Notice of AGM and invitation for nominations to the Board

This is to give you formal notice that the Annual General Meeting of Headingley Development Trust will be held on Tuesday 16th March 2021 at 7.00 p.m.  This year, for obvious reasons, we were not able to plan with confidence for the meeting to be held at HEART. We will instead be holding it on Zoom, which hopefully most of you will be familiar with – or at least aware of – by now. For those of you who wish to attend or who would like to find out about how to join a Zoom meeting we will send out more details in a follow-up to this notification in mid February.

Board nominations 
Despite the challenges resulting from the pandemic HDT has continued to thrive. Our success comes from our members who have continued to support our projects and initiatives throughout these uncertain times. The Board  oversees all this activity and drives forward HDT’s development. We are always looking for new people to bring fresh thinking and energy to the Board and remain conscious that our Board lacks diversity. We would particularly encourage younger, black and ethnic minority members and those bringing up young families in Headingley to join us. 

It is not necessary to have previous experience in a director or board role. This is a great opportunity to gain experience and develop these skills. If you have commitment to the aims of HDT, enthusiasm for working with others on our projects, and the wish to help Headingley thrive, please consider standing for election to help steer the organisation over the coming years.

Deadline for nominations
If you wish to stand for the Board, please complete the relevant nomination form(s) and return by 5.00 p.m. on Monday 15th February 2021. These have to be signed both by the candidate and a sponsor. Normally we ask for them to be returned to HEART but to avoid unnecessary contact this year they can be scanned (or photographed) and returned to this email address. 
Election process
If we have more candidates than there are places available for the Board, elections will take place on 16th March at the AGM. If we have the same number or fewer candidates, then the AGM will be asked to declare them elected.
Further information
We would be very happy to discuss membership of the Board. If you would like to arrange to have a confidential discussion to find out more about what the role entails please contact me at I can put you in touch with one of our directors who would be delighted to provide you with more details, answer any questions you may have and arrange a sponsor for your application. You may also wish to read of the experience of Liz Jeffery – who was co-opted on to our Board in 2020, which can be found on the membership page.


Headingley -Towards a 15 Minute Neighbourhood. Sunday November 22nd

This is the title of a conference/webinar being run jointly by HDT, Headingley Festival of Ideas and Zero Carbon Headingley. The concept of a 15 minute neighbourhood is a community where everyone can safely walk or cycle to all their day-to day needs (shops, library, school, doctor, green space, etc) within fifteen minutes or so.

There will be guest speakers, workshops and open discussion around this theme. The conference is being held on Sunday November 22nd and will be held as an on-line webinar. The full agenda is available on the new zch website or as word doc. To book a place please e-mail


HEART continues to operate Assembly Bar + Kitchen outside. This has proved very popular, with our Tuesday Night gigs a great success.

To ensure that HEART is ready and able to welcome you all during the winter months, we need to do some important works that will enable us to be ready to have people safely back inside again. To do this we have made the decision to close for one week from Sept 28 and reopen on Oct 5.
Hand sanitiser and anti-bac wipes are in plentiful supply and we now ask all visitors to wears face coverings when in the public areas of the building.

Headingley Farmer's Market

Headingley Farmers’ Market

We are delighted that the Farmers’ Market will be running again on Saturday 8th August.

We are back in the Rose Garden but not quite back to our pre lockdown normal. After a rigorous risk assessment all the necessary precautions will be in place: the stalls will be more spaced out and there will be a one-way system around the market.

Please go in to the market from the North Lane side, where there’ll be sanitiser and again at the exit on Ash Rd (where you’ll find John Johnson’s fish van).

We will also be managing the number of people and asking customers to keeping the necessary distance whilst queueing at the stalls. Stall holders will be taking payment by card wherever possible (though cash is acceptable).

Gardening during Lockdown?

Have you been growing during the lockdown? We’d like to expand our Headingley Open Gardens collection of photographs to include images of your plants, be it flowers in a window box or lettuce on your allotment.

Send in your photos to and we will publish a selection later this summer.

The Headingley Greengrocer – now open

We are delighted to be able to say that the shop is now up and running! We opened on 26th April + grand opening event: Saturday 4th May at 10.15.

The shop aims to provide really good, quality produce whilst keeping an eye on environmental concerns.It will be selling fresh fruit, vegetables and salads, as well as flowers and plants in season.