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Dear Readers Welcome to the bigger, new look North Leeds Life! We hope you like the new size. It gives us an opportunity to spread things out a bit more, use larger photographs, and give our advertisers more space too. It’s still just right to slip through a letterbox or into a handbag. Did anyone catch us on BBC Radio Leeds on 1st April? We were media stars for a whole two minutes! Just enough time to flag up a few of our stories. Now it’s back to normality, but we’re happy to sign autographs!



Cover: Claire Watson, Yorkshire Fashion Archive Photo: Michael Anderson

This month we bring you news of the Yorkshire Fashion Archive which has an exhibition running at Salt’s Mill, Saltaire, and would like to invite anyone with interesting garments from the past 100 years to donate them to the archive – if possible with accompanying photographs and anecdotes. We take a look at how to the make the best of your property if you are planning to sell; there’s lots of theatrical activity – both professional and amateur; the sixth Treasures Revealed Festival invites people to celebrate West Yorkshire’s ‘vibrant faith heritage’; the Leeds Rugby Heritage Project has been set up to preserve the history of the sport at all levels; and it’s the Year of Radiotherapy. Now it’s time to think about June! Let us know what interesting things are happening in your area. The deadline for editorial is 1st May for the June edition, and 1st June for July. The advertising deadline is 6th May. We look forward to hearing from you. Kind regards

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Correction! We would like to apologise for a mistake in our story on micro breweries. We stated that Leeds Brewery started brewing in 1997. This is incorrect, it was in fact 2007. As this was the question posed in our competition for a case of Midnight Bell from Leeds Brewery, we included all entries giving both 1997 and 2007 as the answer. The result will be on our website on Friday 6th May.

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FUNERAL DIRECTORS EXPAND INTO NEW PREMISES AT WEST PARK Anyone passing the West Park roundabout could not fail to notice the transformation that has taken place to the premises at 267 Otley Road, which was until recently a florist, and before that, “The Clockery”. G.H. Dovener & Son Funeral Directors are proud to have obtained the property in which to open a new branch, which is now fully staffed and open. Angela Andrews and Martin Dovener G.H. Dovener & Son, Funeral Directors, have outside the new premises at West Park always been a well respected business and were established in the North Leeds area in 1932. They have successfully run their business at 52 North Lane in Headingley since 1956, which itself will soon undergo a complete refurbishment in order to modernise the facilities and service offered to local families. Both West Park and the Headingley branches are to be locally managed by Angela Andrews, who is an experienced Funeral Director and lives very close to the new West Park branch. Angela is excited at the prospect of providing the residents of West Park and the wider community with a truly personal service. Angela is also delighted to have the support and guidance of Martin Dovener, the grandson of the late G.H. Dovener and the son of the late Stanley Dovener. Martin is now retired, but he can be seen helping out at both branches, where his expertise and knowledge can be called upon as required.

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Gardening Question Time Fruit and Veg Special Have you just taken the plunge and started a veg patch, or got that long awaited allotment? There’s so much to learn! Your beautiful lettuce seedlings disappear overnight. You need to prune your black currant bush but don’t know where to start. Your compost doesn’t look right. Help is at hand…come along to Transition Meanwood’s Gardening Question Time: Fruit and Veg Special. A panel of experienced local gardeners will answer your questions, solve your gardening problems and share their favourite gardening tips - ones you won’t find in the books.



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Tee and Coffee with Sylvia! Sylvia Wright recently returned to Leeds to visit local schools and community groups and thank them for their loyal support over the years. She hosted a special coffee morning at Sandmoor Golf Club to update supporters on her work, which includes running a 220-bed hospital in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu and treating over 80,000 outpatients a year. Other projects include two day centres for severely disabled children, a residential school for deaf children and a nursing college to train 80 student nurses. Originally from Adel, Sylvia moved to India 29 years ago to look after the poor, sick and disabled in Southern India. Financial support is co-ordinated by the North Leeds-based Sylvia Wright Trust, which sends £200,000 each year to help fund her work. For more information visit www.sylviawright. org



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This is a fascinating history of the Headingley area. Beautifully presented, it is full of interesting facts and people, period photographs and maps, and traces how Headingley grew in the 19C from a country village to a lively bustling centre. Pick up your copy (paper back £13, hardback £20) from North Leeds Life offices at 265a Otley Road, LS16 5LN.

Leeds Girls High School Public Inquiry Since the rejection of the outline planning applications put forward by the Morely House Trust, the determination of the proposals will be made through a Public Inquiry scheduled to take place commencing Tuesday 14th June at Leeds Civic Hall and will last 15 working days (Tuesday – Friday). It is open for the public to attend. There are gardening sessions most Wednesday afternoons and a work day once a month at a weekend. They are currently working out what to plant and who’s going to help with what.


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The Project has a membership scheme (£5 a year) for people who want to help in the garden, get a share of the produce, take part in courses, buy plants or compost, or simply support the project. They always welcome new members – you don’t need to know anything about growing food - just be prepared to get your hands dirty!


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Individual members of the public can request to speak at the public Inquiry. If you wish to do this you should write to or email the Inspectorate at least two weeks before, or notify the Inspectorate at the start of the inquiry in Leeds at the Civic Hall on 14th June. Written submissions can be made on the first day of the inquiry only by submitting seven copies of the information to the Inspectorate. Email: Address: 4/02 Kite Wing, Temple Quay House, 7 The Square, Bristol BS1 6PN

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Local residents are fed up with the unsatisfactory 55 bus service which has been reduced from every 15 to every 30 minutes. The 55 also replaced 51A on Stonegate Road, which was every 15 minutes. As this is a commercial service there is little the local authority can do other than highlight residents concerns to the operators – residents tell me their complaints are ignored. Last year Metro started the process for Quality Bus Contracts (or Partnerships) which will allow local authorities to specify routes and frequencies of bus services in Leeds. They plan to conduct a formal consultation later this year with a view to introducing the first contracts next year. I have sent information to many residents but some of you may have been missed. Please get in touch if you would like the bus to be reinstated to every 15 minutes. I am delighted to let you know that David Gilchrist, one of our local PCSOs, was presented with the Sharon Beshenivsky Trophy at a recent West Yorkshire Police Awards Ceremony. The Trophy recognises the important and evolving role of West Yorkshire Police Community Support Officers and is presented in memory of Sharon who lost her life whilst on duty in Bradford. David is always looking for new ways to generate initiatives to help people and organisations. He knows his community, the people and its problems which is invaluable. Well Done to David and all our PCSOs who make a difference to our community life. As with most Councillors I’ll be very busy over the next few weeks in the run up to this year’s local elections. I will actually be standing this year and I hope I’ll get round to meet lots of you during this time, but wherever your allegiances are I would urge you to use your vote, its your chance to influence what will happen at the Civic Hall for the next year.

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OWLS is Up and Running! OWLS (Older Wiser Local Seniors) was launched at HEART recently. Greg Mullholland MP spoke in support of the group, The Happy Go Luckies (a group of local older people) provided entertainment and funds were raised for Comic Relief. “The launch of OWLS is good news and I’m proud to be here on this lovely day”, said Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, Executive Member for Adult Health and Social Care, who was on hand to help cut the ribbon. Membership is free to everyone over 60 and it is growing by the day. If you would like to join OWLS or become a volunteer, call them on 0113 369 7077, drop in to HEART between 10am and 12pm (weekdays), or email infoowls@


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Lawnswood Cemetery Needs Some Friends Staffing at Lawnswood Cemetery has been cut back drastically over recent years, and this fine cemetery, the heart of which opened in 1876 and is registered by English Heritage as a park or garden of special historic interest, is showing signs of neglect. The registered area has several Grade II listed buildings, including the George Corson designed chapels and main gatehouse, the 1905 crematorium designed by W S Braithwaite and the Columbarium (1933) designed by Col A. E. Kirk. These, and the Victorian Cemetery with its four Grade II listed monuments, are set in grounds landscaped by William Gay (of Undercliffe Cemetery fame).


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Lawnswood is now full for burials (except green burials), though cremations still take place. The Columbarium is full except for the occasional placing of ashes in family niches and is kept locked against vandals. It is on the Civic Trust’s buildings at risk register. Apart from housing cinerary urns it also contains a World War II memorial. Behind the chapels, tombs in the Victorian cemetery are falling down and sections are going missing. A couple of years ago a staff member disturbed thieves trying to remove an angel, and just in March a section was badly vandalised. With further cut-backs inevitable, the cemetery’s future does not look bright. If you have some time and would like to join a group of ‘friends’, contact Leeds Civic Trust at 17-19 Wharf Street, Leeds LS2 7EQ. Tel: 0113 243 0594


Lineham Farm’s Bluebell Day

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The woodland at Lineham Farm Children’s Centre in Eccup, is a sea of blue, ready for their annual Bluebell Open Day on Saturday 7th May. The farm opens to the public a few times each year and Bluebell Day is one of those occasions. The event will run from 11am-3pm and entry is £1 for adults, 50p for children. There will be a Bluebell Treasure Hunt, animals to visit and refreshments in the farmyard café.

Swarthmore Education Centre on Woodhouse Square, LS3 recently launched the Swarthmore Foundation - their fund for learning support and maintaining the building.

Lineham Farm provides week long residential holidays for deserving and disabled children aged 8 to 12. Their stay includes a varied programme of activities, including animal care, environmental studies, cycling, climbing and art. Each year the Farm needs to raise funds to cover the running costs of the farm. This year they hope to raise £120,000 through donations.

Swarthmore is still fundraising for a new roof, as well as establishing a new fund to support students who would previously have been entitled to a concession. From September 2011 there will be many changes nationally affecting the eligibility of students regarding fee remission. Unless you are claiming actively seeking work benefit, you won’t be entitled to any fee remission according to new Government rules.

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THERE WILL BE A BLUEBELL TREASURE HUNT, ANIMALS TO VISIT AND REFRESHMENTS IN THE FARMYARD CAFÉ. West Park Residents AGM The West Park Residents Association AGM was held on 30th March at the West Park Centre. It was attended by about 80 local residents, councillors from Weetwood and Kirkstall, community police representatives and the new Head Teacher from Lawnswood School, Georgie Sale. The Police gave an update on action being taken against criminal behaviour in the area. They also strongly advised residents to always ensure that doors and windows are secure, and to seriously consider fitting the new more secure Euro locks on UPVC doors. Georgie Sale described the new measures introduced to improve Lawnswood School. From her robust responses to questions and comments from the audience, it was clear that she is determined to make a real difference and to reestablish Lawnswood as a good community school. Other issues discussed included proposals for a revised Neighbourhood Design Statement, the next stage required to define West Park fields, and other local green spaces, as village greens, and the future of the West Park Centre. More news on the progress of these matters as the year unfolds. Doug Kemp Westpark.residents@ P.S. Thanks to all the local residents, and the St Chad’s Scout troup for assisting in the annual litter pick of West Park fields held on Saturday 2nd April.

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Swarthmore has a few music fundraising events lined up. The first is a World Music Night, 7.30pm Friday 13th May, in collaboration with Cloth Cat. As well as local bands and DJ Roger King, there will be an open mic session for budding musicians and poets. Contact to register your interest. Tickets £3 advance/ £4 on door,

Open Your Garden for St Gemma’s St.Gemma’s Hospice is encouraging people to join their Open Gardens programme this summer. The event raised over £3,000 last year and the organiser, Jenny Manley, would be delighted to hear from gardeners interested in taking part. The programme will run between June and September. Those who sign up will open their gardens for one, or a number of days, and charge a small entry fee in support of the hospice. For further details please contact Jenny on 0113 2185565




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‘Dress Rehearsal’ at Salts Mill

‘Dress Rehearsal’, the first exhibition to be staged by Yorkshire Fashion Archive, is in Gallery 2 at Salts Mill, Saltaire until Sunday 15th May. The exhibition showcases a selection of garments donated to the Yorkshire Fashion Archive (YFA), based in the School of Design at the University of Leeds. But, it is more than a garment display – the clothes are accompanied by large photographs and anecdotes from the original owners, as well as film footage from the Yorkshire Film Archive.

A nationally significant resource The Yorkshire Fashion Archive reflects changing social attitudes and multi-cultural influences, economic prosperity, global trends and the regional technical excellence in textiles and clothing over a 100 year period. It will provide a nationally significant resource for the development and support of education, research and the community. As we progress further into the 21st century, it is imperative that we continue to gather evidence of Yorkshire history from this new perspective before the voices are lost forever.

Providing a snapshot of life Fashion may seem like a passing fancy, but, as the archive is showing, it can provide an intriguing glimpse into people’s lives, going beyond the designs and fabrics and reflecting the economy and skills in the area. This is what the archive has set out to do. Wherever possible the garments and accessories are not seen in isolation, but connected to their owners. One lady in her 80s has donated her wedding dress (in pink!) and going-away outfit from the 1920s; another some great dresses from the 50s and 60s, with photos of one dress on a girls’ night out. Linking the garments like this brings them to life. It is fascinating.

We’re very excited about this exhibition. It’s an opportunity for us to highlight some of our key items and give people a historical and cultural snapshot of Yorkshire in the 20th century Claire Watson, Senior Teaching Fellow, School of Design Photo: Michael Anderson

Burberry are donating several of their iconic trench coats (which are still manufactured in Castleford) to the archive and their Chief Creative Officer, Christopher Bailey, is an enthusiastic member of the Executive Committee and patron of the YFA.

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Do you have items looking for a good home? People always tend to keep their best garments, so the collection has some really lovely pieces. However, the YFA is very interested in getting more everyday fashion – even down to pinnies and headscarves! The aim is to reflect all ages and genders, and the multi-cultural diversity of Yorkshire. They would also welcome items from famous local stores like Schofields in Leeds and Brown Muff’s in Bradford, and local manufacturers as well as famous national brands. For further information or to donate garments, contact Claire Watson, on 0113 343 3793, or, write to Yorkshire Fashion Archive, School of Design, University of Leeds, LS2 9JT or visit Dress Rehearsal at Salt’s Mill is open Mon-Fri 10am5.30pm, and Sat-Sun 10am-6pm until 15th May. Free admission.

Bird Watch with Stan Kenyon As spring advances after a hard early winter, the depleted numbers of resident birds are being augmented by birds returning to breed. Among these, are two waders characteristic of the Dales, oystercatcher and snipe.

By contrast, snipe are quiet and elusive. They are mediumsized, brown, heavily streaked birds with extremely long bills. Over bogs and marshy pastures, their breeding grounds, they conduct aerial displays with fluttering climbs and dives.

Oystercatchers are large, unmistakable, conspicuous and noisy, with striking black and white plumage and a long, straight orange-red bill. At present they are performing shrill display flights in clamorous piping parties over their territories beside rivers and reservoirs.

Oystercatchers winter by the coast where some stay to breed, but since 1950 there has been increasing inland colonisation. Some snipe stay all year, though most move south or west, but numbers are much increased in winter by visitors from northern Europe. Breeding numbers have declined, partly due to land drainage.

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The garden is coming into its own with a show of colour, plants and shrubs. Make a note of gaps around the garden and prepare the odd pot with flowering summer plants like geraniums, zinnias, salvias, or gazanias to fill in.

So many items can be salvaged to make plant pots, for example, metal buckets and watering cans. Drill holes in the bottom and put in a layer of gravel, covering this with newspapers before adding compost. Old plastic bins can be covered with bamboo used for screening, or make slatted wood jackets by stapling strong plastic covered wire to the top and bottom of the slats. Drill holes in the bottom as before. These make good containers for small trees and shrubs. Place ivies or trailing annuals at the edges. Old washing up bowls can help to make a lovely alpine garden and old chimney pots can look very attractive but have become rather expensive due to their popularity.

When there’s no chance of further frosts, start to fill hanging baskets and patio tubs, set out dahlia tubers and plant these out two to three feet apart, giving them plenty of room to spread. Sow runner beans, courgettes, cucumbers, sprouts and cauliflowers. If you can’t grow them from seed, young vegetable plants can be bought at garden centres. This way you will only buy what you require and may be tempted to grow some different vegetables than you would have sown from seed. Keep encouraging children to grow their own vegetables. Quite a few schools have after school gardening clubs, which I’m sure encourages them to have a go at home. They can plant up tubs with their choice of vegetables and may even be inclined to eat what they grow!









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(1826-1904) – CAMPAIGNER AND WRITER In 1870 the ground-breaking Elementary Education Act gave all children the right to education up to age 13. School Boards were set up in all major cities with the task of providing school places for the many children who had never or rarely been to school before – some twenty thousand in Leeds alone. Elections were held to choose the Board members, with nomination open to everyone, including women (previously excluded from public office). The Board would have wideranging powers, and there was intense and bitter competition in Leeds for the fifteen places available, divided by religious, political and class loyalties. Two women boldly stood as candidates, nominated by the Liberal party, but both were unsuccessful. One was Catherine Mary Buckton. Catherine Buckton was the wife of Joseph Buckton, a wellestablished Leeds wool and cloth merchant, living in a comfortable house overlooking Woodhouse Moor. As an active member of the Ladies’ Council of the Yorkshire Board of Education, she was a well-qualified candidate and at this stage of her life (in her forties with her two children nearly grown-up), she was ready for a challenge. As the daughter of a London surgeon, she was well aware of the desperate living conditions and high death rates of great industrial cities like Leeds and the urgent need for public health reform. A key approach was through the education of girls, the wives and mothers of the future. Determined to stand again at the next election in 1873, she meanwhile agreed to run a series of evening courses for working women in Holbeck and Wortley on health, food and hygiene, and created diagrams and simple experiments to illustrate her points. Her talks were well-attended and effective. She heard

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many disturbing tales of the superstitions and ignorance which contributed to infant deaths, and gained an insight into the terrible, demoralising conditions many working women lived in. She published an account of her experience in 1873, the first step in what was to become a highly successful writing career. In 1873 she won election to the Board, and was to remain the only woman member until her retirement in 1882, on occasion topping the poll. She proved a combative and articulate campaigner for girls to be taught cookery and the principles of health and hygiene, and went round schools giving practical lessons and demonstrations. Through her work Leeds won a national reputation as a leader in health education. Meanwhile she continued to write and publish - her books ‘Health in the House’, ‘Food and Home Cookery’ and ‘Our Dwellings, Healthy and Unhealthy’ were widely read across the country and reprinted many times. Her love of nature and concern for the many Leeds children who had no access to gardens led her to institute an annual School Board competition for children to plant and exhibit window boxes, with hundreds of children taking part each year. Her book on this subject, ‘Town and Window Gardening’ (1879) was another popular success, and contributed to her national reputation – even the Prime Minister, William Gladstone, was impressed. A strong Unitarian, she remained throughout her time on the Board a supporter of free secular education and religious freedom. Sensitive to the needs of the poor and sympathetic to their problems, she was a vociferous fighter on their part in various battles within the School Board. She believed wholeheartedly in the need to provide a sound education for all children, whatever the cost – taxes should be spent on that, she said, rather than ‘wicked, senseless wars’. When she retired in 1882 she returned to London where her family was now based, and published one further book ‘Comfort and Cleanliness’ in 1894. She died in 1904.


Chelsea Gold Garden Finds Home in Roundhay The garden which won a gold medal for Leeds at the Chelsea Flower Show last year is to be permanently installed in the ‘Gardens of the World’ section in Roundhay Park. The stunning HESCO Garden 2010 drew gasps of admiration at its amazing 12-foot high central lock gates and mock canal. Produced by the council’s parks and countryside service and sponsored by Leeds-based HESCO Bastion Limited, it was a huge hit. This was the first time in the history of the Chelsea Flower Show that a local authority had won gold in the large outdoor show garden category. “The garden is a phenomenal piece of engineering and design”, said Leisure Councillor Adam Ogilvie. “We are so pleased everyone in Leeds will now get the chance to see it.” The garden is expected to be in place by mid-May. To find out the full history-making story of The HESCO Garden 2010, visit



THE LIFE OF A STILL ROOM MAID In 1891 Hester Crump was working at Kirkstall Grange as the still-room maid. Following last month’s article a reader has

provided details of Hester’s likely job description. She had very little status amongst the domestic servants, being regarded as ‘between staff’, having two ‘masters’, the Housekeeper and the Cook.

As you would expect, she was responsible for the ‘still room’. Originally this was a distillery room found in most manor houses and castles throughout Europe and dates back to medieval times. Herbs from the kitchen garden and surrounding countryside were processed into essential oils, then infused or distilled into a wide variety of medicines, cosmetics (soaps, lavender water etc.) and cleaning products such as furniture polishes. However, by 1891 Hester’s role had devolved into assisting in the making of jams, jellies, home-brewed beverages and generally looking after this store room for perishables, such as cakes. None of the other large local houses appear, from the census at least, to still employ still-room maids. Certainly the occupants of Spen Lane Cottages were in no position to employ anyone. Thomas Wood (unemployed blacksmith) and his wife Emma (both aged 58) lived in the cottages along with Elizabeth Crossland, a widow aged 60 living ‘by her own

means’. The cottages are marked on the 1895 ordinance survey map, along with Kirkstall Grange, Weetwood Hall and the Moor Grange, Old Oak and Spen Lane farms. Just to confuse matters the cottages were actually on Horsforth Road, later renamed Spen Road, and not on Spen Lane. As the photograph shows the cottages still survive to this day unlike the farms and the job of still-maid. Doug Kemp

City Centre Style, Just Out of Town One might even say ‘City Centre Style in a Rural Setting’. On Kirkstall Road? – Never!

But yes! Recently I dropped in to airedale house business centre next door to Duffield Printers and had a quick tour of the premises. The back of the building is right on the River Aire and overlooks the Kirkstall Valley Nature Reserve, home to a herd of deer, a family of Otters, kingfishers and numerous other birds and butterflies, and swans that swim majestically past. You’d never believe you were minutes from the city centre and right on busy Kirkstall Road.

The perfect location The location is just one of the good things about the centre – easy access to trains, already en route for the airport, loads of free parking and room to breathe – the design is also spoton. The building, built originally as a bicycle warehouse for Raleigh Bikes in the 1800s, provides beautiful spaces with high ceilings and large arched windows. This has been divided up to provide 18 offices that will accommodate between two and 18 people. The offices include suite air conditioning, CCTV and security shutters, secure key fob enabling 24/7 access and all utility bills.

Top of the range communications This is a centre that has it all covered. Everything is in place to ensure that tenants can comfortably and effectively do business. Every office in this ‘intelligent’ building is equipped with state-of-the-art communications systems. The reception area is not just a stylishly designed space with colourful, surprisingly comfortable chairs and a 1950s contemporary Japanese designed coffee table – it’s a hub of activity where phones are answered on behalf of the individual companies, messages taken, visitors greeted.

Hold your Board Meeting here Inside, the centre’s branding is unobtrusive, everything is geared towards reflecting the tenants’ presence. The colour scheme revolves around white, burnt orange, black and charcoal. Two fully equipped meeting rooms are available and a fabulous Board Room which will seat 16 plus. These are available to hire for companies outside the centre on an hourly or daily basis and lunch can also be provided.

A family affair The development of airedale house is a real family affair. Martyn Duffield, Chairman of Duffield Properties and Duffield Printers, and his two sons Adam and Simon have worked flat out to bring this dream to reality. Wherever possible local contractors and suppliers were used: the joinery company is from Bramley, the impressive American Walnut veneer doors were made in Doncaster and the ergonomic seating and top of the range office furniture came from a company in Huddersfield. “We decided to create a centre that really offered top city centre quality”, said Martyn. “We had the location, which was easily accessible with plenty of free parking. Now we just had to provide the very best facilities – no half measures.” You sense that Martyn might well be pleased with the outcome of this family enterprise, and so he should be – it has it all. The centre will be managed by Adam and Simon. Only completed in January, it is already nearly 40% full. Who wouldn’t want to work here? I’d happily move in if I was looking for new premises. In the meantime I’m planning a board meeting – but first I have to find a board!

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‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore

Corruption, violence and forbidden love in 1960s

Playwright John Ford wrote ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore in 1633 and it is still considered one of the most shocking plays in English literature. It’s the story of a brother and sister, of love, passion and lust, of greed, ownership and vengeance. Director Jonathan Munby brings Ford’s complex and controversial work to West Yorkshire Playhouse’s Quarry stage from Friday 7th – Saturday 28th May. Designed by Mike Britton and featuring an original score by Dominic Haslam, this production, set in the 1960s, takes place against the backdrop of the decade’s social, religious and sexual revolution. It tells of a forbidden relationship that cuts to the very heart of morality and a community gripped by religious fervour, in a corrupt and violent Italy.

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Bound to each other through flesh and blood and by the death of their mother, Giovanni and Annabella find solace in a passionate union. Promising to love only each other or die, they make a pact and seal it with a kiss. In a country subject to the full force of the Church, these young lovers have no choice but to hide their passion. Annabella must marry another and Giovanni must accept and willingly let her go. But their bond is too strong and in a world where good and evil are turned on their heads, this misguided love can end only in tragedy. Sara Vickers and Damien Molony take on the lead roles of Annabella and Giovanni. The cast also includes RSC regulars Robert Bowman, Christopher Saul, Michael Matus, James Hayes and Sally Dexter. The ensemble is completed by Ty Glaser, William Ilkley, Rachel Lumberg, Gerard Monaco, Mark Stanley and Sebastian Reid. ‘Tis Pity She’s A Whore is at the West Yorkshire Playhouse from 7th – 28th May. For tickets contact the box office on 0113 213 7700.

Bad Girls at The Carriageworks LIDOS Theatre Group will stage Bad Girls the Musical at The Carriageworks, Millennium Square from Tuesday 7th – Saturday 11th June. Based on the highly successful television drama that ran for 107 episodes on ITV, this fresh, funny and original British musical was developed by the creators of Bad Girls, Maureen Chadwick and Ann McManus, in collaboration with composer and lyricist Kath Gotts, and director Maggie Norris. LIDOS, formed over 35 years ago, performs three shows a year at the Carriageworks. It has a membership of over 70 who throw themselves enthusiastically into the many aspects of amateur theatre, including set building, costumes, publicity, directing, choreography, acting, singing and numerous back stage roles. LIDOS raises money for local charities through their performances, last year donating £3,000 to Take Heart, Chloe’s Appeal, The Jenny Ruth Trust and Bridge2aid. During Bad Girls they will be raising money for Breast Cancer Care. Bad Girls the Musical runs from 7th – 11th June at the Carriagworks Theatre. Tickets start from £10 and can be booked by calling 0113 224 3801 or from

More Arts and Culture pages 26 - 29 Poets’ Words Set in Stone As part of an art project funded by Leeds City Council and Yorkshire Forward, local writers Peter Spafford and Antony Dunn have created poems about Kirkgate’s thousand years of history and these have been carved into the street’s paving and on a pair of granite seats. Kirkgate’s history dates back to the Domesday Book of 1086. Over the years it has been home to a prison, a museum and, up until the 19th century, was a fashionable residential district for Leeds’ wealthy merchants. “Kirkgate was once the main artery between the heart of old Leeds - the Parish Church - and its main market, Briggate”, said Headingley-based Peter Spafford, formerly the Royal Armouries’ Writer in Residence. “The poems do not refer to particular events but seek to evoke the antiquity of the street; the impermanence, but persistence, of human traffic over the centuries.” “I hope my poem says something about our communal life in Leeds”, said Antony Dunn. “Its residents, its traders, the tourists who visit for a short time, have all contributed to the history of this street and the wider city.” The pieces were engraved by local masons Mastercraft Memorials.

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Brighton Rock

With a recent remake of the film based on this classic book, there was plenty for our book group to ponder.

By Graham Greene (1938), Reviewed by Andrew Readman Oxfam Book Group

An obvious starting point in this highly cinematic book is the Catholicism of the book’s main characters – teenage gang-leader, Pinkie, and Rose. The latter is a waitress Pinkie marries to prevent her from testifying against him after his gang has murdered a journalist who had been taking too close an interest in them. Just as religion is used to excuse evil, so Ida, Pinkie’s nemesis, evokes someone who seeks to do good for the sake of it. The evocation of a feral youth underclass and absent (or dysfunctional) fathers are topics from contemporary headlines. Brighton was felt to be almost a character in its own right. Like many of the other protagonists, it carries a number of contradictions. Day trippers coexist with gangsters. The affluent live in close proximity to the poor. The police and legal profession both accommodate the gangster class – there is a sleazy underbelly to the resort. Increasingly, we found the main female characters more interesting than the males, most of whom end up dead or ruined. Throughout, Ida shows courage and integrity. Rose, in particular, was felt to be both credible and well-portrayed. Her confession towards the end of the book allows Greene to present her confessor as a wordly and sympathetic representative of a Church with which Greene was to have an ambiguous relationship throughout his life. In ‘Greeneland’ little is as it seems at first sight.

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Leeds Arts Centre Presents William Wycherly’s Scandalous Restoration Comedy The Country Wife is a bawdy comedy, considered so sexually explicit in its time that it was deemed too outrageous to be performed at all for several decades. It is now regarded as one of the wittiest and best of the Restoration comedies but it hasn’t lost its capacity to shock. Three separate tales intertwine throughout the play, presenting a satirical exploration of masculinity, sexuality and class through hilarious farce. The Leeds Arts Centre’s production, directed by Malcolm Brown, promises an evening of fun, laughter and scandalous debauchery. The Country Wife is at The Carriageworks, Millennium Square from Wednesday 11th to Saturday 14th May at 7:30pm. Tickets £10/ £7 available from the Box Office on 0113 224 3801 or Further information

This Really Happened..... or did it? A contemporary performance, This Really Happened, takes place at The Stanley and Audrey Burton Gallery in the Parkinson Building, University of Leeds, on Friday 13th May as part of the national Museums at Night festival. Inspired by the artworks of the Virtually Real touring exhibition on show in the Gallery, the Dark Lights Company use storytelling, poetry and confrontation in performance to trick their audience into believing the unbelievable. The performers take the audience on a journey around the gallery and attempt to open their eyes to a new way of seeing art. There are four performances – 1.15pm, 2.15pm, 4.15pm and 5.15pm. For more information follow Dark Lights on Facebook at ‘Dark Lights Theatre’, on Twitter @DarkLights2011 or email Acatia Finbow at

‘Silent Leeds’ Captures Moments of Calm Silent Leeds, a stunning collection of contemporary photography by local artist Jemma Garland, is showing at HEART on Bennett Road, Headingley, throughout April and May The exhibition is the first of many for recently opened HEART – previously Bennett Road Primary School where Jemma was actually a pupil. The photographs, some of which appear at first glance to be painted canvases, are inspired by life in the back streets of Burley and the concrete of Leeds City Centre, as well as the beautiful woodland of Meanwood or Roundhay. In all, Jemma captures a timeless moment of calm, showing that this can be found wherever you are HEART is open Monday to Saturday, 9am to 11pm. Everyone is welcome to drop in to view the exhibition. 5% of all sale proceeds will be donated to the Kenyan Orphan Sponsorship Trust (KOST), a small Leeds-based charity that directly cares for 120 children, giving them the chance of a better future.


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Orchestra Takes on Alpine Challenge Leeds Symphony Orchestra, which rehearses at the West Park Centre, Spen Lane, on Monday evenings, is giving a concert at St Chad’s Church, Headingley, at 7.30pm on Sunday 22nd May. The programme will include the monumental Alpine Symphony by Richard Strauss. Scored for large orchestra, it features organ, quadruple woodwind, a battery of percussion instruments (including a wind machine!) and a brass section with four Wagner tubas – a comparatively rare instrument which combines elements of both the French horn and the tuba, originally created for Richard Wagner’s operatic cycle The Ring of the Nibelung.

“THE SYMPHONY IS PROBABLY THE MOST PHYSICALLY AND TECHNICALLY DEMANDING WORK THE ORCHESTRA HAS EVER UNDERTAKEN” “The symphony, or rather tone poem, is probably the most physically and technically demanding work the orchestra has ever undertaken”, said conductor Martin Binks. “It’s a real tour de force for any orchestra, whether amateur or professional, and tests the players’ capabilities to the extreme. As the simple logistics of performing this work occur so rarely, my players are grabbing this opportunity with both hands. It will be a memorable evening!” The programme also includes Beethoven’s Egmont Overture and Haydn’s Symphony No. 99. Tickets are available from Leeds City Centre Box Office at The Carriageworks (0113 224 3801) or on the door.

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Treasures Revealed in Leeds The sixth festival of Treasures Revealed in Leeds takes place from 30th April – 8th May. The nine-day festival aims ‘to inspire and attract residents to experience and celebrate West Yorkshire’s vibrant faith heritage’. Some 30 buildings will be open to give a warm welcome to local residents and visitors. Pick up a booklet at your local library or visit www. and follow the link to Festivals/ Leeds for a full programme of events. Buildings open in North Leeds include: Leeds Cathedral and Leeds Parish Church; Headingley Methodist, South Parade Baptist, St Michael’s & All Angels, and Makkah Masjid in Headingley; St Stephen’s in Kirkstall; Holy Name in Ireland Wood; Central Methodists, Cragg Hill Baptist, St James’s, Woodside Methodist and The Grove Methodist in Horsforth.

‘Symphony of a Thousand’ in York Currently in rehearsal at the West Park Centre, Spen Lane, is the massive and moving Symphony No.8 by Gustav Mahler, which will be performed in York Minster at 7.30pm on Saturday 21st May. Conducted by Simon Wright, Leeds Festival Chorus will be joined by the Hallé Choir, the York Minster Choir and York Guildhall Orchestra for the occasion. It is frequently described as the ‘Symphony of a Thousand’ because of the enormous number of voices and instrumentalists required. Mahler, in an uncharacteristically optimistic frame of mind, saw the symphony as an expression of confidence in the eternal human spirit. He thought it was the grandest thing he had ever done, a completely choral symphony.


Upstagers Present Billy Elliot at The Alhambra Following the enormous success of Billy Youth Theatre 2010, Upstagers Theatre Group, based in Ilkley, has been chosen by the producers of the West End professional show Billy Elliot the Musical to perform their own production of this internationally acclaimed, multi-award winning show at the Alhambra Theatre, Bradford. Written by Lee Hall, with music by Elton John, the show tells the story of an 11 year-old boy who stumbles across a ballet class on his way to boxing practise. Something captures his imagination and he exchanges his boxing gloves for ballet shoes. In County Durham during the 1984-85 miners’ strike this was never going to be an easy choice. It is a fabulous show and the young (10 – 19 years), energetic Upstagers cast is set to bring it to life on the Alhambra stage. Billy Elliott runs from 15th – 18th June at 7.30pm, with a Saturday matinee at 2.30pm. Tickets are £13 - £17 with concessions from £11. Group discounts are also available. Book through the Alhambra Theatre on 01274 432 000, or Tourist Information Offices.


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Journey’s End at The Grand ‘Journey’s End’, the multi award-winning production of R.C. Sherriff’s play which won critical acclaim in the West End and on Broadway, will be at The Grand Theatre from Tuesday 17th – Saturday 21st May. The play is set in the British trenches at St Quentin in 1918, in the days leading up to Operation Michael, the last great German Offensive of the First World War, a day that saw 38,000 men die. A company of officers prepares for a daring raid across No Man’s Land to gather intelligence. Based on the author’s own experience of the Front and life in the trenches, it celebrates humour and courage in the face of certain tragedy, and remains an important reminder of the horrors of war and the real, unromanticised heroes who fought it. ‘Journey’s End’ is directed by David Grindley and designed by Jonathan Fensom, with lighting by Jason Taylor and sound by Gregory Clarke. The cast is Graham Butler, Tim Chipping, Andy Daniel, Daniel Hanna, Simon Harrison, Nigel Hastings, Mike Hayley, Dominic Mafham, James Norton, Christian Patterson and Tony Turner.

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Noah & The Whale + Exlovers Wed 4 May, Leeds Met SU. Londonbased Energetic popsters + dream pop band.


Dan Sartain Wed 4 May at The Brudenell from 8pm. Raw mix of mod-rock, blues, punk & rockabilly


Stateless Thurs 5 May at The Brudenell from 8pm. Dark rock-pop band playing original material.


Gateway Music Night Fri 6 May, 8pm Escobar, Leeds, featuring Jenni Noyes, Elmaroe, etc. Free


Atilla the Stockbroker +Barnstormer+Blythe Power Sat 7 May The George. An anarchic evening’s entertainment.


Chunky Butt Funky Sat 7 May from 11pm at The Wardrobe. Upbeat jazz-funk featuring the inimitable Rev Chunky & his gospel-influenced soul band


The Leisure Society Sat 7 May at The Brudenell from 8pm. Indie, folk chamber-pop maestros.


Salsa Como Loco Sun 8 May 1-4pm at Seven Arts, 31 Harrogate Rd, Chapel Allerton LS7. Bring your dancing shoes!


Spring Concert Sun 8 May, 3pm at Clothworkers Hall, Leeds University, hosted by the Rotary Club of Headingley & featuring Leeds Grammar School pupils. In aid of Get a Life Teenage Cancer Ward at LGI. Tickets £10/ under 15s £5. Booking advisable – Drew Dodds 07919 125491

Curtis Eller Sun 8 May at All Hallows Church, Hyde Park. New York-based banjo playing maverick. Doors 7pm. Tickets £6 from Jumbo Records £8 on door. www. gigs


The Kabeedies+The Cads Thurs 12 May at Milo, Call Lane. Exciting 4-piece from Norwich ..................................................

The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain Thurs 12 May, 7.30pm at Leeds Town Hall.


Yellowman Sat 14 May, from 9pm, The Wardrobe. Jamaican dub, reggae & dancehall master. ..................................................

A Genuine Freakshow Sat 14 May at The Well, Leeds. 16+Event. Tickets £8 from Jumbo Records, £5.50p from www.



Matt Anderson Quartet Sun 1 May 1-4pm at Seven Arts, 31 Harrogate Rd, Chapel Allerton LS7.





The Despoilers Sat 14 May, Original Oak, Headingley & Fri 20 May at O’Neills, Leeds. Six-piece covers band playing great tunes from the last five decades. ..................................................

Mary Gauthier Fri 13 May, 8pm at Holy Trinity Church, Boar Lane. American singer songwriter. One of Country’s most revered artists.

Craig Ogden Sun 15 May, 3pm at Grove Methodist Church, Town St. Horsforth. Internationally renowned guitarist. £5 on door, children free.

Real Talk Charity Jam Fri 13 May The Faversham, 7pm – 2am. Hip-hop, breakdancing, live art, MCs, competitions & more. £5/£4 call 08444 999 999

Mícheál O’ Raghallaigh Sun 15 May, 7.30pm at Otley Courthouse. Outstanding concertina player. In association with Swaledale Squeeze & Irish Arts Foundation. £10/£8 in advance, £11/£9 on door.



World Music Night Fri 13 May, 7.30pm at Swarthmore Education Centre, Woodhouse Sq. LS3. In collaboration with Cloth Cat. Local bands, DJ Roger King, open mic session for musicians & poets. steve.deegan@ to register interest. £3 advance/ £4 on door.


Bolshoi Symphony Orchestra Sat 14 May, 7.30pm Leeds Town Hall. Playing RimskyKorsakov, Rachmaninov & Tchaikovsky. Tickets £12 £30 0113 224 3801, www. ..................................................

John Spiers & Jon Boden Sat 14 May, 7:45pm, Howard Assembly Room, Grand Theatre. Tight fiddle & melodeon duo & strong vocals. Tickets £12.50. Winners Radio 2 Folk Award for Best Duo.


Djangonauts 15 May, 1-4pm at Seven Arts, 31 Harrogate Rd, Chapel Allerton LS7. Contemporary take on gypsy jazz style, original arrangements & virtuoso techniques.


Frank Turner Mon 16 May, The Brudenell. Million Dead singer turned folk troubadour. ..................................................

Beth Hart Tues 17 May at The Brudenell. £10, Soulful Los Angeles blues-rock singer ..................................................

Vintage Rock Band Thurs 19 May at The Duck & Drake, Kirkgate from 8.30pm. 70s classic rock covers band.


Arnie Somogyi’s ‘Scenes in the City’ - the music of Charlie Mingus Thurs 19 May, 8pm


at Seven Arts. Alan Barnes &Tony Kofi saxophones, Jeremy Price trombone, Mark Edwards piano, Clark Tracey drums. ..................................................

BBC Philharmonic, Leeds Philharmonic Chorus, Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus Sat 21 May, 7.30pm Leeds Town Hall Verdi’s Requiem. £15 - £30. 0113 224 3801, www.leedsconcertseason. com ..................................................

Heritage Masterworks Chorale Sat 21 May, 3pm at St James’s University Hospital Chapel. Music by Handel, Wesley, Vaughan Williams & Brahms. Tickets from Yorkshire College of Music & Drama 0113 243 1605. ..................................................

Liz Reynolds, Troubadour Mon 23 May at Milo, Leeds. Free ..................................................

Roots: Ash Mandrake Fri 27 May, 8 – 11pm at New Headingley Club, St Michael’s Rd Headingley. Imaginative, skilled musician & songwriter. Folk rock, original songs & covers performed with double necked guitar with loop machines, stories, comedy & hats! £5. ..................................................

Kim Macari Big Band 29 May, 1-4pm at Seven Arts, 31 Harrogate Rd, Chapel Allerton LS7. Young trumpet star & her big band play the music of Scottish saxman Duncan Lamont. .................................................. Sinfonia of Leeds Sat 11 June, 7.30pm Great Hall, Leeds University. Programme includes Beethoven’s Egmont Overture, Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto & Schubert’s Symphony No.9. Tickets: £12/£8 from The Carriageworks 0113 224 3801

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Leeds Film Maker Wins Talent Award Leeds-based film maker, Vicki Psarias, flew the flag for female directors when she won a coveted Square Mile Magazine 30 Under 30 London Talent Award recently. The awards celebrate exceptional talent in categories ranging from Finance to Media and Vicki won in Entertainment, Media and the Arts for her directing work. The award was extra special to Vicki who just recently got back on set after a break for maternity leave. After living in London for years, she made the bold move at the end of last year to move back up to Leeds. “Career wise, it’s been the best thing I’ve done”, she says. Having already directed a series of web commercials for a fashion brand, had an idea optioned by BBC Comedy and collaborating with one of the biggest production companies in the North on some documentary ideas, it looks like she may be right.

MK has always been known for shock value rather than deep gameplay and although this latest offering has been tightened up massively, it still provides a brutal and even more visceral finishing touch than it did before. With visible damage to the players appearing in-fight it’s easy to see who is taking a pounding and, given the impact of most of the moves, it’s good to see the fighters tired and bruised rather than pristine after two or three rounds.

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Netherrealm has made a wise move by listening to the fans and taking the series back to its roots. Two unique fatalities exist per character and no babalities, animalities or friendships to muddy the water. With 2 on 2 combat, a mission mode and the return of Test your Might (and others) a lot of thought has gone into the longevity of both single and multiplayer MK5; although you’ll have to wait until release to pass judgement for yourself! Deathsmiles XBOX 360

Deathsmiles first saw the light of day (or not perhaps) back in 2005 as a Japanese only Arcade Shooter. Developed by CAVE, the game features a quartet of cute anime witches on a mission to blast their way past a horde of despicable baddies and ultimately showdown with the imaginatively named ‘Tyrannosatan.’ As with all CAVE shooters, Deathsmiles is fast, imaginative and utterly insane, as well as being tough. The PAL XBOX release features a faithful version of the original game (unlike in the US) as well as a music CD and a number of remixed modes. All in all, at its budget RRP, Deathsmiles is a niche title which can be enjoyed by almost anyone; in particular because 2D shooters are such a rare breed over here – shame!

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Alaska/The Asa Hawks/Arizona Bay/ The Red Pills Things have always moved pretty quickly on Leeds’ perennially mercurial ‘music scene’ – largely due to the sheer volume of (mostly indifferent) bands and lack of decent places to play. But not even a five-year hiatus in London could explain the unlikely news on my return that The Library - a ghastly It’s A Scream chain pub perched on an uninviting corner of Woodhouse Moor - now hosts one of the best live music nights the city has to offer. All power then, to veteran promoter Richard Watson - head honcho at the reliably fantastic 360 Club – for sidestepping the toga-wearing, alcopop-quaffing sports science students downstairs and realising the hitherto untapped potential lying dormant on the first floor. Boasting it’s own bar, a crystal clear PA system and even a full-on lighting rig, Watson has buffed up a hidden gem of a venue in the roomy rafters of this once grand municipal building. Furthermore, he ensures every single band playing this weekly Friday club night does so to a packed room by simply not telling them when they will be on – thus ensuring a healthy crowd pitch up from the start. Openers Alaska, playing only their second-ever gig, feed on the professionalism where lesser bands might flounder. Sporting matching Hawaiian shirts (the irony!) and with a drummer seemingly living out a long-held Hunter S Thompson fancy dress fantasy, the ferocious Ghost In My Mind makes for a suitably attention-grabbing – and refreshingly sinister – opening salvo. All crooning David Byrne vocals and staccato guitar stabs, it’s Alaska’s obvious calling card in a formidable arsenal of postpunk pop songs seemingly plucked fully formed out of the ether by idiosyncratic singer Nick John Henry. Girl, Cowboy and Ennio Morricone-meets-White Stripes closer Reptile all sound like modern classics in waiting - it’s just a shame Henry’s memorable lyrics are largely lost in the (self-

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A Celebration of Rugby! The Leeds Loves Rugby Festival from 14th - 27th May will celebrate Leeds Rugby League’s first ever championship victory with Lewis Jones leading the team to a 25–10 victory over Warrington in the final at Odsal in May 1961. This was a momentous occasion in the club’s history and the end of a 66 year wait for league glory! 52,000 fans were in attendance on the day. Current Rhinos team captain, Kevin Sinfield recently joined Lewis Jones and Derek Hallas from the 1961 team to launch the event, organised by Marketing Leeds, Leeds Rugby and Leeds City Council.

Attila the Nun Heads for Mongolia! A team from Cookridge, made up of Tom Lake, Curt Pinnock and Omeed Alikhanizadeh and known collectively as Attila the Nun, is taking on the challenge of The Mongol Rally this summer. This is an unsupported, 10,000 mile drive from Goodwood, UK, to Ulaanbaatur, Mongolia. The aim is for each team to raise at least £1,000 for charity, half of which will go to the Christina Nobel Children’s Foundation which focuses on improving healthcare, education and living conditions for orphaned or abandoned children in Mongolia. The other half will go to a charity of the team’s choice which, in the case of Attila the Nun, is the British Red Cross. The team is currently looking for businesses to sponsor them. They have just bought an ambulance to drive in the rally and donate to a hospital in Ulaanbaatur on arrival. There is a distinct lack of emergency vehicles in Mongolia.

“The festival will be a terrific platform, giving businesses in the city the opportunity to promote themselves to new audiences, nationally and internationally, through rugby themed activities. I’m sure Leeds will be buzzing with all things rugby in May!” said Nick Bates, Advisory Board Member of Marketing Leeds. Leeds Rugby invites members of the public to bring and share their Leeds sporting memories from the 1960s, 70s, 80s, 90s to the present day to be included in a ‘Show & Share’ exhibition at Headingley Stadium. Fans are advised to use photocopies not originals, as they can’t be returned. These can be dropped in to Leeds Visitor Centre at Leeds Station, or to the shop at Headingley Carnegie Stadium until 14th May. For further information please call 0871 423 1315

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Leeds Petanque Club Holds Open Day Formed in 2006, the Leeds Petanque Club, based at Richmond House School Sports Field, Glen Road, Headingley, now has a thriving membership. They are holding an Open Day on Sunday 22nd May and would like to invite everyone to come along from 10am – 2pm, try the game and feast on their French-style barbecue! Regular sessions are held on Tuesdays from 7pm in Summer, and all year round at 11am on Sundays. There are also club competitions and some members play in a local league and in regional and national events. Nick Bates of Marketing Leeds, Derek Hallas and Lewis Jones – players from 1961 win, Gary Hetherington, Chief Executive of Leeds Rugby, and Kevin Sinfield, Rhino’s Team Captain (front).

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Leeds Rugby League History Headingley Resident’s Work Helped to Drive to be Recorded Development of According to the Leeds Rugby Heritage Project, set up to uncover and preserve the history of the sport at all Radiotherapy Quality levels outside the professional game, there are over 500 Headingley resident, Sue Griffiths, was recently awarded a PhD, following her thesis The Development of Accurate and High Quality Radiotherapy Treatment Delivery. The Professional Head of Radiotherapy at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust until her retirement in 2007, Sue’s extensive research offers valuable insight in to how this treatment can be used most effectively in the fight against cancer. Her thesis focuses on the results of a series of studies she led, in collaboration with several oncologists, regarding the accuracy of radiotherapy delivered to patients, between 1983 and 1991. Sue’s studies were carried out at Cookridge Hospital and her findings led not only to further research, but also helped to drive the development of radiotherapy quality for patients. Modern radiotherapy is a cost-effective, cutting edge and mainstream treatment that helps to cure four in ten patients – which is much more effective than chemotherapy. Using computer imagery and supported by Sue’s research, tumours can now be targeted extremely accurately. Surgery and radiotherapy are the main curative treatments for cancers in adults. An estimated 52% of all cancer patients in the UK should receive radiotherapy, but the actual figures fall short, which could explain our lower cancer survival rates. 2011 is the Year of Radiotherapy and this national initiative is designed to help improve public understanding and increase awareness of the value of radiotherapy. MODERN RADIOTHERAPY IS A COST-EFFECTIVE, CUTTING EDGE AND MAINSTREAM TREATMENT THAT HELPS TO CURE FOUR IN TEN PATIENTS – WHICH IS MUCH MORE EFFECTIVE THAN CHEMOTHERAPY. Sue’s research was recognised not only by a European prize awarded to Cookridge Hospital, but also through personal honours which include Fellowship of the College of Radiographers and Honorary Membership of the Royal College of Radiologists, and she was invited to become one of 100 founder members of Cancer Research UK. She was also appointed as a visiting Professor in Radiotherapy at Sheffield Hallam University in 2007. Were it not for this, she would not have been eligible to do a PhD by publication.

community clubs who have participated in or continue to play rugby league in the city and districts. Run under the auspices of the Leeds Rugby Foundation, the project will focus on schools, community clubs, works competitions, representative players and match officials who have made their mark around Leeds.

Included on the Committee are Leeds Rhinos President Harry Jepson OBE, former Chairman of English Schools RL John Ahm, and Les Marshall and Glenn Davies from the Garry Chappelow Memorial Fund. Member Bernard Shooman, a former referee involved in the research, commented: “Although we have passed the milestone of 500 teams, we believe that there are still more out there and we appeal to the rugby public to pass on any information that they may have relating to clubs from the Leeds & District League.” ALTHOUGH WE HAVE PASSED THE MILESTONE OF 500 TEAMS, WE BELIEVE THAT THERE ARE STILL MORE OUT THERE The Leeds & District organisation was formalised at the Green Dragon Hotel, Leeds, in September 1888 and the foundation clubs were Bramley, Holbeck, Hunslet, Kirkstall, Leeds Parish Church, Leeds St John’s and Wortley. The objectives of these pioneer clubs were to create a fund to assist players of member clubs who had been seriously injured, and to develop the game in the Borough of Leeds. The Project will be running events for the public to share their memorabilia and memories. Anyone with information should contact Bernard on 0113 225 0231, email bernard. or Peter Benson on 01274 870028, Phil Caplan Chairman, Leeds Rugby Heritage Project

“This is definitely my radiotherapy ‘swansong’”, commented Sue. “It ties up a lot of the achievements during my colourful radiotherapy career, from qualification in 1967 to now.” Learn More About Radiotherapy Open Day – Saturday 25th June, 11am – 3pm Radiotherapy Department, Bexley Wing, St James’s University Hospital 2011 – The Year of Radiotherapy

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Aromatherapy – The Pleasurable Route to Wellbeing Aromatherapy is an aesthetic healing art designed to promote healthy bodies and serenity of mind. It combines facial and body massage with essential oils. On one level it can be practised as a sophisticated form of herbal medicine, on the other a simple form of relaxation therapy. Aromatherapy can form part of a holistic healing regime, as well as being a preventive therapy. It heals through the senses – touch (massage), smell (aromatic oils), sight (pleasant surroundings), and often hearing (soft music). The combination helps to create the conditions for healing to take place, naturally.

41 Aromatic oils have been used for over 2,000 and can be traced back to the Egyptians and Chinese. The use of essence therapy in today’s society proves that it has withstood the test of time. Natural oils are used as a base for perfumes, deodorants and creams. Clove oil is used for toothache, peppermint for indigestion and eucalyptus for inhalations. Essences are also used in patented medicines. The aromas we create and encounter have a psychosomatic effect. They make us feel better and can therapeutically influence physical symptoms. Exploring the healing effects of essential oils can be both beneficial and pleasurable. .............................................................................................................

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Teen Fiction Success for Leeds Trinity Lecturer Martyn Bedford, a lecturer at Leeds Trinity University College, Horsforth, is celebrating international success with the publication of his first novel for teenagers. Flip marks a new direction for the novelist and creative writing tutor, and is already being hailed by critics on both sides of the Atlantic as a hot new title for young readers.

Martyn, who lives in Ilkley, launched his writing career in 1996 with Acts of Revision, which won the Yorkshire Post Best First Work Award. “Writing for the teen and young adult market was uncharted territory for me”, said Martyn. “They are a demanding readership who will soon put a book down if they’re not hooked. This need to keep the pages turning is a useful discipline for a writer and I enjoyed writing Flip immensely.”

Beechtree Steiner Initiative Creating an unhurried and creative learning environment

Beechtree Steiner Initiative in North Leeds is applying to open a new Steiner Waldorf School under the Government’s Free School scheme, building on over ten years’ experience of running kindergartens and parent and child groups. They would like to hear from like-minded families in North Leeds who might be interested. Steiner Waldorf education is based on a deep understanding of the developmental phases of children and nurtures a love of learning. It takes the needs of the whole child into account – academic, physical, emotional, cultural and spiritual – and sees artistic activity and the development of the imagination as integral to learning. The priority is to provide an unhurried and creative learning environment where children can enjoy learning and experience the richness of childhood. In Steiner Waldorf settings, children attend kindergarten from ages 3 – 6. School begins at age six – equivalent to primary Year Two. Formal learning of the ‘Three Rs’ doesn’t begin until then and this is one of the main differences between Steiner Waldorf and mainstream education. Beechtree Steiner currently provides places for children up to the age of six at two kindergartens in Headingley and Chapel Allerton. From 2012 they hope to begin Year Two equivalent teaching in a new class that will develop into a fully fledged Steiner School for Leeds. If you would like more information about this alternative to mainstream education, text INTERESTED and your name to 07779 782879 or email and they will contact you. Applications for the Free School scheme (2012 opening) are due in at the beginning of June - so please get in touch soon!

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Workshops for Opera Loving Toddlers! Opera North is holding two early years taster workshops on Monday 20th June, 10.30 – 11.30 am, and 1 – 2pm at the Howard Assembly Room in The Grand Theatre this season. Babies and toddlers will have the opportunity to play musical games, learn songs, and explore rhythm and movement with an artist from Opera North. The workshop offers a wonderful way to be creative with your child in a safe, friendly environment. The space is ‘baby’ proof and very accessible with a lift, space to park buggies and it has changing facilities. Tickets are free, but please book in advance to reserve your place. Call the box office on 0844 848 2727 or visit www.

Junior Rugby. Moortown Rugby Union Club, a brilliant club for youth development with squads from U7s up to adult open-age rugby, is recruiting for their Under 7s & 8s squads (current Year 3 classes). The teams train & play against other local clubs Sundays 10:30am. Details: Damian Curtis 07860 454701 or 0113 274 94014. Leeds Junior TaeKwon Do Club Tues & Thurs 6 – 7pm (term time). St. Chad’s Primary School, Northolme Ave. Ages 5 – 12. Beginners welcome. Details: Alex Webster 07732274521 Mini Breeze (Organised by Inner North West Hub Extended Services) Spring Bank Half Term holiday Thurs 2 June, 12-4pm at Cragside Rec. Cragside Walk, LS5. Variety of activities incl. inflatable games, sports, art & craft practitioners. Details: Alastair Marshall 07891 276575, marshaa12@, Pat Spedding 07891 276574 A New Bike Club at Meanwood Valley Urban Farm Every fortnight from 30th April. Qualified coach. Open to 8 – 12 year olds. Bring your own bike. Free. Details & to book: Ian 0771 649 7300, Rainbows (For girls aged 5-7). Kirkstall – Wed; Headingley - Thurs. Local Rainbow groups are having loads of fun with their motto Live, Laugh, Love & Learn. Details: Vicki 07787 500338, Spanish Playgroup Do you speak fluent Spanish? Do you have children under 5? Join us Thurs, 10.30am – 12.30pm at Meanwood Institute, Green Rd. LS6. Details: 07952 901 770 Wrangthorn Baby & Toddler Group Parent run group Tues 1 – 2.30pm & Thurs 10 – 11.30am, at Wrangthorn Church Hall, Hyde Pk Tce. £1. Refreshments

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Leeds Met Students Help Celebrate Rainbow Club Success To celebrate a year’s success for The Rainbow Club, a group of Leeds Metropolitan University students is running an event at Headingley Campus on Thursday 12th May involving around 80 Year 5 pupils from the Priesthorpe School Sport Partnership. Based on the ‘Rainbow Club’, which aims to increase participation in physical activity during school time, the event will focus on developing a range of skills necessary for sport and recreational activities. It will also include activities like handball and circus skills, promoting a healthy lifestyle and an inter-school competition. Leeds Met students are regularly involved with local primary schools, promoting healthy and active lifestyles and encouraging participation in sports.


Richmond House Celebrates Anniversary in Style In celebration of the school’s 75th anniversary this year, the children from Richmond House School’s Nursery and Reception classes partied as if it were 1935! The children, aged between three and five, held a street party. To fit with the 75 year theme they stepped back in time, celebrating the era in which the school was founded. They played old fashioned games and dressed in 1930’ style or as early television characters such as Andy Pandy, Noddy, Looby Lou and Bozo the Clown. The entire school has celebratory activities planned throughout the year to mark the anniversary. These themed events will also help to raise money for Martin House Children’s Hospice, the school’s nominated charity. The school had a great response to their appeal for past pupils to get in touch and share their stories and they are looking forward to welcoming past pupils and the local community through their doors to share their heritage at their Open Day on Monday 9th May, 2 – 7pm.

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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 267 4716, Sara 287 6250 Leeds Contra Ceilidh meets 8 - 10.30pm at Headingley Parish Hall, St Michael’s Rd. near the Skyrack in Headingley, on 2nd & 4th Tues of each month (Sept to June). Live band! No partner or experience required. Newcomers welcome. Details: Liz 284 3282, www. Leeds English Folk Dancing Society Weds, Meanwood Methodist Church (School Room), 7.30 – 9.30pm. Details: Derry Fletcher 07960 335926 Leeds Phoenix Folk Dancers - English Country Dancing at Adel Methodist Church Hall (behind Lawnswood Arms). Wed 8 – 10pm. Beginners welcome - partner not necessary. Details: 2611902 Leeds RSPB Group Free bird walks in May. Sat 7 at Swillington Ings (meet 10am Fleet Lane car park); Wed 11 at Harewood (meet 7pm inside gates at Wike Rd entrance); Sat 14 at Rodley Nature Reserve (meet 10am in car park). Details: Leeds YHA Walking Group Walks, cycle rides, weekends & social activities. Over 160 members aged 20-74. Details: Stephen 368 0417, www. Leeds 10K 19 June Register & raise vital funds for your local children’s hospital. The Leeds Children’s Hospital Appeal aims to make a child’s

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Scottish Country Dancing Thurs 7.30 – 9.30pm, St Columba’s, Headingley Lane. No partner necessary. £2.50 incl refreshments. Details: 269 1791, 278 2300, St Chad’s Tennis Club Join our friendly club & play tennis throughout the year - fun club sessions & competitive opportunities. New members welcome. Details: Anne Wallace 274 9917 St Chad’s Broomfield Cricket Club - Champions of the Wetherby Cricket League, play in Headingley & run 4 senior & 5 junior teams. Indoor nets start shortly. Currently looking for new players, as well as volunteers & sponsors. Details: Paul 07795 154444, St. Gemma’s Get Fit Campaign Get fit, lose weight or take on the challenge of a lifetime & raise money at the same time. Swim, run, do a sponsored slim, or go walking at midnight. You could also jump from a plane or trek the Great Wall of China! Details: 218 5570, hayleya@ , Weetwood Walking Group Walk to a healthier life! Lower blood pressure, reduce cholesterol, enhance mental wellbeing, control weight, improve flexibility, reduce risk of heart disease & stroke. Details: Rachel Hepton 07528 252412, rachel.hepton@ ARTS & CRAFTS Abbey House Museum Art Group Wed 25 May, 10am – 12 noon. £5. Booking essential. Details: 230 5492,

Chinese Brush Painters Society Sat 7/Sun 8 May painting workshops on fruits & calligraphy at Pool-inWharfedale Memorial Village Hall, Arthington Lane, Pool. 10am – 4pm. New members welcome. Details: Anne Allan 01422 368482, mail@

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Flower Arranging Classes 1st Thurs of month, 1.30pm & 7.30pm at Paxton Hall, 186 Kirkstall Lane, LS6. Beginners welcome. Details: Kath Hall 275 2436 kaybeehall@


Headingley Flower Club Fri 6 May, 7.30pm at St Chad’s Parish Centre. Flower demonstration titled ‘The Three Rs’ by well known demonstrator Vanessa Wellock. New members & visitors very welcome

Yorkshire Flower Club Club Event Wed 25 May, 1.45pm at St Wilfrid’s Church Hall, Duchy Rd, Harrogate HG1. Bring a £5 bunch and play! Details: 01943 863172

Coffee Morning & Plant Sale Sat 7 May, 10am – 12 noon at West Park United Reformed Church, Spen Lane. Beautiful, healthy plants plus a cake stall. All welcome! Friends of Carr Manor Primary School Summer Fair & Craft Market Sat 25 June. Stall holders wanted, only £10 per table. Details: Katharine Smith 07946 455 618 katharine_smith100@hotmail. com

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cakes, books, refreshments. Local Allotment Association info. Stalls £16 / £10. Everyone welcome. Details: Headingley Farmers’ Market 2nd Sat of month, The Rose Garden in front of The Arc on North Lane. 9am – 12.30pm. Hyde Park Community Shop Open Mon, Tues, Wed & Fri 1 – 4pm at Hyde Park Methodist Mission Church, Woodsley Rd. LS 3. Ladies, men’s & children’s clothing, books, toys, bric-a-brac & more. 90% of things cost just £1. Kirkstall Abbey Deli Market New monthly market to run last Sat of month from 28 May, 12 noon – 3pm, featuring good quality food, plants & goods from local & Northern producers & suppliers. Currently looking for stallholders for opening market (£15 per stall). Details: 0113 230 5492, or

Leeds Horticultural Society Annual Plant & Coffee Morning Sat 7 May, 9.30 – 11.30am at St Chad’s Centre, Otley Rd. Adm. £1. Quality plants, homemade cakes. Details: Pat 225 0030. Oakwood Farmers’ Market 3rd Sat each month, 9am – 12.30pm at the Oakwood Clock. Open Day & Plant Fair Sun 22 May, 10.30am – 3pm at Hope Pastures Horse & Donkey Sanctuary, Weetwood Lane by the Ring Rd. LS16. Stalls, games, displays, food etc. Details: www.hopepastures. org Plant Market Sat 21 May, 10am – 1pm at Paxton Horticultural Society, 186 Kirkstall Lane, LS6. National Vegetable Society, West Yorkshire Fuchsia Society & Hardy Plant Society will also be there. Great selection of plants & vegetables.

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COMMUNITY NOTICES Plant Sales Day Sat 14 May, 11am – 4pm at Caring For Life, Crag House Farm, Otley Old Rd LS16. Wide variety of bedding plants, perennials & alpines. All proceeds for Caring For Life, a registered Christian charity helping homeless, vulnerable & disabled people in Leeds. Granary Shop & Café open 9am-5pm. Details: 0113 230 3600 Plant Sale Weekend Sat 14/ Sun 15 May, 10am – 2pm at Meanwood Valley Urban Farm, Sugar Well Rd. LS7. Bedding plants, hanging baskets, planters, perennials, vegetable plants grown from seed. Details: 262 9759 www. Saturday Coffee Morning 10am – 12 noon at Headingley Methodist Church, Chapel St. Headingley LS6. Delicious homemade cakes, teas, coffees, juice & lots of chat every Saturday. Everyone welcome. Spring Fayre Sat 14 May, 10.30am – 1pm at Holy Trinity Parochial Hall, Meanwood. Games for children, refreshments, plant stall & much more. St Andrew’s Church Coffee Morning 3rd Sat every month 10.30am-12, St Andrew’s Church Hall, Butcher Hill. All Welcome St Gemma’s Indoor Car Boot Sale Sat 28 May, 10am – 1pm at the hospice, 329 Harrogate Rd, Moortown. Free parking at hospice, entry by donation. GROUPS/CLUBS Adel Ladies Luncheon Club meets 1st Wed of month, Castle Grove Masonic Hall, Castle Grove Dr. LS6. Wed 4 May: Ian Thompson on ‘The Yorkshire Air Ambulance’. Wed 1 June: ‘The Virgin Atlantic Balloon Crossing’ with David Morris. Details: Muriel Huntley 0113 230 1584


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, The Wharfedale Inn, Arthington Lane. All welcome. Details: 0113 391 0403, www. Book Club Oxfam Bookshop, Headingley, 1st Thurs of each month, 7.30pm. Details: 274 3818, oxfamshopf0839@ Bramhope Round Table Every 2nd Tues. Fun, friendship & fundraising (in that order!). All men between 18 & 45 welcome. Details: www., Chevin Antiques Society Interested in antiques & like to know more? The Society meets 1st Tues of month (Sept – May), 8pm at West Park Rugby Club, Bramhope. Interesting speakers. Annual Membership £25. First visit free. Details: Lis Loach 267 4843, Sally Wilkinson 267 1721 Comedy Writers Group Seeks Amateur Performers for festival event. Preliminary read-through Wed 4 May, 7-9pm, upstairs at Pack Horse pub, Woodhouse Lane. Details: Terry 295 5339 or, with Comedy Performing in subject line. Four Seasons Needle Workers meets fortnightly (March 7, 21), 1.30 – 3pm, Four Seasons Cafe, Mark Lane (behind St John’s Church, Briggate) to knit & crochet items for charity. All welcome. Lessons given. Friendly people. Details: 0113 262 0250


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 Leeds Anglo German Club Tues 17 May: Peter Gieler, Gen. Sec. Anglo-Austrian Society, will give an illustrated talk ‘The Salt of the Earth’ in German & English about the Celts of Hallstatt in the Salzkammergut region & their ‘white gold’. 7.30pm at St Columba’s URC, Headingley. Details: 268 7697 Lawnswood Bridge Club 1.15pm Tues, YMCA Otley Road. Small friendly club playing Chicago. New members welcome with a partner if possible. Details: 07771 610350 Leeds Caledonians Seeks New Members! The AGM is on Wed 11 May, 7.30pm at The Stables, Back Church Lane, Adel. Please bring suggestions for coming season. www. Leeds Feline Friends Can you give a cat a good home away from a busy road? Details: 216 0593, mail@ Leeds Horticultural Society invites new members & visitors to their monthly meetings, 8pm, 1st Tues each month at St Chad’s Centre, Otley Rd. LS6. Tues 3 May: David Allison - demonstrates baskets & containers. Details: 225 0030 uk Leeds Hospital Alert Small group of concerned people campaigning for preservation of the NHS. Next meeting Tues 17 May at Muir Court, St Michael’s Rd. LS6. Details: Beatrice Rogers 0113 278 5495 Leeds Lions meets 2nd Mon, Holiday Inn Express, Cavendish St. LS3, 7.30pm. Details: 0845 833 7428,

Leeds Microscopical Society (LMS) meets 2nd & 4th Thurs, 7pm at Alwoodley Methodist Church Hall. Varied programme of talks & practical evenings, open to all with an interest in natural history & who wish to learn about microscopy. 12 May: Freshwater Life. 26th May: AGM & ‘Gossip’ Details: Mike Smith: 293 991, mikesmith_ Leeds Oxfam Group – Open evenings 1st Wed of month, 7.30pm The Civic Hall, Leeds. Invited speakers on a range of global justice issues. Events & activities also arranged across the city. Next meetings 4 May & 1 June. Everyone welcome. Details: Pauline Neale 269 3542, Leeds Movie Makers Get more out of your camcorder C & film making. Fri 7.30pm, Stainbeck United Reformed M Church Hall, Stainbeck Lane Y (rear entrance). Details: George Wooley 225 6444, CM Doreen Wood 278 2972 Leeds National Trust MY Association Spring/ Summer programme (Apr – Sept) CY includes visits to places of historic & general interest, CMY monthly walks & members holidays. New members K always welcome. Details: Pam 0113 258 8178 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 Leeds Photographic Society, the oldest photographic society in the world, meets Tues 7.30pm, St Edmund’s Church Hall, Lidgett Park Rd, Roundhay, LS8. Visitors & prospective members welcome. Details: the Secretary 0113 265 0651 or


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Mrs. P., a Leeds businesswoman, posted her gold to one of the cash for gold adverts seen on TV. A cheque arrived for £64.99. Mrs P. was horrified by the amount and demanded her items back. She later took the same pieces to Queensbury Jewellers Ltd and received £590.00 in cash.



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52 Leeds Skyrack Lions Club meets every 2nd & 4th Thurs in Headingley. Details: Mike Dent 293 1027. Leeds U3A is a vibrant organisation for anyone not in full time occupation. Over 25 interest groups & regular fortnightly meetings. Details: Bill 07552 448834, www. Leeds Women’s Luncheon Club Meets 4th Wed of month for lunch, 12.15pm, Cosmopolitan (formerly Golden Lion), Swinegate, Leeds. Interesting speakers. Details: 267 9316 The Meanwood Players a new amateur drama group, meets Thurs 7 – 9pm at the Meanwood Institute, Green Rd. Details: 07791 129068 Mark & Spencer’s Sunday Roast - New North Leeds LGB professional social networking Sunday afternoon events. Make your weekends more interesting, meet Headingley, Chapel Allerton, Meanwood & Roundhay based gay & lesbian professionals. Details: mandssundayroast@gmail. com. Meanwood Mens Society Mon 16 May: Talk – ‘Dei Goes to War’, 8pm at Meanwood Institute. Mon 23 May: Super Night Canal Cruise - Meet Canal Wharfe 7-15pm. Details: Mark 274 7611 or Colin 274 6316. Meanwood WI meets 3rd Tues, 7.30pm at Meanwood Institute, Green Rd. 17 May: Alun Pugh presents ‘Dei Goes to War’. Mercury Movie Makers Club for camcorder owners. Weds, Rawdon Conservative Club, 7:30pm. Advice freely available. Regular film & practical evenings, & occasional outdoor events. Details: 0113 257 7274, brad/mercmove

Methodist Women’s Luncheon Club (Leeds & District) Welcomes new members to their monthly meetings at Devonshire Hall, Headingley on 2nd Wed of each month (Oct – May). Good food & excellent speakers! Details: Shirley 257 9381 Muslimah Mums’ Group A hub of sisterliness. Details: MuslimahMums@yahoo.,www.muslimahmums. 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, Royal Park School Consortium meets every Tues, 7pm at the Burley Lodge Centre, 42 Burley Lodge Rd. LS6. Social & Activities Club New members welcome. Mainly over 30s. Meals, pub nights, theatre/films/music, walks, badminton, book group, weekends away & more. Monthly new members’ night in north Leeds. Details: 0844 8111025 Trackrod Motor Club Meets 1st Tues of each month, 9.30pm at Old Modernians Club, Cookridge Lane. New Members welcome. Details: The Tuesday Club - Ladies’ Lunch Group Devonshire Hall, Cumberland Rd, Headingley, last Tues of month. Lunch 12.30pm, followed by visiting speaker. Details: Heather Harrison 267 8437, 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@ White Rose Ladies Speakers Club meets Mon 7.45pm Farsley Library, Old Road, Farsley, LS28. Next meetings 9 May & 13 June. Friendly

environment in which to find your voice & improve your presentation skills, including Powerpoint, while having a lot of fun. See them also on YouTube. Details: Sheila Wyatt 267 2062 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 Bell Ringing at St Chad’s Thurs 7.30 – 9pm Beginners & experienced ringers welcome. Details: Simon Futers 230 0186, t.s.futers@ Chippendale Singers Concert Sat 7 May, 7.30pm at St Chad’s Church, Far Headingley. programme includes Vivaldi Gloria, selection of pieces from the choir’s broad repertoire & an organ duet. In aid of Wheatfields Hospice. Tickets (£10/£8) from Wheatfields, Yorkshire College of Music St Mark’s Ave, LS2 or on door. Details: Tony Nixon 01943 467188, www. Flute Group - Tues 7 – 8pm, Yorkshire College of Music & Drama, St Mark’s House, St Mark’s Ave. For Grade 4 standard & above. Details: 243 1605 Lawnswood Singers A female choir, practices Wed 7.30pm Holy Trinity Church, Green Lane, Cookridge. Good female singers welcome to try us out. Wide repertoire & friendly people! Details: Brenda Hawer 0113 2671292, www. 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. Concerts by professional artists: Wed 4 May, 8pm, Howard Beumont. Guests welcome - £4. Details: 0113 226 5671, www. Phoenix Concert Band A community wind band rehearses weekly at West Park Centre, Spen Lane, Thurs 7.30 – 9.30pm. No audition. Players of a suitable standard welcome (Associated Board Grade 5). Details: secretary@, www. Players for Pleasure offers opportunities for adult amateur musicians to meet & perform favourite pieces in a friendly & supportive atmosphere. All levels from beginner upwards. All instruments - orchestral, piano, singing etc. Details of forthcoming events etc. www. Society of Recorder Players Friendly adult group meets 2nd Sat of month, 2 – 5pm at United Reformed Church, Headingley, to play a variety of styles of music. New members welcome. Details: Caroline Payne 01943 467348 Sunday Night Live! New monthly event 1st Sun of month, 7pm at Costa Coffee Headingley, hosted by City Church Leeds. Live entertainment with a twist of faith! Enjoy your favourite coffee, live music & real life stories that will warm your heart! Details: 275 8466,, SENIORS Carpet Bowls Thurs, 1.45 - 3.45pm at St. Stephens Church, Cranmer Rd, off King Lane, Moortown. Join us for exercise & fun! £1.50 incl. tea. Details: Sheila 275 7965

53 Lunch Club Mons & Weds 11-1.30pm (£4). Stainbeck United Reformed Church, Stainbeck Rd. Meal, friendship, gentle exercise. Transport provided. Volunteers always welcome. Details: Avril or Brian 293 5847, Angela 225 3766 Luncheon Club Meets 12 noon Tues at Headingley Methodist Church Hall, Church St. Open to anyone over 60 for food & friendship. New members welcome. Two course hot meal £3.50. Please order in advance. Details: 275 5615, 275 1592 Mena Exercise Classes ChairBased Exercises: 10 -11am Bentley Court; 11.30am – 12.30pm Memorial Dr; 1.30 – 2.30pm Astura Court. Tai Chi classes Tues 2 – 3pm & Thurs 12 – 1pm at Meanwood Community Centre, £2. Details: MENA 278 5777 OWLS (Older Wiser Local Seniors) provides activities for seniors living in Headingley, Burley, Little Woodhouse & parts of Kirkstall. Membership is free for those aged 60 or over. You will receive a quarterly newsheet with information about all activities etc. Details: 369 7077 or St Chad’s Lunch Club Weds 12 - 1.30pm at St Chad’s Parish Centre. Tasty 2-course meal, tea/coffee, biscuits & good company for just £3.50! Open to all those of retirement age living locally to St Chad’s. Transport provided. Details: Anne 274 9917, Claire 275 2917 STEP invites you to join their groups at St Andrew’s Church Hall, Butcher Hill LS16. Mon 1 – 3pm afternoon tea, cakes & bingo; Tues 10 – 11.30am Gentle Exercise; Thurs 10 – 11.30am Coffee & Chat followed by Bingo & Brunch 11.30am - 1.00pm. Details: 275 7988, www.stepleeds.

SPIRITUAL Alpha Course starting Fri 29 April for 10 weeks, 7pm at City Church Leeds, Ashwood Centre, 44a Headingley Lane, LS6. Details: 0113 275 8466. Christian Science Church Services, 40 Otley Rd, Headingley: Sun 10.30am. Testimony meetings 2nd Wed of month, 7.30pm & 4th Wed 2.30pm. Reading Room open 11am - 2pm Tues, Thurs & Fri. City Church Leeds Ashwood Centre, 44a Headingley Lane, LS6. Services for all the family Sunday 10.30am. Loft Café open 7.30pm Sunday for informal get together. Life Groups in homes around the city, student & youth get-togethers at Ashwood during the week. All welcome. Details: 275 8466 / mail@ / www. FREE ‘drop in’ group meditation Sun 7- 8pm (except 3rd Sunday of month: 6.30-7.30pm). Experience peace & calm with periods of silence & guided meditations. Brahma Kumaris, West Park. Details: 2757727, leeds@, www.bkwsu. org/uk/leeds Headingley St. Columba United Reformed Church Bring a change into your life by joining in worship at 70 Headingley Lane, LS6. Sunday service 10.45am. All welcome. Headingley Methodist Church Otley Rd. Sat 7 May, 10am – 2pm. Exhibition of wedding photos. Coffee & cakes. Part of Treasures Revealed Festival. Holy Name Church 52 Otley Old Rd, Ireland Wood, will be open Sat 7 May at 11am. To celebrate the Treasures Revealed Festival there will be tours of the church & illustrated talks every hour on the hour, followed by refreshments. Last tour 3pm. Complete programme available from Sue Goodyear 267 8257

Learn to meditate FWBO Leeds Buddhist Centre. A contemporary approach to meditation, mindfulness & the Buddhist tradition. Also classes in yoga & bodywork, chronic pain & stress management. Details: 244 5256, www. Leeds Healing Centre Now at Burley Lodge Centre, 42-46 Burley Lodge Road, LS6. Healing by members of The Healing Trust (NFSH) to aid relaxation & promote wellbeing. Fri 11am – 2.30pm. Healing also at Friends’ Meeting House, Roundhay, Thurs 7 – 8.30pm. Donations appreciated. Details: 07985 121810, 01274 617700, www. Leeds Philosophical Society Sun 5 June, 2.30pm, 12 Queen Sq. LS2. Kabbalistic Concepts of the Soul (The Nefesh, Ruach, Neshamah & the ascent towards God) Leeds Reformed Baptist Church meets for Sunday services at the West Park Centre, Spen Lane (10:30am & 6pm). Many other activities through the week at 20 Cottage Rd, incl. pre-school, children’s clubs, toddlers & various other groups. Details: 275 8996, Leeds Stillness Group meets Mon 7.30 - 9.30pm at Quaker Friends Meeting House, 136 Street Lane, Roundhay. Based on the teachings of Eckhart Tolle, author of The Power of Now & A New Earth. Watch footage of an Eckhart Tolle talk followed by a period of silent meditation. Small donation appreciated. Details: 07884 332644 or www. Meanwood Methodist Church Monday Fellowship Meetings held fortnightly, 2pm in The Schoolroom. Varied programme, interesting speakers. Warm welcome. Details: Marjorie Hopwood 275 6913.

Meanwood Valley Baptist Church meets at Meanwood Community Centre, Stainbeck Ave. Sunday service 11am, coffee 10.30am. Details: Church Office 275 7215,

Meditation in Leeds Weekly classes Tues 3, 10, 17 May, 1 – 2pm (£3) & 7.30 – 9.30pm (£5) at Ratnasambhava Centre, 22 Wetherby Rd, Oakwood, & Thurs 5, 12,19 May, 7.30 – 9.30pm (£5) at Friends Meeting House, Woodhouse Lane. Day Course (8 May), Stop the Week (13 May), 1/2 day Meditation Workshop (21 May). Details: 265 8164, info@ Quaker Meeting for Worship & Children’s Meeting Sun 10.45am Quaker Meeting House, 188 Woodhouse Lane, LS2 South Parade Baptist Church, Kirkstall Lane. Mon 2 – Sat 7 May, 10am – 4pm, variety of exhibitions to celebrate Treasures Revealed festival. Light lunches 12.15 – 1pm; talk, video or organ playing 1 – 1.30pm. Wed 4, 7.30pm, Dr Chris Gnanakan on ‘The Bible Cross-culturally’; Thurs 5, 8pm film ‘KJB, The Book That Changed the World; Fri 6, 7.30pm, storytelling with Dan Brown. Details: www.spbc. St Andrew’s Church Moor Grange Saturday Sanctuary All Age Service 1st Sat every month, 4.30pm. Informal worship followed by refreshments. All welcome. St Chad’s Parish Church, Far Headingley Parish Communion 10am every Sunday, & Evensong at 6.30pm, both in the Parish Centre. All welcome. Details: Parish Office 274 4322, www.



St Michael’s Headingley Parish Church 8am services, 2nd & 4th Sun of month. 10am Holy Communion. 12.15pm communion (said service). Wed 10.30am Holy Communion every week. Sat 7 May, Church open as part of Treasures Revealed Festival 10am – 3pm. Look round this lovely church, find the ‘Mouseman’ mice Stainbeck United Reformed Church Stainbeck Rd. Sunday Worship 10.45am – family worship, Sunday Club, crèche & coffee. Communion 2nd Sunday. Praise & reflection Thurs 7.30 – 8pm. Sun 8 May, 3pm – Community Songs of Praise, tea & cakes. Thurs 5 May 11am – 4pm Community Cafe to celebrate Stainbeck’s 80th Anniversary & Treasures Revealed Festival. Light lunches 11am – 2pm, tea & cakes 2 – 4pm. All welcome. St Augustine’s Church (Wrangthorn), Hyde Park Corner. 10.30am services every Sunday. 1st, 2nd & 4th Sundays Holy Communion, 3rd Sunday shorter family service. 6.30pm evening service. All Welcome. St Urban’s Grove Lane Masses Sat 6pm, Sun 8.30 & 10.30am West Park United Reformed Church, Spen Lane. Sunday Service at 10.30am. Crèche for young children where they are looked after for part of the service. Coffee & tea cakes Sat 10.30am. SUPPORT Arthritis Care Leeds Branch Meets 3rd Tues of each month, 7.30 – 9pm, St Chad’s Parish Centre, Far Headingley. New members welcome. Details: Pat 0113 275 7694 Different Strokes Invites stroke survivors to join them, Wed 1.45 – 3.45pm, Adel Stables, Back Church Lane. Incl. an hour of exercise. Details: Linda McLean 225 4744

DREAM (Disability, Recreation, Education & Advisory Meetings) has a new website with details of all their activities for people with disabilities in NW Leeds. Visit www.dreamnwleeds.btck. Families Need Fathers 7.30pm, 2nd Wed of month, Victoria Hotel, Great George St, Leeds. Support & advice group for parents trying to maintain & develop relationships with their children, following divorce or family breakdown. Details: Don 07981 710179, Ray 07921 728747. Leeds Coeliac Group Fri 20 May, 7.30pm at Sheesh Mahal, Kirkstall Rd, LS4. Gluten-free Indian meal. Details: Sandra McLean 07711 768850, sandra. Leeds Diabetes Support Group 1st Mon of month, West Yorkshire Playhouse, 7– 9pm. Variety of speakers. All welcome. Details: Joan Wells 225 4528. Crohn’s & Colitis UK Support for people with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), their friends & families throughout North & West Yorkshire. Four educational & support meetings a year, plus regular informal meets. Details: 0845 130 6809, Leeds@groups., www.groups. Leeds Samaritans provide confidential, non-judgemental support 24 hours a day for people who are experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those which could lead to suicide. They listen with an open mind & in complete confidence, for as long as you need. Details: 0113 245 6789, 08457 909090 Talking Magazines Anyone who is blind or partially sighted can obtain these monthly cassettes by contacting Leeds Cassette at the Shire View Centre, 72 Headingley Lane LS6 2DJ or calling 0113 270 9130.

The Open Door Café A meeting place for people with dementia & their carers. Last Mon of month (except bank hols), 2-4pm, New Headingley Club, St Michael’s Road. Details: Nikki 231 1727

‘Is Freedom a State of Mind?’ Sun 29 May, 7-8.30pm Weetwood Hall, Otley Rd., LS16. Free talk. No booking required. Details: 0113 275 7727,

Wheatfields Carers Support Group Small friendly group meets at Wheatfields, Grove Lane, 2nd Wed of month, 1.30 – 3pm. Chat over coffee & share experiences. Details: Chris Ellis 203 3342, Angie Thompson, Carers Leeds, 246 8338

Leeds Decorative & Fine Arts Society (Leeds DFAS) meets Wed 18 May,1.45pm at Castle Grove, Far Headingley, when popular speaker, David Bostwick, will present ‘Gardens of goodly delight’ Please book with Ann Lightman 0113 261 1363.

The Yorkshire Cancer Help Centre is now at the Day Therapy Unit, St Michael’s Hospice, Harrogate two Saturdays each month, offering support for people with cancer & their loved ones. Details: Esme 01423 881392/ Karen 01937 573166,

Leeds Geological Association Thurs 12 May, 7:15pm Rupert Beckett Lecture Theatre, Michael Sadler Building, Leeds University – A lecture by Dr Richard Phillips, Leeds University on ‘Galactic Cosmic Rays & Earthquakes: using exotic particles to determine earthquake magnitude & frequency. Visitors welcome. Details:

TALKS & DISCUSSIONS Headingley Café Scientifique 7.45 – 9.30pm at New Headingley Club, St Michael’s Rd. Headingley. Tues 3 May: Dr. Jay Naik, St. James Institute of Oncology, on Cancer Research. Tues 7 June: Prof. Wade Allison, University of Oxford, on ‘Radiation & Reason’. Adm £2. All welcome. Details: ann. Headingley Green Party Works in Leeds NW Constituency for a safer, sustainable world & meets once a month. Welcomes anyone interested in the important issues of our time. Details: 226 1876, uk, www.headingleygreens., or write to: Headingley Green Party, c/o 21 Hollin Drive, Leeds LS16 5NE. Headingley & Kirkstall Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) Campaigns for a world free from the threat of WMD & works for a truly peaceful & secure future. Meets 1st Tues of month, Headingley Community Centre, North Lane. 7.30-9.30pm. Newcomers welcome. Details: 274 1011, dave@

Yorkshire Archaeological Society (Family History Section) Sat 14 May, AGM at 11am followed by lecture entitled ‘How the Assizes Came to Leeds’ by Kate Taylor, 12 noon at 23, Clarendon Rd. Leeds. Free drop-in sessions Tues 2 - 4pm for anyone needing help with family history research. Details: 0113 263 9540 MISC/ Events 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. Cookridge Amateur Dramatics Society presents ‘When the Reaper Calls’ a comedy thriller by Peter Colley at Cookridge Village Hall, Green Lane, LS 16. 7.30pm Thurs 5 – Sat 7 May. Ticket £6adults/ £5 concessions from 0113 239 0800 or on door.

56 Free English Courses Leeds English Language School is offering free English courses throughout 2011 as part of their teacher training programme. Details: 0113 2751964 www.leedsenglish. com

Grand Ceilidh with Bandiera Rossa Sat 21 May, 7.30pm St Chad’s Centre, Otley Rd. In aid of PAFRAS, a charity helping distressed refugees & asylum seekers. Experienced callers. Please bring some food to share. Tickets £8 adults/ £4 children/ £18 family ticket (2adults, 2 children). Details: Tricia 2746038, Martin 2781712. Gardening Question Time: Fruit & Veg Special Tues 17 May, 7.30pm Parochial Hall, Holy Trinity Church, Meanwood. New & seasoned gardeners welcome. Bring your gardening questions for a panel of experienced growers to answer. Send your fruit & veg queries in advance to transitionmeanwood@ or just come along & learn lots of useful gardening tips. Hosted by Transition Meanwood. Harrogate & Nidderdale Art Club Spring Art Exhibition & Sale 30 April, 1 & 2 May, 10am – 5pm at Ripley Town Hall, Ripley, Nr Harrogate. Free admission. Details: Honey Bee Swarms will be collected, free of charge, (if accessible). Details: Terri Beddows 268 8231, 0796 451 7608. Hope Pastures Horse & Donkey Sanctuary Weetwood Lane, LS16. Visitors welcome 10.30am – 2.45pm. Free admission. Groom a pony sessions Sat 10.30 – 11.30am. Details: Karen 0794 894 8158.

International Dawn Chorus Day Sat 1 May, 5.30am at Brimham Rocks. Join them for a 3 mile walk – you’re sure to hear nature’s symphony at its best, as resident birds & migrants all sing as the sun rises. Stout footwear. Sorry no dogs. Booking Essential. Details: 01423 780688 Jewish Ancestors? Michael Hoffman, a London-based genealogist, will be running a workshop to help family historians for the Leeds branch of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Great Britain (JGSGB) on Tues 10 May. Details: Ann Lightman 0113 261 1363 Large Room for Hire Meanwood Methodist Church, Monk Bridge Rd. Excellent floor, adjacent kitchen & disabled facilities, plus smaller room for meetings of 12-15 people. Weekdays & evenings. Details: 293 9564 Large Room for Hire for meetings of 20 – 25 people, side area with comfy chairs for smaller groups. Muir Court, St Michael’s Rd. LS6. Adjacent kitchen. Weekday afternoons & evenings. Details: Louise 274 3241, uk Leeds Civic Trust Guided Supper Walks Wed 4 May: Medieval Leeds; Tues 10 May: Georgian Leeds; Wed 18 May: Victorian Leeds; Tues 24 May: Edwardian Leeds. Walks start 7pm from the Trust office, 17-19 Wharf St & last about 1½ hours, ending with supper at Wharf St. Cost £9. Details & to book: 0113 243 9594, uk. Rooms for Hire Headingley Methodist Church has rooms of various sizes which can be used for meetings, activities & celebrations. Details: Margaret Appleyard on 257 6547

Roundhay Park Geology Trail 2nd Sat alternate months (next walk 14 May). Led by a geologist & starting from the Mansion Visitor Centre at 1.30pm. No geological knowledge necessary. Please wear suitable footwear. Trail leaflets on sale at visitor centre & Lakeside Restaurant. Details: Bill Fraser 260 8764 St Chad’s Scouts Looking for fun, adventure, or a new challenge? Why not join our leadership team – No prior knot tying experience required! gsl@

Volunteering Opportunities at Caring Together Looking for something rewarding & fun? Why not volunteer with us? We support older people in Woodhouse & Little London, offering practical as well as emotional support. We also run various exercise, educational & social activities. Details: Lisa Hutton 243 0298, caring.

Second Hand Furniture at Safe Haven at Willow Green, Parkside, Horsforth, LS18. Registered Charity.Open: Mon-Fri 9.15am – 4pm; Sat 10am – 2pm. Sofas, wardrobes, tables, chairs, chest of drawers, etc. For Sales/collection of furniture contact 07910 545 569 Small delivery charge. Swishing (Clothes Swap) Party Fri 6 May, 7.30pm St Chad’s Primary School, West Park. In aid of school funds. If you have clothes you’d like to swap to freshen up your wardrobe, come along. Entry £5 incl glass of wine. Please drop off clothes you’d like to swap at school before 6 May. Details: Jane 07743 327850 or Shazia 07971 897475 Transition Meanwood ‘Green Drinks’ 3rd Wed every month 8pm, East of Arcadia. All welcome meet to chat about green issues & develop ideas to reduce Meanwood’s carbon footprint. Details: www.transition-city-leeds. & enter Meanwood.


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Spring into summer…

Summer workshops at the Lifelong Learning Centre from Tuesday 28 June – Saturday 2 July 2011 The Lifelong Learning Centre at the University of Leeds is organising a programme of summer workshops which will run from Tuesday 28 June to Saturday 2 July inclusive. The programme will include:

Creative writing

Film and culture

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To add your details to the summer workshops mailing list please contact Lorna Thompson / 0113 343 3212


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Notice is hereby given that I, Richard Lindley, have made an application under section 17 of part 3 of the Licensing Act 2003 for the grant of a premises license for the premises known as : café lento 21a, North Lane Leeds LS6 3HW I intend to conduct on or from the premises the following licensable activities : • •

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the sale by retail of alcohol Mon to Wed 10.00-18.00 Thurs to Sun 10.00-23.00 the provision of regulated entertainment Fri 20.00-22.00 Interested parties or responsible authorities ( within the meaning of the Act) may make written presentations to Leeds City Council about this application until May 24th, which should be sent to the following address: Entertainment Licensing Section Leeds City Council Civic Hall Leeds LS1 1UR For full details and how to view a copy of the application please contact the Entertainment Licensing Section on telephone number 0113 247 4095 or e-mail It is an offence to knowingly or recklessly make a false statement in connection with an application and the maximum fine for which a person is liable on conviction is a fine not exceeding £5000

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Aerials & Satellites 24 Aerials & Digital Installations 29 Digi-tel 49 Sys-tel Appliances 10 ASD Art Supplies 26 Dinsdales Auto Body Repair 58 Chips Away Bathrooms 37 Coral Bathrooms 60 MB Maintenance Bookeeper 63 Diane Orr Builders 49 CC Building 62 Holmwood Builders 63 I & S Building Camper Van Hire 24 Headingley Campers Care Services 13 Bluebird Care Carpets & Flooring 10 Signature Flooring Carpet & Upholstery Cleaners 35 Marks Away 36 Clean Care Charity Shop 62 Salvation Army Cleaners 37 Aid to Freedom 58 Kay Cunningham 60 Selclene Complimentary Therapies 41 Homeopath 41 Advanced Wellness 41 Aromatherapy Massage

Courses 57 University of Leeds 65 Factory 4 66 Swarthmore Decorators 59 Tom Benn 61 Russ Gaunt 62 Sean Danes 63 JSN Egg Donation 61 Leeds Centre for Reproductive Medicine Electrician 63 57 Electrical Events & Classes 39 HEART Fitness 41 Yoga with Jan Coates 41 City Slickers 41 Matt Chapman 62 Aytam Fitness Funeral Services 05 GH Dovener & Son Garages 47 ES Motors 67 Motor Marque Garage Doors 29 ABI Gardeners 11 Brook Landscapes 18 West Park Garden Services 19 John’s Gardening Services 19 Barrow’s Garden Services 19 John Tasker Garden Centre 19 Woodnook Gas Engineer 45 Trust Gas

Guitar Lessons 32 Classical Guitar Hair & Beauty 02 Hair Studio Handyman 35 Handyman to Hire 61 Mr Fix-It Jewellers 51 Queensbury Jewellers Joinery 63 Peter Metcalfe Kitchens 35 UK Laminates 45 Hook Joinery 47 Caldaire Kitchens Laundry & Dry Cleaning 58 West Park Laundry Locksmiths & Security 27 The Lockdoc 31 Andy’s Locksmith

61 Man with a Van Restaurant 09 The Brasserie @ West Park Roofers 27 CH Roofing 47 R&D Sheridan 60 VJR Roofing 61 Halls Roofing & Builders School 42 Richmond House Security 11 CASAC Solicitors 44 Hallam Solicitors Taxis 07 Ace Cars 64 Premier Private Hire TEFL Courses 47 DACT TEFL

Office Space 23 Airedale House 05 PULSE

Theatre 33 West Yorkshire Playhouse

Oven Cleaning 36 Ovenu

Tiler 59 Matt Gillon

Paving & Driveways 45 C & S 68 Resin Driveways

Upholstery 62 Abbey Upholstery

Plasterers 17 John Rodriguez 61 Mick Dodds Plumbers 15 Kaye’s Plumbing 26 John the Plumber 59 Norton Plumbing 60 Bell Property Services Psychic 61 Melissa Removals

Venue Hire 55 The Union Window Cleaner 63 Call Johnny Windows & Conservatories 03 Rainbow 09 Tate Windows Ltd 59 Sash Windows




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