Christmas Comes to Meanwood – Lights Switch On 2015!


Christmas arrives in Meanwood next week, as the community comes together for the annual Christmas Lights switch on.

The event will take place outside Waitrose on Green Road at 6pm on Monday 23rd November . and Meanwood Valley Partnership is encouraging residents to come along and get involved.

Transition Meanwood will be handing out free homemade mulled apple juice, which was made using apples picked and pressed during their annual community apple pick last month.

Children from Meanwood Church of England Primary School – which was recently named Sunday Times ‘State Primary of the Year’ – will be carol singing and Waitrose will be providing free mince pies to help residents into the festive spirit!

Meanwood Valley Partnership Chairman Chris Sheard said: “It’s a great annual community event which always attracts strong support from residents.”

“It will be a lovely evening and a way to celebrate Meanwood as an area in its own right.”

Read why last year’s Christmas Lights switch on was described as as “embarrasing, bordering on a fiasco” by Meanwood Valley Partnership Chairman Chris Sheard, and had people asking: ‘Does Meanwood actually exist?’

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Parents Invited to Carr Manor Primary School Open Morning

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Carr Manor Primary School is inviting parents with children due to start school in September 2016 to an Open Morning this weekend.

The Open Morning will take place on Saturday 21st November from 10am until 12 noon, and will give parents the opportunity to find out more about what the school has to offer.

Headteacher Deborah Kenny said: “During the morning you will be able to visit our outstanding Early Years Unit, look around the classrooms and 2 Year Old provision, talk to teachers and listen to a short presentation at 10.15am.”

Refreshments will be served and parents will have the opportunity to ask questions, sample the school dinners and enjoy a congenial morning with other potential parents.

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Meanwood CofE Primary School is ‘State Primary of the Year’

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Meanwood Church of England Primary School has been named as The Sunday Times State Primary School of the Year.

The school featured in double-page spread in The Sunday Times on the 15th November 2015, which highlighted why the school won the prestigious award.

Impressive academic results in 2014 played a huge role, as 96% achieved level 5 or more in maths, 100% in reading, 71% in writing and 96% in spelling, punctuation and grammar.

Sunday Times journalist Judith O-Reilly wrote: “The statistics are even more impressive for the fact that many of the children arrive at the school with below average skills.”meanwood logo 2O’Reilly also commended the Meanwood CofE Primary School’s diverse intake: “The urban intake has a broad socio-economic mix. Most pupils are from “solid working-class backgrounds, some have parents who are unemployed. Others are the children of lawyers, doctors and teachers.”

Helen Sanderson, Headteacher since January 1999 said: “It’s mindblowing to think that out of 20,000 state schools, we’ve been named the best. It’s unfathomable.”

O-Reilly also drew attention to the surrounding areas that school and the children can take advantage of.

She said: “The children have access to more than 70 acres featuring tennis courts and a playground, as well as woodland, meadows, and a stream. There is a valley trail and nature reserve with white-clawed crayfish, common lizards, ferns and mosses to discover.”

Sanderson highlighted the school’s youthful   staff as a key factor in their success. She said: “We have some particularly young and enthusiastic staff who have amazing stamina and are keen to learn from outstanding practitioners.

“We have high aspirations for everyone and I think our communication is good; everyone works closely together.”

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Meanwood Residents Battle to Save Church Lane Paddock


Around 100 concerned Meanwood residents gathered for a public meeting on Tuesday evening to discuss Council plans to allocate Church Lane paddock as development space.

The proposals are part of Leeds City Council’s wider Site Allocation Plan, which identifies sites for housing, employment, retail and greenspace to ensure that land is available to meet the growth target of 66,000 new homes in Leeds by 2028.

The Church Lane paddock site – also known as The Glebe Field – has been deemed suitable for 25 housing units, which many residents feel is not enough to justify the negative impact that any development may have on the area.


Church Lane Paddock/ The Glebe Field

Sylvia Jay, who led the well-attended meeting at The Parochial Hall said: “It really would be a minuscule contribution to the 66,000 homes the council aims to build, and would be a great loss to the area.”

The main concerns outlined at the meeting were the traffic safety and increased congestion, the overstretching amenities such as schools, doctors and dentists, increased flood risks and the impact on wildlife and the landscape as a whole – particularly in regards to being beside the Grade II Listed Holy Trinity Church.

Sylvia said: “The paddock is the last remnant of open space in the village area of Meanwood that has not been the subject of-infill and built on.

“Though we have Meanwood Park, this is of a very different character and it’s not accessible to everyone, including some older residents who still walk to the shops past the paddock.”


Church Lane Paddock/ The Glebe Field

Residents were urged to lodge formal objections to the plans before the 5pm deadline on Monday 16th November.

Sylvia said: “This is our very last chance to tell the Council how important the Church Lane paddock is to Meanwood and its population.

“If the paddock stays in the Site Allocation Plan as allocated for housing, any planning application to develop the field will be about details – the principle that the field is suitable for residential development will have been deemed to have been accepted”

Members of community groups Meanwood Valley Partnership, Meanwood Village Association and Transition Meanwood were all present to show their support, along with Meanwood and Moortown Councillors Rebecca Charlwood and Sharon Hamilton.

Councillor Charlwood said: “It’s really good to see so many people here this evening for something they care so strongly about.”

Echoing Sylvia’s message of importance that people lodge formal objections, Councillor Charlwood said: “Numbers of objections could make all the difference. The more noise made about this, the better.”

How Can You Object?

To submit comments or objections to the plans, see Leeds City Council’s Interactive Map here.

Once on this page, type ‘Church Lane – Paddock’ into the ‘Find an address or place’ box at the top of the page.

Click on the purple area of the paddock space and a pop up box will appear with links to further documents and a link which allows you to leave comments.

You can also comment on or object to the plans via email or by posted letter. Make sure you include the site Reference – Church Lane Paddock ref. is HG2-50.


  • Posted letters must be sent to LDF Publication Draft Consultation, The Leonardo Building, 2 Rossington Street, Leeds, LS2 8HD
  • It’s important that you put your full name and address on your submission.
  • If you comment on more than one site, each one must be submitted separately ie. in a separate email or letter.
  • Your comments will hold more weight if you use your own words.
  • The deadline for all comments – both in support or against the plans – is 5pm on Monday 16th November.

Volunteer Open Day at Carr Manor Community School

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Carr Manor Community School is set to host its third Volunteers Open Morning this week, in a bid to attract potential volunteers to join the school and have a positive impact in young peoples’ lives.

The school’s volunteering scheme offers volunteers the opportunity to gain training and experience working in an educational environment, whilst offering support to the school’s staff members.

Senior manager at Carr Manor Community School Sandra Simpson said: “We have developed a very successful volunteering programme over the last two years which we are looking to build on this year.”

“Last year we had over 20 regular volunteers who carr manor logomade a clear impact on the progress and enjoyment of our pupils. In return we provided invaluable experience for those looking to pursue teaching as a career. Indeed, five of our volunteers are now studying for their PGCEs.”

The third Volunteers Open Morning takes place on Wednesday 14 October, from 11.00am until 1.30pm and is open to enthusiastic and dedicated members of the public, with no previous experience required.

For more information on volunteering at Carr Manor Community School, please visit the website here.

If you would like to attend the Open Morning, please email in advance.

Residents to Take Part in Community Apple Pick


Eco-enthusiasts of Meanwood are set to come together for a community apple pick this weekend.

Transition Meanwood Logo - eps versions all elements 15-06The group, known as Transition Meanwood, aims to bring people together to make the community stronger, and to make the area a great place to live.

The focus of the group is to help Meanwood make a transition from fossil fuel-dependence to self-sufficiency.

Transition Meanwood organise the community apple pick each year to pick apples from Meanwood’s trees where the fruit would otherwise not be used. The apples are then pressed and juiced to be used in community events.

Organiser Ian Young said: “It’s an event to bring the community together and to share in the natural bounty of Meanwood apples and press them to give out free apple at local events such as the Christmas Lights switch on and Annual Fun Day.”

This year’s apple pick – which will take place at 10am on Sunday 4th October – is open to all, and Transition Meanwood is looking for volunteers to take part.

Ian said: “It’s a really fun day, and a great chance to meet lots of people, and do something physical and practical which helps the community.”

If you wish to take park, the group will be meeting outside Meanwood Community Shop at 10am or you will be able to join them at Meanwood Park Ranger’s Hut later in the day.

If you would like more information, you can also join the Transition Meanwood Facebook group here.

Has Meanwood Been ‘Spoiled’ by Students?

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It has according to one outspoken Yorkshire Evening Post reader.

A Meanwood resident going by the name R B Verity responded via letter to a recent article on the YEP website titled ’25 things you won’t know about Headingley unless you’ve lived there.’

As the opening line of the letter asks: “Was this written by a student? Someone on work experience?” it quickly becomes apparent that this isn’t going to be a positive letter.

Adding: “I don’t know how many students buy the paper, but this article was aimed at students and their lifestyle.”

Verity’s letter continued:

“Headingley isn’t the only place these thoughtless, selfish students live. Meanwood is completely spoiled by them now. They have expanded to the Monkbridges and Bentleys near Waitrose, and the surrounding area, expanding all the time – thanks to the increase in student numbers.

You can’t walk down the streets these days without seeing rows of wheelie bins scattered on the pavement and having to dodge into the road because these fit young people don’t give a damn about taking them in.

Once tidy gardens are now overgrown tips with unkempt hedges and you can see bottles, cans and paper left in them for months on end. It’s about time they were made to pay council tax.

They use the services, they should pay. The landlords, off-licences, drug dealers, takeaways, taxis, etc don’t say “Oh, you’re a student, you don’t have to pay”, so why should the council?

Times are hard, the council needs the money – so fine them for being anti-social. We the council tax payers need to have our pavements free from rubbish and bins.

Pavements should be clear for people to walk on – people in wheelchairs, babies in pushchairs, toddlers learning to walk. It’s a disgrace. Have you looked on Google Street View? Irresponsible students who are mentally still children given free rein and spending money. Would you want to walk your toddler on some of these streets where they can’t see where they’re going because of bins? Why have we let this happen? I see Cardiff City Council are having an “offensive” to make students take their bins in. Why can’t Leeds City Council do this?

They have these half-hearted attempts which last a few weeks then they let it drop – think how much money they could make by fining people for leaving their bins blocking the pavements. Why can’t the universities tell their students how to behave and what to do to fit into society as grown-ups?”

What do you think? Is this article too harsh on students, or do you agree?