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Millions get “Welcomed to Yorkshire” at  Leeds Bradford Airport
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Millions get “Welcomed to Yorkshire” at Leeds Bradford Airport

The front of Leeds Bradford airport has had a Welcome to Yorkshire make-over. Panels right across the front of the terminal building have been fully decorated with multicoloured versions of the famous “Y” logo. They will now be seen by the four million visitors who travel in and out of Yorkshire via the airport each year. The branding, which has been printed and installed by Scarborough based company Adverset, is one of a number of exciting changes made to the terminal after its recent rebrand.

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Refugee Bee-Keeping Initiative Blossoms at Standedge Tunnel
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Refugee Bee-Keeping Initiative Blossoms at Standedge Tunnel

REFUGEE BEE-KEEPING INITIATIVE AT YORKSHIRE’S STANDEDGE TUNNEL BLOSSOMS WITH SUMMER PICNIC & PROMISE OF MEDICINAL HONEY HAUL Historic waterways attraction the Standedge Tunnel & Visitor Centre was a hive of activity last week as it hosted a celebratory summer picnic for The Buzz Project – a beekeeping initiative that helps refugees and job seekers find a purpose in the community by learning how to keep bees. The Buzz Picnic, in honour of Refugee Week, saw members and friends of the initiative gather in the grounds of Standedge Tunnel’s visitor centre, outside Marsden in West Yorkshire, to sample a fine array of traditional Pakistani, Indian and Syrian foods and learn more about the bee-keeping initiative and the importance of bees in helping the local environment flourish. Launched with just two hives in September 2017 by Dr Ryad Alsous, a world-renowned bee-keeping expert, The Buzz Project has quickly grown and now has 14 volunteers looking after 13 hives across three sites at Standedge Tunnel & Visitor Centre, Armitage Bridge and Crossland Moor. A first harvest of honey from the hives is expected later this year and Dr Alsous, who spent years researching the chemical properties of honey before fleeing war-torn Syria in 2012, believes the unique West Yorkshire terroir could provide the honey produced with medicinal qualities. Dr Alsous said: “Some of the herbs and plants found on the surrounding moorlands – such as heather, clover and hawthorns – are known to have strong medical qualities, as such we strongly believe that some of those qualities will be passed on to the honey that the bees are producing.” Each hive on the project is home to between 10,000 and 100,000 bees and each hive is expected to produce around 15kg of honey per year – a significant amount in a country that imports more than 90 per cent of its honey from outside the British Isles. Standedge Tunnel & Visitor Centre manager Iain Weston commented: “We are very proud to have helped such a worthy project take flight at the centre. Helping refugees and job seekers further their prospects is a cause we can all get behind – and the success of The Buzz Project is a fantastic example of what can be achieved when people pull together. Members of the Buzz team are always happy to explain more about the project to our visitors, and the summer picnic was a great celebration of what has been achieved in less than 12 months since the project was founded.” The Buzz Project, which is supported by Sanctuary Kirklees, is now looking to expand further and is appealing for volunteers, hives and new sites across West Yorkshire. The first haul of honey from the project’s hives is expected to go on sale at Standedge Tunnel & Visitor Centre’s gift shop later this year.

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Can you find Yorkshire's Best Sausage? The Camp Hill Sausage & Beer Festival is back!
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Can you find Yorkshire's Best Sausage? The Camp Hill Sausage & Beer Festival is back!

The Camp Hill Sausage & Beer Festival is back! The 21st July heralds the start of a weekend filled with sausages, beer, live music and fun-filled family activities. This year is more exciting than ever as the festival is to host the Yorkshire round of the famous Champion of Champions Sausage competition. The country-wide competition is hosted each year to discover the nation’s greatest sausage. Yorkshire is in with a fighting chance with 20 local butchers entering their greatest banger at the Sausage & Beer Festival. On the day members of the public will be invited to taste each sausage and cast their vote. Appearance, taste and texture are all considered along with flavour combinations and consistency. Welcome to Yorkshire Chief Executive Sir Gary Verity DL said: “Yorkshire food and drink is world class and it’s important that we celebrate everything this county produces. I can’t think of many better ways to spend a weekend than sampling some of the county’s most delicious sausages and drinking Yorkshire beers. You’ll even be able to enjoy them in the sunshine as this heatwave continues – bon appetite to everyone attending this brilliant event!” Mark Cockburn, organiser and local butcher, says “It’s a really great event, the whole community comes together to taste the amazing produce this county offers. And of course we enjoy a beer and music, it’s not all hard work!” This year it is even more exciting with the added excitement of a chance to enter the national competition. The Sausage & Beer festival, held 20th – 21st July on the beautiful Camp Hill Estate offers weekend camping and day tickets with activities for all the family – including your four-legged friends! Over 35 local breweries will be on hand to provide you with your favourite tipple and live music will play throughout the day. For the little ones there is a vintage fun fair, face painting and the Woodland Kingdom complete with giant tree-fort to explore.

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Huddersfield Entrepreneur Launches Regions First Yoga and Wellbeing Festival
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Huddersfield Entrepreneur Launches Regions First Yoga and Wellbeing Festival

Kelly Thistlethwaite, owner of Yorkshire Yogi brings physical and mental health together with yoga and wellbeing festival to be held on August 11th at Standedge Tunnel and Visitors centre in Marsden, Huddersfield. The first of it’s kind and scale, Huddersfield will be welcoming the #huddswellfest on Saturday 11th August at Standedge Tunnel and Visitors Centre, Marsden. The full day, family event is being brought to life by Owner and Founder of Yorkshire Yogi, local entrepreneur, Kelly Thistlethwaite. Founded in Richmond, North Yorkshire, Yorkshire Yogi has been offering wellbeing, mindfulness and yoga workshops to school children of various ages. She also offers Corporate Wellbeing packages as well as retreat days and workshops across Yorkshire. Kelly has a degree in Sports Rehabilitation and has worked within sports clubs, private injury clinics, at the Military’s Centre of Excellence for Rehabilitation- DRMC Headley Court and Help for heroes. Kelly is a Wellbeing Coach, Yoga instructor and has a great depth of knowledge and understanding of both physical and mental health. Kelly’s aim is to inspire people to learn and to understand themselves. To give them the tools to nourish their mental and physical well-being and empower them to use them. This is the essence of what the festival is all about. Kelly has some amazing instructors and professionals from across Yorkshire on the programme that are going to deliver quality, inspirational and honest workshops to help with this goal. The festival is a full day out for the whole family, running from 11am-9pm. The locations grounds are peaceful and sit in the valley bottom alongside the water. The grounds will be lined with chill out areas and stalls such as vegetarian and vegan food vendors, Including Punch Bar and Tapas, The Suns of the North Coffee shop and BLOC. There will be woodwork specialists, holistic therapists, health products, yoga clothing, essential oils, arts and crafts and much more. There will also be various charities present throughout the day to inform you of the wellbeing support that is available including Help for Heroes, the Samaritans and Kirkwood hospice just to name a few. The festival workshop programme is impressive with over 60 sessions to try including Yoga, Pilates, CrossFit, circuits, nutrition talks, mediations, dance and Zumba. Specific sessions are being held for children, teenagers, parents and children 50yrs plus as well as lots being open to all. A huge part of the programme is being dedicated to mental wellbeing with talks covering topics such as anxiety, stress, men’s mental health, menopause, exam stress for teenagers, the worries of parenthood for new parents/parent to be, confidence, understand our emotions and much more. Kelly is taking advantage of the location and offering sessions in the surrounding woodland and nature reserve too including mindful walks, forest bathing, mindful drawing, arts and crafts and meditation. All sessions will operate on a first come first served basis. Children U16 get free entry into the festival and adults tickets are £5 online and £7 on the door. VIP tickets are also on sale now for £10 and include a gift bag. With a capacity of over 2,000, the event has 85% of their online VIP tickets already sold so be quick and general online ticket sales (£5) are now on sale. There is an opportunity to sponsor the event and Kelly will be reaching out to business's in the area. Local companies that have become Event Sponsors so far include Precision Tool Design, Safe Environmental, Pip to Grow Strong, Qwik Graphics and Sons of the North. If you would like to know more about the tiered sponsorships options available and how you can help enhance the event whilst gaining brand mentions and publicity via the Yorkshire Yogi PR and social media pages, then please head to the website listed below or email Kelly. For more information, to book your tickets, and to know more about sponsorship opportunities head to www.yorkshireyogi.com or email Kelly at kelly@yorkshireyogi.com

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It’s all in the Detail as New Print Exhibition Prepares to Come to the City…
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It’s all in the Detail as New Print Exhibition Prepares to Come to the City…

An exciting exhibition of traditional printmaking is coming to the city of Leeds at the end of this month to celebrate the work of two very special printmakers. Yorkshire printmaker Jonathan Ashworth specialises in the production of traditional woodcuts and wood engravings. These are two closely related methods of printmaking using extremely fine and detailed marks. Each print method has a very distinctive appearance, but woodcut prints especially so, since they encourage the artist to work intuitively with the natural materials so as to bring out incredible subtleties of texture. His work aims to meld the age-old sensibilities of the natural world with contemporary concerns of the city. Jonathan’s prints will be on display alongside the work of Andy English. Andy English specialises in the delicate art of wood engraving. He engraves on end grain woodblocks through a lens and then prints his work using Victorian hand presses. He is well known for his engraved bookplates and has received over one hundred commissions for these from around the world. They have featured in many books and magazines about the subject. In 2015, Royal Mail issued a miniature sheet of stamps on the theme of honeybees. This features Andy's hand coloured engravings. He also engraved some of the text and a floral border. Andy on his printmaking practice: “Some of my earliest memories are of drawing and, from my childhood, I took pleasure in both detailed observational drawings and illustrating stories. My adult work has developed directly from these experiences but using the medium of that most exacting form of printmaking; wood engraving. This gave me the detail that is characteristic of my work and allowed me to make multiple images; something else that I have enjoyed since childhood. I like to make images which tell a story, sometimes with half hidden elements and visual puns.” You can see the work of these two talented printmakers from Saturday 30th June in The Leeds Craft Centre and Design Gallery just tucked away underneath the City’s Art Gallery. For further information on the gallery’s exhibition programme you can sign up to their monthly newsletter via their website or visit the What’s On page of their website www.craftcentreleeds.co.uk

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