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Dear Readers, There is no avoiding the fact that there’s a bit of cycling going on in Yorkshire this year! Welcome to Yorkshire has launched its Cultural Festival to add to the celebration of having Le Grand Départ starting from Leeds, and Harewood House is going all out with a Cycling Festival. We decided to jump on the bandwagon too! It’s a great opportunity to find out what’s going on cycle-wise around Leeds and who’s doing what. So, over the next few months we will

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drip feed you cycle facts and information and play our part in promoting Le Grand Départ.

Roundhay Park – Home to Exotic Trees

returns to The Playhouse; and Amazing Graze, a celebration of street food at Left Bank Leeds

Skeleton Science at Thackray Medical Museum

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Roundhay Park – Home to Exotic Trees

Friends of Roundhay Park produce booklet of the Park’s trees with trails to help you spot them.

Festivals are busting out all over – Transform - a festival of theatre and performance is back. Pigs are racing at Weetwood Hall; bikers are on an Egg Run; women are night-running for St Gemma’s; artists are preparing for Roundhay’s Art Trail – and there’s loads more….read on! Send all your news and stories for April by 1st March if possible, and by 1st April for the May edition. Advertising deadlines are 7th March & 9th April. We look forward to hearing from you.

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TRANSFORM returns to West Yorkshire Playhouse with a highimpact weekend, exploding into every nook and cranny of the theatre and beyond.

24 Amazing Graze – Leeds Street Culture Festival

Building on the success of last year’s festival, Amazing Graze is back at Left Bank Leeds with award-winning street food, music and art.

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The Tour de France may still be months away but it’s all kicking off in Yorkshire already!

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Hy Brasil is a mysterious, mythical island rumoured to be hidden in mist somewhere off the coast of Ireland, which

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ow, Chris Watson explores the undiscovered sonic landscape of the island in a new sound installation specially created for the Howard Assembly Room in Leeds and using an astonishing array of animal inhabitants and natural environments, composed from compelling wildlife sounds from his global archive.

Best known as the sound recordist for BBC programmes, including the awardwinning Frozen Planet, and described by the Guardian as ‘the daddy of wildlife and sound recording’, Chris Watson was also a founding member of the influential experimental music group Cabaret Voltaire and has released a number of albums of edited field recordings. The installation takes visitors on

a expedition - from shore to summit, dawn to dusk, all in a cycle of rhythm, sound and beautiful lighting that lasts around 20 minutes. From the swirling pulse of the currents around the island to the haunting siren song of whales and seals, the otherworldly cries of Manx shearwaters and the deep roar of black howler monkeys, Hy Brasil moves around the visitor in three dimensional life, through ambi-sonic sound, enhanced by gorgeously atmospheric lighting by Lighting Designer Tim Skelly. Hy-Brasil is at Howard Assembly Room from Friday 28th February – Saturday 15th March. It is open from 2 – 8pm, Tuesdays – Saturdays and runs on a 30 minute loop.

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MARY EDITH PECHEY- PHIPSON, MD Pioneering doctor and campaigner

In 1877 a remarkable woman came to live and work in Leeds. Her name was Edith Pechey, already well known as one of the tiny band of intrepid women who had dared to challenge the medical establishment, fighting – and ultimately winning – a long and bitter battle to gain medical qualifications and be allowed to practise. When she arrived in Leeds she was one of only seven women in the country who had won the right to be registered as a doctor. Edith Pechey came originally from the village of Langham, Essex, the sixth child of the Baptist Minister, born in 1845. She inherited a love of learning from her parents, and her first work was in teaching, but her ambition was to study and practise medicine, particularly in the field of women’s health. Many women were dying in childbirth and infant deaths were commonplace, yet obstetrics did not feature in medical training, and medicine was a totally male preserve. She met other women prepared

the University of Berne in Switzerland (taking her exams

to fight for the right to qualify, and in

in German) and acquired further qualifications in Dublin,

1869 she joined four others applying

enabling her, after more argument, to be registered to

to enter the prestigious School of

practise.

Medicine in Edinburgh. They passed

She already had links with Yorkshire, where she had

the exams for admission but had to

given courses of lectures on women’s health for the Yorkshire

be taught separately from the men,

Ladies’ Council of Education. She also had contacts with

Leeds to a fellow woman doctor, and

at much higher fees. They achieved

the lively group of women (and men) in Leeds who were

after an arduous journey, arrived in

excellent results, but endured

campaigning for better educational opportunities for women.

Bombay to begin what became her

insults and constant harassment,

Knowing she would have supportive friends, she chose to

life’s work. She established hospitals,

at one point braving a noisy, stone-

come to Leeds, setting up in practice in Park Square and

set up medical training for women,

throwing mob. And when Edith

living first in Warwick Villas, near the Infirmary, and then

campaigned against child marriage.

won a prize for chemistry, it was

in a charming, seventeenth century house in rural Bramley.

When she was 44 she met Herbert

refused because she was a woman.

No doubt she encountered prejudice, but it is said that

Phipson, a businessman who shared

This blatant injustice evoked letters

this was soon dispelled by her charm, intelligence, and

her concerns and interests, and

to The Times and passionate

generosity of mind.

they married. With his support she

confrontations in Edinburgh, where

No details of her work in Leeds are known, but she may

continued her work, though her health

two professors refused point-blank to

have had links with the Public Dispensary which looked after

was suffering. She and her husband

teach the women ‘improper’ subjects

the needs of the poor, her particular care and interest. She

finally returned to England in 1905,

like Anatomy. Another claimed that

was also in great demand as a speaker, giving the keynote

but she did not rest. She had kept her

medical education for women would

inaugural address at the opening of the London School

Yorkshire friends, and represented

be a curse to civilisation!

of Medicine for Women in 1877; lecturing on health and

Leeds and Huddersfield in the ongoing

The opposition won (fear of

nursing for the Yorkshire Ladies’ Council; addressing the

campaigns for women’s suffrage. In

professional competition?). Although

Social Science Congress in Edinburgh in 1880; and speaking

1907 she marched bravely at the head

the women completed their studies

in campaigns for women’s suffrage, another cause close to

of the famous ‘Mud March’, but she

successfully, they were not granted

her heart. In 1882 she was elected President of the Medical

was already seriously ill. A year later

degrees, in spite of taking legal action

Women’s Federation of England.

she died of breast cancer and diabetes,

against the University. There was no

Then, in 1883, she accepted a fresh challenge: to head

aged 67. She was described as the ablest

giving-up – they looked to qualify

up a new hospital and dispensary in India, where women’s

of those pioneering women who broke

elsewhere. Finally, after a year working

health was being damaged by seclusion and child marriage,

through the barriers - Leeds can be

at the Birmingham Women’s Hospital,

yet they were barred from treatment by male doctors. Women

proud of its association with her.

Edith gained her M.D. in 1877 from

doctors were desperately needed. She gave up her work in

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Otley Green Fair This year’s Green Fair takes place at Otley Courthouse, Courthouse Street, Otley on Saturday 13th April, 10am – 4pm and entry is free.

For most of us, interviews top the list of scary things - especially if you also have to give a presentation or take part in role playing. “We can all perform well in our heads, but nerves kick in when it’s for real”, said Jo Donnelly, co-founder of Leeds Voice Day. “Nerves can really get in the way: shortness of breath…heart pounding…mouth dry…brain blank! And often the more you care, the more your nerves affect you.” Fortunately there are simple techniques to help you get around your nerves, so you can speak with more confidence, make your points clearly, and show why you are a No 1 choice. ‘On The Spot!’ is an interactive workshop where you can learn these techniques, and spend time practicing them in a challenging but supportive environment. ‘On the Spot!’ is organised by Leeds Voice Day, a not-for-profit organisation established in 2008 to make voice and communication skills accessible to all. It will be

We can all perform well in our heads, but nerves kick in when it’s for real

led by Voice and Performance Coach Jane Oakshott MBE and Jo Donnelly LCST MA Speech Therapist. As experts in practical communication skills Jane and Jo will offer unexpected and inspiring insights into the interview process. “As a job applicant, you’re vetting the firm as much as they are looking at you”, said Jane, who has a 90% success rate among her interview skills customers. “That thought alone can start your transformation from ‘rabbit in the headlights’ into an equal participant in the interview process.” ‘On the Spot!’ is on Friday 28th March, 1.30 - 4pm at HEART Bennett Road, Headingley. For more information and to book one of the 12 available places, (£30 including tea and cake!), contact 0113 278 6215 or leedsvoiceday@ virginmedia.com

There will be a variety of stalls - charities, crafts, local and national campaigns and environmental groups, as well as taster sessions in alternative therapies. In the afternoon there will be an art workshop on an environmental theme (1 – 3pm) for children aged 5 – 12 (under 8s with an adult). Local Morris side Flash Dance will dance in the courtyard late morning and early afternoon.

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Northern Ballet brings one of the world’s best-known icons, Cleopatra, back to the stage at Leeds Grand Theatre from Thursday 6th – Saturday 15th March. Premiered in Leeds in February 2011, Cleopatra toured extensively throughout the UK. It was seen by more than 54,000 people and generating more than £1 million at the box office. The ballet is choreographed by artistic director David Nixon to a score by celebrated composer Claude-Michel Schönberg, best known for Les Misérables and Miss Saigon. It charts Cleopatra’s sensational rise to power, her scandalous romances with the most powerful men in history, and her eventual downfall. “From the moment David Nixon suggested the ballet of Cleopatra, it took me five years to find an elusive spark of inspiration”, said Claude-Michel Schönberg. “I had to understand how sensuous the way of life was in Egypt, the opposite to the culture of Rome. I realised that the chaos of being in love with such a woman as Cleopatra put the Roman Emperor and his Empire in danger. That’s what the score is trying to reflect without falling into clichés associated with that era.” Cleopatra’s legend has captivated

generations. A universal style and beauty icon, she still inspires artists, designers and stylists. David Nixon explains: “I have been fascinated by the story of Cleopatra for a long time. The name has echoed through the centuries, and it doesn’t lose its resonance. Two thousand years later she is as popular as she ever was. There is little factual information about her yet she managed to hold in her grasp two of the most powerful men in history.” David Nixon brought together a

group of established Northern Ballet collaborators to work with him on Cleopatra including: Patricia Doyle (Co-director), Christopher Giles (Co-designer) and Tim Mitchell (Lighting Designer). Northern Ballet also introduced projection to create scenic backdrops with designs by Nina Dunn. For further information on Northern Ballet’s upcoming tour visit northernballet.com


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Ruth Waterman to Conduct The Sam Mendes production of King Lear, now showing at The National Theatre, features special CGI weather effects produced by Leeds Trinity University radio lecturer, Bob Walmsley.

Leeds Haydn Players International violinist and conductor, Ruth Waterman, returns to Leeds to conduct the Leeds Haydn Players on Sunday 30th March, 3pm at The Clothworkers’ Hall, Leeds University.

ob, who is a 3D animator, radio presenter and journalist in addition to lecturing, was approached to work on King Lear by WestEnd/Broadway projection designer Jon Driscoll. The pair had previously worked together on Sir Tim Rice’s musical ‘From Here to Eternity’, which includes a depiction of the Japanese invasion of Pearl Harbour. Bob specialises in creating CGI explosions, smoke and fire effects which were required for the finale of the show.

“Many stage plays and musicals now have images and animations projected onto screens, which allow the audience to see special effects that would have been impossible

The explosions play a prominent role in what is a hugely powerful and exciting climax to the show

with old-fashioned sets”, says Bob. ”Jon and I worked together for two weeks in September and were very pleased with what we created. The explosions play a prominent role in what is a hugely powerful and exciting climax to the show. “In December, Jon approached me again to produce some very special CGI weather effects for a particularly powerful scene in King Lear. It’s definitely been worth it to be part of such an exciting production made by such an impressive and talented group of people.” King Lear premiered at The National Theatre in January and will be screened live in cinemas across the UK on 1st May, including all of Leeds’ multiplexes.

Known internationally as a violinist, broadcaster, speaker and educator, Ruth has conducted orchestras in places as diverse as the Winter Palace in St Petersburg and the ruins of Sarajevo. In a programme designed to show the often neglected links between three major composers of the 18th century – Beethoven, Mozart and Haydn, Ruth will use the orchestra to illustrate the music with a short talk. The programme includes Mozart (Linz Symphony), Beethoven, two movements from Prometheus and Haydn Symphony no.88. Tickets (£10) are available from from Robin Jakeways 01943 466 331, r.jakeways@ btopenworld.com


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special viewing (6 – 8pm), when you will have the opportunity to meet and speak to both artist and poet.

An exhibition of paintings by Lilliane Gosling opens at Arts@Trinity, Boar Lane, Leeds, on Thursday 6th March.

The themes are Theyyam, an ancient ritual performance from the Malabar coast of India, and tales from the Seven Seas, based on readings from medieval European and Islamic travellers and sailors. Since childhood, Lilliane has been interested in the spread of world art, and the way in which peoples and cultures have expressed their feelings and intuitions. To accompany the images, Leeds poet Linda Marshall has written a series of poems, which will also be displayed. And, on 20th March there will be a

The exhibition runs until 31st March and is open weekdays from 10am – 3pm. Free entry.

Since childhood, Lilliane has been interested in the spread of world art

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The prize was set up by Soroptimist International of Leeds three years ago, and the first awards were made in October 2012 at the Ilkley Literature Festival. The aim

prize is to act of the prize is to act as a loudspeaker for Black and Asian women’s voices and enable fresh and original works to reach new audiences. Although based in Leeds, this is a national prize, and they were delighted with the response in 2012, when they received 65 entries from all over the UK. Nor could they have achieved this initial success without the invaluable support of there core partners, Peepal Tree Press and Ilkley Literature Festival. The standard of the 2012

as a loudspeaker for Black and Asian women’s voices

entries was very high indeed, and it was with some difficulty that the judges finally agreed on four winners, with the third prize being shared by two writers. The winning entry, A Little Dust on the Eyes, by Monoli Salgado will be published later this year. They are hoping that the 2014 prize will be even bigger and better. If you think you might be eligible and would like to enter, please check www.sileedsliteraryprize.com for details. If this has whetted your appetite, you will be able to hear two of the 2012 shortlisted writers on Thursday 17th March at Seven Arts, Chapel Allerton, when we present “A Little Dust on the Eyes”, an evening of words and music, from 7.30pm. Tickets and further details are available from www.sevenleeds. co.uk. All proceeds to SI Leeds Literary Prize.


This year the Yorkshire Sculpture Triangle will host an ambitious and inspiring programme of exhibitions and events showcasing contemporary and modern sculpture. Spearheaded by the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Leeds Art Gallery, the Henry Moore Institute, and The Hepworth Wakefield with support from Welcome to Yorkshire, Leeds City Council and Wakefield Council - these four unique galleries are partners in the Yorkshire Sculpture Triangle, an initiative that brought a million visitors to Yorkshire in 2013. Working with more than 200 of the world’s most renowned artists and sculptors, the Yorkshire Sculpture Triangle aims to ensure that Yorkshire is

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Leeds Festival Chorus, with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, will perform the world premiere of ‘Deus noster refugium’ in Leeds Town Hall on Saturday 29th March.

Pictured: James MacMillan

The Chorus commissioned the piece from Scottish composer James MacMillan to mark the centenary year of the start of the Great War. MacMillan specialises in modern sacred music rooted in evocative biblical imagery, but also writes for opera, ballet, musical theatre, and choirs. In this case, he has taken Psalm 46 (God is our refuge and strength) as his inspiration. “The objective here is to continue the long tradition of marking armed conflicts with concerts of classical music and to provide something really special and significant for the audience”, said Simon Wright, the Chorus’s conductor and artistic adviser. “The Chorus is also honouring its commitment to the promotion of new music.” The programme also includes Mozart’s Masonic Funeral Music, Haydn’s Symphonie No 44, and Haydn’s Mass in Time of War. Conducted by Simon Wright, the soloists are Mary Bevan (soprano), Jennifer Johnston (mezzo), Robin Tritschler (tenor), and Neal Davies (bass). Tickets (£16 - £31.50) are available from Chorus members or City Centre Box Office on 0113 224 3801 Leeds Festival Chorus rehearses on Wednesday evenings at St Chad’s on Otley Road.

The Chorus is also honouring its commitment to the promotion of new music


The Roundhay Art Trail on Sunday 27th April will demonstrate the diverse talents of visual artists working in Roundhay. Around 17 artists will open their workspaces and studios to visitors, from 10am – 4.30pm, the aim being to raise the profile of visual arts in LS8. The trail will include work in a wide range of styles, including painting, printmaking, photography, ceramics, glass, sculpture, jewellery and textiles, some of which will be available for sale. Participants include Mark Sofilas, who produces vibrant paintings, inspired by the rugged beauty of the Yorkshire coast. Sculptor Jon Vogler works in stone, wood, bronze and nontraditional materials, which

are displayed in his garden, demonstrating the charm of sculpture in an intimate space. Recently Jon has started casting small bronze figures of animals and athletes. He will also host Jo Dunn’s exciting watercolours in his summerhouse. Textile artists, Judy Merchant and Debbie Samuel create pictures rich in colour and depth, using fabric, paint, gesso and felt. Miriam Laville’s work is an investigation and response to organic forms such as dried vegetation, shells and flowers. She experiments with the media, building up surfaces with collage, gouache, varnish and oils, leaving other parts of the image simpler with suggestive lines. A route map with the profiles

The trail will include work in a wide range of styles

of all the participating artists will be available to download from www.is.gd/roundhaylive from the end of February. Copies will also be available at Oakwood Library and Oakwood Farmers’ Market on the 15th March and 19th April. For further information, please contact; Miriam Laville on 07967 974391, miriam@miriamlaville.co.uk, or Debbie Samuel on 07962 230752, debbie.samuel@ clara.co.uk

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Irish History Month 2014

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Building on the success of last year’s festival, and continuing WYP’s artistic director James Brining’s vision for an innovative, forward thinking theatre that engages with its local creative community, TRANSFORM returns to the West Yorkshire Playhouse from 27th – 30th March. This year it takes place over one high-impact weekend, exploding into every nook and cranny of the Playhouse and beyond. Continuing to make Leeds a home for imaginative collaboration and experimentation, the Playhouse is commissioning and producing new work as well as hosting some of the UKs most innovative artists as guest performers. TRANSFORM also offers a snapshot of tomorrow’s performance today, in a unique series of works in progress, each developed at the Playhouse, and provides a platform for artist residencies, participatory events, discussion and celebration. As part of this year’s festival the Playhouse is working closely with local artists Selina Thompson and Hannah Bruce & Company to present two brand-new pieces of work, and continues an ongoing collaboration with Chris Goode & Company. Alongside this home grown work, bold artists and theatre makers such as Inua Ellams, Made In China, Uninvited Guests, Third Angel and resident company Unlimited Theatre present and perform.

On the now notorious Saturday night of Transform, internationally renowned and self-styled ‘low-rent Liberace’, Scottee, copresents The TRANSFORM Variety Night featuring an array of the world’s greatest variety acts including 21st century cabaret stars like Bourgeois & Maurice, internationally renowned aerial artist Empress Stah, hula hoop master and comedic genius Jess Love, infamous hanky lady Ursula Martinez, the Winner of Baghdad’s got Talent, alongside Newcastle’s new wave showgirl Ginger Johnson, and Wendy Watts performing magic like you have never seen before. Leeds jazz band ‘A New Perspective’ launches the festival - and there are free performances by Leeds-based Paper Birds, Playhouse Channel 4 Playwright in Residence Zodwa Nyoni, and Gracefool Collective. And, in between all the activity, there’s always the opportunity to grab a bite to eat at the Transform Cafe and meet the artists and Playhouse team behind the festival. All the shows are individually priced, with tickets from just £5. Or, you can see everything with a Bronze, Silver or Gold TRANSFORM PASS starting from just £29. For full details visit www.wyp.org.uk or pick up a programme at The Playhouse. Follow all the action on Twitter and join in by using #wyptransform @wyplayhouse

Irish History Month, an initiative of the Leeds-based Irish Arts Foundation, is now in its eighth year. It aims to promote knowledge of Irish History and experiences in Britain and beyond, disseminating information on the many positive contributions that Irish people have made to British society, and introducing new audiences to the vibrancy of Irish arts, heritage, culture and history. Highlights in this year’s programme include concerts from Clannad & Mary Black at Leeds Town Hall (Wed 12th March), new London-based Irish band Crossharbour at Seven Arts, Chapell Allerton (Sat 1st March), and Michael McGoldrick, John Doyle & John McCusker in The Victoria Hall, Saltaire (Fri 7th March). Look out for Brendan McGowan’s lecture at HEART in Headingley (Friday 8th March) and an Irish Studies MA Seminar Day at Bewley’s Hotel, Leeds, on Saturday 22nd March, featuring Professor Mary Hickman, Dr Ivan Gibbons and Professor Lance Pettitt. The Irish have contributed to life in Britain in many ways, particularly in the arts. Irish History Month seeks to highlight these contributions. To see the full range of events throughout the month,

visit www.irisharts.org.uk


The launch of the anthology ‘Tangled Roots: True Life Tales About Mixed and Multi-racial Families in Yorkshire’ will take place on Wednesday 5th March at Seven Arts, Chapel Allerton, 6 - 8pm.

Tangled Roots writers will read some of their work from 7pm. The book will be on sale and there will be a free ticket to the performance with every book purchase. Tangled Roots is an Arts Council funded project that explores the experiences of people who have grown up in mixed race families in Leeds, or are currently part of a multi-racial family. The project launched a website

Tangled Roots explores the experiences of people who have grown up in mixed race families in Leeds

and published this anthology featuring the experiences of mixed families, alongside memoirs from professional writers. The work that appears in the anthology can be found at www. tangledroots.org.uk


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Food & Drink

On North Lane in Headingley is a little gem of a café, quietly serving up some of the freshest, tastiest food around.

e discovered it a couple of years ago and have returned again and again for their super fresh salads like Tabbouleh, Fatoush and Salatit Adass – teeming with fresh herbs, tomatoes, lentils, lemon juice and olive oil. Or one of their Chef’s Specials with lightly marinated chicken, lamb or prawns – platters that included batata harra, hummus falafel and salad. The vegan selection had stuffed vine leaves and oh-so-tasty baba ghanoush – love that smoked aubergine flavour. Most recently we dropped in on a Monday evening to take advantage of their Vegetarian Buffet (just £7.50). This was an opportunity to have a little bit of everything! Dishes of Spanish omelette, spicy potatoes, lentils, hummus, baba ghanoush, vine leaves, tabbouleh were lined up along the counter – and the beauty was we could go back for more! Mint Café was opened three years ago by friends

Marcos Dakka and Ibrahim Aweda. Their aim was to present ‘Lebanese food of exceptional quality at a reasonable price’ – and they win on both counts. The emphasis is very definitely on the fresh – ingredients are sourced locally whenever possible, only going further afield for special items. Whatever time of the day you pop in there’s always something special to look forward to – scrambled eggs and halloumi or crepes suzette for

Very much part of the community, Mint regularly hosts music and poetry events

breakfast; croissants and pastries; sandwiches, soup and salads; a full meal; or an exotically named snack like Coxinha Brasilera. They serve lovely mint tea, rich hot chocolate to die for, Yerba Mate, and real Turkish Coffee – plus a range of other coffees, herb teas, and freshly pressed juices. They are not licensed but you are welcome to bring your own wine in the evening. Very much part of the Headingley community, they regularly hold special evenings with music or poetry readings and are involved in community events like Headingley Music Festival, and Headingley LitFest – this year Flamenco Diez bring the rhythms of Andalusia to Mint on 24th March. Entry is just £5, plus £5 for the buffet of the best Lebanese and South American food around! Although Mint Café is fairly small, it packs a lot in. It is a friendly, welcoming, calm space with free Wifi and can seat about 20 people. The back room also serves as a Retro Shop with a fascinating collection of records, books, bric-a-brac etc. to investigate as you sip on your Turkish coffee and enjoy a couple of their delicious baklava. It’s time to stop saying “I must drop in there” and just do it – you won’t regret it! Mint Café, 33 North Lane, Headingley, LS6 3HW. Tel: 0113 226 4843. Open 10am – 10pm Mon – Fri; 10am – 7pm Sat, and 11am – 7pm Sun.


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Eating Leeds!

Building on the success of last year’s festival, Left Bank Leeds and Manjit’s Kitchen, an award winning Punjabi street food caterer that has been wowing people in Leeds for over five years, are joining up once more to bring you a flavour of all things street. This is a celebration of award-winning street food, music, art and bazaar, brought in from the streets of Leeds and beyond! The festival takes place on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th April, from noon until 1am on Saturday and midnight on Sunday. There will be food and art stalls, workshops and showcase performances for all ages during the day, followed by the legendary ‘Stir it Up’ on Saturday evening, and local bands and DJs on Sunday.

Left Bank Leeds provides a stunning backdrop. The venue already hosts the popular LS6 Beer Festival, as well as a growing number of gigs, exhibitions and other art and community events throughout the year.

Left Bank Leeds provides a stunning backdrop

The festival will include a mix of old favorites and newcomers. Confirmed traders include Madeleine Express, Gingers Comfort, The Grub and Grog Shop and Las Paelleras. Confirmed for Saturday evening is Stir it Up, a mix of vintage and classic Reggae music brought to you by the Axis VALV-A-TRON Sound System and a debut performance by Left Bank’s very own community choir on Sunday afternoon. Entry is £2/ £1 during the day and is free for kids. All day and evening tickets are £5/ £4. For more details on artists and traders, follow them on twitter @ Amazing_Graze or facebook.

Eating Leeds!, a twelve month project that has just started, aims to collect a vast amount of information from Loiners to create a cookery blog and book that will benefit both residents and local businesses. People are being asked to submit their favourite recipes, and tell Eating Leeds all about their favourite places to buy food, and how to use their favourite ingredients. Recipes will be tried out by the Eating Leeds team, documented and added to the blog, complete with links to the cheapest place in Leeds to find the ingredients, cost per dish and step-by-step instructions for the less common cooking methods. Each person will be credited for their submission and the most popular recipes will be compiled into a book, for release in 2015. With a team of five, Eating Leeds aims to cover the best of what Leeds has to offer. “We are lucky to have a city full of amazing vegetable shops, spice traders and markets bursting with fresh meat, fish and local produce”, they told us. “We’re looking for recipes, places to shop locally to get the freshest and cheapest foods, and tips for growing your own. It’s a crowd-sourcing project aimed at gathering knowledge from those who have it and sharing it with those who don’t.” For further information, visit eatingleeds.tumblr.com


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News From Your Councillors CLLR DANIEL COHEN

Alwoodley Ward You may know that the city of Leeds is split into a number of regions, or to use the Councils’ terminology, localities.

Alwoodley belongs to Outer North East Locality, along with Harewood and Wetherby. There is a whole range of services that are the

There will be an Open Forum as part of the meeting

CLLR BILL URRY

Roundhay Ward Rogue Traders Tucked away on an anonymous industrial estate in Morley is West Yorkshire Joint Services. Covering all West Yorkshire, it includes Analytical Services, Archaeology, Archives, and Trading Standards. Councillors from all five West Yorkshire Authorities, and from across the Political Parties, regularly meet to discuss issues of common concern.

The moral of the story is not to engage at all with cold callers

responsibility of this locality team; waste bins, litter clearance, grit bins, grass cutting, leaf clearing, youth activity funding, well being grants, graffiti clearance, dog wardens … to name but a few of the tasks that they manage. All of these tasks, and a whole host of other important matters (such as local policing arrangements and school provision), are overseen by your Local Area Committee, made up of the elected Councillors for Alwoodley, Harewood and Wetherby, who seek to ensure that our residents are getting the services to which they are entitled. I am telling you all of this for two reasons – it is always good to know who it is that manages certain aspects of your council services and how we, as your local councillors – represent you in relation to those services. Our Area Committee

meetings (which like Full City Council Meetings are open to the public) sometimes leave the Civic Hall and come out into the areas we represent. The Outer North East Area Committee makes a visit to Alwoodley on Monday 17th March, 6pm at Treetops Community Centre. Should you wish to come it would be great to see you. There will be an Open Forum part of the meeting for members of the public to speak about particular concerns. Last year in Wetherby, there was a good public turn out, so … come on Alwoodley, let’s show what a really good attendance at a meeting looks like! As always, if you have any problems or issues, do get in touch.

A particular concern of the Trading Standards Team is the way that rogue traders will prey on anyone, but particularly on elderly and vulnerable people. People can become repeat victims with perpetrators returning time and again to do unwanted and unnecessary jobs and demanding recurrent payments until they think all the life savings of their confused and vulnerable victims have gone. A listing in a classified directory offers no reassurance to the public, as advertisers are not vetted. Ironically an advert offering an OAP discount should be treated with particular suspicion as it may simply be seeking to win the trust of a potential victim. And it is not just the elderly

- one scam involved cold callers offering to replace Tarmac. The victim made the mistake of letting a cold caller quote before definitively saying no. The next day she returned to find her drive dug up but with no one in sight. She contacted the mobile number she had for the business and received an apology for the ‘misunderstanding’ and the offer of a heavily discounted price. Once the money was paid, the trader vanished leaving the drive still dug up. The moral of the story is not to engage at all with cold callers. As far as possible, use traders from a source that you trust.

Have a great month! Daniel.cohen@leeds.gov.uk 0113 204 1094

Bill.urry@leeds.gov.uk 07891 278 717/ 0113 247 6927 Lead Councillor for Climate Change


The Rotary Club of Roundhay is the driving force behind an innovative project in a very poor part of Southern India. Working with the Sylvia Wright Trust, the club has funded a new IT room in the Sylvia Wright school, which provides for 210 profoundly deaf children in Tamil Nadu. Sylvia, a former Leeds nurse, moved to India in 1982 and runs a 220-bed hospital, two day centres for 80 severely disabled children, the residential school for profoundly deaf youngsters, and a Nursing College for 80 students. Rangammal School already offers an excellent traditional education, but deaf pupils were excluded from IT education because of a lack of computers

Pictured: The IT Room at Rangammal School

and equipment. Roundhay Rotary, District 1040 and The Rotary Foundation have raised almost £11,000 to set up a new IT room with 30 networked computers, visual aids and internet access.

They can now participate in national IT exams and will acquire skills which will help them significantly in the future. The facilities can also be used in the evenings by the 80 student nurses being trained in the adjacent Florence Nightingale Nursing College. On a short visit to the UK, Sylvia Wright will host a ‘Coffee with Sylvia’ morning at Sandmoor Golf Club, Alwoodley Lane, LS17 7DJ at 10.30am on Friday 4th April. All welcome. For more information, visit www.sylviawright.org or www. roundhayrotaryclub.co.uk

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I Want a Concert! Last Wish of a Well Loved Teacher Anne Margaret Brown (née Vaughan) was born in Leeds in 1936. She was a keen athlete and competed for Yorkshire in UK athletic competitions. But the real love of her life was teaching. She attended Doncaster Teacher Training College (19541956) and her first job was at Chapel Allerton C of E School. Her reference from the headmistress read: “Miss Vaughan is very capable, very hard-working, and anxious to provide every possible means and apparatus which will help the children to be interested in and love their school work. She has a delightful manner and it is always a joy to go into her class.”

She married in St Matthew’s Chapel Allerton before heading down south to raise a family and then return to teaching. She was an innovator and was prepared to go to great lengths to bring out the best in the hundreds of children she taught - even building a pottery kiln from scratch so that her pupils could learn from every stage of the process. She passed away last October, a much loved teacher, mum, grandma, friend and neighbour. Her family discovered an intriguing note in which she listed ten of her favourite songs to be played on her passing and the simple message ‘I want a concert!’ Her eldest son, Chris, decided it would be fitting to return to Chapel Allerton on her birthday to honour her wishes. The vicar of St Matthews, Revd David Robinson, kindly agreed to host the Memorial Service and Concert. And, Rachel

Pictured: Anne Margaret Brown, Back Row, Center. The Songs to be performed include Abide With Me ~ Climb Every Mountain ~ He Ain’t Heavy He’s My Brother ~ I Dreamed A Dream ~ You’ll Never Walk Alone Imagine ~ Rule Brittania ~ Candle In The Wind ~ My Way ~ Let There Be Peace On Earth.

Bradley, Musical Director of the Wakefield Community Gospel Choir created some unique arrangements of Anne’s songs. She also attracted some fine local musicians - including the Quartz String Quartet and children from the Stephanie Phillips School. The memorial concert is also an opportunity to raise funds for the charity Mary’s Meals - a cause close to Anne’s heart. www. marysmeals.org.uk If you knew Anne, would like to support Mary’s Meals, or would like to come and celebrate a life well-lived, please contact her son Chris Cook on 07788 129292 or chrisc145@hotmail.com. He will send you a free invitation to the concert, which takes place at St. Matthew’s Church, Wood Lane, Chapel Allerton, LS7 on Saturday 5th April at 5.30pm. Refreshments will be served in the parish hall next to the church. All are welcome.

New Community Garden Project in Roundhay Improvements to a community space in Roundhay have been made possible thanks to support from local councillors on the East Inner Area Committee, who have given £5,750 to the Gledhow Lane Residents’ Association for the continued upkeep of communal land on their street. The community group is hoping to transform the piece of abandoned land into a recreational space for the whole community. The funding will help to employ a tree surgeon, and carry out repairs to the well-used path, which is full of pot- holes. They also have plans to plant a fruit orchard and vegetables for the whole community to enjoy. “It is a Council priority to provide more urban green spaces so we are delighted to have been able to provide this funding”, said Councillor Sharon Hamilton. “The restoration of this land will provide a great space for children and the wider community. And, the fruit orchard and vegetables to be planted will improve the wellbeing and quality of life of the residents, by providing them with a healthy food source that they can nurture.”


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Hope Pastures Horse and Donkey Sanctuary is running a Charity Pig Racing Evening at Weetwood Hall on Saturday 8th March. With unbelievably cute, fluffy, toy pigs, this promises to be an evening of good old fashioned fun! “There have been lots of race evenings”, said Sue Huggins, a Hope Pastures trustee. “But pig racing is different – it’s very exciting and lots of fun. The pigs are unpredictable, and tend to stop and wag their tails part way through a race, making each race absolutely hysterical. ““Some local businesses are sponsoring their own races and, with the incentive of a bottle of

bubbly for winning pig ‘owners’, pig ownership in north Leeds is on the up!” As well as being able to buy and name their own pig, guests can become ‘trainers’ and have

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their own stable of eight pigs (one in every race). And, there will be a prize for the trainer with the most wins in the evening. Tickets are £8.50, which includes entry to the ‘course’, supper and the chance to pit your expertise against the bookies by predicting which pig will win. Pigs are £3 each. For more information, to book tickets or buy pigs, visit www. hopepastures.org, email: kim@ hopepastures.org or call 0113 261 4344. Hope Pastures is open to the public every day and organises educational group sessions for schools, brownies, elderly groups and special needs groups.

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One hundred fish and chip shops across the country recently smashed the National Federation of Fish Friers (NFFF) ‘Chip in for Charity’ fundraising target of £10,000 for the Fishermen’s Mission. The fundraising took place on a single day, commemorating the NFFF’s official 100th anniversary on 11th November 2013. When the NFFF asked if the shops would like to raise £100 each, the response was overwhelming. The NFFF itself raised funds by cooking over 100 portions of fish and chips for local pensioners at their head office training school in Meanwood. “It is fantastic to have exceeded the £10K target”, said Chris Hirst, Trusts and Corporate

The NFFF cooked over 100 portions of fish and chips for pensioners in Meanwood

Fundraising Manager at the Fisherman’s Mission. “On behalf of the Fishermen’s Mission I would like to thank all those who took part. “In the recent weeks storms have caused flooding and inconvenience for many. For the UK’s fishermen it has invariably meant that they have been unable to fish or have gone to sea in dangerous conditions. Since 1881 the Fishermen’s Mission has been there to help and offer support when things go wrong. Last year (2013) Mission staff travelled over 72,462 miles supporting fishermen and their families around the UK’s coast, made 8,054 home visits and helped fishermen access grants totalling £878,355.” www.federationoffishfriers.co.uk

Gledhow Cricket Club Seek New Players Gledhow Cricket Club, situated on Gledhow Lane, LS8, is currently looking for players of all standards and abilities to play on the senior side in the forthcoming season. The team is in one of the lower divisions but expects to progress upwards. The club also plans to start a second team - so if you have been out of cricket and are looking to get back in, this could be an ideal opportunity. If you are interested, please contact Anthony at anthony. child@ntlworld.com

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Stroke Association Calls for Volunteers The Stroke Association is looking for more volunteers to help with fundraising.

Roundhay Park – Home to Rare and Exotic Trees In Roundhay Park you’ll find walnut trees, a mulberry tree and a Deodar Cedar, the national tree of Pakistan! These are just three of the many rare and exotic trees included in two Tree Trails devised by The Friends of Roundhay Park. The Trails take you around the lawned areas between The Mansion and The Roundhay Fox which were originally planted as an arboretum. Each Trail takes around 30 minutes to complete and they can be linked into one longer, circular route.

A number of roles are available, including supporting fundraising events around Leeds, cheering on participants, setting up and running stands, and registering participants. Fundraisers could also support street and store collections and promote events and activities. They are also looking for collection box coordinators, responsible for placing collection boxes

at

various

venues,

encouraging local shops to have a box, and collecting these when they are full. “Many of our volunteers are actual stroke survivors themselves”, said Jo Beverley, Regional

Fundraiser.

“Volunteering helps to build up their confidence and skills to help them return to work, or to give something back to the charity.

A chance remark expressing regret that young people were no longer taught to recognise different types of trees, inspired Friends of Roundhay Park (FoRP) to try and rectify this by developing their tree trails. Over a twelve-month period, a group of volunteers each ‘adopted’ their own trees, which they photographed throughout the year. Their task was to capture detailed pictures of the bark, buds, fruit, leaves and general setting at each season. The area was also carefully surveyed and mapped and all trees measured. The detailed work carried out forms

The full colour booklet guides you around the Trails

the basis of a valuable information archive for the future, only part of which has been used to produce a fun guide for Park visitors of all ages. The full colour booklet containing maps, photographs and information guides you around the Trails and can be purchased for £2 from The Visitor Centre near the Mansion, With Love and City Stationers in Oakwood, and can also be ordered from info@ forp.co.uk, www.forp.co.uk, or by calling David Binns (FoRP Secretary) on 0113 293 2893. Profits will be used to support FoRP work in the Park.

Others may have been affected by stroke in their family. Any funds raised will help to ensure that the Stroke Association can continue its work supporting stroke survivors and their families.” For further information, please contact 0113 201 9794 or FRYorkshire@stroke.org.uk The Stroke Association campaigns to improve stroke care; supports people in recovery; and funds ground-breaking research to change the lives of people affected by stroke. For more information, visit www.stroke.org.uk or call the helpline on 0303 3033 100.


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Skelton Grange offers an inspiring natural setting for both creativity and fun and following the success of a recent workshop with willow sculptor Phil Bradley, they have more events planned.

woodland crafts, either in the school holidays for children, or on weekends for families – so they can enjoy a great day outdoors together. There are also plans for spoon carving, campfire cooking and other

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Male Shoveler

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It’s time to plant seeds! In the Border Perennial plants can be lifted and divided now and will reward you with a fabulous display later in the year. Any clumps which have spread too far or died off in the middle can be dug up and prised apart and healthy portions can be replanted in groups. Dig in some compost or well rotted manure and you’ll be amazed how much better your plants will perform. Prune your Buddleia now by cutting all the stems down to about 30cm. Don’t worry, it will soon be growing rapidly again and this will stop it from becoming overgrown and woody and will give you a nicely shaped

Nasturtiums offer a range of fabulous yellow flowers from zesty ‘St Clements’ to the cool lemon of ‘Milkmaid’ and many varieties will trail or climb

shrub with more flowers. Rose bushes too can be pruned. A handful of fish blood and bone and a mulch of compost will help newly pruned plants to put on healthy new growth.

Grow Your Own March always sees my windowsills full of trays of seedlings. Indoors you can start off tomatoes, peppers and chillies and in a cold frame or unheated greenhouse you can sow lettuces, leeks and peas. Later in the month, if the weather is mild, broad beans, carrots, onions and parsnips can be sown outside.

Turning Yorkshire Yellow March always sees my windowsills full of trays of seedlings

The Tour de France will pass through Yorkshire in early July and there are plans to cover the county with yellow flowers. Here are my top three easy to grow suggestions of what to plant: Nasturtiums offer a range of fabulous yellow flowers from zesty ‘St Clements’ to the cool lemon of ‘Milkmaid’ and many varieties will trail or climb so they make excellent subjects for hanging baskets and containers. The flowers are edible too and make a glamorous addition to salads. Pot marigolds (Calendula) are quick to grow into bushy upright plants covered in orange or yellow daisy-like flowers. They too have edible flowers and make excellent companion plants for the vegetable plot as well as looking vibrant and sunny in flowerbeds and pots. Poached Egg Plants (Limnanthes) are low growing with delicate fern like foliage smothered with white edged yellow flowers. All three of these can be sown directly outside towards the end of the month when the soil has warmed up or started off in trays or pots on a cool windowsill. They should all be looking beautiful in time for the race.

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Set in the Greenwich Village folk scene of the early 60s, the Coen Brother’s latest focuses on a fictional singer-songwriter based somewhat on Dave Van Ronk. Oscar Issac, in an attention grabbing, breakthrough role, plays the titular Llewyn Davis. As quietly assured of his artistic worth as he is disdainful of others who fail to meet his criteria for music worthy of respect, he doggedly pursues his musical ambitions facing disappointment and discouragement at every turn. A rootless drifter, down on his luck and out of pocket, Llewyn couch-surfs his way around those willing to tolerate him and seems unwilling or unable to make things any easier for himself. You suspect his refusal to compromise his integrity one iota means the greatest impediment to his success is of his own making. The film, like the character of Davis himself is somewhat aimless and meandering. Striking out on his own as a solo act after the abrupt and untimely end of his previous musical partnership, he becomes

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the reluctant guardian of a cat, brings about complications in his friendship with fellow folk artists, Jean and Jim (Carey Mulligan and Justin Timberlake, both superb), takes a road trip to Chicago with a taciturn beatnik and a smack addled Jazz musician (the great John Goodman) all the while exacerbating his own isolation. Llewyn Davis is a fully realised and believable character but not necessarily likable or sympathetic. We feel his exasperation with his disheartening misfortune while it’s clear he is his own worst enemy. It’s difficult to get on side with Llewyn and yet, when he picks up a guitar and begins to sing he just about redeems himself and comes close to convincing you that his self


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belief and perseverance might be justified. The soundtrack, particularly the captivating live performance sequences, is excellent due to regular Coens collaborator, T-Bone Burnett (whom Oscar Issac has described as a ‘genius’ and ‘musical revolutionary’) on board as producer. The film, in both sight and sound, is an exquisitely handsome production, awash with nostalgia and melancholy, beautifully rendered by cinematographer, Bruno Delbonnel’s hazy focus and colour palette of muted greys, soft browns and blue. More of a mood piece than a narrative driven feature, Inside Llewyn Davis offers a glimpse

into the life of the character without tidy resolution or the redemptive clichés another ‘struggling artist’ movie may have opted for. We wonder if it’s a question of bad timing for Llewyn, operating in a musical niche that will soon explode globally with the arrival of the young Bob Dylan, or if maybe, he just doesn’t have what it takes. He seems trapped in a cycle of self-sabotage, doomed to toil forever in obscurity. One could argue that, like the musical career of Llewyn Davis, the film doesn’t really go anywhere and perhaps that’s the point. Whatever the case, I found it a trip well worth taking and can see it becoming one of my favourite Coen Brothers’ films.

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A former Leeds Metropolitan University film student has been shortlisted in the best live action short category at the 2014 Academy Awards. MA Film and Moving Image graduate, Phil Wood, was Director of Photography on The Voorman Problem, a 13-minute piece starring Martin Freeman and Tom Hollander. “It’s incredible to have shot an Oscar-nominated short”, said Phil, who graduated from the Northern Film School in 2005. “I was filming when the nominations were announced and

it wasn’t until my camera assistant whispered in my ear that I realised ‘The Voorman Problem’ had been nominated. “I have very fond memories of my time at the Northern Film School. Looking back it was the ideal springboard for a career in Cinematography. The real plus point was not only that I left with the knowledge and skills of my craft, but that I also had a very

extensive portfolio of work that I could immediately show to potential employers.” The film, based on an excerpt from the novel Number9dream by David Mitchell, portrays Voorman (Hollander) as a prisoner who believes he’s a god. Psychiatrist, Dr Williams (Martin Freeman), is called in to examine the patient, who has managed to convince the other prisoners that he’s telling the truth. The film has had 24 official selections at film festivals around the world so far and has won Best Live Action Short at the St Louis International Short Film Festival and Best Screenplay at the Corona Fastnet Short Film Festival. It has also been nominated for a BAFTA in the short film category.

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Egokiller Release 52 Singles for Homeless Charities! Local Jam-Band, Funk-Rock outfit and groove merchants, Egokiller are currently knee deep in an ambitious and impressive project. Last July they set themselves the challenge of releasing a single every week for a year to raise money for homeless charities Crisis, The Big Issue North and Shelter. It’s a timely cause as the strain of the economic downturn, combined with radical welfare cuts and growing housing market pressures mean increasing numbers of people are becoming homeless, with families and younger people being the hardest hit. Members of the band have personally struggled with homelessness or know someone who has so they decided to campaign and contribute in the best way they know how - through music. By releasing a single weekly on themes as broad as love, immigration, health and of course homelessness itself, the potential to gain people’s attention and support is huge. It is also a fun way to contribute. For a little bit of money people get some great music and know their money is going to help people who need it. The Egokiller sound is freeform and improvisational but grounded in solid hooks and tight grooves. The material for the singles takes shape on the fly in the studio and, as the band is currently without a full time drummer, there’s often a little shake up with the personnel. So far the band has played with

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seventeen drummers, including BBC Radio host Alan Raw and ex Groove Armada drummer Joe Herzberg. The first single, Harms Sway, was released last July. The band will continue to release a single a week until August and

will keep donating the profits into 2015. The singles are released and shared on social network sites like Bandcamp, Facebook, Twitter and Reverb Nation and through their website www. egokiller.co.uk


MIK ARTISTIK’S EGO TRIP The gig was meant to start at 9pm so we headed down to The Grove Pub in plenty of time, getting there at 8.30pm. Not only was Mik singing away already, we couldn’t even get into the room! That says something about this subversive, unique entertainer. Amidst many dirty looks and harshly hissed orders to ‘MOVE’ we pushed our way in and held our ground. This was my first Mik Artistik experience and is unlikely to be my last. Backed by the excellent Benson J Walker on bass and Jonny Flockton on lead guitar, they ripped through songs like ‘Rex’ (about a stray dog that had adopted him then virtually caused a custody battle when his relationship broke up), ‘Turning into Dad’, and ‘Cards on the Street’ –about being ignored by the young as they handed out club flyers on Briggate! There were many more favourites - ‘Window Cleaner’, ‘Rastafarian Wiring’, ‘Sudoku

Mik has a huge following, which includes people like Keith Allen, Johnny Vegas and John Cooper Clarke Man’. People were joining in, and a large contingency from Batley was in fine voice. Mik describes what he does as Rock and Roll Stand Up, a friend called it ‘comedically poignant’, which is a good description. Like a lot of the best stand up, Mik’s material is inclusive and relatable and could accurately be called ‘tragi-comic’. The songs may be deeply sad, yet at the same time gut-bustingly hilarious. He has a huge following, which includes people like Keith Allen, Johnny Vegas and John Cooper Clarke. The band’s new album ‘Supreme’ is out now and is available from Jumbo Records, Crash Records and Relics or by emailing Mik directly at mik@ mikartistik.com Mik Artistik’s Ego Trip are regulars at Seven Arts, Korks in Otley and The Grove. To keep up with where they are and what they are doing, visit mikartistik.com or the Fan Club page on Facebook. CCC

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CRYBABYCRY OPORTO, LEEDS TUES, JAN 28, 2014 CryBabyCry have been on my musical radar for well over a year, but despite the best intentions I’d previously failed to catch them live. Knowing the players involved (Jonny Firth and Rosie Doonan are both fine solo performers in their own right) I had good reason to assume they’d be well worth checking out. So, this particularly wet and miserable Tuesday night, having attended the launch and line-up announcement for Live at Leeds (looking very good, as it goes), I squeezed into a packedto-capacity Oporto and was treated to an electrifying set that exceeded my already high expectations. Describing themselves as The Black Keys meets Nancy Sinatra, CryBabyCry are a powerful three-piece whose tightly arranged tunes take in influences from the best of classic American music - Blues, Southern Rock, Gospel, Country, shades of Motown Soul - and are presented with a decidedly matter of fact, down to business Yorkshire attitude. Firth and Doonan share co-front person duties and instruments are swapped to and fro - both of them being equally at home on guitar and bass. They are backed on drums by the formidable Nici Todd, a fine-tuned percussive engine who is the very definition of ‘rock solid’, diligently pounding it out with never a beat, fill or cymbal clash out of place. It’s hard not to be impressed by the trio who display an easy confidence on stage

with intense chemistry and instrumental fluency. The lead and backing vocals of Doonan and Firth are perfectly complimentary and share the grit and brassy gutsiness that suits their Bluessoaked material. Those lucky enough to be in attendance went away with a limited edition three track CD included in the price of admission. And a very fine recording it is too, comprising of a trio of the set’s many highlights; the solid groove of the riff-driven Go Go with its stomping chorus, the slinky, sultry, bass-heavy The Tramp and the twangy, countrified soul of Lovely Bones. Extremely limited numbers of this debut EP, which offers a tantalizingly teasing taste of the album to come, are available at Jumbo and Crash record stores in the city centre. I advise you snap one up while you can. CryBabyCry aren’t looking to break new musical ground, nor are they interested in reinventing the wheel, but they sure as hell know what a classic tune sounds and feels like. In this regard they play to their considerable strengths, the vocals, rhythm and fretwork are all faultlessly top flight stuff. A band with an abundance of infectious riffs and hooks and oodles of charisma, CryBabyCry are a captivating and thrilling live act and deserving of every success. Long may they Rock!


ManFloo Sat 1 March Horsforth Hotel, Horsforth & Sat 22 March O’Neills, Leeds. 9pm.
Fun covers band playing hits from last 5 decades! Free John Cooper Clarke Sat

1 Mar, Leeds Town Hall, £18.50 - £35. Performance poet who’s toured with The Sex Pistols, The Clash, Buzzcocks, & Elvis Costello.

Young Rebel Set Sat 1

Mar, Brudenell Social Club, £7.70. Gritty urban folk.

Bombay Bicycle Club Sun 2 Mar, O2 Academy, £45. Indie-Pop.

Crystal Antlers Sun 2

Mar, Brudenell Social Club, £9.50 “Merging psych, garage, lo-fi, prog, & other influences. Easily maintains consistency despite complete inability to be pinned to any specific movement or trend” Pitchfork

The Preatures Mon 3

Mar, Brudenell Social Club £9.50. Australian rock n’ roll band compared to HAIM & Fleetwood Mac.

Thomas J Speight Tue 4

Mar, The Cockpit, £6.60. Singer/songwriter, recently worked with Tim Rice Oxley & Jesse Quin of Keane.

Cassia String Quartet

Wed 5 Mar, The Venue (Leeds College of Music), 1:05pm Free. Programme of works comprising Haydn: String Quartet Op 33 No 4, Mendelssohn: String Quartet No 2

Foxes Thu 6 Mar, The Cockpit, £8. Resplendent

synths, industrial percussion & vocals by turns searing & soaring.

Eagulls Thu 6 Mar,

Dances & selection of popular classics

The Telescopes Sun 16

Brudenell Social Club, £4.40. No messin’, Punked out heaviness.

Mar, Belgrave Music Hall, £7.70. Darker, more experimental My Bloody Valentine or Loop

Limehouse Lizzy Thu 6

Ella Eyre Mon 17 Mar,

Mar, Irish Centre, £14.30. Renowned Thin Lizzy tribute act.

Pete Greenwood Fri 7

Mar, All Hallows Church, £6. Songs of structure, rigidity & lush lyrical sprawl in soft, earthy tones.

Lewis Hamilton Band

Sat 8 Mar, Duck & Drake, 9:30pm, Free. Nominated for ‘Young Blues Artist of The Year’ in the British Blues Awards

Djangologie Sat 8 March, 8pm Otley Courthouse. Spirited celebration of Hot Club de France. £11/£9 on door Eiger Music Studio’s 5th Birthday Party Sat 8

March at Eiger Studios, LS11 5NF. Music by Theme Park, Galaxians, Invisible Hands, Fold, Treason Kings & Those Delta Wolves. Tickets £6 from Jumbo & Crash

Martin Harley Band Wed 12 Mar, Brudenell Social Club, £13.75. Delta Blues & Gypsy Swing. Mambo! Celebration of Orchestral Dance Music: Leeds University Union Music Society Sun 16 Mar,

Leeds Town Hall, 3pm, £20- £10 / £5. Fiery latin rhythms of Bernstein’s West Side Story alongside Dvorák’s rousing Slavonic

The Cockpit, £9. Guest vocalist on Rudimental’s hit ‘Waiting All Night’, has appeared on recordings with Tinie Tempah, Naughty Boy & Bastille. Infectious R&B/Pop.

Ugly Duckling Mon 17 Mar, The Wardrobe, £16.50. West Coast Hip-Hop. Metronomy Tue 18 Mar, O2 Academy, £8 - £17. Alternative electronica group producing funkinfused beats, androidesque vocals & highly addictive bass-lines.

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March, 7.45pm at Howard Assembly Room, Grand Theatre. Inimitable a cappella group presents intimate evening of great gospel songs. ‘Naturally 7 are a mind-blowing & joyful experience.’

Bassekou Kouyate

Wed 19 Mar, Howard Assembly Room, £15. Bassekou Kouyate is a master of the ngoni, a lute-like instrument from West Africa. The Guardian describes him as an ‘African answer to Hendrix’.

Jean Toussaint Quartet Thu 20 Mar, Seven Arts, £14 - £16. New York Saxophonist formerly with Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers producing

joyful and fiery jazz funk.

Andy McKee Thu 20 Mar, City Varieties Music Hall, £21. One of the world’s finest acoustic guitar soloists.

Thomas Dybdahl Sat 22 Mar, Brudenell Social Club, £5.50. Former guitarist from Quadrophonics. Often compared to Nick Cave or Jeff Buckley with his natural, effortless, yet deep, melancholic & soulful sound. The Young Knives Mon 24 Mar Brudenell Social Club, £11. Smart, savvy & eccentric Artrock. Sam Brookes Tue 25 Mar, Oporto, £5.50. Propulsive, narratively rich folk, delivered in a soaring vocal with evocative lyrics. Vessels Thu 27 Mar, Belgrave Music Hall, £7.70. Brilliantly catchy & ferociously intelligent noises in the same vein as Aerogramme & Oceansize. The Leeds Bluegrass Club Thurs 27 March,

from 8.30pm at The Grove Inn, Back Row, Holbeck. Live, acoustic, Americana roots/ Bluegrass/Country. Resident bands + guests. Picking sessions, musicians welcome. £3. Details: John 267 0761, Kevin 267 7040

Helen Watson Trio Fri 28 March, 8pm New Headingley Club, 56 St Michael’s Road LS6. with a set of their original songs incorporating folk, jazz & blues. Helen has sung with Joe Cocker, EmmyLou Harris, Linda Ronstadt.


Yorkshire is Best Cycling Destination in the World! The Tour de France may still be months away but it’s all kicking off in Yorkshire already!

Photography Stuart Hendry

No one will be able to say that Yorkshire didn’t take advantage of the Tour de France spotlight. At the end of January Welcome to Yorkshire launched its Yorkshire Cultural Festival with a fantastic programme of events lined up across the county. And the Festival of Cycling at Harewood House is turning the Tour weekend into a massive party and celebration of cycling. According to Olympic silver medal cyclist, Lizzie Armitstead, ambassador for the Yorkshire Festival of Cycling at Harewood House, Yorkshire is the best cycling destination in the world! Of course, Stage 1 of Le Grand Depart passes right through her home town, Otley, on 5th July on its way to Harrogate. She will be celebrating the occasion at Harewood.

“There’s such a buzz about cycling in Yorkshire at the moment”, said Lizzie. “As a county we’ve produced some of the best cyclists in the world and we’re very proud of our cycling history. For me, this is the best cycling destination in the world; the scenery’s beautiful and the terrain is tough, relentless even, but it’s training in these conditions that makes Yorkshire’s cyclists such strong competitors. “I’m really looking forward to being a spectator for once and enjoying the race with my family and friends. We’ll be getting together at the Yorkshire Festival of Cycling to take part in as many events as we can, from the time trials and family rides to the mountain biking. There’ll be so much going on all weekend, I’m even planning to try a bit of glamping!”


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The three-day event will be a celebration of all things cycling; ticket-holders can camp in Harewood’s historic grounds, see the Tour first hand as the peloton races up the front drive and past the house, and then watch the action live on big screens. People will be able to follow in the riders’ tracks on organised rides and take part in a host of other cycling and running events. A Shopping Expo and plenty of music and cycling-related entertainment - including a thousand-seat Cycle Cinema and talks from the UK’s favourite cycling authors – are just a few of the attractions that will keep visitors entertained off their bikes. Tickets for the Festival (4th – 6th July) are available now from www.festivalofcycling.org

There’s such a buzz about cycling in Yorkshire at the moment

The Yorkshire Cultural Festival, the brainchild of Welcome to Yorkshire, has commissioned 47 projects to be part of the 100-day festival - which will include hundreds of fringe events. Highlights include sculptor Thomas Houseago, who is creating two giant sculptures for Leeds City Centre and the Yorkshire Sculpture Park. West Yorkshire Playhouse will host ‘Beryl’, written by actress Maxine Peake, to celebrate the extraordinary sporting achievements of Morley cyclist Beryl Burton. And, award-winning director Daisy Asquith teams up with musician Bill Nelson to create a film that will be shown on outdoor screens in locations across Yorkshire. Visit www.yorkshirefestival. co.uk for full details of upcoming events


Le Tour de Roundhay!

Roundhay Live is organising an exciting, cycle-based community

event on Sunday 22nd June, to celebrate the Le Grand Depart of the Tour de France on 5th July. There will be activities for all the family, whether they cycle or not, from 12.30 – 5pm at Roundhay High School. The programme includes: • Children’s Cycling organised by West Yorkshire Track Cycling with various competitions, including races for different age groups • Adult Cycling organised by Leeds Cycling Campaign with three levels of social

road rides (easy, moderate and “sportif”) setting off from the front of the school All cycling events will have a limited number of places and participants will be required to register in advance. Details of the application process will be available in March through local schools and the Roundhay Live website – www.is.gd/roundhaylive • Fun, Music and Food organised by Oakwood Tenants and Residents Association, aims to also raise funds to restore Oakwood Clock. This will include local and French food, a music marquee with several bands, funfair, bouncy castle, and cycling related stalls, e.g. ‘beat the clock’, a cycle-powered smoothie machine and a cycle-powered cinema. For further information and to volunteer, email nigel.jonesrcs@ ntlworld.com

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Marie Curie is the official charity partner of Yorkshire’s Grand Départ and is calling on people to take on the fundraising challenge and join in the ‘Grand Départy’. The charity is aiming to raise £1M. Taking inspiration from the iconic Yellow Jersey, cycling and France, Marie Curie has developed a new fundraising pack full of ideas to inspire you, including: • Go Cycling - Organise your own cycling tour or take part in their cycle to work week and get your friends to sponsor you. Or, contact your local gym to see if they would hold a static cycle or sponsored spin class. • Go Yellow – Have a day where everyone wears yellow.

• Go French – Hold a French themed dinner party or sports day. “We want as many people as possible to do something extraordinary to raise money for Marie Curie”, said Jane Collins, Marie Curie’s Chief Executive. “Even if you’re not a cyclist, there are so many ways for you to get involved. All the money raised will enable us to offer free care for more people with terminal illnesses.” To register for a Grand Départy fundraising pack, visit www.mariecurie.org.uk/tourdefrance. Or, donate £5 directly to Marie Curie by texting TOUR to 70007.


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Sustrans Joins NVA and Phoenix to Create Ghost Peleton As part of the Yorkshire Festival, Sustrans has joined up with Scottish public arts charity NVA and Phoenix Dance to create ‘Ghost Peleton’, an exciting participatory artwork incorporating a team of 50 road racers, stunt cyclists and largescale projection of dancers all using remote controlled light suits to produce stunning live choreography. Following the success of NVA’s ‘Speed of Light’, which choreographed massed runners in sites as diverse as Edinburgh and Yokohama Docks, Leeds and Yorkshire are the new canvas for light in motion using cycling. (www.nvaspeedoflight. org.uk/ghostpeloton)

Not only will we see the start date for City Connect; a Dutch Style cycle route from Leeds to Bradford City Centre, but we’ll also be waving off the world’s best cyclists Sustrans works to create a world in which people choose to travel in ways that benefit their health and our environment. It is busy developing the National Cycle Network across Leeds and working in schools, communities, workplaces and universities to unlock the region’s potential for sustainable transport. Its aim is to make it practical for people to travel on foot, bike or public transport for 80% of their journeys by 2020 – the norm in many northern European cities, whilst here we’re currently at just 40%. “2014 is an exciting year”, said Paul Osborne, Programme Manager Smarter Choices, Sustrans. “Not only will we see the start date for City Connect; a Dutch Style cycle route from Leeds to Bradford City Centre, but we’ll also be waving off the world’s best cyclists on the Grand Depart and opening the 1000th mile of National Cycle Network in Yorkshire.” Sustrans is also running a film competition with local schools ‘Bonjour! Film your Tour’ and attending the Yorkshire Festival of Cycling at Harewood House. It is currently looking for volunteers to support its work – from giving the National Cycle Network some TLC, to helping run travel awareness events, staffing stalls, or getting involved in the Cultural Festival. For more information about how you can get involved, visit www. sustrans.org.uk/volunteer or email volunteers-yorks@sustrans.org.uk

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GSAL Students in Final of Real Business Challenge A team of Year 10 students from The Grammar School at Leeds (GSAL) recently produced a winning marketing campaign in the regional final of the Real Business Challenge, run by Coca Cola Enterprises Ltd in partnership with the charity StreetGames.

business studies. On hearing about the competition they recruited the rest of the team. The eight team members, Sobaan Ali, Cara Balen, Sophia Wakefield, Dhaval Sethi, Sophie Wilson, Jamie McDonald, Jireh Chiu and Harry Street, will compete in the national final against 10 other schools from across the UK, in London on 25th March.

The team will compete in the national final in London on 25th March

Competitors had to devise a campaign to increase awareness of a StreetGames multi-sport festival taking place this Summer. They had one day in which to design a poster and an app, create a viral video and prepare a presentation, before pitching their campaign to four judges. Just two of the GSAL team, Sobaan Ali and Dhaval Sethi, are working towards a GCSE in

Girlguiding isn’t Just for Girls! Girlguiding is the country’s leading organisation for girls and women. It offers a range of volunteering opportunities to enable girls and young women to grow in confidence and discover their full potential in a safe, girl-only space. The opportunities for adults to get involved are many – from volunteering as a Unit Leader, to helping on an occasional basis. By volunteering with Girlguiding, you allow girls to enjoy a range of exciting activities, as well as acquiring new skills and experiences yourself. “We meet once a week, and follow a plan of exciting activities”, said Heather, who volunteers with 1st Chapel Allerton Brownies. “We work

The opportunities for adults to get involved are many

towards badges – such as making bird feeders for our Seasons’ Badge, and painting stones to make paperweights for the Craft Badge. The girls choose which badges they want to get, to ensure that they are doing things they enjoy.” Girlguiding constantly evolves and adapts to the needs of its members. “We do our best to give the girls opportunities to visit new places and have new experiences”, explained Megan, a Young Leader. “We

have taken our Brownies on trips to the seaside, as well as on Pack Holidays to London, and Guide and Scout Houses in-and-around Leeds.” For further information call 0800 169 5901 or visit www. girlguiding.org.uk.


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Little Hiccups Lines Up the Challenges! Little Hiccups, a Leeds charity that supports families of children with disabilities, has set itself a fundraising target of £15,000 for this year.

Big Brownie Birthday at St Andrew’s The first Brownies pack at St Andrew’s Shaftesbury Avenue, Roundhay, was set up in 1935. They celebrated the 100th anniversary of the foundation of the Brownies by leading the Sunday morning service on 26th January.

To achieve this is has recruited a team of over 60 who will set out to conquer some of the toughest challenges in the North in 2014. These include the Major Series, Tough Mudder, Electric Run, Spartan Race, Colour Run, Leeds 10K and Half Marathon, and Yorkshire Triathlon and Warrior events. The aim is to raise enough money to buy two specialist, all-terrain wheelchair buggies that families can borrow. These wheelchairs are amazing! With one of these children will be able to experience the beach, parkland and forest. The buggies also attach to a bike as a trailer, convert into

Little Hiccups T-shirts were donated by the Midland Hotel and Coffee Shop in Woodlesford. Appen Creations designed their website. And, Wendy Potter Photography will be photographing the events throughout the year – all at no cost to the charity.

The aim is to raise enough money to buy two specialist, all-terrain wheelchair buggies

a car seat and even have skis! So, children who struggle physically will have the chance to do things they have never done before. About 20 of the team recently turned up for their first training session at the Armley Park 161 Killer Stairs. The weather was horrific but they thoroughly enjoyed the stair running, jumping in puddles and preparing for the challenges ahead. For further information and to support Little Hiccups’ challenges, please call 07831 230 741 or visit www.littlehiccups.co.uk/ conquerors

“The Brownies worked hard to prepare for the service”, said Assistant Brownie Guider Rachel Murray. “They spread out a timeline they had worked on over several weeks. Two special dates were 1914, when Brownies were established, and 1935 when the first pack was started at St Andrew’s by 17 year old Guide Betty Clark, who is still a stalwart of St Andrew’s. At the time she was told by national headquarters that she was too young to lead Brownies – so, she helped with the Brownies and led the Cubs instead! “At the service, the Brownies chose the hymns, led the singing, read prayers that they had written themselves, and gave the blessing by reciting Brownie Bells.”


Moorlands New Headmaster Returns to his Roots Founded in 1897 Moorlands is the oldest prep school in Leeds and is proud of its Yorkshire Heritage – as is its new headmaster, Martin McElhone, who returns to his roots in Leeds after teaching in London, New York and Dubai. He brings a wealth of experience to the role and is determined to make a difference to every pupil at the school. He has latched on to the school motto ‘Intrepid’ and is using it to inspire all areas of school activity. “We talk about how being intrepid is not always about the grand gesture”, said Martin McElhone. “It could simply mean

‘having a go’, such as offering an answer in class when you are not quite sure, or trying something new, doing your best.” This ‘have a go’ attitude is making an impact, not only in the classroom, but also in the sports arena – where there have been great achievements on the Rugby field, Netball court, and in the swimming pool.

Moorlands School educates children from ages two to 13 and believes in providing opportunities for every child in a safe and happy environment. It has wonderful facilities, including spacious grounds, a swimming pool and sports hall and dedicated facilities for the arts. It is large enough to have great facilities but also small class sizes and an excellent pastoral system. It is the only school in Leeds to prepare pupils for Common Entrance at 13 and is a leader within the Prep Schools Baccalaureate group of schools. For further information, please visit www.moorlandsschool.co.uk

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The Thackray Medical Museum recently unveiled its latest family exhibition ‘Skeleton Science’, which is on loan from Durham University Museums.

The exhibition draws on the work of bio-archaeologists and how they can tell us more about our ancient past by looking at skeletal remains. The life of a skeleton can be traced in the laboratory, exploring disease, injury, family relationships and incredible journeys. As part of the display, you will come face-to-face with an ancient skeleton and discover how this cutting-edge science is helping to solve some of the greatest archaeological and medical mysteries. This interactive exhibition is perfect for budding archaeologists. “This is an exciting year for us as we are opening two brand new exhibitions”, said Lauren RyallStockton, Curator. “In addition

to ‘Skeleton Science’, July sees the opening of ‘Recovery? From Flanders to Afghanistan’, an exhibition commemorating the centenary of WWI. Both of these exhibitions draw together elements of the past, as well as cutting edge science and medicine.” ‘Skeleton Science’ runs until January 2015 and will be the focal point for a series of events planned throughout the year, including the return of the popular heart dissection activity. Children will become scientists as they find out how the heart works, what an important role it has in the body and why it is important to look after it. For further information, visit www.thackraymedicalmuseum. co.uk


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COMMUNITYNOTICES ACTIVE Active Women Leeds

Cycle rides 3rd Sun of month, 11am leaving from Waitrose car park, Meanwood. Circular routes along quiet roads or off road cycle paths around north Leeds. Free. Details: 395

7364, www.goskyride.com/ breeze.

Alwoodley Community Association Badminton Club Friendly group welcomes all abilities for badminton & social events Mon from 9pm & Wed from 8.30pm. Details:

Vicky 07561 292699, Phil 268 9996, acabc@gmx. co.uk, www.alwoodley communityassociation.co.uk

Alwoodley Martial Arts Club – Karate Jutsu. Wed

6 – 7.30pm at Alwoodley Community Association, The Avenue LS17 7NZ. Family Karate. Free trial lesson.

Details: 07729 392 546 8ightball59@gmail.com

Leeds Naturist Group

(founded 1985) meets Sat 5 – 6.30pm at Bramley Baths & is open to all. Naturist swim & Russian steam bath, followed by refreshments in the studio. Identity documents required on first visit. Details:

leedsnaturistgroup@ gmail.com, www. leedsnaturistgroup.com

Leeds Tai Chi Academy

Weekly class Mon 7-9pm at Chapel Allerton Primary School, Harrogate Rd, LS7.

Details: 07581 217074, milarepason@hotmail.co.uk

Like to Walk? Join a group of walkers who meet Tues twice a month for 10 – 12 mile walks starting 10am.

Details: Richard 267 3623

Lindy Hop Dance Classes Mon 8 – 11pm, Moortown

Social Club, LS17 5LA. Beginners 8pm, Intermediate 9.30pm, Followed by social dancing. £5. Details:

Joyce 278 9891, www. swingjiveleeds.com

Moortown Rugby Union Respect, teamwork,

Walkabout! Alwoodleybased friendly group that enjoy walks, both local & further afield. Varied programme, short medium or long walks take place at weekends, evenings & midweek. Social activities too. All welcome. Details:

discipline, fun. Brilliant club for under 7s (Year 2) to adults. They train & play Sun 10:30am at Moss Valley, LS17 7NT. Details: Damian

Barbara Wakefield 285 7136, Sarah Barnes 261 9212, Nicky Whitfield 267 9867 www. alwoodleywalkabout.org.uk

Pudsey & District Rambling Club Walks of

Meets Thurs 7.30 – 9.30pm at The Community Hall, The Avenue, Alwoodley, LS17 2NZ. Practical meetings, workshops, demonstrations & talks. Details: 2251546,

Curtis 07860 454701, damian.curtis@bt.com or www.pitchero.com/clubs/ moortownrufc/

5 - 10 miles Sun & alt Thurs. New members welcome in this friendly, long established club with members from all over the district. Annual membership £8 (£1 juniors). Try before you join. Details:

07714 677721, stephen@ whitakerpd.co.uk

Ramgarhia Sports Centre

Adults: Circuit Training (Mon & Wed 6.30 – 7.30pm; Fri 6 – 7pm). £5 per class. Children: Cricket (ages 8-16, Sun 10am – noon); Hockey (Fri, 5 – 6pm). £2 per class. All abilities welcome. Details:

262 5657, ‘Ramgarhia Sikh Centre’ on facebook.

Roundhay parkrun Sat 8.45am for 9am start, at the bandstand near The Mansion. Free 5k timed run for all ages & abilities. Details: www.

parkrun.org.uk/roundhay

Scottish Country Dance Classes Thurs 7.30 – 10pm

at Lidgett Park Methodist Church, Lidgett Place. All welcome. First class free. Good company, good music & good exercise. Details:

Irene 263 1310, glyn.cup@ virginmedia.com

ARTS & CRAFTS Alwoodley Art Group

info@5dpublicity.com, www. alwoodleyartgroup-leeds. com

Chinese Brush Painters Society at Pool-in-

Wharfedale Memorial Village Hall, Arthington Lane, Pool, 10am – 4pm. - 4pm. Sun 9 March: Painting figures in the meticulous (gongbi) style with Anne Allan. Sat 22 March: Painting hares & rabbits in freestyle with Nick Hornigold. New members welcome. Details: Anne

Allan 01422 368482, mail@ cbpsyorks.co.uk

Stainbeck Art Club 2nd & 4th Tues, 1.45 – 4pm Meeting Room, Methodist Community Centre, Town St. Chapel Allerton. Practical & demonstrations. Also painting & sketching days out. New members all abilities welcome. Details: Rose or Ken 266 5005

COFFEE MORNINGS, FAIRS & MARKETS Coffee, Cake & Chat

Every 4th Sat, 10.30am – noon, Stainbeck Church, Stainbeck Rd. Cake stall,

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

books, Fairtrade. All welcome. www.stainbeck.

urc.org.uk

Indoor Car Boot Sale Sat 29 March, 10am – 1pm at St Gemma’s Hospice, Harrogate Rd, Moortown. Wide variety of items at bargain prices! Free parking. Entry by donation. Details: Jenny 218 5565, jennyd@st-gemma. co.uk

Jumble Sale with Style Sat 15 March, 11am - 1pm at Chapel Allerton Methodist Centre, Town St. Chapel Allerton. In support of Triratna Leeds Buddhist Centre. Everyone welcome. Leeds Feline Friends Spring Fair Sat 29 March,

10am – 1pm at St Margaret’s Church Hall, Horsforth. Variety of stalls including Easter Egg tombola, books & cakes. Delicious refreshments & bargains galore!

Oakwood Farmers’ Market 3rd Sat of month,

9am – 12.30pm at Oakwood Clock.

St Gemma’s Hospice Spring Fair Sat 5 April,

10am – 3pm at the hospice, Harrogate Rd. LS17. Easter fun, chocolate treats & some great deals on local stalls. Plus tea & cakes! Donations & volunteers welcome.

Details: 218 5570, nicolah@ st-gemma.co.uk

GROUPS/CLUBS Bridge For All! Leeds Bridge Club, Stonegate Rd, Moortown A friendly bridge club offering Bridge five nights a week for experienced players. No partner needed on Tues & Thurs. Lessons for all levels from beginners upwards. Details: Anne 203

7821, www.leedsbridgeclub. com

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Friends of Allerton Grange Fields Friendly

Human Writes in Leeds (HWIL) meets Fri

group of volunteers working to maintain & enhance Allerton Grange Fields off Lidgett Lane, LS17. New volunteers welcome. Details:

14 March,1pm in café of West Yorkshire Playhouse. Participants bring short pieces of their writing for discussion. Details:

Gledhow Valley Conservation Area Group

Kaleidoscope Social Club

foagf@outlook.com, www. friendsallertongrange.org

A voluntary group focusing on the heritage, green spaces & structures of the Conservation Area, bringing people together to value the historic environment with fundraising & social events. Details:

gvcag@yahoo.co.uk, www. gledhow.org.uk

Greenpeace Leeds meet

1st Mon of month, 6.30pm Wharf Chambers, Wharf St, LS2 (by The Calls). Join the growing action to protect our forests, oceans & stop climate chaos. Details: Joe 07929

610773, www.greenpeace. org.uk/groups

humanwritesinleeds. wordpress.com

for over 50s & unattached with a zest for life. Monthly programme of events. Not a dating agency. Details:

262 1455 or 261 2619, www. kaleidoscopeleeds.weebly. com

Leeds Anglo German Club Mon 24 March, 7.30pm

at Headingley St Columba’s URC. Gillian Roche will talk about writers, composers & artists from German-speaking countries who came to live in England in 18th & 19th centuries. In German & English. Details: 268 7697

Leeds Caledonians Next Club Evening Mon 14 April at The Stables, Back Church

Lane, Adel.In the meantime, check their website for many photographs taken at the Burns Dinner at Castle Grove on 25 Jan.

mail@leedsfelinefriends.org. uk, www.leedsfelinefriends. org.uk

Leeds Cat Rescue

for preservation of the NHS. Meets Muir Court, St Michael’s Rd. LS6. Next meeting: Tues 18 March. Details: Beatrice

rehabilitates lost & neglected cats & kittens. If you can offer a loving home, please contact them. Details: 268 0488,

leedscatrescue@googlemail. com, www.leedscatrescue. btck.co.uk

Leeds Bridge Club Moor

Allerton Sports & Social Centre (MASSC), Stonegate Rd, LS17 Beginners classes: Mon 2 – 4.15pm, Fri 7 – 9.15pm, Thurs 1.30 - 3.45pm from 30 Sept. Improvers: Tues 12.45 – 3pm, Thurs 7 - 9.15pm, Fri 10 – 12.15pm, Fri 7 – 9.15pm from 1 Oct.

Details: Gill Copeland 225 7237, www.leedsbridgeclub. com

Leeds Hospital Alert Small group campaigning

Rogers 278 5495, info@ leedshospitalalert.org.uk

Leeds Oxfam Group

Lively group campaigning on issues of interest to everyone concerned about global justice. Panel discussion planned on importance of international aid. Volunteers needed to fill interesting roles. Details: www.

oxfamleeds.org.uk/, or Facebook

Leeds Feline Friends Can you give a rescue cat a safe & loving home well away from a busy road? Details: 216 0593,

0113 288 8855

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Community Notices

60 Leeds Photographic Society meets alt Tues,

7.30pm St Edmund’s Church Hall, Lidgett Pk Rd LS8. March features the judging of its Annual Exhibition competitions & the final round of the West Riding inter-club competition. New members of all ages & abilities welcome. Details:

www.lps1852.co.uk & facebook

Leeds Probus Club

for retired professional/ businessmen, meets 2nd Thurs, 10.30am – 12 noon at St Matthew’s Church Meeting Room, Wood Lane LS7 for social gatherings with speakers. Details: 266 2310

Moortown Community Group. Friendly volunteers

working to maintain & enhance the local environment including proposed Moortown Park. New members welcome.

Details: 269 5107, moortown communitygroup@hotmail. co.uk, wwwmoortown community group.co.uk Facebook

Moortown Social Club

Cranmer Gardens LS17. Mon 7.30pm Lindy Hop; Wed 7.30pm Rock ‘n’ Roll (£2); Thurs 8pm Bingo; 1st Fri of month Northern Soul & Motown; Sat 7.30pm Free & Easy with drummer & organist plus Bingo (£1.50); Sun - Artist & bingo.

National Vegetable Society WYDA Tues

11 March, 8pm Paxton Horticultural Hall, 186 Kirkstall Lane, Headingley, LS5. Illustrated talk: ‘A Bit About Vegetables’ with James Shelley (Shelley Seeds). Everyone welcome. Free entry.

North Leeds Friendship Centre Friendly group for

retired & over 50s – outings, lunches, ten pin bowling, theatre visits & more. Social afternoons with speakers 2nd Fri, 2pm at Moor Allerton Sports & Social Centre, Stonegate Rd. New members

welcome. Details: Eileen 269

0084

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: 261 3758/ 01943 467299

Slaid Hill in Bloom Join their working parties! Next meet Sat 22 March, 10am outside The Dexter Pub. Lunch & chat afterwards in pub. Everyone welcome. No experience necessary. Details:

slaidhillinbloom.org

U3A Leeds is a friendly,

lively organisation for anyone no longer in full time work. Over 20 special interest groups & fortnightly talks on various topics, held at Moor Allerton Sports & Social Club.

Details: 07552 448834, www. u3aleeds.org.uk

MUSIC Alwoodley Community Choir meets Wed, 5.45 –

7.15pm downstairs in the Lord Darcy, Harrogate Rd. Friendly group of all ages & abilities, singing pops, standards, shows songs. New members very welcome.

Details: Jean 0785 5059990

Alwoodley Singers Wanted, new members!

Ability to read music preferable but not essential. Rehearsals Thurs 8 - 10pm at ACA Hall, The Ave, LS17 7NZ.

Details: Alan 294 3370

Bingley Gilbert & Sullivan Society presents ‘The

Yeomen of the Guard’ at Bingley Arts Centre from Mon 28 April - Sat 3 May at 7.30pm. Tickets available

from Bingley Arts Centre on 01274 567983 or www. ticketsource.co.uk/ bingleyartscentre

Leeds Folk Fiddle Group

rehearses Thurs, 7pm at 1 St Mark’s Ave, Leeds. Fiddle players of all standards welcome. Friendly, supportive

& informal environment. Wide repertoire, enthusiastic players. Play at charity events.

Details: Iveta 07546 459 409, leeds.violin@gmail.com

Guitar for Beginners

Mon 4pm (ages 7-12), 4.45 – 5.45 (13+). £3. Northcall Community Centre, Cranmer Bank LS17. Details: 268 9993

Inspired by Commedia Dell’ Arte Thurs 20 March,

7pm Leeds College of Music Characters from Italian Commedia dell’ Arte have inspired some of the most seductive songs by French composers like Fauré, Debussy & Poulenc. This lecture/recital features pianist Nico de Villiers & mezzo soprano Rebecca AfonwyJones. Details: 234 6956,

info@leedslieder.org.uk

Instrumental Jazz Workshop - alt Sat 2.30

- 4.30pm at Seven Arts, 31 Harrogate Rd. LS7. Classes for people who want to play jazz & improvise. Work towards playing 2 or 3 numbers as part of Jazz Café – in enjoyable & supportive atmosphere. £10/£8 per class. Details: Jean Watson

jeanwatsonlifeskills@ hotmail.com

Jazz Improvisation Group meets alt Fri, 7.30

-10pm in Chapel Allerton Methodist Centre, Town St. An opportunity for amateur & more experienced musicians to play jazz to their hearts content. £5 per session.

Details: Dominic Moore dominicgmoore@hotmail. com

Leeds Guild of Singers

Confident sightreader? Like to sing renaissance & contemporary music in a small friendly choir? LGS welcomes new members in all voice groups, especially tenors & basses. Rehearsals Tues 7.30 – 9.30pm at Leeds University.

Details: secretary@ leedsguildofsingers.org.uk

Matinee Band Friendly, supportive, instrumental group playing eclectic mix of music looking for new members, any instrument. Reading ability desirable but not essential. Meet Thurs 2 – 3.30pm at Quaker Meeting House, 136 Street Lane LS8. £5 per session. Details:

martinonline@ntlworld.com

Phoenix Concert Band

Community concert band for players of Grade 6 standard & over. Rehearsals Thurs 7.30 – 9.30pm at The Grammar School at Leeds, Tebb Room in music department. To join or book the band for a concert

visit www.phoenixband. co.uk or email: secretary@ phoenixband.co.uk

Players for Pleasure offers playing opportunities to adult amateur musicians. All levels, beginners to advanced. All instruments & all ages over 18. New performers especially welcome. Friendly, informal & supportive atmosphere. Details: www. playersforpleasure.co.uk


Roundhay Ukulele Group

Meets Wed 8 – 9.30pm at The New Highwood, Brackenwood Dr LS8. Strum & sing your favourite songs (from Rock to Pop) on the Ukulele! All abilities welcome. £6 per session. Details:

jen@bighooha.co.uk, www. roundhayukulelegroup. wordpress.com & on facebook

Seven Jazz Voices Choir

meets alt Mon 7-9pm at Inkwell 31 Potternewton Lane Chapel Allerton LS7. Fun blues, jazz, cuban & gospel numbers, led by jazz singer Nicki Allan. £5 per session.

Details: Jean Watson jeanwatsonlifeskills@ hotmail.com


Society of Recorder Players – meets 2nd &

4th Sat pm in Bingley & Headingley. Different conductors take each meeting. Intermediate players, all recorders. New members welcome. Details:

Caroline 01943 467348

West Riding Opera

has vacancies for chorus members to participate in concerts & staged opera selections. All voice ranges welcome, no audition.

Details: 01274 595978, davewb8@sky.com

Yorkshire Late Starter Strings (YLSS) rehearse

Sat, 10am – 12.30pm. Friendly, informal string orchestra made up of adult learners who play a stringed instrument. Players of all abilities welcome. Specific beginners group for those especially new to playing.

Details: www.ylss.org

Yorkshire Clarinet Ensemble Rehearses alt

Wed, 8 – 9.45pm (term time) at HEART, Bennett Rd, Headingley. For players of Grade 5+ standard. New players welcome. Details:

Deborah Pennington 07910 414586, mpenn.dpenn@ ntlworld.com

Thurs 1.30 - 3.30pm at Brackenwood Community Centre for Social activities, friendship & trips. Details:

Fiona 07736 825382

Lunch Club & Over 55s Club Wed 12 – 3pm. Two

course meal £3.50 followed by fun activities. Northcall Community Centre, Cranmer Bank, Leeds LS17. Details:

268 9993

MAECare Coffee Mornings: 3rd Thurs,

10.30am –12, Moortown Methodist Church Hall, Alderton Rise, LS17. £2 /£2.50. Music & Memories: 1st Thurs, 10.30am – 12, Moortown Social Club, £1.50. Creative Crafts: Mon 10.30am – 12.30pm, Methodist Church Hall. £3. Nintendo Wii: 1st Tues, 10.30am – 12, Moorhaven Court, LS17 £1. MAECare Strollers: fortnightly, 10.30am 57 Cranmer Bank. Short, accessible walks. Details:

MAECare 266 0371

Roundhay Tea & Chat Club Tues 1.45 – 3.30pm

at Terry Yorath House, Devonshire Ave. Club for over 65s who would like to make new friends & take part in wide range of activities. Fortnightly optional chairbased exercise class. £1.50.

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Details: Carole 269 6632

Chapel Allerton Good Neighbours (CAGN)

Stainbeck URC Lunch Club Stainbeck Rd. Mon &

Details: Daisy 887 3597

Avril or Brian 293 5847, Angela 225 3766, www. stainbeck.urc.org.uk

welcomes local seniors on 1st Tues every month, 2pm at Chapel Allerton Methodist Centre. Interesting speakers, refreshments & laughter.

Chapel Allerton Town St Lunch Club Tues 12.15

– 1.45pm in the Methodist Centre. Hot Meal £4, friendship & chat. Transport can be provided. Volunteers welcome. Details: Vivienne

& Paul 268 2513, Jenny & David 266 1502, or paul_ chaplin@hotmail.com

Community Action for Roundhay Elders (CARE)

welcomes people over 60

Wed, 11am – 1.30pm (£4). Meal, friendship, gentle exercise. Transport provided. Volunteers welcome. Details:

Wigton Moor Friendship Guild meets 3rd Wed,

Wigton Moor UR Church, High Ash Dr. LS17. Speakers, slide shows, presentations, & outings in July & December (with free transport). Try them out for just £2 (incl refreshments). Details:

Maureen 268 0815, Alan 294 3370.

SPIRITUAL Buddhist Meditation Classes 7.30 - 9.30pm in

Oakwood (Tue), Leeds City Centre (Wed) & Horsforth (Thur). Details: 265 2118,

info@meditationinleeds.org www.meditationinleeds.org

Christian Science Church Sunday Services & Sunday School 11am.

Testimony Meeting 1st Wed 8pm. Devonshire Ave. (next to Texaco petrol station) off Street Lane LS8. Bible based, Everyone welcome.

‘Discover your Relationship with God:

Three Simple Questions’ Sat 15 March, 2.30pm at St. Chad’s Parish Centre, Otley Rd. Far Headingley. A free talk by Stormy Falso, sponsored by the Christian Science Church, Leeds. All welcome.

Eckhart Tolle Stillness Group meets Mon, 7.30

- 9.30pm at The Friends Meeting House, 136 Street Lane, Roundhay LS8. Share Eckhart’s DVDs & silent meditation. Cost: £3 - £5 suggested donation. All welcome. Details:

07884 332644, www. peacenowhere.com

Hare Krishna Programme Tues 7 – 8.30pm at Cardigan Centre, 145 Cardigan Rd. LS6. Mantra Meditation, Kirtana Yoga, Enchanting Music, Ecstatic Dancing, Discourses on Bhagavad Gita & Great Vegetarian

Food. Everyone welcome. Free. Details: 07726 688778,

gouranga108@gmail.com

HOPE Bereavement Support – Have you

experienced miscarriage or stillbirth? Are you pregnant again? We can’t take away the pain but we can provide the support you need to help you through this difficult time. Drop-in Fri 4-6pm at Chapeltown Children’s Centre, 62 Leopold St. Chapeltown LS7. www.

hopebs.org.uk

Kagyu Buddhist Group

Tues, 7.30pm Friends Meeting House, 188 Woodhouse Lane, LS2. Dropin meditation class practising calm-abiding, reflective meditation suitable for all. £4. Details: 01282 841570,

yorkshire@dechen.org, www.dechen.org

Learn to meditate FWBO Leeds Buddhist

Centre. A contemporary approach to meditation, mindfulness & the Buddhist tradition. Also classes in yoga & bodywork, chronic pain & stress management.

Details: 244 5256, www. leedsbuddhistcentre.org

Meditation for Beginners

Tues 12.30 – 1pm & 6.15 – 7.15pm; Thurs 12:30 – 1pm at Jamyang Buddhist Centre, 31 St Paul’s Street LS1. Details:

07866 760 460, www. jamyangleeds.co.uk

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Community Notices

62 Moortown Baptist Church 204 King Lane, LS17. Sunday services 10.30am & 6pm. Range of toddler, children’s, youth, house groups & senior projects run through week.

Details: 269 3750, www. moortownbaptistchurch. org.uk

Natural Healing Centre

Healing offered Thurs by members of NFSH The Healing Trust. 7pm - 8.30pm at The Friend’s Meeting House, 136 Street Lane, Roundhay, Leeds LS8.

Details: 07949 972690, www. leedshealingcentre.org

Roundhay Evangelical Church Sundays 10.30am

& 6.30pm. Christianity that is real, relevant & relational! Roundhay Parochial Hall, Fitzroy Drive (near Oakwood Clock). Friendly, informal & bible centred. All welcome. Check www.roundha yevangelicalchurch.com for special Easter Events

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St John’s Church, Moortown Sunday Services 8am, 10am &

6.30pm at the junction of Harrogate Rd & Ring Rd, LS17 7BZ. Everyone welcome. Details: www.

stjohnsmoorallerton.org

Stainbeck United Reformed Church

Stainbeck Rd. Sunday Worship 10.45am - family worship & Sunday Club followed by refreshments. Communion 2nd Sunday. Praise & reflection: Thurs 7.30 – 8pm.

Stillness Group Every Mon

at Friends’ Meeting House, 136 Street Lane, Roundhay LS8. Based on the teachings of Eckhart Tolle, author of The Power of Now & A New Earth. Spend time in stillness with like minded friends.

Details: Sally 07884 332644, www.peacenowhere.com

SUPPORT Arthritis Care Leeds

meets 3rd Tues of each month, 7.30 – 9pm, St Chad’s Parish Centre, Far Headingley. New members welcome. Details: Pat 275

7694

Association of Blind Asians Leeds is looking for

volunteers who could provide a valuable sighted guiding service to reduce isolation & increase independence of visually impaired people in Leeds. Details: Sonal 210

3347

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

Different Strokes Invites

stroke survivors to join them, Wed 1.45 – 3.45pm, Adel Stables, Back Church Lane. Incl. an hour of exercise.

Details: Linda McLean 225 4744

Leeds Coeliac Group Sat 8 March, 2 – 4pm Pudsey Civic Hall, Dawson’s Corner LS28 Leeds Gluten-Free Food Fayre. Mon 24 March: LC Group AGM, 7.30pm at St Chad’s Parish Centre, Otley Rd LS16. Guest Speaker Helen Davies, Senior Dietitian, Leeds NHS Hospital Trust. Details:

Sandra McLean 07711 768850, leeds@coeliac. org.uk

IBS Leeds Friendly, informal meetings for fellow sufferers of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). Monthly meetings now being held. Details: matt@letscureibs. com, www.letscureibs.com

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Leeds Multiple Sclerosis Society uses Armley

Leisure Centre for activity classes (transport available). MS Chat is held every two weeks. The Leeds society has over 300 members & new members are very welcome.

Details: Help Line: 0808 800 8000

Leeds Samaritans

Confidential, nonjudgemental 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

Leeds Weekend Care Association (LWCA)

provides respite care to families with children who have complex care needs via weekend playgroups, trips for teens & one-to-one home based care. Looking for people to volunteer to join their Management Committee as Trustees.

Details: 216 5133, angela. roberts@lwca.co.uk

Marigold Wellbeing Centre (formerly Yorkshire

Cancer Help Centre) is at the Day Therapy Centre, St Michael’s Hospice, Harrogate, two Saturdays a month. Support for people with cancer & other chronic conditions. Details: Karen

01937 573166, or John & Ann 274 9074. www. marigoldwellbeingcentre. org.uk

Overeaters Anonymous

Weds 7pm at Roundhay Friends Meeting House. All welcome. Details: 07729 783

207, www.oagb.org.uk

The Owls New citywide

informal child minding group offering support, training & information, & social events. Membership £5 pa. Details:

228 8509

Parkinson’s UK Leeds meet 2nd Wed, 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

SNAPS (Special Needs and

Parent Support) welcomes any family with a child with special needs to their Saturday support group at Penny Field School, Tongue Ln. Meanwood. Take part in hydrotherapy, swimming, dance & coffee. Currently seeking new Trustees & dance instructor. Details: 07964

inspiring & motivational talks in the area of personal development, providing you with ideas to apply to your daily life & help motivate you.

Details: mikefm100@gmail. com

National Trust Association Tues 11 March:

847 775, angie@snaps-vol. org.uk, www.snaps-vol.org.uk

Talk on Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal. Tues 25 March: Talk on Malham Tarn NT & AGM. Tues 8 Apr: Film on 2013 holidays & fish & chip lunch. All at St. Chad’s Parish Centre. Coffee 10am, talks 10.30am. All Welcome.

Wharfedale General Hospital Cardiac Club

Royal Meteorological Society Yorkshire Monthly

(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: Details: 07949

307 955, wghcardiacclub@ gmail.com, www. WharfedaleCardiacClub. org.uk

informal public talks on all aspects of weather & climate at the School of Earth and Environment, University of Leeds. Free & open to all.

Details: r.herbert@see.leeds. ac.uk, http://tinyurl.com/ rmetsyc

Talking Allowed in Leeds

(TAIL) meets Mon 17 March, 1.45pm at Veritas, 43 Great George St. Topic: Does culture limit us? Details:

TALKS & DISCUSSIONS

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Leeds Astronomical Society meets 2nd Wed

What does Authority mean in the 21st Century

of month with a guest speaker presentation & regular telescope nights at Quaker Friends Meeting House, Woodhouse Lane, LS2. Visitors welcome, first visit free. Details: info@

leedsastronomy.org.uk, www.leedsastronomy.org.uk

Leeds Geological Association Thurs 27

March, 7.15pm in Conference Auditorium 2, University of Leeds Campus (rear of Sports Centre). Lecture: ‘The significance of Charles Darwin’s month in the High Andes, March – April 1835’ by Professor Patrick Boylan, City University. Visitors welcome. Details: www.

leedsga.org.uk

MICA (Meetings in Chapel Allerton) First

Wed of month – interesting,

Mon 3 March, 6.45pm in Room 1 at The Carriageworks. Leeds Salon has invited author Frank Furedi to discuss his latest book ‘Authority: A Sociological History’. What do we mean by authority? Why in the 21st century is it such ‘an elusive force’? £5/£3. Details: www.

leedssalon.org.uk

Yorkshire Archaeological Society (Family History

Section) Sat 8 March, 11am at 23, Clarendon Rd. Leeds, a lecture entitled ‘Mary Queen of Scots’ Yorkshire Connections’ by David Templeman. Free drop-in sessions Tues 2 - 4pm for anyone needing help with family history research.

Details: Mrs J. Butler 263 9540

WOMEN’S GROUPS Chapel Pie WI Friendly,

fun women’s group for all ages. Visitors welcome (£3). Annual membership £33. Details: chapelpiewi@gmail. com, www.chapelpiewi.com, Facebook at Chapel Pie WI.

Methodist Women’s Luncheon Club (Leeds

& District) Welcomes new members to their monthly meetings at Devonshire Hall, Headingley on 2nd Wed of each month. Good food & excellent speakers! Details:

Shirley 257 9381.

Roundhay WI Lively,

friendly WI with interesting activities, talks & visits, meets 2nd Thurs, 7.15pm at St Andrew’s Church Hall, Shaftesbury Ave, LS 8. New members & visitors welcome. Go along on Thurs 13 March & hear about ‘Turning to Crime?’ Details: Hilary 266

5648, wiroundhay@gmail. com

Soroptimist International

Meet 2nd Mon, 7pm at Weetwood Hall. All ladies welcome. Details: www.sigbi.

org/leeds

University of Leeds Ladies’ Club welcomes

women connected to the Uni as either serving or former staff members, partners of staff, or grads. Regular events. Details: uleedslc@

gmail.com

White Rose Ladies Speakers Club meets 2nd

& 4th Mon, 7.15pm Farsley Library, Old Rd, Farsley, LS28. A friendly environment in which to improve your speaking skills. Details:

Pauline Neale, 269 3542, pauline.neale@ntlworld. com, www.the-asc.org.uk


64 YOUNGER LIFE Harehills Movement & Music Playgroup

Parent run playgroup based at Harehills Lane Baptist Church Hall (access via Hilton Pl), LS8. Tues: music & parachute fun; Wed: movement & developmental play. 10 – 11.15am term time. £1 per family incl refreshments. Everybody welcome. Details:

harehillsplaygroup@gmail. com

Leeds Junior Chess Club

Meets Sun 5.30 – 7.30pm at Alwoodley Community Centre, The Avenue, Alwoodley. Ideal for ages 7-18 of all standards. Coaching from accredited coaches, competitive & friendly play, fun tournaments. Details:

John Hipshon 226 7759, www.leedsjuniorchess.org.uk

Youth Club Mon in term time. Ages 8 – 12: 7 – 8.30pm; ages 13+: 7 – 9pm. Stainbeck Church, Stainbeck Rd. LS7. Games, crafts, table tennis, pool, PS3, Wii, events.

Community Notices Parent & Tots Group

Tues (term time) 1.30-3pm Queens Hall, Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, 294 Harrogate Rd, Moortown. £2 per family, incl. drink & snack. Everyone welcome. Details: Raegan

saintraegan@yahoo.co.uk, Sam mumba40@gmail.com

RJC Dance Gymnastics

For Young People Tues 3.45 – 4.45pm (ages 6-10); 4.45 – 5.45pm (age 11+) at the Mandela Centre, Chapeltown Rd. LS7. All abilities welcome. £4. Details: 239

2040, stef@rjcdance.org.uk

Gledhow Woodcraft Folk

welcomes new members aged 6 – 9, Thurs 6.15 –7.15pm (starting Thurs 24 April) at Gledhow Primary School. Games, songs, craftwork & outdoor activities. Make friends, have fun & be part of a cooperative group! Places limited so book now. Details: Jo 368 1402,

gledhowleeds@woodcraft. org.uk, www.woodcraft. org.uk

Details: 393 0600, www. interact.uk.net

MISC/ EVENTS

7th Moor Allerton Brownies Seek New

Tues 25 March: 2 – 4pm & 5 – 7.30pm at St Chad’s Parish Centre, Otley Rd. LS16. Thurs 20 March: 2 – 3.45pm & 4.45 – 7.30pm at Wesley Hall, Boroughgate, Otley

Members A number of Brownies have gone up to Guides so the group has places available. They meet Mon in LS17 from 6 – 7.15pm. Details:

7thmoorallerton brownies@ gmail.com

Blood Donor Sessions

Don’t Act Your Age A

329 Harrogate Rd, Moortown LS17. Includes ideas on table themes, demonstrations, a bake-off competition & stalls. Tickets £5, include a hot drink & cake. Details: 218

social improvisation drama group for the over 50s meets at Seven Arts, Harrogate Rd, Chapel Allerton on Tues 10.45am – 12.45pm. All welcome. Details: Ron

5559, www.st-gemma.co.uk

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March Sat 8 March, 11am: Water Birds’ Walk – amble down to Studley Lake from Porter’s Lodge to see water birds; Sat 22 March, 11am: Bird Watching for Beginners at Swanley Grange; Sun 30 March: Mother’s Day – shopping, Morris dancing in the courtyard, lovely refreshments in tearooms & restaurant.

Hope Pastures Horse & Donkey Sanctuary

Weetwood Lane, LS16. Visitors welcome 10am – 2.45pm. Free admission. Donations welcome. Details:

261 4344 For events & pony days visit www. hopepastures.org

Hope Pastures Spring/ Summer Fashion Show

Fri 28 March, 7.30pm at Weetwood Hall. Drinks on arrival. Exclusive opportunity to view & try the outfits after the show. Hair & make-up styling guidance. Tickets

available from lorraine@ hopepastures.org or call 261 4344. All money raised goes to Hope Pastures.

Kitsch Cakes – How to

host the Perfect Tea Party Thurs 6 March, 7pm at St Gemma’s Conference Centre,

33 Years Experience

charity that collects donated/ unwanted furniture & passes it on to people in need. Call to arrange convenient pick up times. Details: 273 9727,

leedsandmoortown.org.uk

Lipreading Classes

Wed & Thurs, 1 – 3pm at DALES (Deaf Across Leeds Enablement Service) Minerva House, East Parade Leeds. For anyone with hearing loss. £3 per 2 hour session. New class Leeds Civic Hall Wed pm. Details: Susan

Lee 07910 831646, susan@ susanleelipreading.com

Open Mic Hyde Park Unity Day Fundraiser

Sun 9 March, from 6pm at Hyde Park Pub. 3 categories: poetry, singing & hip hop. £3 to enter competition. Details:

djalkatraz@live.com

Rock for Nepal Sat 8

March, at HEART, Bennett Rd. Headingley Following last year’s highly successful fundraiser for Khiraule Village, Rock for Nepal returns with live music from Deep Six, Nepalese food, auction & raffle. Tickets £8

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St Gemma’s Ceilidh Fri

14 March, from 7pm at St Gemma’s Conference Centre, 329 Harrogate Rd, Moortown, LS17. Great event for whole family – dancing, food, drink & plenty of Celtic cheer! Places limited. Book now! Tickets £10/ £5 (children) including Irish Stew. Details: 218 5559, www.

st-gemma.co.uk

St Gemma’s Coins For Caring New Coins for Caring

boxes now available – or label for your own collection jar. Perfect for your spare change. Every donation makes a difference. Return to Hospice or local shop once full. Secure boxes available for businesses. Details: Jenny

218 5565, jennyd@st-gemma. co.uk

The Leeds Library 18

Commercial St. LS1. Tour this hidden gem, 10.30am Sat 1 March. Call 245 3071 to book your tour.

Volunteers Please! The

Donkey Sanctuary’s Assisted Therapy Centre, Eccup, works with hundreds of children with additional needs every year, using donkeys as a unique form of therapy. They are currently looking for volunteers, especially at weekends. Details: 261 9249

Wanted! Collections

Volunteers St Gemma’s Hospice is looking for collections volunteers to help with collections in supermarkets across the city throughout the year.Hours to suit. Details: Jenny Dixon

218 5565, jennyd@st-gemma. co.uk

Wedding & Special Occasions Favours Are you celebrating a special occasion this year? St Gemma’s Hospice has a selection of celebration pin badges (£1 each) with personalised backing cards (50p each). A perfect keepsake for your guests. Details: Jenny 218

5565, jennyd@st-gemma. co.uk

WorkPlace Leeds Employment Peer Support Service Peer led evening courses for people in employment - Confidence Building; Self Esteem; Assertiveness Skills; Being Well at Work; Stress Management & more. Most free. Details: 230 2631,

admin@workplaceleeds. org.uk

Yorkshire Animal Shelter

Many cats & kittens desperate for new homes! Donations always welcome. Details:

07968 817803, www. yorkshireanimalshelter.org. uk

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