Archive | Life & Style

Leeds Photographic Society


Photo: Norman Robertson


Over the next few months Leeds Photographic Society have scheduled a number of talks, including Ian Day, Assistant Editor and Group Picture Editor of the Yorkshire Post (24th January), who will explain the many situations and images that a press photographer needs to master; and John Fox (21st February) on ‘Then and Now – 50 years as a professional photographer’. (Entry £5 for non-members, refundable against membership fee).



Photo: Norman Robertson

There will also be illustrated talks by members, as well as in-house and inter-club competitions.

Leeds Photographic Society is a friendly group of enthusiasts meeting regularly to share and develop an interest in photography. Membership includes skill levels from beginner to enthusiast and professional. New members of all abilities are welcome. They meet on Tuesdays, 7.30pm at St Edmund’s Church Hall, Lidgett Park Road, Roundhay, LS8 1JN. Details are available at

Posted in Arts & Culture, Community News, Life & StyleComments (0)

Submit Your Idea for Power, Performance and Play! Conference


‘Power, Performance and Play – An International Conference on Caribbean Carnival Cultures’, will be hosted at the Centre for Culture and the Arts at Leeds Beckett, in partnership with Leeds West Indian Carnival, from 19th – 21st May 2017, and contributions and ideas for workshops etc. are invited from interested groups (by 1st November).

The event will focus on breaking down the boundaries between academics and carnival participants and engaging the Caribbean community in Leeds, whilst celebrating international Caribbean carnival cultures.  Keynote speakers confirmed include: Arthur France, MBE, originator of the Leeds West Indian Carnival; Tony Hall, internationally-renowned Trinidadian carnival playwright and director of the Jouvay Institute and Lord Street Theatre Company; Professor Milla Riggio, leading researcher of the Trinidad carnival from Trinity College, Connecticut; and Michael la Rose, designer and leader of London’s People’s War Carnival Band and Chair of the George Padmore Institute.

“The conference will be a celebration of Leeds West Indian Carnival’s 50th anniversary – the oldest Caribbean street carnival in Europe, created and led by British Caribbeans – and the development of a Carnival Cultures research group at the Centre for Culture and the Arts here at Leeds Beckett”, said Dr Emily Zobel Marshall, Organiser and Senior Lecturer in Cultural Studies at Leeds Beckett.

“The conference is shaping up to be an event with global scope involving academics, costume designers, musicians, filmmakers and founding members of the Caribbean carnival in Leeds.”

“We are particularly interested in discussing the exceptional fusion of art, politics, pleasure and play that carnival represents. Themes we are looking at include: the relationship between carnival and diasporic identities; the cultural history of Caribbean carnival in the UK; the commercialisation of carnival; and carnival as a site for pleasure and social cohesion.”

Abstracts of no more than 250 words, from all disciplines, should be submitted with a short biography to by 1st November 2016.

For full application details, please see





Posted in Arts & Culture, Community News, Education, Life & Style, Sound & VisionComments (0)

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.

Posted in Arts & Culture, Food & Drink, Life & StyleComments (0)

Time to Shine Launch Age-Friendly Charter for Leeds



Time to Shine has lined up a series of celebratory events to launch their Age-Friendly Charter for Leeds in October.

The charity asked nearly 200 older people across the city how to make Leeds a better place to grow old in, covering areas such as housing, outdoor spaces, health services and transportation.

Time to Shine will unveil the final version of the Charter at three celebration events held in the first week of October to coincide with International Day of Older People:

Wednesday 5 October, 1pm
Beeston Community Centre, St Anthony’s Drive, Leeds LS11 8AB

Thursday 6 October, 2pm
Polish Community Centre, Chapeltown Road, Leeds LS7 4JE

Friday 7 October, 10:30am
Bridge Street Church, Rider Street, Leeds LS9 7BQ

Time to Shine developed the charter with Leeds City Council’s Ageing Well Officer, the Ageing Well Board and Cllr Rebecca Charlwood as part of the Age-Friendly Leeds Partnership.

“Time to Shine’s launch of their Age-Friendly Charter for Leeds dovetails neatly with Leeds City Council’s commitment to being an age-friendly city”, said  Cllr Charlwood. “We have committed to making Leeds an Age Friendly and Dementia Friendly city, which is working to tackle loneliness and social isolation in older people and I’m glad that Time to Shine are running these events to celebrate their charter launch.”

The Charter is the Age-Friendly Partnership’s way of saying: ‘This is what it means to be age-friendly in Leeds.’ People and organisations can sign up to the Charter and make the pledges which are relevant to them and their work.

Leeds joined the World Health Organisation’s Global Network of Age-Friendly Cities in August 2014.

An in-depth report about the process, the findings of the consultation, and a proposal for next steps will also be made available in print and on the Time to Shine website.

The launch events are free, and open to the public, but spaces are limited so please RSVP: or 0113 244 1697.

Posted in Charity, Community News, Health & Fitness, Life & StyleComments (0)

Bradford Launches Bid for Great Exhibition of the North 2018


Bradford recently launched its bid to host The Great Exhibition of the North with help from local film production company Mothership. The Exhibition is a two month spectacular to showcase the best of art, culture and design in the North of England to national and international audiences. You can read more about the bid here.

The short film Mothership created to help with the bid made it from concept to completion in just four days and you can check out the result below:

The organisers are encouraging people to share their positive stories and experiences of Bradford and the promo film with the tag #greatexponorth2018

To check out more of Mothership’s film work head over to their website


Posted in Arts & Culture, Community News, Life & Style, Sound & VisionComments (0)

Dovetailors Take Design Ideas Sky High


Local furniture makers Dovetailers love the chance to get their creative juices flowing and a new and rather unusual commission for a biplane bench has allowed them to do just that.

They’ve just finished an exciting bespoke design project for a client who is an aeroplane enthusiast and expert. The brief was to design and manufacture two dining table benches in the form of a biplane’s wings.

Dovetailors work closely with clients to ensure that their ideas are brought to life in the best way possible, and this project has been no exception. As well as creating furniture that’s stunning to look at, they also bear in mind durability and style. With seating, comfort and practicality are also considerations.

For this project, they took our initial inspiration from the Sopwith Camel, a British fighter aircraft used in the First World War. As it developed, the design retained the form of the Camel’s wings but the struts were modelled on those of the Pitts Special light aerobatic biplane.

Here, the wing shapes of each biplane bench – which provide the seat and the lower shelf – were made from solid maple. The legs and struts were made from solid sapele, which was also used alongside walnut for the roundel motif.

Posted in Business, Home & Garden, Life & StyleComments (0)

Harry Boocock & Christopher Horsman Finalists for North Western Hairdresser of the Year!



To be a finalist in Hairdressers’ Journal International’s British Hairdressing Awards (sponsored by Schwarzkopf Professional) is quite something. It takes a stand-out salon, phenomenal creative talent and commitment to reach the final stages. The top hairdressers for 2016 were recently named and Headingley’s Harry Boocock and Christopher Horsman of The Hair Studio on Otley Road are among the six finalists for North Western Hairdresser of the Year 2016. The overall winner will be announced on 28th November at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London.

Artistic teams from across the country created photographic collections showcasing their creativity and technical ability. These were displayed for judging by 50 of the industry’s top hairdressers.

“Harry and Christopher should be very proud of their success in one of the most fiercely fought categories”, said Jayne Lewis-Orr, Executive Director of Hairdressers Journal International. “British hairdressing is regarded as the best in the world and to be a finalist for North Western Hairdresser of the Year is a huge achievement. Each year the judges find choosing their finalists harder, proving that creativity and passion are stronger than ever, so we salute them in their success.”



Posted in Community News, Life & StyleComments (0)

From Liverpool to Leeds in a Rubber Canoe



Addi Man and her daughter Athina recently took a trip of a lifetime, they paddled an inflatable canoe from Liverpool to Leeds.

Braving the elements, they lowered their bright yellow canoe onto the Canal battling through torrential rain, which even their ‘waterproof’ clothing couldn’t protect them from, and wind that insisted on blowing them back to Liverpool!



On the third day, an older couple took pity on the bedraggled pair and invited them on board for hot drinks. “Let me tell you, that was the tastiest cup of coffee I’ve ever had!“ said Addi. “It was such a morale booster. They also gave us a little tour of their narrow boat and towed us down the canal for two miles.”



From hot drinks on narrow boats to dogs thinking they needed to be saved, Addi and Athina made numerous friends along the way. On the final day, the boat suffered a puncture. The intrepid team sprang into action with Addi applying the sticker and Athina pumping the boat back up. Their resilience in the light of the atrocious weather and the moments of weakness in their trusty vessel (dubbed Boaty McBoatface), did pay off though and the team enjoyed the results of their hard work.

Addi especially enjoyed coming across artist Stephen Turner’s Exbury Egg ( “That looks like good fun!” he shouted over to them. This led to a long conversation with the Grand Designs star about both of their adventures.


All these moments have inspired Athina, who now hopes to live on her own boat and to adopt a frog, dog, swan, cat and, finally, a sheep! Addi and Athina had an extraordinary adventure and news of their trip attracted a lot of public interest. One family followed their journey on the TV channel Made in Leeds and managed to track them down. Addi enlisted the young boys to help out by taking ‘Boaty’ out of the water and carrying it over the lock – a job Addi and Athina had to do over 100 times over the course of their trip.

This is a story that just makes you smile and, when the team looks back at the ten to thirteen hours of paddling a day and huddling under a survival blanket, I’m sure they’ll smile too. Now, after 130 miles and seven difficult days paddling the Leeds-Liverpool Canal, Team AA is home and is already planning its next adventure!


Posted in Community News, Life & StyleComments (0)

Pig Racing in Meanwood

PR Race

With nine Yorkshire racecourses and 180 days of Yorkshire racing per year, you might be forgiven for wondering if the county really needs another racecourse – but this is a course with a difference. On Saturday 6th August, Meanwood Community Centre on Stainbeck Avenue (LS7 2QU) will host the racing event of the year – the Hope Pastures Horse and Donkey Sanctuary Charity Pig Racing Evening.

With unbelievably cute, fluffy, toy pigs, this promises to be an evening of good old-fashioned fun for all.

“There have been lots of race evenings”, said Lynn Gawthorpe, Hope Pastures’ trustee, “but pig racing is different – it’s really exciting and lots of fun. The pigs are very unpredictable, as they have a tendency to stop and wag their tails part way through a race, making each race absolutely hysterical.

“We’re delighted with how popular this is proving to be. We already have some excellent local businesses sponsoring their own prestigious flat races and, with the incentive of a bottle of bubbly for the ‘owners’ whose pigs win a race, pig ownership in north Leeds is definitely growing!”

PR Champ Train

Tickets for the evening are £8.50 (£5 children) and include entry to the ‘course’, supper and the chance to pit your expertise against the bookies by predicting which ‘in-form’ pig will win. Guests can buy and name their own pig for just £3 each. For more information, to book tickets or buy pigs, visit


Posted in Charity, Life & StyleComments (0)

Family Fun Day to Raise Funds for European Causes

Family Fun Day logo

The charity Link Universal and Alwoodley Community Association are holding a Family Fun Day on Saturday 13th August, 10.30am – 3pm, at Alwoodley Community Hall, The Avenue, LS17 7NZ.

The aim is to raise funds for three European causes: ‘The Found Project’, which raises school fees for abandoned and orphaned children at the New Generation Academy, Bulgaria; ‘The Salt and Light Project’, which raises money for the poverty stricken community of Hunedoara, Romania; and the ‘Dil Eyre Project’, which raises funds for families and unaccompanied children in the refugee camp in Calais. Entry is free with door prizes and all parents, carers and children are welcome.

Events on the day will include children’s tennis and entertainment, face-painting, live music, stalls, food, raffles, outdoor games plus a licensed bar.

Link Universal is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year and has always found the generosity of the local community to be one of their greatest supports.

“This year, I have been especially humbled by the children who have lent their support to raising funds for all three causes”, said Ann Marie Broadhead-Palmisano, Link Universal MD. “It’s great to see that the future generation is already actively helping those less fortunate than themselves. They are a credit to their parents and carers.”

More details on each cause can be found at, and up to date fundraising information can be seen on the ‘Link Universal Community Chest’ Facebook  page.











Posted in Charity, Community News, Life & Style, Younger LifeComments (0)