Monday, 9 December 2013

‘Seussical the Musical’ wows Leeds youngsters

Caption: Performers from Garforth SLP College delight the crowd with their production, 'Seussical the Musical'.

Youngsters from primary schools across the city were treated to a special performance of a musical based on the popular children stories of Dr Seuss, at an event hosted by the Lord Mayor of Leeds, Councillor Thomas Murray.

Held at Leeds Civic Hall, students at Garforth SLP College, who specialise in teaching singing, music and drama, performed exclusive extracts from their unique production of ‘Seussical the Musical’.

Put together as part of the Lord Mayor’s ‘LOFFTY’ appeal, the show proved to be a big hit with both pupils and teachers, as they also had the opportunity to have their picture taken with Dr Seuss’s most famous character the ‘Cat in the Hat’, and meet the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress, Mrs Edna Murray.

At the end of the performance, schools were delighted when they were each presented with a personal copy of the Dr Seuss book ‘The Cat in the Hat’ kindly donated by the Leeds Libraries’ book supplier Askews and Holt.

The key aim of the LOFFTY project, which stands for ‘Leeds Offers Fun For The Young’, is to raise funds that will provide additional fun activities for kids in the city during and after school, at weekends and throughout the school holidays.

The Lord Mayor of Leeds, Councillor Thomas Murray said:

"It was fantastic that so many youngsters from schools across the city were able to attend this special performance by the brilliant SLP College of ‘Seussical the Musical’ and to see our wonderful Civic Hall.

"As part of the LOFFTY Project, we are determined to find new and innovative ways to provide fun and educational activities for kids, and this event did that by helping to promote reading and learning for young people.

"I would like to pass on my personal thanks to Garforth SLP College for their support, and we look forward to putting together similar activities for our young people during my year of office.”

For media enquiries, please contact;
Colin Dickinson, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 39 51578

Free business start-up workshops set to be held at Leeds libraries

A series of free business start-up workshops for budding entrepreneurs are set to be held at libraries across Leeds.

As part of the workshops which will begin at Seacroft Library this week from 10.30am - 1.30pm, a range of help and information will be provided to people who are interested in setting up their own business.

This will include support from members of Leeds City Council’s library business team, and speakers from Leeds Chamber of Commerce, Job Centre Plus, The Leeds Credit Union and The Institute of Marketing. A local firm of accountants will also be joining guest speakers to offer advice at the events, where attendees can find out more and pick the brains of all the experts present.

Similar events help previously have proved to be a great success, and anyone interested in attending are asked to book their place as soon as possible. For more information and details regarding bookings for the workshops, please contact Leeds City Council’s Business & IP Centre on: (0113) 247 8266.

Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, Leeds City Council’s executive member for leisure and skills said:

"Starting up your own business can sometimes be very daunting, and I am delighted therefore that we will be holding a number of events at libraries across the city offering specialist advice and information to budding entrepreneurs.

"With a range of experts also set to be present this really is an opportunity not to be missed and we would advise people to book early as similar events held at our libraries have proved to be extremely popular."

Notes to editors:

The business start-up workshops will be held on the following dates:

12/12/13 – Seacroft Library
14/1/14 – Horsforth Library
11/2/14 – Compton Road Library
11/3/14 – Armley Library
15/4/14 – Garforth Library
13/5/14 – Farsley Library
16/7/14 – Halton Library
16/9/14 – Moor Allerton Library
14/10/14 – Enterprise Foundation, Headingley

Further details regarding an event at Otley library planned for June 2014, will be provided once a date is confirmed.

All events will be held between: 10.30am – 1.30pm.

Leeds Business & IP centre:

The Business & IP (Intellectual Property) Centre, Leeds is part of the Business & IP Centre network, supporting small businesses and entrepreneurs by providing access to a comprehensive collection of business information, intellectual property support, workshops, 1 to 1 advice and mentoring opportunities. A collaboration between the British Library and six Core City Libraries in England (Birmingham, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, and Sheffield), the Business & IP Centre network aims to open up business resources to communities throughout the country.

For media enquiries, please contact;
Colin Dickinson, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 39 51578