Having a ball this Bank Holiday

The South Leeds social clubs are hosting a range of all-age events this coming May bank holiday. Highlights include a Freddie Mercury tribute gig from acclaimed and multi-talented Leeds musician Karl Johnson (who can also do Bon Jovi!) – at Rowland Road Social Club in Beeston Hill, on Friday 27 May 2016. Doors open at 7pm; it’s free, and open to all – members and non-members alike. The event also includes bingo, a raffle, and more.

Beeston Rhapsody, this Friday
Beeston Rhapsody, this Friday

Then Monday (30 May) sees an equally high-tempo event at St Joseph’s Club in Hunslet: an all-age Family Fun Day, between 2pm-8pm, also free and open to all-comers. Themed around superheroes and Disney characters, kids (and adults?) are encouraged to come in fancy dress, with prizes for the best costumes. The event will also feature games for all ages, special superhero and Disney guests (including Elsa from Frozen!), a DJ, a quiz, and much more.

Michael Whitaker, manager at the club, tells us:

“Here at the club, we’re aiming to hold more events that really are for the whole family – to get back to serving all the families of the local community. This will certainly be a fun-packed day, with loads to do for kids and adults alike, and plenty of prizes to be won. We’re also already making big plans for the August bank holiday: watch this space.”

For more info on Rowland Road Social Club, click here or visit their Facebook page. For more on St Joseph’s, click here. Social clubs (including Working Men’s Clubs, Conservative Clubs, and other varieties) go back decades (and often into the 1800s or early 1900s), and are essentially local clubs owned in common by and for their members. They’re peppered across south Leeds if you look carefully…

Calling all Hunslet superheroes this weekend
Calling all Hunslet superheroes this weekend!