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What's New Archive for 2003

11th November 2003
Annual General Meeting Coming Soon!

The FGVW Annual General Meeting will be held on Monday 1st December at 8.00pm. Yuletide refreshments will be served!

The agenda will be as follows:

  1. Apologies for Absence.
  2. Minutes of last AGM 02-12-02.
  3. Matters Arising.
  4. Chair's Report.
  5. Treasurer's Report.
  6. Election of Officers (Chair, Treasurer, Secretary)
    Any nominations to Martin Calvert (Chair) before 24-11-03 please.
  7. Any Other Business.

Please contact us for more details of the venue if you would like to attend the meeting, or if you would like to recieve a Nomination Form.

10th November 2003
Robin Bateman Watercolours on Display

Just a reminder that local artist Robin Bateman, who has painted many watercolours of Gledhow Valley Woods, currently has a display of his work at Chapel Allerton Library for 3 weeks from Monday 3rd November 2003.

All the paintings (including all those displayed in the Guest Galleries section) are for sale from Robin, who also takes commissions from as little as £30. If you would like a painting in watercolour or oil, please contact Robin directly on (0113) 262 4474.

19th October 2003
Revenue Officers Go Back to Nature

On Wednesday 15th October, 10 Inland Revenue Officers led by Mike Boyes from the Leeds Office took advantage of a scheme to aid local voluntary organisations. They had decided to give their time to help the Friends of Gledhow Valley Woods with a special Action Day, which included path maintenance and woodland management including stream clearing and tree pruning.

At the end of the day, seventeen metres of path including steps had been re-laid, part of the stream which had been blocked up had been cleared and some of the trees on the triangle of land at the junction of Gledhow Valley Road and Allerton Grange Way had been pruned back to improve the sight line for motorists and assist the grass cutters.

To see some pictures from the day and find out more about what went on, please see the Team Building Action Day For Leeds Tax Office Staff page in the Events Gallery section.

8th October 2003
Foxes in the Smog

The Flora & Fauna section of the site has been updated with the addition of a real-life story of foxes in Gledhow Valley Woods by Sue Murray, who has spent many years fighting to stop fox hunting in the woods. The story is called "Foxes in the Smog", and is based on her book of the same title.

2nd October 2003
Plants of Gledhow Valley Update

The Plants of Gledhow Valley section has been updated and now includes details of 132 species of plants. There are now three ways to view the list including the new A-Z by Latin name...

23rd September 2003
Gledhow Hall History Plus Other Site Updates

The whole About the Woods area of the site has been given a serious overhall, with the addition of a lot of new information and pictures. Brand new sections include...

Other updates to the site include the addition of A recent Yorkshire Evening Post article to the Press Clippings & Media Publicity section. Entitled "Adrian's Quick Thinking Leads to a Showdown", the article described the successful campaigning for traffic-calming measures along Gledhow Valley Road.

Also, minutes of the recent Core Group meeting have been added to the Minutes of Core Group Meetings & AGMs section, and the Guest Book Entries page has grown so much that it has now been split into two parts.

27th August 2003
Watercolour Paintings of the Woods by Robin Bateman

A collection of watercolour paintings of Gledhow Valley Woods by local artist Robin Bateman has now been added to the Guest Galleries section of the site.

Robin's work will also be on display at Chapel Allerton Library for 3 weeks from Monday 3rd November 2003.

All the paintings are for sale from Robin, who also takes commissions from as little as £30. If you would like a painting in watercolour or oil, please contact Robin directly on (0113) 262 4474.

19th May 2003
Family Funday 2003 Pictures Now Online

This year's Family Funday was bigger and better than ever, and was very well attended despite the awful weather. A big thanks is due to all the FGVW Core Group and other volunteers who helped organise and run the event; to everyone who helped by donating home-made refreshments; to Tesco for providing extremely nice doughnuts, cookies and drinks; to the several hundred people who braved the rain to attend; and especially to FGVW Chair Martin Calvert who brought it all together.

Photos from the day are now available in the Events Gallery, and there's also a 360 panoramic image showing the event in full swing.

5th May 2003
Family Funday Coming Soon!

Friends of Gledhow Valley Woods invite you to their 4th Annual Family Funday

Date & Time:

  • Saturday May 17th 2003 (1.30pm - 4.30pm)

Location:

  • Grassland area adjacent to Gledhow Valley Road and Allerton Grange Way.

Come along and enjoy all the activities and find out just what the Friends of Gledhow Valley Woods are doing to enhance your local woodlands.

Activities include:

  • Marquees with displays, live music, home-made refreshments, and fun & games.
  • Circus skills workshop, face painting, and "Daftasadrum" drum workshop.
  • Build a bird box, create your own "meadow in a pot", decorate a t-shirt, make wind chimes, dragonflies and wishing sticks.
  • See some "mini beasts", bats, bees, and other wildlife guests.
  • Demonstrations from "Treesponsibility" and Knott Wood Coppicers.
  • See our plans for the woods and calming the traffic on Gledhow Valley Road.
  • Much more...!
Have a look in the Events Gallery to find out what happened at last year's Family Funday.

28th April 2003
Site Update

Some new 'How To' pages have been added to the site in the Flora & Fauna section, including...

15th April 2003
Second Radio Leeds Breakfast Show FGVW Interview Online!

The second interview between Radio Leeds and the Friends of Gledhow Valley Woods regarding the blocked sewer in the woods is now available to listen to online, or to read in transcript form, in the Press Clippings & Media Publicity section.

The interview concerned the successful outcome to the problem of raw effluence leaking straight down the side of Gledhow Valley from a blocked sewer.

It was first broadcast on the Radio Leeds Breakfast Show between 6.55am and 7.00am on Thursday 6th March 2003 March 2003.

8th March 2003
Radio Leeds Breakfast Show FGVW Interview Online!

If you missed the recent interview between Radio Leeds and the Friends of Gledhow Valley Woods regarding the blocked sewer in the woods don't worry... it is now available to listen to online, or to read in transcript form, in the Press Clippings & Media Publicity section.

The interview concerned the problem of raw effluence leaking straight down the side of Gledhow Valley from a blocked sewer, and the long running battle with Yorkshire Water, Leeds City Council and the Environment Agency to try and get something done about it.

It was first broadcast on the Radio Leeds Breakfast Show between 7.06am and 7.13am on Wednesday 5th March 2003.

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