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I think by now the whole country must be suffering from vitamin D deficiency! Bring on the sun! Leeds Loves Food promises to brighten up the city. The emphasis this year is on independent restaurants and producers – we drop in to Salvo’s to talk about the Leeds food scene. There’s good news about the future of the Yorkshire Bank playing fields in Moortown; OTRA forges ahead with its project to restore the Oakwood Clock, and the North Leeds Music Centre jumps in there to help them raise funds.



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I have noticed words like ‘Summer’ and ‘barbecue’ slowly sneaking in to emails and conversations. Leeds City College is offering Creative Summer Courses at inc. workshops; a number of open days and Summer fairs are planned; there are calls to join in sponsored walks and runs; and the Friends of Leeds City Varieties are putting together a book of memories and they would like you to send them all of yours! Now it’s time to start thinking about July! What have we all got to look forward to? Be sure to let us know. The deadline for editorial is 1st June and for advertising it’s 5th June. We look forward to hearing from you

Kind regards Carole, Jack and the team

In This Issue 10 Baa Ram Ewe Goes International!

In Cloud Country The latest exhibition at Harewood House includes some of the world’s most acclaimed artists.

Verity Britton creates a new range and it’s an overnight success

22 OTRA Forges Ahead with Oakwood Clock Project Organisations, businesses and individuals are donating money and OTRA is organising a number of fundraising activities to save The Clock.

24 Future of Popular Playing Fields Secured Leeds Loves Food The emphasis is on independents and we chat to Salvo’s about the vibrant Leeds scene.

The long fight by Friends of Allerton Grange Fields and councillors has paid off.

26 North Leeds Life Launches On-line Directory Finally our super, new on-line directory is open for business!

42 Froebelian School Celebrates Being 100! This is a landmark year for Froebelian School in Horsforth as they celebrated their 100th anniversary!




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SNOWDEN SCHOFIELD (1870-1949) Founder of an iconic Leeds business

Leeds has just celebrated the opening of the ambitious, multi-million new Trinity Centre, designed to draw customers from afar to this shoppers’ paradise. Fifty years ago, in 1962, another landmark shopping enterprise was celebrated in Leeds: the completion of the streamlined new building of Schofield’s Department Store in the Headrow (where ‘The Core’ is now). Schofield’s, still fondly remembered, was a family enterprise, founded in 1901 by a young Bradford man, Snowden Schofield, in a modest shop nearby. Schofield’s was to become a household name in Leeds, its expansion mirroring the growth and prosperity of the city. Snowden Schofield was born in Bradford in 1870, the son of a joiner. After his first job in a draper’s, he moved to London as sales assistant in one of the prestigious, elegant Knightsbridge stores. Ambitious and energetic, he moved on to a position with Owen Owen in Liverpool, and there, in 1901, he married and started thinking about launching his own business. He visited a friend in Leeds with a shop in the newly-opened Victoria Arcade, built to mark Queen Victoria’s diamond jubilee, fronting what was then the narrow Upperhead Row. Although not the best part of town, he was told it was a good pitch, and he took the plunge, renting the opposite corner shop, No.1, at £50 a year. He set up as a ‘fancy draper’, specialising in fashionable trimmings, lace and ribbons, gloves, hosiery and hats. On the first day the shop was packed and he took over £62 – success! Full of bright new ideas, he began to advertise on the front page of local newspapers (‘a dainty cream silk blouse with lace and all-round frills, only 4s 11½d’), and offered a postal service. Quality and good value were his watchwords. Before long he took over more shops in the Arcade, increased his clothing range, and looked for new opportunities nearby. Outside the elegant Arcade, narrow cobbled lanes linked crowded courtyards and old buildings, including two long-established theatres, the Hippodrome and the Theatre Royal. Close by stood the historic mansion ‘Red Hall’, built in 1628, where King Charles I had been held captive in 1647 on his way to the executioner’s block in London. The handsome panelled room he had occupied was known as the King’s Chamber (King Charles Street still exists). In 1912 Snowden Schofield bought Red Hall and incorporated the ancient building into his store. The King’s Chamber was restored as the Tudor Café, where shoppers could be refreshed to the genteel accompaniment of a quintet of lady musicians – they could choose a toasted crumpet for 2d or steak and

chips for 1s 4d. Shopping at Schofields was an experience to be enjoyed and savoured. His path was not always smooth. In 1909, after only eight years together, his wife Mabel died, leaving him with a young family, but his wife’s sisters rallied round to help and he was able to focus on his growing business. The First World War intervened, but by the 1920s he was ready to extend again, acquiring further buildings along the narrow main road, now scheduled to be rebuilt as the handsome new Headrow. In the 30s he acquired the Hippodrome when it closed, and later the ‘Cock and Bottle’ inn which had stood in his way. He began to envisage creating a new, modern store from this patchwork of property, to meet every need – from furs to furniture, from silks to saucepans. But again war intervened and his plans had to be shelved. Development began again post-war, when he bought the Victoria Arcade, home of his first shop, and linked it to the other buildings. But in March 1949 he died, aged 79 – more than a thousand people followed his funeral. His two sons took over the business and the plans for redevelopment. In the late 1950s, after acquiring the Theatre Royal, a staged programme of demolition, clearance and construction was implemented. The historic quarter

In March 1949 he died, aged 79 – more than a thousand people followed his funeral

of Red Hall, the theatres, the Arcade all vanished, and by 1962 the sixstorey flagship Schofields building was completed. For the next twenty years it was Leeds’ premier department store, still remembered today for its friendly atmosphere, its quality service, its three restaurants, its Food Hall to rival Harrods (where smoked salmon trimmings were given away at day’s end), its uniformed lift attendants, the magic of the flying cash tubes, which Snowden Schofield had been the first to introduce to Leeds in 1906. Until Peter Schofield’s retirement and its sale in 1984 it remained a family firm, valued by its loyal customers and staff. Snowden Schofield would have been proud of that.

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When Verity Britton announced that she was going to open a wool shop in Headingley in the midst of a recession, some people laughed……….. who’s laughing now? Passionate about wool and craftsmanship, Verity had noted an increased number of television programmes on crafting, on getting back to making things, and the movement to support local British products. Baa Ram Ewe opened its doors in June 2009 and closet knitters started coming out of the woodwork. There were those who pessimistically thought she wouldn’t survive the economic climate, but she forged ahead, running courses, building the business on-line and establishing a social media presence. “Small businesses that ignore social media do so at their peril”, she told us. “It’s through social media that we have managed to build not only a national, but also an international customer base.” Last year, as yet another yarn company finished presenting its products, Verity just wondered what her dream yarn would be. Well why not try and create one? She sought out wool producers – choosing Wensleydale for its silky sheen and lovely drape, Blue Faced Leicester which produces a gorgeous yarn a little like Merino, and soft, beautiful UK Alpaca.

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THE NHS CELEBRATES ITS 65TH ANNIVERSARY! To mark the 65th anniversary of the NHS this summer, UNISON, the largest Trade Union in the NHS, is organising a week of celebrations, designed to showcase the huge benefits the NHS has contributed to society. UNISON set up a campaign and support group called ‘Band Together for the NHS’, (made up of UNISON Health Branches in Leeds, individuals, community organisations, campaign groups, trade unions and churches) and planned a week-long programme of activities from Friday 28th June - Friday 5th July – the actual birthday of the NHS. A huge Birthday Gala has been arranged for Millennium Square on Saturday 29th June. Billed as a Family Fun Day where NHS staff and the public will come together and show their support for the NHS, it promises to be a great day. There will be all kinds of fun activities, as well as stalls representing the various elements that make up the NHS. There will be guest speakers and entertainment from a Leeds Steel Band. Urban Sprawl, a street theatre group based at St. Georges Crypt, and The Banner Theatre Company, will also perform. For further information, check uk or email m.parkinson@

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IN CLOUD COUNTRY – FROM JOHN CONSTABLE TO RACHEL WHITEREAD ‘In Cloud Country: Abstracting from Nature’ is the latest exhibition to be displayed in the perennially impressive cultural landmark that is Harewood House. It runs until Sunday 30th June in the Terrace Gallery and explores the relationship between art and nature, and how the natural world and human society overlap and interact. The exhibition takes its name from Sylvia Plath’s poem, ‘Two Campers in Cloud Country’, where she reflects on the stoic indifference of the natural world to humanity. It is this autonomy that has inspired generations of artists to use observations from nature to lead them to formal or symbolic abstraction. Some of the world’s most acclaimed artists are here, including John Constable, Thomas Girtin, Henri Matisse, Henry Moore, Edgar Degas, Joan Miro, William Morris, Julian Opie, Chris Ofili, J.M.W. Turner and Rachel Whiteread.

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to contemporary work, from Matisse to Chris Ofili, creating often intriguing and surprising juxtapositions. There could be no more perfect setting for ‘In Cloud Country…’, the striking countryside surrounding Harewood House has inspired artists for centuries, the young Turner among them. Indeed, the house was prominent in the eighteenth century Avant Garde movement with its patronage of the YBAs of the time. With regards to putting the exhibition together and curating such an astonishing

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some of the best vocal music from both sides of the pond Featuring composers from Elgar to Bernstein, the programme includes Four Cabaret Songs by Benjamin Britten, a new song cycle of Elizabeth Barrett Browning sonnets, and a complete performance of Copland’s Twelve Poems of Emily Dickinson. One of Purcell’s favourites ‘If music be the food of love’, and Gershwin’s ‘Summertime’ complete an evening of some of the best vocal music from both sides of the pond. All proceeds from ticket sales will be split between church funds and St George’s Crypt, who work with the homeless in the city. The Crypt needs to raise £1.4m a year to help the 200 people a

day who benefit from its service, which includes practical support (accommodation, food, clothing) and the opportunity to gain skills and self-confidence. Tickets £5, are available from the Church office (0113 243 8498), or Lorna (07805 358346 / There will be a retiring collection for the performers.

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THE SHAKESPEARE ROADSHOW! Theatre of the Dales is about to preview a new venture, The Shakespeare Roadshow. On 16th June at 4pm, Shakespeare will be visiting - in person an island just south of Wakefield – that is the lakeside lawn of Waterton Park Hotel, reached by the second oldest iron bridge in Britain. The Bard (David Robertson) will introduce scenes comic, dramatic and romantic, from Romeo and Juliet, Much Ado, Richard III, As You Like It, Henry V, Hamlet, Measure for Measure and The Taming of the Shrew. Hopefully the show will go on to tour both locally and in Dales villages at a later stage. Meanwhile, The Taming of the Shrew is this year’s choice of a summer tour, starting with a preview in Dagmar Wood (off Grosvenor Road, Hyde Park LS6) on Friday 12th July, and including Kirkstall Abbey, Knaresborough Castle and York Museum Gardens. For full details visit theatreofthedales. or call David on 0113 274 0461.

MEMORIES OF CITY VARIETIES his is an important year for the Leeds City Varieties – it’s 60 years since owner Harry Joseph and BBC Television devised the format for The Good Old Days, which ran for 30 years; it’s 25 years since the Joseph brothers sold the theatre to Leeds City Council; and it’s also 25 years since the Friends of Leeds City Varieties Music Hall was formed. To celebrate these events, the Friends are planning a special ‘Book of Memories’ and would like your help. If you have a short (under 300 words) story, anecdote or memory about the City Varieties that you would like to share, send it straight away to the editor, Caroline Fields. Photos are also most welcome. You’ll be in good company as there will be memories from the likes of Ken Dodd, Roy Hudd,

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he first time we ate at Sukothai in Chapel Allerton it was a little eatery with great food tucked away on Regent Street. That was 13 years ago. As its popularity grew it spread into the next property, and then the next. Now it has undergone a lovely refurbishment, which has really made the best of its extended space. Rich pewter, bronze and gold colours dominate, with traditional Thai art and carvings on the walls – including an amazing jungle scene that took five years to carve, and a large reclining figure at the point where the restaurant rises a couple of steps.

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The Leeds Loves Food Festival runs from Friday 24th May – Sunday 9th June and this year the emphasis is on the independent food and drink scene. The thing is, it’s true – Leeds really does love food. In the last ten years there has been an explosion of enthusiasm for food, especially local food. Is this a quiet rebellion against the monopoly of the supermarkets? A real desire to know where our food comes from? A determination to make it yourself, if you can’t find what you want? The changing face of the Leeds restaurant scene in the last few years has been exciting and dramatic with the bar being raised in terms of variety and quality. “Outside of London, Leeds is one of the most vibrant and diverse cities”, said John Dammone, when we dropped in to see him and his brother Gip, who run Salvo’s in Headingley. “Leeds has a fantastic, independent food scene. The last thing we want is identikit shopping and eating.” Salvo’s was started 37 years ago by their father Salvo Dammone and has been driven by a passion for good food. If I hadn’t been an enthusiast before I dropped in to Salvo’s, I certainly was by the time I left! (“Try this new ricotta cake the chef just made.”) They sang the praises of their local suppliers like Caring For Life’s Cragg Farm, Swillington Farm, their

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It is this passion that is shared by all the independent eateries and producers that we encounter around Leeds and at our markets. Not a week goes by now that you can’t find a good local market – Briggate, Kirkstall, Headingley, Horsforth, Oakwood, Bramhope, Otley, and not forgetting the wonderful Leeds Market. The recent ‘Amazing keep your eyes open for special Graze’ Street Food Festival at offers – or just resolve to try LeftBank on Cardigan Road as many new restaurants highlighted yet another string or markets as you can! The to the Leeds Food bow – Fish& Greedy Pig (North Street) with his lovely chili battered will be setting up in Victoria fish with garlic mayo; Absinthe Gardens with a picnic-based ice cream, Mexican, Indian, menu showing they’re about Turkish dishes – the street food a lot more than just sarnies; scene is expanding all the time. Friends of Ham (Station Street During Leeds Loves Food LS1) will be hamming it up

It promises to be a real feast for fans of all things foodie. Pictured Right: Jo at Greedy Pig

with a Ham Carving Class and Sherry Tasting; Primo’s in the Corn Exchange will change your opinion of hot dogs for ever with their themed supper club evenings; North Bar will be keeping it local with everything being Leedsbased, they’ll have homemade charcuterie from The Reliance just down the road and local pies, all matched with beers from Leeds breweries such as Kirkstall and Ridgeside; and, Sunshine Bakery in Chapel Allerton will be out-cupcaking itself! From 7th - 9th of June, Millennium Square will be home to hundreds of stalls offering food from the city’s favourite restaurants, as well as products from local farmers and tips from passionate chefs. Beer-Ritz, Leeds’ premier beer emporium, will have a stall in the ‘Deliciously Yorkshire’ section of the festival and will be showcasing six Yorkshire breweries with plenty of tasters, plus a visit from author Leigh Linley, who’s just published a book on Yorkshire beer. It promises to be a real feast for fans of all things foodie.


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Alwoodley Ward Thank you to all those who gave me feedback on the bike jumps in Adel Woods. It was really heartening that so many shared the view of Cllrs Neil Buckley, Peter Harrand and myself, that these young bikers should be left to enjoy their hobby. We will do what we can to allow this to happen (I can see a mountain of red tape heading towards me as I write this!). As local councillors we rarely get to deal with the major political issues,



Following the recent outbreak of Measles in South Wales, an important national catch up campaign has been launched for children who missed their MMR jabs in infancy. Leeds is at risk too, as the Measles virus is no respecter of local or national boundaries. MMR protects against Measles, Mumps and Rubella. These are not trivial illnesses. Around 10% of Measles sufferers are hospitalised with complications, and occasionally the disease is fatal. Mumps can be very painful, especially in mature males, and can have unpleasant complications. Rubella is associated with birth defects if contracted by pregnant women. Even without com-

COMMUNITY NEWS approving further quantitative easing, staying in or leaving Europe, reducing or increasing foreign aid … these are issues that don’t come across our desks (though it doesn’t stop constituents asking our views on such matters!). We do however get to deal with those matters that really affect our day-today lives, like bin collections, the road condition and local council services. This winter has played havoc with the roads in our ward and now that the snow and ice have subsided, there will be pot holes a-plenty that need attention. In an ideal world Neil, Peter and I would know every dint and dent in every road in Alwoodley, but occasionally we do miss one (or two on a bad day). Please do let us know about any potholes in your road (or any that you may have spotted) that need attention and we will get highways onto it – and ensure when required, they are repaired! As I say, we rarely deal with the major political issues, but if we can stay on top of the potholes in Alwoodley – your car tyres, at least, will thank us for years to come. For any and all local queries your local councillors are always here to help. Have a great month 0113 2041094

plications, children can feel very unwell and need isolating, perhaps missing a week or two of school, and parents may have to miss work to look after them. Discredited reports in the 1990s falsely linked MMR immunisation to autism. This sensationalist story even featured in a TV play. 95% of children need to be immunised to stop Measles spreading, but between 1998 and 2003 rates for infants fell as low as 80%. Many worried parents understandably decided to withhold MMR, leaving many children, now in secondary school, at risk. As Lead Councillor for Health for three local wards I was very pleased to hear of the national MMR catch up campaign for older children. If you think your child missed out as an infant, please remember the best cure is prevention. Please also remember that your Roundhay Councillors - Ghulam Hussain, Christine Macniven and I are here to help on all Council issues. 07891278717 / 0113 247 6927

OTRA FORGES AHEAD WITH OAKWOOD CLOCK PROJECT Many people pass the Oakwood Clock without realising a number of facts. For example, it was built by Potts of Leeds and erected in Leeds Kirkgate Market in 1904, just outside Michael Marks’ stall, and cost the princely sum of £150 to build! In 1913, when the entrance to the market was redesigned to allow access from Vicar Lane, the clock was moved to its current position in Oakwood, almost becoming a ‘Welcome to Roundhay Park’ symbol for the visitor approaching from Leeds City Centre. What many people are also unaware of is the desperate condition that the clock is now in. It was never designed to be an outdoor clock and the inside structure is in a dreadful state and in need of urgent attention. The clock workings are fairly easily repairable, but it is the cast iron framework that will cost a substantial amount of money to restore. The Oakwood Traders and Residents Association (OTRA) was formed in October 2012 to address many issues that affect the vibrancy and future success of the district of Oakwood and the plight of the clock is high on their priority list. A number of quotations for the repair of the clock have been received, and the target of £120,000 is the one the group is aiming for. A number of organisations, businesses and individuals have either donated money or expressed a desire to do so, and OTRA is organising fundraising activities which should appeal to all types of audiences. A light classical and popular music concert by North Leeds Music Centre will be held on Saturday 22nd June at the Roundhay Parochial Hall; a sumptuous dinner and auction will be staged at The Mansion in July; and a possible beer festival, barbeque, arts and crafts fair, sponsored events in Roundhay Park and many other events are in the planning stages. If you are interested in getting involved and helping OTRA raise money to restore Oakwood clock, visit www. For further information contact Nick Wayne on 0113 240 9822 or

North Leeds Music Centre will play a concert in support of the Oakwood Traders and Residents’ Association fundraising efforts to save the Oakwood Clock on Saturday 22nd June at the Roundhay Parochial Hall, Fitzroy Drive, LS8. The concert will feature the senior orchestra playing a mixture of music from films and shows and popular classical music, as well as smaller groups. “We have been playing Christmas Carols under Oakwood Clock and supporting churches in Roundhay for ten years”, said Mervyn Manning, Head of North Leeds Music Centre. “When we heard about the OTRA campaign we immediately offered to help. The clock holds a lot of memories for lots of people.” Tickets (£10 including refreshments) are available from the following Oakwood businesses: Timoneys and Tasty Cafes,

Simon Falk Opticians, Print Ideas and Fish Bar, or direct from OTRA (enclosing a cheque) Oakwood Traders and Residents Association, 641A Roundhay Road, Oakwood, Leeds LS8 4BA

A WEBSITE FOR THE OAKWOOD CLOCK! The Oakwood Clock now has its very own website! When Liz Smith read about the plight of the Oakwood Clock in North Leeds Life she wanted to know more. Having previously lived in Oakwood for many years, the clock held special significance. But when she searched for an official Oakwood Clock website she couldn’t find one. So she contacted OTRA and offered to build and host one for them absolutely free of charge! Luckily she just happens to be a website designer! The new web site is at and it hasn’t cost them a penny.

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WHAT IF.... News that the future of playing fields in North East Leeds has been secured for community use and will be maintained by the Council has delighted local councillors. This follows a long fight by the Friends of Allerton Grange Fields (FoAGF) and councillors to ensure that the green space would be available for residents to enjoy and would not be developed into housing or a new school (Education Leeds made the land surplus to the requirements of Allerton Grange High School in 2010). It has now been revealed that the area will remain as playing fields and, as part of the arrangement, the Council’s Parks and Countryside team will take on the responsibility for the maintenance and management of the fields, including grass cutting. The Council will work closely with FoAGF and local councillors to explore a range of improvements to the area, which will include further tree and bulb planting, along with a community orchard. “After four years, it is great to be working with the Council on maintaining the fields for community use”, said Charlotte Britton, Friends of Allerton Grange Fields. “We hope to see more people using the fields for jogging, rounders, sledging, football and dog walking. To have this

After four years, it is great to be working with the Council on maintaining the fields for community use Pictured Councillors Sharon Hamilton, Ghulam Hussain, Bill Urry, and Charlotte Britton (FoAGF)

opportunity to enhance the fields is a real win for the local community and we’d like to thank the ward councillors for their support.” “It is absolutely fantastic news that after a long battle, it has been agreed that Allerton Grange playing fields will now be managed by the Council, and will continue to be a place that the local community can enjoy”, commented Councillor Sharon Hamilton & Councillor Ghulam Hussain. “We would like to pay tribute to the tireless campaign by FoAGF, whose hard work and drive was absolutely pivotal in making this ambition a reality.” For further information on how to get involved with the Friends of Allerton Grange Fields, visit www.

At a public meeting in Chapel Allerton in April regarding plans for the supermarket Morrison’s to open in the centre of Chapel Allerton, it became clear that many people were not in favour of the idea. In fact, in a show of hands at the end of the meeting it appeared that nearly everyone was against the idea. But, what if Chapel Allerton started a Development Association, along the lines of the Headingley Development Trust, and made a bid for the existing site? Local people would join the association, paying a membership fee, which would help to raise capital towards the purchase of the site. If successful, a green park area could be created to the front of the site. Behind that could be an open market area, which could run a number of days a week, perhaps with an arts market at the weekend. Finally the large building could be rented out to local people to be used for offices, workshops or meeting spaces for community groups. This would not require c o mp l i c a te d planning arrangements. The aim would be to promote local business, arts and community development. If problems did arise, local people would get their money back when the site was sold again. Now, there’s a little food for thought!

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NORTH LEEDS LIFE ON-LINE DIRECTORY IS LIVE! It’s been a long time coming but finally our new North Leeds Life on-line directory is open for business! hen one of our readers from Meanwood approached us last year with the idea of creating a high quality, on-line directory for local business to complement our magazine, we simply jumped at the chance. Mark Lucas, founder of Directory Media, had developed a simple, unique concept to help businesses easily create and maintain their own web presence, but without the associated cost. “As a regular reader of North Another huge benefit is that Leeds Life, and knowing the reach each profile benefits from a unique it has across the city, we felt such URL (website address) allowing a directory would enhance the businesses to use their directory magazine’s offering”, said Mark. page as a website in its own right “Because North Leeds Life’s focus – ideal for those who may not have is hyper-local, what better way to one, and at a fraction of the cost. “We are very excited about promote local business? “This would not be a case of this”, said Jack Campbell (NLL). signing up for an online directory “Because it is so flexible and and never knowing if anyone would easy to use it suits businesses of see your page. Because North any size and type. We envision it Leeds Life is in constant touch being perfect for small businesses with the community, the directory and individuals too. Consultants, would remain ‘LIVE’, supported by personal trainers, tradespeople, advertising in the magazines and artists, tutors, clubs & societies also promoted via their website, could all benefit, along with Facebook and Twitter.” retailers, professionals, services, restaurants and bars - there’s no A LIVING, BREATHING, end to the list!” ONLINE DIRECTORY! Directory Media has carefully designed and programmed the site What appealed to us too was so it is easy to navigate and use. the fact that the businesses are As you set up your page you are in complete control of their profile, guided from one step to the next. from sign-up to creation and As Janice Priestly of Leeds ongoing updates. They can upload City Interiors says, “We have put photos from recent projects, our page together and are really include videos, add testimonials pleased with it. The system is really and introduce special offers. In easy to use.” addition, we can promote newly We would like to encourage created profiles and special offers new directory users to include via Twitter and Facebook. photos of themselves, their

As a regular reader of North Leeds Life, and knowing the reach it has across the city, we felt such a directory would enhance the magazine’s offering

premises, products, literature, even their dog! The nice thing is that this is a community directory and people like to know who they are dealing with. Take a look at a couple of the businesses that have recently completed their pages and see what you think.

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Due to a very cold March and windy April, gardens are roughly three weeks later than usual. opefully we will now see warmer days and plants can be taken out of greenhouses. It’s time to plant summer bedding plants, containers and hanging baskets. Hardy annuals can be sown for flowering this year – I usually scatter these on bare patches with good results. Seeds for winter flowering vegetable plants and hoe pot plants can be sown now too. regularly. Collect seeds from hellibores House plants need some (wear gloves as they can irritate TLC. Even if they are on a skin) and plant straight away. sunny windowsill they may Cut back any foliage that not get enough light. The dry shows signs of black spot and atmosphere in most homes is far from ideal for good growth. preferably burn it. Keep on top of weeds, If possible move them into mowing the grass and edging a greenhouse to give them a borders. Watch out for pests holiday. Sponging the leaves and suckers on rose bushes. of plants such as the Ficus Remove the pests by hand or and Monsterias, removes dust spray after sunset and cut out and allows air to pass through suckers from just under the soil. pores in leaves. Orchids need Now’s the time to plant sponging with tepid water and your runner beans, putting slug I would recommend that for all deterrent around them, and sow plants. peas for cropping later in the - Kath Hall, Paxton year. When planting outdoor Horticultural Society tomatoes, leave a depression in the soil around the plant to hold water. All tomatoes need regular feeding with a high potash content. Some prefer to grow in pots or grow bags, but make sure they don’t dry out. Towards the end of the month, start harvesting early potatoes, taking care to insert your fork a little way from the plant to prevent stabbing the potatoes. Early peas will be ready to pick. Cut down the top growth after harvesting, leaving the roots in the soil to store nitrogen, and plant cabbages, which like the higher nitrogen content. Keep watering young

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BIRD WATCH WITH STAN KENYON Peregrines are compact deep-chested falcons with pointed wings, the size of a woodpigeon, one of their preyitems. When hunting, they often patrol at a great height before diving at high speed to kill victims in mid-air. Slate-grey above and whitish beneath with fine barrings, they have white cheeks and throat contrasting with a black hood and broad moustachial stripe. They frequent the uplands and coastal cliffs in summer where they breed on rock ledges. A pair is currently nesting on Malham Cove where there is a free viewpoint. In winter they roam widely over lowlands and estuaries, provoking alarm among most birds. More recently they have taken to nesting on buildings in some city centres such as

Sheffield and there is evidence of occasional winter roosts on Leeds Town Hall. Peregrine numbers were much reduced in the 1950s

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EAP Gardening Group’s Roundhay Gardens Ideas Trail is on Sunday 23rd June from 1 – 5pm. Enthusiastic gardeners in Roundhay and Oakwood are opening their gardens, so that they can share their ideas, experiences and love of growing. This year the trail also includes school and community gardens.

If you are new to gardening, or would like some fresh ideas, this is a great opportunity to see what your neighbours are doing! There are gardens of all sizes and shapes. Interesting designs demonstrate a good use of space – incorporating sitting, eating and cooking areas, composting, greenhouses and children’s play equipment. Imaginative planting

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includes woodland, native wild flowers, tropical and unusual species, to give year round interest. Many gardeners combine fruit, vegetables and chickens with lawns and flowerbeds. Others encourage wild life with plants, ponds and bog gardens. Gardens are also places to display art and develop creativity. Visitors will find fascinating sculptures and recycled materials used for containers and structures. At several points there will be activities for children, refreshments and plant sales and all the participating gardeners offer advice and information. Entry is free and donations can be made to St Gemma’s Hospice. Maps of the trail are available at Oakwood Farmers’ Market on 15th June, and from Oakwood Library, St. Gemma’s Hospice (Harrogate Road), sue@suetuffin.

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his strengths he brings some decent writing with coherent plotting, smart snappy dialogue and more than a few big laughs to the party. For those who’ve been keeping abreast of the saga, millionaire, genius, inventor, playboy Tony Stark (who’s refreshingly out and proud about his superhero alter-ego) is struggling somewhat. He’s a selfconfessed ‘hot mess’ unable to sleep and scarred by the events that occurred in The Avengers – the

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Marvel heroes super group bonanza. He spends his sleepless nights tinkering endlessly with his growing fleet of mechanised suits and his days trying to paper over the cracks that are beginning to show in his relationship with former assistant, now live-in big squeeze, Pepper Potts (Paltrow). So, things ain’t great. But guess what – they’re about to get worse! There’s a new bad guy on the scene, possibly a few. Most worrying is the mysterious and sinister terrorist leader known as The Mandarin (the reliably superb Ben Kingsley) who is forthright about being behind some explosively destructive attacks and promises more. When one of Mandarin’s attacks places Stark’s friend and bodyguard in a coma, Tony calls him out in typically brash Tony Stark style, essentially urging Mandarin to bring the ruckus, which he duly does, blowing Stark’s opulent coastal mansion to smithereens. Now it’s on! Add to this the nefarious activities of creepy brainiac Aldrich Killian (Guy Pearce) and his hot-headed henchmen, and our hero has a whole heap of trouble on his plate. Will he overcome these formidable odds? Will goodness prevail? Well, I don’t want to ruin it for you but be assured that before the whole thing’s over a lot of things will blow up and plenty of bad guys are gonna get theirs. It’d be easy to dismiss Iron Man Three as mindless entertainment, as many films of this ilk can be. The difference is that this movie has brains, wit and, with Downey Jr in the lead role, oodles of panache. It may not be mentally taxing but it’s tremendous fun and well worth a watch if you’re partial to this kind of thing.

TRIBUTE TO NICK DRAKE AT HYDE PARK PICTURE HOUSE Had he not died tragically at the age of 26, singer-songwriter Nick Drake would have been 65 this month. On 16th June, Hyde Park Picture House presents a celebration of his life and music, screening the short documentary A Skin Too Few: The Days of Nick Drake, alongside live performances of his music by London-based musicians Glaciers and Lowpines. “In the absence of any surviving footage of Nick Drake performing, this beautiful and evocative documentary focuses instead on the people that were closest to him and the landscapes and locations that shaped his life”, said Film Programmer Andy Moore, “ – the Warwickshire countryside, the bedroom of his childhood home and the cities of London and Cambridge.” To explore these themes, Leeds-based psycho-geographer and film studies academic Tina Richardson will give a talk after the film, addressing the significance of place within the documentary. There will be an opportunity to ask questions. “This special event is exclusive to Hyde Park Picture House for one night only”, continued Andy. “It will be a fitting tribute to a great musician.” Silent Landscapes: Place, Music & the Days of Nick Drake is at Hyde Park Picture House on Sunday 16th June, 7.30pm. Tickets (£8.50/£7.50) available from 0113 275 2045 or www. The Picture House will have a Temporary Events Notice for this evening enabling the sale of alcohol.


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YORKSHIRE ROCKS CANCER Yorkshire Cancer Centre stages the first ‘Yorkshire Rocks Cancer’ music festival in Millennium Square on 1st and 2nd June. On Saturday night, well known bands, Carnabells, The Idol Dead, Marsicans and the Transmission are promising to pull out all the stops. “We wanted to create an event for all ages”, said the organisers. “As Saturday is aimed at anyone over 14, we decided to add a family fun day on Sunday 2nd June.”

Now in its ninth year, Garforth Arts Festival is firmly established as a part of the annual cultural calendar. This year’s festival runs from Monday 24th June to Saturday 6th July and features new works from local young people, community groups and organisations, as well as international names in music, dance, theatre & visual arts. The grand finale of the festival is the climactic Playground Party, which sees the festival’s biggest line-up yet. Headlining will be the critically acclaimed Bellowhead, taking to the stage after Kate Rusby, Ruby Turner and LAU. The line-up also features Love Society, Hope & Social and the Garforth Jazz Rock Band with more acts to be announced. The festival’s indoor 300-seater auditorium will host Zulu Tradition, a presentation of South African song and dance, the culmination of a region-wide project with over 500 young people. Phoenix Dance Theatre will showcase their work with over 15 schools from across Yorkshire, and The Garforth Anthem, composed by James Hamilton in collaboration with young orchestral musicians from the

local community, will be performed for the first time. The Playground Party is a cultural extravaganza not to be missed, and at only £22 for a full day of entertainment, it might just be the best value festival day in the entire UK! During the preceding two weeks there will be numerous other events and activities, notably the fantastic flamenco guitarist Eduardo Niebla on Sunday 30th June in St Mary’s Church, Garforth. East Leeds FM will be hosting the ELFM Stage featuring some of the best local artists and will also be broadcasting live from the festival. There will be gigs at Garforth Working Men’s Club too: Jacobean Ruff and support on Thursday 27th June, Hayley Gaftarnick and friends on Tuesday 2nd July and a celebration of British 50’s and 60’s rock’n’roll and jive, with Hot Foot Powder performing the classic Beatles album Please Please Me on Thursday 4th July. For full details visit www. Tickets are available from Jumbo Records in St John’s Centre, Leeds, and Cielo Bookshop, 41 Main Street, Garforth

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MUSICLISTINGS Civil Protection + Vasa + Invisible Cities + Mountain Range Sat 1 Jun, Fox & Newt, £5. Instrumental Post/Math Rock & electronic ambient soundscapes. Vic Goddard & Subway Sect Sat 1 Jun, Brudenell Social Club, £10. Seminal punk band taking their cues from rock’n’roll & ska. Jazz At Heart: Apollo Jazz All-Stars Sat 1 Jun, HEART, Bennett Rd. Headingly £8/5. Creative, energetic jazz. New York Brass Band Sun 2 June, 1 – 4pm Seven Arts, £5/4. North Yorkshire’s only contemporary New Orleans inspired brass band, part of a funky brass revolution. Marnie Stern Mon 3 Jun, Brudenell Social Club, £8. Singer/songwriter & guitarist from New York. Kinda Blue Tues 4 June, Chemic Tavern, 9pm, free Traditional Chicago Blues Young Kato Tues 4 Jun, Brudenell Social Club, £5. Alternative pop from Cheltenham & Birmingham. Chapel Club Wed 5 Jun, The Cockpit, £9. Reverb-drenched guitars & occasional synth bursts create a dark indie wall of sound Frankie & The Heartstrings Wed 5 June, Brudenell Social Club, £8. Indie five-piece formed over a love of the Housemartins & the Smiths. Ed Harcourt + Catherine A.D. Thurs 6 June, Holy Trinity Church, Boar Lane, £12.50. Former clown’s assistant who has achieved more success as a singer/songwriter. Catherine A.D. mixes pop hooks, guitar snarls keyboard & vocal somersaults James Skelly & The Intenders Thurs 6 June, Brudenell Social Club, £10.50. The Coral’s lead singer’s solo project featuring

The Coral, members of The Sundowners, & Tramp Attack. Camera Obscura Fri 7 June, The Cockpit, £11. Layers of lush instrumentation, with beautiful melodies & sweet lead vocals. James Taylor Quartet (JTQ) Fri 7 June, Brudenell Social Club, £12. The legendary UK funkmeister & Hammond guru, playing rare groove & jazz funk, mixed with a little soul. Jazz At Heart: Matt Roberts Quintet Fri 7 June, HEART, Bennett Rd. £5/10. Matt returns to pay tribute to the talent of trumpeter Lee Morgan. Folks Sat 8 June, The Cockpit, £6.50. Powerful blend of soulful melodies with intelligent lyrics, laced with psychedelic guitar & a dose of pop sensibility. Vessels + Two Minute Noodles + Ghosting Season Sat 8 June, Brudenell Social Club, £6. 1. expect catchy, intelligent noises in the same vein as Aerogramme & Oceansize. 2. Leeds duo playing danceable choppy organs. 3. a network of dark, brooding electronica, with vibrant moments of dance music. David Rovics Sun 9 June, Brudenell Social Club, £7. Wonderfully perceptive radical singer/songwriter. Jez Hall Quartet + Peter Churchill Sun 9 June, 1 – 4pm Seven Arts, Chapel Allerton. £5/£4 U-16 free. China Rats Tues 11 June, Oporto, £3. Leeds rock band with bags of charm, inspired by a love of punk, 50s pop & the best British guitar bands. Melt Yourself Down Brudenell Social Club, Thurs 13 June, £6. Intense, sweaty funk, uplifting horns & blistering Nubian drums.

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& carefully crafted composition, improvisation & moments of pure genius. Tim Barry + Sam Russo Tues 25 June, Brudenell Social Club, £6. Blues, folk, & countrytinged Americana. Tom Tom Club Thurs 27 June, Brudenell Social Club, £20. Formed by founding members of Talking Heads, Chris Frantz & Tina Weymouth were instrumental in bringing the new spirit of Hip-Hop to the mainstream. Leeds Bluegrass Club Thurs 27 June, Grove Inn. Roots, Americana, Bluegrass, Country. Resident bands, guests + picking sessions. 8.30pm. Musicians welcome. £3. Details: John 267 0761, Kevin 267 7040 Le Quan Ninh + Matthew Bourne + Dave Kane + Chris Sharkey + Corey Mwamba + Paul Dunmall Fri 28 June, Fox & Newt. Leftfield, experimental, improvisational Jazz from some of Leeds’ most exciting, boundary-pushing musicians. Hat Fitz & Cara Robinson Fri 28 June, New Headingley Club, £8. A powerful combination of old-time blues & Irish folk, with a bit of gospel. Ginger Baker’s Jazz Confusion Sat 29 June, Brudenell Social Club, £17. Having worked with everyone from Johnny Rotten to Eric Clapton, Max Roach to Fela Kuti – one of rock’s most legendary hell raisers is back! Expect a highly charged, progressive mix of jazz, fusion & African sounds. Chantel McGregor + Albany Down Sun 30 June, Brudenell Social Club, £11. Outrageously talented Blues guitarist & vocalist with new band.


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would like to help as many people as we can through awareness and support. I’m proud of the work that my Mum does and of the excellent June Hancock fund. We were delighted to raise £250 Rev. Peter Jackson died in 2006 and was a much loved vicar in Alwoodley and Holbeck. He was diagnosed with mesothelioma just after his retirement and died three months later from this rare and aggressive form of cancer. He developed the disease over 40 years after being exposed to asbestos in the chemical industry in Teesside. It is a relatively rare form of cancer that affects the membraneous lining of the chest and, less commonly, the lining of the abdomen. It can take 10 – 50 years to develop and is usually associated with asbestos exposure. Peter’s widow Avril continues to help other others affected by this terrible disease through the MARC (Mesothelioma And Related Concerns) support group and also helps at St Gemma’s Hospice. 
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NEW CHIEF EXECUTIVE OF YORKSHIRE COUNTY CRICKET CLUB The Yorkshire County Cricket Club recently announced the appointment of Mark Arthur as Chief Executive. “I am delighted to be joining Yorkshire County Cricket Club”, said Arthur, who started his sports administration career at the Test and County Cricket Board in the mid-1990s. “It’s an honour and a massive opportunity to be part of the biggest Cricket Club in the world, which boasts nearly 900 playing clubs’ and a vibrant development programme, that is the envy of world cricket. “I will do everything during my time at Headingley for the betterment of Yorkshire cricket. The hard work has been undertaken to stabilise the Club and now we have a great opportunity and a solid platform to take the Club forward.” Arthur spent 13 years as Chief Executive of Nottingham Forest Football Club and before that as Chief Executive of Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club. “Mark has over 20 years’ experience at the highest level of sports administration both in cricket and football”, said Colin Graves, Yorkshire County Cricket Club Chairman. “His experience and knowledge will be vital in taking the Club forward in what will be an exciting period, both on and off the field.”

TWO ROUTES FOR NSPCC YORKSHIRE HACK The NSPCC, in partnership with GO Outdoors, recently launched HACK (Hike Against Cruelty to Kids) 2013 - its annual walking challenge, which takes place in Yorkshire on Saturday 6th July. There are two routes in Yorkshire – one a challenging 22 miles that starts at the Moorlands Inn near Halifax and goes through some of the most stunning countryside in Calderdale, taking in Stoodley Pike in the Pennines; the other a more family-friendly seven-mile circular walk, devised with families in mind and taking in lovely views over moorland and valleys. “Training for the HACK is a great way to start a keep fit regime”, said Helen Verity, NSPCC community fundraising manager in Yorkshire. “The HACK will be a fabulous day out and a valuable opportunity to help the NSPCC raise money to support its projects and services in Yorkshire and across the UK, so why not think about taking part as a group of friends or maybe enter a corporate team?” The adult registration fee for the 22-mile route is £20, for the family walk (recommended for children aged 8+ accompanied by an adult) it’s just £10 for adults and £2.50 for children. The final registration date for the Yorkshire HACK is 28th June 2013. For further details, contact 0113 218 2735, northappeals@ or visit


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RJC Dance, based at the Mandela Centre, Leeds, is dedicated to developing the creative potential of young people by offering regular oppor tunities to dance, perform and achieve. They recently announced their 2013 Dance Summer School, with classes suitable for both boys and girls aged 8 – 19. “Our Summer School has been developed thanks to the Wellbeing Funding awarded by our local Ward members, through the Inner North East Area Committee”, explained Kathy Williams, Director. “We want to be a key contributor to the health and wellbeing of our neighbourhood and city


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his is a landmark year for Froebelian School in Horsforth as they celebrate their 100th anniversary! To mark this centenary year numerous celebrations and special events have been planned, including their Centenary Ball, which was held on 4th May and brought together past and present parents and staff, governors, sponsors and dignitaries. Froebelian School was founded in 1913 by Miss L Hoe. She chose the Froebelian name in honour of the influential

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COMMUNITYNOTICES ACTIVE Alwoodley Community Association Badminton Club Friendly group welcomes all abilities for badminton & social events Mon from 9pm & Wed from 8.30pm. Details: Vicky 07561 292699, Phil 268 9996,, www. Alwoodley Martial Arts Club Mon 6.30 – 8.30pm Moortown Methodist Church, Alderton Rise, LS17. Wed 6 – 8pm Alwoodley Community Association, The Avenue, LS17. Now accepting new members. Details: 07729 392 546, Come Sailing Sundays No experience necessary. Travel included Leeds Coastal Marina. See Youtube ‘Phuket Sports 8’. Details: 07973 512 562, Keep St Gemma’s Running! Limited number of charity places available for Leeds 10K (14 July) & Great North Run (15 Sept). Register at Details: Michelle 218 5570, Last Man Stands are looking for additional teams to enter their winter indoor & summer outdoor cricket leagues. They cater for all standards. Details: Paul 07795 154444, leeds@ Leeds English Folk Dancing Society Weds, Meanwood Methodist Church (School Room), 7.30 – 9.30pm. Details: Derry Fletcher 07792 319744 Leeds Tai Chi Academy Weekly class Mon 7-9pm at Chapel Allerton Primary School, Harrogate Rd, LS7. £5/4. Details: 07581 217074 Like to Walk? Join a group of walkers who meet Tues twice a month for 10 – 12 mile walks starting 10am. Details: Richard 267 3623 Lindy Hop Dance Classes Mon 8 – 11pm, Moortown Social Club, LS17 5LA. Beginners 8pm, Intermediate 9.30pm, Followed by social dancing. £5. Details: Joyce 278 9891, www. Moortown Rugby Union Respect, teamwork, discipline, fun. Brilliant club for under 7s (Year 2) to adults. They train & play Sun 10:30am at Moss Valley, LS17 7NT. Details: Damian Curtis 07860 454701, damian.curtis@ or moortownrufc/ North Leeds Bowling Club (April – October) New members, experienced or complete novices, welcome at crown green club on edge of Soldiers’ Field, Roundhay. Opportunity to play matches, friendlies or just play with friends.

Monthly social events. £30 pa/ social members £6. Details: Trevor 267 1071,, or Frances 269 0978, Pudsey & District Rambling Club Walks of 5 - 10 miles Sun & alt Thurs. New members welcome in this friendly, long established club with members from all over the district. Annual membership £8 (£1 juniors). Try before you join. Details: 01943 430657 Ramgarhia Sports Centre Adults: Circuit Training (Mon & Wed 6.30 – 7.30pm; Fri 6 – 7pm). £5 per class. Children: Cricket (ages 8-16, Sun 10am – noon); Hockey (Fri, 5 – 6pm). £2 per class. All abilities welcome. Details: 262 5657, ‘Ramgarhia Sikh Centre’ on facebook. Roundhay parkrun Sat 8.45am for 9am start, at the bandstand near The Mansion. Free 5k timed run for all ages & abilities. Details: uk/roundhay/ Run the Great North Run Sun 15 Sept in Newcastle. Lineham Farm Children’s Centre in Eccup is looking for runners to help raise funds. Details: Clare Beard 281 7880, St Gemma’s Sponsored Skydives Father’s Day 15 June (or your own date). An exhilarating experience! Jump for your Dad, with your dad, in memory of someone or just because you’re a dad! Raise £395 & jump FREE! Details: Michelle 218 5570, Yorkshire Cancer Centre Walk the Yorkshire 3 Peaks on 15 June & raise vital funds for the 2,000 patients treated at the Bexley Wing, St James’s Hospital, everyday. Details: Tif 206 8620, tifaine.baskerville@leedsth.nhs. uk, Zumba Classes Fri 3.30 – 4.30pm, Northcall Community Centre, Cranmer Bank LS17. £1.50. Details: 268 9993 ARTS & CRAFTS Alwoodley Art Group Meets Thurs 7.30 – 9.30pm (ex Aug) at The Community Hall, The Avenue, Alwoodley, LS17 2NZ. Practical meetings, workshops, demonstrations & talks. New members of all abilities welcome. Details: 2251546,, www. North Leeds Calligraphers Tues 10am – 12 noon at St Andrew’s Church, Devonshire Crescent, LS8. Learn the art of beautiful writing. Details: 269 6414 Stainbeck Art Club 2nd & 4th Tues, 1.45 – 4pm Meeting Room, Methodist Community Centre, Town St. Chapel Allerton. Practical & demonstrations. Also painting & sketching days out. New

members all abilities welcome. Details: Rose or Ken 266 5005 COFFEE MORNINGS, FAIRS & MARKETS Community Cafe Thurs 11am – 2pm at Stainbeck United Reformed Church. Bookstall, ENEHL Debt & Benefit Advice, Police Contact Point, free wifi & help available. Followed by craft club. Coffee, Cake & Chat Every 4th Sat, 10.30am – noon, Stainbeck Church, Stainbeck Rd. Cake stall, books, Fairtrade. All welcome. www.stainbeck. Indoor Car Boot Sale Sat 29 June, 10am – 1pm at St Gemma’s Hospice, 329 Harrogate Rd, Moortown. Free parking at hospice. Entry by donation. Leeds Feline Friends Cream Tea & Plant Fair Sat 1 June, 1.30 – 3.30pm Alwoodley Community Hall, The Avenue, LS17. Wide range of plants & goods for sale. Delicious cream scones Nearly New Baby Sale Sat 1 June, 10am – 12pm, St Gemma’s Hospice Large number of stalls selling good quality baby, children’s and maternity items. Adm £1. All proceeds to St Gemma’s Hospice. NSPCC Plant & Gift Fair Sat 1 June, 10am – 1pm St Edmund’s Church Hall, Lidgett Park Rd. Roundhay. Gifts, cards, books, toys, bric-a-brac, tombola, café. Entry £1, Children free. Oakwood Farmers’ Market Sat 15 June, 9am – 12.30pm at Oakwood Clock. Shadwell Horticultural Society Tombola Shower & Coffee Morning Sat 29 June 10am – 12 noon at 39 Main St, Shadwell. Entry is a prize suitable for their village Flower Show tombola stall! Plants & cakes for sale. Friendly gardening club for novices & experts alike -everyone welcome. Details: Susan 273 8821, Susan1st_ Sunshine & Smiles Great Charity Book Giveaway Sat 13 July, 10am - 3pm, Immaculate Heart Church Hall, 294 Harrogate Rd. LS17. In aid of Sunshine & Smiles - Leeds Down Syndrome Network. Adm £1 & choose up to 3 free books per person. Details: Ailith Harley-Roberts 07725 041601, GROUPS/CLUBS Air Yorkshire Aviation Society Interested in aviation, aircraft old and new, airports? Why not try Air Yorkshire - regular guest speakers, trips & social events. Details: Dave Senior 282 1818,

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Alwoodley Motor Club Every other Thurs, 8.30pm, The Wharfedale Inn, Arthington Lane. All welcome. Details: 391 0403, Friends of Allerton Grange Fields Friendly group of volunteers working to maintain & enhance Allerton Grange Fields off Lidgett Lane, LS17. New volunteers welcome to join events & activities, including litter picks, bulb & tree planting, shrub clearance. Details:, www. Greenpeace Leeds meet 1st Mon of month, 6.30pm Wharf Chambers, Wharf St, LS2 (by The Calls). Join the growing action to protect our forests, oceans & stop climate chaos. Details: Joe 07929 610773, www.greenpeace. Headingley Games Club Thurs 6.30 – 10.30pm at HEART, Bennett Rd. Board games: Settlers, Puerto Rico, Carcassonne, mst Euro-games, etc. Tabletop games: 40k, Hordes, Flames of War, War machine, etc & Role Playing Games. Details: 275 9762, http:// Facebook group: Headingley Games Club Human Writes in Leeds (HWIL) meets monthly in central Leeds (daytime). Participants bring a short piece of their writing for discussion. Details: Warwick 07714720234, warwick.t@ Kaleidoscope Social Club for over 50s & unattached with a zest for life. Monthly programme of events. Not a dating agency. Details: 262 1455 or 261 2619, www.kaleidoscopeleeds. Leeds Elmet Probus Club provides a social gathering for retired men from professional & business backgrounds. Meets last Tues of month, 12 noon at Leeds 17 Restaurant, Nursery Lane, for lunch followed by guest speaker & short business meeting. Details: Keith Robson 230 1559 Leeds Anglo German Club Wed 26 June, 7.30pm Headingley St Columba’s URC. Film - Deutschland von oben: A breathtaking perspective of Germany from the air: towns, countryside & rivers. In German, with some English explanations. Details: 268 7697 Leeds Bridge Club Moor Allerton Sports & Social Centre (MASSC), Stonegate Rd, LS17 Beginners classes: Mon 2 – 4.15pm, Fri 7 – 9.15pm. Improvers: Tues 12.45 – 3pm, Fri 10 – 12.15pm, Fri 7 – 9.15pm. Details: Gill Copeland 225 7237, www. Leeds Caledonians Join them for enjoyable outdoor summer activities – bowling match, BBQ. Details: 267 0424,


Leeds Hospital Alert Small group of concerned people campaigning for preservation of the NHS. Meets at Muir Court, St Michael’s Rd. LS6. Next meeting Wed 5 June. Details: Beatrice Rogers 278 5495, info@ Leeds Microscopical Society can help anyone interested in using a microscope. Details: Mike Smith 293 5991, Leeds Movie Makers Get more out of your camcorder & film making. Stainbeck United Reformed Church Hall, Stainbeck Lane (rear entrance), Fri 7:30pm. Details: George Woolley 225 6444, Doreen Wood 278 2972. Leeds Oxfam Group Lively group campaigning on issues of interest to everyone concerned about global justice. Panel discussion planned on importance of international aid. Volunteers needed to fill interesting roles. Details:, or Facebook Leeds Photographic Society meets alt Tues, 7.30pm St Edmund’s Church Hall, Lidgett Pk Rd LS8. ‘Royal Armouries in Focus’ continues at Royal Armouries until mid June. Details: www.lps1852. Leeds Probus Club for retired professional/businessmen, meets 2nd Thurs, 10.30am – 12 noon at St Matthew’s Church Meeting Room, Wood Lane LS7 for social gatherings with speakers. Details: 261 1282.

Let’s Go LEEDS! Free, volunteer run social group organising a variety of events in North Leeds, city centre & around. All ages & friendly people welcome. Details: www.lets-go-leeds. Moortown Community Group Group working to highlight matters of interest or contention & aiming to improve living in Moortown – examples: Moortown in Bloom & campaign to save Yorkshire Bank Sports Field as community amenity. New members welcome. Details: 269 5107, moortowncommunitygroup@hotmail., www.moortowncommunitygroup. National Trust Leeds Association meets throughout the year. Summer programme now underway. Join your local branch. Details: Pam 258 8178 North Leeds Friendship Centre Friendly group for retired & over 50s – outings, lunches, ten pin bowling, theatre visits & more. Social afternoons with speakers 2nd Fri, 2pm at Moor Allerton Sports & Social Centre, Stonegate Rd. New members welcome. Details: Eileen 269 0084 North Leeds Model Flying Club New members very welcome, experienced or beginners. Building or flying, plenty of friendly advice. Regular meetings at Horsforth or airfield at Almscliff Crag. Details: 217 8348,

Otley & Wharfedale MacMillan Cancer Support Fundraising Group covers NW Leeds & meets monthly to plan events. Looking for new members. Details or to book a speaker: 261 3758/ 01943 467299 Paxton Horticultural Society Summer Show Sat 6 July, Paxton Hall, 186 Kirkstall Lane, LS5 2AB. Open to tpublic 2 – 4.30pm. Adm free. Schedules from Graham Wheatley 256 3055 or website. Social Events Club Meals, pub nights, theatre/film/music, walks, badminton, book group, weekends away, holidays & more. Mainly over 30s. Monthly new members’ night in North Leeds. Details: 0844 8111025, Trackrod Motor Club Meets 1st Tues of each month, 9.30pm at Old Modernians Club, Cookridge Lane. New Members welcome. Details: www. West Yorkshire Fuchsia Society meets 3rd Wed, 7.30pm Moorside Tenants & Residents Community Centre, St Catherine’s Dr. Bramley, LS13. Find out about growing this delightful flower & exhibiting at gardening shows. Details: Graham Wheatley (Sec) 256 3055, Sid Tagger (Chair) 268 7868 MUSIC Alwoodley Community Choir Friendly, sociable group of singers meets Wed, 6.15 – 7.45pm downstairs in The Lord Darcy, Harrogate Rd. New members

always welcome – especially more men! Currently working on new material, including Les Mis medley. Details: Jean 07855 059990 Alwoodley Singers Wanted new members! Ability to read music not essential. Rehearsals Thurs 8 - 10pm at ACA Hall, The Ave, LS17 7NZ. Details: Alan 294 3370 Guitars for Beginners Mon 4pm (ages 7-12), 4.45 – 5.45 (13+). £3. Northcall Community Centre, Cranmer Bank LS17. Details: 268 9993 Leeds Guild of Singers Welcomes new members in all voice groups, especially tenors & basses. Do you sight-read? Would you like to sing renaissance & contemporary music in a small friendly choir? Rehearsals Tues 7.30 – 9.30pm at Leeds University. Details: Liz at Matinee Band Friendly, supportive, instrumental group playing eclectic mix of music looking for new members, any instrument. Reading ability desirable but not essential. Meet Thurs 2 – 3.30pm at Seven Arts, Chapel Allerton. £5 per session. Details: martinonline@ Phoenix Concert Band Community concert band for players of Grade 6 standard & over. Rehearsals Thurs 7.30 – 9.30pm at The Grammar School at Leeds, Tebb Room in music department. To join or book the band for a concert visit www.phoenixband. or email: secretary@

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 7 Jazz Voices Choir with Nicki Allan Mon 7 – 9pm at Inkwell, 31 Potternewton Lane, Chapel Allerton. Eclectic mix of jazz, pop, gospel & blues. Dates: 3 & 17 June, 1 July. Performance Sun 7 July at Seven Arts Jazz Café 1-4pm. £5 per session. Details: 237 0700, Society of Recorder Players – meets 2nd & 4th Sat pm in Bingley & Headingley. Different conductors take each meeting. Intermediate players, all recorders. New members welcome. Details: Caroline 01943 467348 West Riding Opera has vacancies for chorus members to participate in concerts & staged opera selections. All voice ranges welcome, no audition. Details: 01274 595978, davewb8@ The White Rosettes Female barbershop chorus (four part unaccompanied harmony), 12 x national champions, rehearse Wed 7.30 – 10pm at Moorlands School, Foxhill Dr, Weetwood Lane, LS16. Details: Jan Spencer 07852 210640, Yorkshire Late Starter Strings (YLSS) rehearse Sat, 10am – 12.30pm. Friendly, informal string orchestra made up of adult learners who play a stringed instrument. Players of all abilities welcome. Specific beginners group for those especially new to playing. Details:

Cranmer Bank. Short, accessible walks. Details: MAECare 266 0371 Roundhay Tea & Chat Club Tues 1.45 – 3.30pm at Terry Yorath House, Devonshire Ave. Club for over 70s who would like to make new friends & take part in wide range of activities. £1. Details: Carole 269 6632 Stainbeck URC Lunch Club Stainbeck Rd. Mon & Wed, 11am – 1.30pm (£4). Meal, friendship, gentle exercise. Transport provided. Volunteers welcome. Details: Avril or Brian 293 5847, Angela 225 3766, www. U3A Leeds is a friendly, lively organisation for anyone no longer in full time work. Over 20 special interest groups & fortnightly talks on various topics, held at Moor Allerton Sports & Social Club. Details: 07552 448834, SPIRITUAL Fourth Way Philosophy Group An introduction to Fourth Way of GI Gurdjieff. Readings from ‘In Search of the Miraculous’ which gives a broad outline of the teaching. Meetings in Leeds & Otley. Adm free. Details: 07581 080667,, Free Group Meditation Sun 7- 8pm (ex 3rd Sun: 6.30-7.30pm). Experience peace & calm with guided meditations. Brahma Kumaris, West Park. Details: 275 7727,, www. FREE Workshops Sat 8 June, 10am – 5pm: ‘Overcoming Anger’. Sun 30 June, 10am – 4pm: ‘Awakening the Dreamer – Bringing Vision To Life’ at Weetwood Hall, Otley Rd. LS16. Details & booking: 275 7727,

Yorkshire Clarinet Ensemble Rehearses alt Wed, 8 – 9.45pm (term time) at HEART, Bennett Rd, Headingley. For players of Grade 5+ standard. New players welcome. Details: Deborah Pennington 07910 414586, mpenn.

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Leeds & Bradford Friendship Group meets 1st Wed of month, 1.30pm at Pudsey Civic Hall LS28 5TA. Speaker or entertainment at 2pm. Friendship & activities for people of retirement age. Days out, dining, walks, computers, etc. New members welcome. Details: 258 5955 or 267 5657 Lunch Club & Over 55s Club Wed 12 – 3pm. Two course meal £3.50 followed by fun activities. Northcall Community Centre, Cranmer Bank, Leeds LS17. Details: 268 9993 MAECare Coffee Mornings: 3rd Thurs, 10.30am –12, Moortown Methodist Church Hall, Alderton Rise, LS17. £2 /£2.50. Music & Memories: 1st Thurs, 10.30am – 12, Moortown Social Club, £1.50. Creative Crafts: Mon 10.30am – 12.30pm, Methodist Church Hall. £3. Nintendo Wii: 1st Tues, 10.30am – 12, Moorhaven Court, LS17 £1. MAECare Strollers: fortnightly, 10.30am 57

Meditation & Modern Buddhism Classes Tue 7.30 - 9.30pm at Ratnasambhava Centre, 22 Wetherby Rd, Oakwood, LS8; Thurs 7.30 - 9.30pm at Yorkshire Dance, 3 St Peter’s Building, Leeds LS9. Details: 265 2188,, or www. Moortown Baptist Church 204 King Lane, LS17. Sunday services 10.30am & 6pm. Range of toddler, children’s, youth, house groups & senior projects run through week. Details: 269 3750,

Roundhay Evangelical Church Sun 10.30am & 6.30pm at Roundhay Parochial Hall, Fitzroy Dr (near Oakwood Clock). Friendly, informal & bible centred. All welcome. Details: www. St John’s Church, Moortown Sunday Services 8am, 10am & 6.30pm at the junction of Harrogate Rd & Ring Rd, LS17 7BZ. Everyone welcome. Details: Stainbeck United Reformed Church Stainbeck Rd. Sunday Worship 10.45am - family worship & Sunday Club followed by refreshments. Communion 2nd Sunday. Praise & reflection: Thurs 7.30 – 8pm. Stillness Group Every Mon at Friends’ Meeting House, 136 Street Lane, Roundhay LS8. Based on the teachings of Eckhart Tolle, author of The Power of Now & A New Earth. Spend time in stillness with like minded friends. Details: Sally 07884 332644, www. SUPPORT Arthritis Care Leeds Branch meets 3rd Tues of each month, 7.30 – 9pm, St Chad’s Parish Centre, Far Headingley. New members welcome. Details: Pat 275 7694 Association of Blind Asians Leeds is looking for volunteers who could provide a valuable sighted guiding service to reduce isolation & increase independence of visually impaired people in Leeds. Details: Sonal 210 3347 Crohn’s & Colitis UK Support for people with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) & their families in North & West Yorkshire. Regular meetings. Details: 0845 130 6809, Leeds@, www.groups. Different Strokes Invites stroke survivors to join them, Wed 1.45 – 3.45pm, Adel Stables, Back Church Lane. Incl. an hour of exercise. Details: Linda McLean 225 4744

Parkinson’s UK Leeds meet 2nd Wed, 2pm at St Chad ‘s Parish Centre, Headingley. Support for anybody affected by Parkinson’s. Exercise classes in Otley, Horsforth, Moortown. Details: Linda Thompson, 01943 461640 Wharfedale General Hospital Cardiac Club (affiliated with British Heart Foundation) is open to former cardiac patients & their partners. Opportunity to take part in exercise classes under supervision of qualified instructors. Meets Mon, Wed & Thurs at Wharfedale General Hospital. £3. Details: Clive Wilkinson 267 1721 The Yorkshire Cancer Help Centre is now at the Day Therapy Unit, St Michael’s Hospice, Harrogate two Saturdays each month, offering support for people with cancer & their loved ones. Details: Esme 01423 881392/ Karen 01937 573166, TALKS & DISCUSSIONS Leeds Astronomical Society meets 2nd Wed of month with a guest speaker presentation & regular telescope nights at Quaker Friends Meeting House, Woodhouse Lane, LS2. Visitors welcome, first visit free. Details:, www. Leeds Cafe Scientifique Tues 18 June, 8pm at Seven Arts, Harrogate Rd, Chapel Allerton, LS7. Speaker: Professor Andrew Shepherd, leading expert on the effects of climate change. Topic: Glaciers & Sea-level Rise. His published research on sea-level rise attracted wide publicity. Philosophical Fiction Group Tues 11 June, 7:30pm Oxfam Bookshop, Headingley. Discussing short-ish philosophical novels (150-300 pages) – this time Vladimir Nabokov’s ‘Invitation to a Beheading’. Details: Talking Allowed in Leeds (TAIL) meets Fri 14 June, 1.45pm Veritas Wine Bar, Great George St. Topic: ‘Authenticity what is it to be true to yourself?’

Leeds Coeliac Group Wed 26 June 7pm at COOK, 331 Harrogate Rd, Moortown LS17. Gluten-Free Tasting Evening Details: Sandra McLean 07711 768850, sandra.mclean@btinternet. com

Travels with My Opera Glasses Thurs 13 June, 1pm at Leeds Library, 18 Commercial St. LS1. Prof Anthony Ogus introduces his new book. All welcome. Free, but please book. Details: 245 3071,

Leeds Samaritans Confidential, nonjudgemental support 24 hours a day for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair. They listen with an open mind & in complete confidence, for as long as you need. Details: 245 6789, 08457 909090

What on Earth is Happening to Our Weather? Thurs 20 June, 7pm St Andrew’s Church, Shaftesbury Ave LS8. A talk by Edward Hanna, Prof of Climate Change, Sheffield University, organised by REAP. Prof Hanna is researching changing weather patterns & recently published material that connects the changing Arctic weather systems with the erratic Jet Stream.

Overeaters Anonymous Meetings held Tues 7pm at HEART Headingley; Weds 6.30pm at Roundhay Friends Meeting House; Sat 10am at Rawdon Friends Meeting House. All welcome. Details: 07981 940603, The Owls New city-wide informal child-minding group offering support, training & information, & social events. Membership £5 pa. Details: 228 8509

Yorkshire Archaeological Society (Family History Section) Sat 8 June, 11am, 23, Clarendon Rd. Leeds. Lecture: ‘Leeds College of Music - some early musical recollections’ by Sylvia Haddock. Free drop- in sessions Tues 2 - 4pm for anyone needing help with family history research. Details: Mrs J. Butler 263 9540

Adel Ladies Luncheon Club meets 1st Wed, Castle Grove Masonic Hall, Castle Grove Dr. LS6. June 5: Peter Armstrong, Development Manager at The Royal Armouries. July 3: Dr Tony Nicholson, Historian, on ‘Secrets of the Attic. Details: Mrs Huntley 230 1584 Roundhay WI meets 2nd Thurs each month, 7.15pm at St Andrew’s Church Hall, Shaftesbury Avenue LS8. A modern voice for today’s woman. Details: 266 5648 Soroptimist International Meet 2nd Mon, 7pm at Weetwood Hall. All ladies welcome. Details: University of Leeds Ladies’ Club welcomes women connected to the Uni as either serving or former staff members, partners of staff, or grads. Regular events. Details: uleedslc@ White Rose Ladies Speakers Club meets Mon 10 & 24 June, 7.45pm Farsley Library, Old Rd, Farsley, LS28. A friendly environment in which to improve your speaking skills. Details: Pauline Neale, pauline.neale@ntlworld. com, 269 3542, YOUNGER LIFE Drama Club Usually Wed 4.15 – 5.15pm, at Stainbeck Church, Stainbeck Rd, LS7 but check first. Fun, informal club for ages 7 – 14 living in LS7. Drama games & performance-arts skills to build confidence & develop friendships. Free. Details: 393 0600,

MISC/ EVENTS Help Required with Family Research Trying to find information about Alexander Baumer who lived in Cookridge during 1970s & worked at Leeds Airport. If anyone remembers Alexander (alex), please contact Mrs Sarah Mansbridge sarahmansbridge@

Open Your Garden for St Gemma’s Show off your garden & raise funds for your local hospice. Hold you own event & be included in St Gemma’s 2013 Open Gardens booklet. St Gemma’s will provide you with all the support you need for your opening. Details: Jenny 218 5565, Osteoporosis Information Event Sat 6 July, 2 - 4pm, Oxford Place Methodist Centre (beside Town Hall), The Headrow. Organised by Leeds Osteoporosis Group, supported by National Osteoporosis Society. Includes speakers & refreshments. Details: 01423 779662. Otley & Wharfedale MacMillan Cancer Support Family Fun Day Sat 15 June, 10am – 3pm at Cookridge Village Hall LS16 7ER. Something for everyone. Lots of exciting stalls & games. Group raised £17,000 last year. New members welcome. St Gemma’s Hospice Open Garden Sat 22 June,10am – 2pm, 329 Harrogate Rd. Award winning garden. Head gardener & team will be on hand to show you around & give expert advice. Event include a talk, homemade cake stall, live music, plant sale. Adults £2/ children free. Volition Mental Health Event Thurs 20 June,10.30am – 3.30pm, St George’s Centre, Great George St. LS1. For all interested in mental health voluntary sector services in Leeds. Activities, workshops & opportunities to talk, listen & debate. Details: 242 1321,, www. Volunteers Wanted! To read with children in local North Leeds schools. Two hours commitment per week. Details: Christine at Reading Matters 07841 504 374, christine@

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North Leeds Life June Edition  

This month in the LS7, LS8, LS17 June edition off North Leeds Life we have, Leeds Loves Food, 'In Cloud Country' at Harewood House and we la...