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

An Alan Bennett Season at The Playhouse

Oakwood Celebrates! The Etape du Dales

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Oakwood is on a roll! It continues to celebrate its good fortune this month with the first ever Oakwood Day on 3rd May, when it also launches the Oral History strand of the Oakwood Clock project. Councillor Dan Cohen announces the good news that Alwoodley will get its new health centre; arrangements for Le Tour de Roundhay to mark Le Grand Depart are getting better by the day; and GSAL reclaims a netball title!

Fans of Alan Bennett are in for a treat as a season of his work launches

at West Yorkshire Playhouse; Marti Pellow talks to us about appearing in Evita at The Grand; and there is a knockout exhibition coming to New Dock Hall. Plus, we find out about the Etape du Dales and lots of other physical challenges. And then it’s on to June! Please get all your news and notices to us as soon as you can (before 1st May if possible). The deadline for advertising is 9th May.

We look forward to hearing from you. Kind regards, Carole, Jack and the team.

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Dino Jaws at New Dock Hall! The Natural History Museum Exhibition comes to Leeds direct from Hong Kong where it attracted well over half a million visitors.

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The festival celebrates Leeds’ rich literary heritage, young talent and cultural diversity with talks from brilliant writers and performances from poets and musicians.

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An Alan Bennett Season at The Playhouse

A feast of Bennett theatre, from ‘Enjoy’ to ‘Untold Stories’, ‘Talking Heads’ and the smash-hit musical ‘Betty Blue Eyes’.

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Roundhay played an important role in the history of aviation. Professor Robert Blackman talks about it.

38 Oakwood Celebrates! The first Oakwood Day celebrates the merger of Oakwood into the City of Leeds and the success of the Oakwood Clock Project.

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The television adaptation of Northern Ballet’s ‘Ugly Duckling’ was one of the final three nominations in the Children’s Fiction category of the Royal Television Society Awards, which recognise excellence across all genres of television.

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gly Duckling, choreographed by company dancers Dreda Blow and Sebastian Loe, was Northern Ballet’s first ballet created for children. The BAFTA award-winning television adaptation was commissioned by the BBC for CBeebies last year. Funding from the Leeds Inspired fund allowed Northern Ballet to create Ugly Duckling, with the aim of reaching children and families who wouldn’t normally go to ballet. Initially performed at community venues in Leeds, the ballet received further funding from Arts Council England to tour

Our partnership with the BBC was a fantastic way to introduce ballet to new audiences

throughout the North of England. To date more than 25,000 children and their families have seen a live performance, over 250,000 have watched the television adaptation, and 400,000 have experienced it through BBC iPlayer and the CBeebies website. “Our partnership with the BBC in the creation of Ugly Duckling was a fantastic way to introduce ballet to new audiences”, said Mark Skipper, Northern Ballet’s Chief Executive. “We are thrilled that it has received this recognition.”

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FRANCIS MARTINEAU LUPTON (1848-1921) BUSINESSMAN AND HOUSING REFORMER

There are still streets and buildings around Leeds named after the Lupton family, and many reminders of their contribution over the years to the life and improvement of the city: in industry and commerce, in public service, in education, in housing. Francis (Frank) Martineau Lupton made his mark in the transforming work of slum clearance, helping to lift the city out of Victorian darkness and squalor. But alongside his public and professional work, he had to endure, like so many others, the unsparing personal tragedies of the First World War. He had a comfortable, favoured childhood: first at Potternewton Hall, a handsome Queen Anne house, long demolished, and then at ‘Beechwood’, an impressive mansion (now offices) set in parkland in Elmete Lane, Roundhay. His father Francis was a partner in the family wool business, while his mother Fanny was active in various social causes, particularly women’s education; her aunt was the writer Harriet Martineau, and this family connection gave Frank his second name. He had three younger brothers, all destined to play a part in the city’s life. After study at Leeds Grammar School, he went on to Trinity College, Cambridge, which had just opened its doors to non-conformists like him. Frank joined the family business, William Lupton & Sons, at Whitehall Mills, and in his spare time served in the volunteer Leeds Rifles. In 1880, when he was 32, he married Harriet Davis, daughter of the vicar of St John’s Church, Roundhay, near his home. Five children followed, three sons and two daughters, and they moved to a new, handsome house, ‘Rockland’, at the top of St Mary’s Road, Newton Park, Chapeltown, built on part of the Lupton estate. But tragedy struck in 1892 when Harriet, just after the birth of their second daughter, caught influenza and died. Frank never remarried. A fearsome housekeeper looked after the house and his five children until his daughters could take over. Frank entered local politics and was elected a Councillor and then Alderman. He had a particular interest in the housing and welfare of the poor, and as a follower of the social reformer Octavia Hill believed ardently in the need to improve and regenerate inner city

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areas of working class housing. For 10 years from 1896 he chaired the Council’s Unhealthy Areas Committee, set up with new powers to tackle the ‘evil legacy’ of the Leeds slums, breeding grounds for disease and death. Its first major scheme was to clear the notorious York Street and Quarry Hill areas, with their crumbling, dank yards. Inspections had to be made, prices agreed, tenants moved out, the rotting buildings demolished, rehousing organised – almost four thousand buildings were cleared. Frank led the action, and promoted other more modest schemes, involving selective demolition to create light, air and open spaces, and the regeneration of existing still usable housing. He opposed the Council’s proposal to build flats (‘tenements’) for rehousing and this disagreement triggered his resignation as chairman, but he continued as a member, and later chaired the Council’s Improvement and Finance committees – a long record of dedicated public service. In 1914 his daughter Olive married a Leeds solicitor, Richard Middleton – a union which has famously linked the family story to the ancestry of the Duchess of Cambridge. But this happy event was overshadowed by the outbreak of war. All three of Frank’s sons went to the Front. One by one they were killed in action: Maurice, his middle son, in the trenches of Lille in 1915; Lionel, the youngest, at the Battle of the Somme in 1916, having returned to the Front after being wounded; and Francis, his eldest son, in early 1917, after an agonising wait when he had been declared missing. All three are

buried in France. Frank, a quiet, unassuming man, was said to have borne his losses stoically, but the light had gone out of his life. After the war he let his house ’Rockland’ at a nominal rent for use as a home for the children of soldiers and sailors lost in the war (it is used now as a NHS centre), and moved with his daughter to a smaller house. He died soon after, in 1921, and was buried at St John’s Church, Roundhay – now a sad place, desolate and barricaded. It was said at his funeral that he had ‘brought sunshine to the fetid slums of Leeds’, but his own life lay in shadow.

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Dino Jaws - the Natural History Museum Exhibition - will open at New Dock Hall, Leeds, on Tuesday 3rd June and will run until Sunday 7th September.

The exhibition is coming to Leeds direct from the Hong Kong Science Museum where it was part of a larger display called ‘Legends of the Giant Dinosaurs’ and attracted well over half a million visitors. This spectacular exhibition brings together intriguing fossil evidence, fun interactive exhibits, fascinating scientific insights and the ten most lifelike and spectacular animatronics you have ever seen, to explore the sometimes gruesome, and often disgusting, subject of dinosaurs and their food! At New Dock Hall, visitors will find themselves stepping back millions of years in time, and walking straight into a feeding frenzy of hungry dinosaurs – from slow moving vegetarians like the Iguanodon, to fierce, agile flesh eaters like the terrifying Tyrannosaurus

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Visitors will find themselves stepping back millions of years in time

Rex (watch out for his roar!). One large scene has two Velociraptors devouring the carcass of a Protoceratops with their grasping hands, climbing claws and teeth for ripping flesh! “We are delighted to have secured this popular exhibition”, said James Vincent, Managing Director of New Dock Hall. “There is always fantastic interest in anything dinosaur related. Everyone I have spoken to

immediately says: ‘we’ll be there’! “June – September is a peak period, covering the long Summer holidays. So, we are looking forward to welcoming children and adults of all ages to what promises to be a great day out.” Dino Jaws combines fun interactive exhibits with scientific insights. The spectacular animatronics will show visitors everything paleontologists know about what dinosaurs had for dinner! Using the same techniques as scientists, you can become a dino-detective and study dinosaur jaws, claws, guts and even a huge mound of dung piled high behind the plant-eating Euoplocephalus. The exhibition is aimed at school groups and families with children aged seven and older, with some activities aimed at children aged four to six. It will be open daily from 3rd June - 7th September, 10am - 6pm. Advance ticket prices are £5.95 per person, £22 for a family of four, £4.75 for groups, and children aged three or under go free. Book now on www. dinosaursinleeds.co.uk

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‘Voices of Asia’, a new gallery showcasing Asian culture and Leeds’ links with the continent, recently opened at Leeds City Museum. It celebrates the sights, sounds, diversity and culture of Asia and the different Asian communities that make up the thriving multi-cultural city today. The new gallery is the first major gallery refresh since the museum opened in 2008 and replaces the ‘Out of Africa’ gallery. The displays, which have been planned in partnership with the Asian community, will remain in place for around five years, but will change annually to reflect different projects, themes and world faiths. Developed with organisations like South Asian Arts, Leeds Hindu Mandir, Hamara, Jamyang Buddhist Centre, Leeds Asian Blind Association and Shantona, the

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The new gallery has been created with great flair and imagination

new gallery has been created with great flair and imagination. Themes include Faiths & Festivals; Trade & War; Fashion & Style; Music, Dance, Theatre & Film; Eating Out & Eating In; and Faith in Focus. “There are over 6,000 Asian items in the Leeds collections – the result of Leeds people travelling and working in Asia from the late 18th century onwards”, said Antonia Lovelace, Curator of World Cultures. “It’s been hard to choose, but some items are obvious star pieces, such as our earliest stone sculpture, a Gandhara Buddha from the Third Century AD, or the 19th Century gilded chest from Myanmar. “Over the last two years we

have built up an Advisory Network of Leeds Asian communities and university contacts to help choose the topics, and plan the programme for the new gallery. We have also worked with film company Digifish to make four films: Hinduism in Leeds, Gods’ Dancing (symbolic gestures in Indian classical dance), Learn Dhol Drumming So You Can Dance Bhangra, and Gold.” Full details of the exhibition can be found at www.leeds.gov.uk/ VoicesOfAsia

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Keyworth Building, University of Leeds, and showcases the scope of the archive by presenting costume and textiles from all the countries featured in ULITA’s collections. None of the items selected have been displayed since the opening in 2004. The exhibition highlights some of the fascinating donors’ stories – including the adventurous Professor Barker, who brought together one of ULITA’s finest collections of nineteenth century Chinese textiles; and the amazing embroiderer Louisa Pesel, whose work was inspired by her extensive travels. ULITA has its origins in a university research collection brought together in the early twentieth century. With substantial recent additions, this exhibition provides an opportunity to view the diversity of motifs, symbols, patterns, techniques and constructions found in the world of textiles. Countries represented include Britain, Turkey, France, Hungary, Greece, Denmark, Moldova, Romania, Egypt, Morocco, Nigeria, Iran, Indonesia, Pakistan, India, Japan, China, Peru and Mexico.

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Curated by Jill Winder, the exhibition, which is open Tuesday to Thursday from 9.30am – 4.30pm is free. Visits can be arranged by appointment on Fridays and during the Summer vacation period. For further information, visit www.leeds. ac.uk/ulita

ULITA is an Arts Council Accredited textiles museum housed at the University of Leeds. Its purpose is to collect, preserve and document textiles and other related items from many of the textile producing areas of the world for the benefit of researchers and the general public. Strengths of the collection include: Mediterranean, Indian and Chinese embroideries; Indonesian batiks and ikats; Pakistani prints; European pattern books; Kashmiri shawls.

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Drawing up a programme for a theatre like West Yorkshire Playhouse must be both tremendously exciting and terrifying! James Brining’s choices have provided us with a superb programme, combining classic with contemporary and traditional with wildly innovative, whilst aiming to connect more with the community, to be rooted in the North but never losing sight of the wider picture. When James considered looking at the work of one writer from different perspectives and angles, someone who had a relationship with the city, but would not seem parochial, Alan Bennett seemed the natural choice. Choosing which pieces to include was difficult. This selection is a small part of a major canon of Alan’s work, a celebration of and tribute to the life, times and work of Leeds’ most successful dramatist. Having read a lot of Alan’s work, James was drawn to ‘Enjoy’. “It’s a play I didn’t know very well”, he said. “It throws up surprises, challenges expectations. It’s hilarious and quite dark, funny on the surface, but disturbing underneath. It doesn’t necessarily fit his reputation – which doesn’t always respect his work or his view of the world. “We are the first theatre outside London to stage ‘Enjoy’. Although it was written over 30 years ago, it feels like a play written for now, exploring how we assimilate into contemporary culture. Intrinsically it is about being from the ‘North’ and how you carry that in you for your life.”

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Set in the 1980s, ‘Enjoy’ is an idiosyncratic examination of northern working-class life. The poetry of everyday life starkly contrasts with the bitter reality of old age and the complexity of moving on. The cast includes Marlene Sidaway, Philip Martin Brown (Waterloo Road), and Sian Reese Williams (Emmerdale). The Alan Bennett Season also features his Untold Stories: ‘Hymn’ and ‘Cocktail Sticks’; three short plays from his wonderful ‘Talking Heads’ series; and the smash-hit musical ‘Betty Blue Eyes’ which is based on the screenplay of Alan’s ‘Private Function’. There will also be a raft of things going on both alongside and after the season. The short plays are perfect for taking out into the community and will be performed in several areas around the city. A photographic exhibition will feature premieres of Alan’s work, and a new play ‘Nine Lives’ by Zodwa Nyoni and set in Armley, will fill the ‘A Play, A Pie and A Pint’ slot from 27th – 31st May. The Alan Bennett Season at West Yorkshire Playhouse runs from 19th May – 5th July.

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Not one to name drop, but when Marti Pellow called us recently……..! The Wet Wet Wet star was so delighted to be playing Leeds Grand Theatre again. He played a highly successful gig there just last year. “I love Leeds Grand”, he told me. “It’s a fantastic theatre and you really feel the love for the building from the audience.” He returns this year in a very different guise – that of Che Guevara in Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s ‘Evita’. Tim Rice was a real Wet Wet Wet fan and approached Marti in 2005 to appear in the musical ‘Chess’. “It was a bit of a departure from what I had been doing, but I love their work – wonderful words and melodies and great accessibility.” In addition to Chess, Marti

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has also appeared in The Witches of Eastwick, Jekyll & Hyde, Chicago and Blood Brothers. He is now so enamoured with musical theatre he is busy writing several musicals of his own! One of these is based in the 20s, another ‘Parcel of Rogues’ is based on a Scottish folk song whose lyrics are taken from a Robert Burns poem of 1791, deriding those members of the Parliament of Scotland who signed the Act of Union. He never stops writing. On top of that, Wet Wet Wet are coming out to play again over the Summer – they may all go their separate ways but this group of childhood friends can’t resist getting back together to perform for old and new fans.

Evita features some of the most iconic songs in musical theatre including Don’t Cry For Me Argentina

Evita features some of the most iconic songs in musical theatre, including Don’t Cry For Me Argentina, On This Night of a Thousand Stars, You Must Love Me, and Another Suitcase in Another Hall. Madalena Alberto, the Portuguese singersongwriter whose musical theatre credits include the role of Piaf at the Curve Theatre, Leicester, Fantine in the 25th Anniversary production of Les Misérables, brings the role of Eva to life. Mark Heenehan reprises his role as Peron. The company also includes Nic Gibney, Sarah McNicholas, Michelle Pentecost, David Brewis, Verity Burgess, Errol Clayton, Joel Elferink, Callum Fitzgerald, Alyn Hawke, Ryan Limb, Stuart MacIver, Joe McCourt, Anna McGarahan, Ceili O’Connor, Lizzie Ottley, Olive Robinson, and Chris Stoddart. Evita is at Leeds Grand Theatre from Monday 12th – Saturday 17th May. Tickets (£15 - £38) are available from 0844 848 2700 or online at leedsgrandtheatre.com

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Theatre of the Dales takes to the road again this May with Shakespeare’s rumbustious comedy, The Merry Wives of Windsor.

It’s said that Queen Elizabeth wanted to see Falstaff in love. And Shakespeare obliged. However, fat old Falstaff is clearly in love only with himself. And when he tries to seduce two wives at once just for their money, the women soon send him packing - in a laundry basket bound for the Thames!

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A rollicking entertainment with musical accompaniment, adapted and directed by David Robertson to suit all tastes and ages. Performances are at Kirkstall Abbey from Wednesday 21st May to Friday 23rd May at 7pm. You can also catch them at Sledmere House on Saturday 24th or Knaresborough Castle on the 31st May. For further information visit www. theatreofthedales.co.uk or 0113 274 0461.

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For the last year, a group of Leeds artists has investigated the city from the outside in, developing ‘365 Leeds Stories’, a participatory arts project. The project began online in 2012, when local storyteller Matthew Bellwood began documenting the city as a series of tweets released over 365 days. The tweets told stories of the city in 140 characters – recounting fragments of conversations overheard that day and little known facts about the city. Since last September, Matthew has worked with theatre-maker Alison Andrews and seven groups of people from all over Leeds, recording sights and sounds, following routes taken through the city, places of happiness or discomfort, or of unrealised potential. People’s memories of Leeds as it used to be have been recorded, together with their thoughts about the city today, and

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People’s memories of Leeds as it used to be have been recorded, together with their thoughts about the city today

their hopes and fears for the future. Working in partnership with Leeds Library and Information Service, Leeds Museums and Galleries, East Leeds FM, three local primary schools and Pyramid of Arts, they have made a series of maps of Leeds, which describe the city in myriad ways. Leeds has been recorded in song, embroidered in cloth, imagined in shadows and written as stories. They have also worked with nine other local artists - including a choir leader, composer, graphic and textile artists, shadow puppeteer, photographer and scenographer. From Sunday 4th – Thursday 22nd May, some of the stories and maps will form the basis of an exhibition in The Arts Space, Leeds Central Library, Calverley Street. It will be presented as a walk through a labyrinth – who knows what’s waiting around the corner!

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Milestone for Orchestra’s Conductor

Photo: Chris Midgley Martin Binks conducted his first concert with Leeds Symphony Orchestra in May 1970 and now, on Saturday 17th May at St. Chad`s Church, Far Headingly, he will conduct his 300th concert with the orchestra! The programme is an exciting one and features the renowned guitarist Craig Ogden who will play the Villa-Lobos Guitar Concerto. Craig, a close friend of Martin’s, has played with the orchestra on numerous occasions. His first concert with the LSO was in 1994, so this occasion will mark the twentieth anniversary. Also featured is ‘Fanfare for the Common Man’ by Copland and ‘The Planets’ by Gustav Holst. This work requires a huge orchestra similar In size to the one required for Richard Strauss’ ‘Alpine Symphony’, which the orchestra played at St. Chad’s in 2011. St. Chad’s is a regular concert venue for the orchestra and rehearsals are held there on Monday evenings, following the recent closure of the West Park Centre. The concert starts at 7.30pm. For further information, visit www.lso.org.uk.

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The Leeds Big Bookend, ‘a rock festival for words’ that celebrates Leeds’ rich literary heritage, young talent and cultural diversity takes place on 7th and 8th June. As part of the main programme, debates and panel discussions run alongside readings and talks from brilliant writers and performances from poets and musicians. The children’s and young adult programmes have competitions for aspiring writers. For five – 11 year olds it’s all about pirates! The challenge is to write a poem or adventure story of no more that 500 words. The competition for 12-18 year olds involves a 500 word book review. The competitions are open to anyone attending a Leeds

school, so get writing! Prizes will be awarded in each category and will be presented at special events during the weekend. The Leeds Big Bookend launches at Waterstones, Albion Street, at 6.30pm on Friday 6th June. Award winning author, Martyn Bedford will read from his new book ‘Never Ending’ and present the 12-18 year old competition prizes. Singersongwriting duo Lucy & Jo will also perform. If you have a passion for literature and want to get involved,

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Have you noticed that authors have been coming out of the woodwork in North Leeds? It used to be that having your manuscript turned down by literary agents spelt the end to any dream of publication. Now it is possible for anyone to publish electronically, and even bring out your work in printed book form, without significant capital outlay. Neil Ashcroft and Pat Gerwat are the latest authors to take this route, having just self-published their own, very different, literary efforts. Pat married Michael Gerwat, a blind musician and piano tuner in 1988. Within a year he suffered a serious hearing loss and soon became completely deaf. What is the world like if you are totally deaf and blind? How do you communicate? How do you survive? Michael and Pat have written ‘Touch Me Please’ to answer these questions and tell the story of his life. Devastated by the onset of deafness, Michael looks back on his childhood, education and successful career including working with many famous rock bands like Elton John, U2, Bob Geldof, Tears for Fears, and talks of his favourite band, Genesis. He expresses his grief at the loss of his beloved music. Pat describes what it was like when he lost his hearing, and their struggle to build a meaningful life for Micheal. In those early, dark days they were lovingly supported by their friends and the Quaker community at Adel. Although there are moments of intense

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sadness there’s much humour too, and Michael’s indomitable spirit shines through. Pat admired the courage with which he faced his difficulties, and felt it was a tale that people would find uplifting.

Neil writes as Russell Croft Although Neil’s work is fictional, it is based on the real life story of someone who also suffered from considerable handicaps in his passage through life. Writing as Russell Croft, Neil has published ‘Bring Him in Mad’, a historical novel based on the William Windham Lunacy Trial of 1861/2. Windham, the eccentric young squire of Felbrigg Hall in Norfolk, was subjected to this public inquisition into his sanity by his aristocratic relatives, who abhorred his marriage to Agnes

Willoughby, a famous society courtesan. Neil’s book brings to life the principal characters involved in the affair and charts the twists and turns of a trial that was extensively covered in the press and which gripped public attention for weeks. Though often humorous, the book is a serious reminder of the relationship between madness and morality, which is as relevant today as it was in Victorian times. Both titles are available on Amazon, in Kindle and print editions, at a modest price.

Pictured: Pat Gerwat and Neil Ashcroft

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Leodiensian RUFC on Crag Lane, off King Lane, Alwoodley, is holding its annual beer festival from 5pm on Friday 2nd – Sunday 4th May. The event includes live rugby on Friday evening and Rugby 7s on Saturday afternoon, quality entertainment, live music, a range of food, and a bouncy castle for children. Entry (£5) covers the whole weekend and includes your own Leosfest glass, a progamme with information on all the beers and your first drink is free! For further information, please contact Ian Haire on 07771 865463, ian.haire@virgin.net about the festival; Neil Muffitt on 07989 382448, neil.muffitt@fdyl.co.uk regarding corporate sponsorship; Dave Robinson on 07809 587386, bigdaverobinson@sky.com about entering a team in the Rugby 7s; or Club Steward Tony Firth on 07903 778918 for any other enquiries.

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This year the North Leeds Charity Beer Festival, organised by The Rotary Club of Roundhay, will have a Tour de France theme. Seventeen beers brewed specially for Le Grand Depart will take their place alongside beers from 11 Leeds’ breweries. There will also be a selection of Yorkshire ciders, English country wines and some exciting bottled beers from Ossett’s Bier Huis. The Festival runs Friday 30th and Saturday 31st May at St Aidan’s Community Hall on Roundhay Road. The Hall is set over two floors, so there is the

space to savour your beer in peace or enjoy the great entertainment. A number of exciting bands will be performing, including the Blind Dead McJones Band on Friday night. Bluesman Chris ‘Man in the Hat’ Martin will curate Saturday’s music, which will include ex-Blueskins frontman Ryan Spendlove and Serious Sam Barrett. Locally produced food is also on the menu - including the award winning pork pies from Wilson’s of Crossgates, and snacks from the popular Mr Scratchings. This year the Festival is supporting the Lord Mayor’s

A number of exciting bands will be performing, including the Blind Dead McJones band

Charity Appeal ‘LOFFTY’ – Leeds Offers Fun for the Young. The Rotary Club will also be raising money for local, national and international charities. Opening hours for the festival are Friday 30th May: 5 – 11pm; Saturday 31st May: 11am – 11pm. Entry is £2 (Camra, SPBW & NUS free). Festival Pack £5 includes souvenir glass, programme and two beer tokens. For further information, visit www. northleedscharitybeerfestival. co.uk, www.facebook.com/ NorthLeedsCharityBeerFestival

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I have lost count of the number of times we have driven past El Bareto on Gledhow Valley Road and thought ‘must eat there’ and promptly forgotten again. Well, we finally made it! And, having been there once, it’s a dead cert that we will go back!

El Bareto is a little Spanish oasis in North Leeds, regularly frequented by the local Spanish community. As we pushed our way into the bar we felt as though we had gatecrashed a private party! It was just abuzz. We resisted joining in and made our way downstairs to the restaurant, which was quieter. El Bareto, very much a family affair, has been operating from this little corner of North Leeds for over nine years and has a lovely friendly vibe. The décor is very ‘rustic taverna’ with dark, homemade tables and benches, terracotta rough plaster walls and flickering candles. We were immediately approached by Shaun and given a quick run down of how things worked and how many dishes to order – it’s so easy to get carried away when you’re

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talking tapas. We were advised to order between four and six dishes between us, which was not easy, given the choice. But we were soon diving into Padron Peppers - small peppers briefly salted and quickly deep-fried. Then there were fabulous grilled king prawns; ratatouille on a perfectly cooked fried egg; and chorizo that was cooked in cider and oh so good. An amazing monkfish special that was apparently quick fried and then steamed, with wonderful m e l t i n g ,

You might have thought we would stop there, but no – we had to try the homemade deliciously creamy white chocolate cheesecake

caramelised onions and fresh asparagus on the side followed and, finally, duck with caramelized onions and cheese – so rich and tangy. This was all washed down with an excellent house Rioja. You might have thought we would stop there, but no – we had to try the homemade deliciously creamy white chocolate cheesecake with Baileys and a beautifully light crème caramel. Then I espied an array of dishes arriving at the table next to us, felt decidedly jealous and wanted to start all over again! As they noticed us coveting their food they jokingly invited us to join in and I almost took them up on it! All in all a lovely evening – great, relaxed atmosphere; friendly, efficient service; and lovely food. What more could you ask for? The dishes we chose ranged from about £5 to £12.95 (the monkfish). The meal (excluding wine) cost about £58. Now, having finally made it across the threshold into this little Spanish enclave, that one visit was definitely not enough! I should also mention that there are regular music evenings, which add to the authentic Spanish atmosphere and, if you want to get even further into Spanish culture, there are Spanish classes on Monday evenings! El Bareto is at 120 Gledhow Valley Road, Chapel Allerton, LS17 6LX, Tel: 0113 266 6946

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The Great British Food Festival comes to Harewood House from 24th – 26th May.

ou can look forward to over 80 top local producers, stunning hot food, real ale and wine bars, craft and gift stalls, lots of activities and rides for children, top chef demos from the likes of ‘This Morning’s’ Marcus Bean and past ‘Yorkshire Chef of the Year’ Stephanie Moon, a cake competition, the popular Men V Food challenge, and excellent live music. The main chef demonstration area has great local chefs handing out tips and cooking up some tasty dishes to inspire you. All demos are free, so everyone can brush up on their culinary skills. “It’s a great mix of demos, from bakers to gourmet food”, said Event Organiser Daniel

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With Britain’s amazing mix of cultures and cuisines we thought it would be a shame to overlook some of the more exotic elements

Maycock. “Marcus is great with the crowd, but I’m also looking forward to seeing the best of the local talent.” The Festival will showcase the best in local, seasonal and speciality food and drink. It’s a great opportunity to get a taste of the best of Yorkshire and British produce. “With Britain’s amazing mix of cultures and cuisines we thought it would be a shame to overlook some of the more exotic elements”, said Daniel. “You can try Ostrich burgers, Jerk Chicken and

Crazy Wendy’s Thai food, as well as pulled pork, prime steak, and the best local burgers and sausages, for those with more traditional tastes.” Having had your fill of tasty food, you can you can shop to your heart’s content for tasty items for that next meal at home, or take the kids to ‘Kiddy Cook’ lessons. Or, why not just sit out with a refreshing drink and enjoy the great live music in the stunning surroundings? For further information, visit www.greatbritishfoodfestival. com/harewood-house. asp or email info@ greatbritishfoodfestival.com

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Anne Aitken from Bramhope recently won Lorraine’s ‘Taste Off’, part of the Lorraine programme on ITV, and the prize was the opportunity to have her wonderful Ginger and Orange Cherubs on the patisserie counter at Waitrose supermarkets across Britain! A keen home baker, Anne, a nurse at Street Lane Practice, Roundhay, applied to the Lorraine Taste Off competition when she saw it advertised on the Lorraine show. She knew just the recipe – a firm family favourite she had made for years with her grandma, mother and her two sons. Her recipe was shortlisted, impressing the judges, including actress Debbie Rush who plays

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café assistant Anna Windass in Coronation Street, and family cook Alex Hollywood. In the semi-final Anne was one of only three bakers to be chosen as a finalist. The cherubs are a type of Rascal – a cross between a rock cake, scone and a biscuit. The recipe was passed down from her grandma and is in her mother’s recipe collection, which she started in 1947. It has been refined over the years and today suits her family of gingerholics! As you eat a cherub, the flavours hit you bit by bit. First you taste the ginger and spice. This is followed by orange from fresh chunky orange zest. Raisins and apricots provide additional texture and flavour.

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News From Your Councillors CLLR DANIEL COHEN

Alwoodley Ward Many thanks to all of you who contacted me to put your street down on our list of street surgeries in the coming months. It has been really helpful for Peter Harrand, Neil Buckley and I to be able to target those areas that want to discuss specific issues for us to take

NHS England has recognised the need for this health centre

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Roundhay Ward Highway Matters

One effect of the wettest Winter on record, albeit one in which temperatures barely touched freezing, has been damage to local roads. Highways have been working flat out to make repairs, but resources are limited. One thing that really helps is to report road damage on 0113 222 4407 or highways@leeds.gov.uk as soon as you spot it, and do let your councillors know if

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The Council continues to roll out 20mph zones around schools

up on your behalf – which is of course what we are here for!

I promised last month that as soon as we had any updates on the proposed new health centre for Alwoodley, I would share it here first with readers of North Leeds Life. Well, after a huge amount of work by the GP practices involved, and support from a whole range of local organisations, and not least Peter, Neil and I, NHS England has recognised the need for this health centre and has found the funding necessary for the project to go ahead. I have no doubt that the coming months will throw up a whole range of challenges that will need addressing. As Alwoodley Councillors we will continue to do all we possibly can to ensure that this new Health Centre is delivered as successfully and as quickly as possible.

you are not happy with the response. Repairs are one thing, but in some cases the only solution is complete resurfacing. Roads are inspected annually and a programme of replacement work is drawn up based on condition and usage. Because this is part of a longer plan based on condition and usage, it is seldom possible to accelerate resurfacing. Meanwhile the Council is continuing with the long standing plan to roll out 20mph zones in areas around schools across the city. In Roundhay Ward for example, three of the five local mainstream primary schools now have lower speed

Finally, as we are now in a new Leeds City Council financial year, we have a newly replenished pot of money available to make small grants to community groups in need of funds to set up a project or to buy a particular piece of equipment. For example, last year we were able to help the Friends of Wigton Moor Wood buy a gazebo and to cover some of the transport costs of the Moortown Social Club Over 60’s Section on their days out, to name just two from a long list of worthy beneficiaries. If you have a project that we might be able to help with – do get in touch. As always, if you have any problems or issues, we’re here to help. Have a great month! Daniel.cohen@leeds.gov.uk 0113 204 1094

restrictions, and the rest are programmed to be rolled out over the coming year or so. Unfortunately school traffic issues do not end with speed. Most primary schools have traffic and parking issues at exactly the moment that some children are arriving or leaving on foot. These issues are very difficult to address as additional parking restrictions often just displace the problem by a street or so, and some parents have to rely on driving to school simply to get to work. But it is far healthier to get some exercise at the beginning and end of the day. B i l l . u r r y @ l e e d s . g o v. u k 07891 278 717/ 0113 247 6927 Lead Councillor for Climate Change

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Dear Alwoodley Resident, It is a privilege to be the councillor for Alwoodley, where I have lived for 45 years and where my children and grandchildren went to school.

Cllr Peter Harrand

There cannot be a more generous, friendly or welcoming community in the city and I am regularly amazed at the amount of genuine neighbourly concern and willingness to help others in all corners of the ward. Thank you for all your help over the years. If re-elected I will continue to fight to: Ensure Alwoodley retains its 5 Police Community Support Officer’s (PCSO’s). Work towards having our new Health Centre built as quickly as possible. Persuade those running Leeds City Council to freeze council tax. Persuade the council to spend more of our money on repairing our roads. Thank you for electing me before; I hope, with your support and votes, I can continue to help the people of Alwoodley.

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Councillor Peter Harrand www.alwoodleyward.co.uk Promoted by Spencer Weiner on behalf of Peter Harrand all of 249 Low Lane, Leeds LS18 5NY

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A Car After last year, the organisers of this year’s Otley Show are hoping for a dry, warm day on 17th May!

Rally for Alzheimers Research Lee and Faye Thornton are planning to drive 670 miles in a 24 hour endurance car rally in October this year to raise money for Alzheimers Research UK.

tley Show is one of the highlights in the town’s calendar, supporting the region’s farming and agricultural communities, as well as providing a major boost to the local economy. As usual it will feature the traditional livestock and animal classes - cattle, sheep, horses, poultry, rabbits, hamsters and dogs, supported by classes showcasing the best of local produce, handicrafts and floral art. Attractions will include The Stampede Stunt Display Team, Ben Potter’s Bird of Prey Display, The Sheep Show, Otley Brass Band, The Ridgeside Lurcher

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The show supports the region’s farming and agricultural communities, as well as providing a major boost to the local economy

Display Team, plus much more. Otley Sailing Club will give demonstrations on the lake, and Otley Cycle Club will also be there, along with the Otley Community Tour De France stand. Tickets cost £8/ £6, children (5-16) £3 on the gate, or £7/ £4 and £2 in advance, and parking is £2. Membership of Otley Show is only £23, giving three admission tickets, a car pass plus all the exclusive facilities of the marquee. Corporate membership provides nine admission tickets and three car passes for just £60. For further details, visit www.otleyshow.org. uk

They aim to avoid as many A roads as possible and take to country roads and back lanes, starting in Leeds and passing through North Yorkshire, County Durham, on to the Scottish borders, through the Lake District, then back across to the North East, down to Scarborough and then back to Leeds. “The main reason we are doing this is because my Nan passed away last year after a twelve year battle with this cruel disease”, said Lee. “My wife also lost her grandma through the same illness a few years ago. “We have already held a successful coffee morning, which included special guest speaker Rupert Stroud, who was featured in North Leeds Life.” Lee and Faye aim to raise £3,000 to purchase a PET Scan. They would love people to sponsor them so they can reach their goal. For further information, visit www. fltrally14.co.uk

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Councillors Support Social Action Project Together for Peace’s (T4P) Active Citizens’ Social Action Project, a scheme helping people to make positive changes in their communities by giving them the tools, knowledge and experience to tackle problems, recently received £3,000 funding from local Councillors Sharon Hamilton, Jane Dowson and colleagues on the Inner North East Area Committee.

The project is delivered by T4P and various other bodies in conjunction with the British Council. Groups of 30 young people initially take part in workshops and residentials, then go on to create and deliver social action projects tackling issues in their neighbourhoods. There are around 80,000 ‘Active Citizens’ from diverse communities in over 30 countries, including 21 communities in the UK. T4P asked the Area Committee to fund support for participants in Chapeltown and the surrounding area. The Committee’s funding will provide 40 hours of mentoring spread over six months. T4P has been involved in a number of pioneering projects,

including The Leeds Poverty Challenge, and was awarded the ‘Partner of the Year’ award by the Council in 2012 in recognition of their excellent work in the city. “Together for Peace does some brilliant work helping communities to address their own problems, and promoting social cohesion in deprived communities”, said Councillor Jane Dowson. “The Active Citizens Project has been running in Leeds for three years and many communities have relished the opportunity to work on this scheme. It’s great that we have been able to help.” For more information, visit www.t4p.org.uk and http:// activecitizens.britishcouncil.org/

Councillors that will work hard for YOU in Roundhay, Moortown & Meanwood and Chapel Allerton You told us you want Councillors who were visible, contactable and who, above-all remember that they have been elected to serve YOU! We listened and have selected OUTSTANDING Conservative candidates — all committed to working for YOU!

Andy Paraskos (Roundhay) is a photographer and knows many people miss their hard working Conservative Councillors. Farzana Arif (Chapel Allerton) is a mum and wife working for Virgin Media, she wants to ensure all local residents are given a voice in local decisions. Mark Dodsworth (Moortown & Meanwood) works as an analyst and is passionate about supporting local people & groups and playing his part locally. CONTACT US ON: 0113 2041094

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Early Aviation in Roundhay Park A blue plaque on the wall of Tesco’s Roundhay Road store is the only remaining physical reminder of the important role played by Leeds in the history of aviation.

obert Blackburn (1885 – 1955) who built his first monoplane in Leeds in 1909, opened his aircraft factory, the Olympia Works, on what is now the Tesco site in 1914. The planes built there were hauled up the road to Roundhay Park and test flown from Soldiers’ Field. Planes continued to be produced there until the 1930s and the factory was reopened during the second world war. Professor Robert Blackburn, grandson of the man who put Leeds on the aviation map, will talk about the life and times of his grandfather and early aviation in Yorkshire on Monday 12th May, 7pm at St Andrews

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The planes were hauled up the road to Roundhay Park and test flown from Soldiers’ Field

Church Sanctuary, Back Shaftsbury Avenue, Roundhay. “We are privileged that Professor Blackburn has agreed to speak”, said Lynda Kitching who has organised the event on behalf of Friends of Roundhay Park. “His talk will not only give us the historical facts about the development of flight in Leeds, and in Roundhay in particular, it will also give us a unique opportunity to hear about Robert Blackburn from the point of view of his family.” All are welcome. Admission £3 for Friends of Roundhay Park (FoRP) members, £5 non members. Proceeds will support FoRP projects in the Park.

Moortown Community Group Update The Moortown Community Group (MCG) committee meets every month to discuss and action a variety of topics of interest to the local community. One of these is the issue of parking at Moortown Corner. The two shopping parades provide parking and pedestrian access together, thich is potentially dangerous. Last year an elderly lady was knocked down by a reversing car. MCG has tried to liaise with both LCC and the shop owners (who own the frontage) on several occasions. Local councillors are aware of the problem and are working to resolve the issue. Everybody will have noticed the displays of Spring flowers on our grass verges. These have been planted by Moortown In Bloom volunteers with bulbs donated by LCC. We have the opportunity to obtain more bulbs, so if you know a piece of land that would benefit from planting, do let us know. We are also responsible for the planters at the upper end of Moortown Corner, the rockery at the top of Scott Hall Road and the wildflower patch at the junction of the Ring Road and Harrogate Road. This year, the centenary of WW1, we will also plant poppies in the wildflower patch. Other topics discussed on a regular basis include a community noticeboard, ‘Welcome to Moortown’ signs, and transport.

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In May, Headingley sees its first ‘Festival of Ideas’ – a series of community-led events to inspire debate and discussion, with the theme ‘Cycles’. The Festival is all about creative ideas that may not necessarily lead to anything (although some might). The main purpose is to tap into the joy of ideas, debate and discussion, and to appeal to the wide variety of people who live in Headingley, and to all age groups. The Festival is the brainchild of Richard Crossley, recently awarded an OBE for services to neighbourhoods and social housing tenants. “I thought something like this would go down really well in Headingley”, said Richard. “To create a space

for ideas and debate in a community with a whole variety of ways of exploring ideas.” The festival runs from 6th – 24th May with an interesting and varied programme, ranging from family cycle rides (11th May) taking in the homes of Headingley literary figures, to seminars, discussions and entertainment. ‘Breaking the Cycle of Violence’ is the theme for three seminars and discussions on Peacekeeping without Weapons, Lad Culture, and Bridging the Gap (between Israel and Palestine). Sam Watts gives a piano recital at HEART, interspersed with thoughts and ideas about music. Trio Literati performs ‘What! An idea?’, and Free Range Choir presents ‘Sing Freedom’, a personal story in song and narrative on the liberation struggle in South Africa. Shire Oak Woodcraft Folk are running a ReCycle Fete on Saturday 17th May with music, mud, paint, games and food guaranteed! And, Year 10 and 11 pupils from Lawnswood, Cardinal Heenan and Abbey Grange schools go head to

head in a debating competition on 19th May. The Festival concludes with ‘Create your Future’, a workshop using the world- renowned Open Space Technology where participants share their ideas and passions on the theme ‘How can we create the future we want?’. Pick up the full programme from HEART, Headingley Library, Cafe Lento and other local outlets, or visit www. headingleydevelopmenttrust. org.uk/festival-of-ideas. Drop in to or call HEART (0113 275 4548) for tickets and further information. The Festival would like to thank Headingley Development Trust and Councillors Walshaw and Walker for their support.

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Students Raise Funds for Village Schools in India and Nepal

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One-teacher schools, known as ‘Saraswati Vidyalayas’ are transforming the lives of children in remote villages in India and Nepal. Now, thanks to a donation from students at The Grammar School at Leeds (GSAL), another five can be built.

Pictured: Akash Ramnath, Mr Hashmukh Shah, and Manraj Thethi (Student faith leader, GSAL Sikh Society)

Student members of the Hindu and Sikh societies at GSAL recently presented a cheque for £5,000 to the charity Saraswati Vidyalaya, bringing the sum raised over the last six years to a total of £10,000. The main fundraising event each year has been the Diwali Show, organised by the Hindu and Sikh student faith leaders. This event brings the whole community together for an evening of Indian food, music and dance. “Education is empowerment, and through your sponsorship of

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Thanks to GSAL we have built nine schools over five years

schools in India and Nepal you are helping disadvantaged students to overcome illiteracy and resist exploitation”, said Mr Hashmukh Shah, UK coordinator of Saraswati Vidyalaya. “Thanks to GSAL we have built nine schools over five years – today’s donation alone will fund five more.” “The Hindu and Sikh communities at GSAL are very inclusive and I would like to thank everyone who has supported us, in school and from the wider community”, said Akash Ramnath, Hindu student faith leader.

The second Opportunity Knocks event organised by the Family Hub and Programming team at Leeds Jewish Welfare Board and held at the Marjorie and Arnold Ziff Community Centre, featured motivational speakers and presented over thirty stalls, including information and advice on slimming, healthcare and guidance for older people. Motivational speaker and Paralympian medallist Elizabeth Wright, who won bronze in Atlanta (1996), and silver and bronze in Sydney (2000), explained how she achieved Olympian success by sheer determination and self-esteem. “No matter what life throws at you, and no matter where you start from, you can get out there and succeed. I am living proof that you can! If you have a dream, then as long as you have the determination and believe in your gut that you can attain your dream, then what’s stopping you? The answer is, absolutely nothing!”

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The first Oakwood Day will take place on Saturday 3rd May, 9.30am – 3pm, and will commemorate the merger of Oakwood into the City of Leeds just over 100 years ago, alongside the excellent news that the Heritage Lottery Fund has donated £100,000 to the Oakwood Clock Project. As well as full restoration of the clock, the project includes an exciting Oral History strand, and will be launched by Councillor Tom Murray, Mayor of Leeds, at Oakwood Library (junction of Oakwood Lane and Roundhay Road) at 2pm on Oakwood Day. The Day will also feature an arts and crafts market with music around theDancing clock. 110x153mm.ai

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Led by OTRA, in partnership with the local history group of the University of the Third Age and pupils from Roundhay School, the oral history project will involve interviewing people and inviting them to share their stories about the Clock and the surrounding area. The resultant stories will be published and, in addition to being available for sale, will be buried in a time capsule at the base of the Clock. OTRA will work with the History Club at Roundhay School and with Leeds Museums and Galleries to create educational resources for the local primary schools. A heritage trail with guided walks around the area will also be created. If you have memories of the Oakwood Clock and the associated area come along to the Oakwood Library on Oakwood Day or contact either Edna Murray (edna.murray@leeds.gov. uk) or Christine Macniven (christine.macniven@ msn.com) who are organising the collection of 31/01/2014 09:21 www.oakwoodclock.co.uk/ these oral histories.

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Plans to mark the 40th anniversary of Leeds Concord Interfaith Fellowship are underway, thanks to support from local Councillors Jane Dowson, Sharon Hamilton and their colleagues who provided £300 in MICE money. Concord is the longest running interfaith organisation in the city and one of the oldest in the country. A wide variety of projects and events is planned to celebrate. One of these will be led by Leeds Women of Faith, who are encouraging women across the city to come together to create a commemorative textile banner, to celebrate not only the anniversary, but also Leeds multi-faith and multi-cultural diversity. The project will last a year with workshops being held across

This project will bring together women from a variety of backgrounds to work together and learn from each other

the city. The completed banner will be shown at various interfaith events before being displayed at Leeds City Museum for six months. It will also be shown at Leeds Story Gallery and various places of worship. Councillors Dowson and Hamilton hope that the project will help to bring together women from a variety of social and religious backgrounds to develop their skills, learn about each

other’s faiths and cultures and make new friends. The Councillors went along to a recent session to have a go with some of the women taking part. “I am excited to see this project with Concord and Leeds Women of Faith develop over the next few months”, said Councillor Sharon Hamilton. “It will bring together women from a variety of backgrounds to work together and learn from each other.”

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A Fruitful Community Project A previously unused patch of Meanwood grassland is to be turned into a wonderful community garden and orchard. Councillors Sharon Hamilton, Rebecca Charlwood, Alex Sobel and colleagues on the Inner East Area Committee have provided £1,200 for the establishment of the Meanwood Community Orchard, which will be organised by Transition Meanwood, a community-led group helping to improve the local area by running green projects. All of the trees have been purchased by ward members, and planted by volunteers. The Council’s Parks & Countryside Service also assisted in setting up the project. “Transition Meanwood have done a fantastic job creating this

Friends Plant Sale in The Hollies The Friends of the Hollies Plant Sale takes place just beyond the Weetwood Lane car park ls16 from 11am – 1pm on Saturday 17th May. There will be a wide range of bedding plants, perennials, shrubs, vegetables and herbs for sale, as well as homemade cakes! Profits will go to buy bulbs and shrubs for planting in The Hollies.

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orchard for the community”, said Councillor Sharon Hamilton. “It will not only improve an unused piece of land but will also bring the community together, offer a healthy source of food and a habitat for local wildlife. I’d also like to thank everyone who has lent a helping hand in planting the orchard.”

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Insects are caught on the wing as, typically, they swoop low among grazing cattle in elegant fluid flight

locations. Sociable birds, they gather to feed over pastures and lakes and in Autumn assemble in twittering flocks, perching in long rows on wires before migrating. Though still a relatively common bird, numbers vary annually, perhaps depending

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Seeds and Seedlings Tender seedlings from March and April sowings will soon be ready to put outside but don’t be tempted to do this before the end of the month when all risk of frost has passed. You can start to acclimatise plants to outdoor life by leaving them out during the day and bringing in at night for a week or two prior to moving them to their new homes. This applies to things like tomato, courgette and Summer bedding plants whether home grown or bought at a garden centre.

Hedgehogs in the Garden When was the last time you saw a hedgehog in your garden? Hedgehog populations in the UK

One of the simplest steps we can take to help hedgehogs is to link gardens in a neighbourhood by making a small hole in shared boundaries so that the creatures can roam freely.

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have plummeted by over a third in the last ten years and one of the factors contributing to this decline is tidy fenced in gardens. They need a much larger area to roam than you would imagine, the average range for a hedgehog in an urban area being about 500 gardens! One of the simplest steps we can take to help hedgehogs is to link gardens in a neighbourhood by making a small hole in shared boundaries so that the creatures can roam freely. A hole that is just 13cm square at or near ground level is big enough for hedgehogs to pass, enabling them to find shelter, food and mates. This year I am working with the British Hedgehog Preservation Society and People’s Trust for Endangered

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Species to produce a show garden at the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show to demonstrate how easy it is to connect gardens and make hedgehogs welcome. The show runs from 8th to 13th July.

Keeping the Rest Looking its Best Herbaceous perennials grow rapidly this month, so continue to support them with twiggy sticks or plant supports. Late flowering varieties can be given the ‘Chelsea Chop’ towards the end of the month – i.e. reduce their height by one third to make stronger, bushier plants with more flowers. Good subjects for the treatment include Helenium, Echinacea, Rudbeckia and upright varieties of Sedum. Fading Spring bulbs can be deadheaded but leave the foliage in place to feed the bulb for next year’s flowers and remove it when it begins to turn yellow.

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UNDER THE SKIN DIRECTED BY: JONATHAN GLAZER STARRING: : SCARLETT JOHANSSON, JEREMY MCWILLIAMS, LYNSEY TAYLOR MACKAY CERT: 15 - RUNNING TIME: 108 MINS This fantastically strange, disorientating and utterly original picture might seem, at first glance, to share its premise with a mostly forgotten mid-90s daft Sci-Fi horror B movie called Species. Both films feature aliens in attractive female human form seductively luring men to their doom. That’s where the similarities end, however. Rest assured, Under The Skin is nothing like Species. This is a film I’ve been excited about for some time as it’s the long awaited new feature from Jonathan Glazer, director of the superb, genrewarping Sexy Beast, although an appreciation of the director’s previous work doesn’t prepare you for Under The Skin, which is nothing like Sexy Beast either. Okay, let’s just say that Under The Skin is pretty much unlike anything else out there. It’s a haunting, disturbing, creepy, sexy and unnerving piece that worms its way into your consciousness and rattles around in there making you feel odd for quite some time afterwards. With its Glasgow setting, the film manages to seem both out of this world and down to earth. Much of it is taken up with Johansson’s alien cruising the Scottish streets in a white van, on the prowl for lone men whom she ensnares and then ...

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devours? Collects? Drains of life essence? As with much in the film, what occurs isn’t explicitly clear but it’s certainly unsettling. The only other main character is the enigmatic presence of a

familiar seem strange and intimidating. This is achieved through Johansson’s wonderfully otherworldly performance and Glazer’s cannily counter intuitive direction

man on a motorcycle whom we see at the opening of the film seemingly procuring a human body for the alien to inhabit. The relationship between them remains ambiguous; is he another alien guiding her way on earth? It might be he’s there to protect and clean up after her but when she allows one of her victims to escape he appears to become a threat. What the film does brilliantly is show us our world as if viewed through the alien’s eyes, making the familiar seem strange and intimidating. This is achieved through Johansson’s wonderfully otherworldly performance and Glazer’s cannily counter-intuitive direction. The camerawork is largely cinema verite, recalling the bleak and grimy socialrealist style of Mike Leigh or Ken Loach and, when observing ordinary folk in street scenes that could be any homogenised city centre in the UK, seems like a natural history documentary, lacking only a voiceover by David Attenborough. This Lo-Fi visual motif is punctuated by

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highly stylised, surrealistic scenes that take place in the alien’s lair, which many have called Kubrickian. Given her celebrity and sex symbol status, the casting of Johansson is a masterstroke and I doubt the film could have worked as well with anyone else in the role. The incongruity of seeing her (often filmed on hidden cameras) rendered oddly anonymous by a dark wig and tatty fake fur coat, wandering around a place much like the Merrion Centre, is bizarrely effective. The closest reference point for Under The Skin would be Nic Roeg’s The Man Who Fell to Earth, which Glazer acknowledges as an influence, and Johansson’s alien shares an air of chillingly dispassionate detachment with David Bowie’s character in that film.

Making the alien relatable is quite a stretch, unable as she is (initially, at least) to comprehend or experience human emotion. However, perhaps due to the melancholic note that underpins her travails, we come to see more than a predatory monster and by the end we’re acutely concerned for her safety. The film has received a great deal of appreciation from critics but I can’t see it becoming widely loved by audiences as (and I’m aware this phrase may smack of cultural snobbery and condescension) it might just be too weird for most people. As for myself, Under The Skin absolutely knocked me for six and it’s one of the most unusual, beguiling and unique things I’ve seen for quite some time.

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The renowned kora player Toumani Diabaté recently recorded an album of duets with his son Sidiki, the instrument’s emerging star, and they are playing at the Howard Assembly Room on Friday 6th June.

heir album is a dialogue conducted through the kora, the 21-string West African harp that the Diabaté dynasty has elevated to iconic status. Descended from a line of griots - custodians of the ancient oral traditions of West Africa’s Mandé people - Toumani and Sidiki are significant names in the annals of African music. Toumani’s father recorded the first ever kora album in 1970, unwrapping the instrument’s

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potential as a virtuosic instrument. Toumani has taken it further, weaving together bass lines, ancient melodies and astonishing improvisations. He has collaborated with the likes of Ali Farka Touré, Taj Mahal, Herbie Hancock, Damon Albarn and Bjork, and has built an impressive collection of fans, including President Barack Obama, who chose Toumani’s collaboration with Taj Mahal as his alltime favourite album. Sidiki moves things forward again. Voted Mali’s best beat maker in 2013, Sidiki runs his own recording studio and, alongside rapper ‘Iba One’, is one half of the country’s premier hip-hop duo. “Yes I’m a hip-hop artist, but I love and respect my roots as

a kora player”, he said. “I want to know more. This is my chance to learn directly from my father.” Toumani and Sidiki play with verve and attack, groove, wit, swing and bounce, and exquisite intimacy. “We’re not going backwards and trying to play how my father and grandfather did”, said Toumani. “We have to do it our way. We’re modern griots, we live in the city, we’re connected to the world.”

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The Talks: Don’t Look Behind You Daniel Pearson – Escape Acts EP Escape Acts, the new EP from singer-songwriter Daniel Pearson, was released recently. The four new studio recordings follow his second album Mercury State, which earned international acclaim last year. In the last two years, which included releasing two albums, Daniel has received a string of rave press reviews, gained thousands of fans through word of mouth and Twitter, over 10,000 download sales, and received widespread airplay. His music has been played on TV shows and he has toured the UK & USA - all while maintaining an independent, DIY approach. The EP’s infectious lead single Lost My Way reboots 60s pop with sharp riffs and a stomping kick drum and showcases keen and considered songwriting and arrangement sensibilities which recall Crowded House or the countrysoul of Ryan Adams, tied together by deft lyrical skill and great production by Ed Heaton at Eiger Studios in Leeds.

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This new EP is a departure from his previous album, released in January 2013, which was a stark acoustic recording based around the recession. This new EP is far more positive, up-beat and pop sounding. Daniel is very prolific and is constantly writing. He is playing the Live at Leeds Festival this month, when no doubt his huge Twitter following (which seems to gain more fans by the day) will turn out in force to soak up more of the music that has been sending them into raptures! “Twitter has been really good for me”, said Daniel. ”It’s great to have people respond to my music and so nice to hear positive things. I’m so fortunate to have a job that I love and I love having that contact with people.”

This new single by 2 Tone revivalists The Talks is a jaunty slice of vintage-feeling Ska in the fine tradition of The Specials, The Beat and The Selecter et al. Choppy guitars and pleasingly swirling Hammond carry a tune with plenty of bump and bounce and more than enough “mmm chh, chh” bang for your buck. Not 100% sure about the rap breakdown that appears shortly after the midway point which, judging from the video, seem to be delivered somewhat half-heartedly, but generally Don’t Look Behind You is a tasty, upbeat, poppy skank reminiscent of the best of 70’s era Ska-Punk. There’s a propulsive energy to The Talks’ sound which suggests the band has little trouble getting a crowd moving and I’d be keen to see them live. Unfortunately, the band aren’t hitting Leeds on their upcoming UK tour but if you feel like breaking out your porkpie hat, braces and DMs and cracking on with the old two-step it might be worth making the trip to Sheffield or York to catch the guys on stage.

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Now firmly established as a local institution and a much anticipated highlight of the festival calendar, Live at Leeds takes place across a plethora of venues from Friday 2nd – Monday 5th May. Officially kicking off the UK Festival season, Live at Leeds is the first to bring you the bands that are going to break in 2014. The festival has established a peerless reputation for picking the most exciting new artists who are just on the cusp of great things and programming them across Leeds for one joyous musical weekend. More established acts complement these bright young things as they unite for three

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Shonen Knife Thu 1 May, Brudenell Social Club, £12/ £10. Female Japanese legends punching out fast, exciting sets of punk, pop, rock & metal hits. Joe Palooka’s Juke Joint 1st Fri New Headingley Club, St Michael’s Rd. Best of Motown, reggae, 50’s R&R, 60’s R&B, funk,boogie, soul & ska! £3 Pavel Haas Quartet Sat 3 May at Howard Assembly Room, Boo Hewerdine + Alice Woods, Jon Palmer Sat 3 May at Korks, Otley Dum Dum Girls Sun 4 May, 4:30pm, £7- £11. Blissedout buzz-saw pop.

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Kan Wakan Tue 6 May, Brudenell Club £6.60. Psychedelic soul, post rock, alt Americana, noir jazz, 60s soundtrack stylings. The Sonics Wed 7 May, Brudenell Club, £22. Influential ‘60s garage rock band best known for anthems like ‘Have Love Will Travel’ & ‘Psycho’. Quantic Thu 8 May, Belgrave Music Hall, £16.50. Jazz sensibility fused with dance floor orientated grooves

The Gonzo’s Fri 9 May, The Cockpit, £5.50. Local four piece playing energetic mix of pop, punk, indie & rock. Hauschka Sat 10 May, Howard Assembly Room. Captivating pianist & composer Volker Bertelmann performs postclassical chamber works drawing on minimalism.

Kim Richey Sat 10 May, 8.30pm Seven Arts, Chapel Allerton. Twice Grammy nominated songwriter. Great Americana night. £10 adv/ £12 door. Moysey’s Noisy Sextet, Ashley Henry Group, Bloom Collective Sun 11 May, 1-4pm @Seven Arts Chapel Allerton. Jazz. £7/5 Jagwar Ma Sun 11 May, The Cockpit, £13.75. Combining ‘60s sunshine pop with modern electronic edge. Sons & Lovers Mon 12 May, Belgrave Music Hall, £6.60. Tight vocal harmonies, pulsating drum patterns & a hint of synths

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Embrace Wed 14 May, O2 Academy, £19.50. Anthemic Indie-Pop. Jon Spencer Blues Explosion Thu 15 May, Brudenell Club, £19.80. Inspired by spirit of Jerry Lee Lewis, James Brown & Howlin’ Wolf, the transcendent qualities of gospel & the blues. Anita Wardell & Dave O’Higgins Quintet Thurs 15 May, 8pm at Seven Arts, Chapel Allerton. £16/14 Patsy Matheson Fri 16 May at Korks Wine Bar, Otley. £9. The Rutles Fri 16 May, City Varieties , £20.60. Superb & hilarious Beatles parody.

Stretch Trio & Sam Quintana’s Zeitgeist Sun 18 May, 1-4pm at Inkwell. Best of Leeds College of Music presented by Seven Jazz £7/5 Jess Morgan, Jack McNeill, Charlie Hayes, Fran Woodcock Mon 19 May at Oporto. Free Jason Isbell Tue 20 May, Brudenell Club £16.50. Formerly of Drive-By Truckers. Drowners Thu 22 May, The Cockpit, £6.60. Breezily infectious PunkPop with a tinge of melancholy. Judie Tzuke Thurs 22 May at City Varieties. £22.50. Mutual Benefit + Hospitality Thurs 22 May at Brudenell. £11.

Chantel McGregor Fri 23 May, Brudenell Club, £13.50. Outstanding blues guitarist. Wreckless Eric Fri 23 May, Belgrave Music Hall, £11. One of the original artists on the legendary Stiff Records BubblegumPop, Grunge & Psychedelia. Support from ALASKA. The Julie Ruin Sat 24 May, Brudenell Club, £13.20. Alt Punk rock, fronted by Riot Grrrl legend Kathleen Hanna, previously of Bikini Kill & Le Tigre. Cloud Nothings Mon 26 May, Brudenell Club, 1:30pm, £13.75. Catchy Lo-Fi bedroom punk & indie-rock.

Ethan Johns Wed 28 May, Oporto, £11. Known for his production work for The Vaccines & Kings Of Leon & long-term collaborations with Ryan Adams, Ethan is also a solo performer in his own right, leaning towards Folk. Chain & The Gang Thu 29 May, Brudenell Club, £11. Martial rhythms, minimal riffs with maximum fuzz, + bewitching call & response tunes. Kasseldown Sun 1 June, 1 – 4pm @Inkwell, Potternewton Lane. £7/5 conc

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Countdown to Le Grand Depart The Etape du Dales Lizzie Armitstead described Yorkshire as the ‘best cycling destination in the world!’ and what better way to experience it than by taking part in the Etape du Dales? This is one of the most popular and challenging sportives in the UK and one of the country’s top ten rides. Organised as a sponsorship event by the Dave Rayner Fund, it is a day-long ride covering 112 miles (180km) of punishing terrain. The Fund, which was set up in 1995 to provide financial assistance to aspiring young riders, was named after Dave Rayner, one of Britain’s best young professional cyclists in the late 80s and early 90s, until his career was tragically cut short following his death (age 27) outside a Bradford nightclub. Everyone talks about the Etape du Tour as one of the most grueling cycle rides around, but we have been assured that parts of the Etape du Dales are every bit as difficult as the French Etape mountain stages.

Every year about 1,000 intrepid cyclists take part and it requires an excellent level of fitness, taking in as it does major climbs as well as steep and technical descents. Starting and ending in Threshfield, just outside Grassington, lovely country lanes soon give way to killer climbs – like the beast that is Buttertubs, the mightly Fleet Moss, the punishing leg to Nateby, and the climb at Tan Hill to reach the highest and possibly the most isolated pub in England. Then there’s speeding down to the Moorcock Inn, the tough climb up Garsdale Head and the endless undulations of Silverdale, not to mention other famous ascents like Mallerstang, the Coal Road, Newby Head and Halton Gill. The reward is stunning Dales scenery, the satisfaction of completing one of the hardest cyclo-sportives in the country, and raising money for a good cause - the Dave Rayner Fund. Of course, the Yorkshire Dales can be as hostile as they are beautiful. The weather can change in an instant and with very little shelter across the tops of the moors, you could find yourself in serious trouble if you’re not properly equipped. Tempted? Start training for the Etape du Dales 2015 now! For further information, contact Nigel Bishop at etapedudales@live.co.uk or visit www.daveraynerfund.co.uk Photo: Coal Rd from Garsdale to Dent. Courtesy of Rick Robson - Cyclesportphotos.com

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An Etape du Tour Experience! Last year, in a moment of madness, I decided to take on the Etape du Tour – a 130km leg of the Tour de France through The Alps. The cycling brand Rapha contacted me to see if I’d do it, in an attempt to encourage more women to take part. On my spikesandheels.com blog I constantly champion women in sports. I run, I box, I do Pilates, but I definitely wasn’t a cyclist, so this would be a special kind of challenge.

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I got on my bike and started training and quickly realized, cycling was not for the faint hearted. I spent weeks thinking simply not falling off was an achievement, but at some point I realised I’d have to get serious about tackling hills - I mean, the leg of the Tour I’d be doing covered six mountains! I’m a Leeds lass but live in London, where decent hills aren’t easily accessible. It was time to make a pilgrimage to the hills of God’s Own County. I packed my bags and prepped myself for a weekend of riding, Yorkshire-style. Prior to this, my rides had consisted of a lot of distance, but no real inclines. This would be a test to see how I could handle the hills. I set out optimistically, little did I know that by the end of that day, the hills would almost break me. I found out later that some of the hills we took on that day are in some sort of ‘100 Greatest Hills of the UK’ cycling masochist manual. As I tried to ascend one, I felt pain searing through my thighs as my legs gradually got slower and slower. I felt as though I were pedaling through mud. Then my legs came to a complete stand still mid-pedal stroke. Then I started going backwards! My upper body felt so weak, I could barely hold on to the handlebars. Sweat was pouring off me from everywhere, even my shins – who sweats from their shins?! ‘This is what being close to death must feel like’, I thought to myself.

After a bit of walking, some crawling, some crying, a mini-tantrum, threatening to throw my bike in a hedge, then eventually getting back on it, I did indeed make it up that hill. Not only that, but a couple of months later, as I was on the final climb of the Etape du Tour – a brutal 16km long incline of about 20%, I thought back to that day on that Yorkshire hill that nearly broke me and thought ‘Give me your best France – you ain’t got nothin’ on Yorkshire!’ With the Tour de France starting in Yorkshire this year, it’s such a great opportunity for us to see these incredible athletes up close and personal. Will they be able to handle what Yorkshire throws at them? I can’t wait to find out! Muireann completed the Etape du Tour 2013 in eight hours! www.spikesandheels.com

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Le Tour de Roundhay The fun filled Tour de Roundhay at Roundhay School, Old Park Road on 22nd June (12 – 5pm) continues to develop. Cycling activities for children are being organised by West Yorkshire Track Cycling and Bikeability. There will be track races, skill tests and mini time trials for different age groups (including U-5s!), on the school field and off-road paths. Details are available through local primary schools. Leeds Cycling Campaign is organising several rides for adults (16+). These will be tailored to different abilities. Children aged 12-15 can take part in the adult rides if they

There will be plenty to do, whether you cycle or not

are competent cyclists and accompanied by an adult. This will be a fun, sociable afternoon in groups of up to 20, on mainly quiet roads. It is not a competition or race. There are a limited number of places on the rides and participants are required to register in advance, through the Eventbrite www.eventbrite. co.uk/e/tour-de-roundhaytickets-8501061905. A small fee £3 adults/ £2 children (12-15) is payable on the day. There will be plenty to do, whether you cycle or not. Confirmed activities include fairground games, beat the goalie, tombola, softball and face painting. Enjoy delicious

food from the likes of Tasty, Manjit’s Kitchen, Cracked Pan, Be Happy Bakery, Setchfields Butchers (hog roast and pork pies) and Roundhay PTA. And, Las Camaradas salsa band, Roundhay Ukulele Group, a brass band and groups from Roundhay School will all be performing during the afternoon. For further information, visit www.reap-leeds.org.uk and www.is.gd/roundhaylive

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For the past five years, Sustrans has been working with the University of Leeds, Leeds Metropolitan University, Leeds Teaching Hospitals and Trinity University to promote walking and cycling. Under the banner of ‘UTravelActive’ they provide a range of practical and motivational support to help staff and students improve their health, bank balance and environmental footprint. The most visible tool on offer is the 400 plus branded bikes that you can spot all over the city. Students can hire bikes for just £50 a year, which allows them to keep fit, save

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money, and never be late for lectures! There is maintenance support on both the Leeds Uni and Leeds Met Headingley campuses. Staff can also see if cycling is for them through the ‘Try Cycling’ bike loans at the universities and hospitals. With lock, lights, helmet, pannier, and

bags of support the majority of participants go on to join the increasing numbers of people enjoying cycling in Leeds. Many volunteers support Sustrans’ activities, allowing them to offer a range of extra events – from walks to cycling film nights. Their theme for 2014 is ‘Bike Belles’, featuring women-focused events and stories of women overcoming personal barriers. The Grand Départ is a huge opportunity to offer people of all abilities the help they need to get started. For more information see www.utravelactive.org.uk or Facebook

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St Gemma’s Three Peaks Challenge!

Mob Run is Back!

St Gemma’s Hospice has teamed up with Kuta Outdoors to organise its first Three Peaks Challenge on Friday 5Th September. This year the hugely popular and successful ‘Mob Run’, the parkrun club challenge, is back!

This challenge sets out to climb Yorkshire’s highest peaks – the magnificent Pen-Y-Ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough. It is suitable for beginners, as well as experienced walkers. You will be supported every step of the way, with free weekend training walks, fundraising tips, a St Gemma’s t-shirt and a talk to prepare you for the big day. The route will be fully marshalled and staff from Kuta Outdoors and St Gemma’s will be there to support and encourage you.

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It is hoped that the event will raise over £24,000

It’s a great opportunity to take in some of Yorkshire’s most stunning scenery while raising vital funds for your local hospice. It is hoped that the event will raise over £24,000, which will cover the cost of running the hospice for a day. Registration is £30 (nonrefundable) and each walker is asked to raise at least £250. For further details and to register, visit www. stgemmas3peaks.co.uk.

Started by Leeds parkrun, last year the event spread its wings and visited Temple Newsam, and this year it will be hosted by Roundhay parkrun on 17th May. Last year’s event was hugely popular amongst runners and brought a record attendance to Temple Newsam. The challenge is a very simple one – which athletics club can bring the most runners (Valley Striders brought 41 last year!), and which club has the fastest average runners (it was Barnsley AC in 2013). You’ll find a facebook event page at https://www.facebook.com/ events/448660708598221/ parkrun organises free, weekly, 5km timed runs around the world. They are open to everyone and are safe and easy to take part in. With four events in the Leeds area – Woodhouse Moor, Roundhay, Temple Newsam and Cross Flatts – around 1,000 people take part every Saturday morning. For further information, visit http://www.parkrun. org.uk/roundhay/

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Leeds Petanque Club Shoots for Top Spot Leeds Petanque Club won the Leeds North/York Petanque trophy for 2013. The club has been playing at the Richmond House School playing fields on Glen Road, Far Headingley, for eight years and is very well established. It has a whole programme of events planned for this year, including the Waterfront Festival on 28th / 29th June, in conjunction with its sponsors Brasserie Blanc, and the Kirkstall Festival on Saturday 12th July. Many in-club competitions are arranged throughout the season and members now play Tuesday evenings from 6.30pm, and Sundays from 11am – 1pm. There are opportunities for both team and social play. A club open day is planned for Sunday 11th May. Everyone is welcome.

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Radiotherapy Can Cure Cancer The Leeds Cancer Centre at St James’ Hospital is one of Europe’s largest cancer treatment facilities, serving

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2.8 million people across the Yorkshire region.

Radiotherapy, widely used in cancer treatment, is one of its core services. Although less well known than chemotherapy, it can and does cure cancer. Second only to cancer surgery, radiotherapy is used in 40% of cases where cancer is cured, and in many of these it is the primary treatment used.

The Radiotherapy Department has become nationally and internationally recognised for pioneering radiotherapy treatment. Support from the Leeds Teaching Hospitals Charitable Foundation and the Yorkshire Cancer Centre Appeal has enabled the radiotherapy team to pioneer new technology and techniques in more targeted treatments, such as intensity modulated radiotherapy (IMRT) and image guided radiotherapy (IGRT). These new ways of delivering radiotherapy are transforming the lives of patients as cancer

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Leeds has pioneered this technique and been able to offer a chance of potentially curative treatment to the people of Yorkshire

cells are targeted more precisely, increasing cure rates. And, patients experience fewer side effects. These innovations also allow patients with potentially curable lung cancer, who previously had no treatment options, to be successfully treated using a technique called stereotactic ablative body-frame radiotherapy (SABR). Leeds has pioneered this technique and been able to offer a chance of potentially curative treatment to the people of Yorkshire and beyond. But there is still more to do to increase the number of people being cured with radiotherapy. New technology and software is expensive and cannot all be funded by the NHS. As part of the Yorkshire Cancer Centre Appeal, a radiotherapy equipment fund has been set up. If you would like to contribute in any way, please contact Julie Owens, Radiotherapy Manager, on 0113 2067456 or julie. owens@leedsth.nhs.uk

Entry for the Ilkley Triathlon on 21st September, run by the Leeds Bradford Triathlon club, opens 1st May. Last year the event sold out in just four days and had a record number of entries. Held at the Ilkley Lido, the sprint distance course is an ideal event for beginners, with an indoor swim, scenic 15km bike ride, followed by 5km run. Last year’s race was nominated in the top three races with under 500 entries for the UK, and has been a previous winner. Now well established and in its 22nd year, it is now a fixture in the local sporting calendar. It’s a great event to participate in either as an individual or as part of a team. With multiple laps it’s perfect for supporting friends and family taking part. For more information about this year’s race visit http://lbt.org.uk/ IlkleyTriathlon.aspx or find them on facebook or twitter.

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GSAL Reclaims National Netball Title

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The Grammar School at Leeds (GSAL) has reclaimed a national title last won by the school in 2012 – England Netball U16 National Schools Champions. For the second year running GSAL was represented at the national final in all three age categories – U14, U16 and U19. The U16s clinched the trophy with a hard fought 7-6 win in their final match against The Fallibroome Academy, while the U14s and U19s finished as runners up in their competitions. “It was a fantastic team effort from every member in the squad”, said Cath Johnson, head of netball at GSAL. “Winning a national competition is an unbelievable experience for the girls and having three teams in the finals is exceptional.”

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Another Successful Rotary Technology Tournament Despite lower registration, the eighth Annual Technology Tournament run by Leeds Rotary Clubs was a great success and very enjoyable for all concerned. Thirty-two teams descended on the John Charles Stadium. The Lord Mayor of Leeds, Councilor Tom Murray was there along with the Deputy Lord Lieutenant of West Yorkshire, who presented the trophies. The winning schools, in the categories Foundation, Intermediate and Advanced, were Cockburn School, Silcoates School, and Pudsey Grangefield respectively, and the Innovation Prize was awarded to Farnley Academy. The students had an enjoyable

and challenging day. The task that they were set tested the students’ knowledge and ingenuity, as well as their manual skills and ability to work in a team. They also had to produce a ‘portfolio’ documenting their ideas and designs. Teams of four tackled designing, developing, building and testing a model of a rescue module, intended to carry equipment across a ravine on an aerial ropeway. The vehicle had to be made from strip

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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.alwood leycommunityassociation. 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

Charity Champions! Enter

Yorkshire Cancer Centre 16 week Corporate Challenge. You could win the coveted 2014 title & a table for 12 at September Ball. Details: Tif

206 8620, tifaine.carter@ leedsth.nhs.uk, www. yorkshirecancercentre.org. uk

Flag Football is a 5-a-side non-contact version of American Football. New players welcome, no experience required. Practice on Woodhouse Moor. Details: info@leedstornadoes.com, www.leedstornadoes.com

Great North Run Sun 7 Sept. World’s most iconic half marathon. St Gemma’s has 75 places available. Get in touch today! Details: Becky

Hole 218 5505, challenges@ st-gemma.co.uk

Leeds English Folk Dancing Society Weds,

Meanwood Methodist Church (School Room), 7.30 – 9.30pm. Details: Derry

Fletcher 07792 319744

Leeds Midnight Walk


Sat 17 May 8pm-2am. Meet Xercise 4 Less Gym, Kirkstall. Join 1,000+ ladies for 7 or 10 mile walk to raise vital funds for St Gemma’s Hospice. Advance registration advised.

Details: Becky Hole 218 5505, leedsmidnightwalk@ st-gemma.co.uk

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 Softball Association Fun Open

Day Sat 17 May from 1pm at Soldier’s Field, Roundhay Park (between Princess & West Aves) Give softball a try. Just come down & have a swing! Details:

LeedsSoftball@gmail.com, Twitter: @LeedsSoftball

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,

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

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

Pudsey & District Rambling Club Walks of

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.

Reach the Peak Walk

Yorkshire 3 Peaks 7 June for Leeds Cancer Centre, Bexley Wing. 25 miles in 12 hours or less! Led by a professional trekking team.

Details: Tif 206 8620, tifaine. carter@leedsth.nhs.uk, www. yorkshirecancercentre.org. uk

Roundhay parkrun Sat

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

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Yorkshire 3 Peaks 7 June for Leeds Cancer Centre, Bexley Wing. 25 miles in 12 hours or less! Led by a professional trekking team.

Details: Tif 206 8620, tifaine. carter@leedsth.nhs.uk, www. yorkshirecancercentre.org. uk

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Run in Purple for Yorkshire Cancer Centre in Leeds 10K (20 July). Limited places, £20 reg fee. Details: Tif

206 8620, tifaine.carter@ leedsth.nhs.uk www. yorkshirecancercentre.org. uk

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:

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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:

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

Yorkshire Plusnet Marathon in York12 Oct.
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Gemma’s has 20 places in this sold out marathon. Great course for a first marathon or for those wanting a PB! Join Team St Gemma’s! Details:

Becky Hole 218 5505, challenges@st-gemma.co.uk

Zumba Classes Fri 3.30 – 4.30pm, Northcall Community Centre, Cranmer Bank LS17. £1.50. Details: 268 9993

ARTS & CRAFTS Alwoodley Art Group

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

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Chinese Brush Painters Society 10/11 May: Xiao

Bai Li on how to paint an English landscape in Chinese Brush style. 31 May/1 June: Angela Reich teaches Chinese calligraphy & wisteria with goldfish. 10am – 4pm Pool-in-Wharfedale Village Hall, Arthington Lane. New members welcome. Details:

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 Community Cafe Thurs

11am – 2pm at Stainbeck United Reformed Church. Bookstall, ENEHL Debt & Benefit Advice, Police Contact Point, free wifi & help

available. Followed by craft club.

Coffee, Cake & Chat

Every 4th Sat, 10.30am – noon, Stainbeck Church, Stainbeck Rd. Cake stall, books, Fairtrade. All welcome. www.stainbeck.urc. org.uk

Donkey Sanctuary (Eccup) Spring Fair Sat 10 May, 10am-2.30pm. Donkey/ cart rides & sweet treats for children (£4 suggested donation. Gift stalls & delicious refreshments. Free entry. LS16 8AZ

Hope Pastures Spring Fayre Sun 18 May, 10.30am-

3pm at Hope Pastures, Weetwood Lane/Ring Rd. Great fun for all the family. Wide selection of goods & refreshments & plenty to see & do. Plant sale. Adults 50p, children free.

Indoor Car Boot Sale

Sat 24 May, 10am – 1pm at St Gemma’s Hospice, 329 Harrogate Rd, Moortown.

Over 50 stalls selling a wide variety of items. Free parking at hospice. Entry by donation.

Details: Jenny Dixon 218 5565, jennyd@st-gemma. co.uk

Leeds Feline Friends Cream Tea & Plant Fair

Sat 31 May, 1.30 - 3.30pm Alwoodley Community Hall, The Avenue, Alwoodley, LS17. Wide range of plants & goods for sale. Delicious cream scones.

Leeds Horticultural Society Annual Plant/

Coffee Morning Sat 17 May, 9.30 – 11.30am at St Chad’s Centre, Otley Rd. Admission £1 incl. refreshments. Stock up your garden for Summer with perennials / annuals / tomatoes. Advice free!

Details: Pat 225 0030, www. leedshs.org.uk

Jenny Dixon 218 5565, jennyd@st-gemma.co.uk, www.st-gemma.co.uk

NSPCC Plant & Gift Fair

Sat 31 May, 10am – 1pm at St Edmund’s Church Hall, Lidgett Pk Rd. Roundhay, LS8. Quality perennials & bedding plants at reasonable prices. Entry £1 adults/ children free.

Oakwood Farmers’ Market 3rd Sat of month,

9am – 12.30pm at Oakwood Clock.

Plant Fair Sat 10 May,

10.30am – 12.30pm at Lidgett Lane Allotments, Roundhay, Stock up your garden with a variety of vegetables, perennials, bedding plants, fruit bushes, shrubs, herbs etc. Coffee & homemade cakes. Roadside parking.

Nearly New Sale for babies, toddlers & Mums-to-be Sat 3 May, 10am – 12 noon at St Gemma’s Hospice, Harrogate Rd. Moortown. Over 50 stalls. Entry £1. Stall £13. Details:

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Bring & Buy Sale Sun 25 May, 2 - 4pm at Shadwell Grange, 400 Shadwell Lane, LS17. Entry £1, includes tea. Good selection of bedding, perennial, veg plants & lovely baking. Meet people & access expert advice. New members welcome. Details: Susan 273

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GROUPS/CLUBS Air Yorkshire Aviation Society Interested in

aviation, aircraft old and new, airports? Why not try Air Yorkshire - regular guest speakers, trips & social events. Details: Dave Senior

282 1818, www.airyorkshire. org.uk

Leeds Anglo German Club meets 7.30pm at

Headingley St Columba’s URC. Wed14 May: German wine-tasting evening. Tues 20 May: Illustrated talk in German & English - Wolfgang Keinhorst will explain how the Ruhr region became European Capital of Culture. Details: 268 7697

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

Friends of Allerton Grange Fields Friendly

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

foagf@outlook.com, www. friendsallertongrange.org

Gledhow Valley Conservation Area Group

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

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Community Notices 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

Headingley Games Club

Thurs 6.30 – 10.30pm at HEART, Bennett Rd. Board games: Settlers, Puerto Rico, Carcassonne, mst Euro-games, etc. Tabletop games: 40k, Hordes, Flames of War, War machine, etc & Role Playing Games.

Details: 275 9762, http:// headingleygamesclub. com/ Facebook group: Headingley Games Club

Human Writes in Leeds

(HWIL) meets Fri 9 May, 1pm in café of West Yorkshire Playhouse. Participants bring short pieces of own writing for discussion.

Details: humanwritesinleeds. wordpress.com

Kaleidoscope Social Club for over 50s & unattached. Improve your social life & make new friends. Not a dating agency. Details:

217 1747/ 267 0282, www. kaleidoscopeleeds.weebly. com

Leeds Cat Rescue

rehabilitate lost, neglected & forgotten cats & kittens. If you can offer a cat a loving home, please contact them. Details:

268 0488, leedscatrescue@ googlemail.com, www. leedscatrescue.btck.co.uk

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 Budgerigar Society meets 1st Tues, 8pm at Troydale Recreational Club, Troydale Grove, Pudsey, LS28 9LA. Old friends & new members welcome. Details:

Ronnie Simpson 252 0976, www.leedsbs.webs.com

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

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

Leeds Horticultural Society meets 1st Tues,

8pm St Chad’s Centre, Otley Rd. 6 May: Hanging basket demonstration - Gillian Gill. 3 June: Marco Schrang presents ‘Late Summer Interest in the Garden’. Annual membership £12 single/ £18 couple – includes all events & admission to Leeds Flower, Vegetable & Craft Show. Details: Pat 225

0030, www.leedshs.org.uk

Leeds Hospital Alert

Small group campaigning for preservation of the NHS. Meets Muir Court, St Michael’s Rd. LS6. Next meetings: Tues 13 May & 3 June. Details: Beatrice

Rogers 278 5495, info@ leedshospitalalert.org.uk

Leeds Oxfam Group

Lively group campaigning on issues of interest to everyone concerned about global justice. Find them on Facebook for details of what they’re planning this year, from fundraising to lobbying our MPs, abseiling in May, sponsored walk in June.

Leeds Photographic Society meets alt Tues,

7.30pm St Edmund’s Church Hall, Lidgett Pk Rd LS8. 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

Leeds RSPB Group Sat 10 May Free nature walk at Rodley Nature Reserve, LS13 1HP. Meet in car park 10am. Details: rspbleeds@ googlemail.com

Moortown Community Group. Friendly volunteers

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

Details: 266 8480, moortown communitygroup@hotmail. co.uk, wwwmoortow ncommunitygroup.co.uk & Facebook

Leeds Elmet Probus Club

provides a social gathering for retired men from professional & business backgrounds. Meets last Tues of month, 12 noon at Leeds 17 Restaurant, Nursery Lane, for lunch followed by guest speaker & short business meeting.

Details: Keith Robson 230 1559

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

Have you lost someone close to you through suicide? Would you like to meet others who have had a similar experience and share views about the kind of support needed? Living After loss through Suicide (LAS), a group of individuals who have been directly affected by suicide, would like to hear from you. They are holding an afternoon drop-in event on Wednesday 21st May, 4 – 6pm at Swarthmore Education Centre, 2-7 Woodhouse Square, Leeds LS3 1AD For more information please contact Sue Watts, Leeds Bereavement Forum, on 0113 225 3975

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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 Trust in Leeds

meets monthly at St. Chad’s Parish Centre, Far Headingley. New members welcome. Details: Pam 258

8178

National Vegetable Society meets Tues 13

May, 8pm Paxton Hall, 186 Kirkstall Lane, Headingley LS5. Philip Aubury of Alvechurch will give a talk on ‘Grow You Own Veg –The Green Gym’. All welcome.

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: Kathy 216

gardening shows. Details: Graham Wheatley (Sec) 256 3055, Sid Tagger (Chair) 268 7868

Yorkshire Animal Shelter

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

07968 817803, www. yorkshireanimalshelter. 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 Spring Concert Sat 10 May, 7.45pm

at Alwoodley Community Association Hall, The Avenue LS17 7NZ. Entry £4 incl refreshments

Alwoodley Singers Wanted, new members!

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

9861

Details: Alan 294 3370

Otley & Wharfedale MacMillan Cancer Support Fundraising

Bingley Gilbert & Sullivan Society presents

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

next working party Sat 3 May, 10am-12 noon. Meet outside The Dexter Pub, LS17 8RZ. Voluntary organisation making area around Slaid Hill a pleasant & environmentally place to be. Everyone welcome. Details: Geoff or

Margaret 268 9661, www. slaidhillinbloom.org

West Yorkshire Fuchsia Society meets 3rd Wed,

7.30pm Moorside Tenants & Residents Community Centre, St Catherine’s Dr. Bramley, LS13. Find out about growing this delightful flower & exhibiting at

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‘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

Mixed Voices Choir Mon

7.45 0 9.45pm at Tree Tops Community Centre, Shadwell Lane, LS17. Singing musicals, pop & light classical songs. Perform at prestigious concerts throughout the year.

Details: Anne or Tracy 07914 833394

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

House, 136 Street Lane LS8. £5 per session. Details:

Guitar for Beginners

North Leeds Music Centre Saturday mornings

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

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

James Farrell Concert Band rehearses Tues 7.45 –

10pm at Dewsbury Rd Social Club. Friendly community band playing show/film music, marches & more. New players welcome. Current vacancies for trumpet/cornet, horn, tuba & percussion.

Details: 293 1779, www. jfconcertband.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

martinonline@ntlworld.com

- Music for all ages at Carr Manor Community School, LS17 5DJ. It is never too late to start a musical instrument. Details: www.

northleedsmusic.org

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 Music Music tuition for any age, standard, instrument or style. Oneto-one, ensembles & accompaniment sessions. GCSE & A-Level tuition. Classes for 0-5 year olds. Tutors possess Enhanced DBS Certificates. Details:

269 7754, enquiries@ roundhaymusic.org, www. roundhaymusic.org

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

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68 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

Singing to Raise Funds

Fairfax Singers will bring some lovely music to help raise much needed funds for your charity. Details: 01274

597024, 01943 877464 www. fairfaxsingers.org.uk

West Riding Opera

has vacancies for chorus members to participate in concerts & staged opera

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Community Notices selections. All voice ranges welcome, no audition.

Details: 01274 595978, davewb8@sky.com

White Rosettes Female barbershop chorus

(four part unaccompanied harmony), 12 x national champions, rehearse Wed 7.30 – 10pm at Moorlands School, Foxhill Dr, Weetwood Lane, LS16. Details: Jan

Spencer 07852 210640, membership@whiterosettes. org.uk

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.

Rd, Headingley. For players of Grade 5+ standard. New players welcome. Details:

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

Fiona 07736 825382

SENIORS

1st Wed of month, 1.30pm at Pudsey Civic Hall LS28 5TA. Speaker or entertainment at 2pm. Friendship & activities for people of retirement age. Days out, dining, walks, computers, etc. New members welcome. Details:

Chapel Allerton Good Neighbours (CAGN)

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

Details: Daisy 887 3597

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

Details: www.ylss.org

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

Yorkshire Clarinet Ensemble Rehearses alt

Community Action for Roundhay Elders (CARE)

Wed, 8 – 9.45pm (term time) at HEART, Bennett

Brackenwood Community Centre for Social activities, friendship & trips. Details:

welcomes people over 60 Thurs 1.30 - 3.30pm at

Leeds & Bradford Friendship Group meets

258 5955 or 267 5657

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

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 chair-

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based exercise class. £1.50.

Details: Carole 269 6632

Stainbeck URC Lunch Club Stainbeck Rd. Mon &

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

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

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, Leeds City Centre & Horsforth.

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.

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

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

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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:

stjohnsmoorallerton.org

St Martin’s Church (St Martin’s View, Potternewton LS7) Open Afternoons Tues 2 – 4pm. The church is open for you for quiet time & private prayer. 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.

Weekly 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

07866 760 460, www. jamyangleeds.co.uk

SUPPORT

Moortown Baptist Church

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

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.roundhayevang

elicalchurch.com for special Easter Events

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.

Arthritis Care Leeds

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

Diabetes UK Support Group meets 1st Mon, 7 –

9pm at the West Yorkshire Playhouse, except bank holidays when it’s 2nd Mon. Speakers on different aspects of diabetes. All welcome.

Details: 07840 686618

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

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

Leeds Coeliac Group

Offers support & advice to those diagnosed with Coeliac disease. Join them at one of their events. Details: Sandra

McLean 07711 768850, sandra.mclean@btinternet. com

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: 07895 515471

Leeds Samaritans Confidential, non-

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

6789, 08457 909090

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

Little Hiccups Outreach is a support network for children with a disability and their families. Run by parents. Details:07831

230741, outreach@ littlehiccups.co.uk, www. littlehiccups.co.uk

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Community Notices

70 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

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

Wharfedale General Hospital Cardiac Club

(affiliated with British Heart Foundation) is open to former cardiac patients & their partners. Opportunity to take part in exercise classes under supervision of qualified instructors. Meets Mon, Wed & Thurs at Wharfedale General Hospital. £3. Details: Details: 07949

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

TALKS & DISCUSSIONS Leeds Astronomical Society meets 2nd Wed

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

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

Leeds Decorative & Fine Arts Society Wed 21

May, 2pm at Castle Grove Masonic Hall, Moor Rd. LS6. A Lecture by Oliver Everett ‘Drama Behind the Taj Mahal - The Court of Emperor Shah Jahan’. Guests £5. Please check seat availability.

Details: 284 3290, www. nadfas.org.uk

Leeds Geological Association Thurs 1 May,

7:15pm in Conference Auditorium 2, University of Leeds Campus (rear of Sports Centre) Lecture: ‘Rivers under the sea’ by Professor Jeff Peakall, Leeds University. Visitors welcome.

Details: www.leedsga.org.uk

Leeds Microscopical Society meets Thurs 8

May, 7.15pm at Alwoodley Methodist Church Hall, The Avenue, LS17, for lecture & practical work on Diatoms. Microscopes & kit required. Thurs 22 May: same time same place for gossip & AGM. Details: Mike Smith 293 5991

Leeds Philosophical & Literary Society Thurs

Talks on Ancient Sanskrit Writings 7pm at Quaker

Meeting House, Street Lane, Roundhay. Swami Yogeshwarananda, a hermit monk, brings them into the context of our lives. Fri 9 May: The Finale of Vedanta Knowledge; 16 May: Mystic Wisdom of the Upanishads; 23 May: The Way to Brahman. £7.50/ £5 per session. Details: 258 0488,

22 May, 7.30pm in Music Department, University of Leeds. ‘The Vale of York Hoard in its Viking Context’: a talk by Professor Joyce Hill on this large hoard discovered near Harrogate in 2007. All welcome.

265 8945

MICA (Meetings in Chapel

WOMEN’S GROUPS

Details:www.leedsphilandlit. org.uk/events.html Allerton) First Wed of month – interesting, inspiring & motivational talks in the area of personal development, providing you with ideas to apply to your daily life & help motivate you. Details:

U3A Leeds has over 24 interest groups held in various locations. Fortnightly Tues talks, 2pm at Moor Allerton Sports & Social Club, Stonegate Rd, LS17.

Details: 07752 448834, www. u3aleeds.org.uk

Chapel Pie WI Friendly,

fun women’s group for all ages. Visitors welcome (£3). Annual membership £33.

mikefm100@gmail.com

Details: chapelpiewi@gmail. com, www.chapelpiewi.com, Facebook at Chapel Pie WI.

Royal Meteorological Society Yorkshire Monthly

Methodist Women’s Luncheon Club (Leeds

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

Shirley 257 9381.

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

Talking Allowed in Leeds

(TAIL) meets Mon 12 May, 1.45pm at Veritas, 43 Grt George St. Topic: Trouble with Commitment. Details:

talkingallowedinleeds. wordpress.com

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

Roundhay WI meets Thurs 8 May, 7.15pm at St Andrew’s Church Hall, Shaftesbury Ave, LS8. They’ll be discussing the resolutions that go forward to the National WI (an important & influential forum), as

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well as having some fun! Lively, friendly group. New members & visitors welcome.

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 Sept – end June, 7.30pm Farsley Library, Old Rd, Farsley, LS28. Friendly environment in which to improve your speaking skills.

Details: Pauline Neale 269 3542, pauline.neale@ ntlworld.com or www.theasc.org.uk

YOUNGER LIFE Guiding in Roundhay & Oakwood Are you aged 5-7, 7-10, 10-14, or 14-25? Or an adults over 18? Would you like to know more? Details:

lois@fifthroundhayguides. org

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

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7th Moor Allerton Brownies Seek New

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: 7thmo

orallertonbrownies@gmail. com

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

MISC/ EVENTS Charity Football Tournament Emmerdale &

Crypt 7s football tournament Sun 3 Aug, at Farsley AFC. All male teams (over 16s) - corporate, local, pub teams- welcome. Family entertainment, food, music, stalls & celebrities. Entry £75 per team. Details &

entry forms: Cheryl 245 9061, Cheryl.harrington@ stgeorgescrypt.org.uk

Don’t Act Your Age A

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

Wiener 266 7722

Friends of Gledhow Woods Annual Fun Day Sat

& Roundhay Ukulele Group, homemade refreshments, Morley Exotic Animals, nest box making, plant sale & lots more. Free admission. Monthly Action Mornings.

Details: www.fgvw.co.uk

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

Horse Health & Wellbeing Fair Sun 1 June. Info &

demos from equine dentists, farriers, equine trainers, alternative therapists (e.g. Reiki, Bowen technique) & equine massage specialists. Also treatment section for humans – the more relaxed the rider, the more comfortable the horse. Entry fee includes therapy session & demos.

Leeds & Moortown Furniture Store Registered

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

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

Leeds Civic Trust Guided

Supper Walks Wed 30 Apr: Medieval Leeds; Tues 6 May: Georgian Leeds; Tues13 May: Victorian Leeds; Wed 21 May: Edwardian Leeds. Start 7pm from Trust office, Wharf St & last 1½ hours, ending with supper at Wharf St. £10 per person per walk. Details &

to book: 243 9594, office@ leedscivictrust.org.uk

The Leeds Library Book Sale Sat 24 May,10am –

3pm, in entrance foyer 18 Commercial St LS1. All welcome. Library open to members 9.30am – 1pm as usual. Visitor tours on the hour 10am – 2pm.

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

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

Wanted! Experienced &

Budding Fundraisers for expanding registered charity. Age not an issue? Over 50s welcome! Details: Ann Marie

07818 445678, annmarie. broadhead@linkenya.com

14 June, 1.30pm – 5pm at junction of Gledhow Valley Rd & Allerton Grange Way. Music from the Turnarounds

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• Painting • Finishing • Wallpapering Woodwork

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FURNITURE RESTORATION Upholstery, Repairs & French Polishing

0113 267 5483 Abbey Upholstery, 7 Carr Bridge Ave, Cookridge, Leeds, LS16 7JZ Reupholstery specialists. Parker Knoll, Cintique, Ercol, Bridgecraft and all other good quality furniture.

From a small dining chair repair to a full suite re-upholstery. Sentimental items welcome.

+Replacement Foam Cushions Service Reupholstery and French Polishing Specialists.

Parker Knoll, Cintique, Ercol, Bridgecraft, Vale, G-Plan, MultiYork and all other good quality furniture.

From a small dining chair repair to a full suite re-upholstery. Sentimental items welcome.

CCTV & Alarms 07912 680869 CAT5 Networking 01133 227985 Wifi Access Points chris@letsgetwired.co.uk Aerials & Satellites Communal Systems TV Wall Mounting Telephone Extensions Examples of local work we did recently. To see more go to our website:

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GARDENERS

GREENSCAPES NURSERY Brandon Crescent, Shadwell - LS17 9JH

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Over 70 different varieties of Lavender, Plus perennials, herbs, veg plants and more WEEKLY ART CLASSES FOR ALL ABILITIES Plus art exhibitions, horticultural talks & demos and Teas Check out www.greenscapesnursery.co.uk for more info

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JIM EARL THE GARDENER Est 1991 • General garden tidy-ups from £50 • • Lawns striped & edged and hedges trimmed from £15 • • Full gardening service provided • • Small trees trimmed & shaped • • Leaves shredded & small trees, shrubs & roots removed • • Fences repaired & panels replaced • • Green waste removed •

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6163 Gledhow Wood Rd LS8 johnmaneely@hotmail.co.uk

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Tel: 0113 279 0256 Mob: 07948 406 391

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The May 2014 edition of North Leeds Life for LS7 LS8 & LS17 bringing you all the latest news and events from your local area. North Leeds Li...

North Leeds Life Magazine. May 2014 Edition. LS7, LS8, LS17  

The May 2014 edition of North Leeds Life for LS7 LS8 & LS17 bringing you all the latest news and events from your local area. North Leeds Li...

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