Month: December 2012

Shakeel Mir – Hamara Community Award Winner

Hamara’s third annual Community Awards celebrated community activists around the city. In the first of a series of profiles on the winners, Jeremy Morton talked to Shakeel Mir about his award for Service To The Community. I met up with Shakeel Mir at Leeds Prison where he works as Diversity

Enjoy a flat cap Christmas – and support Friends of Holbeck Cemetery!

Flat Cap Christmas – the real Christmas story with a Yorkshire twist Are you proud of your Yorkshire accent? Then celebrate the Christmas story as if it happened here in Yorkshire. Hear Mary’s story when the angel appeared while she was black-leading the stove. Jo’s rap about his journey to

Comment: Could community ownership save Middleton Park Golf Course?

So Middleton Golf Course faces closure as Leeds City Council seeks to make more than £50 million in savings. The official line from on high is that the council has already made £145m in savings over the past two years and yet more are needed. Council leader Keith Wakefield says

Barnstorming party in Belle Isle

There was a barnstorming Christmas Party at Belle Isle Working Men’s Club. Belle Isle Tenant Management Organisation (BITMO)  held their 9th annual community Christmas party which attracted 200 people. Among those attending were families and friends from the local community, BITMO board members and staff and the three ward councillors. Guests were

A lad in a manger

When I first saw the publicity I thought someone couldn’t spell Aladdin but then the penny dropped – it’s a pantomime about Jesus. Churches Together in Leeds 11 put it on last Friday and Saturday nights to packed houses at Beeston Hill United Free Church. Nearly all the pantomime favourites

Christmas Wonderland – first event in redundant church venue

Ed Carlisle has been in touch with news of an exciting project for Holy Spirit Church on Tempest Road, Beeston. There are (very tentative) conversations happening about buying the old Holy Spirit church on Tempest Road, and making it available as a low-tech, affordable, inter-community events venue for the wider