Thursday, 17 November 2011

Official opening of refurbished community centre in east Leeds

This Friday (18 November) sees the official re-opening of newly refurbished Richmond Hill Community Centre.

Members of the public are invited to attend the re-opening to have a look around the newly improved facility and find out more about the activities that take place there.

Hilary Benn MP will be there to formally open the centre, which has benefited from a capital investment of £250k from Leeds City Council.

The new centre will provide a hub for the local community that is accessible to all and contribute to the overall regeneration of the area.

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Media are invited to attend the official re-opening of the Richmond Hill Community Centre, Long Close Lane, Leeds, LS9 8NP at 10.45am on Friday, 18 November, to take photographs and speak to councillors about the refurbished centre.

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Over recent years there have been changes to how the council delivers many of its services, resulting in a number of council buildings in the area being declared surplus to requirements. To support regeneration in the area, cash from the sale of the Richmond Hill Day Centre together with funding from the inner east area management committee has allowed the community centre to be upgraded, making it a sustainable and attractive venue.

Councillor Geoff Driver, lead member for adult social care services in Leeds said:
“This is a great example of the council working with the community to make sure that there is a good quality, well located, flexible centre that everyone can use and have access to.

“A much wider range of services than before will now be available from the centre, making it a real hub of activity for the people living in the area.

"This event is a great chance for members of the local community to come and have a look at the improved facilities, and find out about activities that they can get involved in that could help them make improvements in their lives.”

Councillor Graham Hyde, chair of the inner east area committee said:
“The new centre is a flagship facility that this community can be really proud of.

“Although the number of council buildings has reduced, there are now a wider range of services available to residents in the local area. Rationalising the number of buildings we own and maintain has enabled us to invest in improvements to the centre, making it fit for purpose and sustainable for the future.

“I hope that it continues to benefit the whole community for a great number of years.”

The council consulted with existing and prospective new users of the site to develop a refurbishment plan. The aim of the plan was to develop the site and encourage better use by the local community.


For media enquiries, please contact;
Claire Macklam, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 395 1578

Leeds International Film Festival celebrates ‘ultimate’ Oscars® honour

Caption: The Leeds International Film Festival has been given a role in the Oscars®

The magic of Hollywood will soon be sprinkled with a touch of Leeds after the Leeds International Film Festival was given the ultimate honour of being accepted as a qualifying event for the Oscars®.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which organises the world’s most famous awards ceremony celebrating excellence in cinema, contacted the organisers of the Leeds International Film Festival this week to confirm it has been approved to become part of the Academy Awards® process.

This means that the winners of the annual World Animation and Louis Le Prince International Short Film awards at the Leeds International Film Festival, which is on now and runs until Sunday 20 November, can be nominated to win the Short Film category of the Oscars® from the 2013 ceremony onwards.

The announcement adds to the phenomenal success of this year’s Leeds International Film Festival, which has seen audiences rise by 20 per cent as the UK’s biggest film festival held outside London celebrates its 25th anniversary.

Organisers Leeds City Council had already revealed the opening gala screening of Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights had been the biggest and fastest-selling film in the history of the event, and now the festival is on course to reach its target attendance of 35,000 over its 18 days which began on 3 November and will see over 300 films being screened in total.

Leeds City Council executive member for leisure Councillor Adam Ogilvie said:

“We are all absolutely thrilled that the Leeds International Film Festival has been approved as a qualifying event for the Oscars®. It is the ultimate accolade for anyone connected with cinema to be part of the Academy Awards® so as a city Leeds can feel very very proud. Everyone who has worked so hard to make the Leeds International Film Festival the fantastic event it is can take great credit for this amazing achievement.”

The festival goes out on a high this weekend with Comicbooks, graphic novels, gaming and storyboarding celebrated at the Thought Bubble Festival at Saviles Hall and Royal Armouries Hall on Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 November.

The finale of the festival on Sunday will also see an exclusive screening at Hyde Park Picture House of comedy ‘The Artist’ set in 1920s Hollywood starring Malcolm McDowell and John Goodman which has been tipped as an Oscar® contender.

Director of Leeds International Film Festival Chris Fell said:

“This is a real coup for the city as we will join a select group of only 70 other qualifying festivals around the world, including the largest international film events like Venice, Berlin, Sydney, Los Angeles, New York, Sundance and Cannes.

“Our new qualifying status means that anyone who submits a short film to us, including filmmakers from Leeds, will have a chance to be selected for consideration by the voters of the Academy Awards®. Entries for the 26th Leeds International Film Festival will open in January 2012.”

Tickets for the Leeds International Film Festival are on sale at the City Centre Box Office at The Carriageworks off Millennium Square, over the telephone (0113 224 3801), and online (

The 25th Leeds International Film Festival is presented by Leeds City Council and funded by the MEDIA Programme of the European Union, the British Film Institute and Screen Yorkshire.

For more information on the Leeds International Film Festival visit

Notes to Editors:

Leeds International Film Festival:

Leeds International Film Festival is the largest regional film event in the UK, showcasing the very best new cinema from around the world. The programme is divided into six sections: Official Selection, featuring new cinema discoveries, exclusive previews, archive specials and the Golden Owl competition; Fanomenon, a unique combination of fantasy film experiences including the Méliès d’Argent competition; Cinema Versa, the film festival’s documentary section focusing on human rights, music, and live collaborations; Short Film City, dedicated to the short film form with UK and international competitions; Cherry Kino, experimental films by contemporary filmmakers as well as works from film history; and Thought Bubble, the UK’s largest comic book convention.

Twitter:, #LIFF25.


For media enquiries please contact:
Roger Boyde, senior communications officer,
Leeds City Council, Tel: 0113 247 5472