Tuesday, 29 September 2009

It’s time to decide Leeds’ favourite nursery rhyme

Favourites such as Little Miss Muffet, Little Bo Beep and even the Incey Wincey Spider from the world of children’s rhymes will be battling it out for the title of ‘Favourite Nursery Rhyme’ as part of National Bookstart Day 2009 on 9th October.

Leeds Bookstart have held a poll to find out Leeds’s favourite nursery rhyme, with the results to be announced on National Bookstart day. Hundreds of parents, carers, libraries, childminders, clinics and of course the children themselves have all voted which nursery rhyme is their favourite, with all to be revealed on Friday 9th October.

Leeds Library and Information Service and Thwaite Mills will host the main celebration event at Thwaite Mills Watermill on Friday 9th October. Booking for this event is essential, through Enquiry Express on 0113 2476016. Leeds Library and Information Service have organised over 21 Bookstart parties in local libraries and children’s centres all over the city.

National Bookstart day will see more than 4,000 parties, storytelling, singing and rhyming sessions taking place across the country. The initiative organised by national charity Booktrust, encourages people and cultures to discover and enjoy reading from as early an age as possible.

Leeds City Council executive member for Leisure Councillor John Procter said:
“National Bookstart day is fun for people of all ages and it will be very interesting to learn which is Leeds’ favourite Nursery Rhyme. The Information and Libraries service is hosting a great line up of events and I hope everyone enjoys their day whichever event they decide to attend.”

The Library and Information service are organising a wide range of events in Leeds libraries throughout October including a History of Leeds at Central Library, creative writing at Calverley Library and of course the events on Light Night at Central Library. For further information about events occurring near you contact your local library.

Notes to editors:

About Bookstart

Bookstart is run by Booktrust, an independent national charity that encourages people of all ages and cultures to engage with books.

Bookstart is the national bookgifting programme that encourages all parents and carers to enjoy books with children from as early an age as possible. We want every child in the UK to develop a lifelong love of books. Bookstart is a public and private partnership and is generously sponsored by children’s book publishers, Central funding is provided through the devolved administrations in Scotland, Wales and, the Department of Education in Northern Ireland and the Department for Children, Schools and Families in England. Working through local authorities and primary care trusts, Bookstart gives the gift of free books to children at around eight months, 18 months and three years, along with guidance materials for parents and carers. Bookstart also aims to foster a love of books through a range of fun activities. Parents wishing to receive a pack should speak to their Health Visitor or contact their local library.

The Bookstart website has downloadable resources for National Bookstart Day celebrations including Rhymetime sheets, colouring sheets and recommended collections of nursery rhymes; www.bookstart.org.uk

For further information on Bookstart and Booktrust please contact Katherine Solomon on 020 8875 4583 or katherine@booktrust.org.uk


For media enquiries please contact:
Catherine Milburn, Leeds City Council press office,
on 0113 247 8285 Email: catherine.milburn@leeds.gov.uk

107 years old and you still can’t beat a good fish and chips

Between the five of them, they have a combined age of 476, and as far as they’re concerned, you still can’t beat a good meal of fish and chips.

Hannah Wattling, who was born on 1 October 1902, will be celebrating her 107th birthday with a slap up meal at Murgatroyds in Yeadon tomorrow. She is taking two centenarian friends, Miriam Heath, 100, and Margaret Senior, 102, as well as two youngsters, Eileen Wlson and Winnie Pollard, who are a mere 84 and 83.

All five are residents of Burley Willows, a Leeds City Council-run Home for Older People.

Media opportunity:
Date: Wednesday 30 September 2009
Time: Midday
Place: Murgatroyd’s Fish and Chip Restaurant, Harrogate Rd, Yeadon, Leeds, LS19, 0113 250 0010

Hannah will be spending Thursday, the actual date of her birthday with family and friends, and a very large birthday cake.

Councillor Peter Harrand, executive board member for adult social services said:
“It’s clear that at 107, Hannah is still enjoying life to the full, and we all wish her many happy returns of the day.”

In October 1902, Balfour was Prime Minister, Edward VII was king, and 1 October saw the launch of the Royal Navy’s first submarine, Holland 1.


For media enquiries please contact:
John Donegan, Leeds City Council Press Office (0113) 247 4450
email John.Donegan@leeds.gov.uk

Council worker in line for national award for tackling anti-social behaviour

CAPTION: Aileen Barrass from Leeds City Council, who is one of three finalists in a national award for her work to tackle anti-social behaviour.

A Leeds City Council employee is in line for a national award for her work to tackle anti-social behaviour in the city.

Aileen Barrass, who works as an enforcement officer for the council’s anti-social behaviour unit is one of only three finalists in the Tim Winter Award from the Social Landlords Crime and Nuisance Group (SLCNG).

The award recognises exceptional performance in tackling anti-social behaviour and making a real and sustained difference to an individual or a community. Winners will be announced and awards presented on 7 October 2009 at the SLCNG Annual Conference in Telford.

Since joining the anti-social behaviour unit in 2003, Aileen has championed work with young people to prevent them from becoming involved in anti-social behaviour. She pioneered the use of Acceptable Behaviour Contracts as a means of nipping unacceptable behaviour in the bud.

She has also developed a range of training packages for local schools to raise young people’s awareness of anti-social behaviour and how to deal with it.

Earlier this year, Aileen produced a film involving 36 young people from six Leeds high schools telling the story of close friends Dexy and Sam. Both come to the attention of the authorities after their youthful misbehaviour takes a turn for the worse, and both receive Acceptable Behaviour Contracts. Y ABC will be premiered later this year.

Aileen has gone the extra mile in all these areas while at the time time excelling in her ‘bread and butter’ enforcement role gaining Asbos against a range of wrongdoers, including in recent months a serial 999 caller, a sexual predator, as well as organising a crack house closure.

Aileen was also the officer who dealt with the an Asbo against a Dolly Parton fan creating unacceptable noise nuisance - a case which made the news as far away as Australia.

Councillor Les Carter, executive board member responsible for community safety said:
“People like Aileen, have been a hugely positive force in tackling antisocial behaviour in Leeds, particularly amongst young people. She thoroughly deserves to win this award, but already, being in the top three in the entire country speaks volumes for the quality of her achievements.”

The Social Landlords Crime and Nuisance Group (SLCNG) is the UK's leading housing based organisation specialising in delivering effective solutions to anti-social behaviour. Membership is open to all organisations providing or managing social housing and to all other organisations with an interest in tackling anti-social behaviour, protecting communities and promoting a culture of respect.


For media enquiries please contact:
John Donegan, Leeds City Council Press Office (0113) 247 4450
email John.Donegan@leeds.gov.uk

Armley 78-year-old wins Leeds award for inspirational older people

A 78 year old man from Armley has won this year’s award for the Leeds older person who makes the biggest difference or contribution to his or her community. He will be presented with his award this Thursday (1 October) at an event to mark International Day of Older People.

Morgan Pugh was nominated for the 2009 Jack Anderson award for his voluntary work with Armley Helping Hands - a registered charity supporting many isolated older people and their families in Armley and Wortley.

Morgan is also a representative on the Armley helping hands committee, Armley Community Forum, West Leeds Area Committee, West/North West Homes and Cross Grasmere Residents Association, as well as supporting his neighbours in a sheltered housing complex with their practical needs.

Runners up were:
Cindy Barr, 73, Shadwell.
Cindy was recognised for the difference she has made to the lives of older people in Shadwell. Cindy runs a social meeting at the local recreation centre providing tea and biscuits, music and bingo. She also supports older people to access day trips.

Jean Baird, 79, Belle Isle. Jean was recognised for the time and support that she gives to the members of Belle Isle Elderly Winter Aid. She is a secretary to the board and keeps telephone contact with older people on the BIEWA register needing support.

Media Opportunity:
Lord Mayor of Leeds, councillor Judith Elliott will present the Jack Anderson award to the winner and runners up at a special event to mark International Day of Older People.
Date: Thursday 1 October 2009.
Time: The awards are being presented between 14:25 and 14:45. The winner and runner up can be photographed during or after the presentations, and interviewed afterwards.
Place: City Museum, Millennium Square, Leeds.

Councillor Peter Harrand, executive board member for adult social services, and older people’s champion said:
“I’m delighted that we’ve been able to recognise Morgan’s tireless work in his local community.

“He and the two runners up are splendid examples of how so many older people continue to make a valuable contribution to the city well beyond the time when you’d normally expect them to be taking it easy.”

“Making a decision about this year’s award was very tough, given the fact older people make such a fantastic contribution to life in Leeds, and the high quality of the nominations.”

This will be the 11th year that Leeds has celebrated International Day of Older People.

A full programme of events for IDOP in Leeds can be downloaded from the Leeds Older People’s Forum website: http://www.opforum.webeden.co.uk/#/idop/4517743485.

• Jack Anderson, who is from Leeds, had his name given to the awards in recognition of the way he has devoted much of his life to community activity.
• International Day of Older People is held annually on 1 October. It was initiated by the United Nations in 1990 as a way of raising awareness about issues affecting the elderly and celebrating the contributions that they make to society.


For media enquiries please contact:
John Donegan, Leeds City Council Press Office (0113) 247 4450
email John.Donegan@leeds.gov.uk