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Lord Of The Dance Visits Holt Park’s OPAL

January 23rd, 2012 · Community News

Members of OPAL (Older people’s Action in the Locality) were joined by a special guest to celebrate their 100th tea dance.

The Lord mayor of Leeds, Councillor Reverend Taylor, dusted off his dancing shoes and joined the group in commemorating the milestone in the best way they know.


Meeting fortnightly in Adel and Ireland Wood Community Centre, OPAL members maintain their favourite past times of ballroom dancing and afternoon through a traditional tea dance.

Project coordinator, Ailsa Rhodes, said: “The appeal is predominantly about the music and about the fact that it takes them back. There aren’t many places that do tea dances any more.”

“Some of them have been to dances all over the world. It’s an absolute passion.”

This is just one of the activities OPAL holds to help over 60s across Holt Park and the surrounding areas.

Alissa added: “It’s reducing their isolation, getting them out, keeping them moving and providing support and friendship.

The Lord Mayor enjoyed his waltz and said:: “The tea dance is a fantastic opportunity for the older generation to come together for a great social occasion. I was pleased to be able to attend this special event.”

For more information on the work OPAL does or to enquire about becoming a member visit: http://www.opal-project.org.uk/index.html or call 0113 2619103

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Pop-up Community Art Workshop comes to
Holt Park Library

January 22nd, 2012 · Events

by Luke Beaumont

Messages Across Leeds Holt Park LibraryBA students form Leeds College of Art along with the Community Education department have designed a pop-up workshop to visit and work with community groups and events for adults and families.

Messages Across Leeds the new Leeds based community art project from Leeds College of Art is visiting Holt Park Library this Monday (23rd of January) from 12pm – 8pm

The workshop is a postcard project that will encourage participants to be as creative as possible to… “Send a message to the Lord Mayor… Give Leeds a piece of advice… Make a piece of street art… See their work on the big screen at millennium square and have work made into a traveling book.”

Message Across Leeds LogoWorkshops will give individuals the opportunity to have their say and be part of six exciting exhibitions across the city in March 2012.

The drop-in workshops are free for everyone. They are for people aged 19+ and children are welcome if accompanied by an adult.

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Star Gazing in Eccup

January 18th, 2012 · Events

by Joel Beaumont
Star Gazing Live, Eccup, LeedsAs part of the BBC’s Stargazing Live a sky watching event is taking place in the north west of Leeds tonight.

The Leeds Astronomical society will be holding the event at the New Inn pub in Eccup. It’s secluded surroundings are ideal for gazing at the night sky.

If it is poor weather, there will instead be short activities to do inside, where there will be an artificial night sky and sessions about instruments of astronomy.

Anyone is welcome to attend the event but children must be accompanied by an adult. It is advised to wrap up for the warm conditions.

The event will start at 7pm in the Garden Room of the pub.

Find out more on the BBC website

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New Name for New Holt Park Leisure Centre

January 17th, 2012 · Community News

by Joel Beaumont
Holt Park Leisure Centre Logo
Holt Park residents are being asked to help name the new Holt Park leisure centre.

Holt Park Wellbeing Centre and Holt Park Active Living Centre have so far been used as names for the new £27million pound project. Leeds
City Council are now looking for a new name that will become the official title for the venue.

The rules are simple, all you have to do is to come up with a name that will be fitting for the new centre. Entries are requested to reflect the range of activities to be carried out in the new centre as well as being short and easily pronounced and not named after an individual.

The winner will have their suggested name used for the leisure centre and will take part in the ‘turning of the sod’ ceremony; which celebrates work commencing on the site. As well as a six month bodyline gym membership.

Leeds City Council executive member for adult health and social care Lucinda Yeadon said: “The new centre is going to be an amazing facility for the whole community to make use of so we want to come up with the perfect name to sum up how exciting it is and what it will have to offer. We’d like to hear from as many people as possible with their name ideas.”

Leeds City Council are open to suggestions until 27th January. Entries can be made by emailing wellbeing@leeds.gov.uk with the suggested name along with your own name, a contact telephone number and an email address. Entries can also be posted to or handed in at the current
Holt Park Leisure Centre, Holt Road, Holt Park, Leeds, LS16 7QD.

Holt Park Naming Competition Official Documentation

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Police Require Public Feedback

January 11th, 2012 · Community News

By Joel Beaumont
West Yorkshire Police are looking for your feedback on how best to provide you with up to date information.

West Yorkshire Police

The Police have launched a month long consultation to establish how the county’s residents prefer to communicate with their local officers.

A survey has been created for you to put forward your views on issues. The survey is open to anyone and can be completed online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/public_contact

Assistant Chief Constable Geoff Dodd, who is leading the consultation, said: “It is vital that we offer a first-class service that continues to meet the changing demands of our local communities. It is also extremely important, especially in the current financial climate, that we are able to demonstrate value for money by investing in services that meet demand most efficiently.”

Residents’ views will include how they access the various services other than just 999 responses that the Police offer.

The survey is open for responses until 8th February 2012, so make sure to visit this link now and give your feed back https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/public_contact

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