by Alan Mann
Residents and volunteers from Ireland Wood, Tinshill, Cookridge and Holt Park were out in force working on an area between Iveson Rise and Luttrell Crescent as part of a community clean up day
Around 30 bags were filled with waste and litter. In addition, around a tonne of flytipping was also removed including beds, wood, plastic slides, metal items etc.,
A big thank you goes to everyone who took part, and in particular Clare Lyons, who organised both the equipment, and above all for the collection from the brilliant LCC Waste Management Team.
NHS England has made a decision that Holt Park Medical Practice should not be allowed to close. This decision follows a successful online community campaign which was signed by over 100 supporters.
The surgery, which serves the Holt Park, Cookridge and Tinshill area, contacted patients at the end of last year about the proposed closure, suggesting they transfer to the GP practice at Moor Grange.
The petition also pointed out that current housing development in Bodington Manor, Cookridge Hospital and Centurion Fields with more planned in the area, including older people’s housing next to the Holt Park surgery, is increasing the population, creating a need for more not fewer GP services in the area.
Local doctors had proposed merging with Abbey Medical Centre and Moor Grange surgeries as they felt that this would allow them to provide an increased range of services to patients but as part of the merger, the two practices intended to take out the GP practice from the Holt Park Health Centre. Community services would have continued at Holt Park Health Centre, but GP appointments at Holt Park would have ceased following the merger of the three practices, as the GPs felt it would have been difficult to run the practice from 3 sites.
However NHS England have now announced that while the merger would still be going ahead, the surgery in Holt Park will remain open beyond April. Holt Park patients had been advised that to see their GP, they would have to attend either the Abbey Medical Centre, or Moor Grange surgeries in the event of the closure of Holt Park, but many were concerned at the distance and difficulty of travelling to these alternative surgeries.
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Everyday people in our community are going hungry. In Ireland Wood and Adel a team of Church leaders and volunteers have recognised that need and have opened an outlet of Leeds North Foodbank at St Pauls Church, Ireland Wood
The aim is to give three days’ emergency food to people in crisis. Leeds North Foodbank has already fed more than 4,000 people since launching their first outlet in September 2013 in Moortown and the subsequent opening of a further 2 outlets in Horsforth and Woodhouse.
Vouchers for food are available through a range of places including health centres, children’s centres and school support workers or via the Welfare Rights team and Citizens Advice Bureau.
As well as providing food, volunteers will be able to listen and suggest where extra help and support may be available. Whatever their situation, beliefs or background everyone is welcome.
“Without the help and support of local churches, volunteers and the public, who’ve donated their time, food and money, we could never have opened this new Foodbank outlet” says Karen Burgon, Project Manager, Leeds North Foodbank.”
“We want to take this opportunity to thank everyone involved so far, if you would like to help in any way please do contact us for more information”
There will be a fundraising Spring Concert organised by The Singing Mums on March 28th at St Pauls Church from 3pm in support of the foodbank, everyone welcome.
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March 3rd, 2015 · Events
This coming Saturday will be mainly for children during the daytime. Bring them along to the Meanwood Institute (it’s just down the road from Waitrose) in the morning to be entertained by Dommy B, especially if they are of primary age, and come along yourself in the afternoon for a national figure in the world of children’s books – Nicolette Jones. She’ll be at the New Headingley Club, which is a short walk from North Lane. Children are welcome there as well. You could give them some of your cake.
This Thursday Janet Douglas will speak about Lettice Cooper, on Friday Peter Spafford and Richard Ormrod will be at Café Lento, on Saturday evening you can listen to singing from Red Ladder and on Sunday it’s Irish Day, with plenty of Samuel Beckett and a comic account of some extraordinary festivals.
The complete programme can be seen below
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Headingley LitFest 2015 Calendar
First buses will be at Asda Holt Park to discuss their New Bus for West Yorkshire today (20th November 2014) between 9am and 12pm,.
First West Yorkshire is continuing its consultation on New Bus for West Yorkshire (NBfWY) in Leeds and you are invited to attend.
As you know, First is asking people about their views on NBfWY; a proposal designed to achieve a radical improvement to bus services in the city. This includes the introduction of new iconic vehicles (similar in concept to the ‘New Routemaster’ used in London), smart ticketing and infrastructure improvements that would tackle congestion hotspots.
As part of this consultation process, First is displaying a ‘New Routemaster’ bus, along with information explaining the vision for this innovative package of improvements to the public around West Yorkshire to get their feedback.
New dates for this week are as follows:
• Thursday 20th November Asda Holt Park 9am – 12pm
• Sunday 23rd November Roundhay Park (Princes Avenue lay-by, opposite the back gates) 9am – 12pm
More dates are due to be added to the schedule; we will alert you to these by email, and all event dates and locations can also be found on our twitter @NewBusWestYorks