Ken takes a back seat


As from today I have decided to take a bit of a back seat from blogging for South Leeds Life.

This, believe it or not, is my 400th blog plus many Newspaper articles.
The only blogs will be doing in the future are for BITMO’s GATE and anything they are connected with such as galas, open days and other things.
From time to time will do Police appeals but that will be that.
I have discussed this today with Carla of The GATE and she fully understands my reasons for doing this.


Last week after my appointment with my Psychiatrist, my mental health issues took a big turn for the worse. This is part of the reason to take a back step.

There is another reason, but best I leave that alone in my thoughts at the moment.

ken in recoding studio.
Me and others on South Leeds Community Radio

I want to take the opportunity to thank Carla, Lynne, Chris Ash and Chris Simpson of BITMOs GATE. Julie Holmes and Chris Holmes for all their valuable help during what has been a difficult time for me.

Finally a big thank you also goes to Peter Smith, for all his help and congratulations for him receiving the BEM this weekend.

There are loads of other people to thank, but the list is quite large. So thank you all.

During the meeting yesterday at BITMO’s GATE, all the volunteers was asked to say a few words and tell everyone what volunteer tasks they were involved with.
In the only way I could, broke it down into days of what I do on a weekly basis, forgetting what I do on a monthly basis, Lynne filled the gaps in for me.

running on air Ken and Gemma
At Parkrun

So I thought I would list my volunteer duties and volunteer groups I have joined and why I have to cut back on my blogging.
Volunteer Local reporter for South Leeds Life.
Ancestry Group, Art Class, although must do more with the art class.
Walk and Talk group
News Café for South Leeds Life.
Belle Isle History Group.
Belle Isle and Middleton In Bloom (Treasurer).


Saturday Parkruns.
Medics v Patients Panel at my local surgery.
Photgrapher for BITMO GATE and Blogger.
Memory Café, usually at least one a week, possibly two.

Belle Isle and Middelton in bloom
Planting for Belle Isle and Middleton in-bloom

So that’s it, Thanks again for all your help.


8 Replies to “Ken takes a back seat”

  1. Ken, I just wanted to say a big thank you for all the hard work you’ve put into South Leeds Life over the last few years. I’m really sorry to hear about your health problems and I hope you bounce back soon.

    To any readers who are thinking about writing for us … Ken will leave a hole, so we would love to hear from you. As a volunteer you can do as much or as little as you want to, we can provide guidance and mentoring. Drop us an email if you are interested to

    1. Thank you for those kind words Jeremy. I can mentor and advise at BITMO GATE anyone want to tell me a local story, show then how to get on-line on use on-line wizard.

  2. Kenneth, thank you so much for all the interesting and informative articles I have read from you over the last few years. Take care of yourself and I hope you will feel well enough to write again soon xx

  3. Ken has worked hard as a volunteer on South Leeds Life,sometimes under real stress and duress.I have known him quite a while,and admire his hard work and courage,especially over the last few months.Ken will no doubt advise those he knows of his illness,when he is ready,but suffice to say that neither “get well soon”or hoping he will “bounce back” are quite apt.Just remember that Ken is,and always will be,the kind,thoughtful and gentle guy he has always been,and will be around for a long time yet.

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