September Newsletter

September 2014  

The kids may be back at school but this month’s HASSRA Leeds newsletter’s got plenty to keep you entertained while they get stuck into their homework this September. If you fancy learning something new, why not join our beginners’ Latin dance classes, sing some festive songs or learn some harmonies with our choir,  join Stuart and Martin in aerial combat or shoot down a clay pigeon (not at the same event) or learn the guitar?  You don’t need experience to join any of these activities, they are open to everyone.

If you do take part in any of our trips or events, please send a picture or review to by 22nd September for inclusion in the next edition. We’d love to hear from you!

Elizabeth Letaief

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News roundup

  • NEW! Win two tickets to see Ed Sheeran at the Leeds arena by telling us how old he is. Send emails with the subject “Ed Sheeran” to by 6pm on 7th October. Entrants must be willing to write a short review for the Newsletter!
  • NEW! Christian Fellowship Autumn Programme starts on 3rd September. All welcome, no knowledge necessary and all opinions welcome. Contact
  • Please contact you’re willing to bake for our Macmillan Coffee morning on 26th September or just pop along to room GC07 from 10:00 on the day to sample the goodies on offer
  • Last call for cut price tickets to the Autumn Flower Show and ticket refunds for any theatre/music venue in Yorkshire in July or August
  • NEW! Get ready for summer 2015 by joining our London Family Fun trip taking in a number of attractions and theme parks
  • NEW! If you’re interested in learning to play the guitar or can already play but want to improve your skills, come along to room 1CO7 on Thursday at 12 or 1pm.  Contact Phil at the Forum (  first as the room can occasionally change. Phil is a professional guitarist and teacher. Lessons cost £5 for HASSRA members
  • NEW! Read about the Wellbeing challenge to cycle the same number of miles in the Tour de



  • NEW! Learn the Cha Cha Cha, Rumba and Jive for the special price of £4 per session with the Dance Club from 12th September. Contact or
  • NEW! Vote for your favourite photo of a day out by emailing with the subject line “Photo” and the number of the picture you like best. The person who submitted the favourite photo will win £30.
  • NEW! Contact or for a pilot’s licence to fight against the Imperial Empire or Red Baron in the 5th Floor Coffee Lounge from 17:00 on 16th September.
  • Join us in the Woodpecker on 30th September from 11:30 to pick up some wellbeing tips or have an aromatherapy treatment
  • NEW! Now’s a good time to join the choir as it learns new songs in preparation for the festive season. If you don’t have an hour to spare at lunchtime, all are welcome to join our choir’s singing workshop on 4th October from 10:30 to 15:00 at Heart, Headingley. No experience necessary. Contact for details
  • NEW! Rob Harkins and Ian Kay tell us about the Football World Bugle. And I thought it was a word game!
  • Steve Coutts won £30 in August’s summer Sudoku competition. We’re celebrating the return of Dr Who with an anagram quiz this month
  • If you’ve lost your National HASSRA membership card, fill in the membership form on the National HASSRA website to get a replacement (just mark it as a request for a replacement)

Dates for your diary

This is a list of dates for your diary and may include reference to trips and events that are happening but booking may have closed. If places are available, they will be advertised in the current edition of the newsletter:


Sunday Times Wine Club tasting, 3rd September

  • Rambling in Austrian Alps, 6th September
  • NEW! Learn the Cha Cha Cha, Rumba or Jive with the Dance Club from 12th September
  • Harrogate Autumn Flower Show ticket offer 12th to 14th September
  • Angling Club, Viking Fishery Fox Lake, 13th September
  • NEW! Aerial boardgame battles, 5th Floor coffee lounge from 5pm, 16th September
  • Virgin wine tasting, 20th September
  • Full Monty, Manchester 20th September
  • NEW! Have a go with the Wargaming Club, Canteen 24th September
  • MacMillan Coffee Morning, Room GC07 from 10:00 26th September
  • Sample Spanish Wines with the Wine Club, Woodpecker Bar from 17:30 on 26th
  • Clay Pigeon shooting 27th September
  • Yarndale partial ticket refund, 27th and 28th September
  • St Vincent’s sponsored walk, Eccup 28th September
  • Wellbeing event, Woodpecker 30th September
  • Book People, Woodpecker Bar, 1st and 2nd October
  • Rambling Bassenthwaite, 4th to 7th October
  • NEW! Choir Workshop, Harmony singing, all welcome, Heart Headingley, 4th October
  • Angling Club, Woodlands Curlew Lake, 4th October
  • NEW! Taste the Best of Beaujolais (not Nouveau), 9th October
  • Clay Pigeon shooting 25th October
  • Regional mini cruise to Amsterdam with Take That, Robbie Williams, Westlife and Buble tribute acts 8th to 10th November
  • Blackpool Irish Music Trip, 16th to 17th November
  • Valkenburg Christmas Markets and Three Countries, 20th to 25th November
  • Regional Harry Potter Studios tour ticket offer 29th November
  • Ski trip to Andorra, 18th to 25th January 2015
  • New Year’s trip to Hayling Island, 26th to 30th January 2015


Regular events

  • Craft club meets on Wednesdays at 12:00. Contact
  • Christian Fellowship, Wednesdays at 12:15, contact
  • Darts practice, Woodpecker, 12:30 Wednesdays. Contact
  • Choir meets in the Woodpecker Bar on Thursdays at 13:00, contact
  • HASSRA Harriers meet for a run on Thursdays at 12:15
  • Guitar Lessons, Thursdays 12:00 and 13:00, contact or talk to Phil at the Forum
  • Ballroom and Latin lessons, Sports Hall, Fridays at 13:00. Contact
  • Wine Club meets at 17:00 in the Woodpecker (various dates and contacts- see programme)
  • Golf Society – monthly programme
  • Wargame Board game and Roleplaying Club (various dates – see timetable)
  • Forum Classes
  • The Book People (Woodpecker Bar) every month


Member Benefits and Ticket Offers

Find out more about the following benefits available to HASSRA Leeds members:

  • 50% refund on tickets to the Harrogate Autumn Flower Show
  • Free slice of cake at Appetite deli with every order over £3.50
  • 50% cash back on attendance and equipment hire at Climbing and Bouldering events
  • 10% off at Fairuz restaurant
  • 15% off at the Aagrah
  • £10 off trainers and 10% discount on other goods at Up and Running, Boar Lane
  • Half price initial Wine Club session
  • Free Quarry House shuttle bus (not specific to HASSRA)
  • Cinema Vouchers: Cineworld £5.16, Vue £3.89, Showcase £4.80 (collect on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from Phil at The Forum)
  • Free entrance to Harewood House (contact The Forum)
  • Historic Houses entrance card (contact The Forum)
  • 10% discount on Northern Heights Tree Specialists services if you say you’re a HASSRA Leeds member (email
  • Wedding Photography packages from £350 at Say you’re a member of HASSRA Leeds for an extra 25% discount (limited availability)
  • 10% off plant orders from North Leeds Garden Design for HASSRA Leeds members ( )
  • Up to 80% off treatments at Mod Hair Salons in Leeds contact or visit
  • 10% off at Rapidoprint using code HAS814 at checkout at
  • 15% off at Tino’s Italian restaurant, Booth’s Yard, Pudsey by showing your HASSRA membership card

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