0 Have your say Leeds Building Society is to leave its Albion Street headquarters, its home since 1930. The mutual is to move all of its 950 Leeds-based office staff to Sovereign Street in the city centre over the next two years, having outgrown its current home. The move to Sovereign House will see Leeds Building Society move into the former home of law firm Addleshaw Goddard. The flagship Leeds Building Society branch on Albion Street is unaffected by the move.The move marks the latest step in a remarkable transformation of the area around Sovereign Street. Once a fairly down-at-heel area, it is now home to Addleshaw Goddard, accountancy giant KPMG and will soon be the new home of Leeds Building Society.Citing the large growth in staffing as the reason for the move, a spokesman for the society said the new Sovereign House location would allow it to move into an energy-efficient and well-connected new home, allowing it to bring its whole workforce under one roof and help … [Read more...] about Leeds Building Society to move to new home in city
PUBLISHED: 16:53 12 January 2018 | UPDATED: 16:53 12 January 2018 Matthew Clemenson A Cornish pasty. Photo: Wikimedia Commons Archant A look back at the biggest stories of the week 20, 40 and 60 years ago. 1957: A daredevil thief who dangled 30ft above a railway line to raid a shop must have been left red-faced when he put his life in danger just to make off with £300 worth of lighters and cigarettes. The ambitious raid was carried out during the early hours of Friday morning at Lewis’s, a tobacconists built on the bridge over Seven Kings railway station. At the rear of the shop stood a bare brick wall, which the gang of thieves decided to knock down to gain entry. The group must have helped hold one of their number over the roof so he could use a pickaxe or other instrument to cave the wall in, before they ransacked the place. Curiously, one of the gang then swept all the debris and broken glass into one corner of the shop before leaving. 1977: Ilford Magical … [Read more...] about Flashback: A daredevil thief, the Ilford Magical Society and a Cornish pasty nightmare
Register for our free newsletter THE final demise of the Child Support Agency leaves a sour taste all round. There is £3 billion still owed to mothers who struggled to raise their children. Now, that money is unlikely to be given to those who deserve it. The CSA was touted, when launched in 1993, as the body that would force wayward fathers to take responsibility for their children. Abandoned families nodded in agreement, struggling mums were pleased that at last someone was fighting their corner. But while the idea was laudable, the execution didn’t come up to scratch. The cash shortfall is proof of that. Exclusive: Deadbeat dads will not be chased for £3 billion as ministers write off bad debts The CSA was dogged with problems throughout its lifetime. A National Audit Office report as early as 1998 showed a quarter of all CSA child maintenance assessments were wrongly calculated. Various shake-ups and re-organisations over the years tried to fix it, but in … [Read more...] about Sunday Post View: Why did society even need a Child Support Agency?
PUBLISHED: 10:02 14 January 2018 Ben Jolley Last year, Cambridge University’s Marlowe Society performed Edward II. Archant Cambridge University’s Marlowe Society returns to the Cambridge Arts Theatre in January to stage a bold reinvention of Shakespeare’s classic and best-loved romantic tragedy, Romeo & Juliet. Spain, the 1930s. It’s fiesta time. A crowd mingles in the plaza. The sounds of Flamenco echo down the streets. A knife glints in the hot sun. The worlds of Carmen and Lorca collide in this vibrant interpretation, performed by a large ensemble of actors and musicians. Dedicated to the renowned director Peter Hall, Romeo & Juliet is directed by Tom Littler, who also directed The Marlowe Society’s Measure for Measure. Formerly director of the Peter Hall Company, Littler is now artistic director of Jermyn Street Theatre. Performances run from January 24-27 and are at 7.45pm with matinees at 2.30pm on Thursday and Saturday. Tickets, 18 … [Read more...] about Cambridge University’s Marlowe Society returns to Cambridge Arts Theatre to stage Shakespeare’s classic tragedy Romeo & Juliet
DONALD Trump has been US president for one week just shy of a whole year.In that short time he has destroyed presidential and diplomatic norms, sunk the tone of discourse under the lowest bar and filled the White House with the most odious staffers.This week, he was labelled a “racist”, not by political rivals, but by the United Nations and the African Union of Nations.It has all occurred under the brightest lights and within the noisiest public sphere of any presidency in living memory.Having failed with the unloveable and suspicious Hillary Clinton, the Democrats have had ample time to consider their options.They only have one task — to prepare the field for the 2020 Trump re-election showdown. And what’s their answer to the Invective-in-Chief?How do the Democrats think they can best restore dignity and diplomacy to a political office after four years of an anti-dignity, anti-diplomacy president? Oprah.With a prospect emerging from a Hollywood awards show of … [Read more...] about ‘President’ Oprah would prove hero worship of celebrity has infiltrated society so severely it could affect the course of world history