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Interview Cat Thom

We meet the funding and development manager of West Leeds charity BARCA-Leeds

I am originally from Featherstone near Wakefield and I moved to Leeds when I was 22. I have been the funding and development manager at BARCA-Leeds for a year and a half.

BARCA are one of the biggest independent charities in West Leeds and they do really brilliant work with people with mental and physical health problems. They don’t do anything to advertise themselves and they don’t do anything to promote themselves. They are a real benefit to the community, especially in Bramley and Armley.

BARCA-Leeds started 19 years ago as a result of our chief executive Mark Law noticing…

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News Leeds Samaritans Marks 45 years of Service in the City

Confidential support service in Leeds is open 24 hours, 365 days a year

On 6th November 2011 the Samaritans service in Leeds marked 45 years of providing a confidential emotional support service to the people of the city.

Alderman Joshua Walsh, the then Lord Mayor of Leeds, inaugurated the organisation on 6th November 1966 by making the first telephone call to the Leeds branch. Some 45 years on, Councillor Rev Alan Taylor, current Lord Mayor of Leeds, did the honours of presenting two awards to long-standing volunteers who have been with Leeds Samaritans since they opened their doors. Representatives from Her Majesty’s Prison Leeds have also been presented with a plaque…

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News Wolfgang Manz Take up the Role of Visiting Professor at Leeds College of Music

Internationally acclaimed German pianist will be leading students at the Leeds college

Wolfgang Manz, an internationally acclaimed German pianist, officially took up the position of visiting professor at Leeds College of Music last week. The college is first education institution in the UK to welcome a world renowned pianist in an official teaching capacity, and Manz began his tenure in style with an exclusive recital of works by Beethoven and Liszt on the College of Music’s new Steinway Model D Concert Grand.

The recital on 20th November honoured the college’s recently acquired status as an All-Steinway School – the only English conservatoire to hold such a title. Earlier this year Manz’s…

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News Leeds International Film Festival Announces Award Winners

Audience favourites and more announced as the festival draws to a close

The award winners of the 25th Leeds International Film Festival have today been announced. LIFF, which has been pronounced eligible to enter the Academy Awards process of the 2013 Oscars, declared the winners of the 10 sought-after awards at the close of this year’s festival.

THE GOLDEN OWL AWARD in Official Selection was presented to 22nd May, directed by Koen Mortier. The Golden Owl jury, made up of Laurence Boyce, Renata Clark and Tony Jones, believes the film deserves a chance at UK distribution. The jury said: “The film is a powerful and evocative tale of guilt and…

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News Left Bank Wins Best Rescue of a Historic Place of Worship at the English Heritage Angel Awards

Major prize for the Headingley church-turned local art and performance space

Heritage project Left Bank Leeds has won an award for their restoration of The Former Church of St Margaret of Antioch on Cardigan Road.

The ‘English Heritage Angel’ awards were launched by composer Andrew Lloyd Webber in association with English Heritage in June based on its ‘Heritage at Risk Register’.

Left Bank Leeds, which was the only project in the North of England to be shortlisted, won the award for Best Rescue of a Historic Place of Worship for its restoration of the turn of the century building.

Although the church no longer holds a weekly service, it still…

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Politics News Boundaries

Local news from Leeds MPs

Radical changes are afoot to redraw many of Yorkshire’s constituency boundaries. Under the changes proposed by the Boundary Commission, only five of Yorkshire’s 54 seats will remain as they currently stand (one of them being Labour Leader Ed Miliband’s Doncaster North seat), and the overall number of seats will be reduced to 50.

Hilary Benn, Labour MP for Leeds Central, would see his constituency disappear altogether, being split into four parts and merged with other constituencies. Shadow Chancellor and Labour MP for Morley and Outwood Ed Balls would see his constituency halved, as will his wife Yvette Cooper. The constituency…

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Politics News Criticism and Support

Leeds political news

In the light of recent information which shows the UK economy may once again be sliding into recession, Ed Balls, Labour MP for Morley and Outwood, has again called for a reduction in VAT levels. The Labour economic team, led by Mr Balls, believes that a VAT cut would put an average of £450 each back in our pockets, and say that by hiking up VAT levels, George Osbourne has ‘undermined’ Britain’s economic recovery. However, some financial analysts doubt that such a move would work, citing examples of other European countries who have tried similar plans and found them ‘impotent’.…

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News West Yorkshire Police to Begin Online Crime and Lost Property Reporting

You can now report crime online via a special new website

West Yorkshire Police are now providing an online service for reporting non-emergency crimes or lost property. This new method promises a quick and efficient way of letting the police know if you have been a victim of non-emergency crime.

Where as previously you would have gone through the process over the phone making sure that you had all the correct details to hand; you can now do it in your own time and will be contacted within 24 hours with a crime reference number. It also means all the information that you catalogue will be circulated quickly and regionally, maximizing…

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