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Holt Park Active Living Centre Funding Cut

September 8th, 2011 · Community News

by Joel Beaumont
Holt Park’s multi-million pound Active Living Centre was dealt another blow this week when funding for the project was cut.
 The government’s treasury department, as we reported in April, announced that the shelved, £30.6 million project could go ahead as the Private Finance Initiative (PFI) money was granted.

However, now just weeks from building work commencing, the Department of Health has told Leeds City Council that its PFI funding for the project has now been reduced to £28.9 million, leaving the Council to stump up the rest..

Cllr Lucinda Yeadon, executive board member for adult social care said: “I am very disappointed that the Government has changed its mind and reduced the amount of financial support we are receiving.

“I am writing to the Care Services Minister Paul Burstow to ask that the Government rethinks its plan.”

The Active Living Centre has been in the midst of turmoil since plans for the project were first announced. The project was shelved in June 2010, just 2 weeks before builders moved onto the site, as part of the new coalition governments spending review.

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Lawnswood Cemetery Guided Walks

September 6th, 2011 · Events

by Joel Beaumont
Guided walks around Lawnswood Cemetery are taking place this week as part of Heritage Open Days 2011 tour.

Although not everyone’s idea of a relaxing walk, Lawnswood Cemetery has lots to offer those who are interested in local history. There are many buried treasures just waiting to be discovered in this local landmark.

The prominent and well known grave entitled Ethel at the Gate will be one of the sites on the tour with various stories accompanying the grave. This local monument is certainly something to behold.

Ethel At The Gate

The Lawnswood Cemetery guided walk is free of charge and takes place on Thursday 8th September at 10am and 11am. Pre-booking a place on the walk is required and can be done so by calling 0113 2673188 or 0113 2673189.Heritage Open Days, organised by English Heritage, celebrate the architecture and culture of landmarks around the country offering free access to properties which are not usually available.

Over 4000 sites have registered for the Heritage Open Days weekend which runs from 8th September – 11th September.

With hundreds of events taking place across West Yorkshire follow the link and see what else you can do on the Heritage Open Days weekend

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Holiday Nightmare For Local Mum

September 5th, 2011 · Community News

by Joel Beaumont

A mother and son had to cut their family holiday short due to their dangerous and dirty hotel.

Sonia Sykes, 44, from Tinshill, took herself and her 16-year-old son Darrian on holiday to Greece but flew the pair home after just five days into an all-inclusive fortnight in Faliraki, on the island of Rhodes.

She has photo and video evidence of the problems encountered at the Evi Hotel. Some of these include, live electrical wiring close to the shower, faeces on a dining terrace and cockroaches in the bathroom.

It was only the second time Ms Sykes had been able to afford a holiday abroad.

She is now considering taking legal action against holiday company Jet2holidays.com in a bid to scrape back the £1,500 she spent.

To read more about this story along with Ms Sykes thoughts and reactions visit the Yorkshire Evening Post’s website by clicking here.

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Fancy Dress Fun Day

August 30th, 2011 · Events

A fancy dress fundraising day is to take place in Adel.

The Adel Crag Association are holding a fundraising day and hope to put the fun back into fundraising by making it fancy dress.

A fancy dress parade for young and old will be the highlight of the day. Anyone can attend the event which is taking place on Saturday 10th of September 12-3pm but there will be a special fancy dress competition for children with prizes to be won.

The top 3 children’s fancy dress costumes will win high-street vouchers in the sum of £20, £15 and £10. However, all children who attend must be accompanied by an adult

There will also be stalls selling books and bric-a-brac etc, a tombola and refreshments. Leeds Rhino’s mascot Ronnie the Rhino will be attending as well.

All of the money raised will be shared between the Adel Crag Association and Ward 94 of the Bexley wing at St James’s Hospital.

Donations for the stalls are still being accepted so if you have any unwanted books, cds/dvds, cosmetics, etc or just want more information about the event call 0113 2610846 or visitwww.adelcrag.org.uk

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Adel Crag Fun Day 2011

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Charity Auction

August 28th, 2011 · Events

by Joel Beaumont

Adel Methodist Church is holding a charity auction this bank holiday Monday.


The local church, based on Gainsborough Avenue just behind the Lawnswood Arms Pub, is holding the auction to raise money for rescued animals.

The charity auction commences at 11am although items can be viewed from 10am.


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