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Yorkshire in Bloom comes to Horsforth

Yorkshire in Bloom comes to Horsforth

Horsforth bloomed today with the help of schools, businesses and other organisations as the town was judged for the Yorkshire in Bloom competition. The town’s displays, which will remain through spring and summer, highlight the variety of the town. Displays include Ducklings Nursery’s young gardening projects, colourful flower beds in the Golden Jubilee Garden and a lone hornbeam tree commemorating the […]

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U19’s school netball team win the Independent Schools Cup

U19’s school netball team win the Independent Schools Cup

By Mark Kielesz-Levine A netball team from the Grammar School at Leeds are celebrating a successful end to their season after winning the Independent Schools Cup. In a repeat of the 2013 the under 19 girls beat Lingfield Notre Dame to take the title. The team also finished runner up in the England Netball Schools Final. Head of netball Cath […]

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Legendary Leeds Councillor reminisces on 57-year career

Legendary Leeds Councillor reminisces on 57-year career

By Liam Smedley Retiring “legendary” Leeds Councillor and former Lord Mayor has described serving the city since 1957 as “the passion of his life.” Councillor Atha, 85, who serves Kirkstall Ward for the Labour Party, said he has chosen not to stand for re-election in May because he would be nearly 90 following another term. Originally, he trained as a […]

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Headingley junior rugby teams in turmoil

Headingley Hawks' training ground at Bus Vale in Meanwood.

By Joseph Keith   Headingley Hawks Rugby Club has been forced to close its under 13’s rugby team and its new under 12’s team is also threatened by closure after failing to attract enough young players. Catherine Conboy, 42, of Meanwood, is the club’s secretary. She told Yorkshire Voice that despite the club’s best efforts to recruit a full team, […]

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Musical Girl Guides rock Leeds

Musical Girl Guides rock Leeds

By Jamie Smith Top show tunes will be showcased by young Brownies and Guides tonight and tomorrow at The Leeds Carriageworks. ‘Girlguiding Leeds Rockz the Musicals’ sees the girls, age seven to 18,  performing in front of a sell out audience. The girls, picked by auditions from guide groups all over Leeds, got to train at the Northern Ballet in preparation for their […]

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Inspirational mum tells Yorkshire Voice what Mother’s Day means to her

Tracey Barraclough underwent a pre-emptive hysterectomy and mastectomy after inheriting the BRCA 1 gene.

By Felicity Macnamara A Leeds mum who underwent a pre-emptive preventative hysterectomy and mastectomy today spoke about what Mother’s Day means to her, after losing her mother, grandmother and great grandmother to ovarian cancer.

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Leeds market car park is closing to make way for new Victoria Gate development

Leeds market car park is closing to make way for new Victoria Gate development

By Claire Schofield Leeds’ Kirkgate Market car park is due to close to make way for a new retail development. The council-owned market car park on Union Street and George Street will be closed on the evening of April 5 so construction can get underway for the new £150 million Victoria Gate development. Victoria Gate will open in 2016 and […]

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“Gay marriage is inappropiate,” says Leeds Trinity chaplain

“Gay marriage is inappropiate,” says Leeds Trinity chaplain

By Russell Truran The chaplain of Leeds Trinity University has caused controversy by describing gay marriage as “inappropriate” and “impossible” on the eve of legalisation in England and Wales. Chaplain Monsignor Paul Grogan, 49, was speaking today on the legalisation of gay marriage, which will come into force from midnight tonight. He said: “The Catholic Church holds that marriage is […]

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Spoken word festival is the talk of the town

Spoken word festival is the talk of the town

By Alex Rhodes  A spoken word festival begins today in a historic market town. Word Feast will run through the weekend with events in ten venues throughout Otley. These events include a workshop on writing children’s fiction, a youth poetry slam and an interactive ‘Gruffalo Walk’ where children and parents take a walk whilst reading extracts from the critically acclaimed […]

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Police seize 17 vehicles as crackdown aims to immobilise criminals

Police seize 17 vehicles as crackdown aims to immobilise criminals

by Lauren Wafer-Kiddle More than one vehicle per hour has been seized by West Yorkshire Police in their latest operation to target criminals on the county’s roads. Police have made 14 arrests and seized 17 vehicles worth over £65,000 in the first four days of Operation Viper – a campaign to target criminals who use the county’s roads. The operation […]

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