Wednesday, 25 November 2009

New and devolved powers for Leeds City Region - Harrogate International Centre, 27 November 2009

Regional political leaders will be meeting in Harrogate on Friday 27 November to mark the official launch of the Leeds City Region Pilot Programme and to celebrate their newly devolved powers.

The Leeds City Region is one of two city regions in the UK to be granted pilot status to take on devolution under plans announced by the Government in March 2009.

The launch will see the city region Partnership take on greater powers and control over funding for new housing, regeneration, innovation and skills.

The pilot will be launched at the Leeds City Region Summit on Friday 27 November, at the Harrogate International Centre.

The Leeds City Region Summit features leading national and regional speakers, including the Rt Hon Rosie Winterton MP (Minister for the Regions), Bob Neill MP (Conservative Shadow Local Government Minister), commentator & writer Will Hutton and representatives from the Leeds, York and North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce, West Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive and local universities.

Media are invited to attend the summit. A copy of the draft agenda and speakers for the day is available by clicking on the link below. Please note, some of the times may change on the day;

To attend and arrange interviews/photo opportunities call Andrew Pakes on 07826 872375.

Notes for editors

The Leeds City Region Partnership brings together the eleven local authorities across the city region: Barnsley, Bradford, Calderdale, Craven, Harrogate, Kirklees, Leeds, Selby, Wakefield, York and North Yorkshire.
Press briefing, interviews and comment will be given at 11.00am on 27th November
The Leeds City Region Summit is being held on Friday 27 November at the Harrogate International Centre. Over 300 delegates from across the region are registered for the event which is scheduled to take place between 9.30am and 5.30pm.
The Summit will also see the launch of the Leeds City Region Housing & Regeneration Strategy and Transport Strategy.
For press/media enquiries please contact:
Sara Hyman, Press and Media Manager
Leeds City Council Press Office Tel: 0113 22 43602

You’re my wonderwall

Caption: 'Japan' printed by Jeffrey & Co 1914 (top) and 'Woodnotes' by Walter Crane 1886 (above) form part of the exhibition

Studying walls may not be to everyone’s liking on the face of it, but a new exhibition on the history of wallpaper which begins at Temple Newsam House next week is sure to make visitors change their mind.

Starting on Wednesday 2nd December, a range of rare intricate, colourful and eye-catching designs will be on display to help show how wallpaper design has changed from its origins in the 17th century to the present day.

The exhibition entitled ‘Wonderwall: 300 years of wallpaper’ explores the history and craft of how wallpaper has been produced over time, using examples from the collection of renowned antique dealer Roger Warner, whose grandfather Metford Warner owned the wallpaper manufacturing company Jeffrey and Co of London.

Jeffrey and Co had a unique approach to manufacture believing in the power of design above all else to set them apart from their competitors. As a consequence by the late 1800s they employed some of the leading artists and designers of the day to produce wallpaper designs for them, such as CFA Voysey, Owen Jones and Lewis F Day. Their collaboration with the book illustrator Walter Crane was particularly successful and some of his most famous designs form part of the exhibition.

The changing tastes and fashions can also be seen in a series of gaudy and spectacular designs from Horace Warner which reflect the eclectic tastes of the late 1920s. The exhibition also includes some of the earliest pieces of wallpaper, including hand-tooled leather hangings and early printed papers used for lining boxes from the 1600s.

Accompanying the exhibition is a new piece of commissioned work by artist Catherine Bertola, which is inspired by Temple Newsam House and has been specially produced from dust particles.

Leeds City Council executive member for Leisure Councillor John Procter said:

“People may not have thought about looking at wallpaper as art before, but this exhibition at Temple Newsam House may well surprise you as some of the designs on show are hugely impressive and have clearly been beautifully created.

“Rather than the basic types of wallpaper we see today, some of the designs in the past were more works of art than merely something to put on a wall. I’m sure visitors to the exhibition will be amazed when they see the designs.”

The exhibition has received generous support from Arts Council England, The Kenneth Hargeaves Trust, the Leeds Art Collections Fund and Sandersons Wallpapers UK.

‘Wonderwall: 300 years of wallpaper’ is free on general admission to Temple Newsam House. Admission is priced at adults £3.43, child £2.44, family ticket £8.81. LeedsCard holders free. Visit for further details.


For media enquiries please contact:
Roger Boyde,
Learning and Leisure Media Relations Officer,
Tel 0113 247 5472

Notes to Editors:

Exhibition Curator:
Polly Putnam, Temple Newsam House, Leeds LS15 OAE, 0113 264 7321

Temple Newsam House:
Temple Newsam Road, Halton, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS15 0AE.

Opening Times:
Winter: (until 29 Mar) Tues-Sun, 10.30am-4pm.
Summer: (30 Mar-26 Oct) Tues-Sun, 10.30am - 5pm.
Last admission 45 minutes before closing. Closed Mondays, except bank holidays.

Temple Newsam is one of the country's great historic houses and estates. Situated in 1500 acres of stunning "capability brown" parkland it is home to outstanding and nationally designated collections of painting, furniture, textiles, silver and ceramics. It has an ever-changing programme of exhibitions and events.

Exhibition Special Events Programme to accompany the show available.

For further information about Temple Newsam visit

Leeds legend joins the party for disabled young people

Picture caption: Leeds United legend Peter Lorimer with partygoers (l-r) Lisa, Mark, Megan and Donna.

The Christmas party season came early for a group of disabled youngsters and their carers, when a party was held in their honour last week.

And to make the day extra special Leeds United legend Peter Lorimer joined the party to help celebrate the young people’s achievements.

Leeds City Council’s Family Placement Service held the celebration party at St. Chad’s community centre in Headingley last Friday, to celebrate the various achievements of disabled young people and the dedication of the adopters and foster carers who have supported and cared for them.

Councillor Stewart Golton executive board member responsible for Children’s social care said:
“This party was a great opportunity to celebrate these young people and recognise the dedication of their carers. All of the young people attending this party have overcome many challenges in their lives and with the support of their carers and the family placement service they have been able to achieve some fantastic things.

“We are very grateful Peter has been able to spare his time to attend this party, he made it an extra special night for everyone.”

Peter Lorimer presented certificates to the young people to recognise their achievements, however big or small. Here are the stories of four young people who attended the party. These young people are happy to share their stories with the media and to be interviewed with their adoptive or foster parents.

Mark is 23 years old and has Downs Syndrome. He came into care when he was three weeks old and was subsequently adopted by his foster carer. Mark attends college on a animal care course and he is a volunteer at Middleton Equestrian Centre. He has a very active social life, he goes to athletics and a sport club. He became involved in swimming through Pudsey Gateway Club and is a member of the Yorkshire & Humberside Swimming Team. He participated in the Special Olympics in Leicestershire this summer and gained a number of medals. In addition to all of this he supports his adoptive mother who is a professional short breaks carer for Family Placement.

Megan is 22 and has a condition called Valporate Syndrome. She has lived with her family placement carer Angie and her family for the last 6 and a half years. She is very small in stature, similar in size to a 10 year old. At times there have been concerns about her health, because of problems with her breathing, but she is a fighter. Megan attends college on a business and retail course and hopefully she will be undertaking a work placement in relation to this. She is a cheerful happy young person who enjoys life to the full. She can be bossy and is prepared to speak her mind.

Donna is 31. She moved to her family placement carer when she was six and lived with her until she moved to her own property. However she has regular contact with her previous foster carer who helps to sort out the team of carers who look after her. Donna has cerebral palsy which affects all four of her limbs, she uses a wheel chair at all times. Donna got married in the summer and lots of people attended her wedding. Donna is quite a personality, she finds it difficult at times to communicate with people, but is prepared to persevere until she is understood. She enjoys watching television and social activities like going out shopping, discos and meals out.

Lisa is 21 years old and has lived with her Family Placement carer since she was 6. She has learning difficulties but this does not effect her attitude to life. She is currently at college on a Life Skills course, attends a day centre and goes to a youth club. She loves going out, especially shopping, meeting people, going dancing and to the pub. She enjoys drawing and music especially singing along to Mama Mia!

The Family Placement professional fostering, adoption and permanency service provides fostering and adoption placements for children who have a disability. There are currently 50 trained and approved professional foster carers, who live in the Leeds area and look after disabled children on a temporary or permanent basis. However there are still many children with disabilities, some of whose future is uncertain, who need foster carers or a forever family.
For more information about adopting or fostering a disabled child, people can call the Family Placement team on 0113 2478939 (adoption) or 0113 2243504 (fostering).

Councillor Golton added: “We desperately need more foster carers and adoptive parents for children with all disabilities. This is a role which requires dedication and commitment, but as these stories show the rewards certainly outweigh any challenges.

“Many potential carers may see the barriers rather than the rewards of caring for a disabled child, but the young people who will be attending this party show that with love and support from a dedicated foster carer or forever family these young people can have a positive future and bring a great amount of joy to their carers.

“We welcome applications from single people, couples or families, from all cultural and religious backgrounds. Practical and financial support is available for foster carers and adopters.”

Peter Lorimer made his debut at Leeds United aged 15 years old in September 1962. His first spell with the club lasted until 1979 and he then returned for a second period between 1983 and '86. He remains the only Leeds player to have scored over 200 goals, and won 21 caps for Scotland. The highlight of his international career was the 1974 World Cup in West Germany, although his country was eliminated despite having not lost a single game. Peter Lorimer is now involved with the commercial side of the club through match-day entertainment, contributes to match-day commentaries for BBC Radio Leeds, writes a weekly column for the Yorkshire Evening Post and is organiser of the ex-players' association.

For media enquiries, please contact:
Emma Whittell, Leeds City Council Press Office, on (0113) 2474713