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NORTH LEEDS Life FREE SEPTEMBER2012

Didn’t our Olympians do us proud! We have been carried along on a wave of euphoria as Lizzie Armitstead, Alistair and Jonny Brownlee and Nicola Adams (all of whom we featured in last month’s edition) won decisively in each of their sports. And didn’t Otley do Lizzie proud with their great ‘Welcome Home’.

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

September marks a bit of a milestone for NLL – it is seven years since we published our first magazine! At times it has felt a little like an Olympic marathon, we’re expecting our medal any day! On a sad note – this edition is the last we will be doing that covers the Otley, Menston, Burley in Wharfedale and Ilkley areas. We will be concentrating on our editions closer to Leeds and our popular website – where you can find those magazines and more each month. So keep in touch!

MICHAEL PALIN AT ILKLEY LITERATURE FESTIVAL THERE’S MORE TO FURTHER EDUCATION THAN YOU’D THINK!

It’s almost time for Ilkley Literature Festival and once again they have a fabulous line-up. We talk to the young star of ‘Phantom of the Opera’ at Leeds Grand Theatre, and the director of the World Premier of ‘Steptoe and Son’ at West Yorkshire Playhouse. Leeds Kirkgate Market considers taking the social enterprise route; and there are a number of interesting walks to raise money for charities.

OTLEY WELCOMES LIZZIE HOME! I L K L E Y | B U R L E Y- I N - W H A R F E D A L E | M E N S T O N | O T L E Y

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There’s More Value to Further Education than You’d Think

Taking a couple of courses can have far more benefits than you ever thought possible!

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Another Fabulous Lineup for Ilkley Literature Festival

Michael Palin, Clare Balding, Benjamin Zephaniah, Sandi Toksvig, Penny Junor and Michael Morpurgo are among the famous writers appearing at this gem of a festival.

Thank you for your support over the last few years. Kind regards

Carole, Jack and the team

In This Issue 06

Otley Welcomes Lizzie Home

Despite the torrential rain, hundreds lined the route and hopped on their bikes to congratulate Lizzie.

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Old Cock CAMRA Pub of the Year AGAIN! Despite only opening its doors in September 2010, The Old Cock in Otley has just won Leeds CAMRA Pub of The Year for the second year running!

WYP and Kneehigh Present World Premiere of Steptoe and Son If you’re expecting an impression of the TV show, think again! This work is deeper, darker and more intricate than you may have realised.

Folkin’ Reservoir Ramble – A New Walking/Running Event

A new event which starts in Otley and take in parts of the Six Dales Trail and the lovely Washburn Valley.


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Otley, however, provided not only an open top bus to welcome Lizzie Armitstead home, but also a bicycle cavalcade! Despite the torrential rain, hundreds lined the route and hopped on their bikes to congratulate Lizzie on her Silver medal – which was so nearly Gold! What a ride! Her Olympic bid had millions glued to their TVs. And, the weather must have reminded her vividly of that day, as it was slashing it down then too! But Otley never had any doubts about Lizzie’s ability. In a display of support, the town had hung over 150 Olympic ring and Union flags above its shops and on public buildings in advance of the Games. It even had to get its scheme officially approved by LOCOG. “The town’s businesses were solidly behind our athletes and determined to show this by filling the town with colour in their honour”, said Chamber of Trade President Tim Wilkinson. “We wanted to show that

the whole town, not just the family, friends and local club, was behind our dedicated athletes.” That support certainly paid off – Well done Lizzie Armitstead!

The town’s businesses were solidly behind our athletes and determined to show this by filling the town with colour in their honour

We suggested an open top bus for all our Leeds Olympic athletes, but Leeds City Council opted for a reception in Millennium Square, which was attended by thousands.

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ever. Despite the poor weather forecast, the heavy rain kept away and the day was thoroughly enjoyed by thousands of people.

The annual meeting of the Otley Carnival Committee was held recently at the Older Persons’ Welfare Centre. Chairperson, Geoff Wright, praised everyone for their efforts. The event joined up with the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations, resulting in the largest and best parade for many years, and the most decorated shop windows

According to Treasurer Ann Steval, it was another successful year financially. Income not only covered the £9,000 cost of the Carnival, but also allowed the Committee to donate £2,500 to this year’s beneficiaries – Ashfield School and Otley Town Football Club. All the existing officers were reelected for the coming year and the first meeting of the Otley Carnival Committee 2013 is on 18th September at the Horse and Farrier, Bridge Street.

ILKLEY & DISTRICT U3A Ilkley & District U3A hold monthly dropin sessions so that anyone thinking of joining can come along and meet local committee members in an informal setting to chat about the U3A and how to get involved.

For further information about the U3A in the Ilkley and Wharfedale area, please contact 01943 465059 or info@ilkleyu3a.org

The Ilkley & District group has a rapidly growing membership and is eager to reach out and contact people beyond Ilkley, who might be interested in joining their local group. They would like to encourage any retired people within reasonable travelling distance of Ilkley to come along and have a chat.

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Drop-in sessions will be held on the first Thursday of each month, 10am – 12 noon as follows: 6th September – Otley Courthouse; 4th October – Addingham Church Hall; 1st November and 6th December at Ilkley Winter Gardens.

WANTED! Green Fingered Volunteers The Aireborough Fundraising Group for Marie Curie Cancer Care is looking for volunteers to help them plant 2,000 daffodil bulbs in Springfield Park, Guiseley on Sunday 30th September and Tuesday 2nd October at 10am. The planting is part of the Marie Curie Cancer Care Fields of Hope Project where daffodil bulbs can be sponsored in memory of a loved one, or just to support local Marie Curie Nurses. The flowering of the bulbs in Spring is a beautiful reminder to future generations of the dedicated care that Marie Curie Cancer Care nurses provide. If you would like to volunteer, or to sponsor a bulb, please contact Barbara Croxen on 07962 395234 or aireboroughmccc@ hotmail.co.uk

Otley Word Feast’s ‘Open Words’ at Otley Courthouse Otley Word Feast will be arranging a series of events between now and their next celebration weekend in Spring 2014. The first will be held at Otley Courthouse on Monday 24th September at 8pm. They would like to enlist your help to make the next Otley Word Feast weekend bigger, better, and more varied than the first. If you have ideas, skills or experience to offer, then they would like to hear from you. Are you interested in storytelling, song lyrics, poetry, puppets, publishing, books, or word related items they haven’t even thought of? Could you help organise, perform, or promote a suitable session for the Word Feast? People with organising, administrative, or social media skills would also be most welcome. This is a free event, but please book your place via blah@otleywordfeast.org.uk.


NEWS FROM YOUR COUNCILLORS Councillor Ryk Downes

Updates! Pedestrian Crossing Review Following my meeting with Council officers, they have agreed that in September, when the schools reopen, pedestrian and vehicle counts will take place on Burras Lane and also Newall Carr Road to assess whether they fulfil the criteria for a pedestrian crossing. Otley Bus Station I have had it confirmed that my request for real time displays at Otley Bus Station has been approved by Metro, so it shouldn’t be long before we see it installed. It just needs final approval from councillors. Website The new website I launched last month (http://rykdownes. mycouncillor.org.uk/) had over 8,300 hits in its first full month and is proving very popular. I keep it updated daily with details of what I’m doing as a councillor and of forthcoming events in Otley. Bin Collections Bin collections continue to be a problem, and trying to get a response from the council can be just as much of a problem! I urge residents in Otley to get in touch with me about their concerns. Northern Powergrid Your councillors continue to work with Northern PowerGrid on their project to bring an improved electricity supply to Otley. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact me. Leeds City College We are also holding talks with Leeds City College to see if they are prepared to run courses in an alternative venue in Otley after closing their centre on Charles Street and putting it up for sale. We have identified several potential low cost alternatives. Greenbelt Development Finally, we have met with residents opposed to the potential development off Rumplecroft, Otley, and will work with them to attempt to stop this greenbelt land from being built upon. www.rykdownes.mycouncillor.org.uk

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THE Burley Bridge Association (BBA) is well-known locally for its campaign for a bridge crossing of the River Wharfe at Greenholme Farm, Leather Bank, Burley-in-Wharfedale. Here, the stepping stones, which carry the public right of way, are generally under water and unusable and, since 1996, no fewer than three bridges have been put forward by the Association. In 1999 a footbridge across the weir gained planning permission. However, difficulties in creating short rights of way prevented it going ahead. Later the local authorities suggested an alluser bridleway bridge, but the large size of this was not popular. Then around 2007 further advice suggested a lighter footbridge. The BBA has worked with an experienced bridge engineering company and its design has met with great interest. It envisages a suspension bridge of approx 42m span, specifically without the need for back stays, and running directly over the stepping stones. It is lightweight and visually unobtrusive but rugged and sturdy. It clears prevailing flood limits over the main span and has 10 September 2012 | northleedslife.co.uk

minimal footprints on both banks. This bridge is very efficient and cost effective and the estimated cost in 2011 was £260,000. Unless a bridge is built only very fit, agile people will be able to cope with the vagaries of the stepping stones! BBA believes that most people in the local community want a safe crossing, and they have evidence of support from many in Burley, including trades people. The BBA’s priority now is raising money for the project and they need at least £30,000 to take the project to planning application. Enquiries regarding donations can be made to the BBA Treasurer at denis. read@blueyonder.co.uk All donations will be acknowledged and it could be possible for a large donor to name the bridge - perhaps for a member of their family. To join the BBA, contact Membership Secretary Donald Hill, on dhspitfire@ talktalk.net. Images of the bridge are shown on www.burleybridge.com

Another Otley Vintage Transport Extravaganza!

The fifteenth Otley Vintage Transport Extravaganza will be held at Knotford Nook, Pool Road, Otley, on Sunday 9th September, 10am – 4pm, and with nearly 500 entries, it promised to be one of the largest. “The list of attractions is growing by the day”, said organiser Councillor Nigel Francis. “There will be a number of bands and entertainers on the field as well as a fairground. And, once again, the very popular Bernese Mountain Dogs, Knaresborough Accordion and Fiddle Band, Hall Royd Brass Band and City of Leeds Pipe Band will be there.” There will be a model scale steam railway as well as a number of full size steamers. Vintage vehicles are coming from all over Yorkshire and Lancashire, ranging from large articulated units to cars from the twenties, vintage bicycles to top of the range Rolls Royce. Admission is just £3 adults, £2.50 concessions, and accompanied children under 14 are free. For further details, contact Councillor Nigel Francis on 01943 463467, nigelfrancis@btinternet.com or www. otleyvintagetransportextravaganza. vpweb.co.uk Profits from this year’s event will go to the charity ‘Hang on to a Dream’, which raises money to make the dreams of terminally or seriously ill children in Yorkshire come true.


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Valuing Lifelong Learning We gave Maggi Butterworth, Director at Swarthmore Education Centre, a call and she pointed out the positive effects participation in adult courses can have on individual wellbeing – including health, employability, social relationships and the likelihood of taking up voluntary work. However, I’d never thought about it in terms of monetary value before. Recent research from the London School of Economics has monetised the value of these impacts through the social return on investment model. Their research found that for adults participating in two part time courses during a single year this will lead to:


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They also run short Arabic and Islamic Studies courses, taught at local community learning venues

As well as at its centre on Woodhouse Square LS3, Swarthmore runs courses at 25 different venues across the city. They are holding an Open Day on Thursday 6th September where you can find out about the huge range of courses they offer, and try their tasters in different crafts. They are also planning to run a free creative space café every Wednesday, 3-5pm from the end of September.

They also run short Arabic and Islamic Studies courses, taught at local community learning venues. These are open to all who are interested in learning more about Islam, the Arabic language and the Muslim world. Fees are competitive and concessions are available. An evening seminar series and annual programme of summer workshops are also open to the public, covering a range of topics. For details, visit www.llc. leeds.ac.uk, call 0113 343 3212, or email lifelonglearning@ leeds.ac.uk

Leeds City College has a number of centres Leeds City College, the UK’s third largest further education establishment, has a number of centres in North Leeds including Brudenell Centre (Hyde Park), Meanwood Centre and Horsforth Campus. These centres offer a range of part time courses which could help you up-skill to find employment, achieve a promotion or enjoy a new hobby. Many of their learners have undertaken a number of part time courses, successfully achieving in many different subject areas. “In September 2010 I visited the Meanwood Centre to enquire

about courses”, said Mrs P. Lorriman. “I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do but felt it was time to do something! By June 2011 I had achieved a Level 1 in both hairdressing and beauty, Level 1 in Literacy, and ITQ Level 1. Since attending College, my whole life has changed for the better. I’m more confident, focused, open minded, willing and ambitious.”

Music to your ears The Leeds City Council Music Centres are fantastic for children learning an instrument– visit www.artformsleeds.co.uk for full details. When it comes to adults, a great place to start is the Yorkshire College of Music and Drama. It offers expert individual tuition for both adults and children. Whether you want to play just for the love of it, or are preparing for music exams, the Yorkshire College of Music and Drama will tailor lessons to suit you. For more information, call 0113 243 1605 or email info@ yorkshire-music-lessons.co.uk

Coming to a centre near you But, most of all, don’t forget to check schools, church halls and other centres near you. You’ll be amazed at what you’ll find. Organisations like the WEA run courses all over Leeds. For a copy of their brochure contact 0113 245 3304 or email csharman@wea.org.uk. Horsforth Evening Classes, which are held at Horsforth School on Lee Lane, Horsforth, run classes ranging from Art History, Jewellery and Bridge to French, German, Photography, International Cookery and much in between. Contact 0113 258 7763 or info@ horsfortheveningclasses.org.uk northleedslife.co.uk | August 2012 15 northleedslife.co.uk | August 2012 13


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LEEDS KIRKGATE MARKET TO TAKE SOCIAL ENTERPRISE ROUTE

It is unlikely that many have used a Social Enterprise Scheme to take over a business already earning £1.5million a year and including listed buildings! This, however, is what has been proposed for Leeds Kirkgate Market, and Leeds City Council has agreed to work with market traders to take this idea forward.

“The market belongs to the people of Leeds and they should have more of a say in the running and future of this Leeds icon”, said Liz Laughton, Chair of the Leeds Market Traders’ Association. “Leeds Market could be once again a place of successful businesses, bringing communities together in a friendly atmosphere – a real centrepiece for the city.” No two social enterprises are the same but all have three characteristics in common – they must

trade, have a social purpose and be a collective. In the case of Leeds Kirkgate Market the social purpose is to continue the long tradition of a covered market, which provides a welcoming environment, where goods can be bought and sold, and businesses can start and grow. It is also to protect a heritage asset and provide affordable food for all. This is a very exciting time for Leeds Kirkgate Market. An incredible amount of work now needs to be done to sort out how this transition can take place. Luckily there is a range of support available for social enterprise development, and grants are available for developing organisations. The Social Investment Business also offers grants for social ventures that wish to take on public service contracts. The important thing is that positive steps are being taken to ensure that that Leeds Kirkgate Market is on the road to re-establishing itself as a thriving hub right in the heart of Leeds.

OLD COCK

CAMRA PUB OF THE YEAR AGAIN! Despite only opening its doors as recently as September 2010, The Old Cock in Otley has just won Leeds CAMRA Pub of The Year for the second year running! Winning the award for a second time is a great achievement for owners Lee Pullan and his partner Linda and is a testament to their passion for real ale and commitment to quality. It was only five years ago that the idea of The Old Cock occurred to Linda and Lee. While enjoying a tipple at Otley Beer Festival, they remarked that, while Otley certainly suffers no shortage of pubs, it had been sorely lacking an independent real ale freehouse. Soon

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appropriate premises with the pair finally settling on the quaint building situated on Crossgate, which dates back to 1755. Enthusiastically throwing themselves into the renovation work with the help of Lee’s father, David, they set about restoring the building to its former glory, exposing original features such as the fireplaces, stone flag floors, stone mullioned windows and date-stone. After two years of restoration, The Old Cock was finally ready and since opening to the public has quickly built a reputation as a fantastic traditional, old fashioned pub – no fruit machines, no TV, no kids, no juke box! To date they have served over 900 real ales from the length and breadth of the country, with a particular emphasis on quality ales from local microbreweries.


OPEN DAY AT A WEDDING SKELTON GRANGE FAYRE AT ST GILES St Giles Bramhope is holding a Wedding Fayre in the church hall on Sunday 7th October from12 noon – 4pm, and admission is free.

Skelton Grange Environment Centre is holding an Open Day from 11am – 4pm on Saturday 8th September. Usually visited by schools, playschemes and community groups, the Open Day offers families from across Leeds a great opportunity to get close to nature through a huge range of activities. Learn traditional green woodworking and bushcraft skills, create your own bicycle powered smoothie, try some face-painting, felt-making, storytelling, circus skills, and follow the discovery trail. Then put your feet up in the café and enjoy some homemade snacks, a pint of locally brewed Ridgeside beer, or a freshly baked pizza from the outdoor cob oven.

St Giles is a thriving, popular church in the middle of picturesque Bramhope. Specially chosen exhibitors - from harpists and hairdressers, to florists and fireworks – will all be on hand to give vital advice and guidance to help with making those all-important choices and decisions. Skelton Grange Environment Centre was opened 20 years ago, and is managed by the charity The Conservation Volunteers. They believe passionately that looking after green places isn’t just about caring for nature, it’s about caring for people too. Their volunteers help to create a beautiful nature reserve and deliver an exciting education programme. Find out how you can be involved as a volunteer, a supporter, or a visitor.

The event also offers prospective couples a unique opportunity to visit the church itself in a relaxed, informal atmosphere. Reverend Janice Smith will also be there to talk to those interested in a church wedding. “Church weddings are on the increase again”, she said. “People want a meaningful, spiritual service for this the greatest commitment of their lives.”

Admission is £1 for adults, children are free. Full details including directions can be found at www.skeltongrange.org. uk

“I’m really excited about this new venture”, said organiser Krystyna Novak. “St Giles is such a warm, cosy church. With its beautiful stonework arches, all set off by a rich red carpet, who wouldn’t want to get married here?”

Skelton Grange Environment Centre is on Skelton Grange Road, Stourton, Leeds LS10 1RS. Tel: 0113 243 0815

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LIFE & STYLE

THEY LIVED IN LEEDS

Geoffrey Anketell Studdert Kennedy, MC (1883-1929) ‘Woodbine Willie’ - Priest, Poet, Preacher

If you go along the old street of Mabgate, blocked off now by the complex interchange beneath the thundering York Road overpass, you will find a quiet green hillside with scattered gravestones, some marking deaths by cholera. This used to be the graveyard of the towering, soot-blackened Anglican church of St Mary’s, Quarry Hill, built in 1823, demolished in 1976. From 1879 the vicar was William Studdert Kennedy from Ireland. He had a large family of fourteen children, the twelfth a boy called Geoffrey Anketell (his mother’s surname), born in 1883. Quarry Hill then was a deeply impoverished area of huddled backto-back terraces and one-room cottages, yards and courts with foul open drains and shared middens (all swept away in twentieth century slum clearance). Earlier outbreaks of cholera had been particularly bad here. Mills and the vast Hope Foundry in Mabgate polluted the air. This was the environment in which Geoffrey Studdert-Kennedy grew up, helping with his father’s parish work, getting to know the people, their lives, and their language. The experience gave him a profound affection for the poor, a deep admiration for their spirit and courage, and a fierce hatred of social injustice. He studied hard and, following his father, won a place at Trinity College, Dublin, where he graduated in 1904 with first class honours in classics and divinity. After two years teaching, he felt called to the ministry, was ordained in 1908 and appointed as curate in Rugby, where he became known for his work among the poor streets and tenements, and for his compulsive generosity – he constantly gave away all his money and even his clothes. In 1912 he returned to Leeds as curate at the Parish Church, but was allowed to help his father, still vicar of St Mary’s at 87, in the familiar streets of Quarry Hill. When his father died that year, local people wanted him to stay on, but he went to Worcester, where typically he chose to work in the 18 September 2012 northleedslife.co.uk

believing that as padre he had to be where death was closest. In 1917 he won the Military Cross for his courage during the attack on Messines Ridge when, under heavy fire, he helped to find and rescue both British and German wounded. Sent home for illness or leave, he always returned to the Front, and endured the bloody horrors of the Somme, his role often to kneel in mud, burying the dead. He became an inspirational wartime legend. During this time he was writing powerful colloquial verse about the terrible experience of war, in the plain language of his fellow soldiers. These poems struck a deep emotional chord. In 1918, using his nickname Woodbine Willie, he published some of them in ‘Rough Rhymes of a Padre’ which sold 30,000 copies in a few months, followed by ‘More Rough Rhymes…’ and then a series of further books of poetry, as well as books promoting his passionatelyheld Christian ideas.

most impoverished parish. Need was everywhere – on one occasion he even gave away the family bed, helped by his patient wife! When war was declared, he like so many others was fired by patriotism and a sense of duty to urge men to volunteer, and to offer himself as army chaplain. He arrived in France in 1915, stationed first at Rouen, where he held impromptu services for the men, joined in singsongs, and saw the troops off to the Front with gifts of bibles and Woodbine cigarettes – winning him his enduring nickname ‘Woodbine Willie’. Soon he was at the Front himself, living with the men in the trenches, sharing their training, talking, supporting, encouraging. He went into the thick of battle,

After the war he returned to Worcester but then went to London to join Dick Sheppard and others in the crusade for Christian Socialism. He travelled the country and abroad, speaking to small and large groups, always a popular down-toearth speaker, provoking laughter and tears. It was a dark time as the Depression worsened. His health suffered, flu exacerbated his chronic asthma (always a smoker) and he died suddenly in March 1929, away on a speaking tour in Liverpool. He is remembered annually at Leeds Parish Church, where an exhibition about him was held two years ago. While some of his work is forgotten, his poems stand as a powerful, heartfelt reminder of the waste and futility of war.

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The 39th Ilkley Literature Festival runs from Friday 28th September – Sunday 14th October, celebrating once again the best in fact and fiction. The roll call of writers includes awardwinning novelists and well respected broadcasters, including Michael Palin, and sports broadcast journalist Clare Balding, whose memoir ‘My Animals and Other Family’ will be released in September. BBC Radio 2 presenter Jeremy Vine will look back over his career in his biography ‘It’s all News to Me’, while the multi-award winning Guardian cartoonist Steve Bell, will talk about some of his favourite, most provocative comic strips. Flying the flag for literary fiction are Booker prize-winning author of the ‘Regeneration’ trilogy Pat Barker, and American writer and Pulitzer Prize winner Richard Ford, who will discuss his latest novel ‘Canada’. Sandi Toksvig will introduce her new book ‘Valentine Grey’, set during the Boer War, and former Poet Laureate Andrew Motion will read from his new novel. Poets feature throughout the festival with appearances from official Olympic Poet Lemn Sissay, and the 20 September 2012 | northleedslife.co.uk

hugely popular Benjamin Zephaniah. Barnsley’s own Ian McMillan will introduce and discuss fellow poet Paul Mills’s film ‘You Should’ve Seen Us’. Skipton born poet and author Blake Morrison will introduce his new collection ‘A Discoverie Of Witches’, while fellow Yorkshire poet Simon Armitage recounts his recent poetryreading journey across the Pennine Way. Biographer Penny Junor introduces her latest book ‘Prince William – The People’s Prince’; commentator William Shawcross presents ‘Counting One’s Blessings’, the first published collection of letters from the Queen Mother; and Chumbawamba’s Boff Whalley discusses his book ‘Run Wild’, which looks at the relationship between our feet and the earth. Joy Division co founder Peter Hook will give an insight into the brief life of the band, and broadcaster John Suchet talks about his biography ‘The Treasures of Beethoven’. Former Time

Out music editor Nick Coleman will explore how his relationship with music changed after he woke up one morning to Sudden Neursosensory Hearing Loss, in his book ‘The Train in the Night: A Story of Music and Loss’. Two of the UK’s leading children’s authors, Michael Morpurgo and Michael Rosen, will also feature at the Festival. “This year we have been influenced by a momentous summer of sport, culture and commemoration and this is reflected in the variety of wonderful writers we have appearing at the Festival”, said Festival Director Rachel Feldberg. “With over 200 speakers and events covering these areas as well as crime fiction, music, history, food and drink, the Festival has plenty to entertain and educate for all ages.” For details and ticket information are available from www. ilkleyliteraturefestival.org.uk 01943 816 714, or in person from Ilkley Tourist Information Centre, Station Road, Ilkley.


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WYP AND KNEEHIGH PRESENT WORLD PREMIERE OF STEPTOE AND SON

Whether you remember the legendary TV series or not, the thought of Steptoe and Son the play is intriguing. It is being presented by West Yorkshire Playhouse and Cornwall’s Kneehigh Theatre at The Playhouse from 14th September – 13th October.

Emma admits that, as a child, she didn’t love the television series. “As one gets older you start to recognise so many of the situations – the struggle to stay together, the urge to get away, the intricacies of the parent/ child relationship. We’ve all had these feelings. The work is deeper, darker and more intricate than I’d ever realised, watching as a child.” But if you’re expecting an impression of the TV show, think again. The central characters are played by Kneehigh’s Mike Shepherd (Albert) and Dean Nolan (Harold), two very Cornish actors. “It is a ‘small show’”, said Emma. “This increases the feeling of isolation, of being trapped in the situation. It is darkly comic and deeply moving at the same time.

The soundtrack too is wonderful taking us through from Perry Mason, Cliff and the Rolling Stones, on to the Bay City Rollers. It is very nostalgic, but not in a sentimental way.” Kneehigh is one of Britain’s most innovative theatre companies. For over 30 years it has created vigorous, popular and challenging theatre for audiences throughout the UK. Kneehigh performs with a joyful anarchy that audiences have come to expect. This adaptation of Steptoe and Son promises to be anything but dull! Tickets are available from The Playhouse 0113 213 7700, www.wyp. org.uk or www.kneehigh.co.uk

ILKLEY POET HAS VERSES INCLUDED IN ANTHOLOGY Ilkley poet, Ian Rae, has had three of his verses included in ‘Give Me the Wings’, the first anthology of aviation poetry published since 1942. 22 September 2012 | northleedslife.co.uk

Ian was a World War II RAF flying instructor and published his own book of RAF poetry _’A Pilot’s Notes’) in 2011, when he was 87. His verses have an astonishing immediacy of recollection.

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We called director Emma Rice to ask what attracted her to the project and would it seem dated? “There is so much here for the modern audience”, she told us. “The Ray Galton and Alan Simpson scripts are wonderful. I have chosen four episodes that cover from 1962 – 1974 and woven them together with the addition of just one other character – a woman. She starts out as an ardent Cliff fan and develops into a liberated woman.”

This new anthology, edited by the experienced aviator Martin Barraclough, contains poems by many airmen and admirers of flying, including Noel Coward, Cecil Day-Lewis, Amelia Earhart, and Raymond Baxter. To order a copy, visit www.lulu.com/ shop

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A PASSION FOR MUSICALS LEADS TO A DREAM JOB

Leeds Grand Theatre is currently hosting the biggest show it has ever received in its 134 years! Cameron Mackintosh’s brand new production of The Phantom of the Opera has been wowing audiences since it opened. We thought we’d have a quick word with its young star, Katie Hall, who has been touring with the show since January. In a way, Katie was catapulted onto the stage! Her parents are both well known opera singers who have sung with Opera North at different times. But, Katie’s passion has always been musicals. At 15 she spent a summer with the National Youth Music Theatre which really whetted her appetite and when she saw the call for auditions for the role of Nancy in BBC’s I’d Do Anything, she was off! Just 17 at the time, she made it to boot camp in the competition, and then was a final round contender in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s search for the Eurovision entry. “It was an amazing but gruelling experience”, she told us. “The competition was designed obviously to make the best TV. There was lots of waiting around and it was very emotional, but a great experience.” When she didn’t make it she headed back to Rutland to school. Then she got a call from Cameron Macintosh’s casting director. They had seen her on TV and would she be interested in being understudy for the part of Christine in Phantom. “I never expected that! But what an opportunity”, said Katie. “My parents were a bit concerned, but was I going

to turn it down? It was a massive deal. I had to grow up very quickly and I learnt on the job. I may have missed out on some things, but I’m just passionate about musicals.” Since then Katie has only had about six months when she was not working. She played Cosette in the London production of Les Misérables at Queen’s Theatre, then played the role in the International Tour and at The O2 Arena in the 25th

Anniversary Concert. She will continue doing six shows a week in Phantom of the Opera until January next year. What part would she really like to tackle? She certainly wouldn’t turn down the chance to play Sally Bowles in Cabaret. The Phantom of The Opera is at Leeds Grand Theatre until Saturday 15th September.

SINGING FOR PARKINSON’S The Rotary Club of Ilkley Wharfedale is holding a charity choir concert featuring the Aire Valley Singers on Friday 14th September at Christchurch, The Grove, Ilkley, starting at 7.30pm. Tickets (£8 including refreshments) can be obtained from Ilkley Tourist Information Office or from Bob Smith on 01943 877244 Proceeds from the concert will go to support Parkinson’s UK Leeds Branch. It is estimated that 1,500 people in the Leeds area have Parkinson’s Disease. 24 September 2012 | northleedslife.co.uk

Although more prevalent amongst the older population, younger people do get Parkinson’s. It is a chronic condition for which there is no cure, affecting the muscles, which results in reduced mobility. There are also nonmotor symptoms such as problems with speech. The Leeds and District Branch holds monthly meetings. There are weekly exercise classes and one started recently in Otley. The branch also holds a weekly art class in Horsforth, offers

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HOME & GARDEN

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............................................... This is a month of glorious shades – with late flowering chrysanthemums, dahlias, asters and rudbeckias.

If we don’t have an Indian Summer, we will detect a distinct chill in the morning air, so it’s time to put frost tender plants under cover. Winter flowering plants are now available – pansies, bellis daisies, wallflowers and ornamental cabbages.As September can be windy, stick to growing shorter plants, unless in a sheltered area. Summer bedding is past its best, so take them out and clean away any debris to prevent overwintering pests, adding it to the compost heap. Plant out Spring flowering biennials and bulbs. Containers too can be planted up with Spring plants.

Six parks in Leeds recently achieved the coveted Green Flag national status for excellence. These are Kirkstall Abbey, Pudsey Park, Golden Acre Park, Roundhay Park, Otley Chevin and Temple Newsam Estate. The Green Flag Award, which was set up in 1996, recognises well-managed, high-quality green spaces that are freely accessible to the public, and is managed by a consortium, comprising Keep Britain Tidy, The Conservation Volunteers and GreenSpace, known collectively as the Green Flag Plus Partnership. For further information visit: www.greenflagaward.org.uk Pictured: Countryside Service gardener Scott Parry, craft gardener Gavin Buch and Cllr Mark Dobson, Leeds City Council executive member for the environment

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Harvest the last of your marrows and courgettes, and lift main crop potatoes. Plant out spring cabbage whilst the ground is still warm. Put in garlic and onion sets. Reduce watering and ventilation in the greenhouse and start to give it a clean out, ready to take in plants that need over-wintering. There are two schools of thought about autumn digging of a plot – one is to do it now, the other to leave until Spring. I tend to go with the latter which saves having to do it a second time! Go around your garden and make notes of plants that may need moving, or are too short or too tall. Some may not be doing well where they are or colours could clash. Don’t forget foliage can play a big part – take into account the different leaf shapes and colours. This is a good time too to find a home for new shrubs and perennials you may have bought. Lastly, ponds need netting over to stop falling leaves decaying which give off harmful gases that can be lethal to fish.


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has also been designed to coincide with the Otley Folk Festival weekend which attracts music fans from around the UK.” “Thanks to Otley Folk Festival the town will be transformed for the weekend, with spontaneous pub sessions provided by musicians and visitors from

LIONS GET INTO THEIR STRIDE AHEAD OF NEW CAMPAIGN

Guiseley AFC, recently hosted two football league sides – Huddersfield Town and Bradford City – at the newlyrenovated Nethermoor Park.

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Wells brace during the second half. Although it was a comprehensive scoreline it was a competitive match, which will help both teams’ preparations for the new season.

all corners of the country”, added fellow organiser Richard Hamer. “We hope people will stay on and experience the relaxed and unique atmosphere of the Folk Festival weekend.” Full details can be found at www. runalong.net Guiseley have been busy in the transfer market too, signing Andy McWilliams from Stalybridge Celtic, former Blackburn Rovers academy player Zack Dale, striker Chris Mason from Welsh side Bala Town, and England C international Josh Wilson from Vauxhall Motors. By Thomas Feaheny


OTLEY BADMINTON CLUB Otley Badminton Club season starts in September, with open evenings on Monday 3rd September at Prince Henry’s Sports Hall, 7.30 – 9.30pm and Friday 7th September, 7 – 9pm. Both new and returning members are welcome. Otley runs six league teams, with a range of levels and abilities. The top team plays in the 1st Division of the Harrogate League, plus there are Leeds and Ripon mixed teams, a Harrogate B mixed team, and A and B men’s teams. Social play and practice are available every club night. For further details, contact info@otleybadmintonclub. co.uk Steve Norfolk

CHRIS HEADS FOR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS IN POLAND

It’s time once again for Otley’s ultra runner to take to the world stage! Chris Carver will represent the UK at the World 24-Hour Running Championships in Poland on 8th/9th September. This will be the fifth time that he has represented his country in 24-hour races. He has gold and silver medals in Commonwealth Championships and a bronze in the European Championships. He also won a gold medal in an international race in Scotland, where he covered a distance of 148 miles! This time he will be aiming not only for another medal, but also to run 150 miles in a single day – that’s almost six marathons! “I’m now the oldest person in Team GB and it won’t be too long before my age catches up with me, so to speak”, he told us. “I want to continue running ultra distance races but it’s time for the younger generation to take over. Next summer I have the new and exciting challenge of a 48-hour race to look forward to ... and maybe another World Championship in May.”

STEPPING OUT AGAINST POVERTY The St Vincent de Paul Society is holding a Sponsored Walk around Eccup Reservoir on Sunday 30th September, starting and finishing at St Paul’s Church Hall, King Lane, Alwoodley, LS17.

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GIG REVIEW TY SEGALL BRUDENELL SOCIAL CLUB, TUES, 31ST JULY I took a bit of a leap of faith with this one, not having much to go on except the intriguing description of Ty Segall on the Brudenell’s website and the odd YouTube clip briefly glimpsed on the day of the gig. Happy to say, the gamble paid off handsomely. This was a cracking show.

By the time the band launched into their second song my misgivings had completely vanished (largely due to my relief that they actually had songs, and helped in no small way by the presence of a badass female drummer, which never fails to pique my interest). The chugging, driving riffage of I Bought My Eyes set the tone for what was to follow. Expertly generating the kind of excitement and immediacy you’ve every right to expect from a garage-rock outfit, the group performed as if in the eye of a storm, thrashing through their set with a kind of controlled chaos, deftly bringing it all back home just when things threaten to spiral completely out of control, as on the excellent Tell Me What’s Inside Your Heart.

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As I mentioned, the set contained a hearty dose of riffs and tunes but the band had no qualms whatsoever about getting extremely heavy on our asses. The caterwauling guitars often sonically resembled nothing so much as the demolition of a tower block, showing the band to be equally in thrall to the early metal of Black Sabbath as to Nuggets-era Psych-Rock, The Stooges’ proto-punk or the latter-day grunginess of Pixies or Nirvana. Having been more of a solo act before now, Ty Segall has surrounded himself with a band that thrillingly augments his edgy, balls out rock stylings. I hope he continues in this vein. The album Slaughterhouse by Ty Segall Band is out now.

Ty Segall has surrounded himself with a band that thrillingly augments his edgy rock stylings

Not that I wasn’t without my doubts at first. As the Ty Segall Band took to the stage and the room was suddenly awash with cacophonous fuzz and feedback I feared I was about to be subjected to some formless Noise drivel that seems to be all the rage among the hipster set. Thankfully, Ty Segall soon proved that he and his band are not averse to a tune and moreover, they can churn out a pretty good one with enough grit, guts, scuz and attitude to keep the cool kids engaged.


HYDE PARK PICTURE HOUSE – MORE THAN JUST A CINEMA!

It seems there are a number of myths and misconceptions circulating with regards to Hyde Park Picture House. When I suggest this to Wendy Cook, who has managed the cinema for the last eight years, she agrees. “I’m always overhearing people saying things like, ’Oh, that place, it just caters to students’ or ‘it’s hardly ever open’, or ‘they only show old films there’”. How untrue! Hyde Park Picture House first opened its doors in 1914 and has been a working cinema ever since. The building has enjoyed Grade II listed status since the mid 1990s and still retains many of the original features, such as gas lighting. It is renowned as one of the few remaining ‘Picture Palaces’ in the UK. Offering an altogether richer cinematic experience than one can expect from the average multiplex, the Picture House does screen mainstream movies, but much of its appeal is due to the fact that it shows interesting smaller budget, arthouse films that can’t be seen anywhere else in Leeds. More than just a cinema, Hyde Park Picture House, like the nearby Brudenell Social Club, is a stalwart of Leeds’ cultural landscape, a venue with a longstanding history and rich heritage with a connection to the community that extends far beyond the local student population. Continually developing and maintaining close ties with local artists, musicians and filmmakers, the place is a hub around which our city’s huge creative community can rally. As such,

it engenders a great deal of goodwill and boasts a roster of around twenty five volunteers, people only too happy to contribute their time to the running of such a special, unique venue. Alongside its film screenings, the Picture House also frequently hosts one-off special events, such as live music performances and the recent Found Footage Film Festival. Among regular features are Olsen, an avant garde film showcase for the work of local artists and Creatures of the Night, the monthly late-night cult classics programme. At the heart of the cinema and all those involved with it is a deep love of film and its traditions. With the majority of UK cinemas switching to exclusively digital projection technology, Hyde Park Picture House is one of the few venues supporting the dying art of the projectionist. It is holding on to its old film projection equipment and can therefore screen films in a variety of formats. In fact, with 16mm, a pair of 35mm projectors and a state of the art Sony 4K digital projector, together with the expert know-how of veteran

projectionist, Alan Foster, Hyde Park Picture House has the same screening capabilities as the National Media Museum in Bradford (with the exception of IMAX, 70mm and Cinerama). Very few cinemas in the country have this level of commitment to the artistry of film projection and respect for the medium, and fewer still have the skilled projectionists to operate all these types of equipment. The Hyde Park Picture House is also one of the key venues for the Leeds International Film Festival (1-18 Nov), which is fast becoming one of the most renowned film festivals in the country. In the meantime, the cinema will be involved in Love Arts Festival in conjunction with mental health charity, Arts and Minds and featuring the work of Turner Prize nominee, Luke Fowler and also participating in the UK Green Film Festival, where they’ll be showing a documentary on the rise of the CoOperative movement and the Rochdale pioneers. So, in answer to those still harbouring misapprehensions about this wonderful local cultural landmark, Hyde Park Picture House offers something for everyone, with many items of interest all year round. It has long been and continues to be at the heart of our city’s artistic life and should therefore be cherished by all.


SOUND & VISION surprise and while the same flaws are in evidence here, the film does offer up more than a few moments of hilarity. In a snowy Boston in the mideighties young John Bennett makes a Christmas wish that his teddy bear would come to life and they can be friends forever. To the amazement of everyone, John’s wish magically comes true and Ted becomes something of a national celebrity. Flash forward twenty-odd years and John (played by Mark Wahlberg) is now a man grown (if not actually “grown up”) and still living with Ted who, following a familiar child star trajectory, has developed into a beer-swilling, dopeaddled, potty-mouthed misanthrope.

TED DIRECTED BY: : SETH MACFARLANE STARRING: : : MARK WAHLBERG, MILA KUNIS, SETH MACFARLANE CERT: 15 LENGTH: 106 MINS Already touted as “the comedy of the summer”, Ted is the directorial debut of Family Guy creator, Seth MacFarlane and marks his transition from animation to live action. I should begin by saying I’ve never been completely sold on Family Guy. The hugely popular show eschews subtlety

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in favour of a hyperactive, scattershot approach to comedy that relies rather too heavily on piling on the pop cultural references, which I find to be more miss than hit, and sees it trailing in the wake of the inspired irreverence of The Simpsons, in my humble opinion. Ted, therefore, came as a pleasant

John’s ongoing bromance with his stuffed ursine best buddy is beginning to take its toll on his relationship with Lori (Mila Kunis) who hopes John will soon emerge from his extended adolescence but feels Ted may be holding him back. As Ted’s bad behaviour persists, the inevitable “it’s me or the bear” ultimatum is issued. As expected, Ted is a fairly patchy affair, serving up groans and guffaws in equal measure (I must admit I had no idea I would find the spectacle of Mark Wahlberg and a stuffed bear beating the crap out of one another quite so hilarious) and the whole thing is in spectacularly bad taste (parents; don’t be misled by the presence of a talking


STALKING JAMES Otley-based author John Ormond recently released his new book ‘Destiny Calling: Twenty Years Living with James’ – a warm, humorous reminiscence about following the legendary Manchester band between 1990 and 2010.

teddy bear, while the humour is unashamedly juvenile, kids stuff it ain’t!). The successes the film scores are thanks to decent work by the cast, especially Seth MacFarlane as the voice of Ted, and Walberg once again displaying his ever more convincing comedic chops, the presence of a pronounced funny bone first glimpsed in his scene-stealing turn as the acerbic Dignam in Scorsese’s The Departed.

Best known for crowd pleasing anthems like Sit Down, Born of Frustration, She’s a Star and Come Home, and fronted by Bradford-born Tim Booth, the band was formed in the early 1980s. From the off James stuck out from their contemporaries, with songs that didn’t follow the usual verse-chorus-verse structure. Their biggest UK hit Sit Down captured a certain zeitgeist and propelled them into the heart of the nation. John describes his book ‘a quirky labour of love’. “I wanted to document something wonderful that has woven its way through my psyche. James has been the soundtrack of my life. They’ve shaped my outlook on the world and have been a pillar of support though some demanding as well as some very beautiful experiences.” Culture connoisseur and Louder than War reviewer Dave Brown commented: “The genius is that it could be anyone’s stories with their favourite band. Even if you’re not a James fan, there’s plenty here that you would read and smile to yourself, knowing that at some point that was you. The band is still going strong with an ever expanding catalogue of their own music as well as a growing fan base, particularly in Greece, Portuga, and North and South America. ‘Destiny Calling: Twenty Years Living With James’ can be ordered via www.ypdbooks.com or from the usual outlets.

Amiably offensive and filthily fun, Ted pretty much gives you your money’s worth in terms of laughs but falls somewhat short of Comedy Classic status, more likely to be filed under Guilty Pleasure. However, for those out there who like their language foul and their humour scatological, this may well be for you.

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MUSICLISTINGS Bar Room Buskers Every Wed starting 29 Aug at The Black Horse Hotel, Westgate, Otley. Otley’s newest Open Mic night. Singers, musicians & entertainers are very welcome. Turn up, plug in & play! Route 66 Ultimate Tribute Show Fri 31 Aug, 7.30pm at Otley Courthouse. Aaron Martin & Austin Gill present a tribute to Elvis Presley & Neil Diamond. £12/£10. Big Fat Kill Sat 1 Sept at The Swan, Addingham. Part singer/songwriter, part rock ‘n’ roll, part contemporary acoustic, fuelled by the songs of Jon Palmer Justin Townes Earle Sat 1 Sept, Brudenell Social Club, £14. Has forged his own brand of American roots music. Influences from Randy Newman to Woody Guthrie, Chet Baker to the Replacements & Bruce Springsteen, Big Fat Kill Tues 4 Sept, The Junction, Otley. Rock ‘n’ Roll group. WOODS Tue 4 Sept, Brudenell Social Club, £7.Psych folk rock band from Brooklyn, known for strange & upbeat folk rock songs. Frank Fairfield + Serious Sam Barrett Wed 5 Sept, Brudenell Social Club, £8. California based fiddle, guitar & banjo player who sings soaring hillbilly knockouts, arcane rambling songs & murder ballads. Support from local folk-blues hero, the superb Serious Sam Barrett. Cate Le Bon+ ALASKA Fri 7 Sept, Brudenell Social Club, £7. Vocalist who forgoes folk’s softer sides for delicious black humour. With support from local psychedelic surf-pop outfit, ALASKA. The Swingvasion Band 20s - 50s Night Sat 8 Sept, 7.30 – 11pm at Otley Courthouse. Evening of swing music, starting with dance class, followed by music from band + DJ. Tickets: £10 - £12.

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Bullfrog Jones Sat 8 Sept at The Swan, Addingham. Four piece playing eclectic mix of Blues, Roots, Dylanish Country & Folk Allo Darlin’ Mon 10 Sept, Brudenell Social Club, £8. Sweet indie pop with the selfdeprecation of Kirsty Macoll & the effortless proto-twee melodies of the best Twa Toots songs. Wang Dang Doodle Tues 11 Sept, The Junction, Otley. Southern soul band. The Kast off Kinks Wed 12 Sept, Irish Centre, £14. Former members of The Kinks who got together to play for Kinks Fan Club meetings & Charity events over 15 years ago. Angelspit Thurs 13 Sept, The Cockpit, Leeds. £12.50. Cyber punk band that produces unique blend of industrial, rock, noise, metal, horror, gothic & a touch of pop. Their work focuses on medical experiments & grotesque societies. Sham 69 (Original 1977 Line-up) + Acid Drop Fri 14 Sept, Brudenell Social Club, £14. Legendary punk band plays classic Sham & new material. Support from Leeds Skate Punkers, Acid Drop, featuring former members of Dead Pets Clear Sat 15 Sept at The Swan, Addingham. Six piece Ilkley covers band Fu Manchu: The Action is Go Tour Sun 16th Sept, Brudenell Social Club, £12. Heavy rock Californian quartet led by vocalist & guitarist Scott Hill Jenny Smith Quintet Sun 16 Sept, Seven Arts, Chapel Allerton, 1-4pm, £5. Talented group playing arrangements of classic jazz standards, stylish soul ballads & funky blues tunes.

Otley Folk Festival 20 – 23 Sept, various venues throughout Otley Beth Jeans Houghton & The Hooves of Destiny Fri 21 Sept, The Cockpit, £9. Described as ‘a Joni Mitchell for the anti-folk generation’, Beth serves up eclectic blend of folk, soprano warbles & quirky art-pop songs. Julian Cope Fri 21 Sept,Brudenell Social Club, £19.50. Former eighties new romantic hero with Teardrop Explodes & all-round eccentric, described as ‘visionary rock musician, musicologist & hip archaeologist.’ The Urban Voodoo Machine Sat 22 Sept, The Wardrobe, £12. With a sound rooted in the Deep South, the band is self-styled purveyor of ‘Bourbon-soaked Gypsy Blues Bop ‘n’ stroll’. Timewarp Sat 22 Sept at The Swan, Addingham. Local band playing mainly 60’s covers. The Smyths Sat 22 Sept, Brudenell Social Club, £10. Outstandingly accurate tribute to The Smiths, capturing the band at their best. Mambo Jambo Sun 23 Sept, The Junction, Otley, 3-5pm. Calypso, Reggae, Ska. Ian McCulloch: Acoustic Sun 23 Sept, Brudenell Social Club, £16.50. Longtime frontman of Echo & The Bunnymen. Mikayo Sun 23 Sept, Seven Arts, Chapel Allerton, 1-4pm, £5. New & exciting Sheffieldbased jazz quartet. Richard Hawley Tues 25 Sept, O2 Academy, £20. Hawley’s latest album sees him branching out, channeling elements of psychedelia, space rock & ragas with heavy riffs, visceral guitar solos & familiar, tender moments.

Awna Teixeira Tues 25 Sept at Korks, Bondgate, Otley, £12. One half of The Po’ Girls, currently touring her debut solo album ‘Where The Darkness Goes’. Brandon Allen- Quentin Collins Quartet Thurs 27 Sept, 8 – 11pm at Seven Arts, Chapel Allerton Smoke Fairies Thurs 27 Sept, Brudenell Social Club, £8. Fusing together elements of English folk, Deep South blues & Appalachian ballads. Leeds Bluegrass Club Thurs 27 Sept, The Grove Inn, £3. Live Acoustic, Americana Roots/ Bluegrass & Country. Resident bands & guests, plus picking sessions - musicians welcome. Details: John 267 0761, Kevin 267 7040. Roots: Jilly Riley Fri 28 Sept, 8pm at New Headingley Club, 56 St Michael’s Rd. Headingley. ‘Organic Soul’ songs of freedom & peace with a brand new mix of soul, folk, funk, ska, blues & latin. Little Victories Fri 28 Sept, Brudenell Social Club, £5. Combination of catchy melodies, busy bass lines, & slick beats. Travis Riley Band Sat 29 Sept at The Swan, Addingham. Seven-piece Blues influenced band - from Howlin Wolf, Muddy Waters, through BB King to Hamilton Loomis with Ray Charles & Paul Simon thrown in! European Union Quintet Sun 30 Sept, 1 – 4pm at Seven Arts, Chapel Allerton. AngloDutch-German-Slovakian band – ‘emotional & melodic music’. John Taylor in Concert Thurs 4 Oct 4, 8 – 11pm at Seven Arts, Chapel Allerton. One of Europe’s most celebrated jazz pianists


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OTLEY SCOUTS IN RICKSHAW CHALLENGE Two Otley Scout explorers have been chosen to take part in the expedition of a lifetime. Jamie Thomas and Oliver Bumby, both aged 15, from Otley Parish Scouts were recently selected to join an expedition of 41 Explorers to India in the Summer of 2013, organised by the West Yorkshire County Scouting Association. To raise the £2,500 that will enable them to take part, they will tackle an 80 mile rickshaw ride from Scarborough to Otley.

Next Summer, 41 young people aged 14 to 25 and nine leaders from across West Yorkshire will head for Delhi and take in its sights and sounds before heading into the Himalayan foothills and the small town of Leh at 3,500

metres. They will spend a few days getting acclimatised and undertake project work in the town, most likely with local schools and orphanages. They will then set out on a gruelling 10 day trek up to 5,280m (equivalent of Everest base camp). They will also link with the nomadic settlements en route and plan to meet up with Indian Scouts. If you would like to help sponsor the boys (by either cash donation, clothing or equipment), please contact oliver@ imagefirst.co.uk or 07831 230749.

“A local company purchased the rickshaw for us, which was located in Northern Ireland, and sponsored its transportation to England”, Oliver told us. “We are now in training for the challenge ahead and hope that local businesses and people will sponsor us on the challenge which we are doing in late September.”

SHINE IN

BURLEY-IN-WHARFEDALE Youth Gospel Choir Shine was formed about two years ago and since then it has performed at a number of local community events and concerts, helping to raise over £2,000 for national charities. The group (currently about 16 members) is a community choir, open to anyone aged between eight and eighteen, and no auditions are required....just enthusiasm and a love of singing! They sing a range of material, from well known gospel songs, to African spirituals and pop-gospel numbers, and meet on alternate Sundays, from 6 – 7pm at Burley Methodist Church. In July, the choir sang with the acclaimed Neath Male Voice Choir, who travelled up from South Wales to perform with Shine 36 September 2012 | northleedslife.co.uk

in Burley-in-Wharfedale for Leukaemia Research. They have also performed with Yorkshire-based swing band Timeless and sung at the Saltaire Youth Arts Festival and local school fêtes.

The new term starts again on 9th September and they would love to welcome new members to the group! For further information, call Jan Millard on 01943 602302 or Margie Parker on 01943 862486


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Notices

Artstars Saturday Art Club, 10am – 12 noon at Otley Courthouse. For children aged 5 – 12 (under 8s with an adult in the building). £5 per session. Baby Rascals Are you a new Mum? Would you like to meet others & enjoy a cup of coffee? Come to Otley Parish Church, Wed 1 – 2.45pm (term time). Details: Eileen Barr 01943 464382, Jean Boddy 01943 466182 Chevin Wildlife WATCH Group Fun kids & parents group run by volunteers in partnership with Yorkshire Wildlife Trust & one of the longest running WATCH Group in Yorkshire. Activities every 1st Sat & 3rd Sun. Details: Jennifer Watts on 0113 237 5320, chevinwildlifewatch@ hotmail.co.uk Little Rascals meet Wed 9.30 – 11.15am (term time) in Otley Parish Church. A group for pre-school children, parents & carers. Toys, drinks, crafts. Free. Details: Eileen Barr 01943 464382, Jean Boddy 01943 466182 Otley Junior Orchestra (ages 8 – 12) Thurs 3.30 – 4.30pm. Details: 01943 462826 Otley Rhythmic Gymnastics Thurs 4.45 – 5.30pm (ages 3-6); 5.30 – 6.30pm (age 7+). Details: Karen 07947 123293 Otley Youth Theatre (13 – 18) Mon 6 – 7.45pm. Details: 01943 466256

The Department for Education recently published data showing how many students went on to further or higher education or training for each school, college and local authority in England. St. Mary’s Catholic High School, Menston, is included in the top ten non-selective schools in the country which sends students to Oxbridge. This is the first time that the number and proportion of young people in a school, college and authority who attend Oxbridge or a Russell Group university has been published. The statistics give parents even more information to help with the decision of choosing the right school or college for their child. “We celebrate the success of all our students and want them to have high aspirations”, said Head Teacher Robert Pritchard. “This is another measure which illustrates the hard work of students and staff.”

Performance Drama School (Age 4+) Wed 5 – 9pm, Sat 10am – 12 noon. Details: 01943 602265 Saturday Artstars 10am – 12 noon at Otley Courthouse. Exciting Art activities for 5 - 12 year olds (under 8 with adult). £5 per session.

OTLEY BADMINTON CLUB – JUNIORS Badminton is a great participation sport, and one that can be learnt from an early age. Learn how to play and have real fun with coach James Dalby at Otley Badminton Club. Register now for the first 13 week session which starts Saturday 8th September, 9.30am. Entry to the junior section is limited, so please enquire via info@otleybadmintonclub.co.uk


COMMUNITY NOTICES

COMMUNITYNOTICES ACTIVE Addingham Yoga Circle Meets Mon 7.30 – 9pm at Addingham Primary School, Bolton Rd. (term time). All welcome, including beginners. Friendly club for all who want to benefit from practising Hatha yoga. Details: Margaret 01943 431248 Addingham Iyengar Yoga Group meets Thurs 11am at Addingham Memorial Hall. All, incl. beginners, welcome. Details: Ann Berry 01756 791796, annberryskipton@aol.com Buttercross Belles Women’s North West Morris Dance team. New dancers (experience not necessary) & musicians always welcome. Details: www. buttercrossbelles.com or squire@ buttercrossbelles.com Grove Hill Crown Green Bowls Club Welcomes new members – all ages, beginners or experienced. Get fit & have fun. Details: Judith 01943 462963 Grove Hill Tennis Club, Otley runs a year-round social programme. Club plays 3 mixed doubles teams in Wharfedale league, a men’s team in the Yorkshire league & a Leeds medley team. Excellent coaching for both adults & juniors. Details: www.otleytennis.webs.com Ilkley Badminton Club plays Mon & Thurs & welcomes new & experienced Team Players. Seven teams in Bradford & Leeds Leagues. Details: Ian Campbell 07721 978143, ian2408@btinternet.com, www. ilkleybadminton.org.uk/index.html Ilkley Yoga Club Meets Thurs, 7.30 – 9pm in Riddings Hall, Christchurch, The Grove, Ilkley. A friendly club where both beginners & those with experience can enjoy Hatha yoga. All welcome. Details: Margaret 01943 431248 Last Man Stands are looking for additional teams to enter their cricket leagues. They cater for all standards. Details: Paul 07795 154444, leeds@lastmanstands. co.uk Leeds Area Disabled Swimming Club Mon 7 - 8pm at Holt Park Leisure Centre. Are you disabled or recovering from a condition where swimming/exercising in water could help? We provide a safe, sociable private pool

session where you can work to your own ability to gain strength & confidence. Details: Roger 267 4716, Sarah 287 6250 www.ladsc. co.uk Otley Athletic Club is your local running club. It caters for everyone, so don’t be afraid to go along to one of their training session – Tues & Thurs, 7.15pm at Otley Cricket Club, Cross Green. Reduced membership for first year – £15 rather than £25. Details: http:// otleyac.org.uk/ Otley Badminton Club meet at Prince Henry’s Mon 7.30 – 9.30pm & Fri 7 – 9pm. Junior Club coaching available Sat 9.30 – 11am. New members welcome. Details: Steve Norfolk 07860 242089, info@otleybadmintonclub. co.uk, www.otleybadmintonclub.co.uk Otley Walkers Twice weekly walks, 5 – 20 miles. Weekends away & special events. New members welcome. Annual membership £5. Get the programme & try before joining. Details: 01943 875 995, otleywalkers@talktalk.net Pudsey & District Rambling Club: Walks of 5 - 10 miles Sun & alt Thurs. Friendly, long established club with members from all around area. New members welcome. Annual membership £5 (£1 juniors). Try before you join. Details: 01943 430657 or pat_ barnett@yahoo.com with PDRC as subject Walk in Their Shoes Sat 22 Sept, 10am at Temple Newsam Estate. Five mile sponsored walk in memory or celebration of someone special to you. Details: Fran@stgemma.co.uk Wharfedale Wayzgoose Tues 8.30 – 10pm, Wesley Hall, Walkergate, Otley. Energetic Mixed Border Morris. New dancers & musicians welcome. No previous experience necessary. Details: Anita Walker squire@wharfedalewayzgoose.co.uk, Malcolm Hills 01943 462605/ 07918 611614, bagman@wharfedale-wayzgoose. co.uk Yarnbury Angling Club Matches held 1st Sun of month. Members only. Coach transfers to & from venues. Membership details: Adrian Addy on 07956 964713.

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ARTS & CRAFTS Chinese Brush Painters Society Sat 15 Sept, 10am – 4pm at Poolin-Wharfedale Memorial Village Hall, Arthington Lane, Pool – a workshop on painting a dragon & a phoenix with Nick Hornigold. New members welcome. Details: Anne Allan 01422 368482, mail@ cbpsyorks.co.uk Ilkley Art Club meets Tues, 7.30pm at The Clarke Foley Centre, Cuncliff Rd. Next meeting 4 Sept. New members welcome. Details: helen. marshall@blueyonder.co.uk Ilkley Flower Club Thriving flower club meets 2nd Mon of month, 7.30pm at Clarke Foley Centre, Cunliffe Rd to enjoy inspirational flower arranging demonstrations by experts. New members & guests (£5) welcome. No need to book, just turn up. Details: Brenda 01943 601691 Pool Art Group Fri 10am-12pm, Pool Methodist Church. Support & encouragement from fellow artists at all levels. Details: Pat Walker 0113 203 7952. Yorkshire Flower Club Wed 26 Sept, 2pm at Almscliffe Hall, Harrogate Rd, Huby LS17. Demonstration by National Demonstrator, Jonathan Moseley ‘Altered Images’. Visitors very welcome Details 01943 863172 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 Coffee Morning Every Sat, Otley Methodist Church Wesley Hall, 10am–12 noon. Homemade cakes, scones etc & a friendly atmosphere. Access Boroughgate & Walkergate (disabled access). Coffee Morning 1st Sat every month, 9.30 – 11.30am Burley in Wharfedale United Reformed Church, Main St. Lots of stalls, incl. home baking, handcrafted cards, bric-a-brac, books & nearly new clothes – all at bargain prices!

Country Market Ilkley Fri 28 Sept, 10am – 12 noon at Riverside Hotel, Ilkley. Homemade, home grown & handcrafted produce - range of breads, biscuits, preserves, cakes & pastries, plus variety of craft items & cards. Country Market Otley Fri 7 & 21 Sept, 9.30 - 11.30am at St John Ambulance Hall, Gay Lane. Homemade, home grown & handcrafted produce - range of breads, biscuits, preserves, cakes & pastries, plus variety of craft items & cards. Designer Craft Fair Sun 30 Sept, 9.30am – 1pm at Otley Courthouse. All goods designed & made by the stallholders. 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. The Village Green Fair NEW Fair promoting local green businesses. Sun 23 Sept 11am – 4.30pm at Timble Village Hall (nr.Otley) LS21 2NN. Handmade, vintage, recycled, plants, food, cafe, 1970’s Ice Cream Van, Ilkley Brewery beer tent, live music. Details: 01943 862285, The Village Green Fair on Facebook. GROUPS/CLUBS Aireborough Camera Club Meets Wed, 7:45pm at Guiseley Theatre, The Green, Guiseley. A mix of members’ photos & visiting photographers, competitions & discussions. New members welcome. Details: www. aireboroughcameraclub.co.uk Air Yorkshire Aviation Society Interested in aviation, aircraft old and new, airports? Why not try Air Yorkshire - regular guest speakers, monthly colour magazine, trips and social events. Details: Dave Senior 0113 282 1818, www.airyorkshire. org.uk/ Alwoodley Motor Club Every other Thurs 8.30 – 9pm at The Wharfedale Inn, Arthington Lane, Pool in Wharfedale. All welcome. Details: 0113 391 0403 www. alwoodleymc.org.uk

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Ben Rhydding Bridge Club meets Mon, 9.30am at Ben Rhydding Methodist Church. New members always welcome. Details: Molly 01943 466605 Burley in Wharfedale & District Probus Club New Members Needed! Retired or semi-retired men welcome. Fortnightly meetings in Salem United Reformed Church hall. Varied programme of speakers, social events, quizzes & outings. Details: Rod McKenzie 01943 865561 Chevin Division Trefoil Guild meets 7.30pm on 1st Mon of the month in Otley or Guiseley. The group offers a varied calendar of events, with opportunities for travel, adventure & broadening your horizons, & supports Girl Guiding UK. Details: 01943 872892. 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 the Earth meet monthly in Ilkley. They campaign on global issues such as climate change, & local issues like waste & recycling & developing a sustainable community. Details: www. wharfedalefoe.org.uk Friends of Leeds City Museums raise funds to finance acquisitions for Leeds’ museums, through a range of exciting trips & social events. New members very welcome. Details: 269 3899, jspearsonster@gmail.com Ilkley & District Motor Club 1st & 4th Wed every month, Otley Rugby Club, Cross Green, Otley, starting 8pm. Everyone welcome. Also meets 2nd, 3rd & 5th Wed at other locations. Details: www. ilkleymotorclub.org Ilkley & District U3A – an educational self-help group offering wide range of interest & activity groups for retired. There’s something for everyone who would like to keep learning & socialising. Day-time sessions. Drop-in sessions 10.30am 1st Mon of month at Clarke Foley Centre, Ilkley. Details: 01943 465059, www.IlkleyU3A.org Ilkley Rotary Club meets Tues 12.30pm (6.30pm on last Tues of month) for meals & speaker at Craiglands Hotel. Global network of local and international community volunteers. Detail: Lindsay Kitching 01943 604683 lindsayk11@ virginmedia.com

Ilkley Wharfedale Rotary Club Small friendly club welcomes both male & female members. Meetings held at Craiglands Hotel, Ilkley, Tues 8pm. Details: Georges Lepelley 01943 600712 or www. ilkleywharfedale.rotary1040.org Kaleidoscope Social Club for over 50s & unattached with a zest for life. Monthly programme of events. Not a dating agency. Details: 262 1455 or 261 2619, www. kaleidoscopeleeds.weebly.com Kirklands Bridge Club Menston rubber bridge club meets at Kirklands alt Tues evenings. Details: Dorrie Waugh 01943 872771/ Carol Cowell 0113 267 0426. Leeds Anglo German Club Mon 3 Sept, 7.30pm at Headingley St Columba’s URC. Roy Watson speakd about the famous (or notorious) actress & dancer, Leni Riefenstahl. Illustrated talk in German & English. Details: 268 7697 Leeds Hospital Alert Small group of concerned people campaigning for preservation of the NHS. Upcoming meetings Tues 18 Sept & Tues 16 Oct – 7.30pm at Muir Court, St Michael’s Rd. LS6. Details: Beatrice Rogers 278 5495, info@ leedshospitalalert.org.uk 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. Looking for a 41 Club? Ilkley Olicana 41 Club meets at Craiglands Hotel, Ilkley, 7.30pm on 3rd Wed of each month. Open to all those who have been in Round Table. Details: Paul Kitching 01943 604683. paulk152@gmail. com Mercury Movie Makers meet Weds, Rawdon Conservative Club, 7:30pm. The club is for camcorder owners. Advice, regular film & practical evenings, & occasional outdoor events. Details: 0113 257 7274, www.mercurymoviemakers. com National Trust Supporter Group (Leeds) supports National Trust properties & places in Yorkshire & the North East. Summer programme of visits, walks & holidays underway. Details: Pam 258 8178 North Leeds Model Flying Club New members very welcome, experienced or beginners. Building or flying, plenty of friendly advice. Regular meetings at Horsforth or airfield at Almscliff Crag. Details: 0113 217 8348, www.nlmfc.org

Otley in Bloom A friendly group of volunteers who work to improve the green environment of the town. New members welcome. Meetings at Otley Courthouse, 7pm first Tues of every month. Otley Chevin Rotary Club Meets at Chevin Country Park Hotel, York Gate, Mon, 7.30pm. Dinner followed by interesting speaker. Rotary provides a wide range of services - local, national & international, plus a good social programme. Details: Tom Liptrot 0113 250 4039 Otley Home Grown Gardeners Club Meet Thurs 6 Sept. Speaker Phil Dunnett, Ribblesdale Nurseries, who will address ‘Herbs through the year’. Otley Lions Club meets 1st & 3rd Mon, 8pm in Horse & Farrier, Bridge St. Bookshop 5, Mercury Row, Tues, Fri & Sat, & Otley Market Sun am. New members & helpers welcome. Full social programme. Details: David McDowell 01943 467551 brantwoodconsultant@aol.com, Patrick McCauley 01943 466917 pg@mcatkins.co.uk Otley Little Theatre Live theatre & musical events in Otley. New members welcome – acting, singing, dancing & anyone who can help with technical backstage. Details: Lee Wells 01943 464982, info@olt.org.uk, www.otley.co.uk/ littletheatre Otley Poets meet 1st Tues of month, 8pm at Korks Wine Bar, Bondgate, Otley, for poems, drinks & occasional guest poets. Details: Sandra Burnett 01943 465372, Sandra@s-burnett.fsnet.co.uk Otley Rotary Club meets weekly at Westbourne House, Bradford Road, Otley, Thurs 12.30 – 1.45pm. Open to active or retired professional or business people. Lunch followed by guest speaker. Details: Keith Thompson 01943 879329 ktswoop@talktalk.net 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 Paxton Horticultural Society Early Autumn Show Sat 22 Sept at Paxton Hall, 186 Kirkstall Lane LS5. Open to public 2 – 4.30pm. Adm free. Schedules available from Graham Wheatley 256 3055

Pool Bridge Club meets Mon, 1.15 – 4.30pm in the Pool Methodists Rooms, Main St. Pool, (excl bank holidays).New members welcome. Turn into Manor Gardens. Entrance via blue door on left. Details: poolbridgeclub@hotmail.co.uk RAOB Meetings Mason Lodge: Tues 8 – 9.30pm at Grove Hill Club, Otley. Jubilee Lodge: Thurs 8 – 10pm at Guiseley Factory Workers Club. All members welcome. Details: JA Cartwright 01943 466157 Social Events Club Meals, pub nights, theatre/film/music, walks, badminton, book group, weekends away, holidays & more. Mainly over 30s. Monthly new members’ night in North Leeds. Details: 0844 8111025, www.leedsivc.org.uk Wharfedale Speakers Club meets 1st & 3rd Wed of each month at Cross Green Community Centre, Pool Rd, Otley. New members welcome. Speakers of all ages & backgrounds. Come along & improve your speaking skills. Details: Tony Morris 0113 258 3507 Wharfedale Gardeners Meets 7.30pm 2nd Tues of month at Otley Methodist Church. New season starts Tues 11 Sept with ‘An evening with Christine Walkden’, Horticulturalist, BBC Gardeners Question Time and The One Show, talking about climbing & wall plants. A varied programme follows – new members welcome. Details: Alan Wilson 01943 463197 Wharfedale German Circle meets around 15th of month at 8pm, Burley-in-Wharfedale. Events include speakers, films, debates, quizzes, music, parties & conversation (English & German). Details: 01943 464087, wgcircle@ gmail.com, www.germancircle. ilkley.org MUSIC Burley in Wharfedale Probus Male Voice Choir, Burley Catholic Church Hall, Bradford Rd. New rehearsal times: Mon 2.15 - 4.15pm, not mornings as before. The Chippendale Singers Mixed voice choir, rehearses Wed, 7.45 – 9.30pm Methodist Church, Boroughgate, Otley. Madrigals, folksongs, spirituals & sacred works, & songs from shows. Vacancies for male singers (music readers essential). Details: Chris Denton 0113 284 3744 chrisjdenton@gmail.com To book choir: Jan Wilkinson 01943 461318 www.chippendalesingers. co.uk


COMMUNITY NOTICES Burley-in-Wharfedale Fairfax Singers Perform concerts for charities & good causes. Also weddings & corporate events. Vacancies for 3 altos & a tenor. To book choir: 01274 597024. Details: 01943 877464, www. fairfaxsingers.org.uk/ Fairfax Singers in Concert Fri 12 Oct, 7.30pm at St.Margaret’s Church, Horsforth. Sat 3 Nov 3 – 5pm at Clarke Foley Centre, Ilkley. Tickets on door. http://www. fairfaxsingers.org/ Fairfax Singers Singing for charities & good causes, weddings & corporate events. Looking for three altos & a tenor. Based in Burley-in-Wharfedale. Details: 01274 597024, http://www. fairfaxsingers.org/ Friends of University Art & Music helps to foster the musical & artistic outreach of the University of Leeds. Membership open to all. Regular activities arranged. Details: 0113 343 2584, www. leeds.ac.uk/fuam

john_restorick@hotmail.com, www. otleycourthouse.org.uk Otley & Ilkley Choral Society meets Tues, 7.30pm Newall Church Hall, Newall Carr Rd, Otley. Musical Director, Alan Horsey, will conduct Handel’s ‘Judas Maccabeus’ at St. Margaret’s Church, Queen’s Rd, Ilkley, Sat 17 Nov. Handel’s ‘Messiah’ will be performed in Otley Sat 8 Dec, 7.30pm. New members welcome. Details: www. otley.co.uk/ocs/index Otley Little Theatre Orchestra rehearses 1st & 3rd Wed of each month, 7.30pm at Otley St John Ambulance Station near Sainsbury’s. They play a range of music including musicals, popular & classical & would welcome more musicians. Details: Neil Briggs 07900 050346, aliandneil@briggs6566.freeserve. co.uk

Guiseley Brass Band Concert Sat 22 Sept, 7.30pm at Pool Methodist Hall, Main St. Pool. Tickets £5 on the door.

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

Horsforth Leeds City Brass Band A friendly, community brass band welcomes new players. Possible instrument loan, if needed. Rehearsals: Mon 7.30 – 9.30pm at Leeds Trinity University College, Brownberrie Lane, Horsforth. Details: Hannah Rowlands 250 0208, Betty Emberton 267 6529

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

Leeds & Bradford Barbershop Harmony Club Mon, 7.30pm, Rawdon & Guiseley Conservative Club, Leeds Rd, Rawdon. Male singers who can take on four part harmony most welcome. Details: 01274 583 989.

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

Leeds Organ & Keyboard Club Meets Wed 7.30 – 10.30pm at Guiseley Factory Workers’ Club, Town St. Guiseley. New members welcome. Club has Roland AT900c &Yamaha Tyros 3 for use by members. Programme includes concerts by professional artists. Next concert: John Bowdler on 5 Sept, 8pm. Guests welcome. Details: 0113 267 9865

West Riding Opera has vacancies for chorus members to participate in concerts & staged opera selections. All voice ranges welcome, no audition. Rehearsals Wed, 7.30pm at West Park Centre, Spen Lane. Details: 01274 595978, davewb8@sky.com

Church (side entrance), next to Yeadon Town Hall. Details: John Atkinson 0113 294 9095 SENIORS Ilkley Senior Citizens Club meets Tues, 2pm in the Clarke Foley Centre, Ilkley, for fellowship, entertainment & outings. Just turn up to join in the Concert Hall. Ilkley Summer Festival Tea Dance Thurs 30 Aug, 1.30 – 4pm at Kings Hall, Ilkley. Music provided by Michael Roe with singer Shirley Britton. Pay on door. Details: Michael 01943 608871 Leeds & Bradford Friendship Group meets 1st Wed of month, 1.30pm at Pudsey Civic Hall LS28 5TA. Speaker or entertainment at 2pm. Friendship & activities for people of retirement age. Days out, dining, walks, computers, etc. New members welcome. Details: 258 5955. Menston Retired Men’s Forum Meetings 1st & 3rd Wed of month, 10am at Kirklands. New members welcome. Details: Ken Chadwick 01943 874530, Geoff Winter 01943 877832. Otley Over 60s Club at Crossgate (opposite Rose & Crown) open Wed to Sat, 9am–12 noon, serving refreshments. Sequence Dancing on Wed 2 – 4pm; Gentle Exercise to Music on Thurs, 10.15– 11.15am; Sat Bingo,1.45pm; brica-brac stall Fri & Sat 9am–12noon. Otley Action for Older People Chair based exercise class 1.45 – 2.45pm at Otley Methodist Church, or 10 – 11am at Bennett Court. £3. Details: 01943 463965 www. otleyactionforolderpeople.org.uk Sequence Tea Dance Old Pool Bank Village Hall, Fri 2 – 4pm. A great way to exercise & socialise. All welcome. Details: 0113 284 2126. Sequence Tea Dances most Thurs, 1.45 – 3.45pm at Winter Gardens, Ilkley. Adm £2.10. Details: Michael 01943 608871 SPIRITUAL

Opera Appetizers Fri 28 Sept, 8pm at Otley Courthouse. Young Opera Venture presents an evening of extracts from Carmen, The Magic Flute, The Merry Wives of Windsor & Cosi Fan Tutte.

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

Bethel Evangelical Church Otley & Ilkley meets every Sun,10.30am at Whartons Primary School (off Newall Carr Road), Otley & 6pm at Ilkley Playhouse, Weston Road, Ilkley. Details: Pastor Martin Woodier 01943 464631 www. bethelotleyilkley.com

Otley Chamber Orchestra rehearses fortnightly on Sundays, 7 - 9pm at Otley Courthouse. New members (especially upper strings) welcome. Details: 01943 875176,

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

Drop-in Meditation Classes Tues 6 Sept – Tues 18 Dec, 7.30pm at Friends Meeting House, Queen’s Rd, Ilkley. Explore how Buddhist meditation can be used to solve

daily problems, develop peace of mind, reduce stress & find meaning & purpose in life. Guided meditations & discussion. £5. Details: 01535 958189, info@ enjoymeditation.org Guiseley Baptist Church is a growing welcoming community. A mixture of ages, including children & young people meet at Sunday services at 9.30am & 11.15am. Details: 01943 884 233, www. guiseleybaptistchurch.co.uk Fourth Way Philosophy & Meditation Group “In order to know myself, direct investigation is needed.” Henri Tracol Meetings in Leeds & Otley. Details: 07814 951231, rb@gurdjieffleeds.com Leeds Gurdjieff Society Free Meditation at Ilkley Happiness Centre, Leeds Rd. Ilkley (above Veggie Cafe). 9.30 – 10.30am Mon – Fri, or 6.30 – 7.30pm Mon – Thurs. Meditations range from guided visualisation, to shamanic drumming, Sufi chanting & healing meditations. All welcome. Details: 01943 601517, www. ilkleyhappinesscentre.co.uk Menston Methodist Church Sunday service 10.30am. ‘Taste & See’ alternative form of worship last Sun of month, 8pm in Cornerstone Cafe. Various activities, incl Wesley Guild, Wednesday Group, Women’s Fellowship, walking & drama groups & choir. All welcome. Details: 01943 871909. Otley Methodist Church welcomes newcomers & visitors to their weekly services, Sun 10.30am. Holy Communion 1st Sun of month & 9.30am 3rd Sun. Family Service 2nd Sun. Refreshments after each morning service. Fri shoppers service 10 – 10.30am. Disabled access on Boroughgate & Walkergate. Otley Quakers meet 1st & 3rd Sun of the month, 10.45am – 12 noon. Details: 0113 318 8084, otley. quakers@virgin.net. www.otley. co.uk/churches/ Otley Spiritualist Church Church services: Tues healing 7.30pm; Wed healing 2.30pm; Sat Service 7pm (clairvoyance); Sun Service 6.30pm (divine). 38 Newmarket St Otley. St.John’s Parish Church , Menston Sunday Services: Holy Communion 8am; Parish Eucharist 10am on 1st, 3rd & 4th Sun, 10.30am 2nd Sun; Let’s Worship 9.15am 2nd Sun (children & young families); Evensong 4.30pm


SUPPORT Arthritis Care (Otley & District) meets at St John Ambulance Meeting Room, Gay Lane, 1st Wed of month, 2 – 4pm. People of all ages with arthritis, or an interest in it, most welcome. Details: 01943 466428. Courthouse Inclusive Support Group Coffee Fri 11am – 12.30pm, Otley Courthouse Cafe, for those experiencing emotional distress – including loss, loneliness or sadness. Friendly space to meet & chat. Details: Gill Roughley 01943 462816 or Allan Luxton 07891 272 077 Crohn’s & Colitis UK Support for people with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) & their families in North & West Yorkshire. Regular meetings. Details: 0845 130 6809, Leeds@crohnsandcolitis. org.uk, www.groups. crohnsandcolitis.org.uk/Leeds Leeds Coeliac Group Sat 1 Sept: Juvela Roadshow; Wed 5 Sept: Sainsbury’s Drop-In Coffee Morning; Sat 8 Sept: Social Meal at The Mansion, Roundhay Park. Details: 07711 768850 sandra. mclean@btinternet.com

Leeds Samaritans Confidential, non-judgemental support 24 hours a day for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair. They listen with an open mind & in complete confidence, for as long as you need. Details: 245 6789, 08457 909090 Lymphoma Association Support Group Friendly group meets last Mon of month, 2pm at Robert Ogden Macmillan Cancer Information Centre, St. James’s Hospital. All who have experienced Lymphoma & their family welcome. Frequent guest speakers. Details: Roy 01765 692132, Jane 0113 2811226, Norman 0113 267 3388. Memory Lane Café 4th Thurs of month, 1.30 – 3.30pm, Otley Rugby Club. A supportive & welcoming environment for older people with memory problems or dementia. Enjoy some musical entertainment & pass a sociable couple of hours. Refreshments. Support for carers. Transport available for small fee. Details: Otley Action for Older People 01943 463965 Overeaters Anonymous Meetings held Tues 7pm at HEART Headingley; Weds 6.30pm at

Roundhay Friends Meeting House; Sat 10am at Rawdon Friends Meeting House. All welcome. Details: 07981 940603, www. oagb.org.uk Parkinson’s UK Leeds meet 2nd Wed of month (not Dec), 2pm at St Chad ‘s Parish Centre, Headingley. Support for anybody affected by Parkinson’s. Exercise classes in Otley, Horsforth, Moortown. Details: Linda Thompson, 01943 461640 Singing for the Brain New singing group for people with dementia & their carers meets 2nd Mon of month, 1.30-3.30pm at Otley Courthouse. Fun, friendly & relaxed group with trained facilitator. Details: Rachel Feldberg 01943 462826, feldberg@ arthouse.demon.co.uk Wharfedale General Hospital Cardiac Club (affiliated with British Heart Foundation) is open to former cardiac patients & their partners. Opportunity to take part in exercise classes under supervision of qualified instructors. Meets Mon, Wed & Thurs at Wharfedale General Hospital. £3. Details: Clive Wilkinson 0113 267 1721.

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The Yorkshire Cancer Help Centre is now at the Day Therapy Unit, St Michael’s Hospice, Harrogate two Saturdays each month, offering support for people with cancer & their loved ones. Details: Esme 01423 881392/ Karen 01937 573166, www.ychc.org.uk Thyroid Meeting Wed 26 Sept, 7pm at Pool Village Hall, Arthington Lane, LS21 1LG. Talk followed by Q & A with Dr Ramzi Ajjan, Senior Lecturer & Consultant in Endocrinology at Leeds Teaching Hospital Trust. Details: Caroline 0113 288 6393 TALKS & DISCUSSIONS Leeds Astronomical Society meets 2nd Wed of month with a guest speaker presentation & regular telescope nights at Quaker Friends Meeting House, Woodhouse Lane, LS2. Visitors welcome, first visit free. Details: info@leedsastronomy.org.uk, www. leedsastronomy.org.uk

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COMMUNITY NOTICES Leeds Theosophical Society Sun 2 Sept: ‘The Key to Christian Mysticism’ Sun 9 Sept: ‘Karma, Dharma & Swadharma (One’s Own Dharma)’, both with Swami Yogeshwarananada (India). Sun 30 Sept: ‘A Planetary Awakening’ with Kathy Newburn (USA). All welcome. Free. All at 2.30pm 12 Queen Sq. LS2. WOMEN’S GROUPS Aireborough Soroptimist International meets 1st & 3rd Wed of month, 7.30pm at Guiseley Methodist Church, Oxford Road, Guiseley Organisation for professional women addressing issues of importance to women worldwide. If you would like to volunteer in an atmosphere of support, friendship & fun, contact them. Details: Janet Lockwood 07947 695093. Askwith with Weston Women’s Institute meets 2nd Thurs of month, 7.30pm at Askwith Village Hall. Very friendly group with interesting speakers each month. Come & find out for yourself. Details: Sue Appleyard 01943 839292. Baby Rascals Are you a new Mum? Would you like to meet others & enjoy a cup of coffee? Come to Otley Parish Church Wed 1 – 2.45pm (term time) Details: 01943 463 815. Ben Rhydding Women’s Institute Meets 2nd Thurs of each month, 2pm at B.R. Methodist Church Hall. All welcome. Buttercross Belles A women’s North West Morris Dance team. New dancers (experience not necessary) & musicians always welcome. Meet Thurs, Sept to May, 8 o’clock, St Joseph’s School, Otley. Details: www. buttercrossbelles.com or squire@ buttercrossbelles.com Ilkley Soroptimist International Meet 2nd & 4th Thurs, 7.30pm at the Clarke Foley Centre, Cunliffe Rd Ilkley. Speakers, projects , networking & socialising for professional & community minded women. Details: Loraine Powell 07966 247152

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Inner Wheel Club of Ilkley meets 3rd Tues of the month at the Baptist Church, Kings Rd. Ilkley. Speakers, friendship & fun, with some fundraising for charity. Details: 01943 602178 La Leche League of Wharfedale meets 1st Fri of month, 10am to noon, lower hall, Christchurch, The Grove, Ilkley. Breastfeeding help & support. Details: Becky on 01535 633788 Otley Townswomen’s Guild promotes the interests of women & raises money for charities. It meets 1st Thurs of each month, 7.30pm in the Lecture Room, Otley Methodist Church. Speakers plus wide variety of interest groups. Visitors welcome. Details: S. Herbert 01943 468741 Otley & District Women’s Forum meets at 9.45am in Room 2 Methodist Church Hall, Walkergate, on alternate Thurs. Sept 6: ‘Hearing Dogs’; Sept 20: ‘Born a Hidden Child’ with Hanneke Dye: Oct 4: ‘Tha’s Got to Laugh’ with Ben Richardson. Details: B Hutchinson 01943 462130 Otley Women’s Institute Meets at 7.15pm on 2nd Wed of the month in Cross Green Community Centre, Otley. Visitors welcome. Details: 01943 463610 Pool in Wharfedale WI meet Tues 11 Sept, 2pm Wharfedale Court, Main St. Pool. Robert Bolton of N G Boltons Jewellers, will talk about Diamonds. New members welcome. Details: Sue Brown 0113 284 2983 Reaching Out Group for widowed women young at heart & in years who would like to meet others in similar position. Meets Thurs 6.30 – 8.30pm, St John Ambulance Hut, Gaye Lane, Otley. A safe place for friendship & support. Details: Lesley 07931 892747. Stitches (Sewing, patchwork & quilting club) Every week starting Fri 7 Sept, 10am – 3pm at Parish Scout Hut, Burras Lane, Otley. Details: Liz Robley 07530 252 410

MISC/EVENTS Blood Donor Session Tues 18 Sept, 2 – 4pm & 5 – 7.30pm at Menston Community Centre, Main St. Menston. Heritage Open Day Sat 8 Sept, 10am – 4pm at Otley Courthouse. Guided tours of the former Victorian police station, cells & magistrates’ courts. Café open 10am – 3pm. Otley Museum Documentary & Photographic Archive Wellcroft House, (The Cycle Club) Otley. Open Mon, Tues, Fri, & 1st Sat of each month 9.45am – 12.15pm (excl bank holidays). Research Otley’s heritage – call in or phone for an appointment. Details: 01943 468181, otleymuseum@ btconnect.com, www. otleymuseum.org Otley Science Cafe Thurs 20 Sep, 7.30pm at Otley Courthouse. Relaxed evening of science with inspirational speakers, including Angela Tinwell (Bolton University) on the Uncanny Valley; Kanijar Afarinkia (Bradford University) on the Discovery of New Cancer Medicines; & Rachel Wallace (Leeds University) on Nanoparticle Impact. Otley Word Feast – Open Words (Over 18s) Mon 24 Sept, 8 – 10pm at Otley Courthouse. A chance to get involved in 2014’s Word Feast. Free but book place at blah@ otleywordfeast.org.uk Yorkshire Archaeological Society (Family History Section) Sat 22 Sept, 11am at 23, Clarendon Rd, Leeds. Lecture entitled ‘Railway Ancestors’ by Di Drummond. Free drop in sessions Tues2 – 4pm for anyone needing help with family history research. Details: Mrs J.Butler 0113 263 9540

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