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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. Otley Carnival will be joining in with Otley’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations; John Hegley will make an appearance at Otley’s first Word Feast; and Finbarr Malafronte will be playing at The Manor House in Ilkley. The 2012 programmes at Leeds theatres get underway and we talk to two writers whose plays open this month.

WAITING FOR GODOT COMES TO WYP

COULD YOU MAKE THE GB ROWING TEAM?

LIVE LIFE LOCAL: SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL BUSINESSES

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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.

On the fitness side, GB Rowing invites you to take your own Olympic rowing trial. There are hints as to how to get started in running, and inspiring stories to urge you 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 Kind regards

Carole, Jack and the team

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Otley Carnival & Diamond Jubilee Parade Otley Carnival Committee has decided that this year’s parade will join in with the rest of the town’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

08 Ilkley Brewery ‘Most Promising Young Company’ Ilkley Brewery is one of three Yorkshire companies to win in the Governmentbacked Local Business Accelerators campaign

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Could You Make the GB Rowing Team? The Nation on Trial - The GB Rowing Team invites you to take your own Olympic Trial.

16 Louise Rennison Brings Some Hilarity Back to Leeds

The Queen of Teen’s Angus, Thongs and Even More Snogging at WYP

19 Abigail Burdess Takes to the Stage ‘All the Single Ladies’, starring Leslie Ash, Brooke Kinsella and Tara Flynn is at City Varieties

22 Leeds Soroptimists’ New Literary Award Matt and Ben Lulham-Robinson, from Burley-in-Wharfedale, were recently voted the RYA Young Sailors of the Year


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OTLEY CARNIVAL AND THE DIAMOND JUBILEE PARADE The Otley Carnival Committee has decided that this year’s parade and window dressing competition will join in with the rest of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations for Otley. All the schools, youth and other organisations, businesses and charities from Otley and the surrounding area are invited to participate in the parade, which will be held on Saturday 16th June. Although the parade will celebrate the Jubilee in general, participating

There is no charge to participate, but anyone wishing to join the parade should contact Diana Allen on 01943-462498 to book a place and obtain full details.

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organisations can choose any theme for their decorated float, vehicle, or walking tableaux. These could draw inspiration from the Jubilee, the Olympic Games, the European Cup (football), or any theme that could add colour and variety to the parade. Several schools will be taking part and at least eight bands have already signed up be part of this special celebration. The committee feels that there are probably many businesses and organisations that would like to support the Jubilee and taking part in the parade could be an enjoyable way of doing so.

week so that the judging can be held on Sunday 3rd June, the Jubilee bank holiday week-end. Hopefully many more shops and organisations will decorate their windows or frontage to add to the Jubilee and carnival atmosphere in the town. Once again the theme of the window dressing competition is left open to the participants. For more information and an entry form, please contact Sue Bye on 01943-467199. For further information contact Geoff Wright on 01943-4651769

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‘MOST PROMISING YOUNG COMPANIES’ Ilkley Brewery is one of three Yorkshire companies to win in the Governmentbacked Local Business Accelerators campaign to find the region’s most promising young companies.

founder. “We have developed our craft, listened to our customers and grown the business accordingly. Recognition like this really bolsters our success and opens up fantastic opportunities.”

With sales up over 100 per cent and production levels five times what they were in 2010, Ilkley Brewery is celebrating a third year of growth and looking forward to a prosperous New Year.

The Yorkshire judging panel consisted of Paul Ayre, managing partner of law firm Gordons LLP, Kevin Hollinrake, MD of Hunters Property Group, John Tordoff, MD of JCT600 motor group, and Bernard Ginns, the Yorkshire Post’s business editor.

“In 2009, we never imagined we would be brewing over 30,000 pints a week just three years down the line”, said Stewart Ross, Ilkley Brewery’s co-

“The rate at which the brewery has grown this year has been astonishing”, said Chris Ives, one of the brewery’s

Julie Brett, Office Manager, directors Chris Ives, Richard Shelton, & Stewart Ross, & Graham Coultas, Brewery Operative.

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three directors. “Levels of demand have been higher than we envisaged meaning a fifth fermentor was a must if we were to deliver on every order. It’s been a fast-paced but exciting year which will put us on the front foot for 2012.” “In just three years The Ilkley Brewery has really established itself”, said John Tordoff, who will provide Ilkley Brewery with three months of mentoring. The brewery also wins a substantial amount of free advertising in the Yorkshire Post. All three companies will now go on to the national final, the winner of which will receive a year’s mentoring from Deborah Meaden or Dragon’s Den fame. Ilkley Brewery also scooped seven awards this year. Stout Mary won silver at the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) Northern Region Beer Competition. There were also wins at the Clifford Champion Beer Festival in Leeds, Guiseley Factory Workers Beer Festival, Horsforth Beer Festival and Clitheroe Beer Festival. The brewery’s flagship beer, Mary Jane, won Beer of the Year at the Muse pub in Wetherby.


SOROPTIMISTS RAISE £1 MILLION FOR WOMEN IN SIERRA LEONE

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.”

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. Eliza Wilkinson herself actually died of tuberculosis when she was only 29, but her legacy lives on.

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WRAP UP LEEDS! The ‘Wrap up Leeds’ campaign is offering free cavity wall and loft insulation to homeowners and private renters in the Leeds City Council area – you could save up to £300 a year on your fuel bills!

“We want to help people in Leeds to cope with rising fuel prices and to reduce health problems”, said Councillor Mark Dobson, executive board member for Leeds City Council. “Insulation is one of the most effective ways of dealing with

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.

Leeds City Council and Yorkshire Energy Services are working together on the scheme, which aims to reduce fuel poverty and the ill-health it can cause while also reducing the amount of harmful carbon dioxide produced in the city. Wrap up Leeds is available for 15,000 Leeds residents on a first-come, firstserved basis until September 2012. The scheme is available across the city, and the Wrap Up Leeds team will be knocking on doors in some areas of the city where the available information on fuel poverty and the types of houses suggests that free insulation will have the highest impact.

that. But changes to government rules mean we can only offer it to around 15,000 homes, so act now to see if your home can benefit. To arrange a survey to find out if your home can benefit, please contact Wrap Up Leeds 0800 052 0071, email enquiries@wrapupleeds.co.uk or visit www.wrapupleeds.co.uk

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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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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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 12 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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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.


‘Yorkshire Sausage’ GARDENROUND-UP Makes it into By Kath Hall, Paxton Horticultural ............................................... Morrisons 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.

Following a search for Yorkshire’s official sausage in 2011, David Lishman, the Ilkley butcher behind the campaign (run in partnership with Welcome to Yorkshire), recently announced that the Yorkshire Sausage will now be sold in ten Morrisons stores across Yorkshire.

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. 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.

The Yorkshire Sausage was unveiled by TV chef Rosemary Shrager on Yorkshire Day last year, following taste tests at Leyburn, Scarborough, Dalby Forest, York, Bramham International Horse Trials, Ilkley, Leeds and the Great Yorkshire Show. Over 4,000 sausages were sizzled in a bid to find the banger that best represented the county! “As a region which has an exceptional farming heritage and some of the best tasting produce in the country, it is only right that Yorkshire should have a namesake sausage”, said David, who was twice Champion of Champions winner for his famous sausages. “Having the sausage available in Morrisons is testament to its taste and demonstrates how keen people are to buy local.”


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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,

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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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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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

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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JOHN HEGLEY MAKES A FEAST OF IT! of the Jane Austen Short Story Awards, will lead a session that considers why Jane Austen’s writing still inspires 21st century authors. And, Noel Whittall will talk about his journey from Land’s End to John O’Groats on his 1918 Triumph H motorbike, as detailed in his book ‘A Stupid Thing to Do’.

The grand finale of the first Otley Word Feast will feature nationally renowned performance poet, John Hegley at Otley Courthouse on Saturday 10th March. The Grand Opening Feast on Friday 9th March will include supper, writing competition prize giving, music and performances. Saturday 10th March begins with a ‘Kick Start your Writing’ breakfast, after which you can enjoy prose and poetry writing workshops. These are designed for both experienced writers and those who have never tried creative writing before. You can hear the irrepressible Iby Knill, a Holocaust survivor, talk about her book ‘The Woman Without a Number’, and experiences she has kept secret for sixty years. Steph Shields, a winner

The Feast will also feature storytelling for the very young, and how to illustrate funny stories for older children. Young (and not so young) adults can learn how to develop comic style graphics, or perform their own work at an open mic session. For further details visit www.otleywordfeast.org.uk, or pick up a programme in Otley Town Centre. Photo: Jackie di Stefano

FINBARR MALAFRONTE AT THE MANOR HOUSE

Hot on the heels of exciting young vocal trio Lady Maisery, Friends of the Manor House, Ilkley, present another young and outstandingly talented musician on Friday 10th February in the Manor House Art Gallery. Guitar virtuoso Finbarr Malafronte will perform a programme including works by J.S.Bach, Fernando Sor and Enrique Granados. He first gained public attention in the final of the Admira International Classical Guitar Competition when he was only 13. Classical Guitar Magazine described his performance as one of sheer virtuosity and musicality. To reserve your tickets, call Liz Bowen on 01943 609393.

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LEEDS SOROPTIMISTS’ NEW LITERARY AWARD THE HEPWORTH Hannah Barrister, Peepal Tree Press; Margaret Busby OBE; Gail Holland, Leeds Soroptimists WAKEFIELD WINS AT THE WALLPAPER* DESIGN AWARDS 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

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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.

The Hepworth Wakefield recently won the award for Best Public Building at the Wallpaper* Design Awards 2012 – its third major award in just eight months! The prestigious Wallpaper* Design Awards recognise the very best in international design, fashion and lifestyle. “This is a wonderful start to the New Year and further prestigious recognition of the world-class gallery David Chipperfield has designed for Wakefield”, said Simon Wallis, Director of The Hepworth Wakefield. “We have attracted over 360,000 visitors since opening in late May 2011 and we are now one of the most visited galleries in the UK. 2012 is an exciting year for us as we continue to inspire visitors with our new collection displays, ambitious contemporary exhibitions and engaging education programme. Entrance is free so there’s never been a better to time come and visit.” The gallery was recently also shortlisted for the Design Museum Awards 2012 for Architecture, and the Civic Trust Awards 2012. Winners will be announced in April and March respectively. For more on The Hepworth Wakefield, including the new spring events and activities programme visit www. hepworthwakefield.org or call 01924 247360.


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CAROUSEL 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

Redman Design, Yorkshire Museum Designer We are a multi-disciplinary design consultancy with a reputation for delivering award winning and successful museum and heritage projects nation wide. With three more projects having won lottery funding we are now looking for some exceptional individuals to join our design team working from our office in Ilkley. If you are a graduate in museum design or architecture with up to three years experience and are genuinely interested in making the museum visit rewarding and unforgettable, we’d like to hear from you. We are looking for people with practical skills in spatial design and Autocad, combined with an ability to respond with imagination and intelligence to interpretative design challenges.

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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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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”. 26 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 jeanwatsonlifeskills@hotmail.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.


MUSICLISTINGS ALASKA Fri 27 Jan at The Packhorse, Woodhouse Lane. Leeds-based garage rock, post-punk, surf/psychpop ALASKA host launch party & exclusive premiere of their video ‘GIRL’. Expect a smoking hot set with support from the elusive Samuel Foxton Wells. £3 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. 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 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.

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’. assics. John Mills Fri 10 Feb, 8pm at Otley Courthouse. A tribute to Andrès Segovia by one of the UK’s finest concert guitarists. 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. Fischer’s Ghost Sat 11 Feb at The Swan, Addingham. Five piece band playing Pop Rock/Blues. Russian State Symphony Orchestra Sat 11 Feb, 7.30pm at Leeds Town Hall. Khachaturian, Rachmaninov & Rimsky-Korsakov. 0113 224 3801 www. leedsconcertseason.com Jump Start Sat 11 Feb at The Midland, Station Rd. Ilkley. Presenting some of the best classic rock from late 60s through to today.

Complete Madness Fri 3 Feb at Otley Social Club, Weston Dr. The UK’s No.1 Madness Tribute Band. Details: 01943 464139 or 01943 461302.

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.

Five & Dimers Tues 7 Feb at The Junction, Bondgate, Otley. Bunch of session players who play a mix of Old Time, Bluegrass & Country music, topped off with exceptional harmonies.

Bayou Gumbo Tues 14 Feb at The Junction, Bondgate, Otley. Blues, Cajun, Zydeco, Country, R & B.

The Big Picture Sat 4 Feb at The Midland, Station Rd. Ilkley. Blend of up to date cover songs & all time classics. up to 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.

Doric String Quartet Wed 15 Feb at King’s Hall, Ilkley. One of the finest young string quartets playing Haydn, Korngold & Schubert. www.concertclubilkley.org 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

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Elvis Tribute Night Fri 17 Feb at The Swan Addingham Spaghetti Western Orchestra Sat 18 Feb, 7.30pm Leeds Town Hall. “Wildly Inventive and Funny” Daily Telegraph. 0113 224 3801 / www. leedsconcertseason.com Valkyrie Sat 18 Feb at The Midland, Station Rd. Ilkley. Five piece rock band performing a variety of rock, from Chuck Berry to the Rolling Stones via Jimi Hendrix & the Clash! 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. Noddy’s Puncture Sat 18 Feb, 7:30 - 10:30pm at Kings Hall, Ilkley. The Ultimate Emerson Lake & Palmer tribute band will perform Trilogy, Pictures at an Exhibition & Tarkus, plus a host of ELP favourites. All profits to MacMillan Cancer Support & Ilkley Stroke Club. Bar. Tickets £10 Details: 01943 601691 Des the Miner Tues 21 Feb at The Junction, Bondgate, Otley. Jazz 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.

The Petty Heartbreakers Thurs 23 Feb, 8pm at New Roscoe. A celebration of the great Tom Petty, with & without The Heartbreakers 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 Courthouse Rocks Fri 24 Feb, 8pm at Otley Courthouse. Live music from the best local, regional and national rock acts, including Club Smith, who will be supporting Kaiser Chiefs on their tour in 2012. Meet the Beatles Sat 25 Feb, 7.45pm at Otley Courthouse. One of the UK’s finest tribute bands take you on a nostalgic trip down memory lane. Five & Dimers Sat 25 Feb at The Swan Addingham. Bunch of session players who play a mix of Old Time, Bluegrass & Country music, topped off with exceptional harmonies. Fischer’s Ghost Sat 25 Feb at The Midland, Station Rd. Ilkley. Five piece band playing Pop Rock/Blues. Catriona McKay & Chris Stout Sun 26 Feb, 7.30pm at Otley Courthouse. Exploring new music & new ideas with two distinctly traditional instruments – Scottish harp & Shetland fiddle 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. Jeremy Bradford Band Tues 28 Feb at The Junction, Bondgate, Otley.Folk/Rock northleedslife.co.uk | February 2012 29


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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 30 February 2012 | northleedslife.co.uk

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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


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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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. 32 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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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.

GET YOUR SKATES ON! The Ice Cube returns to Millennium Square from Friday 27th January to Sunday 26th February with a whole new look.

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

If you would like to sponsor Chris, contact him at chris.carver@btopenworld.com or via www.thoughtsofanultrarunner. blogspot.com/

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. Two new features are a 30-metre dry slope ‘Snow Slide’ toboggan run, and a bobsleigh simulator, which gives firsthand experience of the speed, twists, and turns of one of the world’s most thrilling winter sports. Ice skating lessons, run by qualified skating professionals, are available for all levels and ages – from beginners to more advanced. Priced at £48 per person, the sessions will run every Saturday or Sunday for four weeks, and there’s an extra adult session every Wednesday evening. There are only a limited number of places, so call 0113 224 3801 to book your place. For further information visit www.leeds.gov.uk/icecube


YOUNGER LIFE

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Join the Mad Hatter and March Hare for tea at Eureka this half-term, 11th – 19th February. Members of the Eureka! team will be transforming themselves into characters from Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland. Alice will be wandering the galleries looking for the White Rabbit - who really doesn’t want to be late - and there will be a special round of croquet and other curious games in the Queen of Hearts’ Garden. Eureka!’s February half-term offering forms part of a yearlong programme of events aimed at children aged from 0-11. All half-term events are free with an annual pass standard admission and suitable for all the family. Last November, The Independent rated Eureka! as the UK’s Number 1, hands-on museum. A major feature for 2012 will be a summer festival, designed to celebrate the museum’s 20 years of play and learning through a range of fun, family activities.

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MATT AND BEN ARE RYA YOUNG SAILORS OF THE YEAR Matt and Ben Lulham-Robinson, from Burley-in-Wharfedale, were recently voted the Royal Yachting Association Yorkshire and Humber Regional Young Sailors of the Year for 2011, after claiming the Mirror Dinghy class junior world championships crown in Australia. The teenage world champions, who are members of Yeadon Sailing Club and attend Ilkley Grammar School, were rewarded for the impact they have had on youth sailing in the area and were presented with their awards at the annual Boat Show.

they were selected for the RYA Mirror National Junior Squad for the next two years.

training or competing all over the UK, including Yeadon ,Otley and Yorkshire Dales local sailing clubs.

They won the Mirror European Junior U16 Championship in 2010 and came overall fifth against youth and adult competitors. They went on to take the Mirror Junior World Champions title in Australia in 2011, aged 12 &13, coming tenth overall against adults, including two of the Filipino Olympic team. Matt and Ben have spent most weekends over the last two years

The family has started its own business ‘Lulham-Robinson Sails’ to help fund the boys’ training and racing campaign. They are very keen to work with sponsors. If you’re interested in sponsoring the Lulham Robinson brothers, contact the family on lulhamrobinson@yahoo.co.uk or 01943 864619/ 07932 184 531.

“We are so proud to receive this RYA trophy, particularly as it is such a well recognised and respected award”, said Ben (13). “We’re really excited about being selected for the RYA 420 Transition Training Squad and are looking forward to our first training weekends at Grafham Water. We are especially pleased as we are the youngest to be selected for this squad.” The Lulham-Robinson boys first got in a dinghy aged three and five, crewing for their Dad in a second hand Mirror Dinghy. Aged eight and ten they won a place in the RYA Mirror North Zone Squad, progressing to the National Zone Squad the following year. Then

St. Mary’s Musicians Hit the High Notes! Three young musicians from St. Mary’s Menston recently took part in the Aireborough Rotary Young Musician Competition at Benton Park School.

Mingzhe Feng, Year 8 and Liam Brigg, Year 12 both played piano, whereas Elizabeth Rogozinski, Year 11 performed on alto sax. All three students performed exceptionally well.

Liam Brigg, MingzheFeng, Elizabeth Rogozinski

Competing against students from three other local high schools, Mingzhe and Liam won their classes and were awarded £50 each! They are now through to the Yorkshire Rotary Club regional finals in York, which will take place on Saturday 25th February, with the possibility of then proceeding to the District and National Finals.


YOUNGER LIFE

LIZZIE ARMITSTEAD VISITS THE WHARTONS Lizzie Armitstead, world champion track and road racing cyclist, is one of the UK’s brightest hopes for the 2012 Olympic Games. Recently she returned to her old primary school, The Whartons in Otley, and got a fantastic reception.

the 2012 Olympics. Lizzie certainly has the support of all the children, staff and parents at The Whartons, and they will all be cheering her on towards a gold medal!

“This has been great for getting the children excited about the Olympics”, said Pat Armstrong, Assistant Head Teacher, who taught Lizzie when she was at The Whartons. “When she was here Lizzie was known for her running and was the first cross country runner to bring back a medal for us. She got spotted for cycling by a scout when she was at Prince Henry’s.”

The atmosphere was electric as the children watched her cycle in – they were about to meet a gold medal hopeful at 2012 Olympics! All week they had been busy preparing questions for her. She started off by sharing her memories of school in assembly. Year 5, who had all brought bikes and helmets to school, then got the opportunity to have a cycling proficiency session with Lizzie. It was a fantastic day and the school would like to thank Lizzie for taking the time to visit her old school. She was truly inspirational and her positive ‘Go for Gold’ attitude triggered the children’s excitement and interest in

ST MARY’S STUDENTS RAISE AWARENESS OF CLIMATE CHANGE Over the past few years, students and staff from St. Mary’s Catholic High School have been involved in a project to raise awareness about the effects of climate change on the world’s poorest people and the impact our lifestyles have on the environment. To help with the campaign, Francis McCrickard of the Myddelton Grange team and Shelagh Fawcett, Coordinator of Leeds Diocese Justice and Peace Commission, suggested the idea of a Climate Change Walk of ‘Stations of the Environment’ around the Myddelton Grange Centre grounds. The result is eleven ‘stations’, each featuring a beautifully designed board 36 February 2012 | northleedslife.co.uk

with local and global information, and spiritual reflections. The walk takes people on a journey through the extensive woodland and farmland Group pictured at opening ceremony

of Myddelton. Each station gives information about its location, together with connections with the global reality of climate change.


Notices Baby Rascals Are you a new Mum? Would you like to meet others & enjoy a cup of coffee? Come to Otley Parish Church, Wed 1 – 2.45pm (term time). Details: 01943 463 815. Chevin Wildlife WATCH Group Fun kids & parents group run by volunteers in partnership with Yorkshire Wildlife Trust & one of the longest running WATCH Group in Yorkshire. Activities every 1st Sat & 3rd Sun. Details: Jennifer Watts on 0113 237 5320, chevinwildlifewatch@hotmail.co.uk

GATEWAYS SCHOOL RECEIVES BIG ‘THANK YOU’ FROM JAPANESE CHILDREN In October last year, pupils from Gateways School in Harewood organised a collection of books, stationery, pencils and crayons for Japanese schoolchildren affected by the Tsuanami.

Dragon Tales at The Royal Armouries Sat 11 – Sun 19 Feb 20. Celebrate the Chinese Year of the Dragon with a whole host of fun activities for all the family – Dragon Egg treasure hunt, Jester’s Yard play area, dragon craft activities, storytelling, Kite-flying displays, Hands on History sessions, Museum tours & more! Museum admission free – some activities carry a small charge. Details: www. royalarmouries.org Young People’s Heart’s Club Night (12-16 year olds only!) Sat 11 Feb, 7.30 -10pm. Brilliant night for younger teenagers- young headline bands, disco, young comedians & poets, juice bar. Tickets: £5 Little Rascals meet Wed 9.30 – 11.15am (term time) in Otley Parish Church. A group for pre-school children, parents & carers. Toys, drinks, crafts. Free. Details 01943 463815 Otley Children’s Centre Provides free groups & information for parents & carers of children aged 0 – 5. The centre is open 9am – 5pm all year round. Groups include: stay & play sessions, baby signing, mini-movers, baby cafe, parenting courses & many more. Details: 01943 467379, hargrad02@ leedslearning.net Otley Junior Orchestra (ages 8 – 12) Thurs 3.30 – 4.30pm. Details: 01943 462826

Inspired by a former Gateways student, Alison Nemoto, who lives in Japan and experienced first-hand the devastating events, pupils at Gateways launched an appeal to help Alison, a primary school English teacher. Alison was living in Fukushima when the earthquake struck. Her family was forced to move 40kms north to Minami Soma City, where Alison has been teaching as a volunteer. Teaching aids were desperately needed and the Gateways collection was gratefully received. “I gave out the crayons and stationery to children at Mano Primary School which was engulfed by the Tsunami in March 2011”, said Alison. “Luckily the children were evacuated to high ground and all the pupils were saved, but many of them lost homes and family members. The children are very happy to get support from a school so far away.” “It was wonderful to see the way in which the whole school supported the appeal to help victims of the Japanese earthquake disaster” said Yvonne Wilkinson, Gateways School Headmistress, “and it has been heart-warming to receive such a lovely message of thanks.”


COMMUNITY NOTICES

COMMUNITYNOTICES ACTIVE Addingham Yoga Circle Meets Mon 7.30 – 9pm at Addingham Primary School, Bolton Rd. (term time). All welcome, including beginners. Friendly club for all who want to benefit from practising Hatha yoga. Details: Margaret 01943 431248 Dance Scottish in Ilkley Scottish Country Dancing, Thurs 2 – 4pm at St Margaret’s Church Hall, Queen’s Rd, LS29 9QL. Beginners welcome. No partner necessary. Details: Don Andrews 01535 605065, donald@ hbandrews.fsnet.co.uk, or Nadine Wharton 01943 600860 www.rscdsleeds. org.uk Great Yorkshire Morris Men meet at Pool Memorial Hall alternate Wednesdays. Mainly Cotswold dances, with forays into the Yorkshire Longsword, Rapper & Border styles. New dancers & musicians welcome - no experience required. Details: Bob Carter 01423 863433 www.gymm.org.uk Grove Hill Tennis Club, Otley runs a year-round social programme. Club plays 3 mixed doubles teams in Wharfedale league, a men’s team in the Yorkshire league & a Leeds medley team. Excellent coaching for both adults & juniors. Details: www.otleytennis.webs.com Ilkley Yoga Club Meets Thurs, 7.30 – 9pm in Riddings Hall, Christchurch, The Grove, Ilkley. A friendly club where both beginners & those

with experience can enjoy Hatha yoga. All welcome. Details: Margaret 01943 431248 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 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 YHA Walking Group organises walks, cycle rides, weekends & social activities. Over 160 members aged 20-74. Try before joining. Membership £8 pa. Details: Mary 228 6766, Phil 268 9996 www. leedsyha.org.uk Otley Athletic Club is your local running club. It caters for everyone, so don’t be afraid to go along to one of their training session – Tues & Thurs, 7.15pm at Otley Cricket Club, Cross Green. Reduced membership for first year – £15 rather than £25. Details: http://otleyac.org. uk/ Otliensians Hockey Club Looking to get fit and have fun? Look no further - we do both! Women’s teams

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in both Yorkshire 1st & 5th divisions. Training Thurs 7 - 8pm, Ben Rhydding sports ground. Everyone welcome. Details: Sue 07793 841822 or www. otliensianshc.org.uk

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

Otley Badminton Club meet at Prince Henry’s Mon 7.30 – 9.30pm & Fri 7 – 9pm. Junior Club coaching available Sat 9.30 – 11am. New members welcome. Details: Steve Norfolk 07860 242089, info@ otleybadmintonclub.co.uk, www.otleybadmintonclub. co.uk

Wharfedale Wayzgoose Tues 8.30 – 10pm, Wesley Hall, Walkergate, Otley. Energetic Mixed Border Morris. New dancers & musicians welcome. No previous experience necessary. Details: Anita Walker squire@wharfedalewayzgoose.co.uk, Malcolm Hills 01943 462605/ 07918 611614, bagman@ wharfedale-wayzgoose. co.uk

Otley Short Walks For All Walks up to 3 miles start from Otley Courthouse Wed am. Please arrive before 10.15am. Often use local buses, so bring bus fare or bus pass. Sensible footwear advisable! Details: 01943 465542, 01943 865585. Otley Walkers Twice weekly walks, 5 – 20 miles. Weekends away & special events. New members welcome. Annual membership £5. Get the programme & try before joining. Details: 01943 875 995, otleywalkers@ talktalk.net Sequence Tea Dance Old Pool Bank Village Hall, Fri 2 – 4pm. A great way to exercise & socialise. All welcome. Details: 0113 284 2126. Sequence/Ballroom Dance Sat 14 Jan, 8-11pm at Hollygarth Social Club, Ilkley. Details: Michael 01943 608871 St Gemma’s Zumbathon! Sun 19 Feb, 10am – 1pm at The Grammar School

White Rose Squares American Square Dancing. Sun 7pm at Pannal Memorial Hall, Harrogate. Fun, sociable & good exercise. Music everything from Country & Western to modern pop. Couples & singles welcome. Details: Geoff 01423 870221, Jackie 01423 500525 Yarnbury Angling Club Matches held 1st Sun of month. Members only. Coach transfers to & from venues. Membership details: Adrian Addy on 07956 964713. ARTS & CRAFTS 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

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COMMUNITY NOTICES Otley Arts Club meets Wed, 7.30pm at Peoples Welfare Centre, Cross St, Otley. Feb 1: Mayor of Otley will sit for portrait. Feb 8: Workshop. Feb 15: Demonstration of watercolours by guest artist, Jeremy Taylor. Feb 22: Watercolour sorkshop. Feb 29: Life model drawing & member-led sessions on Perspectives & Spring Flower Studies. Pool Art Group Fri 10am12pm, Pool Methodist Church. Support & encouragement from fellow artists at all levels. Details: Pat Walker 0113 203 7952. 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 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 Coffee Morning Every Sat, Otley Methodist Church Wesley Hall, 10am–12 noon. Homemade cakes, scones etc & a friendly atmosphere. Access Boroughgate & Walkergate (disabled access).

Coffee Morning 1st Sat every month, 9.30 – 11.30am Burley in Wharfedale United Reformed Church, Main St. Lots of stalls, incl. home baking, handcrafted cards, bric-a-brac, books & nearly new clothes – all at bargain prices! Country Market Ilkley Fri 24 Feb, 10am – 12 noon at Riverside Hotel. Plus, Fri 3 & 17, 9.30 – 11.30am at Scout Centre, Burras Lane, Otley. Genuinely homemade, home grown & hand crafted produce. All foods freshly prepared – pastries, cakes, breads, biscuits, jams & preserves, plus variety of craft items & cards. GROUPS/CLUBS 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 8.30 – 9pm at The Wharfedale Inn, Arthington Lane, Pool in Wharfedale. All welcome. Details: 0113 391 0403 www.alwoodleymc.org.uk Ben Rhydding Bridge Club meets Mon, 9.30am at Ben Rhydding Methodist Church. New members always welcome. Details: Molly 01943 466605 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 Burley in Wharfedale & District Probus Club New Members Needed! Retired or semi-retired men welcome. Fortnightly meetings in Salem United Reformed Church hall. Varied programme of speakers, social events, quizzes & outings. Details: Rod McKenzie 01943 865561 Burley Gardeners’ Association meets for talks, visits a garden in summer, holds plant sales & a Flower & Produce Show. Annual Membership (from Feb) £4 families / £2 individuals. Next meeting (AGM plus Joe Maiden) Thurs 9 Feb, 7:30pm at Salem Church Hall, Main St, Burley-in-Wharfedale. Details: 01943 862750. Cat loving volunteers wanted! Join friendly new cat welfare group supporting feral & stray cats. Fundraisers needed to raise funds for food, cat kennels & vet costs. Fosterers also needed - full support given. Details: 07876 212 518, feralcarwelfare@aol.com, www.feralcatwelfare.org.uk Chevin 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

Chevin Division Trefoil Guild meets 7.30pm on 1st Mon of the month in Otley or Guiseley. The group offers a varied calendar of events, with opportunities for travel, adventure & broadening your horizons, & supports Girl Guiding UK. Details: 01943 872892. Friends of Chevin Forest Park Practical conservation work such as vegetation clearance, step building or meadow management on 2nd Sun of every month. Details: The Countryside Rangers 0113 237 5312 countrysiderangers@leeds. gov.uk Friends of the Earth meet 1st Mon of month, 7.45pm at DC Coffee Shop, Valley Drive Ben Rhydding, Ilkley. They campaign on global issues such as climate change, & local issues like waste & recycling & developing a sustainable community. If you are interested come along. Details: www. wharfedalefoe.org.uk Ilkley & District Motor Club 1st & 4th Wed every month, Otley Rugby Club, Cross Green, Otley, starting 8pm. Everyone welcome. Also meets 2nd, 3rd & 5th Wed at other locations. Details: www. ilkleymotorclub.org Ilkley & District U3A an educational self-help group offering wide range of interest & activity groups for retired. There’s something for everyone who would like to keep learning & socialising. Day-time sessions. Drop-in sessions 10.30am 1st Mon of month at Clarke Foley Centre, Ilkley. Details: 01943 465059, www. IlkleyU3A.org

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COMMUNITY NOTICES Ilkley Rotary Club meets Tues 12.30pm (6.30pm on last Tues of month) for meal & speaker at Craiglands Hotel. Global network of local and international community volunteers. Details: Kelvin Newberry 01943 863752, kelvin.newberry@ btinternet.com Ilkley Wharfedale Rotary Club Small friendly club welcomes both male & female members. Meetings held at Craiglands Hotel, Ilkley, Tues 8pm. Details: Georges Lepelley 01943 600712 or www.ilkleywharfedale. rotary1040.org Kaleidoscope Social Club for over 50s & unattached with a zest for life. Monthly programme of events. Not a dating agency. Details: 262 1455 or 261 2619, www.kaleidoscopeleeds. weebly.com Kirklands Bridge Club Menston rubber bridge club meets at Kirklands alt Tues evenings. Details: Dorrie Waugh 01943 872771/ Carol Cowell 0113 267 0426. Leeds 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 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, info@leedscaledonians.org

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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 Lions meets 2nd Mon, Holiday Inn Express, Cavendish St. LS3, 7.30pm. Details: 0845 833 7428, www.lionsclubs.org Looking for a 41 Club? Ilkley Olicana 41 Club meets at Craiglands Hotel, Ilkley, 7.30pm on 3rd Wed of each month. Open to all those who have been in Round Table. Details: Paul Kitching 01943 604683. paulk152@gmail.com 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 North Leeds Model Flying Club New members very welcome, experienced or beginners. Building or flying, plenty of friendly advice. Regular meetings at Horsforth or airfield at Almscliff Crag. Details: 0113 217 8348, www. nlmfc.org Otley Amateur Radio Society meets Tues at Clifton Village Hall (before The Spite on Newall Carr Rd). New members welcome! The Club is an RSGB examination centre for Foundation, Intermediate & Advanced licences. Details: Paul 07768 996370, events@ otleyradio.org, www. otleyradio.org

Otley Archaeological Society meet Thurs 9 Feb, 7.45pm in The Manor Room, Bridge St Church for a lecture entitled ‘Fares Please’ (the history of the bus ticket) by Mr G. Budd

Otley in Bloom A friendly group of volunteers who work to improve the green environment of the town. New members welcome. Meetings at Otley Courthouse, 7pm first Tues of every month. Otley Camera Club Meets Thurs at Prince Henry’s Grammar School, 7pm. Packed programme of speakers & competitions. Improve your skills & get more from your camera. Details: www. otleycameraclub.co.uk Otley Chevin Rotary Club Meets at Chevin Country Park Hotel, York Gate, Mon, 7.30pm. Dinner followed by interesting speaker. Rotary provides a wide range of services - local, national & international, plus a good social programme. Details: Bill Baker 01943 462400 Otley Lions Club Meets 1st & 3rd Mon each month, 8pm at the Old Cock, Crossgate, Otley. Visit their bookshop at 5 Mercury Row, Otley on Tues, Fri & Sat. New members & helpers welcome. Full social programme. Details: David Homewood 0113 294 8255 david. homewood7@googlemail. com Otley Little Theatre Live theatre & musical events in Otley. New members welcome – acting, singing, dancing & anyone who can help with technical backstage. Details: Lee Wells 01943 464982, info@olt.org.uk, www.otley. co.uk/littletheatre

Otley Poets meet 1st Tues of month, 8pm at Korks Wine Bar, Bondgate, Otley, for poems, drinks & occasional guest poets. Details: Alan Holdsworth 01943 968374 alanrh62@ yahoo.co.uk, Sandra Burnett 01943 465372, Sandra@s-burnett.fsnet. co.uk Otley Rotary Club meets weekly at Westbourne House, Bradford Road, Otley, Thurs 12.30 – 1.45pm. Open to active or retired professional or business people. Lunch followed by guest speaker. Details: Keith Thompson 01943 879329 ktswoop@ talktalk.net Pool Bridge Club meets on Mon (excl bank holidays),1.15 – 4.30pm at Pool Methodist Church. 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 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 Wharfedale Speakers Club meets 1st & 3rd Wed of each month at Cross Green Community Centre, Pool Rd, Otley. New members welcome. Speakers of all ages & backgrounds. Come along & improve your speaking skills. Details: Tony Morris 0113 258 3507


Wharfedale Gardeners’ Group Meets 7.30pm 2nd Tues of the month (Sept - May) at Otley Methodist Church. Guest speakers, plant sales & trips. Annual membership £10. Details: Thelma Harrison 0113 225 6405.

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

Leeds & Bradford Barbershop Harmony Club Mon, 7.30pm, Rawdon & Guiseley Conservative Club, Leeds Rd, Rawdon. Male singers who can take on four part harmony most welcome. Details: 01274 583 989.

Wharfedale German Circle meets on or near 15th of month at 8pm. Events include speakers, films, debates, quizzes, music, parties & conversation members & visitors (in English or German). Details: 01943 464087, wgcircle@gmail.com, or visit www.germancircle. ilkley.org

Fairfax Singers (Burleyin-Wharfedale) sing for charities & have helped raise significant funds. If you would like to book a concert please contact Marjorie Hall 01274 597024, marj.hall51@ yahoo.co.uk. Waiting list for singers, contact Dorothy Hawkshaw Musical Director 01943 877464 www. fairfaxsingers.org.uk

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: 0113 267 9865, www. organfax.co.uk, www. leedssocialclubs.co.uk

Yorkshire Malaya & Borneo Veterans’ Assoc. meets 1st Sat of month, 1.30pm at New Headingley Club, St. Michael’s Rd, Headingley. Anyone involved in the Malayan Emergency & Indonesian Confrontation in 50s & 60s most welcome. Represents all units of the armed forces. Details: Eddie Seville 0113 263 7583. MUSIC Bradford Music Club meets 3rd Sun each month, 7 – 9pm at Rawdon Meeting House, Harrogate Rd. Singers & musicians needed. All styles of music. Details: Ann Perry 01274 630162 annperry@ blueyonder.co.uk Burley in Wharfedale Probus Male Voice Choir, Burley Catholic Church Hall, Bradford Rd. New rehearsal times: Mon 2.15 - 4.15pm, not mornings as of old. 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

Friends of University Art & Music helps to foster the musical & artistic outreach of the University of Leeds. Membership open to all. Regular activities arranged. Details: 0113 343 2584, www.leeds.ac.uk/fuam 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 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

Me-Time Community Singing Group New members (especially men!) welcome – no auditions, no pressure, no experience necessary – just a love of singing in a relaxed friendly, environment. Every Tues 8 – 9.30pm at 7 Newall Mount, Otley. Details: 01943 461971, sing.out@mac.com Otley Chamber Orchestra rehearses fortnightly on Sundays, 7 - 9pm at Otley Courthouse. New members (especially upper strings) welcome. Details: john_ restorick@hotmail.com Otley Little Theatre Orchestra rehearses 1st & 3rd Wed of each month, 7.30pm at Otley St John Ambulance Station near Sainsbury’s. They play a range of music including musicals, popular & classical & would welcome more musicians. Details: Neil Briggs 07900 050346, aliandneil@briggs6566. freeserve.co.uk

Players for Pleasure offers 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 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 Wharfedale Recorded Music Meets Wed, 7.45pm, St. John’s Church Hall, Margerison Rd, Ben Rhydding, Ilkley. 1 Feb: Simón Bolívar Orchestra. 8 Feb: ‘Contradictory & Historically Informed Recordings of Bach´s B Minor Mass’ - Dr David Vickers. 22 Feb: ‘Get Your Boots on Berlioz’ - Catherine Clarke. 29 Feb: ‘Vaughan Williams Visionary Sceptic’ Nigel Simeone. Details: 01943 601538, www. wharfedalerecordedmusic. ilkley.org 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


COMMUNITY NOTICES Yeadon & District Male Voice Choir welcomes male voices of any ability at Yeadon Methodist Church, Chapel Hill. (next to Town Hall). Singing is a proven stress buster! Thurs 7.30pm. Details: John Atkinson 294 9095

Otley Action for Older People Chair based exercise class 1.45 – 2.45pm at Otley Methodist Church, or 10 – 11am at Bennett Court. £3. Details: 01943 463965 www. otleyactionforolderpeople. org.uk

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Ilkley Senior Citizens Club meets Tues, 2pm in the Clarke Foley Centre, Ilkley, for fellowship, entertainment & outings. Just turn up to join in the Concert Hall.

Bethel Evangelical Church Otley & Ilkley meets every Sun,10.30am at Whartons Primary School (off Newall Carr Road), Otley & 6pm at Ilkley Playhouse, Weston Road, Ilkley. Details: Pastor Martin Woodier 01943 464631 www. bethelotleyilkley.com

Leeds & Bradford Friendship Group Friendship & activities for people of retirement age. Meets 1st Wed of month at Pudsey Civic Centre 1.30pm. Also days out, dining, walks, holidays, computer & play reading groups. New members welcome. Details: Barbara 01943 875208. Menston Retired Men’s Forum Meetings 1st & 3rd Wed of month, 10am at Kirklands. New members welcome. Details: Ken Chadwick 01943 874530, Geoff Winter 01943 877832. NEW Tea Dances for over 50s Mon 27 Feb,1.30 – 3pm at Otley Courthouse. Exercise whilst being social, drinking tea & eating cake. Tea and cakes provided by the Velvet Cupcake! £4. Details: Charlotte 01943 968033, Gill 01943 462816 Otley Over 60s Club at Crossgate (opposite Rose & Crown) open Wed to Sat, 9am–12 noon, serving refreshments. Sequence Dancing on Wed 2 – 4pm; Gentle Exercise to Music on Thurs, 10.15–11.15am; Sat Bingo,1.45pm; brica-brac stall Fri & Sat 9am–12noon. 44 February 2012 | northleedslife.co.uk

Guiseley Baptist Church is a growing welcoming community. A mixture of ages, including children & young people meet at Sunday services at 9.30am & 11.15am. Details: 01943 884 233, www. guiseleybaptistchurch. co.uk Free Meditation at Ilkley Happiness Centre, Leeds Rd. Ilkley (above Veggie Cafe). 9.30 – 10.30am Mon – Fri, or 6.30 – 7.30pm Mon – Thurs. Meditations range from guided visualisation, to shamanic drumming, Sufi chanting & healing meditations. All welcome. Details: 01943 601517, www.ilkleyhappinesscentre. co.uk Menston Methodist Church welcomes newcomers & visitors. Sunday service: 10.30am, plus alternative form of worship, “Taste & See” is held in Cornerstone Cafe last Sunday of month. Various activities at the Church include Wesley Guild, Wednesday Group, Women’s Fellowship, Walking Group, Choir. Details: 01943 871909

Otley Methodist Church welcomes newcomers & visitors to their weekly services, Sun 10.30am. Holy Communion 1st Sun of month & 9.30am 3rd Sun. Family Service 2nd Sun. Refreshments after each morning service. Fri shoppers service 10 – 10.30am. Disabled access on Boroughgate & Walkergate. Otley Quakers meet 1st & 3rd Sun of the month, 10.45am – 12 noon. Details: 0113 318 8084, otley.quakers@virgin.net. www.otley.co.uk/churches/ Otley Spiritualist Church Church services: Tues healing 7.30pm; Wed healing 2.30pm; Sat Service 7pm (clairvoyance); Sun Service 6.30pm (divine). 38 Newmarket Street, Otley. Rise & Shine @ 9 Everyone welcome. 30 minute cafe-style worship, ideal for all ages. Informal, friendly, light breakfast every Sunday, 9am at United Reformed Church, Main Street, Burley-inWharfedale. Details: Mirella 01943 465 353 St.John’s Parish Church , Menston Sunday Services: Holy Communion 8am; Parish Eucharist 10am on 1st, 3rd & 4th Sun, 10.30am 2nd Sun; Let’s Worship 9.15am 2nd Sun (children & young families); Evensong 4.30pm except Dec. Teachings of the Fourth Way The spitiual way brought by G.I.Gurdjieff has been recognized as one of the most original, enduring & penetrating teachings of our time. Meetings in Leeds & Otley. Details: 07814 951231, info@ gurdjieff-leeds.com Leeds Gurdjieff Society

SUPPORT Arthritis Care (Otley & District) meets at St John Ambulance Meeting Room, Gay Lane, 1st Wed of month, 2 – 4pm. People of all ages with arthritis, or an interest in it, most welcome. Details: 01943 466428. Courthouse Inclusive Support Group Fri 11am – 12.30pm. New social coffee morning in Otley Courthouse Cafe for those experiencing, or who have experienced, emotional distress – including a sense of loss, lonliness or sadness. A friendly, gentle space to meet & chat. Details Gill Roughley 01943 462816 or Allan Luxton 07891 272 077 Crohn’s & Colitis UK Support for people with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), their friends & families throughout North & West Yorkshire. Four educational & support meetings a year, plus regular informal meets. Details: 0845 130 6809, Leeds@crohnsandcolitis. org.uk, www.groups. crohnsandcolitis.org.uk/ Leeds Families Need Fathers meets 7.30pm, 2nd Wed of month at Victoria Hotel, Great George St, Leeds. A support & advice group for parents trying to maintain & develop relationships with their children following divorce or family breakdown. Details: Don 07981 710179 or Ray 07921 728747. La Leche League of Wharfedale meets 1st Fri of month, 10am to noon, lower hall, Christchurch, The Grove, Ilkley. Breastfeeding help & support. Details: Becky on 01535 633788


Leeds Samaritans provide confidential, nonjudgemental support 24 hours a day for people who are experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those which could lead to suicide. They listen with an open mind & in complete confidence, for as long as you need. Details: 0113 245 6789, 08457 909090. Lymphoma Association Support Group A friendly group that meets the last Mon of each month, 2pm at Robert Ogden Macmillan Cancer Information Centre, St. James’s Hospital, LS9 7TF. All who have experienced Lymphoma, their family & friends, are welcome. Frequent guest speakers. Details: Roy 01765 692132, Jane 0113 2811226, Norman 0113 267 3388.

Memory Lane Café 4th Thurs of month, 1.30 – 3.30pm, Otley Rugby Club. A supportive & welcoming environment for older people with memory problems or dementia. Enjoy some musical entertainment & pass a sociable couple of hours. Refreshments. Support for carers. Transport available for small fee. Details: Otley Action for Older People 01943 463965 Speakability Regular gettogether for people who live with ‘aphasia’. Visits, outings, speakers etc. Third Thurs every month, 2pm at Otley Community Centre, Cross Green, Otley. Details: Ray Rundle, 0113 258 2892, Graham 01977 796219 Wharfedale General Hospital Cardiac Club (affiliated with British Heart Foundation) is open to former cardiac patients &

their partners. Opportunity to take part in exercise classes under supervision of qualified instructors. Meets Mon, Wed & Thurs at Wharfedale General Hospital. £3. Details: Clive Wilkinson 0113 267 1721. The Yorkshire Cancer Help Centre is now at the Day Therapy Unit, St Michael’s Hospice, Harrogate two Saturdays each month, offering support for people with cancer & their loved ones. Details: Esme 01423 881392/ Karen 01937 573166, www.ychc.org.uk TALKS & DISCUSSIONS Leeds Astronomical Society meets 2nd Wed of month with a guest speaker presentation & regular telescope nights at Quaker Friends Meeting House, Woodhouse Lane, LS2. Visitors welcome, first visit free. Details: info@

leedsastronomy.org.uk, www.leedsastronomy.org. uk Leeds in Your Lunch Hour A series of lectures by Kevin Grady, Director, Leeds Civic Trust. 1.15 - 1.45pm, Holy Trinity Church, Boar Lane. 1 Feb: How Leeds Got its Daily Bread 1086-2011: Corn Mills, Bakehouses & Corn Exchanges; 8 Feb: The Coming of the Railways: The Age of the Train in Leeds 1758-1914; 15 Feb: From Grammar School to Board Schools: Children’s Education in Leeds 1552-1902; 22 Feb: Heritage at Risk, Heritage Being Conserved: The Past & Future of Some Great Leeds Buildings. Admission free – retiring collection.

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COMMUNITY NOTICES 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 Thoresby Society, Leeds local history society. Meets 1st Tues (Feb – Apr & Oct – Dec), 7.15pm at Friends Meeting House, Woodhouse Lane. Non-members welcome at monthly lectures. Fascinating library at Claremont, 23 Clarendon Rd, LS2 9NZ, open 10am – 2pm Tues & Thurs. Details: 0113 247 0704, www. thoresby.org.uk Yorkshire Archaeological Society (Family History Section) Sat 11 Feb, 11am at 23, Clarendon Rd, Leeds – a lecture by Rosemary Preece entitled ‘The Coal Industry in Yorkshire’. Free drop-in sessions Tues 2 – 46 February 2012 | northleedslife.co.uk

4pm for anyone needing help with family history research. Details: Mrs J. Butler 0113 263 9540 WOMEN’S GROUPS Adel Ladies Luncheon Club meets 1st Wed of month at Castle Grove Masonic Hall, Castle Grove Dr. LS6. Wed 1 Feb: ‘Murderous Doctors’ with Prof Mike Green. Wed 7 March: ‘The Great Yorkshire Show’ with Bill Cowling. Details: Muriel Huntley 0113 230 1584 Aireborough Soroptimist International meets 1st & 3rd Wed of month, 7.30pm at Guiseley Methodist Church, Oxford Road, Guiseley Organisation for professional women addressing issues of importance to women worldwide. If you would like to volunteer in an atmosphere of support, friendship & fun, contact them. Details: Janet Lockwood 07947 695093. Baby Rascals Are you a new Mum? Would you like to meet others & enjoy a cup of coffee? Come to The Scout Hut on Burras Lane, Otley, on Wednesdays, 1 – 2.45pm (term time). Details: 01943 463 815. Ben Rhydding Women’s Institute Meets 2nd Thurs of each month, 2pm at B.R. Methodist Church Hall. All welcome. British Federation of Women Graduates (Leeds Association) Regular meetings & activities. Details: Mary O’Regan 0113 262 4131, leedsawg@ntlworld.com Ilkley Soroptimist International Meet 2nd & 4th Thurs, 7.30pm at the Clarke Foley Centre, Cunliffe Rd Ilkley. Speakers, projects , networking & socialising for professional

& community minded women. Details: Loraine Powell 07966 247152 Otley Townswomen’s Guild promotes the interests of women & raises money for charities. It meets 1st Thurs of each month, 7.30pm in the Lecture Room, Otley Methodist Church. Speakers plus wide variety of interest groups. Visitors welcome. Details: 01943 468741 m.e.newton@talktalk.net Otley Women’s Institute Meets at 7.15pm on 2nd Wed of the month in Cross Green Community Centre, Otley. Visitors welcome. Details: 01943 463610 Pool WI meets 2nd Tues each month, 2pm at Wharfedale Court, Main St. Pool in Wharfedale. Next meeting Tues 14 Feb will be a members social afternoon. Everyone welcome. Details: Sue Brown 0113 284 2983 Reaching Out Group for widowed women young at heart & in years who would like to meet others in similar position. Meets Thurs 6.30 – 8.30pm, St John Ambulance Hut, Gaye Lane, Otley. A safe place for friendship & support. Details: Lesley 07931 892747. University of Leeds Ladies’ Club welcomes women connected to the Uni as either serving or former staff members, partners of staff, or grads of the Uni. Regular events. Details: uleedslc@gmail.com The Women’s Fellowship meets Wed, 2pm at Pool Methodist Church. Variety of interesting speakers.

White Rose Ladies Speakers Club meets 2nd & 4th Mon of month, 7.45pm at Farsley Library Community Room, Old Rd, Farsley LS28. Friendly environment in which to find your voice & improve your presentation skills We can also be found on YouTube. Details: Stephanie Hanson 0113 255 0824, hansonstevie@ hotmail.com MISC/EVENTS Bark in the Park Sun 26 Feb at Golden Acre Park – Sponsored Dog Walk in aid of St. Gemma’s Hospice. One, three or six mile walk. Entry free, then you & your dog raise as much as you can in sponsorship. Details: Jenny 0113 218 5565, www.st-gemma. co.uk Ceilidh Fri 24 Feb, 7.30pm at St Chad’s Parish Centre, Otley Rd. Far Headingley. In aid of UNICEF. Live music. Tickets £15 (incl. supper). Details: 0113 267 2421, leeds.unicef@gmail.com Otley Museum Documentary & Photographic Archive Wellcroft House, (The Cycle Club) Otley. Open Mon, Tues, Fri, & 1st Sat of each month 9.45am – 12.15pm (excl bank holidays). Research Otley’s heritage – call in or phone for an appointment. Details: 01943 468181, otleymuseum@btconnect. com, www.otleymuseum. org Parent Forum open to all parent/carers using Otley Children’s Centre. Your opportunity to comment on the Centre’s services & contribute to the development of the centre. Details: Otley Children’s Centre 01943 467379 www.otleychildrenscentre. co.uk


Pram to Primary Informal parenting course Become more confident as the parent/carer of a child under 5. Discuss parenting issues with other parents. Details: Otley Children’s Centre 01943 467379 www.otleychildrenscentre. co.uk Pool Village Hall Hire this excellent facility with hall, kitchen & meeting room. Ideal venue for children’s parties, receptions, leisure activities, dances & fundraising events. Large car park & access to a private bar if required. Details: Tim Robson 0113 284 3437 tim.robson@ yahoo.co.uk

Volunteer for Scope Otley! Scope is looking for volunteer shop assistants. Perfect for anyone, especially if you are looking to learn new skills, have fun & meet new people. Training provided & travel expenses paid. Details: Carol 01943 467676 or just pop in. Wesley Hall at Otley Methodist Church Available to local organisations & charities for fundraising purposes every Fri, 9.3011.30am. Cost: £20. Details: Pauline Dobson 01943 466 751.

Salsa Social @ Otley Courthouse Friday 3 Feb from 7pm. Taster class 7.15pm followed by social dance from 8.15pm. Come with or without a partner. Class or social £5/ both £8. Details: 01943 462816/ 968033 or 01943 467466 to book.

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