Friday, 26 April 2013

Leeds historic mill to robe up Gabby for university ceremony


Captions: Gabby Logan being fitted for the gown, and the team at work creating it 

An historic gown has started life at the landmark site of Leeds manufacturing – Leeds Industrial Museum at Armley Mills. The micro-manufacturing project, facilitated by Leeds Fashion Works, has enabled young graduate designer, Kate Duckworth, to embark on the high-profile commission of creating the new chancellor’s gown to be worn by Gabby Logan when she formally takes the office of chancellor at Leeds Trinity University on 6 June 2013 following its recently-awarded university status.
Suzy Shepherd of Leeds Fashion Works said: “This is a great way to showcase the skills and talent in the region by giving young graduate designers working with Yorkshire textiles an opportunity to gain that all important ‘kick-start’ for their work. Leeds has a rich history of textiles and manufacturing that needs to be highlighted – past, present and, most importantly, for the future of the region.”

Nina Baptiste, keeper of Leeds Industrial Museum at Armley Mills, said: “The design and creation of the initial toile at Armley has fascinated visitors who have watched Kate at work in the sewing gallery. Often people do not appreciate the many skills and stages needed in creating a bespoke garment. This is one of the projects that will make the mill a living, breathing and working museum.”

The next stage for the gown is the final cut and finish at Samuel Brothers. Samuel Brothers, military tailors in Leeds, who are working with Kate on the project, have a long history of supplying garments using the finest textiles produced in Yorkshire. Established 1830 their highly skilled team have long-standing experience of working with the iconic Hainsworth cloth, which has been selected to create the gown. Hainsworth have manufactured fine textiles in Leeds since 1783.

Kate Duckworth said: “I have been very lucky to receive this commission and have the support of such highly skilled and experienced people. These are invaluable skills for the young designer to experience and acquire.”

Notes to editors

Leeds Trinity University

With its roots dating back to 1966, Leeds Trinity University offers foundation, undergraduate and postgraduate degrees across a popular range of subjects. An employer-focused independent university with high levels of graduate employment, it was one of the first institutions to offer professional work placements with every degree: these placements continue to form an integral, assessed element of every undergraduate degree. As a result, the university has been exceeding national employability benchmarks for a decade, with the latest figures revealing that 93% of Leeds Trinity’s 2011 graduates were in work or further study six months after graduating (HESA Destination of Leavers Survey 2011).

The university was also recognised in the 2013 Sunday Times University Guide as belonging in the top 10% of UK universities for teaching excellence.

Leeds Trinity University is one of 10 institutions which were granted full university status in December 2012 and is one of only two UK universities with a Catholic foundation.

In January 2013, the University announced that Gabby Logan would become its first Chancellor.

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Leeds Industrial Museum at Armley Mills

Housed in what was once the world's largest woollen mill, Leeds Industrial Museum at Armley Mills tells the story of the industrial history of the city from manufacturing textiles and clothing to printing, engineering and locomotives. The Leeds City Council-managed visitor attraction contains exhibits from the 18th century to the present day, and includes one of the smallest working 1920s cinemas in the world.

Leeds, and the Leeds City Region have a rich textiles heritage, and we remain a global leader in the design and manufacture and textiles. Over 1,900 people in Leeds, and 14.100 in the Leeds City Region are employed in the sector, and is home to world-class firms, universities and colleges, and creative talent in areas such as fashion and garments, technical textiles, and interiors textiles. The collections and exhibitions in Leeds museums and galleries showcase the city and the region’s history and contemporary capabilities in the sector.

For more information visit

Leeds Fashion Works

A not-for-profit organisation launched 2009 - Suzy Shepherd, Carolyn Lord and Paul Forbes OBE

Promoting Yorkshire Textiles - supporting and promoting the regions reputation as a fashion and textile destination.

Permanent exhibition 'Behind the Seams' at Armley Mills - showcasing skills and fashion in Yorkshire and the UK .

Previous projects include Yorkshire Textiles exhibition at Harvey Nichols Leeds. Graduate fashion collection 'Red Admiral' as part of Wool Week celebrations (HRH Campaign for Wool) and Yorkshire Wool Week at Armley Mills

Leeds Fashion Works are facilitating the project for the Chancellor's Gown.

For more information contact - - 07931 153441

Countdown has started to Rugby League World Cup 2013 in Leeds

National Disability Tag Rugby Festival on 23 April

National Disability Tag Rugby Festival on 23 April

The winning team from Stanningley Primary School at the Bramley Schools Rugby League World Cup Festival on 24 April

Leeds Rhinos star Ben Jones-Bishop and Ronnie the Rhino celebrating 200 days to go until the first RLWC2013 game is played in Leeds on 8 November
 Rugby League World Cup 2013 fever is starting to take hold in Leeds, with three exciting events taking place during the week which also marked 200 days to go until the first world cup game is played in the city on 8 November.

The National Disability Tag Rugby Festival took place on Tuesday, 23 April at Headingley Carnegie Stadium. The festival brought together children, young people and adults with a learning disability or moderate physical or sensory impairment in the largest dual code disability rugby event of its kind in the country. Thirteen teams took part in the annual event , which was organised by Leeds City Council and run in partnership with the Rugby Football League, Rugby Football Union, Leeds Rugby and Hunslet Hawks.

Another fantastic RLWC2013 related event in Leeds this week saw Year 5 pupils from nine primary schools in Bramley come together for the culmination of a jointly funded project by Leeds Rugby Foundation and the Bramley Cluster of Schools.

The pupils received four sessions of tag rugby coaching at their schools, and were then all brought together for a World Cup Festival at Stanningley RL Club on Wednesday, 24 April. At the festival each school was allocated one of the countries participating in RLWC2013, to do curriculum-based work around followed by a presentation. Stanningley Primary School was the lucky winner on the day representing Samoa. Young people from Leeds West Academy helped to deliver the festival after being trained as RL Young Leaders.

On Thursday, the South Leeds Girls Rugby Festival took place at John Charles Centre for Sport (JCCS). In partnership with Leeds City Council, the Hunslet Hawks community team led by Lois Forsell, a current England Women’s RL Player, hosted six school teams in the festival.

Over 200 girls from Y7 to Y10 from eight schools in south Leeds took part in coaching sessions and played for the opportunity to be involved in the festival. Trophies were presented to the winning teams by Hannah Bairstow, who is a current England Women’s RL player. Twelve girls have since joined the Hunslet Hawks girls and women’s club, which is based at JCCS.

Councillor Adam Ogilvie, executive member for leisure and skills said:
“Leeds is a capital for community rugby league, and we are immensely proud of the city's strong heritage and passion for the sport.

“Events like these are a fantastic way to ensure that the sport is accessible to all, and in the year when Leeds welcomes Rugby League World Cup 2013 and the Festival of World Cups to the city, this has never been so important.

“RLWC2013 is the next big sporting event in the UK after the Olympics, and it’s going to be a truly world class tournament. With less than 200 days to go until Leeds hosts its first game, we hope that community events like these and the wide range of activities that are planned will get more people interested and playing rugby league.

“We're equally delighted to be welcoming the teams and supporters involved in the Festival of World Cups this summer, and with all the teams for the women’s, police and students tournaments being based in Leeds throughout, tourism and local businesses around the city will also benefit. "

Monday 22 April marked 200 days to go until the first of two 2013RLWC games taking place in the city is played at Headingley Carnegie Stadium, home of the Leeds Rhinos.

The match will be a key part of the tournament featuring reigning world champions New Zealand taking on southern hemisphere rivals Papua New Guinea on Friday 8 November. New Zealand is the adopted nation of Leeds and the team will be looking for lots of local support as they try to defend their title against the big guns of Australia and co-tournament hosts England and Wales in the next big sporting event in the UK after the Olympics.

Tickets for the New Zealand v Papua New Guinea game and the tournament’s first quarter final on 15 November are already on sale and are selling well. With prices for 55% of the tournament at £20 or less and the cheapest tickets for this game at just £10 (£5 concessions) this is also an affordable event on the doorsteps of local fans.

RLWC2013 general manager, Sally Bolton said:
“There are less than 200 days to go now to the New Zealand v Papua New Guinea match at Headingley Carnegie Stadium. Fans in Leeds will be getting excited at seeing some of the best players in the world at their local ground.

“RLWC2013 is the pinnacle of rugby league and it won’t be long now until the stars of the international game will be here in the UK. The buzz is building around all our host towns and cities and we’re sure that will also attract some new fans to our extraordinary sport.”

Gary Hetherington, chief executive of Leeds Rugby said:
“There is already a great buzz building for the World Cup and we are excited to be hosting the World Champions and the great rugby league nation, Papua New Guinea.

“With both that game and the quarter final match we will host now confirmed as Friday night games at 8pm, it is exactly what Rhinos fans are used to and I am sure they will give these fixtures, the World Cup and the sport of rugby league their full backing by turning out in large numbers.”

For all up-to-date RLWC2013 news and information follow us on Twitter @LeedsRLWC, like our Facebook page Leeds Rugby League World Cup: Back the Bid, and visit the tournament website


Additional info
For more information on the Festival of World Cups visit

Rugby League World Cup 2013 kicks off on Saturday October 26, 2013 at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, with matches played in England, Wales, Ireland and France. The final on Saturday November 30, 2013 will be played at Old Trafford.

New Zealand play Papua New Guinea at Headingley Carnegie Stadium on Friday, 8 November. The tournament's first quarter final between the winners of Group B and Group C is played at Headingley on Friday, 15 November.

RLWC2013 match tickets are available from the Leeds Visitor Centre at Leeds Railway Station and the ticket office at Headingley Carnegie Stadium.

There is a fantastic double offer available for people buying tickets for the games at Headingley. When they buy a ticket to one of the games they can get a ticket for the second game at half price. Ticket prices start at just £10 (£5 concessions) for group games and quarter-finals. Tickets can also be purchased by visiting or by calling the 24 hour Ticket Hotline on 0844 847 2013.

Twitter: #rlwc2013 @rlwc2013 Facebook: /rugbyleagueworldcup #bethere

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

Disability sport to take centre stage in Leeds

The best of disability sport will be showcased in Leeds in the next fortnight with three events taking place.

The events begin on Tuesday 30 April with a free activities day at Leeds Sailing and Activity Centre at Yeadon Tarn. Running from 1-5pm, the open day will offer children, young people and adults with disabilities the chance to take part in a range of outdoor activities such as canoeing, kayaking and sailing.

A piece of history for Leeds will then take place on Saturday and Sunday (4-5 May from 10am-4pm each day) as the city plays host to its first-ever wheelchair tennis tournament. Organised by Leeds City Council as part of the Tennis Foundation Wheelchair Tennis Development Summer Series 2013, the competition at the Tennis Centre at the John Charles Centre for Sport will see local players taking on those from across the country in singles and doubles matches.

One of eight such tournaments taking place across the country this summer, the tournament is the first step on the path to competitive wheelchair tennis and complements the regular weekly wheelchair tennis and visually-impaired tennis sessions which take place at the John Charles Centre for Sport.

The third event is a Leeds Boccia and New Age Kurling competition which takes place at Leeds Metropolitan University’s Headingley Campus from 10am-1pm on Tuesday 7 May.

Organised by the council and sports students from Leeds Metropolitan University, up to 100 disabled children and young people from schools across the city will take part in coaching and competition in Paralympic sport Boccia and New Age Kurling (an indoor sport similar to the winter sport of curling).

Those that perform well on the day will be given the opportunity to go on and represent Leeds at the West Yorkshine Sainsbury’s School Games in July.

Leeds City Council disability sports officer Ross Bibby said:

“These events will offer a great chance for people to come along and see disability sport in action and also for people of all ages to have a go at some of these sports.

“The profile of disability sport was given a fantastic boost with the coverage and success of the London 2012 Paralympic Games and in Leeds we really want to keep that going and encourage everyone to come along and get involved.”

For more information about any of the events or disability sport in Leeds visit or call Leeds City Council’s disability sports officer Ross Bibby on 0113 395 0159 or by e-mailing


For media enquiries please contact:

Roger Boyde,
Leeds City Council press office,
Tel 0113 247 5472

Chair of JHOSC requests extension to IRP deadline on children’s heart surgery review in Leeds

The chair of the Joint Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee (JHOSC) for Yorkshire and Humber has written to the Secretary of State for Health asking him to extend the deadline for the Independent Reconfiguration Panel’s (IRP) report on the proposals to reconfigure children’s congenital cardiac services in England.

The High Court judgment was not previously available until 24 April, four weeks later than expected, and NHS England has not yet set out how it intends to move forward – making it impracticable for the JHOSC to provide any further comments to the IRP before the current 30 April deadline.
Given the current uncertainty about NHS England’s appeal, there are also concerns that the IRP may not be sufficiently clear about NHS England’s intentions for it to complete its report. It would therefore be inappropriate to conclude its review by 30 April as planned.

The temporary suspension, and subsequent recommencement of children’s cardiac surgery and interventional cardiology at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, has also significantly increased the complexity of the review, and there is a strong belief this in itself warrants an extension to the IRP’s reporting deadline.
Councillor John Illingworth, chair of the JHOSC said:
“I have written to the Secretary of State for Health today to ask him to give urgent consideration to extending the IRP’s deadline until such a time that a number of outstanding matters are resolved.

“The formal High Court Judgment was only made available to our members yesterday (24 April), a delay of four weeks since the judge’s decision, which makes it impossible for us to provide a considered response to the IRP before 30 April.
“NHS England has made it clear that they intend to seek permission to appeal against the High Court judgment, but until their next steps are known it is highly unlikely that the IRP will be able to produce a complete and comprehensive report with meaningful recommendations.
“With events surrounding the temporary suspension and subsequent reinstatement of children’s heart surgery at LGI significantly increasing the complexity associated with the review, we strongly urge Jeremy Hunt to consider our request so that this convoluted process is not thrown into further disarray.”