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Ralph Thoresby Students Contribute to Professional Theatre Production

February 22nd, 2011 · Community News, Events, Ralph Thoresby

by Joel Beaumont
Pupils from Ralph Thoresby School have helped to create a West Yorkshire Playhouse theatre production.

The play has had the input and support of young people from across Leeds in developing the production for its upcoming shows.

Pupils from Holt Park’s Ralph Thoresby have written the music to accompany the play and will team up with other pupils from across Leeds to put together the final recordings.

In partnership with Interplay, a professional  arts company based in Armley, Leeds, Ralph Thoresby is helping to bring the production to life and benefit pupils from the school and across the city who have fallen out of education.

Interplay’s Tools for the Trade Alternative Education programme helps youngsters who aren’t engaging in mainstream education and encourages them to participate in learning through music production and film making.

Francis Hill Drama and Media teacher at Ralph Thoresby and Director of the project said:
“We have spent the last few months doing workshops in order to explore the play and develop our own interpretation. It has been brilliant fun and really exciting to see the students take on the creative demands of the script by employing their knowledge of theatre and whimsical imaginations in order to bring the text to life.”

The play entitled Gargantua, by award winning playwright Carl Grose, is a dark comedy about a giant baby on the loose in a city.

Gargantua will be shown at Ralph Thoresby School on the 10th -11th March and at the West Yorkshire Playhouse on 14th May.

For tickets to the Ralph Thoresby showing will be available on the door or you can purchase them now by visiting the school office or alternatively calling 0113 3368181.

For tickets to the Playhouse showing call 0113 2137700 or visit www.wyp.org.uk

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Holt Park Half Term Holiday Fun

February 21st, 2011 · Community News, Events

by Joel Beaumont
A whole host of events for the half-term holidays have been lined up kids at Holt Park Leisure Centre.

The activities are aimed at children aged above 5 with some only for 8+.

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The sessions began today and will run all week till Friday 25th February. The first session’s activities were Trampolining and Arts and Crafts which will be repeated on Wednesday and Friday respectively.

Tuesday and Thursday will be Stay the Day where children take part in a range of activities from football to swimming. This session lasts from 09:00 to 16:00 and is only for children aged 8 and above.

For children aged 5 to 8 years old there is a stay the morning on Wednesday with Trampolining sessions hourly in the afternoon from 13:00.

A basic outline of the activities can be seen below.
Monday: Arts and Crafts 10am -12pm
Tuesday: Stay the Day 9am – 4pm (Lunch needed and swim kit if swimming)
Wednesday: Stay the Morning 10am -12pm
Wednesday: 1pm – 2pm, 2pm – 3pm or 3pm – 4pm: Trampolining
Thursday: Stay the Day 9am – 4pm (Lunch needed and swim kit if swimming)
Friday: Arts and Crafts 10am – 12pm

For more information on times and prices visit: http://www.leeds.gov.uk/files/Internet2007/2011/7/holt%20park%20+%20pool%20feb%2011.pdf

or call Holt Park Leisure Centre on 0113 2679739

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Holt Park Sees a Blanket of Snow

February 20th, 2011 · Community News, Video

by Joel Beaumont
Just when we thought Spring was on its way Holt Park was covered in a blanket of snow this weekend.

The snowfall, although not on the same scale as that which caused disruption over the festive period, did make life difficult for residents.

Here at holtparktoday.com we thought it was an excellent opportunity to create some video of the scenes from out local area. Below is a video of some of the snowy weather in Holt Park.


Video Courtesy of Luke Beaumont

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Pedestrian Crossing Roadworks set for Holt Park

February 18th, 2011 · Community News

by Joel Beaumont
You may remember in November HoltParkToday.com reported on safety issues on Holtdale Approach. A number of residents left comments on that article that HoltParkToday.com passed on to relevant authorities.

Road works taking place in Holt ParkToday we are pleased to report roadworks for the long awaited, new zebra crossing outside Ralph Thoresby School are set to begin.

The work on Holtdale Approach is due to start on Monday 21st February and last for approximately one week. The planned working hours are between 09:30 and 15:30, Monday to Friday.

Leeds City Council maintain that pedestrian access will be possible at all times. However, there may be occasions when accessing properties by vehicle may be restricted.

The work carried out will hopefully make this part of Holt Park safer to cross. This will help to resolve the issue of road safety in this particular area which has been a concern for some time now.

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Holt Park Becomes a Hive of Orienteering

February 17th, 2011 · Community News

by Joel Beaumont
On Wednesday evening 16 February between 7.00 and 7.45 you may have seen a number of people running around Holt Park wearing headtorches and carrying maps.

This was the final event of Airienteers Winter Midweek Night Orienteering league. Airienteers is a club with members coming from between Skipton and Leeds.

Airienteers Logo

The orienteering competition choose to stage the final event in Holt Park’s maze of streets and footpaths.Competitors on this urban orienteering leg had to locate specific lampposts using a map from the early 1980’s.

The map was drawn up by then local resident, Rob Blore. It does not show any buildings or street names just the web of roads and footpaths that make up Holt Park.

Last night saw Ian Nixon win the men’s league and Claire Towler the women’s.

Orienteering Compass

Organiser of the Airienteers league, Chris Burden said: “We hope to return to Holt Park on the last Saturday of October 2012 for a day time event. It will use a different and more detailed map which is currently being surveyed and drawn.”

“We intend to put out proper orienteering equipment, which are red and white kites (flags) and electronic punches at about 25 or so control points. It will also be a bigger event so we would want to forewarn the local community, and be able to address any concerns, and most importantly, encourage participation.”

“We would love members of the local community to participate.” he added.

For more information about orienteering in the Aire valley visit www.aire.org.uk

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