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Headingley LitFest: The Dragon Who Hates Poetry

March 3rd, 2015 · Events

The Dragon Who Hates Poetry with Dommy B
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

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First buses come to Asda Holt Park to discuss their New Bus for West Yorkshire

November 20th, 2014 · Community News

New Bus for West YorkshireFirst 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

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6 practical tips to help save money on energy bills

November 3rd, 2014 · Community News

Top tips for saving money on fuel this winterThe clocks have gone back and the nights are drawing in, winter is just around the corner. So as you brace yourself for the cold weather, make sure it’s not your energy bills that are giving you the chills.

Christians Against Charity have created 6 useful tips to help us save money on our energy bills and avoid getting into debt. The charity is designed to help people of all faiths manage their finances.

Check out their top tips for saving money on fuel this winter:

1.Turn it down – Lowering your room temperature by just one degree can cut your bills by up to ten per cent, saving you around £65 per year.
Adjust your heating to the lowest comfortable setting between 18°C and 21°C, and also check your water cylinder thermostat isn’t too high – aim for 60°C.
Also, as 90 per cent of a washing machine’s energy is spent on heating the water, washing clothes at 30°C will dramatically really reduce your bills.

2. Turn it off – Whilst it’s easier to leave appliances on standby, switching them off at the socket can save you around £70 a year.
Lights account for around 20 per cent of your electricity bill so remember to turn them off and use energy saving light bulbs – they also last ten times longer than ordinary bulbs.

3. Insulate – Draught proofing windows, doors, skirting boards etc. could save you up to £30 a year.
Why not try making a draught excluder by stuffing the leg of an old pair of trousers with rice.
Heat reflective panels behind radiators are an effective way to prevent precious heat escaping – pick up a roll of radiator reflective foil for less than ten pounds from your local DIY shop.
And if you can’t afford double-glazing, there’s a special film you buy for your windows, attach with double-sided tape and fix with a hairdryer!

4. Switch – Some people save up to £200 a year switching supplier, so it’s worth checking you are on the cheapest tariff.
Compare gas and electricity prices online at www.uswitch.com.
Avoid pre-payment meters if possible as they are more expensive, and pay by Direct Debit as this is up to six per cent cheaper than paying with other methods.
Remember to provide suppliers with regular meter readings to prevent paying high estimates.

5. Bleed your radiators – If the top of the radiator feels cooler than the bottom, then you’ll need to get rid of the trapped air.
If you don’t know how, check out www.wikihow.com/Bleed-a-Radiator

6. Energy-saving grants – There is plenty of help available from the Government, energy suppliers and local authorities for implementing energy saving measures.
Visit the Government’s Energy Saving Trust (EST) for information on what grants are available and for more free advice about saving energy in your home www.energysavingtrust.org.uk

If you’re struggling to pay your bills today and are worried about debt, Christians Against Poverty offers free advice regardless of age, gender, faith or background. Visit capuk.org or call 0800 328 0006. They also run free money management courses to help you budget those bills and save for the future. Visit www.capmoney.org to find a course near you.

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October half term – free family play session at Ralph Thoresby High School

October 26th, 2014 · Events

Ralph Thoresby High School, in partnership with Leeds Play Network, are to host a free family play session this week.

The event will take place on Wednesday 29th October in Thoresby Woods, in the grounds of the school. It will give children the chance to take part in some exciting outdoor activities.

On the day there will be the opportunity to learn how to build a camp fire, create a den from natural materials, practice survival skills as well as enjoy some arts and crafts. The session is designed to be delivered outdoors but is subject to weather conditions. If the weather is too bad on the day then the activities will take place in the school hall.

Due to the nature of the events taking place it is advised that old clothes, that are ok to get dirty, be worn.

There is no need to book a place, simply turn up at the school reception shortly before 1pm. The day lasts until 3pm and children/young people must be accompanied by an adult to take part in the activities. Parents and guardians are fully responsible for their children.

For more information visit www.leedsplaynetwork.org.uk or call 0113 2016790

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Kidz in Kampz – Offical opening on Raynel Approach

September 22nd, 2014 · Community News

by Alan Mann
Kidz in Kampz Raynel Approach Ireland Wood LS16 LeedsEarly in the month saw the official opening of the second community charity shop run by Kidz in Kampz Charity.

Councillor Sue Bentley did the honours of cutting the ribbon. It was great to see our local MP Greg Mulholland, and the other two Ward Councillors, Judith Chapman, and Jonathan Bentley.

Special thanks went to Madge Davey, Beryl Gartside, Nita Butcher and all the volunteers who have helped get the shop ready for its official opening.

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