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Holbeck Club gets its own blue plaque

Thursday (12 September 2019) saw Leeds Civic Trust unveiling a blue plaque to celebrate the Holbeck Working Men’s Club. The unveiling featured a specially commissioned poem by Ian McMillan (see below), as well as a performance by the Commoners Choir. Formed in 1871 the Holbeck Working Men’s Club is the

The Parting Glass: a play exploring men’s mental health issues

Red Ladder’s new play The Parting Glass, exploring men’s mental health and the culture of silence that can prevent men from opening up about their experiences, is coming to South Leeds as part of a Yorkshire tour. Jim’s always been a bit of a character – cracking jokes, telling funny

Council consider selling land to Leeds United for new training ground and academy in Holbeck

A recommendation that Leeds City Council seek to sell a site to the owners of Leeds United that has been earmarked by the club as a home for a new training ground and academy in the city, is set to be discussed by senior councillors next week. As part of a

Royal visit for Harrison Spinks

Fifth-generation family bedmaker, Harrison Spinks, has welcomed the Queen’s representative in West Yorkshire to its Beeston Headquarters to receive the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise: Sustainable Development. Lord Lieutenant of West Yorkshire, Mr Ed Anderson, visited the 179-year old bed manufacturer on Thursday (5 September 2019). Presenting the award to chairman,

On the Beat: community engagement and tackling anti-social behaviour

Our Neighbourhood Policing Team has had a busy few weeks, in particular we have very much enjoyed attended and engaging with the communities at a range of events including the Beeston Festival, Holbeck, Belle Isle and Hunslet galas and other community events. This gives us an excellent opportunity to speak

Beeston residents complain they are plagued by rats

Residents in parts of Beeston have complained of a rat issue where they live – with one person even saying they have seen rats crawling around Flowerpots Nursery, next to Dewsbury Road Community Hub. The woman, who did not want to be identified, said: “Rats are all over the place