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Your Letters Police Update HEART Contract Signed Community Notices WIN Tickets for Russell Watson Renovate, Revamp, Refurbish Make it Al Fresco Garden Round Up They Lived in Headingley Ticket Give-away for NAFAS Sound & Vision Music Listings Younger Life Active

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.

LETTER FROM THE EDITOR Dear Readers There’s nothing like a little bit of sunshine to get us thinking about tidying up inside and out and improving our living space. With this in mind we spoke to three interior designers to get a few tips on changes that could transform your home. We are delighted to be able to offer six pairs of tickets (worth £30 each) to That Glorious Noise, a fabulous concert at Harewood House starring Russell Watson and Classical BRIT nominee Camilla Kerslake, (pictured on our cover). The concert is in aid of the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign. NAFAS, the National Association of Flower Arranging Societies, is also offering our readers 150 day tickets (£13 each) to their national show at Harrogate International Centre. We have news of more interesting physical feats, local theatre companies are extremely busy with productions at The Carriageworks, Adel Memorial Hall and Cookridge Village Hall. We recommend five music festivals to take in this summer – and don’t forget that tickets to Party/Opera in the Park will be available from 5th June (last year they disappeared in just a couple of days!). And, to get everyone in the mood for summer, we talk a little bit about eating al fresco. The deadline for editorial for the July edition is 1st June, and for August it’s 1st July. Keep your news and notices flooding in – we love finding out what you’re up to! Kind regards Carole, Jack and the team MANAGING DIRECTOR Jack Campbell | info@northleedslife.co.uk 0113 274 8776 EDITOR Carole Carey-Campbell | carole@northleedslife.co.uk 0113 293 4303 FEATURES EDITOR Muireann Carey-Campbell | muireann@northleedslife.co.uk 0113 293 4302

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The Hunt is on for Yorkshire’s Women of Achievement

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Jackie Whiteley

Do you know a woman who has made a real difference to the lives of the people around her? If so, Sue Ryder Care Wheatfields Hospice would like to hear from you now!

Each year the Yorkshire Women of Achievement Awards celebrate the successes of inspirational women from all walks of life, from across the county. The organisers are asking for nominations of inspiring and successful women who could be one of this year’s winners. The award categories are: Business, Education, Lifetime of Achievement, and the Jane Tomlinson Courage Award.

and Tricia Stewart, one of the Women’s Institute Calendar Girls.

One of last year’s winners, Jackie Whiteley, created a business despite great personal tragedy. She, along with the other winners, received her award in front of an audience of around 400 women, including singer Jane Macdonald, who also stars on the television show Loose Women,

Closing date for nominations is Monday 7th June. If you would like a nomination form, or information about attending the event, please contact Joseph Bland on 0113 2033 338 or joseph.bland@suerydercare.org as soon as possible.

NIACE Award for Newly Qualified Counsellor

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Sayra Wigglesworth (pictured) red) was recently presented with h an NIACE (National Institute of Adult Continuing Education) n) Regional Individual Award,, as part of Adult Learners’ Week ek in May. The award recognised sed her dedication and commitment to learning. Having left school at 14

The event is held in aid of Sue Ryder Care’s Wheatfields Hospice in Headingley, which needs to raise over £2.7 million each year to fund its invaluable work. This year it will be held on Friday 25th June at Saviles Hall in the Royal Armouries.

with no qualifications, today she is a qualified counsellor. Sayra started her learning journey in 1999 with cookery classes followed by a number of other courses, before she discovered an Introduction to g at Swarthmore Counselling Education Centre. She has since achieved a Level 2 Certificate in Counse Counselling, Level 3 in C Counselling Studi Studies and a Level 4D Diploma in Th Therapeutic C Counselling.

“When my tutor gave me back my portfolio all signed off it was truly amazing”, said Sayra. “I had done it. Me, a qualified counsellor!” She is now a volunteer counsellor and has a waiting list of clients. Rachel Thomson, Senior Campaigns Officer at NIACE, said: “Sayra, like all of this year’s award winners, is proof of how learning can transform lives, often leading to new jobs and careers. Hopefully millions of adults across the country will be inspired to take up learning and discover a whole new raft of opportunities for themselves.”

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“Sayra, like all of this year’s award winners, is proof of how learning can transform lives, often leading to new jobs and careers ....................................................................................................................................................................................................


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Readers Letters ....................................................................................................................................................................................................

Congratulations! Congratulations on the new look Horsforth Life. The magazine now has a much brighter, fresher more contemporary appearance. The new use of graphics in the editorial pages - and the use of coloured text and headers throughout, is a refreshing innovation, as is the adaptable new page layout. A really great improvement. Phil Munroe Friends of Hunger Hills Woods Swan Song for the West Park Centre? The future of West Park Centre is again coming into question with the anticipated departure of the Northern Ballet Theatre this autumn. It is vital that the Centre’s role in the community is given due consideration before any decision is taken. The Centre is one of the most used councilowned facilities in Leeds. In addition to Northern Ballet and Education Leeds, a minimum of 2,000 people a week use the Centre. The large hall and rehearsal rooms are fully booked each week, and echo with the sound of music. The Centre provides rehearsal space for many of the city’s music groups, including: Leeds Symphony Orchestra, West Riding Opera, Leeds Festival Chorus, Phoenix Concert Band and many more. It is also relied on by local resident groups, and numerous local clubs and youth groups. Local residents’ associations are all lobbying for a sound business case to be examined as part of a Council consultation process. The Centre, an early 1950’s building may be a bit of an ugly duckling, but it makes lovely music and deserves the chance to continue as the centre of the West Park community and an integral part of the city’s musical heritage. After all, we all know what ugly ducklings can turn into? Doug Kemp West Park Residents Association

‘Legislation at Last’ sic! I suppose I should not be surprised that Mr Tyler chose to celebrate the restrictive legislation passed to inhibit the opening of private enterprise rented accommodation in Headingley. I believe the group resented the influx of students to the area and its subsequent change of character. Harehills and large swathes of Bradford and Dewsbury had their character changed far more dramatically by their colonisation of people of an entirely different culture. However, even the extreme rightwing of politics did not propose corrective legislation. Legislation restricts the ability of society to produce wealth, which is essential to support the non-productive sector of society, including the civil service whose duty it is to police the legislation. This, and similar regulation of the housing market, favours big businesses which work on a large scale and bears heavily on the family landlords, who may only own one or two houses. The legislation requires a landlord to apply for planning permission if they wish to change a house in multiple occupancy to individual flatlets. This is a tedious and expensive procedure and by the time the permission has been granted, the market may have changed again. In this way stasis sets in and the market needs are increasingly ignored. It is incorrect to state that the students, Unipol and the landlords did not oppose the changes with vigour. Perhaps it was by being economical with the truth that the Luddites secured the changes that they wanted. In this climate the ‘Amalgamated Union of Ostlers’ would have successfully banned railways, which were the key to the explosion of profitability that we are still enjoying. Of course, some people would hold that we should all have to rely on the Council publicity paper for local news and not receive such excellent journals as this.

A.J. Chuter West Park

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Police Update Headingley With PCSO Sarah Gaines

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fficers acted quickly when a member of the public reported a theft from Sainsbury’s in the Arndale Centre. From the description of the man, the eagle eyed officers were able to find the suspect after he’d left the scene and detained him. He was subsequently arrested and issued with an £80 Penalty Notice, due to it being his first offence. Maybe next time he’ll think before he acts. After reports of burglary where the offender had only just made

off, officers rushed to the scene to conduct an area search. A male was seen to drop the property he’d just stolen and carry on with his escape. He was later arrested, charged and remanded in custody until a court date is set. With the lighter nights, we would like to remind residents that leaving doors and windows open is an invitation to burglars who will sneak in and out before you realise it. Even when you are in the house, shut the window if you leave a room!

Policing Pledge The Policing Pledge meeting will be held at St Michael’s Parish Hall, St Michael’s Road, at 7pm on the third Wednesday of the Month. Please feel free to attend the meeting and speak to local officers regarding any local issues you may have.

the eagle eyed officers were able to find the suspect after he’d left the scene and detained him

Police Update Meanwood With Inspector Andrew Briggs

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ith lighter nights and better weather, we’re working hard to ensure that any reports of anti-social behaviour (ASB) are tackled appropriately across Meanwood and Moortown. We have seen a reduction in ASB calls over the last year and have good working relationships with Leeds City Council departments such as the Anti-Social Behaviour Unit, Environmental Enforcement, and Youth Services.

We work with housing providers including East North East Homes Leeds to take tenancy action on perpetrators. We listen to residents’ concerns and through our Police and Community Together (PACT) meetings, we set local priorities which include tackling ASB hotspots. We’re currently working on problem solving issues in the Parkside Road area, near the Cricket Club and the Myrtle Tavern, and the Stonegate estate.

We listen to residents’ concerns and through our Police and Community Together (PACT) meetings, we set local priorities which include tackling ASB hotspots

Our meeting for Meanwood and Moortown ward is on the first Thursday of each month, 6pm at Holy Trinity Parochial Church hall, Church Lane. Further details can be found at www.westyorkshirepolice.uk/ npt. Follow links for Roundhay Alwoodley Moortown NPT. Call us on 0113 241 3270, or e-mail banpt.ram@westyorkshire.pnn. police.uk. To report a crime call 0845 6060606 or 999 for emergency.


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Partnership Advises Students on Integration into Local Communities

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groundbreaking partnership to raise students’ awareness of their responsibilities towards the neighbourhoods in which they live has just celebrated its first anniversary and is expanding to cover even more of the city’s students. The scheme, which helps to alleviate waste, recycling and noise problems in areas heavily populated by students, now includes Leeds Trinity, Leeds College of Music and Leeds City College.

University life involves moving into the communities and often running a household for the first time. With this comes new responsibilities and learning to live harmoniously with their neighbours. When this fails, the partnership will take action against persistent offenders utilising various sanctions to ensure a timely resolution. This could result in legal proceedings, seizure of equipment and action through the Universities’ disciplinary proceedings.

The partnership, believed to have been the first of its kind in the country, was forged between Leeds City Council, The University of Leeds, Leeds Metropolitan University and West Yorkshire Police. It aims to advise students on the impact they have on their host communities and support their integration.

If you are troubled by excess noise etc., you can contact Leeds City Council on 0113 222 4406 (days) and 0113 242 5841 (out of hours). The Universities’ Neighbourhood Helpline can be contacted on 0113 343 1064 or neighbourhood.helpline@ leeds.ac.uk

University life involves moving into communities and often running a household for the first time. With this comes new responsibilities and learning to live harmoniously with their neighbours

High Praise for ArtForms

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rom toddlers with triangles to pensioners on pianos – Education Leeds’ music service, ArtForms, has something for everyone. That’s according to The Federation of Music Services, a national music education body representing 98% of music services and which has described ArtForms as

‘outstanding’. The assessors spent three days observing lessons and ensemble sessions, and meeting teachers, staff and managers. They highlighted the breadth of opportunities offered by ArtForms and were especially impressed that, as well as catering for able and gifted musicians, there was also

a wide range activities for children with special needs. Eight music centres around Leeds provide classes and groups for musicians of all ages, abilities and tastes. Everyone is welcome to participate. For more info call 0113 2304074 or visit www. artformsleeds.co.uk.


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Headingley Open Gardens 2010 Headingley’s Open Gardens event promises glimpses of delightful gardens around Headingley on Sunday 20th June, 1 – 4.30pm. This is the sixth year for this popular garden trail and there will be at least eight gardens to discover. Tickets (£3) and maps are available from Oxfam Books, Headingley. There will be refreshments at 17 Bennett Road and all proceeds will go to Headingley Network.

HEART Contract Signed!

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n Tuesday 4th May the Directors of HEART signed the lease with Leeds City Council for the former primary school building on Bennett Road, Headingley. Once completed the building will house a community centre with bookable spaces, soundproof music rooms, meeting and conference facilities, and a café with Headingley’s HEART is only expected to host off-road over 150 local outside groups on an eating annual basis, with area. over 7,500 people benefiting from After the centre through three a programme of years events, business of networking and conferencing

campaigning, planning and raising money Headingley Development Trust is delighted that work will finally start on transforming the school into a superb centre for arts and business in the community.

and conferencing. Meeting rooms, ‘hot desks’ and halls can be booked on a per session basis. HEART is already taking expression-of-interest forms for the opening at the start of November.

This eco friendly development has also been awarded almost £16,000 by the Green Energy Trust, which will be put towards the cost of solar panels for electricity generation, as well as solar hot water panels. The system is expected to save almost two tonnes of Co2 emissions annually.

HDT recently held a very well attended AGM and highly successful ‘Auction of Promises’. Membership currently stands at 887 and they would love to bring this up to 1,000! Visit www. headingleydevelopmenttrust.org. uk for details.

HEART is expected to host over 150 local groups on an annual basis, with over 7,500 people benefiting from the centre through a programme of events, business networking

If you are interested in using the fabulous new HEART space, right in the heart of Headingley, please contact Natalie Flint on Natalie@ headingelydevelopmenttrust.org. uk .


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Headingley Continues to Bloom! ...............................................................................

Headingley in Bloom started the gardening year by sprucing up the Otley Road flowerbeds, adding a bit of colour with winter pansies and primulas before the perennials and bulbs started coming into their own. There are some new planters on North Lane, the largest being a sturdy wooden trough outside Coop Funeral Care planted with twisted hazel, lavender, pansies and tête-a-tête, as well as various other plants which will come into their own throughout the year. Smaller matching pairs of tubs will be placed outside Label Boutique and Doveners to provide floral display during the day, and can then be taken in at night. Hopefully this will avoid the vandalism and theft that dogged earlier attempts to brighten up this stretch of Headingley. A big ‘thank you’ to all our sponsors and supporters. Brenda Frater, Headingley in Bloom fratbren@aol.com

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Headingley NDS Approved

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Headingley was the city’s first suburban development in the nineteenth century. A special place - it is home to 90 listed buildings and monuments! Under pressure from landlords and developers, residents have acted to defend their heritage and, over the last couple of years, have prepared a Neighbourhood Design Statement (NDS), which describes the character of the area, what should be preserved, and how it should be observed by new development. The Council’s Planning Board has now approved the Draft NDS and this will be available for formal consultation this month. All residents (and anyone else) will be able to comment on it. Copies are available in the Planning Department (Leonardo Building, Rossington Street) and in Headingley Library, and will be sent to all participating community associations. It can also be seen on the Council’s website: go to ‘Consultations’. Following consultation, the NDS will be amended as necessary, and adopted as an official planning document, part of the Local Development Framework. The NDS is funded by the Area Committee, and is produced by Headingley Development Trust. For further information, visit the HDT website www. headingleydevelopmenttrust.org.uk or contact the Project Director, Dr Richard Tyler, at richardt@ headingleydevelopmenttrust.org.uk or Freepost RRLS-ZZLB-REXS, Planning Services, 2 Rossington St, Leeds LS2 8HD (no stamp needed).

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‘Green Streets’ Helps to Leave Leeds Tidy! ....................................................................................................................................................................................................

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slashed. Those living in the collection area will receive red bags with details about the collections and other services available. Green Streets will collect clothes, kitchenware, electrical items, bric-abrac, stationary and furniture. These will be redistributed through free shops at Leeds University Union and at community centres, where anyone can come along and choose items that they need. Further information is available at www. leaveleedstidy.com.


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Meanwood Valley Partnership Fun Day ...........................................................................................

Meanwood Valley Partnership’s first Fun Day will be held in Meanwood Park (adjacent to the car park at the end of Green Road) on Sunday 27th June from 1 – 4pm. The fun day is designed to involve as many local groups as possible, including Meanwood Village Association, Meanwood Transitions, Meanwood scouts and guides, local air cadets, Hope Pastures horse/donkey sanctuary, Holy Trinity and Stainbeck Churches. There will also be various countryside/environmental activities supplied by Leeds City Council’s rangers. For further information, or to reserve a stall, please contact Richard Lancaster, Secretary Meanwood Valley Partnership, on 0113 295 6077 or r.lancaster93@ntlworld.com







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CommunityNotices ACTIVE Abbey Runners Tues, 7.45pm Adel Memorial Hall, Church Lane, for local run & Thurs, 7.20pm, Leeds Met Beckett Park campus for coached track sessions. All standards of runner welcome. Details: www. abbeyrunners.co.uk Cha Cha & Waltz Wed 30 June: Learn basic steps ready for all age ballroom & Latin event 17 July. Quickstep & Jive lessons 14 July. 8 – 10pm Stainbeck Church, Stainbeck Rd. LS7. Free. No need to book, just come along. Dalesbus Ramblers Free guided walks in Yorkshire Dales Sundays. All walks accessible by DalesBus services 800, 820 & 870 which link North Leeds with the Dales on Sun & bank hols. Details: Steve 07982 764 857 www. dalesbusramblers.org. uk. Farsley Celtic Badminton Club Join a friendly group, Mon 8pm

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College, St. Mark’s Avenue. New members welcome. Current age range 12 -70! Details: Brian 278 1787. Leeds YHA Walking Group Walks, cycle rides, weekends & social activities. Over 160 members aged 20-74. Details: Stephen 368 0417, www. leedsyha.org.uk Lindy Hop Dance Mons, Moortown Social Club, Cranmer Gardens, LS17. Beginners 8pm, Intermediates 9.15pm. No partner needed. Swing music. £5/£4. Details: Joyce 278 9891/ 07748 702102 www.swingjiveleeds. com Meanwood Park Bowling Club Plays in the park & welcomes new members. Details: drop by the green or call 294 6012/274 7076.

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Phoenix Folk Dancers English Country Dancing, Adel Methodist Church Hall, (behind the Lawnswood Arms), Wed 8 –10pm. Beginners welcome, partner not necessary. Details: 2611902 Scottish Country Dancing Thurs 7.30 – 9.30pm, St Columba’s, Headingley Lane. No partner necessary. £2.50 incl refreshments. Details: 269 1791, 278 2300, pathynes001@ tiscali.co.uk St Chad’s Tennis Club Join our friendly club & play tennis throughout the year - fun club sessions & competitive opportunities. New members welcome. Details: Anne Wallace 274 9917 Sequence Dance Social Sat 12 June, 7 – 9.30pm at Stainbeck Church, Stainbeck Rd. LS7. £2 incl refreshments. 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. 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 on 01274 771285/ 07939 959400. Yarnbury Angling Club Matches 1st Sun of month. Members only. Coach transfers to & from venues. Details: Adrian Addy 07956 964713. Yorkshire Dales Sponsored Walk Sat 5 June, Rugger Ramble in aid of St. Gemma’s Hospice. 13 mile walk starting 9am at Wharfedale Rugby Club near Grassington. Refreshments provided. Goody bag & certificate. Details: 218 5570, www.st-gemma.co.uk. ARTS & CRAFTS Chinese Brush Painters Society (Yorkshire Group) Sat 5 June: meticulous painting (magnolia & bird) workshop; Sun 20 June painting cats workshop – both by Nick Hornigold. 10am – 4pm at Pool Memorial Village Hall, Arthington Lane, LS21. New members welcome. Details: Anne Allan 01422 368482, mail@cbpsyorks,co.uk. Birds in Chinese Art Exhibition by members of the Chinese Brush Painters’ Society ‘til 30 June, Lotherton Hall, Aberford LS25. All paintings for sale. Open

Tues - Sat 10am - 5pm, Sun 1pm - 5pm. Craft Club Friendly, informal club for all levels of experience & interest, Thurs 2-4pm at Stainbeck Church, LS7. Try different crafts or bring your own. £1 to cover materials. Details: Vanessa 07961 535767, vanessa@ threechurches.org.uk Farsley & District Art Club Mon & Wed, 7:30pm & Thurs, 2pm for drawing & painting at studios in Westroyd Park, New Street, Farsley. Club also hosts expert demos, workshops, critiques & exhibitions. New members welcome. Details: www. farsleyartclub.org.uk. Flower Arranging Classes Paxton Horticultural Society, 186 Kirkstall Lane, LS5, 1st Thurs of month (except Jan & Aug), 1.30pm & 7.30pm. Beginners welcome. Details: Kath Hall 275 2436, kaybeehall@ talktalk.net Knitting & Nattering 3rd Tues of the month (15 June), New Headingley Club, St. Michael’s Rd, Headingley, 7.30pm. All welcome! Details: 07712 540388, george.judd1@ ntlworld.com Leeds Combined Arts Wed 16 June, 7.30pm Headingley Community Centre, North Lane, LS6.

Poetry Evening ‘Who’s Life is it Anyway’ with Poet Helen Burke. All welcome to read in the second half. £1.50 incl. refreshments. Details: 269 0356. Life Drawing A friendly group of artists of all levels of experience meets regularly in Adel. Summer sessions on Tues, with a choice AM & PM groups. Details: Bob 0113 230 1761, bandlisle@ntlworld.com COFFEE MORNINGS, FAIRS & MARKETS Car Boot Sale Sun 27 June, 25 July, 12 Sept, 2pm Moor Allerton Care Centre, (behind Cranmer Bank Shops) LS17. Set up 1pm. £10 a table. Details: 0113 288 8355/ 07761288133 Coffee & Cakes Sat 12 June, 10am – 12pmMeanwood Holy Trinity Church.Enjoy a wide selection of yummy cakes and coffee! Community Summer Fayre Sat 19 June, 12 noon – 2pm at Hyde Park Methodist Mission Church, Woodsley Rd. LS3. Bouncy castle, strawberry teas & lots of traditional ggames.

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Craft Fair Sat 26 June, 2.30 – 5pm, Carr Manor Primary School.Tables avail. £10. Details: Gill friendsofcarrmanor@ hotmail.com. Cream Tea & Plant Sale Sat 12 June, 1.30 – 3.30pm Alwoodley Community Hall, The Avenue, LS17. In aid of Leeds Feline Friends. Details: Pat Tempest 275 5694. Hyde Park Community Shop Open Mon, Tues, Wed & Fri 1 – 4pm Hyde Park Methodist Mission Church, Woodsley Rd. LS 3. Ladies, men’s & children’s clothing, books, toys, bric-a-brac & more. 90% of things cost just £1. Indoor Car Boot Sale Sat 5 June, 10am – 1pm, St Gemma’s Hospice, Harrogate Rd, Moortown. Entry by donation. Details: 0113 218 5565. Headingley Farmers’ Market 2nd Sat of month, The Rose Garden in front of The Arc on North Lane. 9am – 12.30pm. Mini market Sat 26 June, 10am – 12 noon Stainbeck Church, Stainbeck Rd. All Welcome. St Andrew’s Church Coffee Morning 3rd Sat every month 10.30am12, St Andrew’s Church Hall, Butcher Hill. All Welcome

Otley Farmers’ Market 27 June 9am - 1pm. Stall Holders Wanted for Green Fair St Matthew’s Church, Wood Lane, LS7. 12 June, 11am – 3pm. Craft stalls, cake-stall, drum circle, puppet workshop, live music, info on green living, children’s games. Stalls: £15 or £10 for own table, community or charity stalls. Details: ComHallBookings@AOL. com Summer Fair Sat 12 June, 10am – 1pm, Headingley Methodist Church. Homemade cakes, books, toys, plants, bric-a-brac, raffle, tombola, children’s games & refreshments, incl bacon butties! Wheatfield Weekly Sales Wheatfields Hospice holds sales every Tues (1.30-3pm) & Fri (10am12pm). Bric-a-brac, books, furniture, new & second hand clothing. Café open on Fri & jewellery on 1st & 3rd Tues. Summer Fair Sun 13 June, 1 – 4pm Weetwood Primary School. Inflatable obstacle course, Ambulance, police & fire brigade, face painting & stalls, barbecue & refreshments. Summer Fair Fri 18 June, 3:30 - 6pm Burley St Matthias School, Burley Road. Bouncy castle, raffle, tombola, games, & refreshments.

GROUPS/CLUBS Adel Ladies Luncheon Club 1st Wed of month, Castle Grove Masonic Hall, Far Headingley. On 2 June David Wrightam presents ‘Memoirs of a Famous Unknown Actor’, & on 7 July Dulcie Lewis’s talk is entitled ‘Not Just Yorkshire Pudding’. Details: Mrs M. Huntley 230 1584. Alwoodley Motor Club Every other Thurs 8.309pm, The Wharfedale Inn, Arthington Lane. All welcome. Details: 0113 391 0403, www. alwoodleymc.org.uk Ash Road Area Residents Association Meets 7.30pm Headingley Community Centre. Themes for upcoming meetings: AGM, ‘Parking’ & ‘Living Streets’ 5 July; ‘Noise’ on 13 Sept; & ‘Housing’ 22 Nov. Details: ashroadarea.r.a@ googlemail.com Book Club At Oxfam Bookshop, Headingley, 1st Tues of each month, 7.30pm. Details: 274 3818, oxfamshopf0839@ oxfam.org.uk Bramhope Round Table Every 2nd Tues. Fun, friendship & fundraising (in that order!). All men between 18 & 45 welcome. Details: www. bramhoperoundtable. co.uk, info@ bramhope844.co.uk

Cat loving volunteers wanted! to join friendly new cat welfare group supporting feral & stray cats. Fundraisers needed to raise funds for food, cat kennels & vet costs. Fosterers also needed - full support given. Details: www. feralcatwelfare.org.uk, feralcarwelfare@aol.com Headingley Readers’ Group Tues 8 June, 6.50 – 8pm Headingley Library. Details: Paul Askew 214 4525 Kaleidoscope Social club for over 50s & unattached with a zest for life. Monthly programme of events. Not a dating agency. Details: 2621455 or 2612272, www. kaleidoscopeleeds. weebly.com Lawnswood Bridge Club 1.15pm Tues, YMCA Otley Road. Small friendly club playing Chicago. New members welcome with a partner if possible. Details: 07771 610350 Leeds Anglo German Club Wed 23 June, Film Evening 7.30pm at St Columba’s URC, Headingley Lane, LS6. Sat 26 June Sommerfest - summer meal. Details: 0113 268 7697 Leeds Astronomical Society Observing session, The New Inn, Eccup LS16, Fri 16 July. Arrive between 8.30 & 10pm. Details: www. leedsastronomy.org.uk


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Leeds Caledonians Society for those with a Scottish pedigree or interest in things Scottish warmly welcomes new members. Details: 0113 267 0424, www. leedscaledonians.org.uk Leeds Hospital Alert A small group of concerned people campaigning for preservation of the NHS. Muir Court, Sagar Place, off St Michael’s Rd, Headingley. Next meeting 14 July, 7.30pm. All welcome. Leeds Horticultural Society 1st Tues of month, St Chad’s Centre, Otley Road, 8pm. Improve your gardening skills, learn from interesting speakers. New members welcome. Membership: single £10/£15 couple. Details: 225 0030. Leeds Ladies Coffee Club 1st Thurs of month, 10.30am, Leeds Church Institute, New Market St. LS1. Details: 260 0413/ 225 1166. Leeds Movie Makers Get more out of your camcorder & film making. Fri 7.30pm, Stainbeck United Reformed Church Hall, Stainbeck Lane (rear entrance). Details: George Wooley 225 6444, Doreen Wood 278 2972.

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Leeds Oxfam Group Meets 1st Wed of month, 7.30pm, Leeds Civic Hall. Arranges events & activities across the city in support of Oxfam, all welcome. Annual sponsored walk in the Dales Sat 5 June. Family friendly, choose 5, 10 or 15 mile routes around popular location. Details: Pauline Neale 269 3542. Leeds U3A Over 18 interest groups ranging from walking, dancing & Tia Chi to books, music, photography. Make new friends, start a new hobby or reawaken an old interest. Details: Christine Ball 2687808, Margaret Warmsley 269 5654, www.u3aleeds. btik.com Leeds Women’s Luncheon Club Meets 4th Wed of month for lunch, 12.15pm, Cosmopolitan (formerly Golden Lion), Swinegate, Leeds. Interesting speakers. Details: 267 9316. Meanwood Women’s Institute 3rd Tues of month, Meanwood Institute, Green Rd, 7.30pm. 15 June Rex Stott presents ‘Magic, Mystery & Mirth’ Mercury Movie Makers Club for camcorder owners. Weds, Rawdon Conservative Club,

7:30pm. Advice freely available. Regular film & practical evenings, & occasional outdoor events. Details: 257 7274, www. communigate.co.uk/ brad/mercmove

Group), 2nd Mon (Food Group), 3rd Mon (Eco Cafe). There is also a new Energy Group. All welcome. Venue & topic details: Gay 230 7127, Ellen 368 1999, www. tinwolf.org.uk

Snooker Night Wed 23 June, 7.30pm Meanwood Institute, Green Rd. Hosted by The Oddfellows. All welcome. Details: Tracey 242 4003.

The Tuesday Club Ladies’ Lunch Group Devonshire Hall, Cumberland Rd, Headingley, last Tues of month. Lunch 12.30pm, followed by visiting speaker. Details: Heather Harrison 267 8437, hharrison578@ btinternet.com

National Trust in Leeds Thriving organisation with almost 400 members. Outings to places of historic interest, holidays & monthly walks. Details: Pam 258 8178. Social & Events Group New members welcome. Mainly over 30s. Meals, pub nights, theatre, walks, badminton, weekends away, talks, parties & more. Monthly social/ new members night in north Leeds. Details: 0870 787 4425, www.leedsivc. org.uk Talking Books Reading Group Fri 11 June, 10am – 12pm Shire View Centre. Details: Headingley Library 214 4525.

White Rose Ladies Speakers Club Farsley Library, Mon 7.45pm. Next meetings 14 & 28 June. Friendly environment to find your voice & improve your presentation skills. Details: Sheila Wyatt 267 2062. 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. Details: cadman.irving@gmail. com.

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MUSIC Bell Ringing at St Chad’s Thurs 7.30 – 9pm Beginners & experienced ringers welcome. Details: Simon Futers 230 0186, t.s.futers@leeds.ac.uk Flute Group Tues 6.45 - 7.45pm term time, Yorkshire College of Music & Drama (19 Shire Oak Rd. Headingley). Grade 4 standard & above. New members welcome! Details: 275 1232 Lawnswood Singers Female choir, practices Wed 7.30pm at Holy Trinity Church, Green Lane, Cookridge. Good singers welcome to try us out. Wide repertoire of music & friendly people! Details: Brenda Hawer 0113 2671292, www.lawnswoodsingers. co.uk. Leeds & Bradford Barbershop Harmony Club Mon, 7.30pm, Rawdon & Guiseley Conservative Club, Leeds Rd, Rawdon. Male singers who can take on four part harmony most welcome. Details: 01274 583 989. Leeds Organ & Keyboard Club Join in playing or listening to Yamaha AR100 organ & PRS S.900 keyboard. Occasional concerts by professional artists. Wed 7.30-10.30pm. Guiseley Factory Workers Club.

LS20 9DT. Details: 226 5671 Phoenix Concert Band A community wind band rehearses weekly at West Park Centre, Spen Lane, Thurs 7.30 – 9.30pm. No audition. Players of a suitable standard welcome (Associated Board Grade 5). Details: secretary@ phoenixband.co.uk, www.phoenixband.co.uk SENIORS Lunch Club Mons & Weds 11am-1.30pm (£4). Stainbeck United Reformed Church, Stainbeck Rd. Meal, friendship, gentle exercise. Transport provided. Volunteers welcome. Details: Avril or Brian 293 5847, Angela 225 3766 Leeds & Bradford Friendship Group Friendship & activities for people of retirement age. 1st Wed of month, Pudsey Civic Centre 1.30pm. Speaker or entertainment 2pm. Also days out, dining, walks, holidays, computer & play reading groups. New members welcome. Details: Barbara 01943 875208. MENA Tai Chi Thurs 12 noon – 1pm, Meanwood Community Centre. Just £2. Details: 278 5777 MENA Active Exercise Class Wed 10 –

11.30am, Meanwood Community Centre. New members welcome. Cost £2. Details: 278 5777 MENA’s Annual Holiday A five day excursion to the Lake District, Mon 6 – Fri 10 Sept. Just £220 for bed, breakfast & evening meal, four excursions, travel & insurance. Over 55s welcome. Details: Roy 278 5777. New Swimming Group for Meanwood MENA has been given a grant to offer free taxis to Scott Hall Sports Centre to go swimming (which is also free to OAPs). Details: Roy 278 5777 Older & Active in Leeds Chair-based exercise for over 50s. Tues 10.30 – 11.30am, Bentley Court, Meanwood Valley Green. £1. New weekly ‘Meanwood Strollers’ group. All walks under an hour. All abilities. Details: Hillary or Jaki 350 4200/ 350 4210. www.fgfleeds.org STEP Bingo, Brunch & Banter Thurs 11.30am - 12.30pm, St Andrew’s Church Hall, Butcher Hill. STEP Men’s Group meets monthly Wed, 1.30 - 2.30pm. Drop in Group every Thurs 10 – 11.30am & Gentle Exercise every Tues 10 – 11.30am. Details: 275 7988

Working Men’s Club. Bingo, quizzes, tea & chat. Light lunch, just £2, followed by line dancing 1.30 – 3pm. Future plans include days out & shopping trips. Details: 240 6677 SPIRITUAL Be Kind to your Mind A free course in Positive Thinking. Brahma Kumaris Centre, West Park. Details from 275 7727, leeds@uk.bkwsu. org www.bkwsu.org/uk/ leeds Christian Science Church Services, 40 Otley Rd, Headingley: Sun 10.30am. Testimony meetings 2nd Wed of month, 7.30pm & 4th Wed 2.30pm. Reading Room open 11am - 2pm Tues, Thurs & Fri. www. christianscience.org.uk FREE ‘drop in’ group meditation Sun 7 – 8pm. (Except 3rd Sun of month: 6.30 – 7.30pm) Opportunity to experience peace & calm with periods of silence & guided meditations. Brahma Kumaris, West Park. Details: 275 7727, leeds@uk.bkwsu.org, www.bkwsu.org/uk/ leeds

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Headingley St Columba URC Worship Headingley St. Columba United Reformed Church every Sunday 10.45am. Everyone welcome. Details: www.headingleyurc.co.uk Holy Trinity Church Meanwood Services 8.30am on 1st, 2nd & 3rd Sun of month. Joint service at Methodist Church, 8.30am on 4th Sun. Sung Eucharist Sun 10.30am (except term time when Parade services are on 1st Sun). Holy Communion 10am every Wed. Details: www. holytrinitymeanwood. org.uk Learn to meditate FWBO Leeds Buddhist Centre. A contemporary approach to meditation, mindfulness & the Buddhist tradition. Also classes in yoga & bodywork, chronic pain & stress management. Details: 244 5256, www. leedsbuddhistcentre. org. Leeds Healing Centre Now at Burley Lodge Centre, 42-46 Burley Lodge Road, LS6. Healing by members of The Healing Trust (NFSH) to aid relaxation & promote wellbeing. Fri 11am – 2.30pm. Also at Friends’ Meeting House, Roundhay, Thurs 7 – 8.30pm. Donations appreciated. Details: 07985 121810, 01274 617700, www. leedshealingcentre.org

Leeds Stillness Group Based on the teachings of Eckhart Tolle, author of The Power of Now & A New Earth. Watch footage of an Eckhart Tolle talk followed by a period of silent meditation. Small donation appreciated. Details: 07884 332644 or www.peacenowhere. com Meditation in Leeds Weekly drop-in classes in Meanwood, Leeds University, Roundhay 7.30-9.30pm. Details: 224 2902, info@ meditationinleeds.org www.meditationinleeds. org Ratnasambhava Buddhist Centre Weekly drop-in meditation classes in Oakwood &Woodhouse Lane. All welcome. Pizza & film night June 4 watching ‘The Life of Buddha’. Day courses: ‘A Pure Life’ June 6, ‘Living Meaningfully, Dying Joyfully’ June 19. Details: www. meditationinleeds.org St Andrew’s Church Moor Grange Saturday Sanctuary All Age Service 1st Sat every month, 4.30pm. Informal worship followed by refreshments. All welcome. St Michael’s Parish Church Headingley 8am services, 2nd & 4th Sun of month. 10am Holy

Communion. 12.15pm communion (said service). Wed 10.30am Holy Communion every week. SUPPORT Arthritis Care Leeds Branch Meets 3rd Tues of each month, 7.30 – 9pm, St Chad’s Parish Centre, Far Headingley. New members welcome. Details: Pat 0113 275 7694 Different Strokes Invites stroke survivors to join them, Wed 1.45 – 3.45pm, Adel Stables, Back Church Lane. Incl. an hour of exercise. Details: Linda McLean 225 4744 D.R.E.A.M Group for people with disabilities (18 – 65) in NW Leeds. Meet Mon 1.30 – 3.30pm. New members & volunteers welcome. Details: 07708 245 425 dreamnwleeds@ hotmail.co.uk, www. dreamnwleeds.org.uk. Link on 203 3333. Expert Patient Programme Free courses for people with long term health problems or disabilities. Mental Health Issues: Thurs 10 June Technorth LS7. Arthritis: Tues 6 July, Seven Arts Centre, LS7. Learn to manage symptoms; improve fitness; eat healthily; communicate effectively & more. Details: 305 7591/ 305 7582, epp.

account@nhsleeds. nhs.uk Families Need Fathers 7.30pm, 2nd Wed of month, Victoria Hotel, Great George St, Leeds. Support & advice group for parents trying to maintain & develop relationships with their children, following divorce or family breakdown. Details: Don 07981 710179, Ray 07921 728747. Free Debt Help & Advice Available from Christians Against Poverty. Call 0800 328 0006 for appointment. Leeds Coeliac Group Fri 25 June, 7.30pm at the Sheesh Mahal, Kirkstall Road, Leeds LS4, a gluten-free Indian meal. Details: 07711 768850 sandra. mclean@btinternet.com National Association for Colitis & Crohn’s Disease (Leeds) Supports people with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), their friends & families throughout North & West Yorkshire. Four educational & support meetings a year, as well as regular informal meets. Details: 0845 130 6809, Leeds@ groups.nacc.org.uk, www.groups.nacc.org. uk/leeds

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Leeds Diabetes Support Group 1st Mon of month, West Yorkshire Playhouse,7– 9pm. Variety of speakers. All welcome. Details: Joan Wells 225 4528. Parkinson’s Disease Society Leeds & District Everyone welcome. Details: Terry 293 5930. Talking Magazines Anyone blind or partially sighted can obtain these monthly cassettes by contacting Leeds Cassette at the Shire View Centre, 72 Headingley Lane LS6 2DJ or calling 0113 270 9130. The Open Door Café A meeting place for people with dementia & their carers. Last Mon of month (except bank hols), 2-4pm, New Headingley Club, St Michael’s Road. Details: Nikki 231 1727 Wheatfields Carers Support Group Small friendly group meets at Wheatfields, Grove Lane, 2nd Wed of month, 1.30 – 3pm. Chat over coffee & share experiences. Details: Chris Ellis 203 3342, Angie Thompson, Carers Leeds, 246 8338. TALKS & DISCUSSIONS Bernard O’Neill: The Artist Fri 18 June, 2-3pm. A look at the painter of public opinion with Dr Rosemary

Mitchell, Senior Lecturer in History, Leeds Trinity University College. At Abbey House Museum. £3.60, booking essential. Details: 0113 230 5492, abbey. house@leeds.gov.uk

‘Mexico & the Land of the Mayans’ Tues 15 June. A talk hosted by The Oddfellows, 12 noon at The New Headingley Club, St Michael’s Rd. Details: Tracey 242 4003.

Headingley Cafe Scientifique Mon 7 June: Dr Peter Malinowsky addresses ‘The Psychology & Physiology of Meditation’. Mon 5 July: Prof. Roger Webb & Melanie Bailey present ‘Cancer, Crime & Chips’. 7.45 – 9.30pm at New Headingley Club, 56 St. Michael’s Rd. LS6. All welcome. Admission £2. Details: ann.clarke17@ yahoo.co.uk

Leeds DFAS (Decorative & Fine Arts Society) Wed 16 June. Eric Shanes presents ‘Gustav Klimt, Fin de Siècle Sensualist’. 2pm, Castle Grove Masonic Hall, Moor Rd, Headingley. Guests £5. Details: please book with Ann Lightman 0113 261 1363.

Headingley Green Party Works in Leeds NW Constituency for a safer, sustainable world & meets at least once a month.Details: 226 1876, info@ headingleygreens. org.uk, www. headingleygreens. org.uk, or write to: Headingley Green Party, c/o 21 Hollin Drive, Leeds LS16 5NE. Headingley & Kirkstall Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) Campaigns for a world free from WMD & works for a truly peaceful & secure future. Meets 1st Tues of month, Headingley Community Centre, North Lane. 7.30-9.30pm. Newcomers welcome. Details: 274 1011, dave@yorkshirecnd. org.uk

Life in Your Back Garden Wed 9 June, 10.30am at Abbey House Museum. A close look at our little neighbours with Dr Joe Botting, Curator of Natural Sciences. £3.60, booking essential. Details: 230 5492 Yorkshire Archaeological Society (Family History Section) Sat 19 June, 11am 23, Clarendon Road, Leeds, a talk ‘The Knights Templar in Yorkshire’ by Trish Colton & Diane Holloway. Free drop-in sessions Tues 2 – 4pm for anyone needing help with family history research. Details: Mrs J. Butler 263 9540

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. Headingley Open Gardens Sun 20 June. At least eight beautiful local gardens will be open to visitors. Refreshments at 17 Bennett Rd. Headingley. Details which serve as a ticket cost £3 (no concessions) from Oxfam Books on Otley Road Honey Bee Swarms will be collected free of charge, if accessible, Details: Terry Beddows on 268 8231. Hope Pastures Horse & Donkey Sanctuary Weetwood Lane, LS16. Visitors welcome 10.30am – 3pm, guided tours Wed 11am. Free admission. Dotty & Angel, miniature Shetland ponies will be in Meanwood Park Sun 27 June, 1 – 4pm as part of the Meanwood Partnership event. Pony Days every Thurs during school hols. Sponsored walk 25 July. Details: Karen 0794 894 8158. www.hopepastures.org

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Ladies Alternative to World Cup Thurs 17 June, 7.30pm at Meanwood Holy Trinity Parochial Hall. Pedicures, manicures, facials; Virgin Vie & Pampered Chef; ‘Take an old bag shopping’ bring along a handbag to recycle or exchange; ‘Good as new’ clothing sale. £5 admission includes wine. In aid of church funds. Details:Sandra Glassby 0113 275 9029 Large Room for Hire Meanwood Methodist Church, Monk Bridge Rd. Excellent floor, adjacent kitchen & disabled facilities, plus smaller room for meetings of 12-15 people. Weekdays & evenings. Details: 293 9564. Latin, Classical Studies, Greeks & Romans Leeds Centre for Classical Studies offers courses on all aspects of the Greek & Roman World. At Headingley Parish Hall. Details: Adrian Lester 256 8918, Adrian@famlester. freeserve.co.uk Low cost acupuncture treatment Tues, Burley Lodge Centre. Nonprofit clinic run by qualified members of British Acupuncture Council. £12 for 45-min treatment. Details: 275 4142, acumedica@ gmail.com Moorlands School Family Fun Day Sat 19 June, 1 – 4pm at

Moorlands School, Foxhill Dr, Weetwood. Action packed afternoon with fairground rides, traditional games, go karts, inflatables, fish & chips, ice cream, cake & plant stalls, bottle tombola, raffle, Shetland ponies from Lineham Farm, & lots more! NeighboursUnited.net Independent community social network, run by volunteers, for those who work, live & study in Leeds. Share news, chat, add event notices & share videos or photos of activities. Members can also link through Facebook & Twitter. Details: www. neighboursunited.net Rooms for Hire Headingley Methodist Church has rooms of various sizes which can be used for meetings, activities & celebrations. Details: Margaret Appleyard on 257 6547. St Chad’s Scouts Looking for fun, adventure, or a new challenge? Why not join our leadership team. No prior knot tying experience required! Details: gsl@ stchadsscouts.org.uk.

Volunteers Wanted! Yorkshire Cancer Centre is looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help run a new Charity Shop based at St James’s Institute of Oncology. Details: Aanika Dhillon 206 8620, volunteer@ yorkshirecancercentre. org.uk.

World Cup Sweepstake Poster Have some fun & raise funds for Leeds Teaching Hospitals – incl. Leeds Children’s Hospital & Yorkshire Cancer Centre. To get your copy email your address details to fundraising@leedsth. nhs.uk

Wheatfields Hospice Needs You! Fundraising Dept is looking for people to help them with admin work. If you have IT skills, are confident on the phone, have PR experience or like organising events, they would like to hear from you. Details: Sharon 203 3333

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the popular iTunes method of accessing music. Under the new system, library members will be able to log-on to the ‘virtual bookshelf’ on their home computers using their existing membership details and then choose from a wide range of titles. Once a book is chosen it can then be easily downloaded and transferred to a portable device, in a similar way to an iPod. The user has one week to read the book before the access to the text runs out. The system can be accessed 24 hours a day and will be in place for two years initially, with continuous improvements in terms of the number and range of titles available.

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The Muscular Dystrophy Campaign presents That Glorious Noise starring Russell Watson at Harewood House on 26th June and we have six pairs of tickets to be won! Enjoy a dazzling event starring Russell Watson, with a spectacular Proms-style finale. Camilla Kerslake, a Classical BRIT nominee, will also appear, together with The Rodillian Singers, winners of this year’s Harrogate Festival (choral section), and versatile jazz singer Emer McParland. The event is supported by the SoundPower Orchestra, led by their Muscial Director George Hastings. This is the first in a series of four stunning events in aid of the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign. The

others are at Meridian Park, Cleethorpes on 17th July, Woburn Abbey on 24th July, and Beaulieu on 31st July. For your chance to win, just answer the following question: Which orchestra is supporting the event? Email you answer to carole@northleedslife.co.uk or post it to us at North Leeds Life Competition, 265a Otley Road, West Park, Leeds LS16 5LN, by Tuesday 15th June. PRIZE DRAW RULES 1. Entry to the competition is restricted to one entry per person. 2. Winners will be chosen at random from all valid entries. 3. The Judge’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. 4. Closing date for the competition is 15/06/2010.

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Little Shop of Horrors at the Carriageworks .................................................................................................................................................. The LIDOS theatre group is staging â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The Little Shop of Horrorsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; at The Carriageworks from Tuesday 15th - Saturday 19th June, with a signed performance at 2pm on Saturday.

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LFC Return to Ripon Cathedral ...................................................................................... Leeds Festival Chorus and the York Guildhall Orchestra return to Ripon Cathedral on Saturday 26th June to perform movements from Rachmaninov’s Vespers, together with some popular works by Handel, including his Water Music and Coronation Anthems.

Russian Orthodox icons will be projected on to a screen during the performance of the Rachmaninov piece

Russian Orthodox icons will be projected on to a screen during the performance of the Rachmaninov piece, which is often described as his finest piece. The four anthems composed by Handel for the coronation of King George II and Queen Caroline in 1727 have a powerful, ceremonial style, distinctly different from his music for the theatre. The performance begins at 7.30pm. Tickets (£15/£20 concessions available) from Leeds Festival Chorus, 3 Mansfield Place, Leeds LS6 4BL, tickets@leedsfestivalchorus.co.uk or Ripon Travel 01765 601689. www. leedsfestivalchorus.co.uk

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aisetheroof returns to the West Indian Centre this year, jam packed with a heady mix of performing and visual arts, Leeds-based bands and DJs. To celebrate the fifth year of the event, the car park will be extended to create an extra area dedicated to interactive and visual arts. “We’ve decided to put all our energy into this one-off event”, says Founder, Roxanne

Yeganegy. ‘So, it’s likely to be something rather extravagant!’ The theme of this year’s festival is the Four Seasons. There’ll be a free snowboarding simulator, provided by Castleford’s Sno!zone, and costume-making activities with The Ladybird Project. The extended car park will have a live graffiti-art exhibition amongst other attractions. Raisetheroof is looking

“If you have something you want to showcase or contribute, then get in touch”, says Roxanne. ‘Particularly visual artists interested in organising installations for the new space outside.”

for anyone who would like to contribute to the event. “If you have something you want to showcase or contribute, then get in touch”, says Roxanne. ‘Particularly visual artists interested in organising installations for the new space outside.” For more information, contact Roxanne on 07917 806734 / roxy.music@hotmail. com or go to www. myspace.com/ raisetheroofevents


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smaller Methodist Churches familiarise themselves with a new hymn book. As the popularity of the group grew, invitations to sing came from all over the area. Today the choir, which numbers some 32 members and has a great reputation for its lively repertoire, has performed at church services and concerts all

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The Home Secretary, Alan Johnson, Hilary Benn (Minister for Environment and Rural Affairs) and Greg Mulholland MP. During the course of the open days, over one thousand people visited the Mosque. For some, this was their first ever visit to a mosque and many found the experience very interesting, some even returned for a second visit! “The unanimous feedback was that the experience was informative, enjoyable and spiritually uplifting”, said Qari

Asim, the Imam at Makkah Masjid. “It is hoped that by providing an opportunity for people of other faiths to explore the beauty of Islam within the setting of the Mosque’s traditional architectural designs and contemporary style, the whole community has benefited from greater respect and mutual understanding.” For more information contact Imam Muhammad on 07980 657 140, email mail@ makkahmasjid.co.uk, or visit www.makkahmasjid.co.uk

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Let Me Speak! A collaborative performance between Headingley and Osmondthorpe ................................................................................................................................................................................................... to disturb their comfortable places and to develop their thinking and writing skills. In order to achieve this it was decided by all parties concerned to join forces and launch the Let Me Speak! project.

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s the WEA tutor for both the Osmondthorpe Resource Centre (ORC) and Headingley Community Centre creative writing classes, Becky Cherriman has been aware for some time that the two groups, independently, have expressed a desire to ‘change gear’ – to push their boundaries;

As a starting point and stimulus both groups visited the Thackray Museum. This was followed up by a joint working session, hosted by ORC, where they worked alongside each other to share and challenge their perspectives of the world they live in, and finally to write about it.

“I am continually surprised, moved, impressed and challenged by these writers”, said Becky. The culmination of their journey together will be a performance of their written pieces and the production of a joint anthology containing their most accomplished work. The performance will take place on Thursday 3rd June at 12noon in The Banqueting Suite, Leeds Civic Hall. Entry is free and there will be light refreshments. WEA gratefully acknowledge the contribution from Leeds City Council and Thackray Museum in supporting this project.


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The Leeds Arts Centre Presents “The Deep Blue Sea” London,1952. In a shabby west London flat, a mysterious woman makes an unsuccessful attempt at suicide. She is Hester Collyer, a judge’s wife who has run away with a much younger man, Freddie Page. Freddie is an ex-RAF pilot who is finding it hard to adjust to the postwar world and whose passion for his older lover is dying. Hester’s desperation deepens when, after her suicide attempt, her husband turns up, asking her to come back. This twentieth century classic has been a career high point for Peggy Ashcroft, Penelope Wilton and Greta Scaatchi. It’s the masterpiece of Terence Rattigan, one of Britain’s great playwrights, and a skilful and moving critic of the British way of sex. ‘The Deep Blue Sea’ runs from Wednesday 30th June - Saturday 3rd July, 7.30pm at The Carriageworks, Millennium Square, Leeds, Tel: 0113 224 3801. Tickets: £10/£7

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There are all sorts of ways you can change your home now, from minor DIY jobs through to knocking down walls, which often makes more financial sense than moving house. The possibilities are endless when it comes to upgrading your home and adding value, so that when you do think about moving, you’ll be ahead of the game. Interior Architectural Designer, Penelope Tiffney, of Spatial Designers in Harrogate says improving your current home “can simply be upgrading and modernising the windows and heating systems, overhauling the old plumbing and electrical wiring.’ Adding stylish upgrades, such as designer radiators or a new en suite, make a good visual impact and are popular, modern and stylish.

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Simon Milner-Moore of BlindColour in Wakefield is an allround interior designer who has worked on several projects installing cinema rooms in people’s homes.

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To give the illusion of space and create a light, airy feel, use lots of glass and mirrors. “Consider putting large panels of mirrored glass in bathrooms to make the room seem larger”, says Zara. “Fit glazed doors, walls of glass brick and stained glass panels wherever possible.”

“Lots of planning is needed to work out viewing angles, space for all the equipment, acoustic treatments and the interior look While some of those ideas could and feel”, says Simon. “It can only be carried out by someone take two to three days to who is pretty handy at DIY, fully design and plan a or a qualified tradesman, simple room, to months none of them will cost a for a very high end, no fortune and are a lot compromise solution cheaper than moving in a dedicated room.” house! “Lots of planning is needed to work out

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Restaurant Review: Shashlik

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Shashlik – the new Indian Food Bar on Low Lane, Horsforth, has only been open a few months but is already attracting lots of attention.

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he restaurant, which is quite compact and can seat up to 35 people, has a smart, contemporary look and feel – stylish black leather chairs butt up to marble style table tops, and the light tiled floor adds to the clean-cut, modern feel. A large picture window into the kitchen dominates the back wall and that’s where it’s all happening! As orders are fed through you can see the chefs set about preparing the various dishes. This team of experienced chefs trained both in the UK and in Bangladesh and India. The head chef has over 15 years’ experience. The Tandoori chef boasts 18 year’s experience and he’s still only 36! We were treated to a quick demonstration in the preparation and baking of a garlic nan in the Tandoori oven – you know how partial I am to a good nan.....and this was good! Bangladeshi/Indian Fusion The Shashlik menu is a fusion of Bangladeshi and Indian cuisine. Everything is freshly cooked with authentic spices and ingredients. Names like Jaflong conjure up images of that beautiful area in Bangladesh and the citrus type of fruit specific to that area that

flavours Jaflong dishes, giving them a distinct slightly sour and very spicy flavour. We started our meal with popadoms and pickles and moved on to delicious starters of sizzling, spicy King Prawn Shashlik (£4.20) served with tomato, onion and green peppers, and Mater Paneer on Puri – chick peas fried in herbs and spices scattered with paneer, beautifully presented on a light puri (£3.20). Hot, Spicy and Delicious As main courses we chose Chicken Handi (£6.20), apparently one of their most popular dishes, which came in a thick hot and spicy sauce. Jack declared it was absolutely delicious, with ‘complex’ flavours – which turned out to be a special mix of spices and chilli pickle – the chef’s secret recipe! I wallowed in a bowl of King Prawn Jaflong (£7.95) – really spicy with that tell-tale slightly sour Jaflong flavour and a serious amount of sauce! Perhaps I should have had some rice to go with this, but I thoroughly enjoyed dunking pieces of nan – in between cooling sips of a fabulous mango lassi which was so thick it was reluctant to leave the glass.

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Shashlik doesn’t serve alcohol but is happy for you to bring your own and, conveniently, there’s an off-licence just across the road. What’s more, Shashlik don’t charge any corkage fee. A Brisk Takeaway Service The takeaway side of the business has already taken off. They have installed a comprehensive computerised booking system which can recognise regular customers and their preferences and streamlines the whole process. The restaurant is open from 5 – 11pm Monday to Saturday , and 2 – 9pm on Sundays. Shashlik Nights – £10.95 per person on Sundays and Wednesdays in June! Four course meal including dessert. Children under 12 £5.95.

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This team of experienced chefs trained both in the UK and in Bangladesh and India.

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Shashlik Comes to Horsforth!

Shashlik Indian Food Bar 249 Low Lane, Horsforth, LS18 5NY Tel: 0113 239 0909

The Shashlik menu is a fusion of Bangladeshi and Indian cuisine. Everything is freshly cooked with authentic spices and ingredients.


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Bird Watch

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o sound is more evocative of spring and early summer than the call of the cuckoo and the song of the skylark. Cuckoos are medium-sized and slim with long tails and pointed wings. They are blue-grey above and on head and breast with dark-barred undersides. Birds of open country, they have become scarce but still occur in the upper Dales. More numerous in the hills and fields are skylarks. Their dreamy

and silvery song is delivered high in the sky as they face into the wind. Robust buffbrown birds, streaked above and on the breast, they have short whiteedged tails. A characteristic upland bird is the meadow pipit, one of the species targeted by the cuckoo in the nest of which it will lay one egg. Upon hatching, the young cuckoo ejects the eggs or young from the nest and is then reared by the host parents. Meadow

pipits are small, streaked brown birds with longish tails and a hesitant flight.

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In the Footsteps of Arthur Wainwright first section of the walk as far as Stainforth before crossing the Ribble Valley to Feizor and returning along the last section of the walk back to Settle.

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he new book, ‘A Pennine Journey - From Settle to Hadrian’s Wall in Wainwright’s Footsteps’, written by members of the Wainwright Society and published by Frances Lincoln was recently launched in Settle, the starting point for the walk. Over forty walkers followed the

This illustrated guide is a recreation of Alfred Wainwright’s 1938 walk adapted for today’s roads and rights-of-way, taking a route that Wainwright might have chosen if he was planning it today. The route is 247 miles long and divided into 18 stages. With maps and illustrations inspired by Wainwright, this book is essential for anyone wishing to

follow in his footsteps. The walk passes through Horton, Buckden, Gunnerside, Bowes, Middleton in Teesdale, Westgate, Blanchland, Hexham, Housteads, Greenhead, Alston, Milburn, Appleby, Kirkby Stephen, Garsdale Head, Sedbergh and Ingleton, taking in some magnificent scenery. It’s an ideal walk which can be tackled either in daily stages or in its entirety over a 2½ week period.

To obtain a copy, please send a cheque for £15 made payable to ‘The Wainwright Society’ to Pennine Journey Book, The Wainwright Society, 76 The Whartons, Otley, LS21 2BS.

Steam Trains to Scarborough Residents of North Leeds may have been surprised recently to hear a long unfamiliar sound; that of a steam train making its noisy way up the long climb from Leeds to Horsforth. This was “The Scarborough Spa Express” which runs midweek during the summer. The train leaves York at 9.20am, then follows the ‘York circular’ route stopping at Knaresborough, Harrogate and Leeds, then back to York and on to Scarborough. In the evening, it leaves Scarborough just before 6pm and reverses the morning route getting back to Leeds at about 8pm. It offers a good

It offers a good day out, travelling through attractive scenery, with plenty of time to enjoy the delights of Scarborough day out, travelling through attractive scenery, with plenty of time to enjoy the delights of Scarborough. It is possible to board the train at any of the stations above, but Knaresborough is a particularly

good starting point because the attractive section from Leeds to Harrogate is included and there are places to park within walking distance of the station.


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.................................................................. Hailstones on May Day and skiing in the Cairngorms – it’s not right! You can almost feel people chomping at the bit to get out there and enjoy a bit of sunshine. Every little eatery with a square foot of space outside has put one or two tables out in anticipation. Being able to eat out is a real indication of summer – pub beer gardens and courtyards will be overflowing and people will be throwing themselves on the grass in city parks. Head to The Dales and discover fabulous al fresco eating at pubs and restaurants, or set out with a picnic to the lake at Malham or the Coast.

Forget the Teddy Bears! Picnics are great – they can be carefully planned or totally spontaneous. C r a n b e r r i e s Delicatessen (0113 230 0293) in Adel regularly packs hampers for flash events or a tasty sandwich selection for a family picnic. Pickles and Potter (0113 274 6376), near the lights in central Headingley, has a special deal for anyone considering watching a game of cricket, open air theatre or just a treat in the park – two sandwiches, crisps and drinks, a salad to share,

some wonderful cake, all in a jute bag for just a tenner (there’s a deluxe version at £17.50). The Village Bakery in Bramhope (0113 284 3278) are dab hands at preparing picnics with super fresh breads and cakes high on the menu. Swing by Pookie and Grumps (0113 258 8811) on New Road Side in Horsforth and choose from their great selection of charcuterie, cheeses, olives, breads and freshly prepared salads, for that impromptu, extended lunch. R

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Place the couscous in a bowl. Pour boiling salted water over couscous, stir well, then cover tightly and

enjoying the aroma of meat on the barbecue. I love summer salads..... potatoes tossed with fried onions, bacon and mayonnaise (or for a flashback to the 50s substitute salad cream!); tins of cannellini, kidney beans or chic peas mixed with tuna, capers, olives, flat leaf parsley and a quick vinaigrette; rice with raisins, walnuts and rocket with a walnut oil dressing; or couscous with cherry tomatoes, loads of chopped mint and an olive oil and lemon dressing.

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2 crushed cloves of garlic, ½ tsp chilli powder, juice 1 lemon. Glaze: 4 tablespoons mango chutney, 1 tablespoon yellow mustard seeds. Combine the marinade ingredients and toss the drumsticks in them, coating evenly. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes. Combine glaze ingredients. Throw drumsticks on barbecue and brush with glaze throughout. Should take about 15 – 20 minutes on a hot grill.


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GardenRound-Up

By Kath Hall, Paxton Horticultural Society

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The late Geoff Hamilton reckoned that June was the best month of the year. Borders are awash with flowers, and on a warm day the air is filled with scent of roses and honeysuckle. Check your borders and make sure that flowering plants such as delphiniums are well staked to stop them from flopping. Keep up with the weeding and dead heading – it will pay off. Plant up containers for the patio or bare spots in the garden. And, it’s still not too late to plant hanging and wall baskets. Prune spring flowering shrubs, if you haven’t already – ribes and philadelphus benefit from a hard pruning. Check and tie in rambling roses and any other

climbing plants, daffodil foliage will have died down, so you can tidy up those areas. If they are growing in grass, the mower can now go over them. Keep mowing the lawns and trimming the edges. It’s surprising how good it makes the garden look. Start sowing seeds of biennials, wallflowers, sweet williams etc, They can be started off in pots and transplanted into the ground when large enough, 2-3 inches apart, ready to plant where you want them in the autumn. Anemone corms (to bloom in autumn) should also be planted now. There is still time to sow beans. Choose a sunny spot and support them with canes as they

grow. Courgettes and squash can be planted outdoors now too and beetroot seeds. Harvest salad crops that are ready and pick leaves off the different lettuces you have grown instead of the whole plant. They last longer and will re grow unless you have room to sow in succession. Keep an eye on ponds or pools and clear any overgrown pond weed as fish can get caught up in it. Leave it beside the pond for a day or two so that any creatures in it can get back into the water. When all that is done it’s time to sit down and enjoy a drink in the evening sun!

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Atkinson Grimshaw (1836-1893) Artist

He was acknowledged as the master of poetic moonlight and night-time effects, transforming the familiar, everyday landscapes of Leeds into something mysterious, romantic and beautiful round 1865 the young artist John Atkinson Grimshaw came with his wife Fanny to live in Cliff Road, Headingley, a newly-developed quiet lane leading up to Woodhouse Ridge, away from the dirty, smoky town. Here, in their charming new villa with its long back garden, they could enjoy country walks along the Ridge to the beautiful Meanwood valley (he was to paint Fanny overlooking the view by Batty Wood) and on to Adel woods. There they collected wild flowers, mosses, birds’ eggs to bring home for him to paint. Nearby they could wander the quiet lanes and ginnels of Headingley Hill, with its grand mansions, high stone walls, and tall trees – scenes to which he would often return in his later paintings. Born in Leeds, the son of a railway worker, he had started work at 16 as a railway clerk but began painting in his spare time – it is said his disapproving mother threw his paints in the fire. Although he had no professional training, his work won admirers and when he was only 25 he daringly gave up his job to devote himself to painting, with Fanny’s backing. His pictures, strongly influenced at this stage by the PreRaphaelites, attracted some wealthy patrons, and he was able to afford

to move from town to Headingley. Over the next years he visited the Lakes and the coast and extended his range of subjects and techniques, painting his first keynote moonlight scene (Whitby Harbour) in 1867. He won increasing praise and exhibited widely in the town. By 1870 he felt secure enough to move on, renting the romantic, seventeenth century Knostrop Hall (now demolished), which was to feature in several of his paintings. It remained his home for the rest of his life, though for a time he had a second home in Scarborough, the unique ‘Castle-bythe Sea’. In the 1870s and early 80s he was Leeds’ favourite homegrown artist, his new paintings eagerly awaited and enthusiastically reviewed. So popular was he that the Corporation commissioned him in 1872 to paint three scenes of Roundhay Park as publicity for its proposed purchase. He was acknowledged as the master of poetic moonlight and night-time effects, transforming the familiar, everyday landscapes of Leeds into something mysterious, romantic and beautiful – Boar Lane, Park Row, the suburban lanes of Roundhay and Headingley. All this had great appeal for the new moneyed middle-class of Leeds, who had an insatiable appetite for his work. His reputation spread to London, where he exhibited at the

Royal Academy and for a time had his own studio. But life had its dark side for him and Fanny, who had to endure the early death of nine of their fifteen children. Alongside these personal losses, he ran into deep financial problems around 1880 (apparently through trying to help a friend) and the bailiffs moved in to Knostrop. He was put under constant pressure to paint and sell more work to make ends meet and the quality suffered, though he still produced some strikingly successful paintings. Then, in 1893, he was suddenly taken ill and a few months later died of cancer. He was still only 57. For a time his work was disregarded, but now he is a favourite again, his moonlit lanes, his dark, glowing river and dock scenes, his charming domestic interiors, reproduced everywhere on prints and cards. Several of his well-known paintings are in the City Art Gallery, and sometimes an unknown work makes an appearance: only last year a picture came on the market which had been in the same family since he handed it over in 1883 in lieu of rent – ‘Autumn Afterglow, Headingley’, an evocation of the suburban landscape here that he knew so well. By Eveleigh Bradford


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150 Tickets to Give Away for Prestigious Show

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Andrew Grisewood to Demonstrate at Headingley Flower Club

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ndrew Grisewood, the internationally acclaimed floral designer and arranger, has accepted Headingley Flower Clubâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s invitation to demonstrate at their meeting on 2nd July. If you only visit the Club once this year, this is the one to attend! Headingley Flower Club is well established in Headingley and welcomes anyone who is interested in flowers regardless of their experience. The club regularly organises flower festivals to raise funds for good causes.

Members and visitors enjoy demonstrations by qualified demonstrators or take part in workshops. So much can be learned about colour, design, and the mechanics of flower arranging from just observing. Members also have opportunities to develop their skills at workshops organised by the National Association of Flower Arrangers. The Club meets on the first Friday of the month at St Chadâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Parish Centre, Headingley, at 7.30pm. For more information, please contact 0113 275 5770.

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While living hand-to-mouth in New York, I somehow managed to bag myself a great apartment on the Upper West Side. It was owned by an old lady who’d moved back to Puerto Rico years before. Technically, I was ‘sharing’ the apartment with another girl, but she was really living elsewhere with her much older boyfriend and just kept our apartment as a ruse, should her parents ever come visit from New Jersey. So there I was, in 2004, 23 years old with a huge two bedroom apartment in New York, all to myself. The only problem was no one had really ............................................................................................. taken care of it. The living room furniture consisted of a TV sitting on top of a mini-fridge and a beat up recliner chair. The dining room lay empty and the kitchen cupboards were stuffed full of old letters. I spent two whole days cleaning the place before it was even sanitary enough to move in. The outside looked luxurious, but the inside was more like a crack house than a premium New York rental. One day, as I sat in the living room, I heard what sounded like running water in the kitchen. I went to check it out and what I found was the stuff nightmares are made of. There was a leak, coming from the upstairs apartment. My ceiling was leaking water and...roaches! Oh dear God, it was hideous! Naturally, I screamed like a teenager at a New Kids on the Block concert circa 1991 and called the Superintendent of the building, in tears. They sent an exterminator. In the 45 minutes it took him to get there, I battled the roaches with cans of Raid in each hand. When he arrived, the exterminator calmly went about his business. So relaxed was he that he felt it appropriate to ask me out on a date. I couldn’t shake the feeling that the roaches would follow us, so declined. So you see, Sex and the City lied to us – New York isn’t all glitz and glamour, there’s a good few roaches mixed in there too. For more go to www.bangsandabun.com

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In 1911 the Edwardian rooftops did not have Lawnswood school hovering above them. It would be 20 years before the Ladies’ Educational Institution, later renamed the Leeds Girls’ School, Leeds Girls’ Modern School and eventually the Lawnswood High School moved to the West Park Greenfield site, along with the boys of Leeds Modern school (separate segregated single-sex schools, one must stress - leastways between 9am and 4pm). But as the census of 1911 shows West Park was not without its links to education and schools. On Horsforth Lane (now called Spen Road), overlooking what was later to become the Lawnswood school fields, lived Harold Wager one of the old-style fearsome HMIs (His Majestys’ Inspector of Schools). A few doors away at the top end of Thornfield Road , also keeping a watchful eye on the Lawnswood School site, was another HMI Mr Gray. Indeed, Thornfield Road was a veritable educational focus for the area. It was also home to Mr Raundrup, the Headmaster of a boy’s preparatory school, possibly based on Otley Road on the site of the Ascot Grange hotel. Whilst operating from number 24 was a preparatory school. This home and private school, was run by Mary Louisa Barton, a certified teacher who had previously taught in small village schools in Bedfordshire and Staffordshire. Doug Kemp westparkresidents.org.uk


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52 Sound& Vision She & Him ALBUM Volume Two Domino Records

She & Him are countryfolk troubador M. Ward and darling of the quirky indie-inflected Hollywood comedy world, Zooey Deschanel. As the album title reveals, this is their second release and it’s an assured, slickly produced, sun drenched collection of breezy pop. The opening strains of Thieves puts one

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in mind of Sam Cooke and the album retains a vintage soulful feel throughout. When Hollywood actors cross over into music, their attempts are usually perceived as lame vanity projects and more often than not, critically dismissed. Here, however, one gets the impression that Deschanel is an experienced and confident songwriter (she penned all but two of the album’s tunes) and perhaps her acting career was an afterthought. The strong sense of melody and accomplished vocal arrangements are complemented by Ward’s subtle and sensitive country tinged

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Four Lions Directed by: Chris Morris Starring: Riz Ahmed, Kayvan Novak, Nigel Lindsay, Arsher Ali

I’ve long considered Chris Morris to be one of the most brilliant and dangerous practitioners in British comedy. Along with Armando Ianucci he showed a keen ear and perceptive wit in skewering the double-speak of news media and political commentary in his scathing satirical television shows, Brass Eye and The Day Today. His old cohort, Ianucci, also recently made his first foray into feature films with the outstanding In the Loop. With Four Lions, Morris again displays his knack for extracting

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instrumentation. The cohesive and consistent lume Two sound of Volume ements comprises elements of Motown, assic Nashville, classic girl groups and Beach Boys nies. style harmonies. mera Fans of Camera wee Obscura’s twee folk-indie aree oy likely to enjoy She & Him and, ally while it initially struck me as a rine little saccharine for my taste,, it is a very bum listenable album of summery, bittersweet pop.

comedy gold from the darkest subject matter, in this case, suicide bombers. The result isn’t as whip smart as Ianucci’s film but it is hysterically funny, played more as knockabout farce than razor-sharp satire. The central joke is that these would-be jihadists are bumbling incompetents, not merely stupid and misguided, but utterly moronic and inept. We first see them making a pig’s ear of their martyrdom videotapes. It’s clear from the outset that we’re not dealing with terrorist masterminds here. Omar’s crew includes his imbecilic brother, Waj, the equally mentally challenged Faisal, whose attempts to train kamikaze crows proves futile, and Barry, a white, English convert to Islam who’s convinced the most radical and provocative statement would be to blow

up a mosque. After Omar and Waj travel to a terrorist training camp in Pakistan, where they embarrass themselves in a quite spectacular fashion, they return to the UK to find that in their absence Barry has recruited rapping wannabe mujahedeen, Hassan.

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After much comical infighting and squabbling, Omar formulates a plan to bomb the London Marathon, where they can conceal their explosives under costumes and the TV coverage will ensure maximum impact. Given the sensitivity of the subject, and Morris’s purported months of in-depth research, one would have thought he

might have delivered an incisive examination of the underlying motivations and far reaching effects of the situation. Instead he sidesteps any attempt at half hearted polemic or moralising in favour of playing strictly for laughs and this is undoubtedly to the film’s credit. The focus here is more on the absurdity inherent in all human endeavour, no matter how potentially atrocious.

The cast all deliver note-perfect comic performances helped no end by a hilarious script cowritten by Jesse Armstrong and Sam Bain of the sublime Peep Show. Four Lions is certainly the most consistently funny comedy I have seen recently. It’s been some time since I laughed this long and hard in the cinema. I’m tempted to return for a second dose.

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Get Ready for the Mad Dash for Party in the Park Tickets! Park in the Park and Opera in the Park will be taking over Temple Newsam on 24th and 25th of July in what is set to be another awesome weekend of music in Leeds. Attracting a combined crowd of 120,000 people, the weekend begins with 50,000 attending the classical sounds of Opera in the Park on Saturday, before 70,000 pop fans enjoy performances by a line-up of chart-toppers at Party in the Park on Sunday. Tickets for both events will be available at a special ticket launch weekend in the Millenium Square on Saturday 5th June. You’ll need to be quick off the mark to get tickets – last year all 70,000 places for Party in the Park were claimed in just four days! Last year’s line-up included JLS, Dizzee Rascal and Pixie Lott at Party in the Park, with Alfie Boe and Natasha Marsh headlining at Opera in the Park. This year’s line-up was still under wraps as we went to press.


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Maybeshewill + Solus Locus + Nedry + Worriedaboutsatan Wed 2 June, The Packhorse, £5. DIY instrumental & dark ambient postrock. The Magic Numbers Thurs 3 June, Irish Centre, £14. Two pairs of siblings, who make a beautiful sound with angelic threepart harmonies. The Kooks + The Tribes Fri 4 June, O2 Academy. Infuriating, catchy tweepop. Middleman + Escort Knights + Arthur Rigby & The Baskervilles + Germain Fri 4 June, The Elbow Room. Middleman write vibrant, catchy tunes with booming basslines, bleepy melodies & smart lyrics. Nicky Phillips +The Valtra Spring +Silverlode Fri 4 June, Gateway Music @ Escobar, Leeds. Free! Teenage Fan Club + Veronica Falls Fri 4 June,

The Cockpit, £12. Alt-rockers whose indie guitar sound has made a huge impact on the music scene. Peggy Sue Fri 4 June, Brudenell Social Club. Latest in a long run of MySpace stars. Music reflects Coco Rosie, Joanna Newsom & Antony & the Johnson Unite Sat 5 June, O2 Academy, £10, 6:30 – 10pm. Superfast metal & hardcore mayhem. Brad Mehldau Sat 5 June, Howard Assembly Room, £15. Young American pianist who provides a ‘seamless transition between Euro-classical & African-American vocabularies’. The Despoilers Sat 5 June, 9ish at The Old Ball, Horsforth. Covers band playing songs from the last five decades. www.thedespoilers.co.uk/ Anti Nowhere League Sat 5 June, The Well, from 2:30pm. Infamous group of hardcore punks

Kassidy + Lissie + The Boy Who Trapped The Sun Sat 5 June, Brudenell Social Club, from 7pm. Glissando + Epic 45 + The Declining Winter + Sleepingdog Sat 5 June, Left Bank, Cardigan Rd. £5. Glissando: piano-led ambient soundscapes with haunting vocals. Epic 45: ethereal guitar with post rock edge. The Declining Winter: Electronica-indie 5-piece. The Humour Sun 6 June, The Cockpit, £4 from 7pm. A band that takes risks & could, perhaps, take on the world at full speed. The Endellion String Quartet Tues 8 June, The Venue (Leeds College of Music), £17.50, 7:30pm Playing Mozart, Bartok & Haydn. The Miserable Rich Wed 9 June, The Library. Baroque indie quintet, using cello & violin as lead instruments to

create a unique sound, described as ‘heartbreakingly beautiful’. The Sick Men of Europe +The Dead Beat Sheikhs +Troy Faid Fri 11 June, 8pm at Milo, opp. Corn Exchange, Leeds. Free. The Toasters Fri 11 June, The Well, 8pm. Their brand of 2-Tone influenced ska music is now taking the country by storm. Leeds City Harmony + Guests Fri 11 June, Hi Fi Club, doors 7pm. A cappella group singing pop, gospel & folk, including songs from the Jackson 5 to Elbow. £5 includes entry to Funk Soul Nation later. Details: leedssinging@ googlemail.com. X-Ray Cat +Laura J. Martin Sat 12 June, 2.305.30pm. Acoustic Revolution at The Adelphi, Leeds. Wheatus Sun 13 June, The Well, 7:30pm. Quirky American geek

rockers, whose top three hits catapulted them into international spotlight. Ariel Pink Mon 14 June Brudenell Social Club, 7:30pm. Lofi electronic pop with eclectic influences, from Zappa to Orange Juice, 70’s funk & 60’s garage. Ed Harcourt Tues 15 June, Brudenell Social Club, from 7pm. Listen when drunk, sober, happy or sad & the songs will make sense. Dysrhythmia + Chickenhawk Thurs 17 June, Brudenell Social Club, from 8pm. Chickenhawk is insanely original & musically adept & has fashioned a UK sound that stands up to the heavy avant guard of Naked City & Mr. Bungle. Pulled Apart By Horses Sat 19 June, Brudenell Social Club, £8, from 6pm. Leeds band with a James Brown influence (& uence a horse influence!).


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Hayley Gaftarnick Sun 20 June, 10pm at Sandinista, Leeds.Free Hot Water Music Tues 22 June, Irish Centre, from 7:30pm. Powerful & lyrical punk band from Gainsville FL.

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The Misers Thurs 24 June, The Wardrobe. The spirit of Johnny Cash with the pop sensibilities of the Jayhawks via the raw, confessional Americana of Ryan Adams.

While some may like to go abroad and lounge on hot beaches during the summer, there is plenty to do back here on English soil. Our traditional British summer weather of near-constant rain with intermittent sunshine lends itself perfectly

‘Roots’: Ray Stubbs & his Amazing One Man Band Fri 25 June, 8 – 11pm at New Headingley Club, St Michael’s Rd, Headingley. One of the most authentic blues veterans from the UK. £5 on door.

The Get Up Kids Tues 29 June, The Cockpit, £12. Great catchy poppy emo-rock songs with terrific melodies, heartfelt lyrics & great vocals.

music festivals! Did you miss out on tickets to Glastonbury? Never fear, there are a bunch of festivals to enjoy up here in the North. So grab your wellies and some snacks – here’s our guide to the top five festivals to let loose at this year:

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Party in the Park 24th and 25th July An old favourite, this concert attracts over 70,000 people each year, with 50,000 turning out for Opera in the Park the day before. At the time of press the line up was yet to be announced, but last year they had the likes of N-Dubz, JLS, The Noisettes and Pixie Lott, so no doubt this year will see the cream of pop royalty taking the stage.

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poetry, politics, literature – basically a nice mixed bag of creativity! This year, they have a fantastic line up including Blockhead, Krystle Warren and the James Taylor Quartet.

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Tickets are free and are available at a special launch event in Millenium Square on 5th June. Check www.radioaire.co.uk for details. Leeds Festival 27th – 29th August In partnership with Reading Festival and sharing the same line up, this rock/alternative/indie knees up has always been popular. This year’s line up includes Arcade Fire, The Libertines, Dizzee Rascal, Guns N’ Roses and Paramore, amongst others. There’s also a dance music tent so you can go blow off some steam in there. Leeds Festival takes place at Bramham Park (near Wetherby). For more details, go to www.leedsfestival.com Limetree Festival 27th – 29th August If you’re looking for something different from a festival this year, get yourself to Limetree. This small festival on Limetree Farm near Ripon, has three stages featuring bands, artists, comedy, cabaret, street theatre, late night cinema, art,

For more information, go to www.limetreefestival.co.uk

Moor Music Festival 12th – 15th August Described as ‘a mini Glastonbury for the north’, this festival is a great one for music lovers. With a little bit of everything from indie to dubstep and drum ‘n’ bass, you’ll never get bored there, that’s for sure. There’s even a space called The Green Room designed for lounging and listening, it’s an indoor/outdoor fully carpeted space where you can relax on big cushions and bean bags and watch bands, short films, doodling and much more. Great line up this year with some wonderful local talent too.

For more details, go to www.moormusicfestival.co.uk Bingley Music Festival 3rd – 5th September This smaller, independent festival is now in its 4th year. At the time of print, the line up was yet to be announced, but last year, Editors, Calvin Harris, VV Brown, Ocean Colour Scene and others took to the stage. Intimate and friendly, this festival in Myrtle Park has rapidly become one of the best indie/pop festivals in the north. For more information, go to www.bingleymusiclive.com


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The Enduring Memories of our Schooldays Having taught in Leeds for 33 years, most of them in Leeds 16, it is not an uncommon occurrence for me to meet and talk to former pupils (in fact a number of them are now Adel parents!).

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When conversation turns to the ‘old days’, they don’t remember my enthusiastic maths teaching or my wellplanned science lessons. Their memories are of trips to France and Belgium, outdoor activity residentials, end-of-year musical productions and concerts, rugby matches in Leeds and beyond, and the enjoyment, challenges and friendships that these activities engendered. I guess the same is true for me as a teacher. I do remember pupils who were talented artists, able

mathematicians, had a flair for languages or wrote fantastic stories or poems. However, memories are clearer of the pupils who performed well on the sports field, who sang wonderful solos, who were natural actors, those children who gave something extra to the school. Unfortunately many of our 21st century schoolchildren do not get the same opportunities that their counterparts in the late 20th century did. ‘Probationary’ teachers (as they were then called) were asked which

clubs they intended to run. Nowadays, teachers have a much greater administrative workload than they did 30 years ago, there are more meetings to attend after school, and ‘health and safety’ has a much higher profile. Whilst school sports teams do not have the comprehensive fixture lists of yesteryear and some of the more adventurous outdoor activities are in decline, I am pleased that there are teachers, support staff and parents too who are still willing to give up their time after school

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Mend Free Programme to help families get fitter, healthier & happier. For 7 – 13 year olds above healthy weight & their families at Leeds Trinity University College. Details: 0800 230 0263 Moorlands School Family Fun Day Sat 19 June, 1 – 4pm at Moorlands School, Foxhill Dr, Weetwood. Action packed with fairground rides, games, go karts, inflatables, fish & chips, ice cream, cake & plant stalls, bottle tombola, raffle, Shetland ponies from Lineham Farm, & lots more!

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He sent us daily updates while on his amazing journey, which we posted on our website. Here in the office, along with the many of you who read about his ordeal on our site, we cheered him on. As the tales poured in about the difficulty of carrying his six days worth of supplies while he ran, hallucinating about seeing checkpoints in the distance, battling through sandstorms, draining blisters, losing toenails and running incomprehensible distances in blazing heat, we were absolutely bowled over by Ian’s courage and determination. Ian ran the marathon for Facing Africa, a charity that treats sufferers of NOMA, a gangrenous infection of the face that many children die of. Those who survive often have severe facial deformities. The charity improves their lives through reconstructive surgery.

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on 19th April, as she attempts to row from Kiribati to Australia. Roz Savage is a United Nations Climate Hero and an Athlete Ambassador for 350. org. She has been listed amongst the Top 20 Great British Adventurers by the Daily Telegraph. Her mother, Rita, lives in Cookridge and gives illustrated talks about her daughter’s adventures. She doesn’t charge a fee, but would accept a donation towards Roz’s costs. For more information, contact her on 0113 267 76397 or savage.rita@ gmail.com.

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Leeds Student Walks 1080 Miles for Local Charity Leeds student Tony Jacklin is taking on a challenge of a lifetime and walking over 1000 miles, Land’s End to John O’Groats, from June to August to raise money for local Yorkshire charity, the Forget-Me-Not Trust. The aim of the West Yorkshire Forget Me Not Trust is to raise funds to build and run a respite hospice for children with life limiting conditions. The Trust needs to raise over £3million to build a house for respite, emergency and end of life care. It will provide services 365 days a year, completely free of charge, to children and their families from the Kirklees, Calderdale and Wakefield areas of West Yorkshire. “I’m absolutely delighted to be able to raise money for such a worthwhile cause whilst achieving one of my life ambitions,” said Tony, who joins Eversheds law firm in September. The Trust is close to its aim of commencing the build this year and Tony aims to raise in excess of £2000 in support. To sponsor Tony you can visit his Just Giving page www.justgiving.com/TonyJacklin. Every penny will make a difference to the families that will come to rely on the service the Trust will provide. Best of luck Tony!

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