Unity Club and Cones Books 10th anniversary celebration

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All are welcome at a special event in Leeds next month to celebrate 10 years of both Unity Club and the children’s educational Cones Books series.

The original Leeds Club, as it was then known, was founded in the 1840s moving to Albion Place in the 1850s from where it operated as a private members club until it closed in 2013.

As a former ambassador for the club, businessman Keith Madeley found a new location to serve as a central location where businesses – particularly SMEs – could meet up with associates and discuss ideas in an appropriate setting.

The Trinity Club Leeds was opened by the then Lord Mayor of Leeds in offices adjacent to Holy Trinity Church on Boar Lane in 2014 with Keith as founder and chair.

Shortly after, the club moved to Cloth Hall Court and was hosted by Leeds Beckett University, fulfilling a need to build a solid relationship between education and business, and was renamed the Unity Club.

The university then opened The Knowledge Exchange at its Rose Bowl building which became the home for the club.

The patron is the Bishop of Leeds and joint presidents are Peter Slee, vice chancellor of LBU together with Lee-J Walker, joint managing director of TheBusinessDesk.com.

Cones Books are the creation of Keith’s wife, Chris, and are also celebrating 10 years of being published by Rick Armstrong, managing director of Fisher King Publishing.

Using the medium of the humble traffic cone, these illustrated books make children aware of the jobs needed to make the world work.

Children learn to stay safe, are encouraged to embrace integration, difference, inclusivity, diversity, tolerance and friendship, all in a fun way.

Chris Madeley works with industries and commercial organisations, to bring a supply of informative, educational yet fun stories to children, with each of her books having a corporate sponsor who suggests a topic and key messages.

The companies benefit by enhancing their Social Value Programme and use the Cones books as part of their submissions for tenders.

Some of the 20 books published cover the steps taken to alleviate flooding in Leeds, new Park & Rides at Elland Road and Temple Green plus the rebuilding of Regent Street Flyover and the new East Leeds Orbital Route.

Next month’s double celebration takes place at The Knowledge Exchange, The Rose Bowl, Portland Way, Leeds LS1 3HB on Wednesday 12 June from 5pm to 7pm. Click here to book a free place at the event.