Couple devastated after Leeds venue cancels vow renewal party

Adel LandscapeA devastated couple’s plans to renew their wedding vows – to mark their 20th anniversary – have been left in tatters after the venue cancelled with just two weeks’ notice.

Heartbroken Josephine, 50, and Jonathan Bates, 57, booked Adel War Memorial Hall back in March for their celebrations on September 20 but received a letter on Saturday – posted second class – informing them the venue had double-booked.

The mix-up has shattered the couple’s dreams of a special day surrounded by their 100 friends and family, some of whom were travelling over from Scotland and Ireland and had already paid for flights and accommodation.

The Roundhay couple have also been left hundreds of pounds out of pocket, having paid for outfits, venue decorations, the ceremony at neighbouring St John’s Church and had hired caterers.

Bosses at Adel War Memorial Hall told the YEP they have launched an investigation into the incident.

Mrs Bates said: “I’m just in shock. I can’t believe it. We’ve been looking forward to it for six months and then two weeks before, to be let down. It’s not fair.”

She said: “We booked it in March. We had an email back to say the room’s available. We paid the deposit. Then two weeks before we get this letter, in second class post, with the wrong postcode on. It might never have got to us.

“I had a lovely dress, specially made, and my husband’s got a suit. People have bought their outfits and have booked in to places to stay. I feel so awful. I’m having to tell people that it’s cancelled and they’ve bought things.”

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Warning as Leeds pupils crammed into class

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SCHOOL teachers face a classroom crisis as pupil numbers boom.

Across the city primary schools are facing a growing problem as they seek to make way for more and more pupils.

Over the last four years 
Leeds has seen a 313 per cent increase in the number of 
pupils attending classrooms above the previous 30-pupil legal limit.

The Labour Party has pointed to Government figures which it says shows that in one Leeds school alone, Greenhill Primary, there was at one point 63 pupils in one class.

One head teacher has now called for councils to once again be given the power to open new schools where needed.

Stephen Watkins, head teacher at Mill Field Primary School in Leeds, said he refused to take pupils if it would push classroom sizes above 30.

Mr Watkins said he felt the issue must be addressed at a national level, calling for a change to rules which mean local authorities such as Leeds are responsible for admissions policy but lost the power to build new schools.

He said: “We are getting bigger and bigger primary schools now, there are some with 600 pupils in them, and as a head teacher of 30 years I think that is too big.

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Adel Crime Statistics 2nd September 2014

Police WomenAdel Crime Statistics 2nd September 2014

A mobile phone was stolen on Wayland Croft on 24th August and the lead flashing was taken from a roof on Wayland Approach on 30th August.  There has also been a report of sports clothing from Church Lane in Adel on 30th August.

We have received a call about a nuisance bike on Long Causeway this week.  Police attended and conducted an area search for the offending vehicle but it was not found.

If you see vehicles causing a nuisance please call us on the police non-emergency number 101.

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New homes to trigger boomtime in Leeds housing

BuilderLEEDS IS on the brink of a housing boom, with plans for a new housing development in the east of the city set to light the touchpaper for the building of tens of thousands of homes, a council boss claims today.

Speaking to the YEP, Councillor Peter Gruen, the man in charge of Leeds City Council’s housing policy, said that developers couldn’t keep pace with the demand that exists for new homes.

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