Wednesday, 18 December 2013

College students trade lectures for a market stall

Leeds City College students have turned their hand to trading for the festive period on the new Winter WonderLeeds market.

The college’s Hospitality and Food Manufacture Faculty has set up shop as part of the 17-day festival which has been organised by Leeds City Council.

On sale at the college stall is everything from artisan breads, Christmas cakes, puddings, mince pies and chocolates to viennoiserie, patisserie and chutneys – all made on-site at the college’s new Printworks Campus on Hunslet Road. Visitors can also tuck into pie and peas or some warming soup also being served up from the stalls.

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As part of teaching students about the commercial aspects of the industry and giving them the chance to find their inner entrepreneur, Leeds City College is letting students staff the stalls, serving customers and talking about the products on sale.

The Briggate Spectacular festival is proving very popular with festive shoppers and families, with last Sunday (15 December 2013) seeing nearly 14,000 people through its doors.

Councillor Richard Lewis, Leeds City Council executive board member with responsibility for development and the economy said:

“The Briggate Spectacular market has seen a huge number of people visiting already in its first week, and it is great to see students taking advantage of the chance to learn about what it takes to run a market business."

Leeds City College head of faculty, Huw Southcott said:

“Winter Wonderleeds is a great opportunity for the College to showcase the skills of its students and staff as well as the standard and range of goods produced on-site.”

For more information on the festival which runs from Saturday 7 December for 17 days, visit

For media enquiries, please contact;
Cat Milburn, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 247 4450

Lord Mayor’s carol concerts to light up Leeds Town Hall

The annual Lord Mayor of Leeds Christmas carols concerts are once again set to hit all of the right notes at Leeds Town Hall this week.

Featuring at this year’s event on Thursday 19 December 2013 as part of the Leeds International Concert Season, are the Rothwell Temperance Brass Band, who joined by conductor David Roberts, will be playing a selection of festive treats including Jingle all the way, A Merry Little Christmas and Sleigh Ride.

Leading the singing are the Leeds Philharmonic Chorus, who under the baton of chorus master Richard Wilberforce, will be accompanied by Alan Horsey at the organ and director Simon Lindley.

Those in attendance will have the opportunity to join in and sing a host of festive carol classics, including O come, all ye faithful, Once in Royal David’s City, Silent Night and Hark! The herald angels sing.

After the concert there will be a collection for the Lord Mayor of Leeds Councillor Thomas Murray’s charity appeal. The chosen charity for 2013/14 is a project called Leeds Offers Fun For the Young (LOFFTY). The money raised will provide more music opportunities and concerts for young people to enjoy.

This annual concert is a festive favourite in Leeds so book early to avoid disappointment. There are two chances to join in the fun, with performances at 6.30pm and 8.30pm on Thursday 19 December. Tickets are priced just £5 (£2.50 concessions) and are available from the Box Office on 0113 224 3801 or at

The Lord Mayor of Leeds, Councillor Thomas Murray said:

"The Lord Mayor’s Christmas carols concerts at Leeds Town Hall are always extremely special, and it is an absolute privilege for me to be hosting this year’s event.

"We have another fantastic great line-up this year to entertain the crowd, and with two performances on the programme, this really does promise to be a night not to be missed."

Notes to editors:

The present Rothwell Temperance Brass Band was formed in 1984. Five years later it began contesting and quickly made a name for itself winning the 2006 International Masters and the 2009 Grand Shield and Yorkshire Area Championship. The band is now one of the most recognised and accomplished bands in the area.

The Leeds Philharmonic Chorus is a hundred-strong choir that often performs as part of Leeds International Concert Season, and is directed in performances by David Hill, one of the UK’s leading choral conductors.

For further information please contact:

Alison Stockwell

Music Officer

Arts Planning Team

Leeds International Concert Season

Tel. 0113 247 8336

Fax. 0113 247 8334

Leeds Town Hall, The Headrow, Leeds, LS1 3AD

Follow us @LeedsConcerts

Listings Info:

Thursday 19 December, 6.30pm & 8.30pm

The 2013 Lord Mayor’s Carol Concerts

Leeds Town Hall

Leeds Philharmonic Chorus

Rothwell Temperance Brass Band

Alan Horsey organ

Introduced and conducted by Simon Lindley

Tickets: £5 (£2.50 concessions).

Box Office: 0113 224 3801 / Book online

For media enquiries, please contact;

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


Christmas arrives in style at Tropical World

Caption: All of Tropical World's best attractions and more can be enjoyed as part of 'Totally Tropical Christmas'.

One of Leeds most popular tourist attractions is all set to open its doors this week for its annual Christmas spectacular.

The Arnold and Marjorie Ziff Tropical World in Roundhay Park, which is home to a wide range of animals, including meerkats, butterflies, birds, fish, reptiles, nocturnal monkeys, bearded dragons, bats and crocodiles, will once again welcome in the festive season with its ‘Totally Tropical Christmas’ event.

Held on Friday 20 December - Sunday 22 December from 5pm-8pm, visitors will have the opportunity to not only take in the many delights of Tropical World, which will be transformed into a Christmas wonderland with fake snow, but also be entertained by a steel band. Christmas decoration and bird feeder making will also be available.

Tropical World mascot Mango the Meerkat, will also be handing out presents on behalf of Santa Claus to all children who come along.

Following a £720,000 refurbishment programme, which was given the go-ahead by Leeds City Council last year, a range of improvements’ has already been made at Tropical World.

This includes as part of phase 1, the development of a new entrance space and children’s party and education zone, along with the introduction of an exciting new ‘walk-over’ crocodile closure that allows visitors’ to see at close-hand the three Morelet’s crocodiles housed in the attraction.

Set to begin in the New Year, phase 2 will include work on a new toilet block with changing facilities and new conservatory extension.

Entry to ‘Totally Tropical Christmas’ is £3.75, or £3 with a Leeds or Breeze card. Tropical World is closed from 2pm on 24 December, and will reopen on December 27.

Councillor Jack Dunn, Leeds City Council’s lead member for the environment said:

"Tropical World remains one of our city’s most popular attractions, and ‘Totally Tropical Christmas’ is always a fantastic event for all the family.

"Decked out in Christmas decorations and fake snow, Tropical World will once again welcome in the festive season in style, and with a wide range of entertainment also available for visitors to enjoy, this really is something not to be missed."

Notes to editors:
Tropical World at Roundhay Park is one of Leeds’ most popular family attractions, with over 300,000 visits being made every year.

Opening times:
Summer: 10am until 6pm (last admission at 5.30pm)
Winter: 10am until 4pm (last admission at 3.30pm)

Tropical World will be closed from 2pm on Christmas Eve, Christmas day, Boxing day and New Years Day.

Children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult.

Telephone: 0113 2370495 (10am - 4pm)

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

Council offers more help to vulnerable home owners

Leeds City Council is offering more help to vulnerable home owners who need urgent work to make their homes warm and weather tight.

The loan offers vulnerable residents the chance to remove hazards, and ensure properties are wind and weather tight and in a good state of repair. Works could include new central heating, new electrics, roofs and windows.

The council already offer loans up to £12,000, but this has now been reviewed and the council will be now be offering loans in the form of equity release up to £15,000. This should allow for the majority of cases to have all necessary works completed.

Councillor Peter Gruen, Leeds City Council executive board member with responsibility for neighbourhoods, planning and support services said:

“It is really important that we support our vulnerable residents in the city.

“In recent months we have seen a number of examples where homeowners have not been able to have all the works required undertaken on their properties. The maximum loan of £12k meant omitting some key works which could have been addressed with a higher loan and offer a far more effective solution.

“We hope that this will allow people to access a loan that will better meet their needs and the needs of securing their homes.”

Notes to editors:

Home improvement assistance provides financial help to vulnerable owner/occupiers in the form of equity release loans. Leeds City Council has offered loans to vulnerable owners since 2003/4.

On the 22nd June 2012 the Leeds City Council's executive board agreed to continue to provide equity release loans to vulnerable owners or occupiers, after the Government removed the private sector renewal grant under the spending review in 2011. As part of the approval individual loans for properties were limited to £12,000, inclusive of fees.


For media enquiries, please contact;
Cat Milburn, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 247 4450