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July 2010

CONTENTS

LETTER FROM THE EDITOR

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Dear Readers

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Otley Street Festival Readers’ Letters Police Update Kirkstall Festival The Chevin Through Time News from Your Councillors Community Notices What You Can & Can’t Find in Otley New Base for Otley Archives Is This the Barbecue Summer? Rodley Nature Reserve Celebrates Ten Years Garden Round Up Sound & Vision Music Listings Younger Life Dales Rescue Launches Campaign

This magazine is published by North Leeds Life Limited, 265A Otley Road, West Park, Leeds LS16 5LN. Established in 2005, we are an independent, family-owned and operated business, publishing nine monthly magazines: Headingley Life, Meanwood Life, Weetwood & West Park Life, Horsforth Life, Cookridge Life, Adel Life, Menston Life, Otley Life and Bramhope & Pool-inWharfedale Life. Monthly door-to-door distribution: 36,000; estimated monthly readership: 120,000. Disclaimer: Whilst every effort is made to ensure that all editorial, advertising and directory listings are accurate, the publisher is not liable for any errors, omissions, statements or opinions provided. The publishers accept no liability of any nature arising out of or in connection with the contents of this magazine.

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With the World Cup underway, everyone is probably walking around with the sound of a million bumble bees buzzing in their heads - ah, the wonderful vuvuzela! And, you can bet that more than one person will have the bright idea of bringing some back – I bet football clubs are already banning them! We’re in for a noisy summer, but happily most of it will be a lot more melodic – there’s Opera and Party in the Park at Temple Newsam, and numerous other music festivals. Music will also be a part of the Kirkstall Festival (10th July, now in its 30th year!) and the Leeds Waterfront Festival (17/18th July). Musicians will out in force at Otley’s Street Festival (18th July) too. Read too about how a curator from Leeds City Museum has played a key role in rewriting the history of life on earth. Headingley-based theatre company Trio Literati is taking on the Edinburgh Fringe; Rodley Nature Reserve celebrates its 10th anniversary; and Oxfam is holding a nationwide Bookfest to promote book sales, encourage donations and raise awareness of Oxfam’s work. And, there’s much more.....so read on! Our deadline for August is 1st July and for September it’s 1st August. Do get in touch with your news and local stories. We love to hear from you. Kind regards Carole, Jack and the team Cover photo by Anthony Farrimond www.anthonyjamesphotography.co.uk Make up by Kimberly Brook 07725 886672 MANAGING DIRECTOR Jack Campbell | info@northleedslife.co.uk 0113 274 8776 EDITOR Carole Carey-Campbell | carole@northleedslife.co.uk 0113 293 4303 FEATURES EDITOR Muireann Carey-Campbell | muireann@northleedslife.co.uk 0113 293 4302 SALES Chris Barnham, Sales Manager | chris@northleedslife.co.uk 0113 293 4304 Mercedes Doyle | mercedes@northleedslife.co.uk 0113 293 4305 REVIEWS Brendan Campbell | brendan@northleedslife.co.uk DESIGN Paul Robinson | paul@northleedslife.co.uk


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The third annual Otley Street Festival is set to get the town partying in style on Sunday 18th July. Billed as its best festival yet, the independent traders along Market Street and Newmarket have come together to organise a family friendly event that has something for everyone.

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Stilt walkers, a bouncy castle, sports activities, rock ‘n’ roll dancers and a treasure hunt are just a few of the things you can take in on the day. There’ll also be a marquee and stage outside The Black Bull with live performances from some great local acts, including The Above Average Weight Band (better known as The Fat Bastards), Rough and Ready, 28, Hey Doris and many more.

L-R. Cathy Davis (Silk Sisters), Liz Le Tissier (Esta), Suzanne Freer (Patsy’s Wicca Basket)

All the shops taking part in the Street Festival will be open on the day giving customers a very warm welcome (there may even be special deals if you ask nicely!). Definitely an event to look out for, you can keep up with all the information at www.otleystreetfestival.wordpress.com

There are more shops taking part this year, with sponsorship from Otley Town Council and support from The Rotary Club. The local fire brigade, police service and St John Ambulance will also be there. The aim of the event is to raise the profile of Otley and what a fantastic traditional market town it is. There is a plethora of unique independent shops, selling everything from clothes, jewellery, gifts, handmade soaps, cards, home furnishings and much more. If these local shops fail, larger chain stores will move in and Otley will lose its unique charm.

Lineham Farm Summer Fayre

‘This year will be our best yet. We have lots of fun activities including a dog agility team, an African drum band, a bouncy castle and plenty of different stalls’, said Clare Beard, Event Co-ordinator. ‘The fire service and police will also be there. There will be plenty of refreshments, a chance to win prizes on our tombola, and all the animals to see, including

Malachi our giant but gentle shire horse.’ This year Lineham Farm will help around 1,000 deserving and disabled children to enjoy an active residential holiday in the countryside. They need to raise £120,000 for children to continue to enjoy this special break away from the stress and d strains of city life. The Fayre opens from 11am to o 3pm and costs just £2 for adults ts and £5 per family.

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Lineham Farm Children’s Centre is holding its Annual Summer Fayre on Saturday 3rd July.

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For further information, please contact Clare Beard, Events Coordinator on 0113 2817880 or clare@linehamfarm.co.uk


North Leeds Life

July 2010

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Readers Letters

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The legislation could have a desirable effect Private rented accommodation is necessary to provide for the large numbers of young people in tertiary education or early years of employment who need a residence for short periods only. Mr Chuter (Letters, June 2010) would appear to be a model landlord, not having a large portfolio; maintaining his properties on a frequent and regular basis; assuring the behaviour of his tenants in relation to their neighbours; providing adequate off-street parking; ensuring that the detritus of everyday living goes into the bins provided and that these are put out and returned to the properties as necessary; and that unwanted matter is properly disposed when vacating. Bravo for Mr Chuter! We need more like him, since the negative impact of the activities of tenants, and the inactivity of less assiduous landlords on their longterm resident neighbours, is cumulative and can be extremely severe. The legislation referred to is hardly restrictive, since the area of Leeds in which applications to convert properties to HMOs can be refused solely on the basis of cumulative impact (Area of Housing Mix) is very small: moreover the measure has been in place (as a local planning initiative) for some years. The legislation could have the very desirable effect of improving the quality of private rented accommodation. To some extent market forces are achieving this already: Unipol records that over 3,000 bed spaces in the greater Headingley area have been ‘un-let’ this academic year.

Thank goodness we have legislation! Writing from the leafy suburb of West Park, Mr Chuter shows himself as ignorant of studentification in Headingley in particular, and of the new legislation on HMOs, as he is of landlordism in general. It may not be the oldest profession, but it’s not far off. From the earliest human societies, the rich have bought up property, and then charged everyone else for the use of it. There’s precious little wealth creation going on here - except that the rich get richer. And “the explosion of profitability that we are still enjoying” according to Mr Chuter (are we really? with a national deficit of £164bn!), this has nothing to do with landlords - though our current financial problems have everything to do with property speculation. Thank goodness we have legislation to preserve us from the Chuters of this world! Dr Richard Tyler, South Headingley

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CORRECTION! THERE’S NO TRAIN! Last year we were contacted by one of our readers and asked to include information about the Scarborough Spa Express, which we did. This year we thought we’d pop it in again – but, guess what, they unexpectedly changed the route!

Needless to say, we were contacted by many disappointed readers. We do apologise – obviously we should have checked. This year the train doesn’t stop anywhere in Leeds. The new route takes in Normanton, Wakefield Kirkgate, Wakefield Westgate, Woodlesford, Castleford, York and Scarborough. Further details: www.westcoastrailways.co.uk/Scarborough.cfm .................................................................................................................................................................................................... Dr JP Dickinson. Far Headingley


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July 2010

Police Update Pool & Bramhope with PCSO Claire Salkeld ....................................................................................................................................................................................................

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ots of people enjoy a good barbeque at this time of year and all their lovely garden furniture is left outside. Take care not to leave anything of value on show for any passing opportunistic thieves. We have not had any reports of this type of theft in our area yet, but if we can prevent it from happening that would be fantastic. We’ve only had one report of a home burglary this month, on Manor Close. The rear patio door, although closed, had been left unsecured. A vehicle was stolen and remains missing, although two people were arrested for the crime. We’ve had four reports of burglaries to other types of dwelling. These occurred on Warren Lane,

Old Lane, The Sycamores and Occupation Lane. Various items were stolen including drills, tools and a trailer and chain. We’ve had a few reports of anti-social behaviour – one on Meadow End which had been going on for a few weeks before it was brought to our attention. Working with the high school in Otley, local youths were identified and all have been dealt with by the schools liaison officer. We had a report of a nuisance motor vehicle on Old Lane where the occupants were playing very loud music. Officers attended and the youths were spoken to. There was also a report of a very

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large group of youths in the centre of Bramhope causing a disturbance. On our arrival, a large crowd was gathered and a vehicle had been damaged whilst being driven. Two male youths were arrested for a public order offence and three further suspects will be spoken to about the damaged vehicle. The youths were dispersed and order returned to the area. ...............................................................

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Police Update Otley with PCSO Peter Andrews ....................................................................................................................................................................................................

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C Heidi Beardsmore, PCSO Sarah Harrison and I recently represented the Neighbourhood Policing Team (NPT) at the Health and Sports Fayre held at Prince Henrys. The event was well attended and we handed out lots of advice, leaflets and promotional items.

removed and items stolen. A house on Cambridge Grove was broken into whilst the occupant was on holiday and power tools stolen, and there was a break-in at Grove Mill Court – someone has been arrested for this offence.

We recently deployed the Speed Indication Device (SID) on Pool Road, following complaints from residents about speeding. A total of 47 vehicles were clocked doing more than the speed limit.

Outbuildings have been targeted on Weston Drive, where a large lawnmower was taken, and Park Terrace where two mountain bikes disappeared. In both cases the buildings had been left secure.

There have been a number of house burglaries recently. On Pool Road two vehicles were stolen as well as other property. Two people have subsequently been arrested and one of the vehicles recovered. At Otley Cricket Club metal grilles were

Town Centre businesses have been targeted by shoplifters recently and two arrests were made. Two further arrests were made on Kirkgate and Riverdale Road for drug offences, and one for theft of a sign from a pub on Newall Carr Road.

Anti-social behaviour calls have been minimal recently. Foot and bike patrols in the right areas have helped to achieve this.

Elsewhere two people damaged a car parked on Kirkgate. They were arrested and dealt with. Anti-social behaviour calls have been minimal recently. Foot and bike patrols in the right areas have helped to achieve this. The Neighbourhood Policing Team can be contacted by visiting Otley Police Station Helpdesk, Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm, or by calling 01274 471453 (you may have to leave a message but we will return your call as soon as possible). The police non-emergency number is 0845 6060606

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Alternatively, the Contact Point at Bennett Court, Weston Drive, Otley will be held from 10am – 11am on 13th and 27th July, and 10th August.


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Kirkstall Festival Celebrates its 30th Year! ..............................................................................

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The Festival starts in the Abbey grounds at 11am. The Parade leaves Hesketh Road at 12 noon, making its way around the back of Parc Mount, down Station Parade, turning right on to Morris Lane, then left down Abbey Walk onto the A65 and into the Abbey grounds at around 12.45pm. Come along and watch or even join in! At the Abbey you’ll find something for everyone – a fairground, stunt cycle display, pony rides, mini motorbikes, climbing wall, and more than 90 stalls. There’s also the Marvellous Tea Dance marquee, Punch and Judy, a youth stage and main stage featuring popular band Bassa Bassa, Asian dancing, majorettes, and youth orchestras.

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he annual Kirkstall Festival will once again take place in the beautiful grounds of Kirkstall Abbey on Saturday 10th July. This year will be the 30th year that the festival has been held, and that is quite a milestone!

At the Abbey you’ll find something for everyone – a fairground, stunt cycle display, pony rides, mini motorbikes, climbing wall, and more than 90 stalls

There’ll be music and dance in the Cloisters, music in the Abbey Nave, canoes on the river, a rugby 7s tournament, tennis competition, Morris men, a dog show, and our festival church service in the Nave of the Abbey beginning at 4.15pm. If you’re hungry we have food from all over the world – Indian, Thai, Mexican and more! I’m sure you will have a wonderful

day! Bring the whole family and please remember to buy a programme – this will help to fund next year’s festival. We encourage people to come by bus or on foot. If you have to bring a car, there is a free car park on the playing fields opposite the Abbey.

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John Liversedge Chair, Kirkstall Festival Committee

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The Chevin Through Time – Wanted! Your Photos and Memories

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In partnership with Leeds City Council, Friends of Chevin Forest volunteers have been busy developing a computer database and scanning in photos stored at The White House. They would now like to ask whether anyone out there has any interesting old photos in their photo albums to add to their collection. Of particular interest would be photos of Dibb Cottages (a row of buildings in a field to the west of The White House, which were demolished and turned into a pig farm – possibly in the 1960s), holiday chalets around The White House in the 1950s and 60s, and Keepers Cottage on the Danefield Estate (demolished in the 1920s). If you have any

other unusual photos that you could add to their collection, please contact Richard Marsh on 01943 465 023 or e-mail chevinforest@yahoo.com. Any interesting photos will be scanned, added to an archive and immediately returned to the owner. They would also be interested in unusual stories or memories of times gone by on The Chevin, or anyone with any connection to Dibb Cottages or The White House. Help is also needed to go through old press releases at Leeds City library. If you can spare some time to help scour the many spools of microfiche then please get in touch.

If you have any other unusual photos that you could add to their collection, please contact Richard Marsh on 01943 465 023 or e-mail chevinforest@ yahoo.com

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Councillor Clive Fox Pool and Bramhope clive.fox@leeds.gov.uk The banner headline outside the newsagent’s shop in Otley said it all: ‘Labour takes control of the council’. Never mind that the newspaper concerned was referring to the situation on Bradford council. It seems nobody told them that Otley, however reluctantly, finds itself in Leeds. As to Leeds City Council, the local elections held the same day as the general election, at least honed people’s mathematical skills if nothing else as Labour ended up with 48 of the 99 seats. Ninety nine doesn’t readily divide by two, at least not in terms of councillors, and besides, the ConservativeLiberal alliance together with the six Morley Independents finished up on 49 seats. . That sounds like business as usual but the keener mathematicians will have spotted that 48 plus 49 only comes to 97. The missing couple turns out to be literally just that, two Green party councillors married to one another. In due course the Green pair announced they were throwing their lot in with Labour giving them 50 seats in all and seemingly giving them control of the council if only by one vote. But the drama ahead of the key vote didn’t end there. It happens that this year it’s Labour’s turn to provide the Lord Mayor, someone who is supposed to be politically neutral. Get the calculator out again, and fifty take away one leaves forty-nine. Equality, parity, whatever next! But would one sitting Conservative councillor, now an MP, make it back from Westminster in time for the crucial vote? By the time of the council’s annual meeting I was half expecting my party whip to telephone enquiring as to my state of health. Perhaps another colleague aware that my car has seen better days would be offering a lift into Leeds. How very kind. In the end Labour did managed to take control by one vote aided by the Lord Mayor who did vote and one councillor voting from a wheelchair. So the newspaper banner headline was right after all if somewhat premature. With just one vote in it, it’s going to be an interesting year.

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Councillor Peter Finlay Menston Parish Council I read recently that traffic in rural areas could grow by 23% in the next 15 years. Although transport is vital to the way we live, it is important to balance the needs of car owners, cyclists and pedestrians. It was gratifying to discover that many Menston residents share this view. The recent Parish Plan survey highlighted local concerns about speeding, the state of the village’s highways and footpaths and other pedestrian facilities. Bingley Road, the Cleasby Road/Station Road junction and Bradford Road (the A65) were identified as major traffic danger spots. Motorists exceeding the 30mph speed limit on Bingley Road, and failing to exercise proper caution at the new mini-roundabout, was of particular concern for nearly half the local residents who responded to the survey. Main Street was identified as an area which would benefit from more crossing points, traffic islands and dropped kerbs, particularly outside the primary school. It was also suggested that Hawksworth Drive and the A65 Bradford Road would benefit from more dropped kerbs and crossing points. The recent introduction of ‘speed tables’ on the roads adjoining Menston Primary School has already made a significant difference to the speed of traffic travelling along Main Street and St Peter’s Way. Discussions are underway to identify the most suitable location for new dropped kerbs near the school – this will benefit wheelchair users and drivers of mobility scooters, as well as parents and carers. The Parish Council will soon take delivery of a Speed Indicator Device which will target drivers breaking the speed limit on the village’s roads. Initially speeding drivers will receive a warning letter, but repeat offences may lead to stiffer penalties. Volunteers are needed to assist the police with this, please contact me if you can help. Hopefully this will make the village a safer, calmer environment for everyone.


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July 2010

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CommunityNotices ACTIVE Ballroom Dancing Classes Improvers’ classes starting Fri 9 July for 8 weeks at Kirklands, Main St. Menston. Details: Bernard & Barbara Harrison 01943 873254, bandb@ sky.com Bramhope Badminton Club meets Mon 8pm at Bramhope Methodist Church Hall. New members welcome. Details: Chris 0113 267 1829. Bramhope Bowls Club welcomes new members to its Crown Green at Robert Craven Memorial Hall, Old Lane, Bramhope. Details: Ewart Lewis 0113 2678001/ Paul Welling 0113 284 3361 Circle Dancing Group meets 1st & 3rd Tues of the month at St.Giles Church Hall, Bramhope. Gentle dancing to beautiful music from all over the world. Great fun, therapeutic, & friendly group. All welcome. Details: Joan 0113 284 2549. Dalesbus Ramblers A programme of free guided walks in the Yorkshire Dales on Sundays. All walks accessible by public transport, & Dalesbus services 800, 820 & 870 which link North Leeds with the Dales on Sun & bank holidays. Details: Steve 07982 764 857 or www.dalesbusramblers. org.uk

Five Rhythms Dance Moving meditation. Beginners welcome. Alternate Fridays at Adel Methodist Church LS16 7PQ 7.30 – 9.45pm. Details: www. souldance.ning.com 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 Holt Park Bowls Holt Park Crown Green Club, Farrar Lane (opposite tennis courts). Everyone welcome – beginners & experienced. Horsforth Fellandale Running Club trains every Wed, usually on Otley Chevin. Runners of all abilities welcome. Details: Andy 0113 258 5691, secretary@fellandale.com 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: Ruth 0113 275 7825, Sara 0113 287 6250. Leeds HF Rambling & Social Club. Walks on a Sunday geared to public transport from Leeds. Social events in winter. Details: Send SAE to John Maltman, 52 Vesper Gate Mount, Leeds LS5 3NN. 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 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 Squash Club provides for all levels of ability. Details: www. otleysquashclub.org. Otley Walkers Variety of twice weekly walks from 5 – 20 miles. Weekends away & special events.

New members welcome. Annual membership £5. Get the programme & try before joining. Details: 01943 875 995, otleywalkers@talktalk.net Phoenix Folk Dancers Try English Country Dancing at Adel Methodist Church Hall (behind the Lawnswood Arms) Wed, 8 – 10pm. Beginners welcome, partner not necessary. Details: 0113 2611902 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 Dance Bramhope Methodist Church Mon, 2 – 4pm. Everyone Welcome. Details: 0113 267 9802. Swim the Channel Challenge Swim Dover to Calais (21 miles) but in your local pool over 12 weeks. Just 1,344 lengths of a 25m pool! St Gemma’s provide a swim diary & support. Please raise as much sponsorship as possible for the hospice. Details: Laura 218 5570, www.st-gemma.co.uk. The Tuesday Club Dance the night away at The Village Hotel, Otley Road, LS16, 8–11pm. Great atmosphere & DJ. Over 25s. Smart dress. Only £3.50 Details: Reg 01274 771285/ 07939 959400.


15 Yarnbury Angling Club 1st Sun of month. Members only. Coach transfers to & from venues. Membership details: Adrian Addy on 07956 964713. ARTS & CRAFTS Chinese Brush Painters Society (Yorkshire Group) Sat/Sun 10/11 July, Shuhua Jin, from London, will run workshop on painting flowers, figures & landscapes at Pool Memorial Village Hall, Arthington Lane, LS21, 10am – 4pm. New members welcome. Details: Anne Allan 01422 368482, mail@ cbpsyorks,co.uk. Guiseley Art Club Mon 1.30 – 4pm (excl-bank hols), Oxford Rd Methodist Church Hall, Guiseley. New members welcome. Details: Monica 0113 267 7726. The Otley Arts Club Summer Exhibition at The Courthouse, Otley throughout July. Entry free. Many of the works for sale. This small but friendly club meets Wed 7.30 – 9.30pm Sept to June. New members very welcome. Details: Ted 01943 461145, Judi 01943 607088. Pool Art Group Fri 10am12pm, Pool Methodist Church. Support & encouragement from fellow artists/all levels. Details: 0113 203 7952. Otley Scribblers Do you enjoy creative writing? New weekly sessions begin at Otley Courthouse, 10am–12pm. Details: 01943 465 568.

COFFEE MORNINGS, FAIRS & MARKETS Bramhope Farmers’ Market Robert Craven Memorial Hall, Old Lane, from 9am 2nd Sat of month. Selection of home baking, organic meats, sausages & pies, free range eggs, bread & cheese, plus veg produced by local farmers & producers. Bramhope Methodist Church Coffee Shop Every Tues 10am-noon. Delicious homemade scones & friendly fellowship – all welcome. Car Boot Sale Sun 25 July, 12 Sept, 2pm Moor Allerton Care Centre, (behind Cranmer Bank Shops) LS17. Set up 1pm. £10 a table. Details: 0113 288 8355/ 07761288133 Coffee Morning Every 2nd Sat at St. Wilfrid’s Church 10am–12pm. Plus a raffle, pastries & fruit pies at bargain prices. Coffee Morning Every Sat, Otley Methodist Church Wesley Hall, 10am– 12pm. Homemade cakes, trifles etc & a friendly atmosphere. Access Boroughgate & Walkergate (disabled access). Coffee Morning Thurs 15 July, 10.30am – 12 noon at Old Pool Bank Village Hall. Leeds Horticultural Society Flower, Veg & Craft ft Show Sat 7/ Sun 8 Aug, g, The Grammar School at Leeds, Alwoodley Gatess LS17. 300 classes of flowers, veg. fruit, crafts, ts, wine, kid’s section. Stalls. alls.

Live Radio Leeds Gardeners’ Question Time. Floral art dems. Refreshments. Entry: £5, seniors £4, under 16s £1, under 5s free. Sat 11am - 5pm. Sun 8.30am - 5pm. Details: Pat 225 0030 for schedule. Menston Summer Fair Sat 10 July, 2 – 4.30pm, Menston Primary School. Theme ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’. Dress up & enjoy live rock band, food, games, tug o’ war, strawberry teas & more. In aid of St John’s Church. Summer Fayre for Otley All Saints School & All Saints Church Sat 3 July, 2 – 4pm at the school on School, Lisker Dr. BBQ, beer tent, stalls, raffle, tombola, welly wanging, fire engine, music & games. Fun for all the family! World Cup will be screened specially for those who cannot drag themselves away from the football! Otley Farmers’ Market Sun 25th July 9am to 1pm. Table Top Sale Sat 10 July, 10am – 1pm, Otley Rugby Club, Cross Green. Organised by Otley Support Group for Sue Ryder Care, in aid of Wheatfields Hospice. Admission by donation. Please support the vital work of the Hospice.

GROUPS/CLUBS Adel Ladies Luncheon Club 1st Wed of month, Castle Grove Masonic Hall, Far Headingley. Details: Mrs M. Huntley 230 1584. Aireborough Duplicate Bridge Club Tues 7pm, Rawdon Conservative Club. New members welcome. Details: 261 2139 beverley.harfield@ ntlworld.com Aireborough Soroptimist International An organisation for professional women who create awareness & address issues of importance to women, both locally & world-wide. Find out more at their Open Evening, Wed 21 July, Guiseley Methodist Church, Oxford Road, Guiseley, LS20, 7.30pm. Details: Janet Lockwood 07947 695093. Alwoodley Motor Club Every other Thurs 8.30 – 9pm at The Wharfedale Inn, Arthington Lane. All welcome. Details: 0113 391 0403 www.alwoodleymc.org.uk Bramhope Bridge Club Robert Craven Memorial Hall, Old Lane, Mon 12.45 – 4.15pm, & Tues & Thurs 7.15 – 10.15pm. Lessons for novices Wed pm. Details: Bob 225 7495

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16 Community News Bramhope Round Table Leeds’ active Round Table meets every 2nd Tues for fun, friendship & fundraising (in that order!). All men between 18 & 45 welcome. Details: www. bramhoperoundtable. co.uk or info@bramhope844.co.uk

July 2010 tails: Rob 01943 468664, godfreyrob@yahoo.com. 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

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.

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. ilkley.org & follow link to their website.

Cookridge Gardening Club meets Wed 21July for a Garden Coffee Evening, 7-30 – 9pm, at 16 Hillcrest Rise, Cookridge. Entry £1(members 50p) incl. refreshments. Keep thinking about your entries for the September Show!

Kaleidoscope Social club for the mature (50 +) & unattached with a zest for life. Regular meetings & monthly programme of events. Not a dating agency. Details: 0113 262 1455, 261 2272 or www.kaliedoscopeleeds. weebly.com

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

Kirklands Bridge Club Menston rubber bridge club meets at Kirklands alt Tues evenings. Details: Dorrie Waugh or Carol Cowell.

Home Grown Otley Community gardening & food group. Helping each other grow vegetables, herbs & fruit. Speakers, visits to local food producers & much more! Meetings 1st Mon of each month, 7pm at Otley Courthouse. De-

Leeds Astronomical Society Observing sessions will be held at The New Inn, Eccup LS16, & Fri 16 July. Arrive between 8.30 & 10pm. Details: www. leedsastronomy.org.uk, admin@leedsastronomy. org.uk Leeds Caledonians Society for those with a Scottish pedigree or interest

in things Scottish warmly welcomes new members. Details: 0113 267 0424, www.leedscaledonians. org.uk Leeds Co-operative Members’ Group meets monthly for talks & outings. Details: 0113 216 8837 kpm.coop@googlemail.com Leeds Hospital Alert A small group of concerned people campaigning for preservation of the NHS. They meet at Muir Court, Sagar Place, off St Michael’s Rd, Headingley. 7.30pm. Next meeting Mon 14 June. All welcome. Leeds Oxfam Group Meets 1st Wed on month, 7.30pm Leeds Civic Hall. Group arranges events & activities across the city in support of Oxfam. All welcome. Details: Pauline Neale 0113 269 3542. Menston in Bloom meet Wed 14 July, 7.30pm at Methodist Church Hall. Details: www.menston.org Menston Bowling Club League matches Mon & Wed pm & Sat afternoons. Veterans’ matches Tues am. Social bowling every afternoon, with friendly matches Tues afternoon. Fri 9 July play at Grassington, followed by a meal at the Fountaine Inn, Linton. Sun 8 Aug match against Gargrave followed by fish & chips in Skipton. Club Finals Day 15 Aug.

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Menston Community Association Neighbourhood Forum – Wed 7 July, 7.30pm at Menston Methodist Church Hall, Main St. A voluntary organisation which represents the interests of residents. All residents over 18 are members. Details: www.menston.org 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 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, paul@pekae.co.uk www. otleyradio.net

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Otley in Bloom A friendly group of volunteers who work to improve the green environment of the town. They plant trees & floral displays; prepare Otley for the annual Yorkshire in Bloom competition; & work with businesses, schools & councils to incorporate plants & trees in new developments. 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 Historical Society Sun 25 July, trip to Calke Abbey. Seats available. National Trust members £11.45/non members £19.85. Details: 01943 465925. Otley Lions Club Meets 1st & 3rd Wed of each month, 8pm at the Red Lion, Otley. New members welcome. Book sale last Fri & Sat of month in Black Horse stable yard. Varied social programme.

Details: David McDowell - 01943 467 551, Eric Booth 01943 467 900. 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 & District Men’s Forum Now meets at Otley Methodist Church at 10am Thurs. Entrance to Church Hall on Walkergate. 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 870344 alanrh62@yahoo.co.uk. 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

17 Otley Twinning Association Otley is twinned with Montereau in France (60 kms from Paris). Membership open to anyone in Otley district. Regular reciprocated visits (usually on a family or couples basis). Meet 2nd Wed of the month at Grove Hill Club (8pm). Details: Ken Daphne 01943 465137, Graham Barton 01943 461646. 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 Pool WI meets on the 2nd Tues of each month at 2pm at The Lounge, Wharfedale Court. All welcome! Pool Bridge Club meets on Mon (excl bank holidays),1.15 – 4.30pm at Pool Methodist Church. 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, t, Gaye Lane, Otley. A safe e place for friendship & support. Details: Lesleyy 07931 892747. Social & Events Group New members welcome. e. Mainly over 30s. Meals,, pub nights, theatre, walks, badminton, weekkends away, talks, parties es & much more. Monthly social/ new members night in north Leeds.

Details: 08707 874425 www.leedsivc.org.uk University of Leeds Ladies’ Club welcomes women connected to the University as either serving or former staff members, partners of staff, or grads of the Uni. Regular events. Details: cadman. irving@gmail.com. The Women’s Fellowship meets Wed, 2pm at Pool Methodist Church. Variety of interesting speakers. The Wharfedale Speakers Club part of the Assoc of Speakers Clubs (UK), meets in Otley twice a month. New members welcome. Speakers of all ages & backgrounds. Come along & improve your speaking skills. Details: Barry Taylor 0113 284 2148. White Rose Ladies Speakers Club Farsley Library Community Room, Mon at 7.45pm. Next meetings. A friendly environment in which to find your voice & improve your presentation skills, while having a lot of fun. Details: Sheila Wyatt 267 2062.

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18 Community News Wishing-Well for Women Mon 12 July, 6-9pm at The Otley Apothecary, 16 Bondgate, Otley. New Moon women’s circle gathers for healing & empowerment. Drumming meditations & creative arts help focus on hopes & dreams. Tickets £10. All profits to local charity ‘Behind Closed Doors’, which provides support to women affected by domestic abuse. Details: Jo 07772 416719 Yorkshire Countrywomen’s Association Bramhope branch meets 2nd Thurs each month, 1.30pm at Robert Craven Memorial Hall. New members welcome. MUSIC Afternoon with Joanne Dexter Sat 10 July, 3pm at Wesley Hall, Otley Methodist Church. Afternoon tea with musical interludes by well known local soprano Joanne Dexter & friends. Tickets (£7 incl tea) available by sending cheque payable to ‘Otley Methodist Church’ & SAE to Afternoon Teas event, c/o 76 The Whartons, Otley, LS21 2BS.

July 2010 Amici Singers New members welcome. No auditions – just a desire to sing with others. Details: 0113 267 1292 or 0113 228 5932. 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 Flute Group meets Tues 6.45 - 7.45pm during term time at Yorkshire College of Music & Drama (19 Shire Oak Rd. Headingley). Grade 4 standard & above. New members very welcome! Details: 0113 275 1232 Lawnswood Singers A female choir, practices Wed 7.30pm at Holy Trinity Church, Green Lane, Cookridge. Good female singers welcome to try us out. Wide repertoire of music & friendly people! Details: Brenda Hawer 0113 2671292, www. lawnswoodsingers.co.uk.

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. Leeds Organ & Keyboard Club Join in playing or listening to our Yamaha AR100 organ & PRS S.900 keyboard. Occasional concerts by professional artists playing a variety of music. Wed 7.30-10.30pm. Guiseley Factory Workers Club. LS20 9DT. Details: 226 5671 Otley Chamber Orchestra rehearses fortnightly on Sundays, 7 - 9pm at Otley Courthouse. New members (especially upper strings) welcome. Details: john_restorick@ hotmail.com Otley Community Drum Circle 3rd Sun of the month at The Courthouse, Otley. No drumming experience needed.Children with adult welcome. All drums provided. Cost £4/£3. Details: Anna or Paul 01943 465413

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Otley Courthouse Community Singing Group A community choir devoted to the enjoyment of singing. New members (especially men!) welcome – no auditions, no pressure, no experience. Tues at The Courthouse, 1.30 – 3.30pm (term time), £4 per session. Details: Dave Stewart 07970 997183 dave@singout.me.uk Phoenix Concert Band rehearses Thurs 7.309.30pm at St Chad’s Parish Centre. Players of a suitable standard welcome (Associated Board Grade 5), particularly brass players & percussionists. Details: secretary@phoenixband.co.uk www.phoenixband.co.uk

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Wharfedale Recorded Music 7.45pm at St. John’s, Ben Rhydding, Details: 01943 601538.

theatre visits, ten pin bowling, country dancing & safari suppers. Details: john.burland@sky.com

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

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.

SENIORS 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. Otley Action for Older People Bingo most weeks at the Labour Rooms Walkergate. Bar opens 1.15pm, cost £1. Golden Oldies Film Club 19 July, 2pm at Otley Courthouse. £2 includes refreshments & raffle. Contemporary Dance Mondays, 11.15am at Otley Methodist Church. Bowling group meet regularly to play Crown Green Bowls. Details: 01943 463965. Otley Methodist 1812 Group meets on 18th of every month, providing a social gathering for churchgoers. Ages 20s – 60s & activities include

Pool Lunch Club Organised by Otley Action for Older People, at Pool Methodist Church, Wed from 12 noon. Two course meal followed by coffee & biscuits for just £2.20! Details: 01943 463965 SPIRITUAL All Together! 11 July, 9.30am St Giles Church Bramhope. A lively all age service followed by BBQ & games. Together Communion! Sunday 25 July 9.30am. A family friendly celebration of Holy Communion with crafts, games & fun for children. 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

Bramhope Methodist Church Midweek worship in the Low Room, 10am 2nd Tues in month, & 7.45 for 8pm on 4th Thurs (half hour)– an opportunity to sing along with hymns; listen to a passage of Scripture; hear a brief message about our faith; or share in Holy Communion. Followed by coffee & fellowship. 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 FREE Drop-In Meditation Sun 7 – 8pm (3rd Sun of month 6.30 – 7.30pm). Experience peace & calm with periods of silence & guided meditations. Details: Brahma Kumaris 0113 275 7727, leeds@ uk.bkwsu.org, www. bkwsu.org/uk/leeds 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

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United Reformed Church, Main Street, Burley-inWharfedale. Details: Mirella 01943 465 353 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. £2 incl refreshments & raffle. New members welcome. Details: Pat 0113 275 7694. 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 maintain & develop relationships with their children following divorce or family breakdown. Details: Don 07981 710179 or Ray 07921 728747.


20 Community News 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. Macmillan Cancer Support New fundraising group in Otley. Details: Laura Riach 01924 232444 lriach@macmillan.org.uk National Association for Colitis & Crohn’s Disease (Leeds) Brings support to people with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), their friends & families throughout North & West Yorkshire. They hold four educational & support meetings a year, as well as regular informal meets. Details: 0845 130 6809, Leeds@groups.nacc.org. uk, www.groups.nacc.org. uk/leeds The Forget Me Not Cafe For people with dementia & their carers. 1st Wed of month 1.30 – 3.30pm at Yeadon Cricket Club, (behind the Swan Public House) High Street, Yeadon, £1 incl. raffle & refreshments. Details: Jean Deeming 01943 472004, Dawn Perkins on 0113 231 1727. Wharfedale Cardiac Club (affiliated with British Heart Foundation) is open to former cardiac patients & their partners.

July 2010 Opportunity to take part in exercise classes under supervision of qualified instructors. Meets Mon, Wed & Thurs at Wharfedale General Hospital. £2.50 Details: Clive Wilkinson 0113 267 1721. MISC/EVENTS Expert Patients Programme runs courses for people with long term health problems, unpaid carers, families of children with health problems, disabilities or other challenges, & mental health problems. The aim is to help people cope better. Details: 305 7591 epp.account@nhsleeds. nhs.nhs.uk Honey Bee Swarms will be collected free of charge, if accessible, Details: Terry Beddows on 0113 268 8231. Hope Pastures Horse & Donkey Sanctuary Weetwood Lane, LS16. Visitors welcome 10.30am – 3pm, guided tours Wed 11am. Free admission. Pony Days every Thurs during school hols. Sponsored walk 25 July. Details: Karen 0794 894 8158. www.hopepastures. org Ladies Pampering & Shopping Experience Fri 2 July, 7.30pm at Weston Social Club, Weston Dr. Otley. Hosted by Otley & Wharfedale Fundraising Group for Macmillan Cancer Support, there will be a variety of stalls, fashion show by M&Co, beauty treatments, raffle, tombola & refreshments.

Tickets £2.50 on the door. Everyone welcome! Meeting Rooms & Hall To Hire Mon – Sat at Robert Craven Memorial Hall, Old Lane, Bramhope. Would suit educational/leisure classes/activities/concerts/dances/children’s parties/wedding receptions. Wheelchair access. Details: Paul 0113 2843361, ewartlewis@ googlemail.com, www. robertcraven.org.uk Otley Courthouse looking for volunteers in all areas. If you would like to help, get in touch. No experience necessary, all ages welcome! Details: Irene Lofthouse 01943 467216 ochvolunteers@hotmail. co.uk Pool Village Hall Hire the excellent facility with hall, kitchen & meeting room. Ideal venue for children’s parties, receptions, dances & events. Details: Tim Robson 0113 284 3437 tim.robson@yahoo. co.uk

Volunteers Welcome! At Hope Pastures Horse & Donkey Sanctuary, Weetwood Lane, LS16, for a range of tasks besides stable-work - gardening, repairs, welcoming visitors, sorting donations, making produce to sell, helping at events. Details: phtrust@fsmail.net Wesley Hall at Otley Methodist Church Available to local organisations & charities for fundraising purposes every Fri, 9.30-11.30am. Cost: £15. Details: Pauline Dobson 01943 466 751.

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Talking Magazines Anyone blind or partially sighted can obtain these monthly cassettes by contacting Leeds Cassette at Shire View Centre, 72 Headingley Lane, LS6 2DJ or calling 0113 270 9130. Volunteers Wanted! For new Yorkshire Cancer Centre Charity Shop based at Bexley Wing, St James’s Institute of Oncology. Details: Aanika Dhillon 0113 206 8620 volunteer@yorkshirecancercentre.org.uk.

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tation Manager, Nigel Atkins, has recently taken over the helm at three local fire stations. Nigel, who lives in Horsforth, has worked in the fire service for over 22 years. He previously served at a number of stations in the Leeds area, and also in the Brigade Training Department at Fire Service HQ, in the Leeds District Fire Safety Office and in Community Safety. “Having worked recently in Community Safety, I am very aware of the dangers people face from fire in their homes, and of the help we can provide to make people safer”, said Nigel. One such service is the Home Fire Safety Check. West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service will visit residents in their homes, explain the

dangers of fire and what to do if a fire breaks out and, most importantly, how to prevent fires in the first place. The greatest improvement in fire safety in recent years is the domestic smoke detector. The fire service will supply and fit, free of charge, the latest type of smoke detectors upon request. Recent government campaigns have identified that you are three times more likely to die in a house fire if you do not have smoke detectors. “I would urge anyone who does not have a working smoke detector in their homes to ring their local fire station on 0800 587 4536 and request a FREE Home Fire Safety Check”, continued Nigel. “The role of the fire service in the community

has developed in recent years. We are now working more closely with partner agencies to improve safety – including with the police to improve road safety; primary care trusts to improve safety for oxygen users and the elderly; with minority ethnic communities to overcome language and social barriers; and with local schools to raise awareness amongst the young. “I aim to increase the profile of the fire service and ensure that the people who live, work or pass through the areas served by Cookridge, Rawdon and Otley fire stations are as safe as we can possibly make them.” .............................................................

For further information, call your local fire station, or email nigel. atkins@westyorksfire.gov.uk

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Full Time Support Officer Stationed at Otley Fire Station

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Crew Manager Steve Milner was recently appointed Support Officer to assist Station Manager Nigel Atkins and other personnel at Otley Fire Station with administration, training, and day to day running of the station. Steve, who lives in Otley, has been a fire-fighter for 22 years, starting his career at Otley as a retained fire-fighter, then serving in South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue before transferring back into West Yorkshire.

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Steve is available at Otley Fire Station 9am – 7pm, Monday to Friday if anybody requires advice on Fire Safety or Recruitment. He can be contacted on 01943 462222 or Stephen.milner@westyorksfire. gov.uk

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What you Can and Can’t Find Around Otley

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recent correspondent to the Otley Chamber of Trade raised an interesting question – How many everyday items is it difficult to find in Otley? This set the old cogs turning and raised the question: What are the more obscure things you can find around the myriad shops of Otley?

Alan Garforth Quality Carpets UÊConvenient home selection service UÊWide range to suit your lifestyle UÊAlso cushionfloor, vinyl, laminate & solid wood flooring UÊAll supplied and fitted UÊEstablished over 25 years in Wharfedale Area UÊMenston based V E RY C O M P E T I T I V E P R I C E S

Our complainant nominated the absence, amongst other staple necessities, of pack-amacs, inch-wide Sellotape, patterned (rather than plain) pudding basins and Izal toilet paper. Having duly found the rainwear, oversize sticky tape and kitchen accoutrements without too much trouble, perhaps the town shopkeepers could counter with a readily available supply of life size wooden sheep, wrought iron fireside companion sets, diamond rings, Zimbabwean cured snuff and a yellow crested cockatiel. This summer, Otley Chamber of Trade intends to carry out a brief survey of what people think they can’t get or would like more of, and what shops they would welcome to the town. This information might help existing traders fill any gaps in the market. It could also help to keep trade local, and possibly assist estate agents in targeting ‘missing’ businesses and tempt them to fill the empty shops around town. It would seem that you can get most things locally around Otley… except Izal toilet paper, sadly no longer made – perhaps that should be ‘mercifully’ no longer made! If you struggle to locate something around our local shops please let us know. We will try to track it down and maybe find someone who will keep it in stock for next time. Tim Wilkinson Otley Chamber of Trade wilkinson_tim@sky.com

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A curator from Leeds City Museum has played a key role in rewriting the history of life on earth. Dr Joe Botting, Assistant Curator of Natural Sciences, is part of an international group of palaeontologists who recently unearthed a rich array of marine animals living around 480 million years ago in the AntiAtlas area of Morocco. Their findings are helping scientists re-evaluate the evolution of life and will soon feature in National Geographic. Perfectly-preserved soft-bodied fossils, thought to have been extinct before 500 million years ago were discovered in the Upper

Fezouata Formation of southeastern Morocco. Until now scientists have had little, other than hard-shelled fossils, to help them understand dramatic evolutionary events, during the Ordovician period, which has led to huge gaps in our understanding of the way life evolved. “It was an honour to be part of the team which found these amazingly well-preserved fossils”, said Dr Botting. “Evolution happened very quickly during this epoch and these new fossils are helping us understand the details of what happened for the first time. We also found they were living alongside some very advanced-

looking animals like barnacles and horseshoe crabs, which shows just how quickly things can change in that interval.” Dr Rock regularly updates his blog at www.dr-rocks.blogspot. com , so you can keep up to date on new experiments and any new finds. He is currently curating a special free exhibition at Leeds City Museum off Millennium Square called ‘Dr Rock’s Lost Gallery’ until Sunday 4 July. The exhibition centres on the weird and wonderful uses of minerals in everyday life. ............................................................

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The Wesley Singers Celebrate 25 Years!

New Base for Documentary and Photographic Archive Volunteers Joan Benson and David Binns

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The Wesley Singers, a chamber choir made up of singers from the Leeds area, celebrates its 25th anniversary this year with a wide range of engagements. The choir was brought together in 1985 by David Carr to help smaller Methodist Churches familiarise themselves with a new hymn book. As the popularity of the group grew, invitations to sing came from all over the area. Today the choir, which numbers some 32 members and has a great reputation for its lively repertoire, has performed at church services and concerts all over Yorkshire and beyond. .........................................................................................

The singers rehearse at Chapel Allerton Methodist Church on Thursday nights under the baton of Barry Jordan and accompanied by his wife Pat. For more information about the choir, visit www.wesleysingers.org.uk

www.otleymuseum.org Otley Museum has re-established its documentary and photographic archive at Wellcroft House on Crow Lane, Otley. The museum experienced a difficult period with the permanent loss of its premises in Otley Civic Centre and was forced to put the collection into storage until new premises were found. The task of packing, recording and moving hundreds of items, including the famous Wharfedale printing machine, was very demanding. Otley Museum’s research service is now up and running again and ready to welcome anyone curious about the history of Otley – from its buildings to its industry and social life. Family historians are welcome to consult the name indexes and receive expert help from the volunteers. There is a large collection of plans, building records and photographs - all invaluable for researchers. Visitors are welcome to call in and make an appointment, or call 07943471386 during opening hours: 9.45am - 12.15pm Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays and the first Saturday of each month, excluding bank holidays.

A Recital for the Christine Brown Trust ............................................................................................................................................... Pianist and broadcaster Gordon Fergus-Thompson gives a recital in aid of the Christine Brown Trust for Young Musicians on Saturday 3rd July, 7.30pm at Wesley Chapel, Oxford Street, Harrogate. The programme will include works by Chopin, Brahms, Scriabin and Schumann. The Christine Brown Trust for Young

Musicians offers financial support to talented young musicians under 19 years of age who may be finding it difficult to meet the expenses involved in learning a musical instrument. .....................................................................

Tickets (£10) are available on at the door. All proceeds will go directly to the charity. For more information, contact chairman Hilary Garrett hilarymgarrett@hotmail.com.


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he Fleece will be refurbished to a very high specification and we are looking for a top operator to take full advantage of its potential. The pub will be a three room operation with a lounge bar, a discerning tap room and a quaint snug. In addition to this there will be a breathtaking beer garden with a large decked area leading to the banks of the River Wharfe, making it one of, if not the, best beer garden in the area. The superb views over the Wharfe Valley will surely see this as a destination outlet through the warmer summer months.

The kitchen in the pub is also being extended to take full advantage of the food opportunity and will, needless to say, also be equipped to a very high standard. Overall this investment aims to create Otley’s premier pub serving a wide selection of locally sourced ales and fine food in an environment to match. If you feel that you have the skills required to run this landmark pub then you need to get in touch quickly as we believe this investment will attract a lot of interest. Not for you but know someone who would be interested??

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local Business Relations Manager. They will talk you through your business plan and offer guidance and advice on all aspects of running a pub. Our comprehensive training programs ensure that you have all the industry skills and up to date business and financial know-how to prepare yourself for running your own Punch leased business and that you get off to the very best start.

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Is This The Barbecue Summer?

Well, our delightful summer is now in full swing. While many of us may enjoy a European getaway during these few months to get a bit of a tan, lounge in the sun, run our toes through the sand â&#x20AC;&#x201C; we say whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wrong with enjoying this season on home turf?


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OK, we hear you – the whole of Leeds just shouted ‘RAIN!’ in unison. Yes, we are somewhat more prone to the odd shower on these fair shores, but that gives us all the more reason to make the most of the intermittent sunshine! To do that, we say, there’s nothing like a good old fashion garden party. Garden parties are all the rage, don’t you know? The Prime Minister of France, Nicholas Sarkozy and his wife, Carla Bruni recently threw one that cost £500,000. But of course, you don’t need to spend anywhere near that to have a good old knees up.

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With all the sporting events happening at the moment, this is a great time to get a bunch of people around and throw a shindig in your garden. Take it a step further and make it a themed party. If friends are coming round to watch the football, you can get a St George’s cross gazebo and inflatable football chairs. You could get a mini football net so you can even have your own kick about during half time. If the skies open and it rains on your parade, set up a Wii Fit indoors so you can keep active and get a friendly competitive atmosphere going.

There’s also Wimbledon, of course, which lends itself to some great theme parties. Put a net up in your garden, see which of your friends makes the best Federer or Nadal and if you don’t fancy playing, just sit on the sidelines eating strawberries and cream and sipping on your Pimm’s.

It’s a good idea to stay active. Men’s Health magazine recently estimated that a die hard football fan could gain over two stone if they watch every game of the World Cup – taking into account all the beer, pizza, nachos and other party foods we wolf down, it’s not surprising!

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If you’re not into sport, why not just ust have a nice nice, civilized get-together. Get that barbeque going (even if it’s just a disposable one), throw some salads together, set up your patio furniture, some candles for those dusky summer evenings and a heating lamp or two in case it gets a little chilly. Then just enjoy the company as the smell of barbeque wafts through your garden. If you don’t have your own garden or patio space, there are plenty of pubs with beer gardens, and nowhere has better parks than North Leeds.

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This year’s parties will be their most stunning and dramatic to date with two great themes... Carnival Christmas at the Royal Armouries and Legends Live in Concert at Saviles Hall.

Carnival Christmas Rio Carnival or Mardi Gras – be greeted by fire-eaters and jugglers, who’ll lead you through to the main arena for pre-dinner drinks and to be entertained by the legendary New Orleans Jazz Band. Following a four-course dinner, the exceptional Bogus Brothers one of the best and most entertaining party bands in Europe, take to the stage with a high-energy, high-impact show. Then the in-house DJ takes the party through to the early hours.

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Enjoy some of the very best look and sound-alikes who will create a fabulous show that will leave the hairs on the back of your neck standing! These are worldclass tribute nights, featuring the music of Michael Jackson, Abba and Tom Jones in a spellbinding, colourful production. Plus, of course, a red carpet reception, four course dinner, disco, and all the special little touches like super-sized chocolate fountains, ice carvings and a whole range of Christmas cocktails, all designed to make this a night to remember. Prices start from just £25.95.

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Rodley Nature Reserve Celebrates its Tenth Anniversary

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odley Nature Reserve celebrates its tenth anniversary this year. To celebrate both this occasion and the International Year of Biodiversity, the reserve is holding a Biodiversity Day on Saturday 17th July. This event should appeal to everyone interested in nature – young or old. Activities include bug, bird, dragonfly and bota botany walks, a small mammal survey, moth trapping, microscope cope work with algae, a bird ringing ing demonstration and much uch more. Situated just four miles from the city y centre, the reserve was designed to bring wetland d wildlife back to the Leeds area. Wildlife has flourished as the wetlands have developed and

to date more than 150 species of birds have been recorded. The reserve has also proved a popular destination for visitors. Between 15,000 and 20,000 people now visit the site each year. Primary school groups are regular visitors in the spring and summer months, and older students are encouraged to become involved in carrying out surveys. As A

our green spaces continue to disappear at an dis alarming rate, places like Rodley Reserve R dley Nature Ro N will wiill ll provide pro a haven for wildlife wildlif for many years to come. 2010 has been co designated International de Year of Biodiversity Y by the United Nations. Biodiversity is the variety of life on earth – this includes everything from algae

to elephants and bacteria to blue whales. You might not find elephants or blue whales at Rodley but there is a wonderful variety of wildlife. The reserve is open on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays, 10am – 4pm, throughout the year. It is situated on the A657 Leeds to Shipley road off the Ring Road at Rodley roundabout. Go towards Leeds from the Ring Road (Rodley Town Street) and turn off directly opposite Longfield Drive onto the access road between Aire House and Wellman Booth Crane Works. The entrance is just over the canal bridge.

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Shops Come Back to Corn Exchange

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;The mix of independent traders, unique retail concepts and quality brands is key to the success of the Leeds Corn Exchangeâ&#x20AC;?

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The Corn Exchange was once a vibrant hub in the heart of the city with shops, arts fairs, food and other attractions. A couple of years ago, the retail side was done away with to focus on making it into a â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;food emporiumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, with top class restaurant, Anthonyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, leading

the way. While Anthonyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s continues to thrive, the food emporium dream didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t take off and thankfully, the retail spaces are now opening up again, with a plethora of new and exciting shops moving in. MKI, a very stylish menswear shop, has already moved in, along with Mummy and Little Me selling elegant and glamorous maternity wear. They join All American Vintage, Dawn Stretton, The Hidden Wardrobe,

Russo Italia Shoes, Upstart and Little Pink Jewellery as the first few shops to be back in this fabulous Grade 1 listed building. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The mix of independent traders, unique retail concepts and quality brands is key to the success of the Leeds Corn Exchangeâ&#x20AC;?, says Keith Butcher of Threadneedle, the Londonbased company leasing the space. With any luck, in the next few months the Corn Exchange will be back to being a vibrant hub of great independent shops and fantastic food.

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........................................................ Spotify.com has been around since 2008 and has worked hard to integrate itself into the world of social networking. In case you didn’t know, it’s a web service that streams music. Its popularity is growing so much because most people use their computer to play their music instead of a CD player these days. You can search for virtually anything and one of the best features is that you can sync it with Facebook, so friends can see your God awful taste in music and actually play your songs! It’s great for making playlists for parties, providing no one turns the internet off. Krop.com is a pretty cool ‘make your own portfolio’ website. It’s brought to the World Wide Web by the same people who made qbn.com, a design industry discussion website that gets more hits than Rocky Balboa did. If you’re a photographer or artist and you want a free website, then think about using this great service. Opentable.co.uk does one very simple thing that we’ve been doing since the telephone was invented; making a restaurant reservation. You can choose from the best restaurants in your area and view their menus, simply choose a time and click book. There, done. That’s it. Simple. Dropbox.com isn’t complicated but it takes a few minutes to get your head around. To break it down; it’s a folder where you can store things. It sits nicely on your computer looking like any other folder. When you put files into it, it duplicates the same files into another huge box in the sky (where the internet lives, obviously). Dropbox gives you 2gb of space for free. You could easily use this to share folders with friends, swap movies or mp3s, or use it to work from home. Get it? Good, it’s very clever.

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I cause enough damage as a pedestrian – I’m not sure the world is ready for me to be in command of a............................................................................................. two ton vehicle As much as I love waiting for buses in the pouring rain and having them drive straight past me, I’ve decided it’s now time for me to bite the bullet and learn to drive. At the ripe old age of 29, I’m quite proud of myself for managing to avoid it this long. I’ve spent the last few years living in large cities with great transportation systems (London, Tokyo, New York, Toronto), so didn’t really have a need for it. But as the years passed, the thought of being behind a wheel started to get a little scary. I cause enough damage as a pedestrian – I’m not sure the world is ready for me to be in command of a two ton vehicle. I’ve now had four lessons and aside from that time I almost hit a tree, I think I’m doing remarkably well. I don’t intend to ever drive over 20mph, so if you’re wondering why there’s been an increase in traffic problems in North Leeds, I take full responsibility. If and when I ever pass my test (I don’t think we need to worry about this until at least 2017), I will be getting a bright yellow car and employing a marching band to parade in front of it at all times to announce that I’m on the road - nothing like giving people fair warning. For more go to www.bangsandabun.com


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hree small summer visitors to our shores, though less common than formerly, can still be seen in the Washburn valley and adjoining dales. Wheatears are grounddwelling birds of the uplands, where they frequent rocky outcrops and stone walls. Grey-brown above and whitish below, the white rump and black and white tail are distinctive. The song is a scratchy warble, sometimes delivered in flight.

By contrast, redstarts prefer open woodlands and scattered old trees in the valleys. The male, a most handsome bird, has a bluish grey crown and back, rustyred tail, black throat, orange breast and white forehead. Its attractive song is a brief and rather melancholy musical warble. Pied flycatchers often occur alongside redstarts. They are black above and whitish beneath with a white wingbar. Plump and short-tailed, they are partial to old oak trees and will readily use nest boxes. The pleasing song is clear, ringing and rhythmic.

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Leeds City Council claimed their first-ever gold medal for excellence at this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s world-famous RHS Chelsea Flower Show, having earned two successive Silver Gilt Flora awards in the last two years and either silver or bronze with five previous show gardens dating back to their first appearance in 1997. The stunning show garden entry produced by the councilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Parks and Countryside staff with engineering design and support from sponsors HESCO Bastion Limited, wowed judges and visitors alike.

The HESCO Garden 2010 is the largest and most ambitious garden design entered by Leeds at Chelsea, modelled on a section of the LeedsLiverpool Canal complete with a canal and fullsized lock gates as the centrepiece. The theme of garden is to celebrate the green linkages which connect the city centre to the countryside in and around Leeds, as well as the importance of protecting the local environment and raising awareness of the health benefits of green spaces.

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GardenRound-Up

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here’s still jobs to be done – keeping on top of the dreaded weeds that survive no matter what! If there has been a prolonged dry spell, doing the rounds with the hosepipe won’t come amiss. Pots and tubs should be watered daily either before sun up or in the evening. Often people bring plants home from different parts of the country, only to find that they don’t fare well or even survive in their gardens. It pays to buy locally and ask where their plants come from. Plants grown in the South have a very different growing medium, if they have been grown locally they are more likely to thrive because they are used to our soil. Take care to ensure tomatoes are kept damp and shade the greenhouse lightly as this will

help black spots at the flowering tip. This is not a disease but a physiological disorder called blossom end rot caused by irregular watering. Another problem is halo blight, showing black spots surrounded by a lighter ring on the fruits. This is a water borne fungal disease and can be prevented by not splashing the fruits when watering and damping down.

stem, each needing only one pair of leaves. Once potted, cover with light polythene. This should rest lightly on the leaves and then be tucked under the pot to ensure a good seal. After six to eight weeks in a shady spot they will have rooted. Always plant them a good six inches deep in the soil. Should clematis wilt attack them, you can cut back to good growth and not lose the plant.

If you have a favourite clematis, why not take cuttings from pruning. The rule of the thumb is that if it flowers before June, prune after flowering by shortening side shoots back to two or three buds off the main framework. After June prune back in the autumn or, in colder areas, in February, by cutting hard back to just above a good fat bulb no lower than six inches above the soil. Several cuttings can be taken from one

Keep harvesting beans, peas, beetroot etc. If you have too many, prepare and freeze for use during the winter. Pick flowers you would like to dry – everlasting flowers, honesty, achillea, delphiniums, golden rod, zinnias and lavender. Make small bunches and hang upside down in a cool airy place, not the kitchen or greenhouse or they will shrivel!

It pays to buy locally and ask where their plants come from. Plants grown in the South have a very different growing medium, if they have been grown locally they are more likely to thrive because they are used to our soil. Ilkley Flower Show 2010 .................................................................................................................................................................................................... Preparations are underway for this year’s Ilkley Flower Show on Saturday 7th August at the Clarke Foley Centre, Cunliffe Road, Ilkley. There will be over 100 classes in floral art, ................................................................................................. flowers, dahlias, vegetables, fruit, and homecraft – which includes classes for baking, jam, chutney, marmalade, knitting, painted china, needlework, patchwork, craftwork, photography, painting and many more.

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The exceptional Miss Newsom has made some death-defying leaps of ambition. The squeaky, awkward girl who sang about The Milk-Eyed Mender has gone. In her place is a goldenvoiced woman who seems to have sprung up from nowhere. Have One on Me is a down tempo, sprawling, break-up album, and getting a foothold on it is challenging at first. Once

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you do, however, you will find a record as rich in reward as any you have ever treasured. In some ways Have One on Me is her most accessible release ess to date. The rigid uprightness of Newsom’s persona has relaxed, and her music and es lyrics have followed. Touches of bluegrass, country and blues blend seamlessly into her us arrangements. The infamous ow knotted, archaic prose is now loosened, direct and more heartfelt. Songs like Jack o Rabbits, and Autumn are so simple they seem exposed, without the usual safe obscurity of her fairytale characters. Given the subject matter, Have One on Me could have been full of bitter

catharsis, but it’s not. Newsom’s voice, her music and her lyrics are full of warmth and generosity - even the title wishes you well.

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Their monthly live music night, Foxes and Convicts, showcases the best Northern acts, but with a heavy emphasis on Leeds indie artists. They also have a record label, Hope House Records, which is home to some stonking local talent including Samuel Foxton Welles, Nick John Henry and Louis Le Prince & The Projectors. Ask March of Dimes to describe their sound and they say ‘Americana, folky, country, indie, pop, rock, alt,’ so, it’s safe to say, they’re pretty eclectic! The five-piece Leeds band has been together for three years (but playing in their current incarnation for 18 months), and have been taking the city by storm of late.

Sean Murricane, bass player with March of Dimes describes Hope House Records as a labour of love. “We only put out music we genuinely care about”, he says. Having recently released an EP, From Those Who Were There, March of Dimes and the rest of their Hope House crew are going down to the Big Smoke for a

London Showcase. That gig is on 1st July at The Wilmington Arms, Clerkenwell. They can be seen back on home turf at The Cockpit on 23rd July. With their EP receiving 9/10 from Americana UK, this local band is definitely one to watch. .............................................................

For more info go to www.facebook.com/ MarchofDimesMusic and be sure to check out the Foxes and Convicts night on the third Wednesday of every month at Milo.

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Billy Bragg Brings His ‘Breaking Rocks’ to Leeds

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On Saturday 24th July, The Three Horse Shoes in Otley will host a rock gig in aid of local charity Behind Closed Doors. The gig will be headlined by Otley- based band ‘Roadkill’, with support from ‘Toxic Shock’, another Otley band, making the evening a real community affair. Roadkill, whose members are Bob Pears (drums), Darren Beardsworth (guitar) and Dave Baldwin (bass/vocals), play a mix of rock classics from artists such as Guns N Roses, Bon Jovi and Whitesnake, as well as hard-edged versions of current pop classics from the likes of Black Eyed Peas, U2 and Katy Perry. To raise funds, Roadkill will be donating £100 of their fee for the evening and all profits from sales of promotional CDs from both bands. There will also be a raffle and donation bucket. What a great way to spend an evening – supporting local music, charities and pubs! ................................................................................................

For more information on Roadkill and this event, visit www.roadkillrock.co.uk. ................................................................................................

The legendary Billy Bragg will be at Hyde Park Picture House on 24th July with Breaking Rocks, an inspiring documentary about a scheme that brings musicians and instruments to prisons in the UK. The documentary tells the story of Bragg’s independent initiative Jail Guitar Doors, which aims to provide instruments to those using music as a means of achieving the rehabilitation of prison inmates. Bragg, and director Alan Mills, will answer questions about the film and the initiative, after which audiences will be treated to performances from Bragg and Jail Guitar Doors artists including Jonny Neesom and Leon Walker. ................................................................................................

“Prison has to be about much more than just locking people up”, says Bragg. “We want people to be able to move on from their situation and reconnect with the outside world, and my hunch is that playing an instrument – particularly a guitar – could help that.” The film features performances by ‘graduates’ from Jail Guitar Doors as well as from artists who have supported the programme, including Mick Jones (The Clash) Chris Shiflett (Foo Fighters) and Sam ................................................................................................ Duckworth (Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly). Saturday 24th July, 7.30pm, £12.50/£11concs/£10 members. For more information, go to www. hydeparkpicturehouse.co.uk or call 0113 275 2045.


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Talented Student Takes Next Step to Leeds & Reading Festival Sixteen year old Katie appeared at one of the three heats of the competition and was the only solo performer to be selected to go through to the final with 12 other acts. Katie Richardson, performing arts student at Ralph Thoresby School, started on the road to the Leeds and Reading Festival by winning the school’s prestigious Talent Show before Christmas. Acts appear in the regional heats of talent shows in a bid to win the ultimate prize of performing at the Leeds and Reading Festivals. The winner also gets eight hours in a professional recording studio. Sixteen year old Katie appeared at one of the three heats of the competition and was the only solo performer to be selected to go through to the final with 12 other acts.

Her melodic singer/songwriter writer style impressed the judges and was a refreshing change to o the many bands who had applied. plied. Her music is very pop, with a subtle hint of jazz, and d her influences range from Paloma ma Faith to Michael Buble. “This is not only amazing for me, but also for Ralph Thoresby School”, said Katie. “They’ve given me a lot of support over the years and I’d like to say a massive thank you.”

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Girl Guides are 100 years old!

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The movement prides itself on its ability to give girls and young women a voice in society

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This year marks the centenary of Girl Guiding in Britain, but this exciting movement is by no means outdated. Founded in 1910 by Robert Baden Powell and his sister, Agnes, to provide ‘something for the girls’, Guiding soon became popular and has now expanded to provide opportunities for young girls and women from the age of 5 to 60+. The movement prides itself on its ability to give girls and young women a voice in society; to promote equality and diversity; and to offer fun challenges and experiences within a secure environment. Guiding also instils a sense of wider

community among its members, which has led to the movement’s role as a key supporter of charities and community projects.

national camp being held at Harewood House this summer, to enjoy a week of fun-filled activities in celebration of the historic movement.

One hundred years on and Guiding continues to be a fun and up-to-date, girls-only institution. The centenary celebrations started in September 2009, and there has never been a more exciting time to be involved. The ‘Adventure 100’ is encouraging all members to take up new and exciting activities; to remember the past 100 years; and to look forward to the future. Members will be coming from all over the country to the

The last 100 years of Guiding would not have been possible without the hard work of its volunteers. Leaders are an important part of this innovative movement that offers a range of opportunities and training. Guiding continues to thrive, depending on volunteers to provide a wealth of experiences for the young girls and women of Britain for the next 100 years! .............................................................

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Look out for the North West Extended Services free guide to a wide range of Summer Activities on offer in North West Leeds. Copies are available for every young person attending school in the North West area. They will also be available from Children’s Centres and Libraries.

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German legend, the opera tells the tale of Dr Faust who sells his soul to the Devil in return for his lost youth. Filled with wonderful music, including ‘The Calf of Gold’ and ‘The Jewel Song’ it has become ................................................................................................ one of the most popular operas of all time.

A scene from Orpheus in the Underworld.

LYO returns to ‘Faust’ for the first time in 13 years with a new spectacular production which will be staged at the Carriageworks from 7 – 10 July. For tickets, contact The Carriageworks box office on 0113 224 3801 or www.carriageworkstheatre. co.uk

Leeds Youth Opera Presents Faust

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Leeds Youth Opera, an exciting and innovative company of young singers that has been delighting audiences in Leeds for almost 40 years. Following their success with ‘Orpheus in the Underworld’ earlier this year, they have been hard at work rehearsing for their July production of Gounod’s ‘Faust’. Based on the 16th Century

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Be Active Be Sporty Fair Great Success!

Janet Sherriff, Head Teacher Prince Henry’s, Jean Smith, Head Teacher, St Joseph’s & Ray Smith, Town Mayor,

Pool Girls Under 16s Triumph! Pool AFC U16 Girls faced Wortley Girls in the Final of the West Riding Girls Football League Shield Competition at Hemsworth Miners Welfare on Sunday 9th May. The game was played in good spirits by both sides. Pool had a number of chances and could have secured victory much earlier in the game – they finally found the back of the net in the 70th minute with a well placed goal by Rianne Woodham, securing a 1-0 victory. Pool would like to thank all their supporters for travelling to Hemsworth to support them, and Mick from Winter Products Ltd for sponsoring the team this season.

Families and young people were invited to find out what sporting activities were on offer in Otley at the recent Extended Services’ Be Active Be Sporty Fair held at Prince Henry’s. Over 800 people turned out to enjoy the lovely weather and to take part in lots of exciting activities. The Fair offered an opportunity to try tennis, hurdling, football, cycling, rowing, skipping and table tennis, and to find out about another 25 sports on offer locally. There were Martial Arts, Dance and Rhythmic Gymnastic demonstrations and Henry’s Diner tantalised their taste buds with ‘guess the smoothie’ tastes tests. “We were absolutely delighted that so many young people and their families came along” said Pat Stokey, Assistant Headteacher in charge of Extended Services. “We wanted to bring the local community and local sports clubs together and we all had a great time. The evening was a great success.” The Be Active Be Sporty Fair was organised by Otley, Pool and Bramhope Extended Services, Sports Leeds North West and Otley Town Council.

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tudents at Prince Henry’s recently spent a day focusing on Africa, as part of the school’s annual Global Citizenship Day, entitled ‘Timanyane’ (Let’s know each other). They looked at some of the challenges facing the continent – such as access to education, HIV/AIDS, maternal health and sustainable water supplies, whilst also celebrating its rich and diverse culture. The sound of drums could be heard throughout the day, as London-based Ugandan musical and dance artists ‘Drum Arts Ngoma’ led the school in African

dance workshops. Year 9s took part in a mock United Nations Summit addressing the eight ‘Millennium Development Goals’, set by the UN as a target by 2015. Meanwhile, members of the sixth form Envision group led sessions for younger pupils on the subject of racism. There was also an opportunity to take part in ‘1 Goal’, the theme for this year’s ‘Make Poverty History’ campaign which ties in with the World Cup in South Africa. Students made supporters’ scarves, which will be sent along with thousands of others to world leaders to lobby for education for all.

“On global citizenship days like these we try to dig a lot deeper than simply looking at cultural issues”, said Assistant Head Teacher Chris Lillington. “Taking part in an African dance workshop is fun and an important way of finding out about another culture. However, taking part in a lobbying activity where young people learn that they can make a difference is even more important. Our students learned that there are still over 75 million children in the world who do not go to school. They have been set the challenge of ensuring that theirs is the generation that does something about it.”


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Multi Skills Club Tues during term time, 4 – 5pm at Leeds Trinity University College. Ages 6 – 9. £2 a week. Details: Trinity Fitness Sports on 283 7155. Scouts Six Dales Walk 2010 Sun 26 Sept. The 53rd annual walk starts 6.30am at Settle College. Open to Scouts, Guides, Explorers, leaders & supporters. It traverses some of Yorkshire’s finest scenery. Are you up to the challenge? Seniors – 42 miles, Juniors – 23 miles. Details: Chris Milestone at crjmilestone@ ntlworld.com, www. sixdales.co.uk Spanish Playgroup Do you speak fluent Spanish? Do you have children under 5? Join us Thurs, 10.30am – 12.30pm at Meanwood Institute, Green Rd. LS6. Details: 07952 901 770

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Dales Rescue Teams Launch Safety Campaign

Posters and card dispensers can be found at over 300 outlets around the area – including outdoor retailers, accommodation providers and information centres. The message is that if you need help, beyond the road network, you probably need a rescue team. In which case, call 999 ask for ‘Police’ and then for mountain or cave rescue. If using a mobile, it is helpful to say which county you are in, as 999 operators may not have an intimate knowledge of rural England and calls from high points may go some miles to reach a phone mast. If you have a map, it is important to give both grid references and a verbal description of where you are. Then stay where you have a signal and keep the line clear so you can be called back. The amount of information that will fit on the card is limited, so the teams are also planning to provide links from each team’s website to additional sites for sources of safety advice or providers of outdoor training. “All the teams do a fantastic job, they are always there when we need them, often turning out in the most dreadful conditions and always providing a highly professional support service”, said Sue Cross, Assistant Chief Constable of North Yorkshire. “The campaign will most certainly help to save lives and the combined support it is already receiving will ensure it becomes a permanent part of everyday life in the Dales. It is another example of working together in the interests of public safety.”

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The Bafana Bafana may not Lift the Cup but South Africa will still be a Winner

Simon Peach Sports Journalist, Press Association The transformation that South Africa has undergone in the last 20 years is there for everybody to see as it welcomes football’s centerpiece, the FIFA World Cup, with all the razzmatazz, expectation and splendour you would expect. The elite of world football is playing at 10 stadiums across nine cities. There may have been hiccups in terms of infrastructure along the way, but on the football field it is hard to see where things can go awry. Never have so many teams boasted so many superb players, with a hoard of nations having a realistic chance of lifting the trophy aloft. Unfortunately, it looks like South Africa will not be one of

them. The Bafana Bafana, as they are commonly known, have a pitiable squad and face the very real prospect of being the first host nation to fail to emerge from the group stages. England, though, should not suffer the same fate, with the nation expecting success where so many have failed previously. Fabio Capello’s selections have raised few eyebrows, but did highlight the dearth in top quality players behind the starting XI. Nevertheless, with Messrs Rooney, Gerrard, Lampard and Co. coupled with what is a steadfast defence, anything is possible. But it will not be an easy ride, with England facing some tough competition. As always, Brazil is expected to add to its five cup haul, but with the defensiveminded Dunga at the helm they may struggle with their new approach. While the Seleção may struggle to adapt, nobody knows

what to expect from Argentina. Yes, they have one of the best squads on the planet with an array of stupendous talents (most notably Leo Messi), but they are managed by Diego Maradona – one of the most eccentric and enigmatic men in the game. Add reigning European champions Spain, Germany, France and current World Cup holders Italy to the mix and you have a powder keg ready to blow at Soccer City in Johannesburg on July 11 2010. While it is highly improbable that a chorus of vuvuzela horns will welcome the Bafana Bafana onto the pitch for the final, the nation’s football success will fade in comparison to the strides it will make off the pitch. This is South Africa’s chance to embrace change and there is no better time to do it than with the whole world watching.


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