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Students Team Up with Fuel for School to Bring Healthy Food into the Classroom

Fuel For School Landscape

Education students at Leeds Beckett are helping primary schools across West Yorkshire to teach children about healthy diets and avoiding food waste as part of an initiative by the Real Junk Food Project.

As part of the Fuel for School initiative, the team helped to create an education pack containing a range of interactive classroom activities for primary school children aged between six and 11. It is designed to be used by teachers of any subject to support both the National Curriculum requirements for cooking and nutrition and the goals of Fuel for School.

Fuel for School began as a partnership between the Real Junk Food Project and Richmond Hill Primary School in Hunslet. The aim was to remove hunger as a barrier to learning, highlight the importance of nutrition and wellbeing in learning, and raise awareness of the vast amounts of wasted food.

Richmond Hill joined forces with the Real Junk Food Project to provide free breakfasts to all 600 pupils at the school and found that this had a positive effect on their behaviour, concentration and attainment. This was followed by a community pay-as-you-feel café and daily market stall in the school grounds.

Fuel for School is now working with more than 35 primary schools in the Leeds area, delivering surplus food once a week, which is used for breakfast clubs, ingredients in cooking classes, or through school market stalls.

To cope with the increasing demand for information, the Leeds Beckett students were tasked with developing educational resources and activities which both support Fuel for School’s core values and provide an opportunity for pupils to use some of the surplus food provided in the classroom.

Fuel For School Portrait

The new educational pack was launched recently at Leeds Beckett University’s Headingley Campus, where Adam Smith, Founder of The Real Junk Food Project, Nathan Atkinson, Head Teacher Richmond Hill, and Kevin Mackay, Co-ordinator of Fuel for School, presented and demonstrated the work to a range of schools from across West Yorkshire.

“It has been a privilege to work on this project”, said Dr Anne Temple Clothier, Senior Lecturer in the Carnegie School of Education. “It has been a delight to be engaged in a multi-disciplinary team and to co-create social innovation. This innovative project has greatly enhanced the professional development of the students and their employability. Working in a range of problem solving sub-groups, they experienced situations mirroring real-life professional practice.”

The Real Junk Food Project was founded four years ago by Adam Smith, who was appalled to find out that around one third of all food produced across the world ends up in landfill. Adam started with a pay-as-you-feel café in Armley where food that would have been wasted is cooked and served by volunteers. Food can be paid for by either money or time and labour. This has led to an international network of 110 cafes which has, so far, saved more than 107,000 tons of food from being wasted.

Adam has now opened England’s first pay-as-you-feel surplus supermarket in Pudsey.


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HopCity Brings world Famous Brews to Leeds

Photos by: • Instagram/Twitter: @tomjoyphoto

Photos by: • Instagram/Twitter: @tomjoyphoto

Northern Monk Brew Co. welcomes some of the most cutting-edge breweries to Leeds for a celebration of hops. Leeds’ HopCity, 13th – 15th April, sponsored by US hop growing collective Yakima Chief, is produced in association with Leeds Beer Week and Little Leeds Beer House.

Beer lovers will be salivating at the prospect of sampling the likes of US breweries The Alchemist (Vermont), brewer of the world, beating Heady Topper and Other Half (New York) – two hop-forward breweries that have achieved legendary status among beer fans. These breweries rarely visit Europe – HopCity will be one of the only places to try their delicious beverages.

A strong Scandinavian contingent will also be attending, including Dry & Bitter and Stigbergets (producers of one of the top 10 IPAs in the world), o/o and Alefarm. This line-up is backed up by the likes of Manchester’s Cloudwater Brewery (fresh from receiving the accolade of Fifth Best Brewery in the world), Magic Rock, Beavertown, The Kernel, Siren, Brewdog and Marble, plus a local contingent curated by Leeds Beer Week.

The festival will be the first European festival to focus solely on hops and hop-led beer styles. IPAs feature heavily – think Session, Double, Black, and Belgian IPAs, and some more left field examples like dry hopped sours, and hoppy dark beers. In particular, people will be gunning for the Hop City official beer. Produced in collaboration with Cloudwater Brewery, this limited edition IPA showcases some of the best hops available and has been produced especially for the festival. It will launch very soon in cans with peel-to-reveal labels, five of which will contain Golden Tickets to the festival.  There will also be excellent street food provided by Patty Smiths, Holy Crab, Parmstar, Manjits Kitchen, and Dim Sum Su.

Tickets cost £12+ booking fee for single sessions from Thursday through to Saturday. A ‘Full Cone’ ticket gives access to all sessions and is priced at £60+ booking fee.

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School Children Say ‘No’ To Exploitation


Children from 15 primary and secondary schools across Leeds, will come together during Fairtrade Fortnight on Thursday 9th March to run an afternoon of workshops which they have planned around the theme ‘Take a Break for Fairtrade’.

The aim is to educate each other about Fairtrade and how it is enabling farmers around the world to earn a fair wage and lead dignified lives. Supported by Leeds DEC and the city’s Fairtrade group, the seventh annual Fairtrade School Celebration is taking place next Thursday 9th March at Leeds Civic Hall. The official opening is at 1pm with speeches by the Lord Mayor of Leeds and Councillor Mulherrin.

During the event the children will run workshops, including child slavery in the cocoa trade, Fairtrade trivial pursuit, chocolate tasting and learning about the journey of the cocoa bean. Throughout the afternoon, they will be thinking about effects of unfair trade and at 2pm will symbolically break a giant paper chain covered in words relating to exploitation.

For some of the participants this will be this first time they have organised peer-education activities, for others they enjoyed it so much last year they are taking part again!

“It’s really exciting to run a workshop at the Civic Hall and work with other children”, said Poppy Fletcher (8) from Ireland Wood Primary School.

Fairtrade Fortnight occurs in February/March every year and people all over the UK raise awareness about the positive difference it makes. Leeds is a Fairtrade City and many organisations and businesses support Fairtrade. More widely, Yorkshire led the way to become the UK’s first Fairtrade Region in January 2013.



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Convive Opens at Weetwood Hall

Restaurant manager Gio Conti with Martin Hicks, MD of Convive and Weetwood Hall

Restaurant Manager Gio Conti with Martin Hicks, MD of Weetwood Hall


‘Convive’, part of the University of Leeds-owned Weetwood Hall estate, has just opened, promising to bring a touch of Mediterranean lifestyle to the suburbs of Leeds.

The 120-seat restaurant and bar, will be twinned with Mediterranean restaurants across Europe, creating inspiration through innovative chef swaps and ingredient sourcing on quality food and drink. Of course, many ingredients used in the dishes on the menu will be sourced from local Yorkshire suppliers.

As part of the £2m spend, which also features an alfresco area under a retractable roof within the gardens, significant investment has gone into the kitchens and kit installation.

Convive is the vision of Martin Hicks, Managing Director of Weetwood Hall who, over the past 25 years, has been responsible for establishing Weetwood Hall as one of the leading hotel and conference venues in the region.

Profits from the Weetwood estate are gift-aided to the University of Leeds and these donations are invested into research and development projects at the University, as well as funding educational resources. Several million pounds has been donated over the past two decades purely from profits generated by Weetwood Hall.

“Convive has been in planning for a long time and I’m delighted my original vision has finally become a reality”, said Martin. “Not only is it a great way to build on 25 years of success at Weetwood Hall, but it’s also an impressive addition to the restaurant and bar scene in Leeds. We’ve created a restaurant to rival anything in the city centre. I’m very proud that the University, and the city of Leeds as a whole, will benefit from any profits generated by Convive.”

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The Leeds Cocktail Experience is Back: Bigger, Better & Bolder



On March 3rd, prepare for another evening of unashamed indulgence from the city’s best bars and restaurants! Hot on the heels of last year’s sell-out debut success, the creators of The Cocktail Experience have gone all out to guarantee complete cocktail perfection!

Hosted once again at premier event space, Aspire, the evening will feature 18 of the city’s biggest and best bar brands, who will be sending their team of expert mixologists and bar wizards.


The event aims to showcase the eclectic spirit of the Leeds bar scene, with a diverse range of brands presenting world class cocktails ranging from classic to bespoke, to the weird, the wonderful and the downright daring.

The Alchemist, Pintura, Manahatta and Revolucion de Cuba are just four of the names returning to the event, which will also see five  new bar brands added to the canon.


Early bird tickets for the event are priced at £15 plus booking fee, which includes two cocktails, with additional drinks available for £5 each. Standard tickets are also priced at £15 plus booking fee, which includes entry and one cocktail.

Exclusive Golden Tickets are priced at £25, which includes a welcome glass of Moet, plus two cocktails. Golden Tickets are limited to 200 and are available to purchase from Event Brite.

Keep up to date with the latest event news at  and via the social pages Facebook, Twitter and Instagram – @TheCocktailEx


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GBBO Winner to Front Breast Cancer Haven Campaign


Frances Quinn

Breast Cancer Haven, the national breast cancer support charity with a centre in Yorkshire, launches its nationwide fundraising campaign, ‘The Big Tea Cosy’ this month. And is inviting everyone to take part by cosying up with friends and loved ones to ‘make a brew for breast cancer’ from 1st – 7th February.

Breast Cancer Haven Yorkshire, will also be hosting its own ‘Tea Cosy’ on Wednesday 1st February, 2 – 4pm at 4-5 The Gateway West, East Street, LS9 8DA, just email to let them know you’re coming.

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Breast Cancer Haven has made it easier than ever to host the best tea party in town with a fundraising pack filled with party ideas, invitations, decorations, a show-stopping recipe from Great British Bake Off Winner, Frances Quinn and a selection of gorgeous knitting patterns.  All you need to do is gather your guests and settle down to eat cake, have a cuppa and raise money to help fund the work of the Breast Cancer Haven’s much-needed support centres.

“I am proud to support Breast Cancer Haven’s Big Tea Cosy 2017”, said Frances Quinn. “Everyone affected by breast cancer has their own unique obstacles, concerns and fears that they have to deal with throughout their diagnosis and treatment. Breast Cancer Haven really listens to each person and helps them build a personalised programme of support. So, bake a cake, put the kettle on, gather your friends and family or pick up your knitting needles and let’s raise lots of money to make a difference to the lives of people affected by breast cancer.”

Over 60,000 people a year in the UK are diagnosed with breast cancer. Breast Cancer Haven provides vital one-to-one support for thousands of breast cancer patients in the UK, with centres in London, Wessex, Worcester, Hereford and Yorkshire. The Breast Cancer Haven teams work closely with NHS partners to go beyond medical treatment to help service users and their families cope with the wider impact of breast cancer through personalised, specialist care including everything from nutrition, financial advice and counselling, to exercise and complementary therapies.

Visit to order or download your fundraising pack, or text ‘COSY17 £5’ to 70070 to donate.

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Roundhay & Oakwood Festival


The Roundhay and Oakwood Festival is back from the 21st to the 30th October.  There will be a wide variety of events across the area from food & drink to literary to films and meditation with lots of kids activities including dance.

There will be Oktoberfest themed evenings at Preston and Stew and Oyster with a Halloween party at Thomas Osborne. This year also sees the launch of the Roundhay and Oakwood passport which will be a wonderful treasure hunt of things for kids (and adults alike) across the area. This year there will be music at the Gledhow Sports and Social Club from the Roundhay Jazz Band.


More info on the Love Oakwood Page

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Crafthouse Auctions off Executive Chef to Host the Ultimate Dinner Party



Leeds restaurant Crafthouse is offering the chance to host the ultimate dinner party, a five course feast for up to eight people, prepared and served in the winner’s home by award-winning Executive Chef Lee Murdoch.

All funds raised in the auction will go to local Leeds charity Candlelighters, which helps support children with cancer and their families.

Bids can be placed in person at Crafthouse, by email (; subject: Candlelighters) or via Twitter until 10th October. Anyone wishing to bid via Twitter can register their interest by tweeting @CrafthouseLeeds #CrafthouseCandlelighters before sending a direct message. The highest bidder will host this unique fine dining Crafthouse experience in their own home.

Murdoch and his team will take care of everything – even the dishes – with the Executive Chef creating a completely unique menu, paired with fine wines, including D&D London’s very own Les Gamins and Les Trois Bises.

Candlelighters is a charity committed to supporting children with cancer, and their families, throughout Yorkshire. It funds research as well as Play Leaders on the ward and outpatient clinic at Leeds General Infirmary. The Candlelighters Support Centre near the hospital provides both physical and talking therapies, while support groups for parents, grandparents and siblings help all members of the family.

The charity also funds holidays for families with children under treatment and recently launched a bus which will visit all parts of Yorkshire and acts as a mobile Family Support Centre.

“Cooking in new environments is always a thrill, so to do it for such a great cause is doubly exciting,” said Lee Murdoch. “I will speak with the lucky winner to create a dining experience they will never forget and my marvellous team will be on hand for the evening to make sure they don’t have to lift a finger. Candlelighters do incredible work in the local community so I look forward to seeing the bids roll in!”

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Apple Day at HEART

making apple juice


This year’s Apple Day at HEART on Bennett Road in Headingley is on Saturday 15th October, 1.30 – 4.30pm.

This is a celebration of apples and all the fruits of our gardens, allotments and open spaces. There will be a ‘community juicing’ where everyone will have an opportunity to try their hand at the process and see what gorgeous juice the apples produce.

There will also be stalls and children’s activities – face painting and the great Dr Marvello. You can learn to make cider too and enjoy apple-y themed goodies in the cafe.

PLEASE BRING APPLES! Drop them off in the morning or beforehand behind HEART. Bring a bottle or two also so you can take away some juice. Juice will be available to buy too.

Volunteers are needed for washing and prepping the apples. Come to HEART for half an hour or so any time after 11am – it’s good fun!

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Oktoberfest at The Tetley


Oktoberfest is heading to The Tetley for four days of Bavarian food, bier and music from Thursday 6th – Sunday 9th October.

Germany’s largest festival tradition will welcome thousands of revellers to experience a taste of authentic Bavaria. Oktoberfest Leeds will take place in a spectacular 2,000 capacity German big top, which will be transformed into a traditional Oktoberfest arena – hosting various bars and traditional food stalls, and a stage to accommodate the festival’s in-house band for the weekend!


“Although the city already has lots of existing Oktoberfest celebrations we felt that Leeds was missing a large scale version of the event to really give people a full, authentic Oktoberfest experience”, said Matt Long, Event Organiser. “The Tetley site also provides the perfect spot to host it, given its long brewery history and being in the heart of the city.”


Beer at Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany

No Oktoberfest would be complete without a range of traditional German beer to quench your thirst. Oktoberfest Leeds will be serving Erdinger, one of Germany’s most popular brands, alongside a haus beir. Both of which will be served in branded Oktoberfest Leeds steins (a perfect keepsake). And if beer’s not your thing, a range of German wine and soft drinks will also be on offer.

Authentic German cuisine will be served up all weekend long, including firm Bavarian favourites such Bratwurst, Brezel, Schnitzel and Hendl and some tasty vegetarian options too.

Tickets start at just £10 and are available from

Follow Oktoberfest Leeds on Twitter @oktoberfestlds, Instagram at @oktoberfestleeds and Facebook to get the latest news. You can also email for group bookings, corporate and general enquiries.

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