Monday, 8 February 2010

Grrreat celebrations for Chinese New Year

The Year of the Tiger is being celebrated at Leeds City Museum with a roar of excitement as the Saturday Club goes oriental.

On Saturday 13th February 2010 Rory’s Saturday Club, based at the museum, will run from 11.00am – 14:00pm and incorporate a range of activities to celebrate the Chinese New Year.

Visit the Saturday club to join in making your own Year of the Tiger card or poster, and learn how to create a Chinese New Year dragon puppet.

As for the celebrations, a newly-acquired tiger puppet will welcome you to the session with a large array of Chinese New Year items on display, including a small lion dance costume, and other tiger items including a real tiger skull.

Lord Mayor of Leeds Councillor Judith Elliott

“It is great that the museum is celebrating Chinese New Year as part of their Saturday Club. It will give young children and families a great opportunity to learn more about the culture and get involved with the celebrations. I wish everyone around the city celebrating, a happy Chinese New Year. ”

This year Chinese New Year falls on the 14th February 2010, and it will be the start of the year of the Tiger.

For more information on the museum and the Chinese New Year celebrations visit;


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End of consultation nears on primary school expansion plans

People in Morley, Belle Isle, Armley, Calverley and Cross Gates have just a few days left to comment on plans to expand local primary schools from 2011.

Education Leeds has proposed to permanently expand Blackgates Primary School, Clapgate Primary School, Windmill Primary School, Ryecroft Primary School, Calverley C of E Primary School and Cross Gates Primary School to 420 places each from 2011 to ensure there is a place for every child.

Parents, carers and residents are being asked for their views on the plans which have been put forward to meet an increased demand for reception class places arising from an increased birth rate and movement into Leeds from other areas.

The consultation, which ends on Friday 12 February, follows previous work by Education Leeds to provide additional places in Leeds schools from September 2010.

Councillor Richard Harker, executive board member for education at Leeds City Council, said:
“This consultation is a vital part of the process to provide local school places for every child. The demand for places varies across Leeds and we are adapting to make sure our schools can meet these demands. The views of local people are very important and need to be considered before a final decision is made.”

Chris Edwards, chief executive of Education Leeds, said:
“The demand for primary school places in these areas will increase from 2011 and these six schools are able to provide additional places to ensure education will be available to every child. The consultation will ensure families and local communities can find out more about the plans and help influence the final decision. It is vital that those who haven’t already taken part do so before 12 February.”

Information on the proposals has been sent to all affected schools as well as local libraries, GPs and ward members. Information is also available at or by calling 0113 2475696.

All views will be summarised and presented to Leeds City Council’s executive board in spring 2010.


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Jon Crampton, Leeds City Council press office, 0113 3951577

CANCELLED - Media Opportunity: Little London tower block demolition to begin

Due to an unforeseen delay in the transportation of the specialist high-reach machinery, the demolition of Carlton Towers in Little London has been postponed.

Therefore the media opportunity planned for Thursday 11 February at 9.50am has been cancelled. As soon as we have a new date planned, we shall post the details to the newsfeed on the Virtual Newsroom.

For media enquiries please contact:
Michael Molcher, Leeds City Council (0113) 224 3937

First images of new Armley Leisure Centre released

Caption: Images of the new Armley Leisure Centre, with in the second image Leeds City Council executive member for Leisure Cllr John Procter (right) with Martin Brown, Project Manager of contractors Interserve (left) looking at the main swimming pool

Here are the first images from inside the new Armley Leisure Centre which is due to open in May. The new centre is one of two being built in a £33m project overseen by Leeds City Council through the Local Education Partnership with support from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. The second site, at Morley, is due to open in early-Summer.

The images show the external of the building looking towards the entrance, the two-court sports hall and two shots from the main swimming pool.

Following a tour of the new centre at Armley, Leeds City Council executive member for Leisure Cllr John Procter said:

“We are delighted with how both of our fantastic new leisure centres at Armley and Morley are coming along. Both projects are running perfectly on schedule and you can already see what wonderful facilities they are going to be. We cannot wait to see them finished and opened for people of all ages to come and make use of.”

The Local Education Partnership works to assist in the delivery of education and leisure projects in Leeds. It is made up of Leeds City Council, the national Building Schools for the Future investment programme and private sector companies Interserve, Barclays Private Equity and Cambridge Education.

For further information on the new Armley and Morley leisure centres, visit the website at


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