Meeting Minutes

Please find below the Agenda for Thursday’s meeting. Please also find attached a note to accompany Item 3.




1. Police Update
2. Neighbourhood Watch Update
3. Establishing public flower displays in Adel (note attached)
4. Paul’s Pond Update
5. Planning Updates
6. Adel Neighbourhood Forum
7. Pokemon Go



Cllr. Caroline Anderson
Secretary, Adel Association

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OPAL (Older People’s Action in the Locality)


Older People’s Action in the Locality supports the over 60s living in Leeds 16.

New Premises: Bedford Arms Update
We are planning an OPEN DAY on June 24th to invite local people in to the Bedford Arms building, to look round, look at our plans and talk to us. Many thanks to those who have made a donation towards buying new premises. You can still make a donation online or by joining in our ‘Buy a Brick’ campaign. Please send your cheque, payable to OPAL at Unit 10, Holt Park District Centre, LS16 7SR.

Our lease at Holt Park was changed recently to 3 months notice – so we could be asked to leave our premises shortly. The Bedford Arms in Tinshill is in a reasonable condition. There are other groups who want to run activities there for young people in separate rooms in the evenings that would not clash with OPAL activities. We plan also to have a Community Café for all ages.

New OPAL Weekly Tuesday Lunch Club for 40 OPAL members. This started 1pm-3pm on 17th March at Adel Stables, Back Church Lane. Cost is £4 for a hot meal, dessert and cup of tea or coffee. Transport is available for £3.

Also at The Stables on Wednesday there is the Keep Fit Exercise group 11am-12noon for the over 60s. Table Tennis is on Thurs 2nd & 16th Apr 11am-12.30pm, cost £1, includes refreshments-all welcome, contact Amy at OPAL.

The monthly Writers’ Group meets at Holt Park Library 2pm-3.30pm with Librarian Ian McArdle on Mon 20 April-just come along, you do not need to be an OPAL Member.

The OPAL Men’s Group will visit the Yorkshire Air Museum on Wed 8th April.

The OPAL April Trip on Wed 22nd on the Settle Carlisle Railway is fully booked. On Fri 8th May 9.30am-5.30pm we visit the Yorkshire Wildlife Park . On Fri 19th June there is a trip to Ilkley & Bolton Abbey, and on Thurs 25th June to Bridlington.

Phone OPAL Office 261 9103 for details.
Val Crompton

“Wine Bluff” Fundraising Event, Photographs

Wine tasting” Call my Wine Bluff” performed by ‘Three Muscateers’

Adel Neighbourhood Forum first fundraising event “Call My Wine Bluff” held on 23rd January was a great success.  The Three Muscateers each described a wine but only one told the truth.

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OPAL ACTIVITIES (Older People’s Action in the Locality) supports the over 60s living in Leeds 16.

On Wed 8th July, we enjoyed a great day outdoors at Yorkshire Sculpture Park. We were amazed as we walked round Leeds-born Sculptor, Thomas Houseago’s, Large Owl and made our way to Tom Frost’s Wild Collection in the Garden Gallery. We looked at the clockwork birds and other colourful creatures, then made our way to the Iron Tree by the recently-restored 18th c.  chapel. Inside we viewed a simple Chinese exhibition by Al Weiwei  and were invited to “sit on 17th c. Fairytale chairs and consider freedom, refuge and sanctuary”

On 15th Aug 10am-4pm there is a visit to Newby Hall, built 1690, and Gardens.

On Fri 5th Sept a trip to Salford Quays 9.30am-5pm is planned & on Tues 16th Sept, a shorter trip 11.30am– 5pm is to 17th c. East Riddlesden Hall & Gardens.

In October on Wed 29th we are visiting the Millennium Gallery and Botanical Gardens in Sheffield.

On Mon 11th August OPAL Men’s Group  are visiting  the Kettlewell Scarecrow Festival 10am-4.30pm. Take a picnic or eat in one of the cafes. On Wed 10th Sept, 11am-4pm the group are going to the Washburn Heritage Centre, overlooking Swinsty Reservoir.

OPAL, St Paul’s Church & Weetwood Councillors in partnership together, run the fortnightly  Ireland Wood Thursday Coffee Afternoons, held at St Paul’s, Raynel Drive, LS16 6BS 1.30-3.30pm, are open to all and cost £1 for refreshments: 14 & 28 Aug,  11 & 25 Sept.

The Friday Coffee Afternoons continue 1.30-3.30pm at The Hub, Silk Mill Drive LS16 6DX.

There will be no activities at the Stables during August. Table Tennis will start again in Sept—contact OPAL for details.

The Creative Writing Group meets on  Mon 18th Aug, & on 15th Sept. , all are welcome at Holt Park Library 2pm-3.30pm

Phone OPAL Office 261 9103 for details.

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Opponents ready for public inquiry on Leeds trolleybus scheme

NGT TrolleybusAn alliance of objectors will tomorrow begin a bid to stop Leeds’s trolleybus scheme in its tracks.

The public inquiry that will decide the fate of the £250m project gets under way at 10am at the Regus office building off Wellington Street in the city centre.

It will hear pro-trolleybus evidence from experts put forward by the scheme’s co-promoters, West Yorkshire passenger transport authority Metro and Leeds City Council.

But it will also hear from a wide range of opponents who believe the New Generation Transport (NGT) project is not the solution to Leeds’s traffic congestion problems. Objectors provisionally scheduled to appear include:

* Leeds bus operator First, which has claimed a fleet of state-of-the-art double deckers would deliver the same benefits as trolleybus at a fraction of the cost;

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