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A ‘Tour of Yorkshire’ for Macmillan Coffee Morning!


The Leeds Physiotherapy Clinic will host a fantastic World’s Biggest Coffee Morning in true Yorkshire style in Park Square, Leeds City Centre on Friday 29th September.

The Tour of Yorkshire was the inspiration for the Park Square Cyclo-thon. The Square will be themed to look like a rural Yorkshire scene with huge photos of countryside, scarecrows, model sheep, ducks, beehives, old fashioned road signs, plus two classic cars! JD Gyms are providing static bikes and the idea is to make it look like a moving tableau.

Teams of four riders are invited to enter to attempt to cycle the furthest distance in a 10 minute pre-booked time slot between 9am and 3pm for a minimum donation of £50 to Macmillan Cancer Support. The team that cycles the furthest in its 10 minutes wins the competition.

There will be coffee and cakes in Park Square. And, taster sessions (£5 or £10 donation) with our various therapists will be available throughout the event at Leeds Physiotherapy Clinic but these must be booked in advance. The Lord Mayor of Leeds, Cllr Jane Dowson, will be attending at 1.30pm.

Contact Gloria or Pauline at The Leeds Physiotherapy Clinic, 38a Park Square North (basement), LS1 2NY on 0113 245 7800 to book taster sessions or for more details.



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Sally-Anne Greenfield Steps Down from Leeds Community Foundation


After 13 years building up Leeds Community Foundation (LCF) to be one of the top performing Community Foundations in the country, Sally-Anne Greenfield is to step down as Chief Executive.

From setting up the Foundation in her own living room in 2004, Sally-Anne has led the organisation seeing it grow to a team of 17 whilst staying close to its original mission to create positive change in the Leeds communities that need it most.

Sally-Anne led the team in raising over £50 million in donations, and distributing £33 million in grants to local community groups. She was recently awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Leeds Beckett University in recognition of her work in supporting thousands of charities and good causes in the region.

“I’m immensely proud of our achievements and how much LCF has grown”, said Sally-Anne. “It has been a privilege to lead the Foundation in its work and help to improve the lives of thousands of people in Leeds – some in ways that have been life changing, others in terms of practical, everyday support.

“It has been a fantastic experience to work with such a dedicated team of Trustees, and a real pleasure to work with incredibly talented staff who bring endless passion and enthusiasm to their roles.”

Sally-Anne will stay in place until early 2018 as a successor is sought. She will then move into a consultancy role to bring her skills and experience in CSR, philanthropy and strategy to a wide range of businesses and third sector organisations.

“Sally-Anne’s leadership has positioned the Foundation as one of the leading organisations of its kind in the UK”, said Rachel Hannan, chair of Leeds Community Foundation. “Her hard work and dedication has contributed hugely to the development of a very special organisation, which does much to improve the lives of many in our city. We will be very sorry to see her go, but she leaves behind an organisation and impressive team that is in a stronger position than ever to build on its successes and help create a city of opportunity for all.”











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Design the Official Christmas Card for the Lord Mayor of Leeds


The Lord Mayor of Leeds, Cllr Jane Dowson, is looking for a young, budding artist to design her official Christmas card 2017. The theme is ‘Leeds at Christmas’ and entrants must be under the age of 13.

The winning design will be used by the Lord Mayor as her official Christmas card and will be sent out across the City. The winner will be presented with a copy of the card, as well as a special prize.

“I am really delighted that my official Christmas card will be designed by a young person in Leeds”, said Cllr Jane Dowson, Lord Mayor of Leeds. “I can’t wait to see all the different ideas and designs. We’ve deliberately kept the theme really broad so that entrants can be as creative and imaginative as they like.”

Designs should be completed on A4 paper and have the child’s name and age (in pencil) on the reverse of the paper, along with a contact number for a parent or guardian. Crayons, felt tip, paint and pens can all be used, however it is advised not to stick items onto the design.

The closing date is Monday 9th October. To enter, please send your designs to: Lord Mayor Christmas Card Competition, 8 Woodhouse Square, Leeds, LS3 1AD. For more information, please call the Candlelighters team on 0113 322 9283 or email

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Queen of Chapeltown: West Yorkshire Playhouse Celebrates Leeds West Indian Carnival 50th Anniversary



Queen of Chapeltown, a vibrant new production paying homage to Leeds’ rich heritage, is at West Yorkshire Playhouse Tue 12 – Fri 15 September 2017

Inspired by original, first-hand accounts from the West Indian community, Queen of Chapeltown weaves recognisable Leeds voices from the real life events of Carnival’s birth in 1967 into an exuberant snapshot of this significant moment in British history.

Following four West Indians as they arrive in Leeds, including founding Carnivalist Arthur France MBE, the production spans a journey through time seeing the Quarry Theatre transform from post-war Britain to the jubilant hosting of the first ever King and Queen Show. Surrounded by a company of community actors, a professional cast of five will share stories inspired by those involved in the inaugural Leeds West Indian King and Queen Show at Leeds’ Jubilee Hall.

Director Amy Leach

This newly commissioned play is written by leading BBC Radio Producer, author and historian Colin Grant and directed by West Yorkshire Playhouse Associate Director Amy Leach, with dramaturgy by actor and broadcaster Burt Caesar, and movement direction by West Yorkshire Playhouse Associate Artist Pauline Mayers.

Queen of Chapeltown


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‘Walk of ART’ Sessions Aim to Help Early Years Teachers Teach Art


Early Years and Key Stage 1 teachers are being invited to learn about teaching art, whilst helping to raise funds for Horsforth Walk of ART 2018.

The weekly evening sessions will be run by local artist Penny Rowe, in collaboration with Horsforth Walk of Art founder Lara Rule and the art charity SKIPPKO. The first term will run from September to December 2017 and will cost just £5 per session. The money will go directly into the Walk of ART Schools project.

Participants will learn about a different artistic principle each week and about how that principle can be adapted to the classroom.

The sessions will be led by Penny Rowe who has spent the last four years organising and running art clubs in schools, and has been working with the Aspire School Partnership for the past two years on a multi-school sculpture project.

“Assisting individuals, whatever their age, to understand their own artistic process has become my strongest drive”, said Penny. “I know that if children in particular can understand how creation works, they will grow in confidence and develop skills that will inevitably effect culture in a positive way.”

Lara Rule welcomes the chance to help more people learn about art whilst raising money for Walk of Art preojects. “As an Early Years Teacher myself, I am keen to nurture children’s innate drive to express themselves, to test the world and its materials, and to create. I want to be able to use the creative arts to build language, mathematical, technical and scientific skills. With this course, we are creating a space for teachers of any artistic ability to learn specific skills, and be able to discuss how to use these skills.”

The sessions will take place at Greatminster House, Lister Hill, Horsforth, on Mondays at 7.30pm from September. This is one of SKIPPKO’s Blank Canvas’ properties which bring empty commercial buildings back into use for the benefit of local artists and people.

The next Walk of ART will run from 7th – 9th July 2018. It is free to attend, exhibit and participate in, with participants being encouraged to give something free to the community. It uses creativity as a platform on which to create meaningful and lasting community relationships. The three-day event aims to showcase local talent and encourage people to try something different.

For further information regarding the art classes, or to book a space, please email or send a message on Facebook –

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Heritage Open Weekend Events at Leeds Central Library


A record number of events are taking place at Central Library from Thursday 7th to Sunday 10th September as part of Heritage Open Weekend. Many of these are free and it’s a fantastic opportunity to find out more about the Grade II* listed building and the Library’s special collections. Two British Library live screenings with Vivienne Westwood and Melvyn Bragg are also coming up.

Heritage Tours (Thurs 7th, 2pm; Fri 8th, 2pm; Sat 9th, 11.15am) An entertaining trip behind the scenes of the magnificent Grade II* listed building. Free, booking required

 Tapestry Tour (Fri 8th, 12pm; Sun 10th, 1pm) A tour of the Leeds Tapestry, a needlework display celebrating the city’s history and culture. Learn about the intricate needlework images and discover the fascinating stories behind their creation. Free, booking required


Treasures Up Close (Fri 8th, 3.30pm; Sat 9th, 10.15am) Find out more about some of the old, rare and beautiful items in the collections in this special hands on session. Free, booking required

British Library Live Screenings

Vivienne Westwood: Reading is Important: Get a Life! (Mon18th Sept, 7-8.30pm) For fashion designer, environmentalist and businesswoman Vivienne Westwood, books have always been among her great loves. She shares her passion for reading and the inspiration it can bring, with selections from some of her favourites.

Banned Books Week – Standing With Salman Thurs 28th Sept, 7-8pm) Melvyn Bragg and Caroline Michel reflect on their fight to end the fatwa against Salman Rushdie.

Tickets for events can be booked at –


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Fantastic Results for Allerton Grange Under New Grading System


Following the new grading structure for English and Maths GCSEs, the results for Allerton Grange show rapid progress in student achievement. Over the last twelve months students have improved, on average, by two full grades in English, and one and a half grades in Maths.

Excellent outcomes have been achieved across all subjects in the Arts, including Art & Photography, Drama, Music and Technology. Languages have equally achieved well above national average results in French, German, Spanish and Urdu.

“We are extremely pleased that our results show rapid progress for our students in both English and Maths under the new grading system”, said Mike Roper, Head Teacher. “Allerton Grange is a school that supports each individual student to achieve their full potential, no matter their ability level or starting point. Therefore, we welcome the new structure that focuses more on progress. Our strengths lie in high standards of teaching, focusing on differentiated learning, which stretches and challenges all abilities, achieving progress for our students. I am proud of their achievements and look forward to welcoming them back into the Sixth Form in September.”


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Sail Back in Time in Traditional Coracle at Pocklington Canal Discovery Day


The Canal & River Trust, the charity that looks after the Pocklington Canal, is hosting a special Discovery Day of free family-friendly drop-in activities taking place from 10am until 4pm on Saturday 2 September.

The rare opportunity to explore the landlocked Canal Head from the water whilst navigating the canal in a traditional coracle looks set to be a highlight of the day’s activities.

Considered to be the oldest form of water transportation dating back centuries, the construction of coracles has remained largely unchanged in modern times. The small, circular traditional solo vessel is propelled by a paddle, like a kayak or canoe. A basketwork frame made using willow or hazel wood is covered either in animal hide, natural cotton canvas (calico) or a synthetic fabric such as nylon sealed to make them watertight. Effective fishing boats, coracles are still used for this purpose, particularly in South Wales.

Willow weaving, guided nature walks around Canal Head with expert ecologist Phil Taylor of Eco Sapien, pond-dipping and a heritage trail with prizes will also be part of the free, family fun on offer.

Pocklington Canal Discovery Day marks the end of Pocklington’s Big Summer events programme and the first 12 months of the Gem in the Landscape project – a three-year programme of activity supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund which includes wildlife habitat improvements, heritage restoration activities and events.

Pocklington Canal Discovery Day takes place Saturday 2 September, 10am-4pm at Canal Head, off A1079, Pocklington, YO42 1NW (follow the brown signs).


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Leeds Museum Receives Old Roscoe Model


Leeds City Museum recently received an amazing model of The Roscoe public house in Sheepscar. Created by Andy Gibney and donated to the Museum, the model will be on display in the community corridor.

The legendary public house opened in 1857 and closed 1982. Although the building has been long since demolished to make way for the Sheepscar interchange project, it lives on in the memory of the many of its regulars. It was a popular meeting place for the sizeable Irish community in nearby Harehills, Scott Hall, Chapeltown, Hyde Park and Woodhouse – many of whom socialised in the Sheepscar area, particularly in the 1960s and 70s.

Noel Squire, the last landlord of The Roscoe who subsequently went on to open the nearby New Roscoe, commissioned this model from his good friend and craftsman Andy Gibney, a native of Dalkey, just south of Dublin, but who has lived in Leeds since the early seventies.

One of the regulars, Barrie Pepper, wrote the book, ‘Farewell and Hail’ (1991) detailing the history of both the original and New Roscoe.

This project is presented as part of the continuing collaboration between Leeds City Museums & Galleries and the Irish Arts Foundation.

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CityConnect – Walking Makes a Comeback!



Cllrs Elizabeth Nash and Adam Oglivie, and workers from across Leeds joined forces recently to mark the launch of a new scheme designed to encourage more people to feel the benefits of walking.

They gathered for a walking tour of Leeds South Bank development – Europe’s largest brownfield regeneration site – as part of the CityConnect Walking initiative from the West Yorkshire Combined Authority and national walking charity, Living Streets. The project aims to encourage everyone to incorporate walking into their daily life.

Walking and other sustainable transport options are at the heart of plans for the South Bank site, which is projected to create 35,000 new jobs. The site will have excellent links from Leeds railway station and the new Park & Ride bus stops on Boar Lane.

“Our ambition is to improve air quality and reduce congestion in the city centre”, said Cllr Eric Firth, West Yorkshire Combined Authority Transport Deputy Chair. “By creating access to jobs with enjoyable and connected walking routes throughout the city, we hope more people will feel inspired to incorporate walking into their daily commute to work.”

CityConnect Walking tour highlighted the connectivity between business zones, public spaces and leisure areas in which walking will be the most convenient and pleasant mode of travel. Representatives from Leeds City Council spoke about the exciting proposals for the area and highlighted just how easy it will be to get around on foot.

The project, delivered by Living Streets, will work with businesses, job centres, apprentice hubs and further education establishments to promote and encourage walking as a healthy and convenient way to access employment and education opportunities.

For more information on how you can choose healthier and more active modes of travel, please visit



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