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Dear Readers,

I hope Summer is on the way – I’ve had enough of this cold! But it certainly hasn’t stopped people forging ahead with projects. The Lime Tree Community Trust held a recent consultation and there may be some good news on the Yorkshire Bank Sports Ground in Moortown; and Friends of Wigton Moor Woods have already become a ‘voice’ for the area and are getting things done. Tracey Morris and Mike Tomlinson recently launched the new route for the Jane Tomlinson Run for All Leeds 10K. We have a treat in store with a brand new Sherlock Holmes by Mark Catley at The Playhouse; we chat to Noddy Holder who is all set to reminisce with Mark Radcliffe at City Varieties; local schools are bubbling over with with success stories. We are also delighted to announce the launch of the new North Leeds Life Directory, which we are very excited about. It’s the quick, easy and affordable way for local businesses to create their own updateable web page with photos, videos etc. that you can change at any time, use as a website if you don’t already have one, and we’ll promote it to our 150,000 readers every day. For details go to: www. Now, we are looking forward to June and warm weather! We look forward to receiving your news and notices. The deadline for June is 1st May for editorial, and 3rd May for advertising.

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In This Issue

Mark Catley Creates New Sherlock Holmes Story A brand new adventure – full of mystery, intrigue and unfathomable danger, specially created for The Playhouse.

14 The Leeds Big Bookend Festival

This Rock Festival for Words aims to make words and books fun and accessible for all

14 JFest International Hits Leeds A thrilling week of entertainment celebrating Jewish related performing arts.

30 Noddy Holder Reminisces We catch up with Noddy and ask him about his amazing career

The Leeds 10K 2013 – Flatter, Faster and More Fun! Mike Tomlinson and Tracey Morris launch new route for Leeds 10K – Jane Tomlinson’s legacy run which has raised over £2m for good causes

38 Leeds Cycling Campaign Launched The campaign wants to make things a whole lot better for cyclists in Leeds, which is less cycling friendly than many other UK cities

42 GSAL Young Economists Win Top Prize at Bank of England The Grammar School at Leeds are winners in Target Two Point Zero Interest Rate Challenge





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0113 274 8776 Duncan Smith Further North, Harriet Vaight, Chirpy and Stephanie Laugevin, Sunshine Bakery Harriet Vaight of Chirpy in Chapel Allerton recently won a competition run by The Guardian as part of their Loving Local Campaign. She was given the opportunity to create an O2 Priority Moment for her customers and decided to team up with two other independent businesses nearby – the awardwinning Sunshine Bakery and the bar Further North. Harriet launched a Priority Moment that encouraged customers to explore the variety of experiences that Chapel Allerton has to offer. “Basically, any O2 customer could download the Priority Moments app to get their voucher”, explained Harriet. “If they spent £5 in Chirpy they got a vintage scrabble piece, which could be exchanged for a free cupcake at Sunshine Bakery or a free pint at Further North.” Harriet is passionate about supporting local designers and Chirpy provides a showcase for creative people, stocking products as wide-ranging as prints, handmade soap, pottery, jewellery and kitchenware. This was one of the reasons Chirpy won the Guardian competition. “As a new business, this was a great opportunity to collaborate with other local businesses. Chapel Allerton is full of interesting shops and restaurants and I was delighted to be able to promote it in this way.”

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AMONG THE TREES AND FLOWERS OF ADEL CHURCHYARD STANDS THE GRAVESTONE OF JOHN WILLIAM INCHBOLD, ‘PAINTER AND POET’. BELOW HIS NAME ARE LINES TAKEN FROM A POEM WRITTEN IN HIS MEMORY BY HIS FRIEND, THE WRITER AND POET ALGERNON SWINBURNE, BEGINNING ‘IF FAR BEYOND THE SHADOW AND THE SLEEP/ A PLACE THERE BE FOR SOULS WITHOUT A STAIN…’ Inchbold, born and brought up in Leeds, had spent most of his life in London or travelling, but returned to Leeds in his final days. A solitary, difficult, unsettled man, he struggled all his life for artistic recognition. He was born at Queen’s Square, Leeds, on 29 April 1830, the fifth child of Thomas and Rachel Inchbold. His father was a well-known bookseller and printer, briefly joint owner of the ‘Leeds Intelligencer’ newspaper, though his fortunes fluctuated. Sadly, when John William was only two, his father died in the cholera epidemic of 1832 and Rachel was left to look after the family and run the business. John William showed an early talent for drawing and was sent to London to train as a lithographer, perhaps with a view to working in the family printing firm. In London, alongside lithography, he began to study landscape painting, fascinated by the effects of texture and light. His work was exhibited for the first time in 1849 when he was only 19, and several pictures were accepted by the Royal Academy in the early 1850s. By this time his work was strongly influenced by the new Pre-Raphaelite movement with its emphasis on truth to nature, and by the writings of the movement’s prophet, John Ruskin. In his early twenties he got to know Millais, Rossetti, Holman Hunt and others in the Pre-Raphaelite circle, and was encouraged and supported by Ruskin, who viewed him as the most promising of the young landscape painters. After his mother’s death in

1853, with no reliable financial support, he had to try to make a living through his painting. But he found it hard to sell his work, refusing to use art dealers or compromise with potential buyers. He lived simply, staying in friends’ houses, and in the summer travelling to paint the dramatic scenery of Cornwall, Scotland, and Switzerland, where he stayed for a time with Ruskin. But Ruskin proved difficult to please, and Inchbold had problems too with the Royal Academy, the professional establishment, which did not treat him kindly. During the 1860s he was often ill, but still escaped to the landscapes he loved. In 1864 he spent several months in Cornwall with the poet Algernon Swinburne, introduced to him

by Rossetti - they remained life-long friends. He stayed for long periods too in Venice and later in Spain, painting and drawing, his style becoming increasingly free and poetic. However by the late 1860s he was in deep financial trouble, his work rejected by the Royal Academy and stacks of pictures unsold. He had to rely on his long-suffering friends to look after him and help to sell his work. For a time he moved away from expensive London to the Isle of Wight, and spent winters living cheaply in north Africa and in his beloved mountains of Switzerland. In 1877 he published a volume of poetry called ‘Annus Amoris’ (Year of Love), romantic, lyrical sonnets which achieved some success. Around this time he revisited Yorkshire, painting a magnificent picture of Gordale Scar, now in the Tate. He continued to paint, write, and travel but was increasingly beset by illness. In late 1887 he came back to Leeds for an exhibition of some of his work at the annual ‘conversazione’ of the Philosophical and Literary Society. Soon after, in January 1888, he died of ‘an affection of the heart’ at his sister’s home at 13 Ebberston Terrace, Woodhouse, aged 57. Perhaps he asked to be buried at Adel, surrounded by trees and green fields. After his death his remaining pictures were auctioned, but fetched little. Walter Harding, promoter of the about-to-open new Leeds Art Gallery, travelled to London and bought three – and was berated for not buying more. Today the most well-known of Inchbold’s pictures in the Gallery (donated by his nephew) is the ‘White Doe of Rylstone’, painted at Bolton Abbey when he was 25, the title taken from a poem by Wordsworth whose poetry he loved. Other paintings are scattered and some lost, though the Tate holds an impressive collection of his work. His reputation has risen recently, but he remains a shadowy figure who never enjoyed the recognition he longed for and merited.

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THE PTS EXPRESS IS BARCELONA BOUND! ost people fly to Barcelona, but Roundhay-based electrical engineering contractors Parsons Technical Services (PTS) will be making their way there in a clapped-out old car and they’re hoping to raise £3,500 for charity along the way. They’re taking part in the Barcelona Banger Rally, now in its eighth year. Seventy teams will meet in Calais on 23rd May, aiming to arrive in Barcelona three days later after encountering various challenges along the way. Cars must cost a maximum of £250! PTS is setting out in the “PTS Express” (a BMW), which has been specially decorated by local artist Joanna Harland, and the team will be dressing as superheroes for the challenge. They’ll be fundraising for St Gemma’s Hospice, a cause close to director Alex Parson’s heart, and they’re being sponsored Harrogatebased window company Ventrolla. “As


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IF YOU DIDN’T KNOW WHERE BUON APPS WAS, YOU’D HAVE TROUBLE FINDING IT! IT IS TUCKED AWAY ON THE WHARFEBANK BUSINESS CENTRE, OFF ILKLEY ROAD IN OTLEY. A FORMER SPINNING MILL ON THE BANKS OF THE RIVER WHARFE, THE RESTAURANT OCCUPIES THE OLD ENGINE HOUSE – A SMALL, SQUARE STONE BUILDING RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF THE COMPLEX. IT’S A QUIRKY LITTLE BUILDING WITH A WELCOMING BAR AND THE KITCHEN DOWNSTAIRS, AND THE DINING AREA UPSTAIRS, WITH BIG, AIRY ARCHED WINDOWS. Jack was soon tucking into a very generous plate of Antipasto with a selection of cured Italian meats, cheeses, olives, vegetables, bruschetta and chutney. I had chosen the sardines from that evening’s Specials’ Board. There is not much in the line of food that I don’t like but, unfortunately, that evening I discovered I didn’t like sardines! There was absolutely nothing wrong with the dish – Jack found them delicious! I was quickly offered an alternative but decided to hold out for the main course.

My main course was Sea Bream on a bed of tagliatelli with Queenie Scallops and mushrooms in a lovely creamy sauce. The fish was perfection! You know how in some restaurants when they mention the inclusion of Queenie Scallops you need to send out a search party to find them? No search party was needed here! It was teeming in scallops and was delicious. Jack had gone for the Ravioli with a twist. Getting away from spinach and ricotta, these were stuffed with rabbit in a rich tomato and red pepper sauce and so, so tasty.

Sourcing all its supplies locally where possible, the Buon Apps menu also offers a excellent choice of pastas, pizzas, risottos and raviolis. There is also a really good selection of dishes that are suitable for vegetarians – like Cavatappi Pasta with Courgettes, Sundried Tomatoes, Garlic, Pine Nuts & Pecornio Shavings; luscious Melanzane – lightly fried Aubergine layered with rich tomato and basil sauce and smothered in melted Mozzarella; or Carnaroli Risotto with sautéed fennel, shallots and Parmesan. There’s lots of seafood too – like Linguine with King Prawns, Mussels, chillies, garlic and white wine; oven baked Hake with rosemary and garlic; and King Prawn and Scallop Ravioli with chilli, ginger, lemongrass, spring onion and butter sauce We rounded the meal off with Affogato and Apple Tarte Tatin. The whole meal and two large glasses of a very nice Cabernet Sauvignon cost about £70. The Wharfebank Business Centre may have thought Buon Apps was exclusively theirs – but the secret is out!


Taster Evenings are a Great Success COOK, at Moortown Corner LS17, recently introduced ‘Taster Evenings’ for groups and they are going gangbusters! They recently hosted successful evenings for Moortown Golf Club Ladies, Slaid Hill in Bloom and the West Yorkshire Women’s Institute. “I’m passionate about our food”, said owner Graham Harpur. “I knew that if I got people to taste our recipes, they’d be impressed – and I was right!”

COOK’s founding principle was to produce food using exactly the same techniques and ingredients that a good domestic cook would use at home, so everything looks and tastes homemade. Today COOK continues to make its meals by hand in its kitchens in Kent. There are no artificial colours, preservatives, flavourings or stabilisers and, as proof of the food’s hand-prepared nature, the name of the chef who cooked each dish is printed on the packaging. “We have a really exciting range of meals, all suitable to be cooked straight

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OUR NHS SERVICES? Do we want bureaucrats in Brussels and Washington to decide how our NHS hospitals and community services here in Leeds are run? That this is a real possibility in the near future was the message spelled out at a packed meeting in the city centre on 14th March. The speaker at the meeting was Dr Clive Peedell, a consultant in cancer medicine from Middlesbrough, who is campaigning to save our NHS services from being sold off to private business. He told the meeting that although the government has promised that from April our GPs will take all the decisions about the shape and funding of our local health care services, in fact their hands will be tied by new regulations that will force them to put all services up for sale. If they do not do this, they will fall foul of legal requirements from Brussels and Washington and may be open to being sued by private companies that want to buy services up. In fact the reality may be even worse:

professor of public health Martin McKee points out that the regulations are so vaguely worded that they will be a gold mine for competition lawyers who will challenge every decision on services that our GPs make. So a fair amount of our NHS money that should go to patient care will go instead to lawyers’ fees. Already much of our NHS has been sold off. One in ten GP practices now belongs to a private company, the majority of these to Virgin. If you are concerned that we in Leeds, together with our GPs here, should retain control of our NHS services and not have them handed over to the control of Brussels and Washington, please get in touch with your MP. If you want to know more, or support these concerns, please get in touch with Leeds Hospital Alert on 0113 2580116, or, or write to Leeds Hospital Alert at The Cardigan Centre, 145 / 147 Cardigan Road, Leeds LS6 1LJ. - Jeremy Pritlove, Leeds Hospital Alert

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part and enjoying yourself.” There is a whole host of inspiring people taking part, including Anne O’Brien, Kate Pankhurst, Anthony Clavane, Simon Jenkins, Daniel IngramBrown, Boff Whalley and Wes Brown. You can meet writers, listen to storytellers, attend a world premiere performance by Red Ladder Theatre, take part in a sea-faring art themed Book Party, be crowned as one of the new generation of young Leeds writers and much more. For further information, visit www., www.facebook. and Twitter@ bigbookend

JFEST INTERNATIONAL HITS LEEDS SHOWS TO WOW YOU THIS JUNE! Get ready for a thrilling week of entertainment when JFest International hits The Carriageworks from 2nd – 6th June. Internationally renowned musicians, dramatists and comedians will be in Leeds as part of this top quality entertainment showcase celebrating Jewish related performing arts. The smash hit show ‘A Jew Grows in Brooklyn’ comes to Leeds following its successful New York run on Broadway. This year’s festival also boasts its most powerful piece of theatre to date - ‘Kafka & Son’ with Canadian actor Alon Nashman, described as ‘remarkable’ by critics. An array of quality drama from the UK will include the love story, ‘The Secrets of Venus’, staring Leeds actress Emma Gordon. There’ll be thrills for music fans too with a variety of bands including Joe Leader, phenomenal jazz saxophonist, with music from his new album, Seductive Sax, smash hit artist Jeff Christie with songs such as Yellow River and San Bernadino and top London Ladino band, Los Desterrados. Jokes will be coming thick and fast from award winning stand up artists Adam Bloom and Sol Bernstein. For full details of the festival visit the JFest International website, call Makor on 0113 268 0899 or email

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MARK CATLEY IS A LUCKY SO-ANDSO! AND HE KNOWS IT! So, he gets a call from director Nikolai Foster asking if he might be interested in writing a brand new Sherlock Holmes story. Interested? Mark, who lives in North Leeds, has read the books, seen the films, digested all the television series. He is a fan. By the next morning he had written the complete outline of the story and sent it to Nickolai. And now we will be among the first to see it as The West Yorklshire Playhouse stages it from 18th May – 8th June. This brand new adventure is full of mystery, intrigue and unfathomable danger. The world’s greatest detective embarks on a gripping new case – ‘Sherlock Holmes – The Best Kept Secret’, his greatest challenge ever. “This is the most fun I’ve had, ever!” said Mark. “I’ve lived with Sherlock Holmes all my life. Now I was getting the opportunity to write for an iconic bunch of characters and play with them. It has been massive fun.

Although the show looks traditional, the language has more of a modern cadence and the humour is modern. There are lots of twists and turns. Because of the success of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s stories, it was quite a challenge. But I drew inspiration from the original stories. Conan Doyle conveniently left loads of gaps, so there are nods to previous stories

and characters.” The play starts two years after the Reichenbach Falls incident. Sherlock has lost his hunger. He’s listless, bankrupt and reduced to selling the stories of his past glories. Then his brother Mycroft is arrested for treason and Holmes is jolted back into action along with Watson and the mysterious Irene Adler. With demons of his own to fight, and lost in a sea of madness, he battles unknown and unseen forces in a race to save Mycroft’s life. You will definitely already be aware of Mark’s work – even it you don’t realise it. Most recently he was responsible for ‘Call the Midwife’ and the new E4 drama ‘Youngers’. He was the series consultant on ‘Casualty’ between 2008 and 2011, leading the core story team as well as writing multiple episodes. He has been part of the ‘Eastenders’ core story team and has written for ‘Holby City’ and ‘Doctors’, and he adapted Louise Rennison’s ‘Angus Thongs and Even More Snogging’ for The Playhouse last year. This ‘Steampunk’-inspired theatrical extravaganza is designed by Michael Taylor, and Mark says the sets look fantastic. Plus there is some spectacular magic and illusions by Scott Penrose, who has worked with Cirque du Soleil, and on films like ‘The Illusionist’ with Edward Norton and ‘Hot Fuzz’ with Simon Pegg. If this is as good as it sounds, it will be quite a coup for The Playhouse. It runs from 18th May until 8th June and tickets are available from 0113 213 7700 or

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THE ANNUAL CHAPEL ALLERTON ARTS FESTIVAL WILL TAKE PLACE FROM MONDAY 26TH AUGUST – SUNDAY 1ST SEPTEMBER THIS YEAR. Completely run by volunteers, it’s a great event that pulls the community together and celebrates local talent. You don’t need any particular expertise to volunteer, just enthusiasm and a little bit of time and energy. There are a number of areas you can get involved in, including: Publicity/Communications; Sponsorship/Fundraising; Organising Stalls; Event Management; Family/ Children’s Activities; Stewarding; Recycling. About 70 stewards are needed for the weekend. Stewards are present at each gate to ‘meet and greet’ and help to keep the site safe. There is a rota so you’ll only have to do a couple of hours at a time. Each group will meet once a

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Prepare to be amazed! There are plans afoot to create Narnia at Left Bank on Cardigan Road for two weeks at the end of November. Based on the success of a similar production in Liverpool, Left Bank will be welcoming school groups and the public right into the heart of the Narnia story. You will enter through a wardrobe, get lost in a winter wonderland and take a journey through the land of Narnia, meeting different characters along the way. To make this happen they need lots of volunteers - acting, producing, set building, sound, lighting, admin - you name it, they need someone to do it!

It will be a challenge, but it’s going to be brilliant! Enthusiasm is the only prerequisite! If you’d like to be involved then get in touch with them. Relaxed, workshop style auditions for actors will be held on Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th June. To take part please contact Lynsey Jones at or sign up on www.thenarniaexperience. com It will be a challenge, but it’s going to be brilliant!


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he first time I came across Mad Dogs Dance Theatre was during ‘Overworlds Underworlds’ Yorkshire’s Cultural Olympiad, at The Dark Arches last year. We happened upon a performance in one of the arches. Within seconds we were captivated by these dancers – a young couple who, as we discovered as the dance progressed, were dealing with the death of a child. It was intense. The audience stood riveted to the spot in silence as this couple battled with their emotions and loss, reaching into each person’s chest and grabbing their heart. Then the young man stormed past the audience and disappeared into the crowd. The young woman slowly left in the opposite direction. This was strong stuff. No body intensity of each story and character. spoke. It was as if we were all in shock. In the last four years Mad Dogs There were a few ‘Wows’. This was a has already created a stir, working piece that would stay with people for with companies like RJC, Phoenix, ACE a long time. Dance and Music, and Staatstheater Mad Dogs Dance Theatre was set Tanz Braunschweig, Germany, as well up in 2008 by Douglas Thorpe, an as producing ‘Missing’ for Overworlds accomplished dancer, whose dance Underworlds and choreographing career includes 20 years with Phoenix Northern School of Contemporary Dance Dance. Encouraged to dance by Nadine Third Year’s Easter Student Show. Senior, who taught at Harehills Middle Now Douglas is about to unleash School and went on to become the ‘Dogs Land’ at the University of Leeds first principal of Northern School of Stage@Leeds. Contemporary Dance, he trained at This is a touching story of love, London Contemporary Dance School power and emotional attachment. and went on to work with a variety Featuring four dancers and an actor, it of exciting choreographers including is provocative and outrageously profane Michael Clarke, Philip Taylor, Tom Jobe, yet surprisingly tender, addressing the Darshan Singh Bhuller, Henri Oguike, secrecy of intimate relationships at their and Javier de Frutos. breaking point. If you are looking for a When he started choreographing he comfortable, pretty evening of dance knew that he wanted to do more than this may not be for you – you will be produce pieces that were aesthetically challenged! Age recommendation: 15 + wonderful. He wanted to challenge Dogs Land is at Stage@Leeds people, to involve them emotionally, on 14th May at 7.30pm. Tickets to push the boundaries and work with (£10.50/£8.50) from 0113 343 8730 writers, musicians, actors. or Douglas’s work challenges not only Mad Dogs Tour includes the audience but also the dancers. In performances at Square Chapel, addition to complex choreography, they Halifax, Thursday 25th April; Swindon have to be able to throw their emotions Arts Centre, Friday 26th April; Barsnley into the ring and take on the passion and Civic Theatre, Saturday 4th May.

Philip Pullman’s dark, gripping children’s novel ‘I Was a Rat!’ will be brought to life at City Varieties from Wednesday 22nd – Saturday 25th May. The production, by Birmingham Repertory Theatre Company (in association with Nottingham Playhouse Theatre Company, The New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich and Teatro Kismet), is full of music, comedy and fantastic physical performances. It will surprise, delight and move audiences of all ages. This fantastical story was adapted for the stage by Teresa Ludovico, artistic director of Teatro Kismet, Southern Italy, best known in the UK for her thrilling productions of ‘Beauty and the Beast’, ‘The Snow Queen’ and ‘The Mermaid Princess’. “I have wanted to bring one of Philip Pullman’s stories to the stage for some time, because I find his work very close to my poetic style of theatre”, said Teresa “It is a theatre style that strives to address both young and adult audiences. Despite its fairytale structure and wonderful comic appeal, it deals with contemporary issues, such as the power of society’s institutions, including the press, which creates bogus news, purely for economic or political reasons.” Birmingham Repertory Theatre’s previous adaptation of Pullman’s ‘His Dark Materials’, was a huge success with both adults and children. Combining humour, fantasy and adventure, the moving and darkly comic tale of ‘I Was a Rat!’ slowly reveals its connection to one of the most famous fairytales of all time. Leading the ensemble cast as Roger is young actor Fox JacksonKeen, who played Billy in ‘Billy Elliot the Musical’. Leading actors Tyrone Huggins and Lorna Gayle play Bob and Joan respectively, and other roles are played by a versatile ensemble cast made up of Christopher Dingli, Joey Hickman, TJ Holmes, Jack Jones and Dodger Phillips. ‘I Was a Rat!’ is at City Varieties from Wednesday 22nd – Saturday 25th May. Tickets available from 0113 243 0808 or


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Alwoodley Ward Thanks to all those who have contacted me about litter hot spots. Cllrs Harrand, Buckley and I have ensured that our locality teams, who are responsible for litter, got straight to work on these. An interesting issue made its way into my inbox last month (very few letters these days, which is I suppose a sign of the times) concerning bicycle jumps in Adel Woods. Unbeknownst to many of us, just off Stairfoot Lane, set back in Adel Woods, young people have for many years had an unofficial bike track. These young people


Roundhay In recent months new 20 mph zones and school area parking restrictions have been rolled out south of Street Lane. They are intended to improve road safety by reducing speeds and congestion near schools. High speeds and lots of complex parking manoeuvres don’t mix with school children. In Roundhay, there have been particular speed problems on Lidgett Lane near Moor Allerton Hall Primary, and Allerton Grange Secondary - where cars tend to accelerate down hill, and parking problems on Talbot Road. No one, least of all the Police,

COMMUNITY NEWS had crafted the track with jumps and runs and had been using it, with few problems, for many years. Following some complaints to Leeds City Council Parks Department and worried about the risks of legal liability to the Council should anybody get hurt, the bulldozers were sent in and the track and jumps levelled. As you can imagine this has left quite a number of young bikers quite upset, as they couldn’t see what harm they were causing and don’t we keep telling them to go and get some exercise and do something constructive!. Should these young bikers be accommodated in this part of Adel Wood, or was the Council quite right to level the tracks and ‘move them on’? We really would welcome your views. On a separate note, on 25th April 2013 at 7pm the neighbourhood policing team for Alwoodley, Moortown and Roundhay are holding their annual ‘whole area’ meeting at St Gemma’s Hospice. This is a great opportunity to meet Inspector Briggs and his team and to hear first hand about their work in our community. For any and all local queries your local councillors are always here to help. Have a great month. 0113 2041094

wants to catch drivers speeding, but we do know that there are 90% fatalities when children are hit by a car at 40 mph, while 90% hit at 20 mph will survive - often just with minor bruising. So it really is important for drivers to slow down, and to park considerately, or just to leave the car at home. These changes are the beginning. Similar measures are being considered over the next couple of years in the South of the Ward near Roundhay St John’s and John Jamieson Schools and across much of the City. As with the current schemes, there will be consultation and plenty of chances to comment, but I would welcome any views, for or against, and Roundhay Councillors will make sure they are heard loud and clear. 07891278717 / 0113 247 6927

FRIENDS OF WIGTON MOOR WOODS The aims of Friends of Wigton Moor Woods are to see the woodland behind Plantation Gardens and Wigton Moor School improved and managed as an attractive woodland area with paths, benches, gateway features and information about nature trails etc. and to see the uninspiring and underused playground upgraded. Since forming in April 2012 the group has become a ‘voice’ for the area, drawing attention to the state of the woods, the park and the playground - not forgetting the drainage problems, as seen in the ponding of areas that used to be dry and the path behind High Ash shops being impassable. The Council’s Flood Alleviation manager has visited and made as assessment of the area and you can see some of the work that has been carried out as a result. Friends are now in touch with Parks’ site managers and the Woodlands Officer about a Woodland Action/Management Plan for this year, which will include tasks that the group can get involved with. A Spring task will be the sprucing up the children’s play area. This is scheduled for 27th April and any help would welcome. There will also be a refreshments tent and activities/displays. For further information, contact Debbie on 0753 2186715, friendsofwigtonmoorwoods@gmail. com or via Facebook


OF SITE TO COMMUNITY LIME TREE COMMUNITY TRUST HELD A COMMUNITY CONSULTATION RECENTLY, TO PRESENT PROPOSALS TO SAFEGUARD THE FORMER YORKSHIRE BANK SPORTS GROUND FOR GREEN SPACE. More than 200 people attended to give their views, with many offering their support. The land has been unused for 12 years as various developers have tried to get planning permission to develop the land for housing. There is now a real possibility of working with a housing developer

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and kale which add a good texture to planting. Pot begonias and gloxinias for indoor colour – some begonias do well in hanging baskets. Dahlias can be planted out at the end of the month. Clear out Spring bedding and prepare the ground for Summer plants. May is also the month when flower shows start – the first being Chelsea. Look out for shows nearer home, as most will have lovely plants for sale and you can talk to the grower for advice.

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BIRD WATCH WITH STAN KENYON he arrival of our earlier summer visitors has been delayed by the miserably cold March. One of the first is the Sand Martin, normally present in some numbers before the end of that month. Dull grey-brown above and white below, it has a grey-brown breast band separating a white throat from a white belly. It has a shallowly forked tail and a rapid light flight as it darts across water in pursuit of insects. Smaller than its cousins the Swallow and House Martin, it is a gregarious bird, nesting colonially in the earth banks of rivers and gravel pits, which makes its occurrence rather local. Sand Martins excavate long tunnels which risk being flooded out by rising rivers as during last summer.

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THE REAP GARDENING GROUP IS HOLDING ANOTHER ROUNDHAY GARDEN IDEAS TRAIL ON SUNDAY 23RD JUNE AND ONCE AGAIN THEY ARE LOOKING FOR GARDENS. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO OPEN YOUR GARDEN TO THE COMMUNITY, PLEASE CONTACT SUE TUFFIN AT SUE@SUETUFFIN.CO.UK OR 0113 266 2533 BY SATURDAY 4TH MAY. Remember, this is not about showing off perfect borders and posh designs. It is about sharing interesting ideas, perhaps vegetables and flowers growing together, or a wildlife garden, and a lovely afternoon spent with friends and family. If you are new to gardening or looking for fresh ideas to inspire you, put the date in your diary now! Go

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WITH MARK RADCLIFFE Glam took off because Britain was a fairly bleak, drab place in the 70s – what with the strikes and power cuts and whatnot.

hen North Leeds Life had the opportunity to have a brief chat with Noddy we asked how a visit to Tate Liverpool’s ongoing Glam exhibition had brought back memories of the glory years. The exhibition features photographs of Slade in their heyday and costumes worn by his former bandmates as well as musical peers and contemporaries such as Roxy Music and Marc Bolan. What struck Noddy, though, was not so much the outrageously flamboyant style of the outfits but that, “They were so small. I can’t believe we ever fit into them!” Noddy always knew he was destined to be some kind of all round artist and things really came together with the explosion of Glam Rock in the 70s. How did he and Slade fit in? “The band always wore loud, eye-catching clothing on stage”, said Noddy. “Dave Hill’s (guitarist) outfits, in particular, grew ever more outrageous. But it was Marc Bolan who introduced the glitter and the more Glamtastic trappings of the style.

“It took off because Britain was a fairly bleak, drab place in the 70s – what with the strikes and power cuts and whatnot. Glam Rock seemed the perfect antidote to Grim Britain, aided by the TV event that was Top of the Pops which at the time attracted upwards of 20 million viewers a week!” Since the glory days of Glam Noddy has consistently kept himself busy with a variety of projects. He was

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Photo: Jo Lee he new route starts and finishes in Leeds city centre. It’s flatter and faster and takes in some of the city’s most iconic landmarks. The starting point is near the Grand Arcade, Vicar Lane. It then goes through The Calls, past City Square, along Wellington Street and out along Kirkstall Road, looping back on itself to bring runners back to The Headrow for the grand finish outside Leeds Town Hall. As well as the new route, the run – which has raised over £2m for good causes - will bring a party atmosphere to the streets of Leeds, giving runners vital encouragement and entertaining the crowds on Sunday 14th July. We caught up with Jane’s husband Mike Tomlinson and Olympian Tracey Morris shortly after the launch. “It was always Jane’s wish to hold a mass

participation event in her home city”, said Mike. “She wanted it to be for everyone, regardless of age or ability and so we came up with Run For All. We’re looking forward to another fantastic year! We’ve worked with Leeds City Council to come up with this new, flatter and faster course. We also want race day to be a real party, so we’ve got lots of local bands, artists, musicians, dancers, you name it, to create a real carnival atmosphere.” Tracey won the women’s race in the first ever Leeds 10K with a superfast time of 34:43. Of course she had had a little practice! It was when she was running a local race with the Valley Striders that she was spotted by UK Athletics’ endurance coach, Bud Baldaro. He sought her out and suggested she run the London Marathon that year (2004) and secured a place for her. She was hoping to get around without

stopping and to justify getting a place – instead she smashed it in 2:33:52! What’s more, as the first British Woman to finish (and in the absence of Paula Radcliffe) she found she had qualified for the Athens Olympics! She finished 29th out of 81 starters there, in a time of 2:41 and went on to come 4th in the Commonwealth Games marathon in Melbourne in 2006 (2:33:13); 16th in the European Championships in Gothenburg (2006) in 2:37:34; and 19th in the World Championships marathon in Osaka (2007) in 2:36:40. Not bad for an accidental marathoner! “The new course is brilliant”, said Tracy. “The Leeds 10K has always been a fantastic event that the whole of Yorkshire has got behind. Now it’s faster and flatter which will attract both elite and fun runners. And, the party atmosphere will not only make it more fun but also give people that extra boost if they are flagging.” Profits from the Leeds 10K go directly to the Jane Tomlinson Appeal, which supports children’s and cancer charities. Runners are encouraged to raise sponsorship for a charity of their choice, in particular, the run’s partner charities: Martin House Children’s Hospice, Yorkshire Cancer Research, Macmillan Cancer Support, Leeds Children’s Hospital and The Haven Breast Cancer Support Centre. Talking of sporting legacies – it’s hard to beat Jane Tomlinson’s. To register, visit www.forallevents.

SUPPORT TIM AND WIN A UNIQUE PENDANT! Tim Swann of Form Bespoke Jewellers in Chapel Allerton has created a unique, diamond and white gold Marathon Pendant to help raise funds for the Yorkshire-based charity Brain Tumour Research & Support. He will run the Manchester Marathon for the charity on 28th April in memory of his mother who died of brain cancer some years ago. For a £20 donation you get a chance to guess Tim’s finishing time – the person who comes closest wins the pendant (RRP £559). Having never run a marathon before, Tim wanted a bit of motivation and felt that by creating this special piece he could encourage more people to donate to the charity and make his efforts even more worthwhile. “At 40 I’m too old to play rugby, but I’m not ready to hang my trainers up yet!” said Tim. “I decided to enter the Manchester Marathon and raise some money for an amazing local charity. I met with Carol Robertson, founder of


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“The teams showed an impressive grasp of the key economic issues facing the MPC and presented the material in fresh and innovative ways, and with great enthusiasm”, said Charles Bean. “I hope this experience has brought economics to life for the students and demonstrated the uncertainty surrounding policy making.” As well as winning a cash prize

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Moortown Rugby Union Respect, teamwork, discipline, fun. Brilliant club for under 7s (Year 2) to adults. They train & play Sun 10:30am at Moss Valley, LS17 7NT. Details: Damian Curtis 07860 454701, damian. or clubs/moortownrufc/ Pudsey & District Rambling Club Walks of 5 - 10 miles Sun & alt Thurs. New members welcome in this friendly, long established club with members from all over the district. Annual membership £8 (£1 juniors). Try before you join. Details: 01943 430657 Ramgarhia Sports Centre Adults: Circuit Training (Mon & Wed 6.30 – 7.30pm; Fri 6 – 7pm). £5 per class. Children: Cricket (ages 8-16, Sun 10am – noon); Hockey (Fri, 5 – 6pm). £2 per class. All abilities welcome. Details: 262 5657, ‘Ramgarhia Sikh Centre’ on facebook. Roundhay parkrun Sat 8.45am for 9am start, at the bandstand near The Mansion. Free 5k timed run for all ages & abilities. Details: uk/roundhay/ Run the Great North Run Sun 15 Sept in Newcastle. Lineham Farm Children’s Centre in Eccup is looking for runners to help raise funds. Details: Clare Beard 281 7880, St Gemma’s Sponsored Skydives 4 May & Father’s Day 15 June (or your own date). An exhilarating experience! Jump for your Dad, with your dad, in memory of someone or just because you’re a dad! Raise £395 & jump FREE! Details: Michelle 218 5570, Sue Ryder Wheatfields Hospice has a few places available for this year’s Run for All Leeds Half Marathon, Sun 12 May. Every penny raised will go towards patient care at the hospice. Details: Sarah-Jane Meyers 203 3302,, www. Zumba Classes Fri 3.30 – 4.30pm, Northcall Community Centre, Cranmer Bank LS17. £1.50. Details: 268 9993 ARTS & CRAFTS

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Details: Dave Senior 282 1818, www. Alwoodley Motor Club Every other Thurs, 8.30pm, The Wharfedale Inn, Arthington Lane. All welcome. Details: 391 0403, Friends of Allerton Grange Fields Friendly group of volunteers working to maintain & enhance Allerton Grange Fields off Lidgett Lane, LS17. New volunteers welcome to join events & activities, including litter picks, bulb & tree planting, shrub clearance. Details:, www. Friends of Leeds City Museums raise funds to finance acquisitions for Leeds’ museums, through a range of exciting trips & social events. New members very welcome. Details: 269 3899, Friends of University Art and Music (Leeds) helps to foster the musical & artistic outreach of the University of Leeds. Membership open to all. Regular activities. Details: 343 2584, www. Greenpeace Leeds meet 1st Mon of month, 6.30pm Wharf Chambers, Wharf St, LS2 (by The Calls). Join the growing action to protect our forests, oceans & stop climate chaos. Details: Joe 07929 610773, www. Headingley Games Club Thurs 6.30 – 10.30pm at HEART, Bennett Rd. Board games: Settlers, Puerto Rico, Carcassonne, mst Euro-games, etc. Tabletop games: 40k, Hordes, Flames of War, War machine, etc & Role Playing Games. Details: 275 9762, http:// Facebook group: Headingley Games Club Human Writes in Leeds (HWIL) meets monthly, central Leeds (daytime). Participants bring short piece of their writing for discussion. Details: Warwick 228 8584, Kaleidoscope Social Club for over 50s & unattached with a zest for life. Monthly programme of events. Not a dating agency. Details: 262 1455 or 261 2619, www.kaleidoscopeleeds. Leeds Anglo German Club Tues 14 May, 7.30pm Headingley St Columba’s URC. Illustrated talk on Austria Today by Peter Gieler, former Gen Sec of AngloAustrian Society, in German & English. Details: 268 7697 Leeds Elmets Probus Club provides a social gathering for retired men from professional & business backgrounds. Meets last Tues of month, 12 noon at Leeds 17 Restaurant, Nursery Lane, for lunch followed by guest speaker & short business meeting. Details: Keith


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Leeds Guild of Singers Welcomes new members in all voice groups, especially tenors & basses. Do you sight-read? Would you like to sing renaissance & contemporary music in a small friendly choir? Rehearsals Tues 7.30 – 9.30pm at Leeds University. Details: Liz at

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Moor Voices Wed (fortnightly), 7.30 – 9pm, Old Tetley Hall, Headingley. Informal singing group. Beautiful harmonies from around the world. Led by Angela Michel. No auditions, no singing alone, no experience needed. Details: 278 3120, Phoenix Concert Band Community concert band for players of Grade 6 standard & over. Rehearsals Thurs 7.30 – 9.30pm at The Grammar School at Leeds, Tebb Room in music department. To join or book the band for a concert visit www.phoenixband. or email: secretary@ 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.
 7 Jazz Voices Choir with Nicki Allan Mon 7 – 9pm at Inkwell, 31 Potternewton Lane, Chapel Allerton. Eclectic mix of jazz, pop, gospel & blues. Dates: 20 May, 3 & 17 June, 1 July. Performance Sun 5 May at Inkwell Festival & Jazz Café Sun 1-4pm 7 July Seven Arts. £5 per session. Details: 237 0700, jeanwatsonlifeskills@ 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 Singing to Raise Funds Fairfax Singers will bring some lovely music to help raise those much needed funds for your charity. 14 year reputation. Details: 01274 597024, 01943 877464 West Riding Opera has vacancies for chorus members to participate in concerts & staged opera selections. All voice ranges welcome, no audition. Details: 01274 595978, davewb8@ The White Rosettes Female barbershop chorus (four part unaccompanied harmony), 12 x national champions, rehearse Wed 7.30 – 10pm at Moorlands School, Foxhill Dr, Weetwood Lane, LS16. Details: Jan Spencer 07852 210640,

Craft Club Thurs, 2.15 – 4pm at Stainbeck Church, Stainbeck Rd, LS7. Informal group for all crafting abilities & interests. Join in group activities or bring your own along. All welcome. Donation to cover materials welcome. Details: 393 0600, www.interact. Leeds & Bradford Friendship Group meets 1st Wed of month, 1.30pm at Pudsey Civic Hall LS28 5TA. Speaker or entertainment at 2pm. Friendship & activities for people of retirement age. Days out, dining, walks, computers, etc. New members welcome. Details: 258 5955 or 267 5657 Lunch Club & Over 55s Club Wed 12 – 3pm. Two course meal £3.50 followed by fun activities. Northcall Community Centre, Cranmer Bank, Leeds LS17. Details: 268 9993 MAECare Coffee Mornings: 3rd Thurs, 10.30am –12, Moortown Methodist Church Hall, Alderton Rise, LS17. £2 /£2.50. Music & Memories: 1st Thurs, 10.30am – 12, Moortown Social Club, £1.50. Creative Crafts: Mon 10.30am – 12.30pm, Methodist Church Hall. £3. Nintendo Wii: 1st Tues, 10.30am – 12, Moorhaven Court, LS17 £1. MAECare Strollers: fortnightly, 10.30am 57 Cranmer Bank. Short, accessible walks. Details: MAECare 266 0371 Roundhay Tea & Chat Club Tues 1.45 – 3.30pm at Terry Yorath House, Devonshire Ave. Club for over 70s who would like to make new friends & take part in wide range of activities. £1. Details: Carole 269 6632 Stainbeck URC Lunch Club Stainbeck Rd. Mon & Wed, 11am – 1.30pm (£4). Meal, friendship, gentle exercise. Transport provided. Volunteers welcome. Details: Avril or Brian 293 5847, Angela 225 3766, www. U3A Leeds is a friendly, lively organisation for anyone no longer in full time work. Over 20 special interest groups & fortnightly talks on various topics, held at Moor Allerton Sports & Social Club. Details: 07552 448834, SPIRITUAL Fourth Way Philosophy Group An introduction to Fourth Way of GI Gurdjieff. Readings from ‘In Search of the Miraculous’ which gives a broad outline of the teaching. Meetings in Leeds & Otley. Adm free. Details: 07581 080667, rb@gurdjieff-leeds. com,


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Details: Heather Harrison 267 8437 White Rose Ladies Speakers Club meets 2nd & 4th Mon at Farsley Library, Old Rd, LS28. A friendly environment in which to improve your speaking skills. Details: Pauline Neale,, 269 3542, or through Younger Life Leeds Junior Chess Club Meets Sun 5.30 – 7.30pm at Alwoodley Community Centre, The Avenue, Alwoodley. Ideal for ages 7-18 of all standards. Coaching from accredited coaches, competitive & friendly play, fun tournaments. Details: John Hipshon 226 7759, www. Youth Club Mon in term time. Ages 8 – 12: 7 – 8.30pm; ages 13+: 7 – 9pm. Stainbeck Church, Stainbeck Rd. LS7. Games, crafts, table tennis, pool, PS3, Wii, events. Details: 393 0600, www. MISC/ Events Chapel Allerton Tennis, Squash & Gym Club Open Day Sat 4 May, 12 – 5pm, Wensley Ave, off Stainbeck Lane, LS7. Free tennis, squash & racketball for children & adults. All ages & levels welcome, incl. complete beginners. Food from Sunshine Bakery. Hope Pastures Horse & Donkey Sanctuary Weetwood Lane, LS16. Visitors welcome 10am – 2.45pm. Free admission. Donations welcome. Details: 261 4344 For events & pony days visit Leeds Children’s Circus Tues 5.45 – 6.45pm under 10s; 7 – 8pm over 10s. Adults 1st & 3rd Tues 8pm at Harehills Lane Baptist Church, Hilton Place LS8 4HF Details: info@ www. 
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