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Free Public Speaking Workshop


Fall into Place Theatre is running a free public speaking taster workshop on 12th October, 2 – 3:30pm at HEART, Bennett Road, Headingley, as part of Leeds Business Week.

The workshop aims to improve skills and confidence in public speaking. “We use drama techniques to learn key skills and see public speaking as a form of performance”, said Sarah Goodyear, facilitator and co-founder of Fall into Place. “This taster is great for people who are a bit nervous about public speaking, or just want to improve their skills.”

Fall into Place provides training workshops in public speaking, stress relief and team building. All profits go back into the community, providing accessible, fun workshops for all ages and abilities.

The workshop is free to attend, but you need to register as places are limited. To register, visit www.fallintoplace.co.uk or email sarah.fallintoplace@gmail.com


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Take a Journey with Me Through My Letters


An exhibition and performance at HEART, Headingley on 23rd/24th June celebrates written correspondence and personal connection.

Handwritten letters and shared passions bring young and old together, as exciting, new adventures beckon and unlikely friendships flourish. But will the stress of exams, fractured ankles and grieving for lost friends ruin their plans? Or will the sharing of life through letter writing bring them all together in the end?

The play ‘Spring Flowers and Autumn Fruit’ was inspired by letters exchanged between University of Leeds students and older, Yorkshire residents as part of the University’s ‘Writing Back’ programme, and is performed by younger and older people living in Leeds.

The performances coincide with the launch of an exhibition of letters, photographs, illustrations and poems sent during, and inspired by, Writing Back, and all proceeds will go to Fall into Place Theatre and Writing Back. Both projects foster new friendships and tackle social isolation through connecting differing generations.

Performances are at HEART, Bennett Road, Headingley on Friday 23rd June – doors open to view exhibition 6pm; introduction 6:30pm; performance 7pm. And on Saturday 24th June – doors open to view exhibition 2pm; introduction 2.15pm; performance 2.30pm.

This is a relaxed performance, all very welcome. Tickets (£7/£5) are available from HEART on 0113 275 4548 or www.heartcentre.org.uk/


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Ed Mayo to Speak at Talking Heads at HEART


On Thursday 11th May, Ed Mayo, Secretary General of Co-operatives UK, will present ‘Can business be values led?’ as part of the Talking Heads programme at HEART on Bennett Road, Headingley.

When ethical issues in business are rarely out of the news and when many are thinking about forms of ownership, involvement, and indeed the very purpose of business, this is a timely issue, especially in the middle of the General Election campaign!

In 2014, Lucy Siegle of The Observer, commented that “Ed has played a leading role in almost every environmental and ethical business initiative over the last two decades”, while the Guardian has nominated him as one of the top 100 most influential figures in British social policy.

He recently published ‘Values: How to Bring Values to Life in your Business’ and is editor of The Co-operative Advantage. Ed Mayo was one of the team who founded the Fairtrade Mark, and rose to prominence as director of the New Economics Foundation from 1992 to 2003.


Talking Heads takes place on the second Thursday of the month, 7.30 – 9.00pm at HEART, Bennett Rd, Headingley, LS6 3HN

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The Hope Theatre Group Returns


The Hope Theatre Group is back up and running again, and will be presenting The Pleasure of the Fleeting Year at the HEART Centre, Headingley, on 20th, 26th and 27th May.

Founded in 2000 the group has staged no fewer than 13 productions of plays by Shakespeare plus plays by Christopher Marlowe, Sophocles and Christopher Fry, as well as a series of ‘words and music’ recitals.

The Hope Theatre Group presents The Pleasure of the Fleeting Year


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Refu-Jazz: Benefit Concert All-Dayer at Headingley HEART



On Saturday February 11th, Headingley HEART is hosting a day of live jazz performances and workshops in aid of several refugee charites with some of Yorkshire’s finest jazz musicians are coming together to help raise desperately needed funds for people fleeing war. This is a great opportunity to support this worthy cause and enjoy some incredible music.

The line up for the day is listed below. Tickets can be bought for individual shows (£5) or a full day pass (£20). Events in the cafe are free entry but a donation would be gratefully appreciated.

12-12.45pm – Al Morrison Trio (Cafe)
1-1.45pm – Joe Boyes Trio (Main Hall)
2.15-3pm – Bassa Bassa (Main Hall)
3-3.30pm – Inside Out Duo (Cafe)
3.30-4.30pm – George Macdonald Trio (Main Hall)
4.30-5pm – The Irrelevance (Cafe)
5-6pm – Louie Mcdonald (Main Hall)
6-6.30pm – Sam Dunn (Cafe)
6.30-7.30pm – York Youth Jazz Orchestra (Main Hall)
7.30-8pm – Aleks Podraza Trio (Cafe)
8-9pm – Leeds Jazz Orchestra (Main Hall)
9-9.30pm – Phil Green’s Sky High Jazz Trio (Cafe)
9.30-11pm – Kate Peters Quartet + Jam (Main Hall)

Workshops –
John Marley – Jazz Bass Time -1pm
Sam Dunn – Jazz Guitar Time – 4.30pm
Aleks Podraza – Jazz Piano Time TBC


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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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Great Songs – Great Poets


Three young, classically trained singers from the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) in Manchester will perform at HEART, Bennett Road, Headingley, 7.30pm on Saturday 17th October, in an evening of song which will highlight the poetry which inspired the composers.

The event has been organised by Richard Wilcocks, Secretary of Headingley LitFest, and Jonathan Fisher, staff pianist at the RNCM and pianist-residence at the University of Huddersfield, and is promoted as a partnership event between the LitFest and Leeds Lieder.

Baritone James Berry will sing settings of poems by Walt Whitman and Shakespeare, mezzo soprano Hollie-Anne Bangham will sing five songs in German based on letters by Mary Stuart (Queen of Scots) with music by Schumann, and soprano Kimberley Raw will deliver a song cycle by Benjamin Britten on poetry taken from Auden’s ‘Look, Stranger!’

“The first poets thousands of years ago were singers”, said Richard, “so in a way we’re not doing anything new. There certainly won’t be any mumbling into pieces of paper, and it will be a beautiful evening, without doubt.”

Tickets: £8 on the door.

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A New Season of Film at HEART

Love is Strange
Films at Heart has a great new programmed lined up, bringing you some of the best independent films from around the world.

Now in its fourth year, the film club kicks off on 8th September with ‘Love is Strange’ (in association with Scalarama). This is a poignant New York-based tale of love, family and friendship, brought to life by writer/ director Ira Sachs, and with a stellar cast, that includes Alfred Molina and John Lithgow.

Also scheduled are: USA/Iran film ‘A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night’, Leeds born and bred documentary ‘The First Film’, and German/Croatian comedy ‘The Priest’s Children’, to bring some pre-Christmas cheer.

Films at Heart recently received a BFI Neighbourhood Cinema Equipment Fund Grant, which they have used to obtain 50 super comfortable chairs. Be sure to get to HEART early if you want to nab one of these, as they are sure to be very popular! HEART has also installed a new drop-down screen, which enhances the quality of screenings. The committee is always considering ways in which to make the whole film going experience a real treat.

The club meets on the second Tuesday of the month at HEART, Bennett Road, Headingley. Screenings start at 8pm and the café is open until 7.30pm for food and 8pm for drinks and snacks.

Local support keeps this community-run film club going and you are assured of a warm welcome and an excellent, eclectic range of contemporary films.

To be added to the Films at Heart mailing list, please email filmsatheart@gmail.com and check out their Facebook page for the latest news.

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Reading of New Brian Daniels Play, Don’t Leave Me Now, This Friday at Heart

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‘Don’t Leave me Now’ is a new play by Leeds playwright Brian Daniels that explores the impact of early onset dementia on two very different families. It will have a rehearsed reading at HEART in Headingley on Friday 17th October.

Inspired by the experience of Professor Rachael Dixey, Professor of Health at Leeds Metropolitan University, who nursed her partner through dementia for a decade; and Cindy Toulman who visited her husband, a patient at a care home in Knaresborough, every day for the last ten years of his life, Brian has woven the strands of their stories together to create a documentary-style piece on the effects of living with dementia.

The play completed a week of workshops at West Yorkshire Playhouse and has had a dozen further rehearsed readings in Leeds, London, Croydon, Harrogate and Portsmouth, and there will be two performed readings in November at Quay Arts, Isle of Wight.

Don’t Leave Me Now is endorsed by Dementia UK and ticket proceeds will be donated to the charity.

There will be a rehearsed play reading on Friday 17 October, 4pm at HEART, Bennett Road, Headingley.

Tickets £5. For reservations contact Brian Daniels or Bev Ibbetson on 07740 372 333


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Headingley Apple Day – Celebrating Everything that is Apple!


Apple Day is held across the country each year to celebrate apples, orchards and the fruits of our common spaces, gardens and allotments. It was initiated by Common Ground in 1990 as a way of demonstrating that variety and richness matter to a locality and it is possible to effect change where you live.

Following last year’s success, Headingley Apple Day, from 1 – 6pm on Saturday 19th October at HEART on Bennett Road, will bring together many groups for a fun, celebratory festival for children and adults alike.

HEART will host a myriad of events and activities. There will be apple pressing to live music, Morris dancing, lots for children to do, competitions – including the best apple pie, and the best mini garden for children – and stalls with everything from the pick of Yorkshire apples and plants to apple cakes, apple drinks and cider.

Local experts will hold a Gardeners’ Question Time for keen and novice gardeners, while mini workshops will offer the chance to learn about fruit care, composting, beekeeping and keeping hens.

Throughout October HEART will host the Apple Day art competition on the theme of Urban Harvest. You will be able to vote for your favourite, with the winners being announced at the end of the afternoon’s activities (if you are interested in exhibiting check www.heartcentre.org.uk  for details).

The day will end with jazz in the cafe by Sharp Intake; what could be nicer with a cider, apple wine or apple cake in your hand?

Apple Day is supported by Headingley Development Trust, Urban Harvest, Headingley Farmers’ Market, Headingley Community Orchard, Headingley in Bloom, Bardon Grange Project and HEART.  Entry to HEART is FREE.

For further information contact info@headingleydevelopmenttrust.org.uk or call 07788 190589


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