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Dear Readers Well, the ‘Season to be Merry’ is upon us! Lights are being switched on by minor celebrities all over Leeds. Shows are being staged. The shopping frenzy is underway. Office parties are booked. Recipe books are open. Trees are going up. Cards are going out. Thank goodness for Christmas!

‘A Christmas Carol’ at West Yorkshire Playhouse

Everyone is getting into the Christmas spirit. The Otley Victorian Fayre on Sunday 12th December has all the ingredients to get you in the mood. The West Yorkshire Playhouse is staging a fabulous musical version of ‘A Christmas Carol’, and we are giving you an opportunity to win a family ticket! You could also win a family ticket to Cinderella at The Carriageworks – be sure to enter. Leeds Philharmonic Chorus is performing Handel’s entire Messiah at the Town Hall on 11th December, which should be amazing! Plus we have suggestions of where to find some tasty Christmas treats; Jacob’s Larder gives us food for thought; St Chad’s Green team has tips on caring for the environment over the festive season; and Pixel Junkies suggest their top five games for Christmas. You may be a little preoccupied, but don’t forget to send in your news and notices by 1st December for the January edition, and 1st January for February.



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This year, Otley Victorian Fayre celebrates its silver jubilee in style by being held on a Sunday for the first time. On Sunday 12th December between 2 – 8pm, the town centre will be closed to traffic to accommodate craft stalls of gifts, homemade produce, roast chestnuts, mulled wine, mince pies, fairground rides and entertainment. Many stallholders and visitors will be in Victorian dress giving the event a really authentic feel. Adding to the Christmas atmosphere is the windowdressing competition and this year’s theme is ‘The Twelve Days of Christmas’. Children and adults can gather clues from the shop displays and take part in a treasure hunt anagram competition (entry forms in the programme, on sale in various shops, cafes and pubs). And, Otley’s schoolchildren, also in Victorian costume, will be giving heart-warming renditions of popular Christmas songs and carols around the town. “By holding it on a Sunday, we hope to beat last year’s record attendance, a staggering 10,000 people”, said Sara Quin, one of the organisers. “There will be carols, music and food, and it’s a great place to buy your Christmas gifts.” For further information visit

THE TOWN CENTRE WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC TO ACCOMMODATE CRAFT STALLS OF GIFTS, HOMEMADE PRODUCE, ROAST CHESTNUTS, MULLED WINE, MINCE PIES, FAIRGROUND RIDES AND ENTERTAINMENT. Free Car Parking Near Lunds of Otley on Westgate, at the point of the road closure. Chevin Coach Park, opposite the cattle market on East Chevin Road will be used by the usual car boot sale until 3pm. Then it will be free car parking for the Victorian Fayre.


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MULHOLLAND CELEBRATES BRITISH PUB WEEK AT THE HALF MOON Greg Mulholland MP, Chairman of the parliamentary Save the Pub Group, celebrated British Pub Week with a visit to The Half Moon Inn in Pool-in-Wharfedale. A well known advocate of the Great British Pub, Greg visited the Half Moon with Martin Kellet of Wharfebank Breweries, which supplies the pub. “I always enjoy visiting pubs in my constituency and given that it was the first ever British Pub Week I could not pass up the opportunity to pop in”, said Greg. “A local pub, selling locally brewed beer is something that should be celebrated, not just during British Pub Week but all year round.” Caption: Greg pictured with (left to right) Tony Jenkins, Vice Chair of Leeds CAMRA, Jim Irvine, landlord of the Half Moon, and Martin Kellaway or Wharfebank Breweries.

Otley Fire Station’s Commander, Nigel Atkins, was delighted to present Andrew Howard, Chairman of Sinclair Printers, with a certificate in recognition of their contribution to Otley’s retained and ‘on-call’ fire service. The National Employer Recognition Scheme was launched in March this year by the then Fire Minister, Shahid Malik. Where it is not economically viable to staff fire stations on a full time basis, the willingness of local companies to allow staff (who have been fully trained by the Fire Service) to be on-call and available to attend fire emergencies during the working day is invaluable. At Sinclairs, Warren Utley constantly carries around an alerter and is ready to leave work and respond to an emergency at any time. It is this availability that allows Otley to be covered by a retained service. Station Commander Nigel Atkins said: “I would like to take this opportunity to pass on my sincere thanks, along with that of the Authority of West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service, to Andrew and his staff at Sinclairs, for allowing Warren to undertake this vital function to the community of Otley.”

the willingness of local companies to allow staff (who have been fully trained by the Fire Service) to be on-call and available to attend fire emergencies during the working day is invaluable

HELP KEEP OTLEY FRIENDS GROUP ALIVE! Since the group was formed five years ago, the Otley Area Friends Group for Martin House Children’s Hospice has raised over £45,000! A fantastic record!

However, due to age or illness, several members of the group (including the organiser) feel unable to carry on. 08 December 2010 |

Without help, it is likely that the Group will disband at the end of the year. If you are interested in taking over the running of the Group, or simply collecting from time to time, please call Vic on 01943 461082.


CONCERT IN AID OF ‘HELP OUR HEROES’ AND BEN SMITHSON Otley Town Councillor, Nigel Francis, is staging a Christmas Concert at the Kings Hall, Ilkley, 7.30pm on Saturday 4th December. The concert will be the climax of a year’s fundraising and the money raised will be split between the Yorkshire Volunteers Band and the ‘Help Our Heroes’ charity. Nigel is also planning a collection for Ben Smithson, a local boy who has Cerebral Palsy and is trying to raise over £45,000 to go to America for treatment. “I pledged that he would go to America and I have always tried my hardest to make sure that young people’s dreams do come true”, said Nigel. “The Otley Vintage Transport Extravaganza this year was a great success and with other fundraising I hope the final cheque will take the Ben Smithson Appeal to over £45,000.” Tickets (£10/£8) are available from Ilkley Tourist Information Office on 01943 602319 or Councillor Nigel Francis on 01943 463467.

DOG FOULING ON OTLEY’S STREETS ISN’T GETTING ANY BETTER Otley’s Muck:up! Campaign team and supporters recently completed a walk to assess the severity of dog fouling on Otley’s streets and open spaces. The walkabout coincides with the distribution of three fantastic posters, which were part of the poster competition run earlier this year. Those present were Sara Quin (founder of Muck:up!), Muck:up! team members, Greg Mulholland MP, PCSO Andrews of West Yorkshire Police, members of Otley Town Council, Stacey Campbell (Head of Leeds City Council Dog Warden Team), concerned dog owners and local children. “I knew the dog fouling situation in Otley was bad but I had no idea it was so bad”, said Sara Quin. “We walked for nearly three hours and every single street we went on had incidents of dog fouling. We need to re-educate all dog-owners and get the message through that it is completely unacceptable for dog owners not to pick up after their dogs.” Anyone wanting a poster to display on their property please contact You can also register your support at the muck:up! Facebook page and by signing the online petition at

OTLEY’S GRAND CHRISTMAS CONCERT A Grand Christmas Concert will take place on Saturday 11th December, 7.30pm in the Wesley Hall, Otley Methodist Church, Boroughgate. The principal performers will be Otley Brass Band and Wharfe Brass, together with Katherine Ormandroyd (soprano) and Tom Martin (tenor), both currently students at Woodhouse Grove School.

The Town Mayor, Councillor Ray Smith, will be among the readers and BBC Radio Leeds Breakfast Show presenter, Katherine Hannah, a former Prince Henry’s pupil, will compère the show. Tickets (£6 adults/£3 children), available by sending SAE and cheque payable to ‘Otley Methodist Church’ to: A Grand Christmas Concert, c/o 76 The Whartons, Otley, LS21 2BS. | December 2010 09


TRADITIONAL DANCE IN ADDINGHAM Addingham Memorial Hall is the centre for a range of community activities, including Addingham Ceilidh Club, which meets once a month to dance and enjoy traditional dances from Yorkshire and all over Britain, as well as Europe and America. On the third Sunday of the month enthusiastic dancers get together to dance to music provided by resident band Beneath the Clock. This highly experienced four piece band adds life and excitement to the evening. The dances are called by similarly experienced callers. You don’t need a partner to join in the fun. It’s a chance to meet plenty of friendly people who have no hang-ups about asking complete strangers for a dance. In addition to the regular monthly two hour sessions (7.30-9.30pm), the club organises the New Year’s Day Ceilidh, which has become an established Yorkshire tradition attracting folk from far and wide. This year Phoenix Ceilidh Band is the booked group. Exciting floor spots, including piping in 2011, enliven the night and although there are only soft drinks on sale you are welcome to take your own alcohol. For more information call Liz Bowen 01943 609393 or Jennie Ellison 01535 664634.

The New Year’s Day Ceilidh features the Phoenix Ceilidh Band which has become an established Yorkshire tradition. Call Trevor Kipling on 01756 794924 for details. Photo: Beneath the Clock

OTLEY SCOUTS AND GUIDES PREPARE FOR BIGGER AND BETTER CHRISTMAS POST SERVICE For the twenty third year in a row, the Otley Parish Church Scouts and Guides Parents’ Association is running its Christmas Card delivery service for Otley. Last year they delivered 10,000 cards and they are hoping to exceed that number this year. Income from this service helps to cover the running costs of the Scouts HQ on Burras Lane for a year. Stamps are on sale now and cost just 20p per card. Collection and deliveries start from Saturday 27th November and run until noon Saturday 18th December. The service is for the town of Otley only – no cards for Clifton, Askwith, Pool, Menston etc please. Also, please don’t post cards with Scout/ Guide stamps in GPO post boxes! More shops and local businesses than ever are supporting the service this year. These include:

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Lloyds Chemists, Kirkgate Patels, Weston Drive Help the Aged, Boroughgate Londis, Weston Lane Petwise, Orchardgate The Gills News, The Gills

Dodgshons, Manor Square Wrenbeck Stores, Wrenbeck Drive Country Markets, Scout & Guide HQ, Burras Lane Cottage Stores, Newall Carr Road Bennett Court, Weston Drive Gordon Larkin Court, Westbourne Grove, Westbourne Convenience Stores, Bradford Road,

A Message from Peter Finlay Chairman, Menston Parish Council Menston Parish Council is currently finalising the display of Christmas lights at Kirklands. In addition to the lighting displays in the trees, the buildings will also be lit up. We are unlikely to rival Blackpool, but I’m sure you will agree, it’s a great display! 2010 has been a busy year for Menston, a large part of it being taken up with a major planning application for land adjacent to Derry Hill. The strength of feeling about this application prompted the formation of Menston Action Group, whose hard work and commitment has inspired more than 1,000 Menston residents to write and object. The Group made a special journey into Bradford to deliver these letters to Bradford Council’s Planning Department. Menston Community Association and the Parish Council also galvanised their forces to scrutinise the application and produced a report identifying the many grounds for objection. I am sure that I speak for everyone when I say that we wait for the next move with bated breath.

This year also saw the delivery of the Parish Council’s Speed Indicator Device (SID) in response to a large number of complaints about speeding traffic, particularly on Bingley Road. Our local Police Community Support Officer has deployed it on several occasions. He is more than happy for local volunteers to accompany him – so if you would like to help, please contact a member of the Parish Council. Our new notice board outside the library lists our contact details. After my last Christmas message, ‘Use it, or Lose it’, I am particularly pleased to see the opening of two new shops in Menston; and the re-opening of the village bakery and would like to encourage everyone to support them. I would like to wish everyone a Happy Christmas and a Peaceful New Year.


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Alcohol. Copious amounts are consumed throughout the season. People start stocking up in early December as if prohibition were making a comeback. Coca Cola Advert. We all know Christmas doesn’t really start until that Coca Cola ad comes on TV.


Dolling Up. Get out those glad rags! There are parties to go to. Dry clean that tux, dust off that ball gown, make a hair appointment and have a facial!


Family. Petty arguments spring up, the kids are on a sugar-induced hyperactive rampage, Granny is grumpy in the corner, but we all come together to feast and be merry.


He’s Behind You! What would Christmas be without a cheesy pantomime?

It’s a Wonderful Life. Popcorn, blankets, cosy fire and a Christmas classic.


Baubles. Who knew there were so many varieties? It’s a nightmare! You could just spray paint a couple of golf balls and leave it at that, but every year you are enticed to buy more. Making your own can be fun. Over the years we have collected beautiful decorations – some made by friends and relations, some by children at primary school, some purchased at art or craft fairs. Each one tells a story which is conjured up each time you hang it on a tree. Embarrassing Moments. With all that food, drink, tinsel and the possibility of a karaoke machine, Yuletide is a minefield of embarrassing moments waiting to happen.

Gifts. We spend a great deal of time stressing about what gift to get for whom. Hopefully, you’ve kept your November issues of North Leeds Life and are making use of our Gift Guide!

Jingle Bells. You may not hear bells the rest of the year, but soon as December rolls around, there’s a bell ringing version of every song ever created.

Kids. Of course the season is all about the kids, with their list of demands and attempts to convince us they haven’t been naughty all year (we’ll just brush that month of detentions aside). But at midnight on Christmas Eve, like magic, we’re all kids once more (clearly, we’ve watched that Coca Cola advert one too many times).





Negotiations. Where will you have Christmas dinner? What’s the maximum spend on any one gift? Christmas is like working at the United Nations when it comes to keeping everyone happy. Office Parties. A great chance to see your uptight co-workers let loose – something to mock them about for the rest of the year! Returns. It may be ‘the thought that counts’, but there are an awful lot of returns and exchanges happening come January. Be sure to hang on to those receipts! Santa. No matter how old you are, it’s always a thrill to see a really authentic looking Santa Claus. Deep down, we all hope for a Miracle on 34th Street. TV. It’d be easy to do nothing but watch TV over Christmas. The soaps are the real treat though. In real life, Christmas is a joyous time, in soaps, it’s full of punch ups, explosions and murder. Wrapping Paper. There is some truly beautiful wrapping paper around and it makes for a lovely looking pile of gifts under the tree. Remember to recycle though!



Last Minute Shopping. No matter how prepared we think we are, there’s always that one gift that slips under the radar that we end up trawling the shops for at the eleventh hour.


Christmas is like working at the United Nations when it comes to keeping everyone happy.

Music. Christmas is a wonderful time of year but the music is awful. It’s the same six songs played on repeat for six weeks. If we hear ‘Wonderful Christmastime’ one more time… If you’re looking for Christmas music that has a little more edge, try the Ramsey Lewis, Beach Boys or Blind Boys of Alabama Christmas albums, Winter Winds by Mumford and Sons, Fairytale of New York by the Pogues and Kirsty MacColl. And, if you prefer something a little more dramatic, there’s always Christmas Sarajevo 12/24 by Trans Siberian Orchestra. Pine Needles. There’s nothing quite like the smell of a lovely Christmas tree permeating through the house, but you’re vacuuming up pine needles until February. Quality Street. You’re already thinking of your favourites, aren’t you? We will arm wrestle anyone for one of those flat, toffee ones with the gold wrappers. Unity. Whatever feud is happening between family and friends, let’s call a ceasefire over the Yuletide season.

Visitors. You may not see people all year, but at Christmas, everyone comes around. Come January, you’ll have had so many people through your house, you’ll wish you’d have charged admission. X-rays. Is Christmas really complete without at least one trip to the hospital? We think not. Icy pavements, food poisoning, alcohol poisoning, falling over gifts – something will get you!

Yelling. If you manage to make it through the stress of the Yuletide season without letting fly at someone at least once, you deserve a Nobel Peace Prize.


Zzzzz. It may well be a joyous time of year, but it’s also utterly exhausting. ‘Tis definitely the season to have extra naps!


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‘TIS THE SEASON TO BE JOLLY INDULGENT! Christmas is one of the busiest times of the year for cooks. Family and friends are welcomed in, often in great numbers, solely, it appears, to cram vast amounts of food into their rather rotund bellies! Whether it’s a few festive drinks with vol-au-vents and little rounds of smoked salmon, or the visit of rarely seen uncles and aunts for whom an anisescented ham with plenty of trimmings is in order, there is always work to be done. Festive flavours are rich, spicy and aromatic, with plenty of booze and fruit: orange and cloves; brandy and port with plums; nutmeg and allspice. Turkey, however, I find disappoints. There is something very uninspiring in the slightly bland meat, which, if not cooked very precisely can be rather dry. For this reason many enjoy lovely feathered game birds, or maybe a goose with fat so bountiful as to never let the meat dry out. And, it provides utterly superb roast potatoes! Or, how about trying the gamier pheasant or partridge? In fact, push the boat out, and roast a leg or loin of wild boar! I have called a handful of local butchers in north Leeds and all could supply these with a bit of notice. Later this week I shall be stuffing a loin of wild boar with chestnuts and mushrooms, after a long soak in some red wine (the boar, not myself!), then very slowly roasting it. 14 December 2010 |

Later this week I shall be stuffing a loin of wild boar with chestnuts and mushrooms, after a long soak in some red wine (the boar, not myself!) Cooking is a wonderful way to gain an insight into other cultures and history and to find inspiration. Scandinavian Christmas food provides a welcome change from hearty British dishes – Salmon Gravad Lax is an easy to prepare, refreshing alternative to smoked salmon, and the potato and anchovy gratin dish Jansson’s Temptation is remarkably versatile if you’re looking for a way to turn yesterday’s leftovers into something new and exciting. For sweets, the only place to turn to is Italy: the light, sweet cake of Pannatone and Pandoro, the bittersweet almond Ricciarelli and Amaretti biscuits, and my mother’s favourite – the candied fruitcake Panforte. We may chastise ourselves for overindulging at this time of year, but why not? It’s a time to savour special treats and ingredients not enjoyed throughout the year. It shouldn’t be dreaded as a time of toil and hard work, but looked forward to and addressed with more celebratory flair than usual. Just spare a thought for the cook!


THE PERFECT PRESENT FOR ANIMAL LOVERS! Hope Pastures was set up in 1974 to rescue abused horses and donkeys. Along with providing a lovely environment where young people can learn about caring for horses in a natural setting, the sanctuary also runs an adoption scheme. In the run up to winter, when food and bedding bills are the highest, Hope Pastures needs to increase the number of adoptions to raise much needed funds. The horses and donkeys can be adopted from just £12 a year. Supporters will help to feed and look after these animals, safe in the knowledge that none of this money is spent on admin, 100% goes towards the animals’ care.

Adoptions can be completed online at, by dropping in to the Sanctuary on Weetwood Lane, or by calling 0113 279 1856.

For each adoption the recipient will receive an adoption certificate, a photograph of their chosen horse or donkey, a history of the animal and the chance to visit 365 days a year. This could be the ideal Christmas present for animal lovers.

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It was a love of independent gift shops that prompted Lynne Denton and Rachel Mitten to open Wrapped back in 2005. With no retail experience (except for Lynne’s Saturday job at Woolworths back in the late 70s!), they took the plunge and their small but perfectly formed shop has been selling beautiful, unusual and quirky gifts ever since. Whatever the occasion, Wrapped have got it covered. Make sure you take a peek inside next time you’re in Horsforth.

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We love advising people and helping them choose the most suitable gifts, and hope that our enthusiasm for the products inspires them. Apart from the free advice (!), we offer a free wrapping service (with an opportunity to make a donation to Martin House Hospice).

Wrapped is an Aladdin’s Cave of unusual, high quality gifts and accessories, with fabulous selections not only for women, but also men and babies.

With Christmas rapidly approaching, we think our table accessories in bold reds and purples will be a great hit and will make any table look absolutely superb. We also have gifts for men that are quirky and amusing, including leather goods, cufflinks and a range of gifts from the Danish company Menu. We also have a great selection of on-trend ‘Stacking Rings’ that allow you to create your own striking jewellery. Plus there are beautiful silk scarves, stylish handbags and wonderful teddy bears from Gund and Charlie Bears. And, our baby gifts are gorgeous!



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We love choosing the products for Wrapped and we think our choice reflects what our customers really like – high quality, individual items, with a touch of humour and at just the right price. We have a fantastic selection of greetings cards and can even offer a ‘custom made’ service for special occasions. And, we are definitely the shop for stocking fillers.


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Christmas is bad news for the environment so how can we enjoy the festive season and keep it ‘green’? Planning is important when supermarket shopping. Buy what you need so there is no waste. Reduce food miles by choosing local and seasonal vegetables and meat. Avoid cards with glitter or metallic wrapping paper as neither can be easily recycled. Trees with a cut trunk can be recycled at many Leeds Council facilities. However, if you buy a tree with roots, it can be planted in your garden and dug up year after year. LED bulbs, for the tree lights, use less electricity than the traditional. Remember to keep the central heating thermostat at a sensible, not tropical setting!

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After Christmas, remember to recycle all you can. St Chad’s Church web site ( net/st.chads./giving/recycling ) gives details of many local charities which are happy to receive your pre-loved possessions, or unwanted gifts looking for a new home. In the New Year, resolve to live greener! Suzanne Dalton, St Chad’s Green Team


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For presents, why not try one of the many ‘virtual gifts’ offered by charities? There are many environmentally friendly options from adopting a pygmy hippo to planting a mile of hedgerow – the choice is bewildering. Perhaps a subscription to the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust or The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds would spark a dormant interest in nature. The junior equivalents are Wildlife Watch and Young Explorers. A selection of food and a feeder to attract the local birds (a squirrel guard is almost essential in suburban gardens) will give hours of interest and pleasure. How about making gifts? One of our favourites last year was a cardboard box, covered with Christmas paper and filled with beautifully decorated jars of home made chutneys, jams and lavender bags. This gift had so much love and care wrapped in it, we were thrilled recipients.


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Bird Watch with Stan Kenyon Woodpeckers climb and excavate nest holes in trees. Their drumming action on dead wood in spring is a sure sign of their presence on territory. Flight is in deep undulations. Of the three all-year residents, the most familiar is the great spotted woodpecker in woods, parks and gardens and now a regular visitor to bird tables. It is a black and white bird with large oval shoulder patches and red under the tail. Males only have a red hind crown. Bright green with crimson crowns, green woodpeckers are larger and more rural, preferring open areas near trees which resound with their loud laughing calls. Lesser spotted woodpeckers, only chaffinch size, are black above with white bars across wings and back, the male sporting a red crown. Shy and elusive, they inhabit deciduous woods, parkland and river valleys with alders. The first two are increasing widely but the lesser spotted is now very scarce, though easily overlooked.

Otley Farmers’ Market The Otley Christmas Farmers’ Market will be held on Sunday 19 December on Otley Market Place from 9.00 am to 1.00 pm. In addition to all your usual favourites, there will be seasonal products to tempt the visitor and specially prepared Christmas gifts. Come along, savour the atmosphere and get all your Christmas goodies! 18 December 2010 |



I’m pretty strict when it comes to celebrations. Birthdays? Fine. Anniversaries? Only significant ones. Work leaving parties? – well how long did they work there? If it was only a few months they can really stroll off into the sunset without me chipping in for a gift. I don’t partake in dancing around Stonehenge for the summer solstice, I hate Halloween and don’t even talk to me about Bonfire night. But Christmas….ahh, I LOVE Christmas. I love Christmas lights and shopping when it’s a bit nippy out. I say I don’t mind it being a bit nippy – having spent the last three years living in Canada, nippiness is much preferred to the minus 35, snow up to your knees, fear of frostbite kind of cold that goes with Christmas there. I love how the season makes everyone a little happier. It even manages to melt my ice queen heart. I love sending Christmas cards, making eggnog and hiding presents before the big day. And, I feel at ease with you now so I trust you enough to tell you this: I may very well be 29, but I am still the first one up on Christmas morning, waking everyone up to open gifts. I love all of that, I really do. The only thing I can’t stand about Christmas is the music. Can we all just make a pact to put the Mariah Carey Christmas album and that God awful song by Slade in an incinerator? .............................................................................................


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By Kath Hall, Paxton Horticultural Society


Another year is nearly over and once again we have had all sorts of weather thrown at us. As the year progressed, some things have been late, others early – frustrating, especially if you had planned to enter a local show. Deciduous shrubs and trees can be pruned into shape now, taking away any crossed branches. In a small garden you may need to reduce their size slightly, but do not prune back too much. Hopefully, if you have grown sprouts, we will

have had a frost – it makes them taste much better! Potatoes planted in August will be just about ready for the Christmas table. Nothing much is going on in the garden in December, but no doubt some gardeners will find a job or two to do – even if it’s just cleaning and oiling their spades, forks etc. before putting them away.

Beecroft Infants School Gardening Club. Hopefully we are passing on some of our knowledge, as well as surplus plants for their greenhouse or vegetable plot. In the last three years we have seen the plot really take shape and last year Graham gave it a good digging over and installed wooden boards round the edges to stop any grass encroaching.

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Each year they empty their compost bins on to it, resulting in the soil being in much better condition than when they started. In the autumn they usually plant shallots,

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onions and garlic sets, they also grow a good range of vegetables and last year managed to grow aubergines in the greenhouse. We have children’s classes in our four shows each year and all the classes in the school enter. In the early autumn show we put on a display of the vegetables grown by the children. The vegetable judges usually award a ‘highly commended’ card, giving the children a real boost. After all, these are our gardeners of the future! A Very Happy Christmas and New Year to all.


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Shape-shifters, spirits and ghostly apparitions will haunt the West Yorkshire Playhouse stage this Christmas in Charles Dickens’ classic seasonal tale A Christmas Carol. This timeless story has been adapted by award-winning playwright Bryony Lavery and seasoned composer Jason Carr into a spectacular new musical. Following its critically acclaimed staging at Birmingham Repertory Theatre last year, A Christmas Carol is brought to the Playhouse by director Nikolai Foster and designer Colin Richmond and is sure to keep the whole family on the edge of their seats as strange apparitions and spooky spectres reveal the true meaning of Christmas.

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A new cast is headed by Philip Whitchurch, who played Billy’s father in Broadway and West End productions of Billy Elliot. He also played Chief Inspector Philip Cato in The Bill and kooky neighbour Tyler in six series of BBC One sitcom My Hero. Mrs Fezziwig is played by accomplished actress and singer Beverly Klein, and Robert Finlayson and Sarah Moyle fill the roles of Bob and Mrs Cratchitt. This spectacular musical is at The Playhouse until Saturday 15th January. Tickets can be reserved by calling the Box Office on 0113 213 7700 or visiting

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We organise visits to major new buildings throughout the year, every February we put on a series of lunchtime talks on the history of Leeds, and in the summer there is a programme of guided walks exploring the history of the city, followed by a buffet supper. But there is more! The Leeds Civic Trust bookshop is the best place to look for books on the history of Leeds – books of pictures, old maps, the history of particular buildings, the history of Leeds transport, and books on almost every district of the city. Most are surprisingly inexpensive, with many costing less than £5. All have that special local appeal and would make excellent Christmas presents. Our bookshop, in Wharf Street, just off The Calls, is open 10am – 1pm Monday to Friday. You can also buy gift tokens for books or for membership. And you could even sign up as a member yourself!

LEEDS PHIL TO PERFORM FULL MESSIAH Leeds Philharmonic Chorus will perform Handel’s Messiah in its entirety at Leeds Town Hall on Saturday 11th December. The Chorus is looking forward to the challenge of singing it in full, as it is more usual to sing this work with several movements omitted. The Phil will be accompanied by the highly-regarded Manchester Camerata, one of the UK’s leading chamber orchestras, conducted by Mark Hindley. Mark took over as Chorus Master in 2008 and, together with Music Director David Hill, has been helping the Phil go from strength to strength. The soloists are four exciting, award-winning young singers: soprano Sarah Power, alto Julianne Young, tenor James Greer, and bass Philip Smith. The organist is Christopher Johns. Tickets £15-£30 from Box Office 0113 224 3801 or


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ILKLEY MANOR HOUSE: HISTORY, GALLERY AND CRAFTS! The Manor House is one of Ilkley’s oldest buildings. Standing on the remains of the Roman fort of Olicana, today the Manor House is an attractive museum and art gallery. On the ground floor are Roman artefacts from the fort and surrounding area, together with details of Ilkley as a Victorian spa town, where people flocked to take the Water Cure. The first floor galleries showcase regularly changing temporary exhibitions. The Manor House is no dreary moth ball of Ilkley’s past, but a lively hub of activities, performances, school visits and exhibitions provided by the local authority and Friends of the Manor House, a lively support group. People of all ages can take part in the workshops, view the exhibitions and museum and attend concerts and talks. The venue also plays host to events which showcase local arts and crafts, like the annual Presence Exhibition, a 3D Selling exhibition which runs until 9th January and offers an opportunity to buy some of the best of local crafts in time for Christmas. Ilkley Manor House, Castle Yard, Church St, Ilkley. Tel: 01943 600066 The Manor House is a lively hub of activities, performances, school visits and exhibitions provided by the local authority and Friends of the Manor House

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Courthouse Rocks: The Lysergic Suite Fri 3 Dec, 7.30pm at Otley Courthouse. Club night with the best of local & regional talent. The Lysergic Suite recently recorded with Tim Meighan of Kasabian. Tickets: £6 Martyn Joseph Fri 3 Dec, Brudenell Social Club, Queens Rd, LS6. ‘Somewhere between Mark Knopfler & Chris Rea, with touches of Springsteen grit’. The Mighty Furtles Sat 4 Dec, 9pm Whitakers, Kirkgate, Otley. Great rock ‘n’ roll. Saw Doctors Sat 4 Dec, O2 Academy, £21.50. Classic electric folk rock from Tuam with a good Irish sense of humour thrown in.

Orchestra of Opera North Sat 4 Dec, Leeds Town Hall. 7:30pm, £9.50 – £27.50. Includes Rimsky-Korsakov’s Overture: May Night, Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No 3, & Stravinsky’s The Firebird.

Crabophone Presents! Biscuithead & the Biscuit Badgers, Naymedici from Manchester, Ukulele Bitchslap plus Phillip Johnson’s short film Manhattan. Sat 4 Dec 8pm at The Pack Horse, Woodhouse Lane, LS2 Basquiat Strings + Seb Rochford Sat 4 Dec, Howard Assembly Room. 7:45pm, £10. An intimate show of string-led dark jazz featuring the mesmerising drums of Seb Rochford from Polar Bear.

Sex & Docks & Rock ‘n’ Roll: Red Ladder Theatre Company Sun 5 Dec, 7.30pm at Otley Courthouse. Musical comedy by Chumbawamba’s Boff Whalley, set in 1960’s Liverpool. Tickets: £9/£7 in advance, £10/£8 on door

Bayou Gumbo Tues 7 Dec, 9pm, The Junction, Bondgate, Otley. Cajun folk. Brodsky Quartet Tues 7 Dec, 7.30pm, The Venue, Leeds College of Music, playing Schubert, Korngold, Beethoven. Tickets: £19/£17 from 0113 224 3801 www.

Otley Folk Club Ev Wed, 8pm at Korks Wine Bar, Bondgate, Otley. Duncan McFarlane Fri 10 Dec, 8pm, Korks Wine Bar, Bondgate, Otley. Solid, energetic, English electric folk, full of pumping riffs & loads of energy. £7.50

Counterfeit Stones Fri 10 Dec, 7.45pm, Kings Hall, Ilkley. Professor Green Sat 11 Dec, O2 Academy, £13.50. One of the UK’s best freestylers/ rappers who has produced & collaborated with a host of musicians. Matt Partner Sat 11 Dec, 9.30pm at Whitakers, Kirkgate, Otley. Country blues guitarist & vocalist. Leeds Philharmonic Chorus, Manchester Camerata Sat 11 Dec, Leeds Town Hall. 7:15pm. £15 - £30. A performance of Handel’s Messiah in its entirety. Quodlibet Sat 11 Dec, 7.30pm, Grove Methodist Church, Town St. Horsforth. Early Music specialists. Tickets (£5) 0113 258 2662. Wang Dang Doodle Tues 14 Dec, 9pm, The Junction, Bondgate, Otley. Southern Soul. Acoustic Ladyland Wed 15 Dec, Brudenell Social Club, Queens Rd, LS6. £7.50. Electric jazz group that plays dirty rock ‘n’roll. Biscuithead & the Biscuit Badgers Thurs 16 Dec, 8pm at The Motley Club, Korks, Bondgate, Otley. Virtuosic piano, delicious drumming, twanging ukulele, astounding vocals & a tuba! £7.50


Mark Olson Thurs 2 Dec, Brudenell Social Club, Queens Rd, LS6. £12. Americana crooner, former with critically acclaimed altcountry band The Jayhawkers


James Taylor Quartet Thurs 2 Dec, Leeds University Union, £10. The legendary UK funkmeister & Hammond guru playing rare groove & jazz funk, mixed with a little soul.


................................................................................................................................................................................................... The Lord Mayor’s Carol Concerts Thurs 16 Dec, 6.30pm & 8.30pm, Leeds Town Hall, with Leeds Philharmonic Chorus & Rothwell Temperance Brass Band, in support of Lord Mayor’s charity appeals. £5/ £2.50 from 0113 224 3801 Roots: Brendan Croker & Support Fri 17 Dec, 8pm The New Headingley Club, 56 St Michael’s Rd. Country Blues. Concert of Christmas Music Fri 17 Dec, 7.30pm Christchurch Methodist URC, The Grove, Ilkley. Bella Hardy: Bright Morning Star Tour Sat 18 Dec, 8pm at Otley Courthouse. Tickets: £8 - £11. A young, talented folk singer from the Peak District. on tour with special guests Anna Massie & Chris Sherburn Cantores Olicanae Family Carol Concert Sat 18 Dec, 7pm, St Margaret’s Parish Church, Queens Road, Ilkley. Tickets from Grove Bookshop 01943 878426. Dave Challis Band: And All That Jazz Sun 19 Dec, 1 – 4pm, The Wheatley Arms, Wheatley Lane, Ben Rhydding. Wild Hogs Tues 21 Dec, 9pm, The Junction, Bondgate, Otley. Great rock ‘n’ roll.


ALBUM REVIEW The Jim Jones Revue – Burning Your House Down


The latest release from this London based outfit hits the ground running and the breakneck pace doesn’t let up. The Jim Jones sound draws heavily on 50’s Rock ‘n’ Roll and the garage rock proto-punk of The Sonics, MC5 and The Stooges, by way of psychobilly groups like The Cramps. Opener Dishonest John sets the stall out early, its clattery intro giving way to a cavalcade of propulsive drums, frantic piano pounding, heavy riffing distorted guitars and the throat ripping, strangulated vocal of a man possessed.

By Brendan Campbell

It pretty much chugs on in this vein for the rest of the album. It’s relentlessly high octane and the band hammer it out like they damn well mean it, playing with verve, rhythmic precision and, particularly on piano, keen dexterity. What the record may lack in textural variety it makes up for with consistency and a singularity of purpose; it rocks really hard and it’s very loud. Simply put, these boys aren’t messing around. I’ve heard that The Jim Jones Revue magic really comes alive on stage and I can well believe their live shows are a riot. However, while Burning Your House Down is a well produced, impressively performed set of songs guaranteed to get the blood pumping, it benefits somewhat from its brevity. Were it to exceed its thirty three minutes by much it would risk outstaying it’s welcome. | December 2010 27

PIXEL JUNKIES TOP 5 FOR CHRISTMAS Over the last few years, more and more blockbuster video games have topped both children’s and some adults Christmas lists, causing a decision- making headache! That’s why this year North Leeds Life and Pixel Junkies have teamed up to bring you the definitive list of must have titles for this year’s festive season. Merry Christmas! XBOX/PS3/PC BBFC 18+ Call of Duty Black Ops With undoubtedly the largest following of any multiplayer console game ever, the sequel to last year’s COD: Modern Warfare 2, will be kicking butt and taking names this Christmas. An essential purchase for any tactical combat fan; Black Ops is not for the faint hearted or casual gamer. Featuring an all new, cinematic campaign and intense multiplayer action, Black Ops is bound to be at the top of many lists.


Wii BBFC N/A Just Dance 2 Another hugely popular sequel arrives in the form of this Wii based dancing extravaganza – this time the follow-up to 2009’s biggest surprise sales success. Just Dance 2 features a huge range of popular songs from the recent past right back to the 1950s, offering something for all the family and crucially allowing two players to dance together in time! Just Dance 2 is the perfect party game this Christmas.


PC BBFC N/A Football Manager 2011 Some might say this is a strange inclusion in a Christmas top five, but Football Manager titles return year on year and have always proved to be ‘Man of the Match’ in the race for the title of ‘Best Football Management Simulation’. Now with improved on and off pitch control, an enhanced 3D graphics engine and more players, teams and leagues than ever before, this year’s FM is without doubt the best yet.


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Wii BBFC N/A (PEGI 15+) James Bond: Goldeneye 007 This year’s remake of the classic N64 Goldeneye is important not only for nostalgic fans of the original, but also for a new generation of Bond and action game fans alike. Good news then, that the new Goldeneye is an enjoyable, well conceived reimagining of the best selling original game. Featuring all the best scenarios from the original film and a superb offline multiplayer mode with plenty of levels and characters, Goldeneye also offers fantastic value for money.


PS3 BBFC N/A Gran Turismo 5 With more delays than any other game in history, it’s debatable whether GT5 will emerge in time for Christmas at all. Despite this, early play testing of Sony’s epic racing simulator suggests that it will be more than worth the wait, with superb visuals, improved crash damage and improved AI coming together to create the most realistic game in its genre. Support for some of the most complex Racing Wheel/Pedal peripherals yet made also hints at GT5’s serious racing pedigree and could be an ideal gift for dad or older brother!



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CINDERELLA COMES TO THE CARRIAGEWORKS Prepare to shout at the villains and cheer the heroes when Cinderella comes to The Carriagworks this month. The show tells the traditional Christmas rags-to-riches story, complete with magic wand, pumpkins, a glittering coach, glass slipper and a spell which breaks when the clock chimes midnight. Featuring stunning scenery, colourful costumes, creative choreography, an action-packed storyline, slapstick comedy and plenty of audience participation, Cinderella is sure to be a festive hit with people of all ages. Actress Sue Hodge, who played cheeky French waitress and resistance fighter Mimi Labonq in the long-running BBC series ‘Allo ‘Allo, takes on the role of Fairy Godmother, CBBC presenter Jez Edwards, returns to The Carriageworks as Buttons, and Suzanne David stars as Cinderella, while ugly sisters Trinny (Roger Darrock) and Susannah (Stephen Howe), will be doing all they can to stop the happily-ever-after ending! ‘Cinderella’ is at The Carriageworks, Millennium Square, Leeds, from Friday 3rd December until Sunday 8th January. Tickets available from the Box Office on 0113 224 3801 or online at www.carriageworkstheatre.

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NEW ACTIVITIES 32 AT OTLEY ST. MARY’S CHILDREN’S CENTRE IN THE PINK! To support Breast Cancer Awareness month, St. Mary’s Menston Sixth Formers and staff were ‘tickled pink’! They sported their favourite pink items, held pink-themed bun sales, and collected donations from students throughout the school. They raised £292 and hope to continue supporting this important cause.

Otley Children’s Centre is planning some new activities, including Healthy Eating and Nutrition for the Really Young (HENRY) and a Rising Fives group, which will help under 5s to develop their literacy and social skills, at the Cross Green Centre. In addition to the weekly Stay and Play, Mini Movers and Baby Time sessions, parents and carers are invited to join the Parent Support Group, weekend sessions for dads and kids, and the Parent Forum. To celebrate new births, parents are invited to a monthly new baby celebration. The Centre also hosted a special event for the Baby Café breastfeeding drop-in and hopes to see more mums using this weekly informal drop-in session. Add monthly Kidscope Advice and Job Centre Plus sessions to the mix and you can see how busy Otley Children’s Centre is. For further information, call 01943 467379, visit the Centre at Ashfield Primary Site, Weston Lane, Otley, or go to www.otleychildrenscentre.

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Baby Rascals Are you a new Mum? Would you like to meet others & enjoy a cup of coffee? Come to The Scout Hut on Burras Lane, Otley, on Wednesdays, 1 – 2.45pm (term time). Details: 01943 463 815. Chevin Wildlife WATCH Group Fun kids & parents group run by volunteers in partnership with Yorkshire Wildlife Trust & one of the longest running WATCH Group in Yorkshire. Activities every 1st Sat & 3rd Sun. Details: Jennifer Watts on 0113 237 5320, chevinwildlifewatch@ Otley Children’s Centre Provides free groups & information for parents & carers of children aged 0 – 5. The centre is open 9am – 5pm all year round. Groups include: stay & play sessions, baby signing, mini-movers, baby cafe, parenting courses & many

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Beginners & Improvers Dancing in Menston Fri 3 Dec, 7.30pm (beginners), 8.30pm (improvers) at Kirklands Community Centre. To reserve your place contact Bernard or Barbara Harrison on 01943 873254 or

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.

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Otley Short Walks For All Walks up to 3 miles start from Otley Courthouse Wed am. Please arrive before 10.15am. Often use local buses, so bring bus fare or bus pass. Sensible footwear advisable! Details: 01943 465542, 01943 865585.


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. Otliensians Hockey Club Looking to get fit and have fun? Look no further - we do both! Women’s teams in both Yorkshire 1st & 5th divisions. Training Thurs 7 - 8pm, Ben Rhydding sports ground. Everyone welcome. Details: Sue 07793 841822 or www.

Otley Walkers Twice weekly walks, 5 – 20 miles. Weekends away & special events. New members welcome. Annual membership £5. Get the programme & try before joining. Details: 01943 875 995, otleywalkers@ Sequence Tea Dance Old Pool Bank Village Hall, Fri 2 – 4pm. A great way to exercise & socialise. All welcome. Details: 0113 284 2126. Women’s Morris Dancing Open Nights, Tues 7.30pm, Hunsworth Community Centre, BD19 (near Junction 26 of M62). Persephone Morris Side open nights to recruit new members. Details: Rose Hudson 0113 256

Yarnbury Angling Club Matches held 1st Sun of month. Members only. Coach transfers to & from venues. Membership details: Adrian Addy on 07956 964713.

Chinese Brush Painters Society Sat 4 Dec, 10am - 4pm at Pool-in-Wharfedale Memorial Village Hall, Arthington Lane, Pool. Honorary Member, Brian Morgan will teach Chinese Paper Cutting, combined with a buffet lunch. New members welcome. Details: Anne Allan 01422 368482, mail@ Guiseley Art Club Mon 1.30 – 4pm (excl-bank hols), Oxford Rd Methodist Church Hall, Guiseley. New members welcome. Details: Monica 0113 267 7726. Pool Art Group Fri 10am12pm, Pool Methodist Church. Support & encouragement from fellow artists/all levels. Details: 0113 203 7952.




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38 Presence: VIIII Sat 27 Nov – Sun 9 Jan at Manor House Art Gallery & Museum, Ilkley. The annual contemporary arts & crafts show & sale displaying the talents of craft makers based locally. Otley Scribblers Do you enjoy creative writing? New weekly sessions begin at Otley Courthouse, Fri 10am–12pm. Details: 01943 465 568. COFFEE MORNINGS, FAIRS & MARKETS Burley in Wharfedale Farmers Market Sun 5 Dec (Christmas market with Otley Brass Band), 10am – 2pm in the Red Lion Car Park. Christmas Craft Fair Sat 4 Dec, 10am – 4pm at Christchurch Methodist/ URC, Ilkley. Handmade crafts & gift stalls supporting Sue Ryder Care. Coffee Morning Every Sat, Otley Methodist Church Wesley Hall, 10am–12 noon. Homemade cakes, scones etc & a friendly atmosphere. Access Boroughgate & Walkergate (disabled access). Coffee Morning Fri 17 Dec, 9.30 - 11.30am at Otley Methodist church Hall. In aid of Otley Support Group for Sue Ryder Care, Wheatfields Hospice. Cakes & books. Support your local hospice! Otley Country Market Christmas Spectacular Fri

17 Dec, 11.30am at Burras Lane Scout Hut, Otley. Geniunely homemade & hand crafted produce. Refreshments available ‘Reaching Out’ Fair (The Widow’s Group) Sun 12 Dec at the St John Ambulance Hall, Gay Lane, Otley. Tombola, raffle, crafts, health foods, baking, jacket potatoes, hot soup & drinks. Magician Jack Diamond will make an ‘Appearance’ GROUPS/CLUBS Aireborough Soroptimist International meets 1st & 3rd Wed of month, 7.30pm at Guiseley Methodist Church, Oxford Road, Guiseley Organisation for professional women addressing issues of importance to women worldwide. If you would like to volunteer in an atmosphere of support, friendship & fun, contact them. Details: Janet Lockwood 07947 695093. Alwoodley Motor Club Every other Thurs 8.30 – 9pm at The Wharfedale Inn, Arthington Lane, Pool in Wharfedale. All welcome. Details: 0113 391 0403 www.alwoodleymc. Ben Rhydding Women’s Institute Meets 2nd Thurs of each month, 2pm at B.R. Methodist Church Hall. All welcome. Baby Rascals Are you a new Mum? Would you like to meet others & enjoy a

cup of coffee? Come to The Scout Hut on Burras Lane, Otley, on Wednesdays, 1 – 2.45pm (term time). Details: 01943 463 815. Burley in Wharfedale & District Probus Club New Members Needed! Retired or semi-retired professionals & businessmen welcome. Fortnightly meetings in Salem United Reformed Church hall, Burley in Wharfedale. Varied programme of speakers, social events, quizzes & outings. Details: Brian Clayton 01943 862373 Cat loving volunteers wanted! Join friendly new cat welfare group supporting feral & stray cats. Fundraisers needed to raise funds for food, cat kennels & vet costs. Fosterers also needed full support given. Details: 07876 212 518,, www. Chevin Division Trefoil Guild meets 7.30pm on 1st Mon of the month in Otley or Guiseley. The group offers a varied calendar of events, with opportunities for travel, adventure & broadening your horizons, & supports Girl Guiding UK. Details: 01943 872892. Friends of Chevin Forest Park Practical conservation work such as vegetation clearance, step building or meadow management on 2nd Sun of every month. Details:

The Countryside Rangers 0113 237 5312 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 Cycle Club. Details: Rob 01943 468664, 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. Ilkley Wharfedale Rotary Club Small friendly club welcomes both male & female members. Meetings held at Craiglands Hotel, Ilkley, Tues 8pm. Details: Georges Lepelley 01943 600712 or www.ilkleywharfedale. Kirklands Bridge Club Menston rubber bridge club meets at Kirklands alt Tues evenings. Details: Dorrie Waugh 01943 872771/ Carol Cowell 0113 267 0426. Leeds Caledonian Society Wed 15 Dec, social evening at The stables, Back Church Lane, Adel. Annual Burns Dinner at Castle Grove 22 Jan. Details: 267 0424, www.

40 Leeds Feline Friends Can you give a cat in need a good home away from a busy road? Please take a look on Details: 216 0593,, PO Box 294, Leeds, LS16 0ES Leeds Geological Association AGM & Conversazione Thurs 9 Dec, 7pm in the Rupert Beckett Lecture Theatre, Michael Sadler Building, Leeds University. Followed by refreshments. Visitors welcome. Details:www. Leeds Hospital Alert Small group of concerned people campaigning for preservation of the NHS. Next meeting Thurs 16 Dec, 7.30pm, Muir Court, St Michael’s Rd. LS6. Details: Beatrice Rogers 0113 278 5495. Leeds Naturalists’ Club & Scientific Association meets alternate Mon, 7.15pm in Museum & Seminar Room, Miall Block, Faculty of Biological Sciences, University of Leeds. Enjoy a series of talks on natural history subjects in winter, field meetings & exhibit evenings in summer. Details: Peter Larner 0113 261 2589, http// com/site/leedsnaturalistsclub Leeds Oxfam Group holds open evenings with invited speakers & arranges events & activities across the city in support of

Oxfam. Meetings 1st Wed of each month, 7.30 pm, Civic Hall. Next meetings 1 Dec, 12 Jan. Details: Pauline Neale 0113 269 3542 Menston Community Association meets Wed 1 Dec, 7.30pm at the Methodist Church Hall. All Menston residents are invited to attend monthly meetings & get involved. It’s your village & your association! Menston in Bloom meets Wed 15 Dec, 7.30pm at the Methodist Church Hall. Details: Menston Gardeners’ Club Thurs 16 Dec, 7.30pm . Social Evening at St John’s Church Hall. 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. 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,,

Otley in Bloom A friendly group of volunteers who work to improve the green environment of the town. New members welcome. Meetings at Otley Courthouse, 7pm first Tues of every month. Otley Camera Club Meets Thurs at Prince Henry’s Grammar School, 7pm. Packed programme of speakers & competitions. Improve your skills & get more from your camera. Details: 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 Film Society Wed 22 Dec, 2.30pm, Otley Courthouse. ‘UP’ Disney Pixar animated comedy adventure about a 78 year old man who ties balloons to his house & flies away with an 8 year old stowaway. Tickets: £3.50/£2 Otley Lions Club Meets 1st & 3rd Mon of each month at the Red Lion, Otley. New members welcome. Book sale last Fri & Sat of each month in the passage way next to the Red Lion. Varied social activities, dinners, meetings, quizzes. Details

David McDowell 01943 467551, Eric Booth 01943 467900. Otley Little Theatre Live theatre & musical events in Otley. New members welcome – acting, singing, dancing & anyone who can help with technical backstage. Details: Lee Wells 01943 464982,, www. 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 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@ 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

41 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 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, Gaye Lane, Otley. A safe place for friendship & support. Details: Lesley 07931 892747. Social & Activities Club New members welcome. Mainly over 30s. Meals, pub nights, theatre/films/ music, walks, badminton, book group, weekends away & more. Monthly new members’ night in north Leeds. Details: 0844 8111025 University of Leeds Ladies’ Club welcomes women connected to the Uni as either serving or former staff members, partners of staff, or grads of the Uni. Regular events. Details: uleedslc@gmail. com

Wharfedale Speakers Club now meets at The Scout Hut, Burras Lane, Otley on 1st & 3rd Wed of each month. New members welcome. Speakers of all ages & backgrounds. Come along & improve your speaking skills. Details: Tony Morris 0113 258 3507s Wharfedale Gardeners Group Meets 7.30pm 2nd Tues of the month (Sept - May) at Otley Methodist Church. Guest speakers, plant sales & trips. Annual membership £10. Details: Thelma Harrison 0113 225 6405. Wharfedale German Circle meets at The Malt, Main Street, Burley-inWharfedale, 8pm, usually on or near 15th of every month. Speakers, films, debates, quizzes, music, parties, conversation (in English/German). Visitors Welcome. Details: 01943 464087, wgcircle@gmail. com, www.germandrcle. White Rose Ladies Speakers Club meets Farsley Library Community Room, Old Rd. Farsley, LS28, Mon 7.45pm. Next meetings 10 & 24 Jan. Friendly environment in which to find your voice & improve your presentation skills, while having a lot of fun. Details: Sheila Wyatt 0113 267206

MUSIC Bradford Music Club meets 3rd Sun each month, 7 – 9pm at Rawdon Meeting House, Harrogate Rd. Singers & musicians needed. All styles of music. Details: Ann Perry 01274 630162 annperry@blueyonder. Burley in Wharfedale Probus Male Voice Choir invites new members, particularly tenors. Rehearsals Mon 10am at Burley Grange with experienced conductor, Margaret Dexter, who is well known in local musical circles. Occasional concerts for local groups. Details: Secretary Brian Jones on 01943 874552. Christmas with the Fairfax Singers Sat 11 Dec, 7.30pm at Arthington Village Hall, Arthington Lane, featuring special young guest pianist Beth Plummer. Tickets £7 include refreshments. All profits are for the Village Hall. Details: Anne 0113 284 3524. Community Singing Group devoted to the enjoyment of singing & developing voices together. New members (especially men!) welcome – no auditions, no pressure, no experience necessary – just a love of singing in a friendly envi-

ronment. Every Tues 1.30 – 3.30pm (term time) at the Otley Courthouse. Details: Dave Stewart 01943 461971, sing. 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 Me-Time Community Singing Group New members (especially men!) welcome – no auditions, no pressure, no experience necessary – just a love of singing in a relaxed friendly, environment. Every Tues 8 – 9.30pm at 7 Newall Mount, Otley. Details: 01943 461971, sing.

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42 Otley Chamber Orchestra rehearses fortnightly on Sundays, 7 - 9pm at Otley Courthouse. New members (especially upper strings) welcome. Details: john_restorick@hotmail. com Wharfedale Recorded Music Wed 15 Dec, 7.45pm at St. John’s Church Hall, Ben Rhydding. Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker: an audiovisual presentation. Details: 01943 601538, Yeadon & District Male Voice Choir welcomes male voices of any ability at Yeadon Methodist Church, Chapel Hill. (next to Town Hall). Singing is a proven stress buster! Thurs 7.30pm. Details: John Atkinson 294 9095 SENIORS Leeds & Bradford Friendship Group Friendship & activities for people of retirement age. Meets 1st Wed of month at Pudsey Civic Centre 1.30pm. Also days out, dining, walks, holidays, computer & play reading groups. New members welcome. Details: Barbara 01943 875208. Menston Retired Mens’ Forum meets Wed 1 Dec, 10am at Kirklands Community Centre. New members always welcome. Details: Ken Chadwick 01943 874530, Geoff Winter 01943 877832. Otley Action for Older People Christmas Coffee Morning Mon 6 Dec, 10.30am – 12pm, Pool

Methodist Church. Come & try our homemade cakes! Christmas Quiz Mon 13 Dec, call 01943 463965 to book lunch £3. Christmas Film Club Mon 20 Dec at The Courthouse, 2pm. £2 incl. raffle & refreshments. Otley Over 60s Club at Crossgate (opposite Rose & Crown) open Wed to Sat, 9am–12 noon, serving refreshments. Sequence Dancing on Wed 2 – 4pm; Gentle Exercise to Music on Thurs, 10.15–11.15am; Sat Bingo,1.45pm; brica-brac stall Fri & Sat 9am– 12noon. SPIRITUAL Bethel Evangelical Church Otley & Ilkley meets every Sun,10.30am at Whartons Primary School (off Newall Carr Road), Otley & 6pm at Ilkley Playhouse, Weston Road, Ilkley. Details: Pastor Martin Woodier 01943 464631 Brahma Kumaris Free drop in group meditation Sun 7- 8pm (except 3rd Sun 6.30-7.30pm). Experience peace & calm & guided meditations. Fri 17 Dec free talk ‘The Spirit of Giving’, 7.30pm Weetwood Hall, Otley Rd LS16. Free 8 week Raja Yoga meditation course starts Mon 3 Jan, 7.30 – 9pm. Booking required. Details: 275 7727, leeds@uk.bkwsu. org, leeds 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. Guiseley Baptist Church is a growing welcoming community. A mixture of ages, including children & young people meet at Sunday services at 9.30am & 11.15am. Details: 01943 884 233, Leeds Theosophical Society Sun 12 Dec, 2.30pm, 12 Queen Sq. LS2 (near Merrion Centre). George Wood will deliver a talk on ‘Carl Jung: The Red Book’, considered to be his most important work. Free. All are welcome. Menston Methodist Church Sun 12 Dec Family Service & Nativity 10.30am. Carol Service 19 Dec, 4pm. Christingle Service 24 Dec, 4pm, followed by Carols at 5pm. Christmas Morning Service (short family service) 11am. Menston Methodist Church Wednesday Group 1 Dec & every fortnight, 8pm (ladies only). Speaker Val Clare on DIY Christmas Decorations. Christmas service 15 Dec. Wesley Guild Tues 7 Dec, 7.45pm. Women’s Fellowship 2.15 – 3.30pm Tues 14 Dec incl. Christmas service. Otley Quakers meet 1st & 3rd Sun of the month, 11am – 12 noon. Details: 01943 463351, otley. Webpage link at www.otley. Otley Spiritualist Church Church services: Tues healing 7.30pm; Wed healing 2.30pm; Sat Service 7pm (clairvoyance); Sun Service 6.30pm (divine). 38 Newmarket Street, Otley. Rise & Shine @ 9 Everyone welcome. 30 minute cafe-style worship, ideal for all ages. Informal, friendly, light breakfast every Sunday, 9am at United Reformed Church, Main Street, Burley-inWharfedale. Details: Mirella 01943 465 353 SUPPORT Arthritis Care (Otley & District) meets at St John Ambulance Meeting Room, Gay Lane, 1st Wed of month, 2 – 4pm. People of all ages with arthritis, or an interest in it, most welcome. Details: 01943 466428. Arthritis Care Leeds Branch Meet 3rd Tues of each month, 7 - 9pm at St Chad’s Parish Centre, Otley Rd, LS16. New members welcome. Details: Pat 0113 275 7694. 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.

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44 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. La Leche League of Wharfedale meets 1st Fri of month, 10am to noon, lower hall, Christchurch, The Grove, Ilkley. Breastfeeding help & support. All women interested in breastfeeding welcome – babies & young children too. Free, but donation to running costs welcome. Details: Ruth 01943 461 051. Leeds Coeliac Group Fri 3 Dec, 7pm at the Farthings Restaurant, Thomas Danby College, Roundhay Rd. LS7. Gluten-free Christmas Dinner. Details: Sandra McLean 07711 768850, sandra. 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.

outings, speakers etc. Third Thurs every month, 2pm at Otley Community Centre, Cross Green, Otley. Details: Ray Rundle, 0113 258 2892, Graham 01977 796219

Leeds Lymphoedema Link Support Group Meets Sat 4 Dec 10.30am-12.30pm Headingley St Columba United Reformed Church, 70 Headingley Lane, LS6. Anyone connected with Lymphoedema welcome. Speakers, tombola, book & plant stalls throughout the year. Details: www.

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.

Macmillan Cancer Support New fundraising group in Otley. Details: Laura Riach 01924 232444 Crohn’s & Colitis UK Support for people with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), their friends & families throughout North & West Yorkshire. Four educational & support meetings a year, plus regular informal meets. Details: 0845 130 6809, uk, uk/leeds Speakability Regular gettogether for people who live with ‘aphasia’. Visits,


Wharfedale Cardiac Club (affiliated with British Heart Foundation) is open to former cardiac patients & their partners. Opportunity to take part in exercise classes under supervision of qualified instructors. Meets Mon, Wed & Thurs at Wharfedale General Hospital. £2.50 Details: Clive Wilkinson 0113 267 1721. The Yorkshire Cancer Help Centre is now at the Day Therapy Unit, St Michael’s Hospice, Harrogate two Saturdays each month, offering support for people with cancer & their loved ones. Details: Esme 01423 881392/ Karen 01937 573166, www.

TALKS AND DISCUSSIONS Leeds RSPB Group Wed 1 Dec, 7.30pm at Friends’ Meeting House, 188 Woodhouse Lane, LS2. AGM plus illustrated talk by Steve Warrilow on ‘Dragonflies’. All welcome. Details: Leeds Salon Mon 13 Dec, 6.30 – 8.30pm. Venue to be confirmed. The ‘Two Culture Debate’ – What Now? Over half a century ago, C.P. Snow raised concerns about the increasing alienation of humanist intellectuals from science. Professor Ray Tallis argues that this problem is more complex than Snow thought, & more challenging than he imagined. Details: www. The Thoresby Society (Leeds Local History Society Tues 7 Dec, 7.15pm at Friends’ Meeting House, Woodhouse Lane, LS2. A talk on the history of Smoke Pollution in Leeds, c.1800-1956. The Library at 23 Clarendon Rd is open on Tues & Thurs 10am – 2pm. Non-members welcome. Details: 247 0704, www.thoresby.,

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45 Yorkshire Archaeological Society (Family History Section) Sat 11 Dec, 2pm at 23, Clarendon Road, Leeds: a talk on ‘The Leeds Waites – Their History & Music. Free drop in sessions Tues 2 – 4pm for anyone needing help with family history research. Details: Mrs J.Butler 263 9540 Yorkshire Archaeological Society (Industrial History Section) Sat 4 Dec, 11am at 23, Clarendon Rd, Leeds. ‘Water Power on the Sheffield Rivers’ by Christine Ball looks at the development & decline of power generation by water in the Sheffield area. Details: Jane Ellis 265 9970. MISC/EVENTS Menston Thespians will be staging a production of ‘A Christmas Carol’, Thurs 9 – Sat 11 Dec at Kirklands Community Centre. Tickets available now from Menston Post Office. Christmas Party Dance Fri 17 Dec 7.30 – 11.,30pm at Kirklands Hall, Main St, Menston. Enjoy an evening of fun & entertainment. Top class dance demonstration of Modern & Latin. Spot prizes, buffet & lots more. Details & tickets: Barbara or Bernard Harrison on 01943 873254, bandb@

Community Carol Concert Sun 5 Dec, 3pm at Leeds Town Hall in aid of Help for Heroes. Featuring The Salvation Army bands, choirs & timbrelists, united schools choir & guest xylophone soloist. Tickets £6 adults, £3 children, £15 family from The Salvation Army c/o 9 Wedderburn Road, Harrogate, HG2 7QH. Please send SAE & cheque payable to “The Salvation Army.” Details: 01423 819161. Gala Christmas Concert Wed 15 Dec, 7pm at Leeds Parish Church, Kirkgate LS2 featuring The Choir of Leeds Parish Church, St. Peter’s Singers, Leeds College of Music Choral Society, Rothwell Temperance Band, conducted by Dr Simon Lindley. Advance tickets (£5) available from Ann Chadwick, Newlaithes Manor, Newlaithes Rd, Horsforth, LS18 4LG. Tel: 258 8446 or Leeds City Centre Box Office on 0113 224 3801 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

Menston Police PACT Meeting Wed 15 Dec, 7pm at Menston Primary School. Sing Your Socks Off & Shake Your Booty Christine’s Karaoke Disco Night, Fri 17 Dec, 8pm ‘til late at the Red Lion, Kirkgate, Otley. In aid of charity Behind Closed Doors. www.behind-closed-doors. Otley Lions Santa will be touring round Otley North of the river in the evening of 7 & 14 Dec, & around Pool on 16 Dec. He’ll also be at the Victorian Fayre on 12 Dec, Waitrose on 24 Dec, & at Stephen Smiths Garden Centre Sat & Sun til 19 Dec. Volunteers & helpers welcome! Details: Mary 01943 461437 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. Otley Museum Documentary & Photographic Archive now at Wellcroft House, Crow Lane, Otley. Open Mon, Tues, Fri & 1st Sat each month 9.45am – 12.15pm (excl bank holidays). Research Otley’s heritage – call in, or phone for an app. Details: 01943 468181. Details:

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Pool in Wharfedale Calendar 2011 On sale at Pool Post Office, price £5. Limited number. Also available, book ‘The Story of a Small Yorkshire Dales Village’ (£13), & book with three short walks around Pool (£1.70). All profits to charity. Sponsored Santa Dash – Sat 11/ Sun 12 Dec. It’s time to sign up for this year’s Sponsored Santa Dashes in aid of St. Gemma’s Hospice. Festive fun & fundraising for a great cause. 5k Hyde Park dash on Sat or 1 mile Leeds city centre dash on Sun. Details: 218 5505, www. The Flint Street Nativity Mon 29 Nov – Sat 11 Dec at Ilkley Playhouse. A class of seven year olds (all played by adults) is about to perform their nativity play for proud mums & dads – & the occasional social worker. Both hilarious & poignant, this is perfect entertainment for Christmas, down to the familiar Christmas carols – as rewritten by the kids! Wesley Hall at Otley Methodist Church Available to local organisations & charities for fundraising purposes every Fri, 9.30-11.30am. Cost: £20. Details: Pauline Dobson 01943 466 751.



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