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It’s almost here and we would like to wish everyone a really happy, peaceful and sharing Christmas and New Year! News this month covers an exciting new project called ‘Love Meanwood’; more winning community projects in the Kirkstall Valley; a visit from the Mediaeval Baebes; the return of Beck Arts, and lots of entertainment.

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In addition, Phoenix Dance Theatre is preparing a fantastic collaborative piece to premiere in February at Leeds Playhouse; The fabulous

‘Book of Mormon’ is heading for Leeds Grand Theatre in a few months; and Cara Dillon will be performing her Christmas show at Leeds University. Now, we look forward to receiving all your news and notices for January 2020! Please get this to us as soon as you can, as we have an earlier print date because of the holidays (4th December for advertising). The deadline for the February edition is the first week in January (14th January for advertising). We look forward to hearing from you. Kind regards, Carole, Jack and the team.

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27 Adel Parish Church and Open Country Working Together

Phoenix Dance Theatre’s stunning new collaborative production.

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19 Beck Arts Trail is Back!

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Life&Style They Lived In Leeds By Eveleigh Bradford

(ERNST) ADOLF POWOLNY (1839-1915) Chef and Restaurateur Celebrity chefs seem to be everywhere nowadays in the media, telling us how and what to cook. More than a century ago, when English cuisine was still sneered at for knowing only one sauce (gravy!), Leeds could boast its own continental celebrity chef who brought fine dining to the town to match the famous London chefs. His restaurant became renowned for its elegance and sophistication and he was the go-to man for top level catering at banquets, balls, and celebrations across the North – anything from buffets in the crypt at Fountains Abbey to luncheon for the Chinese Ambassador 1500 feet down a coal mine at Normanton!

Born in Zittau in Saxony, Adolf Powolny had trained in the vast royal kitchens of the King in Dresden as an ‘artistic confectioner’. He was only 18 when he came to Leeds in 1857, perhaps looking for better prospects or specially recruited. He joined Godfrey Wood’s longestablished catering firm in Commercial Street and was part of the team when Wood’s won the prestigious contract for the great formal banquet which followed Queen Victoria’s opening of the Town Hall in 1858 – what a thrill for this young new arrival. In 1862, only 23, he was encouraged to set up his own business at 3 Bond Street, advertising to the ‘nobility and gentry’ his stock of German, French and English delicacies (caviar, pate de fois gras), and his new dining rooms, where weary businessmen could drop in for oysters and wine. With little capital he had to turn his hand to every task, but he began to build an enviable reputation. A speciality was outside catering for all manner of social and professional occasions, hiring in armies of waiters as required: the annual Bachelors’ Ball, Medical Association Annual Meetings, society weddings, Grand Masonic Balls – he joined the Freemasons in 1868 and remained a life-long member. Everyone loved his sumptuous, recherché,

artistic food, and he became the caterer of choice for all elite events.

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Especially royal visits: in 1872 he was chosen to provide the luncheon when Prince Arthur came to open Roundhay Park and supper for the ball that evening. And in 1885 he was caterer for the visit from the Prince and Princess of Wales (the future King and Queen) to open the new Yorkshire College buildings and the Coliseum – he baked a special cherry tart for Alexandra, her favourite! A great royalist (with shared German connections), he commissioned a gold finger bowl with the royal coat of arms exclusively for visiting royalty. Quality and style were his trademark. By the early 1890s he had extended his restaurant and fitted it out lavishly with oriental pillars and tall mirrors, deep crimson hangings, small round dining tables, each with a shaded lamp, thick carpets on the double staircase leading to dining rooms upstairs with costly but tasteful furnishings, and a snug smokingroom. In his kitchens at Christmas more than 50 chefs and their assistants toiled, preparing all sorts of meats, including stuffed and garnished boars’ heads (‘made to

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grin most ferociously’!), silvery salmon, huge cakes richly decorated with icing and marzipan, chocolate specialities. What a vision of excess! Not to modern taste was one of the specialities: turtle soup, beloved of gourmets and invalids, prepared every day from live turtles he had imported from the West Indies – a wildlife disaster in the making. His personal life was kept private. He had married his wife, Annie, a young assistant in his shop, in 1873, but sadly their first child died and Annie herself died of consumption in 1880, aged only 27. A wealthy man by the 1890s, he moved upmarket with his daughter to live in a fine house at 2 Hillary Place (part of the University campus now). Small and dapper, with white side-whiskers, he was known for his quiet courtesy, modesty, and consideration for his customers and his loyal staff: ‘a perfect artist in his line’. But it must have been a pressurised life overseeing his busy, hectic empire, and in 1897 he sold the business as a going concern and retired to Harrogate, where after a long illness he died in 1915. He was buried at Woodhouse near his wife.

Polowny’s carried on for another 60 years, with separate Assembly Rooms at one point and a very successful branch in Hull. Adapting to changing times, the Bond Street restaurant, affectionately known as ‘Polly’s’, was a favourite with societies like the Publicity Club and the Luncheon Club, and with local journalists. From the 1920s onwards the tea ‘dansants’ were an attraction (1s 6d, including tea) twice a week, and dinner dancing every evening: escapist pleasure even in the dark times of WW2. But it all ended in 1960, and after a century the evocative Polowny name disappeared from the Leeds scene.


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In addition, installations surveyor Rob Hands has joined the team, bringing over 30 years of experience in project and contract management – including running his own kitchen renovation business. Rob will oversee the design and installation teams, order products, schedule the fit out, and undertake final checks of specifications, to ensure this entire process runs smoothly.

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Mediaeval Baebes’ Come to Leeds Minster The Mediaeval Baebes will stop off at Leeds Minster on Wednesday 18th December, 7.30pm, for an evening of music, dance and theatre. Inspired by a time when poetry and music invoked sensory pleasure, they will perform songs from their new album ‘A Pocketful of Posies’, Christmas carol classics, and the haunting title theme from TV’s ‘Victoria’,

along with other contemporary and traditional songs. After three chart-topping classical albums, an Ivor Novello Award, numerous sell-out tours and, most recently, two Emmy- Award nominations for their soundtrack to ‘Victoria’, the Mediaeval Baebes have established themselves as one the most successful,

early music and folk ensembles in Europe. Lush, ethereal harmonies transport the listener through myriad ancient and forgotten languages, weaving storytelling through original settings of mediaeval texts, as well as reinventing traditional folk songs and carols, often accompanied by a dazzling array of exotic and period instruments. The concert will commence at 8pm. Tickets (£25) are available from

The Spirit of Christmas is Back! Leeds Male Voice Choir is back with its Spirit of Christmas popular extravaganza of yuletide favourites. This year it takes place at Leeds Cathedral, Great George Street, LS2 8BE at 7.45pm on 7th December. Now in its sixth year, the Spirit of Christmas will also feature the Yorkshire Brass Quintet. The annual concert has proved so successful, that the choir has added an extra date and will also perform at the Riley Smith Hall in Tadcaster on 14th December. Music will feature ‘Mistletow and Wine’, ‘We Saw Three Ships Sailing’, ‘Rocking Around the Christmas Tree’, ‘Yuletide Fires’, ‘Santa Claus is Coming to Town’, ‘Hark the Herald Angels Sing’, and ‘O Come All Ye Faithful’! The evening looks set to be a fun filled affair, with free entry for children.


The Choir has had another successful year of sell out concerts and a tour of Hungary. “We have more exciting plans for 2020”, said Tim Knight, Musical Director, “including a tour across the Pennines, a range of new music from around the world, a British themed concert, and the launch of the choir’s free Find Your Voice programme.” Tickets are available via www. or 0113 243 1605





The Mormons are Coming!

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‘The Book of Mormon’, the Broadway and West End smash hit musical, is coming to Leeds Grand Theatre from Wednesday 8th April to Saturday 2nd May 2020 and tickets are already flying out! Written by Trey Parker and Matt Stone (creators of the award-winning television show, ‘South Park’, and feature films ‘South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut’ and ‘Team America: World Police’) and Robert Lopez, who co-created ‘Avenue Q’, ‘The Book of Mormon’ follows a pair of missionary Mormon boys sent to a place that’s a long way from their home in Salt Lake City. Since making its world premiere in March 2011 at New York’s Eugene O’Neill Theatre, where it won nine Tony® Awards, including Best Musical, The Book of Mormon has been performed on three continents and won over 30 international awards. The musical has smashed long-standing box office records in New York, London, Melbourne, Sydney and cities across the US.

The London production won four Olivier Awards®, including Best New Musical, and broke the record for the highest single day of sales in West End history! It has sold out every one of its 2,781 performances to date at the Prince of Wales Theatre. Tomorrow is a Latter Day! “Book of Mormon is hands down one of the funniest things I’ve ever seen. Absolutely brilliant.” “A little risqué but it will make you laugh until your face aches!” Book online at or call Box Office on 0844 848 2700

Leeds Phil & Lit Celebrates Scientific Developments That Changed the World When Matthew Barzun, the former US ambassador to the UK, visited Leeds for the first time, he admitted that all he really knew about the city was that the band 'The Who' had played a famous live concert here in 1970! However, he might have been even more impressed to know that Leeds is also home to some major scientific developments that have changed the world. To celebrate these achievements, Leeds Philosophical and Literary Society has just published two small books. The first of these, by David Sellers, tells the story of William Gascoigne who, thanks to the intrusion of a spider into his optical equipment, invented the telescopic sight and the telescope micrometer. Tragically, Gascoigne was killed at the age of only 32 at the Battle of Marston Moor in the English Civil War, but his work went on to play a crucial role in the development of astronomy.

The second book, 'From Dark Satanic Mills to DNA' is by Kersten Hall, of the School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science at the University of Leeds, and explores how two Nobel prizes have been won for science carried out in Leeds which, thanks to the local textile industry, has gone on to play an important role in one of the landmarks of 20th century science - our understanding of DNA, the genetic molecule. Leeds Philosophical and Literary Society was founded in 1819 with the aim of promoting arts and science in Leeds and is delighted to celebrate its bicentenary with these two books which, it is hoped, will bring these fascinating tales to a wider audience. For further information, visit www.

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Phoenix Dance Theatre’s ‘Black Waters’ Blends Cultures and Emotions A chance meeting at a dance festival in India sparked the idea of collaboration between Phoenix Dance Theatre and two exciting dance practitioners, choreographers and composers – the artistic directors of Kolkata-based Rhythmosaic, Shambik Ghose and Dr Mitul Sengupta. Soon emails and phone calls were flying back & forth, as they searched for inspiration to create this new dance piece. Two forgotten, horrific events in Colonial history emerged – one in India, the other in the Caribbean, both playing out around water – and ‘Black Waters’ emerged. For the first time, Phoenix Dance Theatre’s Artistic Director, Sharon Watson, will collaborate with two very different dance artists who have performed and taught all over the world, in a fusion of western contemporary dance and classical kathak Indian dance. ‘Black Waters’ will be a hugely emotional journey. It draws on the fate of the slave ship Zong, headed for Black River, Jamaica, and carrying over twice as many slaves as the

ship could accommodate – 130 slaves were thrown overboard to their deaths… then the owners attempted to claim the insurance on their lives. A hundred years later, Kala Pani (Hindi for black waters) was a colonial prison on the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, used to exile political prisoners during India’s struggle for independence. Over 80,000 political prisoners were held there in solitary confinement and very few survived. It was brutal. Black Waters will explore how British colonial forces commodified people and, as a consequence, saw a blending of cultures and the birth of fragmented identities for whom home has always remained a contested space. “It’s an exploration of place, worth and belonging, which can often be conflicting for people of colour”, said Sharon.

With multiculturalism at its heart, ‘Black Waters’ is both emotionally evocative and culturally relevant, showing how people extract value, inspiration and hope from despair. With a commonality of thought, the three choreographers set out to create something quite unique. These lost histories are very dark events that are not now in the public domain. But, where as there is darkness, struggle and survival there is also change, hope, and uplifting moments. Working together they have delved deeply into the psychological effects of such events. Shambik Ghose and Dr Mitul Sengupta are also composing the music – carefully melding Indian and Caribbean rhythms and instruments and playing with the tonality and texture of sound. We are definitely in for a treat when ‘Black Waters’ premières at Leeds Playhouse in February 2020. Phoenix dancers have grabbed the narrative with both hands and immersed themselves in this incredibly strong story. Hold on to your hats!

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Phoenix Dance Theatre’s Black Waters Heritage Project will engage with eight community groups, reaching 130 young people aged 8 – 18 and shining a spotlight on two examples of displacement and enslavement often overlooked. It aims to inform young people of the impact of British Colonial rule and the diaspora born from the forced transportation of people. The young people will share their stories at an exhibition in March 2020 and later produce an online resource highlighting the two stories.

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Standing Together with Opera North

Standing Together is a project of the Opera North Youth Chorus (ages 15 – 19). They were recently over in Prague singing in the attic at Terezin Concentration Camp, where the opera Brundibár was first performed by the Jewish youngsters incarcerated there during the Second World War. They also performed ‘Wiegala’ (a work based on a text by the Jewish poet Isle Weber who perished at Auschwitz) at the Jeruzalemska Synagogue. “I learnt a lot more about the personal, individual impact of the Holocaust on people and their lives”, said Sarah (18) from Horsforth Sixth Form. “This was more about the human experience and I think that’s overlooked in the teaching that we get on the Holocaust in schools. If we learn about what’s happened in the past, we can stop it from happening again and I think a lot of the things that happened in the Holocaust are worryingly similar to things that are currently going on now.” On return, they started working with

composer Michael Betteridge and director Anna Pool to create their response to the atrocities inflicted on Jews during World War II. They will perform the finished piece at Leeds Town Hall during the Holocaust Memorial Day commemorations in January. “I really liked hearing the stories of actual survivors and what they had been through”, said Bronte (14) Cardinal Heenan Catholic High School. “I’m very much looking forward to telling other people about the Holocaust and trying to spread the message through something that I love – music.” Further performances are planned in Huddersfield and on the concourse at Sage Gateshead as part of the Brundibár Festival in February. The young people have already visited the Huddersfield Memorial Exhibition Centre, which gave them an insight into survivors’ individual experiences at the start of the project.

How the Other Half Loves

Start the New Year with laughter! Adel Players present Alan Ayckbourn’s ‘How the Other Half Loves’ from Wednesday 22nd – Saturday 25th January, 7.30pm at Adel Memorial Hall. This hilarious farce follows the consequences of an adulterous affair between a married man and his boss’s wife and their attempts to cover their tracks by roping in a third couple to be their alibi. Inevitably this results in a chain of misunderstandings, conflicts and revelations. Tickets (£9) are available from or call Anne or Mike Andrews on 0113 275 5585

Beck Arts Trail is Back! The Beck Arts Trail returns to Meanwood on Sunday 8th December from 1.30 to 4.30pm. Once again, you’ll find wonderful original art, craft and jewellery, all made by local artists. This year, there are a number of new artists participating and a wide variety of arts and crafts – including pottery, ceramics and vintage china. One of Leeds’s first open house neighbourhood art trails, this friendly event provides an opportunity to discover the talented art and craft scene around Meanwood and Monkbridge Road, and to purchase some unique Christmas gifts and cards. The trail is free, and you’ll also find a warming drink and perhaps a mince pie or two at some venues - available for an optional donation.

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A New Lease of Life for Retreat Centre

Funding Community Projects in The Kirkstall Valley Kirkstall Valley Grants recently held its second awards evening. The grants programme, a collaboration between Open Source Arts and Kirkstall Valley Grants, is sponsored by Power to Change and aims to support projects that improve environment and wellbeing for communities in the Kirkstall Valley. In particular, the focus is on what can be achieved by small-scale projects with limited resources, and how that can inspire lasting community connection. The winners were: James Gray - Park Green Community Project - a community-owned space in Armley in desperate need of improvements. Residents are changing the Green into an ecological space, with a bee-friendly border with wildflowers, insect hotels, communal composting for kitchen waste and maintenance to the iron fence. The project hopes to encourage residents to take pride in their green spaces and share skills and knowledge through gardening, and engage with recycling, especially food scraps. Dr Tig Calvert - Flower Gardens - A group of neighbours are planting flower gardens off Kirkstall Lane (Ash Road/

Langdales and surrounding area) particularly properties where landlords or residents are unable to maintain a garden. They will supply planters, hanging baskets, plants and aftercare to enable the community to enjoy bee and butterfly attracting flowers and natural wild areas where appropriate. Priya Sidharh and Beth Stepan - One Billion Rising Leeds is a response to the UN statistic that one in three women experience rape or serious violence. It celebrates the work of local charities and supports them in their aims, through community collaboration. It will be facilitating workshops so people can come together, get creative and express solidarity with the charities that work towards ending violence against women and girls. Your idea If you live or work in the Kirkstall Valley area and you have an idea for a great project that you could run in the community, visit http:// and find out if you’re eligible for a grant. Or call Open Source Arts on 0113 246 8975.

Two years ago, the Chapel and Retreat Centre at Norwood in the Washburn Valley was on the brink of closure. However, a meeting of the Methodist Wharfedale & Aireborough Circuit pledged financial support and an ambitious redevelopment project was undertaken. The Chapel and Retreat Centre have taken on a new lease of life. Plans for events for 2020 have been drawn up – these include a Folk Evening in May, Afternoon Tea and a concert in July, and various talks on topics ranging from veterinary practice to Kinder Transport. There will also be days in February, April and October where people can experience peace and tranquillity for a day. The centre can be booked by groups for a day, whether these be outdoor sports such as cycling and walking or by companies wishing to have an ‘away day’. It is also available for Children’s parties where youngsters can enjoy being in the outdoors and the adjacent woods. It can be booked for weddings too. Anyone wishing to book should contact Sue on 07946 423 309.

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Thank you for the Daffodils! Adel Crag Community Association wishes to thank volunteers Andrea, Sandra and Lynda who recently planted hundreds of daffodil bulbs on Sir George Martin Drive, opposite the Adel Wood Stores. This is an ongoing project in the area, and they make a wonderful display in Spring, brightening up the community. More spring bulb planting will take place over the coming few weeks. If you would like to help you would be very welcome – the more volunteers, the quicker the job gets done! If you feel like getting involved, please contact me via DM on our Facebook page. All spring bulbs funded by Cllr Billy Flynn. Francis Garbutt Adel Crag Community Association

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Leeds City Council, working in partnership with the William Merritt Centre recently reinstated its mobility scooter hire scheme, operating from within the Merrion Centre. It will be known as William Merritt Centre – Shopmobility, and will initially run Tuesday to Saturday, 10am – 3.30pm.

On average, at least two children in every primary school classroom have suffered some form of abuse. You can help NSPCC to be there for them and provide the necessary support at Christmas and all year round.

£10 would cover the cost of answering two calls to the free NSPCC Helpline from adults worried about a child. It is open every day of the year for any adult worried about a child on 0808 800 5000 or NSPCC practitioners provide advice and support, listen to concerns, and offer general information about child protection.

The scheme will have a a fleet of eight four-wheel scooters, each with stick holders and a carrying capacity of 23.6 stones. A small selection of manual wheelchairs will follow. People will be able to book on-line or by phone. There is an annual membership fee of £10, and a session charge of £5 for members/ £10 non members. Manual wheelchairs will be £3 per session for members/ £5 non-members.

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Simon on the Streets Awarded Homeless Link Grant The homeless charity, Simon on the Streets, was recently awarded £29,358 through the Homeless Link’s Ending Women’s Homelessness grants programme, funded by the Government’s Tampon Tax Fund. Women’s homelessness is a significant national issue with violence and abuse often contributing to their homelessness. Homeless Link’s grants programme aims to help end women’s homelessness by building capacity for gender and trauma informed services and developing partnerships between homelessness and specialist women’s sector charities. Simon on the Streets will use the funding to recruit two new women's outreach workers, one full time/ one part time, with the aim of reducing the numbers of women living on the streets, supporting those in temporary accommodation, and engaging with the 'hidden homeless' by delivering gender and trauma informed assertive outreach

Through partnership work with St Anne’s Community Centre, Simon on the Streets will support women accessing the new Safe Space women-only emergency accommodation to address their needs both emotionally and practically. “Women’s homelessness is a growing crisis”, said Tasmin Maitland, Homeless Link's Assistant Director of Practice and Partnerships. “Despite this, women who are homeless or at risk of homelessness are one of the most marginalised groups in our society and the specialist support that they need is often lacking or non-existent. “We are delighted to be able to award Simon on the Streets a grant that will have a real impact on the support that women experiencing homelessness in Leeds receive, and ultimately contribute to ending women’s homelessness for good.”

Courier Fraud This week marks the beginning of Cyber Protect's newest campaign highlighting courier fraud. In the last two years over 2,000 reports of courier fraud were reported. Courier Fraud West Yorkshire Police recently put out a warning about ‘Courier Fraud’. This is when fraudsters telephone a potential victim, claiming to be from their internet / phone provider, bank, police or other law enforcement authority and then trick the person into revealing their credit / debit card details including the pin. These scams usually involve someone claiming to be from a reputable company or authority and telling you about fraudulent payments on your debit or credit card. Sometimes they will even ask you to call the relevant company to prove the call is genuine – however, they keep the line open at their end, so you are still in fact speaking to them. They then ask for your pin and send a courier or taxi to pick up the

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CommunityNews Cllr Barry Anderson Adel & Wharfedale Ward

infrastructure. However, following a national CIL review, the Government recently introduced arrangements giving local authorities greater flexibility to deliver infrastructure in their areas. City Wide Problems with Missed Refuse Collections

Community Infrastructure Levy (Cil) & Climate Change Emergency I submitted a question to the last Full Council meeting asking if CIL payments could be used to fund Climate Change initiatives, given that the Council has declared a Climate Change Emergency. CIL is a payment made by developers to the Council based on square footage of properties on new developments. Some of that money stays locally but most of it goes to the Council to pay for infrastructure for the city as a whole. The current regulations include a list of what is allowable, which includes sustainable transport schemes, flood alleviation, public green space and green

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Helping Homeless People

Around Headingley, and in the centre of Leeds, we have all seen people sitting on the street, some with a paper cup in front of them, others just slouched. It may seem like they have been abandoned by an uncaring world. The truth is rather different. Leeds City Council runs a pioneering street support team to safeguard and support those in need, as well as tackling the antisocial behaviour sometimes linked with streetbased lifestyles (sanitation issues, drug paraphernalia, discarded food attracting vermin etc.). This team brings together

There have been several missed bin collections in a number of areas over the last few months. I took this up with the Executive Member of Council responsible and received a response indicating that the breakdown in service was due to the age of the fleet of vehicles being used. The fleet upgrade has been given priority and 52% of the vehicles (45) will be replaced by December this year. In addition, four of their existing vehicles are suitable for an electric retro fit, which means that 49 of the 86 vehicles will be operating as new. The remaining 37 are scheduled for replacement over the next three years, with 33 being replaced by the end of 2021/22.

social and mental health workers, the police, housing and hostel services, homelessness charities, daytime and evening ambassadors, and provides ongoing, wraparound support. In Leeds there is no need for anyone to sleep rough. Hostel places are available, although these do come with some restrictions. There is a wet hostel for people with alcohol problems who wish to dry out. Short term tenancies can be found, including for people with dogs. These are fully fitted out, with council tax paid for the first months, and ongoing support for housing, addictions and other problems. Some people return to the streets during the day to see friends, and because it is the life they know. However, most do have a place to live and return there at night. Some people, all well known to the support team, refuse accommodation of any sort,

Request for a Policy Prohibiting Parking on Grass Verges I have been asking the Council for some time to introduce a policy enforcing no parking on grassed verges. Unfortunately, it will not introduce a policy but has stated that, where irreparable damage is being done and where statements can be provided as to who caused the damage and when, they will ask the Cleaner Neighbourhoods Teams to undertake interventions and follow this up. These would take the form of the perpetrator having to reinstate the verge. In some cases this could result in prosecution of the perpetrator. Happy Christmas I would like to wish all readers a very happy, healthy and enjoyable Christmas. Twitter @barryanderson19

saying they feel safer on the streets, or cannot cope with tenancies. The team can spend months building up trust before support will be accepted. Just a small minority do cynically take advantage of the public’s generosity. If you wish to help, the Big Change is a nonprofit organisation that connects charities, businesses and people to co-ordinate and better support vulnerable people on the streets. Whether it’s offering your time, providing practical items, making a donation, or helping to change policies, there is lots you can do to make a difference. If you are worried about someone you’ve seen sleeping rough, contact the Street Outreach Team on, 0113 245 9445, or inform Str Erlinda by downloading the Streetlink app. If it’s at night, call the out of hours number 07891 273939. Deputy Executive Councillor for Environment, Women’s Safety and City Centre 07957 152107

‘Love Meanwood’ Awarded £10,000 by National Lottery

Pictured: Love Meanwood Steering Group: Vanessa Brown, InterACT

Meanwood Valley Partnership (MVP) was recently awarded £10,000 by the National Lottery to kick off its ‘Love Meanwood’ project, which aims to ask everyone in Meanwood for their ideas on how to improve the area and how to encourage and support local projects to achieve this. The project will create the ‘Love Meanwood Vision for 2030’, which will include ideas on how to make community projects happen, design concepts for green and public spaces, and principles to guide response to future commercial development. The plan will launch toward the end of Spring 2020. “This is a fantastic start to this exciting project, and we’re delighted that The National Lottery Community Fund has recognised our work in this way”, said Janet Matthews, Vice Chair of MVP. “Meanwood is an exciting, vibrant community that is changing fast. We know there are lots of ideas and opportunities out there for improving our area, which crosses three ward boundaries and has many distinct neighbourhoods.

Church & Community Partnership, Ron Baker & Janet Matthews from MVP, & Isabel Swift, Lemon Balm

We want to give everyone the opportunity to tell us about their ideas and help us to prioritise them. “We’d like our future to be led by the community with the support of other agencies. Developing the ‘Love Meanwood Vision’ will give us the best possible foundation to secure the funding to put the community’s ideas into effect.” The project will be setting up a website and Facebook site, as well as organising public meetings to gather people’s views. Lemon Balm, a Meanwood-based social enterprise, whose mission is ‘Health & Wellbeing through Design, Gardening & Nature’, is helping Love Meanwood to deliver this exciting project.

Hyde Park Source Benefits from Co-op Community Fund Currently raising funds to renovate its HQ, Hyde Park Source was delighted to benefit from the Co-op Local Community Fund. Hyde Park Source works with people from disadvantaged communities across Leeds, aiming to enhance health and wellbeing by improving the environment. Supported sessions run weekly, giving adults, young people and children the chance to learn about their surroundings and feel a part of these spaces. It also responds to requests from disadvantaged communities to transform neglected urban spaces and create attractive amenities, such as community gardens, seating and play areas, wildlife and outdoor learning areas, allotments, outdoor kitchens, and art installations. Each

project is unique and is inspired, designed, implemented and maintained by local people. Hyde Park Source is relying on Co-op members to help raise vital funds. When a member buys selected products or services from the Co-op, they earn a five per cent reward for themselves, with a further one per cent for local causes like Hyde Park Source. It aims to support organisations that make a difference in their communities by improving community spaces, helping people reach their full potential by developing their skills, or promoting health and wellbeing. Co-op members can choose a cause by visiting If you’re not a member and would like to support Hyde Park Source, you can join at your local store or online at



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Many people are not aware that five species of owl can be seen in the UK. As well as the more familiar tawny, little and barn owls, our countryside is also home to long-eared and short-eared owls. As a breeding species the short-eared owl is limited to upland areas of northern England and Scotland, although it may move further south in Winter. It is a medium sized owl with mottled brown plumage, pale underparts and very long, narrow wings. Perhaps its most striking feature is its staring yellow eyes surrounded by black patches in the centre of its pale face. The ‘ears’, however, are no more than small tufts of feathers on the top of its head, which are only rarely visible. It often flies in daylight, especially at dawn and dusk, hunting with slow wingbeats and short glides. It can also be seen perched on fence posts, in trees or even on the ground. Its favourite food is voles and other small mammals, but it will also eat small birds, and sometimes insects or amphibians.

In Winter, our resident population is increased by owls migrating from Scandinavia, Russia and Finland, particularly to coastal areas. Our local Leeds nature reserve, St Aidan’s near Swillington, is a good place to look for shorteared owls, where they can be seen in Winter hunting at dusk along the hillsides. Leeds RSPB Group

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Adel Parish Church and Open Country Working Together for Wildlife Adel Church and Open Country, the charity that helps people with disabilities to access the countryside, have been working together for the past year to create a more wildlife-friendly churchyard. The Open Country team has used its special meadow cutter to ensure the rare, unimproved meadow area in the churchyard is cut at the right time, so that wildflowers have time to set seed including the yellow rattle recently planted by church members – and flourish. The team has also cut back bramble, planted bulbs, made compost bins, and built a dozen nest boxes for blue tits and other small birds last winter. Seven of the boxes had nesting birds in them in 2019 – more will hopefully be occupied in 2020. The team has just installed its biggest project to date – a large owl box to give a local tawny owl family a home! “Working together like this has been great”, said Churchwarden Lucy Best-Shaw. “We have a churchyard that will be even better for wildlife in future. The Open Country volunteers tell us that they really look forward to visiting our peaceful

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Days may be short, but it’s still great to get outside – so here are a handful of winter gardening jobs to keep you busy though the month. Last of the Leaves

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Most of the leaves will have fallen by now, but it’s good to rake up any that have collected on your lawn or your paths and pop them in a bag (I re-use old compost bags for this) in a corner of the garden where they can rot down to make a good soil conditioner to put on your flower beds next year. Make a few holes in the bag for drainage and ventilation so that the leaves don’t just go slimy.

Vegetables, including sprouts, leeks, parsnips and cabbages may be ready to harvest in December. And, it is a special pleasure at this time of year to enjoy the home-grown foods you preserved in the summer. Pickles, preserves and chutneys should be perfect, now that the flavours have had time to mature. They are a lovely reminder of plentiful summer days, and they make good Christmas presents too.

Vegetables, including

Care for the Birds This is an important time of year to make sure your garden birds are well fed.

This is an important time of year to make sure your garden birds are well fed. It’s also a good idea to clean and disinfect the bird feeders now and again to stop diseases spreading, and while you’re at it you could clean out your birdboxes now too, and put up any new ones so that they are ready for Spring.

If you can’t wait for Spring to get sowing seed again, you could start off seeds of mustard, cress, bean sprouts and micro greens as they can all be grown indoors on the kitchen windowsill throughout the Winter. Bringing the Outside In

It’s fun to bring some greenery indoors this month, especially if you like making festive wreaths and arrangements. I like to use the seedheads and flowers I dried in the Summer and Autumn, mixed with branches of evergreen foliage. Dried Hydrangea flowers and seed pods from poppies look wonderful with pinecones, rose hips, laurel leaves or sprigs of Pine or Rosemary. I use a bit of scrunched up chicken wire to hold the arrangement together in a vase.

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EDGE OF DARKNESS DIRECTED BY: MARTIN CAMPBELL STARRING: BOB PECK, JOE DON BAKER, CHARLES KAY, IAN MCNEICE, JOANNE WHALLEY, HUGH FRASER, JOHN WOODVINE, ZOË WANAMAKER, TIM MCINNERNY CERT: 15 RUNNING TIME: 317 MINUTES "Since all those connected with this adventure are now dead or disappeared, it is difficult to discover what their mission was, or whether it was successful..."

In late 1985, at the height of the cold war, a six-part thriller about a nefarious nuclear plot was broadcast on BBC Two. It began as a sombre story about a detective haunted by the death of his daughter, and became a beguiling exploration of atomic and political power in Thatcher’s Britain. Following 11 Bafta nominations, ‘Edge of Darkness’ won six awards and became known as one the finest dramas to come out of the UK. Now the series is revived on Blu-ray disc and can be seen for the first time in an all-new high definition transfer. Filmed in the shockwaves of the apocalyptic ‘Threads’, and broadcast a year before the catastrophic Chernobyl disaster, this series is a time capsule of anti-nuclear sentiment, but it’s lost none of its explosive impact. In fact, much of its anxiety and scepticism seems more relevant now than ever. The drama surrounds Yorkshire police officer Ronald Craven — sole witness to his daughter’s murder by a lone gunman. When Craven uncovers evidence of Emma’s criminal activities within a radical anti-nuclear group, a circle tightens around his search for the killer, seemingly influenced by covert powers. Soon, he uncovers a sinister nuclear conspiracy, buried in the heart of Yorkshire, which threatens the security of the entire nation… The fearlessly downbeat script comes from Troy Kennedy Martin, co-creator of ‘Z-Cars’, ‘The Sweeney’ and ‘The Italian Job’. His storytelling is often understated and at times disorientating, sketching out tempered dialogue for a documentary-like realism. Performances riff off the page with a cold impartiality, as if director Martin Campbell has demanded the cast dial down their delivery to flat exchanges. The result is a company of earthbound, living performances which are as intense as they are intriguing. Craven is played by Bob Peck, the haunted and hawkish actor who would

become internationally known as the ‘Clever girl’ park gamekeeper in ‘Jurassic Park’. The North Leeds-born actor (who grew up on Spen Lane, no less) delivers a hypnotic masterclass in the art of understatement. He barely blinks in some scenes, and his underplayed study of paternal grief burdens every scene. We learn that the ill-fated Emma (Joanne Whalley) was an activist who got well out of her depth. Her murder is the catalyst for a conspiracy, yet it’s Craven’s grief — spotted throughout as a recurring apparition — that haunts the drama. Their relationship is explored through post-mortem depression, and the interplay is one of the series’ most memorably innovative features. Supporting performances come from a recognisable line-up including Charles Kay and Ian McNeice as a camp civil servant double act, with Jon Don Baker as a boisterous, double-dealing US agent. There’s also no missing Blackadder’s Tim McInnerny in a startlingly straight role as a dubious socialist agitator. Which neatly leads into the writer’s ambiguous political stance. The script seems to have a pop at both the lunacy of blind idealism as much as the evil greed of globalism, asking the viewer to question allegiances from both sides of the circus. The argument remains profound, and the collision between Craven’s conservatism against the left-wing martyrdom of his daughter mirrors some of the generational divides seen today.

Much could also be said about Eric Clapton and Michael Kamen’s stirring soundtrack, fusing elegiac guitar solos with haunting synth strings. Combined with Martin Campbell’s intense photography and editing (he’d soon move onto the Bond movies), ‘Edge of Darkness’ owes more to cinema than the small screen and is arguably a turning point in how television drama could, and should, be made. These qualities have never been clearer thanks to a digital restoration from the original 16mm film negatives. Instead of looking like a piece of neglected and grainy archive drama, the episodes now gleam with hidden details and depth — appearing like a new film that just seems to be located in the bleak mid-Eighties. Edge of Darkness is an influential and indelible experience which demands to be seen by a new generation. It shows what the BBC was once capable of achieving, and delivers a strong ecological message through sedate, believable performances. It’s essential viewing — just don’t confuse it with that disastrous Hollywood remake starring Mel Gibson.



Cara Dillon Returns with her Magical Christmas Show Cara Dillon, one of the most celebrated folk voices to have come out of Ireland, is touring her magical Christmas show ‘Upon A Winter’s Night’ for a fourth year running and will be at Leeds University’s Riley Smith Theatre (4 Lifton Place, LS29JZ) on Sunday 15th December.

Cara is one of the finest exponents of traditional Irish song. Together with her husband and musical partner, Sam Lakeman, she has steered an eclectic musical path defying the typical pigeonholes that hinder many artists in her genre. Celebrated for entwining traditional and contemporary elements, she has earned both commercial success and critical acclaim. She and her band will capture the mystery of Christmas with a collection of festive songs both ancient and modern, reminding everyone that the festive season can be about more than commercialism. Cara and her band will weave Celtic and folk rhythms with reverent, atmospheric carols.

Cara’s Christmas album ‘Upon A Winter’s Night’ reached No.1 in the Indie Album Charts twice in 2016. Christmas is a time where the story of Jesus' birth is retold with genuine wonder and celebrated with the dignity, passion and beauty it deserves. Throughout an enviable career which has seen her explore opportunities to tread many different paths – from releasing folk crossover albums on indie label Rough Trade; working on Disney soundtracks to collaborations with leading UK dance DJ/ producers – Cara has continuously chosen to firmly plant herself within the landscape of her cultural heritage. She occupies a position at the very top of the Irish Folk genre and has been captivating audiences, winning awards and achieving exceptional acclaim for over 20 years. Tickets (£25) are available from Box Office: 0113 280 1400

Sing Your Heart Out with Big Al’s Choir Leeds is very fortunate to have so many ambitious musicians who are determined to not just build ensembles but communities as well. To make the jump from band to community, the project needs to be accessible, inclusive, and most of all fun. Big Al’s Big Choir has been belting out bangers for a little over a year. Teacher and singer Alice Higgins decided to start the choir after hearing too many people lament that they couldn’t really sing or read music or just wanted to sing. Where were the platforms for those who just wanted to sing their hearts out? A few hurried messages to friends and acquaintances and suddenly 25 people were gathered at the University of Leeds looking for nothing more than a chance to sing.

to just sing for the fun of it is fantastic. Singing really is a therapy and Big Al’s Big Choir offers a platform where people can come and make new friends and sing some fun songs.” The choir isn’t just a social space but is also an opportunity for people to really perform. The ensemble meets every Tuesday, 7pm at All Hallows Church, Regent Terrace, LS6. No audition or payment required – anyone can join.

The choir has not just grown in size but also in ability. “A year ago, we were singing threepart harmony, now we are singing eight-part unaccompanied pieces”, said Alice. “To see people from all musical backgrounds coming together

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Movies at the Royal Armouries The Royal Armouries Museum is hosting a series of movie nights to coincide with its new display, ‘Make: Believe’. The cult film selection is influenced by the themes, props and weapons found in the display, which explores the role of arms and armour in popular culture and showcases the museum’s extensive collection of arms and armour from stage, film and television. Each screening (tickets £5.50) starts at 7pm with an introductory talk by an in-house or guest expert and the chance to see some of the props and weapons used in the films. Key objects include Imperial and rebel Blasters from Star Wars, an Alien’s Pulse Rifle, Lord of the Rings swords, Monty Python helmets, and Lancelot’s hero armour from Excalibur. There will also be tips on what to look out for on the big screen, and behind-the-scenes insights. “To create the Lancelot armour, which is part of the museum’s new ‘Make: Believe’ display, myself, John [Boorman, the director of ‘Excalibur’] and Tony [Anthony Pratt, Production Designer

of ‘Excalibur‘] had an afternoon at the Armouries at the Tower of London to see the original armour”, said legendary screen armourer Terry English. “We gained a huge amount of knowledge, did some preliminary sketches – and that was the start of the whole building process. From there it evolved, like an organic thing. I’m looking forward to sharing my experiences with movie night visitors.” The museum will open between 6pm – 7pm on movie nights to allow visitors to view the new display first. A bar will be open from 6pm, serving a range of drinks and all your favourite movie snacks. 5th December: ‘Die Hard’ (18) (1988) Director John McTiernan. Starring Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman. 27th December: ‘Aliens’ (18) (1986) Director James Cameron & starring Sigourney Weaver. 30th January: ‘Excalibur” (15) (1981) Director John Boorman; starring Nigel Terry, Helen Mirren, Nicol Williamson, Patrick Stewart, Liam Neeson & Gabriel Byrne. 27 February: ‘The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen’ (12A) (2003) Director Stephen Norrington & starring Sean Connery.

A Shared Passion at Seven Arts Karen Sharp, once lead tenor sax with the Humphrey Lyttelton band, will be appearing with her long-established line-up of Nikki Iles, Dave Green and Steve Brown at Seven Arts, Chapel Allerton – on Thursday 5th December, 8pm. Together they create a unique sound that is warm, spontaneous and exciting, incorporating free flowing improvisation with almost telepathic ensemble playing. They will be performing music from their long awaited second album, ‘The Sun, the Moon and You’, which includes familiar, lesserknown and original tunes showcasing the spirit of a band with a shared passion for strong melodies, group interplay and respect for the jazz tradition. Support is from Leeds vocal group Harmony Row. Jazz Leeds in December Sun 1 Dec: Kim Macari – trumpet, & spoken word John Pope - bass & electronics at Inkwell Arts £9/7part of the women jazz leaders series;

Thurs 5 Dec: Karen Sharp Quartet +support Harmony Row 8pm at Seven Arts £16/14; Sun 8 Dec: afternoon Fergus Quill sextet with Tribute to Miles Davis at Seven Arts £10/8; Fri 13 Dec: ChapelFM Jazz Orchestra at Roundhay Bar on Park Lane £10/8; Sun 15 Dec: afternoon Xmas Jazz café Inkwell Arts £7/5; Wed 18 Dec: 6pm Rush Hour Jazz at Seven Arts with Jon Taylor – free; Thurs 19 Dec: Xmas Party with Tom Sharp’s Jazz Orchestra at Seven Arts £14/12

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Mister Dodo Bones & The One-Eyed Jacks Taking Names This latest release from Mister Dodo Bones and his One Eyed Jacks is a triumph, an album of rough-hewn folk blues where compellingly realised original material sits comfortably alongside idiosyncratic reimaginings of deep cut classics and half-forgotten relics. Thoroughly tonally consistent with resonant, warm production, Taking Names hangs together satisfyingly while conjuring an authentic vintage feel which shuffles along with a casual, shouldershrugging, no-big-deal confidence. Though undeniably retro-styled, the album manages to blend a sense of wistful nostalgia with a rambling restlessness and an air of urgent immediacy. This being the blues, melancholy is always just around the corner but Dodo Bones growls his raspy vocals like a man who’s seen more than a thing or two, who’s rolled and tumbled and who, when those blues come to town, will know how to handle them. These weather-beaten ballads, sprinkled with rueful grit gleam with hard-won wisdom, looking askance at the perennial lures of the barroom and the open road. The playing on the record honours the grand tradition of acoustic blues; subtle, unshowy guitar arrangements embellished with slick fingerpicking and judiciously deployed country twang.

The accomplished fretwork and shimmering, easy-going percussion coalesce around Dodo Bones’ grizzled, rumbling voice to envelop the listener in a fuzzy, bluesy (and probably somewhat boozy) embrace. I find Mr Dodo Bones & The One Eyed Jacks to be charming company and they’re on terrific form here. Like a reliable old drinking buddy, Taking Names is an album you’ll be happy to kick back and share a bottle with. Catch the band at HEART, Headingly on Friday 20th December for their Xmas Extravaganza - with support from Lymon Willis and Friends, and vinyl from Gip Dammone. Tickets £7/£5 from HEART

Live Music Listings December 2019 Soeur Sun 1 Dec, 7.30pm at Oporto Bar. £9.75. Breaking hard-rock down to its simplest, most fundamental form, Sœur are a brutal, soulful assault on the senses. Incendiary live shows. Leeds College of Music Contemporary Jazz Orchestra Mon 2 Dec, 7.30pm at Leeds College of Music. Plus Tom Haines. Tuesday Night Live: 3 Dec: Skinner & T’witch, 8pm at Headingley HEART. Contemporary folk acoustic duo performing folk, flamenco & theatre-style songs. £3/£5. 10 Dec: Sentimentalists - songs of melancholy, dark humour & gentle defiance. 17 Dec: Christmas Fun at HEART Late Licence! Drummers, singers, etc. Music til 11pm Grand Master Flash Wed 4 Dec, 8pm at Belgrave Music Hall. £22. Responsible for inventing hip hop. His pioneering use of the turntables make him the first DJ to play the turntables as a musical instrument! Trupa Trupa Thurs 5 Dec, 7.30pm Hyde Park Book Club. £8.80. Rock quartet from Gdansk, Poland, making mesmerising guitar rock & charting the links between psych-rock & post-punk with unswerving intensity. T. Rextasy Fri 6 Dec, 7pm at Brudenell Social Club. £19.80. Only band authorised & endorsed by Marc Bolan’s Catalogue Management & recognised as world’s No.1 group dedicated to the Marc Bolan of T.Rex. LTJ Bukem Sat 7 Dec, 11pm at Headrow House. £13.75. AKA Danny Williamson, maestro of progressive sound & drum'n'bass genius. Musical visionary & innovator in the development of jungle. gained fame as auteur in all fields of drum'n'bass movement. Dawn Landes Sun 8 Dec, 7.30pm Hyde Park Book Club. £12.10. Mix of traditionalism & experimental alt-folk lyricism, the Louisville KY native plays a variety of instruments.

Jaya the Cat Mon 9 Dec, 7.30pm at The Wardrobe. £15.40. Playing an original blend of reggae, ska & punk rock - dosed with dub & dance hall beats. Dweezil Zappa Tues 10 Dec, 7pm at Leeds Town Hall. £41.25 - £52.55. Guitarist Dweezil Zappa & his band tackle his legendary father's back catalogue. Barney Artist Wed 11 Dec, 8pm at Hyde Park Book Club. £11. uses 90s era boom bap hip-hop with jazz for a refreshing sound harkening back to legends such as A Tribe Called Quest & The Roots. Hiss Golden Messenger Thurs 12 Dec, 7.30pm at Brudenell Social Club. £19.25. Michael Taylor formerly of cult US band The Court & Spark. Folk-blues. The Field Thurs 12 Dec, 8pm at Headrow House. £13.75. Swedish Axel Willner can take just four bars of sound & deconstruct, alter & rebuild them to create a constantly changing canvas. Kate Rusby Christmas Concert Fri 13 Dec at Leeds Town Hall. She & her 5-piece band & brass quintet play much loved classics & tracks from her new Christmas album ‘Holly Head’ Headingley Social Fri 13 Dec at HEART. Gip’ll be spinning the vinyl + live music & Italian street food by Salvo’s in the Assembly Bar + Kitchen.

Pick a Piper Mon 16 Dec, 7.30pm at Brudenell Social Club. £8.80. Combining dance-music structures, polyrhythmic percussion, atmospheric sound design, & a focus on electronics & production technique to create a sound between the organic & the synthetic. Also Blue Hawaii from Montreal & Graham Van Pelt. Ghetts Tues 17 Dec, 7pm at The Wardrobe. £19. Justin Clarke is one of the UK's most highly acclaimed Rap / MC artists with explosive, hard hitting lyrics & fast, intricate rhymes. Regarded as a pioneer of the Grime movement. Boris Wed 18 Dec, 7.30pm at Brudenell Social Club. £16.50. Japanese experimental rock band that combines different music genres including drone metal, sludge metal, noise rock, psychedelic rock, ambient & pop. International Teachers of Pop Thurs 19 Dec, 7.30pm at Brudenell Social Club. £11. The Moonlandingz founders & co-songwriters Adrian Flanagan & Dean Honer have teamed up with singer Leonore Wheatley for a new ‘nerd disco’ project. Mister Dodo Bones + the One Eyed Jacks Fri 20 Dec, 8pm at HEART with music from their new album ‘Taking Names’. Club. The Solicitors Fri 20 Dec, 7.30pm at The Irish Centre. £10. 8-piece quality R'n'B and soul band with brass.

XSLF Sat 14 Dec, 7.30pm at Fox & Newt. £11. Henry Cluney & Jim Reilly both original ex members of Stiff Little Fingers.

Mik Artistik’s Ego Trip Sat 21 Dec, 7.30pm at Brudenell Social. £13.20. A strange & beautiful beast of a band, led by Mik Artistik – part comedian, singer & performance artist, he draws his audience into the world of ‘little’ gloves and psychotic window cleaners.

Leeds Haydn Players 15 Dec, 3.30pm at West Park United Reformed Church. A concert. £10 on door. Details: www.

The Petty Heartbreakers Sun 22 Dec, 3pm at The Grove Inn. Massive amounts of Tom Petty classics played by top Tom Petty tribute band.

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The Boss & the Beeston Street Band Sat 28 Dec, 8pm at Brudenell Social Club. £11. A tribute to Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band.



Yorkshire Peaks Raise Over £6,000 for Candlelighters!

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Earlier this year, Ian Clarkson set himself the challenge of a lifetime – to take on the Yorkshire Three Peaks… not once but twice in one day!

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Ian’s daughter Emily was diagnosed with Infant Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia in 2018 at just nine months old. This massive challenge was in support of both Candlelighters and CLIC Sargent and he completed it in an amazing 14 hours 33 minutes, raising £6,302.38.

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Younger Life Beechtree Steiner Celebrates 20 years in the Community

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A Steiner Waldorf school based in Chapeltown celebrates its 20th anniversary this month and is calling for more pupils to join its innovative, independent setting. The school provides high-quality care for children up to the age of nine, based on the internationally recognised principles of the Steiner Waldorf Schools Fellowship. There are currently over 1,200 Steiner schools worldwide and 2,000 early years settings across 60 different countries – with 36 in the UK & Ireland. Beechtree Steiner Initiative provides a welcoming, supportive and nourishing environment for its children and their families. Despite its 20 years in the community, the school has retained its pioneering approach to education and represents a new generation of growing Steiner Waldorf schools.

In an area where parents struggle to find school places for their youngsters, blended classes of up to 16 pupils provide a gentle and unhurried start to formal education. Beechtree aims to enrich the education of its motivated and competent young people who have a love of learning and a strong sense of the contribution they can make to society. In recent times, the school has seen increasing numbers of children stay beyond the ages of four or five, deferring mainstream education to remain part of Beechtree’s community. Parents are fond of the close-knit, peaceful nature of the school, with play dates between children and lift-sharing commonplace. The school is currently looking for new premises and additional staff to suit its growing needs. For more information about Beechtree Steiner Initiative, visit:

Lidl is giving primary school children the chance to win £5,000 of vouchers to be spent on providing a better breakfast for their fellow pupils. The supermarket is running the nationwide competition with the NSPCC, to give a boost to one school’s Breakfast Club To enter, all teachers need to do is get their pupils to tell Lidl and the NSPCC why they love their school. This can be done in 100 words or fewer (poetry or prose), via a short video no more than one minute long, or through a scanned in picture (either a photograph or a drawing). The competition is free to enter and runs until 3rd January 2020. The only criteria are that submissions must be original work. Find more details and terms and conditions at

Hansel & Gretel at Leeds Central Library From 7th December to 5th January, Wrongsemble Theatre will present a brand new, unmissable, festive show for adventurers aged 4-10 and their grown-ups. This is the same team that brought you ‘The Princess and the Sprout’ (2018) and ‘Billy Shakes: Wonderboy!’ (2019) so you can expect great fun. Follow the trail of breadcrumbs to Leeds Central Library where magic hides behind every bookshelf, and there are always more than two sides to every tale. Buckle in for a rollercoaster of magic, music, and mayhem as ‘Hansel & Gretel’ crash-land in an enchanted world of stories and adventure.

Wrongsemble is based in West Yorkshire and is made up of professional artists and practitioners who specialise in working with and creating work for young people, schools and families.

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CommunityNotices ACTIVE Adel Albion Walking Football Club plays Thurs, 10.30am at Adel War Memorial Club on the Astroturf pitch. Open to anyone over 55, male or female, & games last approx one hour. Details: Steve Bradbury 07806 813752, www. Bramhope Table Tennis Club meets Mon, 8 – 10pm at Bramhope Village Hall, Old Lane, LS16 9AZ. Two tables. New members, all abilities, welcome. £12 per month/ £4 per session. Details: Stewart 203 7447 Leeds City Ladies Football Team is Recruiting New Players Based at Adel Sports Assoc. training is on Thursday nights & games on a Sunday. Details: Brian Wilks 07587143430, bcwilks11@

Table Tennis Mon 7 – 9pm at HEART, Bennett Rd. Headingley. Friendly sociable activity – no prior experience or equipment necessary. £3 for one hour/£5 for 2. Details: Pauline 07581 553357 Wheels 4 Fun Disability Cycling Group meets Sat, 11am – 1pm at Meanwood Valley Urban farm for advice, support & social cycling for adults with a physical disability. Tandems, tricycles & other bikes available. Volunteers needed to help with various roles. Details:, 01845 522942/ 07585 950650, www. Yoga at All Hallows (24 Regent Tce LS6 1NP) Mon 6.45 – 8pm. Suitable all levels. £6/£5 unwaged. Details: Krissy 07825 305005 ARTS & CRAFTS

Leeds Petanque Club plays Sun from 11am (all year) & Tues from 6pm (Apr – Oct) at Richmond House School sports ground, Glen Rd, Far Headingley. New & experienced members welcomes (they can lend you boules to get started). Details: leedspetanque. Scottish Dancing Classes held at various times & locations across North West Leeds. Beginners welcome. First class free. Details:

Abbey Grange Winter Fair Sat 30 Nov, 12.30 – 2.30pm at Abbey Grange Academy, Butcher Hill, LS16 5EA. Hot Food, Silent Auction, raffle, tombolas, archery, Beat the Goalie, Avengers Quiz, Games, Books, Bric a Brac & much more Bramhope Arts Club Meets Mon, 7.30pm at the Village Hall for Winter scenes, Christmas cards & festive frolics. A warm welcome awaits. Details: Jeff 01423 508867

Brush & Palette meets Thurs, 1 – 4pm at HEART, Bennett Rd. Headingley. Bring your own materials & ideas to paint along with others. Details: Chris 07521 121 849, Lorraine 07757 042 725 Knit & Natter Group 1st Fri of month, 11am – 1pm at Rainbow Junktion Cafe, All Hallows Church, LS6 1NP. All abilities welcome. Followed by PAYF lunch in busy cafe. Details: Penny Brown 07800 995 622, p.melia3@ Leeds Marquetry Group meets most Wed, 7 – 9pm at the Polish Catholic Centre, Newton Hill Rd, Chapel Allerton, LS7 4JE. Friendly group makes marquetry pictures & decorated applied pieces. Programme of activities, competitions & demonstrations. Beginners welcome. Details: Steve 01943 600111, secretary., www. Stainbeck Art Club meets 2nd & 4th Tues, 2 – 4pm at Methodist Centre, Town St. Chapel Allerton. All abilities welcome. Visitors £4. Details: Pam 268 4734, COFFEE MORNINGS, FAIRS & MARKETS Beck Arts Trail Sun 8 Dec, 1.30 – 4.30pm, around Monkbridge Rd & Meanwood. Features art, craft & jewellery by local artists. Trail maps available on the afternoon from Tandem Café 574 Meanwood Rd, 14 Monkbridge Tce, 1 Highbury Ln & 8 Sandfield Ave. Refreshments at some venues.





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Chemotionally Unstable Christmas Afternoon Tea Sun 1 Dec, 2pm – 5pm At Adel Methodist Church Gainsborough Ave, LS16. With Father Christmas & Carols around the Piano. In aid of Cancer Research UK. Tickets £15 (adults only) available from Kirstie Lewis 07754 344370. Money with order; non-refundable.

Cookridge Gardening Club monthly talks Wed, 7.30pm at Cookridge Methodist Church Hall, Tinshill Rd. 11 Dec: Woodland Trust by Roger Parkinson. Visitors £2 Membership £10. Details: Katherine 267 1858, www. Cookridge & Horsforth U3A meets Mon 2 Dec & Mon 9 Dec. Annual membership £15/ Meetings £2. New members welcome. Details: cookridgeandhorsforthu3a.wildapricot. org

Christmas Fayre Sat 7 & 14 Dec, 10am – 4pm at Caring For Life, Crag House Farm, Otley Old Rd, Cookridg. Free entry. Visit Santa, receive surprise gift & make Christmas crafts, all for £6.50. Numerous stalls with decorations & gifts. Farm Shop will be full of Christmas treats & the Granary is open 9am-5pm. Details: 230 3618, www.

Cookridge Methodist Community Film Society Films shown on giant screen in Church Hall, Oct – Apr. Membership only £20 for 7 films/ £17 for 5. Details: Shirley Rivers 267 2464

Harewood House Christmas Market Weekends 7/ 8 & 14/ 15 Dec. Over 30 carefully selected makers from around the region, accompanied by live music, including choirs & brass bands, in the Courtyard. Free entry.

Cookridge Thursday Group meets 7.30pm in Methodist Church Hall, Cookridge. Wide variety of interesting speakers & quiz/games nights. New members welcome. Go along & join them for a cup of tea & biscuits afterwards.

Headingley Methodist Church Annual Christmas Fair (opp Arndale Centre) Sat 7 Dec, 10am – 2.30pm. Homemade cakes, gifts, cards, bric a brac, jewellery, books Traidcraft, chocolate tombola, raffle & more - + refreshments incl. bacon butties.

Horsforth in Bloom meets 2nd Sat (14 Dec) 10am in Horsforth Museum. Join this active, friendly group! Details:

Horsforth Farmers’ Market (sponsored by Horsforth Churches Together) is on Sat 7 Dec, 9.30am – 12.30pm at St Margaret’s School car park. Details: GROUPS/CLUBS Air Yorkshire Aviation Society meets monthly, 2.30pm in the Media Centre at Leeds/Bradford Airport. Details: alan., www. Baby & Toddler Group Tues 10 – 11.30am (term time) at United Reformed Church, Spen Lane, West Park. Preschool children & babies with carers. Large play space. 50p a head. Free refreshments. Details: 267 8926

Leeds RSPB Group Coach Trip Sat 7 Dec to Martin Mere Wetland Centre near Ormskirk. See the spectacle of thousands of migrating swans, geese & ducks. Dep 8:.10am Roundhay, 8.30am Leeds. Details: 07722 120 540 Leeds Horticultural Society meets 6 times a year, 8pm St Chad's Centre, Far Headingley. Membership £10/ couple £15. Details: Pat 225 0030, Viv 267 3880

photographer Charlie Waite as guest speaker. Adm by ticket only - £15. Details:, Leeds Transport Historical Society meets Mon, 7pm at Leeds Postal Sports Association Club, off Beecroft St, Kirkstall, LS5 3AS. 9 Dec: ‘The Belgian Vicinal’ with films from the late Keith Terry. Presented by Malcolm Hindes. £1. Meanwood Men's Society: Mon 2 December, Talk - Avro Factory at Yeadon, 7-30pm, Meanwood Institute. Mon 16 December, Christmas Darts and Doms, 7-30pm, Meanwood Institute. Details: Colin 2746316. Reading Group Do you like reading & discussing short stories, poems & essays? No reading or homework between sessions. Small friendly group meets Mon 4 - 5.30pm at St Columba's Church Hall, 70 Headingley Ln, LS6 2DH. Small charge to include refreshments. Details: stuart@fortey., Royal British Legion (Horsforth Branch) meets 2nd Wed (ex Dec), 7.30pm at Horsforth Conservative Club, Town St, Horsforth. New members & guests always welcomed into this friendly group. Previous armed forces service is not essential. Zero Carbon Headingley - New group formed to find ways to reduce carbon emissions in the Headingley area. Details: zerocarbonheadingley@gmail. com MUSIC

Leeds Lions Club meets 2nd Mon (ex bank holidays), 7.30pm Holiday Inn Express, Cavendish St (off Kirkstall Rd) LS3 1LY. Make friends & support community by joining largest voluntary service organisation in the world. Details: Peter 266 3324 Leeds Photographic Society Tues 10 Dec, 7.30pm at St Edmund’s Church Hall, Lidgett Park Rd, LS8 1JN. A special event with world renowned landscape

Headingley Voices Community Choir Meets Thurs (term time) 7.40 – 9.30pm at Shire Oak School, Wood Ln. Friendly community choir singing a wide range of music - no auditions. Just turn up. Details:

Horsforth Choral Society Mixed voice choir rehearses Mon 7.30pm in St Margaret’s Parish Centre. Currently preparing for Carol Concert Tues 10 Dec. Details: 261 1305, info@ One Voice Choirs are setting up groups in the city centre, Headingley & Chapel Allerton. Run in a fun, laid back & supportive atmosphere they are for everyone who loves to sing. No previous singing experience necessary, nor do you need to be able to read music. Everyone is welcome. Details:, www. facebook/onevoicechoirs Leeds Haydn Players Concert 15 Dec, 3.30pm at West Park United Reformed Church. Tickets £10 on door or via

SENIORS Headingley Methodist Luncheon Club Tues, 12 noon, side entrance on Chapel St LS6 3HZ. Meals to be ordered in advance from 275 5615/ 275 1592 or 257 6547. £5 for two courses + tea or coffee. LunchPlus A 2-course meal + craft, quiz, table-top games etc. Fri monthly (13 Dec, 10 Jan) 12.30pm at Emmanuel Baptist Church, Hall Ln. Horsforth LS18 5JE. £2. Book via church office 259 1283 or Meanwood Lunch Club meets Thurs, 12.15pm in Holy Trinity Community Hall, Meanwood. Three course meal + tea/ coffee for £5. Details: Anne 268 1131 Meeting Point Thurs, 2 – 4pm at Bramhope Methodist Church. Run in conjunction with OPAL - £2 entry. Speakers, activities, trips out, refreshments & companionship for older people. Details: OPAL on 261 9103

St Chad’s Lunch Club Wed 12 noon (term time), at St Chad’s Parish Centre LS16 5JT. Open to anyone of retirement age, £4 for 2-course meal, tea/coffee, biscuits & chat. Transport available within catchment area. Details: Anne 07815 794 590 STEP (Supporting The Elderly People) 244 Queenswood Dr. LS6 3ND. For people over 60 & living in West Park/ Far Headingley. Open Mon-Thurs, 10am – 3pm. Drop in & see what they do. Details: 275 7988, step.2.step@ SPIRITUAL Community Carol Service Tues 17 Dec, 12.30pm at Grove Methodist Church, Horsforth. All welcome. Christian Meditation Group meets in Chapel at Leeds Trinity University on Wednesdays fortnightly 7.30 - 9pm for silent meditation in tradition of John Main. Details:

Grove Methodist Church Christmas Services (Town St, Horsforth) Sun 8 Dec: Toy & Family Service, 10.30am. Toys to be sent to Charity; Sun 15 Dec: Nativity Service; 22 Dec: Candlelit Carol Service, 6pm; 24 Dec: Christingle, 6pm; 25 Dec: Christmas Day Service 10.30am. All welcome Horsforth Churches Together Sun 1 Dec: Advent Service, 6pm St Margaret’s Church; Sat 14 Dec: Carols in the Park 4pm; Mon 23 Dec: Carols in the Pubs, 7pm (; Sun 15 Dec: Service of Carols & Readings, 3pm at St Mary’s, Horsforth with Leeds Guild of Singers. Tickets £6 in aid of Bambisanani Partnership in Kwa Zulu Natal. Details: 258 3521 Meditation with Music & Spiritual Healing monthly, 11am – 1pm at Chevin Country Park Hotel & Spa, Otley, Wed 18 Dec. Registered healer with Fellowship Award from Healing Trust National Federation of Spiritual Healers. Also registered with Complementary & Natural Health Care Council. Details:

Meditation Walk at Kirkstall Abbey Every Wed 10.15 – 11.15am. Meet in Kirkstall Abbey Education room (Visitors Centre). No booking required. Details: 275 7727,,

Headingley Friday Support Group Fri, 1.30 – 2.30pm at HEART Bennett Rd. Headingley. Informal get-together for adults with experience of mental health issues. Ask for Carol on arrival. The focus is to socialize & make friends.

Messy Church Sat 7 Dec, 4 – 5.30pm at Grove Centre, New St. Stories, games, food, crafts & fun.

Leeds Healing Centre Fri 12 – 2.30pm at HEART, Bennett Rd. Headingley. Healing by professional team of volunteers to aid relaxation & promote wellbeing. No appointment necessary £5. or 07985 121 810. Roundhay Healing Centre: Thurs 7 – 8.30pm at Friend's Meeting House, Street Ln. Details: 07949 972 690

New 4 O’Clock Service Last Sun of each month 4pm at St. Columba’s United Reformed Church, 70 Headingley Ln, LS6. Everyone welcome. Followed by refreshments. SUPPORT Aphasia Leeds A friendly, welcoming group for people with Aphasia following stroke or head injury. Drop in to Pudsey Wellbeing Centre, Robin Lane, 1st & 3rd Thurs each month, 1 3pm. Details: aphasialeedsuk@gmail. com

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Adel Ladies Luncheon Club meets monthly, 12.30pm at Castle Grove Masonic Hall, Headingley. Wed 4 Dec: ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’ with Patricia Mitchinson. Details: Mrs Muriel Huntley 230 1584

Forum 2000 meets Wed, 10am – noon Grove Centre, New St, Horsforth. 4 Dec: ‘Preserve your memories – The 60s’ with Malcolm Johnson. Details: 258 3521,

Meanwood WI meets 3rd Tues, 7.30pm at Meanwood Institute, 92 Green Rd, Meanwood, LS6 4LD. All welcome. Details: 294 5626, chrisom43@gmail. com

Headingley Café Scientifique Mon 9 Dec, 7.30pm at New Headingley Club, 56 St Michael's Rd. LS6. Mark Wrigley will present ‘1201 Alarm: Apollo Moon Landings at 50’ about the NASA programme & his archive on display at National Science & Media Museum Bradford.£3. Details: www.

University of Leeds Ladies’ Club meets monthly. All women with strong affiliation to the University welcome. Details: The Secretary 261 4564.

The Arts Society Leeds meets 3rd Wed at Castle Grove Hall, Headingley LS6 4BP. Expert lectures, study days, visits, lunches, bar. Visitors welcome, £7. Details:,, Facebook. National Trust Tuesday Talks, 10am at St. Chad’s Parish Centre, Far Headingley. 10 Dec: A festive Christmas & 45th Anniversary occasion. Malcolm Johnson gives short humorous talk followed by music from Richmond House School choir. Sales table: Bring & Buy Christmas presents. Members £3/ guests £4 Yorkshire Archaeological & Historical Society (Family History Section) Sat 14 Dec,11am at Swarthmore Education Centre, Woodhouse Sq. LS3 1AD. A lecture entitled ‘The Vikings in Yorkshire’ by Joyce Hill, Emeritus Professor at Leeds University. Visitors welcome.

Christmas wreath to take home £25pp incl. mulled wine & mince pies. Details: 230 3618 to book Family Ceilidh with a Scottish Flavour Sat 30 Nov 6.30 – 9pm at Holy Trinity Community Hall, Meanwood. Live music by Bandiera Rossa ceilidh band. Adults £5/Children £3. Includes light refreshments. Details: uk, 07851 419656 Films @ HEART Independent films from around the world on 2nd Tues, 8pm at HEART Bennett Rd, Headingley. 10 Dec: Mayasaloun Hamoud’s ‘In Between’, part of the Leeds Palestinian Film Festival. Tickets on door £6/£5/£4. All welcome. FilmsAtHeart

MISC/ EVENTS American Contra Ceilidhs Sat 30 Nov with English Contra Dance Band & Lynne Render, at St Chads Hall Far Headingley. Also 2nd & 4th Tues at Headingley Parish Hall. Details: 07989 618550,, html Carols by Candlelight Sat 7 & 14, & Fri 20 Dec, from 6.30pm at Caring For Life, Crag House Farm, Otley Old Rd, Cookridge. Christmas dining & Carols from the Salvation Army band or Vocal Assembly Choir. 3 course meal £29.95pp. Booking essential. Details: 230 3618, events Christmas Tree Festival Sat 30 Nov, 10.30am – 1pm at Cookridge Methodist Church. Enjoy trees decorated by groups from the community. There will also be stalls, games & crafts for all ages + refreshments. Entry free. Christmas Wreath Workshop Wed 11/ Thurs 12 Dec, 7pm at Crag House Farm – Otley Old Rd, Cookridge L16 7NH. Festive evening, making your own

Film night at The Grove (New St. Horsforth) 6.45pm Fri 13 Dec: White Christmas (U) Free entry, donations welcome. Details: Alan 07985 745525 Horsforth Community Café ‘pay as you feel’ café at The Parish Centre, St Margaret’s Church LS18 5LY, using food destined for the bin to create delicious snacks & meals. Open Mon til 16 Dec, 10am – 2pm. Volunteers needed – get in touch via Facebook TRJFP Horsforth Café. Surplus food from kitchens, allotments & gardens welcome. St Vincent’s Spring Ball Sat 14 March 2020 at Leeds Crowne Plaza Hotel. A glamorous evening of fun & fundraising. Tickets £50pp/ £500 a table. Details: 248 4126, Jessica. Taste of Tarot Thurs 16 Jan, 7 – 10pm at The Vesper Gate, Abbey Rd. LS5 3NG. Tarot Readings £16 (incl £3 drinks voucher). Sale of crystals & psychic paraphernalia. Proceeds to PDSA. Details: Melissa 224 9720




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