Tuesday, 10 November 2009

Have your say in Seacroft

Residents in Seacroft are invited to attend a free community event, which gives them the chance to have their say on what happens in their area over the next year.

This is a new approach for the Seacroft forum, with the traditional, top-table meeting being transformed into a fun packed interactive session at an accessible local venue. This is to encourage as many residents as possible, including younger people and those with children, to come along to discuss local issues and influence how local services are run.

The event will take place on Wednesday, 11 November, 3.30-6pm at Seacroft Working Men’s Club. Organised by the inner east area committee, it will include a 'debating' room where residents can put questions to local police, council and housing staff on issues such as anti-social behaviour, the EASEL regeneration scheme and improving residents involvement. The debates will be chaired by local councillors.

People who don’t want to join the debate can still drop in and have their say through interactive maps, information stalls and by meeting local staff from a wide variety of organisations working in Seacroft. There will be an 'I love Seacroft because…' comment board as well as a range of free activities to attract and entertain residents of all ages including refreshments, a visit from a fire engine (call-outs permitting!), police horses, a funky fun bus for children, the chance to win a Nintendo Wii, and much more.

Councillor Les Carter, executive board member responsible for neighbourhoods, said:
“Area committees are there to represent the views and opinions of the communities they serve, so it is essential that residents are given the chance to feed into plans for the future.

“I hope that local people will take this opportunity to put their views and ideas forward so that the area committee can set relevant priorities for the year ahead.”

Councillor Brian Selby, chair of the inner east area committee said:
“The area committee has an annual budget and the views of our residents are crucial in helping us make the right choices when prioritising how this money should be spent over the coming year.

“We're keen to try out new, more interesting ways for people to find out about local services, voice any concerns and give us feedback about local matters. We'd normally expect about a dozen or so residents at Seacroft forum, so we look forward to seeing many more at this new style event.”

The forum will hold another event early in 2010 to present the promises for action identified by residents during this event. The feedback will also be presented to the area committee to help it make decisions on what it needs to do and the services it needs to fund next year.

The event will take place on Wednesday, 11 November, 3.30 – 6.30pm at Seacroft Working Men’s Club, Ironwood View, Leeds, LS14 6EW. Services attending include various sections of Leeds City Council, the local neighbourhood policing team, East North East Homes Leeds, West Yorkshire Fire Service, Leeds NHS, Find your talent, Parklands Girl’s High, Space2, LS14 trust, local tenants and residents associations and learning partnerships. There will also be an opportunity to meet and discuss concerns with local councillors.

For more information please contact Hayley Clifton, Neighbourhood Manager on 0113 214 5873, email hayley.clifton@leeds.gov.uk


For media enquiries, please contact;
Claire Macklam, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 395 1578
Email: claire.macklam@leeds.gov.uk

Spooky stories in the dead of the night

Caption: Dead of Night

DEAD OF NIGHT at Holy Trinity Church, Boar Lane, Leeds, LS1 6HW
12-13 Nov 2009, 8pm. Tickets £9 / £7 concs from the City Centre Box Office: 0113 2243801
Part of Carriageworks on Tour

Original ghost stories and the gothic atmosphere of Leeds Holy Trinity Church will provide for two special evenings of spine tingling entertainment as The Carriageworks goes on tour this November.

The thrills and chills are courtesy of Imprint Theatre Company’s latest touring show, Dead of Night, a frightening evening of original Victorian ghost stories with a contemporary twist. From a sinister ventriloquist’s dummy to a mysterious fog that doesn’t seem to lift, this is one show that’s sure to haunt the audience for weeks afterwards.

Hosted by the spectral Mr Graves, the show received a rapturous welcome when it premiered in Leeds last year – so much so that the company decided to bring the piece back for more dates in 2009. The ghoulish atmosphere will be heightened with the gothic surroundings of one of the oldest churches in Leeds. To help the audience get in the spirit, mulled wine and mince pies will be available, courtesy of arts@trinity, who are partnering with The Carriageworks to host the evening.

Leeds City Council executive member for Leisure Councillor John Procter said:
“Leeds City Council is thrilled with how well the Carriageworks is doing, and the variety of acts it is attracting. It is great to see The Carriageworks taking work on tour to other sites in the city and reaching out to different audiences.”

Notes to editors:

1. Press tickets and interviews available on request. Tickets available from the Box Office on 0113 2243801 or online at www.carriageworkstheatre.org.uk. Tickets: £9 (full) / £7 (concessions).

2. The Carriageworks is a thriving theatre at the heart of Leeds’ Millennium Square. It showcases the best new national and regional performance with a dynamic programme of theatre, dance, comedy and film. At the same time it provides support to young and emerging theatre makers, offering them a key platform to develop their work. The Carriageworks also gives opportunities for members of the local community to take part in a variety of high quality arts activities, and is home to the Leeds Civic Arts Guild. This is an umbrella group of performing societies offering the opportunity for local people to experience making theatre in a fully-functioning professional venue.

3. Imprint is a Leeds-based company that has been wowing audiences across the country for the last few years. With a strong commitment to new writing and innovative visual storytelling, their work often delves into the legacy of the past by exploring different historical periods. As well as their touring shows their ongoing work for Leeds City Council’s Light Night has been very well received.


For media enquiries please contact:
Catherine Milburn,
Learning and Leisure Communications Assistant
on 0113 247 8285
Email: catherine.milburn@leeds.gov.uk