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A gift from the past…

These four stoles (pictured) arrived recently with the accompanying letter from Mrs Rosemary Evans of Bedford. Mrs Evans writes that the stoles belonged to the late Reverend John Frame (vicar of All Hallows 1942-50) and were passed to John’s sister Joyce, who thought we might be glad to receive them.


The letter goes on:

“After being educated at Reading School, (John) went on St Edmund Hall, Oxford, graduating with an honours degree in Modern History in 1935; his ordination as a priest in the Church of England followed training at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford. His curacies in Leeds between 1937 and 1940 were at St George’s and St Cyprian’s churches and during his incumbency at All Hallows church (1942-50) he was at some time Scoutmaster of the 11th Northwest Leeds Group. After leaving the church he taught religion and other subjects for many years until his retirement in 1977, dying in October 1986. I do hope that the stoles can still be put to good us.”

I’m very glad to think that his surviving sister felt that these stoles should return to the church where her brother was once incumbent.


Volunteer Actors wanted for The Narnia Experience, Leftbank Leeds

“Most of us, I suppose, have a secret country but for most of us it is only an imaginary country.” C S Lewis

Step through the Wardrobe follow the wintery trail & meet Mr Tumnus, Mrs Beaver & The White Witch!

Leftbank Leeds: this spectacular former church bring a special atmosphere to any event, but between 25 November and 8 December 2013 a community theatre production will magically transform into Narnia: childhood favourite of many, where it is always Winter yet never Christmas.

This is not normal ‘sit down’ theatre. The audience enters in groups passing through the Wardrobe of fur coats into a winter wonderland. They split into two groups, one ‘Lucy’ and the other ‘Edmund.’ The two groups take different routes through the story of Narnia, interacting with the characters and experiencing the journey and adventure together. Lucy’s group meet Mr Tumnus, Mrs & Mr Beaver, Father Christmas, the White Witch and Aslan. Whereas Edmund’s group has a scarier time, going to the White Witch’s palace, get chased by wolves and possibly getting turned to stone!!!

The production is going to run morning, afternoon and evening from Monday 25th November – Sunday 8th December 2013. The experience has been specifically designed for school children but will be open to the public on evenings and weekends.

A similar production was put on by In Another Place at St Georges Hall in Liverpool in 2011/12 and they had 17,000 visitors. They are being very generous and letting us use their script and many of their props. Sadly, they had to cut the character of Mr Beaver because not enough men auditioned.

You can be part of this ambitious project: we need 200 actors & costumed ushers and registration for auditions is OPEN NOW! This is for anyone and everyone, young and old, experienced or first timers: we would like as many people as possible to audition (we don’t want to have to cut Mr Beaver!). Help us make CS Lewis’s imaginary country real for a time….

Relaxed workshop auditions are being held 2-5pm May 5th (Sunday), 11th (Saturday) & 12th (Sunday) and June 15th (Saturday) & 16th (Sunday) at St Matthias Church Community Centre LS4 2DZ. You only need to attend one date.

Registration is essential:

It’s going to be a challenge, but it’s going to be brilliant!

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Email Lynsey Jones at


“Words on Tap” poetry workshops

‘Words on Tap’ on April 5th, May 31st and June 28th – a series of 3 afternoon poetry workshops at All Hallows Church, Hyde Park, LS6 1NP run by poet Matthew Stoppard. Sessions are free and run from 3pm – 5pm and for those wish are augmented by evening sessions in the excellent Chemic Tavern just off Woodhouse Street.  See attached poster for further details.

Words on Tap Poetry Workshops

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In loving memory of all those who have died a violent death

In loving memory of all those who have died a violent death

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Youth Point Peace on the Street

Youth Point
Peace on the Street

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Mothers Against Violence

Mothers Against Violence

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All Hallows Love not Hate Hope not Fear

All Hallows
Love not Hate
Hope not Fear

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Star of Hope Mothers Against Guns UK

Star of Hope Mothers
Against Guns

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Hyde Park Next Generation  Says  Forget Violence

Hyde Park Next Generation
Forget Violence

Narnia coming to Left Bank!

We have just received the following message from Left Bank:

Help us bring Narnia to Left Bank!

We are planning to make the magical real at the end of November 2013. The doors of Left Bank will be open for a fortnight and the public will come right into the heart of the Narnia story.  We need lots of volunteers to make this happen – acting, producing, set building, sound, lighting, admin – you name it, we need someone to do it!

To find out more, join us this coming Monday, 21st January, 7.30 – 9.00pm at the Cardigan Centre, next door to Left Bank.

RSVP to Lynsey Jones at or give her a call for  more info on 0788 757 2264.  You can also have a look at

Please come along and see how you could get involved – it’s going to be a challenge, but it’s going to be brilliant!

See you there,

Vik and the Left Bank gang