Community Reporters course brings back Mary’s sparkle


First day finding out about South Leeds Life and hyperblog. Never heard of hyperblogs. What next!

Rothwell Music CompThe Community Reporters course sounded as though it would give me some pointers to improve my writing skills. For several years now I have written articles for the local newspaper on behalf of various organisations in Rothwell, but now particularly for Rothwell in Bloom and the Rothwell Competitive Music Festival. The idea of photographs never entered my head but this course obviously has opened up an entirely new opportunity. Hopefully I will learn how to organise my photographs better so that I can pick them up and put them into my article and also to have the photographs interesting.

The Rothwell Competitive Music Festival is almost unique in this part Yorkshire and amateur musicians of all ages enter to perform in front of an audience and to receive a helpful criticism from a professional adjudicator. Competitors come from all over the area and from as far afield as Hull and Lancashire. 2014 will be its 32nd festival. We have an excellent website but I feel now that a blog could reach more people.

Past competitors of the music festival have gone on to make music a huge part of their life, gone on to music college or have become profession musicians.

The aim of Rothwell in Bloom is to improve the environment and this year the group won its first Gold Rose away at a ceremony at the Knaresmire Racecourse in York. Yippee! The website needs some improvement I feel but it is kept updated and has good photographs.

Rothwell in Bloom receives encouraging comments from passersby as they are working on the flower beds and containers and have even received biscuits from Rothwell folk to have during their coffee break or donations to help buy except plants.

New volunteers are always sought and made welcome. Contact 0113 282 9150 for more information.


This article was written by Mary Fleet using our Community Reporters website