Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Young offenders take on 'Le Tour' challenge for charity

A group of young people and staff from Leeds City Council’s Youth Offending Service are setting off on their own ‘Tour de Yorkshire’ this week by cycling the full length of the first stage of the Tour de France to raise money for a local charity.

The intrepid group will set off on Thursday 26 June from Leeds through the Dales to Harrogate, a total distance of 120 miles. Most of the young people have never been on a road bike before but have been training hard and showing a real commitment to the project.

Media opportunity
When: Thursday 26 June at 7am
Where: Technorth 9 Harrogate Road, LS7 3NB
Members of the media are invited to photograph, film and interview the group as they set off on their own Tour de Yorkshire.

A team of five young people, six staff and two cyclists from the Seacroft Wheelers will be using bikes and equipment which have been donated by staff from the council’s children’s services department. The project has also been supported by the Edinburgh bike shop and the Seacroft Wheelers cycling club, who have been advising the youngsters and will be leading the ride on the day

The young people have chosen the Martin House Children’s Hospice as the good cause they wish to support and people can donate at: .

Councillor Judith Blake, executive board member responsible for children and family services said:
“These young people are a credit to the youth offending service, their families and communities and are really challenging stereotypes.

“They have shown fantastic commitment to planning and training for this very demanding ride, but the personal rewards they will receive from taking part, will be well worth it.

“By raising money for this wonderful cause these youngsters are showing that no matter what your history or background, with the right support you can achieve your ambitions and take on some tricky personal challenges.”

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

Thwaite Mills Watermill to host weekend of special events as part of Leeds Waterfront Festival

Caption: Thwaite Mills Watermill will be hosting a range of fun activities and events this weekend.

The magical surroundings of a popular city museum are set to host a range of fantastic events as part of the Leeds Waterfront Festival this week.

Held on Saturday 28 June-Sunday 29 June a packed programme of activities will be on offer at Thwaite Mills Watermill on the Saturday and Sunday, which located on a tranquil island home in Stourton, is one of the last examples in Britain of a water-powered mill.

On offer at the family friendly venue will include heritage and historic crafts, stalls, refreshments, free boat trips and children’s activities including a bouncy castle, face painter, stalls and crazy golf. In a special treat, the steam crane at Thwaite Mills is also set to run. A vintage bus will also be providing trips to the city centre, so people can enjoy other events that are taking place along the regenerated waterfront in Leeds as part of the festival.

There is also the opportunity to visit Thwaite House, which built in 1823, is a fine Georgian home constructed on the foundations of a much earlier house. Now a Grade II listed building, Thwaite House is now used to host a number of varied and interesting displays and exhibitions to show what was like living on the island and working at the mills in the 1940s without electricity or modern appliances. Still a working mill, as part of a tour of the museum, visitors can experience and see for themselves the wheels in motion.

The West Riding branch of the IWA will also be mooring their boats at Thwaite Mills Watermill as part of the festival’s festivities from Friday 27 June – Sunday 29 June, where a special barbeque and quiz is also set to be held for boaters to enjoy,

Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, Leeds City Council’s executive member for digital and creative technologies, culture and skills said:

"A visit to Thwaite Mills Watermill is always a fantastic experience, and we are delighted to be playing our part in providing a range of family fun activities and events as part of the Leeds Waterfront Festival.

"There really is something for everyone at the museum, and we hope that visitors as part of the festival will take the chance to take in the many delights that we have to offer."

Notes to editors:

Thwaite Mills Watermill is perfectly nestled on a tranquil island between the River Aire and the Aire and Calder Navigation, just at the end of Thwaite Lane in Stourton.

One of the best and last remaining examples of a water-powered putty mill in Britain, this fully restored and fascinating museum allows visitors to experience the power and force of water powered industry in action.

Thwaite Mills address:

Thwaite Lane



LS10 1RP

Tel: 0113 276 2887

Thwaite Mills website address:

Thwaite Mills is open at the following times:

Open every Saturday and Sunday, 1.00pm – 5.00pm

Closed on Mondays except for bank holidays

Open during Leeds school holidays on Tuesdays – Fridays, 10.00am – 5.00pm

For media enquiries, please contact;

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