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

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Reader’s Letter Councillors Support SURE Energy Audits Police Update News from Your Councillors Community Notices The Great Outdoors Garden Round Up Sound & Vision Music Listings Younger Life

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

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

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Dentist Takes on The Desert!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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April 2010

Tailwaggers Win Prestigious Kennel Club Award

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

greatly to them winning this award. The team appears at shows and events throughout the year and donates a large sum of money to charity every year. Displays include musical sequences, obedience and agility. The team is made up of around 35 – 40 dogs and handlers, all at varying stages of training. Enthusiasm, commitment and a good temperament are all important qualities of both dogs and handlers! The dogs are all different breeds and ages, many of them are rescue dogs.

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Tailwaggers charity this year is Hounds for Heroes, who train and provide dogs for members of the armed forces and civilian emergency service personnel who have been disabled whilst carrying out their duties. For more information, please contact Cathy on 07717 860 142 or www.tailwaggerclub.com

Leeds Bre Brewery Backs Yarnbury Angling Club

...................................................................................................................................... Yarnbur Angling Club recently Match Secretary, Adrian Addy and Yarnbury secured a sponsorship deal with all Y.A.C. members would like to extend a huge thank you to Leeds Leeds Brewery, the city’s only indep independent brewery which is Brewery owners, Sam and Michael rapidl establishing a reputation for their continued support. rapidly The club has four pleasure waters across the area. With the nancia backing of the brewery, and a full match calendar. For financial Ho the Horsforth-based club will information on membership, contact Sally or Steve on 0113 258 3642, or now be able to compete in this year’s Angling Trust Division 2 / pick up a club book from ‘Muttley’s Nationa on the Erewash Canal in Pet Supplies, Fishing Tackle and Bait’ 3 National Nottingha this July. on Town Street in Horsforth. Nottingham Set up in 2007, Yanbury A.C is Caption: Y.A.C Match Secretary fast becom becoming one of the largest, lia non-affiliated clubs in Yorkshire. Adrian Addy (right) pictured with Leeds Brewery co-owner Michael The Club turned out 12 of its best fo the Swale Team Masters Brothwell. anglers for in Febru February, and is now looking forward to the Nationals!


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Over 60s to Benefit from New Drop-in Advice Service In April Otley Action for Older People will launch new drop-in sessions at the One Stop Centre on Boroughgate. Local councillors have provided £250 from their Members Improvement in the Community Environment (MICE) fund, to pay for mobile broadband. This will help staff and volunteers to provide a wide range of advice and information. They will also help to solve problems and assist people in any way they can. People can drop-in during their sessions (Tuesdays 1.30pm - 3.30pm and Fridays 10.30am -12.30pm) or make an appointment by calling 01943 463965. The first session will take place on Tuesday 6th April. Cllr Ryk Downes (Lib Dem, Otley and Yeadon) said: “The group is doing a fantastic job and this project will enable them to reach out and help more people in Otley. Mobile broadband means that staff at Elderly Action will have the vast wealth of information at their fingertips which will help them provide a better service and solve people’s problems quicker.”

“The group is doing a fantastic job and this project will enable them to reach out and help more people in Otley”

Reader’s Letter

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A Local Reward Scheme for Otley?

........................................................................................................................ A local reward scheme in Otley is not the answer to increasing patronage of local shops. If Otley shopkeepers say that people don’t support them, I think some of them have only themselves to blame. Sometimes it is a nightmare trying to obtain even very ordinary everyday items in Otley as, quite simply, nobody sells them. Why don’t those who start businesses here take a look around first to see what is lacking and then supply that need? They just bring more of what we already have and then they wonder why business is poor. They spread the trade around more thinly and then shops selling similar or identical goods are adversely affected. We have far too many cafes, greeting card shops, gift shops, beauticians, opticians, travel agents, estate

agents and charity shops. I am fed up of having to go to neighbouring towns for everyday requirements just because I can’t get them in Otley. Another reason for shoppers not visiting Otley is that many shops close early and all at different times. The shopkeepers say they close because there is nobody about, but people are not around because so many shops are closed. We can’t shop from closed shops! When I was younger all shops opened at 9 a.m. and closed at 5.30 p.m., with Wednesday as half day closing, and we all knew when we could shop. Many people don’t finish work until 5 p.m. but are unable to shop in small local shops because they are closed. Evelyn Friend Otley

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Councillors Support SURE Energy Audits A £500 MICE donation from local councillors will be used to support the work of SURE - SUstainable and REnewable Energy in Wharfedale. SURE , a well established community group based in Otley, encourages local residents and businesses to save money on their fuel bills by moving towards a lower energy, lower carbon lifestyle, and holds open meetings and seminars at Otley Courthouse throughout the year. The money will be used to purchase four new energy monitoring devices, a projector and printing for its free energy audits for

community buildings. The audits take about two hours. Specialists examine previous years’ fuel bills, produce a report and make a presentation to the managers of the building, who can then use the findings to make their buildings more energy efficient and ecofriendly. “SURE is a successful and expanding organisation that has some fantastic plans to provide help and advice to local community groups” said Councillor Ryk Downes. “I hope the equipment will help them to carry out more of these audits and educate people on how to save energy. This project could potentially save charities and community groups thousands of pounds.”


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Police Update Menston With Inspector Susan Sanderson .................................................................................................................................................................................................... The Neighbourhood Policing team is pleased to have the opportunity of keeping you up-to-date on policing matters through this magazine. You may have missed seeing PCSO Rachael Hodgson in the village recently – this is due to her being on restricted duties prior to maternity leave. In her absence, PCSO Andy Wade will be the dedicated officer for the village, joining PC Stuart Hudson, who has been the local officer for Menston and Burley for a number of years. Crime figures for Menston remain one of the lowest in the Bradford District. In February there were just seven reported crimes, and no house burglaries. In January and February there were a number of incidents where stones were thrown at buses. A 14 year old girl has been interviewed and admitted these offences, and has been dealt with through the Youth Restorative Justice scheme.

The NPT attends all Neighbourhood Forums and Parish Council Meetings. We also hold Partners and Community Together (PACT) meetings every month. Your concerns are important to us and help to shape the Policing of the village – please come along so your views are heard. You can also contribute via the NPT website.

While on patrol in the village recently, PCSO Wade spotted a man wanted for a number of offences in the Keighley area. He ran off but Andy gave chase and he was arrested on Brooklands Avenue and charged with a number of offences. During February and March we visited all our local schools during drop-off and pick-up times, advising parents on parking concerns and asking for cooperation. Some parents have been known to park on the zigzag lines, despite an officer being present – the lines are there to protect your child so please do not park on them!

Andy will be holding surgeries at the library in Kirklands Community Centre on Thursday 1st April, 3 – 4pm; Thursday 8th, 2 – 3pm; Friday 16th, 2.45 – 3.45pm; Thursday 22nd, 3 – 4pm; and Thursday 29th, 2 – 3pm. To contact your NPT, call Ilkley Police Sta Station on 01274 475301. You may need to leave a message but we will w get back to you as soon as we can, or email han hanpt1@westyorkhsire. pn pnn.police.uk. We look fforward to hearing from you.

Andy is keen to do tch in Community Speedwatch the village. If you can spare ongside some time to work alongside him, on the roads thatt concern you, please contact him on the number below.

Police Update Otley with PCSO Peter Andrews

.................................................................................................................................................................................................... The Speed Indication Device (SID) is being deployed in the Otley area on almost a daily basis, locations included both Bradford Road and Burras Lane. Burglaries occurred recently at premises on Newmarket, where alcohol was stolen, and on Pegholme Drive, where offenders stole keys and made off with a vehicle parked in the driveway. On Wrenbeck Avenue, an unsuccessful attempt was made to gain entry through some patio doors. It’s believed a vehicle parked on the driveway, was the intended target. We would recommend, if possible, vehicles are parked overnight in a locked garage.

A number of power tools were taken from a vehicle parked on Cambridge Drive. Three males seen acting suspiciously, wearing masks and running off when challenged, were arrested for going equipped to commit crime.

471453. You may have to leave a message but we will return your call as soon as possible. The messages are reviewed at least twice daily. Remember you can also contact police by calling the non-emergency number 0845 6060606.

Anti-social behaviour calls remain low, as does crime generally in the Otley area. But, we still need all residents to remain vigilant and minimise the risk of crime by keeping all property secure.

Alternatively, the Contact Point at Bennett Court, Weston Drive, Otley will be held from 10-11am on 6th & 20th April, 4th &18th May, and 1st June. The Contact Point at the Children’s Centre on Weston Lane will be held from 5-6pm on 12th April, 10th May and 7th June.

The Neighbourhood Policing Team can be contacted by visiting Otley Police Station Helpdesk, Monday to Friday 9am-5pm, or by calling 01274


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April 2010

Police Update Pool & Bramhope with PCSO Claire Salkeld In the last month our area has had fantastic figures regarding crime. We have had no reports of burglary at all. This is the second month running that this has happened, which is a superb result. Hopefully this trend will continue as the months begin to lighten. Please remain vigilant and continue to report anything that you feel is out of the ordinary.

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We have had one report of theft of Yorkshire Stone on Moor Road in Bramhope. Also a horse trailer was stolen from Arthington Lane. Two people were arrested for this offence and are currently on bail pending further investigation.

and 17 on Moor Road. All these drivers have been sent a warning letter. Over the coming weeks you will see a police officer using a traffic laser speed device to further monitor speeding in our problem areas.

The speed Indication Device has been used in various locations with varying results. On Pool Bank 96 vehicles were clocked driving over the 30mph speed limit, 43 of those were driving over 38mph! This is a very high number and further checks will be carried out on this stretch of road. Three drivers were recorded on Kings Road, Bramhope

Anti-social behaviour remains low for all of our area. We received one report of nuisance youths on Hall Drive, an officer was sent out who spoke with a number of local youths, advised them about their conduct and moved them away from the area. Contact details as Otley.

Focus on Public Transport at Otley Green Fair

There will also be crafts, local and environmental groups, organic and Fair Trade food stalls, as well as an opportunity to try various alternative therapies. Entertainment will be provided by Rainbow Morris Dancers.

materials (10.30am to 12.30pm), the other with vegetables (1.30 to 3.30pm). Each will be followed by a short performance on the instruments created. Places are limited, so book early at The Courthouse.

Two family workshops on making musical instruments (children over seven) are scheduled, one with recycled

For further information call the Courthouse on 01943 467466 or visit www.otleycourthouse.org.uk .

Otley’s Green Fair 2010 is on Saturday 17th April, 10am – 4pm at Otley Courthouse. This year it is promoting public transport in Wharfedale and the Yorkshire Dales and the Yorkshire Dales Public Transport User Group and Metro will be on hand with information on all public transport services and links in the area.

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News From Your Councillors

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Councillor Clive Fox Pool and Bramhope

Councillor Ryk Downes Otley

Spring is here! If not, then it soon will be because our council tax bills, which are a more reliable harbinger of spring than even the spring flowers, are about to flutter through the letterbox. The increase this year at around 2½% is at least the lowest since council tax took over from the old rates system. Pity the poor councillors though. In order to produce that single sheet of paper, known as a council tax demand, they had to first wade through no fewer than 525 pages of budget submissions, made up of two A4 size books about three inches thick. As conscientious councillors we did, of course, read every page. Maybe it is truer to say that the majority read, shall we say, most of it...well, some of it any way. Reading the budget submissions brings home how far the city council’s empire extends. It employs over 30,000 people – which means that in close to one in ten houses there is someone who works for the council. Delve further and you start to appreciate the number of pies that the council has its fingers in. But, what’s this? £15m for a new high security prison in my ward! True. It won’t be in either Pool or Bramhope but in Adel, all of three miles away. The existing East Moor young offenders’ institution is to be replaced on a site immediately next door. Not many people in these parts will even know the ward boasts its very own high security prison and fewer still will know that it is run by Leeds City Council. Very thoughtfully, at least the Home Office reimburses us. Interesting things, budgets: it’s sad to think they end up as council tax bills. clive.fox@leeds.gov.uk

AIRPORT BUS SERVICES. Many of you may have heard that the airport bus service tenders have come up for renewal. Metro has taken the opportunity to address some of the issues around the reliability of the 757 service, e.g. that it does not always go through Otley and Pool and there are some ‘holes’ in the timetable. The Airport contributes toward the cost of these services and, with the recent terminal expansion, has been told to increase the number of people accessing the airport via public transport. This means that the airport will now become a transport hub, with many services terminating and starting there. The benefit of this is that there is an increase in services many starting at 5am and going through to midnight seven days a week, allowing staff to get to the airport by bus. Following a series of public sessions last year, the 967 has been extended to run from Menston Station to the Airport, via Otley Bus Station and Pool-in-Wharfedale, every half hour. This service will now be run by TLC. The 757 will no longer run to Otley and Pool, but will meet the 967 at the airport and continue its current route into Leeds. Through ticketing will be available. This tender has been awarded to Centrebus, which has also taken on the hourly running of the 737 and 747 Airport to Bradford services. COUNCIL BUDGET This year’s City Council budget has seen a major investment in services for young and old. Following concerns about the safety of young people, an extra £2.6 million has been added to the Children’s Services budget, which will be used to expand the services available in the City. This investment will be matched with money to be spent on services for older people. Because people now live longer and are more active they need a range of services both to encourage this new life style and ensure that they can stay in their homes. The money will target services to individuals, with more money for personal care and a relocated and improved Day Centre for Otley.


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Councillor Peter Finlay Menston Parish Council .................................................................................................................................................................................................... 2010 promises to be another busy year for Menston Parish Council. The Parish Council is working on the priorities highlighted in the recent Parish Plan questionnaire, as well as continuing to support local community projects like Menston in Bloom and the 967 ‘Hoppa’ bus service from Menston to Otley, through their small grants scheme. Please get in touch if your group would benefit from any financial help. The Parish Council also acts as a link between Bradford Council and the village, and represents local electors and presents their views. A big thank you to everyone who

has attended our meetings and set us challenges, we look forward to hearing more from everyone in the future. Whilst it was very gratifying to see the level of support for local shops and businesses during the recent snow, the Parish Council would like to encourage everyone to remember the old adage ‘Use it or lose it’ – during these tough economic times it has never been more appropriate and you can never tell when you might need them again.

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CommunityNotices ACTIVE Archery - Try Archery free with Panda Bowmen at West Park Leeds RUFC, The Sycamores, Bramhope, Sat 10th April 1.30 – 3.30pm. Six week beginners’ course starts 17th April - equipment provided. Details: Anthony 0113 226 9059 or www.panda-bowmen.org. uk/haveago.htm Bramhope Badminton Club meets Mon 8pm at Bramhope Methodist Church Hall. New members welcome. Details: Chris 0113 267 1829. Bramhope Bowls Club welcomes new members to its Crown green at Robert Craven Memorial Hall, Old Lane, Bramhope. Season starts around April 1st. Details: Ewart Lewis 0113 2678001 or Paul Welling 0113 2843361 Bramhope Methodist Church Walking Group Sat 24th April: ‘A Boggy Place in England’, details 0113 284 1272. Sat 22nd May: ‘In a Grim Place’, Details 0113 261 0743. Meet outside church at 9.30am with waterproofs, walking boots, drink & snack. Car share to start of walk. Calling Dance Teachers! The Robert Craven Memorial Hall, Old Lane, Bramhope would like to hear from qualified dance instructors willing to teach or lead either

Ballroom, Old Time or other styles of dance. Wed pm now available, other times possible. Details: Ewart 0113 267 8001. Circle Dancing Group meets 1st & 3rd Tues of the month at St.Giles Church Hall, Bramhope. Gentle dancing to beautiful music from all over the world. Great fun, therapeutic, & a friendly group. All welcome. Details: Joan 0113 284 2549. Dalesbus Ramblers A programme of free guided walks in the Yorkshire Dales on Sundays. All walks accessible by public transport, & Dalesbus services 800, 820 & 870 which link North Leeds with the Dales on Sun & bank holidays. Details: Steve 07982 764 857 or www.dalesbusramblers. org.uk The Tuesday Club - Dance the night away at The Village Hotel, Otley Road, LS16, 8–11pm 6th April. Great atmosphere & DJ. Over 25s. Smart dress. Only £3.50 Details: Reg 01274 771285/ 07939 959400. Great Yorkshire Morris Men - meet at Pool Memorial Hall alternate Wednesdays. Mainly Cotswold dances, with forays into the Yorkshire Longword, Rapper & Border styles. New dancers & musicians welcome - no experience

required. Details: Bob Carter 01423 863433 www.gymm.org.uk Holt Park Bowls Holt Park Crown Green Club, Farrar Lane (opposite tennis courts, beside High Trees pub). Everyone welcome – beginners & experienced. Horsforth Fellandale Running Club trains every Wed, usually on Otley Chevin. Runners of all abilities welcome. Details: Andy 258 5691, or secretary@fellandale.com Leeds Half Marathon Sun 9th May. Run for St Gemma’s & help keep the hospice running. If you have a place already or you would like to get a place, please call 0113 218 5570 or visit www. st-gemma.co.uk Leeds YHA Walking Group organises walks, cycle rides, weekends & social activities. Over 160 members aged 2074. Try before joining. Membership £8 pa. Details: Stephen 0113 368 0417 or www.leedsyha. org.uk New Fat Burning, Body Toning, Fitness Classes at Robert Craven Memorial Hall, Old Lane, Bramhope. Aerobics & Abs Wed 6-7pm; LBT (Legs, Bums & Tums) Wed 7-8 pm. £5 per session. Details: Gail on 07961 813679

Otley Badminton Club plays at Prince Henry’s on Mon 7.30-9.30pm & Fri 8-10pm. New members welcome. Details: Steve Norfolk 07860 242089 or steve.norfolk@freightair. co.uk Otley Squash Club provides for all levels of ability. Details: www. otleysquashclub.org Otley Walkers Variety of twice weekly walks from 5 – 20 miles. Also weekends away & special events. New members welcome. Annual membership £5 per household. Try before joining. Details: 01943 463125 wawotley@mail. com. Phoenix Folk Dancers Try English Country Dancing at Adel Methodist Church Hall (behind the Lawnswood Arms) Wed, 8 – 10pm. Beginners welcome, partner not necessary. Details: 0113 2611902 Sequence Tea Dance at Old Pool Bank Village Hall, Fri 2 – 4pm. A great way to exercise & socialise. All welcome. Details: 0113 284 2126. Sequence Tea Dance At Bramhope Methodist Church Mon from 2 – 4pm. Everyone Welcome. Details: 0113 267 9802.


Tai Chi at Cock Pit Farm Six week course Wed 10 – 11am in the garden at Cock Pit Farm, Weston, Nr Otley, starting April. Details: 01943 464 689. Tai Chi, Qigong, Daoist Yoga & Soft Kungfu At Otley Civic Centre, Thurs 7–9pm, & Mon 10 – 11am. Learn how to use your Qi to boost your energy levels, health & all round wellbeing. Details: Therese Maini on 07809 447596 West Yorkshire Federation of Yoga Enhance your yoga practice 2nd Sun in the month, 2 – 5pm at The Robert Craven Memorial Hall, Bramhope. Details: 01943 467851 or 0113 256 7070 Yarnbury Angling Club Matches held 1st Sun of month. Members only. Coach transfers to & from venues. Membership details: Adrian Addy on 07956 964713. ARTS & CRAFTS Birds in Chinese Art An exhibition by members of the Chinese Brush Painters’ Society until Wed 30th June at Lotherton Hall, Aberford LS25. All paintings for sale. Open Tues - Sat 10am - 5pm, Sun 1pm 5pm. Details: as above. Chinese Brush Painters Society Li Hong Ping, master artist from Xian, China, will run workshops on painting woodland landscapes in Autumn & Winter on Sat/Sun 17/18 April at Pool Memorial Village Hall, Arthington Lane, Pool, 10am - 4pm. New members welcome.

Details: Anne Allan 01422 368482, mail@ cbpsyorks,co.uk. Guiseley Art Club meets Mon 1.30 – 4pm (excl bank holidays) in the Oxford Road Methodist Church Hall, Guiseley. New members welcome. Details: Monica 0113 267 7726. Life Drawing in Otley New series of life drawing sessions will be held 7pm to 9pm Tues at Otley Civic Centre, starting in Feb. Details: Bob 0113 230 1761 or bandlisle@ ntlworld.com. Otley Arts Club meets at the Old People’s Welfare Centre, Crossgate, Otley. Workshops, portrait sessions, talks, demonstrations & plenty of opportunities to just paint or draw. New members welcome. Details: Ted 01943 461145 or Judi 01943 607088. Pool Art Group meets Fri 10am-12 noon at Pool Methodist Church. Support & encouragement from fellow artists at all levels. Details: Pat Walker 0113 203 7952. Otley Scribblers Do you enjoy creative writing? New weekly sessions begin at Otley Courthouse on Wed 14th April, 10am – 12 noon. Details: 01943 465 568. COFFEE MORNINGS, FAIRS & MARKETS Bramhope Farmers’ Market at the Robert Craven Memorial Hall, Old Lane, from 9am 2nd Sat of month. Selection of home baking, organic

meats, sausages & pies, free range eggs, bread & cheese, plus veg produced by local farmers & producers. Bramhope Methodist Church Weekly Coffee Shop. Every Tues morn from 10am-noon. Delicious homemade scones & friendly fellowship – all welcome. Coffee Morning Every 2nd Sat at St. Wilfrid’s Church 10am – 12 noon. Plus a raffle, pastries & fruit pies at bargain prices. Coffee Morning Every Sat at Otley Methodist Church Wesley Hall, 10am – 12 noon. Homemade cakes, trifles etc. plus a friendly atmosphere. Access Boroughgate & Walkergate (disabled access). Green Fair St Matthew’s Church, Wood Lane, LS7. 12 June, 11 am-3 pm. Stall holders wanted! Craft stalls, refreshments, cake-stall, drum circle, puppet workshop, live music. Raffle. Info on Green Living. Children’s games. Stalls: £15 or £10 for own table, community or charity stalls. 50p entry, accompanied children free. To book a stall contact: ComHallBookings@AOL. com Indoor Car Boot Sale Sat 1st May, 10am – 1pm at St Gemma’s Hospice Conference Centre on Harrogate Road. Entry is by donation. Details: 0113 218 5565. Otley Country Market 9th & 23rd April,

9.30-11.30am at the Scout Centre on Burras Lane, Otley. Genuinely homemade, home grown & hand crafted produce. Delicious baking, preserves & meals. Details: Kate 0113 258 2290 www.countrymarkets.co.uk Otley Farmers’ Market Sun 25th April 9am to 1pm. Swap Shop Thurs 29th April, 6.30 – 9.30pm at St Gemma’s Hospice Conference Centre on Harrogate Road. An opportunity for ladies to bring along quality, unwanted items & replace them with others. Tickets £7 include refreshments. Plus other stalls. Details: 0113 218 5505 www.stgemma.co.uk GROUPS/CLUBS Aireborough Duplicate Bridge Club meets Tues 7pm at Rawdon Conservative Club. New members welcome. Details: 261 2139 beverley. harfield@ntlworld.com Alwoodley Motor Club Meets every other Thurs 8.30 – 9pm at The Wharfedale Inn, Arthington Lane. All welcome. Details: 0113 391 0403 www. alwoodleymc.org.uk Bramhope Bridge Club meets at Robert Craven Memorial Hall, Old Lane, Mon 12.45 & 4.15pm, & Tues & Thurs 7.15 – 10.15pm. Lessons for novices Wed pm. Details: Bob 225 7495


Bramhope Round Table Leeds’ active Round Table meets every second Tues for fun, friendship & fundraising (in that order!). All men between 18 & 45 welcome. Details: www. bramhoperoundtable. co.uk or info@ bramhope844.co.uk Chevin Division Trefoil Guild meets at 7.30pm on 1st Mon of the month in Otley or Guiseley. The group offers a varied calendar of events, with opportunities for travel, adventure & broadening your horizons, & supports Girl Guiding UK. Details: 01943 872892. Comedy Writers Forum Readings, feedback, etc. Tues 20th April, 7-9pm, Chemic Tavern, Johnston St, Woodhouse, LS6. Details: Terry 295 5339 or tbuchan@ntlworld.com, with Comedy Writing in subject line. Friends of Chevin Forest Park Practical conservation work such as vegetation clearance, step building or meadow management on 2nd Sun of every month. Details: The Countryside Rangers 0113 237 5312 countrysiderangers@ leeds.gov.uk Ilkley & District Motor Club Meets 1st & 4th Wed every month at Otley Rugby Club, Cross Green, Otley, starting 8pm. Everyone welcome. Also meets 2nd, 3rd & 5th Wed at other locations. Details: www.ilkleymotorclub.org Kaleidoscope Social club for the mature (50 +) & unattached with a zest

for life. Regular meetings & monthly programme of events. Not a dating agency. Details: 0113 262 1455, 261 2272 or www. kaliedoscopeleeds.weebly. com The Leeds Association of the British Federation of Women Graduates meets monthly, usually at Headingley Parish Hall, St Michael’s Rd. On Thurs 15th April at 7.15pm Dr Imogen Long will give a talk on ‘Women intellectuals in France’. Details: 0113 262 4131 leedsawg@ntlworld.com Leeds Astronomical Society Observing sessions will be held at The New Inn, Eccup LS16 on Fri 16th Apr, Wed 5th & 19th May, & Fri 16th July. Arrive between 8.30 & 10pm. Details: www. leedsastronomy.org.uk or admin@leedsastronomy. org.uk Leeds University Old Students’ Association welcomes all former students of the University. The Spring Lunch will be at Devonshire Hall on Thurs 8th April at 12.15pm, when the speaker will be Professor Joyce Hill on ‘Vikings in the North: our past in our present’. Details: 0113 261 4564 gmroche@ btinternet.com Leeds U3A Over 18 interest groups ranging from walking, dancing & Tia Chi to books, music, photography & lots of other interesting subjects. It is easy to join, make new friends, start a new hobby or reawaken an old interest. Details: Christine

Ball 2687808, Margaret Warmsley 269 5654, www. u3aleeds.btik.com Leeds Co-operative Members’ Group meets monthly for talks & outings. Details: 0113 216 8837 kpm.coop@ googlemail.com Leeds Hospital Alert A small group of concerned people campaigning for preservation of the NHS. They meet at Muir Court, Sagar Place, off St Michael’s Rd, Headingley. 7.30pm. Next meeting 14th April. All welcome. Details: Carmel Coles 275 6062. Leeds Oxfam Group Will meet Wed 7th April, 7.30pm at Leeds Civic Hall. The group arranges events & activities across the city in support of Oxfam, including open meetings on 1st Wed of each month. All welcome. Details: Pauline Neale 0113 269 3542. Leeds University Old Students’ Association welcomes all former students of the University. There will be a guided tour of Bishopthorpe Palace in York on Tues 2nd March & Spring Lunch at Devonshire Hall on Thurs 8th April. Details: 261 4564 or gmroche@ btinternet.com Menston Community Association 7th April, 7.30pm at Menston Methodist Church Hall, Main Street, Menston. A voluntary organisation representing the interests of the residents of the village. All residents of Menston over 18 years are

automatically members. Meetings on 1st Wed of month, 7.30pm at Menston Methodist Church Hall. Details: www.menston.org Menston in Bloom meets 21st April, 7.30pm, at Menston Methodist Church Hall, Main Street. Active group of volunteers who meet once a month during the season to discuss projects & arrange planting days etc. If you can help or have any ideas, come along. Details: www. menston.org Menston Parish Council meets 22nd April, 7.05pm, at Kirklands Community Centre, Main Street, Menston. Local residents welcome to attend. Opportunity to raise issues or concerns or comment on planning applications. Details: the Parish Clerk at parishclerk@menston.org or www.menston.org Mercury Movie Makers meet Wed at Rawdon Conservative Club, 7:30pm. The club is for camcorder owners. Advice, regular film & practical evenings, & occasional outdoor events. Details: 267 4868 www. communigate.co.uk/brad/ mercmove National Trust in Leeds and District A thriving organisation with almost 400 members. Details: Pam 0113 258 8178.

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Otley Amateur Radio Society meets Tues at Clifton Village Hall (before The Spite on Newall Carr Rd). New members welcome! The Club is an RSGB examination centre for Foundation, Intermediate & Advanced licences. Details: Paul 07768 996370, paul@pekae.co.uk www.otleyradio.net Otley Camera Club Meets Thurs at Prince Henry’s Grammar School, 7pm. Packed programme of speakers & competitions. Improve your skills & get more from your camera. Details: www.otleycameraclub. co.uk Otley Chevin Rotary Club Meets at Chevin Country Park Hotel, York Gate, Mon, 7.30pm. Dinner followed by interesting speaker. Rotary provides a wide range of services - local, national & international, plus a good social programme. Details: David Lewis 01943 877720. Otley & District Men’s Forum Meets every other Thurs, 10am at Otley Civic Centre. Membership free. Coffee & biscuits £2. Otley & District Women’s Forum Meets 9.45 – 11.45am on alternate Thurs, (Sept – May), at Methodist Church Hall, Walkergate. 1 Apr ‘Billies & Charlies’ with Derek Forster; 15 Apr ‘Murder Most Foul’ with Reg Le Plat; 29 Apr ‘There’s More to Firths than Carpets’, Chris Helme. Otley Film Society This month’s films are ‘In the

Loop’ on 8th April & ‘Il Divo’ on 22nd. Details: info@otleyfilmsociety. org.uk Otley Historical Society Meets 8th April for AGM followed by ‘Old Yorkshire (Do You Remember?)’ talk by Mrs Dorothy Burrows. The Manor Room, Bridge Church, 7.45pm Otley Library Otley Readers’ Group meets 6 – 7pm on 1st April. Details: 01943 466 572 Otley Lions Club Meets 1st & 3rd Wed of each month, 8pm at the Red Lion, Otley. New members welcome. Book sale last Fri & Sat of month in Black Horse stable yard. Varied social programme. Details: David Homewood 0113 294 8255, Eric Booth 01943 467 900. Otley Little Theatre Live theatre & musical events in Otley. New members welcome – acting, singing, dancing & anyone who can help with technical backstage. Details: Lee Wells on 01943 464982, info@ olt.org.uk or www.otley. co.uk/littletheatre Otley Men’s Forum Meetings at in Otley Methodist Church Main Hall, Boroughgate, 10am on alternate Thurs. On 1st April Adrian Gaskin talks about the work of UNICEF. On 15th it’s ‘Your Choice!’ with John Morgan, & on 29th Eric Forster’s talk is ‘Kapitan Schwiegger’s Medal’. £2 incl. refreshments.

Otley Poets meet 1st Tues of month at 8pm for poems, drinks & occasional guest poets at Korks Wine Bar, Bondgate Otley. Details: Alan Holdsworth 01943 870344 alanrh62@yahoo.co.uk. Otley Rotary Club meets weekly at Westbourne House, Bradford Road, Otley, Thurs 12.30 – 1.45pm. Open to active or retired professional or business people. Lunch followed by guest speaker. Details: Keith Thompson 01943 - 879329 ktswoop@ talktalk.net. Otley Townswomen’s Guild promotes the interests of women & raises money for charities. It meets 1st Thurs of each month, 7.30pm in the Lecture Room, Otley Methodist Church. Speakers plus wide variety of interest groups. Visitors welcome. Details: 01943 468741 m.e.newton@ talktalk.net Otley Twinning Association. Otley is twinned with Montereau in France (60 kms from Paris). Membership open to anyone in Otley district. Regular reciprocated visits (usually on a family or couples basis). Meet 2nd Wed of the month at Grove Hill Club (8pm). Details: Ken Daphne 01943 465137, Graham Barton 01943 461646. Otley Women’s Institute Meets at 7.15pm on 2nd Wed of the month in Cross Green Community Centre, Otley. Visitors welcome. Details: 01943 463610

Pool WI meets on the 2nd Tues of each month at 2pm at The Lounge, Wharfedale Court. All welcome! Pool Bridge Club meets on Mon (excl bank holidays),1.15 – 4.30pm at Pool Methodist Church. Social & Events Group New members welcome. Mainly over 30s. Meals, pub nights, theatre, walks, badminton, weekends away, talks, parties & much more. Monthly social/ new members night in north Leeds. Details: 08707 874425 www.leedsivc.org.uk Soroptimist International is a worldwide organisation for women in management & professions working through projects to advance human rights & the status of women. Details: Cath Turner harryandcath@hotmail. com The Women’s Fellowship meets Wed, 2pm at Pool Methodist Church. Variety of interesting speakers. The Wharfedale Speakers Club part of the Assoc of Speakers Clubs (UK), meets in Otley twice a month. New members welcome. Speakers of all ages & backgrounds. Come along & improve your speaking skills. Details: Barry Taylor 0113 284 2148.

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16 Wharfedale Gardeners’ Group Meets at 7.30pm on 2nd Tues of the month (Sept – May) at Otley Methodist Church. Guest speakers, plant sales & trips. Annual membership £10. Details: Liz Auty 01943 465 331. Wharfedale German Circle meets at “The Malt”, Main Street, Burley-inWharfedale, 8pm, usually on or near 15th of every month. Speakers, films, debates, quizzes, music, parties, conversation (in English or German). Visitors Welcome. Details: 01943 464087, wgcircle@ gmail.com, www. germandrcle.ilkley.org. White Rose Ladies Speakers’ Club meets at Farsley Library Mon at 7.45pm. Next meetings 12th & 26th April. A friendly environment in which to find your voice & improve your presentation skills, whilst having a lot of fun. Details: Sheila Wyatt on 267 2062. Yorkshire Countrywomen’s Association Bramhope Branch meets 2nd Thurs each month, 1.30pm at Robert Craven Memorial Hall. New members welcome. MUSIC Amici Singers New members welcome. No auditions – just a desire to sing with others. Details: 0113 267 1292 or 0113 228 5932. Bingley Gilbert & Sullivan Society Presents ‘Iolanthe’, a romp through

parliament & fairyland, poking fun at British politics, showing Gilbert’s clever satire & Sullivan’s catchy tunes at their best. Bingley Arts Centre, 19th - 24th April, 7:30pm, tickets 01274 567294 or 01274 567 983 6th -16th April, 1-3pm. The Bon Jovi Experience Fri 9 April, 8.45pm at Otley Social Club, Weston Dr, Otley. Members £3/ Non members £4. 01943 464139 otleysocialclub@ hotmail.co.uk Bradford Music Club meets 3rd Sun each month, 7 – 9pm at Rawdon Meeting House, Harrogate Rd. Singers & musicians needed. All styles of music. Details: Ann Perry 01274 630162 annperry@blueyonder. co.uk Flute Group meets Tues 6.45 - 7.45pm during term time at Yorkshire College of Music & Drama (19 Shire Oak Rd. Headingley). Grade 4 standard & above. New members very welcome! Details: 0113 275 1232 Judith Hibbert in Concert Sat 24th April, 7pm at Grove Methodist Church, Town St, Horsforth. Judith presents a tribute to some of England’s greatest entertainers. For free tickets send SAE to Jack Myers, 19 Hunger Hills Avenue, Horsforth, Leeds LS18 5JS. Retiring collection for installation of Loop System. Leeds Organ & Keyboard Club Details: John Booth on 0113 226 5671.

Otley Chamber Orchestra rehearses fortnightly on Sundays, 7 - 9pm at Otley Courthouse. New members (especially upper strings) welcome. Details: john_restorick@ hotmail.com

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Otley Community Drum Circle 3rd Sun of the month at The Courthouse, Otley. No drumming or musical experience necessary. Children with responsible adult welcome. All drums provided. Cost £4/£3. Details: Anna or Paul 01943 465413

Leeds & Bradford Friendship Group Friendship & activities for people of retirement age. Meets 1st Wed of month at Pudsey Civic Centre 1.30pm. Also days out, dining, walks, holidays, computer & play reading groups. New members welcome. Details: Barbara 01943 875208.

Otley Courthouse Community Singing Group A community choir devoted to the enjoyment of singing. New members (especially men!) welcome – no auditions, no pressure, no experience. Tues at The Courthouse, 1.30 – 3.30pm (term time), £4 per session. Details: Dave Stewart 07970 997183 dave@ singout.me.uk Phoenix Concert Band rehearses Thurs 7.309.30pm at St Chad’s Parish Centre. Players of a suitable standard welcome (Associated Board Grade 5), particularly brass players & percussionists. Details: secretary@ phoenixband.co.uk www. phoenixband.co.uk Yeadon & District Male Voice Choir welcomes male voices of any ability at Yeadon Methodist Church, Chapel Hill. (next to Town Hall). Singing is a proven stress buster! Thurs 7.30pm. Details: John Atkinson 294 9095

Golden Oldies Film Club 3rd Mon in the month, 2pm at Otley Courthouse. Transport available. £2 incl. refreshments & raffle. Details: 01943 463965.

Menston Men’s Retired Forum 7th & 21st April 10am at Kirklands Community Centre, Main Street, Menston. Companionship & interesting speakers. Topics this year include: The Upper Wharfedale Rescue Service, Nature Photography, Voluntary work in Uganda, Experiences of a London taxi-driver. New members welcome. Details: Ken Chadwick 01943 874 530 www.menston.org. Otley Action for Older People Bingo Mon 1.30pm at the RAOB Club, Walkergate, Otley. Dance classes Mon at Otley Methodist Church, including 5 Bollywood sessions & possibly Flamenco from April. 11.15am - 12.15pm, £3. Tai Chi at The Methodist Church Thurs 2pm, £3. Details: 01943 463 965.


Otley Methodist 1812 Group meets on 18th of every month, providing a social gathering for churchgoers. Ages 20s – 60s & activities include theatre visits, ten pin bowling, country dancing & safari suppers. Details: john.burland@sky.com Otley Over 60s Club at Crossgate (opposite Rose & Crown) open Wed to Sat, 9am–12 noon, serving refreshments. Sequence Dancing on Wed 2 – 4pm; Gentle Exercise to Music on Thurs, 10.15–11.15am; Sat Bingo,1.45pm; brica-brac stall Fri & Sat 9am–12noon. Pool Lunch Club Organised by Otley Action for Older People, at Pool Methodist Church, Wed from 12 noon. Two course meal followed by coffee & biscuits for just £2.20! Details: 01943 463965 St Giles Luncheon Club, Bramphope, 1st Wed in month Oct-June. Two course, hot, homemade lunch. 12.15pm at St Giles. Details: Mary Burnell 0113 267 1742 SPIRITUAL Bethel Evangelical Church Otley & Ilkley, ‘A church for people who don’t go to church’ meets every Sun,10.30am at Whartons

Primary School (off Newall Carr Road), Otley & 6pm at Ilkley Playhouse, Weston Road, Ilkley. Details: Pastor Martin Woodier 01943 464631 www.bethelotleyilkley.com Bramhope Methodist Church – Easter On Maundy Thurs 1st April, The Last Supper is remembered at 7pm, followed by Holy Communion. Good Friday Worship on 2nd April is at 10am & Easter Day celebration with Holy Communion at 10am. Both services led by the Rev’d Dawn Saunders. Christian Science Church in Headingley invites you to their services: Sun10.30am. Testimony meetings 2nd Wed of the month, 7.30pm, & 4th Wed at 2.30pm. Reading Room open 11am - 2pm Tues, Thurs & Fri - 40 Otley Road. www. christianscience.org.uk FREE Drop-In Meditation Sun 7 – 8pm (3rd Sun of month 6.30 – 7.30pm). Experience peace & calm with periods of silence & guided meditations. Details: Brahma Kumaris 275 7727, leeds@ uk.bkwsu.org, www. bkwsu.org/uk/leeds

Otley Spiritualist Church Church services:

Tues healing 7.30pm; Wed healing 2.30pm; Sat Service 7pm (clairvoyance); Sun Service 6.30pm (divine). 38 Newmarket Street, Otley. Rise & Shine @ 9 Everyone welcome. 30 minute cafe-style worship, ideal for all ages. Informal, friendly. light breakfast every Sunday, 9am at United Reformed Church, Main Street, Burley-inWharfedale. Details: Mirella 01943 465 353 St Giles Bramhope Easter Sunday Come & celebrate at our Easter all.together Holy Communion service at 9.30am. A joyful coming together of traditional & contemporary services. The Fourth Way Foundation Thurs 1st Apr, Otley: Sacred Music of Gurdjieff, piano recital at 7:30pm. Sat 10th Apr, Fewston: Sacred Dances of Gurdjieff workshop, 2 – 5pm. Wed 14th Apr & Wed 28th Apr: Otley Fourth Way Philosophy Readings & discussion. 7:30 – 9.30pm. Details: Robert 07814 951 231 www.fourth-way.org.uk

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SUPPORT Arthritis Care (Otley & District) meets at St John Ambulance Meeting Room, Gay Lane, 1st Wed of month, 2 – 4pm. People of all ages with arthritis, or an interest in it, most welcome. Details: 01943 466428. Diabetes Leeds Support Group Friendly group of people with Type 1 & Type 2 Diabetes & their partners/ carers, meets 1st Mon of the month (except bank holidays) at West Yorkshire Playhouse, 7 – 9pm. Details: Joan Wells 0113 225 4528. Families Need Fathers meets 7.30pm, 2nd Wed of month at Victoria Hotel, Great George St, Leeds. A support & advice group for parents trying to maintain & develop relationships with their children following divorce or family breakdown. Details: Don 07981 710179 or Ray 07921 728747. Leeds Coeliac Group AGM Mon 26th April at Eversheds, Bridgewater Place, Water Lane, Leeds LS11 from 6.30pm. ‘Making Sense of Food Labelling’ will follow the formal proceedings. Details: Sandra McLean 07711 768850 sandra. mclean@btinternet.com.

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Macmillan Cancer Support New fundraising group in Otley. Details: Laura Riach 01924 232444 lriach@macmillan.org.uk The Forget Me Not Cafe for people with dementia & their carers. 1st Wed of month 1.30 – 3.30pm at Yeadon Cricket Club, (behind the Swan Public House) High Street, Yeadon, £1 incl. raffle & refreshments. Details: Jean Deeming 01943 472004, Dawn Perkins on 0113 231 1727. Wharfedale Cardiac Club (affiliated with British Heart Foundation) is open to former cardiac patients & their partners. Opportunity to take part in exercise classes under supervision of qualified instructors. Meets Mon, Wed & Thurs at Wharfedale General Hospital. £2.50 Details: Clive Wilkinson 0113 267 1721. TALKS & DISCUSSIONS Leeds Geological Association ‘The Assembly of the West Africa Craton : evidence from the British Geological Survey of Northern Mauritania’ by Dr. David Schofield of the British Geological Survey. 7pm Thurs 22nd April in the Rupert Beckett Lecture Theatre, Michael Sadler Building, Leeds University. Visitors welcome. Details: www. leedsga.org.uk Leeds RSPB Group meets Weds 21st April for an illustrated talk by

April 2010 Geoff Trinder on ‘The Galapagos’, in Lecture Theatre B, Mechanical Engineering, University of Leeds at 7.30pm. Also a nature walk on Weds 28th April at Harewood. Meet inside gates opposite Wike Road car park 7pm. All welcome. Details: 217 6170 or rspbleeds@ googlemail.com

MISC/EVENTS Blood Donor Sessions Headingley: Fri 30th April at St Chad’s Parish Centre, Otley Rd. Horsforth: Wed 5th May at The Grove Centre, New St. Otley: Mon 26th April at the Wesley Hall, Boroughgate. All sessions 2 – 4pm & 5 – 7.30pm. Charity Auction At Askwith Village Hall, 7pm on Sat 17th April in aid of Yorkshire Air Ambulance. Fabulous lots to bid for including: helicopter flight, theatre tickets, gym memberships, tickets for tourist attractions, jewellery & items from local businesses. Tickets, £3 including entertainment & light supper, available from Cockpit Farm Tea Room, 01943 464689. Expert Patients Programme runs courses for people with long term health problems, unpaid carers, families of children with health problems, disabilities or other challenges, & people with mental health problems. The aim is to help people cope better. Details: 305 7591 epp.account@ nhsleeds.nhs.nhs.uk

Family History Course Ten week course led by Jackie Depelle at Prince Henry’s starts Thurs 22nd April, 7 – 9pm. Trace your ancestors using the internet with expert guidance. Details: Pippa McPherson 01943 463524 www.princehenrys.co.uk Hope Pastures Horse & Donkey Sanctuary Weetwood Lane, LS16. Open to visitors daily 10.30am – 3pm, or Wed at 11am for a guided tour. First Pony Day of the year – Thurs 15th April. Details: Karen 0794 894 8158, www.hopepstures. org. To volunteer contact phtrust@fsmail.net Otley Courthouse is looking for volunteers in all areas. If you would like to help, get in touch. No experience necessary, all ages welcome! Details: Irene Lofthouse 01943 467216 ochvolunteers@ hotmail.co.uk Spring Fashion Show at The Courthouse, Otley, 7.30pm Wed 14th April. Adm £3.50. See the new season’s styles & treat yourself to something new for Easter or a forthcoming holiday! Table Top Sales Raise funds for your club or charity with a table top sale at Pool Village Hall. A dry, warm environment available every Sunday. Room for 20 tables, a kitchen for refreshments & car park. Details: Tim Robson 0113 284 3437 tim.robson@yahoo.co.uk

Talking Magazines Anyone blind or partially sighted can obtain these monthly cassettes by contacting Leeds Cassette at Shire View Centre, 72 Headingley Lane, LS6 2DJ or calling 0113 270 9130. Volunteering at St. James’s Hospital Wanted! enthusiastic volunteers for trolley service around wards in new Cancer Wing, delivering magazines, newspapers, drinks & snacks. Details: Vicki James 0113 206 7646) Vicki.James@ leedsth.nhs.uk Volunteers Wanted! For new Yorkshire Cancer Centre Charity Shop based at Bexley Wing, St James’s Institute of Oncology. Details: Aanika Dhillon 0113 206 8620 volunteer@ yorkshirecancercentre. org.uk. Wesley Hall at Otley Methodist Church Available to local organisations & charities for fundraising purposes every Fri, 9.30-11.30am. Cost: £15. Details: Pauline Dobson 01943 466 751.

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20 Arts & Culture

April 2010

100 Hands On The Move... ..........................................................................................

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

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eeds artist Jo Lee, whose work appeared on last month’s cover, takes her installation ‘Wave’ to a new venue for April. A sea of 100 hands, cast from life, it is a celebration of older people and Leeds: past, present and future. Jo worked with three Leeds care homes, Headingley Hall, Carr Croft Care Home and Donisthorpe Hall. Jo also involved other Leeds residents, engaging generations from the age of three months to 100 years, highlighting

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

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

amazing people and getting to know about their lives. I like to think the work helps break down the barriers between young and old. We are all the same, we are all old people in training!”. ‘Wave’ will be on display at Donisthorpe Hall, Shadwell Lane, Moortown, LS17 6AW until early May. For more details, please go to Jo Lee’s website: www.jolee. uk.com or www.donisthorpehall.org

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22 Arts & Culture

April 2010

The Yarns of a Travelling Professor

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

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

West Riding Opera Presents The Marriage of Figaro

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

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

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he pioneering work of the physicist William T. Astbury, who featured in a previous edition of ‘They Lived in Headingley’, is currently being celebrated in an exhibition hosted by the Museum of the History of Science, Technology and Medicine at the University of Leeds. With generous support from the ‘Local Heroes’ scheme, which forms part of the 350th anniversary celebrations of the Royal Society, the exhibition explores how Astbury’s development of X-ray techniques at Leeds were a key contribution in understanding protein molecules and the structure of DNA – both of which have since had profound implications for science and medicine. Despite being a scientific pioneer, Astbury worked very much in what has been called a ‘strings and sealing wax tradition’, often having to build his own equipment, one crucial piece of which was an X-ray camera with which he took the very first photographs of the structure of DNA. This camera, which also features in the current collaborative project between the BBC and the British Museum, ‘History of the World in 100 Objects’, is now on display for the rest of 2010 together with letters and photographs telling the story of Astbury’s work in the foyer of the Brotheron Library (in the Parkinson Building on Woodhouse Lane) at the University of Leeds. The library is open 8am-midnight on weekdays, and 10am-5pm Saturdays, and 10am-midnight Sundays.

Astbury’s scientific legacy will also be explored in an exhibition entitled ‘Hair Splitting Images - How William Astbury’s X-Ray Vision Changed the World’ to be held at the Thackray Museum later in the year. - Dr Kersten Hall


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

Pretty Polish Pisanki

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tickets (£5 each or £10 for family groups) available from Pat Bailes on 0113 203 7228, send a SAE to 46 Hilton Grange, Bramhope, LS16 9LE, or download booking form from www.sylviawright.org

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eeping fit and active can be challenging at the best of times. The awful weather we had this winter, made most of us just want to hibernate. Even driving to the gym was too much effort! But with Spring in the air, this is the perfect time to get outdoors and switch up your fitness routine. There are plenty of activities to get involved in around the area, so there’s really no excuse for you not to get out and have some fun!


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Picture (opposite) courtesy of Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority.

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

Running

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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GardenRound-Up

By Kath Hall, Paxton Horticultural Society

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

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

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

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

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Sound & Vision

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Bangs and a Bun ......................................................................................... I own a bike. This shocks people, what with my penchant for dresses and dislike of perspiration, but it’s true. It’s a pretty bike. It has a basket. I bought it back in November and have used it roughly four times since then. What happened, you ask? Well, winter, that’s what.

The yorkshire Antiques and Art Fair Saturday & Sunday

22nd & 23rd May 10am to 5pm each day

This shouldn’t really bother me, since I just spent the last three years living in Toronto. The practicalities of feet of snow and minus 35C temperatures, aren’t really conducive to taking the bike out for a spin though. But the fabulous Toronto spring and summertime ensure you get at least 5-6 months of solid bike time. I was excited to come back to England where I was sure the milder weather would mean I could bike virtually year round. I get back here and what happens? Snow. Not impressed, Leeds. Not impressed at all. Also, apparently Leeds grew some hills while I was away. Lots of them. I can’t seem to get from A to B without contending with a giant mountain and needing CPR at the end of it all. I feel like someone at the bike shop should have warned me of this before purchase.

Halls 1 and 2 Yorkshire event centre The great Yorkshire Showground

So if you see someone in a dress, on a pretty bike with a basket, gasping for air, be sure to say hello.

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Also, apparently Leeds grew some hills while I was away. Lots of them

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What kids in the community are up to

Dreamworks Animation Opens Leeds Young People’s Film Festival is delighted to welcome Cressida Cowell, author of the novel, as a VIP guest to the event.

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he 11th Leeds Young People’s Film Festival runs from 29th March – 9th April, with master classes, screenings and free workshops on filmmaking, animating, editing and much more. The Opening Gala film is the new Dreamworks animation, How to Train Your Dragon, and the Festival

Eco Day on Friday 2nd April looks at the importance of taking care of the planet, with films, talks and events about the environment, climate change, recycling and energy conservation. The films being screened are Mia and the Migoo, a beautiful animation about looking after the environment, and Garbage Dreams, a documentary about recycling in Cairo. The Festival has also teamed up with the Energy Saving

Illustration: Katy Irwin

Trust, Friends of the Earth, and the Environmental Office, whose newest superhero ‘Thermo’ will be on hand with his thermal imaging camera to help families understand where they can save energy. Harry Potter Day on Monday 5th April With the final Harry Potter film due out at the end of the year, there’s a rare chance to see the first four films in the series back to back on the big screen. There’ll also be a chance to meet Chris Rankin, who plays Percy Weasley, and a costume competition with prizes for the best dressed wizards! For full details call 0113 247 8389 or visit leedsyoungfilm.com.

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Chris Wins Douglas Waye Travelling Scholarship

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hris Rawlings is the latest Prince Henry’s student to benefit from the Douglas Waye Travelling Scholarship, which was set up in memory of the late Douglas Waye who was Chair of the Foundation Governors for over 20 years. Each year Prince Henry’s Sixth

Form students planning to travel are invited to apply for the scholarship to help with costs. Mr Waye operated Waye’s Travel in Otley for a long time and was involved with the school for over 40 years. The Travelling Scolarship was set up in 1982, with a view to it lasting for 20 years – it has done far better! In that time it has helped over 30 Prince Henry’s students realise their travel plans. This year’s winner is intending

to put the award towards a trip to Germany. Although Waye’s Travel closed its shop on Kirkgate last year, Douglas’s son Tony continues the business on the internet and from home, specialising in tailormade holidays. For further information contact Tony on 01943 463244. Ms Janet Sheriff (Head Teacher), Dr Chris Hatton (Chair of Foundation Governors), Chris Rawlings and Mrs Pam Beck (Mr Waye’s daughter)


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Fair Trade at Prince Henry’s .................................................................................................................................................................................................... ..................................... were sold in aid of the Haiti campaign. Other pupils were involved in creating a poetry anthology about fair-trade, which will be published in school. In addition, there were assemblies encouraging the purchase of Fair Trade products; Years 10 and 13 made biscuits and cakes from Fair Trade ingredients, and raised more money for the Haiti campaign and British Heart Foundation; The school refectory produced dishes using Fair Trade ingredients; and a football tournament is planned for later in the year using Fair Tade footballs. Trevor Backhouse of Patisserie Viennoise provides a little professional advice. Students at Prince Henry’s recently threw themselves into this year’s ‘ Big Swap’ Fair Trade Campaign. The Fair Trade team, consisting of both staff and students, set out to promote Fair Trade within the school and local community. Year 10 Product Design created lip balms from fair trade ingredients, which

Prince Henry’s holds the Fair Trade Foundation’s schools’ award. Schools renew their application for the award each year by maintaining their commitment to Fair Trade.

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From Africa to Menston! Last summer David Geldart, Assistant Headteacher at St. Mary’s went to Kenya to help develop a new initiative called ‘Connecting Classrooms’. The programme links schools from 18 sub-Saharan African countries to another African country and a school in the UK. Schools in the UK will link with two African countries. St. Mary’s, together with Beechwood Primary, Corpus Christi High and three schools from South Africa and Ghana, have written a joint development plan that will literally connect classrooms in all the schools in different ways to develop interesting learning experiences. Recently teachers from South Africa and Ghana visited St. Mary’s, sharing experiences with both staff

and pupils. “It was fascinating to have teachers who had experienced apartheid speak to students”, said geography teacher Ged Hooley. “We were captivated by the stories we heard.” Bob Sugden, Head of Humanities said, “We already have a successful partnership with Mnyakanya School in South Africa and I’m excited at the prospect of developing a new link with Sefwi Wiawso Senior High

in Ghana.” Tony Moodley, Education Advisor from South Africa said, “St. Mary’s has pioneered some outstanding work in South Africa and we are all keen to learn from that experience. We have had a wonderful time at St. Mary’s and it is clear that there are tremendous benefits in this project for all schools involved.”


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Local Schools Get the Ball Rolling for Carnival 2010

.................................................................................................................................... This year’s Otley Carnival is on was the overall winner, and runners Saturday 19th June and local up were: Megan Bailey (4), Noah children have already been gearing Walters (5), Mary Tallontire (7) up for the event by taking part in a and Matthew Bebbington (8) from poster competition and entering the The Whartons; James Marston (6), contest for Carnival Queen. Eleri Haines (9) and Meg Leddicott (10) from Westgate Primary; and Lily Leadbeater (11) from Otley All Saints. The winning posters will all feature in the Carnival programme with the overall winner on the front cover. Erika received a £10 book token, a T-shirt with her design and an engraved shield and all the age group winners received a £5 book token.

years old, presented themselves in the hope of being elected Carnival Queen, Deputy, Attendant or Crown Bearer. The Judges had a hard time making the final decision but in the end selected Alice Wood (10) from Otley All Saints School as Queen, Amelia Jessop (10) from St Joseph’ as Deputy, Orla Turnbull (9) St. Josephs, and Jasmine Manson (8) from The Whartons as Attendants and Katelyn May (8) from The Whartons as Crown Bearer. All will be officially appointed on Carnival Day, the existing Queen, and entourage will continue in office until then.

THE 2010 CARNIVAL QUEEN

For further information on this year’s Carnival, please contact Geoff A total of 16 girls, aged 4 to 11 Wright on 01943 465179 .................................................................................................................................................................................................... In the poster competition, Erika Giorgi (9) from Westgate School

Pool Primary Learns about Fell Rescue

.................................................... Mr Howard Driver from the Upper Wharfedale Fell Rescue Association recently came to speak to Year 3 pupils at Pool

Primary School. They learned about all the equipment needed to rescue someone from a mountain or a cave, and were surprised to learn that the association also rescued animals. The children all had a turn in the rescue Land Rover and some were put in splints (to illustrate the work of the team – not as a punishment!). The children were fascinated in Mr Driver’s stories of rescues and had lots of questions. All members of the team are volunteers and Mr Driver was grateful for the donation the children and school made to their work.

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Jesus Christ Superstar Shines!

................................................................................ Audiences were full of admiration for the professionalism of the recent performance by St. Mary’s Menston of Jesus Christ Superstar. Cast, crew and musicians were all praised for the spell-binding and slick quality of the production. “The success of the show was completely down to the team work and commitment of everyone involved,” said the show’s producer Miss Marvin. “I’ve never worked with a more talented, supportive and dedicated company.”


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The Midnight Walk in aid of St. Gemma’s Hospice .....................................................................................

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Walk it Out!

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Jane Tomlinson’s Run For All entrants in year one to 11,000 this year.’ The 2009 event raised a fantastic £300,000 for the Jane Tomlinson Appeal and the Leeds 10K partner charities: Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice, Macmillan, Martin House Children’s Hospice, Sparks and Yorkshire Cancer Centre. In addition, the Jane Tomlinson Appeal offered an additional £100,000 to be shared by the partner charities for nominated projects.

It’s time to get in training for the Jane Tomlinson’s Leeds 10K 2010! Taking place on Sunday 4th July, this hugely popular event was set up by the late Jane Tomlinson and her family in 2007 to stand as her

Charles Darwin and the Leeds City Museum Ongoing research into the life and work of Charles Darwin continues to turn up some interesting surprises. In ‘Of Lice and Men’, a lecture delivered to the Leeds Philosophical and Literary Society, Dr Greg Radick presented some fascinating work by his colleague Dr Mark Steadman, who has identified a previously unknown and intriguing connection between Darwin and the Leeds City Museum. The museum appointed its first permanent curator, Henry Denny, in 1825 and it was under his stewardship that it acquired such now well known exhibits as the giant

fundraising legacy. ‘The success of the event has been phenomenal,’ said Mike Tomlinson. ‘Since we launched, Leeds has been a sell-out event, growing from 7,000

Run For All is open to people of all abilities – whether they wish to walk, jog, run or wheel their way around the city centre courses. To enter, visit www.runforall.com

Denny’s expertise was crucial in helping Darwin to interpret these observations and develop his ideas about how biological species, varieties and races should be defined Irish Elk and the Armley Hippo. Denny’s main research interest, however, was insects, in particular lice for which he was renowned as a national authority. Keen to expand his collection, Denny wrote to Darwin in 1844, asking if he might be willing to share any specimens of exotic lice that he’d acquired whilst on his famous voyage aboard H.M.S Beagle. On this journey, Darwin had made some observations about the patterns of head lice infestation among both Polynesian islanders and English sailors that raised puzzling questions about the relationship between parasites and their hosts.

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