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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. It’s time again for the Headingley Music Festival and there are dozens of gigs planned for venues all around central Headingley. And, once again, Garforth Festival has some great performers lined up.
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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; and golfers are being tempted back to the courses. Theatre of the Dales is taking The Shakespeare Roadshow….on the road; there will be music at Bramhope’s Puritan Chapel; and if you have any memories of City Varieties be sure to get in touch with the Friends of Leeds City Varieties – they are putting together a book of memories. 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 (sooner if possible!) and for advertising it’s 5th June. We look forward to hearing from you.
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In This Issue
In Cloud Country The latest exhibition at Harewood House includes some of the world’s most acclaimed artists.
10 Baa Ram Ewe Goes International! Verity Britton creates a new range and it’s an overnight success
28 Adel Neighbourhood Forum’s Successful Open Day They hoped for 100 and 138 turned up!
38 North Leeds Life Launches On-line Directory Leeds Loves Food The emphasis is on independents and we chat to Salvo’s about the vibrant Leeds scene.
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42 Headingley Music Festival The fourth annual festival has lined up another great programme at venues around Headingley.
54 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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the year. It also carries out commissions. Leeds City College uses the workshopâ€™s facilities to enhance its curriculum. In March Graphic Design students were set an assignment to design the logo for Leeds Young Film Festival. Festival organisers chose the winner, whose logo was printed onto T-shirts worn by staff and volunteers during the festival. Students also worked on a project inspired by Chumbawumba â€“ designing, screen-printing and framing posters for The Gallery at Flannels. For further information contact 0113 391 2547, inc. workshop@leedscitycollege. ac.uk or visit www.inc-yorkshire. com
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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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IS THE TROLLEYBUS RIGHT FOR THE A660? oncern about plans for the proposed NGT Trolleybus on the A660 continue to rise. Those voiced so far include the huge cost of the project; the actual need for such a system, when what appear to be better value alternatives that would cause less upheaval and damage, are available; the widespread environmental damage; the unsightliness of the gantries and overhead wires; the destruction of mature trees and grass verges; and, the negative effects on local business. At the recent West Park it would have preference; other Residents AGM, residents traffic would be delayed; and, voiced their concerns over there would be more congestion the numerous drawbacks of and more emissions because NGT - fewer stops and longer of it. As a joint deputation to the distances between stops; longer waits, as frequency of Council recently commented: trolleybuses would be around “Fundamentally, the Council 10 an hour, as opposed to the is being drawn into spending current 25 buses an hour; 2/3 money on a transport scheme of passengers would have to which is conceptually flawed. stand; the total number of The trolleybus is the wrong buses would be cut to about 13 transport medium on the wrong per hour; buses and trolleybus route. The scheme is not fit for would have different stops; the purpose and does not match the trolleybus would delay buses as aspirations of the city of Leeds.”
One of Leeds City Council’s ‘Five Values’ is to ‘Spend Money Wisely’. As more and more people become aware of these plans, more questions are being asked. NGT (New Generation Transport) is holding a number of ‘engagement events’ over the next couple of months where you can discuss your concerns.
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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.
She then contacted John Arbon Textiles in Devon and had a very small amount spun to see what it would be like. She thought it was fabulous and ‘Titus’ was born! She sent out samples to see what the reaction would be. With the number of US and Canadian customers increasing steadily, and given the cost of postage, she decided to seek out an agent and turned to a contact on Linked-In for help. Through them she ‘linked up’ with agents in Toronto and California. Seeing the interest it created, she decided to grab the bull by the horns, got in touch with West Yorkshire Spinners in Keighley, and started planning a new range of colours for Titus. The shades are inspired by Yorkshire surroundings. There’s Parkin (ginger), Chevin (green), and Bantam (a claret shade named for Bradford City FC). When we spoke, 500 kilos were being dyed and spun in Keighley. Then there was an enquiry from Kate Davies, a knitwear designer based in Shetland. She created a design, which she named ‘Catkin’ – a sweater with a simple cable. Then she blogged about the yarn and design and within 24 hours Baa Ram Ewe was inundated with orders from around the world! And, on 27th April Baa Ram Ewe opened a shop in Harrogate………who’s laughing now?
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 www.lth-unison.org. uk or email m.parkinson@ unison.co.uk
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Dolly Parton’s musical ‘Nine to Five’ is at Leeds Grand Theatre from Monday 27th May – Thursday 6th June and we are told on very good authority that it is fabulous! We recently called Jackie Clune, who plays ‘Violet’ in the show, and got caught up in her enthusiasm for the show that has been touring since October. Based on the hit movie, it centres around three office workers who turn the tables on their sexist, hypocritical bigot of a boss. Bonnie Langford plays ‘Roz’ and Amy Lennox is ‘Doralee’, the part played by Dolly in the film. “The three of us have a great rapport”, said Jackie. “We keep it fresh. I am the ‘boss’ of the trio and I have some cracking one-liners. But, behind the laughter, there is a serious story. I am a mother, bitter about being overlooked for promotion, desperately juggling work and family.” With four children, three of them triplets, Jackie probably knows a thing or two about that! She’s one of those people who is lucky enough to be multi-talented. “As a child I was always gobby and funny and I loved music”, she told us. Yet she started her career teaching drama. But the
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Lorna James (soprano) and Tom Henderson (piano) present a concert of British and American song and opera at St George’s Church, Leeds, on Friday 14th June at 7.30pm.
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 / www.lornajames.com). There will be a retiring collection for the performers.
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SUMMER SEASON AT BRAMHOPE’S PURITAN CHAPEL Following the success of last year’s Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations in Bramhope, the Parish Council is running a short Summer season of concerts at the Grade I listed Puritan Chapel. The first of three concerts is a Bach evening on Saturday 22nd June, featuring a quartet from Leeds College of Music. This will be followed on Saturday 6th July by the welcome return of the Derrick Harris Trio, plus a vocalist. The third concert, on Friday 12th July, is ‘Music for a Summer’s Evening’, led by the long standing Leeds Symphony Orchestra conductor Martin Binks. The unique Puritan Chapel, which dates from 1649, is located next to the Britannia Hotel on the A660 though Bramhope. The first phase of its restoration programme was recently completed, including an upgrade of its heating and lighting, leaving it an ideal setting for events. The concerts all start at 7.30pm and tickets are available from 0113 267 4360
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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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.
In Cloud Country is thoughtfully curated by Iwona Blaswick, director of London’s Whitechapel Art Gallery and Diane Howse, Countess of Harewood and an established artist in her own right, who has been instrumental in developing Harewood House as an artistic hub in the region. Some of her work also features in the exhibition. The curators told us how the idea for the exhibition came about by considering how art and nature seem inexorably linked and intertwined, reflecting one another. The very act of mixing paint and applying it to paper or canvas is, in itself, a form of natural chemistry. The exhibition is divided into seven sections each exploring different aspects of how artists communicate with and evoke nature – from a personal relationship with and perception of the natural world, to more wide ranging ecological and political themes. The variety of work is staggering, with pieces ranging from the eighteenth century
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
and varied collection of works, Iwona Blaswick speaks of being overwhelmed by “the generosity of the North..” with a number of pieces on loan from nearby galleries such as The Hepworth in Wakefield and York Art Gallery.
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The exhibition explores different aspects of how artists communicate with and evoke nature
THE SHAKESPEARE ROADSHOW! heatre 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
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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.
Perhaps the biggest change is the huge window into the kitchen. It brightens up that end of the restaurant as well as providing constant fascination. And, despite the fact that the restaurant was heaving (on a Thursday night), the white-clad chefs seemed remarkably calm! After a challenging encounter with the menu – so much to choose from and wanting everything! – we dived into starters including Thai Fishcakes, Deep Fried Corn Cakes, Scallops with
Garlic and Pepper and a sensational Spicy Hot and Sour Mixed Seafood Soup. The scallops were like three huge plumped up cushions presented on soup spoons – succulent, tender, peppery in a kind of black beany sauce with diced peppers. There was much ‘oohing and aaghing’ and comments about how Thai food was so light and flavoursome – the lemongrass, galangal and lime leaves coming through.
The scallops were like three huge plumped up cushions presented on soup spoons
Then on to the main course – there was Stir Fried Pork with Chilli and Basil, which packed a punch (the three chilli symbol could have been a giveaway!); Duck, stir-fried with garlic, black pepper, lime leaves, oyster sauce, lemongrass, onion, fresh chilli and crispy basil – which challenged the earlier comment about how light Thai food is! This delicious duck was really rich, with a touch of sweetness. There was definitely a lot going on in this dish! I opted for the Chef’s Seafood Special – a fabulous mix of scallops, mussels King prawns, squid and salmon in a green curry sauce. My one criticism is that it was a wee bit overcooked for my taste, but even so it was a definite winner. Sukothai had a real buzz about it. It was busy, friendly and efficient, and the service was superb. We rounded the meal off with Mango Cheesecake and Mango and Forest Fruits Sorbet (one person passed on dessert defeated by the duck!). It was a really lovely evening.
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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
endive supplier in Kirkstall, their great chicken provider. (“Taste, taste…. our new lemon tart recipe.”) Without the best ingredients you’ll never get the best results. And, don’t get them started on tomatoes! Italian tomatoes are the best in the world! Yes, along with a number of other Italian specialities, they import them directly from Italy for Gip and his team to work their magic.
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Leeds has a fantastic, independent food scene. The last thing we want is identikit shopping and eating
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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
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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.
News From Your Councillors COUNCILLORS DEMAND ACTION ON STREET PARTIES Councillor Janette Walker (Headingley) and colleagues on the Inner North West Area Committee have responded to residents’ concerns about the growing number of street parties and other large events in the area. The major point of concern has been around the granting of Temporary Event Notices (TENs), which are required if you wish to host large one-off events serving alcohol. Residents have highlighted the fact that it is impossible to object to a TEN application, unlike other licensing or planning applications. Current legislation states that only the Police or Environmental Health can object. However, an objection cannot be logged unless there have been problems with previous TENs by the same applicants or at the same location. Residents are concerned that this loophole will allow every TEN to be approved, providing there have been no incidents relating to the applicant or location in the past. Recent parties and events in Headingley have caused huge problems including noise nuisance and property damage. “Legislation relating to TENs is out of date and does not take into account the increasing number of large street parties and other events being held in North West Leeds and elsewhere”, said Councillor Janette Walker. “This loophole means TENs can be approved and residents have no power to object. I have asked that this issue be raised at the next full Council meeting, and I urge residents who are having trouble with large parties and events to get in touch with their Councillors.”
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They want to build 74,000 new homes over next 15 years - the Council that is. Well it’s not so much the Council as the government that has decreed that provision must be made for these new houses. That means nearly 5,000 houses and flats a year (we have to call them dwellings), as Leeds expands by about a quarter. Considering that even in the boom times Leeds seldom generated more than 3,000 houses a year, it’s obvious that all 74,000 houses simply won’t be built by 2028. It doesn’t make any sense but the city is still required to identify where that many houses could be built - sometime. This is only achievable at the expense of great tracts of green areas and green belt – and remember, once land gets outline planning permission there’s no going back. Thankfully we get some allowance for windfall sites – nothing to do with the lottery, merely an acknowledgement that
Adel & Wharfedale Ward Grounds Maintenance Programme 2013 – Parks & Countryside From April the Council’s Parks & Countryside section will be the single point of contact for all horticulture and arboriculture needs. This will provide more consistency and improved response to enquiries. A number of changes have been introduced and I am pleased to say that many of these were as a result of recommendations by the Scrutiny Board that I currently chair. Communal grass areas will be cut 14 times a year (March to October), with scheduled visits every 12 days. Shrub and rose beds will be visited every eight weeks to have litter and weeds removed, and every November a major prune and cultivation programme will be undertaken.
some development happens in locations not originally envisaged. It helps too that already designated but yet to be built housing sites can be taken into account, plus much of the existing PAS land (Protected Area of Search). Now you might reasonably suppose that PAS involves land protected from development. Not so, that would be too simple. It means the land is protected from development in case it’s needed for development. Thus speak the planners. That still leaves an awful lot of new housing plots to be identified and, in the best democratic tradition, you are to be consulted about all this. This could be just going through the motions of consultation because, in northern parts of the city, around 90% of all the potentially suitable sites will be needed anyway to make up the housing numbers. It’s like having the choice of being executed by hanging or firing squad, the outcome is essentially the same. It’s no matter that we don’t have the general infrastructure to support large scale development, including schools, roads and public transport, and never mind the environmental impact. It’s a grim prospect but coming to a much cherished green field site near you, hundreds of des. res. £50 deposit secures. email@example.com Reducing Domestic Burglary in Leeds The Council’s Executive Board received a report in April on the results of burglary reduction work in the city, which started in September 2011. A taskforce was established with the additional funding, bringing together the different agencies (Police, Probation Service, Youth Offending Team etc.). This resulted in a 40% reduction in burglary across the city. New technology is also being used, such as GPS tracking devices to manage offenders on release from prison. Working closer with the Crown Prosecution Service is resulting in increased sentencing of prolific burglary offenders. Organised crime groups are also being targeted and there have been a number of successful prosecutions for conspiracy to commit burglary. More work is being done with the families of offenders and a key part of the programme will be through the Safer Schools Partnership. Up to February 2013 there were 30% fewer burglaries in Leeds than in the previous 12 months. Adel & Wharfedale is 23rd out of 33 Wards on rates of offences with 108 offences in the last 12 months, a reduction of 34.1% over the last 12 months. In comparison with other cities outside London, Leeds has shown the greatest reduction. www.barryanderson.yourcllr.com Twitter @barryanderson19
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Horsforth Town Council Following the Annual Meeting in May, training for councillors will continue to ensure that Horsforth residents receive the best advice and help possible. The Council is working with your ideas and initiatives to further develop services. ‘Thank you’ to everyone who completed the Planning Committee questionnaire about potential development land. The responses reflect the many views people have about the general infrastructure and needs of the community. They
also identify brownfield sites that residents consider suitable for development, and those that Horsfordians value most. As we wait for the ‘In Bloom’ judges to visit, we’d like to encourage everyone to get involved, if only to make sure the roadway around their home is litter free. With your help, Horsforth will achieve a positive result. Thanks also to everyone who completed the street cleaning survey. The Community and Environment Committee will discuss this at their next meeting. This committee also supports the Summer band concerts in Hall Park. For a list of dates and bands, visit the Council website. Look out for the details of the Horsforth Gala, which we hope will be held at the end of June.
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For many years the Far Headingley Village Society has held a Wine Walk around local gardens. This popular event is eagerly anticipated every year. A friendly occasion, it is an excellent opportunity to meet old and new friends, to get to know your neighbours and admire some lovely gardens! It is also a chance to raise money for charity and this year the chosen charity is Marie Curie Cancer Care. So join the strollers from garden to garden, bring your friends and family (children free), enjoy a glass of wine or three and help to raise money for a good cause. The Far Headingley Village Society Annual Wine Walk is on Sunday 16th June, 2 – 6pm. Tickets (£9) include three glasses of wine and simple
food and are available from The Secret Garden Café, Weetwood Lane, Sebby’s Cafe on Otley Road and the gardens on the day. The participating gardens this year are at 37 Cottage Road, 9 St Chad’s Rise, 15 Claremont Drive.
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S U C C E S S F U L O P E N D AY MILLS IN THE he Neighbourhood Forum held its first public consultation on Saturday 20th April at Adel St John’s Primary School, giving Adel residents the opportunity to express their views on future land use in the area and other issues arising from these developments. We were advised that a successful and access services, and a need for day should attract about 100 people a place where children could play – in the event, 138 people turned up safely was proposed. A suggestion for and more than filled the response a skate park raised conflicting views. boards with their views. These will In terms of business and be collated and analysed and form employment, high speed broadband the basis for further research by six was seen as particularly important focus groups, which will cover such for home-based businesses and issues as Housing, Traffic, Education those with premises. Also helpful Provision, Heritage and Environment, would be an Information Centre for Community Services and Business business people to access services Support. and network together. What came across loud and Please do not hesitate to contact clear was that residents wished to me with your views on these or retain the leafy, rural character of any relevant issues. Check www. Adel and protect the green setting of adelneighbourhoodforum.co.uk for Adel Parish Church and other listed the latest news. buildings. There were also views on Ian Bond, footpaths which link up green space email@example.com Nick Brown, and cycle ways. In terms of housing design, a nick.brown@2B-architecture.com high level of support was received for maintaining the character of Adel, i.e. individuality amongst its properties. Strong themes emerged on the type of housing required, including the desire for smaller properties e.g. bungalows. Affordability was a theme for younger people to remain in or move back to the area. There were also messages proposing sheltered accommodation, perhaps warden-assisted care. Concerns were expressed on the challenges of being able to find a place at the two Adel Primary Schools, which are already oversubscribed and face increased demand due to development. Church Lane/Adel Lane has particular traffic problems being a ‘rat run’ for commuters and with sport on The Bedquilts causing congestion at weekends. Some worries were received on the impact of the New Generation Trolleybus on the current No.1 and No.28 services. A view was expressed regarding the lack of an identified community centre where residents could meet
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MEANWOOD VALLEY In addition to stone quarries, there were twelve mills with water wheels for power in the Meanwood Valley. There are mentions in ancient charters, of the association with Kirkstall Abbey. The old mill that once stood on the site of the former Highbury Works was sometimes referred to as ‘the mounks milne’. The stream, or beck, rises beyond Golden Acre Park and flows southward to join the River Aire in Leeds. The distance between the highest mill at Adel and the lowest near Woodhouse Cricket Ground is four and a half miles, and for three and a half of these the water was duplicated by being diverted into goits to fill mill ponds. The Meanwood Valley Trail passes most of the mill sites and traces of them can still be seen. Tanning was one of the main industries, and oak trees were planted to provide the tannic acid needed for the process. There was also paper making, flax spinning, dyeing, and an oil mill. In 1825, to ensure a supply of water in times of drought, a large reservoir covering twenty-five acres was built across the head of the stream. Four years later, in July, following torrential rain, water overflowed the embankment causing it to give way at midnight. Men at Adel Mill raised the alarm and two of them rode on horseback to warn mill owners down the valley. Serious damage was caused to property and livestock, but the people survived. The large reservoir is known now as Golden Acre Park lake. The coming of steam power saw the end of most of the industry but as late as 1914, at Valley Farm near to the Ring Road, there was a water wheel, driving millstones to grind corn, and people called at the mill to buy flour. Doreen Wood Meanwood Village Association.
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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. garforthartsfestival.co.uk. Tickets are available from Jumbo Records in St John’s Centre, Leeds, and Cielo Bookshop, 41 Main Street, Garforth
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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
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CERT: 12A - RUNNING TIME: 130 MINS Yes, it’s that time again – when I welcome you back to geek corner and give voice to my inner comic book nerd. What am I doing reviewing a Marvel superhero threequel, you may well ask? Well, it’s no secret that I’m kind of a sucker for this kind of nonsense. With traces of the fairly abysmal Iron Man 2 still lingering, and the surprise of The Avengers ending up much better than it had any right to be, I hoped this latest installment of the Iron Man franchise might expunge memories of the former and live up to the promise of the latter. With the hugely successful Marvel Studios, Hollywood has a bone fide cash cow on its hands and the steady stream of comic book superhero movies shows no signs of abating. Nor it seems does my long-standing Robert Downey Jr mancrush. His enviable charm, ineffable cool and sardonic manner helped elevate the first Iron Man above the second rate, effects laden twaddle it could so easily have been to something far more enjoyable. Downey Jr’s ability to carry a film is not in question, but here he needn’t shoulder the weight alone as Iron Man Three boasts a gathering of some considerable talent. First and foremost the appointment of writer-director Shane Black gives the franchise an invigorating shot of new blood. This may be Black’s first foray into comic book territory but he’s no stranger to action. He pretty much defined the odd couple-buddy cop movie with Lethal Weapon and directed Downey Jr in his brilliant Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (seek it out if you’ve not seen it). This is probably Black’s first experience of helming such a CGI heavy project, and managing the big action set pieces may not be his strong suit, but when playing to
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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TRIBUTE TO NICK DRAKE AT HYDE PARK PICTURE HOUSE Had he not died tragically at the age of 26, singersongwriter 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 Londonbased 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 psychogeographer 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.hydeparkpicturehouse.co.uk The Picture House will have a Temporary Events Notice for this evening enabling the sale of alcohol.
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The fourth annual Headingley Music Festival opens on Friday 7th June with the Matt Roberts’ Quintet playing the tunes of the legendary trumpeter Lee Morgan at HEART, Bennett Road, at 8pm, setting the standard for another fabulous local festival. A great programme has been on Friday 14th; Opera Tasters lined up by, HEART, Headingley @ HEART on 15th; and Stuart Development Trust, Café Lento, McCallum Trio returns to Café Headingley Methodist Church, Lento on Monday 17th June. Leeds Combined Arts, OWLS, On Friday 21st June (8pm) Roots and Shire Oak School. there’ll be an opportunity to Sharpe Intake will play at soak up the sounds of Cuba Headingley Farmers’ Market and Latin America with popular on Saturday 8th and there’s ‘Tarantisimo’ at Café Lento and a Choral Concert with Alan CoMa (Comtemporary Music Cuckston Singers at Headingley for All) will be there on 26th. Methodist Church that evening. Rounding off the festival on Comedy duo ‘Bush & McCluskey’ bring their comic Friday 28th June, will be dynamic musical fantasy ‘The Loves I duo ‘Hat Fritz & Cara Robinson’ haven’t known’ to HEART on a combination of hill-style blues Wednesday 12th June. Enjoy with old time folk, playing at The some free traditional Irish music New Headingley Club. Book your tickets now! with Des Hurley at Café Lento on Thursday 13th July; James Tickets available from the Browne + Friends are there various venues.
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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.
Al Morrison Blues Experience Thurs 13 June, Seven Arts, £10-£12. Music of the great blues artists BB King, Robert Johnson, T-Bone Walker, Ray Charles, Eric Clapton & more. Seth Lakeman Fri 14 June, Howard Assembly Rooms, £19.50. English Folk singer-songwriter & multiinstrumentalist Back Door Fri 14 June, Seven Arts, Chapel Allerton. £10-£12. Arguably one of most original jazz/blues trios back on the road after 30 year hiatus! These Monsters + Blacklisters + Hawk Eyes Sat 15 June, Wharf Chambers, £5. 1. Jazzy, melodic punk. 2. Aggressive rock in a Shellac & Jesus Lizard style. 3. Unrelenting noise merchants mixing tech-metal guitar riffs & brutal drumming. James O’Hara Band Sat 15 June, 1 – 4pm Seven Arts. £5/ £4. Outstanding rock‘n’rollblues guitarist & singer. The Blue Aeroplanes: Beatsongs 20th Anniversary Tour Mon 17 June, Brudenell Social Club, £10. Eclectic mix of rock, folk, roots, pop & poetry; a blur of dulcimers, bagpipes, turntables, dancing & lots of guitars. Emily & The Woods + Sam Brookes + Anwyn Williams Tues 18 June,The Cockpit, £6. Melancholic folk with a bluesy soulful edge. Chelsea Light Moving Tues 18 June, Brudenell Social Club, £15. Led by Sonic Youth founder Thurston Moore. Playing over-amped hyper electric guitar & singing rawglam-destructo vocals. Black Dog Blues Band Tues June 18th Chemic Tavern, 9pm, free. Hhigh-energy blues & rock Fusebox Extra: Metamorphic + Royst Thurs 20 June, Seven Arts , £6-£8. Dynamic Jazz outfit combines raw spontaneity
& 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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HANNAH ACHIEVES BRITISH DIVING RECORD
The Six Dales Trail, a 38-mile (61kms) walk, was launched in 2010 with the support of the North Yorkshire County Council, the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the Long Distance Walkers Association and has been named among the top walking holidays in the UK. The Trail starts in Otley and heads north. It runs the entire length of the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, traversing some of the finest dales landscapes in Yorkshire and crossing the five watersheds that separate the six dales. From Wharfedale it proceeds to Washburndale, then on into Nidderdale, Colsterdale and Coverdale, before finally reaching Wensleydale and ending in the market town of Middleham. The scenic variety of the route is one of its outstanding features – fast flowing rivers, peaceful reservoirs,
lush forests, wide open spaces, vast moorlands, historic castles, ruined abbeys and quaint villages provide ever changing points of interest. Hundreds of walkers have now completed either the entire route or various sections of it. New stiles, fingerposts, roundels and bridges have been installed at strategic points along the way. The Trail’s many paths are regularly checked, maintained and improved. Whether out for a day’s walking or intent on completing the entire route, The Six Dales Trail is an ideal way for walkers of all abilities to experience the beauty of these six, very different Dales landscapes. A full list of accommodation available along the length of the Trail can be found at www.waw-otley. org.uk. The 48-page guidebook is available from www.sixdalestrail. org.uk
Olympic diver Hannah Starling, an upper sixth student at The Grammar School at Leeds, recently achieved a British diving record and new personal best in the World Series - six competitions open to the top eight from the Olympics or World Championships. Hannah, who finished 13th and reached the semifinals at last Summer’s Olympics, qualified for the World Series after five divers above her retired from competitive diving. At the third of the six World Series events in Edinburgh, Hannah, the World Junior bronze medallist, took seven points off her personal best (PB) to qualify for the 3m springboard final. She then extended her PB to 338.20 to finish fourth in the final, a mere two points away from a bronze and attaining a new British record.
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Having endured the wettest summer on record and a cold, snowy winter, golfers across the county would be excused for showing their frustration at not being able to play. Cookridge Hall, however, was determined not to give in to the weather and stepped up its programme of social and charitable ventures to keep members and guests entertained in the run up to the new golfing season. Recently they have held evenings with Premiership Football referees Martin Atkinson and Jon Moss, who provided an insight into the world of refereeing, and hosted their own version of the X Factor, where members were subjected to some truly remarkable entertainment! Last year the club trialed a ‘Super League’s Best Golfer’ event. The response from players was tremendous, and former Bradford Bulls player Chris Nero took the honours with a magnificent 76 gross. This year entries are invited from golfers to accompany Super League players in an Am-Am
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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
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HEADINGLEY YOUTH MUSIC FESTIVAL Once again, the Youth Music Festival at Shire Oak Primary School, Wood Lane, Headingley, on Saturday 15th June (12 noon to 4pm), will celebrate the rich musical talent to be found in schools and organisations throughout Headingley and the neighbouring area. There will be live music from young people at every stage of learning – from school class groups, individual singers/ songwriters, to established ensembles and groups. There will also be plenty of opportunities to make music by joining in with the scratch choir, experimenting with digital music and signing up for taster sessions on a wide variety of instruments. A variety of activities is planned. As well as the music workshops and making musical instruments, there will be art and craft sessions, circus skills and much more. Stalls, refreshments and Summer fete games make this a fun day for the whole family. Entry is free and most activities are free. (There will be a collection to help fund the event.)
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SUMMER SCHOOL RJC Dance, based at the Mandela Centre, Leeds, is dedicated to developing the creative potential of young people by offering regular opportunities 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 through a relationship to dance. The provision of community initiatives and our new 2013 Summer School add to the myriad of opportunities RJC offers.” RJC Dance is gifted in engaging young people from all backgrounds, no previous experience is necessary. The Summer School 2013 aims to unlock potential and style rather than limiting the dance experience to the perfection of technique. The Summer School 2013 will deliver contemporary, carnival/soca, reggae and urban dance styles. For details, contact 0113 239 2040 or email@example.com
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HEADART Community Art Group Wed 10am – 12 noon at HEART, Bennett Rd. Headingley. Meet new friends & share creative abilities. Open to all with creative craft interests. Details: Michael 07840 797747
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Horsforth Arts Society meets Wed, 7.30pm The Studio, 15 Back Lane, Horsforth. June 5: pen & wash workshop with Alan Goodall. June 8: Practical. June 22: Outside Sketching in Horsforth Park. Details: 259 0259, www.horsforthartsociety. wordpress.com
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COFFEE MORNINGS, FAIRS & MARKETS Adel St John the Baptist Coffee Morning Sat 1 June, 10.30am – 12 noon in The Stables, Back Chuch Lane. Homemade scones & cakes. Bramhope Market 2nd Sat of each month, 10am – 1pm Robert Craven Hall, Old Lane, Bramhope Fresh fruit & veg, good food, home baking & crafts.
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Swarthmore Table Top Sale Sat 22 June, 11am – 4pm at Swarthmore, 2-7 Woodhouse Sq. LS3. Donate goods in excellent condition to Swarthmore or reserve tables for just £10. Activities & refreshments. For ‘Raise the Roof’ campaign. Details: Wendy 243 2210, wendy. firstname.lastname@example.org Leeds Festival Chorus Plant & Produce Sale Sat 8 June, 11.30am – 2.30pm, St Chad’s Parish Centre, Otley Rd. Far Headingley. Bedding, basket, perennial, indoor & vegetable plants; homemade cakes, biscuits, jams & chutneys; craft,
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cards & book stalls. Entry £1/ 50p U-12s. Details: 07957 421430 GROUPS/CLUBS Adel Bridge Club meets Fri, 7.15pm Adel Memorial Hall, Church Lane. Relaxed Chicago Bridge club. New members all abilities welcome. No partner needed. Details: Janice 230 6387 or 07713 402405 Adel Crag Community Assoc. keeps you informed about what is happening in your neighbourhood Up-to-date information on local news, events etc. Details: Francis Garbutt 261 0846, www.adelcrag. org.com Air Yorkshire Aviation Society Interested in aviation, aircraft old & new, airports? Regular guest speakers, trips & social events. Details: Dave Senior 282 1818, www.airyorkshire.org.uk Bradford Circle for Foreign Languages Italian Section Tues, French Section Thurs. 7.30 – 9pm at 10 Eldon Place, Bradford. BD1 3AZ. Speakers, debates, quizzes, music, games & conversation in Italian or French. Details: Italian - Chris Thomas 07900 988345, French Philip Booth 01274 817209, www. bradfordcirclefor-foreignlanguages. org.uk Bramhope in Bloom Awarded ‘Silver Gilt’ 2012. New projects planned. Volunteers most welcome. Details: Kit Hemsley 203 7666, kit. email@example.com.
Bramhope Bridge Club meets Mon 1pm, & Tues & Thurs 7pm, Robert Craven Memorial Hall, Old Lane. Friendly duplicate bridge sessions. New members welcome. Details: Leslie Brown 250 2378 Cookridge Methodist Community Film Society Enrolling now for new season Oct – April. 7 films @ £20 or 5 films @£17. Shown on giant screen in Church Hall. Details: Shirley 267 2464 Cookridge Gardening Club Sun 30 June - coach outing to Tatton Park & Gardens. Call Katherine Hill 267 1858 for availability. Remember to prepare for Annual Sept Show. Photography classes are wheels, Interesting lines, seed heads, rocks/ pebbles, Cookridge landscape. Delicious Bites Cookery Group meets Tues 1 – 3pm, All Hallows Church, 24 Regent Tce. Hyde Park LS6. Share recipes & learn to prepare cuisine from around the world. Demonstrations, tastings. Details: 318 8960, bitesdelicious@ yahoo.co.uk Friends Hunger Hills Woods hold regular work parties 2nd Sat - Meet 10am Hall Lane opp children’s playground. Details: Paul Shagouri 258 3140, leelanefarm@hotmail. com Friends of Lawnswood Cemetery Action Days 1st Sat each month to help tidy the cemetery. Under supervision of Parks & Countryside Ranger. Meet 10am in main car
park, Otley Rd. Tools & hot drinks provided. Friends of Leeds City Museums raise funds to finance acquisitions for Leeds’ museums, through range of exciting trips & social events. New members welcome. Details: 269 3899, firstname.lastname@example.org Greenpeace Leeds meet 1st Mon of month, 6.30pm Wharf Chambers, Wharf St, LS2. Join the growing action to protect our forests, oceans & stop climate chaos. Details: Joe 07929 610773, www.greenpeace. org.uk/groups 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 & Role Playing Games. Details: 275 9762, http://headingleygamesclub.com Holt Park Tenants & Residents Association Provides a voice for residents & tenants in Holt Park area. Regular monthly meetings at Ralph Thoresby School. Details: Alan Mann 07901 656886, www. holtparktra.btck.co.uk Horsforth in Bloom Meets Sat 1 June, 10am Horsforth Museum. Helpers always welcome to help plan work for Summer Judging & stall at Horsforth Gala 29 June. Sat 8 June HiB members will be packing bags at Morrisons to raise money to put on a Bloomin’ Good Show! Details: 258 3521.
Horsforth Cemetery Needs Volunteers! Friendly group would love some new members. Meet inside gates of Horsforth Cemetery (adjacent to Park Lane College) Calverley Lane, 1st Sat, 10am – 12 noon. Details: 07960 221417 Horsforth Duplicate Bridge Club Weds 7.15pm & Thurs 1.15–4.30pm The Horsforth Club, New Road Side. New members welcome. Details: Mike Bent 258 1580 Horsforth Museum Family History Meeting Sat 29 June, 2pm in Stanhope Room. For beginners wishing to start researching their ancestors. All welcome. £2. Horsforth Retired People’s Club meets 2nd & 4th Thurs, 9.30 – 11am St Margaret’s Parish Centre. Speakers & time to socialise. Visitors & new members welcome. Details: Everett Cooke 258 9149, Beryl Harland 258 6907 Human Writes in Leeds (HWIL) meets monthly, central Leeds (daytime). Participants bring short piece of their writing for discussion. Details: Warwick 228 8584, email@example.com Kaleidoscope Social Club for over 50s & unattached with zest for life. Monthly programme of events. Not a dating agency. Details: 262 1455 or 261 2619, www.kaleidoscopeleeds. weebly.com
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