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Share Jewellers Celebrates 40 Years with Street Lane Snowfall



Roundhay Residents awoke to an unseasonably wintery scene recently as a six-inch blanket of ‘snow’ settled on Street Lane.  The unusual weather phenomenon saw commuters stopping for ‘snow selfies’ and children building snowmen on their way to school.

But all was not quite as it seemed. The ‘snowfall’ was actually a special delivery organised by Share Jewellers to celebrate its 40th anniversary. The family-run jewellers first opened in 1977, during a heavy November snowfall. David and Richard Share wanted to re-enact that day, so arranged for 650 kilos of snow to be deposited outside the store.

“Forty years in business is a significant milestone so we wanted to mark the occasion”, said David. “We know that a lot of people dream of a white Christmas so we’ve created the next best thing for our landmark anniversary!”

“Our ‘snow surprise’ marks the start of our two-week long birthday celebrations”, added Richard. “We’ve got lots going on including our extra-special ‘faux’ diamond challenge – the lucky customer to guess the number of loose gemstones in our four-foot ’40’ shaped sculpture, will receive a £1,000 Gift Card to spend in store.”

Share Jewellers is also offering 40% off all gold and diamond jewellery as part of its celebrations. As well as complimentary prosecco and canapes, shoppers will have the chance to take on the diamond sculpture challenge (competition and promotion ends on Sunday 3rd December 2017).

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Get Back to Your Roots with a Genealogy Course

The course takes place at the Marjorie and Arnold Ziff Community Centre, 311 Stonegate Road, Moortown, LS17 6AZ

Contact the centre on: 0113 268 4211


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Opposition to School Merger is Growing


Proposals to close Moor Allerton Hall Primary School in July 2018, and re-open it as the primary provision of Allerton Grange School in September 2018, has caused huge opposition in the community. Over 400 people have signed a petition to reject the proposals, and a further 1,200 people have signed a petition asking for an alternative site to be made available by the Council to build a new primary school.

Concerns are based around the safeguarding of existing pupils at Moor Allerton Hall; uncertainty around the school being split over three sites; and the environmental and traffic issues that an additional 420 vehicles on the school run will bring.

Another concern is that the plans don’t address the impact that this will have on the improving nature of Moor Allerton Hall and the distraction that these plans will bring.

Campaigners also claim that the timescales for implementing these plans are at best unrealistic and at worst irresponsible and risky – something that is particularly frustrating when the issues around the lack of primary school places in Roundhay in north Leeds have been around for many years and could have been solved by now.

Local residents and parents are urged to respond to the consultation, whatever their views, and if they are against these proposals to add their support by signing the petition to reject the plans.

“There is a huge amount of pressure on primary school places in the Roundhay area of north Leeds”, said Katy Kelly, a parent at Moor Allerton Hall. “This needs addressing, but the way to deal with a shortage of 60 places each year shouldn’t be to disrupt and risk the education of 400 further children, which is what this proposal does.”



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The Corn Exchange Continues to Evolve



The Corn Exchange’s evolution continues with a new programme of investment and activities for 2018 and onwards.

The building was recently acquired by property developer and investor Rushbond. Subject to planning, physical work on the building will include improving accessibility and an upgrade of the washroom facilities. Traders will be encouraged to return to independent design elements tailored to their own brand, including new signage and colourful shop fronts. The lower ground level will be home to a new cafeteria called The Yard, with a focus on independent food offerings and public space.

The Corn Exchange first opened in July 1863 and has always been a beautiful building. The dome was designed from dreams of Paris by Cuthbert Brodrick, who designed Leeds Town Hall.

One of only three remaining Corn Exchanges in the country, it has been home to corn traders, clothing manufacturers and countless new beginnings. It’s a place where new businesses are born, dreams are designed, and food is enjoyed. A place for conversations and social events.





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Awards to Celebrate Companies Making Positive Change

Business in the Community is inviting companies that show responsible business innovation and best practice to enter the Responsible Business Awards 2018.

The aim of the awards is to inspire and enlighten with the innovative business stories that are at the heart of every community, and to highlight businesses that are driving positive changes in their operations both nationally, and internationally.

The awards are free to enter and companies of all sizes are invited to showcase what practical action they have taken to address social and environmental issues such as helping young people develop skills for the future, stimulating their local economy, supporting small businesses and using natural resources more efficiently.

Business in the Community is also running a free workshop in Leeds on 28 November for companies to find out more about the awards. Book a free place at  or contact  for more details.

The closing date for entries is 9 February 2018 (17:00 GMT). For further information about the 2018 Responsible Business Awards, including the full list of categories, the assessment criteria and application forms visit

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Driving Development of Leeds Music Scene

An event to bring together everyone interested in developing the music community in Leeds will take place at Leeds Town Hall on 28/29 November. Hosted by Music:Leeds, a project led by partners Leeds Beckett University, Leeds City Council and LeedsBID, it aims to create more opportunities, increase collaborations and raise awareness within the Leeds music scene.

The research, led by Samuel Nicholls, also known as Whiskas, a Senior Lecturer in Music at Leeds Beckett University, explores and promotes music in Leeds as an experience, a business and as a cultural driver. It will be presented alongside talks from a range of key figures from Europe and the UK, who are creating vibrant and supportive music scenes in their cities.

“We’re excited to bring everyone involved in music together with what we hope is a really great drive for change and development”, said Samuel. “Our aim is to identify what we can do to galvanise music in the city, provide more opportunities for engagement and build on the great artists, organisations and businesses doing amazing work.”

Speakers at the event will also include: Ella Overkleeft, Deputy Night Mayor of Amsterdam; Jesper Mardahl, Manager of Promus, a community and networking centre for Denmark’s music industry; Shain Shapiro, Managing Director of music market development company, Sound Diplomacy; Craig Pennington, Editor in Chief of Bido Lito! Magazine and lead for the ‘Liverpool, Music City?’ project; Chelsea Rixson, Founder of Brighton Music Office, and Phil Nelson, BIMM Group – Music Industry Ambassador; and Michael Dugher, CEO of UK Music, a campaigning and lobbying group representing the UK recorded and live music industry.

Representatives of Music:Leeds, Leeds City Council and Leeds 2023 will discuss their work, which supports Leeds’s bid to be European Capital of Culture. Additionally, there will be panel discussions, question and answer sessions and networking opportunities.

The day runs from 9.30am to 5pm and is open to all. A refundable deposit of £10 is required to book a place: please visit

Music:Leeds partner organisation, UK Music, will also host a research conference on Tuesday 28 November, open to members of industry, academia and students. The event takes place at Leeds Town Hall from 1.30-6pm.

Speakers at the event include: Oliver Morris, Director of Education and Skills at UK Music; Leeds Beckett’s Samuel Nicholls; Annabella Coldrick, CEO of the Music Managers Forum; Dr Emma Webster, Research Associate for the UK Live Music Census; and academics at Southampton Solent University, Newcastle University, Cambridge University, and the University of Northampton.

For more information, and to book a place, please visit

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The Leeds Gathering 2017.


The Leeds Gathering is back! Running from the 18th to the 26th of November it now enters its thirteenth year showcasing the finest in Irish music and arts from across Ireland, England and Scotland in a range of venues throughout Leeds

Click here for a full programme of events

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‘Heads and Sheds’ at Gallery 16


Artist Alan Pergusey is holding his painting exhibition ‘Heads and Sheds’, at Gallery 16 from 10th – 12th November at 16 Sholebroke Place, LS7 3HJ (the artist’s house).

This is the third exhibition that Alan and his wife Tanya Cusan have curated for the gallery. Each of Alan’s paintings is multilayered in its approach to it’s subject, initially he paints representations of his friends, family and travel experiences which are transformed into an emotional and thoughtful view of the world.

Alan recently exhibited at Dean Clough Galleries, Halifax, at Ripon Cathedral and at Seven Arts in Chapel Allerton. His paintings are held in numerous private collections in the UK and internationally. He is a director at Leeds Sculpture Workshop and a visiting lecturer at the University of Leeds.

Opening times: Friday 10th – 5pm – 9pm; Saturday 11th – 11am – 5pm; Sunday 12th – 12 – 5pm

Tea and cake will be served throughout!


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Help Support Legal Defence Against Treats to NHS

Professor of Public Health Research and Policy at Newcastle University, Allyson Pollock, is appealing to people to help fund a legal challenge against those who are attempting to dismantle and sell off the NHS, Jeremy Hunt in particular.

In a letter currently being circulated she states:

Graham Winyard, giving notice to the Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt, of our intention to seek a judicial review to stop NHS England from introducing new commercial, non-NHS bodies to run health and social services without proper public consultation and without full Parliamentary scrutiny. Working with Peter Roderick, co-author of the NHS Reinstatement Bill, Harrison Grant Solicitors and Nigel Pleming QC, we consider this introduction to be unlawful.

Accountable Care Organisations originate in the US. ACOs will fundamentally change the NHS and involve a radical reorganisation of health and social services in England.

These non-NHS bodies will have control over the allocation of NHS and taxpayers’ money. Their accountability for spending it and their obligations to the public will be under commercial contracts, not statutes.

This is a critical moment in the move to the privatisation and Americanisation of the NHS in England. Opposing it is going to be a big fight and we need a lot of help. It will be expensive, so please consider donating towards the cost of the judicial review on CrowdJustice. It is critical that we reach our funding targets for the case to proceed.

Please do all you can to spread the word to your family, friends, neighbours, and colleagues, and send this link on.

Consultation on changes to regulations required to facilitate the operation of an NHS Standard Contract (Accountable Care Models)



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Get in the Festive Spirit with Bramhope’s First Ever Christmas Lights Switch On

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