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April 2010

Contents Letter from the Editor ................................................................................................................................................................................................ Dear Readers

Welcome to our new look magazine! This is a very exciting month for us – not only do we have a new look, we also have a new website! Over the past four and a half years you have seen us develop from a small, black and white ‘newsletter’ to the full colour magazine we are now. When we started it was just Jack on his own, some months later I joined him part time, then full time. Shortly after Kahla Mayhew (whom many of you had contact with) came on board and worked with us for nearly 18 months. A year ago Chris Barnham (business development/ sales) joined us and has made an amazing contribution. Our daughter, Muireann, returned from Canada recently and has taken on the role of Features Editor, and our son, Brendan, contributes music and film reviews. Last, but not least, designer Paul Robinson, who is responsible for our new look and new website, became part of the team and kicked off the next stage of our development. (Yes, this is truly a family business! We have asked Chris and Paul to see about changing their last names!) Our new website at www.northleedslife.co.uk is far more interactive – so get in touch, tell us what you think and send us suggestions. This month we invite people to get involved in the huge variety of outdoor activities available in our area and list just some of the clubs you can join. Read about a fascinating link between Charles Darwin and Leeds City Museum. A dental surgeon from Meanwood takes on the Marathon des Sables challenge and will keep us up to date on his progress via our website – so remember to check it out. As Spring is sprung, numerous charities are organising sponsored walks, both day and night! And, young people in the area seem to be busier than ever with a huge variety of activities. We hope you enjoy our latest edition. Do keep your news coming in (see our contact details below) – the deadline for our May edition is 1st April, and for June it’s 1st May. We look forward to hearing from you. Kind regards.

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Your Letters Police Update News from Your Councillors Community Notices The Great Outdoors Garden Round Up They Lived in Headingley Sound & Vision Music Listings Headingley Festival Younger Life The U Files

Cover photo: Abseiling at Kilnsey Crag Picture courtesy of the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority Competition Winner: Congratulations to Elaine Bamford, winner of last month’s Turkish Delight Competition

This magazine is published by North Leeds Life Limited, 265A Otley Road, West Park, Leeds LS16 5LN. Established in 2005, we are an independent, family-owned and operated business, publishing nine monthly magazines: Headingley Life, Meanwood Life, Weetwood & West Park Life, Horsforth Life, Cookridge Life, Adel Life, Menston Life, Otley Life and Bramhope & Poolin-Wharfedale Life. Monthly door-todoor distribution: 36,000; estimated monthly readership: 120,000.

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Dentist Takes on The Desert!

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It’s a 150 mile race across the Sahara desert in temperatures of 40C, over sand and rough terrain, carrying all your own food and equipment for six days.

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he Marathon des Sables is known as ‘the toughest footrace on earth’ and Ian White, a dental surgeon from Meanwood, is set to do it! It’s a 150 mile race across the Sahara desert in temperatures of 40C, over sand and rough terrain, carrying all your own food and equipment for six days. The days are split up into 25, 34, 38, 82, 42, 22 kilometre chunks. Clearly, this is not for the faint hearted!

gangrenous infection of the face that causes the death of many children. Those who survive often have severe facial deformities. Facing Africa helps improve their quality of life through reconstructive surgery.

You’re surely wondering why anyone would be crazy enough to do this. Ian’s doing it for Facing Africa, a charity involved in the treatment of NOMA, a

We’ll be posting Ian’s diary on our website as he completes each day, so stay tuned to www.northleedslife.co.uk !

You can sponsor Ian by going to www.facingafrica.org and clicking ‘donate’, then ‘I’m sponsoring a competitor’ and enter Ian’s name (Ian White).

Our New Look Website and So Much More! .....................................................................................................................................................................................................

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ou’ve probably noticed, we’ve given the magazines a new look. Well, we decided not to stop there and have given ourselves a bit of a technological makeover too!

community notices, read reviews and opinion pieces, and you’ll finally be able to interact with us. We

If you visited our website, www.northleedslife.co.uk before, you’d probably have noticed it didn’t do much! It was a very static site that just gave some basic information about who we are, what we do and how you can get in touch with us. Well, gone are those days! The new look website has all the latest news from our areas. You can read the magazines directly on the site, submit and see

love hearing from our readers, so you’ll now be able to comment on

anything you see on the site. You can also now follow us on Twitter. Keep up with all the latest from North Leeds Life and again, it gives us a chance to interact with you and hear what you want, what you’re talking about and how we can be involved. And of course, don’t forget to become our ‘fan’ on Facebook, where you can keep in touch with us some more! So, be sure to check out the new look: www.northleedslife.co.uk and let us know what you think. Follow us on Twitter (www. twitter.com/NorthLeedsLife) and look up ‘North Leeds Life Magazines’ on Facebook. We want to connect with you!


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April 2010

Tailwaggers Win Prestigious Kennel Club Award

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The Club’s popular Dog Display Team probably contributed greatly to them winning this award

Tailwaggers, the local dog training club that trains at several venues around Leeds, recently came third out of 70 clubs nationally in their category of Kennel Club Listed Status Clubs. Each year the Kennel Club recognises the efforts of a variety of organisations that promote responsible dog ownership. Tailwaggers run a large number of courses, featuring the Good Citizen Dog Scheme (GCDS), and hold test nights regularly throughout the year. However, the Club’s popular Dog Display Team probably contributed

The team appears at shows and events throughout the year and donates a large sum of money to charity every year. Displays include musical sequences, obedience and agility. The team is made up of around 35 – 40 dogs and handlers, all at varying stages of training. Enthusiasm, commitment and a good temperament are all important qualities of both dogs and handlers! The dogs are all different breeds and ages, many of them are rescue dogs. Tailwaggers charity this year is Hounds for Heroes, who train and provide dogs for members of the armed forces and civilian emergency service personnel who have been disabled whilst carrying out their duties. For more information, please contact Cathy on 07717 860 142 or www.tailwaggerclub.com

Oddfellows Celebrate 200th Anniversary with Nationwide Friendship Walks

........................................................ The Oddfellows Friendly Society is celebrating its bicentenary this year. The Society was formed in 1810 to support workers and their families before state and welfare benefits were in place. Across Britain, its members will be contributing to their goal of 2,010 miles through ‘friendship’ walks across the country. Here in Leeds the Oddfellows hold a walk the second Friday of every month and will be adding their miles to the nationwide total. The walks are not too taxing as you can see by the photo – everyone is still smiling at this Kirkstall Abbey walk last year! All are welcome, for more information call Tracy on 0113 2424003.

Letting Agent Found Guilty

A Headingley-based property management and letting agent was recently found guilty in Leeds Magistrates Court for failing to properly manage a licensable House in Multiple Occupation. YourStudentHome.com Ltd was fined £1,500 and ordered to pay £516 in court costs. The firm had pleaded guilty to the charge that the smoke alarms provided at the five-bedroom shared student house on Claremont Avenue were not maintained in good working order.

The case came about as a result of an inspection of the property by an officer from Leeds City Council. They found that the fire alarms were not working, putting the five tenants at serious risk if a fire had broken out. In order to protect the tenants the council officer arranged for West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service to visit the property and provided temporary smoke alarms. Under the Housing Act 2004 all Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) are required to have fire alarm systems and there is a legal duty on managers of these properties to ensure that fire alarm systems are maintained.


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April 2010

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The Vision Lives On!

At its AGM in December the Weetwood Residents’ Association elected me as its new Chair. I am professional engineer and, based in Leeds, was Managing Director for all of the European, African and Middle Eastern activities of a large Swiss engineering group – Sulzer Pumps - for 16 years, retiring in 2002. The Residents’ Association is trying to maintain the neighbourhood’s qualities and strengthen its sense of community and I will try to contribute to these aims during my time as Chair. As a first step the Committee has agreed to issue a letter and questionnaire to all Weetwood residents and I would seek a good and constructive response. From the response I would commit our intention to improve our two-way communication within our neighbourhood as we strive to strengthen our community spirit and improve our area. Issues which we will continue to focus upon include planning proposals, safety of residents, traffic speed along Weetwood Lane, over-spill car parking, Conservation Area review and appraisal and the improvement of the Hollies woodland area. New issues will arise and we will continue to support the interests of our neighbourhood at all times. I would welcome all communications and inputs and my e mail address is metleeds@yahoo.co.uk Thanks for your support so far.

The Hyde Park Community’s vision of the former Royal Park School building as an innovative, environmentally sustainable resource for everyone in the area lives on! The March meeting of the Executive Board was expected to consider two recommendations about the future of the much-loved Victorian building. One was to sell the building to a local developer for ‘cluster flats’ and ‘commercial use’ (think student flats and Tesco’s?); the other to sell the top half of the building to the developer, and give the Royal Park Community Consortium (RPCC) a year to restore the lower ground floor and basement for community use. However, the RPCC felt that its detailed, professionally drawn up Business Plan needed the whole building to be successful, so was hoping the decision would be deferred to give more time for talks with councillors and potential business partners. So, when at the start of the Executive Board meeting it was announced that the Royal Park item had been withdrawn from the agenda to enable further talks – and more time for fundraising and campaigning – we rejoiced! Another good omen is that Alan Bennett, North Leeds own ‘national treasure’ has written giving his full support and best wishes for the campaign – along with a generous cheque towards the campaign! For more information on the campaign contact me on 07796 784 018 or visit www.royalparkcommunity.info Sue Buckle Royal Park Community Consortium

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Community News

April 2010

Police Update Headingley With PCSO Sarah Gaines

.................................................................................................................................................................................................... After numerous complaints from residents in Headingley regarding traffic problems on Otley Road / North Lane during the evening, officers worked in conjunction with Taxi Licensing and put together an operation targeting taxis that are breaching the conditions of their license. Cab drivers who accepted illegal fares and did not posses the appropriate documents have had their licenses temporarily suspended. Following six recent robberies in

and around Headingley, extensive searches of surrounding streets resulted in six males being arrested and they are currently on police bail. This is good news, but please still be vigilant when out and about, keep all personal belongings, including iPods and mobile phones, safe and not out on show. Last month saw local PCSOs partner up with security staff at Leeds Metropolitan University in a bike marking operation. Students, staff and local residents were invited to the campus

to have their bikes ‘post coded’. Over the past three months, three males have been charged with the theft of bikes from the campus. New Policing Pledge location and day! The Policing Pledge meeting has a new location. We have now returned to St Michael’s Parish Hall and meet in the Musson room at 7pm on the third Wednesday of the month. Please feel free to attend and speak to local officers about any issues you may have. To contact us please call Belle Vue NPT on 0113 205 3025 or email sarah.gaines@westyorkshire.pnn. police.uk

Police Update Meanwood With Inspector Andrew Briggs

.................................................................................................................................................................................................... We continue to focus on reducing and preventing house burglary. We have a number of trembler alarms available, which can be fitted, free of charge, by PCSOs. Recently the activation of such an alarm at the home of a vulnerable resident prevented the full entry into the house by a prospective burglar. If you would like one, please ring us on 0113 241 3270.

sealed, there is little movement from occupants, and any other suspicious activity. Contact our office on 0113 241 3270 or crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

I would like to ask for public assistance on three issues. Firstly, Look out for we recently found two workmen who do ‘cannabis farms’ at not appear genuine houses in Moortown and Oakwood. In one we found 450 plants plus The second issue involves the theft a fully harvested crop of cannabis. of Yorkshire stone. Look out for These drugs are fuelling other crime workmen who do not appear genuine. across the North Leeds area. Please Take registration numbers and, if you keep an eye out for houses where think a crime is being committed, curtains are shut, windows appear

phone the police. Thirdly, local Meanwood PCSO Ed Chandler and Safer Schools Officer PC Karen Kear are working closely with staff, pupils, parents, residents and local councillors to address irresponsible parking near Meanwood C of E Primary School. I would ask parents not to park on the yellow lines or zigzags outside the school and think carefully about where they park when dropping off or picking up children. This is a safety issue and we will issue fixed penalty tickets when appropriate. Please check www.westyorkshirepolice.uk/npt for updates on police activity in the area.


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April 2010

Choral Concert in Chapel Allerton ................................................................

Headingley School Development Row Continues

............................................................ Sport England has raised a statutory objection to building on the tennis courts at the main site of the former Leeds Girls High School. This means that if Leeds City Council were to approve plans to develop the tennis courts, the project will automatically be referred on for review by the government. This would further delay any final decision. In their letter of objection to the Council, Sport England say that they do not accept the school’s claim that they have re-provided playing pitches at the Leeds Grammar School site in Alwoodley. This decision follows a move by the school to withdraw proposals to build on another part of the school playing fields – proposals which were also strongly criticised by local residents. The main site is the subject of a number of planning applications which seek redevelopment for residential use after the girls’ school closed down and moved to Alwoodley. ............................................................

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Leeds Guild of Singers will be joined by the award winning Skipton Camerata for an exciting concert entitled Sacred and Profane at St Matthew’s Church, Chapel Allerton, on Saturday 17th April at 7.30pm. The impressive programme will include works by Purcell, Handel, Arvo Pärt and Benjamin Britten. ................................................................

Swarthmore Conference a Success ........................................................................................................................

Left: Maggi Butterworth, Director Swarthmore Education Centre, Hilary Benn MP, Kevin Campbell Wright, Learning Technology Adviser, Ann Walker, WEA Regional Director and Dan Taubman UCU Senior National Education Official

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he recent Swarthmore Conference on the Future of Adult Learning Education was a great success. Hilary Benn (MP for Leeds Central), hot off the plane from a Climate Change Conference in Bali, was the first to speak, followed by Dan Taubman from the University and College Union (UCU), who brought delegates up to date with the latest cuts to adult education budgets. “At the time of the greatest economic crisis in 80 years, with unemployment above 2.5 million, it is nothing short of scandalous”, he said. “This is a time when government should be investing in the future by increasing funds for adult learning not cutting them.” Maggi Butterworth, Director of Swarthmore, said: “The new

national funding formula means that Swarthmore will only receive slightly over 75% of last year’s budget.”

Ann Walker, Regional Director of the WEA, spelt out the values of adult education and how it contributes to narrowing the gap between rich and poor, better health and community cohesion. If you would like to help raise funds for Swarthmore, please call the centre on 0113 243 2210 or visit www.swarthmore.org.uk


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Community News

April 2010 we are keen to do all we can to free up parking for shoppers

News From Your Councillors ............................................................

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Councillor Brenda Lancaster Meanwood

Councillor Martin Hamilton Headingley

Recently Councillor Richard Harker and I joined parents at a Meanwood Primary School meeting to discuss the traffic problems on Green Road during school drop off and pick up times. No doubt, we will need several meetings to try to resolve some of the issues. Together with school staff, parents, highways officers and police we will be looking at several options. We are campaigning to reduce the accepted speed limit to 20mph around schools in Meanwood and Moortown.

LIGHTING HEADINGLEY

Lib Dems are calling for 20 mph speed limits around schools across the whole of Leeds. Recent changes in government rules allow the creation of 20 mph speed limits without necessarily installing expensive traffic calming measures. Some Lib Dem councils, like Portsmouth, have turned virtually the whole of their cities into a 20 mph zone. Here in Leeds that’s not really appropriate with the number of through routes across the City, but we know there is a big issue with traffic travelling too fast, particularly around schools.

We would like your views on whether you think a 20 mph speed limit would be appropriate, particularly around our local schools. Please get in touch with by writing to Cllr Brenda Lancaster or Cllr Richard Harker at the Lib Dem Group Office, Civic Hall, LS1 1UR or email brenda.lancaster@ leeds.gov.uk or richard.harker@leeds.gov.uk. .............................................................................................

Weetwood Residents Ready to Grow Weetwood councillors are getting their hands dirty helping to create a new set of allotments in their ward. Diggers recently cleared empty land at the Laithes in Ireland Wood, making enough space for either six full plots or twelve half plots.

Headingley is having new streetlights installed. This is a government funded scheme to replace the old, and in many cases unsafe, concrete lamps with modern, more energy efficient, steel ones. The whole process of replacing the lights will be finished within a few weeks. We are hoping the new lights will enable us to extend the Christmas Lights display along North Lane. We’re also working with Headingley in Bloom to see if we can install more hanging baskets along North Lane and outside the Arndale Centre. Residents should not be surprised if there are fewer lamps than before. The new lights are more powerful, and light the roads and pavements much more effectively than the old style yellow lamps. But if there are any teething problems, do let us know.

BIN THERE DONE THAT! Bin yards in the Granbys are to be given a facelift, following similar work in the Harolds/Thornvilles parts of Headingley Ward. The walls will be lowered and replaced by attractive railings, to deter non residents from using them as a dumping ground.

PARKING IN CENTRAL HEADINGLEY Readers may recall that a study has been done to see how improvements can be made to parking facilities for shoppers and local businesses in central Headingley. This study is now complete and we will be studying the findings carefully and consulting residents before any action is taken. However, we are keen to do all we can to free up parking for shoppers, which should boost local businesses. What we don’t want is for residents to be faced with more parked cars in front of their properties!

The previously derelict piece of land had been used as a dumping ground and residents in the surrounding properties were unhappy about having to look at the mess. Over £20,000 from the councillors’ ward based initiative funding pot is being used for this project to clear the site, mark out the allotments and

supply water to the plot. ‘Allotments have great benefits for the whole community and there is such a strong demand for them,’ said Cllr Judith Chapman. ‘We thought it was such a waste having land lying around empty, this is an ingenious way of using the space.’


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Bunny Run Sat 10 April – St Gemma’s first ever Bunny Run, a 5K sponsored fun run in Hyde Park. All participants run in a set of bunny ears (provided)! Entry £4/ adults, £2/ children, family ticket £10 (2 adults & up to 3 children). Details: 218 5555/www.st-gemma. co.uk

Kirkstall Harriers Running Club The club meets Mon & Wed, 6.50pm at Kirkstall Leisure Centre. All abilities welcome! Details: www. kirkstallharriers.org. uk or kirkstallharriers@ googlemail.com

Dalesbus Ramblers Free guided walks in the Yorkshire Dales on Sundays. All walks accessible by public transport & DalesBus services 800, 820 & 870 which link North Leeds with the Dales on Sun & bank holidays. Details: Steve on 07982 764 857/ www.dalesbusramblers. org.uk Daoist Taichi, Qigong & Kungfu Mon 7 – 9pm at Our Lady of Lourdes Church Hall, Chapel Fold (off Cardigan Rd). Beginners Welcome. £6 /£5 Details: 07930 463 571 daoist.kungfu@gmail.com Farsley Celtic Badminton Club Join a friendly group, Mon 8pm at Farsley Celtic Football Club. Details: Derek on 259 0668. All

Leeds 10K or BUPA Great North Run St. Gemma’s Hospice has guaranteed places in both of these events. So, why not sign up for one in aid of the hospice? Details: 218 5570. Leeds Area Disabled Swimming Club Are you recovering from a stroke or other condition where swimming could help? We provide a friendly, safe environment where you will be able to swim or feel confident again. New members welcome. Mon 7 -8pm at Holt Park Leisure Centre. Details: Ruth on 275 7825 or Sara 287 6250. Leeds Contra Dance Club meets at Headingley Parish Hall, St Michael’s Rd, 2nd & 4th Tues of month , 8 - 10.30pm. Live band! No partner or experience required. Newcomers welcome.

Details: Liz on 284 3282 or www.leedscontra. freeuk.com Leeds English Folk Dancing Society meets Wed at Meanwood Methodist Church (School Room), 7.30 – 9.30pm. Details: Derry Fletcher 07960 335926. Leeds Half Marathon Sun 9th May. Run for St Gemma’s & help keep the hospice running. If you have a place already or you would like to get a place, please call 218 5570 or visit www.st-gemma. co.uk. Leeds Morris Men practice Thurs 7.45 9.45pm at Notre Dame Sixth Form College, St. Mark’s Avenue, LS6. New members welcome. Current age range 12 -70! Details: Brian on 278 1787. Leeds YHA Walking Group organises walks, cycle rides, weekends & social activities. Over 160 members aged 20-74. Try before joining. Membership £8 pa. Details: Stephen on 368 0417 or visit www. leedsyha.org.uk

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Lindy Hop Dance Mon at Moortown Social Club, Cranmer Gardens, LS17. Beginners 8pm, Intermediates 9.15pm. No partner needed. Swing music. £5/£4. Details: Joyce 278 9891/ 07748 702102 www. swingjiveleeds.com The Midnight Walk! Visit www. leedsmidnightwalk.co.uk to register for the St Gemma’s ladies only 6 or 12 mile sponsored walk, starting & finishing at the Leeds Rugby training ground on Kirkstall Road with a fabulous warm up event & live entertainment. Runners & volunteers should contact. Details: 218 5570 laurar@ st-gemma.co.uk New Badminton Club Wed (term time), 7 – 9pm in the Sports Hall at Lawnswood School. Parents, children (accompanied) & members of the wider community welcome. Help needed. Details: Anthony Magee on 267 3728 or baylis365@ btinternet.com Over 50s


Yoga in Headingley. New weekly daytime class. All abilities. Beginners welcome. Details: Lynn (BWY) on 01943 461581. Phoenix Folk Dancers English Country Dancing at Adel Methodist Church Hall, (behind the Lawnswood Arms), Wed 8 –10pm. Beginners welcome, partner not necessary. Details: 2611902 Rugby - It’s not just for boys! Looking for enthusiastic girls (14 – 18) to join West Park Ladies U19s, a friendly & developing team. Meet at West Park Rugby Club, Bramhope, Wed 7.30pm. Excellent facilities & coaching! Details: Cathy 267 5442 cathy_barratt@ hotmail.com/Don dcs.p@ btinternet.com Saturday Night is Dance Night! An apology: due to venue problems at The Assumption Social Club, this night will no longer take place. As soon as a new venue is found, we will let you know. Details: 262 4076/07891 333310 Scottish Country Dancing Thurs 7.30 – 9.30pm, St Columba’s, Headingley Lane. No partner necessary. £2.50 incl refreshments. Details: 269 1791, 278 2300/ pathynes001@tiscali.co.uk St Chad’s Tennis Club Join our friendly club & play tennis throughout the year - fun club sessions & competitive opportunities. New members welcome. Details: Anne Wallace-0113 274 9917

Step out for Stroke Sun 9th May starting from Millennium Square, Leeds. The aim is to raise awareness & funds for The Stroke Association. The walk will be around Leeds city centre with Leeds West Indian Carnival leading the walk in a beautiful display of costumes. Details & to register, contact Mahalia. france-mir@storke.org.uk Swim the Channel Challenge Swim the distance from Dover to Calais (21 miles) but in your local swimming pool over 12 weeks. Just 1,344 lengths of a 25m pool! St Gemma’s provide a swim diary & support. All they ask is that you raise as much sponsorship as possible for the hospice. Details: Laura-218 5570/ www.st-gemma.co.uk. The Tuesday Club Dance the night away at The Village Hotel, Otley Road, LS16, 6th April, 8–11pm. Great atmosphere & DJ. Over 25s. Smart dress. Only £3.50. Details: Reg on 01274 771285/ 07939 959400. Yarnbury Angling Club Matches held 1st Sun of month. Members only. Coach transfers to & from venues. Anyone wishing to join contact Adrian Addy on 07956 964713. ARTS & CRAFTS Art Exhibition at St Matthew’s Church, Wood Lane, LS7 on 1st 3rd & 8th May 10.30am – 2.30pm, & 2nd & 9th May from 2 – 4pm. Includes work by local artist Phil Spellacy.

Birds in Chinese Art An exhibition by members of the Chinese Brush Painters’ Society (Yorkshire Group) until Wed 30th June at Lotherton Hall, Aberford LS25. All paintings for sale. Open Tues - Sat 10am - 5pm, Sun 1pm 5pm. Details: as below. Chinese Brush Painters Society (Yorkshire Group) Li Hong Ping, a master artist from Xian, China, will be running workshops on painting woodland landscapes in Autumn & Winter on Sat/Sun 17/18 April at Pool-inWharfedale Memorial Village Hall, Arthington Lane, Pool, 10am - 4pm. New members most welcome. The group’s exhibition at Lotherton Hall runs until 30th June Details: Anne Allan-01422 368482, mail@cbpsyorks,co.uk Craft Club Friendly, informal club for all levels of experience & interest, Thurs 2-4pm at Stainbeck Church, LS7. Try different crafts or bring your own. Cost £1 to cover materials. Details: Vanessa 07961 535767 or vanessa@threechurches. org.uk Farsley & District Art Club Meets Mon & Wed, 7:30pm & Thurs at 2pm for drawing & painting in the studios in Westroyd Park, New Street, Farsley LS28. The club also hosts expert demonstrations, workshops, critiques & exhibitions. New members welcome. Details: www. farsleyartclub.org.uk

Flower Arranging Classes at Paxton Horticultural Society, 186 Kirkstall Lane, LS5, 1st Thurs of month (except Jan & Aug), 1.30pm & 7.30pm. Details: Kath Hall-275 2436 or kaybeehall@talktalk.net Beginners welcome. Knitting & Nattering meet on the 3rd Tues of the month - 20th April - at New Headingley Club, St. Michael’s Rd, Headingley, from 7.30pm. All welcome! Details: 07712 540388 or george.judd1@ ntlworld.com Life Drawing in Adel A friendly group of artists of all abilities meets regularly in Adel for untutored life drawing sessions. Tues am or Wed pm. Details: Bob on 230 1761 or bandlisle@ ntlworld.com COFFEE MORNINGS, FAIRS & MARKETS Christian Aid Coffee Morning Sat 8th May, 10am-12noon at St Andrews Church, Butcher Hill, LS16. Tea, coffee & homemade cakes. Proceeds to Christian Aid. All welcome. Coffee & Cakes At Meanwood Holy Trinity Church, Sat 10th April, 10am – noon. Enjoy a wide selection of yummy cakes & coffee! Community Café Thurs 11-2pm. Stainbeck United Reformed Church. Bookstall, ENEHL debt & benefit advice, Police contact point, free internet access & help available. Followed by craft club.


Craft Fair Carr Manor Primary School Summer Fair 26th June 2.30 -5pm. Craft tables available £10/slot. Details: Gill at friendsofcarrmanor@ hotmail.com Green Fair St Matthew’s Church, Wood Lane, LS7. 12 June, 11 am-3 pm. Stall holders wanted! Craft stalls, refreshments, cake-stall, drum circle, puppet workshop, live music. Raffle. Info on Green Living. Children’s games. Stalls: £15 or £10 for own table, community or charity stalls. 50p entry, accompanied children free. To book a stall contact: ComHallBookings@AOL. com Headingley Farmers’ Market 2nd Sat of each month at The Rose Garden in front of The Arc on North Lane. 9am – 12.30pm. Indoor Car Boot Sale Sat 1st May, 10am – 1pm at St Gemma’s Hospice Conference Centre on Harrogate Road. Entry is by donation. Details: 0113 218 5565.

Otley Farmers’ Market Sun 25th April 9am to 1pm. St Andrew’s Church Coffee Morning 3rd Sat every month 10.30am - 12 noon in St Andrew’s Church Hall, Butcher Hill. All Welcome Swap Shop Thurs 29th April, 6.30 – 9.30pm at St Gemma’s Hospice Conference Centre on Harrogate Road. An opportunity for ladies to bring along quality, unwanted items & replace them with those others have brought. Tickets £7 include refreshments. Also stalls to browse & buy from. Details: 0113 218 5505 or www.stgemma.co.uk Wheatfield Weekly Sales Wheatfields Hospice holds sales every week on Tues (1.30-3pm) & Fri (10-12 noon) to raise funds for the care of patients & their families. Bric-a-brac, books, furniture, new & second hand clothing. Café open on Fri & jewellery on 1st & 3rd Tues. GROUPS/CLUBS

Leeds Ladies Coffee Club 1st April, Leeds Church Institute, New Market St, Leeds at 10.30am. Talk entitled ‘Golden Memories of Variety’ by Alan Scott. Lunchtime Live! On 10th April enjoy coffee & cake, soup & roll & live music at Ashwood Hall (City Church) 44a Headingley Ln. Plus crafts & vintage clothes for sale. Fundraiser for rejuvenation of Hall. Details: Katherine Kelly 275 8466 or Kathi@ citychurchleeds.net

Adel Ladies Luncheon Club meets 1st Wed of the month at Castle Grove Masonic Hall, Far Headingley. Retired police commander, Terry Slocombe, presents ‘The Lighter Side of the Law’ on 7th April & Diana Leeper gives a talk on ‘Faberge & The English Royal Collection’ on 5th May. Details: Mrs M. Huntley on 230 1584. Alwoodley Motor Club Meets every other

Thurs from 8.30-9pm at The Wharfedale Inn, Arthington Lane. All welcome. Details:0113 391 0403, www.alwoodleymc. org.uk or our Facebook page. Book Club at Oxfam Bookshop, Headingley, on 1st Tues of each month 7pm. Details: 274 3818 or oxfamshopf0839@oxfam. org.uk Bramhope Round Table Leeds’ active Round Table meets every second Tues for fun, friendship & fundraising (in that order!). All men between 18 & 45 welcome. Details: www. bramhoperoundtable. co.uk or info@ bramhope844.co.uk Comedy Writers Forum Readings, feedback, etc. Tues 20th April, 7-9pm, Chemic Tavern, Johnston St, Woodhouse. Details: Terry on 295 5339 or tbuchan@ntlworld.com, with Comedy Writing in subject line. Headingley Flower Club If you have an interest in flowers, come along and watch a flower demonstration on 9 April, 7.30pm at St Chad’s Parish Centre. New members & visitors very welcome. Headingley Library Headingley Readers’ Group meets 6.50 – 8pm 13th April. Details: 214 4525 Headingley Network AGM Sun 11th April 2 – 3.30pm at Headingley Community Centre, North Lane. Before the AGM there will be a talk by Janet Douglas on ‘The

Harveys of Headingley: three generations of a Quaker Family’ Kaleidoscope Social club for over 50s & unattached with a zest for life. Monthly programme of events. Not a dating agency. Details: 2621455 or 2612272 or www. kaleidoscopeleeds.weebly. com Lawnswood Bridge Club Meets 1.15pm Tues at the YMCA Otley Road. Small friendly club playing Chicago. New members welcome with a partner if possible. Details: 0777 1610350 Leeds Anglo German Club Mon 12th Apr. Schweizer Bahnvergnugen Zu Jeder Jahreszeit. Talk by Chris Ishbel Willey, who has travelled extensively by rail & will share their journeys. In German & English at St Columba’s URC, Headingley Lane, 7.30-9.30pm. Leeds Astronomical Society Observing sessions will be held at The New Inn, Eccup LS16 on Fri 16th Apr, Wed 5th & 19th May, & Fri 16th July. Arrive between 8.30 & 10pm. Details: www. leedsastronomy.org.uk Leeds Caledonians Meet for Club Evenings at The Stables, Back Church Lane, Adel. The date for the AGM is Tues 11th May. Details: 267 0424 or info@leedscaledonians. org


Leeds Combined Arts Poetry Evening Join Joan Elder-Kirkham at Headingley Community Centre, Wed 21st April, 7.30pm. All welcome to read on the theme of ‘Spring’ in the second half. Entry £1.50 includes refreshments. Details:269 0356. Leeds & Wakefield Cooperative Meets Wed14th April, 6.30pm in Room A202, Broadcasting Place, Leeds Metropolitan University. On Sat 17th April the History Group meets for a talk & tour at the Henry Moore Gallery. Places limited, please book. Northern Region AGM at the Leeds Hilton, Sat 1st May. Details: kpm.coop@googlemail. com/216 8837 Leeds Hospital Alert A small group of concerned people campaigning for preservation of the NHS. They meet at Muir Court, Sagar Place, off St Michael’s Rd, Headingley. Next meeting Wed 14th April, 7.30pm. All welcome. Details: Carmel Coles 275 6062. Leeds Horticultural Society Meetings 1st Tues of month at St Chad’s Centre, Otley Road, 8pm. Improve your gardening skills, learn from different speakers. New members welcome. Membership: single £10/£15 couple. Details: 225 0030. Leeds Ladies Coffee Club raises funds for local & medical charities. Meetings 1st Thurs of month, 10.15am at Leeds Church Institute, New Market St. LS1, includes a

guest speaker. £3. Details: 260 0413 or 225 1166. Leeds Movie Makers Get more out of your camcorder & film making. Fri 7.30pm at Stainbeck United Reformed Church Hall, Stainbeck Lane (rear entrance). Details: George Wooley on 225 6444 or Doreen Wood on 278 2972. Learn More About Wine The Confrairie de St Vincent meets on 3rd Tues of the month, at Castle Grove Lodge, Far Headingley, 8pm. New members welcome. Details: Sheila Smalley 267 9258. Leeds Oxfam Group Will meet Wed 7th Apr 7.30pm at Leeds Civic Hall. The group arranges events & activities across the city in support of Oxfam, including open meetings on the first Wed of each month. All welcome. Details: Pauline Neale on 269 3542. Leeds U3A Over 18 interest groups ranging from walking, dancing & Tia Chi to books, music, photography & lots of other interesting subjects. It is easy to join, make new friends, start a new hobby or reawaken an old interest. Details: Christine Ball 2687808 or Margaret Warmsley 269 5654 or visit www.u3aleeds.btik. com Leeds Women’s Luncheon Club Meets 4th Wed of the month for lunch, 12.15pm at the Cosmopolitan (formerly Golden Lion), Swinegate in Leeds. Interesting speakers. Details: 0113 267 9316.

Leeds Association of the British Federation of Women Graduates meets monthly, usually at Headingley Parish Hall, St Michael’s Rd. On Thurs 15th April at 7.15pm Dr Imogen Long will give a talk on ‘Women intellectuals in France’. Details:0113 262 4131 or leedsawg@ntlworld.com Leeds University Old Students’ Association welcomes all former students of the University. The Spring Lunch will be at Devonshire Hall on Thurs 8th April at 12.15pm, when the speaker will be Professor Joyce Hill on ‘Vikings in the North: our past in our present’. Details: 0113 261 4564 or gmroche@ btinternet.com Meanwood Women’s Institute meets 3rd Tues of month at Meanwood Institute, Green Rd, 7.30pm. On 20th April, ‘Musical Write’ music & poetry group. Mercury Movie Makers (now in their 50th year) meet Wed at Rawdon Conservative Club, 7:30 pm. The club is for camcorder owners. Advice freely available. Regular film & practical evenings, & occasional outdoor events. Details: 267 4868 or www.communigate. co.uk/brad/mercmove National Trust in Leeds Thriving organisation with almost 400 members. Outings to places of historic interest, holidays & monthly walks. Details: Pam 258 8178. Paxton Horticultural Society No meeting on

16th due to Harlow Carr visit. Details: Judith Ladley 295 5904. Hardy Plant Society: Fri 9th April, Des Martin talks about Ferns. 7.30pm Details: Gill Evans 257 6188. National Vegetable Society: Tues 13th April, 8pm, ‘Building a new Garden & Growing Onions Hydroponically’ with Jim Thompson. Details: David Allison 01943 862106. All at Paxton Hall, Kirkstall Lane, LS5 Social & Events Group New members welcome. Mainly over 30s. Meals, pub nights, theatre, walks, badminton, weekends away, talks, parties & much more. Monthly social/ new members night in north Leeds. Details: 0870 787 4425 or www.leedsivc.org.uk The Tuesday Club Ladies’ Lunch Group meets at Devonshire Hall, Cumberland Rd, Headingley, last Tues of month. Lunch at 12.30pm, followed by talk by visiting speaker. Details: Heather Harrison 267 8437 or hharrison578@btinternet. com West Yorkshire Fuchsia Society Wed 21st April. A presentation by Tony Poole on how to grow bigger plants at Moorside TARA Community Centre, St Catherines Drive, Bramley LS13. Details: Graham Wheatley on 2563055


White Rose Ladies Speakers Club meets at Farsley Library Community Room, 7.45pm on Mondays. Next meetings 12th & 26th April. A friendly environment in which to find your voice, improve your presentation skills, & have a lot of fun. Details: Sheila Wyatt on 267 2062.

Kenwood Herriot playing the Telemann Concerto for Oboe D’Amour. Leeds & Bradford Barbershop Harmony Club meets Mon, 7.30pm at Rawdon & Guiseley Conservative Club, Leeds Rd, Rawdon. Male singers who can take on four part harmony most welcome. Details: 01274 583 989.

MUSIC Bell Ringing at St Chad’s Thurs 7.30 – 9pm Beginners & experienced ringers welcome. Details: Simon Futers 230 0186 or t.s.futers@leeds.ac.uk Bingley Gilbert & Sullivan Society Presents ‘Iolanthe’, a hilarious romp through parliament & fairyland, poking fun at British politics, showing Gilbert’s clever satire & Sullivan’s catchy tunes at their best. At Bingley Arts Centre, 19th - 24th April, 7:30pm, tickets from 01274 567294 or box office 6th -16th April, 1-3pm 01274 567 983. Flute Group meets Tues 6.45 - 7.45pm during term time at Yorkshire College of Music & Drama (19 Shire Oak Rd. Headingley). For flautists of Grade 4 standard & above. New members very welcome! Details: 0113 275 1232 Grove Methodist Winter Concert Series Sun 25th Apr. Orchestra of Die Musici II – Autism Awareness Day. Playing 12-year-old composer Gregory Kenwood-Herriott’s rock masterpiece ‘The Amazing Adventures of Action Man.’ Also features Oboist Katie McLeish & Elizabeth

Leeds Organ & Keyboard Club Details: John Booth 226 5671. Phoenix Concert Band A community wind band rehearses weekly at the West Park Centre, Spen Lane, Thurs 7.30 – 9.30pm. No audition. Players of a suitable standard welcome (Associated Board Grade 5). Interested in joining or booking the band? Contact secretary@ phoenixband.co.uk or www.phoenixband.co.uk SENIORS Lunch Club Mons & Weds 11-1.30pm (£4). Stainbeck United Reformed Church, Stainbeck Rd. Meal, friendship, gentle exercise. Transport provided. Volunteers always welcome. Details: Avril or Brian 0113 293 5847 or Angela 0113 225 3766 Leeds & Bradford Friendship Group Friendship & activities for people of retirement age. Meets 1st Wed of month at Pudsey Civic Centre 1.30pm ready for speaker or entertainment at 2pm. Also days out, dining, walks, holidays, computer & play reading groups. New members welcome. Details: Barbara 01943 875208.

Lunch at Moor Allerton Care Centre (behind Cranmer Bank shops), open every weekday lunch time. Three course meal for over 60s. Charity shop open. Details: 288 8355. MENA Tai Chi New tutor & new day – Thurs 12 noon – 1pm at Meanwood Community Centre. This course has become MENA’s most popular activity. Just £2. Details: 278 5777 MENA Active Exercise Class Wed 10 – 11.30am at Meanwood Community Centre. Successful class running for several years. New members always welcome. Cost just £2. Details: 278 5777 MENA’s Annual Holiday this year this is a five day excursion to the Lake District from Mon 6th – Fri 10th Sept. Just £220 for bed, breakfast & evening meal, four excursions, travel & insurance. Anyone over 55 is welcome. Details: Roy at MENA on 278 5777. New Swimming Group for Meanwood MENA has been given a grant to offer a free taxi to Scott Hall Sports Centre to go swimming (which is also free to OAPs). The group begins in April once improvements to the sports centre have been completed. Details: Roy at MENA on 278 5777 Older & Active in Leeds Chair-based exercise for over 50s. Tues 10.30 – 11.30am, Bentley Court, Meanwood Valley Green. £1. New weekly ‘Meanwood Strollers’

group. All walks under an hour. All abilities. Details: Hillary or Jaki 350 4200/ 350 4210. www.fgfleeds. org STEP Bingo, Brunch & Banter Every Thurs 11.30am - 12.30pm at St Andrew’s Church Hall, Butcher Hill. STEP Men’s Group meets monthly on Wed,1.30 - 2.30pm. Drop in Group every Thurs 10 – 11.30am & Gentle Exercise every Tues 10 – 11.30am. There’s lots happening at STEP (Supporting the Elderly People)! Details: 275 7988 Zest Tuesday Laughter Club Tues 11am at Meanwood Working Men’s Club. Bingo, quizzes plus tea & a chat. Stay for a light lunch served at 12.30, just £2. Followed by line dancing from 1.30 – 3pm. No partner needed & just £2. Future plans include days out & shopping trips. Details: 240 6677 SPIRITUAL Be Kind to your Mind A free course in Positive Thinking at the Brahma Kumaris Centre in West Park. Details from 275 7727, leeds@uk.bkwsu. org, or www.bkwsu.org/ uk/leeds Christian Science Church invites you to their services at 40 Otley Rd, Headingley: Sun 10.30am. Testimony meetings 2nd Wed of month, 7.30pm, & 4th Wed at 2.30pm. Reading Room open 11am - 2pm Tues, Thurs & Fri. www.christianscience. org.uk


Easter, Spring – Much to give thanks for! You are welcome to worship at Headingley St. Columba United Reformed Church on Headingley Lane Sundays at 10.45am. FREE ‘drop in’ group meditation Sundays 7 – 8pm. (Except 3rd Sun of month: 6.30 – 7.30pm) An opportunity to experience peace & calm with periods of silence & guided meditations. At Brahma Kumaris, West Park. Details: 275 7727, leeds@uk.bkwsu.org or www.bkwsu.org/uk/leeds Headingley St Columba URC Praise and prayer at Headingley St. Columba United Reformed Church each Sunday at 10.45am. You will be welcome. Details: www.headingleyurc.co.uk Healing in Leeds Experience healing by members of the National Federation of Spiritual Healers to aid relaxation & promote wellbeing, Fri 11am-2.30pm. All welcome, no appointment necessary. Small donation welcomed to cover costs. Leeds Healing Centre, Centenary House, North Street, Leeds. Details: 07985 121810/ 01274 617700 or www. leedshealingcentre.org. Also Thurs 7 – 8.30pm at 136 Street Lane, LS8, details: 07949 972690 Holy Trinity Church Meanwood Services at 8.30am on 1st, 2nd & 3rd Sun of the month. Joint service at Methodist Church at 8.30am on 4th Sun. Sung Eucharist Sun 10.30am (except term time when Parade

services are on 1st Sun). Holy Communion at 10am every Wed. Details: www. holytrinitymeanwood. org.uk Learn to meditate with FWBO Leeds Buddhist Centre. A contemporary approach to meditation, mindfulness & the Buddhist tradition. Also classes in yoga & bodywork, chronic pain & stress management. Details: 244 5256, www. leedsbuddhistcentre.org. Leeds Stillness Group Based on the teachings of Eckhart Tolle, author of The Power of Now & A New Earth. Join likeminded people to watch footage of an Eckhart Tolle talk followed by a period of silent meditation. Small donation appreciated. Details: 07884 332644 or www.peacenowhere.com Meditation in Leeds Weekly drop-in classes in Meanwood, Leeds University, Roundhay 7.309.30pm. Details: www. meditationinleeds.org, info@meditationinleeds. org or 224 2902 St Andrew’s Church Moor Grange Saturday Sanctuary All Age Service 1st Sat every month at 4.30pm. Informal worship followed by refreshments. All welcome. St. Augustine’s Church (Wrangthorn) At Hyde Park Corner, presents ‘Light in the Darkness’ - a short presentation for Easter week, Mon 29th March, 7.30pm. Everyone welcome St Michael’s Headingley

Parish Church 8am services on 2nd & 4th Sun of month. 10am Holy Communion. 12.15pm communion (said service). Wed 10.30am Holy Communion every week. Stainbeck United Reformed Church, Stainbeck Rd Services for Holy Week & Easter: Thurs 1st April - Maundy Thursday, Communion at 7.30pm; Good Friday Tenebrae at 9pm 2nd April; Easter Day 4th April, Communion at 9am, followed by breakfast & Easter celebration. All welcome. The Fourth Way Foundation Thurs 1st April, Otley: Sacred Music of Gurdjieff, piano recital at 7:30pm. Sat 10th April, Fewston: Sacred Dances of Gurdjieff workshop, 2 – 5pm. Wed 14th April & Wed 28th April: Otley Fourth Way Philosophy: Readings & discussion. 7:30 – 9.30pm. Details: Robert on 07814 951 231 or www.fourth-way.org.uk SUPPORT Arthritis Care Leeds Branch Meets 3rd Tues of each month, 7.30 – 9pm at St Chad’s Parish Centre, Far Headingley. Next meeting Tues 20th April where the topic will be ‘Arthritis - Manage your Condition’, with a review of where to obtain information & what’s new in treatment. Entry £2 includes refreshments & raffle. New members welcome. Details: Pat on 0113 275 7694 Different Strokes invites stroke survivors

to join them on Wed 1.45 – 3.45pm at Adel Stables, Back Church Lane, Adel. Includes an hour of exercise. Details: Linda McLean 225 4744 D.R.E.A.M is a group for people with disabilities in N.W. Leeds aged 18-65, who meet on Mon, 1.30 – 3.30pm. Details: 07708 245 425 dreamnwleeds@ hotmail.co.uk or www. dreamnwleeds.org. uk. New members & volunteers welcome. Families Need Fathers meets 7.30pm, 2nd Wed of month at Victoria Hotel, Great George St, Leeds. This is 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. Free Debt Help & Advice Available from Christians Against Poverty. Ring 0800 328 0006 for an appointment with Christine Taylor, Leeds West Centre Manager.

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Community Notices

Leeds Coeliac Group AGM Mon 26th April at Eversheds, Bridgewater Place, Water Lane, Leeds LS11 from 6.30pm. ‘Making Sense of Food Labelling’ will follow the formal proceedings. Details: Sandra McLean on 07711 768850 or sandra.mclean@ btinternet.com. Leeds Diabetes Support Group meets 1st Mon of month at West Yorkshire Playhouse,7– 9pm. Variety of speakers. All welcome. Details: Joan Wells 225 4528. Parkinson’s Disease Society Leeds & District Everyone welcome. Details: Terry on 0113 293 5930. Talking Magazines Anyone who is blind or partially sighted can obtain these monthly cassettes by contacting Leeds Cassette at the Shire View Centre, 72 Headingley Lane LS6 2DJ or calling 0113 270 9130. The Open Door Café A meeting place for people with dementia & their carers. Last Mon of month (except bank hols), 2-4pm at the New Headingley Club, St Michael’s Road, Headingley. Details: Nikki on 231 1727 Wheatfields Carers Support Group Small friendly group meets at Wheatfields, Grove Lane, on 2nd Wed of month, 1.30 – 3pm. Chat over coffee & share experiences. Details: Chris

April 2010 Ellis on 203 3342 or Angie Thompson, Carers Leeds, on 246 8338. TALKS & DISCUSSIONS EcoCafe Headingley Meets 3rd Mon of month, 7.30pm at Muir Court, Sagar Pl, St Michael’s Rd, Headingley. Mon 19th April: David Midglely, of Schumacher North, will speak on ‘Making Connections’. Details: 230 7127 or 368 1999. Headingley Green Party Works within the Leeds NW Constituency for a safer, sustainable world & meets at least once a month. It will be standing candidates in the local & national elections & welcomes old & new members & anyone interested in the important issues of our time. Details: 226 1876, info@headingleygreens. org.uk, www. headingleygreens.org.uk, or write to: Headingley Green Party, c/o 21 Hollin Drive, Leeds LS16 5NE. Headingley & Kirkstall Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) Campaigns for a world free from the threat of weapons of mass destruction & works for a truly peaceful & secure future. Meet on 1st Tues of each month at Headingley Community Centre, North Lane. 7.30-9.30pm. Newcomers most welcome. Details: 0113 2741011 or dave@ yorkshirecnd.org.uk ‘Journey to Antarctica’ Fascinating talk by

Gill Lindsay hosted by The Oddfellows at the Headingley Club, St Michaels Road. 12 noon on Tues 20th April. All welcome. Details: Tracey on 242 4003. Leeds DFAS (Decorative & Fine Arts Society) Wed 21st April: Design Matters: the creation of contemporary fine leather bindings by Dominic Riley, preceded by a celebration of 25 years of church recording by the society at 1.45pm. Castle Grove Masonic Hall, Moor Road, Headingley. Guests welcome, £5. Details: Ann Lightman on 261 1363. Leeds Geological Association ‘The Assembly of the West Africa Craton : evidence from the British Geological Survey of Northern Mauritania’ by Dr. David Schofield of the British Geological Survey. 7pm on Thurs 22nd April in the Rupert Beckett Lecture Theatre, Michael Sadler Building, Leeds University. Visitors welcome. Details: www. leedsga.org.uk Leeds RSPB Group meets Weds 21st April for an illustrated talk by Geoff Trinder on ‘The Galapagos’, in Lecture Theatre B, Mechanical Engineering, University of Leeds at 7.30pm. Also a nature walk on Weds 28th April at Harewood. Meet inside gates opposite Wike Road car park 7pm. All welcome. Details: 217 6170 or rspbleeds@ googlemail.com

‘Life & Paintings of Avigdor Arika’ Talk by Alex Purves about this holocaust survivor turned artist, hosted by The Oddfellows. 7.30pm Wed 28th April at Unity Court, Meanwood Road, LS7. Details: Tracey 2424003. TINWOLF – Transition Inner North West of Leeds Forum All welcome, 7.30pm Mon 12th April at Muir Court, Sagar Place, St Michael’s Rd, Headingley, to discuss tomorrow’s food & other aspects of the future, prior to a Tinwolf day-conference on what’s ahead. Details: 230 7127 or www.transition-cityleeds.wikispaces.com/ north+west+inner Yorkshire Archaeological Society (Industrial History Section) 10th Apr, 10.30am. AGM and member’s session with local history walk in the afternoon. 23 Clarendon Rd, LS2. Details: Jane Ellis on 0113 265 9970.

MISC/ Events African Evening At Parochial Hall, Meanwood Holy Trinity Church, Sat 17th April, from 7.30pm. Traditional African cuisine, dancing & music, & fun for all the family. Tickets (£5) include a light supper (bring your own drink), available from Sandra Glassby 275 9029 or from church.


Blood Donor Sessions Headingley: Fri 30th April at St Chad’s Parish Centre, Otley Rd.. Horsforth: Wed 5th May at The Grove Centre, New St. Otley: Mon 26th April at the Wesley Hall, Boroughgate. All sessions 2 – 4pm & 5 – 7.30pm.

Large Room for Hire At Meanwood Methodist Church, Monk Bridge Rd. Excellent floor, adjacent kitchen & disabled facilities, plus smaller room for meetings of 12-15 people. Weekdays & evenings. For details, please call 0113 293 9564.

Expert Patient Programme Free, six session courses for people with long term health problems or disabilities. Learn how to manage symptoms; improve fitness; eat healthily; communicate effectively & much more. Details: 305 7591/ 305 7582 or epp.account@ nhsleeds.nhs.uk

Latin, Classical Studies, Greeks & Romans The Leeds Centre for Classical Studies offers courses on all aspects of the Greek & Roman World. Meetings at Headingley Parish Hall. Details: Adrian Lester on 0113 256 8918 or Adrian@ famlester.freeserve.co.uk

Honey Bee Swarms will be collected free of charge, if accessible, Contact: Terry Beddows on 268 8231. Hope Pastures Horse & Donkey Sanctuary Weetwood Lane, LS16. Open to visitors daily between 10.30am & 3pm, or any Wed at 11.00am for a guided tour. First Pony Day of the year – Thurs 15th April. Details: Karen on 0794 894 8158, or www.hopepstures.org . Like to volunteer? Please contact phtrust@fsmail. net

Low cost acupuncture treatment Tues at Burley Lodge Centre. Non-profit clinic run by qualified members of British Acupuncture Council. £9.50 for 45-min treatment. Details: 275 4142 or acumedica@ gmail.com NeighboursUnited.net an independent community social network, run by volunteers, for those who work, live & study in Leeds. Its main aim is to get people in the community together

and communicating. Individuals or groups can host discussions, share news, chat, add event notices & share videos or photos of their activities. Members can also link through to their Facebook &Twitter account. Join free of charge. Visit www. neighboursunited.net Rooms for Hire Headingley Methodist Church has rooms of various sizes which can be used for meetings, activities & celebrations. Details: Margaret Appleyard on 257 6547. Talking Magazines Anyone blind or partially sighted can obtain these monthly cassettes by contacting Leeds Cassette at Shire View Centre, 72 Headingley Lane, LS6 2DJ or call 0113 270 9130. Volunteering at St. James’s Hospital Wanted! enthusiastic volunteers to help take a trolley service around the wards in new Cancer Wing, delivering magazines, newspapers, drinks & snacks to patients. Details: Vicki James on 0113 206 7646) or Vicki.James@leedsth. nhs.uk

Volunteers Wanted! Yorkshire Cancer Centre is looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help run a new Charity Shop based at St James’s Institute of Oncology. Details & application form: Aanika Dhillon, Fundraising Department on 206 8620 or volunteer@ yorkshirecancercentre. org.uk. Wanted! Old Adel Photos Adel History Group is looking for old photos of Adel – buildings or people, in particular any of the Eddison family or their properties, Church Lane House, The Lodge, The Willows, St Helen’s, Adel Manor. Contact: Ann Lightman on 261 1363 or c.lightman@sky.com Wheatfields Hospice Needs You! The fundraising office at Wheatfields is looking for people who can spare a few hours a week to help them with admin work. If you have IT skills, are confident on the phone, have PR experience or like organising events, they would like to hear from you. Details: Sharon Link on 203 3333.

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22 Arts & Culture

April 2010

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Leeds Artist Jo Lee’s ‘Wave’ to be shown at Donisthorpe Hall, Moortown

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their connectedness and challenging perceptions of the elderly. Commissioned by East Street Arts and funded by Leeds City Council for the International Day of Older People last October it has been on display in the City Art Library since then. Jo is delighted that the residents, families, friends and other visitors will get another chance to see the work which combines 3D castings with photographic memories. “It’s been a really lovely project, meeting some

“I like to think the work helps break down the barriers between young and old. We are all the same, we are all old people in training!”

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The Yarns of a Travelling Professor

An exhibition featuring the publications and papers of A F Barker, textiles educator, researcher and collector Through his papers, photographs and publications, this exhibition presents Professor Barker’s work at the University of Leeds and Bradford College, his wide ranging interests, and his extensive travels and research. Barker was invited to visit many countries to report on the international wool industry. His travels took him to the Americas,

South Africa, India and the Far East. Barker rose through the ranks to become the third Chair of the Department of Textile Industries in the University of Leeds from 1914 to 1933. He was instrumental in introducing technological research to the department during a period when Yorkshire was a world leader in textile education. He and his son presented the Qing Collection of 19th and 20th Century Chinese textiles to the University in the 1930s. These textiles are amongst the most popular collections in ULITA. The exhibition is open 9.30am – 4.30pm, Tuesday to Friday, until 14th May at The University of Leeds International Textiles Archive (ULITA), St. Wilfred’s Chapel, Maurice Keyworth Building, Moorland Road, LS2. Details: 0113 343 3919 or www. leeds.ac.uk/ulita

West Riding Opera Presents The Marriage of Figaro

................................................................. West Riding Opera will stage The Marriage of Figaro at The Carriageworks, Millennium Square from Wednesday 28th April to Saturday 1st May at 7pm, and on Sunday 2nd May at 3pm. Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro has delighted audiences all over the world ever since its first performance in Vienna in 1786. This great comic opera is bursting with arias, duets and ensembles, demonstrating Mozart’s incomparable musical characterisation. Conducted by Martin Binks, it will be sung in English, with two alternating casts. Tickets from £10 available from The Carriageworks box office on 0113 224 3801. For further information on West Riding Opera, visit www.westriding-opera.co.uk

X-ray Marks the Spot William Astbury and the Birth of Molecular Biology at Leeds

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April 2010 of the design are added in stages repeating the process of applying wax and colour (from lighter to darker colours) building up to the final, multicoloured design. Difficult to believe that those beautiful, intricately decorated eggs where actually boiled and consumed and didn’t only adorn the Easter breakfast table. When content of the eggs were emptied and the eggshell decorated they were traded and valued as miniature pieces of art by collectors around the world.

Pretty Polish Pisanki

............................................................. ‘Pisanki’, decorated eggs, is a tradition that goes back centuries. Krystyna Majewska, an architect from Gdansk, has been painting eggs since she was a young girl and now, at age 80, is still promoting the craft which goes back to her childhood. The eggs are painted with wax using a pin. Hot wax is spread onto the egg creating the main outline of the design, as in batik. The wax blocks out the parts of the egg that’ll remain colourless. It’s then dipped in a colour bath. The other parts

When content of the eggs were emptied and the eggshell decorated they were traded and valued as miniature pieces of art by collectors around the world.

Later this year, Krystyna Majewska’s paper-cutting skills, graphically designed by Adel resident Krystyna Szulecka, will be on show at the Gilbert Scott Gallery, Leeds General Infirmary (1 Sept - 15 Oct 2010). Other artists include Regina Ksepka, Wanda Skowron, and Apolonia Nowak, who will hold a papercutting demonstration. We’ll bring you details of this nearer the time.

Leeds Schools Prepare to Dazzle at a Concert for The Sylvia Wright Trust

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tudents from four high schools are busy rehearsing for a special charity concert at 2pm on Sunday 9th May at Notre Dame Sixth Form College. The concert will celebrate and support the work of Sylvia Wright (pictured), the former Leeds nurse who has worked with the poor and disabled in Southern India for the last 28 years. Singers, dancers and musicians include the Cardinal Heenan Madrigal Group, Corpus Christi’s Eyelash Dance Company, Mount St Mary’s Gospel Singers and St Mary’s Menston’s Gentle Breeze Band.

The schools are being supported by the Leeds University Medics Choir, an Indian dance group and The Lawnswood Singers, some of whom were classmates of Sylvia at Lawnswood Girls’ High School over 50 years ago! Sylvia herself, will be there to meet them.

beds, outpatient clinics treating 75,000 patients a year, two day centres for 80 severely disabled children, a residential school for 225 profoundly deaf children and a recently opened Nursing College. All proceeds from the concert will go to support this work.

One of the star performers will be Tessa Koenig, a Year 10 student at St Mary’s Menston, and acclaimed soul, jazz & pop singer who won the Leeds Schools’ Talent Competition in 2009.

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Any kind of physical activity is a great stress-buster, but all of these outdoor sports are also good for getting involved in a team, learning the art of sportsmanship and of course making friends and having fun while you’re at it! So, let’s shake off these winter blues, get outdoors, enjoy our wonderful surroundings and get fit! .................................................................................................................................................................................................

Bowls ‘It’s a game of fun and gentle but beneficial exercise,’ says Phil Sykes of the Adel Bowling Club. It may be one of the oldest sports in the world, but it’s not just for old people! A game of skill, the health benefits are similar to that of yoga, balance and coordination. and

“It’s a game of skill and the health benefits are similar to yoga.” coordination.

Running Andy Challinor of Fellandale Running Club claims running is the way to enjoy the fantastic countryside we have around us. Joining a running club gives you the option to engage in social running, where you can have a chat on the way around, or train for competitive events. Being part of a club, you get support and encouragement from others.

Canoeing If you’re looking for a low impact sport and

like water, give canoeing a try. It builds muscle strength in the arms, back, shoulders and chest and avoids wear and tear on the joints. White Rose Canoe club uses the Waterloo Lake at Roundhay Park and you’ll find a variety of water sports at the Leeds Sailing and Activity Centre on Yeadon Tarn.

Biking One of the best forms of exercise, biking is good for cardio, kind on the joints, great for the leg muscles and strengthens your abs. Cyclists will wax lyrical about being able to dodge traffic on busy city streets, head into the Dales or challenge themselves with a little off- road action. The West Riding Track League meets regularly at the grass cycle racing circuit at Roundhay Park to race it out.

Cricket A competitive yet friendly sport, cricket is a great way to get involved in a team. Good for endurance and stamina, balance and hand-eye coordination, it’s the spirit of the game that people seem to enjoy the most. ‘A great many of our team joined the club not knowing anyone,’ says Mark Stelfox of the Yorkshire Post Cricket Club. ‘But they’ve gone on to forge firm friendships.’

Golf By the time you’ve made your way around a golf course, you’ll have walked 4-6 miles. Add to that swinging clubs and carrying bags and you’ve had a great workout! It’ll improve your hand-eye coordination and you get to interact with others along the way. We have golf courses nearby in Horsforth, Otley, Adel and Cookridge.

Archery Archery can be fun for the whole family – from ages 10 – 80! It can be quite physically demanding and strengthens upper body strength. Archers also develop their focus, flexibility, and attention skills. Two local clubs are holding open days this month – so why not give it a go.

Walking Of course we are spoilt for choice when it comes to walking and there are numerous groups to join to enjoy both open countryside or your neighbourhood.

Sailing It’s literally a breath of fresh air, but sailing also improves your flexibility and

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agility while increasing your muscle strength. At Otley Sailing Club, you can take beginner to advanced courses and it’s an accredited centre of excellence for disabled sailing.

Tennis We all get Wimbledon Fever in the summer, so why not hone your skills early? Tennis is a high impact sport which will give you strong bones and toned muscles. Requiring alertness and tactical thinking, this cardio workout is also good for weight loss. ‘It’s a great way to get outdoors, get fit and make new friends,’ says Roger Harris of Kirkstall Abbey Tennis Club.


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Clublist Angling Yarnbury Angling Club Matches held 1st Sun of month. Members only. Coach transfers to & from venues. Anyone wishing to join contact Adrian Addy on 07956 964713.

Archery Bowmen of Adel ‘Have-a-go’ Day Mon 3rd May, every hour 11am – 3pm. Small charge for coaching. Family discount. Refreshments. Details: John Mirfield on 0113 281 8065/ 07938 831 947 or coaching.organiser@ yahoo.co.uk Panda Bowmen Try archery free at West Park Leeds RUFC, The Sycamores, Bramhope, Sat 10th April 1.30 – 3.30pm. Six week beginners’ course starts 17th April all equipment provided. Details: Anthony on 0113 226 9059 or www.pandabowmen.org.uk/haveago. htm

Bowling Adel Bowling Club The green re-opens at the end of March for the 2010 season. The Club is a section of Adel War Memorial Sports & Social Club. The green enjoys a pleasant location next door to Adel Church. New members, experienced or beginners, very welcome. Details: Phil Hynes on 2676152Bramhope

Bowls Club welcomes new members to its Crown Green at Robert Craven Memorial Hall, Old Lane, Bramhope. Season starts around 1st April. Details: Ewart Lewis 0113 267 8001 or Paul Welling 0113 284 3361 Holt Park Crown Green Club Farrar Lane (opposite tennis courts, beside High Trees pub). You’re never too old or too young to join in this gentle sport. What better than to be out in the fresh air bowling with friends, or competing in a friendly league. Mixed pairs, mixed leagues & ladies’ leagues. Details: Sue. megson@sky.com

Canoeing White Rose Canoe Club welcomes new members. Weekly sessions in Roundhay Park during the Summer, & at Fearnville Sports Centre during the Winter. Monthly ‘come and try’ sessions cost just £5 per participant. No booking is necessary. Qualified coaches on hand. Details: p.v.taylor@ btinternet.com or www. whiterosecc.org.uk

St Chad’s Broomfield Cricket Club runs three sides in the Wetherby League on Saturday afternoons. They also have junior teams at U9, U11, U13, U15 & U17 age groups. They’re currently looking for new senior and junior players as well as local volunteers and sponsors. Details: Paul on 07795 154444 or www. stchadsbroomfield.playcricket.com. Hall Park Cricket Club Family orientated club welcomes new players of all ages & social members who enjoy all aspects of cricket. Cricket Pavilion available for functions. Details: Trevor on 258 6283. Yorkshire Post Cricket Club 2009 was their first ever season of league cricket & they finished 3rd in 1st Division of Leeds West Riding Cricket League. Friendly, inclusive club. Details: Mark Stelfox 07802 896489 markastelfox@ gmail.com or www. pitchero.com/clubs/ yorkshirepostcricketclub/

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Cricket Adel Cricket Club is looking for new senior players of any ability for the 2010 season. Details: Tom at adelcc@hotmail. co.uk or Andrew on 07881 1464777.

Fellandale Running Club trains every Wed, usually on Otley Chevin. Runners of all abilities welcome. From social running to competitive events. Details: Andy on 258 5691, or secretary@ fellandale.com

Horsforth Harriers celebrate their Silver Jubilee this year. They meet Tuesdays, 7pm at the Cricket Pavilion, Horsforth Hall Park. Training groups for all abilities. Details: Marc 07968 712055, Hilary 250 5673, or www. horsforthharriers.co.uk Kirkstall Harriers Running Club The club meets Mon & Wed, 6.50pm at Kirkstall Leisure Centre. All abilities welcome! Details: www.kirkstallharriers.org. uk or kirkstallharriers@ googlemail.com

Sailing Otley Sailing Club promotes sailing for all & has a rich programme of racing and social events This RYA approved training centre was recently named Yorkshire and Humberside ‘On Board’ Club of the year for encouraging young sailors & is an accredited centre of excellence for disabled sailing. New members welcome. Details: oscsecretary@tiscali.co.uk or www.otley-sailingclub. co.uk/


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Tennis Horsforth Tennis Club on New Road Side welcomes new members. Drop in for a chat or a spot of social tennis before deciding to join, Sunday from 1.30pm. Details: contact@ horsforthtennisclub.co.uk Kirkstall Abbey Tennis Club provides affordable tennis all year round. Membership is just £5 pa for juniors (up to 18), £25 for adults, & £50 for family membership. The club provides 10 weeks of free coaching for both juniors and adults during the Summer. Details: Jason Sears on 07814 549170, sears-j@sky.com or www.lta.org.uk

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April 2010 St Chad’s Tennis Club Join our friendly club & play tennis throughout the year - fun club sessions & competitive opportunities. New members welcome. Details: Anne Wallace on 0113 274 9917

Walking Leeds YHA Walking Group organises walks, cycle rides, weekends & social activities. Over 160 members aged 20-74. Try before joining. Membership £8 pa. Details: Stephen on 368 0417 or visit www. leedsyha.org.uk

Cookridge Rambling Club meets Sunday in car park at Cookridge Village Hall, Moseley Wood Lane, 9.30am. Walks, approx. 6/8 miles, graded according to difficulty. New members welcome. Details: Shirley 267 9452 Dalesbus Ramblers A programme of free guided walks in the Yorkshire Dales on Sundays. Accessible by public transport, including DalesBus services 800, 820 & 870 which link North Leeds with the Dales on Sun & Bank Holidays. Details: Steve on 07982 764 857 or www. dalesbusramblers.org.uk

Otley Walkers Variety of twice weekly walks from 5 – 20 miles. Also weekends away & special events. New members welcome. Annual membership £5 per household. Try a walk before joining. Details: 01943 463125 or wawotley@mail.com.

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GardenRound-Up

By Kath Hall, Paxton Horticultural Society

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Spring at last! Gardens are showing more colour and hopefully warmer weather is on the way.

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hoose a dry day to start cleaning up after the winter, taking care not to disturb last year’s seedlings. Early flowering shrubs can be pruned after flowering and remove any dead wood from other shrubs. Remove wild branches and suckers from roses too, otherwise they will weaken the plant. Clean out ponds, removing any leaves and dead material, thin out aerating plants, and cut old foliage from ornamental grasses and ferns. A tedious job, but well worth it in the end. In the vegetable garden the first rhubarb is ready for harvesting, clean out strawberry beds thoroughly, remove old plants and plant new ones. Check fruit trees and bushes for damage and disease. Artimisia absinthium (wormwood ) attracts early ladybirds which eat aphids, a pest in any garden. Roses are less troubled if lavender is planted nearby, and you can encourage hover flies by planting limanthes, the egg plant. When grown together, plants of different species compete less than those of the same species, making it difficult for pests and disease to spread. Planting broad beans and potatoes in the same bed increases the yield of both crops. Save space by planting shallow rooted vegetables

alongside deeper rooted. Onions and carrots together are said confuse both the onion and carrot fly. French beans planted with members of the cabbage family keep away each others pests, and nicotiana (the tobacco plant) protects from white fly by trapping them on their sticky leaves. Plant pots of it for the greenhouse, conservatory ..........................................................................................

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Sir Nathan Bodington (1848-1911) Scholar and University Administrator

In Nathan Bodington, the College found an able and dedicated Principal who over the next 28 years guided it through challenging times

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had no religious barriers to entry and taught the physical sciences. Liberal and reformist, Nathan Bodington saw the need for a radically new approach, focussed on the expanding industrial cities. very day the 95 bus runs through Headingley, bound for Bodington Hall in Lawnswood. The Hall was named after the first Vice Chancellor of the University of Leeds, Sir Nathan Bodington, who presided over the critical early years of the University at the start of the twentieth century, when new universities were being established in the great industrial cities, marking a massive expansion in higher education.

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Nathan Bodington was a distinguished Greek scholar, a former Oxford Fellow, but not trapped in an ivory tower. Born in 1848 near Birmingham, he won a scholarship to Oxford and went on to teach in schools in Manchester and London before returning to Oxford in 1875. This was a time of passionate debate over the need for reform of the university system to meet the challenges of booming industrialisation and population growth. Only four universities existed in England – Oxford and Cambridge, with their traditional religious and classical bias, and London and Durham, both recently created – and of these, only London

In 1881 he became the first Professor of Classics at the new Mason College in Birmingham. Only a year later he was invited, aged 35, to be the first Principal of the Yorkshire College in Leeds. He accepted – the pay was poor but the prospects exciting. The College had been established by subscription in 1874 (as the College of Science) to meet local demand for scientific and technological education. Since then it had expanded, widened its teaching to include arts, and acquired land and new buildings (the core of the present campus). The aim was to win university status by joining the new federated Victoria University, established in 1880, with Owens College, Manchester, and University College, Liverpool. A strong leader was needed to achieve this and to put the College on a sound financial footing. In Nathan Bodington, the College found an able and dedicated Principal who over the next 28 years guided it through challenging times. In 1887, under his leadership, the College joined the Victoria University as planned. In some ways it set a standard. From the beginning it was non-denominational and open to both sexes. It pioneered new areas

of study linked to local industry (Textiles, Colour Chemistry, Leather Manufacture, Engineering), as well as developing teaching in more traditional subjects. But in 1901 the College was left isolated when Manchester and Liverpool decided to apply for charters as independent universities. Nathan Bodington had hopes of establishing a federated university for Yorkshire, but when Sheffield decided to apply for its own charter it was clear that Leeds had to follow suit. This took courage and determination, but the necessary £100,000 was raised, and the new University of Leeds was born on 25 April 1904, with Nathan Bodington as its first Vice Chancellor. Much of Nathan Bodington’s life centred on his work, but he had wide cultural interests, in literature, architecture, photography and travel. He lived for many years in Shire Oak Road, Headingley, with his widowed mother and sister. Then, in 1907, when he was almost 60, his life changed. Travelling in Spain, he met the daughter of Sir John Barran, and within a few months they married. The following year the University’s splendid new science buildings were opened by King Edward VII, and he received a knighthood. But his newfound happiness was brief. In 1911, after a sudden illness, he died aged only 63, still in post. In that year, the University he had helped to create had 1163 students. Today it has over thirty thousand.


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The author, Alan Bennett recalls delivering provisions from his father’s butcher shop in Far Headingley and lazily cycling down the leafy streets of West Park Today’s one-stop and online shopping habits contrast with those of yesteryear. In the 1900s, and up to the 1950s and 60s, most residents of West Park would shop at the small local shops, which often delivered too. For instance, a customer might have a standing order at the butcher’s, or select and pay for their meat at the shop, then a butcher’s boy would deliver it by bicycle. The author, Alan Bennett recalls delivering provisions from his father’s butcher shop in Far Headingley and lazily cycling down the leafy streets of West Park. Onbike rather than on-line shopping! The London Co-operative was the first supermarket in Britain, opening at Manor Park, London in 1948. Allowing customers to take things off the shelves

themselves (self-service) was a revolutionary concept, replacing the counter-service of shops like Leeds Industrial Co-operative Society (LICS) which offered a wide selection of goods, not to mention cash-back in the form of the ‘divi’. The photograph shows, amongst other things, the offices of a certain community magazine, but back in 1937 this was the location of the LICS, West Park at 265 (grocer) and 267 (butcher) Otley Road. Further along used to be Percy Baldwin (baker), Miss Evelyn English (hairdresser), Chez Fleurs (fruit & flowers) and, appropriately, the last establishment heading towards Lawnswood was B. Sharp & Sons, monumental masons! Doug Kemp (www.westparkresidents.org.uk)


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April 2010

Sound & Vision

By Brendan Campbell ....................................................................................................................................................................................................

I for one will be rushing to see The Biscuit Badgers when they next emerge from their burrow. I strongly advise you to do the same. particular tobacco junkie. The Badgers create an infectiously joyful sound and are guaranteed to leave every audience with enormous idiotic grins on their faces. No less an authority on the subject than Frank Zappa once posed the question “does humour belong in music?” on this evidence, it most certainly does and I for one will be rushing to see The Biscuit Badgers when they next emerge from their burrow (or sett, as I’ve learned badger homes are called). I strongly advise you to do the same.

Want to know who is playing where G I G Biscuithead & the Biscuit Badgers Wednesday, March 3rd, Milo. This excellent, hilarious and utterly daft quartet performs tunes in an old style, music hall, cabaret tradition. The sublime silliness of their lyrics is quite at odds with the seriousness of their instrumental prowess, yet they combine to wonderful effect. They’re currently promoting their latest CD release, Interspecies Disco, a deliriously fun album with wacky songs on subjects as diverse as a profound love of cheese, the martial arts skills of Elvis Presley, and praise for what we are assured is ‘everyone’s favourite crustacean’, The Land Hermit Crab.

It certainly makes for amusing listening, but Biscuithead and The Biscuit Badgers must be experienced live to be fully appreciated. Cutting quite a dash in white safari suit (complete with pith helmet), front man Dean leads the group with tongue-in-cheek vocals, nifty ukulele playing, and an array of histrionic dance moves that would put Jarvis Cocker to shame. He’s backed by rollicking honky tonk piano, outrageously tight percussion from drummer, Matt, and an irresistibly comical parping tuba (a tuba, for chrissakes! C’mon people, what’s not to love?!). Highlights of the relentlessly upbeat set included the virally catchy Flea Beatles and The Smoking Song, which struck a chord with this

when this month? Check out our local live music listings on page 48


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.................................................................................................................................................................................................... Film Youth in Revolt Directed by: Miguel Arteta Starring: Michael Cera, Portia Doubleday, Steve Buscemi Cert: 15 Well here, as promised folks, some respite from the doom and gloom that has characterised these film reviews of late. This month I offer some much needed light relief from the miserable worldview of The Road and Blindness with this smart, breezy comedy which bears not the slightest trace of post-apocalyptic horror. Michael Cera plays Nick Twisp, an erudite, introverted teen with a love of old Sinatra records and Fellini movies. Unsurprisingly, Nick has yet to be relieved of his virginity. When his mother’s

boyfriend (Zack Galifianakis, fresh from his hysterical turn in The Hangover) falls foul of a group of navy boys after flogging them a dud automobile and has to lie low, Nick is whisked away to a remote trailer park. Here he meets the enchanting and playful Sheeni. Finally encountering a beautiful girl who shares his uncommon passions (including a love of French New Wave), Nick is immediately smitten. However, lacking confidence and hampered by a nice-guysfinish-last conviction, Nick feels he has no hope of winning Sheeni’s love as himself and sets about reinventing himself as a risk taking lover man with the dangerous sexiness of Jean-Paul Belmondo. This is where the film really takes off as, like Fight Club meets Woody Allen’s Play It Again Sam, Nick creates a supercool alter-ego, wonderfully named

This is a very funny film which is mercifully free of the cloying cutesiness of many quirky indie comedies.

François Dillinger, who eggs him on to commit ever more reckless and outlandish deeds to woo his sweetheart, with hilarious results. Following Arrested Development, Juno and Superbad, I could see Cera becoming terminally typecast, his now all too familiar awkward, gawky boychild schtick perhaps becoming tired and marking him out as a one trick pony. I happen to think that he’s a talented comic actor but can see how some might find his wideeyed timidity the mannerisms of a one note performer. The character of Nick Twisp is a typical Michael Cera role but the introduction of François Dillinger hints at a broader comedic pallet Cera has at his disposal which he’s hitherto failed to exhibit. This is a very funny film which is mercifully free of the cloying cutesiness of many quirky indie comedies. It also features a great soundtrack, some fun animated sequences and a fine supporting cast, including M. Emmet Walsh, Fred Willard and the tragically under/misused Ray Liotta. Definitley worth a DVD rental.

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hile lakes and ponds have frozen over this winter, rivers and streams have remained open, helping the survival of waterbirds such as heron, kingfisher and grey wagtail. All three can be seen for example, beside the River Wharfe or Meanwood Beck. Very big, with heavy flight, the heron is grey above and greyish-white below. Herons will visit garden ponds in the early morning. Already in their heronries, they are starting colonial nesting activities as at Fairburn Ings.

glimpsed as a flash of electric blue. When perched their exotic colours, blue above, orange below, can be appreciated but they are shy and restless. Elegant and long-tailed, the lively grey wagtail is grey above and bright yellow below. They prefer fast-running water but one or two spend winter on the rooftops and watercourses of Leeds city centre. In recent years, heron numbers have continued their gentle rise, but kingfishers and grey wagtails are tending to decline.

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MusicListings

.................................................................................................................................................................................................... Islands Fri 2 April, Nation of Shopkeepers. From 7:30pm, Dirty psychedelic pop, scattered with lo-fi, rap, hip hop & rock. Son Of Dave Fri 2 April, Brudenell Social Club, from 7pm. Former drummer with Crash Test Dummies & all round eccentric performer. Man Like Me + Big Beat Clique Sun 4 April, The Elbow Room, £5/ £3. Electropop-hiphop duo blending of 90’s rave riffs & psychedelic grime Vashti Bunyan Fri 9 April, 7:45pm at Howard Assembly Room. Influential British folk singer who made a return in the early 2000s as part of the nu-folk revival, collaborating with the likes of Adem, Devendra Banhart & Animal Collective. The Bon Jovi Experience Fri 9 April 8.45pm at Otley Social Club, Weston Dr, Otley. Members £3/ Non members £4. 01943 464139 or otleysocialclub@ hotmail.co.uk

Clare Teal Sat 10 April, 7:45pm at Howard Assembly Room. Talented jazz vocalist & songwriter, whose influences range from Ella Fitzgerald to Cole Porter & Noel Coward. Lou Rhodes Sat 10 April, Holy Trinity Church. One half of the ambient drum’n’bass duo Lamb, known for her silky smooth, androgynous vocals. Here she takes a more acoustic stance. The Beat Sat 10 April, TJ’s Woodhouse Club. Combining old classics with some brand new material. Worth seeing live to catch ‘Mirror In the Bathroom’ in all its glory. Music from India Sat 10 April, 7:30pm at The Carriageworks, £10 / £8. Styles ranging from pure classical, to folk & fusion. David Ford Sun 11 April, Brudenell Social Club, from 7pm. Formerly of glamrockers Easyworld, his inventive, melodic & timeless songs showcase him as a true original.

Collegium Regale at Leeds Parish Church Wed 14 April at 7.30pm. Close harmony group from King’s College Cambridge will perform a concert in aid of the church’s Choral Foundation Appeal. Free with retiring collection. Details: Ann Chadwick on 0113 258 8446 Angus & Julia Stone Fri 16 April, Brudenell Social Club, from 7pm. Australian brother & sister duo, creating beautifully explosive folk-pop with a lazy, hazy summery feel. Joan Armatrading Sun 18 April, 8pm at the Grand Theatre. Her distinctive voice & blend of soul, folk & world music have earned her a reputation as one of Britain’s most unusual talents. Alphabeat Mon 19 April, Leeds University Union, from 7pm. Infectious, feel good pop & memorably energetic live performances. Sarah Borges & The Broken Singles Thurs 22 April

at The New Roscoe, Bristol St, Sheepscar. 8pm. £6 on door. The Primitives Fri 23 April, Brudenell Social Club, from 8:30pm. Return of Tracy Tracy & the boys, best known for 1988 hit ‘Crash’. Hudson Mohawke Fri 23 April, Nation of Shopkeepers, from 9pm. This DJ/ Producer has already been hailed as the Aphex Twin of hip hop Show Of Hands + Miranda Sykes Thurs 22 April, Brudenell Social Club, from 8pm. Playing a genre defying mix of rock, roots, blues, country & trad often influenced by world music. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club Mon 26 April, O2 Academy, £15, from 7pm. Their moody, black-clad image reflects their strong 60’s influenced altrock sound. King Charles Mon 26 April, Nation of Shopkeepers, from 7:30pm. Bob Dylaninspired glorious psychedelic folk.

LCD Soundsystem Tues 27 April, O2 Academy, £18.50 advance. Discopunk electronica from DFA Records’ James Murphy. Described by Q Magazine as ‘a brilliant collision of acid house beats & ‘punk-funk’ basslines’. Story Of The Year Tues 27 April, The Cockpit, from 7pm. Razor-sharp lyrics, instantly accessible melodies & furiously focused arrangements. Futureheads Wed 28 April, The Cockpit, from 7pm. Sunderland-based playing guitar-led post punk in the style of Wire & Gang of Four with a twist of XTC. Froy Aagre Jazz Quartet. Thurs 29 April at The Venue-Leeds College Of Music. 7.30pm. £9/ £7. Promoting her ‘Cycle Of Silence’ CD. ‘Roots’: Steve Phillips Fri 30th April, 8 – 11pm at New Headingley Club, St Michael’s Rd, Headingley. £5 on door.


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Headingley Festival …. and All That Jazz

Serious Sam Barrett By Tom Bing

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From 3rd-9th May, Headingley will play host to a new, colourful and exciting festival of music and arts performed by local musicians from the Headingley and Leeds scene. .................................................................................................................................................................................................... at South Parade Baptist Church, As the winning proposal (put You can look forward to hearing Serious Sam Barrett, Bones and and a week of promotions by local forward by Richard Lindley of Café businesses. Lento) in a ‘Dragon’s Den’-style the Boys, the Tom Neale Trio, Neil Innes, Bassa Bassa, PKS Trio and competition at the Headingley Development Trust AGM last year, Little Black Hearts, among others. The events of this week will provide a memorable and vibrant celebration the festival will encompass a wide Other key events will include a perof our local community. range of musical styles including jazz, Latin and blues. The festival formance by the Leeds Youth Jazz Orchestra inspired by jazz legend For more details and a full line-up, will take place at a number of venues around Headingley, as well as Ralph Charles Mingus, music by the Priplease visit www.headingleyfesmary Schools’ Percussion Ensemble, tival.com Thoresby School and The Victoria Hotel. a jazz parade, gospel music event

The Mingus Project

.................................................................................................................................................................................................... The life of the prolific jazz musician a musician and take the audience and gospel singing. The work will and composer, Charles Mingus on a journey through his troubled, be performed as part of the first will be explored in an exciting new complex mind. annual Headingley Festival. collaborative project. This is a truly multimedia piece, The Mingus Project will take This innovative multimedia piece, ranging from dramatic flamenco place Saturday 8th May, at 3pm featuring the Leeds Youth Jazz Rock dancing to specially commissioned and 7pm at Ralph Thoresby High Orchestra, will begin in the early well known big band pieces and School. Tickets are £5. stages of Mingus’s development as original artworks, to comic drama


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Junior Theatre Goers Get VIP Treatment Sisters Iona Mae and Kahia Booth (aged 8 and 6) from Cookridge were treated to the VIP celebrity treatment at The Carriageworks recently. Loyal Carriageworks audience members, the sisters have attended all the major family productions since the theatre opened in 2005.

The girls’ visit formed part of A Week Less Ordinary, a celebration of the first anniversary of the highly successful Arts Council scheme A Night Less Ordinary. This programme aims to get more young people into theatres across the country. The girls joined young people from the audience and from Kids Klub Leeds for a special party afterwards.

As a thank you for their dedication they were given free tickets to Fish’s Wishes and party bags, as well as an exclusive opportunity to meet the cast of the hit show and take an onstage tour.

St Chad’s CC has Largest Junior Section in the Area St Chad’s Broomfield Cricket Club play in front of St Chad’s Church on Otley Road, Far Headingley. They have been running junior teams for over 25 years and at present have one of the largest junior sections in the local area with teams at U9, U11, U13, U15 and U17 age groups. Last season they won league titles in both U17 and U13 age groups and also produced a number of players who

Illustration: Katy Irwin

For upcoming events and to book tickets at The Carriageworks call the box office on 0113 224 3801 or visit www.carriageworkstheatre. org.

represented the league. The club is particularly proud about the number of children who are now involved. About 80 boys and girls regularly enjoy not only playing in matches but also attending Saturday morning coaching sessions where they learn the skills required to play and enjoy the game. They’re currently looking for new senior and junior players, as well as local volunteers and sponsors. For more information, please contact Paul on 07795 154444 or visit www. stchadsbroomfield. play-cricket.com.

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Easter at Abbey House Museum & Kirkstall Abbey

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bbey House runs craft sessions every Tuesday afternoon and Friday morning during the school holiday period. No booking necessary. Normal admission applies. Children must be accompanied to these sessions. Meet the Easter Bunny & Easter crafts on Fri 2 April 10am – 12 noon, & Tuesday 6 April, 1 – 3pm Bring out the Bunny! Saturday 3 April 10am – 12 noon – make an Easter card and meet the Easter Bunny. No booking necessary, free. The Victorians Friday 9

April 10am – 12 noon Farm crafts inspired by Park Life exhibition Tuesday 13 April 1-3pm, & Friday 16 April 10am – 12 noon Kirkstall Abbey (1 – 19 April) rummage through the Tudor Trunk of dressing up clothes & take to the horrid history trail where the theme is Blood and Boils! Welly Week Activities Saturday 10th April, 10am – 12 noon – a morning of wellytastic activities. No booking necessary, free. Saturday 17th April, 10am – 12 noon – a morning of welly fun and the chance to become Welly Wanging champion. No booking necessary, free.

The yorkshire Antiques and Art Fair Saturday & Sunday

22nd & 23rd May 10am to 5pm each day Halls 1 and 2 Yorkshire event centre The great Yorkshire Showground

Harrogate HG2 8QZ Up to 350 Stands Admission: £4 Accompanied Children under 16 free of charge Ample Free Parking Probably the widest selection of antiques, art, collectables, curios, vintage and retro in the north of England.

Bowman Antiques Fairs

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Next Fair at this venue 6th & 7th November

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The inclusion of ICT as a core school subject teaches children skills for life and, coupled with traditional subjects, enables them to grow into fully rounded individuals. Richmond House School’s commitment to the teaching of ICT is evident through its specialist ICT teacher, dedicated state-of-the-art ICT suite, interactive white boards and computers in every classroom, plus lunchtime and after school computer clubs. Laptops are available for use in class and homework clubs, and children are taught how to access information with an emphasis on safety at all times. The school encourages the use of technology from nursery right through the school.

ICT is an essential skill for young people today – as important for success as Maths, English, the Arts and Sport.

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Dreamworks Animation Opens Leeds Young People’s Film Festival .................................................................................................................................................................................................... .................................. Eco Day on Friday 2nd April looks at the he importance of taking care of the planet, with films, talks and events about the environment, climate change, recycling and energy conservation. The films being screened are Mia and the Migoo, a beautiful animation about looking after the environment, and Garbage Dreams, a documentary about recycling in Cairo. The Festival has also teamed up with the Energy Saving Trust, Friends of the Earth, and the Environmental Office, whose newest superhero ‘Thermo’ will be on hand with his thermal imaging camera to help families understand where they can save energy.

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he 11th Leeds Young People’s Film Festival runs from 29th March – 9th April, with master classes, screenings and free workshops on filmmaking, animating, editing and much more. The Opening Gala film is the new Dreamworks animation, How to Train Your Dragon, and the Festival is delighted to welcome Cressida Cowell, author of the novel, as a VIP guest to the event.

Harry Potter Day on Monday 5th April With the final Harry Potter film due out at the end of the year, there’s a rare chance to see the first four films in the series back to back on the big screen. There’ll also be a chance to meet Chris Rankin, who plays Percy Weasley, and a costume competition with prizes for the best dressed wizards! For full details call 0113 247 8389 or visit leedsyoungfilm.com.


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