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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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Local residents work together as part of a community clean up day

March 28th, 2015 · Community News

by Alan Mann
Residents and volunteers from Ireland Wood, Tinshill, Cookridge and Holt Park were out in force working on an area between Iveson Rise and Luttrell Crescent as part of a community clean up day

Around 30 bags were filled with waste and litter. In addition, around a tonne of flytipping was also removed including beds, wood, plastic slides, metal items etc.,

A big thank you goes to everyone who took part, and in particular Clare Lyons, who organised both the equipment, and above all for the collection from the brilliant LCC Waste Management Team.

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Holt Park Medical Practice to remain open

March 26th, 2015 · Community News

Holt Park Medical PracticeNHS England has made a decision that Holt Park Medical Practice should not be allowed to close. This decision follows a successful online community campaign which was signed by over 100 supporters.

The surgery, which serves the Holt Park, Cookridge and Tinshill area, contacted patients at the end of last year about the proposed closure, suggesting they transfer to the GP practice at Moor Grange.

The petition also pointed out that current housing development in Bodington Manor, Cookridge Hospital and Centurion Fields with more planned in the area, including older people’s housing next to the Holt Park surgery, is increasing the population, creating a need for more not fewer GP services in the area.

Local doctors had proposed merging with Abbey Medical Centre and Moor Grange surgeries as they felt that this would allow them to provide an increased range of services to patients but as part of the merger, the two practices intended to take out the GP practice from the Holt Park Health Centre. Community services would have continued at Holt Park Health Centre, but GP appointments at Holt Park would have ceased following the merger of the three practices, as the GPs felt it would have been difficult to run the practice from 3 sites.

However NHS England have now announced that while the merger would still be going ahead, the surgery in Holt Park will remain open beyond April. Holt Park patients had been advised that to see their GP, they would have to attend either the Abbey Medical Centre, or Moor Grange surgeries in the event of the closure of Holt Park, but many were concerned at the distance and difficulty of travelling to these alternative surgeries.

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Foodbank opens in Ireland Wood – Leeds LS16

March 23rd, 2015 · Community News

Leeds-North-foodbankEveryday people in our community are going hungry. In Ireland Wood and Adel a team of Church leaders and volunteers have recognised that need and have opened an outlet of Leeds North Foodbank  at St Pauls Church, Ireland Wood

The aim is to give three days’ emergency food to people in crisis. Leeds North Foodbank has already fed more than 4,000 people since launching their first outlet in September 2013 in Moortown and the subsequent opening of a further 2 outlets in Horsforth and Woodhouse.
Vouchers for food are available through a range of places including health centres, children’s centres and school support workers or via the Welfare Rights team and Citizens Advice Bureau.

As well as providing food, volunteers will be able to listen and suggest where extra help and support may be available. Whatever their situation, beliefs or background everyone is welcome.

“Without the help and support of local churches, volunteers and the public, who’ve donated their time, food and money, we could never have opened this new Foodbank outlet” says Karen Burgon, Project Manager, Leeds North Foodbank.”

“We want to take this opportunity to thank everyone involved so far, if you would like to help in any way please do contact us for more information”

There will be a fundraising Spring Concert organised by The Singing Mums on March 28th at St Pauls Church from 3pm in support of the foodbank, everyone welcome.

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Headingley LitFest: The Dragon Who Hates Poetry

March 3rd, 2015 · Events

The Dragon Who Hates Poetry with Dommy B
This coming Saturday will be mainly for children during the daytime. Bring them along to the Meanwood Institute (it’s just down the road from Waitrose) in the morning to be entertained by Dommy B, especially if they are of primary age, and come along yourself in the afternoon for a national figure in the world of children’s books – Nicolette Jones. She’ll be at the New Headingley Club, which is a short walk from North Lane. Children are welcome there as well. You could give them some of your cake.

This Thursday Janet Douglas will speak about Lettice Cooper, on Friday Peter Spafford and Richard Ormrod will be at Café Lento, on Saturday evening you can listen to singing from Red Ladder and on Sunday it’s Irish Day, with plenty of Samuel Beckett and a comic account of some extraordinary festivals.

The complete programme can be seen below

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Headingley LitFest 2015 Calendar

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