Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Countdown to a summer of music

There’s only three days left to book a unique summer music camp for young people, run by South Leeds Music Centre.

There is a range of exciting activities on offer, with something to tempt everyone aged 8 to 16 who likes music, no matter what their tastes or previous experience.

Each week there will be an activity aimed at under 12s and an activity aimed at teenagers. The under 12s activities include a trash band (make and play your own instrument!), a samba band and a chance to try world percussion.

The 12 plus activities include an urban music workshop, a session on song writing and the chance to play in a rock band.

Glee Club and Music Technology will appeal to all ages throughout the month.

There are also options for instrumentalists, with each week having a focus on a different instrument family- strings, woodwind and keyboards, with a mixed instrumental group rehearsal in the final week. All ability levels are welcome at these sessions- from complete beginners to experienced players!

The summer camp is a first for South Leeds Music Centre, which also celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, and is supported by local councillors on the inner south area committee.

It will run over four Saturdays in August, at the South Leeds CLC, on the site of Cockburn School in Middleton. The mornings will be run by experienced music teachers assisted by young volunteers who are working towards awards in Youth Leadership, the Duke of Edinburgh award and ‘Vinspired’ volunteers’ awards.

The sessions cost just £4.50 for a whole morning of music making. As each week will be different young people can try one, some or all of the four week sessions. The summer school will run on Saturdays from 3rd to 24th August with a showcase performance at the last session.

Book by Friday 19th July. For more information about the summer school, or to get an application form, please call 07545 603 954, or email southleedsmusiccentre@hotmail.co.uk Forms can also be accessed from the music centre’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/southleedsmusiccentre

The South Leeds Music Centre:
The south Leeds music centre offers low cost music lessons and ensembles for all ages and all abilities. The SLMC offers lessons on keyboard, woodwind, strings, drums and singing, with new opportunities being added all the time. The SLMC Runs on Saturday mornings at the South Leeds CLC in Middleton during school term time.
South Leeds CLC, Gipsy lane, LS11 5TT
Tel: 07545 603954
E: southleedsmusiccentre@hotmail.co.uk

Allotment site in south Leeds reopens after makeover



Caption: (L-R) - Denis Manning (Secretary of Rothwell Allotment Association), Ethel Walton, Janice Thropp, Andrew Wilson (all from Ardsley and Robin Hood Residents' Association) and Councillor Jack Dunn.

An old allotment site in south Leeds has reopened after being given a new lease of life by Leeds City Council.

Springwell Cottage Allotments, which is located off Leadwell Lane in Robin Hood, has seen a raft of improvements undertaken to restore the land to its former glory. This included the re-grading of the land and installation of a new security fence.

This followed concerns that were raised by the local community to the council that with the land appearing to be derelict, it could potentially become a target for anti-social behaviour and fly-tipping.

With allotments continuing to be very popular across the city, this refurbishment will offer local residents in the area with a chance to acquire a plot. Already, 10 plots have been offered to people on the waiting list, with more available to anyone who wishes to apply on a strictly first come, first serve basis.

On hand to officially open the site was Leeds City Council’s lead member for environmental services Cllr Jack Dunn, who was joined by members of the Robin Hood Residents' Association and Rothwell Allotment Federation.

Councillor Jack Dunn, Leeds City Council’s lead member for environmental services said:

“It was a real honour to reopen Springwell Cottage allotments, which following its refurbishment is looking absolutely fantastic.

“This site has been regarded by some local residents as a potentially problem area for some time now, and I am delighted therefore that the council, working closely with the Ardsley and Robin Hood Residents' Association, has brought this land back into use for allotments.

“There is huge enthusiasm for allotments from residents in areas right across the city, and it is no different in Robin Hood. Already, 10 plots have been allocated at Springwell Cottage to people on the waiting list and the good news is that there are still more available, but please be quick as they will be allocated on a strictly first come, first served basis.”

Notes to editors:

If you would like further information or are interested in taking on an allotment in Leeds, please contact Leeds City Council, Parks and Countryside service, Tel: 0113 3957400 or email parks@leeds.gov.uk

For media enquiries, please contact;

Colin Dickinson, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 39 51578

Email: colin.dickinson@leeds.gov.uk

Council welcomes small and medium business growth report


Leeds City Council has welcomed a new national report published this week which shows the city is bucking the national trend in terms of the success of small and medium businesses.

The ‘Small Business Outlook’ report by the Centre for Cities released on Monday reveals only Leeds and Aberdeen saw their numbers of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) increase between 2008 and 2011.

The report shows the importance of SMEs to the economy, with 60 per cent of total employment in UK cities being provided by small and medium-sized businesses, and their numbers increasing by 37 per cent between 2005 and 2012 compared to a 14 per cent rise in the number of ‘large’ firms.

Despite the effects of the recession, Leeds has also avoided significant falls in real wage values and public sector job losses.

Reflecting on the report, Leeds City Council executive member for development and the economy Councillor Richard Lewis said:

“We welcome the contents of this report as it is a real indicator of things which are working well and the areas we need to improve on.

“The fact Leeds bucked the national trend in numbers of SMEs is very pleasing and is a reflection of the tenacity of businesses in Leeds, as well as a lot of hard work which has gone into supporting and encouraging small and medium businesses to start up and develop in Leeds and the wider region.

“These businesses have a crucial role to play in terms of job creation as we look to fulfil our ambition of becoming a NEET-free city (those not in education, employment or training).

“In broader terms we need to now work hard to maximise the opportunities to develop businesses in the wider region, and this is where the work of the Leeds City Region, the Enterprise Zone and Local Enterprise Partnership in addition to the proposed new combined authority can and must make a real difference.”

To see the full report issued by the Centre for Cities, go to www.centreforcities.org/research/businessoutlook13.html

ENDS

For media enquiries please contact:
Roger Boyde,
Leeds City Council press office,
Tel 0113 247 5472
Email: roger.boyde@leeds.gov.uk