Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Popular deli market receives special visit from Lord Mayor

Caption: The Lord Mayor of Leeds Councillor David Congreve and the Lady Mayoress Janet Harper JP, enjoy the delights of the Kirkstall deli market at Kirkstall Abbey with a trader.

A popular market held in the surroundings of one of the city’s most historic visitor attractions has been given a civic seal of approval this month.

The Lord Mayor of Leeds Councillor David Congreve accompanied by the Lady Mayoress Janet Harper JP paid a special visit to the popular deli and crafts & collectables market which free on entry, opens on the last Saturday and Sunday of the month from 12noon-3pm and is situated in the picturesque 12th century Cistercian ruins of Kirkstall Abbey.

During the tour, the Lord Mayor met both visitors and traders at the market, which provides a wide range of high quality products supplied by local producers from March to November every year.

The Lord Mayor of Leeds, Councillor David Congreve said:

"We had a fantastic time visiting Kirkstall Abbey’s deli market, and we would like to thank both visitors and stall holders on the day for their very kind and warm welcome.

"The products available on the stalls really are superb, and as there are only three more markets set to take place this year we would urge anyone who has yet to visit to do so as soon as they can."

Boasting up to 50 stalls, the market is regarded as a perfect place to visit to find high quality local produce, plants, handmade crafts, collectables, vintage treasures, jewellery, artwork and household items from across Yorkshire.

Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, Leeds City Council’s executive member for digital and creative technologies, culture and skills said:

"We are extremely proud of our deli market at Kirkstall Abbey, and it was a real honour that the Lord Mayor and the Lady Mayoress were able to find time in their extremely busy schedules to pay us a visit.

"The amount of hard work which has been undertaken to make our deli market at Kirstall Abbey the success it is today is simply amazing, and I would like to thank everyone who has contributed. We are looking forward to the market continuing to grow and becoming even more popular in the years to come."

Mark Kilvington, Market Organiser and Licence Holder of Kirkstall Abbey Deli and Crafts & Collectables Market said:

"This summer has been absolutely fantastic for the markets and it was a pleasure to welcome the Lord Mayor of Leeds last weekend to show him around. It’s great to see the markets becoming busier and busier each month and it’s with thanks to all the wonderful stall holders and visitors who turn up at the end of every month, whatever the weather that make them such special occasions."

Notes to editors:

Entry to the markets is free and will be held on the following weekends in 2014:

September 27th & 28th
October 25th & 26th
November 29th & 30th

Stalls which feature at this year’s markets can be found here: www.leeds.gov.uk/museumsandgalleries/Pages/Kirkstall-Abbey.aspx

Kirkstall Abbey is one of the most complete Cistercian monasteries in Britain. Founded in 1152 by Cistercian monks, Kirkstall was a religious centre in Yorkshire until 1539 when it was closed by Henry VIII during the Dissolution of the Monasteries.

Visitors can explore the abbey ruins to discover where the monks worked, lived and prayed over 800 years ago, from the majesty of the church to the peace of the cloisters.

The Visitor Centre is home to displays about the abbey, which include dressing up and a shop selling unique bespoke products. Entrance to Kirkstall Abbey is Free. There are regular events at the abbey throughout the year, including the Kirkstall Festival every July.

For media enquiries, please contact;
Colin Dickinson, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 39 51578
Email: colin.dickinson@leeds.gov.uk

Monday, 1 September 2014

New tailoring exhibition set to open at Leeds museum

Caption: The proud tailoring history of Leeds will be showcased in a new gallery.

A new gallery celebrating the rich tradition of Leeds’ tailoring industry is set to open tomorrow at a popular city museum.

Available to view from September 2, the permanent display at Leeds Industrial Museum at Armley Mills will not only showcase the work and history of the city’s tailoring firms and high street fashions, but highlight the importance and scale of the clothing factories during their heyday and beyond.

Set to feature in the gallery are 120 items of men’s tailoring from the 1930’s to the 1980’s from the museum’s Industrial History Costume Collection. The majority of the collection was donated by small firms such as a multi-coloured sample school blazer form W.A Hogg or from the big Leeds based tailors such as Hepworth’s and Burtons.

Included as part of the Burton’s collection are everyday suits, dinner suits and demob suits that were specially commissioned by the government. The costume donated by Hepworth’s also includes a group of 19th century replica designs from the company’s archives that were custom made to celebrate the company’s centenary in 1964. These sit aside a range of other interesting items including a good selection of semi-finished samples which were sent to clients who placed large orders, such as the London Ambulance service, which uniforms still have the hand written sample tags attached.

For more information regarding Leeds Industrial Museum at Armley Mills, please see: http://www.leeds.gov.uk/museumsandgalleries/Pages/armleymills.aspx

Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, Leeds City Council’s executive member for digital and creative technologies, culture and skills said:

"Leeds has a very proud and distinguished history in tailoring, and as part of this new fantastic gallery opening at Armley Mills, we will be showcasing the work of firms who helped put our city on the industries world map.

"Included in the gallery will be 120 items taken from our own costume collection included pieces which were donated from a range of local companies and the chance to find out the vital and important role that tailoring played in our local economy."

Notes to editors:

Leeds Industrial Museum at Armley Mills:

Housed in what was once the world's largest woollen mill, Leeds Industrial Museum houses a wealth of gems located in a beautiful riverside setting. Step back in time to learn about the industrial history of Leeds from manufacturing textiles and clothing to printing, engineering and locomotives, which the city was world famous for.
There is no additional charge for visiting this exhibition. Normal admission charges apply.

Leeds Industrial Museum at Armley Mills is open at the following times:

Monday: Closed except for bank holidays. Bank holiday Mondays 10:00 - 17:00. Last admission at 16:00
Tuesday to Saturday: 10:00 - 17:00. Last admission at 16:00
Sunday: 13:00 - 17:00. Last admission at 16:00

For further information visit our website www.leeds.gov.uk/armleymills

For media enquiries, please contact;
Colin Dickinson, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 39 51578
Email: colin.dickinson@leeds.gov.uk

Friday, 29 August 2014

New information resource for families with children with special educational needs

Children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities, and their families, are to be more involved in decisions made about their lives, through changes being implemented by Leeds City Council as part of national reforms.

From September, the council will launch of the ‘Leeds Local Offer’, a new resource to help families in Leeds find services for children and young people with special educational needs (SEN) and disabilities.

The Leeds Local Offer is one of a series of reforms to services in Leeds in response to the Children and Families Act 2014. This new legislation, which comes into effect from September 1 2014, will change how education, health and social care agencies support children and young people with the most complex needs and their families.

These agencies must work more closely with families and make sure they have greater choice and control over the services and support they access. They must also make it easier for families to find out what support is available by publishing a ‘local offer’ of all education, health, social care and leisure services in the area for children and young people aged 0 to 25 who have SEN and disabilities.

Leeds City Council’s complex needs service has been working with a wide range of partners, including schools, colleges, early years settings, health services, social care providers and voluntary groups to produce the new Leeds Local Offer, which will be available online from September.

Councillor Judith Blake, executive member for children and families said:
“Through the Leeds Local Offer, we hope to make it easier for families to find information to meet a range of needs. We are also working with our partners to improve how we support the children and young people in the city who have the most complex needs. By reforming our systems for assessing those needs and looking again at how we support those children and young people we can help them achieve their best possible outcomes and prepare for adult life.

“From September, we will see Statements of SEN being replaced with new joint education, health and care plans, which will hopefully give children and young people with the most complex needs and their families a quicker, more stream-lined experience of assessing their needs and planning services and support to help them achieve their best possible outcomes.

“These new plans will be produced in partnership with families, giving them much more control over the services they access. Families can also take control of the budget used to pay for the services in their plan.

“It’s all about greater transparency, greater choice and more control for families”.

The Leeds Local Offer makes it easier for families to find out what services they are entitled to and what support they can find in their local community. It includes services to meet a wide range of needs, from children and young people who need a little extra support to access learning and leisure alongside their peers, to those who have very complex needs and may need to access more specialist services.

A Leeds Local Offer website is being created, working closely with parents and carers, who have helped to decide what information to include and how to present it in the most user-friendly way. The new website will be available from the September.

EPIC Leeds is the parent/ carer and families participation forum in Leeds. Members have worked closely with Leeds City Council to make sure local families have been involved in planning for the reforms.

Sara Smithson, chair of EPIC Leeds said:
"Involving families from the very beginning ensures that services are designed to meet their purpose, achieve their outcomes and suit the families. It is an additional bonus that this also saves money meaning there is more in the pot to go further to help other families”

The Leeds Local Offer is just one of the ways that the new legislation aims to improve services for children and young people with SEN and disabilities.

To find out more, visit the new Leeds Local Offer website at www.leeds.gov.uk/localoffer, call the Leeds SEND Information Advice Support Service helpline on 0113 39 51200, or email the complex needs service best practice team via bpteam@leeds.gov.uk

For media enquiries, please contact:
Emma Whittell, Leeds City Council press office, on (0113) 2474713
Email: emma.whittell@leeds.gov.uk

Tasty treat for school’s VIP visitors - media opportunity

Children at one Leeds primary school are getting ready for some local VIP lunch guests next week, when they host the leader and deputy leaders of Leeds City Council.

The senior councillors are visiting St Nicholas’ Catholic Primary school in Oakwood to see for themselves how the council’s preparations for universal free school meals have been completed.

The council’s catering service, Catering Leeds, has helped 190 primary schools across the city get ready for all of the extra school meals they will need to prepare and serve as part of the new national scheme. The introduction of universal free school meals which will see all state-educated children in foundation, year one and year two, entitled to a free lunch every day, will mean Catering Leeds must prepare an extra 10,000 meals every day, on top of the 35,000 they already produce .

Media opportunity:
When: Tuesday 2 September at 12.15pm
Where: St. Nicholas’ Catholic Primary School, Oakwood Lane, LS9 6QY
Members of the media are invited to join the councillors and pupils when they try their first free school meal as part of the universal free school meal programme. Interviews and photography will be available.
Please contact Emma Whittell at Leeds City Council press office if you wish to attend, on 0113 2474713

During the visit, council leader Councillor Keith Wakefield, and deputy leaders Cllr Peter Gruen and Cllr Judith Blake, will be joined by senior officers to see newly installed cooking and service equipment, meet newly recruited and trained staff, and try a school dinner alongside pupils.

Councillor Judith Blake, deputy leader of Leeds City Council and executive member responsible for children and families said:
“A good quality, nutritious and tasty school dinner, is a key element to a child’s academic success, which is why it is so important that those children who are eligible for a free school meal, take up their entitlement.

“Schools across Leeds have been working closely with the catering service to ensure that they are ready for the new school year, and have come up with some innovative ways to serve the all the extra meals for the 44,000 children who are now eligible for a free lunch.

“For those families who have children who are older than six, I would encourage them to check if they are also eligible for free school meals, as it could save them £10 a week for each child.”

Councillor Peter Gruen, executive member responsible for neighbourhoods, planning and personnel, said:
“The team at Catering Leeds have done a fantastic job making sure all the schools they cater for are ready for all the extra school dinners needed from September. They have really risen to the challenge, given the timescales and budget pressures they were under.

“For many children this will be the first time they have tried a school meal and I’m sure they will be delighted with the tasty food on offer, and their parents can be confident that they are eating a healthy and nutritious meal in a friendly, comfortable environment.”

Notes to editors:

As part of the new universal free school meal offer, an extra approximately 44,000 primary school children in Leeds will be entitled to a free school meal, however many families are still not taking up the offer.

Prior to the introduction of the new scheme, in 2012-2013, 13,835 primary school children in Leeds children were entitled to a free school lunch, but 3720 were not taking advantage of the healthy, daily meal.

Catering Leeds is committed to providing school lunches that are tasty and healthy, as well as making lunchtime comfortable and fun for everyone, but everyday children and young people across Leeds are still missing out on their free school meal.

For media enquiries, please contact:
Emma Whittell, Leeds City Council press office, on (0113) 2474713
Email: emma.whittell@leeds.gov.uk