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Residents warned of ‘accident claim’ bogus callers

Residents are being warned to be vigilant against bogus callers posing as Leeds City Council officers, attempting to obtain personal information over the telephone. The bogus callers state they are calling regarding an accident claim made by the householder, and to proceed they will require specific personal details. In some instances, callers have claimed details have been passed to them by the NHS. Staff from the council’s insurance team would not normally ring a resident and request personal information over the phone, with regards to an accident claim. A phone…

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New route announced for Bradford’s sixth Sky Ride event

Sky Ride Bradford is back this year – with a new route in the city centre. Bradford Council is partnering up once again with British Cycling and Sky to get people back in the saddle on Sunday, 20 September. And a new-look route has been announced for the sixth annual event which will showcase the city’s beautiful 19th century architecture. Sky Ride will start again from the gantry at the multi-award winning City Park and go around the main streets of the city centre including Market Street, Kirkgate, Cheapside, Valley…

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Arts & Entertainment Events Lifestyle 

What The Ladybird Heard at St George’s Hall

Based on the award-winning picture book by Julia Donaldson, the multi million selling author of The Gruffalo and Stick Man, What the Ladybird Heard makes a welcome return to St George’s Hall, Bradford for four fun-filled performances. This well-loved tale tells the story of two crafty robbers, Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len, who have a cunning plan to steal the farmer’s fine prize cow. However they haven’t counted on the tiniest, quietest creature of them all: The Ladybird and she has a plan of her own! Suitable for pre and…

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Arts & Entertainment Music 

Be a hero for a day at Bingley Music Live

Audiences at Bingley Music Live (BML) are being encouraged to don capes and masks to channel their inner superhero. The theme of this year’s Bradford Council-run festival, at Bingley’s Myrtle Park on 4-6 September, is superheroes, whether it’s those who appear in comic books and Hollywood blockbusters, or some original creations. Organisers are encouraging people to follow the festival on twitter @BingleyFestival using #pantsovertrousers. Photographers will be roaming the festival site, looking for the best-dressed or most original ensembles and posting pictures on the BML website. Some of those who were…

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Bradford students given a taste of medicine

A group of talented A-level students have been given a taste of what it’s like to work in medicine and try their hand at clinical skills in Bradford Royal Infirmary’s state of the art simulation centre. The two week course, run by Bradford Teaching Hospitals in partnership with the Department of Children’s Services, has been designed specifically for students aged 16+ who are considering a career in medicine. Dr Alex Brown, Deputy Medical Director, said: “We started this initiative to help improve the prospects of local students who are academically…

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Food stalls sign up for Bradford Food and Drink Festival

Bradford – Around 20 stalls have already signed up to trade at the inaugural Bradford Food and Drink Festival, but there is still room for more.   The festival, which is being organised by Bradford Council’s Markets team, takes place on Friday 30 and Saturday 31 October and will set up in the city’s Independent Quarter on Northgate and Rawson Road between the Oastler Shopping Centre and North Parade. One of the first stalls to sign up for this new festival was the Saddleworth Cheese Company, founded by former Coronation…

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Work starts today on the Tyrls garden

Bradford – Work is starting today on creating on an attractive temporary garden on the site of the former Tyrls police station. The landscaped area will feature several steel seats, a grassed mound, planting areas displaying flowers and shrubs, and a grassed mound. A ramp from Princes Way will make the garden accessible to wheelchair users and parents with prams. Bradford Council has commissioned the work which is scheduled to be completed in October and will then stay until a new commercial development is built on the site some time…

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Health & Diet Lifestyle 

Kirklees, a top three dementia friendly community

Kirklees Dementia Action Alliance (KDAA), which helps improve the lives of people with dementia, is a national finalist for a prestigious national award. Building on recent local success over the last 15 months, KDAA has successfully reached the finals of ‘Best Dementia Friendly Community Initiative’ from more than 300 applicants across England and Wales by demonstrating Kirklees as a community working towards a “Kinder Kirklees” and a compassionate community. Councillor Viv Kendrick, Portfolio Holder for Prevention, Early Intervention and Vulnerable Adults, commenting on the nomination said: “As a council and…

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Arts & Entertainment Music 

Online exhibition celebrates local live music scene ahead of Leeds Festival

Music-lovers in Leeds will get a special backstage pass thanks to three short films that give a rare, behind-the-scenes look at the local gig circuit. With thousands of fans set to flock to Leeds Festival later this month, Leeds Museums and Galleries are launching the special online exhibition to celebrate the hard work of the city’s many bands and venues. Recorded predominantly in 2013, the films focus on The Brudenell Social Club in Headingley, Eiger Studios in Hunslet and The Cockpit in Leeds city centre- three venues that have acted…

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Arts & Entertainment 

Alhambra to welcome world premiere stage production of classic novel

Drama lovers in Bradford will be able to witness history in the making this December as the Touring Consortium Theatre Company, in association with Royal & Derngate Northampton, bring the world premiere of a new stage adaptation of Aldous Huxley’s Seminal Novel Brave New world to the Alhambra Stage as part of a national tour. Adapted for the stage by award-winning playwright Dawn King with original new music from the ground breaking British band These New Puritans; Brave New World sees former Holby City star Sophie Ward take on the…

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