am – 12.30pm, Otley Courthouse Cafe, for those experiencing emotional distress – including loss, loneliness or sadness. Friendly space to meet & chat. Details: Gill Roughley 01943 462816 or Allan Luxton 07891 272 077 Crohn’s & Colitis UK Support for people with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) & their families in North & West Yorkshire. Regular meetings. Details: 0845 130 6809, Leeds@, www. Leeds

family welcome. Frequent guest speakers. Details: Roy 01765 692132, Jane 0113 2811226, Norman 0113 267 3388. 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 Overeaters Anonymous Meetings held Tues 7pm at HEART Headingley; Weds 6.30pm at Roundhay Friends Meeting House; Sat 10am at Rawdon Friends Meeting House. All welcome. Details: 07981 940603, Singing for the Brain New singing group for people with dementia & their carers meets 2nd Mon of month, 1.30-3.30pm at Otley Courthouse. Fun, friendly & relaxed group with trained facilitator. Details: Rachel Feldberg 01943 462826, 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.

Leeds Coeliac Group - Local support for people with Coeliac disease. Coffee mornings, food events, cookery demonstrations & social events. Details: leeds@

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,

Leeds Samaritans Confidential, non-judgemental support 24 hours a day for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair. They listen with an open mind & in complete confidence, for as long as you need. Details: 245 6789, 08457 909090

Thyroid Meeting Wed 26 Sept, 7pm at Pool Village Hall, Arthington Lane, LS21 1LG. Talk followed by Q & A with Dr Ramzi Ajjan, Senior Lecturer & Consultant in Endocrinology at Leeds Teaching Hospital Trust. Details: Caroline 0113 288 6393

Lymphoma Association Support Group Friendly group meets last Mon of month, 2pm at Robert Ogden Macmillan Cancer Information Centre, St. James’s Hospital. All who have experienced Lymphoma & their

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:, WOMEN’S GROUPS 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. Askwith with Weston Women’s Institute meets 2nd Thurs of month, 7.30pm at Askwith Village Hall. Very friendly group with interesting speakers each month. Come & find out for yourself. Details: Sue Appleyard 01943 839292. 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. Buttercross Belles A women’s North West Morris Dance team. New dancers (experience not necessary) & musicians always welcome. Meet Thurs, Sept to May, 8 o’clock, St Joseph’s School, Otley. Details: www. or 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 Inner Wheel Club of Ilkley meets 3rd Tues of the month (except Aug) at the Baptist Church, Kings Rd. Ilkley. Speakers, friendship & fun, with some fundraising for charity. Details: 01943 602178

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 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 Otley & District Women’s Forum meets at 9.45am in Room 2 Methodist Church Hall, Walkergate, on alternate Thurs. Talks in Sept: 6 Sept - ‘Hearing Dogs’; 20 Sept - Hanneke Dye with ‘Born a Hidden Child’. Details: B Hutchinson 01943 462130 Otley Women’s Institute Meets at 7.15pm on 2nd Wed of the month in Cross Green Community Centre, Otley. Visitors welcome. Details: 01943 463610 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 Blood Donor Session Tues 7 Aug, 2 – 4pm & 5 – 7.30pm at Menston, Community Centre Main St. Menston Blood Donor Session Mon 27 Aug, 10am – 1pm at The Wesley Hall, Boroughgate, Otley

Jubilee Show Wed 22 Aug, 2pm at King’s Hall Theatre, Ilkley. Music, laughter & song with Caroline Fields (City Vatieties), Steve Barclay (ITV New Comedian), & music from The Rhythm Engine. Tickets #6.50. In aid of King’s Hall. Details: Visitor Information Centre, 01943 602 319 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,, 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: 256 2375

St Gemma’s Classic Car Rally Sat 11 Aug, 10am – 3pm at Kirkstall Abbey. Fabulous day out for car enthusiasts, in association with Leeds MG & Classic Car Club. Includes ‘best in show’ trophy,various stalls, raffle, entertainment & refreshments.






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