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Made in Leeds Reporter Scoops Top RTS Award


Mark Kielesz-Levine was recently awarded the Yorkshire Royal Television Society ‘News or Current Affairs Reporter’ Award.

Mark is presenter and anchor for Made in Leeds’ daily news programme ‘On The Aire’. The ‘On The Aire’ team was shortlisted for ‘News or Current Affairs Story’. Mark being shortlisted last year in the ‘Reporter of the Year’ category.

“I am delighted to have won this Award which truly is a fantastic honour”, said Mark. “It wouldn’t have been achievable without the support of my Made in Leeds and On The Aire colleagues. I hope this reflects the great things that we do on the channel. I’d also like to reserve special thanks for all of those who trusted me to tell their stories.”

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Oakwood Craft Market Celebrates its First Birthday

Oakwood Craft Market, held the last Saturday of every month at Oakwood Clock, is celebrating a great first year with  special events on 29th July, 12-7pm.

Following the hugely successful Farmers Market run by REAP, Oakwood Traders & Residents Association wanted to offer the community a craft market to support up-and-coming artists and crafters. The market has gone from strength to strength over this past year, from hosting last year’s Summer Garden Party and the first ever Christmas Winterwonderland Market, to being part of the hugely popular Oakwood light switch-on and Oakwood Day.

There have been a range of wonderful, unique stalls throughout the year with more and more people selling handmade wares from organic skincare products and hand designed tea cups to children’s clothing, hand carved bowls and original art, alongside local groups showcasing what’s on offer in the area.

Celebrations include gin tasting, BBQ and free children’s activities. Oakwood Parochial Hall will be holding a Sports Fair and rounding off the day with a Barn dance.

In addition to the usual array of interesting independent local crafts people and traders there will be a similarly diverse array of entertainment on offer. Local bands and singers will be live on stage including the Roundhay Ukulele GroupThe Casinos and RafikiCosmo the Magician will be wowing the kids, and no doubt plenty of adults as well, with his sleight of hand. One Day Creative will be running a free samba drumming workshop and the Sara Horner School of Dance will be showcasing local tap dancing group.

You won’t go hungry with a range of local street food vendors offering a variety of cuisines including West Indian, BBQ, Greek mezze and woodfired pizza and there’s plenty of vegetarian and other options to cater for all diets. If you need to quench your thirst, there will be a scrummy cider bar and local bars Preston and Stew & Oyster will have summer inspired drinks on offer.

There are also lots of activities at Sylva Café and  Oakwood Library throughout the day and there’s the opportunity to find out about local sports and hobby groups with a large number gathering in the Roundhay Parochial Hall on Fitzroy Drive, a mere stone’s throw away. There are so many local groups to get involved with, why not come and find out what’s on offer?

…and, finally, if you’ve still got some energy to burn off there’s the Oakwood Summer Ceilidh in the Parochial Hall with Otley based English country dance band, Northern Comfort. Tickets are available from the PHG Snooker Club (upstairs in the Parochial Hall), Tasty Café, Preston Bar and Jackrabbits Pottery. They are expected to sell out quickly, so get one while you can.

The day, which is entirely free, runs from noon to 7pm, at the foot of Oakwood Clock. The ceilidh kicks off the dancing at 7:30 and will finish around 11pm.








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UK’s Tallest Mural Soars Above Leeds City Skyline

The finishing touches have been put to the UK’s tallest piece of street art.

The giant artwork entitled “Athena Rising” soars 46.8 metres (153 feet) from the ground, making it several metres taller than the statue of Christ which looms over Rio de Janeiro, and a similar size to the Statue of Liberty!

Using the full length of Bruntwood’s Platform building as its canvas, which can be viewed from Leeds train station’s platforms far below, the striking 11 metre-wide design centres on an owl in flight, alongside the moon and a crown, as a nod to the artists involved.


It has taken internationally-acclaimed street art muralist pair Nomad Clan, dubbed ‘one of street art’s finest female duos’, just over two weeks and hundreds of cans of spray paint to complete the work. The duo – Cbloxx and AYLO (aka Joy Gilleard and Hayley Garner) – have worked up to eight hours a day harnessed in a cradle suspended down the side of the building, through the last few weeks’ heat, wind and rain.

The piece is part of the citywide street art project ‘A City Less Grey’, initiated by East Street Arts and fully funded by LeedsBID (Leeds Business Improvement District). The project aims to animate the city and incorporate works of art onto and into Leeds’ buildings and streets.

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Roll up, roll up…A World Famous Leeds Variety Show in Support of our Carers.




Join local charity Carers Leeds this Saturday for an afternoon of great entertainment held in one of the UK’s oldest music halls. Five incredible acts from across the UK will come together for an afternoon of fun and entertainment.

Opera-lele – George Bartle and Amanda Harkett offer a crossover act specialising in singing music from opera and musical theatre accompanied by the emotionally powerful yet understated twang of the ukulele.

Andy Eastwood – specialist in the ukulele, ukulele-banjo, violin and guitar, in a high-energy, upbeat stage act, he combines his showmanship and personality with remarkable vocal and instrumental artistry.

The Mersey Belles – cousins Nancy and Pearl will take you on a trip down memory lane infusing the ukulele with fabulous renditions of all the old classics from the 20’s right up to the 50’s.

Alan Yates – offers music including George Formby, Melody and old time ‘Sing-alongs’ for those trips down memory lane! 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, Rock & Roll, Beatles, Shadows and Eagles.

Ray and Jonny – Whether it is wartime songs, or cheeky ballads, these boys have something for everyone.

Master of Ceremonies Matthew Ward – returns to the City Varieties to host a splendid afternoon of music and merriment and will ensure that the afternoon runs smoothly and splendiferously.

The Acts appearing are all giving their time and talents to show their support for the 72,000 carers living in Leeds. With your help, together we can support carers to take care of themselves, whilst caring for their loved ones.

For over 20 years Carers Leeds has been committed to improving the lives of the city’s unpaid carers and helping them to continue caring. Based in Leeds city centre, it delivers confidential one-to-one and group support, as well as advice over the phone and online.

Tickets are just £12 each or £10 for carers. To book call Carers Leeds on 0113 246 8338 or book online here.



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A Clean Up for Leeds Waterfront Festival


The Canal & River Trust, has announced plans to host the city’s largest waterfront clean-up on Friday 16th June and is inviting local workers and residents to come down and help out.

The charity, which looks after the Leeds & Liverpool and the Aire & Calder Navigation running through Leeds, has already secured the support of 70 volunteers and 11 community groups, social enterprises, charities and waterside businesses to help clean-up the four-mile stretch of waterfront – all part of its plan to ensure that the waterfront is looking its best for the Leeds Waterfront Festival 24th/25th June.


Volunteers will be working on the four-mile stretch of waterways from Armley Industrial Museum to Thwaites Mills in Hunslet from 10am – 2pm. This includes litter picking from boats, planting flowers and shrubs, painting lock gates, clearing vegetation and paths, and removing graffiti.

“This is the biggest collaboration we’ve organised in Leeds”, said Becca Dent, Volunteer Coordinator, Canal & River Trust. “We’ve had a brilliant response to our callout for support from local organisations who are helping us to preserve the city’s natural environment and its canal heritage, ready for the Leeds Waterfront Festival celebrations. With 30,000 visitors expected to enjoy the activities over the weekend, we want to ensure that people have the best experience possible and encourage more people to use our waterways.


“People can also come down on the day and join in. We will provide all tools and equipment together with expert, friendly support. Just turn up in suitable clothing and footwear, including waterproofs if it’s raining. The Towpath Taskforce offers a great way to meet Trust volunteers and staff, learn new practical skills and spend a few hours outdoors improving the waterway environment.”

The Trust has more informal volunteer opportunities, including volunteer lock keeping and drop-in volunteering sessions so that anyone can get involved with caring for the waterways. More information is available at


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Kirkstall Festival Promises Another Great Event


Kirkstall Festival returns on Saturday 8th July and this year’s theme is ‘All Singing and Dancing’.

From 11am the grounds of Kirkstall Abbey will vibrate with a variety of sounds, dancing, singing, and victorious Vikings. A great day of activities and entertainment aimed at the whole family is planned, with local community groups and organisations joining performers and stallholders.

Returning this year will be the world-famous dog show, fairground attractions, and Leeds Museums’ Battle of the Bands. There will also be the Festival Parade, with a pipe band formed by children from local schools and community groups.



Entry to the Festival is free, but please do buy a programme (£2) as this helps Kirkstall Festival to put on a fabulous event every year. The Festival is entirely organised by volunteers, and has attracted over 27,000 visitors in a day.

Festival organisers ask that people walk or take public transport to the Abbey if possible. Buses 33, 33A, 38, 49, 91, 508, 670, and 727 all pass within a five minute walk of the grounds, and both Kirkstall Forge and Headingley Stations are a short walk from the grounds.

If you are driving, there will be a free car park on the sports fields on Vesper Lane, and parking available at Kirkstall Forge. Please note that there is a time limit for parking at Kirkstall Bridge Retail Park and please don’t park on residential streets.

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Supporting Carers in Leeds for Carers’ Week


During Leeds for Carers’ Week 2017, which runs from 12th – 18th June, people, services and businesses will come together to support carers and celebrate the vital contribution they make.

“This is a key time to raise awareness of the crucial role of carers, and to highlight of the breadth of support available from Carers Leeds”, said Val Hewison, Chief Executive at Carers Leeds. “Offering general and specialist carer support all year round, we have a dedicated team which gives timely information, advice and support to carers throughout the city. This Carers’ Week we hope to reach even more carers through an extensive programme of events throughout the city.”

On Saturday 17th June, Carers Leeds will host a ‘Great Get Together’ in memory of Jo Cox MP to bring people together, and show support for all carers throughout the communities of Leeds. The Carers Leeds team is encouraging everyone in Leeds to join them on Briggate, outside Debenhams.

The eight charities driving Carers’ Week are calling on individuals, services and organisations across the country to build Carer Friendly Communities – places where carers are supported to look after their loved ones well, while being recognised as individuals with needs of their own.

“Carers Week is a fantastic way to celebrate the vital contribution made by the 6.5 million people in the UK who care for a disabled, older or ill family member or friend”, said Heléna Herklots CBE, on behalf of Carers Week. “Caring can be a rewarding experience but without the right support many carers find themselves facing financial hardship, ill-health, emotional stress, relationship breakdown and isolation.

“It’s fantastic to see so many events taking place across the country to support local carers. We hope that through these events; individuals, organisations and services will be able to see just what a positive difference they can make to the lives of carers.”

Thousands of events are taking place across the country this week, and thousands of people have already pledged their support for carers online. To find out more about events in Leeds visit

Carers Week 2017 is made possible by Carers UK joining forces with Age UK, Carers Trust, Independent Age, Macmillan Cancer Support, Motor Neurone Disease Association, MS Society and Which? Elderly Care and kindly supported by Nutricia Advanced Medical Nutrition and the Lockwood Foundation.

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Farsley Festival


Farsley Festival returns to Hainsworth Park on 24th June from 12 – 5pm with free entry.

Last year’s festival on the park was a huge hit with tremendous support from the community making for an entertaining and fun-filled day.

The festival’s team of volunteers has been hard at work pulling together a wide range of entertainers, performers and activities suitable for all ages.

This year there will be two music areas, featuring the likes of Biscuit Head and the Biscuit Badgers, Phoenix Concert Band and Punjabi Roots as well as Walkabout Performers, Wonky Olympics, Breeze Inflatables, Graffiti artists, circus acts, a large free play area and more.

A selection of food stalls will be serving up tasty grub to peckish revellers or you’re welcome to bring a picnic (and something to sit on). The organisers strive to create a day where you can arrive and not have to spend a penny – unless of course you want to.

Look out for this year’s community project, play flags. Local residents, businesses and organisations have been decorating fabric with pictures and words depicting “play”. From schools and community groups, to visitors at the Farmers market through to crafternoons, everyone has been invited to create a flag to form part of the installation which will be on display at the festival.

There is still time to get involved if you want to be part of Farsley’s biggest annual event. Visit to find out more.

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500 UK Imams’ Public Message to Violent Extremists

UK imams came together yesterday to condemn the recent atrocities in Manchester and London and make clear that there is no religious justification in the taking of innocent lives.

Imams, at an event near London Bridge, paid tribute to those killed in the terror attacks and speak out strongly against those who commit them. A statement condemning extremism and terrorist violence, endorsed by 500 British Imams from all over the UK, was delivered.

The Imams also set out what they will be doing within their communities and mosques to challenge, robustly and precisely, the perverted interpretation of Islam that is put forward by ISIS and other extremist groups. The Imams will also urge people to continue to report to the authorities anyone expressing sympathy with violent extremism.
They will reiterate their commitment to not accepting terrorists in life or death by refusing to perform funeral prayers for terrorists.

“We want to send a clear message to any Muslim attracted to violent extremism. This is forbidden by your religion,” said Imam Qari Asim, spokesperson for the British Muslim Forum and Imam of the Leeds Makkah mosque. “There is no justification in Islam for taking innocent life. If you follow this path you are stepping away from Islam to a dark and godless place. Your views are not welcome
in our mosques or in our communities. This is not a path to heaven – think of the pain you will cause, the lives you will destroy. Please, think again.”

“Most Muslims in Britain know full well that the extremists are not good Muslims,” said Shaykh Shahid Raza, a trustee of the British Muslim Forum. “But we know that there are individuals and organisations trying to sell a perverted version of Islam to impressionable young people. We want to make very clear, as Islamic scholars and leaders, that they are wrong. The violent and hate-filled
views they hold are not Islamic.”

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Chapel Allerton’s Big Lunch and Community Awards




The ninth annual Chapel Allerton Big Lunch is taking place along Regent Street on Sunday 18th June. Combined with the Chapel Allerton Awards, this community event is organised by the volunteer-run group cara, as part of the national Big Lunch initiative. This year The Big Lunch is also working alongside the Jo Cox Foundation to launch The Great Get Together – encouraging a weekend of community activity in memory of Jo who was tragically murdered on 16th June last year.

With thousands of similar ‘Big Lunch’ street parties taking place nationwide, cara has taken the Chapel Allerton event a step further, by also organising the Chapel Allerton Awards, which celebrate the best Chapel Allerton has to offer, both community and commercial. With categories from Best Place to Eat and Best Member of Staff, to Best Neighbour, Contribution to the Community, and the ultimate title of King and Queen of Chapel Allerton, the awards offer an opportunity for unsung heroes from all aspects of local life to be recognised.

Residents and customers can nominate whomever they like and provide a reason for their nomination, which the cara committee then vote on to decide the winners. The winners will be announced at the Chapel Allerton Big Lunch, and presented with certificates and awards.

The Big Lunch itself is from 12 noon to 5pm on Sunday 18th June. Everyone is welcome, and the ‘price’ of entry is simply to bring some food to share! Marquees, tables, seating and cutlery are all provided, as are kids games, a BBQ, and live music throughout the day! Be sure to arrive early to get the best food and a seat, and there’ll even be a prize for best dish at 1pm!

In addition to the Awards and the Big Lunch, cara also organises a range of evening and weekend classes, monthly supper clubs in local eateries, a book club, and other social events such as speed dating and a pub quiz. Membership is just £10 a year, at least 10% of which goes to charity. Members can use their cara cards in almost 100 different shops, bars, restaurants and online businesses in the local area to enjoy excellent discounts, while supporting local and independent businesses.


For further information visit, or follow them on Twitter @caraChapelA (#CAAwards).


Matt Tamplin, cara

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