Author Archive: Ed Carlisle

Ed's originally from Sheffield, had the misfortune to grow up down south, but has lived in Leeds since the 90s and Beeston since 2002. He’s involved in various local projects, including: Beeston Festival, the Holbeck viaduct scheme, Park Run, some youth work, Park View Primary (he's chair of governors), some local green/growing projects, and South Leeds Life. He co-runs the Leeds-wide charity Together for Peace, and is married to Tania.

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Young and old pulling together at Middleton Railway

Young and old pulling together at Middleton Railway

Local volunteers, young and old, are pulling together at Middleton Railway – to restore historic rail wagons damaged by last month’s fire at the neighbouring Jewson builders yard, and also to run this iconic local organisation year-round. South Leeds Life caught up with some of their younger volunteers this week, to find out what’s going […]

Calling all photographers: local camera club open for all

Calling all photographers: local camera club open for all

The Leeds Co-operative Photographic Society – now running for well over 50 years, since 1962 – meets weekly in south Leeds, and is open to new and old members alike. Their free gatherings are 8pm every Wednesday in the St George’s Centre in Middleton (just opposite Asda) – and offer anyone the opportunity to share and […]

Tetley offers summer-long activities for kids and families

Tetley offers summer-long activities for kids and families

With the school holidays stretching before us, the iconic local Tetley are hosting a range of family-friendly events and activities in the coming weeks, most of them free – to keep kids and parents alike out of mischief! Highlights include their fortnightly Family Art Workshops, led by artists, and open to all (but targeted at families […]

Free family-friendly ‘Xplorer’ sessions launch this week

Free family-friendly ‘Xplorer’ sessions launch this week

The popular ‘Leeds Let’s Get Active’ programme will feature special free family-friendly activities over the summer holidays, including a series of new ‘Xplorer’ sessions in Middleton Park and Cross Flatts Park – starting this coming week. ‘Xplorer’ sessions are similar to orienteering, with participants together navigating an outdoor space (in this case, the parks) by […]

Local dancers dancing with Pride this month

Local dancers dancing with Pride this month

The popular south Leeds dance project DAZL are once again gearing up to join the Leeds Pride parade on Sunday 5 August, are also this year participating in the new Leeds ‘LGBT Sport Fringe Festival’ – and everyone’s invited! Leeds Pride is the well-established annual celebration of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans culture – a […]

Libraries launch summer schemes for local youngsters

Libraries launch summer schemes for local youngsters

Youngsters across Leeds are signing up for this year’s ‘Summer Reading Challenge’, as well as for their events programme that runs throughout the school holidays. The annual Reading Challenge is this year themed ‘Mischief Makers’ – based on the 80th anniversary of the Beano, the legendary comic featuring Dennis the Menace, Gnasher, and all their […]

New ‘junk’ food scheme pilots in Beeston this summer: sign up now!

New ‘junk’ food scheme pilots in Beeston this summer: sign up now!

A pioneering Leeds charity are piloting a new ‘freegan’ food scheme in Beeston this summer. The project will enable local people to get a weekly box of good quality ‘junk’ food that would otherwise have been binned, delivered into the community – and there’s still time to sign up, just! The Real Junk Food Project (TRJFP) […]

Arson attack sparks Hunslet ‘inferno’

Arson attack sparks Hunslet ‘inferno’

A Hunslet builders yard was last night (in the early hours of Sunday 15 July 2018) torn apart by fires that residents have described as an “inferno” – and that the Police have now confirmed they are treating as an arson attack. Residents of Lake Terrace – just off Moor Road in Hunslet, next to […]

Dolly Parton hits Hunslet this week

Dolly Parton hits Hunslet this week

St Joseph’s Club in Hunslet are this week (Friday 29 June 2018) hosting a Dolly Parton tribute and country music gig, to raise funds for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance. Punters can expect country hits including Jolene, 9 to 5, Coat of Many Colours, and Joshua. Tickets are £5 (under 16s go free) – available behind the […]

Welfare Trap

Welfare Trap

South Leeds residents speak out about “nightmarish” and unfair disability rulings Hundreds of south Leeds residents have been hit with ​recent changes to welfare systems for those unable or less able to work. And whilst the national government claims it’s fighting benefit fraud, growing numbers of people are rising up to tell their stories of​ […]