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CHANTEL MCGREGOR WINS AT BRITISH BLUES AWARDS FEATHER CYCLES GAIN INTERNATIONAL REPUTATION CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF COMES TO THE PLAYHOUSE
HORSFORTH | COOKRIDGE | ADEL | BRAMHOPE
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I feel we are hurtling towards the end of the year and I am still in denial about Christmas! There seems to be so much else going on. We are still in the afterglow of the Olympics/ Paralympics – just today I was in Millennium Square celebrating our Paralympians’ achievements. Didn’t they do us proud! It was lovely to chat to Hurricane Hannah, Claire Cashmore, David Stone and Ali Jawad. This month, with cycling having been such a success this Summer, we take a look at the work of specialist bike maker, Ricky Feather. We also wander into Bird’s Yard and discover a treasure trove of creativity and vintage fashion. We talk to director Sarah Esdaile as she starts rehearsals of Tennessee Williams’ ‘Cat on a Hot Tin Roof ’ at the West Yorkshire Playhouse; and have a quick word with Chantel McGregor who has just won a British Blues Award for the second year running. Younger members of the community can look forward to great entertainment with Mimika Children’s Theatre at HEART; and two of Northern Ballet’s dancers have choreographed a short ballet especially for short people! HEART is also hosting Apple Day – a celebration of all things apple related. There’s also news of successful fundraising at the first Adel Beer Festival and the Parkside Allotments Show. St George’s Crypt is appealing for help to restock their larder. And, Guide Dogs are looking for early rising volunteers! What did I say about hurtling towards the end of the year? Do send us your news for our November edition. We may very well mention Christmas this time! Deadline is 1st October for editorial and 5th October for advertising. We look forward to hearing from you. Kind regards
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Greg Mulholland Concerned about Closure of Fire Stations
The plan to merge the six existing stations into three could result in the loss of full time fire-fighters and put lives at risk.
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof We talk to director Sarah Esdaile as rehearsals start on one of her favourite plays
Bird’s Yard – Celebrating the Creative Spirit
At Bird’s Yard unique boutiques, designer displays, creative retail spaces and a lovely tea shop sprawl over three floors.
Leeds International Film Festival Launches with Free Screening
The 26th Leeds International Film Festival launches at Leeds Town Hall with a free screening of ‘Sound of Noise’, a musical crime comedy from Sweden.
Chantel McGregor Wins at British Blues Awards
Superb local guitarist and vocalist Chantel McGregor wins ‘Female Vocalist’ of the year at British Blues Festival.
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Greg Mulholland, MP for Leeds North West, has expressed concern at the proposed closure of six fire stations in Leeds including Cookridge station. The plan to merge the six existing stations into three new bases could result in the loss of full time fire-fighter jobs and also place lives at risk, as response times in some areas would be outside of the acceptable distances used to calculate risk.
excellent record and reputation for safety but the unexpected can occur and it is vital that the fire service is able to deal with this.
“Cookridge Fire Station also covers Otley, as well as many more areas. When Otley Fire Station was closed, one of the points The proposal is currently undergoing a made was that fire service support would consultation period which continues until be provided from Horsforth and Cookridge the first week in December. If approved, Fire Stations. I would like to know what the plans will be put into practice between plans are in place to ensure the safety of 2016 and 2020 and will see fire stations Otley residents if Cookridge Fire Station in Hunslet, Morely, Rothwell, Garforth, were to close. Moortown and Cookridge close. “It is clear from the report that 23 areas of “I am concerned about these proposals West Yorkshire will have improved response and the potential impact they could times, but 101 will have worse – with three have throughout the whole of Leeds” of those areas being outside the riskcommented Greg. “Cookridge Fire Station assessed response time. I am aware that is a vital unit and its strategic position savings do need to be made but this is an between Leeds Bradford Airport and Leeds unacceptable risk to lives and these points is one of utmost importance to the safety need to be fully examined and satisfactorily of residents. Airport passengers also need answered during the consultation process.” to be safe in the knowledge that, if a major incident were to occur, the fire service To read the full report and to comment, visit could respond in minutes and to their full www.westyorksfire.gov.uk capability. Leeds Bradford Airport has an
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HOLLYBUSH CONSERVATION CENTRE CELEBRATES Hollybush Conservation Centre, a branch of The Conservation Volunteers in Kirkstall, recently celebrated its achievements at its annual volunteers’ party. Hollybush is just one of 1,424 UK sites to receive a Green Flag Award in 2012. This national award recognises efforts made towards ensuring that more people have access to well-managed, high-quality green spaces. Hollybush achieved this by offering a plethora of greenfingered activities to the surrounding community in its extensive gardens.
In July this year, the 42nd exchange took place. A party of 25 German guests, including disabled young people, many of whom had not had a holiday abroad before, their carers and Lions helpers, were entertained for five days with a fabulous programme arranged by Leeds, Leeds Skyrack, York, Otley, Knaresborough, Garforth and District Lions Clubs. They were welcomed to Leeds by the Lord Mayor at a reception at the Civic Hall, they enjoyed canal and river excursions, visits to stately homes, theatres and clubs, a theme park and a zoo, shopping expeditions in Leeds and York, evening entertainment, not to mention their introduction to Yorkshire food and drink! Now Leeds Lions Clubs are looking forward to 2013, when a party of young Leeds people with disabilities will have the opportunity to spend a similar holiday in Germany – thanks to 08 October 2012 | northleedslife.co.uk
contributions from the people of Leeds. Twenty five German guests were entertained for five days with a fabulous programme arranged by Leeds, Leeds Skyrack, York, Otley, Knaresborough, Garforth and District Lions Clubs.
Twenty five German guests were entertained for five days with a fabulous programme arranged by Leeds, Leeds Skyrack, York, Otley, Knaresborough, Garforth and District Lions Clubs.
In May 1970, as a result of a meeting between Leeds, Leeds Skyrack and Bad Sooden-Allendorf (Germany) Lions Clubs, it was agreed to give young disabled people in Leeds and Bad Sooden-Allendorf a holiday of a lifetime.
Hollybush is just one of 1,424 UK sites to receive a Green Flag Award in 2012
Leeds Skyrack Lions Club is involved with many charitable projects, one of which is a Youth Exchange programme with the Bad Sooden-Allendorf Lions Club in Germany.
Hollybush also marked its designation as a ‘Green Hub’, a focal point for care of local green places, designed around the needs of the local community and environment. The spotlight was also on individual volunteers for contributions to the work of Hollybush over the past year – from completing studies towards NVQ qualifications to consistent volunteering in the gardens or on conservation task days. “This is our opportunity to thank the City Council, Big Lottery and other funders and to mark the achievements of our fantastic volunteers”, said Mark Gibson, Northern Director of The Conservation Volunteers. For more information about volunteering at Hollybush, contact Jess Kandola on 0113 274 2335 or J.Kandola@tcv.org.uk
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One of those notices appears out of the blue attached to a telegraph pole. Never seen it before. It must be another planning application - you know, for a two storey side extension with Juliet balcony sort of thing. But this one is different. On closer examination we learn that they are considering lowering the speed limit along the A660 through Adel to 30 mph and to 50mph from the outskirts of Adel towards Bramhope. It all seems very democratic. After all they are only thinking about the idea and you can lodge any objections by a certain date. You could write in and say you are against the idea or perhaps object that it’s going to take you three minutes longer to get from A-B . But there’s just something about these notices that give you the feeling you’d be wasting your time. Doubtless in due course we shall be solemnly informed that all objections have been overruled. Someone who knows about these things has decided
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The Council is looking forward to celebrating Hope in the Park, organised by Horsforth Churches Together. Other official events include the Town Council Civic Service on 7th October at Lister Hill Baptist Church (see www. horsforthchurchestogether.btck.co.uk for details). Congratulations to the gardeners for their efforts with the Diamond Jubilee Garden. With a maintenance contract in place, the garden is already a space enjoyed by many. The Council also welcomes our newest PCSOs and thanks them for their dedicated work in Horsforth. Co-operation on the streets is vital to maintaining the safety and security of Horsforth. The Planning committee is in the middle of the consultation period for the Horsforth Neighbourhood Plan. Please 10 October 2012 | northleedslife.co.uk
Whilst we’re getting up to speed, what are we to make of those 20mph zones springing up close to schools? The government reckons that wherever there is a history of accidents the cost of creating a 20mph zone is typically recovered within a couple of years. The council’s first venture into 20mph zones has been encouraging. A year ago it introduced zones close to six Leeds schools with high accident records. The resulting 10% reduction in accidents covered the outlay within the year. Where else can you get a 100% return on your investment? Leeds is now going to spend £216,000 introducing 20mph zones around another 14 schools and two colleges, where there has been a history of four or more casualties over the past five years. Another spin-off from all of this is that the safer environment might encourage more children to walk and cycle to school. Maybe – but try telling that to those doting parents who would drop their youngsters off in the classroom itself if they had half the chance. firstname.lastname@example.org contact Leeds City Council Planning Department if you have any comments on the proposed plan. The adoption of a Neighbourhood Plan will allow Horsforth to have a greater say in any future planning proposals for the township.
Congratulations to the gardeners for their efforts with the Diamond Jubilee Garden
Councillor Clive Fox Adel & Wharfedale Ward
we will be safer driving somewhat more slowly and that’s that. Order confirmed speed on at your peril.
Councillor Barry Anderson Adel & Wharfedale Ward
REFUSE COLLECTION: BINS LEFT ON THE STREET Residents have asked me what the rule is with regards to bins being left on the street after collection. If the collection takes place when no one is home, and they don’t return until later that evening, they obviously cannot replace their bins immediately. I am advised that: “Wheeled bins can cause obstructions to pedestrians if they are left on the street after collection. Once empty they can also blow over causing problems to road users. Wheeled bins should be placed out on the day of collection and returned to your property after collection. It is not permissible to leave your bin on the road or footpath the day after collection has taken place.” RAGWORT Parks & Countryside advise that the majority of their budget to treat ‘invasives’ is used on Japanese Knotweed and Giant Hogweed but they do follow the Ragwort Code of Practice to minimise the spread to grazing land and hay production. Ragwort is not classed as a notifiable weed but is listed as an injurious weed and is not required to be reported by landowners. There is a well defined practice to stop the spread of ragwort and, where it may cause a problem, the Council will put this in place. www.barryanderson.yourcllr. com
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A formal application has been made to Leeds City Council to establish a Neighbourhood Forum for Adel. The purpose of the Forum is to enable local people to have some influence over where developments can go and how they might look. A Neighbourhood Plan will be produced. A small working group (Nick Brown, my Co-Chairman, and I, together with Councillor Barry Anderson and others) have sounded out the views of residents, businesses and other interested parties on land development and its impact on social, transport and education issues. The considerable interest and support received has encouraged us to take this next important step. We will build on the earlier work of the Adel Neighbourhood Design Statement. However we need to go further, particularly on pro-development issues, and consider the community’s needs in 15 – 20 years. There is also a need to establish a formal team of 21 Members. The Forum will probably meet quarterly with the bulk of the consultation and work being conducted through smaller sub groups. In this way we intend to engage fully with the community to ensure that voices are heard and understood. We would like to hear from you, particularly if are an Adel resident, individual, parent or business owner, and have an interest in establishing priorities for development in the area. Perhaps you are a Senior Citizen with concerns about future housing, or a young person with views on local facilities. Please contact me or Nick Brown at the addresses below. I look forward to hearing from you. Ian Bond email@example.com Nick Brown nick.brown@2B-architecture.com
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HARVEST HOME – CRYPT APPEALS FOR HARVEST GIFTS The 2012 St George’s Crypt Harvest Appeal is underway and The Crypt is encouraging schools, churches and businesses to respond with their usual generosity. This is traditionally a time when the Leeds-based charity stocks up on non-perishable foods which help its kitchen staff provide hearty meals for its clients throughout the year. “We are also always delighted to receive toiletries – soap, deodorant and shampoo
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HEART APPLE DAY FAMILY DAY TO CELEBRATE EVERYTHING THAT IS APPLE!!! Saturday October 20th at HEART (Bennett Road in Headingley) From 1.00 – 6.00pm
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BARCLAYS BRING WISHING WELL TO HOPE PASTURES To make a wish at the new wishing well, visit Hope Pastures – the sanctuary is open 10am – 3pm daily, last admission 2.45pm. If your company is looking for a worthwhile Corporate Volunteer Day that would benefit both the charity and the community, contact Hope Pastures on 0113 261 4344 or visit www.hopepastures.org
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Buying a Feather Cycle is altogether a more personal and rewarding experience than picking a bike off a rack. Each bike is built with the rider in mind. Clients regularly visit Ricky at his workshop and demonstrate riding their existing bike so he can get an idea of their particular requirements, which aspects should be adjusted, changed or specifically designed to ensure that the finished bike works for them. A self-confessed perfectionist, Ricky is the first to acknowledge that the devil is in the detail. A near fanatical pursuit of clean lines in the construction of his bikes gives Feather Cycles an elegance you’d be hard pressed to find elsewhere. Personal touches like hand-filed joints, ornate down tube designs and hand-polished, stainless steel lugs really set these bikes apart. Distinguished by a pride in, and devotion to the craft, a Feather Cycle is a bike like no other, built for you and built to last.
The hand-built cycle scene is a flourishing cottage industry and Ricky now finds himself as one of the most renowned proponents. Helped in no small part by British cycling successes at the London Olympics and Bradley Wiggins’ emergence as celebrity sportsman du jour, the country now finds itself in the grip of cycling fever.
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With a deep loathing of internet shopping, Ricky prefers to buy his tools and materials as locally as possible. He relies on UK based firm Reynolds for his steel tubing, and works regularly in conjunction with a local wheel builder, a mechanic and a painter, and there is a well stocked hardware store in the nearby village. There is a sense of community among UK bike builders, which is important to Ricky as he values the mutual support and encouragement of others on the scene. He has recently collaborated on a book about the industry, ‘Made in England’, which offers an insight into the artisans currently working in the field, their methods and craftsmanship. For more information visit: www.feathercycles.blogspot.co.uk
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Leeds is touted as a shopping mecca with its grand arcades and compact Birdshell won Best Vintage 2011/12 pedestrian area, teeming with national brands. But, I found my mecca just in the Leeds Retail Awards, and Best off the main drag, down Kirkgate, opposite the famous Duck and Drake pub. Newcomer 2010/11, Best Designer 2010/11 & 2011/12, and Best Bird’s Yard is a true treasure trove. It is On the first floor you’ll find ‘Life’s Big Jewellery 2011(Life’s Big Canvas). such a relief to walk into a building that Canvas’ where Chloe McGenn sells not Bird’s Yard was also named as one of celebrates creativity and individuality. only her own quirky designs, but also the top ten vintage shops in the north/ And, that is exactly what Michelle those of a number of other independent northwest by industry leaders, one of Walton, who established Bird’s Yard in designers. ‘Aurora Vintage’ next door Europe’s most unique boutiques and, 2010, set out to do. has a huge variety of vintage fashion, most recently, Best UK Shop in an end from beautiful prom dresses and “Inspiration for Bird’s Yard came gorgeous silk Japanese kimonos, of year poll for Alt Fashion Magazine from years of not wanting to look like to Harris Tweed jackets and unique (beating two established Camden everybody else”, Michelle told us. accessories, and ‘Lovely Crayfish’ shops!). “I wanted to open a shop for years. produces striking T-shirt designs. In July, Bird’s Yard celebrated its second Initially I tested the waters with anniversary with a great party in its Birdshell Boutique in Trinity Arcade, ‘Birdshell’, Michelle’s own area, back yard. Thanks to an award of Mary which was due for demolition. The presents beautiful vintage fashion, Portas money, Michelle is beautifying response was terrific and my journey to striking jewellery designs, plus this area and installing lighting so they Bird’s Yard started.” cushions and lampshades from ‘Urban can plan further outdoor events. It’s Fox’ in both vintage and contemporary At Bird’s Yard unique boutiques, prints. There is also a hair and beauty also possible to hire The Marvellous Tea Room, with its retro furniture and designer displays, creative retail spaces salon on this upper level. vintage crockery, for parties. and a lovely tea shop sprawl over three floors. The ground floor is home to The “Drawing on my past experiences and Bird’s Yard is not a place you pop in to Marvellous Tea Room (with fabulous my need for the unusual and the pretty, quickly – it needs to be savoured on cakes and specialist teas), as well as I sourced the great people I have here all levels. You’ll discover wonderful old displays for up-and-coming designers today”, said Michelle. “And, I’m pretty and new designs and friends you never like Dazarocks (Darecca Stainforth) darn happy!” knew you had! and milliners Melissa Dawson and Beth Hurst.
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THEY LIVED IN LEEDS Ellen Heaton (1816-1894) Art Collector, Patron and Benefactor
Today people from all over the world come to the Tate Gallery in London to see its exceptional collection of work by famous artists like JMW Turner and Dante Gabriel Rossetti. The Tate collection includes a number of pictures by these artists which 150 years ago used to hang on the walls of a house in Woodhouse Square, Leeds. Now the Swarthmore Education Centre, it was then the home of Ellen Heaton who, unusually for a woman in the mid 1800s, commissioned and collected what was then daring modern art from little-known artists. Her guide and mentor was John Ruskin. Ellen was born in 1816, the daughter and eldest child of Ann and John Heaton. Her father was a bookseller and druggist (a not uncommon combination!) whose business and home was in Briggate. She was a bright girl, but while her younger brother John Deakin Heaton was encouraged to study medicine and qualify as a doctor, her formal education followed the expected pattern for girls, ending with a ‘finishing’ school. But she was not content with conventional female domesticity. She was determined to pursue her interests in literature and the arts – she wrote poetry, joined the Leeds Philosophical and Literary Society, was a member of Leeds Library and various learned societies, and corresponded with authors she admired. When her father retired, the family moved to Park Square, and after her mother’s death she stayed there, looking after her father until he died in 1852. He had already provided for her, perhaps when it seemed unlikely that she would marry, but on his death she inherited property and investments which gave her complete financial independence. She was free now to travel, to explore her interests in art, to buy what she wanted. She had read and admired John Ruskin’s book ‘Modern Painters’ and turned to him for advice. He responded enthusiastically, guiding her firmly towards Turner and the younger Pre-Raphaelites like 18 October 2012 northleedslife.co.uk
Rossetti. She mostly followed his advice (though did not like Holman Hunt!), and over the years bought eight paintings from Turner and eight from Rossetti, as well as pictures by Hughes and Inchbold. She got to know Rossetti well and also his sister, the much-loved poet Christina Rossetti; both were later to visit her in Leeds. In 1853 she travelled to Italy with an older friend, (Euphrasia) Fanny Haworth, an author who had long been a friend of Robert and Elizabeth Barrett Browning, then living in Florence. Ellen was thrilled to meet the famous couple. From their letters we get a sense of the awkward, enthusiastic, provincial Ellen – they found her pushy and
over-familiar, but recognised her true kindness. Later she insisted on commissioning and paying for portraits of them both by the artist Field Talfourd. The portrait of Elizabeth has become the most recognised image of her and was Elizabeth’s personal favourite. After Elizabeth’s death Ellen promised Robert Browning that she would donate both portraits to the National Portrait Gallery. In 1859 Ellen set up house at 6 Woodhouse Square, and lived there for the rest of her life, with her cook and maidservant. She continued to correspond with Ruskin, supporting his favoured artists, even lending them money, and sometimes helping in his research. She embarked on further travels, even as far as Poland and Russia. In later life, encouraged by Ruskin, she took up various philanthropic causes, supporting women’s education and university extension classes for working men – she offered to pay all the men’s admission fees, regardless of cost. Her liberality and passionate enthusiasms were increasingly a thorn in the side of her brother Dr Heaton, now wellestablished and eminent in public life. His diaries reveal his growing irritation with her, his dislike of her artistic taste, his concern that she was being exploited, even his dismay at her careless appearance – ‘I fear she is rather mad’, he wrote! She seems to have been unmoved by his disapproval. Ellen outlived her brother and most of his family. When she died in 1894 she left her collection of pictures to her one surviving nephew, a London solicitor, who bequeathed them in 1940 to the national collection – a loss to Leeds, which had once been their home thanks to this feisty, spirited woman.
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CALLING ALL NATIONAL TRUST MEMBERS! Make more of your National Trust membership by joining the local Leeds supporter group!
subsciptions. The group’s main fundraising activity is its annual Christmas Fair at St. Chad’s Parish Centre on Saturday 24th November,10am – 12 noon.
The group meets each month during the autumn and winter at St. Chad’s Parish Centre, Far Headingley, for For more information 0113 258 8178 talks, coffee mornings and fundraising activities. In Summer they organise holidays, day visits, walks and short breaks.The aim is to learn more about National Trust properties by visiting these and other interesting places around the country, and to support the National Trust through fundraising. Upcoming talks include John Gilleghan MBE talking about Paris and Monet’s Garden on Tuesday 9th October, and a talk entitled ‘My Box of Treasures’ on 13th November.
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CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF
A DENSE WEB OF COMPLEX EMOTIONS LAID BARE I always look forward to a play directed by Sarah Esdaile. Over the last couple of years she has directed William Nicholson’s ‘Crash’, Arthur Miller’s ‘Death of a Salesman’, and Terence Rattigan’s ‘Deep Blue Sea’ at West Yorkshire Playhouse and I have loved every one. Now she’s taking on Tennessee Williams’ ‘Cat on a Hot Tin Roof’ – I can’t wait! Sarah Esdaile
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“I first saw the play as a teenager and it was one of the things that really made me want to be a director”, Sarah told us when we caught up with her. “I’m very excited about giving that experience to other people. It is definitely one of my top five things to do before I die!”
The music, acting style and design all conjure up the claustrophobic, hot, stormy evening. The dialogue has almost a lyrical, singing quality – Sarah describes it as being “...more emotionally complex than the mastery of an accent”.
Sarah is passionate about that group of American playwrights – Arthur Miller, Tennessee Williams, Terence Rattigan. They have a way of layering human emotions, loading each scene with complex, raw feelings.
Awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1955, ‘Cat on a Hot Tin Roof’ gained worldwide recognition three years later as a film starring Paul Newman and Elizabeth Taylor. In this version Zoe Boyle, who played Lavinia in Downton Abbey, plays Maggie and Jamie Parker (Brownlie in Parade’s End) is Brick her husband. The Pollitt family is gathered together for patriarch ‘Big Daddy’s’ birthday. The stage is set for an outpouring of hate, greed, lonliness. Uncomfortable truths are unearthed as the simmering pain in Williams’ emotionally charged drama comes bubbling to the surface.
“It is quite intimidating”, said Sarah. “The more you look at it, the more there is. It is very complex. The key is to recreate that world.” And what a world! Set in the Mississippi Delta, it is a hot, humid, languid world full of poetic realism. Outside a storm is brewing. Nature reflects the mood of the play as the family indoors is busy tearing itself apart. The heat is unbearable. The sexual tension is palpable. And, death is lurking in the corner. 22 October 2012 | northleedslife.co.uk
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‘Year of the Celt: Imbolc’ is the first of four books relating the struggle facing the ordinary people of the Scevinge settlement (modern day Otley) in a rapidly changing world. Each covers a quarter of the ancient Celtic year. Based entirely on real locations around Otley and Ilkley, the book has been written by Rob Godfrey. “Since coming to live in Otley I have often tried to imagine the lives and fate of the
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KATE WINS LAURA ASHLEY WALL ART COMPETITION Last year, local artist Kate Stephens submitted a canvas for the Laura Ashley Wall Art Competition – North East Region and, much to her surprise, she won! Her painting is of a lovely, delicate flower in shades of lilac and purple. It has been incorporated into the Laura Ashley Autumn/Winter 2012 collection and is available to buy as a canvas print.
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Kate recently exhibited at Holmfirth Art Week, where she sold out! Some of her watercolours were on show at Harlow Carr Gardens, featuring a mix of still life, animals and beach huts. And, she is currently exhibiting at West Park Deli. She has a very light, distinctive style and her treatment of animals, including cows, is both colourful and amusing! Her work at West Park Deli features hens and cows as well as
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BOOK ILLUSTRATION FROM 20S AND 30S
The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery is staging an exhibition that will delight lovers of book illustration. ‘Austerity and Invention: Illustration between the Wars’ runs until 1st December and features a magical mixture of styles and imagery from the 1920s and 1930s. In addition to Art Deco, the era was also informed by constructivism, cubism, modernism and the stark utilitarian Bauhaus. Everything, from architecture and travel to fashion and advertising, was affected. Printing and book design followed suit. The exhibition traces the development of the genre and the variety of media and styles between the wars, through artwork by renowned British illustrators.
In addition to Art Deco, the era was also informed by constructivism, cubism, modernism and the stark utilitarian Bauhaus
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The exhibition will feature original drawings, watercolours, prints and book illustrations from the Leeds University Library Special Collections and other Yorkshire collections. It includes internationally-renowned artists like William Heath Robinson, Edmund Dulac and Kay Nielsen, Yorkshire artists Thomas Blakeley MacKenzie and Albert Wainwright, and successful women artists, such as ‘Fish’ (Anne Harriet Sefton), Anne Anderson and Amy Joyce Mercer. A special display of original sketches and artwork for Arthur Ransome’s ‘Swallows and Amazons’ will be exhibited alongside other popular children’s books of the period. The Gallery is open Mon-Sat, 10am – 5pm and admission is free. www. leeds.ac.uk/gallery/events.htm
ST GEMMA’S ANNUAL ART EXHIBITION ONE OF LARGEST IN REGION!
The twelfth Leeds Annual Art Exhibition and Sale in aid of St Gemma’s Hospice at The Grammar School at Leeds, Alwoodley, is firmly established as a must for all those who appreciate art. This year the exhibition runs from Thursday 25th to Sunday 28th October, and new this year is a special ‘Pop Up’ gift shop on the Saturday and Sunday featuring beautiful gift ideas and homewares. There will be over 800 exhibits. With such a huge variety there really is something to suit all tastes. You’ll find everything from modern oils and traditional landscapes, to pastels, photography, and ceramics. It’s a great opportunity to start or to expand your art collection and buy affordable, original pieces created by both professional and up-andcoming regional artists. Prices range from just £30 to £700 and can make perfect Christmas, birthday or anniversary gifts. A percentage of all sales will be donated to St Gemma’s Hospice. To date, the event has raised over £160,000 for the charity! Entry to the event is just £3 and includes a souvenir brochure. Opening hours are 10am – 6pm Thursday to Saturday and 10am – 4pm on Sunday.
VOICE DAY Leeds Voice Day welcomes back the inspiring and innovative international voice coach Barbara Houseman for its Autumn workshops at HEART, Bennett Road, Headingley. Barbara’s clients include many well-known actors, including Jude Law, Daniel Radcliffe, Kenneth Branagh, as well as the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Young Vic. She also works with a wide range of professional voice users, like politicians, teachers and business leaders. Leeds Voice Day workshops are on Friday 12th October, ‘Voice Skills for PersonaI Impact’ from 1.30 – 4.15pm; and Saturday 13th October, ‘Your Voice: Asset or Liability?’ from 9.30am – 4pm (numbers for this workshop are restricted to a maximum of eight to allow for more individual attention). For full details, visit www.leedsvoiceday.com or email email@example.com
HORSFORTH ARTS SOCIETY AUTUMN EXHIBITION Horsforth Arts Society’s Autumn Exhibition opens on Saturday 20th October at The Studio, 15 Back Lane, Horsforth, LS18 4RF and runs until Sunday 28th October. The exhibition is of mainly original framed paintings, but there are also photographs, woodcarvings, prints and unframed pictures. Exhibition Secretary, Pat Grant, believes the standard of the work this year is exceptionally high and there is a great variety of work on display. Opening times are: Saturday 20/27 and Sunday 22/28 October: 10am to 5pm, and weekdays 1 to 3pm. Everyone is welcome and admission is free. There will also be original works of art for sale. For further information, call 0113 2590259 or visit www.horsforthartsociety.wordpress.com
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Headingley Choral Extravaganza!
Popular Choral and Organ Music performed by singers from The Heritage Singers The Masterworks Chorale Chris Newton Together with Special guest performers Organ Christopher Newton Directed by Tim Knight
St Chad’s church Far Headingley Saturday October 20th 7.30 Tickets £10.00 (8.00 concessions) Includes glass of wine and nibbles! Available from The Yorkshire College of Music and Drama 0113 2431605 Online at www.ticketsource.co.uk/masterworks This is a major fund raising event for the Heritage singers 2013 tour to the Baltic states
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YORKSHIRE FLOWER CLUB APPROACHES ITS DIAMOND JUBILEE
The club is closely associated with the Northern Horticultural Society, with members helping to plan and provide amazing displays at the Harrogate Spring and Autumn Flower Shows. Members have won awards at local and national shows, including the prestigious Chelsea Flower Show, and have organised and taken part in numerous flower festivals in country houses, churches and cathedrals in aid of charities.
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The Yorkshire Flower Club is nearing its Diamond Anniversary! Established in 1954 by a small group and named The Yorkshire Flower Decoration Club, members went on to form the North East Area of Flower Arranging Societies in 1957. There are now 21 areas affiliated to the National Association of Flower Arranging Societies – with some 68 clubs in Yorkshire alone.
Today the club meets at Almscliffe Hall, Harrogate Road, Huby LS17 0EG, on the fourth Wednesday of the month at 2pm, and attracts members from all over Yorkshire. Flower arranging provides something for all tastes. It has proved to be a great hobby and, for some, a lifetime involvement as judges, demonstrators, competitors and exhibitors. The Christmas demonstration at Harrogate High School on 7th November at 7.15pm, will be a special evening and is open to all. This year, National Demonstrator & Chelsea Gold winner 2012, Angela Turner, will interpret ‘A Natural Christmas’. Tickets are available from 01423 872617. New visitors and members are always welcome. For further information contact 01943 863172/ 0113 2611183 or www.nafas.org.uk
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Trees, Maples in particular, look great at this time of the year, with colours ranging from burning yellows to rich reds and bronze-purples. The stems of Cornus are also showing their colours now that their leaves have fallen. Nerines, Colchicums, Japanese Anemones and Kaffir Lilies are in flower, adding colour to the garden. Choose more tall growing grasses – they can add not only colour, but also movement in the wind. Collect seeds from trees and shrubs for children to grow. They don’t need warmth to germinate. Berries also can be started off by squashing them and separating the seed and plant. Prepare the ground for planting any new bare rooted stock next month, and make a start on broad beans for next year. Sow Sweet Peas under cover for an early show. Tall shrubs like Lavateras and Buddlejas, which will be pruned again in Spring, can be cut back by half their height to neaten them and help with wind rock. Check any new plantings to make sure they are stable, staking if necessary. While the ground still has some warmth, move any evergreens which have been planted in the wrong place. Check around rock plants, take off any rotting leaves, and cover them to protect against the frost and wetness of Winter.
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Cormorants are large, dark water birds often seen perching upright on rocks and posts in the water. Essentially black with a greenish gloss in good light, they have a long thick neck, rather angular head and thick bill. They swim low in the water with uplifted head, and dive frequently. A characteristic pose is to perch on a rock with wings spread out to dry. Originally, cormorants were mainly coastal birds, breeding on cliffs as at Filey. Increasingly, over the last forty years, they have spread inland and can be seen on rivers, lakes and reservoirs at any season. There are now substantial breeding colonies on the Ings at Fairburn and Wheldrake. With necks outstretched, they are often seen flying along the Aire and Wharfe valleys. Inland birds tend to disperse to the coast in winter when numbers are further augmented by seasonal visitors from mainland Europe. A fairly common bird, cormorant numbers are relatively stable.
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ADEL BEER FESTIVAL GREAT SUCCESS
Adel Cricket Club’s first beer festival was a great success. They didn’t run out of beer, but it was a close thing!
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to support the event. “I would like to thank the organisers for working so hard to provide this fantastic event. I “The first beer festival of its kind am delighted that it was such a success “We decided to put on the Adel Beer in Adel was a great success”, said and hope that it will be repeated every Festival as a way of both raising money Greg Mulholland, who was on hand year!” to support cricket in Adel, but also to promote the wider range of sports Greg Mulholland MP with Jeff the club has to offer, such as hockey, Shires, Adel Cricket Club Esdaile tennis, archery and football”, said Stuart Howie, Adel Cricket Club. “We were delighted by the huge response. Around 750 people enjoyed the beer, food, music and entertainment, with a number of people showing interest in joining the sports club as either social or playing members. We are already starting to think about how we can involve others to deliver an even better festival in 2013!” Twenty three beers from local breweries were on offer, and three ciders – which had to be restocked due to demand! The weekend also included a family fun day with giant bouncy castle and children’s games, as well as cricket, football and tennis. Plus there was live
GET WIGGY WITH IT! ‘Get Wiggy With It’ is a campaign to raise money for the Teenage Cancer Trust, the only UK charity dedicated to improving the quality of life and chances of survival for young people diagnosed with cancer. Wearing a wig can be fun when you want to change your look. But hair loss, as a side effect of cancer treatment, can be one of the toughest things a young person has to face. Many will lose most or all of their hair, usually starting just two weeks after their first chemotherapy. Such an obvious change to their appearance can have a huge affect on their confidence and self-esteem. ‘Get Wiggy With It’ is a fun way to support Teenage Cancer Trust and help young people diagnosed with cancer. You can take part by wearing a wig, hat or crazy hair at work, school, or even out socially during October. To get your ‘Get Wiggy with it’ fundraising pack, just contact www. teenagecancertrust.org Teenage Cancer Trust would also like you to enter their ‘Get Wiggy’ photo competition by sending your best ‘Wiggy’ photos to www.facebook.com/TeenageCancerTrustGetWiggyWithIt 34 October 2012 | northleedslife.co.uk
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The Radiotherapy Department, on Level 2 of the Bexley Wing, St James’s University Hospital, is holding two open days in October – one for health professionals and the other for the general public. Health professionals are invited along on Friday 5th October, 6.30 – 8.30pm, for an Introduction to radiotherapy, tour of the department, and information on research and development, skin care and symptom management, and survivorship support. There will also be an exhibition of products for supportive care. On Saturday 6th October the general public is invited along from 10am – 2pm, and in addition to information and a tour of the department, they will have the opportunity to meet the behind-the-scenes staff. There’s no need to book – just drop in. Health Professionals should book their places through Philip Mitchell on 0113 206 7603, philip.mitchell@leedsth. nhs.uk
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LEEDS CITY FC ARE WEST RIDING COUNTY CUP WINNERS Leeds City Amateur Football Club, based in Adel, recently won the prestigious West Riding County Cup! Having triumphed in a thrilling semi-final against West Yorkshire Premier League rivals, Bardsey (3 – 2 after extra time), Lepton Highlanders stood between Leeds City and a first taste of glory. It was a tense spectacle. They led twice, only to be pegged back by two perfectly executed strikes. The two sides could not be separated after 120 minutes, so a penalty shoot-out was the deciding factor. City held their nerve, Lepton lost theirs. The trophy belonged to Leeds City! Leeds City was established in 2006, taking its name from the leading professional football club in Leeds before World War I. The intention was to develop a progressive, forward-thinking club, which would adopt the right attitude in its endeavour to play attractive, competitive football at the highest level possible. Leeds City 1st Team began the 2006/07 season in the West Yorkshire Division 2 and finished in second place, gaining automatic promotion. The 2007/08 campaign in Division 1 followed a similar pattern and the second promotion meant that the team had reached the West Yorkshire Premier League.
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In 2008/09 Leeds City proved they were more than capable of holding their own in the Premier League. Eleven wins from 12 games meant they were just two points behind leaders, Knaresborough Town, heading into the last game of the season. However, despite an emphatic 6 – 1 win against Sherburn White Rose, news arrived that Knaresborough had rallied from a goal down to defeat Pool 2 –1. For a third consecutive season, Leeds City finished as runners-up. It would prove to be their highest finish in the West Yorkshire Premier League as they finished both 2009/2010 and 2010/11 in third position, and in seventh in 2011/12. Now, with the West Riding County Cup firmly in their grasp, they are looking forward with renewed enthusiasm to the 2012/13 season. Leeds City is a progressive, forwardthinking club, that aims to play attractive, competitive football at the highest level.
SUPER LEAGUE STARS COMPETE FOR RUGBY LEAGUE’S BEST GOLFER TITLE More than 20 Super League stars recently swapped their boots for spikes at Cookridge Hall Golf Club to compete in the inaugural event to find Rugby League’s Best Golfer. Cookridge Hall’s General Manager, Gary Day, joined forces with Wakefield Wildcats to launch the event in support of the ‘Joining Jack’ Campaign and Children’s Ward 41 at Leeds General Infirmary – Cookridge Hall’s designated charity. Players recorded an individual Stableford score from which they created a team event and determined the all important winner of the title. Bradford Bulls star Tom Burgess took first place in the team event alongside Wakefield Wildcats’ Danny Kirmond and Paul Johnson with 48 points over 12 holes.
Now the event is in place, Cookridge Hall hopes to increase the numbers for next year. It seems the Rugby League’s Best Golfer event is now well and truly on the cards.
Now the event is in place, Cookridge Hall hopes to increase the numbers for next year. It seems the Rugby League’s Best Golfer event is now well and truly on the cards
Setting the pace for the main title was Jordan Tansey. Having only completed 12 holes, due to heavy downpours, he returned an impressive 28 points. In a closely fought competition, Huddersfield Giants’ Tommy Lee returned a fantastic 37 points 79 gross only to be beaten by one point by Salford City Reds Chris Nero with 38 points, recording his best ever gross score of 78.
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CHARITIES INSTRU-MENTAL IN PROMOTING MENTAL HEALTH WELLBEING Instru-mental, a group of local charities promoting mental wellbeing, is organising a unique music event at Swarthmore Education Centre on Saturday 20th October starting at 6.30pm.
The packed bill includes Biscuithead & The Biscuit Badgers, The Sentimentalists, The MoMos and Oui Bee along with acoustic performers Solaris, Lunar Calling and Miranda Arieh.
“During a recession, people are under a lot more pressure and are naturally worried about keeping their jobs and being able to look after their families”, said Mike Jolly, Project Co-ordinator of music charity Cloth Cat. “It is crucial that people know what help and support is around them in the city. Instru-mental aims to target music fans rather than targeting traditional groups working in the sector who are already aware of what support networks exist.” One in four of us will be affected by a mental health problem at some point in our lives. Instru-mental is a collaboration of local organisations working within the field to provide activities and services for those living with mental health conditions, including Arts & Minds, Cloth Cat, The Swarthmore Education Centre and the High Royds Memorial Garden. Admission is £4 on the door. More information can be found at http:// leedsinstrumental.wordpress.com
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The 26th Leeds International Film Festival, which runs from 1st – 18th November, launches at Leeds Town Hall on Friday 5th October with a free screening of ‘Sound of Noise’, a musical crime comedy from Sweden. In it Police Officer Warnebring, who suffers from a hatred of all music, is thrown into chaos when he is assigned to his first sonic crime spree. A band of outlaw musicians are causing havoc with shock guerrilla gig tactics using anything in their path as instruments. After failing to prevent their hospital invasion and hip-hop bank heist, Warnebring is determined to silence the band’s biggest musical assault using the entire city as their orchestra, in the name of anarchy and freedom. A special preview of the Festival’s programme will also be presented, with trailers from some of the line-up’s highlights. Passes and tickets are on sale now and available from City Centre Box Office on 0113 224 3801 or www.leedsfilm. com/tickets-passes
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CHANTEL MCGREGOR WINS AGAIN AT BRITISH BLUES AWARDS
This year’s British Blues Festival weekend at Newark Castle, Nottinghamshire, was another rip roaring success. An integral part of the Festival was the presentation of the British Blues Awards and superb local guitarist and vocalist Chantel McGregor, a recent graduate from Leeds College of Music, was awarded the coveted ‘Female Vocalist’ of the year.
This is the second time that Chantel has won a British Blues Award – last year it was for ‘Best Newcomer’. Since then she has been pretty busy performing all over the UK and touring in Finland, Belgium, Luxembourg and Holland. She brought out her first album ‘Like No Other’, and is currently working on her next, which she hopes to start recording early next year. Needless to say, Leeds College of Music is delighted with Chantel’s success. “She was an excellent student throughout both FE and HE and took advantage of all the opportunities presented to her”, said Charlotte Orba, Head of Undergraduate Studies (Popular & Production). “Chantel has worked extremely hard, ensuring that her natural talent has been given every chance of success. She is an astonishing guitarist and vocalist and quite rightly, she is carving out a real niche for herself in the British and European Blues Scene.” She was in good company at the festival – Ian Siegal took ‘Best Male Vocalist’, Paul Jones got the award for Harmonica and Joe Bonamassa was awarded ‘Best Overseas Artist. King King were Best Band, Matt Schofield took Best Guitarist and Steve Cutmore took the Drummer award. Tony McPhee of The Groundhogs, Del Bromham of Stray and Andy Fraser, bassist with Free, were all presented with the new British Blues Greats Award. Being part of the centenary album ‘100 Years of the Blues’ in the company of the all time greats and ‘Blues Fury’, the new rock revolution, is testament to how highly she is regarded in the music world! When 40 October 2012 | northleedslife.co.uk
our reviewer went to see Chantel in York last year, he described her as being ‘a genuinely natural musician whose ease and fluency with her instrument is an awesome thing to behold’.
Chantel will be back in familiar territory soon, so you can grab an opportunity to see her. Catch her at Fibbers in York on Friday 12th October; she’s playing a Special Solo Weekend at the Town Hall in Ripley from 2nd – 4th November, and she’s at Joseph’s Well in Leeds on Friday 9th November (details www.chantelmcgregor.com).
FILMS AT HEART
A group of Headingley residents are setting up a Film Club at HEART on Bennett Road, Headingley. They will be showing independent films, initially on a monthly basis. The response to this initiative has been very encouraging and they are confident that it will be a huge success. The club has already raised money to purchase equipment to get started – but there’s more equipment they would like to purchase in the future.
“First screening is the award-winning and
Oscar nominated French-Canadian film Monsieur Lazhar on 16th October
Membership of ‘Films at HEART’ is just £20 a year. Ass well as a reduced price for screenings, members can take part in the running of the club, help choose future films and participate in a web-based film discussion forum. They also hope to set up a DVD swap-scheme. Film at HEART’s first screening is the award-winning and Oscar nominated French-Canadian film Monsieur Lazhar on 16th October. On 20th November it’s ‘Senna’, and ‘The Well-Diggers Daughter’ on 11th December. Enjoy a drink and food in the HEART café before the films, which will start at 8pm. Tickets available from HEART - £4 members and concessions (60+, students, unwaged), £6 others.
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THE BOURNE LEGACY DIRECTED BY: : TONY GILROY STARRING: : JEREMY RENNER, RACHAEL WEISZ, EDWARD NORTON CERT: 12A LENGTH: 135 MINS When ‘The Bourne Identity’ emerged in 2002 it took many by surprise – it was better than anyone expected. The two sequels that followed, with the directing reins handed to Paul Greengrass, improved on the original and raised the bar for the entire action genre, causing the flagging Bond films to up their game (the partial reboot, Casino Royale could be seen as 007
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playing catch up to Jason Bourne’s new type of action hero). With the previous movies being such a critical and commercial success, there were obviously those in Hollywood unwilling to let the Bourne franchise die and hoping, with both Matt Damon and Greengrass having moved on,
‘The Bourne Legacy’ is a perfectly functional and fairly watchable actionthriller but it sadly fails to live up to its predecessors. It all looked promising on paper; Director Gilroy worked as screenwriter on the previous films and therefore had a firm handle on the Bourne universe, and Jeremy Renner seemed an inspired choice for the lead, having turned heads with his excellent work in ‘The Hurt Locker’ and his roles in ‘Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol’ and ‘The Avengers’ indicating he was being groomed for action star status. However, while all the Bourne hallmarks are present (far flung exotic locations, High level CIA paranoia, bone-crunching fight scenes, parkour rooftop action, high-speed car/ motorcycle chase) we’re left with something altogether less satisfying that what came before, a bit like a lacklustre cover version of a hit song. Neither a sequel nor a prequel, Legacy has been described as a ‘parrallelequel’ (I promise never to use that word again) as the events in this picture run concurrently with those in ‘The Bourne Ultimatum’. At the centre of the action this time is Aaron Cross (Renner) another of the US military’s top secret brainwashed super-soldiers (there was never just one, the film’s poster assures us). With Jason Bourne
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As a fan of the franchise, I was fairly excited about the prospect of another Bourne movie and foolishly allowed myself to harbour high hopes. Not that it’s a particularly bad film, it’s just with its forerunners representing such a high water mark for contemporary action cinema it has a great deal to live up to and unfortunately falls somewhat short. Stepping into the shoes vacated by Matt Damon, Renner does a good job in the lead role and, I’d say, is more convincing than Damon as a haunted, battle-worn soldier. But, for all that, while Gilroy can adroitly tell a story, he’s not quite the helmsman Greengrass is and Legacy therefore lacks the frenetic, hyper-dynamic excitement that made Supremacy and Ultimatum so thrilling. One comes away from the film feeling more than a little short changed in the action stakes.
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Mikill Pane Sun 30 Sept, Brudenell Social Club, £7. Unconventional London rapper with refreshing wit & charm. European Union Quintet Sun 30 Sept, 1 – 4pm at Seven Arts, Chapel Allerton. AngloDutch-German-Slovakian band – ‘emotional & melodic music’. Andrius Mamontovas Tues 2 Oct at Left Bank, Cardigan Rd. Lithuania’s most famous rock musician. Marduk + Immolation Tues 2 Oct, The Well, £14. Black metal rockers from Sweden, plus internationally renowned rock metal band.
Jonnythefirth + Rosie Doonan Fri 5 Oct, Brudenell Social Club, £3. One man indie blues band. Rosie Doonan - influences ranging from Free to Laura Viers. Deeply rooted in folk scene. Live Rock-n-Roll & Country Music: River Moon Fri 5 Oct, The New Headingley Club, £5. Nomeansno Sat 6 Oct, Brudenell Social Club, £10. Legendary Canadian underground art rock band. Devon Sproule Sun 7 Oct, Empire, £10.Fantastic folk-pop songwriter a jazz edge.
Azealia Banks Wed 3 Oct, Leeds Met SU, £12.50. New York producer/MC & lyricist
Michelle Shocked Sun 7 Oct, Brudenell Social Club, £14. Angst-ridden American acoustic/folk star.
The Musgraves Wed 3 Oct, The Cockpit, £5. Folk rock with skipping beats & joyful up-for-it sound.
Steely Dan Big Band Sun 7 Oct, Seven Arts, Chapel A. £5 1 – 4pm. Steely Dan arranged for 18-piece big band.
Twisted Wheel Wed 3 Oct, The Cockpit, £8. Indie band from Manchester who have made their mark as tour supports for Oasis.
Hot Chip Tues 9 Oct, O2 Academy, £17.50. Strangely quirky pop music fusing the sounds of Prince, The Beta Band & The Beach Boys.
Andy McKee + Preston Reed + Jon Gomm Thurs 4 Oct, City Varieties £19.Three of the most accomplished acoustic guitarists share all-acoustic bill, jam, play their calling-card tunes & reveal their influences & signature guitar techniques.
The Jim Jones Revue Tues 9 Oct, The Wardrobe,£11. Supercharged back-to-basics fifties rock’n’roll coming across like a collision between Little Richard & the MC5.
Iona Thurs 4 Oct, Irish Centre, £10adv / £12on door. Exhilarating contemporary folk act combining rock/folk/ progressive/ethnic & ambient elements. John Taylor Thurs 4 Oct, Seven Arts. £15 (£12/ £5) Europe’s most celebrated jazz pianist & composer has played with Cleo Laine, Enrico Rava, Gil Evans & other leading performers. Jonny Craig Fri 5 Oct, Leeds Met SU, £8. CanadianAmerican singer with a distinct soul-based singing style. Field Music Fri 5 Oct, The Cockpit, £10. Drawing on influences as wide-ranging as Stravinsky, Stax R n B, Fleetwood Mac, Serge Gainsbourg & Kate Bush, they twist compositions into new shapes, with a refreshing disregard for convention.
The Skints Tues 9 Oct, The Cockpit, £10. London-based reggae & dub upstarts Carolina Chocolate Drops Wed 10 Oct, City Varieties £20. Group of young AfricanAmerican string band musicians play the rich tradition of fiddle & banjo music in Carolinas piedmont. Olivia Moore + Owl Ensemble Wed 10 Oct, The Wardrobe, £8. Blending layers of rhythmic patterns & soaring melodies, Owl Ensemble is a 7-piece comprising of a string quartet & jazz trio. Liars Wed 10 Oct, Brudenell Social Club, £12.50. 3-piece American band connected to the NY post-punk revival scene. Musica Alhambra: Juan Martin Thurs 11 Oct, Howard Assembly Room, £12.50. Spectacular flamenco guitarist, voted one of world’s top 3 exponents by ‘Guitar Player’ magazine.
Mos Eisley Cantina Open Mic Night Thurs 11 Oct, The Chemic Tavern, Free entry with whip-round for headliners. Performers welcome. This Many Boyfriends Thurs 11 Oct, Brudenell Social Club, £4. Leeds 5-piece play gloriously scrappy indiepop in the style of Ballboy, Hefner & Pavement. Peatbog Faeries Fri 12 Oct, The Wardrobe, £14. Described as ‘the future of Celtic dance music’, incorporating influences taking them from traditional jigs & reels through jazz, hiphop, Reggae & more. MK9 + Con-Dom + Content Nullity + The Digitariat + Cementimental Fri 12 Oct Wharf Chambers, £7. Harsh noise/P.E. & experimental sounds. I Like Trains Sat 13 Oct, Leeds City Museum, £12 - £20. Weaving brooding widescreen songs from sparse piano & guitar, baritone vocals, uplifting choral passages & reverberant orchestral crescendos. Roddy Woomble Sat 13 Oct, Brudenell Social Club, £15. Lead singer from Idlewild breaking out on his own. Newton Faulkner Sun 14 Oct ,O2 Academy, £17.50. Soulful & heartfelt acoustic blues with pop edge & distinctive laidback style. Lianne La Havas Sun 14 Oct, Leeds University Union, £13. New young soul sensation with influences from Nina Simone to Lauryn Hill. Nicola Farnon Trio Sun 14 Oct, Seven Arts 1 – 4pm. Music from artists as diverse as Ella Fitzgerald, Chet Baker, Bill Evans, Ray Charles, Jimi Hendrix & Aretha Franklin. Benjamin Francis Leftwich Mon 15 Oct, City Varieties £13.50. Critically acclaimed singer/ songwriter from York. Gallows Mon 15 Oct, The Cockpit, £13. British punk-rock band making hardcore screamo & punk-led noise.
Tall Ships Mon 15 Oct, Brudenell Social Club, £5. Fuse the energy & stylings of Battles & Foals with influences as wide ranging as Why?, Prince & Explosions In The Sky. Liane Carroll Trio Thurs 18 Oct, Seven Arts £16. Astonishing blend of jazz standard repertoire with heartfelt passionate soul & breathtaking rhythmic intensity. Doomsday Student + Gum Takes Tooth + Nope + Azores Fri 19 Oct, Wharf Chambers. Music using two menacing guitars, violent drums & persuasive words. GTT - live acoustic drums wired into home grown electronic instruments. Nope - members of That F***ing Tank, Mucky Sailor, Cowtown & Monty Casino. Azores- electrifying, relentless pulse & repeated refrains of Afrobeat Random Hand Fri 19 Oct, Brudenell Social Club, £7.50. In your face ska-punk-metal mashup. Gogo Penguin Sun 21 Oct, Seven Arts 1pm, £5. “From the meditative to the anarchic & back” Chris Illingworth-piano, Grant Russell-double bass, Rob Turner- drums Leeds Bluegrass Club Thurs 25 Oct, The Grove Inn, £3. Americana, Roots, Bluegrass & Country. Resident bands + guests. Picking sessions in back rooms, musicians welcome. Roots: Josie Lloyd + Les Scavengers Fri 26 Oct, 8pm New Headingley Club, £5. Blues & ragtime from popular sassy singer & guitarist. Original & familiar songs. Tarantismo Sunday 28 Oct, Seven Arts from1pm, £5. 7-piece Son Cubano band Keep It Unreal: Mr Scruff Sat 27 Oct, Canal Mills. New venue. Inspired by 2 Tone sound, Mr Scruff is famed for his awesome hip-hop sound, epic 6-hour sets & his sense of the comic. www.canalmills.com. Two Gallants Mon 29 Oct, The Cockpit, £12.50. Definitive fusion of punk-rock energy & folkish storytelling. Aggressive, drunken-sounding balladry - is something to behold.
JACK AND THE BEANSTALK COMES TO THE CARRIAGEWORKS
This year’s panto at The Carriageworks is ‘Jack and The Beanstalk’ and it promises to be a fantastic Christmas show. Marshall Lancaster, who has appreared in ‘Ashes to Ashes’ ‘Life on Mars’ ‘Casualty’, and ‘Doctor Who’, will be taking on the role of panto villain Fleshcreep. And, former CBBC presenter Jez Edward returns to Leeds for a fourth consecutive Christmas pantomime at The Carriageworks.
“I love Leeds, it’s a great city, I just hope people don’t get bored of me coming back for a fourth year!” he told us. “The whole vibe here at Christmas is lovely, with a real Christmas spirit generated with the German Market outside. My only disappointment last year was that there was no snow! My role this year is Simple Simon. If anything I’m playing an even thicker character. I hope I’m not getting typecast!”
Also appearing in the show will be Allan Jay (as Jack), Barry North (Dame Trott) and Janine Pardo (Princess Amelia). ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ runs from Friday 30th November to Saturday 5th January 2013. Tickets are available from the box office on 0113 224 3801, or on-line at www.carriageworkstheatre. org.uk
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THEATRE COMES HOME Mimika, the acclaimed children’s theatre, will present four special performances at HEART on Bennett Road in Headingley on Saturday 3rd November presented by Headingley LitFest.
rainforest, from under the sea to the South Pole. Using ingeniously crafted models, puppets, sets, lighting effects and immersive sound, it is a very special journey.
are available from HEART and are limited to 25 per performance. Advance purchase is strongly advised. For further information on Mimika visit www.mimikatheatre.com
‘Landscapes’ will take place at 10am, This Headingley LitFest event is Presented by Headingley LitFest, this 11.30am, 1pm and 2.30pm. Tickets, supported by Arts Council England. is the first time that Mimika, who are (adults £4, children under 16 £2.50. based in Headingley/Meanwood, has Under 10s should be accompanied) had a public home performance in Leeds for 20 years. Their current show, ‘Landscapes’, has enchanted audiences worldwide – including performances in Canada, China, Denmark, Ireland, Singapore, Spain, and the USA. “While performing around the world is often thrilling, this chance to show our work to friends, neighbours and the local community will be special”, Mimika’s inspired creators, Bill and Jenny, told us. ‘Landscapes’ is a wordless presentation inside a beautiful white calico dome. An intimate, gentle and engaging evocation of the natural world, audiences travel from desert to
NORTHERN BALLET’S SHORT BALLET FOR SMALL PEOPLE ‘Ugly Duckling’, Northern Ballet’s first short ballet for small people, will be performed at the Stanley & Audrey Burton Theatre at Northern Ballet, Quarry Hill, from Monday 29th October – Friday 2nd November. The project is designed to encourage children (from age four) to see their
first ballet and introduce young families to Northern Ballet. The colourful production will feature a host of animal characters including cats, frogs and a fox. The performance lasts 40 minutes and the music ranges from classical to the theme tunes of popular children’s cartoons.
Choreographed by dancers Dreda Blow and Sebastian Loe, the ballet is based on the classic Hans Christian Andersen fairytale – the story of a lonely duckling who doesn’t fit in. Gradually she learns about herself and those around her then, when she learns to love who she is, she turns into a beautiful swan. “The great thing about ‘Ugly Duckling’ and other children’s stories is that they teach important and timeless values”, said Sebastian Loe. “The message we want to get across is that we should be confident in embracing who we are and not be afraid of being ourselves.” Dreda saw her first ballet when she was only two years old and was absolutely riveted. “If our production inspires children to start ballet lessons then that’s great, but most importantly, I hope it awakens in them a love and appreciation for the magic of dance and theatre in general. Sebastian and I want to create a performance rich in personality and humour with lots of impressive, beautiful dancing. I can’t wait to see the children’s reactions!” Tickets £4/ £5 are available from the box office on 0113 220 8008
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NEW FUND HELPS DISABLED YOUNGSTERS PARTICIPATE IN DUKE OF EDINBURGH AWARD
“The Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme is about individuals striving to meet challenges, regardless of personal circumstances”, said Dr Lynne Gilbert, Award Group Leader at The Grammar School at Leeds (GSAL) at the recent launch of the fund, where GSAL teamed up with the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme for Yorkshire and Humber. Former mountaineer Steve Derwin gave an inspirational talk about discovering what he could do after breaking his back and becoming a wheelchair user. “Steve hang-glides, para-glides and scuba dives”, said Sue Emmerson, Operations Officer for the scheme in this area. “He makes people realise how capable those with disabilities are. Many young people with special needs think they can’t take part, but with the right support they too can fulfil their potential.” The week after the talk, Sue headed to Morocco to climb Mount Jebel Toukbal, the highest mountain in the Atlas range. Accompanying her were Katie Roelich and Ben Robinson from Menston, who volunteer with the D of
E scheme in Bradford, Sue Johnson and Helen Wedge from Sheffield, and Penny and Robin Hudson from North Yorkshire, all D of E employees. They all paid their own expenses, so all sponsorship will go directly into the fund to benefit disabled youngsters in the Yorkshire and Humber region. The Duke of Edinburgh Award supports over 275,000 people every year, including 30,000 from disadvantaged backgrounds. As a youth charity its ethos is to enable young people (aged 14 – 24) to take part and succeed. To contribute to the fund, please visit www.justgiving.com/YorksandHumberDofE
Many young people with special needs think they can’t take part, but with the right support they too can fulfil their potential
We associate the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme with challenges for the fittest teenagers. Now there is a fund which will provide extra support and enable youngsters with disabilities to participate.
Ben Robinson, Sue Johnson, Helen Wedge, Sue Emmerson and Katie Roelich
SPORTS OFFER VITAL SKILLS FOR LIFE This Summer, the Government was criticised for not featuring sport highly enough in the school curriculum – illustrated by cuts to the Schools Sports Partnership budget and the continued selling off of school playing fields. Jane Disley, Headmistress of Richmond House School in Far Headingley, the former prep school of Olympic medallists
Alistair and Jonathan Brownlee, believes that sport at school has never been more important, especially with the renewed appetite for sport across the country following the Olympic Games. Exercise generates energy, aids concentration and makes children more open to learning. Other vital skills for life, such as teamwork and forming friendships, are also developed through sport. Richmond House School is fortunate to have ten acres of sports fields and offers a wide range of sports, with talented staff dedicated to finding each child’s strengths and nurturing their talents. Children of all abilities are encouraged to participate in sports and find their passion. Those who excel are given opportunities to grow and compete at high levels. This combination of competition and opportunity is what delivers sporting success.
Notices Adel Pre School has a 50 year history & is OFSTED registered. Places available for children 2 ½ - school age. Offering new, flexible daily sessions 8.30am – 2.30pm at Adel Methodist Church. Details: Lesley or Katie on 281 7979 or 07919 676792 Adel Toddler Group Fri 10 – 11.45am during term time at The Stables, Back Church Lane, Adel. Just £1.50 per family, incl refreshments for children & adults. A warm & welcoming group always pleased to welcome old & new faces! Cookridge Toddler Group Fri 1.15 – 3.15pm (term time), at Cookridge Village Hall, Green Lane. For children aged 0 – 5 years. Play inside or out, make things at the craft table & join in some singing. No need to book. Details: Becky 267 2434 Grove Pre-school, Horsforth for children from age 2. Good OFSTED report. No more than 20 children. Lots of fun & learning. Funding for 3/4 year olds. Tues 9am – 12 noon & 12 – 3pm; Wed 9am – 12 noon. Details: Jean 258 9093. Horsforth 7th Brownies seeks new members Girls aged 7 – 10. Meetings Tues, 6.30 – 8pm at Woodside Methodist Church, Outwood Lane; Woodside Rainbows also seek new members (girls 5 – 7). Meetings Mon 5.15 – 6.15pm at same venue. Details: Yogi Bear: email email@example.com Italian Play & Stay For Italian speaking children aged 1 – 5. From 8 Sept meet Brownberrie Lane Pre-school,Horsforth LS18 5SB, 4 – 5pm Fri, except 2nd week of month when there is a special session Sat 11am – 1pm, which includes lunch. Small charge to cover costs. Details: lapiccolascuolaitaliana@gmail. com
Happy children eager to learn Independent preparatory school providing a high standard of education for boys and girls aged 3-11 years old.
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RHSad_happychildren_primarytimes_130x87.indd Messy Church Bramhope Sun 21 Oct, 2 - 4pm at St Giles Church Hall. Whole family welcome. Crafts, celebration & food! Details: www.stgilesbramhope.org.uk
Mums & Toddlers Bramhope Wednesdays, 9.30 – 11.30 at St Giles Church Hall. Details: Nicci Shay 267 4884 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, email@example.com or www. pitchero.com/clubs/moortownrufc/
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Rock Solid For ages 11 – 13. Sun 5.15 – 6.15 at St Giles Church Hall. Games & friendship. Details: Suzanne Mills 284 3643
There is a national shortage of foster carers across the country and we are currently recruiting in this area.
St Paul’s Church, Raynel Drive, LS16 In the Church hall, new members welcome. Cubs: Tuesday 6.30 – 7.45pm, contact: Shasheen Stafford 267 5504. Rainbows: Thursday 5 – 6pm, contact Kirsty Hazlegrave 0778 6497378. Brownies: Thursday 6 – 7.30pm, contact Sue Hill 2613730 Toddler Praise Bramhope Tues, 10am at St Giles Church. Sing, dance & make a noise in praise! Followed by refreshments. Details: Janice Smith 203 7523 or just turn up.
Do you want a new challenge that requires patience, energy, enthusiasm and commitment to care for children and young people? You must have a spare bedroom and be committed to ongoing training. You will be fully supported by all members of our team to enable you to reach your full potential as a foster carer.
Woodside Rainbows Seek New Members For girls aged 5 – 7. Meetings Mon 5.15 – 6.15pm at Woodside Methodist Church, Outwood Lane.
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Yarnbury RFC Junior Section Horsforth. Welcomes new players 5-18yrs (girls up to 12). Family club stressing inclusion for all. Coaches qualified & CRB checked. Details: Paul Marshall 07711 648704
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ACTIVE After Eights Badminton Club Mon 8.30 – 9.30pm at Holt Park Sports Centre. New members welcome. Come along for a free session at our friendly club. Details: Helen 305 3327 Adel Tennis Club Ideally situated in Adel WMA’s sports ground, Church Lane. Excellent playing facilities for family, social & competitive tennis. New members welcome. Details: John Micklethwaite 267 4071 Badminton Anyone? Friendly badminton club looking for experienced players. Fri 7.309.30pm at Trinity University, Horsforth. Details: Sylvia 259 0113, Graham on 258 4532 Bramhope Table Tennis Club Meets Mon 8 – 10pm & Tues 1.30 – 3.30pm at Robert Craven Hall. New members welcome. Details: Stewart 267 3311 Briggate Morris (Women’s Northwest Morris Dancing) Mon 7 – 9pm at Brownberrie Lane Preschool, Horsforth. New members of all ages & abilities welcome. Details: Katie 07890 754115, www. briggate-morris.blogspot.com Cookridge Rambling Club meets Sun, 9.30am in the car park of Cookridge Village Hall for walks of approx 6/8 miles. Transport can be provided when required. Details: Barbara 267 1522 Friends of Hollybush Sponsored Walk Sun 21 Oct, 10am from Kirkstall Abbey Park. Walks for 3, 6 or 11k around the boundary of Park and along the valley to Newlay or Rodley and back along the Canal. To raise money for a commercial cooker & oven for Hollybush Conservation Centre. Details: 274 2335, friendsofhollybush@hotmail. co.uk Harewood Trail Sun 28 Oct Valley Striders Running Club 10 mile Trail Race, five mile Trail Run & two mile Junior Race in aid of Lineham Farm & Yorkshire Air Ambulance. Details: www.valleystriders. org.uk Horsforth Tennis Club (off New Road Side) New members welcome. Competitive & social play. 50 October 2012 | northleedslife.co.uk
Details: Hillary West 07739 457438 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, email@example.com Leeds Area Disabled Swimming Club Mon 7 8pm at Holt Park Leisure Centre. Are you disabled or recovering from a condition where swimming/exercising in water could help? We provide a safe, sociable private pool session where you can work to your own ability to gain strength & confidence. Details: Roger 267 4716, Sarah 287 6250 www.ladsc.co.uk Leeds HF Rambling & Social Club. Walks on a Sunday geared to public transport from Leeds. Social events in winter. Details: Send SAE to John Maltman, 52 Vesper Gate Mount, Leeds LS5 3NN. Miles for Macmillan Sun 7 Oct. The Shipley Stride – an 8 mile route to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support. Details, fundraising pack & sponsorship form available from www.macmillan.org.uk/ shipleystride or 0300 1000 200 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/ Pink Zumbathon Sat 27 Oct, 9.30am – 12.30pm at St Chad’s Parish Centre, Otley Rd, Far Headingley. Can you handle 3 hours of Zumba? In aid of Cancer Research UK’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Entry £10, incl. tuition & donation. All outfits pink please! Beginners Welcome. Details: Liz & Laura: leedsfundraisingactionteam@ hotmail.co.uk 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 under £10. Try before you join. Details: 01943 430657
New St. Farsley LS28. Wed 24 Oct: Simplifying the photo, an acrylic demonstration by Sue Ford. Sat 27 Oct: Oils with a limited palette, with Robert Brindley. Details:www. farsleyartclub.org.uk
Scottish Country Dancing Thurs 7.30 – 9.30pm, St Columba’s, Headingley Lane. All abilities welcome, no partner necessary. £2.50 incl. refreshments. Details: 269 1791, pathynes001@ tiscali.co.uk
Flea Market Sat 29 Sept, 2.30 – 4.30pm at HEART, Bennett Rd, Headingley. Stalls £15 for large table. Sharers welcome. Details: fleamarket@heartcentre. org.uk
Skydive for St Gemma’s Sun 21 Oct. Book through www. st-gemma.co.uk or choose a date to suit you. Raise £395 & your jump is free! Details: email@example.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 Yarnbury Angling Club Matches 1st Sun of month. Members only. Coach transfers to & from venues. Details: Adrian Addy 07956 964713. ARTS & CRAFTS Adel Art Group Learn to paint with Alex Purves. Tues 7 – 9pm at the Old Stables, Back Church Lane, Adel. New members welcome. Details: John Hartley 01943 874162 Bramhope Arts Club meets 7.30pm at Robert Craven Hall, Old Lane. 8 Oct: ‘Still Life’ practical evening; 15 Oct: Watercolour demonstration by Paul Talbot-Greaves ‘Light & Fast Contrast’; 22 Oct: Practical evening: 29 Oct: Drawing workshop with John Wiltshire. New members welcome. Chinese Brush Painters’ Society Sat 6 Oct/ Sun 7 Oct, 10am – 4pm at Poolin-Wharfedale Memorial Village Hall, Arthington Lane, Pool, Li Jia workshops on painting figures, in free style & meticulous style.New members welcome. Details: Anne Allan 01422 368482, firstname.lastname@example.org Farsley & District Art Club Meets Mon/Wed/Thurs for drawing & painting at the studios in Westroyd Park,
Flower Arranging Classes 1st Thurs of month, 1.30pm & 7.30pm at Paxton Horticultural Society, 186 Kirkstall Lane. Beginners welcome. Details: Kath Hall 275 2436, kaybeehall@ talktalk.net Harrogate & Nidderdale Art Club Autumn Art Exhibition & Sale Sat 10/ Sun 11 Nov, 10am – 5pm at Ripley Town Hall, Ripley, Nr Harrogate. Admission free. Details: www. handnart.co.uk Horsforth Arts Society meets Wed, 7.30pm at The Studio, Back Lane Horsforth LS18. Wed 3 Oct: Talk by Alex Purves on the influence of gardens on art; 10 Oct: DVD evening; 31 Oct: Practical Evening inspired by Van Gogh. Sat 20 – Sun 28 Oct: Autumn Exhibition. Original artwork for sale. Details: 259 0259, www.horsforthartsociety. wordpress.com/ Horsforth Photographic Club Regular meetings in The Stable Block resume Sept. New members welcome. Details: 258 9149, rjoyful@ yahoo.com Society for Amateur Artists Art Exhibition Sat 13 Oct, 10am – 4pm at Wetherby Town Hall. Reasonably priced paintings. Free admission. COFFEE MORNINGS, FAIRS & MARKETS Autumn Fair Sat 6 Oct, 10am – 3pm at St. Gemma’s Hospice, Harrogate Rd. LS17. Fantastic array of stalls, children’s activities & seasonal refreshments, plus fresh harvest fruit & veg. Stalls, games & delicious food. Entry is by donation. Details: michelle@st-gemmas. co.uk
Baybee with Love Table Sale Sun 21 Oct, 9.30 – 11.30am at St Margaret’s Hall, Horsforth. An opportunity to recycle unwanted baby goods & earn a little cash. Tables £12, admission £2. Sellers welcome to donate unsold items to The National Children’s Centre. Details: Lisa Doel 07581 196943, email@example.com Bramhope Market 2nd Sat of each month, 10am – 1pm at Robert Craven Hall, Old Lane, Bramhope Fresh fruit & veg, good food, home baking & crafts. Free Parking. Bramhope Methodist Church Coffee Shop Every Tues 10am-noon. Delicious homemade scones & friendly fellowship – all welcome. Coffee Morning & Art Exhibition Sat 6 Oct10.30am – 12 noon at St Chad’s Parish Centre, Otley Rd, Far Headingley. In aid of the Mission to Seafarers. Grove Methodist Church Farmers’ Market Sat 6 Oct, 9am – 1pm in Church Drive & car parks, with additional indoor market & Fair Trade Cafe. Pie & peas or jacket potato tea at 6pm, followed
by the highly acclaimed play ‘Impossible God’ produced & performed by Revd Mark Topping (7pm) Tickets £6, students £2.50. Details: 250 3264, council@ grovemethodist.org.uk Headingley Farmers’ Market 2nd Sat of each month, The Rose Garden in front of The Arc, North Lane. 9am – 12.30pm. Leeds Feline Friends Charity Auction Sat 29 Sept, viewing 10am, auction 11am at St Margaret’s Church Hall, Horsforth. Many bargains. Light refreshments. St Gemma’s Indoor Carboot Sale Sat 29 Sept,10am – 1pm at St Gemma’s Hospice, 329 Harrogate Rd, Moortown. Free parking at Hospice. Entry by donation. Table Top Sale Sat 13 Oct, 10am – 12 noon at Cookridge Methodist Church (corner Otley Old Rd/ Tinshill Rd). 22 stalls – homemade cakes, bric-a-brac, jewellery, videos, toys, jigsaws. Plus many charity stalls. UNICEF Christmas Gift & Craft Fair Sat 17 Nov, 10am – 3pm
at St. Edmund’s Church Hall, Lidgett Park Rd. Roundhay. Gifts, cakes, preserves & plants, exciting treats for kids & excellent cafe for lunch or coffee.
Alwoodley Motor Club Every other Thurs, 8.30pm, The Wharfedale Inn, Arthington Lane. All welcome. Details: 391 0403, www. alwoodleymc.org.uk.
Bradford Circle for Foreign Languages Italian Section meets Tues, French Section on Thurs. 7.30 – 9pm at 10 Eldon Place, Bradford. BD1 3AZ. Events include speakers, debates, quizzes, music, games & conversation in Italian or French. Details: Italian - Chris Thomas 07900 988345, French - Philip Booth 01274 817209, www.bradfordcircleforforeignlanguages.org.uk
Adel Bridge Club meets Fri, 7.15pm at Adel Memorial Hall, Church Lane. Relaxed Chicago Bridge club. New members welcome, whether improvers or more experienced players. No partner needed. Details: Janice 230 6387 or 07713 402405 Adel Crag Community Assoc. keeps you informed about what is happening in your neighbourhood, with up-todate information on local news, events etc. Details: Francis Garbutt 261 0846, www.adelcrag.org.com Air Yorkshire Aviation Society Interested in aviation, aircraft old and new, airports? Why not try Air Yorkshire - regular guest speakers, monthly colour magazine, trips and social events. Details: Dave Senior 282 1818, www. airyorkshire.org.uk/
Bramhope in Bloom Small friendly group welcomes volunteers of all capabilities. Was awarded ‘Silver’ for spring & ‘Silver Gilt’ for summer displays last year. Everyone has an area of responsibility & works together to make Bramhope even lovelier! Aiming to achieve overall Silver Gilt this year. Details: Kit 203 7666, firstname.lastname@example.org or Janet 203 7744 janet. email@example.com
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Bramhope Bridge Club meets Mon 1pm, & Tues & Thurs 7pm at Robert Craven Memorial Hall, Old Lane. Friendly duplicate bridge sessions. New members welcome. Details: Leslie Brown 250 2378
Cookridge Camera Club Wed 7.30pm, Cookridge Village Hall, Green Lane/ Moseley Wood Lane junction. Excellent guest speakers & in-house competitions. New members welcome. Details: Richard 230 1853, www. cookridgecameraclub.co.uk Cookridge Gardening Club meets Wed 17 Oct, 7.30pm at Cookridge Methodist Church Hall when Tony Cleaver will present ‘Some Northern Gardens’. Please continue to support your club. All welcome. Admission incl. refreshments £1/ 50p members. Why not join us?! Cookridge Methodist Community Film Society Enrolling now for new season. Films shown on giant screen in Church Hall 7.30pm 2nd Wed of month. Oct – April. 7 films £20/ 5 films £17. Everyone welcome. Details: Shirley 267 2464, Don 267 4721 Delicious Bites Cookery Group meets Tues 12 – 2pm at Burley Lodge Centre, Burley Lodge Rd LS6. New group. Share favourite recipes with fellow food lovers. Make friends & learn how to prepare cuisine from around the world. Cooking demonstrations, tastings etc. Details: 318 8960, firstname.lastname@example.org Fly Dressers Guild (Leeds Branch) meets Wed pm (Oct – March) at West Park Rugby Club, Bramhope LS16. Guest speakers/fly tyers on 1st Wed of month. Fly Tying Courses for beginner & intermediate levels from 3 Oct. Details: Michael Pattinson, mrp@ talktalk.net, 07736776095 Friends of Leeds City Museums raise funds to
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finance acquisitions for Leeds’ museums, through a range of exciting trips & social events. New members very welcome. Details: 269 3899, email@example.com 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 Holt Park Residents’ Association Provides a voice for all residents & tenants in the Holt Park area. Regular monthly meetings at Ralph Thoresby School. Details: Alan Mann 07901 656886, www.holtparktra.btck.co.uk Horsforth in Bloom meets Sat 6 Oct, 10am in Horsforth Museum to discuss results of Yorkshire & Leeds in Bloom competitions & to plan for 2013. New volunteers very welcome to help with weeding, planting minor building, tidying & fundraising. Details: Dawn Collins 250 2987, Hilary Taylor 258 3521 Horsforth Duplicate Bridge Club Weds 7.15pm & Thurs 1.15–4.30pm at The Horsforth Club, New Road Side. New members welcome. Details: Mike Bent 258 1580 Horsforth Retired People’s Club meets 2nd & 4th Thurs of month, 9.30 – 11am at St Margaret’s Parish Centre. Speakers on a wide variety of subjects plus refreshments & time to socialise. Visitors & prospective members very welcome. Details: Everett Cooke 258 9149, Beryl Harland 258 6907 Horsforth WI meets 3rd Mon of the month at St James’s Parish Centre, Low Lane, 7.30pm. Interesting speakers. Visitors welcome. Details: Pat 258 7062, Christine on 258 9501.
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 Tues 16 Oct: Mark Green, Hon. German Consul, will give a lively introduction to Goethe’s Faust. Talk in German & English, 7.30pm at St Columba’s URC, Headingley Lane. Details: 268 7697 Leeds Book Club 2nd Sun, 6pm at The White Swan, Leeds City Centre. 3rd Sun, 5 – 7pm at Arcadia in Headingley. 2nd Wed, 7pm at Medusa Bar, Horsforth. Details: www.leedsbookclub. com, leedsbookclub@gmail. com Leeds Bridge Club Moor Allerton Sports & Social Centre (MASSC), Stonegate Rd, LS17 Beginners classes: Mon 2 – 4.15pm, Fri 7 – 9.15pm from 1 Oct. Improvers: Tues 12.45 – 3pm, Fri 10 – 12.15pm, Fri 7 – 9.15pm from 2 Oct. Details: Gill Copeland 225 7237, www.leedsbridgeclub.com Leeds Caledonian Society Autumn programme in preparation. 1st club evening Mon 1 Oct, 8pm at The Stables, Back Church Lane, Adel. Note different day & time for coming year. Details: 267 0424 Leeds Hospital Alert Small group of concerned people campaigning for preservation of the NHS. Upcoming meeting Tues 16 Oct – 7.30pm at Muir Court, St Michael’s Rd. LS6. Details: Beatrice Rogers 278 5495, firstname.lastname@example.org. uk Leeds Movie Makers Get more out of your camcorder & film making. Stainbeck United Reformed Church Hall, Stainbeck Lane (rear entrance), Fri 7:30pm.
Details: George Woolley 225 6444, Doreen Wood 278 2972. Leeds 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 in St Edmund’s Church Hall, Lidgett Park Rd, Roundhay, LS8. Visitors & prospective members welcome. Details: 265 0651, 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.barker@ sky.com, www.105c.org.uk/ leedsskyrack Mah Jong Restarts Thurs 20 Sept, 10am – 12noon at Robert Craven Memorial Hall. Lively, Chinese game played with small tiles. Happy, friendly group. No experience necessary. 1st class free. Details: Jenny 230 0094 Mercury Movie Makers meet Weds, 7:30pm at Rawdon Conservative Club. Advice, regular film & practical evenings & occasional events. Details: 257 7274, www.mercurymoviemakers. com Otley & Wharfedale MacMillan 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
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COMMUNITY NOTICES Social Events Club Meals, pub nights, theatre/film/ music, walks, badminton, book group, weekends away, holidays & more. Mainly over 30s. Monthly new members’ night in North Leeds. Details: 0844 8111025, www. leedsivc.org.uk The Other Bridge Club Friendly bridge played Thurs 7.15 – 10.15pm at Robert Craven Memorial Hall, Bramhope. New members welcome. Details: Sandra 01943 463332 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 Weetwood Writers meet alternate Sundays 10.30am – 12.30pm. Next meeting 2 Sept. Weekly Wed creative writing workshops from Sept. Currently a core of 8 writers who are serious about getting published & would welcome more. Details: Liz 0798 5514331 Wharfedale Speakers Club meets 1st & 3rd Wed of each month at Cross Green Community Centre, Pool Rd, Otley. New members welcome. Speakers of all ages & backgrounds. Come along & improve your speaking skills. Details: Tony Morris 258 3507 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. An Evening with the Fairfax Singers Fri 12 Oct, 7.30pm in St Margaret’s Church, Horsforth. repertoire includes folk songs, spirituals, songs from the shows, classical & sacred music. Proceeds to St Margaret’s Heating & Roofing Appeal. Tickets £6 in advance or on door. Details: 258 3594 Fairfax Singers Singing for charities & good causes, weddings & corporate events. Looking for three altos & a tenor. Based in Burleyin-Wharfedale. Details: 01274 597024, http://www. fairfaxsingers.org/ Horsforth Leeds City Brass Band A friendly, community brass band welcomes new players. Possible instrument 54 October 2012 | northleedslife.co.uk
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 at Holy Trinity Church, Green Lane, Cookridge. Good female singers welcome to come & try us out. Wide repertoire of music & friendly people! Details: Brenda Hawer 0113 2671292, www. lawnswoodsingers.co.uk. Leeds & Bradford Barbershop Harmony Club Mon 7.30pm, Rawdon & Guiseley Conservative Club, Leeds Road, Rawdon. Male singers who can take on four part harmony most welcome. Details: 01274 583 989. Leeds Organ & Keyboard Club meets Wed, 7 – 10pm at Guiseley Factory Workers’ Club, Town St. Guiseley. Friendly environment. Listen to or play the club’s Roland AT900c & Yamaha Tyros 3. Concerts by professional artists. Details: 267 9865 Phoenix Concert Band A community wind band rehearsing Thurs, 7.30 – 9.30pm at West Park Centre, Spen Lane LS16 All players at least Grade 5 welcome – especially brass players. Interested in joining or booking the band? Details: secretary@phoenixband. co.uk or www.phoenixband. co.uk. Players for Pleasure offers playing opportunities to adult amateur musicians. All levels, beginners to advanced. All instruments & all ages over 18. New performers especially welcome. Friendly, informal & supportive atmosphere. Details: www. playersforpleasure.co.uk 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 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.
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day time & evening groups. Details: 275 4989
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
Adel Methodist Church, corner of Holt Lane & Gainsborough Ave, invites you to Sunday Services at 10.30am. Junior Church also meets at 10.30am
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 294 9095 SENIORS 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 or 267 5657 OPAL Coffee Afternoon Fri 1.30 – 3.30pm at The Old Post Office, 10 Silk Mill Drive, Cookridge. Details: 261 9103. OPAL Needs YOU! Drivers required. Hours to suit you, or offer regular lifts to activities for local older people: Tues Chair Exercise Group 1.302pm & again 3.20 – 3.45; Weds Gentle Exercise Class, 10.30 – 11am & 12 – 12.30pm; Thurs Chair Exercise Group, 1.30 – 2pm & 3.20 – 3.45pm; Fri Coffee Afternoon, 1 – 1.30pm & 3.30 – 4pm. Details: SallyAnne 261 9103, sally-anne@ opal-project.org.uk, www.opalproject.org.uk Sequence Tea Dances Mon 2 – 4pm, Bramhope Methodist Church Hall. Everyone welcome. Refreshments & raffle. Details: Marjorie 267 9802. SPIRITUAL Adel Baptist Congregation invites you to Sunday services, 10.30am in Adel Primary School, Tile lane, LS16. Worship style is informal with mixture of contemporary & traditional songs. Also, a variety of
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