South Leeds: A week on our blog – January 27 2012

Hunslet-based SLATE, the feel-good furniture shop, has been in the news this week

Good morning, south Leeds!

It’s been a busy week or so on the blog. Not only are we preparing for next Wednesday’s big launch of the Middleton Life history project (which you’re all invited to, by the way!) we’ve sent the second issue of our community magazine to the printers, announced more dates for our community news and social media cafes and managed to file 21 different posts by seven different contributors!

Given the sheer volume of stuff on the blog this week, we thought it’d be useful to compile a useful round-up of the posts and their links. Here goes…

The most read story is our preview of the Leeds Valentine’s Fair at Elland Road. 81.48% of you who have voted in our community poll have said you’ll be attending. Also popular was Asda encouraging community feedback on their planned new Beeston store.

Jeremy Morton wrote about the work of Hunslet’s feel-good furniture shop SLATE, which has also netted some cash from the council.

Local resident Alison Neale writes about the great things happening with the Beeston Hill Residents’ Voice group. While Steve Peacock happily blogs away about the latest Cross Ingrams Area Residents Association meeting in Holbeck (covering the library, jubilee street parties and prostitution) and the SPLASH campaign to reopen South Leeds Sports Centre.

Ever heard of BOKWA? No, neither had we until Jason Slack posted his excellent piece on  how the Hunslet Club is bringing the latest keep fit craze that’s storming the nation to South Leeds.

Laura Hobman updates us on the latest youth offerings from Middleton’s Friday Night Project.

John Baron reports on the latest Cottingley TRAC meeting and the issues raised there (including community clean-ups and  housing office cutbacks), as well as a useful guide to what’s on, contacts and services on the estate.

Steve Thompson wrote about a forthcoming 1940s charity cabaret night in Beeston. Get yourselves there!

In other news, there’s going to be a blue plaque unveiled in Belle Isle for historical social reformer Rev Charles Jenkinson.

The folks at Beeston Festival need your help in putting together the 2012 Beeston Olympics.

We posted a video on ‘south Leeds 60’s paradise lost – featuring Holbeck Towers RIP‘ which is well worth catching. And we’ve had a secretary of state visiting Beeston – catch a slideshow of pictures of Chris Huhne at the Greenhouse development.

The latest on the Friends of Hunslet Cemetery’s bid for better security at the Cemetery can be found here.

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