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June 2010

CONTENTS

LETTER FROM THE EDITOR

06 Readers’ Letters 09 Police Update 11 News from Your Councillors 12 Community Notices 24 Win Tickets for Russell Watson 26 Renovate, Revamp, Refurbish! 33 Make it Al Fresco! 34 Garden Round Up 36 Sound & Vision 38 Music Listings 40 Younger Life 48 Janet Street Porter Launches Otley Walking Festival

Dear Readers

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.

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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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 Jackie Whiteley 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.

High Praise for ArtForms

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From 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,

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.

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 information call 0113 2304074 or visit www. artformsleeds.co.uk.

Centenary Celebrations Continue for Ilkley Motor Club

As part of Ilkley & District Motor Club’s Centenary year, the club held its Centenary Dinner at the Cavendish Pavillion, Bolton Abbey. Over 120 members and guests attended the event, organised by Hazel & Nick Pullan. Pictured are: Sheena Tullie, Alastair Tullie (President of IDMC), Allan Dean-Lewis MBE (guest speaker from the MSA) and Nick Jefferies (guest speaker).


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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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No Mucking About! .................................................................................................................................................................................................... The Muck:Up! Poster Competition was a resounding success with over 116 entries. The standard was extremely high and judging was tough.

up our children are of stepping in dog muck. I hope the posters are effective and encourage all dog owners to pick up their dog’s muck and leave our streets clean.” clean.

Posters were judged by Sara Quin (creator of the Muck:up! Campaign which aims to reduce dog fouling on the streets of Otley), Greg Mulholland MP and Peter Heald (Chair of the Otley Town Partnership).

Thom Bennett Graphic Design in Otley is doing the artwork for the posters (free) and Petwise of Orchard Gate is donating £150 towards the printing costs, and Just Books printi gave £10 book tokens to the lucky winners. For more information about the th Muck:up Campaign, contact info@muckup.org. c uk or show your support signing the online petition www.petitiononline.com/ mu2010/petition.html m

“‘Many of the children’s en’s posters depicted dirty parks, filthy streets and nd soiled shoes”, said Sara. ra. “It accentuated how fed

The judges: Peter Heald, Sara Quin and Greg Mulholland MP

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Community News

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Changes to Bus Services in the Area

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There have been changes to several bus services in the Otley, Pool and Aireborough area at the weekend following Metro’s review of bus services to and from the Airport. There’s now a web page which explains the implications for the area and provides links to timetables which can be downloaded and printed.

Meal Raises £400 for Behind Closed Doors

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Behind Closed Doors organised a meal at The Jewel of India on Bridge Street, Otley, and raised £400 for this charity that supports women affected by domestic abuse.

A new bus service links Pool to Ilkley, Skipton, Malham, Bolton Abbey, Grassington, Kettlewell and Buckden. Service X52 leaves Pool Bridge Corner at 09.39 every Sunday and Bank Holiday until 24th October, connecting the Dales Bus services 874 at Ilkley. Details: www.dalesbus.org

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They would like to thank Mohammed Islam, Mohammed Farooq, Abdul Ghafoor and all the staff at the Jewel of India for their help organising this event. Thanks go also to friends who donated raffle prizes and everyone who attended the evening, making it such a success.

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Volunteer Drivers Needed

Otley Action for Older People is looking for volunteer drivers to take members on trips and visits. If you like to drive, and have a full driving licence, get in touch – Otley .................................................................................... Action will provide Minibus Driver Awareness training It’s time for Pool Feast again! The event and support. kicks off at 2pm on Sunday 6th June and there’s a packed programme. You can look There is great camaraderie amongst volunteers and forward to a karate and police dog displays, working with older people is very satisfying. If you would dig in to cream teas or a barbecue, or browse like to find out more, call Otley Action on 01943 463965. around numerous stalls. There will also be loads for children – including inflatables and races. All money raised will go Wharfedale Court. Further information from Mel at mel. gerrard@btconnect.com

Make a Feast of it!

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Police Update Menston With Inspector Sue Sanderson

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rime in Menston has remained low over the past month but it would appear that somebody is targeting the things we all keep in our garages and sheds. Two houses on West Chevin Road had their sheds broken into and tools taken. The cabins on the building sites at both Menston Hall and the new Children’s Centre at Kirkland’s were also broken into and tools stolen. A further incident involved a contractor’s van at the Hare & Hounds – again tools were taken. The perpetrators must have some form of transport as many of the items were both bulky and heavy. Please be vigilant and report any

suspicious vehicles or people. If you would like advice on securing sheds and garages or the property marking of tools and bicycles please contact the NPT. Andy Wade has continued Community Speedwatch in the village and, as a result of last month’s figures, where over 60 drivers received warning letters, the Road Traffic Department has been out issuing fixed penalty tickets to a number of drivers. Don’t get caught out – watch your speed! Andy (pictured) will be holding surgeries in the library in Kirkland’s Community Centre

on the 3rd, 10th, 18th and 24th June (times on website and posters around the village). The next Police & Community Together meeting in Menston will be on the 2nd June as part of the Neighbourhood Forum, 7.30pm in the Kirkland’s Centre. Your views are important to us and shape the way we police the village. If you are unable to attend, let us know your thoughts via email or phone. To contact your NPT call Ilkley Police Station on 01274 475301 or email em hanpt1@westyorkshire. pnn.police.uk pn PC Andy Wade

Police Update Otley with PCSO Peter Andrews ....................................................................................................................................................................................................

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e know better weather’s arrived when we receive reports of sneak in burglaries. A recent one took place – in the Athelstan Lane area. The resident was in the garden when the offender entered the house through an open door and stole some property, leaving unseen. Make sure you keep doors locked even when you’re home. Four arrests were made for shop lifting on Pool Road and in the town centre. There have been burglaries at houses on Park Terrace, Westbourne Grove and Leeds Road. Electrical tools were stolen from a van parked on East Busk Lane, and the steering wheel was taken from a vehicle on Wilkinson Way. A classic Austin A40 car was stolen on

East Chevin Road. We believe that these were possibly stolen to order. Despite this, crime levels in Otley remain low, as we reported at the recent PACT (Police and Communities Together) meeting, where we were asked to look at town centre driving issues, such as blocking box junctions and ignoring the prohibited turns at Manor Square traffic lights. The newly installed pedestrian crossing outside Prince Henry’s has received some attention from the NPT following complaints about parents stopping vehicles and dropping pupils off on the zig-zag lines either side of the crossing. It is an offence to do this and offenders will be dealt with accordingly.

The Neighbourhood Policing Team can be contacted by visiting Otley Police Station Helpdesk, Monday to Friday 9am-5pm or calling 01274 471453. You may have to leave a message but we will return your call as soon as possible. Messages are reviewed at least twice daily. For nonemergencies and routine matters contact 0845 6060606 Alternatively, the Contact Point at Bennett Court, Weston Drive, Otley will be held from 10-11am on 1st, 15th and 29th June. Due to lack of use the Contact Point at the Children’s Centre on Weston Lane has been discontinued.


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Police Update Pool & Bramhope with PCSO Claire Salkeld

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right and sunny days tend to bring out thieves who like to help themselves to items that they can quickly sell at car boot sales; lawnmowers, power tools and garden furniture are popular choices. These are often stored in garages and sheds, which do not have the same level of security as our homes. Please ensure the security of your outbuildings is the best it can be. Last month crime figures were a little bit higher than usual. There was an attempted theft from a garage on Occupation Lane, and three garage thefts from Arthington Lane, Oakdale Park and Creskeld Lane. The stolen items included an extremely expensive bicycle, a petrol

lawnmower and various tools. There were also two attempted burglaries on Creskeld Lane and Church Hill. A family on Leeds Road had their home broken into through an open window. Their car was stolen, this has since been recovered and the investigation is ongoing to discover who was responsible. A property on The Beeches, Pool, had lead flashing stolen from their roof. A mini digger was stolen from Hall Rise, the vehicle that was used in the theft made off towards Leeds. Pool Cricket Club was broken into again and every mower but one stolen. One of these was extremely heavy and would have required a lorry with lifting gear

to move it. This is currently being investigated and a list of the stolen items has been circulated to relevant companies that may receive the stolen goods. Anti-social behaviour calls remain extremely low. There have been a few calls about people acting in an inconsiderate manner going down the bridle path from Hall Rise to the Creskelds. On once occasion a fence was damaged and a car was also scratched. If anyone has any information pertaining to the identity of any offender please do not hesitate to contact us or Crimestoppers. Our contact details are the same as for Otley.

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News From Your Councillors Councillor Clive Fox Pool and Bramhope clive.fox@leeds.gov.uk The proliferation of election posters, rather like spring flowers, is now little more than a memory. That leaves advertising boards, largely confined to local estate agents and tradesmen advertising their presence. The regulations relating to advertising signs and banners are complex to say the least. But alleged infringements represent only a small part of the total number of enforcement issues the council deals with each year. Last year to March 31st Leeds received around 1,500 complaints relating to enforcement issues. In a commendable display of productivity the council managed to resolve around 1,800 cases, leaving the current live case load at around 1,350. In around half the cases it was decided that there was no breach of condition, often because the work carried out was permitted development requiring no planning consent. Another quarter was resolved by what is somewhat euphemistically called ‘negotiation’. Most of the remaining cases were minimal breeches where no further action was warranted, or were granted retrospective planning permission. A hard core of 100 or so remained where enforcement or breach of condition notices were issued, a dozen of them finishing up in the courts. Curiously local planning authorities aren’t required to carry out any enforcement action. So whenever anyone asks what the council is doing about it, whatever ‘it’ may be, the council can simply do nothing if it has a mind to. It’s just as well that Leeds takes the view that without planning enforcement there would be little purpose in requiring anyone to seek planning permission in the first place. For those of you who are missing all those nice election posters, which incidentally are permitted, don’t worry, one gets the feeling it won’t be long before they’re back.

Councillor Peter Finlay Menston Parish Council There is an old proverb which says that ‘one volunteer is worth ten pressed men’. This is certainly true of parish councillors who voluntarily give up some of their time for the local community. One of the key contributions that Menston Parish Council makes to the local community is supporting local voluntary groups and charities. Members of the Council belong to various groups including: Menston in Bloom, Menston Cricket Club, Menston Thespians, Menston Community Association, Menston Scouts, governors of Menston Primary School and many others. The Parish Council also runs a small grants scheme which benefits local voluntary groups and charities. In the last financial year the Parish Council awarded more than £9,000 in grants to local groups, these included: supporting a summer play scheme and a trip to London for local children, providing financial support for both the village website www.menston.org, the local rail users’ newsletter, a grant to buy trees and shrubs to brighten up the village through the Menston in Bloom scheme, and replacing old toys and equipment at Menston Pre-school. If you are a member of a non-profit group which would benefit from a small grant from the Parish Council, you can find out more about the scheme from our notice board in Menston Library or from the village website – www.menston.org. You are welcome to forward any comments to the Parish Clerk, or better still – come along to one of the meetings.

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CommunityNotices ACTIVE Ballroom Dancing Classes Improvers’ classes starting Fri 9 July for 8 weeks at Kirklands, Main St. Menston. Details: Bernard & Barbara Harrison 01943 873254, bandb@sky. com Bramhope Badminton Club meets Mon 8pm at Bramhope Methodist Church Hall. New members welcome. Details: Chris 0113 267 1829. Bramhope Bowls Club welcomes new members to its Crown Green at Robert Craven Memorial Hall, Old Lane, Bramhope. Details: Ewart Lewis 0113 2678001/ Paul Welling 0113 284 3361 Circle Dancing Group meets 1st & 3rd Tues of the month at St.Giles Church Hall, Bramhope. Gentle dancing to beautiful music from all over the world. Great fun, therapeutic, & friendly group. All welcome. Details: Joan 0113 284 2549. Dalesbus Ramblers A programme of free guided walks in the Yorkshire Dales on Sundays. All walks accessible by public transport, & Dalesbus services 800, 820 & 870 which link

North Leeds with the Dales on Sun & bank holidays. Details: Steve 07982 764 857 or www. dalesbusramblers.org.uk The Tuesday Club Dance the night away at The Village Hotel, Otley Road, LS16, 8–11pm. Great atmosphere & DJ. Over 25s. Smart dress. Only £3.50 Details: Reg 01274 771285/ 07939 959400. Great Yorkshire Morris Men meet at Pool Memorial Hall alternate Wednesdays. Mainly Cotswold dances, with forays into the Yorkshire Longword, Rapper & Border styles. New dancers & musicians welcome - no experience required. Details: Bob Carter 01423 863433 www.gymm.org.uk Grove Hill Tennis Club, Otley runs a year-round social programme. Club plays 3 mixed doubles teams in Wharfedale league, a men’s team in the Yorkshire league & a Leeds medley team. Excellent coaching for both adults & juniors. Details: www.otleytennis. webs.com Holt Park Bowls Holt Park Crown Green Club, Farrar Lane (opposite tennis courts). Everyone welcome – beginners & experienced.

Horsforth Fellandale Running Club trains every Wed, usually on Otley Chevin. Runners of all abilities welcome. Details: Andy 0113 258 5691, secretary@fellandale.com Leeds Area Disabled Swimming Club Are you recovering from a stroke or other condition where swimming could help? A friendly, safe environment where you can swim & gain confidence. New members welcome. Mon 7 -8pm at Holt Park Leisure Centre. Details: Ruth 0113 275 7825, Sara 0113 287 6250. Leeds 10K or BUPA Great North Run St. Gemma’s Hospice has guaranteed places in both these events. Details: 0113 218 5570. Leeds 10k – Places Available Run the Jane Tomlinson’s ‘Run for All’ on Sunday 4 July & raise money for Bone Cancer Research Trust? Run it, walk it, wheel it, hop it!! Details: 262 1852, david.fisher@bcrt.org.uk, www.bcrt.org.uk Leeds YHA Walking Group organises walks, cycle rides, weekends & social activities. Over 160 members aged 20-74. Try before joining. Membership £8 pa. Details: Stephen 0113

368 0417 or www. leedsyha.org.uk Otley Badminton Club Prince Henry’s Mon 7.30-9.30pm & Fri 8-10pm. New members welcome. Details: Steve Norfolk 07860 242089, steve.norfolk@freightair. co.uk Otley Squash Club provides for all levels of ability. Details: www. otleysquashclub.org. Otley Walkers Variety of twice weekly walks from 5 – 20 miles. Also weekends away & special events. New members welcome. Annual membership £5 per household. Try before joining. Details: 01943 463125, wawotley@ mail.com. Phoenix Folk Dancers Try English Country Dancing at Adel Methodist Church Hall (behind the Lawnswood Arms) Wed, 8 – 10pm. Beginners welcome, partner not necessary. Details: 0113 2611902 Sequence Tea Dance Old Pool Bank Village Hall, Fri 2 – 4pm. A great way to exercise & socialise. All welcome. Details: 0113 284 2126.

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Sequence Tea Dance Bramhope Methodist Church Mon, 2 – 4pm. Everyone Welcome. Details: 0113 267 9802. 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. Yarnbury Angling Club Matches held 1st Sun of month. Members only. Coach transfers to & from venues. Membership details: Adrian Addy on 07956 964713. Yorkshire Dales Sponsored Walk Sat 5 June. The Rugger Ramble in aid of St. Gemma’s Hospice. A 13 mile walk starting 9am from Wharfedale Rugby Club near Grassington. Refreshments provided along the route & food available at end. Goody bag & certificate. Details: 0113 218 5570, www. st-gemma.co.uk.

ARTS & CRAFTS Birds in Chinese Art Exhibition Chinese Brush Painters’ Society (Yorkshire Group) until Wed 30 June, Lotherton

Hall, Aberford LS25. Tues - Sat 10am - 5pm, Sun 1pm - 5pm. 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. Guiseley Art Club Mon 1.30 – 4pm (excl. bank hols), Oxford Rd Methodist Church Hall, Guiseley. New members welcome. Details: Monica 0113 267 7726. Life Drawing in Otley New series of life drawing sessions will be held 7pm to 9pm Tues at Otley Civic Centre, starting in Feb. Details: Bob 0113 230 1761 or bandlisle@ntlworld.com.

artists/all levels. Details: 0113 203 7952. Otley Scribblers Do you enjoy creative writing? New weekly sessions begin at Otley Courthouse, 10am–12pm. Details: 01943 465 568. COFFEE MORNINGS, FAIRS & MARKETS Bramhope Farmers’ Market Robert Craven Memorial Hall, Old Lane, from 9am 2nd Sat of month. Selection of home baking, organic meats, sausages & pies, free range eggs, bread & cheese, plus veg produced by local farmers & producers. Bramhope Methodist Church Coffee Shop Every Tues morn from 10am-noon. Delicious homemade scones & friendly fellowship – all welcome. 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

Otley Arts Club Old People’s Welfare Centre, Crossgate, Otley. Workshops, portrait sessions, talks, demonstrations & plenty of opportunities to just paint or draw. New members welcome. Details: Ted 01943 461145 or Judi 01943 607088.

Coffee Morning Every 2nd Sat at St. Wilfrid’s Church 10am–12pm. Plus a raffle, pastries & fruit pies at bargain prices.

Pool Art Group Fri 10am12pm, Pool Methodist Church. Support & encouragement from fellow

Coffee Morning Every Sat, Otley Methodist Church Wesley Hall, 10am–12pm. Home-

made cakes, trifles etc & a friendly atmosphere. Access Boroughgate & Walkergate (disabled access). Green Fair St Matthew’s Church, Wood Lane, LS7. 12 June, 11am3 pm. Stall holders wanted! Craft stalls, refreshments, cakes, puppet workshop, live music, info on green living. Stalls: £15 or £10 for community or charity stalls. To book a stall contact: ComHallBookings@AOL.com Indoor Car Boot Sale Sat 5 June, 10am – 1pm at St Gemma’s Hospice, Harrogate Rd. Moortown. Entry by donation. Details: 0113 218 5565 Refreshments at Norwood Edge Bank Holiday Mon 31 May. Bramhope Methodist Church will be serving sandwiches, ploughman’s lunches, cream teas & homemade cakes all day at Norwood Methodist Chapel, in the Washburn Valley (B6451). Wide range of delicious homemade cakes on sale. Otley Farmers’ Market Sun 30th May Sun 27th June 9am to 1pm. Strawberry Tea & Plant Sale Sat 5 June, 2pm Heather Bank, Bleach Mill, Menston. Details: www.menston. org


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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’. Details: Mrs M. Huntley 0113 230 1584. Aireborough Duplicate Bridge Club Tues 7pm, Rawdon Conservative Club. New members welcome. Details: 261 2139 beverley.harfield@ ntlworld.com Alwoodley Motor Club Every other Thurs 8.30 – 9pm at The Wharfedale Inn, Arthington Lane. All welcome. Details: 0113 391 0403 www.alwoodleymc.org.uk Bramhope Bridge Club Robert Craven Memorial Hall, Old Lane, Mon 12.45 – 4.15pm, & Tues & Thurs 7.15 – 10.15pm. Lessons for novices Wed pm. Details: Bob 225 7495 Bramhope Round Table Leeds’ active Round Table meets every 2nd Tues for fun, friendship & fundraising (in that order!). All men between 18 & 45 welcome. Details: www.bramhoperoundtable.co.uk or info@bramhope844. co.uk Chevin Division Trefoil Guild meets 7.30pm on 1st Mon of the month

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in Otley or Guiseley. The group offers a varied calendar of events, with opportunities for travel, adventure & broadening your horizons, & supports Girl Guiding UK. Details: 01943 872892. Cookridge Gardening Club On Wed 9 June there’s an evening visit to the garden of Mr Alan Wilson in Otley, & on Sun 13 a day outing to Bodnant Garden, North Wales. Details: Mrs Hill 0113 267 1858. Flexiphonics in Menston Programme designed to help children with fitness, relaxation, imagination, co-ordination, letter recognition & social awareness. Tues 1.30 – 2.30pm, Methodist Church Hall, Main St. Cost £1. Details: Angela Dyer 07854 292850, angela.dyer@ blueyonder.co.uk, www. flexiphonics.com Friends of Chevin Forest Park Practical conservation work such as vegetation clearance, step building or meadow management on 2nd Sun of every month. Details: The Countryside Rangers 0113 237 5312 countrysiderangers@leeds.gov.uk Ilkley & District Motor Club 1st/4th Wed monthly, Otley Rugby Club, Cross Green. 8pm. All welcome. Also meet 2nd/3rd/5th Wed at

other locations. Details: www.ilkleymotorclub.org Kaleidoscope Social club for the mature (50 +) & unattached with a zest for life. Regular meetings & monthly programme of events. Not a dating agency. Details: 0113 262 1455, 261 2272 or www.kaliedoscopeleeds.weebly.com Leeds Anglo German Club Wed 23 June, Film Evening 7.30pm at St Columba’s URC, Headingley Lane, LS6. Sat 26 June Sommerfest - summer meal. Details: 268 7697 Leeds Astronomical Society Observing sessions will be held at The New Inn, Eccup LS16, & Fri 16 July. Arrive between 8.30 & 10pm. Details: www.leedsastronomy. org.uk, admin@leedsastronomy.org.uk Leeds Caledonians Society for those with a Scottish pedigree or interest in things Scottish warmly welcomes new members. Details: 0113 267 0424, www. leedscaledonians.org.uk Leeds Co-operative Members’ Group meets monthly for talks & outings. Details: 0113 216 8837 kpm.coop@googlemail.com

for preservation of the NHS. They meet at Muir Court, Sagar Place, off St Michael’s Rd, Headingley. 7.30pm. Next meeting Mon 14 June. All welcome. Leeds Oxfam Group Meets 1st Wed on month, 7.30pm Leeds Civic Hall. Group arranges events & activities across the city in support of Oxfam. All welcome. Sat 5 June: Annual sponsored walk in The Dales. Family friendly, choose 5, 10 or 15 mile routes around popular location. Details: Pauline Neale 0113 269 3542. Menston Cares AGM Thurs 10 June, 2pm Kirklands Community Centre, Main St. Details: www.menston.org Menston Community Association represents the interests of the residents of Menston through meetings & other activities. All residents over 18 years old are automatically members. Next meeting Wed 2 June, 7.30pm at Menston Methodist Church Hall, Main St. Details: www. menston.org org

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Menston in Bloom Active group of volunteers who meet each month at Menston Methodist Church Hall, Main St. to discuss projects & arrange planting days etc. If you can help or have any ideas, come along. Details: www.menston. org

Mercury Movie Makers Wed at Rawdon Conservative Club, 7:30pm. The club is for camcorder owners. Advice, regular film & practical evenings, & occasional outdoor events. Details: 0113 257 7274, www. communigate.co.uk/ brad/mercmove

Menston Gardeners’ Club Fri 25 June. Coach leaves 9.30am for day trip to Helmsley & Wytherstone Gardens. Returning 5pm. Thurs 8 July visit to Millrace Nurseries, Garforth, leaving Menston 6pm members’ cars. Details: Notice boards at library & www.menston.org

Otley Amateur Radio Society meets Tues at Clifton Village Hall (before The Spite on Newall Carr Rd). New members welcome! The Club is an RSGB examination centre for Foundation, Intermediate & Advanced licences. Details: Paul 07768 996370, paul@pekae.co.uk www. otleyradio.net

Menston Parish Council Thurs 24 June, 7.00pm, Kirklands Community Centre, Main St. Local residents welcome to attend. Opportunity to raise issues or concerns, or comment on planning applications considered by Parish Council Planning Committee. Details: The Parish Clerk at parishclerk@menston. org, www.menston.org Menston Thespians, amateur dramatics society, has existed for over 50 years. This December they will produce ‘A Christmas Carol’ & are looking for people to take some of the 30 parts in the play. Or help build sets, make props or even help with teas. Details: www.menstonthespians.org.uk.

Otley Camera Club Meets Thurs at Prince Henry’s Grammar School, 7pm. Packed programme of speakers & competitions. Improve your skills & get more from your camera. Details: www.otleycameraclub.co.uk Otley Chevin Rotary Club Meets at Chevin Country Park Hotel, York Gate, Mon, 7.30pm. Dinner followed by interesting speaker. Rotary provides a wide range of services - local, national & international, plus a good social programme. Details: David Lewis 01943 877720. Otley Lions Club Meets 1st & 3rd Wed of each month, 8pm at the

Red Lion, Otley. New members welcome. Book sale last Fri & Sat of month in Black Horse stable yard. Varied social programme. Details: David Homewood 0113 294 8255, Eric Booth 01943 467 900. Otley Little Theatre Live theatre & musical events in Otley. New members welcome – acting, singing, dancing & anyone who can help with technical backstage. Details: Lee Wells 01943 464982, info@ olt.org.uk, www.otley. co.uk/littletheatre Otley & District Men’s Forum Now meets at Otley Methodist Church at 10am Thurs. Entrance to Church Hall on Walkergate. Otley Poets meet 1st Tues of month at 8pm for poems, drinks & occasional guest poets at Korks Wine Bar, Bondgate Otley. Details: Alan Holdsworth 01943 870344 alanrh62@ yahoo.co.uk. Otley Readers’ Group Thurs 3 June, 6 – 7pm at Otley Library. Details: 01943 466572 Otley Rotary Club meets weekly at Westbourne House, Bradford Road, Otley, Thurs 12.30 – 1.45pm. Open to active/retired professional/business people. Lunch & guest speaker. Details: Keith Thompson

01943 879329 ktswoop@talktalk.net. Otley Townswomen’s Guild promotes the interests of women & raises money for charities. It meets 1st Thurs of each month, 7.30pm in the Lecture Room, Otley Methodist Church. Speakers plus wide variety of interest groups. Visitors welcome. Details: 01943 468741 m.e.newton@talktalk.net Otley Twinning Association Otley is twinned with Montereau in France (60 kms from Paris). Membership open to anyone in Otley district. Regular reciprocated visits (usually on a family or couples basis). Meet 2nd Wed of the month at Grove Hill Club (8pm). Details: Ken Daphne 01943 465137, Graham Barton 01943 461646. Otley Women’s Institute Meets at 7.15pm on 2nd Wed of the month in Cross Green Community Centre, Otley. Visitors welcome. Details: 01943 463610 Pool WI meets on the 2nd Tues of each month at 2pm at The Lounge, Wharfedale Court. All welcome! Pool Bridge Club meets on Mon (excl bank holidays),1.15 – 4.30pm at Pool Methodist Church.


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Reaching Out Group for widowed women young at heart & in years who would like to meet others in similar position. Meets Thurs 6.30 – 8.30pm, St John Ambulance Hut, Gaye Lane, Otley. A safe place for friendship & support. Details: Lesley 07931 892747. Social & Events Group New members welcome. Mainly over 30s. Meals, pub nights, theatre, walks, badminton, weekends away, talks, parties & much more. Monthly social/ new members night in north Leeds. Details: 08707 874425 www.leedsivc.org.uk Soroptimist International is a worldwide organisation for women in management & professions working through projects to advance human rights & the status of women. Details: Cath Turner harryandcath@hotmail.com University of Leeds Ladies’ Club welcomes women connected to the University as either serving or former staff members, partners of staff, or grads of the Uni. Regular events. Details: cadman.irving@gmail. com. The Women’s Fellowship meets Wed, 2pm at Pool Methodist Church. Variety of interesting speakers. The Wharfedale Speakers Club part of the

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Assoc of Speakers Clubs (UK), meets in Otley twice a month. New members welcome. Speakers of all ages & backgrounds. Come along & improve your speaking skills. Details: Barry Taylor 0113 284 2148. Wharfedale Gardeners’ Group Meets at 7.30pm on 2nd Tues of the month (Sept – May) at Otley Methodist Church. Guest speakers, plant sales & trips. Annual membership £10. Details: Liz Auty 01943 465 331. Wharfedale German Circle meets at The Malt, Main Street, Burley-inWharfedale, 8pm, usually on or near 15th of every month. Speakers, films, debates, quizzes, music, parties, conversation (in English or German). Visitors Welcome. Details: 01943 464087, wgcircle@gmail.com, www.germandrcle.ilkley. org. White Rose Ladies Speakers Club Farsley Library Community Room, Mon at 7.45pm. Next meetings 14 & 28 June. A friendly environment in which to find your voice & improve your presentation skills, while having a lot of fun. Details: Sheila Wyatt 267 2062. Yorkshire Countrywomen’s Association Bramhope branch meets 2nd Thurs each month,

1.30pm at Robert Craven Memorial Hall. New members welcome. MUSIC Amici Singers New members welcome. No auditions – just a desire to sing with others. Details: 0113 267 1292 or 0113 228 5932. Bradford Music Club meets 3rd Sun each month, 7 – 9pm at Rawdon Meeting House, Harrogate Rd. Singers & musicians needed. All styles of music. Details: Ann Perry 01274 630162 annperry@ blueyonder.co.uk Flute Group meets Tues 6.45 - 7.45pm during term time at Yorkshire College of Music & Drama (19 Shire Oak Rd. Headingley). Grade 4 standard & above. New members very welcome! Details: 0113 275 1232 Half a Sixpence Auditions Guiseley Amateur Operatic Society is holding auditions for a new, revised version of the musical ‘Half a Sixpence’ on 5 & 12 June. The show will be staged 21 – 26 February 2011. Anyone wishing to audition (singers, dancers, actors) please call 08453 705044/ 01943 462508, email secretary@gaos.co.uk Lawnswood Singers A female choir, practices Wed 7.30pm at Holy

Trinity Church, Green Lane, Cookridge. Good female singers welcome to come & 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 our Yamaha AR100 organ & PRS S.900 keyboard. Occasional concerts by professional artists playing a variety of music. Wed 7.30-10.30pm. Guiseley Factory Workers Club. LS20 9DT. Details: 226 5671 Otley Chamber Orchestra rehearses fortnightly on Sundays, 7 - 9pm at Otley Courthouse. New members (especially upper strings) welcome. Details: john_restorick@ hotmail.com Otley Community Drum Circle 3rd Sun of the month at The Courthouse, Otley. No drumming or musical experience necessary. Children with responsible adult welcome. All drums provided. Cost £4/£3. Details: Anna or Paul 01943 465413


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Otley Courthouse Community Singing Group A community choir devoted to the enjoyment of singing. New members (especially men!) welcome – no auditions, no pressure, no experience. Tues at The Courthouse, 1.30 – 3.30pm (term time), £4 per session. Details: Dave Stewart 07970 997183 dave@ singout.me.uk Phoenix Concert Band rehearses Thurs 7.309.30pm at St Chad’s Parish Centre. Players of a suitable standard welcome (Associated Board Grade 5), particularly brass players & percussionists. Details: secretary@phoenixband.co.uk www.phoenixband.co.uk Summertime & the Dancing is Easy... Sat 26 June, dinner, bar, music & dancing, 7pm at St Giles Church Hall. Tickets available from Keith Smith on 07920 139172 Wharfedale Recorded Music 7.45pm at St. John’s, Ben Rhydding, Details: 01943 601538. Yeadon & District Male Voice Choir welcomes

male voices of any ability at Yeadon Methodist Church, Chapel Hill. (next to Town Hall). Singing is a proven stress buster! Thurs 7.30pm. Details: John Atkinson 294 9095 SENIORS Golden Oldies Film Club 3rd Mon in the month, 2pm at Otley Courthouse. Transport available. £2 incl. refreshments & raffle. Details: 01943 463965. Leeds & Bradford Friendship Group Friendship & activities for people of retirement age. Meets 1st Wed of month at Pudsey Civic Centre 1.30pm. Also days out, dining, walks, holidays, computer & play reading groups. New members welcome. Details: Barbara 01943 875208.

1.15pm. Lunch & quiz at St. John Ambulance Hut, 12.30pm, Mon 7 June, £3. Coffee, Weston Lane Sports Hut Thurs 24 June 10.30am -12.30pm. Bowling group meets regularly to play Crown Green Bowls. Details: 01943 463965.

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Otley Methodist 1812 Group meets on 18th of every month, providing a social gathering for churchgoers. Ages 20s – 60s & activities include theatre visits, ten pin bowling, country dancing & safari suppers. Details: john.burland@ sky.com

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Otley Over 60s Club at Crossgate (opposite Rose & Crown) open Wed to Sat, 9am–12 noon, serving refreshments. Sequence Dancing on Wed 2 – 4pm; Gentle Exercise to Music on Thurs, 10.15–11.15am; Sat Bingo,1.45pm; brica-brac stall Fri & Sat 9am–12noon.

Otley Action for Older People Dance classes for over 60s, Mon 11.15am, Otley Methodist Church, £3. Bingo at the Labour Rooms, Walkergate. Bar open

Pool Lunch Club Organised by Otley Action for Older People, at Pool Methodist Church, Wed from 12 noon. Two course meal followed by coffee & biscuits for just

St Giles Luncheon Club, Bramphope 1st Wed in month Oct-June. Two course, hot, homemade lunch. 12.15pm at St Giles. Details: Mary Burnell 0113 267 1742

Bethel Evangelical Church Otley & Ilkley meets every Sun,10.30am at Whartons Primary School (off Newall Carr Road), Otley & 6pm at Ilkley Playhouse, Weston Road, Ilkley. Details: Pastor Martin Woodier 01943 464631 www.bethelotleyilkley.com Bramhope Village Service Sun 13 June, 10am in the grounds of Bramhope Primary School. A service for all our community led by St Giles Church & Bramhope Methodist Church. Join us for this annual outdoor service.

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

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breakfast every Sunday, 9am at United Reformed Church, Main Street, Burley-in-Wharfedale. Details: Mirella 01943 465 353 Together Communion Sun 27 June, 9.30am at St Giles, Bramhope. A family friendly celebration of Holy Communion with ‘Time Out’ activities for children. SUPPORT Arthritis Care (Otley & District) meets at St John Ambulance Meeting Room, Gay Lane, 1st Wed of month, 2 – 4pm. People of all ages with arthritis, or an interest in it, most welcome. Details: 01943 466428. Arthritis Care Leeds Branch Meet 3rd Tues of each month, 7 - 9pm at St Chad’s Parish Centre, Otley Rd, LS16. £2 incl refreshments & raffle. New members welcome. Details: Pat 0113 275 7694.

Otley Spiritualist Church Church services: Tues healing 7.30pm; Wed healing 2.30pm; Sat Service 7pm (clairvoyance); Sun Service 6.30pm (divine). 38 Newmarket Street, Otley.

Diabetes Leeds Support Group Friendly group of people with Type 1 & Type 2 Diabetes & their partners/ carers, meets 1st Mon of the month (except bank holidays) at West Yorkshire Playhouse, 7 – 9pm. Details: Joan Wells 0113 225 4528.

Rise & Shine @ 9 Everyone welcome. 30 minute cafe-style worship, ideal for all ages. Informal, friendly, light

Families Need Fathers meets 7.30pm, 2nd Wed of month at Victoria Hotel, Great George St, Leeds. A support &

advice group for parents trying to maintain & develop relationships with their children following divorce or family breakdown. Details: Don 07981 710179 or Ray 07921 728747. Leeds Coeliac Group 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 Macmillan Cancer Support New fundraising group in Otley. Details: Laura Riach 01924 232444 lriach@macmillan.org.uk National Association for Colitis & Crohn’s Disease (Leeds) Brings support to people with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), their friends & families throughout North & West Yorkshire. They hold 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 The Forget Me Not Cafe For people with dementia & their carers. 1st Wed of month 1.30 – 3.30pm at Yeadon Cricket Club, (behind the Swan Public House) High Street, Yeadon, £1 incl. raffle & refreshments. Details: Jean Deeming 01943

472004, Dawn Perkins on 0113 231 1727. Wharfedale Cardiac Club (affiliated with British Heart Foundation) is open to former cardiac patients & their partners. Opportunity to take part in exercise classes under supervision of qualified instructors. Meets Mon, Wed & Thurs at Wharfedale General Hospital. £2.50 Details: Clive Wilkinson 0113 267 1721. TALKS & DISCUSSIONS Yorkshire Archaeological Society (Family History Section) Sat 19 June,11am at 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 on 0113 263 9540

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MISC/EVENTS Abbeyfield Open House Sat 12 June, 10am & 2pm at The Beeches, Newfield Drive, Menston. Details: www.menston. org Blood Donor Sessions Wed 9 June, The Grove Centre, New St. Horsforth, 2 – 4pm & 5 – 7.30pm. Expert Patients Programme runs courses for people with long term health problems, unpaid carers, families of children with health problems, disabilities or other challenges, & mental health problems. The aim is to help people cope better. Details: 305 7591 epp. account@nhsleeds.nhs. nhs.uk Family Barbecue Sat 19 June, 5-8pm in the garden at Menston Methodist Church (weather permitting), indoor backup at Cornerstone. Everyone welcome. Bread buns/teacakes & drinks provided. BYO food etc. Details: 01943 871 909, Tues & Thurs 9.30am – 1pm. Fashion North Wed 2 – Fri 4 June, Left Bank, Cardigan Rd, LS6. Showcasing student work from Leeds Uni, Leeds College of A&D, Harrogate College of Fashion, Huddersfield Uni. Exhibitions, networking, arts market & nightly fashion shows. Open: 10am –

5pm; Fashion shows 7 – 9pm. Home Grown Otley Community gardening & food group. Helping each other grow vegetables, herbs & fruit. Speakers, visits to local food producers & much more! Meetings 1st Mon of each month, 7pm at Otley Courthouse. Details: Rob 01943 468664, godfreyrob@yahoo.com. Honey Bee Swarms will be collected free of charge, if accessible, Details: Terry Beddows on 0113 268 8231. Hopes & Dreams Choir Concert, 26th June, Otley Methodist Church. Presenting the musical “The Rock” which is the story of Simon Peter. Tkts £5/£2 kids. Send cheque payable to “Otley Methodist Church” with a SAE to Hopes & Dreams Choir event, c/o 76 The Whartons, Otley, LS21 2BS. Hope Pastures Horse & Donkey Sanctuary Weetwood Lane, LS16. Visitors welcome 10.30am – 3pm, guided tours Wed 11am. Free admission. Dotty & Angel, mini 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 Meeting Rooms & Hall

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To Hire Mon – Sat at Robert Craven Memorial Hall, Old Lane, Bramhope. Would suit educational/leisure classes/activities/concerts/dances/children’s parties/wedding receptions. Details: Paul 0113 2843361, ewartlewis@ googlemail.com, www. robertcraven.org.uk Number Plate Security Sat 19 June, 9.30am the Fairfax Club, Menston. Local police team offers to secure your car number plates. Free. Details: www.menston.org Otley Courthouse looking for volunteers in all areas. If you would like to help, get in touch. No experience necessary, all ages welcome! Details: Irene Lofthouse 01943 467216 ochvolunteers@hotmail.co.uk Pool Village Hall Hire the excellent facility with hall, kitchen & meeting room. Ideal venue for children’s parties, receptions, dances & events. Details: Tim Robson 0113 284 3437 tim. robson@yahoo.co.uk Spring Ball Sat 26 June at Leeds 17 in Alwoodley. Pre-dinner drinks, 3 course meal, disco, raffle, bingo. Proceeds to Pool Cricket Club & Pool School PTA. Tickets £35. Details: Mel Jones-Gerrard 07738 011 998, mel.gerrard@btconnect. com, Emma-Jane 07786 117058, Parsons76.parsons@googlemail.com

Talking Magazines Anyone blind or partially sighted can obtain these monthly cassettes by contacting Leeds Cassette at Shire View Centre, 72 Headingley Lane, LS6 2DJ or calling 0113 270 9130. Volunteers Wanted! For new Yorkshire Cancer Centre Charity Shop based at Bexley Wing, St James’s Institute of Oncology. Details: Aanika Dhillon 0113 206 8620 volunteer@yorkshirecancercentre.org.uk. Volunteers Welcome! At Hope Pastures Horse & Donkey Sanctuary, Weetwood Lane, LS16, for a range of tasks besides stable-work - gardening, repairs, welcoming visitors, sorting donations, making produce to sell, helping at events. Details: phtrust@fsmail.net Wesley Hall at Otley Methodist Church Available to local organisations & charities for fundraising purposes every Fri, 9.30-11.30am. Cost: £15. Details: Pauline Dobson 01943 466 751. World Cup Sweepstake Poster Have some fun & raise funds for Leeds Teaching Hospitals – incl. Leeds Children’s Hospital & Yorkshire Cancer Centre. Free copy: Email details to fundraising@leedsth. nhs.uk


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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.

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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

Tall Tales Winners ................................................................................................................................................................................................... Brown’s Gallery received over 70 entries in their ‘Tall Tales’ art competition. This year’s challenge was to create a picture, in any medium, inspired by a novel or children’s tale. The competition was divided into three categories: age 10 and er. under, 11-18, and 18 and over. Brown’s Gallery exhibited all the eeks entries during the first two weeks d) in May. The winners (pictured) were: Robert Hainsworth of Dewsbury(over 18s), Jade Broadhead, Otley (11 – 18), and Elisabeth Henney, Burley in Wharfedale (under 10s). Runners up included Jan Bulley of Boston Spa and Betty Hesse, Cookridge in the over 18s section; Jodie

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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.

Leading the Fight Against Muscle Disease Relying almost entirely on voluntary donations and legacies to fund its work, the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign leads the fight against muscle disease. It provides free care and support for babies, children and adults affected by the disease, funds world-class research to find treatments and cures, provides grants towards specialist equipment like powered wheelchairs, and campaigns to raise awareness and bring about change. The terms ’muscle disease’, ‘muscular dystrophy’, ‘neuromuscular conditions’ and ‘neuromuscular disorders’ all describe a group of conditions which affect either the muscles, such as those in the arms and legs or heart and lungs, or the nerves which control the muscles. Most conditions are progressive, causing the muscles to gradually weaken over time. People’s mobility is affected and most conditions lead to some sort of disability. The severity of conditions and how they affect individuals varies greatly from person to person. For further information about The Muscular Dystrophy Campaign call 0207 803 4800, email info@muscular-dystrophy.org or visit www. muscular-dystrophy.org H


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Little Shop of Horrors at the Carriageworks ................................................................................................................................................................................................... The LIDOS theatre group is staging ‘The Little Shop of Horrors’ at The Carriageworks from Tuesday 15th - Saturday 19th June, with a signed performance at 2pm on Saturday. This production stars Dave and Jane Collins from Adel. They first met in a LIDOS production of Robinson Crusoe in 1989 and have been keen members of several West Yorkshire theatre companies, including LIDOS, ever since. This will be the first time since that first meeting that they have starred together. Jane is playing the timid florist Audrey who inadvertently raises a plant that feeds on human blood, whilst Dave plays

her fiendish boyfriend Orin. “It’s been great fun during rehearsals”, said Jane. “We have not played opposite each other since we first met. Our children are looking forward to seeing us playing a couple on stage!” Jane has several songs including the great love song ‘Suddenly Seymour’. Dave’s character is a sadistic dentist. “Playing everyone’s worst nightmare dentist is fantastic! The treatment Orin gives is he thankfully not available on the NHS!”

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FEATURE

Home Improvement

You only need to turn on your TV to see how much we love our homes. Shows like Grand Designs and Extreme Makeover have become hugely popular as more and more of us look to improve where we live and stamp our own personality on the space. Given the state of the housing market, and the prospect of some good weather, this could be the perfect time to undertake a little renovating, revamping or refurbishment!

Add Some Stylish Upgrades

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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There’s never been a better time to improve your home. Kitchens have always been a great family gathering place. Updating it by removing partitions so kitchen and dining room are open plan creates a great sense of space and modern living.

When looking into home renovations, Penelope recommends assessing the work carefully by getting a professional evaluation from an architect/ building surveyor. After getting a good, reliable estimate, you should investigate planning permission and also look into grant funding to see if there’s any available to offset the costs. This is especially worthwhile looking into if any of your renovations fall in line with green initiatives. Indulge Yourself!

Consider a Conservatory or Loft Conversion

“The addition of an extension, conservatory or loft room is a great asset”, says Penelope. “Additional rooms can increase the value of your property when you come to sell and allow you to accommodate your current needs.”

Adding a specialised room to your house can make a nice little project but also boost the value significantly. Wet rooms within bathrooms have become very popular, but converting rooms, lofts or basements to accommodate your hobbies is also a great idea. Perhaps a games room, crafts room, art or music studio would add an exciting new element to your home.


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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.

Introduce a Little Razzmatazz!

Of course, major structural renovations or pricier specialised rooms aren’t the only way to give your house a little razzmatazz. “It’s very easy to completely transform your home by just painting the walls a different colour, or even just one wall!” says Zara Bentley, an interior designer with Inside the Box.

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, or fully design and plan a a qualified tradesman, none of simple room, to months them will cost a fortune for a very high end, no and are a lot cheaper compromise solution in than moving house! “Lots of planning is needed to work out a dedicated room.” viewing angles, space for all the equipment, So whether you’re acoustic treatments and the interior look Obviously, certain types knocking down walls, and feel”, says Simon. “It can take two to of rooms work better building a wet room, for this type of project. dreaming about relaxing three days to fully design and plan a simple Rooms with lots of in your very own cinema, room, to months for a very high end, no light, large expanses or just adding a lick of compromise solution in a dedicated room.” of glass or tiled floors paint, there are plenty of are poor acoustically, ways you can improve so are not ideal. “But your home and make the we can work around most of your space. Zara recommends assessing your those problems”, says Simon. “By space carefully to see if it could Contacts: introducing black out blinds and be put to better use. For example, Simon Milner-Moore treatments such as soft panelled if you have a particularly large Blind Colour, walls and heavy rugs, you can living area, it might benefit from www.blind-colour.com really improve acoustics.” being broken up into different / 01924 372004 For high quality rooms with easy zones for eating and watching TV. Penelope Tiffney to use controls, mood lighting “This could be done by building a Spatial Designs, and good quality equipment, stud wall, with a door or arch to www.spatialdesigns.com / cost can run anywhere from £10link the two spaces”, says Zara. 01423 540620 250K, but it is possible to do it “Alternatively, clever use of some Zena Bentley cheaper. wicker or fabric screens, or even Inside the Box, a shelving unit can have a great www.inside-thebox.com / While it is quite a major project, effect.” 01977 683858 the results, as you can see in the picture, are stunning. ......................................................................................................................................................................................................

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Micro-generation is fast becoming a buzz word. With the cost of energy soaring and concern for the environment mounting, more and more people are looking at what steps they can take to reduce their carbon footprint and ultimately save themselves some money. Micro-generation, small scale power generation designed to provide power for a family home or small business, is one answer. The Government recently introduced ‘Feed-in Tariffs’ (FITs), a Clean Energy Cash Back scheme to provide an incentive. Under this scheme, energy suppliers make regular payments to householders and communities who generate their own electricity from renewable or low carbon sources, such as solar photovoltaic (PV) panels or wind turbines. The scheme guarantees a minimum payment for all electricity generated by the system, as well as a

separate payment for the electricity exported to the national grid. The payments are index-linked, tax free and guaranteed for 25 years and are in addition to the savings made by using the on-site generated electricity. Sounds like a win-win situation! As soon as the system is installed there will be a reduction in your electricity bills, in addition to the income from your Feed-in Tariffs. Daniel Lang of Electrotect UK Ltd., who specialise in solar photovoltaic renewable energy installations, regularly advises people on how to apply for the FITs scheme and the expected rate of financial return. “We believe we have a responsibility to the environment to cut down CO2 emissions”, said Danny. “This scheme has made micro-generation accessible to a far wider range of people.”


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household distribution board. Our installation causes little disruption and, depending on the size of the job, can be up and running well within a week.” Perhaps soon, microgeneration will be incorporated into every new build and we will all become less dependent on power generated using fossil fuels or nuclear. That’s an idea we might have laughed at ten years ago.....it seems far more achievable now. For more information, or a free energy consultation, contact:

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Renewable energy is worth your effort Renewable energy sources, like solar electricity, can help you to save money over the long term and help prevent climate change. They can work alongside fossil fuels such as gas, oil and coal. Unlike fossil fuels they produce little or no carbon dioxide (CO2) one of the biggest causes of climate change. ....................................................................................................................................................................................................

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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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June 2010

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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36 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

FILM

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

By Brendan Campbell

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 (& a horse influence!). uence


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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.

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. Life

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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 and at weekends to provide some extra activities for children. I would not want these experiences and memories to be denied to future generations. Mind you, I have to admit that some of my older former pupils do also remember my 1970s fashion statement of moustache, mullet hairstyle and flares!! Stephen Boothroyd Headteacher Adel Primary School

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St Joseph’s Launch New Website

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t Joseph’s Primary School in Otley celebrated the launch of its new website in a special assembly attended by Greg Mulholland MP and website designer Mr. Kieran Bentham from Dataphiles Ltd. ICT co-ordinator James Garden led a ‘Communication’ assembly prior to inviting Mr Mulholland to talk to children and parents about their exciting new website.

“The school now has a website that we can all be proud of”, said Jean Smith, head teacher. ‘I would like to thank Mr. Bentham and Mr. Garden for all the effort that went into the design and construction of the site.”

St Mary’s Win Aire Wharfe School League

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ongratulations to St. Mary’s Menston 1st XV rugby team who recently defeated Horsforth School 26-0 to win the Aire Wharfe School’s U18 League title. The whole squad brought their best game to the pitch and treated the crowd to an excellent match. St. Mary’s scored a total of four tries, two to Adam

Roebuck (wing), one Toby Tremlett (2nd row) and one for the very influential standoff Harry Garforth. Three conversions by Ben Lambert ensured the St. Mary’s team an impressive 26-0 victory. The team completed 15 fixtures during the season, winning 10, losing four and drawing one.


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Rotary Club Hands Out Awards

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David Lewis, President of the Rotary Club of Otley Chevin, had great pleasure recently in presenting a Rotary Youth Leadership Award to Prince Henry’s student Luke Rothery, and a Rotary Youth Sailing award to Caitlin Frazer, a student at St Mary’s, Menston. Luke was sponsored by Rotary Club of Otley Chevin to participate in the Rotary Youth Leadership Award, a professionally run course held at Hebden Hey Activity Centre, Hebden Bridge. It offers an opportunity to enhance leadership skills and personal development by experiencing a mixture of outdoor pursuits, problem solving, and communication. Caitlin was sponsored to join the crew on the James Cook ocean-going yacht. She was recommended by her head teacher as being the ideal candidate to develop the objectives of Rotary Youth Sailing, which include setting and achieving goals, team working skills and mutual trust, sense of equality, fairness and respect for others, confidence building and a range of seamanship and sailing skills.

Prince Henry’s Celebrates Tenth Anniversary of Chinese Partnership ............................................................................................................. Students at Prince Henry’s recently welcomed students and staff from Xuejun High School, Hangzhou, who spent a week living and working alongside their host partners. The visit follows the outgoing exchange trip to Hangzhou in October last year. The packed programme included visits to York, Haworth, the National Coal Mining Museum and the National Media Museum, as well as a reception by the Lord Mayor of Leeds. Hangzhou is the ‘sister city’ of Leeds and Prince Henry’s was the first Leeds school to establish a partnership with the city in 2000. The Chinese visitors also spent time in class and sampled lessons which are not part of the curriculum in China, such as food technology, where they learnt to cook flapjacks! Prince Henry’s has established over a dozen partnerships with schools around the world, and was the first Leeds high school to be awarded the prestigious International School Award from the British Council. It was also one of the first schools in the country to introduce a course in Mandarin Chinese.

A Blooming Welcome at Prince Henry’s!

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On Monday 7th June students from Prince Henry’s will be helping Otley In Bloom and Courtyard Planters to plant up the wooden planters for the front of the school. This project is being funded by the Otley Council Wellbeing fund. The idea is to improve the

environment at the entrance to the school, which will have an impact on student, staff, parents, and visitors to the pool and school, as well as members of the community who take part in the community education classes.


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“Following the recent earthquake in Haiti and the tremendous work done by Shelter Box, I decided to raise money for a shelter box”

Bramhope’s Scarecrow Hunt is Back – with Books!

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Bramhope Primary School’s Scarecrow Hunt returns for the third year running on Saturday 3 July, with a fun walk around the village in search of books, starting from school at 10.30am. They would welcome scarecrows from everyone in the village. Could your favourite book be made into a scarecrow? The Bramhope Book Hunt will take place before

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Otley Explorer Scout, Keir Carver, recently did something that he hadn’t done since he was five years old – had his hair cut short! Keir, a pupil of Prince Henry’s, hadn’t had his hair short for nearly ten years, but during the annual Wharfedale District Scouts St George’s Day Service, he braved the scissors for the charity Shelter Box. “Following the recent earthquake in Haiti and the tremendous work done by Shelter Box, I decided to raise money for a shelter box”, said Keir. “They cost about £500 each and give vital aid to people affected by disaster. Each box contains a tent, cooking utensils and water purifying equipment for up to 10 people.” Well done to Keir for braving the scissors for such a great cause!

– 2pm), complete with cream teas, tractor rides, stocks, barbecue and Ye Olde English Wipeout! Last year the event raised £2,500, which was used to help fund an outdoor Reception classroom. Full details on the PTA pages of the school website: www.bramhope.leeds.sch.uk, or contact Debbie Newman on diva5135@hotmail.co.uk

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Adel Toddler Group Local group of parents & pre-schoolers (0-4 yrs) meets Fri 10 – 11.45am (term time) at the Stables, behind Adel St John Church, Back Church Lane. Craft, music & toys for toddlers, cuppa & treats for mums, dads & grandparents. Details: adelplaygroup@gmail. com Baby Rascals Are you a new Mum? Would you like to meet other new Mums & enjoy a cup of coffee? Then come to the Parish Room at Otley Parish Church Wed 1 – 2.45pm (term time). Details: 01943 463815 Chevin Wildlife WATCH Group Fun kids & parents group run by volunteers in partnership with Yorkshire Wildlife Trust & one of the longest running WATCH Group in Yorkshire. Activities every 1st Sat & 3rd Sun. Details: Jennifer Watts on 0113 237 5320, chevinwildlifewatch@ hotmail.co.uk La Leche League of Wharfedale meets 1st Fri of month, 10am to noon, lower hall, Christchurch, The Grove, Ilkley. Breastfeeding help & support. All women interested in breastfeeding welcome – babies & young children too. Free, but donation to running

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costs welcome. Details: Ruth 01943 461 051. Little Rascals Toddler & parent/carer group meets every Wed during term- time at Otley Parish Church 9.30 – 11.15am Toys, refreshments, craft table. Free. Details: 01943 463815 Mend Free Programme to help families get fitter, healthier & happier. For 7 – 13 year olds above healthy weight & their families. 4 – 6pm at Leeds Trinity University College. Details: 0800 230 0263 Menston Scouts Lots of activities for boys & girls aged 101/2 – 14. Thurs 7.30 – 9pm (term time). Details: Charlie Barnes 01943 878920, Ashley France 01274 411142 Multi Skills Club Tues during term time, 4 – 5pm at Leeds Trinity University College, Horsforth. Ages 6 – 9. £2 a week. Details: Trinity Fitness Sports 0113 283 7155. Mums & Toddler Wed 9.30 – 11.30am at St Giles Church Hall, Bramhope. Details: Nicci Shay 0113 267 4884. Mums & Tots Group meets every Tues 1 – 3pm in term time at Bramhope Methodist Church Hall, for play, chat & a cup of tea!

Cost £1 per family. Otley Children’s Centre Provides free groups & information for parents & carers of children aged 0 – 5. The centre is open 9am – 5pm all year round. Groups include: stay & play sessions, baby signing, mini-movers, baby cafe, parenting courses & many more. Details: 01943 467379, hargrad02@leedslearning.net Otley Rhythmic Gymnastics Club Rhythmic gymnastics is a combination of gymnastics & dance using ropes, hoops, balls, clubs & ribbons. Classes for girls aged 3 - 18 are held Thurs at Otley Courthouse & Mon, Wed & Fri at Benton Park School. Details: Karen 07947 123293, karenharper8280@ talktalk.net Rock Solid & BASE Youth Groups Rock Solid (Yrs 6 – 8), & BASE (Yrs 9 – 13) run on Sunday evenings as a joint venture between Bramhope Methodist & St Giles Church. Details: Nick 0113 284 2063 Scouts Six Dales Walk 2010 Sun 26 Sept. The 53rd annual walk starts 6.30am at Settle College. Open to Scouts, Guides, Explorers, leaders & support-

ers. It traverses some of Yorkshire’s finest scenery. Are you up to the challenge? Seniors – 42 miles, Juniors – 23 miles. Details: Chris Milestone at crjmilestone@ntlworld.com, www.sixdales.co.uk Spot is 30! Mon 21 June, 2 – 3pm at Otley Library. Special story time to celebrate Spot’s 30th birthday. Details: 01943 466572. The Owls New citywide informal childminding group that aims to: offer support & training; share information; & organise social events. Membership £5 a year. Details: 0113 240 2956. Toddler Praise Wed 3 June, 10am at St Giles Church, Bramhope. Come sing, dance & make noise in praise! Followed by refreshments.

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Marathon Des Sables Success!

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Back in April, we told you about Ian White, a dentist from Meanwood who was preparing to do the Marathon des Sable, the toughest footrace on earth. We’re pleased to report, that Ian completed the race and made it home in one piece!

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.

You can still sponsor Ian by going to the Facing Africa website and clicking ‘donate online’. Then click ‘I’m sponsoring a competitor’ and enter ‘Ian White’. Facing Africa website is www.facingafrica.org

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The trail is full of contrasts, with high heather moorland and quiet field paths, riverbanks and reservoirs, and spectacular sites like Jervaulx Abbey and Middleham Castle. Towns, villages and hamlets along the way provide opportunities for refreshment or overnight accommodaton. For a copy of the new guidebook, complete with maps, full directions and photographs, and details about Otley’s Walkers are Welcome group, visit www.waw-otley.org.uk

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Janet Street-Porter Launches the Six Dales Trail & Opens the 10th Otley Walking Festival

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Otley Badminton Club Goes from Strength to Strength ...........................................................................................................

Otley Badminton Club has almost doubled in size in the last year. With a larger pool of players to draw from, the club has had a successful season, culminating in the first team gaining promotion to the 1st Division. Next year, the club will focus on strengthening league teams to play in higher divisions. The Junior club will relaunch coaching sessions for 11-16 year olds in September. For more information contact Steve Norfolk on 07860 242089, info@otleybadmintonclub.co.uk. or www.otleybadmintonclub.co.uk

Janet Street-Porter will be outside Otley Civic Centre at 9am on Saturday 26th June to launch the new Six Dales Trail and declare the 10th Otley Walking Festival open. The Walking Festival runs from Saturday 26th June to Sunday 4th July, with a choice of nearly 50 walks and events for all ages and abilities. Take on the Six Dales Walk or opt for special interest walks like Wild Food in Chevin Forest Park, Red Kite Walk at Harewood, or a Bat Talk & Walk. There are also bird, geology and pub walks, walks designed for toddlers and much, much more. For further information, pick up a programme at Otley Courthouse, the Library, Tourist Information Centre or local businesses, or visit www.waw-otley.org.uk or www.chevintrek.co.uk.

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