WHAT’S TO BECOME OF LEEDS KIRKGATE MARKET? INTERNATIONAL JEWISH PERFORMING ARTS FESTIVAL THACKRAY MEDICAL MUSEUM CELEBRATES 15TH ANNIVERSARY HEADINGLEY | WEETWOOD | WEST PARK | MEANWOOD
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Dear Readers, Ah June....lovely long, sunny days! I’m so looking forward to them! This month, we talk about Leeds Kirkgate Market – such a fabulous asset for the city – and the plans for its future. Leeds City Council is conducting a consultation, so make sure you have your say. Eve Bradford tells the story of the amazing Leonora Cohen who spent most of her life fighting for women’s rights. And, we talk to Anthony Clavane, whose book Promised Land, all about Leeds and its football club, is brought to the stage at The Carriageworks. There’s a fantastic new exhibition about our lives on-line at the National Media Museum in Bradford. The Thackray Medical Museum is celebrating 15 years of telling the story of medicine, with lots of events planned, including a Jubilee Tea Party. It’s well worth a visit.
WHAT’S TO BECOME OF LEEDS KIRKGATE MARKET?
Plus, there are Jubilee teas and parties breaking out all over the place. Dragonfly Week launches from Rodley Nature Reserve; and Leeds Waterfront Festival promises to be bigger and better than ever!
INTERNATIONAL JEWISH PERFORMING ARTS FESTIVAL THACKRAY MEDICAL MUSEUM CELEBRATES 15TH ANNIVERSARY HEADINGLEY | WEETWOOD | WEST PARK | MEANWOOD
Let us know what’s happening around you for our July issue. The editorial deadline is 1st June, and for advertising it’s 8th June.
What’s to Become of Leeds Kirkgate Market?
Leeds City Council is currently conducting a public consultation on the future of Leeds Market – one option is to cut the size of the market by 25%.
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In This Issue 14
Thackray Medical Museum Celebrates 15th Anniversary Today the museum houses over 44,000 objects and 18,000 books, including the largest collection of medical trade literature in the world.
The amazing story of Leonora Cohen
A Northern Love Story from Anthony Clavane
Promised Land chronicles Clavane’s experience growing up in Leeds in the 1970s
They Lived in Leeds
International Jewish Performing Arts Festival
A dynamic programme of international Jewish music, drama and comedy is heading this way!
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Good food and a great ambiance
Make the Year a Record Breaker for ChildLine Charity hope to break a GuinnessTM World Record with the most greetings on a giant card!
CARING FOR LIFE CELEBRATES 25 YEARS There will be a rodeo ride, bouncy castles big enough for both adults and children and great food – all made from the Farm’s products – including homemade burgers and ice cream. The day will close with a performance by the St Aidan’s School Chamber Choir from Harrogate. All proceeds will go towards Caring For Life’s continued work in the community. “We hope it’s a day that will appeal to everyone”, said Peter Parkinson who founded the charity. “We are calling it a family day and that’s exactly what we want it to be. “Our open day allows us to demonstrate the difference love and support can make in the lives of those less fortunate, and gives us an opportunity to say ‘thank you’ for the support we receive from the community.” Caring For Life has been helping the homeless and victims of poverty, neglect, physical and mental abuse since 1987. It began by offering sheltered housing to the most needy in Leeds, coupled with therapeutic outdoor projects.
Caring For Life, a Christian charity based in Cookridge that has helped give an estimated 3,500 people a second chance in life, marks its 25th anniversary this year. On Saturday 16th June, Crag House Farm hosts a Family Open Day to celebrate this milestone. The day will include equestrian demonstrations, falconry displays, tractor safaris, and opportunities to watch country skills such as sheep-shearing and horseshoeing.
Since then, the charity has developed agricultural, horticultural, conservation, art and craft and woodwork projects along with adult literacy, office skills, and even a drama project. And, The Granary Tearoom and shop is now an established social enterprise, selling local produce, plants and herbs. For more information, please contact Pam Parkinson on 0113 230 3610.
The day will include equestrian demonstrations, falconry displays, tractor safaris, and opportunities to watch country skills such as sheep-shearing and horse-shoeing
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Roundhay Live, held for the first time last year, is organised jointly by REAP, Friends of Roundhay Park and Friends of Gledhow Valley Woods. “We initially intended it as a one off event to showcase all the organisations and activities available to people in Roundhay”, said Pat Urry, Chair of Roundhay Live Organisers, “but so many of those who took part or came along asked us to run it again this year that we decided to bow to popular demand.”
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Ann Lightman (Sec.), 2.30pm Sunday 29th July (part of Festival of British Archaeology); ‘Medical Men of Victorian Leeds’ with Kate Vernon, 2pm Sunday 19th August; and ‘An introduction to Lawnswood Cemetery’ with Ann Lightman, 2pm Sunday 9th September (part of Heritage Week). All walks are free to members (membership £5). Nonmembers pay £3 except for Ann’s walks which are free (donations accepted!) and all should be booked in advance at friendsoflawnswoodcemetery@ yahoo.co.uk There is much more work to be done at the cemetery. If you would like to help, please contact The Friends at: Friends of Lawnswood Cemetery, c/o Lawnswood Cemetery, Otley Road, Adel, LS16 6AH, on the above email, or call Ann Lightman on 0113 261 1363.
Now, The Friends are ready to launch a summer programme of walks which aims to share some of the cemetery’s history. These include ‘Leeds: City of a Thousand Trades’ with Andrea Hetherington (Chair) at 2pm on Saturday 9th June; ‘The Leeds’ Pals’ also with Andrea, 2pm Sunday 1st July; ‘The Lord Mayors of Leeds’ with 10 June 2012 | northleedslife.co.uk
The Friends are ready to launch a summer programme of walks which aims to share some of the cemetery’s history
On the first Saturday of each month, Friends of Lawnswood Cemetery have been holding ‘action days’ (attended by 20 – 30 people), to physically counter the years of neglect. The graveyard has seen verges trimmed back, drains exposed and cleared, leaves raked, shrubs trimmed, and some paths have been widened by as much as a meter.
A RIGHT ROYAL TIME TO CELEBRATE! Events are planned across Leeds to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. Celebrations will focus around the extended bank holiday weekend, 3rd – 5th June. For many people, celebrations will take place in their local communities, but there are also great events taking place in Leeds.
On Briggate there will be a Jubilee Jazz Jamboree on Sunday, 10am – 4pm, where people can enjoy big bands throughout the day
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On Briggate there will be a Jubilee Jazz Jamboree on Sunday, 10am – 4pm, where people can enjoy big bands throughout the day. And on Millennium Square, picnic tables and benches will be set up so people can bring their own picnics and become part of the nationwide Big Lunch event between 12 noon and 2pm on Sunday. They will then be able to stay and watch the national celebrations on the big screen. For more information about these events and others, visit www.leeds.gov.uk, go to the ‘leisure and culture’ page and click on ‘arts and entertainment’.
STILL TIME TO COMMENT ON NEIGHBOURHOOD DESIGN STATEMENT Work continues on producing the new edition of the Far Headingley West Park and Weetwood Neighbourhood Design Statement. The local residents managing the process would like to thank everyone who attended the public exhibition in April. Many people made helpful comments. The document will now be amended to take these into account. It will then be sent round various Council Departments for their views, after which a final draft will be submitted for adoption as new planning guidance for the area. The process remains open for further suggestions for the next few weeks, before it is formally submitted to the Council. The draft document can be seen on the website of project consultant, Peter Baker. Please visit www.plhb.co.uk/ farheadingleynds.html if you would like to see how it affects your area. You still have an opportunity to comment and make your views known.
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HEADINGLEY FLEA MARKET – A NEW VENTURE AT HEART! Headingley Development Trust – which brought you Headingley Farmers’ Market and the wonderful HEART on Bennett Road, now brings you: Headingley Flea Market! The market will be held quarterly and the first one will be on Saturday 30th June, 2.30-4.30pm at HEART. This will be a great opportunity for buyers and sellers, providing both the chance to sell your goods and look for bargains without going on ebay or driving out to a car boot sale. Stalls cost £15 for a large table (sharers welcome) and booking opens 1st June. Entry to the market is free and profits will go to HDT to support its work in the community. To book a table, email firstname.lastname@example.org For more information on this and other work by Headingley Development Trust contact email@example.com, or call 0791 206 8300
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THEY LIVED IN LEEDS Leonora Cohen, 1873 -1978 JP, OBE, Militant Suffragette
On Saturday 1 February 1913 an elegantly dressed woman followed a group of school boys into the Jewel House at the Tower of London. The Beefeaters assumed she was a teacher until she suddenly pulled an iron bar from her coat and flung it over the boys’ heads, smashing a glass showcase. She was forced to the ground and arrested. Wrapped around the bar was a piece of paper declaring: ‘This is my protest against the Government’s treachery to the working women of Great Britain’. Her name was Leonora Cohen, a housewife from Leeds. Leonora was born in 1873 in Hunslet. Her father, Canova Throp, a sculptor, died of TB when she was only five, and his widow Jane struggled to bring up their three children alone, working as a seamstress. At 14, Leonora was apprenticed to a city centre milliner and worked long hours without pay until she was upgraded as a probationer, then paid 2s 6d a week. By 16, having proved herself skilled and efficient, she was promoted to head milliner. In her mid-twenties she became a millinery buyer in Bridlington, and in 1900 she married Henry Cohen, her longterm sweetheart from Leeds. Neither family approved. The Jewish Cohens were dismayed that their son was marrying an outsider, and cut him off. Leonora’s mother felt that her daughter should not marry at all, but devote her life to improving the lot of her fellow women, ill-paid, exploited, and with no political voice. Leonora and Henry set up house in Leeds. Their first baby died, but a son followed, and for the next nine years Leonora devoted herself to being a wife and mother. Henry prospered in his jewellery business and their life was happy and comfortable. But Leonora did not forget her earlier experience and her mother’s sense of injustice: she took an increasing interest in campaigns to improve women’s pay and conditions and in the women’s suffrage movement. Henry and her brothers encouraged and supported her political activities. By 1911 Leonora was secretary of the Leeds branch of the militant 14 June 2012 | northleedslife.co.uk
Leonora was put on trial but acquitted on a technicality. Back in Leeds, she continued her militant activities alongside other fervent loyalists. Asquith’s visit to Leeds in November 1913 was a red rag. In spite of tightened security, two suffragettes tried to set fire to the Headingley football stand, and violent demonstrations took place around the Hippodrome where Asquith was to speak. Leonora was arrested for smashing windows and was sent to Armley Gaol. She declared a hunger and thirst strike. Two days later, near collapse, she was released on licence under the notorious ‘Cat and Mouse’ Act. Desperate and angry, Henry wrote to the Home Secretary in protest, but was persuaded to take Leonora away to avoid further life-threatening imprisonment. They moved to Harrogate, where Leonora set up a vegetarian boarding house, once giving sanctuary to a suffragette fleeing from the police.
Women’s Social and Political Union. In November the Prime Minister, Herbert Asquith, broke his commitment to votes for women by announcing a manhood suffrage bill. This betrayal inspired Leonora to fight on. Although terrified by the prospect of violence, she joined a deputation to Westminster, and a huge demonstration ensued, ending with window-smashing and stonethrowing. She and many others were arrested and imprisoned. She served seven days in Holloway, an experience which only hardened her resolve. Her family staunchly stood by her, though they lost all their friends. Under the leadership of the Pankhursts, suffragette guerrilla activities spiralled and in Leeds Leonora addressed meetings and rallies, exposing herself to constant abuse and threats. In 1913 she joined demonstrations in London, where she chose the Tower of London for her own dramatic protest. She was so nervous that she travelled round twice in the tube before entering the Tower with her hidden weapon.
The outbreak of war in 1914 interrupted the suffragette campaigns and brought about a change of heart in government. In February 1918 women over 30 were given the vote, and 10 years later women over 21 finally attained full voting equality with men. Leonora remained energetic and active during and after the war, and in the 1920s the family moved back to Leeds, to Clarendon Road (marked by a blue plaque). Awarded an OBE in 1928, she served as a Leeds magistrate for over 30 years. She never lost her ideals, devoting much of her time to the Trade Union movement, campaigning for better working conditions. Her devoted Henry died in 1949, but Leonora, fighter as she was, lived on until she was 105.
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The ordinance survey map of 1906 shows only one or two properties in West Park having what looks like a garage. Indeed at the time, one property on North Parade was applying for permission to build a “motor-bicycle and cycle shed”. The 1911 census reflects the growing influence of the car. Living in The Lodge, Weetwood Hall (home of Alf Cooke’s family), was Francis Holloway, occupation chauffeur, whilst more traditionally in the nearby coach house of Weetwood Mount (home of Robert Hudson), lived William Kellett, occupation coachman. On Welburn Drive, West Park, and profiting from the new developments was David Lynott a commercial traveller for pneumatic tyres (car and cycle tyres). Doug Kemp www.westparkresidents.org.uk
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WHAT’S TO BECOME OF LEEDS MARKET?
At a recent public meeting organised by the Friends of Kirkgate Market, we were made aware of various suggestions being put forward by Leeds City Council regarding the future of the Market. The one apparently favoured by the Council advocates cutting the size of the market by 25%, reducing the number of stall holders from 400 to 100, demolishing the newer halls and selling off this prime real estate that’s bang, smack in the middle of the city. With pound signs in their eyes, it appears the Council is ready to sacrifice one of the city’s most valuable assets. We have watched it being systematically run down over the past 20 years. Rents (now the highest market rents in the UK, 18 June 2012 northleedslife.co.uk
including London) have priced regular market traders out of the market, or forced them to downsize – many of whose families have traded there for decades. Walk through the market today and you will be struck by the number of boarded up stalls.
A FANTASTIC ASSET FOR THE CITY Does the market need upgrading? Yes, of course it does. For years it has suffered from lack of investment and promotion. The Market makes around £1.5 - £2 million a year for the Council – surely some of this should have been ploughed back in? What we have here is a fantastic asset. Let’s make it thrive, not cut it back. As the rest of the city centre turns into a faceless high street favouring national brands, let’s
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LIFE & STYLE sanitised ‘foodie’ market that caters only for the middle class – didn’t they try that at the Corn Exchange? Look what happened there: a vibrant, beautiful space with a variety of local entrepreneurs that was just buzzing at weekends, was turned into a desert overnight.
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Where else in Leeds will you find fabrics and haberdashery? Samuel Taylor’s is the only such shop remaining in Leeds, but at the market you’ll find a number dotted around. There are curtain traders, bed linens, second hand furniture, clothing, shoes, phone and computer accessories, nail bars, hairdressers, fish manicures – the list goes on. UNIQUE ATMOSPHERE AND PERSONALITY In reducing the number of stalls to 100, this fantastic variety and choice will disappear - competition will be a thing of the past, prices will rise and the unique atmosphere and personalities of the market will be lost. As Liz Laughton, Chair of the Market Traders told us at the meeting:
“People matter in the market. I love the market humour and personalities. I love the noise and the colours of market life; the code of honour that exists; the weird and wonderful people of Leeds. And, I experienced first hand the friendship when I celebrated the 100th anniversary of my business.” It’s true. Over the years we too have built up a rapport with a number of people we shop with regularly. “We like to get to know our customers”, continued Liz. “A market stall is a small stage. We can be comedians, counsellors or teachers. We serve families, office workers and TV personalities. We say hello to the homeless and lonely. We embrace the strange and loopy and help those having difficulties. That’s what the market is all about. It’s special and can’t be replicated. It needs protecting so that money, greed and short-sightedness don’t destroy it.” CATERING FOR ALL The beauty of the market now is that it is big enough to cater for all tastes and purses. We don’t want a
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butchers? Several fishmongers? Where else will you find dressed crabs?! There are all kinds of bakery products (some day-old to benefit the less well off). There are Polish stalls, Greek and other nationalities. One stall specialises in nuts and dried fruit, another cheeses.
The beauty of the market now is that it is big enough to cater for all tastes and purses
A little reorganisation at the market could capitalise on the available space. Have an open ‘plaza’ area in each hall where people can sit and eat and chat. Where there can be live performances that would draw more people in. Where students, young designers or existing stall holders can put on a fashion show. Stage special food tastings highlighting the huge range of ethnic foods available. Have a dedicated number of stalls available at very low rents to help new entrepreneurs get started.
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COULD SOCIAL ENTERPRISE BE THE ANSWER? Perhaps, as someone suggested at the public meeting, the way to go would be to operate the market as a social enterprise. All traders would be stockholders and membership could be thrown open to the wider Leeds community. With a bit of imagination and commitment Leeds Kirkgate Market has all the ingredients to become a world-class, successful attraction.
Leeds City Council is launching a public consultation on the future of Leeds Kirkgate Market which will run until mid June. To have your say, complete the online questionnaire at www.leedsmarkets. co.uk/strategy. Paper copies of the survey are available at the Kirkgate Market information centre and in libraries across the city.
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LEEDS WATERFRONT FESTIVAL On Saturday 30th June and Sunday 1st July the city will host its fifth Leeds Waterfront Festival! This year it’s set to be bigger and better than ever with the return of the Leeds Community Foundation Dragon Boat Racing Spectacle and the new IWA Boat Gathering at Thwaite Mills. The Festival also features live music, arts and dance, walk-on-water balls and canoe sessions, heritage boats, boat trips and much more, all at the coolest waterfront venues in Granary Wharf, Brewery Wharf, Clarence Dock and Thwaite Mills.
The Dragon Boat Racing sees some of Leeds’ biggest employers taking to the water
The Dragon Boat Racing sees some of Leeds’ biggest employers taking to the water to raise money for community initiatives. Forty foot long boats, each with 16 paddlers and a drummer in colourful fancy dress will be racing at Clarence Dock. Leeds Waterfront Festival is coordinated by waterfront representatives and river management non-profit partnership Aire Action Leeds and is aimed at raising the profile of the regenerated Leeds waterfront. Individuals, businesses, volunteers and organisations are encouraged to get involved - for information on opportunities on offer, contact Project Officer Rachel Clunas on 07917 780 151 or rachel.clunas@aireactionleeds. org.uk To enter or sponsor a Dragon Boat team contact Amanda Bennett on 0113 242 2426 or amanda@ leedscommunityfoundation.org.uk Find out more about the festival at www.leedswaterfrontfestival.com 22 June 2012 | northleedslife.co.uk
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ARTS & CULTURE
PROMISED LAND – A NORTHERN LOVE STORY FROM ANTHONY CLAVANE This month Red Ladder Theatre company, in a co-production with Leeds Civic Arts Guild and The Carriageworks, brings Anthony Clavane’s book, Promised Land, to the stage. Written as a personal memoir and cultural history of Leeds, Promised Land chronicles Clavane’s experience growing up in Leeds in the 1970s with particular emphasis on the turbulent fortunes of the city’s football club.
that the optimism engendered by the cultural and economic regeneration of Leeds since the 60s suggests that LUFC may well rise again and gain entry to the ‘promised land’ denied them when they lost the European Cup Final to Bayern Munich in 1975. Anthony Clavane
Clavane has lived away from Leeds for twenty years and considers himself a ‘Loiner in exile’, however, as Promised Land and his frequent pilgrimages to Elland Road attest, his love for the city and his devotion to Leeds United remain undimmed. Being the descendant of Russian Jewish immigrants, the book also addresses Clavane’s ancestry and illustrates the role of Leeds’ Jewish community in shaping the history of the city. As with many formerly industrial northern towns, the sense of community that surrounds the local football club (especially in a one club city such as Leeds) is integral to the identity of the city. As Clavane puts it: “football is the last bastion of working class communal solidarity”. Clavane feels that with a city such as Leeds, the story and character of the city is inexorably linked with the triumphs and failures of its football club. He feels
The play, like the book, looks set to be an exuberant celebration of Leeds, its football club and its communities. The passion and loyalty of Leeds fans is legendary and, in addition to the live band playing original music also written by Clavane, the production will feature the singing of Leeds fans who act as a kind of Greek chorus.
Red Ladder’s Rod Dixon, ex-Leeds player Peter Lorimer, Leeds United Manager Neil Warnock, Anthony Clavane and Red Ladder’s Chris Lloyd (photo: Matthew Tullett) 24 June 2012 | northleedslife.co.uk
As an aspiring writer growing up in Leeds, Clavane was deeply influenced by the work of Keith Waterhouse and strongly indentified with the dilemma of Billy Liar, whether or not to leave his home city to pursue the enticing opportunity of London. Throughout the book there are many nods to Waterhouse’s hero and in developing it theatrically Clavane continues his homage with new embellishment to his love letter to Leeds. For the stage version of Promised Land, which Clavane has adapted with Nick Stimson, a parallel love story has been introduced concerning the flourishing romance between Nathan and Caitlin, two Leeds youngsters divided by their religious and cultural backgrounds. As well as presenting a story which hits close to home for many of us, the production is also a showcase for local talent and a rousing expression of civic pride. As Anthony Clavane himself says: “I’m really excited about the opportunity to bring this story to life with such a large cast of local performers – in a month when Leeds is celebrating sport with the arrival of the Olympic torch – I think it’s a great chance for us to recognise the ambition and self belief that built our city – the Don Revies, the Cuthbert Brodericks and the pioneering immigrants, who aimed for the top.”
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Much loved Gilbert & Sullivan favourites Opera della Luna are back – with one of their most hilarious shows ever!
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LEEDS HAYDN PLAYERS AT SEVEN ARTS
The Leeds Haydn Players will perform at Seven Arts, Harrogate Road, Chapel Allerton on Saturday 30th June at 8pm. Conducted by Adam Ferguson, the programme includes Mozart’s Overture Don Giovanni, Haydn’s string quartet Op.33 No.6 (arranged for orchestra by Adam Ferguson), Haydn’s Overture
in D major and Symphony No.45 ‘The Farewell’. The Farewell Symphony and its ending should add a touch of drama. The Leeds Haydn Players are a chamber group of 25 players, a mix of amateur and professional, formed with the aim of exploring the whole of
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INTERNATIONAL JEWISH ENTERTAINMENT IS HEADING THIS WAY!
JEWISH GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY OF GREAT BRITAIN (LEEDS) Nigel Grizzard, who has a strong interest in statistics and Jewish history and who has been actively involved in the Jewish community in Leeds for many years, will give two short talks at The Sinai Hall, Roman Avenue, LS8, 2.30 – 4.30pm on Sunday 24th June. The first is ‘Jewish names in the 1911 census’ – how we can search this census to look at the demographics of the AngloJewish Community; followed by ‘The bombing of Spriggs Oak Maternity Home, Epping, 1940’ – an interesting story that reminds us of the Jewish casualties on the Home Front during WW2.
Doo Wap Girls A dynamic programme of international Jewish music, drama and comedy is heading this way! This year’s International Jewish Performing Arts Festival comes to Quarry Hill in Leeds from 25th June to 1st July.
and a whole load of explosive world music energy. The band won two prizes at Amsterdam’s prestigious International Jewish Music Festival in 2010, during which they performed to crowds of thousands.
Four evenings of high quality UK and international shows will hit the stages of Northern Ballet and the Leeds College of Music, both on St. Peter’s Square, Leeds. Now in its 12th year, this entertainment showcase, bursting with versatility, will celebrate Jewish related performing arts and talent on a huge scale!
For drama buffs, award winning US television and stage actress, Deborah Jean Templin, brings her celebrated one woman show ‘Unsinkable Women’ to the Festival. Playing nine female characters, Deborah Jean tells how Molly Brown and other extraordinary women on board the Titanic not only survived that night... but changed their own lives and the world around them.
The majority of artists coming to Leeds this year are from the US, Poland and Israel, including the talented Doo Wap Girls from Jerusalem. This vocal Vintage Trio offers a fresh musical perspective on all-time classics combined with unbeatable harmonies.
Other highlights include Cities of Light – drama/cabaret performed by New York actress Rebecca Joy Fletcher; Graffiti Classics – outrageous comedy music theatre; Tina Law sings Streisand – a tribute show to the music of Barbra Streisand; and Mark Maier.
Presenting a young energetic take on popular Klezmer music is Klezmafour from Poland. Inspired by their region’s Klezmer traditions, they take an innovative approach to the music adding in rock beats, Balkan sounds
To see the full festival programme, visit www.leedsjewishfestival.co.uk, call the Festival Office on 0113 268 0899 to request a brochure, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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ODD DOLL PRESENTS THE TRICK AT THE CARRIAGEWORKS
WHAT DID YOU THINK OF HEADINGLEY LITFEST? FEEDBACK WELCOME! This year’s Headingley LitFest – the fifth – was a great success. Comments from feedback forms, distributed to audiences, were overwhelmingly positive, as were word-of-mouth comments and email messages.
Inspired by Hans Christian Anderson’s The Shadow and Franz Kafka’s Obeying the Law, this contemporary fairytale combines puppetry and object theatre with a live original music score. Featuring angry pegs, dancing scissors, magic taps and flying creatures, The Trick is playful, bizarre, beautiful and tragic. Driven by a desire to create something original, a man releases control of his own shadow in the hope that it will discover the kind of beauty he can only dream of. Instead, it reveals to him a stark reality, as creative success swiftly degenerates into a moral battle between light and dark. Formed last year by former Total Theatre Award winners and artistic directors of Chotto Ookii Theatre
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Company, and with combined training from The London School of Puppetry and Bretton Hall (specialising in physical theatre), Odd Doll focuses on fusing live original music with puppetry and object manipulation to tell stories. www.odddoll.co.uk
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Odd Doll, an emerging, Leeds-based puppetry company, presents their latest production, The Trick, at The Carriageworks on Tuesday 12th and Wednesday 13th June at 7.45pm.
Poet Ian McMillan’s performance at Left Bank on Cardigan Road attracted just under two hundred people. There were dozens of ‘rave’ responses, with just a few complaints that you couldn’t hear well at the back. Most people were impressed by Dr Richard Brown’s talk on Experimental Languages – Elvish and Newspeak – but one or two were upset that there was not more about Tolkien’s Elvish. The organising committee is now looking for even more feedback and advice – even from those who couldn’t make it to the LitFest in March. “We are already planning for March 2013”, said spokesman Richard Wilcocks. “We want to reach every part of the local population, especially the younger end, and to learn from our experiences. We welcome all suggestions on events, themes, guest performers and venues. We also want even more comments on what we did, or did not do this year.” All the events in the LitFest, for this and previous years, have full reports and reviews on the LitFest blog at www. headingleylitfest.blogspot.com Please send your comments to email@example.com
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NEW EXHIBITION EXPLORES SOCIAL, TECHNOLOGICAL AND CULTURAL IMPACT OF THE INTERNET
STARS STAGE JOHN GODBER’S MEN OF THE WORLD The North Leeds amateur theatre group STARS will present John Godber’s Men of the World at Adel and Ireland Wood Community Centre, New Adel Lane, LS16 from Wednesday 13th – Saturday 16th June at 7.30pm.
Life On-Line, a permanent exhibition that opened recently at the National Media Museum in Bradford, is the first gallery of its kind in the world to explore the social, technological and cultural impact of the internet and the world wide web. The project has been a long time in gestation and the subject is almost impossible to surmise as the story of the internet continues to unfold and technology evolves ever more rapidly. In preparing the exhibition, curators at the museum would return to reference works published in the last few years only to find them already outdated. As many visitors to the exhibition will be unable to remember what the world was like before the world wide web, the first exhibit displays the technology and means of communication we used before computers and the internet infiltrated nearly every aspect of our lives. Younger visitors will likely be amused and surprised that before e-mail people relied on the telegram and post, before search engines like Google people looked up information in a book called an encyclopaedia. Even for those of us who recall life before the dawn of the Information Age, the primitive, archaic technology shown here seem like artifacts from prehistory. From there the exhibition takes us on a journey charting the evolution and development of the internet we know today, from the first gargantuan computers which look like they were 32 June 2012 | northleedslife.co.uk
steam-powered right through to the latest hand-held technology such as smart phones and tablets. Along the way we learn about the visionaries and pioneers who have made our brave new world possible. Inevitably, attention is paid to the rise of social media and the potential for such platforms as an instrument of social change, as seen in the use of Twitter in the recent Arab Spring.
The shared experiences of coach travel are brought home to us by three longsuffering coach drivers, played by Chris Binns, Jane Collins and Garry Darbey (pictured). In true Godber style, we are introduced to a range of characters, played by the cast of three. Mostly ‘seniors’, they give us forthright opinions, reveal their little foibles, and offer gems of mature wisdom. It is in turn hilarious, poignant and touching.
The problems and controversies that continue to plague the internet are also addressed with sections dealing with computer viruses, privacy and the security of intellectual property. As one would expect, the exhibition is highly interactive, allowing visitors to take a hands-on approach to learning more about the most important technological development since the printing press. In addition to the permanent ground floor gallery space, Life On-Line includes [open source], situated on the top floor of the museum and featuring work by contemporary digital artists exploring the future of the internet, particularly whether it will remain an open and free resource or if its democratization will be compromised by commercial interests. Life On-Line is an innovative, timely and exciting exhibition that impressively helps us get to grips with the dominant media phenomenon of our age.
“It is several years since our last Godber productions: Up ’n’ Under and Salt of the Earth”, said Chris Binns, STARS Chairman. “Men of the World is a welcome return to the particular style that is the hallmark of a John Godber play.” For tickets (£7.50/£6), call 0113 293 9596, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.starsleeds.co.uk
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One of the recently arrived summer visitors giving added interest to country walks is the sedge warbler. It is a small active bird. Above it is olive-brown with darker streaks and crown and a whitish stripe over the eye. Below it is whitish with buff on the chest and flanks. A bird of lowland marsh and waterside habitats, it prefers reedbeds with bushes and hedges beside wet ditches, but breed also in dry scrub vegetation such a bramble thickets and occasionally in crops like oil-seed rape. Fairburn Ings is a good place to see sedge warblers. Sedge Warbler
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Abbey Runners are putting the final touches to their preparations for the Eccup 10 road race which takes place on Sunday, 15th July from Adel War Memorial Association on Church Lane, Adel. The Eccup 10, now in its 19th year, takes a scenic route around country lanes and closed roads in Adel, Alwoodley and Eccup reservoir. Junior races and a Family Fun Run are also staged on the same day.
But it isn’t just local athletes who enjoy the benefits of the Eccup 10. “In the last five years we have donated nearly £10,000 to local charities”, said Treasurer Jim Whittaker, “plus many participants raise money for their own charities. This year we are proud to be supporting Wheatfields Hospice and Hollybank Trust again.”
Despite rising road closure costs and the difficult economic climate, Abbey Runners are anticipating another successful race and a record turnout.
The Eccup 10 is part of the Leeds Athletics Network Race Series, comprising 16 races in Leeds in 2012 between one and 10 miles, as well as part of the Yorkshire County Athletics Association 10 mile Championships 2012.
“At a time when many local races are being cancelled due to rising costs and loss of corporate sponsorship, we are pleased that we have been able to keep this popular race alive”, said Martin Browne, Race Director. “We have had tremendous support from sponsors like Ring Automotive in Leeds, but we have
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ST CHAD’S TENNIS CLUB OPEN DAY St Chad’s Tennis Club is hosting its annual Open Afternoon for new and prospective members on Sunday 24th June, 2 – 4pm. The event has been organised to coincide with St Chad’s big community Jubilee and Olympic party. The Open Afternoon offers a great opportunity to try out the courts and meet other members of this sociable club. There’ll be mini tennis for younger enthusiasts and you can get your heart pumping with some cardio tennis and coaching (13+). For further information, contact Anne on 0113 274 9917 or visit www. stchadstennis.net.
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PLANET LEEDS RETURNS TO BRIGGATE ALASKA PLAYING PLANET LEEDS 2011
Planet Leeds, the multicultural street festival, returns to Briggate, Leeds City Centre, on Saturday 16th June, 11am â€“ 4pm. This free, annual street festival showcases performers from diverse cultures and communities across the city. Previous festivals have featured Iranian guitarists, homeless theatre groups, belly dancers, Congolese drummers, Chapeltown poets and hiphop artists, Irish and Indian dance, Eastern European klezmer music, folk, rock and much more. Leeds is the most culturally diverse UK city outside London, but we rarely get the opportunity to appreciate that diversity. Planet Leeds provides a positive platform for a wide range of performers â€“ new and established, young and old, mainstream and niche, bringing different people together to enjoy a vibrant, community-led event. For further information, visit www.planetleeds.org.uk
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RUPERT STROUD RECORDS ALWAYS FOR ALZHEIMER’S RESEARCH
Leeds singer-songwriter Rupert Stroud has released a single entitled Always to help boost funds for Alzheimer’s Research UK.
The single is available from Rupert’s charity site rupertstroudforaruk.com and 100% of the profits will be donated to the UK’s leading dementia research charity. A video has also been produced and is well worth seeking out at youtube.com/rupertstroudmusic Over 820,000 people in the UK are living with Alzheimer’s and this figure is set to grow to 1.7 million by 2038. “This song is a wonderful tribute to Rupert’s much loved grandma, who died two years ago after a long struggle with Alzheimer’s”, said Miranda Mays, Community Fundraising Manager for Alzheimer’s Research UK. “The money raised from downloads will go towards world-class research, bringing us closer to finding ways to diagnose, prevent, treat and cure Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.”
Maggi Stratford (one half of Encore!!) returns to her old stomping ground in Headingley to create another fabulous French soirée, this time at HEART on Bennett Road.
Together with Daniel Bowater (piano, accordion, guitar) Encore!! will present some of the best-loved chansons of France, from Edith Piaf to Jacques Brel, Jacques Prévert, Gilbert Bécaud and beyond. Songs with poetry for lyrics, telling stories that will move you to laughter and to tears. The music evokes a time and place, conjuring up the atmosphere of the French café-cabaret with familiar songs, sung in French but interwoven with histories and explanations. Encore!! is at HEART on Thursday 28th June at 8pm. Tickets (£8/£6.50) available from HEART on 0113 275 4548 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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SOUND & VISION The film opens with a pair of company officials in the employ of some shadowy organization tootling about a sprawling, vaguely governmental building complex discussing the logistics of a work project, speculating as to whether or not other departments are up to speed and so forth. The action then cuts to a group of college kids gearing up for a weekend at a remote cabin where they will try and have sex with one another and … well, you know the rest.
THE CABIN IN THE WOODS DIRECTED BY: DREW GODDARD STARRING: : BRADLEY WHITFORD, RICHARD JENKINS, CHRIS HEMSWORTH, ANNA HUTCHISON, BRIAN WHITE, JESSE WILLIAMS CERT: 15 LENGTH: 95 MINS The conventions of horror movies are now so familiar and well worn it’s becoming ever more difficult to do anything original with the genre. The grim predictability of events is often part of the fun and, oddly for a style of filmmaking that relies so heavily on shocks and surprises, it’s comforting that you pretty much know where you are with a horror movie. You know the drill; a group of pretty but vacant teens try and have sex with one another and are gorily dispatched one by one by a deranged axe-wielding psychopath/ supernatural being/backwoods inbred cannibalistic hillbillies (delete as appropriate). Well, as the tagline for The Cabin in the Woods exclaims, “You think you know the story … think again.” Co-written by Buffy creator and genre-twisting fanboy favorite, Joss Whedon, the film amusingly toys with ones expectations and preconceptions of this strain of horror movie. Whedon isn’t the first to attempt this, Wes Craven had his post modern take on the genre that made his name with his New Nightmare and, later, the increasingly poor Scream movies (themselves lampooned in the woefully abysmal Scary Movie 44 June 2012 | northleedslife.co.uk
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It transpires that the organisation we glimpsed at the start of the film is in the business of orchestrating these familiar horror scenarios and bumping off nubile youngsters as sacrificial offerings. The whole thing is an intricately stage managed set up. So, basically, we’re talking Evil Dead meets The Truman Show. Ever wondered why the kids in horror movies are so dumb and continue to make increasingly irrational decisions no matter how much you yell at the screen “No, wait, don’t go in there! You’re gonna... oh, you’re dead now”? Well the explanation offered here is that the organisation pumps in mind altering chemicals that impair the cognitive reasoning of the soon to be deceased. The cabin itself is fully wired up with cameras and microphones and when a bugging device is discovered by one of the group he excitedly assumes he’s in a reality TV show.
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Sun 3 June, 11am – 4pm. Celebrating the Diamond Jubilee weekend. Fantastic line-up incl. New York Brass Band. Free. DB Toots Sun 3 June,
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June, 8.30pm at HEART, Bennett Rd. Headingley. Leeds Combined Arts Music Evening - Latin Jazz & a new take on Bach, Chopin & Ahmad Jamal. £6 / £5 Megson Wed 6 June,
7.30pm at Clothworkers’ Centenary Concert Hall. University of Leeds. Stu & Debbie Hanna-Palmer in concert. Described as 46 June 2012 | northleedslife.co.uk
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Tues 12 June 7.30pm The Venue, Leeds College of Music. Playing Haydn, Debussy Mendelssohn. Tickets £19.50/£17.50 from 224 3801 Tanz Tues 12 June, 8pm
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Sun 17 June, 1-4pm at Seven Arts, Chapel Allerton. One of the new crop of Leeds College of Music guitarists with his group. £5/£4 under 16s free. COMA (Contemporary Music for All) Wed 20 June,
7.30pm at HEART, Bennett Rd. Premiering new work by composer Alison Wrenn Warsaw Village Band
Thurs 21 June, 7:45pm at Howard Assembly Room, Leeds Grand Theatre. Unique sound incorporating strings, furious drums, trance, improvisation, experimentation & elements of roots music. Winners of Best Newcomer BBC World Music Awards 2004. The Impossible Gentlemen
Sat 23 June 8pm at Seven Arts, Chapel Allerton Anglo American superstars help celebrate Seven Jazz’s 5th anniversary. One of the most exciting jazz collaborations for a long time. Tickets £20/£18 from Seven Arts 262 6777 Boo Hewerdine+ Brooke Williams Sat 23 June,
8pm Brudenell Social Club. Frontman of 80s band The Bible, songwriter & accomplished performer is joined by brilliant guitarist & singer/songwriter from Boston.Tickets £11 from Jumbo Records. Lightyear Sun 24 June,
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THACKRAY MUSEUM CELEBRATES FIFTEEN YEARS OF TELLING THE STORY OF MEDICINE equipment, books and trade literature which was the company archive. Over the years, this grown to over 44,000 objects and 18,000 books, including the largest collection of medical trade literature in the world. An award-winning museum
Housed in a unique, 150 year old, Grade 2 listed building, which was formerly the Leeds Union Workhouse, the Thackray Medical Museum has its origins in the Beeston-based medical supply company, Chas F. Thackray Ltd. Paul Thackray, a former director and major shareholder, established a charitable trust with the aim of building a medical museum based around the small collection of medical
The Museum, conveniently located next door to St James’s Hospital and just five minutes from the city centre, first opened its doors in 1997. Since then it has won an Interpret Britain Award, a Museum of the Year Award, has been nominated for European Museum of the Year and received a Sandford Award for Excellence in Education. Set over two floors, with nine interactive galleries for people of all ages, you can step back in time and experience the sights, sounds and smells of the streets of Leeds in 1842; discover how medicine has changed our lives through fun activities; and try fantastic games; there are even live leeches! Learning about medical advances The award-winning galleries look at how improved living conditions and medical advances have helped to extend life expectancy by about 50 years since 1840. In Pain, Pus and Blood you can learn about surgery without anaesthetics, and see how childbirth has become safer in Having a Baby. InThe Life Zone you can enter a giant gut and
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explore the human body – great for mini-medics! The education centre has great school sessions and family drop-in activities – free all year with annual tickets and catering for children of all ages. The Museum Café is all about healthy eating, and the Victorian gift shop sells interesting items, ranging from retro toys to leech jars, giant pill boxes and blood filled slime bags! A fantastic programme for its anniversary year As part of the year long anniversary celebrations, museum staff have created a ‘best bits’ calendar of themed events, drop-in activities and exhibitions, which are open to the public all year around, seven days a week, (apart from a few days over Christmas and New Year). The Thackray is an independent charity dedicated to telling the story of medicine. For further information visit www.thackraymusuem.org or call 0113 244 4343. Tickets now last all year and on-site car parking is only £1 for museum and café visitors.
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Once again, Headingley Youth Music Day takes place at Shire Oak Primary School, Wood Lane, Headingley, on Saturday 16th June, 12 noon to 4pm. The event, an inter-schools/ArtForms collaborative event affiliated to the Headingley Music Festival, is a celebration of the rich musical talent to be found in schools and organisations throughout Headingley and neighbouring suburbs. A main stage and acoustic stage will showcase talent at all levels of children’s musical progression, from first access Wider Opportunities class music, through individual young singer/ songwriters, to performances from established City of Leeds Youth Music Ensembles. It will also include a debut performance by the Headingley and Beyond Schools Festival Orchestra, plus workshops, stalls, performances, and refreshments – and there’s no admission charge.
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MAKE THIS YEAR A RECORD BREAKER FOR CHILDLINE! The ChildLine Big Birthday week (8-12 October) will see schools across West Yorkshire take part in a host of fun and quirky fundraising activities to celebrate the milestone and raise £250,000. As part of this, ChildLine is hoping to break a GuinnessTM World Record by inviting every school to send in their birthday greeting for inclusion in the giant card.
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WEETWOOD PRIMARY CELEBRATES ITS NEW SOLAR PANELS
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Parents, governors, staff and children were joined by Councillor Mark Dobson, Chair of Leeds City Council’s Climate Change Partnership, Councillor Jane Dowson, Steve Ruse, Sustainable Schools Consultant, and technical
officers Ian Frobisher and Gemma Adams, who organised the installation of the panels. Greg Mullholland also dropped in to offer his support. A highlight of the event was when Head Teacher, Mrs Wyatt, read out a letter from the Queen’s Lady in Waiting, saying that unfortunately Her Majesty could not attend due to her busy calendar. However, the Queen expressed her support for their work in making Weetwood more sustainable and wished them an enjoyable celebration. The school’s Eco Team acted out how solar panels turn sunshine into electricity and guests were shown an energy monitor display showing the solar energy being made by the school and the corresponding reduction in carbon dioxide emissions. This ‘real time’ energy monitor will allow the children to monitor and study solar energy generation and energy usage.
COMMUNITYNOTICES ACTIVE Active Women Leeds Cycle rides 3rd Sun of month, 11am leaving from Waitrose car park, Meanwood. Circular routes along quiet roads or off road cycle paths around north Leeds. Free. Details: 395 7364, www.goskyride.com/breeze. Ballroom & Sequence Dance Wed 1.30 – 4pm at Queenswood Social Club, Queenswood Dr. LS6. £1.50. Bar open. Will play requests. Details: Tom & Gwen 0113 258 1835 Briggate Morris (Women’s Northwest Morris Dancing) Mon 7.30 – 9.30pm at Brownberrie Lane Preschool, Horsforth. New members welcome. All ages & abilities, no experience required. Details: Katie 07890 754115, www.briggate-morris.blogspot.com Cookridge Rambling Club meets Sun, 9.30am in the car park of Cookridge Village Hall for walks of approx 6/8 miles. Transport can be provided when required. Details: Shirley 267 9452. Father’s Day Skydive Sun 17 June in aid of St Gemma’s Hospice. Jump for your dad or with your dad. Raise the minimum of £395 & you jump for free! Details: Michelle 218 5570, email@example.com Jane Tomlinson Leeds 10K Run For All Sun 8 July. St Gemma’s has 20 guaranteed places for this popular run. Join their team and help raise funds for the hospice. Details: Michelle 218 5570, michelleb@ st-gemma.co.uk Last Man Stands are looking for additional teams to enter their winter indoor & summer outdoor cricket leagues. They cater for all standards. Details: Paul 07795 154444, leeds@lastmanstands. co.uk Leeds Area Disabled Swimming Club Mon 7 - 8pm at Holt Park Leisure Centre. Are you disabled or recovering from a condition where swimming/exercising in water could help? We provide a safe, sociable private pool session where you can work to your own ability to gain strength & confidence. Details: Roger 267 4716, Sarah 287 6250 www.ladsc.co.uk Leeds English Folk Dancing Society Weds, Meanwood Methodist Church (School Room), 7.30 – 9.30pm. Details: Derry Fletcher 07792 319744 Meanwood Amateur Boxing Club Mon & Wed 5.45pm, Fri 7pm, Meanwood Workingmen’s Club, Stonegate Rd. Beginners welcome. Details: 07914 506691
Moortown Rugby Union Respect, teamwork, discipline, fun. Brilliant club for under 7s (Year 2) to adults. Currently recruiting all ages, especially Under 10s squad (Year 5 in Sep 2012). They train & play Sun 10:30am at Moss Valley, LS17 7NT. Details: Damian Curtis 07860 454701, firstname.lastname@example.org or www.pitchero.com/clubs/ moortownrufc/ 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 St Chad’s Broomfield Cricket Club plays in Headingley & runs 5 senior & 5 junior teams. Indoor nets start shortly. They are looking for new players to join the club as well as help from volunteers & sponsors. Details: Paul 07795 154444 or www.stchadscc.com St Chad’s Tennis Club Join our friendly club & play tennis throughout the year - fun club sessions & competitive opportunities. New members welcome. Details: Anne Wallace 274 9917 St Gemma’s Hospice Fitness Challenges Make this the year you help the hospice. Skydive, trek to Everest Base Camp, climb Mt Kilimanjaro, run the Great North Run, London Marathon, Leeds 10k or walk 10 miles. There’s something for everyone. Details: 0113 218 5555, www.st-gemma. co.uk/events/events.html Salmon & Trout Association Sat 16 June: an introduction to fly fishing at Kilnsey Park with Mark Whitehead & David Henderson. Details: Stephen Cheetham 250 7244 Singles’ Dance Night Tues 7.30pm Moortown Social Club, Cranmer Gardens LS17. £3. Join them for a great night of fun, music & dancing. Details: Paul 07724 460317, pauldjdom@btinternet. com or 268 5039 Weetwood Walking Group Walk to a healthier life! Lower blood pressure, reduce cholesterol, enhance mental wellbeing, control weight, improve flexibility, reduce risk of heart disease & stroke. Details: Rachel Hepton 07528 252412, rachel.hepton@wysport. co.uk
ARTS & CRAFTS Chinese Brush Painters Society Sun10 June, 10am – 4pm at Pool-in-Wharfedale Memorial Village Hall, Arthington Lane, Pool, Painting workshop run by Anne Allan on ‘Tigers’ in half freestyle/ half meticulous style. New members welcome. Details: Anne Allan 01422 368482, mail@ cbpsyorks.co.uk Flower Arranging Classes 1st Thurs of month, 1.30pm & 7.30pm at Paxton Hall, 186 Kirkstall Lane, LS6. Beginners welcome. Details: Kath Hall 275 2436 kaybeehall@ talktalk.net Flower Arranging Classes Wed 7 – 9pm at The Grammar School at Leeds, Alwoodley, LS17. Beginners & experienced arrangers welcome! Details: Judy Watker 07538 132053, 261 2379, watkers@ btinternet.com Headingley Flower Club Fri 1 June, 7.30pm at St Chad’s Parish Centre. Celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee by watching a flower demonstration entitled ‘Drifting into Summer’ by Andrew Mason. A warm welcome awaits new members & visitors. North Leeds Calligraphers Tues 10am – 12 noon at St Andrews URC, Devonshire Crescent, LS8. Calligraphy lessons for absolute beginners & those with a prior knowledge of this wonderful art form. Individual tuition given. Details: 269 6414 Wednesdays Headingley Community Art Group 10am 12pm at HEART, Bennett Rd. New members welcome. Meet new friends & share creative abilities. Open to all with creative craft interests. Details: Michael 07840 797747 Yorkshire Flower Club Wed 27 June, 2pm at Almscliffe Hall, Harrogate Rd, Huby LS17 ‘Sizzling Summer’, demonstration by Pamela Alexander. Visitors welcome. Details: 01943 863172 COFFEE MORNINGS, FAIRS & MARKETS Annual Summer Fair Sat 23 June, 10am – 12.30pm at Headingley Methodist Church (opp Arndale Centre, entrance on Chapel St). Books, cakes, bric-a-brac, Traidcraft, tombola, raffle & more. Plus homemade refreshments, bacon butties. Free admission.
FREE FOR charities, churches, social clubs & non-profit community groups Coffee Morning with toasted tea cakes, 10.30am 1st Sat of month, West Park United Reformed Church. Proceeds to Caring For Life, Cookridge. Headingley Farmers’ Market 2nd Sat of month, The Rose Garden in front of The Arc on North Lane. 9am – 12.30pm. Headingley Fleamarket Sat 30 June, 2.30 – 4.30pm at HEART, Bennett Rd, Headingley (further markets 29 Sept & 1 Dec). Stalls £15 for large table. Booking starts 1 June – email fleamarket@ heartcentre.org.uk Hyde Park Community Shop Open Mon, Tues, Wed & Fri, 1 – 4pm at Hyde Park Methodist Mission Church, Woodsley Rd. LS 3. Ladies, men’s & children’s clothing, books, toys, bric-a-brac & more. 90% of things cost just £1. Leeds Feline Friends Cream Tea & Plant Fair Sat 9 June, 1.30 – 3.30pm Alwoodley Community Hall, The Avenue, Alwoodley, LS17. Wide range of plants & goods for sale. Delicious cream scones. Mini market Sat 23 June,10am - 12 noon at Stainbeck Church, Stainbeck Rd. Includes book & cake stall & friendly chat. All Welcome. Moorlands School Family Fun Day Sat 23 June, 1 – 4pm Foxhill Dr, Weetwood Lane. Fair rides, seasonal plants, raffle, go-karts, ice cream, tug-of-war, games, cake stall, face painting & much, much more! Entry £1 adults, children free. Ample parking. Details: www. moorlandsschoolassociation.org.uk Saturday Coffee Morning 10am – 12 noon at Headingley Methodist Church, Chapel St. Headingley LS6. Delicious homemade cakes, teas, coffees, juice & lots of chat every Saturday. Everyone welcome. St Chad’s Primary School Summer Fair Sat 30 June, 1 – 3pm at the school on Northolme Ave. LS16. Crafts, games, tombola, raffle, face painting, henna painting & much more! All welcome. Table Top Sale Sat 9 June, 10am – 2pm at the Yorkshire College of Music & Drama, St Mark’s House, 1 St Mark’s Ave. LS2. Bargain hunters welcome! Parking available. Details & to book a table: 243 1605.
Indoor Carboot Sale Sat 23 June, 10am – 1pm at St Gemma’s Hospice, 329 Harrogate Rd. Moortown. Free parking. Entry by donation. Refreshments.
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COMMUNITY NOTICES West Yorkshire Fuchsia Society Annual Display & Plant Sale Sun 10 June, 10am – 3pm Blenheim Courtyard, Golden Acre Park, Bramhope. Sat 16 June, 10am – 3pm: Open Day at Chevin Nurseries, East Carlton, LS19 6BG. Find out more about the propagation & growing of these fascinating plants & the Society. 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 & social events. Details: Dave Senior 0113 282 1818, www.airyorkshire. org.uk Far Headingley Village Society Summer Wine Walk Sun 10 June, 2pm. Visit in any order: 50 Cottage Rd. 29 Shaw Lane,41 Grove Road. Tickets £9, to include 3 glasses of wine & simple food. Friends of University Art and Music (Leeds) helps to foster the musical & artistic outreach of the University of Leeds. Membership open to all. Regular activities. Sun 1 July: Garden Party. Details: 343 2584, www.leeds.ac.uk/fuam 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
Leeds Anglo German Club Wed 27 June 7.30pm at St Columba’s URC, Headingley Lane. ‘Komm Mit Nach Tirol!’ Illustrated talk on different aspects of the Austrian Tirol (in German & English) with Chris & Ishbel Willey. Sat 30 June: Sommerfest – Summer meal at Castle Grove. Details: 268 7697 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 Book Club 2nd Sun, 6pm at The White Swan, Leeds City Centre. 3rd Sun, 5 – 7pm at Arcadia in Headingley. 2nd Wed, 7pm at Medusa Bar, Horsforth. Details: www.leedsbookclub.com, email@example.com Leeds Caledonians Sat 9 June: Burns World Federation Yorkshire District, AGM, Bowling & Quiz Finals in Leeds. Mon 25 June: Annual Bowling Match, Harrogate v Leeds. Details: 267 0424, www. leedscaledonians.org.uk Leeds Combined Arts Music & Poetry Evening Wed 20 June, 7.30pm at HEART, Bennett Rd. Headingley. Northern theme with special guests Bush & McCluskey. £3 / £1.
Leeds Hospital Alert Small group of concerned people campaigning for preservation of the NHS. Next meeting Wed 30 May & Mon 2 July, 7.30pm at Muir Court, St Michael’s Rd. LS6. Details: Beatrice Rogers 278 5495, info@ leedshospitalalert.org.uk Leeds Movie Makers Get more out of your camcorder & film making. Fri 7.30pm, Stainbeck United Reformed Church Hall, Stainbeck Lane (rear entrance). Details: George Wooley 225 6444, Doreen Wood 278 2972 Leeds Oxfam Group Lively group campaigning on issues of interest to anyone concerned about global justice. Everyone welcome. Details: www.oxfamleeds.org.uk/, or Facebook. Leeds Photographic Society, the oldest photographic society in the world, meets Tues 7.30pm, St Edmund’s Church Hall, Lidgett Park Rd, Roundhay, LS8. Visitors & prospective members welcome. Details: The Secretary 0113 265 0651 or www.lps1852.co.uk Leeds Skyrack Lions Club meets 2nd & 4th Thurs, 7.45pm at the New Headingley Club, 56 St Michael’s Rd. Headingley. New members & helpers welcome. Help the needy of Leeds & create new friendships. Details: 01943 510106, Granville.firstname.lastname@example.org, www.105c.org.uk/leedsskyrack
Let’s Go LEEDS! Free, volunteer run social group organising a variety of events in North Leeds, city centre & around. All ages & friendly people welcome. Details; www.lets-go-leeds.co.uk Leeds University Old Students’ Association welcomes all former students of the University. Next event: visit to Tennants Auctioneers, Leyburn, on Wed 13 June, 2pm. Details: 261 4564, email@example.com Meanwood Men’s Society Mon 18 June: Crown Green Bowls Competition, Meanwood Park, 7.30pm; Mon 25 June, AGM, 8pm at Meanwood Institute; Tues 26 June: Visit - Leeds’ Golden Chelsea Garden, meet Parochial Hall 9.45am. Details: Mark 274 7611, Colin 274 6316. Mercury Movie Makers meet Weds, 7:30pm at Rawdon Conservative Club. Advice, regular film & practical evenings, & occasional events. Details: 257 7274, www. mercurymoviemakers.com National Trust Supporter Group (Leeds) supports National Trust properties & places in Yorkshire & the North East. The summer programme of visits, walks & holidays is underway. Indoor meetings at St.Chad’s, Far Headingley, begin again in Oct. Details: Pam 258 8178
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COMMUNITY NOTICES New Weetwood Writers Group at Weetwood Hall. Whether you want to write for publication, profit or pleasure, you’ll be very welcome. Evening & weekend workshops planned. Details: Liz 267 9894. North Leeds Model Flying Club New members very welcome, experienced or beginners. Building or flying, plenty of friendly advice. Regular meetings at Horsforth or airfield at Almscliff Crag. Details: 217 8348, www. nlmfc.org Oxfam Book Club now meets 1st Tues of month, 7.30pm at The Chemic Tavern, Johnson St. Woodhouse LS6. Details: email@example.com Royal Park Community Consortium meets regularly. Details: Sue 07796 784018, Paul 07962 255621, firstname.lastname@example.org 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 Trackrod Motor Club Meets 1st Tues of each month, 9.30pm at Old Modernians Club, Cookridge Lane. New Members welcome. Details: www.trackrodmotorclub. co.uk
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 White Rose Ladies Speakers Club meets 2nd & 4th Mon, 7.45pm at Farsley Library, Old Rd. Farsley, LS28. Friendly environment in which to find your voice & improve your presentation skills, including Powerpoint, while having fun. Details: Stephanie Hanson 255 0824, or just turn up. MUSIC Amici Singers Friendly mixed voice choir welcomes new singers, experienced or not. No auditions. Rehearsals Thurs pm at Adel Methodist Church. Details: 228 5932 or 267 1292. Bell Ringing at St Chad’s Thurs 7.30 – 9pm Beginners & experienced ringers welcome. Details: Simon Futers 230 0186, email@example.com The Chippendale Singers Mixed voice choir, rehearses Wed, 7.45 – 9.30pm Methodist Church, Boroughgate, Otley. Madrigals, folksongs, spirituals & sacred works, plus lighter music & songs
from shows. Vacancies for male singers (music readers essential). Details: Chris Denton 284 3744 firstname.lastname@example.org To book choir: Jan Wilkinson 01943 461318 www.chippendalesingers. co.uk Horsforth Leeds City Brass Band A friendly, community brass band welcomes new players. Possible instrument loan, if needed. Rehearsals: Mon 7.30 – 9.30pm at Leeds Trinity University College, Brownberrie Lane, Horsforth. Details: Hannah Rowlands 250 0208, Betty Emberton 267 6529 Lawnswood Singers A female choir, practices Wed 7.30pm Holy Trinity Church, Green Lane, Cookridge. Good female singers welcome to try us out. Wide repertoire & friendly people! Details: Brenda Hawer 267 1292, www. lawnswoodsingers.co.uk Leeds & Bradford Barbershop Harmony Club Mon, 7.30pm, Rawdon & Guiseley Conservative Club, Leeds Rd, Rawdon. Male singers who can take on four part harmony most welcome. Details: 01274 583 989 Leeds People’s Choir Wed 7.30 – 9.30pm at Swarthmore Education Centre, 2 - 7 Woodhouse Sq. LS3. Details: 243 2210 www. leedspeopleschoir.org.uk
Midsummer Night’s Concert Thurs 21 June, 7.30pm at Headingley St. Columba United Reformed Church, 70 Headingley Lane. Music for Horns & Organ performed by The Yorkshire Horns. Admission £5/£4 with all proceeds going to Church Charities. Refreshments included. 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. 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 Seven jazz Improvisation Group Fri 8 & 22 June, 7.30 – 10pm at the Methodist Centre, Chapel Allerton, LS7. Run by Dominic Moore. £5 per session – just turn up & play! www.sevenjazz.co.uk
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Seven Jazz Summer Workshops Sat 9, 23, 30 June, 2.30 – 4.30pm at Seven Arts, Chapel Allerton. £10/£8 Details & booking: Jean Watson 237 0700 jeanwatsonlifeskills@ hotmail.com 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 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, email@example.com We Can Help Your Charity Organise a musical evening & we will bring some lovely music to help raise those much needed funds. With a 14 year reputation, we cover charity fundraising & corporate events. Details:01274 597024, 01943 877464 www.fairfaxsingers.org.uk West Yorkshire Police Brass Band Concert Sun 17 June, 2pm large hall, Headingley Methodist Church (Part of Headingley Music Festival) Tickets £5 from HEART or on door. Fundraiser for OWLS minibus (Older Wiser Local Seniors) 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, firstname.lastname@example.org 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 Yorkshire Late Starter Strings (YLSS) rehearse Sat, 10am – 12.30pm at West Park Centre, Spen Lane. Friendly, informal string orchestra made up of adult learners who play a stringed instrument. Players of all abilities welcome. Specific beginners group for those especially new to playing. Details: www.ylss.org SENIORS Beaus & Belles Summer Dance Sat 23 June, 7 – 11pm at Adel Memorial Hall, Church Lane, Adel, LS16 (please note change of venue). Ballroom, sequence & fun dances. Licensed bar, buffet & raffle. New dancers very welcome. £5 on door. Details: Ken 230 1213, Edna 267 9670, Sheila 217 9136
Lunch Club Mons & Weds 111.30pm (£4). Stainbeck United Reformed Church, Stainbeck Rd. Meal, friendship, gentle exercise. Transport provided. Volunteers always welcome. Details: Avril or Brian 293 5847, Angela 225 3766
Luncheon Club meets 12 noon Tues at Headingley Methodist Church Hall, Church St. Open to anyone over 60 for food & friendship. New members welcome. Two course hot meal £4. Please order in advance. Details: 275 5615, 275 1592 MENA (Meanwood Elders Neighbourhood Action) Local community scheme which offers befriending services, exercise classes & social activities, plus information & signposting to local services. Membership free for over 60s. Quarterly newsletter is sent out with information about all activities. Details: 278 5777, mena@wrvs. org.uk OWLS (Older Wiser Local Seniors) provides activities for seniors living in Headingley, Burley, Little Woodhouse & parts of Kirkstall. Membership free to those aged 60 or over. Details: 369 7077, email@example.com St Chad’s Lunch Club Weds 12 - 1.30pm at St Chad’s Parish Centre. Tasty 2-course meal, tea/ coffee, biscuits & good company for just £4.50. Open to all those of retirement age living locally to St Chad’s. Transport provided. Details: Anne 274 9917, Claire 275 2917 STEP (for the over 60s in West Park & Far Headingley) at St Andrew’s Church Hall, Butcher Hill LS16. Mon 1 – 3pm afternoon tea, cakes & bingo; Tues 10 – 11.30am Gentle Exercise & a cuppa; Thurs 10 – 11.30am cuppa & toasted teacake, followed by Bingo & Brunch 11.30am - 1.00pm. Details: 275 7988, www.stepleeds.org.uk SPIRITUAL Catholic Churches Our Lady of Kirkstall parish covers Leeds 16, Horsforth & Kirkstall. Churches: Holy Name, Otley Old Rd (Parish office: 267 8257); Saint Mary’s, Broadgate Lane, Horsforth (Parish secretary: 258 2607); The Assumption, Spen Lane. Parish Priest: Fr PA Smythe M.A.,Ph.D; Assistant Priest: Fr BK Akpoigbe MSP. www.ourladyofkirkstall.org.uk Evening Meditation Classes Ideal for beginners, everyone welcome. Half-day course of guidance for starting, improving & making the most of regular meditation practice. Suitable for those new to meditation & those wishing to improve. £10, including refreshments. Details: 265 8164, www.meditationinleeds. org
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COMMUNITY NOTICES 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, email@example.com The Leeds Gurdjieff Society Free Group Meditation Sun 78pm (ex 3rd Sun: 6.30-7.30pm). Experience peace & calm with guided meditations. Brahma Kumaris, West Park. Details: 275 7727, firstname.lastname@example.org, www. bkwsu.org/uk/leeds Headingley St. Columba’s June services start at 10.45am each Sunday. Everyone welcome to join them for an hour of worship followed by fellowship & refreshments. Holy Trinity Meanwood Sun 8.30am Said Holy Communion (call or see website for venue); 10am Sung Eucharist; 11.30am Gather (relaxed cafe style). 2nd Weds 10am Holy Communion. Everyone Welcome. Details: 275 7885, www. holytrinitymeanwood.org.uk Leeds Healing Centre Now at Burley Lodge Centre, 42-46 Burley Lodge Road, LS6. Healing by members of The Healing Trust (NFSH) to aid relaxation & promote wellbeing. Fri 11am – 2.30pm. Healing also at Friends’ Meeting House, Roundhay, Thurs 7 – 8.30pm. Donations appreciated. Details: 07985 121810, 01274 617700, www.leedshealingcentre. org Leeds Reformed Baptist Church meets for Sunday services at the West Park Centre, Spen Lane (10:30am & 6pm). Many other activities through the week at 20 Cottage Rd, incl. pre-school, children’s clubs, toddlers & various other groups. Details: 275 8996, www.leedsrbc.org Meanwood Methodist Church Monday Fellowship Meetings held fortnightly, 2pm in The Schoolroom. Varied programme, interesting speakers. Warm welcome. Details: Marjorie Hopwood 275 6913 Meanwood Valley Baptist Church meets at Meanwood Community Centre, Stainbeck Ave. Sunday service 11am, coffee 10.30am. Details: 275 7215, www.mvbc. org.uk
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Our Lady of Lourdes Church 130 Cardigan Rd, LS6 Sunday Mass 8.45am; Fri Holy Hour with Mass 7pm. Details: 225 9751 www. dioceseofleeds.org.uk Quaker Meeting for Worship & Children’s Meeting Sun 10.45am Quaker Meeting House, 188 Woodhouse Lane, LS2 www. leedsquakers.org.uk South Parade Baptist Church, North Lane, Headingley. Lively services every Sunday 10.30am (+ Junior Church) & 6.30pm. All welcome. St Augustine’s Church (Wrangthorn), Hyde Park Corner 10.30am services every Sunday. 1st, 2nd & 4th Sundays Holy Communion, 3rd Sunday shorter family service. 6.30pm evening service. All Welcome. St Luke’s Lutheran Church Alma Rd, Headingley. Open for worship Sun 10.30am, followed by refreshments. All welcome. Open Day Sat 30 June 10am. St Michael & All Angels Headingley Parish Church Service times: Wed 10.30am Communion Service; Thurs 8am Communion Service; 2nd & 4th Sun of month 8am Communion Service; Sun Parish Communion 10am; Communion Service 12.30pm; Evensong 6.30pm. All welcome. Details: www.st-michaels-headingley.org.uk St Urban’s Catholic Church Grove Lane, LS6. Mass times: Sun 10.30am; Mon – Fri 9.15am; Tues Mass Rosary Benediction 7pm; Sat 11am Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, 12noon Mass, 6pm (Sun Vigil). Details: 225 9751 www. dioceseofleeds.org.uk Stillness Group Every Mon at Friends’ Meeting House, 136 Street Lane, Roundhay LS8. Based on the teachings of Eckhart Tolle, author of The Power of Now & A New Earth. Spend time in stillness with like minded friends. Details: Sally 07884 332644, www. peacenowhere.com West Park United Reformed Church, Spen Lane. Sunday Service at 10.30am. Crèche for young children where they are looked after for part of the service. Tea/coffee & a chat after service. A warm welcome to all.
SUPPORT Arthritis Care Leeds Branch meets 3rd Tues of each month, 7.30 – 9pm, St Chad’s Parish Centre, Far Headingley. New members welcome. Details: Pat 0113 275 7694 Association of Blind Asians Leeds is looking for volunteers who would like to make a real difference to blind & partially sighted people in Leeds. Volunteers provide a valuable sighted guiding service which reduces isolation & increases the independence of visually impaired people. Details: Sonal 210 3347 Carers Leeds New service offering support for young adult carers aged 18-30. First social event Thurs 19 April, 6pm – a nineties & noughties quiz & traditional pub snacks. Call to book your place. Details: Nikki 07854 481061, Nikki.pattinson@carersleeds. org.uk 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 Different Strokes Invites stroke survivors to join them, Wed 1.45 – 3.45pm, Adel Stables, Back Church Lane. Incl. an hour of exercise. Details: Linda McLean 225 4744 Headingley Mindfulness Group Meet 2nd Mon of month, 7 – 9pm, in a secular setting. Support group welcoming people interested in mindfulness meditation practice for stress reduction (MBSR). Warm welcome. Details: Dot 274 5167 Leeds Coeliac Group - Gluten-Free Indian Meal Fri 15 June, 7.30pm at Sheesh Mahal, Kirkstall Rd, Leeds. Details: Sandra McLean 07711 768850, sandra.mclean@ btinternet.com
Leeds Samaritans provide confidential, non-judgemental 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. The Open Door Café A meeting place for people with dementia & their carers. Last Mon of month (except bank hols), 2-4pm, New Headingley Club, St Michael’s Road. Details: 231 1727 Overeaters Anonymous Do you struggle with compulsive eating or dieting? Meetings held Tues 7pm at HEART Headingley; Weds 6.30pm at Roundhay Friends Meeting House; Sat 10am at Rawdon Friends Meeting House. All welcome. Details: 07981 940603, www.oagb.org.uk 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 Headingley Cafe Scientifique meets Tues 12 June, 7.30pm at New Headingley Club, 56 St. Michael’s Rd. LS6. Adrian Nixon’s topic is ‘The Future – a User’s Guide’. All welcome. Adm £2. Details: ann. email@example.com 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 Decorative & Fine Arts Society (DFAS) Wed 20 June, 2pm at Castle Grove Masonic Hall, Moor Rd. Far Headingley. Denise Heywood presents a talk on ‘The Art of Cambodia - from the Hindu temple complex at Angkor, to the modern day’. Pre-booked guests welcome (£5). Details: Ann Lightman 261 1363.
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COMMUNITY NOTICES Royal Meteorological Society (Yorkshire) Interested in weather & atmospheric phenomenon? Monthly informal talks on all aspects – from extreme weather to climate change. Next meeting: Wed 20 June, 7pm at School of Earth & Environment, University of Leeds. Topic: ‘Antarctica from the Ocean’. Free & open to all. Details: firstname.lastname@example.org, http:// tinyurl.com/rmetsyc WOMEN’S GROUPS Adel Ladies Luncheon Club meets 1st Wed of month at Castle Grove Masonic Hall, Castle Grove Dr. LS6. Wed 6 June: Jean Townsend’s topic is ‘The Last Laugh’, a humorous talk on epitaphs. Wed 4 July: ‘Diamonds in The Dales’ with Sarah Hardy, jewellery expert with Tennants Auctioneers. Details: Muriel Huntley 230 1584 Delicious Bites A new group for those who wish to share favourite recipes with fellow food lovers. Make friends & learn how to prepare different cuisine from around the world. Sessions include cooking demonstrations, tastings. Details: bitesdelicious@yahoo. co.uk Leeds Ladies Coffee Club meets 1st Thurs of month, 10am at Leeds Church Institute, New Market St. Leeds. June 7: Canon Hemsworth on ‘Gilt in Vestments’. July 5: ‘The Happiest Days’ with Tony Cleaver. Details: Mrs McShane 225 1166 Meanwood WI meets Tues 19 June, 7.30pm at Meanwood Institute, Green Rd. for a Fish & Chip Supper. Muslimah Mums’ Group A hub of sisterliness. Details: MuslimahMums@yahoo.co.uk, www.muslimahmums.co.uk Soroptimist International Meet 2nd Mon each month 7pm at Weetwood Hall. All ladies welcome. Details: www.sigbi.org/leeds University of Leeds Ladies’ Club welcomes women connected to the Uni as either serving or former staff members, partners of staff, or grads of the Uni. Regular events. Details: email@example.com White Rose Ladies Speakers Club meets 2nd & 4th Mondays at Farsley Library, Old Rd, Farsley LS28. A friendly environment in which to improve your speaking skills. Details: Stephanie Hanson 255 0824, hansonstevie@hotmail. com MISC/ EVENTS Allerton High ‘Old Girls’ Reunion Sat 7 July, for those who left in 1972 (A Levels) or 1970 (O Levels). Details: Helen Wyatt firstname.lastname@example.org. co.uk or Jeanne Benedict email@example.com
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Beechtree Steiner Parent & Child Groups A welcoming & supportive environment for babies, toddlers & parents/carers. Imaginative play, baking or seasonal crafts, shared snack, songs, puppet story. Groups Mon–Fri am Old Tetley Hall, Headingley & Tues am Stainbeck Community Hall, Chapel Allerton. Details: 269 0262, enquiries@ leeds-steiner.org.uk Bee Swarms will be collected, free of charge, if accessible. Details: Terry Beddows, 268 8231, 07964 517608 Blood Donor Sessions Thurs 7 Jun, 2 – 4pm & 5 – 7.30pm at The Immaculate Heart, Harrogate Rd. Moortown LS17 Dragonfly Day & Springwatch Sat 9 June from 8am at Rodley Nature Reserve. Joint event organised by British Dragonfly Society & the reserve. Full day of activities including moth traps, small mammal survey, dragonfly walks, pond dipping & botany walk. Help build a giant willow dragonfly at make your own peg dragonflies. Free. Flower Festival Sat 2 – Mon 4 June,10am – 4pm at St Barnabas’ Church, Alwoodley. A continuation of their 50th Anniversary celebrations. Usual service in church on Sun at 10am, followed by a ‘Big Lunch Celebration’ with BBQ & entertainment by North Leeds Jazz Orchestra. Tickets for BBQ £5/ £3 children. Details: 226 8269, celebrate@stbarnabasleeds. org.uk, www.stbarnabasleeds. org.uk Jewish History Month continues at Moor Allerton Library until Wed 6 June. Exhibition, talks & readings & more. Details: 268 0899, firstname.lastname@example.org Jubilee Garden Party Sun 3 June, 1 – 4pm at The Rookery, Woodland Lane, Chapel Allerton, Leeds Mencap residential home for adults with learning disabilities. Music, games, tombola, traditional refreshments, cake-baking & fancy dress competitions. Details: Sinead O’Brien 235 1331, sinead. email@example.com St Gemma’s Family Garden Party Sun 8 July, 12 noon – 4pm at St Gemma’s, Harrogate Rd. Moortown. Fun & games for all ages, huge variety of stalls, live entertainment, hot food & bar. Details: Michelle 218 5570, firstname.lastname@example.org Headingley Open Gardens Sun 17 June, 2 – 5pm. Revealing hidden garden gems of our area. New attractions & old favourites between Far Headingley & St Michael’s. Organised by Headingley in Bloom. Tickets ( £3) available from Oxfam Bookshop, Otley Rd. Refreshments at 5 Bainbrigge Rd. Art & Secret Garden Cafe will also be open. Plants for sale.
Hope Pastures Horse & Donkey Sanctuary Westwood Lane, LS16. Visitors welcome 10am – 2.45pm. Free admission. Donations welcome. Details: 261 4344 For events & pony days visit www. hopepastures.org Jewish Heritage Centre for Children is at 168 Shadwell Lane, LS17. Open to general public 1st Sun of month, 12 – 4pm (excl.Sept). Group bookings Sun – Thurs. Details: Ruth Bell 379 2606/ 266 3311, email@example.com, www. jhcc.org.uk Leeds Civic Trust’s Guided Supper Walks Thurs 7 June – Holbeck Urban Village; Thurs 14 June: Leeds Waterfront; Tues 26 June: Musical Leeds. Walks start 7pm from Trust office, 17 Wharf St. LS1, & last about 1½ hours, ending with supper at Wharf St. Cost £10 per walk. Details: 243 9594, firstname.lastname@example.org Moorlands School Family Fun Day Sat 23 June, 1 – 4pm at Moorlands School, Foxhill Dr. off Weetwood Lane, LS16. Stalls, games, fun fair, food & much more. Come & join in the fun. Free for children, £1 for adults.
Rooms for Hire Headingley Methodist Church has rooms of various sizes which can be used for meetings, activities & celebrations. Details: Margaret Appleyard on 257 6547 Rooms for Hire at Swarthmore Wide range of rooms for hire accommodating up to 140 people. Meeting rooms, hall/ dance studio, computer rooms, art rooms, crèche & café with roof garden. Details: Swarthmore Education Centre, Woodhouse Sq. LS3. 0113 243 2210, email@example.com, www.swarthmore.org.uk St Chad’s Scouts Looking for fun, adventure, or a new challenge? Why not join our leadership team – No prior knot tying experience required! Details: gsl@ stchadsscouts.org.uk. 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
Open Garden in aid of Yorkshire Air Ambulance Sun 24 June, 2 – 6pm at Wits End, Long Causeway, Adel, LS16
Volunteering Opportunities in Cancer Wing at St. James’s Hospital Kind & friendly volunteers needed to assist patients who need help at mealtimes. Details: Vicki James 206 7646, Vicki. James@leedsth.nhs.uk
Open Garden Sat 30 June, 10am – 2pm at St Gemma’s Hospice, Harrogate Rd. Moortown. Visit the Hospice’s award winning garden. Gardening specialist Joe Maiden will speak & the gardening team will be on hand with advice. Cake stall, entertainment, plant sale & refreshments. Adults £2, children free
Volunteer with MENA (Meanwood Elders Neighbourhood Action) Become involved in your local. MENA provides support to older people through befriending, social activities & monthly Sunday Lunch Club. Volunteering opportunities in MENA Office also. Support & training provided. Details: 278 5777 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Oxfam Poetry Evening Wed 13 June, 7pm at Oxfam Books Headingley. Theme: ‘Illusion’ Free entry but donations appreciated. Refreshments provided. Details: 274 3818. Paxton Horticultural Society Rooms for hire at competitive rates at Paxton Hall, Kirkstall Lane, LS5. Details: Doreen Sergent 266 5237. Save the NHS Public Meeting Thurs 21 June, 7pm at Holy Trinity Church, Boar Lane LS1. The fight continues. Speaker: Dr John Lister. Join in the discussion on how we can save the NHS from the attack of the privateers. Organized by Leeds Hospital Alert & Leeds Keep our Health Service Public. All welcome. Details: email@example.com
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