Friday, 2 May 2014

Lord Mayor’s Charity Golf Day hits the heights

Caption: (Front - L-R) - Leeds United legend Eddie Gray, Lady Mayoress Edna Murray and the Lord Mayor of Leeds Councillor Thomas Murray are joined by all of the participants in the Lord Mayor's Charity Golf Day.

In a memorable day at Wike Ridge Championship Golf Course, 22 teams battled it out to top the leaderboard in the first Lord Mayor’s Charity Golf Day.

After 18 holes of great action and an appearance by Leeds United legends Eddie Gray and Peter Lorimer who featured in one of the line-ups, the Lord Mayor of Leeds Councillor Thomas Murray was on hand to congratulate the winners and present them with a trophy.

Held in support of the Lord Mayor’s LOFFTY project, all proceeds from the event will be donated to the Silverdale Holiday Centre.

The Lord Mayor of Leeds, Councillor Thomas Murray said:

"I would personally like to thank everyone who worked so hard to make our charity golf day such a fantastic success.

"Despite the rain, the enthusiasm of each line-up on the day was simply brilliant, and I am delighted to say that the quality of golf was on occasions nearly as good!

"The main beneficiary from this LOFFTY event will be the Silverdale charity, who do such a tremendous job working with and supporting young people."

Notes to editors:

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.

Silverdale Holiday Centre -Leeds Children’s Holiday Camp Association has been providing free holidays/respite to disadvantaged children aged 7 to 11 years for over 100 years. The Lady Mayoress of Leeds is the President of the charity by rite of her Civic position and tradition, subject to her consent.

From March until September every year, 300 holiday places are allocated to children who enjoy a five-day break by the sea. The centre provides respite for children who are disadvantaged for various reasons, including poverty, neglect, abuse, disability, homelessness, victims of domestic violence, children who are young carers, those who are in foster or social care, and children from vulnerable ethnic minority groups.

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

New children’s centre facilities for families in Burmantofts and Richmond Hill

Families in Burmantofts and Richmond Hill ward can now access new family-focussed activities and services at their local community centre.

The underused Nowell Mount community centre has been given a new lease of life with a range of services available for families with children aged 0 to four. Children’s Centre services will be delivered at the venue.

The new provision is being officially opened by the deputy leader of Leeds City Council, Councillor Judith Blake on Tuesday 6 May. Cllr Blake will be planting a commemorative tree alongside local families, staff and ward members.

Media opportunity
Members of the media are invited to go along to see the opening of the new children’s centre facilities and tree planting at Nowell Mount Community Centre, LS9 6JJ, on Tuesday 6 May at 1pm.

The centre will provide a range of family learning activities, including child play and development, with opportunities for parents, carers, and community members to get involved. Activities and groups already arranged for the centre include: the Incredible Babies programme; Happy Toddlers Happy Families in partnership with Pre School Learning Classes and; the Happy Harvesters Gardening group in partnership with Back To Front project.

The centre will be open all year round, including school holidays, offering a range of exciting opportunities including family fun days with older siblings and healthy lifestyle activities, as well as sessions with health visitors and early start teams. Childcare will continue to be provided at the nearby Shakespeare Children’s Centre.

There will also be opportunities for employability support and C.V. advice, debt advice, benefit checks and the Credit Union, available not only to parents but also to the wider family.

Councillor Judith Blake, executive board member responsible for children’s services said:
“By bringing these much-needed family services to this underused centre, we are able offer the local community a valuable resource which will not only help children’s development but also provide support and opportunities for parents too.

“Children’s centre provision is an integral part of our aim to make Leeds a child friendly city – a place where children are valued, supported, enjoy growing up, and look forward to a bright future.”

“The Nowell Mount centre is offering a large range of different activities and services, which I would urge families in the community to take full advantage of.

Vanessa Hawkins, children’s centre manager said:
“We are looking forward to welcoming families from across the area to the new community centre, which will give us a dedicated base from which to enhance the wide range of services we can offer to families and the wider community.”

For media enquiries, please contact:
Emma Whittell, Leeds City Council press office, on (0113) 2474713

Plenty of reasons to visit Lotherton Hall in the spring

Caption: There is a lot to see at Lotherton Hall this spring.

The beautiful surroundings of a historic Leeds country house are proving to be a big hit once again with visitors in the spring.

Situated near Aberford, the grounds of Lotherton Hall are a haven for a wide range of wildlife, which also feature attractions including two play areas, a deer park, bird garden, shops and stables, a gift shop and café.

This year also marks the 10th anniversary of the orchard at Lotherton, which home to over 200 trees produces over 100 varieties of traditional English apples. Many of the apple trees in the estate, which was once the home of the Gascoigne family, were originally bred in Yorkshire such as the Ribston Pippin, which has the highest vitamin C content of any apple and is the parent of the famous Cox’s apple. These are joined by a host of other trees including the Bloody Ploughman, which was given its name due to its apples being bright red to the middle.

With its springtime blossom of scented pink and white, and wild violets which have now begun to appear beneath, a trip to the orchard or a walk in the grounds of the estate is always a quiet and relaxing experience.

Once visitors have enjoyed the outside delights of Lotherton Hall, the inside of the house also has much to offer, with a range of rare items and collections available to view, including a portrait of Donna Maria Beatrice Olga Alberta Caracciolo, Baroness de Meyer (1871-1931), who was known as ‘Outrageous Olga’ on account of her flamboyant and unconventional lifestyle. Born in Britain of mixed French and Italian parentage, Olga became a socialite, patron of the arts, novelist and figure of fashion. Many artists painted her, including the Scotsman William Ranken.

A new interactive area allows visitors to explore the story of the Gascoigne family’s travels around the world from the 1700s onwards. This is ideal for families and is a welcome complement to the Dressing-Up Room and the tactile interpretation cabinets throughout the house.

The new Fashion Galleries are due to open in March 2015, as the hall becomes the home of the Leeds Dress and Textiles collection located in the existing exhibition galleries. The redevelopment will create an up to date 21st century gallery space; with modern cases, improved lighting and the chance to utilise technology, which will allow opportunities to include new elements like film and sound in the galleries.

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

"A trip to Lotherton Hall estate in the spring is always a lovely and relaxing experience, and this year there is even more for visitors to enjoy.

"The orchard and variety of wildlife on offer at the estate really is fantastic, and I am delighted to say that there is also plenty to see inside the historic house, which includes a wide range of rare items, collections and the chance to play new interactive games."

Notes to editors:

Lotherton Hall:

Lotherton Hall Estate is a charming Edwardian house and country estate. A single entrance price allows access to the house, with its wonderful collections of fine and decorative arts and a dedicated fashion gallery, and extensive grounds with an abundance of activities to keep everyone busy. Lotherton Hall has undergone numerous changes over the last few years since becoming one whole visitor attraction. With this new and larger audience the house has adapted by improving access and introducing a new range of family-friendly facilities Other recent improvements have seen the re-opening of the Servants’ Rooms on the ground floor following a major restoration last year.

Lotherton Hall has been displaying fashion since its early days of being a museum in 1968, showing fine examples of both historic and more contemporary fashions.

Address: Lotherton Lane, Aberford, Leeds, LS25 3EB
Tel: 0113 378 2959
Web address:
See our member’s page for year round entry:
Summer opening times (March to October) House, café, shop and bird garden: 10:00 to 17:00 with last entry at 16:15. Estate gates: 07:30 to 20:00.

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