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Dear Readers, Welcome to our sunny August issue! If you’re off to soak up some rays in a foreign land, you’ll want to check out our Auf Wiedersehen Pets feature, all about making sure your pets are well looked after while you’re away. There’s plenty to take in both in and around the city this month, from an excellent exhibition at Lotherton Hall about the lives of the warrior societies of Native Americans to the wonderful new Hepworth Gallery in Wakefield. The Leeds Roller Dolls are looking for a new home, so if you have a large room that a bunch of girls can skate in, be sure to read and of course, we have our regular music listings and film reviews to help you make the most of our fair city in August. Don’t forget to get all your local news stories in for our September issue. The editorial deadline is August 1st and the advertising deadline is August 10th. Enjoy the month! Carole, Jack and the team

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OTLEY CARNIVAL – A BRILLIANT DAY! Otley Carnival was nice and sunny, tempting thousands of people out to watch the parade and converge on the showground afterwards. Michele Smallshaw, Chair of the Carnival Committee, was delighted at the tremendous public support and thanked everyone who worked so hard to make the day such a success. The street collection raised £1,513.28, which will be added to other income from the carnival and split between this year’s beneficiaries Yorkshire Air Ambulance and the Otley Science Festival. The highlight of the afternoon was the arrival of one of Yorkshire Air Ambulance’s helicopters. For two hours the pilot, paramedics and support team met with endless groups of children and parents. All the parade entries were judged before setting off from Leeds Road Auction Ground. Otley All Saints Primary School was best overall entry with their Noah’s Ark. They also received the public’s ‘Favourite Float or Walking Group’ vote.

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Otley All Saints Primary School. OTLEY CARNIVAL PRIZEWINNERS Lyon Lanscapes Challenge Shield (For Best Overall Float or Walking Group): Otley All Saints Primary School Class I The Jack Barber Memorial Trophy (Decorated Float or Walking Group by an Adult Organisation): 1st Leeds Museums & Galleries Carnival Museum Troupe; 2nd Otley Action For Older People; 3rd Subway, Guiseley Class Il Chamber of Trade Challenge Shield (Decorated Float or Walking Group by a Junior Organisation: 1st – 2nd Otley Scout Group; 2nd Otley Methodist Scout Group Class Ill Sharon Weston Memorial Shield (Decorated Float by a School): Otley All Saints Class IV A.H. Stott Challenge Shield (Walking Group by a School): 1st Whartons Primary School; 2nd St. Joseph’s Primary School; 3rd Ashfield Primary School; Highly Commended Westgate Primary Class V Wharfedale Glass Challenge Shield (Collectors Fancy Dress): 1st Pat Marriott; 2nd Roger Sayers; 3rd Catherine Sayers

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Are You a New Invalid Scooter User?

Carers Leeds is a charity providing support to unpaid carers over the age of 18 across Leeds. It has been running for over 15 years and is part of the Princess Royal Trust for Carers and the Carers’ Centre Network.

WHO IS A CARER? A carer is someone who, without payment, looks after another person who couldn’t manage without their help. This could be as a result of sickness, disability, age, or misuse of drugs or alcohol.

WHAT KIND OF SUPPORT IS AVAILABLE? Carers Leeds offers one- to-one information, advice and support from their city centre offices, in the carer’s own home or in a hospital setting. In addition, they provide a range of activities, including information sessions on legal issues facing carers, personal development workshops, wellbeing days, coffee mornings, day or theatre trips. They try to find ways of giving carers a break from caring and providing an opportunity to meet up with other carers for mutual support.

Despite excellent information provided by the Council and the William Merritt Centre, it can sometimes be difficult to obtain all the facts needed before buying a scooter and installing a hoist in a car. Tony Chuter, a new scooter user, encountered some of these difficulties and decided to set up a ‘Leeds Invalid Scooter Association’. “The Association will be a source of mutual help, especially to the newly immobile”, said Tony. “Once established, we should be able to negotiate discounts on purchases and exchange information about various outlets which provide for our needs. Although there has recently been a marked improvement in the facilities for the disabled, there seems to be a place for input from those who are actually experiencing problems.” If you are interested in finding out more, contact Tony Chuter on aj.chuter@btinternet.com

All activities are published in a free bi-monthly newsletter, which also carries information on local and national policy and events that affect carers. The charity runs the Time for Carers Fund on behalf of Leeds City Council, which can give carers some financial help with the cost of a break or holiday. Carers providing over 35 hours a week can apply once every three years. Carers Leeds also runs a number of support groups around the city, and provides support for different types of caring, for example, for those looking after someone with Asperger’s Syndrome. For further information and for a copy of their newsletter, contact Carers Leeds, 6-8 The Headrow, Leeds, LS1 6PT. Tel: 0113 246 8338 e-mail: info@carersleeds.org.uk www. carersleeds.org.uk

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HIGH ROYDS CEMETERY RENOVATED BY LOCAL GROUP On 3rd December 1890 Sarah Ann Walker became the first person to be buried at High Royds Hospital Cemetery.... Alice Ann Wardman was the last on 14th January 1969. In total, 2,861 people were buried in the cemetery.

BURLEY SUMMER FESTIVAL – EIGHT DAYS OF FUN FOR ALL! SATURDAY AUGUST 20TH TO SATURDAY 27TH AUGUST

This is the third Burley Summer Festival and it seems to get bigger and better each year! Organised by a group of volunteers drawn from across Burley Parish, it promises eight days of fun for all. Once again it includes the popular Classic Vehicle Show. You can look forward to a huge variety of music – from chamber, classical, choral and opera, to jazz, soul and dance. As well as the regular Burley Farmers’ Market, there’s also an Arts and Crafts Market, and an Antiques Roadshow run by local antique dealers.

The Friends of High Royds Memorial Garden have renovated the whole cemetery, including the chapel, and created a memorial garden with seats where visitors can reflect and remember. The work has been funded by voluntary subscription and a major grant from Community Spaces which is part of Groundwork and The Big Lottery Fund. The chapel will be open by appointment for private groups and contains a memorial register of all those buried there, as well as historic information and photographs of High Royds Hospital. The Friends are always looking for further subscriptions to help with continuing

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You can take in drama, art exhibitions, walks, talks, sports, film for children, a Tea Dance, ceilidh and Family Fun Day. Add to this the Beer and Cider Festival, Pork Pie Contest and loads of culinary goodies and you are guaranteed a great time! The Round House in Burley Grange Park will be the Festival base. Open daily, there will be up to date information on ticket availability and updated events. Any remaining tickets can be purchased from the Round House during this week. For further information, visit www.burley-in-wharfedale.org/2011festival/programme. html


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Residents of Burley in Wharfedale and Burley Woodhead may enter the Flower, Produce, Wine, Handicraft, Fruit and Vegetable Classes, and anyone can enter the Open and Junior Classes. Entries can be brought to the Queen’s Hall between 10am and 12 noon on the day of the Show. Once again there are new classes in almost every section, so there is something to suit everyone.

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Visitors can also enjoy a variety of displays, including an art exhibition by Burley Art Group; a floral art demonstration by Sheila Quin; photographic exhibition by Ian Lamond; gardening and lifestyle gifts by Wharfedale Flowers; and a creative arts display by the Methodist Church Craft Share Group.

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At 4pm Mrs Claire Lee, Head Teacher of Burley Oaks School, will present the trophies and prizes to the show winners. The shop, small business or pub chosen as the winner of the Burley in Bloom competition will be presented with the Dick Hargrave Shield. Homemade teas will be served throughout the show and it will conclude with an auction of exhibits at 4.30pm.

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LISHMAN’S QUEST FOR THE PERFECT YORKSHIRE SAUSAGE!

summer where Yorkshire folk have helped to choose the official Yorkshire Sausage. The winning sausage will then be unveiled at a Yorkshire Day celebration in David’s hometown of Ilkley on 1 August and the recipe will be shared with butchers across the region.

Six Yorkshire MPs recently gathered at Westminster to show support for their region’s namesake sausage campaign, led by Ilkley butcher, David Lishman, and Welcome to Yorkshire.

For further information on the Yorkshire Sausage campaign and forthcoming sausage sampling events, visit: www. yorkshire.com/delicious .

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Kris Hopkins MP (Keighley), Jason McCartney MP (Colne Valley), Craig Whittaker MP (Calder Valley), Robert Goodwill MP (Scarborough and Whitby), Stuart Andrew MP (Pudsey) and Nigel Adams MP (Selby and Ainsty) got stuck into some Yorkshire Sausage sampling and cast their votes on which of David’s six specially designed bangers they think should be crowned Yorkshire’s official sausage. “I am particularly proud that the Yorkshire Sausage is being developed in Ilkley and David deserves tremendous credit for his efforts over the past few weeks and months. Roll on Yorkshire Day when the winning sausage is revealed,” said Kris Hopkins MP for Ilkley and Keighley.

WHY A YORKSHIRE SAUSAGE? Lincolnshire, Cumberland and Suffolk all have distinctive sausages named after them: sausages which are rooted in their local history and celebrated across the country as mealtime favourites. But Yorkshire, the biggest county in the UK, known for its high quality produce and farming heritage, does not have a namesake sausage. In a bid to give the sausage lovers of Yorkshire a banger they can be proud of, David Lishman, has been leading a series of Yorkshire-wide street sampling roadshows and events this

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WOMEN TAKE THEIR PLACE IN HISTORY

A new Yorkshire-based network to further the study of women’s history was launched at Leeds Trinity University College tin June. The Yorkshire Women’s History Network welcomes members from across the region, men and women, who have an interest in women’s history.

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“Women’s history has always been about the hands-on practice of history”, said Professor Karen Sayer, Programme Leader for History at Leeds Trinity, who coordinated the event. “Women were largely hidden from history until the 1970s, in terms of where they were placed in society and also because of the choices made by historians, so the study of women’s history has been a growth area in recent decades.

Heart Research UK is running two exciting new text draws, giving supporters a chance to win fantastic prizes – and it’s so easy to enter. Gardening enthusiasts could win £1,000 worth of landscaping products from Bradstone. The company’s current range includes modern and traditional products, including paving and walling, to give your garden and patio a fresh new look. All you have to do is text heart45 to 70099 by 26 August. Texts cost £5 plus one message at your standard rate with a minimum of £4.39 going to Heart Research UK.

“This new network will be a great facility for Yorkshire’s historians. It offers an opportunity to meet people with similar interests, pick up tips on research, find out about sources and archives, and share experiences.” For more information contact Professor Karen Sayer on 0113 283 7212, or

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LEARN TO TANGO AND CHA CHA FOR ST GEMMA’S! For their popular Strictly Learn Dancing event, St Gemma’s Hospice is offering 30 people (15 female/ 15 male) the opportunity to be trained by professional dance teachers from Edmonds Dance Centre, Burley, who are providing their time free. Now its third year, the event will be held in the ballroom at Leeds Seventeen Restaurant on Friday 11th November. Dancers will be taught the Argentine Tango and Cha Cha Cha and everyone involved will be encouraged to raise a minimum of £250 in sponsorship.

SOROPTIMISTS ‘ANY QUESTIONS’ A GREAT SUCCESS Yorkshire Soroptimists were delighted that in their 75th anniversary year they were chosen to host an episode of BBC Radio 4’s ‘Any Questions’ in Victoria Hall, Saltaire. The broadcast was on 24th June, and was a great success. The panelists were David Davis conservative MP for Haltemprice and Howden, Mary Creagh MP for Wakefield, Fraser Nelson editor of the Spectator, and Jason Cowley editor of the New Statesman, and the discussions were lively and very entertaining. Questions included: “Why do the perpetrators of crimes appear to have more rights than their innocent victims?”, “Are U-turns a sign of a listening government or a weak government?”

The final question addressed the suggestion by the Royal College of Psychiatrists that people over 65 should reduce their alcohol intake to no more that 11 units per week. During the discussion, Mary Creagh said that this reduction “may not lead to living longer, but it would certainly feel like it!” A poll of the audience indicated that 100% said that the advice would be ignored, and Jonathan Dimbleby declared: “The people of Soroptimist International of Saltaire have spoken!” Soroptimist International is a global network of women working to improve the lives of women and girls worldwide. For more information visit http://soroptimist-gbi.org/ yorkshire/

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High summer is an opportune time to search for two closely related species found sparingly in the Yorkshire uplands.

Stonechats and whinchats are small, chunky, upright birds which like to perch on the top of bushes or tall plants. With Trees:  felled, dismantled, their black head and chin, white neck-side patch, reddish orange undersides and blackish back and tail, male reduced, thinned, etc  stonechats look very smart. Constantly flicking their tail and  moving about, they have a scolding “tsak tsak” call.   

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Similar in appearance, is the male whinchat though it has a prominent white stripe above the eye and lacks the white neck patch. Females of both species are brownish above and orange-brown below and are best told apart by the pale stripe above the eye on the whinchat. The latter has a persistent alarm cal “yu tek tek”.

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While whinchats are summer visitors from Africa, stonechats are resident, though move to the milder coast in winter. They both prefer open cover with low vegetation, typically heaths and moors, but stonechats also like bushy areas near coastal cliffs and whinchats sometimes frequent damp areas such as tussocky grassland and water meadows. These birds are experiencing contrasting fortunes. Stonechats have increased and spread in recent times though the exceptional conditions late last year seem to have set them back. A sharp decline in numbers of whinchats is as yet unexplained but circumstances in their wintering quarters could be a cause.

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GARDENROUND-UP ROUND-UP By Kath Hall, Paxton Horticultural

............................................... It’s late summer and gardens are ablaze with colour, not only perennials but also shrubs. Hardy fuchsias are often overlooked for late summer borders, many people don’t realise that there is a great selection. They are a lovely plant to include in pots, hanging baskets and borders, and should be taken into the greenhouse for over wintering. Prune back stems to just above the third joint and water only when the stems appear to be drying up until April, then increase to restart growth. Keep them indoors until all danger of frost has passed and harden off before placing outside.

Have a go at growing honeysuckle as a standard, and wisterias, which can be spectacular but need a lifetime of support and regular pruning both summer and winter to keep it compact. The honeysuckle will have more impact when growing along trellises and fencing, plus the scent will be knockout. If training standards in pots use John Innes No.3, as this contains soil which is heavier than peat-based compost.

To train a shrub, plant into a pot when young with a straight sturdy stem cut off the lowest branches so they are flush with the main stem. When it reaches the desired height pinch out the top tip to make the head branch out and form a ball. Keep removing all the buds or branches that appear on the stem, this is one way of growing these plants and leaves room underneath for low growing plants. In the vegetable garden, you can begin sowing spring cabbage for winter from the middle of the month. Keep the seed beds moist and after about six weeks they will be ready to transplant to the prepared ground. Try some oriental vegetables to use in stir-fries – sow Chinese broccoli and harvest tender young plants whole when flowering shoots appear. Sow a fast growing Chinese cabbage four weeks later – cut the stem leaving about and inch above the ground for re growth. Taller varieties will develop a white tender heart if you hold the leaves together with elastic bands.


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LET’S WALK THE DOG! Rob Godfrey from Otley recently came up with the brilliant idea of a publishing guide for dog walkers! Yorkshire Dales: A Dog Walker’s Guide documents 20 circular routes designed with maximum off-lead time and minimum exposure to roads. They vary in length from three to nine miles. Each walk has information on the distance and terrain, livestock likely to be encountered, number and type of stiles and, in an emergency, the nearest veterinary surgery. In addition to the clear, numbered route instructions, each section includes a matching numbered map, information on how to get to the start, places of interest, and local pubs and cafes which welcome dogs.

The routes include walks from the picturesque village of Langcliffe onto the surrounding limestone hills; beside tranquil Malham Tarn; along Buckden Rake to Stake Moss; from Arkengarthdale to imposing Fremington Edge; and beside the stunning Aysgarth Falls along the river Ure. “When you own a dog, walking can be great fun, seeing your best friend enjoying the open spaces, stretching their legs and enjoying all the sights and smells”, says Rob. “All the walks in this book include areas where your dog can be let off the lead for a paddle, a run, and a good sniff around in the woods, fields or open moors. Happy walking!” Yorkshire Dales: A Dog Walker’s Guide is published by Countryside Books (£7.99) and is available from all good booksellers and direct from www.countrysidebooks.co.uk

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THE HEPWORTH WELCOMES ITS 100,000TH VISITOR! The Hepworth Wakefield, Yorkshire’s major new art gallery, has welcomed its 100,000th visitor - less than five weeks after opening, outstripping all expectations. Visitor numbers now looking to far exceed the first year’s target of 150,000. “We are absolutely thrilled to reach the 100,000 milestone so early in our opening year”, said Simon Wallis, Director of The Hepworth Wakefield. “We’ve had visitors travelling from as far Japan, France and even Australia, to spend a cultural weekend in Yorkshire, and take in The Hepworth Wakefield, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Henry Moore Institute and Leeds Art Gallery. While it’s a great achievement, we know we have to continue the hard work to ensure we build on this early success and continue putting Wakefield and Yorkshire on the map.”

The gallery has already provided a huge boost to the local economy. With tourists visiting a top national attraction like The Hepworth Wakefield spending an estimated average of £21 each, the first 100,000 visitors to the gallery will have generated £2m worth of income for the local economy, with money being spent in local shops, restaurants, cafes, pubs, other attractions and hotels. Admission to the gallery is free, Eva Rothschild Hot Touch is showing until 22 October. For further details about the gallery and forthcoming exhibitions and events, please visit www. hepworthwakefield.org or call 01924 247360. The Hepworth Wakefield, Gallery Walk, West Yorkshire, WF1 5AW Admission Free / Open 10am – 6pm (Closed Mondays except for bank holidays and school holidays)

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American Psycho

This light and frothy summer read is a By Bret Easton Ellis real guilty pleasure, a Reviewed by page turner so urgently Daniel Fitzhugh moreish that you’ll want Oxfam Book Group to take it intravenously. At the very least, it demands a comfy sofa and big tub of lemon sorbet.

The book has been labelled misogynistic, and deservedly. ‘Satire’ is no defence. ‘Postmodernism’ is just a cheap trick to avoid having to say you’re sorry. The book makes no apologies, but probably should. It’s a postmodern pop classic as powerful as Phil Collins’ drumming, with moments of tenderness that surpass anything in the Whitney Houston playbook. But at what cost?

Patrick Bateman is a steroid-fuelled yuppie cliché, another prime stud on the Wall Street testosterone carousel. But alpha-male supremacy is by no means assured. Dorsia will not give him dinner reservations. The near-mythical ‘Fisher Account’ remains elusive. Space and time do not bend to his will. He is not yet a destroyer of worlds. He cannot see into the hearts and minds of every man, woman and child on this earth. He is afflicted with the nihilism of over-accumulation. He fears nothing and values nothing. His goals are unrealistic, and his means of achieving them, impractical. He rests comfortably in a seat of inscrutable power, life shrouded in secrecy, even from friends. He is an unreliable narrator. Did he kill these people or was it all just a 1980s dream sequence like in Dallas? Peel back the deep-pore cleansing facial and the exfoliating body scrub, and what lies beneath?

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Eli ‘Paperboy’ Reed & The True Loves Wed 3 Aug, Brudenell Social Club, from 7pm. £10 The Music Fri 5 Aug, O2 Academy, One of the most enduring bands on the indie scene. Influenced by Madchester groups of late 80s/ early 90s, with a definite leaning towards the Oasis breed of loud, sleazy rock’n’roll. £35.99 Rev Chunky + The Jezebel Sextet Fri 5 Aug, The Wardrobe, 9pm. Blues, soul, funk & gospel. Howling Johnny & the Full Moon Blues Band Sat 6 Aug at The Midland Hotel, Station Rd, Ilkley Five & Dimers Sat 6 Aug at The Swan, Addingham. Bluegrass & Country.

Beacons Festival, Fri 12-Sun14 Aug, Heslaker Farm, Skipton. A fresh art & music festival for the north. Boutique camping, fun stalls, vintage fair etc. Details: www.greetingsfrombeacons. com. Inn Jeopardy Sat 13 August at The Swan Addingham. Rock, pop, blues, Country. Shakinouts + Dirty Goods Sat 13 Aug, The Cockpit, from 7pm, £4. Shakinouts: Leeds-based indie-pop. Dirty Goods make dirty, electronicinfused music, mixed up with the synth-led sounds of Chromeo and MSTRKRFT Recycled Sat 13 Aug at The Midland Hotel, Station Rd. Ilkley. Old rock ‘n’ roll Liz Reynolds Sun 14 Aug, 8pm at The New Inn, Otley Rd, Headingley. Free.

The Good Foot: Screaming Citizens + DJ Paul Dunphy Sat 6 Aug, The Wardrobe, free, 9pm – 2am. Funk-rock covers & originals with jazz flute! DJ playing classic & contemporary funk, soul, motown, disco, big beat & hiphop.

Crazy Arm + Cory Branan + Sam Russo Tues 16 Aug, Santiago. Dark, twangy punk & crunchy pop shot through with a healthy dose of grassroots politics.

The Sunday Joint: Yes Sir Boss! + Resident DJs Sun 7 Aug, The HiFi Club, 10pm – 3am. Lively band play their own take on reggae meets rock with a touch of blues.

Summerlin Tues 16 Aug, The Cockpit, from 7pm, £5. Leeds based 5 piece set out to carve their own niche with a unique blend of lighthearted power-pop.

Leeds Central Soul Club Alldayer: Pete Dillon + Paul Rowan + Twink + Rick Cooper + Tony Jackson + Chris Mallows + Steve Luigi Sun 7 Aug, HiFi Club, 1pm – 8pm. £6 advance / £7 on door.

Chad Vangaalen Wed 17 Aug, Brudenell Social Club, from 8pm, £7. Reclusive & enigmatic folky singersongwriter.

Live Concert in Burley in Wharfedale, Wed 10 Aug, Burley in Wharfedale Social Club. 8 piece band ‘Cabaret’ perform a variety of types of music from swing to pop once a fortnight.

Jazz Night at The Wheatley, Fri 19, Wheatley Arms, Tkts £20, 7.30m. Evening of live entertainment feat. Hip Hip 2 Rays plus a 3 course meal. John Otway & Wild Willy Barrett Fri 19 Aug at Korks, Bondgate, Otley. A rare appearance by these two eccentric musicians. £12

Memphis Storm Sat 20 Aug at The Midland Hotel, Station Rd. Ilkley. Rock. The Good Foot: Brothers On The Slide + DJ Paul Dunphy Sat 20 Aug, The Wardrobe, 9pm – 2am. Firmly established soul act on the Northern circuit, with virtuosic performances all round & breathtaking songwriting. The Troubadors Sat 20 Aug at The Swan Addingham. Four piece acoustic band playing Country, folk, bluegrass & roots. Andrea Craig Sun 21 Aug, 2pm Kirkstall Abbey, Kirkstall, Leeds LS5. Classical Harpist. Free Roots: Clayton West & the Hotdogs Fri 26 Aug, 8pm at New Headingley Club. £5. A mix of Tex Mex, country, rockabilly & rock n roll. Emphasis on an entertaining collection of reworked classics. Last Night of the Proms Concert at The Grove, Sat 27 Aug, tkts £12. Spectacular open-air concert, the traditional rousing finish to the Ilkley Summer Festival. Details: www. ilkleysummerfestival.com Fundraiser for Children’s Ward 10 Sat 27 Aug at The Midland Hotel, Station Rd. Ilkley, DJ playing ska, reggae & Northern Soul. £5. The Good Foot: Dirty Velvet + DJ Paul Dunphy Sat 27 Aug, The Wardrobe, 9pm – 2am, free. Soul-funk outfit featuring members of Nightmares on Wax, Chunky Butt Funky, and Brand New Heavies. Resident DJ spinning classic and contemporary funk, soul, motown, disco, big beat & hiphop.

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Ron Trueman-Border Sat 27 Aug, The Abbey Inn, Pollard Lane, LS 13. Singer/ songwriter who is not only a gifted writer but a raconteur & multi-instrumentalist. Dave Arcari Sun 28 Aug, The Hop, from 5pm, free. Slide guitarist & songwriter plays National guitar-driven alt.blues that owes as much to trash country, punk & rockabilly as it does pre-war Delta blues. Trembling Bells Tues 30 Aug, Brudenell Social Club, from 8pm, £8. Faintly unhinged take on Fairport Convention or Fotheringay with uplifting Sandy Denny style vocals that give way to deranged passages of feedback & clattering percussion. Last Orders Sat 3 Sept at The Swan, Addingham. 60s & 70s rock ‘n’ roll. Puretones Sat 3 Sept at The Midland, Station Rd. Ilkley. Energetic modern & classic covers.


LEEDS FESTIVAL FRINGE 18TH – 24TH AUGUST

headlining act are ‘revolutionary Leeds rock metal band’ Mishkin, who recently came third in the Red Bull Bedroom Jam out of 600 bands. Other bands playing over the weekend include KarmaSlave, who will close the festival on Sunday evening.

Leeds Festival Fringe is a seven day event held across a number of venues in Leeds in the week prior to Leeds Festival, showcasing local talent before the main festival hits town.

“Public interest has been tremendous”, said organiser Neil Short. “The number of bands from all over the country applying to play and the response in general has been a little overwhelming! So much so, that as soon as MF2011 ends, I think we’ll start planning MF2012!”

This is the second year of the festival and organisers have been overwhelmed by the amount of interest in it. They have received applications to play from all over the UK, Europe and as far away as Australia! And, the vast majority of performers from last year have asked to be involved again. This year there are two new elements – the first ever Metal Fringe at Empire, and on Saturday 20th August, Fringe Festival will take over the city centre. The main stage will be on Briggate, outside Debenhams, and will feature music, dance, fashion, drama and comedy. The whole event will be broadcasted live by East Leeds FM. Plus there will be a mass busking event. The Acoustic Fringe will be running once again with The Dunwell Brothers headlining on the Saturday night. Venues include Carpe Diem, The New Conservatory, Milo, Dry Dock, Empire, Northern Monkey, The Well and The Ship. Many of the events will be free but an all week ticket which gets you in to all gigs is just £5 from HMV, Crash or Jumbo For full details go to www.leedsfestivalfringe.org

IT’S A FIRST! METAL FRINGE 2011 MF2011 (Metal Fringe 2011), part of the Leeds Fringe and the first of its kind in the city, will showcase local talent from the metal music persuasion in the week leading up to Leeds Festival. Eighteen bands from across the city and beyond will come together to play three nights of alternative rock (Friday), metal (Saturday) and hard rock (Sunday), to raise money for Martin House Children’s Hospice. Amongst the bands playing on the Friday are alternative rockers Down The Machine, who draw inspiration from Nine Inch Nails and Soundgarden, whilst Saturday night’s

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As Annie struggles to cope with the numerous challenges of arranging her friend’s bridal shower she is outdone at every turn by the wealthy Helen which eventually leads to Annie’s hysterical meltdown.

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Kristen Wiig, along with Tina Fey, is one of a number of female comics who, having graduated from the fertile comedic breeding ground of Saturday Night Live, is challenging the opinion that women aren’t funny. With this feature, in which she stars and also co wrote, she has scored a triumph and marked herself out as one to watch. Bridesmaids is also the latest release from Judd Apatow’s production company, the Hollywood comedy impresario behind Knocked Up and The 40 Year Old Virgin. As with other Apatow productions, Bridesmaids skillfully balances goofiness, vulgarity and heartfelt sentiment.

Arriving hot on the heels of The Hangover’s same-jokesdifferent-city sequel/remake, Bridesmaids has inevitably drawn comparisons to Todd Phillips’ boorish stag weekend farce. While The Hangover certainly wasn’t short on laughs, it was more than a little lacking in subtlety. This is where Bridesmaids has the edge and proves itself a smarter, more satisfying film, rising far above the poor standard of generic female oriented chick-flick rom-coms. That said, Bridesmaids can still hold it’s own against it’s more testosterone fuelled counterparts in the gross-out stakes, particularly in one already infamous scene involving an outbreak of food poisoning in a bridalwear showroom.

Wiig plays Annie, a down on her luck singleton struggling with life’s disappointments and indulging in ill advised sexual dalliances with the wrong kind of guy, notably, dashing douchebag, Ted, played with sublime sleaziness by Jon Hamm, AKA Mad Men’s Don Draper. When Annie’s lifelong friend, Lillian (Maya Rudolph) announces her engagement and asks Annie to be her maid of honour, Annie is made more acutely aware of the lack of direction in her own life while wanting to do the best for her friend. Things begin to go downhill at the engagement party when Annie is introduced to the simpering, effortlessly stylish Helen, her new rival for best friend status. A hilarious bout of one-up-woman-ship ensues.

With believably flawed central characters, witty, nuanced scripting and standout comic performances, especially from Wiig and Mellissa McCarthy as Lillian’s sister-in-law-to-be, Bridesmaids is both howlingly funny and genuinely touching, destined to become a comedy classic.

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Directed by: Terrence Malick Starring: Brad Pitt, Sean Penn, Jessica Chastain

With a career spanning four decades, Terrence Malick has established himself as one of the heavyweights of American cinema, emerging onto the scene amid illustrious contemporaries (Scorsese, Coppola et al) with his breakthrough film, Badlands, in 1973. Since then he has directed just a handful of features, most considered modern classics, and news of a new Malick project now inspires feverish excitement and anticipation in cinephiles the world over. This latest, The Tree of Life, is a case in point. The trailer alone left me breathless when I watched it a few months ago.

Despite winning the Palme d’Or at this year’s Cannes festival, The Tree of Life has divided audiences and critics. With its leisurely, almost somnambulistic pacing, astronomical breadth of scope and lofty ambitions, the film has alienated many viewers who deem it too ponderous and dull by half. To say The Tree of Life is an unconventional movie would be grossly understating the fact. It is hard to imagine a cinematic experience more at odds with the standard blockbuster fare clogging up the multiplexes. I’m sure it only made it into my local Vue cinema due to the A-list stars heading up the cast, this is very much an art film.

The Tree of Life isn’t plot driven and doesn’t rely on dramatic narrative. Instead, it’s a meditative, ethereal piece evoking a tone poem rendered in sound and image. Through a prism of reminiscence and nostalgia, Sean Penn’s Jack reflects on his 1950’s childhood growing up in the suburbs of Waco, Texas, in particular his relationship with his strict disciplinarian father (Brad Pitt) and his younger brother. The adult Jack seems adrift, struggling to reconcile his past and gain a sense of his place in the world. While early feminist doctrine asserted that ‘the personal is political’ here Malick makes the personal cosmological, the intimate infinite. In what many no doubt regard as one of the film’s broader strokes, Malick juxtaposes Jack’s remembrance of his formative experiences with the creation of the universe itself and the development of life on earth. The result is a sort of Proustian 2001: A Space Odyssey (the stunning visuals for these cosmic sequences were provided by veteran effects boffin, Douglas Trumbull, who worked similar magic on Kubrick’s Sci-Fi masterpiece). This lengthy portion of the film, along with some of its more surrealistic touches has proved too much for some (the screening I attended sustained a few walkouts), with the limits of people’s indulgence tested by prehistoric nature documentary scenes (including, yes, dinosaurs). However, while there are those who find it all a bit hard to swallow, even the film’s more out-there elements are consistent with otherworldly, dreamlike quality of the piece as a whole. As ever with Malick’s work, the film is technically outstanding , sumptuously photographed with intricate, evocative sound design. The visual style in the suburban set scenes recalls the work of American photographers William Eggleston and Gregory Crewdson while a sparse classical score combines with whispered internal monologue voiceover and ambient, distant white noise to further convey a sense of wonder and awe and a yearning to return to lost innocence. As I’ve said, The Tree of Life frustrates as much as it delights and it’s certainly not everyone’s cup of tea but it’s utterly unlike anything else out there. For me, the risks Malick has taken with this picture have paid off. He has crafted a mesmerizing metaphysical masterpiece.

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PAUL MERTON TO PRESENT SILENT CLOWNS AT LEEDS FILM FEST Paul Merton will present a night devoted to silent film comedy genius at the Leeds International Film Festival (3rd – 20th November). Silent Clowns will feature the Harold Lloyd classic Safety Last! plus Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton and Laurel & Hardy in hilarious extracts, all introduced by Merton and accompanied by world-renowned pianist Neil Brand and the Prima Vista Social Club band. Live in the stunning setting of Leeds Town Hall with a giant cinema screen, Silent Clowns will be an unmissable and laughter-filled highlight of the year for all fans of film, music and comedy.

Film festival passes are now on sale with ticket prices at the same level as last year. For more information on the Leeds International Film Festival please visit www.leedsfilm.com

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DRUM MARATHON RAISES £1,600 FOR MND A couple of months ago we let you know that, rather than partying on his 60th birthday, Steve Carter was going to drum! Well drum he did........for nine hours! He lined up most of the bands he had played with over the last 20 years – including The Recidivists, Formicarium, Straight Jake, Skeyin, Clifton Drummers, Nick Hall’s Occasional Orchestra, Ookpik, and Loose Covers – and drummed with each, taking just a ten minute break between each one.

The event at Korks Wine Bar was a great success, raising over £1,500 and with the gift-aid on the donations the total should top £1,600. The Motor Neurone Disease Association was delighted and quickly asked Steve what he was planning for his 65th! Steve would like to thank everyone who helped to make the occasion a great and entertaining day.


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Baby Rascals Are you a new Mum? Would you like to meet others & enjoy a cup of coffee? Come to The Scout Hut on Burras Lane, Otley, on Wednesdays, 1 – 2.45pm (term time). Details: 01943 463 815. Chevin Wildlife WATCH Group Fun kids & parents group run by volunteers in partnership with Yorkshire Wildlife Trust & one of the longest running WATCH Group in Yorkshire. Activities every 1st Sat & 3rd Sun. Details: Jennifer Watts on 0113 237 5320, chevinwildlifewatch@hotmail.co.uk COMMANDO KIDZ Thrills galore at the Royal Armouries. Inflatable assault course, climbing towers, Magnetic climbing wall, Aerial assault course. Daily until 4 Sept, 10am - 4pm (except during Horses in Action Show) £7.50 (60-minute session) Age: 7+

Otley Youth Theatre For 12-17 year olds living in the Otley area. They meet Mon 6 – 7.45pm & use improvisation to devise a new play each year. They are performing on Fri 11 & Sat 12 March at Otley Courthouse. Tickets £5/£3 Details: 01943 466256 Pram to Primary Informal parenting course. Become more confident as the parent/carer of a child under 5. Discuss parenting issues with other parents. Details: Otley Children’s Centre 01943 467379 www.otleychildrenscentre.co.uk Royal Armouries The Museum’s five galleries are packed with arms & armour from around the globe. Adm free. There are films, demonstrations & drama, special handling sessions & interactive displays. Special play area for younger visitors, dress up as knights & princesses, learn to juggle & much more. Suitable for ages 0 – 10, £2.50 per child, 11am – 4pm.

HENRY Course Find out about healthy food & lifestyles on a ‘Health Eating & Nutrition for the Really Young’ course. This Tournament at Royal Armouries 12 & 3pm Sat 27 – Mon 29 fun course could be the way to do it! Details: Otley Children’s Aug. Knights jousting in full armour in this 3-day competition culminating in the Parade (2.30pm) & Grand Final on Mon. Centre 01943 467379 www.otleychildrenscentre.co.uk Heats: 16+ £5/Under 16 £3. Parade & grand final: 16+ £6.50/ Horses in Action at Royal Armouries Fri &Sat 5 – 26 Aug, Under 16 £4. Booking advisable. 12 & 3 pm. Spectacular shows featuring the skills of some of the best stunt-riders. 16+ £5/under 16 £3. Suitable for whole family. MultiMonkeys 10.30am – 12 noon last Wed of month. Monthly stay & play session for parents & preschool multiple births children. Join them at Kirkstall Abbey for messy creative fun with natural art materials. Wear suitable messy clothing! No booking necessary. All materials provided. Free. Details: 230 5492

THERE’S MORE TO TENNIS TOTS THAN HITTING A BALL!

The Tennis Tots programme was created to engage children in tennis and provide a structured environment for preschool children to learn alongside their parents. The programme is underpinned by the Early Years curriculum which helps children develop in many areas as well as improving their tennis skills.

Otley Children’s Centre Provides free groups & information for parents & carers of children aged 0 – 5. The centre is open 9am – 5pm all year round. Groups include: stay & play sessions, baby signing, mini-movers, baby cafe, parenting courses & many more. Details: 01943 467379, hargrad02@ leedslearning.net Otley Rhythmic Gymnastics Club Rhythmic gymnastics is a combination of gymnastics & dance using ropes, hoops, balls, clubs & ribbons. Classes for girls aged 3 - 18 are held Thurs at Otley Courthouse & Mon, Wed & Fri at Benton Park The programme provides a unique experience that benefits School. Details: Karen 07947 123293, karenharper8280@ children physically, socially and emotionally, and helps to talktalk.net prepare children for a classroom setting. They learn to listen to instructions whilst having fun and learning about numbers, Otley Junior Orchestra (ages 8 – 12) Thurs 3.30 – 4.30pm. colours, shapes and letters, as well as developing their tennis Details: 0113 462826 skills. Tennis Tots sessions are running in Leeds, Bradford and Harrogate. For more information contact Matt McTurk on 07725 339257, email info@tennis-tots.co.uk or visit www. tennis-tots.co.uk


OPERA NORTH’S ‘LITTLE VOICES’ SCHEDULED TO START IN OCTOBER Opera North’s launch of Little Voices recently was a great success with 30 children aged 0-4 and their parents and carers turning up to raise their voices in preparation for the weekly singing and music masking sessions which begin in October. “Little Voices is an exciting new direction for Opera North”, said Jo Bedford, Education Officer. “The weekly workshops will focus on having fun with the voice and singing. Children

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have an amazing ability to replicate and copy what they hear, they will act and react to the music that we will create together. I’m really excited to be a part of such a great new programme and can’t wait to usher in the working week with the sounds of little voices.” Little Voices begins Monday 10th October at 11am and will run weekly during term time for 0-4 year olds. A selection of the sessions will include a visit from a guest artist introducing the children to different activities such as dance and puppetry. Booking for the weekly sessions will be for each individual session. For more information and to be kept up to date with details for different sessions and how to book, contact littlevoices@operanorth.co.uk


LOCAL AUTHOR PUBLISHES A FAMILY FAVOURITE Recently, Ann Flint, who lives in Weetwood had her first book published.....30 years after she originally wrote it! It began life as a bedtime story for her twin daughters who loved theatre and had appeared in numerous plays. They had exhausted all the theatrical children’s books and were complaining. “Don’t worry”, said Ann rather rashly, “I’ll write you one!” So it began. Every evening after putting them to bed she rushed downstairs to write the next chapter in readiness for the following night – there’s nothing like a deadline to concentrate the mind! When it was finished the girls wanted to read it for themselves, so Ann had it typed up, giving each of them a copy.

Years passed. Then one of her daughters remembered the story and gave it to her own daughters to read. They liked it so much Ann was encouraged to rewrite it and get it published. And, here it is. Charlotte’s Curtain Call tells the story of a lonely, friendless girl who is bullied at school. Then a new girl arrives and, much to Charlotte’s surprise, becomes her friend. She introduces Charlotte to local theatre classes and Charlotte is hooked. After appearing on stage with the local theatre company, a TV director sees a photograph of the production and, noticing Charlotte, believes she is right for a part in his next production. He invites her to audition. A great many events conspire to prevent Charlotte from getting to the audition, causing a falling out between herself and Lindsay. Needless to say the misunderstandings are sorted out and all ends well. “I’ve written several books, which are still in a drawer in my appalling handwriting”, said Ann. “And lots more that I began but never finished. But, this is my favourite because it was written with love for my beloved daughters.”


LEEDS WHO? ‘THE STORY OF A FORGOTTEN RUGBY CLUB’

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Leeds Who? is the story of a rugby union club which, for the majority of its sixty seven years, was called Leeds Chirons. The club played on Soldiers’ Field and had changing rooms in the old stables at Roundhay School. The story reflects some of the changes that took place in rugby union between 1923 and 1990. If you have ever been involved with ‘grassroots’ sport, the events and incidents described in this book will revive memories of a much simpler time, an amateur era, when results were important but there were no league tables to worry about. The game of rugby on a Saturday afternoon and the social activities that followed it were the reasons for playing.

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LEEDS ROLLER DOLLS HUNT FOR NEW HOME Leeds Roller Dolls, West Yorkshire’s premier roller derby league, are looking for a warehouse space for their demanding training schedule. Formed in 2007, the team have gone from strength to strength and is one of the most highly regarded teams in what must be the nation’s fastest-growing sport. They are currently celebrating a recent convincing victory over Royal Windsor Rollergirls. As the league expands and takes on new members, Leeds Roller Dolls’ need for a suitable training ground has become increasingly urgent. The league is appealing for help in locating a warehouse space of 7,884 square ft, large enough for a standard roller derby track. They currently trains three times a week, for a total of eight hours but are looking to expand on that. Roller derby is an all-female, full-contact roller-skating sport, recently popularised by the release of the Hollywood film Whip It. The league is a non-profit organisation. If you can help, please contact info@leedsrollerdolls.com

The book attempts to document the way in which the club developed into an important part of the sporting scene in North Leeds in its heyday. By the mid 1970s it was in decline, and by the late 1980s was perhaps no longer relevant as a sporting opportunity. There are contributions from a number of former players and officials, all of whom developed lasting friendships and very powerful memories through their involvement with the club. Some of the memories recounted make it clear just how much of an impact sport can have on peoples’ lives. Leeds Who? is available from Philip Howard Books on Street Lane or www.YPDBooks.com

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Six members of the City of Leeds diving squad represented Team Great Britain at the FINA World Championships in Shanghai (16 – 31 July), making up over half the Great Britain squad. Divers Jack Laugher, Sarah Barrow, Alicia Blagg, Jenny Cowen, Rebecca Gallantree and Hannah Starling are all part of the 11-strong Team GB squad to have successfully qualified to take on the best in the world in the biggest international diving event of the year. The squad was finalised following British Gas National Diving Championships at the Aquatics Centre at the John Charles Centre, where the City of Leeds divers dominated, claiming 16 medals. The women’s team claimed the overall trophy for the ninth major national event in a row, whilst the men’s team scooped the overall team prize for the first time since 2004.

This was based largely on the success of 16-year-old Jack Laugher, who followed his stunning performance in beating world champion Tom Daley and setting a new British record in the process in the National Cup in February, with another victory in the men’s three-meter individual event. The City of Leeds divers are all part of Leeds City Council’s Diving Training Scheme overseen by senior diving coach Adrian Hinchliffe and former world champion Edwin Jongejans. For further information about the scheme call 0113 395 7363 or email Adrian.hinchliffe@leeds.gov.uk, or Edwin. jongejans@leeds.gov.uk


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FEEL GOOD, LOOK GREAT!

DR CLAIRE WELSH – TURNING STRESS INTO SUCCESS

Dr Welsh also develops one-to-one rehabilitation programmes for employees absent from work due to stress, training courses on stress and resilience, and company-wide risk assessments for stress.

Wish you were able to bounce back from life’s challenges? Finding it difficult to juggle the pressures of work and home life? Feeling stressed at work? Take action - learn how you can turn stress into success. Dr Claire Welsh is a chartered health psychologist and runs her practice at The Orchard centre, Town Street, Horsforth. Her one-to-one sessions are flexible, but can include: - Identifying the factors contributing to stress and ill-health - Examining your levels of stress, depression, anxiety and physical well-being - Assessing personality traits, such as personal resilience - Developing coping skills and relaxation techniques - Increasing awareness of your legal rights regarding stress at work, and supporting you in addressing the issue of stress within your organisation One-to-one stress management is tailored to the client’s specific needs, and has been found through research to significantly reduce levels of stress, depression and anxiety by 79% in the long term.

Dr Welsh has worked in the field of stress management for 19 years, having undertaken a Doctorate and Research Fellowship in the field. She is co-author of the Health and Safety Executive report on a risk assessment approach to stress, and headed up the Psychological Health team at Lloyds TSB Group, before setting up her consultancy practice, Equilibrium Consulting, in 2001. Corporate clients include Microsoft UK, J. Sainsbury, British Broadcasting Corporation, the Home Office, and Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust. You can contact Dr Welsh on 0113 294 6838 or email her at claire@equilibriumconsulting.co.uk to find out more.

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COMMUNITYNOTICES COMMUNITY ACTIVE Addingham Yoga Circle Meets Mon 7.30 – 9.30pm at Addingham Primary School, Bolton Rd. (term time). All welcome, including beginners. Friendly club for all who want to benefit from practising Hatha yoga. Details: Margaret 01943 431248 Buttercross Belles Join them Thurs 29 Sept, 7.30 – 10pm at St Joseph’s School, Otley, for a fun evening & have a go at Morris Dancing! Women’s North West Morris team based in Otley. New dancers & musicians of all ages & abilities welcome - no previous experience needed. Details: 01943 465298, squire@ buttercrossbelles.com, Dance Scottish in Ilkley Scottish Country Dancing, Thurs 2 – 4pm at St Margaret’s Church Hall, Queen’s Rd, LS29 9QL. Beginners welcome. No partner necessary. Details: Don Andrews 01535 605065, donald@ hbandrews.fsnet.co.uk, or Nadine Wharton 01943 600860 www.rscdsleeds.org.uk Great Yorkshire Morris Men meet at Pool Memorial Hall alternate Wednesdays. Mainly Cotswold dances, with forays into the Yorkshire Longword, Rapper & Border styles. New dancers & musicians welcome - no experience required. Details: Bob Carter 01423 863433 www.gymm.org. uk Grove Hill Tennis Club, Otley runs a year-round social programme. Club plays 3 mixed doubles

teams in Wharfedale league, a men’s team in the Yorkshire league & a Leeds medley team. Excellent coaching for both adults & juniors. Details: www.otleytennis. webs.com Grove Hill Crown Green Bowls Club (Otley) welcomes new members. All ages. All abilities. Get fit & have fun. Details: Judith 01943 462963. Horsforth Fellandale Running Club trains every Wed, usually on Otley Chevin. Runners of all abilities welcome. Details: Andy 0113 258 5691, secretary@fellandale.com Ilkley Yoga Club Meets Thurs, 7.30 – 9pm in Riddings Hall, Christchurch, The Grove, Ilkley. A friendly club where both beginners & those with experience can enjoy Hatha yoga. All welcome. Details: Margaret 01943 431248 Leeds Area Disabled Swimming Club Are you recovering from a stroke or other condition where swimming could help? A friendly, safe environment where you can swim & gain confidence. New members welcome. Mon 7 -8pm at Holt Park Leisure Centre. Details: Roger 0113 267 4716, Sara 0113 287 6250. Leeds YHA Walking Group organises walks, cycle rides, weekends & social activities. Over 160 members aged 20-74. Try before joining. Membership £8 pa. Details: Mary 0113 228 6766, Phil 0113 268 9996 www. leedsyha.org.uk

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Otliensians Hockey Club Looking to get fit and have fun? Look no further - we do both! Women’s teams in both Yorkshire 1st & 5th divisions. Training Thurs 7 - 8pm, Ben Rhydding sports ground. Everyone welcome. Details: Sue 07793 841822 or www.otliensianshc. org.uk Otley Badminton Club Prince Henry’s Mon 7.309.30pm & Fri 8-10pm. Junior Club coaching available Sat 9.30 – 11am, New members welcome. Details: Steve Norfolk 07860 242089, steve.norfolk@freightair. co.uk Otley Cycle Club Leisure Group Sun 9am – 1pm, Wed (‘til end Sept) 7 – 9pm. Start from Buttercross (market stall next to town clock). Rides to suit all abilities & experience. Details: Sun: Hannah Bottomley 07950 660688 or David Parker 07778 115110. Wed: Stephen Gallagher 07402 720944. otleycycleclub. co.uk Otley Short Walks For All Walks up to 3 miles start from Otley Courthouse Wed am. Please arrive before 10.15am. Often use local buses, so bring bus fare or bus pass. Sensible footwear advisable! Details: 01943 465542, 01943 865585. Otley Walkers Twice weekly walks, 5 – 20 miles. Weekends away & special events. New members welcome. Annual membership £5. Get the prvogramme & try before joining. Details: 01943 875 995, otleywalkers@talktalk.net

Sailing Crew of Six Wanted for competitive sailing on east coast. Purpose built sports sailing boat, safe & stable in all weathers. Racing most Sun, Feb – Oct 2012. Transport available from Leeds. No experience necessary. All ages welcome. Details: 07973 512562 adelsailing@gmail.com www. euronautica.net/tecnica/ phuket-sports8.asp Sequence Tea Dance Old Pool Bank Village Hall, Fri 2 – 4pm. A great way to exercise & socialise. All welcome. Details: 0113 284 2126. Sequence Tea Dances at Winter Gardens Ilkley, most Thurs, 1.45 – 3.45pm. Starts again Thurs 18 Aug. Details: Michael 01943 608871 Sequence/Ballroom Dances, Hollygarth Social Club, Ilkley. Sat 30 July, Sat 27 Aug, 8 – 11pm. Pay on door. Details: Michael 01943 608871 White Rose Squares American Square Dancing. Beginners’ group starts Sun 11 Sept, 7pm at Pannal Memorial Hall, Harrogate. Fun, sociable & good exercise. Music everything from Country & Western to modern pop. Couples & singles welcome. First four weeks free. Details: Geoff 01423 870221, Jackie 01423 500525 Yarnbury Angling Club Matches held 1st Sun of month. Members only. Coach transfers to & from venues. Membership details: Adrian Addy on 07956 964713.

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ARTS & CRAFTS Bramhope Arts Club outdoor exhibition of paintings at Golden Acre Park Sat 6/ Sun 7 Aug, 10am – 4pm weather permitting. Chinese Brush Painters Society Sat 20/Sun 21 Aug: Painting workshops with Marion Dearlove. All at Pool-in-Wharfedale Memorial Village Hall, Arthington Lane, Pool, 10am - 4pm. New members welcome. Details: Anne Allan 01422 368482, mail@ cbpsyorks.co.uk Otley Arts Club meets Wed in term time, starting Wed 28 Sept, 7:30 - 9:30pm at People’s Welfare Centre, Crossgates. Friendly group of enthusiasts, new members of all abilities welcome. Programme consists of visiting artists giving demonstrations or running workshops, life /costume drawing, portraiture & and workshops run by members. Details: Judi 01943 607088, Phil 01943 467029. Pool Art Group Fri 10am12pm, Pool Methodist Church. Support & encouragement from fellow artists/all levels. Details: 0113 203 7952.

stalls, games, teas, music & plenty of fun things to do. Coffee Morning Every Sat, Otley Methodist Church Wesley Hall, 10am–12 noon. Homemade cakes, scones etc & a friendly atmosphere. Access Boroughgate & Walkergate (disabled access). Coffee Morning 1st Sat every month, 9.30 – 11.30am Burley in Wharfedale United Reformed Church, Main St. Lots of stalls, incl. home baking, handcrafted cards, bric-abrac, books & nearly new clothes – all at bargain prices! Kirkstall Abbey Deli Market Last Sat of month (30 July, 27 Aug, 24 Sept, 29 Oct & 26 Nov), 12noon – 3pm, featuring good quality food, plants & goods from local producers & suppliers. Details: 0113 230 5492, Kirkstall.abbey@leeds.gov.uk Rodley Nature Reserve Summer Fair Sat 20 Aug, 11am – 3pm. Craft stalls & skills demonstrations – lathes, wood turning, rope making, spinning & lace making. Kids activities & miniature train rides. BBQ & refreshments. GROUPS/CLUBS

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Aireborough Soroptimist International meets 1st & 3rd Wed of month, 7.30pm at Guiseley Methodist Church, Oxford Road, Guiseley Organisation for professional women addressing issues of importance to women worldwide. If you would like to volunteer in an atmosphere of support, friendship & fun, contact them. Details: Janet Lockwood 07947 695093.

Carers Leeds Summer Fete Sat 20 Aug, 1 – 5pm at St Chad’s Centre, Otley Rd, Far Headingley. Traditional summer fete with

Air Yorkshire Aviation Society Interested in aviation, aircraft old and new, airports? Why not try Air Yorkshire - regular guest

Yorkshire Flower Club meets monthly, Wed 1.45pm at St Wilfrid’s Church Hall, Duchy Rd. Harrogate HG1. 21 Sept: Demonstration by Melanie Garbutt. Details: 01943 863172

speakers, monthly colour magazine, trips and social events. Details: Dave Senior 0113 282 1818, www. airyorkshire.org.uk/ Alwoodley Motor Club Every other Thurs 8.30 – 9pm at The Wharfedale Inn, Arthington Lane, Pool in Wharfedale. All welcome. Details: 0113 391 0403 www.alwoodleymc. org.uk Ben Rhydding Women’s Institute Meets 2nd Thurs of each month, 2pm at B.R. Methodist Church Hall. All welcome. British Association of Women Graduates (Leeds) Regular meetings & activities. Details: Mary O’Regan 0113 262 4131, leedsawg@ntlworld.com Baby Rascals Are you a new Mum? Would you like to meet others & enjoy a cup of coffee? Come to The Scout Hut on Burras Lane, Otley, on Wednesdays, 1 – 2.45pm (term time). Details: 01943 463 815. Burley in Wharfedale & District Probus Club New Members Needed! Retired or semi-retired professionals & businessmen welcome. Fortnightly meetings in Salem United Reformed Church hall, Burley in Wharfedale. Varied programme of speakers, social events, quizzes & outings. Details: Brian Clayton 01943 862373 Cat loving volunteers wanted! Join friendly new cat welfare group supporting feral & stray cats. Fundraisers needed to raise funds for food, cat kennels & vet costs. Fosterers also needed full support given. Details: 07876 212 518, feralcarwelfare@aol.com, www. feralcatwelfare.org.uk Chevin Division Trefoil Guild meets 7.30pm on 1st Mon of the month

in Otley or Guiseley. The group offers a varied calendar of events, with opportunities for travel, adventure & broadening your horizons, & supports Girl Guiding UK. Details: 01943 872892. Friends of Chevin Forest Park Practical conservation work such as vegetation clearance, step building or meadow management on 2nd Sun of every month. Details: The Countryside Rangers 0113 237 5312 countrysiderangers@leeds.gov.uk Friends of the Earth meet 1st Mon of month, 7.45pm at DC Coffee Shop, Valley Drive , Ben Rhydding, Ilkley. They campaign on global issues such as climate change, & local issues like waste & recycling & developing a sustainable community. If you are interested come along. Details: www.wharfedalefoe.org.uk Home Grown Otley Community gardening & food group. Helping each other to grow vegetables, herbs & fruit. Monthly meetings, speakers, visits to local producers & much more! Details: Rob 01943 468664, godfreyrob@yahoo.com. www. vegplantsonline.com/ home_grown Ilkley & District Motor Club 1st/4th Wed monthly, Otley Rugby Club, Cross Green. 8pm. All welcome. Also meet 2nd/3rd/5th Wed at other locations. Details: www.ilkleymotorclub.org Ilkley Rotary Club meets Tues 12.30pm (6.30pm on last Tues of month) for meal & speaker at Craiglands Hotel. Globaal network of local and international community volunteers. Details: Kelvin Newberry 01943 863752, kelvin.newberry@btinternet.com

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Ilkley Soroptimist International Meet 2nd & 4th Thurs, 7.30pm at the Clarke Foley Centre, Cunliffe Rd Ilkley. Speakers, projects , networking & socialising for professional & community minded women. Details: Loraine Powell 07966 247152 Ilkley Wharfedale Rotary Club Small friendly club welcomes both male & female members. Meetings held at Craiglands Hotel, Ilkley, Tues 8pm. Details: Georges Lepelley 01943 600712 or www.ilkleywharfedale. rotary1040.org Kaleidoscope Social Club for over 50s & unattached with a zest for life. Monthly programme of events. Not a dating agency. Details: 262 1455 or 261 2619, www.kaleidoscopeleeds.weebly.com Kirklands Bridge Club Menston rubber bridge club meets at Kirklands alt Tues evenings. Details: Dorrie Waugh 01943 872771/ Carol Cowell 0113 267 0426. Leeds Caledonians Autumn programme in preparation. First Club Evening Oct. Details: 0113 267 0424 Leeds Feline Friends Can you give a cat in need a good home away from a busy road? Please take a look on www.leedsfelinefriends.org.uk. Details: 216 0593, mail@leedsfelinefriends.org.uk, PO Box 294, Leeds, LS16 0ES Leeds Lions meets 2nd Mon, Holiday Inn Express, Cavendish St. LS3, 7.30pm. Details: 0845 833 7428, www.lionsclubs.org Leeds Hospital Alert Small group of concerned people campaigning for preservation of the NHS. Next meetings Wed 24 Aug & Tues 20 Sept at Muir Court, St Michael’s Rd. LS6. Details: Beatrice Rogers 0113 278 5495

Leeds Microscopical Society (LMS) meets 2nd & 4th Thurs, 7pm at Alwoodley Methodist Church Hall. Varied programme of talks & practical evenings, open to all with an interest in natural history & who wish to learn about microscopy. Details: Mike Smith: 293 5991, mikesmith_ls176sh@yahoo. co.uk Leeds Oxfam Group – Open evenings 1st Wed of month, 7pm The Civic Hall, Leeds. No meeting in Aug. Invited speakers on a range of global justice issues. Events & activities also arranged across the city. Next meetings 7 Sept. Everyone welcome. Details: Pauline Neale 269 3542, www.oxfamleeds.org.uk Looking for a 41 Club? Ilkley Olicana 41 Club meets at Craiglands Hotel, Ilkley, 7.30pm on 3rd Wed of each month. Open to all those who have been in Round Table. Details: Paul Kitching 01943 604683. paulk152@gmail.com Leeds Naturalists’ Club & Scientific Association meets alternate Mon, 7.15pm in Museum & Seminar Room, Miall Block, Faculty of Biological Sciences, University of Leeds. Enjoy a series of talks on natural history subjects in winter, field meetings & exhibit evenings in summer. Details: Peter Larner 0113 261 2589, http//sites.google. com/site/leedsnaturalistsclub Mercury Movie Makers Wed at Rawdon Conservative Club, 7:30pm. The club is for camcorder owners. Advice, regular film & practical evenings, & occasional outdoor events. Details: 0113 257 7274, www.communigate. co.uk/brad/mercmove National Trust Join your 400 strong local association. Autumn programme includes walks at Leath-

ley & Swinsty; visits to Dunham Massey House & Beningbrough Hall. Oct sees 1st of season’s talks at St. Chad’s Centre. Membership details: Pam 0113 258 8178. North Leeds Model Flying Club New members very welcome, experienced or beginners. Building or flying, plenty of friendly advice. Regular meetings at Horsforth or airfield at Almscliff Crag. Details: 0113 217 8348, www. nlmfc.org Otley Amateur Radio Society meets Tues at Clifton Village Hall (before The Spite on Newall Carr Rd). New members welcome! The Club is an RSGB examination centre for Foundation, Intermediate & Advanced licences. Details: Paul 07768 996370, events@ otleyradio.org, www. otleyradio.org Otley in Bloom A friendly group of volunteers who work to improve the green environment of the town. New members welcome. Meetings at Otley Courthouse, 7pm first Tues of every month. Otley Camera Club Meets Thurs at Prince Henry’s Grammar School, 7pm. Packed programme of speakers & competitions. Improve your skills & get more from your camera. Details: www.otleycameraclub.co.uk Otley Chevin Rotary Club Meets at Chevin Country Park Hotel, York Gate, Mon, 7.30pm. Dinner followed by interesting speaker. Rotary provides a wide range of services - local, national & international, plus a good social programme. Details: David Lewis 01943 877720. Otley Lions Visit them at their bookshop at 5 Mercury Row, Otley on Tues, Fri & Sat New members & helpers welcome. Varied social activities, dinners, quizzes. Meetings 1st

& 3rd Mon of month at the Old Cock, Crossgate. Details: David McDowell 01943 467551 or Eric Booth 01943 467900. Otley Little Theatre Live theatre & musical events in Otley. New members welcome – acting, singing, dancing & anyone who can help with technical backstage. Details: Lee Wells 01943 464982, info@olt.org. uk, www.otley.co.uk/littletheatre Otley Poets meet 1st Tues of month at 8pm for poems, drinks & occasional guest poets at Korks Wine Bar, Bondgate Otley. Details: Alan Holdsworth 01943 968374 alanrh62@yahoo.co.uk, Sandra Burnett 01943 465372,Sandra@s-burnett.fsnet.co.uk Otley Pub Club meets 1st Thurs of month for a social drink at pub meeting & visit to two other pubs. Everyone welcome. Keep up to date with what’s on in Otley Pubs. Details: http://tinyurl. com/4e6s7zr Otley Rotary Club meets weekly at Westbourne House, Bradford Road, Otley, Thurs 12.30 – 1.45pm. Open to active/ retired professional/ business people. Lunch & guest speaker. Details: Keith Thompson 01943 879329 ktswoop@ talktalk.net. Otley Townswomen’s Guild promotes the interests of women & raises money for charities. It meets 1st Thurs of each month, 7.30pm in the Lecture Room, Otley Methodist Church. Speakers plus wide variety of interest groups. Visitors welcome. Details: 01943 468741 m.e.newton@ talktalk.net Otley & District Women’s Forum meets for coffee & a chat on Thurs 30 June & 4 Aug, 10am at Methodist Church rooms,


Boroughgate. Fortnightly meetings resume 2nd week in Sept. Details: Jo Smith 01943 463771. Otley Women’s Institute Meets at 7.15pm on 2nd Wed of the month in Cross Green Community Centre, Otley. Visitors welcome. Details: 01943 463610 Paxton Horticultural Society invite you to come & meet members on their stand at Leeds Flower, Vegetable & Craft Show at Leeds Grammar School, 6/7 Aug. Gardener’s Friday Forum Fri 2 Sept, 1.30pm at Paxton Horticultural Society, 186 Kirkstall Lane, LS5, presents ‘An Alphabet of English Gardens’ with Anne Richards. Pool Bridge Club meets on Mon (excl bank holidays),1.15 – 4.30pm at Pool Methodist Church. Pool WI meets 2nd Tues each month, 2pm at Wharfedale Court, Main St. Pool in Wharfedale. Everyone welcome. Details: Sue Brown 0113 284 2983 Reaching Out Group for widowed women young at heart & in years who would like to meet others in similar position. Meets Thurs 6.30 – 8.30pm, St John Ambulance Hut, Gaye Lane, Otley. A safe place for friendship & support. Details: Lesley 07931 892747. Social & Activities Club New members welcome. Mainly over 30s. Meals, pub nights, theatre/films/ music, walks, badminton, book group, weekends away & more. Monthly new members’ night in north Leeds. Details: 0844 8111025 www.leedsivc.org.uk University of Leeds Ladies’ Club welcomes women connected to the Uni as either serving or former staff members, partners of staff, or grads of the Uni. Regular

events. Details: uleedslc@ gmail.com The Women’s Fellowship meets Wed, 2pm at Pool Methodist Church. Variety of interesting speakers. Wharfedale Speakers Club meets 1st & 3rd Wed of each month at Cross Green Community Centre, Pool Rd, Otley. New members welcome. Speakers of all ages & backgrounds. Come along & improve your speaking skills. Details: Tony Morris 0113 258 3507 Wharfedale Gardeners Group Meets 7.30pm 2nd Tues of the month (Sept - May) at Otley Methodist Church. Guest speakers, plant sales & trips. Annual membership £10. Details: Thelma Harrison 0113 225 6405. Wharfedale German Circle meets on or near 15th of month at 8pm. Events include speakers, films, debates, quizzes, music, parties & conversation members & visitors (in English or German). Details: 01943 464087, wgcircle@gmail.com, or visit www.germancircle. ilkley.org White Rose Ladies Speakers Club meets 2nd & 4th Mon of month, starting 12 Sept, 7.45pm at Farsley Library Community Room, Old Rd, Farsley LS28. Friendly environment in which to find your voice & improve your presentation skills We can also be found on YouTube. Details: Stephanie Hanson 0113 255 0824, hansonstevie@ hotmail.com. Yorkshire Malaya & Borneo Veterans’ Assoc. meets 1st Sat of month, 1.30pm at New Headingley Club, St. Michael’s Rd, Headingley. Anyone involved in the Malayan Emergency & Indonesian Confrontation in 50s & 60s most welcome. Represents all units of the armed forces. Details: Eddie Seville 0113 263 7583.

MUSIC Bradford Music Club meets 3rd Sun each month, 7 – 9pm at Rawdon Meeting House, Harrogate Rd. Singers & musicians needed. All styles of music. Details: Ann Perry 01274 630162 annperry@blueyonder. co.uk Burley in Wharfedale Probus Male Voice Choir invites new members, particularly tenors. Rehearsals Mon 10am at Burley Grange with experienced conductor, Margaret Dexter, who is well known in local musical circles. Occasional concerts for local groups. Details: Secretary Brian Jones on 01943 874552. Community Singing Group devoted to the enjoyment of singing & developing voices together. New members (especially men!) welcome – no auditions, no pressure, no experience necessary – just a love of singing in a friendly environment. Every Tues 1.30 – 3.30pm (term time) at the Otley Courthouse. Details: Dave Stewart 01943 461971, sing.out@mac.com Fairfax Singers (Burleyin-Wharfedale) sing for charities & have helped raise significant funds. If you would like to book a concert please contact Marjorie Hall 01274 597024, marj.hall51@yahoo.co.uk. Waiting list for singers, contact Dorothy Hawkshaw Musical Director 01943 877464 www. fairfaxsingers.org.uk Fairfax Singers Concert Tues 23 Aug, Burley-inWharfedale Festival. 7-30pm at Methodist Church Burley-in-Wharfedale. Leeds & Bradford Barbershop Harmony Club Mon, 7.30pm, Rawdon & Guiseley Conservative Club, Leeds Rd, Rawdon. Male singers who can take on four part harmony

most welcome. Details: 01274 583 989. Me-Time Community Singing Group New members (especially men!) welcome – no auditions, no pressure, no experience necessary – just a love of singing in a relaxed friendly, environment. Every Tues 8 – 9.30pm at 7 Newall Mount, Otley. Details: 01943 461971, sing.out@mac.com Otley Chamber Orchestra rehearses fortnightly on Sundays, 7 - 9pm at Otley Courthouse. New members (especially upper strings) welcome. Details: john_restorick@hotmail. com Otley Little Theatre Orchestra rehearses 1st & 3rd Wed of each month, 7.30pm at Otley St John Ambulance Station near Sainsbury’s. They play a range of music including musicals, popular & classical & would welcome more musicians. Details: Neil Briggs 07900 050346, aliandneil@ briggs6566.freeserve. co.uk Players for Pleasure offers opportunities for adult amateur musicians to meet & perform favourite pieces in a friendly & supportive atmosphere. All levels from beginner upwards. All instruments - orchestral, piano, singing etc. Details of forthcoming events etc. www. playersforpleasure.co.uk Yeadon & District Male Voice Choir welcomes male voices of any ability at Yeadon Methodist Church, Chapel Hill. (next to Town Hall). Singing is a proven stress buster! Thurs 7.30pm. Details: John Atkinson 294 9095 SENIORS Ilkley Senior Citizens Club meets Tues, 2pm in the Clarke Foley Centre, Ilkley, for fellowship, entertainment & outings. Just turn up to join in the Concert Hall.


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Leeds & Bradford Friendship Group Friendship & activities for people of retirement age. Meets 1st Wed of month at Pudsey Civic Centre 1.30pm. Also days out, dining, walks, holidays, computer & play reading groups. New members welcome. Details: Barbara 01943 875208. Menston Retired Men’s Forum Meetings 1st & 3rd Wed of month, 10am at Kirklands. New members welcome. Details: Ken Chadwick 01943 874530, Geoff Winter 01943 877832. Otley Action Gardener (Craig) will be available throughout the summer to make sure gardens in the Otley area are in tip top condition. If you think you would benefit from this service please contact the Otley Action office on 01943 463965 Otley Over 60s Club at Crossgate (opposite Rose & Crown) open Wed to Sat, 9am–12 noon, serving refreshments. Sequence Dancing on Wed 2 – 4pm; Gentle Exercise to Music on Thurs, 10.15–11.15am; Sat Bingo,1.45pm; brica-brac stall Fri & Sat 9am–12noon. SPIRITUAL Bethel Evangelical Church Otley & Ilkley meets every Sun,10.30am at Whartons Primary School (off Newall Carr Road), Otley & 6pm at Ilkley Playhouse, Weston Road, Ilkley. Details: Pastor Martin Woodier 01943 464631 www.bethelotleyilkley.com Christian Science Church (Headingley) invites you to their services: Sun10.30am. Testimony meetings 2nd Wed of the month, 7.30pm, & 4th Wed at 2.30pm. Reading Room open 11am - 2pm Tues, Thurs & Fri . 40 Otley Road. www.christianscience.org.uk

Guiseley Baptist Church is a growing welcoming community. A mixture of ages, including children & young people meet at Sunday services at 9.30am & 11.15am. Details: 01943 884 233, www.guiseleybaptistchurch.co.uk Menston Methodist Church welcomes newcomers & visitors. Sunday service: 10.30am most weeks. Variations can be found on notice board outside Church. ‘Taste & See’, an alternative form of worship, is held in Cornerstone Cafe, 8pm on last Sunday of month. Various groups, incl. Wesley Guild, Women’s Fellowship, Wednesday Group & Walking Group meet regularly at Church - details on notice board. Mount Hermon Chapel, Main St, Addingham, Ls29 Sunday Service 10.30am’ All welcome to this very friendly church. John Wesley Evening Sat 17 Sept at Mount Hermon Chapel, Main St. Addingham. Mark Topping (as John Wesley) entertains & challenges the audience as John Wesley would have done, featuring his outspoken opposition to the slave trade. Ticket only from 01943 609599 Weekend marks 150th anniversary of the Chapel. Otley Quakers meet 1st & 3rd Sun of the month, 11am – 12 noon. Details: 01943 463351, otley. quakers@virgin.net. Webpage link at www.otley. co.uk/churches/ Otley Spiritualist Church Church services: Tues healing 7.30pm; Wed healing 2.30pm; Sat Service 7pm (clairvoyance); Sun Service 6.30pm (divine). 38 Newmarket Street, Otley. Rise & Shine @ 9 Everyone welcome. 30 minute cafe-style worship, ideal for all ages. Informal,

friendly, light breakfast every Sunday, 9am at United Reformed Church, Main Street, Burley-inWharfedale. Details: Mirella 01943 465 353

tain & develop relationships with their children following divorce or family breakdown. Details: Don 07981 710179 or Ray 07921 728747.

Teachings of the Fourth Way The spitiual way brought by G.I.Gurdjieff has been recognized as one of the most original, enduring & penetrating teachings of our time. Meetings in Leeds & Otley. Details: 07814 951231, info@gurdjieffleeds.com Leeds Gurdjieff Society

La Leche League of Wharfedale meets 1st Fri of month, 10am to noon, lower hall, Christchurch, The Grove, Ilkley. Breastfeeding help & support. Details: Becky on 01535 633788

SUPPORT Arthritis Care (Otley & District) meets at St John Ambulance Meeting Room, Gay Lane, 1st Wed of month, 2 – 4pm. People of all ages with arthritis, or an interest in it, most welcome. Details: 01943 466428. Arthritis Care Leeds Branch Meet 3rd Tues of each month, 7 - 9pm at St Chad’s Parish Centre, Otley Rd, LS16. New members welcome. Details: Pat 0113 275 7694. Crohn’s & Colitis UK Support for people with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), their friends & families throughout North & West Yorkshire. Four educational & support meetings a year, plus regular informal meets. Details: 0845 130 6809, Leeds@crohnsandcolitis. org.uk, www.groups. crohnsandcolitis.org.uk/ Leeds Diabetes Leeds Support Group Friendly group of people with Type 1 & Type 2 Diabetes & their partners/ carers, meets 1st Mon of the month (except bank holidays) at West Yorkshire Playhouse, 7 – 9pm. Details: Joan Wells 0113 225 4528. Families Need Fathers meets 7.30pm, 2nd Wed of month at Victoria Hotel, Great George St, Leeds. A support & advice group for parents trying to main-

Leeds Samaritans provide confidential, non-judgemental support 24 hours a day for people who are experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those which could lead to suicide. They listen with an open mind & in complete confidence, for as long as you need. Details: 0113 245 6789, 08457 909090. Lymphoma Association Support Group A friendly group that meets the last Mon of each month, 2pm at Robert Ogden Macmillan Cancer Information Centre, St. James’s Hospital, LS9 7TF. All who have experienced Lymphoma, their family & friends, are welcome. Frequent guest speakers. Details: Roy 01765 692132, Jane 0113 2811226, Norman 0113 267 3388. Memory Lane Café 4th Thurs of month (23 June), 1.30 – 3.30pm, Otley Rugby Club. A supportive & welcoming environment for older people with memory problems or dementia. Enjoy some musical entertainment & pass a sociable couple of hours. Refreshments. Support for carers. Transport available for small fee. Details: Otley Action for Older People 01943 463965 Macmillan Cancer Support New fundraising group in Otley. Details: Laura Riach 01924 232444 lriach@macmillan.org.uk Speakability Regular gettogether for people who live with ‘aphasia’. Visits,


outings, speakers etc. Third Thurs every month, 2pm at Otley Community Centre, Cross Green, Otley. Details: Ray Rundle, 0113 258 2892, Graham 01977 796219 Wharfedale General Hospital Cardiac Club (affiliated with British Heart Foundation) is open to former cardiac patients & their partners. Opportunity to take part in exercise classes under supervision of qualified instructors. Meets Mon, Wed & Thurs at Wharfedale General Hospital. £3. Details: Clive Wilkinson 0113 267 1721. The Yorkshire Cancer Help Centre is now at the Day Therapy Unit, St Michael’s Hospice, Harrogate two Saturdays each month, offering support for people with cancer & their loved ones. Details: Esme 01423 881392/ Karen 01937 573166, www.ychc.org.uk MISC/EVENTS Adult learning at Otley Children’s Centre Would you like to develop self confidence & get back into education or work? Leeds City College is working with OCC to deliver a fun course in basic computer skills. Details: Otley Children’s Centre 01943 467379 www.otleychildrenscentre. co.uk Bat Walk at Rodley Nature Reserve Sat 13 Aug, 8.15pm from Visitor Centre. Booking required as places limited. Email: info@rodleynaturereserve. org or call 0113 204 0441. Burley-in-Wharfedale Summer Festival Tea Dance Mon 22 Aug, 2.30 – 4.30pm at Queen’s Hall, Burley. Pay on door (refreshments included). Details: Michael 01943 608871 Come Join Us! Enthusiastic, friendly people

needed to volunteer in Leeds Children’s Hospital fundraising Department, based at LGI. Details: Stephanie Burland 0113 392 5140, volunteer@ leedsth.nhs.uk for volunteer application pack. www.leedshospitalsfundraising.org.uk Honey Bee Swarms will be collected, free of charge, (if accessible). Details: Terri Beddows 268 8231, 0796 451 7608. Ilkley Flower Show Society Annual Show Sat 6 Aug, from 2pm at the Clarke Foley Centre. Classes for Floral Art, Flowers, Vegetables, Fruit, Homecraft, Photography, Crafts, Paintings & Children’s classes. Schedule/Entry form from Dutton’s for Buttons, Booths Supermarket, Ilkley Library, Ilkley Tourist Information & Menston Library. Ilkley Summer Festival Tea Dance Thurs 25 Aug, 1.30 – 4pm at King’s Hall, Ilkley. Pay on door (refreshments included). Along with Michael will be ‘Shirley Britton’ singing songs from the past. Details: Michael 01943 608871 Leeds Mela Sat 6 Aug, 12 – 9pm at Soldiers’ Field, Roundhay Pk. Biggest Asian event in Leeds. Attracts around 100, 000 people every year! Leeds Pride Sun 7 Aug. A day for the city’s lesbian, gay, bisexual & transgender (LGBT) communities to celebrate their identity with a loud & lively parade through the city centre, ending with parties in some of Leeds bars & clubs. Details www.gayleeds.com/pride Otley Museum Documentary & Photographic Archive Wellcroft House, (The Cycle Club) Otley. Open Mon, Tues, Fri, & 1st Sat of each month 9.45am – 12.15pm (excl bank holidays). Research

Otley’s heritage – call in or phone for an appointment. Details: 01943 468181, otleymuseum@ btconnect.com, www. otleymuseum.org Parent Forum open to all parent/carers using Otley Children’s Centre. Your opportunity to comment on the Centre’s services & contribute to the development of the centre. Details: Otley Children’s Centre 01943 467379 www.otleychildrenscentre. co.uk Pool Village Hall Hire this excellent facility with hall, kitchen & meeting room. Ideal venue for children’s parties, receptions, leisure activities, dances & fundraising events. Large car park & access to a private bar if required. Details: Tim Robson 0113 284 3437 tim.robson@ yahoo.co.uk

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