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CONTENTS National Healthcare Hero Planning for Otley Carnival Readers’ Letters Police Update News from Your Councillors Community Notices Where have all the Weavers Gone? Treasures Revealed in Bramhope Treat Yourself – Go North! Garden Round Up Sound & Vision Music Listings Younger Life Active

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This magazine is published by North Leeds Life Limited, 265A Otley Road, West Park, Leeds LS16 5LN. Established in 2005, we are an independent, family-owned and operated business, publishing nine monthly magazines: Headingley Life, Meanwood Life, Weetwood & West Park Life, Horsforth Life, Cookridge Life, Adel Life, Menston Life, Otley Life and Bramhope & Pool-in-Wharfedale Life. Monthly door-to-door distribution: 36,000; estimated monthly readership: 120,000. Disclaimer: Whilst every effort is made to ensure that all editorial, advertising and directory listings are accurate, the publisher is not liable for any errors, omissions, statements or opinions provided. The publishers accept no liability of any nature arising out of or in connection with the contents of this magazine.

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LETTER FROM THE EDITOR Dear Readers Thank you very much for all your comments on our new look. Happily most of them were very positive, there were just a few niggles – one being our use of colour in some of the listing sections. We have addressed this, using deeper shades which should be easier to read. We continue our ‘get out and about’ theme this month, encouraging you to head north out of Leeds and enjoy some of the fabulous things that the North has to offer. We discover a print/textile artist living in Horsforth, teaching in Leeds and producing beautiful prints and tapestries. Slahjayvah Danza, a young dance company based in Chapel Allerton is staging an exciting new work at Seven Arts. It’s time again for the annual ‘Treasures Revealed’ Festival, where different faiths open their doors to the wider community and celebrate their history and culture – check out events locally. Headingley Festival – a new Jazz/ Music event launches 3rd May and has a great line-up. And, there’s plenty of other news and activity. The deadline for news and editorial for the June edition is 1st May, and 1st June for the July issue. Keep your news coming in, we love to hear from you! Kind regards Jack, Carole and the Team W

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Earlier in her career Linda was named Professional Nurse of the Year for developing an ‘at risk’ foot scheme

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Linda in Line to be National Healthcare Hero

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Linda Clapham, long-serving diabetes nurse and manager of the Diabetes Centre at Wharfedale Hospital, has reached the final of a national competition to be named as NHS247’s national Healthcare Hero. This brand new award, held in conjunction with Renault UK, is based on nominations by NHS colleagues. She will be competing against 19 other staff from all over the UK for the coveted title of NHS Employee of the Year. As well as the title, the winner will drive off in a brand new Renault Megane car worth over £20,000.

“Linda puts a lot of effort into her job and always goes the extra mile”,

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inda qualified as a nurse in 1978, and has worked for Leeds Teaching Hospitals for all of her career, much of it at Wharfedale Hospital in Otley. “Being nominated came like a bolt out of the blue, but I feel very flattered,” she said. “I never thought I would make the final so it has all been a great surprise.” “Linda puts a lot of effort into her job and always goes the extra mile”, said Joy Wright, a colleague. “She

has been extremely helpful to me and other staff here, has time for everyone, is very popular with patients and makes sure we provide an excellent service.” Suzanne Binns, who has Type 1 diabetes, commented: “When newly diagnosed Linda was so supportive. I could ring her any time. She explained everything and gave me the confidence to deal with my diabetes. She’s fab!”

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Earlier in her career Linda was named Professional Nurse of the Year for developing an ‘at risk’ foot scheme providing support for diabetics needing help in managing low blood glucose, and was highly commended in the 2009 Yorkshire and Humber Health and Social Care Awards. The winner will be announced in June. Good Luck Linda!


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Planning for Otley Carnival

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arnival day is rapidly approaching and committee members are busy preparing for another super event for Otley residents and visitors. The success of the day depends on the help and support of people from Otley and the surrounding area. Carnival Chairman, Geoff Wright tells us how people can help:

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Provide a stall, sideshow or attraction at Bridge End field where the parade ends. There will be numerous attractions to make this a great afternoon for the whole family. Organisations set up stalls or other activities to raise funds for their cause or business. Details and entry forms from June Galling on 01943 467549.

Enter a float vehicle or walking tableau in the parade Most local schools entered last year as did several local charities, youth and community groups. The parade is also an opportunity for businesses and organisations to advertise and we are happy to accept entries from further afield. Details and entry forms are available from Diana Allen on 01943 462498.

Dress up and be a collector for the day! We always need people to collect funds on the day. The more collectors we have the more we raise for our chosen charities. Dress up and you could win a prize! (age 16 & over, unless accompanied by adult). Details from Ann Steval on 01943 466995

Programmes and Raffle Tickets The carnival programme will be on sale this month. Many local businesses have advertised and we are very grateful for their support. Raffle tickets are available from committee members or representatives of this year’s beneficiaries, who are: Otley Museum, Otley 2nd Scouts, and Otley Methodist Church Shop Window Dressing Local shops will be approached to join in the fun by decorating their windows for the Carnival. There are several trophies to be won and judging will taken place on the Sunday before the event (13th June). For further information contact Geoff Wright on 01943-465179

The more collectors we have the more we raise for our chosen charities

Feast and Fundraising ..............................................................

The annual Pool Feast family fun day is on Sunday 6th June from 2pm at Pool Sports Ground. Local clubs and associations run stalls and events and donate a part of their takings back to the organising committee to support a worthwhile local cause.

In past years, the beneficiaries have included St Gemma’s Hospice, Pool Village Hall refurbishment project, and Pool Parish Council for new playground equipment.

entertainment including; Otley Brass Band, Police Dogs display team, Children’s mini Olympics, a bouncy castle and inflatable assault course.

This year, the funds will be donated to Wharfedale Court Sheltered Housing to help the social committee fund new computer equipment. There will be a variety of stalls and

Any businesses, clubs, associations or individuals interested in taking a stall or running an event should contact the organising committee via mel. gerrard@btconnect.com

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There will be a variety of stalls and entertainment including; Otley Brass Band, Police Dogs display team, Children’s mini Olympics, a bouncy castle and inflatable assault course.

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Readers Letters

.................................................................................................................................................................................................... We have a great little town! In response to last month’s letter regarding facilities in Otley, it’s always interesting to receive feedback from members of the public as to how they feel about our little Market Town, Otley. Whether it’s positive or negative, everyone has their views.That’s one of the nice things about a good old Yorkshire town, people say what they mean! I realise we don’t always have what everyone wants, but we do have some fantastic shops – the food shops for instance. We have butchers and bakers who have won national awards, restaurants that get rave reviews from some of the harshest critics, and a Farmers’ Market that people travel to from far and wide to pick up local produce. I do sympathise with Evelyn Friend

though when she can’t get something that she wants. I remember when we had men’s clothing shops in Otley, now we don’t. Although if you know where to look, you will find shops selling men’s clothes.

Our 50th client! I just thought I would write to tell you of our continuing success using North Leeds Life. We have recently gained our 50th new client since we first came to you last June, but in reality the figure is much higher, as it does not include the very many referrals from friends, neighbours and relations. Just for your interest, we now have five Ovenu vans on the road and my team is covering almost all of West Yorkshire, converting very dirty ovens back to near showroom condition. The only negative we hear is from people who confess they are embarrassed to call us because their ovens are so dirty! Don’t be, I tell them.... our process is guaranteed to fix the problem.

Evelyn also mentions that there are too many charity shops and cafes, too many gift shops and beauticians, estate agents and opticians. These businesses survive because people use them, without customers they wouldn’t be here. I know it’s frustrating when you can’t always find what you want, but don’t give up on our lovely town, it’s a great place to be. I’ll even set myself a challenge, tell me what you want and I’ll try and tell you where you can get it!

Richard Greenwood Ovenu, 07912 870552

Trevor Backhouse President of Otley Chamber of Trade

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he start of the year saw us re-locating to The Lounge at Wharfedale Court, and our first speaker in January was Nicola Down who told us of her life in TV as a production assistant responsible for every aspect of a production, from finding suitable rehearsal rooms to keeping everybody happy. In February, Sandra Inskip amazed us with her talent in experimenting with textiles and wonderful samples of her work. She went on to explain the history of fabric. March saw Sarah Fowler of Braythorne Bees at Stainburn come to tell us about the life cycle of her

bees – it was fascinating. And, in April we hosted the Lower Wharfedale Group. Colin Anderson entertained us with a talk on ‘Life in the Palace Kitchens’.

Sandra Inskip amazed us with her talent in experimenting with textiles

Judith Davey, President, Pool W.I.

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Leeds Soroptomists Celebrate 80 Years

.................................................................................................................................................................................................... his year Soroptomist families and communities. International of Leeds Together with other Yorkshire marks 80 years of voluntary SI clubs, SI Leeds is supporting community service. The Mayor Soroptimists in Zimbabwe, and members of Soroptimists in providing essential help to families Dortmund, Germany, will be on in a difficult economic and political climate. Working closely with SI hand to help them celebrate in style! Bulawayo, the Leeds club’s particular focus is to support the education of Various events have been organised over the third weekend in April to girls. mark the achievements of SI Leeds since its inception in 1930. The club is one of almost 3,000 in 125 countries, For more information about where professional women give SI Leeds, please go to www.soroptimist-gbi.co.uk/leeds their time, skills and experience to projects which enhance the status of women and support children, ....................................................................................................................................................................................................

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professional women give their time, skills and experience to projects which enhance the status of women and support children, families and communities

Are You Nominate Your Wasting Energy? Favourite Volunteer ............................................................................................... ........................................................................................... Do you know someone who’s made a real difference to you or your community through voluntary work? If so, why not let them know how much their efforts are appreciated by nominating them for a volunteering award? 2010 is the Leeds Year of Volunteering and as well as encouraging more people to roll their sleeves up and get involved, it’s important to recognise people who are already making a difference and celebrate the work they do. Leeds Volunteering Owls is an awards scheme

that allows any resident of Leeds to nominate an individual or group of volunteers they feel deserves a pat on the back for the unpaid work they’ve done to benefit others. Volunteers can also nominate themselves or the group that they work with. The closing date for nominations is 30th September 2010. Everyone who is nominated for an award will be sent a certificate of congratulations. Shortlisted finalists will be invited to the awards evening on 1st December at Leeds Civic Hall.

For more info www.leedsyearofvolunteering.co.uk

it’s important to recognise people who are already making a difference and celebrate the work they do

borrow one of these special energy readers from one of 22 libraries ari ries es acrosss Leeds. ........................................................................................... ............................ Following a successful to find out just how much energy you are pilot scheme carried wasting every day, you out last year in Otley, Leeds Library and can borrow one of these Information Service special energy readers has taken on a stock of from one of 22 libraries across Leeds. energy monitors which For more information, can show how much energy an appliance is contact Leeds City using, how much it costs Council’s Sustainability when it’s switched on, Communications Officer Amanda Burns and how much is being wasted when it is left on on 0113 247 5704 or standby. email amanda.l.burns@ If you are a library leeds.gov.uk member and would like


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Police Update Menston With Sergeant Jo Beecroft .................................................................................................................................................................................................... PCSO Andy Wade is still covering Menston whilst PCSO Rachel Hodgson is on light duties prior to maternity leave, and PC Hudson remains the local Police Officer for the village. Crime figures for Menston remain one of the lowest in the Bradford District. In March there were just two burglaries. Please continue to be vigilant and ensure your property is secure. We offer a property marking service where we mark items with an ultra violet pen. If you would like PCSO Wade to visit, please call us. The Neighbourhood Policing Team holds regular PACT meetings (Police and Community Together),

where we consult the public in relation to their concerns and establish local priorities. At present there are no priorities for Menston, so if you have any issues you wish to discuss, please come to the PACT meetings. PCSO Wade has been concentrating on Community Speed Watch, using a speed gun to identify vehicles travelling over the limit. Offending drivers are sent a warning letter. (At least 62 of these have been sent out in the past six weeks.) The re Road Traffic Department are eding informed of particular speeding hotspots, which they monitor and issue tickets where necessary. Please note the speed limit for

the road you are driving on or face the consequences! If you are willing to volunteer to help on speed watch, please contact us. Andy will be holding surgeries at the library in Kirklands Community Centre on 13th and 20th May. The next PACT meetings are Wednesday 28th April, 7pm at Menston Primary School, and Wednesday 2nd June, 7.30pm at Kirklands Community Centre. con To contact your local NPT, call Ilkley Police Station on 01274 47530 or email hanpt1@ 475301. we westyorkshire.pnn.police.uk. PC Andy Wade

Police Update Otley with PCSO Peter Andrews

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rime in Otley remains low. To some degree this is helped by the PACT (Police and Communities Together) priorities being patrolled several times a day. Currently these are town centre anti-social behaviour issues and possible illegal substance related crime in the Broadwalk area. Neighbourhood Watch is also helping by passing information on regularly. Recent burglaries occurred in New Inn Court, Otley, where suspects gained entry to two shop units through the roof overnight, stealing items and activating the alarm system; and a house on Weston Drive. A suspect has been arrested.

A further incident in the same area, resulted in two suspects being arrested for possession of an illegal substance.

of a few parents will not be tolerated. Please think about where you park and accept that a short walk might be necessary.

Elsewhere, a male was arrested for burgling bank premises (minor items) on Crossgate; a vehicle in a town centre car park had a window broken and the Satellite Navigation System stolen; and on Danefield Terrace, a shed was broken into and two mountain bikes stolen.

To contact your Neighbourhood Policing Team visit Otley Police Station Helpdesk, Mon – Fri 9am – 5pm, call 0845 6060606 for non-emergencies, or your local officers on 01274 471453 for routine matters. If you have to leave a message, we will return your call as soon as possible. Messages are checked at least twice daily.

Attention has been given to the Lisker Drive area, following complaints regarding inconsiderate parking by parents outside All Saints School. Children’s safety is paramount and the poor behaviour

The Contact Point at Bennett Court, Weston Drive, Otley will be held on 4th & 18th May, 1st & 15th June, from 10 – 11am.

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Police Update Pool & Bramhope with PCSO Claire Salkeld

.................................................................................................................................................................................................... vehicles that may look out of place There was an attempted burglary Here we are already in May and in the area and contact us directly on Main Street, Pool, where the days are getting longer. There with anything you think we need to the residents were at home and is nothing like throwing open all of check out. someone tried to break in through the windows and letting in some a downstairs window. Luckily fresh air. Remember this could they didn’t gain entry and nothing be an invitation for a burglar too! The Speed Indication Device has was stolen. A garage was also Please remain vigilant, it only takes been in use again. One Sunday in broken into on Arthington Road seconds to become the victim of March I caught 132 people driving and various tools stolen. We have crime. up Pool Bank at over the 30mph no leads at the moment to either speed limit. This is unacceptable offence. and checks will continue in that Crime this month has been area. generally low. There have been two Three males were caught attempting thefts of vehicles, one from Breary to take scrap metal from Whiteleys Lane which was recovered, and one The Contact Point at Bennett Court, Paper Mill on Pool Road. They were from Arthington Hall car park. This Weston Drive, Otley will be held on caught on CCTV and on a digital turned up, unfortunately, burnt out 4th & 18th May, 1st & 15th June, camera. Enquiries are ongoing to in the Bradford area. from 10 – 11am. their identities. Please take note of ....................................................................................................................................................................................................

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News From Your Councillors

11 Otley continues to enjoy success in securing funding for improvements to the local environment

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Councillor Clive Fox Pool and Bramhope

Councillor Ryk Downes Otley

We’ve been broken down again. Don‘t get me wrong, there’s no need to call one of the motoring organisations. It’s just that they, the ivory tower dwellers that is, have redefined us yet again. Welcome to the Leeds Neighbourhood Index which divides Leeds into neighbourhoods of roughly 7000 people each. The LNI is derived from a basket of no less than 26 indicators covering things like employment, low incomes, the environment, health, crime and education. By now you will surely be on tenterhooks wanting to know where the Pool, Bramhope, Arthington and Carlton neighbourhood lies in the league table. The answer is 105th out of 108 in Leeds. Surely we’re not that bad! Actually just to confuse you it’s one of those funny upside down tables meaning in fact we rank as the fourth best neighbourhood in Leeds. Top of the league is the Horsforth Brownberries neighbourhood followed by Hawksworth & Tranmere Park and Wetherby West. We may only be fourth, but at least we’re one place ahead of Adel. Looking at the details, we learn there were no less than 126 ‘community disorders’ in our neighbourhood in 2009. That makes me wonder if I somehow missed a few good local riots last year. But there again, Horsforth Brownberries got away with having 192 and still managed pole position. Maybe the difference lies in the fact that we suffered eight times as many graffiti incidents as Horsforth Brownberries. They had one, we had no less than eight! Or could it be because we had nine cases of persistent school absenteeism, whilst Horsforth had only five? Comparing apples with pears and coming up with an index is scarcely a scientific approach. However it’s the best we’ve got - until that is, the next time they have a go at breaking us down.

Readers may recall that last year I asked local organisations for suggestions for schemes that would make their buildings more energy efficient and reduce their carbon footprint. As a result, my Ward colleagues and I have managed to secure grant aid to insulate 2nd Otley’s Scout hut, Weston Lane Sports Pavilion and Otley Old People’s Welfare Club. We have also helped towards the funding of an innovative scheme to place photo voltaic cells on the roof of Ashfield Primary. Both the school and the environment will win here, with the school producing green electricity to meet its needs. During holidays and weekends it can sell the power to the National Grid. WHARFEMEADOWS PARK As part of the Council’s Parks Renaissance Scheme, work should start over the summer on improvements to the play area. This scheme channels funds into parks in parts of the City that do not qualify for government support. OTLEY’S FUNDING SUCCESS Otley continues to enjoy success in securing funding for improvements to the local environment. Many residents tell me how pleased they are with the recent road and pavement repairs, as well as the CCTV cameras, revamped market place, and new pedestrian crossing. The next stage includes replacing the paving on the west side of Kirkgate, which has been neglected for some time. OTLEY CIVIC CENTRE Otley Civic Centre will close for refurbishment at the end of April. The work will include a new roof, the installation of a lift, and refurbishment of all the rooms. Major works will increase capacity in the main hall, turning it into a large multi-use space for everything from concerts to exhibitions. Despite threats of cuts, funding is secure for the improvements to this important local asset.

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Councillor Peter Finlay Menston Parish Council

.................................................................................................................................................................................................... conservation area, traffic generation enston Parish Council delegated powers, but the Parish and smells, amongst other strict holds its meetings, usually Council can recommend that contentious planning applications planning matters. It cannot consider on the third Thursday of each month, at Kirklands are considered by the Area Planning issues like: the loss of a view, the effect on property prices or Community Centre. Each meeting is Panel (Shipley). restrictive covenants. followed by a meeting of the Parish The Parish Council only comments Council’s Planning Committee, and directly on those planning A list of the planning applications members of the public are welcome that the Parish Council will be applications forwarded by Bradford to attend both meetings. considering at their next meeting Council, although we are always is available on the village website interested in local residents’ views The Planning Committee considers about future developments in the www.menston.org/planninglocal planning applications and applications.html. You are welcome village. Comments which the Parish forwards its comments to Bradford to forward any comments to the Council, and occasionally to Leeds Council can make are limited to Parish Clerk, or better still – come ‘material planning considerations’ – City Council. Most domestic these include: loss of light or trees, along to one of the meetings. planning applications considered the layout and density of buildings, are decided by Bradford Council’s Planning Officers under their the effect on listed buildings and the

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Otley Scouts Get Cash Boost

........................................................... Local councillor, Ryk Downes, is using money from his wardbased initiative fund to help two scout groups in Otley improve the environmental efficiency of their huts.

Solar Panels will Help Cut School’s Energy Bills .............................................. Ashfield Primary School in Otley is undertaking a major eco project and installing 20 solar panels, in a bid to save the planet. Costing over £22,000, the panels will capture the sun’s energy and convert it into electricity. They do

The 2nd Otley Scouts will receive £5,000 for double glazing and roof insulation, and the 16th Airedale Scouts £4,000 to carry out a number of carbon reduction measures. These improvements will help to reduce the running costs of both buildings and enhance their environmental efficiency.

not need direct sunlight to work and will still generate electricity on cloudy days, helping to reduce the school’s fuel bills. On sunny days the panels will produce 3,600 kilowatts and should capture 2,813 kilowatt hours (the equivalent of 6.5 tonnes of CO2), providing 3.5% of the school’s electricity annually. The project is being funded by the Low Carbon Buildings Programme, with £5,000 being donated by the school, and local ward councillors. Marty

“Both groups play an important role in the community”, said Ryk. “Improving the energy efficiency of community buildings is a priority for me. It’s money well spent, particularly at a time when community groups and organisations are struggling. Investing now in energy efficiency will help to save them money in the future.”

On sunny days the panels will produce 3,600 kilowatts and should capture 2,813 kilowatt hours (the equivalent of 6.5 tonnes of CO2), providing 3.5% of the school’s electricity annually.

Jopson, Otley resident and presenter for BBC’s The One Show, is backing the project and will be attending the unveiling of the panels in the near future. “These state-of-the-art panels will save the school over £1,100 annually”, said Councillor Ryk Downes. “We are very proud to make a contribution, as the school will not only be educating its pupil, but also helping to protect the planet.”


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CommunityNotices ACTIVE Bramhope Badminton Club meets Mon 8pm at Bramhope Methodist Church Hall. New members welcome. Details: Chris 0113 267 1829. Bramhope Bowls Club welcomes new members to its Crown Green at Robert Craven Memorial Hall, Old Lane, Bramhope. Details: Ewart Lewis 0113 2678001/ Paul Welling 0113 2843361 Bramhope Methodist Church Walking Group will be walking ‘In a Grim Place’ Sat 22 May. Meet outside church 9.30am. Bring waterproofs, walking boots, a drink & snack. Car share to start of walk. Circle Dancing Group meets 1st & 3rd Tues of the month at St.Giles Church Hall, Bramhope. Gentle dancing to beautiful music from all over the world. Great fun, therapeutic, & friendly group. All welcome. Details: Joan 0113 284 2549. Dalesbus Ramblers A programme of free guided walks in the Yorkshire Dales on Sundays. All walks accessible by public transport, & Dalesbus services 800, 820 & 870 which link North Leeds with the Dales on Sun & bank holidays. Details: Steve 07982 764 857 or www.dalesbusramblers. org.uk

The Tuesday Club Dance the night away at The Village Hotel, Otley Road, LS16, 8–11pm. Great atmosphere & DJ. Over 25s. Smart dress. Only £3.50 Details: Reg 01274 771285/ 07939 959400. Great Yorkshire Morris Men meet at Pool Memorial Hall alternate Wednesdays. Mainly Cotswold dances, with forays into the Yorkshire Longword, Rapper & Border styles. New dancers & musicians welcome - no experience required. Details: Bob Carter 01423 863433 www.gymm.org.uk Grove Hill Tennis Club, Otley runs a year-round social programme. The club plays three mixed doubles teams in the Wharfedale league, a men’s team in the Yorkshire league & a Leeds medley team. Excellent coaching for both adults & juniors. Details: www. otleytennis.webs.com Holt Park Bowls Holt Park Crown Green Club, Farrar Lane (opposite tennis courts, beside High Trees pub). Everyone welcome – beginners & experienced. Horsforth Fellandale Running Club trains every Wed, usually on Otley Chevin. Runners of all abilities welcome. Details: Andy 258 5691, secretary@fellandale.com

Leeds Area Disabled Swimming Club Are you recovering from a stroke or other condition where swimming could help? A friendly, safe environment where you can swim & gain confidence. New members welcome. Mon 7 -8pm at Holt Park Leisure Centre. Details: Ruth 275 7825, Sara 287 6250.

The Midnight Walk! Sat 15 May. Visit www. leedsmidnightwalk.co.uk to register for the St Gemma’s ladies only 6 or 12 mile sponsored walk. Starts & ends at Leeds Rugby training ground, Kirkstall Rd. Fabulous warm up event & live entertainment. Details: 218 5570, laurar@st-gemma. co.uk

Leeds Half Marathon Sun 9 May. Run for St Gemma’s & help keep the hospice running. If you have a place already or you would like to get a place, please call 0113 218 5570 or visit www.st-gemma. co.uk.

Otley Badminton Club plays at Prince Henry’s Mon 7.30-9.30pm & Fri 8-10pm. New members welcome. Details: Steve Norfolk 07860 242089, steve.norfolk@freightair. co.uk

Leeds 10K or BUPA Great North Run St. Gemma’s Hospice has guaranteed places in both these events. Details: 218 5570. Leeds 10k – Places Available Run the Jane Tomlinson’s ‘Run for All’ on Sunday 4 July & raise money for Bone Cancer Research Trust? Run it, walk it, wheel it, hop it!! Details: 262 1852, david. fisher@bcrt.org.uk, www. bcrt.org.uk Leeds YHA Walking Group organises walks, cycle rides, weekends & social activities. Over 160 members aged 20-74. Try before joining. Membership £8 pa. Details: Stephen 0113 368 0417 or www.leedsyha.org.uk

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Otley Squash Club provides for all levels of ability. Details: www.otleysquashclub.org. Otley Walkers Variety of twice weekly walks from 5 – 20 miles. Also weekends away & special events. New members welcome. Annual membership £5 per household. Try before joining. Details: 01943 463125, wawotley@mail. com. Phoenix Folk Dancers Try English Country Dancing at Adel Methodist Church Hall (behind the Lawnswood Arms) Wed, 8 – 10pm. Beginners welcome, partner not necessary. Details: 0113 2611902

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Sequence Tea Dance at Old Pool Bank Village Hall, Fri 2 – 4pm. A great way to exercise & socialise. All welcome. Details: 0113 284 2126. Sequence Tea Dance Bramhope Methodist Church Mon from 2 – 4pm. Everyone Welcome. Details: 0113 267 9802. Step out for Stroke Sun 9 May starting Millennium Square, Leeds. A walk around Leeds city centre with Leeds West Indian Carnival leading the way in fabulous costumes. Aim: to raise awareness & funds for The Stroke Association. Details: Mahalia.france-mir@ stroke.org.uk Swim the Channel Challenge Swim Dover to Calais (21 miles) but in your local pool over 12 weeks. Just 1,344 lengths of a 25m pool! St Gemma’s provide a swim diary & support. All they ask is that you raise as much sponsorship as possible for the hospice. Details: Laura 218 5570, www.st-gemma.co.uk. West Yorkshire Federation of Yoga Enhance your yoga practice 2nd Sun in the month, 2 – 5pm at The Robert Craven Memorial Hall, Bramhope. Details: 01943 467851 or 0113 256 7070 Yarnbury Angling Club Matches held 1st Sun of month. Members only. Coach transfers to & from venues. Membership Details: Adrian Addy on 07956 964713.

Yorkshire Dales Sponsored Walk Sat 5 June. The Rugger Ramble in aid of St. Gemma’s Hospice. A 13 mile walk starting 9am from Wharfedale Rugby Club near Grassington. Refreshments provided along the route & food available at end. Goody bag & certificate. Detail: 0113 218 5570, www.stgemma.co.uk.

ARTS & CRAFTS Birds in Chinese Art Exhibition Chinese Brush Painters’ Society (Yorkshire Group) until Wed 30 June at Lotherton Hall, Aberford LS25. Tues - Sat 10am - 5pm, Sun 1pm - 5pm. Bramhope Arts Club Open Air Exhibition Weather permitting! 10am – 4pm Sat 29 & Sun 30 May at Golden Acre Park. Lots of original paintings to admire & purchase. Hope to see you there! Chinese Brush Painters Society 15/16 May, 10am - 4pm at Pool-inWharfedale Memorial Village Hall, Arthington Lane. Jane Dwight will lead workshops, including painting tigers, as this is the Chinese Year of the Tiger. Sat 5 June workshop by Nick Hornigold on meticulous painting. Details: Anne Allan 01422 368482, mail@ cbpsyorks,co.uk .New members welcome. Guiseley Art Club meets Mon 1.30 – 4pm (excl bank holidays) in the Oxford Road Methodist Church Hall, Guiseley.

New members welcome. Details: Monica 0113 267 7726. Life Drawing in Otley New series of life drawing sessions will be held 7pm to 9pm Tues at Otley Civic Centre, starting in Feb. Details: Bob 0113 230 1761 or bandlisle@ ntlworld.com. Otley Arts Club meets at the Old People’s Welfare Centre, Crossgate, Otley. Workshops, portrait sessions, talks, demonstrations & plenty of opportunities to just paint or draw. New members welcome. Details: Ted 01943 461145 or Judi 01943 607088. Pool Art Group meets Fri 10am-12 noon at Pool Methodist Church. Support & encouragement from fellow artists at all levels. Details: Pat Walker 0113 203 7952. Otley Scribblers Do you enjoy creative writing? New weekly sessions begin at Otley Courthouse, 10am – 12 noon. Details: 01943 465 568. COFFEE MORNINGS, FAIRS & MARKETS Annual Spring Plant Sale Fri 14 May,10am – 8pm & Sat 15 May 9am – 2pm at Bramhope Methodist Church. Wide variety of bedding plants, tomato plants, & a selection of readymade filled flower pots & baskets, which can be purchased or ordered for a June delivery. Bramhope Farmers’ Market Robert Craven

Memorial Hall, Old Lane, from 9am 2nd Sat of month. Selection of home baking, organic meats, sausages & pies, free range eggs, bread & cheese, plus veg produced by local farmers & producers. Bramhope Methodist Church Coffee Shop Every Tues morn from 10am-noon. Delicious homemade scones & friendly fellowship – all welcome. Coffee Morning Every 2nd Sat at St. Wilfrid’s Church 10am – 12 noon. Plus a raffle, pastries & fruit pies at bargain prices. Coffee Morning Every Sat at Otley Methodist Church Wesley Hall, 10am – 12 noon. Homemade cakes, trifles etc. plus a friendly atmosphere. Access Boroughgate & Walkergate (disabled access). Coffee Morning & Plant Sale Sat 22 May, 10am – 12 Menston Methodist Church Hall. Various stalls, cakes, books, handicrafts, white elephant. Admission £1 including refreshments. Everyone welcome. Green Fair St Matthew’s Church, Wood Lane, LS7. 12 June, 11am-3 pm. Stall holders wanted! Craft stalls, refreshments, cakes, puppet workshop, live music, info on green living. Stalls: £15 or £10 for community or charity stalls. Details: ComHallBookings@AOL. com


16 Community News Indoor Car Boot Sale Sat 5 June, 10am – 1pm at St Gemma’s Hospice, Harrogate Rd. Moortown. Entry by donation. Details: 0113 218 5565 Refreshments at Norwood Edge Bank Holiday Mon 31 May. Bramhope Methodist Church will be serving sandwiches, ploughman’s lunches, cream teas & homemade cakes all day at Norwood Methodist Chapel, in the Washburn Valley (B6451). Wide range of delicious homemade cakes on sale. Otley Farmers’ Market Sun 30th May 9am to 1pm. Spring Open Day & Plant Fair Sun 23 May, 10am – 3pm at Hope Pastures Horse & Donkey Sanctuary, Weetwood Lane, LS16. Stalls, games & refreshments. Sanctuary open daily 10am – 3pm. Guided tours Wed 11am. Next Pony Day Thurs 3 June. Details: Karen 0794 894 8158, www.hopepastures. org. Vintage Fair Sat 29 & Sun 30 May, 10am – 4pm at St. Gemma’s Hospice, Harrogate Rd, Moortown. Huge range of vintage, retro & collectables, plus 24 stallholders selling items from clothing, accessories & jewellery, to furniture, artwork, books, music. Details: 0113 218 5555. GROUPS/CLUBS Adel Ladies Luncheon Club 1st Wed of month,

May 2010 Castle Grove Masonic Hall, Far Headingley. 5 May Diana Leeper gives talk on ‘Faberge & The English Royal Collection’ & on 2 June it’s ‘Memoirs of a Famous Unknown Actor’ with David Wrightam. Details: Mrs M. Huntley 230 1584. Aireborough Duplicate Bridge Club meets Tues 7pm at Rawdon Conservative Club. New members welcome. Details: 261 2139 beverley. harfield@ntlworld.com Alwoodley Motor Club Meets every other Thurs 8.30 – 9pm at The Wharfedale Inn, Arthington Lane. All welcome. Details: 0113 391 0403 www. alwoodleymc.org.uk Bramhope Bridge Club meets at Robert Craven Memorial Hall, Old Lane, Mon 12.45 – 4.15pm, & Tues & Thurs 7.15 – 10.15pm. Lessons for novices Wed pm. Details: Bob 225 7495 Bramhope Round Table Leeds’ active Round Table meets every second Tues for fun, friendship & fundraising (in that order!). All men between 18 & 45 welcome. Details: www. bramhoperoundtable. co.uk or info@ bramhope844.co.uk British Federation of Women Graduates (Leeds) meets monthly, Headingley Parish Hall, St Michael’s Rd. AGM 5 May & an informal evening get-together Sat 8 May.

Details: 0113 262 4131, leedsawg@ntlworld.com Chevin Division Trefoil Guild meets at 7.30pm on 1st Mon of the month in Otley or Guiseley. The group offers a varied calendar of events, with opportunities for travel, adventure & broadening your horizons, & supports Girl Guiding UK. Details: 01943 872892. Friends of Chevin Forest Park Practical conservation work such as vegetation clearance, step building or meadow management on 2nd Sun of every month. Details: The Countryside Rangers 0113 237 5312 countrysiderangers@ leeds.gov.uk Friends of University Art and Music (Leeds) fosters the musical & artistic outreach of the Uni of Leeds. Membership open to all & regular activities arranged. On Sun 16 May there will be a visit to Monk Fryston & Crathorne Halls. Details: 0113 343 2584, www. leeds.ac.uk/fuam Ilkley & District Motor Club meets 1st & 4th Wed every month at Otley Rugby Club, Cross Green, Otley, starting 8pm. Everyone welcome. Also meets 2nd, 3rd & 5th Wed at other locations. Details: www.ilkleymotorclub.org Kaleidoscope Social club for the mature (50 +) & unattached with a zest for life. Regular meetings & monthly programme of events. Not a dating

agency. Details: 0113 262 1455, 261 2272 or www. kaliedoscopeleeds.weebly. com Leeds Anglo German Club Tues 18 May ‘What links the Thackray Medical Museum with rural BadenWürttemberg?’ with Almut Grüner, CEO Thackray Museum. An entertaining look behind the scenes at the museum. In German & English. 7.30pm at St Columba’s URC, Headingley Lane, LS6. Leeds Astronomical Society Observing sessions will be held at The New Inn, Eccup LS16, Wed 5 & 19 May, & Fri 16 July. Arrive between 8.30 & 10pm. Details: www. leedsastronomy.org.uk, admin@leedsastronomy. org.uk Leeds Caledonians Society for those with a Scottish pedigree or interest in things Scottish warmly welcomes new members. AGM Tues 11 May. Come along & suggest themes for meetings & visits. Details: 0113 267 0424, www. leedscaledonians.org.uk Leeds Co-operative Members’ Group meets monthly for talks & outings. Details: 0113 216 8837 kpm.coop@ googlemail.com

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Leeds Hospital Alert A small group of concerned people campaigning for preservation of the NHS. They meet at Muir Court, Sagar Place, off St Michael’s Rd, Headingley. 7.30pm. Next meeting Mon 10 May. All welcome. Details: Carmel Coles 275 6062. Leeds Oxfam Group Open meetings on 1st Wed of month (5 May), 7.30pm at Leeds Civic Hall. Group arranges events & activities across the city in support of Oxfam. All welcome. Sat 5 June: Annual sponsored walk in The Dales. Details: Pauline Neale 0113 269 3542. Leeds RSPB Group Two guided bird walks: Sat 8 May at Rodley Nature Reserve - meet 10am in car park by entrance: & Sat 22 at Swillington Ings - meet 10am in car park at end of Fleet Lane, off A642. All welcome. Details: 0113 2176170, rspbleeds@googlemail. com Menston Community Association represents the interests of the residents of Menston through meetings & other activities. All residents over 18 years old are automatically members. Next meeting Wed 5 May, 7.30pm at Menston Methodist Church Hall, Main St. Details: www. menston.org Menston in Bloom meets each month at Menston Methodist Church Hall, Main St. Active group of volunteers who meet to discuss

projects & arrange planting days etc. If you can help or have any ideas, come along. Details: www. menston.org Menston Gardeners’ Club ‘Ask me about Fuchsias’, Thurs 20 May, 7.30pm at Kirklands Community Centre, Main St. Outings & excursions to gardens in the area. Details: www. menston.org Menston Parish Council Thurs 20 May, 7.05pm at Kirklands Community Centre, Main St. Local residents welcome to attend. Opportunity to raise issues or concerns, or comment on planning applications considered by Parish Council Planning Committee. Details: The Parish Clerk at parishclerk@menston.org, www. menston.org Mercury Movie Makers meet Wed at Rawdon Conservative Club, 7:30pm. The club is for camcorder owners. Advice, regular film & practical evenings, & occasional outdoor events. Details: 267 4868 www. communigate.co.uk/brad/ mercmove National Trust in Leeds & District A thriving organisation with almost 400 members. Details: Pam 0113 258 8178. Otley Amateur Radio Society meets Tues at Clifton Village Hall (before The Spite on Newall Carr Rd). New members welcome! The Club is an RSGB examination centre for Foundation, Intermediate & Advanced licences. De-

tails: Paul 07768 996370, paul@pekae.co.uk www. otleyradio.net Otley Camera Club Meets Thurs at Prince Henry’s Grammar School, 7pm. Packed programme of speakers & competitions. Improve your skills & get more from your camera. Details: www. otleycameraclub.co.uk Otley Chevin Rotary Club Meets at Chevin Country Park Hotel, York Gate, Mon, 7.30pm. Dinner followed by interesting speaker. Rotary provides a wide range of services - local, national & international, plus a good social programme. Details: David Lewis 01943 877720. Otley Lions Club Meets 1st & 3rd Wed of each month, 8pm at the Red Lion, Otley. New members welcome. Book sale last Fri & Sat of month in Black Horse stable yard. Varied social programme. Details: David Homewood 0113 294 8255, Eric Booth 01943 467 900. Otley Little Theatre Live theatre & musical events in Otley. New members welcome – acting, singing, dancing & anyone who can help with technical backstage. Details: Lee Wells 01943 464982, info@olt.org. uk, www.otley.co.uk/littletheatre Otley & District Men’s Forum Now meets at Otley Methodist Church at 10am. On Thurs 13 May Mr JG Symington

will talk about ‘Blind Jack of Knaresborough’, & on Thurs 27 the topic is ‘Wainwright & Me’ with Peter Linne. Entrance to Church Hall on Walkergate. Otley Poets meet 1st Tues of month at 8pm for poems, drinks & occasional guest poets at Korks Wine Bar, Bondgate Otley. Details: Alan Holdsworth 01943 870344 alanrh62@yahoo.co.uk. Otley Rotary Club meets weekly at Westbourne House, Bradford Road, Otley, Thurs 12.30 – 1.45pm. Open to active or retired professional or business people. Lunch followed by guest speaker. Details: Keith Thompson 01943 879329 ktswoop@ talktalk.net. Otley Townswomen’s Guild promotes the interests of women & raises money for charities. It meets 1st Thurs of each month, 7.30pm in the Lecture Room, Otley Methodist Church. Speakers plus wide variety of interest groups. Visitors welcome. Details: 01943 468741 m.e.newton@ talktalk.net Otley Twinning Association Otley is twinned with Montereau in France (60 kms from Paris). Membership open to anyone in Otley district. Regular reciprocated visits (usually on a family or couples basis). Meet 2nd Wed of the month at Grove Hill Club (8pm). Details: Ken Daphne 01943 465137, Graham Barton 01943 461646.


18 Community News Otley Women’s Institute Meets at 7.15pm on 2nd Wed of the month in Cross Green Community Centre, Otley. Visitors welcome. Details: 01943 463610 Pool WI meets on the 2nd Tues of each month at 2pm at The Lounge, Wharfedale Court. All welcome! Pool Bridge Club meets on Mon (excl bank holidays),1.15 – 4.30pm at Pool Methodist Church. Social & Events Group New members welcome. Mainly over 30s. Meals, pub nights, theatre, walks, badminton, weekends away, talks, parties & much more. Monthly social/ new members night in north Leeds. Details: 08707 874425 www.leedsivc.org.uk Soroptimist International is a worldwide organisation for women in management & professions working through projects to advance human rights & the status of women. Details: Cath Turner harryandcath@hotmail. com University of Leeds Ladies’ Club welcomes women connected to the University as either serving or former staff members, partners of staff, or grads of the Uni. Regular events. Visit to Doddington Hall, Thurs 13 May. Details: cadman. irving@gmail.com. The Women’s Fellowship meets Wed, 2pm at

May 2010 Pool Methodist Church. Variety of interesting speakers. The Wharfedale Speakers Club part of the Assoc of Speakers Clubs (UK), meets in Otley twice a month. New members welcome. Speakers of all ages & backgrounds. Come along & improve your speaking skills. Details: Barry Taylor 0113 284 2148. Wharfedale Gardeners’ Group Meets at 7.30pm on 2nd Tues of the month (Sept – May) at Otley Methodist Church. Guest speakers, plant sales & trips. Annual membership £10. Details: Liz Auty 01943 465 331. Wharfedale German Circle meets at The Malt, Main Street, Burley-inWharfedale, 8pm, usually on or near 15th of every month. Speakers, films, debates, quizzes, music, parties, conversation (in English or German). Visitors Welcome. Details: 01943 464087, wgcircle@ gmail.com, www. germandrcle.ilkley.org. White Rose Speakers Club meets at Farsley Library Community Room, 7.45pm Monday. Next meetings 10 May (AGM) & 24 May. A friendly environment in which to find your voice, improve your presentation skills & have a lot of fun. Details: Sheila Wyatt 0113 267 2062. Yorkshire Countrywomen’s Association Bramhope branch meets 2nd Thurs

each month, 1.30pm at Robert Craven Memorial Hall. New members welcome.

Rd, Rawdon. Male singers who can take on four part harmony most welcome. Details: 01274 583 989.

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Leeds Organ & Keyboard Club Join in playing or listening to our Yamaha AR100 organ & PRSS.900 keyboard. Occasional concerts by professional artists. Variety of music. Wed 7.30-10.30pm. Guiseley Factory Workers Club. Details: Chairman John Booth. 226 5671

Amici Singers New members welcome. No auditions – just a desire to sing with others. Details: 0113 267 1292 or 0113 228 5932. Bradford Music Club meets 3rd Sun each month, 7 – 9pm at Rawdon Meeting House, Harrogate Rd. Singers & musicians needed. All styles of music. Details: Ann Perry 01274 630162 annperry@blueyonder. co.uk Flute Group meets Tues 6.45 - 7.45pm during term time at Yorkshire College of Music & Drama (19 Shire Oak Rd. Headingley). Grade 4 standard & above. New members very welcome! Details: 0113 275 1232 Half a Sixpence Auditions Guiseley Amateur Operatic Society is holding auditions for a new, revised version of the musical ‘Half a Sixpence’ on 5 & 12 June. The show will be staged 21 – 26 February 2011. Anyone wishing to audition (singers, dancers, actors) Details: 08453 705044/ 01943 462508, email secretary@gaos.co.uk

Leeds & Bradford Barbershop Harmony Club Mon, 7.30pm, Rawdon & Guiseley Conservative Club, Leeds

Otley Chamber Orchestra rehearses fortnightly on Sundays, 7 - 9pm at Otley Courthouse. New members (especially upper strings) welcome. Details: john_restorick@ hotmail.com Otley Community Drum Circle 3rd Sun of the month at The Courthouse, Otley. No drumming or musical experience necessary. Children with responsible adult welcome. All drums provided. Cost £4/£3. Details: Anna or Paul 01943 465413 Otley Courthouse Community Singing Group A community choir devoted to the enjoyment of singing. New members (especially men!) welcome – no auditions, no pressure, no experience. Tues at The Courthouse, 1.30 – 3.30pm (term time), £4 per session. Details: Dave Stewart 07970 997183 dave@singout.me.uk

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19 Phoenix Concert Band rehearses Thurs 7.309.30pm at St Chad’s Parish Centre. Players of a suitable standard welcome (Associated Board Grade 5), particularly brass players & percussionists. Details: secretary@ phoenixband.co.uk www. phoenixband.co.uk Wharfedale Recorded Music Wed 12 May, 7.45pm at St. John’s, Ben Rhydding, Godfrey Higgins presents ‘A Sea Symphony’ by Vaughan Williams. Details: 01943 601538. Yeadon & District Male Voice Choir welcomes male voices of any ability at Yeadon Methodist Church, Chapel Hill. (next to Town Hall). Singing is a proven stress buster! Thurs 7.30pm. Details: John Atkinson 294 9095

1.30pm. Also days out, dining, walks, holidays, computer & play reading groups. New members welcome. Details: Barbara 01943 875208. Menston Men’s Retired Forum Wed 5 & 19 May,10am – 12 noon at Kirklands Community Centre, Main St. Companionship & very interesting speakers. New members welcome. Details: Chairman Ken Chadwick 01943 874 530, www.menston.org. Otley Action for Older People Weekly dance classes for over 60s, Mon 11.15am – 12.15pm at Otley Methodist Church. Programme includes different modern dance styles, incl Flamenco during May. Just £3 per session. Details: 01943 463965. Everyone welcome.

SENIORS Golden Oldies Film Club 3rd Mon in the month, 2pm at Otley Courthouse. Transport available. £2 incl. refreshments & raffle. Details: 01943 463965. Leeds & Bradford Friendship Group Friendship & activities for people of retirement age. Meets 1st Wed of month at Pudsey Civic Centre

Otley Methodist 1812 Group meets on 18th of every month, providing a social gathering for churchgoers. Ages 20s – 60s & activities include theatre visits, ten pin bowling, country dancing & safari suppers. Details: john.burland@sky.com Otley Over 60s Club at Crossgate (opposite Rose & Crown) open Wed

to Sat, 9am–12 noon, serving refreshments. Sequence Dancing on Wed 2 – 4pm; Gentle Exercise to Music on Thurs, 10.15–11.15am; Sat Bingo,1.45pm; brica-brac stall Fri & Sat 9am–12noon. Pool Lunch Club Organised by Otley Action for Older People, at Pool Methodist Church, Wed from 12 noon. Two course meal followed by coffee & biscuits for just £2.20! Details: 01943 463965 St Giles Luncheon Club, Bramphope 1st Wed in month Oct-June. Two course, hot, homemade lunch. 12.15pm at St Giles. Details: Mary Burnell 0113 267 1742 SPIRITUAL Bethel Evangelical Church Otley & Ilkley ‘A church for people who don’t go to church’ meets every Sun,10.30am at Whartons Primary School (off Newall Carr Road), Otley & 6pm at Ilkley Playhouse, Weston Road, Ilkley. Details: Pastor Martin Woodier 01943 464631 www.bethelotleyilkley. com Bramhope Methodist Church Midweek worship

in the Low Room, 10am 2nd Tues in month, & 7.45 for 8pm on 4th Thurs (half hour)– an opportunity to sing along with hymns; listen to a passage of Scripture; hear a brief message about our faith; or share in Holy Communion. Followed by coffee & fellowship. Christian Science Church (Headingley) invites you to their services: Sun10.30am. Testimony meetings 2nd Wed of the month, 7.30pm, & 4th Wed at 2.30pm. Reading Room open 11am - 2pm Tues, Thurs & Fri . 40 Otley Road. www. christianscience.org.uk FREE Drop-In Meditation Sun 7 – 8pm (3rd Sun of month 6.30 – 7.30pm). Experience peace & calm with periods of silence & guided meditations. Details: Brahma Kumaris 0113 275 7727, leeds@ uk.bkwsu.org, www. bkwsu.org/uk/leeds

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20 Community News Thanksgiving Service Sun 16 May, Menston Methodist Church Otley Spiritualist Church Church services: Tues healing 7.30pm; Wed healing 2.30pm; Sat Service 7pm (clairvoyance); Sun Service 6.30pm (divine). 38 Newmarket Street, Otley. Rise & Shine @ 9 Everyone welcome. 30 minute cafe-style worship, ideal for all ages. Informal, friendly, light breakfast every Sunday, 9am at United Reformed Church, Main Street, Burley-inWharfedale. Details: Mirella 01943 465 353 The Fourth Way Foundation Sat 1 May, 2 – 5pm in Fewston. Music & Movements: Half Day Workshop. Wed 12 May & Wed 26 May, 7:30 – 9.30pm, Otley, Fourth Way Philosophy: Readings and discussion. Details: Robert 07814 951231, www.fourth-way.org.uk. SUPPORT Arthritis Care (Otley & District) meets at St John Ambulance Meeting Room, Gay Lane, 1st Wed of month, 2 – 4pm. People of all ages with arthritis, or an interest in it, most welcome. Details: 01943 466428. Arthritis Care Leeds Branch Meet 3rd Tues of each month, 7 - 9pm at St Chad’s Parish Centre, Otley Rd, LS16. Next meeting Tues 18 May

May 2010 when Joyce Pringle will present an illustrated review of the Music Hall Stars. £2 incl refreshments & raffle. New members welcome. Details: Pat 0113 275 7694. Diabetes Leeds Support Group Friendly group of people with Type 1 & Type 2 Diabetes & their partners/ carers, meets 1st Mon of the month (except bank holidays) at West Yorkshire Playhouse, 7 – 9pm. Details: Joan Wells 0113 225 4528. Families Need Fathers meets 7.30pm, 2nd Wed of month at Victoria Hotel, Great George St, Leeds. A support & advice group for parents trying to maintain & develop relationships with their children following divorce or family breakdown. Details: Don 07981 710179 or Ray 07921 728747. Leeds Coeliac Group Gluten-free fish & chip meal at Westfield Fisheries, 5 New Road, Yeadon, LS19, 7.30pm Fri 21 May. Details: sandra.mclean@ btinternet.com, 07711 768850.

Yeadon, £1 incl. raffle & refreshments. Details: Jean Deeming 01943 472004, Dawn Perkins on 0113 231 1727.

eyes, with magic lantern slides, Wed 19 May, Devonshire Hall. Details: 0113 261 4564, gmroche@ btinternet.com

Wharfedale Cardiac Club (affiliated with British Heart Foundation) is open to former cardiac patients & their partners. Opportunity to take part in exercise classes under supervision of qualified instructors. Meets Mon, Wed & Thurs at Wharfedale General Hospital. £2.50 Details: Clive Wilkinson 0113 267 1721.

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TALKS & DISCUSSIONS Leeds Decorative & Fine Arts Society Wed 19 May, 2pm, Castle Grove Masonic Hall, Moor Road, Headingley, a talk on ‘The stained glass of William Morris & his circle’ by Martin Ellis. Guests £5. Details: Ann Lightman 0113 261 1363

Macmillan Cancer Support New fundraising group in Otley. Details: Laura Riach 01924 232444 lriach@macmillan.org.uk

Leeds Geological Associationm Lecture : “The Earth after us” by Dr Jan Zalasiewicz of Leicester University. 7pm Thurs 6 May in Rupert Beckett Lecture Theatre, Michael Sadler Building, Leeds University. Visitors welcome. Details: www. leedsga.org.uk

The Forget Me Not Cafe For people with dementia & their carers. 1st Wed of month 1.30 – 3.30pm at Yeadon Cricket Club, (behind the Swan Public House) High Street,

Leeds University Old Students’ Association welcomes all former students of the University. AGM & talk by Professor Mike Green on the Holy Land through Victorian

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Expert Patients Programme runs courses for people with long term health problems, unpaid carers, families of children with health problems, disabilities or other challenges, & people with mental health problems. The aim is to help people cope better. Details: 305 7591 epp.account@ nhsleeds.nhs.nhs.uk Fashion North Wed 2 – Fri 4 June, Left Bank, (formerly St Margatet’s Church) Cardigan Rd, LS6. Showcasing work of students from Leeds Uni, Leeds College of Art & Design, Harrogate College of Fashion, Huddersfield Uni. Exhibitions, networking, arts market & nightly fashion shows. Open: 10am – 5pm; Fashion shows 7 – 9pm. Friends of Behind Closed Doors Fundraiser Mon 10 May from 6pm ‘til late: 2 course buffet meal at The Jewel of India, Bridge St. Otley. £10 of which £5 will go to the charity. Please book directly with restaurant on 01943 467138. Donations for raffle prizes are welcome. Honey Bee Swarms will be collected free of charge, if accessible, Details: Terry Beddows on 0113 268 8231.


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Otley Courthouse is looking for volunteers in all areas. If you would like to help, get in touch. No experience necessary, all ages welcome! Details: Irene Lofthouse 01943 467216 ochvolunteers@ hotmail.co.uk

Hope Pastures Horse & Donkey Sanctuary Weetwood Lane, LS16. Open to visitors daily 10.30am – 3pm, or Wed at 11am for a guided tour. Details: Karen 0794 894 8158, www.hopepstures. org. To volunteer contact phtrust@fsmail.net

Table Top Sales Raise funds for your club or charity with a table top sale at Pool Village Hall. A dry, warm environment available every Sunday. Room for 20 tables, a kitchen for refreshments & car park. Details: Tim Robson 0113 284 3437 tim.robson@yahoo.co.uk

Meeting Rooms & Hall for Hire Mon – Sat at Robert Craven Memorial Hall, Old Lane, Bramhope. Would suit educational or leisure classes or activities, concerts, dances, children’s parties or wedding receptions. Details: Paul 0113 2843361, ewartlewis@googlemail. com, www.robertcraven. org.uk

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contacting Leeds Cassette at Shire View Centre, 72 Headingley Lane, LS6 2DJ or calling 0113 270 9130. Volunteering at St. James’s Hospital Wanted! enthusiastic volunteers for trolley service around wards in new Cancer Wing, delivering magazines, newspapers, drinks & snacks. Details: Vicki James 0113 206 7646), Vicki.James@ leedsth.nhs.uk Volunteers Wanted! For new Yorkshire Cancer Centre Charity Shop based at Bexley Wing, St James’s Institute of Oncology. Details: Aanika Dhillon 0113 206 8620 volunteer@yorkshirecancercentre.org.uk.

Volunteers Welcome! At Hope Pastures Horse & Donkey Sanctuary, Weetwood Lane, LS16, for a range of tasks besides stable-work - gardening, repairs, welcoming visitors, sorting donations, making produce to sell, helping at events. Details: phtrust@fsmail.net Wesley Hall at Otley Methodist Church Available to local organisations & charities for fundraising purposes every Fri, 9.30-11.30am. Cost: £15. Details: Pauline Dobson 01943 466 751.

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Tree-Mendous Community Effort! ................................................................................... Otley in Bloom have managed a tree planting project along Bradford Road. “In 2003, Otley in Bloom asked Otley residents for a wish list of projects to enhance green spaces in the town”, said Katie Burnett, OIB secretary. “Residents of Bradford Road told us the road had fast traffic and didn’t feel very residential.”

The project was funded by a combined effort from local businesses and community groups who wanted to make the area more attractive.

Lesley aims to create a safe, friendly environment where people can meet and forge friendships and where people can support each other

“Leeds City Council came up with a list of possible locations for trees and we began a process of consultation with residents”, said Edie Bates. “There was a lot of support for the project and we ended up with 11 locations where trees could be planted.” They settled on Mountain Ash (or Rowan) which has spring flowers, attractive berries and great autumn leaf colours. The project was funded by a combined effort from local businesses and community groups who wanted to make the area more attractive.

A Support Group for Young Widows

................................................................................................................................................... and forge friendships and be no joining fee, the costs Lesley Noble is planning where people can support will be met from other to start a support group in Otley for young widows each other by sharing sources.” time, socialising, having who may be finding life For more information, difficult after losing their a friend to walk the dog with, go to the cinema or contact Lesley on 01943 partner and would like to theatre, or share a meal. 464329/ 07931 892747 meet with other women in the same position. Lesley Noble “I would like to meet Lesley, who was a homeup with anyone who is interested to discuss how care team leader for 14 we can best meet people’s years and co-ordinator for Meals on Wheels, recently needs”, said Lesley. “I completed a counselling envisage meeting possibly course which also enables once a week in a central location where we can her to work as a volunteer enjoy refreshments and with Cruse Bereavement Care. She aims to create a fellowship in a relaxed atmosphere and provide safe, friendly environment mutual support. There will where people can meet


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Where Have All the Weavers Gone? ................................................................................................................................................................................................... apprenticeship and periods working on drawn he tapestries that we a far more enthusiastic and printed designs, which in North worked alongside head see hanging in grand following America, Scandinavia, weaver Douglas Grierson. are quicker – then, if I find houses and stately the right image, I will take Inspired by artist/weaver homes often cause us to Scotland and Ireland the time to recreate it in a Meira Stockl, who was than in England. Few pose the question: ‘what tapestry.” based in Addingham for large tapestry studios, happened to this amazing craft?’ The fact that we like The Dovecot in many years, Jonathan Edinburgh which was went on to study tapestry Currently teaching at usually only see them in established over 90 years at Edinburgh College of grand houses is part of Leeds University School Art. He continued his ago, still exist. Here, the answer – producing of Design and Leeds studies with a master College of Art, Jonathan’s skilled tapestry weavers tapestries on this scale is a huge undertaking and will take contemporary degree in printmaking next project will focus on at the Royal College of designs and very time consuming. artists’ prints, featuring repeat Art before settling into pattern and colour as a weave them into fabulous But textile artists and tapestry weavers are wall hangings or rugs. his apprenticeship at The way to explore notions of The colour and textural Dovecot. still around, producing subjectivity. They will be innovative and exciting element used in this art available at an exhibition contemporary designs form can be truly visually “Because tapestry weaving in Chapel Allerton in both for individuals and stunning. is so time consuming, September and can be large corporations and arts viewed on his website at I realised I would need organisations. This is where Horsforth to vary my working www.jonathanashworth. resident Jonathan practices”, said Jonathan. com from then on. Textile arts seem to have Ashworth served an “Today I tend to spend

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May 2010

Leeds City Varieties Makeover Has Begun ................................................................................................................................................................................................... One of the greatest slices of history in Leeds is well on the way to being restored to its former glory! The first phase of the £9.2m renovation and restoration of Leeds City Varieties on Swan Street, which is one of the oldest surviving Victorian-era music halls in the UK, began at the start of the year. This major project will see the building returned, as much as possible, to how it looked

in the late 19th century. Leeds City Varieties was built in 1865 and was originally called ‘Thornton’s New Music Hall and Fashionable Lounge’ after its founder Charles Thornton. Legendary names to have performed there include Charlie Chaplin, Harry Houdini, Mickey Rooney and Norman Wisdom. It was also home to the popular BBC television show ‘The Good Old Days’ for 30 years from 1953 to 1983.

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May 2010

Hay Fever is Nothing to be Sneezed at!

................................................................................................. Playing the role of Judith oel Coward’s play, Bliss will be Maggie Hay Fever, will Steed (pictured), who be at the West Yorkshire Playhouse from appeared recently in the 11th June to 10th July. BBC comedy drama series Jam and Jerusalem. ‘You Inspired by a weekend visit to the home of always grab the chance to American actress Laurette play Noel Coward, he is such a master,’ she said. Taylor, Coward wrote ‘Playing Judith Bliss is a real this brilliantly observed comedy of manners in challenge and the part is so wonderfully funny...if you just three days. His play can get it right. So, fingers explores the eccentricities crossed for June!’ of retired actress Judith Bliss and her family as their overtly theatrical To book tickets, call the lifestyle drives rather more West Yorkshire Playhouse reserved weekend visitors Box Office on 0113 213 7700 or go to to distraction. www.wyp.org.uk

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Playing Judith Bliss is a real challenge and the part is so wonderfully funny

Slanjayvah Goes ‘Crazy’ Slanjayvah Danza has an exciting new project in the works. The dance company, based at Seven Arts in Chapel Allerton, has been working on the second in a series of dance pieces about passion. This instalment, called ‘Crazy Joanna’ based on a Spanish film, Juana la Loca, focuses on how passion can manifest itself in domestic violence.

from the tormented life of medieval Spanish Queen ‘Juana la Loca’, through to the backstreets of Buenos Aires at the birth of the Tango and finally, to a neighbourhood near you.

has most recently been involved in producing superb music videos, and artist David Cobley. We were lucky enough to have a quick preview of some of the striking film sequences which will be projected onto large screens during the performance, and can’t wait to see the show.

This is not the first time that Slanjayvah’s Artistic Director, Jenni Wren, has focused on social issues, previously tackling mental health ‘Crazy Joanna’ will be at Seven and breaking down language barArts on 1st May. For tickets email riers. What’s particularly exciting info@sevenleeds.co.uk or call 0113 Taking you on a journey through about this work is that it is a collabo262 6777. It will also be performed at Stage@Leeds on 21st May. Call history, the piece explores the lives ration between the dance company, 0113 343 8730 for tickets. of three women in violent situations; film maker Aurora Fearnley, who .................................................................................................................................................................................................... Slanjayvah Artictic Director Jenni Wren and Film Maker Aurora Fearnley. (picture: James Rhodes) ....................................................................................................................................................................................................


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St Giles Joins in ‘Treasures Revealed’ Festival By Bryan Bundey

St Giles Church, Bramhope, is taking part in ‘Treasures Revealed’ in Leeds festival from 1st – 9th May, when many churches and other faith buildings are open to the public with events, music and concerts. St Giles is a pretty country church with beautiful stained glass. Unusually the glass on one side of the church is of the story of Ruth and Boaz.

The church has a full programme planned and everyone is invited.

Sat 1 May Thurs 6 May Church open and refreshments served in hall. Flower Arranging Demonstration Sun 2 May Fri 7 May Church services 8.15 & 9.30am, and 6.30pm. A concert with Steeton Male Voice Choir at Church open 2 – 4pm. 7.30pm. Wine and canapés. Tickets £7 from Gill Mon 3 May Pinches on 284 2063. Proceeds to Christian Aid. Lecture on ‘The History of St Giles’ 2pm. Sat 8 May Wed 5 May Church open 10am – 12 noon. Book/CD/DVD Toddler Praise 10 – 11am. Sing, dance and sale and refreshments in church hall make a noise in praise! Sun 9 May Fun worship for under 5s & their carers followed All.together! at 9.30am. A lively all age service by refreshments. Luncheon Club at 12.15pm – followed by refreshments. please book with Mary Burnell on 267 1742. ....................................................................................................................................................................................................

Wharfe Brass Enters its First Competition

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Established just a year ago, Wharfe Brass will enter its first contest, the Wharfedale Music Festival, this month. The band is going from strength to strength, with over 35 regular players of all ages, from retirees to primary school children. The last year has seen the group come together under the leadership of Gordon and Shelia Eddison, and with guidance from mentors in Otley Brass, and start playing good music. Otley Brass Band will be competing in the Otley Brass Festival (Mayors Challenge) on Sunday 9th May in Otley Methodist Church, along with Emley, Garforth and Clifton and

Lightcliffe Bands. If last year is anything to go by, it should be a superb day of brass music. For more information please contact Martin Bacon on 07880 885 852 or otleybrass@ googlemail.com

If last year is anything to go by, it should be a superb day of brass music

Music for Martin House ............................................................................. The highly acclaimed singers, Ladies Please, who regularly give charity concerts around Yorkshire, will perform a variety of popular songs, old and new, at the United Reformed Church Hall, Cattle Market Street, Otley, at 7.30pm on Saturday 8th May, in aid of Martin House Hospice for Children & Young People. The Hospice cares for and supports local youngsters with terminal illnesses and their families, and provides bereavement support to parents, siblings and grand parents, all free of charge. Last year a total of 386 children and their families were supported and 119 bereaved families helped. The cost of providing these services is currently around £4 million a year, most of which has to be raised voluntarily. Tickets (£6 including refreshments) are available from 01943 461082, 01943 872067 or on the door.


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Treat Yourself – Go North!

Summer holidays still seem a way off, but couldn’t we all do with a break?

The beauty of living in this part of the country is that you really don’t have to go that far to experience something completely different.

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& CITIES And, no stressing about planes – just make sure you have some wet weather gear and you’re set!


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May 2010 Musts around the Coast

.......................................... The Dales, North York Moors and Lake District are all teeming with places to go and things to do, from the usual outdoor pursuits like walking, water sports, climbing and cycling, to racing, castles and abbeys, art and craft galleries, restaurants and tea rooms and loads more. The extra bonus is the stunning scenery wherever you go.

Don’t you love the seaside?

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........................................ It’s tempting to think of The Dales and North York Moors as a day out – but why not make a weekend of it and really soak up everything these areas have to offer. Accommodation-wise there’s a huge variety – if the great outdoors is your preference there are numerous good campsites, or beautiful, remote self catering cottages where you can wallow in the wilderness and put the world to rights without interference from anyone. You could opt for a welcoming farmhouse or B & B, or a stylish pub with rooms. And there’s plenty of luxury around too if you feel you really need a bit of pampering.

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>Search for fossils at Runswick Bay >Climb the steps to Whitby Abbey – then have fish & chips at The Magpie >Visit Sea Life Marine Sanctuary, Scarborough >Take a guided walk across Morecambe Bay >Visit Georgian Whitehaven, once the third largest port in the country

The big & small city experience

.......................................... ........................................ For those who love Then there’s the lure to be beside the of northern cities – seaside – you can’t theatres, concerts, beat the east and museums and art west northern coasts. galleries, great From Scarborough architecture, amazing and Bridlington to nightlife, awardWhitby, Robin Hood’s winning restaurants Bay and fossil beach and much, much at Runswick Bay, and more. York, Newcastle, on up to the fabulous Durham, Carlisle – Northumberland each has its own very coast. To the west distinct character, there’s fun to be had with so much to at Blackpool before discover. Or, venture heading north to across the border to Morecambe Bay (and the two very different Things maybe stay at the cities of Glasgow to Do newly restored art and Edinburgh. The Around deco Midland Hotel) North offers one of the North and up the Cumbrian the most diverse urban York coast to Grange-over- environments. Moors Sands. Each coast has >Go racing in Thirsk interesting places to stay, good restaurants, or Pickering plenty of history and >Visit Helmsley fabulous seascapes. Castle, Rievaulx Abbey and Castle Howard >Tour Suddaby’s Brewery in Malton >Take the North York Moors Railway at Pickering >Visit The Moors Centre in Danby

City Destinations >Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum, Glasgow >The Baltic Centre of Contemporary Art, Newcastle >The Sage Music Centre, Gateshead >York Minster & Jorvik Viking Centre, York >Theatres, Music & Entertainment


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I need that buzz, the action, the smog, CamFell Flame Picks the rude people up CAMRA Award – I love it. .............................................................................................

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summertime approaches, people often like to go out of town for a weekend to ‘get away from it all’. I seem to be in the minority because, I rather like the ‘all’ and have no desire to get away from it. I’m a city girl through and through. The very thought of wide open spaces with greenery and fresh air makes me break out in hives. I don’t mind getting away from it all, as long as I can go to a different city. I need that buzz, the action, the smog, the rude people – I love it. My beloved grandmother lives in rural Nova Scotia in Canada. Her ‘town’ consists of four roads, a petrol station, a bakery and a lot of fields. It takes me forever to fall asleep when I’m there because the silence is deafening. I need the steady hum of traffic, maybe the occasional siren or drunken lout to lull me into a deep sleep. Being awoken by the sound of cows makes me feel like I’m on another planet. Couple this with the fact that there’s no internet connection and you may as well have cut off my right arm.

I will never fully understand the appeal of camping or a hike in the dales, but my appreciation for strutting down a city street in some high heels will never dwindle. ............................................................................................. For more go to www.bangsandabun.com

................................................................................................. Just before the new WharfeBank Brewery in Pool-inWharfedale opened, its new brew CamFell Flame picked up the Leeds CAMRA, Beer of the Festival Award 2010, beating a number of other champion ales. The event, held at Pudsey Civic Hall, gave over 3,700 CAMRA and non CAMRA members an opportunity to vote for their favourite beer. “We could not have got off to a better start!” said WharfeBank Brewery MD Martin Kellaway. “Ian Smith, our head brewer, has brought his talents to life in creating a great range of special beers for WharfeBank.” Situated in a converted paper mill on the bank of the river Wharfe, the 20-barrel brew plant, which went into production mid of April, will have a capacity of 100 barrels per week. It will produce three core ales: Slingers Gold, Tether Blond and the award winning CamFell Flame. In addition, a range of monthly guest and seasonal ales will be available, starting in May with Black Tom, a traditional premium dark mild. The brewery project has been funded through a grant from Yorkshire Forward, the regional development agency responsible for improving the economy of Yorkshire and Humber region and Martin’s partnership with local businessman, Nigel Jowett. Martin also picked up the ‘Mild of the Festival’ award for Clarendon Dark Mild, which is currently brewed at his brew pub, the Fox and Newt in Leeds. For further information, email martin@wharfebankbrewery. co.uk


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Take to the Open Road!

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Coach travel is no longer the domain of the over 60s – with the emphasis on quality, value and a huge variety of destinations, more and more people are discovering the lure of ‘the open road’.

The Hebrides .................................................................................................................................................................................................... he beauty of coach travel experiences – we SPECIALISING IN travel today is that wanted people to have a TAILOR-MADE TRIPS you can jump on ‘complete’ experience, to your coach locally and enjoy both the travel and “We like to think that we head off without a care the destination, and for excel when it comes to in the world, knowing them to come back again tailoring trips for groups”, and again.” that everything is taken said Pat. “We are now care of – travel, hotel, becoming well known tickets, tours, everything. Dalesman Holidays have for Family History Tours, Dalesman Holidays succeeded on many levels. which include time in (Baildon Motors Ltd.) in People do come back the Archives in London, Guiseley began offering again and again. Out of Dublin and Edinburgh. the dozens of tours, the coach tours in 1936. In We have planned special 1988 it was taken over by company now boasts history excursions, tours firm favourites like the Ken and Pat Hartshorne of stately homes and who set about building up Hampton Court Palace castles, visits to the Eden the range of holidays, and and Chelsea Flower Project, and gardens in their son, Peter, joined Shows, the Edinburgh Devon & Cornwall. If a them in 1998. Tattoo, Theatre special interest group Weekends, and German wants to attend a specific A LIFELONG INTEREST Christmas Markets. There event, we’ll organise it for IN TRANSPORT AND are regular trips to the them.” TRAVEL Isle of Wight, Dublin and the Wicklow Mountains, Because Dalesman have “I was always interested the Austrian Tyrol, Spain, coaches ranging from in transport and travel”, the Scottish Highlands minibuses to 49 seaters, said Ken, who started his and Islands, the Rhine they can accommodate career as an accountant. Valley, Lake Garda. And, groups of any size. Sports “When the opportunity Destinations in the UK clubs and various other arose to purchase the are endless! associations are regular company, I jumped users. Day excursions and at it. We started out even ‘Mystery Tours’ are sharing some of own very popular. London

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THE THRILL OF DISCOVERY “We like to show people something new”, Ken told us, “something they might not normally choose for themselves. It becomes a voyage of discovery and few are ever disappointed. Last year we went to Berlin and Poland, taking in Warsaw and Krakow – it was a spectacular trip. As we often do, we hired special guides, something not many people would be able to do as individuals.”

This year Dalesman Holidays venture to Eastern Canada for the first time. Working with partners in Canada, the ‘Maple Leaf Trail’ will take in Montreal, Quebec, Ottawa, Niagara Falls and Toronto over ten days. “That’s what is so fascinating about travel”, said Ken. “There is always somewhere new to go, we are continually evolving, meeting new people, taking them to new destinations – and discovering more ourselves. By coach the quality and value is hard to beat!”

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GardenRound-Up

By Kath Hall, Paxton Horticultural Society

.................................................................................................................................................................................................... not look out of place in May sees a border, where their abundant soft foliage and umbrels flowering, Spring provide added interest.

is in full swing and the cherries are in blossom. Fertilise plant borders, ornamental shrubs and hedges – which need a higher dose to ensure the whole hedge gets sufficient nutrients to keep it in good shape. Tidy up early flowering clematis, pinch or cut out spent flowers and seed cases from rhododendrons and lilacs, to improve flowering next season. Check plants regularly for slugs and snails and remove any you find. The decimation of new shoots is caused by these pests – ask your hairdresser for clippings and put a thick layer round the plants, slugs hate it and it’s cheaper and less harmful to pets than buying bait. If you have prepared the ground for sowing carrots, beetroot, celery, leeks and onions, now is the time to do it. With different shaped leaves and interesting colours these plants can be decorative too. Fennel and dill do

Fuchsias and pelargoniums can be hardened off outdoors in fine weather, but be brought back in if there is a danger of frost. Annuals, bi-annuals and perennials can be sown in rays with a glass cover. Seedlings that have already appeared can be potted on taking care not to disturb the roots. Seeds, such as poppies, that develop tap roots can be sown into toilet roll cylinders that, when the plants have established themselves, can be planted casing and all into the ground. Tap roots do not transplant well. Zinnias can also be done this way, unless you want to plant seeds straight into patio pots. Keep an eye on your pond, especially for any water lilies that may have become loose, any floating plants brought in for the winter can be returned mid-May, and if the weather has turned warm, start to feed fish, if you have any.

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May 2010

Bird Watch

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tangible sign of spring is the arrival of the first wave of migrants here to breed in the short northern summer. Sand martins are often seen in numbers seeking insects in low flight over lakes and rivers, where they nest in vertical earth banks. They are dull greybrown above and white below with a clear breast band. Wheatears breed in the open stony country of the upper Dales and are greyish above and buffish

below. Most distinctive is the white rump and black tail end. In spring and summer, males have a black eye-mark and pinkish-buff throat and breast. Engaging birds, they are seldom still. Increasingly rare is the ring ouzel, which also frequents the higher Dales, where it nests in rocky ravines. Of blackbird size and shape, it is black with a white crescent across the breast. It is a shy bird with a loud melancholy song which echoes through the hills.

Increasingly rare is the ring ouzel, which also frequents the higher Dales, where it nests in rocky ravines.

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James Mercer, front man and songwriter with the excellent US indie group The Shins, recently announced that he was taking a break from the band for about a year, so Shins’ fans, desperate for

Shutter Island Directed by: F I L M Martin Scorsese Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Ben Kingsley, Mark Ruffalo. Adapted from Dennis Lehane’s novel of the same name, Shutter Island is an unnerving, claustrophobic, psychological thriller which Martin Scorsese has brought to the screen with his characteristic style and flair. DiCaprio plays Teddy Daniels, a US marshall investigating the mysterious and seemingly impossible disappearance of a patient from Ashecliff Hospital for the criminally insane on the forbidding Shutter Island. He’s told that Ashecliff is a pioneering institution that treats the most extreme and violent cases. Teddy appears not to be in the finest mental health himself. Flashbacks

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a new album, may have a wait on their hands. Fortunately, we have Broken Bells to tide us over. A collaboration between Mercer and the now ubiquitous producer Dangermouse, Broken Bells is a fine album which sees the uber-producer applying the successful techniques he used on Gorillaz Demon Days and Beck’s Modern Guilt. The taut pop melodies and literate lyricism of Mercer’s song writing are unmistakably Shins-like, but the arrangements also bring to mind Eels and Brendan Benson’s solo work. Dangermouse’s hip

hop inflected rhythms and electro-pop styling is brought to bear on Mercer’s songs with deftness and skill, giving the entire album a sonically crisp and lush feel.

The album opener, The High Road sets the tone with a laid back groove and tasteful snyth flourishes, giving way to Vaporize, wherein Mercer’s acoustic rhythm guitar is bathed in the warmth of swirling Hammond organ. At times the album segues into something like folktronica, whilst always retaining a decidedly pop edge. Beatheavy The Ghost Inside

and dream sequences reveal that he bears psychological scars from his involvement in the liberation of a concentration camp during the war and he is haunted by the spectre of his wife, who died in a fire two years earlier. His investigation is hampered by uncooperative hospital officials and he begins to suspect a sinister conspiracy. When a violent storm lashes the Island, Teddy and his partner, Chuck, are unable to return to shore.... or are they being prevented from leaving? Things become ever more labyrinthine and Kafkaesque as the mystery deepens through one plot twist and red herring after another. Keeping pace requires a degree of mental agility on behalf of the viewer and the ‘What the...?!’ impact of the final denouement is guaranteed to leave one

sounds like it could be a Gorillaz outtake, while Citizen is reminicent of Gallic electronica duo, Air. The unexpected introduction of orchestral strings and mariachi style horns on Mongrel Heart bring to mind an unlikely collision of The Smiths and Ennio Morricone, which is quite something.

Broken Bells is an involving and deceptively complex album whose subtleties become more apparent with each listen and, while I am still fervently anticipating the next Shins release, this is plenty to be getting on with.

reeling. Scorsese has a fine cast at his disposal here and, on their fourth picture together, he’s drawn another electrifying performance from DiCaprio. I think it’s fair to say the director is instrumental in his emergence as a mature and serious acting talent. Stylistically, the influence of the master of suspense is glaringly apparent, though not to the film’s detriment, with many of Hitchcock’s masterpieces referenced, notably Vertigo. Scorsese’s Hitch homage imbues the film with the classic Holywood thriller feel. Shutter Island is an impressive and riveting production, and becomes even more so upon a second viewing. After the magnificent The Departed, this shows Marty and Leo to be on something of a roll. Let’s hope they keep ‘em coming.

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.................................................................................................................................................................................................... Support from Leeds Cardigan Arms. Malandras Del Dragons Wed 5 & Amici Singers legends, Victors. Alternative indie, Tango: Tango May, Korks Wine Tues 11 May, for fans of Fugazi, Siempre Sat 1 May, Bar, Otley, 8pm. 7.30pm at St Lights Tues 18 Hot Snakes, BSM, Howard Assembly Stephen’s Church, May, The Cockpit, Holy Roar, etc. Room from 7:30pm. Tiffany Page Kirkstall. Details: Canadian singer/ Phoenix Virtuosic music Thurs 6 May, Leeds Kenneth Endersby songwriter & multiConcert Band from leading University Union, 267 7775 Sat 15 May, instrumentalist. tango ensemble £6.50. From 7pm. 7.30pm at St. & stunning dance Imagine Tori Amos, The Temper Augustine’s Church Dan Sartain Wed from Anabella Dolly Parton & Trap Tues 11 (Wrangthorn), Hyde 19 May, Brudenell & Giraldo, who Carole King all May, O2 Academy. Social Club. Mix Park Corner. danced in Evita. crammed into one. Melbourne-based of unrefined, four-piece focusing ramshackle blues, The Royal The Whip + The Alabama 3 Fri 7 on epic rock sounds. punky riffs & a Liverpool Brute Chorus + May O2 Academy, devil-worship drawl. Philharmonic Tall Ships Sat 1 7pm, £16 Legendary Shonen Knife Orchestra Leeds May, Elbow Room, Brixton collective, Wed 12 May, Mark Padmore, Festival Chorus, £5. Dark electro-pop best known for the Brudenell Social Simon Lepper Sat 15 May, Leeds from Manchester theme tune to ‘The Club. All-girl Thurs 20 May, Town Hall, 7:30pm. four piece The Sopranos’. Best Japanese 3-piece Howard Assembly A performance of Whip, psyched-out sampled live. punk-pop band, Room, 7:30pm. A Elgar’s The Dream garage-folk of dirty, coming on like a performance of of Gerontius. scuzzy guitar licks Entroducing: female Buzzcocks or Robert Schumann’s from The Brute DJ Shadow Fri 7 Ramones. Dichterliebe. Jessica Walker Chorus . May, The HiFi Club, + James Holmes from 8:30pm. A true Jim Bob Thurs The Eighties Sat 15 May, Howard Foals Mon 3 May, pioneer in modern 13 May, The Well. Matchbox B-Line Assembly Room, Leeds Met Student hip-hop & dance Former front man Disaster Thurs 20 7:45pm. Acclaimed Union. Indie-funk music. with indie/punk May, The Cockpit. performer of five piece make an legends Carter Playing crazed Weill, Bolcom & irresistible blend Raise Your USM. amphetamine Gershwin. of electronic-pop, Voice!: Musicians psychobilly. disco & indie-tech from Opera North Omar The Bundles Sat Orchestra Sat Souleyman Thurs The Enid Thurs 20 15 May, Brudenell Example Tues 8 May, Howard 13 May, Brudenell May, Irish Centre, Social Club. 4 May, Leeds Assembly Room, Social Club. Syrian 8pm. Only band to Featuring Kimya University Union, £3, under 18s free. music legend & successfully fuse Dawson & Jeffrey From 7pm £8. 11am – 1pm . Fun staple of folk-pop in Lewis. rock-based music London hip-hop morning singSyria. with the dynamics & rapper inspired by along for all ages & Johnny Flynn & scale of symphonic Mike Skinner & abilities. Leeds Guitar classical music. The Sussex Wit Eminem. Night 2010: Jon Mon 17 May, The Chuck Prophet Gomm + Pino Cockpit. ‘A true The Nextmen Deerhunter Wed + The Mission Forastiere + Stuart one-off ’. Fri 21 May, Nation 5 May, The Cockpit, Express Mon 10 Ryan Fri 14 May, Of Shopkeepers. 7pm. Music which, May, Brudenell Brudenell Social You Say Party! Uncompromising although electro to Social Club. Club. hip-hop, funk, We Say Die! Tues the core, is a darker, Chuck’s song 18 May, The Well. A reggae & razor sleazier version of writing skills match Holy State + collision of synthy sharp beats. the genre. his prodigious Great Ancestors beats & melodies instrumental talent. + We’ll Die which explode in Smiling + Dead Rosie Doonan danceable tracks & Copenhagen Spex + Cub & The Snap punk rock anthems. People’s Choir Cub Fri 14 May,


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Dr Feelgood Fri 21 May, The Well, 8pm, Dr Feelgood always gives 100% of the ďŹ nest British rhythm & blues.

Club. Sisters Rachel & Becky with Niopha Keegan (violin), Adrian McNally (piano) plus string quartet, brass, percussion & bass.

Paul Heaton Fri 21 May, The Original Oak. English singer-songwriter famous for his roles in The Housemartins & The Beautiful South

Hugh Cornwell Fri 28 May, The Cockpit. The original guitarist, singer & main songwriter in The Stranglers.

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Is Raising the School Leaving Age to 18 a Good Idea?

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just wondered whether readers were aware that from 2015, young people will be obliged to participate in some form of education or training until their 18th birthday. Currently, the plan is for the participation age to be raised to 17 from 2013, and 18 from 2015. Perhaps, like me, you can remember the last time the school leaving age was raised at the start of the 1970s. One of my very first classes in an inner city,

all boys school was the ROSLA group (Raising of the School Leaving Age). These were lads who certainly weren’t academic and who just wanted to get out to work. They were so very pleased to be staying on for a further year as you can imagine! Things have changed a great deal and there is little doubt that the speed of change and the volatility of the world of work demands a workforce that can adapt,

that is flexible and that is prepared for change. My view is that continued training, particularly to develop skills that can be transferred to different working environments, has to be seen as a good thing. Staying on until 18 might involve full-time education or training at school, college or at home, work-based learning, such as apprenticeships or part-time education or training if they are also

employed, self-employed or volunteering for more than 20 hours a week. A great deal of preparation is taking place for this but there are inevitably questions – what will happen if there is a change of Government is certainly something that springs to mind at the moment. What are your thoughts on this issue? Stuart Hemingway, Head Teacher, Ralph Thoresby School

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A Concert for Bambisanani ................................................................................................................................................................................................... sharp minor’ by Rachmaninov, Sarah Daramay-William’s breathtaking ‘Meditation’ by Massenet, and ‘Adiemus’ by Karl Jenkins. The Bambisanani Partnership was set up in 2006 between St. Mary’s and Mnyakanya High School in KwaZulu Natal, a remote, deprived area of South Africa. Money raised from the concert will be used to pay for education for AIDS orphans and other resources.

St Mary’s Students on a recent visit to Kwa Zulu Natal In March, St. Mary’s Menston staged its very first all-classical concert and it was a resounding success, playing to a packed hall and raising nearly £900 for the Bambisanani Partnership.

have benefited in some way from being members of the City of Leeds Youth Music group (CLYM) or the Yorkshire Young Musicians (YYM).

Mr David Geldart, Assistant Headteacher at St. Mary’s, who began the Partnership, was full of praise for the young musicians and the students responsible for organising the concert. “A major aim of the Bambisanani Partnership is to develop young leaders both at St. Mary’s and in our partner school in South Africa”, he told us. “This concert was completely organised by students. Often young people get a bad press and this does not reflect what I think is the more accurate picture of young people, who are concerned about others and are prepared to make a difference.”

The evening opened with a sensitive rendition of ‘Stranger on the Shore’ Almost all of the performers were played by Ashley Francis-Roy, teenagers from the local area, several and ended with an exhilarating from St. Mary’s, together with performance of Monti’s ‘Czardas’. students from Prince Henry’s and Other highlights were Duncan Bradford Grammar, most of whom Fraser’s storming ‘Prelude in C ....................................................................................................................................................................................................

Often young people get a bad press and this does not reflect what I think is the more accurate picture of young people, who are concerned about others and are prepared to make a difference.”


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Sports Clubs from gymnastics and tennis to cheerleading and rugby, performance and dance groups, youth groups, local gyms, swimming pools and more, have been invited to showcase what they have to offer to parents and young people.

................................................................................................................................................................................................... With over 30 providers, it will be the o you know a young person who wants to do something place to find out what’s going on. You sporty but doesn’t know can even have a go at go-karting and where to start? Wish you could find pony riding – along with many more out more about what’s going on in sports. There will be information stalls and demonstrations, fun and around Otley? Then go along challenges and competitions. to the Be Active – Be Sporty Fair at Prince Henry’s on Thursday 20th The Fair is organised by Otley, Pool May. and Bramhope Extended Services, Sports Clubs from gymnastics and Otley Town Council and Sports tennis to cheerleading and rugby, Leeds, and takes place on Thursday 20th May, 6 - 8.30pm at Prince performance and dance groups, youth groups, local gyms, swimming Henry’s. Free entry. pools and more, have been invited to showcase what they have to offer to parents and young people.

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Great Turnout to Hear About Otley’s Youth Bar Project Yorkshire Dales Rotary Club’s Construction Challenge Prince Henry’s Year 12 technology students entered the Yorkshire Dales Rotary Club’s Key Stage 5 Technical Tournament Construction Challenge for the first time and won, beating five other schools in the area. The competition was held at Gargrave and the team’s challenge was to build a light tower where the light flashed once per second for 10 seconds using only mechanical means. The team were presented with a trophy and plaque and will now go forward to the national finals. Caption: The Prince Henry’s team (l – r) Nathan Rogers, Sam Kerry, Caroline Walton and Lizzy Roberts.

Being Healthy is Fun at Ashfield Primary Ashfield Primary is aiming to combine learning about being healthy with fun during Health Week, which starts 24th May. The younger children will visit Wharfedale Hospital, whilst older children are taking part in a healthy heart initiative. The school council has also requested a talent show where every class has the chance to showcase their talents. Even parents will be involved in a fun Bollywood evening,

There was an excellent turnout at a recent public meeting, organised to get support for the planned Youth Bar Project in Otley. The aim is to have the proposed Youth Bar open during out of school hours and holidays. It will be designed like a little like a pub, but geared to the needs of youngsters, and include things like Wii consoles, computers, table football and a pool table, and membership will be free. A group of young people from

Prince Henry’s Grammar School came to find out what it was all about and Janet Sheriff, PHGS’s head teacher, also attended and talked about the school’s ongoing support for the project. About 20 people, including young people, have agreed to meet with Rosemary Pummell and the Youth Bar Project team to form a charity as soon as possible. “It was a fantastic turn out at the meeting”, said Rosemary, the project’s founder. “I’ve now got enough people who are passionate about seeing this work. We’ll soon be able to form a charity and start on some exciting fundraising. I’ll be getting in touch with PHGS students to get them involved with this right from the start.”

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urrounded by road works and traffic cones on her daily commute, Adel resident, Chris Madeley, had a flash of inspiration – she would bring the cones to life in a children’s book! The Cones are fascinated by human behaviour and the stories help children to learn valuable lessons about all aspects of safety, friendship, respect, conservation and the environment. The Cones also have their own words. There have been many ‘coneferences’ about the ‘conetent’ of The Cones’ lives. Some Cones are ‘conefrontational’ and ‘conetroversial’, whilst others are ‘coneciliatory’ and when they hold hands, they are ‘conected!’ These Cone-words help children to use the magic ‘e’ in the middle of words and it shows them what happens if you don’t double a consonant.

Local schools have invited Chris to introduce children to the ‘conecept’ and read the first story, which tells children how the Cones came to life. For more information about the book e-mail chris@ kerisplah.plus.com or visit www.colourheroes.com

Chris pictured with her granddaughter, Marielle.


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Adel Toddler Group Local group of parents & pre-schoolers (0-4 yrs) meets Fri 10 – 11.45am (term time) at the Stables, behind Adel St John Church, Back Church Lane. Craft, music & toys for toddlers, cuppa & treats for mums, dads & grandparents. Details: adelplaygroup@gmail.com Baby Rascals Are you a new Mum? Would you like to meet other new Mums & enjoy a cup of coffee? Then come to the Parish Room at Otley Parish Church Wed 1 – 2.45pm (term time). Details: 01943 463815 Chevin Wildlife WATCH Group Fun kids & parents group run by volunteers in partnership with Yorkshire Wildlife Trust & one of the longest running WATCH Group in Yorkshire. Activities every 1st Sat & 3rd Sun. Details: Jennifer

May 2010 Watts on 0113 237 5320, chevinwildlifewatch@ hotmail.co.uk

birthing & parenting available. Details: Ruth 01943 461 051.

Family Boogie Sat 15 May, 3 -5pm at High Royds Social Club, Chevin/Royds Park. Great tunes in a child friendly setting. Separate bar area, baby change & food preparation facilities. Run 3rd Sat each month by local parents who want to have fun with their (mainly) pre-school children & friends. Details: familyboogie@ yahoo.co.uk, www. menston.org

Little Rascals Toddler & parent/carer group meets every Wed during term- time at Otley Parish Church 9.30 – 11.15am Toys, refreshments, craft table. Free. Details: 01943 463815

La Leche League of Wharfedale meets 1st Fri of month, 10am to noon, in the lower hall, Christchurch, The Grove, Ilkley, to provide breastfeeding help & support. All women interested in breastfeeding welcome – babies & young children too. Free, but donation to running costs welcome. Library of info on breastfeeding,

Mend Free Programme to help families get fitter, healthier & happier. For 7 – 13 year olds above healthy weight & their families. Starts 10th Jan (4 – 6pm) at Leeds Trinity University College. Details: 0800 230 0263 Multi Skills Club Tues during term time, 4 – 5pm at Leeds Trinity University College, Horsforth. Ages 6 – 9. £2 a week. Details: Trinity Fitness Sports 0113 283 7155.

Prizes were awarded at three levels: Basic (Years 7, 8 & 9), Intermediate (Years 10 & 11) and Advanced (Years 12 & 13), and a separate prize was awarded for the most inventive idea. The winning teams were: Innovation and Advanced Sections: Roundhay High School. Basic: St Mary’s, Menston. Intermediate:

Mums & Tots Group meets every Tues 1 – 3pm in term time at Bramhope Methodist Church Hall, for play, chat & a cup of tea! Cost £1 per family. Rock Solid & BASE Youth Groups Rock Solid (Yrs 6 – 8), & BASE (Yrs 9 – 13) run on Sunday evenings as a joint venture between Bramhope Methodist & St Giles Church. Details: Nick 0113 284 2063 The Owls New city-wide informal childminding group that aims to: offer support & training; share information; & organise social events. Membership £5 a year. Details: 0113 240 2956.

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Another Success for Rotary’s Annual Technology Tournament ................................................................................................................................. This year’s Rotary Technology Tournament, a national initiative of Rotary’s Youth Opportunities Programme which aims to improve the personal development and skills of young people, attracted 15 schools and 156 young people!

Mums and Toddlers at St Giles Church Hall Wednesday mornings. Details: Nicci Shay 0113 267 4884.

The St Mary’s team with their winning model.

Farnley Park School. Rotarians from the ten Leeds Rotary Clubs involved were amazed by some of the excellent, innovative ideas that were translated into working models by the students. Using just a few sticks, string, wire, a battery and bulb, card, paperclips and sticky tape, they had to make a ‘flashing beacon’ to illuminate a banner. The results were judged by a panel of Rotarians and industrialists with backgrounds in engineering, technology, enterprise and education. The prizes were presented by the

Deputy Lord Mayor of Leeds, Councillor Andrew Barker. The winning Advanced model will now be entered in the district Grand Final, which covers North and West Yorkshire.


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n 29th May, Dave and Eve Durbin of Adel are attempting the National Three Peaks Challenge to raise sponsorship for the Leeds Hospital Trust. In just 24 hours, they will climb the highest mountains in England, Scotland and Wales,

totalling 2940m of ascent over 26 miles of walking, separated by 475 miles of driving. This is a similar climb distance to the summit of Mount Everest from base camp!

natal unit, in recognition of all the wonderful people who helped to save their son Harry’s life, and many more babies born prematurely or with disabilities.

Their target is to raise £10,000 to buy a new incubator for the neo-

Harry was born in April 2008 at St. James’ Hospital. Suffering uncontrollable epileptic seizures, the first six weeks of his life was spent in Jimmy’s ICU/ HDU neo-natal units and the transitional care unit at LGI. The paediatric neurologists performed MRI & ultrasound scans on his brain and tests on his blood and cerebralspinal fluids to try to understand and control his condition. His seizures are now controlled, and he has a full community

support team to help him develop as much as his mental and physical disabilities allow. Harry has his own website at www.harry. moonfruit.com to explain more about the challenge and the help he has received. To support Dave and Eve’s challenge you can also donate directly to the hospital trust via www.justgiving.com/ Harrys3PeaksChallenge.

they will climb the highest mountains in England, Scotland and Wales

Can You HACK it for the NSPCC? TV presenter and keen outdoors enthusiast Julia Bradbury is ple to help end encouraging people aking part in the child cruelty by taking charity’s HACK (Hike Against n the Yorkshire Cruelty to Kids) in ember. Dales on 4th September. ur to help “It’s a great honour unch its the NSPCC launch s,” said hiking challenges, Julia. “We are lucky that the UK has ng such stunning d countryside and these walks take

full advantage of that. The NSPCC HACKs are around 25 miles and are definitely challenging. c So, whether you’re an experienced wa walker, or this is new to you, you get your walking boot boots on, start training!” Registrat Registration costs £15 an and is open to ove over 18s only. (£1 is being don donated to the Y Yo r k s h i r e D a l e s

National Park Authority to support path maintenance and enhancement in the Three Peaks area). For further details, go to www. nspcc.org.uk/hack or contact the North NSPCC Appeals office 0113 229 9324 / northcanuhackit@ nspcc.org.uk. Final registration date 23rd August 2010.

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Chris to Represent UK at World 24-Hour Championships Chris Carver of Otley Athletic Club was recently selected to represent the UK at the World 24-hour Championships which take place in Brive, France on 13th/14th May. The 24-hour event (covering the greatest possible distance in a single day) is one of the oldest established athletic events – the first taking place on the Newmarket to London road in 1806. Today it is probably the most gruelling world championship event in any sport. This will be his first full international vest, although he did represent England at the inaugural Commonwealth Ultra Distance Championships in Keswick last September. In that event he finished fifth, covering a distance of 231 km/143 miles. He won a team silver medal and was the leading Englishman.

Shipley Stride

Sunday 9 May 2010 Join us and ‘Stride’ out to help people affected by cancer with a family-friendly sponsored walk through the beautiful Shipley and Baildon countryside. The ‘Shipley Stride’ is a 5.5 mile circular walk starting near Bracken Hall Countryside Centre on Shipley Glen, and takes in views of the areas stunning countryside.

For more information visit www.macmillan.org.uk/walking or call 01924 232 440 quoting NA1

In Brive, Chris aims to cover 10k more. In a race of this length the smallest error of judgement - pacing, eating, drinking, clothing, etc - is magnified and can easily effect the time and distance covered. Last year Chris raised over £2,200 for Orchid (a charity that promotes awareness and funds pioneering research into testicular, prostate and penile cancers). To do this he ran from Otley to London, covering 218 miles in 46 hours – which is all the more remarkable when one considers that he had testicular cancer himself and later lost half his right lung to cancer.

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West Riding Track League Roundhay Park grass track cycle racing ......................................... circuit was built in the early 1890s within the amphitheatre below the Mansion House in Roundhay Park (the cricket oval) and cycle racing has taken place since then, with only the two World Wars stopping competition. The League caters for all ages & abilities with children (born 1997

and younger) and adults using track bikes just like those you’d see at the velodrome in Manchester. Many of the League’s riders have gone on to compete in top level competition. Some of the cream of Olympic talent for Beijing & London took their first pedal strokes on the track at Roundhay. For the league races, the first race will be 7pm for the free wheel riders (born 1998 and later) and 7.30 for the fixed wheel riders. Please ensure you arrive early enough to sign on before your first race. Cost is £7 for Seniors, £5 for

Juniors and £3 for kids. For a full programme of upcoming events and further details on the club, contact Mandy Parker (organiser) on 07917 860292 or visit w w w.c ycleroundhay. co.uk

Some of the cream of Olympic talent for Beijing & London took their first pedal strokes on the track at Roundhay

The club offers a 27 acre lake, refurbished club house with modern shower and changing facilities, and club boats for hire by members

Otley Sailing Club a ‘Centre of Excellence’ Otley Sailing Club promotes Sailing for All. This RYA approved training centre was recently named Yorkshire and Humberside ‘OnBoard’ Club of the year for encouraging youngsters

into the sport, and is also an accredited centre of excellence for disabled sailing. This friendly members’ club has a rich programme of racing and social events, where newcomers are welcomed and encouraged to get involved. Training ranges from complete beginner courses to the advanced and is offered in both dinghy and powerboat. The club

also actively encourages instructor training. The club offers a 27 acre lake, refurbished club house with modern shower and changing facilities, and club boats for hire by members. For information please visit www. otley-sailingclub.co.uk/ or email oscsecretary@tiscali.co.uk


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Pool Tennis Otley Badminton Club Open Club Doubles Weekend Membership ......................................................... .........................................................................

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Pool Tennis Club is in the heart of Pool village and part of the Sports & Social Club. From 4pm on Friday 7th May until 6.30pm on Sunday 9th May. The courts will be open to all and racquets and balls will be provided. Club members will be on hand to answer questions on tennis and club membership.

Pool Cricket Club will be running a Spring Bank cricket camp on Thursday 3rd and Friday 4th June. The camp will be led by James Ward a qualified ECB Level 2 cricket coach, supported by other coaches from the club.

The club is always delighted to see newcomers of all abilities. Go along any Monday evening to find out more. There’s a range of membership options for juniors, adults and families, as well as coaching for all ages and abilities. For further information, contact Gavin Westworth on 0113 284 1043 or visit www.pooltennisclub.co.uk

Thanks to a grant from Sport England, Otley Badminton Club has doubled its membership in the last year and now has 42 members. In addition to publicity and coaching, the grant was used to launch a Saturday morning junior club, with a series of coaching sessions run by Yorkshire Badminton Association Coach Trevor Curtis, with James Dalby (an Otley Club member) as assistant coach. Twenty one children took part in a 10 week course, aimed primarily at beginner and improver levels. The initial sessions were so popular that there was even a waiting list! The Club intends to repeat the course later in the year. Those who have expressed an interest will be contacted, anyone else should contact info@ otleybadmintonclub.co.uk.

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One call to Planit Services handles everything

Specialist Bathrooms Purpose Made Joinery Fully Fitted Kitchens Interior Construction Full Tiling Service All Electrical Work Full Plumbing Services Interior Building Alterations Extensions Mobility Bathrooms Wet Rooms Full Plastering Services

Call Mike on: Mobile: 07801 225 299 Alwoodley, Leeds Tel: 0113 2286826 E: info@leedsinteriors.co.uk www.leedsinteriors.co.uk


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Care & Repair ‘A Reliable & Affordable Handyman service ‘ • References available on request. • Fully CRB checked! • Free estimate on all jobs • Available evenings and weekends.

Call Dave on 07964066725 or email: candrepair@yahoo.co.uk

• Boiler servicing, repairs and replacement • Full heating system design and installation • Power flushing specialists • Full boiler fault diagnostics

• Gas Safe Registered 215541 • Replacement pumps, valves & controls • Free written quotations - no call out charges

0771 203 0709 / 01943 463 248 www.higginsheating.co.uk 127 Bradford Road, Otley LS21 3LH

Home Improvements DIY Repairs General Property Maintenance Decorating Garage, Shed & Attic Clearing & Improvements Fixture & Fittings Replacement Flat Pack Assembly Garden Maintenance Patio & Fence Building, Cleaning & Repair All Jobs Considered.


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D A Wood & Son Painters & Decorators Interior & Exterior Free Estimates Call Don Wood Mob: 07702 238 328 Tel: 0113 261 0605 28 Mavis Lane, Cookridge LS16 7LL

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Covering all aspects of roofing from small repairs to a full re-roof. Free estimates. Fully insured. C.H. ROOFING Contact Craig on:

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THE KNARESBOROUGH KITCHEN COMPANY The Professional Choice

• FREE insurance with every kitchen or bedroom with your money guaranteed for total peace of mind

• Family Run Business • Expert advice from design to installation

• Member of KBSA • Trustmark accredited For further information, please contact us at Knaresborough Showroom: 94 – 96 High Street, Knaresborough HG5 0HN Tel: 01423 862286 Otley Showroom: Unit 11, 9 Orchard Gate, Otley LS21 3NX Tel: 01943 464503 Email: sales@knaresboroughkitchens.co.uk Web: www.knaresboroughkitchens.co.uk


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Spring Offer Free Si emens dishwa she worth £ r* 530

Why choose us?

_ We’re bespoke Our kitchen and bedroom fittings are custom-made to meet each customers’ individual specifications

_ Less hassle for you We manage every project from concept to completion ensuring the whole process runs smoothly

_ Our experience More than two decades of craftsmanship and a solid reputation means we’re able to deliver consistently impressive results

_ We care High-volume sales don’t interest us. But the creative quality of our products and a good old fashioned interest in our customers does.

To book your free design appointment call 0113 278 78 74. 56 Commercial Road, Kirkstall, Leeds LS5 3AQ | www.rhodesandwordsworth.co.uk

*Offer applies to orders in excess of £12,000 and placed between 01/03/10 and 30/04/10. Integrated Siemens dishwasher model no. SE64M350GB current retail value £530.00. Rhodes and Wordsworth reserve the right to withdraw or alter this offer at any time without prior notification.

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