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Cookridge scarecrow festival

May 1st, 2015 · Events

Scarecrow stood next to a Royal Mail post box

The Old Modernians Association are organising a Cookridge Scarecrow Festival during the May Bank Holiday weekend of 3rd and 4th May 2015 from 12 noon to 5.00 p.m. each day.

Over 40 residents have agreed to participate by making and displaying scarecrows in gardens around Cookridge. In addition Holy Trinity School, Kids Academy, and other local businesses including Animal Planet and Jessicas Hair & Beauty will also be taking part. Teas, ice creams and refreshments will be available at the Old Modernians Clubhouse from 12 noon each day, as well as a Scarecrow quiz and other attractions provided by Caring for Life and Grace Community Church.

To join in this great new community event participants should start by collecting a Scarecrow Trail Guide from the Old Modernians on Cookridge Lane from 12 noon onwards on 3rd and 4th May. Further details may be obtained from Steve Ewen -Steve.Ewen@brentwoodgroup.co.uk

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Image of Peover Scarecrow Festival by Alan James and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

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OPAL – Bedford Arms Update

April 22nd, 2015 · Community News

Exterior shot of Bedford Arms viewed from Bedford Drive

Image of Bedford Arms – viewed from Bedford Drive courtesy of Betty Longbottom and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

Older People’s Action in the Locality (OPAL) are planning an open day on June 24 to invite local people in to the Bedford Arms building, to look round, look at their plans and talk to them.

Thanks go out to those people who have already made a donation towards buying new premises via the buy a brick campaign as well as Councillors from the Inner North West Area Committee, Sir George Martin Trust and The Bramhope Trust who also made donations

You can still make a donation online or by joining in the‘Buy a Brick’ campaign. Please send your cheque, payable to OPAL at Unit 10, Holt Park District Centre, LS16 7SR.

OPAL’s lease at Holt Park was changed recently to 3 months notice that could mean that they are asked to leave their premises shortly. The Bedford Arms in Tinshill is in a reasonable condition. There are other groups who want to run activities there for young people in separate rooms in the evenings that would not clash with OPAL activities. OPAL also plan also to have a Community Café for all ages.

Phone OPAL Office 261 9103 for details.
Val Crompton


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Abbey Runners proud to use Holt Park Active as their new base

April 14th, 2015 · Sports

Abbey Runners gather together before a race for photo oppertunity
Abbey Runners established 30 years ago by a group of like minded runners in North Leeds, and now numbering over 150 members of all ages and abilities (including a thriving Juniors section) recently moved to Holt Park Active.

“We are extremely excited about moving to Holt Park Active, not least being the first facilities at such a great location said Martin Browne Club President. “We believe that our new home offers tremendous opportunities for both Abbey Runners and Holt Park Active. We’ve even refreshed our Club logo to mark both the move and our 20th year anniversary.”

“Our aim is to engage with as many people in the locality as possible and to do so now with a club the size and stature of Abbey Runners is exceptionally pleasing” said Mark Robinson Holt Park Active Manager.

Abbey Runners organise a number of races every year, including the popular Eccup 10. “In the last 10 years the Clubs flagship race has raised over £20,000 for local charities including Sue Ryder (Wheatfields), the Sylvia Wright Trust and Hollybank.

Abbey Runners train Tuesday evening and every second Thursdays from Holt Park Active at 7.30pm. See abbeyrunners.co.uk for more details or contact them here

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Ralph Thoresby High School rated ‘Good’ in Ofsted inspection

April 7th, 2015 · Ralph Thoresby

Ralph Thoresby High School Ofsted inspection
Staff and students at Ralph Thoresby School are celebrating the outcome of a recent Ofsted inspection which found the school to be ‘Good’ in all aspects, recognising the significant improvements made in recent years.

Inspectors were impressed with the ‘calm and purposeful’ atmosphere around the school which has seen GCSE and A Level results improve significantly in the last 2 years and currently sits in 5th place in the city’s exam league tables for ‘value added’ performance at GCSE. ‘Students are pleasant, polite and courteous. They are proud of their school’, the report reveals.

‘Good and sometimes outstanding teaching’ and leadership which is ‘highly ambitious for the students’ has created a climate in which ‘students make exceptional progress’. The report makes it clear that Ralph Thoresby is a dynamic and forward thinking school where ‘morale is high and there is a culture of high expectations’.

Headteacher Will Carr, who was appointed in 2012, was delighted that Ofsted had recognised the excellent practice at Ralph Thoresby, ‘The entire school community has worked incredibly hard to move the school forward and we all deserve the accolades that this report brings. We will continue to be ambitious for the students and we are confident that we have the talent, the commitment and the momentum to improve still further and be recognised as outstanding’.

Students, staff and parents are working closely together in a school where ‘partnership working is strong’. As Year 12 student and aspiring medic, Shoaib Hussain put it, ‘Every teacher at Ralph Thoresby School is focused on helping you achieve and exceed your personal and academic targets. From amazing lessons to the huge number of extra-curricular activities, I know that the opportunities on offer at Ralph Thoresby School make me stand out and be truly competitive when it comes to pursuing my longer-term ambitions’.

Coming hot on the heels of the positive Leeds Children’s Services Ofsted inspection, this outcome for Ralph Thoresby is another reason to be proud of our ‘child friendly’ city.

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Holt Park Bowls Club recruiting new members

April 4th, 2015 · Sports

Holt Park Bowls Club
Crown green bowling is a super sport for all the family. It is very competitive but is also gentle exercise. You may decide to just be a social bowler or you may decide you want to play in the bowling leagues against other Clubs in the district. League teams are a mixture of males and females and Holt Park also has a ladies only team who play on Thursday evenings.

At some Clubs you may find whole families playing in a team. Should you become good enough you could play for the County or even Great Britain, however for most of us it is enough to aspire to play in the local leagues. On a summer afternoon or evening what could be better than being out in the fresh air enjoying a game of bowls with friends and family.

There are no restrictions on either age or gender. One of Holt Park Bowls Club won the Leeds and District Over-Nineties competition in 2012 and their youngest member at the moment is seventeen.

Holt Park Bowls Club would like to invite you to come along and give it a go. It is great fun and there will always be someone around to show you how to bowl. The bowling season starts after Easter weekend and goes through to October. The Green is situated close to Farrar Lane (Leeds 16) next to the tennis courts and near the High Farm Inn.

For further information you can come along to the club and speak to one of our members or you can contact our Club Secretary, Mike Cox, on 07926 945019 at any time.

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