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Holt Park Leisure Centre Shuts Down

December 18th, 2012 · Community News

by Joel Beaumont
Holt Park Leisure Centre is set to close its doors for the final time this month.

On 22nd December the leisure centre will cease operating in line with the planned opening of the brand new, state of the art, Holt Park Active in Autumn 2013.

Classes and sessions that run at Holt Park will be accommodated into nearby leisure centres.
Holt Park Leisure CentreLeisure centre manager, Mark Robinson, said:

“Myself and the team, both past and present, would like you to know it has been a pleasure delivering Holt Park’s services to you over the past 38 years. We look forward to welcoming you back later next year with a brand new facility to be proud of.”

To read the final newsletter from Holt Park Leisure Centre containing further news and information as well as competitions for future memberships at Holt Park Active take a look below

Holt Park Active News | November 2012

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Ralph Thoresby Help Children Less Fortunate This Christmas

December 15th, 2012 · Ralph Thoresby

by Joel Beaumont
samaritans logoMembers of Ralph Thoresby school have donated gifts and toys to the charitable scheme Operation Christmas Child, run by Samaritan’s Purse, for the seventh year running.

Students from the school put together shoeboxes filled with donations for other children living in less fortunate parts of the world so they too can enjoy Christmas.The gifts donated this year will be sent to Bosnia.

presents ralph thoresby high schoolThe school broke it’s previous record of donations by managing to create 46 shoeboxes for the charity this year.

Samaritan’s Purse is a charity providing emergency relief and assistance to victims of natural disaster, war, disease, and famine.‘Operation Christmas Child’ is an annual appeal that involves people filling a decorated shoebox full of little items such as toys, stationery and sweets to send to children in war torn countries around the world for Christmas.

Coordinator of the Ralph Thoresby appeal, Georgina Drew, said:

“It is great for students here to contribute something that they have put so much thought into and the boxes really do bring a smile to these children who have very little to look forward to.”

All of the shoeboxes have been collected for the charity and are ready to be sent around the world. However it is not too late for you to donate and help make a child’s Christmas that little bit better.

Also an online shoebox can be created by adding generic gifts that will provide such as a teddy bear, skipping rope or colouring pencils and you then make the payment.

For more information or to create a shoebox visit: www.operationchristmaschild.org.uk

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Leeds Trolley Bus Report from Consultation at St. Paul’s Church

December 14th, 2012 · Travel

Around 60 people attended last night’s NGT Drop In event at St Paul’s Church Hall in Ireland Wood. Six members of the New Generation Transport team were on hand to take people through the plans, discuss the project and answer people’s questions.
NGT Drop In St Pauls Ireland Wood

“Although about a third of the people that were there last night had been to previous consultation road-shows or drop-in events, there was a wide range of questions,”

said NGT Project Director Dave Haskins.

“Some of these were due to the fact that people had simply forgotten the details of NGT while others were due to the range of myths that appear to be circulating about the scheme.

“While we accept there will always be certain individuals who oppose the scheme, we were able to counter some of the misinformation and help to ease some people’s concerns.”

This is the third drop-in event held in the last few weeks and more are being arranged in the new year. A major engagement exercise was carried out along the route in 2009, but when the coalition suspended the scheme as part of its Comprehensive Spending Review in 2010 engagement events were put on hold.

“Among people’s concerns about NGT were the effect it would have on existing bus services, its environmental impact and the effect on local traffic and its cost,”

continued Haskins.

“We reported that in other cities where rapid transit systems have been introduced there have been good examples of integration with other bus services without significant detrimental effects and that ABOWY, the Association of Bus Operators in West Yorkshire, has said its members are committed to innovations that will lead to greater connectivity.

“We also explained that while some trees would have to be removed for NGT it is nothing like the wholesale felling on Otley Road being predicted by some and that while there was an option to take the route across the section of Monument Moor, which is often used to provide temporary parking, the NGT route would not encroach on Woodhouse Moor itself.

“In terms of cost, we did point out that the £173.5m committed to NGT by the Government was the last opportunity for anywhere to gain this kind of large scheme funding but that the Department for Transport has specified the money can only be used to develop a trolleybus scheme. To change tack now would mean losing that funding.”

More information about NGT can be found at www.ngtmetro.com and any group that would like members of the NGT team to come along and give a presentation and Q&A on the project, should contact them at ngtinfo@wypte.gov.uk marked ‘presentation request’ in the subject line or write to NGT, Wellington House, Leeds, LS1 2DE.

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Ralph Thoresby Christmas Concert 2012

December 6th, 2012 · Ralph Thoresby

Ralph Thoresby Christmas Concert 2012

Ralph Thoresby School is hosting a Christmas concert for all the family.

A variety of festive music and classic carols will be performed by students on Wednesday 12th December at 7pm.

Tickets are available from the school office and are £3 for adults and £2 for concessions.

For further enquiries call 0113 3368181

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Keeping Warm This Winter

December 3rd, 2012 · Community News

Winter is upon us and keeping warm is essential, especially for the elderly.

Cold weather was linked to the deaths of 24,000 people last year in England and Wales, according to the office of National Statistics, with nearly 20,000 among people aged over 75.

South Leeds Community Radio in association with Leeds City Council have put together a piece on how to stay warm this winter detailing some of the free schemes on offer to help people insulate their homes this winter.

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