The Society organises various events, both as social get-togethers and as fund raisers.  Its members carry out schemes to enhance the village and its surrounding area.  People are welcome to take part socially  and to help with these schemes.

 

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Events

The FHVS is affiliated to the Leeds Civic Trust and participates in regular discussions on civic matters and leads guided walks during the Heritage Open Days weekend.

Once a year we raise funds, shared equally between the Society and a named charity, via a "summer wine walk" focused on 3 gardens in the area.  In 2010 the charity was Help for Heroes and we were able to send them a cheque for £200.  In 2011 the charity was The Jane Tomlinson Appeal which also benefited by £200.  This year the Wine Walk raised £300 for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

We had a ‘progressive dinner party’ (with a twist) on Saturday 28th January 2012 to raise funds for the Society.  This was an enjoyable evening in which courses were eaten in different members’ homes.  We succeeded in raising £180 for Society funds.  If anyone is interested in helping with another of these please get in touch with Posy McTurk (275 7651).  It should be said that people providing hospitality will need to live within easy walking distance of Cottage Road/Moor Road.

The Cottage Road cinema, in the heart of the village, is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year.  The FHVS has supported the cinema for some years and has encouraged the showing several times a year of interesting old films under the title of Classics at the Cottage.  It has also sponsored and funded a Leeds Civic Trust blue plaque to mark the centenary, and its unveiling took place on 29th July.-------------


Enhancing our area
 

As a matter of routine the Society takes note of all planning proposals for the area and comments on many of them to the City Council and to the three local councillors.  It also keeps under review obligations relating to the Conservation Area and to the Neighbourhood Design Statement [Part 1][Part 2] ; ensuring that our views are made clear on other changes within the area – e.g. recent replacement of all street lighting and new proposals for public transport.

The NDS is now 7 years old and, because of this and changes in planning legislation, the FHVS has been active in working on its revision in collaboration with residents in surrounding areas.  Drafting work and public consultation has taken place and a final version is being prepared in readiness for the process of adoption by the City Council.

We have had a Far Headingley Village Society noticeboard made by a local craftsman and have erected it adjacent to 21 Moor Road on the grass just in front of the Housing Association cottages.

 

The Society also carries out some projects for the benefit of the neighbourhood.  Many of these consist of landscaping and planting.  

In 2009 some members of the FHVS decided to try to brighten up the area surrounding the Yorkshire Electricity sub-station on the corner of Weetwood Lane and Moor Road.  We started on a small patch of land, and with the help of a cheque generously donated by the nearby Art Shop, bought compost and a few shrubs.  We were further inspired to request permission from Yorkshire Electricity to plant around the edge of the rest of the land, and this was granted.  Weetwood Primary School planted crocus bulbs and we have been very touched by the number of contributions of money, plants and seeds that we have received.

 

 

In 2010 we were awarded £210 from Leeds in Bloom, which enabled us to plant up the old Horse Trough on the Otley Road.  We are very grateful to Martin Hemingway of the Green Party for suggesting to us that we should plant up the Horse Trough with herbs instead of the usual pansies, petunias and lobelias.  We thought this was a wonderful idea and this was carried out in early June 2014.  The herbs will spread and will attract bees and are more low maintenance than flowers.  They may even be a talking point for people at the bus stop!  We wouldn’t even mind if people helped themselves as long as they left some for others.




















In 2011
we received a very generous gift of 2 large sacks of daffodil bulbs from our Councillors, most of which we gave to the Community Orchard scheme near the War Memorial at St Chad's.  All these have now been planted around the new fruit trees and in the herbaceous border.  We planted the remainder of the bulbs in the horse trough and 2 tubs in the village and hope they will give a wonderful display each Spring.

The Society, with co-sponsors, has also supplied 4 high quality litter bins strategically placed around the village area.

 Help wanted

Volunteers are always welcomed to help with our social events and with offers of gardens for the wine walks.

We are always looking for keen gardeners to help us look after the planting schemes we’ve already finished and carry out future schemes.  Any spare plants would, of course, be gratefully received.

One idea that we need particular help with is to design a mural that could be fitted to the sub-station on Weetwood Lane.  Permission in principle has been obtained from the operator.  Once a suitable design was agreed fund raising could then start to bring it to fruition.

Any other ideas for improving our area further are always welcomed.

If you are able to help contact Posy McTurk (275 7651).





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