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Dear Readers It’s November already! Christmas is fast approaching and the magazine is teeming with Christmas fairs and coffee mornings. We take a look at gift giving, with emphasis on the more unusual – seek out little individual shops, local markets like Artsmix, and Farmers’ Markets. A particularly novel gift idea this year is a hen house! Big news this month is the 24th Leeds International Film Festival and you could win a pair of tickets to a film of your choice – but hurry, the competition closes at midnight on 5th November! Cover: Colin Firth & Helena Bonham-Carter in The King’s Speech.

Plus, the Leeds Jewish community stages an exhibition at Leeds City Museum; The National Theatre bring Alan Bennett back to Leeds; Jacob’s Larder considers soups; Bangs and a Bun completes her first half marathon; and The Leeds Gathering – the annual festival of Irish culture and music is poised to take the city by storm. The deadline for our December issue is around 1st November, and for January it’s 1st December. Keep your news rolling in – you know how we love to hear from you!

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CHOCOLATE FOUNTAINS FOR DEMENTIA UK Over 30 people, buzzed around two chocolate fountains at Hinsley Hall in Headingley recently. The event was to raise awareness of the need for more specialist Admiral Nurses who support the family and carers of dementia sufferers. Three sisters from Leeds, Manchester and Wolverhampton, whose dad died last year of dementia, are on a three year campaign to raise awareness and funds to pay for more nurses. There are only about 100 Admiral nurses in the UK and over 820,000 people with dementia. The sisters have already raised almost £2,000 and have climbed Croagh Patrick in Ireland. Their final challenge

will be Kilimanjaro in 2012. The chocolate fountains are just one of a series of easier ‘challenges’. ‘People want to contribute and chocolate fountains are a great way to have fun,’ organiser Breda Theakston said (shown here with sister Siobhan). ‘And not everyone wants to climb mountains!’ No charge was made but over £126 was raised. To find out more about Admiral Nurses, Dementia UK and ideas for other enjoyable community event fundraising ideas go to www. You can donate to the sisters’ campaign through their Just Giving page at somethingmadfordad


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Adel Crag Community Association’s recent AGM was very well attended. The main issues were our local bus service time changes, streetlights and highways maintenance. The police informed us that the Eastmoor site was due to be demolished, but the listed buildings would remain. This is good news and will hopefully reduce the site’s attraction for youths.


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LEEDS ODDFELLOWS RAISE £9,000 FOR HEART RESEARCH UK Leeds Oddfellows recently presented Heart Research UK with a cheque of over £9,000. To raise this magnificent sum, Oddfellos members took part in a variety of entertaining events throughout the year, including a Robbie Burns night, a 70s themed evening and a ‘Play your Cards Right’ competition. The presentation took place at Castle Grove Hall, Headingley, and included a short performance by Leeds Waites– a medieval music group. 08 November 2010 |

SING YOUR HEART OUT THIS CHRISTMAS Yorkshire’s own national heart charity, Heart Research UK, is inviting everyone in the region to give voice to their favourite songs for its annual festive fundraiser, ‘Sing for your Heart’, from 8th – 15th December. Now in its sixth year, Sing for your Heart is a fantastic way for local people to get in the Christmas spirit and raise money for pioneering research into the prevention, treatment and cure of heart disease, the UK’s biggest killer. Whether you want to sing with friends, colleagues or as part of a choir, in a railway station, shopping centre, town hall or community centre, the main thing is to have fun and fill your venue with song. To get your free fundraising pack, contact or call 0113 234 7474.



It is 150 years since the first synagogue was built in Leeds and the Leeds Jewish Community is marking the occasion with an historic exhibition organised by Makor Jewish Culture Office at Leeds City Museum on Sunday 28th November from 12 – 4pm. LJ150 is a two year project that aims to create a Leeds Jewish Heritage Book and a youth film. These outcomes will lead to participation in the of the Cultural Creative Olympiad in 2012. The exhibition will depict how hard it was for the first Jewish refugees who came to Leeds in the mid 1800s. Fleeing pogroms and persecution in Central Europe, thousands boarded ships which they thought would take them to America. Many of these actually docked in Hull and passengers were often told they had arrived in America. Some settled in Hull, others set out for Liverpool to continue their journey, but hearing that there was work in Leeds, especially in tailoring, many came here. Leeds was not a pretty place. The refugees lived in atrocious conditions, even children were working long hours in the overcrowded sweatshops. The exhibition tries to capture those early days. The small community where people had to help each other to survive, the Old Great Synagogue on Belgrave Street, the dreadful slums. Over the next year there will be various events, education sessions and talks. Groups in the community will be invited to put on events under the LJ150 banner. To get involved contact. Diane, Helen, Barbara or Stella at Makor 0113 268 0899 or


......................................... Makor is looking for authentic Jewish memorabilia and stories to ensure that the exhibition will have maximum impact, stirring memories of this important Leeds heritage, including old films and photographs, sewing machines and textiles, including vintage clothing, tailor’s dummies, stools, clappers and pressers. Recipes and any stories associated with them, artwork, artefacts and information about Jewish artists from Leeds (e.g. Jacob Kramer, Naviasky or Joash Woodrow) are also welcome.

WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE? ......................................... Jewish Genealogy Society education officer, Jeanette Rosenberg, will be at Leeds City Museum on 28th November with the Who Do You Think You Are? exhibition stand and lap-top ready to help answer visitors’ genealogical queries. The exhibition will also present a display on Leeds families, showing the contribution made locally and nationally by the Jewish community over the past 150 years. Visitors will be able to add their surname (or one they are associated with) to the ‘community tree’, and ‘post’ forms with family details of the when, where etc. The laden tree will enable the Society to record names that may have missed the censuses, or are too recent to have been included – all of which will help with the family history enquiries they receive. | November 2010 09




Councillor Andy Barker

Councillor Clive Fox


Adel & Wharfedale Ward

I realise that summer is a distant memory. The nights have drawn in and the leaves are dropping, but I would still like to thank all those who worked so hard for Horsforth in Bloom. Their dedication resulted in Horsforth receiving Silver Gilt in the competition. A working group was established by the Town Council to survey public seats and benches throughout the town. As a result of their findings several old and dilapidated benches will be renovated or renewed. With the help of residents, several new locations have been identified for seating. The new benches are of sturdy construction and will have the Horsforth logo on them. Two large planning applications have been received for the former Clariant site and adjacent land at Low Hall Road. The combined applications are proposing up to 550 new dwellings. If both applications were successful there would be major implications for Horsforth and the highways infrastructure. And finally, a date for your diaries – the Christmas Lights switch on and Carol Service will take place as normal at The Green. The Lord Mayor of Leeds has accepted our invitation to officiate. The date is Saturday 4th December at 3.30pm. This is always a popular event for the whole family as Santa normally pays us a visit! I look forward to seeing you there.


It’s that time of year again. No I’m not referring to autumn leaves, bonfires fireworks and the like so much as to the annual highways letter to councillors telling them which roads the council deems to be in poor condition and in need of resurfacing next year. Major roads have their own separate budget so the letter is more to do with local roads such as estate roads. At first sight it all looks very encouraging with the Adel & Wharfedale ward wish list comprising no less than 26 local streets which will cost around £1.25m to bring up to standard. However experienced councillors know to be wary of seeming glad tidings from council officers. Sadly the warm feeling generated by the news that progress is at last to be made with maintaining our local roads doesn’t last very long. On closer examination the letter proclaims that ‘given the financial situation we may be only able to attend to’ what amounts to five of the streets a year. In council terms ‘may’ of course means ‘will’. So that’s it then – we’re only going to get a handful of local streets resurfaced next year. When it comes to deciding which ones are to be resurfaced next year that’s not a problem. The 26 candidate streets are very helpfully ranked in priority order based on their condition. The letter courteously invites ward councillors to nominate any of them for promotion to the first division for action next year. But then, and here’s the clever bit, promote one street, we are told, and it simply means another will be relegated. The highways people are never slow when it comes to putting ward councillors on the spot. Now here’s the bit you have been waiting for. The front runners for next year’s resurfacing currently include Kirkwood Close and Wrenbury Grove in the Cookridge area, and Creskeld Crescent, Gardens and part of Creskeld Drive in Bramhope. Considering that amounts to just half a mile’s worth in total it looks as though getting the other 21 streets resurfaced is going to be a long hard road.

ST GEMMA’S AND WHEATFIELDS LOTTERY – 12,000 MEMBERS AND COUNTING! Last year, with the help of North Leeds Life readers, St Gemma’s and Wheatfields Lottery reached their target of 12,000 members. This year, they would like to enlist your help again to raise the bar even higher and aim for 12,500 members. The Lottery is drawn every Friday and still costs just £1 per week. There are £3,000 in prizes to be won each week, with a top prize of £2,000. Double your chances with more than one number! If you are a member already, why not take out a second number or, how about giving someone lottery membership for Christmas? All profits are equally divided between the two hospices. Both St Gemma’s and Sue Ryder Wheatfields Hospices have been caring for local people since 1978, providing an ever-increasing range of services for terminally ill patients and their families, whether at home or in the Hospices. If you would like to share in the care and join the weekly lottery please call the Lottery Office on 0113 278 1500. The lottery is registered with the gambling commission, and all players must be 16 or over. For more information please visit

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MAKE YOUR OFFICE A CHRISTMAS CARD FREE ZONE THIS YEAR! Leeds Children’s Hospital has produced a jolly festive greeting poster to replace the cards that you might send to colleagues. In this season of goodwill, why not donate the money you would have spent on cards to the Hospital instead (and Gift Aid it if you are a UK tax payer). By opting for the Leeds Children’s Hospital poster you will not only send your greetings out to everyone you work with, you will also help to save lives, raise vital funds, reduce your carbon footprint, and avoid having to dispose of dusty old cards in January. Every penny will go towards making a child’s stay in hospital better, brighter and happier.


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ASSOCIATION Barrie Hopson Chairman Adel Association

The David Wilson Homes Appeal will now take place at the Civic Hall from 9th – 12th November, and on 16th/ 17th November. Bearing in mind the policies of the Coalition Government on planning, this is very disappointing. The centralised planning policy (RSS) meted out by the previous government is to be abandoned. However, this is not yet law so developers are attempting to move ahead as quickly as they can before the axe falls. We need your support, if you believe as we all do that to construct 68 houses almost in front of Adel Church would destroy a vital part of our history and change our landscape for ever.

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We are working alongside LCC planners who are defending their decision to refuse planning permission in the first place. We will be raising issues not raised by the Council, not least of which will be the traffic implications. Our Highways Department, by the way, has no problems with this development. Our case will be strengthened if we can get members of our community to attend all sessions. Even if you can only make half a day that will be a great help. Please email John Hartley at if you can attend and state which day and session (mornings 10am – 1pm, afternoons 2 – 5pm). If you have not yet signed a petition they are still at the Post Office at the Co-op, Adelwood Stores, Hazel’s Café and other places around Adel. We still need letters of objection so keep these coming in to Caroline Anderson at or to me at Remember we meet on the 3rd Thursday of every month at the Stables next to Adel Church at 7.30pm. Any Adel resident is welcome and can send agenda items to me in advance. | November 2010 13



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................................................................................................................................................................................................... Mon 7.30 – 9.30pm, Horsforth Fellandale Leeds HF Rambling & ACTIVE Brownberrie Lane Running Club trains every Social Club. Walks on a Preschool, Horsforth. Wed, usually on Otley Sunday geared to public Abbey Runners Tues, Details: Katie 07890 Chevin. Runners of all transport from Leeds. 7.45pm, Adel Memorial 754115, www.briggateabilities welcome. Details: Social events in winter. Hall, Church Lane, for Andy on 258 5691, Details: Send SAE to John local run & Thurs, 7.30pm Maltman, 52 Vesper Gate Leeds Met Beckett Park Cookridge Rambling Club Mount, Leeds LS5 3NN. campus for coached track meets Sun in car park at Horsforth Harriers sessions. All standards Cookridge Village Hall, welcome runners Tues, Leeds YHA Walking welcome. Details: www. Moseley Wood Lane, 7pm, Cricket Pavilion, Group organises walks, 9.30am. Walks, approx. Hall Park. Training groups cycle rides, weekends & 6/8 miles. New members for all abilities. Details: social activities. Over 160 Badminton Anyone? welcome. Details: Shirley Marc 07968 712055, members aged 20-74. Try Friendly badminton club 267 9452 Hilary 250 5673, www. before joining. Details: looking for experienced Mary 228 6766, Phil 268 players. Fri 7.30-9.30pm Dalesbus Ramblers 9996, www.leedsyha. at Trinity University, Free guided walks in Leeds Area Disabled Horsforth. Details: Sylvia the Yorkshire Dales on Swimming Club 259 0113, Graham on Sundays. Accessible by Recovering from a stroke Friends of Lawnswood 258 4532 public transport, incl. or other condition where Badminton Club Mon DalesBus services 800, swimming could help? & Weds (term time), Bramhope Badminton 820 & 870 which link Friendly, safe environment 7 – 9pm, Sports Hall Club meets Mon, 8 – North Leeds with the where you can swim & Lawnswood School. 11pm at the Robert start to feel confident Parents, children Craven Institute, Old Lane. Dales on Sun & Bank Hols. Details: Steve again. New members (accompanied) & New members welcome. 07982 764 857, www. welcome. Mon 7 - 8pm, members of wider Details: 284 2706. Holt Park Leisure Centre. community welcome. Details: Sara 287 6250. Details: Tony Magee Circle Dancing Group Dance Scottish in Adel Roger 267 4716 267 3728, baylis365@ meets 1st & 3rd Tues Scottish Country Dancing, of the month at St.Giles Mon 1.45 – 4.45pm & Leeds Contra Ceilidh Church Hall, Bramhope. Tues 7.45 – at meets 8 - 10.30pm at Phoenix Folk Dancers Gentle dancing to Adel Methodist Church Headingley Parish Hall, St English Country Dancing, beautiful music from all Hall (behind Lawnswood Michael’s Rd. Headingley, Adel Methodist Church over the world. Great fun, Arms). Beginners on 2nd & 4th Tues of Hall, (behind Lawnswood therapeutic, & friendly welcome. No partner each month. Live band! Arms), Wed 8 – 10pm. group. All welcome. necessary. Details: Don No partner or experience Beginners welcome, Details: Joan 284 2549. Andrews 01535 605065, required. Newcomers partner not necessary. donald@hbandrews.fsnet. welcome. Details: Liz 284 Details: 2611902 Briggate Morris (Women’s or Irene Dracup 263 3282, www.leedscontra. Northwest Morris 1310 www.rscdsleeds. Dancing) New members invited. All ages & abilities welcome. Practice

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The Tuesday Club Dance the night away, The Village Hotel, Otley Old Rd, LS16, 8–11pm. Great atmosphere & DJ. Over 25s. Smart dress. Only £3.50. Details: Reg 01274 771285/ 07939 959400.

Sequence Tea Dance Bramhope Methodist Church Mon, 2 – 4pm. Everyone Welcome. Details: 0113 267 9802.

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

Short Mat Indoor Bowls 1.30pm at Robert Craven Memorial Hall, Old Lane, Bramhope. A three hour session each week until April with Christmas break. New members welcome, free tuition available, some bowls on site. Details: Ewart 267 8001 Social Dance at Yarnbury Jive & ballroom Tues, 8 – 10pm at Yarnbury Rugby Club, Brownberrie Lane, Horsforth. All welcome!

ARTS & CRAFTS Alwoodley Artists - Winter Exhibition & Sale 13/ 14 Nov, 10am – 5pm at Alwoodley Community Centre, The Avenue, LS17. A great chance to view & purchase original paintings, drawings, prints, greetings cards & small, hand-crafted gifts. Free admission, competition, raffle & refreshments. Details: 225 1546,


Bramhope Arts Club Mon 1 Nov: practical evening – ‘Paint a Christmas Card’. 8 Nov: demonstration of Animals in Pastels by Jane Parkin, followed by a practical on 15th. 22 Nov: Sam O’Brien returns to run a colour workshop. 29 Nov: an evening of Five Minute Tips & Book Auction. New members welcome. Details: Ian 230 0094.

Society, 186 Kirkstall Lane. Beginners welcome. Details: Kath Hall 275 2436, kaybeehall@

Chinese Brush Painters Society Sat 13 Nov, 10am - 4pm at Pool-inWharfedale Memorial Village Hall, Arthington Lane, Pool, Nick Hornigold will run a workshop on painting cats. Sun 14 Nov David Dong will show how to paint peonies. New members welcome. Details: Anne Allan 01422 368482, mail@cbpsyorks.

Mindfolds & Srangleholds an exhibition in the Art Library at Leeds Central Library. Leeds artist Joanne Fox explores the presence of the past using mixed media, soft sculpture, limited edition prints & embroidered textiles. Mon – Wed: 9am – 8pm. Thurs – Fri: 9am – 5pm. Sat: 10am – 5pm. Sun: 1pm – 5pm. Details 247 8247

Flower Arranging Classes 1st Thurs of month, 1.30pm & 7.30pm at Paxton Horticultural

Life Drawing Friendly group of artists of all levels of experience meets regularly in Adel. Sessions on Tues, choice of AM, PM or evenings. Details: Bob 230 1761,

16 COFFEE MORNINGS, FAIRS & MARKETS Bramhope Farmers’ Market Robert Craven Memorial Hall, Old Lane, 9am, 2nd Sat of month. Home baking, organic meats, sausages & pies, free range eggs, bread & cheese, plus veg produced by local farmers. Wheelchair access. Bramhope Methodist Church Coffee Shop Every Tues 10am-noon. Delicious homemade scones & friendly fellowship – all welcome. Christmas Fair Sat 4 Dec, 11.30am – 2.30pm, Adel Primary School, Tile Lane, LS16. Variety of stalls, incl. Christmas crafts, bottle tombola, face painting & refreshments. Free entry. If you would like to run a stall contact 0113 230 1116. Christmas Fair Sat 20 Nov, 10am – 2pm, St Margaret’s Church Hall, Church Rd, Horsforth, in aid of Hope Pastures Horse & Donkey Sanctuary & Feral Cat Welfare. Good quality gifts & bric-a-brac, homemade produce, tombolas, crafts, Indian Head Massage, tarot card reading, books etc. Entry 50p, children free. Details: 07979 305 732, 07876 212 518.

Christmas Shopping Evening Thurs 11 Nov, 7 – 9pm, Holy Trinity Primary School, Green Lane, Cookridge. Hampers, decorations, chocolates, cards, jewellery, jams, toys & lots more. Come & browse the many stalls & help raise funds for the school. Entry £2.50 includes mince pie & wine. Christmas Tree Festival Sat 27 Nov 10am – 5pm & Sun 28 Nov 12 – 4pm, Bramhope Methodist Church. Spectacular festival of over 20 decorated & illuminated trees & a number of Christmas stalls. Caring For Life’s Christmas Crafts Day Sat 4 Dec, 10am –4pm, Crag House Farm, Otley Old Road, Cookridge. Range of gifts for all the family, farm produced beef & lamb, free range eggs, Christmas bulb, plant & wreath arrangements. Christmas menu at Granary Café. Details: 230 3600.

St. Gemma’s Hospice, Harrogate Rd. LS17. Preview the new Christmas gift range & enjoy a Christmas crafts evening including wine, canapés & workshops. Tkts £7.50. Details: 218 5570,

Nearly New Toy Sale Sat 6 Nov, 1 – 2pm, Cookridge Methodist Church (Corner of Otley Old Rd /Tinshill Rd ). In aid of Church Funds. Snap up some bargains for Christmas! Details: 267 8517

Headingley Farmers’ Market 2nd Sat of each month, The Rose Garden in front of The Arc, North Lane. 9am – 12.30pm. Horsforth Historical Society Coffee Mornings Sat 27 Nov, Christmas fare including homemade soup, & Sat 11 Dec, 10am – 12.30pm at The Museum. The Museum closes for winter recess 12 Dec – end March 2011. Coffee mornings will still run on last Sat in Jan & Feb 2011.

Coffee Morning Sat 4 Dec, 10.30am – 12 noon, Old Stables, Back Church Lane, Adel. Home made scones & cakes. Come & enjoy!

Leeds National Trust Christmas Fair Sat 20 Nov, 10am – 12 noon, St Chad’s Parish Hall, Otley Rd. Far Headingley. Large variety of stalls & goods for sale. All welcome. Entry £2.50, accompanied children free. All profits go to support the work of National Trust in the region. Everyone welcome.

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St Margaret’s Church Horsforth Autumn Fair Sat 13 Nov, 10am – 2pmin St Margaret’s Hall, Church Rd. Stalls & games, refreshments & light lunches. UNICEF Christmas Craft & Charity Fair Sat 13 Nov, 10am – 3pm at St Edmunds Church Hall, Lidgett Pk Rd, Roundhay LS8. Cards, gifts, free trade goods, homemade cakes & preserves, tombola, children’s crafts, face painting & the opportunity to run a model railway. Entry £2 incl refreshments. Organised by Leeds Group for UNICEF UK. Details: 266 5036, leeds.unicef@



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18 GROUPS Adel Crag Community Assoc. keeps you informed about what is happening in your neighbourhood, with up-to-date info on local news, events etc. Details: Francis Garbutt 261 0846 Adel & District Horticultural Society meets 2nd Mon in the month, 7.45pm, Friends Meeting House, New Adel Lane. New members welcome. Next meeting 8 Nov: AGM followed by a talk on ‘Fitness for Gardening & Gardening for Fitness’ by Jason Dean. Details: Mrs Tarn Everett, Leeds 2613095 Adel Ladies Luncheon Club meets 1st Wed of month, Castle Grove Masonic Hall, Castle Grove Dr, LS6. The AGM is on 3 Nov, followed by a talk by Prof Mike Dixon on ‘Ilkley & The Water Cure’. On 1 Dec, Soprano Judith Hibbert presents ‘Julie, Joyce & Gracie’. Details: Muriel Huntley 230 1584. Adel YCA (Yorkshire Countrywomen’s Association) Meets 7.30pm, Adel Primary School, Tile Lane. Mon 8 Nov: Carole Walker talks about the National

Osteoporosis Society. Mon 22 Nov: Tony Gatewood’s subject is ‘Dance’. New members & guests welcome. Details Val Crompton 225 9142

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Bramhope St Giles Women’s Fellowship Tues 9 Nov, 8pm, St Giles Church Hall: a talk on Music & the Deaf by Dr Paul Whittaker OBE

Alwoodley Motor Club Every other Thurs, 8.30pm, The Wharfedale Inn, Arthington Lane. All welcome. Details: 391 0403, www.alwoodleymc. Athill Women’s Institute Meets 1st Tues of month, Adel Memorial Hall, Church Lane, 7.30pm. Interesting programme of speakers & enjoyable company. Visitors welcome (£2). Details: Margaret Whitaker 261 1969. Bramhope Bridge Club Robert Craven Memorial Hall, Old Lane, Mon 12.45 & 4.15pm & Tues & Thurs 7.15 – 10.15pm. Lessons for novices Wed evenings. Details: Bob 225 7495 Bramhope Round Table Every 2nd Tues. Fun, friendship & fundraising

Cat loving volunteers wanted! Join friendly new cat welfare group supporting feral & stray cats. Fundraisers needed to raise funds for food, cat kennels & vet costs. Fosterers also needed - full support given. Details: 07876 212 518,, www.feralcatwelfare. Comedy Writers & Performers Tues 9 & 23 Nov, 7-9pm, upstairs at Pack Horse pub, Woodhouse Lane. Sketches & stand-up: readings/performance, rehearsal, feedback. Details: Terry 295 5339 or, with Comedy Writing in subject line. Cookridge Camera Club presents a photographic slide show, exhibition & competition on Sat 23 Oct, from 7.30pm


at Cookridge Village Hall. Details: Richard on 230 1853, www. cookridgecameraclub. Cookridge Gardening Club meets Wed 17 Nov, 7.30pm in Cookridge Methodist Church Hall for a AGM followed by ‘Perennials for all Seasons’ presented by Sarah Hopps. Come along and support your Club & enjoy an interesting talk. Cookridge Methodist Community Film Society New members welcome. A booklet ‘What’s in a name? Roads & Lanes in Cookridge’ by Don Cole, £3 + P&P, has been produced from film society funds. Details: 267 4721.


19 Holt Park Residents’ Assoc. Provides a voice for all residents & tenants in Holt Park area. Regular monthly meetings at Leisure Centre. Details: 07799 422950, 07901 656886 or www. Horsforth in Bloom meets Sat 6 Nov, 10am in the Museum. Having achieved a Silver Gilt Rose Award in Yorkshire in Bloom 2010, plus many individual awards for businesses, churches & schools in Leeds in Bloom, they will be planning to equal or improve on that in 2011! Anyone able to help is most welcome. Details: Hilary Taylor 258 3521 Horsforth Duplicate Bridge Club Weds, The Horsforth Club, New Road Side, 7.15pm & Thurs 1.30–4.30pm. New members welcome. Details: Mike Bent 258 1580.

Visitors welcome. Details: Pat 258 7062, Christine on 258 9501. Details: 216 0593, mail@leedsfelinefriends.,

Kaleidoscope Social Club for mature (50 +) & unattached with a zest for life. Regular meetings & monthly programme of events. Not a dating agency. Details: 2621455, 2612272, www.kaleidoscopeleeds.

Leeds Horticultural Society 1st Tues of month, St Chad’s Centre, Otley Rd, 8pm. Improve your plant skills, learn from speakers. New members welcome Details: 225 0030.

Leeds Anglo German Club Mon 1 Nov, 7.30pm, The Original Oak, Headingley. Annual Quiz Night, incl. supper. Questions in German & English. Call 268 7697 by 29 Oct to book. Wed 24 Nov, 7.30pm at Headingley St Columba’s URC, Talk in German & English, with music, by Prof. Kenneth Whitton on ‘Schubertiade’. Details: 268 7697

Horsforth Historical Society Meet 3rd Tues of month, Stable Block at rear of Museum, 7.30pm. On Tues 16 Nov, Ian Dewhirst will give a talk in the Central Methodist Church. Please note the different venue.

Leeds Caledonian Society Members & friends meet regularly throughout the year. The popular St Andrews Dinner/ Dance is on Sat 27 Nov at Castle Grove, Far Headingley. Tkts from 267 4141. Annual Service at Headingley St Columba URC Sun 28 Nov, 10.45am.

Horsforth Photographic Club meets Wed 7pm at Horsforth Museum. New members welcome. Details: rjoyful@yahoo. com

Leeds Co-operative Members’ Group meets monthly for talks & outings. Details:kpm. or 0113 216 8837

Horsforth WI meets 3rd Mon of the month at St James’s Parish Centre, Low Lane, 7.30pm. Interesting speakers.

Leeds Feline Friends Can you give a cat a home away from a busy road? Please take a look on www.leedsfelinefriends.

Leeds Hospital Alert Small group of concerned people campaigning for preservation of the NHS. Next meeting Tues 23 Nov, 7.30pm, Muir Court, St Michael’s Rd. LS6. Details: Beatrice Rogers 0113 278 5495. Leeds Movie Makers Get more out of your camcorder & film making. Stainbeck United Reformed Church Hall, Stainbeck Lane (rear entrance), Fri 7:30pm. Details: George Woolley 225 6444, Doreen Wood 278 2972.

Leeds Women’s Luncheon Club Meets 4th Wed of the month, 12.15pm, The Cosmopolitan (formerly Golden Lion), Swinegate, Leeds. Interesting speakers. Details: 0113 267 9316. Mercury Movie Makers meet Weds, Rawdon Conservative Club, 7:30pm. Club for camcorder owners. Advice, regular film & practical evenings, & occasional outdoor events. Details: www. brad/mercmove Methodist Women’s Luncheon Club (Leeds & District) Welcomes new members to their monthly meetings at Devonshire Hall, Headingley on 2nd Wed of each month (Oct – May). Good food & excellent speakers! Details: Shirley 257 9381.

Leeds Oxfam Group holds open evenings with invited speakers & arranges events & activities across the city in support of Oxfam. Meetings 1st Wed of each month, 7.30 pm, Civic Hall. Next meetings 3 Nov &1 Dec. Details: Pauline Neale 0113 269 3542 Leeds U3A A vibrant organisation with 19 interest groups & regular monthly meetings for anyone not in full time occupation, Details: Bill 07552 448834, www.



COMMUNITY COMMUNITY NOTICES Paxton Horticultural Society Late Autumn Show Sat 27 Nov at Paxton Hall, 186 Kirkstall Lane, LS5. Open to public 2 – 4.30pm, admission free. Anyone wishing to exhibit, please contact Graham Wheatley on 256 3055 for a schedule. Social & Activities Club New members welcome. Mainly over 30s. Meals, pub nights, theatre/films/ music, walks, badminton, book group, weekends away & more. Monthly new members’ night in north Leeds. Details: 0844 8111025 The Tuesday Club - Ladies’ Lunch Group Devonshire Hall, Cumberland Road, Headingley, last Tues of month. Lunch at 12.30pm, followed by talk. Details: Heather Harrison 267 8437 hharrison578@btinternet. com Trackrod Motor Club Meets 1st Tues of each month, 9.30pm at Old Modernians Club, Cookridge Lane. New Members welcome. Details: www. University of Leeds Ladies’ Club welcomes women connected to the Uni as either serving or

former staff members, partners/staff/grads. Regular events. Details: cadman.irving@gmail. com. White Rose Ladies Speakers Club meets Farsley Library Community Room, Mon 7.45pm. Next meetings 8 & 22 Nov. Friendly environment in which to find your voice & improve your presentation skills, while having a lot of fun. Details: Sheila Wyatt 0113 2672062 Yorkshire Countrywomen’s Association meets 2nd Thurs each month, 1.30pm Robert Craven Memorial Hall, Bramhope. New members welcome. MUSIC Bramhope Village Players & Blue Notes Fri 3 &Sat 4 Dec, two evenings of Music & Drama presented by Bramhope Village Players & populat local band the Blue Notes. Proceeds to the church redevelopment fund. Details: 267 8169 /2672906 Horsforth Choral Society Autumn Concert Tues 16 Nov, 7.30pm St Margaret’s Hall, Horsforth. Rossini’s ‘La Petite Messe Solennelle’, plus operatic favourites by various composers.


Soloists: Joanne Dexter soprano, Laura Trayhum mezzo soprano, Peter Wilman tenor , piano accompaniment Richard Kenwood-Herriot. Details: Tickets £8 (under 16s £6) from 250 2203 or on the door. Lawnswood Singers Female choir, practices Wed 7.30pm Holy Trinity Church, Green Lane, Cookridge. Good female singers welcome to come & try us out. Wide repertoire of music & friendly people! Details: Brenda Hawer 0113 2671292, www. Leeds & Bradford Barbershop Harmony Club Mon 7.30pm, Rawdon & Guiseley Conservative Club, Leeds Road, Rawdon. Male singers who can take on four part harmony most welcome. Details: 01274 583 989. Dr Simon Lindley, Leeds City Organist, Sunday 28 Nov, 2.30pm at Bramhope Methodist Church. Free admission – retiring collection – proceeds to church redevelopment fund.

Home Fires Burning’ – a concert in Music & words for the Season of Remembrance with Guest Reader Geoff Druett. Tickets £6 from 267 8169/ 267 2906 or pay on the door. Leeds Organ & Keyboard Club Join in playing/ listening to our Yamaha organ & keyboard. Occasional concerts by prof artists playing a variety of music. Weds 7.30-10.30pm. Guiseley Factory Workers Club, LS20 9DT. Details: 226 5671 Singing for Fun Friendly group meets weekly (term time) Tues AM in Cookridge. Would like to recruit new members. Very informal group covering a wide range of singing styles. Details: Stella 267 2716 Yeadon & District Male Voice Choir welcomes male voices of any ability, Yeadon Methodist Church, Chapel Hill. (next to Town Hall). Singing is a proven stress buster, come along any Thurs 7.30pm. Details: John Atkinson 294 9095

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COMMUNITY COMMUNITY NOTICES SENIORS Horsforth Live at Home Bacon Butties served Tues 11am- 12.30pm, followed by dancing ‘til 3pm. On Thurs a range of meals is served, followed by indoor bowls. Leeds & Bradford Friendship Group Friendship & activities for people of retirement age. 1st Wed of month, Pudsey Civic Centre 1.30pm, speaker or entertainment at 2pm. Days out, dining, walks, holidays, computer & play reading groups. New members welcome. Details: Barbara 01943 875208. OPAL Coffee Afternoon Fri 1.30 – 3.30pm at The Old Post Office, 10 Silk Mill Drive, Cookridge. Details: 261 9103. OPAL Tea Dances held fortnightly on Tues, 1 – 3pm, Adel & Ireland Wood Community Centre, New Adel Lane. Ballroom, old time, sequence, line & fun dance. Details: Ken 230 1213, Sheila 217 9136. OPAL Volunteer Opportunities OPAL, an LS16 based charity supports people aged 60 & over to live enjoyable & fulfilling lives. They have an enthusiastic volunteer team & are looking for new volunteers to help with Admin support & Transport. Details: Sally-

Anne 2619103 Woodside Luncheon Club (Outwood Lane) Meets Thursdays & is open to all elderly Horsforth residents. Details: 258 3184 SPIRITUAL Adel Baptist Congregation invites you to Sunday services, 10.30am in Adel Primary School, Tile lane, LS16. Worship style is informal with mixture of contemporary & traditional songs. Also, a variety of day time & evening groups. Details: Revd Richard Pollard 275 4989, Richard@spbc. Adel Methodist Church, corner of Holt Lane & Gainsborough Ave, invites you to Sunday Services at 10.30am. Junior Church also meets at 10.30am Adel St John the Baptist Church Sun 31 Oct, 6.30pm, Memorial Service for all those we have loved who have died. Fri 5 Nov: Bonfire starting at 6.30pm in field behind the Old Stables, Back Church Lane. Splendid firework display. Free. Sun 14 Nov, 10am, Remembrance Sunday service. All welcome. Adel St John the Baptist Church, Church Lane. Welcomes you to an

Informal Family Service every 3rd Sun at 10am. Junior Church other Sundays at 10am as well as other services. Details: Rev. Ian White 267 3676, www.adelstjohnchurch.

Sun 10.30am. Testimony meetings 2nd Wed of month, 7.30pm, & 4th Wed 2.30pm. Reading Room open 11am - 2pm Tues, Thurs & Fri - 40 Otley Road. Details: www.

Alpha Course every Wed in Nov, 7.15pm at St Giles Bramhope. Social evening with food, laughter, & an opportunity to work through those questions you’ve always wanted to ask – Does God exist? Who is Jesus? What’s the real evidence? If attending please call Karen or Steve on 267 1785 for catering purposes. Details: www.

Drop-In Group Meditation Sun 7- 8pm (except 3rd Sun of month: 6.307.30pm). Experience peace & calm with periods of silence & guided meditations. Brahma Kumaris, West Park. Details: 275 7727,,

Bramhope Methodist Church Midweek worship in the Low Room, 10am 2nd Tues in month, & 7.45 for 8pm on 4th Thurs (half hour)– an opportunity to sing along with hymns; listen to a passage of Scripture; hear a brief message about our faith; or share in Holy Communion. Followed by coffee & fellowship. Cookridge Methodist Church will celebrate its church anniversary on Sun 7 Nov at 10.30am. The Rev. Dr Roy Yates MA, M.Litt will be guest preacher. All Welcome. Christian Science Church Services in Headingley:



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COMMUNITY COMMUNITY NOTICES Holy Name Catholic Church Otley Old Road, serves Adel, Bramhope, Cookridge & Ireland Wood. Details: Father Pat Smythe or Parish Secretary, Sue Goodyear 267 8257, Mon - Fri 1 - 5pm. Horsforth Churches Together Wed 3 Nov, 7.30pm, St Mary’s School, Broadgate Lane. Open to all. Preparations for Christmas will include delivering the HCT Christmas Card with Christmas Service details. 1st event will be United Advent Service, led by Andy Lloyd, on Sun 28 Nov, 6.30pm, Lister Hill Baptist Church. All welcome. Learn to meditate FWBO Leeds Buddhist Centre. A contemporary approach to meditation, mindfulness & the Buddhist tradition. Also classes in yoga & bodywork, chronic pain & stress management. Details: 244 5256, www. Leeds Healing Centre Now at Burley Lodge Centre, 42-46 Burley Lodge Road, LS6. Healing by members of The Healing Trust (NFSH) to aid relaxation & promote wellbeing. Fri 11am – 2.30pm. Healing also at Friends’ Meeting House, Roundhay, Thurs 7 – 8.30pm. Donations appreciated.


Details: 07985 121810, 01274 617700, www. Leeds Stillness Group Based on the teachings of Eckhart Tolle, author of The Power of Now & A New Earth. Join like-minded people to watch footage of an Eckhart Tolle talk followed by a period of silent meditation. Small donation appreciated. Details: 07884 332644, Leeds Theosophical Society Sun 28 Nov, 2.30pm, 12 Queen Sq LS2 (near Merrion Centre). Ajahn Punnyo, a Buddhist monk living at Arunaratanagiri Monastery in Harnham, Northumberland, will discuss the Buddhist concept of ‘Dhamma’. There will be a talk & guided meditation. Free. All are welcome. Memorial Service Sun 14 Nov, 3pm, St Giles Bramhope. A quiet service of reflection & prayer for those who have lost loved ones & an opportunity to remember. NEW! The Word Thurs 2 & 16 Nov, 8pm, St Giles Church Bramhope. Informal worship, bible-based discussion & prayer. Details: Janice Smith 203 7523. Ratnasambhava Buddhist Centre Meditation,Thurs 7.30-9.30pm, Friends

Meeting House, Woodhouse Lane, LS2, £5. Meditation Workshop: Sat 6 Nov, 10.30am-1pm, £10. Stop the Week: Fri 19 Nov, 7.30-10pm, wind down for the weekend with a guided meditation followed by three-course meal. £12. Together Communion! Sun 28 Nov 9.30am St Giles Church Bramhope. A family friendly celebration with craft & games for children in the church hall. Women’s World Day of Prayer Fri 5 Nov, 10am – 3pm at Headingley St Columba’s URC. Everyone welcome. Details: 281 7154. SUPPORT Arthritis Care Leeds Branch Meets 3rd Tues of each month, 7.30 – 9pm, St Chad’s Parish Centre, Far Headingley. Entry £2 incl. refreshments & raffle. New members welcome. Details: Pat 0113 275 7694 Carers’ Support Group NEW friendly, over 50s carers’ support group. Central Methodist Church, (Sunday school room), Town Street, Horsforth, 1st Tues of month. Join them for a cuppa & a chat. Details: Angie at Carers Leeds 246 8338.

Different Strokes invites stroke survivors to join them. Weds 1.45 – 3.45pm Adel Stables, Back Church Lane, Adel. Includes an hour of exercise. Details: Linda McLean 225 4744 Families Need Fathers 7.30pm, every 2nd Wed, Victoria Hotel, Great George St. Leeds. Support & advice for parents trying to maintain & develop relationships with their children, following divorce or family breakdown. Details: Don 07981 710179, Ray 07921 728747. Free Debt Help & Advice Available from Christians Against Poverty. Call 0800 328 0006 for an appointment with Christine Taylor, Leeds West Centre Manager. Leeds Coeliac Group Sat 13 Nov, 10am – 12 noon, St. Chad’s Parish Centre, Otley Rd, Far Headingley LS16. Gluten-free coffee morning & cake stall. Details: 07711 768850, Leeds Diabetes Support Group meets 1st Mon of month, West Yorkshire Playhouse 7 – 9pm. Variety of speakers on all aspects of diabetes care. All welcome. Details: Joan Wells 225 4528.


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COMMUNITY NOTICES Leeds Lymphoedema Link Support Group Meets Sat 4 Dec 10.30am-12.30pm Headingley St Columba United Reformed Church, 70 Headingley Lane, LS6. Anyone connected with Lymphoedema welcome. Speakers, tombola, book & plant stalls throughout the year. Details: www. Crohn’s & Colitis UK Support for people with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), their friends & families throughout North & West Yorkshire. Four educational & support meetings a year, plus regular informal meets. Family-friendly festival Sat 20 Nov, 3 – 8pm at Moor Allerton Sports & Social Centre, Stonegate Rd. (opp. Fire Station) Live music & entertainment, stalls, bar, food. Free entry. In aid of association. Details: 0845 130 6809, Leeds@, www. The Open Door Café A meeting place for people with dementia & their carers. Last Mon of each month (except bank hols), 2-4pm, New Headingley Club, St Michael’s Road, Headingley. Details: Nikki 231 1727 The Owls New city-wide informal childminding group offering support, training & information, & social events. Membership £5 pa. Details: 240 2956.

The Yorkshire Cancer Help Centre is now at the Day Therapy Unit, St Michael’s Hospice, Harrogate two Saturdays each month, offering support for people with cancer & their loved ones. Details: Esme 01423 881392/ Karen 01937 573166, www. TALKS & DISCUSSIONS An Afternoon with Ian Dewhirst OBE Tues 30 Nov, 2pm, Cookridge Village Hall. Admission £3. Tkts: 267 3621 or 267 4706. Forum 2000 Wed 10am, The Grove Centre, New St, Horsforth. 3 Nov: Prof Paul Rogers, Bradford University, gives the Edwin Barlow Memorial Lecture on: ‘Towards a More Peaceful World’; 10 Nov: Richard Hargreaves continues this theme with ‘Mountains for Peace in the Balkans’; 17 Nov: Janet Senior talks about writing ‘Markenfield & the Markenfield Family’; 24 Nov: ‘Welcome to Hell’, by Prof Michael Green, about the search for the trawler F V Gaul. Details: Hilary Taylor 258 521,hm. Headingley Cafe Scientifique Tues 16 Nov, 7.45 – 9.30pm, New Headingley Club, 56 St. Michael’s Road, LS6. Leeds Astronomical Society returns with telescopes, this time to focus on the moon. Fingers crossed for clear

skies! All welcome. £2. Details: ann.clarke17@ Leeds Geological Association Thurs 11 Nov, 7pm, Rupert Beckett Lecture Theatre, Michael Sadler Building, Leeds Uni. Lecture: ‘The Dynamics & Deposits of Braid Bars in the world’s largest rivers’ by Dr Dan Parsons of Leeds University. Visitors welcome. Details: www. Leeds National Trust Association Tues 9 Nov, 10am, St Chad’s Parish Centre, Headingley illustrated talk by Trevor Moody ‘The National Trust in North Wales’, tkts £2. Monthly talks throughout the winter. Details on membership: Pam 0113 258 8178. Leeds RSPB Group Wed 17 Nov, 7.30pm, Friends Meeting House, 188 Woodhouse Lane. Illustrated talk by Roger Barnes on ‘The Birds of Kerala, South India’. All welcome. Details: rspbleeds@googlemail. com Victorian Studies Lecture Mon 15 Nov, 7pm, Auditorium at Leeds Trinity Uni College, Brownberrie Lane, Horsforth. Prof Dinah Birch gives her inaugural public lecture as the first visiting professor of the Leeds Centre for Victorian Studies, entitled ‘Is our education system still Victorian?’ All welcome.

Lecture preceded by drinks reception. Please call 283 7305 to confirm attendance. Yorkshire Archaeological Society (Family History Section) Sat 13 Nov, 11am, 23 Clarendon Road, Leeds: lecture entitled ‘Hidden Away Mental Illness & Asylum Records’ by Pamela Walters. Free drop in sessions Tues 2 – 4pm for anyone needing help with family history research. Details: Mrs J.Butler 263 9540 MISC/EVENTS Adel St John’s the Baptist Primary School PTA Bonfire & Firework Extravaganza Sat 6 Nov, 5.30pm. Fireworks display 6.30pm. Catering vans, a refreshments stall, bar & children’s bouncy castle. All welcome – tickets from the school office or on the night. Join us for this spectacular event. Auction of Promises Thurs 11 Nov, viewing from 7pm, auction 7.30pm, Grove Methodist Church Main Hall, New St. Horsforth. Entry 50p includes non alcoholic mulled wine & a mince pie. Offers of promises or items to be auctioned very welcome. Details: Allison 293 8458, Julie 284 3358.

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COMMUNITY NOTICES Blood Donor Sessions Thurs 18 Nov, Adel Memorial Hall, Church Lane, Adel LS16. Wed 24 Nov, 2 – 4pm & 5 – 7.30pm, The Grove Centre, New St. Horsforth Community Carol Concert Sun 5 Dec, 3pm at Leeds Town Hall in aid of Help for Heroes. Featuring The Salvation Army bands, choirs & timbrelists, united schools choir & guest xylophone soloist. Tickets £6 adults, £3 children, £15 family from The Salvation Army c/o 9 Wedderburn Road, Harrogate, HG2 7QH. Please send SAE & cheque payable to “The Salvation Army.” Details: 01423 819161. Cookridge Village Hall Two rooms with kitchen facilities available for hire. Ideal for meetings, birthday parties, dances or classes. New members & helpers welcome. Details: Mrs Tones on 267 4706. French for Fun - want to brush up your French conversational skills? Join the friendly, mixed age, mixed ability group

(not beginners) at Moor Allerton Library meeting room on Tues afternoon, Oct to Easter. Led by helpful & sympathetic teacher. Learn a bit & laugh a lot! Details: Jeanne Jackson 01937 572204, jeanne.jackson@ Gala Christmas Concert Wed 15 Dec, 7pm, Leeds Parish Church, Kirkgate LS2 feat. The Choir of Leeds Parish Church, St. Peter’s Singers, Leeds College of Music Choral Society, Rothwell Temperance Band, conducted by Dr Simon Lindley. Advance tkts (£5) avail. from Ann Chadwick, Newlaithes Manor, Newlaithes Rd, Horsforth, LS18 4LG. Tel: 258 8446 or Leeds City Centre Box Office on 0113 224 3801 Great Rooms for Hire At St. Margaret’s New Parish Centre, Horsforth. Ideal for meetings, seminars, classes, parties etc. Tea/ coffee facilities. Fully equipped kitchen. Details: 07982 092573

Kidz in Kampz need good quality clothing, shoes, household goods, jewellery, books, bric-a-brac to sell in their shop in Holt Park. Money goes towards caring for children driven out of Burma into refugee camps in Thailand. Collection available. Details: 267 6800. Meeting Rooms & Hall available For Hire Mon – Sat, Robert Craven Memorial Hall, Old Lane, Bramhope. Would suit educational/leisure classes or activities, concerts, dances, children’s parties or weddings. Wheelchair access. Details: Paul 0113 2843361, Picture Show 2010 Fri 19 Nov, 7.30pm, Cookridge Village Hall. Presented by Leeds Audio Visual Group. Adm £4. Tkts: 267 3621/ 267 9500 Sponsored Santa Dash – Sat 11/ Sun 12 Dec. It’s time to sign up for this year’s Sponsored Santa Dashes in aid of St.



Gemma’s Hospice. Festive fun & fundraising for a great cause. 5k Hyde Park dash on Sat or 1 mile Leeds city centre dash on Sun. Details: 218 5505, Wanted! New Chairman It’s nearly a year since Cookridge Village Association’s last chairman retired & they haven’t managed to replace him yet. The Committee is desperately seeking a replacement. If you, or anyone you know is interested please contact The Secretary. Details: 267 4706, or Treasurer on 2673621.






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By now you should be thinking about your Christmas shopping strategy: what you’ll buy for whom and how much you’ll spend. That is, of course, unless you’re playing ‘Christmas Chicken’ and waiting until the 11th hour. With Leeds fast becoming a shopping Mecca, we are somewhat spoilt for choice. We here at North Leeds Life are all about supporting local, independent business, so we’ve shopped, almost ‘til we dropped, to find the best stores in our area (hey, someone had to do it!). This year’s guide to gifts will ensure you get something unique and most importantly help you avoid shopping at midnight on Christmas Eve at the petrol station!



............................................................................................................................... There are two places in Headingley which offer more than meets the eye. If you like knitting, pop into Baa Ram Ewe (87 Otley Road). They offer a really great selection of Yorkshire wools, as well as knitting kits (including the exclusive-to-Baa Ram Ewe Yorkshire Rose corsage design) all at very reasonable price points. If you’re looking for a special gift idea, why not get your loved one a gift voucher for one of the many courses the shop offers? From learning to knit to dyeing and using a spinning wheel, Baa Ram Ewe offers enough courses to turn you into a crafting God! Just across the street from there you’ll find The Bowery (54 Otley Road). They have lovely ranges of hand crafted and vintage inspired jewellery, Massey & Rogers lampshades, Dear Emma textiles and ceramics. They also offer a really wide range of courses and workshops – from sewing to photography – so if you know someone looking to take up a new hobby, this could be a great idea.



........................................................... Cool, independent shops have been spicing up the retail landscape in Leeds over the past year and The Yorkshire Soap Company (8 Market St, Otley) definitely stands out from the crowd. Their truly unique soaps made to look like cupcakes, truffles or cake slices make fantastic gifts and each one is packaged and wrapped beautifully. Paper Scissor Stone (38 New York St, LS1) is a city centre gem. Men’s and women’s wear you won’t find anywhere else, along with a collection of accessories, art, prints and cards from some amazing designers sourced from all over the globe. Tableau (29 Otley Rd, Headingley) offers a quirky selection of decorative crafts, handmade jewellery, furniture and prints.

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Vintage continues to be all the rage and you’ll find no better range than at Hyde Park Corner, where you can browse through Retro Boutique, The Story of O and The Final Curtain. Be it clothing, furniture or trinkets, you’ll find some great gift options around here. Bird’s Yard (83 Kirkgate, LS1) opened back in the summer and has fast become a favourite among vintage types. With a Corn Exhange-esque vibe, combining a number of stalls under one roof, Bird’s Yard is fun to browse around and a great place to pick up a one off piece by a local designer.


If you’d like to get the special someone in your life some designer goods at non designer prices, why not try a dress exchange? Jenni’s Dresser (26 Cross Green, Otley) and Bramhope Dress Agency (11 Eastgate, Bramhope) are both fantastic places to get nearly new designer gear at great prices (this writer has found many a dream bargain there!). So, if you don’t quite have a Harrods budget, these two goldmines should be your next stop!


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If finding gifts is just all too stressful, head to the Simply Christmas Fair in Harrogate (3-4 Dec, www. Last year, the selection and quality were outstanding. Exhibitors come from all over the country and you’ll find the very best in food, jewellery, clothing, books, you name it. A great source of gift inspiration, it’s virtually impossible to come away from here empty handed! Despite its future being in question earlier in the year, the German Market will be back in full force (12 Nov – 19 Dec). Aside from the lovely Christmassy atmosphere, there are handcrafted toys, jewellery and traditional German delicacies. If you like original design and handmade goodies, Artsmix is right up your street. Showcasing some of the best arts, crafts and design talent the region has to offer, the Artsmix markets will take place on five dates (20th and 27th November, 4th, 11th and 18th December) on Albion Place in Leeds City Centre.


So while online shopping may be a convenience, you can’t trade it for the experience of some great, personal customer service from some of our area’s best independent stores or some handmade crafts from a local designer. Now, go forth and shop!




NEW HEN-TREPRENEUR AIMS TO BRING FRESH EGGS TO URBAN FAMILIES Liz Milner was surrounded by hens growing up, but when she tried to set up a small hen house for her daughter, Emily, recently she couldn’t find affordable, traditional hen houses and materials locally. Taking into account the growing popularity of hen-keeping, she sensed a business opportunity and Clucking Hens was born. “It was a classic case of not being able to find a solution to my own problem that inspired me”, said hen-trepreneur, Liz, who has never forgotten the joy of going out to collect freshly laid eggs and having them for breakfast. “Today, you don’t need to live on a farm to do this, there’s a genuine trend for hen-keeping among urban families.”

Clucking Hens provides readymade hen starter packs. “I want to bring a bit of the countryside to the urban gardens of north Leeds, Harrogate and the Wharf Valley”, she told us. “I didn’t want to use the modern, plastic hen houses you can get now, for me it was all about keeping it simple, traditional and, above all, affordable.

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ARTS AND CRAFTS AT THE CORN EXCHANGE Reetsweet Events presents its first neo-craft, art and design fair at the Corn Exchange, in early November, giving you the perfect opportunity to pick up some unique Christmas gifts. Featuring eco friendly glicée cards from Dig the Earth, hand made and lovingly stuffed Noobs from Charley dreams, fabulously floral fascinators from Imogen’s Imagination and many more crafters’ work. The founder of Reetsweet Events, Rebecca Drury, was inspired to bring homemade to the high street after finding access limited to an online environment.

“I’ve always been passionate about handmade crafts,” she says. “The recession has brought craft back to the forefront with the modern consumer wanting unique items both for themselves and their homes. Through Reetsweet Events I can combine my two passions, people and craft, and bring beautiful, one off pieces to the Corn Exchange.” The first Reetsweet Craft Fair takes place in the Corn Exchange on Sunday 7 November, 11am-4pm. For more information, go to or email reetsweetevents@


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Nestled on Kirkgate in Otley is The Wharf. You can’t miss it really – one walk past and the glint of the fabulous jewellery in the shop window will surely catch your eye. Step inside and the range of carefully selected, beautifully designed bracelets, necklaces, earrings and gifts will be sure to have you adding many things to your ‘I Want’ list. DESCRIBE THE STYLE OF YOUR SHOP. The Wharf is a contemporary jewellery and fashion accessory store, using crisp and clean store designs to make shopping a pleasure. Most of our unique collection of silver and fashion jewellery, scarves and bags is available to ‘touch and feel’ rather than locked away behind glass. Our buying team puts our collection together from all around the world, with a large number of pieces only available from us. WHAT ARE YOUR BEST SELLING LINES? With Christmas coming up, we think that there will be a big demand for Glamour Colour and Big, Bold pieces. Classic pearls are given this big and bold touch in the Twist set, entwined 36 November 2010 |

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Remember Grannie’s Jewel Box and the dreams it created when you were a child? Our collection of Pretty Vintage costume jewellery starts a collection of your own.

We offer the largest range of contemporary jewellery in the area along with a very chic selection of men’s gift ideas including pens, bottle stoppers, clocks, cuff links and fantastic figurines called ‘Scrapyard Dogs’ and ‘Junk Yard Dinosaurs’ which are made from bolts and such like, which will add excitement to any desk! We also sell cards, so we’re a one-stop-shop for all your gift needs!

WHAT JEWELLERY TRENDS ARE YOU MOST LOOKING FORWARD TO OVER THE COMING MONTHS? Christmas is also a strong time of year for timeless sterling silver. Our own Annie Eyre collection has a stunning array of beautiful designs. Exquisite floral pieces capture the beauty and delicacy of nature. Our handmade oxidized sterling silver collection is a range of pieces as individual as the woman who wears it.

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Bird Watch with Stan Kenyon Owls are prominent in folklore and literature and adorn this City’s coat of arms. The most familiar species is the tawny owl, responsible for the hooting and ke-wick notes heard after dark, including these autumn evenings. Large-headed and plump with broad rounded wings, this owl is mottled brown and finely streaked. It occurs in woods and wooded farmland and even in urban parks and large gardens. Little owls are also brown but smaller, flying in deep undulations. They like fields edged with small trees and occur up to moorland edges and the Leeds limits. Slightly smaller than the tawny, the barn owl favours lowland farmland and marshes with scattered trees. It has a slim body with a pale heart-shaped face and long wings and looks ghostly, with pale buff upperparts and whitish below. Numbers of these nocturnal birds remain fairly stable, except for the barn owl which has declined markedly, but there is a welcome hint of a revival.



After four months of training, the day of my big half marathon race finally arrived on October 10th. In the run up to it, I was petrified I’d twist an ankle or throw my back out. As it transpired, I came down with a mean case of laryngitis two weeks beforehand, which set my training back considerably. Nevertheless, I got myself to the start line with a friend/all around madman who runs marathons in his sleep, who had agreed to run it with me to ensure I didn’t die en route. There were 12,500 other crazy people participating and the atmosphere was electric. Some did it in fancy dress, including one guy who came dressed as ‘The Stig’ which I can’t imagine was very comfortable. I did fine up until about nine miles when my body threw a bit of a hissy fit. Everything hurt, but I powered through. An amazing crowd of people lined the route, cheering us all on. By the time I saw the mile 12 marker and knew I had just one more mile to go, I was ecstatic. I got rather emotional seeing the finish line, but crossing it, had me in floods of tears. Such an amazing feeling. So, it’s true, I may have caught the running bug a little bit, but the next person who says, ‘So, it’ll be a full marathon for you next then!’ I may just punch them in the face.



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IN THIS SEASON OF MISTS AND MELLOW FRUITFULNESS..... THOUGHTS CAN QUICKLY TURN TO SOUP! This month I am going to talk about the majesty that is soup! Many see this as a dish only for the winter months, but an enriching gazpacho, or a pungent wild garlic soup are just as at home in spring or summer. Soups are one of the oldest forms of cooking – a chunk of animal, a handful of vegetables and herbs, all thrown into a large pot with plenty of liquid to absorb the flavours and nestled atop a fire. One can imagine this being cooked thousands of years ago. In medieval times, sop or soupe was the name given to the bread over which the contents of the large cooking pot (potage) was poured. From here, the term soup has gone on to encapsulate a whole range of liquid-based gastronomic wonders. The variety from region to region is truly impressive. Whatever the style of cuisine, the one thing that will always make your soup stand out is a good stock. In Japan, miso soups and ramens are made from dashi, a stock base usually made from katsuobushi (or bonito flakes), dried fermented tuna flakes, and kombu, dried kelp. These impart a rich and distinctive flavour, and, like all good stocks, provide robust body – imperative for this style of cooking. I especially love a good chicken soup, as I’m sure everyone who has ever experienced its miraculous healing powers does. Every culture has its own take

on this classic. My parent’s Jewish Penicillin (never was a dish so aptly named), with its noodles and kneydlach (matzah dumplings), would cure any ill. The Grecian avgolemono is another favourite; here rice is cooked in the chicken stock before removing from the heat and finishing it off with a mixture of lemon and eggs – the eggs endowing the soup with a silky, unctuous feel. The quality of the chicken stock cannot be stressed enough: where a stock cube might suffice in lieu of the real deal in some instances, here it simply will not. As if one needed another reason for roast chicken on a Sunday! One can make soup out of almost anything – be creative! An onion, a little garlic maybe, a few of your favourite aromatics and vegetables (or even fruit), and of course a little water or stock, and whizz in a blender. They can be thickened with a few potatoes, a little rice or other grain, or some stale bread. Check out my recipes on the website (www. I have included a spicy, dry and rich Chorizo, Tomato and Pepper soup (a tribute to the wonderful Moro cookbook, which I have been unable to keep my nose out of lately), and a wintery, almost (dare I say it?) Christmassy, Jerusalem Artichoke and Chestnut soup, as earthy and velvety as you could wish for. By Jacob Rosen



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Divino on Otley Road in Adel has been calling to me for some time – you know the way it is, you drive by and say “We must go to Divino’s”, and promptly forget until the next time you’re driving by! Well, finally, we booked a table and I think it was the start of a beautiful friendship! We had planned a family dinner and it was the perfect opportunity to try this neighbourhood ‘ristorante italiano’. Situated on the site of the former Bellini’s, Divino’s threw open their doors two years ago this month. Its aim was to bring some of the best Italian cuisine to the area and to present it in a stylish setting of striking Italian design – the furniture, lighting and fabrics were all imported especially from Italy. TALENTED CHEFS AND THE FRESHEST INGREDIENTS They boast talented chefs, the best and freshest ingredients (sourced from the best suppliers both local and continental) and friendly, knowledgeable staff – and I’d have to agree. With five people trying to make up their minds over an extensive menu, this was going to take some time. A bowl of olives appeared and some interesting bread to help fuel the decision making. Our rather loquacious table finally fell silent as the starters arrived – spare ribs that fell off

the bone in a rich sauce; Frutti di Mare (£6.95) marinated seafood on a bed of celery, sweet peppers and red onions; Salmon Tartar – a lovely refreshing dish of chopped raw salmon infused with dill and lemon on a bed of salad; Caprino (£6.25) – grilled goat’s cheese, drizzled with honey with sweet pepper salad; and Mozzarella in Carroza (£6.25), deep fried Mozzarella and ham, encased in bread and served with a rich tomato sauce. The silence was followed by a flurry of activity as everyone demanded a taste of everyone else’s! ....................................................


.................................................... MMMMM MMMMM! Now, we were really looking forward to the main course. Two of us opted for pasta – a nice spicy Arrabbiata (£7.95) and rich Spaghetti Bolognese (£7.75). On the recommendation of our waiter I tried the beautifully fresh Halibut from the Specials menu, topped with vine cherry tomatoes in a delicate sauce with a touch of saffron, with a rocket and parmesan salad as a side dish – fabulous! The Anatra al Pepe (£13.95), breast of duck with shallots, peppercorns and cream brandy sauce got equal

rave review and the Agnello Alle Erbe (£15.95), boneless breast of lamb with a herby breadcrumb crust on a bed of Savoy cabbage with a marsala sauce was superbly juicy and succulent with just the right amount of pinkness. LIGHT, REFRESHING AND OH SO GOOD! I know, it was greedy to actually think of dessert – but everything had been so good so far, we just had to try. You know how cheesecake can be fairly heavy? Not here. The blueberry and raspberry cheesecake was moussey, light and refreshing, the Crème Brulée – great, the Lemon Tarte and Apple and Ginger Crumble were both encased in a wonderfully short pastry, light and crumbly – the perfect way to round off such a meal. NOW THEY WANT TO TAKE ME TO ITALY FOR CHRISTMAS! Well why not? It may be Italy in Adel but a little bit of Buon Natale can never go amiss when it comes to celebrating Christmas. Divino’s are offering a three course Christmas Lunch (from mid November) for just £14.95; three course Christmas Dinner (also from mid November) from £22.95; and a special New Year’s Eve Dinner with three courses for just £29.95, including a glass of bubbly!

EATING EARLY IS GOOD Divino’s also has an excellent Early Bird Menu – two courses for just £10.95 and three for £13.95, available seven days a week 12 – 2.30pm and 5.30 – 7pm (except Saturday). And, there’s a great Children’s Menu too! .................................................... Divino, 473 Otley Road, Adel, LS16 7NR. Tel: 0113 230 0600

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Plant catalogues have been dropping through letterboxes for a couple of months – you could spend a fortune! Make sure you have the room for new plants and that the species will survive in the North. Most bulbs have been planted by now, but tulips are best left until this month. Remember to put some wire netting under the surface to stop squirrels getting at them. There are plenty of bare rooted roses around. Don’t discount those in supermarkets, they are just as good as those

found in garden centres. Prepare the ground by digging over well and adding compost. Take care to label each plant before discarding the packaging. Put them into a bucket with enough water to cover the roots and leave overnight. This helps to straighten out the roots and gives them a good drink before planting. Make sure they are firmly planted to stop any wind or frost from lifting them. Sadly, some garden centres sell roses that have just been potted up so roots haven’t had time to settle. Beware of plants that have moss or

weeds as they have been hanging around too long. As this month progresses, borders and beds can look dull Think about planting salx and cornus to give colour through until spring. Prune them back hard so that new stems grow and colour up for the winter. Winter flowering heathers give a nice sunlit look to a dark corner but needs room to grow. Lonicera nitida ‘baggenson gold’ is a small leafed shrub that can be clipped into shape but needs a sunny position to retain its brilliant colour.

Hardwood cuttings can still be taken from trees and shrubs. Select a cutting a foot in length, make a clean sloping cut at the top just above a leaf joint and a straight one at the bottom below a joint, and dip the lower part in hormone rooting powder. Dig a small trench in a shady spot with a mixture of sharp sand at the bottom and rest the labelled cutting on the base. Firm it well in and a year on they will have rooted to either pot up or plant out.




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THE NATIONAL THEATRE BRINGS ALAN BENNETT BACK TO LEEDS After a sell-out success in London, The National Theatre is bringing Alan Bennett’s latest smash hit play, The Habit of Art, to the Grand Theatre in Leeds from 9th – 13th November.

It is set in Oxford 1972. Benjamin Britten, sailing uncomfortably close to the wind with his new opera, Death in Venice, seeks advice from his former collaborator and friend, W H Auden. During this imagined meeting, their first for twenty-five years, they are observed and interrupted by, amongst others, their future biographer and a young man from the local bus station.

DEEPLY FUNNY AND THOUGHT PROVOKING, Alan Bennett’s new play, directed by IT REFLECTS ON Nicholas Hytner and starring Desmond GROWING OLD, Barritt and Malcolm Sinclair, is as much about the theatre as it is about poetry ON CREATIVITY music. It looks at the unsettling AND INSPIRATION, or desires of two difficult men, and at the AND ON ethics of biography. Deeply funny and PERSISTING WHEN thought provoking, it reflects on growing old, on creativity and inspiration, and ALL PASSION IS on persisting when all passion is spent: ultimately, on the habit of art. SPENT

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The Leeds Decorative and Fine Arts Society (LDFAS) recently held a display on book preservation at Leeds Library, the oldest surviving public subscription library in the country. Over 400 visitors were introduced to the work of the preservation team, led by Sally Wilkinson (with arm in pot!). Sally is aided by decorative and Fine Arts Societies in Halifax, Harrogate, Nidd Valley and Saltaire. For further information, contact Ann Lightman at

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COOKRIDGE AM DRAM PRESENTS ANOTHER AYCKBOURN COMEDY Following the success of their Spring comedy ‘Role Play’, Cookridge Amateur Dramatics Society have decided to perform another of Alan Ayckbourn’s Damsels in Distress trilogy. ‘Game Plan’ follows the fortunes of a girl who decides to take drastic action to help with the family finances, only to find herself enmeshed in a series of hilarious mistakes and mishaps. ‘Game Plan’ runs from Thursday 11th – Saturday 13th November, 7.30pm at Cookridge Village Hall, Green Lane LS16. Tickets are £5 adults/ £4 concessions on the door, or pre-ordered by calling 0113 239 0800. | November 2010 51


THOUGHT BUBBLE SEQUENTIAL ART FESTIVAL RETURNS FOR ITS FOURTH YEAR The biggest celebration of comic books and graphic novels in the UK returns to Leeds from 18th – 21st November. Thought Bubble, part of Leeds International Film Festival, presents its most exciting programme to date! The festival has a jam packed programme of events, including a massive comic book convention. This year’s convention welcomes some of the biggest names in comic books, including John Romita, the artist responsible for Kick Ass, which was made into a movie earlier this year, and Adi Granov, who illustrates the Iron Man series. The convention will also welcome hundreds of exhibitors – from brilliant small press artists and writers, to major UK retailers. Aspiring artists and writers are encouraged to bring along their art portfolios as representatives from Marvel comics will be on hand to give advice and will be on the lookout for the next big thing! Thought Bubble will present a series of free workshops, panel discussions and talks lead by industry professionals, along with a programme of sequential art related film screenings in venues across the city. Thought Bubble is at Saviles Hall, opposite the Royal Armouries, Leeds, 10am – 5pm from 18th – 21st November. Tickets (£10 per day, under 12s free) are available from www., City Centre Box Office, Millennium Square (0113 2243801) or any Travelling Man store www.

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ST PETER’S SINGERS ANNOUNCE AMBITIOUS PROGRAMME St Peter’s Singers, the Leeds-based Chamber Choir, is embarking on a varied and ambitious season culminating in a tour to Brittany in Spring 2011. The Singers’ 34th season presents major choral works by Bach and Handel, a rare performance of Dvořák’s Stabat Mater and a celebration of the art of the great Spanish-born church composer Tomas Luis de Victoria (1548–1611) marking the 400th anniversary of his death. There will be performances at several locations across the City including, Leeds Town Hall, The Venue at Leeds College of Music, Leeds Parish Church and St Aidan’s Church Roundhay. Highlights include The Bach Festival at the Venue, on Saturday 4th December at 7.30pm, Handel’s Israel in Egypt at Leeds Town Hall in February, and The Good Friday concert at Leeds Parish Church. For further information, visit www.

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Micah P Hinson, Mon 1 Nov, Brudenell Social Club. 8pm. Tkts £12. Young singer from Memphis, Tennessee with distinctive acoustic melodies & a raspy voice. Ellie Goulding, Tues 2 Nov, O2 Academy, 7pm, tkts £15.

Pippa Lloyd, Hannah Trigwell & Christy Herron, Wed 3 Nov, Late Night Colour Night at Sandinista, Leeds. Free! Bob Fox, Wed 3 Nov, Otley Folk Club, Korks Wine Bar, Otley, 8.30pm. Ellen & The Escapades,+ Sam Airey, Thurs 4 Nov, Brudenell Social Club, Hyde Park, Leeds. Tkts £6.80 Crash Records /£7 at Jumbo. Ed Machine + Hey Doris, Thurs 4 Nov, The Junction Inn, Otley.

Alexisonfire, Sat 6 Nov, Leeds Met Student Union, 7pm, Canadian punk band. Tkts £14. Manchester Camerata Sat 6 Nov, 7.30pm Leeds Town Hall. Mozart: Don Giovanni Overture, piano concerto No 23 & Symphony 41; Elgar Introduction & Allegro. Box office: 0113 224 3801

Tokyo Police Club, Mon 8 Nov, The Cockpit, 7pm, tkts £9. Canadian indie rockers. Stornoway + Liam O’Donnell, Thurs 11 Nov, The Cockpit, Leeds, tkts £12

Belinda O’Hooley & Heidi Tidow, Fri 12 Nov, Korks Wine Bar, Otley, Former Unthanks vocalist & partner. Tkts £9/£10 from 01943 462020, www.

Church, Town St, Horsforth, 7.30pm. Director Martin Binks. Tickets £5/ children free. 0113 258 2662. The Coral + Cherry Ghost, Sun 14 Nov, O2 Academy, 7pm, £18.50. The Coral mix ska, pop, punk & blues with insanely catchy melodies. Cheery Ghost, fuse folk with Americana & country for an interesting sound. Goldfrapp, Tues 16 Nov, O2 Academy Leeds, tkts £22.50 Katriona Gilmore & Jamie Roberts, Wed 17 Nov, The Otley Folk Club, Korks Wine Bar, Otley, Promoting their new album’ Up From The Deep.’ Foxes & Convicts, Wed 17 Nov, Milo, Leeds, Free. Featuring Tom Attah, Hot Wax Reserve & Little Giants – An old time blues special! Royal Northern College of Music Wed 17 Nov, 1.051.55pm at The Venue. Programme includes Šulek, Tubb, Bizet, Serocki, & jazz transcriptions of JJ Johnson & Frank Rosolino. Free.

Sinfonia of Leeds Sat 13 Nov, 7.30pm The Great Hall, University of Leeds. Programme includes Nielsen & Prokofiev. Tickets £12/ £8.

Jimmy Hendrix 40th Anniversary Tour: The Hamsters, Fri 19 Nov, Irish Centre. Tkts 0113 248 0887.

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Simon Lindley City Organist Mon 1 Nov 1.05pm Leeds Town Hall. Programme includes Langlais, Beethoven/ Battiwalla, Rheinberger, Buxtehude, Darke, Anderson, Guilmant. Free.

Nick Harper, Fri 5 Nov, Korks Wine Bar, Bondgate, Otley One of the finest exponents of acoustic guitar. Tickets £10 adv/£12 on door from 01943 462020 or www.


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................................................................................................................................................................................................... Otley, tkts £7. Founder of the Notting Hillbillies. Tickets: 01943 462020 or Sarah Blasko + support, Sat 20 Nov, Brudenell Social Club, Hyde Park. Tkts £9 from Jumbo Records (St John’s Centre) Rosie Doonan Album Launch, Sat 20 Nov, New Roscoe, Leeds. (‘Pot Of Gold’ is her 2nd solo album). Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Leeds Festival Chorus & Leeds Philharmonic Chorus Sat 20 Nov, 7.30pm Leeds Town Hall. Elgar’s Cockaigne Overture; Five Mystical Songs & Symphony No 1 by Vaughan Williams. Tickets: 0113 224 3801 Marc Almond, Mon 22 Nov, 7.30pm, Former front man of Soft Cell, now established solo artist. Tickets £24.50. Twin Sister, Wed 24 Nov, Brudenell Social Club, 7pm,. Indie-pop quintet from Long Island, NY. Steve Forbert, Thurs 25 Nov, New Roscoe, 8pm, Stunning American singersongwriter – folky sound with real lyrical skill.

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THE GATHERING BRINGS A TASTE OF IRELAND TO LEEDS AGAIN The celebration of Irish arts and culture kicks off in Leeds from the 5th November. Dozens of events including music sessions, literary, film and educational events will take place at venues across Leeds, bringing some of Ireland’s finest artists to the city. Organised by the Irish Arts Foundation, based at the West Park Centre in LS16, events are designed to appeal to both those of an Irish background and people from the wider community with an interest in music and the arts. Lisa Morris, Irish Arts Foundation Development Officer explains, “The thinking behind the Leeds Gathering is to provide a platform for the Irish community in Leeds to showcase their rich and vibrant cultural traditions, we are also interested in developing new audiences for Irish arts.”

“THE THINKING BEHIND THE LEEDS GATHERING IS TO PROVIDE A PLATFORM FOR THE IRISH COMMUNITY IN LEEDS TO SHOWCASE THEIR RICH AND VIBRANT CULTURAL TRADITIONS” The Leeds Gathering features some of the most dynamic local, national and international performers and artistes in the world of Irish and Celtic arts. This year’s festival features performances from The London Lasses and Pete Quinn, Aly Bain, Brian Finnegan, The Heather Breeze Ceili Band and comedian Dara O’Briain. In addition, there is a fine line up of visiting session musicians, literary events, educational workshops and the UK Premier of the Irish Film Zonad. For further information and a full programme of events, contact Irish Arts Foundation on or visit

Held in the comfortable surroundings of the function room at The New Headingley Club on the last Friday of every month, it has featured a wide variety of accomplished musicians, playing great blues, mixed with folk and jazz, to appreciative audiences. There were big successes like the reformed Shuffle Monsters, Steve Phillips and the Helen Watson Trio. Other acts, Monkey Wrenchers, Waldo’s Washboard Wizards, Hokum Hotshots, Ray Stubbs one man band, Bon Appetit!, Kevin Conlon, Miranda vs the Crok, Manduh Box Band and Paul Judge’s Jackals all put on great shows too. Duncan McFarlane’s acoustic folk band on 29th October will no doubt be another great one. Dave Speight, who played the first ‘Roots’ gig, is returning to play on this 1st anniversary – a very welcome return of a great performer. “While he may be an unfamiliar name to many, Dave is highly regarded among his contemporaries as being one of the most technically accomplished guitarists around, a soulful singer and a highly engaging stage performer to boot” “The noisy crowd at The Great British Blues Festival in Colne, Lancashire, who were quickly hushed into awed silence during Dave’s performance on the acoustic stage last year can vouch for Dave’s expertise and dexterity as he quickly won the crowd over and held them spellbound in the palm of his hand !“ If you’re a lover of acoustic blues from the likes of Big Bill Broonzy, Mississippi John Hurt, Leadbelly and Robert Johnson then come along and enjoy a master of his craft at work. Jim Murray, being the proprietor of the Blues Lounge in the NE and The Ripley Blues Club


Continued Ludovico Einaudi Thurs 25 Nov, 7.30pm Leeds Town Hall. His compositions are deeply touching, drawing inspiration from classical & international music, minimalism & contemporary pop, with piano at its heart. Tickets: 0113 224 3801 Verve Live, every Thurs & Sun, Showcasing the North’s best acoustic acts. Verve, 16 Merrion St, LS1, 7.30pm, free. Roots: Dave Speight Fri 26 Nov, 8pm, New Headingley Club, 56 St Michael’s Rd. Welcome return of a favourite bluesman who launched Roots a year ago. Immaculate renditions of original & old blues songs with stories. Mike Peters, Fri 26 Nov, Korks Wine Bar, Bondgate, Otley. £10/£12. Charismatic frontman of The Alarm. Tickets: 01943 462020 or www. L

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Rejoice! Sat 27 Nov, 7.30pm Leeds Town Hall. Choir & Orchestra of Opera North return with spectacular Christmas concert featuring many seasonal favourites. Tickets: 0113 224 3801 Cool Acoustics For Cancer #3 Sat 27 Nov, Royal Park Cellars, Hyde Park, 6-11pm £3. Fundraiser for Martin House Children’s Hospice. Nine acts giving their free time are: Tag-Team Preacher, Mojo 57, Virginia MacNaughton, Jessica Lawson, Amelia Orgill,Liz Reynolds, Mark Wynn, Troy Faid, Ridley Barbet. Katriona Gilmore & Jamie Roberts Sun 28 Nov, 8pm All Hallows Church, Hyde Park. Nominated last year for a BBC folk award. £6 on door or from Jumbo Records Alexander Romanovsky (piano) Wed 1 Dec, 1.05-1.55pm The Venue, Leeds College of Music. Mozart, Tchaikovsky & Rachmaninov. Free.

Following 2007’s Raising Sand, the sublime album recorded with Alison Krauss, Band of Joy finds Robert Plant still on fine form and making some of the best music of his formidable career. The fact that Plant declined a proposed extended Led Zeppelin reunion in favor of continuing in his recent musical vein shows how passionately he’s thrown himself into these recordings infused with blues, folk, and country. That famous voice has mellowed somewhat with age. Gone is the banshee wail of Led Zep’s rock behemoth heyday, replaced with a softer more subtly expressive tone perfectly suited to the material. The album features superb production, a solid, consistently rootsy feel, and Plant is aided, once again, by an excellent group of musicians. Special mention must go to Darrell Scott, whose work on guitar, banjo, mandolin, lap steel, pedal steel and accordion is flawless throughout. The entire LP makes for compelling listening from the gentle, haunting balladry of Silver Rider and I’m Falling in Love Again to the rockier Can’t Buy My Love, Angel Dance and magnificent album closer, Even This Shall Pass Away. Brilliant stuff.

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FILM REVIEW I’M STILL HERE Directed by: Casey Affleck Starring: Joaquin Phoenix


When, towards the end of 2008, Joaquin Phoenix announced that he was retiring from acting to pursue an ill-advised new career as a Hip Hop artist, both eyebrows and suspicions were raised throughout Hollywood. That his every move was being followed and documented on film by his brother in law, Casey Affleck, only reinforced the opinion many held that the entire affair was a hoax. Following the movie’s release, the filmmaker and star have since come clean and revealed that the resultant documentary is, indeed, a cunning ruse. It’s a testament to Phoenix’s skill as a performer that, even with this knowledge, one feels as if you’re actually watching an intimate and candid study of a star in freefall. I’m Still Here, for me, brought to mind two films with Bob Dylan as their subject; the title references and echoes Todd Haynes’ I’m Not There, in which several actors played Dylan at different points in his career, and Don’t Look Back, D.A. Pennebaker’s documentary following Dylan’s 1965 tour of England. Both these films address Dylan’s manipulation of his public persona, his knack for self mythologizing, and his cagey and evasive dealings with the press. Similar themes are at work in I’m Still Here and Affleck’s impressively put together picture is stylistically reminiscent of Pennebaker’s film. Observed at close quarters, Phoenix’s spiraling meltdown is alarmingly convincing and produces many wonderfully comic moments. The star, who a year earlier had portrayed Johnny Cash in Walk The Line to universal critical acclaim, is unrecognizable as he piles on the pounds and grows masses of unkempt hair. He’s shown indulging in all manner of debauchery (doing drugs, ordering hookers from the internet) and there is much goofing around with his increasingly put upon inner circle. Phoenix actually spends much of the film behaving like a tremendous asshole and you can imagine him relishing the role with mischievous glee as he and Affleck chortle behind the backs of those duped by the prank. It’s hard to discern which, if any, of the celebrities who appear throughout the film were in on the gag. Ben Stiller seems genuinely baffled and David Letterman is visibly exasperated with Phoenix’s monosyllabic appearance on his talk show. A hilarious highlight is a meeting with P Diddy, whom Phoenix hopes will produce his debut hip hop album. The look on Diddy’s face as he assesses the questionable musical offerings is priceless. An intriguing and well made mockumentary, I’m Still Here is at once a canny satire on celebrity culture and the pressures of fame, and a portrait of an artist at a creative crossroads in the throes of a crisis of self belief.

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WIN TICKETS TO THE FILM FESTIVAL – BUT HURRY! North Leeds Life has 12 pairs of Film Festival tickets to give away. The competition closes at midnight on Friday 5th November. For your chance to win simply answer this question: Who stars in the film The King’s Speech? Email your answer to kay.brown@, quoting ‘North Leeds Life Competition’ in the subject box, write to Kay Brown, Leeds Film Office, Town Hall, The Headrow, Leeds LS1 3AD, or call 0113 247 8398. Winners can select a film of their choice from the programme and will be notified by email along with full details of how to claim your tickets. Tickets are subject to availability, if a screening has sold out you will be given the opportunity to select an alternative. Keep up with all the latest festival information at www.leedsfilm. com,, or

‘THE KING’S SPEECH’ OPENS 24TH LEEDS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL It’s time, once again, for the Leeds International Film Festival! This year’s opening gala film is The King’s Speech, which is not due for national release until January. Partly shot in Bradford and Leeds, it is based on the story of Queen Elizabeth II’s father, Prince Albert, and his struggle to overcome a crippling stammer. The cast includes Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush and Helena Bonham Carter. Already tipped for an Oscar, Leeds is one of only a few places to preview the film. It will be screened in Leeds Town Hall on 4th November at 7.30pm. The best new and unseen films from all over the world will be showing at venues around Leeds between 4th and 21st November. You’ll find acclaimed new releases, hit comedies, gripping dramas, outstanding new world cinema, wonderful short films, amazing experimental films, beautiful animation and great Japanese anime. Other highlights are: Never Let Me Go, based on the acclaimed, best-selling novel by Kazuo Ishiguro, The American, an edgily suspenseful thriller starring George Clooney, and Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives, one of the most striking films of recent years. In all there are over 150 features films, events and special programmes. The official Film Festival Pass (£95 single/ £170 double) provides incredible value for money, giving access to every single screening throughout the packed 18 day programme. Pass holders will also receive exclusive invitations to special events (excluding Fanomenon Night of the Dead. Single tickets available for screenings of Day of the Dead and Anime Day), advance programme announcements, and a free copy of this years’ event catalogue. Individual tickets at £6.50/£5 and are available by calling 0113 224 3801 or online. For full programme details and screening times, go to http://www.



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Thankfully, they have been more than triumphant in meeting their goal. Reach features a completely new game engine which provides awe inspiring, immersive environments in which to play. The familiar washed-out colour palette and distinctive Halo feel has been supercharged to show the skill and commitment of the team involved.

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With an expansive single player campaign across a number of tough locations, players will find themselves fighting both on the ground and in a range of familiar vehicles, as well as in a star fighter during a memorable dog fight sequence. As ever, the storyline is immersive and addictive and will have you wanting more. Multiplayer is fun, fast and frantic and all together, Halo Reach really is a must have.


Once the pinnacle of 16 Bit Gaming, Super Metroid on the SNES garnered much praise and spawned a number of sequels. Despite these various enjoyable romps, there has never been a direct continuation of the original story until now.

Metroid Other M Nintendo Wii Other M picks up directly where Super BBFC – N/A Metroid ended, with a nostalgic recap

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on the final few minutes of the battle with Mother Brain which sets the scene for Other M. Team Ninja are obviously aiming the game at older hands who will be familiar with the previous game and for a Nintendo Wii game.

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Other M is relatively mature in its themes. It looks great but unfortunately movement and aiming is hampered by a limited control scheme and, with the lack of a lock on ability, players will be running around in circles hoping auto-lock kicks in! A solid, stylish update, but one that will only appeal to a limited audience of nostalgic players.

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COOKRIDGE PRIMARY TEACHER NAMED INTERNATIONAL CO-ORDINATOR OF THE YEAR Mrs Jo Speak, teacher and International Co-ordinator at Cookridge Primary School, Leeds has been named as Link2Learn International Co-ordinator of the Year for all schools (both primary and secondary) in the UK. The award, which celebrates excellence and innovation in international schools partnerships, is organised by the British Council and supported by HSBC Global Education Trust. Entrants were required to submit descriptions of their international school partnership work, as evidence of the impact this international dimension had on teaching and learning in their school. Since arriving at Cookridge Primary school three years ago, Mrs Speak has worked tirelessly to create strong links with schools in South Africa, Nigeria, Mexico, Paraguay and Spain, with staff members throughout the school exchanging visits with the link schools. Cookridge Primary has been awarded £2,500 and Mrs Speak will use the award to invite children from Cookridge’s partner schools to join in a conference on global issues.

ADEL CHILDREN LEARN NEW GAMES FROM EUROPEAN PARTNERS Adel Primary School recently welcomed visitors from France, Germany, Spain, Italy and Iceland at the start of their new Comenius project, ‘Fit for Europe, Fit for Life’, which will focus on children’s games, sports and healthy lifestyles. Our children presented their traditional games at a special assembly. The visitors were especially interested in the game of conkers! Ring, skipping, clapping and chasing games were also included. It was very interesting to see which games had equivalents in other countries and which were different. We hadn’t realised there were so many variations on hopscotch! During the week the visitors taught our children games from their countries and also how to cook a traditional, healthy recipe. They loved making Icelandic soup with dried fish, a Spanish tortilla, and ‘tarte tatin’ from France. The project will continue for two years, during which time we will make books and videos of children’s games, including researching games of the past. The children will link with their European partners to learn about their games. The visit coincided with the European Day of Languages, so the children were also able to practise their language skills in real life situations. Sarah Stead International Co-ordinator Adel Primary School | November 2010 61


RICHMOND HOUSE RICHMOND HOUSE STUDENTS THROUGH TO FINAL IN JUNIOR LANGUAGE CHALLENGE! Three pupils from Richmond House School, Far Headingley, were the only Yorkshire semi-finalists to go through to the finals of the Junior Language Challenge in London’s Earls Court in October.

GIRLGUIDING’S VISION - 20:10, 20/10, 2010 On the 20th October Girlguiding Leeds celebrated the end of Girlguiding’s Centenary Year. The huge event at Headingley Rugby Stadium provided the opportunity for Rainbows, Brownies, Guides, Senior Section, Guiders, Trefoil Guild and parents to reflect on a memorable year, and to look forward to the next 100 years! The aim of Vision was to bring all members of Girlguiding UK together to share one moment in time. Units, districts, divisions and counties all over the UK came together simultaneously and celebrated in style. At Headingley Rugby Stadium almost 5,000 girls, leaders and parents were treated to a display of flags, drumming, music, song and dance. The inspiring finale was a mass renewal of the Promise at 8.10pm (20:10), led via satellite on the big screen by Chief Guide, Liz Burnley. Then everyone was treated to a fireworks display which brought a magical evening to a close.

The Junior Language Challenge is an annual competition that challenges children from across the British Isles to learn foreign languages. The competition is incredibly tough and to have three representatives from Yorkshire in the final is a massive achievement. The competition offers prizes to the winners with a family holiday of lifetime to Africa, up for grabs to the overall winner. The three finalists from Richmond House: Simran, Alfie & Alex (pictured with the other semi-finalists) are learning Chichewa – the official language of Malawi, which in itself is rather challenging.

RALPH THORESBY STUDENTS GAIN EUROPEAN RECOGNITION Dortmund in Germany and Leeds are partner cities. The Ruhr Valley currently holds the title of Capital of Culture 2010 and many events, exhibitions and projects have taken place to emphasise the richness and variety and our common cultural heritage in Europe. As part of this, young people in both cities were asked to explore youth culture through art and students of photography at Ralph Thoresby School took up the challenge. Abigail Jeffreys, Steven Richards, Hannah Poklad, Tom Cartwright and Aaron Briscoe had their work selected and shipped to Germany for the first of two exhibitions. The selected works are scheduled to be exhibited in both cities in a joint ‘U-gallery’ exhibition which is taking place in Dortmund until 18th November and will be in Leeds from 18th December – 13th March 2011. “To have work in a public exhibition is a great accolade – but to have European recognition is astounding”, said Brian Wilson, Director of Arts at Ralph Thoresby School. “Photography is a relatively new art form at the school and is very popular with the students. We have seen some very exciting standards achieved.”


64 Adel St John’s the Baptist Primary School PTA Bonfire & Firework Extravaganza Sat 6 Nov, 5.30pm. Fireworks display 6.30pm. Catering vans, a refreshments stall, bar & children’s bouncy castle. All welcome – tickets from the school office or on the night. Join us for this spectacular event. Air Cadets New members welcome. Open to boys & girls aged 13 – 17. The Squadron meets Mon & Fri 7 – 9.15pm at the Cadet Centre, Grove Farm Cres. Tinshill, LS16. Details: 267 7741 (Mon & Fri pm), Adel Toddler Group A local group of parents & pre-schoolers (0-4 yrs) meets Fri 10 – 11.45am (term time) at The Stables, behind Adel St John Church, Back Church Lane. Craft, music & toys for the toddlers, plus a cuppa & treats for mums, dads & grandparents. Details:adelplaygroup@ Cookridge Methodist Cub Scouts The Cub Pack at Cookridge Methodist Church has been running on Monday nights for 50 years! Open to boys & girls aged 8-10 ½. New members welcome. Details: Andy 258 3849, www. cookridgemethodists- 4th Cookridge Guides Looking for female volunteers aged 18-60, Cookridge Methodist Church, Tues 7:30 9pm. Sense of humour needed! Details: Pauline 01274 412389 Cookridge Toddler Group Fri 1.15 – 3.15pm (term time) at Cookridge Village Hall, Green Lane, LS16. Ages 0-5. Play inside or out, crafts, singing. Details:Becky 267 2434. ESNW Extended Services provide information for families with children aged 0 – 19 in Adel, Cookridge, Holt Park, Ireland Wood & Tinshill. Details: Gill Wyatt wyattg01@leedslearning. net, 07970 399274 or Gail Pollard 267 8032/ 07966 875516, pollarg01@leedslearning. net, Friday Night Project 5 – 7pm at Holt Park Leisure Centre for young people aged 11-18. Range of sports & arts activities. Run by experienced youth workers & YMCA staff. £1 incl. free swim & squash. Details: 267 9739 Friday Fun & Friendship - activities for children aged 5-9, 5.15 – 6.45pm starting Fri 10 Sept, Woodside Method-

ist Church, Outwood Lane, LS18. Details: Mrs. Jean Kitching 216 0542. Horsforth Children’s Centre, North Broadgate Lane Works with families & children aged 0 – 5. Activities to learn, play & make friends together. Support, advice & information on childcare, training & employment. New ideas for play at home & at the centre. Details: 259 1786 www. horsforthchildrenscentre. Horsforth NCT Bumps, Babies & Beyond Group Meets at members’ homes around Horsforth Wed, 9.30 – 11am. Also other social events for mums. Ideal for expectant, new & experienced parents (pregnant to school age - all welcome). Details: Natalie White 0790 011 2529, natandave99@, horsforth@ Ireland Wood Children’s Centre For information on their range of activities for parents/carers & children please contact the Centre on 281 7829 Messy Church Sun 21 Nov 2 – 4pm at St Giles Church Hall, Bramhope. An event for the whole family - crafts, celebration & food! Details: Janice Smith 203 7523,

www.stgilesbramhope. Mums & Toddlers Wed 9.30 – 11.30am at St Giles Church Hall, Bramhope. Details: Nicci Shay 267 4884 NCT Leeds Dads’ Group meets 3rd Sat of month. Dads & their babies or toddlers are invited to come along & have fun. Details: dads@nctleeds. org, Scouting in Adel & Ireland Wood Beavers, Cubs & Scouts at Adel Methodist & St Paul’s. Leaders & assistants needed. Details: Kim Brompton 267 8479, St Stephen’s Playschool at St Stephen’s Church, Cranmer Road (off King Lane), Moortown, Leeds 17. Thurs & Fri 9.30 – 11.30am. All children aged 2+ welcome. Details: 268 7407, 07906 735 985. Toddler Praise Wed 3 Nov, 10am in St Giles Church Bramhope. Sing, dance & make a noise in praise! Followed by refreshments. Details: Janice Smith 203 7523 or just turn up.

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LYJRO, the Leeds Youth Jazz Rock Orchestra, recently returned from a life-changing musical and cultural exchange with Leeds’ twin city: Durban, South Africa. The trip was the band’s second to Durban, their main objective being to deliver musical workshops to children in primary schools. All members of the band participated whole-heartedly in the teaching: through singing, playing recorders, chime bars or percussion. Each day spent in the primary schools culminated in a joint performance which was a thoroughly enjoyable and rewarding experience. From the broad smiles on their faces, it was always clear just how much the children had enjoyed the day. LYJRO raised £8,000 and sent various instruments to a township arts centre, and this had been put to fantastic use. The band has now changed the direction of its fundraising and will be providing bursaries to music students at Durban University, to enable them to go to the primary schools (twinned with Cookridge and Bramley primary schools) and continue the teaching and musical development LYJRO has started. The instruments have already been provided by LYJRO, who have been raising money for this cause for some time. Keep an eye out for future LYJRO performances. Visit for more details.

RALPH THORESBY STUDENTS SUPPORT OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD Students in Key Stage Three at Ralph Thoresby School are collecting items and shoeboxes for ‘Operation Christmas Child’, run by the charity ‘Samaritan’s Purse’, for the fifth year running. Samaritan’s Purse provides emergency relief programs and desperately needed assistance to victims of natural disasters, war, disease, and famine. They offer food, water, and temporary shelter, meeting critical needs and giving people a chance to rebuild their lives. ‘Operation Christmas Child’ involves filling a decorated shoebox with items such as soft toys, stationery and sweets to send out to children in war torn countries. The students usually manage to prepare around 100 boxes but hope to beat that target this year.



YOUR CHANCE TO DANCE – LET YOUR FEET DO THE FUNDRAISING! Are you keen to brush up on your dance moves? Then don’t miss Marie Curie Cancer Care’s Chance To Dance event at The Queen’s Hotel, Leeds, on Sunday 28 November. This is a unique opportunity to learn four completely different dance styles all in one day, before joining hundreds of others in a group dance at the end of the day. The event will include lessons in Bollywood, jive, salsa and quickstep. You can even learn the moves to Michael Jackson’s Thriller or Beyonce’s Single Ladies. Each class is tailored to suit any ability, so whether you’re a complete beginner or a dancing pro, there’ll be something for you. Chance to Dance is the first sponsored dance event of its kind and there will be nine such events taking place across the UK during November. Every pound you raise and every step you dance will help Marie Curie Cancer Care provide more free nursing care to terminally ill cancer patients in their own homes or at one of the charity’s hospices.Organisers are hoping to raise over £250,000 from the nine events.


EVERY POUND YOU RAISE AND EVERY STEP YOU DANCE WILL HELP MARIE CURIE CANCER CARE PROVIDE MORE FREE NURSING CARE TO TERMINALLY ILL CANCER PATIENTS IN THEIR OWN HOMES OR AT ONE OF THE CHARITY’S HOSPICES “I’m encouraging everyone to sign up for their nearest Chance To Dance event”, says Anton de Beke from Strictly Come Dancing. “Trying four different dance styles in one day is a fantastic opportunity and is sure to be a lot of fun – even if you have two left feet!” To sign up for the Leeds Chance To Dance (£15, which includes an exclusive Chance to Dance T-shirt), visit or call 0113 214 7911.


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Independent family business City and Guilds qualified and fully insured All aspects of plumbing work undertaken Wet floors/shower pumps/tiling & much more


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D A Wood & Son Painters & Decorators Interior & Exterior Free Estimates Call Don Wood Mob: 07702 238 328 Tel: 0113 261 0605 28 Mavis Lane, Cookridge LS16 7LL



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Plumbing & Plastering

• Bathroom Suites • Plastering • No job too small • No call out charge

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Christmas Menu



Tom Cruise here we come! Always wanted to get behind a bar? Well here’s your chance. Let our award winning Mixologists train you and your friends in a fantastic fun session to make your very own classic cocktails

Christmas Menu Celebrate this Christmas in style, Trio offers the perfect festive atmosphere for you and your friends

£25 including 5 drinks, £35 including a buffet All prices are per person

COCKTAIL PARTY Have your very own private area for you and your friends for an exclusive Christmas Cocktail party

Hold your Christmas party before the 9th of December and receive a complimentary bottle of fizz*

Trio offers a unique experience all under one roof

£20 for 5 cocktails and £30 including a Christmas buffet All prices are per person

Even more reason to get into the spirit this Christmas!

Start off with cocktails in Skippys, followed by a delicious meal in the restaurant before going to our extensively refurbished, award winning basement bar

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Trio 2 courses £19.95


No price increase for 3 years!

Number in Party

Two courses available

Time of Booking

Traditional Roast Turkey (n)

Slow Braised Lamb Lamb shoulder and root vegetables slowly braised in red wine and rich gravy, dauphinoise potatoes and pan-fried greens

Caramelized red onions, gruyere, goat’s cheese & parmesan tart, honey roasted carrots, parsnips, fondant potatoes and herb cream


Choc Torte

Fruit Salad

Xmas Pud



Roast Cod




Christmas Pudding (v, n) Served with brandy sauce and crème fraiche

Fresh Fruit Salad (v) Served with whipping cream

Dark Chocolate Torte (v, n) Served with fruit compote and chantilly cream

Tarte au Citron (v, n) Served with fruit compote and chantilly cream

Tel: 0113 2036090




Trio 2 Course


Trio, 44 North Lane, Headingley, Leeds LS6 3HU (B) Banyan. base A-W.indd 2

Duck Pate


Roast Cod

Oven baked loin of cod topped with roasted peppers and wrapped in prosciutto ham, dauphinoise potatoes, pan-fried greens and roast cherry tomato sauce

Trio 3 Course


Number of Dishes

With chestnut & thyme stuffing, fondant potatoes, honey roasted carrots, parsnips, cranberry jam and a red wine jus

Roast Cod




Deposit Taken £


Buffet menus available on request

Date of Booking

Duck Pate

Camembert cheese studded with garlic & rosemary and oven baked, cranberry sauce and crostinis

Monday to Sunday 12 - 4 Choose from a starter and main course


Camembert & Cranberry Pots (v)


Served with roasted onion chutney, fresh leaves, raspberry vinaigrette and warmed granary bread

Three Cheese, Red Onion & Thyme Tart (v)



Smoked Salmon Parcel

Trio 3 courses £24.95


Served with warmed bread

Duck Pate (n)

Booking Form Name

Spiced Pumpkin Soup (v) Smoked salmon, prawns, cream cheese, lemon & rocket parcel, fruity balsamic dressing, rocket and crostinis

(n) Contains Nuts

We cannot guarantee our food has not come into contact with nuts. If you have any allergy or are sensitive to certain ingredients, please ask our manager for assistance. A full list of ingredients is available for your peace of mind. All items are subject to availability

*One bottle available per 6 people attending, receive the fizz at your function or on a separate occasion - your call

Number of Dishes A £10 per head deposit is required to confirm your booking. This deposit is non-refundable and is payable 21 days prior to your booking. Your table will be held for a maximum of 15 minutes after which time it will be offered to other guests and your deposit will be forfeited.

To make a booking or for any other enquiries, please contact us on 0113 2036090 or email


North Leeds Life B  

Group B of North Leeds Life

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