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Dear Readers, It’s always fascinating to see the variety of things going on in our area. The Leeds International Film Festival is about to get underway – launching with the fabulous new Wuthering Heights and screening over 300 other films. It’s time again, too, for the Leeds Gathering – a celebration of Celtic music and arts. A new Ale Festival is planned for Headingley in December, celebrating Yorkshire beers. We take a light-hearted look at looking good for the festive season. And, we bring you news of new services, numerous Christmas fairs and charity events, exhibitions, performances and much more. Christmas really is rapidly approaching and next month we are going to take a look at one of the things closest to our hearts during this season...... food! We look forward to hearing about what will be going on in your neck of the woods. Please send us your news by 1st November. The deadline for December advertising is 4th November Kind regards

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Campaign Presents Petition to NHS Trust

Wharfedale Hospital Campaign gathers over 3,000 signatures

13 Otley Science Fair Everything from geology to engineering, explosives to entertainment!

24 A Black Heathcliff?


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NORTH LEEDS LIFE 265A OTLEY RD, WEST PARK, LEEDS, LS16 5LN Support Wharfedale Hospital Campaign recently presented a petition signed by over 3,000 local residents, to the Leeds Teaching Hospital NHS Trust at Wharfedale Hospital. Representatives of the campaign, including Greg Mulholland MP, presented the petition, which opposed the decision to close Ward 1 at the hospital, and asked that the Trust commit to Wharfedale Hospital’s long term future as a genuine community NHS hospital. Support Wharfedale Hospital Campaign also organised a public meeting, attended by representatives of the Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust (LTHT), when the closure was announced and wrote to NHS Leeds calling for them to work with LTHT to come up with an alternative community use. “Handing over the petition demonstrates the huge anger that the closure of Ward 1 has caused, as well as how much support there is from the local community”, said Charlie McKewan, coordinator of the cam-

paign. “I want to thank all those who helped collect names including local shops, businesses and pubs. I hope that the Trust will now take note and work with NHS Leeds and the local community to secure the long term future of the hospital.” “The way the decision to close Ward 1 was taken was unacceptable”, said Greg Mulholland. “I hope that the fact that 3,000 people signed this petition demonstrates the strength of feeling locally about this. Ward 1 is still sitting idle, which makes no sense for either the hospital or the community. The challenge for NHS Leeds is to work with the Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust to come up with a viable use. “I believe that NHS Leeds should look seriously at putting intermediate care beds in there. Whatever happens they can’t have a hospital like this – after all the investment and promises of it being a real community hospital – with a ward sitting empty and the Support Wharfedale Hospital campaign will continue until the hospital is properly utilised.”

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“Irene has raised a great deal of money for such a great cause and she deserves this award”, said Greg. “I have attended a number of the concerts she has organised at Prince Henry’s and they have been a great success. Saturday’s concert at Yeadon Town Hall was no exception. I hope the concert at Prince Henry’s in November is as sucStuart Andrews MP, Irene Willis, Flight cessful.”

Irene Willis was recently honoured for her service to the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal. Irene has organised concerts at Prince Henry’s Grammar School in Otley for over twenty years, raising significant amounts of money for the Appeal. The concert on 15th October at Yeadon Town Hall was particularly special. Celebrating the Royal British Legions 90th anniversary, there was a performance from the band of the Royal Airforce Regiment. The event was also attended by two Chelsea Pensioners Greg Mulholland, MP for Leeds North West, and MP for Pudsey, Stuart Andrew praised Irene for all her hard work and presented her with her award.

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Children and Christmas Go Together The Leeds group of UNICEF UK aims to bring children and Christmas together by staging a super Christmas Gift and Craft Fair on Sat 12th November, 10am – 3pm at St Edmund’s Church Hall, Lidgett Park Road, Roundhay, LS8. Entry just £1. The fair will feature a huge variety of stalls, including knitwear, jewellery, cakes and preserves, ceramics, plants, wooden gifts, books and toys, as well as UNICEF cards and gifts, and of course a cafe. UNICEF hopes to help you in your search for that elusive ‘just right’ Christmas present, and at the same time you will helping the most disadvantaged of children. There are so many children around the world lacking clean water, vaccines to prevent distressing illnesses and the opportunity to have safe, free primary schooling to help lift them out of poverty. UNICEF is there to help them and is at the forefront of emergency responses to disasters. For more information contact: 0113 266 5036 or



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Then, in the evening, Kings Hall will rock to the sound of the legendary Showaddywaddy. The band was delighted to come along and help with the appeal. With over 50 Top of the Pops appearances and numerous industry awards, it is still one of the best known bands in the UK. The Christmas Get Fayre runs from 10am – 4pm, admission £2 adults/ £1 concessions (includes tea/ coffee and a Christmas snack!). The Showaddywaddy concert starts at 7.30pm (doors open 6.30). Tickets (£20) are available from Ilkley Tourist Information Office, Station Road, Ilkley, phone 01943 602319 or from Councillor Nigel Francis on 01943 463467.

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Re-ablement Service Helps to Get Angela Back on her Feet Like many people, Angela enjoys socialising with friends and going out for meals with her husband. But she couldn’t have done either of these things a few months ago. Angela suffered a bleed to the brain and a stroke which left her unable to walk, wash herself properly or use a knife and fork. She spent time in St James’, in the Intensive Care Unit at Leeds General Infirmary and in Chapel Allerton Rehabilitation Unit. The SkILs team, part of Adult Social Care’s Re-ablement Service, became involved after she left hospital. The team helps people to regain the ability to do some or all of the activities they could do prior to an accident or illness. The

struggling and becoming impatient with herself. “Nothing has been done by us - it’s all been done by Angela with our support”, explained Liz, one of her re-ablement workers. She is keen to stress that it’s very much a team effort. Angela has also had help around her home with assistive technology, such as a grab stick, a walking trolley, and has recently had a bath lift fitted. “I’ve come on in leaps and bounds since I had the walking trolley”, she said, “and I was dreaming of a bath!” From twice-daily visits from the team and having to live downstairs, Angela now needs only one visit a

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day and is able to move around her house. “I’m really, really happy”, she enthuses. “They’ve been so supportive. I can’t thank them enough.”

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Designer Craft and Vintage Fair at Otley Courthouse Otley Courthouse is excited to welcome you to our new Designer Craft and Vintage Fair in Otley on November 13th, to fundraise for the Courthouse and offer some very special Christmas shopping.

This is a first for the community, as sixteen highly skilled designer craft makers bring us a range of lovely hand-made work – including prints, ceramics, textiles, jewellery and soaps. Vintage stalls will also be in the building for the day, offering one-of-a-kind fashion and accessories. Visitors can browse the stalls, pick up special gifts for loved ones, and enjoy tasty local cakes and tea in the Courthouse café. Local designer SewYou will also be on hand, holding friendly craft workshops where visitors can learn to make festive holiday bunting. To book for the classes, call us on 01943 467466 – places are very limited, so please book early to avoid disappointment. You can find us on Facebook at Designer Craft Fairs at Otley Courthouse, or shout us on Twitter @OtleyCourthouse to find out more!

ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS.......IS BEAUTIFUL TEETH! In the 1950s, according to the hit novelty song at the time, the wish was just for ‘two front teeth’ – today you can wish for so much more and actually have it happen. With the advances in materials and techniques in dentistry today, almost anything is possible, and the results are producing dramatic effects and boosting confidence for thousands of people – and I can attest to that!

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Straightening in weeks not months Remember the days when straightening teeth required wearing a fixed brace for months and months? Now there’s LR – the smallest and most discreet of tooth appliances for straightening front teeth. It’s so easy to use and only needs to be worn for 14-16 hours a day – including during the night, so it won’t affect your business or social life. And, it does the job in about 14 weeks!

A new veneers system Having completed an intensive course of lectures and workshops in Switzerland, Dr Chris Siddons of The Burley Dental Suite in Burley-inWharfedale, is one of the first dental surgeons in the UK to use a brand new system of direct veneers called Componeer. These can be placed in just one visit to the surgery –giving you the smile you’ve always dreamed of, instantly! They are the perfect solution to correct minor imperfections and Chris has also used them to close small gaps between teeth.

These extremely thin veneers (0.3mm) require less preparation of the teeth and Chris uses a special technique in bonding the Componeer to the tooth surface, ensuring that there is almost no risk of the veneers coming off. In addition, Componeer costs almost a third less than traditional veneers and that can’t be bad!

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Time for Some Tapas! It could have been Barcelona! Cast your mind back to that fabulous week at the end of September. Temperatures were breaking records and everyone had jumped back into their summer clothes. We wandered down Greek Street in Leeds and you really could have thought you were in some sunny Spanish city – people poured out into the street sipping on cold beer and wine, the restaurants had thrown open their doors, everyone was all smiles. Time for some tapas to accompany that cold beer! And look at that........there’s La Tasca, Spanish music drifting out the door, adding to the temporary holiday atmosphere on Greek Street. Inside the restaurant seemed brighter – gone were the red walls. Taking advantage of the warm evening we sat by the open doors and started examining the menu. The worst thing about tapas is it is so hard to choose! The great thing about it is you can try so many different things! They suggest choosing three dishes each – which we did, then threw in another for good measure! There were king prawns sizzling in chilli and garlic-infused oil; salt baked langoustines; and corn-fed chicken breast, cooked with smoked paprika, chorizo, mixed peppers, and onion in a white wine and cream sauce. Then a ‘superfood’ salad with red quinoa, lentils, avocado and tomatoes, marinated in infused lemon oil; mushrooms sautéed in garlic and white wine; and a fabulous mixed bean, orange and mint salad. The king prawns were suitably spicy and the langoustines delicious (although I do sometimes wonder if all that peeling is worth the trouble – on second thoughts, yes it is!). The smoked paprika and chorizo gave the chicken a unique, rich flavour and the ‘superfood’ salad was a revelation. I admit I expected miracles after eating it, but I’m still waiting! I loved the mixed bean salad – so cool and fresh and perfect for that Indian Summer evening. 12 November |

Only the mushrooms were a slight disappointment – I’m sure some people would love them, but I craved a little more ‘umph’. All in all it was a very enjoyable evening. The service was amazing and we were lucky enough to hit upon one of their ‘tasting’ evenings and were treated to tastes of paella, manchengo cheese, cured meats and sherry. Oh, order bread with your tapas – not only is it great bread, you’ll need it to mop up all that lovely sauce. La Tasca, 4 Greek Street, Leeds, LS1 5PT. Tel: 0113 244 2205

Another Otley Science Festival is Set to Thrill You

Nothing’ with the 19th Step Theatre Company, in which the Everyman Explorer ‘meets’ famous pilot Amelia Earhart to explore the extent of the universe. Sound, image, text and mathematics create a unique experience!

Otley Science Festival is rapidly approaching and tickets are selling fast! There’s something for everyone during the week – from geology to engineering, explosions to entertainment! Otley’s own TV scientist, Marty Jopson, starts the week on Monday 14th November at The Courthouse with a family show at 7.30pm. Tuesday is Science Café night, and on Wednesday Dr Tim Needham will explain how geologists have changed our view of the world at the Science Lunch (12.30pm).

Plants and their secret language are the speciality of Professor Sue Hartley, well-known from her Royal Society Christmas lectures. You can hear more about how plants defend themselves from being eaten by animals (and us!) from Professor Hartley at the Courthouse on Friday 18th November at 7.30pm.

On Thursday 17th November, 7.30pm at the Courthouse, the Science Festival offers ‘Everything and

Programmes for the 4th Otley Science Festival are available now. Call the Courthouse on 01943 46467466 for more information or drop in to pick up tickets any time between 10am and 4pm, Monday to Saturday.


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Bird Watch with Stan Kenyon

Flocks of rooks and jackdaws, separately or together, perform acrobatic flight manoeuvres as they assemble to forage in the autumn fields. Rooks are off-black medium-sized birds with greyish-white skin round the bill base and ragged thigh feathers. In contrast, jackdaws are smaller and more compact with shorter legs and bill and a grey patch on the back of the head but otherwise black. Two of the commoner members of the crow family, they are birds of open cultivated country. They roost in large gatherings in woods from which they disperse daily to agricultural land. Rooks nest colonially in their rookeries in tree tops in open country or in villages or the edge of towns. Also colonial, jackdaws nest in holes in old trees and cliffs and often in towns and villages, typically in chimneys

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GARDENROUND-UP ROUND-UP By Kath Hall, Paxton Horticultural

............................................... There’s still plenty to do in the garden! Leaves, which started falling in September and are still dropping, need to be cleared. Punch holes in black plastic sacks, fill them up and set aside to rot down. Add some to the compost heap. If they are wet, you’ll often find worms – add them too.

BUILDING A GARDEN FOR CHELSEA Friends of Roundhay Park Illustrated Talk

For the past three years, Leeds has submitted gold medal-winning entries at the RHS’s Chelsea Flower Show, the most prestigious horticulatural event of the year. Two of these gardens have been recreated at Roundhay Park, alongside a previous silver medal winner and two other previous entries.

Shrubs planted for winter interest are now coming into their own. Salix and Cornus show off their coloured stems, ranging from greens to reds. Winter flowering Heather Mahonias and Vibernum bodnantense ‘Dawn’, with sweet perfumes, are always welcome on a dull day. Various grasses, including perhaps a Pampas clump with white showy plumes, always look good. Look round for variegated and evergreen shrubs to plant now for year round interest. Garden ponds need attention too – clear end of season debris, cut down surrounding perennials and fork over the soil. Pumps can be removed, serviced and stored until next year. Stop feeding fish, if there are any, until Spring. Place a ball on the surface to stop ice forming over the whole surface. There’s still time to plant tulips but don’t leave it much later! Plant them either in pots or in the ground. If squirrels are about, cover with wire netting until the shoots appear.

The year-long journey from concept to construction of a gold medal-winning show garden will be the subject of a talk, arranged by the Friends of Roundhay Park (FoRP). This will take place on Tuesday 15th November, 7pm in the Education Centre, adjoining the Mansion. Martin Walker, a horticulturalist and garden advisor who was a senior manager with Leeds City Council’s Parks department, will discuss the complexities of designing, delivering and exhibiting at Chelsea.

Clean out the greenhouse and bring in any pots of tender plants for over-wintering. If unheated, wrap the pots with bubble wrap and cover with fleece (especially if we are in for a winter like last year!). Give beds a good covering of mulch from the compost heap to keep weeds at bay – winter or no winter they always manage to survive! There’s still the odd flower and vegetable show around – the last ones of the year. Do visit these as they are a good window for what can be grown. There is always someone on hand to give advice and who is more than willing to help.


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With more than 120 different types of brain tumour, is it any wonder that this disease, which kills more people under 40 than any other type of cancer, is so hard to diagnose? Brain tumour research is vital, yet remains desperately underfunded. Recently 34 women from all over Yorkshire, all of whom had been affected by brain cancer in some way, got together through Brain Tumour Research and Support (BTRS) and produced an elegant, semi-nude calendar, using little more than hats for cover! Their aim is raise funds to enable the recently launched Translational Neuro-oncology Group at Leeds Institute for Molecular Medicine (LIMM) not only to continue, but also to grow and develop. “Only through research will a difference be made to those who have experienced brain tumours, whether as a patient or as a fam-

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A Winter Appeal for Hope Pastures In winter, Hope Pastures’ feed and bedding bills treble. There is no grass so the horses’ diet has to be supplemented with hay. The animals are stabled, which means more clean, dry bedding is needed, and the older horses need lots of special feed to keep them happy and healthy through the cold weather. Some horses need warm waterproof coats and these regularly need cleaning and repairing. The day to day running of the sanctuary costs a lot of money. Just to give you an idea: painkillers to ease arthritis in an old horse costs 60p per day, they use 50 per week. A sack of carrots costs £1 and they use a sack per day. They use five sacks of pony nuts a week at £6 a sack. A sack of chopped hay, for horses with few 16 November |

or no teeth, costs £8 (four a week). Horses hooves need to be trimmed and balanced – £375 every eight weeks. Winter straw costs £50 per week; shavings bedding for horses with dust allergies - £30 per week; waterproof horse coat £60-£100; transport to collect a needy horse or donkey – £50 per journey.

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THIS FESTIVE SEASON The festive season is rapidly creeping up on us once again. ‘The most wonderful time of the year’ definitely brings with it a significant amount of stress and can leave you feeling tired, drained and generally ‘blah’. Rather than waiting ‘til January 1st to make some resolutions, why not start the process of looking and feeling good now so you’ll be at your best throughout the holiday season? Here are some tips to help you do just that.

BOOST CONFIDENCE Change your hairstyle – there’s nothing like a new hairstyle to put some pep in your step. It doesn’t even need to be a drastic change but a touch of colour or a hot new cut will give you a boost. Obviously, choose a hairdresser you can trust to avoid any pre-Christmas hair disasters – no one wants those photos to live on forever on Facebook! Compliment others – something we hardly do enough of. Think someone looks good today? Did a good job? Is wearing a nice pair of shoes? Tell them! It’s pretty much guaranteed you’ll make the person’s day and you’ll boost your own confidence in the process by fighting your fear of speaking to strangers. Do something that takes you out of the hum drum of every day life for an hour or so a week. Join a club – sing your heart out in a choir, jump into a discussion in a book club, or kick a ball about with a local team – Photography: Paul Dishman www. you’ll meet new people and give your confidence a boost.

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poets prepare for a journey of a lifetime. Forty five teams, with over 400 individual poets converge on downtown Washington, all competing for the title of Slam Champions.

ART OF GOLD SUPPORTS SAVE THE CHILDREN EAST AFRICA APPEAL Art of Gold, on New Road Side, Horsforth, is hosting a sparkling Christmas Show featuring 20 of the UK’s most collectible and creative jewellery designers from Friday 4th November – 21st January, and 10% of the profits will be donated to Save the Children for their East Africa Appeal.

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We Are Poets, a striking film about six remarkable young poets who represent the UK at the world’s most prestigious poetry slam in the US, won the Youth Jury Award at Sheffield Doc Fest, 2011, nominated alongside established directors like Werner Herzog (Cave Of Forgotten Dreams, 2011). The film, by debut directors Alex Ramseyer-Bache and Daniel Lucchesi is cinematic, honest and deeply personal. It is a moving testament to the power of creativity, community and the dynamism of young people. Over the course of a year, We Are Poets follows six members of Leeds Young Authors (LYA), a grassroots youth organisation founded in 2003 in Chapeltown. They have been chosen to represent the UK at Brave New Voices, the most prestigious poetry slam competition in the USA. From their inner city lives to a stage in front of the White House in Washington DC, the 22 November 2011 |

Leeds Young Authors promotes active literacy, social, political and cultural awareness and offers the opportunity for young people to develop their abilities as confident writers and performers across race, class, gender, culture and sexual orientation. For the last eight years LYA have offered free literature and creative writing workshops. They participate in ‘Poetry Slams’ and won the 2010 UK national slam. Every year they organise their own local individual slam and high school team slam with teams of poets from high schools in Leeds. At the individual slam the winner of the event is given a place on the team that will travel to America to compete at Brave New Voices. For more information, visit, or

Whenever they can, Art of Gold supports Fair Trade and local charities, but this year they opted to support this vital appeal. In addition to 18ct handcrafted gold designs by Seth Gardener (who set up Art of Gold seven years ago), the show will also feature the work of other local and national silversmiths. This year Seth has also produced a silver ring and pendant for the Save the Children Charity, loosely based on his iconic cascade ring and etched with the words One World.

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Ilkley and Otley Choral Societies Join Forces for Seasonal Favourite On Saturday 10th December, Ilkley and Otley Choral Societies will join forces to present a seasonal favourite, Messiah, by GF Handel. The concert will be held at the lovely St Margaret’s Church, Queen’s Road, Ilkley, at 7pm. The singers will be accompanied by the Yorkshire Chamber Ensemble, leader Sally Robinson and the conductor will be Alan Horsey. The concert is presented in association with Ilkley and District Arts Federation. Tickets are available from The Grove Bookshop, Ilkley, from members of the choirs or from 01943 602724



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The 1939 film version of Wuthering Heights starred Laurence Olivier as Heathcliff and Merle Oberon as Cathy. It is a love story with added ghosts, full of well-dressed characters talking posh. Olivier gives us a Heathcliff starkly different to the one in the enigmatic, original novel. It was certainly not ludicrous, like the one played by Cliff Richard in a musical version, but it was not the one in Emily Brontë’s mind, the one we can only guess at that is, because she was an intensely private woman not given to explanations. Her Heathcliff is violent, obsessive and consumed by a desire for power and revenge. He beats Isabella after he marries her and hangs her dog. A romantic hero or what? So how did Emily picture him? Would it have been someone like Tom Hardy, Timothy Dalton, or Ralph Fiennes, just three of the many white actors who have played the part? Sometimes they had black hair, sometimes faces darkened a little with makeup. I think that Andrea Arnold might be close to the mark with James Howson star of the recent award winning film adap24 November 2011 |

tation. Mr Lockwood says in the first chapter that he is ‘a dark-skinned gipsy in aspect’ and Mr Linton says in Chapter Six:

built with the enormous wealth which came from slave–powered plantations – Harewood House for example.

‘Oho! I declare he is that strange acquisition my late neighbour made, in his journey to Liverpool—a little Lascar, or an American or Spanish castaway.’

She may well have known about black anti-slavery campaigners like freed slave Olaudah Equiano, whose autobiography was a best-seller in the late eighteenth century, and the American Frederick Douglass, who spoke in Leeds in the year before the first publication of Wuthering Heights in 1847. More black people lived in England in her time than people realise. A black Heathcliff subjected to racism and beatings is very credible.

A Lascar was a seaman recruited from places like Bengal. Thousands lived in England in the Brontës’ time, many with white British wives. The young Heathcliff speaks ‘gibberish’ when he first comes back with Mr Earnshaw. So which language is it? Bengali? Roma? An African language? A strong patois from Jamaica? Emily would have been well-acquainted with the evils of the slave trade (Liverpool was a slaving port) through her father Patrick, an admirer of the anti-slavery campaigner William Wilberforce MP, who had sponsored him when he was a poor student at Cambridge University, and she would have known about the magnificent Yorkshire houses

Wuthering Heights has won Best Cinematography at the 68th Venice International Film Festival and will screen on Thursday 3rd November at Leeds Town Hall as part of the 25th Leeds International Film Festival. Contributed by Richard Wilcocks Richard Wilcocks is ex-Chair of the Brontë Society who runs a blog at

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the Learning Studios into an exhibition of sculptures inspired by Clare’s exhibition and works in the collection. Day trip to Brimham Rocks 12th November, 9.30am – 5pm. £45 full day or £7/£5 talk only. Explore the inspirational Yorkshire landscape with a guided tour at Brimham Rocks followed by a talk at the gallery with Dr Christine Finn, introducing the work of Jacquetta Hawkes in relation to the Clare Woods exhibition.

Since opening in May this year, The Hepworth Wakefield has welcomed over 250,000 visitors! In addition, it was recently awarded Best Architectural Achievement at The British Design Awards 2011. This autumn, The Hepworth presents an exhibition of new works by British painter Clare Woods, The Unquiet Head, which runs until 29th January 2012. Using photographs taken at Brimham Rocks and Ilkley Moor as a starting point for her large-scale paintings, Woods’ work responds to the size of the gallery spaces, measuring up to 10.5 metres long and six metres high. They transcribe what she sees as magical elements of the landscape, such as rock formations, natural pools and twisted vegetation. An integral part of the exhibition is a collection of works by Barbara Hepworth, Paul Nash, John Piper and Graham Sutherland from the Wakefield,

Artwalk: Nu Folk 30th November, 5 – 9pm. Free. An evening of Nu Folk music in the galleries, plus Yew Tree Youth Theatre – a perfect opportunity to see Clare Woods’ exhibition after hours as part of Artwalk. Sharing platters and bar service in gallery cafe. Tate, Arts Council and British Council collections selected by Clare Woods. A series of events and activities is planned to complement the show, including – The Family Sculpture Show 5th/6th November, 11am – 4pm. Free. Families can drop-in and help to transform

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Limelight Brings Ding Dong to the Carriageworks Bernard Marcellin learns that his wife is having an affair with Robert Regnier. Robert’s wife is completely in the dark until Bernard tries to deal with the situation by inviting the couple to dinner. Add a glamorous call-girl and a long suffering maid into the mix and the stage is set for complications galore in a whirlwind French comedy of marriage and manners. The play has been adapted by Tudor Gates from the French ‘Sexe et Jalousie’ by Marc Camoletti. Limelight’s production of Ding Dong is directed by Malcolm Taylor and will be performed at The Carriageworks Theatre, Millennium Square, on Wednesday 9th, Thursday 10th

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LIFF25 Opens with Stunning Wuthering Heights

The new version of Wuthering Heights, filmed on the North Yorkshire Moors will open the 18day (3rd – 20th November) Leeds International Film Festival (LIFF), with a gala screening at Leeds Town Hall on Thursday 3rd November. The film which stars Leeds newcomer James Howson as Heathcliffe and Kaya Scodelario, star of ‘Skins’, as Cathy, has already been hailed as ‘stunning’ by film critics and picked up the award for Best Cinematography at the Venice Film Festival. “I’m delighted that the 25th Leeds International Film Festival will open with one of the most talked-about films of the year, and one with strong associations to the Yorkshire region”, said Chris Fell, Director of Leeds International Film Festival. “Andrea Arnold’s raw interpretation of Wuthering Heights is a powerful experience and like none that has come before.” Over 300 films from around the world will be screened in this 25th anniversary year. Paul Merton will be one of the big-name guests appearing – he will present a night devoted to silent film comedy.

LIFF25 features a superb programme of over 300 films, including breathtaking British cinema, outstanding world cinema, cult archive presentations, spine-tingling live music events, thought provoking documentaries, ‘wondermental’ experimental cinema and a selection of special events – from Paul Merton’s Silent Clowns at Leeds Town Hall on Wednesday 9th November, to the Thought Bubble Festival which celebrates comics and graphic novels, gaming and storyboarding. Other highlights include the popular horror-themed Fanomenon Night of the Dead XI which returns on Saturday 5th November to Hyde Park Picture House, and Fanomenon Day of the Dead 5 at the City Varieties. Tickets for LIFF25 are available in person from the City Centre Box Office at The Carriageworks Millennium Square, by phone on 0113 224 3801, and at www. The 25th Leeds International Film Festival is presented by Leeds City Council and funded by the MEDIA Programme of the European Union, the British Film Institute and Screen Yorkshire.

SOUND & VISION Unless you’ve been residing in a remote cave for the last few months it’s unlikely to have escaped your attention that Ryan Gosling is pretty hot property at the moment. The guy is everywhere and exuding the kind of Hollywood hunk mojo that has been clogging up internet message boards and reducing grown men and women alike to giddy, giggling schoolgirls. His is the name on everyone’s nervously trembling lips.

DRIVE Directed by: Nicolas Winding Refn Starring: Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, Albert Brooks, Ron Pearlman. 100 mins Cert: 18

In this ultra stylish LA crime caper Gosling plays a man with no name, referred to only as ‘The Driver’, an enigmatic, intense (and intensely cool) stunt driver for movies who also moonlights as a getaway driver for local hoods. Despite his butterwouldn’t-melt demeanor ‘The Driver’ is shown to have a heart not entirely made of stone when he develops a fondness for his neighbour, Irene (Carey Mulligan), and her young son. Unfortunately, this burgeoning relationship is complicated by the fact that Irene’s jailbird husband, Standard, is soon to be released. When he arrives home we learn he still owes protection money to some really bad guys who require him to pull off a pawn shop heist to settle his debt. Wanting to do the best thing for Irene, ‘The Driver’ offers his services to help out. However, Standard and ‘The Driver’ are double crossed and the heist goes awry. And then things get bloody. Really bloody. I must say that after the effusive hype that preceded its UK release, I expected more from Drive. It’s not a bad film by any stretch but nor is it a modern pulp fiction crime classic. There is much to like here, the excellent cinematography for one thing. Los Angeles hasn’t been so sumptuously and lovingly depicted on screen since Michael Mann’s films Heat or Collateral. Also pleasing are solid performances by Albert Brooks as the local crime boss and Ron Pearlman as his brutal, thuggish enforcer. Since I last saw him Brooks seems to have morphed into a thick set, craggy Gene Hackman type and the always-watchable Pearlman is a

joy, his oversized cartoonish features making you realize how little make-up work was required to transform him into Hellboy.


And Gosling does strike an iconic figure as ‘The Driver’ channeling a bit of vintage Steve McQueen cool. But Bullit this ain’t. Firstly, this is hardly Gosling’s best performance, for that check out his superb Oscar nominated turn in Half Nelson. It may just be that his role in Drive doesn’t have him doing a great deal. ‘The Driver’ is a pretty tight lipped kind of guy so the dialogue is pretty thin on the ground but, most infuriatingly, he doesn’t actually do that much driving! I’m a bit of a sucker for a good car chase and I’m afraid to say Drive left me wanting. That said, I’m unlikely to do as one US moviegoer did recently and attempt to sue the distribution company because it wasn’t like The Fast and the Furious (true story).


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It seems to me that Drive was on its way to being a lurid and exhilarating ride but took a wrong turn somewhere. The pacing is all askew and the plot (or narrative ‘drive’, for want of a better term) unfolds incrementally between long, lingering shots of Ryan Gosling looking handsome and cool and not doing or saying much. It’s as if even the cameraman has become besotted, “Screw the next scene, I can’t take my eyes off this stud!”. For my money the whole thing could’ve been considerably tightened up during the editing process. So I was a little underwhelmed, no doubt due to the high hopes I had going in. It looks great and the sporadic action is handled with verve and assurance. It’s pretty good, not great, not terrible but, y’know, pretty good. I’d probably see it again but I’m not sure if I’d run a red light to do so. | November 2011 29


THE LEEDS GATHERING: A CELEBRATION OF CELTIC MUSIC & ARTS The Gathering, a ten day celebration of Irish arts and culture kicks off in Leeds on 10th November. Dozens of events including music sessions, film, literary and educational events will be taking place at venues across Leeds, bringing some of Ireland’s finest artists to the city. Organised by the Irish Arts Foundation, the programme is designed to appeal to both those of an Irish background and the wider community with an interest in music and the arts. It features some of the most dynamic local, national and international performers and artistes in the world of Irish and Celtic arts. Belfast- based traditional supergroup ‘At First Light ‘, described by the Irish Times as a ‘dream team line up’, will play Seven Arts on Sunday 13th November.

Otley Courthouse features virtuoso guitarist and button accordionist Tim Edey (formerly of the Sharon Shannon Band & Lunasa) on Sunday 20th November. Tim has an exceptional musical ear which allows him to play the most demanding instrumentals in any style you throw at him. Alongside him is Kiwi harmonica player and composer Brendan Power, with support from piano accordion legend, Karen Tweed. Eddi Reader and Alan Kelly, with special guest Kieran Goss, will play the City Varieties.

Two community ceilidhs will be taking place with a fine line up of visiting session musicians (including Ciara O’Sullivan, Vanessa Millar and Kevin Corbett), a lecture from Professor Harry White of University College, Dublin, and the UK Premier of the Irish Film The Other Side of Sleep. For further information and full details of the programme, contact Irish Arts Foundation on info@ or visit www.

CHANTEL MCGREGOR - YOUNG BRITISH BLUES ARTIST OF THE YEAR Universal Music’s recent centenary album ‘100 Years of the Blues’ features a host of the world’s most iconic blues artists - Eric Clapton, BB King, Billie Holiday, Robert Johnson – the list is an impressive roll call of household names. The final (and longest) track of the album, Help Me, is from a name you might not know yet, but should certainly look out for: Chantel McGregor. At just 24 years old, Chantel has just been voted Young Artist of the Year by the British Blues Awards, an amazing achievement and testament to her outstanding talent. She certainly challenges any preconception you might hold of a blues guitarist: she’s young, gorgeous and from Yorkshire! 30 November 2011 |

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Mambo Jambo Tues 1 Nov at The Junction, Bondgate, Otley. Acoustic, multiinstrumental roots duo. Cabaret Every fortnight (Wed 2, 16, 30 Nov), 8.30pm at Burley in Wharfedale Social Club. Great music & dancing, covering swing, rock ‘n’ roll, pop, ballads & ballroom. Swan Songs with Gloria Thurs 3 Nov at The Swan Addingham All musical styles from folk to blues, rock & more contemporary tunes. Floor spots available at every Swan Songs on a first come first served basis. Huong Thanh: Traditional Music of Vietnam Fri 4 Nov, 8pm at Otley Courthouse. A great interpreter of traditional Vietnamese song, with a range of traditional instruments. £10/£8 in advance, £11/£9 on door Time Warp Sat 5 Nov at The Swan Addingham. Local band playing mainly 60’s covers. Memphis Sat 5 Nov at Midland, Station Rd. Ilkley. 50’s style rock. We Ghost Tues 8 Nov at The Junction, Bondgate, Otley. Anglo-Swedish threepiece with tight three part harmonies & hypnotic guitar sound. Ian McNabb Fri 11 Nov at Korks Wine Bar, Bondgate, Otley. Singer/songwriter from Liverpool. Founder/lead singer with chart toppers The Icicle Works. £10 advance / £12 on door The Agnew McAllister Duo Fri 11 Nov, 7.30pm at The Manor House, Ilkley. Classical concert for flute & guitar, incl. Italian Baroque music, Irish & Scottish traditional music, plus Tangos & Choros from South America. PIAF - The Songs Fri 11 Nov, 8pm at Otley Courthouse.

Edith Piaf’s life & songs with Eve Loiseau, Fiona Barrow (violin) & Edward Jay (accordion). £14/£12 in advance, £15/£13 on door

The Hallé, Leeds Festival Chorus, Leeds Philharmonic Chorus Sat 12 Nov, Leeds Town Hall. Bruckner Motets & Mahler’s Symphony No 2. Details: 0113 224 3801, www. Valkyrie Sat 12 Nov at The Swan Addingham. Five piece rock band playing everything from Chuck Berry to Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix & The Clash! Night Patrol Sat 12 Nov at The Midland, Station Rd. Ilkley. Great covers band covering everything from 60s to present. The Wild Hogs + Wang Dang Doodle + DJs Paul Conner & Gip Damone Sat 12 Nov, 8pm at Meanwood Working Men’s Club (opp. Aldi, Stonegate Rd). Tickets (£6 advance/ £8 on door) available from 1 Nov from Oxfam Books, Headingley. All profits to Caring For Life. Janis Ian Mon 14 Nov, 8pm at City Varieties. Her ethereal vocals, poetic wordplay & sublime melodies stand the test of time. Big Fat Kill Tues 15 Nov at The Junction, Bondgate, Otley. Part singer/songwriter, part rock ‘n’ roll, part contemporary acoustic, fuelled by the songs of Jon Palmer. Nick Harper Fri 18 Nov at Korks Wine Bar, Bondgate, Otley. Described as ‘one of the finest guitarists of his generation. A folk troubadour, & acoustic balladeer, with a touch of rock ‘n’ roll. £10 advance / £12 on door The First Farewell Tour: Adrian Edmondson & The Bad Shepherds Fri 18 Nov at City Varieties Music Hall.

Inn Jeopardy Sat 19 Nov at The Swan Addingham. Rock, pop, blues, country. Abdullah Ibrahim Sat 19 Nov, 7.45pm at Howard Assembly Room, Grand Theatre. Solo piano, he ‘combines rich harmonies I traditions of South African Township music with the creativity of jazz & proficiency of classical music’. £20 Monitor Sat 19 Nov at The Midland, Station Rd, Ilkley. Blues/rock band. Warsaw Philharmonic Sat 19 Nov, Leeds Town Hall. Moniuszko Overture: Paria; Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto; GóreckiThree Pieces in the Old Style; Beethoven Symphony No 5. Details:224 3801, www. The Charlie Speed Band Sat 19 Nov at Korks Wine Bar, Bondgate, Otley. One of the UKs finest blues guitarists & a fine singer/ songwriter. £7 on door Tim Edey & Brendan Power Sun 20 Nov, 7:30pm at Otley Courthouse. Playing guitar, button accordion & harmonica, improvising folk & demanding instrumentals.£10/£8 in advance, £11/£9 on door. The Gypsies Tues 22 Nov at The Junction, Bondgate, Otley. Five piece classic rock band from Lincoln. Mike Peters Fri 25 Nov at Korks Wine Bar, Bondgate, Otley. Best known as lead singer of The Alarm, now also a folk/roots performer in his own right. £10 advance / £12 on door York Waits Fri 25 Nov, 8pm Otley Courthouse. Reviving bands as they were in 16th century, with instruments from Tudor times to present day. £10/£8 in advance, £11/£9 on door. Steve Phillips & Brendan Croker Sat 26 Nov at Korks Wine Bar, Bondgate, Otley.

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It’s Behind You Sat 26 Nov at The Midland, Station Rd. Ilkley. Above Average Weight Band Sat 26 Nov at The Swan Addingham. Playing ‘the raw rock of others….. only better’! Courthouse Rocks Sat 26 Nov, 8pm at Otley Courthouse. Live music from the best local, regional & national rock acts. £6, age 18+ Five & Dimers Tues 29 Nov at The Junction, Bondgate, Otley. A mix of Old Time, Bluegrass & Country, topped off with exceptional harmonies Leeds Bluegrass Club Last Thurs of each month, from 8.30pm at The Grove Inn, Back Row, Holbeck (off Water Lane, below City Square). Live, acoustic, Americana/ Bluegrass/ Country music. Resident Bands + Guests. £3 on door. Picking sessions in back rooms, musicians welcome. Details: John 267 0761, Kevin 267 7040. Group Inerane + FlowerCorsano Duo Sat 3 Dec, 7.45pm at Howard Assembly Room, Grand Theatre. Two ecstatic & transcendental rock units from West Africa. £10. Boo Hewerdine Fri 2 Dec at Korks Wine Bar, Bondgate, Otley. Frontman of ‘80s pop band The Bible & songwriter for Eddi Reader, KD Lang, Paul Young & Natalie Imbruglia. Accomplished live performer. £10 advance Nigel John – Elton John Tribute Sunday 4th December, 8pm at Otley Courthouse. £10/£8 in advance, £11/£9 on door


Jordan called up INTERNATIONAL CALL-UP FOR ST. MARY’S ATHLETE for Scotland squad On 24th September, 15 year old Georgia Malir

St. Mary’s Catholic High School student Jordan Hendrie was recently called up for the Scotland U16 Football squad for the Victory Shield Tournament against England, Wales and Northern Ireland. In the same week, he was also signed by Bolton Wanderers FC from Bradford City.

from St. Mary’s Menston ran in an England vest for the first time at the Commonwealth Mountain and Ultra Distance Championships in Llanberis, North Wales.

Jordan is the fifth St. Mary’s student in the last five years to be called up for International Junior Football team duties (Tom Taiwo - England, Aidan White - England, Luke Hendrie - England, Niall Canavan - Republic of Ireland).

Georgia ran in the U16 England team in the Home Countries Championship Mountain Race – an up and down course of 315m ascent covering 6.31km. She was placed fifth and second England counter. The England U16 team of three runners won UKA Champs gold medals.

Great Start to Rugby Season for St. Mary’s U12s The St. Mary’s U12 Rugby Union team kicked-off their season in the Aire Wharfe Schools Competition with a clean-sweep of victories in the five team festival at Benton Park in September. They defeated local rivals Guiseley B 20 – 0 and their A team 5 – 0 in a closely fought contest. With No 8 Chris Jackson and second-row Jake Holberry to the fore, the St. Mary’s team took on hosts Benton Park. A fantastic

game of attacking rugby saw Jackson, Holberry (centre), Charlie Fletcher (wing), Laurence Patterson and Joe Stafford (scrum half) completely dominate their

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GUISELEY GIRLS JFC SCORE FOOTBALL FOUNDATION GRANT Guiseley Girls, the female section of Guiseley Juniors FC providing football for girls aged five to 14, was recently awarded a £5,000 Grow the Game grant by the Football Foundation, the country’s largest sports charity. A totally non-profit FA Charter Standard Community football club, Guiseley Juniors is run solely by local volunteers. Over the past four years, Guiseley Girls JFC has grown from one team with 12 members to eight teams with approximately 90 members. Last season, the club was awarded the West Riding Girls Football League Club of the Year Award, in recognition of its development, retention

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and quality of service. This grant will enable the club to continue its expansion plans and develop new teams at U7. It will also be able to recruit more coaches and ensure the new teams have the facilities for the future. It is envisioned that with this and other development schemes, the number of girls participating will increase by approximately 30% during the next season and almost double over the next three years. The requirements of the Charter Standard will also be maintained, with the provision of coach training, first aid and safeguarding children courses. “This grant is a great boost for

the club”, said Donna Stringer, Girls Football Mentor. “The benefits will be seen for many years by the girls of the local community.” For more information about the girls’ team, please contact Donna Stringer at donna@ or visit


Notices Baby Rascals Are you a new Mum? Would you like to

meet others & enjoy a cup of coffee? Come to The Scout Hut on Burras Lane, Otley, Wed 1 – 2.45pm (term time). Details: 01943 463 815.

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, HENRY Course Find out about healthy food & lifestyles on a ‘Health Eating & Nutrition for the Really Young’ course. This fun course could be the way to do it! Details: Otley Children’s Centre 01943 467379 Inventions going BANG! Mon 14 Nov, 7:30pm at Otley Courthouse. Family science show for ages 7+, with Marty Jopson, BBC’s One Show scientist. Mess, bangs & explosions! Part of Otley Science Festival. £7/£5 Otley Children’s Centre Provides free groups & infor-

mation 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,

Otley Film Society presents Toy Story 3 Thurs 22 Dec

at Otley Courthouse. Christmas fun for the whole family. £4/£2

Otley Junior Orchestra (ages 8 – 12) Thurs 3.30 – 4.30pm. Details: 0113 462826 Young People’s ‘Winter Wonderland’ Club Night Sat 3

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A Yorkshire Christmas Carol Fri 9 Dec, 7.30pm at Otley Courthouse. A Yorkshire twist on the traditional Christmas Carol, with original songs, puppetry & local stories from BadApple Theatre Company. £9/£7 in advance, £10/£8 on door.


Leeds Masters League Raises More Money for Annabelle Rose Trust

St. Gemma’s Zumbathon St Gemma’s Hospice is planning a Leeds Zumbathon on Sunday 19th February 2012. The hottest fitness craze at the moment, the Zumbathon will be held at The Grammar School at Leeds, Alwoodley, 10am – 1pm. Not only could you be taking part in a fun and exhilarating Zumba session - it will be for three hours and it will be sponsored!

Leeds’ growing Masters Rugby League community converged on Old Modernians, Cookridge, on Sunday 23rd October in aid of local schoolgirl Annabelle Rose Wardleworth. The Masters’ format - a modified version of the game for players over the age of 35 - has made rapid strides this year and around 100 of the city’s rugby league ‘legends’ assembled in Cookridge to compete in the Annual Annabelle Rose Challenge. The event was first held as a cross-code fundraiser in 2010 to help raise money for six year old Annabelle, who was born with Quadriplegic Spastic Cerebral Palsy, to travel to America for life-changing surgery. Thanks to the support of many donors and sponsors and the tireless efforts of her parents, Annabelle successfully underwent surgery in January this year and, as a result, was able to walk for the very first time. In order to maintain her progress, Annabelle needs regular intensive physiotherapy. “Unfortunately there’s no provision for the level of support that Annabelle needs”, explained her dad and Leeds Akkies Masters player Ben Wardleworth. “It’s down to us to raise the money so she will be able to lead a normal and active life.”

Don’t panic though – the workouts are interval (slow then fast) and there will be lots of chances to get your breath back and ready for the next section. You don’t need to be able to dance, you can even be a complete beginner in dance and fitness – it’s perfect for those who don’t exercise and want to get involved. The event is open to both male and female participants and you will burn up to 2,400 calories!

The event was hosted by Leeds Akkies RLFC in conjunction with Leeds Rugby Foundation. As development manager Sam Horner commented: “We’re proud to be able to come together to help one of our own. The Masters format has been hugely successful in recent years and much of that is because of the camaraderie and pride shared between all the competing players.”

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Damian Gibson Joins Old Modernians Old Modernians Rugby Club has a notable addition to their 1st Team. Former professional Wales and Leeds Rhinos player, Damian Gibson has joined the club, and helped kick start the club’s season with a win over Burnley on 1st October. Gibson, an Australian by birth, has played for a variety of super league clubs including Leeds Rhinos and Castleford Tigers. The former Welsh international currently coaches the Leeds Rhinos under 20s squad.

Pete Swims Channel and Raises £12,000 for Penny Field Having trained for two years, Pete Windridge-France from Horsforth recently completed his cross Channel swim in the great time of 17hrs,18 minutes – despite encountering an eel, shoals of glow fish, hundreds of jellyfish, and being followed by a lonely seal! Pete undertook the swim to raise money for Penny Field Special School on Tongue Lane in Meanwood, where his severely disabled son Archie (8) is a pupil. He set out to raise £8,000 but to date has raised just shy of £12,000! It is

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COMMUNITYNOTICES COMMUNITY ACTIVE Addingham Yoga Circle Meets Mon 7.30 – 9.30pm at Addingham Primary School, Bolton Rd. (term time). All welcome, including beginners. Friendly club for all who want to benefit from practising Hatha yoga. Details: Margaret 01943 431248 Dance Scottish in Ilkley Scottish Country Dancing, Thurs 2 – 4pm at St Margaret’s Church Hall, Queen’s Rd, LS29 9QL. Beginners welcome. No partner necessary. Details: Don Andrews 01535 605065, donald@hbandrews.fsnet., or Nadine Wharton 01943 600860 www. 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 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. Horsforth Fellandale Running Club trains every Wed, usually on Otley Chevin. Runners of all abilities welcome. Details: Andy 0113 258 5691, Ilkley Yoga Club Meets Thurs, 7.30 – 9pm in Riddings Hall, Christchurch, The Grove, Ilkley. A friendly club where both beginners & those with experience can enjoy Hatha yoga. All welcome. Details: Margaret 01943 431248

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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: Roger 0113 267 4716, Sara 0113 287 6250.

Sailing Crew of Six Wanted for competitive sailing on east coast. Purpose built sports sailing boat, safe & stable in all weathers. Racing most Sun, Feb – Oct 2012. Transport available from Leeds. No experience necessary. All ages welcome. Details: 07973 512562 adelsailing@gmail. com tecnica/phuket-sports8.asp

Leeds YHA Walking Group organises walks, cycle rides, weekends & social activities. Over 160 members aged 20-74. Try before joining. Membership £8 pa. Details: Mary 0113 228 6766, Phil 0113 268 9996 www.

Sequence Tea Dance Old Pool Bank Village Hall, Fri 2 – 4pm. A great way to exercise & socialise. All welcome. Details: 0113 284 2126.

Otliensians Hockey Club Looking to get fit and have fun? Look no further - we do both! Women’s teams in both Yorkshire 1st & 5th divisions. Training Thurs 7 - 8pm, Ben Rhydding sports ground. Everyone welcome. Details: Sue 07793 841822 or www. Otley Badminton Club Prince Henry’s Mon 7.30-9.30pm & Fri 8-10pm. Junior Club coaching available Sat 9.30 – 11am, New members welcome. Details: Steve Norfolk 07860 242089, steve. Otley Short Walks For All Walks up to 3 miles start from Otley Courthouse Wed am. Please arrive before 10.15am. Often use local buses, so bring bus fare or bus pass. Sensible footwear advisable! Details: 01943 465542, 01943 865585. Otley Walkers Twice weekly walks, 5 – 20 miles. Weekends away & special events. New members welcome. Annual membership £5. Get the prvogramme & try before joining. Details: 01943 875 995, otleywalkers@

Sequence Tea Dances at Winter Gardens Ilkley most Thurs, 1.45 – 3.45pm. Pay at door. Details: Michael 01943 608871 Wharfedale Wayzgoose Tues 8.30 – 10pm, Wesley Hall, Walkergate, Otley. Energetic Mixed Border Morris. New dancers & musicians welcome. No previous experience necessary. Details: Anita Walker squire@, Malcolm Hills 01943 462605/ 07918 611614, bagman@ White Rose Squares American Square Dancing. Sun 7pm at Pannal Memorial Hall, Harrogate. Fun, sociable & good exercise. Music everything from Country & Western to modern pop. Couples & singles welcome. Details: Geoff 01423 870221, Jackie 01423 500525 Yarnbury Angling Club Matches held 1st Sun of month. Members only. Coach transfers to & from venues. Membership details: Adrian Addy on 07956 964713.

ARTS & CRAFTS Chinese Brush Painters Society Sat 12/ Sun 13 Nov: Painting workshops with Xiao Bai Li from Plymouth. All workshops at Pool-inWharfedale Memorial Village Hall, Arthington Lane, Pool, 10am - 4pm. New members welcome. Details: Anne Allan 01422 368482, mail@ Harrogate & Nidderdale Art Club Autumn Art Exhibition & Sale Sat 19 & Sun 20 Nov, 10am – 5pm at Ripley Town Hall, Ripley, Nr Harrogate HG3 3AX. Free admission. Details: Otley Arts Club meets Wed 7.30 - 9.30pm at People’s Welfare Centre, Crossgates. Tutorials, demonstrations, life & figure drawing. Two exhibitions in Nov & June/July. New members welcome. Free introductory evening, then £3 per session. Term of 8 weeks £15. Details: Judi 01943 607088, Phil 01943 467029 Otley Arts Club Autumn Exhibition & Sale Wed 2 – Wed 30 Nov, Mon to Thurs 10am – 4pm at The Old Grammar School (David Bamford Architects), Manor Sq. Otley. Admission free. A print browser will show further work for sale. Cards of artists’ work will also be available. Pool Art Group Fri 10am12pm, Pool Methodist Church. Support & encouragement from fellow artists/all levels. Details: 0113 203 7952 Yorkshire Flower Club Wed 9 Nov: National demonstrator Derek Armstrong, 7.15pm at Harrogate High School, Birstwith Rd. (off Knaresboro Rd) Harrogate. Details: 01423 872617. Wed 7 Dec, Christmas Demonstration by Eileen Barraclough, 2pm at Almscliffe Hall, Harrogate Rd, Huby, LS17. Details 01943 863172


COFFEE MORNINGS, FAIRS & MARKETS Arthington Village Hall Christmas Fair Sat 19 Nov, 10am – 3pm. Gifts, cakes, produce, raffle & much more. Refreshments, Large car park. Free admission. Artsmix Markets 2nd & 4th Sat, 11am – 5pm on Albion Place, LS1. Fabulous crafts & gifts. More dates in run-up to Christmas – Nov: 12, 19, 26; Dec: 3, 10, 17. Coffee Morning Every Sat, Otley Methodist Church Wesley Hall, 10am–12 noon. Homemade cakes, scones etc & a friendly atmosphere. Access Boroughgate & Walkergate (disabled access). Coffee Morning 1st Sat every month, 9.30 – 11.30am Burley in Wharfedale United Reformed Church, Main St. Lots of stalls, incl. home baking, handcrafted cards, bric-a-brac, books & nearly new clothes – all at bargain prices! UNICEF Special Gift Fair Sat 12 Nov, 10am – 3.30pm at St Edmund’s Church Hall, Lidgett Park Rd, Roundhay, LS8. An excellent variety of unusual stalls & gifts GROUPS/CLUBS Air Yorkshire Aviation Society Interested in aviation, aircraft old and new, airports? Why not try Air Yorkshire - regular guest speakers, monthly colour magazine, trips and social events. Details: Dave Senior 0113 282 1818, www. Alwoodley Motor Club Every other Thurs 8.30 – 9pm at The Wharfedale Inn, Arthington Lane, Pool in Wharfedale. All welcome. Details: 0113 391 0403 www.

Budgie Sitters Circle Do you worry about your budgies when you’re away? Join the Budgie Sitters Circle – then you can hand your budgies over to another member & return the favour when they go away, & you’ll know your pets are being well cared for. Details: Lilliane 275 5479, Burley in Wharfedale & District Probus Club New Members Needed! Retired or semi-retired professionals & businessmen welcome. Fortnightly meetings in Salem United Reformed Church hall, Burley in Wharfedale. Varied programme of speakers, social events, quizzes & outings. Details: Brian Clayton 01943 862373 Burley Gardeners’ Association meets throughout the year for illustrated talks & demonstrations. It also organises visits, holds plant sales & publishes the Sprouting Times. Membership £4 families/ £2 individuals. Next meeting: Thurs 10 Nov, 7.30pm Salem Church Hall, Main St. Burley in Wharfedale, for an illustrated talk by Peter & Ann Riley on Sun Lane Nature Reserve Cat loving volunteers wanted! Join friendly new cat welfare group supporting feral & stray cats. Fundraisers needed to raise funds for food, cat kennels & vet costs. Fosterers also needed - full support given. Details: 07876 212 518, feralcarwelfare@aol. com, www.feralcatwelfare. Chevin Antique Society meets 1st Tues of the month (Sept – May), 8pm at West Park Rugby Clubhouse, Bramhope. Speakers on a wide range of subjects. Annual Membership £25. Details: Lis Loach 0113 267 4843, Sally Wilkinson 0113 267 1721 Chevin Division Trefoil Guild meets 7.30pm on 1st Mon of the month in Otley or Guiseley. The group offers a varied calendar of events, with opportunities for travel, adventure & broadening your horizons, & supports Girl Guiding UK. Details: 01943 872892.

Friends of Chevin Forest Park Practical conservation work such as vegetation clearance, step building or meadow management on 2nd Sun of every month. Details: The Countryside Rangers 0113 237 5312 countrysiderangers@leeds. Friends of the Earth meet 1st Mon of month, 7.45pm at DC Coffee Shop, Valley Drive , Ben Rhydding, Ilkley. They campaign on global issues such as climate change, & local issues like waste & recycling & developing a sustainable community. If you are interested come along. Details: www.wharfedalefoe. Home Grown Otley Community gardening & food group. Helping each other to grow vegetables, herbs & fruit. Monthly meetings, speakers, visits to local producers & much more! Details: Rob 01943 468664, home_grown

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. Ilkley Rotary Club meets Tues 12.30pm (6.30pm on last Tues of month) for meal & speaker at Craiglands Hotel. Globaal network of local and international community volunteers. Details: Kelvin Newberry 01943 863752, kelvin.newberry@btinternet. com Ilkley Wharfedale RotaryClub Small friendly club welcomes both male & female members. Meetings held at Craiglands Hotel, Ilkley, Tues 8pm. Details: Georges Lepelley 01943 600712 or www. ilkleywharfedale.rotary1040. org

Italian Section, Bradford Circle for Foreign Languages, meets Tues 7.30 - 9pm , 10 Eldon Place, Bradford. BD1 3AZ. Events include speakers, debates, quizzes, music, games & conversation in Italian. Details: Chris Thomas 07900 988345, Kaleidoscope Social Club for over 50s & unattached with a zest for life. Monthly programme of events. Not a dating agency. Details: 262 1455 or 261 2619, www. kaleidoscopeleeds.weebly. com Kirklands Bridge Club Menston rubber bridge club meets at Kirklands alt Tues evenings. Details: Dorrie Waugh 01943 872771/ Carol Cowell 0113 267 0426. National Trust Airedale & Wharfedale Assoc Wed 23 Nov, 12 noon at Hoyle Court, Baildon – a Celebratory Luncheon for 40th Year of the founding of the association. Janet Bibby, Yorkshire Regional Director will cut the cake. Details: 01274 586 315. Leeds Caledonian Society The ever popular St Andrews Dinner/Dance is on Sat 26 Nov at Castle Grove, Far Headingley. Tickets from 267 4141. Annual Church Service at Headlngley, St Columba URC, Sun 27 Nov, 10.45am. Leeds Feline Friends Can you give a cat in need a good home away from a busy road? Please take a look on www. Details: 216 0593, mail@, PO Box 294, Leeds, LS16 0ES Leeds Horticultural Society meets 1st Tues on month, 8pm at St Chad’s Centre, Otley Rd. Tues 1 Nov - illustrated talk on Winter Flowers & Wildlife Photography by John Gardener. Visitors welcome. Members free. Membership £10 pa single/ £15 pa couples. Details: Pat 0113 225 0030 www.leedshs.


42 Leeds Lions meets 2nd Mon, Holiday Inn Express, Cavendish St. LS3, 7.30pm. Details: 0845 833 7428, Leeds Hospital Alert Small group of concerned people campaigning for preservation of the NHS. Next meeting Thurs 17 Nov, 7.30pm at Muir Court, St Michael’s Rd. LS6. Details: Beatrice Rogers 0113 278 5495 Leeds National Trust Autumn & Winter programme now underway with monthly lectures at St Chad’s, a lunch with speaker, the Christmas Fair, & December coffee morning. Details: Pam 0113 258 8178 Looking for a 41 Club? Ilkley Olicana 41 Club meets at Craiglands Hotel, Ilkley, 7.30pm on 3rd Wed of each month. Open to all those who have been in Round Table. Details: Paul Kitching 01943 604683. paulk152@gmail. com 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. North Leeds Model Flying Club New members very welcome, experienced or beginners. Building or flying, plenty of friendly advice. Regular meetings at Horsforth or airfield at Almscliff Crag. Details: 0113 217 8348, www. 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, events@, www.otleyradio. org Otley in Bloom A friendly group of volunteers who work to improve the green environment of the town. New members welcome. Meetings at Otley Courthouse, 7pm first Tues of every month.

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: 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 Mon each month, 8pm at the Old Cock, Crossgate, Otley. Visit their bookshop at 5 Mercury Row, Otley on Tues, Fri & Sat. New members & helpers welcome. Full social programme. Details: David Homewood 0113 294 8255 david.homewood7@ 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,, www.otley. Otley Poets meet 1st Tues of month, 8pm at Korks Wine Bar, Bondgate, Otley, for poems, drinks & occasional guest poets. Details: Alan Holdsworth 01943 968374, Sandra Burnett 01943 465372, Otley Pub Club meets 1st Thurs of month for a social drink at pub meeting & visit to two other pubs. Everyone welcome. Keep up to date with what’s on in Otley Pubs. Details: http://tinyurl. com/4e6s7zr 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

Paxton Horticultural Society Late Autumn Show Sat 26 Nov, open to public 2 - 4.30pm at Paxton Hall, 186 Kirkstall Lane LS5. Schedule available from Graham Wheatley for those interested in exhibiting. Details: 256 3055, Pool Bridge Club meets on Mon (excl bank holidays),1.15 – 4.30pm at Pool Methodist Church. Trackrod Motor Club Meets 1st Tues of each month, 9.30pm at Old Modernians Club, Cookridge Lane. New Members welcome. Details: Wharfedale Speakers Club meets 1st & 3rd Wed of each month at Cross Green Community Centre, Pool Rd, Otley. New members welcome. Speakers of all ages & backgrounds. Come along & improve your speaking skills. Details: Tony Morris 0113 258 3507 Wharfedale Gardeners Group Meets 7.30pm 2nd Tues of the month (Sept - May) at Otley Methodist Church. Guest speakers, plant sales & trips. Annual membership £10. Details: Thelma Harrison 0113 225 6405. Wharfedale German Circle meets on or near 15th of month at 8pm. Events include speakers, films, debates, quizzes, music, parties & conversation members & visitors (in English or German). Details: 01943 464087,, or visit Yorkshire Malaya & Borneo Veterans’ Assoc. meets 1st Sat of month, 1.30pm at New Headingley Club, St. Michael’s Rd, Headingley. Anyone involved in the Malayan Emergency & Indonesian Confrontation in 50s & 60s most welcome. Represents all units of the armed forces. Details: Eddie Seville 0113 263 7583.

MUSIC 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@ Burley in Wharfedale Probus Male Voice Choir, Burley Catholic Church Hall, Bradford Rd. New rehearsal times: Mon 2.15 - 4.15pm, not mornings as of old. Community Singing Group devoted to the enjoyment of singing & developing voices together. New members (especially men!) welcome – no auditions, no pressure, no experience necessary – just a love of singing in a friendly environment. Every Tues 1.30 – 3.30pm (term time) at the Otley Courthouse. Details: Dave Stewart 01943 461971, Fairfax Singers (Burley-inWharfedale) sing for charities & have helped raise significant funds. If you would like to book a concert please contact Marjorie Hall 01274 597024, Waiting list for singers, contact Dorothy Hawkshaw Musical Director 01943 877464 www. Friends of University Art & Music helps to foster the musical & artistic outreach of the University of Leeds. Membership open to all. Regular activities arranged. Details: 0113 343 2584, www. Horsforth Choral Society Autumn Concert Tues 15 Nov, 7.30pm St Margaret’s Church, Horsforth. Mendelssohn’s ‘Elijah’, conducted by Kathryn Woodruff. Organist Simon Lindley, soprano Una Barry, alto Jennifer Westwood, tenor Stephen Muir, baritone Neil Baker. Tickets (£8/£6 children under 16) from 250 2203 or on door. 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 meets Wed, 7.30 – 10.30pm at Guiseley Factory Workers Club, 6 Town St. LS29. Come along & listen to or play the Club’s Roland AT900c organ & Yamaha PSR S900 keyboard. Concert by Robert Davies Wed 2 Nov, 8pm. Guests £4. Details: 0113 226 5671, www.

Singing is Fun Day Join some of the Harwood Singers with their Conductor, Kath Harwood, to sing at Oxford Place Methodist Church, next to Leeds Town Hall, on Sat 26 Nov, 10am – 3.30pm. £5 per person. Bring sandwiches for lunch. Drinks provided. Money goes to charity. Details: 0113 274 2458

Me-Time Community Singing Group New members (especially men!) welcome – no auditions, no pressure, no experience necessary – just a love of singing in a relaxed friendly, environment. Every Tues 8 – 9.30pm at 7 Newall Mount, Otley. Details: 01943 461971,

Steeton Male Voice Choir Sat 12 Nov, 7.30pm Burley-inWharfedale Parish Church. Tickets £8 incl refreshments, from 01943 466858. In aid of the Burley Bridge Project.

Otley Chamber Orchestra rehearses fortnightly on Sundays, 7 - 9pm at Otley Courthouse. New members (especially upper strings) welcome. Details: john_ Otley Little Theatre Orchestra rehearses 1st & 3rd Wed of each month, 7.30pm at Otley St John Ambulance Station near Sainsbury’s. They play a range of music including musicals, popular & classical & would welcome more musicians. Details: Neil Briggs 07900 050346, aliandneil@briggs6566. Otley Choir for Women’s Voices From Thurs 10 Nov (17, 24 Nov & 8, 15 Dec), 8 - 9pm at Otley Methodist Church, Walkergate. For ladies who love to sing. No auditions, just turn up & sing. £20 for 5 sessions. Details: Sally Egan 07828 307639, sara.egan@ Players for Pleasure offers playing opportunities to adult amateur musicians. All levels, beginners to advanced. All instruments & all ages over 18. New performers especially welcome. Friendly, informal & supportive atmosphere. Details: www.

West Riding Opera has vacancies for chorus members to participate in concerts & staged opera selections. All voice ranges welcome, no audition. Rehearsals Wed, 7.30pm at West Park Centre, Spen Lane. Details: 01274 595978, Wharfedale Recorded Music Meets Wed, 7.45pm, St. John’s Church Hall, Margerison Rd, Ben Rhydding, Ilkley. 9 Nov: Mozart: Cosi Fan Tutte – audiovisual presentation; 16 Nov: A Magical Mystery Tour with Geoffrey Kinder – free event supported by Ilkley & District Federation; 23 Nov: That Went Down Well (incl. music by Chopin) – Chris Byron. Details: 01943 601538, www. wharfedalerecordedmusic. The White Rosettes Female barbershop chorus (four part unaccompanied harmony), 12 x national champions, rehearse Wed 7.30 – 10pm at Moorlands School, Foxhill Dr, Weetwood Lane, LS16 5PF. Details: Jan Spencer 07852 210640, membership@ 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 Ilkley Senior Citizens Club meets Tues, 2pm in the Clarke Foley Centre, Ilkley, for fellowship, entertainment & outings. Just turn up to join in the Concert Hall.

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. Menston Retired Men’s Forum Meetings 1st & 3rd Wed of month, 10am at Kirklands. New members welcome. Details: Ken Chadwick 01943 874530, Geoff Winter 01943 877832. 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; bric- a-brac stall Fri & Sat 9am–12noon. SPIRITUAL 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. 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. Guiseley Baptist Church is a growing welcoming community. A mixture of ages, including children & young people meet at Sunday services at 9.30am & 11.15am. Details: 01943 884 233, www. Free Meditation at Ilkley Happiness Centre, Leeds Rd. Ilkley (above Veggie Cafe). 9.30 – 10.30am Mon – Fri, or 6.30 – 7.30pm Mon – Thurs. Meditations range from guided visualisation, to shamanic drumming, Sufi chanting & healing meditations. All welcome. Details: 01943 601517, www.

Menston Methodist Church Sunday service: 10.30am. ‘Taste & See’, an alternative form of worship, 8pm in Cornerstone Cafe, last Sun of month. Various groups, incl. Wesley Guild, Women’s Fellowship, Wednesday Group & Walking Group meet regularly at Church (details: 01943 871 909). Leeds Theosophical Society Sun 13 Nov: Atma Trasi presents ‘The Story of the TS: A Star is Born’ on the formation & early years of the Theosophical Society. Sun 27 Nov: Janet Hoult on The Dhyani Buddhas – looking at some aspects of this hierarchy of celestial beings.2.30pm at 12 Queen Sq. LS2. Free. Everyone welcome. Details: Otley Methodist Church welcomes newcomers & visitors to their weekly services, Sun 10.30am. Holy Communion 1st Sun of month & 9.30am 3rd Sun. Family Service 2nd Sun. Refreshments after each morning service. Fri shoppers service 10 – 10.30am. Disabled access on Boroughgate & Walkergate. Otley Quakers meet 1st & 3rd Sun of the month, 11am – 12 noon. Details: 01943 463351, Webpage link at www.otley. Otley Spiritualist Church Church services: Tues healing 7.30pm; Wed healing 2.30pm; Sat Service 7pm (clairvoyance); Sun Service 6.30pm (divine). 38 Newmarket Street, Otley. Rise & Shine @ 9 Everyone welcome. 30 minute cafestyle worship, ideal for all ages. Informal, friendly, light breakfast every Sunday, 9am at United Reformed Church, Main Street, Burleyin-Wharfedale. Details: Mirella 01943 465 353 St.John’s Parish Church , Menston Sunday Services: Holy Communion 8am; Parish Eucharist 10am on 1st, 3rd & 4th Sun, 10.30am 2nd Sun; Let’s Worship 9.15am 2nd Sun (children & young families); Evensong 6pm 1st & 3rd Sun Apr – Oct, otherwise 4.30pm except Dec.


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Leeds Naturalists’ Club & Scientific Association meets alternate Mon, 7.15pm in Museum & Seminar Room, Miall Block, Faculty of Biological Sciences, University of Leeds. Enjoy a series of talks on natural history subjects in winter, field meetings & exhibit evenings in summer. Details: Peter Larner 0113 261 2589, http// leedsnaturalistsclub The Thoresby Society, Leeds local history society. Meets 1st Tues (Oct – Dec & Feb - Apr), 7.15pm at Friends Meeting House, Woodhouse Lane. Nonmembers welcome at monthly lectures. Fascinating library at Claremont, 23 Clarendon Rd, LS2 9NZ, open 10am – 2pm Tues & Thurs. Details: 0113 247 0704, www.thoresby. Yorkshire Archaeological Society (Family History Section) Sat 12 Nov, 11am at 23 Clarendon Rd, Leeds, lecture entitled ‘Edward Baines & the Leeds Mercury’ by David Thornton. ‘Free drop in sessions Tues 2 - 4pm for anyone needing help with family history research. Details: Mrs J. Butler 0113263 9540 Women’s Groups Aireborough Soroptimist International meets 1st & 3rd Wed of month, 7.30pm at Guiseley Methodist Church, Oxford Road, Guiseley Organisation for professional women addressing issues of importance to women worldwide. If you would like to volunteer in an atmosphere of support, friendship & fun, contact them. Details: Janet Lockwood 07947 695093. Baby Rascals Are you a new Mum? Would you like to meet others & enjoy a cup of coffee? Come to The Scout Hut on Burras Lane, Otley, on Wednesdays, 1 – 2.45pm (term time). Details: 01943 463 815. Ben Rhydding Women’s Institute Meets 2nd Thurs of each month, 2pm at B.R. Methodist Church Hall. All welcome.

Ilkley Soroptimist International Meet 2nd & 4th Thurs, 7.30pm at the Clarke Foley Centre, Cunliffe Rd Ilkley. Speakers, projects , networking & socialising for professional & community minded women. Details: Loraine Powell 07966 247152 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@ Otley Women’s Forum meets every 2nd Thurs, 9.45 – 11.45am, Room 2 at Methodist Church Hall. 3 Nov: ‘China Painting’ with Barbara Wilkinson. 17 Nov: ‘A Sniff of Snuff’ with Jenny Stacey. 1 Dec: ‘Micro-lighting’ with Mike Hutchinson. 15 Dec: Christmas Celebrations. £2 incl refreshments.

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 2nd Tues each month, 2pm at Wharfedale Court, Main St. Pool in Wharfedale. They recently enjoyed a talk by Nancy Norton on scarves, how to wear them & how she stumbled into selling them. Next meeting on Tues 11 Oct is their 65th AGM. Everyone welcome. Details: Sue Brown 0113 284 2983 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 University of Leeds Ladies’ Club welcomes women connected to the Uni as either serving or former staff members, partners of staff, or grads of the Uni. Regular events. Details: uleedslc@

The Women’s Fellowship meets Wed, 2pm at Pool Methodist Church. Variety of interesting speakers. White Rose Ladies Speakers Club meets 2nd & 4th Mon of month, starting 12 Sept, 7.45pm at Farsley Library Community Room, Old Rd, Farsley LS28. Friendly environment in which to find your voice & improve your presentation skills We can also be found on YouTube. Details: Stephanie Hanson 0113 255 0824, hansonstevie@hotmail. com MISC/EVENTS Adult learning at Otley Children’s Centre Would you like to develop self confidence & get back into education or work? Leeds City College is working with OCC to deliver a fun course in basic computer skills. Details: Otley Children’s Centre 01943 467379 www.

Come Join Us! Enthusiastic, friendly people needed to volunteer in Leeds Children’s Hospital fundraising Department, based at LGI. Details: Stephanie Burland 0113 392 5140, volunteer@ for volunteer application pack. www. leedshospitalsfundraising. Christmas Extravaganza of Musical Entertainment Organised by Leeds Group of UNICEF UK. Thurs 1Dec, 7pm at Ripley Castle (by kind permission of Sir Thomas & Lady Ingilby. Tickets (£15) include mulled wine & mince pies. Details & tickets: 01943 851257. Jewish Genealogical Society (Leeds Branch) Sun 27 Nov, 2.30 – 4.30pm at Sinai, Roman Ave. LS8. Researching your family history? Jewishgen - the home of jewish genealogy – a tutorial by Michael Tobias, the man who created most of the databases on this genealogical website. £3, JGSGB Members free. Details & to book: Ann Lightman 0113 261 1363, c.lightman@sky. com

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