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Dear Readers, As is our wont, we are totally ignoring a certain major February event (Valentine’s Day) and choosing instead to bring you news of other interesting happenings. The fourth Horsforth Beer Festival at St Margaret’s is coming up; and work on Holt Park Wellbeing Centre is finally getting underway. The 2012 programmes at Leeds theatres get underway and we talk to two writers whose plays open this month. The Wonders of Egypt come to Leeds City Museum; poet Ian McMillan is lined up for the Headingley LitFest; and there is much inspiration if you are thinking of getting into running.
WAITING FOR GODOT COMES TO WYP
COULD YOU MAKE THE GB ROWING TEAM?
LIVE LIFE LOCAL: SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL BUSINESSES
Samuel Beckett Masterpiece at The Playhouse
Waiting for Godot, a funny, poetic and tragic masterpiece is performed by Talawa Theatre Company, Britain’s foremost Black-led theatre company.
Plus Seven Jazz is celebrating its fifth year; the Beechtree Steiner Initiative is campaigning to open a new school in Leeds; and GB Rowing invites you to take your own Olympic rowing trial. You can’t say there’s not lots going on! We are also launching our ‘Live Life Local’ campaign, which is designed to encourage everyone to support local business. Given the current state of the economy, let’s concentrate on keeping the money in our area. Deadline for the March edition is 1st February for editorial and 7th February for advertising. We look forward to receiving your news and notices.
Carole, Jack and the team
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Work Begins on New Holt Park Wellbeing Centre The Centre will be one of the first of its kind in the UK
10 Horsforth’s Fourth Beer & Cider Festival Over 60 draught beers and 20 perries and ciders will be available
Could You Make the GB Rowing Team? The Nation on Trial - The GB Rowing Team invites you to take your own Olympic Trial.
20 Louise Rennison Brings Some Hilarity Back to Leeds
The Queen of Teen’s Angus, Thongs and Even More Snogging at WYP
26 Abigail Burdess Takes to the Stage ‘All the Single Ladies’, starring Leslie Ash, Brooke Kinsella and Tara Flynn is at City Varieties
44 Go on The Run Helpful hints on starting to run
WORK ON NEW WELLBEING CENTRE BEGINS! EDITORIAL
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SALES ENQUIRIES Work on a new Wellbeing Centre on Holtdale Approach, Holt Park, has begun! The centre, costing approximately ÂŁ27m, will be one of the first of its kind in the UK, combining adult social care with youth and sports services and facilities for the local community all under one roof. The centre is to be funded through the Private Finance Initiative (PFI) and carried out through the Local Education Partnership and their contractor Interserve Project Services Ltd. It will replace the current Holt Park Leisure Centre and is scheduled to open in December 2013.
The new centre will allow people to access social care and community facilities within their local area. It will also help people with other needs, such as physical or learning disabilities or mental health problems, to access the services they need confidently and easily, as well as providing state-of-theart new leisure facilities. The facilities were decided upon following a wide-ranging and on-going consultation with local residents, community groups and NHS Leeds. For further information visit www.leeds.gov.uk/newholtpark
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NORTH LEEDS LIFE LAUNCHES ‘LIVE LIFE LOCAL’ NOT JUST ANOTHER ‘SUPPORT LOCAL BUSINESS’ CAMPAIGN, BUT A WAY OF LIFE!
With the economy starting to pinch nearly everyone there is one simple thing we can all do to make life better: support your local businesses. Yes, most of us already do this to some extent. But ‘shopping local’ a bit more often can have a very positive effect on you and your local community. LOCAL EXPERTS ON YOUR HIGH STREET
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Your local butcher, baker and latte coffee maker are the lifeblood of the local community. These, and many more local businesses, bring you a whole range of goods and services, right on your doorstep. Most of all, they bring passion, dedication, product knowledge and a wealth of experience. Just think – your local high street is full of independent experts. There’s not much they don’t know about their particular business products and services, and they’re happy to share that knowledge with you. So next time you want something – anything – try your local high street first. You may be pleasantly surprised at the choice available.
Using your local businesses can often work out to be better value than ordering online or shopping out of town. No need to pay postage and wait in a post office queue if the item you clicked on turns out to be wrong. Buy it locally and you can see it, try it and make sure it’s right before you leave the shop. And why drive miles out of town when you can often simply walk up the street to a local shop to get what you want, saving you time and petrol?
OLD FASHIONED, FRIENDLY CUSTOMER SERVICE No one will give you better service than a local business owner. They’ve invested their life – and often life savings – in their business. So they’ll bend over backwards to get what you want, demonstrate how to use it, make sure you’re happy with it and quickly resolve any problems should they arise. That’s service the way it should be. Compare that to going through a series of phone menus to somewhere remote, just to get to someone who puts you on infinite hold.
KEEP IT IN THE COMMUNITY Shopping locally keeps more of your money in your local community, instead of going on chief executives’ excessive salaries and bankers’ bonuses. It helps to create jobs in local businesses, who often use local suppliers, and it also encourages local people to start up new businesses, adding to the choice, variety and character of the high street. Of course, this doesn’t mean you have to stop shopping at the supermarket or checking out the internet for the things you want. It simply means thinking of using your local high street shops first. Once you get into the habit and ‘live life local’, you’ll wonder why you haven’t been doing it more often. Especially as you’ll usually get a friendly smile and a ‘thank you’ every time you do.
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NEWS FROM YOUR COUNCILLORS Councillor Clive Fox Adel & Wharfedale Ward So that’s it then. The tinsel and baubles are safely put away. For many though there is still an unwelcome reminder of Christmas via the credit card statement and some may be tempted to try and rustle up some money from wherever. A timely report to the city council’s grandly named Corporate Governance and Audit Committee reveals that over the past five years no fewer than 6,725 public liability compensation claims up to the value of £2,500 have been successfully defended by the council. However, that still leaves 1,900 successful claims in the same period leading to an average payout of just
under £400. Fewer than a quarter concerned council house tenants, the majority involving the highways department. In a word, potholes – that’s what it’s all about. Under the 1980 Highways Act the council has a duty to maintain the highways in a condition that is safe for users. But section 58 of the Act gives the council a defence against any claims provided it can show it operates a consistent, documented and regular inspection and maintenance scheme. The report to the Audit Committee analyses some recent claims and includes a discourse on potholes in general. We learn that a category one pothole, which accounts for a third of all successful claims, is one that is so hazardous it should be repaired within 24 hours. A category two pothole is one which is deemed
sufficiently hazardous that it should be repaired within 14 days. Next in the hierarchy comes the 28 day pothole followed by the generic common or garden non-hazardous pothole, dealt with as part of the general maintenance system. It’s a sort of ‘when they get round to it’ type of pothole. You may even have your own favourite, been there for years sort of thing. So should your vehicle suffer damage from a pothole that hasn’t been repaired in time particularly the grade one listed sort, then you could be in with a shout. Don’t count on it though. One thing is clear, there are potholes and potholes and anyone seeking to claim will learn an awful lot more about them than they ever wanted to know! firstname.lastname@example.org
A MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR OF HORSFORTH TOWN COUNCIL Jude Arbuckle Chair
The ongoing challenge for the Town Council, and its committees, is to continue to meet spending needs within the agreed budgets. Councillors are very aware of this. In order to save money, an existing tree was used for the 2011 Christmas lights. Leeds City Ward Councillors generously provided funds to keep the street lights, but the limited Town Council budget could not meet the charges set by Leeds for a Christmas Tree. The Council will be asking for sponsorship for 2012. If you or your company would like to participate in these events please do contact the Town Clerk.
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The Town Council is also looking for partners to help sponsor Horsforth’s celebrations for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. These will include the Council’s continued sponsorship of the Summer Season of Bands in the Park. The Council is also continuing its preparation towards Qualified Council Status. This will open up other funding possibilities through the Town Council taking on additional responsibilities currently managed by Leeds City Council. To help with these expanding duties the Council is to advertise for a further part-time member of staff to help the Town Clerk with administrative duties. Since the Town Council started in 1999, it has established a strong
tradition of working for the good of all Horsforth residents. Looking to the future, the Council would like to invite more local residents to work with the Council to achieve the best for Horsforth.
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Mobile Library I have received some correspondence about the mobile library at Cookridge. Parents, children and carers are keen to see the hours changed to ensure it coincides with the kindergarten. I am currently campaigning on this issue and the Head of the Library Services recently assured me they would look at all routes in the new year and get back to me before any changes were made to ensure that all feedback was taken into account. Wellbeing Centre – Holt Park I am delighted that the £27m from the Government for the Holt Park Wellbeing Centre has been approved and work is about to start. The new centre, which will replace the current Holt Park Leisure Centre, is a partnership between Adult Social Care and the Council’s Sports Services section. The new centre will include a 25m swimming pool, hydrotherapy pool, café, gym, large meeting hall and garden area among its facilities. I would like to ensure everyone involved in a professional capacity continues to work with the local community and look forward to it providing a renewed focus for the area. It is hoped that all of the work will be completed by December 2013. Recycling You may have read that the Council is looking for new ways to increase recycling and reduce the amount of waste going to landfill. One of the suggestions is to have fortnightly black and green bin collections. Whereas I applaud efforts to increase recycling, I think we must carefully consider the implications. A recent trial in Rothwell was successful, but a key part of this was the provision of a weekly collection of food waste. At the moment the proposals do not include this provision.
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Horsforth’s Fourth Beer & Cider Festival! Horsforth’s fourth beer and cider festival is scheduled to take place in St Margaret’s Hall on Friday 2nd and Saturday 3rd March. Last year’s festival, the third organised by St Margaret’s Church, was a resounding success. Around 1,500 people turned up to enjoy the fantastic array of beers over the two days and the ‘House Full’ signs went up early on Friday evening and again on Saturday afternoon. Almost £10,000 was raised and the local economy also benefited.
in the loos, and numerous other improvements, you can see the results of their efforts. Since Left Bank (the old St Margaret of Antioch church on Cardigan Road) opened its doors to the public in 2009, it has hosted marriages, exhibitions, album launches, parties and Carol services. The aim is for the venue to be financially sustainable within the next 3 – 5 years. A big step toward this will be getting an entertainment licence so they can do more regular events.
all sponsored (for as little as £3 a month), Left Bank would have a great core income to help build up its team, facilities, arts and music programme. The Rose Window, a modern interpretation of a traditional form, was designed by York architect GG Pace and was added to the church in 1964. For more information, contact Left Bank at whatshappening@leftbank. org.uk, www.left bankleeds.org.uk, or call 07553 988698
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This year, there will be over 60 draught beers in the main hall. The emphasis will be on new beers and new breweries. There will be live entertainment on stage to set the mood. The draught ciders will be found downstairs in the cellar bar. Such is the growing popularity of cider that this year you’ll find around 20 ciders and perries. There is also a range of bottled foreign beers, plus room to sit for those who want to drink at a more leisurely pace! And there’s a chance to try the home cooking in the cafeteria. Entry is just £5 on the door, which includes a festival glass, programme and tasting notes, and vouchers towards your first couple of drinks. Check out the latest news on www.horsforthbeerfestival.co.uk
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Leeds Soroptimist International recently raised over £1 million for Hope and Homes for Children’s lifesaving work with women and children in Sierra Leone. It took Soroptimists four years to raise the money and the funds are being spent on a joint venture entitled ‘Project SIerra: a Family and a Future’. By providing healthcare, counselling, education, vocational training and access to childcare, Project SIerra is improving the lives of some of the most deprived women and children in Sierra Leone. “I have seen firsthand how Project SIerra has made a real difference to the lives of so many women, children and their families”, said Alison Sutherland, Project Liaison for Soroptimist International. “Reaching the £1 million target was an amazing fundraising effort.”
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The Adel Association Neighbourhood Forums: Why they are important to us The new Localism Act will have a dramatic impact on our neighbourhoods. In theory it is supposed to give greater power to communities to plan their development. In practice it is looking increasingly like a developers’ charter. In the past we have relied on Neighbourhood Design Statements to negotiate with developers as to what we did and didn’t want. These, like the Adel one (which is currently being revised), will still have to be taken into account. However, they will have nothing like the authority wielded by the Neighbourhood Plan developed by a Neighbourhood Forum (NF), which is recommended in the Act. The Adel Association has already informed the Council of a desire to create a Neighbourhood Forum for the Adel area. The Council will issue its own
development plans in the Spring. The next most important document will be the Neighbourhood Plan drawn up by the Forum. There will be many of these covering large areas of Leeds. They will take the lead in identifying transport and road safety needs, recreation and play spaces, shopping needs, and other services– like schools, medical and dental services. They will also seek to protect areas of historical interest and, perhaps most importantly, will designate areas for building development. The NF will produce a plan which will be sent to every resident in the community who will then vote on it. It needs approval from 51% of residents. This will form the guidelines for development in that community. The first stage will be deciding the boundaries of Adel, which will require a considerable investment of time. Luckily in our community we have
large numbers of professionals, some retired, and we need people to volunteer to make this happen. We need architects, planners, teaching and health specialists, traffic engineers and project managers. This will be entirely independent from the Adel Association or Adel Crag Association. What we are doing at this stage is helping to get a group of people together who are prepared to volunteer. Councillor Anderson will brief the group, guide them through to completion, and be the main conduit to the Council. If anyone is interested in being part of this experiment in community democracy please email me directly at email@example.com There will be regular updates at our Association meetings as they are in themselves an opportunity for consultation. Dr Barrie Hopson Chairman
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The Gift that Keeps on Giving Who would have thought that that someone born at Carlton, near Otley, in the early 1800s would still be handing out money today? Eliza Wilkinson was born in 1828 at Carlton. In 1839, the family moved to Fosse House, Parkside Road, Meanwood (later known as Meanwood Hall). She was talented and well-travelled, but stayed home to look after her brothers and sisters after their mother’s death. She became aware of the many single women who had no pensions or means of support when they retired. With just £100 she founded the Leeds Society for Single Ladies, a charity designed to help provide for these women, and the funds have grown enormously since then. Today the society helps elderly, unmarried women living in Leeds, who may need an extra little financial boost. The state pension doesn’t stretch to things like a new washing machine or carpet, for example, and this is where the charity can help. If you fall within the guidelines of the society and need a little help, why don’t you contact them? Just write to: The Applicants’ Secretary, 36 Towers Way, Leeds LS6 4PJ.
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GARDENROUND-UP By Kath Hall, Paxton Horticultural
............................................... The very mild autumn and start to winter has turned everything upside down in the garden. Spring flowers have been appearing among summer flowers that are giving a second show. Hopefully the early appearance of daffodils will not mean too early a show of flowers. Snowdrops, aconites, primulas etc. will brighten up any garden providing they aren’t under snow and ice. Now’s the time to start tuberous begonias, gloxinias and achimenes. If you don’t have a greenhouse, they can be placed on a windowsill. Half bury the tubers in compost and keep them warm and evenly moist. Once they start to sprout they can be potted up individually. Shoots of hardy perennials will be starting to appear – use some of these for cuttings, especially delphiniums and lupins. Shoots need to be two inches long. Scrape away the soil to as near the crown as possible and trim off any ragged leaves. Dip into hormone rooting powder and plant four or five to a pot. Water and cover with a plastic bag to retain moisture. Stand in a cold frame until new shoots start to appear then pot up into individual pots.
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It’s time to start pruning late flowering shrubs, especially those that flower on new growth. Buddleias, hardy fuchsias and santolinas need to be cut back hard. Roses can be pruned too, but towards the end of the month, or even wait until the last frost. Late flowering clematis can be cut back to near the ground but if you want higher growth cut back to last year’s growth. Check out any bare areas and plan what you might want to plant there. You might like to sow pots of annuals to fill the spaces, or look out for new plants. Always check for size and growth to ensure they will not spread and encroach on other plants. Apart from flowering plants, vegetables can be grown in buckets and tubs and placed in the gaps – a good idea if you haven’t a vegetable plot. Seeds can now be sown under cloches for early crops, and shallot bulbs need to be planted towards the end of the month. The days are getting longer and indoor plants need to be checked so that they don’t grow straggly or one sided – a quarter turn each day will help them keep their shape. Next month we can look forward to spending more time in the garden.
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Among the most familiar waterfowl are coot and moorhen, members of the rail family. In winter, coot assemble in large flocks on lakes, reservoirs and slow rivers. They are plump, blackish birds with a short tail and small rounded head. Above their white bill is a conspicuous white frontal shield. Coot are very aggressive both among themselves and to other birds. With a small leap, they dive often to feed underwater and take off in a tripping run across the water surface with beating wings. Coot
Moorhens are smaller and slimmer than coot, blackish with a white undertail. They have a rather long tail, long green legs and a red bill with a yellow tip. A characteristic is incessant jerking of the tail when walking and of the head when swimming. Present in the same places as coot, they also occur on small ponds and in wet ditches. Unlike coot they do not gather in vast winter flocks but good numbers can be seen feeding together on waterside grassland. Moorhens, the commoner bird, are more widely spread than coot. Numbers of both species are relatively stable, but they suffer in prolonged hard winters. Large numbers of visitors from northern and central Europe join the local residents in winter.
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Frank Oates (1840–1875), FRGS, traveller and naturalist. The unspoilt green space of Meanwood Park, a favourite with families, walkers and dogs, was once the garden of the house called Meanwoodside (now demolished) built by Edward Oates in 1834. His descendants were to link Meanwood with the far reaches of the world. One of his sons, Frank, lies buried on the Botswana/Zimbabwe border; his second son, William, is buried in Madeira; his grandson, Lawrence Oates, known throughout the world for the manner of his death, lies lost in the Antarctic. (More of Lawrence next month, when there will be a ceremony in Meanwood to mark the centenary of his death.) This is the story of Frank Oates, one of the early explorers of southern Africa, a dedicated collector and student of natural history. The Oates family was a long established and prosperous family of Leeds merchants, landowners and lawyers. Edward Oates (17921865) had practised as a lawyer in London and Malta before returning to Leeds in 1834, buying land along Meanwood Beck and building his house. He married Susan, daughter of Edward Grace, JP, and they had three sons (two other children died): Frank (1840), William (1841) and Charles (1844). At Meanwoodside Edward devoted himself to creating a garden from the rough fields, with water features along the beck, plantations, and an ‘American garden’, with rhododendrons, pools and streams, a bridge and column, all still identifiable today. Here Frank developed a passionate interest in nature, particularly in wild birds, which inspired him to travel into the unknown in search of new species. He went to Oxford to study natural sciences, but fell ill and left without taking his degree. As part of his recovery, he travelled in Central and North America, where he made a collection of birds and insects. On his return in 1872 he was elected a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. Now he set his mind on Africa, on a journey along the Zambezi to see the Victoria Falls, and on into the unknown territory to the north. On 5th March 1873, accompanied by his brother William, he sailed for Natal. They trekked through the Transvaal into Matabeleland, where it had been agreed William should turn back. Frank negotiated the next stage of the journey with the demanding and 16 February 2012 | northleedslife.co.uk
A memorial stone to Frank Oates was later erected at the grave. His collections and journals were sent to his brother Charles at Meanwoodside. Charles distributed the specimens to specialist collections, and began editing Frank’s journals, which he published with a personal memoir in 1881, under the title Matabele Land and the Victoria Falls, illustrated with Frank and William’s fine drawings and watercolours. Frank emerges as a quiet, amiable but determined figure, one who according to the Leeds Mercury ‘upheld the reputation of Englishmen’ overseas. His understated style – he described his plan to travel 1,600 miles into deepest Africa as ‘a little trip’ – was later to find an echo in his nephew Lawrence’s famous farewell line. Frank Oates’ name is still remembered in Africa and his grave apparently survives. In this country, the Oates collection at Gilbert White’s House at Selborne, Hampshire, commemorates Frank as well as Lawrence Oates – sadly far away from his family home at Meanwood.
temperamental King Lobengula of the Matabele. While there he was allowed to watch the ‘Great Dance’ of the Matabele, which few outsiders had witnessed. He and his two companions finally reached the Zambezi in December 1874, where he collected specimens of the flora and fauna. Although the wet season had begun, with all its health risks (he rejected advice to take along a portable coffin!) he pressed on to the Falls, perhaps the first European to see them in full flood. After sketching and painting the Falls, he began the return journey, but developed a dangerous fever and died twelve days later, on 5th February 1875. He was 35. His companions buried him, and gathered up his collections. After travelling on for several miles they found that his dog, Rail, was missing: he was discovered back at the grave, standing guard over his master’s body.
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THE WILD SIDE OF NATURE
started my first job as an Assistant Green Keeper at a golf course in North Leeds one May in the late 1970s and quickly became engrossed in the wonders of the countryside.
As summer ebbed, the days shortened and the number of golfers dropped off, the wildlife became more noticeable. One morning as the sun burnt off the frost and freezing mist that hung majestically in pockets, I saw one of the most unforgettable sights I had ever witnessed. A large adult rabbit was running towards me with an adult stoat in hot pursuit. With what seemed lightening speed, the stoat grabbed the rabbit by the neck and with a piercing squeal the chase was over. To witness this was disturbing to say the least. As much as I wanted me to intervene, caution got the better of me and I let nature take its course.
Apparently they are excellent tree climbers and nest raiders, taking eggs and chicks alike. However all the ones I have encountered have had their feet on terra firma. They favour rocky outcrops or dry stone walls around woodland. Tree stumps and other such hollows make good homes, and they will use old rabbit burrows where they can. Nearly all of my sightings have been where there are large rabbit populations and lots of gorse bushes. Thirty years later, early one autumn morning in Golden Acre Park, I was once again alerted to the presence of a stoat by the unmistakable squeal of a rabbit. This time I was armed with my camera and managed to get a number of shots. Once again I felt compelled to intervene and my emotions turned me inside out.
From that day, I have been in awe of this creature with its black tipped tail – a sure sign that you are watching a stoat and not its cousin the weasel. How come this fairly small predator got the better of a fully grown rabbit? Having seen it in action I can honestly say it’s down to shear strength and agility. Of course the stoat’s diet doesn’t rely solely on rabbit. They will quite happily take the eggs of game birds, small rodents and the odd chicken should its territory be near farm buildings.
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Whilst stoats can be fun and intriguing to watch, they too can become prey themselves. Their life span is only around two years, if they’re lucky, and once their cover is blown chasing rabbits, they can be vulnerable. If you want to catch sight of a stoat, don’t go out looking for one. In all my encounters they have unwittingly presented themselves. Keep a good look out, listen carefully and you might be privileged to see one. By Chris South.
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LOUISE RENNISON BRINGS SOME HILARITY BACK TO LEEDS Talking to Louise Rennison is a little like hurtling down a bobsleigh run with numerous detours – you don’t know where you’re going to end up but you’re enjoying the ride! I grabbed a few minutes from Louise’s busy day to ask her about her upcoming play, Angus Thongs and Even More Snogging, at The West Yorkshire Playhouse. As I put the phone down 15 minutes later, I felt as though a whirlwind had passed through the room. What, in the name of goodness, was I going to get out of that?! Louise grew up in Seacroft as part of an Irish/Jewish family – the sort of family where you would regularly be called on to entertain visiting relatives. I suppose her career really started here, she was imaginative, precocious, and soaked up everything around her – which provided a fantastic source of material for when she started writing and performing. She didn’t actually attend performing arts college until she was in her 30s but she was soon writing vignettes, doing comic monologues etc. At one stage she appeared with a cabaret group called ‘Women with Beards’ (only two of them wore false beards!). One thing led to another and then a publisher suggested she write the diary of a teenage girl – well, she certainly had a rich source of material to delve into – and Georgia Nicolson was born. Georgia’s escapades have captured the imagination of teenagers across the world. In 2007 Angus Thongs and Full Frontal Snogging was made into a film, and now the stage version is about to have its World Premiere at the Playhouse before touring the UK in the autumn. This ‘snogtastic jamboree of Georgia’s totally unblessed life’ has been adapted for the stage by Louise and another Leeds writer, Mark Catley, who has written for Casualty,
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Eastenders, Holby City, and Doctors. Without ever planning it that way, Louise has become the Queen of Teen. Having taken everyone on a rollicking journey through Georgia’s life in ten books – teeming with sexgods, luuurve-gods, nuddy-pants, dancing and lots of snogging – she has come up with another hilarious series starting with Withering Tights (Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2010), which follows
the misadventures of Tallulah Casey who attends a performing arts college in Heckmondwike! The second book in the new series, A Midsummer Tights Dream is out this month. Teenager or not, Angus Thongs and Even More Snogging will have you in stitches. Catch it at West Yorkshire Playhouse from 10th February – 3rd March. Tickets from www.wyp.org.uk or 0113 213 7700
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LEEDS SOROPTIMISTS’ NEW LITERARY AWARD Hannah Barrister, Peepal Tree Press; Margaret Busby OBE; Gail Holland, Leeds Soroptimists
A new national award for unpublished fiction by Black and Asian women has been created by Soroptimist International of Leeds, in partnership with Ilkley Literature Festival and independent publisher Peepal Tree Press. This exciting initiative aims to discover and celebrate exciting new talent and act as a amplifier for Black and Asian women’s voices. The winners of this Yorkshire-based prize could come from anywhere in the UK and will be announced at Ilkley Literature Festival in October 2012. The overall winner will receive £2,000, with £750 for the runner-up and £250 for third place. In addition to the cash awards, Peepal Tree Press will offer all three authors one-to-one consultancy sessions in professional development support through its Inscribe programme, and will seriously consider publishing the winning manuscript. All three authors will be invited to read short extracts from their work at the Ilkley Festival. Margaret Busby OBE, who has served as judge for many literary awards, including the Caine Prize
for African Writing, the Orange Prize, the Independent Prize for Foreign Fiction and the OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature, will chair the judging panel. A writer, editor, reviewer and broadcaster, Margaret became the UK’s youngest and first black woman publisher when she cofounded Allison & Busby Ltd, where she was editorial director for 20 years. The award is open to unpublished novels or collections of short stories of any genre of no less than 50,000 words and the deadline for entries is Friday 1st June 2012. For full details and entry forms visit www.sileedsliteraryprize.com Soroptimist International is a worldwide organisation for women in management and the professions, working through service projects to advance human rights and the status of women. They work to transform the lives of women and girls through a global network of members and international partnerships, as well as a wealth of different projects within their local communities.
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OXFAM Does Dickens
Oxfam Headingley is running a short story competition to mark the 200th birthday of Charles Dickens. Stories are to be written in the style of Dickens and should be no more than 1,000 words long. The entry fee is just £1 (payable on the door) and the stories will be read at Oxfam (standard shop 47 Otley Road, Headingley) on Monday 20th February, starting at 6.30pm. Also in honour of old Dickens, Oxfam will host a Dickens themed quiz at Nation of Shopkeepers (27-37 Cookridge Street) on Tuesday 7th February starting at 7pm. It costs £1 per person to enter, with five people maximum per team. The next Oxfam Poetry Evening will be on Wednesday 22nd February, when the theme will be ‘good and evil’. It starts at 7pm, free entry, donations appreciated.
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ARTS & CULTURE Poet Ian McMillan to Perform at Headingley LitFest
rip-roaring poetry shows are legendary. Now we can look forward to seeing him as part of Headingley LitFest. He will appear at Left Bank (St Margaret’s) on Cardigan Road, on Friday 16th March.
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ABIGAIL BURDESS TAKES TO THE STAGE behind them, but whose focus in life is not necessarily being attached to a man.”
Brooke Kinsella, Leslie Ash, Abigail Burdess and Tara Flynn
Abigail started out training as an actor at The Drama Studio London, where she met a bunch of people who were interested in comedy. Once she had started down that road it seemed to gather its own momentum. As well as appearing and writing for That Mitchell and Webb Look, she has also written for Lucy Montgomery’s Variety Pack on Radio 4, appeared at The Edinburgh Festival both in sketches and her own one-woman show, and she was recently commissioned to write some more sketches for BBC Online with Cicily Giddings.
City Varieties is racking up the shows for 2012. One to catch in February is All the Single Ladies. A new comedy written by Abigail Burdess (That Mitchell & Webb Look), it has all the hallmarks of a good night out – lies, deceit, embarrassment, regrets, hangovers and revenge! This is Abigail’s first full length play. Starring Leslie Ash, Brooke Kinsella, and
Tara Flynn, it explores the love lives of three women in the festive glow of New Year. We caught up with Abigail just before rehearsals were due to start and asked her how she had found the experience. “This has been really enjoyable”, she told us. “For the first time I was writing for female voices and drawing on characters I knew well. It revolves around three single women with a bit of life experience
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Writing for the stage has presented other advantages too. “Unlike stand-up, writing a play gives you the time to set up situations”, explained Abigail. “Every line doesn’t have to be funny, there are fewer restraints. It was far more enjoyable than I expected and I’m looking forward to doing more.” All The Single Ladies is at City Varieties from Monday 13th to Wednesday 15th February. Details: 0113 244 0808 or www.cityvarieties.co.uk
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The Must-See New Musical of 2012 A brand new production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel will open at Leeds Grand Theatre on 2nd May for three weeks. Opera North breathes new life to one of the greatest musicals of the twentieth century. Director Jo Davies and designer Anthony Ward are joined by multi-award winning choreographer Kim Brandstrup.
musicians in Leeds. Over the past 20 years Opera North has developed a reputation for its work in operetta and musical theatre repertoire – from Showboat in the 1980s, to Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd,
works by Kurt Weill, Shostakovich and the Gershwins, and more recently The Merry Widow and Ruddigore. For further information, visit www.operanorth.co.uk, www.carouseltheshow.com
James Holmes, who conducted over 100 performances of Carousel in London with Nicholas Hytner’s 1992 production for the National Theatre, and Jonathan Gill, who conducted more than 600 performances of The Sound of Music will be conducting. One of the greatest scores written for Broadway, Carousel was composed for large musical, vocal and theatrical forces, and is a natural choice for any major opera company. There will be a full Walker orchestration of over 40
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THE HEPWORTH PRESENTS FIRST SPRING EXHIBITION The Hepworth Wakefield presents its first Spring Exhibition from 11th February until 10th June. This will be the first in a regular series that explores common concerns and themes in the work of some of the most innovative contemporary artists.
of The Hepworth Wakefield. “I look forward to the installation of our first Spring exhibition and seeing the rich variety of mediums and ideas within the gallery that transform our offer so radically with each new contemporary exhibition.”
Heather and Ivan Morison, Ben Rivers and David Thorpe use film, sculpture, installation and performance to pose questions regarding our relationship with nature and what happens when manmade and natural worlds collide, exploring utopian beliefs and an impending sense of apocalypse.
Heather and Ivan Morison bring together a new body of work incorporating a puppet show and a range of structures and objects that allude to science-fiction, autobiography and fairy-tales.
“We are delighted to be working with these four contemporary artists, whose work has a fascinating resonance and dialogue with our collection in investigating the past and present”, said Simon Wallis, Director
Ben Rivers will show his recent awardwinning film Slow Action. Fresh from the Vienna International Film Festival, this post-apocalyptic science fiction film with soundtrack narratives by American novelist and critic Mark von Schlegell, comprises a series of four 16mm works filmed on location at
Lanzarote, Gunkanjima, Tuvalu and Somerset. David Thorpe’s installation comprises watercolours and meticulously crafted sculptural works, which explore his interest in rehabilitating ancient craftsmanship and labour-intensive artisanal techniques. The Hepworth is one of largest contemporary art spaces outside London. Since opening on 21 May 2011, the gallery has welcomed over 330,000 visitors, doubling its initial first year target. The gallery offers an expansive programme of learning projects for all ages, including regular talks, performances and screenings. For more on The Hepworth, visit www. hepworthwakefield.org or call 01924 247360.
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SAMUEL BECKETT MASTERPIECE AT THE PLAYHOUSE the two old friends wait. In 1969 Samuel Beckett won the Nobel Prize for Literature. A novelist, playwright, poet and theatre director Beckett wrote in both English and French and penned some of the most important works of twentieth century literature. The mysterious Waiting for Godot, which was first performed in the UK in 1955, remains one of his most famous and important works. Its true meaning is constantly debated, yet Beckett was clear in his belief that all you needed to know was there in the play. Director Ian Brown with Cornell S John
Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot, a funny, poetic and tragic masterpiece that contemplates humanity and friendship, is performed by an all-black cast in a co-production by West Yorkshire Playhouse and Talawa Theatre Company, Britain’s foremost Blackled theatre company. Premiering in the Playhouse’s Courtyard Theatre before embarking on a national tour, this is the final play to be directed by Ian Brown as Artistic Director of the Playhouse.
Jeffery Kissoon and Patrick Robinson take the roles of Vladimir and Estragon - two men waiting hopelessly, helplessly, haplessly for the elusive Godot - with Fisayo Akinada, Guy Burgess and Cornell S. John completing the ensemble. Vladimir and Estragon are waiting. Two old men whose compulsion to wait for a visit from the indescribable Godot forces them to pass the time in the only way they can; with and for each other. Stories are told, boots are abandoned, religion is debated, memories of better days are shared, jokes are cracked, suicide is contemplated, the fear of being alone is overwhelming – and time passes. Chance meetings happen, arguments take place, violence is advocated, hats are exchanged, friendship is venerated – and time passes. On a road with a single tree
Jeffery Kissoon (Vladimir) works regularly with the RSC and will play Caesar in its all-black cast production of Julius Caesar this summer. He performed opposite Kim Cattrall in Antony and Cleopatra (Liverpool Everyman), and has previously played Mark Anthony in Talawa’s 1991 all-black cast production. Direct from War Horse in the West End, Patrick Robinson plays Estragon. His work spans stage and screen. In 2007 he played the lead in Rough Crossings at The Playhouse, a powerful drama about 18th century slavery written by Simon Schama. His television credits include long-running roles in The Bill and Casualty. Waiting for Godot is at The West Yorkshire Playhouse from 3rd – 25th February. Photos: Richard Hubert Smith
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Entitled ‘Love’s Lingo’, the evening is timed to take place a month before the main events of the festival. Becky is a Leeds-based writer, performer and creative writing facilitator who writes in a variety of forms. She works with various organisations, including Workers’ Educational Association and the West Yorkshire Playhouse. She was shortlisted for the 2009 Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Award and the 200910 Fish Short Story Prize, and in 2006 received a commission to write and perform an interactive children’s story at The Rotunda Museum, Scarborough. Tickets (£6 including a drink) are available on the door.
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THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO DIRECTED BY: DAVID FINCHER STARRING: DANIEL CRAIG, ROONEY MARA, STELLAN SKARSGARD, ROBIN WRIGHT, STEPHEN BERKOFF CERT: 18 LENGTH: 158 MINS I should begin by saying that I came to this film a Dragon Tattoo virgin, having neither read the books nor seen the original Swedish screen adaptations of Steig Larsson’s phenomenally successful Millennium Trilogy. Having no frame of reference, I approached David Fincher’s take on the story free of preconceptions, knowing only that, at some point, I could expect a female character sporting some kind of body art. For those also unfamiliar with the source material, the story concerns investigative journalist, Mikael Blomkvist (Daniel Craig) who we first see emerging from court having lost a costly libel case. As his professional reputation lies in tatters, he’s approached by wealthy retired industrialist Henrik Vanger (Christopher Plummer) who invites him to his family’s private island, ostensibly hiring him to write his memoirs whilst actually seeking to utilise Blomkvist’s deductive prowess in unraveling an unsolved mystery that has tormented Vanger for forty years. In doing so, Vanger says, Blomkvist will be investigating “Thieves, misers, bullies, the most detestable collection of people you’ll ever meet – my family”. 32 February 2012 | northleedslife.co.uk
He’s not kidding either. The Vangers are a ghoulish bunch with a family history teeming with incest, cruelty, deceit. Oh, and a bit of Nazism thrown in for good measure. As he looks into the disappearance
Lisbeth (the “Girl” of the title) has already achieved iconic status among fans of the trilogy and therefore casting the part must have been a challenge for the filmmakers. Fiercely intelligent but socially awkward, the punky computer hacker makes a compelling, gutsy heroine and she’s played brilliantly here by Rooney Mara who brings just the right measure of vulnerability to the role, conveying Lisbeth’s complex, contradictory nature: both hard edged and fragile. Following his well received The Social Network, director Fincher continues his winning streak. Never one to shy away from the dark and unpleasant corners of the human condition (and there is a good deal of unpleasantness here), The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is a very David Fincher kind of project. The frosty Scandinavian setting suits his trademark aesthetic; all wide angle shots and muted colours, and he’s no stranger to the serial killer genre. Elements of both Zodiac and Se7en are present in the investigative process
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Zoe Rahman Seven Jazz, at Seven Arts in Chapel Allerton, now officially has the largest audience of any jazz club in Yorkshire. Over 3,000 fans attended their gigs in 2011. This year marks their fifth anniversary at Seven, so they have something to celebrate! February promises to be a fantastic month for Seven Jazz. Two international highlights are Zoe Rahman’s Kindred Spirits group on 2nd February, and guitarist Jim Mullen’s Reunion Band, who will kick off their national tour at Seven on 16th February.
Seven Jazz’s Sunday afternoon gigs offer everything from seven-piece Cuban Band Yoruba, top jazz vocalist Nikki Allen with her sextet, and pianist Dave Evans and his mercurial Fruit Tree band, to contemporary jazz from sax man Russell Van den Burgh and drummer Darren Altman and their band Centreline. For full details visit www.sevenjazz.co.uk
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Jazz Workshops continue in February on Saturdays 4th and 18th, 2.30 – 4.30pm. For further information, contact Jean Watson on 0113 237 0700 or email@example.com Jazz Yorkshire’s 2012 jazz awards will be held on 19th March. If you like Seven Jazz or any of the artists you have seen over the past year, please take a minute to vote at www.jazzyorkshire.org/awards before 19th February.
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ALASKA Fri 27 Jan at The Packhorse, Woodhouse Lane. Leeds-based garage rock, post-punk, surf/psych-pop ALASKA host launch party & exclusive premiere of their video ‘GIRL’. Expect a smoking hot set with support from the elusive Samuel Foxton Wells £3 Dunya Duo Wed 1 Feb, 1–1.55pm @ The Venue, Leeds College of Music. Music from Greece, Turkey & the Arab world. Details: 0113 247 836. Free. Alejandro Toledo & The Magic Tombolinos Wed 1 Feb at Brudenell Social Club. Six-piece led by classicallytrained saxophonist Toledo. Stunning musicians bring together Balkan Gypsy sprinkled with Latin, African, Middle-Eastern, Rock & Hiphop. £10.
Babybird Tues 7 Feb at Brudenell Social Club. Reformed three-piece performing melodic pop. £12. Sonic Boom Six Tues 7 Feb at The Cockpit. A PunkRock, Hip-Hop, Jump-Up Ska Soundclash from Manchester Royal Academy of Music Wed 8 Feb,1.05-1.55pm at The Venue, Leeds College of Music. Trumpet & piano. Free. Vieux Farka Toure Weds 8 Feb at Howard Assembly Room. Timeless Malian soul from one of today’s most celebrated African guitarists touring his album ‘The Secret’. Slow Club Wed 8 Feb at The Brudenell Social Club, Leeds. Folk-rock duo from Sheffield. Tickets £11 from Jumbo Records.
Zoe Rahman’s Kindred Spirits Thurs 2 Feb, 8pm at Seven Arts, Chapel Allerton. Popular & highly acclaimed pianist Zoe Rahman. £15/ £12 from 0113 262 6777 or on door.
King Creosote + Jon Hopkins Thurs 9 Feb at City Varieties. Renowned electronic/ acoustic musicians perform songs from their Mercury nominated Diamond Mine album.
Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry Thurs 2 Feb at Leeds University Union. The godfather of dub & high priest of reggae. £15.
Chantel McGregor Fri 10 Feb at Korks, Otley. Solo acoustic set from one of the most of exciting young rock & blues musicians. Tickets:Jumbo Records.
Complete Madness Fri 3 Feb at Otley Social Club. The UK’s No.1 Madness Tribute Band. Details: 01943 464139/ 01943 461302. Acoustic Revolution feat Hayley Gaftarnick + Jonathan Moss Sat 4 Feb, 4-7pm at The Adelphi. Moving acoustic sounds from two distinctive performers. £2. BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra Sat 4 Feb, 7.30pm at Leeds Town Hall. Debussy’s La Mer, SaintSaëns Cello Concerto No 1, Brahms Symph No 2. Details: 0113 224 3801 / www. leedsconcertseason.com Nicki Allan Sextet Sun 5 Feb, 1.30 – 4pm at Seven Arts, Chapel Allerton. Back by popular demand with hot arrangements. £5/4, under 16s free. Leeds Lunchtime Organ Music Mon 6 Feb, 1.05pm at Leeds Town Hall. University Of Huddersfield Brass Band & City Organist Simon Lindley play. Free.
Russian State Symphony Orchestra Sat 11 Feb, 7.30pm at Leeds Town Hall. Khachaturian, Rachmaninov & Rimsky-Korsakov. 0113 224 3801 www. leedsconcertseason.com Yoruba Sun 12 Feb, 1.30 – 4pm at Seven Arts, Chapel Allerton. Powerful 8-piece band playing high-energy jazz/salsa/fusion. £5/4, under 16s free. St Peter’s Singers - Begin the Jubilee! Mon 13 Feb, 1.05pm at Leeds Town Hall. British Music in honour of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. Free. Sacconi Quartet Tues 14 Feb, 7.30pm at The Venue, Leeds College of Music. Haydn, Borodin, Dvořák. 0113 224 380 www. leedsconcertseason.com
Underground Railroad Wed 15 Feb at Oporto Bar & Restaurant. Noisy & infections French post-punk band based in London. Free. Jim Mullen’s Reunion Band Thurs 16 Feb, 8pm at Seven Arts, Chapel Allerton. One of the most powerful & exciting bands to appear on UK Jazz Scene playing mixture of new music specially written for the tour & more. Tickets £15/12 0113 262 6777 or on door. Acoustic Performance: Cherry Ghost Fri 17 Feb at The Wardrobe. Epic & heartfelt indie rock/pop. £12. Spaghetti Western Orchestra Sat 18 Feb, 7.30pm Leeds Town Hall. “Wildly Inventive and Funny” Daily Telegraph. 0113 224 3801 / www. leedsconcertseason.com The Fruit Tree Band Sun 19 Feb, 1.30 – 4pm at Seven Arts, Chapel Allerton. Skilled & energetic pianist Dave Evans, with Kenny Higgins (bass), & Alex Wibrew (drums) create a thrilling array of sounds. £5/4, under 16s free. Field Music Mon 20 Feb at Brudenell Social Club. Sunderland-based musical brothers playing experimental pop. £8.50. Lights Tues 21 Feb at the Cockpit. Electronica from Canadian-born artist. Tickets £11 from Jumbo. Opera North String Quartet Wed 22 Feb, 1.05-1.55pm, The Venue, Leeds College of Music, playing Britten & Beethoven. Free. Elkie Brooks Wed 22 Feb, 8pm at City Varieties. Legendary British singer performing some of her classic hits, blues, jazz & songs from her new album. Tickets from 0113 243 0808. The Leeds Bluegrass Club Thurs 23 Feb, 8.30pm at The Grove Inn, Back Row, Holbeck (off Water Lane, below City Square). Live Acoustic Americana / Bluegrass / Country music, Resident Bands + Guests. Picking sessions in back rooms, musicians welcome. Details: John 267 0761, Kevin 267 7040. £3.
Little Dragon Thurs 23 Feb at The Cockpit. Swedish electronic band. Tickets £15 from Jumbo Beth Jeans Houghton Thurs 23 Feb at Brudenell Social Club. Folk singer-songwriter from Newcastle with her band The Hooves of Destiny. Tickets £9 from Jumbo The Petty Heartbreakers Thurs 23 Feb, 8pm at New Roscoe. A celebration of the great Tom Petty, with & without The Heartbreakers Roots: Serious Sam Barrett plus Ewan McLennan Tues 24 Feb, 8pm at New Headingley Club, 56 St Michael’s Rd. ‘Yorkshirecana’ from Serious Sam & traditional folk / self penned Scottish inspired songs from Ewan. Patsy Matheson & Becky Mills Fri 24 Feb at Korks. play supporting the release of Patsy’s new album ‘Songs of Angels & Guitars.’ Tickets £9 from Jumbo Dodgy Sat 25 Feb at Eiger Music Studios. New Craven Gate Industrial Estate, LS11. Britpop favourites Dodgy have reformed & bring us some of the catchiest hits of the 90s. £12. Lobelia & Steve Lawson with She Makes War Sun 26 Feb, 7pm at All Hallows Church, Hyde Park. Tickets £7 or £6 in advance from www. facebook.com/allhallows.gigs Centreline Sun 26 Feb, 1.30 – 4pm at Seven Arts, Chapel Allerton. A fresh, vibrant & creative jazz group that prides itself on the spontaneity & creativity. £5/4, under 16s free. First Aid Kit Tues 28 Feb at The Wardrobe. Swedish folk duo of sisters with close vocal harmonies & woodsy, folk-influenced songwriting. Tickets £11 from Jumbo. To Kill a King Weds 29 Feb at Brudenell Social Club. Folkinspired 5 piece on their first UK headline tour.
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following the internationally recognised Steiner curriculum already taught at one state academy in England. The team behind the application has identified the old Fir Tree School in Moortown as their preferred location. Discussions with the Council have confirmed there are no current plans for the building. It is of the right capacity and has been in educational use recently. “Having a proposed location for the school will strengthen our case and allow us to consult local residents as well as the rest of Leeds”, said Jim Wild, a parent leading the application.
Helen Pearson, another member of the application group said: “The proposed Leeds Steiner School will welcome children of all faiths and backgrounds. Steiner education follows a broad, balanced and creative curriculum, based on a deep understanding of how children develop, so that learning opportunities are provided when children are ready for them.” The group is applying to the government’s Free School programme to open a school in September 2013. The school will start initially with reception through to Year 3, growing each year with a new reception intake, up to age 16. Public meetings will be held at Moor Allerton Library, 5 - 7pm on Thursday 26th and 10am -12 noon on Friday 27th January. Another meeting will be held on Saturday 4th February, 10am at Old Tetley Hall, Moor Road, Far Headingley. For further details, visit www.leedssteinerschool.co.uk or text 0755 001 2819
A Bulb Bonanza! For the fourth year in a row Years 8, 9 and 10 Horsforth School ASDAN students have planted daffodil bulbs to turn the front of the school into a sea of yellow in Spring.
Hearts Club Night On Saturday 11th February, Ilkley Literature Festival will be staging one of its popular Young People’s Club Nights, 7.30pm at Otley Courthouse, Courthouse Street, Otley.
Over the years the total number of bulbs planted by successive groups has exceeded 10,000 – all to support ‘Horsforth in Bloom’ and brighten the local area. This annual event is enthusiastically supported by Mr Alan Grey who teaches the students how to plant the bulbs correctly. He also provides expert advice on any gardening or wildlife queries the students might have. This year the students planted over 1,200 in a two hour period. They also added six more fruit trees to the 45 already planted. 38 February 2012 | northleedslife.co.uk
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HORSFORTH’S ROMEO & JULIET GETS STANDING OVATION Year 12 students from Horsforth School recently performed Romeo and Juliet in the prestigious National Shakespeare Schools Festival at the West Yorkshire Playhouse. Over 600 schools from across England and Wales participated in the festival, using edited versions of the bard’s most famous plays to inspire pupils and audiences. Producing a tragedy was a challenge for the actors, who are more used to making audiences laugh in the annual school productions than creating the death scene for Romeo and Juliet.
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HORSFORTH ST MARGARET’S JUNIOR FOOTBALL CLUB
Horsforth St Margaret’s Junior Football Club has over 300 footballers and boasts 36 teams from Under 8 to U18 age groups. Add the ‘Dribblers’ (Under 7s) to that and you have 400 players! There are also girls’ teams at U8, U10 and U12 and plans to re-establish an U15 team for next season. Thanks to the hard work of Richard Cusworth and Louise Asquith, the club has also renewed its Chartered Standard Status. Based in Horsforth, the club was originally founded in nearby Tinshill in 1986 as the Tinshill Dynamos. Due to expansion it moved to Horsforth in 1996 and became known as Horsforth Dynamos JFC, then merged with Horsforth St Margaret’s AFC in 2003. Horsforth St Margaret’s AFC senior team folded after the 2006/07 season, leaving the junior club to go 40 February 2012 | northleedslife.co.uk
from strength to strength. The senior team is to restart in 2012/13 as the U18 team goes open age.
The club’s popular annual tournament will take place on 16th and 17th June this year and will be linked to a re-
launch of the FA’s Respect Campaign. The club can be followed on Facebook or Twitter (@HorsforthSMAFC) and will soon have a brand new website. To find out more about the club now, visit www.hsmafc.com
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Richmond House School prides itself on inspiring high achievement both inside and outside the classroom within a caring family environment. Their dedicated staff is committed to developing the individual talents in every pupil. Outstanding 11+ exam success, specialist teaching in many areas, including French, Spanish, Music, P.E. and Science, and 10 acres of sports facilities, give pupils every opportunity to excel. Visit them at their Open Working Afternoon on Wednesday 29th February, 2 – 7pm, to receive firsthand experience of the happy and challenging teaching environment the school offers. Visitors will be able to tour the school buildings and grounds, meet the headmistress, witness the high standards of teaching and varied curriculum, talk to staff and pupils and view some of their recent work. For more information or to arrange to a visit at a time to suit you, please call 0113 275 2670. Richmond House School, Otley Road, Far Headingley
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Race walking champion Tom Bosworth with Adel Primary School children
With the London 2012 Olympics rapidly approaching, British race walker Tom Bosworth and government minister Caroline Spelman recently joined children at Adel Primary and Adel St John primary schools to launch Walk the History of the Games, a scheme to encourage children to walk, scoot or cycle to school. The scheme will see schools going head-to-head in a race to walk, scoot and cycle their way around the globe to help promote a congestion-busting, healthy and environmentally-friendly way of getting to school. The aim is to accumulate mileage as schools travel from the Olympic Games in Athens in 1896, through time and distance to London 2012, learning interesting facts about previous host cities along the way. Tom Bosworth, who hopes to make the Olympic team this year, gave the children some top tips for how to walk faster, before overseeing races between children from various year groups. Tom currently ranks top in the UK for 20kms in the under-23 age group. He competed for England in the 20km race walk in the Commonwealth Games in Delhi in 2010 and set a UK 5000m race walk record this year. He is currently training full-time at the UK race walking centre at Leeds Metropolitan University. 42 February 2012 | northleedslife.co.uk
Grove Pre-school, Horsforth for children from age 2. Good OFSTED report. No more than 20 children. Lots of fun & learning. Funding for 3/4 year olds. Tues 9am – 12 noon & 12 – 3pm; Wed 9am – 12 noon. Details: Jean 258 9093. Horsforth 7th Brownies seeks new members Girls aged 7 – 10. Meetings Tues, 6.30 – 8pm at Woodside Methodist Church, Outwood Lane; Woodside Rainbows also seek new members (girls 5 – 7). Meetings Mon 5.15 – 6.15pm at same venue. Details: Yogi Bear: email email@example.com Mums & Toddlers Wed 9.30 – 11.30am at St Giles Church Hall, Bramhope. Details Nicci Shay 267 4884. Mums & Tots Group meets Tues 1 – 3pm in term time at Bramhope Methodist Church £1.50 per family. Details: 203 7090 Parent & Toddler Group every Fri (term time only), 1.30 – 3pm at St Mary’s School, Broadgate Lane, Horsforth. Come along for a drink & a chat. Everyone welcome. Details: Francesca D’Arcy 07838 753166 Toddler Time Mon 9am – 10.30am at the Froebelian School, Horsforth. For children aged 1 – 3. Free playtime, structured activities & refreshments. Free. Details: Julie West 258 3047. Woodside Rainbows seeks new members For girls aged 5 – 7. Meetings Mon 5.15 – 6.15pm at Woodside Methodist Church, Outwood Lane. Yarnbury RFC Junior Section Horsforth. Welcomes new players 5-18yrs (girls up to 12). Family club stressing inclusion for all. Coaches are qualified & CRB checked. Details: Paul Marshall 07711 648704
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COULD YOU MAKE THE GB ROWING TEAM?
event website, and compare your times with friends and workmates, as well as the entry standard for the GB selection process. “It’s our Olympic distance, it’s what we do for trials”, said Grainger (36), three-times Olympic silver medallist and six-times World Champion, who is aiming for her fourth Olympic Games. “We’ll be doing it in early March ourselves and then at the Olympic Games in July and August, so it’s a tough test. But I warn you, it’s very addictive. Once you get going, you will just want to keep improving. So good luck, train hard, race hard and enjoy it.” Anyone entering The Nation on Trial and posting their time on the website will enter a prize draw to win a trip for two to watch the Senior Trials at the Olympic rowing venue. What’s more, the times for those aged 16-24 will also be assessed to see if anyone has the talent to be considered for Rio in 2016.
The GB Rowing Team is giving people a rare insight into the rigours of selection for 2012 by inviting them to take their own trial on a rowing machine. The Nation on Trial initiative runs from 1st – 29th February and is open to anyone aged 16 and over. All you have to do is get on a rowing machine and take your own 2k trial, whilst also raising money for the event’s charity partner, The Stroke Association – participants are encouraged to get sponsored to achieve set targets.
1992 Olympic gold medallist and 2012 hopeful Greg Searle. Participants train and build up to rowing 2k as fast as they can on a rowing machine at a local gym or rowing club. You can record your times as often as you like on the
Two kilometres is the distance GB’s top stars will race at the Olympic Games this summer. Anyone aspiring to join the GB team begins with a 2k test on a rowing machine and this is your chance to have a go. Just register on the event website www.nationontrial.org and access expert training advice, and enjoy messages of encouragement from world champions like Katherine Grainger, Richard Chambers, and
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Every five minutes, someone in the UK will have a stroke. It is the leading cause of severe disability. The Stroke Association (www.stroke.org.uk) provides support for survivors and their families as well as funding vital medical research. Rowing can help reduce the risks of stroke as part of a healthy lifestyle, Register now at www.nationontrial.org
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GO ON THE RUN! Muireann Carey-Campbell, better known as blogger Bangs and a Bun, started running a year and a half ago. She’s since run four half marathons and one full one. She runs a program called Team Bangs on the Run designed to get more women running and is currently training her third team for the Berlin Half marathon. Here she gives you some tips to start running.
of your life very quickly. The training process is very rewarding as you see improvements each week and of course, you get a big shiny medal on race day. Tell Your Friends! Get a friend to sign up to a race with you so you can train together and keep each other motivated. Get an app on your phone like Nike+ or Runkeeper so you can keep track of your miles. You can sync these apps up with your Facebook and Twitter so when you finish a run, it automatically posts to your account. Once your friends see you’re running, they hold you accountable, and often times, you’ll inspire them to start running too. Running is a cheap way to stay fit and active and provides plenty of opportunities to see improvements and set realistic goals that provide an excellent sense of achievement. So, what are you waiting for? Give it a go!
Photo: Elliott Morgan Already resolutions have been made and broken! So many people vow to be fitter and healthier every year only to fall off the wagon weeks after signing up for that gym membership. So, why not take up something that’s free and you don’t need any special equipment for? That’s right, it’s time to run! In order to make your running resolution one you’ll stick to, there are certain things you should do: Get a Gait Analysis A gait analysis is a simple procedure to ensure you’re running in the right kind of trainers. Go into any running shop (such as Up and Running on Otley Road, LS16) and they’ll ask you to run on a treadmill for about 20 seconds while they assess your running style. They can then kit you out with the best trainers for you, to ensure you have support in the areas you need it most. 44 February 2012 | northleedslife.co.uk
Local Running Clubs Go to Park Run Head to Hyde Park or Roundhay Park at 9am every Saturday and you’ll find a group of people ready to do a 5K run. This was the very first run I did and it was a great way to get started. Everyone is really friendly and supportive and it’s nice to run in a group. Register online (www.parkrun.org.uk) and it generates a personal barcode for you – take this with you and they scan it at the end of the run. This keeps track of all your runs on their website so you can see your progress. Set a Goal Sign up to a race to help you stay focused. 10K or half marathons are good goals that have at least 12 weeks training plans. Once you’re signed up to a race and start training, it’s unlikely you’ll back out. A training plan gives you a clear structure that becomes part
If you’d like to join others running, there are a number of excellent running clubs in our area, including:
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An Endurance Challenge for Eve Can you help raise £100 to change a little girl’s life?
Join 149 others for an Endurance Challenge at David Lloyd Leeds on Saturday 25th February and help raise vital funds to help send Eve Williams (7) to America for life-changing surgery. David Lloyd instructors will put you through your paces in a two hour boot camp session and the top fundraiser will win an iPod Touch! Eve suffers from Quadriplegic Cerebral Palsy which severely limits her mobility. She can’t walk, crawl or complete transitions from one position to another. She is effectively fully dependent on others. Eve is a very sociable child but, because of her condition, struggles to integrate with friends at home and school. For the past seven years, her parents David and Gina have tried various therapies and there has been very slow progress. The main issue is the spasticity (stiffness) in her legs and arms, caused by problematic nerve roots sending incorrect signals to the muscles in her limbs.
believes Eve will benefit massively from the procedure, and expect her to gain significant improvements in all areas. This will be followed by four weeks of intensive physio in America, which will be continued for as long as is necessary back in the UK.
Eve has been given the opportunity to visit the St Louis Children’s Hospital in Missouri for pioneering surgery. ‘Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy’ is a permanent procedure which usually completely eliminates the spasticity, revealing the ‘real’ strength of the muscles underneath. The team there
David and Gina hope that the procedure will allow Eve to ultimately lead a full and fully independent life – without the operation the chances of this are very slim. Unfortunately, the costs are very high, they need to raise a minimum of £45,000 in six months. This will cover the costs of the operation and all associated costs. They would like to raise £70,000 in total, so they can provide ongoing physio when they return home, which will cost in the region of £1,000 per month. To take part in the Endurance Challenge, please contact daveyandgina@hotmail. com for details. To read more about Eve, visit www.evesjourney.co.uk
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Ultra Runner Seeks Sponsors Since 2009 Chris Carver from Otley has been regularly selected to represent both the UK and England in 24 hour running races, including Commonwealth, European and World Championships. This year his most important race will be the World Championships in Katowice, Poland, in September. To guarantee selection, he would also like to compete in a 24 or 48 hour race in May or June. Past masters of ultra distance running have suggested that getting into some of the big European races in the next few years would not only improve his standard, but also lead to better performances in championship events, and ultimately increase in his medal tally of one gold, one silver and one bronze.
Having an athlete from Wharfedale win medals in major championships can only inspire other local runners. He has been ranked in the top four in the UK (top three in England) every year since 2008. Some years ago Chris fought off both testicular and lung cancer. Since then he has periodically used his running to raise money for Orchid Cancer Care – the only charity in the UK to specialise in male cancers. This year he would like one or more local businesses to help him raise money again for cancer charities. Ideally he is looking for sponsors to cover the cost of travel and accommodation while he does all the planning, fundraising, publicising, training and running. In return, a great deal of publicity could be generated which will benefit both the sponsors and the charity. He is also willing to promote local businesses by placing links and adverts on his website, wearing branded clothing for training and racing, and making himself available for publicity.
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Now in its twelfth year, it has been given a makeover which includes a smaller, more family-focused main rink running alongside the nursery rink for younger children. Prices have also been reduced with further savings for LEEDSCard and Breezecard holders, and the booking system has been revamped to allow sessions to be booked in advance for any day.
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ACTIVE After Eights Badminton Club Mon 8.30 – 9.30pm at Holt Park Sports Centre. New members welcome. Turn up & try our friendly club – free. Details: Helen, 0113 305 3327 Badminton Anyone? Friendly badminton club looking for experienced players. Fri 7.30-9.30pm at Trinity University, Horsforth. Details: Sylvia 259 0113, Graham on 258 4532 Ballroom & Sequence Dance Wed 1.30 – 4pm at Queenswood Social Club, Queenswood Dr. LS6. £1.50. Bar open. Will play requests. Details: Tom & Gwen 0113 258 1835
Bramhope Methodist Church Badminton Group meets Mon, 8pm in the church hall. New members welcome. Details: Chris 267 1829. Bramhope Table Tennis Club. Meets Mon 8 – 10pm & Tues 1.30 – 3.30pm at Robert Craven Hall. New members welcome. Details: Stewart 267 3311 Circle Dancing Group meets 1st & 3rd Tues of the month at St.Giles Church Hall, Bramhope. Gentle dancing to beautiful music from all over the world. Great fun, therapeutic, & friendly group. All welcome. Details: Joan 0113 284 2549.
Cookridge Rambling Club meets Sun, 9.30am in the car park of Cookridge Village Hall for walks of approx 6/8 miles. Transport can be provided when required. Details: Barbara 267 1522 Briggate Morris (Women’s Northwest Morris Dancing) New members invited. All ages & abilities welcome. Practice Mon 7.30 – 9.30pm, Brownberrie Lane Preschool, Horsforth. Details: Katie 07890 754115, www.briggatemorris.blogspot.com. Dance Scottish in Adel Scottish Country Dancing, Mon 1.45 – 4.45pm & Tues 7.45 – 9.45pm at Adel Methodist Church Hall (behind Lawnswood Arms). Beginners welcome. No partner necessary. Details: Don Andrews
01535 605065, donald@ hbandrews.fsnet.co.uk or Irene Dracup 263 1310 www.rscdsleeds.org.uk Horsforth Tennis Club New members welcome for team & social play. Try us at social play Sundays 1pm. Details: Hillary West 258 6021, 07739 457438 Last Man Stands are looking for additional teams to enter their winter indoor & summer outdoor cricket leagues. They cater for all standards. Details: Paul 07795 154444, leeds@lastmanstands. co.uk
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Leeds Area Disabled Swimming Club Mon 7 8pm at Holt Park Leisure Centre. Are you disabled or recovering from a condition where swimming/ exercising in water could help? We provide a safe, sociable private pool session where you can work to your own ability to gain strength & confidence. Details: Roger 267 4716, Sarah 287 6250 www. ladsc.co.uk Leeds Contra Ceilidh meets 8 - 10.30pm at Headingley Parish Hall, St Michael’s Rd. (near the Skyrack). 2nd & 4th Tues of month (Sept to June). Live band! No partner or experience required. Newcomers welcome. Details: Liz 284 3282, www.leedscontra.freeuk. com
Leeds HF Rambling & Social Club. Walks on a Sunday geared to public transport from Leeds. Social events in winter. Details: Send SAE to John Maltman, 52 Vesper Gate Mount, Leeds LS5 3NN. Leeds YHA Walking Group organises walks, cycle rides, weekends & social activities. Over 160 members aged 20-74. Try before joining. Details: Mary 228 6766, Phil 268 9996 www.leedsyha.org.uk Lindy Fridays Lindy Hop classes for complete beginners onwards at The Carriageworks Theatre, Millenium Sq. No partner required, Beginners class 7pm (Level 2 Room1) £5. Details: www.lindyfridays. com
Meanwood Amateur Boxing Club Mon, Wed, Fri 5.45 – 7.15pm at Meanwood Workingmen’s Club, Stonegate Rd. Beginners welcome. Details: 0789 0398968 Phoenix Folk Dancers English Country Dancing, Adel Methodist Church Hall, (behind the Lawnswood Arms), Wed 8 – 10pm. Beginners welcome, partner not necessary. Details: 2611902 Scottish Country Dancing Thurs 7.30 – 9.30pm, St Columba’s, Headingley Lane. All abilities welcome, no partner necessary. £2.50 incl. refreshments. Details: 269 1791, email@example.com Senior Badminton Mon pm at Bramhope Methodist Church Hall –– new members always welcome. Details: Chris 2671829
Sequence Tea Dance Mon 2 – 4pm at Bramhope Methodist Church Hall. Refreshments & raffle prizes. You don’t need a partner, just enthusiasm! Keep fit in a fun, friendly atmosphere. Details: Marjorie 267 9802 St Chad’s Tennis Club Join our friendly club & play tennis throughout the year - fun club sessions & competitive opportunities. New members welcome. Details: Anne Wallace 274 9917 St Gemma’s Zumbathon! Sun 19 Feb, 10am – 1pm at The Grammar School at Leeds, Alwoodley. Fabulous sponsored event in aid of St Gemma’s Hospice. Places limited so book now! Details: 0113 218 5505, www. leedszumbathon.co.uk
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COMMUNITY NOTICES Yarnbury Angling Club Matches 1st Sun of month. Members only. Coach transfers to & from venues. Details: Adrian Addy 07956 964713. Zumba – Low Impact Class Thurs 11am – 12 noon at Bramhope Methodist Church Hall. Suitable for older adults & anyone wanting to return to fitness. Details: Carol 0750 3165127, 261 1807 ARTS & CRAFTS Adel Art Group Learn to paint with Alex Purves. Tues 7 – 9pm at the Old Stables, Back Church Lane, Adel. New members welcome. Details: John Hartley 01943 874162 Chinese Brush Painters Society Sat 4 Feb: AGM followed by Brian Morgan workshop on ‘Calligraphy for Paintings’. At Poolin-Wharfedale Memorial Village Hall, Arthington Lane, Pool, 10am - 4pm. New members welcome. Details: Anne Allan 01422 368482, mail@cbpsyorks. co.uk Flower Arranging Classes 1st Thurs of month, 1.30pm & 7.30pm at Paxton Horticultural Society, 186 Kirkstall Lane. Beginners welcome. Details: Kath Hall 275 2436, kaybeehall@talktalk. net Flower Arranging Classes Wed 7 – 9pm at The Grammar School at Leeds, Alwoodley, LS17. Beginners & experienced arrangers welcome! Details: Judy Watker 07538 132053, 261 2379, watkers@ btinternet.com.
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Horsforth Art Society Meets 7.30pm on Weds for a varied programme. 4 Feb: Pastel Demonstration with Barry Claughton; 15 Feb: Criticism Evening with John Ridyard. All welcome. Details: 259 0259 www. horsforthartsociety. wordpress.com North Leeds Calligraphers Tues 10am – 12 noon at St Andrews URC, Devonshire Crescent, LS8. Calligraphy lessons for absolute beginners & those with a prior knowledge of this wonderful art form. Individual tuition given. Details: 269 6414 Yorkshire Flower Club Wed 22 Feb, 2pm at Almscliffe Hall, Harrogate Rd, Huby LS17. Demo by Vanessa Wellock. Details: 01943 863172 COFFEE MORNINGS, FAIRS & MARKETS Book Sale Sat 4 Feb, 10am – 1pm at Cookridge Methodist Church (junction of Otley Old Rd/Tinshill Rd Cookridge). Large selection of paperbacks & hardbacks. Refreshments available. Book Sale Sat 25 Feb, 10am - 12 noon at St Chad’s Parish Centre, Otley Rd, Far Headingley. In aid of PAFRAS (Positive Action for Refugees & Asylum Seekers). Adm 20p. Donations of books, CDs & DVDs would be appreciated. Details: 278 0208, crjmilestone@ ntlworld.com Bramhope Farmers’ Market 2nd Sat of month, 10am – 2pm at Robert Craven Memorial Hall, Old Lane. Home baking, organic meats, sausages & pies, free range eggs, bread & cheese, plus veg produced by local farmers. Wheelchair access.
Bramhope Methodist Church Coffee Shop Every Tues 10am-noon. Delicious homemade scones & friendly fellowship – all welcome. Coffee Morning Sat 4 Feb, 10.30am – 12 at The Old Stables, Back Church Lane, Adel, (behind the church). Join them for homemade scones & cakes. All welcome. Fun Charity Auction Sat 10 March, viewing 10am/ Auction 11am at St Margaret’s Hall, (junction Fink Hill & Hall Lane, Horsforth). In aid of Feral Cat Welfare. If you have items to donate or would like to help, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Details: 07876 212 518 Headingley Farmers’ Market 2nd Sat of each month, The Rose Garden in front of The Arc, North Lane. 9am – 12.30pm. GROUPS Adel Bridge Club meets Fri, 7.15pm at Adel Memorial Hall, Church Lane. Relaxed Chicago Bridge club. New members welcome, whether improvers or more experienced players. No partner needed. Details: Janice 230 6387 or 07713 402405 Adel Crag Community Assoc keeps you informed about what is happening in your neighbourhood, with up-to-date information on local news, events etc. Details: Francis Garbutt 261 0846, www.adelcrag. org.com Adel & District Horticultural Society meets 2nd Mon in month, Sept – May, 7.45pm at the Friends Meeting House, New Adel Lane. New members welcome. Next meeting 13 Feb when David Allison will give a talk entitled ‘Getting the Garden ready for Spring’. Details: Mrs Tarn Everett 261 3095
Aireborough Duplicate Bridge Club meets Tues 7pm, Rawdon Conservative Club. New members welcome. Details: 261 2139 beverley.harfield@ ntlworld.com Air Yorkshire Aviation Society Interested in aviation, aircraft old and new, airports? Why not try Air Yorkshire - regular guest speakers, monthly colour magazine, trips and social events. Details: Dave Senior 0113 282 1818, www.airyorkshire.org.uk/ Alwoodley Motor Club Every other Thurs, 8.30pm, The Wharfedale Inn, Arthington Lane. All welcome. Details: 391 0403, www. alwoodleymc.org.uk. Bramhope Bridge Club Robert Craven Memorial Hall, Old Lane, Mon 12.45 – 4.15pm & Tues & Thurs 7.15 – 10.15pm. Lessons for novices on Wed evenings. Details: Bob 225 7495 Bramhope Round Table Every 2nd Tues. Fun, friendship & fundraising (in that order!). All men between 18 & 45 welcome. Details: www. bramhoperoundtable. co.uk, info@bramhope844. co.uk Budgie Sitters Circle Do you worry about your budgies when you’re away? Join the Budgie Sitters Circle – then you can hand your budgies over to another member & return the favour when they go away, & you’ll know your pets are being well cared for. Details: Lilliane 275 5479, lilliane98@hotmail. com
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COMMUNITY NOTICES 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. feralcatwelfare.org.uk Chevin Antique Society meets 1st Tues of the month (Sept – May), 8pm at West Park Rugby Clubhouse, Bramhope. Speakers on a wide range of subjects. Annual Membership £25. Details: Lis Loach 0113 267 4843, Sally Wilkinson 0113 267 1721 Cookridge Camera Club Wed 7.30pm, Cookridge Village Hall, Green Lane/ Moseley Wood Lane junction. Excellent guest speakers & in-house competitions. New members welcome. Details: Stephen 268 7429 Cookridge Gardening Club meets Wed 15 Feb, 7.30pm in the Cookridge Methodist Church Hall when Alan Wilson will talk about, ‘Up & Down, Near & Far’. All welcome. Bring a friend & support your local club. Adm £1 incl. refreshments, members 50p. Friends Hunger Hills Woods AGM Mon 5 March, 7.30pm at the Grey Horse PH, Long Row, Horsforth. Officers for the Friends will be appointed, a report on the year’s activities presented, & hopefully there will also be a guest speaker. Details: 258 3140, email@example.com
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Friends of Lawnswood Cemetery Sat 4 Feb, 3 March, 7 April. Practical work party with Dave Blackham, LCCl Parks & Countryside Ranger. Meet 10am Otley Rd car park, opposite main gates. Wear suitable clothing & footwear. Bring packed lunch (cafe if preferred). Equipment & coffee provided. Holt Park Residents’ Association Provides a voice for all residents & tenants in the Holt Park area. Regular monthly meetings at Ralph Thoresby School. Details: Alan Mann 07901 656886, www.holtparktra.btck.co.uk Horsforth in Bloom meet Sat 4 Feb, 10am in the Museum to discuss Horsforth’s preparations for the Spring Judging including a photographic competition for the schools & the Spring edition of its newsletter. The group is looking for helpers to make Horsforth bloom in Jubilee year. Details: 258 3521 Horsforth Duplicate Bridge Club Weds, The Horsforth Club, New Road Side, 7.15pm & Thurs 1.30– 4.30pm. New members welcome. Details: Mike Bent 258 1580. Horsforth Photographic Club meets Weds, 7pm in the Stable Block behind the museum. New members very welcome. Details: 258 9149, rjoyful@ yahoo.com Horsforth Retired People’s Club meets 2nd & 4th Thurs of month, 9.30 – 11am at St Margaret’s Parish Centre. Speakers on a wide variety of subjects plus refreshments & time to socialise. Visitors & prospective members very welcome. Details: Everett Cooke 258 9149, Beryl Harland 258 6907
Horsforth WI meets 3rd Mon of the month at St James’s Parish Centre, Low Lane, 7.30pm. Interesting speakers. Visitors welcome. Details: Pat 258 7062, Christine on 258 9501.
Leeds Feline Friends Can you give a cat a home away from a busy road? Details: 216 0593, mail@ leedsfelinefriends.org.uk, www.leedsfelinefriends. org.uk.
Kaleidoscope Social Club for over 50s & unattached with a zest for life. Monthly programme of events. Not a dating agency. Details: 262 1455 or 261 2619, www.kaleidoscopeleeds. weebly.com
Leeds Lions meets 2nd Mon, Holiday Inn Express, Cavendish St. LS3, 7.30pm. Details: 0845 833 7428, www.lionsclubs.org
Leeds Anglo German Club Tues 7 Feb, 7.30pm at Headingley St Columba’s United Reformed Church. ‘Karneval in Koeln’ – Kurt Berlet, a native of Cologne, talks about customs & practices around Carnival time. Illustrated talk in German & English. Details: 0113 268 7697 Leeds Book Club 2nd Sun, 6pm at The White Swan, Leeds City Centre. 3rd Sun, 5 – 7pm at Arcadia in Headingley. 2nd Wed, 7pm at Medusa Bar, Horsforth. Details: www.leedsbookclub.com, firstname.lastname@example.org Leeds Caledonian Society Final meeting in winter programme is a Club Night on Wed 21 March, 7.30 – 9.30pm at The Stables, Back Church Lane, Adel. Details: 0113 267 4141, email@example.com Leeds Combined Arts Wed 15 Feb, 7.30pm at HEART, Bennett Rd, Headingley. Poetry Evening hosted by Michael Hildred & launch of his new book ‘Late Flowering’. All welcome to read in the second half. £2 incl. refreshments. Details: www.leedscombinedarts. org.uk Leeds Hospital Alert Small group of concerned people campaigning for preservation of the NHS. Next meeting Wed 15 Feb, 7.30pm at Muir Court, St Michael’s Rd. LS6. Details: Beatrice Rogers 0113 278 5495
Leeds Movie Makers Get more out of your camcorder & film making. Stainbeck United Reformed Church Hall, Stainbeck Lane (rear entrance), Fri 7:30pm. Details: George Woolley 225 6444, Doreen Wood 278 2972. Leeds Photographic Society, the oldest photographic society in the world, meets Tues 7.30pm in St Edmund’s Church Hall, Lidgett Park Rd, Roundhay, LS8. Visitors & prospective members welcome. Details: 265 0651, www.lps1852.co.uk Leeds Skyrack Lions Club meets 2nd & 4th Thurs, 7.45pm at the New Headingley Club, 56 St Michael’s Rd. Headingley. New members & helpers welcome. Help the needy of Leeds & create new friendships. Details: 01943 510106, Granville.barker@ sky.com, www.105c.org.uk/ leedsskyrack Leeds U3A A vibrant organisation with 19 interest groups & regular monthly meetings for anyone not in full time occupation, Details: Bill 07552 448834, www. u3aleeds.org.uk Mahjong Thurs 10am – 12.30pm at Robert Craven Memorial Hall. Lively, Chinese game played with small tiles. Happy, friendly group. Details: Jenny 230 0094
Mercury Movie Makers meet Weds, Rawdon Conservative Club, 7:30pm. The club is for camcorder owners. Advice, regular film & practical evenings, & occasional outdoor events. Details: 0113 257 7274, www.mercurymoviemakers. com New Weetwood Writers Group at Weetwood Hall. Whether you want to write for publication, profit or pleasure, you’ll be very welcome. Evening & weekend workshops planned. Details: Liz 0113 267 9894. North Leeds Model Flying Club New members very welcome, experienced or beginners. Building or flying, plenty of friendly advice. Regular meetings at Horsforth or airfield at Almscliff Crag. Details: 0113 217 8348, www. nlmfc.org Social Events Club Meals, pub nights, theatre/film/ music, walks, badminton, book group, weekends away, holidays & more. Mainly over 30s. Monthly new members’ night in North Leeds. Details: 0844 8111025, www.leedsivc. org.uk The Other Bridge Club Friendly bridge played Thurs 7.15 – 10.15pm at Robert Craven Memorial Hall, Bramhope. New members welcome. Details: Sandra 01943 463332 Trackrod Motor Club Meets 1st Tues of each month, 9.30pm at Old Modernians Club, Cookridge Lane. New Members welcome. Details: www.trackrodmotorclub. co.uk Tinshill Tenants’ & Residents’ Association New group. Interested in getting involved & improving the area you live in? Details tinshilltenants@hotmail. co.uk, 07730 369 663
Wharfedale Speakers Club meets 1st & 3rd Wed of each month at Cross Green Community Centre, Pool Rd, Otley. New members welcome. Speakers of all ages & backgrounds. Come along & improve your speaking skills. Details: Tony Morris 0113 258 3507
Fairfax Singers (Burleyin-Wharfedale) sing for charities & have helped raise significant funds. If you would like to book a concert please contact Marjorie Hall 01274 597024, marj.hall51@ yahoo.co.uk. www. fairfaxsingers.org.uk
White Rose Ladies Speakers Club meets 2nd & 4th Mon, 8pm at Farsley Library, Old Rd. Farsley, LS28. Friendly environment in which to find your voice & improve your presentation skills. Also on YouTube. Details: Stephanie Hanson 0113 255 0824, hansonstevie@ hotmail.com.
Horsforth Leeds City Brass Band A friendly, community brass band welcomes new players. Possible instrument loan, if needed. Rehearsals: Mon 7.30 – 9.30pm at Leeds Trinity University College, Brownberrie Lane, Horsforth. Details: Hannah Rowlands 250 0208, Betty Emberton 267 6529
Yorkshire Malaya & Borneo Veterans’ Assoc. meets 1st Sat of month, 1.30pm at New Headingley Club, St. Michael’s Rd, Headingley. Anyone involved in the Malayan Emergency & Indonesian Confrontation in 50s & 60s most welcome. Represents all units of the armed forces. Details: Eddie Seville 0113 263 7583.
Idle Guitarists Meet Fri, 1.30 – 3.30pm in Idle Baptist Church, Idle, Bradford. Absolute beginners to advanced, young or old, all are invited to join this friendly group. Music is provided, tailored to your level. All you need is a classical (or acoustic) guitar. Details: Darren 07752 184752
MUSIC Amici Singers Friendly mixed voice choir welcomes new singers, experienced or not. No auditions. Rehearsals Thurs pm at Adel Methodist Church. Details: 228 5932 or 267 1292. The Chippendale Singers, a mixed voice choir, rehearse Wed, 7.45 – 9.30pm Methodist Church, Boroughgate, Otley. Repertoire includes madrigals, folksongs, spirituals & sacred works, plus lighter music & songs from shows. Vacancies for male singers (music readers essential). Details: Chris Denton 0113 284 3744 chrisjdenton@gmail. com To book choir: Jan Wilkinson 01943 461318 www.chippendalesingers. co.uk
Lawnswood Singers A female choir, practices Wed 7.30pm at Holy Trinity Church, Green Lane, Cookridge. Good female singers welcome to come & try us out. Wide repertoire of music & friendly people! Details: Brenda Hawer 0113 2671292, www. lawnswoodsingers.co.uk. Leeds & Bradford Barbershop Harmony Club Mon 7.30pm, Rawdon & Guiseley Conservative Club, Leeds Road, Rawdon. Male singers who can take on four part harmony most welcome. Details: 01274 583 989. Flute Group Tues 7 – 8pm, Yorkshire College of Music & Drama, St Mark’s House, St Mark’s Ave. For Grade 4 standard & above. Details: 243 1605
Leeds Organ & Keyboard Club Meets Wed 7.30 – 10.30pm at Guiseley Factory Workers Club, Town St. Guiseley. New members (player/ non player) welcome. Club has a Roland AT900c & a Yamaha PSR S900. Concerts by professional artists – 8pm 1 Feb: Ernest Tempest. Guests welcome. £4. Details: 267 9865 www.organfax.co.uk, www.leedssocialclubs. co.uk New Direction exciting new female choir (all ages). Wed 7.30 – 9.30pm Yorkshire College of Music & Drama, St Mark’s Ave, LS2. Will be performing in concerts, competitions & charity events throughout the year. West End musicals, pop & folk songs, & classical pieces. Details: Tracy 07914 833394 Phoenix Concert Band A community wind band rehearsing Thurs, 7.30 – 9.30pm at West Park Centre, Spen Lane LS16 All players at least Grade 5 welcome – especially brass players. Interested in joining or booking the band? Details: secretary@ phoenixband.co.uk or www. phoenixband.co.uk. Players for Pleasure offers playing opportunities to adult amateur musicians. All levels, beginners to advanced. All instruments & all ages over 18. New performers especially welcome. Friendly, informal & supportive atmosphere. Details: www. playersforpleasure.co.uk Society of Recorder Players – meets 2nd & 4th Sat pm in Bingley & Headingley. Different conductors take each meeting. Intermediate players, all recorders. New members welcome. Details: Caroline 01943 467348
COMMUNITY NOTICES Wesley Singers Concert Sat 25 Feb, 4.15pm in Adel Methodist Church Hall, Gainsborough Ave. LS16. Tickets £5 incl. refreshments. Details: Beryl 267 4507. West Riding Opera has vacancies for chorus members to participate in concerts & staged opera selections. All voice ranges welcome, no audition. Rehearsals Wed, 7.30pm at West Park Centre, Spen Lane. Details: 01274 595978, davewb8@sky. com The White Rosettes Female barbershop chorus (four part unaccompanied harmony), 12 x national champions, rehearse Wed 7.30 – 10pm at Moorlands School, Foxhill Dr, Weetwood Lane, LS16 5PF. Details: Jan Spencer 07852 210640, membership@ whiterosettes.org.uk SENIORS Beaus & Belles Spring Dance Sat 24 March, 7 – 11pm at Adel Memorial Hall, Church Lane, Adel. Get out your dancing shoes! Ballroom, Sequence & Fun Dances. Licensed bar, buffet & raffle. £5 on door. All regular supporters & new dancers very welcome. Please note change of venue. Details: Ken 230 1213, Edna 267 9670, Sheila 217 9136 Disabled & Elderly Bowling Fri 10am – 12 noon in Hall Park, Horsforth. All welcome. Horsforth Live at Home Bacon Butties served Tues 11.30am- 12.30pm, followed by dancing ‘til 3pm. Thurs: coffee morning (9.30 – 11am), indoor bowls (10am – 12pm), & lunch 11.30am – 1pm). Details: 259 1511
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OPAL Coffee Afternoon Fri 1.30 – 3.30pm at The Old Post Office, 10 Silk Mill Drive, Cookridge. Details: 261 9103. Sequence Tea Dances Mon 2 – 4pm, Bramhope Methodist Church Hall. Everyone welcome. Refreshments & raffle. Details: Marjorie 267 9802. Woodside Luncheon Club (Outwood Lane) Meets Thursdays & is open to all elderly Horsforth residents. Details: 258 3184 SPIRITUAL Adel Baptist Congregation invites you to Sunday services, 10.30am in Adel Primary School, Tile lane, LS16. Worship style is informal with mixture of contemporary & traditional songs. Also, a variety of day time & evening groups. Details: Revd Richard Pollard 275 4989, Richard@spbc.org.uk Adel Methodist Church, corner of Holt Lane & Gainsborough Ave, invites you to Sunday Services at 10.30am. Junior Church also meets at 10.30am Adel St John the Baptist, Church Lane Ash Wednesday, 22 Feb: Services at 11am & 7.30pm. Everyone very welcome Catholic Churches Our Lady of Kirkstall parish covers Leeds 16, Horsforth & Kirkstall. Churches: Holy Name, Otley Old Rd (Parish office: 267 8257); Saint Mary’s, Broadgate Lane, Horsforth (Parish secretary: 258 2607); The Assumption, Spen Lane. Parish Priest: Fr PA Smythe M.A.,Ph.D.; Assistant Priest: Fr BK Akpoigbe MSP. www.ourladyofkirkstall. org.uk
Cookridge Methodist Church 10.30am Morning Worship. All ages welcome Excellent crèche facilities & refreshments served afterwards. 2nd Sun of month: Family Parade Service - informal, friendly worship for all ages. FREE Drop-in Group Meditation Sun 7- 8pm (except 3rd Sun of month: 6.30-7.30pm). Experience peace & calm with periods of silence & guided meditations. Brahma Kumaris, West Park. Details: 275 7727, leeds@ uk.bkwsu.org, www.bkwsu. org/uk/leeds Horsforth Churches Together On Ash Wednesday, Horsforth church members will start House Groups preparing for Easter with its Good Friday Walk of Witness & the many upcoming activities. Details: 258 3521 Learn to meditate FWBO Leeds Buddhist Centre. A contemporary approach to meditation, mindfulness & the Buddhist tradition. Also classes in yoga & bodywork, chronic pain & stress management. Details: 244 5256, www. leedsbuddhistcentre.org. Leeds Healing Centre Now at Burley Lodge Centre, 42-46 Burley Lodge Road, LS6. Healing by members of The Healing Trust (NFSH) to aid relaxation & promote wellbeing. Fri 11am – 2.30pm. Healing also at Friends’ Meeting House, Roundhay, Thurs 7 – 8.30pm. Donations appreciated. Details: 07985 121810, 01274 617700, www. leedshealingcentre.org Leeds Stillness Group meets Mon 7.30 - 9.30pm at Quaker Friends Meeting House, 136 Street Lane, Roundhay. Based on the teachings of Eckhart Tolle, (The Power of Now
& A New Earth). Join likeminded people to watch footage of Eckhart Tolle talk followed by silent meditation. Small donation appreciated. Details: 07884 332644, www. peacenowhere.com Ratnasambhava Kadampa Buddhist Centre (22 Wetherby Rd, Oakwood, LS8) weekly classes in meditation & Buddhism. Tues 12.30pm: Feb 7, 21 & 28. Tues 7.30pm: Feb 21 & 28. Thurs 7.30pm: Feb 2, 9 & 23 at Friends Meeting House, Woodhouse. Day Course Sat 25 Feb, 10.30am 5pm. £25 incl. veg lunch. Details: 265 8164 info@ meditationinleeds.org St Barnabas Church, Alwoodley In 2012, the church celebrates its 50th anniversary. A full programme of events is planned, starting with Songs of Praise on Sun 29 Jan at 6.30pm. All welcome. Details: 0113 267 8487, www. stbarnabasleeds.org.uk St Paul’s Church, Raynel Drive, LS16 Said Eucharist Sun 8am; Sung Eucharist,10am. 1st Sunday – family Eucharist with Band – families warmly welcome. 3rd Sunday – Kidz club during service. Details: Rev Janice Smith 203 7523, Rev Linda Ludkin 230 1564 Teachings of the Fourth Way The spiritual way brought by G.I.Gurdjieff has been recognized as one of the most original, enduring & penetrating teachings of our time. Meetings in Leeds & Otley. Details: 07814 951231, info@ gurdjieff-leeds.com Leeds Gurdjieff Society
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Leeds Geological Association Meets Thurs 23 Feb, 7:15pm in Rupert Beckett Lecture Theatre, Michael Sadler Building, Leeds University. Presentations by students of the School of Earth and Environment, Leeds University. Visitors welcome. For directions visit www.leedsga.org.uk Leeds Microscopical Society (LMS) meets 2nd & 4th Thurs, 7pm at Alwoodley Methodist Church Hall. Varied programme of talks & practical evenings, open to all with an interest in natural history & who wish to learn about microscopy. 9 Feb: ‘Liquid Crystals & Microscopy’. 23 Feb: ‘Atomic Force Microscopy’. Details: 0113 293 5991, mikesmith_176sh@yahoo. co.uk
Leeds Naturalists’ Club & Scientific Association meets Mon 13 Feb, 7.15pm at the Quaker Meeting House, Woodhouse Lane, for a talk on ‘The French Pyrenees’. On Mon 12 March the topic is ‘Birdwatching from Japan to Alaska’. Details: Mary Larner 261 2589 ‘The Heart of the Matter’ Mon 27 Feb, 7.30pm at HEART, Bennett Rd, Headingley. A talk about the way systems, texts, philosophies etc. use the image of the heart. By Cynthia Trasi, President Bradford Theosophical Society & National Lecturer for Theosophical Society in England. £3.50/ £3. Details: www. leedscombinedarts.org.uk
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