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NORTH LEEDS Life C O N N E C T I N G YO U TO T H E C O M M U N I T Y

MEANWOOD’S WORLD CHAMPION CLAIRE O’HARA

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Dear Readers, Well, who expected all that ice and snow? But, don’t let it get you down – Spring is definitely on the way! This month, we’re delighted to bring you news of Meanwood’s Claire O’Hara’s fantastic success in the world of kayaking. Headingley’s fifth LitFest is about to roll into town and the programme is jam-packed with great events. And, in the centenary year of Antarctic explorer Captain Lawrence Oates’s death, Eveleigh Bradford takes a look at his life in ‘They Lived in Leeds’.

MEANWOOD’S WORLD CHAMPION CLAIRE O’HARA

HEADINGLEY’S FIFTH LITFEST COMES TO TOWN CAPTAIN LAWRENCE OATES IS REMEMBERED

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Claire O’Hara World Champion!

The girl from Meanwood who is World Champion in Freestyle Kayak, and World, European, and British Champion Squirt Boat Kayaking!

The whole area seems to have burst into song, with two major choral presentations, an opera and an operetta coming up. The Carriageworks has a couple of interesting shows scheduled, and the 13th Young People’s Film Festival has some fantastic new and unseen films from around the world for young people of all ages. There are lots of other little newsy bits, a review of a meal at Medusa Bar in Horsforth and much more – so read on! In April we hope that the weather will have picked up and we’ll have an expanded garden feature. The deadline for editorial is 1st March and for advertising it’s 9th March. So, do send us your news and suggestions. We look forward to hearing from you. Kind regards

Carole, Jack and the team

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Burglaries Against Students Down

Thanks to the work of the West Yorkshire Police and the Knowledge Campaign, burglaries are down 48%

10 What’s Happening with The Royal Park

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Headingley’s Fifth LitFest Comes Storming into Town! The theme of the festival is ‘Lingo’ and All kinds of events will be taking place throughout March

12 They Lived in Leeds: Captain Lawrence Oates

Captain Lawrence Oates, a true explorer and very brave man is remembered

16 Step it Up – Don’t Shut it Down Helpful Hints for business in the downturn

22 Review: Medusa Bar, Horsforth The Queen of Teen’s Angus, Thongs and Even More Snogging at WYP


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BURGLARIES AGAINST STUDENTS DOWN THANKS TO CAMPAIGNS BY STUDENTS AND POLICE

Thanks to the work of the West Yorkshire Police and the Knowledge Campaign, last December saw a 48% reduction in burglaries against students in Leeds, when compared to the previous year.

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NORTH LEEDS LIFE 265A OTLEY RD, WEST PARK, LEEDS, LS16 5LN West Yorkshire Police has been working alongside student volunteers to provide students and local residents with tips on how to avoid being burgled, and encouraging them to register their property on the website Immobilise. As a result, around 5,500 residents in North West Leeds have now signed up to Immobilise, a free online service that allows you to register high value property. Immobilise forms part of a wider initiative that will see West Yorkshire Police rolling out new scanning devices targeting suspected buyers and sellers of stolen goods. These devices

discouraging the receivers of stolen property, we aim to reduce the demand for stolen goods and make burglary less profitable for opportunist criminals�, said PC Mark Bottomley, the Safer Students Officer at Leeds Metropolitan University. The student crime prevention campaign Knowledge has also been running a series of events to help students avoid crime in the city. Recent activity has been made possible thanks to support from Spencer Properties and Safer Leeds.

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LEEDS LAUNCHES AUTISM STRATEGY Leeds City Council has launched a new strategy to raise awareness and improve the wellbeing of adults living with autism in the city. The National Autistic Society estimates that as many as one in a hundred people in the UK may be living with autism. This statistic was a key factor in the council’s decision to produce the new strategy, and to make sure that appropriate care and support is in place.

autism are being met. “Autism is a very misunderstood condition, and with more cases than ever before being diagnosed, the council has acted positively by developing this strategy with its partners”, said Lucinda Yeadon, executive board member with responsibility for adult health and social care.

Leeds Plugs in to Initiative to Recycle Kettles and Toasters

New bottle bank-style containers are being introduced in Leeds to increase the recycling rates for small electrical items. 70% of kettles, toasters and other small electrical items are buried in landfill each year, and this scheme will encourage people to dispose of these in the mobile containers.

Paul Adderley from Change with Councillor Lucinda Yeadon One of the main aims of the Leeds Adult Autism Strategy is to raise awareness and ensure that specialist support is available within public-facing services. A partnership board, made up of representatives from council departments, the health service, the voluntary sector and including people on the autistic spectrum and their carers, has been set up to monitor progress and make sure that the needs of people with

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“The strategy aims to address the fact that adults with autism have consistently fallen through gaps in the system. It will help services, including health and social care, education, employment, the justice system, sport and leisure, and wider society to have a better understanding of the condition.” The Leeds Adult Autism Strategy can be found at www.leeds.gov.uk

The joint recycling initiative named ‘WEEEBATS’ (Waste Electronic and Electrical Equipment incorporating Battery recycling) between Leeds City Council and the company Weeelink have recently installed the new containers at 11 sites across Leeds and more sites may be added to help Leeds achieve a 55% recycle rate by 2020. The new containers are located at Sainsbury’s Otley, Colton and White Rose. Morrison’s in Kirkstall and Wetherby, Waitrose in Meanwood, The Headingley Taps pub on North Lane, and Leeds University, Lifton Place. For details of your nearest site visit www.leeds.gov.uk/recycleforleeds


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WHAT’S HAPPENING WITH THE ROYAL PARK SCHOOL BUILDING? Royal Park School closed more than seven years ago because “there weren’t enough pupils”. Today, local schools have all had to add extra classrooms and are still overcrowded. The Royal Park Community Consortium (RPCC) set out to develop the school building for the benefit of residents in the Hyde Park area, to advance education and to provide facilities in the interests of social welfare, recreation and other leisure pursuits. RPCC raised nearly £30,000 – which, unfortunately, went to pay professional fees accrued when preparing a bid for the Council, and the failed Community Builders bid. We still need to raise more for the architect’s fees, plus £3,000 to cover the ‘costs’ of the Council taking the occupiers, who were in the process of repairing the building, to court. Last September Leeds City Council engaged Leeds Ahead to work with the RPCC to draw up a list of ways forward for the site and RPCC presented the Council with a list of alternatives. Director Sue Buckle contacted Richard Lewis, executive member responsible for city development, because a group of local councillors (INWAC) had voted unanimously to ask the Council to asset-transfer the building. However, Richard Lewis, through the YEP, responded that the Council felt unable to do that.

There is no grand funding available to the area to cover the £3,000,000 (minimum) required for a commercial refurbishment, so the way forward now seems to be to go back to basics. Through volunteer professionals and labour, and gifted materials, together with fundraising, the idea is to gradually bring the building back into use. All the RPCC has to do is convince the Council Executive Board of this. We are now gathering offers of help from building professions, suppliers and volunteer workers, to develop an organisational plan. The caretaker’s house could be habitable in two months and give RPCC a proper base.

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In 2012 there are several specific tasks: to develop the DIY – Big Build idea; to organise ‘Pay-off of the LCC debt’ events; and to start developing ideas around RPCC’s charitable aims. The RPCC attained charitable status last September. Paul Hudson Royal Park Community Consortium admin@royalparkschool.org

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The theme for this year’s Lent Lunches is ‘Thy Kingdom Come’. The lunches (£2.50) will all be held at Headingley Methodist Church, opposite The Arndale Centre, 12.30 – 1.30pm. The speakers are as follows: 2 March: ‘Rejection’ with Rev Robin Walford, Church of England 9 March: ‘Investment’ with Rev Mgr Anthony Boylan, Roman Catholic 16 March: ‘Another Kingdom’ with Rev Peter Clarkson, United Reformed Church 23 March: ‘Reward’ with Rev Libby Toomsalu, Lutheran Church 30 March: ‘Recession’ with Rev Nigel Howarth, Baptist Church

The ‘Big 30’ – Celebrating Sylvia Wright’s Work in India The Sylvia Wright Trust is inviting individuals and groups to help them celebrate the ‘Big 30’ – to mark Sylvia Wright’s 30 years of selfless dedication to her projects in India. Over the 30 years, since she left her job as senior lecturer in Nursing Studies at Leeds Polytechnic (now Leeds Metropolitan University), sold her home and possessions in Adel and moved to India, she has established a modern 220 bed hospital, a boarding school for 210 profoundly deaf children, two day centres for severely disabled children, vital community health projects, and a nursing college which now has 60 students. For the ‘BIG 30’ the Trust is suggesting that people aim for 30 – hold 30 coffee mornings, fund 30 hearing aids or laptops for the school, find 30 new venues for their speakers, etc. The trust, based in North Leeds, has no paid staff or premises; this ensures that 97% of all funds raised go directly to helping Sylvia continue her work. All donations, however small, are gratefully received. At 74, Sylvia is working as hard as ever. In April she will be in Leeds and there will be a special Service of Celebration and Thanksgiving at Leeds Cathedral at 2.30pm on Sunday 22nd April. The Lord Mayor, Church leaders and other community representatives will be there. There will also be an Open Meeting with Sylvia on Thursday 19th April, 10am in Otley Methodist Church Hall. Everybody is welcome. For further information visit www.sylviawright.org, or contact Tony Allinson, Chairman on 0113 2675735 or chairman@ sylviawright.org

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THEY LIVED IN LEEDS CAPTAIN LAWRENCE OATES, 1880-1912

Soldier and Explorer - member of the Scott Antarctic Polar Expedition, 1910/12 ‘A Very Gallant Gentleman’ This month marks the centenary of Lawrence Oates’ death, which established him as an inspirational model of courage, self-sacrifice and understated heroism. His final words, recorded by Captain Scott in his diary, remain etched in the world’s memory 100 years on. Lawrence was born in Putney on 17th March 1880, the eldest son of William and Caroline Oates, both from Meanwood, Leeds. His father, William (1841-1896) was brought up at Meanwoodside, the house built by his grandfather in what is now Meanwood Park, and his mother, Caroline (1854-1937) was the daughter of the foundry owner Joshua Buckton of nearby West Lea, Meanwood. (Both houses are gone now). Lawrence’s father came from a wealthy background and could afford to pursue his gentlemanly interests in travel and natural history. The family lived initially in London and then bought Gestingthorpe Hall, an idyllic Georgian manor house in Essex. However there were frequent visits back to Leeds, and Lawrence spent time as a child and a young man at Meanwoodside with his uncle Charles Oates, and also at nearby Hollin House which the family owned. (On his uncle’s death in 1902 he inherited a half share in Meanwoodside.) After prep school, Lawrence was sent to Eton, but had to leave after two years because of illness. Then, when he was only 16, his father died suddenly of typhoid on a family visit to Madeira. His uncle at Meanwoodside became his guardian, but his formidable mother was his mainstay and their relationship was especially close. Lawrence’s heart was set on a military career, but despite intense cramming he failed to get into Oxford, the usual route to a commission. Instead he joined the volunteer militia, and in 1900 the Boer War provided the opportunity of a commission in the elite 6th Inniskilling Dragoons. He served with distinction, and subsequently served in Ireland, Egypt, and India, winning promotion to Captain.

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He was a keen huntsman, horseman and yachtsman, with a thirst for action and adventure. Army life in India was beginning to pall when he read of Captain Scott’s proposed Antarctic expedition in 1910. He applied to join, offering £1,000 towards expedition funds. He was accepted on the strength of his military record and his expertise with horses, as Scott planned to use ponies to haul the sledges. But he had no part in the selection of the ponies, which he later described as ‘cripples’, the first of several sources of discontent. He joined the expedition ship in London in Spring 1910 for the long voyage south. They landed at Cape Evans to lay down depots of stores in early 1911. During this exercise and the following winter he won admiration for his hard work and care of the ponies. Though independent and taciturn, he was well liked and respected, but was often at odds with Scott. Nevertheless in January 1912 he was selected by Scott to be in the final party of five to make for the Pole.

The five men never returned. The rest of the team had to wait through the winter before a search party could set out. In November 1912 they found the tent in which the bodies of Captain Scott and two of his companions lay, starved and frozen, only 11 miles from supplies. Evans and Oates were missing. The diary Captain Scott left told the tragic story: their arrival at the Pole, only to find that the Norwegian Amundsen had got there before them; the agonies of the return journey, hauling their sledges through crippling weather; the death of Evans, and Oates’ appalling suffering from frostbite; his final decision to leave the tent in the midst of the blizzard and walk to his death, hoping to save his comrades. The diary recorded his now famous last words – ‘I am just going outside and I may be some time’. The search party could not find Oates’ body, but erected a memorial cairn to commemorate ‘a very gallant gentleman’. News of the fate of the expedition reached the world in February 1913. The international press fell upon the story: the tragic outcome was translated into victory and ‘deathless glory’. Oates’ death in particular struck a powerful emotional chord. Many memorials were erected to him - two in Leeds, in the Parish Church and at Meanwood Church. At Gestingthorpe, Oates’ mother remained in mourning all her life; she preserved his letters and diaries but ordered them to be destroyed when she died. However, extracts from his diaries and letters were published in the 1970s, when his critical comments on Scott and the expedition’s organisation opened the door for revisionist views of Scott’s competence and even of Oates’ own death. Later writers like Ranulph Fiennes have redressed the balance, giving particular value to Scott’s scientific programme, and underlining the enduring emotive power of Oates’ chosen end. His quiet heroism will be remembered and celebrated in many places this year, including at the site of the Oates home in Meanwood.

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Partner Lynn Durham is also a qualified family mediator, a particularly useful service as emphasis is being placed on mediation in family disputes. The mediator can help to facilitate reaching an agreement that suits both involved parties.

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STEP IT UP – DON’T SHUT IT DOWN! I often hear companies blaming the economy for their business woes. “People aren’t buying right now”, they say. Or, “With the economy this bad, we can’t...” Or, “When the economy improves, we’ll...” But what if the economy doesn’t improve any time soon? What if the conditions we are experiencing are the conditions for the foreseeable future? What might that suggest about how you should be marketing your business? Of course, economic recessionary conditions and the cycles from consumer confidence to gloom and doom are not new. Some of us have seen it all before. But, what if these conditions persists for years, at what point do you simply accept them as the way things are? Perhaps that point should be right now. Instead of waiting for an economic recovery to turn your business around, you could begin to turn it around yourself. Here are some thoughts on how to get started. 1. Set sales goals and make a plan to reach them.

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LINKS TO THE PAST? In 1901 Headingley Golf Club was located at Moor Grange Farm, and the census records Joseph Swift (aged 63) as the golf club caretaker living at the golf links.

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MEDUSA BAR – THERE’S MORE THERE THAN MEETS THE EYE

Luke Pankard, Manager & Chef, Roy Dickinson We’d heard good things about Medusa Bar on Town Street in Horsforth, so we decided we’d pop in one evening recently What a great little place! Well ‘little’ hardly describes it – it’s a bit of a tardis. Rather than the wide open space of some bars, Medusa is warm, welcoming and splits off into cosy, intimate little areas with comfortable leather couches and coffee tables. No wonder Leeds Book Club, a wine club, and local networking group have chosen Medusa for their meetings. Make your way past these and you come to their little restaurant area which has about 30 covers. Of course you can eat anywhere in Medusa, but if you fancy being a little more formal – it’s there. The decor is very seventies – with walls covered with cabin drawer fronts, like from an ocean liner from the ‘50s – not that I’ve ever been on an ocean liner in the 50s, but I imagine the drawers were like this! One thing that had tempted us in was hearing that Roy Dickinson, who was head chef at Brasserie 44 for some time (winning two rosettes and ‘Best Restaurant in West Yorkshire’ while he was there), was now in charge of Medusa’s kitchen. Well, you can’t go wrong, can you? 22 March 2012 | northleedslife.co.uk

We settled in (imagining life on an opulent ocean liner) and perused the menu. Not extensive, but I like that. I’m always suspect of a place that offers too much. I was seduced by the specials of the day – Moules Meunière with crusty bread and lots of luscious, creamy sauce, followed by halibut on a bed of linguini with a rich bisque sauce and surrounded by mussels and baby clams – mm mmm! The green beans with chilli and garlic were the perfect accompaniment. Jack managed to eat his pan fried King scallops on pea purée with crispy pancetta (£7.95) far too quickly as I didn’t even get a taste! To make it worse he told me how succulent they had been! Always tempted by a bit of pork, he opted for the slow cooked pork shank on truffle mash, with a subtle cider and thyme sauce (£13.95). The tender, juicy pork just fell off the bone.

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IS RUDDIGORE BASED ON THE NOTORIOUS MURGATROYD FAMILY OF EAST RIDDLESDEN HALL?

A mystery concerning a link between East Riddlesden Hall, Keighley, and Gilbert and Sullivan’s operetta, Ruddigore, was recently solved by a member of the Bingley Gilbert and Sullivan Society. Gilbert is said to have visited the Hall and to have based some of Ruddigore’s characters on the notorious Murgatroyd, family who lived there in the 17th century. John Murgatroyd, a wealthy wool merchant, and his three sons had a reputation for debauchery and financial corruption. William Brigg, a wealthy industrialist from Keighley, wrote to W.S Gilbert in March 1888, asking whether or not there was a link. The reply he received from Gilbert stated: “my selection of the name Murgatroyd was purely accidental and had no relation whatever to the antecedents of any person bearing that name”. So mystery solved! Ruddigore or The Witches Curse, is a tale of love and torment relating to

the curse put on all the baronets of Ruddigore – namely, that if they did not commit a crime every day they would die! As in all of Gilbert and Sullivan’s works, all is resolved with wit and charming music, love conquers in the end and everyone is happy!

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HEADINGLEY’S FIFTH LITFEST COMES STORMING INTO TOWN! The line-up for the fifth Headingley LitFest is quite amazing. Events of every kind will be taking place throughout March, beginning with a talk on Irish Gaelic, with music, on 2nd March. The general theme of the festival is Lingo, which seems to cover everything from translation and dialect to the imaginative use of language and the patter of stand-up comedians. There is plenty of poetry, a generous helping of prose, assorted musicians and some famous and not-yet-famous names in an annual literary celebration, organised completely by volunteers, which must be the envy of other areas of Leeds.

Mila Dores will sing at Café Lento’s Iberian Evening on Tuesday 13 March 8pm

one of the most beautiful and romantic films about the effects of poetry will be shown at Cottage Road Cinema on 19 March.

It is not all sitting and listening: this year there are opportunities to get more deeply involved, in various kinds of workshop. Would-be entertainers can learn how to raise a laugh with Mike Nelson on 10th March, emerging singers might want to attend Fuzzy Jones’s lyric-writing session on the following day, and story-telling enthusiasts will be welcome at both of Murray Edscer’s workshops on 14th and 17th March. The Poetic Lingo evening on 15th March has as guests not only Paul Adrian, winner of the 2010 Poetry Society National Competition, and Lucy Newlyn, Professor of Language and Literature at Oxford University, but also two of the students from Lawnswood who won the LitFest Poetry Slam last year. The following week, on 23rd March, under the heading Poetry Under Occupation, poets from Poland, Ireland and Palestine will be featured, with a guest appearance from famous Palestinian singer Reem Kelani. Local playwright, musician and radio presenter Peter Spafford and friends will lead the entertainment on 17th March in Scriptophilia, and Il Postino,

Peter Spafford will lead the entertainment in Scriptophilia Saturday 17 March 7.30pm at HEART Tickets can be booked in advance from the Grand Theatre 0844 848 2700, online at www.leedsgrandtheatre.com, at HEART and on the door at each event. Further information: 07789 976854, www.headingleylitfest.org.uk. Latest news and reviews at www.headingleylitfest.blogspot.com and programme details at www.hlfprogramme.blogspot. com

Venues include HEART on Bennett Road, New Headingley Club and various cafés as usual and, for the first time, Left Bank on Cardigan Road – the only venue big enough to contain the capacity audience expected for poet Ian McMillan on 16th March. Even the tiny Mint Café on North Lane is taking part, with a Lebanese Evening at 8.30pm on 12th March involving Arabic poetry, belly dancing and baklava pastries. Earlier that same evening at Headingley Library Rosalind Harvey will look at the joys and challenges of literary translation in a talk with the intriguing title Pig’s Head Stew, La Chingada and Mexican Chavs abroad. It is expected that the audience will move down the road to sample the sweet Lebanese morsels after the meat and savouries.

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IT’S NOT WHAT YOU SAY IT’S THE WAY THAT YOU SAY IT We all know that some voices are more engaging than others. Is it simply down to accent? A sexy French voice scores high in the romance stakes, while financial advertising is often presented in the reassuring tones of Aberdeen or Halifax. Upbeat Geordie is great for cheering you up, while Scouse can inject wit into a simple order for tea and cake.

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Messiah as Handel First Heard It St Peter’s Singers, accompanied by the National Festival Orchestra, present a special Good Friday performance of Handel’s Messiah on Friday 6th April, 7pm in Leeds Parish Church.

A number of the composer’s first versions of famous numbers he subsequently altered will be given a rare outing on this occasion, including the lyrical And lo! the angel of the Lord came

upon them and the original, lengthier, setting of Rejoice greatly in Part One and, in Part Two, the duet and chorus account of How beautiful are the feet, followed by the tenor solo Their sound is gone out into all lands. Joining members of the resident solo team of St Peter’s Singers (on this occasion Sarah Potter, Lucy Appleyard, Paul Dutton and Quentin Brown) will be young treble Cameron Stanley from the Choir of Leeds Parish Church. Cameron, from Oakwood, is a student at Abbey Grange Church of England Academy. At the organ will be David Houlder, and the performance will be conducted by Dr Simon Lindley, Music Director of St Peter’s Singers since the group’s formation in 1977.

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OPERA VENTURE BRINGS THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO TO NORTHERN BALLET By popular demand, Opera Venture is bringing its acclaimed production of Mozart’s great comic masterpiece, The Marriage of Figaro, back to the Stanley and Audrey Burton Studio Theatre at Northern Ballet on Wednesday 7th, Thursday 8th and Saturday 10th March, starting at 7pm.

small venues in towns and communities which have no opera at present; to give young singers their first professional opportunities; to offer training in presenting education projects in schools; and to present special performances for school audiences.

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TWO OF HOLLYWOOD’S GREATEST BATTLE IT OUT LEEDS HAYDEN In a new play by Foursight Theatre, Bette & Joan: The Final Curtain, Bette Davis confronts the ghost of Joan Crawford. It takes a wry, feisty and irreverent look at two of Hollywood’s greatest icons. Now on her own deathbed, Davis is forced by Hollywood hacks Hedda Hopper and Louella Parsons to finally confront the ghost of her nemesis. Of course, just because someone’s dead doesn’t mean they’ve changed.

Queens and an Inflatable Henry. These two icons of the silver screen only ever made one full film together, Whatever Happened To Baby Jane?, a film noir thriller directed by Robert Aldrich. It was an astounding success and shot the two fading stars from the twilight of their careers back in to the limelight - both them and the feud that supposedly existed between them. One comforting thought for Bette at the time of her

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The Leeds Haydn Players will present a concert at Seven Arts, 31 Harrogate Road, Chapel Allerton on Saturday 17th March, 7.30pm. Conducted by Adam Ferguson, the orchestra will perform Haydn’s Symphony no. 89, Sinfonia Concertante in Bb, Symphony no. 96 ‘The Miracle’, and C.P.E. Bach Symphony Wq. 183/3. The soloists in the Sinfonia concertante will be Mary Huby violin, Jason Evans cello, Claire Kitching oboe and Amy Walton bassoon. Tickets £10 from Robin Jakeways tel: 01943 466331 or contact via e-mail r.jakeways@ btopenworld.com The Leeds Haydn Players were formed with the aim of exploring the whole of Haydn’s symphonic works. The Sinfonia Concertante was written during a visit to London in 1790s. It uses an unusual combination of instruments. Composed in multiple concerto form, it is the only real work of its kind that Haydn ever penned. He was urged to write the work by Johann Salomon, a notable violinist and impresario, who had been instrumental in bringing Haydn to London. For more information about the orchestra and future engagements please visit our website: www.leedshaydnplayers.org.uk

Foursight Theatre is renowned for creating vibrant theatre which explores history through the eyes of women: unknown, famous and infamous. This new comic drama drawing on the lives of two women battling for supremacy and follows in the footsteps of productions such as Thatcher The Musical! Can Any Mother Help Me? and Six Dead

death might have been the knowledge that she had outlived her bitterest rival. Bette & Joan: The Final Curtain is at The Carriageworks on Friday 30th March at 7.30pm. Tickets available from 0113 224 3801 or www.carriageworkstheatre.org.uk

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LEEDS FESTIVAL CHORUS PRESENTS DVORÁK’S STABAT MATER AT LEEDS TOWN HALL Leeds Festival Chorus’s relationship with Czech composer Antonín Dvořák dates back to 1886, when he conducted St Ludmila, the oratorio the Chorus had commissioned, in Leeds Town Hall.

dramatic shifts of mood in which grief and despair are transformed into hope. The soloists on 10th March are Katherine Broderick soprano, Daniela Lehner mezzo, Paul Nilon tenor and James Rutherford bass.

The Leeds Festival Chorus of 2012 will perform his Stabat Mater with the BBC Philharmonic, conducted by Simon Wright, in the same Town Hall on Saturday 10th March at 7.30pm. It is one of his most beautiful works, with great emotional intensity.

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A CHARMING BEDTIME STORY FOR GROWN UPS Following a successful run at the 2011 Edinburgh Festival, Chris Goode brings his acclaimed one man show, The Adventures of Wound Man and Shirley, all about friendship, bravery and growing up to The Carriageworks on Thursday 22nd March, 7.30pm. Drawing on the tonality of comic books and bedtime stories, the show combines intimate storytelling and an eclectic soundtrack featuring Tricky, The Flaming Lips and Westlife, to tell the tale of superhero Wound Man, and his sidekick Shirley, a teenage boy with a girl’s name.

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SNEAKY EXPERIENCE GEARS UP FOR ITS NEXT SURPRISE Sneaky Experience is delivering another mysterious, mischievous event in Leeds on Saturday 10th March, which centres around a secret film in a unique location - sites may include derelict churches, underground tunnels – anywhere, but very rarely a cinema. To immerse ticket holders in the flavour of the film, Sneaky provides added elements of theatre, music, dress and performance. In their typical smokeand-mirrors style, they have declined to give any specifics, but have tantalisingly teased us with suggestions that as well as the secret film, there could be bands and DJs, burlesque dancing and circus acts, as well as actors re-creating scenes – entertainment will always relate to the iconic movie. There will also be a licensed bar and food.

The lead up to the event will be littered with clues as Sneaky gives out titbits on Facebook and Twitter, alluding to the location, guests and the genre of the film – guests are encouraged to dress up. Of course, the film will remain a secret until minutes before it is screened on the night. At the last event (a Halloween film) guests were met by zombies in City Square who took them on a ‘zombie walk’ to the secret location - some converted railway arches, where Dawn of the Dead was screened (www. youtube.com/sneakyexperience) The secret film on Saturday, 10th March promises equally theatrical shenanigans, as Sneaky prides itself on its events living up to the ‘Experience’ aspect of its name. Curious guests should log on to Facebook and Twitter for the latest hints and clues, but shhh… be careful who you tell! Be sure to check our website – www.northleedslife.co.uk – for an important clue after 23rd February. Tickets (£12 early birds/ £15 full/ £12.50 concessions) available from www.sneakyexp.eventbrite.co.uk www.facebook.com/sneakyexperience. uk, @sneakyexp, www.sneakyexperience.co.uk.

ALBUM REVIEW DJANGO DJANGO – DJANGO DJANGO I’ve got the excellent BBC 6Music to thank for bringing this group to my attention. Effortlessly standing apart from the glut of soundalike guitar indie and synth-saturated electropop, Django Django’s ear catching sound gets its hooks into you and worms its way into your consciousness almost by osmosis. Smart and stylish without an air of “look at me” showiness, Django Django adroitly bridge the gap between guitar led pop and the dancier end of the musical spectrum in a manner not dissimilar to Franz Ferdinand, Death in Vegas or The Chemical Brothers. Their closest musical relatives, though, 36 March 2012 | northleedslife.co.uk

would have to be The Beta Band, and those nostalgic for the Scottish folktronica outfit’s spaced out jams and low key vocal meanderings are sure to succumb to the charms of this debut release. The sparkling arrangements display a skillful songwriting approach both lyrically and in the band’s knack for crafting strong melodic hooks. Endlessly rhythmically inventive and unafraid of stretching out on a groove, the album encompasses influences from early R&B through to the Krautrock of Kraftwerk et al and beyond. A hugely impressive first album, Django Django has hardly been off my stereo since the first listen. Infectious and original, this superb LP offers a sharp riposte to those sounding the death knell for the contemporary indie band. Well worth checking out. Enjoy.


SOUND & VISION This, coupled with his easiness on the eye, suggests that Brandon rarely struggles to feed the horny monkey on his back. I mean, come on, he’s Michael Fassbender! Brandon’s vacuous carnal routine is upset when his estranged sister, Sissy (Carey Mulligan), crash lands into his life. Equally emotionally damaged as her brother, she needs somewhere to stay while coping with the fallout from another failed relationship and Brandon grudgingly submits to this cramping of his style.

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Dave O’Higgins with Eric Alexander & the Kristian Leth Trio Thurs 8 March, 8pm at Seven Arts, Chapel Allerton. A two tenor special featuring UK’s O’Higgins & Alexander from US. £15/£12 from 0113 262 6777 or on door. Lady Maisery Fri 9 March, 8pm at The Packhorse, Woodhouse Lane. Folk trio (Hannah James, Hazel Askew, Rowan Rheingans) – Best Newcomer at 2012 BBC Folk Awards. Tickets: 07588 650557, emily_gait1@ hotmail.com Alice Gold Fri 9 Mar, Empire. Part power pop, part psych explosion. £7 Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde: Blue Roses Fri 9 Mar, Hyde Park Picture House. Silent horror finds new life alongside Blue Roses’ haunting score. The Maccabees Sat 10 Mar, O2 Academy. Art-rock taking inspiration from Stone Roses, Kate Bush & David Bowie. Gabrielle Aplin Sat 10 March at Cockpit 3, Leeds. Tickets £7 at Jumbo Dreadzone , Sat 10 Mar, Brudenell Social Club. One of the country’s top reggae & dub acts. £15 Krzysztof Urbanski & The Sam Gardner Trio Sun 11 March, 1.30 – 4pm at Seven Arts, Chapel Allerton. Well known saxman. Winner of International Competition of Jazz Soloists. £5/£4, under 16 free. King Porter Stomp Sun 11 Mar, The HiFi Club. A dub-ska juggernaut, delivering unique blend of upbeat ska, dub & conscious hip hop. Free. Souls of Mischief Mon 12 Mar, The Well. Hip Hop group from California, part of hip hop collective, Hieroglyphics. Composed of emcees A-Plus, Opio, Phesto, & Tajai. £12 Leeds Blues fortnightly Blues nights dedicated to the best of local bands & talent at The Chemic off Woodhouse St. LS6. Tues 13 March: Black Dog Blues Band. Tues 27 March: Blues Positive.

Submotion Orchestra Wed 14 March at The Wardrobe, Leeds. 7.30pm. Tickets £10, from www.ticketsarena.com & venue Hayden Cohen Wed 14 March, 8pm at Seven Arts, Chapel Allerton. Performance & Album Launch. A man, his guitar & a talent for mixing catchy riffs with eclectic lyrical dexterity. Jonny Kearney & Lucy Farrell Thurs 15 Mar, The Wardrobe. Delicate, haunting & heartbreaking folk. £7 The Despoilers Sat 17 March at The Golden Lion, Pudsey. Covers band playing classics from 60s to current favourites. www. thedespoilers.co.uk Zoe Gilby Quintet Sun 18 March, 1.30 – 4pm at Seven Arts, Chapel Allerton. Jazz vocalist making a real impression. Superb interpreter of The Great American Songbook & contemporary material. £5/£4, under 16 free. Judie Tzuke+Bailey Wed 21 March, 8pm at City Varieties. Tickets £22.50 from 0113 243 0808. The Wave Pictures Wed 21 Mar, Brudenell Social Club. Think early Pavement, Galaxie 500, The Pastels, Jonathan Richman. £8.50 Tina May & Nikki Isles Trio Thurs 22 March, 8pm. Seven Arts, Chapel Allerton. Tina is a gifted jazz singer. She & Nikki have a rapport that goes beyond accompaniment. £15/£12 from 0113 262 6777 or on door.

Leeds Lieder+ Ferrier Award Winner’s Recital Sun 25 March, 3pm Clothworkers Centenary Concert Hall, University of Leeds. Kitty Whately (mezzo soprano) & Christopher Glynn (piano). Songs by Schumann, Schubert, Wolf, Debussy & Ireland. Tickets (£15/ £10) 0113 343 2584, www. leedslieder.org.uk Stuart McCallum’s ‘Distilled’ Sun 25 March, 1.30 – 4pm at Seven Arts, Chapel Allerton. £5/£4, under 16 free. O’Hooley & Tidow +Gary Stewart, Sun 25 March,7pm at All Hallows Church. £10/£8 from www.facebook. com/allhallows.gigs Leeds Bluegrass Club Thurs 29 March, from 8.30pm at The Grove Inn, Back Row, Holbeck (off Water Lane, with lots of Real Ales). Live acoustic, Americana/ Bluegrass/ Country music. Resident bands + guests. Picking sessions, musicians welcome. £3. Details: John 0113 267 0761, Kevin 0113 267 7040. Roots: The Stevie Williams Most Wanted Band Fri 30 March, 8pm at New Headingley Club, 56 St Michael’s Rd. Headingley. Great Country/ blues with some outlaw songs thrown in! £5 Liz Green Friday 30 March, Brudenell Social Club. Bluesy folk singer sounding like a cross between Diane Cluck & Joanna Newsom. £8

Sam Airey +Special Guests Fri 23 March at Holy Trinity Church, Boar Lane, Leeds. Launch night for ‘A Marker & a Map’ Tickets £6 from www. wegottickets.com

Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band Sat 31 Mar, Brudenell Social Club. Famous for the Urban Spaceman & Monster Mash, eight original band members including Neil Innes, Sam Spoons & Larry Smith touring for the first time in 40 years. £14

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CLAIRE O’HARA WORLD CHAMPION! Emily Jackson (USA), Claire O’Hara and Ruth Gordon (CANADA)

Claire O’Hara is a World Champion! To be more precise, she is World Champion in Freestyle Kayak, and World, European, and British Champion Squirt Boat Kayaking! We met up with Claire at East of Arcadia in Meanwood recently to find out how a girl from Meanwood finds herself at the top of one of the most exciting water sports. She was just buzzing. Next month she is off to paddle her way across The States on the North American Colorado Tour – culminating in the Teva Mountain Games in June. Then there are the European Championships in Austria the end of June, coaching in The Alps, then off to Canada and The States again. I don’t think I would be wrong in saying that here’s a girl who absolutely loves what she does. She got bitten by the kayaking bug on a family holiday when she was very young, joined Leeds Canoe Club in her teens and never looked back. 42 March 2012 | northleedslife.co.uk

In 2001 she took part in her first Freestyle competition and in 2006 was picked for the British team. Since then she has paddled all over the world. Of course it wasn’t just her skill and enthusiasm that got her to this point – which she is quick to point out. The support and encouragement

started with Leeds Canoe Club (based at Kirkstall), an extremely active club with pool and river sessions, whose main speciality is white water kayaking. Another very active organisation in Leeds is the White Rose Canoe Club based in Roundhay.


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The Midnight Walk is one the cities most popular charity events. It’s a ladies only sponsored walk where you can choose between distances of six or 12 miles and pound the streets of Leeds raising money for St Gemma’s Hospice. The walk starts at the Xercise 4 Less Gym in Kirkstall on Saturday 12th May, and makes its way to Horsforth or West Park (depending on your chosen distance) and back to the stadium, following well lit, safe streets. Entry is just £15, which includes a Midnight Walk t-shirt. St Gemma’s also provides food and drink both during and after the walk. There will be entertainment from 8pm at the Stadium, and a real party atmosphere will ensure that participants are in good spirits and ready for the challenge. A firework display at 10pm (new start time) will mark the start of the walk and all 1,000 ladies will set off together. Participants are asked to get sponsorship for the event to raise vital funds for St. Gemma’s Hospice. To sign up, visit www.leedsmidnightwalk.co.uk, email francines@st-gemma.co.uk or call 0113 218 5505.

LEEDS HOCKEY CLUB – STICKING AROUND FOR 75 YEARS! Leeds Hockey Club was originally founded in Rawdon in 1936. Today it is based at Leeds University’s Weetwood grounds and it is celebrating its 75th anniversary season! 2012 is a big year for hockey in Leeds and the UK. The national men’s and women’s teams are strong contenders for the Olympics and at least one medal is widely anticipated. Over the years the club has produced several players for the Yorkshire county team and even one who represented England. Last season the club’s mixed team won the Yorkshire Cup and head coach Lewis Butcher is currently plotting the rise of the men’s first team towards the National League and producing the next generation of international players. The club currently has eleven senior teams and eight junior teams, as well as mixed and veterans’ sides. It prides

itself on its inclusive nature – the club helps to develop umpires and coaches, has a thriving social scene, and welcomes new players.

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RUNNING WITH KIRKSTALL HARRIERS Kirkstall Harriers meet Mondays and Wednesdays at 6.50pm for a 7pm run at Kirkstall Leisure Centre. The club has over 100 members, ranging from the very fast to those who just enjoy running! They cover distances from three to eight miles on an average training night, and everyone is welcome, as long as you can run about three miles.

Members also organise additional training such as hill sessions, long runs etc. Some members attend track sessions organised by another local club.

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The club takes part in all types of events – cross country, road and fell, all over the country and the world, from one mile to ultra marathons! They also host the Kirkstall Abbey Seven in September each year, which attracts runners from all over the country and even as far away as Australia! The race is run over a multi-terrain course to and from Kirkstall Abbey. Kirkstall Harriers are a very friendly club. They have use of the Leeds Postal Sports Association Club nearby, where they meet after training runs for a drink.

CELEBRITY SEVEN-A-SIDE FOR THE CRYPT A Charity Seven- a-Side Football Tournament, including teams from Emmerdale, Hollyoaks and Coronation Street, will be held at Garforth Town Football Club on Sunday 3rd June in

support of the homeless charity St George’s Crypt in Leeds. “The tournament is open to local and corporate teams and we’re aiming

for 16 teams in total”, said Cheryl Harrington from The Crypt. “If you’re interested in entering a team – get in touch with us very soon. Places are going fast! Kick-off is at 10am. It should be a great family day out - come along to support your favourite teams and meet a few celebrities too!” The tournament is being organised by James Hooton (Sam Dingle on Emmerdale) and Cheryl Harrington, Tara and Bryn McMillan from The Crypt. Brian Close, General Manager at Garforth Town AFC, is allowing free use of the facilities. There will be live music from local Leeds bands, including Soul Circus who recently raised funds for the Crypt with their Christmas single ‘Picture Frames’. For further information, contact: Cheryl or Tara on 0113 245 9061, or tara.mcmillan@stgeorgescrypt.org.uk cheryl.harrington@stgeorgescrypt.org. uk,

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A CELEBRATION OF JUNIOR FOOTBALL The Euro 2012 Junior Football Tournament, hosted by Horsforth St Margaret’s JFC, in collaboration with the West Riding County FA, will take place on 16th and 17th June at Leeds University Playing Fields. This is Horsforth St Margaret’s 13th annual tournament and West Riding County FA have chosen it to re-launch the Respect Campaign in the region.

is on a first come, first served basis and the deadline for applications and payment is 31st May. The event promises to be a superb celebration of Junior Football and you are invited to join in the celebration

and support the FA’s drive to ensure that the messages of the Respect Campaign are embraced and embedded into the game at all levels. For further information, or to download an entry form, visit www.hsmafc.com

This year all the top teams in the surrounding regional leagues have been invited to showcase the standard of junior football in the County. The games will be refereed by professional referees, including several top flight referees, and there will be BBC TV and radio coverage. The cost remains the same as last year at £25 for one team/£45 for two and slightly cheaper for girls’ teams. Entry

ST CHAD’S BROOMFIELD HAS LARGEST JUNIOR SECTION IN AREA St Chad’s Broomfield Cricket Club plays in front of St Chad’s Church on Otley Road in Far Headingley. The club has been running junior teams for over 25 years and at present has one of the largest junior sections in the local area, with teams at U9, U11, U13, U15 and U17 age groups. They have won a number of league titles recently and have also produced several players who represented the league. The success of the club is evident in the number of children who are involved. About 75 boys and girls regularly enjoy not only playing in matches but also attending the Saturday morning coaching sessions, where they learn the skills required to play and enjoy the game.

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The club is currently looking for new senior and junior players, as well as local volunteers and sponsors. If you’re interested, please contact Paul

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Notices Baby & Toddler Group Wed 1.30 - 3pm (term time only). Come along & let the kids play while you have enjoy coffee & a chat. Everybody welcome. £1.50 per family. Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, Harrogate Rd, Moortown Battlefront Leeds Fri 7 – 8.30pm at The Grove, New St. Horsforth. Beginners – advanced welcome. £3. All staff CRB checked. Pokemon Trading Card Game & Pokemon Wifi Battles Yu-Gi-Oh! Exclusive pre-release events. Exclusive promo cards given out every week. Details: mark.hirst3@ntlworld. com, 07877 120145 Beechtree Steiner Parent & Child Groups A warm & supportive environment for children & parents/carers. Imaginative play, songs, stories, baking, seasonal crafts. Groups Mon–Fri am Old Tetley Hall, Headingley, & Tues am Stainbeck Community Hall, Stainbeck Lane. Details: 269 0262, enquiries@leeds-steiner.org.uk Brownies (For girls aged 7-10). Hawksworth Wood – Tues; Kirkstall & Far Headingley – Wed; Headingley – Thurs; Burley – Fri. A fantastic place to make new friends, have new experiences & build self-esteem. Details: Vicki 07787 500338, vsjohnson86@hotmail.com Football North East Leeds Under 13 (Current Year 9) require players for Sunday morning league. Training Tues 7 – 8pm at Thomas Danby. Home games on Scott Hall fields. Details: Ian Jones 07956 573676 Guides (for Girls aged 10-14) who want to share new experiences with new friends. Spend 1 evening a week being creative, choosing what you want to do & building your self confidence in an all girl environment. Details: Vicki 07787 500338, vsjohnson86@hotmail.com Junior Rugby. Moortown Rugby Union Club, a brilliant club for youth development with squads from U7s up to adult open-age rugby, is recruiting for their Under 7s & 8s squads (current Year 3 classes). The teams train & play against other local clubs Sundays 10:30am. Details: Damian Curtis 07860 454701 or 274 94014. www.moortownrugby.co.uk Rainbows (For girls aged 5-7). Kirkstall – Wed; Headingley - Thurs. Local Rainbow groups are having loads of fun with their motto Live, Laugh, Love & Learn. Details: Vicki 07787 500338, vsjohnson86@hotmail.com Toddler Group for babies to pre-school children, Tues 10 – 11.30am (term time) at West Park United Reformed Church, Spen Lane, LS16. 50p per person incl. refreshments. All helpers CRB checked. Lovely play area with lots of ride-on toys Details: 278 5373 Wrangthorn Baby & Toddler Group Parent run group Tues 1 – 2.30pm & Thurs 10 – 11.30am, at Wrangthorn Church Hall, Hyde Pk Tce. £1. Refreshments & lots of toys & craft activities.

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YOUNGER LIFE

YOUNG PEOPLE’S FILM FESTIVAL TURNS 13! Leeds Young People’s Film Festival turns thirteen this year and is looking forward to having a bit more responsibility, independence and staying up later! This is reflected in this year’s theme which is all about being independent and ‘doing it yourself’. This years festival runs from 26th March – 6th April. As usual there will be fantastic new and unseen films from around the world for young people of all ages from 0 – 19. There will also be some special previews of BIG films and classics from the archive. For those who want to find out more about film, there will be the chance to go behind the scenes with workshops and masterclasses, all led by professionals working in the industry. Young filmmakers can enter a brand new competition ‘Independent Directions’ (INDIs), where they get the opportunity to see their work on the big screen, get feedback from professionals, and the chance to win £250 towards their next project. This year’s programme includes a special preview of the acclaimed Leeds’

documentary ‘We Are Poets’, following Leeds Young Authors as they take part in an international poetry slam in Washington DC. The screening will take place at Leeds Town Hall on Friday 30th March. Don’t miss the opportunity to see this heart warming and uplifting film before anyone else and meet some of the young people involved.

RICHMOND HOUSE GOES GAELIC

The full programme and tickets will be available at the beginning of March. Sign up to receive a brochure at www. leedsyoungfilm.com or join go along to the special programme launch on Sunday 11th March at Hyde Park Picture House, where you will be able to pick up a brochure, enjoy some cake and see a FREE sneak preview of the amazing 2012 programme.

played today. Using a spherical ball, Gaelic football involves kicking, bouncing, blocking and shooting – the ball that is, not other players! Scoring works like both football and rugby where points are gained through scoring in the net or kicking the ball through the tall goal posts. There is no off side rule and a certain amount of running with the ball and contact with other players is allowed. In essence the sport is a fast-paced field game requiring skill, speed, intelligence, stamina, strength and passion.

Richmond House School in Far Headingley recently introduced Gaelic Football to its Year Five and Six pupils for a six week period.

“As a school we are committed to offering pupils new and exciting experiences using our extensive school grounds”, said Simon Lowe, Games Coordinator at Richmond House School. “Gaelic Football offers something fun and different for pupils, and gives them a taste of another country’s culture.”

Gaelic football utilises football, rugby and basketball skills. It predates all of these games and is one of the oldest sports

The school hopes to build a long term relationship with the Gaelic Athletic Association.

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COMMUNITY NOTICES

COMMUNITYNOTICES ACTIVE After Eights Badminton Club Mon 8.30 – 9.30pm, Holt Park Sports Centre. New members welcome. Turn up & try our friendly club – free. Details: Helen, 0113 305 3327 Ballroom & Sequence Dance Wed 1.30 – 4pm at Queenswood Social Club, Queenswood Dr. LS6. £1.50. Bar open. Will play requests. Details: Tom & Gwen 0113 258 1835 Briggate Morris (Women’s Northwest Morris Dancing) Mon 7.30 – 9.30pm at Brownberrie Lane Preschool, Horsforth. New members welcome. All ages & abilities, no experience required. Details: Katie 07890 754115, www.briggate-morris.blogspot.com Cookridge Rambling Club meets Sun, 9.30am in the car park of Cookridge Village Hall for walks of approx 6/8 miles. Transport can be provided when required. Details: Shirley 267 9452. Five-a-Side Football Tournament Sun 18 March at Soccer City, Leeds. In aid of St Gemma’s Hospice. Teams of five can register for this fun event to win the trophy & fantastic prizes Entry fee £75 per team. Details: Jenny 0113 218 5565 or jennym@st-gemma.co.uk 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@lastmanstands. co.uk Leeds Area Disabled Swimming Club Mon 7 - 8pm at Holt Park Leisure Centre. Are you disabled or recovering from a condition where swimming/exercising in water could help? We provide a safe, sociable private pool session where you can work to your own ability to gain strength & confidence. Details: Roger 267 4716, Sarah 287 6250 www.ladsc.co.uk Leeds Contra Ceilidh meets 8 10.30pm at Headingley Parish Hall, St Michael’s Rd. (near the Skyrack). 2nd & 4th Tues of month (Sept to June). Live band! No partner or experience required. Newcomers welcome. Details: Liz 284 3282, www.leedscontra. freeuk.com

Leeds English Folk Dancing Society Weds, Meanwood Methodist Church (School Room), 7.30 – 9.30pm. Details: Derry Fletcher 07960 335926 Leeds YHA Walking Group Walks, cycle rides, weekends & social activities. Over 160 members aged 20-74. Details: Stephen 368 0417, www.leedsyha.org.uk Lindy Fridays Friday night Lindy Hop classes for complete beginners onwards at The Carriageworks, Millennium Sq. No partner required. Beginners class 7pm (Level 2 Room1) £5. Details: www. lindyfridays.com Lindy Hop Dance Mon, Moortown Social Club, Cranmer Gardens, LS17. Beginners 8pm, Intermediates 9.15pm. No partner needed. Swing music. £5/£4. Details: Joyce 278 9891/ 07748 702102 www.swingjiveleeds.com Meanwood Amateur Boxing Club Mon & Wed 5.45pm, Fri 7pm, Meanwood Workingmen’s Club, Stonegate Rd. Beginners welcome. Details: 07914 506691 Moor Allerton Sports & Social Centre Stonegate Rd (Opp. Fire Station) LS17. Indoor Bowls, Crown Green Bowls, Bridge, Snooker, Table Tennis. New members welcome. Details: 268 3857, 07815 652017 Phoenix Folk Dancers English Country Dancing, Adel Methodist Church Hall, (behind the Lawnswood Arms), Wed 8 – 10pm. Beginners welcome, partner not necessary. Details: 2611902 Scottish Country Dancing Thurs 7.30 – 9.30pm, St Columba’s, Headingley Lane. No partner necessary. £2.50 incl refreshments. Details: 269 1791, 278 2300, pathynes001@tiscali. co.uk St Chad’s Broomfield Cricket Club plays in Headingley & runs 5 senior & 5 junior teams. Indoor nets start shortly. They are looking for new players to join the club as well as help from volunteers & sponsors. Details: Paul 07795 154444 or www.stchadscc.com Leeds 10K 2012 On Sun 8 July 11,000 people will be running the Leeds 10k. Register for your place by contacting Leeds Children’s

Hospital Appeal on 0113 392 6803 or download a form from www.leedschildrenshospital.org.uk St Chad’s Tennis Club Join our friendly club & play tennis throughout the year - fun club sessions & competitive opportunities. New members welcome. Details: Anne Wallace 274 9917 Salmon & Trout Association (West Yorkshire Branch) Sat 24 March: Beginners’ Day, fly fishing course at Kilnsey Pk, Nr Grassington. Details of full programme: Stephen Cheetham 0113 250 7244 Singles’ Dance Night Tues 7.30pm at Moortown Social Club, Cranmer Gardens LS17. £3. Do you want to make new friends? Join them for a great night of fun, music & dancing. Details: Paul 07724 460317, pauldjdom@btinternet. com or 268 5039 Weetwood Walking Group Walk to a healthier life! Lower blood pressure, reduce cholesterol, enhance mental wellbeing, control weight, improve flexibility, reduce risk of heart disease & stroke. Details: Rachel Hepton 07528 252412, rachel.hepton@wysport. co.uk ARTS & CRAFTS Chinese Brush Painters Society Sun 4 March: Painting Misty Landscapes workshop with Sue Brant. Sat 17 March: Painting Animals in Freestyle workshop with Yan Wang. All workshops 10am - 4pm at Pool-in-Wharfedale Memorial Village Hall, Arthington Lane, Pool. New members welcome. Details: Anne Allan 01422 368482, mail@cbpsyorks. co.uk Flower Arranging Classes 1st Thurs of month, 1.30pm & 7.30pm at Paxton Hall, 186 Kirkstall Lane, LS6. Beginners welcome. Details: Kath Hall 275 2436 kaybeehall@ talktalk.net Flower Arranging Classes Wed 7 – 9pm at The Grammar School at Leeds, Alwoodley, LS17. Beginners & experienced arrangers welcome! Details: Judy Watker 07538 132053, 261 2379, watkers@ btinternet.com

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FREE FOR charities, churches, social clubs & non-profit community groups Headingley Flower Club Fri 2 March, 7.30pm at St Chad’s Parish Centre, Far Headingley. Demonstration by Elizabeth Bishop, entitled ‘The Bird from Paradise’. Visitors & new members warmly welcomed. North Leeds Calligraphers Tues 10am – 12 noon at St Andrews URC, Devonshire Crescent, LS8. Calligraphy lessons for absolute beginners & those with a prior knowledge of this wonderful art form. Individual tuition given. Details: 269 6414 Wednesday’s Headingley Community Art Group now meets at HEART, Bennett Rd, 10am – 12.30pm. Old & new members welcome. We share our creative abilities. Call in on the day – be surprised! Details: Michael 07923 106084 Yorkshire Flower Club Wed 28 March, 2pm at Almscliffe Hall, Harrogate Rd, Huby LS17. A practice ‘Scintillation’ for The May Hall Trophy. Details & 2012 programme: 01943 863172 COFFEE MORNINGS, FAIRS & MARKETS Animal ArkAid Jumble Sale Sat 24 March, 10.30am – 2.30pm at Headingley Methodist Church Hall (opp. Arndale Centre) 50p entry. All proceeds to support local animal charities. Offers of jumble gratefully received, please call 07850 866674 or 07891 272315. Details: http://animalarkaid.co.uk Coffee Morning with toasted tea cakes, 10.30am 1st Sat of month, West Park United Reformed Church. Proceeds to Caring For Life, Cookridge. Coffee Plus Sat 3 March, 10am – 12.30pm at Methodist Schoolroom, Chapel St, Headingley. Sat 10 March: Bookstall, 10am – 12.30pm – bacon butties, homemade cakes & coffee. Fun Charity Auction Sat 10 March, viewing 10am/ Auction 11am at St Margaret’s Hall, (junction Fink Hill & Hall Lane, Horsforth). In aid of Feral Cat Welfare. If you have items to donate or would like to help, email feralcatwelfare@aol.com. Details: 07876 212 518


COMMUNITY NOTICES Headingley Farmers’ Market 2nd Sat of month, The Rose Garden in front of The Arc on North Lane. 9am – 12.30pm. Hyde Park Community Shop Open Mon, Tues, Wed & Fri, 1 – 4pm at Hyde Park Methodist Mission Church, Woodsley Rd. LS 3. Ladies, men’s & children’s clothing, books, toys, bric-a-brac & more. 90% of things cost just £1. Indoor Car Boot Sale Sat 24 March, 10am – 1pm at St Gemma’s Hospice, 329 Harrogate Rd. Moortown. Free parking, entry by donation. Leeds Feline Friends Spring Fair Sat 17 March, 10am – 1pm at St Margaret’s Church Hall, Horsforth. Variety of stalls including Easter Egg tombola, books & cakes. Delicious refreshments. Many bargains to be found! Oddfellows Coffee Morning Fri 16 March, 10am at Meanwood Institute, Green Rd. Tombola, homemade produce & book stalls. Donations of goods welcome. Entry £1. In aid of Four Seasons knitting group who knit clothes for premature babies at Leeds General Infirmary. Details: Tracey on 242 4003

Saturday Coffee Morning 10am – 12 noon at Headingley Methodist Church, Chapel St. Headingley LS6. Delicious homemade cakes, teas, coffees, juice & lots of chat every Saturday. Everyone welcome. Table Top Sale Sat 17 March, 10am – 12 noon at Cookridge Methodist Church (corner Otley Old Rd/Tinshill Rd) Homemade cakes, bric-a-brac, jewellery, videos, toys, jigsaws GROUPS/CLUBS Air Yorkshire Aviation Society Interested in aviation, aircraft old and new, airports? Why not try Air Yorkshire - regular guest speakers, monthly colour magazine, trips & social events. Details: Dave Senior 0113 282 1818, www.airyorkshire. org.uk Alwoodley Motor Club Every other Thurs 8.30-9pm, The Wharfedale Inn, Arthington Lane. All welcome. Details: 0113 391 0403, www. alwoodleymc.org.uk Bramhope Round Table Every 2nd Tues. Fun, friendship & fundraising (in that order!). All men between 18 & 45 welcome. Details: www. bramhoperoundtable.co.uk, info@ bramhope844.co.uk

Budgie Sitters Circle Do you worry about your budgies when you’re away? Join the Budgie Sitters Circle – then you can hand your budgies over to another member & return the favour when they go away, & you’ll know your pets are being well cared for. Details: Lilliane 275 5479, lilliane98@hotmail.com Chevin Antique Society meets 1st Tues of the month (Sept – May), 8pm at West Park Rugby Clubhouse, Bramhope. Speakers on a wide range of subjects. Annual Membership £25. Details: Lis Loach 0113 267 4843, Sally Wilkinson 0113 267 1721 Friends of The Hollies Working Session Sat 10 March, starting 10am in The Hollies car park. About 2 hours followed by homemade cakes, coffee & a chat! All welcome. Many thanks to all who supported the Friends via Waitrose Community Matters project.

Leeds Anglo German Club AGM & Pizza Wed14 March, 7.30pm at St Luke’s Church House, 9 Alma Rd. Headingley. Wed 28 March 46th German Circles’ Annual Dinner at Sandal Farm Restaurant, Thornton. Details: 268 7697 Leeds Book Club 2nd Sun, 6pm at The White Swan, Leeds City Centre. 3rd Sun, 5 – 7pm at Arcadia in Headingley. 2nd Wed, 7pm at Medusa Bar, Horsforth. Details: www.leedsbookclub.com, leedsbookclub@gmail.com Lawnswood Bridge Club 1.15pm Tues, YMCA Otley Road. Small friendly club playing Chicago. New members welcome with a partner if possible. Details: 07771 610350 Leeds Bridge Club, Moor Allerton Sports & Social Centre (MASSC), Stonegate Rd. LS17. Beginners: Mon 2 - 4.15pm, Fri 7 - 9.15pm. Improvers: Fri 10am - 12.15pm. Details: www.leedsbridgeclub.com

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.weebly.com

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COMMUNITY NOTICES Leeds Combined Arts Presents - Raftery the Poet with his Band Powder Keg Wed 21 March, 7.30pm at HEART, Bennett Rd, Headingley.An evening of poetry, song, mirth & merriment hosted by performance poet Richard Raftery, with music by folk group Powder Keg, plus many special guests. £5 /£3.50 on door. Details: 269 0356 Leeds Caledonian Society Wed 21 March, 7.30 – 9.30pm at Headingley St Columba’s Church Hall. Final winter meeting is a musical evening. Note change of venue! Details: 267 4141, info@ leedscaledonians.org Leeds Feline Friends Can you give a cat a good home away from a busy road? Details: 216 0593, mail@leedsfelinefriends.org.uk, www.leedsfelinefriends.org.uk Leeds Hospital Alert Small group of concerned people campaigning for preservation of the NHS. Next meetings Thurs 15 March, Tues 17 April, 7.30pm at Muir Court, St Michael’s Rd. LS6. Details: Beatrice Rogers 0113 278 5495 Leeds Lions meets 2nd Mon, Holiday Inn Express, Cavendish St. LS3, 7.30pm. Details: 0845 833 7428, www.lionsclubs.org Leeds Movie Makers Get more out of your camcorder & film making. Fri 7.30pm, Stainbeck United Reformed Church Hall, Stainbeck Lane (rear entrance). Details: George Wooley 225 6444, Doreen Wood 278 2972 Leeds Photographic Society, the oldest photographic society in the world, meets Tues 7.30pm, St Edmund’s Church Hall, Lidgett Park Rd, Roundhay, LS8. Visitors & prospective members welcome. Details: The Secretary 0113 265 0651 or www.lps1852.co.uk Leeds Oxfam Group Lively group campaigns on issues of interest to anyone concerned about global justice. Everyone welcome. Details: http://www.oxfamleeds.org.uk/, or Facebook Leeds Skyrack Lions Club meets 2nd & 4th Thurs, 7.45pm at the New Headingley Club, 56 St Michael’s Rd. Headingley. New members & helpers welcome. Help the needy of Leeds & create new friendships. Details: 01943 510106, Granville.barker@sky.com, www.105c.org.uk/leedsskyrack Leeds U3A is a vibrant organisation for anyone not in full time occupation. Over 25 interest groups & regular fortnightly meetings. Details: Bill 07552 448834, www.u3aleeds.org.uk 54 March 2012 | northleedslife.co.uk

Meanwood Men’s Society: Mon 5 March, Visit to Ridgeside Brewery, 7.30pm; Mon 19 March, Annual Snooker Competition, 7-30pm at Meanwood Institute. Details: Mark 274 7611, Colin 274 6316. New Weetwood Writers Group at Weetwood Hall. Whether you want to write for publication, profit or pleasure, you’ll be very welcome. Evening & weekend workshops planned. Details: Liz 0113 267 9894. 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: 0113 217 8348, www.nlmfc.org Oxfam Book Club now meets 1st Tues of month, 7.30pm at The Chemic Tavern, Johnson St. Woodhouse LS6. Details: jessgoodacre@hotmail.com Paxton Horticultural Society Spring Show Sat 7 April at Paxton Hall, 186 Kirkstall Lane, LS5. Open to public from 2pm. Details & Schedules: Graham Wheatley 0113 256 3055, or Paxton’s website. Royal Park Community Consortium holds regular meetings every Tues, 7pm at the Burley Lodge Centre, Burley Lodge Rd. LS6. Meetings are open to anyone who would like to get involved in the project to turn Royal Park School into a community centre. Details: Sue 07796 784018, Paul 07962 255621, www.royalparkschool.org 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, www.leedsivc.org.uk Trackrod Motor Club Meets 1st Tues of each month, 9.30pm at Old Modernians Club, Cookridge Lane. New Members welcome. Details: www.trackrodmotorclub.co.uk Transition Meanwood ‘Green Drinks’ 3rd Wed every month 8pm, East of Arcadia. All welcome - meet to chat about green issues & develop ideas to reduce Meanwood’s carbon footprint. Details: www.transition-cityleeds.wikispaces.com & enter Meanwood. Yorkshire Malaya & Borneo Veterans’ Assoc. meets 1st Sat of month, 1.30pm at New Headingley Club, St. Michael’s Rd, Headingley. Anyone involved in the Malayan Emergency & Indonesian

Confrontation in 50s & 60s most welcome. Represents all units of the armed forces. Details: Eddie Seville 0113 263 7583 White Rose Ladies Speakers Club meets 2nd & 4th Mon, 7.45pm at Farsley Library, Old Rd. Farsley, LS28. Friendly environment in which to find your voice & improve your presentation skills, including Powerpoint, while having fun. Details: Stephanie Hanson 0113 255 0824, or just turn up. MUSIC Amici Singers Friendly mixed voice choir welcomes new singers, experienced or not. No auditions. Rehearsals Thurs pm at Adel Methodist Church. Details: 228 5932 or 267 1292. Bell Ringing at St Chad’s Thurs 7.30 – 9pm Beginners & experienced ringers welcome. Details: Simon Futers 230 0186, t.s.futers@leeds.ac.uk The Chippendale Singers, a mixed voice choir, rehearse Wed, 7.45 – 9.30pm Methodist Church, Boroughgate, Otley. Vacancies for male singers (music readers essential). Details: Chris Denton 0113 284 3744 chrisjdenton@ gmail.com To book choir: Jan Wilkinson 01943 461318 www. chippendalesingers.co.uk Friends of University Art & Music helps to foster the musical & artistic outreach of the University of Leeds. Membership open to all. Regular activities arranged. Details: 0113 343 2584, www. leeds.ac.uk/fuam Guitar lessons Mon 3.30 – 4.30pm at Northcall Community Centre, 5355 Cranmer Bank LS17. Beginners welcome Must bring own guitar. Free. Details: 0113 268 9993. Horsforth Leeds City Brass Band A friendly, community brass band welcomes new players. Possible instrument loan, if needed. Rehearsals: Mon 7.30 – 9.30pm at Leeds Trinity University College, Brownberrie Lane, Horsforth. Details: Hannah Rowlands 250 0208, Betty Emberton 267 6529 Idle Guitarists Meet Fri, 1.30 – 3.30pm in Idle Baptist Church, Idle, Bradford. Absolute beginners to advanced, young or old, all are invited to join this friendly group. Music is provided, tailored to your level. All you need is a classical (or acoustic) guitar. Details: Darren 07752 184752

Lawnswood Singers A female choir, practices Wed 7.30pm Holy Trinity Church, Green Lane, Cookridge. Good female singers welcome to try us out. Wide repertoire & friendly people! Details: Brenda Hawer 0113 2671292, www. lawnswoodsingers.co.uk Leeds & Bradford Barbershop Harmony Club Mon, 7.30pm, Rawdon & Guiseley Conservative Club, Leeds Rd, Rawdon. Male singers who can take on four part harmony most welcome. Details: 01274 583 989 Love Your Lieder+: Australian Singers from Melba to Sutherland Wed 14 March, 7pm The Grammar School at Leeds. Speaker: Roger Neill, the Council of Music Preserved, which is dedicated to capturing the spontaneity & excitement of classic music performance through rare recordings of public performances. Tickets: £6 (£5 Friends of Leeds Lieder+) from Leeds Lieder+, Festival office, Leeds College of Music on 0113 234 6956, or info@leedslieder.org.uk. www. leedslieder.org.uk Leeds Organ & Keyboard Club Meets Wed 7.30 – 10.30pm at Guiseley Factory Workers Club, Town St. Guiseley. New members (player/ non player) welcome. Concerts by professional artists – 7 March, 8pm: Matthew Bason. Guests welcome. £4. Details: 0113 267 9865, www.organfax.co.uk, www.leedssocialclubs.co.uk Leeds People’s Choir Wed 7.30 – 9.30pm at Swarthmore Education Centre, 2 - 7 Woodhouse Sq. LS3. Details: 234 32210 www. leedspeopleschoir.org.uk Leeds University Old Students’ Association welcomes all former students of the University. Wed 21 March, 2pm: A visit to Shibden Hall, Halifax. Details: The Secretary 0113 261 4564, gmroche@ btinternet.com New Direction exciting new female choir (all ages). Wed 7.30 – 9.30pm Yorkshire College of Music & Drama, St Mark’s Ave, LS2. Will be performing in concerts, competitions & charity events throughout the year. West End musicals, pop & folk songs, & classical pieces. Details: Tracy 07914 833394


Phoenix Concert Band A community wind band rehearsing Thurs, 7.30 – 9.30pm at West Park Centre, Spen Lane LS16 All players at least Grade 5 welcome – especially brass players. Interested in joining or booking the band? Details: secretary@phoenixband.co.uk or www.phoenixband.co.uk. Players for Pleasure offers playing opportunities to adult amateur musicians. All levels, beginners to advanced. All instruments & all ages over 18. New performers especially welcome. Friendly, informal & supportive atmosphere. Details: www.playersforpleasure. co.uk 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. Rehearsals Wed, 7.30pm at West Park Centre, Spen Lane. Details: 01274 595978, davewb8@sky.com 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 5PF. Details: Jan Spencer 07852 210640, membership@ whiterosettes.org.uk Yorkshire Late Starter Strings (YLSS) rehearse Sat, 10am – 12.30pm at West Park Centre, Spen Lane. 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: www.ylss.org SENIORS Beaus & Belles Spring Dance Sat 24 March, 7 – 11pm at Adel Memorial Hall, Church Lane, Adel. Get out your dancing shoes! Ballroom, Sequence & Fun Dances. Licensed bar, buffet & raffle. £5 on door. All regular supporters & new dancers very welcome. Please note change of venue. Details: Ken 230 1213, Edna 267 9670, Sheila 217 9136 Carpet Bowls Thurs, 1.45 - 3.45pm at St. Stephen’s Church, Cranmer Rd, off King Lane, Moortown. Join us for exercise & fun! £1.50 incl. tea. Details: Sheila 275 7965

Lunch Club Mons & Weds 111.30pm (£4). Stainbeck United Reformed Church, Stainbeck Rd. Meal, friendship, gentle exercise. Transport provided. Volunteers always welcome. Details: Avril or Brian 293 5847, Angela 225 3766 Luncheon Club meets 12 noon Tues at Headingley Methodist Church Hall, Church St. Open to anyone over 60 for food & friendship. New members welcome. Two course hot meal £3.50. Please order in advance. Details: 275 5615, 275 1592 Luncheon Club Wed 12 – 1pm at Northcall Community Centre, 5355 Cranmer Bank LS17. £3.50 for two course meal. Must pre-book. Details: 0113 268 9993. Mena Exercise Classes Chair-Based Exercises: 10 -11am Bentley Court; 11.30am – 12.30pm Memorial Dr; 1.30 – 2.30pm Astura Court. Tai Chi classes Tues 2 – 3pm & Thurs 12 – 1pm at Meanwood Community Centre, £2. Details: 278 5777 OWLS (Older Wiser Local Seniors) provides activities for seniors living in Headingley, Burley, Little Woodhouse & parts of Kirkstall. Membership is free for those aged 60 or over. You will receive a quarterly news sheet with information about all activities etc. Details: 369 7077 or infoowls@ gmail.com St Chad’s Lunch Club Weds 12 1.30pm at St Chad’s Parish Centre. Tasty 2-course meal, tea/coffee, biscuits & good company for just £4! Open to all those of retirement age living locally to St Chad’s. Transport provided. Details: Anne 274 9917, Claire 275 2917 STEP (for the over 60s in West Park & Far Headingley) at St Andrew’s Church Hall, Butcher Hill LS16. Mon 1 – 3pm afternoon tea, cakes & bingo; Tues 10 – 11.30am Gentle Exercise & a cuppa; Thurs 10 – 11.30am cuppa & toasted teacake, followed by Bingo & Brunch 11.30am - 1.00pm. Details: 275 7988, www.stepleeds.org.uk SPIRITUAL Catholic Churches Our Lady of Kirkstall parish covers Leeds 16, Horsforth & Kirkstall. Churches: Holy Name, Otley Old Rd (Parish office: 267 8257); Saint Mary’s, Broadgate Lane, Horsforth (Parish secretary: 258 2607); The Assumption, Spen Lane. Parish Priest: Fr PA Smythe M.A.,Ph.D; Assistant Priest: Fr BK Akpoigbe MSP. www.ourladyofkirkstall.org.uk

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COMMUNITY NOTICES Fourth Way Philosophy & Meditation Group Introductory meetings & readings from ‘In Search of the Miraculous’ by P.D. Ouspensky. Meetings in Leeds & Otley. Details: 07814 951231, info@gurdjieff-leeds.com The Leeds Gurdjieff Society FREE ‘drop in’ group meditation Sun 7- 8pm (except 3rd Sunday of month: 6.30-7.30pm). Experience peace & calm with periods of silence & guided meditations. Brahma Kumaris, West Park. Details: 275 7727, leeds@ uk.bkwsu.org, www.bkwsu.org/ uk/leeds St Barnabas Church, Alwoodley In 2012, the church celebrates its 50th anniversary. A full programme of events is planned. All welcome. Details: 267 8487, www. stbarnabasleeds.org.uk St Michael & All Angels Headingley Parish Church Service times: Wed 10.30am Communion Service; Thurs 8am Communion Service; 2nd & 4th Sun of month 8am Communion Service; Sun Parish Communion 10am; Communion Service 12.30pm; Evensong 6.30pm. All welcome. Details: www.st-michaels-headingley.org.uk Headingley St. Columba United Reformed Church open its doors for Sunday Services at 10.45am. Feel free to join us. Holy Trinity Meanwood Sun 8.30am Said Holy Communion (call or see website for venue); 10am Sung Eucharist; 11.30am Gather (relaxed cafe style). 2nd Weds 10am Holy Communion. Everyone Welcome. Details: 275 7885, www. holytrinitymeanwood.org.uk Learn to meditate FWBO Leeds Buddhist Centre. A contemporary approach to meditation, mindfulness & the Buddhist tradition. Also classes in yoga & bodywork, chronic pain & stress management. Details: 244 5256, www.leedsbuddhistcentre.org Leeds Healing Centre Now at Burley Lodge Centre, 42-46 Burley Lodge Road, LS6. Healing by members of The Healing Trust (NFSH) to aid relaxation & promote wellbeing. Fri 11am – 2.30pm. Healing also at Friends’ Meeting House, Roundhay, Thurs 7 – 8.30pm. Donations appreciated. Details: 07985 121810, 01274 617700, www.leedshealingcentre. org

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Leeds Reformed Baptist Church meets for Sunday services at the West Park Centre, Spen Lane (10:30am & 6pm). Many other activities through the week at 20 Cottage Rd, incl. pre-school, children’s clubs, toddlers & various other groups. Details: 275 8996, www.leedsrbc.org Leeds Stillness Group meets Mon 7.30 - 9.30pm at Quaker Friends Meeting House, 136 Street Lane, Roundhay. Based on the teachings of Eckhart Tolle, author of The Power of Now & A New Earth. Watch footage of an Eckhart Tolle talk followed by a period of silent meditation. Small donation appreciated. Details: 07884 332644 or www.peacenowhere. com Leeds Theosophical Society Sun 4 March, 2.30pm at 12 Queen Sq. LS2. Tim Wyatt presents ‘Adventures In Post-Mortem Worlds: What happens after we die? Where do we go? Who do we meet? And what’s the scenery like?’ Free lecture open to the public. Meanwood Methodist Church Monday Fellowship Meetings held fortnightly, 2pm in The Schoolroom. Varied programme, interesting speakers. Warm welcome. Details: Marjorie Hopwood 275 6913 Meanwood Valley Baptist Church meets at Meanwood Community Centre, Stainbeck Ave. Sunday service 11am, coffee 10.30am. Details: Church Office 275 7215, www.mvbc.org.uk Our Lady of Lourdes Church 130 Cardigan Rd, LS6 Sunday Mass 8.45am; Fri Holy Hour with Mass 7pm. Details: 225 9751 www.dioceseofleeds.org.uk Quaker Meeting for Worship & Children’s Meeting Sun 10.45am Quaker Meeting House, 188 Woodhouse Lane, LS2 www. leedsquakers.org.uk Ratnasambhava Buddhist Centre (22 Wetherby Rd, Oakwood, LS8) weekly classes in meditation & Buddhism. Tues March 6, 13 & 20, 12.30pm & 7.30pm. Also Friends Meeting House, Woodhouse Thurs March 1, 8, 15, 22at 7.30pm. Half day course Sat 10 March, 10am - 1pm. £10. Details: 0113 265 8164, info@meditationinleeds.org South Parade Baptist Church, North Lane, Headingley. Lively services every Sunday 10.30am (+ Junior Church) & 6.30pm. All welcome.

St Paul’s Church, Ireland Wood, LS16 Sunday Services 8am &10am. Kidz Club 3rd Sunday. St Augustine’s Church (Wrangthorn), Hyde Park Corner 10.30am services every Sunday. 1st, 2nd & 4th Sundays Holy Communion, 3rd Sunday shorter family service. 6.30pm evening service. All Welcome. St Urban’s Catholic Church Grove Lane, LS6. Mass times: Sun 10.30am; Mon – Fri 9.15am; Tues Mass Rosary Benediction 7pm; Sat 11am Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, 12noon Mass, 6pm (Sun Vigil). Details: 225 9751 www. dioceseofleeds.org.uk West Park United Reformed Church, Spen Lane. Sunday Service at 10.30am. Crèche for young children where they are looked after for part of the service. Tea/coffee & a chat after service. A warm welcome to all. Women’s World Day of Prayer Service Fri 2 March, 2pm at St Chad’s Church, Far Headingley. This year this ecumenical service has been written by the Christian Women of Malaysia. 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 0113 275 7694 Crohn’s & Colitis UK Support for people with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), their friends & families throughout North & West Yorkshire. Four educational & support meetings a year, plus regular informal meets. Details: 0845 130 6809, Leeds@ crohnsandcolitis.org.uk, www. groups.crohnsandcolitis.org.uk/ Leeds 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 Families Need Fathers 7.30pm, 2nd Wed of month, Victoria Hotel, Great George St, Leeds. Support & advice group for parents trying to maintain & develop relationships with their children, following divorce or family breakdown. Details: Don 07981 710179, Ray 07921 728747

Headingley Friday Support Group meets Fri, 1.30pm at HEART, Bennett Rd, Headingley. Self-help & social support group for adults who may feel lonely or isolated as a result of mental health issues. Carers & anyone with an interest in mental health welcome (unless day trips arranged) Details: Carol 230 6043, www. headingleyfridaysupportgroup.org. uk or drop in. Leeds Diabetes Support Group 1st Mon of month, West Yorkshire Playhouse, 7– 9pm. Variety of speakers. All welcome. Details: Joan Wells 225 4528 Leeds Samaritans provide confidential, non-judgemental support 24 hours a day for people who are experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those which could lead to suicide. They listen with an open mind & in complete confidence, for as long as you need. Details: 0113 245 6789, 08457 909090. National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society Wed 14 March, 6.45 – 9pm at the Village Hotel, Otley Rd. Rheumatoid & Inflammatory Arthritis Open Information Event. Everyone welcome. Free. Please ring 0845 458 3969 to register your interest, or email sue@nras. org.uk, volunteers@nras.org.uk The Open Door Café A meeting place for people with dementia & their carers. Last Mon of month (except bank hols), 2-4pm, New Headingley Club, St Michael’s Road. Details: Nikki 231 1727 Wheatfields Carers Support Group Small friendly group meets at Wheatfields, Grove Lane, 2nd Wed of month, 1.30 – 3pm. Chat over coffee & share experiences. Details: Chris Ellis 203 3342, Angie Thompson, Carers Leeds, 246 8338 The Yorkshire Cancer Help Centre is now at the Day Therapy Unit, St Michael’s Hospice, Harrogate two Saturdays each month, offering support for people with cancer & their loved ones. Details: Esme 01423 881392/ Karen 01937 573166, www.ychc.org.uk TALKS & DISCUSSIONS Café Philosophique (Weetwood Residents’ Association)Thurs 15 March, 7.30pm in the Sports Pavilion, Richmond House School’s Playing Fields, Glen Rd, Weetwood. Martin Winbolt-Lewis presents ‘Where Does it Hurt?’ £3.


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COMMUNITY NOTICES Headingley Cafe Scientifique Fri 9 March, 7.30pm at New Headingley Club, 56 St. Michael’s Rd LS6. Dr. Peter Wilmshurst, University of Keele talks about ‘The Effects of the Libel Laws on Science’. All welcome. Adm £2. Details: ann. clarke17@yahoo.co.uk 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: info@leedsastronomy.org.uk, www. leedsastronomy.org.uk Friends of University Art & Music (Leeds) helps to foster the musical and artistic outreach of the University of Leeds. Membership is open to all. Regular activities. Mon 12 March, 6.30pm in the School of Music: The FUAM Annual Lecture – ‘Daring to Compose New Opera’ by composer Cheryl Frances-Hoad. Details: 0113 343 2584, www. leeds.ac.uk/fuam Love Your Lieder+: Australian Singers from Melba to Sutherland Wed 14 March, 7pm The Grammar School at Leeds. Speaker: Roger Neill, the Council of Music Preserved, which is dedicated to capturing the spontaneity & excitement of classic music performance through rare recordings of public performances. Tickets: £6 (£5 Friends of Leeds Lieder+) from Leeds Lieder+, Festival office, Leeds College of Music on 0113 234 6956, or info@leedslieder.org.uk. www. leedslieder.org.uk Leeds Geological Association Meets Thurs 15 March, 7:15pm in Rupert Beckett Lecture Theatre, Michael Sadler Building, Leeds University. Lecture : ‘Middle Jurassic Floras from the Neuquen Basin, Argentina, & their application to hydrocarbon exploration’ by Dr Stephen Stukins, Natural History Museum, London. Visitors welcome. Details: www. leedsga.org.uk Leeds Microscopical Society (LMS) meets 2nd & 4th Thurs, 7pm at Alwoodley Methodist Church Hall. Varied programme of talks & practical evenings, open to all with an interest in natural history & who wish to learn about microscopy. 8 March: Your favourite books on Microscopy. 22 March: Identifying Pollen Grains in Honey. Details: 0113 293 5991, mikesmith_176sh@yahoo.co.uk

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Leeds Naturalists’ Club & Scientific Association meets Mon 12 March, 7.15pm at the Quaker Meeting House, Woodhouse Lane, for a talk on ‘Birdwatching from Japan to Alaska’. Details: Mary Larner 261 2589 Royal Meteorological Society (Yorkshire Centre) Interested in weather & atmospheric phenomena? Monthly informal talks on all aspects – from extreme weather to climate change – at School of Earth & Environment, University of Leeds. Free & open to all. March 13: ‘Winter Maintenance Programme’ with Russell Martin, Highway Maintenance Manager, Leeds City Council. Details: snorris@env.leeds.ac.uk ‘Supporting Behaviour Change in Eating’ Sat 10 March, 11am at The Orchard, Town St. Horsforth LS18 5LB. Free talk by Ursula Philpott, Registered Dietician (as seen on TV’s Supersize V Superskinny’. Yorkshire Archaeological Society (Family History Section) Sat 10 March, 2pm at 23, Clarendon Rd, Leeds – a lecture by James Lomax on ‘Mrs Maynell Ingram of Temple Newsam’. Free drop-in sessions Tues 2 – 4pm for anyone needing help with family history research. Details: Mrs J. Butler 0113 263 9540 WOMEN’S GROUPS Adel Ladies Luncheon Club meets 1st Wed of month at Castle Grove Masonic Hall, Castle Grove Dr. LS6. Wed 7 March: ‘The Treasures of the Anglo-Saxons’ with Professor Joyce Hill (not Bill Cowling as previously advertised). Wed 4 April: ‘Chatsworth: a Personal View’ with Christine Robinson, Visitor Services Manager. Details: Muriel Huntley 0113 230 1584 Leeds Ladies Coffee Club meets 1st Thurs of month, 10am at Leeds Church Institute, New Market St. Leeds. March 1: ‘Living & Dying in a Victorian city – Becket St Cemetery’. April 5: ‘Life in the 1950s’ with Ian Dewhirst. Details: Mrs McShane 0113 225 1166 Meanwood WI meets Tues 20 March, 7.30pm at Meanwood Institute, Green Rd. for a Beetle Drive. Muslimah Mums’ Group A hub of sisterliness. Details: MuslimahMums@yahoo.co.uk, www.muslimahmums.co.uk

Positivity Makes Perfect Sat 17 March, 10.30am – 12 noon at The Physis Health & Wellbeing Centre, 427a Otley Rd, Adel (above Hazel’s Bistro). A workshop for women, designed to increase selfconfidence, self-esteem & great for goal setting. Run by qualified life coach & professional actress. Details: Fiona 07788 494 455, ficarne@hotmail.com Soroptimist International Meet 2nd Mon each month 7pm at Weetwood Hall. All ladies welcome. Details: www.sigbi.org/leeds University of Leeds Ladies’ Club welcomes women connected to the Uni as either serving or former staff members, partners of staff, or grads of the Uni. Regular events. Details: uleedslc@gmail.com Women’s Group Fun & frolics. Creche available. 9.30 – 11.30am at Northcall Community Centre, 53-55 Cranmer Bank, LS17. Free. Details: 0113 268 9993 MISC/ EVENTS Ballroom Dancing Evening Sat 3 March, 6.30 – 9.30pm at Methodist Schoolroom, Chapel St, Headingley, with demonstrations, lesson, dancing & buffet supper. Tickets £6 adult, £3 children In aid of church funds. Details:267 5505 Bee Swarms will be collected free of charge. Details: Terry 0113 268 8231 Blood Donor Session Mon 26 March, 2 – 4pm & 5 – 7.30pm at St Chad’s Parish Centre, Otley Rd. Far Headingley Governor for Spring Bank Primary This successful, diverse primary school seeks an additional member of the governing body. People with the commitment & interest in the educational & developmental outcomes of children very welcome. For details & informal discussion call Michael Brawley, Head Teacher, on 0113 204 3120 Headingley Development Trust Annual General Meeting Tues 6 March, 7.30pm at HEART, Bennett Rd. Hope Pastures Horse & Donkey Sanctuary Westwood Lane, LS16. Visitors welcome 10am – 2.45pm. Free admission. Donations welcome. Details: Karen 0794 894 8158. www.hopepastures.org

Large Room for Hire Meanwood Methodist Church, Monkbridge Rd. Excellent floor, adjacent kitchen & disabled facilities, plus smaller room for meetings of 1215 people. Weekdays & evenings. Details: 293 9564 Large Room for Hire West Park United Reformed Church, Spen Lane, LS16. Weekdays & some evenings. Details: 278 5373 Paxton Horticultural Society Rooms for hire at competitive rates at Paxton Hall, Kirkstall Lane, LS5. Details: Doreen Sergent 266 5237. Rooms for Hire Headingley Methodist Church has rooms of various sizes which can be used for meetings, activities & celebrations. Details: Margaret Appleyard on 257 6547 Rooms for Hire at Swarthmore Wide range of rooms for hire accommodating up to 140 people. Meeting rooms, hall/ dance studio, computer rooms, art rooms, crèche & café with roof garden. Details: Swarthmore Education Centre, Woodhouse Sq. LS3. 0113 243 2210, info@swarthmore.org.uk, www.swarthmore.org.uk Roundhay Park Geology Trail 2nd Sat alternate months. Led by a geologist & starting from the Mansion Visitor Centre at 1.30pm. No geological knowledge necessary. Please wear suitable footwear. Trail leaflets on sale at visitor centre & Lakeside Restaurant. Details: Bill Fraser 260 8764 St Chad’s Scouts Looking for fun, adventure, or a new challenge? Why not join our leadership team – No prior knot tying experience required! Details: gsl@ stchadsscouts.org.uk. Two Function Rooms for Hire at Yarnbury RFC, Brownberrie Lane, Horsforth. Ideal for parties, naming ceremonies, receptions, funeral gatherings, meetings, exercise/dance classes etc. Bar & kitchen available. Ample parking. Details:258 1346/ 07792 2762248 St Patrick’s Day Knees-Up Fri 16 March, 7pm at Prout Conference Centre, St Gemma’s Hospice. Fun night with plenty of Celtic cheer, dancing & Guinness? The Assumption Ceili Band will be playing. Bar, raffle & Irish Stew! Tickets £10/ £5. Details: Nicki on 0113 218 5559, nickib@stgemma.co.uk


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LIST OF ADVERTISERS

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Aerials & Satellites 09 Digi-tel

62 Lewis Loftus 63 Tom Benn

Art Supplies 21 Dinsdales

Electrician 52 David Gunby 62 57 Electrical 63 Wireworks Electrical

Bathrooms 17 Coral Bathrooms 28 B&K Passmore 31 MoreAbility 32 Jason Child 60 MB Maintenance Blinds 34 Crescent Blinds 39 Hillarys Builders 63 Holmwood Builders Camper Van Hire 10 Headingley Campers Care Services 13 Bluebird Care 35 At Home Carpets & Flooring 65 KD Carpets Carpet & Upholstery Cleaners 39 FabriClean 21 Clean Care Cleaning Services 20 Mr Mop 39 Kay Cunningham

Estate Agent 14 David Moor Fancy Dress 49 Fancy Dress Experience Financial Planning 24 Ben Frost Garages 09 ES Motors 37 Grove Lane Garage 57 Alba Tyres 67 Motor Marque Gardeners 18 Barrow’s Gardening Services 19 John’s Gardening Services Gates & Railings 61 MW Fabrications Handyman 19 Helping Handyman 43 Handyman to Hire 60 Mr Fix-It

Cosmetic Surgery 68 Spire

Health & Fitness 43 Gym Tonic 43 Holistic Massage Therapy 45 Sunderland City 10K

Decorators 61 Russ Gaunt 61 Sean Danes

Irish History Month 33 Irish Arts Foundation

Computer Repairs 10 Adel IT

Jewellers 53 Queensbury Jewellers Joinery 61 Graham Bell Kitchens 07 Granite Transformations 21 Caldaire Kitchens 59 UK Laminates Laundry & Dry Cleaning 59 West Park Laundry Letting Agent 02 Key Move Locksmith 20 Andy’s Locksmith Office Space 23 Pulse 47 Airedale House Paving & Driveways 18 C & S Photographer 60 Paul Dishman Plumbing & Heating 11 Trust Gas 20 John the Plumber 60 Bell Property Services 63 Norton Plumbing Podiatrist 43 Ailsa Phillips Printer Cartridges 25 Cartridge World Removals 61 Man with a Van

Restaurants 11 Castle Grove 17 Brasserie @ West Park 66 Divino Roofers 20 R&D Sheridan 41 Action Roofing 61 VJR Roofing 63 Hall’s Roofing Solicitors 15 Jordans Solicitors 41 Hallam Solicitors Taxis 05 Ace Cars 64 Premier Private Hire Theatre 29 Leeds Grand Theatre Tree Services 19 Bartlett Tree Experts 19 Tree Care Co. 61 Roxton Tree Services Underwear 55 SMALLS to fit You Upholstery 63 Abbey Upholstery Windows & Conservatories 03 Rainbow 27 Tate Windows Window Cleaner 62 TF Window Cleaning

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