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North Leeds

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CITY VARIETIES HORSFORTH

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Despite being in lockdown, many people have been beavering away behind the scenes to keep things going and we are happy to bring you news of a few of these this month. Among the hardest hit areas, of course, are our wonderful theatres and all the associated things that go with them – the City Varieties has just chalked up 155 Years! And Leeds Playhouse has been concentrating on keeping the community engaged creatively; and Leeds Grand Theatre has been busy rescheduling some great upcoming

We learn that Horsforth Food Hub is feeding 150 people a week; Friends of Roundhay Park have been very busy; being at home has encouraged people to recycle more; and numerous volunteers have been helping people who are lonely and isolated. We are looking forward to hearing from you for our August edition. The deadline for news and notices is 1st July and for advertising it’s 10th July (1st & 12th August for September edition). Stay well. Carole, Jack and the team.

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14 19 20 22 24 25 28 36 14 City Varieties Music Hall – 155 Years of Colourful History

24 FORP Renovate Historic Canal Shelter Friends of Roundhay Park have

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19 The Performance Ensemble Seeks More Members Over 60

25 Horsforth Food Hub Feeds over 150 People a Week Horsforth

It’s on a quest to gather 1,000 stories from the city’s older population.

Community Café becomes Food Hub.

20 Lockdown Has Brought Some Positive Outcomes

28 Welcome to Yorkshire Chelsea Garden is Garden of the Decade

Many of us have used some of the extra time we’ve had to reach out to help others.

Garden comes out on top as the BBC RHS People’s Choice favourite from the last decade!

22 HEART is Gradually Emerging from Lockdown

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Welcome back to North Leeds Life! We’re delighted to bring you another edition of your favourite magazine. What a time we have been having! People have had very different experiences – some have flourished, others have had a real struggle. Everyone is going to need help and encouragement over the coming months. As people emerge from lockdown, nothing will ever be quite the same. Here at NLL we have decided, following a number of requests from readers, to combine our two editions because people are interested in what’s going on across North Leeds. So, this is our first combined edition!

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Life&Style They Lived In Leeds By Eveleigh Bradford IVY BENSON (1913-1993) And her All Girls Band Leeds girl Ivy Benson topped the bill in the 1930s and 40s as a star jazz saxophonist and leader of a talented, glamorous all girls band, beating off prejudice and competition from the many famous male dance bands of the time. She reached a peak of popularity in the Second World War, when she and her Girls toured the country and broadcast daily on the radio – everybody tuned in then – bringing rhythm and song, some joy and fun, and the promise of happier times, to people at home and the troops overseas.

Ivy was born in 1913 in her grandparents’ pub, the Malt Shovel, in Lowerhead Row (now the Headrow), near the corner with Vicar Lane. Her father Douglas Benson, always known as ‘Digger’, worked originally as a riveter but doubled as a musician, playing trombone in the pit at the Empire theatre in Briggate. He was later to feature in and run his own dance bands in Leeds. When Ivy was six, the family moved to 59 Cemetery Road, Beeston (now with a blue plaque) and she went to the local school, St Luke’s. From the start her father had musical ambitions for her – she had piano lessons from age five, and he taught her the clarinet and the trombone. She was a born performer: when she was nine, she featured in an early Children’s Hour radio programme playing ‘In a Persian Market’, and a year later in 1923 she won a talent contest at the Empire singing the latest hit ‘Yes, we have no bananas!’ Then she acquired a Benny Goodman record and fell in love with jazz. It inspired her to take up the clarinet and later the saxophone – mostly regarded then as for men only! She won a scholarship to the Leeds College of Art when she left school at 14, but money was short. So she went to work at Montague Burton’s huge factory in Hudson Road, Burmantofts, at 15 shillings a week, which meant she could save up for her first alto

sax. She worked all day from 8 till 6, then played at dances most nights from 8 until 2 or 3 am – dancing was all the rage. In the end it was too much and she left the factory. She joined the Leeds-based ‘Rhythm Girls’ band and worked with them and other groups until, at 23, she got a chance to go to London where she found a job in a sleazy night club. There she was spotted by the bandleader Teddy Joyce, and toured with his band ‘the Girlfriends’ (sometimes back to Leeds) as a featured soloist – ‘the ace saxophonist of Great Britain’. When war began, with many male musicians leaving for the Front, she formed her own all girls band – it took confidence and organisation. The band won an audition for a popular touring revue, ‘Radio Rodeo’ starring Hylda Baker, and then, with the help of the impresario Jack Hylton, was booked into Covent Garden, which had been converted into a ballroom. In 1943 (in spite of protests from male musicians) they got the coveted job of BBC house band, based in Bristol, broadcasting at all hours of the night and day to the troops as well as to home audiences. In 1944 Ivy’s band topped the bill at the London Palladium for 6 months, and at the end of the war was personally invited by Field Marshal Montgomery to fly to Berlin to join the victory celebrations. Tours with


ENSA followed all over Western Europe – topping the popularity polls – while at home they starred in shows around the country and at Butlin’s holiday camps. Ivy and her girls offered a sensational combination of musicianship and glamour. Her girls had to play brilliantly and look like film-stars – and behave themselves too. They worked hard and played hard: she had a constant turnover of band members who left to get married! Recruiting often from Northern brass bands, she gave many women their first chance of an exciting life as professional musicians. Her own personal life was less successful – her two marriages ended in divorce, without children. She went on fronting her band into the 1970s, but the big band era was over. She lived with her father for many years but after his death in 1977 she retired to Clacton-on-Sea, where she used to entertain holidaymakers by playing the electronic organ. She died in 1993.

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and future guidance from Government”, said Tony Passmore, Managing Director. “The key objective of our new policies is to ensure everyone we come into contact with is safe. Not only do we want to reassure customers that we are doing everything in our power to achieve this, but also feel it is our responsibility as an employer to educate wherever possible on best practices.” Established in 1965 as a two-man plumbing business, Passmore has experienced great success in recent years and now boasts three large showrooms and a 80+ strong team of experienced designers, surveyors and multi-skilled fitters. Leeds Head Office & Showroom: Partnership House, 6 Hales Road, Wortley, LS12 4PL Tel: 0113 201 5030 Harrogate Showroom: Unit 1&2 Beech Avenue Business Park, Beech Avenue, Harrogate, HG2 8DS Tel: 01423 870111 Mirfield Showroom: Whiteleys Garden Centre, Far Common Road, Mirfield, WF14 0DQ Tel: 01924 480571 www.passmoregroup.co.uk


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Chorus Just Can’t Stop Singing! Like all choirs during the Pandemic, Leeds Festival Chorus is very concerned about when rehearsals and concerts will be possible again. For now, everything must take place on screen. Already, rehearsals are well underway for a performance optimistically planned for Leeds Town Hall later this year – a new piece specially commissioned from opera composer Jonathan Dove and poet and broadcaster Ian McMillan entitled 'The Tin Soldier'.

Before closing its doors, the Royal Armouries were busy putting the finishing touches to a major new exhibition celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Field of Cloth of Gold, as well as a supporting programme of Tudor Power & Glory events.

to secure peace for Europe. The story of the event, the preparations, the sporting contests and intricate diplomatic manoeuvrings is told through the Royal Armouries’ collection, including items belonging to and worn by Henry VIII, images, animation and new publications.

The exhibition is on pause and the events postponed – but history will come to life online with digital events, videos, activities, and behind-the-scenes insights that explore the stories behind one of the biggest sporting-come-diplomatic events ever held.

As part of Royal Armouries from Home the programme will explore behind the scenes with the museum’s curators, exhibition producers, technicians and event managers, as they reveal what goes into developing innovative displays and action-packed events.

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Unable to stay silent for long, 82 members of the Chorus recently recorded Rachmaninov’s Bogoroditse Djevo, an established part of the Chorus's repertoire, from home. Although the Chorus had not done anything like it before, it has already been broadcast on BBC Radio 3's 'In Tune' programme and has been uploaded to YouTube and Social Media. The enormous task of editing 82 individual parts, all recorded at home, fell to Rebecca Taylor, well known as the piano accompanist at rehearsals. She cut out occasional bursts of distant birdsong and slamming doors in the background to produce a brilliant result – which you can view at https://www.youtube.com/watch ?v=26ZtQ4LALZw&feature=youtu. be


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City Varieties Music Hall – 155 Years of Colourful History City Varieties Music Hall may well be temporarily closed, but behind those closed doors lie 155 years of colourful history – as of last month, it’s the longest running music hall in the UK! When Charles Thornton, opened his ‘New Music Hall and Fashionable Lounge’ in 1865 few would have guessed that the much-loved venue would still be packing in audiences more than 150 years later. The Varieties’ stage has welcomed many of the world’s greatest entertainers, from Harry Houdini and Lilly Langtree to John Bishop and Russell Crowe. Hidden up a cobbled street just off Briggate, it began life as a room above a pub, established for the working people of Leeds to be entertained. Its sister venue, Leeds Grand Theatre, was meant for the higher classes – a saying at the time was ‘wear your flat cap to the City Varieties and your top hat to the Grand Theatre’. The Varieties changed hands and names numerous times. In 1941, Harry Joseph leased it from the White Swan Estate Company. Joseph is probably best known for staging striptease shows where the girls could pose, but not move.

Popular titles included ‘Strip Strip Hooray’, ‘Bubble and Peep’ and ‘Fillies in Frillies’. Then, in 1953, it was used by the BBC for a pilot programme about the old-time music hall, which resulted in ‘The Good Old Days’, produced by Barney Colehan. Over the years, the show featured numerous well and lesser known performers, including: Les Dawson, Barbara Windsor, Bruce Forsyth, Eartha Kitt, John Inman, Ken Dodd and Barry Cryer. The show ran for 30 years. Audiences were encouraged to dress in Victorian garb - and they duly obeyed! No longer televised, ‘The Good Old Days’ still runs today with acts like ventriloquist Steve Hewlett, who came fourth ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent; comedian/magician Josh Benson, who appears with his dad and went on to star in Tim Firth and Gary Barlow’s musical ‘Calendar Girls’; and Goronwy Thom, a juggler/unicyclist.

Today, City Varieties Music Hall is renowned for hosting some of the best in live music, variety, comedy and National Theatre Live and delayed screenings, as well as its hugely popular Rock ’n’ Roll Pantos. It has also played host to Michael McIntyre, John Bishop, Sara Pascoe, Jack Whitehall, Boy George, Kerry Ellis, Russell Crowe and the Queen and Prince Phillip. The theatre’s thriving Youth Theatre, curriculum-linked schools’ workshops and training provision of placements and apprenticeships, enable young people from across the city to access the arts, build confidence and develop skills. 2020 was to be an exciting year for The Varieties, Leeds Grand Theatre, and Hyde Park Picture House. Aside from The Picture House Project, other projects were also in the pipeline, which will hopefully be delivered on reopening. Like all theatres around the country, the pandemic has plunged them into very difficult times. All three venues are asking patrons (if financially viable) to support the Company through this financially difficult period. Please visit www.cityvarieties.com if you would like to donate.


Leeds Arts University Presents First Onlineonly Degree Show Leeds Arts University launches its first onlineonly undergraduate degree show on 1st July. Over 500 works of art, animation, illustration, graphic design, fashion, textiles, creative advertising and photography, from across ten undergraduate courses, will be presented digitally. The University encourages students to question ideas, experiment and respond to the world in creative and radical ways. “Our undergraduate show is a great focus and celebration for students and staff alike”, said Professor Simone Wonnacott, Vice-Chancellor. “Unfortunately, this year’s cohort will not be able to show their work in the University buildings because of Covid-19. However, we hope many more friends, family, industry professionals, and those looking for creative inspiration and

stimulation will experience this visually stunning and ambitious online exhibition.”

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Leeds Arts University Show 2020 marks the culmination of three years’ creative study. They have been given access to industry throughout their courses, enabling many to contribute to the arts and cultural sector in Yorkshire and further afield.

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Walking Home: Opera North’s Sound Journeys for Lockdown ‘Walking Home: Sound Journeys for Lockdown’ is Opera North’s commission for BBC Arts and Arts Council England’s ‘Culture in Quarantine’ programme,.

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Building on its history of creating innovative sound walks, five artists will write and record new works specifically to be listened to whilst walking. The contributors – cellist and composer Abel Selaocoe, qanun virtuoso Maya Youssef, oud player and composer Khyam Allami, vocalist, violinist and songwriter Alice Zawadski, and accordionist and experimentalist Martin Green of the folk trio Lau, will be crossing folk, jazz, Middle Eastern and African traditions, classical and contemporary music, with a tendency to experiment and break the confines of genre. ‘Walking Home’ is a vibrant cross-section of music-making in Britain today, made by musicians under lockdown for audiences in the same predicament. It engages with walking and solitary activity, and each 15-minute piece offers an opportunity to renew our connections with our environment. “The spark for ‘Walking Home’ came from the strange alchemy we found between walker, place and music that was powerfully evident in the past sound journey commissions we made for the Humber Bridge and River Tyne”, said Jo Nockels, Opera North’s Head of Projects. “While these new commissions are on a more intimate scale, all five respond to the dynamic of walking, listening through headphones and taking in your surroundings to produce an experience created by the listener as much as by the artists.”

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the 2019 PRS New Music Biennale, combining microtonal tuning, ancient Arabic musical modes and generative software. His sound walk takes a cinematic approach to the atmosphere of urban areas under lockdown. Abel Selaocoe spent a recent Opera North Resonance residency working on new solo music for the cello, influenced by traditional African instruments. His sound journey will acknowledge the beneficial effects that he has felt from walking over the past weeks. Maya Youssef’s intense and thoughtful music is rooted in the Arabic classical tradition but takes inspiration from Western classical music and jazz.

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Martin Green’s reputation as a composer was cemented by an Ivor Award for his Opera North commission for the Great Exhibition of the North in 2018. Evolving over the course of a walk along the banks of the River Tyne, ‘Aeons’ featured the Orchestra and Chorus of Opera North and Becky Unthank. His contribution to this series has an early morning walk in mind. Khyam Allami’s haunting installation ‘Requiem for the 21st Century’ was an Opera North commission for

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Alice Zawadzki’s output is prodigious and eclectic. Her second solo album, ‘Within You is a World of Spring’, showcased her mastery of a range of styles in an inspired collection of songs. ‘Walking Home’ will be available across BBC Radio and Television, through podcasts on BBC Sounds, and via the BBC Arts website.


An Outdoor Gallery at Sunnybank Sunny Bank Mills in Farsley have created an Outdoor Gallery featuring eleven brightly coloured images of work by some of the Mills’ studio holders. “The gallery team had been thinking about how it could continue to support the artists with studios in the Mill during lockdown”, said Jane Kay, Arts Director. “This is a perfect way of celebrating them as artists and brightening up the stone walls. I don’t know why we didn’t think of it before!”

worked there and take rubbings of some of the patterns woven there when the site was a working worsted Mill. Sunny Bank Mills Gallery and shop are now open on Tuesdays by appointment; Wednesdays – Saturday, 10am – 4pm; closed Sunday and Monday. Free entry and free parking. For more information on the mill and its history, visit: www.sunnybankmills.co.uk

Pictured: Art by Sarah Chandler

Visitors to the Mill can explore part of the site by doing a circular walk that takes them through the Mill and round into the village. The images celebrate the creativity of the studio holders and include work by Nel Whatmore, Zoe Eady, Sarah Chandler and Clare Lane. In addition, family visitors can print off a Mill Trail Map from the website in advance and use it to learn about the buildings and people who

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Arts&Culture Leeds Playhouse Continues to Engage Creatively Whilst Leeds Playhouse’s doors are closed to the public due to Covid-19 and on-stage work has paused, the Playhouse’s main priority is Creative Engagement with those who are most isolated during this time. As well as supporting digital streaming of its co-produced work, there is a new programme of activity called ‘Playhouse Connect’. The Playhouse’s fortnightly newsletter, packed with information about what the Playhouse is doing, activities and wellbeing tips, is going out to over 1,500 people, as well as creative activities being posted to isolated older people at home and in care homes through a partnership with Age UK. Over 300 calls have been made to individuals at risk of becoming chronically isolated, including members of Heydays, young people and our Asmarina Voice refugee and asylum seekers’ choir. Regular online sessions are being run by the Playhouse for people living with dementia and their supporters, for young carers and for older people. In addition, a creative chain letter for young people with learning disabilities, including pictures drawn from their windows, is underway. The Playhouse has also launched a new project for young people who were about to take their GCSEs. To date, 16 videos and creative lesson resources have been created for partner schools which have been accessed by hundreds of children as part of their home schooling.

Two activities to look out for this month are: • Shlomo’s Homeskool Beatbox Adventures – a weekly event for young people and their families to have some fun, learn beatboxing and write a song together, that the Playhouse is hosting;

Pictured: Barber Shop Chronicles

• A Haiku Exchange, where people send a short poem and receive one in return, in honour of the Playhouse’s Japan Exchange last year and the Japanese-English show ‘Missing People’ which was due to be performed in Leeds earlier this year. • Following the success of Barber Shop Chronicles, co-produced by Leeds Playhouse and Fuel and streamed on National Theatre at Home, the Playhouse is also supporting Northern Ballet’s ‘Dracula’, filmed at Leeds Playhouse last October and available on BBC iPlayer; and ‘Night of the Living Dead: Remix’ coproduced with imitating the dog, available at imitatingthedog.co.uk/watch/ To find out more about upcoming streaming activities and to give your support, visit leedsplayhouse.org.uk or sign up for the newsletter at leedsplayhouse. org.uk/sign-up Leeds Playhouse thanks everyone who is supporting the theatre through this difficult time and wants to ensure that the Playhouse, set up by the people of Leeds for the people of Leeds, continues to be a shining light of community and hope, ready and able to open again when restrictions are lifted.

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The Performance Ensemble Seeks More Members Over 60

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The Performance Ensemble, a company of performers over the age of 60, is on a quest to grow its membership and gather 1,000 stories from the city’s older population that will ultimately help to create a piece of theatre for the Leeds Cultural Festival in 2023.

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“We are now actively looking for new members”, said Alan Lyddiard, Artistic Director. “There is no prerequisite – you don’t have to have experience in theatre or the arts, but you must be over 60!” Some of the company members work as actors, writers, and dancers, but others, from a range of backgrounds and diverse cultures, joined the company as a first-time experience. “We celebrate the fullness of life and explore vulnerability, resilience, and ageing”, said Alan. “I want to work with people in what I call 'the space between professional, amateur and community arts practice’, concentrating on shared knowledge and experience; when you are older you have many things to contribute and each of us will learn from the other.”

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Alan was a theatre and film director for 40 years and formed The Performance Ensemble in 2014 when he was 65. It is now a core company of 35 people, with a wider membership of over 100. “I don’t think the desire to create work and discover new things ever goes away”, he said. “And that is why I started The Ensemble - I want to explore new ways to create theatre and engage with others.” View their lovely little film at https://vimeo.com/424814814 For more information and to get involved call 07846 575 377 or email alan@theperformanceensemble.com

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CommunityNews Lockdown Has Brought Some Positive Outcomes

Our lives have changed in unimaginable ways over the last three months. And, whilst we must never lose sight of how awful things have been, and how much of a struggle lies ahead, it’s also important to reflect on the positive ways in which many of us have responded to such a difficult situation. On streets across Leeds, neighbours have supported each other in ways most of us have never seen before. Via WhatsApp, Mutual Aid groups or socially distanced chats over the fence, many of us have used some of the extra time we’ve had to reach out to help others. And when it comes to what we’re most interested in at Zero Waste Leeds – waste reduction - there are good stories to share too. Most of us have spent more time at home than usual over and, as a result,

we’ve generated more waste - Leeds City Council reported an increase of around 15% in black bin waste during the first couple of months of lockdown. This is why our focus during the first ten weeks of lockdown - working alongside the Council - was on stayat-home waste reduction – in part to limit the pressure on our hard-working bin collection crews. With the early suspension of garden waste collections and the closure of Household Waste Sites, we focused on supporting people to manage their garden waste at home – primarily by sharing lots of tips on home composting. After an initial period of panic buying, many of us settled into new habits for buying and preparing meals and we got into the kind of habits that can help us to reduce food waste – simple things like shopping to a list, checking our

cupboards and planning our meals. Research from WRAP suggests that during lockdown a typical household threw away around a third fewer food items like milk, bread and chicken. At Zero Waste Leeds we’re now looking at how to make some of these habits stick. How can we encourage more people to compost their garden waste and veg scraps? How can we continue to reduce the amount of good food that we throw away? And, how can we keep working in a whole range of ways to waste less, and throw fewer things away? Please search for Zero Waste Leeds on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or YouTube - and get involved. Rob Greenland, Co-director, Zero Waste Leeds

The Principle Trust Offers a Free Holiday for Key Workers The Principle Trust Children’s Charity, based in Skipton, aims to improve the quality of life for children across Yorkshire by providing free holidays at one of their five holiday homes. The charity works closely with referring services and government bodies to support children and their families. Earlier this year, it became aware of the increase in disadvantaged children as a result of having a parent/caregiver as a key worker during the pandemic. The Trust announced that it was to begin fundraising to support key workers by sending them and their children on a free break. For the first time since opening, it has made applications for free breaks available to the public. It is asking for key workers to either nominate themselves or colleagues and friends, to be in with a chance of receiving a free, hot tub holiday. The Trust will allocate free breaks at one of its five holiday homes, depending on availability and park

re-openings. To enter, and see terms and conditions, visit https://www.facebook.com/PrincipleTrustCC . The link also provides details of how to donate directly towards supporting key workers and their children. For further information, or to speak to a team member, contact info@theprincipletrust. co.uk. If you would like to fundraise for The Principle Trust email fundraising@theprincipletrust.co.uk.


LJHA Supports Tenants Through Lockdown Leeds Jewish Housing Association (LJHA) has gone out of its way to support tenants and the wider community through the coronavirus lockdown. Staff and local partners acted quickly to protect the tenants at risk from Covid-19 because of age, underlying medical conditions or other reasons. “All of our tenants were spoken to by staff within seven days of the lockdown being announced”, said. Mark Grandfield, Chief Executive. “Since then, the most vulnerable have been contacted several times each week. With so many tenants unable to leave their homes, hot and frozen kosher meals have been delivered to doorsteps in partnership with the Leeds Jewish Welfare Board. And, support for tenants struggling financially has been made available through hardship grants, alongside our regular advice service.”

It has been equally important for the association to keep spirits up by providing a range of leisure pursuits. And, much credit must go to young people across the community. “Working with The Zone youth club and supported by the Leeds Jewish Representative Council, we built a new website to connect north Leeds community members and friends of all ages”, said Craig Simons, LJHA Director of Operations. “It includes simple instructions on how to sign-up to Zoom, together with details of online exercise and cookery classes, craft workshops and interactive discussions led by experts in their fields. “Lucy Sherman, who played Dorothy in Leeds Playhouse’s ‘Wizard of Oz’, gave an impromptu concert in one

of our courtyards with tenants watching from their balconies and, on the 75th anniversary of VE Day, young people packed and delivered special boxes for residents containing a full afternoon tea, crosswords, word searches and poems. “Given the uncertainties of Covid19 restrictions, and the likelihood of many LJHA tenants having to shield for some time yet, we are resolved to continue providing these enhanced services.”

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CommunityNews HEART is Gradually Emerging from Lockdown

HEART in Headingley closed its doors at the end of March, with no idea as to when it might reopen. The team got together and brainstormed how to continue providing a service to the community through connection, activities and storytelling. Using social media, they asked people to share their experiences through ‘Headingley During Lockdown’, allowing them to share the variety of things people were doing to cope – including baking bread, picking spring flowers, and keeping active – as well as being able to thank the ‘Heroes of Headingley’. Despite a few technical difficulties, they were soon running a successfully monthly quiz, a weekly Lockdown Film Club, and a range of online Yoga classes. They also introduced the community to the wonderful people who make HEART tick through ‘Humans of HEART’, sharing their individual stories. All the staff has been retained, with most being furloughed. It has been really important to keep in touch. Everyone has met regularly via Zoom and all the regular volunteers are desperate to get back and help. HEART has received great support – the Council and local councillors have provided both a donation and the

opportunity to add off-licence sales to their takeaway offer. Supporters have raised over £2,000, and HEART’s Crowdfunder page https://www. crowdfunder.co.uk/support-heartthrough-this-uncertain-time has been vital in helping to fund some of the changes needed around the building. The donations have been great, and the wonderful comments received show how important HEART is to the whole community. Now, they are excited to welcome everyone back. The building has been prepared to ensure everyone is safe with two metre markings, perspex guards at Reception and in Assembly Bar + Kitchen, and the outside space is being utilised for the takeaway service, to limit the number of people who need to enter the building. There will be challenges ahead as HEART tries to provide space for all its groups to meet and to provide a dining service again. For now, people can enjoy the takeaway service and continue to support the Centre by popping by for a coffee, some cake or a great burger! (If you have any thoughts about HEART’s reopening, please contact Mike at centremanager@heartcentre.org.uk )

New Information Board for Woodland Garden

In a corner of Canal Gardens, just inside the gateway from Old Park Road, is a small woodland garden created by the Friends of Roundhay Park. Easy to pass by without realising it, the Friends have installed an information board giving the history of the garden from the days when it was just a neglected corner with overgrown plants. All construction work was carried out by volunteers and, because of the limitations of the site, no machinery was used – just lots of enthusiasm and muscle power! The garden was opened in 2005 and in the summer of 2018 was awarded ‘Platinum’ in the Open Spaces category of Britain in Bloom. The information board was generously supported by funding from Leeds City Council Wellbeing / Youth Activity Fund Inner North East Community Committee, and in March Cllr Angela Wenham joined members of The Friends to mark the occasion officially. By Cecily Jarvis


Thankful Thursdays - Help Your Hospitals Now Leeds Cares, the NHS Charity, recently launched its campaign ‘Thankful Thursdays’, which gives businesses an opportunity to do something wonderful for our hospitals. All you have to do is donate a percentage of your sales on any Thursday in 2020 to help them raise £100,000. This money will provide much needed support as the hospitals continue to manage the coronavirus situation, which they know will have a longer impact for many, whilst also preparing to open up a normal service again. Whether you can donate £50 as a one-off payment or commit to a percentage of Thursday sales, this flexible platform can work for your business. ‘Thankful Thursdays’ will run every week until December 2020. By combining the efforts of many smaller businesses they believe great things can be achieved.

It’s free to sign up. You set the timescale and what your donation type will be (e.g. 3% of sales, £1 per product sold, one-off payment). Window stickers are available for participating businesses - to request one, please contact laura. webb@leeds.cares.org or codie. heneachon@leeds-cares.org . Leeds Cares is the charity for Leeds Teaching Hospitals, which includes Leeds Cancer Centre, Leeds Children’s Hospital, St James’ University Hospital and Leeds General Infirmary.

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CommunityNews FORP Renovate Historic Canal Shelter

Community Litter Picking If you are as keen to see Leeds clean and pristine and free of litter and fly tipping as we suspect you are – why not join a growing army of like-minded volunteers by visiting the Litter Free Leeds Facebook page to find out how you can get involved. The group maintains strict social distancing when out in small groups, and can provide litter grabbers and distinctive purple litter bags if you don’t have your own. People are enjoying so much being outdoors, unfortunately some appear incapable of taking their rubbish home or using the now unsealed litter bins! Get picking!

For many years the Friends of Roundhay Park have remarked on the poor condition of the Canal Shelter at the end of Canal Gardens in front of Tropical World, both in terms of its bland design and poor physical condition. Several attempts were made to tidy it up, but it soon became obvious that a more radical approach was needed. FoRP decided to grab the bull by the horns and sort it out. A small Working Group, consisting of David Binns, Tom Cooper and John Ferguson, investigated its history and found a photograph from 1880 in the Leodis Archive showing a Victorian gentleman in a bowler hat, carrying a tripod camera standing by the Canal. It is just possible to make out a three-arch frontage. The next available image (probably 1970s) shows a similar arched frontage but is crude in design and construction. The Shelter is an important element in Canal Gardens and is well used by those seeking quiet contemplation, a picnic out of the rain or even post-wedding photographs.

In late 2018, approval was granted for a project costing £15k, planning permission was received in September 2019, the work began in 2020 and was completed just before lockdown. It was paid for entirely by FORP. The new design leans heavily on the 1880s three-arch concept. More detail has been incorporated to frame the arches, make the supporting posts visually stronger and create a more three-dimensional frontage. A more vibrant colour was introduced to accentuate the various elements and to give a visual focus at the end of the Canal. FoRP are proud of their achievement and would like to thank the Park Management for its support and assistance and also the Contractors (Wetheralds of Harrogate) who completed the project on time and on budget. By David Binns

Heritage Walking Trail for Chapel Allerton Christine Osborne, of the Chapel Allerton Neighbourhood Planning Group, has produced a brilliant Heritage Walking Trail covering buildings of historic interest in the Chapel Allerton area. It's a great way to add interest to a local walk. It takes 2-3 hours to complete the whole trail, depending on how long you spend at each building, but you can dive in and out as you wish - you don't have to do it all at the same time, although it's possible if you want to spend the time. The trail is free to use and can be printed off or viewed on your phone: - http://www.fgvw.co.uk/html/ news/whatsnew.htm#27-05-20


Horsforth Food Hub Feeds over 150 People a Week In March, BBC Look North filmed at Horsforth Community Café, looking at the café’s response to the looming crisis. It has been running for four years at St Margaret’s Parish Centre, with volunteers turning surplus food into meals for the whole community. The café is pay-as-you-feel, with proceeds being distributed to good causes.

businesses and the public mean they have also been able to buy in food to increase the range available.

As a result of the pandemic, of course, the café had to close. But, the project continued to be offered surplus food and, as restaurants closed, it also received additional donations. So, it became Horsforth Food Hub, running a pay-as-you-feel shop on Mondays 10am -12 noon at St Margaret's Parish Centre for anyone struggling to afford food. Food parcels were delivered to over 25 households who are isolating and with no other way to access food.

Horsforth Food Hub is part of Horsforth Community Aid Project (HCAP) which was established by a group of community leaders to care for the people of Horsforth during the pandemic. If you are finding it hard to get food, please ring Leeds City Council helpline 0113 378 1877 and if you live in Horsforth you will be contacted by someone from HCAP to discuss how your needs can best be met.

The Hub feeds over 150 people each week. Since lockdown it has saved nearly five tonnes of food from going to waste, more than the Cafe usually does in a year! Generous donations from local

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CommunityNews Cllr Barry Anderson Adel & Wharfedale Ward

A ‘Greenway’ in Adel A few years ago, I consulted with local residents about making the rural part of Holt Lane in Adel into a ‘Greenway’ for pedestrians and cyclists, as well as access for Holt Lane residents. This never went ahead due to the number of objections. However, during the lockdown, residents have commented positively on using the lane for walking and access to other local footpaths and I have received a number of requests for either a lower speed limit or reconsideration of a ‘Greenway’.

Cllr Dan Cohen Alwoodley

It is so, so, good to be back! I hope this latest and very welcome North Leeds Life finds you in good health. I know from the emails I’ve received that you’ve missed your monthly NLL read. When I wrote my last column back in March, I don’t think any of us could have predicted quite how the world was about to change for all of us. Lockdowns, social isolation, toilet roll shortages, furlough, limits on exercise, Zoom, clapping for carers, social distancing, closed schools and home schooling – the concepts and experiences we’ve had to get our heads around are dizzying. I wrote then about the launch of the Alwoodley Ward Facebook Group and

Traffic Engineering had previously suggested that Holt Lane could be closed between the Golf Club and Holt Farm, creating a ‘Greenway’ that would link to local public rights of way. This would also dramatically reduce traffic cutting through between Holt Road and Cookridge Lane, as the only vehicles would be those needing access to property. The lockdown, and focus on improving walking and cycling, may have shifted local opinion. Traffic Engineering would still support this measure and it will be reconsidered in Transport Policy. If there is still local opposition, there may be an opportunity to undertake a temporary scheme, monitor the impact, and demonstrate that it is not detrimental to local accessibility.

If Holt Lane remains as a through route, the speed limit could also be reassessed. The current 40mph speed limit cannot be reduced to 30mph or below without introducing traffic calming features. However, Holt Lane has no street lighting and calming features such as speed cushions on roads without street lighting are prohibited and introducing this would incur significant expenditure which would be better focussed on locations with higher injury collision rates.

how it would be a good way to share information and support one another. Just three months later it has over 3,500 members and growing – if you live in Alwoodley do join us.

Turning to more mundane matters – street bins are now being collected with ever increasing frequency. If you see a bin in need of attention, please drop me an email and I will ensure it is sorted as quickly as possible.

What has amazed and inspired me throughout this whole affair, is the amount of good will and warmth I have seen displayed within our community. The huge number of people helping each other out, doing shopping, having a chat, giving things away that will be helpful to another family, the building of the Alwoodley Adder at the Village Green. The outpouring of kindness has been awe-inspiring. There has been occasional fractiousness, but that is entirely understandable in these circumstances. But it has though been dwarfed by the community cohesion – I truly hope this will be a long-lasting side effect of this pandemic.

I am interested in your views, please email me at barry.anderson@leeds.gov. uk or write to me at Leeds City Council, Leeds Civic Hall, Leeds LS1 1UR. www.barryanderson.yourcllr.com Twitter @barryanderson19

Quite a lot of brown bins were missed in the first round of collections. We have now had a second round and collection problems should be sorting themselves out. If for any reason your bin is missed (of whatever colour), please let me know. Remember, for any and all local issues, Cllr Neil Buckley, Cllr Peter Harrand and myself are here to help, please don’t hesitate to get on touch.

Shadow Member for Leisure, Culture & Sport 07711 647 849 Daniel.Cohen@leeds.gov.uk


We are looking at improving cycle and pedestrian routes and greening our area. Cllrs Al Garthwaite, Jonathan Pryor & Neil Walshaw Headingley The impact of Covid-19 on our communities has been immense. We mourn those we have lost, continue to fight the virus, and are full of gratitude for those working on the front lines. Locally, we are thankful for Hyde Park Source, Rainbow Junktion, our churches and mosques, OWLS, and many other groups, who have been keeping people safe and fed. Here are a few of the issues that have been brought to our attention: Rough Sleepers – Leeds City Council was quick to respond by placing 219 people in hotels across the city, including two for women only. They were given a room, three good meals a day, and intensive support – including offers of housing and help with mental health, medical and other needs. We aim to avoid people returning to the streets. A small number do fear being inside, preferring to sleep out, even when they have a home to go to. Enforcement can prevent this where possible, as it’s a risk to health and safety. If you see someone who needs help or is out begging, please contact our Street Outreach Team on 0113 245 9445. Domestic Violence – Domestic violence has doubled since lockdown. For help and support, including refuge, contact Leeds Domestic Violence Services www.ldvs. uk; 24 hour helpline 0113 246 0401, or in emergency, the police, pressing 5 after 999 to get straight through.

Air Pollution – With road traffic being reduced by 60%, and the reduction in flights, there has been a huge drop in air pollution, especially particulates and nitrous oxide. We are looking at improving cycle and pedestrian routes and greening our area. More cycle parking is being provided in the city centre and areas of high employment, and we are seeing how we can make public transport as safe and accessible as possible. As Councillors, we want an ongoing public conversation about what is and isn’t working, so please do get in touch and let us know of your experiences. Education & Schools – Our teachers have done an incredible job keeping schools open for vulnerable children and children of key workers throughout the Covid-19 crisis. Schools are now beginning to gradually expand numbers and we are working closely with them to ensure that risk assessments are thorough and to keep everyone as safe as possible. Every school is different regarding numbers of children, staff, layouts etc. so they will be expanding their intakes at different rates. Please be patient. Schools will contact you when the time is right for your child to safely return. al.garthwaite@leeds.gov.uk jonathan.pryor@leeds.gov.uk neil.walshaw@leeds.gov.uk For help or advice on these or any other issues, please don’t hesitate to contact us. If you are self-isolating and need any help, please call Leeds City Council on 0113 378 1877 (7 days a week, 9am to 6pm).


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years of my life! Not being there this year has been more than a little surreal, but to win Garden of the Decade means the world. Chelsea is always a team effort and this award is for everyone involved, I’m so proud to have been a part of it and I hope this garden and the 2019 Welcome to Yorkshire garden will inspire people to visit the home county of which I’m so proud.”

Welcome to Yorkshire Chelsea Garden is Garden of the Decade The Welcome to Yorkshire garden, inspired by the Yorkshire Dales, won Best Construction Award and the People’s Choice Award in 2018 at the Chelsea Flower Show. Now, having received the most public votes, the garden came out on top as the BBC RHS People’s Choice Award favourite from the last decade! Created by Mark Gregory, the garden marked Mark’s thirtieth consecutive year at the show. This year would have been his 100th garden at RHS Chelsea, if the show hadn’t had to be cancelled. “What an honour it is to be awarded BBC RHS People’s Choice Garden of the Decade”, said Mark. “I’ve built and designed gardens at Chelsea every year since 1988, which adds up to more than three

Ten gardens over ten years were shortlisted for the public to vote, three of which were Welcome to Yorkshire gardens – two by Mark Gregory (2018 Dales and 2019 heritage and canal inspired), and Matthew Wilson’s rural reflection of York Minster’s East Window in 2016. Mark’s design evoked a stunning Yorkshire landscape, with drystone walls, flowerfilled meadows, a fast-flowing stream and tumbling beck. Centre stage was a picturesque stone bothy with a beautiful cottage garden filled with flowers and veg. “Mark Gregory is one of the most talented garden designers in the world and we are incredibly fortunate that he just happens to be a Yorkshireman too, who had two gardens in the top ten and the overall w i n n e r ”, said James Mason, Chief Executive, Welcome to Yorkshire.

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Garden Round Up With Tracy Foster

Many people have told me that the extra time at home and the lovely weather in Spring has really helped them to improve their gardens, others are growing veg. for the first time, and some have realised that time spent enjoying nature in the garden or their local park, can really help to combat stress and low mood. Growing Things to Eat

Those new to growing

One of the highlights of the last few weeks has been seeing our local community doing online plant swaps, sending unwanted seeds and baby vegetable plants to new homes and helping to spread the pleasure of gardening.

well be their very first harvest already, if they are growing

Those new to growing food may well be enjoying their very first harvest already. Salad varieties like Mizuna, Rocket, Radishes, baby spinach and Pak Choi that are ready to eat within a few short weeks of sowing. The tricky part is to keep them coming, and to do this you need to sow a few more every couple of weeks.

salad varieties like Mizuna,

There is also still time to sow lettuce, French beans and spring cabbage

Rocket, Radishes, Baby spinach and Pak Choi

Things like tomatoes, cucumbers, courgettes and pumpkins, although referred to as vegetables are actually fruits, and a feed with a high potash fertiliser will help them to be more productive. Tomato food is perfect for this.

There is also still time to sow lettuce, French beans and spring cabbage.

Gardens to visit

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Pinch out the growing tip of your tomato plants once they have five branches of baby fruits developing and remove any side shoots that appear where the leaves meet the stem to ensure your tomatoes reach their full size.

One of the things I have missed the most this spring is the opportunity to get out and see other gardens in search of new ideas and, of course, new plants to buy. In June, many public gardens announced that they will be opening again, and many are now welcoming visitors. I advise checking in advance of any visits as many (including Harlow Carr Gardens, Beningbrough Hall, Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal, Newby Hall and Ripley Castle), are open, but visits are at fixed times and must be booked in advance. Others, like Stillingfleet Lodge gardens near York and Scampston Walled Garden near Malton are opening too, but times, safety guidelines and certain facilities may be different so it’s still wise to check before you travel. www.tracyfostergardendesign.co.uk


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Television Review By Samuel Payne TIGER KING: MURDER, MAYHEM AND MADNESS DIRECTED BY: ERIC GOODE AND REBECCA CHAIKLIN STARRING: JOE EXOTIC, CAROLE BASKIN, BHAGAVAN ANTLE, JOHN FINLAY, RICK KIRKHAM, JOHN REINKE, KELCI ‘SAFF’ SAFFERY, JEFF LOWE, ERIK COWIE, HOWARD BASKIN CERT: 16 +

RUNNING TIME: 317 MINUTES (ENTIRE SERIES) "I can give them a home, safe and warm. But the law wants to ban me, can you tell me who's wrong?"

So go the lyrics to 'I Saw a Tiger', drawled by country-singing, mullet-crowned, guntoting, gay polygamist zookeeper Joe Exotic – subject of a hit crime docuseries from Netflix. Filmed over five years, 'Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness' is the sensational story of a network of exotic animal breeders and their fight against animal rights activists. Today, more big cats exist in American captivity than roam free in the wild. Between Oklahoma City and Dallas Fort Worth is GW Exotic Zoo, apparently one of the largest reserves of its kind. It was founded by ex-cop and impresario Joe Maldonado-Passage – stage name Joe Exotic. A cross between Yosemite Sam, Siegfried & Roy and Liberace, Joe Exotic is a fierce defender of his business, and for the past decade has been at war with his arch nemesis, activist Carole Baskin. The series opens with the Tiger King himself behind bars, serving a 22-year prison sentence for plotting to have Baskin capped by one of his staff. The complex, wild and sordid sequence of events that leads up to Exotic’s ultimate conviction is rapidly absorbing, and makes for compulsive viewing.

Yet it’s a guilt-ridden experience from the off. That’s because 'Tiger King' drags you right down into the dirt. Prepare yourself for the seedy underworld of exotic animal trade and petting, where cubs are appropriated by the super-rich and hyper idiotic. The intentions of the series soon stray from raising awareness of animal welfare, to focusing on the unhappy lives of the abusers and breeders. Directors Eric Goode and Rebecca Chaiklin present many of the misfits in this saga in the most unflattering light, too. An alleged hitman is interviewed in his bathtub; a groundsman appears high on his bed before whiting out; a maimed zookeeper is filmed against a dumpster of garbage, and one of Joe's


ex-husbands gives testimony barechested, heavily inked and toothless in a rocking chair. In an attempt to sate the ever-growing appetite for poverty porn, 'Tiger King' further iterates the miserable existence of zoo staff living on $1.50-a-hour wages in rat-infested trailers, climaxing in a drug-induced human tragedy captured live on camera. Then there’s the sniggering study of Joe Exotic’s polygamous marriage to two straight, if not stoned, young men, bracketed by interludes of his music videos and presidential campaigns. Sure, it provides plenty of nervous titters, but when you consider such punching down is pushing fat cat producers’ profits, it gives you a rather uneasy feeling. Nevertheless, shunting the ethics of documentary making to one side, this is an exceptionally well-made and addictive miniseries. Its dramatic reveals and cliff-hangers are engineered for binge watching, whilst its eyeclawing awkwardness offers a much welcome diversion from world events. There’s also no denial that Joe Exotic is a truly magnetic and larger-than-life personality.

Now the Tiger King is behind bars, possibly for life; dramatic irony for a man who thrived on the showmanship of caged animals. Yet the saga continues, with claws out for more episodes, and Netflix has responded with an afterword of expanded interviews. Nicholas Cage has also been signed up to play Exotic in an 8-part dramatisation, due next year. Meanwhile, Joe is appealing to represent himself in court. In years to come, we’ll look back at this strange period in our history. Much will be said about how people coped in isolation. “Did you see 'Tiger King'?” they’ll ask. Well, did you? Perhaps that’s reason enough to make this guilty pleasure a catfight worth catching.


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programme of past events to keep you entertained and inspired, and to remind everyone of the special place libraries have in our communities.

wonderful network of libraries across the UK. As always, join in the conversation with #BLLive and please let them know what you think through the ‘Feedback’ button on the webpage. Once lockdown is lifted you will be able to enjoy livestreamed events in libraries again. For further information, visit h t t p s : // w w w. b l . u k / l i v i n g knowledge-network

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There’s a Lot Going on at Leeds Libraries The Leeds Local & Family History Library has lots of events going online for the next few months. These include Lego and Code Clubs for kids and the Art Library is doing some lovely Drop in and Draw online sessions on twitter and facebook. So, lots to do despite the buildings being shut. Further Treasures of the Local and Family History Library. Friday 10th July, 1 - 2pm. A short (30 mins), illustrated talk about the most unusual and interesting items in the Library. Discover the secrets of Victorian banquets, gruesome executions and the long-lost zoo of Leeds. Yorkshire Battles: The Battle of Wakefield, 1460 Friday 24th July, 1 – 2pm. Yorkshire has been the location for some of the bloodiest, treacherous and most vicious battles ever fought in Britain. Josh Flint will explore one of the most

mysterious Yorkshire Battles, and examine how this strange battle is represented in Leeds Libraries Collection. Family History for Beginners Online Workshop Wednesday 8th July & Wednesday 22nd July, 2 - 3.30pm. Ancestry.com is now free for all Leeds Libraries users, so there has never been a better time to begin your family history research. This live, interactive version of the Library’s popular Family History workshop is a friendly introduction to key concepts and resources for complete beginners. Family History Telephone Consultations Wednesday 15th/ 29th July, 10am -12 noon. If you are having difficulty with your family history research, book a free telephone consultation and chat to a family history librarian. From first steps using Ancestry, to more advanced queries, they can help. Leave a telephone number with your booking and a librarian will phone you at the allotted time. Free, but booking required www.ticketsource. co.uk/leedslibraryevents


The Wharfedale Festival of Theatre Awards Evening Goes Virtual The Wharfedale Festival of Theatre celebrates amateur theatre and aims to unite the societies' and groups' achievements with an annual awards evening, fondly known as ‘The Oscars’. The 2020 Awards Evening was to be held at the Leeds West Academy – obviously this had to be cancelled and it will now run as a live online event via Zoom with Youth & Schools (Musicals) & Pantomimes (Adults) on 17th July, and Drama (Adults) & Musicals (Adults) on 18th July – their very first LIVE virtual awards evenings! Thanks to IT expertise in the Festival Committee, Allan Hollins and Bryan Craven worked with great determination to make it all possible.

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As you know, the NHS has never faced an emergency like the coronavirus pandemic. It has placed enormous pressures on both staff and services. The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust has 18,000 dedicated staff, all working to provide the best possible care for patients and their families.

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Leeds Cares, your local hospital charity, is inviting you to become a ‘friend’ and help make a difference by giving a monthly donation. Your contribution will help to pay for the things what the NHS can’t always fund - those extra things that have a huge impact on patients’ lives. It will directly help staff and patients at Leeds Teaching Hospitals, including Leeds Children’s Hospital and Leeds Cancer Centre.

Thanks to your contributions during this pandemic, Leeds Cares has been able to ensure that patients have free access to bedside phones and iPads, to help them keep in touch with their loved ones when it is not possible for them to visit in person.

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Coronavirus is also impacting younger patients like Jack (8) who has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and has been taking part in a trial at Leeds Teaching Hospitals to see if a drug could extend his life expectancy. Due to coronavirus, he has not been able to visit the hospital but, with help from Leeds Cares, he has been able to continue his trial from home. To make a donation to Leeds Cares, visit leeds-cares.org/friend. When you donate, you can also send a message of support which Leeds Cares will share with staff across Leeds Teaching Hospitals, in staff rooms and reception areas, as well as on Leeds Cares’ Facebook and Twitter pages.

This season, Old Centralians are launching their first women's team. The team will practice at their home ground in West Park (LS16 5AY) on Sunday mornings and will play in the West Riding County Women’s League. The Club has run men’s teams since 1925 and is one of Leeds oldest and largest football clubs. This is its first foray into the women’s game, and they need players! Players of all abilities are welcome, even if they haven't played before. The FA wants to double participation in the women’s game and Old Centralians wants to support this, backing up their motto 'Football for All'. Due to the current situation, they don’t know exactly when play will start – for the moment, please email oldcentralians@gmail.com for further information and to express your interest. http://oldcents.co.uk/


Forward Leeds Film Runner Up in Worldwide Competition A short film made by Forward Leeds, the city’s alcohol and drug service, was recently voted runner-up in a worldwide competition organised by the Coalition for Global Hepatitis Elimination. Using the testimonies of people who had been cleared of hepatitis C to emphasise how treatment has improved in Leeds, ‘Don't Live in Doubt’ encourages people to get tested and treated. “To be recognised in a global competition is fantastic”, said Lee Wilson, Operations Director. “The film is a great way to get across that treatment for hepatitis C is now much faster, simpler and has fewer side effects. We are finding our service users are going through to fully complete the treatment and there is a 90% success rate.” The filmmakers interviewed people about their positive experiences of being treated in Leeds. The interviews were then edited, together with shots of famous Leeds landmarks.

“Prevention, testing and treatment of hepatitis C is an important part of the Leeds Drug and Alcohol Strategy”, said Cllr Rebecca Charlwood, Leeds City Council Executive Member for Health, Wellbeing and Adults. “We are really proud to have been involved with this short film, which raises awareness of how easy it is to get tested and treated in Leeds. The Don’t Live in Doubt campaign also contributes to the wider global effort to eliminate this virus.” The film was joint second in the category Political and Civil Support, alongside films from Uganda, New Zealand and South Africa. It was originally made as part of a larger 2019 campaign encouraging people to get tested and was made with support from the Leeds City Council, the Hepatitis C Trust and Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust. The improved treatment for hepatitis C is delivered from a range of sites across the city including the three Forward Leeds hubs. To see the film visit https://www. forwardleeds.co.uk/health-campaigns/ hepatitis-c-dont-live-in-doubt/


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Children’s Author Tackles Climate Change for Primary Children

Moor Allerton Primary Were Busy During Lockdown

Staying in touch and staying busy were just two things that Moor Allerton Hall Primary Sc h o o l a c h i e v e d d u r i n g lockdown. Through social media, they interacted with pupils on a daily basis, setting quizzes, providing important information, and teaching the children British Sign Language.

Jane Browne, a children’s author from Pudsey, is hoping to raise children’s awareness of climate change through her fantasy trilogy ‘The Earth Chronicles’. Also a primary school teacher, she recently launched her first book in the trilogy, ‘Hannah and the Hollow Tree’ aimed at children in Years 5 and 6. “I hope that teachers, and parents who are currently home-schooling, will find something useful and engaging in the range of resources included in the pack”, said Jane. “These include activities and ideas to encourage children to reflect on the book’s key message about how people are damaging the planet. Other themes for them to consider are family, loyalty, and trust.”

The reading resources (valued at £49.99) are free when purchasing ‘Hannah and the Hollow Tree’, in an attempt to combat The National Literacy’s Trust’s latest findings which show that children’s levels of reading enjoyment are at their lowest since 2013. Jane published ‘Hannah and the Hollow Tree’ while completing a master’s degree in Creative Writing at Leeds Trinity University and working full-time as a primary teacher. To purchase the book (£7.99), visit https://jabrowne.com/guided-reading/

The school, which has provision for deaf and hearing-impaired children, used its popular social media platforms to teach their pupils and families how to sign. “It was a way for us to connect and ‘speak’ to our school community”, said Amanda Hyde, Assistant Headteacher. “The nurturing support is part of what we do and who we are. We wanted our Facebook messages to be accessible to all.” The school’s work around mental health and wellbeing was judged to be a real strength in a recent Ofsted inspection. They used Facebook and Twitter to continue this work by supporting families during this difficult time.


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Younger Life Painting in a Pandemic Eoghan Thompson, a Year 10 pupil at Carr Manor Community School, used the lockdown period to brush up on his artistic skills. Inspired by a photograph of his aunt and a colleague at work in the NHS Waterside Hospital in Derry, Northern Ireland, he re-created it as an outstanding oil painting. The photograph shows the two women, Deirdre Rigney (Eoghan's Aunt) and Marian Ward, in their full scrubs on a COVD-19 ward. Deirdre normally works with elderly patients with dementia, but she was moved to a COVID-19 ward where the elderly patients also had the virus. “Eoghan has found real enjoyment in painting during lockdown and it has helped him through a challenging time”, said his mother.

“I knew he was artistic but this year he has grown in talent and ability beyond what I imagined.” The school is very proud of Eoghan’s efforts and has featured his work in its fortnightly newsletter. “It’s been fantastic to see the efforts of all of our pupils during this difficult and unusual time”, said a Carr Manor spokesperson. “We’ve been sent hundreds of photos showing what our pupils have been up to at home in addition to their schoolwork – from paintings to bike ramps that they’ve built! Their resilience and independence are inspiring and we’re so proud of how they’ve persevered during this difficult period.”

Martin House Opens Doors for Planned Respite Stays Children and young people with lifeshortening conditions will have more access to hospice care as Martin House opens again following the relaxation of lockdown rules. The hospice, based in Boston Spa, was forced to cancel all planned short breaks for families when the UK went into lockdown in March. While it has continued to provide emergency and end of life care, hundreds of families have been unable to make their regular planned stays for the last three months. “We know it’s been really tough for families during the lockdown”, said Dr Michael Tatterton, Deputy Director Clinical Services at Martin House. “While we’ve been keeping in touch through phone and video calls, it’s not the same as coming to the hospice. Planned short stays are a huge part of the care we offer families, and they

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North Leeds Bowling Club Old Park Rd. Roundhay LS8 1JX (next to NL Cricket Club). This active bowling club welcomes new members of all ages to participate in a healthy sporting activity. Newcomers & experienced players welcome. Details: Don 266 7397, dcs.p7@virginmedia.com

Leeds City Ladies Football Team is Recruiting New Players Based at Adel Sports Assoc. Training Thurs nights/ games Sun. Details: Brian Wilks 07587143430, bcwilks11@gmail.com Leeds Petanque Club plays Sun from 11am (all year) & Tues from 6pm (Apr – Oct) at Richmond House School sports ground, Glen Rd, Far Headingley. New & experienced members welcome (they can lend you boules to get started). Details: leedspetanque.wordpress.com

PHG Snooker Club at Oakwood Clock, a friendly, community focused club, is keen to welcome new members. Open Mon – Fri, 5 – 11pm. Three tables, licensed bar, social events throughout the year. Open to all abilities, Junior Academy & adult coaching available. Details: 212 0194, secretary@thesnookerclub.co.uk, www. thesnookerclub.co.uk

Leeds St Christopher’s is a friendly, informal, non-competitive cycling club that does 25 - 40 mile Sunday rides with a cafe stop. Pace is flexible & no one gets left behind. Meet 9am at the car park opposite Lawnswood Crematorium. Details: Jeremy 07857 514309

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St Chad’s Tennis Club Friendly tennis club in the heart of Far Headingley. New members welcome. Fun social sessions & competitive play across region. Details: www.stchadstennis. net, info@stchadstennis.net

Bramhope Arts Club usually meets Mon, 7.30pm at the Village Hall, Old Lane. A welcoming club for those who like to draw or paint in any medium. Varied programme includes demonstrations. Details: Jeff 01423 508867

University of Leeds Staff Walking Club Walks of varying lengths (5 – 14 miles) every weekend. Everyone welcome. Details: David Shaw 285 7480, d.c.shaw@leeds.ac.uk Moor Allerton Bowling Club (Stonegate Rd LS 17). Crown green bowling is a great game for all ages, for men & women, single people & couples. As well as keeping you active, it offers the opportunity to socialise at a very friendly club. Details: Club secretary

Alwoodley Art Group is still working hard towards the time when they are able to hold exhibitions again. In the meantime, they have created a Virtual Exhibition on their website. Visit www.alwoodleyartgroup-leeds.com

Alwoodley Art Group usually meets Thurs 7.30 – 10pm at Alwoodley Community Hall, The Avenue, LS17 7NZ. The group of amateur & semiprofessional artists create their own artwork & enjoy demonstrations & workshops by visiting artists. New members of any level most welcome. Details: 225 1546, www. alwoodleyartgroup-leeds.com

COFFEE MORNINGS, FAIRS & MARKETS Horsforth Farmers’ Market (sponsored by Horsforth Churches Together) is on 1st Sat of month, 9.30am – 12.30pm St Margaret’s School car park. As outdoor markets are now permitted, there might be one on Sat 4 July. Details: www.horsforthfarmersmarket.co.uk GROUPS/CLUBS CA Spaces (formerly Chapel Allerton In Bloom) was created with the aim of improving green spaces in the area. Volunteer run, it has already created a number of improvements, incl a community orchard & vegetable beds. New members welcome. Details: lovecaspaces@gmail.com Chapel Allerton Fellowship Meets Thurs fortnightly, 8pm in the Methodist Centre, Town St. Speakers covering a wide spectrum of subjects. Everybody welcome. Details: Les 267 8182 Cookridge Gardening Club monthly talks Wed, 7.30pm at Cookridge Methodist Church Hall, Tinshill Rd. Visitors £2 Membership £10. All Welcome. Details: Katherine 267 1858, www. cookridgegardenclub.btck.co.uk & Facebook Horsforth in Bloom When activities recommence HiB usually meets 2nd Sat, 10am in Horsforth Museum. Details: www.horsforthinbloom.co.uk Leeds Horticultural Society meets 8pm at St Chad's Centre, Far Headingley. Membership for 6 months talks - £10/ couple £15. Details: Pat 225 0030, Viv 267 3880 Leeds Photographic Society meets Tues 7.30pm in St Edmund’s Church Hall, Roundhay, LS8 1JN. Top class guest speakers, outings & competitions. All abilities welcome. Details: www. lps1852.co.uk Royal British Legion (Horsforth Branch) meets 2nd Wed 7.30pm at Horsforth Conservative Club, Town St, Horsforth.


New members & guests always welcomed into this friendly group. Previous armed forces service is not essential. Friends of Roundhay Park organises regular volunteer working parties to help with maintenance of this beautiful park on 2nd Sat & 4th Thurs each month. Members can enjoy a variety of outdoor work & meet new friends. Details: secretary@forp.org, www.forp.org Gledhow Valley Conservation Area Group is looking for new supporters & committee members to help realise projects to protect & enhance the Conservation Area. Community involvement & activities to raise awareness of the historic foundations of the area. Details: gvcag@yahoo.co.uk North Leeds History Group meets Mon, 1 – 3pm at Alwoodley Community Association, The Avenue, LS 17. An informal & friendly group with regular speaker covering varied topics with a historical theme. £3 incl. refreshments. Details: Thelma 225 6405 Rotary Club of Roundhay usually meets Mon, 7.30pm (ex bank holidays) at Sand Moor Golf Club, Alwoodley Ln., LS17 7DJ. Details: 266 6203, www. roundhayrotaryclub.co.uk Shadwell Horticultural Society meets 2nd Thurs, 7.30pm in Methodist Church, Main St. LS17 8JF for interesting talks on gardening topics. Details; Teresa 268 8231 MUSIC Headingley Voices Community Choir Meets Thurs (term time) 7.40 – 9.30pm at Shire Oak School, Wood Ln. Friendly community choir singing a wide range of music - no auditions. Just turn up. Details: www.headingleyvoices.com Horsforth Choral Society is rehearsing using Zoom during lockdown. Details: 2611305, info@horsforthchoralsociety. co.uk

One Voice Choirs are setting up groups in the city centre, Headingley & Chapel Allerton. Run in a fun, supportive atmosphere they are for everyone who loves to sing. No previous experience necessary, nor do you need to be able to read music. Everyone welcome. Details: laura@ onevoicechoirs.com, www.facebook/ onevoicechoirs Alwoodley Singers Choir meets Wed, 6.15 – 7.45pm at Cornerhouse Club, Moortown. Repertoire includes pop, folk & musical theatre. Details: 07855 059 990 Roundhay Singers Community Choir run by composer Jon Hughes meets Thurs 7.30 – 9.30pm at St Andrew’s, Shaftesbury Ave Roundhay. Singing beautiful music from around the world. Anyone can join in – no singing experience necessary as all music is taught by ear. Details: https:// roundhaysingers.com Sing Meanwood! Every Sunday in term time 7 – 9pm at Holy Trinity Community Hall, Meanwood. Just come along & sing in a friendly (non-audition) choir! Traditional & contemporary songs (a capella). Details: info@singmeanwood.org.uk SPIRITUAL Horsforth Churches are closed but services can be accessed online. Details: 258 352, www. horsforthchurchestogether@btck.co.uk SUPPORT Leeds Coeliac Group Advice & support to those medically diagnosed with Coeliac disease & who have to follow a strict gluten free diet. Details: Group Organiser 07711 768 850, leeds@coeliac. org.uk Leeds Migraine & Headache Support Group Friendly, supportive online group for people living with migraine & headache conditions. Search on Facebook or contact Fiona King on 07709 353 167

Leeds Samaritans Confidential, nonjudgmental support 24 hours for those experiencing distress or despair. They listen for as long as you need. Details: 245 6789 or 116 123, www.samaritans. org/branches/samaritans-leeds WOMEN’S GROUPS Adel Ladies Luncheon Club usually meets monthly, 12.30pm at Castle Grove Masonic Hall, Headingley. Details: Mrs Muriel Huntley 230 1584 Horsforth WI meets 3rd Mon, 7.30pm at St James Parish Church Hall, Low Lane, Horsforth LS18 5QW. Details: Pat 258 7062, secretaryhorsforthwi@ btinternet.com Leeds Ladies Coffee Club meets 1st Thurs, 10.30am at Leeds Church Institute, New York St. Annual membership £15. Details: Mrs J. McShane 225 1166 Meanwood WI meets 3rd Tues, 7.30pm at Meanwood Institute, 92 Green Rd, Meanwood, LS6 4LD. All welcome. Details: 07854 416 005, sandra.jarvis4@ btinternet.com University of Leeds Ladies’ Club meets monthly. All women with strong affiliation to the University welcome. Details: The Secretary 261 4564. Alwoodley WI usually meets 3rd Wed, 7.30pm at St Barnabas Church Hall (off The Vine). Learn, chat, laugh, make friends & help the community. Aged 18-180 – you are more than welcome. £37.50 a year or come as a guest for £4. Details: Facebook/ Alwoodley WI Roundhay WI meets 2nd Thurs, 7pm at St Edmund’s Church Hall, Lidgett Park Rd, LS8 1JN. Details: Twitter: @ wi_roundhay, Facebook Roundhay WI


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North Leeds Life Magazine. July 2020.  

Hello and welcome to our July 2020 edition of North Leeds Life. As always we are bringing you all the latest news, events and businesses fro...

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