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The days are getting longer and people seem to be brightening up along with them. They may have felt down when Leeds’s hopes of becoming European Capital of Culture were dashed, but now Leeds City Council has unveiled a programme, culminating in a year-long celebration of the city’s diverse cultures in 2023 instead.

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Other things to celebrate this month include: Irish History Month; St Gemma’s Hospice’s fortieth anniversary; A Gypsy Exhibition at the University of Leeds Treasures of the Brotherton Gallery; WildLines – a three-day programme of

talks, readings and Q&As with some of the UK’s leading writers and thinkers on nature at The Leeds Library; and an exciting investment opportunity in Headingley. In addition, there are more great reasons for trips to the theatre; Band buddies meet up again after 70 years; LASSN needs more host homes; Richmond House School is expanding; and Leeds Rotary Club presents remarkable young people with Young Citizens’ Awards. For inclusion in our April edition, please send all your news and notices to us by 1st March, and advertising by 13th March (1st & 11th April for the May edition).

Pictured: Northern Ballet 'Jane Eyre' Photo: Emma Kauldhar

06 10 12 18 20 32 36 54 06 Irish History Month 2018 -An Irish Arts Foundation initiative promoting the vibrancy of Irish arts, heritage, culture and history.

20 Representing Gypsy Lives - A new exhibition explores visual, historical and fictional representations of the Gypsy and Traveller community.

10 2023 Six Year Cultural Programme is Unveiled - The city’s commitment to

32 LASSN Needs More Hosts for Asylum Seekers - Appeal for people to

carrying forward its Leeds European Capital of Culture plan

host asylum seekers.

12 A Night to Remember - Celebrating St Gemma’s Fortieth Anniversary

18 WildLines - A programme of talks and readings in partnership with The Leeds Library.

36 Invest in Headingley! - Headingley Development Trust launches an exciting community shares offer. 54 Rotary Club Young Citizen Awards - Exemplary young people rewarded for their achievements.



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Life&Style Irish History Month 2018 Pictured: Moya Brennan

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The month of March is Irish History Month in Leeds. First celebrated in 2007, this Irish Arts Foundation initiative is now in its twelfth year. It exists to promote the many positive contributions that Irish people have made in Leeds and to introduce new audiences to the vibrancy of Irish arts, heritage, culture and history. Particular highlights this year include concerts from John Doyle, John McCusker and Michael McGoldrick on Sunday 4th March, and Luke Daniels and Nancy Kerr on Saturday 10th March, both at Otley Courthouse. Clannad’s Moya Brennan performs at the City Varieties on Monday 12th March. On Wednesday 21st there is a lecture on traditional Irish music by Professor David Cooper at Café Humanite, Ilkley, and there’s a welcome return from singer/ songwriter J. Eoin on tour from Limerick who will perform at Seven Arts in Chapel Allerton. A traditional Irish music session takes place on the Kirkstall Flyboat at Canary Wharf early evening on Sunday 25th. There will be a screening of ‘Kings of the Kilburn High Road’ (2007) in Hyde Park Picture House on the afternoon of Sunday 25th, in collaboration with Headingley LitFest

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Life&Style Band Buddies Reunited At Headingley Hall After Seventy Years! Len Bower and Dennis Woods, who played in the popular Four Star Swing Quartet in the 1940s, have been reunited at Westward Care’s Headingley Hall Care Home and Apartments after seventy years!

Pictured: and Dennis Woods

we would be sitting at the same dining table? It’s been wonderful to reminisce about our adventures in the Quartet.”

“It was a big shock to discover that Dennis and I are now living under the same roof”, said Len. “Who would have thought that after seventy years

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Len Bower

Len Bower (97) recently moved to Headingley Hall and by sheer coincidence discovered that his former band mate and pianist Dennis Woods (92) was also a client there. The two musicians have since been reminiscing about the wonderful times they had playing together in and around Leeds.

The Four Star Swing Quartet, led by clarinet player Len Bower, was a big hit in the late 1940s. The band scooped Melody Maker’s Dance Band Championship Winning Band in 1947 and all four individual musician awards at the same competition. Shortly afterwards, Dennis Woods left the band to become a professional pianist and seventy years later, he and Len have been reunited.

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“I still can’t quite believe that after all this time, Len and I have met again”, said Dennis. “Len was telling me the story of his swing band and its remarkable pianist when I realised he was talking about me! It was a wonderful surprise to be reunited after so long!” Sharon Earnshaw, General Manager at Headingley Hall said: “It’s great to see Len and Dennis sharing memories of their concert days. At Headingley Hall we love to encourage people to share their life stories and experiences – we hope we may even get a chance to hear them play at some point!” For more information on Westward Care visit www.westwardcare.co.uk

The project will collect oral history testimonies from Local LGBT+ people across West Yorkshire and LGBT+ relevant objects, such as badges banners and flyers. It will use these to create materials and activities, including films, artworks, resource packs and workshops. There will be multiple opportunities for the public to engage with the project through a website, at events, workshops and by accessing online learning resources. This material will be archived with Leeds Museums and Galleries and West Yorkshire Archive Services. “Following on the success of the Leeds Museums and Galleries ‘Leeds Queer Stories’ 2015 project, we are very excited to be part of this new partnership reaching further out into our local LGBT+ community”, said John Roles, Head of Museums and Galleries. “It will be a privilege to be part of the organisations working together to document and celebrate West Yorkshire’s rich historical LGBT+ cultures for future generations.” For further information contact leeds@mesmac.co.uk, 01132 444 209, www.mesmac.co.uk.


Ones to Watch at Sunny Bank Mills Sunny Bank Mills Gallery on Town Street in Farsley is hosting its fourth annual exhibition for emerging artists from Friday 2nd March – 15th April. ‘Ones to Watch’ showcases the work of artists from any discipline who are either from or studying in Yorkshire, and are up to one-year post graduation. Drawn from nearly 100 applications, this year will see 36 artists exhibit in the beautiful former cloth warehouse in Sunny Bank, in disciplines varying from fine art to sculpture to film.

“We love being able to support emerging artists in advancing their creative careers as they come to the end of their study”, said Jane Kay, Gallery Manager. “It also gives us an opportunity to showcase the talent in our regional colleges and universities.”

Previous exhibitors (there have been over 150) have, apart from being given the opportunity to exhibit in a professional environment, put on an amazing exhibitions, sold their work, used the opportunity to obtain other commissions and exhibitions, and networked with other creative practitioners.

Sunny Bank awards prizes for the best piece of work and a ‘visitors favourite’. Last year’s winner was Jake Mullins with his spectacular portrait of the Tiled Gallery in Leeds City Art Gallery. The exhibition preview night is Friday 2nd March. Entry is free.

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Life&Style 2023 Six Year Cultural Programme is Unveiled Leeds has unveiled a £35m six-year programme, culminating in a year-long celebration of the city’s diverse cultures in 2023. The announcement on 31st January reiterated the city’s commitment to continuing the momentum created by the Leeds 2023 bid for European Capital of Culture, and will retain a strong international focus celebrating the city’s diverse communities. The Council will work with partners, including Arts Council England, to build a £35m fund for the programme, which will showcase Leeds as an outward looking, innovative city and will create opportunities that will be enjoyed across the whole city. Councillor Judith Blake, Leader of Leeds City Council, and Sharon Watson, Chair of the 2023 Independent Steering Group, revealed how the plans will move forward. Exciting projects include:

A major new sculpture project ‘Yorkshire Sculpture International’ in 2019 and 2023, featuring work by renowned international sculptors, public realm commissions and an engagement programme, delivered by Leeds Art Gallery, Henry Moore Institute, The Hepworth Wakefield and Yorkshire Sculpture Park – the Yorkshire Sculpture Triangle;

The launch of the Leeds People’s Theatre, which will create a huge outdoor community performance in 2020 and 2023;

The Leeds Lighthouse, which has already secured a funding agreement with a local business. (See ‘They Lived in Leeds’ page 14 about John Smeaton who designed the famous Eddystone Lighthouse in 1756.) “It was a huge blow when Leeds was denied the chance to bid to become European Capital of Culture in 2023”, said Cllr Blake. “However, we are determined to see that the enthusiasm and energy that built up behind the bid not go to waste and to create a strong and meaningful legacy across the city. “The bid was a catalyst for a whole new cultural conversation which has sparked some incredibly original and inventive ideas from across our communities, artists, and businesses. “We want to keep that momentum going and this cultural programme will see many of the ideas submitted in the Leeds 2023 bid brought together and channeled into a new celebration of Leeds which will give the best of the city’s culture a chance to shine on a stage it deserves.”


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‘A Night to Remember’ Celebrating St Gemma’s

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Fortieth Anniversary

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To celebrate its twentieth anniversary, Leeds bar group North Bar is ramping up its charitable fundraising for St Gemma’s Hospice by launching a limited-edition session pale ale.

Duncan Wood and Christine Talbot

This year, St Gemma’s Hospice marks its Fortieth Anniversary and is inviting everyone to help them celebrate at ‘A Night to Remember’, a very special event at Leeds Town Hall on Wednesday 21st March starting at 7pm. The evening will include performances by the Leeds Symphony Orchestra and a brand new Hospice choir made up of staff and volunteers, who will be singing ‘Ain’t No Mountain High Enough’ and Bruno Mars’ ‘Count On Me’. There will also be an opportunity to find out more about the hospice’s history from people who were there when it opened. During the evening there will be a moment’s silence to remember all

loved ones who have been cared for by St Gemma’s and a spectacular cascade of petals will fall from the ceiling representing all the people who have been supported during the hospice’s 40 year history – accompanied by LSO’s rendition of Elgar’s wonderful ‘Nimrod’. ‘A Night to Remember’ is a chance for the Hospice to say ‘thank you’ to the people of Leeds, who have kept the Hospice going since 1978 and who have helped care for tens of thousands of patients. The evening will be hosted by ITV’s Duncan Wood and Christine Talbot. Tickets (just £5) are available from Emily on 0113 218 5550 or online at events.stgemma.co.uk.

Since reaching this impressive anniversary, staff from all seven North Bar venues have been involved in fundraising activities and have raised over £9,000 for St Gemma’s – nearly halfway to their £20,000 goal. The group is ramping up its efforts significantly by rebadging bestselling cask beer Prototype. This will now become its limited edition #NB20 Session Pale, with 20p from every pint going into the fundraising pot. The beer will be available in all seven bars across Leeds, Otley and Harrogate, where a whole variety of fundraising events will also be held in the next six months. North Bar encourages donations to the St Gemma’s Hospice through their JustGiving page at www.justgiving.com/company/ northbar


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Life&Style They Lived In Leeds By Eveleigh Bradford John Smeaton FRS (1724-1792) ‘The Father of Civil Engineering’ Whether you are in Aberdeen or St Ives you can still walk along harbour piers designed by John Smeaton more than 200 years ago. All over the country you can cross bridges, navigate canals, walk fenlands that he helped to create. At Plymouth you can stand where he stood watching anxiously through his telescope, and see his reconstructed Eddystone lighthouse, the marvel of its age. The range and scope of his work was astounding: major projects in distant places reached along unmade roads that made travel a nightmare. But it was here in Leeds, in his beloved family home at Austhorpe Lodge near Whitkirk that he did much of his background work, built machines and models, experimented, and wrote his impressive reports. He enjoyed a privileged childhood, indulged by his father, a well-connected lawyer with a practice in town. Insatiably curious, fascinated by how things worked, he was free to roam, question local craftsmen, experiment making tools, and build his own mechanical projects – including a water pump that drained the Austhorpe fish ponds dry! His father intended him for the law and after six years at Leeds Grammar School he was sent at 18 to London to train, but he begged to be allowed to pursue his true mechanical bent. With his father’s support he set up in London as a mathematical instrumentmaker, and began studies and experiments which led in 1750 to a paper on a new mariner’s compass which he read to the Royal Society, the first of many pioneering scientific papers. In 1753 he was elected Fellow (FRS). Navigation, astronomy, the power of wind and water fascinated him, and how to build and manage the environment – what he called ‘engineery’, which he began to see as his future career. To prepare, he learnt French and travelled the Netherlands studying canals, harbours, and drainage schemes.

In 1756 came the chance of a lifetime. A new lighthouse was urgently needed on the treacherous Eddystone Rock, in the stormy seas off Plymouth. Two earlier wooden lighthouses had been destroyed. Smeaton was recommended – ‘Thou art the man to do it.’ After a hazardous survey of the rock and careful research he decided to build in stone, using a wide-based shape set on an ingenious interlocking foundation – all totally innovative. He oversaw the whole project himself, sourcing the stone, developing a new form of cement, and sharing the wet dangerous building work. Progress was painfully slow – even reaching the rock often impossible in crashing seas. It was three years before he finally precariously fixed the gilt ball on top and awaited the lighting of the candles. He was full of anxiety, but his lighthouse was to stand for 130 years, until the rock itself crumbled. His design caused a sensation. He was summoned by the King to demonstrate his model and was inundated with enquiries and visits. Meanwhile his personal life had moved on. He had married Ann Jenkinson, daughter of a York merchant, and had inherited Austhorpe Lodge which became their family home (demolished now), though he retained


He was a plain,

a London base. At the Lodge he built a separate tower housing a workshop with forge and lathe, a study and an observatory – once there no-one was allowed to disturb him!

modest man who never lost

For a time he had a paid post as administrator for a large estate, but increasingly was commissioned to design or advise on a huge range of infrastructure projects across the country: harbours, bridges, canals, drainage schemes. Nearer to home he was consulted on improvements at the foundry at Seacroft, to the Aire and Calder Navigation, a water tank at the Infirmary, a pump at Temple Newsam. He was recognised as an expert on mills and water and wind power, and in later years began to experiment with the new steam engines. Throughout his career

his ‘provincial’ way of speaking, quiet, devoted to his family and gentle pursuits

he charged only modest fees (2 guineas a day) and resisted tempting offers to work abroad. In 1783 he suffered a minor stroke, and although still working decided to write his own account of the Eddystone project. It took him seven years but the result was a magnificent illustrated folio volume, which tells the full, detailed story in his impressively exact, direct style, the style of all his numerous closely argued engineering reports, later published by the Society of Engineers which he had helped to found. He was a plain, modest man who never lost his ‘provincial’ way of speaking, quiet, devoted to his family and gentle pursuits. He died from a further stroke, walking in the garden at Austhorpe, in 1792, and was buried at St Mary’s Whitkirk where a fine memorial with an image of his famous lighthouse was raised in honour of ‘one of the greatest engineers this country has ever produced.’

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The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk Kneehigh Theatre and Bristol Old Vic are bringing ‘The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk’ to West Yorkshire Playhouse from 20th – 24th March.

Pictured: Daisy Maywood Photo: Steve Tanner


Written by Daniel Jamieson and directed by Emma Rice, Marc Antolin, reprises his role as the artist Chagall, and Daisy Maywood is his wife Bella. They are the flying lovers of Vitebsk. Partners in life and on canvas, they are immortalised as the picture of romance. But whilst on canvas they flew, in life they walked through some of the most devastating times in history. This much anticipated revival traces the lives of the young couple as they navigate the pogroms, the Russian Revolution, and each other in a vigorous staging woven throughout with live Klezmer music from Ian Ross and James Gow, inspired by the Russian Jewish folk tradition.

Pictured: Marc Antolin and Daisy Maywood Photo: Steve Tanner

Marc Chagall was a leading pioneer of modern art whose vibrant, original style evolved against one of the most tumultuous and terrifying periods in history. He and his young wife were swept up in the confusion and brutality of world wars, revolution, ethnic persecution and the murder and exile of millions. He responded with a radical, original visual style which was both mythic and dreamlike, fusing everyday settings inspired from his home town in Vitebsk in an extraordinary mystical lament, conveying love, loss, exile and the miracle of survival.

The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk opened to high acclaim at Bristol Old Vic and has enjoyed sold-out runs at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse and the Traverse Theatre Edinburgh, where it won the prestigious Carol Tambor, Best of Edinburgh Award, the highest honour at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. For press information and reviewing tickets please contact Cliรณna Roberts on 07754756504 or e-mail cliona@crpr. co.uk

Pictured: Marc Antolin Photo: Steve Tanner


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Arts&Culture WildLines @ The Leeds Library

Pictured: Zaffar Kunial Photo: John Rice

WildLines @ The Leeds Library is a threeday programme of talks, readings and Q&As curated by writer Richard Smyth, in partnership with the Leeds Library, Leeds Big Bookend and Leeds Inspired. Running from Thursday 15th March – Saturday 17th March, it will bring some of the UK’s leading writers and thinkers on nature to the Leeds Library, which celebrates its 250th anniversary this year. The Library’s collections of nature writing encompass everything from illustrated 17th-century herbals and the works of great Victorian naturalists, to the most exciting modernday chroniclers of nature and landscape. Nature On The Page: Wild Writing Then & Now (Thurs 15 March, 7.15 - 8.30pm) An expert panel of writers and naturalists will explore the process of writing about the natural world. Who gets to write about nature? Why does nature writing matter? Is there a place for politics in nature writing? The panelists are: Maren

Meinhardt, natural history editor at the Times Literary Supplement, Professor Kate Oakley, Professor of Cultural Policy at the University of Leeds, Stephen Rutt, writer, photographer, naturalist, and Rebecca Machin, Curator of Natural Science at Leeds Museum Discovery Centre. Alex Preston: As Kingfishers Catch Fire (Fri 16 March, 7 - 8pm) Novelist and nature-writer Alex Preston joins writer Richard Smyth to discuss and read from his new book ‘As Kingfishers Catch Fire’, which draws on a rich history of bird writing, creating a celebration of birds both on the page and in the wild. The Liars’ League presents: WildLines Live (8.15 - 9.15pm) Actors from the Liars’ League storytelling troupe bring some of the most moving, lyrical and powerful passages of nature writing from The Library’s extensive collections to life.

Drawing from Nature: Workshop (Sat 17 March, details TBC) Rob Cowen: Common Ground (Sat 17 March, 3.30 - 5pm) Writer Rob Cowen is joined by Mike Winter and Chapel FM’s Peter Spafford to talk about his book ‘Common Ground’, a study of the edge-lands of North Yorkshire, which was recently shortlisted in a contest to find the UK’s favourite nature book. Polly Atkin and Zaffar Kunial (Sat 17 March 7 - 8.30pm) Two modern poets with a fresh perspective on landscape and nature present an informal evening of poetry and conversation. Tickets can be bought for either individual or combined events at www. eventbrite.com/e/wildlines-the-leedslibrary



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Representing Gypsy Lives at The Brotherton A new exhibition at the University of Leeds explores visual, historical and fictional representations of the Gypsy and Traveller community.

across the country, but we rarely see our heritage on display. I can’t wait to share this with them.”

Running from 1st March – 31st July, the exhibition focuses on the designated Gypsy, Traveller and Roma Collections held by Special Collections at the University of Leeds. The community has played an integral role in selecting objects from the collection for display. Some have been chosen by members of Leeds GATE (Gypsy And Traveller Exchange) and the Gypsyville heritage group, and are interpreted using their words. “I really wanted to get involved with the exhibition so I could take my grandchildren to see their culture”, said Amanda, a member of the Gypsy community. “We go to a lot of museums

Joins Leeds Guild of Singers Conductor and counter-tenor Joseph Judge recently joined the Leeds Guild of Singers as its new Musical Director and will be directing its next concert, ‘All Shall Be Well’ on Sunday 18th March at St Matthew’s Church, Chapel Allerton. This concert is in memory of WWI 100 and explores wider themes of human connection to conflict and loss, and the power of music.” Joe describes it as “Emotional words from times of distress surrounded by heavenly music”.

‘Rights and Romance: Representing Gypsy Lives’ is the latest exhibition at the University’s Treasures of the Brotherton Gallery.

In the 50th year of the controversial Caravan Sites Act, this exhibition examines the changing perspectives on, and representations of, the Gypsy and Traveller community by those outside it – alongside the stories and voices of the community itself.

Joseph Judge

The collection was gathered by Dorothy Una Ratcliffe, who is not a Gypsy woman, and her collection reflects an outsider’s admiration for Gypsy and Traveller culture. “Dorothy celebrated the various folk cultures of Yorkshire and further afield, and saw Gypsies as an important group in British social life”, said Dr Jodie Matthews of the University of Huddersfield, cocurator of the exhibition. “The fact that Dorothy Una Ratcliffe gave her collection to Leeds University in 1950, along with funds to increase the collection, means that this archive of Gypsy life is available for us to try to understand both positive and negative attitudes towards this community.” Entry is free. For more details and opening times, visit library.leeds.ac.uk/ galleries

Joe studied Music at the University of Manchester, while also working as Director of Music at Bury Parish Church. Stand-out moments in his career so far include: Conducting the Halle Choral Academy at the Bridgewater Hall; Touring to Malta, Shanghai and Hong Kong; Performing Bach at Snape Maltings; and directing the recording session for a PlayStation 4 advert. Directing ensembles is one of the things he enjoys most. “Working with LGS is a brilliant opportunity to perform some great music with a talented and enthusiastic chamber choir”, he said. “The choir is full of gifted singers and they’ve certainly not been shy with their repertoire to date. I’ll enjoy developing an individual and expressive choral sound. In addition to continuing to develop the high standards for their regular a-cappella performances, I am keen to encourage larger musical projects, introduce lasting collaborations with other local musicians and ensembles.” For further information, visit www. leedsguildofsingers.org.uk


Première of Tim Knight’s ‘Atlantic Rhapsody’ at St Bartholomew’s The première of composer Tim Knight’s 16minute organ tone poem ‘Atlantic Rhapsody’, featuring soloist Christopher Newton, will take place at St Bartholomew’s Church, Armley, on Saturday 3rd March at 2.30pm. The performance is part of a free concert featuring music relating to the sea. Tim was approached by Robin Cooper, a member of Leeds Male Voice Choir where Tim is Musical Director, to compose a piece of music to celebrate the Atlantic crossing that he and his wife Maggie made in a 43ft sailing boat. Having caught the sailing bug in 1998, Robin and Maggie sold their house and bought their new home – ‘Tanglewood’. On Christmas Eve 2004, they, together with two friends, embarked on Columbus’ classic trade wind route from the Canaries to the Caribbean

(which Columbus had charted 500 years ago). After 21 days (equaling Columbus’ fastest voyage) during which they experienced violent storms, huge waves and screaming winds, they were relieved to sight land

and a safe anchorage in Barbados. ‘Atlantic Rhapsody’ is an interpretation of the various stages of this epic voyage – the calm nights and dramatic storm sections capturing the mood of the angry seas and the dangers faced by the crew. Admission is free but for catering purposes tickets should be obtained via Eventbrite or the Yorkshire College of Music and Drama on 0113 243 1605. Tim Knight’s music ranges from small ensemble pieces to large-scale choral and orchestral works. He has just been nominated in the UK Classic Hall of Fame for his piece Elegy for an English Summer (for which he was also nominated in 2014, 2015 and 2016). His work has been performed widely in the UK, Europe and America.

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‘The Band’ is Set to Thrill All Take That Fans Pictured: Yazdan Qafouri,

Tim Firth

Curtis T Johns, Nick Carsberg,

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AJ Bentley and Sario Solomon

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that is so ‘The Band’, a new musical featuring the music of Take That, comes to Leeds Grand Theatre from Tuesday 20th – Saturday 31st March. ‘The Band’ was born last year out of the talent show ‘Let it Shine’, which was designed to create a band to join the cast for the new stage show. Five to Five were the winners and are now enjoying touring the country, with a great reception wherever they go. Written by Tim Firth, in conjunction with Gary Barlow, Mark Owen and Howard Donald, ‘The Band’ is all about what it’s like to grow up with a boy band. For five 16-year-old girls, in 1992 ‘The Band’ was everything. Twenty-five years on the women are reunited as they try once more to fulfill their dream of meeting their heroes.

AJ Bentley, Nick Carsberg, Curtis T Johns, Yazdan Qafouri and Sario Solomon, (Five to Five) join a host of leading actors from TV and the West End, including Katy Clayton (Casualty, Shameless, Waterloo Road & Where the Heart Is), and Alison Fitzjohn who was Assistant Director and recently performed in David Walliams's Gangsta Granny. Curtis T Johns is actually from Leeds and really looking forward to performing at The Grand. A singer/songwriter in his own right (he has written for Matt Cardle and Ray Quinn), he didn’t really know what to expect from the show but is loving every minute. “I had never done musical theatre before”, he told us. “I feel like I’m on a roller coaster. Let it Shine was quite an intense process and then we were straight into

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the show. I didn’t know what to expect, but we have great reactions everywhere we’ve played. Tim Firth writes with real emotion that is so relatable.” Curtis also happens to own Far Moss Sports Ground in Alwoodley, home to Moortown Rugby Union Club and North Leeds Leopards Rugby League Club. He is particularly looking forward to seeing club members at the show! Tickets (£19.50 - £49.50) are available from 0844 848 2700, or online at leedsgrandtheatre.com


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Arts&Culture Jane Eyre and Kenneth MacMillan Kick Off Northern Ballet’s Spring Programme Northern Ballet kicks off its 2018 season with performances of ‘Jane Eyre’ (7th – 14th March) at Leeds Grand Theatre, followed by a triple bill of short ballets by renowned choreographer Kenneth MacMillan (16th/17th March).

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‘Jane Eyre’ is an adaptation of Charlotte Brontë’s novel and was nominated for a South Bank Sky Arts Award in 2017. Choreographed by Cathy Marston, it follows one of literature’s most iconic heroines as she fights to find her independence and happiness, and is set to a score of original and existing compositions arranged by Philip Feeney and played live by Northern Ballet Sinfonia.

Pictured: Javier Torres and Antoinette Brooks-Daw in 'Gloria' Photo: Lauren Godfrey

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This will be followed by Kenneth MacMillan’s ‘Las Hermanas’, ‘Concerto’ and ‘Gloria’. These three works showcase the Company’s dramatic and technical strengths in some of MacMillan’s most famous works, which are performed by leading ballet companies around the world. ‘Las Hermanas’ is a tense psychological drama telling the story of five sisters living under the tyrannical rule of their mother; ‘Concerto’ is a dazzling classical showpiece guaranteed to thrill; and ‘Gloria’ is a deeply moving and haunting tribute to the fallen of World War I.

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While it was initially suggested that he join the production as a performer, Testament gravitated towards writing it– the first time he had written something that he was not performing. Inspired by the story of the walking group, his play is peopled by fictionalised versions of the group’s real counterparts, the types of men he could imagine joining such a group and the issues they might deal with as they walked and talked.

Walking, Talking and History! Eclipse Theatre's ‘Black Men Walking’, written by local writer and performer Andy Brooks (aka Testament) is touring nationally and has just been to West Yorkshire Playhouse. Based on a group of men in Sheffield who set up a walking group for exercise and conversation, a key theme is 'access', not just to a more humanitarian version of African history, but also access to the environment, here in Britain, which many can feel alienated from. One of the founders, Mark Hutchinson, contacted Heritage Corner's Joe Williams here in Leeds in 2016 and they shared their love of African connections to local history as they walked through the details of the Joe’s Leeds Black History Walk. Dawn Walton, Director of Sheffield-based Eclipse Theatre, took part in one of Mark's walks through the South Yorkshire countryside and it inspired her to build a play around the concept of black men walking. She approached Testament after hearing about his Blake Remixed project and attending his reworking of Shakespeare’s The Tempest.

While familiar with some black history, like the story of Septimius Severus – the black Roman emperor who made York the capital of Yorkshire – Testament threw himself into researching the rich history of black people in Britain, with particular focus on the Yorkshire region. “I was impressed with the sensitivity of the writing and the passion of the director”, said Joe Williams. “Testament's solo shows have been innovative and inspiring, there is a simple up-front honesty that challenges us to question the familiar. How he incorporates the importance of African history in Yorkshire is uplifting as it helps us to feel more a part of the county that many of us were born in.” As an adopted Yorkshire man himself, Testament identifies with the Yorkshire pride of the characters and likes to imagine them walking along the county’s Roman roads in the footsteps of their forebears. Out walking with the group he found himself in the company of sociable, intellectually curious characters whose wide-ranging conversation covered myriad topics, including politics, philosophy and race. While the show concentrates on group of black men, Testament considers the project to be about all of us. It’s a celebration of the complex, multicultural history of Britain. ‘Black Men Walking’ will now tour to Hull, Nottingham, Bristol, and Mold.


Leeds Black History Walk Returns Heritage Corner, run by Leeds writer/ actor Joe Williams, celebrates the African presence in Yorkshire through a variety of creative and public engagement projects - one of which is the Leeds Black History Walk (LBHW), which covers over 5,000 years of African civilisations, empires and contributions to our modern society, hidden in plain sight. The African presence in Yorkshire goes back 2,000 years to Roman occupation. Heritage Corner's LBHW starts its ninth season in April. “Whilst the walk is becoming more popular, so are the creative projects we do around the walk”, said Joe. “This year we are commemorating the 250th anniversary of British circus because a Victorian circus pioneer of African origin, Pablo Fanque, is buried right here in Leeds.” Heritage Corner also plans to contribute to the bi-centenary of abolitionist Frederick Douglass' birth, particularly

for Black History Month in October. The excellent orator made popular speeches in Leeds in 1846 and 1859. 2018 is also the 70th anniversary of the arrival of Windrush, the symbol of mass migration from the Caribbean to Britain. Whilst the bitter-sweet stories of those pioneers, who came to help re-build the mother-country, are documented, shared and celebrated – the LBHW explains their ancestral contributions to Britain's development from the 17th century onwards.

Pictured: Joe Williams

“Creative engagement allows us to absorb, explore, celebrate and share what is hidden”, said Joe. “Heritage Corner's walks are family friendly and open to all. More organisations and groups are booking their own private walks.”

(8th April, 2nd June, 4th August, & 6th October). They start from the Parkinson Steps of the University of Leeds, Woodhouse Lane, (11am - 1pm) and set off for a tour that all takes place around the University of Leeds' central campus.

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Now established as a biennial event, Compass Festival has been animating Leeds with interactive live art projects in which the public is invited to join in playful enquiry, silent contemplation, astonishing feats of madness, hospitality and communality within and beyond the theatre, since 2011. In that time audiences have tripled. The festival programmes evolve out of a belief that everyone can enjoy the best of contemporary live art and a commitment to work closely with partners around the city to present thought-provoking, entertaining and moving projects in a range of settings including libraries, markets, museums, shopping centres and the city streets. Compass Festival returns for a fourth edition from 17-25 November 2018

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CommunityNews World Down Syndrome Day

New Charges at Household Waste Recycling Sites Leeds City Council is planning to introduce charges at its household waste recycling sites for inert wastes (rubble, soil, etc), plasterboard and tyres. These came into effect on Monday 5th February 2018, and it is expected that they will generate savings of around £240,000 per year.

World Down syndrome Day is on 21st March. To mark the occasion the charity Sunshine & Smiles will be hosting a pop-up café, Cafe 21, at Carousel, 80 Otley Road, Far Headingley, LS6 4BA, from 18th – 25th March. This is a project the charity is very excited about. ‘”We’re working to improve employment and training opportunities for young adults with Down syndrome”, said Ailith Harley-Roberts, Service Manager. “Sunshine & Smiles will be running this shop and café in Headingley for the week around World Down Syndrome Day and training young people in food hygiene at the same time. So, not only will they help to run the event, it will benefit them in the long term too.” Sunshine & Smiles was founded in 2012 by a group of parents for their children with Down syndrome. It started by organising informal days out, including picnics and play days. These developed into regular fortnightly meetings at a local children’s centre. In 2013, the group received some funding and registered as a charity.

Sunshine & Smiles’ aim is to improve the lives and opportunities for children and young people with Down syndrome. There are five age groups and 12 speech and language therapy sessions every month. The charity also offers recreational activities in a supportive environment. On Saturday 17th March there will also be a screening of the film ‘My Feral Heart’ at Stainbeck Community Hall – the story of Luke, an independent young man with Down syndrome who stumbles upon a life changing friendship. And, there will be singing and signing sessions at local schools, to help people understand how communication can be made easier for children with the condition. This year, the charity is also involved with Leeds 10K, Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge and the Great North Run and is looking for people to take part, as well as regular volunteers to keep their groups running. For more information visit www.sunshineandsmiles.org.uk

These wastes are not classed as ‘household waste’ under the relevant legislation since they are more construction type wastes consisting of the fabric of a house rather than arising from the activities of a household. The Council therefore does not have to accept these wastes free of charge. Charging for these wastes on recycling sites has been adopted by many councils across the country. Sample charges include: • 25 litre bag or equivalent of soil/rubble – £2.60; • 25 litre bag or equivalent of plasterboard – £4.80; • One sheet of plasterboard up to 180cm x 90cm – £3; •

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A Concert for Candlelighters St Mary’s Youth Theatre in Garforth will stage a concert in aid of Candlelighters, the charity that supports children with cancer and their families, on Saturday 17th March, 2.30pm at The Great Hall, University of Leeds. The theatre group was established 25 years ago and to celebrate this anniversary they will be singing songs from every past production, including ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat’, ‘Les Miserables’, ‘Rent’, ‘We Will Rock You’ and ‘Disney’s Camp Rock’. Many past members have gone on to study musical theatre or drama or have appeared professionally in musicals one even appeared in the recent film of ‘Les Miserables’. The soloists for this concert include Jessica Northam, Sam Dorsman, Molly Bollinger and Joe Broadhead.

The concert is a collaboration between Headingley Rotary Club, who is sponsoring the event, St Mary’s Youth Theatre, and the University of Leeds.

It will be attended by the Lord Mayor, Cllr Jane Dowson, and all profits will go to Candlelighters, which is the Lord Mayor’s chosen charity. Tickets (£10 adults/ £5 U-12) are available from www.candlelighters.org. uk or Christopher Walbank, Headingley Rotary, on 0113 278 0094, christopher. walbank@gmail.com The Rotary Club of Headingley meets weekly for lunch, often followed by a topical speaker, at Devonshire Hall, Cumberland Road, Headingley. The club is open to both men and women and raises significant amounts for charity both locally and overseas. For further details, visit www.headingleyrotary.org


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pregnant mums and 70 year old grandads. Our volunteers show real human kindness by offering a spare room for them to stay either for a few nights, a weekend or if planned, even longer.” LASSN currently has nearly 50 Grace Hosts throughout the city. Many are retired people whose children have left home; others are young people who have a house with a spare room. All are offered training by the charity and are matched to asylum seekers who have a support worker. Theresa, a retired teacher, became a Grace Host two years ago and has had 15 asylum seekers staying with her at different times. “I just felt I had to do something. At first I was worried about a stranger coming into my home but the charity is very professional in the

way it arranges and matches the people. I always feel very supported. I’ve met some wonderful people and it has been so rewarding to see them get over the initial hurdles when they arrive in a new country and then make a new life for themselves.” Harpreet and his wife, Joti, were two of the people who stayed with Teresa. They fled religious persecution in Afghanistan and after a long and dangerous journey found themselves in Leeds. “We were desperate when we first arrived in Leeds and I feared we would be sleeping on the streets”, said Harpreet. “From the minute Teresa opened the door we felt safe and were able to start rebuilding our lives.” Leeds Asylum Seekers’ Support Network is appealing for more people to become Grace Hosts and offering free training and support to all volunteers. For further information, visit www.lassn.org.uk


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“Ideally materials used on products would all be recyclable and clearly marked up with the plastic type”, he said. “Unfortunately, this is not the case. In our messages we try to strike the balance between being technically accurate, trying to keep it simple, and focusing on recognisable materials that represent the largest proportion of plastic packaging, e.g. plastic bottles. “It’s preferable if different plastic types and materials can be separated from each other before going into the green bin, but the recycling process can now cope with items such as window envelopes. In respect of plastic film, LDPE (type 2) can be recycled, this is the stretchy type of plastic film such as carrier bags, or the cellophane around magazines. The slightly stiffer film which tears, such as that over ready-meals or plastic punnets of fruit, is more difficult

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Richmond House School Expands Richmond House School is developing proposals for a new early years building on its Sports’ Ground on Glen Road. The site lies between the existing tennis courts, adventure playground and the car park, and the application includes a sports and performance hall, and reconfiguration of the existing buildings. The school has operated for over 80 years from its site on Otley Road. The proposals will provide space for a two-form intake of 18 pupils for Nursery and Reception and will include staff areas, cloakroom facilities and external play areas. The new sports and performance hall – which will also be used by the public – will incorporate a four-court sports hall and changing facilities and will allow year-round

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It is in Spring that the Yellowhammer’s famous song can be heard, supposedly sounding like “a little bit of bread and no cheese”! This does at least duplicate the pace of the song, which consists of a rapid succession of fast notes, followed by a long drawn-out wheeze. The male will perch on the top of hedgerows and repeat this song all day long.

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Garden Round Up With Tracy Foster

This is the month where nature seems to speed up and suddenly there are loads of gardening jobs to be done.

Seed Sowing

Shrubs to Prune Now

March is the big seed sowing month, but it may still be cold outside and seeds need to be kept in a warm, bright environment once planted, and not allowed to dry out. A propagator can really help to provide the right conditions for germination. This is usually a shallow tray to hold compost with a transparent lid to keep in warmth and moisture. More expensive versions are electrically heated from underneath which is a real bonus if your windowsill is in a cool or draughty place. Prices range from just a couple of pounds for the simplest lidded plastic tray to about £25 for a heated version.

There are quite a few popular varieties of shrubs that should be pruned in early Spring – they are the ones that flower in late Summer. They flower on the new wood so pruning now will promote plenty of new growth and blooms later in the season. Examples include Buddleija, hardy Fuchsia, Hebe, Hydrangea and late flowering Ceanothus.

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A propagator can really help to provide the right conditions for germination

Special seed composts are available to fill your seed trays and propagators but I always use a peat-free multi-purpose compost with good results.

Enjoy the Beauty of Bulbs There is nothing to compare with the drama and colour of bulbs in Spring. A garden visit this month can really inspire your bulb choices for next year. Look out for Narcissi, Muscari and early flowering Tulips bringing splashes of bright colour and in some cases, fragrance too. There are also gorgeous bulbs to plant now that will bring colour later in the year. Try Calla lilies (or Zantedeschia) for their elegant, simple flowers in a range of fascinating colours – from flame orange through to cream or deepest purple – and for their striking spotted foliage. They make excellent subjects for patio containers. Oriental Lilies bring dramatic perfume and colour to pots and borders and others such as Crocosmia and subtle white Galtonia candicans are well worth including in your planting schemes.

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Film Review By Brendan Campbell

PHANTOM THREAD DIRECTED BY: PAUL THOMAS ANDERSON STARRING: DANIEL DAY-LEWIS, VICKY KRIEPS, LESLEY MANVILLE CERT: 15 RUNNING TIME: 130 MINS Throughout his career as a filmmaker, Paul Thomas Anderson has proved himself to be a fascinating and unpredictable auteur and his latest work bears the distinctive quality and assured touch he has become known for. Phantom Thread reunites Anderson with Daniel Day-Lewis who has announced that this will be his final film before he retires from acting. It’s a fitting swansong for one of the finest actors of his generation who has never been less than an utterly mesmerizing presence on screen. The film is an elegant, subdued and intensely focused character study centered around Day-Lewis’ Reynolds Woodcock, designer and dressmaker to royalty, celebrities and the monied elite in 50’s London. Reynolds’ sartorial creations are widely admired and much in demand and he presides over the esteemed House of Woodcock

with the help of his shrewd, no-nonsense sister, Cyril (brilliantly played by Lesley Manville). While en route to his country house workshop, Reynolds finds himself charmed by a waitress, Alma (Vicky Krieps) as she serves him breakfast. He considers her to possess the perfect figure to showcase his designs and feels a compulsion to dress her beautifully. She in turn is also drawn to this distinguished and enigmatic figure and the two quickly strike up a relationship as Alma becomes Reynolds’ muse and lover (of sorts). To call Phantom Thread a love story might seem to be something of a stretch. Throughout much of the film we watch Alma struggling to forge a loving relationship with an intensely difficult and complicated man. Handsome and dashing, Reynolds is courteous if not exactly kind, gentle while not quite warm, generally mild mannered but with a slow burning temper if his particular way of things is at all disrupted. It’s these personal foibles and traits of Reynolds’ that define him and inform his approach to relationships. It’s his intense attention to detail, his preoccupation with elegance and beauty and his pursuit of a quality of perfection that have made him a master of his craft but which stymie his capacity for genuine intimacy. Above all, the film deals with the dynamics of control and raises the point that the relationship between artist and muse is not necessarily a romantic one. It’s often more to do with inspiration, possession, manipulation and this is where the tension arises, as Alma is too much her own person with her own motivations and desires to submit fully to Reynolds’ fastidious whims and rigid, regimented habits. If it is any kind of a romance it seems like a doomed one, until Alma comes to realise her own ability to exert power and control over Reynolds. As befits its subject Phantom Thread has a stately, refined quality with studied poise and a considered sense of


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stillness. As Alma says to Reynolds at one point, “whatever you’re going to do, do it carefully”. Considering the character she’s speaking to and the actor playing him, such a statement seems redundant but it’s advice that Anderson himself seems to have heeded. As it’s a film whose central character is so concerned with style (but has nothing but disdain for the notion of ‘chic’) there is an exacting deliberateness to the direction, as in the performances.

Daniel Day-Lewis completely disappears into the role of Reynolds with an astutely meticulous performance; conveying a sense of character through the tiniest gestures, tone of voice and closely observed mannerisms. Relative newcomer Vicky Krieps as Alma distinguishes herself as much more than a mere foil to Day-Lewis’ Reynolds and confidently holds her own opposite a rightfully revered thespian titan. She delivers a portrayal of striking subtlety and sensitivity and in some respects is the true heart of the film.

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YCMD Invites More People to Enjoy the Benefits of Music

Locally Shot Feature Film Hits Cinemas This Month Shot in Horsforth, Headingley and Roundhay, feature film ‘Scott and Sid’ makes its way into cinemas nationwide this March. Having never written, produced or directed a film before, Scott Elliott and Sid Sadowskyj’s story is an inspirational, true, coming of age tale about two unlikely school friends from Yorkshire who refuse to give up on their dreams. Never letting themselves succumb to an ordinary path through life, Bradford-born Scott and Sid navigated the distance from dream to reality, and raised £1 million to fund their debut film. The film offers an insight into the pair’s dream-chaser philosophy and inspires their audience to be more than ordinary. Chasing their dreams comes at a cost, but one meeting could change their lives. “Having wanted to make a film since we were teenagers, the fact that we are now releasing a story based on our lives is incredible”, said Scott. “To film in the region we grew up in was an honour.”

Filmed across several locations in Yorkshire, the duo made use of the impressive scenery in and around Leeds, York and Bradford. “Filming in these beautiful Yorkshire cities was truly incredible. We wanted to tell a positive story about an area too often dismissed as grim or depressing”, said Sid. “With Yorkshire being named as the fastest growing region for TV and film, it’s great that our story can be brought to life with the help of the Yorkshire landscape.” A Yorkshire première will be held on at Everyman Cinema in York on Wednesday 7th March, a day after its world première at The Hamyard Hotel in London. ‘Scott and Sid’ official trailer: https:// www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wom_ laz1cnw

The Yorkshire College of Music and Drama (YCMD) is a hive of musical activity. Singers, fiddlers, guitarists, saxophonists, and choirs all congregate here to learn and enjoy playing music. “We are a hub of musical activity for the whole community to enjoy”, said Tim Knight, Principal. “From school children to retirees, our facilities and expert music tuition can be a real lifeline.” Research suggests a strong link between music and an improvement in behaviour or mood in dementia, anxiety, autism and depression. The college wants to encourage more people to get involved. Senior choirs, music lessons, small singing ensembles – Tim Knight and his team are determined to provide what’s needed for more people to benefit from learning and performing music. The college will have a stall at Oakwood Farmer’s Market on 17th March, 9am – 12.30pm at Oakwood Clock, and the College’s World Music Choir will be performing. For further information, pop along to the Market or call 0113 243 1605.


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Sound&Vision Live Music Listings March 2018 Fran Wyburn | Thu 1 March | Holy Trinity Church, £8. Inventive, idiosyncratic altfolk from distinctive singer-songwriter launching debut album. Seun Kuti / Egypt 80 | Thu 1 Mar | Belgrave Music Hall, £22. Son of the great Fela Kuti, following in father’s Afrobeat footsteps with 14 piece band. Blazin' Fiddles | Fri 2 March | 8pm Victoria Hall, Saltaire £16. Bruce MacGregor & Jenna Reid + Orkney's Kristan Harvey & fiddler Rua MacMillan. A feast of fiddle styles & driving sets of fiddle tunes. www.saltairelive.co.uk John Bramwell, | Fri 2 March | Brudenell Social Club. Former frontman of I am Kloot. Leeds University Union Big Band | Fri 2 March | 8pm at HEART Bennett Rd. Headingley. Jazz band playing all the greats. £8/£6. www. heartcentre.org.uk Hookworms | Fri 2 Mar | Brudenell Social Club, £8.80 - £16.50. Heavy, modern psychrock with long jams, grounded in headbobbing grooves, swirling-vortex guitar-riffs & fist-in-the-air vocal yelps. For fans of Moon Duo, Wooden Shjips, Bardo Pond. Django Django | Sat 3 Mar | Church, Leeds, £19.25. Devo-inspired catchy hooks from this 4-piece art rock band Bob Log III | Sat 3 Mar | Brudenell Social Club, £12.10. A one-man trash blues scuzz experience. David Ferris Septet | Sun 4 Mar | Inkwell, 1:30pm, £7 - £9. Jazz outfit featuring singer Maria Vali performing music inspired by British poets. Dent May | Mon 5 Mar | Headrow House, £8.80. A sonic odyssey full of existential pop, psychedelic funk & odd-ball pop arrangements. Wilson McGladdery | Tues 6 March | 8pm at HEART Headingley. £3/£5. Two great musicians encompassing variety of styles & influences from folk to country to classic

pop. www.heartcentre.org.uk Charlie Parr | Wed 7 Mar | Wharf Chambers, £9.35. Brilliant American folk music from a man who plays a mean banjo & national steel guitar. The Bellrays | Thu 8 Mar | Brudenell Social Club, £13.75. 'Maximum Rock & Soul': Sexy, intelligent, passionate & powerful. Tumbleweed Americana: Bronwynne Brent | Sat 10 Mar | Seven Arts, £11. Raised in the Mississippi Delta, Brent’s songs tap into the dark undercurrent of country from old Appalachian murder ballads to today’s psychedelic country songwriters. Jade Bird | Sun 11 Mar | Oporto, £6.60. Talented acoustic singer/ songwriter who effortlessly combines country, urban & hip hop. The Wave Pictures | Mon 12 Mar | Hyde Park Book Club, £11. Think early Pavement, Galaxie 500, The Pastels, Jonathan Richman. Skerryvore | Mon 12 March | at Carriageworks Theatre. Twice winners of Scotland’s Traditional Music Act of Year Award. Sixth studio album to be released this year. Outlya | Wed 14 Mar | Oporto, £8.80. Anthemic bluesy-pop trio, blurring the line between electro & indie. Synth-pop grooves laced with dirty guitar solos. Rural Alberta Advantage | Thu 15 Mar | Brudenell Social Club, £12.10. Canadian trio playing indie-rock about hometowns & heartbreak. The Brodsky Quartet | Thu 15 Mar | Howard Assembly Room, £17.50. Chamber music quartet with international reputation. Programme: Wolf - Italian Serenade, Puccini – Crisantemi, Verdi – Quartet, Tanaka - At the Grave of Beethoven, Beethoven - Op.135 Kevin Mullowney & Des Hurley | Fri 16 March | 9.15pm at Old Kings Arms, The Green, Horsforth. Irish music night. Free. We Are Not Devo | Fri 16 Mar | The Packhorse, £8.80. Tribute act performing choice cuts of gonzo mutato classics from Akron, OHIO’s finest sons.

tune-yards | Sat 17 Mar | Church Leeds, £17.60. Infectious, polyrhythmic, kitchen sink electo-pop & tribal post-punk. Wonderfully weird. Inkwell Jazz Cafe & Jam Session | Sun 18 Mar | Inkwell, 1:30pm, £5-£7. The Pearl Harts | Sun 18 Mar | Oporto, £6.60. Sweet vocals, killer basslines, spiky guitars & booming drums, with hints of Queens of the Stone Age or Nirvana. Leeds Haydn Players | 18 March | 3.30pm at Clothworkers’ Concert Hall, Leeds University. Tickets £10 on door or www. leedshaydnplayers.org.uk Laurel Canyon Union | Tues 20 March | HEART Headingley, £3/£5. Well known songs from artists such as Jackson Browne, Neil Young, Eagles, The Byrds, Poco & James Taylor. Wyvern Lingo | Tue 20 Mar | Hyde Park Book Club, £8.80. Irish female trio known for their passionate live show. A cocktail of RnB hooks, bluegrass licks & gospel harmonies. Tall Black Guy | Wed 21 Mar | Headrow House, £8.80. Soulful hip-hop. Winter Wilson & Henry Parker | Fri 23 March | 8pm at Headingley HEART. £10/ £8. www. heartcentre.org.uk No Mean Feat | Fri 23 Mar | Seven Arts, £8. Celebrating the music of Steely Dan & Little Feat. Tera Melos | Sat 24 Mar | Brudenell Social Club, £11. Experimental rock with ambient electronics & unconventional song structure Hayley McKay | 24 March | at Hyde Park Book Club. Her highly anticipated album due out soon. Pharoahe Monch | Mon 26 Mar | Belgrave Music Hall, £16.50. One of the finest lyricists of contemporary hip-hop & half of seminal rap outfit Organized Konfusion. Dinosaur Jr | Tue 27 Mar | Belgrave Music Hall, £25.85. Seminal alt-rock/grunge outfit; mix of simple melodies, passionate vocals & overpowering guitar noise, led by singer/ songwriter J Mascis. Sunflower Bean | Thu 29 Mar | The Wardrobe, £12.10. Brooklyn indie pop trio alternately rock-edged & dreamy.


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A staff pantomime at The Grammar School at Leeds (GSAL) has raised £5,000 for the Robert Sinclair Davidson Foundation, a charity set up by alumnus Robert to support families affected by life threatening and terminal illnesses.

‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ played to full houses over three nights, featuring memorable performances from staff members, ably supported by students in the band, the technical team, and as Buttercup the cow.

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Head of Geography, Simon Knowles, wrote, directed and starred in this up-to-date version of the traditional tale, which had plenty of topical references, including the ‘giant’ in the form of Donald Trump! The foundation was set up by Robert following his diagnosis of Motor Neurone disease in 2015. He died in December 2016, aged 34, and the charity is now being run by his family as a lasting legacy to him. It aims to help with money worries as well as provide grants for specialist equipment and for some much needed respite. For further information, visit www.therobertsinclairdavidson foundation.org or you can make a donation on Robert’s JustGiving page.


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Lord Mayor Presents Rotary Club Young Citizen Awards Leeds Rotary Club Young Citizen Awards were recently presented to 24 young people – all of whom were shining examples of what young people are doing for their families, schools, and communities. The range of activities in which they were involved was amazing. Kyle Sadler helped Garforth Academy raise £600 for Martin House and St Gemmas; Kelly Subham (Leeds West Academy) collected for Guide Dogs for the Blind; Denise Benneeh, Imani Wilson and Phebe Wilson Andoh organised several events at Abbey Grange Academy; and Emmie Barker (Leeds West Academy) raised over £6,000 for her brother’s charity Will’s Way, which focuses on helping families who face a teenage brain tumour diagnosis. Elliott Carroll sold poppies at Leeds City College and organised an event for NeST (Nephrotic Syndrome Trust). Anny Kelly (Temple Moor High School) raised £1,000 for a four year old with Nuroblastoma by performing his own songs. Fatemeh Nosratzedah, an Iranian refugee at Leeds West Academy is coping with complex disabilities from Cerebral Palsy, but still achieved 11 GCSEs at A* to D

grades. She is helping others new to the country as a translator and plans to launch her own charity to help young people with disabilties gain life skills and become independent. Jahdeya Daniel-Ried (Leeds West Academy) and Harry White (Allerton High School) were recognised as learning supporters and mentors; Hannah and Leene Matheroo (Gateways School) are peer mentors and have organised events for Black History month. Nathan Chaplow and Ethan Wright (Horsforth School) played a major role in the school’s World War 1 celebrations. Ione Collings (Co-op Priesthorpe School) helps staff and works with Roxy from Ruby AM, and Faique Bhatti has developed a prayer room in the school. Charlie McHale (Leeds East Academy) continued achieveing whilst dealing with her mother’s death from cancer; Ashleigh Corcoran, (Leeds East Academy) also built on her achievements whilst dealing with difficult circumstances; and Bradley McHale (Leeds West Academy) is carer for his mother and brother. Outside school George Clay and Declan Heaton work with West Yorkshire Police and are helping with the new intake of cadets. Jahdeya creates costumes for Leeds Carnival. Faique coaches young children with additional needs. Charlotte Walker and Caitlin Barran (St Joseph’s Youth Support) help with the Church’s soup kitchen, Summer and Christmas fairs. Lesley Hastings Chair of Youth Opportunities Rotary Club of Leeds


Froebelian Raises £1000s for Charity Pupils, staff and parents at The Froebelian School in Horsforth have raised thousands of pounds for three local charities - The Royal British Legion (Horsforth Branch), St Gemma’s Hospice, and The Lighthouse Futures Trust. The whole school worked together, hosting charity events and sales and the three charities were presented with cheques for £1,000 each. “Each year the whole school, including the FPTA, supports designated local, national and international charities and community projects”, said Head Teacher Catherine Dodds. “During 2016/17, we raised a staggering £3,000, plus an additional £4,200 for the NSPCC through a sponsored event.

“We invite representatives from the charities to come and talk about their work because we believe that children benefit from a close involvement with the charity. Helping them to understand the value of helping others sits well with the ethos of the school, particularly our original school motto of ‘Serve and Endeavour’.” The Froebelian School Charities for 2017/18 are Marie Curie – for people living with terminal illnesses and their families, and The Funzi and Bodo Trust, which works with the villagers on the Kenyan islands to provide healthcare and improve educational facilities.

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Adel War Memorial Association Snooker Section Church Lane, Adel. Three tables available most afternoons & evenings, 7 days a week. Details: Dave 267 0572 Bramhope Table Tennis Club meets Mon, 8 – 10pm & Tues 1.30 – 3.30pm at Bramhope Village Hall (Robert Craven Hall), Old Lane. Bramhope LS16 9AZ. New members, all abilities, welcome. £8 per month includes ALL sessions. Details: Stewart 203 7447 Leeds Softball is looking for new players to join Thurs indoor softball sessions until 29 March, 7-8pm in Green Hall, Carnegie Sports Centre, Leeds Beckett University, Headingley Campus LS6 3QQ. Perfect for beginners to learn fielding & batting. First session free, £5 thereafter. 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 Cunningham 07784 998799, www. meanwoodboxing.com St Chad’s Broomfield Cricket Club Winter Indoor Nets every Mon (seniors) & Fri evenings (juniors & women). AllDalesway_Advert_29.2.16.pdf welcome. Details: Paul

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Cookridge & Horsforth U3A meets 5 March at Cookridge Village Hall for talk on ‘Ilkley& the Water Cure’; & 19 March at St Margaret’s Church for ‘ Real Food & Wise Traditions’. Refreshments from 10am. Visiting speaker, book & CD/DVD exchange. Visitors & new members welcome. £2.

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Horsforth in Bloom meets Sat 3 March, 10am in Horsforth Museum. Come & join this active, friendly group. Details: www.horsforthinbloom.co.uk

Leeds Horticultural Society meets six times a year on 1st Tues, 8pm St Chad's Centre, Far Headingley. 6 March: Doug Stewart -'Monkey Cups, HensNChicks & Fresh Air'; 3 April: AGM & 'Spring Mini-Show' with Gordon Kirby; 1 May: Sue Ottley-Hughes 'A Medieval Garden against Food Poverty'. Membership £10pa/ couple £15. Details: Pat 225 0030, Viv 267 3880

Horsforth Board Games Club Wed, from 7.30pm at Horsforth Library. Drop in for a friendly welcome & choice of modern board games. Beginners welcome. Leeds Decorative & Fine Arts Society Talks, visits, study days. Meets 3rd Wed at Castle Grove Masonic Hall, LS6 4BP. Details: 808 6313, www.leedsdfas.org. uk, secretary@leedsdfas.org.uk

Leeds Hospital Alert Small group campaigning for preservation of NHS. Next meetings Tues 13 March (17 April, 15 May) at Muir Court, St Michael’s Rd. LS6. Details: 278 5495, info@ leedshospitalalert.org.uk


Leeds RSPB Group meets Wed 21 March, 7.30pm Friends Meeting House, 188 Woodhouse Ln. LS2 9DX, for illustrated talk by Laurence Rose on ‘The Long Spring’, following the advance of Spring through Europe. Sat 7 April: coach trip to Upper Teesdale, dep 8:10am Roundhay, 8:30am Leeds, call 07722 120540 to book. Details: rspbleeds@ googlemail.com Meanwood Men's Society meets Mon 5 March, 1pm at Community Hall for Arla Foods visit; Mon 19 March: Talk – ‘A Year in the Life of Rodley Nature Reserve’, 7.30pm, Meanwood Institute. Details: Colin 274 6316 National Trust Association Leeds meets 10am at St Chad’s Parish Centre, Otley Rd. Tues 13 March: ‘Albania: a secret land revisited’ with Prof Joyce Hill. £3. All welcome. Details: Phil McShane 225 1166, admin.info@leedsnt.org.uk, committee1@leedsnt.org.uk West Yorkshire Fuchsia & Pot Plant Society meets Wed 21 March, 7.30pm at

Paxton Hall, Kirkstall Ln, Headingley, for members’ forum to discuss overwintering & expectations for coming season. Also members’ plant distribution, where fuchsia & pot plant are handed out for growing on for September show. Details: Graham Wheatley 256 3055, wheatleygraham@ yahoo.co.uk White Rose Speakers Club meets every 2nd & 4th Mon, 7.30pm at Horsforth Museum, LS18 5JB. Helping people improve their public speaking skills, boost their self-confidence & have fun. Everyone welcome. Details: Pauline 269 3542 MUSIC Daeglith Music meets once a month to play fun music & have a laugh! £6 per 2-hour session, including a tea break. Details: lois@daeglithmusic.co.uk Friday Night Live Fri 30 March, 7pm at Crag House Farm, Otley Old Rd, Cookridge, LS16 7NH. Music with the

Chris White Jazz Trio & 3-course dining menu. Details & reservations: 230 3618, www.craghousefarm.com/events Horsforth Choral Society Mixed voice choir rehearses Mon, 7.30pm in St Margaret’s Parish Centre, for 90th Birthday Concert on Tues 20 March, 7.30pm in St Margaret’s Church, featuring composers either from Leeds or with some Leeds connection. Tickets £8. Details: 07958 782348 / info@ horsforthchoralsociety.co.uk Leeds People's Choir meets Wed, 7.30 - 9pm, at Swarthmore Centre, Woodhouse Sq. Singing songs of joy, peace, struggle, liberation from around the world. Open to anyone who enjoys singing. Details: Ruth Bell 07984 352157, www.leedspeopleschoir.co.uk Leeds Youth Opera Singing & drama for 12 - 25 years. Rehearse Sat am in central Leeds for staged shows in Feb & July. Junior LYO (8-12) meet Sat 3 4.30pm. Details www.leedsyouthopera. org


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Sequence Tea Dancing Mon, 2 – 4pm at Bramhope Methodist Church Hall. Refreshments & raffle prizes. You don’t need a partner, just enthusiasm. Details: 267 9802

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Tea Dance Fri 2 – 4pm, Sequence dancing at Old Pool Bank Village Hall, LS21 3BT. Dance or just listen to some good music & socialise. Details: Barbara 07840 133332

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STEP (Supporting The Elderly People) 244 Queenswood Dr. LS6 3ND. For people over 60 & living in West Park/ Far Headingley. Open Mon-Thurs, 10am – 3pm. Drop in & see what they do. Details: 275 7988, step.2.step@ btonnect.com

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Methodist Church Choir presents the story of the Israelites exodus from Egypt in great songs. Free with retiring collection. Horsforth Churches Together Good Friday: United Walk of Witness, 11.30am from Central Methodist Church to The Green for Service at noon, followed by soup lunch at Grove Methodist Centre; United Service 6pm at Grove Methodist Church. Easter Sunday at 6.40am - Dawn Service in Hall Park. Details: 258 3521, www. horsforthchurchestogether.btck.co.uk ‘Leeds in Lent’ reflections Sat 3, 10 & 17 March, 5 – 5.45pm at St Chad’s Church, Otley Rd. Led by Revd Tom Lusty & Dr Helen Reid, Director of Leeds Church Institute. Includes an informal Eucharist. All welcome. Church open 4-6pm

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Parkinson’s UK (Leeds) meets 2pm at St Chad’s Parish Centre, Otley Rd & provides support for all affected by Parkinson’s disease. Wed 14 Mar: Rilla talks about Brimham Rocks. Details: Carol 01943 513607, or Harry on 228 1119

St Chad’s Patronal Festival Sun 4 March, 9.30am at St Chad’s Church, Otley Rd. A team ministry celebration in church’s 150th year, with St Michael’s, Headingley & All Hallows Church, Hyde Park. Guest preacher Canon Sam Corley, Rector of Leeds. Followed by bring & share lunch.

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Forum 2000 Wed 10am – noon, Grove Centre, New St, Horsforth for speaker & discussion. 7 March: David Davis, engineer & lecturer ‘The Austerity Years in Britain’ 1945-51; 14 March: Heather Mills, Cliffe Castle Museum ‘The Cottingley Fairies’; 21 March: Linda Jenkinson ‘Birding in the Lower Aire Valley’. Details: 258 3521, hm.taylor1@ntlworld.com, https:/ forum2000.wordpress.com

‘The Excavations at Kirkstall Abbey Guest House’ by Stuart Wrathmell. All welcome. Details: www.leedsphilandlit. org.uk/events.html Talking Heads 2nd Thurs, 7.30pm at HEART, Bennett Rd. Headingley. Suggested donation £3. 8 March: ‘Fifty Years On: have things got better for women?’ It's International Women's Day. Following a short film, long standing feminist Al Garthwaite will speak & lead a discussion on women's position today & in the future. Talking Histories: The Adelphi Thurs 15 March, 7:30pm at Left Bank Leeds, Cardigan Rd. Revealing fascinating, little-known facts about the Victorian Adelphi & Garden Gate pubs. £5. Details: leftbankleeds.eventbrite.co.uk Yorkshire Historical & Archaeological Society (Family History Section) Sat 10 March, 11am at Swarthmore, 2 – 7 Woodhouse Sq. LS3 1AD. A lecture entitled ‘19th Century Boom & Bust – exploring Business & Family Fortunes’ by Jackie Depelle. Visitors welcome. WOMEN’S GROUPS

Leeds Geological Association Thurs 15 March, 7.15pm in the Rupert Beckett Lecture Theatre, Michael Sadler Building, Leeds University. Lecture: ‘Micro palaeontology: an introduction & its uses’ by Dr Tracy Aze, Leeds University. Visitors welcome. Details: www.leedsga.org.uk Leeds Philosophical & Literary Society & Leeds City Museum Thurs 22 March, 2pm at City Museum - a lecture:

Adel Ladies Luncheon Club meets monthly at Castle Grove Masonic Hall, off Moor Rd. Far Headingley, 12.30pm for lunch & talk. 7 March: ‘Women in Leeds 1914 – 1918’ with Lucy Moore, Leeds Museum; 4 April: ‘Working in Saudi Arabia’ with Heather Slater. Details: Mrs Muriel Huntley 230 1584 Leeds Ladies Coffee Club meets 1st Thurs, 10.30am at Leeds Church


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Hope Pastures Stable Supporter Afternoon Sun 18 March, 4 - 6pm at the sanctuary (corner Ring Rd/Weetwood Ln). Includes a tour & information about work of sanctuary & how you’re helping. Meet the animals & the team. If you’re interested in becoming a Stable Supporter, contact kim@ hopepastures.org

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Luncheon Club with H2K Skincare of Harrogate Weds 21 March, 12 noon at Crag House Farm, Otley Old Rd, Cookridge, LS16 7NH. Ideal Mothers’ Day treat. Free gift worth £9.99 + 3-course lunch, £19.95. Limited places, booking essential. Details: 230 3618, www.craghousefarm.com/events

Real Junk Food Project Horsforth Café Part of global network of ‘pay as you feel’ (PAYF) cafes, using waste food to create delicious snacks & meals. Mondays 10am – 2pm at The Parish Centre St Margaret’s Church, LS18 5LY. Volunteers needed! Contact via Facebook TRJFP Horsforth Café. surplus fruit & veg welcome - bring to café on a Monday.

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