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Antiques Fair at Harewood House; St Gemma’s Leeds Midnight Walk; and another showing of Sam Sweeney’s Violin at the City Varieties. And there’s loads more! The deadline for news and notices for our May edition is by 1st April (10th April for advertising).
After all the festivals mentioned last month you might have thought that that would be it for festivals…..not so! May is awash them! There are two great food festivals coming up, plus the Leeds Wool Festival, Headingley Festival of Ideas, Bramhope Summer Festival, and the Meanwood Festival. I tell you Leeds doesn’t rest on its laurels – as soon as one festival is over there’s another (or several more) planned!
We look forward to hearing from you.
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Our May edition also flags up a major outing at The Craft Centre for Boo! Studio, who won the exhibition at Saltaire Makers’ Fair; a great
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10 Leeds a Likely Loser With Brexit - MEP Richard Corbett voices
22 Boo! Studio Exhibits at Craft Centre - Ceramic artist Jo Lee
38 Meanwood Festival is Set to Inspire - This year’s Festival will present
wins solo exhibition at Craft Centre.
over 50 activities in 20 different locations.
12 Help Tell the Story of Yorkshire’s Queens of Industry
30 Leeds Indie Food Festival Sees Record Ticket Sales -
44 Sam Sweeney’s Fiddle: Made
find out more about them.
Organisers are warning keen foodies to grab tickets before it’s too late!
violin that lay unfinished in a manila envelope for nearly a century.
21 Suman Kaur Wins The Big Painting Challenge - The Leeds
34 Headingley Festival of Ideas - Explores the idea of ‘Journey’
College of Art student recently left her job to pursue a career in art.
through play, discussion, song and art.
51 Yorkshire Cricket Foundation Announces New Cricket College - Opening in
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Leeds Wool Festival is Back Leeds Wool Festival is back at Leeds Industrial Museum, Armley, on Saturday 3rd June, and will be celebrating all things woolly! eturning for a fourth year, the festival will be packed with stalls, where you can buy all kinds of yarn, books, and equipment. There will also be a demonstration area where you can see spinning, felting and other techniques in action. The film ‘Yarn the Movie’ will be screened in the museum’s lovely little 1930’s cinema, the Women’s Institute pop up café will be serving up refreshments, plus you’ll find livestock, performances, workshops and much more. Booking is essential for this popular event. Follow the Leeds Industrial Museum at Armley Mills Facebook page for the latest updates, or visit
Yarn the Movie will be screened in the museum’s 1930’s cinema
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EDMUND BOGG (1851-1931) WRITER, COUNTRYMAN, RAMBLER, BOHEMIAN ‘T’OWD CHIEF’
Was there really once a group of braves who had their pow-wows in Leeds, with cooking pot and bowl of firewater, their chieftain in feathered headdress and war paint, passing round the pipe of peace? Did they make sorties into the countryside – not with tomahawks but with sketchpads and notebooks? Yes, for these were the members of the Leeds Savage Club, founded around 1891 by Edmund Bogg, who is remembered today for his many fine books on the Yorkshire countryside he knew and loved so passionately. dmund Bogg came from Duggleby, a tiny hamlet in the Wolds, where his father was a wheelwright. He had little schooling. When he was twenty he came to Leeds in search of employment and tried his hand at joinery and then work as a ‘colourman’, mixing paints for artists. He came to love the artistic world with its bohemian flavour and finally set up in business as a picture dealer and framer with a gallery and workshop in Woodhouse Lane, living nearby with his wife Fanny and their young family. He gathered round him a group of young artists, some of whom he would pay to go off to paint in the countryside and supply him with pictures he could sell in his shop. Some like Owen Bowen were to become well known and move on to wider success through his support. A tall, striking figure, with a bristling moustache, Bogg was well known and popular with the artistic community, and loved their company. So he hit on the idea of a club, based on the Savage Club in London, which would bring artists, musicians and writers together and provide amusement and relief from the restrictive everyday world. A spirit of bohemianism was essential! There were to be only fifty members, who would be called Savages, with a Chief as president, a Scribe as secretary, and Braves as committee men. This Red Indian theme was Edmund Bogg’s inspiration and he was chosen as the Chief, to preside in feathers and warpaint over the jolly and sometimes rowdy pow-wows in the Wigwam – the firewater (whisky punch) was powerful stuff. Many artists and writers joined the Tribe and distinguished visitors were entertained. There were trips around the countryside too, rambling, camping, and sketching. They arranged concerts and events in the villages to raise funds for local causes, but began to lose their bohemian edge. By 1914 the Club had begun to fade away and came to an end
in the 1930s. Luckily some of the funny, inventive invitation cards to the pow-wows, and props like the firewater bowl, cooking pot and Chief’s headdress and throne were kept safe and are now on view in the City Museum. Meanwhile Edmund Bogg embarked on a new venture, combining his passion for the countryside with his love of history and literature. In 1892 he published ‘A Thousand
Miles in Wharfedale’, an account of a journey with his artist friends, with lyrical descriptions of village and country, historical anecdotes, and delightful illustrations by friends like Percy Robinson and Gilbert Foster alongside his own photographs. Its success encouraged him – ‘Edenvale to the Plain of York’ followed, then ‘Two thousand miles of wandering in the Border Country and Lakeland’ and in 1902 the very popular ‘Old Kingdom of Elmet’, which includes an account of his hometown Leeds as he knew it a century ago, fascinating for the modern reader. More finely illustrated books on neighbouring areas followed, and new editions of his popular earlier works were published into the 1920s. He called them a labour of love. He loved the countryside and he loved words. His prose seems sentimental and overblown now, and came under fire at the time – in 1902 he apologised for the ‘abandon’ of his language, which he said came from that ‘sense of joyfulness … peculiar to the heart of the born rambler’. Who can resist such a claim? T’owd Chief, as he was still known, died at his home in Caledonian Road, Leeds, in 1931, aged 81. In his own words, the time had come for him to ‘bid adieu to the hills and vales, rivers and glens [and] glide gently down the river of life to journey’s end, like the beautiful Wharfe..’ He was remembered affectionately as a colourful eccentric, and as a lover of the arts and the Yorkshire countryside.
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Leeds a Likely Loser With Brexit
To leave the EU, the single European market, and the European Customs Union will put significant obstacles in the way of all those who export
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Leeds is a manufacturing centre, a university town and a financial centre. In all three respects - and more - it stands to lose out if Britain proceeds with Brexit. or manufacturers, the government’s choice to leave not just the EU, but also the single European market and the European Customs Union will put significant obstacles in the way of all those who export. Even if we manage to secure a free trade agreement with the EU with zero tariffs, the fact of being outside the customs union, exporting into it, means red tape for firms, border checks, delays and disruption of supply chains. Nor would it become any easier to trade with the rest of the world, as re-joining the WTO as a separate entity puts us back to square one in securing trade deals with countries in other continents, losing all the trade deals with them we currently have via the EU.
For our universities, the prospect of losing out on EU research funding could be dramatic. They are also seeing a fall in the number of students applying from other EU countries, and British students could lose access to the ERASMUS student exchange programme. There are even signs that professors and teachers from other EU countries are planning to leave, creating staff shortages (something that will also create shortfalls in other sectors, not least nursing). For our financial sector, insurance companies and banks may lose their right to “passport” services across Europe. Some banks are already moving staff abroad. These are specific concerns. There are others, affecting everybody. The fall in
the international value of the pound is now beginning to filter through in terms of rising food prices and fuel prices. Farmers (Yes, Leeds has a significant farming sector!) are worried about being torn out of Europe’s agricultural markets. Anyone concerned with policing and security will be worried about pulling out of Europol through which our police forces co-ordinate cross-border investigations. Leeds-Bradford airport could see significant losses unless the government gets a deal on continued participation in the European airspace arrangements. There are many more issues, including many where we don’t yet know what the government wants to do. Very few people wanted Brexit-atany-cost. If the government takes us towards a costly Brexit, hurting our economy, damaging job prospects, then there could well be a growing clamour for a re-think. Already, it is clear that many promises made by the Leave campaign in last year’s referendum will not be kept. As Brexit gets closer, the problems will be clearer. Maybe Brexit is not a done deal.
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Help Tell the Story of Yorkshire’s Queens of Industry Armley Mills Industrial Museum wants to find out more about the women who were standard bearers for a golden age in Yorkshire’s industrial heritage, and were once crowned the queens of their industries, ahead of a new exhibition celebrating their legacy.
Pictured: Doreen Fletcher
Pictured: Doreen Fletcher
he Museum, formerly the world’s largest woolen mill, will host the exhibition in November, focusing on the women chosen to represent some of Britain’s most prominent economic powerhouses. It is asking people for any memories, photos or information that will help them retell a fascinating chapter in the story of Leeds. Industry queens rose to prominence in the 20th Century, with the first Railway Queens elected in the mid-1920s and the last Coal Queen being crowned in the early 1980s. Inspired by the idea of traditional May Queens in villages and towns, these queens flew the flag for their industry, county or even country in what often proved to be a life-changing opportunity for the chosen few. Frances Lockett, the first Cotton
Queen, met aging former Prime Minister Lloyd George in 1930. And Railway Queen, Audrey Mossom, visited Russia, where she met Joseph Stalin. Doreen Fletcher (nee Kerfoot) who became Yorkshire’s Wool Queen in 1948, was selected to play the lead in ‘The Three Piece Suit’ a film aimed at inspiring young female workers to join the wool industry. She went on to enjoy a successful modelling, acting and singing career, becoming something of a forces’ sweetheart. Now approaching her 90th birthday, Doreen still lives in Yorkshire and organisers are hoping she can attend the exhibition opening later this year. “Being named a Queen of Industry was an incredible opportunity, and those lucky enough to be given the title became celebrities in their own right”, said John McGoldrick, Leeds Museums and Galleries curator of industrial history. “It was a chance for women to play a leading role in industries that had traditionally been male-dominated, providing inspiration for other young women. “As well as paying tribute to those women, we aim to spark a discussion about how women today experience working in industry and we’d love to hear from anyone who knows more about the story behind the queens, who they were and the impact the role had on their lives.” As well as historic photos and films, the exhibition will feature rarely seen objects from Leeds Museums and Galleries’ collection and loans from major UK museums and private collectors. Anyone with information about the Queens of Industry should contact: 0113 378 3173, or email@example.com. uk or firstname.lastname@example.org
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The Antique Dealers’ Fair at Harewood House The Antiques Dealers Fair returns to Harewood House from Friday 12th – Sunday 14th May. or the past six years, the fair has transformed a marquee in the grounds of Harewood House, bringing together 30 top antiques and fine art dealers showing their latest acquisitions, with items priced from £50 to £50,000, and combining traditional antiques alongside a strong decorative look. For collectors there is a huge choice, ranging from a Biedermeier glass cup and saucer, made in Austria in the 1820s, scarce Greek pottery dating from the mid sixth century BC, to a set of English pearlware plates decorated with pea fowl. Silver lovers will find George III neo classical silver vases (1792) very probably designed by Robert Adam who worked extensively at Harewood at that time. There’s fabulous jewellery – such as a 1950’s 18 carat gold, sapphire and diamond brooch by Gubelin, and a 1930’s Austrian carved amethyst, nephrite and diamond brooch in the shape of wild violets. And, there is an interesting range of men’s watches from the 1960s and 1970s. The Antiques Dealers Fair is a great day out. You should find a
The Rough Diamond Ball Simon on the Streets’ third annual Rough Diamond Ball will be held at The Queen’s Hotel on Friday 19th May.
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Another great evening among friends is predicted. The ‘Rough Diamond’ theme is retained, thanks to the generous sponsorship of Iain Henderson Designs, an independent Yorkshire jeweller. As in previous years, a ‘rough cut’ diamond, donated by Iain, will be won by one lucky guest. The Rough Diamond Ball is a major event on the Simon on the Streets fundraising calendar. In addition to a lovely evening amongst friends, delicious food and first class entertainment, it provides a great opportunity to network, and entertain corporate clients. And you can celebrate the charity’s achievements and hear about how its outreach workers support the homeless and rough sleepers in Leeds, Bradford and Huddersfield. Tickets are available at £60 each or £600 for a table of ten. This includes a sparkling wine reception, private bar, three course dinner, live music before and during the function, a silent auction and, of course, the Diamond! For a chance to win the diamond, you can purchase tickets in advance for £15 each. Table numbers are limited and have sold quickly in recent years, so reserve your table soon. To book, contact Development Manager Sue on sue@ simononthestreets.co.uk or Tom on email@example.com
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College of Art Student Wins Pitch for Agency Mural Ian Fulcher, a third year BA (Hons) Illustration student at Leeds College of Art, recently won the opportunity to pitch a mural design to the Leeds agency We Are Boutique.
e Are Boutique wanted to create a talking point in their conference room that would showcase the city’s creative culture and young talent. They teamed up with the Leeds College of Art to give students the opportunity to secure a professional commission. The fuss-free brief stated that ‘The Fell’ meeting room needed a mural that represented Saw Mill Yard’s industrial past. The chosen design was selected for its detail and the justification behind it. “I was keen to come up with a design that not only presented the mill’s history, but could also be successfully replicated by hand onto the grey wall”, said Ian. “As someone who predominantly produces digital artwork it was a challenge to create a graphical design whilst retaining the hand-drawn element.
I projected the outline of the design before tracing and filling in using white paint pens to create the clean lines associated with digital artwork. It’s been a great experience working with the guys at We Are Boutique and it has given me a load of confidence to pursue further large scale drawing projects.” Simon Bollon, Boutique’s MD, was impressed by the level of professionalism shown by the students when reviewing the submissions. “We thought it’d be a great opportunity to give students a chance to show off their talent – for a fee of course!” said Simon. “The variety of submissions was testament to the creativity of the students. It was clear that a lot of time and thought had gone into them. We wanted something that would create a talking point in meetings. It won’t be the last time we team up with the students on creative projects.”
Online Print Shop Raises £930 for Leeds Mind Design studio BMLCreative raised £930 for Leeds Mind through its Charity Print Shop (bmlcreative.co.uk/shop) – a unique collection of prints created by BML designers as part of the studio’s ongoing ‘Wall o’Fame’ creative challenges. All prints are created by the designers in their spare time and feature a new theme each quarter.
Having previously raised over £1,000 for St George’s Crypt, the BML team unanimously chose to support Leeds Mind last year. “Almost everyone I know has been touched by mental health issues in some way or another, so it’s great to be able to support the excellent work of Leeds Mind”, said Dave Holloway, BML’s Creative Director.”I hope our donation will help to raise awareness of mental health issues so that more can be done to help those affected.” BML’s latest print series ‘Icon’ will be available in the shop soon. They are currently selecting a new charity to support and have plans to expand their fundraising efforts by partnering with local retailers. Visit the BML website for up-to-date details.
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Steinbeck’s Grapes of Wrath Comes to The Playhouse ‘The Grapes of Wrath’, Frank Galati’s adaptation of John Steinbeck’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book, comes to West Yorkshire Playhouse from 24th May – 10th June. ‘The Grapes of Wrath’ has been called ‘one of the most significant works of social justice ever written’ – loved by those who stand for equality and human rights, and reviled by the Donald Trumps of every generation. “It is uncannily relevant to the world we find ourselves in today – increasing mechanisation, displacement of people, economic and environmental crisis”, said Abbey Wright, Nuﬃeld Southampton Associate, who directs the play. “Across the world we have seen fear and hatred entering political discourse on immigration and identity. At the heart of ‘The Grapes of Wrath’ is the need for community and love. Steinbeck invites us to ask ourselves ‘Who is our family?’ ‘Who are our children?’” The setting is the American Dust Bowl at the height of the Great Depression. A family begins an epic journey to California, the Promised Land, driven as much by fear as by hope, in search of work and a new life. Commenting on the music, composer Matt Eggan said: “‘The Grapes of Wrath’ conjures vast open spaces, which we wanted to capture in the music. But I wanted our version to focus on man-made desolation - not only dusty fields, but concrete and cities. The motif I adopted is a harsh wrong-sounding note, which slides into the correct note. This combination of incongruous, opposing sounds is at the core of the music.”
The cast includes a 40-strong community company made of up Leeds residents. Over 100 people of all ages and vastly differing experiences turned up for the auditions at The Playhouse. Many had never done anything like this before.
specific briefing notes from the other theatres involved in the production, there was still room for people’s own creative input. People discovered things about themselves that pushed them into doing things they didn’t expect, including learning the choreography of two dances!” Participants in the Playhouse’s Refugee Programme are also involved. This is all part of the theatre’s commitment to reaching out to the community. And, it’s not going to end here – already The Playhouse is working with a local writer to develop a short play along
“Choosing 40 people was really difficult”, said Alex Ferris, Director of Creative Engagement at The Playhouse. “Although we were working to
the themes of ‘The Grapes of Wrath’ for this company to perform as part of ‘Open Season’ in September. “This will be a production for and people in the community”, said Alex. “It is very exciting. One of the joys is pulling in so many types of performance. It will be like a launch pad of the theatre speaking to the city.”
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Adel Players An Exciting present Murder Opportunity for at Dragon’s Nest Choral Singers in Horsforth ind out if you’re a budding Sherlock Holmes or Jane Marple at Adel Players’ murder mystery event ‘Murder at Dragon’s Nest’ on Saturday 27th May, 7.30pm at Adel Memorial Hall, Church Lane, LS16 8DE The Finance Director and Company Secretary of a business with major interests in South Africa is confined to a wheelchair following a high-speed car crash in which his wife was killed. When his business colleagues and family members gather at his house ‘Dragon’s Nest’ to meet him on his discharge from hospital, they know he will resume control over their lives. Is there anything they can do to prevent that? And was the death of Peter’s wife in the car crash in South Africa really the accident he claims it was? Tickets £12 (including pie and peas supper) available from 0113 275 5585 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Northern Opera Group Tour ‘The Wandering Scholar’ wayward wife and the local priest look to take advantage of her husband’s absence - but they don’t bargain on a poor (and mischievous) ‘wandering scholar’ interrupting their plans … On Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th May, Northern Opera Group will be touring Gustav Holst’s riotous comedy, ‘The Wandering Scholar’, to audiences in North and West Yorkshire. Inspired by a traditional Mummers’ Play, the company will hot-foot it between venues, offering free performances and only using set and props that they can carry with them!
eeds Symphony Orchestra and Horsforth Choral Society will jointly perform a ‘Last Night of the Proms’ style concert at St Margaret’s Church, Horsforth on Saturday 8th July, and Horsforth Choral Society is inviting local singers to join in. Fortnightly rehearsals begin Monday 8th May and the music will consist largely of well known opera choruses that are accessible and enjoyable to both singers and audience members. “The Last Night of the Proms is one of the most popular events of the year for classical music in the UK and we are excited about recreating the event at a more local level in Horsforth this Summer”, said Matthew Lazenby, Horsforth Choral Society’s recently appointed Musical Director. “We are thrilled to be working with Leeds Symphony Orchestra and its conductor, Martin Binks, and would love to hear from people who would relish the experience of singing with a large choir and orchestra.” For more information, call Matthew Lazenby on 07854 079418 or email email@example.com
Directed by Emma Black, designed by Tiffany Dawson, and conducted by Northern Opera Group’s Artistic Director, David Ward, the opera will be performed by a leading young professional cast. The performances will demonstrate that great opera can be performed in a variety of venues, and will coincide with this year’s European Opera Days. “‘The Wandering Scholar’ is one of the finest comic operas ever written and perfect to introduce new audiences to opera”, said David Ward. “We’re delighted to have formed partnerships with four of the region’s leading venues to offer these free performances. We hope that through this short tour we can bring new audiences of all ages to opera.”
Saturday 13 May 12pm - The Hepworth, Wakefield 2.30pm - Leeds City Museum
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Suman Kaur Wins The Big Painting Challenge eeds College of Art student, Suman Kaur, beat off nine other contenders to be crowned overall champion in BBC One’s Big Painting Challenge. Art has always been a passion for Suman, who recently left her job working in prosthetics and orthotics to pursue a career in art. “For years I had worked on self-tuition”, said Suman. “To finally win something important like this has validated that hard work and drive to prove myself artistically.” Suman is currently taking the
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Last Autumn, ceramic artist Jo Lee was thrilled to win an award for ‘taking the judge’s breath away, with originality and work that takes a risk’ at the lovely Saltaire Makers’ Fair. As a result, Jo was offered a Solo Ceramic Showcase at the Craft Centre on The Headrow, which will run from 2nd May – 29th July. orking from Boo! Studio in Meanwood (named because it’s always a surprise to see what comes out of it!), Jo and her trusty kiln, Chuffing Billy, create a magical menagerie of colourful black and white characters, slipcast using earthenware and porcelain clay from handmade plaster moulds. Her characters have evolved from experiences and ideas of family, nurture, control and love, as well as the boundless imagination of a child playing with Fuzzy Felt and Mr Potato Head. She loves drawing and photography too and cleverly combines these with her ceramic characters to bring these delightful yet slightly unnerving creatures to life. Her quirky range includes ‘BabyDogs’, a contemporary take on Staffordshire Dogs; ‘TriBods’ – three-part figurines that wobble when tickled; and wall-mounted ‘Eyeballs’, which follow you around the room.
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She also designs a range of amusing mugs and teapots whose faces turn every cuppa into a tea party! Over the last couple of years her work has been seen in various high profile international publications such as Tatler, World of Interiors, Elle Decoration, Aesthetica and Homes & Gardens. It has also popped up in Liberty of London!
Jo also loves teaching art and delivers classes across a range of venues, including adult ceramic workshops at Sunny Bank Mills in Farsley. She runs workshops in primary and secondary schools, and for adults with learning disabilities, and is a Creative Practitioner at The Hepworth Wakefield. Jo has a couple of fun adult ceramic workshops coming up at Sunny Bank Mills, ideal for beginners or for anyone who wishes to have some creative time out (Pinch Pots & Slab Building 20th May, 10am - 4pm; Press Moulded Bowls & Tiles 10th June, 10am - 1pm). To book, visit www. jolee.uk.com You can meet Jo and her wild menagerie at the ‘Meet The Maker’ event on Saturday 6th May, 1.30 - 3pm at The Craft & Design Centre (under Leeds Art Gallery). Follow the curiosity and creativity of Jo Lee’s World on Facebook @joleeworld Twitter @joleeworld and on Instagram: @ joleeworldofcuriosity
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North Yorkshire Open Studios his year 129 artists across North Yorkshire will be inviting visitors to visit their studios over two weekends – 3rd/4th and 10th/11th June. Discover art in inspirational locations, from the North Yorkshire coastline to the moors and dales. Take a look inside workspaces of all shapes and sizes, from fisherman’s cottages to Victorian workhouses. This year’s open studios trail offers a tantalising glimpse inside the private world of these artists. You can expect to see a fantastic mix of established and new creative talent, from potters and painters, to jewellery, textile artists and printmakers and lots more. There are many chances to have a go, take part in an inspiring and fun activity, and try something new with friends or family. To find out more, visit www.nyos.org. uk
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Leeds Photographic Society Annual Exhibition he Leeds Photographic Society recently held its biggest competition of the year, its Annual Exhibition Competition. The competition is made up of five categories; Pictorial, Portraiture, Nature, Architecture, and Sport, with awards given for the best image in each category. The overall award for the best print in the competition went to Ted Clements with a nature image entitled ‘The end of the rainbow’, showing an Osprey catching a Rainbow Trout. Over eighty prints were entered into the competition and they will all be exhibited in the Roofspace at Salt’s Mill, Saltaire, during the ‘Saltaire Arts Trail’ weekend, Saturday 27th May – Monday 29th May, 10am – 4.30pm, and entry is free.
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Great British Food Festival Returns to Harewood House After the success of last year’s event, when over 15,000 people attended the Great British Food Festival at Harewood House, the event is back and promises to be even bigger and better!
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eld on the grounds in front of the house, the festival runs for three days, from 27th - 29th May, opening at 10am each day, and a number of great new features have been added for 2017. “Last year was fantastic, out in the sun on the lawns in front of this amazing venue”, said Daniel Maycock, Organiser. “This year we have added a few new things like a drinks arena, grow your own talks, and goody bags for the first thousand people each day! Visitors will be able to watch a number of local and celebrity chefs demonstrate signature dishes and bakes. Local chefs will be on stage alongside stars from the BBC’s Great British Bake Off, like Luis Troyano and Howard Middleton.
Pictured: Organisers Nick & Danny Maycock
“Budding home bakers will have the chance to enter the Cake Off held each day – enter your cake to win a fabulous prize and get free entry into the show. And, children will have the opportunity to learn new cookery skills in the Diddy Cook Classes, which can be booked online or on the day. Plus there will be bouncy castles, kids rides (with a free go for every child), a free craft corner, and a circus workshop. “Throughout the day there will be top local bands playing. You can do some foodie shopping from the numerous fascinating stalls, then take a break with a real ale or glass of fizz and enjoy some live music in beautiful surroundings. A great foodie day out for the whole family.” For further information & book tickets, visit www. greatbritishfoodfestival.com
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Leeds Indie Food Festival Sees Record Ticket Sales Organisers of the Leeds Indie Food Festival (11th – 28th May) are warning keen foodies to grab tickets before it’s too late! The most sought after events sold out in hours and Festival Passport sales got off to a flying start. n a recent survey analysing the expansion in independent food and drink businesses in major UK cities, Leeds came top of the pile with 12.8% growth, beating foodie hotspots like Bristol and London and proving that the city really is hungry for indie eats. Festival organisers claim that this enthusiasm for kicking the chain habit and dining out differently has manifested itself in bumper ticket sales for their unique celebration of the city’s gastronomic culture. Sales of Festival Passports, which give access to priority tickets for all Leeds Indie Food events and discounts or offers at all the festival’s venues, have doubled since last year. Popular billings, like ‘Chef: The Experience’ at Belgrave Music Hall & Canteen, sold out in hours. The event sees the Patty Smith’s kitchen serving up food from the Jon Favreau film as it appears on screen. Other sold out events are #FindTheForest from Balcombe & Smith and a dinner matching Donuts and Beer at North Bar.
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The calibre of this year’s programme has been reflected by a bevy of industry awards picked up by festival venues. Ox Club at Headrow House won Best British, Best Newcomer and Overall Winner at the Yorkshire Evening Post’s Oliver Awards. Bundobust, who will team up with Laynes Espresso for a collaborative brunch service
during the festival, bagged Best Street Food. North Brewing Co. was recognised as Best Brewing Pub Company by the Morning Advertiser Publican Awards. It was also nominated for Best Independent Craft Beer Bar at the SIBA (Society of Independent Brewers) awards, but lost out to Leeds Indie Food venue Tapped Leeds. Northern Monk took home a medal at the World Beer Cup and Friends of Ham were recognised in the Observer Food Monthly Awards. “We’ve been blown away by the response to this year’s festival! We knew we had some pretty special events in the works, but to see some of them sell out within hours shows us that our home city really does have an appetite for indie food and drink”, said Matt Dix, Indie Food. “It’s amazing to see our venues getting the accolades they deserve, and to see Leeds put on the map nationally for our outstanding food and drink scene.”
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Adel & Wharfedale Ward District Heating Network The Council has an Energy-from-Waste Plant at Cross Green which began operating in 2016. It processes the waste from residents’ black bins and was designed to be district heating enabled – which means that the heat generated can be used in a District Heating Network (DHN). The energy is captured and supplied to householders and businesses in the form of hot water through super insulated underground pipework, making the plant more efficient. There are also a
number of other benefits, including reducing fuel bills for vulnerable residents; creating construction, operation and maintenance jobs; and allowing for the removal of outdated storage heaters in council owned multi-storey flats. To deliver a DHN two procurement exercises are being carried out simultaneously, the first being to appoint an organisation to construct the underground pipework, which will carry hot water from the plant at Cross Green to a range of public and private sector customers in the city centre. The second is to build a local housing DHN to serve 31 blocks of multi-storey
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A buyer has finally been found for the West Park Centre site – the proposals are for 53 houses ‘justifiers’ - dropping litter or failing to pick up dog poo because ‘it keeps people in jobs’ or ‘it’s not harming anyone’. Finally, there’s the 2%, men under 25, who say ‘life’s too short – I’m not bothered’. Dog fouling happens more at night and during the Winter, so the council is investigating glow-inthe-dark ‘We’re Watching You’ posters, which cut it by 90%. Street art reduces graffiti. Have you seen the Virgin Media boxes around Ash Road, beautifully decorated by local artists, organised through ARARA and supported by councillors? I joined students from Leeds Beckett University, ARARA, Friends of Beckett Park
There is already a shortage of school places in the area, so we were hoping that St Chad’s Primary would expand onto part of the site. Instead there is a danger that any expansion will be onto the West Park Fields, reducing the green area for our community. Proposals have been submitted for Woodside Quarry, where a developer is looking to build roughly 300 houses. This is a difficult site and we worried that no one would come forward to develop it – so this is good news. One of our aims will be to ensure that the developers protect the ancient woodland and wildlife bordering the site. We’ll let residents know when consultation opens. The Council will be running a pilot scheme to reduce parking on grass verges in the ward. New signs will ask drivers not to park on the verge and this will be followed up if parking persists. On some streets it’s almost impossible to park safely without parking on the verge and these areas will be excluded from the scheme. We’ll be looking at areas where damage is most severe. Do let us know if you want to put your road forward.
A recent Council event attracted over 150 people keen to find solutions and Council Officers on a recent litter pick in Batcliffe Woods, and a bottle collection around Hyde Park with Leeds University students. Working together is the way forward. We also want local businesses to get involved. Find @Litter Free Leeds on Facebook to see what’s happening. As a Headingley resident said, “If you live in a nice clean place, you yourself feel better”.
Headingley Festival of Ideas his year’s Headingley Festival of Ideas, which runs from 6th – 20th May, explores the idea of ‘Journey’ through play, discussion, song and art. On 6th May, the Festival begins with a workshop for children about journeying around Headingley, organised by Child Friendly Headingley. Their work will be exhibited in the HEART Cafe. Songs of journeys and dissent come from Sound Company in Stepping out of Line, also on 6th May. The week continues with Diesel Lies, a debate on fuel, at Cafe Scientifique; Rais Hassan’s journey of recovery from a brain tumour to become an award-winning photographer; an exploration of Walking to Skipton with the help of the X84 bus; and discussions with the artists involved in decorating Virgin media boxes in the Ash Road area.
Let your imagination take its own journey on Saturday 13th May with workshops on the Urban Imagined in the afternoon, and the Writers’ Workshop with writer Peter Spafford in the evening. Relax on Sunday with a gentle walk around Headingley, discovering where some of its fascinating former residents lived and how they ended up here.
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Week two offers philosophical discussion on ‘Journey - how have you ended up where you are?’ facilitated by THINK; an evening of poetic journeys with local poets; and an introduction to the ideas enjoyed by the Green Reads group. The Festival concludes on 20th May with a full day of Celebrating Headingley. Look out for Tea and Tolerance on the pavement outside the Arndale Centre late morning, have a cuppa and a chat with them, then head to the New Headingley Club for a BBQ, music and children’s activities in the afternoon, and stay on for the party in the evening – featuring a song cycle performed by SCHWA, supported by other local performers. Most events are free while some may ask for a donation or pay as you feel. Full details can be found in the Festival Programme available from HEART, the Library, Café Lento, and other local venues.
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Horsforth Aims to Become Dementia Friendly Community ementia Awareness Week (14-20 May) will be the focus of Horsforth Town Council’s Annual Community Event. The programme includes information sessions, musical entertainment for people with memory problems, and a staged reading of Brian Daniels’ play ‘Don’t Leave Me Now’ on 19th May, 6.30pm at Leeds Trinity University. The play explores with humour and insight the true story of love, loss and duty in two families affected by dementia. Free tickets can be obtained from Horsforth Community Hub Library, Leeds Trinity University reception, or Eventbrite, and include refreshments from 6pm and a short discussion after the performance.
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A Summer Breeze Blows into Bramhope This Summer Bramhope is packed with events that have all been gathered under the banner of the Bramhope Summer Festival. he Parish Council is organising a family picnic and games at the Recreation Ground from 12 noon on the 25th June, and a mini Breeze event at West Park Rugby Club on 3rd June, with rides, entertainment and fun for children of all ages. The ever popular Cabaret evening returns, this year featuring Jenny Smith, who joins guitarist Derrick Harris and his quartet at Bramhope Village Hall on 17th June at 7.30pm.
Bramhope Methodist Church will be showing the film ‘La La Land’ on 6th June at 7pm. They have also organised an afternoon tea with entertainment by ‘Serendipity’, who will present a costumed programme of wartime memories featuring music that kept the spirit of Britain alive during WWII, on 27th May at 2.30pm. Bramhope Village Hall is staging a play by The Jay Walkers at 7.30pm on 20th May, followed by a murder mystery with the Adel Players at 7.30pm on 26th May, which includes a pie and pea supper. Bramhope WI is to hold an afternoon tea at the Village Hall at 3pm on 24th June –
Adel Neighbourhood Forum How can we make best use of our green space and footpaths? What type of community facilities do you want in Adel? Following community feedback on the draft Adel Neighbourhood Plan in Autumn last year, Adel Neighbourhood Forum is now consulting the Adel community on its proposed green space designations. A presentation on green space and environment issues, together with a consultation on how best to invest community infrastructure funds in the area, will take place on Wednesday 17th May starting at 7pm in the Main Hall, Adel War Memorial Association, Church Lane, LS16 8DE. All Adel residents and businesses are welcome. A report on last year’s work on the Adel Neighbourhood Plan and election of officers will also take place at this event, which will also incorporate Adel Forum’s Annual General Meeting.
a splendid occasion where delicious delicacies can be sampled in a beautiful setting. Councillor Diane Fox will lead two History Walks around Bramhope, covering different aspects of the history of Bramhope, with particular focus on the 1901 census. The walks start from the Puritan Chapel at 6.30pm on 30th May, and Sunday 11th June at 2pm. And, Bramhope Royal British Legion will host the popular Brass Band Concert
Pictured: Derrick Harris.
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On Saturday 13th May, St Giles Church hosts ‘Encore’, a singing and dancing group, at 7.30pm, followed by an afternoon with the Salvation Army on 10th June and a wine and cheese evening on 1st July.
Be sure to book tickets as soon as you can as many of these events get booked out very quickly. For further information and tickets, please contact Diane Fox on 0113 267 4360, email@example.com
As well as both editions of North Leeds Life, you’ll also find many more interesting stories and events on our website, that have either arrived too late for inclusion, or we simply ran out of room in the magazine. We are adding new stories nearly every day. So don’t miss out!
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Meanwood Festival is Set to Inspire This year’s Meanwood Festival will present over 50 activities in 20 different locations between 20th and 29th May.
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nce again it will showcase what the area has to offer in music, art, literature, drama, heritage, health, food and drink. There will be concerts featuring a huge range of music, including SingMeanwood, a ukulele orchestra, country blues, swing and roots with the David Broad Trio, new songs from Schwa, and traditional Irish musicians Bernica. You’ll also find Landscape and Life Drawing workshops, various exhibitions of artwork and photographs from local artists, heritage and bird song walks, as well as a community walk and sing, not to mention taster sessions in Qi Gong, Zumba and kettlebells and the ever-popular Fun Dog Show. June Taylor will read from her book ‘Losing Juliet’ and festival organiser Chris Swales will read his poems for kids as well as one of Alan Bennett’s ‘Talking Heads’ scripts. Actor David Robertson will give a talk on his experiences in the Theatre, and there will be a night of stand-up comedy with professional comedians.
There will be an opportunity to learn about wine and food matching, and to sample food from some of Meanwood’s finest eateries - Hana Matsuri, the Hungry Bear and Zucco, with the ‘Meanwood Dinnerbox’. Ridgeside Brewery will be brewing a special Festival Ale ‘Beck Ran Red’. Local restaurants and cafes are creating special Festival meals and deals over the period. And, the Clandestine Cake Club returns to bake, eat and talk about their creations. For the very young there’s a pram friendly walk through the park finishing at Meanwood Park Café; toddlers are invited to the Teddy Bears Picnic; and older children (5 – 13) can try Tai Chi and Kung Fu. The Fun Day on Bank Holiday Monday (12 – 4pm) on the cricket pitch, Parkside Road next to the Myrtle Tavern, will have over 60 craft and community stalls, food from around the world, performers, displays and lots of activities, including circus skills, donkey rides, a climbing wall, games, face painting. And, Bassa Bassa, The David Broad Trio, and Sparrows Steel Pan Band will be on stage. Full details can be found at www.meanwoodfestival.co.uk
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he stonechat is a common small bird of open country, especially near the coast, and in the right habitat is easy to both see and hear. It is similar in size to a robin, and in Spring the male is striking, with a black head, white neck patch, dark brown back and orangey-red breast.
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The female lacks the black head and has a browner, streaked back. It is a bird that likes to perch upright, especially on gorse bushes and small trees, from where it gives out its harsh ‘chack-chack’ call. This call sounds a lot like two stones being
rubbed together, hence the species name. In Spring, the male also has a hurried warbling song. It is a very active and restless bird, constantly flicking its tail, and flitting between its perch and the ground. It feeds on various insects,
including weevils, moths, caterpillars and ants, but it will also eat plant food, such as seeds and blackberries. The Stonechat is a resident bird in the UK, but some also migrate from their breeding grounds to winter on the coast. In general, outside the coasts, they are most common in southern and western parts of the UK. Due to their largely insect diet, they are very susceptible to bad Winter weather, which can decimate the population.
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Warm spells, rapid growth and so much for gardeners to do!
Seed for veg such as carrots, beetroot, radishes, lettuces, broad beans and broccoli can be sown directly into the soil.
Chelsea chop Towards the end of the month late flowering perennials can be subjected to the famous Chelsea chop – so called because it is carried out at around the time of the flower show. It is done in order to create more sturdy, bushy plants with more (albeit smaller) flowers. They will also tend to flower a little later. I cut my Helenium, Phlox paniculata, Aster and
Towards the end of the month late flowering perennials can be subjected to the famous Chelsea chop... I cut my Phlox paniculata down to reduce their height by about a half
Looking after your seedlings The little plants that you germinated on your windowsill will be starting to grow and some will be looking ready to plant out into the garden. Do beware of putting any tender plants out before the end of the month because it is not unknown for frost to strike at any time in May. These half hardy plants include things like courgettes, tomatoes, runner beans and pumpkins, as well as most bedding plants, so if you buy bedding from the garden centre it will have to be kept indoors at night for now. As the month goes on, these plants can be put outside during the day to harden them off ready for planting into their final positions in early June.
Potatoes planted out last month will now be starting to grow and can be ‘earthed up’ to
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Potatoes planted out last month will now be starting to grow and can be ‘earthed up’ to cover the green shoots and encourage more root (and hence more potato) production.
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Support Spring growth As your plants grow, make sure you put supports in place for them to grow through. This always looks much better than trying to tie them up later when they have started to flop. Twiggy sticks make excellent natural supports, but there are also wire versions available to buy. Climbers such as rambling roses and sweet peas can be tied in to their supports as they grow.
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Sam Sweeney’s Fiddle: Made In The Great War
It lay unfinished for nearly a century.
am Sweeney, BBC Radio 2 Folk Musician of the Year 2015 and fiddle player in folk band Bellowhead, is bringing his show – Sam Sweeney’s Fiddle: Made In The Great War to Leeds City Varieties on 10th June. Sam, together with Bellowhead band-mate Paul Sartin and concertina player Rob Harbron, will appear with award-winning storyteller Hugh Lupton to tell the story of a violin that lay unfinished in a manila envelope for nearly a century. Ten years ago Sam bought a violin in Oxford. It had all the appearances of a new instrument but the labels inside gave the date 1915, the name Richard S. Howard and the words ’Violin No. 6, Made in the Great War’. Research revealed that the violin had been started by an amateur luthier and part time music hall performer from Leeds, called Richard Howard. He joined the British Army in 1915 and was killed two years later at the battle of Messines near Ypres. ‘Violin No 6’ had been left in his workshop. The pieces eventually wound up in an auction house almost 100 years later. These were bought, and the violin finally finished, by luthier Roger Claridge in 2007. The fiddle was then placed in the window of his Oxford music shop where it was spotted by Sam.
“Working on this show completely changed the way I saw the First World War”, said Sam. “By looking at it through the story of one man, I have begun to understand so much more about war and its impact on people.” The show brings the First World War to life through Richard’s story, his family and comrades, using story, music and film, as well as playing the actual fiddle that he started but never had the chance to finish. Since taking the show on the road in 2014, another Richard Howard violin, ‘No. 2’, has come to light, together with pictures of Richard and memorabilia. The story behind this fiddle continues to unfold bringing previously unknown descendants and relatives together for the first time at shows.
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The National Youth Folk Ensemble Folk aficionados around the country are well aware of the wealth of traditional English music that exists, but England still lags behind Scotland, Wales and Ireland when it comes to infrastructure and seriously preserving this wonderful heritage.
year ago, with input from people like Sam Sweeney of Bellowhead who is its artistic director, the National Youth Folk Ensemble was established. Now entering its second year, they are looking for excellent instrumentalists aged 14 â€“ 18 who want to develop as folk musicians. To become a member for a year costs ÂŁ400 and there are bursaries available. For this young musicians will take part in four weeks (Oct, Feb, April, Aug) of intensive residential courses; receive high quality tuition and guidance from leading folk musicians; develop skills in performance, arrangement and leadership; give public performances. A number of Sampler Days are coming up and the closest to Leeds are at Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester on Sunday 28th May; Sage, Gateshead on Monday 29th May; and University of Sheffield on Tuesday 30th May. To book your free place, visit efdss. org/nationalyouthfolkensemble Incidentally, Leeds College of Music is introducing a BA (Hons) in Folk Music this year. Its innovative approach takes traditional musical identities and performance from the British Isles and around the world, and presents them through contemporary performance, composition and recording techniques. Students will explore folk music from its origins in oral tradition and its interpretation through different cultures and musicians. There are undergraduate Open Days on Saturday 6th May and 3rd June.
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£10. Featuring young emerging artists from this year’s final year of the BA jazz course at Leeds College of Music – bands led by Alžbeta Tur?ányiová, Jordan Dinsdale & Abbie Finn
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Union, £15.40. Intimate songwriting coupled with a strong, ethereal tone & hypnotic rhythm acoustic guitar.
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Monster Magnet Tue 23 May, Brudenell Social Club, £22. Warped, full-on blend of psychedelia & classic rock.
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The Leeds Midnight Walk is Back! The Leeds Midnight Walk is back for its 11th year and St Gemma’s Hospice is thrilled that the event is so popular with the people of Leeds. Over £837,042 has been raised from the event since it began and they hope to raise a further £90,000 this year.
his year the start location is at Xercise 4 Less in Seacroft and there is a new 9.5 mile route, which will take participants around the Ring Road into Oakwood, then along Lidgett Lane. The half way point will be at the Hospice on Harrogate Road. A carnival atmosphere will greet people as they arrive at the start point, with music, face painting, stalls and food available before setting off at 10pm.
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Jamie Peacock Joins the Sue Ryder Wheatfields Team Former Rugby league player Jamie Peacock has joined Sue Ryder’s running team to raise vital funds for the Sue Ryder Wheatfields Hospice. “Wheatfields Hospice took care of my dad in his last few weeks”, said Jamie. “They were outstanding and the staff made my Dad and my family feel as good as we possibly could in such circumstances. Raising money for Sue Ryder is the least that I can do to repay them for everything they did for us. Taking on a marathon in front of a huge crowd is something I can’t wait to do.’’ If you would like to follow in Jamie’s footsteps and be part of Sue Ryder’s running team, the charity still has some places available in the Great North Run on 10th September. Participants will receive plenty of support with their training and fundraising needs. Sue Ryder Wheatfields Hospice provides end of life and palliative care to patients and their families. The hospice provides both medical treatment and emotional support. All care services are free of charge, but it costs £4.4m to run the hospice, only part of which is covered by statutory funds. Every year the hospice needs to raise over £2.5m million in donations to continue to provide its specialist care services. To book a place in the Great North Run, contact the fundraising team on 0113 278 7249 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Yorkshire Cricket Foundation Announces New Cricket College he Yorkshire Cricket Foundation, in partnership with education provider SCL, recently announced that a new Yorkshire Cricket College would be opening in September 2017. The college will enrol students from the age of 16 on a two-year course that will have cricket training and matches built into the timetable. Located at Headingley Stadium, students will benefit from the world class training facilities, under the tutelage of Yorkshire Cricket coaches while studying for a BTECH Level Three in Sport. “We aim to create a really good college – a great place to be educated, with a really good teaching environment”, said Nick Robinson, Project Manager at the Yorkshire Cricket Foundation. “The bonus
is that cricket will be built into the timetable three times per week. Whether you want to become a serious cricketer or a keen club cricketer, the Yorkshire Cricket College will help students realise their potential.” The curriculum offers a diverse range of units, such as the principles of anatomy and physiology in sport, leading to a BTECH level three. The qualification will give graduates a springboard and the opportunity to progress to further education, apprenticeships or a career. The cricket coaching and matches will allow students to work on all aspects of their game, as well as the holistic benefits that sport can offer – such as developing communication skills, teamwork and selfconfidence.
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Ducking & Dodging for British Heart Foundation hildren at Weetwood Primary School recently battled it out at an Ultimate Dodgeball event to raise funds for the British Heart Foundation. The British Heart Foundation’s initiative aims to promote the importance of maintaining a healthy heart through regular exercise, whilst raising vital funds for its fight for every heartbeat.
The School Council organised the event at Weetwood Primary School and children were extremely excited to play throughout the day. Over 200 children, aged between four and 11 ducked, dived and dodged in the fast-paced game, encouraging children to create a more active ethos within the school. “We may have to start a dodgeball club as it was so popular today!” said Mr Annis-Brown, Year 6 teacher. “All the classes seemed to love it and other teachers have been delighted with the impact of the event.” The school raised more than £100 on the day and further donations were expected. They will present the final total to the British Heart Foundation to help them continue their important work.
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Gig-ready in a Day with Dennis Rollins azz trombonist Dennis Rollins put the big into big band when 50 young musicians recently took to the stage with him after just one day of making music together. The one-off ensemble from five local schools spent the day with Dennis at The Grammar School at Leeds (GSAL), rehearsing a programme of music ranging from jazz to Motown, Latin, blues and even Adele. The students, aged 11-18, came from GSAL, Allerton Grange School, Abbey Grange C of E Academy, Harrogate Grammar School and Garforth Academy. Despite the limited time they had to get to know each another, the band soon gelled and they gave an assured and energetic performance in the evening.
Dennis Rollins is an acclaimed performer, composer and educator, who developed his own musical talents with the Doncaster Youth Jazz Association. He encouraged the student band as an ensemble, working with them on the musical arrangements, improvised solos and sight-reading skills. “There’s something special about standing in front of a group of young musicians and seeing the massive potential for them to express themselves”, said Dennis. “It’s such a big moment when you see that spark and they realise they can do it and give to the audience. It’s been fabulous to witness it and see the joy in their faces. They’ve done the work, I’ve just encouraged them.”
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Emmerdale and Rose Court Put Autism in the Spotlight Actors from Emmerdale and children from Rose Court Nursery in Headingley (part of The Grammar School at Leeds) recently marked World Autism Awareness Week by donating clothes to raise funds for Lighthouse School for young people on the autism spectrum.
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heir clothing will be sold in the pre-loved section of Keepers’ Coffee and Kitchen, a social enterprise café and gift shop in Cookridge, run by Lighthouse Futures Trust which partners with special schools and colleges to offer employment opportunities for young adults with autistic spectrum condition or learning difficulties. Two of the Emmerdale cast Gillian Kearney (who plays Emma Barton), and Charley Webb (who plays Debbie Dingle and whose son is a pupil at Rose Court), were on hand to help pupils get the clothes ready for delivery to the café.
“Everyone at Emmerdale is keen to support Lighthouse School in the fantastic work it does”, said Gillian. “Lighthouse is committed to helping with life after school. Even though the pupils are well educated with lots to offer employers, doors are often closed to them.” “In World Autism Awareness Week we want to highlight the potential of our young people”, said Caron Munro, Development and Programme Manager at Lighthouse Futures Trust. “We are grateful to Rose Court pupils and the cast of Emmerdale for helping us raise both awareness and funds to keep our important work going.”
West Yorkshire School Games Winter Festival Yorkshire Sport Foundation brought pupils together from Wakefield, Calderdale, Leeds, Bradford and Kirklees schools to represent their district in the West Yorkshire School Games Winter Festival at the end of March. Forty-three schools competed in five different sports at Leeds Beckett University’s Headingley Campus, all bidding to be crowned West Yorkshire champions in their respective sports. Nearly 650 young people took part and the event included an Olympicstyle opening ceremony, with Hannah Cockroft as the guest of honour. Local North Leeds schools competing included: Horsforth, Allerton High School, Fulneck School, The Grammar School at Leeds, Allerton C of E, Alwoodley, and St Mary’s Horsforth. The Grammar School at Leeds won in the Year 7 netball; Allerton C of E won in Year 5/6 mixed hockey; Horsforth School won in U-14 boys basketball; and Allerton High in U-14 girls basketball. It was GSAL in Year 8 boys table tennis, and Horsforth School in Year 8 girls table tennis; and Allerton High won in boys U-16 basketball. “It’s great to see so many young athletes coming together for their county finals”, said Nigel Harrison, Chief Executive, Yorkshire Sport Foundation. “It shows the positivity of school sport and the commitment of teachers and parents bringing them here today.”
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ARTS & CRAFTS Bramhope Arts Club meets Mon
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Details: LeedsSoftball@gmail.com, LeedsSoftball.com Meanwood Boxing Club Boxing & fitness classes Mon, Tues, Thurs. Juniors (9 – 16) 5.30 – 6.30pm £1; Seniors (17+) 6.30 – 7.30pm £2. Prince Philips Community Centre, Scott Hall Ave. LS7 2HJ. Details: Head Coach Wayne
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Sun 14 May, 10am – 12pm at Bramhope Village Hall, Old Ln. Raising funds for the Hall. Adm £2. Sellers - Tables £10.
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Stainbeck Art Club meets 2nd & 4th Tues, 1.45 – 4pm at Methodist Community Centre, Town St. Chapel Allerton. 9 May: Practical workshop in acrylic with David Wilson; 23 May: Practical workshop with Leila Conway
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Horsforth in Bloom Bric-a-Brac Sale 6 May, 9.30am – 12 noon at Central Methodist Church, Town St. Meet this friendly group working to keep Horsforth beautiful. The Working Party meets at Fink Hill Wed pm. Details: 258 3521,
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9 May, 8pm Paxton Hall, 186 Kirkstall Ln, LS5 2AB. Simon Bland will talk about compost made from sheep’s wool & bracken. Dalesfoot Composts (entirely peat free) are made on family farm in Cumbria. Seeds & plants available Free admission. All welcome.
West Yorkshire Fuchsia & Pot Plant Society meets Wed 17 May, 7.30pm at Paxton Hall, 186 Kirkstall Ln. LS5. Charles Jenkinson, well known fuchsia grower & judge will talk about fuchsia & how best to prepare them for the dhows. Visitors welcome. Details: Graham Wheatley
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Published on Apr 21, 2017
The May 2017 edition of North Leeds Life for LS6 LS16 & LS18 bringing you all the latest news, events and businesses from your local area. N...