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Book Launch: Voices From the Village of Youth

July 17th, 2010 · Community News

by Joel Beaumont
A book celebrating growing up in the north west of Leeds as a child was launched at Holt Park Library yesterday.

The book entitled “Voices from the Village of Youth” details various generations’ childhoods when growing up in the local area.

The project, organised by Leeds City Council, saw youngsters from Cookridge Primary School and members of the Older Persons Action in the Locality (OPAL) charity come together to write short stories about their childhood memories, based on the local area.

These two groups were present at the launch, to view the book they helped to create, in print and available for the public to read.

Holt Park Librarian Kit Lardner, who oversaw the project and edited the final work, said: “This project has been a fantastic way of bringing local people together and has been so more successful than we could have a imagined. This book is a real celebration of the creative talents of local people across the ages and it is hugely exciting that it can be seen like this.”

The book uses archive photos from the local area to help create a sense of nostalgia for older readers. When creating the book the group worked with authors Ray French and Craig Bradley along with local historian Don Cole.

A handful of readers may remember the building of the Cookridge estate in the 1920’s and 30’s, where the title of the book takes it’s name from.

The marketing literature used in the advertising of the estate was ‘Cookridge – Village of Youth’.
It was designed by Cecil Crowther. His son Derick Crowther was present at the launch yesterday and gave a speech about Cookridge.

The book was designed to help strengthen community ties in the area by bringing the two polarised generations together. The project received funding from the council’s adult social care directorate in order to support the Leeds part of a wider, national, drive to improve inter-generational relations.

Cerys Jones, aged 9, from Cookridge Primary School had fun being part of this project she said: “It was really good, the best bit was going out to meet the OPAL group.” Cerys has a story, poem and letter printed in the book.

Young Author: 9 year old Cerys reads her poem

Voices from the Village of Youth’ was not created for widespread sale but is available to order through Holt Park Library. Alternatively, by going to www.lulu.com and is priced at £2.78 (not including postage costs).

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New Bus Operator

July 16th, 2010 · Travel

By Joel Beaumont
Holt Park buses 31/32 and 96 will see minor changes to their services begin this month.

The 31/32 Holt Park to Horsforth bus service will no longer be operated by the same company.

The bus operator First Leeds will no longer run the service, it will instead be operated by Centrebus from the 24th July 2010.

The bus will still follow the same route and timetable and will continue to operate a hail and ride service in the Horsforth area of the journey.

The change is due to the tenure of contracts by West Yorkshire Metro being reviewed.

The 96 service from Holt Park to Leeds Bus Station will also see minor changes to its timetable.

Other bus services across the city will see changes to how they operate. For more information visit: http://www.wymetro.com/NR/rdonlyres/C5306F80-9775-4B54-BF91-D8E4CA4A29B7/0/CT52_infoleaflet.pdf

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Ralph Thoresby High School Charity Fun Night

July 15th, 2010 · Community News, Ralph Thoresby

by Luke Beaumont
Students at Ralph Thoresby put on a talent show last night at the John Sowerby Community Theatre.

Acts ranged from comedy, dance, singing, musical performances and acting.

A good night was enjoyed by all who attended.

Images courtesy of Paula Brown of Ollievison

Images courtesy of Luke Beaumont

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Violent Robbery

July 14th, 2010 · Crime

by Joel Beaumont
A robbery of a security van took place at the ASDA in Holt Park today.

The robbery took place at around 13.30 this afternoon as money was being delivered to the store.

The security guard of the van was hit with a metal pole in the entrance to the Holt Park shopping centre. The money he was carrying was stolen.

Shoppers tried to stop the robbery taking place by throwing baskets and a bin in the way.

Police were called and a West Yorkshire Police helicopter was scrambled to try and track down the culprits.

The thieves then took off in a silver X-type Jaguar they had arrived in which was then later dumped and burnt out in Holtdale Fold.

The assaulted security guard was treated by an ASDA first aider, Tina Watmough, before two paramedics arrived to take him to the LGI

The security guard’s injuries are not serious but he has been left very badly shaken.

Police at the scene dusted the entrance to the shopping centre for finger prints and forensic evidence. This resulted in shoppers having to use the ASDA fire exit to enter and leave the centre.

Officers are keen to hear from anyone who may have found the white metal bar discarded in the area.

Anyone who witnessed the incident, saw the men running off from the abandoned vehicle or who has any information is asked to contact Weetwood police station via 0845 6060606 or call Crimestoppers, anonymously and in confidence, on 0800 555 111.

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Kidz in Kampz Fun Day a Great Success

July 13th, 2010 · Community News

by Joel Beaumont
The Kidz in Kampz fun day was a big hit in raising money for their cause.

The event which took place on Saturday 10th July in the Holt Park Shopping Centre went a long way to help raise money for Kidz in Kampz.

There was a variety of stalls with something for everyone from clothes and bric-a-brac stalls to the traditional tombola.

The tombola was a big hit as the stall had to be restocked with winning prizes on more than one occasion.

Tombola: Just a small selection of the prizes on offer

As well as the tombola to try your luck at, there was the raffle in which a luxurious dolls house was on offer as first prize.

Small but might: The money raised will make a big difference thanks to this minature prize.

However, if you had a bit of a sweet tooth then the “pick a lolly stall” was for you with the prizes being a variety of sweets.

You could also go enjoy a cake and a drink in the ABC Cafe if you was feeling like a little rest.

Also the Holt Park Tenants and Residents Association had a stall offering info on the work they do in the local community and selling a few bits and pieces to help raise money.

However, there was of course a serious reason and message behind the fun day.

The work that Kidz in Kampz does is of great importance to the people of Thailand and Burma.

Working on the border of the two nations, Kidz in Kampz helps children living in camps for displaced people.

Overall, the day organised by Kidz in Kampz was a great success in helping to raise money and awareness for their charity and the work they do.

For more information on the work Kidz in Kampz carries out, you can visit: www.kidzinkampz.co.uk

Big Hit: The day attracted lots of generous people

Slide show of the days events – All images courtesy of Luke Beaumont

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