Reverse Advent Calendar

help Meanwood families in need again this year

Meanwood’s Reverse Advent Calendar is back. We all have the opportunity again this year to help local families in need by filling up a ‘Reverse Advent Calendar’ during the lead up to Christmas.

Instead of opening a traditional advent calendar window, you stick a coin on the calendar Reverse Advent Calendars for each day in December leading up to Christmas. 

As soon as possible after Christmas, completed calendars can handed in at local collection points (see below) where it will be converted into supermarket food vouchers. These will be distributed to families in need to buy food.  Collecting money this year, rather than making food donations, allows families to buy fresh fruit and vegetables’.

It’s a fun thing for the whole family to do together to show that Christmas is not just about presents, parties and John Lewis adverts, but a chance to help Meanwood families in need at the time when they often struggle the most to put food on the table.  It also teaches children the importance of helping others less fortunate than themselves.  There’s even a specially designed calendar for them to colour in’. 

The scheme proved very popular last year with over 150 families helping feed local families well into March.  The scheme is again sponsored by The Meanwood Valley Partnership in conjunction with Interact Church and Community Partnership.

Reverse Advent Calendars can be picked up from, and returned to:

  • The Myrtle Tavern
  • Junction Bar and Cafe
  • Tandem Cafe
  • The Hungry Bear Restaurant
  • The Cafe Bar in Meanwood Park
    • plus
  • Holy Trinity Community Cafe on Wednesday lunchtimes
    • or
  • Stainbeck Church Community Cafe on Thursday lunchtimes. 

Dates for your Diary – March 2018

Dates for your diary in early March 2018

Now playing this Tuesday 6th March, the rescheduled acoustic night at theBarn Coffee Shop in the Meanwood Valley Urban Farm.  APRIL AVENUE. Starting at 7.30pm, only £3 on the door. BYOB.

Saturday 10th March between 10am – 3pm, come along for a cup of tea and a slice of cake & be shown around the beautifully refurbished Community Hall on Memorial Drive/Church Lane. We’ll have a stand there – so come along and say hello and check out the things we get involved in.

Tuesday 13th March, starting 7.45pm in the Holy Trinity Community Hall Annexe, (which is the newly created room), Memorial Drive/Church Lane, Meanwood, the Meanwood Valley Partnership ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING.All welcome.

Wilderness on your Doorstep

Meanwood Valley Partnership and Leeds City Council and have been successful in obtaining a grant of £65,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund for a joint project that will help people to discover and protect the rich heritage and natural diversity along the Meanwood Valley. Starting in February and led by the Leeds City Council Ranger Service, it will last for 30 months and cover all of the Meanwood Valley.

The Meanwood Valley has long been celebrated as a ‘green artery’ from the centre of urban Leeds to the rural countryside. It has an extensive range of habitats and a wealth of biodiversity. The project will promote an understanding of the wildlife and its management by providing opportunities for local communities to get involved through an exciting programme of volunteer activity, wildlife surveys, Bioblitzes and other public events.  It will use new and innovative methods of interpretation, mobile apps, web content and education.

By encouraging as wide a range of people as possible to celebrate this wilderness on their doorstep we aim to ensure its conservation into the future; because, in the words of David Attenborough,

“No one will protect what they don’t care about, and no one will care about what they have never experienced”

Most of the funding will be spent on employing a Ranger part time for two years to deliver the activities, recruit volunteers and coordinate a range of volunteer activities. ‘Friends of’ groups along the Valley will be involved too and meet regularly to review the project.

Congratulations and thanks to Senior Ranger Daniel Malster and MVP’s Janet Matthews for all their hard work in putting the successful bid together. Janet said:

“We would love to thank National Lottery players for giving us this opportunity to celebrate the wonderful Meanwood Valley and the wealth of wildlife that is found here”

We will keep people posted with regular updates on our website and other social media. If you would like more information or are interested in getting involved please contact us at: or visit our Facebook page or email or get involved in one of the ‘Friends of’ groups along the Valley’.