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Get online and net a Christmas bargain

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Sally gets some expert advice on buying and selling on eBay from Annie Cowling of Bradford’s Forster Community College

8:28am Monday 23rd November 2009

Sally Clifford gets advice on how to save money with thrifty gifts this festive season

Looking good – naturally!

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Inayah Sher, who runs a course in natural beauty products at Attock Community Association in Bradford

8:29am Monday 9th November 2009

Inayah Sher could not be a more perfect advert for her product.

Underground, overground

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Sally had to navigate her way through a darkened ball pool and the tight twists and turns of Jonty’s Cave

8:16am Monday 2nd November 2009

I'm slightly claustrophobic.

Getting into the rhythm of drumming

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Emma with Jack and Sam Pullan taking part in a drumming workshop

8:37am Monday 26th October 2009

Emma Clayton joins a percussion session that has something for everyone

Just scratching the surface

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Just scratching the surface

8:57am Monday 19th October 2009

The last time I scratched vinyl was when I dropped the needle on my sister’s Kids From Fame album.

New skill lets me wax lyrical

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Sue Hodgson shows Helen how to create a wax picture

9:02am Monday 12th October 2009

Helen Mead gets to grips with a technique that’ll make an artist of anyone

Hooked on material girls' pastime

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Rag rugger Diane West watches Helen as she gets to grips with her prodder tool

11:22am Monday 5th October 2009

Helen Mead tries her hand at a textile craft which has been used for centuries

Helen’s saving gracie

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Instructor Sacha Martin-Luther King shows Helen some self-defence techniques

4:41pm Monday 28th September 2009

Helen Mead throws herself into a unique form of martial arts

Growing together

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: From left, Azmat Bibi, Zahida Iqbal, Helen and community environment worker, Christine Edmonds collect seeds with the gardening group at Scotchman Road Allotments in Manningham

1:44pm Tuesday 22nd September 2009

Helen Mead visits an allotment and picks up a few gardening tips from the Grow Organic community group

How's a bout that?

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Sally tries her hand at boxing at the Bradford Police and College Boxing Academy

8:10am Monday 14th September 2009

We all have a flair for certain things.

Helen gets the itch for the stitch

8:22am Monday 7th September 2009

Knit one, purl one.

Helping hands for happy bunnies

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Sonya McDonough and Emma look after one of the rescue rabbits at the Bunny Camp Sanctuary in Heaton

9:00am Tuesday 1st September 2009

Emma Clayton visits a rabbit sanctuary to find out why they need help now more than ever

A leap of faith as i get back in the saddle

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Sally and Irish Draught Elise get to know each other before taking on their challenge

9:01am Monday 17th August 2009

Sally Clifford rediscovers her love of horses as she takes a lesson in showjumping

Faces sand out from the crowd

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Emma and Jamie turn out the sand they’ll work on, with Jamie’s Darwin sculpture in the background

8:32am Monday 10th August 2009

Emma Clayton joins a carving professional to learn the art of sand sculpting

Becoming the Lady Of The Dance!

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Irish Dancers Kelsey Finan, Erin Paddon, Lily Faulkner, Siobhan Quinn and Loren Murgatroyd show Sally, centre, how it’s done

8:47am Monday 3rd August 2009

Sally Clifford gets into costume to learn traditional Irish dance with a Bradford group

A walk on the wild side...

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Helen takes a closer look at a hazel bush with its still-green nuts

8:46am Monday 27th July 2009

Helen Mead goes back to nature to find out about our area’s history

Strike up the band...

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Emma has a go at  playing the trumpet           at a Bradford Metropolitan Concert Band workshop

9:15am Monday 20th July 2009

Emma Clayton puts her musical talents to the test with a Bradford concert band

Put your best foot forward

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Helen tries to master the dance moves

8:40am Monday 13th July 2009

Helen Mead tries to keep in step with the Cowboy Charleston at a line dancing lesson

If you go down to the woods today

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: A group of volunteers

8:03am Monday 6th July 2009

Joining the conservation volunteers

Sweet success!

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Helen takes a lesson from sugarcrafter Marie Spiwak, who’s been               practising the art for more than 20 years

12:09pm Monday 29th June 2009

Helen Mead tries her hand at sugarcraft as she has a go at making an edible rose

Bringing fun to the table

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: 100-year-old table tennis player Agnes Kingsman – also known as Westy – picks up a paddle to show Sally how it’s done

8:24am Monday 22nd June 2009

Sally Clifford takes tips from a table tennis player with plenty of experience

Get jumping around!

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Sally’s confidence on the trampoline grows as she jumps higher and higher

8:09am Monday 15th June 2009

Sally Clifford launches herself into a session on a trampoline

Flower power

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Helen has a go at making a posy as Sarah Allsuch Kenchington offers her some floristry tips

8:25am Monday 8th June 2009

Helen Mead gets creative as she tries her hand at floristry

The garden getting true scents of the past

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Sally grinds various herbs and spices grown at Red House Museum in Gomersal to make a pomander

8:41am Monday 1st June 2009

I’m a regular time traveller. Previously on these pages I’ve dipped into the past. I’ve made a start trawling my family tree, relished the opportunity to seek out bygone booty buried underground while metal-detecting and been all giddy at the historical finds people brought along for the experts to decipher at a local museum.

Eyes down... will your numbers come up?

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Emma listens out for the numbers called out which could help her scoop a full house

8:14am Tuesday 26th May 2009

The last time I played bingo was 20 years ago, on Hastings pier. I won a little oscillating fan that fell apart. These days you can win big money and increasing numbers of younger people are turning to bingo for a fun night out. “Eyes down for a full house is one way of tackling the credit crunch,” I decide, making my way over to Buckingham Bingo.

Sally on the sally!

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Sally gets to grips with bell ringing with Louise Connacher at St Paul’s Church

10:41am Monday 18th May 2009

Bell ringing has been calling people to church for centuries, and it’s a tradition which is still a major part of worship.

Bolly good exercise

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Emma follows Salma Zaman’s moves during a Bollywood dance class at the Rendezvous hotel in Skipton

8:36am Monday 11th May 2009

Emma Clayton tries her hand at ‘Bolly-aerobics’ in a keep-fit dance class with a difference

A glass act

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Trish Riley works on her stained glass mirror frame

8:29am Tuesday 5th May 2009

Few people can fail to be captivated by stained glass – the way it catches the sun and changes under different light.

Waterway to travel

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: David Fitch, who has recently launched his own company offering hands-on boating trips, shows Emma the ropes aboard his narrowboat

8:47am Monday 27th April 2009

I've always had a thing about canals. I grew up near the Leeds-Liverpool, and I once had a canal at the bottom of my garden. I’d wave at passing boats while hanging out my washing.

Discover hidden treasures

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Emma is shown some of the National Media Museum’s hidden treasures by curator Colin Harding

8:08am Monday 20th April 2009

Deep in the heart of a Bradford archive lies Hughie Green’s old Clap-o-meter.

Pooling our resources

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Helen with pool champ Harris Ali at the Chalks Snooker Club

4:44pm Wednesday 15th April 2009

Champ of the green baize shows Helen Mead how to clean up instead of relying on pot luck

Falling hook, line and sinker for fishing

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Sally and Stephen take a break from their casting lesson on the pontoon

8:29am Monday 6th April 2009

Think fly fishing and the name JR Hartley springs to mind.

Get crafty with clay

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Helen makes her bowl with help from Beryl Wheal who volunteers at the studios

8:16am Monday 30th March 2009

Visiting a pottery drop-in session at a Shipley studio

Shaping up with pilates

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Kirsten Lacey leads the pilates class run by Shipley College at Victoria Hall in Saltaire

8:28am Monday 23rd March 2009

Helen Mead joins a beginners’ class at Saltaire’s Victoria Hall and tries the relaxing exercise

Unearthing the past

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Sally goes in search of buried treasure

10:44am Monday 16th March 2009

Sally Clifford gets to grips with a metal detector and heads out to see what she can find

Time for a change

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Emma Taylor, left drinks tea with Baildon Belles founder Sara Mogford as their group are officially became part of the Women’s Institute

8:29am Monday 9th March 2009

Emma Clayton meets women breathing new life into the WI

Click with confidence

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Helen gets to grips with the internet by taking part in a session aimed at getting older people familiar with using computers and the internet

8:31am Monday 2nd March 2009

Helen Mead goes online and learns more about the internet and e-mail with Age Concern

Peace of mind

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Emma is put into a calming state of mind as hypnotherapist Celia Hogan helps her visualise her anxieties	Picture by Mike Simmonds

10:42am Monday 23rd February 2009

Emma Clayton sits back and relaxes as her stresses are eased with hypnotherapy

Magic moments

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Emma is an unwitting assistant to magician Steve Gore as he practises his ‘wrist chopper’ routine

8:21am Monday 16th February 2009

Emma Clayton steps inside the secretive Bradford Magic Circle

Creative fun is on the cards

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Helen and Meryle Holland create their own cards in Meryle’s craft shop in Shipley’s indoor market

8:40am Monday 9th February 2009

Helen Mead meets a woman with a passion for arts and crafts

Uncovering the past with Amy

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Amy and Sally study some medieval coins to try and determine their origins

10:31am Monday 2nd February 2009

Ioften joke that I was born in another era, due to my fascination with bygone times.

Things get a bit ugly backstage

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Emma with Trinny and Susannah in their Dalek dresses

8:21am Monday 26th January 2009

Emma Clayton goes behind the scenes at the Alhambra’s Cinderella

Picture this...

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Helen gets some photography tips from Graeme Mitchell, Bradford Photographic Society’s president

8:22am Monday 19th January 2009

Helen Mead takes a look at city views through a lens

Take your seat to get active

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: The group gather for an Extend class

8:20am Monday 12th January 2009

Helen Mead finds out why sitting down on the job is no bad thing

Set the tone with a fitness boost

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Instructors Jodie Luscombe, left, and Lisa Miller, right, show Helen how to ‘Glide’ using the special disc-shaped pads

9:14am Tuesday 6th January 2009

'Drop a jeans size with this new fitness craze from the States…’ The idea of being able to slip on a pair of skinny denims was too hard to resist, so I signed up for a spot of Gliding.

Kart time is in a lap of the Gods

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Sally hits the track in her go kart

12:10pm Saturday 27th December 2008

Careful driver Sally Clifford feels the thrill of getting behind the wheel of a zippy little kart

Try your luck at the tables

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Hospitality manager at Bradford’s Gala Casino and croupier Mark Rowbotham shows Emma how to play roulette inside the main casino

8:25am Tuesday 23rd December 2008

Casinos aren’t all about Bond villains and big money, says Emma Clayton

In a whirl on a copter caper

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Ken Cothliff donning Father Christmas guise to deliver gifts from the air

8:22am Monday 15th December 2008

Up and away – with no less than Santa for company

All that glitters can be DIY!

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Sally receives instructions from Emma Jay

9:52am Monday 8th December 2008

wear it and admire it but I’ve never actually sat down and wondered how it is made…until now.

Planting seeds of success

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Ian Butterfield and Helen get digging to boost Bradford’s woodland areas by planting some new trees

8:38am Monday 1st December 2008

"Look at the colours in that hillside – doesn’t it look wonderful?”



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